Joe McIntyre’s Vision of John G. Lake & E. W. Kenyon
I was driving down the freeway to attend the board meeting of the International Fellowship of Ministries, which was then known as Ministerial Fellowship of the USA. This organization of ministers was founded by John G. Lake’s son-in-law and daughter shortly before World War II. At the time of the vision I was a trustee on the board.
As I drove down the road I was meditating in my mind on the scripture that I had been pondering that morning in prayer. The scripture was Eph. 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, for good works that God prepared beforehand for us to walk in.” I was chewing on the first part of the verse, “for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus…” I like to meditate on the “in Christ” scriptures as a way of building myself up.
As I thought on this verse I went on in my mind to quote the rest of the verse, “for good works that God prepared beforehand for us to walk in.” As I quoted this part of the verse I was suddenly seeing the gates of Heaven. I say the gates, although I don’t recall seeing any actual gates, it was the entryway, the doorway into Heaven. There was a huge multitude of people entering in; you could almost say a cloud.
On either side of the mass of people there stood a man. On one side stood John G. Lake. On the other side stood E.W. Kenyon. They had streams of water flowing down their cheeks. They were weeping with gladness and gratitude. They were saying, “Thank you, thank you, for not losing the vision. Thank you for not losing the vision.”
As I later was re-telling this vision to some folks who visiting us from South Africa, I became aware of something that I knew at one level, but had never consciously grasped. This multitude was flowing from Africa into Heaven! A huge army of people from Africa had laid hold of the vision of Lake and Kenyon.
As I was beholding this sight of Lake and Kenyon and the multitude, the vision merged into a vision of the face of Jesus. At this point the anointing hit me and I burst into tears. Then, as quickly as it came, the vision was gone. I was back driving on the freeway!
In the vision the Lord gave me, the significant line from Ephesians 2:10 that triggered the vision was “…created for good works, that God planned beforehand that we should walk in them.” We believe “not letting the vision die,” is in heart of IFM which was founded in 1947 by Wilford Reidt (son-in-law of Lake and his wife Gertrude (Lakes daughter).
I discovered in my research on Kenyon that he and Lake were friends. Lake ’s favorite book other than the Bible was Kenyon’s The Father and His Family. Lake preached for Kenyon when the latter pastored in Las Angeles in the late 1920’s. They used to meet together with some other brethren to discuss the future of the Pentecostal movement when Lake was building a work in San Diego. Lake ended up doing a great work in Spokane, WA. E.W. Kenyon spent his last 15 or so years in Seattle, WA. Both made a great impact by demonstrating the power of God in divine healing and miracles. Both demonstrated that the Church of Jesus Christ is to exercise dominion in His name. They were pioneers in the faith walk. They have shown us in a measure what is available for the Church to walk in. They have spied out the Land and given us a taste of its sweet fruit.
Let us go up and take the Land, we are well able!