i post this from the ANZAC Prophetic Mailing List because it is exactly in line with, and revieved by this brother in the same manner as what i hear Holy Spirit saying to me for the past 20 years ... It's long, but it's mighty ... To those of you that it blesses, be blessed and encouraged to press on ... It won't be much longer now ... Amen"OLD WELLS, FALLEN MANTLES and NEW FOUNTAINS" [-A vision given during Winter 2001]~by Michael Edds. I moved to Cleveland, Ohio in June 2000 to assume the position as Head of School for an interdenominational Christian High School. The school was new but had severe problems, the most severe totally unknown to me. Prior to my arrival, a teacher had been arrested for involving a student in pornography. The teacher had been convicted and sentenced. Upon my arrival, the incident had become front-page news in the community. To say the least, I was shocked and angry with the board who hired me and with God who sent me. One night I could not sleep. I was very angry with the Lord forputting me into this greatly stressful mess. "Surely, I thought, I desire better than this." Around 2 am, I got up to sit on the couch and pout. In spite of my upset state, anger and disgust, the Presence of the Lord settled in the living room. God did not even pay attention to or address my complaint. Instead, His presence was so strong that I physically trembled. He spoke these words, "Old Wells, Fallen Mantles, and New Fountains." He instructed me to get my Bible. By that time, I too had set aside my complaint. His Presence was so great that I did not know if I could survive it. I opened my Bible to Isaiah 35: 3-7: "The eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deafshall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing, for IN THE WILDERNESS SHALL WATER BREAK OUT and streams in the desert. AND THE PARCHED GROUND SHALL BECOME A POOL and the thirstyland SPRINGS OF WATER."I was directed to verse 19 of [Isaiah 43]: "Behold I WILL DO A NEW THING. Now it shall SPRING [BURST] FORTH. Shall ye not know it?" The Lord was moving so quickly through the scriptures that I could hardly keep up. His presence was incredibly strong. I felt like I was floating. Leaving Isaiah, the Lord took me to Joel 2:23: "Hewill cause to come down for you the rain, THE FORMER RAIN AND THE LATTER RAIN IN THE FIRST MONTH." Then Joel 2:28 was given which states: "It shall come to pass afterwards that I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT ON ALL FLESH. Your sons anddaughters shall PROPHESY, YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS and your YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS." Finally, Genesis 26:18 finished the scriptures that the Lord was rapidly giving me: "AND ISAAC DUG AGAIN the WELLS of water which they had DUG IN THE DAYS OF ABRAHAM HIS FATHER." The Lord revealed the meaning of this vision: The Early Church experienced the fullness of God. They had thefullness, the gifts and revelation of the Holy Spirit. They were full of boldness, power and anointing. God turned the world upside down through them. The dead were raised, the blind received sight, the possessed were set free, the sick healed and the Gospel was preached to the poor. The anger of Hell wasviolently aroused. The more the devil persecuted and killed them, the more they multiplied and spread. So Satan changed his tactics. By 300 AD Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Empire. What Satan could not do through persecution, he accomplished through promotion, position, power, prestige, acceptance and prosperity. They SOLD OUT! The Church backslid and the all humanity fell into the brutality of the Dark Ages. The purpose of each Great Awakening or the bursting forth of a spiritual well was to restore an element of truth that the Early Church possessed back to the church. Luther restored 'the just shall live by faith'. Wesley, Whitefield, Edwards and the First Great Awakening restored repentance, inward holiness and "Christ in you." The Second Great Awakening with BartonStone at Cane Ridge in the West and Francis Asbury in the East brought restoration in society through evangelism, missions, and great social renewal such as abolition, child labor laws, and suffrage movement. The Third Great Awakening of 1857 restored the power of prayer. Azusa Street Outpouring of 1905 restored the infilling and gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Lord stated that He was going to reopen all of the "old wells" of revival in order torestore TOTAL truth to His church. Fallen mantles of ministry and anointing that rested upon the great men and women of God of old would be picked up and placed on godly men and women today to finish what was startedlong ago. They are the "Isaacs" that will revisit the old wells ofrevival and reopen them. The mantles of ministry did not die nor were they buried with Asbury, Wesley, Stone, Amanda Berry Smith and others. They have only been "on hold" until a generation would be born that could relate to them and pick them up. Isaiah 58:12 refers to them: "And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places, thou shall raise up the foundations of many generations, and thou shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in." The Lord said, "What once was shall be again."Malachi 4:5 prophecies that "I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." He said this was not just a generational reconciliation between the old and the young. It is a restorationof His people to the Faith once delivered to the