~ We need to come back to the original Kansas City Fellowship where we had an original vision. ~  Paul Cain

     This is an unusual time every year. In the last few years I have had the privilege of bringing the New Years Eve message and it has kind of become a "State of the Church" address rather than a "State of the Union", a "State of the Church" address. Iím not giving you a health report, but Iíve been knocked out of again. Iíve been taking a licking, but I keep on kicking or ticking, which ever, I donít know, but the Lord has intervened and I am able to be here tonight.

    Iíve learned a little more about warfare than I have known in the past and thank God for the people, not only here in Kansas City, which is the main spot for intercession and prayer. I came here for that, for 24-hour prayer and intercession. We are lost without it. We have to have that. Thatís the reason why I am here. The ones that are most troubled make it to Kansas City hoping that this 24 hour prayer, intercession and this bombarding heaven will pay off and it has been paying off. Thank God for what he has done. Without this we are hopeless and helpless.

A lot of people have been hit with cancer just in this past year. In just the past few months we have heard of a number of people, some of the leaders of this church, who have loved ones close to them who have been hit with cancer. Even though we say cancer is the little "c" and Christ is the big "C," it is an awful thing for Godís people to be hit with such a demonic destroyer called cancer. We donít minimize the fact that cancer does kill, but we canít help but magnify the Lord in this matter and Jesus does heal. Amen? Jesus heals. Thank you for your wonderful enthusiasm. Most of you must not be sick. If you were sick you would be enthusiastic about Jesus healing tonight. Itís too late now, (to applaud) but He will accept it I suppose. He is more friendly that I am and warmer, by far. But let me tell you, most of the people who criticize healing are people who donít need healing, but when they get sick enough they will think again and maybe they will call upon the Lord.

 A Prayer

     "Heavenly Father, we pray to you because you are the Father of lights. You are the truth. You are the Way, you are the Truth and You are the Life. Lord, I pray tonight that you will overcome our enemy; the father of lies. We resist the spirit of witchcraft tonight. We refuse to listen to this fallen worshiper of God, Satan. 'I beheld Satan fall from Heaven.'  Lord, this prince of man who was able to worship, this angel who was able to worship you with such spirit and with such truth is now a fallen worshipper and is now the father of lies. We resist him tonight and we believe that you will come through for us. I say, Satan, it is enough, it is enough and it is finished."

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.  It is written, "It is finished, it is finished." Lord, we thank you for that proclamation in the Holy Spirit that it is finished, it is finished and Satan has lost the battle. We are going to have victory through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father, I pray you will move here tonight by your finger, by your hand and by your arm. Recapture the truth that has been thrown in the streets. Nothing but the blood here tonight. Nothing but the cross and the resurrection power of our lord Jesus Christ. We divorce humanity and abide with divinity. We declare that this is the day of the Father. This is the day of Father God. Come through for us Holy God.

We release the fear of God here tonight. We release the fear of God in this service, this very service. Right now in the name of Jesus, put a holy fear in Metro. Put a holy fear in us tonight. No one talking, no one moving around or no one anxious to leave. I pray Lord, that you will put a holy fear in all of us tonight. Let us focus not on hearing a man, but hearing God. Judgment is in the house. Judgment is upon us and we need to hear from heaven for the healing of our land. Have mercy on your people and give us another chance. Give us a vision to say that all of your promises are mine in 1999, in Jesus name we pray. Have mercy on us in Jesus name. Amen."

 The Message

     Well, I donít really like to say a lot of clichéís or employ a lot of clichéís in my messages, but why donít we just say, "Everything is fine in 1999." Would you do it? Just project that into the atmosphere, "Everything is fine in 1999." Iím not so concerned about Y2K; Iím more concerned about Y1K999. Does that make sense? 1999, because we will be into that year in just a few hours and Iím looking foreword to this year. Iím looking foreword with great anticipation for what God will be doing this year.

I want to talk about dying to live in Kansas City. If you came here to Kansas City, to live you just may die a horrible death. Let me repeat that. If you came to Kansas City to live you may die a horrible death. If you came here to die, and you have died, you may just live a wonderful life in Christ. (1 Timothy 5:6) But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth,and I believe that he that liveth in pleasure is already dead.

    Tonightís message is a radical call to discipleship, a radical call to apostolic leadership. Two of my favorite passages in all of the Bible that deal with discipleship have to do with what the Lord says about it; the Lord Jesus Christ, himself.

