Tommy Hicks' Vision
T he message that I bring to you this morning, perhaps is the most important thing, or one of the most important things that ever happened to me in my life. I have had many tremendous experiences with God. God has been good to me. He has led me in paths that few of us have ever had the privilege of walking in.
My message begins July 25, 1961 abut 2.30 in the morning, at Winnipeg, Canada. I had hardly fallen asleep when the vision and the revelation that God gave to me came before me. The vision came three times, exactly in detail, the morning of July 25, 1961.
I was so stirred and so moved by the revelation, that I tell you this morning, that this has changed my complete outlook upon the Body of Christ, and upon the last - the endtime ministry. I feel this morning that the greatest thing of the church, lies straight ahead. It is so hard this morning to help men and women to realise and understand the thing that God is trying to give His people in the end time. I received a letter several weeks ago from one of our native evangelists down in Africa - down in Nairobi. This man and his wife were on their way up to Tanganyika. They could neither read nor could they write, but we have been supporting them for over two years. And as they entered into the territory of Tanganyika, they came across a small village. The entire village was evacuating and leaving because of a plague that had hit that village. And he came across natives that were weeping and crying. And he asked them what was wrong.
They told him of their mother and father that had suddenly died, and they had been dead for three days, and they had to leave. They were afraid to go in - they were leaving and asked them where they were. They pointed to the hut, and he asked them to go with him,, but they refused. They were afraid to go. This native and his wife went to this little cottage, entered into this cottage where the man and woman had been dead for three days. He simply stretched forth his hand in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and spoke that man’s name and that woman’s name, and said, 'In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command life to come back to your bodies'. Instantaneously, these two heathen people that had never known Jesus Christ as their Saviour, sat up and immediately began to praise God. The Spirit and the power of God came into the life of these people. To us that may seem strange, and may seem a phenomena. But that is a beginning of this end-time ministry. God is going to take the 'do-nothings', the 'no-bodies', the 'unheard-ofs', the 'no-accounts' - He is going to take every man and every woman, and He is going to give to them this outpouring of the Spirit of God. In the Book of Acts we read, that 'In the last days thus saith the Lord, I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh'.
Do you believe that this morning?
I wonder this morning if we realise what He meant when God said, 'I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh'. I do not think I fully realise nor could I understand the fullness of it. And when I read from the Book of Joel, 'Be glad then ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God, for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former and the latter rain'. It is not only going to be the rain, but He is going to give to His people - and I believe with all my heart - in these last days we are going to receive a double portion of the power of God. And, I say again it is hard for us to realise because we are living, as it were, in that lethargy and in that sleepiness. We do not realise what God is trying to do. And yet all over the world men and women, like the native workers that went into Tanganyika, they could not even read or write, and had to have someone else to read their Bible for them -but they knew the Lord Jesus Christ. People do not always understand what you say, but they can feel what you have. Peter turned to the lame man at the Gate Beautiful, and he said, 'That which I have, I give unto thee. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ stand up and walk.' We are going to see such demonstrations as the world has never seen. I believe it, and I know it with all of my heart.
As the vision appeared to me, after I was asleep, I suddenly found myself in a great high distance. Where I was I do not know. But as I was looking down upon the earth -suddenly the whole world came into view - every nation, every kindred and every tongue came before my sight. From the east and from the west, from the north and the south; and I recognised every country, and many cities that I had been in, and I was almost in fear and trembling as I stood beholding the great sight before me. And at that moment when the world came into view it began to lightning and thunder. And as the lightning flashed over the face of the earth, my eyes went downward - and I was facing the north. And suddenly I beheld what looked like a great giant - and I stared and looked at it. I was almost bewildered by the sight. It was so gigantic and so great in stature - his feet seemed to reach the north pole, and his head to the south - it's arms were stretched from sea to sea. I could not even begin to understand whether this was a mountain or this was a giant. But, as I watched it, I suddenly beheld this great giant - I could see it struggling for life, to even live. But this body was covered with debris from head to foot - and at times this great giant would move its body, and act as though it would raise up at times. And when it did, thousands of little creatures seemed to run away - hideous looking creatures would run away from this giant - and when he would become calm, they would come back.
All of a sudden this giant lifted his hand towards the heavens - and then it lifted its other hand. And when it did, these creatures by the thousands seemed to flee away from this giant, and go out into the darkness and into the night. Slowly this great giant began to rise - and as he did, his head and hands went into the clouds. As he arose to his feet he seemed to have cleansed himself from the debris and filth that was upon him, and he began to raise his hands to the heavens as though praising the Lord. And as he raised his hands it was even unto the clouds. Suddenly, every cloud became silver - the most beautiful silver that I have ever known. As I watched the phenomena, it was so great, I could not even begin to understand what it all meant. I was so stirred as I watched it. And I cried unto the Lord, and I said, "Oh Lord, what is the meaning of this?" And it felt as if I was actually in the Spirit, and I could feel the presence of the Lord - even as I was asleep. And from those clouds, suddenly there began great drops of liquid light to rain down on this mighty giant. And slowly, this giant began to melt - began to sink as it were into the very earth itself. And as he melted, his whole form seemed to have melted upon the face of the earth. And this great rain began to come down - liquid drops of light, as it were, began to flood the very earth itself. As I watched, my eyes suddenly turned to the far north, and I saw seemingly destruction. Men and women in anguish and crying out - and buildings in destruction.
