Feb 24, 2009

I Am Giving You a Key

On September 3, 2008 I had a very unusual dream. In the dream I saw no images. That’s odd for a dream. I was awake for much of this dream and that’s another strange thing. Dreams are supposed to happen while you’re asleep. I might even refer to it as a “vision” – but I didn’t actually see anything. Here’s what happened:

In the dream I heard a voice speaking that delivered 3 messages. During part of the dream I heard a prophet singing. This dream puzzled me until I read the book, Understanding Prophetic People by R. Loren Sandford. The author says that messages delivered by an audible voice are angelic messages. The bible is full of meetings between angels and people. Angels typically deliver a message from God. This is the account of the dream from my journal:

There were no images, there was only a voice speaking: “I will pour out my Spirit says the Lord. I will visit Olympia in 15 months. I, the Lord will raise up Olympia in 15 months.”

I woke up and wrote down the words. My digital clock read 3:21

As I drifted off, the voice returned. There was only sound, no images. Kim Clement was leading worship with a large congregation, he was playing the song “Sacrifice is Beautiful.” He would chant and the congregation echoed his chant. Yeshua! Yeshua! Messiah! Messiah!

These words were spoken by the same voice as the first words: “Do not leave, stay where you are. In 15 months it will come to pass.”

I wrote the words and tried to sleep, but a few minutes later, I heard these words, from the same voice, again no images: “I am giving you a key, do not lose it!

A couple of teaching points should be made here. Dreams can come from different sources. They are usually, but not always symbolic. It’s up to the receiver of the dream to decode the symbolism and to determine who the sender is. The song is like a watermark on a letter that identifies the sender. The sender of the message claimed to be the Lord. Kim Clement was chanting praises to Yeshua and Messiah. The name Yeshua is the Hebrew name Jesus. Messiah means, “anointed one”, the Greek word for Messiah is Christos from which we get the name Jesus Christ. It would be difficult to argue that the message came from anyone else.

In the last part of the dream the voice said I was being given a key. I didn’t receive an actual key that night. The key would therefore be symbolic of something. What does it represent? A key is used to unlock something. I use scripture as my main reference for interpreting dreams. In it, many symbolic things are explained. There are a few generic references to keys in the bible. But a special key (the key of David) is mentioned in Isaiah 22:22, and again in Revelation 3:7. Jesus also refers to the keys of the kingdom in Matt. 16:19. It seems these keys refer to the authority granted to someone to open and shut the doors of the kingdom.

On December 8th, I was watching an interview of Matt Sorger on Extreme Prophetic. In the interview Matt was asked by Patricia King why he thought we didn’t see as many miracles today as there were in years past. Matt reads biographies of people who worked in healing and miracles in the past. He noted that few people today are entering into long times of prayer and fasting, which was common years ago. He suggested this might be the reason.

Later that night I asked God if He wanted me to fast and pray. He said, yes. I asked how long it would be, and closed my eyes. I saw these words: “After 40 days I will release my glory”. I prayed and fasted for a period of time (not the entire 40 days) until God said He had accomplished what He wanted to. On Jan 19th, (42 days later) I had a vision in which I saw the words “I am releasing my Glory”.

On December 14th a well-know prophetic voice, Kim Clement (the same man who was singing and chanting in my dream) prophesied about a new thing God was going to do. Here is a part of the prophecy he gave:

“He has said tonight I speak of keys, the key of David that has been given to a generation. It has already been granted and sent forth. To do what? To unlock the mysteries of the Holy Scriptures, to unlock and unveil the mysteries that Daniel spoke about, that John on the Isle of Patmos spoke about. These mysteries are about to be revealed to bring great treasures into the kingdom of God and into the earth, says the Lord Most High.
Because God said, I'm raising up sons who will manifest my glory. I will bring daughters that will manifest my glory. They will manifest, what do you say manifest? They won't talk about it. They will walk into buildings and the lights will come on. They will walk into meetings where they are discussing the progress or digression of medical science and as they walk in, the light shall come on. These that shall manifest shall not need to speak much. They will walk into hospitals, and the light shall come on…Now this that I am bringing is the revival of the shadow, for there cannot be a shadow without light and the shadow of Peter fell upon those who had no ability to walk.

God said with this light shall there be no need for commanding words. But God said, the very shadow that shall come from those who have light that has been shone upon them shall come in and this shall be the era of the shadow of light, the shadow of light. And God said they will walk in and suddenly the lights will go on, miracles will happen, people will change, conversions will take place. They will just stand and God said the light shall come on. This is an explanation of your next era in the Kingdom, says the Lord of Hosts!