(Luke 9:23-24) And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. {24} For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

     In the days of Jesus anyone who was carrying a cross in Jerusalem or through Jerusalem was a walking dead person. He was a walking dead man. He was advertising to everyone that he was dead because the cross meant death. We donít advertise so much, the cross anymore. We have lost sight of the fact that we are all on a journey and we, on this journey, leave something behind, which is ourselves and we take something with us on the journey, which is the cross. We donít see very many people advertising their death anymore, but that is what Kansas City represents and that is what Kansas City is all about. That is the reason to many who have been playing games in Kansas City, I am glad to announce to you that the game playing is over and God is about to step in. That is the reason why I said that judgment is in the house for judgment begins at the House of God.

     Now this may not be a pretty message to begin with, but it ends well. We are not advertising enough; our death. We are not emphasizing enough; His death, His burial and His resurrection and the prophetic gospel, which I plan to be consumed with and I am already consumed with for this next year.

     (Luke 9:23-24) And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me...  This is not Paulís version of discipleship. It is the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself. The sinless, spotless, Lamb of God is saying, "If you want to follow me, if you want to be my successor, if you want to take up where I left off, then this is what you do: you get on this journey, you leave yourself behind, you take up your cross daily and you follow in My footsteps."

(Matthew 10:8) "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give."  But wait a minute, there is still price to pay for Godís miracle working power. Everybody wants to someday heal the sick, or cleanse the lepers, or raise the dead. They want to see demons cast out. They want to see all of this  but there is a price to be paid. Everyone likes Matthew 10:8, but not everyone likes verse 38.

(Matthew 10:37-38) "He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me."  That is pretty cruel discipleship, isnít it? Did you know that you might have to follow that close? Did you know that the cross might be that excruciatingly painful? Some of you found out later and you just skipped out. You may stay out or you may come in. The invitation to you is, come on back for the Lord still loves you. You can still get into the journey. You can still deny yourself. You can still take up the cross daily and follow Him, but when you found out this part of the gospel it didnít seem to be good news, did it? So, who in the world is willing to give up father and mother, houses and lands, or even children? Who is willing to do that? Thatís too radical! Thatís too much! But can anything be wasted on the Son of God when He gave everything for you and me? When He died on the cruel tree, can anything be too much to give to Him?

     You know there were people in my lifetime, when I first started out as a disciple for the Lord, people were on fire for God. All of those were rooting for me and they were blessing me and encouraging me along the way. Their lives were full of vim, vigor and vitality. They had a lot of energy for God and a lot of energy for bearing the cross, but you know many of those have passed on now. Some of them died while they were cooled off and while they lost the vision and while they never got back on the journey. But I donít want that to happen to me and I pray this will never happen to you. We need to come back to the original Kansas City Fellowship where we had an original vision. Where we had an original simplified lifestyle and that was so wonderful for me to learn about. It eventually brought me here and it brought you here. Many of you that are here and have become fixtures here, that is the reason, because of that four-fold vision, the IHOP vision if you will. But verse 38 is what some people do not like.

(Matthew 10:38-39) "And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. {39} He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it."

(Luke 9:23) "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."

Whether itís Luke 9:23 or Matthew 10:38, the challenge is a challenge to surrender everything to the Lord Jesus Christ. You donít have anything to lose, really, but your own life and youíre going to lose it anyway. So what is there to lose? We need to take up our cross and follow Him. The cost for being a disciple is one thing and I said it before, it is a great cost. But the cost of not being a disciple is a greater cost than you may ever dream of.

      "How about a hell on earth marriage? How about a hell on earth house full of children on drugs or in jail? How about a hell of bankruptcy and losing everything you have? How about a hell on earth of divorce? Then how about a hell on earth of attempted suicide?"

     Most all of my adult life I have spent in a search of those who have similar values. My values are that we must come to the realization that we have to die and if we donít die we will lose our life anyway. So, again, what do we have to lose? Dying to self is one of the strangest things. We donít know a good definition for the flesh. I have preached messages about the flesh and it is a very mysterious thing. People want to deny themselves and they want to kill the flesh. They work hard at it under the Golden Arches. They eat junk food and they eat things that will kill them eventually and if you spend enough time under the Golden Arches you will soon be seeing the Pearly Gates. But will you be prepared to meet the Lord unless you have successfully made this journey?

Dying to self; here is what it means:

When you are content with any food, any offering, any climate, any society, any raiment and any interruption by the will of God, that is dying to self.
When you are forgotten or neglected, or purposely set at naught and you donít sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy at being counted worthy to suffer for Christ; that is dying to self.
When your good is evil spoken of and when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinion ridiculed and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart or even defend yourself, but take it all in patient, loving stride; that is dying to self.
When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularities or any annoyance. When you stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagant spiritual insensibility and endure it as Jesus endured; that is dying to self.
When you never care to be referred to in conversation or to record your own good works or itch after commendations. When you truly love to be unknown; that is dying to self.
When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met and you can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy nor question God while your needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances; that is dying to self.
When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart; that is dying to self.
Question: Are you dead yet? Am I dead yet? Well, I am dead certain that we must die. We must take up our cross and follow Him, ready to die to self.

