Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Writing is On the Wall

Joseph Herrin (09-27-08)

Daniel 5:1, 5, 13, 17, 25-28
Belshazzar the king held a great feast for a thousand of his nobles, and he was drinking wine in the presence of the thousand... Suddenly the fingers of a man's hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace, and the king saw the back of the hand that did the writing... Then Daniel was brought in before the king... Then Daniel answered and said before the king...,
"Now this is the inscription that was written out: 'MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.' This is the interpretation of the message: 'MENE'-- God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it. 'TEKEL'-- you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient. 'PERES'-- your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and Persians."

A few days ago a sister in Christ with a prophetic gifting wrote to me and shared some of the very affirming insights the Lord has given to her over the years concerning the Joseph Company, and the wilderness experience that lies ahead for the people of God. She shared with me that she had been hearing the phrase “The writing is on the wall.” She shared some things about what she was discerning, and asked me to share with her as well. In reply I wrote the following to her. (I am not using her name as she asked me not to do so at this time.)

Dear Sister,
I apologize for my tardiness in replying to your earlier post. I have been loaded down with e-mail recently, and I try to answer it all in a patient way, rather than writing off some hasty answer that will not benefit the recipient. Sometimes I put the e-mails that are more lengthy off until I can fully study them...

The Lord has been speaking to me for many years through the type of Joseph, and I know that there is a manifestation of Joseph's work and spirit through certain members of the body of Christ in this last hour. In reading your writings posted on ETPV, I can see that the Lord has also been speaking to you through this same type.

Consider for a moment Joseph's brothers, for Joseph's work can only be understood through its association with them. While Joseph was in Egypt suffering much confinement, having all liberty stripped away until he was made not just a slave, but a slave in prison, his brothers were living as the sons of a wealthy father. They had all the freedom they could ask for, but they did not use this freedom wisely. Even before Joseph was sold by them into slavery, they had been using their liberty to pursue their own evil desires. Joseph brought back an evil report of their behavior to his father, and his brothers hated him because of this.

In type, Joseph's brothers were all shepherds. This speaks of those who are appointed to shepherd the body of Christ today. Yet like Joseph's brothers, many of these shepherds of God’s flock have used their liberty to do things that are displeasing to our Father in heaven. Some have abused the sheep. Some have led them to unhealthy pools of water to drink. Some have failed to protect them from savage wolves and other predators. Some have even resorted to acts of bestiality, acting in an improper way, and taking the affection and admiration of the sheep unto themselves, and this is very displeasing to the Father whose name is Jealous. Reuben even fulfilled such an action through another type when he went into his father's concubine.

We see therefore, that the liberty of the sons of Israel was being used in a way that was displeasing to the Father. It was actually the mercy of the Father that He sent Joseph to Egypt and stripped him of his liberty that he might not follow in the pattern of his brothers. Each of the sons of God need to learn the obedience of Christ who said, "I never do anything of My own initiative. I only do the will of the Father." Joseph already manifested the beginning of this spirit when he was a free man, being exceptionally devoted to his father, and not joining in his brothers’ carnal behavior. Yet when God finds a fruitful vine He prunes it that it might bear even more fruit. Joseph was a fruitful vine and so God pruned him that he might bear even more fruit.

Genesis 49:22
Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; Its branches run over a wall.

The name Joseph means "He adds," or "He increases." However, it takes much pruning for our lives to become more fruitful.

During Joseph's captivity, his season of pruning, he appeared very barren. He had no money, no worldly esteem, no opportunity in the world, no wife, no children, no family, no father, and especially no liberty. He was a barren branch. At the same time his brothers were marrying and having children and exercising much freedom and enjoying the abundance of the world. They were not being pruned because there was no evidence of fruit in their lives. We read of one debacle after another during the early lives of Joseph's brothers. We read of the fierce wrath of Simeon and Levi who lamed oxen and slew all the men of a city for an act of reproach. We read of Reuben having sexual intercourse with Bilhah, his father’s concubine. We read of Judah going into a prostitute, not knowing it was his daughter-in-law Tamar. This is a great contrast to Joseph who refused the advances of Potipher's wife.

After many years of pruning God finally brings Joseph out of the prison and the promised promotion is realized. The pruned vine becomes a fruitful bough. Joseph is adorned with ruling authority. He is given a wife, and he has sons, one of whom he names Ephraim, for he said "God has made me FRUITFUL in the land of my affliction (pruning)" (Genesis 41:52). Joseph begins his earthly ministry in a time of great fruitfulness upon the earth, during the seven years of plenty. These seven years are a symbol of the overcomers who come forth at the beginning of the seventh day, even the man child that you have written about.

You wrote that the Lord brought it to your attention that the seven years of plenty occurred AFTER Joseph was brought out of the prison. This is because fruitfulness always follows pruning. No Christian can be a fruitful bow if they have not submitted to the work of the cross in their life. Joseph had submitted, and now his life is marked by fruitfulness. Notice that even after the years of famine began, Joseph does not revert to a barren life. He has a magnificent house, and many treasures. He continues to walk in glory. He has storehouses filled with grain. He does not lack for anything, and even when the rest of the world is being stripped of all their possessions as were the Egyptians, all of this wealth is flowing into the hands of Joseph, and ultimately is being given to Pharaoh who serves as a type of Yahweh who rules over the nations of the earth.

After many years of riotous liberty, bringing much disgrace upon themselves and their father, the sons of Israel finally begin to show some signs of fruit. When they come before Joseph their hearts are tested, and we see that a change has been taking place. Whereas they had only thought of themselves in days past, bringing sorrow and shame to their father, now they are concerned for their father. We see this concern for their father as the brothers tell Joseph why they cannot bring their youngest brother to Egypt. Yet Joseph persists, and tells them they will not see his face unless they bring him back.

Upon returning to Israel, first Reuben, and then Judah, tell their father that they will become surety for the lad, watching over him, and making sure he returns safely to the father he loves. An awakening to the desires of their father has been occurring. This comes to full view when Judah pleads with Joseph to allow him to be Joseph's slave in place of Benjamin, for he could not bear to see the sorrow that would befall his father. Judah has become so awakened to the heart of his father that he would rather become a slave, and endure suffering himself, than witness the great sorrow of his father.

What a parable this is! Now Judah is ready to submit to slavery in Egypt even as did Joseph, in order to not grieve his father. In the same way, God has been preparing the hearts of some of His sons that they might embrace the suffering of the wilderness in order to no longer grieve their heavenly Father by continuing in a self-centered life of carnal liberty. This is what is about to occur in the church. Many who have been walking in careless liberty, pursuing their own carnal desires while bringing sorrow and shame to their Father, are about to have a change of heart. They are being awakened to the heart of the Father, and will in coming days be faced with a choice of either entering into a wilderness experience to avoid any further grieving of their Father's heart, or they will fall away completely and God will give them over to judgment.

It is only those who show signs of fruitfulness that God prunes. This pruning, as represented in Joseph's life is very difficult. However, those who show no signs of fruitfulness are gathered into bundles and cast into the fire, which is much worse.

John 15:2
"Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit.”

It was necessary for God to bring a Joseph company through their time of pruning before their brothers in order that they might be there to minister salvation to their brothers in the days of their pruning. The pattern is ever "first the natural, then the spiritual." This Joseph Company has stored up the bread of heaven to feed their brothers in a time of famine for the word of God. The spiritual bread that the Joseph Company will feed their brothers in the wilderness will sustain them, resulting in the preservation of many lives.

All those who have been enduring the confinement of slavery in Egypt and confinement in Pharaoh's prison have been acquiring wisdom. As their branches have been pruned away they have driven themselves deeper into the Vine, who is Christ, to draw forth life abundant. It is from this depth of union with Christ that they will bring up treasures old and new in coming days to feed to their brothers who are about to enter a time of great spiritual famine, which coincidentally will occur during a time of great upheaval among the nations.

