Shepherd’s_Rod_1995
(Day of Atonement)
Visions given to Bob Jones written by Keith Davis


A Call To Intercession
The first thing that I saw was a call to intercession by the church. That call to intercession came in the form of two witnesses, Anna and Simeon - Luke 2:25-37.

Anna whose name means " favor" or "full of grace", is a type of the intercessor with the revelatory gifting staying before the Lord day and night calling on the Lord for the promise of God.  The scripture the Lord gave for this reference was Psalm 111:10 stating the prerequisite or foundation begins with the reverential fear and worship of the Lord.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do {His commandments}  His praise endures forever.  Ps 111:10

The name Simeon means "to hear" or "hearing with acceptance".   He represents the “Word priest” or the “anointed priest” with the promised word. Simeon had received a word  from the Lord and believed that word to its fulfillment.  The scriptures declare that he was a righteous and devout man...meaning that he cautiously and carefully observed the divine law looking for the fulfillment of God's promise. Simeon who kept the lamp of prophesy burning when religion was at a low ebb in Israel knew the voice speaking in the prophets of old, and obeyed the light he saw.

By these two witnesses we have Anna representing the Spirit and Simeon representing the anointed word.  These two will bear witness of a new release of the Spirit for a “double winner” in the same way Jerusalem means double peace.

This is what some have referred to as the establishing of the kingdom of God or the rule of God.  This year will be the beginning of a new thing that the Lord is going to do.

It will be a year of the doubles - double trouble for those in the world and double peace for those who commit themselves to Christ.  


The Coming Judgements          
The next thing I saw we were in a ship with Jesus while storms were raging all around us, yet in the midst of these storms He is declaring to us "Peace-Peace" calling us to stay in the boat for only in the boat will we have security from the storms.  He said this will be a year of extraordinary storms from many directions and He emphasized John 14:27 as our refuge.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you, not as the world gives, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

The Lord said the storms will come against us in two ways.  They will come against our spirit, soul, and body, - which is what we are.  Secondly, the storms will come against us financially, socially, emotionally, and sexually, - which is what we do. 

We are warned in I John 2:15-17 not to love the world nor the things in the world.  For if we love the world and the things of the world then the love of the Father is not in us.  During this year we must begin to ask the Holy Spirit to purge from us the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and boastful pride of life for these are not from the Father but are a part of the world.  These things in the world will come under judgement and will be openly displayed as futility and vanity of vanities.

A great variety of storms will rage against each of these areas of our life.  However, the Lord is saying if we will submit ourselves to Him then we will escape the storms -  James 4:7-8.

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you  sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

This judgement will produce lunar storms in the heavens, storms on the earth, and storms in the earth.  These storms will come in a variety of ways such as;  financial storms, war storms, polar bear storms, wind, hail, sleet, ice, tornadoes, famines, pestilence, and inter-city storms, just to name a few.  This country will see double trouble this year, and the years to follow, in order to try the people on earth.  However, the Lord is also offering double peace for those that will come to Him and hearken to His voice.  Double-peace will produce wholeness, completeness, harmony, health, prosperity, rest, safety, welfare, tranquility.


The Lord's Consolation During Judgement
Following this description of the various judgements the Lord then gave me the highest revelation that He brought during this Shepherd's Rod.  The audible voice of the Lord came forth speaking to me in Spanish saying "Como estas ustedes, friends".  I had to call some of my Spanish speaking friends to interpret this phrase.  It means "How are you, friends?"   This was the highest revelation He gave and emphasizes the important message for this upcoming year.  This spoken word along with "Peace-Peace" are the two highest revelations that He brought for His people. 

The Lord is affectionately asking His people this question, "How are you doing, my friends?"  Through this expression Jesus is communicating His loving concern for His people, the purchase of His blood.

This shall be the year of the friend, disciples that are partakers of His divine nature.  For His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and Godliness.

For we have received His precious and magnificent promises by which we become partakers of His divine nature having escaped the corruption of this world and its lusts -   

II Peter 1:3-4.

Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent  promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of {the} divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

A friend is someone who is a close companion or comrade.  Those having a reciprocal relationship or mutual exchange one with another.  Exodus 33:11 states the Lord spoke to Moses face to face as a friend speaks to a friend.

A friend is also one that the Lord loves and can trust.  I Cor. 4:1-2 calls us not only to be stewards of the mysteries and power of God but to also be trustworthy stewards.  The Lord must be able to trust His friends with His power and this divine message that is going to be delivered to the people.  For those that are mature and trustworthy this will be a season of visitation.

