The Open Door Ministry
Oct 31, 2008
Over 20 years ago revelation spoke of an "Open Door Ministry," based upon Rev. 3:7,
"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this."
This pictures Jesus Christ having the key of David, opening some doors and locking others. The revelation he gave us was about opening doors to send people to other nations with the Gospel of the Kingdom. When we poured out the seven bowls of wine from 2000-2006, we also poured out seven bowls of water to signify the outpouring of the Spirit and the Word. This was and is important, because the Kingdom of God must be built even as Babylon falls.
When we held our Tabernacles conference at the DoubleTree in Denver in Sept. 2005, Vanita brought 7 keys with her. At this conference, these keys were given to seven men representing the sons of God, signifying that God was about to open new doors. Shortly after this, I made a trip to Canada, where Jackie was led to give me a "skeleton key" as well. A skeleton key opens all doors, and we understood this as a prophecy that God would soon be opening up many doors to other nations.
Vanita is from Reading, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania is known as "The KEYstone State." In 2006 she found the Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Reading, PA for our Tabernacles conference, which we held shortly after pouring out the seventh bowl of wine in Babylon, NY. Reading, PA is also near Philadelphia, which is the name of the church in Rev. 3:7 that speaks of the Open Door being set before us.
In putting all of this together, we came to see that God was about to set before us an Open Door Ministry that would include much travel to other nations with the Gospel of the Kingdom. This Gospel is more than just a "Passover" message of personal salvation. It is more than just a "Pentecost" message to get people filled with the Holy Spirit. It is a "Tabernacles" message that presents people with the word to go beyond Pentecost into all the fulness of God (Eph. 3:19).
Moreover, the Gospel of the Kingdom is about establishing on earth the Stone Kingdom prophesied in Daniel 2:35, which, after crushing the Babylonian image on its feet, grows until it fills the whole earth. It is not about preparing one's self for life in heaven (or in a purely spiritual existence). It is about preparing the hearts of the people for life after Babylon, in which the nations will learn the laws of God (Is. 2:2) and apply them by the mind of Christ.
While in Babylon, NY on October 7, 2006, we took note that the final bowl of water marked the start of the "flood" of the Holy Spirit. Ken had the insight that in the days of Noah, the rain fell 40 days, and then the water prevailed upon the earth for another 150 days (Gen. 7:24). This made a total of 190 days.
Since we were in the midst of driving around and pouring out bowls of water and wine, I did not have time to figure out what day this would arrive, but as it turned out, 190 days after Oct. 7, 2006 came to April 15, 2007.
Meanwhile, the Sacramento group felt led to meet in Minneapolis from April 13-15, 2007. They also asked me to rent a 15-person van so that we could go as a group to the headwaters of the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota. They felt that there was a prophetic word to speak there, because on the old Spanish maps, this river was called the River of the Holy Spirit. We drove there on April 15, 2007, precisely 190 days after October 7, 2006.
The number 15 is the biblical number for "New Direction." (See The Biblical Meaning of Numbers from 1 to 40.) Thus, 15 of us went on April 15 to the headwaters of the Mississippi to speak the word establishing the New Direction for the ministry--the Open Door Ministry. Along with this, Ron and I, representing the two doves needed to cleanse lepers, were baptized (sprinkled) with water while standing in the river, according to Lev. 14:7. This was followed by the group partaking of Communion.
We understood from this that God was revealing one of the more basic messages of the Open Door Ministry, as explained in my book, The Laws of the Second Coming. The two doves needed to cleanse lepers speak of the two comings of Christ needed to bring us into immortality. This foundational teaching about both works of Christ, along with the feast days, was to be the primary basis of teaching in the Gospel of the Kingdom.
A few months later, on July 7, 2007 (7-7-7), the movie Evan Almighty was released. It was like a modern story of Noah and the ark, where the main character was told by God to build an ark to prepare for a flood. We found it interesting that when the flood came, everyone (including the ones who wanted to destroy the ark) was saved by getting on board. This was a perfect depiction of the "second flood" (of the Holy Spirit) that I have taught for many years.
Then on August 18 and 19, 2007, we attended meetings just north of Minneapolis, where the weather patterns had prophesied to us a number of times in the past. Ron discerned that this year we would see rain and a possible flood, as a continuation of the flood theme in Evan Almighty. It rained the first day of the meetings (August 18), and Ron said, "If it rains again tomorrow, then we'll know that the flood of the Holy Spirit is about to come."
That night three weather systems converged in southern Minnesota, dumping 17 inches of rain in one town. The official measurement in the 24-hour period was 15.1 inches, eclipsing the old record by over 4 inches. One newspaper headline read: "The Rain Never Quits." We believe this headline prophesied of the Latter Rain of the Holy Spirit that is about to be poured out upon the earth. That is the real significance of the Open Door Ministry.
I was led to ask Mike and Kathy to sew a banner depicting our ministry logo about the two doves on a shield, with the motto: "Truth in Love." They completed this banner in time for it to be planted at the Feast of Tabernacles in September 2007.
Now the history of this banner goes back to 1993 when the concept of the two comings of Christ in Leviticus 14 and 16 was first revealed. Then in February of 2000, before we began to pour out the seven bowls of wine, Dr. Melissa received a vision of a banner being planted in Leslie, Arkansas. We "planted" the banner by the Spirit on Feb. 11, 2000, but it was not until Sept. 16, 2007 that we physically planted the new banner at that location.
In 2007 we held Tabernacles meetings at two different locations. The first meetings were in Leslie, Arkansas on Sept. 14-16, and the second set of meetings were held in Hilo, Hawaii on Sept. 25-27. The banner was planted in both locations, the first signifying the Gospel of the Kingdom being preached in America, and the second signifying the Gospel going out into the rest of the world.
In Hilo the revelation came that the Elijah Ministry was being brought to birth, but that this would be applicable a year later (i.e., Sept. 2008). So there was nothing to do but wait a year to see what this might mean. God never seems to be in a hurry. On the other hand, we ask for revelation of things to come, and when He reveals them, we often become anxious and want the revealed events to occur immediately. I think it is for this reason that God does not often reveal things to come, for it takes some maturity to have the patience needed to handle revelation of future things.
Dr. Stephen Jones