There are revelations that the Lord has given me in the years of my captivity that will be made known to my brothers in coming days. The greatest thing they will learn, however, is the need to abide in Christ. They will learn that it is the will of God that they be led of the Spirit in all things; that they do nothing of their own initiative. Such a life can only be lived by abiding in the Vine. As we abide in the Vine we draw forth His life into our beings. We receive the mind of Christ, being aware of the will of the Father, and we receive the heart of Christ, desiring only to do that which is pleasing to the Father. As the people of God are pruned they will drive themselves deep into the Vine that they might also come forth as a fruitful bough in their season.

You asked me about the phrase "the writing is on the wall." I think the things you have discerned concerning it are good. You wrote:

I am now seeing that the whole MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN is not only referring to the coming judgment upon America, but is really coming to the Church. Numbered, numbered, weighed, divided speaks of the days being numbered or limited before occurring, being weighed in the balance and found wanting and then division/separation/judgment from God....separation of sheep and goats. By the time the 'writing on the wall' occurred Belshazzar's days were already numbered, he had already been weighed and judgment had been passed. He died that same night.

So, I sense that what is coming has already been written in the books...

I believe what you have heard applies to both the church and the nation. In one sense "the writing is on the wall" is a reference to "Wall" Street. Each word in the quotation (mene mene tekel u-pharsin) is a name of a type of currency (mene - mina; tekel - shekel; u-pharsin - half a mina). This too points to Wall Street which is the center of America’s financial markets. The Spirit of Christ is testifying that America’s currency has been weighed and measured and has been found to be deficient. The dollar will collapse and be replaced by another currency even as the Babylonians were replaced by the Medes and the Persians. The world will turn away from the American dollar, and in doing so the economic collapse of America will be assured.

There is also an application to the church. There is a huge portion of the church in America which has been corrupted by the love of money. This has given rise to a prosperity gospel, and it has been exported around the world until even ministers in Africa are driving around in BMW’s while all around them there are starving people. The World Trade Centers stood on the corner of Church Street and Liberty Street in Manhattan, and this relates directly back to the story of Joseph. The shepherds of the body have used their liberty to pursue mammon, even if they had to sell their brothers into slavery to fill their own pockets. These evil ministers have led the people of God into bondage to debt and bondage to the pleasures of the world, selling their brothers to the merchants even as Joseph was sold to a caravan of merchants going down to Egypt (a symbol of the world).

God has made a judgment that "by the judgment you have judged others, you will be judged," and "by the measure she (Babylon) measured to others she will be paid back double." God is about to make a division between the sheep and the goats. The sheep will go into captivity to be pruned, but the goats will be cast into the fire of judgment.

This is what I see as the meaning of the phrase you have asked about.
[End Letter]

It is not coincidental that Paul Newman died this week-end. The one movie in which he received an Oscar was The Color of Money. This was a sequel to The Hustler, and both movies had as a central theme the love and drive to acquire money. God will judge those who have made money the god of their life. Woe to the preachers of prosperity (hustlers) in coming days. A tragic end awaits you.

Revelation 18:7
To the degree that (they) glorified (themselves) and lived sensuously, to the same degree give (them) torment and mourning...

Recently I was sent a link to an Internet radio broadcast where Rick Wiles of was interviewing Steve Quayle. Steve Quayle has had an Internet and radio ministry of his own for the past 15 years, but closed it down recently at the direction of the Lord. His reasons for doing so were very sobering. Steve Quayle said that the Lord told him that the hour for the watchmen to proclaim the coming judgment was at an end, and it was now time for him to go to the wilderness where God would use him in a new calling as a Joseph to the people of God.

Although I have never followed Steve Quayle’s ministry, and this was the first time I had ever listened to him speak, I was struck by a number of things that were shared on this broadcast. Of course, the most striking thing is that he has suddenly ended a radio ministry that had a considerable following. On his website, it is stated that the site receives 90 million visitors a year. It should grab people’s attention when the watchmen begin to climb down out of their watchtowers to gain a safer place to weather that which is coming.

I want to share part of the transcript of this broadcast with you. You can listen to it in its entirety by going to and clicking on the link for recent radio broadcasts. The date of the interview was 9-24-08.

Rick: Recently Steve Quayle announced to the surprise and shock of his dedicated audience that he was ending his radio broadcast after fifteen years of radio broadcasting and sounding the alarm. He said the Lord told him this is the time to shut it down and to be quiet. I’ve asked Steve to come on the program and tell us what the Lord said to him, why this is happening, what he expects to happen in the near future...

Steve: As you said to your audience, the Lord has impressed upon me, and has been impressing upon me, that the time of His great indignation against the sin of the United States of America can no longer be held back. And he said literally for me to hide myself until His indignation is past. Within 48 hours of getting that message, three other people unknown to me, who listen to my show, basically had contacted me and had given me the word that they had gotten about the impending judgment on the land...

The thing that I think that people need to know in this hour, and these are my closing comments, as I believe it is time to give it to people with no holds barred, is that the people need to get right with Jesus. Preparing is good..., but it was Noah’s faith that preserved him. It was Joseph’s faith that preserved him. Obviously they had actions with their faith. It was the faith of the three magi, the wise men, that sent them on their quest to behold the Son of God and to bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, that Joseph and Mary and Jesus would live on in Egypt...

The point is that we are now in that time period that the people who would scoff, would mock, would snicker, are basically now going to have a giant lump in their throat as they see that their country, the very foundation’s of this country, dissolve before their eyes...

I believe Rick, that between now and December that we are going to go down the tubes so fast; I believe that it is determined, the plan is there, and because America won’t repent, and I don’t know, correct me if I am wrong, but are you hearing anyone in the mainstream churches telling people what is coming to this country?

Rick: Not a word. They are absolutely stone deaf, silent, dumb. They’re not saying a word.

Steve: And see, this is so tragic... A number of years ago on my radio show, and this is critical, I read a prophecy. I get them about once a year. Late at night the Lord says, “Get up and write this down.” And I shared with people that a day would come when no trains would run, no planes would fly, no cars would even run, because there would be no gas. And the Lord said, “tell My people they are too busy for me. I am going to bring their entire country to a standstill, and give them time to reflect where they stand with me in eternity.”

Rick: Steve, I want to go back to your surprise decision to go off the air. Last month, my wife Susan and I were driving..., and you called me on my cell and you told me that you had made the decision to end your radio broadcast... I want to take a few minutes, and I want to probe your mind and your heart... For you to just hang it up, and to announce “no more radio broadcasting, no more warnings, no more sounding the alarm,” tell us what happened. What did the Lord say to you?

Steve: The Lord literally spoke these words to my spirit. “The time of warning has ended.” And He told me that my next place was into the wilderness to help the people of God he will be sending in the wilderness. And He gave me the book of Genesis and the book of Exodus, and especially the first chapters... and the bottom line is that obviously in Joseph’s time the money failed. And He told me that everything we have known in America is going to come to an end. And He said, “Steve, you are going into the wilderness.” I don’t know where that means. He hasn’t told me to leave the country. I don’t know if that means Montana. He hasn’t told me. But He said, “The next phase of your ministry is soon to begin.” And my ministry has been about getting people ready for the end times, but also feeding the people in the end times.

(Steve goes on to share some about his salvation experience, and he says Christ appeared to him in his bedroom and in speaking to Steve, Christ said He had called him to a Joseph ministry.)

Steve: So what I believe the next phase of my life by the grace of God, and thank you for all the intercessors, is to help those who will be running and fleeing for their lives.

Rick: Steve, I’ve told the people that the scariest thing you will ever see are the watchmen packing their tents and moving out. Because when watchmen start packing their tents and leaving, that is the clear warning that the warning is over.

