Archive July 29, 2020

Carl Wesley Anderson

In the summer of 1994, I had just graduated from Bible school in Minneapolis and the LORD called me to evangelize in Germany. I heard that prophet Paul Cain was to be the keynote speaker at a unique youth event organized near Ludenscheid, Germany, and I went along to hear him speak.

A crowd of some 15,000 young people from all across Europe came together that night. Paul gave his incredible testimony, sharing how the LORD had called him to quietly retreat to the wilderness and await His voice. He waited in obedience for many years until the LORD said, “Paul,  when I call you forth, it will be to stand in front of a new generation of young people who will encircle the earth with more power than the previous generations.” And Paul stood before us that night and declared, “YOU are the generation.” Imagine the excitement in the crowd.

Then he began to minister in the Word of Knowledge gift, and pointed his prophetic finger right at me! He said, “I’d like to start ministering to that young man with the bright red hair.” I timidly stood up in the crowd and looked behind me, just in case there was another young man with red hair anywhere around me. No, it was definitely me he was talking to! He shared by the word of the LORD, “you have been called as an evangelist…and you’ve already known this for some time…but tonight is your confirmation/commissioning.”

When he spoke those words, the Power of God hit me so strong that it was like lightning bolts. I began to shake and bounce up and down. I remember Paul commenting, “I wish many of you could experience the kind of Power that this young man is experiencing right now.”

I was overcome with anointing. Then Paul asked for any more in the crowd to please stand who felt the same kind of calling as young evangelists; about 500 stood, and he prayed a prayer over them. Then he received a few words of knowledge for healing over people’s bodies and then the most amazing thing of all happened. he felt the LORD was finished speaking, and turned to his team of other prophets, including Bobby Conner, and left the platform.

That was it. Only one prophetic word of amazing confirmation given to a young man with red hair seated in a crowd of 15,000 – and I was humbled to be the recipient of that word. What has followed these past 14 years has been a roller-coaster ride of success and failure for me. I am still learning from the Spirit what it means to walk in this kind of power-evangelism anointing. I have many more roads to travel, and many more days to walk through.

But they all began that single night of incredible ministry through Paul Cain. I will have him to thank in eternity for setting me on a course of ministry. I have never looked back after that night.

Rev. Carl Wesley Anderson, Jr.
Born to Blaze Ministries, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Testimonies of old …

Ministry of Paul Cain Outstanding by Norene C. Nicholls Assistant Pastor, Revival Center Tabernacle, Seating Nearly 4000
Paul Cain and Dr. J. Stuart Hydanus have just recently held a week of meetings in the Revival Center Tabernacle in Grants Pass, Oregon, and our hearts were thrilled as we saw the Lord move in such a precious way while they were here from May 21 through 27. Brother Cain’s ministry is most outstanding with the gifts of healing, word of wisdom, word of knowledge and discerning of spirits all in operation. No one has to tell him what they need deliverance from, but the Spirit reveals it to him. He tells the people even what church they attend, what is hindering healing in their cases, if they are filled with the Spirit, etc.

Many times we saw people sent to the prayer rooms to pray as they came before him for prayer, because they were not saved, not filled with the Spirit, needed a refilling, or needed to get some hindering thing out of the way. He told them that he was more interested in the spiritual condition than in the physical, for he knew that if the spiritual was taken care of, so would the physical be. In fact, Brother Cain warned folks to get out of the prayer line if they were not saved and filled with the Spirit and go to the prayer room, because he would only send them there anyway if they came before him.

One such case we would like to tell you: On Saturday night, May 26th, an elderly lady from Northern California came in the prayer line. She was deaf, but had a hearing aid so she could hear what was told her, and also was quite crippled up with arthritis. Brother Cain looked at her and told her that she was more interested in healing than in salvation and that she was not saved, and sent her to the prayer room. The next day she came again for prayer, and Brother Cain immediately knew that she was saved and prayed for her healing. She could hear his whisper after prayer. It is interesting to note how the Lord reveals to Brother Cain the nature of the suffering of one’s sicknesses. When a person comes before him for prayer, he feels in his body the same pain that the suffering one feels and thus tells him what is wrong with him.

As an example of one of these services, we would like to hit the high spots of the May 22nd meeting. Brother Cain told us that night that the Lord had shown him several things that were going to take place in that service but that he would rather not tell it but let it be manifested as the evening went on. He said that he was going to point out a sister that had a boy that was going to be saved, which he did. He located her in the second row of the big tabernacle seating nearly 4,000 people. He said that she was a broken hearted mother because of a son that was a drunkard but that the Lord was going to save him.

Also, she was told that her weak eyes would be strengthened and her liver trouble healed. If you want to verify this, contact Mrs. Hazel Fox, Rt. One, Box 576, Grants Pass, Oregon. Then Brother Cain called out a lady in the front row (Mrs. Estger Wyatt, 344 16th St., Springfield, Orgeon), who he said he knew was deaf. After prayer, she heard and repeated and repeated what was whispered to her. By a word of knowledge Brother Cain told her that she had a boy of four and a girl of nine and that her husband had died of heart trouble. These revelations quickly build up a person’s faith to receive healing. Then a woman back in the audience was called out— a lady with gray hair, wearing a green coat and glasses.

She came forward and was told that she was praying for the salvation of her two sons. This was very true. Her name and address is as follows: Mrs. I. B. Cullison, 459 West “J” St., Grants Pass, Oregon. Following this, a man in a dark suit, on the extreme right, was called to the front, as Brother Cain had seen him in a vision while in prayer that day. He told him that he had come a long way and was from another state— California. He then described his condition as kidney trouble and dropsy. Then he told him that awhile back God had dealt with him concerning doing a certain thing, which was going to Alaska to work for the Lord. He was told that his sickness would leave and that he was to go and do the Lord’s bidding, also that the tubes from the kidneys would be restored. Even his age of 23. years was revealed. For verification of this write to Harold W. Moe, Jr., Box 1790, Redding, California.

The altar call was given after this, and there was a real response following the demonstration of the power of God. One interesting thing about the altar call was when those who had raised their hands indicating that they wanted to accept the Lord as their Saviour were asked to stand, one man did not stand. So Brother Cain turned to the man and told him to hand the child whom he was holding to his father-in-law and stand up. In this case even though strangers, Brother Cain knew who the father-in-law was.

The prayer line was called following this, and one woman, about the sixth in line, was told that she had cataracts and was prayed for. Then Brother Cain said there was a woman in the audience with a growth on her right eye and called her forward. Upon her arrival at the platform, she was told that she had been praying for twenty years for an unsaved daughter, and that the daughter would be saved. Then the woman was told that besides her eye trouble she had stomach and kidney trouble, and was prayed for and healed. For information write: Grandma Richey, 603 N. 8th St., Grants Pass, Oregon.

And so, case after case was revealed by the Holy Spirit, and were all correct. In closing this report, we want to say that we highly recommend our brother’s ministry to one and all. Brother Cain, a young man of twenty-two years, is certainly called and sent of the Lord, and his ministry is given of the Holy Spirit. Dr. J. Stuart Hydanus travels with Brother Cain, teaching and preaching the Word of God and revealing thereby the Christian’s high place in God. L. D. Hall and Norene C. Nicholls, Pastors, Assembly of God, Grants Pass, Oregon.


Growth Disappears Instantly
Brother Paul Cain pointed me out to the audience one night, telling me every affliction which God had revealed to him. My little three-old-girl, who had been scheduled for an operation, had a large growth on her hip. The surgeons said it was very dangerous and should be removed. Brother Cain, not knowing me, told me of this happening. Then he said that the growth would disappear instantly when he prayed. It did; hundreds and thousands have heard the testimony. The doctors said it was amazing. The growth left before hundreds of persons. No trace, nor spot was left. This is a miracle. I was healed of every affliction in my body and became a Christian. Mrs. D. Brown, El Monte, Calif.

Dear Brother Cain:
This is my testimony to the Lord for the wonderful healing I have received. I had palsy, kidney and very bad liver and stomach trouble along with cataracts in one eye. In twelve days’ time, they have disappeared. I love the precious messages that God has anointed you to preach. I know that thousands were blessed while you were here. Lillian Meredith, 105501/) Cantara St., Sun Valley, Calif.

Dear Brother Cain:
For some time I suffered with a weak, faint condition, during your meeting in Grants Pass, Oregon. One night I said a silent prayer that if there was anything especially wrong with me that you would call me out of the crowd, and sure enough, the Lord told you I had a liver trouble which was causing my weakness. My wonderful Lord has healed me. I cannot praise Him enough. Praise His Name forever more. Mrs. Cecile Powert, 730 S. West “L” St., Grants Pass,

Ore. Healed Instantly
Dear Brother Cain: This is to let you know that I am healed. One night as you pointed me out to the audience at Calvary Temple in Los Angeles, through the Spirit of God, you discerned my condition. You told me I had a cancer on my left breast, also stomach trouble. This was very true. It startled me so I thought I would faint, as I had never been in a service of this type. Now I see it was a supernatural power of God. You told me my cancer was healed. The next morning it dropped off. I was amazed. I returned to the doctor and he said there was no spot even the size of a pin point that would indicate a place that a large growth was. I love my Jesus for this wonderful miracle to such an unworthy servant. Thank God for sending you to Calvary Temple where hundreds more were healed. Mrs. Roofe, Los Angeles, Calif.

Deafness Healed Instantly
Dear Bro. Cain: I was injured when about nine years old by a blow on the head. Was deaf for some years but after scarlet fever my hearing partially returned. It worried me when trying to follow one’s voice. After prayer I could hear a whisper clearly. I am healed and enjoy my hearing. Thank God! Mrs. Ruby Craig, , Box 1147, Auburn, Calif. Cancer Discerned And Healed Dear Bro. Cain: I heard your radio broadcast one morning from Los Angeles. The Spirit of the Lord came upon you as you began to describe people in the radio audience, telling them their afflictions, their ages and their dress. Then suddenly, you described my case perfectly and told me to place my hand on the radio. When you prayed the Power of God went all through me. I know definitely that I am healed. Pray that I shall receive the Holy Spirit. Mrs. Edith Welsh, Los Angeles, Calif .

Brother Paul Cain prayed for me in the prayer line one evening at the Los Angeles meeting. He discerned a tormenting demon and commanded it to leave. He also prayed for my nerves to be healed as he told it was caused from my cancer. Thank God, it was so supernatural and every word true. The Power of the Spirit healed me. I rejoice in this great deliverance. It was so encouraging as Bro. William Branham pointed to me one night while in his audience, and told me the very same thing. God bless you two men of God. Mrs. Mildred Travis, Grants Pass, Oregon.

Dear Bro. Cain:
Thank you for sending me prayer cloths. Immediately after placing the cloth upon my body I was healed of a serious condition of hay fever. It is a miracle. I sent the other cloths to my relatives in the old country. Enclosed is a marvelous testimony of their healings. They were healed instantly. Praise the Name of Jesus. I shall never forget your wonderful campaign in Salt Lake City. Mrs. A. Wold, Salt Lake City, Utah On December 26, 1950, I came to Calvary Temple to be prayed for by Brother Paul Cain. The doctors told me I had gall bladder, liver and bronchitis trouble, which I put on my prayer card. As I went to be prayed for, Bro. Cain did not look at the card which I had filled out, but through the gift of discernment told me I had the gall bladder trouble and bad liver. He prayed for me and the power of God surged through my being. I went home that night and slept like a baby, free from the bronchitis and all. The next day I ate a steak, fried potatoes, bread, jello and coffee and have a wonderful appetite. Praise Jesus— and God bless you, Bro. Cain, for praying for me. Here is a photostatic copy of my doctor’s personal statement. He declares I am healed. But of course I know it also. Bro. Joseph Senkoff, 726 Garland Ave., Los Angeles, Calif.

Cancer Discerned And Miraculously Healed
Dear Bro. Paul: It is my desire to add my testimony to hundreds of others, in answer to prayer of the Holy Ghost through the sign ministry vested in you by our Lord. I was the last one called out of the audience the first Sunday afternoon of your second meeting at Calvary. You said you kept me until the last, for it was the greatest miracle. Through the Spirit you discerned my low blood pressure, heart and stomach trouble and cancer. Oh, you were so right! On Friday of the same week, I had my blood pressure taken and it was perfect, one hundred and twenty and I am sixty-five. You told me I would spit up my cancer and on May the tenth, I took desperately ill and vomited up over two quarts of the most awful cancer you can imagine. This greatly strengthened the faith of my friends and myself to the glory of God. Mrs. Margaret J. Crawford, Crawford Hotel, 1051 North Sanborn Ave. Los Angeles, California.

Dear Bro. Cain:
I am happy to submit this testimony of stomach ulcers. Jesus touched my body when you pointed me out of the audience and described my condition perfectly, through the gift that God has given you. When you prayed I felt the relaxing and lack of tension in my stomach muscles. The pain was gone. I knew I was healed. Praise my adorable Jesus! It has not returned. The old malady is gone forever. Praise God and my blessed Lord Jesus Christ! Your brother in Christ, Rev. Samuel R. Kline, 300 Isabel St., Glendale, Calif.

Dear Bro. Cain:
I want to testify to the Lord’s people everywhere. I have been healed of arthritis of the spine. I realize the supernatural power of God has returned to the Church, after witnessing the supernatural demonstrations in your meetings as you would call out hundreds of people, telling them their sicknesses. I walked without any pain. I am healed. Praise God for the Paul Cain revivals! Mae Partlow, W1209-5, Spokane, Washington.

Rev. Le Roy M. Kopp:
I want to send in my testimony of what the Lord has done for me. Some few days I was suffering something awful with my eyes. The tear duct was closed entirely, my eye was swollen shut, and the pain was almost unbearable, all through my head. My sister called to have Bro. Cain pray for me. He prayed for me over the phone. That was in the evening, I knew God would answer and give me relief, and heal me, so I went to sleep and rested all night, for the first time in days. The next morning I had no pain, and from that moment my eyes were healed. Oh, how I praise Him for His goodness! I give Him all the glory, and I do thank you brothers and God bless you in His service. Enclosed is a small offering for you and Brother Cain. Please show this letter to him. Mrs. Esie Baker, Los Angeles, California.

Dear Bro. Cain:
I am giving the praise to God and thanking you for your prayers. A wonderful miracle has taken place. You pointed me out of the audience one Wednesday night, and told me I could be healed as you described my afflictions. When I went on the stage, I was paralyzed and could not open my hand, but praise the Lord, after you prayed you commanded me to use my arm and open my hand. Great fear fell upon the audience as my hand opened before their very eyes. I have never been able to open my hands since being afflicted. It was closed very tight, and now, praise the Lord, it is perfectly straight. May God continue to bless you in your work and Paul Kopp also. Mrs. Katherine Reamer, 1434 Baldwin Ave,. El Monte, California.

Dear Bro. Paul:
You prayed for me at Calvary Temple, Los Angeles, December 20, 1950, for the loss of smell, sinus trouble and arthritis of twenty-seven years. And, praise the Lord, I am so thankful that I can smell and Jesus has healed all my ailments, and I am very grateful to Him. I haven’t worked for almost two years. My profession is nursing. I am healed and am on my way to minister to some critically ill relatives. Sophia Ontiveros, 526 32nd St., Oakland, Calif.

Dear Bro. Cain:
Shortly before attending your meeting at Los Angeles, I fell and hurt my spine and back. The doctors said I could never get along without the brace as there was nothing they could do for me. But after you prayed for me, God healed me and made my spine perfectly normal. I wore the steel braces for over a year. I am healed and don’t have to wear them any longer. God bless you, brother, and give you many souls. Christine Sondreal, 8559 Pickford St., Los Angeles, Calif.

Ethel Aratta

Lord I believe by Ethel Aratta
It has been my privilege to see the HAND of GOD in action, and to see HIS BOUNDLESS COMPASSION manifested in a supernatural way. Truly, the Scripture, in JESUS’ own words (Luke 10: 21), which says: “I THANK THEE, O FATHER, LORD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, THAT THOU HAST HID THESE THINGS FROM THE WISE AND PRUDENT, AND HAST REVEALED THEM UNTO BABES: EVEN SO, FATHER; FOR SO IT SEEMED GOOD IN THY SIGHT,” is being demonstrated in the beautiful ministry of the young Evangelist Paul Cain of Garland, Texas.

