~Rick Joyner, bestselling author of The Final Quest
Your Spirit will be Revived
Harbinger of Hope will help you believe once again in God’s provision and goodness.
While praying through Psalm 91, Robin McMillan was shown a prophetic vision of five “wagons.” Robin soon discovered each wagon contained a specific symbolic message for our generation:
- Wagon #1: Deliverance from what we deserve
- Wagon #2: Deliverance from criticism
- Wagon #3: God’s provision
- Wagon #4: Hope for the future
- Wagon #5: New vision for America
If you are hungry for a word from Heaven and if you appreciate the teachings of Bill Johnson, and Shawn Bolz, then you will love the message found in Harbinger of Hope.
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About the Author
Robin McMillan is the Senior Pastor of Queen City Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has ministered across the United States and around the world with a message of God's hope and the healing power of the Holy Spirit. Robin served on the executive staff of MorningStar Ministries alongside Rick Joyner for many years. Today, Robin makes his home in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with his wife. Donna, and their children and grandchildren.
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My Prophetic Encounter
I lay in bed early one morning in a hotel room feeling oppressed and exhausted even after a good night's sleep. It was a familiar kind of spiritual challenge I sometimes encounter just before speaking in a conference. I knew I must go on the offensive. So, alone in my room I began to exercise faith and enforce my authority. As an act of warfare I proclaimed a personalized version of Psalm 91 from memory:
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty, whose power no evil foe can withstand. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge, He is my fortress; my God, on Him will I lean and rely, and in Him I will confidently trust." Surely then He shall deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover me with His feathers, and under His wings I shall take refuge; His truth shall be my shield and buckler.
God will release the power of His Word as we believe it and proclaim it. As I spoke these verses, God's enabling power strengthened my soul. I determined that if quoting Psalm 91 once was good, twice would be even better. So with renewed strength and even more conviction, I proclaimed His truth aloud once more. I set my defeated enemy on the run as I again said, "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty...."
As I finished quoting these verses a second time, I saw an opening in the ceiling that wasn't there before. I just knew that I was supposed to jump up into it. So I did. As I was passing through, I could hear demons screaming, "Stop. You can't come through here!" But I laughed at them because they couldn't stop me. Suddenly I found myself in what seemed to be a heavenly realm. It was unlike anything I had ever seen or experienced before, and I knew I was about to encounter the Lord in a remarkable and supernatural way.
At first I didn't understand why it wasn't bright. After all, this was a heavenly place. Then I noticed a huge wing above me and realized I was under its shadow. I was further confused because I assumed the wing must be an angel's and should be brilliantly white, but it was dark brown. Then I understood. Had I not just boldly proclaimed that I would dwell in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty? Had I not declared that He would deliver me from the snare of the fowler — you know, the bird catcher? That's quite a specific promise for a man named Robin! Had I not emphatically proclaimed, He shall cover me with His feathers, and under His wings I shall take refuge? I was not under a large angel's wing but had found refuge under the massive wing of the Great Eagle, the One whom I had just boldly proclaimed.
The wing was amazing. Grapefruit-size precious stones emanated from the underside. Gold and silver particles and other precious metals emanated from the wing as well. They were not just attached, but actually came out of it. I had never seen anything like that before. The very essence of the Eagle was made of precious resources of incalculable worth.
Five Supernatural Wagons of Blessing
Then my attention was drawn to five wagons. Each wagon was crammed to overflowing with divine substance. I did not see the physical items with my natural eyes, but I knew instinctively that each wagon carried an abundance of spiritual blessing that is available to God's people. Doesn't God's Word promise us that He has "blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ" (Eph. 1:3)? I could hardly contain myself as I considered what I saw.
The first wagon contained deliverance from deserved consequences.
The second wagon contained deliverance from criticism and the critical spirit.
The third wagon carried abundant hope.
The fourth wagon held unlimited provision.
And the fifth wagon had a new vision for the United States.
The Story of Joseph
I instinctively knew — with a knowledge that transcends seeing and learning in the normal way — that I would discover the deeper significance of my startling encounter in the story of Joseph and the restoration of his family. Joseph's story is one of great hope. Joseph was Jacob's favorite son. That alone was enough to make Joseph's brothers jealous. But their jealousy turned to hatred when Joseph described several prophetic dreams that indicated they would all bow down to him and serve him one day. Joseph's attitude and the substance of those dreams infuriated his brothers.
When Joseph was seventeen years old, Jacob sent him to check on his brothers who had gone to graze their father's flocks. When they saw him coming from a distance, they conspired to kill him. At Reuben's insistence, they spared Joseph's life but threw him into a pit. Later they sold him to traveling Ishmaelite merchants who sold him to Potiphar, the captain of the guards of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Joseph's brothers covered his colorful outer garment in blood and returned it to their father. With the blood-soaked coat in his hands, Jacob concluded his favorite son had been devoured by wild animals. Believing that lie devastated Jacob for twenty-two years.
As an Egyptian slave Joseph excelled in all he did. Potiphar admired him and promoted him to oversee his entire household and eventually govern all he had. But alas, his favor would not go unchallenged.
