Hey there, I have found this ..if anyone is interested, this is some person retelling a story of a 'revival' they experienced..
GODS VISITATION IN PANAMA
By Robert A. Miller
In April of 1991, we went to visit Roberta Payne, a friend, living in Panama, working for the USA government.
During our stay there, Panama experienced a devastating earthquake, The apartment we were staying in would sway.. and lights went out..Thousands were left homeless, hundreds were seriously wounded and hospitalized. Many were killed. The news reached across the world.
That week, we went to a sunday service held at "Hosanna church". Pastor Edwin Alvarez was ministering a powerful message, in reference to the earthquake, warning the people, to wake up, and return to the Lord. I was aware that this pastor was a genuine man of God.
At that moment the Lord spoke clearly to me, to go up after the service, and meet this man..... After no little battle, I did.
Upon meeting, our spirits immediately were akin.
We later went out to lunch, and there, the Lord spoke again to me, saying, "invite Edwin Alvarez and his wife to Atlanta and pay for their tickets".
Pastor Alvarez was having considerable trouble with his voice, at the time, so I asked him if he would like to give his voice a rest, and come to visit us, for a few days.
The answer was yes, and two months later they came and spent a week with us in Atlanta. What a wonderful time of fellowship that was. They Felt to come to some services at Peniel Church, here in Atlanta.
The glory and presence of the Lord flowed like rivers during those days. They later said, "we have never cried so much in any service before". They saw something here, where God was marvelously moving, that was to affect their lives permanently. Their words to us, were," We have never seen or felt the Manifestation of the Glory and presence of God so powerfully as we did there at Peniel"
They returned to Panama, and six months passed by, with no further word from them.
Then we received an invitation to come and speak at a conference they were planning for 2 0 plus people many of whom would be pastors from many different denominations.
They were to have several services during the day, and a camp again in an open air stadium at night...with 7000 or more people,for seven days.
The theme for the evening services was to be: "Panama for Christ". and the messages of the morning services, would be directed to pastors and workers.
After much consideration and prayer, we felt It was the Lord's will for us to Go. A great battle followed this decision, we were being attacked on every side. The pressure mounted by the minute.
Several times we almost gave in, and were tempted to cancel the trip.
..... What we would have missed......
At our church here in Atlanta, prayer was offered before the throne every day, during our whole trip there.
On the other end...In Panama...The pastors across the country were in fasting and prayer. Toward the end...A large number of laymen workers, and the Pastor, locked themselves in the church, day and night, for several days, fasting and praying for God to move..
The pastors wife was away on a retreat with many important people of the city for several days of fasting and prayer.
We left in the morning of February 8th, this year,1992, arriving in Panama that night.
Upon our arrival, at the Hotel, The presence of the Lord flooded my heart, His presence and power remained upon me in an almost constant manner, even through the night. And for the next seven days,
I felt myself elevated into a Prophetic state. I was very much aware that there was an opening in the heavenlies, that just needed "tapping into".
Panama had experienced a powerful revival of Ingathering of souls.
Several times a year, Pastor Edwin Alvarez would hold campaigns, in large stadiums, and pack them out by the end of the week.
The miracles, deliverance, healing, and salvation experiences are too many to enumerate, as the power of God was displayed.
They own three radio stations, and air their own programs 18 hours a day. His church, numbering well over 4 0, is a dynamic, expression of the revivals, the country has lived. This has definitely left a "window" opened in the heavens.
The next day was Sunday, and we were asked to speak at the morning service.. Unbeknown to us, the service was to be aired live over radio waves throughout all Panama.
The service began with wonderful songs of praise, after which I began to speak. The expectancy was already so strong upon the whole place, you could actually feel it.
The Lord released such powerful anointings for the preaching of the Word.
The Theme for them was very different, but their hunger for the things of the Lord, far outweighed their questions, and reasonings. Wonderment and meditation was the atmosphere at the conclusion of this first service...What kind of a message was this.
They were stunned... with no answers in their minds, they pondered on this "Love of God", which we could direct in so many ways. This marked the beginning, of the glorious week that was to follow.
