A Prophetic Dream of a Founding Father


In yesterday’s post, we said God was taking the prophetic anointing to a greater level of maturity and accuracy. We honor and appreciate this anointing of Christ - it is as important as the apostolic, evangelistic, pastoral, and teaching anointings. Christ, which means “anointed one,” broke His anointing down into these 5 functions and gave them as “gifts” to His church, in order that it might fully represent Him (Ephesians 4:7-13). We need all of them functioning in order to accurately and fully reveal Him.


From time to time we have shared about prophetic dreams. Today’s post reveals how a prophetic dream enabled one of our Founding Fathers to assist in healing a serious rift between two other Founders. Our second and third presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, became alienated through strife, regarding political issues. The rift lasted about 10 years.


When the Declaration of Independence was unanimously adopted by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, there was cause for celebration among the 13 colonies. While Thomas Jefferson was the main writer, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and two others advised and edited as they compiled the document, separating the United States from the tyranny of Great Britain.1


Twenty years later, before the elections of 1796 and 1800, Jefferson and Adams still enjoyed a friendship. As mentioned, they had worked closely together to write the Declaration of Independence. They visited each other while serving as diplomats in Europe in the 1780s—Jefferson as minister to France and Adams as the nation’s first Ambassador to Great Britain. After Jefferson’s wife passed away in 1782, he regularly visited the Adams' home. In fact, John and Abigail Adams became like a surrogate family to Jefferson.2


“Jefferson revealed his affection for Adams to James Madison, writing that Adams ‘is so amiable, that I pronounce you will love him if ever you become acquainted with him.’ Mrs. Adams once called Jefferson ‘one of the choice ones of the earth,’ and Mr. Adams wrote Jefferson saying that ‘Correspondence with you…is one of the most agreeable events in my life.’”3


The rift began while Adams was serving as George Washington’s vice president in the 1790s. Then, Adams won the presidential election of 1796. Jefferson had run against Adams and received the second highest amount of votes, so according to the law at that time, Jefferson became vice president under Adams. How awkward would that be!


Jefferson ran against Adams again in the presidential election of 1800, which turned into a bitter battle, with nasty attack ads and personal accusations. Adams was a staunch Federalist promoting centralized, national power, while Jefferson was a Democratic-Republican who sought a limited government with greater control given to the states. Jefferson won that election. Adams left Washington D.C., to avoid Jefferson’s inauguration, so strong was Adam’s feelings against him at the time.4


Communication between Jefferson and Adams ceased after this contentious and divisive presidential campaign. Their mutual friend, Dr. Benjamin Rush, was deeply troubled over the chasm between the two men. One night, after Jefferson left the presidency, Dr. Rush had a dream which he felt had a prophetic message. On October 17, 1809, Rush wrote the dream and sent it to Adams, urging him to write Jefferson. He sent several more requests over the next two years.


Dr. Rush’s final attempt to get Adams to write Jefferson was on December 16, 1811. Jefferson had told Dr. Rush that he was open to reconciliation but needed Adams to write first. Rush wrote to Adams and said: “And now my dear friend - permit me again to suggest to you, to receive the olive branch which has thus been offered to you by the hand of a Man who still loves you. Fellow labourers in creating the great fabric of American Independence…Embrace, embrace each other. Bedew your letters of reconciliation with tears of affection and joy.”5


After more than a decade of silence they realized their friendship was more valuable than their differences, so they renewed their correspondence. Adams took the first step and wrote to Jefferson on New Year’s Day in 1812, concluding by saying, "I wish you, Sir, many happy new years and that you may enter the next and many succeeding years with as animating Prospects for the Public as those at present before us. I am, Sir, with a long and sincere esteem, your Friend and Servant.”6


Jefferson replied to Adams three weeks later on January 21, 1812: “A letter from you calls up recollections very dear to my mind. It carries me back to the times when, beset with difficulties & dangers, we were fellow laborers in the same cause, struggling for what is most valuable to man, his right of self-government.”7


The two men were regaining a level of trust. On July 15, 1813, Adams wrote Jefferson: “You and I, ought not to die before we have explained ourselves to each other.” 8

“As accurately described in Rush’s dream, Adams and Jefferson did again become close friends, and there did indeed follow the ‘correspondence of several years’ described in the dream. Furthermore, the ‘world was favored with a sight of the letters’ as entire volumes were eventually published which contained the letters written between those two in their latter years.”9 Their letters, over the next 14 years, covered such subjects as government, liberty, religion, philosophy, agriculture, family news, disappointments, and happiness.10


