The Ninth Hour…From Survival to Revival!

God is always speaking to His people, but at special times of celebration and commemoration prophets and prophetic people listen for His Words that will focus us for this new season. As we enter the Roman calendar year 2019 and the Hebraic calendar year 5779 we are asking for clarity and understanding of God’s purposes so that we can properly position ourselves to receive and cooperate with all Heaven desires to perform.

God’s present word for a season will often connect to previous words from previous seasons. Prophetic words are like road signs confirming His path and direction as we journey forward. One sign might indicate that we are to keep proceeding on the previous route and that these are some markers of what to expect to see. Other words may indicate a turn or a change of direction, yet a continuation of the same journey. In the last several years God has spoken to me that we are in a time of Divine Reversals, both for individuals and for nations, that we are in a Tipping Point moment and that we are in the time of the Prophet’s Reward, to name a few. These words connect us to God’s heart, plan and reformation purposes in the earth.

This year as I prayed I heard the Lord say that this will be a time of birthing what we have been carrying and that He is taking His people and our land from Survival to Revival!! We are in the 30th year of the birthing of the prophetic movement and it is time to see the Prophet’s Reward (Mt. 10:40-41) which is breakthrough, miracles, abundance, increase and heaven fighting for us.

Defining Revival
It’s important to know that the definition of revival is not just a series of outpouring or crusade meetings but means “to bring back to life, consciousness, vigor, vitality, strength or a flourishing condition; a spiritual awakening; to quicken, restore and renew hope and confidence; to activate or set things into motion; to make operative or valid again; to quicken or renew the mind; to recover from financial depression; to rejuvenate, reactivate, resuscitate and revitalize”. Wow! Revival is for everyone….the lost, the prodigal, the broken-hearted, the one struggling through doubt and unbelief, the one in desperate need of a miracle, the revolutionary and the reformers. We are coming out of Survival into Revival! Let’s take a look at what that will mean for us in the coming year!

9 – Finishing One Cycle and Breaking Into the New
The first important aspect to his new season is prophetically found in the end number for both the Roman and Hebraic years, the number 9. The number nine denotes the finishing of a cycle as we finish this decade with a sense of looking forward and not back. As we look to scripture about the significance of how this number is used I believe there are several interesting and powerful keys that will enable us to unlock a surge of expectation, revelation and transformation effect for our personal lives, the Church and for our nation as well.

9 – A Fresh Manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer
In scripture we find that there are nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, nine fruit of the Holy Spirit and nine Beatitudes given by Christ to align us to His heart for one another and for the earth. Paul declared “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
(1 Corinthians 2:4-5). This is a time that we must be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit to fully accomplish His divine purpose. We must increase our time of praying in the Spirit and activating the gifts of the Holy Spirit to experience His fulness. We must also allow the development of the fruit of the Holy Spirit with the corresponding attitudes which exemplify righteousness and set us free from confinement. Remember, gifts are given but fruit is grown. It will be imperative that we have Ephesians 1:17-18 operating in our lives as God releases the spirit of wisdom and revelation in us on new levels and with new requirements of function. When the Holy Spirit reveals Himself in new ways we will be set free from sin, from defeating habit patterns and from limiting mindsets that hold us in survival. The Holy Spirit will break us out of survival and bring us into revival!

A Birthing Season of Breakthrough
As a woman gives birth in the ninth month so will the church begin to birth the breakthroughs we have been carrying releasing a time of fruitfulness, blessing, joy, fulfillment and harvest. The ninth letter of the Hebraic aleph bet is the letter Tet. Scholars say it is associated with the picture of a pregnant woman (though honestly I can’t always see the similarity!). A pregnant woman is said to be “expecting.” I hear the challenge of the Holy Spirit as He asks us “What are you expecting?” We must move past disappointments and fears regarding past seasons of barrenness or spiritual still births and stir up a revival of our expectations before God in order to see our faith produce the breakthrough we have been carrying.

As a woman completes her ninth month her discomfort increases until the delivery. Sometimes she even feels miserable with emotions, sleepless nights and pressure…but there is a joy set before her. That joy will give you grace to endure the times of challenge knowing that when it becomes time to push…… your life will change forever!

