ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF LIGHT
At the death of Bishop Grady R. Kent, March 31, 1964, a prophecy that he gave in 1962 came to pass. “You are about to be scattered.” He prophesied for us to lay up some faith for the times that were ahead of us. Zechariah 13: 7-9, “ Awake, o sword, against me shepherd (Jesus), and against the man that is my fellow (John), saith the Lord of Hosts, smite the shepherd and the sheep shall be scattered. And I will turn my hand upon the little ones and it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die, but the third shall be left therein.” Jesus came to His own (Jews) who were two kingdoms were two kingdoms at the time. This kingdom of Israel (ten tribes) and Judah and Benjamin (two tribes) who had separate kings and kingdoms, but were under the rule of Rome. Jesus took a third part out of them and called it church. It was put in the fire (I Peter 4: 12-13) for refinement, purification and perfection.
“THE MAN THAT IS MY FELLOW” is found in a ministry in the book of Revelations. “ And I John saw these things. And heard them and when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, see thou do it not for I am thy FELLOW-SERVANT, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: Worship God. And he saith unto me, seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.” (Revelations 22: 8-10) “ I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” (Revelations 22: 16). We will comment later on the angel’s testimony. Back to Zechariah 13: 7-9: There is a witnessing scripture in Ezekiel 5: 1-4, which better defines the works of Bishop Kent. No scripture is of private interpretation. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every work be established. ( II Corinthians 13: 1).
In 1960, three years after Bishop Kent’s reformation of 1957, he declared a cutting off of two parts. ( This was the elder Church of God and the Church of God of Prophecy.) The reformation of 1923 was not the “cutting off .” The courts in, in 1952, separated them in its declaration that the second part known as the Tomlinson Church of God, would be known for business purposes in holding deeds of property, etc. as The Church of God of Prophecy.
For the record, Bro. A. J. Tomlinson appointed Bishop Grady R. Kent to the office of General Secretary of the Church Prophecy Marking Association (C.P.M.A.). I his annual address in 1943, the Assembly agreed for this office to come into existence, so Bro. Tomlinson, two weeks later appointed Bro. Kent to the C.P.M.A. office. Bro Tomlinson stated in his Assembly message of 1943 that he believed the C.P.M.A. ministry would work at marking out with visible signs, monuments, etc., prophecy that was being fulfilled beginning with 1903 “Arise Shine”, later named “The Fields of the Woods”. (Psalms 132:6). This office was also to work at the perfecting of the church. He knew prophecy would carry it to perfection.
The following quotation is from Bishop A. J. Tomlinson, as quoted in the White Wing Messenger, April 1926:
“We measure out strength now by prophecy, instead of what we see of ourselves, and where is the prophecy that has ever failed? And where is the God of prophecy who is able to for us “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask of think, according to the power that worketh in us”? (Ephesians 3: 20). And like Paul, we can say that He worketh is us mightily, (Colossians 1: 29). Keeping our eyes on our Captain and our faith in God and His Bible, we have nothing to fear.”
Bishop Kent wrote his vision (prophetic insight) in a place in Cherokee, N.C. and Burger Mountain. He was directed by the Habakkuk 2: 2-4 prophecy to do so. In 1948, Bishop Kent knowing he was anointed with the Spirit and Power of John and directed by the angel who had given John the un-sealed scroll (book) to eat it; and that he (John) would prophesy from the book again. (Revelations 10: 8-11.) This began in Bishop Kent, though writing of the New Jerusalem coming down to earth in Revelations 21: 1-2, (in designing the twelve gated at Fields of the Woods and also the wall of the West Gate with seven torches at the top.) He called this annual installing a white stone by the pastors who had reached a requirement for receiving this stone, his “On to Perfection Program”. He was taking the scripture out of Revelations 2: 17. “And will get a white stone and in the stone a new name written which no man knoweth except he that receives it .” This prophecy was revealing lively stones to be set into the walls of the stones to be set into the walls of the New Jerusalem in the rebuilding of the Tabernacle of David. (Revelations 21: 14-17).
