Is Native American Spirituality Biblical – as Evidenced by the Vision Quest?

This is a grad research paper that will be published in an academic journal shortly, complete with footnotes and Bibliography. I had completed research on not only the vision quest, but also the pipe ceremony and good morning prayer, but this made the length of paper too long for the research assignment. For those of you looking for something deeper out of me, here it is:

Is Native American Spirituality Biblical as evidenced by the Vision Quest?




Since 1995, the author has been attending various native events, and developing relationship with tribal elders and native spiritual leaders to discover a totally different culture, traditions, languages, and worship than he had currently understood in mainline evangelical Christianity. It is also the firm conviction of the author that the Bible[1] is the inerrant and infallible Word of God, through which all spiritually must be judged. It has been his experience that the Creator has speaking to natives directly through Creation and conscience for hundreds of years before the gospel and the Bible has been introduced to North America. Over the centuries, distinct and often beautiful ways have developed in the tribal cultures and methods of worship practiced, and this paper will look at three of these, seeking to analyze them in light of the Scriptures.

For many historic reasons, many native traditions, worship and ceremony are sacred, secret rituals that are not always open to the public. Coupled with this is the difficulty in obtaining native academic resources – in certain cases it is only in this century that certain tribes received a written language, so many of these practices and their meanings have been transferred through oral tradition with little or no written documentation available for research. To add to this, are the general misunderstandings between many denominational missionaries and theologians, that view natives a ‘pagans and savages’ fit only to be destroyed. The doctrine of ‘Manifest Destiny’[2] was taught in the churches, and the general thinking of the US federal government is summed up in the words of general Sheridan, a well known Indian fighter: ‘The only good Indian is a dead Indian’. [3] During the period of 1860-1900, every treaty ever signed between the US government and an Indian tribe was systematically broken, and Indians were either killed in battle, or hunted for scalps, or rounded up and herded like cattle unto barren unwanted lands called reservations. Yet, were the theologians of the day right? Were natives barbarians and savages as a whole, or were their ways simply different than Western thought, their worship practices unique and beautiful expressions of God’s grace, every bit as authentic and accepted by God as our white man’s ways? While there are myriad cultural worship practices involving the drum, the dance, regalia, and ceremony, it is the purpose of this paper to investigate one of these, and compare it to the Word of God, which is the final rule of faith and conduct for all mankind.

The Vision Quest


Dr. Salamone states that: “The vision quest is a ritual usually performed by young Native American men and women to search for a guardian spirit.  Adults in search of power, guidance, or direction in life often repeat the ritual.  The person on a vision quest seeks communication with the spirit world in a series of solitary purifications, offerings, prayers, and fasting during several days and nights at a sacred place. “[4]

As research has been performed, it is discovered that a vision quest is a common practice among many tribes. While the search for a governing vision or spirit guide can be done through not only vision quest, but also in combination with the sun-dance, sweat lodge, pipe ceremony.

It appears that this solemn observance is best analyzed by investigating its two main categories:

  1. The vision quest is performed to deliberately solicit the spirit realm for a spirit guide that will guide the seeker for the rest of their life.
  2. The vision quest is performed to seek the Creator, the Great Spirit for a ‘governing vision’ that will reveal direction and purpose to the seeker for the rest of their life.

In either case, this practice is a serious event, in some cases, the greatest event of a person’s life:“Said the Winnebago father to his boy at the age of puberty: My son, you should try to be of some benefit to your fellow men.  There is only one way in which this can be done and that is to fast.  If you thirst yourself to death, the spirits who are in control of wars will bless you…..If you do not obtain a spirit to strengthen you, you will amount to nothing in the estimation of your fellow men.Again, this thought of the solemnity and seriousness of a vision quest is amplified:


“Such help was to be had only through strenuous effort, which might mean fasting, thirsting, purification or even self-mutilation and torture.  The result would be a trance or a vivid dream in which the visionary made contact with his future guardian spirit and perhaps even received some visible token to prove the fact….The Algonkians began this process in childhood.  Around the Great Lakes each family sent its son out alone, “hounded them” says Dr. Benedict, to get spirit help as a modern family might urge a good report card.”[5]


Since the first book ever translated into a native language here in the United States, was the Bible, translated by a missionary named John Elliot[6], the question addressed: “Is the vision quest Biblical?” is directly relevant in the practice of the vision quest by the Algonquin people. Biblically, Moses, Elijah, and Jesus performed 40 day fasts[7], very similar to the concept of a Native American vision quest. There is perhaps one key difference in their preparation, as compared to that of a typical Native American: all three of these Biblical characters were Jewish, Israelites who had been raised or given directly the word of God. In the case of the Algonquin people, this may well have been the case also, as we research the life and ministry of missionary John Eliot, and his translation of the Bible in 1663. Perhaps Algonquin’s read of the 40 day fast of Jesus, and immediately identified this with their practice of the vision quest and sought God through extended times of prayer and fasting.

