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I met Bob Jones (not the founder of the university by that name) in 1994 when he came to speak at our local fellowship here in Minneapolis. At the time, I was visiting the fellowship, not knowing that God would move me here in 1996. Martin Paulat, the founder of Arise and Shine Fellowship, had had a revelation some years earlier that God would send them seven principle men who would teach or have some impartation to the fellowship. I happened to be the seventh who came.
Bob Jones died today, Valentine’s Day, the 66th anniversary of the Latter Rain movement. Bob’s final prophecy is “The Coming Promise,” the Vision of the Apple Tree, given last month. But a seed must die before it bears fruit, Paul tells us, and so this has proven to be his final (published) vision.
He saw its fulfillment this Spring, first with blooms and then with fruit appearing in May.
He speaks of the Peacemakers as well, a theme that I have often written about in showing the contrast between the carnal sword and the Sword of the Spirit.
He speaks also of God’s “armory” and of weapons of spiritual warfare that have never before been seen in the world. I don’t know what those are either, but I am confident that these weapons of spiritual warfare will be needed to change the world and bring in the Tabernacles Age to come.
He also quotes prophecies regarding King Cyrus of Persia, who overthrew Babylon 2,500 years ago. The pattern of that conquest is described in Revelation 16:12 in terms of “the kings from the east,” no longer the Medes and Persians, but now Russia and China. In Isaiah 45:1 Cyrus is called by name and given the title “His anointed” (i.e., God's messiah). In other words, he succeeds in conquering Babylon, first because God is sovereign enough to use a king who does not even know God, and secondly, because he is backed by the armies of heaven through spiritual warfare.
That is where we come in today, so pray for China and Russia and the anointed ones that God is raising up there to set us free from Mystery Babylon that has ruled the West through the banking system during the past century.
Here is the Vision itself….
Vision of the Apple Tree
While in a time of praise, Bob saw an apple tree in full bloom. As he prayed for understanding the Lord revealed to him that many people have been in the bud. They have been waiting on promises that go back many, many years. Now the Lord is saying that before the apple tree blooms this spring, their buds shall bloom. Although some of them are ancient promises they will bloom in the spring before the apple tree does and they will begin producing the fruit of righteousness.
In the fruit of the spirit prophecy, the apple represents peace. Therefore, this means that a lot of peacemakers shall bloom or come into their divine calling by this spring and they will bring forth the fruit that God has called them to bear. So get ready for the peacemakers to come forth with the fruit of God and reveal the Son of Peace to the world.
The peacemakers that are coming forth in this next season are those who can make peace between the human soul and the Father. As they reveal the Father's love to the human soul, it will bring stability to the body in every way. Through the administration of these peacemakers, first and foremost, they will bring man's soul into the place where it can enter into the peace of God. And this peace is beyond all human understanding. They will also enter into the love of God, which will create the fruit that He wants produced in the body now. This is literally the beginning of the fruit that's needed for harvest.
And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:7)
Peace beyond understanding is what God is offering us. Unfortunately much of the body has seen the Father from a wrong perspective. They see Him as the cruel master and judge instead of being the God of love and justice. Ninety-five percent of the body of Christ thinks the Father is the judge that is squashing them all the time. They accuse the Father of bringing calamity and traumatic situations where in fact it is Satan. The Father simply removes His hand where He is no longer welcome. But now we will begin to see Him as He really is; LOVE and love beyond any expectation of love. When we have peace with the Father then the bloom will begin to turn into fruit. And this fruit will begin to come forth this year yielding more next year and even more the following year.
Armory of God's LOVE
The Lord has opened His armory, And has brought out the weapons of His indignation; For this is the work of the Lord God of hosts In the land of the Chaldeans. (Jer 50:25)
God is arming the body of Christ with weapons of His divine love that the enemy has no defense against. We'll begin to see the army of God come together in unity, a common union, to where the enemy will have to leave entire cities. This army is getting ready to take entire cities and eventually entire states. In certain places in the world, they'll take entire nations.
This is the year the army of God comes together with angels beyond number and weapons that cannot be defeated by the enemy. Angels are here now preparing the body for the harvest and there will be a mighty victory. This year, even the blooming of the trees is something that Satan can't stop from happening.
Vision of God's Armory
In a vision Bob was shown the armory of God that is now open and the Father is releasing weapons of warfare that has never been available to man before. In this vision there were weapons put into my hands that terrorized me to even touch them. There's nothing in the entire world that can withstand what the Father is bringing out of His armory. Some of the first things He will deal with are in Jeremiah 51. In fact the first thing He'll deal with is the church that's been withstanding Him.