Potiphar's wife repeatedly propositioned Joseph. When he rebuffed her she falsely accused him of making sexual advances. Potiphar imprisoned him in the jail reserved specifically for the king's prisoners. Yet even in prison God favored the young Hebrew. The keeper of the prison granted him authority over all the other prisoners. Joseph met the royal baker and butler, both imprisoned by Pharaoh for various offenses.
One night both of Pharaoh's former stewards had dreams they did not understand. The next morning after they told Joseph their dreams, he interpreted them with pinpoint accuracy. Three days later, as Joseph had predicted, Pharaoh executed the baker for treason but restored the butler to his original place of service. Time passed and then Pharaoh himself had two dreams that his magicians and wise men could not interpret.
The butler then remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh about him. Troubled by his dreams, Pharaoh quickly summoned Joseph from the dungeon to see if he could interpret them. Joseph would not disappoint him.
Joseph appeared before Pharaoh and explained the meaning of the dreams. He discerned that Egypt would have seven years of great bounty followed by seven years of famine so severe it would deplete the abundant harvest of the first seven years. He also provided the king with wisdom for preserving life through the years of famine. Pharaoh was to store the vast amount of produce during the fat years to sustain his nation during the lean ones, and he should appoint a wise and discerning man to assure the success of that plan.
Joseph so impressed Pharaoh that he set him in authority over all the land of Egypt. Only Pharaoh had greater authority in the nation. Just as the dreams had predicted, there were seven years of abundant harvest that turned to famine in the eighth year. Joseph's plan to store bounty from the first seven prosperous years would preserve many lives during the seven lean years. The great famine decimated Egypt's agriculture and that of the surrounding nations. Starvation threatened millions of people, extending all the way to the door of Jacob's household. When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, in utter desperation the patriarch ordered his sons to go to Egypt for food. Unbeknownst to them Joseph controlled the great storehouses of Egypt.
A Long Twenty-Two Years
When Joseph was a naïve and inexperienced man of seventeen, his own brothers' callous hearts betrayed him, and he became a slave in Egypt. But by the age of thirty, by God's providence, he became the second most powerful man in the kingdom. Then, nine years later, in the second year of the famine, his brothers arrived in Egypt seeking food for survival. Twenty-two long, turbulent years after their terrible betrayal, the brothers stood as beggars before Joseph. They did not recognize him, but he immediately knew who they were. God alone understood what Joseph felt about his brothers as they stood there. Before helping them he put them through a grueling process. But this we do know: God did such a redemptive work in Joseph's heart that he determined to save the lives of his brothers and father.
When Joseph finally revealed his true identity to his eleven brothers, he did so with many tears and much brokenness. He first simply wanted to know if his father was still alive. Then he implored his brothers to come close to him, to neither be grieved nor angry with themselves for what they had done. He explained that it was God who had sent him before them to preserve their lives during the famine. He wanted them to go back home and tell Jacob what had become of Joseph and to bring Jacob and his household to the nearby town of Goshen, where Joseph could care for them during the next five years of famine.
When the news reached Pharaoh, he was pleased, and he supported Joseph's decision to tell his brothers to return home and bring their father and their families back to Egypt. He also told Joseph to let his brothers know that in addition to provisions for the journey he wanted them to take wagons with them for their father, their wives, and children, and then return.
The Significance of the Wagons: Jacob Revives
The great historic revival of the house of Jacob began when Joseph gave his brothers wagons, as Pharaoh had commanded, and sent them to return safely with Jacob and his family. The wagons would prove to be of special significance to Jacob. They became the vehicles that restored Jacob and his family to Joseph and saved their entire lineage. When Jacob's sons finally returned to the land of Canaan and told him that Joseph was still alive and governor over all the land of Egypt, "Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not. And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived: And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die" (Gen. 45:26–28 kjv).
The news that Joseph was alive had so shocked his father that Jacob's heart stood still in unbelief. His disappointment and despair had deep, decades-long roots. But then a most remarkable transformation occurred. As the brothers told Jacob what Joseph had said about the last twenty-two years of his life, and then as he saw the wagons, the extent of God's great goodness and His abundant provision caused hope to spring up in Jacob's heart. But then the Bible reveals something else even more remarkable: "And then Israel said ..." Jacob became Israel!
There is also a significant prophetic promise for our nation, and for the church in particular, contained in this story. Jacob is much like many in the American church, living in unbelief, languishing in a spiritual famine, wondering if they will survive this wilderness. Can you believe that God has an answer for us even in the face of all our trouble, all the negativity and financial difficulty, all the harsh and troubling news that surrounds us? He does. He is not through showing Himself strong on our behalf. Nothing catches God by surprise and He is never left without a solution. The Scripture assures our ultimate victory in every situation: "Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place" (2 Cor. 2:14).