    There are things that others seem to be able get away with in the Christian walk and they donít go very deep and they donít go very far on the journey, but thatís not you. Thatís not me. When I was just a young boy I read a tract that I ran across the other day and it was entitled, "Others May, You Can Not." It had a whole list of things that others could very well get away with and seemed to be able get away with, like the song, "Farther Along, Weíll Understand Why." We donít understand why we have to be hit for every little thing we do and others just go along never molested and never tried, but we are all tempted and tried, but it is worth everything isnít it?

We have this radical call to death to self. God is calling us to voluntary fasting. That is the best thing if you can do it right now. Itís good because involuntary fasting can be rather painful when you are forced to it. Think about Jesus with the disciples. He said, "You wonít fast now that I am with you." He was there, he was blessing them, but he said, "when the bridegroom is taken, then you will fast."

(Matthew 9:15) "And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast."

Listen, the Lord can cut things off for you and me and make things miserable and thatís when it is an involuntary fast. It is time to fast the best we can. Why not volunteer while things are good? In the day of the Lordís power there will be willing volunteers.

(Psalms 110:3) "Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth."

     Well, how about you who volunteer now? There is going to be a special place for you, just remember that. You did your Christmas shopping early, why donít you die early? Donít wait for 1999.
 

      Why donít we just die now? I mean die to self. Die to self and be resurrected into the newness of life and walk with Christ all through 1999 and be a red-hot, on fire, praying church and have intercession going, and have holiness going, and have the offering that God is accepting, have that going? Have the prophetic going and have prophetic preaching going and go all through 1999?
 

If you want to know the truth about it, I think 1999 is what we need to focus in on and forget about Y2K, that will take care of itself. I am not going to waste anymore time talking about Y2K. I am just sick of it. I want to talk about Y1K999. 1999 was going to be my greatest year and I can hardly wait for it. It is just right around the clock here. It wonít be long.

There is a three-fold drama about to be played out.

Number one of course will be Y2K. There is a loss of electricity and some things are going to go haywire for a while, but thatís not the big problem. It is not Y2K, itís Y-O-U. Thatís what somebody said at one of our last conferences, the Amber Rose Conference in Portland. I think it was Jack Taylor. He said, "Itís not Y2K, itís Y-O-U." Then I added to it: "Yes, itís Y-O-U and M-E! Itís you and me.

Number two; there will be economic pressure globally. I am talking about wholesale pressures with a domino affect; Indonesia, Japan, Russian, Brazil, Western Europe and then finally, the USA are all headed for some serious problems. But be that as it may, it will be the churchís finest hour.When this gospel is preached in all the world, then shall the end come and here, there and everywhere the gospel is being preached.

But I believe that this gospel represents the prophetic gospel; what the prophets said about the cross, the death, the burial and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and that is what God has ordained me for and called me for from my motherís womb, to preach the prophetic gospel. That is all I am going to be doing in 1999 is preaching the prophetic gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation.  I will start preaching the prophetic gospel because I am committed to doing that all through 1999; preaching the prophetic gospel.

We can thank the Lord for that and the miracles are going to come from that and the thousands of souls that are going to be saved. I believe more souls will be coming to Christ in 1999 than any year in our history and we are going to see them come under the influence and through the power of the preaching of the prophetic gospel.

     What did the prophets say? Why did they prophesy? What came to pass? Where was it fulfilled and so on and you can talk to anyone. You can talk to an Islamic person. You can talk to a Moslem person about your doctrine and they will just treat you like you are beating the air and you will feel like you are beating the air, but if you preach the prophetic gospel it cannot be resisted because that is where the power is. That is where the power is for the Moslem. That is where the power is for the Hindu. That is where the power is for the Buddhist. That is where the power is and it is going to be different when they hear the gospel preached as the prophetic gospel, where you cannot resist the death, the burial and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ as it has been prophesied by all of the holy prophets since the world began. Amen. That is where the power is. It is in the prophetic gospel.

Number three, there will be unprecedented terrorist activity. I know that you expected a little prophetic thing here tonight and you are getting it because staged acts of terrorism by demonically inspired minds from different parts of the world will be employed against America, especially, and also against Great Britain. I tell you that there are certain people who are not finding any peace about what has happened in Afghanistan and Sudan and in Iraq. I know I am bold in making those statements, but there are certain things that are going on.

