Friday, July 31, 2009

A Wilderness Testimony

Joseph Herrin (07-31-09)

I received permission from a sister in Christ to share a testimony that she sent to me a few days ago. I am very much encouraged to observe how God is moving upon various of His sons and daughters to position them and to prepare them for days of distress which the Spirit testifies are just ahead.

I would like to say to those who are not hearing the Lord direct them to specific preparations, to not despair. I have continually counseled all who ask me what they should be doing at this hour to simply obey the Father. His direction and His provision is not the same for all of His children.

Our safety is always in the Lord. He is our fortress and strong tower. We will find shelter under the shadow of His wings. It will avail you nothing to flee to the most impregnable fortress stocked with many years worth of supplies if Yahweh has not directed you to do so. On the other hand, you can walk through the valley of the shadow of death having no possessions and no provision, and you will lack for no good thing and suffer no lasting harm if you are following the Shepherd of your soul.

The common denominator among all who will walk as overcomers in coming days is that they are being led of the Spirit of Christ in all that they do. The intent of true disciples of Christ is not to preserve the natural life, but to do the will and pleasure of the One who purchased them with His own blood.

I am persuaded that in coming days all who would be accounted as overcomers will be brought repeatedly to choose obedience to God over a desire to preserve their own lives. If we do not place a commitment to obedience to God above self-protection, we will surely fail to be pleasing to the Father. The wilderness will avail nothing to those who place self-interest above the interests of their heavenly Father. I have been brought to this test on a number of occasions already. I have faced death and great personal loss, the threat of imprisonment, and my wife and children being taken from me, and the Spirit strengthened me at every trial that I might choose obedience, leaving the outcome in the Father’s hands. The Spirit testifies that these same experiences are coming to all who will pass through the wilderness in coming days.

Revelation 12:11
"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.”

Luke 14:26-27
"If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”

It may seem to be a contradiction that the overcomers must not seek to save their own lives, yet the Spirit clearly is directing many to make provisions to survive in the days ahead. Christ gave the same counsel to His disciples 2,000 years ago.

Matthew 10:22-23
"And you will be hated by all on account of My name..., But whenever they persecute you in this city, flee to the next...”

Luke 21:20-22
"But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is at hand. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are in the midst of the city depart, and let not those who are in the country enter the city; because these are days of vengeance...”

God does not require that His people foolishly throw their lives away. We read over and over that Christ was avoiding certain areas where men were seeking His life.

John 7:1
And after these things Yahshua was walking in Galilee; for He was unwilling to walk in Judea, because the Jews were seeking to kill Him.

Do not misunderstand. The Scriptures are not stating that Christ was fearful for His life, or that He ever acted out of some soulish motive. He was always doing the will of the Father. So too must we. There was a day when the Father instructed His Son to lay His life down, and that day will come also for many of the sons and daughters of God. On that day we must do as we are instructed to every day. We must be led of the Spirit, surrendered to God’s will.

At this time the Spirit is directing many to prepare to flee in coming days, for it is not yet their hour to be offered up unto God. God is not seeking to encourage a motive of self-seeking, or fear in His people. He is simply directing them that they might be perfectly positioned for those experiences they must pass through. There will be plenty of trials for all. There will be perils, and difficulties, and our Father will use all of them to purge, purify and refine His people.

I was blessed by the testimony that follows, for it reveals a willingness to come out of the world, letting go of that which many people will foolishly try to hold onto in days ahead. Their refusal to let go of the world and all that is in it will prove very costly.

This testimony also includes a trial of obedience and integrity. This sister was pressured to commit fraud by an employer, and many Christians would have gone along to preserve their job and continue to live prosperously. I do not doubt that the outcome for this sister and her family would have been much different had she chosen differently.

We all need much grace in these days. One failing of the church is that they judge as did the Laodiceans. They equate material success with spiritual success. Many would lament leaving behind a nice home in a gated community to live in a fifth wheel trailer in a rural location. Yet I perceive the hand of God and great grace in what has transpired. Sodom was a comfortable and affluent place to reside, but not on the day that fire fell from heaven. Those who dwelt in a cave in the hills were in a more favorable place on that day.

Following is the testimony of this sister in Christ. I have edited it slightly for posting to the Parables Blog.


I have been reading your parablesblog for close to a year now. I enjoy receiving them via email. I am in agreement with so much of what you are posting.

My family was in attendance at the Lakeland Revival with Todd Bentley last May/June. We were attending a large Assembly of God church. We felt something was wrong with us as we were not manifesting the things others were. We saw false signs and wonders in the sky. We even believed to have seen miracles. Somehow I knew something was missing. I bought the Todd Bentley CD about soaking in the presence of God. As I listened to this CD I knew it was a spirit, but not that of our Lord. We renounced the Revival and I cried out to the Lord for truth.

Last July, he answered my prayer and very quickly. We were living in a beautiful 3 bedroom home in a gated community in Florida. I had moved there as a Regional Director for the business office of the SE division of a large Assisted Living Company in Aug 2006. I was making quite good money and believed the Lord had blessed us.

Last year, as I was putting a screened lanai on the back and front of the house ( I had wanted this for 2 years), I felt the Lord telling us to move. Then a few weeks later I felt him telling me “RV.” I was asking him... “are you sure?”

By this time I had left the Assisted Living position and taken another, but was fired for not committing medicaid fraud. A few months after that I was hired as director over 2 thrift stores for a homeless ministry. Like you, I worked with some wonderful men in the program and thought much higher of what I was going to do for the Lord than I believe he had planned for me. I was laid off 11 months later.

We sold much of our furniture, had many yard sales, and purchased a 5th wheel trailer. We bought 1.8 acres in the mountains of Tennessee and here we are. We have had much trial and tribulation.

Upon moving into the trailer we found a mold problem. It took 3 months for the dealer to fix it so we were in a small cabin. We had no septic, or water on our property we bought. Praise the Lord, He provided $6,000 for us upon arriving that paid for the septic, well, and temporary electric.
We moved onto the property on March 8, 2009. Our water is not filtered yet, so we buy water at the store, but have some for bathing and dishes. I am still out of work....70+ resumes later. I have had some breaks in the unemployment, so we are really learning to appreciate the necessities in life.

We now use the Laundromat for 4 of us, and only have a small refrigerator that doesn't freeze right most of the time. (Borrowed a small dorm size also from friends.) So we have had a huge change of life. However, I am content with what we are going through.

Some tried to tell us it was the enemy, but I have been at peace with what I believe the Lord is allowing in order for us to be changed and humbled. We want to be overcomers and there is no alternative for us but to allow the Spirit of the Lord and for God to have his way in our lives. Your posts have been a tremendous comfort for what we are walking through.
My husband did receive employment about 2-3 weeks after we arrived in November, but it is only at $9.50 per hour. So we truly have had to change our lifestyles and are so grateful to be here in this place. The Lord has truly answered our prayers and we are grateful even as it has been a difficult challenge for us.

