Joseph Herrin (04-29-2012)
A number of brothers and sisters in Christ wrote to me prior to this most recent Passover season saying they felt it would be a significant one. Although no significant event occurred during this season that were along the lines of major disaster befalling the nations, or judgment falling upon the house of God, I believe there were things transacted in heavenly realms that have set a soon coming judgment in motion.
I set the following two prophetic experiences before you for your consideration. The first one occurred on the first day of Passover, and was shared publicly by a sister in Christ that I have recently come to know. Her name is Bonita Catherine Petroff and she has a blog site that can be found at the following Internet address.
Over the years I have learned to exercise restraint in making mention of other people’s writings and ministries. The apostle Paul exhorted Timothy with the following words:
I Timothy 5:22
Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.
Laying hands on someone was a form of endorsement. A modern example of such an event was the “apostolic” gathering of men and women who laid hands upon Todd Bentley toward the end of what was called “The Lakeland Revival.” A number of men and women who are considered to be people of repute among certain circles within the church met and prayed for Todd, speaking blessings over him, prophesying of a continuation and an expansion of the revival that had begun.
Just a few days later it became publicly known that Todd Bentley was acting in a very immoral and godless manner at the same time he was supposedly conducting a world renowned “move of the Spirit.” There were reports of drunkenness, of abuse of funds donated by people who were often induced to give sacrificially so that they might receive healing or some spiritual impartation. This revealed a gross absence of the fear of Yahweh. Todd was also discovered to be having sexual relations with a woman on his staff, and after this came out he divorced his wife and married this woman. Rick Joyner, one of the ministers present at Todd Bentley’s commissioning ceremony later testified that there were even more serious sins committed than the one’s listed, promising to disclose them after a process of restoration had been accomplished. To my knowledge, these greater sins have not yet been declared.
Those men and women who “laid hands” on Todd, appearing on stage with him to endorse his ministry, became partakers of his sins. Wittingly or not they set their seal of approval on this man (sins and all). Some even pretended to speak for God, declaring blessing and reward to Todd in His name.
As a disciple of Christ, and a man who has received a public ministry from Yahshua, I desire to lead the body of Christ in the way of truth. I would turn them to righteousness, and exhort them to acquit themselves in a manner that will meet with Yahweh’s approval on that day when all must give an account. My preaching has been that of the disciple’s cross, of self-denial, and a life surrendered to the leading of the Holy Spirit. I want to be careful to lead the saints to others who have the same heart, and who are preaching a similar message. Invariably, those speaking truth in this hour are not drawing huge crowds such as Joel Osteen and Rick Warren (or Todd Bentley). There are relatively few who attend to their words for the message coming forth from their lips and pens is not one of ease, prosperity and a sensual life. Christ said of the afflicted path that leads to life that “few there are who find it.”
I have shared once or twice a word posted by Bonita Petroff. I have had the opportunity to correspond with her some in recent months, and it is my judgment that she is a true sister in Christ. I have been impressed with her humility and her desire to be found pleasing and acceptable in the eyes of Christ. On her blog she shared a prophetic word that was given to her on the first day of Passover. This word was also attended by an act of obedience that spoke louder to me than the words on the page. This sister who has had long, beautiful hair, was directed of the Spirit of Christ to cut it short. Following is an excerpt from the blog post in which she wrote of this event.
If you have been following my articles, my testimony, you will know that long hair meant and means a lot to me, but I knew what the Lord was asking me to do. My hair was down to the middle of my back.
But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. [1Cor 11:15]
On the first day of Passover, when the Lord gave me the scriptures again, I heard what He said.
Cut off your hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on high places; for the LORD has rejected and forsaken the generation of His wrath. [Jer 7:29]
The condition that a vast majority of the churches are in, along with the ‘sacrifices’ of millions of aborted babies is part of what has angered the Lord. Yet, the nation as a whole refuses to repent (same as other nations). America has been as Rome, in its power, wealth and military strength for the last couple of hundred years. When the Lord moved on me to cut off my hair, which I did with bitter tears, He also let me know:
This is an outward sign to America of its spiritual condition. America is cut off! Yea, it is Ichabod, My child, for My glory has departed from America. The time of her tribulation is upon her and still the nation will not repent. Travail, My child, pray for those who will yet turn to Me.
