In conversation last night with one of my brothers, Larrie Robinson, a man “touched by God as he lay in a prayer closet years ago”, He reminded me and spoke prophetically to me from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speech entitled, “I Have A Dream. In the speech that I call prophesying, Dr. King spoke that, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.” and so as I heard him speaking on this part of the speech, I could clearly see the prophetic voice in this speech, and that it was not just a speech to me anymore, it was the voice of God to a Nation.
Larrie put emphasis on the words, t and as he did it caught my attention and I began to see what he and Dr. King was saying. I begin to think on the definition of what that word means and what Dr. King saw as he spoke that in his speech. Merriam Webster’s had one definition of the word as, “to fight against a ruler or government <The people rose (up) in revolt (against the king).” Another defintion by Merriam Webster is (a) : to assume an upright position especially from lying, kneeling, or sitting (b) : to get up from sleep or from one’s bed.
And so I began to see in the prophetic realm of what was happening now in America. Dr. King’s speech was not just a speech for his time but was out into the future. He say where A Nation of people would one day rise up and say enough is enough and we will not quit until the world recognizes that America is ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTIC FOR ALL and that all men are created equal and can live in peace as a nation regardless of the color of their skin.
So I became inspired to write my thoughts in this blog. As I began thinking back my mind began reflecting back on God handiwork of freedom in this country.
“William Joseph Seymour was a African American preacher that was born to former slave parents on May 2, 1870 and died September 28, 1922. William Joseph Seymour was an initiator of the “Azusa Street Revival” The Azusa Street Revival was a historic Pentecostal revival meeting that took place in Los Angeles, California and is the origin of the Pentecostal movement. It was led by William Joseph Seymour.
It began with a meeting on April 9, 1906, and continued until roughly 1915. The revival was characterized by ecstatic spiritual experiences accompanied by amazing physical healing miracles, dramatic worship services, speaking in tongues, and inter-racial mingling. The participants were criticized by the secular media and Christian theologians for behaviors considered to be outrageous and unorthodox, especially at the time. Today, the revival is considered by historians to be the primary catalyst for the spread of Pentecostalism in the 20th century. The racial violence in the American South at this time had one of the highest rates of lynchings in the nation. In the 1890s, Seymour left the South and by doing this, he escaped the horrific violence aimed at African Americans in the south during this period.
And so this revival began in 1906. Blacks and whites worshiped together at the same altar, against the normal segregation of the day. In September 1906, the leaders of the revival began printing the Apostolic Faith newsletter, and argued through it that the Spirit was bringing people together across all social lines and boundaries to the revival. Seymour not only rejected the existing racial barriers in favor of “unity in Christ”, he also rejected the then almost-universal barriers to women in any form of church leadership. Latinos soon began attending as well, after a Mexican-American worker received the Spirit baptism on April 13, 1906.
In October 1906, Charles Fox Parham arrived at the Azusa revival. After preaching several times, he became disgusted at the state of the revival. Parham denounced these views as unscriptural. Parham denounced the racial mixing of the revival, causing the egalitarian Seymour to disassociate with him.
As the revival went on, issues began to pop up that would affect Seymour’s leadership. It took only a couple of years before race issues within the movement started to become divisive. Racial segregation quickly became an issue in the movement, and the problem only grew as time went on.
And so, as this movement disseminated, a prophet, Martin Luther King Jr. an African American Baptist minister and activist was born on January 15, 1929 and died on April 4, 1968. Dr. King was a leader in the African American Civil Right Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
And so since the death of Dr. King in 1968 the world prophetically went quiet and so now 48 years later, the prophetic voice speaks AND the voice is heard in a nation.
From the “I Have A Dream Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
“There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted citizenship rights.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
And the marvelous new militarism which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers have evidenced by their presence here today that they have come to realize that their destiny is part of our destiny.
So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its Governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places plains, and the crooked places will be made straight, and before the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the mount with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the genuine discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, pray together; to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom forever, )mowing that we will be free one day.
And I say to you today my friends, let freedom ring. From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the mighty Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snow capped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only there; let freedom ring from the Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain in Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill in Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we’re free at last!”
And so NOW we are beginning to see that Nation rise up as they begin to tread down and encompass the cities with marches of peace and they will not rest until this nation is free, and so we are rising up from TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH to make this nation One Nation under God with liberty and justice for ALL as was intended by God before the foundation of the world because we are His children and His family that he desires to love each other as He loves us!
May God bless us all and May God bless America!
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William Joseph Seymour
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Charles Fox Parham