I am a refugee from that abyss of darkness, Catholicism. Five months ago I was saved. It was not difficult for me to accept JESUS as the LORD and SAVIOR of the cross of Calvary, nor was it hard to confess my sins, and ask forgiveness. Had I not been doing just that for years, and to mortal man, a priest of the Catholic Church, believing that as a servant of God he could forgive me?

Shame, shame on my ignorance! My big doubt was the “personal” SAVIOR element. To a Catholic, the very idea of fellowship with the LORD JESUS CHRIST would have been a sacrilege. Mary was the intercessor between GOD and man, not JESUS. I know it is hard for good Christians to put themselves in my place, or even begin to understand my skepticism. I had been blinded by false doctrine too long to accept this wonderful gift of fellowship with JESUS, without reservations. That I, a sinner, who had tasted of nearly all of the flesh pots, would be honored of GOD in such a wonderful way— it was too much to believe. I wanted this fellowship, more than I have ever wanted anything; though my seeking it seemed like colossal ego on my part.

However, I sought this blessing most eagerly, by attending services every night, as well as all of the Divine HEALING meetings I could manage. I must be honest, I sat through the latter with tongue in cheek, feeling that there were people in this world who could “sell” themselves on just about any idea they choose to believe. I saw people healed, and I saw the same people lose their healing almost as quickly. Being still in the dark myself, this only added to my skepticism. Was I not one of the “wise and prudent”? How much black magic did these preachers think an intelligent person could swallow with impunity? I tremble as I look back on those days now, and marvel that GOD did not slay me for my unbelief.

Then Brother Paul Cain began his campaign at my church, Calvary Temple, in Los Angeles, Calif. This was almost more than I could take. I had little or no faith in the older men I had heard, and now they were asking me to accept a youngster, a mere boy; it was absurd. A year and a half earlier, I had suffered a severe injury to my spine, and was even then awaiting surgery.

Three of the best Orthopedic specialists on the West Coast held out little hope of complete recovery even after an operation, and told me I must expect my back to be stiff for the rest of my life. As I listened night after night to the powerful preaching of this precious child of GOD, as I witnessed miracle upon miracle manifested in a supernatural way through this young man; GOD opened my eyes and blessed me with the greatest of all blessings— FAITH.

Now I could go up in the prayer line. I went believing, and Praise the LORD, I was healed. Brother Paul did not know me, nor did he know my illness. The gift of discernment is highly developed in this young man, and as he took my hand GOD showed him what was wrong with me. He said: “Sister, you have an injured back; if you believe, GOD will heal you.”

Then he touched his own back, and a look of pain crossed his face. I guess I looked alarmed, because he said: “I feel your pain in my own body, that is how GOD shows me what is wrong with you.” As he prayed for me, I felt the pain leave me, and it has never returned. I can do all sorts of heavy lifting that would tax the endurance of a strong back, and feel no ill effects.

Thanks be to GOD for HIS infinite MERCY. Even after I had received my healing, GOD was not finished with me. As Brother Paul finished praying for me, he put his hand on my head and— O GLORY! —I was slain under the POWER of GOD. This falling under the POWER was another thing I found hard to accept, and my first thought when I saw it was “hypnotism.” Our GOD truly works in mysterious ways HIS WONDERS to perform, and I can’t but feel that HE must have found something worth while in this poor sinner, to give me such priceless proof of HIS DIVINE LOVE. This started out to be my healing testimony for Brother Paul Cain, but I seem to have deviated a bit from my subject. However, I feel it adds rather than detracts from it, for had I not had my eyes opened through Brother Paul’s ministry, there would not be any testimony.

After this wonderful experience, I became an altar worker in Brother Paul’s meeting. Frankly, I was scared to death. When he is under the anointing, one feels the POWER of GOD so keenly, it is almost overpowering to those near him. I want to tell you of some of the miracles I have been privileged to witness at close range while working on the platform with him. For several consecutive nights I had noticed a woman with a small girl in the same seat in the first row. The child looked sickly, but the woman made no effort to get a prayer card.

Then one night Brother Paul spoke to her from the pulpit, and told her that JESUS had shown him the child, and told him that she had a growth on her hip, and that the doctors wanted to operate on it at once. This would not be necessary, as GOD was going to heal her. Brother Paul prayed for the child, and instantly the growth vanished. Through this miracle, the mother, who was unsaved, found salvation for her own soul.

Another night, Brother Cain called for ten totally deaf people to come up to be prayed for, saying the LORD had revealed that HE would heal ten deaf people in that service. Everyone heard the ticking of a small watch, and left the prayer-line with their hearing completely restored. Many never enter the prayer line at all, but receive their healing right where they are sitting, as they are told their sickness, and to praise GOD, and accept their healing in HIS NAME. Brother Paul spoke to one man in the audience who had a broken leg, and couldn’t walk without crutches. He was told he was healed, and that he was to accept his healing by faith, and get up and run to the back of the church without his crutches. He left them on the seat, and did as he was told, and his leg was every whit whole.

There are many who say: “How do we know that cancer was healed; we can’t see it? God seldom proves HIMSELF to unbelief, but Brother Paul seems to be especially favored of GOD in this respect, for the LORD has given tangible evidence of healings, which might have been scoffed at otherwise. An example is the sister who went up for deliverance from stomach trouble. Brother Paul discerned her case as cancer of the stomach, prayed for her healing, and told her to go home and spit up the cancer. That night on returning home she was taken violently ill, vomited the cancer, and brought it to Brother Cain the next night in a bottle of alcohol, for a testimony.

Don’t tell me Divine Healing is a fallacy. I saw that cancer with my own eyes and my own body gives me the evidence that it is very real indeed. I could go on indefinitely, telling you of the signs, wonders, and miracles that have been wrought in this meeting. A man I know well, and pitied greatly, had devils cast out of him in Brother Paul’s meeting. He is a different person now, and a very lovable one. I have never been in a meeting with Brother Cain without receiving a blessing in one form or another, and for that reason, when he left us to hold a revival in Long Beach, twenty miles away, I tried to attend as many services in that city as possible. In the Long Beach meeting a small boy who had been blind from birth, saw for the first time. Medical science said this was impossible, that he would never have sight. Wonder what they are saying now?

What a heavenly sensation that must be— to look upon GOD’S beautiful creation for the first time with understanding of the thing one sees! This boy was about seven years old, and he looked at Brother Paul’s watch and told him what it was. Isn’t HE wonderful! One of my own friends, a trained nurse in Long Beach, was healed of T.B. in Brother Paul’s meeting. The doctors told her she must stop work and go to Arizona for a long rest if she wanted to live. Shortly after she was prayed for she had another X-ray made.

This X-ray, along with a statement from the laboratory which made the X-ray, is a matter of record, and the picture and the statement both testify to the fact that there is not a trace of T.B. in her lungs. To go on with the Long Beach meeting would sound like an old story to you, for again GOD blessed in a mighty way— an old story or not, it is one I never tire of telling. One of the finest examples of this young man’s nearness to GOD is evidenced in his altar calls; with hundreds giving their hearts to the LORD, and many receiving the Baptism of the HOLY GHOST.

As Brother Paul would be the first to tell you, he in himself can do nothing; it is the supernatural POWER working through him. Again I thank GOD for calling this humble child to be HIS ambassador of salvation to so many. His burden is for the sick soul rather than the sick body, and rightly so. Healing is the children’s bread, and it takes a simple childlike faith of a healthy soul to digest this bread for the nourishment of a sick body. If GOD, through the ministry of Brother Cain, will reach down HIS HAND to heal and save a sinner and skeptic like me, what will HE not do for those who come to HIM in faith believing? Thank GOD again for Paul Cain, who did so much that helped me to understand— that JESUS CHRIST is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

Paul’s Biography

The Life Story Of Paul Cain

When Anna Cain, Paul Cain’s mother, was about 44 years old, she had four major terminal diseases and was sent home by her doctors to die. Also, she was pregnant. Four diseases: 1. Cancer had eaten away both of her breasts, 2. tuberculosis was destroying both of her lungs, 3. she suffered from terminal heart disease and 4. there were three large malignant tumors in her womb which would prevent a normal delivery of her baby. Her doctor, who was a renowned cancer researcher, took a special interest in Anna. After extensive tests, he told her she would not live long enough for the baby to be born.

At home Anna, bedfast and near death, wasted away to skin and bones until one midnight hour she was in prayer. As she prayed, a dark curtain of death began to settle over her. At the same time, a light began to appear in the darkness and the Angel of the Lord appeared at her bedside. She immediately discerned that his visitation was not a vision but a literal angelic appearance. The angel put His hand on her shoulder and said, “Daughter, be of good cheer, be not afraid, you shall live and not die, the fruit of your womb shall be a male child. Name him Paul. He shall preach My gospel as did Apostle Paul of Old.”

Anna was completely healed. The Lord gave her a new pair of lungs, restored her breasts and cured her heart disease and tumors. When the cancer specialists re-examined her, they said it was the first time they had ever witnessed tissue being recreated and pronounced her a miracle woman.

This was 1929 in Garland, Texas. Paul Cain was born in the normal cycle of life and was nursed on those breasts which were nearly destroyed just weeks prior to his birth. Not only did Anna “live and not die” as the Angel of the Lord had said, she is still alive and is now 104 years old. [This story was written before Anna died. She died 60 years after her doctors said she would.]

At the time Paul Cain was born [1929], Garland, Texas was a small farming community about 20 miles from downtown Dallas. It was surrounded by cotton fields and patches of scrub oak, birch and elm trees.

As a child, Paul was misunderstood by other children because he did not enjoy the same things they enjoyed. His favorite pastime was to read his New Testament and take long walks through the cotton fields, communing with Jesus.

“At a very young age I was conscious that God had His hand upon me,” Paul said. “I was a strange child, lonely and misunderstood by everyone but my mother. The other kids nicknamed me ‘droopy eyes’ because my eyes were usually downcast. I was very shy. Even then I was conscious of the presence of Jesus and His divine guidance in many of my actions. As early as I can remember, I wanted to be a preacher.” It was shortly after Paul’s salvation at the age of eight that the Angel of the Lord first visited him. Paul and his sister Mildred, 14, were nearly asleep one night after an unusually powerful meeting at their church when the presence of God suddenly filled the room. The Lord appeared to both Paul and Mildred. He called Paul’s name twice, and began to tell him of his unique calling. Paul was scared to death and pulled the covers over his head. The Angel of the Lord said to Paul, “I want you to preach my gospel as did Paul the Apostle of old. Open your mouth and I will fill it. You will preach the gospel by binding the sickness and the infirmities of God’s people.”

Soon after the Angel’s visit, Paul found he had an insatiable hunger to preach. Since he had no congregation, he went down to the railroad tracks where they were repairing the railroad, picked up discarded spikes and set them in rows in his backyard. He practiced preaching to them with his little New Testament. Every time he wanted a larger crowd he gathered more spikes. One day, as Paul was trying to preach he wept and said, “Lord, one day I’m going to be a real preacher and these are going to be real people and they’ll say real amens!”

Paul and his sister Mildred soon began to invite friends and family to their home for services. A friend had built a little church from scrap lumber in Paul’s backyard. They took turns reading from the Bible and praying and Paul would preach. Mildred recalled the Holy Spirit becoming very real during these times, as they sang around the piano and played musical instruments in praise of God. She said there were many glorious times for the young people of their neighborhood, and Paul became a truly anointed speaker.

“Those were wonderful days full of boyhood experiences.” Paul said. “In my imagination I saw my little group of kids as The Full Gospel Children’s Church of Garland, Texas. It was glorious. I thought I had a big crowd if 10 or 12 kids showed up. Those were happy days. We sang, praised God and had a precious time in the Lord.”

In 1947, at the age of 18, Paul began to hold citywide salvation and healing campaigns in tents, civic auditoriums and churches. He became one of many prominent preachers in a move of the Spirit known as the “Healing Revival” which lasted from 1947 to 1958. The Voice of Healing magazine, published by Gordon Lindsey (now called Christ for the Nations), chronicled the events of that revival. Paul was one of the men who highlighted its pages. He was the youngest of more than one hundred men who appeared seemingly all at once from nowhere with great anointing for healing and miracles. Dramatic salvations and healings were the norm for those days. Paul walked in tremendous intimacy with Jesus and often experienced dreams, visions and the appearance of Angels before and during his meetings.

It was one such experience that brought Paul’s father to Christ during the early days of his ministry. William Henry Cain was a typical hardworking man who grew up on a farm. After moving to Garland, Texas, he worked for the railroad until starting his own landscaping business. He was a loved and respected member of the community and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Even though he never fully surrendered his life to the Lord, he thoroughly believed in his wife’s healing at the time of Paul’s birth. When Paul was about 21, William Cain attended one of his son’s healing meetings. At that meeting the father saw two tall Angels standing beside Paul as he preached. He went to the altar and gave his heart to Christ. Less than two years later he died and went to be with the Lord. He was 56 years old when Paul was born, and died at the age of 78.

When Paul was in his early twenties, the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in Santa Maria, California. “The Lord is jealous for you and for your companions,” the Angel told Paul. “You were created for His pleasure.” At a later time, Paul understood the Lord was calling him to celibacy through that visitation. He began to pray to the Lord, “Then you don’t want me to get married?”

“I walked alone,” the Lord said, “and so must you, if you want to realize my highest purposes for your life.” Paul accepted his call to celibacy although at the time he had no real conception of just how jealous the Lord would prove to be over his life and just how lonely the road would be.

During the great healing revival, Paul’s ministry reached international proportions. In 1954, his manager purchased the world’s largest gospel tent from Jack Coe, and Paul toured the country, filling it with thousands of people wherever he went. The tent held 12,000 people.

In 1952 Paul began to film his miracle services and air them weekly on secular television stations. In 1954 he produced a motion picture called The Beginning of the End. The movie had a tremendous effect on audiences in the United States and was used to initiate more than 150 churches in South America.

In 1957, the late William Branham had an angelic visitation and was told not to go to a series of large meetings already planned in Europe, but to send Paul instead. As a result, Paul ministered in Switzerland. He also held a meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany that was sponsored by the State Church. These meetings were attended by more than 30,000 people each night for one week. At least 1,000 people came from the Russian zone in East Germany each night. The secular newspaper report claimed total attendance for the week had been 180,000 people. At one service more than 1,500 people received Christ. There were many miracles of healing as the Lord confirmed His word with signs and wonders.

During the height of his public ministry, the Lord began to deal with Paul about the excesses of the healing-revival movement. In 1957, the Lord spoke to him about changing the public format of his ministry. The Lord began to deal with Paul about laying his huge ministry down. It had become a religious machine that the Apostle Paul of Old would never have been a part of. The Lord visited Paul and told him that He didn’t call him to be famous, but to be obedient. Paul would have been in rebellion to continue his large tent and television ministry in the same format at that time. Shortly after this, Paul left the tent ministry by a specific mandate of the Lord.

For the next few years, Paul watched in agony as many of the leaders of the healing-revival movement suffered moral failures involving money, sex, and power, and lost their ministries or seemed to die prematurely, or in infamy. By 1958, Paul had become totally disheartened. At age 29, he was disillusioned and burned out. In the midst of Paul’s despair and repentance, God told him that if he kept himself from corruption and remained content with living a humble life marked by Scripture study and prayer, one day he would be allowed to stand before a new breed of men and women leaders. These would be marked by simplicity, purity and remarkable manifestations of power. This new breed wouldn’t be like the men with whom he had walked in the ’40’s and ’50s. They would want nothing for themselves and everything for the Lord. They would be almost a ‘faceless generation”, leaders who directed all glory to God. Unique revival would come through them, the Lord told Paul. When the Lord promised Paul he would stand before a new breed, he added that as a sign it would happen before his mother died. At that time Anna was 73 years old, so quite naturally Paul though it would take only a few years for the word to be fulfilled.

For most of the next 25 years, Paul lived in a small, two- bedroom home in Phoenix, Ariz., where he, with the help of his sister and family members, took care of his mother. He also drastically altered his intense traveling and preaching schedule, instead devoting three-quarters of his time to meditation of Scripture and waiting on the Lord – sometimes for hours each day. The other quarter of Paul’s schedule went to public ministry. But he refused to use the promotional techniques of the past. Paul made a commitment to the Lord that he would never again take up an offering for himself, as was customary for the healing evangelists to do. He briefly pastored two churches. During his time, Paul shied away from personal promotion or financial gain. He refused to take up offerings for himself at the few meetings he did have, and has stayed true to this financial policy to this day.

