This morning the Lord woke me up before my alarm clock with a phrase ‘destructive storms’ which I found in psalm 57. What a perfect verse for these days we are facing! And note the tune which David instructs it to be sung to:
Psa 57:1 To the Chief Musician; [set to the tune of] “Do Not Destroy.” A record of memorable thoughts of David when he fled from Saul in the cave. BE MERCIFUL and gracious to me, O God, be merciful and gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge and finds shelter and confidence in You; yes, in the shadow of Your wings will I take refuge and be confident until calamities and destructive storms are passed. Psa 57:2 I will cry to God Most High, Who performs on my behalf and rewards me [Who brings to pass His purposes for me and surely completes them]!
There is no other place to find true refuge. The shelters of man can be destroyed by wind, water or earthquake. All that man has erected crumbles in the face of the power of the disasters unfolding day after day on this earth we live in. But what we must remember is that these are birth pangs and the intensity and close succession of them indicate that the crowning of the Head is at the door. One of the names which the Feast of Trumpets is known by is ‘The Crowning of the King’ and we are 2 weeks away from this date. So as David says, we must not only take refuge in Him alone but we must be CONFIDENT in Him. We must cry to Him Who brings to pass His purposes for us and surely completes them. Yes natural calamities are occurring like dominoes falling, but they are occurring to the hoof beat of the King of Glory riding in.
Psa 24:7 Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be lifted up, you age-abiding doors, that the King of glory may come in. Psa 24:8 Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
As winds roar and the earth shakes, we have to see with our spiritual eyes beyond the natural realm to what is occurring in the spiritual realm. The ancient gates of the nations are being shaken and the King of Glory, mighty in battle, is coming in to reap the final harvest of souls along with His co-laborers, the Bondslave Bride.
I am always amazed at the ways of the Lord. Before I read the news this morning, I took communion and asked Him where He wanted me to read and He said, “Read Haggai again”. I was a bit nonplussed because I had studied it thoroughly at the beginning of Elul when I did my message ‘Repentance and Resurrection Power’. The Spirit highlighted certain verses which, when I read about the Mexico earthquake after my quiet time, were a startling confirmation of what He is saying right now:
Hag 2:5 According to the promise that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit stands and abides in the midst of you; fear not. Hag 2:6 For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake and make tremble the [starry] heavens, the earth, the sea, and the dry land; Hag 2:7 And I will shake all nations and the desire and the precious things of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with splendor, says the Lord of hosts.
Saints, don’t be afraid. He is in the midst of you just as He promised and you are not going to face anything that is coming without His stable shielding presence. Yes, He is shaking the heavens, the earth, the sea and the dry land but He has definite purpose in it. He is shaking both the natural realm and all the nations in order to cause the precious things worldwide to come in – and just what are those precious things? They are the souls of men, women and children! You may have been praying for years for the harvest to come in; for your unsaved loved ones to come to the Lord. Well, now, right in the midst of the shakings, is the time when the things that formally made them feel secure are removed and their hearts are open to hear Truth. Have understanding of the times, precious saints. Seize the opportunity to speak boldly of the only place to find safe refuge. Tell them of the Rock of Ages Who is an unshakable foundation in the midst of earthquake, hurricane or flood:
Psa 46:1 GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble. Psa 46:2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas, Psa 46:3 Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
Now is not the time to cower in fear and act like those who have no god but themselves. Now is the time to arise and shine with the glory of the Lord upon you as the peoples come to the brightness of your rising amidst the dense darkness that is upon the nations. Now is the time to be a lighthouse for the tossing boats of lost humanity. You have already died and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:3) so there is no need to fear the loss of your own life. You are in the shadow of His wings. There is no safer place to be. You are part of the heavenly city which has been built by no human hand. Therefore the gale-force winds of earth cannot remove you from this position. You have within your earthen vessel the Spirit of the Living God Whose urgent purpose it is at this very hour to reap the harvest fields which stand white before your eyes. Waste no opportunity each day to speak of God’s saving power and the power of the Blood. The souls of men are ripe for Kingdom harvest.
You may have pictured yourself bringing people to the Lord in sunny meadows while birds sang overhead but God chose you to be here in this hour of world history. He has positioned you with geographical precision to take part in a harvest that will rival every other through Church ages. Snatch souls from the clutches of satan amidst the chaos unfolding as men endeavour to secure their temporal security. Let the love of the Bridegroom blaze in your heart as He hones your outlook to His laser-sharp focus. As the kingdoms of this world shake and fall, step in amongst the debris and retrieve the precious things of the earth; the souls which are already paid for with such an incredible price. Entrust your wellbeing to Him who is unable to fail you and work while day is still here; while the last rays of light illuminate what is truly of real value before your eyes. He is with you. Be still and know; quieten your pounding heart and recognise that HE IS GOD and all is unfolding as ordained so that He alone is exalted in the earth!
