On July 1, 1985, at about 7 a.m. that Monday morning, the Lord gave me a vision of the coming harvest.
As was my usual custom then, each morning I would go to a secluded place not far from our house where a railroad track ran. Back then it was total privacy with no houses or buildings, whereas now it’s built up extensively so.
At any rate, I took my Bible with me as I always did and studied it for a while, and then I went to prayer.
I would walk down the track for about a half mile or more and then walk back. I did this every morning in those days.
All of a sudden as I walked and prayed, everything around me changed. It seemed like I could see a cotton field stretching in every direction as far as the eye could see. As well, there was such a harvest that there were no green leaves on the stalks; rather it was cotton everywhere that you could see.
I then looked to my left, which was east, and I saw a storm coming that was unlike anything I had ever seen. The clouds were as black as ink, and lightning cut its swaths through the heavens. I knew if the crop of cotton wasn’t gathered quickly, it would be lost in the coming storm. Then for the first time, the Spirit of the Lord spoke to my heart.
Thus Saith The Lord
The Lord told me that He would hold back the storm for a short period until the harvest could be gathered. And then He said, “I have called other ministries for certain localities of the world, but I have called your ministry for the entirety of the world.” Then He said, “It’s the only ministry that I have labeled in this direction.” He followed that by saying, “Don’t fail Me, because there is none other to take your place.”
Knowing what the Lord had said to me, I did my best with all of our people to do exactly what He said do, yet I feel like I failed. We were able to get the telecast on in what was then the Soviet Union, which resulted in a tremendous harvest of souls, and we were on other places as well, but not to the extent that I felt it had to be to gather in this last harvest.
In prayer a few months ago, the Lord renewed that vision to me. It was as if I had seen it for the first time. He then spoke this to my heart: “The commission that I gave you on July 1, 1985, is still in force. Get it done.”
I cannot tell you how I felt. I was amazed, even shocked at the words the Lord gave to me. That’s the reason we do what we do. That’s the reason we are attempting, as God opens the doors to put the television network on all over the world. I have to do it. Each and every one of you is an integral part of this, and I’m speaking of the fulfillment of this vision.
After the vision was completed, I wondered about it—why did the Lord show me vast fields of cotton, when normally it’s a wheat field to suggest the harvest of souls? The Holy Spirit brought back to me the following words of our Saviour: “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest” (Jn. 4:35).
I repeat again what the Lord said to me: “The commission that I gave you on July 1, 1985, on that Monday morning is still in force. Get it done.”
As the great apostle Paul said: “I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19).