     You know, I feel sorry for Iraq, but there is something biblical I want to say about Iraq. It is where the Garden of Eden existed. We know that, that piece of geography is so important and Iraq is where the first great lie was told. That was where the first lie was told. That was where the father of lies began his war on the Holy Father God and then had to be driven out of heaven. So they have had trouble ever since. But I have good news for Iraq, when the prophetic gospel is ever preached there in power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit, Iraqís problems will be over and all of the Ishmael states will have no problems and study war no more and peace will come to the Middle East when the prophetic gospel is allowed to be preached.

But anyway, what can save us? First, there is going to be a national shaking and donít discount God being in this. There will be a natural shaking.

(Hebrews 12:25-29) "See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: {26} Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. {27} And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. {28} Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: {29} For our God is a consuming fire."

I want to get into a place with God that we can stand. Having done all to stand we will stand therefore and we cannot be shaken, but we will remain. "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: {29} For our God is a consuming fire."

     That is the reason I prayed that the judgment of God thatís in the house, that there would be a holy fear in this place tonight, that we would leave here with God meeting us in an awesome way and we would have a reverential awe for Him and a holy fear for all of 1999 for our God is a consuming fire.

A global shaking at the end will come and then a spiritual shaking!

...a global warring and as I said, there is a war in Iraq tonight and there is a war in the Middle East, but that is not the warring that I am talking about. I am talking about you and I entering into a spiritual warfare that hasnít been described yet. It is indescribable warfare. I canít even start to describe it because we are going to be warring against things that havenít even been invented yet. Against tribulations and against temptations that havenít even come up yet. The devil is working day and night in his laboratory trying to figure out something so sophisticated that even the most ardent Christian will fall for it. I used to tell the devil when he would send some good-looking female my way, I used to say, "Devil canít you do better than that?" Because that was my area of strength, but you know something? Well, you know, he did better and he did better. He will wind up doing so much better that he will cause you to fall if you are not stable. If you can be shaken you will fall.

     But let's get this stability we need. Letís grind our heels in and letís stand tall and strong and say, "Come on devil, Iím coming through right where you are standing and you canít get me because I have already heard from Heaven. I know what you are up to and the deal is dead.

(Revelation 12:7-12) "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, {8} And prevailed not;"

"And prevailed not!" There is bad news and there is good news. The bad news is we are going to war, but the good news is that it is going to be won. It says: "Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, {8} And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. {9} And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:" He was cast out. And may I say would deceive the very elect if it were possible

(Revelation 12) which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. {10} And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down."

     Isnít that wonderful? Isnít that something to praise God for? One day the accuser of the brethren will be cast down. This implies that he is already making trips to heaven or that he is already up there bringing accusations and saying accusatory things about every one of us, but thank God he will be cast down.

(Revelation 12)" Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down which accused them before our God day and night. {11} And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb."

    Remember, that which will prevail in the last days is the preaching of the cross, the blood, the death, the burial and the resurrection of Christ. None can dispute it, none can gainsay it, none can resist it. It is the irresistible gospel and after we are long gone, even the angels will preach the everlasting gospel and more people will be saved then, than the earth has ever known. But let me tell you I am anxious about what is going to happen in 1999 with you and me preaching not only the everlasting gospel, but the prophetic gospel! Amen.

     I just feel the power in that when I say it, but Iím not expecting you to get excited again because youíre still thinking about carrying the cross and about giving up mother, father, houses, lands and everything else and you just canít bring yourself to that, but you are going to have to. You are going to have to! You donít have to. You donít have to. The cross may be too great for you, but Iíll tell you one thing, itís going to be greater if you donít. You shouldnít have gotten yourself into this mess in the first place. You made a choice. It is a matter of choice that we choose Jesus Christ. It is a matter of choice that we accepted salvation. It is a matter of choice that we accept what comes with it.

Now here is whatís left for us to do. (Revelation 12) {11} "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."

You get a group of people in Kansas City that feel this way, that work this way together, that join in faith this way together in day and night prayer and sacrificial lifestyle and that is what I came here to be a part of and I want you to know that something is going to happen. If you donít love your life this is what is going to happen!

{12} "Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time."

But during that short time there is going to be a mobilization of Godís troops, of Godís army, of Godís people and some of those people are right here in Kansas City. They are not all here, but there is a good segment of Godís people here and they have come here for all of the right reasons. You may have gotten sidetracked on some of this, but you can come on back and take up your cross any time. Before it is too late letís do it and letís get on with it.

(Revelation 12:13-17) And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. {14} And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. {15} And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. {16} And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. {17} And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Let me tell you that the solution is for the church, globally, warring in red-hot, fervent prayer, fasting, intercession, prayer and supplication. That is the need. It is a radical call to prayer.
 
    (Acts 12:5-25) "Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him."