In these accounts though, we see a mixture of authentic visions from God, mixed with pagan self mutilation, and the seeking of ‘a guardian spirit’ or a ‘spirit guide’. Clearly God has given some spectacular authentic visions that will by documented later in this paper, but what invokes question is the solicitation of a spirit guide or guardian spirit. The Word of God and the Holy Spirit give us the ability to accurately discern whether a supernatural spirit is human, angelic, demonic or divine.

Clearly, God gives believers angelic help, and guardian angels are Scripturally described beings that we comfort our children with as we tuck them into bed at night.[8], the question that remains then, is could a native on a vision quest receive an angel or guardian angel as a spirit guide? Clearly angels are dispatched to comfort, protect, fight for us, protect us, and occasionally bring us messages from the throne of God, but they are never to be worshipped, or in the author’s mind, sought for guidance. Colossians 2:18 says the following: “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.”

The concept of spirit guides opens the door to demonic deception, and is expressly forbidden by God. These ‘spirit guides’ are demons, called familiar spirits in the Scripture, and expressly forbidden by God’s word: Leviticus 20:6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. God is a jealous God and will have no other gods before him.[9] The problem with humanities relationship with God and each other throughout history has been the deceptive power of devils. From the garden of Eden until today Satan has been blinding the minds of humanity, and no matter how well intentioned, the list of false prophets and the countless bloodshed their supernatural revelations have caused historically is atrocious. Whether Mohamed’s supposed revelation that produced the Quran, and Islam with all its horrors, or the supposed Christians that wrote the damnable doctrine of ‘Manifest Destiny’ that resulted in so much slaughter of natives, we see behind it all, an evil mastermind: 2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. He is the master of deception: 2 Corinthians 4:4 in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Jesus described him: John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:

Over the centuries he has done the same thing repeatedly, deceive people to oppress them, and ultimately steal their freedom, life, and every good thing God would give them. So then, I see great caution needed in the practice of a vision quest, simply because God is not the only spirit at work in the earth.

We are called to test the spirits[10]  So for those who know both the Spirit and Word of God, as we wade into the native world filled with visions, dreams, and prophetic words resulting from supernatural voices, I believe we need to discern each particular revelation primarily in light of the Scriptures, but also in light of the fruit they produce[11]. So, in order to determine if a particular vision, dream or word is of God, one must look at each one scripturally, prayerfully, and in light of the fruit it produces in the lives of those it addresses. Having expressed this word of caution, let us look at a couple of famous visions or native prophecies, and then look at them through the eyes of Scripture.

The Law of Peace –
In the year 1050, a medicine man known as Dekanawida, or ‘the Great Peacemaker’ went on a vision quest, and was given ‘The Great Law of Peace’, of what was to become the Iroquois Confederacy. Five tribes had formed the Iroquois confederacy, in the year 1050, and governed this land we call America, according to ‘The Great Law of Peace’, until almost 1800. This ‘Great Law of peace” was passed down through the generations recorded on Wampum belts, carefully given to each generation, as the governing documents or constitution of the confederacy. This constitution was recited, and explained to the framers of the US Constitution. “During the Albany congress of July 1754, Benjamin Franklin said of the Iroquois confederacy: “It would be a strange thing.. if six nations of ignorant savages should be capable of forming such a union, and yet it has subsisted for ages and appears indissolvable, and yet like a union should be impractical for 10 or a dozen English colonies.”[12]:

As research was performed investigating the overall similarities between the Great Law of Peace and the Constitution, and whether these documents are Biblical, one might consider the phrase: ‘consent of the governed’ coined by one of the framers of the US Constitution, John Locke. In looking at the ‘by their fruits’ test, we see both documents produced peace and freedom to their adherents when implemented. This alone might suffice as sufficient proof of the divine origins of both documents, but there is another interesting similarity. In the Old Testament, we are given the example of Israel being governed by both the law of God, and by the leaders they chose: Deuteronomy 1: 13 Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you. So we see a nation governed by both the Word of God, and leaders that they chose, and then presented before God for His approval. Clearly, in the Great Law of Peace, the people consented to be ruled by its precepts, and chose leaders from among themselves, and sought God’s blessing upon those leaders. Clearly then, the Great Law of Peace is Biblical.



