The Call

The academic year of 2002-2003 was very successful for me, and I could not wait to start university because I was driven by an intellectual ambition. I wanted to quickly finish my four years of university, pursue a doctorate degree in Canada, and come back to my homeland to teach at the University of Benin in West Africa. I was passionate about this until I received a burden to fast and pray for three days in 2003 while I was preparing for school. My first two days of the fast were so satisfying, I decided not to complete the three days. However, the Holy Spirit clearly spoke to me to finish. On the third day, my academic dreamer’s world dramatically crumbled. I loved God, but in this season of my life I loved education more.

The third day came with a special worship anointing. I was on my knees lavishing my love on the Father when suddenly a power I had never experienced before came on me and shook me for about an hour. For the first time in my life, I had an open vision. I saw people in a big hole agonizing. As I was watching, a ladder came down to the hole and they began to desperately climb it to get out. Just after that scene, I saw a fisherman casting a net into a river, and a calm voice from within, but sounding audible, said: “I will make you a fisher of men.” I immediately remembered the Lord’s conversation with Peter. It became clear to me that preaching would be my life assignment. From now on, my relationship with God had been defined. That vision shredded my previous ambitions and infused a greater passion for God in my heart. This was the beginning of countless revelations God gave me about His calling upon my life and supernatural experiences.

God graciously gave me a prayer partner who was on fire, too. We began to spend hours in prayer. Oh, friends! I am asking God to take me back to those days just for the fierceness of the passion to be with Him. Those were the days I could not wait to come back from school to have fellowship with the Godhead. I remember one day I got home with a rushing desire to worship Jesus. I began by asking the Lord to manifest His presence to me, and I kept silence for about fifteen minutes. Suddenly, a strong wind began to blow in the room. I was so happy, because I was thinking I was about to experience Him in a new way. Amazingly, the wind lifted me from the floor and through the roof and I was heading to the sky. Can you believe it? At this point, my eyes were open. It was not a dream or a vision. The experience was electrifying, but unfortunately it was cut short. My brother’s wife came to the room, and immediately I found myself back. Honestly, I was upset, but the Lord has blessed me with countless experiences of this nature.

Again, in a dream, I found myself in an open space, and it seemed to me I was the only person on the planet dressed in a white robe. Then, a penetrating audible voice said: “Go preach the gospel. Go preach the gospel.” Honestly these experiences were enough for me, but that was not the case with God. He gave me abundant revelations not only about my calling but also about nations.

He has led me deeper into my calling by profound dreams and visions that I have kept secret for years. In fact, there still are things that I will never share because they fall in the category of the inexpressible things that Paul saw, perhaps in paradise. The reason that I am sharing what I am is because He wants me to. There is a season when God hides His vessels for transforming works He performs on them and a season when He brings them out to fulfill their destinies and have influence on the earth.

The time has come for me to walk in what He had prepared for me before the foundation of the world. I have received a divine mandate, so great, so unthinkable that its fulfillment necessitates a unique involvement of God. I feel a surge of divine boldness in my heart to declare the divine will in this season and to reveal His assignment for my life. His word always goes before Him because He has the absolute power and authority to bring it to pass and He delights in the faith of His people. It takes faith to share what I am about to share. This assurance I have in my heart is not a presumption. I am not and will never be interested in the “hype Christianity game” to attract people. My heart is rather burning with a divine flame that cannot be manufactured by human effort. I think I am perfectly experiencing the definition of faith as it is laid out in Hebrews 11:

Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. (Amplified Bible)

The two revelations I am about to share are not mentioned in my book Awaken Us, Oh Lord.

It was in 2004 that I had the first revelation. This year was particularly glorious in terms of experiencing God. This was the year in which my two prayer partners and I began to feel the fire of God on our bodies because we would spend hours in intercession supporting the ministry of our dear pastor and seeking God for His purpose for our lives. The fire of God would become so intense sometimes that I would jump under the shower thinking it would cool down. But it never worked because the fire was emanating from the throne of the indwelling Jehovah who Himself dwells and operates in fire. There was a constant flow of His energy in us. O how proud our pastor was of us! It was a wonderful time.