We have two boys ages 12 and 15 and they have accepted the change very well. We have been planting fruit trees and our first garden! Our boys have had the opportunity to attend a Christian School here that is a minsitry and doesn't charge tuition. I Praise the Lord for this opportunity for them. They love their new school and classmates. May the Lord continue to sound the alarm for the remnant to awaken out of their slumber and come to the place He is calling them. Please keep up the work you are doing for the Lord. It is a blessing to us out here in the wilderness.
Love In Christ,
Donna S.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sinister Things Coming

Joseph Herrin (07-30-09)

Sinister is originally a Latin term for left or to the left (and by extension, left-handedness)... It is often used to mean evil.

I have written two posts previously that mentioned the symbolism of Barack Obama being left-handed. No offense is intended toward those readers who are themselves left-handed, or who have loved ones who are. If you are a frequent reader of this Blog, you will be aware that I focus much upon Parables; seeing significance in details and events. Yahweh speaks to His people through parables, and no detail is without significance. Yet we must be led of the Spirit to discern the meaning of the details, and they do not always represent the same thing for all people.

We often are given understanding of what specific details mean as we compare other facts associated with a person, action, event, or thing. There has been a wealth of sobering facts associated with the current President of the United States. It has been mentioned previously that the day the election returns came in and Barack Obama was announced as the next President of the United States, the winning numbers in the pick three lottery in his home state of Illinois came up as 6-6-6.

Following on the heels of Obama’s presidential victory was the announcement that the Secret Service had ordered a new, heavily armored, Cadillac for him to ride in. The Secret Service nicknamed this vehicle “The Beast.”

Obama Riding in The Beast

You may note the Factfile in the lower left hand corner reports that the length of this vehicle is 18 feet. That is 6+6+6 feet. (Even the name Barack Hussein Obama has 18 letters.) It is also noted on the above picture that bottles of the President’s blood are kept on board in case he needs an emergency transfusion. The Beast contains the blood of the President and it has night vision cameras so it can see clearly into the darkness. (These are symbolic details.)

The President’s promotion of abominations has led many to speak of America as becoming the Obama-Nation. I do not doubt that there is something signified in the sound of his name when it is attached to the word nation. The President wasted no time in making his support of homosexuality known, declaring June of 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. The statement he released contained the following words:

LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society... I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants... The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect. My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a wide range of initiatives... NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.

Compare these words to that of the holy God of creation and the apostles of Christ.

Leviticus 18:22
You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.

Leviticus 20:13
If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.

Romans 1:26-27
God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

Jude 7-8
Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example, in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire. Yet in the same manner these men, also... defile the flesh...

Observing the manner in which Barack Obama has defied the judgment of God, calling an abomination a virtue, speaking of those who defile the flesh and indulge in gross immorality as manifesting “the best qualities we seek in public servants”; noting how he has declared that those who commit detestable acts have “strengthened the fabric of American society,” I am reminded of the words of the apostle Paul as he rebuked another man who sought to refute, overturn, and repudiate the words of the living God.

Acts 13:9-10
But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze upon him, and said, "You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?”

Barack Obama has described the judgment of Yahweh as “prejudice and discrimination.” Truly he has set his throne above the throne of God. Do not all who disannul the judgment of Yahweh stand as usurpers and act in a sinister manner? It is appropriate that he used his left hand to sign this proclamation.

In the past couple days there have been a number of people who have forwarded to me an urgent letter that was sent out by Rick Joyner, the head of Morningstar Ministries. Mr. Joyner wrote to sound an alarm at the great evil he has perceived to be present in what is being touted as the “Health Care Reform Bill.” This bill was narrowly defeated this week, but it will not go away. It will remain in focus until it is passed. In reading what Rick Joyner had to say I was struck by the following comment he made.

This statement is the only one that is capitalized in the entire writing. It is a declaration of great force, and immediately I thought of the relation between the word “sinister” and left-handedness. I had just posted a blog a few days before titled The Left Hand of the Beast.

It contained the following:

The left hand signifies that which is sinister, evil, cunning, and diabolical...

The website Wikipedia relates the following information on societal associations to left-handedness.

In more technical contexts, 'sinistral' may be used in place of 'left-handed' and 'sinistrality' in place of 'left-handedness'. Both of these technical terms derive from sinestra, a Latin word meaning 'left'. Left hand shakes are a sign of disrespect. In Hebrew, as well as in other ancient Semitic and Mesopotamian languages, the term "hand" was a symbol of power or custody. The left hand symbolized the power to shame society, and was used as a metaphor for misfortune, natural evil, or punishment from the gods... Meanwhile, the English word sinister comes from the Latin word sinestra, which originally meant "left" but took on meanings of "evil" or "unlucky" by the Classical Latin era... The contemporary Italian word sinistra has both meanings of sinister and left. The Spanish siniestra has both, too, although the 'left' meaning is less common and is usually expressed by izquierda, a Basque word that made its way into Portuguese too. In Portuguese, the most common word for left-handed person, canhoto, was once used to identify the devil...

I will share a portion of that which Rick Joyner has written.

By Rick Joyner

When I read the brief on what was contained in the National Health Care bill that is now being presented before Congress, I could not believe I was reading something that was actually being considered in the United States of America. This is not about money or government mismanagement—this is about something far more diabolical than that. As incomprehensible as it may seem, this is about euthanasia, the power to determine who lives or dies in America. Hitler and Stalin would have loved to have had a means such as this for dispatching the millions they killed—it would have made their job much easier, and probably given them the ability to kill many more than they did. THIS BILL IS THAT SINISTER. This is not a joke—this is actually the nature of what is being proposed in the National Health Care legislation, and it is the obvious reason why the Obama Administration wants to ram it through Congress before anyone gets a chance to read it...

This bill is obviously designed to put the authority to determine who lives and dies in America into the hands of government bureaucrats. As outrageous as that seems, it is true—you can read it yourself. It even gives the government access to all of your accounts, and the authority to make withdrawals. I know this is hard to believe, but you can read it yourself...

It is beyond anything I thought I would ever see in my lifetime that such a bill could ever be seriously considered in the U.S. Congress. This bill has the potential for totalitarian control to be imposed on America to a degree that Hitler and Stalin could not have even imagined. With the technology available now, totalitarian control can very quickly be imposed to a degree far beyond what was attained by either the Nazis or the Communists, and this bill has provisions in it for just that. It mandates the sharing of all of your personal information, from just about every conceivable source, with the new health care bureaucracy being set up to implement this national health care system. The penalties for trying to escape this web are serious. This would actually make America into a national concentration camp, and we can be sure that ultimately it will be a national death camp. You do not have to take my word for it—read it for yourself. Below I will include a brief on this bill so that you can look it up, chapter and verse.

I am a pastor and a watchman, and I therefore have a mandate to watch out for the people, and to sound the alarm when I see a threat. I have never seen one like this before. Even so, I have prayed for restraint and calm as I address this, and do not want to exaggerate anything... However, with all due respect (and I mean this), what is coming out of the Obama Administration is evil, more evil than anything I thought I would ever see in America. It is time to call it what it is.

