Friday, August 13, 2010

Locusts Upon the Land

Joseph Herrin (08-13-2010)











Psalms 78:46
He gave also their crops to the grasshopper,
And the product of their labor to the locust.

What is the product of American’s labor? Is it not found in their material possessions, in the money in their bank and retirement accounts, and in the stocks and bonds they own? I have been observing signs recently that point to the imminent and alarming decrease of all that Americans have accumulated.

There are times when the Father sets before me witnesses in such a manner that my spiritual senses are heightened, and I begin to seek to understand what message He is conveying to me. The past couple weeks have seen very significant events that have arrested my attention. I will share these experiences. When viewing them together, a remarkable message arises.

I noted in a recent blog that a brother in Christ who attended the meetings in Spokane gave to me a very valuable gold coin. This one ounce gold Krugerrand is valued at approximately $1,200 at today’s gold prices. At the next meeting I attended, a brother in Christ who drove five hours to the meetings, and stayed the entire week-end, presented me with a 1903 Liberty Twenty Dollar gold piece. This coin also contains one ounce of fine gold, and is also valued at approximately $1,200.


















Any time I receive a gift I seek to know the will of the Father regarding it. Oftentimes I have discerned that the gift has been given to me to pass along to some other brother or sister who has a pressing need. At other times, the Father instructs me to use it for the work of the ministry, or to meet a personal need.

In one sense, I believe the Father is speaking things of a spiritual nature in these gifts, for our faith is compared to gold that is refined in the fire. In a practical sense, I have also pondered whether the Father might be giving me these specific gifts as a source of supply in coming days when the dollar will be greatly devalued to the point of worthlessness. Last year I shared the dream of a brother who was shown large denomination bills cast down to the ground as worthless.

http://parablesblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/money-soon-to-be-worthless.html

I do believe the hour is growing closer for the dollar to collapse in order that it might be replaced with a new world currency that will be a key step in bringing forth a New World Order. Such a collapse has been planned, and much has been done to destroy the integrity of America’s money. Deficit spending to the tune of trillions of dollars, the export of America’s manufacturing base, and burgeoning government bailouts, welfare and medical programs, are all designed to sink an already foundering currency.

Receiving these two gold coins has led me to consider more closely the pending collapse of America’s currency. There are other witnesses that I have received that have led me to write on this subject.

The last couple days Randy and I visited with Brad and Jaylene Daugherty in Sheridan, Wyoming. Wednesday, Randy, Brad and I took a walk on a country road about ten miles outside of Sheridan. The setting was rolling hills of ranch land that led up to the slopes of the Bighorn Mountains. I had taken a walk in this same location with Brad six years ago, and one year ago. This year was different in that there was a remarkable number of grasshoppers all along the path, both in the dirt road, and in the grass growing alongside it.

The number of grasshoppers was extraordinary and I was reminded of a conversation with a saint recently who told me that seventeen states in America’s West were suffering from grasshopper/locust infestations. Fifteen grasshoppers per square yard is considered problematic, for at this level the grasshoppers can consume 30% of whatever it is that is growing on that acreage. One state is reporting levels as high as sixty-four grasshoppers per square yard, and I believe we were seeing very close to that level on the walk we were taking.

The number of grasshoppers, and the variety of them, was greater than anything I had personally witnessed before. The three of us walking remarked on them a number of times, and I suggested that there must be a message in this event.

At the very moment that Randy, Brad and I were driving to the road to take this walk among the locusts, a brother in Christ called me on my phone and related to me a remarkable story. This brother had owned a substantial mortgage business that had been very profitable until the mortgage crisis struck. Three years ago he lost this business, and he informed me that he was facing the imminent loss of his home. I know the Father orders my steps, and He was placing these events together that they might form an association in my mind.

This afternoon, Randy and I arrived at Kadoka, South Dakota where our next meetings will be held. The host couple had graciously arranged for us to stay at a campground only a half mile from the home we will be meeting at. I was reading a story forwarded to me by Jack Hodgson titled “U.S. Dollar Now Ripe for Catastrophic Devaluation.”

http://www.infowars.com/u-s-dollar-now-ripe-for-catastrophic-devaluation/

As I was finishing the article, Randy came to my van door and asked me if I had noticed the name of the road that runs directly through the middle of the campground. It is named Locust Road. I had an impulse to go take a picture of the street signs before the Sun set.

















