4th December 2013
"A Little Boy
Foresees the Future"
" . . . A LITTLE CHILD shall lead them". Isaiah 11:6c KJV (Capitals are mine for emphasis)
THE REVIVAL BEGAN
Looking back several centuries in church history, there was a time in France, when bands of children would dance before the Lord in the streets singing in tongues and prophesying in French. God uses the purity and trust in children who have not been jaded by the disappointments of life experienced by adults. I was born again at age six, and filled with the Holy Spirit at age 10 in the little Pentecostal church, Kingsburg, California, USA. My parents were the pastors, and the evangelists who began a revival at that time were Fred and Sarah Byers. He would lead the song service each night, and she would teach/preach on a different aspect of the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
I WOULD BE LOST IN THE SPIRIT ANYWHERE FROM THREE TO FIVE HOURS
On the first Sunday night I prepared myself spiritually, hungry to be filled with the Spirit on the following Tuesday night. I knelt at the altar bench, determined that I would not get up from that spot until I was filled with the gift that God offered. I wanted everything the Lord had for me, and I would not be denied. Even though it has been 64 years ago since this happened, it is as though it transpired only yesterday. I remember going under the power, and at the end of "a perfect praise" the Comforter came and I begin to speak in a language I had never learned. Later times I would be lost in the Spirit anywhere from three to five hours at a time. I started at church, and then woke up the next morning in my bed, not knowing how I got there.
MY MOTHER SILENTLY PRAYED THAT I WOULD SPEAK IN SWEDISH
Silently, my Mother who was seated nearby, made a confidential request just between her and the Lord. This is the same woman who spoke me into existence when she was barren, and now she asked for a confirmation that the Lord would use me. Her petition was that I would speak in Swedish, and someone would tell her that I had just done so. No sooner had she prayed this prayer when the junior church teacher, Hannah Bodeen, excitedly rushed up to my Mother and told her that I had just spoken in Swedish, repeating the phrase twice, "The land is so beautiful". At that moment, one of the deacons, Bill Seaberg, said to Hannah, "Did you hear what I just heard?" Together they confirmed it. It was pure Swedish, with no American accent.
THE BEAUTIFUL HARVEST IN AFRICA
As I was speaking a language I did not know, I had a vision. I was in the midst of the clearing of a forest which surrounded me. Even though I could not see anyone, I started preaching, using a tree stump for my pulpit. It did not make any sense to preach to a congregation of no one, but I had to preach. It was like Jeremiah, who proclaimed, "It was like fire shut up in my bones". If I could not release what was inside of me I would burst. After doing this for several minutes, a man emerged from the forest. He was bound by chains. He was an African. As soon as he entered the clearing, the chains fell off, and he was delivered from witchcraft, and was born again. I looked again, and there was another, and then another, until finally their number was so great they could not be counted. All of them responded to the Word I was preaching. That is when I spoke the words, "The land is so beautiful". The harvest was plenteous, and a beautiful thing in God's sight.
NOT A MISSIONARY, BUT AN AMBASSADOR
I was 35 years of age, and preached around the world, before that vision of going to Africa was fulfilled. The Lord had to get rid of "that concept of the great white father (colonialism), and the little you (slavery) mentality". I did not go as a missionary, but as an ambassador of the kingdom of God. I was not "the star". That designation belonged to Jesus alone. I came as an equal. One day I would leave, but the national pastor would remain behind. It was important that the people saw that I had respect for their men and women of God. I was not there to give them money, but to teach them to trust God for themselves and become self-supporting. "The dark continent" is becoming "a place of light and glory", and even sending their ambassadors to the western world. Some have even raised millions of dollars to build their own churches with expandable walls; not little mission stations that limit growth.