Joseph Herrin (12-09-08)
I want to share with you some words that I have received from other fellow believers recently. There is a great commonality in these words, and perhaps what is shared will serve as a witness to the voice of the Spirit in your own life.
The hour is late. The Spirit is testifying that judgment is at the door. Be watchful. Be ready.
A sister in Christ wrote the following:
The Lord spoke to me this morning and said"All hands on Deck" Looked it up "Hands" are men, in old sailing ship lingo.
I wrote her back the following:
Dear Sister XXXX,
The naval call "All hands on deck," was often sounded in a time of emergency. I believe this is the intent of what you have heard.
Just before receiving this sister’s e-mail, I received the following from a brother in Christ.
Subject: Sounding the Battle Cry!
Dear... (brothers in arms for Christ),
The Lord woke me up this morning at 4:09 am after having a disturbing dream and began to speak to me. This is the second night that I have encountered spiritual warfare in my dreams.
When I woke up this morning and saw the clock, I knew that the Lord is about to bring humility (represented by the #4) and judgment (#9) to the people of the earth. He then began to show me in a vision that a great army is being formed from the very depths of hell and is about to be released in the earth. The Lord told me to sound the battle cry and sound a call to put on the full armor of God and to take up our weapons... (I'm obviously talking about our spiritual armor from Ephesians 6 and the weapons of our warfare which are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds).
I do not believe that we will need physical weapons in the attacks that are coming, but will simply be able to speak a word just like Jesus did when he commanded the demons to come out of people. In this short vision, the Lord also showed me that the fields of men's souls were ripe for harvest, which I believe will be the case when people see the destruction that is coming in the earth. Isaiah says that the people of the earth learn righteousness when his judgments are in the earth...
I don't know if anything will happen today or tomorrow or 5 weeks down the road, but I do know that the Lord has called us to our posts and we must be very vigilant in this hour and be building ourselves up in our most holy faith to be able to encounter war against the hordes of demons that are soon to be released.
The Lord's soldier preparing for the end of the age,
Yesterday, a brother in Christ from Atlanta sent me the following:
I have been seeing the number 911 a lot and I mean a lot (twice this morning again). I have been praying about it but have not received any word of knowledge toward it. I do believe we are on the threshold of another 911 style disaster; it could be even a natural disaster. I leave it be, since all “my” efforts are fruitless. I trust, the LORD will reveal these things in due time.
The same day a sister in Christ forwarded to me a prophetic poem that was written on December 6. The man who wrote it had just come out of an extended period of prayer and fasting with his wife, and had been seeking the Lord’s mind concerning the days we live in. This is what he wrote:
CALM BEFORE THE STORM
They have been lulled to sleep by the hypnotic voices of the talking heads- The media, blind religious leaders, politicians just before you go to bed- In the morning everything will be all right. Tell me a fable and I will sleep in peace through the dark night-
Gas prices dropping – time to go shopping, the sales are on. Obama’s been elected – Bush’s policies rejected, the change is on. The fairy tale of Bin Laden has faded into a figment of our imagination - As we have been lulled into a false security for our nation.
The Stimulus Packets and yet another Bailout- A superior intelligent Cabinet, your money’s safe don’t doubt. Great America, the world’s leader will continue to lead the way. The repetitive propaganda and rhetoric confidently say-
But I say, you have enjoyed your time of sleep and ease – now comes the shaking. The alarm has been sounding, yet many refused to be awakened. It has been the calm before the storm and the winds are now about to blow. Soon from Coast to Coast there will be a shaking as the Earth plates move below-
Day by day you have seen the price of gas free fall and the highways congested again. It shall soon rise (3) times as fast – the highways will be virtually empty – the price as it’s never been- Panic and chaos shall be created as the economic storm rages on. The powerful US Dollar you use to know will soon be gone-
Catastrophic loss and a domino effect of crisis’s (sic) seemingly every two weeks- As angry Americans are jarred from their complacency and sleep. Roaming the streets, armed gangs like zombies in night of the living dead- Store shelves empty, babies crying, looting and burning as many sit quietly in dread-
The sheeple shouted, NO, Prophet!! Tell us lies; prophesy smooth things – not what shall really be. What about peace, warm feelings of love, how great I am and of course prosperity? Don’t you know that this is God’s country and we are the chosen ones He adores? The storm will only last a few months at most and we will come out better than before.