Locust Street and 6th Avenue

















Locust Street and Main Street
           
Randy and I are camped right between these two signs. It is not the first time the Father has used a literal “sign” to proclaim a message to me. It struck me that Randy had notified me of this “sign” at the very moment I was reading an article on the impending catastrophic devaluation of the dollar. There can be no clearer parable that Yahweh is  sending locusts to consume the labors of the American people.

There is more to this parable, however. One of the Locust signs crosses 6th Avenue. We are at the end of day 6 prophetically, and are in an hour when many tribulations and judgments are prophesied to occur, including, famine, and the devaluation of the world’s currency.

Revelation 6:5-6
And when He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, "Come." And I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard as it were a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius...”

(A denarius was equivalent to an entire day’s wages.)

The other street that Locust crosses is Main Street. The phrase “Main Street” is used to denote the place the average American lives and works. Main Street is often contrasted with Wall Street, which is the domain of the financial elite. We have already seen the locust come and devour Wall Street, requiring massive bailouts in the trillions of dollars, and yet the sickness of the financial sector has not been healed. There are more banks on the verge of failing today than there were when the bailouts began in 2008.

The government has labored tirelessly to hide the extent and impact of America’s economic decline. Tens of millions are out of work, and nearly as many have lost homes to foreclosure, or are about to. A facade of economic recovery has been set-up to hide the true extent of America’s decline. Unemployment benefits have been extended up to three years for many people, allowing them to continue to live, albeit at a somewhat diminished level. The massive amounts of money the government is borrowing from the private bankers who control the Federal Reserve is only serving to sink the nation further into the quagmire of financial insolvency.

Soon, the nations of the world who have been supporting America’s profligate lifestyle by purchasing Treasury Bonds and trading their goods in dollars will refuse to do so any longer. This will precipitate the collapse of the dollar. Millions of Americans will find that their life savings are devalued to nothing overnight. They will be unable to pay for their home, auto, and consumer loans. Businesses will collapse along with the banking system, and the locusts will truly ravage the land.















To continue the parable, the town Randy and I are staying in bears the nickname “Gateway to the Badlands.” Knowing that the Father orders my steps and has caused me to be aware of the message He is speaking at this moment, I know these details are not coincidental. Locusts are being sent as a plague from God upon this nation. The locusts eating every green thing in the impacted states are merely symbolic of the locusts being loosed to devour the “greenback.” The demise of the dollar will truly prove to be the “Gateway to the Badlands” for millions of Americans. Main Street will be devastated.

Deuteronomy 28:38
“You shall bring out much seed to the field but you shall gather in little, for the locust shall consume it.”

Joel 1:4
What the gnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten;
And what the swarming locust has left, the creeping locust has eaten;
And what the creeping locust has left, the stripping locust has eaten.

What should the saint do in preparation for these days? They need to learn now what it is to walk by the Spirit. In a day when everything that can be shaken will be shaken, only those whose lives are established upon the Rock will be able to abide in peace. The response the Father desires from His children is not one of panic, or fear, but of a life abandoned to Him. He is calling His sons and daughters to seek His kingdom rather than the passing kingdoms of this world. He would have His children to given themselves to a wholehearted surrender to be led of His Spirit in all things. Rather than living for self, they are to take upon the mind of Christ who ever lived to do the will and pleasure of His Father.

Such ones who have given themselves wholly to do the will of Yahweh will surely find that He will strongly support them in a day of calamity.

I have not given myself to a pursuit of worldly goods, of pleasure, or mammon in the past decade. I have relinquished all things as the Father has directed me, divesting myself of a life of accumulated goods. Yet the Father has given to me gold when I did not seek it, nor expect it.

Many who have labored for the world’s goods, spending themselves in a pursuit of material possessions, storing up money in the bank, will find that all their labors have been for naught. That which they spent a life laboring to accumulate will be consumed suddenly as if by a plague of locusts, and they will be powerless to prevent it.

Through this stripping process, the Father will arrest the attention of a remnant of His people. They will begin to set their focus on things above, rather than things below. In their poverty they will discover the Source of eternal riches. Life in Christ is a great paradox. We must die to live. We must surrender all to get all things. We must decrease, that Christ might increase in us.

Luke 14:33-34
“So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions

Before the locust consume all you have, surrender it freely to Christ. Ask Him to direct you in the disposition of those things you have been granted a stewardship over. You have been bought with a price. You are not your own. Does that not include all you possess? Then, should you not ask Christ what He would have you to do with all you have? Is your soul ruling in decisions relating to your possessions, or is Christ ruling?

