S T O N E H A V E N + R E T R E A T + C E N T E R
Prison Treasures: Locked Up Behind Bars and Razor Wire
by Bill Yount, Mount Hope Prison Ministry
It was late and I was tired, wanting to go to sleep, but God wanted to talk. It was about midnight, but it dawned on me that God does not sleep. His question made me restless. 'Bill, where on earth does man keep his most priceless treasures and valuables?' I said, 'Lord, usually these treasures like gold, silver, diamonds and precious jewels are kept locked up somewhere out of sight usually with guards and security to keep them under lock and key.' God spoke 'Like man, My most valuable treasures on earth are also locked up.' I then saw Jesus standing in front of seemingly thousands of prisons and jails.
The Lord said, These have almost been destroyed by the enemy, but these ones have the greatest potential to be used to bring forth glory to My Name. Tell My people, I am going this hour to the prisons to activate the gifts and callings that lie dormant in these lives that were given before the foundation of the earth. Out from these walls will come forth an Army of Spiritual Giants who will have power to literally kick down the gates of Hell and overcome satanic powers that are holding many of My own people bound in My Own House. Tell My people that great treasure is behind these walls in these forgotten vessels. My people must come forth and touch these ones, for a mighty anointing will be unleashed upon these for future victory in My Kingdom. THEY MUST BE RESTORED.'
I then saw the Lord step up to the prison doors with a key. One key fit every lock and the gates began to open. I then heard and saw great explosions which sounded like dynamite going off behind the walls. It sounded like all-out spiritual warfare. Jesus turned and said, 'Tell My people to come in now and pick up the spoils and rescue these.' Jesus then began walking in and touching inmates who were thronging to Him. Many, being touched, instantly began to have a golden glow come over them. God spoke to me, 'THERE'S THE GOLD!' others had a silver glow around them. God said, 'THERE'S THE SILVER!' Like slow motion they began to grow into what appeared to be giant knights in armor--like warriors. They had on the entire Armor of God and every piece was solid and pure gold! Even golden shields!
When I saw the gold shields, I heard God say to these warriors: 'Now go and take what Satan has taught you and use it all against him. Go and pull down the strongholds coming against My Church.' These spiritual giants then started stepping over the prison walls with no one to resist them and they went immediately to the very front line of battle with the enemy. I saw them walk right past the Church and big-name ministers known for their power with God were surpassed by these giant warriors, like David going after Goliath! They crossed the enemy's line and started delivering many of God's people from the clutches of Satan while demons trembled and flew out of sight at their presence.
No one, not even the Church ,seemed to know who these spiritual giants were or where they came from. All you could see was the armor, the golden armor of God, from head to foot, and the shields of gold were there. The shields were restored to God's House and there was great victory and rejoicing. I also saw silver, precious treasures and vessels being brought in. Beneath the gold and silver were the people that nobody knew: REJECTS OF SOCIETY, STREET PEOPLE, THE OUTCASTS, THE POOR and THE DESPISED. These were the treasures that were missing from His House.
In closing, the Lord said, 'If My people want to know where they are needed, tell them they are needed in the STREETS, the HOSPITALS, the MISSIONS and in the PRISONS. When they come there they will find Me and the next move of My Spirit ,and they will be judged by My Word in Matthew 25:42: 'For I was hungry and you gave me no meat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; I was a stranger, and you took me not in; naked and you clothed me not; sick and in prison and you visited me not.'
Forgiven - by J.H. Gilmore
Tenderly the Father greets us, As we leave the haunts of sin;
Though His substance we have wasted, Though in devious paths we've trod,
No upbraiding mars His giving, No reproach for follies done;
Ah! 'tis more than human kindness, Prompts the welcome we receive.
Vainly 'gainst our sins we've striven, Toiled and failed 'neath duty's rod;
Response received about Bill Yount's Article:
Blessings, I so want to thank you for your news article on 'Prisons holding Gods treasures' Oh I can't begin to share how deeply it touches this ex-inmates heart to see and hear God being true to his word. I was in prison from 1990 to 1993 and during that time I met the Lord who literally saved my husband and my lives. During both our incarcerations God revealed himself to us and changed us forever. Although we went through incredible struggles to survive behind bars God kept us.
During one Bible Study night in our cell block the presence of God permeated the whole block and an incredible fragrance filled the cell and God said 'He would begin to shake up and tear down the foundation of the Prison and rebuild it with His word'. The guards smelled the fragrance and tore up the cells looking for the cause. We knew where it came from!! It was incredible, yet shortly after that word incredible hardships and devastation happened but we hung on to His promise and NOW it is being fulfilled.
There are many treasures behind those walls and many prophets, pastors, evangelists, and apostles. Thank You Jesus that revival has come to the lost and forgotten and those who were once called useless and unnecessary. My husband and I finished parole in 1994 and the Lord has restored a hundredfold. We now serve as Associate Pastors and both are involved in leading jail ministry. We are seeing renewal in our own county jail. Only God can take the life and mess and create a message of hope. I am so thankful and praise you for your encouragement and Praise God for His timing..........
PS A couple of years ago I attended my first Prison retreat where many ex-inmates go to be and experience the presence of God. This particular year our speaker was Bill Yount. I know God chose him for an appointed time His teaching and giftings led many to a new freedom in Christ especially me. I had no desire to be with other ex-inmates because I did not want to remember some of those horrible times behind bars yet God was so faithful to heal me during that weekend and Bill is an incredible minister mightily used by our Lord. Thank you again for the post..