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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <revival4@...>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 12:09:13 -0500
-by Clayt Sonmore.
{Read the whole book at Thomas S. Gibson's "Prophetic Word" site-  
http://www.telusplanet.net/public/tsgibson/propheticword.html  }

Together with Demos Shakarian and a few others, Clayt Sonmore
was one of the early founders of the Full Gospel Business Men's 
Fellowship International in 1953 and 1954. Sonmore served as Vice 
president and Director of that body until 1964. William Branham and 
Tommy Hicks, along with many others focal to the 1949-1956 
visitation, were among his closest friends and associates in ministry.

The writing of a substantial part of this presentation was on March 5, 
1964, and the words came under very strange circumstances. I was 
in Texas in some meetings when a strange "malady" came over me, 
and for twenty-four hours I became very desperately ill, except when 
I would write. As I began to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, the
words of this writing, much of it to my surprise, rolled off the end of 
my pen under the direction of Him. Even as the desperate illness 
would leave when I would pick up the pen to write, so did the illness
immediately and entirely leave when I finished the last paragraph. 
I immediately got out of bed, dressed, and drove all the way back 
to Minneapolis without stopping except for fuel. 

I do not claim that the contents of this presentation of God's 
progressive revelation to His end-time church would even begin to 
exhaust the subject of what God is doing or saying in this hour. 
Neither would I say it to be entirely free from man's ideas. Please
accept, dearly beloved, the wheat and leave behind the chaff....

I have seen with my own eyes many marvelous physical healings, 
even to that of blind eyes being opened, but never have I seen a 
miracle compared to the one I witnessed in a Holy Ghost meeting 
in the early 50's. The miracle very simply was a mutual "Love and 
Trust" powerfully moving among a host of brethren. Of such mutuality 
I believe there has been no equal anywhere in our century, before 
or since. We could only say, "Behold, how they love one another." 
This was a true "baptism of Love." We have lost this central quality 
even in Spirit filled circles, brethren. What has happened? 

We cannot separate "Love from Trust." We must pause long enough 
to realize that Trust has become an elusive, yes, almost lost quality, 
oft times lost even among those conscripted to be a part of God's 
end-time army. 

"In honor preferring one another" must be a central theme; and 
political maneuvering must be eliminated. We cannot even believe 
reports of behind the scenes maneuvering, for we must have "trust." 
We must have what you might call "pure love from a pure soul." 

Someone said that "God always starts with a Man and uses him to 
begin a Movement. Finally and invariably as it loses its simplicity 
and childlike faith and love, it becomes a Machine, then a Monument, 
and wists not, like Samson, that the Anointing has begun to wane." 

It has been said that the steps to spiritual downfall of groups during 
the ages have always followed this cycle. (1) Revelation; (2) Inspiration; 
(3) Evangelization; (4) Organization; (5) Education; and (6) Stagnation, 
with this generally happening in less than one generation. 

Paul states in II Cor. 11:3, "But I fear lest by any means, as the 
serpent beguiled Eve through subtlety, so your minds should be 
corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." 

E. M. Bounds in his book "Power Through Prayer" has written...

"We are constantly on a stretch, if not a strain to devise new 
methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and 
secure enlargement and efficiency for the Gospel. This trend of the 
day has a tendency to lose sight of the man or sink the man in the 
plan or organization. 

God's plan is to make much of the man, far more of him than 
anything else. Men are God's method. The Church is looking for 
better methods; God is looking for better men.

"The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. 
He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint 
plans, but men - men of prayer. . ." 

Our cry ought to be: Oh God, "Return that which the palmerworm 
and cankerworm have taken away." I feel the Lord is saying to us, 
"Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast 
left thy first love." Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, 
and repent, and do thy first works; or else I will come unto thee 
quickly and remove thy candlestick out of its place, except thou repent." 

Lenard Ravenhill writes: "Sodom-like sin must merit Sodom-like 
judgement. This was the iniquity of Sodom - pride, fullness of bread, 
and abundance of idleness. We need prophets for this day of doom! 
Neither Gideon or anyone else gets into trouble for having visions. 
Let Gideon, however, slip out at midnight and cut down the groves 
of Baal - then Hell releases all its fury.

"Let John the Baptist call the priests vipers, and rail at Herod's 
adultery - and he signs his own death warrant."

God's various dealings with me have caused me to place what I feel 
to be God's truth before you, my brethren, at any cost, rather than 
to see my brethren in this last day move, brethren whom I love, 
flounder in self satisfaction in the wilderness, all because through 
fear No Voice Cried for Repentance. 

"And Samuel said, "When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast 
thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed 
thee King over Israel?" (I Samuel 15:17).