047 - The Battle of Lockett's Farm
The Battle of Lockett’s Farm
By Cheryl Amabile
History records that 154 years ago, on April 6th, some of the last shots of the Civil War were fired at Lockett’s Farm near Sailor’s Creek in Virginia. By the end of the bloody skirmish, the Union forces had captured 7,700 troops, totaling one-fourth of the Confederate army. Among the prisoners were six generals, including Curtis Lee, the commander’s own son. Three days later, on April 9, 1865, Lee surrendered.
Typically, the expression “history repeats itself” comes with negative connotations. However, recent prophetic insight into the Battle of Lockett’s Farm, has caused us to pray, “God, do it again!”
Our friend Matt Lockett, Executive Director of the Justice House of Prayer DC and Bound4LIFE International, had been engaged in prayer activism for the ending of abortion long before he discovered his name in the history books. Then, even after getting acquainted with the Battle of Lockett’s Farm, more time passed before genealogical research revealed that Matt was a direct descendant of the Locketts at Sailor’s Creek. As you can imagine, this revelation provoked quite a sense of awe and wonder.
The throbbing question emerged among us, “What would it mean today if Matt’s history was also prophecy? What if the bloodshed of abortion was to end at Matt Lockett’s ‘farm’ just like the bloodshed of slavery and the Civil War finally ended in his ancestor’s front yard?”
By the fall of 2009, Bound4Life had mobilized five years of focused prayer at the Supreme Court and abortion clinics across the US. At that time, Matt Lockett called a 21-day fast for a breakthrough in response to the abortion super center that was being erected in Houston. Towards the end of the 21 days, we received news that a Planned Parenthood director named Abby Johnson had a sudden conversion and resigned from her clinic outside of Houston. Abby’s story is now told in the full-length feature film Unplanned that was released last week in theaters nationwide.
Though every major TV network except for Fox News refused to run commercials advertising the film, word is getting out. Unplanned was fourth in the box offices last weekend. Many pro-choice viewers who expected to be unaffected by the movie were surprised by its impact. One moviegoer commented on Variety magazine’s online review, stating, “My best talking points dissolved in light of this portrayal… I cannot ever again claim to be pro-woman and stand in favor of abortion. I’m out.”
Since Abby Johnson’s conversion, she started a ministry that has helped 500 workers transition out of their clinics. These former employees then helped close over 20 abortion facilities due to aberrant practices, medical negligence, and other factors. There’s no telling how many more “generals” in the abortion industry and “soldiers” of the pro-choice movement will end up on the other side of history as a result of this movie. Dare we say that the new Battle of Lockett’s Farm rages on?
Yesterday, our friend Chris Berglund woke from a dream in which pastor Bill Johnson and prophet Neville Johnson were seated together with Abby Johnson in a room filled with ornate wood and gold furniture. The place looked like a castle with an oversized fireplace and oversized chairs that were fit for kings. Over the fireplace was a picture of Jesus with children running into his arms. According to Chris, it was as if the picture was alive. Also, he saw the words of John 10:10 and Revelation 2:27 dancing off the pages of scripture in the dream - almost like a hologram.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
“And he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father.” Rev 2:27
In processing the dream, Chris recognized that Bill, Neville and Abby were all “sons of John.” Even the scripture verses were written by the Apostle John. Chris felt the significance of these references was pointing to the fullness of authority that God will entrust to those, like John, who love Jesus and enter into oneness with Him.
May we be encouraged by this dream and by the outplay of answered prayers in Abby Johnson’s life and ministry. Let us steward the great privilege we’ve been given in Christ, being seated with Him in heavenly places, and extend the rod of His authority over the powers of death and destruction that have exerted themselves through the rampage of Roe v. Wade.
Seldom has America’s public found itself in such a vice grip of truth about abortion as has been presented through the Unplanned movie. Let’s not miss this pregnant moment! Pray with us for this film to run swiftly and magnify the message of life and love that God wishes to bring to this generation. Pray for walls of deception and delusion in the hearts of men and women to crumble. Pray for yourself, and for messengers and intercessors like Bill, Neville and Abby Johnson, to rise to the full stature of kingdom authority for such a time as this.
What will history write about today? Let’s not leave it to chance. Would you join your faith with thousands in a unified battlecry of intercession? Who knows, but this could be the very death knell of abortion and the battle that finally ends the war.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14