In the early 1990s, myself and a few other prophetic friends were all shown separately, but at the same general time, that the same evil that gained access to Germany in the 1930s was going to seek access to America. I have shared this often since then, and have made many trips to Germany to seek to understand what happened there. Col. Eugene Bird became one of my dearest friends, and I spent many days with him listening to what he had learned about this, which was considerable. Col. Bird was the U.S. Commandant of the Spandau Prison that held the Nazi war criminals, and ultimately became the one many considered to be the foremost authority on Nazi Germany. Bird’s insight into how evil can gain entry into the human soul and into governments was remarkable, but I always had trouble seeing a connection that would allow what happened there to actually happen in America. Bird often chastised me for this, warning that it could easily happen in America (Col. Bird lived most of his life in Germany, where he became loved and esteemed by that nation, but he remained a patriotic American to the end). Bird often explained how the evil spirit of death that took over Germany gained entry through its health care system. Now it is easy to see what he was talking about in what is being proposed by the Obama Administration.

In Germany, the National Socialists (Nazis) gradually desensitized the nation to death beginning with abortion. Then they quietly, seemingly with the most noble intentions, rounded up the retarded and insane, claiming that the state could take much better care of them, but no one ever saw or heard from them again. Then they did the same with the elderly. As word slipped out that they were being euthanized, it was explained that war made it necessary to eliminate all of the “useless eaters” so that the troops could be fed, as well as those who worked for the war machine. By that time, the grip of control was too strong for anyone to protest or they would also be sent to the camps. Life became cheaper and cheaper, people became more and more depraved, and millions were slaughtered in the death camps.

America is following a parallel course. If Hitler had a tool such as the health care bill that is being proposed by Congress, along with the technology of control now available, it would have made his task much easier and more effective, and probably resulted in many millions more having been easily murdered...

I realize that by writing with this tenor, I risk being considered an extremist, and maybe risk many relationships, but I cannot be concerned about that. With such an extreme evil threatening our country, I would have a difficult time standing before the Lord on that great judgment day if I did not speak up as boldly, as clearly, and as loudly as I can...

Last night on Fox News, a former Clinton Administration council to the President stated courageously that this bill was not just about money, it was about euthanasia. The money part does not make any sense at all, but now that the real evil that is driving this can be clearly seen, we can understand that the Administration really does not care about saving money or providing health care for everyone; rather it is about control. There is already talk about this being about saving money by being able to euthanize the baby boomers so they will not have to be paid social security, or weigh down the health care system with their needs. I’m not ready to go that far, but that is obviously why the Florida congressman declared that this bill was a death sentence for the elderly. That is true.

The only commandment with a promise that it will go well with us, and that we may live long, is the commandment to honor our fathers and mothers. This commandment is found in both the Old and New Testaments (see Ephesians 6:2-3). Killing them when they can no longer be productive, as Hitler and Stalin resolved to do, is the most dishonorable thing we could ever do, and we can be sure will bring the opposite to the blessing promised. As you read the bill, and see how excessively long they stay on the point of being able to determine what and if any care is given to the elderly, you will see it really is chilling. It is obvious this is a primary purpose of those who wrote this bill. I know this sounds far-fetched, and I would not have believed it myself a few days ago, but just read it for yourself.

Although I differ with Rick Joyner greatly on many things, including his advice to lean upon the arm of the flesh to turn back this evil legislation, I find agreement with his characterization of what is set forth here as being sinister and diabolical.

It is not coincidence that the government has hyped the flu pandemic so widely since Obama has been in office. It is not coincidence that his major work thus far has been to enlarge the role of government in the health sector. There is a diabolical cunning of great intelligence being observed here. In the name of health care and the national good, an entire nation of people will be reduced to slavery. They will soon look back and wonder how this occurred, and too late they will understand that they placed the power over their lives into the hands of leaders that did not care for them.

You may ask why I disagree with the advice to seek a political means of overturning this legislation. It is because the Spirit is testifying that judgment has been determined for America. It will not relent. The nation, and particularly the church in it, have been called to repent and they have not wanted to repent. The judgment will not now be turned back. Yahweh has testified that this is so, even when Miss USA fell the past two years in a row at the Miss Universe Pageant.

In 2007 and 2008 Miss USA fell on the world stage. The repetition of this sign serves the same purpose as Pharaoh’s dreams that were repeated.

Genesis 41:32
Now as for the repeating of the dream to Pharaoh twice, it means that the matter is determined by God, and God will quickly bring it about.

The matter is determined, and it will quickly come to pass. America will fall. She has been given into the hands of evil men who are skilled in destruction, even men that her citizens elected to rule over them.

Ezekiel 21:31
And I shall pour out My indignation on you; I shall blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and I shall give you into the hand of brutal men, skilled in destruction.

The matter has already been determined by God. Yahweh has spoken by signs, dreams and through many prophets. These things are coming swiftly. The nation that has known great liberty will be enslaved. Her freedoms will be taken away and the legislation to accomplish the captivity of the people has already been written.

I have shared in recent months that Yahweh has been directing many people to make preparations to flee, and to endure a wilderness experience. Just yesterday I was invited by an elderly Christian brother in his 80s to go with him to look at a small motorhome that was for sale. He ended up purchasing it, and I have no doubt that it was the Spirit of the Lord that inspired him to do so.

The hour is late and all the people of God need to be seeking to know the mind of the Father. They need to hear and obey. Through all that is coming Yahweh will raise up a people who will stand to the praise of His glory. Many will be purged, purified and refined. The days will be fiery and full of trials, but they will accomplish the desire of the Father.

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

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Opening Blind Eyes; Unstopping Deaf Ears

Joseph Herrin (07-27-09)

Isaiah 42:18-20
Hear, you deaf! And look, you blind, that you may see. Who is blind but My servant, or so deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is so blind as he that is at peace with Me, or so blind as the servant of Yahweh? You have seen many things, but you do not observe them; your ears are open, but none hears.

These words of the prophet have, with rare exception, always described the people of God. It was true in Isaiah’s day. It was true in the day of Christ’s first appearance upon the earth. It is also true today.

We often marvel and are filled with joy when we read of Christ restoring sight or hearing to one who was formerly blind or deaf. These things are miracles. They are remarkable events. If the restoration of physical sight and hearing are a wonder and a cause of rejoicing, how much more is there cause for celebration when a man or woman has their spiritual senses opened ad they begin to see and hear things they never discerned before?

I can remember a moment in my life when God touched me and opened my eyes to see things that had formerly been hidden. Life in Christ has not been the same since.

In the late 1990s a man named Monty Stratton moved, with his wife Renee, to Central Georgia. He was led to fellowship at a church congregation where I was one of five ministers. Monty ministered prophetically, and during his time among us he began working on a book that he intended to publish. The book was titled The Unveiling...