But in Isaiah 37:3 Hezekiah declares “for the children are come to birth and there is no strength to bring forth.” This prophecy was given to King Hezekiah, a righteous king who was a reformer, turning Judah back to God and restoring temple worship. He was faithful to the Lord, yet his city (Jerusalem) had become besieged by the cruel King of Assyria, Sennacherib and was faced with certain destruction if God didn’t intervene.

The Rabshakeh Assignment
I had a dream where a spiritual assignment was sent against a godly leader. The enemy’s name was Rabshakeh and he was coming to spread poison on the back of the leader and then take a rod and beat the back, driving the poison in and breaking the leader. (The back represents the place of a man’s strength. Isaiah 22 talks about the burden in the valley of the vision. The back was where Jesus was beaten so that we can receive our healing. But the enemy wanted to beat him down, afflict him with poison, rob healing & destroy him.). But before Rabshakeh could complete his mission of destruction we alerted the authorities who captured him. They then led us out and put rods in our hands to beat his back!

What does this dream have to do with the story of the besiegement of Jerusalem? It turns out that Rabshakeh was not the name of a reggae band but rather was the emissary of Sennacherib, his mouthpiece sent to demoralize Hezekiah and his armies, trying to get them to give up, lay down their weapons and surrender the city. He tried to convince Hezekiah and his leaders that God had forsaken them and would not save them.

His name means “chief prince” and may well be a demonic assignment against true reformers and leaders today. Rabshakeh filled the air with accusations against who God is, against who the leaders are and about the impossibility of their situation. Understand he was seeking to spread poison and get in their heads so that they would be beaten down and submit to giving up and being overthrown. Don’t let the enemy get in your head! He will convince you that all your works of righteousness and reformation have been for nothing and that in the end God will abandon you and not hear your prayers. Is it possible to be pregnant with reformation and not bring it forth? Is it possible to be pregnant with your miracle answer and it be aborted or still born because you give up?

But rather than let Rabshakeh and his poisonous words rob them of their land, Hezekiah set himself to seek the Lord and to pray. He encouraged his people with these faith filled words in the midst of desperate times: Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah. 2 Chronicles 32:7-8

He also sent for Isaiah the prophet to get a Word from God for them. Isaiah came and told Hezekiah the Lord had heard his prayers. He would defend the city! He then released a prophetic word of breakthrough that sounded impossible. That night God sent an angel down who wiped out 185,000 Assyrians and Rabshakeh and Sennacherib both returned to their own country only to be killed by their own. God fought for Judah! Prayer and prophecy shifted the battle and brought heavenly intervention! The Prophet’s Reward was manifested as God mobilized the angel armies to overthrow the enemy. It was about this situation that Isaiah prophesied Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,”Says the Lord!

If you recall at the end of my dream the rod of punishment was used on the back of the enemy. Isaiah also prophesied about this which is part of God’s battle strategy for us today to break out of the survival of besiegement into revival for a new day. . The Voice of the Lord will shatter the Assyrian (your enemy), with His scepter He will strike him down. Every stroke the Lord lays on the back of the enemy with His punishing rod will be to the music of tambourines and harps as he fights him in battle with the blows of His arm! Isaiah 30:31. The Voice of the Lord & our praise is a weapon!

If you are in survival mode….repent, pray and prophesy! If you feel besieged….repent, pray and prophesy! If you need a miracle that looks impossible…..repent, pray and prophesy! If you are carrying reformation and revival…release the Voice of God and it will shatter your enemy so you can bring it to birth! God will fight for you!

The Ninth Hour of Prayer
In scripture the ninth hour of the Jewish day was 3:00 in the afternoon (considered the 9th hour since daybreak). It was the time of prayer and evening sacrifice and was evidenced as a time when earthly prayers resulted in a heavenly response. This year God is bringing the Church out of survival prayers into revival prayers. There is a growing excitement about what God is doing in the earth that will cause our prayers to be less self-focused (survival focused) and more kingdom-focused. We will recognize that prayer is the midwife that births miracles! We will have such miracles breaking out to meet the personal needs that we can press in to focus on praying God’s reformation purposes to be evidenced in culture and national transformation.

