From the desk of Steve Shultz:
I do, in fact, believe that the Third Great Awakening—has begun. Even the warfare is "off the charts" based on any warfare I have seen, not only in my life but in the life of other ministries. Keep this in mind. The enemy fights HARD when he is most threatened. We, the Christian Believers of the Word, cannot remain unaware of the schemes of the enemy of our souls. It's not "flesh and blood," but it is mostly spiritual warfare in nature. Yes, the enemy can and does use people, but we must focus our fight on the devil the most.
The Great Return and the Third Great Awakening!
This Third Great Awakening is a Great Return, where multitudes will disengage from Jezebel's table and return to the Table of the Lord.
For a decade, I (Jon) have been sharing prophetically about an "11-11" awakening that manifests the dream in God's heart for our land. My Pilgrim forefathers cut covenant with the Lord on 11-11, 1620, consecrating the land and its government to "the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith."
Jolene and I recently returned from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, where Holy Spirit fell in a move of awakening on 11-11-09. God is confirming covenant. What a delight to experience the beginnings of a move of God I believe will progressively envelop our land! Just as Jesus prophesied of Lazarus in John 11:11, I believe He is now speaking to our nation: "America our friend has fallen asleep. But I go that I may awaken him from slumber!"
Fireball Confirms Awakening
A wild thing happened after the final evening we attended the IHOP student awakening. News reports showed videos of a gigantic fireball which shot across the skies of Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. For Jolene and me, God was using very personal language to confirm that this awakening was indeed now at hand.
On November 10, 2005, the Elijah List posted a word of ours called Covenantal Awakening. In this word five years ago, we described a fireball over our home city of Frederick, Maryland, that confirmed a prophetic word on an emerging season of revival! We wrote: "In mid-October, Kim Clement prophesied there would be an 'unusual occurrence' on October 31, which would be followed by a four year season of harvest and the greatest move of the Spirit our nation has ever seen... Just after 9:00 p.m., while we were worshipping and praying, we experienced an 'unusual occurrence.' A few of the intercessors saw a huge fireball passing through the skies of Frederick! Television news reported that the fireball was actually a meteor, seen from Philadelphia to south of Washington DC..."
Bigger than Finney
In this word, we also recounted a dream Jolene had about the significance of the coming move. We wrote: "Jolene woke up from a dream this morning repeating the words 'Bigger than Finney, bigger than Finney.' Charles Finney was the primary catalyst of America's Second Great Awakening. Perhaps the Lord is saying that what's now at hand is even bigger than the Second Great Awakening, which Finney himself described as the greatest outpouring since the Book of Acts."
I believe we have indeed crossed the threshold and are now in the beginning of this move. Prophetic statesman James Goll confirmed this in a prophetic encounter over Purim. James began to move his head from side to side as if he were reading a scroll. He then began to declare, "The Third Great Awakening has begun! The Third Great Awakening has begun! The Third Great Awakening has begun!"
I believe that God is giving clarity about this emerging awakening now so we can position ourselves to fully receive His move. As important as it is to understand the timing of this work, we must also understand God's intent through it.
In September 2009, the Holy Spirit spoke to us very clearly about this coming awakening. He said, "This Third Great Awakening is a GREAT RETURN, where multitudes will disengage from Jezebel's table and return to the Table of the Lord." Let's now explore what this means.
Shift From Amos 9:11 to 9:13
At this time, the Lord also spoke that "we were shifting from 9:11 to 9:13." For many years, the Lord has been giving revelation from Amos 9:11, which prophesies the restoration of the Tabernacle of David and repairing its breaches. But I honestly didn't know much about the verses that follow! It is perhaps the greatest prophecy I know of the ensuing harvest.
"In that day I will raise up the fallen (tabernacle) of David, and wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by My Name," declares the Lord who does this.
"Behold, days are coming," declares the Lord, "when the plowman will overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; when the mountains will drip sweet wine, and all the hills will be dissolved."—Amos 9:11-13, NASB
This is great news. But reaping this harvest will certainly be an adventure. And it will require we see our world from a new vantage point. Do you remember the song, "Looking for love in all the wrong places"? Beloved, THAT'S JESUS. Jesus came to "seek and save the lost" (Luke 19:10). He just wants you to look at them through His eyes.
Hosea's Girl and the Bridegroom's Heart
You can imagine the prophet Hosea prayed pretty hard for the Lord to bring just the right girl for him. Because he loved the Lord, he probably prayed for a wife that would reveal God's heart. Bridal paradigm stuff. And he probably wanted a wife with whom he could express all the love God put in his heart.
"Hosea, what do you think of that girl?" Wow, Lord. She's...um... alluring. Sorry though—seems that she's taken. Oh wait. Looks like they've parted ways. Maybe this is a sign from You...
Let me ask you—have you ever asked the Lord to show you His heart? Maybe you're like me—still trying to protect yourself from His answer. Because sometimes the heart of Jesus Christ is discovered in a journey through pain.
Let's take betrayal, for instance. Unimaginably painful to the heart and spirit. Hosea probably had no idea what he was getting into when God commanded him to marry a prostitute. But amidst Hosea's tears, the prophet found God's tears. He suddenly realized that as much as he suffered when his bride went astray, God suffered so much more. And as a friend, God invited Hosea to taste just a small bit of His own heartache for the Bride that has captured His heart.
So—let's stand for righteousness, shun sin, enforce godly borders. But let's also keep our hearts open to encounter God's love for those who are perishing. We are entering a time of harvest where Heaven and earth will be shaken as God arises to rescue Hosea's bride. Fueled by our intercession, multitudes will disengage from Jezebel's table and return to the Table of the Lord. And we must be ready.
