Encounters of a Heavenly Kind

By: Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne

Publish date: 07/21/2019

Fire Week 2019—Summer Campmeeting

Foundation Scriptures:

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. 19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; 20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. Revelation 1:10-20 KJV

1. The Fire.
a. 40 years ago this month, something happened in my walk with the Lord. 
b. July 1979 the fire fell on me. 
c. 1979; 1989; 1999; 2009; 2019.
d. Get ready. 
e. Saved at five; baptized in the Holy Spirit at eight. 
f. I knew that the call of God was on my life. 
g. August 1978, my oldest brother passed away.
h. I made a vow.
i. Desperate; hungry; thirsty.
j. I knew that God had called me.
k. I needed His anointing to fulfill that call. 
l. I wanted the fire of God.

2. Encounters with God.
a. Throughout Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, many had encounters with God, and they were never the same again. 
b. The encounter and the call. 
c. Acts 7:20-38—Moses and the burning bush. 
d. Acts 9:1-31—Saul/Paul and the road to Damascus. 
e. Acts 10:1-48—Cornelius.
f. Enoch.
g. Elijah.
h. Men and women, who had a heavenly encounter, went on to bring that power and presence of God to all humanity.