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Note: This blog post is part of a series titled "The Work of Elisha." To view all parts, click the link below.
A resurrection sign occurred in Colorado Springs on Christmas day of 2009, when a mother and newborn son both died and then came back to life. The mother died of cardiac arrest, and when the doctors performed an emergency C-section, the baby too was dead.
After running a battery of tests on Hermanstorfer, doctors still do not know what caused her cardiac arrest or what brought her back from the brink.
It's rare for a woman to suffer cardiac arrest during pregnancy and rarer still for both mother and baby to survive, Martin said.
Dad has his own theory.
"There's only one explanation for having either one of them, let along both of them here," Hermanstorfer told reporters. "It's just an absolute miracle."
At the time, we took this as a sign of resurrection. Although we still had not seen the sixth sign of Elisha (the birth of the Shunammite woman’s son), we were aware that the seventh sign would be the son’s resurrection. We also knew that David Hogan was well known for raising the dead. So the resurrection report in the above article suggested to us that the sixth and seventh signs of Elisha would be linked.
The resurrection sign also occurred in Colorado Springs, the same city where we had seen the culmination of the third sign. This seemed odd. Recall that this is where we were led to cast Pan out of the Black Forest the evening before Michael Jackson died. Was this just a coincidence?
Elisha’s Staff Uniting the Sticks of Judah and Joseph
The seventh sign of Elisha, as I said earlier, came in two parts. First, Elisha sent his servant ahead to lay his staff on the boy’s face. This failed to raise the boy from the dead. Elisha arrived afterward and breathed in the boy the breath of life, following the pattern of Adam in Genesis 2:7.
In 2010 we saw the “staff” sign on February 21. The second part of the sign was in our San Jose conference on March 5-7. Jose is Spanish for Joseph.
Part 1, the sign of the staff, is difficult to interpret from the story in 2 Kings 4. The account is given, but no explanation comes with it. So when we were looking for the fulfillment of this in 2010, we had very little information that might tell us what we might see. As it turned out, the staff represented the unification of the two sticks of Judah and Joseph, prophesied in Ezekiel 37:16, 17,
16 And you, son of man, take for yourself one stick and write on it, “For Judah and for the sons of Israel, his companions”; then take another stick and write on it, “For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.” 17 Then join them for yourself one to another into one stick, that they become one in your hand.
This was a prophecy of the reunification of Judah and Joseph, or between Judah and Israel. Few people really grasp the significance of this prophecy, because they think that the Jews (Judahites) are the Israelites. Prior to the split (after Solomon’s death in 931 B.C.), the tribe of Judah was indeed one of the Israelite tribes; but after the great “breach,” Judah was distinct from Israel and each had its own calling. Judah held the scepter; Joseph held the birthright (1 Chronicles 5:1, 2).
From that point on, the prophets always referred to Israel and Judah as separate nations, each with a different destiny. Yet they knew that the two would eventually reunite under the leadership of the Messiah (Hosea 1:11). Isaiah 58:12 calls Christ “the repairer of the breach.” This was to take place at the time of Christ’s second coming when He comes as “Joseph” to claim His birthright.
Ezekiel’s prophecy about the reunification of the sticks (staves) of Judah and Joseph is recorded immediately after his vision of the valley of dry bones. Ezekiel 37:11 says, “these bones are the whole house of Israel,” implying all of the twelve tribes. It is an end-time prophecy that must be fulfilled in order to bring about the manifestation of the sons of God.
The sign of Elisha’s staff being placed on the boy’s face prophesies of the time that Joseph is raised from the dead in the valley of dry bones. When Christ comes the second time in His Joseph manifestation, He combines the authority of the scepter of Judah with the authority of the birthright of Joseph-Ephraim.
So Elisha represents Christ; the boy represents Joseph; the staff represents the staves of Judah and Joseph combined. The “failure” of Gehazi to raise the boy with the staff (2 Kings 4:31) is not really a failure at all. It simply shows that the reunification of the two sticks was to occur prior to the actual coming of Christ. That is what we saw on February 21, 2010.
The Staff Sign in 2010
The first part of Sign #7 was fulfilled in California without any help from me, other than providing some revelation that helped explain the event. I received this letter telling me what happened:
Dear Dr. Jones,
I want to share with you what I was led to do on Sunday, Feb. 21st. First, maybe a little background would help here. I was a Pastor of a large church in Selma, CA and was really seeking God for all that He had for me. I came in contact with a ministry that came out of the Latter Rain movement, that was teaching what they called "Apostolic Order." This was an awakening for me. For the first time I realized I was a three-part being having a spirit, soul, and body. My denomination had a dualistic approach, lumping the spirit and soul into one entity.
This ministry taught me the order of myself, the order of a home, and the order of a church. I saw that most all were out of order in relationship to God's word. This was the beginning of the end of my Pastor position in the denomination. My denomination did not approve of this kind of teaching, so I resigned and had a church of over 400 people follow me.
