Fire Truck: A Wake Up Call for Intercessors

On Friday May 19th I had a prophetic dream just before waking. My husband Malcolm and I were in a parked car and perpendicular to us, on our right hand side, was a long fire truck. It was also parked and a man I know to be a prophet-teacher-intercessor was in the driver’s seat. The fire truck drove away, and we said to each other, ‘Why didn’t we take the opportunity to talk to him while he was here?’

That morning, I shared the dream with Malcolm. I don’t have prophetic dreams very often, which made the dream more thought-provoking. I didn’t understand what the fire truck symbolized, but my husband became animated when I talked about it.

Malcolm told me that from a young age, whenever he saw a fire engine, he wanted to follow it, to see where the fire was—clamoring for his Dad to pursue it.

We Chased the Fire Truck

That evening, I was browsing Facebook and my attention was drawn to an upcoming conference Malcolm’s sister and brother-in-law were hosting. We had not considered attending it because of our commitment to another recent event, but I suddenly felt drawn to it.

So Malcolm and I began to discuss it—this crazy idea that we could rework our schedule, find airline tickets and organize to attend a conference that was just 3 weeks away in New Zealand. Within minutes, while my mouth was still open, Malcolm had jumped in and booked the accommodation.

And then it hit us. While the conference was called ‘Beyond’, the movement (and the church Malcolm’s sister and brother-in-law pastor) was called ‘Catch The Fire.’ [1]


I Didn’t Know I Needed Rescuing

Three weeks later—to the day—I was standing in the worship of ‘Beyond Conference’ experiencing a vision. I saw Jesus carrying a giant fire hose, and I suddenly knew He was there to rescue me! Truthfully, I was puzzled—I didn’t know I needed rescuing.

Moments later, father in the faith John Arnott began to preach on the need for the church to strengthen the foundations for the ‘more’ that is coming. And he began to speak out against permissiveness and universalism coming into the church.

As soon as he mentioned the word ‘universalism’ I began to cry as the power and conviction of the Spirit came upon me.

You see, the night before, alone in my hotel room, I had been crying out aloud to my Father and the word ‘universalism’ was on my lips.

What is Universalism?

In brief, Christian universalism (also known as ‘universal reconciliation’) is the doctrine that Jesus died on the cross for all humanity, and therefore everyone will ultimately be saved—regardless of whether or not they choose to believe, repent and follow Jesus. [2]

  • Universalism says that since God is a good Father, He would not send people that He loves and that Jesus died for, to the fires of hell.
  • Universalism re-interprets Scripture, drawing from the approach of the Bible being ‘a collection of stories written by people who are on a journey of discovering God.’ This doctrinal approach takes out the ‘hard lines’ of Scripture. Hell is not a reality—hell is simply a metaphor.

Why I was Being Drawn Towards Universalism

The message of the Gospel is good news. It is not exclusive, it is inclusive. The invitation of salvation is available to every person—but according to Scripture, it requires an RSVP.

Why would I begin to be privately drawn to the doctrine of universalism, when I have always believed in the danger of a lost eternity? Why, when my husband and I have spent years living for the cause of world evangelism? Why, when it is strenuously opposed by my Christian heritage, my ministry and church? Because:

  • I am a Mum of children who are thinkers—and this generation is challenging my traditional beliefs
  • Individuals I love and respect are being drawn to it
  • Our global culture today demands it—seeking to force the church into a position of permissiveness and tolerance
  • I perceive this position becoming accepted (or leaned towards in their interpretation of Scripture) by an increasing number of churches—including some Pentecostal churches

But most compelling of all, people whom I love dearly are without Christ—and my instinct is to protect my broken heart.

Which is why I was crying out to God alone that night, an honest cry torn from my soul: ‘Father, I want to believe in universalism!’

Universalism had become a hidden comfort; a backup plan—in place to guard my heart.


Prophetic Intercessors Arise!

Intercessors, the Holy Spirit is putting the call out. It is time to rise up and cry out for souls! Beware of the dangers of universalism—it is a seducing spirit that is aimed at weakening the prayer movement.

  • It eliminates the urgency of the Gospel
  • It denies truth clearly laid out in Scripture
  • It quenches God’s power and the Spirit’s anointing
  • It contradicts the Biblical requirement to repent, turn and change one’s lifestyle

But the greatest danger of the philosophy of universalism is that it takes away the need for urgent prayer.

It is time to reawaken fervent prayer and intercession.

‘I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.’ (Ezekiel 22:30 NIV)

It’s time to pray for the lost.

Intercessors and prayer warriors, we are the ‘identifiers’. We are the ones who do not flinch from the pain of the Father’s broken heart or put our hands to our ears to shut out the cries of the lost. We are the ones who stand in the gap between Heaven and hell.

