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Sunday, 28 December 2008

Charlotte Baker's prophetic parables

Charlotte Baker
by Archibald Thackeray

I once sat in the balcony of the Bethesda Missionary Temple in Detroit as a guest speaker from Seattle, Washington told us that the word she had to share would put a spring in our step.

Well, let's see, I thought.

Forty-five minutes later, the guest speaker - Charlotte Baker - was proven right. I was eager to stand to my feet and worship the Lord in response to her message based on II Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!"

Charlotte, the pastor of King's Temple in Seattle, had done that night what thousands had experienced from her over the years - she had, by reason of her spiritual gifting, inspired God's people to a greater vision of the Lord, his salvific work, and his plans for his people.

She got her start in ministry back in the early days of the Latter Rain revival at Glad Tidings Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. Hugh Layzell, whose father Reg pastored Glad Tidings back then, says,

"Also in those early years of revival, a number of the young people from the Church, under the leadership of Violet Kiteley and Charlotte Baker, held Saturday night meetings in the inner city area. This is where many people learned to preach a gospel message and lead people to Christ" (Hugh and Audrey Layzell in Sons of His Purpose: the Interweaving of the Ministry of Reg Layzell, and His Son, Hugh, During a Season of Revival).

It was not long, the Layzells write, before Reg noticed Charlotte's "definite calling and anointing for ministry.... Consequently, Charlotte Baker assumed the leadership of the little house church [in Bellingham, Washington]. Her husband, John, was not a preacher, but he fully supported his wife in ministry."

Part of the ministry entrusted to Charlotte was prophecy. She called her lengthy story-like prophecies, "prophetic parables." One such prophecy, which came to be entitled, The Eye of the Needle, can be heard at this link (it is an 11-minute audio file). That prophecy was delivered in 1981 at the International Worship Symposium held at Shady Grove Church in Grand Prairie, Texas.

The prophecy became part of a book, The Eye of the Needle and Other Prophetic Parables.

In his endorsement of the book, Judson Cornwall said, "I have never met a person with a more dynamic and inspirational prophetic gift than Dr. Charlotte Baker. Her prophetic visions so reach the heart and paint pictures in the mind that they are almost impossible to ignore. I've seen entire congregations fall to their knees or faces, myself included, while she shared what she was seeing. I am thrilled that some of these revelations are now being released in book form."

David Schoch, himself a prophet, added his endorsement, "The truths that are brought forth through the exposition of these parables comes out of a burning heart and the mind of one of the greatest revivalists of our time. Reading this book will cause you to want to draw close to Jesus and to become more and more like him."

In addition to an 18-year pastorate at King's Temple that began in 1963, Baker also helped established a bible college in Ghana.

She retired in Canada and died September 16, 2014 at 92 years old. Her obituary can be read at this link.

5 comments:

  1. I just found your website and must say - what a great resource! Thank you, Brother Thackaray for doing this. I attended the King's Temple from 1974 to 1982 and it was the best eight years of my life. I created a blogspot website on the LRM but my research is meager in comparison. latterrainresearch.blogspot.com

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    1. Ken, I have been to your website a couple of times and enjoyed it. Glad you found the material here. Do you happen to have any recordings or written material by Charlotte Baker?

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  2. Yes, indeed! Lots of audio cassettes. Besides "Eye of the Needle" I have "On Eagle's Wings" and six pamphlets of prophetic parables.

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    1. If you could part with one of the cassette tapes, I would like to purchase one from you - especially if it was Charlotte preaching on New Creation (the way she preached that in Detroit was so edifying and encouraging; looking back, I don't know why I didn't purchase a copy that night). If, however, parting with any of your collection is asking too much, I certainly understand. The further we get from those times the more precious those items become. Please let me know your decision at archibaldthackeray@gmail.com

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    2. I don't have many sermon only tapes. A friend and I were specially privileged to record the praise/worship portions during the height of the renewal. Sister Baker was in the forefront of restoration of praise/worship and it was glorious! I will look through my tapes and see what I have.

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