The Crazy Horse – Seven Generation Prophecy.[13] Crazy Horse had a vision he shared with Sitting Bull during a pipe ceremony just days before he was murdered. He said:


“Upon suffering beyond suffering, the red nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for the sick world. A world filed with broken promises, selfishness and separations: A world longing for light again. I see a time of seven generations, when all the colors of mankind will gather under the sacred tree of life and the whole earth will become one circle again. In that day, those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things, and the young white ones will come, to those of my people to ask for wisdom. I salute the light within their eyes where the whole universe dwells, for when you are at the center within you and I am at that place within me, we are as one.” [14]

Many Christian native leaders believe this prophecy was indeed given by God, the phrase ‘I salute the light within their eyes where the whole universe dwells’ referring to ‘Christ in us, the hope of glory.’[15] “I see a time of seven generations,[16] when all the colors of mankind will gather under the sacred tree of life and the whole earth will become one circle again.” “He died in 1877. If we use 18 years as the number to represent one generation, we can conclude that Crazy Horse named the year 2003 as the year that people would gather. We all know what happened that year. With the help of Crazy Horse’s prophecy, maybe more people will realize that is the year the “last war” began.”[17]
This prophecy is widely believed among natives, and is believed to being fulfilled on national news. The last free native chief was Sitting Bull.  He was killed by tribal police on Dec 15th, 1890 by what appears to be an assassin, on Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. Presently, there is a protest there attended by over 150 native tribes, against the unlawful crossing of the Dakota pipeline across their treaty lands. They believe that this is the fulfillment of the seven generation prophecy, where red men will again arise, and together with us, will heal the land. May it be so: 2 Chronicles 7:14 14 if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

It has been discovered that many natives have great understanding of Romans 8: 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,21 because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  They intuitively, by the Holy Spirit, feel the groaning of the creation, and in most cases, have wisdom from God as to how to practically heal the land itself.

In Jay Swallow’s book, he tells of how a prophet of the Cheyenne people named Sweet Medicine went on a vision quest and received God’s governmental design for the Cheyenne tribe.[18] Since the Kingdom of God is ‘righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost[19]’clearly this vision was of God, for it brought peace and order to the tribe that exists to this day. Note if you will, the similarities between the reception by natives of ‘the Great Law of Peace’ and the Cheyenne vision given to their medicine man. In both cases, the revelation brought order and peace from conflict and amplifies the thoughts of Rom 13: Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. It appears that God brought His kingdom rule here, in peace, by implementing His governmental order among the people.

This author performed a fast very similar to a vision quest that resulted in the book: “Welcome to the Grand Illusion – a Prophetic Prayer Strategy to Take America Back.’ In it, clear revelation is given on how God would use the church to reach Native Americans, and to bring a great move of the Holy Spirit to the US.[20]


While God speaks through general revelation through conscience and creation, Jesus Christ is Lord of Heaven and Earth. What is needed for eternal life is special revelation, the revelation that leads to salvation and eternal life. Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Clearly God speaks through native ceremony. What He has spoken has great consequence both in understanding His workings throughout history, but also critically in what must happen in this day of US history.  It is also clear that what has come forth supernaturally is not all from the Holy Spirit, but has the imaginations, interpretations, and applications of people attached, and in some cases, clearly demonic deception has occurred. Yet, many, many natives are coming to Jesus, in their regalia, in dance, in ceremony, with their language and culture. We the church, must dig deep into the word of God and prayer, to accurately discern and understand, how best to receive them and walk with them in the kingdom, in love, honor, respect, as full equals to all the graces and blessings of this life, as leaders and ministers of the gospel, we must somehow disciple and equip them in their gifts and particular callings. This takes much study of both their culture, but more importantly, the depths of the Word that can be written on the fleshly tablets of their heart, for truly the culture of the kingdom of God, supersedes any culture here on the earth. It is the conclusion of this paper that there are many keys of knowledge hidden within native tribes by God Himself, keys that can release untapped heavenly resources to actually, practically heal this land we call the United States of America.

[1] All Bible references from  King James Version and God, King James Bible (Kjv) (publication place: Latus ePublishing, 2014),

[2] Anders Stephanson, ”Manifest Destiny: American Expansionism and the Empire of Right”, New York: Hill and Wang, (1995)

[3] Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: an Indian History of the American West, 4th ed. (New York: Picador, 2010), 1


[4]           Frank A Salamone, “ Encyclopedia Of Religious Rites, Rituals, And Festivals”, (n.p.: New York : Routledge, 2004)


[5]           Ruth Underhill, 1965. “Red man’s religion; beliefs and practices of the Indians north of Mexico”,( n.p.: Chicago, University of Chicago Press [1965], 1965), 97.