Paul is now 60 years old [written about 1989. He is now over 70 years old] and has been a part of the Latter Rain movement, the healing Revival and the Charismatic movement. Although these movements were great and strategic, Paul now believes God never fully endorsed them because of the immaturity and inconsistency of the leadership. He believes they did little to direct people toward righteousness, and that God can only fully endorse that which is holy and wholly His. “God is going to have a clean and fiery ministry,” Paul said. “Selfless men and women who speak as oracles of God will be raised up and accompanied by a fiery anointing from God. God is doing something new and it will sweep the earth.”

Though Paul has never called himself a prophet, those who know him best consider him a prophet. He is a spiritual father in a generation where there are “countless instructors but not many fathers,” (). Paul is especially noted for the presence of God in his life and ministry, a powerful anointing in the word of knowledge, healing, miracles and prophecy. He preaches the message of intimacy with Jesus and God’s jealous desire for His people to be holy. We’ve found that Paul’s ministry produces that effect in those who consistently sit under it.

Paul does impart “jealousy for God” but also is meek and winsome as evidenced by the many puns and little jokes he interjects in his preaching. His humble attitude is evident to everyone who hears him speak. He is motivated by deep compassion for the sick and the lost he sees in his meetings. “I feel great compassion for the sick and my heart aches for them as they come up in the prayer line,” Paul said. “Nevertheless, my greatest burden is for the sick souls. I have found some of my sweetest blessings when I have been able to help a suffering and tortured soul to Christ. That one lost sheep is so precious in the sight of God. Jesus tells us in His own words, ‘I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joys in Heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (: 7)

Paul has had several specific burdens and prophetic expectations for the Body of Christ today and in the days to come. He has had reoccurring visions concerning the end time, which he believes are rapidly approaching. About 30 years ago the Lord gave Paul a vision that has occurred to Paul more than 100 times and still reoccurs to this day.

It is a vision of the last days when sports stadiums all over the United States are filled with thousands of people. In this vision, people are being healed and miracles are happening to thousands in the name of Jesus Christ. People are turning to the Lord in droves and the whole nation is in revival. It seemed the whole earth was turning to Christ.

Television news reporters are broadcasting stories of resurrections and miracle healings. None of the secular reporters could get near the men on the platform. They did not know who the men were. Paul described them as “almost faceless men.” He hears a TV anchorman saying, “There are no sporting events to report tonight because all the stadiums, ball parks and arenas are being used for large revival meetings and are filled with people crying, ”Jesus is Lord, Jesus is Lord.”

In these visions, Paul saw these men minister for three days and nights without food, water or change of clothing. Supernatural strength enabled them to continue for these long periods. In the vision, Paul is standing at the crossroads of life and sees a billboard that says, “Joel’s army now in training.” People are being trained to walk in obedience to Jesus. They have learned patience and endurance, have the power of God and having done all, they know how to stand against the enemy.

“They will have the mind of Christ,” Paul said. “They will partake of the heavenly calling and be a new breed, God’s dread champions.” Those ministries will be filled with such passion for Jesus and the power of the Spirit that the host of darkness will dread their impact. Paul said in the midst of the Laodicean church age of lethargy and apathy, that God was preparing in hiddenness an army to pull down enemy strongholds, and go forth in the power of God and have pure and undefiled religion. “He’s going to do this with a people who have stripped themselves and separated themselves from the world, the flesh and the devil,” Paul said. “They will realize the end time is here and that things are in a mess and things at the end time are different. Just as it required total sacrifice on the part of the disciples to begin this thing, it will require an equal commitment from us to complete the task in the end times. Joe’s mighty army, as described in Joel Chapter 2 is the army of God – not a wicked army, as some have thought. They are the ones with ‘feet of iron not mixed with clay’, with the wisdom of God alone, not imitators of other men of God. Some of the superstars of the Church will fall. The Lord will have an army of holy anointed vessels to usher in His kingdom so that no one man can take credit for it. It will be to the glory of God alone.”

Paul believes God is preparing a new wineskin that is consistent with the “new wine” he is about to pour out. Paul said the prophets today are bringing to the church a revelation of how to prepare the wineskin, how to buy gold tried by fire and what kind of oil to buy for our lamps. One tool God is using to birth His jealousy for holiness in His people is the prophetic ministry. “God is raising up several strategic streams, with leaders who are preparing for Him a wineskin consistent with the new wine he is about to pour out,” Paul said. “If we fail to prepare according to His instructions, the new wine will be lost as in previous outpourings, and the wineskins will again be destroyed.” (: 16-17) Paul said a greater outpouring of God’s power and anointing always brought a corresponding outpouring of His jealousy for that which is holy. This was proven in when the first sins after the outpouring of Pentecost was judged by death (Ananias and Sapphira). “We cry to God for more power, but it’s in His mercy that He withholds the great blessing until we can handle the increased responsibility that accompanies it,” Paul said.

“It’s obvious Paul is becoming most effective in ministering to Christian leaders as evidenced at recent conferences. Already thousands of leaders have been touched through Paul’s ministry for righteousness. These leaders have gone back to their congregations with fresh direction and passion to prepare God a new wineskin consistent with what He’s about to do in the visitation of the 1990’s. It seem very obvious to all of us that it was the jealousy of God over Paul’s ministry that drew him aside for 25 years to preserve him from the corruption that became evident in many of the ministries related to the healing revival in the 1950’s. It was a very lonely, painful and discouraging time in Paul’s life to have had such a powerful anointing that touched thousands at a time. Yet God was jealous for Paul’s part in the end-time ministry. The Lord wanted some older, seasoned ministries that would function as fathers for the younger ministries. We’re deeply thankful to our Heavenly Father that He is jealous over His church to the degree that He would prepare for the church human vessels which reflect His Fatherhood and jealousy for Jesus.”

Jean Raborg

The prophetic ministry is a great source of encouragement. It has delighted me over the years to hear vast numbers of testimonies of people in the Church who have been blessed by the simple acts of obedience and faith by people moving out in the remarkable gift of prophecy.

One note-able testimony is that of Jean Raborg. I intend to share other testimonies of encouragement as people write in to me, but here is Jean’s story.

I hope you are encouraged.

In 1965 Jean Raborg was living the American dream. She had done everything right. She had been raised in a Christian home. Her mother had been the organist at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, Arizona. She had married her college sweetheart, John, whom she had met at Arizona State University. Now they were living in San Diego, California. They had two wonderful children, a daughter Janelle who was nine years old and a son John who was six. She was a popular home economics teacher in Kearny Mesa High School. She loved being a teacher, and she loved her students.

[perfectpullquote align=”right” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Jean had loved Jesus will all her heart since she was 14. When she was 19, she had an encounter with God that caused her to believe in the gifts of the Spirit.   [/perfectpullquote]

The students could feel Jean’s love and acceptance, and often came to her with their problems. It was common for Jean to pray for her students and even pray with them. In 1965 a public school teacher could still pray with her students without fear of losing her job. Jean’s husband John had a promising career selling life insurance. He had already won some award, and they had begun prospering financially. With their combined incomes, they were able to buy a lovely home on a hill in a suburb north of San Diego.

They bought new furniture, and with Jean’s decorating abilities their home looked like one of those show places out of Home and Garden. What more could any young couple want – a beautiful home, fulfilling jobs, a wonderful marriage, sweet children, and all of this in the midst of financial security? In addition to all of this there was a vital spiritual dimension to Jean’s life.

She was more than just a nominal Christian. She had loved Jesus will all her heart since she was 14. When she was 19, she had an encounter with God that caused her to believe in the gifts of the Spirit. She believed God who could do miracles. She and John had joined a church that believed in supernatural ministry. In spite of their work schedules they were heavily involved in their church work. Jean really had it all. She had a wonderful family. She had never know depression or sorrow. She had prosperity and she had intimacy with God. She had a perfect life.

There was only one small problem in her perfect life. Jean was a perfectionist. She didn’t know how bad her perfectionism was, and before 1965, it hadn’t really caused her too much trouble. But now she found herself with more responsibility than she had ever had before. She was teaching 150 students every day. The more she loved those students, the more she took on their problems and their stresses. She put everything she had into her teaching. Also, the new house was not turning out to be the blessing that she had thought it would be. It was larger and required more effort to keep it clean than the smaller house they had before.

There was the added worry about the new furniture – a worry that a nine-year old girl and six-year old boy couldn’t really share. Jean began to come home drained physically and emotionally drained. It seemed that her own children were beginning to require more from her than she could give. In order to meet her own children’s emotional needs, she frequently had to let the house go, and this bothered her. It seemed like it was all she could go to get a meal on the table for John and her children and then clear away the mess afterwards.

For the first time in her life, Jean began to have a problem sleeping. This didn’t make any sense to her because she was so tired when she finally got to bed at night. But now it took her longer to go to sleep, and her sleep was fitful. When she woke up in the morning, she seemed almost as tired as she was when she went to bed. Jean began to long for the weekends, not because she could rest, but because this gave her time to get her house in perfect order. And then there was their church, Jean and John were committed to their church. It was difficult for her to say no to the needs there. So instead of allowing herself to be refreshed on the weekends, she usually began Monday even more worn out than she was on Friday.

As Jean approached exhaustion, she began to realize she could not handle all of her responsibilities. She began to feel like she was drowning – slowly, but surely and losing contact with reality and life. This type pressure was unknown to Jean ever in her life. She started talking to John about the pressure she was feeling, but then she thought, How could I worry John when he is already so overworked? She thought about telling someone at church, but a VOICE went off in her mind telling her that no one should ever know that SHE CAN’T REALLY HANDLE THINGS – that she should just keep going and everything would be alright.

She didn’t know where this last impression came from, but she decided to obey it. She talked to no one about her exhaustion and the mounting stress that was drowning her. She decided to keep going. For the first time in her Christian life, she stopped having what she called “her time alone with Jesus.”

Descent into Madness

By February of 1965, Jean became desperate. She went to her family doctor, and the nurse led her into on of the examining rooms. In a few minutes Dr. Bowers came in. “Hi Jean, What brings your here today?” the kind physician asked. Jean begins to sob to the doctor and explains to Dr. Bowers that she just feels like she is on a merry-go-round and is almost ready to drop.

Dr. Bowers diagnosed Jean with pure exhaustion. He told her she would have to make some changes and get some rest. “You are not using the wisdom God has given you, Jean” he said. He gave her some medicine that would help protect her immune system and give her a little more energy. She began to feel better, but she ignored the doctor’s advice about the priorities because all her life Jean had managed to make thing work despite all her duties. The summer of 1965 came and Jean and John planned to go on a vacation John had won through his company.

The night before they left she felt a sharp pain under her arm. Putting her hand under her left arm, she felt a large hard lump. She collapsed into a chair. A black despair fell over her. She thought of her best friend, Ann, who had died form cancer when she was 28 years old and had left two beautiful little children behind. It had all begun when Ann found a lump just like this one.Out of the darkness that enveloped Jean, a voice whispered, “You have lost weight, you are tired, you have a lump under you arm, and you have all the other symptoms Ann had. You have what Ann had, and it is just a matter of time before you join her.”

Jean had never known the kind of fear she was feeling now. It was paralyzing. She felt her legs going numb. She couldn’t walk. the icy hand of fear gripped her heart and squeezed it so that the hope of the Holy Spirit oozed out of her heart and was lying in a pool on the floor beside her. Jean became powerless to reclaim it. The voice told Jean she couldn’t tell anyone. “Don’t tell John and ruin what few months you have left. And just forget about telling God about this because He’s punishing you for your inability to control things that have gotten out of control.”

Jean thought this was a judgment on her for failing in her responsibility as a wife, a mother, a teacher, and a Christian. No, it was over. There was nothing left except to waste like Ann had done. The vacation was a disaster. All Jean could think was, “I am dying, I am leaving these two beautiful children and my precious husband. I am leaving my beautiful home on the hill, and I won’t be here to teach next fall.” She kept touching the lump, which seemed to grow every day. As it grew Jean became thinner and thinner, and slept less and less.

By the time she got back to San Francisco she was no longer functioning as a human being. Sometime that summer Jean started crying and couldn’t stop. John couldn’t understand it, and she couldn’t tell him. Jean was having a breakdown, but since she had never known anyone who had had a breakdown, she didn’t realize what was happening.

Somehow she made it to the end of the summer.

Her principal told her she had been made head of the Home Economics department. Instead of causing her to celebrate, the news pushed her to the verge of hysteria. Jean started teaching that fall but was an emotional wreck. Every time the students left the room, she broke into tears. After a couple of weeks trying to teach, she went back to see Dr. Bowers. When she tried to tell him what was wrong all she could do is cry. Finally she raised her arm and said, “what is this?” After examining her Dr. Bowers said, ‘Jean why didn’t you come in here after you first found this?” After an examination Dr. Bowers determined the growth was not cancer or even a malignant tumor – it was just a swollen lymph gland and suggested minor surgery to take care of it. Instead of receiving the news in joy, Jean assumed both the husband and the doctor were hiding the real facts from her.

The voice told Jean that John and Dr. Bowers had conspired not to tell her right away about her cancer because she was so depressed and had been crying so much. In spite of the doctor’s assurances, she was more convinced than ever that she had cancer and that the doctor was lying to her to keep her calm until the surgery. Jean had been so confident and competent that she had never learned to ask for help. This situation had spread to Jean’s soul and no one could seem to stop the descent into oblivion she was taking. That night she began to pound on the bedroom walls at the house and cry hysterically. John had never seen Jean act like this. When he didn’t get her to stop, he slammed the front door in anger and escaped to his office. The next day John tookJean to Dr. Bowers again who recommended a 2-week rest from school.

After the 2-week rest one of her students in her class asked her where a certain ingredient was. She stared at the student for a minute, and then a blank look came over her face. Slowly the words, “I don’t know, I don’t know,” came out of her mouth. it was a though something had switched off inside her and everything she had known as an adult seemed to leave her. She became like a child. She heard herself saying, “I am leaving this room, and I do not think I will ever come back.” Without any warning, she began screaming hysterically and ran for the door. One of the teachers across the hall saw her bolting from the classroom and ran out to intercept her.

She threw her arms around Jean, who was sobbing. “It’s all over, it’s all over.” The colleague, Jane, calmed her down and got her into the car. She took her to Dr. Bowers, who immediately called a psychiatrist and made an appointment. By thetime John got to the psychiatrist’s office two hours later, Jean had still not able to talk to the psychiatrist. All she could do was sit in his office and cry hysterically. The psychiatrist found that only drugs could calm Jean. He started her on tranquilizers. Jean could not believe that she, a born-again, Spirit-filled Christian, had to take tranquilizers. She slid into an abyss of hopelessness. She never went back to the classroom and ceased functioning. It got to the point that all she did was sit around the house and cry all day. John had to make herself even comb her hair, and get the children ready for school and go to work.

Jean became suicidal. She began attempting to take her own life on several occasions including one day when she tried to jump out of John’s car on a busy San Diego Freeway. He was barely able to restrain her. The doctor put her on thorazine. John took her to work to keep her from harming herself. But Jean could not feel John’s love, and the drug didn’t really dull her pain. She felt enveloped by a suffocating darkness. She felt mentally, emotionally and physically dead. Thoughts of suicide were always on her mind.

While all this was happening Jean’s parents, Carl and Jesse Williams were in anguish over their daughter’s illness and descent into insanity. Carl was the international treasurer of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship. He traveled with Demos Shakarian, its president and had occasion to meet a number of well-known Christian evangelists. He and Jesse had taken Jean to all sorts of crusades and Christian meetings in order to have pastors and evangelists pray for her healing. Many of the most famous healing evangelists of the 1950s and 1960s prayed for Jean to be healed during this time, but nothing happened. She grew worse.

By February 1966 Jean have a complete breakdown and simply stopped functioning as an adult. John did everything for her. Janelle, now 11, had become the mother of the house. After losing everything and basically being cut off from their church, friends and family, John pleaded with Jean to go back to the psychiatrist. She had stopped taking her medication and vowed never to see another doctor again. In spite of these protests, on Jean Raborg 36th birthday she found herself in the office of Dr. Jim Dickson and in front of the MesaVista Psychiatric Hospital.

The building was not what she imagined.

She found it physically beautiful. She thought, “perhaps I can get some help here after all.” Her and John signed the admitting forms and began to walk down a long corridor. The warmth Jean felt in the lobby disappeared. They came to a stark metal door that had one small window in it. They walked through the door, and when it slammed shut, it automatically locked. Jean was on one side with a nurse, and she saw John on the other side through the little window. At this moment Jean Raborg realized it would be a long time before she would see her husband and family again. She called out for John and he was gone. She called out for God and he didn’t seem to be there either. She stood there, stunned. The windows were barred, the room small. She was alone. She was given more thorazine, and she slipped off into mental oblivion. No matter what kind of therapy they tried on Jean, she didn’t respond. She spent her waking hours in a daze. She began to want to sleep all the time.

