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Intentional Christian Neighbors

The Calling to an Intentional Christian Neighborhood

IN 1971 KEN RECEIVED HIS LIFE MISSION FROM THE LORD

My pastor in St. Louis taught that every Christian has a calling, a ministry of our very own.  That was news to me, so for many nights I went for a walk to ask the Lord what mine was.  When He finally told me it didn’t seem believable at the time, and over the years I rejected it several times, only for the Lord to rebuke me and give me even more direction. 

In the summer of 1971, when I lived in St. Louis, the Lord told me that an economic crash was coming. I was told it would be much worse than the great depression of the ’30s and would involve much more than just the economy.

This will be an ongoing social, economic and political… and spiritual crash, unprecedented in history. Society will fall apart into chaos.

My mandate came in just three words; “Feed My Sheep.” I knew that meant both physically and spiritually. At the time it never occurred to me that this coming calamity sounded like the seven-year Tribulation period.

I was told that the church would not be prepared in any way for such a time, and they will not believe it until it actually fell upon them and left them cold, hungry, and desperate. I got the impression that a lot of people may die when this calamity hits, like when those two planes –SUDDENLY– flew into the unsuspecting occupants in twin towers in Manhattan.

My instructions were to put out the warning until that time. But I was to be ready to comfort and rescue that multitude who would not receive the warning before the crash does come.

Many will feel that their pre-tribulation-rapture & Partial Preterist teachings lied to them, and they will leave their teachers and churches in droves. Some will leave the faith, blaming Jesus for not telling them the truth. This will be a desperate time for them and the worldly who did not hear or heed the warning.

But this message was way over my head at that time 

It took another 10 years for me to comprehend it. It didn’t seem real to me for the same reason it doesn’t sound real to most Pre Tribulation Rapture & Partial Preterists believers.

The only part I understood at the time was to turn my backyard into a large natural and organic garden. Why? Because food and gardening chemicals would become scarce in such a time. Just about any place that grows, prepares, and sells food will be closed. Preppers store food for such a time, and that will help… until they run out.

It took a rebuke to open my eyes to what the Holy Spirit had told me so many years before. This happened when my pastor and mentor, Dr. Charles Schism, gave me permission to give this testimony to the church deacon board. As I was stumbling over my words, the senior board member interrupted me and said mockingly, “Well Ken, it sounds like you plan on missing the rapture.”

What!!!? Absolutely not!!

My pastor could see I was in trouble, so he drew me aside and handed me a book that changed my life and opened up my ministry to me. He handed me a book (published in 1978 by Jim Mc Keever) titled, “Christians Will Go Through the Tribulation, And How To Prepare For it”.

It turns out that when Mc Keever came into this revelation he bought a ranch in Oregon (as I recall) and prepped it so he could live completely off the grid.

With Mc Keever’s book, I suddenly realized why my calling hadn’t made much sense to me. I had no idea—till then—that the church would go into the Tribulation; the Seventieth Week of Daniel (Daniel 9:24-27). This contradicted everything I had been taught about the Second Coming.
I then understood why I was called to warn and to prepare God’s people before this prophetic time was upon us. That’s when I started teaching and practicing a homesteader lifestyle as best I could. I then saw the need to establish an Intentional, self-sustaining, Christian Neighborhood of like-minded Christians for the times we are in… and are coming into.

[See my footnotes at the bottom of this article where I give some reference material and further explanation]

Very few Christians believed this prepper message from the Lord in 1971, 1981, or 1991, but in 2001 some did, and now millions do. Many professing Christians are now aware of the imploding of our economy and corrupt government, as well as the impending wars and worldwide economic collapse. Pitifully… very few see the coming persecution and the need to prepare spiritually for that.

But how does not prepare for that? Think on this warning from Jesus…
But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.
~Matthew 24:8-10 (NASB)

Sharks look more sinister when you are walking the plank than they do when you are safely on deck. The problem is that millions of blindfolded brethren still don’t know they are already walking the plank. At some point, reality will awaken a few of them. Then they will have spiritual eyes to see and spiritual ears to hear those Great White sharks biting chunks out of that flimsy plank under their unsure feet (Matthew 13:14-15). We are talking about a small minority, a remnant who will awaken, brethren.

Of course, many survivalists and preppers (and a vast majority of comatose society) are not Christians and could care less what we say here. Now, this brings up another point of which we all are painfully aware. All of the Christian preppers and survivalists combined makeup but a tiny minority in society. But as Lazarus Long said, “Does history record any case in which the majority was right?” And doesn’t the Bible tell us that a huge majority of society rejects Jesus?

