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Kari Browning is the Ministry Overseer of New Renaissance in Coeur d’Alene and is passionate about revival history. As we embark on a new year this is an important read on inheriting the promises of God.
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2012 Harvest and the Fullness of Time
Like the sons of Issachar, we are to recognize the times and seasons of God. There are numerous prophetic affirmations indicating that we are entering a "fullness of time" season in 2012, where we will experience resurrection power and the beginning of the great end-time harvest.
Just like the children of Israel, who received a promise of entering the land of milk and honey, we are once again at a "Kadesh Barnea" time in history. At Kadesh Barnea, the Israelites who had been delivered from Egypt, had a decision to make.
Twelve spies from each tribe had come back with a report about the land they were told to possess. Ten spies gave a negative report about the giants in the land and spread fear. Two spies, Joshua and Caleb, gave a good report about the fruit that was in the land and exhorted their generation that they were well able to possess their promise.
Although that generation was given the promise of possessing the land, they did not obtain the promise because of their unbelief and disobedience. They grumbled and complained and God said "I will do to you the very thing I heard you say." (Numbers 14:28).
That generation died in the wilderness and the promise passed down to the next generation. Only Joshua and Caleb from the previous generation were allowed to enter the promised land because they had a different spirit and a different confession.
We must understand the ways of God. It is through faith and perseverance that we will receive our promises, "...do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and perseverance inherit the promises." (Hebrews 6:12)
Not only must we steward our promises, but we must obey the conditions given for them to be fulfilled, "And when the LORD sent you out from Kadesh Barnea, he said, 'Go up and take possession of the land I have given you.' But you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. You did not trust Him or obey Him" (Deuteronomy 9:23).
Visitations from Bob Jones
In 2002, Bob Jones had a visitation from a heavenly messenger. The messenger conveyed to Bob that the condition for seeing creative miracles was Psalm 133. Unity was much more important to the Lord than we understood.
The messenger pointed out that ambition among Believers opens the door for suspicion; suspicion brings competition; and competition breeds division. When these are present, it will motivate leaders to discredit or undermine those they feel threatened by. It will actually disqualify some and cannot exist in the heart of the generation that God entrusts spiritual power and true authority to.
Bob Jones has made numerous trips to the Northwest. Every time he comes, he brings a word about the importance of bridling the tongue. About 20 years ago, while ministering in Spokane, WA, he gave a prophetic promise with a condition. He prophesied that if we wanted to experience the miracles they had in the latter rain healing revival, we needed to obey Psalm 15. That Scripture exhorts us not to cast a slur on our fellow man.
In 1998, Bob saw an orange pickup truck from the 1950s that was broken down. It represented the latter rain healing revival that took place during that decade. He was told that we could "pick up" where they left off. The latter rain revival was cut short because of character issues, including greed, competition, immorality, and pride. America turned down her season of opportunity, much like Jerusalem did and missed her day of visitation (Luke 19:41-44).
In Isaiah 58, it says that if we do away with the pointing of the finger and malicious talk, our light will surely come (verses 9-10).
The choice is ours. We can choose to believe the promises of God, repent of gossip and slander and choose to love one another, and experience revival and creative miracles; or we can continue to grumble and complain about each other, and how bad things are, and die in the wilderness.
Recently, I had the honor of interviewing Bob Jones in his home in Charlotte, NC. We talked about his death experience in 1975, where the Lord sent him back to witness the beginning of a billion soul harvest. He believes that the harvest will begin in 2012 and we will see resurrection power and creative miracles.
The generation Bob saw in the "Sands of Time" vision have reached the age of maturity this year. He saw an army arising (those born in 1981 and after) that would be characterized by compassion and holiness. He was told that when they reached the age of maturity, no gift would be denied them and no disease known to man would stand before them. They would have no fear of the enemy. They would have the Spirit without measure.
There will be some born before 1981, with a spirit like Joshua and Caleb, who will also experience these promises. They will be leaders in this next move of God and will gladly lay their lives down in love for the next generation.
Numbers 32:11-13, "Because they have not followed Me wholeheartedly, not one of those who were twenty years old or more when they came up out of Egypt will see the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob– not one except Caleb and Joshua, for they followed the LORD wholeheartedly."
We have come to the Kingdom for such a TIME as this. Let's possess our promises in this "fullness of time" season.
Kari Browning is the Ministry Overseer of New Renaissance in Coeur d’Alene, a community known for faith, hope and love. She and her husband, Mike, have been involved in church planting for many years. She started a training center and a Bible school that equipped hundreds for the work of the ministry. She is a forerunner and is passionate about revival history. She has ministered at many churches and conferences in the United States and in other countries.