bill yount familyBill Yount – Sep 11, 2015

America, Is That a Prayer On Your Lips That I Hear…
and Is That a Tear in Your Eye?

In the Spirit I saw hairline cracks appearing on the marble floor of the White House. As I saw these hairline cracks, I sensed the Lord speaking from Job 14:7-9:

For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will grow again, and that the tender branch (of government) thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.”


I sensed the Lord saying, “As Samson’s hair began to grow again, so are the spiritual roots of this nation.” As I saw the cracking of the floor increase, it was like the very foundation of deception and greed was beginning to be dismantled…exposing the enemy! (The enemy is not a man but satan.)

appeal to heaven flagI said to the Lord, “What has caused these spiritual roots to begin to grow again at this time?” I sensed the Father saying, “I have collected in a bottle every tear that swelled up in every eye that has mourned for this nation. These tears in My bottle are now being poured out over America, causing her roots of righteousness to begin to spring forth in the land.”

Paramedic Angels

ems-logoIn the spirit, I saw what appeared to be “paramedic angels” dispatched, dropping from the heavens, as in parachutes, landing on the front lawn of the White House. It seemed that those grass roots of righteousness that began to crack the White House floor had set off an alarm in Hell, summoning these angels with urgency to surround the White House.

I saw multitudes of other angels descending upon and filling up the mall of the nation’s capitol. I saw that these were Second Chronicles 7:14 angels who had the Scripture written all over them,

If My people who are called by My name shall humble themselves and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Warring on Corporate Prayer

pray for americaThese Second Chronicles angels seemed to have had assignments throughout the ages to descend upon nations that were in critical time frames where a nation seemed to be hanging in the balance of going either way. These angels warred solely and strictly on “corporate prayer” only! I sensed they had come to Washington, DC, but now were given orders to wait on the rising tide of “corporate prayer” from the heart of America.

Some certain angels were released into war for a nation only through tears…nothing else moved these ones. I asked the Lord, “Father, why ‘paramedic angels’? I have never heard of them.”

I sensed He responded, “I plan to give mouth to mouth resuscitation to America and kiss her face again!”

Oh America, is that a prayer on your lips that I hear…and is that a tear in your eye?

Bill Yount
Blowing the Shofar Ministry

Bill Yount has been a member of Bridge of Life in Hagerstown, Maryland, for the past 36 years where he is now an elder and a home missionary. He is currently an advisor at large for Aglow International. Bill faithfully served in prison ministry at Mount Hope for 23 years and now travels full-time, both in the U.S. and internationally, ministering in churches and Aglow circles. “Humility and humor” characterize his ministry as he brings forth a fresh word that is “in season,” proclaiming the Word of the Lord! The shofar (or ram’s horn) is often used in his meetings, breaking the powers of darkness over regions, churches, and households. The shofar represents God’s breath blowing into the nostrils of His people, reviving them and awakening the lost. Many of God’s messages, which Bill ministers prophetically, come out of his everyday life with his family and friends.

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10-days-2015 banner10 Days of Prayer Connecticut

gregg impact ctThe 10 Days initiative has been birthed in a visionary call from the Lord to his church. Every year until the Lord returns, on the ten days from Rosh Hashanah (feast of trumpets) through Yom Kippur (day of atonement), God is calling His people to unite in worship and in repentance and prayer to see His kingdom come to our needy communities and to speed the Lord’s return to our troubled world. Impact Connecticut has watched the national 10 Days movement grow these past few years, as more and more cities and states have “signed on” to the vision.

“Babylon refuses to mourn, but My people will mourn before My return”

  • Are you eager to see the Lord’s hand move mightily in the state of Connecticut, and indeed our Nation?
  • Do you believe the Spirit of Revival is already here?
  • Is John 17 unity “Let them be one as we are one” part of your DNA?
  • When you see tragedy strike or unrighteous rule, do you long for the Lord to intervene?
  • Do you think the whole state needs to know: “God so loved Connecticut that He gave His only Son. Believe in Him and you shall not perish!” ?