The friend of the bride-groom is one who assists in the planning and arranging of the soon coming marriage.  Even with storms raging all around us we will say, "all is well with my soul as long as Jesus is my friend."  These will not care anything about the famine, the pestilence, and the storms as long as they have Jesus for their friend.


Restoration To The Church
The friends of Christ will then begin to restore that which has been stolen from the church - Zechariah 9:12.  The Lord is even going to begin to restore that which has been stolen from individuals.  Past relationships that the devil has destroyed will begin to be restored.  Relationships destroyed by rumors, gossip, and propaganda will supernaturally be mended by the Lord during this year.

The restorer of the breach will restore with a Spirit of Truth and a new wall of protection will be constructed to surround the true church.  The Lord is the restorer of the breach and the repairer of the broken walls, the restorer of streets and dwellings -Isaiah 58:12.

"And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age-old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.”

The Lord said that He is going to restore the breach then carry the battle to the enemy gates and invade his cities helping those that once failed to find their rightful place in the body of Christ.  We will begin to find those of our brethren that have fallen and we will begin to restore them into a new walk with Christ.


Today If You Hear His Voice, Harden Not Your Heart
Psalm 95:7-10, Zechariah 1 and Hebrews  3 will be strongly emphasized during this season.  The Lord is preparing to speak and the voice of God is about to be heralded.  Those that hear His voice are warned not to harden their hearts as was done in the day of provocation. 

Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His voice,Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the wilderness;"When your fathers tested me, they tried me, though they had seen My work."For forty years I loathed {that} generation, and said they are a people who err in their heart, and they do not know My ways.  "Therefore I swore in My anger, truly they shall not enter into My rest."      Ps 95 6:11

Today if you hear His voice, harden not your heart.  We are the sheep of His pasture and His sheep know His voice.  We must circumcise ourselves to the Lord and remove the foreskin of our hearts - Jeremiah 4:4. 

This nation saw the power and heard the voice of God in a mighty way during the late 40's and early 50's.  He even sent a vindicated prophet across this country calling this nation to repentance confirming His word with mighty miracles signs and wonders.**  The Lord spoke to this nation calling her to reject manmade teachings and traditions that denied the leadership of the Holy Spirit, but America hardened her heart and would not receive His voice in the same way that Israel would not receive the leadership of God and insisted upon having a king.

It has now been forty years since the Lord sent His prophet to declare an indictment against this nation - Hebrews 3:19.  Now He is giving us Zechariah 1:4 and Psalms 95:8-9 as a double witness declaring, today if you hear His voice do not harden your heart as was done in the prior generation. 

A simple examination of the events that have taken place during the past forty years clearly demonstrate the Lord's displeasure with this nation.  It shall be forgiven if we will embrace His voice and the Spirit of Truth that is soon to be manifested.

Those who harden their hearts are said to be people who err in their heart and do not know His ways - Psalm 95:10.  They draw near to Him with their words and honor Him with their lip service but they remove their hearts far from Him and their reverence consists of tradition learned by the mechanical repetition of words without regard to their meaning - Isaiah 29:13.

The Lord is saying for the wicked to forsake his ways and the unrighteous man his thoughts and return to the Lord for He is compassionate and gracious and will abundantly pardon - Isaiah 55:7.

This is the covenant that the Lord will make with us during these days.  He will put His law in our hearts and will write His word upon our minds and our sins and lawless deeds He will remember no longer - Hebrews 10:16.  In other words, our embracing of man-made doctrines and traditions will be forgiven and the teaching for doctrine the precepts of men shall be forgiven if we will receive His voice and the Spirit of Truth.  Abraham believed God and it was imputed unto him for righteousness and he was called the friend of God - James 2:23.


The Zadok Priesthood
This year will begin the unveiling of the Zadok priesthood as shown in Ezekiel 44.  Zadok was a priest - judge showing once again the impartation of the double anointing.  Zadok represented the inspired Word of God, which is the only standard by which the people can be judged.  Zadok exemplifies the remnant that remains true to the Word of God even when the multitudes were embracing the doctrines of men.

This priest-judge anointing will produce the cleansing light or “living light” teaching the people the difference between the common and the profane.. the clean from the unclean.

These priests will be like those found in Malachi 2:6-7.  True instruction will be in their mouth and unrighteousness will not be found on their lips.  They will turn many back from iniquity, the embracing of man-made doctrines, and will preserve knowledge.  Instruction will resound from their mouth for they will be the messengers of the Lord.

