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As I planned how to fashion this narrative, like anyone I wanted to put my best foot forward. Logically, it was tempting to follow the Apostle Paul’s format. He was often forced into the folly of boasting to defend his ministry against his critics. But in every account, he always resolved to boasting in the Lord. In Paul's teachings we can find him laying out his earthly natural credentials, lineage, education, reputation, and achievements. Then he would do an about face and make seemingly wild statements like “...I count them as dung...." But we know he was not saying they had zero value. He was merely saying, compared to "...knowing Him...." they were as dung. His physical strength were like dung compared to the non-carnal weapons that are “...mighty through God even to the pulling down (demolishing) of strongholds....” Paul often used such hyperbole. When he said "...bodily exercise profiteth little...." he wasn't saying it has zero value. There's an entire series on Warfare hidden in the aforementioned verses. But we will divert back to the instant subject.

So I thought of following Paul's format: First point to my spiritual lineage: William Branham is my spiritual father in the faith, then my “didaskalos” the Colonel, and just go down the list of scholars at whose feet I've had the honor to sit; then my ordination in the early 1970s, and so on. Then present my gifts, talents, and skills in music and expository teaching. Finally, cite my academic studies.

And of course, my education in law, a decade in the legal field, and my experience in Con Law, litigation practice, legal writing, legal reasoning, evidence and witness examination, etc.

Those statements are not written as some back-handed boasting of self. But hopefully, they do show that I'm not some guy wearing a foil helmet, making claims of supernatural experiences, like someone who just escaped from a UFO abduction.

As wonderful as all the aforementioned natural credentials are, and as grateful as I am for each of them, they are as dung compared to my experiences with the Lord Jesus Christ. They are not actually worthless; in fact they are valuable assets. But they are always kept in perspective. Those achievements are not my true credentials as a man of God. An unbeliever could accomplish any of those things I’ve accomplished, and do more than I, and even do them better than I. Isaiah 54:17 makes clear that my vindication comes from God alone!

My credentials as a man of God are what He has done through me; those things I had no power to do myself. Things like the myriad of supernatural signs and manifestations He has wrought in me since I was four years old. My credentials also include my scars received in the house of my friends, and how God miraculously healed them. Also, my credentials include my sufferings, insults, shame, and how God miraculously brought me through them, eventually with victory. Man cannot replicate those things! I couldn't do them. God did them through me!

Whatever value one may, or may not place on whatever my academic achievements may be; I did work hard and pursued them diligently for many years. But I did not seek the supernatural signs He has given me. I didn't earn them or deserve them, and I have no control over them. God chose to give them to me; He operates them through me; and He can remove them from me, at His will.

I believe He gave them to me, and has allowed them to remain all these years in order to vindicate me as His servant. However, I am the servant, and He is the Master.

The following is in no way holding myself to the level of importance of the Apostle Paul. But we have many supernatural experiences in common. We were both Caught Away into God's presence, we both bore Stigmata in our bodies, we both visually saw the Shekinah of God, we both heard an Audible Voice from Heaven, we both experienced life Betwixt Two, and we were both vexed by a Thorn in the Flesh. So I will conclude my presentation of My Credentials by quoting my expanded translation of II Corinthians 12:9.

"...for He has declared to me once and for all, My grace is always sufficient for you to the point of satisfaction, and my power keeps on coming to you, increasing proportionally as your weakness grows. Most gladly therefore, I will boast of my weaknesses in order that the power of Christ, the Shekinah Glory might tabernacle in me. Therefore, I continuously resolve to favorably endure weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties for Christ; the weaker I am in me, the stronger I am in Him...." 


Why I did not Share the Supernatural Signs, Photos, and Experiences

Thirty-two years ago

Sometimes people ask me, “why didn't you share these photos, and tell the people about these supernatural signs and experiences when you first came here?The obvious inference is that it would have enhanced my ministry here. That is probably correct. Had I exploited the sacred gifts, experiences, and signs God has given me, I probably could have avoided those 32-years of poverty, shame, and humiliation. But at what cost?

He did not give them to me to be merchandised. I should not be forced to choose between exploiting holy gifts, and poverty. No one should have to defile sacred things to get the church to do the right thing! What's the difference in that and prostitution?

God did not tell me I was allowed to make these things public, until recently. For me, it is better to be in obedience and endure the abject poverty, than to deliberately go out of His will in order to prosper. I can honestly say, there were times I thought of giving up; but never once was I tempted to exploit the signs, experiences, and photographs. Perhaps the following two part explanation will help.

