In 1958 as I prepared to enter vet school God visited me in a way that left me with no doubt it was Him. He said, “I don’t want you to be a veterinarian. I want you to be a minister of the gospel.” But I didn’t pay any attention to him, I disobeyed and God let me go. Medicine is Babylon and it has been a kingdom in my heart. But it wasn’t possible that medicine could hold me because God’s word is true and He called me to be conformed to the image of Jesus and no one can stop it.
29) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Dr. Edgar Ebert was the Director of Clinics when I attended veterinary school at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He was a quiet man and I respected him. He was the teacher and I was the student, but we became good friends. He recognized my abilities and had confidence in me. As a fourth year student a classmate of mine and I did research with intravenous and inhalation anesthetics on the horse. In our research we developed practical application of the two methods, and the last half of my fourth year we anesthetized twenty-six horses at the university. We received a letter of commendation from a Chicago manufacturer of anesthetic machines that stated we had anesthetized the largest horse known to undergo inhalation anesthetic.
Dr. Ebert had a stallion that needed surgery and he asked if I would administer the anesthetic while he performed the surgery. I said I would and I used inhalation anesthetic during this surgery. There were many people in the surgery room that day, the surgical team and some to observe. The horse was on the operating table and suddenly he quit breathing. The whole room just stopped. I had given much thought to this task before hand and had anticipated what I would do in the event the horse did stop breathing. I followed the procedures that I had already considered and in a short amount of time, the horse began to breathe again. After the horse started breathing again, Dr. Ebert said, “Doyle, looks like we lost some air.” I said "Yes sir, we did.” He was never bothered, and I wasn’t either. I say all this to tell you, I wasn’t a novice in action and Dr. Ebert recognized this.
In 1968 Dr. Ebert and his wife Hazel visited Patti and I for a few days and Dr. Ebert rode with me and observed me in my practice. At breakfast Hazel said, “You know Doyle, Ed has been grooming you for his position.” I said to her, “I know.” Dr. Ebert looked at me and just smiled and nodded his head yes.
I practiced veterinary medicine for eight years and I have spoke many times how in 1969 God told me to sell my practice and obey him. God had begun to deal with that kingdom, medicine. I sold my veterinary practice in January 1970 not knowing what I would do or where I would go. Dr. Ebert heard I had sold my practice and he said to others about me, “Whatever decision he makes, it will be right.”
I knew God had told me to sell out. I knew he had told me before I started vet school that he didn’t want me to me a veterinarian, He wanted me to preach the gospel. In March 1970 I had gone to see a friend about a business deal and in a hotel room in the Holiday Inn, God showed me Isaiah 30 and told me I was a rebel. I knew all of this, but it was in my heart to have that position of Director of Clinics at the University of Missouri. It was a position of prestige and would have been the next logical step in a successful career in veterinary medicine.
In April, I called Dr. Ebert and talked with him. He said I would need to get a Master’s Degree in Internal Medicine and Breeding Problems of the Broodmare and a PhD in Diagnosis and Treatment of Lameness of the Horse. I had had eight years of practical experience in both fields therefore it would not have been difficult to obtain these two degrees and Dr. Ebert understood that. He said to come on up—basically saying the position was mine.
But it was not the will of God for my life and God dealt swiftly, leaving no doubt that He was not going to allow it. I was at a Full Gospel business meeting in Chicago in June and received a phone call telling me Dr. Ebert had been killed in a farm accident. He was mowing and his tractor had turned over on him. He was 61 years old.
4) Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
It was difficult to consider that my desire for that position contributed to Dr. Ebert’s death and over the years I have never forgotten the lengths God has gone to accomplish His purposes for my life.
On Monday I began speaking, “Grace, grace grace to this mountain.”
6) Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord.
7) Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone therof with shouting, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
As I continued to pray those words, all of these experiences began to come up in my heart and I was being delivered of that kingdom that was built in me. God is continuing to purify my conscience of dead works and purge me of medicine.
I believe that God’s purpose for me sharing this at this time is to completely free me from the wisdom and knowledge of medicine. It is impossible for me to move on in the things that God has ahead for me, with this wisdom and knowledge in my heart. I also believe that it is God’s purpose to show the world how difficult it is to be set free from education. Perhaps this will give some understanding to the workings of God in my life.
I pray that those that read this will humble themselves and pray that God will give them understanding.
Servant and apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