VISION OF CLOUD OF WITNESSES DURING JACK COE JR. SERVICE
By Paula Messina
I had two visions: the first vision was of at least seven very tall and strong figures standing shoulder to shoulder, around the back of the altar with an immense cloud of witnesses, as Jack Coe Jr. ministered healing in Cleveland in June 2009. As Jack Coe ministered healing in the prayer line at the same service, I saw in the Spirit a huge crowd of people. Among the crowd was Jack Coe Sr. ministering healing standing alongside his son Jack Coe Jr. who was ministering in the natural. Later I asked Jack Coe about the vision, and he told me it was the spirit of revival. At these healing services, Jack Coe declared, “There will be a revival coming, and I saw the pastors in this region working together.” Thank you Lord for the spirit of unity and revival in
Jack Coe: Voice of Healing Evangelist
One of the boldest Pentecostal preachers of the Voice of Healing revivals. Well known for thousands of healings and miracles in tent meetings across
Jack Coe (1918-1957)
Jack Coe Sr. was born in
In 1941, Jack Coe joined the army after
BOLD IN SPIRIT
Coe was a very large man with a dynamic platform presence. He was well known for his blunt and sometimes overbearing direct preaching style. The boldness of the Spirit of God in his life was quite evident in his ministry because he was never afraid of telling it the way it was.
There was something magnetic in Coe’s relationship with the common man. Those who attended his meetings loved him because of his frankness and his simple way of communicating the very things they were thinking. He truly understood the needs of the people and there was no beating around the bush when he spoke. Unlike most theologians of his day, he had a habit of getting right to the point. Many religious leaders were irritated by Coe’s frankness and thought that he lacked the sophisticated polish needed in ministry. Even though many religious leaders attacked Coe for being a radical and an extremist, it never appeared to affect him in a negative way. The greater the religious opposition to him, the happier he seemed.
During his preaching, Coe would stir people up with his pointed and very direct way of addressing everyday problems. If there was one common theme in the preaching of Jack Coe, it was “hope for those who had none.” His faith-building sermons deeply touched those who were desperate and at the end of their tether. They walked out of his meetings full of faith for tomorrow.
Coe was a highly opinionated man and was never afraid of a spiritual fight. He enjoyed healing the sick and casting out devils. Hundreds of people who used wheelchairs would attend his healing services. He would line them up adjacent to each other across the front of the platform. After a song of thanks to God, he would grab them by the hand and jerk them up out of the wheelchair in Jesus’ name. This was a bold act of faith on his part but the proof that God was with him came from watching the healed walk away from their wheelchairs.
If there was any man who had an overwhelming passion to touch the world for Jesus, it was Jack Coe. His greatest messages included “Curing the Incurable,” “Do It Again Lord,” “Greater Is He If Thou Can Believe,” and “Will Thou Be Made Whole?”
Brother Jack Coe was the counterpart of Dr. Oral Roberts, the famous tent revivalist and Voice of Healing leader. The highly respected Roberts once called Coe “a man of great faith.” One day Jack Coe went to an Oral Roberts revival meetings attended by thousands and measured his tent. It was said that, not wanting to be outdone by Roberts, he ordered a bigger tent. In those days, it seemed that the size of one’s Gospel tent led to a certain boasting about one’s popularity and influence in Pentecostal circles. Upon the new tent’s arrival, Coe was not bashful about announcing that his tent was the largest in the world. In fact, it was the largest, seating just over twenty-two thousand people. It required three tractor trailers just to transport the tent, chairs and other equipment necessary for the meetings. Coe would sometimes speak of other evangelist tents as being merely “pup-tents.”
Brother Coe shared the testimony of a time when he asked God to fill one of his first tents. He prayed, “God, you can fill this tent.”
The Lord replied, “Son, I won’t only fill this tent, but this is only the beginning of what I’ll do for you if you’ll have faith in me.” He continued, “Always remember not to take any glory for yourself. Don’t put any emphasis on what Jack Coe can do. Give all the glory to Jesus Christ and I will bless you and cause you to grow and prosper.” Finally, He said, “Always remember from where your strength comes and what I have done for you.”
In 1950, Jack Coe published his own magazine titled The Herald of Healing. In just six years, it was being delivered to over three hundred and fifty thousand people. Coe loved children and never forgot where he had come from and, at about the same time, he opened a children’s orphanage.
THE RELIGIOUS WARS
In 1953, Coe found himself expelled from the Assemblies of God, his ministerial fellowship of nine years. The officials felt that he was too independent and extreme and they were sometimes uneasy with his ministry methods. Coe was reported as saying, “One of the officials of the General Council of the Assemblies of God made the remark to me that he would not rest until every man that was preaching divine healing in a deliverance ministry was separated from the denomination.”
Coe thought many were just jealous of his success in ministry. He was infuriated when accused of “high living in a fancy house at the expense of the Revival.” Not to be intimidated by anyone, he retaliated with printed pictures in The Herald of Healing of four homes owned by top denominational officials of the Assemblies of God and the homes of himself and three other men who worked with him. The homes of Coe and his staff were modest compared with the homes of the church officials. Unfortunately, this rivalry only caused a larger rift between Coe, the Assemblies of God, and some other organized denominations.
Coe was not being singled out during this period in history; many other traveling tent evangelists were dealing with similar issues, including financial accountability and submission. This was a difficult time in history, for both the independent evangelists and the denominations. Even during this difficult time of misunderstandings with religious denominations, Coe managed to build the
One of the most memorable things that happened to Coe was his arrest for “practicing medicine without a license” in
The Spirit of the Lord filled
Coe took advantage of the incarceration by posing for his photo behind the steel bars in his cell. Believers who viewed the photo were outraged that a man of God could be thrown in prison for believing God could heal sickness and disease. The court case brought national attention to the healing revivalist. So many Christians called the
In a packed-out courthouse, Coe won the case and he continued planning more healing meetings. One year later,
In 1957, while preaching in
Note: For more information on Jack Coe visit his son's website http://www.jackcoe.org/