This year, from September 13th to 23rd, let’s seek the face of God together for the great state of Connecticut!

Impact Connecticut is excited to trumpet this vision and support this initiative. Gatherings for worship, prayer, and repentance are planned all across our state during these 10 Days. Check the calendar of events for updates and make plans to join us for one or more of the gatherings!

holy land

Waterbury, Connecticut

Below, find schedule of  worship nights (also indicated in “red” on the schedule), kicking off 13th of September (coincidentally on the last day of the Shemitah – 29th day of Elul in the Sabbath year of release), up the mountain of “Holy Land USA” in Waterbury. Yes, such a place exists in Connecticut! There are also many prayer additional times of prayer around the state (indicated in “blue” on the schedule), including 10 Days Hartford.

Follow 10 Days CT day by day on Impact CT’s Facebook Page

10 Days 2015 Schedule

Desert(as originally published in 10Days).

I had a dream in the early morning of July 4th. I was sitting next to Church Pierce (an international leader) in a mining cart approaching a tunnel. We were talking about the value of prophetic gifts to the Body of Christ.  I said to Chuck:

You know, in the old days people would look at a land and go to a lush valley, saying: let’s go there, because there is provision, food, etc. And they would look at a desert or arid places and say – there is nothing there. But a word for the body of Christ is: if we have the technology and gifts, we can go to an arid place and live.”


Since this dream was on July 4th, I took that it was not only a dream for me, but for the U.S. Another interpretation of the date is that the dream is about our “Independence”, or freedom.

So, what might these words mean?

It pretty clearly points to a few scriptures which are worth mentioning here. First, and importantly, this seems to be almost a direct reference to Genesis 13.

Genesis 13: Abraham and Lot

The scriptures tell us that both Abraham and Lot were Godly men. However, strife was developing between their clans, and the Lord led Abraham to know it was time for separation. Without being set apart and consecrated, Abraham couldn’t walk into his inheritance.

So Abraham gave Lot the freedom of choice. Lot chose the lush lands of the plains of the Jordan. Abraham was left with the desert (Negev). Though “2nd choice”, Abraham trusted God would place him where he needed to be. Lot’s decision to go for the lush valley was “logical” because to the eyes of the flesh, it looked like a fertile plane. However, what looked right in Lot’s eyes, ended up in destruction (Sodom and Gomorrah), while Abraham was blessed and multiplied in the desert.

To the carnal mind, Lot used his leverage to pick first and got the better deal. But to the spiritually minded, Abraham’s desert was the very path God had made in order for him to receive his inheritance (v15). But who would want a desert?

Desert – Famine and Drought

A desert place is a place of testing and refining. Before Jesus stepped into His destiny on earth, he was tested in the desert for 40 days. Before Israel was able to enter into the Promised Land, they had to be tested, refined and prepared in the desert for 40 years.

I believe the Lord is saying three things to the church in this hour: One, the earth is entering into end-times shaking of world structures, including economic (Rev 18). Two, these troubled times will be a time used to refine the Bride before Christ’s return (Eph 5:27). Three, the world will not have hope filled answers, but the followers of Jesus will and it will be a time of great harvest. In other words, it will be the Church’s finest hour.

Instead of resisting this prophesied reality, we the remnant (sons of promise – Abraham) must separate ourselves from the world structures being shaken (Babylon, house built on the sand) and embrace the new path, because God is saying this is the path to our inheritance, the path to true independence from the spirit of this age:

desert-streamBehold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:19


My sense in the dream was that technology represents the “Knowledge of God.” Meaning: if we know God intimately, His ways, and we walk-out His Word in obedience, then we have everything we need – no matter what the climate. Through operating in the gifts He has given men, by the Spirit (Eph 4; 1 Cor 12), we can not only survive, but thrive in arid conditions. Miracles will be key.

I believe the knowledge of God also includes literal technology (like modern Israel’s high yield farming in the desert), but it really starts with faith in the “unseen”. Like Bob Jones once said, “You can’t figure it out, you have to faith it out.” Doing so isn’t logical. Therefore, the temptation in all this, is that it becomes a battle of the “gray-matter” – a civil war of the blue (heavenly minded) versus the gray (carnal minded).