First of all, the signs were for me, not for them. The “Burning Bush” was for Moses, not for Israel. Moses' “Hand” becoming leprous then being healed, Moses' “Rod” becoming a snake and again becoming a rod, and pouring water on the ground and it turning into "Blood", each were initially for Moses, not for Israel. Moses revealed these things to Israel much later, during the "Wilderness Experience". But they were initially given to Moses to help him believe enough to accept his commission from God; and to withstand when satan would test his faith to the extreme. Until recently, I was not given permission to share these experiences publicly.

Secondly, before I came here, the Lord gave me instructions on how I would know who has His Holy Spirit in them. He had placed His Spirit in me and confirmed that with supernatural signs. He did that for me, to confirm these things to me and in me. It was not for them, at that time.

He assured me that if they have His Holy Spirit in them, that Spirit will recognize who I am by the Spirit He placed in me. His Spirit will not repel His Spirit.

Those who know how the spirit operates understand what I'm saying here. This was demonstrated in Brother Branham's ministry, every time he ministered in the Spirit.

The Lord showed me if they repel me, never accept me, reject me, shun me, never allow me to get close, push me away, or any of those kinds of conduct, then His Holy Spirit is not in them; regardless of what they may claim, feel, or do.

That's another spirit in them that hates the Spirit He placed in me.

So that is how I'll know who they are, by how they respond to me; not by how they respond to seeing Him manifest supernatural signs through me. There's always a multitude ready to follow after the fishes and loaves. As throughout scripture, the signs were to be shown to the elect, in the wilderness.

Now I can just hear some critic arise, citing for example Paul's bitter dissension with Barnabas over Mark. I would say to Mr. or Mrs. Critic, remember in your current role that's all you are, is a critic. Contrary to what you may believe, the Holy Spirit did not prompt you with your criticism. He knows the truth. He's the One who revealed this to me. He's the One who confirmed it countless times with signs. Had “...the Spirit of Truth come....” to prompt you, that would have been to “ you into all truth....” My recommendation is to first get deliverance from all evils spirits, then seek the infilling of the Holy Spirit, and then ask “...the Comforter....”, and “...He will teach you all things....”

NOTE: Any time I share these vignettes of our "walk through the valley of the shadow of death" it's not to cry over what was done to us; I've already cried my soul clean over all that. I share it to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ by showing what He brought us through with victory; to encourage others who are in that valley to trust Him to get them through it with victory; to show what an evil enemy we face; and to show how readily some church folks yield their members to our enemy, causing their hearts to wax cold toward hurting brethren, just as Jesus prophesied professing Christians would do at the end. Our experience is a proverbial "street sign" to show where too much of the church in America is today in this unfolding end time prophecy.

A few months after we moved here, the Lord gave me Ezekiel 33:30-33 as a pattern of what was to come. All these years later, He has vindicated me unquestionably as His servant, and as one of His prophets, just as promised. Over these three-plus decades, those verses He gave me in Ezekiel have unfolded like a blossom opens in spring. And just as that passage states, they “heard my words”, but would not do them; they made a “show of love”, but chased after covetousness; and I was to them as a “ of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument....” And just as He promised me, “...when this cometh to pass, (lo it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them....” As they always have, those things I have prophesied over this place, and these people, will come to pass. Woe unto them who have not repented in that day!

The purpose for sharing these supernatural signs and experiences is not to boast, but to testify of Him! These signs and experiences are not to celebritize me, but to magnify Him! He gave them, and continues to give them, to vindicate me as His servant. Further, it is to show yet another reason why I am willing to repeatedly follow Him into the lion's den; and why I've been willing to endure the decades of extreme adversity, abject poverty, insults, humiliation, and public shame. I love Him!

Sixty years ago, He revealed Himself to me by His power and marked me as "His Property" with "His Stigmata". Forty years ago, He revealed Himself to me by snatching me away ("Caught Away") and engulfing me into His glorious Shekinah Presence, and similar to the Mount of Transfiguration account. Twenty years ago, He gave me a conditional promise of my full ministry and confirmed it by the "Hands of Fire" sign, which remains to this day. He has made me know experientially that ALL power and authority is in Him; and that nothing and no one can stand in His presence; no demon, no principality, no angel, no disease, no military force, nor satan, and not even death can stand against Him! Everyone and everything is subject to Him! He’s been with me, even in me all my life! He has always delivered me! I am His property! He defends me extravagantly! Woe unto me if I preach not the gospel....




- GERRY PHILLIPS - 1955-2015