History: Moravian Falls

Prophetic History of the Moravian Falls Land and Mountain View Retreat Center

The property at Moravian Falls that is part of the MorningStar ministry properties has a tremendous history. Rick Joyner, the founder, executive director, and Senior Pastor of MorningStar ministries has authored many books, one of which is entitled “ A Prophetic History” part one, written in 2009. In his book there is a story in chapter 5 that tells of how God led him to this piece of Property. History, as he puts it, is His Story….. Gods story of how he guides lives that make his stories in History. Either we observe it or we can be a part of being those whom he uses to write another chapter of it, or change it if its evil has damaged lives under Satanic powers which ruled those times in History. This property is one of these places. People from the entire world come seeking in prayer and intercession Gods prophetic purposes on this mountain. On Page 79 of this book, is a Chapter entitled “The Dream” He speaks of meeting a man Bob Jones. Shortly after meeting him he gets a call from him telling him that the Lord had called him to the “ mountains of North Carolina,” and that he had seen the place where he was to go . That he had seen it in a dream. Rick, having been inspired to go the the Mountains of the North Carolina was more than interested in this dream. Bob went on to give exact directions of how to get to the property and gave a exact description of how the piece of property looked like. He said that the gospel would go out to the world from that Mountain. He also said the land was measured from oak trees to white rocks, and there was a red roofed building in the middle.

Tom Hess and the Moravians

Tom Hess has a ministry called The House of Prayer for All Nations, which is based on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. People from 160 nations come there to pray, where intercession has been occurring around the clock for many years. Tom Hess is a writer and at times is given tracts of land from people who know these properties are to be used in times of history to whom God chooses to give them to. One of these pieces of land was in a place called Moravian Falls. Tom had contacted Rick about giving this tract of land to him. When Rick asked him where this land was he did not know. Both men speculated that it may have had something to do with the Moravian. The Moravians were true founders for both the modern Mission, and the modern intercessory prayer movements, which was Tom Hess’s passion. When Rick and Tom looked at the title of the property it was surveyed in a strange way….. That it was marked from “white rocks to oak trees.” Rick tells the story of how he then knew that this was the land that Bob Jones had seen in his dream. That it was to be much later that Rick realized how important this coming together of the prophetic and intercession would be for what was to come in Moravian Falls.

Moravian Falls is known as the second most angelic portal in the world, Mount of Olives being number one. Many who live or visit in the area have their own angelic visitation stories and such notables as Rick Joyner, author of ‘The Final Quest’, Bob Jones, prophet/speaker, Paul Cain, prophet, Larry Randolf, author/ prophet, Doug Addison, author/prophet, Don Potter musician, Gary Oats, author/ speaker, and Steven Brooks, author and prophet/healer,(just to name a few) live or have lived in this mystical area. Prophets and pastors from around the world come to Moravian Falls to experience spiritual refreshment and to receive fresh revelation from God. The owner has several pictures taken which show the angelic orbs in the processed pictures. Many healings and other signs and wonders have taken place here on a regular basis. Divine and angelic encounters are common place in this area. Moravian Falls has a rich spiritual history.

About the Moravian Falls

In 1752, in the backwoods of North Carolina the Moravians purchased a tract of almost 100,000 acres . The name of the tract became known as Wachovia. In 1766, they establish the town of Salem (meaning “peace”) in N.C., which is often confused with Salem, Mass.

The Moravians established a rooted community with strong values and stable trade. They continued a legacy of 24 hour prayer and worship centers that were started in Eastern Europe by their ancestors. Their prayer and missionary spirit still have effect in the foothills of North Carolina where today many ministries have established their home bases.

Short History of the Moravians and Count Zinzendorf.

by Dr. A. K. Curtis

ON MAY 12, 1727, Zinzendorf addressed the community for three hours on the blessedness of Christian unity. The people sorrowfully confessed their past quarreling and promised to live in love and simplicity. Herrnhut became a living congregation of Christ. The entire summer of 1727 was a golden one at Herrnhut as the community worked together in peace and love. There was eager anticipation that more was to come.