[7] Examples of 40 Day Fasts: Ex 34:28,Deut 9:9,18,1Kings 19:8,Matt 4:1-2

[8] Angels: Matt 18:10,Ps 91:11,Ps 103:20,Heb 1:14,Ps 34:7

[9] Ex 20:5, 34:14,Deut 4:14

[10] 1John 4:1-4 For a more complete teaching on how to do this please read the authors blog:

[11] Matt 7:20

[12] It is not the purpose of this paper to academically research the full contribution of the Iroquois Confederacy to the formation of the US Constitution, rather to research if ‘The Great Law of Peace’ is Biblical. For further research the researcher may consider:

Bruce E. Johansen, “Forgotten Founders, Benjamin Franklin, the Iroquois and the Rationale for the American Revolution”, Harvard Common Press (November 15, 1982)
Donald A. Grinde Jr, “Exemplar of Liberty, Native America and the Evolution of Democracy”, (American Indian Studies Center, UCLA , January 1, 1991)

For a comparison between the Constitution and the Great Law of Peace:

Gregory Schaaf, “The Birth of Frontier Democracy from an Eagle’s Eye View: The Great Law of Peace to The Constitution of the United States of America.” Hearing statement given before the Select Committee on Indian Affairs United States Senate (One Hundredth Congress, First Session on S. Con Res. 76). (Washington, DC. 2 December 1987)

The contribution of this was formally recognized by Congress in 1988:

[13]             Vinson Brown, Voices of Earth and Sky; 1974, Harrisburg, PA
[14] – James Medicine Tree,
[15] Col 1:27

[16] Deut 4:20


[18]             Jay Swallow, “Roaming Buffalo A Life of Ministry to the Nations”, Tulsa, OK, Perfect Circle Publishing, 2014. 184

[19] Rom 14:17,Rom 13:1-5

[20]          Walsh, Mr. Christopher Bernard. 2015. Welcome to the Grand illusion: A Prophetic Prayer Strategy to Take America Back! Lrg ed. Charleston, NC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.


Heal our Land! – Natives Know How!

Heal our land!

Isa 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed

Recently I read:
Hosea 4:1 ¶ Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land., 2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

We see in these verses, the controversy, God, our Creator, the Great One, has with the people of the land.

These verses clearly show, that when people of a region or nation sin, that the land itself is defiled, that the earth, the creation, feels the weight of this sin, and that wildlife dies.
As I have walked with First Nations leaders over the past several decades, I have discovered a thing that until recently, I never heard put into words. I have been graciously invited, by Dr. Negiel Bigpond to participate in the monthly conference calls with the Native American Circle of Prayer. Each month, Dr. Negiel has a chief or spiritual leader share their hearts, on what God is showing them.

One month, we had the privilege of hearing chief Anne Richardson the Chief of the Rappahannock Tribe. She made a statement, that I hope I can correctly encapsulate here:

‘Our people have always been close to the land. It seems that we have and innate ability to see, to feel, to sense spiritually what is going on in the earth, and we often see, sense, and intuitively know things by the Holy Spirit, that are not readily apparent to peoples of other cultures.’

Her words are born out in Scripture:
Ro 8: 19 (AMP)For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].
20 For the creation (nature) was subjected to [i]frailty (to futility, condemned to frustration), not because of some intentional fault on its part, but by the will of Him Who so subjected it—[yet] with the hope
21 That nature (creation) itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and corruption [and gain an entrance] into the glorious freedom of God’s children.
22 We know that the whole creation [of irrational creatures] has been moaning together in the pains of labor until now.

There is a groaning in the earth from the weight of sin, and we the church, from every tongue, tribe and nation, are what the earth is longing for, to heal it.
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In First Nations tradition, there is a very famous prophecy, known as the Seven Generation prophecy, or the chief Crazy Horse prophecy. (…/crazy-horse-n…)
For the record, I quote it here:
crazy horse
Crazy Horse had a vision he shared with sitting bull during a pipe ceremony just days before he was murdered. He said, “Upon suffering beyond suffering, the red nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for the sick world. A world filed with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of seven generations, when all the colors of mankind will gather under the sacred tree of life and the whole earth will become one circle again. In that day, those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things, and the young white ones will come, to those of my people to ask for wisdom. I salute the light within their eyes where the whole universe dwells, for when you are at the center within you and I am at the at place within me, we are as one.” – Crazy Horse from James Medicine Tree

I believe he accurately heard God, that the tree of life, is the cross of Jesus Christ. For a full teaching on this, read Rick Joyner (…/there-were-two-trees…).

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There is another prophecy, passed down through the generations, by the Cree people:

“When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money.”
― Cree Prophecy

In 1968, in Oklahoma City, I have been told that Billy Graham, spoke the following words:
‘The great move of the Holy Spirit that we all seek in the United States, will not come until First Nations leaders are correctly respected, honored, and embraced into the kingdom of God, in their particular places.’

This is in keeping with the very famous verse we all preach as we seek revival:
2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attend unto the prayer that is made in this place.

Seems that because of sin, the land itself needs to be healed.

I am also finding, that what we don’t know, we don’t know.