I really did not know what to do, so I submitted myself and this new ministry to this apostolic ministry. This occurred in 1986. In submitting this new work, I soon found that I wasn't much different from the denomination. There was still the control and also a lot of abuse of spiritual authority. This resulted in my fall from the ministry altogether, and I soon found myself at 40 years old with the lost of most everything I had. The one thing that stayed intact was my family--my wife and two daughters.
I was out of the ministry and was doing whatever I could to survive. This continued until 1992. In 1992 a local ministry in the city I was now living in (Fresno) found out that I was here and invited me to come to church. I really did not want any part of Christianity at this point, but through a series of events, I consented to attend. A long story ensued, and on the first Tuesday of November I was elected as their Pastor on the same day that Bill Clinton was elected President.
This organization did not come to install me, as this was a small work, and not a prominent church that was recognized by the organization. So I was never legally installed. I believe this put me on the same time schedule as the inauguration of Bill Clinton in January of 1993.
I have learned from reading your time understanding that I came out of Pentecost in 1986, but it was in fact too early for a Tabernacles work to be established. So I spent 7 years in a wilderness of hurt, and pain, and loss. Now I understand why. And in 1993 it was a legal time for the work that I am now at to begin.
I saw the first work of 1986 as a death work, and recently I saw that as I came out, I did what the Latter Rain did in 1948, in acknowledging the Israeli state. I saw for a brief moment I had become a part of the Birthright, but quickly gave it to the Latter Rain. The ministry of the origin of the Latter Rain has continued to hold my Birthright since 1986. Even as the establishment of the new work in 1993 took root, it has not produced the fruit of the Kingdom but has remained in a hidden state (Joseph).
This is why 2010 is so important to me. When you wrote about Darius being about 62 years old when he was given the kingdom from Babylon, it was like an explosion going off in me. You see, I am currently 62 years old. I saw that this was now the time that I was going to be legally freed from the Latter Rain ministry, even though I have not been a physical part of them for the past 22 years. 
I had called the new work in 1986 the Foundational Stone Church. I see it as a foundation that relates to the foundation of Solomon's Temple.
[NOTE: The foundation of the Second Temple was laid in 534 B.C. By the 2,520-year cycle, we saw a repeat of this in 1986-87, which was the year of the 120th Jubilee from Adam. I personally received a revelation on Dec. 18, 1986 saying, "A sure foundation is laid this night." At the time, I knew nothing of the prophetic significance of 1986-87.
And I see that this year of 2010 has a very unique relationship to that foundation. I had been ashamed of that work, for it seemed to me to be a failure. Now I know it was a successful failure, even as the first work of Christ. I am no longer ashamed of what God did in laying a foundation of the first work in my heart. I don't think He will ever resurrect it physically, for I believe the second work is completely different from that of the first work. I am looking for an entirely different work.
Recently, I came across a website of Ezekiel's walking stick. This man makes staves that are out of two pieces of wood, according to Ezekiel 37. The moment I saw it, I knew I was to obtain one. I obtained one out of ash wood, which is the Spanish name for Fresno. I also found that ash is in the family of the olive tree. I had faith that it would arrive before the 21st of February. I believe a series of miracles enabled me to receive the staff on Saturday the 20th at 12:00 noon.
[NOTE: The 2001 pattern for the staff ended at noon on Feb. 21st. This appears to have been modified by a day to accommodate the delivery system, which was probably closed on Sunday the 21st.]
You know more than I do about the significance of this staff being taught and shared on Feb. 21st at our gathering. I saw that this was bringing together the year 1986 with 2010. I also saw that this was transferring the true authority from the apostolic work of the Latter Rain to the true apostolic work of the Two Witnesses.
I really believe that in representation of these Two Witnesses, by extension of Elijah to Elisha, that this staff is the representation of Elisha's staff. I also see that being it is one piece out of two pieces of wood, that it is in effect the staff of both of the witnesses in one. I sense an apostolic work is now legal to be ministered that has to do with the feast of Tabernacles, that goes beyond the apostolic work of the Latter Rain….
God Bless you.
The connection to 2001
It was apparent from this that Bob’s staff was also connected to our earlier story in 2001. Recall that my own authority was challenged on January 29, 2001, and that God instructed me to do what Moses had done when his authority was challenged (Numbers 17:2, 3, 4). Aaron’s rod brought forth almonds the next morning (Numbers 17:8).
When I did this in 2001, God told me that I would see my (spiritual) staff bear fruit at noon on February 21. This happened, as I explained previously. Nine years later, Bob received his staff that represented the staff of Elisha, made of two kinds of wood (Judah and Joseph). It is plain that this is how we should interpret the first part of Elisha’s seventh sign.
Note: This blog post is part of a series titled "The Work of Elisha." To view all parts, click the link below.