These leaders with the priest anointing to proclaim the inspired Word of God will teach many youths’ how to “hallow” themselves before the Lord and will pioneer a strong spiritual cleansing - Jeremiah 33:8.

The Lord is saying he is going to visit places He has visited previously and if He finds Himself welcome, He will then remain.  However, He said He is going to visit them in "camel skinned" people - I Cor. 1:26-27.  These will be non-traditional, non-churchy people that must be identified according to the spirit and not according to the flesh - (II Cor. 5:16).  These bond-servants will not express persuasive words of mens wisdom but in the demonstration of the Spirit and in power extracting the precious from the profane, teaching by the Spirit of Truth - Leviticus 10:10.

Then He said this, "See the smiths of the Lord at work, by My Spirit says the Lord".  These are the smiths or workmen found in Zechariah 1:20-21.  These workmen will be forming new weapons and will be armed out of the heavenly armory sent forth to beat down the horns of the enemy or the power of the enemy.  These smiths or workmen are soon emerging to terrorize the powers of the enemy and cause them to be panic stricken, casting out the powers of the nations that lifted up their strength against God's people.  We will begin to see this starting to take shape this year.

We will then see a strong spirit of conviction coming to the body of Christ causing many to wash their garments or robes and prepare themselves for service.  Their scripture will be Isaiah 62:3.

You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.


The Emerging Of The Four War Horses
The Lord then gave Acts 21:9 and Zechariah 1:8 and showed the coming forth of the four red war horses using Philip and his four virgin daughters as spiritual types of these war horses.

Now this man had four virgin daughters who were prophetesses.--Acts 21:9

I saw at night, and behold, a man was riding on a red horse, and he was standing among the myrtle trees which were in the ravine, with red, sorrel, and white horses behind him.-- Zech 1:8

Philip's name actually means "the lovers of horses", and we see him as a powerful evangelist whose ministry touched the nations as demonstrated through the Ethiopian eunuch.  Jeremiah12:5 states, if footmen have wearied the world - how much more shall horsemen?  Meaning, the power that the world has seen will be nothing compared to that which is coming.

The red horse denotes war in the heavenlies by way of intercession or inspired prayer which will produce power evangelism.  Philip's four virgin daughter's represent the red war horses of intercession and inspired prayer.

These virgin prophetesses had not been touched by the hands of man implying these war horses have not embraced the doctrines and precepts of men.  These female intercessors will provide inspired prayer that will produce divinely granted repentance resulting in power evangelism, especially among the youth.  A token of this truth can be seen in the recent meeting in California where Ricky Skaggs and others ministered to 144,000 youth resulting in 12,600 commitments to Christ.  This call to intercession will produce more meetings like this in the coming years.

It is little wonder we see Philip in Acts chapter 8 ministering in great power evangelizing the territory.  He had four daughters pulling down the gates of the enemy through intercession producing repentance on the part of the people and power evangelism through Philip.

I then saw it coming forth in the order of Samson, whose name means "little sun".  Samson had a little of the son in Him and lived at a time when the people did what was right in their own sight - (Judges 17:6).  The law or the inspired Word of God was ignored during that period of time, much like it is today.

I saw "Samson's" arising carrying away the gates of the city.  City gates spoken of in the Bible were symbols of power and authority.  In Genesis 22:17 God told Abraham his descendants would possess the gates of their enemies.  We will see these leaders carrying away the gates of the city Gaza which means "strong" or " stronghold of the enemy".

These anointed leaders will take up the gates of the city or the strongholds of the enemy and carry them to Hebron which is a place of communion or alliance and is where God changed Abram's name to Abraham and where Abraham received the promise of God for the chosen seed, Isaac. 

Once the city gates have been destroyed then the war horses can enter in to do battle against the strong enemy.  


Enemy - Ambition, Competition, And Division
I saw these "Samson's" pulling up the gates of Gaza allowing the Lord to ride in on the backs of red war horses to do battle against our main enemies, ambition, competition, and division.

Ambition is a spirit of strife and selfishness condemned by the apostle Paul in II Cor. 12:20.  This type behavior is alien to the Spirit of Christ and inappropriate for Christian believers.   Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing...But the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace - James 3:16-18.

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.  But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.   And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

The apostle Paul identified the spirit of competition and jealousy among the Corinthian believers and called it fleshly immaturity and destructive to growth in Christ - (I Cor. 3:3).  He reminded them that no foundation is laid but that which is Christ Jesus and each man's work should build upon that foundation by the Holy Spirit.  Fleshly thoughts and motives result only in division.

