Why Whitney?,” she asked.
“I’ll ponder that and get back to you,” I answered.
The question had come in response to an article I had written where I mentioned a conference we hosted in February 2012 called “The Fullness of Time.” Kim Clement prophesied that a shift would take place in February 2012 and that there would be a public death – and everyone would know about it – and it would mark the beginning of a seven year period. Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012, during that conference and Paul Cain died seven years later on February 12, 2019. I believe that Paul’s passing (on the exact date the Latter Rain Revival began in 1948) marked the beginning of a new season.
As I write this, the headline in today’s news is about Houston getting over 600% more rain than usual in early May. I believe it is another sign as the theme for that conference was about restoring what they had in the Latter Rain Revival.
Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain. (Zechariah 10:1)
As fate would have it, I was on a long flight soon after the question “Why Whitney?” was posed to me. I saw that one of the movies being offered on the flight was a documentary about her life. I learned that Whitney Houston broke more music industry records than any other female singer in history. The documentary allowed me to see the pain and unhealed trauma that ended Whitney’s life at age 48. Whitney drowned in a hotel bathtub after using cocaine. Three years later, her daughter (Bobbi Kristina) was also found drowned in a bathtub and drugs were suspected in her death.
After the 2012 conference, I began to focus my attention on helping people release toxic emotions that were rooted in childhood trauma. I observed that we often re-create our childhood trauma and I definitely saw that pattern with Whitney and her daughter. “Perhaps this was the reason her death was highlighted?,” I wondered.
We hosted a conference on April 18, 2010, with Paul Cain that was called “The Luke 4:18 Mandate.” Luke 4:18 is about healing the brokenhearted and setting the captives free. Even though Paul Cain and Whitney Houston were both Christians with extraordinary gifts and fame, they were brokenhearted and needed to be set free. Their lives were marked by addiction, loneliness, pain, and public scandal.
After sharing my thoughts with the person who originally asked me the question “Why Whitney?,” she shared the reason why she believed Whitney’s death was highlighted in the prophetic word. She believes that the African-American voice will be the voice releasing revival in the land. I have been pondering that ever since and I feel an affirmation for numerous reasons.
When the heavens opened in Coeur d’Alene in 2006, it was after a Native- American man danced in his regalia at our “It’s Time” conference to a song about unity. Bob Jones prophesied that the heavens opened when he danced and that there would be a sign in the heavens to confirm it. On Pentecost weekend that year, a fire rainbow appeared over our city that made international news. We experienced supernatural signs and wonders afterwards.
At “The Fullness of Time” conference in February 2012, we had several Native-American dancers from different tribes dance in their regalia. (It was during this conference that Whitney Houston died.)
Like Native-Americans and African-Americans, the Children of Israel were oppressed and enslaved. God sent Moses as a deliverer with a message from God: “Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” (Exodus 9:1).
Although Moses led the people out of Egypt, they wandered for 40 years and it was Joshua who led them into the Promised Land. In the Bible, the first battle under Joshua’s leadership was won when God instructed them to carry the Ark of the Covenant around the city of Jericho and they released a sound and the walls came tumbling down.
The Ark of the Covenant represents the presence and glory of God. The first thing King David did when he came to power was to recover the ark.
And let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we have not inquired of it since the days of Saul. (1 Chronicles 13:3)
Years ago, the prophet Bob Jones saw a vision of the apostolic ministry coming forth. He saw young people carrying the Ark of the Covenant to Arrowhead Stadium. Bob prophesied about a great end-time revival led by young people marked by purity and power. Paul Cain had reoccurring visions of stadiums being filled and prophesied about a great end-time revival taking place that was marked by purity and power. Like Moses, they both passed without seeing the fulfillment of the promise in their lifetimes.
I believe that just as God gave strategy to Joshua on possessing the land, similar strategy is being given to leaders today. First, we need to inquire of the Lord and bring back the ark (the Presence and Glory of God). Strategy will be released on healing generational trauma and pain. (This will include strategy for healing the land and the wounds of African-Americans and Native-Americans.) Young people will be empowered and stadiums will be filled.
And, I believe a sound will be released. It will be the sound of revival!