Henry’s Sentries are being called up

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

A radical revolutionary not afraid to speak up against Great Britain, Patrick Henry is most famous for his speech that includes the line, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Governor of Virginia during the Revolution, he fought to add the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution.

As I was dreaming a nonsense sort of dream early this morning, a word from the Lord interrupted my dream quite loudly. “Henry’s Sentries.”

It was so loud, so pronounced, that it woke me up from sleep about 4:00 AM. There was nothing more than that, no explanation, nothing. I couldn’t imagine what it meant.

I know what a sentry is – a guard, a watchman – which is what prophetic intercessors are, in the spirit realm. I am one of those.

But who or what was Henry? Immediately the name, Patrick Henry, came to mind. All I remembered about him was “Give me liberty or give me death,” a statement he made in a speech before the American Revolution.

Questions and more questions kept coming:

  • Who exactly was Patrick Henry?
  • How was he connected to “sentries?”
  • How did he get information that caused him to support resistance to Great Britain?
  • Who were his friends, acquaintances, cohorts, compatriots in those times?
  • Henry’s sentries — were they secret agents? Spies?
  • Pre-Revolution and/or during the Revolution?
  • Did Patrick Henry know Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington and if so, were they friends?

I got up, fixed a cup of coffee and went to the computer. Using various phrases to seek out what that word referred to, I learned that without the voice and influence of Patrick Henry, there would be no Bill of Rights attached to the Constitution. That piqued my interest even further.

And then I came across a free online digitized biography of Patrick Henry, written by his grandson William Wirt Henry: “Patrick Henry: Life, Correspondence And Speeches V1.”, published in 1891. I found a printed copy online and ordered it. I started reading the digitized  version, taking a break only to go to a Tuesday prayer meeting at my friends’ home.

I have learned some interesting things about Patrick Henry:
– Ordinary looking, unassuming (usually).
– Didn’t care much about his outward appearance or dress.
– Loved music; played the violin and flute.
– Loved fun, quite personable with an excellent personality.
– After a few years of regular school he was tutored at home by his father.
– Closely observed people and things, keeping his thoughts to himself a lot of the time.
– Highly intelligent; a voracious reader.
– A Christian from an early age; knowledgeable of the Bible.
– Possessed a remarkable and accurate memory of whatever he read, saw or heard.

I have also learned some important things about him:
– Married at age 18, he failed at two occupations, then read a couple of law books, applied for a law license, was examined and licensed.
– He began a highly successful practice while still a very young man, serving the working class people mostly; quite successful in court, he soon became respected and well liked in that area of Virginia.
– He was a powerful, anointed orator when he finally began to speak on issues that he felt passionate about. Like freedom. Liberty.
– Elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses on a “fluke,” in just a few short days he became one of the most notable and powerful voices in Virginia politics. Amazing!

I gradually came to realize that Henry’s sentries didn’t live during his lifetime. God is calling them up in OUR lifetime.

Henry was a modern-day Son of Issachar (see note below), one of Holy Spirit’s sentries whose relationship with the Lord, close observation of the times and events he was living through, and courage and willingness to speak out were instrumental in saving the American colonies from the grip of Great Britain.

Sentries like that are needed now, in the time we’re living in. I could name a few that I know of across the nation today, but many more are needed.

I shared about this with the members of the prayer group and was asked to pray a prayer of impartation over the group – there were nine of us there today – for this specific assignment. And so I did.

We are all connected to other intercessors in this area and other places, some prophetic, some not, but we have discovered a common thread in the last few weeks: attacks of the enemy to distract our attention and change our prayer focus.

Some have been hurt in odd accidents, some have become sick with unusual ailments or someone in their families have, and some have been experiencing sudden disturbances in their household or with relatives.

At the same time, there have been a number of great answers to long-time prayers, real breakthroughs.

We are committed to continuing our prayers / commands / decrees, asking the Lord to sharpen our spiritual seeing, our hearing, our attention to his voice; committed to taking greater authority over the distractions of the enemy, to standing up and speaking out when and as the Holy Spirit directs it.

How about you?


