Living Legend Wade Taylor Shares His Heart
Living Legend Wade Taylor Shares His Heart
by Steve Eastman, OpenHeaven.com
Steve: I think one of the incidents that best illustrate the way God has moved in your life, and your response to that move, has to do with what you did when you were just getting out of Bible school. You were ready to start a church in Philadelphia, but God led you to another Bible School. Tell me about it?
Wade: The man who was the dean of men at the school that I attended (Eastern Bible Institute, an Assembly of God school near Philadelphia) resigned to become the president of a new school called Pinecrest Bible Institute. It was being opened by the Italian Assemblies of God, and their stated purpose was to train the younger Italian generation to speak the Gospel in the Italian language. The older Italians wanted to hear it in their native language, and the younger Italians couldn’t speak Italian.
I was feeling something in my spirit about it, but within my head I was saying, “I don’t know what I am, but there’s one thing I know. I’m not Italian, and I really do not want to preach the Gospel in the Italian language, so it doesn’t make any sense, but I was feeling a drawing.” But anyway, I went ahead and I arranged with an Assembly of God pastor and had it all worked out to pioneer a church on Stenton Avenue in north central Philadelphia. So, on July 4, 1959, I was driving to Philadelphia with two things to do. One was to rent the storefront. The other was to look for a place to live and move to Philadelphia.
Halfway there I was sovereignly stopped by the Lord. The Lord spoke, I would say audibly, and told me that I was to go to Pinecrest. I turned around, packed our suitcases, drove 500 miles north up to Pinecrest Bible Institute. And I got alone that evening and said, Lord, you know I don’t want to come here, but I want your best. And as clearly as you’re hearing me, the Lord said this, “For the hardness of your heart, I will let you go to Philadelphia and I will give you a ministry there and bless it, but this is where I want you.” So, I met with the school officials. I enrolled as a student and began to think within myself that it must be that I have a missionary call to Italians.
But later that fall, I was literally caught up to the throne. It was not a vision. I was there. I stood before God, faced Him and there was a powerful impartation in my heart and life, so much so, that it took me two weeks to get straightened to get back to earth and get reverted. I couldn’t function. There was an understanding, a powerful understanding that I would be the head of a school on that physical property and the purpose would be to train a people for the end-time purpose of the Lord. And so I stayed a time, and finally they put me out because they said I didn’t fit into their program. Well, I didn’t.
I moved down to New Jersey for a time. The Lord told me to go to a school called Elim Bible Institute. That’s one time that the Lord told me that I was to go there. It was a little weekend conference. I had never been there. I didn’t know anything about the school. As a family we went, and Monday morning we were leaving and I heard they had a 6 AM prayer meeting, so I went to it. The president of the school said, “Anyone leaving today?” I put my hand up and said, “Yes.” And so they said, “We’ll pray for you.” The academic dean prophesied the Lord had sent me there to be a teacher.
They called me into the office and said, “Who are you?” And I said, “Well, I had a business. I sold it. I went to a Bible School and then I went to another one. I live in New Jersey and I’m driving a truck.” I was doing something temporary because I knew I needed to be free to quit. And so they said, “We recognize this was the word of the Lord. It doesn’t make any sense, but you’re hired.” So I was there six years and then resigned and received the deed (to Pinecrest). The school was open three years under the Italians and then they closed. The property was vacant for six years. Then I received from Pat Robertson a one-year lease for the property. The one-year lease became a deed and I was there for 28 years. The Lord led me in 1998, to leave Pinecrest and resign. I had a very clear word that I was to move to Washington, DC.
Steve: What was CBN doing with the property?
Wade: A land developer in Richmond, Virginia, named Leroy Goin, bought it. He had a knack for buying places and reselling them at a huge profit. He got it quite cheap. It was 250 acres with three huge buildings and he thought he got a bargain. But when he realized that it was on the edge of the world, way up north, he got an $800 thousand tax write-off by donating it to Pat Robertson. So Pat had it and didn’t know what to do with it. And I sent a letter:
You don’t know me and I don’t know you. I have a burden for this property, but I’m not quite sure what to do. And I just felt led to let you know."