Steve: Thank you for sharing that... The Lord said to me, “For all your words, your silence will speak louder than all your words.”
[End Transcript]

People of God, the Spirit is testifying that there is no time left. Whatever you must do, do quickly. It is an hour to hide one self in the Lord. I was struck by the specific words that Steve Quayle spoke. He said:

The Lord has impressed upon me, and has been impressing upon me, that the time of His great indignation against the sin of the United States of America can no longer be held back. And he said literally for me to hide myself until His indignation is past.

Recently, when the Lord had me speak to a group in Fort Wayne, this was the very word the Spirit gave me to declare. I told those gathered that they needed to be discerning of the Father’s mood, and right now His mood was one of “indignation with the nations.”

Psalms 7:11-13
God is a righteous judge, and a God who has indignation every day. If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready. He has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons; He makes His arrows fiery shafts.

People of God, read carefully the following Psalm, for the Spirit bears witness that it describes PERFECTLY what is coming suddenly to America.

Psalms 78:43-52
When He performed His signs in Egypt, and His marvels in the field of Zoan, and turned their rivers to blood, and their streams, they could not drink. He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them, and frogs which destroyed them. He gave also their crops to the grasshopper, and the product of their labor to the locust. He destroyed their vines with hailstones, and their sycamore trees with frost. He gave over their cattle also to the hailstones, and their herds to bolts of lightning. He sent upon them His burning anger, fury, and indignation, and trouble, a band of destroying angels. He leveled a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, but gave over their life to the plague, and smote all the first-born in Egypt, the first issue of their virility in the tents of Ham. But He led forth His own people like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock...

Let me tell you the Hebrew word that is translated “indignation.” It is zaam (zah-am), and it means “to foam at the mouth.” Can you imagine God being so provoked at the sin of a people that He would foam at the mouth in fury? This is a terrifying thought, but it reveals the intensity of what is coming. This is why the Spirit is testifying to the children of God who grieve over the sin of the church and nation to “hide themselves until His indignation passes by.” It will be a sight to provoke great trembling among the righteous.

Let us continue to pray for mercy, and to listen closely to His voice that we might be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.

May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Preparing for Days of Trouble

Joseph Herrin (09-26-08)

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What is the Spirit speaking to God’s people in regard to preparing for days of economic turmoil, civil unrest, and widespread cataclysms which will soon be upon the nations? There are some specific things Christians should be doing now. In truth, they should have been doing these things all along. The hour is very late, and the opportunity will soon be gone.

Let me begin by sharing a word from David Wilkerson that he sent out with his Times Square Pulpit Series less than two weeks ago. I received this just this morning from a sister in Christ (Thanks Dee Dee). If you are not familiar with David Wilkerson, he is a man whom God has used tremendously as a laborer in the kingdom of God. In 1963 he wrote the book The Cross and the Switchblade, recounting how God directed him to leave a position as pastor of a church in Pennsylvania to minister to prostitutes, gang members, drug addicts, and street people in New York City. David Wilkerson has remained focused upon this mission and is the head pastor at the Times Square Church where a vigorous ministry to the poor and hurting is carried on.

September 15, 2008
Dearly Beloved:

The Psalmist writes, “The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves” (Psalm 93:3).
The floods represent the rising waters of afflictions, the overwhelming crises that are coming on the earth affecting multitudes. This is the flood of unemployment, housing nightmares, ever-growing financial difficulties. We now face a great flood of fear and confusion about what to do to survive the storm.
It tears my heart to have a single mother stop me on the street weeping, “Pastor, what am I going to do? I lost my job, and I may lose my apartment. I have nothing to live on. Where will I go?” Top-level executives are being laid off with no warning. Workers tell me they see bosses crying at their desks, asking, “What will I do? I’m broke. What about my mortgage? I have no benefits.”
Some terrible things are happening, even to some of the godliest believers. I ask God, “Lord, what do I tell them? They are in the flood.” I know these saintly people pray and read God’s Word. Indeed, they have learned to trust the Lord. But now their faith is being tested to the limit.

I get calls from some who are soon to lose everything. I can’t just give these people a pep talk and a few Scriptures and ask them to cheer up. I am not suffering the way they are. I still get paid, and I am not in danger of losing my home.
I ask you, please, hear my heart as I say this: The time is not far away before we all will be deeply affected by the economic flood coming to the whole world. Great trials are ahead for all of us who deeply love the Lord.
Here is what I am led to do by the Holy Spirit. I ask it of my family, all of whom work with the church body. I urge you to pray to see if the Lord is leading you to do the same:
1. No more buying of luxuries. Cut all spending except absolute necessities.
2. Sell every unneeded item. Turn it to cash and give it to ministries to the poor and needy.
3. Downsize as much as possible. Be willing to let it all come to this: “Having food and raiment [covering], let us be therewith content” (1 Timothy 6:8).
4. Build up your faith by reminding the Lord daily of his promises:

“The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever” (Psalm 29:10).

In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness” (Psalm 31:1).

DW:bbm 9.15.08

Please note that David Wilkerson wrote, “Here is what I am led to do by the Holy Spirit.” These are not steps arrived at through human reasoning. Human reasoning would much more likely have directed him to conclude that he needed to store up supplies against the coming tide of woe. Instead, he has heard the Spirit say, “Give away all you can to the poor and needy.”

The kingdom of God is one of great paradoxes. George Warnock in his writing The Feast of Tabernacles ( ), which I highly recommend at this season, has stated:

Let us constantly bear in mind the rules and principles of Christian warfare; namely, that we conquer by yielding, we receive by giving, we overcome by being defeated, and we live by dying. There is no other way except the way of the Cross.

Yes, we receive by giving. Our Lord said,

Luke 6:38
"Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."

Do you want to be sufficiently provided for in days of calamity? The path to receive such a sufficiency from the hand of the Father is to give to others in good measure while you have the opportunity. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.

In the coming days many who were first will be last, and the last will be first. Many who thought only of themselves will find that God gives no thought to them at all. When they cry out in a time of need, God will not hear, for they did not listen to the cry of the poor when they had opportunity. Such a judgment is not my opinion. It is the word of God.

Two years ago the Lord impressed upon me the nearness of the coming judgment and He directed me to proclaim a message of using every opportunity we have now to share abundantly with those in need. You can listen to A Message for the End Times - Compassion’s Silver Lining, at the following link:

Let me share with you some of the Scriptures cited in that message.

Ezekiel 16:49-50
"Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy. Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it.”

America and many other nations have been much like Sodom. They have had great abundance and have become careless in their ease. The church in these nations has turned inward, focused upon the next social gathering, the next entertainment. They have been building their own houses and feathering their own nests while ignoring the plight of the needy all around them. This was the reason for God’s judgment upon Sodom.

Do you suppose that God will act any differently in judging His people among the nations in this hour? If the judgment is coming because of a lack of love manifested toward the poor and needy, do you not think that this neglect should be remedied swiftly before the sword falls across the land? Solomon wrote the following proverb.

Proverbs 21:13
He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be answered.

If you have not been caring for the needs of others around you, then you should tremble at these words knowing that economic collapse is at the very doorstep of the nations. Solomon also wrote:

Proverbs 19:17
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to Yahweh, and He will repay him for his good deed.

Proverbs 28:27
He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.

People of God, these are promises, both positive and negative. If we give to the poor, if we are gracious to those in need, Yahweh will not forget us when we are in need. Let us therefore give generously while we have time, for the hour of our abundance is coming to a close in America. We will have times to share with others in a day of poverty, but let us take this opportunity while we have it and give to those in need.

David Wilkerson stated that the Spirit of Christ had directed him to speak to his family and church to sell everything they did not need, being content with just food and covering. This sounds radical, and indeed it is in a nation that is stamped with a spirit of greed and consumption. Do you not want God to act in a very radical fashion in protecting and caring for you in days ahead? By the measure you mete to others, it will be measured unto you. The apostle Paul instructed Timothy 2,000 years ago with these words:

I Timothy 6:6-8
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

I will assure you that in coming days all of your entertainments will do you no good. All your unnecessary luxury items, the pictures on your walls, the goods that are stuffed in your attic, cluttering your garage, and which fill your closets will be absolutely worthless. Sell them now and do as Christ advised the rich young ruler of His day.