We know to ask God’s forgiveness for sin, that the cross is the only solution for evil, and that the gospel is the power of God, unto salvation.

What we don’t know, is that when we alienate, one part of the Body of Christ, we all hurt.
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1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
1Co 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

Read 1 Cor 12, we all need each other, and we all need to be in our place.

Re 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

Clearly this includes Indian tribes, in their language, representing their nations.

Indian tribes must come to the throne of God, in their tongue, from their tribe, from their nation, in order for this verse to be fulfilled, and it will.

I believe that as they come, they will bring their gifts with them, and both the white man and Indian prophecies will be fulfilled.
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Lu 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

Re 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

There are ‘spiritual keys’ of knowledge, that will unlock blessings from heaven, and I believe we need what First Nations peoples bring to the table. They have a Holy Spirit inspired voice, that will come from the wind, the sky, the flight of the eagle in the air, and IT WILL LINE UP WITH THE WRITTEN WORD OF GOD!

It will be outside of our traditions, our cultural interpretations of the Scripture, but it will be a spirit of truth, and it will be borne out in the written Word of God.

Here are some more verses on the need for the land to be healed:

Ps 106:38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.

Joe 3:19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.

Is 24: 5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

Sounds like abortion, genocide, and atrocities, and sin, literally defile the land.

Yet, we are the sons and daughters of God for which all creation awaits!
Walking in faith, authority, anointing, humility, wisdom, and filled with the Holy Spirit now, we exercise redemptive rights, and release authority, through repentance and forgiveness.

Jesus gives an interesting commission here to disciples:
John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

My friend, mentor and adopted dad, Hank Hallas has a wonderful revelation of who we are in Christ, and as he goes to India, conducts a ceremony on lands owned by churches or church members. It goes like this:

He walks to each corner of the land, and prays: ‘Father, I ask that you would forgive every sin ever committed upon this land, all the way back to the time of Adam, and I declare they are forgiven, in Jesus name! I plead and apply the blood of Jesus here, and call this land into the kingdom of God, redeemed. I pronounce the blessing of Almighty God upon this land and owners home, and break any demonic activity present here, enforcing your kingdom Father, in righteousness (love), peace and joy, in you, mighty Holy Spirit.’
At each corner of the land he takes bread, juice (communion elements), and oil (symbolic of the Holy Spirit), and buries them at each corner, as a prophetic act that this property is blessed.

Remarkable testimonies have occurred. Households healed. Diseases stopped. Allergies end. Crops and animals supernaturally produce abundant harvests. Financial prosperity released. Nightmares stop, and people receiving restful sleep, peaceful dreams, and visions of Jesus and His kingdom. Areas where Hindus and Muslims been burning churches, buildings and properties supernaturally protected in the midst of violence and mayhem, supernaturally, by the power of God!

Bill Winston ministered here at Victory on something similar. Reportedly, a senior in his congregation was troubled by a group of drug dealers and gangsters that sold drugs on the sidewalk in front of her house. She sought the Lord, and her pastor (Bill), for what to do. By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he felt impressed to tell her, to get a bottle of oil, and pour it out, a line down the middle of her street. She did, and pled the blood of Jesus over her property and street. Next morning, as usual, the gangsters and drug dealers showed up again, and immediately entered into a heated argument. They dispersed, and have never again returned to this woman’s house!

We lived in North Tulsa for eight years. I did this on our property, and we never had a break in, nor has there ever been violence or a problem at my home, though we lived in what is considered to be a rough neighborhood. You can have peace in your home, too!
Lets pray
Let’s Pray:
‘Father, I ask that you would forgive every sin that has ever been committed on my property, all that way back to the time of Adam. I plead and apply the blood of Jesus here, and I bless this property, and call it redeemed back into the kingdom of God, now, in the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. I declare the kingdom of God in force and in place here, in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, in Jesus name! Father, open my eyes to see other people in your kingdom that may not walk with You exactly the same as I do. May I hear Your voice in them, and receive them in their culture, language, and worship, seeking Your always for truth, at all costs. Please Father, open my heart to receive keys of knowledge from You, and them, that together, we might heal our lands. Amen’

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God has been visiting people long before the Bible was in the land…


In the Osage tradition, I read

“Each Day the Little Old Men would rise and slowly draw their buffalo robes about them, sing their rising songs, and say among themselves that they had now learned the will of Wah’Kon-Tah, and they would ask him to help them attain the order which he himself maintained in the sky….” From : (Mathews, John Joseph. The Osages, Children of the Middle Waters. Norman, Okla: University of Oklahoma Press, 1961)

This was before the white men, before the Bible came to the land, and it reminds me of:

Psalm 19[a]

The heavens declare the glory of God;     the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech;     night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words;     no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,     their words to the ends of the world.

