Several from the younger generation, those under 70 years of age, have asked, "What is it like to have 60 years of ministry and 80 years of life, and what does it mean to you?"
It is somewhat hard to grasp that we are living in the year 2000 plus 14 years. Especially in my early days of Christianity, none of the preachers in the Pentecostal churches I attended believed that the world would still be as it was then (in 2000). I made the statement several times, "If I live to be 70 then I will never die, for Jesus will have come by that time and raptured me to Heaven."
The imminent coming of Jesus was preached strongly. At that time I did not have an understanding of prophetic terminology, like that when Jesus said, "I am coming soon," would be more than a few years or centuries but would go beyond two millenniums. Evidently Apostle Paul did not grasp that either, for he wrote as though he expected to be among the number that would be alive when Jesus returned: "WE who are alive and remain shall be caught up... WE shall be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye."
In the late 1950s, I received the understanding of the restoration of the Church and Acts 3:21, which declares that: Heaven must receive resurrected Jesus and keep Him there until the restoration of all things spoken by the prophets. I started teaching on the restoration of the Church in 1959.
I did years of research in hundreds of books and finally wrote the book on the restoration and destiny of the Church, titled The Eternal Church. This became the main thrust of my ministry, along with proclaiming the next moves of God that were to take place. When the Prophetic Movement was birthed at our conference in 1988, I committed myself to fulfilling the commission that God had given me to pioneer: raising up His Company of Prophets and training ministers and saints to be prophetic.
Equip His Church
What does it mean to have experienced 60 years of ministry? Several things. My wife and I were discussing this at our 50th ministry anniversary. After watching over the years as so many ministers fell to immorality, money matters, discouragement and going off doctrinally, we realized it is an accomplishment to just make it to the end without that happening to you. We continually submit ourselves to God, trusting the decree of Paul to be fulfilled in us, "...may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again" (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
It gives a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction knowing that we have done and continue to do something very near and dear to Jesus: to equip and perfect His Church until it is a glorious Church without spot or wrinkle that He can present to Himself as a beloved Bride. Jesus wants to come back for His Church, but He cannot until all prophetic Scriptures are fulfilled and the company of prophets, with other fivefold ministers, prepares the way and makes ready a people for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Jesus called John the Baptist the greatest man born of a woman because he prepared the way and made ready a people for His coming as Messiah. Those who are doing this for Christ's second coming please Him greatly.
Fulfillment and Prophecies Over the Years
In the 1970s and 1980s, we received personal prophecies from others that we would travel the world and that I would prophesy to kings, presidents and major leaders. They also said that God would give us people around the world that would join with us to fulfill the divine commission; that God would give us land, buildings, homes and resources to help fulfill the vision.
At the time we received the prophecies, there was no way we could see how it could all come to pass. Now 30 and 40 years later, we have ministered in more than 75 nations, and I am Bishop over Christian International Apostolic and Global Network, which now has 3,800 ministers and churches on every continent of the world. We have 80 acres in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida with a church building of 60,000 square feet, many office buildings, many who make their home on our campus, and Hamon Haven subdivision which contains our home, our three children's homes and many of the CI staff.
Our children have given us 11 grandchildren and five of those have given us 14 great-grandchildren who are with us in the ministry. Our oldest son Tim is CEO of the ministry, our second son and his wife, Tom and Jane Hamon, have pastored our headquarters church for 30 years. Our daughter is staff manager and a powerful prophetess.
What does it mean to be in the ministry 60 years? Fulfillment!
For 30 years in the ministry, we had very few of the things just mentioned, had fulfilled a small percentage of our prophecies, and had only ministered in about three nations outside the USA. Mom Hamon (my wife) and I count it a great blessing to live and minister long enough for God to fulfill everything He has promised us.
I look forward to even much more to be accomplished and more prophetic fulfillment by the time I celebrate my 70th anniversary of ministry. And when these mortal bodies quit functioning, we look forward to continuing our co-laboring with Jesus Christ as joint heirs in His ministry throughout the endless ages of eternity.
Dr. Bill Hamon, Founder and Bishop
Christian International Ministries
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Dr. Bill Hamon is the founder of Christian International Ministries, a premier prophetic ministry for over 45 years. A prophet for 60 years, he has prophesied to more than 50,000 people and provided training for over 250,000 in prophetic ministry. He has authored seven major books, specializing in the restoration of the Church and what to expect next on God's agenda.
Dr. Bill Hamon is respected by church leaders around the world as a senior leader of the prophetic/apostolic company God is raising up in these last days. He serves as bishop to over 3,000 ministers and churches and CI's headquarters on five continents. Bill and Evelyn, his wife of 58 years, reside in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. They have three children, eleven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren.
Bill Hamon's Itinerary:
Note: Events are subject to change at the ministry's discretion. We suggest you always check first with the event contact listed here and/or directly visit their website for latest updates on each event.
October 20, 2014 (6pm)
Bishop Hamon's 60/80 Celebration Banquet - Dr. Bill and Evelyn Hamon are celebrating 60 years of ministry this year!
Speakers: Gordon Robertson, Bishop Harry Jackson and Chuck Pierce!
Emerald Coast Convention Center
1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548
October 21-24, 2014
International Gathering of Apostles & Prophets
Speakers: Dr. Bill Hamon, Emmanuel Cannistraci, Chuck Pierce and more
Christian International Headquarters
5200 East Highway 98, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
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