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"Set the Children Free from the Lower 'Place'!" and "The Emerging Prophetic Army of Children"

by Shawn Bolz with Jennifer Miller
Feb 29, 2004

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There are many prophetic words from different respected ministries about the position of God's heart towards children and youth. I believe the end-times will be marked with children and youth on the forefront of Christian ministry. No longer will they be treated like a "Lady in Waiting," but their true purpose of co-inheriting with us will be understood.

Dream of the Divided Rooms

I had a profound dream that involved my friends, Marvin and Sally Adams, who direct a 24/7 prayer ministry called "The Furnace" in Chicago. As I shared the dream with Marvin that was directed towards his ministry, I received greater understanding that this was for the whole body of Christ.

In the dream, a building was present with children's ministry downstairs and adults' ministry upstairs. The stairs that met between the two rooms were occupied by a demonic spirit that only the children could see. This spirit intimidated the children from going up and getting engaged in what God was doing with the adults in the upper room. Therefore they sat entertained in the lower place.

Although I have never seen the movie "The Exorcist" the demon looked just like the little girl from that movie when she was in a full demonic manifestation.

I watched a church service going on in the upper room and Marvin asked the parents to bring their children upstairs so that they could watch a video of healing miracles being done through children in Africa. The movie highlighted the missionary trips of our friend, Jennifer Miller, and her ministry in Kenya. The parents had to pull their children upstairs because they were so frightened by the demonic figure in the stairwell.

When everyone was gathered, Marvin turned on the video tape but to our surprise the movie "The Exorcist" was playing in the video player! I have not seen the movie but the part that was playing was when the priest was first trying to deliver the little girl but he became intimidated by the demonic realm.

All of the children in the room (including youth) told their parents that this is why they never came up to the upper room, because they were scared of this demon.

The Priesthood was the Key

I stepped forward and began to prophesy to the parents and said "Because we have not taught the children about their priesthood in God and released them as consecrated unto the Lord, they are intimidated by the enemy. We have to teach the children about their Royal priesthood, and release them into the Acts of priesthood." Everyone knew when I said "Acts of priesthood" that I was referring to the Acts of the Apostles.

When I said this and it found agreement in the room among God's people, the most amazing thing happened. The stairs disappeared giving no more access to the lower place where the children used to go. They became part of the upper room from that day forward.

When I awoke I realized that children's spiritual rights are very precious to the Lord. When He said "Let the little children come unto me." It was not so that He could just play with them. The Lord desired to share His purpose with them and bless them in the kingdom pursuit. Everything Jesus did, He did with a purpose.

They Have the Same Access to the Depth of God

Children have the same access to the Holy Spirit that we do. Even though they may not have the same level of maturity or character, the Holy Spirit is mature and is God and can move as freely in them as He can in His most proven vessels. If they choose to walk with God, they can have the same anointing of the mind of Christ that is available to us in 1 Corinthians 2.

I saw young people stepping into an eternal timing where they would learn in moments the lessons that took us years. They do not have to be taught through the pain of life experiences if they learn it by spiritual experience.

Escalating the Harvester Anointing!

I heard the Lord say that if we will release the children as disciples, it will begin to escalate the "harvester" anointing upon our ministries. There is going to be great favor given to those who would liberate the children and youth to do the exploits of God.

Youth Discipleship Ministries Will be Financed This Year

There is going to be a special burden on spiritual Josephs to finance ministries that aren't just a training ground for children and youth, but are a tactical release of real ministry to the Lord. Children's equipping centers and youth intern programs are going to spiritually prosper when they become spiritual boot camps that lead their disciples into real trenches. The Holy Spirit is going to move the hearts of financiers to build that which Heaven is burdened with.

God wants to fascinate young people with miracles and evangelism not entertaining programs.

Winning the Children Will Win the Parents

I was shown that when the young people begin to see this move of evangelism spread, not only will children be saved, but their parents will come running to the Lord as well. God is going to use the hearts of children to win their parents to Jesus. He has a great strategy to convict parents through their children. When the parents see the radical transformation their kids have gone through, they will not be able to deny the Lord.

If you have children or are responsible for leading them, I would encourage you to pray over them a prayer of liberation. Impart to them the purpose of the kingdom for their lives now. Then we will have a generational anointing.

By Shawn Bolz
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"The Emerging Prophetic Army of Children"
By Jennifer Miller

For years we have heard the prophetic words over this younger generation. We have labored in the Spirit and travailed to see them come into their place in this vital hour. We've sung about it, we've prayed about it, we've prophesied it and now today before you - they are rising.