Jeremiah 51:20-25 You [Cyrus of Persia, soon to conquer Babylon] are My battle-ax or maul and weapon of war--for with you I break nations in pieces, with you I destroy kingdoms,
21 With you I break in pieces the horse and his rider, with you I break in pieces the chariot and the charioteer,
22 With you I break in pieces man and woman, with you I break in pieces old man and youth, with you I break in pieces young man and maiden,
23 With you I break in pieces the shepherd and his flock, with you I break in pieces the farmer and his yoke of oxen, and with you I break in pieces governors and commanders.
24 And I will [completely] repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea for all the evil that they have done in Zion--before your very eyes [I will do it], says the Lord.
25 Behold, I am against you, says the Lord, O destroying mountain [which is burning out, you who will be as barren and desolate as an extinct volcano], you who [would] destroy the whole earth. I will stretch out My hand over and against you and roll you down from the [burnt] crags and will make you a burnt-out mountain [of combustive fires]. (Jer. 50:20-25)
Ministry of the Peacemakers
What He's doing right now in the church is uniting whosoever will with one another. Because these weapons that's being released cannot be handled by one person. It will take teams to handle them and usually teams consist of about twelve people. These teams will be united with one purpose in mind and when they go to war they will make decrees and declarations according to the heart of the Father. These decrees will be established according to the will of the Father. (Job 22:28)
You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God's favor] shall shine upon your ways.
This is what I see; the blooming of the apple tree will be our blooming in the spirit and worshipping the Father in spirit and in truth. It's our human soul making peace by the knowledge of the Truth. It's bringing the soul in submission to the spirit and allowing the spirit man to be in control of our conscience (actions, deeds and thoughts). Then the body will understand the Father's divine nature; love. He loves you! Scripture plainly shows that God loves us; it's His nature because He is LOVE. (1 John 4:8) The peacemakers' entire nature will be characterized by His love and love will be the fruit they bear.
Now come the peacemakers and they make peace with God and with man. They show the Father's nature, LOVE! The love of the Father is all authority to His sons and daughters. I don't know how fast the fruit is going to mature after they bloom. But I do know that by the middle of May the blooms will be over and the fruit will begin. And from what I see, this fall will be awesome.
Here is Ron Oja’s comment on this vision and on Bob Jones’ passing….
This is indeed the 66th anniversary of the Latter Rain. Bob Jones/Jonas was a very loving man and a true prophet sent by our Father. As far as I can tell, Bob was not allowed to see the things we’ve been shown. In that sense, his passing appears to be a major marker in the transition from Pentecost to Tabernacles. The Revelation of this transition from the Moses’ Pentecost to the corporate Joshua Tabernacles Age is completed in the Book of Revelation, the 66th book of the Bible.
And Bob’s passing occurred as another Jonas is even now completing the writing on Part 10, the final portion of the Book of Deuteronomy. The passage of Moses is recorded in the 34th and final chapter of this book, which is really about the transition to the New Covenant administration of the law.
The Latter Rain movement was perfectly timed (of course) by Father to reveal His Heart for His children in this regard. The revelation of Tabernacles came out of that movement when George Warnock wrote the classic “Feast of Tabernacles” in 1951. He was a man ahead of his time. The message of sonship emerged as well, through George and other writers, especially Bill Britton.
Bob Jones’ apple tree prophecy for 2014, which he received at the very beginning of January this year, looks to be a home run word, in my view. In believe this word was confirmed by the Super Bowl being played in the Garden State, right next door to the Big Apple [i.e., New York City].
How appropriate that the #1 Apple state of Washington produced a winner that was comprised by a bunch of mostly no-name players, who dedicated their victory to the 12th man, the fans of Seattle’s Seahawks. This “12th man” means “Divine Government” and represents the transition from the 10 commandments of the Law under Moses. The number eleven is associated with disorder and transition.
How appropriate then that there are 11 players on each side of the ball in a football game. The light (22) of Divine Government comes out of this “disorder.” Acts 2:14 says that Peter was “standing with the eleven” when the Spirit was first poured out. I wonder if Peter’s last name was Carroll.
[Pete Carroll is the head coach for the Seattle Seahawks. See http://www.petecarroll.com/
which is their official website.]