He called me on the phone. I went to see him and I received a one-year lease, which became a deed. I can probably write a book on how that happened.
Steve: What do you mean by “present word” and how does this relate to your call as an end-time John the Baptist?
Wade: The “present word” was this. The calling on my life was to prepare a people for the end-time purpose of the Lord. So then, that is now intact. There’s some new direction that I believe will be birthed that will lead directly into the preparation of a people prepared for an end-time purpose, that that word will be fulfilled in a higher measure than it was previously.
Steve: A mentor of yours, Walter Beutller used a term that you use a lot too, "dissatisfied satisfaction." What does that mean?
Wade: He was a teacher at Eastern Bible Institute during the years I was a student from 1956 to 1959. He had a major ministry oversees. He ministered very little in this country, but extensively in Australia and France, then many other nations down through Asia and Africa. The two keys to his life and ministry were the manifest presence of God and divine guidance.
He had powerful visitations of appearances of the Lord. There’s no one alive today who could walk in his shoes. My life was deeply impacted by his teaching. We had major visitations of the Lord while I was in the Bible school that came, basically through his teaching. Shortly after that, the school changed. They decided to give degrees, and so the visitations had to cease because they became academically oriented.
“Dissatisfied satisfaction” means I’m satisfied. I rejoice in what I have, but there’s more. I’m dissatisfied because I’m seeking something beyond what I presently have. Paul said, “I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling. Paul saw the glory of God. He was apprehended in visible glory. He was blinded by it. I believe the prize was the restoration that he would come into the fulfillment of that glory, the latter day visitation of the Lord. He’s come to be glorified in His saints and Paul saw that. When he said that he was born out of due season, I believe he was looking forward to the day when he could have a part in that visible return of glory.
Steve: Are you referring to something like Moses’ face shining?
Steve: Let’s switch gears into another topic. How did God open up the Song of Solomon to you?
Wade: In 1957 or so, I was older than the other students. I had sold a business and had a new, large car. I was always assigned as the driver on outstations from Eastern Bible Institute. We went to a church in New Jersey. So I went up to my room and opened my Bible at random to read because I didn’t have anything to do.
Steve: The others were watching TV, right?
Wade: Yes. I thought on Saturday evening we would all pray to get ready, but the lady said, “We just bought a new TV. Would you like to see it?” And they all went running into the living room. I had owned a cable TV system and I didn’t want to see TV. I understood what TV does. It’s the eye-gate and it’s disastrous to a deeper spiritual life. So, I went upstairs and opened my Bible at random to the Song of Solomon.
I started to read and then literally I was translated into the Song of Solomon. I became the Song of Solomon. I lived the life of the bridegroom. I felt what he felt. I desired what he desired. Then I became the Bride. I had all the feelings that she had, what she went through. I felt it. I lived it. And then I became the daughters of Jerusalem and felt what they felt and understood what they understood. This lasted for hours.
I talked to John Follette one time. He was a mystic. He said, “I was translated into the Word.” He said, “It used to happen.” In the 60’s, he said, “This seldom happens at this present time.” But he said, “The older saints understood that. There was a translation into the Word where you became the Word and you lived it and understood it.” It was like a prophetic visitation.
Steve: Now this eventually resulted in a book.
Wade: Yes. I thought, now I have something to teach.” The Lord said, “No. You’re to live it and then teach it.” Then in 1970, John Gimenez had just started Rock Church in Virginia Beach. He rented an oceanfront campground, and I was the morning Bible teacher. I taught a series of messages on the Song of Solomon. Later it was copied off onto seven-inch reels. Then my son literally typed off the messages and then they were translated into a little booklet that gradually expanded into the present book, The Secret of the Stairs.
Steve: Your website’s article quotes Isaiah 1:19, "If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land." What does the phrase "willing and obedient" mean to you?
Wade: Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. Proverbs 8:17 says, “I love them that love Me, those that seek Me early.” That word “early” does not mean at 4 o’clock in the morning.
