“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven
As of a rushing mighty wind…..”
A few years ago I was asked to conduct an evangelistic crusade in Port Vila, the
capital city of the Republic of Vanuatu, an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean.
Prior to the crusade, the pastor, along with his leaders and church members met with
me for a time of preparation. The meeting were held in a ordinary looking concrete
building that had openings for windows but no screens or glass or anything, just cut out
square holes in the concrete. Everyone was seated on wooden benches when I was asked
to speak after a time of worship. I noticed that the Pastor was seated alone on a bench
about 10 feet in front of me.
I do not remember what I spoke on that night but as I was speaking the Pastor began
to be agitated in front of me. He began looking to his right and shaking his head and
putting his finger in his ear as he looked. He then looked behind him at all the people
that were sitting there and had a perplexed look on his face. Then he looked to his left
and did the same thing with his ear and fingers. He then looked right then left and
suddenly he was looking straight at me with his eyes wide open and a shocked look on
his face. Then, he just fell straight backwards off the bench and on the concrete floor,
right on his back. I just kept ministering as I had seen all kinds of things happen in
meetings the past few years. He lay that way for about 45 minutes.
We began singing a song about wanting to be closer to the Lord when he got up and
came to where I was and asked if he could share something. Of course, I said, as he was
the pastor. He began to share an amazing story of what had just happened to him.
As he was listening to the message he began to hear a sound, a loud sound of wind
blowing in the building. It was so real yet he felt no wind blowing, just the sound. He
began looking to see where it was coming from and now I realized what he was doing
when he looked towards the windows on either side of the building. He assumed
everyone heard what he was hearing and looked around but everyone was just sitting
there and it got louder and he thought he was imagining things.
Then Jesus appeared in front of him and that explained to me why his eyes got so big.
The Lord walked up to him and gently tapped his forehead with one finger. Obviously
that touch knocked him flat on his back under the power of God. He went on to say that
he had been physically suffering for some time and was always fatigued but now he was
completely healed and felt like a brand new man, young again. He was completely
This “wind” came from “heaven”, the Acts of the Apostles declared. It was a
“rushing” wind! A sudden, surging of the Spirit of God upon those in the upper room
but here again in Vanuatu. It was a “mighty” wind! The word “mighty” means violent,
forcible, and strong and the Spirit of God overpowered those it came upon. It was a
“wind” and you can’t see wind, but you can feel it and it comes from heaven. The word
“wind” actually means “an opening” and when the Holy Spirit begins to move and blow
so to speak, the realms of heaven and the realities of God begin to be experienced, they
open up to us.
The wind of God that this pastor experienced that night was the beginning of the
winds of God blowing during the crusade. The Spirit of God would surge suddenly upon
the crowds and His presence overwhelmed them, knocking them down where they met
God. People were saved, delivered and healed by God in this manner.
The Winds Continue To Blow
This pastor had started over 40 churches and after the meetings wanted to go around
the island visiting the villages. The winds of God continued to blow. We would come to
a village and all those that lived there would gather and I would preach. As I spoke, the
Spirit of God would come suddenly and rush upon them, overpowering them and they
would begin getting delivered as they cried out to God. It happened in every village.
We came upon a man who was laying stone. Jim told me he was one of his pastors
and as I stood next to the man for a picture, suddenly the power of God came like the
wind and he went out in front of his building and God began to visit him. We left him
there under the presence of God.
These things began 2,000 years ago, they are for today.
In Proverbs 30:4, it talks about “gathering the wind in his fists”, and only God
controls the wind and when He opens His “fists”, get ready for the release of pent up
power and presence, coming your way!
A Rushing Wind in Kauai
One time Jana and I were in Kauai and during a service the Lord spoke to her that He
was going to come like the wind in the evening service. When we gathered that night I
stepped out by faith and announced that this would take place. I just stood there and then
sat down at the foot of the pulpit and waited. Minutes went by. Five minutes then six
then seven. Finally 10 minutes went by when suddenly from the back row, a man who
we found out later was a visitor, stood up and screamed and an overwhelming, physical
wind started from where he was to the front and came upon everyone in the church. I
myself was knocked backwards by the wind of God!
This physically felt “wind”, erupted into a visitation upon the entire church. People
were instantly delivered from bondages, addictions, oppressions and healed of
emotional and spiritual woundedness, as individuals, married couples and families. It
was wonderul and it was a might act of God!
Rushing Wind in Lautoka
A rushing mighy wind came one day in Lautoka, Fiji. We were in theatre when the
Spirit of God came upon me in an unusual way. It did not happen before then and it has
not happened since. I just began to do a Fiji war dance. I had seen someone do that one
time at a prayer meeting in Hawaii and God enabled me to do the dance I saw right there
in front of this packed out meeting in a theatre. Suddenly the wind of God came like a
spiritual cyclone or tornado. One of the meanings of “rushing” is to be carried, or borne
along with force or speed. It also means to be “moved inwardly”. So one is affected by
the Spirit of God as wind, both inwardly and outwardly. We saw this as men and women
were literally blown through the air without any person touching them and landing in
heaps, bodies everywhere, even on top of each other. In that nation, men sat on one side
and women on the other and that was destroyed instantaneously by the wind of God.
What is the point you might ask? The fists of God opened and the winds of His Spirit, His actual person, came forcefully and violently upon these people. No one planned this and no one was even thinking or would even desire this to happen
Suddenly,there came a sound from heaven, a tempest blast of God’s power and we
listened in AWE at the testimonies that came forth from these people. It was not just
some physically weird thing but the actual miraculous creative power of God that moved
people inwardly, changing them on the inside. It was an intelligent working of God
transforming them and their character.
Strong men testified of being broken of their pride, their abusive ways, their treatment
of wives. They testified of being set free culturally to be Fijian and to express their God
given identities as warriors to battle for the Lord. Forgiveness flowed, marriages,
families were healed. People shared how they encountered God personally as never
before and experienced the reality of God for the first time. Demonic powers were
vanquished by the mighty rushing wind of the Holy Spirit and all declared the wonderful
works of God. Husbands began to sit with their wives in services and the cyclone of
heaven uprooted root systems of falsehood in thinking in many lives.
The sound of a rushing mighty wind is coming upon a generation that will declare the
wonderful works of God.
Let the winds of God blow upon your life today!