The Vision of the Body of Christ,
and End-Time Ministries
by Tommy Hicks
(from "To Heal the Sick", pg 8-16, by C. & F. Hunter)
There is a vision that I want to share with you tonight, and it's a very
impactful vision, as you allow your heart to just absorb this
vision. I think you will see what I began to see today about Joel's
Briefly, Tommy Hicks lived from 1909 to 1973. He was
an evangelist, in the Argentinian Revival of 1954. He had gone to
Argentina to replace another evangelist who was unable to fulfil his
commitment for full-gospel meetings. He visited the Argentine
dictator Juan Peron, who many of you will remember. President Peron,
was suffering from a persistent and disfiguring skin disease which
had become so noticeable, that he no longer allowed photographs to
be take. He asked Tommy hicks if Jesus could heal him? As they
clasped hands, the power of God immediately flowed into Peron's
body, and his skin became as clear as a baby's.
Needless to say, Peron gave Tommy everything he
requested. The Atlantic Stadium with a seating capacity of 25,000
was rented, soon overwhelming crowds forced them to relocate to the
Hurricane football stadium, with a seating capacity of 110,000.
Which also overflowed. In two months 3 million were reported to have
attended, with 300,000 decisions for Christ and a massive number of
outstanding healings. Tommy Hicks claimed among his convert the vice
president of Argentina, who along with his wife, came to brother
Hicks' hotel room, where they were both saved. He reported that he
healed the son of the vice president of Bolivia, and met with the
richest woman in Argentina.
He went on to preach behind the Iron Curtain in
Russia and in Satellite countries. This impact oversees won him
support from the Full Gospel Businessmen fellowship, and opened the
door for many places for ministry.
The following vision
originally appeared in a book entitled, Pertinent Prophecies, by
John N. and Dorothea M. Gardner, and was given by Tommy Hicks, a
noted evangelist, in 1961. The is Called the Body of Christ and the
My message begins July 25, about 2:30 in the morning at
Winnipeg, Canada. I had hardly fallen asleep when the vision and the revelation
that God gave me came before me. The vision came three times, exactly in detail,
the morning of July 25, 1961. I was so stirred and so moved by the revelation
that this has changed my complete outlook upon the body of Christ, and upon the
The greatest thing that the church of Jesus Christ has ever been given lies
straight ahead. It is so hard to help men and women to realize and understand
the thing that God is trying to give his people in the end times.
I received a letter several weeks ago from one of our native evangelists down in
Africa, down in Nairobi. This man and his wife were on their way to Tanganyika.
They could neither read nor could they write, but we had been supporting them
for over two years. As they entered into the territory of Tanganyika, they came
across a small village. The entire village was evacuating because of a plague
that had hit the village. He came across natives that were weeping, and he asked
them what was wrong.
They told him of their mother and father who had suddenly died, and they had
been dead for three days. They had to leave. They were afraid to go in; they
were leaving them in the cottage. He turned and asked them where they were. They
pointed to the hut and he asked them to go with him, but they refused. They were
afraid to go.
The native and his wife went to this little cottage and entered in where the man
and woman had been dead for three days. He simply stretched forth his hand in
the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and spoke the man's name and the woman's name
and said, "In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command life to come back to
your bodies." Instantaneously these two heathen people who had never known Jesus
Christ as their Savior sat up and immediately began to praise God. The spirit
and the power of God came into the life of those people.
To us that may seem strange and a phenomenon, but that is the be- ginning of
these end-time ministries. God is going to take the do-nothings, the nobodies,
the unheard-of, the no-accounts. He is going to take every man and every woman
and he is going to give to them this outpouring of the Spirit of God. In the
book of Acts we read that "In the last days," God said, "I will pour out my
Spirit upon all flesh." I wonder if we realized what he meant when God said, "I
will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh." I do not think I fully realized nor
could I under- stand the fullness of it, and then I read from the book of Joel:
"Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he
hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for
you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain -" (Joel 2:23). It is not
only going to be the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, but he is going
to give to his people in these last days a double portion of the power of God!
As the vision appeared to me after I was asleep, I suddenly
found myself in a great high distance. Where I was, I do not know. But I was
looking down upon the earth. Suddenly the whole earth came into my view. Every
nation, every kindred, every tongue, came before my sight from the east, and the
west, the north and the south. I recognized every country and many cities that I
had been in, and I was almost in fear and trembling as I beheld the great sight
before me: and at that moment when the world came into view, it began to
lightning and thunder.