The sons of Issachar are described in I Chronicles 12:32: “Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command.” They served David well.
See https://www.livingaschristians.com/resources/2020/06/14/the-sons-of-issachar

Change agents / change points

PatrickHenryFoundingFatherChange agents. Are you one? Would you know if you were?

17-year-old-Joseph, the youngest son of Jacob (Israel), was a dreamer. That’s not a bad thing in itself. But he was also their father’s favorite, a spoiled teenager, a braggart and a show-off. Sick of his tattling on them to their father, the brothers had grown to actually hate him. (See Genesis 37.)

One day they were sent way off to look after their father’s flocks — all except Joseph, for some reason. I’m sure they didn’t miss him.

And then their dad sent him to check on the brothers. They saw him coming; that spectacular coat of many colors was hard to miss. Watching him approach, they had plenty of time to plot how best to get rid of this annoying, aggravating brat. Kill him, blame a wild animal, tell dad a “sad story,” and we’ll never have to put up with him again! That was the plan.

Until Reuben, the oldest and probably responsible for the group, spoke up. Horrified at their plans, he convinced them to throw Joseph down a dry well instead. Then they wouldn’t have to actually murder him themselves, he explained, the elements would do it for them. A wild animal might really kill him. Okay, they agreed, we’ll do that. Down the well he went. Then Reuben went away for a bit, planning all the while to return and rescue his troublesome brother behind their backs.

While he was gone, Judah had a better idea. Let’s get something for ourselves out of him! Let’s sell him to the trade caravan! And so Joseph was sold into slavery, first to traveling traders, then to an Egyptian soldier.

Of course, Reuben was dumbfounded when he found Joseph gone. But they had kept Joseph’s fancy coat, so they dipped it in animal blood and told their father a tall tale. A very sad tall tale of Joseph’s demise by a vicious animal. The father and all the rest of the family greatly grieved over the loss of Jacob’s youngest, beloved boy.

A few years went by with the brothers and their father making the best they could of their lives without Joseph. And then a severe famine hit the world. Including the family of Jacob and his sons. (Genesis 41:56)

In the meantime, Joseph had experienced a series of remarkable adventures over the years, some bad, some good. By the time the famine hit, his life was very good indeed. His fantastic prophetic dreams had enabled Egypt to prepare for the disaster, and now they had enough food to supply not only Egypt, but the rest of the world too.

And in God’s timetable, a major change point occurred. The murderous brothers, desperate to save their families and property, came to Egypt to buy food. Eventually they wound up being forgiven and reconciled to their baby brother. They were able to bring their father and all their extended family to live in Egypt, along with their flocks.

One change agent had effected one change point – a major turning point. The tribe of Israel survived and many generations who would have died, instead survived and thrived. Joseph, of course,  you’re thinking.

No, I’m thinking of Reuben. Reuben had no idea he was God’s change agent to rescue the entire family line. But he was. His words changed the minds of his brothers and prevented Joseph’s cold-blooded murder. Changed the course of history.

Other change agents have instigated change points by personal behavior or words of advice – Naomi, Ruth’s match-making mother-in-law was one. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was another. (See John 1:41)

In world history there have been many change points, and change agents good and evil. Patrick Henry’s uncle and namesake, the Rev. Patrick Henry, was one. Without the influence of the latter, the first – the Father of the American Revolution – might be unknown today.

Home-schooled and self taught, he (Patrick Henry) was well-read and well-tutored under the guidance of his college-educated father and uncle.  His uncle, also his namesake, was a Reverend in the Scottish Episcopal Church, instilling in him from an early age the Christian virtue that would inform his policy for the balance of his days.

While officially baptized in the Church of England, Patrick Henry actually attended a Presbyterian Church with his mother.  As a child, he witnessed the fiery Great Awakening preaching of Samuel Davies.  Here, he would learn of Christianity’s power to move men to great deeds, as well as the impact of strong oration. http://www.patrickhenrycenter.com/Biography.aspx

Are you a change agent? Sometimes we don’t even know that’s what we are, when we speak a word of encouragement or advice, or vote for one candidate rather than another. And especially when we pray what the Holy Spirit leads us to pray.

We need a few change agents for good in America today. Father God, raise them up. Raise them up!