Seventeen years after Dr. Rush’s 1809 dream, Adams and Jefferson did “sink into the grave nearly at the same time” also as the dream had indicated. Amazingly, they both died on July 4th, 1826 – the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence! Adams was 90 and Jefferson was 83. Once political opponents, John Adams’ last words were of his friend. Historians differ, but it was either: “Jefferson survives” or “Jefferson still lives.” He didn’t know, however, that Jefferson had died a few hours earlier.11


Most people aren’t aware that both Adams and Jefferson died on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Incredibly, it was as though both men willed themselves to live until that landmark day. Their passion to see the survival of this “holy experiment” - as many described America in that day - kept them alive until this milestone was reached. Adams, too weak to attend the national Fourth of July celebration, asked to be sat in a chair by his window in order to watch the festivities. While there, he drifted into unconsciousness and died later that night. Another of Adams’ last words spoken before he graduated to Heaven were “Independence forever.”12 Passionate in life; passionate in death.


Who was Dr. Benjamin Rush? He, whose prophetic dream helped unite these two?

  • He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

  • He served as physician-general of the Continental Army.

  • He was a professor of medicine at University of Pennsylvania.

  • He helped establish five universities and colleges.

  • He was a prolific antislavery writer.

  • He helped start America’s first Bible Society. In 1791 he founded First Day Society, an early type of Sunday Schools.

Rush died in 1813—known as one of America’s most notable founders.13 Peacemaker. Reconciler. Prophetic dreamer. Friend to two mutual statesmen who needed to reconcile. A man who believed in forgiveness. One who highly honored God.


Although Adams and Jefferson were wounded by partisan politics and never saw eye-to-eye regarding government, as old men they re-evaluated their lives, chose to try and understand the other, and forgave them. Their letters give us a rich picture of America in their times. What a legacy. We can give thanks to a man who was determined that they mend their friendship...and who acted on a God-given dream!


What a privilege to live in this America!


Pray with me:


Father, thank You for the brave men who wrote and adopted our Declaration of Independence, making us a free nation. We often forget their solemn sacrifices when many knew by signing that document they might be signing their own death warrants. Some did lose their homes, fortunes, loved ones. Thank You for all those who lay down their political differences for the sake of unity and freedom. Thank You for the lessons they taught us about forgiveness and reconciliation. May we be worthy of their sacrifices.


Thank You for speaking to us, Holy Spirit, through Your word, dreams, visions, prophecy, and words of knowledge. Teach us to value Your voice, and to recognize it more quickly. We ask You to mature the prophetic giftings in the church, that we might enjoy and see the full fruit of this Christ-anointing. May listening to You become more than an exciting anomaly. May it be a daily pleasure.


We ask this in the name of our worthy Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Our decree:


We will do our part to help maintain our freedoms; and we will pray for God’s wisdom for our leaders, in order that we fulfill our nation’s destiny.


References

1. www:johnadamsinfo.com/Thomas-Jefferson/7v

2. www:Johnadamsinfo.com/Thomas-jefferson7v

3.https://www.wkye.com/article/news/history/remembering-the-friendship-of-founding-fathers-john-adams-and-thomas-jefferson

4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_Thomas_Jefferson#Election_of_1800 5-13. https://founders.archives.gov/documents/adams/99-02-02-5725

5. https://founders.archives.gov/documents/adams/99-02-02-5725

6.. http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/pds/livingrev/religion/text3/adamsjeffersoncor.pdf

7. https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/03-04-02-0334

8. https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/03-04-02-0247

9. https://wallbuilders.com/benjamin-rush-dream-john-adams-thomas-jefferson

10. https://wjmi.blogspot.com/2013/10/thomas-jefferson-as-neighbor-and-friend.html

11. www:johnadamsinfo.com/Thomas-Jefferson/7v

12. Adams, John. July 4, 1826.

13. Toby Mac and Michael Tait, Under God, (Bloomington, Minnesota, Bethany House Publishers, 2004), 29-30



AMERICA’S RETURN TO COVENANT


In a recent service, I made the statement that prophets were going to a higher level of maturity and accuracy in their prophetic gifting. The anointing and revelation that restored this gift to the body of Christ, will now mature the gift to higher levels of hearing, discerning, and applying the information.


I did not say this as an indictment toward those moving in the prophetic - the prophets I know and listen to already operate at a very mature level. Nor am I singling them out - all of the anointings of Christ listed in Ephesians 4:11 must mature to higher levels. I said it in my message simply because I saw it. We desperately need the prophetic gift operating at a very high level to accomplish all Holy Spirit intends in the coming season, and great grace is coming to facilitate this.