At four in the afternoon she would go to her bed and curl up in a fetal position. In the mornings, a nurse had to make her get out of bed. A few times she seemed to come back from the darkness and pretend she was feeling better. On these occasions they would let her go home for a visit and she would just wonder through her house from one bed to another, trying to sleep, but finding no rest. Her doctor would not allow sleeping pills and soon as she got home from the clinic she would always wind back up in the psychiatric ward. John kept hoping Jean would regain her sanity, but everyone else knew that she was not coming back home.

Their children had given up hope. Her parents had given up hope. And Jean herself had given up hope a long time ago. Jean knew she would never leave her prison again. The doctor suggested Jean stay indefinitely. As Jean sat on her bed crying, doped up on thorazine, drowning into this abyss, that same voice that had come to her in the very beginning of this descent came to her again and said, “How could a Christian who loves God and believes in His supernatural power end up so far away from him and in an insane asylum?” Then the voice offered Jean the answer: “You have committed the unpardonable sin. You have blasphemed the Holy Spirit. You can never be forgiven. This is your judgment.” Jean believed that voice and basically sank even further to the bottom of her mental pit never to return again.

Meeting Paul Cain

In October 1968 Carl and Jesse Williams traveled to San Bernardino California to hear a healing evangelist named Paul Cain. On the last night of the meeting Jesse stood up and asked Paul if he would pray for her daughter, who was locked away in a mental institution. Paul agreed and prayed for Jean. After the meeting Paul asked the Williams where their daughter had been institutionalized.

They told Paul that the hospital was somewhere in the San Diego area, but they did not know its name or precise location. John had refused to tell Jean’s parents where she had been institutionalized.

Although his relationship with Jean’s parents had been extremely strained, he didn’t do this out of meanness, but rather out of despair. Every attempt by the Williams through the healing evangelists had not helped, they had only aggravated the situation.

Promises of healing that did not materialize just caused Jean to lose even more hope and strengthened her view that God had truly forsaken her. In the end both the institution and John agreed that Jean would be better off if she was totally isolated. John had cut off all contact between Jean and the outside world, except with himself.

Paul told the Williams that he would continue to pray for their daughter. Paul walked out of the meeting at midnight and went to his car. After two continuous weeks of meetings he was dead tired. Of top of that he had a severe sinus infection. Paul thought it was ironic that the Lord had used him to heal various people over the last two weeks while he himself had remained sick. He put the key in the ignition, but before he turned it he prayed one more time for Jean Raborg.

As he prayed, he began to feel the compassion of Jesus for Jean. What started as a simple prayer became a torrent of words and emotions as he petitioned the Lord to deliver Jean from her madness. He wept as he felt the heart of Christ for her. As he was weeping, he looked up to heaven and the night sky turned into a giant television screen. On the screen, he saw jean in the psychiatrist’s hospital and he saw the things about her life before she went to the hospital.

Then God spoke. It wasn’t audible, but it couldn’t have been any clearer than if it had been audible. These sentences formed in Paul’s mind:” If you will go to San Diego and pray for this woman, she will instantly healed to my glory. And I will use this testimony to the end of her life to encourage women with hope.” The next morning Paul drove to San Diego. He felt impressed to pull of the freeway at a certain exit in San Diego. He walked up to a pay phone without knowing Jean Raborg was two blocks away from the Mesa Vista Psychiatric clinic.

The Williams had given Paul Jean Raborg’s office number and home phone. He called John’s office and no one answered. He called the home and got Janelle the daughter. He asks her for the number and is told, “I’m sorry sir, but I cannot give you the name of the hospital. No one is allowed to see my mother but my dad.” “Janelle,” Paul said, “I don’t want you to disobey your father, but I would like you to stay on the phone for just a minute longer. You see the Lord sent me here to help yourmother. I am going to pray now. Please stay on the line.”

Paul prayed, and in a few seconds he saw the giant television screen again. This time he saw a San Diego newspaper with a headline that said, “Mesa Vista.” “Janelle, I believe the Lord has shown me your mother is at Mesa Vista. I just need you to confirm this for me. Does that name mean anything to you?” “That’s it sir! that’s it, my mom is at the Mesa Vista Psychiatric Hospital.”

Paul thanked Janelle and said “Honey, I know this has been a weary road for you and your family. You have had to be strong while your mother has been so sick. I want you to know that God is going to heal your mother and she will be home in THREE DAYS. And when she comes back she will be back to normal and full of joy. Goodbye.”

Paul walks through the Mesa Vista Clinic and finds the receptionist. “Hello, my name is Paul Cain. I am a minister and I’m here to see Jean Raborg.” The receptionist turned to look up Jean’s room number. Next to Jean’s name were the orders, “TO SEE NO ONE BUT HER HUSBAND- ESPECIALLY CLERGY!” The receptionist looks at the chart, turns around puts it back in the folder and said, “Come right this way Mr. Cain she’s right back here.”

[perfectpullquote align=”left” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”Jean, my name is Paul Cain. You don’t know me, but I know you. What I am going to say to you is going to be difficult for you to understand. Jesus has sent me because he loves you and because he is going to heal you. I am going to pray for you today, and he will heal you, and you will be home in three days.”[/perfectpullquote]

Paul walked straight through the nurses’ station and asked for Jean. She was in occupational therapy now – sealing envelopes. When Jean sees Paul she screams “Dear God, who is that man? He looks just like an angel. I see your glory coming from him. Oh, I wish someone like that would come see me.” Paul went to Jean and said “Jean, my name is Paul Cain. You don’t know me, but I know you. What I am going to say to you is going to be difficult for you to understand. Jesus has sent me because he loves you and because he is going to heal you. I am going to pray for you today, and he will heal you, and you will be home in three days.”

Before Paul had gotten there he had prayed for Jean to have a sound mind since she had been so drugged up on thorazine. “Before I pray for you Jean I want to tell you two things that will help you understand God has really sent me here for you. The first thing Jesus told me to tell you is that you have never committed the unpardonable sin, and he knows you love him with all your heart.” Jean thought she was going to burst. “Oh, I do love him, I do love him – I love Jesus with all my heart! she exclaimed.” “The Lord also told me to remind you of something that happened when you were 14 years old, Jean. You were at a summer camp in Oregon, and after a service one evening you threw a pinecone into the fire, and you asked the Lord Jesus to come into your heart, and you asked him to make you a missionary.” “Yes sir!” Yes sir! But how could you have possibly known that?”

Paul took her hand and said, “Jean, I didn’t know that but the Lord showed me those two things so you’ll know He’s really here for you. He says he is about to make you a missionary, but not the way you thought.” Paul abruptly stopped speaking. He closed his eyes for a moment and then said, “Jean, I am having a vision right now. I see a man standing in an airline uniform, and he’s a pilot. He is a friend of yours, a neighbor of yours. His wife’s name is Pat. What’s his name?” Jean answered “His name if Allan Lindemann. He is a captain for PSA Airlines in San Diego. He lives right across the street from us in University City.”

Paul said, “You also have a neighbor named Marion. In the future you are going to tell Pat and Marion what the Lord has done for you, and it will change their lives. And you are going to give your testimony to the man in the airline uniform and while he is dressed in that uniform he is going to believe in Christ through your testimony. Now let me pray for you.” As Paul prayed for Jean she said it felt like a giant heating pad had been put over her abdomen.

Then she had a sensation of hot oil being poured over her and penetrating every fiber of her body. At the same time, she felt a cloud of oppression lift off of her. She started shouting for joy, “I’m healed, I’m healed!” Paul said “No, Jean, you’re not healed yet. When I leave there, the madness is going to try to return. God is going to put a scripture in your heart when I walk out this door. That scripture is going to seal your healing. When the evil voice returns to you, don’t listen to it. Instead say, “It is written,” and then quote whatever verse comes to your mind.” The Spirit and the Word will heal you and will keep you healed. Jean, you will be home in THREE DAYS and you will be filled with joy. Good-bye. I will be praying for you and will be in touch.”

Paul walked out the door and just left. Jean picks her Bible up and tries to focus on the pages but cannot because of all the thorazine in her system. Her mind began to cloud again and she could feel that same numbness trying to come back. Just then she put her Bible down, stood up, walked out the door and as she walked an passage from the Old Testament came to her mind just as clearly as anything could be: “FEAR THOU NOT, FOR I AM WITH THEE; BE NOT DISMAYED; FOR I AM THY GOD; I WILL STRENGTHEN THEE; YEA, I WILL HELP THEE; YEA, I WILL UPHOLD THEE WITH THE RIGHT HAND OF MY RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

At that moment she felt an icy hand try to grip her heart. Each time she would just walk and down the hall screaming . Everyone around her said, “Don’t listen to her, she’s crazy, she’s crazy!” NO, Jean Raborg had just been healed. The next morning, her psychiatrist, Dr. Appleford came to see her and immediately said JEAN, WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU! Why aren’t you crying? Where did that smile come from? I have never seen anyone in my entire practice snap out of depression overnight.” Jean told him what happened when Paul visited. Dr. Appleford said, “Jean, I’m a backslidden Presbyterian and I don’t believe in miracles but what I see before my eyes is changing my mind. I am going to have you observed for a couple of days and then i will make another evaluation.”

On the THIRD DAY, a bright sunny October morning in 1968, Jean Raborg walked out of the mental clinic never to return again. Everything had changed when she got home. John and her had gone bankrupt. The house on the hill had gone. They lived in a small apartment now. None of their “stuff” had been able to give them joy or protect them from the enemy but now by the mercy of God John and the children had gotten back their wife and mom.

The SPIRIT and the WORD of God had set Jean free. Since they lived in a poorer section they didn’t see their old friends anymore. But a few months later, she returned to a Bible study group in her old neighborhood to give her testimony of God’s deliverance. Pat and Marion were profoundly impacted just as Paul Cain had prophesied.

Soon after Jean’s healing, the Raborg familymoved from San Diego to Phoenix. Some 13 years after Jean’s healing she was invited to come to Salt Lake City, Utah to share her testimony with a women’s group. Jean flew from Phoenix to San Diego to meet her daughter Jeanelle, who going to accompany her to Salt Lake City. “Mom,” said Jeanelle, “I wonder if Allan Lindemann could be flying this plane?” Jean smiled and said, “Honey, I am sure he is retired by now but to satisfy your curiousity I’ll ask.” Jean asked the stewardess who smiled and said, “His name is Captain Allan Lindemann.” Jean couldn’t believe it.

[perfectpullquote align=”right” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Jean Raborg was saved and set free by the Word of God AND the Spirit of God. Allan Lindemann was saved by the power of the Word of God AND the Spirit of God. You must have both. Don’t ever give up on your miracle![/perfectpullquote]

She sent Allen a letter message that she and Jeanelle were on the plane. The stewardess brought it back and said Allen would meet them in Salt Lake City and have coffee wtih them. Normally Allan did not fly to Salt Lake City. His usual route was San Diego to San Francisco. He was filling in for another pilot on this day. At least this was the human reason why he found himself in Salt Lake City in December 1981.

The real reason he was in Salt Lake City had been decreed by God 13 years earlier in a mental institution. At the airport restaurant, Allen asked Jean what she was doing in Salt Lake City. “I am hear to share my testimony of my healing,” Jean said. “Oh yes, I remember that prophet fellow had a vision of Pat when you were healed.” Jean smiled and said, “That’s right Allen but he just didn’t see Pat, he saw you too.” “Really?” Allen asked wondering why. “Yes, he saw me talking to you while you were in your airline uniform. This is how he knew you were an airline pilot.” Allen just sat back and said, “That’s amazing.” “Yes it is amazing Allen. It shows you how much God loves you, and how well he knows you.”

From there Jean began to share the Gospel with him. Alan’s eyes filled with tears. For the first time he understood Jesus took his place on the cross and paid for ALL of his sins. That day, Allan Lindemann trusted in the Lord Jesus to save him from his sins. He was born again right before Jean’s eyes. “Allan, this is just like Paul said it would be in the vision he saw of you, you were wearing your uniform. You heard my testimony and the Gospel in the vision and you became born again.” Allan continued to cry. Finally he said, “What you don’t know Jean, is that this is the last day I will ever wear this uniform again. I am retiring today from PSA Airlines. In just a little while I am flying home to San Diego, and I will never wear this uniform again.”

On the last possible day, Captain Allan Lindemann was saved. Why? Because a word from God had decreed it 13 years earlier in an insane asylum and no word from God will ever fall to the ground before it is fulfilled.

Jean Raborg was saved and set free by the Word of God AND the Spirit of God.

Allan Lindemann was saved by the power of the Word of God AND the Spirit of God.

You must have both. Don’t ever give up on your miracle!

Anner Cain

The Testimony of Anna Cain  by Dan Reise

Anna Cain was 45 yrs old, pregnant and had four terminal diseases in her body, tuberculous, heart disease, both breasts eaten by cancer and 3 tumours in her womb, preventing the birth of her child.

A doctor, a renowned cancer researcher, sent her home and said she would not live to deliver the child. At home she continued to waste away, she spent her time in bed praying and trusting God, but one night after midnight, the angel of the Lord appeared by her bedside and laid his hand on her shoulder saying, “Daughter be of good cheer, you will live and not die! The child you bear is a male child, you shall name him Paul of Troas and he shall preach the gospel as did the apostle Paul, binding up the sickness and infirmities of My people, and he shall stand before kings and rulers of nations”.

She was completely healed, and Paul was born shortly after and was nursed on breasts that just weeks before had been eaten with cancer. Anna later traveled back to the cancer specialist at Baylor Hospital  who stated she was a miracle woman, that no one but Almighty God and His Christ could recreate breast tissue.

Not only was Anna completely healed but she lived to 105, loving God and praying for Paul every day. She was truly his secret weapon as she was more gifted than Paul in revelation and seeing ability.

One close friend was William Branham, who told Paul that his mother’s healing was the greatest miracle of the 20th century.  Once, when Paul was worried about his mom’s health, Brother Branham  took him aside and said, “Paul, the Lord showed me you’re worried about your mom – well you needn’t be, she will live a long, long, long time.”

Anna used great wisdom and never told Paul of his special birth and prayed, “Lord, You speak to him and call him to what you told me he would do.”  Then at the age of 8, the same angel appeared to Paul in his bedroom in the middle of the night. Paul’s sister Mildred called out to the angel, “Here am I Lord, speak to me too!!”  But he was sent to confirm Paul’s special birth and calling and graced her with the opportunity to witness Paul’s call to ministry.

Mildred was one of Paul’s closest siblings, helping and praying for Paul her whole life.  Paul traveled the globe during the late 40’s and 50’s preaching Jesus as Saviour, Deliverer and Healer, with miraculous signs following his preaching and ministry.

In 1957, William Branham by the leading of the Holy Spirit, called Paul and told him that he, Paul, was to go around the world in his place and God would supply everything he needed.

It was a great honor for Paul to preach to crowds of thousands, seeing tortured souls come to Christ, on different occasions, around 1500 people visited meetings from behind the iron curtain and were saved and healed.

[perfectpullquote align=”right” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Who but God knows how this final great army of God will be released in the earth? [/perfectpullquote]

Paul is 89 yrs of age at this time, and has come to believe that God has saved the best till last, and he is noted as saying on many occasions:  “I have not yet done what God showed my mother I would do…”

What is Paul’s agenda today? 38 years ago, he was shown he would live to at least 2017, and preach in an Elim context.  In November of 2017 he did speak in Sunderland England at an Elim church, helping birth a revival fire to sweep the nation.

Recently he headed back to England in May 2018 to speak at Kensington Temple Elim Church, and trust God to fan the fires birthed in Sunderland last year.

 Paul has had a vision of stadiums over 150 times being filled with people ministering day and night and “NO ONE KNOWS WHO THEY ARE…  They are not the big names or well schooled or highly acclaimed today, but a nameless and faceless group, filled with the power of God.  It’s as if the whole world is turning to Jesus.

Paul’s words said it best when he preached telling how it would sound, “There is a news report of someone leading a parade of miracles out of St.Jude’s hospital. Crippled Children now healed and marching in the Glory of God! Then there was another report a 33 degree mason that was raised from the dead out of a coffin, telling where he was, and he is saved on the platform in front of all.  It is as if this is the last touch of God on the face of humanity…”

Pray for Paul, and the Church, that we may run the race and finish our course.

