Joseph Herrin (05-03-09)
When I contemplated camping and catching up on some writing I had no idea the Father would have me write this series titled Herding Swine into the Arms of the Beast System. I had many other things upon my heart to write about, but I have sensed that I must first complete this series of writings as the Spirit has some very important things to declare to His remnant in this hour. Yahweh would have His people to walk in understanding of the days they are living in. The following admonition comes to mind.
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men...”
Some months back a brother sent me a writing that spoke of the way in which wild pigs are trapped. Feed is put out in a certain area in order to establish the habit among the swine of going to the same place to look for food. Then one wall of a pen is constructed. The swine will be suspicious and may not go back for a day or two, but eventually the lure of free food will bring them back. Later the second wall of the pen will be put up, and the process will be repeated until all four walls are constructed with only a gate left open.
The pigs will eventually begin entering the fully constructed pen, and then when they are all inside the gate will be shut and the wild pigs will then be captive.
Yahweh teaches us many things through the parables of the beasts He has created. The relationship between God and man is often pictured as that of a Shepherd with His sheep. Sheep willingly follow the voice of THEIR shepherd, and they will not follow the voice of another.
I remember vividly a testimony of a man who went over to Ireland on a vacation trip. He said he was driving through some very idyllic land and saw a shepherd leading his sheep down to a pool of water to drink. The vacationing man pulled off the road to watch this scene. Soon he saw two other shepherds approaching from different directions, each with their own flock of sheep. This man thought that a great problem was about to occur, for he could just envision the difficulty of having all of these sheep mixed together and then trying to sort them out again.
Sure enough, all of the sheep did intermingle as they approached the pool to drink. The visitor wondered how they would ever sort things back out. He then observed as each of the shepherds began walking off in different directions and as they did they each began to sing. The sheep knew the voice of their shepherd and they all separated themselves out in a most marvelous fashion and began to follow their shepherd.
"When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. And a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."
Undoubtedly, the Father has so ordered His creation that we might learn many lessons from it. He desires His people to be as sheep who follow a shepherd. Sheep are clean animals, having both a split hoof and chewing the cud. Sheep are non-resistant. They will meekly go to be slaughtered, and this was also the example of Christ. Those who would be Christ’s disciples must manifest the same spirit. They too must offer themselves to God to willingly accept any experience He would choose for them.
And I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads... And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth... These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.
If Christ is pictured as a Lamb upon Mount Zion, then undoubtedly the 144,000 are also viewed as sheep. These will follow the Lamb wherever He goes. The one who offered Himself up as a sacrificial Lamb now serves as the Shepherd of our souls. He will lead His disciples to walk as He walked.
In contrast, swine are not creatures easily led by the voice of a shepherd. They must be enticed with the promise of food. Swine are creatures that are driven by their appetites, and when enticement will not work, then they may also be driven by things that frighten them.
In this hour we will see a division being made between those who know the voice of their Shepherd, and those who are being led by their appetites and driven by fears. Christians have the ability to act as either sheep or swine. We all are clothed with sinful flesh that is filled with strong passions and desires. We also have a Spirit that desires only to do the will of the Father.
Galatians 5:16-17, 24
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please... Now those who belong to Christ Yahshua have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we walk by the Spirit we will walk as sheep. If we walk according to the flesh we will walk as swine. If we walk as sheep we will have to contend with the wrath of man and Satan, but if we walk as swine we will have to contend with the wrath of God.
“And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
People of God, suffering is unavoidable in this life. Many who are resisting taking up the cross in this hour will be cast into the Lake of Fire. Because they would not present themselves as a “living sacrifice,” placing their flesh upon the altar for it to be consumed by fiery trials, they will be cast into the Lake of Fire as a mandatory offering.
There is tremendous grace available for those who will follow the Shepherd of their souls wherever He would lead them. These will also receive reward that is far surpassing anything they will ever suffer in this life.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed in us.
Swine are driven by fears and led on by appetites. These will be the two great inducements of Satan to corral mankind into the arms of the Beast system in coming days. Many terrors will be manufactured by Satan and man with the intent of driving men into the arms of the Beast system. Enticements will also be laid forth. A promise of food, shelter and safety will lead many to disregard the voice of the Shepherd and to go where He has forbidden them to go.
“If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or upon his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.”
Is it any wonder that those who experience the wrath of God do so “in the presence of the Lamb”? The Lamb stands as a reproof to their disobedience. Christ did not refuse suffering for the sake of the Father. Those who worship the beast do so in order to avoid temporal suffering. They are lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
Some Christians will say, “I will never worship the beast.” Yet their boasting is as hollow as Peter’s words when He told Yahshua that even if all the other disciples denied Christ that he would not. Worshiping the beast is not what many people assume it to be. It is not bowing before an idol and offering up prayers, incense and praise. All one need do to worship the beast is to obey Satan rather than obey Christ. It all comes down to which voice we will heed.
Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey...
Who will be master of your life? Will you be driven by fear and enticed by fleshly appetites, or will you follow the Lamb wherever He would lead you?
In this final section of this writing I want to share with you those things which are already being set in order by evil men under the dominion of Satan. The walls of the trap are already being constructed. Both fear and enticements are being used to herd swine into the pen. Those with understanding will understand that there is a malevolent mind at work behind these actions. They will be wise as serpents, yet harmless as doves.
In the first year of George W. Bush’s presidency an event occurred that was used to instill tremendous fear in the hearts of the people. This fear led to many actions that were unprecedented in the history of this nation, and many rights were taken away or seriously eroded. This loss of liberty is akin to the construction of one wall of a pen. It prevents people from going in a direction they one were freely able to go. The Patriot Act was the means utilized by the government to exercise much greater oversight and control over the people of the nation.
Along with the Patriot Act, many other presidential actions took place during George W. Bush’s terms in office to make preparation for a complete wresting away of all liberty from a once free people. I will cite a portion of a previous article I wrote titled The Coming Enslavement of America.
Removing Constitutional Protection
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 titled “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.
Like swine, the citizens of America have been driven with fear, and enticed with promises of peace and prosperity, to lead them into the trap which is steadily being constructed around them. In the article Blowing the Trumpet I wrote:
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.
Over and over again we are seeing this pattern played out. Great crises are created and much fear is aroused. Then greater control of all things is given into the hands of the government with the goal in mind that every person might become a willing slave of the world Beast system.
What we are currently witnessing with all the focus upon an influenza pandemic is part of a plan that has been premeditated and which Satan and his servants have been preparing for. Following are two government documents that detail part of what has been set in place, and which we are now seeing played out at this hour. In August of 2006 President Bush gave instructions to the Department of Defense to create an implementation plan to deal with Pandemic Influenza. The reason given to justify this preparedness was the much hyped Avian Influenza which failed to cause the disastrous results predicted at the time. Yet, it was enough to advance the next step of the plan which was to prepare the military to act as an arm of the President in controlling America’s citizens, and by extension the other nations of the world.
You can read this government document here:
Following are a few excerpts from this document:
Department of Defense Implementation Plan for Pandemic Influenza
International and inter-state transportation will be restricted to contain the spread of the virus.
Voluntary, community-based measures, such as limiting public gatherings, closing schools, and minimum manning procedures, are most effective to limit exposure to the disease if implemented before or at the onset of the event. Quarantine and other movement restrictions, especially if the restrictions are involuntary, will have minimal effect on the spread of the disease due to a very short incubation period and the ability of asymptomatic individuals to shed the virus...
Critical Planning Category Alignment with National Strategy Pillars and Priorities
DoD Category #13: Quarantine Assistance to U.S. Civil Authorities. When directed by the President, DoD may assist U.S. civil authorities responsible for isolating and/or quarantining groups of people in order to minimize the spread of disease during an influenza pandemic. Isolation is a commonly used public health practice for the separation and restriction of movement of ill persons to stop the spread of a contagious illness. People in isolation may be cared for in their homes, in hospitals, or at designated health care facilities. Isolation is primarily used on an individual level, but may be applied to populations. It is often voluntary, but may be mandatory. Quarantine, in contrast, applies to the separation and restriction of movement of well persons presumed to have beenexposed to a contagion. Quarantine may be enacted at a home or other residential facility. It may also be voluntary or mandatory.
DoD Category #14: Provide Defense Assistance for Civil Disturbances.
When directed by the President, DoD will provide support to civil authorities in the event of a civil disturbance. DoD will augment civilian law enforcement
efforts to restore and maintain order in accordance with existing statutes.
This document stated that all plans were to be in readiness 18 months from the date of the issuing of this Presidential order. If you read the details of this document you will find that it includes directives to prepare for banning public meetings, for forced quarantines and “social distancing.” These measures will include closing schools, churches, and other social gatherings, and the military was instructed to plan to counter resistance among the people.
There are also instructions to administer “pre-pandemic vaccinations.” All of these plans have now been fully developed, and only the most naive would consider that the present media and government hype over a possible Swine Flu pandemic has appeared as if by magic at this very hour.
One year later, in August of 2007, another government document was issued.
The document can be viewed here:
Following are some excerpts from this document.