Think about it, Noah’s crew constituted a tiny minority of eight people among the millions that perished in the flood they were warned about. They were told to repent and prepare for a flood that would kill everything that was not inside the Ark, but they chose to perish. The truth is most people don’t want the truth. I sometimes wonder if I do. How about you?

The world population at that time was estimated by Henry Morris to be around 10 billion. He published this formula to calculate the pre-flood world population. P(n) is the population after n generations which begins with one man and one woman. The number of generations is represented by n. A value for n can be obtained by dividing the total time period by the number of years per generation. (The Biblical Basis for Modern Science, Baker Book House, 1984, p.417.)

I believe the Holy Spirit told me to call the church to be prepared physically, mentally, and spiritually for what will transpire in these end times. Without proper spiritual preparation and maturity, we will not be prepared for anything life throws at us, much less the events Bible prophecy says are coming, and in fact, are already here. The spiritually mature will be led by the Holy Spirit as to where they are to be and how they are to prepare.

THE SAFEST PLACE ON EARTH FOR YOU IS IN THE CENTER OF GOD’S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE

At that time the Holy Spirit told me I was to prepare God’s people for a coming financial depression. This anticipated depression is in all probability going to happen BEFORE the tribulation period begins. There are those who say we are not only in a depression right now, but that we are plummeting downhill towards much worse social, economic, political, and spiritual times until we slide into the Tribulation and the time of the Second Coming. Again, keep in mind that our nation has suffered three wars on this continent, as well as the great depression, a dust bowl, 9/11, and Katrina. To say any of these historical disasters won’t or can’t happen again in America is foolishness.

God is not calling all Christians into this kind of ministry, but God is telling all of us to prepare as He would have us prepare (physically, mentally, and spiritually) for the coming economic meltdown. A time will come in our beloved America when some will be called to the high calling of martyrdom. Others will be called to the terrible task of surviving so they can minister to those Christians who were absolutely sure such things could not happen to Christians in America. And others will minister to the lost who were also put to sleep by the system keepers.

[FOOTNOTE: To the best of my understanding, some version of the Pre Wrath eschatology more accurately describes what Jesus will do towards the end of the 7 year Tribulation period. I recommend this book because the Lord told me verbatim (in 1971) what He told Michael Snyder just recently. His book on the Pre Wrath rapture teaching is titled, “The Rapture Verdict.”]

PREPARING FOR THE TRIBULATION VS PREPARING FOR A DISASTER

I am preparing for the tribulation (not a disaster), but that thought comes from the perspective of the post-tribulation and pre-wrath eschatological view. Advocates of the pre-tribulation (pre-tribers) and Partial Preterists have no such perspective. They don’t need to. But they wisely see the need to prepare for future disasters because they happen all too frequently.

To be prepared for the tribulation is to inadvertently be prepared for any disaster that God will allow to happen in the meantime. And if the pre-tribers are right (and we all hope they are) then a week’s supply of food and water in the pantry may be all they will ever need. But I feel compelled to ask; what if they are wrong?

I advocate an ancient, peaceful agrarian lifestyle that historically has sustained people since Adam and Eve. Those who operate out of fear and paranoia are operating out of the wrong spirit. In Christ, there is peace… no fear. I am not trying to save my life or possessions. I invite death. But, more importantly, I just want to be able to minister Christ to those God sends to my camp.

I do not speculate much on eschatology. To me, they all are wrong to some degree or another. The question is… which one is the wrongist and which one is the rightest. LOL. So I say… be informed… know them all… don’t depend on any of them. If you take this advice then you are more likely to see what REALLY is happening and won’t be caught off guard… as so many will be. He who has it all figured out DOESN’T. LOL!

Ultimately I am preparing to be in the Bridal company when Jesus comes at some future midnight hour to catch us away. If that be so, then preparing for the tribulation period is just preliminary to that biggy.

The major difference between the pre-trib and post-trib views is over the timing of God’s wrath. Does it come early on or at the end of the seven-year period? And will God’s people experience it? In both views, it is clear that God’s people are raptured out before His wrath is poured out on those who rejected Him.

This verse makes it clear that the seventh trumpet is… the LAST trumpet. And it is clear that Jesus comes at that time.

Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” ~Revelation 11:15

If we are on the very cusp of the tribulation, and if we think Christians will go through the tribulation then this agrarian lifestyle sounds more than sane, it sounds desirable. I was raised in the country and long to be back in the country raising my own food. People lived off the grid for centuries before there was a grid, and they can live off the grid again —IF— they prepare for that eventuality.

