Joseph Herrin (05-16-08)
The Spirit of Christ revealed to me some further insight into the events of forthcoming days through a very detailed personal experience. He brought illumination to the way in which the following Scripture will be fulfilled.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues.”
These words represent the cry of the Spirit of Christ to the people of God who are dwelling in spiritual Babylon. There is a clear correlation to the children of God leaving Babylon, and the exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.
It is well known that Israel came out of Egypt at a time when Egypt was being devastated by plagues. It will be in a similar time of great judgment and plagues striking the earth during which the majority of those Christians who will heed the cry of the Spirit will come out of Babylon. As mentioned in an earlier post, there is a company of forerunners who have already come out of Babylon. They are figured in type by Moses who came out of Egypt forty years before his brethren. Moses then went back to Egypt to lead the people of God out, and he served as a guide during a second forty year period in the wilderness. I will quote from the previous post, for seeing this work of God clearly will aid many in coming days, giving them understanding of what to expect and the trials that those foreshadowed by Moses will face.
Joseph Herrin (04-28-08)
The Spirit of Christ has wonderfully awakened my understanding to some insights into the coming work of preparing the Bride of Christ through a fiery wilderness experience. The understanding has come in the midst of much heartache as I have watched a brother brought to the edge of turning back from following the Lord down paths designed to cut away the flesh in order to release the fragrance of Christ inside. The understanding has come through contemplating the life of Moses as he led the children of Israel through the wilderness.
Moses is one more spiritual type that relates to the Joseph Company who must accomplish this work of preparing the body of Christ for burial that a new spiritual creation might arise. As I sat down to write this article I first checked my e-mail and I found that a brother in Christ had sent me a copy of Jane Leade’s prophecy of 1679. I have this prophecy posted on the Heart4God website. I am convinced it is a true word that has specific bearing to the work being accomplished at this hour in preparing some principal servants to bear an unusual anointing in the hour to come. This anointing will be for the purpose of preparing the Bride for the return of the Bridegroom.
I realized that it was of the Lord that this word arrived in my inbox this morning, and that I should read it again. Yesterday and today have been particularly grueling in spiritual warfare, and I went to bed last night feeling worn from the intensity of the battle. This prophecy speaks of the great difficulty to be faced by those chosen to be prepared for this end time work, and they are exhorted to “hold fast,” and “quicken their pace,” for they must endure to the end. As I read what was sent to me I was particularly drawn to certain sections that the sender had highlighted. The first such section spoke of Moses serving as a type of these last days ministers. As I was preparing to sit down and write about Moses in this very relationship, I knew that it was the Lord who had ordered my steps once more. Following is a section from Jane Leade’s prophecy.
Thus Moses, Joshua, and Aaron may be considered types of some upon whom the same Spirit will come, yet in greater proportion. Whereby they shall make way for the ransomed of the Lord to return to Mt. Zion; but none shall stand under God but those who have become "tried" stones after the pattern and similitude of Christ. This will be fiery trial through which a very few will be able to pass or bear up in it. Whereby the waiters for this visible breaking forth are strictly charged to hold fast, and wait together in the unity of Pure Love. This trial will be of absolute necessity to all for the clearing away of all remaining infirmities of the natural mind, and the burning of all wood, hay, and stubble. For nothing must remain in the fire, for as a refiner shall He purify the sons of the Kingdom...
None but those who have so ascended and received His glory can condescend and communicate the same, being thereby His representatives upon the earth and subordinate priests under Him now. He that has ascended and glorified has made Himself, as it were, our Debtor. Consequently, He will not be wanting in qualifying and furnishing certain high and principal instruments who shall be most humble and as little regarded as David was, whom He will dignify with honour and priestly sovereignty for drawing to them the scattered flocks, and gathering them into one fold out of all nations.
Therefore, there should be a holy emulation and ambition stirred up among the bands of believers that they may be of the first-fruits unto Him that is risen from the dead, and so be made principal agents for Him and with Him, that they may be, if possible, of the number of the First-born of the New Jerusalem mother. All true waiters of His Kingdom in Spirit, under whatsoever profession they may be, ought to be numbered among the virgin spirits to whom this message appertains. Be watchful and quicken your pace.