    This is what I came to Kansas City for. I know that many of you came to Kansas City for this. You heard this was a place for day and night prayer, 24 hour prayer. You heard about the intercession. You heard about all of this; about the giving to the poor, the offering and the radical ministry to the poor. You heard about it and you came here for those reasons and for more. But here the church was gathered together for a very special reason. Peter had been cast into prison right after James had been killed by the sword of Herod and it says in here, in verse 6:

{6} "And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. {7} And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands."

     We are talking about New Testament caliber stuff. May it come to Kansas City. May it live in Kansas City. May it be welcome in Kansas City. May it have a good life here. May 1999 see the fulfillment of all of this, not only the chains falling off, but the gate opening of itís own accord and the deliverance of all of Godís people. Like Peter was delivered, may we will be delivered. {8} "And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did."

   I tell you, there is going to be a lot of that kind of thing. God is going to speak and say, "Get out of bed," and so I did. "Put on your shoes," and so I did. "Go down to the street," and so I did. That is where the gospel and the Word have been taken and dumped. Pick it up! Reclaim it and preach it! Preach the prophetic gospel! "And these dry bones will live," and they did.

{9} "And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision."

     God is going to be moving so fast in these last days, we canít tell whether itís a vision or whether itís the Lord Himself, or what is going on. Itís just going to start happening. Look for it in 1999!

{9} And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. {10} When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. {11} And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. {12} And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. {13} And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. {14} And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.

     Well, of course they say, "Well itís impossible to pray for him. Herod has already killed James with the sword and now they are going to do the same and probably crucify Peter upside down tomorrow, and donít bother us." But, you know, even though they were praying and not knowing, really, what they were praying for, red-hot intercessory prayer pays off whether you know what to pray for or not. Even if you canít do anything but groan in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit will make intercession for you and make sense out of your groanings. Just make it a red-hot powerful groan, and groan in the Spirit if you canít do anything else.   But they prayed not knowing really what to pray for and God answered their prayers anyway because the Spirit was praying behind it.

{16} But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.

     Some of you will be astonished at the kind of prayers God is going to answer, but itís our only hope. We need red-hot intercession going and day and night, 24-hours a day and not even bother to check out the health reports of the people we pray for, but just keep praying and praying and praying and then you may be astonished at what has happened because you havenít had time to hear the latest news or read the latest email. You just were so busy seeking the face of God for these needs that you were astonished when it happened.

{17} But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go show these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place. {18} Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. {19} And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode. {20} And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country. {21} And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. {22} And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.

    If we ever praise anyone or anything or any place above our magnification of God for what He will be doing through intercession and prayer and through the pursuit of holiness and our pursuit of feeding the poor and extravagant giving and all of that, our prophetic preaching; it has to be that we give God the glory and God the praise for everything that is a result from that. Can you say amen? But here is a man that gave God not the praise and they praised him as though he were a god and not a man and immediately the angel of the lord smote him.

{22} And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. {23} And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him,

The angel of the Lord delivered Peter from prison, but now here the angel of the Lord smote Herod because he gave not God the glory...because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. {24} But the word of God grew and multiplied. {25} And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.

    Now we are in a similar situation here in Kansas City. The only solution to our woes and our problems with so many coming down with cancer and even in the leadership of the church. Those great people have been smitten with these afflictions. Now here is our dilemma. Either we pray without ceasing and donít give up just because you get a good report. Now, with all due respect and with all kindness, I am not trying to destroy any faith, we should not stop praying. We should not stop praying for anyone that has a remission or seems to be getting all good reports because the same faith that we employ to pray for them to get those good reports, we may need to maintain that for them to keep getting good reports from here on out. Letís keep the demon of cancer, which has an intelligence all itís own, letís keep cancer away from this body by red-hot intercessory prayer, fasting and a lifestyle that pleases God.

I want to show you that five great things came out of this Acts 12 prayer meeting at John Markís motherís house.

1) The angel of the Lord delivers Peter from prison and that was no little miracle.

2) The angel of the Lord smote Herod because he gave not the glory to God.

3) The Word of God grew.

4) The Word of God multiplied.

5) The greatest missionary journey in all of history; Paul and Barnabus launched the first missionary journey. So it pays to pray. Look what comes out of it.

(Matthew 17:21) Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

    Some things donít move easily. Some things are not easily cast out or done in, or done away with. So, we are going to be approaching some big demons and some big problems. Forget about Y2K and think of the problems of 1999 that God is giving you and giving me the opportunity to stand up against, to pray against, to war against. There is going to be a warring of the saints, especially here in Kansas City. I challenge you and everybody listening around the world, I challenge you to make this a year of warring. A lot will depend on how far Y2K goes, by how far we go in our prayer, our red-hot prayer regime praising God, worshipping God and praying day and night without ceasing.