Not so, you have moved into a new cycle and everything is being accelerated. Break yourself from the holographic illusions that you have created - Mass destruction, natural and man-made disasters - massive loss and loss of lives are only days away. The impact can be lessened only if My people would learn how to pray-
The abundance of this Christmas season will remain a memory in many minds. As the years following reveal the sign of different times - The first world nation we have known will no longer exist. It shall be humbled to be like unto a third world nation and many shall resist -
The Spirit calls to the Joseph’s that have been confined and limited by religious ideas and organizations. Get ready to come forth with wisdom, dreams and prophetic revelation - A transfer of wealth and power is at hand. Over night I shall set you forth as rulers and providers in this land -
In the midst of everything shaking and chaos shall a hidden people arise and be revealed - To proclaim my kingdom with supernatural power and the sick shall be healed. The old order of religion and government shall fade into the past- And the people will realize only My Truth shall last.
The Spirit summons the men and women of Issachar with understanding that know the times and seasons - You will be called to stand before leaders to declare what shall be and the reasons -
You are entering a cycle when darkness and light shall seemingly coexist for a little time. This twilight zone shall expose the best and the worst in humanity’s mind - Choose light as the planet and your solar system enters into a new day. A new consciousness shall emerge to show humanity a new way -
You are witnessing the ending of an age and the beginning of a new day. The transition shall be difficult for many, but My Grace will show you the way - Lift up your heads and rejoice as the kingdoms of men crumble and fall - Rest in Me as I AM revealed to be All in All.
I also want to share a word I received from a sister in the Lord from South Africa. Christine Beadsworth had posted the following to her site recently, and forwarded it to me.
Wise Men Seek Him
Christine Beadsworth (Dec 6, 2008)
The Spirit has been very active in the past few days, whispering and urging and warning more frequently than in the past months. We must not brush aside this still small voice but rather stop and listen as He unfolds further understanding. We ignore the urgings of the Holy Spirit at our peril. Last Sunday (30th November) I was watching my nephew act in a Christmas play at a local fellowship and as the wise men came on-stage, the Holy Spirit diverted my attention from what was going on before my eyes and whispered an urgent message.
He said that those wise men represented those who had understanding of the times and knew what to do. As soon as they saw the star in the heavens, they left Babylon and began their journey to where the child was. I filed this piece of information , knowing it was only the beginning of the message. The next day was 1st December and there was an unusual configuration which took place in the night sky. Jupiter and Venus were in close proximity to the moon. I do not have spac e here to go into an explanation of the significance of this. There are a number of good writings on the Internet which give insight into this sign in the sky. A sample of them can be found at the following addresses: http://parablesblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/message-in-heavens.html and http://www.injesus.com/index.phpmodule=message&task=view&MID=VB007FL6&GroupID=0B001BSP . Suffice to say that Joel says there will be signs in the heavens above and in the earth beneath,before the great and terrible day of the Lord. These signs are to help us, just as road signs show us the destination we are headed towards. We must have revelation of the signs and understanding of the times, so that we know what to do.
Two weeks ago the Spirit whispered one word to me as I woke up - “consolidate”. As He said it, I knew He meant 'put all your eggs in one basket'. In other words, don't keep leaving all your options open, take the plunge and choose your basket! Beloved, putting all these puzzle pieces together, I am strongly sensing that it is time for all those who are wise to finally leave the Babylonian religious systems and their trappings and begin their journey in search of the manchild.
