The vision that I am going to share with you here has been upon my heart for several days now. To be honest, I felt like I needed to wait and pray for the right time to even write about this and share with others.
As things in our nation continue to look very challenging with no end in sight, I felt a release from the Lord to go ahead and share what I saw in an open vision recently while speaking at a local church in Alabama. Please pray about what you are about to read.
Three weeks ago, I was in Dothan, Alabama, where I was scheduled to speak over the weekend at a church. The first gathering was on a Saturday night, and I was asked to address a group of leaders from within this local congregation.
This is a common thing that I am often asked to do during my times of ministry around the world, and I was blessed and excited to do this per the request of the pastor. I also had a great expectation regarding the deep work that would take place in the hearts of the people gathered on this night.
The gathering was actually larger than I had anticipated, and I began to pray intently during the time of worship while asking the Lord to anoint the theme that He had placed upon my heart to deliver. This was somewhat normal for me to do, but the burden I felt that night during the worship time was definitely stronger than what I am accustomed to, especially just before I begin to speak.
As the worship continued this Saturday evening, I literally began to experience the tangible presence of God as my entire being was being impacted by the weight of God's glory. It was immediately after this happened and while I was still experiencing this supernatural phenomenon that I had an open vision that lasted for several minutes and caused me to experience a deep burden from the Lord.
Let me say that the vision that God gave me this night seemed to me as though it were completely out of left field, especially in the setting I was in, as well as with regard to what was upon my heart to share with the group of leaders that had gathered. In other words, what the Lord showed me had literally nothing to do with what I was prepared to speak on.
However, I knew immediately that what I saw was clearly from the Lord. I have had multiple open visions over the last 34 years, and I recognized this supernatural experience as something that was clearly from the Lord Himself. Let me share with you what the Lord showed me on this night.
I beheld President Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. standing in what appeared to be a park-like setting. The lawn was manicured, the trees were beautiful and pruned to perfection. There were also benches around the perimeter.
The place that I was seeing in this vision was a place that had been prepared with great care. It seemed to me like the setting was literally created and chosen by God to host what I was experiencing in this open vision.
Upon seeing President Lincoln and Dr. King, I realized both of these men were struggling with all their might to come together in a physical way as if to embrace one another. By this I mean that they appeared to be at least 25 yards or so apart, but they were battling with all of their might to get to each other in order to embrace.
Despite their relentless efforts to come together, it seemed to me as though there were a very strong force field that kept them separated. The force field was so strong that they literally had no ability to make any progress at all in their effort to join one another.
The next thing I beheld was that both of these strong men became so overwhelmed emotionally and physically that they wept aloud and fell to the ground as their strength was completely gone.
Upon seeing these men fall to the ground in tears, I felt as if I were experiencing their emotions and exhaustion myself. This was so real to me that it seemed to be tangible. The feeling was as if there were no hope and nothing could remove or even weaken the force field. Hopelessness was reverberating in this vision.
While viewing President Lincoln and Dr. King in their states of exhaustion and tears, something drastic happened that changed everything. To be honest, I felt the change in the vision before I saw who would appear next. What I mean by this is that I felt the power of the force field subside before I even knew why this was happening.
What happened next is that I beheld a figure standing before both men, clothed in an ancient robe with his head bowed and his arms open as if he were gesturing both men to come to Him. I knew immediately that this was Jesus and that His power had destroyed the force field that kept them apart.
Upon seeing Jesus, I then beheld President Lincoln and Dr. King immediately arise from their fallen position, and their strength (physically and emotionally) was completely restored. Again, I could literally feel what they were both feeling as I was engulfed in this supernatural vision while great strength infused my own being.
As President Lincoln and Dr. King arose, both of them moved very quickly as if they were sprinting towards the Lord. As they both reached Him, they embraced Him vigorously, and He in turn embraced them as well.
As the three of them embraced I sensed a great level of freedom, resolve, peace and success. I knew that this represented the fulfillment of a vision for change that President Lincoln carried, as well as a dream for the fulfillment of Lincoln's vision that Dr. King carried.
As the open vision closed, the Lord showed me the following important things that must be prayed about:
- President Lincoln and his Emancipation Proclamation represents a genuine effort that was used to bring freedom and change to African Americans and the enslavement they were forced to live in.
- King and his efforts to further Lincoln's quest represent progress. However, there are still challenges that exist.
- The force field represents a multiplicity of demonic efforts enlisted to hijack the progress that has been made regarding race relations in America, especially since The Civil Rights Act of 1964. These demonic forces include confusion, deception, hatred, racial tensions, misconceptions, disunity and so on.
- The appearing of Jesus represents the fact that He is the only one who can bring healing and resolve in the challenging matters that we are facing as a nation. To look elsewhere is foolish and frivolous.
In closing, let me implore you to pray for our nation. We are in the midst of a very challenging season that will not find reprieve and resolve through the government, demonstrations (peaceful and violent), new laws, restructuring law enforcement, upcoming elections and more.
The only hope for America is Jesus, and His power that alone can change the human heart. Our nation has a sin problem, and only the Blood of Jesus will help!
Keith Collins is the founder of Generation Impact Ministries and Impact Global Fellowship. He is actively involved in itinerant ministry, teaching and writing. In recent years, Keith served as the president of the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry and as the director of FIRE School of Ministry, which were both born out of the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, Florida. His recent book, Samuel's Arising: Waking Up to God's Prophetic Call, is now available on Amazon, and his podcast, titled Maintain the Flame, can be heard on iTunes and at cpnshows.com. You can contact Keith via his websites at keith-collins.org or impactgf.org.
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