VIDEO—LET MY PEOPLE GO! Sunday message on 400th anniversary of first slaves coming to America through Virginia. With Jolene, Chris Mitchell Jr, Chris Mitchell Sr. One of our most important messages. To watch YouTube CLICK HERE: https://youtu.be/BExCYSIwg8M
DEAR FREEDOM FORERUNNERS,
THE GLORY TRAIN MADE AN UNEXPECTED STOP this weekend in Virginia Beach for events surrounding the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery into America. We believe the nation and world changed! In this post I will do my best to share why. But I can assure you that no words can adequately explain what transpired. So please watch the above YouTube video https://youtu.be/BExCYSIwg8M
Note that we had originally planned to do a Glory Train meeting August 18 with our dear friend Chris Mitchell, a pastor in Virginia Beach. But that all changed a few weeks ago. Chris lost his precious niece to the tragic mass shooting in Dayton. They grew up together.
We knew he, his family and church needed much room to process and heal. Our highest task was simply to pray. Thank you Gideon Group and Lamplighter family for continuing to carry the Mitchell family in prayer! For this reason we decided to postpone the Glory Train journey.
400 Years Ago, Slavery Entered America Thru Virginia
That said, we were not planning on a Glory Train meeting this weekend when Jolene and I joined with Chris and friends in Virginia Beach. We simply wanted to pray over the 400th anniversary of slavery in America. But on Sunday it became a Glory Train meeting!
Hard to miss the significance. After 400 years, a freedom movement brought Israel out of slavery in Egypt. And after 400 years of this American journey towards freedom, we saw how the body of Christ is now moving across the threshold together at this time as one, with every tongue and tribe joined together. We are leaving the gods of Egypt behind. LET MY PEOPLE GO!
It was such an honor to participate in the prayer services. Dr. Joseph Green was appointed by President Trump and Congress to help spearhead this time of reconciliation and healing. Let me emphasize this. President Trump commissioned Dr. Green to welcome, oversee and undergird the movement of healing, reconciliation and freedom intended by the Lord for these events. He did an incredible job. The results are so vast we can barely comprehend the magnitude of what transpired. The bell for freedom was rung! Itt reverberated through generations past and present, and now defines our future!
Also… exceptional job Jamie Fitt, who came alongside Dr. Green with strategic worship and prayer events surrounding the 400th anniversary. Mama Bunny Warlen and Vanessa Battle brought down the house with the thunder of their gavel. Regional hostChris Mitchell, Jr and other area leaders not only took the ground but secured the fullness of these breakthroughs for the Hampton and Virginia Beach region, and for the nation.
Dream—Slavery a Covenant with Death and Hell!
A much-needed mini vacation in Virginia Beach was calling our name after these times. Beach time… shopping… superior cuisine. In the middle of our sacred quest for quality Tex Mex, we called Chris Mitchell Jr. to make plans to join him for Sunday service. We wanted to add our support and love, and experience the phenomenal corporate anointing carried by his church.
Chris’ reply was immediate. “Jon Hamill, you know if you come here you and Jolene are going to be put to work!”
Actually, we didn’t know that. But it proved true. Chris made a demand on the anointing. And early Sunday morning the Lord gave me an unforgettable dream focused on His next phase of covenant restoration. In the dream I literally saw from Isaiah 28 how covenants with hell were formed by the validation of slavery by the body of Christ and government. The Lord showed me that this entry of slavery in the land was not just a breach of His covenant with the Land. Instead it was considered by Heaven a covenant with hell itself. A covenant with death and hell, as referenced in Isaiah 28, sourced from hell!
And the good news was that after 400 years, God was willing to grant an annulment. “Your covenant with death shall be annulled, and your pact with hell shall not stand” (Isaiah 28:18).
When I shared the dream with Chris, he actually decided to join his congregation with his father’s congregation Sunday morning in order to take comprehensive action as a regional expression of God’s ekklesia. What followed was one of the most significant services we have ever experienced…
Slavery to Freedom—Repairing America’s Covenant
As mentioned, the scourge of slavery was interjected into the American legacy four hundred years ago this past weekend. Twenty captives were transferred from the bowels of a ship harbored in what is now Hampton, Virginia, after setting sail months beforehand from what is now Angola, West Africa.
This set a precedent for more than 250 years of horrific injustice through slavery in America, and enduring struggles with prejudice until this very day.
From the newly-built dock these first captives stepped foot on the soil of Virginia, at the time considered by both God and man to be holy ground. Because just twelve years beforehand, on the other side of the James River, Robert Hunt and the Virginia Company waded ashore on their own journey to establish Virginia as an English colony by covenant with the Lord. After three days of fasting they raised a seven foot cross and consecrated the entirety of Virginia to Jesus Christ. Signed in 1607, it remains one of America’s first and most foundational covenants with the Lord.
“We do hereby Dedicate this Land, and ourselves, to reach the People within these shores with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to raise up Godly generations after us, and with these generations take the Kingdom of God to all the earth. May this Covenant of Dedication remain to all generations, as long as the earth remains, and may this Land, along with England, be Evangelist to the World. May all who see this Cross remember what we have done here, and may those who come here to inhabit join us in this covenant….” (Robert Hunt).