It’s time to pick up the mantle. But know that even as you give permission to the Holy Spirit to take you into that zone of brokenness, you will encounter an inexplicable outpouring of joy.

You will know intimacy with the heart of the Father. You will encounter the Saviour, Jesus Christ, risen and enthroned. You will see an open Heaven—and you will see His Kingdom come.

You are participating in releasing revival.


The Reservoir and the Fire Hose

Earlier, during worship, I found myself in a vision, looking at the walls and floor of an empty reservoir. It reminded me of a swimming pool out of seasonal use, that has been left uncovered. Dirt and leaves were collected there and water was running, slowly washing the debris away.

My view changed and I saw the top of the reservoir, where narrow channels were releasing water into the pool. I looked again at the dirt and debris and realized the extent of the need for water. There was not enough being poured in to cleanse the whole pool, at a pressure needed to do it, let alone fill it to overflowing. The words formed in my mind, ‘this needs…’

And that’s when I saw Jesus with the fire hose.


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Notes:
[1] Stuart and Lynley Allan (Malcolm’s sister and brother-in-law) are lead pastors at Catch the Fire Auckland, New Zealand

[2] See below Scripture for meditation. (I am aware that some of you may want more information and resources from a doctrinal perspective on this subject, so keep an eye out here as I will seek out and add them).

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See my recent prophetic insight: The Key to Revival and Miracles: It’s a Bible Revival


Scripture Verses for Further Meditation

  • For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18 NIV)
  • The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 NIV)
  • In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10 NIV)
  • In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31 NIV)
  • Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? (Romans 2:4 NIV)
  • For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:18-20 NIV)
  • He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 NIV)
  • I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. (1 Timothy 2:1-6 NIV)
  • See parable of the wedding banquet: Matthew 22:1-14

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22 thoughts on “Fire Truck: A Wake Up Call for Intercessors

  1. Helen, reading this has so impacted me again over the Powerful Truth of God’s Word. We experienced a move of God upon us last weekend that will remain and build. Thank you for those lightening rod words!!!

  2. hi, I would love to receive the notifications. you just touched my heart and I love your position in today’s like. I always have this imagination where one day I will be able to recognise a Christian not by name but spiritual, I feel like one day I will walk and meet a person like you and the identification is that fire you are talking about. greetings is like praise the Lord Jesus and the response will be like straight in spirit

    I have just added my email address here

    thanks

    • Hi Esther thank you so much for that.
      I pray you will continue to be powerfully anointed and strengthened in your faith. <3

  3. This is registering lights and sirens for me, so many prophetic alarms are going off the same. Now is the time to arise.

  4. Thanks Helen!
    God has recently quickened to me your Word to us last year about being persistent in prayer – the tipping point.
    This only reiterates it again!
    Wonderful!
    Many blessings upon you both!!

  5. Hi Helen,
    It is a confirmation for me as it has been on my heart and I have felt a urgency for intercession. We must be fervent in prayer and grounded in scripture.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Yes Candy, I love Tozer’s quote ‘truth has two wings’ – the greatest power (and ‘lift’) is in the balance, always!

  6. Dear Helen, Thank you for this thought provoking reminder. The information from this post is certainly edifying. Prayer is an essential part in worshiping God. It is also essential for the spiritual health and strength for the individual Christian and for the church. Prayer is also key in soul winning.

    Blessings

  7. Thanks Helen for sharing your prophetic dream.. I’m so bless. Its very true. we need to wake up and win more souls for the kingdom of God.

  8. Thank you for your awesome word as always, yes there is a wake up call for intercessory prayer warriors, for I am one myself and as God awakens me each morning at different hours to prayer ? we have to WAR in the spirit fervently because the attacks of the enemy. Pray strongly for London and when we don’t know what we as intercessors need to pray for the Holy Spirit gives us utterance.

  9. Hello Helen

    A profound teaching and well laid out.

    Just want to mention that I also came across the idea of “universalism” sideways very recently, in an online article by pastor Chris Brauns, called “5 problems with Unconditional forgiveness”. He briefly defines universalism, then goes on to say that one of the concerns about “Unconditional” forgiveness is that it could lead people into universalism. Anyone interested, can find it online.

    I have been pondering and studying the concept of “unconditional forgiveness”, as I have been on the receiving end of someone’s “immediate” and “unconditional” forgiveness for a very long time. some time. The person is a sincere child of GOD and was a very dear friend and spiritual mentor to me for many years – yet has always had the unfortunate habit of severing or blocking any and all contact when feeling offended, which obviously is not Christ’s way, to begin with. I would find it very hard, if not impossible to believe in and trust a GOD who proclaims forgiveness but refuses to hear me, talk with me or make Himself known to me in some way shape or form.

    I certainly believe there has to be an unconditional surrender, a turning over of one’s hurt and people involved, to GOD, which allows his power and love to begin a work in both offender and offended, but that is not forgiveness in and by itself, perhaps only the first step in the process of forgiving.

