THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS A REFUGE FOR CHILDREN

By Stephen Powell

VISION OF THE LORD’S STRATEGY TO END ABORTION IN AMERICA

As I’ve talked about in previous writings, one of the most striking spiritual encounters that I’ve had with the Lord concerning protecting the children of America was at one of Lou Engle’s Call gatherings in 2011. In this gathering Lou had just taken the platform and was beginning to go after the abortion issue in fiery prayer. The moment he grabbed the mic and began to pray a heavy glory came over me. I felt tired (as I often do before falling into a trance), so I went back to my chair and laid my head back. The next thing I knew I was lost in the spirit having this prophetic experience with the Lord.

In this prophetic experience I saw the Lord standing there looking intently at what looked to be a whiskey bottle on the ground upside down in an empty shot glass. All I could see was white everywhere along with the Lord and this whisky bottle and shot glass. The Lord looked at me and spoke saying, “This drink is strong drink, and my church has not wanted to drink it. This is the anointing of the fear of the Lord.” Suddenly this unusual anointing hit me. It rushed all through my being, and it was as if I could feel every cell within me trembling in his presence. It was absolute godly fear and holiness, but at the same time absolute peace and love. It was so unique. I had encounters with the holiness and fear of God before, but this was on a level that I had never known. It was like experiencing it for the first time. The Lord continued saying, “This is the fear of the Lord, and this is America’s last shot for ending abortion”, and then he ran up and kicked it like a football and released it to the nation!

Immediately following the Lord releasing this anointing, I was transported in the spirit again and found myself in an abortion clinic as a partial birth abortion was fixing to be performed. To my left there was a woman laying flat on a table with her legs up. She was very pregnant and ready to give birth. To my right was the doctor who was preparing his instruments of death to use to kill the child before it was fully born. Suddenly an awesome angel of the fear of the Lord appeared at the foot of the bed, standing as a sentry guarding the womb of this woman. Then I heard the audible voice of the Lord speak to me and say, “When the fear of the Lord is in its proper place again in America, first in the church then in the nation, I will end abortion.” Next, the doctor turned around and proceeded to walk toward the woman to kill the child, but to his surprise he bounced off an invisible force field (the angel which he didn’t see) and could not reach the woman or the child. Just then the child broke forth in birth and after the child was fully born the doctor could no longer legally kill the child. Life was preserved by the fear of the Lord!

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

(Proverbs 14:26-27)
“In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge.  The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.”

(Prov.16:6)

“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.”

 

(Exodus 1:15-17)

15 Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, of whom the name of one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah;

16 and he said, “When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.”

17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.”

 

In my prophetic experience I felt as if the above-mentioned scriptures were played out in living word form. The word declares that the fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn from the snares of death (Prov.14:27). When the fear of the Lord, represented by the angel of the fear of the Lord, was in its proper place, then life flowed from the womb instead of death. Death was conquered in that moment! As the fear of the Lord was in its proper place, that child had refuge and protection. It’s really simple: When the fear of the Lord is working as it should be working in the nation, our children will be protected. When it’s not, our children will be exposed. When we as a nation break free, by the fear of the Lord, from this Pharaoh spirit that is trying to take out a Deliverer Generation, then we like the midwives of Israel will push back against that spirit and the children will be saved. This is the word of the Lord to America.

 

In the first part of my prophetic experience Jesus was standing there looking intently at this whiskey bottle upside down in a shot glass. The Lord is intent on restoring this anointing in a profound way, not just in the nation and in the church, but in the pulpit. This nation was built out of the flow of power and anointing which came from the first and second great awakenings, and none of the ministers in that day preached without the fear of the Lord. Is it possible that this is the missing ingredient that we’ve been looking for, in the meanwhile asking, “Where is the power in our gospel message today? Where is the power of the awakenings and revivals of old? Where is God?” God hasn’t gone anywhere. We’re the ones that as a nation have departed from his word and his ways, and the church is just as guilty. These actions have consequences both in the church and in the nation. In the nation protection is removed. In the church the gospel is watered down and it loses its power to both convict and save. We must respond to this word from the Lord in this season if we’re going to see things turn around. And I believe we will ultimately respond by his grace, as He draws us back to him. But I fear how bad it might get before we heed the word of his prophets that have been bringing the warnings for years.

 

HOW DOES THIS WORD RELATE TO SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

Several months ago, I had another prophetic experience in which the Lord showed me one of the most powerful principalities in the nation. This spirit looked at me in this encounter and with such pride and haughtiness he said, “America belongs to me. I am the God of America”. This spirit’s activity, along with the work of other spirits, is a part of an organized assault from the enemy which is ordered ultimately by the Antichrist spirit. This spirit has already succeeded in many ways in fundamentally transforming America, turning America away from God and his ways, and exalting itself as God in many ways. One of the ways this spirit exalts itself as God is through humanistic thinking that excludes God from solving problems related to sin and tragedy. This spirit is very much at work in the American media, and this spirit is very much at work now trying to exploit the tragedies of recent days to put forth solutions to problems that only the blood of Jesus can solve. The solutions being offered now that are apart from God and his ways of repentance will only lead the nation further away from God and further into severe judgment.

 

We’ve talked about abortion for years as Christians, but I think in many cases we have not considered just how far this spirit would go to take out our children in this nation. It was never going to stop with abortion. It was always going to push homosexuality and gender confusion, it was always going to turns schools into places that resemble Sodom & Gomorrah, it was always going to go after high school and college age groups. This spirit was always going to take its carnage and attacks to the next level. We’re living in that escalation, and it’s amazing to me just how many people and leaders in the body of Christ are blind to this. One of my greatest fears is that in mercy and divine intervention God has given us Donald Trump, but the church will take this for what it is not and squander the four years we’ve been given to get things right.

 

On October 1st, 2017 our nation experienced the worst mass shooting in our nation’s history, and it was targeted at young people attending a concert. 58 were killed, with an astounding 851 injured from the incident. Since then, this wave of deadly attacks against young people has continued, and we have to look to God for the answers not our gun laws and politics. When the enemy gets access to a nation, when there’s clearly been a door opened, we have to understand that biblically there are only a few reasons for this happening. It’s not random, it’s not inexplicable, it’s not just coincidence that we’re having this assault against our young people in this nation. No, there’s a very real and very serious reason for this, and it goes right back to our dealings with God as a nation. We must humble ourselves, pray, seek the face of God, and turn from our wicked ways (2 Chron.7:17-15). Then God will hear from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land. Only then will these doors of death be closed, to the saving of not just our students but our unborn. Just how much shaking is it going to take to get the attention of the nation and the church? Just how much shaking is it going to take before the church will heed the voice of the prophets and receive with meekness the truth about what is really happening, how we are responsible, and how to make it right. It all starts with the restoration of the fear of the Lord in the pulpit!

 

In his Service,

Stephen Powell

 

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