Matthew 19:21
Yahshua said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

One of the chief reasons that God is bringing economic collapse to America is that the Christians in America have had divided hearts. They have loved the world and the things in it when God called them to be devoted to Christ. They have been harlots in their affections when they were espoused to Christ as pure virgins. For this reason God will strip away all the things that compete for their attention. He will reduce them to only food and covering, and lead them to be content with such a condition, having set their love on Christ.

Resident of a tent city in California

If you freely surrender these things for the sake of Christ you will have treasure in heaven, even as Yahshua promised the young ruler. But if you wait for God to strip these things from your hands you will have no reward.

People of God, do not be deceived. Multitudes in the church think that God is pleased by their self-focused lives simply because they take time out on Sunday and Wednesday to go attend a church service, sing a few songs of praise to His name, and participate in the programs of their church. Some whom the church considers especially devoted even fast during the week. This is not what is pleasing to God. Listen to the words of the prophet Isaiah:

Isaiah 58:6-9
Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke? Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked, to cover him; and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you;
The glory of Yahweh will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and Yahweh will answer; You will cry, and He will say, “Here I am.”

Do you want Yahweh to answer your cry in days of calamity? Then do those things He commands here. This is not the Old Covenant Law, this is a word of prophecy revealing the heart of the Father. Lest some should be contentious and ask where such an admonition is in the New Testament, I will provide some clear examples.

Matthew 25:34-40
"Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him,’Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’”

Notice that the sheep and the goats were not separated based upon their confession of Christ. They were separated based upon their actions. Did you clothe the naked? Did you feed the hungry? Did you visit those who were sick and in prison? Did you take the homeless and the stranger into your own house? Did you care for the widow and the orphan? Or was your life focused upon self, self, self? James tells us:

James 2:13
For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

Have you been a channel of mercy, or did you look at the poor and hungry and say, “They probably deserve what they are receiving. Why should I take my hard earned money and share it with one whom I do not know?”

Homeless Street People -Los Angeles

The apostle Paul instructs the church in this way:

Galatians 6:10
So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

Yes, you should especially take care of the needs of those who are Christians, but do not neglect those who are outside the body of Christ. God causes His rain to fall on the just and the unjust. If God shows mercy every day to the wicked, and showers both good and evil alike with His blessings, should we not do the same? Paul said:

Romans 12:20-21
"But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Do you see someone whose life you despise? Do you see one who has given themselves to evil and has set themselves as the enemy of the righteous? Overcome evil with good. What a hammer blow it is to the unrighteous to have one they hate treat them with compassion and kindness. The apostle Paul was merely repeating the instructions of Christ when he gave this counsel.

Matthew 5:43-48
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax-gatherers do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

People of God, the Spirit is testifying that the days ahead are going to be calamitous. Famine will stalk the land that once knew abundance. Grocery store shelves that once were crowded with goods will lie empty.

Such a day happened before in America’s history. Those who had known only the abundance of the roaring twenties were suddenly thrust into the Great Depression. Bread lines were seen in all the major cities, and men and women traveled across the land looking for any kind of work that they might have some food to put in their stomachs and to feed their families. The Spirit is testifying that what is coming to America will be worse than those days.

Natural reason would suggest that the proper course of action would be to hold onto what you have, to hoard up what you are able against a day of calamity. The kingdom of God operates on different principles. We are aliens and strangers in this world, and our operating principles should seem alien and strange to those in the world.

For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it... (Matthew 16:25)

Whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it. (Matthew 16:25)

If you are living according to the flesh, you must die... (Romans 8:13)

If by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
(Romans 8:13)

Give, and it will be given to you... (Luke 6:38)

These are the principles of the Kingdom of God. God will have a people who live according to His principles before the return of His Son. It will take a great and terrible shaking to lead many of His children out of the world’s embrace. However, you need not wait. There will be treasure in heaven for all those who freely give up the things of this world while it is in their power to do so.

Mark 10:29-31
Yahshua said, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel's sake, but that he shall receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first, will be last; and the last, first."

Luke 14:33
So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.

The early church in Jerusalem knew the joy and freedom of giving up their possessions. The Spirit of grace was upon them in abundance. They were held in high esteem by the people around them. How different this is from the church today.

Acts 4:32-35
And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own; but all things were common property to them. And with great power the apostles were giving witness to the resurrection of the Lord Yahshua, and abundant grace was upon them all. For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales, and lay them at the apostles' feet; and they would be distributed to each, as any had need.

This is the fulfillment of the royal law. Will not the Father act shower great grace upon all who fulfill this kingdom principle? I tell you, He will. In days ahead all His people will need His favor and grace. I urge you to act quickly that you might know His favor in days of need.

May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Feast of Tabernacles

Joseph Herrin (09-25-08)

These are extraordinary days, and I have a growing witness that extraordinary things in the spiritual realm are about to occur. On September 30th at sundown the Feast of Trumpets will begin. This is the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles, which will conclude on October 20th. I have had thoughts for some months now that this Feast of Tabernacles would be very significant, and with additional witnesses I have been receiving in recent days these thoughts have been taking on a very remarkable quality. Some things seem almost incomprehensible before we see them fulfilled.

Consider how difficult it would have been to believe that the Son of God would be born to a young Jewish virgin 2,000 years ago. Even though this event had been prophesied in numerous Scriptures, and was established in the testimony of the heavens, until it happened, it would surely have taxed the imagination of the most righteous saints to believe they would see it in their day. Mary’s attitude was rare indeed, when she heard the angel proclaim to her what would shortly occur. Having heard the angel proclaim things that many would view as impossible, she believed.

Luke 1:37-38
"For nothing will be impossible with God." And Mary said, "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

People of God, the Feast of Tabernacles points to events occurring in the church that are equally astonishing. What if they were to occur in your lifetime? Would you have faith to believe? I want to share with you the thoughts that have been filling my mind concerning this matter.

Back in April the Spirit began revealing to me the events that must shortly take place. If you read the posts on the Parables Blog for the month of April, 2008 you will find those things the Spirit spoke to me at that time. The Spirit revealed to me that a wilderness experience was coming to the people of God. He gave me understanding of an experience I had some years earlier where I spent two forty day periods camping in the wilderness in a tent. He showed me that even as Moses spent two forty year periods in the wilderness, so it was appointed to a body of chosen believers at this time to experience something similar.

Moses’ first forty years in the wilderness commenced at the age of forty and it was for his own humbling and testing and preparation to be a vessel God could use. His second forty year period commenced at the age of eighty and was for the purpose of leading God’s people through a similar experience. Although Moses was with the people during this second forty year period, his experience was very different from their own.

Moses spoke to God face to face, whereas the people were afraid of God and asked God to speak to them through Moses. Moses ascended the mountain into God’s presence while the rest of God’s people were warned to stay away from the mountain. Moses face glowed with the glory of God from being in His presence, but not so with the other people of God. Moses would go daily to the tent of meeting which was pitched outside the camp, and the people would watch him go, and wait for his return.

Exodus 33:8-11
And it came about, whenever Moses went out to the tent, that all the people would arise and stand, each at the entrance of his tent, and gaze after Moses until he entered the tent. And it came about, whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; and Yahweh would speak with Moses. When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would arise and worship, each at the entrance of his tent. Thus Yahweh used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.

The Lord used the example of Moses to speak to me of what is coming. He testified that He has been preparing a group of overcoming saints after the spirit of Moses to lead His people through a wilderness experience. I have been in this wilderness experience for many years as the Lord has dealt with my flesh, and worked to humble me and to make me know that man’s abilities are worthless in accomplishing His work. He has worked to bring me to an end of my own works, that I might look to Him to accomplish all things.