Psa 46:6 The nations raged, the kingdoms tottered and were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. Psa 46:7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our Fortress and High Tower). Selah Psa 46:8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has wrought desolations and wonders in the earth. Psa 46:10 Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!
I noticed something significant as I reread Haggai this morning. God said He will be doing two things at once in the day of shaking:
Hag 2:21 …I will shake the heavens and the earth; Hag 2:22 and I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations…
Hag 2:23 In that day, says the LORD of hosts, will I take you, O Zerubbabel, My servant, the son of Shealtiel, says the LORD, and will make you as a signet; for I have chosen you, says the LORD of hosts.’
‘In that day…’, at the same time as the shaking and the overthrowing of the kingdoms of men, in the midst of destroying the strength of kingdoms of the earth, God is taking those He has chosen and enduing them with the same authority a king’s signet ring carries. He is not only shaking; He is taking and making! (someone should write a rap song about this!) In these unsettling times, people need someone who speaks with authority, not like the countless scribes who record the natural happenings for the media daily. People need someone who has understanding of the times to speak so they can receive understanding and know what to do! In one report I read concerning hurricane Irma’s approach, my heart was moved by what the simple fisherman said:
Haiti’s northern coast was on hurricane alert, although in the town of Cap-Haitien residents appeared mostly unaware of the impending storm. “It’s thanks to word of mouth that we always learn about these things,” said Josue Rosse, as he crouched next to a tree trunk that he was digging out to make a boat. “We live on the edge of the sea but no one in authority has come to tell us what’s what.”
Did you hear that? “No one in authority has come to tell us what’s what!” Precious Bride of Christ, people everywhere are perishing for lack of knowledge and now it is urgent that someone who walks in authority comes and gives them understanding of the times. It’s not time to talk sport or indulge in vain or foolish talk. The power of life and death is in your tongue. Make the most of the time. Buy up every opportunity to swing the conversation towards the day of the Lord. Weighty words spoken in love, carrying authority and light to those who cannot see where they are going are what are needed now. Die to your own reputation before men and be bold. Souls are at stake.
On Tuesday a 16 year old young man called Zander died while surfing the waves accompanying Irma’s arrival. When I first read about this, I thought to myself, “How foolish!” but this morning I am seeing more clearly. This is actually a prophetic sign. Zander comes from the name Alexander, which means ‘defender of men, warrior’. Yes, Beloved, you will have to lay down your life for the cause of the Kingdom; to ride the spiritual wave with the original Defender of Men in this season. Your life is never going to be the same. Just as a pregnant woman’s life changes radically once the birth is complete. God has purposed to bring something forth in and through you right in the midst of what is unfolding on the world scene. He is looking for radical laid-down warriors who are willing to climb onboard without fear.
Irma’s winds are so powerful that they were setting off earthquake monitors and that was the day before the Mexico earthquake! While everyone in Mexico watched the progress of Irma decimating island after island. They had no knowledge that disaster was about to strike right under their own feet! Someone showed a small child a picture of the location on the map where this magnitude 8.1 earthquake occurred. Immediately the child said, “That looks like a shofar!” Out of the mouths of babes! And the earthquake occurred right at the position the mouth would blow on a shofar! The Lord is uttering His voice. He is sounding the warning shofar that the Day of the Lord is at hand and using the country of Mexico with its shofar shape to do it. Who will interpret His message to the countless number who stand at the brink of a Christ-less eternity? The quake even rocked Mexico City’s landmark Angel of Independence monument. The message is simple – this is not the time for prideful independence from God! Repent and return to the Lord in these days because everything that can be shaken WILL be shaken. Only what cannot be shaken will remain. It is no use trusting in anything that the pride of man has built. Only the Eternal God is a safe refuge for our souls. Listen to what Isaiah tells us will unfold:
Isa 2:10 Enter into the rock and hide yourself in the dust from before the terror of the Lord and from the glory of His majesty. Isa 2:11 The proud looks of man shall be brought low, and the haughtiness of men shall be humbled; and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. Isa 2:12 For there shall be a day of the Lord of hosts against all who are proud and haughty and against all who are lifted up–and they shall be brought low …Isa 2:17 Then the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. Isa 2:18 And the idols shall utterly pass away (be abolished). Isa 2:19 Then shall [the stricken, deprived of all in which they had trusted] go into the caves of the rocks and into the holes of the earth from before the terror and dread of the Lord and from before the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake mightily and terribly the earth.