Please note that the territory claimed by England as Virginia was a little larger than it is today. It spanned all the way west to what is now California. It spanned north too. When the Pilgrims wrote the Mayflower Compact in 1620, they described their landing place as “the northern parts of Virginia.” From the Mayflower Compact:
“…Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honour of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northerne parts of Virginia, doe by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civill body politick…”
So really Virginia encompassed what is now the United States of America. This is so important to understand. Because it even means that the covenant the Pilgrims forged was built upon the covenant made by Robert Hunt and the Virginia Company.
And through the validation of institutional slavery by both governmental authorities in Virginia and the body of Christ, the Godly covenant established by Robert Hunt became compromised by what God termed a covenant with death and hell. Though the colonists sought to escape tyranny, it gave Pharaoh-like validation validation for the elite to rule unjustly over the masses. Truly it defiled Hunt’s covenant, the Pilgrims’ covenant, as well as every other foundational covenant with Christ built upon it in America. Including the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, etc.
Not only that, but the governmental oversight of commerce was compromised. Even to this day, I believe this covenant with death through institutionalized slavery has prevented us from fully overthrowing sex trafficking, human trafficking and other forms of slavery in our time!
But that said, after 400 years… LET MY PEOPLE GO.
And then the Lord Held Court
I saw all this by revelation early Sunday morning. And when we gathered for service, the Lord held court.
Can I tell you that on the way into church, we followed a car with 722 on its license plate! An encouraging confirmation of the Daniel 7:22 judgement in favor of the saints the Lord was granting.
As with Faneuil Hall, I knew our many of our forefathers somehow engaged in this Courtroom proceeding. What the Bible calls “the great cloud of witnesses.” Just as conveyed in Exodus 2, God convened a courtroom hearing, and reviewed each case of injustice—over 400 years. He heard every cry. And He set a course of action.
Covenant with death and hell annulled. A verdict of justice in favor of the saints past and present was granted through the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The covenant with God for our nation was hereby repaired.
Again the Lord made it clear this is similar in magnitude to the days recorded in Exodus. A dark thread which tied government to slavery was removed. Even abortion, founded by the prejudicial bias of eugenics, was impacted. And a future forged by His freedom movement was secured.
So it was only appropriate that Chris Mitchell led us in sealing the morning events by thundering a final decree together. LET MY PEOPLE GO!
Healing the Human Spirit, Catalyzing Awakening
And let His awakening break forth. Jolene saw and prophesied into this at the beginning of the service. I’m paraphrasing her prophecy here.
“Psalm 34 says that the Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit,” she said. “And He is speaking to me that the spirit of America itself was actually crushed through slavery!”
“Again from Psalm 34, we’ve been focused on healing the broken-hearted, which is good. Because many descendants of slavery today still feel the generational brokenness in our hearts. But there was also a crushing of the human spirits of the men and women who were enslaved, and even many descendants through the generations through the trauma of slavery. So our human spirits may not be fully awakened to operate as God ordained.”
“Here’s what the Lord is saying. As we cross over into the 400th anniversary, He’s going to move like in the days of Exodus. He is hearing our cries. He is awakening our spirits. He’s going to deliver both His people individually, and America as a nation from a broken heart and a crushed spirit!”
Covenant Restored—Freedom to the Nations
Let me end where I began. With the dream which began this whole revelatory unveiling. Because that morning, the dream the Lord gave me focused primarily on global evangelization!
In the dream I saw the words “NORTH Korea” and “SOUTH Korea,” with the words north and south highlighted in bold letters. Then NORTH and SOUTH were extracted from the Koreas and came together. I then saw “Isaiah 28.” And in the dream I intuitively knew the Lord was speaking about a covenant of death and hell from America’s legacy of slavery. I also knew He was conveying the willingness of Heaven’s Court to annul this covenant with death and hell on the 400th anniversary of slavery. And I knew He was speaking to healing the effects of this covenant with death through slavery—nationally and even geopolitically as related to global evangelism.
A note here. Thanks largely to American missionaries, Pyongyang, North Korea, was once the epicenter of awakening and evangelism in the world. It is now the epicenter of one of the most opppressive, Pharaoh-centric nations in the earth.
When I awoke from the dream and prayed, the words of Robert Hunt were suddenly before me. “We do hereby Dedicate this Land, and ourselves, to reach the People within these shores with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to raise up Godly generations after us, and with these generations take the Kingdom of God to all the earth. May this Covenant of Dedication remain to all generations, as long as the earth remains, and may this Land, along with England, be Evangelist to the World. May all who see this Cross remember what we have done here….”
By the Spirit of revelation I saw how slavery—the unjust rulership by the elite of the masses—impacted America’s covenant with God. I also saw how the compromise of this covenant even defiled global evangelism, as Robert Hunt’s original covenant dedicated Virginia towards this end.
It’s important to note that Jolene and I were staying at the Founders Inn on the property of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) and Regent University when I had this dream. Founder Pat Robertson saw CBN as a direct branch of the sacred covenant made between God and Robert Hunt at Virginia’s founding.
And I believe they will benefit tremendously from the further repairing of this covenant dream.
So to sumarize—after 400 years, the covenant with death and hell made through the validation of institutionalized slavery by both the body of Christ and civil government was annulled by Heaven’s Court. America’s covenant with God was repaired. Legal authority was finally granted for the principality over the covenant with death and hell to be covenantally and governmentally restrained. The primary obstacles holding back God’s freedom movement were thus removed… NO KING BUT JESUS!