Then I heard again the fourth voice, that said, "Now is My wrath being poured out on the face of the earth." From the ends of the whole world, the wrath of God seemed to be poured out upon the face of the earth. I can remember it as though it happened a moment ago. I shook and trembled as I beheld the awful sight of seeing the cities - and whole nations going down in destruction. I could hear the weeping and the wailing. I could hear the people crying. They seemed to cry as they went into caves, but the caves and mountains opened up. They leaped into water, but the water would not drown them. There was nothing that seemingly could destroy them. They were wanting to take their life, but they could not take it. Then again I turned my eyes unto the glorious sight - this body arrayed in a beautiful white, shining, garment. Slowly, slowly, it began to lift from the earth. And as it did, I awoke. The sight that I had beheld - I had seen the end-time ministry - the last hour. Again on July 27 at 2.30 in the morning, the same revelation - the same vision - came again exactly as it did before.
My life has been changed. As I realise that we are living in that end-time, for all over the world God is anointing men and women with this ministry. It will not be doctrine. It will not be churchianity - but it is going to be Jesus Christ. They will give forth the Word of the Lord, and are going to say - I heard it so many times in the vision -'According to my word, it shall be done."
Oh people, listen to me. "According to my word, it shall be done." We are going to be clothed with power, and anointing from God. We won't have to preach sermons. We won't have to have persons heckle you in public. We won't have to depend on man, nor will we be denomination echoes - but, we will have the power of the living God. We will fear no man, but we will go in the name of the Lord of Hosts. And this is the miracle of it - this is the glorious miracle of it; those people would stretch forth their hand exactly as the Lord did. And it seemed that there was this liquid fire that seemed to be in their hand. As they stretched forth their hand, they said, "According to my word, be thou made whole."
I saw people go into insane institutions. This is all in the revelation that God gave me -it was so mighty and so majestic. I saw a little woman in a little gingham dress go stand in an insane institution. And as I saw her go into an insane institution, my mind went back to more than thirty years ago in a little town in Illinois, when I had gone into an institution of some five hundred inmates. In this insane institution, I remembered as I went from ward to ward, and I looked at those people, tears streamed down my face, and I asked, “Oh Lord, why it is that your people do not have power? Why is it that I do not have power that I could go into this institution and say, 'Be thou made whole.'”
But I had hardly uttered those words, when somehow, something within me seemed to say, 'The hour is coming, the day is coming and you will see it - when you will stretch forth your hand - when My people will stretch forth their hand and these people shall be made whole.'
Raise your hands and praise the name of the Lord. Hallelujah! Thankyou Jesus. Hallelujah. We praise you Jesus. Hallelujah!
As these people continued in this mighty end-time ministry, I did not fully realise what it was. And I looked to the Lord and said, "What is the meaning of this?" And He said, "This is that that I will do in the last days. I will restore all that the cankerworm, the palmerworm, the caterpillar - I will restore all that they have destroyed. This is My people in the end-time, they shall go forth. As a mighty army they shall sweep over the face of the earth. "
As I watched at this great height - where I was I do not know, whether I was a witness suspended in the air, I know not - I only know that I would behold the whole world. I watched these people as they were going to and fro over the face of the earth. Suddenly here was a man in Africa, and in a moment he was transported in the Spirit of God, and perhaps he was in Russia, or in China, or in America, or in some other place. And vice versa - all over the world - these people went. And they came through fire, and through pestilence, and through famine. Neither fire nor persecution - nothing seemed to stop them.
Angry mobs came to them with swords and guns, and like Jesus, they passed through the multitude and they could not find them. But, they went forth in the name of the Lord - and everywhere they stretched forth their hand, the sick were healed, and the blind eyes were opened. There was not a long prayer. And one of the things that seemed - after I had reviewed the vision so many times in my mind - and I thought about it so many times - I never saw a church, and I never saw or heard a denomination - but these people were going in the name of the Lord of Hosts. Hallelujah!