My long-time friend and colleague, Bob Long, heard me say this and it jogged his memory regarding a prophecy he gave a while back. He immediately sent me the word, along with some thoughts. This prophecy is both enlightening and encouraging:


A Call Back to Covenant


“‘We do hereby dedicate this Land, and ourselves, to reach the People within these shores with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to raise up Godly generations after us, and with these generations take the Kingdom of God to all the earth. May this Covenant of Dedication remain to all generations, as long as this earth remains, and may this Land, along with England, be Evangelists to the World. May all who see this Cross, remember what we have done here, and may those who come here to inhabit, join us in this Covenant and in this most noble work that the Holy Scriptures may be fulfilled.’1 (Robert Hunt, Cape Henry, 1607)


Bob says, “Most scholars agree this was the first Protestant prayer - and the first time an intentional corporate prayer of COVENANT - was offered to God on the soil of America. It was heartfelt, deliberate and offered with appropriate spiritual protocol. The embryonic nation was now in true covenant with God. The wooden cross, planted in the sand beside their kneeling prayer, witnessed their dedication of a land to God and the covenant oath with which they did it.


“This foundational prophetic prayer is actually not well-known but its significance cannot be overstated. God has not forgotten this original covenant entered into with Him! Is He heartbroken with America? Yes. Angry? Perhaps. Is it too late for America to be saved? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Will there be an awakening in the hearts of the American people and a return to our original Covenant with God? YES!


“I was attending an annual leadership conference where Dutch Sheets was speaking,” he says. “On one particular night, there was a strong prophetic flow and release of intercession for our nation and the church in America. The word of the Lord came to me clearly; here is a portion of what I prophesied:


“‘I have not turned away from the covenant this nation made with Me, but this nation has turned away from it. The cry of a remnant in this generation has been heard, and I am raising up a new wave of prophets to call this nation back to America’s original covenant. You will see an increase in the number of trustworthy prophets arising in the land. You will see the level of the prophetic word released go to a higher level, and a nation will hear the word of the Lord calling it back to covenant!


“‘I am also going to bring forth a new wave of evangelists in America. They will flow in apostolic understanding and an anointing for signs and wonders. There will be an increase in the number of true evangelists in this nation. There will be a company, even a wave of them, going after the hearts of a people. The call to redemption through My Son will be heard by many for the first time.


“‘I am shaking all things. I am raising up more who will join the remnant. I am raising up more who will increase the volume of My call to this nation to return to Covenant. I am raising up more of those who will reveal My Son to the multitudes, that hearts may turn to Me. A remnant shall be strengthened and a nation shall be shaken, that it may be awakened!’


“In the days after releasing that word,” Bob continues, “I prayed over it, asking God for more clarity and strategy. He led me to the above prayer, Robert Hunt’s prayer of Covenant in 1607, at the Cape Henry. I have studied all the events and history of America’s early pilgrims and settlers many times. Somehow, however, I had missed the reality that they had solemnly entered into a covenant with God regarding this nation!”


Bob challenges us, “Let each of us bring this covenant before the Lord individually! Let us also collectively use the covenant, along with this prophetic word of the Lord, and pray! God wants to send reinforcements so that together, WE HIS PEOPLE, might awaken a nation!


We say yes, Lord!”


Pray with me:


Father, we are grateful for men like Bob Long who belong to You and hear Your voice clearly. We pray for a supernatural wave of apostles, prophets, and evangelists to be released in America. Sharpen their ability to hear You and operate in a higher level of these gifts than we’ve ever seen.


We also pray for the prayer movement in America. Help us to shake off weariness and embrace Your call to pray. We join our faith together in asking boldly for an awakening to come to our great land. We pray that all hope deferred and hopelessness will be broken off of Your people. Sweep over us with a refreshing from Your presence. Help us receive encouragement that comes from spending time with You.


We ask that You soften and prepare the hearts of the American people. Help us to have a great awareness of what You are doing and how You are moving in our land. We don’t want to miss what You’re doing but recognize and respond to the new move of Your Spirit that is sweeping our land.


Lord, cause us to hear You clearly so we can cooperate and work with Holy Spirit as He moves across America, awakening a nation.


Our decree:


America is returning to covenant with God; we agree with His plans for America to be a blessing to all the nations of the earth!



You can find out more about Bob Long here.