Monty was not trained as a writer, and he needed assistance editing the book. Somehow the Spirit of Christ brought me into the picture, and I was chosen to edit his book for grammar and punctuation. The book needed lots of work in this area, and I set to work editing it. This work required that I pay very close attention to all that was written. In many cases I had to find a way to express some truth in a better grammatic fashion without altering the meaning. This led to a deep consideration of all that was written. In the process, Yahweh opened my eyes.

Monty spent a good portion of the book speaking of various parables contained in the Scriptures. The Tabernacle of Moses was one such parable. Monty shared how the three parts of the Tabernacle corresponded to the three parts of man. The Outer Court represented man’s body. The Holy Place represented man’s soul. The Most Holy Place represented man’s Spirit.

Monty then brought forth other correspondences. The Outer Court also represented Salvation, for it was there that the altar was found and the sacrifices made. The Inner Court (Holy Place) signified Sanctification, this being a work of the Holy Spirit. The Table of Shewbread and the Golden Lampstand are found there. The Most Holy Place stood for Habitation. It is the place of abiding with Christ.

This three fold structure was then revealed in other patterns throughout Scriptures. The Feasts of God are also three-fold and have a perfect correspondence with this pattern. Passover, when the Lamb was slain, also relates to Salvation and the Outer Court. It is where we all begin our walk with the Lord. Pentecost pertains to the Spirit, for it was at that time that He was given to the church, and it relates to the Inner Court, Sanctification, and the soul of man. Tabernacles speaks of abiding. It typifies a time when God and man will dwell together in uninterrupted fellowship. It is the only Feast to not yet have found its spiritual fulfillment among the people of God.

As I read Monty’s words describing these very familiar objects I had heard about all of my life, since childhood, I began to see them as I never had before. What were formerly physical objects began to appear as spiritual truths. The invisible Kingdom of God began to appear before my eyes as I saw substance in what had been shadows. I began to see the anti-types hidden in the types. From that moment forward the Scriptures opened up to me in an entirely new way, and so did many other things around me.

Having observed how our Father speaks through symbols in the Bible, I began to see meaning in the natural world around me, for it has the same Author. I began to observe messages in ordinary events. For example, some years ago when I was at a different church where I had high hopes of ministering fruitfully among the saints the wife of a close friend called and asked if we could pick her up. She said she was out shopping and the starter in her car went out.

My wife and I quickly agreed to go pick her up. I got in our car and turned the key in the ignition, and our car too would not start. The starter had gone out in our car at the same moment. As I was standing by my car and pondering this unusual event the phone rang. It was one of the minister’s of the church asking me if I could meet with them that night. They had been considering inviting me to become a minister among them, and I thought surely this must be the reason for the meeting.

That night I was very much caught off guard when the two ministers present expressed dismay over some teachings I had shared with them in a book I had written. Their upbringing in a traditional denominational church would not allow them to accept anything different. They told me that as long as I held to the teaching in question, they would not permit me to teach among them, or to take communion with them.

Afterwards I saw plainly the meaning of the car’s starter failing. Vehicles represent ministries, and this car that I had fully expected to start, would not. This opportunity for ministry that I fully expected to materialize, also did not start. Observing how God had so perfectly ordered my steps, and revealing the parallel between these two events, brought me comfort in knowing that Yahweh was fully in charge of all things. He had told me beforehand what would happen, and reflecting upon it after the matter took place brought me a sense of peace in the midst of my disappointment and sorrow.

From the moment Yahweh opened my eyes to the mystery of the ways in which He communicates to His people, I have begun to discern His speech in many more areas. Yahweh began to speak to me through numbers. He began to speak to me through signs in the heavens, and through signs upon the Earth. He began to speak to me through movies and songs, through life’s events and their many details. I am always pondering and reflecting upon what I observe and experience. It is as if my eyes have been opened, and now I cannot help but see things all around me that I did not formerly observe.

It has been my joy to see others have their spiritual senses opened as well. I know men and women who are walking with their spiritual senses open. They are also observing things that most men and women pass right by. They are discerning Yahweh’s speech when most of His people remain deaf and blind.

How fitting that Yahweh used a book titled The Unveiling... to open my eyes. For those interested in the book, it was self-published by Monty and I do not know where it can be found. However, the book itself contains no special power to open blind eyes. Christ simply chose to reach out His hands and touch me at that moment, and He used this book like the mud that He placed upon the blind man’s eyes. It was not the mud that held any special power. The power lay in the hands of the One who applied it.

Many other people have read Monty’s book and have failed to experience the same thing I did. A number have heard me speak and read my messages on the parables of God all around us, and they too have had their senses opened. I delight when I observe this spiritual sensitivity in men and women around me. I have had wonderful conversations with my daughter Kristin as she has spoken of some wonderful way in which God has communicated to her.

Kristin has wanted a horse for some time, but she did not know if the Father would have her to purchase one, for the hour is late and uncertain days lie ahead. A couple weeks ago a young man from her church volunteered to let her keep one of his family’s horses in the field at the home where she is staying. She was delighted by this, and the horse was brought over.

The horse is not too active, so it is a good horse for a beginning rider to learn on. The reason for the horse’s gentleness has much to do with her age. The horse is 25 years old. Her name is Midnight.

Last week Kristin called me and told me she was feeling bad for the horse. I asked her what was wrong. She said the horse’s owner came over. The owner was concerned that the horse may be pregnant, and that giving birth at her age may kill her. He therefore gave her a shot that would cause her to miscarry. Kristin said the horse broke out in a sweat. She was tossing her neck around, and manifesting many signs of great discomfort. The horse would even lie on the ground at times, panting.

I have not spoken to Kristin yet about the symbolism of this. Two days ago I read Benjamin Baruch’s book titled The Day of the Lord is at Hand. Repeatedly in the book he stated that we are now at the MIDNIGHT hour. As I read this statement the Spirit quickened within me the symbolism of my daughter’s horse.

The church is like this horse. In her old age she is destined to give birth to a Man-child. Sons must come forth in the image of Christ. This birthing process will be very severe, and it could cause the death of the woman who gives birth. This symbolism is seen in Rachel who died giving birth to Benjamin, the 12th and last son of Jacob. Rachel named her son Benoni - son of my sorrow, but Jacob changed his name to Benjamin - son of the right hand. (Is it not symbolic that at this hour the Pope has broken his right hand? There are many impostors who would take to themselves the role reserved for the overcomers in Christ.)

There are many, in pondering the great distress that the church must go through to bring forth offspring for Christ during this Midnight hour, who would suggest that the life growing within her be aborted that her own life might be spared. Already, we have observed the church aborting many sons. They have caused her distress as they have been being formed into the likeness of Christ, and the church has concluded that it is better to live free of distress than to bring forth offspring for Christ. She has cast away many who were advancing to maturity within her even as the world is sickened with the evil of abortion. These sons are left to struggle for life outside the camp of Christianity, but God is there to help them.

