Joseph Herrin (11-25-2015)
The Thanksgiving holiday in America will be observed tomorrow. There are a great many things I am thankful for. This past year has brought unexpected blessings. Among them is a car that five brothers in Christ were led to purchase for me, a vehicle that has proven very useful as the ministry to men in prison has been increasing and I find myself needing to make more frequent trips to town to visit the post office. Another tremendous gift was a new, higher capacity printer that was purchased for $2,200, being a gift from a brother in Christ who wanted to contribute to the ministry to men in prison. I am now printing nearly 4,000 pages every week-end as I prepare newsletters to send to men in prison.
Yahweh continues to sustain me day by day, enabling me to offer all my books, blog posts, newsletters, audio files, and other material freely to all who desire to partake of them. I am thankful for all of my brothers and sisters in Christ who have given freely, generously, and without any urging or petition from me, as they yield themselves first to Christ to be used of Him in any way He directs. Your obedience and submission to the Holy Spirit has blessed, sustained, and encouraged me continuously throughout the past year.
I would make mention of one other thing I am specifically thankful for. This particular blessing of the Father is the focus of this post. I am thankful that Yahweh speaks to His sons and daughters, informing them of things to come, and revealing to them how they are to prepare. As the hour draws ever closer for the people of God to experience great trials, sorrows, and difficulties, Yahweh has not been stinting in informing them of the lateness of the hour, and of the types of experiences that are approaching. When so many are walking as blind men, having their understanding darkened, it is encouraging to know that Yahweh will provide light to those who seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.
I Thessalonians 5:4-8
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
Earlier today I received an e-mail from a brother and sister in Christ who have yielded their lives to embrace a walk of faith and obedience to God for many years now. They have experienced a non-traditional lifestyle, and have been content with far less materially than most American Christians. Even with the modest lifestyle they have embraced, they have practiced unstinting hospitality and generosity to others. They have lived by the principle that you can never out-give God, and if we give freely to the needs of others, Yahweh will give even more abundantly to us.
If there be with you a poor man, one of your brothers, within any of your gates in your land which Yahweh your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart, nor shut your hand from your poor brother; but you shall surely open your hand to him, and shall surely lend him sufficient for his need in that which he wants.
There is one who scatters, and increases yet more. There is one who withholds more than is appropriate, but gains poverty. The generous soul shall be made fat. He who waters shall be watered also himself.
This couple has practiced this principle of the kingdom of Yahweh for many years, so it made them stop and take notice when Yahweh recently told them to hold onto a surplus He had give to them. Following is the e-mail I received from them this morning.
A couple of days ago we were blessed with many bags of chicken food - egg layer, scratch and cracked corn - about a year's supply for the number of chickens we now have. As usual, Randy's first thought was who to share it with. He brought a 40 lb bag of layer up to the neighbor where we get water. But this morning he told me that he feels a check in his spirit about giving any more away. Now that is not normal, because Randy knows that we cannot out-give Yahweh. He blesses us and we bless others. So this has caused us to wonder if perhaps we are on the verge of falling into the chaos that has been approaching for so many years.
Just wanted to share that with you, because it is so out of the ordinary for us.
Love, Randy and Kathy
I wrote this couple back and shared the following:
Hello Randy and Kathy,
Thank you for sharing this with me. I believe that these promptings or leadings from the Spirit of Christ are far better indicators of what is coming than trying to figure things out by reading the news, or observing what Satan is up to in this world. In the recent book I started writing titled The Testimony, it was this very thing that encouraged me to begin writing what will be my 22nd book. (I thought it important to reflect on the things Yahweh has spoken to me specifically in days past for these words from Yahweh are a sure foretelling of things to come.)
It seems fitting that Yahweh would guide me to write 22 books during this wilderness experience which I began in 1999. He has been taking me through similar experiences that a much larger group of His sons and daughters will soon be passing through. Although I cannot say that God has told me that this will be my last book before calamitous events begin to befall the church at large and the nations, I would not be surprised if it is, for Yahweh does work in very symbolic ways.
Something that has been brought back to mind as I have begun work on this book are the words Yahweh spoke to me years ago. He said the difficult experiences He would lead me through were to prepare me for even more difficult days to follow, and He declared that He had called some to experience these things before their brothers and sisters so that as pioneers and explorers they could serve as guides to those who would follow. It is words such as these, the leadings and promptings of the Holy Spirit, that are most reliable as indicators of what is ahead of us.