Oh, and something I think will throw some Christians off is what I sense will be a coming time of peace and prosperity in the tribulation period when Christians are marrying and partying again.

37 For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark… ~Matthew 24

Most presume that the tribulation will be an ever-intensifying hell on earth, when in fact the Antichrist wants to counterfeit the second coming and millennium.

If a one-world currency comes on the scene to correct an imposed economic crash, that would bring on a false peace and prosperity… and a mandatory contract or covenant. When this happens the Antichrist will have gained world dominance. He who controls the money controls the government and the people. And it will make no difference whether that currency is printed currency or cryptocurrency… or more probably a debit card (chip?). This anticipated currency will be issued by the One-World Bank system.

For people to share in this peace and prosperity, everyone will be required to sign a contract or oath (so to speak) in order to get the “mark” (password) that will give them access to their own plastic card or chip, their driver’s license, travel permits, and anything else they want. Many “Christians” will rejoice and will mock fools like me for not taking the mark. But those who are off the grid will not need to buy or sell to live. They just go out to their garden to shop.

Oversimplified, I know, but I know you got it.

There is another necessity. Without that Rev 7:3 mark/seal, few will survive till the end… till the time of the catching away… very few! As you can see, this is my speculation, but give it some thought. And consider joining our Intentional Neighbor Christian Community.

Sooooo my focus nowadays is more on preparing the bride (Rev. 19:7), which includes preparing myself for our coming husband, King, and God. LOL. So, how do we do that? If I am not mistaken, this all falls under spiritual maturity… being prepared spiritually.

To the point: we all must know what is coming down and how God would have each of us be prepared for that time… physically, mentally, and especially spiritually. Obedience entails knowing His voice and then obeying His instructions. Again, the safest place on earth is in the center of God’s will for us.

In case you didn’t know… Preterist eschatology teaches that the tribulation, the antichrist, and the second coming all happened in the remote past (68 – 70 AD). It might surprise you to know that this teaching has more believers than any other school of eschatology. If the history of the origins of Preterism and Premillennialism interest you, READ THIS ARTICLE.

Why We Moved To Northwest Arkansas

My testimony as to why we moved to northwest Arkansas from Illinois in 1985 is so unusual and so beyond coincidental that you may have a hard time believing it.

In 1982 the Lord began telling me to move my family to northwest Arkansas to start my end-time ministry He had called me to in 1971. He said He was opening the doors for me to become established there. On my first visit to that area, He told me this area was “a green island of survival.” Later on, He described the Intentional Christian Neighborhood concept as being “a community of intentional neighbors.”

At the time I was a civilian employee at Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, Illinois, serving as a computer programmer. Our testimony of how God moved my family here from Belleville, IL is as inspiring as they get. God put together a series of events that were way beyond coincidental or something any humans could coordinate.

Here is our testimony.

On one of my trips to Arkansas in 1983, I felt led by the Holy Spirit to stop at a real estate office as I passed by. I asked the agent if there was a small natural and organic farm of some sort for sale. She told me about a four-acre Blueberry farm with 6,000 mature bushes on it. But, at that time the information seemed useless to me. I felt foolish as I walked out of that office… with her business card in hand.

When I got back into my car I felt led of the Holy Spirit to go to Green Forest, Arkansas to see if a friend of mine still lived there. This town was 60 miles away and we hadn’t corresponded in two or three years, so I was feeling foolish again. He was a Chiropractor I knew back when we all went to church together in St. Louis years before. Well, I found his clinic after driving all over town. Boy, was he surprised to see me!

Well, he invited me to spend the night so we could talk. Over dinner, I told him about the natural and organic Blueberry farm in Springdale that was for sale.

It turns out that he knew all about that farm. What a coincidence! The owners traded Blueberries for Chiropractic treatment, and they were Christians. The next day I went to visit that farm, but this just seemed like a far-fetched dream at the time. But, I now had the owner’s name and phone number. He was selling because he had taken an important job in Georgia but hadn’t left yet.

The only government job I could transfer to in my profession was at the Veteran’s Hospital in Fayetteville, so I filled out a job application there and went home. Nine months later the Veterans Hospital in Fayetteville asked me to come for a job interview. The interview went well, and before I could get home they had already called ahead and said I was accepted.

Well, I didn’t want to travel all the way back to Fayetteville to rent or buy a house and then drive all the way home to load a truck with our early junk… and then drive all the way back to our new home. So, I called the Blueberry farm to see if I could arrange a lease with the option to buy, and do it by mail.