The elders saw the hand and order of God in the heavens, and sought that order in the earth, in their day to day lives…

May we, like them seek our Creator, not in ignorance, but through Jesus, Messiah, the one true way..

Let’s Pray:

‘Father, this day, we seek You, and the order we see in Your Creation, into our lives. Through You Lord Jesus, may we truly know You, and Your specific plan for our lives, Amen”

Honor and Protocol Gifts

Protocol and Honor Gifts

Proverbs 18:16 (GW)

16 A gift opens doors for the one who gives it     and brings him into the presence of great people


As I begin to learn native ministry, there is a tradition that is widely practiced. It is called ‘protocol’.

It is expected, when meeting a native leader, that we should bring a gift, a gift not of money, rather one signifying respect and honor. These gifts are called ‘honor gifts’.

They are to be given from the heart….

I have been in meetings, where protocol gifts were given for several hours, in an incredible expression of love, respect, and honor.

I have heard about how, in Israel Jonathon Maracle gave gifts to the representative from the Israeli government, and how he cleared his schedule for the entire day, to meet and host the First nations peoples there determined to honor him and Israel. Hours spent, as natives piled his desk with honor gifts, and spoke expressions of love, support and honor to his heart.

Chief Kenny Blacksmith explained this verse the last time we were together, as simply a beautiful expression of honor, as our gifts open doors for the giver.

In our white culture, we give ‘house warming’ gifts when we visit our friends. How much more, when we recognize and enter ancestral native territories, and honor the host peoples of these lands. We are entering their homes, honoring this is only right before God.

I have seen some incredible examples of the power of this act, but there is one that still touches me very deeply: when Harry Hayes (US Army retired) and Gregory Gil (US Marine Corps retired) learned of the horrible betrayal of trust by our government towards the Navajo people that resulted in ‘the long walk’ of the Navajo. In uniform, they presented a combat medal received in operation desert storm, and a marine combat knife (K-bar), as honor gifts to pastor Jerry Tom, and Deswood Tomes representing the office of Navajo President Ben Shelley, asking forgiveness for what the US military had done to the Navajo people, stating that ‘all had sinned and fallen short of the glory of God’ and that only God could forgive and fix this horror, and that this was NOT ‘the freedom, liberty and justice for all’ they had given their lives to defend.ben shelley platform

Protocol and the giving of honor gifts may be a native tradition, yet it is one that we might be wise to incorporate in our culture today. The honoring of elders, respect for leaders, the recognition of ancient treaties, lands, and covenants, will bring the power and presence of the Holy One that inhabits eternity upon the scene.

It is this presence, that will heal our lands…

Let’s Pray:

“Father, I come before you today, seeking you to heal our land. Show me what to give, to whom, as I travel. Help me to honor Your authority on the land, recognizing the peoples You have given the lands to, who live there. May I always respect elders and leaders, as I seek to walk gently in Your wisdom, bring Your healing wherever possible. Thank you for this Lord Jesus, Amen”

A Word for Native Americans…By Kennie Blacksmith

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Our prayer in the Gathering of the Eagles National Prayer Summit was this would be a ‘point of an arrow’ that would launch us into a shared future in the leading of the Lord.

As a core leadership, we wanted to hear what the Lord was saying through the people. We felt that the historical and traditional hierarchy of leadership was not conducive to encouraging all people to share their hearts in a safe environment.

We wanted to come together to worship in spirit and in truth. We wanted to pray, wait on the Lord to hear and see what the next steps were going to look like. We had a collective vision and direction to focus as a guideline Dr. Billy Graham’s statement of 40 years ago. “The greatest moments of Native History lie ahead of us, if a great spiritual renewal and wakening should take place. The Native American has been a sleeping giant. He is awakening. The original Americans could become the evangelists who will win America for Christ! Remember these forgotten people!”

March 2015 marks 40 years since Dr. Graham’s word. The number 40 is often associated with a time of testing, trials, judgment and making one new generation ready to enter God’s promised land. It is therefore a time of purification and a new beginning. This year will test our resiliency in our faith and in our love to God.

What could the greatest moments of Native History look like? How should we prepare for what could be the greatest moments ahead of us? If, a great spiritual renewal and wakening should take place today, what is the role and place of our people today? How should we prepare today?

What put or who put the Native American giant to sleep? How is the ‘giant’ awakening? Is he awakening today? What will be required to fully awaken the giant to fulfill its destiny? How will the original Native American become the evangelists to America for Christ?

Worship was a significant time of intimate, intense warring in the spirit, celebratory, and at times people with instruments joined in the worship. Corporate prayers were released from various individuals. People were free to express in their God-given gifting, anointing and calling. People shared freely and received healings in times of worship, intercession, and sharing of hearts.

