It was rainy and cold outside in Virginia Beach. We were at Cape Henry on the Atlantic shore of Virginia—named in 1607 in honor of Henry Frederick, the prince of Wales—and home to one of the greatest revivals in history some 300 years later.
Cape Henry goes down in American history as the site of the first landfall of Frederick, son of King James I of England, during his expedition from Great Britain to North America. When they arrived, the British colonists erected a wooden cross and gave thanks for a safe landing.
King James devoted pieces of the land for the intent of spreading Christianity in his First Charter of Virginia, which reads: "We greatly commending, and graciously accepting of, their Desires for the Furtherance of so noble a Work, which may, by Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of his Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance ... ."
A Significant Day
Our visit to Cape Henry on April 29 on a prayer assignment was more than coincidental. It was a divine appointment. April 29 was the same date Frederick and his crew landed at Cape Henry and a nation was born. That date in 1607 was also the eighth day of Passover and at sunset on April 29, 2016, began the eighth day of Passover.
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My good friend Rick Curry was standing alone, considering the history. He decided to Periscope and make an appeal to heaven right there. Suddenly, he realized he was not alone. Three ladies toting flags as part of an intercessory prayer assignment were standing behind Rick. One of them interrupted him.
"They said Pat Robertson had prayed for them that morning," Curry says. "They said they had a word they would meet a man there, and since I was the only one there, they assumed it was me to whom they were to give a message."
Here was the message: "The Lord would say to you, 'The appeal has been heard in the court of heaven and the time for awakening has come!'"
"I was speechless. They asked me if that meant anything to me. We talked for a while, and it was such a wonderful and amazing encounter. Totally unexpected. They said they had read two books on appeal to heaven—The Next Great Move of God by Jennifer LeClaire and Appeal to Heaven by Dutch Sheets—and had heard the dream. They had no idea I was the one who had the dream when they approached me."
A True Prophetic Swirl
Curry is referring to a dream he shared in my book about seeing the generations come together in an auditorium. In the dream, Curry saw Sheets waving a flag with an evergreen tree on the front and writing across the top that he could not make out.
When he awoke, he thought the flag was symbolic, but his wife felt an unction to search it out. Sure enough, it was the appeal to heaven flag has become a banner what I believe will spark the next great move of God. Sheets has his own prophetic swirl around the flag that he shares in his book. When Curry and Sheets compared notes, they were both stunned—and encouraged.
"Tell everyone you know," Curry says. "Things are about to change dramatically! The nation is ready for a move of the Spirit sweeping millions into the kingdom of God! We are inspired by hundreds, so encouraged by thousands, but many, many more are turning their hearts to the Father!"
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