Several years ago I had a dream where I was shown a dust-bowl scene of a great depression. People were on their stoops, out of work, lacking hope. It was very black and white. In the town’s general store, the shelves were bare. The only thing in stock (and the only thing in color: blue) was lots of “Bud Light”. In the dream, beer represented the knowledge of God. However, all that was on offer (from the church) was a “light” version. It was ineffective in such desperate times. No one was “buying it.” The message of the dream is that the only effective solution for people suffering in the times ahead will be the deep well springs of the knowledge of God (Psalms 42:7) – the strong drink (Prov 31:6) – because without the strong drink, people will perish (Hos 4:6)!


green in the desertNow is coming a time of difficulty we haven’t yet seen (arid place). Embrace it, and God will show us the path of blessing and promise. Reject it, and we risk ending up on a path to destruction.

If we listen to God and conform to His will, He will make a way through the desert—not only a way, but a blessed way that blooms!  An oasis in the desert from which we can help rescue others. God so loved the world that He gave His only son so that men would not perish! Jesus is the strong drink that perishing men need in desperate times.

The temptation will be our “gray-matter” (the carnal, logical, earthly mind – the “rebel”) getting in the way – telling us, no, no, no – God would never remove the economic prosperity He has given us! The mind would say: No! the way forward is the proven place – the old place of the lush valley (the way of the current “Egyptian”, “Babylonian”, or “Baal” economy of “bull markets” and “big government” – the fertile plane of Sodom and Gomorrah). But it’s a deception – a mirage – because ultimately, it is a place that will be destroyed (Rev 18:4).

God will prosper us and lead us into the promised land, but we must have ears to hear and a heart of obedience, for these are serious times requiring a sober watchfulness (1 Peter 4:7). What may look bad to the natural eyes, ultimately turns out great by God. In fact, in the end, Abraham inherited all the land, including the valley of the Jordan. Yes, our promised land will be found right in the midst of the desert! Let us have understanding.

Let us therefore be like the woman of Revelation 12:14:

But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time…

The Lord is saying, follow me into the desert and I will nourish you!

Jonathan Cahn NYC

Will America Avoid Calamity?

Jonathan Cahn

I take no joy in being the bearer of bad news.

That might sound strange coming from the author of The Harbinger and The Mystery of the Shemitah. But that’s the point. If I must be that bearer, then there has to be a very strong reason behind it. And so when I’m asked to write how America can avoid judgment or calamity, I find myself in a predicament. The reason is this: I don’t believe it will be avoided. And if we don’t look at the magnitude of the situation, we’ll be of no effect, impact or good in the matter.

What we are now witnessing is unprecedented in the history of America and modern culture. In the 1970s Ruth Graham made the statement: “If God doesn’t judge America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” Those words were spoken at a time when the Ten Commandments were still displayed in public schools and government buildings, when marriage was overwhelmingly upheld, when the idea that God and Jesus could be mocked on national television as the object of comedy would be unimaginable, when the idea that there would come a time when half or more of American children would be born out of wedlock and the president of the United States would be endorsing homosexuality would be unimaginable. And yet if Ruth Graham could speak of God’s judgment on the America of that day, how much more true is it now, and how much farther is this nation down the road to judgment?

While individual believers, churches and ministries may see success in ministry and many brought to salvation, the state of the church as a whole with regard to the culture that surrounds it is another matter altogether. Despite what many preach, these are not the best of times and things are not getting better—but decidedly worse. There has been no great national revival on American shores in years. But there has been a great apostasy. And that apostasy has deepened in its intensity, widened in its scope and accelerated in its speed. And most of the church has been ineffective in slowing it down, much less stopping or reversing it.

We now find ourselves on the defense, having our jobs threatened for merely standing on the Word of God. And rather than causing us to grow stronger, too many believers and ministers have grown timid and weak, not wanting to pay a price for their faith. And in the midst of the greatest moral and spiritual decay in modern times, the pulpits have largely grown silent in answering it, more focused on how God can fulfill our will and desires than calling the church to fulfill the will and desires of God. And we wonder why the culture around us is going to hell. If the American church had been the salt and light it was called to be, there is no way that the culture could have grown so dark and rotting.