As the lightning flashed over the face of the earth, my eyes went downward and I
was facing the north. Suddenly I beheld what looked like a great giant, and as I
stared and looked at it, I was almost bewildered by the sight. It was so
gigantic and so great. His feet seemed to reach to the north pole and his head
to the south. Its arms were stretched from sea to sea. I could not even begin to
understand whether this be a mountain or this be a giant, but as I watched, I
suddenly beheld a great giant. I could see his head was struggling for life. He
wanted to live, but his body was covered with debris from head to foot, and at
times this great giant would move his body and act as though it would even raise
up at times. And when it did, thousands of little creatures seemed to run away.
Hideous creatures would run away from this giant, and when he would become calm,
they would come back.
All of a sudden this great giant lifted his hand towards heaven, and then it
lifted its other hand, and when it did these creatures by the thousands seemed
to flee away from this giant and go into the darkness of the night.
Slowly this great giant began to rise and as he did, his head and hands went
into the clouds. As he rose to his feet he seemed to have cleansed himself from
the debris and filth that was upon him, and he began to raise his hands into the
heavens as though praising the Lord, and as he raised his hands, they went even
unto the clouds.
Suddenly, every cloud became silver, the most beautiful silver I have ever
known. As I watched this phenomenon it was so great I could not even begin to
understand what it all meant. I was so stirred as I watched it, and I cried unto
the Lord and I said, "Oh Lord, what is the meaning of this." and I felt as if I
was actually in the Spirit and I could feel the presence of the Lord even as I
And from those clouds suddenly there came great drops of liquid light raining
down upon this mighty giant, and slowly, slowly, this giant began to melt, began
to sink itself in the very earth itself, and as he melted, his whole form seemed
to have melted upon the face of the earth, and this great rain began to come
down. Liquid drops of light began to flood the very earth itself and as I
watched this giant that seemed to melt, suddenly it became millions of people
over the face of the earth. As I beheld the sight before me, people stood up all
over the world! They were lifting their hands and they were praising the Lord.
At that very moment there came a great thunder that seemed to roar from the
heavens. I turned my eyes toward the heavens and suddenly I saw a figure in
white, in glistening white - the most glorious thing that I have ever seen in my
entire life. I did not see the face, but somehow I knew it was the Lord Jesus
Christ, and he stretched forth his hand, and as he did, he would stretch it
forth to one, and to another, and to another. And as he stretched forth his hand
upon the nations and the people of the world - men and women - as he pointed
toward them, this liquid light seemed to flow from his hands into them, and a
mighty anointing of God came upon them, and those people began to go forth in
the name of the Lord.
I do not know how long I watched it. It seemed it went into days and weeks and
months. And I beheld this Christ as he continued to stretch forth his hand; but
there was a tragedy. There were many people as he stretched forth his hand that
refused the anointing of God and the call of God. I saw men and women that I
knew. People that I felt would certainly receive the call of God. But as he
stretched forth his hand toward this one and toward that one, they simply bowed
their head and began to back away. And each of those that seemed to bow down and
back away, seemed to go into darkness. Blackness seemed to swallow them
I was bewildered as I watched it, but these people that he had anointed,
hundreds of thousands of people all over the world, in Africa, England, Russia,
China, America, all over the world, the anointing of God was upon these people
as they went forward in the name of the Lord. I saw these men and women as they
went forth. They were ditch diggers, they were washerwomen, they were rich men,
they were poor men. I saw people who were bound with paralysis and sickness and
blindness and deafness. As the Lord stretched forth to give them this anointing,
they became well, they became healed, and they went forth!
And this is the miracle of it this is the glorious miracle of it those people
would stretch forth their hands exactly as the Lord did, and it seemed as if
there was this same liquid fire in their hands. As they stretched forth their
hands they said, "According to my word, be thou made whole."
As these people continued in this mighty end time ministry, I did not fully
realize what it was, and I looked to the Lord and said, "What is the meaning of
this?" And he said, "This is that which I will do in the last days. I will
restore all that the cankerworm, the palmerworm, the caterpillar - I will
restore all that they have destroyed. This, my people, in the end times will go
forth. As a mighty army shall they sweep over the face of the earth."
As I was at this great height, I could behold the whole world. I watched these
people as they were going to and fro over the face of the earth. Suddenly there
was a man in Africa and in a moment he was transported by the Spirit of God, and
perhaps he was in Russia, or China or America or some other place, and vice
versa. All over the world these people went, and they came through fire, and
through pestilence, and through famine. Neither fire nor persecution, nothing
seemed to stop them.
Angry mobs came to them with swords and with guns. And like Jesus, they passed
through the multitudes and they could not find them, but they went forth in the
name of the Lord, and everywhere they stretched forth their hands, the sick were
healed, the blind eyes were opened. There was not a long prayer, and after I had
reviewed the vision many times in my mind, and I thought about it many times, I
realized that I never saw a church, and I never saw or heard a denomination, but
these people were going in the name of the Lord of Hosts. Hallelujah!
