In March of this year, approximately a week after
the earthquake in Japan, I abruptly awoke at 1:23 a.m. I did not give it much
thought, until I again suddenly awoke at precisely 1:23 a.m. the very next
night. Knowing that the Lord was speaking through this prophetic sign, I
carefully examined all the 1:23, 1:2-3, 12:3 and 123 scriptures in the Bible. I
discovered in the 123 verses a clear prophetic message to America. The first thing that caught my attention was that
two of the 123 scripture passages in the Gospels proclaim a sober message to
prepare the way of the Lord, by making a straight path for Him.
John 1:23 says: “I am ‘The voice of one
crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’ as the prophet
Isaiah said.” Mark 1:2-3: “As it is written in the prophets:
“Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before
You.” “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight.’”
There are many aspects to New Testament prophetic
ministry, including signs, wonders, miracles and prophecy. However, the missing
ingredient in many prophetic ministries today is repentance preaching.
Unfortunately, over the past several years, many have run greedily in the error
of Balaam for profit, proclaiming what the church wants to hear, instead of
what the church needs to hear.
In contrast, John the Baptist, without one recorded
sign, wonder or miracle prepared the way for Jesus’ first coming by simply
preaching a message and administering a baptism of repentance. Today the Lord
seeks to condition and commission a prophetic company of ministers with a
message and mantle of repentance, in order to prepare the way not only for an
unprecedented, worldwide revival and end-time harvest, but also for Jesus’
second coming. Therefore, judgment must first begin in the house of God,
starting with the foundation—His apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and
teachers (1 Pet. 4:17).
Before we can prepare the way of the Lord, we must
be prepared by the Lord. In other words, before we can make straight the way of
the Lord, we have to straighten up. Indeed, America’s pulpiteers must
experience a purging and cleansing prior to the corporate purification and transformation
of our churches into temples of glory.
Ministers must therefore lead by example—confessing
and forsaking sins such as ambition, greed, pride, jealousy, prayerlessness and
pornography. Without genuine repentance, anointed and convicting messages of
repentance will not be heralded from America’s pulpits, and the church at large
will be left to drown in a quagmire of sin.
Because of the Sins of Her Prophets
After years of intercession for and passionate
prophetic pleas to his beloved Israel, the prophet Jeremiah was heart-broken
over Israel’s take-over and exile to Babylon. Jeremiah’s lamentations, recorded
in Scripture, reveal that the root cause of Israel’s backslidden spiritual
condition and resultant captivity was “because of the sins of her prophets and
the iniquities of her priests” (Lam. 4:12-13).
In the Old Covenant, prophets, priests and kings
were divinely delegated, authoritative offices through which the Lord achieved
His purposes. Prophets proclaimed and kings executed divine will, purpose and
direction. Priests, on the other hand, interceded to God in behalf of the
However, in the New Covenant, apostles, prophets,
evangelists, pastors and teachers comprise the foundational authority structure
of the church. Through these offices, the church—Christ’s ambassadorship of
kings and priests, is edified and equipped to execute the Lord’s end-time
purposes in every kingdom of this world. These earthly kingdoms include
governmental, educational, marketplace, media, arts and entertainment venues of
our culture (Eph. 4:11-12, 2 Cor. 5:20, Rev. 5:10).
Therefore, the degeneracy and looming judgment of
America is due to the sins of not only our prophets, but also the entire
authority structure of the church, which includes pastors, teachers,
evangelists and apostles.
For example, some pastors, for fear of losing
members, have cowered from preaching on tithing and fasting or against adultery
and fornication. Apprehensive of losing popularity, financial support and
airtime, some evangelists have refrained from decrying sins such as abortion,
pornography and drunkenness. In order to maintain friendly associations and not
“rock the boat”, some apostles have failed to raise higher standards for
righteous and holy living, prayer, and accountability for their network
members. Indeed, ministers’ fear of man and love of money not only have kept
America spiritually lukewarm, but also have prevented revival fires from
burning throughout our nation.
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About the author: Rob Winters is president and co-founder of
Prepare the Way International, an itinerant prophetic ministry based in
Phoenix. Prepare the Way’s mission is to ignite a spiritual
revolution and reformation in America through preaching repentance,
prophesying restoration and promoting revival. Material in today’s Prophetic Insight was adapted from Prepare the
Way’s prophetic bulletin, The Messenger. The
newsletter is available on the ministry’s website, preparethewayint.com.