A Turning Point

On August 5, Zinzendorf and fourteen of the Brethren spent the entire night in conversation and prayer. On August 10th, Pastor Rothe was so overcome by God’s nearness during an afternoon service at Herrnhut, that he threw himself on the ground during prayer and called to God with words of repentance as he had never done before. The congregation was moved to tears and continued until midnight, praising God and singing.

The next morning, Pastor Rothe invited the Herrnhut community to a joint communion with his nearby congregation at Bethelsdorf on Wednesday evening, August 13. Count Zinzendorf visited every house in Herrnhut in preparation for this Lord’s Supper. The exiles, gathered at Herrnhut, had come to a conviction of their own sinfulness, need, and helplessness. During the service, they made many painful prayers for themselves, for fellow Christians still under persecution, and for their continued unity. Count Zinzendorf made a penitential confession in the name of the congregation. The community united in fellowship. Count Zinzendorf looked upon that August 13th as “a day of the outpourings of the Holy Spirit upon the congregation; it was its Pentecost.”

Yes, for 100 years! Like the first Pentecost, men and women would move forth with the gospel from Herrnhut to the uttermost parts of the earth. Two weeks after the revival, twenty-four men and twenty-four women of the community covenanted together to spend one hour each day, day and night, in prayer to God for His blessing on the congregation and its witness.

For over 100 years, members of the Moravian church continued nonstop in this “Hourly Intercession.” All Moravian adventures were begun, surrounded, and consummated in prayer. They became known as “God’s Happy People.” They launched a missionary society in a time when Protestant missions were unknown. The first missionaries, two young men, declared their willingness to become slaves if necessary to reach the slaves in the West Indies with the Gospel. Within fifteen years of the revival, the Moravians at Herrnhut had established missions in the Virgin Islands, Greenland, Turkey, the Gold Coast of Africa, South Africa, and North America. They endured unspeakable hardships. Many died in difficult circumstances. But as fast as they died, others came forth to take their places.

An Unquenchable Flame

The eighteenth-century revivals in America and England were influenced by the Moravian mission and prayer movements. Peter Boehler, a Moravian missionary in England, counseled John Wesley, later leader of the Revival in England, leading to his conversion. Wesley wrote of Boehler, “Oh what a work hath God begun since his coming to England! Such a one as shall never come to an end, till heaven and earth pass away!” –but that’s the subject of our next issue.

This article is used by permission of the author. It first appeared in “Glimpses” from the Christian History Institute. Published on November 13th, 2011

Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf

Nicholas Ludwig, Count Zinzendorf, was born in Dresden in 1700. He was very much a part of the Pietist movement in Germany, which emphasized personal piety and an emotional component to the religious life. This was in contrast to the state Lutheran Church of the day, which had grown to symbolize a largely intellectual faith centered on belief in specific doctrines. He believed in “heart religion,” a personal salvation built on the individual’s spiritual relationship with Christ.

Zinzendorf was born into one of the most noble families of Europe. His father died when he was an infant, and he was raised at Gros Hennersdorf, the castle of his influential Pitetistic grandmother. Stories abound of his deep faith during childhood. As a young man he struggled with his desire to study for the ministry and the expectation that he would fulfill his hereditary role as a Count. As a teenager at Halle Academy, he and several other young nobles formed a secret society, The Order of the Grain of Mustard Seed. The stated purpose of this order was that the members would use their position and influence to spread the Gospel. As an adult, Zinzendorf later reactivated this adolescent society, and many influential leades of Europe ended up joining the group. A few included the King of Denmark, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Archbishop of Paris.

Zinzendorf was one of the most controversial figures of the early eighteenth century. The crowned heads of Europe and religious leaders of both Europe and America all knew him — and either loved him or hated him.

During his Grand Tour (a rite of passage for young aristocrats) Nicolas visited an art museum in Dusseldorf where he saw a Domenico Feti painting titled Ecce Homo, “Behold the Man.” It portrayed the crucified Christ with the legend, “This have I done for you – Now what will you do for me?” The young count as profoundly moved and appears to have had an almost mystical experience while looking at the painting, feeling as if Christ himself was speking those word to his heart. He vowed that day to dedicate his life to service to Christ.