The Spirit has indicated that I, and many others who have been being prepared for this day, will be used as guides for the people of God who must undergo the same wilderness experiences I have passed through. As I have contemplated this I have recognized that God must surely do something in my life to enable me to carry forth such a task. Even as Moses met Yahweh at the burning bush and confessed that he could not even speak, I too confess that there is nothing in me to enable me to carry forth the will of God for such a monumental task as that which lies ahead.

Moses was able to speak to God face to face, and I have pleaded with God for the same opportunity. If I do not enter beyond the veil of this present fleshly limitation to perceive His mind and thoughts with a far greater clarity than I have known, I will be unable to stand in such a calling. We are told that the people saw the acts of God, but Moses knew Yahweh’s ways. In order to accomplish the task to which they are called, those who will be guides for the people of God in coming days must of necessity have a greater access into the presence of God than they have known.

Moses also relied upon the supernatural in order to care for the people of God in the wilderness. He prayed and God gave them manna from heaven and water from the rock. With his staff Moses saw the waters part, and close again to destroy the enemies of Israel. Apart from the supernatural power of God manifested in behalf of His people, it will be impossible to survive the coming days. God testified to me over a decade ago that we would see once more His power manifested in this earth as it was in the days of Moses.

This past April God also spoke to me through the type of Joseph. Joseph stands also a type of those who will shepherd the people of God through a wilderness experience. Joseph was sent ahead of his brethren into Egypt to experience difficulties and sorrows. He too was humbled and prepared for a coming day when his people would be in great need. At the right moment God called Joseph out of Pharaoh’s dungeons and elevated him to a position of great authority. Even as Moses had access to God’s presence, so Joseph had access to the presence of Pharaoh. When his brothers came to Egypt they did not have the same freedom or authority. Even as Moses fed the people manna in the wilderness, so Joseph fed the people grain that he had stored up in Egypt. Even as Moses understood the ways of God, so too did Joseph manifest a divine wisdom that so impressed Pharaoh that he made Joseph second ruler in the land.

I have been praying and conversing with my heavenly Father about these things. I have asked Him to not send me forth on such a great assignment as He has been indicating is coming without granting me the same authority and wisdom and Presence that these men knew. Well do I know my weakness, and I tremble at the thought of taking a single step without the Lord. I have no might nor power, but look to His strength and wisdom to accomplish these things which must shortly take place.

As I have seen world events marching ever closer to a time when the people of God must surely enter into a wilderness experience, I have looked for God to equip those who would be guides to His people. I have been brought to consider the significance of the Feast of Tabernacles, and what it portends for coming days.

It was at the Feast of Tabernacles that the Son of God was born approximately 2,000 years ago. His name was Immanuel, God with us, and Tabernacles is a picture of God dwelling with man in fulness. It is prophesied in Scripture that a day will come when the sons of God will enter into the fulness of Tabernacles. As of this time they have only known an in-part experience of tabernacling with God, the people of God have been in a Pentecost experience, but have not entered Tabernacles. They have known in part, and seen in part, and been granted a measure of the Spirit. Tabernacles points to a much fuller and richer habitation with Yahweh for the sons of God.

As I have considered the approaching days when the people of God must go into the wilderness, the Spirit has repeatedly drawn my attention to Revelations chapter 12. Just two days ago a sister in Christ wrote to me and asked me for my understanding of this passage. I sensed then, as I have often in recent days, that it was the Spirit drawing my attention to this passage. I wrote to her the following:

Dear Sister J.,

You wrote:

What is your interpretation of Revelation chapter 12?

I see the man child being born as representing the overcoming sons of God that must come forth to rule and reign with Christ at the end of the age. These are born by the woman, who is the church. The man child being caught up to the throne speaks of authority being granted to rule and reign. It speaks of an intimacy with Christ. I see in type Joseph who was brought out of the prison house to rule in one day, after having suffered many things while his brothers were living lives of ease and pleasure.

Those who will be a part of the man child will be those who have submitted to the discipline and constraints of the Father while their brethren were living as free men, doing whatever their souls desired. Moses is also a type of this man child in that he ascended the mountain and spoke with God face to face.

The woman is a picture of the church who have not submitted to the discipline and constraint of the Spirit, but have been using their liberty to do as they please. These must go into a wilderness experience to be refined and tested. This experience is near at hand. The man child will also go into the wilderness, though it is pictured as having been caught up to the throne.

Being caught up to the throne does not speak of being raptured out of this earth, rather it is a symbol of the authority and intimacy given to these overcoming sons. Even as Joseph remained in Egypt and made a provision for his brethren when they came to Egypt, so the man child will be present to watch over their brethren. Even as Moses was in the wilderness with the people of God, guiding them, declaring to them the mind of the Father, so too will the man child guide the woman who flees into the wilderness.

Yet even as Joseph and Moses had an altogether different experience from their brethren in Egypt and the wilderness, the man child and the woman, though together, will have different experiences. Joseph was able to go freely into Pharaoh's presence, and Moses was able to go freely into the presence of God, but the rest could not do so. Joseph's glory in Egypt was far greater than his brothers, and Moses' face shown with the glory of God when he came down from the mountain, and this speaks of a greater glory resting upon the man child than the woman.

Yet even as Joseph's brothers had a provision in Egypt, and the children of Israel had a provision in the wilderness, God will have a provision for the church in her wilderness experience.

This period will be for the testing of the church, and for the removal of all that lingers of the world. In the wilderness the church will learn to look to God for everything, leaning on Him, and no longer looking to be provided for in their own strength.
[End excerpt]

Yesterday another sister in Christ wrote to me asking me if I had any teachings on the feasts of Yahweh. I knew again that the Spirit was directing my attention in this direction. This sister also shared a dream she had of tents arranged in an orderly fashion in a wilderness, and the people of God dwelling in the tents. I wrote to her to following.

Dear L.,

Thank you for writing and sharing your encouraging words. You wrote:

Have you ever taught on passover, Pentecost and tabernacles. Have you placed in his word the type and shadows relating to now..... I am identifying with passover and Pentecost but not sure yet on Tabernacles.

Yes, I have written about them. Most recently in the book Christ in You - The Hope of Glory. I will provide a link to the specific chapter that speaks of these three feasts, and their application to the lives of the saints:

There are other applications of these three feasts, for they contain instruction on many levels. Tabernacles is the only feast to not yet have been fulfilled in the church. It points to a day when God and man will dwell together in a deep communion, having come out of their old dwellings (the sinful flesh) to dwell in a new tabernacle (the body Christ has gone to prepare for His saints). No longer will sin mar the fellowship between God and man when they tabernacle together.

We see this in perfect type when the Israelites would go outside their normal dwellings and dwell in a new dwelling during the Feast of Booths. The fulfillment of Tabernacles is spoken of by Paul in the following words:

I Corinthians 15:52-54
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.

Note that this will occur when the trumpet is sounded. The Feast of Tabernacles begins with the Feast of Trumpets, which will fall on September 30th, less than a week from now. Tabernacles is a symbol of receiving a new body, a new dwelling place, wherein we will know pure fellowship with God.

In your dream you saw the tabernacles arrayed in the wilderness. This is also part of the message. Israel had to leave their homes in Egypt (a symbol for the world) in order to go into the wilderness to dwell in tents. In the wilderness God gave Moses very detailed plans for how each tribe was to be arranged, with the Tabernacle in the midst of all. Each tribe and family had a specific place to camp. This is a picture of God setting His people in order through wilderness experiences. When the church goes into a wilderness experience in coming days, Yahweh will set His people in order. They will learn to tabernacle with Him, having come out of the world. Yahweh's people have been too much in the world and this has kept them from knowing Him intimately. As severe as the coming days will seem, they will be for the purpose of bringing the people of God to a place of daily communion with God who created them to be a house of prayer.

