"KANSAS CITY is Stirring" -by Andrew Strom. There are many new people on this List, and I guess most are unaware of the reasons behind our shift all the way from New Zealand to Kansas City earlier this year. Kansas City was the founding-place of the modern 'Prophetic' movement about 20 years ago - a movement that I regard as seriously derailed and prey to numerous deceptions today - but that originally had a very important purpose and calling. I have carried a deep burden for this movement and this city for over ten years - from the other side of the world. It was so strong that at times I would find myself in tears over a place that I had never even visited. I have to admit that even though I ministered widely in my home country of New Zealand, and believed and prayed for Revival there for many years, my heart was always strangely linked to Kansas City and the "derailed" move of God here. I could not seem to get rid of this burden. My wife and I talked often of shifting here, but the doors never seemed to open. It was very frustrating. Suddenly in 2003 the doors opened for me to visit and preach a couple of times, and everything suddenly fell into place for us to move to America to live for five years. God even chose the house for us to live in! It was utterly miraculous how quickly it all happened. Today my heart is just as deeply burdened as ever for the 'Prophetic' movement that was founded here - and for this city to come into her promises. I cannot explain it. But I have to believe that God has not given up on what He originally intended to do here. In the last month or so, things have begun 'heating up' spiritually in Kansas City - in a noticeable way. But I want to talk about that later. You will only understand it if you first read the amazing history of what took place here originally. As I learned in my research, it would be hard to find a place that has more CONFIRMED prophecies of Revival over it than Kansas City. There are many places that have grand prophecies over them, but I am talking here about CONFIRMED promises from God. I am convinced that Kansas City is UTTERLY CRUCIAL to God's plan for Revival in America. I do not say this as someone who was born here or had a "vested interest" in this city. I am saying it as someone from "outside" - from thousands of miles away. My belief for many years has been that without the promised Revival in KC, it is possible that America may not come into her Revival either. I realize that that is a huge statement, but you will see why I feel this way. As things stand right now, the 'Prophetic' move in KC - upon which this Revival was supposed to be based, seems to have been largely destroyed. The agonized cry of my heart for the last ten years has been - "This Revival CANNOT be allowed to be lost". When you understand the history of what happened in KC, I think you will see why: Kansas City's "LOST" Revival A lot of people have heard of the 'Kansas City prophets', though some may have a rather negative reaction to that phrase. People associate something unsavory with it. But the origins of that movement are far from unsavory. In fact, I believe that God wanted to do something very powerful in Kansas City that has now been "lost" for over a decade. I believe that ultimately He wanted to raise up "John-the-Baptist" type preachers - the 'Charles Finneys' and Jonathan Edwards of today's generation. (-For God has used such 'prophetic' preachers in every Revival). But sadly, it seems that the Kansas City movement spun apart before these "John-the-Baptists" could arise. Here is what happened: In late 1982 a young preacher by the name of Mike Bickle shifted to Kansas City to begin a work here following several powerful prophecies that he should do so. (-He had been pastoring in St. Louis up to this point). Today Mike is a well-known Christian author, speaker and founder of the 'International House of Prayer' in KC. But back in 1982 he was simply an unknown 27-year-old pastor and intercessor who commonly spent several hours a day in prayer. Mike was not really used to 'Prophetic' things, but after he came to KC several 'prophetic'-type people joined him. Not long after he arrived, Mike had a dream in which an angel literally appeared to him and said: "Proclaim a fast - to pray night and day for Revival in the city and the nation. Five hundred people will gather. It will be like unto Daniel 9." (-Which is the passage that recounts Daniel's 21 days of prayer and fasting). Mike couldn't get the dream out of his head and the very next day one of the prophets that he had met named Bob Jones said to him: "You had a dream last night in which an angel spoke to you, didn't you? I myself saw the same angel and he told me, 'Give the young man Daniel 9 and he will understand.'" Mike was utterly astonished that someone could tell him his own dream like that! The prophet went on to say: "500 people will gather. And to show you how important this gathering is in God's purposes, God will send a COMET, totally unpredicted by scientists, to show that this whole thing is of Him." Now, it is important to understand that Mike was a complete "nobody" at this point. He was new in town and his little fellowship probably numbered less than 100 people. Who on earth was he to proclaim a fast and gather a multitude to pray for 21 days? Yet he knew that God had placed a calling on his life, and he decided to go ahead. The day chosen for the beginning of the fast was May 7th, 1983. To Mike's astonishment, over 500 people responded to the call! They prayed eighteen hours a day for 21 days, crying out to God for Revival. And not only that, but just as Bob Jones had predicted, right when the fast was beginning an unknown comet was suddenly reported - a comet passing so close to earth that it was easily visible to the naked eye for several days. It was absolutely amazing. (The Comet IRAS-Araki-Alcock made the closest known approach that a comet has made to Earth in the last 200 years - right then as the fast was beginning in May 1983). I have to say, as someone who studies Revival, I have not come across ANY Revival movement in history that has had a more powerful beginning. Today's critics who write off Bob Jones and the whole Prophetic movement as "false" and counterfeit, need to remember that the whole point of this movement at the start was FASTING, PRAYER and REVIVAL. The 'comet' and other early prophecies were simply to confirm this move of prayer and holiness. And this was just the start of a whole series of incredible events that showed that God was restoring the 'Prophetic' ministry