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18 Years Later…

Every September 11th, I reflect back on the most traumatic day this current generation collectively faced. Many of you have faced much more traumatic events in your personal lives, but this one is one the nation bore together. Its ramification have altered our country forever.

I remember it differently, because I saw it before it happened. On September 9th, 2001, the Lord gave me a dream. I walked around Lower Manhattan with an angel until he stopped and looked at the towers that are now fountanous holes in the ground. He showed me the two towers collapse straight into the ground; a sight I would see again on television as it happened two days later.

The Lord let me see what was coming two days in advance so I could tell the story of what has still yet to unfold nearly two decades later. It hasn’t happened yet, but I know it will. The question is, will our hearts be prepared? Will we be willing to listen to the Lord this time around?

From September 11th through the 13th, my book where I tell what the Lord showed me will be free on the Amazon Kindle store. The Lord gave me an important message to share, and I think it’s worth your time to read and understand that the collapse of those towers isn’t the end of the story.

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A Tower of Deception

A Special Note:

I don’t do this often, but I feel this is one of the most critical moments in our nation’s history for God’s people to know about this, so I’m asking you to forward this to anyone and everyone you know who should hear this. 

I want everyone to read this book I speak of later, so I am dropping the price on Amazon as low as they will let me from now on and I will be making it free on Kindle for the next five days (the most they allow). 

We are in a divine moment in our nation. Please spread the word and join me in prayer.

In The News

Everyone in America has now seen One World Trade Center in New York illuminated pink by now. If you haven’t, it was done so by the decree of Governor Cuomo of New York to celebrate the passage of an historically evil piece of legislation.

Like anything else, there is nuance to the bill that was passed, but its intent was clear: to provide for abortion on demand up until the point of birth. Those who passed it feared that the landmark Supreme Court decision of Roe v Wade may soon be overturned, and it was their attempt to combat that at a state level by legalizing any and all abortion.

Governor Cuomo directed several buildings and bridges in New York to be illuminated pink in honor of the bill, most notably One World Trade Center’s spire, and issued this statement:

“Today we are taking a giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own personal health, including the ability to access an abortion,” Cuomo said. “With the signing of this bill, we are sending a clear message that whatever happens in Washington, women in New York will always have the fundamental right to control their own body.”

What Owner?

A friend of mine sent me a message after the news started to circulate:

He said that he could “see the owner” of the building. What he meant was that it was obvious now that a dream the Lord gave me in 2003 where God showed me that Satan was behind, and using this icon of America, for his purposes in our nation.

I wrote about this in a book in 2013, where I detailed two important dreams the Lord gave me specifically about One World Trade Center, and its importance to our nation in the coming years. 

The First Dream, September 9, 2001

The first dream was on September 9, 2001. Two days before 9/11, an angel took me around Lower Manhattan (the financial district) and stopped to point at the World Trade Center’s twin towers. As I looked at them, they collapsed straight down into the ground. A flood of people began to rush by us in sheer terror, fleeing the destruction of the building. 

When I awoke from the dream, I had no clue what to make of the dream. I had no inclination that what I had already seen would literally happen two days later. 

On that fateful day, I watched in horror with he rest of the nation, but my horror carried a pain I had never experienced before. I felt the grief of the nation, but I also felt a guilt—guilt that I had somehow failed all those people who died. I thought that the Lord must have shown me that dream so I could do something to stop it.

Months of guilt weighed me down until one day I realized the angel never told me in the dream when what he showed me would happen. I didn’t have time to warn anyone, and certainly no one was going to take seriously a college student from Texas about our nation’s tallest buildings collapsing. 

It took a while, but I finally understood that the Lord prophetically showed me one of our nation’s most tragic moments beforehand so that I would be listening. I needed to be listening to Him.

I began asking the Lord to speak to me, if He had anything else to share about the matter of 9/11. He spoke again in March of 2003.

The Second Dream | March 2003

Long before the designs for the replacement building was conceived, in that dream the Lord showed me the building that now stands. I was there to work on the replacement for the fallen towers. When the dream began, I remarked to myself that I thought it was funny that there was only one building instead of two.

The building also looked very different from its predecessors. Instead of being the opaque dull white of the former Twin Towers, the new building was a shiny, dark reflective glass. In the dream, I was there to work on it as it was still under construction.

When I got inside to begin construction, I noticed that all the people building it were Christians. As we worked, we had a sense of “for God and Country;” that what we were doing was an act of service to our God.

The work progressed until we reached the top level. Just then, Satan walked into the room. Everyone else left, and he and I stared at each other. Confusion surround me as I kept saying to myself, “This is impossible. You don’t belong here. You can’t be here. This is our building.”

After what seemed like forever, I understood something. I realized that Satan had actually been behind the building of this tower, and that we had all been rebuilding it for him! When I understood that in the dream, Satan smiled at me, as if to say “thanks,” and walked out of the room. 

At the end of the dream, I stood at the base of the completed building at night, and I could feel evil exuding from it. What I saw in the dream is exactly what is there now. As soon as I awoke from the dream, I head the voice of the Lord say, “That building will be a sign and a seal of My judgment against America.” 

Since its completion, the building, and its decorative spire have been used to celebrate many wicked events. This week, it was illuminated in pink to celebrate this most wicked of laws. A few years ago, it was illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate homosexuality. 

At a symbolic 1,776 feet tall, One World Trade Center truly is a sign of America itself. It has come to embody and celebrate some of the most wicked aspects of our nation and culture. 

I feel we are at a critical and divine moment in our nation’s history, and I want to make my book available to everyone free of charge or as cheaply as possible. It will be free on Amazon Kindle starting tomorrow, and from now on, the price has been reduced to as low as Amazon and other retailers will allow. 