It means a heart attitude that’s receptive and responsive. Now Isaiah 1:19, “… the willing and the obedient ….” It’s a willing obedience. It means that I’m going to live. I’m going to cultivate my ability to hear. The Lord said something in common to all seven churches in the book of Revelation: “Let him that hath an ear hear.” It’s our spiritual hearing. So, I order my life. I live in a way that I cultivate my ability to hear. The “willing and the obedient” means I have to hear and there is an ongoing daily obedience to the voice of the Lord, to guidance.
Beutller taught that strong and I have received that impartation from him. He used to talk about checks in the spirit. If he started to deviate, he’d feel a little check and he’d stop and make a correction. That’s an ongoing hearing, and I have a profound sense of that.
Steve: This leads to a related topic. What does it mean to take up our cross?
Wade: My will and Thy will cross each other. They’re contrary one to the other. So the cross is a philosophy before it became a reality. It’s the human will that’s contrary to the divine will. It’s self-promotion, living for my own personal gain. I give that up. I am crucified with Christ. I die to my desires.
I had two things in my life years ago. I owned a cable TV system. If I had stayed there, and the Lord had not meddled, I would be a multi-millionaire today. I also had a very nice home in Florida and the Lord said, “Upstate New York, Washington, DC.” The place in Florida went on the altar. The cable system was sold. I went to Bible school, and it supported me through school. And so I gave up my life to become a channel or vessel for the life of the Lord to live His life through my life. In that sense, I died to my life. I was crossed-out, crucified. So, there’s the cross right there.
Steve: You spoke of one of the Christian mystics. One of the things they do is wait upon the Lord. How does somebody do that who isn’t really experienced? How do we handle it when twenty minutes have gone by with no visions or voices?
Wade: Waiting on the Lord, to me, is this: waiting quietly in anticipation. I’m looking at a door that’s closed, and I’m expecting at any moment that door is going to open up and Someone is going to walk through. That’s manifest presence. I’m going from the fact of the Lord’s presence into His manifested presence. Waiting, to me, is anticipation that the Lord is going to walk into my life. He’s going to begin to operate, move and speak. Usually, no matter how long I wait, whether it’s ten minutes or ten hours, and how often I do it, but we’ll say over the period of a week or two, I’ll guarantee, at the end of that time, I will feel like I’ve wasted my time.
But I’ll make one more statement. And this is a powerful, wonderful statement. Even though I feel like I’ve wasted my time, everything in my life will be different. Things will start to happen (when we wait on God). Things that would have gone wrong will go right. They’ll be a favor of God resting upon me that would not have been there otherwise.
It’s not that I’m waiting and will get all kinds of revelation and visions and things. That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. There’s a deeper working of the Spirit within me that will manifest through the outworking of my life. That will come later, down the road, and very few understand this.
Steve: How has God been using you in Washington, DC?
Wade: There are many different ministries there. They’re meeting with congressmen and senators. They’re praying about abortion. That’s not my calling. I don’t get involved in that. I just say, ”Amen,” to it and encourage them. My calling has more to do with principalities. It has to do with the powers of darkness.
The main spirit over Washington, DC is the spirit of confusion. Politicians come to DC with all kinds of ideas, and they don’t do any of them. Because the spirit of confusion is so powerful, they do everything but what they said they were going to do and things change. That spirit has got to be brought down and there’s coming a Kingdom of God.
This nation was dedicated to God in its foundation, and it will yet be a nation that will serve God. It’s a sheep nation, and there are goat nations. As principalities are bound, there’s a present binding and a loosening of the will of God, the preparation of a people. Ninety percent of all the missionary money going anywhere in the world comes from the United States. And so there is a contending in the heavens to maintain the freedom of Christians to function. That would be the calling that I have. It has to do with the heavens, the principalities.
Steve: In recent months, it sounds like God is sending you somewhere else, or somewhere else in addition?
Wade: Probably in addition, but there’s going to be a place. I have a home here in Greensboro, North Carolina. I also have an office and a small apartment in Washington, DC, five blocks from the Capitol. People want to come, but it’s very difficult. I’m going to have a place where numbers of people can come. I have the concept of an open heaven, where I can pray in an open heaven, and people can come in and meet the Lord. And I believe there’s going to be a further ministry that’s beyond anything I’ve had in the past.
Steve: Where will that be?
Wade: I know that I know that it’s going to happen, but I really don’t know where.
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