So the church is being called upon to fast in this desperate hour. We need to fast in many and varied ways of life. I know some people who just are tired of reading about the news. They fast the newspapers. They fast CNN, they fast television news. They fast periodical reading and book reading.

You can fast television, thatís a tough one right there. When I first started in apostolic ministry as a teenager, I want you to know that television was just coming in. It hit New York big time. It was black and white then and a lot of snow was in it and everything. They had snow just about every night even through the summer, just by watching television. But anyway, I hated that thing. It was like a demon rising up against the church. It started eventually emptying the churches. It also emptied the theaters. A lot of the great theaters out west closed down because of television, when television hit. It was good for us because we were able to rent out some of the largest and most beautiful theaters in the country because television closed them down. Television was a one-eyed monster that just robbed the church of attendance. Let me tell you, it wouldnít hurt if you fast television.

You say, "What about Christian Television?" There will be no Christian Television in heaven, you might as well get used to it now. So we could even fast a little in that area. I wouldnít want to go to heaven for Christian Television. Wouldnít you be bored for watching television throughout eternity for millions and billions and quartrillions of years? Oh my, no way. Just let everything that hath breath will be praising the Lord and we wonít have to watch television to do it. Thank God for television right now, but I am going on a fast. Now, youíve heard me, didnít you? I am going on a fast, but lord, donít take my videos away from me. I mean, I know that some of you just rented some videos and youíre anxious to go home and watch them. All right.

     But this is a wake-up call for the church of Kansas City and we really are sleeping. Not all of you, but some of us are sleeping. Now, the bad thing about sleeping, as I have said before, is that we donít know we are asleep until we wake up. Now isnít that logical? But before a great awakening there is going to be a rude awakening. We do things in our sleep that we would never think of doing while we are awake and the church is doing some embarrassing things these days.

When I was young and a Southern Baptist preacher, finally ordained by a Southern Baptist church; I had been a fiery Pentecostal preacher before that, but there was so much rule making and so much legalism in the Pentecostal church that I escaped. I thought that I would find less gossip and less sin in a more refined church. Well, it was just the opposite. What they didnít do in the way of some of the shameful things of the other group, they made up for it in other ways so I was just out of the frying pan and into the fire. So the only way out of this is for us to truly wake up and for us to truly, truly see what the major vision is. Itís not leaving Metro and going into something else or leaving that something and going into something else, you will never find peace. But there is a rude awakening right where you are and we need to come out of our sleep. Amen.

Let me share two major visions with you that led me to Kansas City:

June 1996: the IHOP vision, Intercession, Holiness, Offering and the Prophetic. That was enough to bring me here, but the thing that happened in August 1997 in which God revealed to me that Kansas City was a place of day and night prayer. I couldnít think of any other place because I thought if Kansas City is red-hot on this day and night prayer that is where I have to be because I had a dream in Anaheim, California and I was told in that dream that I would not survive. I would not come through what I was suffering if I did not find a place of day and night prayer. So I hopped a plane from Anaheim or Orange County to Kansas City for that reason. I am here for that reason and if you let down and you stop praying without ceasing, if you discontinue the vision for your four values then I am sunk and a lot of other people will sink with me. But letís go all the way with this. God is beginning to use similar events like in Acts 12 to wake up His sleeping church.

My mother has quoted this scripture to me in her lifetime or my lifetime hundreds of times. Proverbs 6:10-11) Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: {11} So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

A Prayer

Father, I pray that you will anoint the rest of this message and not let anything take away from it. Lord, we refuse to listen to that fallen worshipper ever again. We refuse to give in to the spirit of witchcraft and Jezebel ever again, in Jesus name, amen.

     This is not a time to sleep. This is not a time to be numb or to numb our senses with the wine of Babylon or any other kind of wine if you want to know the truth about it. Ephesians 5:14-16. You say, "Well, what about wine drinking? Thereís nothing in the bible about drinking wine as a sin, itís only drunkenness that is a sin." Well, be that as it may, this is the time for soberness. We are right on the heels of doom or we are on the threshold of the greatest move of God in all of the history of the world combined. So donít you think itís good if we give up the wine of Babylon and all else that comes from Babylon and come out from among her because the good that are in her will perish with the bad. All the bad that are in her. So you donít want to be the good mixing with the bad. Itís an unholy mixture. God has come to give something to his people in an unprecedented way. He will visit his people without mixture, with his Spirit without measure.

(Ephesians 5:14-16) Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. {15} See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, {16} Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

     I want you brothers and sisters to know that we here tonight, we are the only people on Godís earth, on this planet, that have a unique ability to buy time. Redeem means buy! We, the children of God, can buy time! We can say, "just a little longer please, Jesus."  It is a special message to the church; just a little longer please, Jesus. Just a little longer to get our loved ones in. There is time for you and I to buy time because the days are so evil. It seems like one more day of evil will overwhelm us, but we can buy time.