Please consider sharing this message so God’s people will hear what He has spoken about the days we are living in.

You can get the book, The Year of the Lord’s Favor, at Amazon.

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Origins of the Spiritual Gifts Test

I have never liked “Spiritual gift assessment” tests. Every one I’ve ever seen has seemed to be a way to compartmentalize the working of the Holy Spirit to best suit a church or denomination’s needs and beliefs.
This article just confirms what I already felt–that they were developed not to enhance the Holy Spirit’s activity, but to combat activity and theology counter to those developing them.
The first spiritual gift test was developed by people educated at Dallas Theological Seminary, a house that had a longstanding tradition of barring entry to anyone willing to admit having ever spoken in tongues. All other tests, including Wagner’s, were copycats of that original test–which was nothing more than a copy of a Myers-Briggs test.
The best way to discover your spiritual gifts is not to take a test, but to learn how to commune with the Holy Spirit. He is the one who gives all the gifts from prophecy to helps, not a 126-question survey. Paul tells us to ask for the spiritual gifts we want, especially prophecy (1 Corinthians 14).
You don’t have a “gift-mix.” You have a Holy Spirit. He will give you as much as He wants and as much as you ask for, so please, ask for more.
Please read the linked article for the background I’m referring to here.

Do You Dream?

Your dreams aren’t always the Lord speaking to you, but sometimes they just might be. How can you tell the difference?

Write them down.

Writing down your dreams gives you later access to them. Even if you wrote the dream down in a sleepy state, generally the notes you make give your brain enough of a recharge that you are able to remember the dream mostly or in its entirety. This then gives you the opportunity the next day to fill in the gaps you may have left out when you wrote it down at night.

Even if you write the dream the next morning, having it to refer back to is critical. My wife and I have kept dream journals since we were young. Every so often we will look back over them and read what we felt like the Lord may have been saying to us.

Not every dream ends up being the Lord, but my wife and I have had far too many dreams to count that meant nothing for years but later turned out to be the Lord speaking. Following a prompting of the Holy Spirit on my wife, we recently sold our house and moved. The move was traumatic in many ways, and afterward we were left wondering if the Lord really was behind it.

That’s when my wife pulled out her dream journal and found a dream from nine years earlier. In the dream, the Lord showed her the house we would be moving to, the real estate agent who would be handling our affairs (who wasn’t even an agent in our town at the time) and He showed her many of the interesting and painful details of the move.

The Waiting Game

For nine years my wife had glazed past that dream whenever she would read her journal because it meant nothing. Then, one day, it meant everything. It didn’t make any of the aspects of our move easier, but it gave us great confidence to know that we were doing what the Lord wanted us to do. He was so kind and gracious to give us prophetic confirmation of something nine years before it happened. And we never would have had that if she hadn’t written it down.

Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.

Habakkuk 2:2

The Lord is speaking to Habakkuk about a specific revelation to herald to His people Israel, but the principle is useful for us today. When the Lord gives us a dream or a vision, we need to write it down. We need to write it down because sometimes the words the Lord gives us aren’t for today. Or for tomorrow. Or for next year.


They can be for us years and decades later. They may even be for other people after we’re long gone. Patience is the key to discerning what the Lord is speaking to us. I see far too many people make assumptions about prophetic words or dreams and jump the gun to try and find a meaning (full disclosure: I am also one of those people far too often). We must be patient with dreams and visions. I have had many that the Lord used almost immediately, but I have many, many more that I’m still waiting to find out if it was the Lord or “pizza.”

Many times the only way to know the difference is to wait.

And to do that, you have to write down your dreams.

So, if you dream, I encourage you to write them down. As many as you can. You never know what it may mean to you in the future.

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Remembering John Paul Jackson

I’ve been very sad lately over the loss of John Paul Jackson. I think it’s because John Paul had a very similar heart to mine. He longed to see every believer released into the prophetic ministry, which is one of the greatest motivations in my life apart from seeing people come to know Jesus.

The reason I want everyone to experience the voice and touch of God through prophetic ministry is because it is absolutely transformative. It won’t keep you from sinning or any other thing that is common to man. No, prophetic ministry doesn’t change anything about your fallen human nature, but it changes something about your born-again nature.

That First Encounter

After we encounter God speaking to us, something forever changes. You can never not know that God is very real, very loving and very involved in your life after you hear Him speak for the first time. I still get misty-eyed when I think about the first time I encountered God in a powerful prophetic encounter. He told another person about everything I did while I was in another country, out of communication with everyone I knew. God saw me, He knew me and He shared that with someone else to encourage me. I wrote about it here.

I was forever changed, and every time after that when God would speak my heart would be tenderized. Those that know me well know that the past several years have been the hardest season of my life. The thing that often keeps me going is when I look back over all the times God spoke to me. Many of them were powerful encounters, and I feel the presence of God today when I just remember them and meditate on them.

A Father

John Paul longed to see everyone encounter that because he knew the power of it for himself. So do I, and I can’t stand the thought of any believer not knowing and experiencing that. I believe John Paul to be a prophet, as many esteemed him to be, but prophecy is one gift that God promised all believers could walk in. We may not all be evangelists, pastors, teachers or prophets, but we can all prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:5). So many prophets bask in the glory that their gift brings them and they want to shelter that gift to set themselves up as special, but John Paul wanted to give that away. In that way, he was a father to our generation like Moses.

27A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!” 29But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”

Numbers 11:27-29

I believe John Paul Jackson was one of the greatest gifts to the body of Christ today. I hope you’ll go his website,, and check out the things that John Paul offered. I know you will be encouraged.