Zinzendorf married Erdmuth Dorothea von Reuss, a cousin, and assumed his duties as a young noble in the courst of King August the Strong. In 1722, he was approached by a group of Moravians to request permission to live on his lands. He granted their request, and a small band crossed the border from Moravia to settle in a town they called Herrnhut, or “the Lord’s Watch.” Zinzendorf was intrigued by the story of the Moravians, and began to read about the early Unity at the library in Dresden. His tenants went through a period of serious division, and it was then in 1727 that Zinzendorf left public life to spend all his time at his Berthelsdorf estate working with the troubled Moravians. Largely due to his leadership in daily Bible studies, the group came to formulate a unique document, known as the “Brotherly Agreement,” which set forth basic tenets of Christian behavior. Residents of Herrnhut were required to sign a pledge to abide by these Biblical principals. There followed an intense and powerful experience of renewal, often described as the “Moravian Pentecost.” During a communion service at Berthelsdorf, the entire congregation felt a powerful presence of the Holy Spirit, and felt their previous differences swept away. This experience began the Moravian renewal, and led to the beginning of the Protestant World Mission movement.

“Zinzendorf is probably the most important German theologian between Martin Luther and Schliermacher.” – Dr Gary Kinkel, Professor of Religion, Simpson College

In 1731, while attending the coronation of Christian VI in Copenhagen, the young Count met a converted slave from the West Indies, Anthony Ulrich. Anthony’s tale of his people’s plight moved Zinzendorf, who brought him back to Herrnhut. As a result, two young men, Leonard Dober and David Nitchmann, were sent to St. Thomas to live among the slaves and preach the Gospel. This was the first organized Protestant mission work, and grew rapidly to Africa, America, Russia, and other parts of the world. By the end of Zinzendorf’s life there were active missions from Greenland to South Africa, literally from one end of the earth to the other. Though the Baptist missionary Wliam Carey is often refered to as the “Father of Modern Missions,” he himself would credit Zinzendorf with that role, for he often refered to the model of the earlier Moravians in his journal.

Zinzendorf himself visited St. Thomas, and later visited America. There he sought to unify the German Protestants of Pennsylvania, even proposing a sort of “council of churches” where all would preserve their unique denominational practices, but would work in cooperation rather than competition. He founded the town of Bethlehem, where his daughter Benigna organized the school which would become Moravian College. His overwhelming interest in the colonies involved evangelising the native Americans, and he travelled into the wilderness with Indian agent Conrad Weiser to meet with the chieftains of several tribes and clans. As far as we have been able to identify, he is the only European noble to have gone out to meet the native American leaders in this manner.

Zinzendorf’s theology was extraordinarily Christ-centered and innovative. It focussed intensely on the personal experience of a relationship with Christ, and an emotional experience of salvation rather than simply an intellectual assent to certain principles. Dr David Schattschneider, Dean of Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA, says that it is probably the fact that Zinzendorf did not attend seminary that allowed his thinking could be so creative. Zinzendorf cast the Trinity and the believers in terms of a family, referring often to the Holy Spirit as “mother.” He accorded women a much more substantial role in church life than was normal for the eighteenth century, and suffered great criticism as a result. He allowed women to preach, to hold office, and to be ordained. Anna Nitschmann, the leader of the Single Sisters and later Zinzendorf’s second wife, seems to have functioned as a bishop among the women.

But all Zinzendorf’s thinking also focused on missionary outreach and renewal. He envisioned the Moravians not as a separate denomination, but as a dynamic renewal society which would serve to revitalize existing denominations and help create new work in mission areas. There are numerous churches in Pennsylvania where Moravians would start a church and school for the settlers and native Americans, and then turn it over to the Lutheran Church, the Reformed Church, or whatever denomination they perceived to be the strongest in that area.