In 1957 Bishop Kent was challenged (argued) with as the watchman standing his watch. He had written his vision and made it plain that another ministry to follow him would read (understand) and run with the vision and bring about another reformation. (Habakkuk 2: 2-4.) The Ezekiel prophecy of this prophetic light is in moving from a first part ( Elder Church of God) to the second part (Church of God of Prophecy) to a third part (Jerusalem Acres Church of God). The Septuagint (Greek text) reveals the part tucked into the skirt of the Son of man was the fourth part. The first, one- quarter part was cut up by the sword (Elder Church of God), the second, one-quarter part was scattered (Church of God of Prophecy). Bro. Kent demonstrated the scattering by flying over Fields of the Woods in 1960 and dropping a lock of his hair over the written vision. The third, one-quarter part was put into the fire and burnt. The fourth, one-quarter part was fulfilled when the runner of the vision who read it and understood that he was to run with the vision. This occurred on August 18, 1980.
I, as the prophet here, had an experience to prepare for this ministry while pastoring The Church of God of Prophecy in Leesburg, Florida. While praying with another brother in an orange grove, I was asking the Lord to loose my feet so I could run when he spoke to me to do so. In the previous Sunday night’s service, the Spirit had told me to take the church flag and run with it. While I was hesitating, this brother ran to the platform and took the flag and ran with it . The Spirit of the Lord fell on the entire congregation, but needless to say...not on me. As I was standing there in the grove asking the Lord to loose my feet, I felt two strong hands grabbing me around the ankles and very gently began to move my feet. I began running down the row of orange trees at a very rapid pace without any exertion on my part. To my amazement, the Spirit lifted me in the air and I did a three-hundred sixty degree turn. I, then, began to run backwards at a very swift pace. I did not understand this experience until the year after Bishop Kent’s death, when the Spirit of the Lord moved on me to run on the platform at the at the Tabernacle of Witness. This was before Marion Hall tore down the platform and built it on the west end of the sanctuary. He had just poured a gallon of olive oil on the railing that crossed the eighty foot width of the tabernacle, two small openings for the steps to the floor. The Spirit told me I was to run the rail and He lifted me in a leap to the rail. I ran the eighty feet across to the south wall jumping the three foot openings, touching the south wall, jumped the openings again and returned to the north wall. I turned and came back to the first opening. The anointing left me, so I very carefully,….Dismounted.
Later at the recess, a sister from Pennsylvania, approached me and told me that while I was running, after touching the south wall, an angel of the Lord followed me, pulling a thin veil towards the center of the platform. Also, as I touched the north wall an angel came out of the wall with a thin veil and pulled it towards the center. It was after the 1980 reformation that the Lord spoke through Prophet Dennis Williams, that this was revealing the sealing off of the vision to that ministry. It was revealing that I was the Runner of The Vision.
From the June 13, 1903, Arise Shine, by Bishop Tomlinson, as the scripture reveals in the final phase of this fourth part ministry (Isaiah 60: 7) shows that he would “ glorify the house of my glory” with the installation of the twelve Ishmael princes. “All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebajoth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the of my glory.” This is witnessed also in the sixty first chapter of Isaiah, verses 4-11. The Ishmael twelve princes will be the living altar that all would come upon with acceptance. (Elijah’s altar is referenced in I Kings 18: 30-40).
I will only give enough prophetic light in this message to establish that the light came with Bro. Tomlinson and after his death with another prophet. (Proverbs 4: 18). Prophet Grady R. Kent then knew that the prophetic staff would be given to Joseph’s son, Ephraim, (Ezekiel 37: 19), the birthright son, another prophetic principal of Ishmael and his twelve sons and firstborn or birthright son and his rams (ministers Nebajoth, his firstborn or birthright son and his rams (ministers), would be the perfecting ministry of the end time church. ( Isaiah 60: 7, Genesis 17: 18-20, Genesis 21: 9-13, 17-19, Genesis 25: 12-16). Nebajoth, being the firstborn of Ishmael, promises that he would be a part of the Abrahamic promises of Genesis 17:6. “And I will make thee exceedingly fruitful, and kings (twenty-four elders, Revelations 4:4)shall come out of thee.” Isaiah 63: 16 “Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O Lord, art out Father, our Redeemer (Jesus) ; thou name is from everlasting. (Micah 5: 2) The firstborn principal is also found in Ephraim of Joseph to inherit his father’s ministry by the prophet’s written vision of Ezekiel 37: 16 –19. This is St. John II reed of Revelation 11: 1. “ and there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” Bro. Kent said this was a commission for him to rebuild the “Tabernacle of David” that is fallen down (Amos :9 11). What most people miss is the phase spoken by John ,that his reed was like ( same as, has the authority and power) the rod, the scepter of Judah.