Do not give up on the people, but know that the glory of the nation has been removed. Fear not, stand fast and pray for the people.
The Lord has been warning all along.
(1) War Warning (2) Approaching Horses (3) Repent, Be Holy, A Warning
These warnings are from one voice, but He has spoken through countless others. Just as in Elijah’s day, when he went under the Juniper tree discouraged, the Lord reminded Elijah that there were still 7,000 prophets (that Jezebel hadn’t killed) that had not bowed their knee to Baal.
You know that these 7,000 prophets of Yhwh/God plus Elijah all came with the same message, which is why Jezebel was killing them. It is the same today; the Head (Y’shua/Jesus) sends the same message throughout the Body. We must listen, but not fear. Press into God now!
I break out crying many times when I go to touch or brush my hair, or catch a glimpse of it in the mirror. Ichabod! The glory of God has departed from America!
Cutting her hair was not a light thing for sister Bonita. It was a bitter experience. That she was directed of the Father to do this on the first day of Passover speaks loudly to me. I believe the testimony of the Father is that America and the church among her will no longer be Passed Over by His judgment.
Consider the type and shadow Yahweh has given to us in the first Passover. Passover begins with the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days the Israelites were commanded to eat bread without leaven in it. The Feast begins on day one by removing all leaven from the home. Leaven represents sin. Even as leaven reacts with the gluten in flour used for baking bread, causing it to rise up, so too does the flesh of man rise up in the presence of sin. The removal of leaven from the home signifies the removal of sin from one’s life.
On the final day of the Passover Feast the death angel passed over the land of Egypt and examined every household. He looked for the blood of the Passover lamb on the doorposts and lintel of the home. If he observed it there he Passed Over and no one in the home died. I believe the Father has been examining homes and lives at this time. In most instances, even among professing Christians, He has not found that which would cause Him to delay His hand of judgment any longer. I believe what Bonita was led to do in cutting off her hair is a symbol of the judgment of God.
Cut off your hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on high places; for Yahweh has rejected and forsaken the generation of His wrath.
The generation of His wrath... What do these words mean? They indicate that this generation is the one in which the cup of iniquity has become full. Not only has the nation committed abominations, but so have the people of God. There is no fear of Yahweh among those who call themselves Christians. The overall condition of the church is one of apostasy and sensuality, where pandering to the flesh has replaced holiness. The people of God have not departed from their sins. They have not removed the leaven from their households. Yahweh will no longer Pass Over His people in judgment. Even as a person greatly afflicted might cut off their hair as a sign of intense mourning, the Spirit is indicating that great tribulation is near at hand.
Bonita shared a word of prophecy in the same post, and I will include some excerpts here. You can read the entire post at the following link:
I know what the King is saying. Here is the message:
Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them:
Yet they hearkened (listened) not unto Me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.
Therefore you shall speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken (listen) to thee: you shall also call unto them; but they will not answer thee.
But you shall say unto them, This is a nation that obeys not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receives correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.
Cut off your hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on high places; for the LORD has rejected and forsaken the generation of His wrath.
For the children of Judah have done evil in My sight, saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to pollute it.
And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into My heart.
How long have I pleaded with the people to seek Me? How long have I been silent while the churches bring abominations into My presence, into the house called by My name; calling evil good and good evil? How long shall you play the harlot to seduce the people? You heap teachers to yourselves to scratch your itching ears for you will not endure sound doctrine. How long have I patiently listened when the prophets speak smooth things to the people and prophesy deceits? Yea and yea, judgment has begun in My own house.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; [2Tim 4:3]
Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits. [Is 30:10]...
Take up a lamentation. Weep and travail before Me, for great shall be the judgment upon this nation. It shall spread to every nation upon this earth, for such is the corruption; great is the evil. It is as in the days of Noah, and as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah...
