and Bishop, Christian International (CI) Ministries
CI Network of Churches, CI School of Theology, CI Ministries Network, CI Business
Network, CI Publishers and Ministry Training College
speaker at conferences and seminars
Married to Evelyn for 49
years, 3 adult children
Prophets, and the Ministry of the Saints
The 700 Club
The Coming Saints
Dr. Bill Hamon believes that God is
changing our perspective in the 21st century from seeing the church as a building
with four walls to the Church as a people. "The Church is wherever the saints
are. The people of God will do ministry and miracles as God directs in business
"It takes the same Holy Spirit, the same anointing, the same
blood for the full-time Christian worker as it does for the Christian businessman,"
he says. "We need to know how to pray and intercede. God will raise up a great
company of saints in the marketplace to demonstrate the power of God in the Kingdom
According to Hamon, founder of Christian International Ministries,
Christians will move in government and in the marketplace like Daniel and
Joseph, in key places at key times. "Christian businessmen will see this move
as not another way to get rich, but as a way to demonstrate the Kingdom of God
on earth. They will be salt and light."
He believes that some business people
will have daily staff times to train their people in the principles of God. "God
is getting ready to invade the earth. According to Daniel 7:18, 22, 27, the saints
will take the Kingdom."
Dr. Hamon says that within
the last 50 years of the 20th century God has reset, re-positioned, and restored
all of the five-fold ministries. "God uses each decade to clarify, magnify, and
reposition the church in a place to fulfill the vision," he says.
the 50s, the church saw the restoration and rise to prominence of evangelists
like Oral Roberts and T.L. Osborn.
- In the 60s, great churches arose led by
pastors such as David Yonghi Cho. Once a church of 500 was considered large, but
today churches of 5000 or more are not uncommon.
- In the 70s, the charismatic
teacher renewal was led by people like Derek Prince, Kenneth Hagin, and Dennis
Bennett. These were not Pentecostal expounders. There was no prophecy nor praying
for the sick. They taught and people came by the thousands. Prior to this move
of God the teacher was seen as someone only in a Bible college.
- In the 80s,
the prophets were restored to the Body of Christ; men like Bill Hamon and Paul
Cain. Many denominations had not recognized the prophets, saying they were not
for this dispensation, that there was no need for them since we had the Bible.
- The 90s, saw the emergence of the apostles, or the apostolic ministry. This
ministry includes leaders like Peter Wagner and John Eckhart. Most Pentecostals
have questions about the apostles; evangelicals practically have no place for
them at all. They had to be restored to the Body per Ephesians 4:11-13, "And He
gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and
"When all five ministries have come together, we
will relate together and equip the saints," Hamon declares. "Then we will see
the 'saints movement' and they can go forth and compel people to believe with
"Prophetic prayer is
praying with the mind of the Holy Spirit," Hamon says. When intercessors pray,
sometimes they pick up and see things in the spirit. They are watchmen on the
wall, and God will share things with them."
According to Hamon, once God
shares His foreknowledge, the intercessor must use wisdom on how to share that.
"If they must share it with the leadership, they should 'give it and forget it,'
and move on to something else," Hamon says. "They should not try to influence
or impact the pastor or leader more than they should. Trust God to work it out.
It is possible to make warfare in prayer."
Hamon believes that the prophetic
warrior gets into trouble when he tries to manipulate and control the reaction
or obedience of others. Such manipulation can border on witchcraft. "They are
not the conscience of the leader or the Holy Spirit. They are a vital part of
the ministry if they stay in their proper place."
"An ear should stay an
ear, an eye should stay an eye," Hamon says. "Do what you are called to do. All
leaders need prayer. Prophetic prayer can be some of the most effective prayer
there is," he says. "Just know the power and the pitfalls.
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