Dan Reise
Paul Cain Ministries Historian

When God hides His face

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God has His own peculiar way of apparently disappearing at the times when we seem to need Him the most–times when He seems to hide His face. I have experienced the Lord hiding His face from me.

Years ago when I first began a public ministry, it wasn’t long before thousands of people were coming to hear me speak. Within one year, we had 26 healing and revival services in Los Angeles, and wonderful things were being said about me. It didn’t bother me, though, because my humility was intact. I was very proud of my humility.

Believing I was immortal, I would pray for hundreds of people in a single service, having had little or no sleep. I would fast from food or water for long periods of time. Proudly boasting one night about the accuracy of my discernment, I said, “I can tell every one of you what’s wrong with you. I know your names; I can tell you who your children are and where you are with God; whether you have been converted or not, and whether you are a spiritualist or a New Ager.” I was so proud.

When I began the prayer line, I said to the first lady, “I know who you are.” But I did not! The anointing was gone. God had hidden His face from me, and it was terrible. I looked at all of those hungry people lined up for prayer and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, I have made a terrible mistake. His anointing is gone, so I’m leaving. If He comes back, I’ll be back tomorrow night, but if He doesn’t, you won’t see me again.”

I stayed on my face before the Lord all night. He had withdrawn from me the intimacy of His conscious presence that I loved and along with it, the wonderful confidence and ability He had given me. He was there, but I didn’t have the benefit of knowing His presence or feeling Him. I think that John Newton understood this when he wrote these words in a hymn: “How tedious and tasteless the hours when Jesus no longer I see. Sweet prospects, sweet birds, and sweet flowers have all lost their sweetness to me.”

“Surely I Am with You”

In biblical terminology, the hiding of God’s face refers to this withdrawal of His conscious presence.  says, “Truly you are a God who hides himself, O God and Savior of Israel.” David said in , “How long, O LORD, will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” In , he said, “Why, LORD, do you stand afar off? Why do you hide yourself in time of trouble?”  says, “Why do you hide your face and forget our misery and our oppression?”

When there is no conscious presence of God, no visible means of support, no tangible way to see the Lord meeting our needs, then it is time for us to rejoice and acknowledge that this is an opportunity to trust the Lord to reveal Himself in an even a greater way when He shows Himself again. On such occasions, God is really there. Just because we cannot see Him does not mean that He is not present. He is with us all the time!

In order to survive the times when God hides His face, we need to know Scripture. The New Testament speaks of reaching out for God and feeling for Him so that we might find Him “not far from each one of us” (). Perhaps we may not feel Him at first, but when we persist in reaching out and seeking Him, we will find Him.

The accuser of the brethren will always try to separate us from the Lord by telling us that God is not with us: this is not the truth. The fact is that God is present with us all the time. He is testing us to see how we will react and what we will do under the set of circumstances in which He has hidden His face from us. The Lord has said in His Word to us, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (). Even when we cannot feel and see and taste and handle the sweetness of God, He is still there.

In , the Lord told Joshua, “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous.” He says in , “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” God never withdraws His promises, His power or Himself from us; He may allow us to feel that He has withdrawn for a specific purpose. However, He is always with us even when we do not believe that He is there.

When I was a little boy, I would listen to “The Midnight Hour–Songs in the Night,” and God’s presence would fill the room. It was a wonderful feeling that reminded me of , when David said, “Will the LORD reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?” The answer is, “No!” Regardless of how bad we may feel, the Lord is still there. He is omnipresent: He is here, there, and everywhere, all at the same time.

When Moses told Aaron and his sons how they should bless the Israelites, he instructed them to say, “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace” (). The “face of the Lord” became the symbol of a smile, approval, or a sense of His presence. When it does not seem that the Lord’s face is turned toward us, the best thing for us to do is acknowledge that He is there, even though we may not feel Him. When the sense of His presence is withdrawn, we may not know the reason why, but God does not have to reveal His reasons. He is omniscient; He knows why He is allowing us to have this experience.

When God Shows His Face

Our desire must be to have His presence remain and abide. When His presence and His power come, they are worth everything. His presence is like having Jesus right there with us, just like a husband or a wife. When the Lord reveals His face and shows Himself, it is like when the Holy Spirit decided to reveal Himself and came on the day of Pentecost: the disciples were there together, and suddenly the sound of a mighty rushing wind came from heaven (see ).

In , there is a man, lame from his mother’s womb, whom they carried and placed at the Gate Beautiful every day. When God decided to show His face, He healed him. Rejoicing, the man leapt up and went into the temple, shouting and praising and magnifying God. A crippled, mangled body was straightened out immediately. This is what it is like when God decides to show His face.

However, there is a warning in  that we must remember:

But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.

It should not surprise us when we commit blatant sins and lose the sense of God’s presence. When we sin, we must repent and turn our backs on evil if we hope to experience His presence with us again.

Trials and Disappointments Will Come

Each of us will go through trials. Paul said in , “So that no one would be unsettled by these trials, you know quite well that we were destined for them.” In his letter to the Philippians, he writes, “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him” (1:29). The end of every trial is at hand, though, because every trial has a built-in time limit. “And no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (). God knows just how much we can bear. In we read,

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

The Lord is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love. He will not always withdraw Himself, nor will He harbor His anger forever (). We may think that God is never going to show up again or that He is never going to come through for us anymore. Trials or difficulties may seem like they will last forever, but they will not. We must understand that God our Father has compassion on us, His children. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust”().

Many people only want the brilliance of God’s presence–the fun, the spiritual food and the fellowship. Christians tend to want to be happy and jovial all the time. When we are not, we sometimes lie about it and don’t want others to know that we going through difficult times.

Let us be honest with each other. Trials and disappointments will come, but Jesus is always standing nearby, ready to step in. Just when it seems we cannot bear anymore, He will say, Your shoulders weren’t built for more than you could bear, and I am going to shoulder this for you. I am going to take your problems; I am going to take your burdens, and I will carry them for you.

This is what happens when He reveals Himself. In a moment, everything changes. Our Father is merciful and loving. “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (). “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him” (). Seeing Christ will make everything we have suffered worthwhile–all the midnight of the soul, all the pain, all the trials. We will realize that all the suffering and adversity we experienced were for a purpose; they will pay innumerable dividends in these last days as we meet our Lord and our Savior.

With joy, we can thank the Father for times of pain, the times of not enjoying His conscious presence, nor seeing His face. In all things, we must seek His face and not His hand. When we take Him for granted and believe that we should never feel bad or have a dull moment, we are acting like spoiled children. We can thank Him even for painful times or dull times, for the times when we aren’t gushing with joy or filled with happiness. At the end of our journey, we will look back and be able to say, “It was all for a reason. It was all for a purpose. It was all for my benefit, all to the glory of God.”

A post charismatic church

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It is encouraging to know that God often calls or speaks to men and movements more than once. He spoke to Abraham more than once, Moses and others more than once. Stephen’s great sermon recorded in Acts chapter seven is a summary of the continual moving of God throughout Israel’s history. Stephen points out how every one of the leaders sent by God were rejected the first time, but accepted the second time.

God is Speaking the Second Time

The history of Israel and the history of the church reveal how God speaks to His people the second time to restore them.  is called the restoration chapter. “Moreover the Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison” (vs.1 KJV) That the word of the Lord would come to anyone a second time represents God’s extraordinary grace towards His people. The word came a second time because they had rejected His first word. Even though they had imprisoned His prophet for prophesying, God continued to speak to them. Certainly God remains faithful even when we are unfaithful (see ).

One of the great errors of the church has been to judge movements by their most extreme elements. One of the significant movements of the last few decades was the Charismatic Renewal. Like every other move of God, the Charismatic Renewal had its extremes, which caused the less discerning to reject the whole movement. In spite of the many problems, the Charismatic Renewal was used by God to accomplish much, and we should rejoice in the good that was done. Even so, the Charismatic Renewal is now over, but God is going to move again and speak again, even to the very ones who rejected Him in the last movement.

God Uses The Foolish

Some church leaders rejected the Charismatic Renewal out of pride. First, they could not imagine that God would do anything of significance unless it was through them. This kind of pride will always disqualify us from being a part of a move of God. Others rejected it, not so much because they could not imagine God moving without them, but simply because of the foolishness they saw in many charismatics which they did not want to be identified with. This too is a form of pride and, “God resists the proud, but gives His grace to the humble” ().

Some foolishness has accompanied every move of God and will accompany the future ones too. In  we see that in His wisdom God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the worldly wise. This foolishness, or seeming foolishness, requires a certain humility for us to press beyond it so that we can find the real treasure and receive the grace of God. This kind of foolishness is a God ordained test for removing the proud and undeserving from the ranks of those He will use. Gideon’s army is a good example of this principle. The strategy that Gideon was given by the Lord appeared to be utter foolishness, but it was exactly what was needed to accomplish the victory. In spiritual matters, human reason will almost always result in “the paralysis of analysis” which destroys our ability to obey God.

The Wisdom Of God

So some of what appeared to be foolishness in the Charismatic Renewal really was the wisdom of God, but some of it really was human folly. We must learn to discern the difference and remove that which is folly, and an unnecessary stumbling block to sincere seekers. We must honestly evaluate the hard lessons that were learned in the last movement so that we do not make the same mistakes again. The Lord is going to give us another opportunity to do it right. We will again, very soon, see multitudes being converted and being empowered with the Holy Spirit. We must realize the limits of our own wisdom so that we do not automatically disregard that which we do not understand, even when we consider it to be foolishness, but let us quickly discern and repent of that which is our own human folly.

There Will Be A Second Harvest

Many godly, sincere leaders rejected the Charismatic Renewal be cause they considered it to be Ishmael and not the promised Isaac. These leaders have been sincerely seeking the power of God in their lives and ministries; they just did not think that the Charismatic Renewal represented the real thing. Regardless of whether they are right or not, they are still waiting and seeking the Lord for the true power of the Holy Spirit and they are going to receive it. We are nearing a Second Harvest that is about to sweep even some of the most dry and barren institutional churches and empower them with the Spirit of God. He is speaking the second time as it were, but this time we can avoid the mistakes and excesses of the last move while incorporating its many positive contributions to the spiritual advancement of the church. Even though God is moving a second time because of His great grace, we cannot be presumptuous with His grace—He is also requiring a higher standard of purity and obedience from those who would receive His full endorsement.

Judgment Begins with God’s People

Because judgment begins with the household of God (), we must understand that God is going to discipline the church for her sins before He brings judgment on the world. How could the Lord judge the world if the world can point to His own family, the church, and say, “They do the same things that you are judging us for.” Indeed, the world does now have that excuse and uses it to continue in its rebellion. With our second chance will also come a second, more severe discipline from the Lord. Just as Jeremiah received the word of the Lord a second time as a last warning before the whole land was devastated, the church is likewise in a precarious place. Let us not receive the word of the Lord coming to us again in a spirit of presumption—it is not an endorsement of our present condition, but a call to repentance. It is the kindness of God to call us to repentance (see ), but in our own foolishness we often interpret His kindness as a stamp of approval.

Salvation or Judgment?

Do not be like the rebellious child that has to be told several times before he will obey. That is a profound foolishness when dealing with God. He is patient and full of mercy, He sometimes gives second chances like He is about to give us, but to presume on His patience and mercy is a pride that He is certain to resist. . . “TODAY if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” ( NAS). We are the ones who will choose if the next move of God will be a day of salvation or a day of judgment. For those who receive the word, repent and order their lives to conform to it, it will be a day of salvation. For those who reject it, or try to use it for their own selfish ends, they will have a more severe judgment, having rejected the word of the Lord twice. Our God is a holy God and He requires that His people be holy as well. The Holy Spirit is first of all just what His name implies—HOLY, and if we are going to be His temple we too must be holy. The Lord is offering the church another chance for renewal.

God is speaking the second time and in this we should rejoice. We are now entering a “post-charismatic” era of the Holy Spirit. There is now a wave emerging and gaining momentum. I have seen this wave by the Spirit of God, sweeping over multitudes and engulfing them in life changing power. This new move of God will contain the good from the previous moves and much more to prepare the Church of Jesus Christ for the greatest season of harvest and manifestation of His power, glory and righteousness the world has ever known.

Seek His Face, Not Just His Hand

Over a million Baptists are about to be endued with this power. The Holy Spirit is already sweeping in and preparing the great Baptist people for a great awakening. Solemn Assemblies are being called by the Holy Spirit, moving them to a holy desperation for Him. The Spirit is moving upon multitudes of Baptists and calling them to a true repentance. They are seeking God’s face and not just His hand, so He will reveal to them His hand (power) as well. He is about to meet them and bless them in a way that greatly exceeds their expectations. The church has now been pressed as far as she can go. We have reached a crisis moment in which only the true power of God can reach such a dislocated, rootless, fatherless and hopeless generation, and God is going to give that power.

The Last Day Ministry of the Church

Many other evangelical leaders of various groups are also now in desperation seeking God for a fresh Word from heaven. The Word of the Lord is coming to them the second time as well. The Lord is about to give these godly, sincere leaders a reason for believing that His supernatural power is as available today as it was when He Himself walked the earth. Those who, for various reasons, could not see a way to be involved in a past renewal, will soon see integrity of heart, sincerity and reality in this coming time of restoration and visitation that will enable them to lay aside everything that has entangled them to run the race without inhibition to be a part of the last day ministry of the church.

Vessels of Power

For the great last day ministry of the church, the Lord will take some of the greatest skeptics and make them the greatest believers, able to move mountains with their faith. He will take some of the greatest critics and turn them into the greatest vessels of His mercy. He will take some of the most proud and make them into examples of true, godly humility. He will take some of the least intelligent and use them to confound the wisdom of this world. He will take some of the weakest and display through them the works that He did and even greater ones. Just as Saul of Tarsus, the Pharisee of Pharisees and the most desperate enemy of the young church, became the apostle of grace and one of the greatest heroes of the faith, the Lord has a host of such men and women that He is about to confront and radically change. Some of the leaders and denominations that have been the most adamant opposers of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, will soon become some of the greatest champions and vessels of the power of God.

The Retreat of the Lukewarm

Likewise, many who have been mightily used of God, who have seen the power of God in measure, have become proud, comfortable and lukewarm. Sadly, many who were in the center of previous moves of God do not realize that they have become spiritually blind, naked and poor. God will speak to them again too, calling them to repentance, but as has been the case with every previous move of God, many of these will not go on. The roar of the ocean is made by the retreating waves, not those coming in. Some who were a part of the last move will also make a great deal of noise as they continue their retreat, seeking to undercut the incoming wave, but this next wave will not be stopped and the opposers will soon be forgotten. But God is now saying to all of us—in spite of our mistakes—the shakings, the bondage, the disillusionments, even the criticisms and slander we have used against each other—He is going to give us another chance. There will be a restoration of His Power and Spirit to the degree that every strata of society and every stream within the church will be greatly affected and blessed.

Walk in Spiritual Reality

For those who have already tasted of the power of God it is time to lay aside everything that encumbers to walk in spiritual reality with integrity and purity of heart. It is time to lay aside the disappointments and failures, and the injuries that have come from being blown about by so many winds of doctrine. The past no longer exists, if we try to live in it we will cease to be a part of what God is doing today. Today is a new day and it is going to be different. Now is the time for us to, in a holy desperation, to lift our voices together to cry out …”AND NOW, LORD BEHOLD THEIR THREATENINGS: AND GRANT UNTO THY SERVANTS, THAT WITH ALL BOLDNESS THEY MAY SPEAK THY WORD, BY STRETCHING FORTH THINK HAND TO HEAL; AND THAT SIGNS AND WONDERS MAY BE DONE BY THE NAME OF THY HOLY CHILD JESUS” (, KJV).

Power Will Come Through Relationship

The Lord is going to move in unprecedented power because we are going to need unprecedented power to accomplish the Lord’s purposes in this hour. Let us never make the mistake of seeking the power of God without intimacy with God. Intimacy is a special grace. We can be near to God without being intimate. Judas was near Jesus, but he was not intimate. Intimacy with God, like the grace of God, requires humility. It is no accident that Moses, the prophet who had the most intimacy and power with God was also the most humble. True humility attracts God’s majesty. Only true humility enables us to see the purposes of God without distorting them with our own self-seeking. Moses understood God’s eternal purposes; Moses knew God’s ways, not just His acts (). Because of this the Lord spoke to him face to face as friend to friend (). That is our first calling—to be the friend of God (). When we are His true friend we will have true intimacy— then he can trust us with true power.