Zinzendorf came to know John and Charles Wesley, who had been converted through their contact with the Moravians. The Wesleys later had a split with Zinzendorf and the Moravians ove theological issues, and founded the Methodist Church; but both, especially Charles, retained warm affection for the Moravians throughout their lives.

Zinzendorf died in 1760 at Herrnhut.- Rev John Jackman
Published on November 13th, 2011
(Count Zinzendorf, 1700-1760)

Notes from Dr. Julian’s Hymnology:

The Count of Zinzendorf was born on the 26th. May, 1700 in Dresden and was descended from one of the most ancient noble families of the Archduchy of Austria. His father, Saxon Minister of State, died six weeks after the birth of his son. The latter, after the second marriage of his mother in 1704 to the Prussian Field Marshall von Nazmer, was brought up by his grandmother, Henrietta Catherine von Gersdorf on her estate of Hennersdorf. His education was exclusively Pietistic. (We designate by the name of Pietism a religious movement which took place in Germany about the end of the 17th century. As Puritism appeared in strong contrast to the High Church in England, so Pietism opposed a cessation or retrogression of the Reformation in Germany by the awakening of “true piety”. Spener, a main representative of that tendency was Zinzendorf’s grandfather). He would have liked to study theology, but his family wished him to prepare himself for state service.

After having finished his study of law in 1719, he travelled in Holland and France, everywhere giving his attention to the condition of the Church and religious life. He sought the company of Catholic and Reformed, of Pietists, Mystics and Socinians, and everywhere made the observation that to all these different denominations, one thing was common, namely that true Christianity consisted in personal religion, or, as he expressed it in “Christianity of the heart”. He felt himself at home wherever he found personal faith, even of the most extreme sects. In contrast to the confessional views, he named this “pure religion”. Returned from his travels, Zinzendorf undertook the sole management of his paternal property. Once again he attempted to enter the ministry, but in consideration of his family was again obliged to relinquish his wish, and took a situation as Councillor in the Saxon Government in Dresden. At any rate he had the firm resolution to employ his religious ideas and opinions for the benefit of his fellow men even in this situation, heedless of the offence he might give thereby. This, he proved, not only by the meetings he held in his own house in Dresden, but also by editing his first four collections of hymns, 1725-1731. They have no connection with Herrnhut and the Moravians, for he writes in the preface to the first Moravian hymn-book of 1735, “Until now four editions of hymns have been published. The first ones were intended for use in the Church at Berthelsdorf (his own estate), the other for that of children.

In 1722 Zinzendorf permitted a carpenter, Christian David, to bring some immigrants from Moravia to his estate in Berthelsdorf. From this year the emigration went on uninterruptedly until 1733. But besides these Moravian emigrants, came other people from other parts of Germany, attracted by the report of religious freedom on the Zinzendorf estates. This led to sharp doctrinal and confessional disputes among the inhabitants of Herrnhut, so that Zinzendorf found himself in 1727 compelled to give up his post in Dresden and to reside in Berthelsdorf. Zinzendorf wished that the Moravian brethren would attach themselves to the Lutheran Church, but they wished to re-establish their own constitution as it was described by Comenius in his “Ratio Disciplinae” And they gave him plainly to understand that they would rather take up their staff and wander further, and doubted not that they would find places where this freedom would be granted them, on which they laid so much stress.

In the year 1738, the Count of Zinzendorf had been exiled from Saxony… The Count, accompanied by his family and some of his most able fellow labourers, left Saxony and this “pilgrim congregation” sought refuge with a friend of Zinzendorf, the Count of Budingen in Wetteravia. In 1747, Zinzendorf was allowed to return to Saxony and spent the last years of his life (1756-1760) in Herrnhut where he died May 9th. 1760. With his death the original friend of the Moravian history regarding their hymn books ends.

Notes from the Little Flock Hymn book by Adrian Roach:

While quite young, Zinzendorf wrote hymns. He is reputed to have written about two thousand.

While visiting the Art Galleries in Dusseldorf, he saw a painting of the crucifixion by the artist Stenberg. He was arrested by the words on the frame of the picture, “All this I did for thee, What hast thou done far Me?” He resolved to live more wholly for his Master.