1 https://www.suffolknewsherald.com/2018/11/14/grow-a-covenant-community/



Arrows and Eagles



Three weeks ago I was sent an interesting gift. I thank those of you, by the way, who have sent encouraging emails and gifts to us here at Give Him 15. This gift was 300 Native American arrowheads. What an interesting and unusual gift, I thought. However, this amazing offering became very significant as I read the explanation. I will share that with you momentarily.


On February 9, I posted a dream given to Gina Gholston, regarding the Red River Meeting House. It spoke of this and 3 other wells of revival being re-opened by Holy Spirit - Cane Ridge, Azusa, and Wales. God is going to merge the anointings and power of these world-impacting outpourings, giving us the synergy of the ages.


The dream also spoke of 100 bald eagles, each having arrows in one talon and a scroll in the other. After having been drenched by water from the re-opened well of Red River Meeting House, they flew off to parts of the nation, with the water falling on people like a rain shower. Nothing else was said about the eagles in this dream.


In the following day’s post, February 10, I shared a sequel Gina was given to this dream. In this dream she saw the 100 eagles again. As they were flying (in all directions) across America, suddenly they all began diving toward the ground. When near the ground they leveled off and began dropping their arrows onto the land.


From the first dream, she knew there were 100 eagles. In the second dream, she could see that each carried three arrows. So, 300 arrows were released throughout the land. When each arrow hit the ground it ignited as though it had hit a gas pocket and a spiraling plume of fire shot up. Then she watched as the water the eagles were carrying and releasing was also being ignited by the fire. The water from the Red River Meeting House was extremely flammable and instantly caught fire. It seemed all of America was on fire with the flames of revival.


Toward the end of the dream, Holy Spirit spoke to her and said, “The eagles are on assignment. They carry ‘Fire Power’; they carry glory. And at the precise moment, their arrows will be released, hit their targets, and the move of God will ignite and spread very quickly! Do not doubt it!”


Now, back to the arrowheads gift. The brother who sent them to me offered the following explanation. “When I accepted the call of God to ministry in 1998 and moved my family back to North Carolina, my personal devotion time took a new direction. God promised me that if I would walk and pray, he would...lead me in my walks to the ancient artifacts left behind by the First Nations People. So, for over 20 years I have been walking and praying in the fields around my home in North Carolina...I have found a wonderful collection of Indian artifacts...I heard the dream about the eagles with the 300 arrows, and felt it would please the Lord if I would send you a tangible expression of the 300 places God set afire with revival.”


I was very moved by this sacrificial gift. Last week, while ministering in Shreveport, Louisiana, Holy Spirit, through a series of prophetic words, made it clear that the timing of this gift was significant. He was announcing to me that the eagles have now released the arrows of revival fire. Five days later another person, in another city, gave me a beautiful replica of an arrowhead, made of pure silver. To my recollection, in 40 years of ministry, I have never been given an arrowhead - until now. Two gifts; five days apart. Surely, without a doubt, they are a confirmation that this revival has begun.


I have begun hearing of pockets of outpouring. One of them is in Modesto, California, led by Mario Murillo. Thousands are coming to this tent meeting, and hundreds, if not thousands, are being saved. Many miracles are occurring. I will be showing you a short clip at the end of this post showing pictures of the revival. I plan to have Mario himself share what is happening on a post within the next few days.


Rejoice! Our prayers are working! Please pray with me regarding this outpouring and others that are about to begin.


Pray with me:


Father, thank You for the arrows of Your deliverance coming to this nation. Thank You for the fires of revival that are beginning to burn. Thank You for re-opening the wells of revival from Red River Meeting House, Cane Ridge, Wales, Hebrides and elsewhere. This incredible outpouring of Your Spirit has begun.


Thank You for what You are doing in Modesto, California, and elsewhere. We thank You for Mario Murillo and many like him who contend for souls and have persevered in their evangelistic callings. We know, of course, this is not about one man, but it’s about You using Your people scattered everywhere. We thank You for the miracles that are occurring and the hundreds and hundreds of people being saved. Please continue this revival. Give them great, great favor and let the anointing intensify. Let it spread throughout California and to other parts of the nation.


We thank You for this. Bring more and more and more. Let America and the nations of the earth burn with holy fire! In the mighty name of Jesus we pray, amen.


Our decree:


We decree that the wells of past revivals have been opened, the eagles have flown, the arrows have been released, and the fires of revival are now beginning to burn in the land.


You can watch the short clip of the Modesto Tent Revival by clicking here.