The next day we were called at noon for a radio interview. At one point in the interview, the message of the previous sunday, came up. The pastor still hadn't gotten over it his words were "that's a message that will have to be aired again and again, this is a new
message to us."
That evening, was the first night of the campaign. Jose Satirio Do Santo, a missionary from Brazil to Columbia was the speaker. His message was clear and prophetic of the week to come. His theme was "quench not the Holy Spirit nor reject his words though strong they
It seemed strange to all of us that God should give a word like this for an opening message of an evangelistic campaign. Nevertheless God didn't seem to have a problem, and we were quickly realizing that it was part of the preparations for the days ahead.
Beginning from "that" message and through the night, the Lord began to deal with me...He told me that things I would say would be mind shocking and heart rendering. He told me He hadn't sent me
there, for my own honor but only as a mouth through which He could speak.
All that night, the words of Hosea burned in my heart. "Tell her, she is not my wife..... She is in love with another".
The next Morning, again we were unaware that the service was to be broadcast live over Panama.
But from the moment I began to speak I was aware that it was not I, but the prophet Hosea who was himself, by the Holy Spirit, and through my lips, proclaiming a message to His people in Panama. His Prophecy was to leave a deep impact on the whole country.
I couldn't emphasize enough how clearly it seemed as though the Holy Spirit himself, was speaking through the prophet Hosea!. His message was this: Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; (my people)and to your sisters, Ruhamah, (those that have obtained mercy..).
HOS 2:2 Plead with your mother,(todays MINISTERS) plead: for she is n ot MY WIFE neither am I HER HUSBAND: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries........
HOS 2:3 Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst
HOS 2:4 And I will not have mercy upon her children for they be
the children of whoredoms...(A Love affair with another).
HOS 2:5 For their mother (pastors, leaders) hath played the arlot: she that conceived them hath
done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink...( Gifts and provisions of God by ministers on earth
HOS 2:6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, (AFFLICTIONS) and make a wall, (BARRIOR)that she shall not find her paths.
HOS 2:7 And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but sh all not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to MY FIRST HUSBAND ; for then was it better with me than now.
HOS 2:8 For she did not know that I GAVE HER..... CORN, (spiritual food) and...... WINE, (gladness...happiness) and...... OIL, (anointings) and multiplied her...... SILVER (redemption) and ..... GOLD, (righteousness) which they prepared for Baal (other LORDS)
HOS 2:9 Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax (coverings) given to cover her nakedness.
HOS 2:10 And NOW WILL I DISCOVER (reveal, bring to light) [As many of the ministers in our day] her lewdness in the sight of her lovers (the church), and none shall deliver her out of mine hand.
HOS 2:11 I will also cause all her mirth, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts ...... (religious activities) TO CEASE.
HOS 2:12 And I WILL DESTROY her vines (the church, their source of joy) and her fig trees...... (fruitfulness) whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers (their kingdoms)
have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.
HOS 2:13 And I WILL VISIT upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, (Worshiped ) and she decked herself (outward righteousness) with her earrings (type of surrender) and her jewels, (type of worthfulness) and she went after her lovers, and forgat me , saith the LORD.
HOS 2:14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her
HOS 2: And I will give her her vineyards (church, place of fruitfulness) from thence,...
(the wilderness) and the valley of Achor (valley of affliction ) for a door of hope: and
she shall sing there , as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
HOS 5: I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.
HOS 2:16 And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; (my husband) and shalt call me NO more Baali... ( A LORD )
HOS 2:17 For I will take away the names of Baalim (master, owner, lord) out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.
HOS 2:19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea , I will betroth thee unto me..
(a) in righteousness , and
(b) in judgment , and
(c)in lovin gkindness , and
(d) in mercies
HOS 2:20 I will even betroth thee unto me
(e)in faithfulness : and THOU SHALT KNOW THE LORD .
This was the Lord's lament over his loved church. His people were no longer in love with him, but He would turn their heart.
You could hear a pin drop in that large auditorium packed to capacity. Normally there would be a lot of moving around, but this morning people behaved like statutes.