Just before he died he said to his son-in-law, “I am going to the Saviour. I am ready. I am quite resigned to the will of my Lord. If He is no longer willing to make use of me here, I am quite ready to go to Him, for there is nothing more in my way”.

His coffin was borne by thirty two preachers, who happened to be in Herrnhut at the time. They had been trained by him for the work of the Lord which took them to distant parts of the world. Over two thousand attended the funeral to the burying place. One asked “What monarch was ever honoured by a funeral like this?”

Zinzendorf’s hymns in ‘Spiritual Songs’ (which are translated by John Wesley) are:

  • Jesus the Lord, Our Righteousness!
  • O come, Thou stricken Lamb of God

Hymns by Count Zinzendorf

The Moravian Church

The Moravian Church traces its origins to followers of John Hus, the Bohemian martyr who was burned at the stake in 1415, and dates its formal beginning from 1457, when one group of the Hussites took the Latin name of Unitas Fratrum, or Unity of the Brethren*. Persecuted for many years in central Europe, in the 17th century they were reduced to meeting in secret and handing down their faith to their children as part of the family tradition. Under the influence of Christian David, and inspired by the pietist movement, a group of families moved from Moravia to Saxony in 1722, where they found refuge on the estate of a young Lutheran nobleman, Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf, and founded a religious village which they named Herrnhut (“protected by the Lord”). The church was formally reorganized there in 1727. In 1735 an American settlement and mission to the Indians was begun in Georgia, but was abandoned after five years because of irreconcilable differences with the local government. Settlements in northeastern America were begun in 1740, and the congregation town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1742. It remains the church headquarters today. In the 1740s and 1750s the church brought several shiploads of settlers to Bethlehem and the other congregational communities, the so-called “Sea Congregations”, who assembled in Europe and traveled together to America.

Although Zinzendorf himself and the early church leaders favored an ecumenical, interdenominational ministry, the church in America made many converts among the Pennsylvania Germans, who were mostly from the Rhineland. Meanwhile the Herrnhut community attracted additional members from various parts of Europe. Thus “Moravian” denotes a member of this religious group, and probably does not reflect geographic origin in Moravia.

The Wachovia Settlement in North Carolina

In the fall of 1752, Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg and an accompanying party of five men traveled by from Bethlehem PA to the east coast of North Carolina and then inland to select and purchase a tract of nearly 100,000 acres from Lord Granville. The first settlers arrived in November, 1753, a group of eleven single men selected to provide the necessary skills for establishing a new community. Four others accompanied them on the journey but returned to Pennsylvania soon after. The tract was named Wachau or Wachovia, for the ancestral home of the Zinzendorf family near the Wach River in Europe

About the area – Moravian Falls is known as the second most angelic portal in the world, Mount of Olives being number one. Many who live or visit in the area have their own angelic visitation stories and such notables as Rick Joyner, author of ‘The Final Quest’, Bob Jones, prophet/speaker, Paul Cain, prophet, Larry Randolf, author/ prophet, Doug Addison, author/prophet, Don Potter musician, Gary Oats, author/ speaker, and Steven Brooks, author and prophet/healer,(just to name a few) live or have lived in this mystical area. Prophets and pastors from around the world come to Moravian Falls to experience spiritual refreshment and to receive fresh revelation from God. The owner has several pictures taken which show the angelic orbs in the processed pictures. Many healings and other signs and wonders have taken place here on a regular basis. Divine and angelic encounters are common place in this area. Moravian Falls has a rich spiritual history. The original owner and builder of this home was a pilot and was caught in a portal while flying over the land. She took note of the coordinates while suspended over the land and felt led by the Lord she was to purchase that land and build a large custom home. The four corners of the foundation are laid with Bibles and under the paint there are scriptures on every wall. She later moved to Israel. A new owner, Jewish conductor and composer Ron Ravenscroft, composer of ‘The Revelation Oratorio’ was supernaturally given the coordinates while on a prayer walk in California that he was to move to Moravian Falls and purchase this home. He has now gone to be with the Lord.