Saints, the Faith of our fathers. The Lord said He was tired of the apostasy, deadness, programs, personality cults, plans and politics that have nearly destroyed His church. He is going to restore HIS church by returning the "Faith of our Fathers to their children (descendants) and the children (descendants) to the Faith of ourFathers." The old wells will BURST forth and the fallen mantles will be picked up. This will be a "suddenly". Isaiah speaks of it occurring in the desert places and on the barren heights. In other words, it will happen in the most unlikely of places. The Lord continued His interpretation of the vision by explaining to me that "NEW FOUNTAINS" would gush or break forth also. Something that has never occurred in any Great Awakening or in any historic move of God will exploded upon the scene in ourday. Joel 2:23 speaks of God sending the former rain (the Old Wells of revival) and the latter rain (the New Fountains) in the SAME MONTH!!! In other words, all of the moves of God and fallen mantles from Pentecost until now will be reopened and picked up and combined with a totally new thing from God. Itwill literally shake the church and the world. HE WILL RESTORE A CHURCH WITHOUT SPOT OR WRINKLE! He will not allow the church to go out defeated. HE WILL ARISE FOR HIS OWN NAME'S SAKE! [b]God has been preparing a [/b] [i][b][color=009900]"Joseph Generation"[/color][/b][/i][b]that has been enrolled in the "School of Dung." In this schooling, they have endured the pain of rejection, slander and isolation. The 'Word of the Lord' has tried them severely. They cry out, "God why? All I wanted to do is serve you. All seems to have 'gone to hell in a hand basket'. It seems just the opposite of what You promised. I am lonely, the organized church thinks I am crazy, a fanatic, out on a limb. They have rejected me and hated me because of my love for you. WHY, OH LORD?"[/b][b]God has been preparing and perfecting these Josephs in the darkness and in the prison houses of loneliness and isolation for a day and hour that they will be unleashed as a secret weapon on the kingdom of darkness. He has allowed all of these things to happen to them for their good. He has prepared a people that He can trust with His power, gifts, and anointing. In holiness, humility and boldness they will fulfill His plans in our day. They will give HIM the glory. They will give HIM total control of the coming Great Awakening. The door of their prison house of utter loneliness and rejection is about to open. Their "word" is about to come. That word is "the King has need of thee." In a moment, they will be ushered from prison to position. In a moment, they will fully understand their long and severe sufferings. In a moment, they will be brought out into the light of God's divine destiny for them. God will use them to lead the Coming Great Awakening.[/b] Along with this final Great Awakening is coming Divine Judgment. Isaiah 35:4 declares, "Your God shall come with vengeance, even God with a recompense." God is going to overthrow the abuse and control of man in His church. He's going to take back the 'ship' that has been turned into a luxury liner and restore her back to her original state: a ship of war. HE IS GOING TO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF HIS CHURCH!!! The Church is HIS bride, not someone else's. Additionally, this nation is going to be greatly shaken. The First Great Awakening preceded the American Revolution. Before the Second Great Awakening began at Cane Ridge, Kentucky, a massive epidemic of Cholera occurred. In its early days, the Third Great Awakening saw every bank in the nation collapse. This awakening was followed by the greatest disaster in American History when the nation was ripped apart and 600,000 Americans perished in the horrific War Between The States. A great earthquake hit California at the same time as the Azusa Street Outpouring. He is going to shake the Church and this nation. Only that which is of Him will be left standing. A great hunger for repentance, seeking God, seeking holiness and seeking truth has exploded within the 'Joseph Generation'. They have studied, researched and sought out the Old Wells of revival. They intensely hunger for God to do it again! They cry out, "Just one more time, oh Lord!" Programs, politics, personalities, manipulation, and plans in the church sicken them. THEY MUST HAVE GOD! They MUST be in His presence! Theyare meeting in the homes, in the fields, in the woods, in their prayer closets and any place that they can totally seek His face. Their despair has turned into an all-consuming hunger that says, "Give me God or let me die." GOD HAS HEARD! He is about to reopen the old wells of revival, He is picking up the fallen mantles and placing them on men and women, and He is about to do a new thing! Every Awakening has incurred the wrath and persecution of man. When the Presence and holiness of God confronts mankind, they must make a decision for or against Him. When they choose to reject Him, they lash out and fight against His messengers. In the mid-1700s, the Baptist in Colonial Virginiawere beaten, imprisoned, and killed for preaching the Gospel. The Methodist circuit riders were jailed, tarred and feathered, beaten, abused and martyred for the message of God. The reason there is little persecution against the Church in America today is that there is so little of the Presence and Message of God to confront mankind. The world has heard how to get rich, how to prosper, how to have self-esteem, and to feel