The Lord’s agenda is not like ours and he can do much with a few when we trust him and submit to his leadership. It is no longer our own timing of doing things when we feel like it but we must pursue the Lord with the highest level of honour, and in the fear of the Lord.

Dreams, vision and revelations must be carefully listened to and regarded with respect and adherence, especially when we have discerned the voice of the Lord. We must be sensitive, discerning, ever-seeing, ever-knowing the signs and times we live in. An atmosphere of heaven is created when by faith we praise, and worship the Lord.

We need to be desperate for the deeper things of the Lord. We sleep deep in darkness; someone had turned the lights off but now the light is turned back on – how do we bring the light to those who like the darkness?

A spirit of generosity is key to breaking a spirit of poverty over our people. Protocol is first done as unto the Lord then carried out to others. With one voice and one heart, we can restore, repair and renew the original spiritual foundations and spiritual coverings of our homes, communities, and nations. In so doing, ensure persistent and consistent intercession for our people and nation. The word of God must be the one and true foundation of our identity in Christ.

Taking a hold of the prophetic word of Dr. Billy Graham for Native American people we ask, “Where do we go from here? Keys to a renewal and spiritual awakening in our people require strategic fasting and praying. We need a national clarion call in this. We have completed the first, of perhaps many similar summits throughout North America. This will be dependent on how serious we are in pursuing a move of God, in and through our people.

Lou Engle brought us a much-needed encouragement and a timely perspective. He asked, “Who will pick up the mantle of Dr. Billy Graham?” Lou believes in our people, and strongly supports our youth to run with their vision. We must embrace our youth in their vision for a national gathering in 2016. Chasity Roanhorse is running with the A.N.N.A Call 2016 with the support of Lou Engle. As First Nations, Inuit and Métis pastors, leaders and ministries, we must rally around our youth in their national vision. We must promote their gathering, and we must raise funds to stand alongside them.

Picking up the mantle of a revivalist will cost. We must break the bondages of the negative past with prevailing faith. We must mobilize a strategic network of Native pastors and leaders, along with other ministries. We must decree our people are stepping out of 40 years of wandering in the wilderness of unbelief and disobedience, and stepping into the original plan and purposes of God. We must decree we will rise up and be the carriers of the healing Word of God for such a time as this, and that we will win North America for Christ!

Native American people in North America – its our time to rise up to the challenges of today. This is not the time to remain as the forgotten people. We just didn’t survive all the past atrocities – we can conquered – therefore we are more than conquerers in Christ!

This is our time to truly be the host peoples and stewards of our homeland to the glory of God! This is our time to rise up as a strategic army of revivalists! North America needs us – for such a time as this!

Thank you all who prayed and who support the Gathering of the Eagles National Prayer Summit.

This is not the end – this is the beginning!


The Grand Illusion Vision

The Vision:

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Jer 1: And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

Ephesians 2:6 (KJV)

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

During the second term reelection of President Obama, in October of 2012, I had an incredible burden to pray for America. Such a deep burden was this, that I quit working, locked myself in my house, and prayed day and night for eight weeks in other tongues, for the call of God upon my life, and with agony of soul, for the spiritual plight of America.

During this time, many things were revealed to me, and God did many things within me, purging me of deep pain, offense, and bitterness, giving me grace to truly, from my heart, forgive, release, and bless many people that I felt had wronged me in the business world.

As I did this, and determined to have the pure will of Jesus alone for my life, I began to see some things spiritually, that are the purpose of this book.

I had a vision, of a map of the United States of America, and superimposed upon it, was a demonic principality, that looked like a puppeteer, that was actually ruling this nation through secret societies, and godless people. These organizations operate secretly here, and are actually controlled by this mind blinding spirit, that literally provides for its leaders a demonic shield of protection around them, making them untouchable by natural means.

Like any revelation from God, I asked Holy Spirit to show me this from the Scriptures. He did, and I will explain this in the next chapter.

Knowing we have authority over demons, I asked the Lord why we could not simply command this evil spirit to leave. He showed me that this demon prince had legal right here in America, and had three main roots in US soil, that allowed it to operate.

I asked him what these roots were, and He showed me that these root systems were: 1. Broken covenants with, and atrocities committed against First Nations peoples. 2. Racism. 3. Abortion.

In the vision, I saw three domino’s, and the finger of the Lord pushed the first one over, causing the next two to fall. I asked Him what this meant, and He showed me that the first, and most important mandate for His church in America, was ministry to First Nations peoples, that the great move of the Holy Spirit we all seek, will begin with them.

As they come into the kingdom in power, and are recognized and established in their place in the kingdom of God, they will usher in the move of the Holy Spirit, that will destroy racism, and the blood sacrifice offered to demons through abortion.

As this is done, this demon prince currently blinding the minds of good American people, will be forced to leave this land, and America will be restored.