- Kim Clement from Humble, TX - December 14, 2008

I found it fascinating that the same man who was singing in my dream, explained what the key was for 3 months later. The people he spoke of would simply walk into a building without praying and healing and miracles would take place instantly. It sounded pretty incredible, but would God really do such a thing?

A short time ago I went on a call for a person who had a nosebleed for 2 hours. Their doctor increased the dose of a blood-thinning drug they were taking. The patient was ready to go to the hospital to have their nose cauterized to stop the bleeding. This was something they had done before. The fire department said the patient was still bleeding heavily just before we arrived. After we got on scene it took the firefighters about 3 or 4 minutes to tell us the story.

As the Lieutenant spoke, I was watching the patient and noticed that they weren't bleeding much, if at all. The patient kept checking to see if there was any more blood coming from their nose. After we had been on scene for about 5 minutes they were convinced the bleeding had stopped and told us they didn’t want to go to the hospital. The firefighters were surprised at how quickly the bleeding stopped after we arrived. According to them, the patient was bleeding just before we arrived and it seemed to stop the instant we walked in the door. They began to joke about our magic ability to heal people and asked if we would go with them on their calls the rest of the shift so we could heal their patients.

This story is the kind of thing that urban legends are made of. I’m not trying to create more of them. But we should ask the obvious question - was this person healed miraculously? I didn’t pray for them, nor did anyone else to my knowledge. I don’t know if they believed in God or miracles and I’m not sure that really matters. All we have is a series of events that suggests something supernatural may have happened. If God did heal this person, it may happen again. If He used me in this situation, He could use you the same way. I want to be open to whatever God wants to do through me, even if it might seem strange. Are you open to being used by Him?

We are approaching the end of our story. I’m glad you stuck around to hear about it. I’m not certain there was a miracle that day. I’ll let you be the judge. I don’t know if I’m one of the people who will manifest God’s glory in this season. I hope I am and it would be a great honor to do so. If I am I hope people give the credit to the Lord. Many people who have been used by Him have fallen. I'll close with the words of Jesus from John 15, "Without me, you can do nothing."

The video 'Miracles and Angels' with Matt Sorger can be viewed here:

The entire text of the prophecy by Kim Clement can be viewed here:

Feb 18, 2009

A Word of Knowledge

God doesn’t heal everyone who receives prayer. If you listen and watch, sometimes you’ll hear the answer before you pray. This is one of those stories.
I have a friend who asked me to pray for someone that had been hospitalized with terminal cancer. I agreed to pray for her and told him I’d like to meet her and lay hands on her. We found ourselves at the hospital that day. He asked me to wait in the hallway while he inquired if she wanted me to pray with her.

I waited in the hallway and talked to God and thanked Him for getting me there. Then it occurred to me – I didn’t know if God wanted to heal this person. I bowed my head and closed my eyes and asked what He wanted to do. God gave me a word of knowledge. (1 Cor. 12:8) He actually showed me what He wanted to do. I saw the words “Don’t heal.” I didn’t understand. I was disappointed and confused. I thought perhaps I didn’t get the right message. I bowed my head and closed my eyes again and saw the words very clearly, “I won’t heal”. I saw the right message and now sadness set in. I knew she wouldn’t be healed. I wanted to know why. I bowed my head a third time and closed my eyes. I asked God to show me why He wouldn’t heal her. I saw the words, “She doesn’t believe.”

A few minutes later my friend came from the room and confirmed what I already knew – she didn’t want me to pray for her. She had given up on treatment and was ready to die. We walked in uncomfortable silence to the elevator. She passed away a week later.

I assume she had no desire to ask God for a miracle. Without a willing heart to receive it, we can’t expect God to bless us. He won’t force us to accept His gift of healing, or any other gift. I can’t judge this woman. I don’t know what things she suffered in life. I don’t know why God’s love never took root in her heart. But for her own reasons she didn’t believe God would or could heal her. That made me very sad.

In asking why she didn’t believe, I didn’t search long for the answer. A few months ago I didn’t believe in miraculous healing either. Maybe it was the faith healers I mocked when I was an atheist. I’ve always been skeptical of miracles. I suspected faith healers of being con-men and rip-off artists. Not long ago I mocked them as a Christian. The church leaders I knew didn’t really believe in miracles either. We in the church are big on prayer. We just don’t believe it does a whole lot. Many of our leaders tell us that miracles, prophecy, healing, and other gifts of the Spirit ceased long ago. If we can’t convince ourselves that God wants to heal us, why should anyone else believe it?