To My people, I say, Do not be dismayed or downtrodden, nor look around you in terror, for the day of My Christ Y’shua/Jesus is at hand. Put away the unclean thing and walk holy, then shall you be sons and daughters of Mine.
Stand fast. Now is not the time to weary; now is the time to come before Me and worship Me in spirit and in truth.
But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship Him. [Jn 4:23]
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.
Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, says thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman (manager, farmer, steward) to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.
[Amos 5: 15, 16]
A couple days ago I received an e-mail from Andrew Eberly, a brother in Christ in Indiana who is precious to God and to me. He shared with me a dream he had a few days ago.
Even though you posted this blog yesterday (Referring to the blog relating the deaths of Don Cornelius and Dick Clark), I did not read it until this morning. I actually had a dream last night, however, which I feel is a further confirmation of some of the things you referenced regarding the music dying.
I do not have dreams very often so when Yahweh gives me one that causes me to wake up from my sleep, I pay attention to it. If you recall, I worked for JP Morgan Chase bank in Fort Wayne, Indiana for 8 years after graduating college until the end of 2007 when they let me go (due to cutbacks as the economy was falling). It has been over 4 years since I left and I have not been back to visit my place of work or my former colleagues.
Well, in this dream, for some reason I went back to the bank and was visiting with the regional president of the bank..., and he was taking me around to different areas of the building. I don't remember the content of our conversations, but when I was getting ready to leave, I got on the elevator to go down to the main floor. The elevator had a glass side overlooking the city in my dream even though the building is not like this in real life. When I got on the elevator I saw my old boss and started talking to him. All of a sudden, I felt the building starting to lean and sway and realized that we were having an earthquake. As I'm looking out the glass, I remember hoping that the building would come back erect, but it leaned too far and I knew that the entire 27-story building was coming to the ground almost like a tree toppling over from the base. As we were falling to the ground, great fear gripped me and I started praying in tongues thinking that I was about to die, I even remember saying, “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit.”
I don't know how it happened, but I amazingly made it to the ground safely. I remember looking back and seeing the building like a felled tree cut off from about the 2nd or 3rd story with the remaining stories laying flat on the ground with people coming out of the opening almost like ants escaping from a disturbed nest. My children weren't with me in the earlier part of the dream, but somehow I knew that they were still in the building. I found a high place to stand on overlooking the crowd that was fleeing the scene and began calling for Jonathan. To my relief, Jonathan, Hannah, and Joanna came safely out of the building and were able to find me. Then I woke up. I looked over at my clock and it was 4:4X am. I'm not sure on the minute, but it was close to 4:47 a.m. I think...
Andrew shared some regarding what the dream might mean and asked me for any insight I might have to help him understand it. I wrote back the following:
Thank you for sharing your dream with me. My immediate impression as I was reading the description of your dream, before I came to your interpretation of it, is that the Father was showing you that the financial system represented by JP Morgan Chase is about to come down in a sudden and catastrophic collapse. It also came immediately to mind when you mentioned the building is 27 stories that this is (9+9+9) which symbolizes a fulness of judgment.
I believe the fact that there were two or three stories remaining is indicative of what will be left when the economy collapses. This is approximately 10% of the original height of the building. Many people have been speaking of a tremendous devaluation of the dollar, and I would not be surprised to find that people wake up one day to find that their money has lost 90% of its value.
It is interesting that you are not certain of the exact time, but you did note the first two digits of the time both being the number 4. Four denotes humility and Yahweh is about to abase His people and this nation. Those who walk humbly with the Father will survive. I believe this is partly demonstrated in the fact that in your dream your three children all survived, for children symbolize those who are humble, being small of stature. Also, the collapse occurred as you were heading "DOWN" to leave the building. This descent signifies a determination to go lower even before the judgment falls. I am reminded of the following verse:
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 Yahweh's anger.
I have more to share on this subject of judgment falling upon the nations soon, but I will wait until another day to share further some of what I am seeing the Father do in my own life to get all in readiness.
May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.
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