     Luke 21:26 describes a vision I had about AIDS, a communicable form of cancer as it were, coming upon the human race. Twenty years ago I preached ardently and even the medical profession, some of the of the medical community doctors were attending our meetings who were great friends of ours said, "Paul, youíre going to ruin your ministry and lose all of your credibility because there is no proof and never will be that cancer is communicable. There will never be anything like this, surely. If you want to keep your ministry intact donít say that anymore." But I kept saying there was a fire in my bones that in the last days menís hearts would fail them for a form of disease that would come upon them through sexual acts and would transmit a thing like cancer. It would be communicable and they would die from it and menís hearts would fail them for the fear of this coming upon them.

Well, there are other reasons too, menís hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things that are coming upon the earth. There will be people who will die over Y2K, over the fear of it. Not over the calamities, but over the fear of it before a calamity ever comes. So letís get that out of us right now, amen? Letís work on that. Weíve got a whole year to do it. So donít fear those things which are coming upon the earth for the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.

(Luke 21:34) And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

    This is an awesome warning tonight. That is the reason we should not partake of the wine of Babylon. That is the reason we should not get investing into the money system, the world system of Babylon, because Babylon will fall. We must have our faith in the unseen, which is the only real thing left to have faith in. The seen is absolutely futile and itís not real. Itís the unseen. Itís our way out and itís our invisible means of support.

(Luke 21:35-36) For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. {36} Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

     "Oh, but the grace of God will cover us. Oh weíre saved and the Lord is going to take care of it. Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe." Of course he did, but why should we, why should we watch then? Why should we pray? Why pray if it has already been determined what God is going to do? No, we can pray and God will hear our prayers and God will heal our land! God will save our household! He will save a nation, maybe in a day.

{36} Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

(John 12:28) Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

Where that saying of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled which he spake, (Isaiah 53:1-2) Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

Earlier I talked about the finger of God. Do you know he spanned the heavens? He spanned the heavens with His little finger. If he can do all of that with his little finger and if he flung the stars in space and hung all of the constellations in the sky and he did all of these acts with his finger and his hand, what on earth could He do with His arm? I want to end this on that.

We have something wonderful to look foreword to and my heart will not fail me for fear because I see the finger of God and I see Him casting out devils. I see the hand of God. I see Him making all things well and I see the arm of God strengthening us to preach the prophetic gospel to the ends of the earth and then shall the end come. God has raised us up for such a time as this: for the time for the Arm of the Lord to be revealed.

     In the 1960ís we published a periodical called, "Our Report." It was a clever little thing to come up with because we had a scripture at the top that said, "Who has believed our report?" Then underneath it we had the rest of the Isaiah scripture, "And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?" Then we would have some pages in there of testimonies of people who had been saved in the meetings and people who had been healed in the meetings. People who had marvelous deliveranceís. They were the ones to whom the arm of the Lord was revealed. So I say there will be a greater manifestation of this. We are going to hear from people who have believed the everlasting gospel. Who have believed the prophetic gospel. Who have believed the report which is the prophetic gospel and to whom the arm of the lord has been revealed. God has raised us up for such a time as this and the Lord wants to reveal his arm.

    One last thought: God is looking for true worshippers who are always in the pursuit of worshipping Him in Spirit and in truth. God wants us to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. He is seeking for those to worship Him and those who worship Him, to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. That is how we come into alignment with the plan and purpose of God for us.

(Psalms 8:3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

     The work of His hands in other words. The Lord made the heavens and the earth by the work of His hands, but just wait until you see in the last days, what He will do when He reveals His arm. His arm is about to be revealed, revealing the prophetic gospel. Itís about to be revealed in the most amazing move of God the world has ever seen. It will be the preaching to the ends of the earth of the prophetic gospel in a way that none will be able to gainsay or resist it. The redemptive work of God. I want to just add that a whole city will hear it, like Ninevah, and turn to the lord in a day. Then a whole nation will hear it; I donít know by what means, but they will hear the preaching of the prophetic gospel and one day maybe in your lifetime and mine, we will see a nation! I hope its Iraq. I hope its Jordan. I hope its Israel because he promised that he would purge the iniquity of Israel in a day! In one day! So I hope he turns nations unto him in one day and the preaching of the prophetic gospel can do that. The redemptive work of God: the cross, the death, the burial and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ according to the prophets.