He confirmed this to me from His Word, through Ezekial 28 as I read word of the Lord spoken through the prophet Ezekiel to first the ruler (or prince KJV) of Tyre, then to the King of Tyre.

28 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

The first rebuke is to the earthly political system of the day, while the second, is clearly to satan himself, as the spiritual ruler governing the affairs of men.

I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”

11 The word of the Lord came to me: 12 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘You were the seal of perfection,     full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden,     the garden of God;

Over the past years, I have stayed in the face of God in prayer, and many keys of knowledge have been given to me, as to how best dismantle this evil rule, through prayer.

This is the purpose of the book, by this same title: Welcome to the Grand Illusion – A Prophetic Prayer Strategy to take America back.

Newsletter – AOMMinistries – April 2015


Hello everyone.

Writing this newsletter from Wakefield, Quebec this morning, as we wait for laundry to dry so that we can pack, stack and rack our luggage again on the roof of the jeep and head back to Tulsa.

It has been an exciting trip, attending the ‘Gathering of Eagles’ native leadership conference, hosted by Kenny and Louise Blacksmith here in Ottawa, Ontario. Was invited to the council of elders table and priviledged to share about the IVBI program, where Victory is willing to donate Bible schools to native ministries and tribes.

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Spent another week catching up with friends in the Inuit community, and over here in Quebec where we pastored for several years. Had the privilege of speaking Easter morning at ‘Eglise La Peche’, an English church here in Wakefield. The couple that have been hosting us, also hosted Kenny and Louise the past couple of days, and we have had some rich fellowship around the table telling wonderful Jesus stories late into the night.

We will leave for Tulsa today, with several stops planned along the way.

We have officially moved out of Bob and Becky Shaefers home, so we are driving like Abraham, fully trusting in the leadership of the Holy Spirit, to show us where we are going to live as we go. In our natural minds, this has been quite a stretch, but I am comforted by not on the Scriptures, but the voice of Holy Spirit and His comfort as we go:

Hebrews 11:8

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going

Luke 9:58

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

As most of you know, our missions banquet is the end of this month, hope you can all come to catch up on some of our adventures and exploits for the kingdom, it would be great to see you.

For prayer, comments, or to donate online:



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Give in faith!

1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits?

1 Corinthians 9:14 [On the same principle] the Lord directed that those who publish the good news (the Gospel) should live (get their maintenance) by the Gospel.

Paul goes on to say, that he did not use his position as a minister of the gospel to take up offerings, rather he worked, making tents, to support himself. You might notice here, that Paul was not married, nor did he have children. Family responsibilities take time, and just as you bust a move on your job to provide for your family, I work every bit as hard, doing this, faithful to the Lord in prayer and the ministry of His Word, to you.

I will never charge for this: it my responsibility to God, my calling. Freely I have been given, now, I freely give…

As you give, hear Holy Spirit what to give, and honestly expect God to reward you for your giving.

Matt 10: 41 He who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.

I am a five-fold ministry gift and office – this is my life – I pray, I hear, I write, and wonderful things happen. You have your job description, I have mine – this is mine….

I have ‘see through’ faith for you, in this: Gal 3: 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

I believe I have a responsibility before God to be like Jesus, in every offering I receive. I receive it with thanksgiving, just like Jesus did the little boys lunch.

Then, because I walk and live by faith according to the blessing of Abraham, I believe that God will take your seed sown, and multiply it, according to what the blessing of Abraham promises:

Genesis 22:17 In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies

It has been a joy to me, to see the hand of the living God act in the lives of those of you who have supported us this year!

Many have seen tremendous blessing come into your households, and for this we give thanks, and give Jesus all the glory!

Pray for First Nations of America

I believe one of the main keys to unlocking the move of the Holy Spirit we all seek in America, is the host peoples of the land.

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Seems I am not alone in this:

It is my prayer you join me in daily, fervent prayer for the host peoples of America.

Thank you!

Chris Walsh

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Jesus Decisions upon the Harvest


Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest
I am determined to be a voice for God, not merely an echo:
Today, I hear Jesus saying: “I am making decisions based upon my harvests in the earth, in 2015, and for years to come. I am opening up new fields, and have prepared and raised up leaders to reap them. Those who commit to harvest, shall be blessed, promoted, and prospered. Those who do not, who have become comfortable, will be passed by, missing great opportunity, and eternal reward. Do not be shaken by those leaving the earth by way of the grave, they have run their race, finished their course, and I am bringing them home to glory, for I love them! Lift up your eyes to the harvest and align yourselves with people and ministries that have harvest, growth, and souls as their pursuit – shake off ungodly yokes and relational entanglements designed to drain my life from you, but run YOUR race before me, without restraint or compromise, and see my victory, joy, breakthroughs, signs, wonders and miracles in the earth”