Friday, May 15, 2009

Coming Flames!

Andy Sanders:
"The Keepers of the Coming Flames"

"So on that day Moses swore to me, 'The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.'"—Joshua 14:9

A Vision of Holy Fire

The Lord recently released a vision to me relating to parts of the earth that had been destroyed by natural disasters. He showed how this devastation turned from a natural disaster into a Spirit-burning fire within the hearts of people and into many parts of the world. The holy fire began to burn bright in areas that were once physically devastated.

In the spirit, one could hear the sound of these infernos roaring like a lion as the flames shot a great height into the skies. This brought a spiritual beacon for many to know where to go and to take their next steps of faith. Before this, people were wondering what the next path would entail for their lives. Once the light of God's presence burned higher over the skies of these devastated lands, they began to walk right into their next destination.

There were many people, in these once devastated areas, that were still holding on, waiting to encounter the promises of God's words once spoken. These prophetic words spoken over them were about to come to pass. People throughout the land were once again reminded of what God said He would do for them. These remembered promises, once again, brought excitement in the air.

While the spiritual fires began to burn bright over these once ravaged lands, the promised words exploded into the hearts of the people, bringing much needed encouragement for this hour. The spiritual climate over the lands during this time also erupted like volcanoes, decreeing righteousness and grace for the people in these areas.

The Coming of the Unknown Prophets Changed the Climate

"And Elijah said to Ahab, 'Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of heavy rain.'"—1 Kings 18:41

Powerful prophets and ministries started to fill the earth, heralding new words from God through these once devastated lands. Some of the prophets who passed through these areas had no name or fame, yet they spoke with great authority and years later people would still remember their words.

All of these unknown prophets and the events that began to unfold over the land were appointed by God. Each one would often "hear the sound" of the fire before it had begun. This was just like Elijah who heard the sound of rain before a single drop even fell to the ground. These heralds were called for one reason as they passed through the land: they told the people in the area that a new kind of fire was about to burn.

There were many acts of grace on these Christians so that even the unsaved loved to hear what they had to say. The power on these individuals was love and favor, and these two keys were used as weapons to change even the hardest of hearts in that territory.

"When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, 'The LORD—He is God! The LORD—He is God!'"—1 Kings 18:39

A great season of salvation moved into the lands and many became born again. It was as if the fish jumped into the Believer's very own boat. This was fishing made easy! It was an unprecedented time for souls to be saved.

Fire in the Older Generation Burned Stronger than Ever Before

"As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight."—Psalm 16:3

The elderly all over the world in this hour received an abundance of God's authority and power. With this in mind, many of the elderly began to push past the enemy's schemes and tricks and right into the forefront of what God was releasing on the earth. The enemy lost ground in this coming season because the elderly stepped forward.

Once the elderly in the Body of Christ moved ahead, the entire Kingdom advanced. The efforts of these brought a renewed flame to the once devastated lands. During this time, strength increased in the elderly and this created a new hope for others who followed along behind them.

Many elderly Christians think, in their older age, that their time was ending and they were not useful anymore. Those in the world's society may even attempt to say that their lives are over; that they are done. Too many times the elderly of our lands are pushed aside, and to some, they are not even valued as an asset toward life anymore.

God says in this season that He will honor the works and efforts of the elderly in the land. The Lord is saying to the elderly in this time, "You are just beginning, and now I will use you more than I have used you in the past. It is through the power of your prayers that I will turn devastation into restoration."

The sweat and tears that have fallen from the faces of the elderly will turn into flames of fire and times of joy. Those who sowed in tears will LEAP with a renewed joy. Through the prayers of the elderly in this hour there will be hidden portals into the heavenly realms now revealed. Many saints have cried out to God saying, "I want to see Your outpourings before I die, Lord. I want to see this promised fire before I take my last breath."

The Lord says, "In this moment, the new fire blowing over the earth will begin for your eyes to see. I will honor your hard-earned efforts." Then the Lord said to the elderly of the lands, "I am God, who keeps His promises. That which I say will come to pass."

A New Era of Equipping for the Future Generation

"'The days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills.'"—Amos 9:13

Then the Lord showed me how the flames in some of these once heavily-damaged regions eventually burned so hot that they started sparking into distant lands in other parts of the earth. Within a short time, there were massive spiritual infernos burning in every country of the world.

Every part of the world was touched by a new level of release found in the increase of equipping those that were coming into "future leadership" upon the earth. The transition was marvelous from one generation to the next, and this time it continued on because the wisdom and integrity of the elders kept the flames burning.

There were none who were spiritually fatherless in this coming equipping release. True authority was upon the younger leaders because they understood exactly who they were in Christ, and they were totally free. That freedom was rooted in the fact that the elderly stood their ground and watched over the upcoming, future generations of the earth.

These fresh and spiritually "mature fireballs" that were released out upon the earth were the equippers to prepare for the coming harvest. They are the flames of the Kingdom that are called to create a stable platform for others to safely learn to walk on. It is their patient and compassionate efforts that will one day allow a whole Body of Believers to fly like eagles on their own.

Through the determination and leadership of these saints, the era of a whole new way of equipping will soon be ignited in the earth, allowing those that walk behind their leaders to one day walk safely on their own. These are the keepers of the coming flames.

Andy Sanders
Andy and Cathy Sanders Ministries


About Andy and Cathy Sanders were in ministry as Senior Pastors and in staff positions for nine years in churches that ranged from extremely small ministries all the way to mega churches. In their ninth year of full-time ministry, the Lord spoke to the Sanders in 2006, saying, "Sell everything today and come follow Me, and I will show you a whole new life." This He truly has! Their entire family travels on the road full-time, forsaking all to come follow Him. Andy holds a Doctorate of Christian Education (summa cum laude) Freedom Seminary, Rogers, Arkansas.

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