I think our reluctance to pray comes from the times we have prayed and it seemed like nothing happened. One of the first things we teach a new disciple about prayer is to ask according to the will of God. The apostle John wrote, “If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 John 5:14) We often hear that God’s will is revealed in the scriptures (the Logos) and we ought to pray according to its principles. While this is true, what is sometimes needed in a situation involving an individual is a Rhema word from God; a word of knowledge from the Holy Spirit about that particular situation.

Jesus said that the miracles He did were in fact, the things He saw His Father doing. (John 5:18) His prayers were answered because before He asked for anything, He asked His Father “What would you like to do in this situation?” He wanted to ask according to the will of his Father so his prayers would be answered. Jesus knew who to heal, who to raise from the dead, and who not to heal because the Father revealed it to him through a rhema word of knowledge. We are able to do exactly the same thing today. Our Father in heaven is willing to reveal to us whom to pray for and what to pray for, if we ask Him. When we receive specific information from the One who has unlimited power and knowledge, we pray with more confidence.

I don’t receive a word of knowledge for most of the people I pray for. In the last 6 months I’ve prayed for roughly 200 of my patients. I’ve received a word of knowledge about 15 or 20 times. I let my prayer be guided by three principles:

· I have prior promises from God that He intends to heal some of the people I pray for but He didn’t give me a list of names. I try to cast a wide net and bring in as many candidates as possible. Some will be healed and some will not.

· When I am not certain what to pray for I can allow the Holy Spirit to intercede. When I pray in the spirit, it’s actually the Spirit of God praying through me according to the will of God. (Rom. 8:26) When God is the one who initiates the prayer, I know the prayer will hit the mark.

· The third principle is praying according to God’s revealed will in a particular situation. This is not all that common. But it seems to happen at crucial times in my life. I don’t want to give the impression that God only gives a word of knowledge in dire straits. It just happens that in every case where I received a word of knowledge, the patient had a condition that was incurable with conventional medicine. Your experiences will probably be different.

I pray for as many people as I can. I pray in the spirit when I’m uncertain. I ask for a word of knowledge with more serious patients. I don’t always receive it but when I do, it helps greatly. When the word of knowledge reveals that God will not heal the patient, this information can be helpful in making end-of-life decisions. Issues like placing the patient on life support, hospice placement and resuscitation measures could be directed by the word of knowledge. It can help bring closure and a sense of peace to what is usually a difficult and trying process.

When a word of knowledge reveals that God will heal a terminal patient it changes the atmosphere. It plants a seed of faith in the hearts of the patient and their family. Once they have the rhema word of God for this situation, they can pray according to God’s will and know their prayers will be answered.

Feb 13, 2009

Healings Great and Small

This post is about the magnitude of healing we can expect through prayer. I believe God heals in dramatic ways and in ways that seem ordinary. On Jan 21, 2009 I met a friend at a local hospital. Sara is a paramedic like me. I don’t know her feelings about God or supernatural healing. I asked her how she was doing. She replied, ‘terrible’. She's had migraine headaches for 2 days and hasn’t been able to sleep since they started. She said it was a chronic condition she’s had for a while. I asked her if I could pray for her to be healed and she agreed. I put my hands on her shoulders and stood behind her and asked God to take away her pain and that it would never return.

I ran into her again at the hospital on Feb 4th and she shared her story with me. She said that shortly after I prayed for her the migraine headache left. It hasn’t returned since then. Interestingly, she added that on a couple of days she felt as though a headache was beginning but as soon as she was aware this was happening, the sensation left.

I was driving home from work on the 12th of January and I had been struggling with a headache for about 3 or 4 hours. God began to ask me why I didn’t ask Him to take it away. I felt stupid. Here I am praying for others but I’m too proud or stubborn to ask for my own healing. I finally asked Him to heal me – figuring if it was His idea, He just might do it. The headache left immediately and hasn’t returned. I thanked Him for His mercy and compassion and apologized for my stubbornness.

I would like to contrast this story with one that is a little more dramatic. This article has been published by several reputable sources. The doctor involved is a well-recognized cardiologist who gave his testimony of this event at a conference of physicians.

The news broadcast that covered the story is in the video window below

Dan Wooding/TN (July 18, 2007)

(MIAMI, FL)—The audience of 120 doctors from 50 countries sat in stunned silence as a renowned heart doctor produced evidence of how, after he had prayed for a patient who had died and was being prepared for the morgue, was brought back to life after prayer.
Dr. Chauncey W.
Crandall IV, who serves at the Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, made his dramatic presentation on Friday, July 13th at the 4th Annual World Christian Doctors Network Conference in Miami, Florida.
He produced dramatic evidence that was shown on the screen and then, afterwards, agreed to tell the story to Assist News Service in an interview with Dan Wooding.