Well, the owners had moved to Georgia and left a young couple to run the farm. So I then called the owner in Georgia. He was glad to hear from me because the young couple had just accepted a new job in Kansas City. And the young man’s reporting date was August the 5th. My reporting date at the VA Hospital was—you guessed it—on August the 5th as well. How about that for a divine coincidence?!

Can you believe such a string of divine appointments could happen? To me, this was an overwhelming confirmation that God indeed had moved me to this “green island of survival”! For this reason, I am convinced that God did indeed move us here.

How ArkHaven Got its Name

The name “ArkHaven” is in reference to the Ark of the Covenant and to Noah’s Ark.

The covering that God placed over both of these Arks provided His provision, promise, and protection over them. I believe YAH has given this symbolic name and has placed this covering over ArkHaven as well.

In the summer of 1986, I was praying in my blueberry patch when the Lord gave this name for this ministry. I was strolling up one row and down the next, as I prayed. I don’t think my cute entourage of dogs and cats trailing along behind me was praying but they added to this charming country setting. This 4-acre farm had 6,000 mature blueberry bushes, 200 running ft. of Raspberry bushes, six apple trees and a huge garden. I cherish that memory… and that name.

I had been asking the Lord for a name for the ministry He gave me in 1971. When He finally told me, He said “Ark ten”. I mistakenly assumed that “ark” was an abbreviation for Arkansas, and that “ten” was a colloquialism for “town,” or Arkansas Town… or Arkton. He immediately corrected me though.

He said, “Ark” as in Noah’s Ark and the Ark of the covenant, and that “ten” is in reference to the number 10.

I had to look up the number 10 in Bible symbolism to see what it means. Ten implies completeness of order, nothing lacking, and nothing over. It signifies that the cycle is completed and that everything is in its proper order. Thus ten represents the perfection of divine order.

When we combine the two words (ark + 10) we can get this definition: God’s place of provision, protection, and promise, nothing lacking, until completeness of order is seen. And, since the word Millennium –mathematically speaking– is 10 to the tenth power, that could mean a covering that continues until we step into the Millennium, as seen in Revelation 21. This number is one of the most powerful and most widely spread throughout the Bible.

A few months later I told Abba Father that people were not grasping that name. So he gave me permission to modify “ark 10” to ArkHaven. That’s almost like saying haven-haven, but people catch the meaning, and it rolls off the tongue smoothly.

This labels me as a Christian prepper who is a Tribulation prepper, I suppose.

Green Island of Survival

The Lord led me to call North West Arkansas a “Green island of survival.”

In the summer of 1983, I drove into the Arkansas Ozarks for the first time! From the time I had crossed the Missouri board into Arkansas, I was praying intensely. Suddenly the Holy Spirit came over me so intensely that I had to pull the car over. Quite frankly… I was a road hazard for a few minutes. The Holy Spirit was making it clear to me that I was “home.” Suddenly… beyond any doubt… I knew I was to move my family here. Even so, the Lord gave me several other confirmations.

What the Lord showed me while under that anointing has stuck with me to this day. I forgot all the rest He said.

He said this area is a “Green Island of Survival.”  Since then I have been told about many prophecies and visions that show this is indeed a green island of survival.  I interpret that island as being a major part of the Ozark Plateau.

However, I believe there are surely other such green islands in the world, but the Lord sent me to this specific one. 

Jesus Community

Those last 6 months were devoted to studying the origins and founders of all the schools of eschatology. 

I read the church historians work from eight different denominations.  That is the only way one can get a well rounded and fair take on what actually happened.  Every doctrinal group has their mindset and their interests to defend.  Talk about an eye opener!  Seminaries usually only provide/recommend only history books written by scholars  in their denomination, robbing their students of that more rounded overview I got.

All the pre millennial views (verses post millennial and amillennial views) are less than 200 years old.  Even though all the church fathers for the first 400 years were pre millennial, none of them made it clear whether the rapture (catching away) would happen at the beginning or middle or end of the 7 year period.

Augustine gave the church world the amillennial doctrine (known as Preterist and Partial Preterist doctrines) around the year 400 A.D.  Most of the Reformation churches still hold those views.

There is where I saw the Acts model for an Intentional Christian Neighborhood and how it helped early Christians cope with severe persecution, tribulation, and martyrdom through the first three centuries. 

Here is some background to this story of when the Lord told me to study church history. 