It is time to stop going through the motions of religion and go in search of relationship with those in real relationship with Jesus. There are some who have recognized mixture and uncleanness and have been grieved by it – they know they have been living in Babylon and have prayed much for conviction to come to those with influence, knowing that judgment is at the door for the house of God. However, there comes a time for even the faithful intercessor to be removed to safety. There is a difference between ignorance of truth and blatant disregard of truth in favor of following the traditions of men and doctrines of demons. Remember Lot whose soul was grieved by the perversion of Sodom. God sent angels to take him out of Sodom just befor e judgment fell. For those who have been reading the signs and praying for understanding to know what to do, I believe the Spirit for the Lord is warning that it is time to be completely separate from that which is unclean.
Isa 52:11 Turn! Turn! Go out from there! Touch not the unclean. Go out of her midst; purify yourself, bearers of the vessels of the Lord.
The time when judgment falls is not the time to be found living in compromise or the fear of man. Light cannot fellowship with darkness.
2Co 6:16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
I am not saying that everyone reading this must leave all fellowships and go into hiding. Please understand this. If you are fellowshipping with a group of believers who preach the true gospel of Jesus Christ and are hungering after holiness and the leading of the Spirit, that is good. You will know that you are already receiving portions of the Bread of Life and drinking living water from the Rock. There are trustworthy shepherds who have been watching over their flocks during the night season, who have been granted the revelation of what God is bringing forth in this season. They have seen this Chri st whose arrival was accompanied with angelic rejoicing and are under the headship of the Great Shepherd. However, for those who have known in their hearts that their time of departure and separation from the man-centered religious establishments would be coming, please hear the urgent voice of the Holy Spirit. It is time to set out on your journey to find the manchild company.
Where will you find them? In the same place as the first wise men found Christ – in Bethlehem, the House of Bread. There is gathering a great company of every color and creed, called out of the worldly idol-filled church by the Spirit of Truth and they are gathering in the wilderness.
Rev 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, so that they might nourish her there a thousand, two hundred and sixty days.
Well, where is the wilderness ? It is not a physical place but a spiritual place. In Matthew 24, Jesus warned that it is not about physical location.
Mat 24:26 Therefore if they shall say to you, Behold, He is in the desert! Do not go out. Behold, He is in the secret rooms! Do not believe it.
To understand this concept of fleeing to the wilderness we need to remember that the wilderness was the place in which God's people were fed daily with manna and God's presence was in the midst of them in the form of a pillar of cloud and of fire. The Father is once again gathering a holy temple, a Body of true believers who have separated themselves from idolatry and who hunger and thirst after the righteousness that only He can give. God will feed this woman, the Bride, in the wilderness for three and a half years. Wherever two or three are gathered worshiping in Spirit and in Truth, He is in the midst of them. For those who have not yet found this real fellowship, it is time to stop going through the motions in the religious system and begin to seek true fellowship with the manchild company that God is bringing forth in this season.
Who are they and how will one recognize them? Revelation 12 tells us that according to the sign described in the sky, as soon as they come forth they will enter into a place of protection from the dragon and close fellowship with God.
Rev 12:5 And she bore a son, a male, who is going to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her child was caught up to God and to His throne.
This is a mystery - for the woman in the wilderness and the manchild company are one and the same. Just as Mary gave birth to Jesus and yet was also a believer and one of the company who followed Him, so too the virgin Bride brings forth the manchild company and yet is a part of them. The manchild represents the spiritual position of those who have been in a womb of preparation until they are brought forth and are immediately seated and at rest in heavenly places on Mount Zion, far above principalities and powers. They are in intimacy with the Bridegroom and follow Him wherever He goes.
The woman represents the earthly position of the Bride. She is still physically on earth at this time and suffering persecution, yet in the presence of God day and night for He is in the midst of her in power, nourishing and caring for her on a daily basis.
Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
The woman is a company of those who have been waiting on the Lord according to Isaiah:
Isa 40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: Isa 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Amazingly, the word translated 'wait' in this verse actually means ' to bind together, to collect, to gather together'. The Spirit is gathering together the Bride and giving her the wings of an eagle to soar on the thermals of the Spirit above the storms that are coming. Revelation 12:14 tells us this woman has a place appointed her. Did not Jesus say He has gone to prepare a place for us? It is a heavenly place which we occupy even while our feet walk planet earth. We will be nourished there but what will we eat? The Israelites received daily manna and drank from the Rock which followed them. What does the manna represent for us today? Jesus gives some very cryptic clues in Matthew 24.
Mat 24:27 For as the lightning comes out of the east and shines even to the west, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man. Mat 24:28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered.
Lightning represents revelation which comes from Heaven and hits earth. Jesus said He is the light of the world and also the true Bread that came down from Heaven. This woman gathering in the wilderness will be nourished with the Bread of Heaven, the revelation of Christ. This revelation will not only be seen in certain fellowships or countries but just as lightening hits in the east and shines to the west, so the revelation of Christ being poured out will be available to the Bride, no matter which part of the earth you are in. There will be no need to travel to other countries to certain fellowships in order to 'get the anointing'. If you have separated yourself from Babylon and gathered with true believers on Mount Zion, wherever in the world you are, the Bread of Heaven will be released to nourish you.
Verse 28 has mystified many and I have heard some strange explanations concerning the carcass. However if we look at Luke's rendition of this conversation, it becomes clearer. Jesus was explaining that a time of separation would occur:
Luk 17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two in one bed, the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Luk 17:35 Two shall be grinding together, one will be taken, and the other left. Luk 17:36 Two shall be in the field, one will be taken, and the other left. Luk 17:37 And they answered and said to Him, Where, Lord? And He said to them, Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
Wherever the body is, the eagles will gather. The gathering of the true Body of Christ is the gathering of an eagle company. However we must understand what this separation actually depicts. Backing up a few verses, we see that Jesus mentions Lot:
Luk 17:28 So also as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; Luk 17:29 but the day Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from the heaven and destroyed them all. Luk 17:30 Even so it shall be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
Lot was not taken to Heaven physically, but removed from the place where judgment was appointed to fall. It is time for righteous Lot to leave Sodom, just as it was time for the wise men to leave Babylon and go in search of the manchild company. You will find them in the House of Bread, in Christ the Bread of Life.
Mat 2:11 And coming into the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother. And they fell down and worshiped Him. And opening their treasures, they presented gifts to Him, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
Note that the woman and the child were together in the house. The manchild caught up to the throne and the woman in the wilderness are one. The gifts represent the treasure of revelation that have been deposited within these wise men. They bring them forth in the presence of the manchild company. They are revelations about kingship (gold), worship and intercession (frankincense) and suffering (myrrh) which the Bride must undergo.
Jesus warned that when we receive the message that it is time to leave, that we must not then take time to gather belongings to take with us. The things that are in the house where we have been up to now will not be relevant where we are going. All the revelation we need is within us – we are fully equipped lacking nothing for we have Christ within. Every external trapping will only weigh us down. Leave the garments of Babylon behind. Don't look back longingly at what you have left. Don't try to preserve that which is appointed for judgment, even if it is your nice tidy life and position in the religious establishment:
Luk 17:31 In that day he who shall be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise, he who is in the field, let him not return to the things behind. Luk 17:32 Remember Lot's wife. Luk 17:33 Whoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it, and whoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
The reason God wants you to come out and be separate and uncompromising is because He has promised to keep His overcomers safe from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole earth. It is not time to be involved with those who preach humanistic doctrines and pander to the flesh. It is time to dwell in heavenly places, not just visit them now and again. Herod wanted to kill Jesus and there will be those in the religious establishment who seek to destroy the revelation of Christ being brought forth in this hour. They may appear to be interested in the revelation the wise men share but in actuality, you are casting your pearls before swine and you will be trampled underfoot. If you are dwelling in heavenly places in Christ, a time of rejoic ing is coming. For those who are bound to the earth and all the world has to offer, sorrow is waiting round the corner:
Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and those tabernacling in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and in the sea! For the Devil came down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has but a little time.