As they marched forth in everything they did as the ministry of Christ in the
end times, these people were ministering to the multitudes over the face of the
earth. Tens of thousands, even millions seemed to come to the Lord Jesus Christ
as these people stood forth and gave the message of the kingdom, of the coming
kingdom, in this last hour. It was so glorious, but it seems as though there
were those that rebelled, and they would become angry and they tried to attack
those workers that were giving the message.
God is going to give the world a demonstration in this last hour as the world
has never known. These men and women are of all walks of life, degrees will mean
nothing. I saw these workers as they were going over the face of the earth. When
one would stumble and fall, another would come and pick him up. There were no
"big I" and "little you," but every mountain was brought low and every valley
was exalted, and they seemed to have one thing in common - there was a divine
love, a divine love that seemed to flow forth from these people as they worked
together, and as they lived together. It was the most glorious sight that I have
ever known. Jesus Christ was the theme of their life. They continued and it
seemed the days went by as I stood and beheld this sight. I could only cry, and
sometimes I laughed. It was so wonderful as these people went throughout the
face of the whole earth, bringing forth in this last end time.
As I watched from the very heaven itself, there were times when great deluges of
this liquid light seemed to fall upon great congregations, and that congregation
would lift up their hands and seemingly praise God for hours and even days as
the Spirit of God came upon them. God said, "I will pour my Spirit upon all
flesh," and that is exactly this thing. And to every man and every woman that
received this power, and the anointing of God, the miracles of God, there was no
ending to it.
We have talked about miracles. We have talked about signs and wonders, but I
could not help but weep as I read again this morning, at 4 o'clock this morning
the letter from our native workers. This is only the evidence of the beginning
for one man, a "do nothing, an unheard of," who would go and stretch forth his
hand and say, "In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command life to flow into
your body." I dropped to my knees and began to pray again, and I said, "Lord, I
know that this time is coming soon!"
And then again, as these people were going about the face of the earth, a great
persecution seemed to come from every angle.
Suddenly there was another great clap of thunder, that seemed to resound around
the world, and I heard again the voice, the voice that seemed to speak, "Now
this is my people. This is my beloved bride." And when the voice spoke, I looked
upon the earth and I could see the lakes and the mountains. The graves were
opened and people from all over the world, the saints of all ages, seemed to be
rising. And as they rose from the grave, suddenly all these people came from
every direction. From the east and the west, from the north and the south, and
they seemed to be forming again this gigantic body. As the dead in Christ seemed
to be rising first, I could hardly comprehend it. It was so marvelous. It was so
far beyond anything I could ever dream or think of.
But as this body suddenly began to form, and take shape again, it took shape
again in the form of this mighty giant, but this time it was different. It was
arrayed in the most beautiful gorgeous white. Its garments were without spot or
wrinkle as its body began to form, and the people of all ages seemed to be
gathered into this body, and slowly, slowly, as it began to form up into the
very heavens, suddenly from the heavens above, the Lord Jesus came, and became
the head, and I heard another clap of thunder that said, "This is my beloved
bride for whom I have waited. She will come forth even tried by fire. This is
she that I have loved from the beginning of time."
As I watched, my eyes suddenly turned to the far north, and I saw seemingly
destruction: men and women in anguish and crying out, and buildings in
destruction. Then I heard again, the fourth voice that said, "Now is My wrath
being poured out upon the face of the earth." From the ends of the whole world,
the wrath of God seemed to be poured out and it seemed that there were great
vials of God's wrath being poured out upon the face of the earth. I can remember
it as though it happened a moment ago. I shook and trembled as I beheld the
awful sight of seeing the cities, and whole nations going down into destruction.
I could hear the weeping and wailing. I could hear people crying. They seemed to
cry as they went into caves, but the caves in the mountains opened up.
They leaped into water, but the water would not drown them. There was nothing
that could destroy them. They were wanting to take their lives, but they could
not. Then again I turned my eyes to this glorious sight, this body arrayed in
beautiful white, shining garments. Slowly, slowly, it began to lift from the
earth, and as it did, I awoke. What a sight I had beheld! I had seen the end
time ministries, the last hour. Again on July 27, at 2:30 in the morning, the
same revelation, the same vision came again exactly as it did before.
My life has been changed as I realized that we are living in that end time, for
all over the world God is anointing men and women with this ministry. It will
not be doctrine. It will not be a churchianity. It is going to be Jesus Christ.
They will give forth the word of the Lord, and are going to say, "I heard it so
many times in the vision and according to my word it shall be done."
Oh, my people, listen to me, "according to My word",
it shall be done. We are going to be clothed with power and
anointing from God. We won't have to preach sermons, we won't have
to have people heckle us in public, we won't to have to depend on
man, nor will we be denomination echoes, but we will have the power
of the living God. We will fear no man, but will go in the
name of the Lord of Hosts. Amen, and Amen!!!!