Consequently, I place far more weight upon Randy's experience with the Lord than I do in other signs of the lateness of the hour. I know that Randy hears from Yahweh, and has been guided by Him in many similar instances. So, it is certainly something to stand up and take note of when the Father begins to lead Randy to not give away the surplus he has been given at this time.
After I sent this correspondence to this brother and sister in Christ I was reminded of a sign Yahweh has been speaking through for some years now, and which I have written about on several occasions in the past. This sign is the SS United States which now sits as a rusting derelict at a pier in Philadelphia.
The organization that owns this ship, and which has been futilely trying to find an angel investor to restore and re-purpose the ship for some commercial venture, announced back in October that the financial situation of the group had deteriorated to the point where they were entertaining offers to have the ship melted down as scrap. They planned a fund-raiser for October 29th, and I had not found any information on the outcome of their efforts. The thought came to me this morning that perhaps the Father would reveal something further of what lies ahead for the people of God and the nations through this sign. I thought perhaps Yahweh might confirm the thoughts expressed by Randy and Kathy, and which were in my own heart. When I went to the website for the SS United States Conservancy, I was met with the image and message you find at the top of this post.
Time is Running Out
I could hardly imagine a clearer affirmation to the e-mail from Randy and Kathy this morning. Yahweh is declaring that time is running out. We are nearing the end of the road for life as we have known it in America and the nations. The experience of the people of God will change drastically before much more time passes.
As I followed the links to various news articles on the conservancy’s website I learned that just yesterday an update had been posted revealing that $600,000 had been raised in the previous 7 weeks to temporarily stave off the scrapping of the SS United States. This is less than a year’s expenses, for it costs $60,000 each month to keep this derelict ship berthed in Philadelphia. Although the leaders of the conservancy speak optimistically of finding investors to restore the ship to its former glory, their hopes have been dashed time and again. The cost of restoring this ship is enormous and would run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. The economic climate is not favorable to such huge speculative investments.
At the gala fund-raiser held in October, singer/songwriter Dan Landau performed a song specifically written for the occasion. The song is titled For Every Journey. The song speaks of the inspiration provided by this once, and supposedly still proud ship. It speaks of the ship yearning to be loosed from its mooring to return to sail the deep blue seas. This is a very melancholy song when one realizes that the ship will never set sail again under its own power. Her once mighty engines were removed years ago. Her four propellers have also been removed. She had to be towed to her present location like an old barge, having been stripped of all of her mechanical systems.
You can listen to the song at the link below. The song is rightly described as “defiantly hopeful.”
The colors of the SS United States have faded. It is an empty shell containing a moldering interior.
Even as the SS United States is running out of time, so is the nation she represents.
This afternoon I had a Skype session with a sister in Christ who is serving Yahweh as a missionary in Mexico. She asked what I had been working on this day and I shared with her the information contained in this post. She responded by telling me of a brother and sister in Christ who reside in England who recently received a profound message from the Father about the things which are coming quickly to the body of Christ. Yahweh spoke to them of the intense sufferings that are near at hand through the birth of their third child recently.
Yahweh is speaking to many of His sons and daughters, revealing to them events which are near at hand. I am going to write to this brother and sister and ask if they will share their experiences and the revelation Yahweh gave to them that others might benefit in the hearing. I also invite the readers of this blog post to share. If Yahweh has been speaking to you a similar message that “time is running out” and calamitous events are near at hand, I encourage you to share your message with others. Write to me, and I will post these messages in an upcoming blog post.
Brothers and sisters, the church has known many years of peace and prosperity, yet the years have produced only decay and spiritual immobility. Yahweh must purge, purify, and refine His people that they might not stand in shame at the appearing of His Son. There is a fiery cleansing to come, but it will be attended by great grace for those who present themselves as a living sacrifice upon the altar of God. Though intense, the coming sufferings of the faithful sons and daughters of Yahweh will be brief. He has shortened those days for the sake of His elect (Mark 13:20).
Note: Pay attention to the words and details of the following newscast. Understand also, that even having been given national coverage, and the plight of the ship being reported in more than 200 newspapers, only $600,000 was able to be raised to delay its destruction.
May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days,
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