I anticipate that in coming days we will see many offering counsel to destroy those who are taking on the shape of Christ within the womb of the church. The Pope will certainly be one such voice. There will also be Protestant voices offering the same counsel. Many would seek to preserve the church as she now is, even though she is a beast, rather than putting her through the suffering necessary to bring forth spiritual offspring. But the birth pangs will come. The Scriptures testify to this fact. A day of tribulation is at hand.

Well, I have digressed from the theme of this post. It is hard to not speak of those things that now appear so evident, things which were formerly hidden. The messages of God are all about us if we have eyes to see and ears to hear. I pray that many of God’s sons and daughters might have their spiritual senses opened.

I do delight to hear of those who are now seeing when previously they saw nothing. May we all have the testimony of the man whose eyes were opened by the Lord. “I once was blind, but now I see!”

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

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Soap Bubble in Cygnus

Joseph Herrin (07-25-09)

Yahweh uses the heavens as His celestial message board. From the opening chapter of the Old Testament we read that the heavenly bodies serve as signs.

Genesis 1:14
Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs...

When Yahweh performs a work, He attests to that work through the prophetic voice of the heavenly chorus. We see a clear example of this when the wise men from the East observed the heavens and understood that a particular star was being used to foretell of the birth of the King of the Jews. Yahshua testified that such signs would also attend the days before His return.

Luke 21:25-26
There will be signs in sun and moon and stars and on the earth, dismay among nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world...”

It is certain that nothing in Yahweh’s creation occurs without purpose or symbolism. Yet many signs pass before the eyes of the saints without notice, or understanding. To understand a message that Yahweh is declaring, we must know the language He is speaking in.

For many years I have been interested in Biblical astronomy. I have three books on the topic that I use as references when I ponder some celestial news event. These books are The Gospel in the Stars by Joseph Seiss, The Heavens Declare by Wiliam D. Banks, and The Witness of the Stars by E.W. Bullinger. This latter book can be read online.

All three of these men acknowledge their profound debt to Frances Rolleston, who in her 80s published the book Mazzaroth; or the Constellations. Her book is also available online, having been first published in 1862.

The word Mazzaroth is the Hebrew word that equates to the English Zodiac. The word Mazzaroth is found in Scriptures, in a context that plainly indicates that Yahweh has set the stars in the heavens, named them, and uses them for signs and messages for those with understanding.

Job 38:31-33
Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion? Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth?

I do not claim any great scholarship in understanding the heavenly signs. I got a rather late start in looking into such things, as the churches I was raised in viewed all heavenly signs as demonic, as if Satan owned the heavens and only pagan astrologers would presume to look for messages there.

I think it is tragic that the church at large shows such disdain for what is written in the heavens. There are profound examples of Yahweh announcing His greatest works on earth through signs in the heavens. The announcement of the birth of Messiah was announced in the heavens, and those with understanding in that hour understood the message correctly.

Matthew 2:1-2
Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him."

The Mazzaroth (Zodiac) is the great heavenly Way. Day after day the Sun travels through its course in the heavens until it passes through all twelve constellations and their 36 lesser constellations called decans. These constellations bear names that can be traced back to ages of great antiquity, with evidence that they were known among men before the flood of Noah.

I suppose one of the reasons Christians have disdained this heavenly testimony is that they so seldom lift their attention above this earth, for the world and the things in it has captivated their hearts. Is it not symbolic that one must cast their gaze up away from the earth to the heavens wherein God dwells in order to discern what He is speaking there? We can be so earthly focused that we fail to recognize the witness of God in the heavens.

Each of the twelve constellations, and their associated decans, declare the gospel of God. The plan of redemption is written large in the heavens. The first constellation is Virgo, and it depicts the virgin who gives birth to the Son of God. The last of the constellations is Leo, representing the Lion of the Tribe of Judah who comes back to establish His kingdom upon the earth.

There is a noteworthy astronomical news item being reported on at this time. Some amateur astronomers discovered a Nebula in the constellation Cygnus. This nebula is extraordinary in appearance, resembling a soap bubble.

Jim Bean, a brother in Christ from California, forwarded to me an article on this discovery, and I became intrigued by it.

Amateur Astronomers Discover ‘Soap Bubble’ in Space

It looks like a soap bubble, but it's about five light-years across and floating in deep space. Three amateur astronomers in California found the beautiful planetary nebula a year ago, and they have now been officially recognized as its discoverers. Officially named PN G75.5+1.7, the "soap bubble nebula" is the remnant of a dying star that shed its outer shell about 22,000 years ago. It lies about 4,000 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus. Chemical engineer Dave Jurasevich was the first to see it on July 6, 2008, at the Mount Wilson Observatory near Pasadena, Calif. Nearly two weeks later, on July 17, 2008, medical professionals Keith Quattrocchi and Mel Helm, both of the Fresno area, independently spotted it from their Sierra Remote Observatories high in the California mountain range.

One of the first things I did was to look at the constellation in which this unusual nebula was found, for the constellations provide the background, or context, for understanding heavenly signs.

Cygnus is The Swan. The names of the stars in this constellation date back to ancient times. They are full of meaning, and found within Cygnus is another asterism which is called The Northern Cross. This is the most perfectly shaped cross found in the heavens. The swan carries the cross on its back. Following is an excerpt from The Gospel in the Stars by Joseph Seiss.

As the white dove is the emblem of the Holy Ghost, so the elegant, pure, and graceful swan is a fitting emblem of Him who, dying, sends forth the glad river of living waters... (Note: Cygnus is a decan of the Constellation Aquarius, who is figured as The Water Pourer.) This swan is on the wing, in the act of rapid flight, “circling and returning,” as its name in Greek and Latin signifies. It seems to be flying down the Milky Way, in the same general direction with the river which pours from the heavenly urn.

Aquarius - The Water Pourer

The principal stars which mark its wings and length of body form a large and beautiful cross, the most regular of all the crosses formed by the constellations. It is thus the bird of matchless beauty, purity, dignity and grace, bearing aloft the cross, and circling with it over the blessed waters of life; whilst in the naming of its stars, the brightest is Deneb, the Lord or Judge to come; Azel, who goes and returns; Fafage, glorious, shining forth; Sadr, who returns as in a circle; Adige, flying swiftly; Arided, he shall come down; and other words of like import, we find strong identifications of this lordly bird-king of the waters with Him who, through the preaching of the cross... cries and says, “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.”

William D. Banks, in his book The Heavens Declare, adds the following information concerning Cygnus.

The star names of CYGNUS are all in agreement, The Lord or judge is Coming Again Quickly. His journey has been similar to a circle, in that it brings Him back again from whence He departed. He Shall Come Down, and His Coming Down Again shall be a Glorious Shining Forth of His resplendent majesty... This is the same Jesus who came back again to us from the dead, appearing to the disciples and many witnesses at His first resurrection, and who has promised that He will yet come to us again from heaven the second time when He comes in glory and judgment.

Acts 1:9-11
And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was departing, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them; and they also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven."

We read then in the skies the background of this recent heavenly discovery. Cygnus testifies of the Lord and Judge returning in glory. He bears the cross on His back, for He must deliver the cross to His people that they might be purged, purified and refined. He is coming swiftly, and His intent is to prepare a Bride who will be without spot or blemish.

