A heavenly perspective on the 400th “anniversary” of slavery in America

A heavenly perspective of 400 years

There are other time markers of 400 years that carry great significance in history; the first recorded in Scripture is that of the bondage of the descendants of Abraham. There are those who would substitute the enslavement of the African people with that of the sons of Israel. However, Israel’s story is our story as it leads to Jesus, our ultimate emancipator; and that story carries the living testimony of the covenant that all believers in Jesus’ saving grace have been grafted into. I believe that Joseph’s story that begins in Genesis 37 provides a better picture of the posture we should take.

I learned from my newly-met Ghanaian family that my people were sold into slavery by “our brothers” (for which they grieved and repented). My people also labored in someone else’s “house” and prospered them; and we have often been falsely accused, imprisoned and forgotten. I by no means want to minimize the horrors and loss that we have suffered as a people, but, in God, there comes a day of redemption and increase. Joseph used his prophetic gift of dream interpretation and then his spiritual gift of wisdom to, not only personally be released from his past bondage, but also save the nation in which he was “planted” as well as the nation of his people.

Here is My God Story­–Pre-Appointed Times & Boundaries:

 (Includes several excerpts from An Oak of Righteousness)

In September 2007, I was prompted by the Lord to attend a conference in Virginia Beach. I had arrived early. I was getting ready to walk the beach with a friend when a pastor stopped to tell us about Rev. Robert Hunt. He asked us if we knew how close we were to the First Landing. Even though I had been taking a deep dive on Revival History, I did not recall ever hearing about Robert Hunt or the First Landing. With modern technology being as it is, I continued my walk while I looked up who Rev. Robert Hunt was and exactly what was the First Landing.

I discovered that Rev. Hunt was an Anglican minister who was commissioned under the Virginia Charter to evangelize the land that stretched from South Carolina to Maine and far to the west. The location was called the First Landing because it was the place that the permanent colony of Jamestown had first come onto the shores of this land. Rev. Hunt carried a huge wooden cross with him. After first making the crew stay on board for three days of fasting and praying, he led them ashore on April 29, 1607. They immediately dedicated this land to the Lord.

Rev. Hunt used covenantal language to declare, “From these very shores the Gospel shall go forth not only to this New World but the entire world.” At the end of the prayer, he read a passage from Psalm 22:27-28 (KJV), “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the Lord’s and he ruleth among the nations.”

I read that Rev. Hunt was married with children, and that he did not survive beyond the following year, dying at age 39.  I felt a kindred connection with him, as I already was past that age, and marveled at the great risk he took to travel to a land that had yet to see a colony survive. I knew it had to be the Lord who drew him. I thought about another man who perished at that age, Dr. King; he similarly had a call of God on his life, which he pursued even though the risk was great and the likelihood strong that he would not personally survive. Both men had a dream, a vision, of a land where true worship, holy and righteous living, as well as kind and meaningful service to others on behalf of a loving Father could be rendered without regard to their nation of origin.

As the Virginia Beach conference progressed, my spirit was stirred about Acts 17:26-27 (NKJV): “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” Suddenly, I could feel the Lord’s heart for this nation. I knew in those moments that it did not matter how I got here: I was planted in this nation on purpose, for such a time as this.

Rev. Robert Hunt— Can These Dry Bones Live?

In 2015, I felt a quickening about visiting Virginia Beach during Thanksgiving. … Then that July, I read that they had finally positively identified a set of bones that they had excavated in Jamestown a couple years prior as those of Rev. Robert Hunt. My spirit was stirred as I thought it was a profound and much needed sign for this nation to remember her history, her root of covenant, her prophetic destiny!

Replica of Rev. Robert Hunt's cross--Cape Henry

I felt burdened to walk that First Landing Beach, find the spot where the cross was planted, repent there on behalf of the nation for our sin of falling away from the Lord, and rededicate her to the Lord. I would also ask the Lord to visit us again. I could almost hear Dutch Sheets’ voice resounding in my ear, “it is the synergy of the ages–we need to step into the timeline of the old, old stories.”

I planned to get re-fired before my departure to Virginia Beach since Dutch Sheets was speaking at Glory of Zion the weekend prior to Thanksgiving at the Awakening Our Prophetic Destiny for the Future Conference. However, the communication lines in the region had been severed, and I was unable to receive any live feed. It was not until almost a week after my trip that I heard James Vincent sing about the story of the man thrown onto Elisha’s bones and how he was raised from the dead, and then Dutch Sheets talk about the identification of Robert Hunt’s bones as being a sign for our nation! Holy Spirit was speaking. I can tell you that something shifted in my spirit while “on assignment” in Virginia Beach. I felt Holy Spirit fire in my bones!

Another Sign—From Bondage to Freedom

When our team traveled to Virginia Beach this past January 2019 to add worship to the prayers we had already added to Rev. Robert Hunt’s prayers of dedication for this nation, we also visited the Hampton Roads Naval Museum.

Hampton Roads Naval Museum
Hampton Roads Naval Museum

There I learned that the Union Navy had launched campaigns that ended up freeing the slaves in Dare County and Beaufort County where we had several prophetic encounters with the Lord about a new Underground Railroad that He was forming. I marveled that out of the very area that the first slave ships arrived to this land, the Lord released the ships of their rescue. The Lord is a Redeemer!

What the enemy meant for evil

I believe the Lord asked me to publish these encounters now to set a plumb line so that those of us in America who are of African descent would not get lost in anger, despair or misdirection. We ALL have a prophetic destiny that is for an appointed time. And just as Joseph declared when he was face-to-face with those “family members” who caused him to be enslaved, I encourage you to understand that “what the enemy meant for evil, God meant for good for the saving of many people” (Gen. 50:20). We are ALL in this nation to be an answer—to use our spiritual giftings and callings to provide solutions to the famine of righteousness that is ravaging our land! Now is the time to arise, take your place in His kingdom and save nations!

Yvonne Denise–Author, An Oak of Righteousness

Email: yvonnedenise5779@gmail.com

Yvonne has been active in ministry for nearly 40 years, serving both in the marketplace and in the local church. She is a watchman intercessor who walks in the anointing of a seer prophet. She currently is the Founding Apostle of Releasing Heaven Ministries. She is aligned with Apostle Chuck Pierce via Glory of Zion International and Global Spheres, Inc. Her heart passions are to labor to see every home become a house of prayer, to be a bridge connecting the generations, and to be a catalyst for women arising to their God-ordained calling. She regularly shares her God Stories on social media under “This Is That: Makin’ It Plain.”

Her itinerary can be found at www.ephesians4movement.org.

More about her book can be found at: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/An-Oak-of-Righteousness.