good. They have not heard the message, "Repent or perish." They have not heard the anointed Word of God that demands a decision. Be forewarned, The Final Great Awakening will usher in a wave ofpersecution against the true Church of God. Old Wells of Revivalare on the threshold of being reopened. Fallen Mantles of ministry are being picked up. New Fountains are rumbling beneath the surface and about to burst forth. Frank Bartleman (chronicler of the Azusa Awakening) once said, "To understand what God is going to do, we must understand what He once did." The most incredible move of God will suddenly explode upon the scene. Judgment and a great shaking are coming to the land and to the church. Persecution of the Isaacs and Josephs, the true saints of God will occur. However, they will be covered with such zeal and boldness, they will be like the Fathers of old: "And they loved not their lives even until death." (Rev 12:11) God will harvest a holy remnant from this generation. He will have a church that is without spot or wrinkle, a pure bride for His Son. Be encouraged. Lift up your heads. Your God has come! "The King has need of thee!" Mike EddsMichaelEdds@aol.com
Bro. Rahman,I read this yesterday as well. Much of it is also what I thought the Lord was speaking to me in 2002. But I was such a babe in 'hearing' the voice of God- and I haven't heard much from Him in the last couple of years to this effect- that I started to lose hope or faith that it was really God in the first place. Some of these exact phrases I have written down in my journals.I guess because I didn't "see" anything happening and the Lord began to work on other things with me (my own sanctification and refining process) that I kind of wrote it all off.How long O Lord? Help my unbelief.In Him, chanin
Hey sister Chanin!You know i know exactly what you're saying, but i suppose our Lord began telling me what He told/tells me (starting some 20 years ago) regarding REVIVAL because i've got this tenacious quirk in me that just seems to not allow me to let go of what i believe He's said/is saying to me ... From the start of my salvation i seemed to gravitate toward and grasp onto any scripture that had to do with "faith", Hebrews is my favorite Bible book, and i know Holy Spirit has bestowed upon me the gift of faith ... So as the Bible suggests i walk by faith ... But i can tell you it hasn't been a straight up and down foward march of faith, but more like a good start, dragging my feet, falling down, laid out prostrate on the road, tantrum throwing, fretfully picking myself back up, moving on a little further, i can't go on anymore Lord, getting off the road, getting back on the road, before coming to my present realization that walking His road is what my life is all about faith, and praise God that after all these years He's now given me His stride ... i know that i know that i know so i'm just walking on, thanking Him and singing His praises, until what He's shown/showing me in the invisible ... IS in the visible!
There is a special remnant of believers whom I call the "Joseph Generation." They are a divinely appointed people that God has been preparing for a specific time of ministry. Like Joseph, God has placed within them a "life plan" or specific destiny or calling to fulfill in life. They have divine gifting within them to fulfill that life plan. Paraphrasing Psalms 139:1, the Scripture states: "All the days planned for me were written in Your book before any came to be." Ephesians 4:8 records these words, "When He ascendedon high He gave gifts (His abilities) to men and women." The heart of God is recorded in the words of Matthew 9:36, "When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them because they were weary, scattered like sheep having no shepherd." GOD CARES ABOUT PEOPLE. That is His nature. His compassion always leads to action. "Joseph":God looked down through the ages of time and saw a day and time that would bring starvation on the world and upon His people. In His compassion, God prepared a plan and a man in advance to meet that critical situation. He placed that plan along with the divine abilities to fulfill that plan in the soul and life of a man called Joseph. Jeremiah 1:5 states, "Before you were born, I knew you and set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. You must go everywhere I send you and say whatsoever I command you." Joseph, like the Joseph Generation today was born by the will of God, not by the will of the flesh. Joseph was born with a life plan and abilities from God. Did he know the fullness of that life plan? No, he did not. He knew that he had administrative abilities, gifts and special insights. His destiny and life plan called to him through dreams, an inward sense of purpose and through circumstances. Did Joseph immediately step into his life plan and destiny? NO, he did not. He was enrolled in the "SCHOOL OF DUNG." Psalms 105: 16-22 describes that schooling. He was rejected and hated by his own brothers, sold into slavery, he was laid in irons and chains, his feet were hurt with fetters, he was falsely accused, innocently sent to prison, and the word of the Lord tried him severely. His destiny which called to him and life's situations were horribly in conflict. Life had gone to "hell in a handbasket." [b]Thoughts raged through Joseph's mind and soul: "God, you promised me wonderful things. What I am going through is the total opposite of what You revealed to me long ago. Why am I suffering rejection, false accusation, hatred and abuse? Where are You in all of this, Lord? Have you forsaken me? Were all those things just a mere dream, a fantasy of my mind? Why does this inward sense of destiny still call me when it looks impossible for any good to come to me?"