The entire prophecy can be read on the Heart4God website at the following link: http://www.heart4god.ws/id630.htm
Moses: Wilderness Guide
This writing will particularly look at Moses as a type of the last days minister, for he truly exemplified one who was an Explorer and Pioneer who was chosen to serve as a Guide through wilderness paths which he had already traveled. Consider this pattern, which is discussed in the writing Explorers and Pioneers to Serve as Guides. Moses went into the wilderness for forty years, this being a time when God reduced him until the man who was mighty in word and deed, educated in all the wisdom of Egypt, was humbled and confessed, “Lord, I cannot speak.” Moses walked this path prior to his kinsman being called to walk the same course. In this way he was enabled to act as a helper to the children of God. His presence among them was a testimony of Yahweh’s grace as He supplied a man of experience and understanding of the ways of Yahweh, to shepherd them through the wilderness.
After Moses’ forty year experience, he then went through an identical period whereby he bore a tremendous anointing from God to accomplish this extraordinary work that bears great prophetic import to these last days. Moses was a man who spoke to Yahweh face to face, having seen His glory, and whose own face was transfigured as he saw that which others did not. This is a testimony of those who will be accounted as instruments of Yahweh as they too have gone through wilderness places, submitting to the cutting away of the flesh and learning humility. These will receive an anointing of power and wisdom that have not yet been observed among the elect of God from the day of Adam to this hour. These will truly do “greater works” than Yahshua, for it is the desire of Christ that His disciples should share His glory (John 17).
Those who have been in wilderness places must hold fast. The hour of their ministry is at hand. What trials remain are necessary for their preparation. Great grace is released to all those who have offered themselves as a free will offering to be purified by their Savior and Lord. He will bring them into a release from all the bonds of the flesh. Fear, pride, unbelief, lust and anything else contrary to righteousness will be fully excised and they will be transformed with a radiance that will shine forth to be observed by all.
For those who have been in the wilderness, walking alone, enduring humbling experiences, the process has seemed long and wearying at times. Yet no return to Egypt has allured them. As with Moses, the same is true of them.
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin; considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.
The reproaches have seemingly been without end. Ill treatment has often been the portion of those being prepared. The wealth, pleasures and success of brothers and sisters in the world has been withheld from them. Yet there is a reward of which Christ will not be stinting. It will surpass the treasures of Egypt. Those who have borne reproach with Christ will be honored by the same for their very willingness to do so. Because they esteemed the fellowship and pleasure of Christ more than that of the world, He will be their portion. They will ascend the mountain into His presence. They will sing a new song which none else can learn.
And I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.
What cost must be borne to attain to this number? These ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes have followed Him to a cross. They have submitted to this process of death. Because they have, there awaits an hour of resurrection and glory.
Those so transformed will not merely stand around and appear glorious. Like Moses they will have a charge delivered to them. They will be called to lead the children of God out of all that pertains to Egypt. These must prepare the Bride to meet the coming Bridegroom. All that they have passed through must be experienced by the rest of the body of Christ.
Only recently has the Spirit given me understanding of an experience that I passed through about three and a half years ago. After my wife departed from me, being unwilling to drink of the cup of suffering presented to me and her, I was led into the wilderness where I spent two forty day periods camping in a tent in the Oconee Forest of Georgia. This was a time of great trial, but also tremendous grace. I knew hunger, cold, loneliness, fearful circumstances, and even weathered a hurricane while sleeping in a small tent with trees crashing down in the woods around me. I lost about forty pounds in a matter of months, as the Lord showed through a physical parable the spiritual work to be accomplished.
After the first forty days the Lord brought me up out of the wilderness, manifesting a provision that very moment as a brother in the Philippines was directed by the Spirit to wire me some money. The next day a brother in Australia did the same. Then after two days of rest I returned to the woods and experienced a second forty day period. The events of this second period were in almost every way more severe. The weather was colder (ending in December), my food was more scarce (the last 17 days I had only water), and even my supply of water was cut off and I had to severely ration it.
At the end of this second period the Lord once more released me. As I got into my car I looked at my trip odometer and the mileage read 240. I knew this was a witness of the Lord as I had just completed two 40 day periods in the woods. I often wondered at the reason for this period being doubled in my life. I wondered if it spoke of a need to be doubly refined. The Spirit has now revealed the pattern through the life of Moses. He went through two 40 year periods in the wilderness. The first alone. The second leading the children of God.
The truth, however, is that Moses was refined in each of the events. As he led the Israelites through their own experience, he was met with trials he had not known the first time around. He had to endure the complaints and grumbling of the people of God. He had to endure unbelief and hardness of heart. He witnessed the fear of the people, and the hateful actions that resulted from those who would not conquer fear (some even spoke of stoning him).
In this second forty year period Moses was able to experience the very things that Yahweh experiences as He bears patiently with mankind. How much grumbling does He endure? How great are the complaints that meet His ears? How long does He bear patiently with fearful and unbelieving children? And through it all Moses came to understand the ways of Yahweh, and to share in the fellowship of God’s suffering heart.