This message of Christ coming to cleanse His bride is reinforced in the name that describes this Nebula. It is called “the Soap Bubble Nebula.” Soap and swans are not an unusual association, for swans are a symbol of that which is pure and clean, and their down is prized for its softness.

Swan Soap Logo

Swan Soap

I Corinthians 6:9-11
Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Yahshua Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.

Daniel 12:9-10
And he said, "Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time. Many will be purged , purified and refined; but the wicked will act wickedly, and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.”

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

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Wasting Your Talents

Joseph Herrin (07-24-09)

I have been kept busy with various tasks related to getting buses and motorhomes ready for different people this past week. This is the reason there have been no posts to the Parables Blog. My inbox is also full of unanswered e-mail. If you have written to me, I want you to know that I am not ignoring your letter, I simply have not had the time to attend to my e-mail.

I received some wonderfully encouraging letters from readers of the Parables Blog in response to the last post. There are some who look regularly, even daily, to see if something new has been posted. In my soul I desire to not disappoint. It is natural to want to please those who think well of you. We want to retain the high regard of those who esteem us. I would like to post something for people to read every day, but I have learned over the years that I cannot be led by my soul. I must be led of the Spirit of Christ in all that I do.

On days when I am spending much time doing physical labor as I have been doing lately, I at times wonder if I should not be writing and sharing some exhortation with the saints of God instead. I realize, however, that it is not for me to question God, or to even understand all things. We are called to not lean upon our own understanding, but in all our ways to acknowledge God. He has prepared works for us from before the foundation of the world. Yahweh’s Spirit is able to communicate to us daily those things He has determined for us.

It serves to keep me properly aligned to my heavenly Father when I am submissive and freely willing to do whatever He brings to me that day, without question. He desires that we all walk humbly before Him. Should I say that I am a minister, and called to write and teach, therefore I will not do manual tasks such as laying carpet in a bus or working on the battery system of a motorhome, I would be walking in pride. It should truly not matter to me how my Father chooses to employ me, for I am not my own possession. I have been bought with a price.

These lessons have been learned over many years. Up until 17 months ago I was employed by a local Rescue Mission as a manager at their Thrift store. This was a very humble job, and one which held little attraction to my soul. It also did not pay much, and there were many aspects of the job that were unpleasant. The Lord had me at the Mission for a little over three years, and He kept me there to humble me and to see if I would be content to do whatever He asked me to do.

I had hoped for a job at the Mission as a counselor to the men. Yet such a position never materialized, though it was promised. In previous years I had worked as a computer professional making a good income. I also had experience as a minister. When God led me to the Macon rescue Mission, my soul immediately cast up thoughts in my mind about how I might be best employed there for the good of the men and the advancement of the kingdom of God. Such thoughts were truly an example of how divergent man’s ways can be from God’s. He had something else in mind.

It is difficult to comprehend why Yahweh would call us to “waste our talents.” Yet there truly is no waste, other than in our own Adamic thinking. My mind could have reasoned that I could make far more money in the computer field, so why not pursue such a job and use the money to help others? I could have reasoned that I had experience as a minister and had things to offer to men struggling with addictions, so why not press the staff at the Mission to fully utilize those abilities?

Day after day, for several years, the Lord kept me toiling at tasks not of my choosing. He did not ask me what I wanted to do. He simply made known to me His will. I sought to do whatever He directed me to with integrity and a spirit of excellence. I knew that there were things being accomplished in me that could be worked out in no other way. Truly our Father has all wisdom and understanding and He appoints for His sons and daughters that which is best for them. Many who lean upon their own understanding, and who determine to choose what they believe best, forfeit the benefit they can gain no other way than being surrendered to the will of the Father.

The Father has at regular intervals tested me in these things. In 1999 He directed me to leave my job as a computer professional and embark upon a ministry of writing. It was at that time I began writing books and articles which I shared freely on the Heart4God website. This continued until 2004. I had a growing mailing list and was given progressively more understanding of God’s kingdom and His ways. The revelations I was given were precious things, and much needed by the body of Christ, yet in 2004 the Lord directed me to lay it all down. He had me sell my computer, quit writing, and for the next four years He led me down many paths, through many trials, and I found myself laboring at a rescue mission thrift store.

Day after day I would walk up the hill from the small house on the Mission’s property that I shared with another man. I would pick-up those Mission residents who were assigned to work at the thrift store that day, and I would drive them to work. I supervised the men as they received donations, sorted out and prepared goods for sale. I drove a forklift to move thousand pound bales of clothing that I arranged to be shipped to an international seller. I swept floors, stocked shelves, made sure the men had food to eat and drinks to keep them hydrated. I settled disputes and took care of a multitude of tasks that are concomitant with managing a thrift store.

God did give me many opportunities to speak to men about Christ, to offer a word of counsel or encouragement. I volunteered to preach at chapel services at the Mission a few times every month. Yet all was done “unofficially.” I had no position as counselor, or chaplain. I did not write any new books or post new writings for over three years. I accepted the humble and often unpleasant circumstances God had chosen for me. As I waited patiently on Him, I sought to perform all tasks with an excellent spirit.

It was helpful that I saw the same pattern in the lives of others of God’s sons over the years. Joseph, the son of Jacob, was the favorite son of a wealthy father. He was a rising star in his father’s household, and his father was entrusting him with increasing responsibility. He placed the long sleeved tunic upon Joseph, a symbol of inheritance. As Joseph was rising in this pleasant and responsible condition, Yahweh changed everything. Joseph was sold into slavery. Later he was falsely charged and placed in prison.

What a waste of talent for this young man who had so much potential. The Scriptures declare, and in ensuing years Joseph understood, that this abrupt change of course, this descent into very humble circumstances, was ordained of God. It was Yahweh who ordered Joseph’s every step.

Genesis 45:7-8
And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God...

Joseph may not have had liberty to choose another course. As a slave and a prisoner, he was greatly restrained. It is different for the children of God in this age. God makes known to us His will, but we can choose to obey His counsel, or to choose our own path. Most choose their own way. Few are the saints of God today who allow God to direct their steps in all things.

The church teaches Christians today to operate by common sense and logic. The church has despised the disciples’ cross, and this is reflected in their lives and their doctrines. The “Purpose Driven” lie is a mature manifestation of this deceit. This false doctrine instructs the saints to envision some purpose in their soul, some great work they can do for God, and then pursue it. What is absent from this teaching is any emphasis upon being directed by the Spirit in all things. There is no comprehension that God would have us to die to the counsel of our soul that we might walk by the Spirit at all times.

For more on this subject, I recommend the book Sabbath:

Yahweh will not lead men and women to great works who have not demonstrated first a complete surrender to His will and pleasure. If you will not accept the lowly and difficult path He has chosen for you, He will not entrust you with power and authority. If you seek things for self, even a ministry to others when God asks you to lay it down, then you will disqualify yourself for future advancement and usefulness in God’s house.