to the church. It is very clear to me that the major "foundations" of today's Prophetic movement, and the great explosion that we have seen in the Prophetic ministry over the last 20 years, stem directly back to Kansas City. This was the founding movement, the watershed-event that God used to kick-start the whole thing in modern times. And it was supposed to lead to all-out Revival. But sadly, about 8 years later, it all came apart in a terrible spiritual "train-wreck". I am not going to dwell on the reasons, or apportion blame in any particular direction. (By this time a number of well- known prophets had been involved for some years). But suffice it to say that there were some crucial mistakes made and things began to spin very badly out of control. The 'Kansas City prophets' (as they came to be called) ended up being featured in a very negative light in Charisma magazine (-with 'front cover' exposure) and a Kansas City pastor circulated a very damning report about them all over town. Bob Jones, feeling rejected, committed a serious indiscretion and was forced out. Others were simply asked to leave town. The whole 'prophetic' side of the ministry seemed to blow apart. (-This was around 1991). The prophets scattered everywhere. It truly was a disaster. Not just for the Prophetic movement, but for the Church as a whole. For I am convinced that what God wanted to raise up out of Kansas City was a prophetic voice to call the Laodicean church to repentance before it was too late (-particularly in America). That was the ultimate goal. (There were prophecies referring to this). But all that we are left with now is a hollow shell. And I am convinced that this "train-wreck" affected more than just Kansas City. I believe it greatly impacted the entire Prophetic movement for the worse. Today we see the results all around us. The Prophetic movement was not supposed to be just about 'revelatory' experiences or great dreams and visions. It was not supposed to be about selling books or holding conferences. It was supposed to bring a word that would shake the church out of her slumber - that would pierce her heart with 'godly sorrow' and deep repentance before it was too late. It was supposed to bring shaking and change. It was supposed to act as a 'John-the-Baptist' to the nation. That is what has very much been lost - I am convinced of it. What a tragedy. After 1991, Mike Bickle's church in Kansas City seemed to meander along for quite some time, wondering what to do with itself. (-It was quite big by this stage). Eventually Mike left pastoring to concentrate on raising up a 24-hour prayer center in the city. This has been a huge success, and you have to commend Mike for at least resurrecting something out of the mess, and fulfilling one of the original "four standards" - ie. Night and day prayer. But as for the 'prophetic' side of things, little of it truly remains. So much has been lost. I am personally convinced, however, that the Prophetic mandate over Kansas City has never been rescinded - and that the original calling still remains. There is a great move of God hanging over the city that I do not believe has been "aborted" but more "suspended". It has been left hanging. And time is running out. It is probably the most prayed-for city in America. But there is still a terrible danger that all may be lost. I literally cannot stand the thought of it. All those years of prayer by so many people. All those confirming signs. Such a promising move. What a victory for the devil if he can keep it from happening. It simply cannot be allowed. And the most serious aspect of all is this: -What happens to America if her 'Prophetic city' is lost? What if the church never hears the 'voice' that was supposed to rouse her from her slumber? Will she awaken in time or will she lose her Revival? One obvious question that arises for me personally is - what on earth can I hope to do about any of this? Why would God give me such a burden and send me to live over here? I am not someone who sees angels or has visits to the 'third heaven'. My whole emphasis is on REPENTANCE. I am a 'Revival' preacher. -That is my whole anointing and focus. I am someone who does not believe in a prophetic ministry based merely around dreams and visions - but rather around a 'John-the-Baptist' type message - "REPENT!" (-And I believe this was the true original calling of the whole movement). For this is what a 'lukewarm' church desperately needs. So what on earth am I doing here in Kansas City? Well, all I know is that I need to stick to my 'John-the-Baptist' emphasis - because it is sorely needed here. And the only other thing I know is that God has called us to Kansas City and we are in the right place. Whatever else happens is up to Him. Things are STIRRING This year there have been some significant changes in KC. The old "Kansas City prophets" (Metro) building (-which still has many prophecies over it by Bob Jones and others) has been sold rather suddenly. (-After about 20 years of ownership). This is quite a change in itself. And also, for the first time in 13 or 14 years, Bob Jones is scheduled to speak in Kansas City - returning to hold meetings in that same building in late October this year. (-For more details see http://www.whitedoveministries.org ). He believes the Prophetic was "shut down" here in the early 1990's, and needs to be re-opened again. And these are not the only sudden changes. There have been other significant comings and goings as well. -But (1) The old building and (2) Bob Jones suddenly coming back - these are major things that are worth taking note of. A lot of people will criticize me for having anything to do with this stuff. They cannot understand why I would go anywhere near a man like Bob Jones or want to see the early Prophetic restored. They regard the whole thing as "beyond help" and deceived. Yes, the Prophetic movement IS deceived. I believe it is essentially a "fallen movement" in a lot of ways - since 1991. There is an enormous amount of flakiness and hype and all kinds of things that have gained a foothold. But I look back at the early years (-before things went sour) and I see a move of intercession and prophetic utterance and holiness and truth, aimed at seeing the lukewarm church REPENT. And I have to believe there is a way to see that 'original thing' restored. And I am encouraged by the "CHANGE" that is already occurring this year. The "John-the-Baptists" must arise before it is too late. Please pray for Kansas City, my friends? God bless you all! Kindest regards in Christ, Andrew Strom.