It is to be noted that in your dream there is also a shofar being blown, for the Feast of Booths begins with the Feast of Trumpets.
[End Excerpt]

People of God, the Spirit of Christ has been bringing together in my mind the relationship between the Feast of Tabernacles and the birth of the man child portrayed in Revelations chapter 12. Let me include a portion from that passage.

Revelation 12:1-6
And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth... And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child. And she gave birth to a son, a man child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she might be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

The Spirit is testifying that the church must go into the wilderness at this time. As we examine this passage we see that before she does, she must give birth to a man child who is caught up to the throne of God. I believe this points to the overcomers who come out of the church. They must receive authority and access to the throne of God prior to the woman going into the wilderness. They will then fulfill the type of Joseph and Moses by caring for the woman who flees to the wilderness.

Bob Wadsworth who has a website on Biblical Astronomy, has shared that this sign in the heavens is a very real sign. The woman is Virgo (the virgin), whom the Hebrews call Bethulah. There are indeed twelve stars above her head, and at certain times the Sun will arise in the area of her womb, and the moon will be under her feet. A brother in Christ wrote to me a few weeks back and asked if I had heard about this sign in the heavens occurring this year during the Feast of Tabernacles. I looked into it and came across Bob Wadsworth’s teaching on this. He said this sign occurs only at Tabernacles when the Feast falls late in the year, as it does this year. He said that the sign occurred over Jerusalem at the time of the birth of Christ, and will occur again this year.

There is some debate as to whether this is actually the sign of Revelation 12, and the sign announcing the birth of Christ, yet as it is a possibility I am speaking of it here. Bob wrote:

The sign of the woman clothed with the sun and the moon beneath her feet occurs about every 2 to 3 years as seen from Jerusalem. There have been arguments on whether the moon is below her feet in the constellation as pictured, in which case the moon will actually be above her feet as she is setting looking up from the horizon. Others argue that the moon is between the horizon and her feet for the moon to be below her feet. I believe either could be correct. This now occurs on Tishri 1 only when the feast is late in the year, from late September to early October.

At the time Y'shua walked on the earth, this occurred almost entirely every Tishri 1 when the sign occurred.
This sign will occur on Tishri 1, October 1, 2008. The moon will be in the exact same position as it was when Y'shua was born on that date. It will be near that position as well on September 29, 2011 (all as seen from Jerusalem). It will not occur in 2012 as seen from Jerusalem. It occurs every year as seen from various locations on Earth, but only every 2 to 3 years as seen from Jerusalem, and rarely on Tishri 1 as seen from Jerusalem (perhaps 20 times per century). It is unusual for them to be three years apart as shown below. Below are three charts. The first chart for September 11, 3 BC Julian date, when Y'shua was born, the second is from October 1, 2008 and the third is from September 29, 2011. In all charts the moon is seen below her feet and above the horizon as the constellation is setting.

September 11, 3 BC

October 1, 2008

I have no sure word from the Lord on this sign in the heavens, but I have a greater witness regarding the sign that occurred in the constellation Bootes back in March.

According to NASA’s website, a gamma ray burst aimed directly at the earth erupted from the Constellation Bootes on March 19, 2008. NASA reported that it was the most intrinsically bright event ever recorded in the heavens, eclipsing all other gamma ray bursts by more than a million times. This was a huge heavenly event.

Bootes is one of three decans in the constellation Virgo. Bootes means “The Coming One.” From the virgin in the heavens we see a man coming and he has a scythe in one hand, the ancient instrument of cutting grass. The Lord has testified that the coming wilderness experience will be for the purpose of removing flesh from His people.

Isaiah 40:6-7
A voice says, "Call out." Then he answered, "What shall I call out?" All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of Yahweh blows upon it; surely the people are grass.

Back in 1999 the Lord spoke to me and revealed that He had chosen me to be a cutter of grass, but first He had to cut the grass in my life. What I believe this sign is testifying is that Christ is coming. He is coming in His people, and He will use a prepared group of His people to remove flesh from the body of Christ.

II Thessalonians 1:9-10
And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified IN HIS SAINTS on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed...

It may seem incredible that we could see the day accomplished when the church will give birth to a man child. Yet there have been signs in the heavens and upon the earth that are pointing to such an event. Recently I wrote about the sign of three named tropical storms that are related to barren women in the Bible giving birth to male sons, pictures of the man child. Following is an excerpt from that writing.

Hanna - Ike - Josephine

What do all of these hurricanes have in common? Their names are all derived from Biblical characters who are associated with stories of barren women giving birth to extraordinary sons.

The Bible contains a number of historical accounts of women who were barren. Being childless was a tremendous stigma in ancient ages, much more so than it is today. The Bible recounts the great distress of those who longed to bear children, and we can be assured that no testimony of Scripture is without great significance. God both ordered the details of individuals’ lives and selected which stories to record for our benefit...

Sarah, Rachel and Hannah are all symbols of a barren church that must bring forth children. Various truths can be seen in each of their lives. In Sarah we observe that it is in the church’s old age that she brings forth a son. In Rachel we see that in a time of sorrow, of great birth pangs, her sons must come forth. In Hannah we see that these sons... will be God’s unique possession.

In recent years God has placed signs in the heavens and upon the earth that a time of great birth pangs is at hand. God’s has witnessed through signs and wonders that great distress is coming to the nations and that America will fall. Can we not therefore understand that the message found in these three witnesses, these tropical storms that all relate to barren women, are declaring once more that it is time for the church to bring forth children? And if the time has come, then the church must go through pain and sorrow, yet her desire will be for her Husband...

People of God, even as these storms bring with them destruction and calamity, they bring forth the promise that a son of power, a son after the image and likeness of God, will come forth. Let us look up with hope, for even as we can watch the progression of these storms we can know that those things God has promised to be accomplished in these last days will be performed.
[End Excerpt]

People of God, as I have been pondering these things, I have been staggered at the thought that it could possibly be the time for the man child to come forth and the church to flee into the wilderness. Yet there must be a time when it does occur. Why not now? Will not our imaginations always be staggered when they seek to comprehend such things?

Yesterday a sister from California wrote to me and suggested that I listen to David Eells broadcast that evening. Her reason for suggesting it was entirely unrelated to the things being discussed here. I have never before listened to a live broadcast from Unleavened Bread Ministries, but I sensed that the Lord would have me do so last night. How amazed I was when I found that the topic was not what this woman had told me (the collapse of banking), but it was the very things I am revealing to you here in this writing.

I cannot express to you my amazement that every detail I have shared in this writing was discussed in some form on the UBM broadcast last night. David Eells spoke of Samuel, Isaac, and Joseph being types of the man child, though he made no mention of the tropical storms that recently bore reference to them. He spoke of Revelation 12 and the Feast of Tabernacles, and the church going into the wilderness, drawing all these diverse themes together even as the Spirit has been doing in my thoughts.

Just prior to the program I had been on the phone with my brother in Christ, Randy Simmons, and I had shared these thoughts with him. I was wondering if perhaps I was reaching too far in making these connections. I told Randy I needed to end the conversation so I could go listen to David Eells broadcast, having no inkling that he would be speaking on the same topic. I highly recommend that you listen to this broadcast, which has been archived.

After an interview with a woman named Antoinette, which occupies about the first 30 minutes of the broadcast, David begins speaking about the Feast of Tabernacles.

I knew God had ordered my steps. People, we live in awesome days. As I listened to David speak of Joseph being brought out of the dungeon suddenly to stand before Pharaoh, the thought quickened in my mind that at this very moment I am residing in the basement of the house of some friends. Will God call for these sons at this time from their dungeons to receive heavenly authority and to enter in behind the veil to know His thoughts and ways as never before?