Jezebel's Table and Elijah's Confrontation
When the Body of Christ thinks of Jezebel, we generally refer to Revelation 2:20—and rightly so. "But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess...to teach and seduce my servants to commit sexual immorality to eat things sacrificed to idols."
In this hour God is calling us to forsake the food being offered us from Jezebel's table. What exactly does Jezebel serve? Our first response is witchcraft, pornography, homosexuality, adultery, prostitution, abortion and the like. But as western Believers, our conscience is much more sensitive to sexual immorality than to eating food sacrificed to idols. But food sacrificed to idols is more than this. Let's look at it from a different perspective—God wants to deliver us from supply lines tied to compromise.
In Elijah's day, God sought to rescue Israel from sexual immorality and witchcraft that had overtaken the land through Baal worship. Ahab and Jezebel had perpetuated this idolatry in God's covenant land. So Elijah declared a drought. Drought brings famine. Yet when Elijah confronted Ahab, he noted that the "prophets of Baal... eat at Jezebel's table" (1 Kings 18:19). In the midst of this famine, the prophets of Baal were being sustained by Jezebel's supply line. And their idolatrous influence over society was also being sustained!
Beloved, is Jezebel at the other end of your supply line? Do you have to compromise your integrity before the Lord in order to receive "your daily bread"? I assure you, the Lord has a better way. Let's believe God for His covenant provision! It's important for us all to search our hearts. Can we be bought, or sold? At what price? Are we really willing to be owned? By whom?
God has been emphasizing this call to freedom from supply tied to compromise for the past few years. The loudest trumpet call came on September 29, 2008, when the "bull market" expansion came to an end as the Stock Market took its largest drop ever. It fell exactly 777.68 points. Importantly, that very day was Rosh Hashanah.
The number seven symbolizes covenant. As Dutch Sheets teaches, in Biblical times when people entered into a covenant, they "sevened themselves" to each other. This is why, on 07-07-07, TheCall Nashville focused on divorcing Ba'al and returning to covenant with the Lord.
What was God trumpeting through the Rosh Hashanah Stock Market crash? Return from compromise to the table of the Lord!
Please hear His heart in the midst of this measured discipline. Most of us really didn't know the extent of the Wall Street corruption until this time of exposure. From the outset, God has been calling us to forsake our greed and idolatry and return to covenant with Him, even as a nation!
We also sought of the Lord about the significance of the "68," part of the 777.68 stock market drop. The Lord led Jolene to Psalm 68:30: "Rebuke the beasts (of the fields), the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples, trampling under foot the pieces of silver; He has scattered the peoples who delight in war."
Psalm 68 pictures bulls trampling pieces of silver. I don't know a better picture anywhere of the corruption tied to the Bull Market in 2008! Those pieces of silver entrusted to Wall Street brokers were mostly owned by everyday Americans seeking a better life, by senior citizens whose sustenance depended on their investments, by young parents saving for retirement or for college for their kids. And it was everyday Americans who suffered the greatest loss.
Ba'al, by the way, is symbolized by a bull. The opposite of "Bull Market Wealth," or wealth tied to idolatry and covenant breaking, is covenant wealth. Covenant wealth is where God gives power to gain wealth to establish the covenant He swore to our forefathers (Deuteronomy 8:18).
Today the Lord is calling forth business leaders willing to disengage from supply lines tied to compromise and give themselves wholly to His life and calling. What looks to be loss in the short run will surely be rewarded by our God, who is utterly faithful to His covenant and utterly faithful to His seed! I prophesy to you that God is now in the process of "redirecting the current of currency" from Jezebel's table to the table of the Lord.
God intends wealth to be used to "establish the covenant He swore to our forefathers" (Deuteronomy 8:18). Let's believe God to redirect the current of currency into the hands of those who will establish God's covenant and justice in the earth. And in all things—let's disengage from Jezebel's table, and return to the Table of the Lord!
Return! Hosea 6
I believe that we—the Body of Christ especially—have been disciplined by the Lord in preparation for a great release of blessing, favor and influence. The cry of Hosea certainly applies to our watch in history. "Come," Hosea implores, "Let us return to the Lord. For He has torn us (disciplined us) but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. He will revive us after two days, He will raise us up on the third day..."
Beloved, we are all in need of cleansing. Let's respond to His invitation to forsake our idols and return to His table. Let's receive cleansing again by the precious Blood of Jesus. Let's receive healing and wholeness by His body, given on our behalf.
And let's become forerunners of this Great Return. As we respond to His call—as we disengage from Jezebel's table and return to the table of the Lord—so will the multitudes! The plowman will soon overtake the reaper.
And the mountains will soon drip with the best wine, saved for last. As Misty Edwards sings, "The Father will have a family, and the Son will have a Bride!"
Jon and Jolene Hamill
About Jon and Jolene Hamill: Individually and together, Jon and Jolene have ministered in conferences and churches throughout America and in Canada, and have authored numerous prophetic teachings which have appeared on the Elijah List and in other publications. Jon and Jolene established Lamplighter Ministries as a catalyst for Christ's dream of awakening and societal transformation in America and the nations. With a focus on prayer, teaching, and prophetic ministry, Jon and Jolene impart vision, hope and practical tools to enrich the Body of Christ towards this end.
In addition to national ministry assignments, Jon and Jolene are helping to build the Maryland International House of Prayer (MIHOP) as a 24/7 resource in the metro DC region. Jon and Jolene reside in Frederick, Maryland, with their two incredible children, and are members of Cornerstone Fellowship.