PROTECTION FOR OUR CHILDREN ON THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS

By Stephen Powell

As many of you have seen I’m sure recently, our children are under attack in America. And I want to start this article out just by saying that my heart goes out to the communities and the families that have been involved in these tragic events over the past month. All over the U.S. there has been an elevation in the attack against our children, most noticeably in schools, and I want you to know that I’m praying for this nation and asking for God’s divine protection and intervention for the children of our country. Jesus said that it would be better for one to tie a millstone around their neck and jump into the sea than to harm a child (Lk.17:2). This truly breaks the heart of God what is happening right now, and I pray it breaks our hearts as well so that we might turn to Jesus who indeed has the answers for the trying times we’re living in. During times like these a lot of people are asking where the Lord is in all this and what is His message to the church and the American people. Well I hope to shed some light on these questions and more and I present some of the prophetic words the Lord has given me about the attacks.

SOUND THE ALARM

On January 18th this year I had a prophetic experience in my prayer room that involved the sound of an alarm going off. The sound was so loud that I actually got up and ran out to the living room area of my home looking to see if there was some sort of a fire alarm going off in the building. But as I searched the rest of our home trying to find the source the sound became softer and softer. So I returned to my prayer room. The moment I stepped back into the prayer room my ears were filled with the sound of the alarm once again. I was in fact having a spiritual experience.
I sat down on my futon and immediately began to pray and ask the Lord what this was. As I prayed I felt the Lord giving me a passage from the old testament.
(Joel 2:1-2)
1 “Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound the alarm in my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the Lord is coming, for it is at hand:
2 A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, the like of whom has never been; nor will there ever be any such after them, even for many successive generations.”
Now this is not a popular teaching in certain growing factions within the body of Christ that pervert scriptures dealing with the end times, but the teaching still holds true: We are poised for the greatest days of glory, outpouring, and harvest of souls; yet we are always poised for the greatest days of darkness, gloominess, shaking, and tribulation that the world has ever seen. This is not a declaration of escapist christians living in fear who have lost their faith. No, this is a declaration of clear revealed scriptural prophecy, and no man can change that, no matter how much their own flesh wants to. I believe with all my heart, we’re living in these days.
As many of you know there’s come an increase just in the last year of shaking, even on a global level. Do you ever remember a time when there was so much happening in the weather, so much happening with earthquakes, the sun becoming dark, the moon like blood, political upheaval and civil unrest? Some would like to ignore these clear signs of the escalation of the times, but to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, it’s all playing out just as the bible has foretold.
With days of darkness, this obviously implies days of increased demonic activity in the earth. The bible foretells in the book of Revelation of when the enemy would literally come down to the earth in his wrath with his angels, and knowing that his time is short, he will release his wrath like a mighty flood and try to destroy the bride with the manifested sons of God that emerge in increased levels of purity and power as we draw closer and closer to the day of the Lord (Rev.12). But the wonderful thing is, I still believe we have authority over the enemy and I still believe that we have a choice as nations: Will we turn to the Lord and become a sheep nation (Matt.25:32), or will we turn from Jesus more and allow the enemy to have greater access to us and our children? That is the question. (To view my original word I put out about sounding the alarm on facebook, click here: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.powell.1426/videos/1591817650902406/

FRESH WAVE OF ATTACK UNLEASHED AGAINST OUR CHILDREN

Just four days after the Lord indicated to me to sound the alarm and pray for the safety of our nation I had another prophetic experience in which I found myself in a school cafeteria. Standing there I could see the line in front of me and behind. I could see off to my right the food carts with the glass, and looking through them I could see all the entrees and selections for the day. Someone bumped me from behind and I stumbled forward. It was so real, it felt like I had literally been transported there in the natural. I asked the Lord, “Lord, what am I doing here?”. Then as quickly as I asked I was lifted up in the spirit and taken to stand on a highway which looked to be out in the country. There was dead yellow long grass around the road, so I knew we were not in the northern hemisphere anywhere. There was no snow, it wasn’t cold. It was mildly warm and it looked like it was somewhere in the southern United States. All of sudden an emergency vehicle came rushing straight at me down the road, sirens blaring, lights flashing, and I felt in the pit of my stomach that something terrible had just happened and that I needed to pray for the school system.
Coming out of the vision that morning, I immediately began to pray for a hedge of protection around schools and our children. After I was done praying, before leaving the house to go about my business for the day, I quickly put out a little post on facebook just informing my followers and intercessors that I believed the enemy was targeting our children and that we needed to pray. Within one hour I received notification from a friend on facebook that there had just been a school shooting in a school cafeteria in Texas where a fifteen year old girl was shot. (To view this word when it was released on my facebook, click here: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.powell.1426/posts/1595913883826116)
Immediately following this incident on January 22nd, I received word the next day that another school shooting had occured in Benton, Kentucky on January 23rd, where a student shot eighteen people, killing two. That same day I had an intercessor contact me telling me that she lived in Benton, Kentucky where this incident just happened. She wanted to thank me for sounding the alarm the last few days and telling people to pray for the children and the schools, because she was one that responded to that call and prayed for this high school in Benton just before this occurred. She said she believes that greater crisis was diverted there because we prayed. God is clearly speaking here but will we hear him?

