(The following is a prophetic word given at Vinelife Church. This is one of several declarations that have shaped the identity and vision of the Vinelife community. We pray this message serves to encourage us personally and communally.)
Sons of Thunder (selected excerpts)
James Ryle – Founding Pastor of Vinelife
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‘When I awoke, the Lord said that there was going to be a new and distinctive anointing and sound restored to music that will turn the heads and capture the hearts of men for Jesus Christ… Simply singing the truth in the name of Jesus Christ, “We say unto you be saved,” will release the power of His Spirit in such an awesome display that men and women will collapse in their seats and be converted to Christ. But the Lord said that a key to this will be this new anointing He is about to give to His music.
True worship and true music belong to Jesus Christ. They are given to His church to serve Him with. The anointing the Lord is about to release on music is going to sweep the world in a manner like the Beatles did when they first came out. It’s going to be a music that is new in kind, new in sound, arresting in its content; it will stop traffic, and it will turn men’s heads and capture their hearts, but this time it will do it for the Lord.
Immediately the dream changed. I had these two photographs in my left hand and a parchment scroll in my right hand. I looked at that scroll and it was a letter written by an unknown soldier of the Salvation Army forty years ago. It was signed Unknown Soldier. I read this letter and it was a prophecy. It said that the time would come when the Lord God will release into the streets an army of worshipping warriors known as the “Sons of Thunder.” They will bring forth praise into the streets that will birth evangelism and praise and give many children to God.
Then the Lord said this, “The last call is a call to intercession.” He said to me that the dream ended the way it did for an important reason. He wanted us to know that while it is going to happen, it is not happening yet. It’s about to happen, and between now and when it does there is a call for intercession. When the prophecy of that unknown soldier of the Salvation Army of a generation ago and the vision of the anointed man of music are joined hand in hand by those who will intercede, and those two things touch the heart of Jesus through intercessory prayer, the anointing will be released on the Sons of Thunder. And the Sons of Thunder will be released into the streets. We will then see a worldwide move of the Spirit of God.