All are Called to Intimacy with God

 (KJV) says: “SURELY THE LORD GOD WILL DO NOTHING, BUT HE REVEALETH HIS SECRET UNTO HIS SERVANTS THE PROPHETS.” The Lord does not do this because He has to, but because His prophets are His friends and He does not want to do anything without including them. Not all are called to be prophets, but all are called to intimacy, and everyone of us can be so close to the Lord that He will want to share His most intimate secrets with us. Being close to Him is something that we can decide to do—He exhorts us to seek Him, to draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us (). He has rent the veil for us, we can come boldly before His throne at anytime (). Every one of us is as close to the Lord as we want to be. We need power, but let us not forget that even His power is given to draw men closer to Him. “But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” ().

Dying to live in Kansas City

Sermons from Yesteryear | Paul Cain 

New year message 1999

This is an unusual time every year. In the last few years I have had the privilege of bringing the New Years Eve message and it has kind of become a “State of the Church” address rather than a “State of the Union”, a “State of the Church” address. I planned to say a lot things about the worship tonight, how much I enjoyed Tom and the worship group. It was wonderful and then the sister that just sang. I wanted to do all of these things and I won’t have time to do all of the things that are going on in my mind tonight because I need all of the energy that I have able to accumulate today after being out knocked of the race. I’m not giving you a health report, but I’ve been knocked out of again. I’ve been taking a licking, but I keep on kicking or ticking, which ever, I don’t know, but the lord has intervened and I am able to be here tonight.I’ve learned a little more about warfare than I have known in the past and thank God for the people, not only here in Kansas City, which is the main spot for intercession and prayer. I came here for that, for 24-hour prayer and intercession. We are lost without it. We have to have that. That’s the reason why I am here. The ones that are most troubled make it to Kansas City hoping that this 24 hour prayer, intercession and this bombarding heaven will pay off and it has been paying off. Thank God for what he has done for Don Steadman. Without this we are hopeless and helpless.A lot of people have been hit with cancer just in this past year. In just the past few months we have heard of a number of people, some of the leaders of this church, who have loved ones close to them who have been hit with cancer. Even though we say cancer is the little “c” and Christ is the big “C,” it is an awful thing for God’s people to be hit with such a demonic destroyer called cancer. We don’t minimize the fact that cancer does kill, but we can’t help but magnify the lord in this matter and Jesus does heal. Amen? Jesus heals. Thank you for your wonderful enthusiasm. Most of you must not be sick. If you were sick you would be enthusiastic about Jesus healing tonight. It’s too late now, (to applaud) but He will accept it I suppose. He is more friendly that I am and warmer, by far. But let me tell you, most of the people who criticize healing are people who don’t need healing, but when they get sick enough they will think again and maybe they will call upon the lord.

I have a prayer that I want to pray before I bring you the message. I have the most unusual message that I have ever tried to preach. I started to say undertaken, but I guess that would go along with it because the title of my message tonight is, “Dying to Live in Kansas City.” You say, “That’s cute,” but wait until it is over and we’ll see about that. But right now, let’s pray.

Heavenly Father, we pray to you because you are the Father of lights. You are the truth. You are the Way, you are the Truth and You are the Life. Lord, I pray tonight that you will overcome our enemy; the father of lies. We resist the spirit of witchcraft tonight. We refuse to listen to this fallen worshiper of God, satan. I beheld satan fall from heaven. Lord, this prince of man who was able to worship, this angel who was able to worship you with such spirit and with such truth is now a fallen worshipper and is now the father of lies. We resist him tonight and we believe that you will come through for us. I say, satan, it is enough, it is enough and it is finished. ().

() So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

It is written, “It is finished, it is finished.” Lord, we thank you for that proclamation in the Holy Spirit that it is finished, it is finished and satan has lost the battle. We are going to have victory through the Lord Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father, I pray you will move here tonight by your finger, by your hand and by your arm. Recapture the truth that has been thrown in the streets. Nothing but the blood here tonight. Nothing but the cross and the resurrection power of our lord Jesus Christ. We divorce humanity and abide with divinity. We declare that this is the day of the Father. This is the day of Father God. Come through for us Holy God.

We release the fear of God here tonight. We release the fear of God in this service, this very service. Right now in the name of Jesus, put a holy fear in Metro. Put a holy fear in us tonight. No one talking, no one moving around or no one anxious to leave. I pray lord, that you will put a holy fear in all of us tonight. Let us focus not on hearing a man, but hearing God. Judgment is in the house. Judgment is upon us and we need to hear from heaven for the healing of our land. Have mercy on your people and give us another chance. Give us a vision to say that all of your promises are mine in 1999, in Jesus name we pray. Have mercy on us in Jesus name, amen.

Well, I don’t really like to say a lot of cliché’s or employ a lot of cliché’s in my messages, but why don’t we just say, “Everything is fine in 1999.” Would you do it? Just project that into the atmosphere, “Everything is fine in 1999.” I’m not so concerned about Y2K; I’m more concerned about 1k999. Does that make sense? 1,999, because we will be into that year in just a few hours and I’m looking foreword to this year. I’m looking foreword with great anticipation for what God will be doing this year.

Right now, without further adieu, I want to talk about dying to live in Kansas City. If you came here, to Kansas City, to live you just may die a horrible death. Let me repeat that. If you came to Kansas City to live you may die a horrible death. If you came here to die, and you have died, you may just live a wonderful life in Christ. That may be tricky, but


() But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

and I believe that he that liveth in pleasure is already dead. Have you been in a graveyard lately? How many of you have been in a graveyard lately? I drive by one every day that I go out. I live by a graveyard. But what you don’t realize is that you are in a graveyard tonight. If you have truly come here to die, you are in a graveyard tonight. This should be one of the greatest indoor graveyards in Kansas City and welcome, dead or alive, but welcome.

Tonight’s message is a radical call to discipleship. A radical call to apostolic leadership. Two of my favorite passages in all of the bible that deal with discipleship have to do with what the lord says about it; the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself.

() And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. {24} For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

In the days of Jesus anyone who was carrying a cross in Jerusalem or through Jerusalem was a walking dead person. He was a walking dead man. He was advertising to everyone that he was dead because the cross meant death. We don’t advertise so much, the cross anymore. We have lost sight of the fact that we are all on a journey and we, on this journey, leave something behind, which is ourselves and we take something with us on the journey, which is the cross. We don’t see very many people advertising their death anymore, but that is what Kansas City represents and that is what Kansas City is all about. That is the reason to many who have been playing games in Kansas City, I am glad to announce to you that the game playing is over and God is about to step in. That is the reason why I said that judgment is in the house for judgment begins at the house of God.

Now this may not be a pretty message to begin with, but it ends well. All is well that ends well. That’s not scripture, but Shakespeare said a thing or two that were fairly good. All is well that ends well and this is going to end well, but we may not be doing so well tonight for we are not advertising enough; our death. We are not emphasizing enough; His death, His burial and His resurrection and the prophetic gospel, which I plan to be consumed with and I am already consumed with for this next year. Now, this  business:

() And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

is something that Jesus himself is saying. It’s not Paul’s version of discipleship. It is the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself. The sinless, spotless, Lamb of God is saying, “If you want to follow me, if you want to be my successor, if you want to take up where I left off, then this is what you do: you get on this journey, you leave yourself behind, you take up your cross daily and you follow in My footsteps.  is a wonderful verse of scripture. I love it and I have used it more than a thousand times in messages. Everyone seems to like verse 8 of because is says:

() Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

But wait a minute, there is still price to pay for God’s miracle working power. Everybody wants to someday heal the sick, or cleanse the lepers, or raise the dead. They want to see demons cast out. They want to see all of this on a wholesale scale, but there is a price to be paid. I said, everyone likes , but not everyone likes verse 38. Let me just preface it with verse 37.

() He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

That is pretty cruel discipleship, isn’t it? Did you know that you might have to follow that close? Did you know that the cross might be that excruciatingly painful? Some of you found out later and you just skipped out. You may stay out or you may come in. The invitation to you is, come on back for the lord still loves you. You can still get into the journey. You can still deny yourself. You can still take up the cross daily and follow Him, but when you found out this part of the gospel it didn’t seem to be good news, did it? So, who in the world is willing to give up father and mother, houses and lands? Or even children? Who is willing to do that? That’s too radical! That’s too much! But can anything be wasted on the Son of God when He gave everything for you and me? When He died on the cruel tree, can anything be too much to give to Him?

You know there are people in my lifetime, when I first started out as a disciple for the lord people were on fire for God. All of those were rooting for me and they were blessing me and encouraging me along the way. Their lives were full of vim, vigor and vitality. They had a lot of energy for God and a lot of energy for bearing the cross, but you know many of those have passed on now. Some of them died while they were cooled off and while they lost the vision and while they never got back on the journey. But I don’t want that to happen to me and I pray this will never happen to you. We need to come back to the original Kansas City Fellowship where we had an original vision. Where we had an original simplified lifestyle and that was so wonderful for me to learn about. It eventually brought me here and it brought you here. Many of you that are here and have become fixtures here, that is the reason, because of that four-fold vision, the IHOP vision if you will. But verse 38 is what some people do not like.

() And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. {39} He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

() And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Whether it’s  or , the challenge is a challenge to surrender everything to the Lord Jesus Christ. You don’t have anything to lose, really, but your own life and you’re going to lose it anyway. So what is there to lose? We need to take up our cross and follow Him. The cost for being a disciple is one thing and I said it before, it is a great cost. But the cost of not being is a greater cost than you may ever dream of.

While I was preparing this message I thought about, “How about a hell on earth marriage? How about a hell on earth house full of children on drugs or in jail? How about a hell of bankruptcy and losing everything you have? How about a hell on earth of divorce? Then how about a hell on earth of attempted suicide?” So what’s left for us?

Most all of my adult life I have spent in a search of those who have similar values. My values are that we must come to the realization that we have to die and if we don’t die we will lose our life anyway. So, again, what do we have to lose? Dying to self is one of the strangest things. We don’t know a good definition for the flesh. I have preached messages about the flesh and it is a very mysterious thing. People want to deny themselves and they want to kill the flesh. They work hard at it under the Golden Arches. They eat junk food and they eat things that will kill them eventually and if you spend enough time under the Golden Arches you will soon be seeing the Pearly Gates. But will you be prepared to meet the lord unless you have successfully made this journey? Dying to self; here is what it means. When you are content with any food, any offering (and thank you for the offering I am very content. I don’t know what it is. When the bag passed me it was empty, but thank you for the offering tonight. I am contented with it.)

Any climate, any society, any raiment and any interruption by the will of God, that is dying to self. When you are forgotten or neglected, or purposely set at naught and you don’t sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy at being counted worthy to suffer for Christ; that is dying to self. When your good is evil spoken of and when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinion ridiculed and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart or even defend yourself, but take it all in patient, loving stride; that is dying to self. When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularities or any annoyance. When you stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagant spiritual insensibility and endure it as Jesus endured; that is dying to self. When you never care to be referred to in conversation or to record your own good works or itch after commendations. When you truly love to be unknown; that is dying to self.

When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met and you can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy nor question God while your needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances; that is dying to self. When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart; that is dying to self. Question: Are you dead yet? Am I dead yet? Well, I am dead certain that we must die. We must take up our cross and follow Him, ready to die to self.

There are things that others seem to be able get away with in the Christian walk and they don’t go very deep and they don’t go very far on the journey, but that’s not you. That’s not me. When I was just a young boy I read a tract that I ran across the other day and it was entitled, “Others May, You Can Not.” It had a whole list of things that others could very well get away with and seemed to be able get away with, like the song, “Farther Along, We’ll Understand Why.” We don’t understand why we have to be hit for every little thing we do and others just go along never molested and never tried, but we are all tempted and tried, but it is worth everything isn’t it? I just want you to know that your excitement about this message tonight is overwhelming me. It’s just like a tidal wave sweeping in from you. Don’t keep that coming. Just let me rest a little while here. Don’t bombard me with such praise for this wonderful message because I know you are all just itching to die. You are just dying to get out of here, but you can’t leave.

We have this radical call to death to self. God is calling us to voluntary fasting. That is the best thing if you can do it right now. It’s good because involuntary fasting can be rather painful when you are forced to it. Think about Jesus with the disciples. He said, “you won’t fast now that I am with you.” He was there, he was blessing them, but he said, “when the bridegroom is taken, then you will fast.”

() And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

Listen, the lord can cut things off for you and me and make things miserable and that’s when it is an involuntary fast. It is time to fast the best we can. Why not volunteer while things are good? In the day of the lord’s power there will be willing volunteers.

() Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

Well, how about you who volunteer now? There is going to be a special place for you, just remember that. You did your Christmas shopping early, why don’t you die early? Don’t wait for 1999. Why don’t we just die now? I mean die to self. Die to self and be resurrected into the newness of life and walk with Christ all through 1999 and be a red-hot, on fire, praying church and have intercession going, and have holiness going, and have the offering that God is accepting, have that going? Have the prophetic going and have prophetic preaching going and go all through 1999?

If you want to know the truth about it, I think 1999 is what we need to focus in on and forget about Y2K, that will take care of itself. If you want to know more about Y2K then get the tape that we did on that subject. It is entitled, “The Prophetic Tale of Two Cities.” Get that. I am not going to waste anymore time talking about Y2K. I am just sick of it. I want to talk about Y1K999. 1999 was going to be my greatest year and I can hardly wait for it. It is just right around the clock here. It won’t be long. Now this is not the time to get excited here. You should have gotten excited a while ago about dying. That is what we ought to get excited about. Come on now.

There is a three-fold drama about to be played out. Number one of course will be Y2K. There is a loss of electricity and some things are going to go haywire for a while, but that’s not the big problem. It is not Y2K, it’s Y-O-U. That’s what somebody said at one of our last conferences, the Amber Rose Conference in Portland. I think it was Jack Taylor. He said, “It’s not Y2K, it’s Y-O-U.” Then I added to it: “Yes, it’s Y-O-U and

M-E! It’s you and me, or you and I, I guess, but it sounds better because it’s hard to spell “I.” Well let me just tell you that it’s you and me and it is not what we think it is.

Number two; there will be economic pressure globally. I am talking about wholesale pressures with a domino affect; Indonesia, Japan, Russian, Brazil, Western Europe and then finally, the USA are all headed for some serious problems. But be that as it may, it will be the church’s finest hour. I have a friend that is looking in tonight by Internet and I think this is the first or second time that have preached on the Internet. While we were in Europe recently during the Shiloh Conference there were people all over that nation that we were in, who were watching you on the Internet. In fact someone in the household where we were staying. We were very seriously involved in some of the Far East business, but in that household there was someone watching the Shiloh Conference on the Internet. It just makes it a little closer for the lord to come back. When this gospel is preached in all the world, then shall the end come and here, there and everywhere the gospel is being preached. But I believe that this gospel represents the prophetic gospel; what the prophets said about the cross, the death, the burial and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and that is what God has ordained me for and called me for from my mother’s womb, to preach the prophetic gospel. That is all I am going to be doing in 1999 is preaching the prophetic gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation. We can thank the lord for that and the miracles are going to come from that and the thousands of souls that are going to be saved. I believe more souls will be coming to Christ in 1999 than any year in our history and we are going to see them come under the influence and through the power of the preaching of the prophetic gospel.

I wish we had a lot of time to say something about that, but just wait until 1999. If I go over past twelve midnight I will start preaching the prophetic gospel because I am committed to doing that all through 1999; preaching the prophetic gospel. What did the prophets say? Why did they prophesy? What came to pass? Where was it fulfilled and so on and you can talk to anyone. You can talk to an Islamic person. You can talk to a Moslem person about your doctrine and they will just treat you like you are beating the air and you will feel like you are beating the air, but if you preach the prophetic gospel it cannot be resisted because that is where the power is. That is where the power is for the Moslem. That is where the power is for the Hindu. That is where the power is for the Buddhist. That is where the power is and it is going to be different when they hear the gospel preached as the prophetic gospel, where you cannot resist the death, the burial and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ as it has been prophesied by all of the holy prophets since the world began. Amen. That is where the power is. It is in the prophetic gospel.