[/b] THE WORD OF THE LORD TRIED Joseph! [b]When creating a vessel for special purpose or honor,[/b] potter follows a certain procedure. There is a plan and destiny for the lump of clay in the potter's hands. [b]The clay is pounded, pressed and pressure placed upon it to make it pliable. It is placed upon the potter's wheel and pressure applied to start molding it into shape. When the desired shape is achieved, the potter places his creation into the kiln for intense heat to be applied to harden it. After cooling, stain is applied to this hardened pot. It is fired again to make sure the stain and colors are permanent. The pot is beautiful and ready for use, right? NO! The wise potter wants his creation to be completely ready for its intended purpose. He places it on a shelf in a dark, lonely place to age. When the time is right, he takes the pot out of the darkness and brings it into the light for use.[/b] Otherwise, an unprepared vessel could break and spoil the contents it carries.[b]The Word of the Lord tried Joseph. "Has God forgotten me? Has He abandoned me? Have I missed it somewhere?"[/b]Like the potter, God allowed Joseph to go through the "dung of life," the pressures, the heat, the staining and the lonely darkness in order to prepare him for the destiny which had called to him all of his life. God had not forgotten nor abandoned him. [b]God heard Joseph's many prayers, laments, and cries of desperation.[/b] He felt the hurts and anguish of this man of destiny. Many times He would have wanted to and could have intervened to deliver Joseph. [b]However, He tied His own Hands and refused to deliver Joseph out of ultimate love for him. He knew that [/b] if He took Joseph out of the "school of dung," that [b]intervention would destroy the divine destiny God had prepared for him.[/b] However, like Joseph, they have been enrolled in the "school of dung." They have unjustly sufferedrejection, jealousy, hatred, been forgotten, falsely accused, and have been misunderstood. Their pure motives have been suspect. Their love has been not been reciprocated. They have felt imprisoned on an island of loneliness and rejection. Life has not been kind nor gentle to them. The Word of the Lord has severely tried them. Their divine destiny or life plan has been in conflictwith the situations in which they find themselves. Their prayers seem to bounce off a heaven made of brass. They feel that they have been placed on a dark, lonely, dusty shelf. Purpose has evaporated. They have even cried out to God to "just take me on home." Where is God in all of this? Out of infinite love, God has allowed this generation, this Joseph Generation, to endure this school of dung. He has refused to intervene until they had been prepared and perfected for the destiny to which He has called them. [b]He is creating a generation that will be "selfless" rather than "selfish." [/b] Like Joseph, they will graduate from the school of dung as vessels of honor. They will not fail nor drop the ball. They will be totally prepared to fulfill the destiny to which God has called them. [b]They have been prepared for a day and an hour of great ministry. They will be ushered from prison to position suddenly. [/b] The time has come for the "Master Potter" to walk into that dark lonely room. He will stretch forth His Hand onto that dusty shelf and pick up the vessel that has [b]endured the long night of solitary isolation.[/b] Gently, His Hand will wipe away the dust and bring forth that special vessel. [b]The words will be spoken, "The King has need of thee." The time of preparation will have ended. Destiny will have come! The long endured hardships will suddenly make sense. Joy will overtake them. The life plan and gifting will be activated. They are about to be suddenly unleashed upon the kingdom of darkness. [/b] God has prepared them to meet the great needs of this present generation. They will have the Master Potter's image upon them. [b]They will have the forgiving heart of Joseph[/b] who said, "You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good [b]to the saving of many lives."[/b] a selfless people who will give the glory to God. [/b] They will not fail. So, Joseph Generation, [b]take heart. Your bitter night is about to end. It is sunrise not sunset. Joy comes in the morning! Even now, the door is being unlocked and opened. Listen for the words, "the King has need of thee." God has not forgotten you! Yes, He has seen your tears and heard your cries. He is opening a door which NO MAN can open or shut. ... Josephs take courage! THE KING HAS NEED OF THEE! [/b] -Michael Edds will be a speaker at our (ANZAC) PENNSYLVANIA "John the Baptist" Conference in June.Email - MichaelEdds@aol.com
Sis Chanin wrote:
I read this yesterday as well. Much of it is also what I thought the Lord was speaking to me in 2002. But I was such a babe in 'hearing' the voice of God- and I haven't heard much from Him in the last couple of years to this effect- that I started to lose hope or faith that it was really God in the first place. Some of these exact phrases I have written down in my journals.I guess because I didn't "see" anything happening and the Lord began to work on other things with me (my own sanctification and refining process) that I kind of wrote it all off.How long O Lord? Help my unbelief.