Even though I had been a computer professional since 1965, I didn’t own a personal computer until 1990.  When I turned on my new computer for the first time I said to the Lord, “Thank you!  Now what shall I do with it?”  The Lord said to me, “study church history.”  That upset me.  “History?  We are talking boring here!”  The Lord retorted, “Ken, what do you know about what has happened in My church over the past 50 years?”  I had to admit that I knew very little. Then He really let me have it.  “Ken, what do you know of what has happened in Christendom over the past 500 years; the past 1,000 years; the past 2,000 years?”  I conceded and straight way went to a seminary library and checked out 8 books.  That is where the journey began.  And it revolutionized my thinking, my life. I should add that when anyone studies church history that extensively, that person’s understanding will then go beyond the boundaries of any given denomination or doctrinal group.  And the more anyone learns, the more they become humbled by the magnitude of how much knowledge they don’t and can’t know.  Two pastors with doctorates in theology have agreed with me on that point.)

In 1999 the Holy Spirit told me that Y2K was going to be a non-event, but that it would blind or inoculate people for the REAL event to prepare for.

Testimony of Ken's Miracle Birth

There were three morbid reasons why Ken should not have been born alive.  And at the very best he should have had a severe case of Cerebral palsy.  But two praying grandmothers had their churches praying for me.  One of them prayed the Hanna prayer.  “Oh Lord, save his life and call him from the womb to ministry.”  That prayer was answered.

Those three reasons were; he was breach, he was too big for his mothers pelvic (9 ½ lb), and the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck three times.  The only option available to save his life was caesarian section, but in 1936 the caesarean section procedure was not as safe as it is today.  Of her four sons, only this one time did she have these difficulties.  Ken was her second and largest son (she had 4 sons and no daughters.

His Mothers doctors told his Dad (Ed) that they could save one life but not both. A caesarean section would save Ken’s life, but she (Helen) would die.  But if they dismembered Ken, then they could save her life. That is not an option anyone wants to choose between, but Ken’s Dad made the decision Ken would have made.  He decided to save his wife and hope for another child.  He literally signed Ken’s death warrant by signing a release form giving the doctors permission to dismember him.

When the three Gynecologists had scrubbed they entered the delivery room to dismember him, but upon entering they found Helen in labor and the nurse trying her best to get Ken out of there.  These compassionate Doctors were moved by the nurses heroics and Helen’s hopes and threw in with them, and the impossible happened.  He had turned and was headed the right way.  It was then discovered that the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck three times.  His Mother says his nose was pushed up between his eyes and took three days to come into the right place.  You can imagine the pain she went through for a few days. 

But that was not the end of the miracle.

Ken was hospitalized for the first time in his life at age 68  (in March 2005) with Streptococci Bacteria in his blood stream, so this was not an illness or injury, but an infection.  No surgery was performed.  Ken was in ICU for 3 days, and in a VA hospital for 8 days in all.  His doctor told him that he came within an hour of dying when the medical team was able to treat him with enough antibiotics to keep his organs from closing down.

All his life he has had no physical conditions of any consequence, and today his health and physical conditioning is excellent (see picture of Ken at age 73 in November 2009).  Looking for an explanation, he attributes this miracle to the covering prayed over him at birth by his grandmother Uptegrove.  That covering has remained over him to this day.  Ken is very much into health, nutrition, and bodily fitness.

Is this covering part of the calling Ken has to form the ArkHaven ministry described above? 

Two weeks before Ken was hospitalized, his mother died at age 95, and in December of the same year his wife died.  As with Job, God brought good out of all this into Ken’s life to bring a change in his mind-set so that He can bless Ken further.  This horrendous year of Job’s crucible taught Ken that life is fragile and death is sure, so we must learn how to lay our lives down and be a dead man before Christ.  Then we can become truly committed to our calling.

Very recently the Lord brought a new wife into Ken’s life.  They are very suited for each other.  They both have the same vision and Spiritual giftings.  Her maiden name was Lora Lee Gibson, but now she is Mrs. Lora Uptegrove, Ken’s beloved wife.

But on October 7, 2013 at age 76 Ken had a heart valve replacement, his first surgery ever.  He had a heart murmur caused by Rheumatic fever when he was 9 years old.  And even though he was able to play basketball for all those years and serve in the Army, old age finally bright that valve to a state that it had to be replaced.  The good news is, this new valve will be in great shape for the rest of his life. 