I considered the parable of the seed being sown into the ground to die, that it might come forth bearing much fruit. God has led a group of sons to such experiences in this hour. They have been dying daily on a cross God chose for them. Joseph and Moses continue the type perfectly. Joseph went down to Egypt, sold as a slave, and ended up in Pharaoh’s dungeon. When God had prophesied promotion, Joseph met with demotion. The seed has to fall into the ground and die before it can bear fruit. Moses likewise had to go out to the barren wilderness for forty years to die to all the ways of Egypt. He had to die to all confidence in the flesh. Then God was able to bring him back up and use him in power and glory.

People of God, I cannot say definitively that the man child will be caught up to the throne of God during this coming Feast of Tabernacles. I still see through a glass darkly. But I know these things must occur some time soon. Let us have a spirit of expectation. Surely God must have a prepared group of sons to lead His people through the wilderness. If not during the Feast of Tabernacles, these things must occur soon. I know this is one Joseph who is looking with anticipation from his dungeon. Yahweh has promised promotion. His promises cannot fail.

May Yahweh bless you with peace and understanding in these days.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Blowing the Trumpet

Joseph Herrin

Note: I plan on continuing the series Deconstructing Babylon, but things are happening so rapidly in the news that I deem it necessary to get this information out at this time. The plans of evil men are progressing quickly, and calamity is drawing ever closer to an unsuspecting people.

Ezekiel 33:2-4
If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman; and he sees the sword coming upon the land, and he blows on the trumpet and warns the people, then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head.

Daily I have been praying that the Lord might reveal to me what is coming upon this earth that I might warn His people. He has been faithful to show me many things. I receive news items from an assortment of people who are inspired to share with me. As I look at these things I observe patterns of behavior among wicked men, and I am led to share these things with the people of God. As a watchman, I must tell you that I see the sword coming quickly upon an unsuspecting people.

God uses wicked men to bring judgment to a disobedient people. Ultimately it is Yahweh who is bringing the sword upon the land, for He must judge the sin of His people. He must turn His own household back to righteousness, and He has determined to bring forth a purified remnant through days of great calamity.

Look at the Scripture from Ezekiel quoted above. It begins, “If I bring a sword upon a land...” It is Yahweh who is speaking. Yet even though He is the One bringing the sword upon the land, He requires it of the watchmen that they sound a warning. If they sound the warning and the people take heed, they are preserved. If they do not heed, their blood is upon their heads. If the watchmen do not sound the warning, the blood of the people is on the watchmen’s heads.

How will you prepare for the things that are coming? Although there may be some practical thing the Lord directs you to do, as He has already been speaking to many, the greatest preparation is that of the heart. Judgment is coming upon America and the nations due to sin and pride. Sin and pride must be turned away from.

Zephaniah 2:3
Seek Yahweh, all you humble of the earth who have carried out His ordinances; Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden in the day of the Lord's anger.

Seek Yahweh. Seek Righteousness. Seek humility.

You must be hearing and obeying the voice of Yahweh in order to be hidden in the days ahead. If you are not, your blood is upon your own head.

There is much evil being carried forth by cunning men at this hour. Satan is the source of their inspiration, for he is the ruler of this fallen world system. The whole world lies in the power of the evil one, and his power is manifested in deception.

Some have suggested that I am a conspiracy theorist. Such a charge is intended as an insult, but it reveals the naivete of the one making the accusation. The word conspiracy is defined in the following way:

A secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful.

The United States government said that the events of September 11, 2001 were carried out by a group named Al Qaida. The President and his staff have assured us that this group formulated a secret plan to inflict great harm upon America by flying airplanes into strategic locations. By definition this is a conspiracy theory, for it includes a secret plan, a group, and an unlawful and harmful act. Every person in this world that has accepted the government’s version of the events of 911 is by definition “a conspiracy theorist.”

If you believe a secret plan was carried out by a group to inflict harm to America on 911, then you are a conspiracy theorist! Congratulations. You have just joined a group that includes every other person on earth who has formed a thought about this event.

There are many who have challenged the government’s conspiracy theory. Many have suggested that there was indeed a secret plan by a group to do something harmful or unlawful, but they have identified a different group as being responsible. Some have suggested that there is a group of people who are seeking to bring forth a new world order, an order that is prophesied in Scripture to arise in the last days. This group have become Satan’s pawns to bring all the nations together into a single world government where he will be worshiped, and he will rule over all.

In order to accomplish their plans of a one world government they have deemed it necessary to destroy the strength of sovereign nations, and to inflict such carnage and chaos upon the world that all men will cry out for peace and safety. They deem it needful to lead the world into a third world war, and to bring about a complete collapse of the world financial systems.

Bit by bit these conspirators, the wealthy men of the world and those in league with them, are carrying forth a plan that is as brutal as it is cunning. The Scriptures testify that Satan comes only to “kill, steal and destroy.” It should be no surprise then that those men who are fulfilling his plans also have the same methods and aims.

In recent blog postings I have urged the people of God to put off all naivete and to practice the command of Christ to be “as wise as serpents, but as innocent (harmless) as doves.” I have urged them with Christ’s words to “beware of men.” If you are unaware of the great evil all around you, your ignorance is not reason for praise. It will very likely lead to you being caught in the snare of evil men. There are many admonitions for the Christian to be wary, and wise, concerning those things being done by men outside the church.

II Corinthians 11:14-15
For even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness...

I Corinthians 14:20
Brethren, do not be children in your thinking...

Colossians 4:5
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders...

Philippians 3:2
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision...

We would be foolish to think these words have no relevance to the Christian today. Men have not grown better with time. Indeed, the days are darker than ever before. Evil deeds are more rampant. Deception and cunning are everywhere. The apostle Paul was one who was familiar with the conspiracies of men.

Acts 23:12-14
And when it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. And there were more than forty who formed this plot.

II Timothy 4:14-15
Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Be on guard against him yourself...

I have recently shared with a few individuals a number of links to articles and videos that discuss some of the evil works being accomplished in this hour. Some upon hearing of these things have dismissed them before examining them, saying they do not believe they could possibly be true. In failing to examine all things carefully they are themselves erring, and will reap the consequences of their error.

Proverbs 18:13
He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.

If you have formed your opinion of events based upon what you hear reported by the government and the news media, then you have heard only one side of the matter. If you do not think the government and the media have a personal agenda, and if you do not believe they would purposely deceive the masses, then you are very naive. It is always wise to examine alternative testimonies before forming a judgment.

Proverbs 18:17
The first to plead his case seems just, until another comes and examines him.

Following are a number of witnesses whose testimony runs counter to that of the government and media. If you have not heard them, then it is folly and shame to speak a judgment of them. It would be well worth your time to spend a few hours and review each of these witnesses carefully.

911 - The Myth and the Reality (David Ray Griffin)

Video: Loose Change

Video: 911 Blueprint for Truth (Architects and Engineers)

Note: Senator Max Cleland of Georgia, my home state, was originally on the 911 Commission. Senator Cleland criticized the leadership of the 911 Commission after the other members cut a deal to accept highly limited access to CIA reports to the White House that may indicate advance knowledge of the attacks on the part of the Bush administration. "This is a scam," Cleland said. "It's disgusting. America is being cheated."

Senator Cleland is a disabled army veteran of the Viet Nam War. He lost both legs and his right forearm when a grenade popped off another soldier’s vest when exiting a helicopter.

"As each day goes by," Cleland said, "we learn that this government knew a whole lot more about these terrorists before September 11 than it has ever admitted.... Let's chase this rabbit into the ground. They had a plan to go to war and when 9/11 happened that's what they did; they went to war.”

Video: The Truth and Lies of 911 (Michael Ruppert)

People of God, I share these things with you not to get you to go out and protest the corruption of government. It is not our place to judge those outside the church. I share these things in order to lead you to a world view where you truly understand that this present world system is the kingdom of darkness. In understanding this, perhaps your eyes will be opened to the deceit everywhere around you, and you will cease embracing wicked men, and putting your hopes in the arm of the flesh to bring about change.

If you have not read the following writings, and want to have a more Biblical perspective of these world events, I would recommend the following writings to you which I have posted to the Heart4God website. They are truly eye opening.