In I Kings 18:36-39 Elijah was on Mt. Carmel in a showdown with the false prophets of Baal. While they were carrying on cutting themselves and chanting empty petitions to their false gods, Elijah prepared an altar with a sacrifice on it. It was a time of drought, yet Elijah poured precious water over his sacrifice indicating his complete dependence on heaven to answer his prayers. In the ninth hour, at the time of evening sacrifice, God answered from heaven and sent fire to consume the sacrifice and lick up the water. The people were astounded by this supernatural display and immediately fell on their faces and turned their hearts back to God. This sign from heaven in the ninth hour, released Elijah to slay the false prophets and broke the curse of drought off the land. They went from the survival of drought to a revival of faith towards God which activated the prophetic release from Elijah declaring “I hear the sound of abundance of rain!” In this season, as God’s people pray, God will send a response of Holy Spirit fire that will expose and oppose the “false prophets” of today…..false religions and philosophies, false prognosticators in media and false reformation movements in culture that misconstrue justice. It’s time to see spiritual drought broken and revival break out!

In Ezra chapters 9 & 10 we see Ezra prayed national revival prayers for the Jews at the time of the evening sacrifice (the 9th hour). As a result of his intercession the nation returned to the God of their fathers and repented of their sin of marrying pagan wives, losing their distinctiveness as a Holy people. God heard their prayers, their repentance and restored them to His heart. More and more the church will be Kingdom influencers within culture but with a distinctiveness of holiness that also sets them apart as a counter culture. It’s only as we are salt and light that we can drive out darkness.

In Daniel chapter nine Daniel too prayed revival prayers interceding for his nation, repenting on behalf of their sin and separation from God, realizing that it was time for their 70 years of captivity in Babylon was to come to an end. It was time for repentance, restoration and reformation in the land. At the ninth hour, he Angel Gabriel appeared and began to give Daniel understanding and instruction. We are coming into a time of angelic encounters in which we are not just comforted or inspired by the presence of angels, but rather are empowered with clarity and insight for the days ahead. The angel’s instruction enabled Daniel to lead God’s people in a national shift, out of the survival of captivity into a revival as God’s people and with a vision to repossess their promised inheritance.

In the New Testament we see several powerful displays of heaven being moved by the prayers of men in the ninth hour. In Acts 3:1 Peter and John were at the Gate Beautiful (meaning the appointed place at a favorable, appointed time) at the ninth hour of prayer when they encountered a lame man begging alms. He was living in a state of survival….begging just to survive. He lived with no victory, no breakthrough, no ability to move forward, no joy, no vision for his future that was different from the daily grind. But rather than giving him earthly riches to meet a temporal need which would have left him in a survival state, Peter and John met his need that money couldn’t buy and released healing to him. His survival status as a lame man was immediately shifted to a man who carried revival as he leapt to his feet and praised God, demonstrating God’s reality to all who knew him. His vision for life was revived! His joy was revived! His faith in God was revived! I believe this is a picture of not just miracles for individuals, but a picture of God’s revival, rejuvenating, restoring power over every area in which the church has been lame, dysfunctional or limited in hope or vision for the future. God’s power will cause an inactive, incapacitated, weak and limited church to burst out with a renewed hope and confidence which activates “divine reversals” in every circumstance.

In Acts 10 we see the story of the Roman centurion, Cornelius, who is crying out to the Lord for salvation. He was a devout man who feared God and gave generously to the poor. Again, in the ninth hour, (the Jewish hour of prayer even though he was a Gentile) an angel visits him and says that his prayers and his giving have opened a door in the spirit realm that got God’s attention. The angel then instructs him to send for Peter who will explain the path to salvation. The result is the gospel of the Kingdom is first preached to a Gentile and his whole household is saved, filled with the Holy Spirit and baptized in water. There was a supernatural grace to not just save Cornelius, but his entire household. We need to renew our prayers for prodigals and pre-believing family members to come to Christ, however we must also understand that this whole story speaks of a new era beginning of nations turning to the Lord. This encounter opened up the gentile world to the gospel. Be prepared for the Lord to begin to visit unbelievers in dreams, visions and even angelic encounters which will break down the walls which have thus far kept them out of the kingdom. Get ready for harvest! Prepare for revival!