The presence of God was so strong, that hundreds were weeping and sobbing, long before the alter call was made.
At the Radio Station, reports were coming in, that "The glory of God" as coming down all over the city and interior of the country.
People in factories at the lunch break began to uncontrollably weep, hey would drop their things on the table and spontaneous break out into tears.
A pastor and wife from the interior, who could not be at the conference, reported that as they were listening to the message over the radio waves, he and his wife clasped hands, fell on the floor and began to weep. It was as if they could feel the pain in the heart of God.
People in their homes were reporting the same phenomena. Truly He had come, and was calling His people to Himself.
At the end of the message people came forward to make their life right with God, laymen and pastors alike. The Holy Spirit's presence was so powerful in that place, you could not stand.
One young man later told us that he had come to the meetings saying to himself that he wasn't going to be slain in the spirit and no one was going to push him down.
But the conviction of the Holy Spirit was so strong upon him after the message, he found himself getting up and walking toward the front. He never made it...he was slain under the power of the Spirit in the aisle. There he tried in vain to get up, and finally surrendered to the Holy Spirit. Weeping he repented before God.
So many found themselves experiencing similar things. It dawned upon all of us in the ministering team, that we were in the beginning of what would become a very sovereign visitation of God.
Wednesday morning, Satirio Do Santo, A Missionary in Columbia ...began to give his testimony.....
Although he has a spectacular testimony, God asked him only to share of the hardships, in the preparation of a man of God. In a simplicity, and humility I had seldom witnessed before, he proceeded to tell us about the hardships of his past life....
The emphasis to all of us was clear:
(1) God couldn't use someone who was great in his own eyes,
(2) the preparation of a man of God would include much suffering, affliction, sorrow and persecution.
It was later brought out how God took 40 years on the backside of the wilderness to prepare Moses for his great ministry. How he first had to care for his father in laws sheep. If we are faithful in what belongs to others we shall be given our own.
In the light of the great price involved, for a yielded life to God, The GLOW of ministry, and serving the Lord, was certainly...DIMMED.
There was an altar call, for the workers and pastors attending this conference, who had come from the remote, and poor villages in the interior of the country, who's works were difficult and discouraging.
Dozens of them came forward, to met the Lord in a new and beautiful way, as the ministry went to each one.
The Lord poured out water upon these dry and thirsty souls.. A ray of hope went through their hearts. Maybe the terrible circumstances they were passing through, was part of a plan. Perhaps
this preparation in their life, though terrible, had a purpose of blessing for others in the end.
What a time of inner healing this was.
Later that afternoon, while eating lunch at the home of a christian Dr.and his wife, the conversation came up about the message on Hosea aired over radio waves the day before.
Many more reports had come in, on what had happened around the city as the message was in progress, and they were all sharing about them.
I was listening to them, being deeply touched by the grace of God manifested over this country.
Then, Suddenly, with no notice whatsoever, I was in the Spirit..
I could hear The First and second person of the Trinity in conversation with each other..... Before I could make sense of what they were saying, I was back, having lunch with the rest of them, but with a lost appetite.
Their conversations, were foreign to me. All I could think of, was, better get back to the hotel.
I had a strange sensation this experience wasn't over with.
Quickly we arrived back at the hotel, and we no longer came through the door, that I was back in the world of the spirit. This time the words were clear and unmistakable. What took place there I may not say, but it was told me to write the conversation I had heard.
Back again in this hotel room, I began to scribble onto paper these things, as fast as my hands could write. At times my fingers would cramp, and there were moments, when I could not see the paper though my tears.
This went on, until the service that night.
The evening service was of totally evangelistic emphasis.
The Spirit of the Lord, at one point in the meeting, came upon Edwin Alvarez. He began to shake, tremble, trample, and dance. For the next few minutes we sat stunned, watching was seemed to be an Indian type
of war dance. It was as if he were treading on serpents, and so it was.
Following the dance , he declared the word of the Lord. That released something in the heavenlies, Because from that moment on, there was a dynamic operation of power present for the remainder of the service.