EMERGENCY HEALTH POWERS
CONUS installation commanders are authorized, upon the recommendation of the military treatment facility (MTF) commander and/or the Public Health Emergency Officer (PHEO), to implement emergency health powers on their installations in order to protect military and civilian personnel and property (reference k). These powers include restriction of movement and use of containment strategies (isolation, quarantine, social distancing) as well as medical evaluation and treatment.
Commanders of Reserve component facilities not located on an active military installation are authorized, upon the recommendation of the closest MTF commander or the senior military medical advisor in that geographic region, to implement emergency health powers in their facility in order to protect military personnel and property. These powers include restriction of movement and use of containment strategies as appropriate.
Installation commanders at OCONUS locations may be restricted in implementation of emergency health powers by host nation law and applicable international agreements...
North American Plan for Avian and Pandemic Influenza
Canada, Mexico and the United States face a growing threat posed by the spread of avian influenza and the potential emergence of a human influenza pandemic. The highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5N1 avian influenza virus, which re-emerged in Asia in late 2003, has already spread to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Although the virus has not yet reached North America, Canada, Mexico and the United States must be prepared for the day when it— or some other highly contagious virus — does.
At the March 2006 Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) summit in Cancun, the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States committed to developing a comprehensive, coordinated and science-based North American approach to prepare for and manage avian and pandemic influenza.
The North American Plan for Avian and Pandemic Influenza outlines how Canada, Mexico and the United States intend to work together to combat an outbreak of avian influenza or an influenza pandemic in North America.
I will end this portion of the article by speaking of one more part of the fence that has now been mandated. It was one of the very first acts of the 111th Congress. This is the present Congress, and one must wonder why during a time of tremendous financial crisis that the Congress felt it necessary to make this act a priority, spending money that they do not have.
Following are a few excerpts from this bill.
H. R. 645
To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish national emergency centers on military installations.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 22, 2009
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `National Emergency Centers Establishment Act'.
SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY CENTERS.
(a) In General- In accordance with the requirements of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall establish not fewer than 6 national emergency centers on military installations.
(b) Purpose of National Emergency Centers- The purpose of a national emergency center shall be to use existing infrastructure--
(1) to provide temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster;
(2) to provide centralized locations for the purposes of training and ensuring the coordination of Federal, State, and local first responders;
(3) to provide centralized locations to improve the coordination of preparedness, response, and recovery efforts of government, private, and not-for-profit entities and faith-based organizations; and
(4) to meet other appropriate needs, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.
SEC. 3. DESIGNATION OF MILITARY INSTALLATIONS AS NATIONAL EMERGENCY CENTERS.
(a) In General- Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall designate not fewer than 6 military installations as sites for the establishment of national emergency centers.
(b) Minimum Requirements- A site designated as a national emergency center shall be--
(1) capable of meeting for an extended period of time the housing, health, transportation, education, public works, humanitarian and other transition needs of a large number of individuals affected by an emergency or major disaster...
(3) capable of being scaled up or down to accommodate major disaster preparedness and response drills, operations, and procedures...
(d) Preference for Designation of Closed Military Installations- Wherever possible, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall designate a closed military installation as a site for a national emergency center. If the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Defense jointly determine that there is not a sufficient number of closed military installations that meet the requirements of subsections (b) and (c), the Secretaries shall jointly designate portions of existing military installations other than closed military installations as national emergency centers...
SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
There is authorized to be appropriated $180,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2009 and 2010 to carry out this Act. Such funds shall remain available until expended.
The pen has been constructed. Fear and enticements will be used to herd mankind into the arms of the Beast system. Those who do not willingly embrace the Beast system will be placed in holding pens that are being fast-tracked by the government.
We are instructed to be wise as serpents, for it is serpents we must deal with. Yet behind all is the hand of God. He will use these very troublesome days to separate unto Himself a remnant who will follow Him wherever He leads. They will cast all over into His care, and will be content with whatever He chooses for them.
We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, and any Christian who is contemplating armed resistance has failed to understand that it is Yahweh who has given this nation and the church in it into the hands of evil men who are workers of evil. The government, as evil as it is, is acting as Yahweh’s hand of discipline upon His people. The beast will turn on the harlot church system and consume her flesh. This is necessary.
“And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose...”
Those who have wisdom have already heeded the call to come out of the harlot church system, and have begun to follow the Lamb wherever He would lead them. Many have already been walking in wilderness places, and many more are to follow in coming days.
I highly recommend to you an audio message by Nathan Leal. It is excellent, and I sense the presence of the Spirit in what is spoken. It speaks of the Swine Flu and is a message for this hour.
May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.
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