Happy Fourth of July. Jolene and I join you in expressing our gratitude to the Lord Jesus Christ for our nation, and the preservation of our freedoms as One Nation under God.

It’s our honor to share with you a profound word God spoke to us about the Star Spangled Banner. Through this word, released in 2011, the Lord warned us clearly that very dark times were ahead. But in the end we would prevail—because “Dawn’s Early Light” has already been decreed!

Just in case you think I’m being naive and overly patriotic, just read the note below from our friend Victoria Brewton. I don’t believe she has any idea that what she’s describing is actually a legacy word for us. And for you!

By the way, much of this posting is in the final chapter of our book Crown & Throne. If you haven’t read it, consider giving yourself a gift this July 4.

From Victoria:

“I Saw People Reading an Email Containing our National Anthem…”
Hi Jon & Jolene, First I want to thank you for exemplifying your authentic leadership on the call… It’s such a blessing to partner with your unique and so-needed ministry!

These 3 dreams in a row are very unusual for me, as I woke after each one greatly encouraged and refreshed, then went back to sleep and had the next one, with no memory of any different dreams. I felt like someone called to be a witness to these events as I watched them progress. Many details haven’t stayed in my memory, but I believe they will encourage you as they did me:

I heard a powerful voice with great authority speaking our national anthem, then I faintly heard voices singing it in response. When I awoke, I saw us as standards waving and releasing great light, as a holy nation of priests and kings, positioned with His glorious victory in freedom and great courage, winning the spiritual battle for trust.

As I saw people reading an email containing our National Anthem, struggling to rise up in faith to believe even more for that which seems impossible, I heard the same powerful voice confirm to them: “If your name is on that account, it is YOURS!”

On a bright, sunny beach, I saw people discussing this as they mingled. Excitement was building. A husband and wife who had begun moving out in this, spreading great encouragement, said with excitement to another person: “And we are doing this under Bob & Bonnie Jones ministry!”

If Your Name is on the Account, it’s Yours!
Victoria’s word is so key! Beloved, with all that has transpired maybe your faith is struggling. Let this message stir you. And as you read this word below, I pray your name is on the account!  

It definitely is for us. Within Victoria’s vision Jolene and I have received precise confirmations of God’s directives. For now, suffice to say Bob and Bonnie Jones prophesied a Glory Train that symbolizes God’s new move of the Spirit. We are looking to begin a Glory Train journey, coast to coast, beginning on July 4, 2016.

And our first major stop, already being planned, is Virginia Beach. You just cannot make this stuff up.

Dawn’s Early Light (Our Word and Focus for 2011)
Many years ago, Holy Spirit began to speak to me that our National Anthem is prophetic for this hour of history. It is as though Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner, saw into our day and its challenges. The song of his day prophesies to saints in our day the potential for victory in the battles we now face!

This “new song” was birthed in the midst of battle being waged through the night, in a war that would determine the destiny of our nation. Really, the battle was fought to determine who would rule our land. We are facing a similar challenge now. The great question is whether or not we will remain the “land of the free.”

To an extent, the answer depends on our response at this time. Just as Key watched – and prayed – through the night, so we are being called to stand with the Lord both symbolically and literally till the break of dawn.

Dawn’s Early Light
Long before Francis Scott Key penned these words, the imagery of “Dawn’s Early Light” was used to describe how Jesus would bring a surge of life to Israel. Luke records that “The Sunrise (Dawn’s Early Light) from on high will visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death” (Luke 1:78-79).

This describes our battle. Corporately and individually, we have been warring against the empowering of death in our land. I believe prophetically that as of Rosh Hashanah 2010, this shadow is now being penetrated by “Dawn’s Early Light.” Many are being called forth like John the Baptist as “forerunners of the dawn.”

Just as John the Baptist was described by Jesus as a “burning and shining lamp,” so these forerunners carry a dimension of this sacred fire within their very being. It’s now time for His light to truly begin to shine.

Does His Banner Yet Wave? Cindy Jacobs Vision
This is the most important question this generation must answer. Does His banner yet wave over the land of the free, the home of the brave? Will it continue?

A few years ago, our friend Cindy Jacobs shared a vision of an angel of the Lord over America, draped in the American flag as a mantle. She watched as the stripes of the flag became like a river, and poured into the nation. As she saw this, Holy Spirit spoke to Cindy, “By His stripes you are healed.”

Cindy shared that the red represented the Blood of Jesus, and white represented His righteousness pouring into our land. By His stripes, even our land can become healed. Finally Cindy saw the stars from the flag pouring down. These stars became as burning torches throughout the land. Again, we believe this year we will see a great release of God’s holy fire to illuminate that which has been hidden and bring us through the break of dawn.

The Lord wants to establish His banner – His “bridal canopy” – over our land. I believe this year, God’s bridal canopy will begin to form and connect over our regions in a whole new way, bringing forth healing, life and protection. These regions will become known as “cities of refuge” in times of future challenge.

The Significance of 11-11
Many prophets have noted that the number 11 denotes transition. In John 11:11, Jesus prophesies a literal life-transition available to us today: “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.”

As we move towards 2011, it is amazing to discover how many times the number 11 comes up in our history. On 11-11, 1620, the Pilgrims made covenant with the Lord for our nation, committing the land and government to God’s glory and the advancement of the Christian faith. Maryland became a state after ratifying our constitution on 11-11, 1776. Washington State came into the union on 11-11, 1889.

And on 11-11, 2009, a year-long youth awakening was sparked by a visitation of the Holy Spirit at IHOP-KC, in the heartland of America. From coast to coast, I believe we are called by God as a nation of awakening!

Beach-Head for Freedom
An aspect of the Pilgrims’ legacy is very important for this hour. Through covenant with the Lord, the Pilgrims intentionally established our governance as a beach-head against antichrist dictatorships.

The Pilgrims were walking out a holy commission from the Lord. Both Jews and Christians were being pursued, persecuted and martyred by European dictatorships infiltrated by an antichrist spirit. Fleeing this persecution, the Pilgrims were called to “cross over” and establish a lampstand for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They committed the land and government to “the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” These holy roots helped forge our land into what it is today.

Heaven-Rescued Land
Again, we believe that the words of our National Anthem are prophetic for our hour. Most of us are familiar with the first stanza alone. Therefore few know how Francis Scott Key describes America as a “Heaven-rescued land” and calls us to “Praise the Power that hath made us, and preserved us a nation.” This is in our National Anthem!

Today, let’s stand together before the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, and ask to again be a Heaven-rescued land. May we this year remain a beacon of liberty to the world, illumined by Dawn’s Early Light!

Star Spangled Banner (first and last stanzas)
Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!