So do I believe that we can avoid God’s judgment, the hand of His shaking? No—not any more than could ancient Israel. No nation, so blessed with God’s blessings, can so blatantly war against the God of its blessings and expect those blessings to continue. I believe a great shaking is coming to this nation. Does that mean I have no hope? No, not at all. Rather I believe that America has grown so far from God that without a great shaking there would be no hope. I believe America has grown so deafened to God’s voice, that it will not be in His whispers but in His crying out and shouting that it has any chance of now hearing. Most of us came to the Lord, or drew closer to the Lord because there was some kind of shaking in our lives. If that’s true for individuals, why do we think it less true for nations?

In the days after 9/11, it looked as if there was going to be a national revival. And there was a window of time when it could have taken place. All across the nation, people flocked to churches and prayed for God’s blessing. But there was no revival because there was no repentance. And without repentance, there can be no revival. And so it was not only that America failed to return to God, but in the years following 9/11, grew much farther away from God than it had ever been before. I believe it will take an event even greater than 9/11 for America to wake up and return. I don’t believe that it’s a choice between judgment or revival. At this point in America’s descent from God, I believe it will only be through judgment, as in a great shaking, that revival would come—to those who will hear and turn.

Do we have a role to play in this? Yes. Do we have any biblical model to give us direction? We do. The prophet Elijah likewise lived in a time of national apostasy and judgment. And yet he was powerfully used to accomplish God’s purposes. What does he reveal to us about our calling in this day?

A Time of National Apostasy

Even in the face of great evil and persecution, Elijah never succumbed to the temptation to live on the defensive. He lived decidedly on the offensive. He knew that no matter what it looked like, God was in control and so as long as he followed God, he would be living on the winning side. Elijah lived, not to be acted upon, but to act upon the world around him. In the same way we must resist the temptation, in a day of great evil, to become reactionary and to live on the defense. The Lord didn’t give us that option. We are of the kingdom that only advances. We must therefore live proactively, resolving that we will not be affected by the world, but the world will be affected by us. We must set our hearts, make it our goal, to impact the darkness around us with the light.

Lights in the Darkness

Elijah was engaged with the nation and culture surrounding him. He was a light shining in its darkness. We must be the same. No matter what age we live in and no matter what the state of its culture, our calling to be the light of the world remains. The light doesn’t ignore the darkness. The light doesn’t pretend that the darkness isn’t really that dark. It doesn’t tone down its light to be politically correct or not to offend. It doesn’t hide its radiance in fear of persecution. Nor is it content to live a self-absorbed existence focusing on itself and its own prosperity. If it does any of these things, then it ceases being the light. What does the light do? It shines. It lights up the darkness. It changes the world around it. If we want to see revival, we must do likewise.

Weaned and Plugged In

Elijah lived in the midst of famine, and yet was unaffected by it. He had weaned himself of dependence on his culture and world. At the same time he became more and more dependent on God. The two things go together. Likewise, in the days ahead, we must become more and more independent of the world and culture around us. We must wean ourselves, our spiritual life, our emotional life, our thought life, our identity from the world. How do we do that? By becoming more dependent on God. The more plugged into God we become, the more independent of the world we will be. We must root and ground our lives all the more deeply and strongly on God and His Word. That which can be shaken will be shaken. But that which is rooted and grounded in God’s Word and truth will not be shaken.

Prayer, More Than Ever Before

In the same way, Elijah was a man of prayer. And the Bible records that his prayers were heard and effective. In the days ahead, we must become, even more so, people of prayer. In days of apostasy and chaos, it will be our sustenance and our strength, an anchor in the storm.

The Righteousness Key

Elijah was a man of righteousness. The Bible reveals that his righteousness was a key part of his ability to impact what happened to his nation. If we want to impact the future of our nation, we must likewise live lives of integrity and walk in righteousness. One of the most central Scriptures of revival, 2 Chronicles 7:14, involves as a key component that the people of God “turn from their evil ways.” If we walk in darkness, how can we be a light to that darkness?