And most of all, daily, moment by moment while the birthpangs continue, anchor your mind on Him, Bride of Christ, as you bring in the harvest of precious souls:
Isa 26:3 You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. Isa 26:4 So trust in the Lord forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].
As I have been following the accounts of both hurricane Harvey and Irma this week, the Spirit has been prompting me to reread some of the posts I have written concerning winds and the days we are in. I have been quite sobered when looking at the actual choice of words given me during the writing of ‘Stormy Winds That Do His Bidding’ and ‘The Spirit Wind Quartet’ (I will share the relevant sections below). For those of us who are alert and watching for the Lord’s return, the events that unfold in the natural realm often speak concerning spiritual principles and therefore give warnings.
1Co 15:46 Howbeit the spiritual is not first, but the natural; and afterward, that which is spiritual.
So it follows, first natural judgments and then spiritual judgments…In Isaiah 66, the prophet writes concerning coming judgments:
Isa 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire and with his chariots like a whirlwind to render his anger with fury and his rebuke with flames of fire. Isa 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD judge all flesh; and the slain of the LORD shall be multiplied.
Every day during Elul, the shofar or trumpet is blown calling people to repentance. With fire ravaging the western side of USA and hurricanes simultaneously slamming the eastern side, the picture is too graphic to ignore the message being trumpeted by this visual depiction of Isaiah 66:15. His chariots come like a whirlwind or hurricane – with hurricane Irma packing winds stronger than ever recorded before, so much so that they are setting off earthquake monitors, one trembles at the prospect of the arrival or landfall of His judgements in the lives of those who are not walking as He directs. He truly has begun the process of shaking everything that cannot be shaken and as much as those who serve Him fully have had knowledge of the verses that speak of this, the actual unfolding or manifestation of the process will test even our faith. The Hebrew word for hurricane means ‘to snatch away, to terminate utterly’. What a powerful description wrapped within this one word of those who are caught up by the Lord at His coming as opposed to those who have rejected Him. (In the revelations I received at the beginning of the year 5777, I shared concerning being swept up into the whirlwind of His ruby red cloak).
We know that we are now halfway through the month of Elul, which is the time when we are supposed to be taking stock of our lives and dealing with unrepented sin and all ungodliness of thought and life before the Feast of Trumpets. Beloved saints of God, watching the scenes unfold after Hurricane Harvey, it struck me that apart from the loss of life, there was massive loss of material possessions and homes. Huge piles of belongings sodden with dirty water piled up on pavements and I became aware of the huge difference between these scenes and those of similar flooding victims in Asia, who owned little in the way of worldly goods. Materialism is defined as ‘a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values’ and it is painfully apparent that the octopus tentacles of Mammon have laid hold of many victims as one views the aftermath of the flooding. It is almost as if the floodwaters have caused the contents of the interiors of these houses to be vomited out into plain view. I am not trying to minimise the suffering of these victims but seeing as we live in bodies which are our earthly ‘tents’ as Paul puts it, these scenes serve as a strong reminder that the day is coming when God makes manifest the counsel of men’s hearts and everything we have hidden in our hearts, including idols and secret ungodly ways will be put out to open view. The Spirit has been dealing with me strongly in the area of fleshly ways during Elul and the propensity to pander to the comfort of Self in me has been an eye-opener. In the midst of praying for the victims of these disasters, let us not ignore the spiritual lessons that their trials are speaking to us. I am reminded of the words of James:
Jas 5:1 COME NOW, you rich [people], weep aloud and lament over the miseries (the woes) that are surely coming upon you. Jas 5:2 Your abundant wealth has rotted and is ruined, and your [many] garments have become moth-eaten. Jas 5:3 Your gold and silver are completely rusted through, and their rust will be testimony against you and it will devour your flesh as if it were fire. You have heaped together treasure for the last days… Jas 5:5 [Here] on earth you have abandoned yourselves to soft (prodigal) living and to [the pleasures of] self-indulgence and self-gratification. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
Oh my goodness, ‘the pleasures of self-indulgence and self-gratification’! Exactly what the Spirit has been putting His finger on. I have been pondering the fact that hurricane Irma has passed over the Virgin Islands and there has been horrendous damage to property in these areas. We as the Bride of Christ are intended to be prepared as virgins for our Bridegroom, not having had intimacy with any other:
2Co 11:2 For I am zealous for you with a godly eagerness and a divine jealousy, for I have betrothed you to one Husband, to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 2Co 11:3 But [now] I am fearful, lest that even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning, so your minds may be corrupted and seduced from wholehearted and sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
Are there any areas in which you have been seduced from wholehearted devotion to Christ? Is there any place in your heart where the idol of Self has decorated in plush furnishings instead of preparing for and gratifying your Bridegroom? I have had to be honest with myself and admit to a definite for renovation in some areas!
