Kenneth E. Hagin was an influential American Charismatic preacher born on August 20, 1917 in McKinney, Texas to the family of Lillie Viola Drake Hagin and Jess Hagin. At the time of his birth he was so small and lifeless that the doctor thought that he was stillborn. Diagnosed with "a deformed heart and an incurable blood disease" from birth, Hagin was partially paralyzed by age 15, confined to bed, and told he had little time to live. In April 1933 Hagin said, his heart stopped beating, and his other vital signs failed three times. In each of these instances Hagin said he felt himself being dragged to hell. In the third instance, he prayed for Christ's help and forgiveness —and came back to life. On August 8, 1934, Kenneth Hagin miraculously described being raised from his deathbed by a revelation of "faith in God's Word" after reading (Mark 11: 22-24). The Bible scripture in (Mark 11: 22-24) defined his ministry and was his most frequently quoted verse: "And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them".
Kenneth E. Hagin ministered for almost 70 years after God miraculously healed him. Hagin began preaching in a predominantly Southern Baptist interdenominational church in Roland, Texas. But Hagin's emphasis on miracles and divine healing soon led him to the Pentecostals. He became an Assemblies of God minister in 1937, pastoring six churches until deciding in 1950 (after what he said was an appearance by Jesus) to become an itinerant healing evangelist.Hagin claimed the gift not only of healing, but also of prophecy. "When the word of knowledge began to operate in my life after I was filled with the Holy Ghost, I would know things supernaturally about people, places, and things, ...sometimes I would know through a vision", he wrote in 1972. Kenneth Hagin received many such visions throughout his duration of his ministry. One of them was a dramatic vision of the end - war and destruction - on American soil given to him by the Lord.
THE VISION: THE MESSAGE OF THE HORSEMAN
While I was conducting a revival in Rockwall, Texas, during the latter part of August and the first part of September, 1950. I called the people around the altar for prayer at 10 PM, September 2. As I was praying, the Spirit of the Lord came upon me in a wonderful way, and I began to pray in other tongues. As I lay under the power, I saw a horseman riding at full speed toward me. He held a scroll of paper high in his left hand. I was not conscious of my earthly surroundings, but seemingly was my in space somewhere. When the horseman came to me, he stopped; passed the scroll from his left hand to his right the handed it to me saying, “Take and read", I opened or unrolled it and saw at the top of the page in big, bold, black print these words: “WAR-DESTRUCTION." I was struck dumb and unable to speak. He laid his right hand on my head and said, “Read in the Name of Jesus Christ,” and I began to read what followed on the paper; then I looked as the words instructed, and saw what I had read about. I saw thousands and thousands of men in uniform marching to war. I saw many women, old, white haired, middle aged and even young women with babies in their arms bowed together in sorrow and weeping profusely. I saw the skyline of a large city and when I looked again the skyscrapers were burned out hulls, the city in ruins. There was written, "that not just one city would be thus destroyed, but many." I continued to read the scroll. It was written in the first person and was just like Jesus Himself speaking. He said, “America is receiving her last call. Some nations have already received their last call and will never receive another. THE TIME OF THE END OF ALL THINGS IS AT HAND,” was repeated at least four or five times. He said also that this was the last great revival.
GIFTS TO BE RESTORED TO THE CHURCH
All of the Gifts of the Spirit will be in operation in the last days and the Church will do greater things than even the early Church did, and have greater power, signs and wonders than were written in the Acts of the Apostles. He said we had seen and experienced many healings, but would now behold amazing miracles such as had not been seen before. More and more miracles will be performed in the last days which are just ahead, for He said, “It is time for the Gift of Working of Miracles to be more in prominence. We now have entered into the era of the miraculous. Many of my own people will not accept the moving of my Spirit and will turn back and will not be ready to meet Me at my coming. Many will be deceived by false prophets and miracles of Satanic origin. But follow the Word of God and the Spirit of God, and follow Me and you will not be deceived. I am gathering my own together and preparing them, for the time is short.” There were several exhortations to watchfulness, to awake, to pray and not be deceived.
THE 7 DAYS BEFORE THE FLOOD
Then He said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. As I finally spoke to Noah and said yet seven days and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth, so today I am speaking and giving America her last warning and call to repentance and the time that is left is comparable to the last seven days of Noah’s time.” “Warn this generation as did Noah his generation for judgment is about to fall, and these things shall be fulfilled shortly, for I am coming soon.” He said again, “This is the last revival and I am preparing my people for My coming. Judgment is coming but I will call my people away even unto myself before the worst shall come. But be thou faithful; watch and pray,” were the concluding remarks, “For the 'Time of the End' of all things is at hand.”
*(Kenneth E. Hagin Ministries: Rhema.org)*
*(As in all things, take everything that you read/viewed to the Lord in prayer)