A PROPHETIC DREAM FORETELLING THE RESTORATION OF THE VISION
During the night of Thursday, October 27th, 2005, one year before the founding of FGBMFA, a pastor in South Bend, Indiana, who had attended several previous Full Gospel Business Men’s meetings in the 1970’s, experienced a very vivid dream, which he felt held Prophetic significance for the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship.
The next morning, as the pastor pondered the dream, it was still so fresh and clear in his spirit that he called Dr. Terry Peters, one of our FGBMFA Directors and the only Full Gospel Business Man that he knew, and related to him the dream that he received the evening before:
In the dream, Pastor Mario Villela was attending a funeral service. When the pastor peered into the casket he recognized Demos Shakarian, the founder of the Fellowship, lying in the casket. Demos looked old, his body gaunt, his skin was wrinkled, and his body was deformed. Then he saw Demos begin to stir- slowly he rose up, stepped out of the casket and began to walk slowly toward the pastor. As he came toward Pastor Mario, his outward appearance began to change- he became younger and stronger, and he began to smile. As he drew near to Pastor Mario, he opened his arms wide and gave the pastor a warm embrace. Then the dream ended and Pastor Mario woke up, but he couldn’t get the dream out of his mind; he was sure that it contained a message for the Full Gospel Business Men.
God used this dream to encourage both Dr. Terry Peters and I by showing us that His Original Vision for our Fellowship is not dead- it has not yet been fulfilled and our Fellowship will rise again.
But at the present time, many of our chapters are like the body of Demos, rising up out of the casket. God is putting new life into them. When I heard Pastor Mario’s dream, it reminded me of Chapter 37 in the Book of Ezekiel in which the prophet describes the Nation of Israel as a “valley of dead bones”; this description seems a fitting picture of the Fellowship. Many of our chapters are dead bones- the Spirit has departed, we have lost our way and we have departed from the God-given Vision. We are like the body of Demos, as in Pastor Mario’s Villela’s dream. We must return to the original Vision- that of “bringing men” into the Kingdom of God.
Then the Lord set the prophet Ezekiel in the valley of dead bones, And the Lord commanded Ezekiel to speak to the bones and say, “Hear the Word of the Lord, this is what the Lord God says to these bones: Surely I will cause breath to enter you and you shall live, and I will join you together, and cause flesh to grow on you and cover you with skin, and put breath in you and make you come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” I spoke to the bones as I was told. And as I spoke, the bones came together, bone to bone, and muscles and ligaments held them together, and flesh grew on them, and skin appeared over the flesh, but there was no spirit in them.
Then the Lord said, “Speak to the breath in my Name, and command it to cause these bodies to come to life.” So I spoke to the breath as I was told and as I spoke, breath came into them and they came to life, an exceeding great Army.”
A MODEL FOR OUR PRAYERS
In an article in the March 2006 issue of “Word of Faith” magazine, the late Kenneth Hagin relates how, in 1942, he was led to pray for the gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit. He said that his church never had a service in which the verbal gifts didn’t manifest, and they had an ample manifestation of the revelation gifts, but they didn’t experience many manifestations of the power gifts.
So Brother Hagin began to pray for a greater manifestation of the power gifts. He would start by praying in English, but in about 15 minutes, he had prayed everything that his mind knew how to pray, so then he would say, “I trust the Holy Ghost, Who is living inside me, to give me an utterance to pray about this and anything else that God wants me to pray about.” Then he would spend the rest of the hour praying in tongues.
He prayed this way for some three months, and then the Lord said to him, “At the close of the World War II, there will come a revival of divine healing to America.”That healing revival started in 1947. The founder of the Fellowship, Demos Shakarian, became involved in that revival by sponsoring meetings for the healing evangelists who were involved in that revival. That revival ushered in the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship.
WE ARE IN A TIME SIMILAR TO THE TIME GOD FIRST POURED OUT HIS SPIRIT UPON THE FELLOWSHIP
Ezekiel lived in a time not unlike our own; the priests could not distinguish between what was holy and unholy. The businessmen were receiving dishonest gain. The prophets were saying, “thus says the Lord”, when the Lord had not spoken, and God’s people were involved in all types of worldly activities.
It was in this time that God said to Ezekiel, “I looked for a man to stand in the gap of the wall, who would intercede on behalf of the land.”(Ezekiel Chapter 22) Men, if we will humble ourselves and pray and seek God’s Face, and if we will place our hope once again in the work of the Holy Spirit, He will hear our prayer and release a new outpouring of the Spirit upon our Fellowship. I believe that God has called us, the Remnant of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in America, to “stand in the gap” and to intercede for the restoration of the original, God-given Vision to our Fellowship.
Nowhere is a move of God’s Spirit needed more than in our chapters in America. We are like the dry bones of Ezekiel’s vision. Men, it is time for us to repent of our wicked ways, to pray and prophesy the Word of the Lord over our FGBMFA Chapters, and to ask God to once again pour out His Spirit upon our Fellowship. And we humbly ask our Brothers in Africa, Europe, Asia, Canada and other areas of the world, to pray with us and for us- that God will forgive our transgressions and once again pour out the gifts and manifestations of the Spirit upon the men of the Fellowship.
IT WAS THROUGH HIS HOLY SPIRIT THAT GOD ORIGINALLY RELEASED HIS POWER ON THE FELLOWSHIP
The Lord says, “as you return to Me, I will return to you.” (Zechariah 1:3) It is time to “Return to the Lord’s Vision and Mission for His Fellowship”.
Several years ago, before his death, Demos Shakarian said, “…you probably know many of the details about the VISION, but in my spirit, God has shown me that many have missed or forgotten the true SPIRITUAL ROOTS of our early successes. It was through His Holy Spirit that God released HIS POWER in a miraculous way, to start the Fellowship VISION in motion. And it is ONLY through that SAME HOLY SPIRIT that God will take us POWERFULLY into the Future. All our meetings, conventions, seminars and money mean nothing… Without the POWER of the Holy Spirit!” (Page 1, “The Vision Intensified”)
Men, lets once again emphasize the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the importance of praying in the Spirit and our reliance upon His Guidance and His Anointing in every meeting.
SPEND TIME WITH GOD!
Chapter Presidents, Field Representatives, National Directors- spend time with God. Pray like Kenneth Hagin prayed for the gifts and manifestation of the Spirit in 1942. Pray as long as you can in English and then ask the Holy Spirit, Who is living in you, to pray through you in tongues for anything else He wants you to pray about.
Robert W. Bignold, President
Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in America