He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel.
Those who will be a part of this company to lead the people of God through wilderness places will also come to experience the suffering of God. Their second time in the wilderness will also prove to be a time of trial, albeit different than their first experience. During this second pass they will walk face to face with God. They will share His burdens and know His heart. They will even stand in intercession for those who are unbelieving and complaining, as did Moses when he entreated God to not destroy this grumbling generation in the wilderness.
During the first time through the wilderness, Moses was himself reduced until he could be entrusted with power. During the second time through he walked with great power. Egypt was destroyed by the power of the plagues. The waters of the Red Sea parted when his staff was raised over it. Water poured forth from a rock in the wilderness. Manna rained down from heaven to feed the people. The earth split open and devoured his opponents. The Sun stood still as he raised his arms in prayer to Yahweh. If Moses had not chosen to suffer the reproaches of Christ of a free will, he would not have been prepared to bear the power of Christ’s Spirit. Only a humble man or woman can be entrusted with such power. Even so, Moses wielded this power once in anger and was disqualified from leading the people fully into their possession.
This failure in the life of Moses is one to consider closely by those who must pass through the wilderness a second time. There must be a mature selflessness exhibited by those who will lead the church through the wilderness. They must not be personally offended, even when the fear and unbelief of the body is directed at them, and their leadership. This Company of Guides must always manifest humility, not concerning themselves with personal words of attack, or actions against their person. They must seek always the Lord’s pleasure, and act only according to His heart. When He is merciful, they must be merciful. When He is patient, they must be patient. In this way they will come to share the character of the One who is the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep.
In Jane Leade’s prophecy cited above we read the following regarding those in these last days for whom Moses serves as a type.
Thus Moses, Joshua, and Aaron may be considered types of some upon whom the same Spirit will come, yet in greater proportion. Whereby they shall make way for the ransomed of the Lord to return to Mt. Zion
The Spirit bears witness that this is the call of those who have gone into the wilderness ahead of their brethren. As Moses returned to Egypt to lead his brethren out of bondage, so those who have departed spiritual Babylon must return to lead their brethren forth to Zion. One of the early books the Lord had me to write is titled The Road from Babylon to Zion. In it I described many of the experiences I had as the Lord led me out of Babylon. There were numerous trials, and the adversary set ambushes before me. The Lord saw me through them, and I wrote this book to serve as a guide to others coming out of Babylon. At the time I did not understand that this return from the wilderness to lead my brethren out would be the occupation of so many in this last hour.
I shared that it was through some detailed experiences that the Lord has brought me greater insight. This same brother of whom I wrote above, who was undergoing a severe trial and considering turning back has continued to struggle greatly. There is a particular torment for those who are double minded, plagued by doubts and fears. These ones can desire to not fall short of the call of God on their life, therefore they dare not simply abandon the course and go back to the world, or the ways of a worldly church. At the same time, seeing the cross before them, they hesitate to fully embrace the course ahead. This leaves them in a place of torment. They are in a perpetual Gethsemane, sweating drops of blood as they wrestle with drinking from the cup of suffering presented to them.
I believe Gethsemane was a more severe trial to the Lord than Calvary. It was in Gethsemane that the decision had to be made to submit to the cross. The soul had to be ruled over, for great storms arise within our souls as the cross before us comes into view. Of Christ’s own trial we read:
And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. Then He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me." And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt."
How terrible is the wrestling of the soul. Our Lord said, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death.” The Amplified Bible states this same passage in the following manner.
And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to show grief and distress of mind and was deeply depressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is very sad and deeply grieved, so that I am almost dying of sorrow.”
In my own trek down the way of the cross, I have always found that the decision to go forward involves greater pain and torment than the actual experience of the cross. The words above seem barely able to describe the agonized wrestling of the soul. Truly, the experience is one of delivering our entire body over to death, for this is what the cross symbolizes. I have often found that after such a Gethsemane experience, having chosen to drink the cup presented to me, that the Lord will then come and strengthen me. I am then enabled to endure that suffering appointed unto me.
"Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Thine be done." Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.
Notice that immediately after the Lord confessed His determination to do the will of the Father, even if it led to a terrible cross, that we read of an angel appearing to Him to strengthen Him. This has also been my experience on a number of occasions as I have wrestled and agonized, but then surrendered to the Lord’s revealed course set before me. Once the acceptance comes, the Spirit sends comfort and strength to endure the experience. Oftentimes the experience does not even manifest as I had feared, for Yahweh’s intent was to prove whether I was willing.