    I tell you, I used to come home after a meeting and my mother would say, "Was there a good meeting? Was there any Azusa there?" I said, "What do you mean by that?" She said, "Well, did anybody feel the presence of the Lord? Did anybody shout? Did anybody get saved? Did anybody get healed?" Well, I just want all of that to happen here tonight. I know my mother is looking in on this, maybe. She has a way of looking over, into this service tonight and my Grandmother is looking in too, saying, "Thereís my Buzzy and God is blessing him." Thatís what she always said when I preached.

     All right, (Revelation 18:1-4) And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. {2} And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. {3} For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

     Wonít you prepare for it tonight? In closing, can we see the need of coming back to those four values? I came here because I wanted to share those values with you. I wanted to live them out with you. I intend to live out my value of a celibate life with you in hopes that somewhere along the way there will be others who will be able to make it. There is a great reward in that. There is a reward in being a eunuch for Christ. There is a reward for making a choice of this kind. There is a reward for making the IHOP choice. There is a reward for making all of this extravagant giving to the poor, the choice to do that. All of these: IHOP, in this international house of prayer is also meaning by acronym, this great intercession and holiness and pursuit of holiness, and offering to the poor and this prophetic preaching; let me tell you, great things are in store.

     But the things that I have read to you of a negative nature: Babylon falling, which means get out of her or you will fall with her.  What manner of people ought we to be? Iím asking you, will you prepare with me? Will you prepare yourself with me for 1999?

(2 Peter 3:11-14) Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, {12} Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? {13} Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. {14} Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent (BE DILIGENT!) that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

A Prayer

   Heavenly Father, tonight I have preached none other invitation than that of the sinless, spotless Son of the Living God; His invitation to discipleship.(Luke 9:23) And he said to them all, (Itís a matter of choice) If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

     Lord, we want to follow in your steps throughout 1999. We donít want to just be secular Christians and believers and be a part of the humanistic form of church that both saint and sinner would do no differently and if we come into a situation saying, "What would Jesus do?" in a situation like this and then try to do it. Lord, we want to be so filled with your power and with the Lord Jesus Christ. We want to be so much in Christ, for in Adam all died, but in Christ all are made alive. We want to be so much alive in you that we would automatically do what it is to do when we see any situation with the poor, or with the sick and suffering, especially with the lost and dying. Lord, we will just do it because we are following in your steps. Give us that tonight, in Jesus name.

In Closing

    I want every one of you that will accept the challenge, to accept the challenge of making 1999 the most important year, ever, in your life. We donít know how many else we will have of many more years or even if we will go all through 1999. But lord willing, if we have 1999 before us, will you accept this challenge tonight to make every day count?

     My thought about happiness: I used to say that happiness is the most elusive thing in the world and I gave up on it. But Iím still thinking that happiness, to me, means something to look foreword to. I heard that and it just kind of set with me.  I thought, thatís what it is, happiness, thatís it really is: something to look foreword to.

Iím looking foreword to red-hot, glorious intercession and prayer meetings.
Iím looking foreword to IHOP becoming a reality.
Iím looking foreword to Shiloh amounting to something more than we ever dreamed of.
Iím looking foreword to 1999 producing marvelous results as the lord comes along side, as the Holy Spirit automatically accompanies us and we do things that we do not ordinarily do and we say things that we cannot ordinarily say, and preach the prophetic gospel just this way that a city or a nation will come to the lord in a day.
    My anointing is confined and restricted to the kind of preaching that I have done tonight. Thatís all that I have had energy for. My brain has been messed up all day long. The last two days Iíve been under an attack, but I cried out to the Lord over and over. I said, "Lord, keep me out of palpitations, keep me out of atrofribulation." Right now Iím wearing an event monitor, a heart monitor and I think it has blown up and Iím going to have to pay thousands of dollars for it because I think the power showed up tonight in the prophetic words that were said and the prophetic preaching, or prophetic gospel, rather. I know that sounds funny to you, but itís a very expensive little gadget and I was warned not to wear it because there has been a time more than once where power has come into a meeting and things happen. Somebody said, "Donít wear that tonight. Thatís the first thing the power will hit." No, I think it just hit my heart, I really do and it hit my mind.

    I said, "Lord just stand off this uh..." Well, I actually talked to the devil. I said, "I refuse to listen to a fallen worshipper. I refuse to listen to a distorter of the truth and the father of lies from the beginning. I am going to listen to the Father of truth, the Father of praise, the Father of worship and Iím going to trust him."

     The Lord gave me grace for this meeting tonight. He gave me power and strength and he has made my way plain to preach the gospel. So, Iím leaving it with you. Iím going to get with it. Weíre going to see God do things that will astonish us just like it did those believers at John Markís motherís house in Acts 12.

God be with you. God, bring us into everything that Kansas City IHOP vision and Shiloh vision ever, ever was meant to be and donít let us miss a thing, in Jesus name.

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