Division is simply defined as dissension or schisms and is normally the result of strife and selfish ambition.  The Lord calls for agreement without divisions among us so that we can be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgement - (I Cor. 1:10).

The Lord is saying our main enemies are ambition and division and He is going to anoint His leaders to pull down these strongholds of ambition and division allowing the war horses to enter into the cities producing Psalm 133.

The Bible declares that where brethren dwell together in unity, there the Lord will command the blessings and it will be as the anointing oil poured upon Aaron's head.

The Lord is saying that we must be slow to anger and maintain control of our spirit - Proverbs 16:32 and Proverbs 25:28.  The Lord is emphasizing that we must not join our self with anyone who does not have a bridled tongue.  We will become accountable for the words that we speak and for those that we allow ourselves to receive from others.


General Comments
This year we'll see sizeable job loss among women.  Many of these women that have been waiting to start a family will now do so on their unemployment compensation.  This will be a year of great insecurity among women resulting in much mental stress especially among women that do not know Christ.  Their nature is to seek security and comfort yet this job upheaval will produce an open door for Satan to enter in with fear.  If we see fear entering in among believer's we must quickly shut that door and not give opportunities to Satan.

Men on the other hand are gamblers by nature and will be willing to take a chance on Jesus, which is called faith. This will be the year of men and of faith.  We are already beginning to see the effects of this through, "Promise Keeper's" and other men's meetings around the country that have drawn thousands of men to repentance and the restoration of their faith. 

The Lord is saying that our minds will be offended so that we can begin to listen to our spirit man.  He is going to offend our minds to reveal our hearts this year.  The Lord will use this method to awaken the spirit man to become especially effective in evangelism through those that He anoints.  I asked Him to give me an example  and He brought to mind that 29 people were saved on Labor Day in Panama City through unconventional methods that He anointed.  These are the things that He is anointing so we must be careful not to judge them according to the flesh but by the Spirit -  II Cor. 5:16.

Terrorism will begin to change shapes during this year and will become even more frightening than in the past.  If a person does not know Jesus Christ this will be a year of "grin and bear it".  For those that do not know the Lord this year it will be hell on earth.  A person without Christ will be doing all they can just to survive.

The Lord said there is going to be a strong move of the Spirit among the Spanish people.  I've been waiting to hear that for some time and I was especially pleased that the Lord spoke audibly to me in the Spanish dialect.  This seemed to emphasize the Lord's interest and desire to move among the Spanish.

Psalms 75:10 says all  the horns of the wicked He will cut off, but the righteous will be lifted up.  This will be a year to embrace Christ and the Cross and begin to experience the full atonement that His precious blood purchased even in the midst of great storms that will cover this nation.

Last year the judgements began in three areas, political, geophysical, and financial.  He is saying those judgements will continue through this year and will be amplified over the previous year.

When the kingdom of God came to this earth in the person of Jesus Christ, our Lord quoted Isaiah 61:1-2 proclaiming the acceptable year of the Lord.  We will now begin to see in this coming of the kingdom the remaining fulfillment of verse 2, the day of vengeance of our God and to comfort those that mourn.  In fact, we have already begun to see the coming of this kingdom in mid-July with the judgements that came to this nation and with the signs in the heavenlies that were seen. 

The Lord also said to me to watch Santa Rosa.  He did not say anything specific to watch for, only to watch.

**    On January 16, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois, Bro. William Branham at the direction of the Holy Spirit announced, "America turns down her opportunity".  At that time the Lord instructed this prophet to announce to this nation that she had been a great nation but she had turned down the gospel message and rejected the truth and now faced certain judgement as was shown to Bro. Branham in a vision.  He went on to prophesy that America would eventually elect a president that would be a, "stylish, playboy type of a man, a real ladies man and because of the woman's vote would be elected to office".  Only a few short years later a president was elected into office meeting these exact credentials.

When Israel rejected her opportunity to enter into God's rest she was required to return to the wilderness to wander 40 years for the remainder of that  generation.  Yet while in the wilderness Israel continued to experience God's manifested power by the pillar of fire by night and the cloud by day, eating manna from heaven and drinking water from the smitten rock.  It was during this period of time that Moses supernaturally received the revelation of God's word speaking with the Lord face to face as a friend.   Yet they everyone died in the wilderness, with the exception of Joshua and Caleb, and the following generation had to return to Kadesh-Barnea under the leadership of Joshua in order to enter into God's rest.

The End

Many thanks to Bob Jones and Keith Davis for permission to post this article.


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