Yahweh wants sons who are living for His pleasure, not selfish children who are always seeking Him for material blessing. He will strip many of the accumulated possessions of a lifetime, even as He did me. This can truly lead to a time of new beginnings where the entire focus of our lives can change from one of self-seeking, to one of seeking the will and pleasure of our Father.

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

Note: Some in reading this may conclude that I am advocating purchasing gold as a preparation for coming days. I have never been led to purchase gold myself, but rather to give away possessions and money as the Father leads. If He should choose to give back a multiplied blessing, and even gold, then that is His to do. We should not be fear driven in our actions, for that is not the nature of Christ whose image we are being conformed to.

If we are faithful stewards of that which Yahweh has entrusted to us, giving freely of that which is in our possession, He will also care for us in our time of need. It is far better to trust in God than to trust in gold. His ways are so contrary to the ways of fallen man that He will often tell His people to prepare for days of famine and poverty by giving away what they have at present. The nature of man is to hoard out of fear and self-interest, but Yahweh would have His sons and daughters to be selfless, to be led by the Spirit and always act in faith.

Some years back I was led to share a teaching on this subject, titled "Compassion's Silver Lining." I encourage all saints to listen to it as they contemplate what the Father would have them to do in preparation for coming days.

Addendum: After writing this post I printed a copy for Randy and took it to him. He had the radio playing the one station he could pick up here in Kadoka, which was an oldies Country station. At that very moment Johny CASH was singing Ring of Fire. Following are some of the lyrics to the song. It sure sounds like the Bad Lands.

I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

And It Burns, Burns, Burns

The Ring Of Fire

The Ring Of Fire

Randy made the connection to this song and the article when he got to the picture of Obama as a fireman pouring CASH into a FIRE. The Father is surely proclaiming a message here.

http://www.heart4god.ws/Audio/id14.htm

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Joseph Herrin
P.O. Box 804
Montezuma, GA 31063

4 comments:

newine said...

Sobering observations, Joseph. Thank you for sharing them. Keep watching!

For more detail on what the Revelation 6:6 passage may entail, here is some "famine math" I worked out in a post back in February.

Also, for those not familiar with the area, Sheridan is (by wide-open country standards of the area) "just down the street" from the site of "Custer's Last Stand" -- one of the greatest-ever routs of American force (less than an hour north, by highway).

I wrote about that location and what I now take to have been a prophetic encounter I had there in 2004 in in a post back in January.

Joseph Herrin said...

Thanks Art,

I visited the site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn last year. I found it also to be a prophetic experience.

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

Joachim said...

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

To the small remnant who follows the blog of Brother Joseph Herrin I’d like to share this word from G. D. Watson which the Lord had given me a while back and reminded me of again this week. I carry a printed version in my bible and it has greatly helped me to understand when things seem not so clear.
I hope and pray it will do the same to you, knowing there is a calling on your life, but sometimes the how and when and why seem veiled.

OTHERS MAY, YOU CANNOT

If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
(Matthew 16:24-25)

If God has called you to be truly like Jesus in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility. He will put on you such demands of obedience that you will not be allowed to follow other Christians. In many ways, He seems to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.

Others who seem to be very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires, and scheme to carry out their plans, but you cannot. If you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.

Others can brag about themselves, their work, their successes, their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing. If you begin to do so, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others will be allowed to succeed in making great sums of money, or having a legacy left to them, or in having luxuries, but God may supply you only on a day-to-day basis, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, a helpless dependence on Him and His unseen treasury.

The Lord may let others be honored and put forward while keeping you hidden in obscurity because He wants to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade.

God may let others be great, but keep you small. He will let others do a work for Him and get the credit, but He will make you work and toil without knowing how much you are doing. Then, to make your work still more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work which you have done; this to teach you the message of the Cross, humility, and something of the value of being cloaked with His nature.

The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch on you, and with a jealous love rebuke you for careless words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over.
So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign and has a right to do as He pleases with His own, and that He may not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle your reason in His dealings with you.

God will take you at your word. If you absolutely sell yourself to be His slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love and let other people say and do many things that you cannot. Settle it forever; you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue or chaining your hand or closing your eyes in ways which others are not dealt with. However, know this great secret of the Kingdom: When you are so completely possessed with the Living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven, the high calling of God.

By G.D. Watson
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MAY WE NOT LIVE IN JUST ANY WAY, BUT IN THE REALITY OF WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US !

IN CHRIST

Joe

Anonymous said...

Joe,
Thank you so much for posting that! It really encouraged me (for I have felt this same way, like why me and not her/him?) HE disciplines those HE loves! Wonderful and scary at the same time!
Dee