One night I had a dream in which my invisible companion that I believe to be an angel led me outside. We began to ascend. I cannot tell how high we went before we stopped, suspended in the air. He then opened a small window right in front of us. I believe it was a window into the divine realm, the heavenly. Through that window I saw what appeared to be a father and son in a peaceful looking fire and they had taken the color of the fire but weren’t being burnt. Afterward, we came down to the earth, and my companion opened two small new windows, and I saw shining gold in one and diamond in the other. Then he took me to a temple that seemed to be my church building (the Assemblies of God Church in Dekoungbe, Benin). I was standing on the altar in front of a crowd when suddenly water began to flow from above me from an invisible source through the altar and down to the congregation. Slowly, the volume of the water started to increase to become a river. The whole congregation was invaded by the water, and I found myself on a podium supernaturally set in the water ministering with unquestioned power and authority. I began to speak to people’s situations, and they were falling into the water. One thing that struck me when I was ministering to the people was the absolute faith that I had. I just knew without a trace of doubt that anything I would say would happen, and what I said was happening. I was so shocked in the dream that I ran to my pastor asking him what that was. He said in response: “This is the Holy Spirit.”

When I woke up from the dream, my thought went to Ezekiel 47, which has become the basis of my life assignment. To be specific, Ezekiel 47:9-12 is the heart of my ministry:

It will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes, will live. And there will be a very great number of fish, because these waters go there so that the waters of the sea are healed and become fresh; so everything will live wherever the river goes. 10 And it will come about that fishermen will stand beside it [at the banks of the Dead Sea]; from Engedi to Eneglaim there will be dry places to spread nets. Their fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great [Mediterranean] Sea. 11 But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh [and wholesome for animal life]; they will [as the river subsides] be left encrusted with salt. 12 By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They shall bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing. (Amplified Bible)

This is what I am striving, contending for. It has become a vision that consumes and drives me. It is so intense and alive that it has created a new Christian world for me--a world of a supernatural dissatisfaction with the present state of the church of Christ and a burning and glorious vision of the future.

One would think this revelation would be enough, but the more we pursue God and patiently wait for Him, the deeper He takes us. When God becomes everything you hope and long for--your strength, passion, future--He doesn’t hold back in leading you to the river of abundance. I am not going to tackle the meaning of these visions to unearth their significance from my ministerial perspective, but I am going to just tell the story.

The next revelation happened in 2013 just before I came to Los Angeles from Maryland. It was 1 p.m., and I felt like praying. I went to my room with a worship song (“Beautiful Exchange” by Hillsong) on my heart. I was stuck on the verse that says, “Holy are you God.” I sang for 45 minutes maybe when suddenly it seemed as if a movie began to play in my mind. It was in my mind, but I clearly saw it, as visually as watching a scene on a screen. I saw the Lord (in a human form) in a military type of uniform. He came to me, removed the uniform from His body and put it on me. He gave me a sword and a red colored book on which was written “Love; Live.” I then turned my eyes, and I saw a Hollywood female superstar representing a satanic dominion. From there, I was taken to a place where I was showed darkness such as I had never seen before. The darkness appeared to be alive. And I heard an audible voice saying: “I have given you the authority that I used to speak to the darkness in the beginning” meaning the darkness in Genesis 1. From here the vision grew extremely interesting and thought-provoking. I was then led by my companion to the throne of God the Father. I still had my military uniform on, but I realized at this point that I had in my pocket a bottle containing about 12 inches of oil (I don’t know how the bottle got there). I found myself kneeling before the throne of the Father with my back facing it. I then saw that the oil from the bottle was poured on me and distinctively saw THREE HANDS on my head. Just after that I was turned facing the throne and standing. The army uniform was removed from me, and then came a white robe (a diamond looking kind of color) from the presence of God, which is light. I cannot think of any adjective to describe the fabric of the garment. That extremely beautiful robe was put on me, and I found a golden rod in my hand just as the bottle of oil had appeared. Then, an audible voice sounded: “Go and heal the wounded world.” I departed from the throne with an incredible sense that now I had an absolute authority and power to do what God said. What a dimension!

During the vision, I was very conscious of my environment, and I sang the song “Beautiful Exchange” until the vision ended.

This is my calling. This is my vision. This is my passion. This is my pursuit. And this will be my discovery (will, because it is an ever-increasing discovery). And this will be my influence (will, because it is an unlimited influence).

I consider myself to be the least among a multitude of kingdom warriors, but this is a world I didn’t ask God for. He has been merciful and gracious to me and I rely on Him 100% to make my world become an undeniable, tangible experience. This is not a parade of my experiences with God but an obedience to His command that demands a great deal of faith on my behalf to share. Please don’t think of me anything that I am not. I am just a simple human like you, on a journey to discover the most valuable treasure of all times: that I may know Christ, and the power of His resurrection.

Nestor Kouassi

Nestor Kouassi