All over the earth there is movement of youth and children that are being fascinated by the King of the universe and are rising into a position of spiritual authority. They look like simple children but they are heavy-weights in the Spirit. From North America, to Asia, to Africa, everywhere they are rising. They have one desire - to know their God and to make Him known. They're willing to ask for nations...they're willing to be persecuted... they're willing to cry out all night for their schools and they're willing to take God at his word.

Underground Movement of Children Revivalists

I have reoccurring dreams of a whole underground movement of children revivalists; children being deployed to the nations with young people risking everything for the Gospel. It's so much bigger than we can even imagine. There are over six billion souls on the earth and God desperately wants to break in. Over half of the earth's population is under the age of 15!

Who is this great multitude before the throne? Who are those that will be harvested in these last hours? The young - because they are the majority of who is on the earth. We've prayed to the God of the harvest to release laborers and he has heard our cry. He's raising them up; a whole army of children and youth.

I want to share with you a testimony about a community in Kenya, Africa. In this particular community children really didn't have much value in the church. Of course, in theory they did, but not in actuality. I had the privilege of spending a few months serving the leaders of this community. I began to share with them God's vision for the children and youth being released in this hour.

Children Growing in Love and Authority

At the same time I began to strategically disciple some of the children and youth. God began to totally transform these kids and they grew in love and authority. God began to really put his hand of favor on these kids and the spiritual leaders of the region finally decided that there might actually be something to this. So the local pastors fellowship invited me to train 600 children (who were representatives of all the different churches in town). These kids were simply taught the undiluted gospel.

We had no curriculum, no crafts, no puppets. I had such fear of God that I was not to serve them a watered down gospel - but rather a gospel of purity and power. While we trained the children, we also trained all the adult leaders in the city (pastors, Sunday school teachers, etc.) - imparting to them God's heart for inter-generational unity. At the end of the training we had a service where all the local bishops and pastors gathered to publicly and prophetically hand the keys of the city over to the children, thereby inviting them into every level of ministry.

A Black Poisonous Snake Fell from the Sky

It was a very powerful time. Shortly after, while in a service, a black poisonous snake fell from the sky right out of nowhere and landed on the pulpit. It materialized; there was no way it could have dropped from anywhere that we were meeting. The men quickly jumped up and killed it and instantly I understood what had just taken place. You see, there is a power that is distributed when we walk in unity. As the children were released and truly invited in - the demonic stronghold over that area was broken. I believe the falling snake served as a prophetic demonstration of that stronghold coming down. From that day forward, everything began to change in the city.

Teams of children went into the marketplace, prisons, schools, and shared the gospel with such an amazing authority. Thousands got saved, healed, and delivered. They went into the hospitals and prayed for the sick. They didn't have fancy prayer ... they just had childlike faith. So many people were healed that the hospital was able to clear entire wards.

Hospitals Shut Down!

We had the privilege of leading many of the doctors and nurses to the Lord. In fact, this went on for some time that the largest private hospital in town had to shut down because they didn't have enough patients to stay in business. The children would pick a law in the government that was not just. They would begin to fast and pray until heaven was moved and the law changed. They began to cry out for transformation in their cities and as the fathers walked beside them they began to see it. In fact they're still seeing unbelievable city transformation because of their simple faith and devotion.

I know of 12 year-olds that are helping to do church-planting, six year-olds that are moving in the anointing of prophets, and 16 year olds that are functioning is apostolic roles. We get so excited to hear this about foreign nations but what if I told you that these children might just emerge from your own church? Does that change things? Are we making room for them? We want new wine but are we willing to re-fashion the old wine skins?

Have We Made Room?

How many children do you have on your prophetic team? Do we really want to walk in generational unity? I think God is going to considerably alter our way of thinking in this new day. He loves to use the foolish things to confound the wise. My prayer for us is that since we've birthed this young generation into life - that we would begin to make a space for them so that they can emerge into their destiny. God is making His bride beautiful. It is a beautiful thing to see this younger generation rising up. We need them and they need us. God is making room for everyone!

There are principalities and powers that God is longing to see broken over our cities and our nations. We are being compelled to join our hearts with the prayer of Jesus when He said,

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."

So Jesus - we say "make us one." Raise up the true fathers and the true mothers in this hour. We bless what You're doing in this generation and we say 'YES' to this emerging army in both our heart and in our actions. Thank you Lord for your faithfulness! Let Your Kingdom come!

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