What you said just sprang up in me. God is not looking to do a new thing but to get us to do what He has already said. Amen and amen. I hope I stated that correctly.Americans thrive on what is "new". It drives our economy and the greed that comes along with the profit. Tragically, it carries over into church. Why? Because the church has not entered into it's rest. They are ever seeking a new thing. They are ever seeking contentment in their own works instead of God's work that is already finished. They completely ignore the call for obedience and seek what "feels good". Obedience does not always feel good, beloved. Hello? I said that obedience does not always feel good. When Jesus went to Calvary, He did so as an act of total submission and obedience. Feel good? Hardly. But He went anyway. Oh how we have lost the way. When the "Purpost Driven" fanaticism dies and is forgotten, there will be many more "new things" to take it's place. Don't forget the barking, and the "holy laughter". Here me please, what Eve fell for in the Garden was a "new thing", a manipulation of the truth that sounded like truth, so it must be truth. The Spirit cries out for us to search the scriptures daily, what God has already said, and see if these new things be true. I have been crying out since the mid '80's when God showed it to me, that Isaiah 58 is the call to the church in this hour. It so clearly reveals God's will for our lives. It also gives us great an precious promises that cause the spiritually discerning to gasp with expectation. Why is it that we cannot follow what is already written? Are we not yet carnal and in need of milk? Jesus comes and speaks to us in Matthew 25:31-46 of the clear criteria that He will use to divide the nations as a shepherd would divide the sheep and the goats, and yet this sure word of eternal importance is so neglected. What he said was in perfect harmony with what God said in Isaiah. When will the church obey God instead of their flesh and get back to obedience. Then they will be loved by the Father, and Jesus will manifest Himself to us all. Alleluia. But no, what we hear is "we need to fast for 40 days" then we will find victory and deliverence and a whole list of other things. No you won't. Check out the kind of fast that God is looking for! Fast from your lust, greed, and gluttony. Get involved in God's life and in the lives of the lowly and down and out. Either I am the biggest fool on SI, or this is what God is pouring out to us. Repent!. That means to change direction. This foolishness and fad phenominon that is presented and paraded as God is anything but God. There is no call to obedience. The only connection that is encouraged is that of calling on God as "shoreless supply" of all the things our hearts can dream and lust after. Whatever happened to worship? Where did obedience go? You want revival? Repent and obey! I give you God's Word, you will be revived. Sadly, the bible says that as we get closer and closer to the tribulation and the second coming of Christ, the hearts of man will wax cold. The road is wide that leads to destruction. It is the road of the tares, those who "look like" the real thing. It's destinaiton is the fire. And the carnal minded thrill seeker is headed down it at ultra-sonic spead singing glory alleluia. When is the next "bungy jumpin for Jesus" event?Want to see revival? Preach repentance and obedience. Preach service to God and to our neighbor as ourselves. Preach giving without recompense. Preach the need for personal and corporate prayer on our faces before Him in worship and seeking nothing but His presence in us and His great love. Preach it....if you can find one that will listen. I wish you well.We want a "touch" here in America. We want a supernatural "fix it" that will deliver us from our flesh and thrill us into a swirl of pleasure and comfort. Oh don't forget gluttony too. You know how we love our fried chicken. The Word says to "lay down our lives for God and for others". Everyone says "amen". But where are those who "do"? Thank you again, dear brother. You really wrenched my soul today. God bless you and keep you.
This is a timely word for me!!! Thank you for posting 'Old Wells, Fallen Mantles & New Fountains' and "School of Dung" as they are both words in season!!! :-)