“Remember the days of old, consider the years of all generations” (Deuteronomy 32.7). This admonition, given to Israel through Moses, required the children of Israel to examine their past and gain understanding about the Lord’s ways.

This same admonition has even greater value today as we challenge ourselves to understand our Christian heritage and learn about God’s sovereignty and His dealings with man. While we do not want to live in the past, we can examine and extract from the past, nuggets of wisdom concerning God’s ways with His church.

Since the days of the Reformation, the Lord has brought a progressive revelation of Himself to the church. This revelation has been line upon line and precept upon precept continually unfolding fresh revelation of Himself and His Word. This process is for the purpose of restoring the church to her former apostolic authority as realised in the first century church. As we consider the prior generations, we can relish the revelation given to them and also learn from their mistakes in order to avoid those same mistakes in our generation.

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There has been a massive shift spiritually worldwide, which is also affecting the physical realm.
Here is what I sense the Lord showing me beginning to happen right now at the start of 2016…

There’s a grassroots movement arising

There’s a grassroots movement arising across the nations.
A radical, supernatural army of followers of Jesus such as you’ve never seen before. It’s not going to be controlled, but will spread like a virus.
It will be hard to see who’s leading it, and even though many new leaders will be raised up by God at this time, it will be led by the Holy Spirit in a way not previously seen on this scale.

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During one of the sessions of the recent HarvestFest Conference (2015) in Fort Mill, SC, Rick Joyner spoke on “Watchmen on the Walls” and encouraged contributions from delegates, and I was able to share this word in summary from the platform. Rick felt the part about amnesty was particularly important.

Early one morning at the end of April, I saw in a dream a clear image of a title frame from The West Wing (an American political drama originally screened about 15 years ago). The title of the show was "The 38th President on his 38th Day".

The 38th President of the United States was Gerald Ford. President Ford’s most significant action on his 38th day was the signing of an amnesty for Vietnam War draft evaders. As I typed the word ‘President’ in the header above, I heard the word ‘precedent’: the 38th President sets a precedent both through who he was and what he did on his 38th day.

The majority of this article contains a detailed look at both the person of the 38th President and his actions on his 38th day which reveals several interrelated prophetic themes. There are, however, two main “take-home” messages which I believe are important for the coming days:

  • The way in which Gerald Ford lived and conducted himself opened the way for unsought and unexpected promotion to positions of huge influence
  • The signing of the amnesty for Vietnam draft evaders paved the way for restoration of families – the returning of fathers to their children and sons to their fathers.

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