Freemasonry, The Spirit of Babylon

Black Oil Anointing

As you discover the truth, you will find that the words of Solomon are very true today.

Ecclesiastes 1:18
For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

When all the illusions of this fallen world system are stripped away, and the cunning and deceit of sinful men is laid bare, there is grief and sorrow. Yet we have a magnificent hope that a day is coming quickly when God will judge the nations and establish the rule of His Son upon the earth. Before this occurs, however, great darkness will cover the people of this earth, a darkness deeper than has ever been known before.

Isaiah 60:2
“For behold, darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples; but Yahweh will rise upon you, and His glory will appear upon you.”

At this moment there is before the United States Congress the issue of granting the Treasury Department authority to establish control over the entire financial system of America. A bailout approaching a trillion dollars is being discussed and is being hastily rushed through. There is a pattern that is prevalent with those who are seeking power over this world system. They create crises and then propose solutions that bring them closer to their goals.

The financial destruction of the American economy has been purposely engineered. With each new crisis the powers of the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department are increased. The purpose of these events is all about control. If you read the proposals that are set forth before the Congress at this very moment, one cannot escape the fact that absolute control of the nation’s money system is that which is in focus. Section 8 of the proposed legislation titled “Legislative Proposal for Treasury Authority to Purchase Mortgage Related Assets” includes the following words:

Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.

Wow! Absolute power is being asked for, and all of it is justified under the ruse of averting a complete meltdown of the financial sector that this same agency helped to engineer. This legislation includes the following clause.

(3) designating financial institutions as financial agents of the Government, and they shall perform all such reasonable duties related to this Act as financial agents of the Government as may be required of them.

In one fell swoop, every bank, insurance company, or other institution that the Government relieves of their toxic debt will become an agent of the government.

Market Ticker's Karl Denninger stated:

This is the de facto nationalization of the entire banking, insurance and related financial system..That's right - every bank and other financial institution in the United States has just become a de-facto organ of the United States Government, if Hank Paulson thinks they should be, and he may order them to do virtually anything that he claims is in furtherance of this act.....

In the writing The Enslavement of America (, I spoke of the steps that have been taken to gain an authoritarian control over the lives of the entire population. That mass resistance will occur at some point as the people finally realize what is happening is inevitable. In preparation for such outbreaks, President George W. Bush has altered a number of laws and constitutional provisions during his time in office. I will include a section from that article.

Any person who has been watching the trends in the changes made to the constitution and laws of America in recent years should be alarmed. The changes to the bankruptcy laws were only one of many ominous changes. The Military Commissions Act of 2006 was another step toward establishing draconian rule over the citizens of America. This act, which the President assured Americans would never be used against citizens, strips away all constitutional protections from those who are declared to be enemies of the government, or those who aid and abet these enemies in any way.

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 was passed for the following stated purpose. “To authorize trial by military commission for violations of the law of war, and for other purposes.” The Act uses the term 'unlawful enemy combatant' which it defines as “a person who has engaged in hostilities or who has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States...” Although the President assured Americans it would never be used against citizens, Congress has since ruled that the measures apply to all who are defined as ‘unlawful enemy combatants,’ and this includes citizens as well as aliens.

The Military Commissions Act denies the right of habeas corpus to all who are thus designated. This means that a person can be held indefinitely without charges, and without trial. This is currently being done in American military prisons such as the one at Guantanamo where many Iraqis and some foreign nationals have been held for years. Of all those held, some for as long as five years, only a few have received trials. Jose Padilla was an American citizen who was held in this fashion for three years before he was brought to trial. Padilla contends that during this time he was subjected to sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation and stress positions, all of which would never be permitted to occur to an American citizen under imprisonment carried forth with constitutional protections.

In 2007 the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act included a section tiled “Use of Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies.” This act provides for the use of United States Armed Forces to be used on American soil against American citizens. According to Wikipedia, this act declares the following:

The President may employ the armed forces to restore public order in any State of the United States the President determines hinders the execution of laws or deprives people of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law or opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws.

This recent act lays aside the Posse Comitatus Act which forbid the use of the military in actions against U.S. citizens. Posse Comitatus had been the Law in the United States since 1878. Prior to this law change it required an act of Congress in order for such military use, but now this power has been granted to the President.

Just after the events of 911 (September 11, 2001), the Patriot Act was rushed through Congress. This dramatically eroded the protections of citizens from being spied upon by the U.S. government. In each case, these acts have been rushed through speedily, often without the members of Congress even having taken time to read them. The justification given each time has been that these powers are needed in order for the President to protect American citizens from terrorists. This constant fearmongering has been the ruse utilized to change the laws of the nation in preparation for actions which will be taken in days soon approaching.
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Today I was made aware of news that should be viewed by those who have had their eyes sufficiently opened, as a sign of calamitous days ahead for the citizens of America. For the first time in the nation’s history, an entire army brigade is being positioned on U.S. soil to be used against Americans in the advent of a terrorist event, or civil unrest. This battalion is to be placed under Federal jurisdiction beginning October 1st, which means the President and the Department of Homeland Security will have their own military force in place in readiness for what is soon to occur. I will quote from the publication Army Times.

Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1
By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Sep 8, 2008 6:15:06 EDT

The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.

Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.

Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks...

This new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.

After 1st BCT finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one.

“Right now, the response force requirement will be an enduring mission. How the [Defense Department] chooses to source that and whether or not they continue to assign them to NorthCom, that could change in the future,” said Army Col. Louis Vogler, chief of NorthCom future operations. “Now, the plan is to assign a force every year...”

They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.

Training for homeland scenarios has already begun at Fort Stewart...

The 1st BCT’s soldiers also will learn how to use “the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded,” 1st BCT commander Col. Roger Cloutier said, referring to crowd and traffic control equipment and nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them.

“It’s a new modular package of nonlethal capabilities that they’re fielding. They’ve been using pieces of it in Iraq, but this is the first time that these modules were consolidated and this package fielded, and because of this mission we’re undertaking we were the first to get it.”

The package includes equipment to stand up a hasty road block; spike strips for slowing, stopping or controlling traffic; shields and batons; and, beanbag bullets...

I can’t think of a more noble mission than this,” said Cloutier, who took command in July. “We’ve been all over the world during this time of conflict, but now our mission is to take care of citizens at home... and depending on where an event occurred, you’re going home to take care of your home town, your loved ones...”

I don’t know what America’s overall plan is — I just know that 24 hours a day, seven days a week, there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines that are standing by to come and help if they’re called,” Cloutier said. “It makes me feel good as an American to know that my country has dedicated a force to come in and help the people at home.”

This “help” includes how to set-up roadblocks; how to use new non-lethal technologies to subdue America’s citizens; crowd control, dealing with civil unrest, and other similar duties. What is described does not sound as innocent and beneficial to the citizens of America as it is being portrayed. It sounds like someone is anticipating widespread civil unrest and they are positioning their forces ahead of time to be able to establish control.

People of God, these are exceptional events that have never occurred before. We are exhorted to be as wise as serpents, yet as harmless as doves. Seek God to know what He would have you to do in preparation for the days ahead. What will you do when the country collapses into chaos, the grocery stores are emptied in one hour, the gas stations are all empty, rioting erupts in all the cities, and martial law is imposed complete with crowd control and roadblocks?

It will be impossible to make enough physical provision to get you through the coming days. Israel carried all they could when they departed Egypt, but three days into the wilderness the food they had brought was gone. Then they had to look to God. He had a provision for them, and He will have a provision for His people in coming days. Yet it was required of all Israel that they remain close to God. They had to follow the pillar of fire by night and the cloud by day. We too will need to follow closely in days ahead. In His presence is safety and provision. All God’s children should be seeking His face. They should be hearing His voice and heeding His direction.

Above all, seek humility, seek righteousness that perhaps you might be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.

May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.

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