Satirio Do Santo preached a short message of faith, and prayed for the sick. There were many people that came for salvation, followed by testimonies of God's healing power, that night.
After service we went to eat at a restaurant with Satirio Do Santo who was to leave the next day.
At supper, he told us of an experience he had, while in Brazil..... He was the pastor to a very large and successful church, but the Lord came to Him, one day, and told him He had a work for him to do in Columbia....Then proceeded to take him out of his body.....and he found himself coming over some mountains and came down in a small city, way in the high lands of Columbia...
There he was received by the Angel of the city, who said to Him, you're so welcome here. We have been waiting for you to come. There are many churches in this city, but none please the Lord. This will be your next place of ministry...
The Angel, then took him to a house. Upon entering,they had a bite to eat together. The Angel then said to him.."This will be your residence"
After this he found himself coming back swiftly, to his body in brazil. He entered his body, and remained in prayer some time.
He said nothing to anyone for days...meanwhile the Lord spoke to his wife, saying:"I will be sending you as missionaries to Columbia, get ready".
Upon comparing notes later, both realized that the Lord had spoken independently to both, so the thing was to be a sure happening. How would they go....They didn't have any money, they didn't know the
language. He didn't know the name of the town...all he knew, is that they would be going to Columbia.....
A year or so later they left, they took several months crossing the amazon jungles, which is a miraculous story of God's providence in itself, and arrived in Columbia.
There he was, exhausted, without money, without food, knowing no one, and with his three little children.
The next day he went to fix his papers at the immigrations office, only to find out that he had taken so long to get here, that his visa had expired.....They were merciless to him....wouldn't even hear of giving him an extension..and gave him 24 hours to get out of the country.
That night he was too tired to pray or even think....a thousand thoughts went through his mind....was this God, Had he missed it, was he going crazy...With all this going through his brain, he fell asleep.
tossing, turning, groaning through the night.
Half way though the night he heard someone open the door and come in.....suddenly the whole room was filled with light...It was Christ Himself. He put His hand on His head and said:"Peace". It was like
liquid gold, that went through his body...Healing began to come, and strength. The Lord told him HE had arranged everything at the immigrations office, to go back in the morning to the same place.
The Lord told him that the name of the town He had shown him was called "Kukuta", also told him many other things, then left.
The next morning, Satirio was up early, and went to the immigrations office. They received him gladly, and had no problems giving him a permanent visa or anything he wanted!......The Lord had worked a miracle!
Then later they looked on a map, found the city of "kukuta", and proceeded to go there..
Upon their arrival, Satirio stopped at the entrance of the city, and was dumbstruck...
The hour of the day was exactly the same as when he had been there in Spirit...
The shadows cast off by buildings were identical as he had seen them... The town was a mirror image of the place he had been before, in the spirit...
Going further down the street He saw a "for rent" sign on a house, upon close observation, he saw it was the same house he had gone in with the Angel, where they had eaten and communed together. As things turned out, that was to be their residence for many years.
They went through a long hard battle, had many things to overcome, but today, they have a growing church of people, several radio stations, and a whole city that is on fire for God.
By the time we finally put an end to this lovely time of fellowship and supper, it was past midnight.
When we finally got back to the Hotel, I couldn't sleep, there had just been too many wonderful things taking place....
As I was there meditating, The Lord's presence drew near, and He began to speak to me.... He said," Prepare all these notes you've scribbled, tomorrow you will give them, and Speak in My Father's name".
Instantly, I was wide awake. Through the night, I wrote the message into my notebook computer and printed it, for the next day.
Thursday morning, I arrived at the auditorium just before my time to speak. The moment I came on the platform, the Lord spoke and told me to pray for the song leader, for He had a word for her.
There on the platform, I found myself prophesying about things in her life back to her child hood. God told her that all the dreadful things that had happened to her, was part of His plan for her life.
She had been called in the oven of affliction, and there, He had created a broken heart. Through those wounds, would now flow His anointings. He would use her now in a new way.