One of the most powerful ninth hour stories, when the intercession of men caused heaven to connect with earth, is the day Jesus Christ was crucified. You see he was hung on the cross in the third hour (about 9:00 am) but at the ninth hour he cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” He then declared “It is finished” and died. The declaration “It is finished” is exactly what the priest would declare at the time of evening sacrifice after shedding the blood of the sacrificial lamb for the sins of the people. Jesus became our intercessor and the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all humanity. It was in that same hour that the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom, the ground shook and the dead were resurrected and appeared in the cities. All this in the ninth hour! God is declaring that the veil of separation (shame, fear, inadequacy, powerlessness, etc.) that many have felt kept them out of His holy presence is coming down, the heavens are being ripped open and a fresh access is being given to the goodness, power, revelation and wisdom from His throne room of grace. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. But the shaking will result in revival….resurrection life…..an awakening of dry bones that will cause the world to declare “Truly Jesus is the son of God!”

It is the ninth hour! Let’s shift from survival mode to a revival mode! Let’s raise our expectations and increase our prayer focus to birth the vision God has given. Let’s get Rabshakeh’s lies out of our heads. Let’s release the Voice of the Lord to shatter the enemy. Let’s push in prayer & the power of the Holy Spirit to see a nation born in a day. Let’s receive our Prophet’s Reward. God will fight for us!



In this season of the third Great Awakening in the Church, the enemy’s resistance is real! The enemy wants to break the back of us, the Church, and make us collapse under the pressure being applied in this generation. Political correctness, new cultural norms and social pressure are trying to reshape the very fabric of the Church to be conformed to this world instead of being the transformational force we are called to be by the renewing of our minds by God’s Word (Romans 12:2).

Without the Word of God as our basis of truth, the Church is doomed to fail. The enemy wants us to crack under the pressure—crack doctrinally, morally and spiritually! The Scripture says that the enemy is like a “roaring lion” seeking out the weak to see whom he can devour. I believe that is true in this generation more than ever before. The enemy has loosed a spirit of seduction, deception and intimidation against the Church that, if we are not strong, will cause our very foundations to crumble.

Hebrews 12 says that everything that can be shaken will be, and all I have to say is that there is a whole lot of shaking going on right now! It goes on to say that only the things of the Kingdom will remain and stand. I believe it is the job of the apostolic and prophetic to lay true foundations in the Church (Ephesians 2:20) so that the Church in this generation will withstand the heat and pressure that is coming against it today. Without that, I’m afraid the Church is destined to lapse into apostasy rather than awakening and revival.

God cares about your comfort, but not at the expense of your destiny.

In 1 Samuel 30, we see the story of David at Ziklag. We know that David had been on a long journey to fulfill his prophesied destiny of kingship. And if David had given up then, all of his sacrifices up to that point would have been for nothing. At Ziklag, the Amalekites attacked and robbed David and David’s men, taking everything that was precious in their lives.

The Amalekite spirit is indicative of a viscous, violent spirit of robbery. The enemy’s attack was not a direct one, to kill David, but rather an indirect one, to hurt and take what he most cared about. The plan was to make him crack and give up on his destiny. The pressure grew greater. Even David’s loyal men, out of their grief, began to turn on David and blame him. They even contemplated killing him! These were desperate times and David had a decision to make: would he give in to what was happening in hopelessness, despair or would he attack back? David did the wise thing and inquired of the Lord. The answer was clear and emphatic: pursue, overtake, attack, take back and recover all! I believe this is the same answer that the Lord is decreeing to the Church today: “Attack your lack and don’t look back!”