    I am leaning towards the idea that “unconditional forgiveness” is yet another deceptive teaching, especially when exercised as a “private” resolution in the absence of a desire to engage with a willing and available “offender”. It’s focus is on self and self alone. Even more so, when accompanied by an inability to take responsibility, or be held accountable in turn.

    Deception is as confusing as confusion is deceptive. Satan is indeed prowling around like a hungry lion, looking for people to lead astray and devour.

    Regards

    Estelle

    • Forgiveness and reconciliation are the not the same. Forgiveness is releasing the offender from having to pay the debt back for having wronged you. Reconciliation is the restoration of the relationship. There can be no true reconciliation without forgiveness, but it is not always automatic, simultaneous, or even advisable just because the offender is forgiven.

      Also, just because we forgive someone does not mean that God forgives them or that their relationship with Him is restored. It just means that our hearts are not bound to an expectation of being paid back for the injury. Ultimately, all sin is committed against God and only He has the power to wipe all sin debt away.

      Jesus thoroughly explains forgiveness in Matthew 7 and Matthew 18 vs. forgiveness and restoration of a broken relationship in Luke 15.

      • Jara that is so true – just because we have forgiven someone also does not mean they are trustworthy either…

    • Hi Estelle, this is very thought-provoking, I think needs to be looked at on a ‘case-by-case’ basis as Jara also has an important point. I agree the response you have come across (always blocking contact when offended) is not healthy either…but depends upon the situation (e.g. if abuse was involved then it may well be right to block)

      • Dear Helen and Jara

        Thank you for your comments. The way you view and understand forgiveness and reconciliation is exactly how I have understood it to be, for years. Neither have I ever felt compelled to question it before.

        Yet, something about the term “unconditional” forgiveness took hold of me recently, as it was mentioned to me, by the offended in this case, in a brief written exchange. It was basically stated that “unconditional forgiveness is key to finding peace” Taken on face value, it seems totally spiritual and true, but as soon as I read the statement it was strangely curious to me, given the particular case scenario. Because I also know this person to possess a fair measure of wisdom, I decided to “accept” it and just let it sit within my spirit, but the initial curiosity began to increase and I couldn’t shake it. A week or so after, I just has to start reading a little wider – I have a good couple of books on forgiveness that I accumulated through the years – and opted to go online, instead, as something seemed amiss in the situation in question. With or without the feasibility or desire for reconciliation, there is a consistent lack of evidence of forgiveness, much like the absence of spiritual fruit in the life of a professed believer, signals that something is wrong.

        The title of the article that challenged my familiar understanding of the concept of biblical forgiveness, was offensive to me at first read. Upon reading it again, later, the content made a lot od sense, though. You can find it on http://www.gotquestions.org and is called “Since GOD withholds forgiveness, can we?”

        You may or may not agree, but it is thought provoking nevertheless.

  10. Dear Sister in CHRIST Helen, I have been so very deeply moved by this Teaching from the Heart of GOD. The first thing that came to my mind after reading this was a Beautiful Scripture found in the Epistle of Jude verse 3, it speaks of us to “Earnestly CONTEND for the FAITH”. I personally think the Simplicity of the Gospel is so Powerful, when JESUS said “You MUST be BORN AGAIN”, and our Name MUST be found written in the BOOK of LIFE. I thank you so much Helen for alerting us to Pray for the Precious Souls that have yet to be Born Again and confess Our LORD JESUS CHRIST as their LORD and SAVIOUR. I am Believing for the SPIRIT of GOD to Open Eyes, Open Ears, Open Hearts, Open Nations to the Gospel of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST, and that Precious Souls will find SALVATION in JESUS NAME. This is the cry of my heart.

  11. I’m glad that you shared this on your blog, Helen. May God continue to strengthen you and give you boldness to live in the truth.

  12. universalism blessings Helen the holy spirit came to your rescue, we don’t even have to ask to receive it is the deceiving way as u said some churches, and most people, i too i’m mean been in the war room, extreme moments, but God beautiful, his salvation plan CHRIST JESUS BEAUTIFUL HIS HOLY SPIRIT BEAUTIFUL THE DIVINE GOD BEAUTIFUL, SO BLESSINGS AND PRAISE GOD YOU HAVE BEEN DELIVERED FROM THAT DECEIVERY , I TOO HAVE MEMBERS OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT ARE PRINCIPALITIES, IN THE NAME OF JESUS WE PRAY FOR THEM, ALSO IN THE NAME OF JESUS WE PLEAD THE BLOOD AGAINST THEM THAT SPREAD BAD/MIXED FRUIT, AND BLASPHEME THE NAME OF GOD BLESSINGS IN JESUS NAME AMEN