Then came the release and inner healing. She crumpled to the floor, and fell on her face with deafening screams, then burst out crying.
Like an electric shock wave hit the building, and at that very instant, the Holy presence of God the Father, came down upon everyone there.
His presence is totally different than the commanding, authoritative and creative presence of the Son.It is absolutely different than the sweet, powerful, healing, and convicting presence of the Holy Spirit.
When The Father is present, there is a manifestation of light, fire, holiness, and fear. No praise, no songs, no words, could spontaneously come forth, as with the presence of the Holy Spirit we had experienced a few days before.
Instead, The air seemed so heavy, we could hardly breath it in. Throughout the sanctuary, you could see people diving, falling head first onto the concrete floor, weeping.
Occasionally, you would hear the words.."HOLY"...."HOLY".
I began to speak, and the first words were...." The place whereon thou standest, is Holy ground...Take the shoes from off your feet...Get ready, prepare your hearts...be silent oh earth...the Father is going to speak..
A Holy silence, and absolute discipline reigned in the atmosphere. Like a thick cloud came over the assembly, ones feelings were so mixed. Respect, fear, dread, awe and expectancy all mingled together.
The Holiness of The Father, was like a pressure bearing down upon us... Shoes come off peoples' feet every where!
This presence remained for the next two hours..During which time He spoke.....We heard an intimate conversation, between Christ and His Father, given prophetically in 1st. person through lips of clay.
These words, were aired again by radio over all Panama. So profound was the impact this word left over all the country; That we have decided to make this message available, in written form both in spanish, and english, for the whole body of Christ.
Friday, Eduardo cañas, was the speaker. He is the head of the Assemblies of God in Colombia, and Pastor of a large church with several thousand members..He got up and delivered a message, to the church.
He called upon the people to surrender their lives to God, and present the temple of their bodies a living sacrifice. For God was looking for vessels He could prepare and use. Hundreds of people came to the altar, to surrender their lives to God. The anointing was so strong over this large auditorium.
Pastor Cañas, at one point during the altar call, said, "In a few minutes, the fire of God will come down, and mark those who have truly surrendered, as a sign to you". Moments later there was a spectacular manifestation of fire and power.
People, amid shouts and screams of being on fire, began to fall under the power of the Holy Spirit, all over the building. Then he said," There is a person here who is resisting the Spirit, God has called you in times past, but you have deliberately rebelled". "If that person will come up now, and repent, I will pray for you".
In a few minutes a man came shaking uncontrollably onto the platform and stood beside him... Pastor Cañas, turned around and said something to him, and the man shot straight up like a arrow, was frozen into that full upright position, and began to slowly fall backward like a tree that is being felled.
The platform was 3 feet high, and this man had been standing on the border, I gasped, there was no one there to catch him. In mid air he buckled, and crumpled over a large speaker. There, he repented and surrendered to God.. For all practical purposes it looked like he had been slain in rebuke. God must hate rebellion.
Friday night, at the stadium, Eduardo Cañas preached a powerful prophetic message to the country. His theme was..."You see all these calamities happening, yet you will not return to HIM".
His text was from Amos 4: 6 "Also I gave you.... lack of bread in all your places; yet you have not returned to Me ,"
AMO 4:8 ... Two or three cities wandered to another city to drink water, but were not satisfied; yet you have not returned to Me ,"
AMO 4:9 "I blasted you with blight and mildew. When your gardens increased, your vineyards, your fig trees, and your olive trees; The locust devoured them; yet you have not returned to Me ,"
AMO 4:10 "I sent among you a plague after the manner of Egypt; your young men I killed with a sword, along with your captive horses; I made the stench of your camps come up into your nostrils; yet you have not returned to Me ,"
AMO 4:11 "I overthrew some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning; yet you have not returned to Me ,"
AMO 4:12 "Therefore....... prepare to meet your God, O Israel!"
What convictions came upon the multitudes, by the hundreds they came to the altar. This service was also aired over the radio, linked in chain with three other stations, throughout the interior of the country.