The following is the interview as conducted by Dan:

Crandall began by saying that the dramatic incident took place almost a year ago in West Palm Beach, Florida. "We had a fifty-three year old man who came to the emergency room with a massive heart attack and actually his heart had stopped," he said. "The medical people had worked on him for over forty minutes in the emergency room and then declared him dead.

"They called me in to evaluate the patient towards the end of his treatment where they had unsuccessfully tried to revive him. The nurse was preparing his body to be taken down to the morgue when the Holy Spirit told me to 'turn around and pray for that man.' When the Holy Spirit talks to you, you have to respond. It's sometimes a quiet voice and this was a quiet voice and to honor the Lord I did turn around and I went to the side of that stretcher where his body was being prepared.

"There was no life in the man. His face and feet and arms were completely black with death and I sat next to his body and I prayed, 'Lord, Father; how am I going to pray for this man? He's dead. What can I do?' All of a sudden, these words came out of my mouth, 'Father, God, I cry out for the soul of this man if he does not know You as his Lord and Savior, please raise him from the dead right now in Jesus name.

"It was amazing as a couple minutes later, we were looking at the monitor and all of a sudden a heart beat showed up. It was a perfect beat; a normal beat; and then after a couple more minutes, he started moving and then his fingers were moving and then his toes began moving and then he started mumbling words.

"There was a nurse in the room—she wasn't a Believer—and she screamed out and said 'Doctor
Crandall, what have you done to this patient?' And I said, 'All I've done is cry out for his soul in Jesus name.'

"We quickly rushed the gentleman down to the intensive care unit, and the hospital was by now buzzing about the fact that a dead man had been brought back to life. After a couple of days he woke up. He had an amazing story to tell after I had asked him, 'Where have you been and where were you on that day that you had that massive heart attack? You were gone and we prayed you back to life in Jesus name.'

"He said, 'Doctor
Crandall, it's the most amazing thing. I was in a dark room and there was no light. It was complete darkness and I felt I was in a casket and I kept repeating that I was so disappointed.' He said the disappointment came from the fact that none of his family, friends or colleagues, had come to visit him. Then he told me, 'All of a sudden, these men came in and they wrapped me up and they threw me in the trash.'

"Dan, he was in hell that day and as he told me that story, I cried out, 'Lord, this gentleman needs to accept You as Lord and Savior.' I then explained the salvation message to this man as he sat in that bed and I held his hand and I cried out, 'Father God, in the name of Jesus, I pray that this man accepts you as his Lord and Savior right here in the intensive care unit.' He held out his hand and accepted Christ as his Savior with tears rolling down from his eyes and now he's a child of God.

"I told him, 'You never have to be thrown in the trash into total darkness now. The life of Christ is in you and the light of the kingdom of Heaven is on you now."

I asked Dr.
Crandall if there had been any brain damage to the patient.

"No there was no brain damage at all; his brain was completely normal," he said. "I was most concerned about his hands because his fingers were completely black and he had some numbness in his fingers and his feet, but now that is totally resolved."

I asked Dr.
Crandall if he could give the name of the man and he said he couldn't as the patient had requested that it would not be revealed.

"All I can say is that he was fifty-three years old and he was a car mechanic," he said. "He had a family who were Believers, but he left them twenty years ago because he didn't believe in the Lord. His family continued to pray for twenty years for his salvation, and his ex-wife was on her hands and knees praying for the salvation of her ex-husband, who came to know the Lord that day."

I then asked the doctor if he had seen other similar miracles in his practice.

"I've been witness to three cases of people being raised from the dead," he said. "One other case was when another patient came to the hospital with a massive heart attack. It was on the very day that I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and I'd been praying for weeks that I would receive this mighty baptism that the Lord can give us. We were working on this patient that came in again with a massive heart attack and who didn't survive in the operating room.

"All of a sudden, that Baptism of the Holy Spirit hit me and I started speaking in a spiritual language and crying over this patient who, in the operating room theater, had passed away. And then, within five or ten minutes, the heartbeat came back and life came back to this patient. Once again, the nurses who are not Believers looked at me as if to say, 'There goes Doctor
Crandall on another case."

I concluded the interview by asking Dr.
Crandall what he would like to say to doctors who do not believe in supernatural healing.

