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Tony Cavener: "The Jonah Spirit Will Be Pruned from the Church!"

by Tony Cavener
Jan 27, 2016


January 27, 2016

"The Jonah Spirit Will Be Pruned from the Church!"
by Tony Cavener, Norcross, GA

Intro from Johnny Enlow:

Steve ShultzThis is a timely word from my friend Tony Cavener who is a pastor/prophet that I have been in relationship for nearly 20 years. Back in the day we traveled to several nations and ministered together. His prophetic ministry and words have always been insightful and are ones I have seen as accurate.

I was recently speaking at his church in Atlanta, Georgia, and told him I felt he had a word for the Body at large. I believe you will be blessed by this word and see its relevance. We are in such a need of transitioning to the New Testament model of seeing and prophesying, and Tony does an excellent job of laying that out. Read and be blessed.

Johnny Enlow
Johnny and Elizabeth


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"The Jonah Spirit Will Be Pruned from the Church!"
by Tony Cavener, Norcross, GA

Last May, the Lord spoke to me and said to Prepare for the 'Summer of the 10 Spies.' I felt Him saying that the atmosphere of the nation would be charged with doubt, unbelief, fear, reports of impending disaster, conflict, and in general doom and gloom. This would be fueled by the news media and even fanned by Believers and those in the Body of Christ with an Old Covenant model of prophecy.

However the Lord declared, "I want My people to be of a 'different spirit' to pick up the mantle of 'Joshua and Caleb' and declare, 'But GOD.' It was not a denial that "there are giants" in our land, that is true, nevertheless we are not to see ourselves as "grasshoppers" but as the people of God, empowered by Holy Spirit, and favored by our Father who desires us to take back the land and recover the inheritance!

This past Christmas I felt the Lord saying that this will be the year that He will expose the "Jonah" spirit that many of the prophetic in the Body of Christ have been weaned on. Jonah was angry, bitter, judgmental, and self-focused. He wanted God to judge Nineveh and give them what they deserve and yet he knew God was merciful and full of compassion and would forgive and forestall any judgment if the people of Nineveh turned to Him. This was to a nation that was not in covenant with Him, and idolaters and Gentiles.

We all know the story and how Jonah was frustrated and bitter, that his prophecy of judgment did not come to pass due to the Ninevites turning to God, that he was upset that the gourd that was shading him died and left him in the hot sun. The Lord rebuked him that he had more compassion for the gourd, his own comfort and agenda, than even the children or livestock of Nineveh.

We are called not to model the prophets of the Law of Moses; we are to model the Lord Jesus, who is the very Spirit of Prophecy! Moses does not bring us into the land, our Joshua does, Y'shua, Jesus! Jonah's message was repent or judgment, however the Lord gave us a prophetic mandate to declare: Repent, the Kingdom of God is here! A Kingdom of love, joy, peace and righteousness confirmed with signs and wonders and the miraculous.

A judgmental, sin-focused, finger pointing, powerless church will not take back this nation. We are to be an advancing, mountain-taking troop, with the spirit of Joshua and Caleb, filled with the unconditional love, grace and mercy of our Father, bringing down the giants of deception and bondage, with a message that His heart for us is one of: "Hope, a future, prosperity, and blessing." His heart desire is for His children to indeed inherit the land!

The United States of America is not a Nineveh, though it is not perfect, we are a sheep nation, we have a covenant foundation that was birthed with the colonial battle cry of, "No King but King Jesus." God's heart is not angry and against America. If He loved Nineveh, how much more does He love this nation that has sent more missionaries and birthed more of the greatest moves of God in redemptive history?

This is the year to throw off the "Jonah mantle" and put the "Zeal of the Lord" on as a mantle (Isa. 9:7), and declare the "acceptable year of the Lord" (Isa. 61:2), His Jubilee! We are now in the 70th Jubilee year since Joshua and the Israelites crossed over the Jordan and into their inheritance.

I believe this is the year that the Lord wants His 3rd day people to "arise and shine" (Isa. 60:1) as His glory fills the temple, made not of brick and mortar but of "precious living stones" (1 Pet. 2:5), filling this nation with His message of the Gospel of the Kingdom. A prophetic message of amazing grace, mercy, total forgiveness of and deliverance from sin, restoration to Father God, healing, and freedom confirmed with signs, wonders, and miracles.

A people who believe the report of the 10 spies will be filled with doubt, fear, unbelief, criticalness and negativism. They will not possess the faith, hope, and confidence of Joshua and Caleb who declared, "But our God is able." They will not believe God wants to use them to do the miraculous and take back this nation!

We are not of the prophetic mold of Jonah, ours is a different spirit, one that believes our God wants to give us our inheritance, and in this Year of Jubilee, 2016-5776. He wants us to recover all, to possess this land, take back what has been stolen, and truly reap the full benefit of the debt cancellation that Jesus purchased on the Cross.

This is the year that the prophetic, in this nation, will have the "Jonah" spirit pruned away as unfruitful and destructive. We are instructed in Romans it is "the Kindness of God leads us to repentance" (Rom. 2:4). The prophetic voice of the New Covenant is an encouraging voice, one that is filled with the faith and declaration of the Good News of the Kingdom of God, and with an anointing that declares and demonstrates, "The acceptable year of the Lord"!

Tony Cavener
NE Metro Christian Fellowship of Atlanta


Tony Cavener has been in the prophetic ministry for over 30 years, having been "fathered" into the prophetic by Bob Jones. He has ministered in Australia, Canada, the UK, Peru, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and the US. He and his wife Sandra have been Vineyard church planters in Oklahoma City and in Atlanta Georgia. Tony and Sandra planted their current church, NE Metro Christian Fellowship of Atlanta in December of 1994 during the winds of the Toronto Blessing, and have been pastoring NE Metro Christian Fellowship for the past 22 years. They are currently aligned with Chuck Pierce and Glory of Zion as a Church of Zion. In 2000, Tony experienced a broken neck in a surfing accident in Costa Rica during a day of rest from an International Pastors conference. His C1 and C2 vertebrae were broken completely in two and though he should have died or at least been paralyzed from the neck down, he was miraculously healed by the Lord and has no effects from the injury!


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