Don’t Lose Your Confidence

What is the enemy trying to steal from you today? Here are a few things that I prophetically see. He desperately wants to steal your confidence. David’s confidence in himself, his men and God, was shaken by what had taken place. He had been through so much in his life and became disheartened. The enemy wants to shake your confidence. You must be bold and believe for the great things God has promised you.

Don’t Lose Your Peace, the Presence of God and God’s Purpose!

The enemy attacked David’s family and those who were in covenant with him in order to confuse David and hit him where it hurt. When something like that happens to us, it can cause us to react emotionally, but David was able to calm himself and seek God and receive the word he needed to hear in order to continue to advance toward his destiny. The enemy wants to rattle your cage and get you off your game but don’t let him. Scripture declares, “The God of peace will soon crush satan underneath your feet…” (Romans 16:20). We pursue the Lord first so that we can pursue our enemy with confidence and take back all that he has stolen! God’s peace will allow you to hear His voice and guide you to victory.

Don’t Lose Your Hope!

Hopelessness is a direct attack against the nature of God. When resources are stolen and we feel powerless to see change, we can sink down into a state of hopelessness. The enemy wants to rob our hope of seeing things change or regaining our possessions. He wants to rob our hope for our family, or our purpose and power. But we must not give into the hopelessness the enemy is promoting to us and understand that Christ in us is the very hope of glory and the banner of victory to bring the change God wants. We must not shrink back in despair, but rise up in hope and faith to attack and take it all back.

Don’t Turn Back!

Scripture instructs us to advance forward in our calling and to be more like Jesus. It exhorts us not to turn back to our old life or the rudimentary ways of this world. The enemy’s strategy is multifaceted, but I believe one of his most insidious attacks involves the Church turning back at the very time we are called to advance. I’m reminded of the children of Israel’s call out of captivity and on to the Promise Land; at the crucial moment of their journey they retreated instead of moving forward into the promise, and God was not pleased. All they had worked for was forfeited at the Jordon River. But why? We know they spied out the land and perceived themselves to be like grasshoppers in the sight of the giants of the land and chose not to go in. They even chose a leader to take them back to Egypt.

The New Testament describes it this way, “For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: ‘Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.’ For who, having heard, rebelled?” (Hebrews 3:14-16). Then it goes on to describe how they came out of Egypt. All but two of them knew of God’s disappointment and anger because of their unbelief. It was a breach of promise. How could that happen? How could they not believe the God who had delivered, blessed them and destroyed their enemies? How could they have lived in so much disbelief that it brought them to the point of rebelling against His Word and promise and lost out on their prophesied destiny? Where did all this start? How and why did they harden their hearts in unbelief?

The Golden Calves of the Modern Church in America

In the passage in Acts 7:39, we get a clue. Stephen is preaching to God’s people and reminds them of what happened on Mount Sinai. Moses was on the mountain, standing in the glory of God and receiving His commandments to His people. At the same time, the people of Israel were lamenting the loss of all the pleasures of Egypt. They felt abandoned by God and Moses and decided to turn back to the gods they had served back in Egypt. Out of a need for comfort and security they made an idol, brought sacrifices to it and reveled in what their own hands had made. God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars and the tabernacle of Moloch and the star of the god Rephan. I believe these gods refer to the worship of creation and bowing down to evolution, abortion, perversion, witchcraft and antichrist. I also believe that there are four very powerful “golden calves” or “sacred cows” in the Church today that want to keep us out of God’s promised destiny in this season.

Convenience, Comfortability and Entertainment

In the last days, people will have itching ears to hear what they want and not endure sound doctrine. Instead, they will seek out teachers to tell them what they want to hear. God cares about your comfort, but not at the expense of your destiny. He will offend your flesh, put you in a wilderness experience, crucify your self-life and put you in a trial, all to perfect you and make you more like Him. Unfortunately, too many people in the Church have decided that they would rather be comfortable back in Egypt than to become an army called to possess the Promised Land.

Convenience has replaced commitment and comfortability has replaced being conformed to the image of Christ. Entertainment has replaced worship and sacrifice. Tolerance—being non-offensive and all-encompassing—has replaced preaching the truth with conviction and repentance. Let’s not bow down to the idol of convenience or go back to Egypt and captivity only to face God’s judgment.