All right now, we have talked about economic pressures globally and then, number three, there will be unprecedented terrorist activity. I know that you expected a little prophetic thing here tonight and you are getting it because staged acts of terrorism by demonically inspired minds from different parts of the world will be employed against America, especially, and also against Great Britain. I tell you that there are certain people who are not finding any peace about what has happened in Afghanistan and Sudan and in Iraq. I know I am bold in making those statements, but there are certain things that are going on. You know, I feel sorry for Iraq, but there is something biblical I want to say about Iraq. It is where the Garden of Eden existed. We know that, that piece of geography is so important and Iraq is where the first great lie was told. That was where the first lie was told. That was where the father of lies began his war on the Holy Father God and then had to be driven out of heaven. So they have had trouble ever since. But I have good news for Iraq, when the prophetic gospel is ever preached there in power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit, Iraq’s problems will be over and all of the Ishmael states will have no problems and study war no more and peace will come to the Middle East when the prophetic gospel is allowed to be preached. Can you say amen to that?

My how I enjoyed talking to my friend tonight from way up north, as far north as you can go from the USA. He is watching by Internet tonight. He is my friend and my intercessor, a dear minister friend that we met recently when Aaron and I went over on the Middle East business. We met him over there where we were staying and he is looking in and I just want to say hello to Bud tonight. I call him Bud wiser. I didn’t realize the meaning of that, but I do put a little slash after Bud/ and then, wiser. He is enjoying such wisdom from God and he was giving me some of these thoughts that just thrilled me through and through tonight. So, I just wanted to say hello, Bud and you just keep getting wiser. If he gets any more anointed he is going to be taken up like Enoch and I told him to please cool it just a little so he can stay here and help us, but you keep praying for me Bud.

But anyway, what can save us? First, there is going to be a national shaking and don’t discount God being in this. There will be a natural shaking.

() See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: {26} Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. {27} And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. {28} Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: {29} For our God is a consuming fire.

I want to get into a place with God that we can stand. Having done all to stand we will stand therefore and we cannot be shaken, but we will remain. We need that stability tonight.

Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: {29} For our God is a consuming fire.

That is the reason I prayed that the judgment of God that’s in the house, that there would be a holy fear in this place tonight. That we would leave here with God meeting us in an awesome way and we would have a reverential awe for Him and a holy fear for all of 1999 for our God is a consuming fire.

A global shaking at the end will come and then a spiritual shaking. A global warring and as I said, there is a war in Iraq tonight and there is a war in the Middle East, but that is not the warring that I am talking about. I am talking about you and I entering into a spiritual warfare that hasn’t been described yet. It is indescribable warfare that I am trying to hit at tonight. I can’t even start to describe it because we are going to be warring against things that haven’t even been invented yet. Against tribulations and against temptations that haven’t even come up yet. The devil is working day and night in his laboratory trying to figure out something so sophisticated that even the most ardent Christian will fall for it. I used to tell the devil when he would send some good-looking broad, I mean good-looking female my way, I used to say, “devil can’t you do better than that?” Because that was my area of strength, but you know something? Well, you know, he did better and he did better. He will wind up doing so much better that he will cause you to fall if you are not stable. If you can be shaken you will fall.

But let’s get this stability we need. Let’s grind our heels in and let’s stand tall and strong and say, “Come on devil, I’m coming through right where you are standing and you can’t get me because I have already heard from heaven. I know what you are up to and the deal is dead. You’re a dead dude.” Well, I shouldn’t say that, but the deal is dead. I will only call the devil what the Word of God calls him and don’t you ever make the mistake of calling him anything the Word of God doesn’t call him. But, I feel very safe in anything that Jesus calls him and I have a whole list of things that I am saving up for 1999. When I get a little more vim, vigor and vitality I am going to let him have it.

() And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, {8} And prevailed not;

“And prevailed not!” There is bad news and there is good news. The bad news is we are going to war, but the good news is that it is going to be won. It says:

Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, {8} And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. {9} And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:

He was cast out. And may I say would deceive the very elect if it were possible

() which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. {10} And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,

Isn’t that wonderful? Isn’t that something to praise God for? One day the accuser of the brethren will be cast down. This implies that he is already making trips to heaven or that he is already up there bringing accusations and saying accusatory things about every one of us, but thank God he will be cast down.

() Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down which accused them before our God day and night. {11} And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb,

Remember, that which will prevail in the last days is the preaching of the cross, the blood, the death, the burial and the resurrection of Christ. None can dispute it, none can gainsay it, none can resist it. It is the irresistible gospel and after we are long gone, even the angels will preach the everlasting gospel and more people will be saved then, than the earth has ever known. But let me tell you I am anxious about what is going to happen in 1999 with you and me, or you and I preaching not only the everlasting gospel, but the prophetic gospel! Amen.

I just feel the power in that when I say it, but I’m not expecting you to get excited again because you’re still thinking about carrying the cross and about giving up mother, father, houses, lands and everything else and you just can’t bring yourself to that, but you are going to have to. You are going to have to! You don’t have to. You don’t have to. The cross may be too great for you, but I’ll tell you one thing, it’s going to be greater if you don’t. You shouldn’t have gotten yourself into this mess in the first place. You made a choice. It is a matter of choice that we choose Jesus Christ. It is a matter of choice that we accepted salvation. It is a matter of choice that we accept what comes with it. Now, we have all of these people that just, well, “grace is one thing” and “grace, you know, does cover it all,” but let me tell you there is something left for you and I to do when it comes to taking up our cross daily and follow Him. Don’t you ever forget it.

Now here is what’s left for us to do.

() {11} And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

You get a group of people in Kansas City that feel this way, that work this way together, that join in faith this way together in day and night prayer and sacrificial lifestyle and that is what I came here to be a part of and I want you to know that something is going to happen. If you don’t love your life this is what is going to happen:

{12} Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

But during that short time there is going to be a mobilization of God’s troops, of God’s army, of God’s people and some of those people are right here in Kansas City. They are not all here, but there is a good segment of God’s people here and they have come here for all of the right reasons. You may have gotten sidetracked on some of this, but you can come on back and take up your cross any time. Before it is too late let’s do it and let’s get on with it.

() And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. {14} And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. {15} And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. {16} And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. {17} And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Let me tell you that the solution is for the church, globally, warring in red-hot, fervent prayer, fasting, intercession, prayer and supplication. That is the need. It is a radical call to prayer. . You say, “There sure is a lot of scripture in this tonight.” Well, I know there is a lot of scripture. I happen to know where the power is for the Word of God is powerful and there is no Word of God without power. So the more of that I use tonight, the more of it that I employ it, the more obligated God is and the Holy Spirit is to come along side here and confirm the Word even with signs and wonders and diverse miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit. He has always done that, always will do that and why should tonight be an exception? He can do it again tonight.

() Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

That is what I came to Kansas City for. I know that many of you came to Kansas City for that. You heard this was a place for day and night prayer, 24 hour prayer. You heard the IHOP thing. You heard about the intercession. You heard about all of this; about the giving to the poor, the offering and the radical ministry to the poor. You heard about it and you came here for those reasons and for more. But here the church was gathered together for a very special reason. Peter had been cast into prison right after James had been killed by the sword of Herod and it says in here, in verse 6:

{6} And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. {7} And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

We are talking about New Testament caliber stuff. May it come to Kansas City. May it live in Kansas City. May it be welcome in Kansas City. May it have a good life here. May 1999 see the fulfillment of all of this, not only the chains falling off, but the gate opening of it’s own accord and the deliverance of all of God’s people. Like Peter was delivered, we will be delivered. Sorry, just a little sidebar there.

{8} And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did.

I tell you, there is going to be a lot of that kind of thing. God is going to speak and say, “Get out of bed,” and so I did. “Put on your shoes,” and so I did. “Go down to the street,” and so I did. That is where the gospel and the Word have been taken and dumped. Pick it up! Reclaim it and preach it! Preach the prophetic gospel! “And these dry bones will live,” and they did. I’m going to look foreword to that..

{9} And he went out, and followed him; and wist not (did I say, “And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee?, I guess not. Well, anyway, he put on his garment on and followed him. We have to be clothed before we leave the prison, see.)

{9} And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.

God is going to be moving so fast in these last days, we can’t tell whether it’s a vision or whether it’s the lord Himself, or what is going on. It’s just going to start happening. Look for it in 1999! This is not a pep talk. I’m glad I have some pep. I’m glad I have some vim. I don’t know, I didn’t expect, well, I’m glad I’ve got it! That’s all there is to it. I don’t know… well, I do know how I it happened, but I don’t have time to tell you about it.

{9} And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. {10} When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. {11} And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. {12} And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. {13} And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. {14} And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.

Well, of course they say, “well it’s impossible to pray for him. Herod has already killed James with the sword and now they are going to do the same and probably crucify Peter upside down tomorrow, and don’t bother us.” But, you know, even though they were praying and not knowing, really, what they were praying for, red-hot intercessory prayer pays off whether you know what to pray for or not. Even if you can’t do anything but groan in the Spirit the Holy Spirit will make intercession for you and make sense out of your groanings. Just make it a red-hot powerful groan and groan in the Spirit if you can’t do anything else, but they prayed not knowing really what to pray for and God answered their prayers anyway because the Spirit was praying behind it. You’re missing all of this good doctrine.

{16} But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.

Some of you will be astonished at the kind of prayers God is going to answer, but it’s our only hope. If you don’t do it, what on earth are we going to do about people like Don Steadman and people like Pat Bickle. We need red-hot intercession going and day and night, 24-hours a day and not even bother to check out the health reports of the people we pray for, but just keep praying and praying and praying and then you may be astonished at what has happened because you haven’t had time to hear the latest news or read the latest email. You just were so busy seeking the face of God for these needs that you were astonished when it happened.

{17} But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go show these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place. {18} Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. {19} And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode. {20} And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king’s chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king’s country. {21} And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. {22} And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.

If we ever praise anyone or anything or any place above our magnification of God for what He will be doing through intercession and prayer and through the pursuit of holiness and our pursuit of feeding the poor and extravagant giving and all of that, our prophetic preaching; it has to be that we give God the glory and God the praise for everything that is a result from that. Can you say amen? But here is a man that gave God not the praise and they praised him as though he were a god and not a man and immediately the angel of the lord smote him.

{22} And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. {23} And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him,

The angel of the lord delivered Peter from prison, but now here the angel of the lord smote Herod because he gave not God the glory…because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. {24} But the word of God grew and multiplied. {25} And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.

Now we are in a similar situation here in Kansas City. The only solution to our woes and our problems with so many coming down with cancer and even in the leadership of the church. Those great people have been smitten with these afflictions. Now here is our dilemma. Either we pray without ceasing and don’t give up just because you get a good report. Now, with all due respect and with all kindness, I am not trying to destroy any faith, we should not stop praying for Don Steadman. We should not stop praying for anyone else that has a remission or seems to be getting all good reports because the same faith that we employ to pray for them to get those good reports, we may need to maintain that for them to keep getting good reports from here on out. Let’s keep the demon of cancer, which has an intelligence all it’s own, let’s keep cancer away from this body by red-hot intercessory prayer, fasting and a lifestyle that pleases God.

I want to show you that five great things came out of this  prayer meeting at John Mark’s mother’s house.

1) The angel of the lord delivers Peter from prison and that was no little miracle.

2) The angel of the lord smote Herod because he gave not the glory to God.

3) The Word of God grew.

4) The Word of God multiplied.

5) The greatest missionary journey in all of history; Paul and Barnabus launched the first missionary journey.

So it pays to pray. Look what comes out of it.

() Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Some things don’t move easily. Some things are not easily cast out or done in, or done away with. So, we are going to be approaching some big demons and some big problems. Forget about Y2K and think of the problems of 1999 that God is giving you and giving me the opportunity to stand up against, to pray against, to war against. There is going to be a warring of the saints, especially here in Kansas City. I challenge you and everybody listening around the world, I challenge you to make this a year of warring. A lot will depend on how far Y2K goes, by how far we go in our prayer, our red-hot prayer regime praising God, worshipping God and praying day and night without ceasing.

So the church is being called upon to fast in this desperate hour. We need to fast in many and varied ways of life. I know some people who just are tired of reading about the news. They fast the newspapers. They fast CNN, they fast television news. They fast periodical reading and book reading.

You can fast television, that’s a tough one right there. When I first started in apostolic ministry as a teenager, I want you to know that television was just coming in. It hit New York big time. It was black and white then and a lot of snow was in it and everything. They had snow just about every night even through the summer, just by watching television. But anyway, I hated that thing. It was like a demon rising up against the church. It started eventually emptying the churches. It also emptied the theaters. A lot of the great theaters (the good and bad side of that) a lot of the great theaters out west closed down because of television, when television hit. It was good for us because we were able to rent out some of the largest and most beautiful theaters in the country because television closed them down. Television was a one-eyed monster that just robbed the church of attendance. Let me tell you, it wouldn’t hurt if you fast television. If you fast television.

You say, “What about Christian Television?” There will be no Christian Television in heaven, you might as well get used to it now. So we could even fast a little in that area. I wouldn’t want to go to heaven for Christian Television. Wouldn’t you be bored for watching television throughout eternity for millions and billions and quartrillions of years? Oh my, no way. Just let everything that hath breath will be praising the lord and we won’t have to watch television to do it. Thank God for television right now, but I am going on a fast. Now, you’ve heard me, didn’t you? I am going on a fast, but lord, don’t take my videos away from me. I mean, I know that some of you just rented some videos and you’re anxious to go home and watch them. All right.

But this is a wake-up call for the church of Kansas City and we really are sleeping. Not all of you, but some of us are sleeping. Now, the bad thing about sleeping, as I have said before, is that we don’t know we are asleep until we wake up. Now isn’t that logical? But before a great awakening there is going to be a rude awakening. We do things in our sleep that we would never think of doing while we are awake and the church is doing some embarrassing things these days. When I was young and a Southern Baptist preacher, finally ordained by a Southern Baptist church; I had been a fiery Pentecostal preacher before that, but there was so much rule making and so much legalism in the Pentecostal church that I escaped. I thought that I would find less gossip and less sin in a more refined church. Well, it was just the opposite. What they didn’t do in the way of some of the shameful things of the other group, they made up for it in other ways so I was just out of the frying pan and into the fire. So the only way out of this is for us to truly wake up and for us to truly, truly see what the major vision is. It’s not leaving Metro and going into something else or leaving that something and going into something else, you will never find peace. But there is a rude awakening right where you are and we need to come out of our sleep. Amen. The thought I was pursuing there has left me. If it comes back, it was the lord. If it doesn’t , I’m not worried about it.

Let me share two major visions with you that led me to Kansas City. June 1996: the IHOP vision, Intercession, Holiness, Offering and the Prophetic. That was enough to bring me here, but the thing that happened in August 1997 in which God revealed to me that Kansas City was a place of day and night prayer. I couldn’t think of any other place because I thought if Kansas City is red-hot on this day and night prayer that is where I have to be because I had a dream in Anaheim, California and I was told in that dream that I would not survive. I would not come through what I was suffering if I did not find a place of day and night prayer. So I hopped a plane from Anaheim or Orange County to Kansas City for that reason. I am here for that reason and if you let down and you stop praying without ceasing, if you discontinue the vision for your four values then I am sunk and a lot of other people will sink with me. But let’s go all the way with this. God is beginning to use similar events like in  to wake up His sleeping church.

My mother has quoted this scripture to me in her lifetime or my lifetime hundreds of times.

() Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: {11} So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

Father, I pray that you will anoint the rest of this message and not let anything take away from it. Lord, we refuse to listen to that fallen worshipper ever again. We refuse to give in to the spirit of witchcraft and Jezebel ever again, in Jesus name, amen.

This is not a time to sleep. This is not a time to be numb or to numb our senses with the wine of Babylon or any other kind of wine if you want to know the truth about it. . You say, “Well, what about wine drinking? There’s nothing in the bible about drinking wine as a sin, it’s only drunkenness that is a sin.” Well, be that as it may, this is the time for soberness. We are right on the heels of doom or we are on the threshold of the greatest move of God in all of the history of the world combined. So don’t you think it’s good if we give up the wine of Babylon and all else that comes from Babylon and come out from among her because the good that are in her will perish with the bad. All the bad that are in her. So you don’t want to be the good mixing with the bad. It’s an unholy mixture. God has come to give something to his people in an unprecedented way. He will visit his people without mixture, with his Spirit without measure.

() Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. {15} See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, {16} Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

I want you brothers and sisters to know that we here tonight, (it’s just before midnight, I can say it) we are the only people on God’s earth, on this planet, that have a unique ability to buy time. Redeem means buy! We, the children of God, can buy time! We can say, “just a little longer please, Jesus.” That’s not just an icky song. It is a special message to the church; just a little longer please, Jesus. Just a little longer to get our loved ones in. There is time for you and I to buy time because the days are so evil. It seems like one more day of evil will overwhelm us, bit we can buy time.

 describes a vision I had about AIDS, a communicable form of cancer as it were, coming upon the human race. Twenty years ago I preached ardently and even the medical profession, some of the of the medical community doctors were attending our meetings who were great friends of ours said, “Paul, you’re going to ruin your ministry and lose all of your credibility because there is no proof and never will be that cancer is communicable. There will never be anything like this, surely. If you want to keep your ministry intact don’t say that anymore.” But I kept saying there was a fire in my bones that in the last days men’s hearts would fail them for a form of disease that would come upon them through sexual acts and would transmit a thing like cancer. It would be communicable and they would die from it and men’s hearts would fail them for the fear of this coming upon them. Well, there are other reasons too, men’s hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things that are coming upon the earth. There will be people who will die over Y2K, over the fear of it. Not over the calamities, but over the fear of it before a calamity ever comes. So let’s get that out of us right now, amen? Let’s work on that. We’ve got a whole year to do it. So don’t fear those things which are coming upon the earth for the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.

() And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

This is an awesome warning tonight. That is the reason we should not partake of the wine of Babylon. That is the reason we should not get investing into the money system, the world system of Babylon, because Babylon will fall. We must have our faith in the unseen, which is the only real thing left to have faith in. The seen is absolutely futile and it’s not real. It’s the unseen. It’s our way out and it’s our invisible means of support.

() For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. {36} Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

“Oh, but the grace of God will cover us. Oh we’re saved and the lord is going to take care of it. Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe.” Of course he did, but why should we, why should we watch then? Why should we pray? Why pray if it has already been determined what God is going to do? No, we can pray and God will hear our prayers and God will heal our land! God will save our household! He will save a nation, maybe in a day.

{36} Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Amen and amen. Brother Bud and I were talking tonight about the need to pray the kind of prayer that I prayed in the early part of the message. The kind that I want to end with too. 

() Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

Where that saying of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled which he spake,

() Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

All right, I am closing this message, but I’m closing it on a positive note. Earlier I talked about the finger of God. Do you know he spanned the heavens? He spanned the heavens with His little finger. If he can do all of that with his little finger and if he flung the stars in space and hung all of the constellations in the sky and he did all of these acts with his finger and his hand, what on earth could He do with His arm? I want to end this on that. We have something wonderful to look foreword to and my heart will not fail me for fear because I see the finger of God and I see Him casting out devils. I see the hand of God. I see Him making all things well and I see the arm of God strengthening us to preach the prophetic gospel to the ends of the earth and then shall the end come. God has raised us up for such a time as this: for the time for the Arm of the Lord to be revealed.

In the 1960’s we published a periodical called, “Our Report.” It was a clever little thing to come up with because we had a scripture at the top that said, “Who has believed our report?” Then underneath it we had the rest of the Isaiah scripture, “And to whom has the arm of the lord been revealed?” Then we would have some pages in there of testimonies of people who had been saved in the meetings and people who had been healed in the meetings. People who had marvelous deliverance’s. They were the ones to whom the arm of the lord was revealed. So I say there will be a greater manifestation of this. We are going to hear from people who have believed the everlasting gospel. Who have believed the prophetic gospel. Who have believed the report which is the prophetic gospel and to whom the arm of the lord has been revealed. God has raised us up for such a time as this and the lord wants to reveal his arm.

One last thought: God is looking for true worshippers who are always in the pursuit of worshipping Him in Spirit and in truth. God wants us to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. He is seeking for those to worship Him and those who worship Him, to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. That is how we come into alignment with the plan and purpose of God for us.

() When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

The work of His hands in other words. The lord made the heavens and the earth by the work of His hands, but just wait until you see in the last days, what He will do when He reveals His arm. His arm is about to be revealed, revealing the prophetic gospel. It’s about to be revealed in the most amazing move of God the world has ever seen. It will be the preaching to the ends of the earth of the prophetic gospel in a way that none will be able to gainsay or resist it. The redemptive work of God. I want to just add that a whole city will hear it, like Ninevah, and turn to the lord in a day. Then a whole nation will hear it; I don’t know by what means, but they will hear the preaching of the prophetic gospel and one day maybe in your lifetime and mine, we will see a nation! I hope its Iraq. I hope its Jordan. I hope its Israel because he promised that he would purge the iniquity of Israel in a day! In one day! So I hope he turns nations unto him in one day and the preaching of the prophetic gospel can do that. The redemptive work of God: the cross, the death, the burial and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ according to the prophets.

I tell you, I used to come home after a meeting and my mother would say, “Was there a good meeting? Was there any Azusa there?” I said, “What do you mean by that?” She said, “Well, did anybody feel the presence of the lord? Did anybody shout? Did anybody get saved? Did anybody get healed?” Well, I just want all of that to happen here tonight. I know my mother is looking in on this, maybe. I don’t think she is looking in by Internet because they don’t have it up there. Microsoft is too hard for heaven. But let me tell you they have something better and she has a way of looking over, into this service tonight and my Grandmother is looking in too, saying, “There’s my Buzzy and God is blessing him.” That’s what she always said when I preached.

All right, I don’t apologize for preaching so long. I wish I could preach longer and I may. But , if you had been through all that I’ve been through you would be glad just to be here, but I’m glad to be here and to be anointed. If you don’t think I’m anointed, that just shows you how the devil has fooled you. I want you to know that he shouldn’t be tampering with your thinker that way.

() And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. {2} And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. {3} For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

Won’t you prepare for it tonight? In closing, can we see the need of coming back to those four values? I came here because I wanted to share those values with you. I wanted to live them out with you. I intend to live out my value of a celibate life with you in hopes that somewhere along the way there will be others who will be able to make it. There is a great reward in that. There is a reward in being a eunuch for Christ. There is a reward for making a choice of this kind. There is a reward for making the IHOP choice. There is a reward for making all of this extravagant giving to the poor, the choice to do that. All of these: IHOP, in this international house of prayer is also meaning by acronym, this great intercession and holiness and pursuit of holiness, and offering to the poor and this prophetic preaching; let me tell you, great things are in store.

But the things that I have read to you of a negative nature: Babylon falling, which means get out of her or you will fall with her. , and I’m closing. What manner of people ought we to be? I’m asking you, will you prepare with me? Will you prepare yourself with me for 1999?

() Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, {12} Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? {13} Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. {14} Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent (BE DILIGENT!) that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Heavenly Father, tonight I have preached none other invitation than that of the sinless, spotless Son of the Living God; His invitation to discipleship.

() And he said to them all, (It’s a matter of choice) If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Lord, we want to follow in your steps throughout 1999. We don’t want to just be secular Christians and believers and be a part of the humanistic form of church that both saint and sinner would do no differently and if we come into a situation saying, “What would Jesus do?” in a situation like this and then try to do it. Lord, we want to be so filled with your power and with the Lord Jesus Christ. We want to be so much in Christ, for in Adam all died, but in Christ all are made alive. We want to be so much alive in you that we would automatically do what it is to do when we see any situation with the poor, or with the sick and suffering, especially with the lost and dying. Lord, we will just do it because we are following in your steps. Give us that tonight, in Jesus name.

I want every one of you that will accept the challenge, you have plenty of time tonight before this meeting is over, to accept the challenge of making 1999 the most important year, ever, in your life. We don’t know how many else we will have of many more years or even if we will go all through 1999. But lord willing, if we have 1999 before us, will you accept this challenge tonight to make every day count?

My thought about happiness: I used to say that happiness is the most elusive thing in the world and I gave up on it. But I’m still thinking that happiness, to me, means something to look foreword to. I heard that and it just kind of set with me. Have you ever heard a little thing like that? Just someone says it accidentally? Not even a believer said that. I thought, that’s what it is, happiness, that’s it really is: something to look foreword to. I’m looking foreword to red-hot, glorious intercession and prayer meetings. I’m looking foreword to IHOP becoming a reality. I’m looking foreword to Shiloh amounting to something more than we ever dreamed of. I’m looking foreword to 1999 producing marvelous results as the lord comes along side, as the Holy Spirit automatically accompanies us and we do things that we do not ordinarily do and we say things that we cannot ordinarily say, and preach the prophetic gospel just this way that a city or a nation will come to the lord in a day. Will you stand?

I really would like to minister to a lot of people tonight, but I prayed a whole lot about that. I prayed much about it and I believe the lord said, “I will give you energy to do my will. I will give you energy to do one thing and if you step outside of that perimeter it will be you that will have to account for it.” So I have been cautious and I have been careful to only do only what the lord anointed me to do tonight. My anointing is confined and restricted to the kind of preaching that I have done tonight. That’s all that I have had energy for. My brain has been messed up all day long. The last two days I’ve been under an attack, but I cried out to the lord over and over. I said, “Lord, keep me out of palpitations, keep me out of atrofribulation.” Right now I’m wearing an event monitor, a heart monitor and I think it has blown up and I’m going to have to pay thousands of dollars for it because I think the power showed up tonight in the prophetic words that were said and the prophetic preaching, or prophetic gospel, rather. I know that sounds funny to you, but it’s a very expensive little gadget and I was warned not to wear it because there has been a time more than once where power has come into a meeting and things happen. Somebody said, “Don’t wear that tonight. That’s the first thing the power will hit.” No, I think it just hit my heart, I really do and it hit my mind.

The lord gave me grace for this meeting tonight. He gave me power and strength and he has made my way plain to preach the gospel. So, I’m leaving it with you. You have a long time to do something with it before 1999 rolls in. Well, maybe not so long, but I would get on it if I were you. I’m going to get with it. We’re going to see God do things that will astonish us just like it did those believers at John Mark’s mother’s house in .

God be with you. God, bring us into everything that Kansas City IHOP vision and Shiloh vision ever, ever was meant to be and don’t let us miss a thing, in Jesus name

When Heaven touches Earth

Sermons from Yesteryear | Paul Cain

November 1997

The coming move of God is going to be a lot different than I ever thought — and I’m sure it will be different than you thought, too. The Lord is going to move in a completely new way, unlike anything we have ever seen before.

It is good to look for precedents in Scripture and in church history, but many of the things that God will do in the days ahead are truly unprecedented. In fact, God has set somewhat of a precedent for doing unprecedented things. There never had been a precedent for a burning bush, but He used a burning bush as a powerful sign (see ). Moses didn’t have any doctrinal or theological foundation to prepare him for his encounter with this burning bush. God simply put His glory on a bush that burned without being consumed, and Moses turned aside to see.

Like the burning bush, the church will again shine with the glory of the Lord. Though the bush was merely an inanimate plant impregnated with God’s glory, the church will be a living body that is glorious beyond description. Like the burning bush, we will be a sign that people will turn aside to see.

The holy radiation of God will drive out all kinds of illnesses in these last days, and it will be the number one cure for cancers, AIDS and all kinds of communicable diseases. God will once more do things that are unprecedented. He will do things that are different from anything He has ever done before.

In the day of God’s unprecedented acts, we need to be careful about saying, “Well, that’s not in the Bible.” No one had ever experienced a burning bush prior to . Paul had no Bible verse directing him to go and stay in a certain house, nor did Ananias have a Scripture giving him revelation of the geographic location, street number or name of the man he was going to see.

Ananias had no precedent to follow that would show him what had caused Paul’s blindness or what God would do if he would go and lay hands on Paul. Although Moses, Paul and Ananias may have lacked scriptural precedents for how God was choosing to move in their lives, they had the witness of the power of the Holy Spirit and they obeyed when God called to them.

I do not know all the details of what God plans to do in coming days, but surely one of the key aspects is found in :

“Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
“For behold, darkness will cover the earth,
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the LORD will rise upon you,
And His glory will appear upon you.
“And nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising” ().

Just as Jesus stood on the Mount of Transfiguration and his three disciples saw Him shine (), God is going to have a whole company of people who are going to shine. The world will see the light, and all the nations will come. It is going to be the light of “a city set on a hill” that “cannot be hidden” (). It is time for the body of Christ to arise and let her light shine forth for the world to see.

A New Breed of Leaders

I see a whole new leadership and a whole new move of God for these last days. The Lord is going to speak mightily again, and He is going to cause heaven to touch the earth. It is not enough for the world to hear our teachings, our prophecies, or our expositions of Scripture if the heavens are not stirred to action. Multitudes of men and women might thrill at the words they hear, but it matters little if there is not a chain reaction of kingdom life on the earth.

The world is not so much questioning the reality of life after death, but rather it is watching us to see if we truly have a new kind of life after we receive Christ. Our inability to evangelize the world has been more the result of the world’s skepticism about “life after life” than about life after death. Are we really saved? Do we really have new life? When we do, a heavenly chain reaction will follow. Life will beget life after its own kind (see ).

I believe an awesome, reverential fear and respect is coming back to the leadership of the church. Losing her self-imposed restrictions and her imprisonment to human traditions, the church is going to regain her power and emerge shining brighter than the noonday sun. We are going to be called upon by heads of state and kings of nations. The Lord is going to give heaven to earth so that we can evangelize the world.

In the condition we are now in, the church would never be able to fully win the world. But, thank God, she is about to change. In order for the changes to occur, we, like Ezekiel, must “eat this scroll” that contains the Word of the Lord ().

What does it mean to eat the scroll? It means that we have to digest His message to the point where we become the message. We will never be able to reach the world unless that happens. God gave John the Beloved similar instructions about eating a little book () and, like Ezekiel, John was able to prophesy in a way that caused a mighty chain reaction.

When we eat the scroll and get His Word in us so that it becomes a part of us, the world will behold the glory of the Father. The nations will respond to this kind of word — not because God’s servants are listed in Who’s Who, or because they raise the greatest offerings, or build the greatest buildings. Rather, people will respond because they know that ordinary men cannot speak with such authority unless the power of God is in them.

True Seed Faith

One thing I am sure God will challenge is the idea of “seed money.” God makes it very clear in His Word that His people are to be the seed that is planted, not the “almighty dollar.” He distinctly shows us that we are to be the seed that is planted, and we are to be fruitful in the earth.

Out of love for the Master they serve, God’s true disciples are those who forsake everything (). The teaching that one can grow financially prosperous by giving more to the church is a perversion of truth. We cannot be His disciples until all we have, all we are, and all we ever hope to be has been laid before Him. Only then can He do with us and through us all that He wants to do. “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” ().

This is what true discipleship is all about — the sacrificial life. The Lord wants the seed to be planted so that it can produce grain, but it must first be bruised and crushed before it can be living bread for the hungry (see ). Although the “seed money” principle may have filled the coffers of the church, it has left the ministry and the people sterile. There is no birthing. The womb is closed. Yet God is going to change all this. He is going to plant the right seed in the right soil, and life is going to come forth.

In the book of Acts, Peter and John were on their way into the temple when they saw a lame man lying at the gate. Fixing his gaze upon the man, Peter said, “Look at us!…I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene — walk!” (). Then Peter took him by the right hand and lifted him up. Immediately the man’s feet and ankle bones received strength, and he began walking and leaping and praising God. This is what the world is waiting to see.

The first thing Peter told the lame man was, “Look at us!” However, the world is not presently looking at the church. In fact, most unbelievers pay no attention to us at all. What is going to impress the world is the power and the character of God in our lives. They will take note when we are able to say, “What I do have I give to you” — and then do mighty miracles in Jesus’ name. That kind of authority is going to be restored to the church.

A Heavenly Chain Reaction

There is going to be a release of power evangelism that will meet the needs of mankind. This will cause a chain reaction throughout the world. God is going to have a mighty army that goes into every place on the face of the earth, sharing this glorious gospel. The gospel of the kingdom is not just His Word — it is also His power. It is always associated with healing the sick and doing the works of God. This is the gospel that Jesus proclaimed and demonstrated, and He is about to do it again.

When heaven touches the earth, we won’t have to twist any arms to get people saved. Jesus is the Lord of the harvest, and He has given us the opportunity to proclaim His life-changing kingdom. We won’t have to strive in our own energy. We won’t have to go out and evangelize in the energy of the flesh, knocking on doors in hopes that someone will get saved. As never before, lost people will come to us.

In this spiritual chain reaction of the last days, we are going to know the times, understand what God is saying, and then go do something about it. We will have life to pass on to those who will hear, and they will receive life to pass on to others. When heaven touches earth, the world will know that we serve an awesome, life-giving God. His glory will be seen throughout the whole earth!

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