SAINT PATRICK AND SIGNS AND WONDERS
St. Patrick became a legend because of the extraordinary miracles that took place in his ministry. He had been kidnapped by pirates as a young man and taken from England to Ireland. During that time, he became a slave to a Druid high priest. He came to love his captors and learned their language and culture. He prayed continually and had an angelic visitation after six years of being held captive in Ireland. The angel instructed him to walk 200 miles, where there would be a ship ready to take him back to England. Upon arriving home, he was visited by the angel Victor. Victor held letters from the Irish requesting Patrick to come back and walk among them.
SAINT PATRICK RAISED THE DEAD
After many years of personal preparation, Patrick returned to Ireland. Upon his arrival, the King of Dublin asked Patrick to pray for his two children who had just died. One had drowned and one died of sickness. After Patrick’s prayer, they both were miraculously raised from the dead! The King was so grateful that he gave Patrick and his companions safe passage throughout Ireland.
Patrick challenged the Druids to power encounters on several occasions, much like the prophet Elijah did with the prophets of Baal. Patrick preached and demonstrated the resurrection power of the Risen Christ wherever he went.
THE CELTIC CROSS
Another story is told about the origin of the Celtic cross. The Druids would mark their territory with a circle. Patrick would draw the cross over the circle, as a reminder that the power of the cross was greater than the power of the enemy.
After telling Patrick’s story at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at our church (complete with corn beef and cabbage and Irish dancers), I had an unusual experience a few days later. Our church had a coffee shop that was open to the public during the week. A man dressed all in black came in to the coffee shop and told me he was a practicing Druid. Full of faith, I cast some demons out of him and he started attending our church!
ST. PATRICK’S DAY AND LONNIE FRISBEE
We honor St. Patrick around the world on the day of his death, March 17. Lonnie Frisbee, the hippie preacher who was the catalyst for the “Jesus Movement” that took place in the 60’s and 70’s, was buried on St. Patrick’s Day. I see similarities between Lonnie and St. Patrick, even though they lived centuries apart. Both were evangelists who led many to Christ through signs, wonders, and miracles. St. Patrick reached the Druids who were considered to be the barbarians of his day. Along with amazing power encounters, St. Patrick evangelized by establishing communities and using native art forms to reach those others thought could not be reached. Lonnie Frisbee evangelized the hippies, who many thought could not be evangelized, and used similar methods as St. Patrick. Both were misunderstood and suffered rejection by the mainstream Church of their day.
“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22
A PERSONAL STORY
I have had a fascination with the life of St. Patrick because my mother (Patricia Ann King) was named after him and she died on St. Patrick’s Day in 2005. When she died, I was given her green coat that I jokingly referred to as my “St. Patrick’s mantle.” In 2007, I was in New Mexico speaking at a conference at Glorybound Ministries with Paul Cain, Randy DeMain, and Cal Pierce. Steven Brooks, who wrote a book on recovering lost mantles, attended a session of the conference and was invited into the hospitality room. Before I even had a chance to introduce myself to him, he prophesied to me that I had “St. Patrick’s mantle.”
I went to Ireland in 2009 and visited Dublin and Belfast. While in Dublin, I visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral; and while in Belfast, I visited St. Patrick’s grave and museum. This year (2019), I will be arriving in Bangor, Ireland, on my mother’s birthdate (March 25).
We hosted a conference the weekend of July 17, 2010, with Randy DeMain, that we called “Angelic Encounters.” While the worship team was playing flutes and a penny whistle, I felt the presence of an angel enter the room. I sensed it was “Victor,” the angel who had been with St. Patrick. I shared that revelation publicly and then Randy DeMain shared that the Holy Spirit told him that the angel “Emma” had Irish roots. (Emma was an angel that appeared to Randy at our Northwest Revival Fire conference on April 14, 2006.)
I felt an affirmation about Emma being associated with Ireland because it was on St. Patrick’s Day weekend that I met Jeff Jansen and Ivan Roman in Topeka, Kansas, in 2006. I saw them sitting in the hotel restaurant and I introduced myself. We had never met before. After shaking my hand, Jeff told me that (although he was in Topeka) he kept hearing “Coeur d’Alene” (where I live) and prophesied to me that Emma was coming and “she brings the gold.” Few people would know about Emma, but I did! I was very familiar with the prophetic history of Mike Bickle and the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. In the early days of that ministry, Bob Jones said Emma was a “mothering angel” and that she helped establish that ministry.
It was also Mike Bickle’s birthday (July 17) in 2010 when Randy shared that Emma was associated with Ireland. And it was Ivan Roman’s birthday when she appeared to Randy on April 14, 2006, while he was preaching at our Northwest Revival Fire conference. It was the 100 year anniversary of the Azusa Street Revival and I had been seeing the number “414” for years. Randy was preaching out of Judges 6 when he saw Emma with his open eyes. (Judges 6, about Gideon, was the passage of Scripture that had been my first text, and Mike Bickle’s first text, when we started our respective churches.)
I remembered that Bangor, Ireland, was the site of the longest known 24/7 prayer movement in church history. It lasted for over 200 years and it released a wave of God’s power accompanied by signs and wonders. St. Patrick and his companions arrived in Bangor and saw a heavenly light and heard a celestial choir. St. Patrick called it the “Valley of Angels.” After his death, a famous monastery was built there by Comgall in 555 AD. Comgall, and the monks of Bangor, also raised the dead and experienced signs and wonders. Patrick prophesied of Comgall’s birth and ministry sixty years prior to him being born. Bangor was respected throughout Europe as a great center of learning and a place of great light.
If that wasn’t enough to convince me that Emma was associated with Ireland, Mike McClung (a pastor from Tennessee) called me a couple days after the Angelic Encounters conference in 2010. When I told him this story, he said his birthday was St. Patrick’s Day and Mike Bickle had given him a copy of his favorite book entitled “Bangor, the Light of the World.” I met Mike McClung in 2003 after we connected concerning our common Irish/Cherokee heritage. (William Branham, who was the catalyst for the Latter Rain Revival, was Irish and Cherokee, and Bob Jones was also Irish and Cherokee.)
Fast forward to 2019. I was talking to a new friend, Thomas, and I told him the Emma story. He then told me that his birthday is July 17 (same as Mike Bickle’s) and his wife’s birthday is St. Patrick’s Day! Amazed, and since I was already planning a trip to the United Kingdom, I made arrangements to go to Bangor. I arrive on March 25 this year, my mother’s birthdate. I’ll be visiting Downpatrick where St. Patrick started his first church and I’ll also be visiting the places where he had many of his power encounters.
The Celts talked of “thin places.” These were places where the veil between the natural and spiritual was almost transparent and a strong sense of the presence of God could be discerned. Bangor, Ireland, is “a thin place.” I look forward to the adventure that awaits me when I arrive there.