Saturday morning, was to be the most unforgettable day of all. The auditorium was packed to capacity, with several thousand people. The only preacher who got to speak was the one early that morning... After "that", all plans, and scheduled speakers were interrupted....
Two days before, Our Heavenly Father, had promised, that He would send a revelation of His Son to Panama. That there would be a mighty visitation.....but No one, thought it would be this soon....
Just after the service began, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Edwin Alvarez. He said that the Lord had told him, that in a few minutes the "Prince"...that is Christ...Would be coming through the back doors facing the east, and that people would be hard pressed to stay on their feet.
Moments later, As a wind, "The Prince" came in. Down the Isle from "that" pre described back door, people began to fall by His power in His wake.
All the way to the platform, the isle was lined with what looked like dead bodies, marking the path where He had walked.
An extraordinary sense of Christ's commanding presence, filled the hearts of every one present.
Wailing, weeping, mourning, spontaneously broke out, and could be heard from all sectors of the auditorium. Impossible to describe were the feelings that gripped us. A lump, to big to clear from your throat, seem to choke out all expression.For the remainder of that morning and part of that afternoon...... "The second Person of the trinity", was in charge.
A few minutes later, a prophetic word was given to Eduardo Cañas, who was on the platform.... Down, he went. The Lord began to deal with him about the situation of the churches back in Columbia. How this man wept. His whole family, who were with him on this trip, came forward, and had one glorious family moment....Oh how touching to see Christ ministering like this..
After the word to Eduardo, I was asked by Edwin Alvarez to speak. No longer had he said this, when I heard the Lord's audible voice.. He said," NO man shall preach this morning"
Immediately, I found arguments rising in my heart....Lord, the spirit is subject to the prophet...What do I tell Edwin?. Again The Lord spoke to me, this time in a tone of voice of almost rebuke, "I SAID, NO MAN SHALL PREACH........I AM HERE!".........He paused, then added, "I will speak, and you will be my mouth".
An unexpected flood of weakness hit me..All I could say was: Lord, who am I and what is your servant that you should speak through these lips of clay".
I remember being afraid, humbled, weak, stunned, all at the same time. A flood of tears, impossible to hold back, ran down my cheeks. At that point, Edwin walked up to me and said, "It's time now, take this mic. and speak".
For the next hour or so, Christ began to extort us.
At first, in almost a Reprimand form, He chided His people for not having come further along, than they had. But then, with longsuffering and patience, He proceeded to teach, us the "Three Levels of Purification"
All this was spoken in 1st. person, by the 2nd."Person of the Trinity". though these lips of clay.
Toward the end of the message, a heavy mantle of conviction rested upon every one.
At the conclusion, people by the hundreds, came hurriedly for the altar, some being slain by His spirit, before they could arrive.
Others came forward dodging these "dead bodies" . They were weeping, repenting, crying out with loud voices, because of His convicting power.
This went on for about 30 minutes. I had already gone to the back of the platform, and was kneeling in prayer...What else can you do...It was His service..
Again, His voice came to me, so clear......."Go back up there....I will speak again.
They have repented, and it is written, 'If they confess their sin, I am faithful and Just to FORGIVE their trespasses, and cleanse them from all unrighteousness'. 'It is written, ye are clean by the word that I have
Get up now, speak these things, and I will cleanse them... tell them that many of them will not be able to remain on their feet, when Y command it to be so".
The Lord saw the hesitation and fear in my heart....thoughts like,"what if it doesn't happen", raced through my mind. At that very instant, He rebuked my unbelief, with these words,"If you will not be my mouth
for this, neither will I bring you into the next level of ministry, I have prepared for you".
Knowing this was serious,I got up and said what He had spoken to me. Then suddenly, with no warning, like a crack of lightning, followed by immediate thunder, I could hear my voice...Yelling..."BE CLEAN !". At that very instant, people began to be slain in the spirit. Yelling, screaming, and people falling, could be seen and heard everywhere throughout that auditorium.
Shortly afterwards, The Lord directed us to lead in praise and worship. He said, it was necessary this way to exercise our faith in receiving His forgiveness.
