[anzac] WHY KANSAS CITY?? (-Andrew Strom)

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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2003 13:27:47 +1200
ANDREW STROM WRITES:  A number of you are probably
wondering why it is that Kansas City has been on my heart
for so long - why I am so deeply stirred and burdened for this 
one place. It has been this way for ten years now. It is as if I 
cannot let her go. Below is some history to help you understand:


WHAT HAPPENED IN KANSAS CITY?
-Andrew Strom.

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 been at least partially lost or derailed.

In late 1982 a young preacher by the name of Mike Bickle 
shifted to Kansas City to begin a work there 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. Just 
before arriving in Kansas City he had had the most powerful 
visitation of God that he had ever experienced, where a holy 
presence filled the room and he heard what he described as 
"the audible voice of God". He was literally trembling under 
the fear of the Lord. He had never experienced anything like 
it in his life.

During this visitation God told him that there would be "four 
standards" upon which the work in Kansas City was to be 
built. These were:  (1) Night and day prayer; (2) Holiness of 
heart; (3) Unwavering faith; and (4) Extravagant giving to the poor. 

He was also told that this work would "touch the ends of the 
earth" but that he must guard against those who would try to 
"tone it down" in any way. The Lord also placed a very strong 
emphasis on one particular statement that He made that day:  
"I am going to change the understanding and expression of 
Christianity IN THE EARTH in one generation."

As you can imagine, Mike was stunned by this experience, 
and resolved to follow through on every aspect of what God 
had spoken to him. The story of what followed could be 
dismissed by skeptics as the most arrant fiction - except for 
the fact that it truly happened just as I am telling you. Please
do not dismiss it. Everything I am relating here did actually 
happen, and there are plenty of witnesses still around to confirm 
the truth of what I am saying. It is a mind-boggling story.

A friend of Mike's had discovered, while researching the early 
history of Kansas City, that the founding fathers had actually 
named her "The Prophetic City". And almost as soon as 
Mike began his meetings there, he found that a number of 
the prophetic Christians in town felt compelled to join him. 
This was a little unnerving, as he had never been surrounded 
by such people before. 

Not long after his arrival, 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 prophetic people that he had met 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, 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 
church probably numbered less than 50 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, just as the prophecy 
had stated, 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 one of the closest 
known approaches a comet has made to Earth in the last 
200 years - in early May 1983).

This was just the beginning of a whole series of incredible 
events that showed that God was restoring the 'Prophetic' 
ministry to the church. In fact, I regard this as the founding 
of the modern Prophetic movement as we know it today. 
Some people have argued with me that there are several 
different "streams" of the Prophetic, and this is certainly 
true to a degree. There is 'MorningStar' and Bill Hamon's 
stream, for example. But it is very clear to me that the 
"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 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 such as John 
Paul Jackson, Bob Jones, Jim Goll and others had been 
involved for some years). But suffice it to say that there 
were a lot of 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. One of the prophets got involved in 
a quasi-sexual relationship with a woman, and 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. 

Ultimately, 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 a big church by this stage). 
Eventually Mike left pastoring to concentrate on raising up 
a 24-hour prayer centre 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. When I was 
preaching in Kansas City recently I told them this very thing. 
I believe it very strongly. In fact, for ten years now I have had 
such a burden to see Kansas City come into her promises 
and fulfill her calling. Until recently I had never even visited 
the place, as I was living thousands of miles away at the 
"ends of the earth" in New Zealand. But the vital importance 
of Kansas City haunts me even now, and I am unable to let 
her go.  

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? 

As of this date, these questions remain unanswered.

God bless you all.

Kindest regards in Christ,

Andrew Strom.
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