Over the years, Bob Jones prophesied that when Kansas City wins the Super Bowl, that revival would come. It had to do with God raising up His “apostolic chiefs.”
Many are watching today’s game, as the Kansas City Chiefs play in the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years, wondering if this could be the time of the fulfillment of that prophetic promise.
In 2012, I interviewed Bob Jones at his home in Charlotte. He told me that July 3, 1984, was probably the greatest day of his life as he had a face-to-face encounter with the Lord and the Lord called him “friend.”
Five years prior, the Lord had told Bob that he would visit him on July 3rd and he would see the apostolic coming forth. There would be a double rainbow on that day to confirm the word. He had been waiting!
On that day in 1984, Bob Jones saw a parade of people going down Blue Ridge Street in Kansas City. Many in the parade had been healed and delivered and were carrying their crutches and pushing wheelchairs. They were on their way to Arrowhead Stadium for a great gathering and outpouring.This parade was being led by a group of about 35 young people and they were carrying the ark of the covenant. The Lord said “these young ones are those who will keep me high and lifted up all the days of their lives. I will prepare them to bring the glory of God in. They will bring it in through Isaiah 35, the Highway of Holiness.” (I-35 runs through Kansas City)
Instead of being on the platform, however, Bob was in the stands wearing a hospital gown. The Lord told him that he got dropped when he was young, like Mephibosheth. The Lord explained that leaders in his life had not challenged him and had not insisted that areas of wounding and weakness be opened up, healed, and washed clean. There were things in his foundation that were so deeply ingrained that he would deal with them all his life and that he would walk with a limp. (Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan and was King’s Saul’s grandson. After the deaths of Saul and Jonathan, Mephibosheth became crippled as his nurse dropped him as she fled in panic. Mephibosheth’s name means “from the mouth of shame.”)
In 2003, we hosted a conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with Bob Jones, Shawn Bolz, Noel Alexander, Bobby Conner, Ray Hughes, and Paul Keith Davis. Ray Hughes had a dream during that conference where he was digging potatoes and putting them in a bag labeled “Idaho.” The potatoes turned into little apples. The word “Idaho” changed to “Ida-hope.” In the dream, Bob Jones came to him and said “it’s the apple-stolic!” Ray felt the interpretation had to do with the hope of the apostolic coming forth. Later I found out that Idaho became a state on July 3rd (the same date Bob had seen the apostolic coming forth in 1984.)
Twenty years ago I spoke at a conference in South Africa entitled “Moving into the Apostolic.” About 20 years prior to that trip, I was wondering if there were still apostles today and then I found a book in our church library that answered my question. It was entitled “Andrew Murray, Apostle of Abiding Love.” (Andrew Murray was an apostle from South Africa.)
Prior to my trip to South Africa in 2000, Bob Jones had seen a vision of an African violet and had prophesied that “signs, wonders, and miracles” were coming from South Africa to the United States.“
I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.” (2 Corinthians 12:12)
I, along with others, have been longing to see true apostolic power restored. We’ve seen tokens of that power along the way, but we are longing to see the fullness of the promises fulfilled, including the promise that “NO DISEASE KNOWN TO MAN WILL STAND IF WE WALK IN OBEDIENCE.”
Could this be the day?