Understanding these things, I am content when God directs me to lay carpet in a bus for a sister in Christ, or to spend the day working on a brother’s motorhome. It is not for me to reason that my time could be better spent. When God reveals His desire, then it would be a manifestation of pride to think that I know better. He has not called me to employ logic, or the reasoning of my soul, to determine how I should spend my day. He has directed me to be led of His Spirit in all things.

Romans 8:14
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Yahweh spoke to Joseph through dreams when he was only 17 years old. He showed Joseph that promotion was coming to him. This promotion did not come immediately. What came immediately was demotion.

The Spirit is proclaiming that a day of promotion is at hand for a remnant of the people of God. Joseph is a type of those who will be promoted. Joseph’s brothers were shepherds, caring for their father’s sheep. Do you see the parable in this? As they were caring for the sheep, Joseph brought back a bad report of their behavior to their father. Joseph’s brothers hated him because of this.

Joseph walked in integrity. He took his responsibility in overseeing his father’s sheep seriously. He refused to participate in the evil behavior of his brothers. Much could be said about the evil behavior of ministers today. Many are hirelings. Many see their calling as shepherds to the flock of Christ as an opportunity for financial gain, as an opportunity to draw away sheep after themselves. Many are leading the sheep down paths that will result in great harm, and which will prevent them from attaining to Yahweh’s desire for them. Truly, an evil report has arisen in this hour, and those rare saints who refuse to participate in this evil evoke the wrath of their brothers.

The natural mind might think that those who are faithful after the pattern of Joseph would receive promotion from their Father. Indeed, they will. But first they will experience much worse things than their brothers. While their brothers are living large, enjoying wealth and liberty, those who are after the pattern of Joseph will find themselves humbled, placed in very restrictive settings, and experiencing many lowly circumstances.

If you will not drink from the cup of suffering presented to you by the Father; if you demand that you remain in a recognized place of ministry that is ever growing and increasing; if you will not lay it all down when the Father asks it of you, then you will fail to be qualified for promotion.

There will be very few saints who enter into places of promotion in coming days because they have refused to accept the low and humble path. Many have tasted what it was to have some success in ministry. They have begun to exercise spiritual gifting. When God’s Spirit then directed them to lay it down they were unwilling. Such thoughts did not make sense to them. They reasoned that they should always exercise their gifts to their fullest extent. Surely they should continue to labor where the need seemed great. And with such thoughts they have spurned the voice of the Spirit that was directing them to a low and humble place that appeared undesirable to the soul.

I can attest to the fact that Yahweh is not as concerned about the value of the things we know as He is with the characteristic of humility being found within us. We can know all mysteries and possess all knowledge and apart from a humble heart our words will be merely as a resounding gong and a clanging cymbal. Yahweh does not need our talents, and our knowledge. He can instruct prophets through the mouths of donkeys if He chooses. But He will not promote those who lack humility. He will not entrust power and authority to those who refuse the low position and the servant’s heart.

The world is at the precipice. The day of the Lord is at hand. Christ is coming for His overcoming, victorious ones. The signs of great upheaval are all around. A myriad of signs, prophecies and dreams have been given to reveal the lateness of the hour. There is only a brief season to get all things in readiness. God is moving upon His people. He is exposing areas that need quick attention. If they respond with corrected lives, with humility and the fear of God, they will ascend to the Lord in a day very close at hand.

Only those who walk with a humble heart before God and man will receive promotion. Do not let sensuality, pride, ambition, fear, covetousness, or any other thing keep you from the prize that awaits the overcomers. A separation is soon to be revealed among God’s people. Those who are approved and those who are not will soon become evident.

Pay close attention to what the Spirit is speaking. Do not delay in acting upon what He reveals. Die further to the Adamic life. Sink lower in humility. We must decrease that He might increase in us. Only those who are exceedingly humble will be separated unto the Lord as His own peculiar possession. Only those who live for Yahweh’s pleasure will ascend to the throne of God.

Revelation 3:21-22
“He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

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

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Monday, July 20, 2009

The Left Hand of the Beast

Joseph Herrin (07-20-09)

Barack Obama with His Left Hand on Rick Warren’s Shoulder

I have heard from a number of people who have stated that they look forward to each new blog posting. They have encouraged me to continue to send them out, and some have commented that they appreciate the details I share concerning my own preparations for days ahead, and those of others with whom I am familiar. Knowing what others are hearing from the Father, and the actions they are led to take, is affirming to many. The trials and experiences some are encountering, along with an explanation of what the Father is doing in them, is helpful to many who are seeking to discern the hour they live in and the things they are also experiencing.

I do appreciate the encouragement to continue to post words of instruction, revelation and exhortation to the saints of God. There are days when I experience some discouragement, particularly as I observe the near total lack of understanding of the hour we live in among the vast majority of Christians. Many who say they see, walk as though they do not see. Many say they hear, but they respond to what is being spoken by the Spirit of Christ as if they were deaf.

Isaiah 42:19-20
Who is blind but My servant, or so deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is so blind as he that is at peace with Me, or so blind as the servant of Yahweh? You have seen many things, but you do not observe them; Your ears are open, but none hears.

There are very few exceptions to this state of blindness and deafness. Where are the people of God who discern the hour and are standing in readiness? Ask yourself what you are doing that could be cited as evidence that you have seen and heard what Yahweh is declaring in this hour. Are you at ease? Are you living any differently from those who say they do not believe America is about to fall; who do not believe that the four horsemen of the apocalypse are being loosed among the nations? Are you warning others? Are you standing before the Lord daily to know what He would have you to do to prepare for the preservation of yourself and others?

This state of slumber is to be anticipated, yet it is grievous to behold. Christ and His apostles would not have warned the people of God so often about the danger of sleeping when the day of the Lord approaches if they did not foresee that this would be a common condition among Christians.

I Thessalonians 5:3-6
While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 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.

People of God, there are things that are coming that will shake the nations. These things will arrive with great suddenness, but they are not unannounced and they should not be unexpected. The Spirit has been testifying of these things, and His warnings have increased as the hour has grown closer. The Spirit is speaking to His people that they might get their hearts right before God. He is calling the materialistic to depart from their love of the world and all that is in it. He is calling the impure to separate themselves from the sins that defile them. He is calling those who are at ease to stir themselves up, to seek to know the will of the Father that they might do it, for the night is coming when no man can work.

Yesterday I received a link to an article posted by Time Magazine. It tells the story of a journalist who went to Saddleback Church, the largest church in America, where Rick Warren serves as pastor. The content of the article is alarming. It reveals the absolute deafness and blindness of a church that has fallen into a deep sleep. This “purpose driven” church has departed from all submission to the Spirit of Christ. They are “driven” by the reasoning of their own souls. In their search for social relevance they have become completely irrelevant to the kingdom of God.,9171,1910981,00.html

I encourage you to read the article and to watch the video at the end of it. Then consider how the things the churches are doing are the exact opposite of the apostolic admonition to “be alert and sober.” Judgment is at the door and multitudes of Christians will be swept away. A great many will abandon all pretense of faith in Christ, for they have been dying spiritually by degrees until there is little life left in them. In a time of adversity they will fall away.