We see this in the life of Abraham as the Lord directed him to take His son Isaac and offer him as a sacrifice upon the mountain of God. For three days Abraham journeyed to the mountain, and I am certain that he was met with great wrestling of soul along the way. Everything in his soul clamored for him to turn back, but he wrestled to a place of accepting the cross before him. The Lord allowed Abraham to be tried all the way to the point of raising the knife to slay his son, and only then did Yahweh cry out and tell Abraham to not go further. Yahweh provided a substitutionary sacrifice through the ram caught in the thicket.
This brother who has been called to follow me has been in a place of torment as he has lingered long in Gethsemane. He has not yet come to a place of confessing, “Nevertheless, not my will but Thy will be done.” This is a terrible and stormy place to find oneself halted. It is a land without peace, a land of great upheaval and tumult. There is a fear of turning away from God and an overpowering dread of surrendering to His will.
Understand now, that it is to this place that those ministers symbolized through the life of Moses must lead the people of God. Time and again Moses led the people to some great test. He led them to the waters of the Red Sea where the armies of Egypt caught up to them. They feared they would die and all the terror of their soul came forth in accusations against Moses and against God. This was my experience on Wednesday of this week. I showed this brother the path before him and a great storm erupted in his soul and spilled over in his words and actions.
Those who will be used of the Lord in days ahead are to realize that this is the reaction of men and women who are brought to a cross. There are very few who will quietly wrestle and then surrender. Such ones are revealed in the life of Esther. After fasting and praying for three days she concluded she would do the thing requested of her, declaring, “if I perish, I perish.” Her uncle Mordecai fulfilled the role of Moses in this instance, for he was the one who disclosed to Esther that which she was required to do.
In many more instances, the response of those shown the cross before them will be to react violently, and to be unrestrained in their speech, as were the Israelites before Moses.
Then they said to Moses, "Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, 'Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians'? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness."
Every argument of the Israelites was cast up before me by this brother. He said, “Didn’t I tell you before I began this journey that I was a weak person with many failings and I did not think I could walk this path? Didn’t I advise you that you had picked the wrong person to accompany you, and you should look for another?”
My response, as it has been in the past, was that I did not choose him. God chose him, and for this he should be very grateful. For if her were merely following the leading of a man he would have nothing of substance to place his trust in. But since it was God who called him to this course he had something solid to lean upon.
This brother uttered many things that were better left unspoken. He accused God of not doing anything for him when he had done everything humanly possible to follow God. Fear gave rise to accusations of God being uncaring, even as the Israelites accused God and Moses of leading them into the wilderness only to bury them there.
Keith Green wrote a song titled “So you want to go back to Egypt?” In it he mimics the complaints and criticisms of the Israelites before God and Moses. One line states, “Moses seems rather idle. All he does is sit around and write the Bible.” Wednesday, this brother while expressing all the complaint of his soul began to pick up rocks to throw my way. He uttered numerous criticisms and one of them was that I spent too much time on the computer writing. This same brother has in calmer moments expressed in what a great manner the Lord has used the writings of this minister to lead him to truth.
Those who will walk according to the pattern of Moses, need to realize that this is the reaction to be expected of those whose lives have not yet come to a place of surrender to the cross. This reaction is pictured in the life of Christ where the multitude were shouting “Hosanna. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” They did this as the Lord entered Jerusalem on the eve of Passover. The next day many of these same ones were crying out, “Crucify Him!” They judged it better that Christ should die than that they should do so.
This will be the response of many in days ahead. What should be the reaction of those called to stand in the place of Moses? They must not be offended. They must stand as God’s agent and representative at all times. There will even come a time when Yahweh will say to these, “I will destroy these rebellious ones and start over. I will raise up a new people through you.” Then Moses must intercede for the people.
Then Moses entreated Yahweh his God, and said, "O Yahweh, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, 'With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth'? Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You did swear by Yourself, and did say to them, 'I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'" So Yahweh changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.
Time and again Yahweh sent judgments upon Israel for their complaints and murmuring and rebellion. Yet time after time Moses stood in a place of intercession, entreating God to be merciful. Moses interceded when the Yahweh sent a plague among them. Moses interceded when Yahweh sent fiery serpents into their midst. Moses even declared, “Yahweh, if you blot their name out, I pray that you would blot my name out as well.”
This must be the heart of those who would stand and minister after the type and similitude of Moses in coming days. This was the response the Spirit directed me unto, even when this brother had taken up rocks to throw at me.
