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4 More Strategic Turning Points

Recently, I released Four Strategic Turning Points I have perceived. This is now Part Two bringing you an additional "Four More" Strategic Turning Points. The following is a review of the first four points upon which I will then build and bring the last half of this strategic message.

1. The Middle East—a Boiling Cauldron

For more than a decade I have been declaring that in 2014, the Middle East would be a "boiling cauldron" where it seemed as though things were totally out of control. But I continued looking for the promise in the midst of a "time of trouble." Then understanding came to me, "There will be one nation that will arise in that dark hour—the nation called the 'body of Christ'—who will be Israel's best friend."

2. The Sounds of Heavenly Hope

While recovering from surgery, I had an amazing encounter. I heard brilliant clear sounds of orchestrated chimes and bell choirs ringing in my bedroom. Then I realized, "These are the sounds of Heavenly Hope ringing audibly in my room." Yes, the bells of Heavenly Hope are ringing in the earthly realm. Tune your ear to hear the "Sounds of Heaven in the Earth" realm!

3. The West Coast Rumble

There is a spiritual shaking coming to the entire West Coast of North America. The Holy Spirit calls it "The Rumble." It will happen all the way from San Diego to Vancouver, British Columbia, with seaports all along the way. This RUMBLE will include Presence-saturated miracles. The birthing room of prayer is now in place to watch over the movement as it begins.

4. The Door of the Harvest is Open

I have been seeing angels with sickles in their hands coming down the ladder of heaven into the earth realm. Angels of the harvest have been released. The Scripture from Joel 3:13 was illuminated to me: "Put in the sickle for the harvest is ripe!" Expect divine appointments! It is Harvest Time!

Thus far, I have given you an overview of the previous 4 points. Now let's build on this as I give you more details concerning these Strategic Turning Points.

5. Apostolic Motion

In certain spheres, networks, cities and nations there is an "accelerated motion" taking place. This is a requirement for the Kingdom purposes of God to move forward at a quickened pace. We are stepping into the Days of the Convergence of the Ages. I am not referring to "apostolic succession" but "apostolic motion." These are two different concepts.

Things must move forward at a faster pace now than what some might have anticipated. Young and older apostles are being thrust upon the scene, and they must lead and appoint pastors and others to lead the congregations and ministries they have birthed. These leaders may remain the "Senior Leader" but should not carry the title or responsibility of a "pastor." It is a test of empowerment.

It is time for these emerging apostles to select, find and appoint others to lead in the spheres they have pioneered. If they do not, they could end up in a place of frustration, and the grace will lift and the door to contention could enter in. But in this time of great transition, let's learn to empower, trust the Lord and "let go." It is a time of "Apostolic Motion."

6. The Shaking and the Glory

Yes, the shaking and the glory are on a collision course. Hag. 2:6-9 reinforces these understandings. "For thus says the Lord of hosts, 'Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the Lord of hosts. 'The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,' declares the Lord of hosts. 'The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,' says the Lord of hosts, 'and in this place I will give peace,' declares the Lord of hosts."

Here in Haggai 2 we have the historical recordings concerning the first and the second temples. The first was grand in external splendor, an architectural wonder of all the ages. After the desolation and then a time of despair, a second temple was built. But it did not compare to the earlier grandeur. But the Word of the Lord came forth in that situation declaring that the "latter glory of this house will be greater than the former." (For more on this subject see the E-Blast on The Collision on the Shaking and the Glory.)

Bottom line: A) The First Temple was Built in Grandeur; B) The First Temple was Destroyed; C) The Second Temple was built appearing in the natural as "nothing in comparison;" D) A Prophetic Declaration was released in the midst of disillusionment, "The Glory will be Greater!" 

Likewise, the early church saw great glory and power followed by a great decline. Five hundred-plus years ago, we stepped into a new era called the Reformation with such truths as "the just shall live by faith." Now we are stepping into the Convergence of the Ages with accelerated movements and motion of the current day operation of the Holy Spirit. I personally see a Glorious Eschatology where light confronts darkness and shaking and glory collide—but eventually where the light of the Lord wins out. The glory of the Lord will cover the Earth as the waters cover the seas! Amen and Amen!

7. Holy Ghost Woodstocks

One of the words seer Papa Bob Jones brought to us in the early years was concerning "praise going to the streets and to the fields." There are always layers of applications to most prophetic declarations. The Jesus March of the past was a great tool used in the Lord's hand in the U.K., Brazil and many different cities and nations. But we are now stepping over the threshold into another dimension where these prophetic Christian artisans will assemble together in open-air fields, stadium events, and spontaneous eruptions where worship and prayer and healing take place. It is a time for the beginning of the Holy Ghost Woodstocks.

In the summer of 1969 the Woodstock Music and Art Festival showed up on the scene in Ulster County, New York. Thirty-two musical acts performed before 400,000 young, lost people at the height of the counterculture movement, in the midst of the Flower Power and Free Love movement. Many things have changed. And yet things go in cycles in society and culture as well. It is time for the Holy Ghost Woodstocks to flourish. Let them spread like fire that cannot be controlled. I see! I see it! I see these worship gatherings spreading, growing, healings flowing, salvations pouring in. Come on now! It is time for the church to be at the forefront. Let the Holy Ghost Woodstocks begin!

8. The Translucent Veil

There are many different phrases that are used to express these phenomena. Such terms as Open Heavens, Portals, Passage Ways etc. (See the books The Seer Expanded and Shifting Shadows of Supernatural Experiences for more on this subject.) In my experience and observation, there are times it seems like the veil that separates the temporary earthly from the eternal heavenly becomes quite thin. This often occurs in historic revivals, awakenings, times of crisis and personal visitations. For me, the veil between the temporal and the eternal has been extremely thin.

I have found myself visiting heaven on various occasions recently. I have not personally experienced this realm with this level of intensity for several years. I am keenly aware that we definitely "entertain angels unaware" according to Heb. 13:2. But now I am grasping that we can learn to participate with angels aware. (See the MP3 audio message "Angels Aware" for more on this subject.)

Recently, when it seemed like my very life was teetering between this side and the other side, I found myself in heaven. I was among some of my beloved relatives who have gone before me. All of a sudden, one of the great cloud of witnesses quickly passed through the "translucent veil" from the heavenly side to the Earth side. I was still in heaven. Then a voice from the messenger spoke to me while I was basking in the glory of heaven. Ever so clearly I heard, "You are needed on this side. Your assignment is not yet finished on this side. You are needed on this side."

I then found myself being sent back from heaven to Earth. My being hit my body lying in my bed and the presence of God surrounded me. The words echoed within my being, ""You are needed on this side. Your assignment is not yet finished on this side." I am here to tell you that the veil between the eternal and the temporal is very thin right now. God has a word for each one of us in this hour. In one of the very darkest moments of my life, God pierced through to release a sustaining word to me to give me strength in this hour.

Yes, the veil is very thin. But then, in reality, it is always so because of the sacrifice and Blood of the Lamb of God, Christ Jesus the Lord.

I hope that these eight Strategic Turning Points are helpful to you. I have given much prayer and deliberation concerning them. Know that God has the Harvest on His mind!

Dr. James W. Goll is the president of Encounters Network, director of Prayer Storm and coordinates Encounters Alliance, a coalition of leaders. He is director of God Encounters Training—an e-school of the heart, and is a member of the Harvest International Ministries apostolic team. He has shared Jesus in more than 50 nations worldwide, teaching and imparting the power of intercession, prophetic ministry, and life in the Spirit. Goll is the prolific author of numerous books and has also produced multiple study guides and hundreds of audio and video messages. 

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