The inaugural night of the Fire & Glory Tour kicked off under the tent tonight in Ft Meyers, Florida. An area recently ravaged by a terrible hurricane, now being ravaged by the Spirit of God. It was a powerful night of worship and a great word from God to the church delivered by Pastor Lance Wallnau.
As has become customary at so many of the Living Proof tent events, the people showed up early and hungry for God. The tent was full and worship began nearly an hour before the posted start time.
As the people worshipped many continued to arrive at the tent. Soon they had to raise the sides of the tent to accommodate hundreds of additional chairs. There must have been about 2,500 people in attendance.
Mario took the pulpit and greeted the people. He told how the tent was sanctified in the fire of California, and how tens of thousands were saved under this very tent. And then announced it was now time for Fire and Glory in Florida. The people lifted up a shout of praise that roared through the tent.
Mario asked the question, what is the specific purpose of this tour and these two nights? He said, “I’ve never known my country to be in more danger than right now. Never known a time where in the beltway of Washington D.C. there is no Democrat or Republican, just an elite ruling force. And they need to be put out of business. We need to pray them out.”
He went on to tell the people we have lost so many battles in the conservative and Christian movement. And that one of the things God has put on us is to discover why we lost these battles.
He said, “To explain Fire and Glory, America needs a miracle. But we have dropped the ball because we have been afraid. Afraid to tell them to repent and that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God.”
Finally, he shared a quote from Lord of the Rings where Gandalf said, “The battle for Helm’s Deep is over. The battle for Middle-Earth is just beginning. All our hopes now rest on the shoulders of two little hobbits, somewhere in the wilderness.” And told the people that is who they are. That they may feel unimportant to the story, but that Fire and Glory is here to say the Hero’s of God are going to rise up and bring this nation back to Jesus.
And then he invited Lance Wallnau to take the stage.
Lance began saying, “Our country is in a crisis and the last thing we need is some pre-packaged formula that doesn’t work. We need to have humility to say what we have been doing hasn’t been working.”
He talked about the event being in the tent rather than the arena, and identified two prophetic things this respresents:
1. God did not want this in the arena. He wants it in something that symbolizes the movement. The final restoration of the church will be the recovery of the tabernacle, or tent, of David where the Ark of God is accessible.
2. The tent is in a church parking lot. The church has got to come out of the building in order to do the work.
He said being here in Florida now, after the storm, is by God’s leading. That after the storm comes the winds of God. And that they more than any other can appreciate how God feels about the condition of His house which is lying in ruin.
He talked about how we have all these programs and infrastructure within our church, but have not moved the needle in our own nation. Its not the outward architecture, its in the people.
He asked what kind of house does God want? He wants a house that is capable of contending with hell in this nation.
He then told the story of when David returned the Ark of God from the Philistines. How he had a special cart constructed and special oxen selected to pull the cart. But while they were celebrating the return of God’s presence to their midst, by singing and dancing and worshipping, something happened. The oxen stumbled and the driver reached back to steady the Ark. When his hand touched the Ark he was struck down dead.
Later David learned from his advisors the failure. The Ark was only supposed to ever be carried on the shoulders of the Levites. Because the presence of God was never intended to be carried on a man made platform. The kingdom of God rests on His shoulders and we are His priests.
He went on to talk about how to reach our nation on God’s platform, not our man-made platforms. He talked about the gates of Hell existing at the various points of culture that they want to control. And we need to step into those places and take back control.
It was a powerful message not only to kick off the first night of the tour but to the greater church of America. We must take back our nation but we can only do it in the ways God leads us.
At the end of the message Lance brought Mario back up to the stage to lead an call for lost souls. At first the response seemed minimal, it appeared to be a mostly God fearing crowd. But when Mario asked them to come to the front of the tent it quickly filled with people coming from every direction.
It was a beautiful site to see hundreds of lost souls find their way back to God. As the Father was calling them and the Holy Spirit was convicting them they were rushing to the front, many openly weeping as they repeated the prayer of Salvation.
It was quite a night under the tent and I expect the second night to be even better. God is on the move and He wants His church to move with Him.
If you missed this first night I encourage you to watch the replay of the live stream. It would be even better if you could experience God’s presence in person. There is still one more day of this leg of the tour, Tuesday, December 6 at 7pm. Don’t miss it