The Lord had prepared my heart for this experience through means of an event that had occurred just the day prior. This brother had been out on a riding mower cutting grass. He had finished all that could be done with the riding mower, though the hardest part still remained, which was cutting around the edges of a pond with a push mower, something he loathes to do.
This brother was through mowing and heading back to put the mower in the shed. He was heading directly away from where my van was parked, being about twenty feet away when the mower blade threw a rock out and it hit squarely in the center of the back window of my van, shattering the glass. He came in and told me what had happened. He said, “I am sure there is some meaning in this.” I replied, “I am certain there is as well, for everything the Lord has done in relation to this van has been prophetic.”
In a few moments the understanding came. This brother said he was through with mowing, mowing representing the cutting of the flesh, the work of the cross. The hardest part still remained, however. The next day the fulfillment of this parable came when this brother was shown a further and more difficult trial ahead of him and he said he was through, that he could not go any further. He then began to cast insults my way, finding many things to criticize.
As the Father had prepared my heart for what was coming, I did not answer any of his charges against me. I simply informed him of the ways the Father works in bringing us to a cross. I shared with him that he has been in a place of double mindedness for so long, causing himself and others great torment, that it is a merciful thing that God was doing in bringing him to a crisis of decision where he would have to choose either to go forward embracing the cross, or turn back. He could not remain forever undecided, and Yahweh would not allow him to do so.
Unfortunately, this brother interpreted these words as an ultimatum, as threats of judgment and rejection. I began my words to him by declaring that what I had to say was not about judgment or accusation. It was the love of God that had chosen to bring him to choose, for God understood the torment he was in while he halted between two opinions.
Those who have been in the wilderness have been there in order for God to humble them. They have experienced themselves the torment and wrestling of the soul when their flesh encounters a view of some cross. For this reason, they must be compassionate toward the weakness of others. I was tempted toward offense due to this brother’s criticisms and charges against both myself and God. Yet, the Spirit would not allow me to embrace any offense. Instead, I was led to pray for this brother.
It is a great and terrible work that the cross performs in our lives. It is not an easy work. To embrace the call to lead others down the pathway of the cross will require much endurance, much patience, much self-control, much humility. These are all fruit of the Spirit of Christ. These things are present in the lives of all of those who have been born again of the Spirit. They are unseen in many due to the flesh being unbroken, and the Spirit bottled up. Yet this Moses company, this Joseph company, who have suffered many things prior to their brothers have become broken.
I have shared before how the Father has signified this through a parable in my life. I was born with the hereditary bone disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which is commonly called Brittle Bone Disease. As a child growing up I experienced many fractures, and suffered a final broken bone as late as my thirties. In all I have broken around 11 or 12 bones. Those who are a part of this company of leaders and wilderness guides in coming days must be a broken people, a shattered people. The strength of the flesh must be broken that the life of Christ might arise as a fragrant aroma.
The coming wilderness journey will serve the purposes of Yahweh for both the people being brought this way for the first time, and those who stand in the place of Moses making a second journey. A breaking of the flesh will come to the people of God, and the fragrance of Christ will be released through those who have already been broken.
Christ has shown us the way. While being reviled He was silent. While being mistreated He kept entrusting Himself to the One who judges righteously. Even when He was being crucified He declared, “Father forgive them. They do not know what they do.”
This is the pattern to be followed by those so chosen to walk in this ministry of intercession. It will truly be an experience of losing our lives in order to save them and many others as well. Moses understood the ways of God for he was allowed to carry the burden of God for this people. At times Moses cried out that the burden was too great for him, and it is also too great for us. In His mercy, Yahweh will share the burden, not casting it upon one individual, but He will place this task, and impart His anointing to a company of people. Best of all, He will undertake to carry the burden for us.
Yahweh wants His elect, His overcomers and firstfruit sons and daughters, to know Him. He wants them to perceive with what great patience He has borne with mankind. He wants them to understand how He has been slow to anger, and abounding in kindness and love. He wants them to see that His heart has always been to seek the welfare of a proud, stubborn and rebellious people, and for this company of saints to enter into this same work that they might more fully comprehend the heart of the Father.
Christ was the first Son to enter into this work of the Father. As He did He encountered every vexation, every trial, every grief the Father has known as He has stretched out His hands to sinful man, beckoning them to repent, return and be healed. Now a larger body of sons and daughters will enter into this work. There will not be just one Savior on Mount Zion, but a group of saviors called to share this work of God. Like unto Moses, they will guide the people in the path of righteousness and they will intercede for them.
According to Your manifold mercies You gave them saviors, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.
And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be Yahweh's.
May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.