"I would just like to say to my colleagues and physicians out there, that the Lord is real. We've seen many miracles and we pray for our patients daily. There is not one week that goes by that we don't see a mighty miracle in our office. The people need this; they need the power of Christ in their life and they need the power of Christ for healing.
"I would just encourage my fellow doctors to get involved in a church, meet with a minister, and attend a healing service run by people that believe in the power of Jesus Christ. We love our colleagues in medicine—we pray for them."

I would like to close with this thought; If God heals us with his supernatural power it is a miracle. Every miracle is in reality just as miraculous as another. There is no big or small miracle - Every touch of the divine Father is special and to be treasured.

Feb 10, 2009

It Starts Here

This site is dedicated to the millions of sick and injured people waiting to be healed. I believe we have entered a season in which God will deliver that healing touch. It's my prayer that through healing, God's incredible love for us will be made known.

My desire is to share the things I see God doing in the realm of supernatural healing. He's begun to demonstrate healing in isolated places; I believe this will spread to other areas. God has revealed a plan to heal many people within my sphere of influence in the near future . This revelation has come through dreams, visions, books, prayer, my own study time in the bible and prophetic words from others.

The inspiration for this project came from my friend David McLain. I've only met him briefly in person, but his vision and passion for communicating the things of God has affected me greatly. I am grateful for his mature counsel and child-like spirit. He has blessed me like crazy!

Here's my story:

I am a paramedic. I work in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. For some reason known only to Him, I've been blessed with a promise from God. In July of 2008, I read a book written by a cardiologist in which he shared his experiences from praying with his patients. The title of the book is, "A Physician's Witness to the Power of Shared Prayer"

While reading this book the Holy Spirit convicted me and asked me to begin praying with my patients. I struggled briefly with fear and reluctance and tried to come up with (lame) excuses why I shouldn't do this. But I gave in and started praying for everyone I transported. I was surprised how many people actually wanted me to pray with them.

At the same time this was happening, I began to hear the Holy Spirit speak to me of things to come. I didn't know what to make of it. I knew I wasn't crazy, but I wasn't sure what to do with this information. So I began keeping a daily journal - writing down the things God was revealing to me. Many of the posts you'll find on this site are taken from my journal.

One of the things He revealed to me was that on August 8th 2008, (8/8/08) something major was going to change in my life. I had no idea what it was. On August 8th, 2008, after 3 weeks of praying for my patients, God did something I never expected. He came to me in a series of dreams and visions during the night. He began showing me medical conditions that my patients would have and said that if I continued praying for my patients He would heal some of them. As of this writing He has revealed his desire to heal about 15 patients I have seen. All of them have conditions that are essentially incurable.

I'd like to state a few things at this point. Prior to May 25th, 2000 I was an avowed atheist and a hostile one at that. I hated Christians and their bibles. Then I met a creator who knew everything about me. It scared the hell out of me. Learning about God has been a humbling experience. Just when I thought I was getting to know Him well - I found out I was wrong (again). I actually had a disagreement with my wife on the subject of healing last year. She believed God healed people, and I didn't. A few months later God told me he wanted to use me to prove my own ideas wrong.

I'm approaching this subject as a kind of skeptic. Not that I don't believe God will do what He says, I believe He will. He's done it for others in the past, He just hasn't done it with me yet. I'm fairly ignorant in the realm of faith healing (sheesh - I hate that term!) And I know far too much about the limitations of traditional medicine. I know what it can do, and what it can't. Doctors are very modest in what they claim medicine can do. Much of it is aimed at relieving symptoms. Some diseases are curable, many are not. God has already said He can pretty much cure anything. I'm going to try to cooperate with him and report what happens.

In the interest of maintaining credibility for this discussion, I'll attempt to obtain verification of any claims of supernatural healing. I don't want to be a source of urban legends. I despise overly zealous fanaticism. At times I may be an eye-witness to something cool. I'll report it as objectively as I can. Most of the time I spend 20 or 30 minutes with my patients and never see them again. They might get healed days or weeks after I pray for them. I'll ask for letters attesting to any claim of healing I post here. I'll try to obtain the testimony of doctors or medical experts who can provide an objective report in a healing that is truly unbelievable.

Finally, I should mention that due to laws protecting the privacy of medical information, I can’t reveal certain things about the patients I transport, including their names. Generally I will discuss patients anonymously. There are a few patients who have given me permission to discuss their case openly. In those cases I will disclose only that which is relevant to the discussion. I'll also discuss relatives, friends and co-workers and their healing. Privacy laws do not pertain to them. This site is for the purpose of discussing several things:

  1. The revelation of God's will for us in its many forms
  2. The ways in which people are healed including the miraculous
  3. Our response to God's revelation and His healing