Isaiah 9: 7 and Revelation 21: 2-3, 15, shows this happening at the coming of the New Jerusalem to the earth and the angel-servant with the golden reed rebuilding the walls of the city. This is what the written vision in stones at the Fields of the woods is prophesying. Can you hear the Spirit of God declaring at this time that the tabernacle of God is with man and He will dwell with them? (Revelation 21: 3). Prophet Kent in prophesying with his reed out of Ezekiel 37: 15-20 is revealing the scepter (rod) and staff that would become one (marriage). This spiritual servant Joseph (John) would finish the works of Christ in the earth. (Revelation 2: 26-29). As John goes on to say after he received his reed, that he would give power (rod of iron authority) to his two witnesses (prophets); and that these would have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy and have power over waters to turn them to blood and to smite the earth with all plagues as often as they will. (Revelation 11: 3-6).
This is the continuation of the thought of :
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF LIGHT:(written December, 2012)
Having written this article several years ago and re-reading it…..
Here is, also another experience I had in 1952:
I was in a Jonah principal, after being saved in 1948. In a missionary service at Ocoee, Florida Church of God of Prophecy, when I received the mantle of my ministry that God called me into, I felt the urgent call to go to the nations. Having been in WWII and overseas, seeing the desolations of those nations, I was rebelling against going overseas again. I went to Tarshish instead of Nineveh. I could relate to some near death experiences.
Having joined the Air Force and volunteered for the Korean War, I had to sign a release for the Camp Commander at Camp Stoneman, California, (1951-1952). As WWII vets with overseas experience (points was given for every month), I couldn’t be shipped back overseas (congressional law). I flew combat cargo flights from Japan into Korea.
After arriving back in the States in May 1952, I was stationed at Lawson AFB, Fort Bragg, Columbus, Georgia. The Lord spoke to me and stated unless I surrender my life back to Him, I had less than six months to live. Needless to say, I went to Columbus and found an Assembly of God church. I had a wonderful experience of renewing my walk with the Lord, again. A few days after, I received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.
The Lord then spoke to me to start going to the church with the people who had the flag (Psalms 60: 4). After a couple of weeks, then I began to seek at the altar (every service) for the hunger that God had given me before the Jonah experience. After a few trips the altar, most of the “prayer warriors” gave up on me; but an old white-headed gentleman would stay with me. He knew my travail and said “Son, don’t give up seeking the Lord until you receive what the Lord has for you.”
Probably the following Saturday afternoon, while lying on my bunk at the Base, I had a Holy visitation from God. I was reading my Bible and started to drift into a sleep. I got into a semi-conscience place and stopped. I still knew my surroundings; but I was not awake. The Spirit of God began to flow into my body. It seemed as if I enquired of the Lord. I seen a “pipe” on my head, going up through the roof of the barracks, and disappeared into the clouds.
The flow of the Spirit was so strong (no words to explain) that I thought the earth was shaking. As I began to reason it out, I thought maybe not the earth, but this area (Columbus, Georgia) and the Base.
Then I guess I was coming more to the conscience state; I reasoned maybe not Columbus, but the Base. Then I reasoned not the base, but this barrack. At this time I was getting back to conscience state. Then I reasoned, maybe not the barracks, but my bed. I thought that the men were standing around, wondering what was happening. Then I reasoned, not my bed, but my body. And then I was back. Later, the Lord revealed what I had received, a “pipe” anointing and a position in “The Vision of All” (Zechariah 4: 11-12). I was the Pipe and connected to the Branch (John—Gentile anointed) to the church (candlestick), in the office of Ephraim, as the Apostle to the Gentiles, one of John’s two witnesses. With the authority of those prophecies I became the one to take the church into a reformation (August, 1980); the fourth part remnant of Ezekiel 5: 3, fulfilling Habakkuk 2: 2, of reading his written vision (John), who used material things to prophesy from the Book of Revelation of a Rod of Iron Ministry. (Revelation 11: 1—Given a rod like a reed). Revelation 2: 26-29. Isaiah 4: 1-4, and Ezekiel 37: 16-20…..A study of this volume of Scriptures reveals the ministry of the Prophet who has the authority (prophecy of the Scriptures) to take and finish the perfection of the church.
More could be said about the Rod of Iron coming to the earth and dashing the nations to pieces (judgment), Jesus staying at the right hand of God until…… (Hebrews 10: 12-13, Psalm 110: 1-2, Hebrews 1: 13, Luke 12: 39-44).
I am the Runner of the vision:
Habakkuk 2: 2: “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.”