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The Hagerstown conference, on April 10-12, 1998, ran concurrently with the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA. The final day of the conference, April 12, was when eight of us gathered again to cast out the bondwoman and her son and to establish “Isaac” as the true inheritor of the promises. On the same day, Mark O’Meara won the Golf Tournament. His name means “son of laughter.”
The Son of Laughter
Isaac means “laughter.” Whereas Ishmael was caught “mocking” (Genesis 21:9) in a negative sense, Sarah declared in Genesis 21:6, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” There is a big difference between laughing at someone and laughing with someone.
Mark O’Meara’s tournament win was a significant sign that Isaac had won the contest and had been established prophetically as the inheritor of the promise to Abraham. As sons of laughter, our intention is to cause Ishmael to laugh and rejoice with us. It is not our intention to mock Ishmael in any way. Our purpose is to show the way so that the children of the flesh may find their way into the New Covenant, even as did the Apostle Paul and, indeed, all of the apostles in the early church.
The law that establishes how to be converted from a child of the flesh to a child of promise is found in Exodus 13:12, 13,
12 You shall devote to the Lord the first offspring of every womb, and the first offspring of every beast that you own; the males belong to the Lord. 13 But every first offspring of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, then you shall break its neck; and every firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem.
Donkeys were unclean creatures that could not be presented to God. Hence, the firstborn offspring of a donkey had to be redeemed with a lamb. Ishmael was described by the angel in Genesis 16:12 as “a wild donkey of a man” (Hebrew: pereh awdawm). Hence, all children of the flesh are wild donkeys, metaphorically speaking, and are in need of redemption by the Lamb of God. For this reason, “every firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem.”
Essentially, the law of God calls all of the fleshly Israelites donkeys. If they had born as lambs, they would have had no need of redemption. Yet they were children of the flesh, spiritual donkeys, or Ishmaelites, because they had been birthed out of Egypt. Hagar was an Egyptian.
For this reason, God provided a lamb for them at their birth from Egypt through the feast of Passover. The Passover lamb redeemed them, spiritually and legally transforming them from donkeys to the sheep of His pasture.
The bottom line is that although Abraham was Ishmael’s father, Hagar was his mother. Likewise, Israel in the flesh was God’s firstborn son (Exodus 4:22), but Israel’s mother was Egypt. In their flesh, they were donkeys and spiritual Ishmaelites in need of the Lamb’s redemption. Neither could they become inheritors of the Abrahamic promise apart from the Lamb that God provided. That is why no one who claims physical descent from Abraham can inherit his promise apart from Jesus Christ, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
There are some today, who know not the law, who think that Jews can be saved apart from Christ. The Apostle Paul would disagree. Some say Gentiles are saved by grace through Christ, while Jews are saved by following the law and by being devout Jews. Why, then, did Paul need an encounter with the living Christ? There is much strange theology today coming from those who do not understand either the law or the gospel.
God’s declarations in 1998, which we declared as His witnesses, was designed to establish the fact that “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 15:50). Yet there is a way in which flesh and blood can be redeemed by the Lamb of God, transforming donkeys into lambs, children of Hagar into children of Sarah, and Ishmaelites into Isaac-ites.
Yet because spiritual Ishmaelites yet have confidence in the flesh, their erroneous view has to be corrected. Many are angry when their trust in the Old Covenant is invalidated, for they do not realize that God is showing them mercy by insisting that they must be redeemed by the Lamb. The Lamb is the only lawful Redeemer.
That is why the bondwoman and her son had to be cast out, according to Scripture. This was not done to condemn them but to show them the New Covenant path and to bring them to Jesus Christ, the Mediator of that New Covenant.
The Pentecostal Revelation
On April 30, 1998 the Israelis celebrated their Jubilee. This was 50 years (by the Hebrew calendar) from their founding on May 14, 1948. As I wrote earlier, on that day Frank Sinatra died, the man famous for doing things his own way, rather than God’s way.
A month later was Pentecost, May 31, 1998. A day earlier, a prophetess named Martha, who lived in California, received a word from the Lord about “a new anointing in the Spirit going out across the land.”
I too had received revelation that the day of Pentecost was to be our next “court date” in the divine court. In praying about this, God directed me to 2 Kings 9:4-6, dealing with Jehu’s anointing to destroy the house of Ahab and to be the next king in Israel. Jehu means “Yahweh is.” In a report dated May 12, 1998, I wrote:
“This anointing gave him [Jehu] the divine authority to cut off Ahab and Jezebel for their persecution of Yahweh’s prophets. This revelation (to us today) means that God is going to give a new anointing to the Overcomers, a new authority to deal with the problems in the earth. This may specifically deal with President Clinton and Hillary, but it at least deals with that which they represent—Ahab and Jezebel.”
Upon meditating upon 2 Kings 9, God brought to mind Isaiah 10:27 KJV,
27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
We were instructed to go to Mount Sion in the spirit on Pentecost and make a declaration in the divine courtroom in order to gain further knowledge of the various anointings needed to win round two of the Dragon War in 1998. At the same time, I was being introduced to essential oils, frankincense in particular, and this coincided with the revelation of the new anointing.
Ahab and Jezebel
Recall that I had received revelation in 1988 that Governor Bill Clinton would become president. I understood that Bill and Hillary were prophetic types of Ahab and Jezebel long before the church prophets even knew that he was going to become the president of the United States.
When Bill Clinton took office in January of 1993, we began to watch for the day that he would humble himself, even as King Ahab had humbled himself in 1 Kings 21:29,
29 Do you see how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the evil in his days, but I will bring the evil upon his house in his son’s days.
Note that King Ahab did not actually repent of stealing Naboth’s vineyard. There is no record that he gave back the vineyard to Naboth’s heirs. Yet he “humbled himself,” and God then delayed the judgment for “three years” (1 Kings 22:1).
Kenneth Starr had been appointed Special Council to investigate Bill Clinton’s perjury when he lied under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. On July 17, 1998, Starr issued a subpoena for Clinton to testify before a Grand Jury. This was precisely two years after the start of the Dragon War in 1996.
On July 21, 1998 Monica Lewinsky herself agreed to testify to the Grand Jury in exchange for full immunity. A week later, she testified of her affair with the president, which then contradicted Clinton’s statement under oath, and turned over the infamous “blue dress.” The next day, July 29, Clinton himself had no choice but to agree to testify before the Grand Jury on August 17.
Ron Oja discerned that Clinton-Ahab would have to repent before his 52nd birthday on August 19, 1998, because 52 is the biblical number for repairing the breach. On August 17, he publicly admitted that he had been having an affair with Monica Lewinsky. However, he claimed that he had not committed perjury because his testimony had used the word “is.” He claimed that he had stopped having sexual relations with Lewinsky prior to the day that he had given his testimony. Hence, “it depends on what the meaning of the word is is.”
This was legalism at its finest. Any thief could claim that he was not a thief as long as he was not presently stealing something at that very moment.
Nonetheless, a few weeks later, on September 11, 1998, Clinton humbled himself at the White House Prayer Breakfast, not only confessing his sin but also reading Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” This was the equivalent of King Ahab humbling himself without truly repenting of his ways.
God then gave him the same three-year delay of judgment until September 11, 2001.