We began to sing: holy, holy, and the Hallelujah song....You would think we had been transported into heaven. The Holy Spirit witnessed these songs, by His presence, and Glorified the Son, upon us.
The communion table had been prepared before hand, and we proceeded then, to serve the Lord's table.
What a sight this was, with pastors of several denominations, serving and participating together, with all of us, the emblems of the Lord broken body, and shed blood. This was definitely a feast of faith and love.
The hours passed by, it seemed, like minutes....
After the service, a minister came up and said, that at the conclusion of the message, when people were coming forward, his eyes were suddenly opened. He saw, standing just over to the left of the pulpit, a being dressed in a white robe, with long flowing hair. The moment he saw this being, the power of God flowed through him, and he was slain in the spirit.
Sunday night, at the campaign, God still had more surprises for us..... The vice president of Panama was there, and gave a speech.
Lowell David, the head of the Assembly of God organization, was present. Also several leaders of other Denominations. The bleachers were packed, and people were sitting everywhere in the field. I have no idea how many people were there.
The service had been in progress for over an hour...Then...The Spirit of the Lord came again on Edwin Alvarez. He said God had something totally different planned for that evening....and did He.... We began singing the well known hallelujah chorus. The presence of the Lord, began to flood the stadium, as in the morning services at Hosanna church.
It was an unforgettable sight: Thousands of people weeping, and singing hallelujah, hallelujah!
Hands uplifted and slightly waving.
The volume of that many voices rang out into the evening skies. In the distance, a full moon shining the sun's brilliance upon us.
The total enjoyment of that hour, was interrupted by Edwin Alvarez' voice...."Sing it again softly..."
As we were all singing this song, ever so softly, he began to prophesy.
At first, it was hard to define who it was for....But not for long. The content could only apply to Jean and I. After the lengthy word, he embraced us, and we were all weeping. I was deeply affected.. Then he called Lowell David, and other men of God, to come and confirm the word by laying hands on us, and praying.
What a moment...
That put an end to what was up till then, a well organized service.. After that, Eduardo Cañas had a word for Lowell and Edwin....When he had given Edwin the word of prophecy, he embraced him too.... Only one problem...when he let go of him, he fell on the flat of his back under the power of the Holy Spirit, and remained there for the remainder of the service.......
All heaven broke loose.........
Even to the last moments, things did not cease happening. Coming off the platform, a woman came up to me. She told me she was the pastor of a church, up in the interior of the country. Then she said:"When I went to hold my service yesterday, an unusual thing happened.
An anointing similar to what I had witnessed at the conference began to flow". She continued: "I found myself speaking prophetically, as I had never done before. The Lord truly visited us in a marvelous way. I just thought you might want to know." I must confess, that although she was speaking to me, I wasn't really paying much attention to what she was saying.
I just put her off, with a comment like: "Oh, that's nice," But at that moment, as people were beginning to leave the stadium, the Lord spoke to me and said: "Pray for this woman."
We were standing there by the platform, on the open field, I took her hands in mine, and began to pray for her. A strong rush of power flowed through me, and the next thing I know, this woman is now on
the grass on the flat of her back, Praising the Lord in tongues.
Shortly after this, Edwin went to the vice president of the country of Panama, as he was leaving, and said:" You must think we are all crazy around here". His answer to him was..."The wind bloweth where it listeth".
The next morning very early, we were taken to the airport, by Edwin Alvarez, to catch our flight back to Atlanta, Ga.
We were all fighting back the tears.
For us, it was hard to turn our backs on the many wonderful happenings, of this past week. God had moved so sovereignly.
For Edwin, it was just hard to see us go, we had become so close. In his words: " I was planning to stay for the next 30 minutes just to chat, but I find I can't". "I have said good by to a thousand people in the past, but this morning, I find it impossible."
His eyes were flooding with tears, he could hardly speak. His last words as he walked away, were:"I must leave, you'll understand."
For all of us, these past nine days, were to be unforgettable.
These were indeed,.... "mountain experiences".
The Lord prepares "these" from time to time, for all who will just follow Him and walk in His will.