WE MUST RETURN TO THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS AS A NATION

Is it coincidence that “puritans” sailed across the Atlantic hundreds of years ago seeking to establish a nation in this new world that would be a city on a hill, a light shining to impact the nations with gospel? I don’t believe so. There was a foundation of respect for the bible, reverence for Almighty God, and submission to his word and authority as a nation that was laid in the beginning of America which has long since been snuffed out in this nation. And what many people can’t seem to grasp is that there are consequences for such actions. There are consequences for departing, as a nation, from the ways of God.
(Isaiah 35:8-10)
8 A highway shall be there, and a road, And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, But it shall be for others.
Whoever walks the road, although a fool, Shall not go astray.
9 No lion shall be there, Nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; It shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there, 10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Is it coincidence that the first shooting (which I believe was a sign) occured in a school right off interstate 35 in Italy, Texas? I don’t believe so. Italy means “calf land” or “land of cattle”. In these verses above, Isaiah the Prophet foretold that there would come a day in which a highway would be set up in the nations, and it would be called the highway of holiness. On this highway the redeemed would walk, those who have been ransomed by the blood of Jesus. They would come to Zion with singing, and everlasting joy would be upon their heads. I believe this to be a picture of end-time revival and awakening that would lead whole nations into the Day of the Lord in safety, supernatural protection, and blessing. The prophet declared, “the unclean shall not pass over it” (vs.8), “No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; it shall not be found there” (vs.9). Lions and ravenous beasts go after livestock and cattle, to devour and prey upon them. When you stray too far from this highway, this narrow way which is only Christ, established through the plumbline message of the gospel, you stray right into the dens of lions and beasts. This is what has happened in America. We are reaping what we have sown as a nation.
I heard one person say this the other day: “What is happening? Why are there so many shootings today? This never happened when I was a kid growing up in the U.S.”. And I would say to that person and every American reading this post, “What has changed?”. I know at one time prayer was in our schools, but for a long time now we’ve let a spirit take over our education system, take prayer out of the schools and replace it with demonized indoctrination that leads people further away from God and deeper into the spirit of this world. For a long time now, we as a nation have allowed demonic spirits to push the sexualization, exploitation, and perversion of culture into places we never dreamed it would go, and these are the consequences of this. These are the consequences of sin.
Recently there’s been a movement take off in U.S. that is being called by many the “#MeToo” movement. It consists of women who have been, in some degree, violated by men in a sexual or sensual way. Is this any surprise to us when we’ve allowed sexual sin to get so out of control in our nation? Is this any surprise when we’ve allowed the legalization of the most awful sexual sins to be displayed openly in television, magazines, websites, and so on? The previous generation warred for their “rights” in the sexual revolution starting in the 1960’s, and now here are the results of that demonic movement: people have never been more at risk to become victims of sexual assault. And this is something that not just men, but women and the whole nation has to take responsibility for. We as a nation are guilty of these sins against God and each other, even against our own bodies, and we as a nation must turn back to the Lord if we want to see these things turned around.

THE FEAR OF THE LORD MUST BE RESTORED TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN

Years ago I had a prophetic experience when I was attending one of Lou Engle’s prayer and fasting stadium events. In this experience the Lord showed me the anointing of the fear of the Lord, and how the church had rejected this anointing for some time. The Lord assured me that the attack that has been launched against our children in this nation going back to the 1970’s would only get worse if we as the church did not receive the anointing of the fear of the Lord back into our pulpits and communities. He assured me that the death and carnage would not stop unless the fear of the Lord was “restored to its proper place” in the church first and then the nation.
The bible says in (Prov.14:26-27) that the fear of Lord provides strong confidence and a place of refuge for children. It says that the fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn from the snares of death. You see how the fear of the Lord is actually grace from God to hate sin and be freed from it’s snares. The fear of the Lord, when embraced and stewarded properly, becomes a canopy of glory that provides real tangible safety and security, even for children. The angel of the Lord truly does encamp around those who fear God, and delivers them (Ps.34:7)!
Although my heart goes out to victims, to communities and families that are suffering right now, I must speak the truth and the word of the Lord in this season. We are reaping the consequences of our sins as a nation. Do not let a false spirit of grace tell you that there are no longer consequences for sin. There are, and we’re seeing it now in this nation. This spirit of death that has been at work in this nation won’t stop with the unborn. No, it will keep going after the infants, the grade schoolers, and those in high school and college grades. It’s going to keep pushing to kill, steal, and destroy. It’s going to continue to try and confuse gender identities, and corrupt minds and hearts from early on, because it’s after the seed of a generation that will spell ultimate doom to the enemy’s kingdom, I believe. But hear me saints, hear me America: As Bonnie Jones put it so well a few weeks ago when she wrote about the words she had for America… “It’s time for America to return to God”. It’s only on this highway of holiness, the way of the ransomed through the blood of the Jesus, the way of the redeemed, that we shall find safety from the enemy and true everlasting joy for our souls. In a day of so many active minds in the church writing and speaking endlessly on reformation and the shifting of culture in the seven mountains, let’s not forget that at the core of our problems is man’s evil heart, and there’s still only one solution for that, and that’s the blood of Jesus being shed abroad on the mercy seat within. Yes, be the light in the schools, be the light in the different mountains of influence, but also pray saints, that God would release the third great awakening; that God would empower the pure gospel message with the preaching of the blood and the cross like never before with signs following. You can reform a system and still not have lasting change if the hearts of the people aren’t changed. We need a change in the heart of America. We need to return to the highway of holiness and understand once again that Jesus Christ is our only hope, our only salvation, and our only protection, even for our children.
In His Service,
Stephen Powell

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