Matthew 13:18-21
"Hear then the parable of the sower... the one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word, and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.”

The churches are filled with fair weather, happy, fun loving confessors of Christ. Thousands of churches have created an atmosphere where they attract such followers, as they seek to entertain them, to fill their lives with singing and dancing and sports and endless activities and amusements. Rick Warren, and a multitude of ministers like him, will be judged severely by God for failing to prepare the saints to stand in a day of trouble. Like Fred Winters, they will be struck down as they proclaim a message of “Come On, Get Happy.”

Rick Warren’s church is similar in character to Fred Winters’, who was shot dead in the pulpit after 22 years of ministry at this religious amusement center which is called a church. Following the same pattern, Saddleback Church has ball fields, indoor theater rooms, and their website reveals that they offer the following to keep the saints occupied: Basketball, Golf, Road Cycling, Bird Watching, Hiking, Running, Bowling, Horseback Riding, Ski & Snowboarding, Bridge, Men's Soccer, Softball, Classic Cars, Motorcycling, Surfing, Coed Soccer, Mountain Biking, Volleyball, Flag Football, Pilates, Walk & Worship, Racquetball, etc.. And the list of amusements goes on an on.

Do you wonder why, in this sensual age where the church has departed from holiness, obedience, and a Spirit led life in favor of all that is pleasing to the flesh that a church like Saddleback has attracted such large numbers? It sits in the heart of California, in Orange County, which is identified with every form of sensuality and lustful living. Would one expect to build a megachurch in Sodom and fill it with devoted, selfless, cross bearing disciples of Christ? No wonder that the message of the disciple’s cross, of self-control, of coming out of the world, is absent among them.

People of God, I hesitate to even point out the state of things at America’s megachurches, and the myriads of smaller congregations that emulate them. My fear is that those reading may say, “Well, at least I am not as bad as all that. Surely I am not deaf and blind and slumbering, for I can point my finger at Saddleback and say, ‘Shame on you.’”

In what way is your own life significantly different? Maybe you don’t run to the church and their organized activities for endless hours of amusement. Are you acting as if your life is not your own? Are you demonstrating by your life that doing the will of the Father is your utmost aim every day? Or are you at ease in Zion?

Perhaps you will say that you are not at ease, for you are working from sunup to sundown. But what are you laboring for? Are you laboring for the things that perish, or are you laboring for the kingdom of God? The people of Sodom and Gomorrah were busy on the day that the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed them all. They were planting, they were building, they were buying, they were selling, right up until the moment that their lives were lost.

The church has placed her saddle on the back of this world, and she is riding it for all it is worth. The hour is coming when God will give the world leave to turn upon the Christians who are occupied with worldly vanities, that they might consume their flesh.

Revelation 17:16-17
"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...”

The hour of this judgment is at the very door. This Scripture is soon to be fulfilled. The beast is arising. Barack Obama rides in an armored vehicle the Secret Service has dubbed “The Beast.” He gave his acceptance speech on the day the Illinois lottery came up with the numbers 6-6-6.

There are many signs of a sinister power arising. This power will be given authority and power to persecute worldly Christians, “for God has put it into their hearts to execute His purpose.” We are seeing the players who will accomplish the will of God being set in place and clearly identified.

Barack Obama is left handed.

The left hand signifies that which is sinister, evil, cunning, and diabolical. In a previous post I commented on this association. In checking just now I found that the post is no longer on the Parables Blog. I do not know what happened to it. However, I will cite a portion of it here.

The website Wikipedia relates the following information on societal associations to left-handedness.

In more technical contexts, 'sinistral' may be used in place of 'left-handed' and 'sinistrality' in place of 'left-handedness'. Both of these technical terms derive from sinestra, a Latin word meaning 'left'. Left hand shakes are a sign of disrespect. In Hebrew, as well as in other ancient Semitic and Mesopotamian languages, the term "hand" was a symbol of power or custody. The left hand symbolized the power to shame society, and was used as a metaphor for misfortune, natural evil, or punishment from the gods...

Meanwhile, the English word sinister comes from the Latin word sinestra, which originally meant "left" but took on meanings of "evil" or "unlucky" by the Classical Latin era... The contemporary Italian word sinistra has both meanings of sinister and left. The Spanish siniestra has both, too, although the 'left' meaning is less common and is usually expressed by izquierda, a Basque word that made its way into Portuguese too. In Portuguese, the most common word for left-handed person, canhoto, was once used to identify the devil...

On Monday June 8th Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor fell at LaGuardia airport in New York as she was rushing to get to her plane to keep a busy set of appointments with lawmakers in Washington, D.C.. Her stumble resulted in a fractured right ankle, but she continued on to the White House before going to a doctor to have the ankle examined and put in a cast.

On Wednesday, June 17th Hillary Clinton slipped and fell in the State Department garage as she was on her way to the White House. The fall resulted in a fractured right elbow that required surgery to repair.

This past week, Pope Benedict XVI, while vacationing, slipped in the bathtub and fractured his right wrist. As a result of the ensuing surgery, swelling, and the temporal inability to use his right hand, the Pope was forced to move his Papal signet ring to his left hand. This is the ring that supplicants kiss when they greet the Pope.

Each one of these world rulers of political and religious Babylon fractured a joint on the right side of their body. This has caused them to lean more heavily on the left. Surely the Lord is signifying something of importance in this, but a deaf, blind and slumbering body of Christians will observe nothing.

The political and religious beast are being marked out as the instruments of God to accomplish His purpose. He is placing power in their left side, the sinister side, to make all those in the harlot church system desolate and naked and to consume her flesh. The hour is fast approaching. It is far past time to come out of the harlot, to go outside the camp and bear the reproaches of Christ.

If you commit to following Christ unreservedly, to go where He says go, to do what He says do, to spend your money and your time as He directs, you will find that the world and a worldly church will stand against you. You will suffer persecution at the hands of man. Yet those who refuse to follow Christ in all things will find that the hand of almighty God is against them.

Is it not better to endure persecution by man, for great grace and reward will flow from the Father’s hands? His eye is ever upon those who cast their lives wholly over into His care. Yahweh will strongly support those who strive towards obedience. Nothing will ever be able to separate such disciples from the love of Christ.

People of God, every day there are new signs of the lateness of the hour. The government and religious systems are becoming increasingly intolerant of those who take a stand for righteousness and truth. Abominations are being celebrated, while holiness is trampled in the streets.

Soon we will see the Supreme Courts, the President, Congress, and religious leaders openly acting to silence all who stand for Christ in Spirit and in Truth. Multitudes of Christians with no depth of root will fall away in an hour of persecution. Woe to those shepherds who have failed to lead the flock of Christ in the way of righteousness and truth. Woe to those sheep who have followed after shepherds who led them astray, for they should have known the voice of the Great Shepherd and followed Him.

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