Compromise to the Current Culture

Some have bowed down, becoming more like the world, in the name of being relevant. Grace is an amazing thing, but Jude 1:4 warns us not to allow men to “…turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.” As a Christian, can you deny that Jesus is the only true God and way to Heaven? How could that happen—that people would use grace as an excuse to sin or live like the world? Paul has said that God forbid that would happen.

The law of grace is not a lower standard but a higher one in God. It not only deals with your actions but your heart motivation as well. For example, the New Testament tells us to not just avoid committing adultery, but don’t even lust with your eyes! Jude and 2 Peter warns Believers saying to remember what happened to the angels who were in Heaven and then fell and are being held in chains of darkness in Hell. Remember the children of Israel who God destroyed? Remember Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed because of their immorality, sexual sin and perversion? Remember Noah’s generation and the judgment that happened to them?

We are warned of false teaching and false teachers, “For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning” (2 Peter 2:20). So many are preaching liberty in their foul language, their promiscuity, their partying, their perversion and their lifestyles, but God’s warnings are clear: Don’t compromise with the world. Don’t become a friend of the world and compromise your faith, your godly standards and your relationship with God. Let’s not bow down to the golden calf of compromise!


The answer was clear and emphatic: pursue, overtake, attack, take back and recover all!

What was the problem with the children of Israel? They lost their courage and retreated, deciding to play it safe. God was saying, “Just believe Me. Be strong and of good courage. Fight, and I’ll fight with you and for you.” A passive, fearful, unbelieving mentality had gripped the people of God. They decided and declared that they were not able to possess the land that God had promised. In contrast, God was looking for champions and those who would fight for His cause and His Kingdom. He was looking for those who would face the giants and shout at the walled cities until they fell. He was looking for a fearless generation that would not be afraid, intimidated, disheartened or dismayed but would courageously take the battle to the enemy to accomplish God’s vision on the earth. The enemy, through a spirit of intimidation, wants to make a coward of the Church. It’s not time to back down. It is time to turn around, attack back and possess the land of promise!

Complacency and the Cares of This Life

God once said to me, “A man with passion will overcome any obstacle to achieve his goals, but a man without passion will allow any obstacle to overcome him and stop him in the journey toward his destiny.” Matthew 24:12, tells us, “…the love of many shall wax cold.” They will lose their first love. God said to me, “Apathy leads to atrophy and will ultimately lead to apostasy.” That’s a big part of the enemy’s strategy against the Church today.

If the enemy can’t stop us, then he’ll just distract us with all the concerns of life. He’ll get us so caught up in the mundane day-to-day that we stop dreaming and discovering. He’ll try to cause the hard things to harden our hearts and dominate our passion. He’ll try and turn our eyes to escapism and entertainment or deaden our dreams with the drudgery of everyday pressure to just survive. Dead religion and ritual will want to supplant a passionate pursuing of God’s plan for our lives. This can become a golden calf that diverts or depresses our energy for Heaven’s purposes.

Get on Track and Take It All Back!

Lastly, God is saying, “Do whatever it takes to get yourself back on track with your destiny and My purpose for the Church.” Don’t bow down to any idols that will take you back to the captivity of Egypt and keep you out of your prophetic promise!

If you’re hurt— seek help. Seek God and let Him heal your heart. It’s time to get over it and get on with it.

If you’re hard—humble yourself. Let grace flow and soften your heart. Seek God.

If you’re distracted—focus, commit and get your life back on track with God.

If you’re compromising—read the Word with an open mind. Confess your sin and repent. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you, convict you and help you change.

If you’re facing something impossible—rise up in faith. Lift up the sword of the Spirit. Fight, shout your doubts out and cast the enemy out.

If you feel hopeless—allow God to re-ignite His vision in your life.Remember your hope is in God.

If you feel powerless—choose to use your weapons and your authority in Christ. Don’t retreat to get out of the heat! Remember God’s got your back! Don’t crack. Take it all back! It’s a time to rise up with the spirit of David at your Ziklag and pursue, overtake, attack and take it all back!