Jesus was betrayed by one in the midst of His inner group and the pharisees, leaders of the religious establishment of the day, plotted the crucifixion of Jesus. There is great persecution coming upon the true believers of Jesus Christ and much of it will come from within the ranks of the so-called church and also the government. Remember the pharisees used the law of the Roman authority to get Jesus condemned to death. The Babylonian religious establishment of today with cooperate with government in order to try to destroy the true Church of Jesus Christ. Have understanding of the times and realize what it is you need to do.
The eagles are gathering in the wilderness, feeding upon the carcass . A carcass provides fresh meat. The flesh of Jesus, the Bread of Life, is true meat and the only form of nourishment that will give you the strength you need for the days that lie ahead. Get together with those who want to be wholly separated unto the Lord. God will lead you to true fellowship if you make the right heart choices at this juncture, just as the star led those wise men all the way from Babylon to the house in Bethlehem. When we as the true Body of Jesus gather under the Head as He wills and instructs and receive the life-giving flow of revelation from the Spirit, we will run and not be weary. Nor will we faint in the day of adversity. Babylon is appoint ed for judgment. If we do not want to suffer the same plagues appointed her, we must heed the voice of the Spirit:
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. Rev 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Father, I truly desire to be found fellowshipping on Mount Zion, touching no unclean thing. Give me understanding of the times we are in and the courage to do what I need to do and lead me to true fellowship with that manchild company in Spirit and in Truth. Thank you for divine connections in the coming days as You lead me step by step to the place You have prepared for me to be nourished in. May I walk in the fear of God and not of man, amen
[End Writing by Christine]
I shared the following with Christine in response:
Dear Sister Christine,
I thank you for sharing with me this insightful writing that you have posted. I was particularly impressed by the emphasis on the wilderness that is prepared for the woman being a spiritual symbol, and not a literal wilderness. I definitely think there is a spiritual understanding implied in that which is shared in Revelations chapter 12.
I have shared in some earlier posts that the Spirit showed me that there are two wilderness experiences to be undergone by those who will serve as a type of Moses. They must go through a wilderness for their own humbling, and then they will be called to go through a second one for the humbling and training of the people of God.
The Lord signified this to me by way of a parable that I lived out four years ago. The Lord directed me to camp in a tent in the Oconee Forest of Georgia for two 40 day periods. Between the two wilderness experiences was a two day period where I was able to come up out of the woods and return to civilization to get cleaned up and purchase some provisions. I was led immediately after to return to the same place and go through a second 40 day period.
I know this experience was not typical of the actual wilderness experience that the church will go through. It was merely a parable of it. My actual wilderness experience began in 1999 when I was cast out of the church by my fellow ministers. Since then I have been outside the camp of Christianity, in what could be compared to a wilderness, although it primarily consisted of experiences inside of towns and cities. Like the Israelites in the wilderness, I was led to move many times as the cloud moved. If I did not follow, the presence of the Lord would have been lost. He did not always lead me to pleasant experiences, but I was assured of His presence with me.
I anticipate that this next wilderness experience that the church must go through will be very similar. It will not necessarily be a physical wilderness, but many will be led outside of the camp of Christianity, which you emphasized in your article. To those who are hearing the call to "come out of her My people," it is very necessary that they heed the voice of the Spirit.
I do believe there will be a change of physical location for many of the saints of God, and there will even be some actual physical wilderness experiences for some, for this was an actual part of my experience. But the passage in Revelations 12 is not to be understood in a strictly literal sense, but it is to be understood spiritually as you explained it very well.
I think the important thing is that each person is discerning the leading of the Spirit even as the Israelites were watching intently the moving of the pillar of fire and cloud in the wilderness. God was very emphatic that they were to move as soon as the cloud moved, and they were to remain put when the cloud was at rest. I know many who are being tried in this manner at this very moment, and sometimes staying put is a harder test than pulling up stakes and moving.
I do thank you for sharing this with me. It has helped me to take a deeper look at this truth and to see it clearer.
May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days,
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