As they marched forward, everything they did was as the ministry of Christ in the end-time. These people were ministering to the multitudes over the face of the earth. Tens of thousands, even millions, seemed to come to the Lord Jesus Christ. As these people stood forth and gave the message of the kingdom - of the coming kingdom - in this last hour, it was so glorious. It seemed there are those that rebelled. They would become angry. And they tried to attack those workers that were giving the message in this end-time. But nothing could hinder it. God is going to have a people. God is going to give to the world a demonstration in this last hour such as the world has never known before. These men and women are of all walks of life. Degrees will mean nothing. I saw these workers as they were going over the face of the earth. When one would seem to stumble and fall, another would come and pick them up. There were no big "I" and little "you". But, every mountain was brought low and every valley was exalted, and they seemed to have one thing in common - there was a divine love - a divine love that seemed to flow forth from these people as they went together, as they worked together, as they lived together- it was the most glorious thing that I have ever known. Jesus Christ was the theme of their life. Is Jesus the theme of your life today? Does He mean everything to you?
They continued - and it seemed the days went by - as I stood and beheld this sight, I could only cry - and sometimes I laughed - it was so wonderful, as these people went throughout the face of the whole earth, bringing forth in this last end-time. And as I watched form the very heaven itself, there were times when there were great deluges of this liquid light seemed to fall upon great congregations. And that congregation would lift up their hands and seemingly praise God for hours and even days, as the Spirit of God came upon them.
God said, "I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh." And that is exactly the thing that God was doing. And to every man and to every woman that received this power, and the anointing of God, the miracles of God, there was no ending to it.
We have talked about miracles, we have talked about signs and wonders, but I could not help but weep as I read again this morning - at four o'clock this morning - I read again, the letter from our native worker, from the superintendent of the Church of God, who wrote the letter and told of this native worker. That is only the evidence of the beginning for one man. A 'do nothing', a 'no body', an 'unheard of', who would go and stretch forth his hand and say, "In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command life to come into your body." I dropped to my knees, and began to pray again, and I said, "Lord, I know that this thing is coming to pass, and I believe it is coming soon."
As then again as these people were going about the face of the earth, a great persecution seemed to come from every end of the earth. Suddenly there was another great, loud clap of thunder, that seemed to resound around the world. And I heard again the voice - the voice that seemed to speak, "Now this is My people, this is My beloved bride."
And when the voice spoke, I looked upon the earth, and I could see the lakes and mountains. The graves were opened, and people from all over the world, the saints of all ages seemed to be rising. As they rose from the graves - suddenly all these people came from every direction - from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and they seemed to be forming again this gigantic body. As the dead in Christ seemed to be rising first, I could hardly comprehend it - it was so marvellous, it was so far beyond anything I could ever dream or think of. But, as this body suddenly began to form, and take shape again, it took shape again in the form of this mighty giant. But this time it was different - it was arrayed in the most beautiful, gorgeous white - its garments were without spot or wrinkle, as this body began to form. And the people of all ages seemed to be gathering into this body. And slowly, slowly, as it began to form up into the very heavens, suddenly from the heavens above, the Lord Jesus came -became the Head. And I heard another clap of thunder, that said, "This is My beloved in whom I have waited. She will come forth, even tried by fire - this is she that I have loved form the beginning of time."
And as I watched this giant that seemed to melt, suddenly it became millions of people over the face of the earth.
And as I beheld the sight before me, people stood up all over the world - they were lifting up their hands, and they were praising the Lord.
At that very moment, there came a great thunder that seemed to roar from the heavens - a voice as even the lion that roared. I turned my eyes toward the heaven, and suddenly I saw a figure in white, in glistening white - the most glorious thing that I have ever seen in all my life. I did not see the face, but somehow I knew it was the Lord Jesus Christ. Somehow I knew it was Jesus Himself. And He stretched His hand. And as He did - He would stretch it forth to one - and to another - and to another - and He stretched forth His hand upon the peoples and the nations of the world, men and women. As he pointed towards them, this liquid light seemed to flow from His hand into this person, and a mighty anointing of God came upon them. And those people began to go forth in the name of the Lord.
I do not know how long I watched it. It seemed it went into days and weeks and months. And I beheld this Christ - He continued to stretch forth His hand.
But there was a tragedy. There were many people, as He stretched forth His hands, that refused the anointing of God and the call of God. I saw many women that I knew, people that I felt that certainly they would receive the call of God. But as He stretched forth His hands to this one, they simply bowed their heads and began to back away. And to each of those that seemed to bow down and back away, they seemed to go into darkness. Blackness - seemed to swallow them everywhere. I was bewildered as I watched it. But these people that He had anointed - hundreds and thousands of people all over the world - in Africa, Asia, Russia, China, America - all over the world. The anointing of God was upon all these people as they went forth in the name of the Lord. I saw these men and women as they went forth - they were ditch-diggers, they were washer-men, they were rich men, they were poor men - I saw people who were bound with paralysis, and sickness and blindness. As the Lord stretched forth His hand to give them this anointing they became well, they became healed - and they went forth.