BIOGRAPHY

His 50-year career as a computer professional equipped him to uses the apologetics style of writing.  Ken is well known for being academic, thorough, and gracious.  A burning desire is shut up in his bosom to see churches, cities, regions, and whole nations completely transformed by the power of God.

Ken at age 80

In 1986, at age fifty, he went into full time ministry, concentrating his efforts on writing a newsletter, articles for a local paper, and working on a book. Since going into ministry work he has studied church history and related subjects extensively, such as Bible manuscript history, Bible translations, and Holy Land archeology. He also is interested in such subjects as cosmology, astronomy, geophysics, paleontology, anthropology, naturopathy, and horticulture. His interest was never of the intellectual sort, quite the opposite. His quest was more of the spiritual sort, wanting to gain a broader and deeper understanding of God and His creation. Leonard Ravenhill said in one of his letters that Ken was “educated in the Holy Ghost school of silence.”

Ken was an honor student and all-conference basketball center in his high school years (1952-56). Then he spent three years in the Army (1957-60), two of which were spent in Germany.

In 1963 Ken married Joyce Smith. In 2005 both his 95 year old mother and his beloved wife of 43 years, Joyce, died. They have three sons and six grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Since then Lora Gibson, another Godly woman came into Ken’s life and eventually got married. Lora is a prophetic lady who has the same vision and giftings Ken has.

Ken’s father graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1934. He was a Golden Gloves boxer in 1932, 33, & 34, and was a successful educator and coach for many years prior to his sudden death in 1955.

Ken believes that anyone who has studied church history extensively will have grown beyond the boundaries of the fellowship of believers they believe God would have them worship with. We can only be in one church at a time, but our paradigm can be much larger than the doctrine of that one church. That is why Ken feels that he can speak to the entire Evangelical Christian community (and Ken considers Charismatics and Pentecostals — all who evangelize — to be Evangelical). This uniquely qualifies Ken to be able to edit the work of fellow writers from many different doctrinal groups.

Ken has been using the ministry name, ArkHaven, and the Noah’s Ark logo since 1986. ArkHaven’s reference to Noah’s Ark (and the Ark of the Covenant) has to do with the protection, the provision, and the promise of God associated with these Arks. Which gets to our next point… tears.

The Tear Drop Vision

Around 1986 I was writing an article when I decided to put a tiny Ichthus icon at the end of it.  But as I was drawing the Ichthus I had an open vision.  The Ichthus in the horizontal position began to slowly rotate into a vertical position.  As it did, the pointed head began to be rounded and the scissor tail began to open until it transformed into a tear drop.  I heard these word as it took shape, “The tears you will shed.”  I was reminded of Jeremiah who cried because the people rejecting God’s warnings.

A BRIEF SUMMARY OF MY TESTIMONY

 

  • Born in November 1936 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Edward and Helen Uptegrove.

  • Received Jesus as my Savior in the summer of 1946

  • Was in the Army from 1957 to 1960.  Two of those three years were spent in Germany.

  • Married darling Joyce Smith in July 1963 and we had three sons.

  • Received baptism in Holy Spirit in January 1965 in St Louis, MO.

  • Received my calling in summer of 1971 in Richmond Heights, MO.

  • Moved to Springdale, AR in the summer of 1985 by leading of the Holy Spirit.

  • Was given the name to my ministry and the tear drop vision in 1986.

  • The Holy Spirit told me that Y2K was going to be a non-event.

  • My mother and wife died in 2005, and I came within minutes of dieing.

  • God blessed me with my second wife, my beloved Lora Gibson, in 2006.

  • All of these should be expounded upon, and other major events should be included here.  Maybe some day I will.

This Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Definition of a Visionary Reflects My Testimony

“Someone, then, must undertake the ungracious task of probing
and laying bare the evils of the age; for men must not be allowed
to congratulate themselves that all is well. If others will not, he will.
If others shrink from the obloquy of such a work, he will not. He
loves the age too well; he loves his nation too well; he loves his
fellow-men too well. They may upbraid him; they may call him a
misanthropist, or a prophet of evil; they may ascribe his warnings
to the worst of motives, such as pride, or arrogance, or self-
esteem, or malice, or envy; but he will give no heed to these unjust
insinuations.He will prefer being thus misunderstood and maligned, to allowing
men to precipitate themselves upon a ruin which they see not.
Rather than that they should perish, he will allow his own good
name to be spoken against. He will risk every thing, even the
hatred of brethren, rather than withhold the warning.”

                                                                          ~Horatius Bonar

(28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) Goethe was a German writer and statesman. A literary celebrity by the age of 25.