Hearing Joseph's words and seeing Joseph's wagons transformed Jacob in a most remarkable way: "The spirit of Jacob their father revived" (Gen. 45:27), and he became known as Israel (v. 28), the new name the Lord gave him when he prevailed at the ford of Jabbok years earlier. That is the first time the word revive is used in the Bible. Just as seeing the wagons Joseph sent sparked revival and restoration in the house of Jacob, the reality of the substance in the five wagons in my encounter can revive everyone who accesses them. Just as God sent Joseph ahead of them twenty-two years before, He sent Jesus before us and has provided everything we need. Believing the message of His provision in those five wagons has the potential to revive you and your family and to release revival to our nation. God is restoring hope! That early morning as I struggled in my hotel room, my experience became a harbinger. A harbinger is a forerunner, a person or thing that announces the approach of something significant. Being caught up under the wing of the Great Eagle and discovering the five wagons of God's unique provision for our generation was a harbinger indeed — a harbinger of hope!CHAPTER 2
The Five Wagons
Joseph is an important type of the Lord Jesus, one of the clearest in all the Old Testament. Bible commentators have identified more than sixty similarities the two share. For instance, the disciples thought Jesus was dead; He was not only alive but Lord of all. For years Jacob thought Joseph was dead, but he was alive and, except for Pharaoh, lord of all Egypt. Both Jesus and Joseph were hated by their brethren, were sorely tempted yet prevailed, involuntarily taken to Egypt, stripped of their robes, sold for the price of a slave, falsely accused, wrongly caused to suffer, exalted after suffering, gracious to forgive those who wronged them, rescuers of their people, loved by and obedient to their fathers, and were both faithful servants. Jesus released the reviving power of the Holy Spirit to the world that continues to this day, while Joseph revived the household of Jacob when he sent the wagons to his father. Joseph not only saved their lives but preserved the lineage of the Messiah.
Even though Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and suffered great difficulties because of their jealousy, he loved his family. At least six different times in Genesis 45 he reassured them of his love and commitment to restore them and provide a new and better life for them: "Please come near to me" (v. 4); "God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not tarry" (v. 9); "You shall be near to me, you and your children, your children's children" (v. 10); "There I will provide for you" (v. 11); "You shall hurry and bring my father down here" (v. 13); "Moreover he kissed all his brothers and wept over them" (v. 15). Then in chapter 47 it says, "Then Joseph provided his father, his brothers, and all his father's household with bread" (Gen. 47:12).
Joseph demonstrated an extraordinarily redemptive heart toward his brothers. Jesus is the "greater Joseph." As forgiving as the compassionate words of Joseph are, they are but a shallow picture of the compassion Jesus feels toward each of us. Joseph lived for his brothers and his father. Jesus died for His enemies. Can you hear the Master's pleas in Joseph's simple words? Just as Jacob revived when he heard the words of Joseph, saw the camels bearing abundant provision, and the great wagons sent to take them to the safety of Egypt, we, too, will revive as we believe the good news of Jesus and see the amazing resources of heaven He has provided for us. This abundant provision is what God revealed to me in the five wagons of my encounter.
Wagon One: Deliverance from Deserved Consequences
The first wagon I saw was filled with provision for deliverance from deserved consequences. Jesus loves people so much that He wants to set them free from the deserved effects of their bad choices and decisions, even their deliberate ones. The prophet Isaiah accurately portrayed the heart of Jesus many years before His earthly pilgrimage when he proclaimed, "He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities" (Isa. 53:11 kjv).
Perhaps you did the wrong thing, you made the wrong choice — yes, you sinned — but Jesus wants to set you free from what you deserve and deliver you from the consequences of your actions. He paid an exorbitant price to redeem us. He will not stop until we have fully received all He has for us.
Wagon Two: Deliverance from Criticism and the Critical Spirit
The second wagon in my vision contained provision for deliverance from criticism and the critical spirit. We need to be delivered from both to fulfill our purpose in life. Spoken words have power, and criticism has damaged many people. Being critical of others is equally destructive to those who criticize. Jesus warned that we would be condemned to the same degree that we continue to condemn others. Jesus can deliver wounded people from both the effects of other people's criticisms and from being critical themselves.(Continues…)
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Table of Contents
Foreword Bill Johnson xiii
Part 1 Harbinger Of Hope
Chapter 1 My Prophetic Encounter 3
Chapter 2 The Five Wagons 11
Part 2 Wagon One: Deliverance From Deserved Consequences
Chapter 3 Experiencing God's Deliverance and Restoration 19
Chapter 4 Much More than We Know 25
Part 3 Wagon Two: Deliverance From Criticism And The Critical Spirit
Chapter 5 Destroyer of Hope 37
Chapter 6 Know Who You Are 47
Chapter 7 To Be and to Do 59
Chapter 8 Enemy of Hope 69
Part 4 Wagon Three: Abundant Hope
Chapter 9 Prisoners of Hope 79
Chapter 10 Hopelessness 95
Chapter 11 Hope Restored 101
Part 5 Wagon Four: Unlimited Provision
Chapter 12 Accessing the Blessings of Heaven 113
Chapter 13 The Power of the Holy Spirit 123
Part 6 Wagon Five: A New Vision For The United States
Chapter 14 Draw Near to God 139
Chapter 15 The Power of Forgiveness 149
Part 7 The Next Great Awakening
Chapter 16 The Coming Harvest 161
Chapter 17 Anointed to Serve 177
About the Author 187