I was recently at a conference in Ann Arbor at Apostle Barbara Yoder’s Church – Shekinah Apostolic Center. Dutch Sheets was one of the Speakers and Steve Swanson was leading worship. The name of the conference was ROAR, a name given at a time when there was little understanding of the significance of the entrance into the decade of pey—the mouth in Hebrew. The conference began with a ROAR and ended with a crescendo of HEAVEN’S ROAR uniting with the church. I am writing this word in response to two visions I received while in worship, visions that I believe are significant now to the people of God as a whole.The first vision I received was on the Friday night. I have been in many meetings at this church when Steve Swanson was leading worship and moved into prophetic worship…and it was always of the charts in his ability to usher the people into the supernatural realms of God. This night surpassed anything I had ever experienced…however, it was far more than an experience; something significant was initiated by Heaven that night and the following day! I am finding it very hard to describe with words the sounds that I heard… and I am not going to even try, except to say that the worship began on a supernatural note that continued to build in power and in ethereal intensity (God just gave me that word it means otherworldly). The sound continued to build to such a degree that it became difficult to not be completely overwhelmed and overtaken. Suddenly the emphasis shifted from ascending worship, to a Heavenly invasion into the sanctuary! This commanded the absolute silence of any voices…there was just the ROAR and sounds that accompanied the invading forces.
As I was caught up in the worship, I was taken into a vision; it began with Jesus taking hold of my hand and pulling me into swirls of the Glorious blue—this I believe signified revelation. As I passed through the blue I then looked and saw thousands of white horses, each jostling to get into formation. A line was formed stretching as far as the eye could see. Suddenly the scene switched, and I was now seeing the church sanctuary fill with these white horses and their riders from wall to wall. On the platform was a great white horse with Jesus sitting on it and a banner in His hand. A few horses were on either side of Him and He sat there looking as the room filled up with these heavenly riders.
The scene then suddenly switched again to an open field of green with trees lining the far side; the horses were again in formation galloping as swiftly as the wind. As they passed by me, a white cord suddenly was wrapped around me like a lasso; I found myself lifted into the air and firmly planted on the back of one of the horses, riding fiercely with this army. Understanding of the vision didn’t become clear to me until later when I saw that it was timed perfectly with what was happening with the worship. I then understood that the Armies of God—the saints of God and the angelic hosts of Heaven, were being released together into the harvest fields of the world!
After the time of silence in the worship, Apostle Barbara stood and released a confirming word to what I was seeing, she prophesied:
“There is an army, that is right now being commissioned from Heaven. It is arising with the strength that Moses had, that his strength didn’t fail, and his eyes didn’t go dim. They are arising to the tune of Heaven and as they arise to the tune of the sound of Heaven, they are going to march in a coordinated effort across this land… and God said I am going to deliver the victory into their hands. But you must stand, and you must get into your formation, for God says I am on the move, and I am initiating a brand-new movement. And this movement will not be stopped for I am releasing and imparting My strength even right now to go beyond what you have ever gone beyond before. For God is putting the sword of Gideon in your hand, the sword of victory, the sword of the Lord and Gideon! Shout to the Lord! …This is a brand-new day and God is doing a brand-new thing! I am mustering My army, My forces shall not encounter defeat! The Lord says you cannot and shall not be defeated! The Lord says My forces cannot and shall not be defeated! I declare to you that the forces shall not be defeated, they shall break all the way through to victory, for even now there is a new thing happening and there is a swirling of the Winds of Heaven—Winds of strength. There are places where you said , I cannot go any further, or I cannot get up again—the Wind is coming into your back to pick you up and to put you into formation and YOU WILL NOT BE DEFEATED AND YOU WILL BREAK THROUGH TO VICTORY!
The following day the atmosphere and dynamic of worship continued, and God took me into a second vision: This vision began with the color purple, which I understood to mean royalty. I then saw an enormous Throne with a magnificent and ornate golden chair with One seated on it. It was God the Father! He had a large golden crown on His head with jewels embedded in it and a scepter in His hand. I could not see His face. On either side of His throne stood a line of trumpeters with extremely long golden trumpets; they were all blowing with their trumpets lifted high into the air. The line of them on either side went on and on, again as far as the eye could see. God the Father was not seated on His Throne, He was standing; I thought this was unusual but He was observing us intently.
I then saw a large fearsome lion swagger out in front of the Throne; He stopped and stood there exuding immense power and strength, His eyes blazing with the intensity of what was about to take place. As the trumpeters blew their horn, I heard the Father Announce: “IT HAS BEGUN!” Apostle Barbara then again began to prophesy:
“The trumpets are sounding! I have now commissioned and empowered my remnant. They are arising as a mighty army that cannot be defeated. They are arising, they are advancing, they will break through and victory is in their hands. They are advancing, they cannot be defeated, victory is in their hands! They are advancing, they cannot be defeated, victory is in their hands. Let the roar arise and run to the battle!””
It now seems clear that we are no longer waiting for God to move—HE HAS MOVED! The evidence of this is beginning to break out all over the world. Hollywood is being greatly affected, stadiums are filling up with worship, revivals are breaking out in certain cities. Despite the circumstance around us in regard to politics, the economy, in our nations and in our communities, the people of God are suddenly sensing a RISING in their spirits coming upon them and a shaking of the ground beneath them…the armies of God are riding in unison to gather in the Harvest and defeat the enemies of God!
Many will now sense the Spirit of God coming upon them with ideas and strategies and will perceive that it is time to step up and move out! Many will no longer be satisfied or content to sit around and wait; they will feel the Holy Spirit nudging them to go again! Look again! You will hear a Voice in the wind encouraging you to cast your net on the other side—to try again with a new strategy or with fresh oil…with an expectation that this is the time, and that this time there will be success!
God will be releasing very unusual and unique strategies to saints who have the mindset to embrace them and move with Him in the harmony of partnership. We have heard it said that over history that the last move of God tends to persecute the next move of God—It is important now to not fall into this trap, as God is doing a NEW THING. He has new ways brought forth to overcome the challenges of this present world—the new age with its strange ways of thinking. It is time to move out without fear and to always remember just as Barbara declared: “You will not be defeated!