If we walk in the ways of the world, how can impact it? And if we’re afraid of being different, how can we make a difference? It is crucial that we do whatever we have to do to live lives consistent with our faith, and walk in righteousness.

Living to Bless

Elijah knew nothing of a self-centered faith, focused on increasing his blessings and prosperity. Had he been focused on such things, he would have become of no effect. We must reverse the momentum. Instead of living to be blessed, we must live to be a blessing. That’s how Paul lived. That’s how Messiah lived. And that’s the vessel that God will use to impact the world.

Unadulterated, Uncompromised

Elijah never softened the Word of God and never compromised. In the same way, we must reject a watered-down gospel. If we want to see the full power of God’s Word, we must take that Word at full strength.

We can’t compromise to win people. Rather it is when we don’t compromise that we burn with the passion of God and shine with His glory—that’s when revival comes.

Your Own Revival

Elijah didn’t just preach the calling of God—He lived it. So we too must not only preach revival and pray for revival—we must start living in revival now. We can’t force others to walk in revival, but we can choose it for ourselves. If there is anything in our lives which has no place in the life of a saint, and which is under judgment, the time is now, not later, not tomorrow, to get it out of our lives. And if God has been calling us to answer His call, and we have not yet done it, the time is now, not later, and not tomorrow to answer it. Revival begins with us—or it doesn’t begin at all.

The Time for Greatness

We must not pray that God will spare America hard times, but rather that God will do whatever it takes to bring about repentance, salvation, and revival. The ministry of Elijah wasn’t hindered by calamity or persecution—rather it thrived. So the days in which we enter will not hinder our calling. In fact, these are the days that cause those who hold true to God’s Word to become great. When the dark grows darker, the lights grow brighter. Choose to do the right thing, even when it’s hard, even when it costs. Choose to be great and you will be—in His power. The eyes of the Lord search to and fro throughout the entire earth seeking the one whose heart is completely His. You be that person. And let us be that people. And God will greatly use us to accomplish His will on the earth for such a time as this.

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn is the New York Times best-selling author of The Harbingerand The Mystery of the Shemitah, president of Hope of the World ministries and senior pastor and Messianic rabbi of the Jerusalem Center/Beth Israel in Wayne, New Jersey. His teachings are widely known for revealing the deep mysteries of God’s Word.

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn shows how America is fulfilling Isaiah 9:10 by refusing to repent in the face of calamity at

this article appeared in May 2015 edition of Charisma Magazine

impact ct 2015 logo - grey backgroundGreetings in Jesus’ Name,

rick mckinniss impact croppedIn the past few years, the church has been pushed to the margins by culture and political forces.  How do the people of Christ respond?  Are we resigned to turf wars and rear guard actions…Or is this an invitation from heaven for the church to really become the church that incarnates the presence and ministry of Jesus to a society desperately in need of the gospel?

Impact Connecticut 2015 will feature inspiring perspectives on what God is up to and best case practices and testimonies of what God is doing here in our state.Just like last year, we’ve kept the conference as low-cost as possible, with group rates available and an early bird rate of $15/person, which is available through April 15th.

Who:                The Church in Connecticut
What:               Impact Connecticut 2015 Conference
Where:             Vertical Church in West Haven
When:              Friday, May 1st- Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Registration:     $15/person early bird; Register Now

Leaders including Bishop Joseph Mattera, Bishop Joseph Garlington, and Kevin Palau, among others, will be sharing with us. Worship will be led by Pastor Marcus Cole, and Saturday evening will be this year’s expression of the Connecticut United Night of Worship, featuring Zenzo Matoga, visionary and founder of the United Night of Worship. It’s two days to look forward to for sure!

A complete line-up of breakout sessions and conference details is available here.

Join us as we respond to the invitation from heaven to really become the church– incarnating the presence and ministry of Jesus to a society desperately in need of the gospel. Hope to see you there!

Rick McKinniss
Impact Connecticut


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