1Pe 4:1 SO, SINCE Christ suffered in the flesh for us, for you, arm yourselves with the same thought and purpose [patiently to suffer rather than fail to please God]. For whoever has suffered in the flesh [having the mind of Christ] is done with [intentional] sin [has stopped pleasing himself and the world, and pleases God], 1Pe 4:2 So that he can no longer spend the rest of his natural life living by [his] human appetites and desires, but [he lives] for what God wills.
Richard Branson, the millionaire playboy who resides on his own private island in the Virgin Islands boasted that he had erected hurricane-proof buildings and would ride out the storm. After Irma passed by, it was reported that he spent the time hiding out in the wine cellar and that many buildings had been severely damaged. Saints, let us not foolishly boast of being ‘storm-proof’ and pride ourselves on our own preparedness but rather spend time on our knees asking the Lord to search us and show us any wicked way in us, that we may be led in the way everlasting, like psalm 139v23 says.
One thing that happens as a hurricane strikes is that the electrical power grid goes down – in other words, one is plunged into darkness. At that point, preparation in the form of other light sources makes a huge difference. At some point we may have to actually suffer the loss of our material goods as the days ahead unfold, but let us at least be found to be rich toward God and in possession of enough stored oil for our lamps, Bride of Christ!
I noticed something quite significant about this month of Elul in 5777 (note the repetitive dates involved):
21st August – solar eclipse (sign in the sky)
23rd August – 1st of Elul
**DURING ELUL, SEVERE HURRICANES FOLLOW ONE AFTER THE OTHER
21st September – 1st Tishrei (Feast of Trumpets)
23rd September – Rev 12 sign in the sky
The Lord has seen fit to flank both ends of the month of Elul with heavenly signs like bookends, underlining and highlighting its extreme importance for us as Believers and during this month, severe natural disasters have struck. This month of Teshuvah or ‘repentance and return’ is definitely more important than any other you have ever entered into. You will not get this opportunity again to bring your life completely under the shadow of the Almighty with nothing separating you. If you haven’t already, this is the time to procure that extra oil. Just before Elul, I heard the Lord say that the period of grace is ending and had the understanding that this referred to those of His people who have knowingly delayed sorting out areas of their lives which are displeasing to Him. I don’t know about you but as I set out to seek the Lord as Elul started I received a barrage of tailor-made temptations which challenged the goal I had set to spend more time with Him! That is a sure sign it is the right thing to do! It is time to put to death the works of the flesh and live as sons of the Light and Sons of the Day, because judgment will not be stayed for much longer. We have to deal with our propensity for self-centeredness in the Church of Jesus Christ. Flesh stinks but the aroma of Christ draws others to Him.
ONE THING TO REMEMBER ABOUT A SIGN IS THAT IT IS NOT INTENDED ONLY TO BE GAZED AT WITH AWE AND REVERENCE!! (like millions did at the eclipse on 21st August, only to continue living as before when it was over) A sign speaks; it points somewhere; it tells you where you are headed. When travelling, we do not camp below a sign that we have been waiting to see. We read its inscription and become excited that our destination is closer than we realized. We move forward with renewed energy knowing we have travelled in the right direction – OR NOT, depending on what the sign says! It may indicate we have been on the wrong path altogether and must make urgent adjustments to our course. All in all, the occurrence of a sign is a time for us to consider our ways and evaluate our course or way of living! The total solar eclipse spoke of coming judgment upon the nation – and the hurricanes which followed close on its heels underscore that people are running out of time to get right with God.
Here is a recap of what was written in STORMY WINDS THAT DO HIS BIDDING:
‘I have to ask you, Beloved, concerning what is about to hit the earth in these days ahead, “Are you ready for the storm?” It is going to bring the unexpected; dealings you may not be prepared to face. Have you found the secret place of the Most High to take refuge in? And for those who have been dwelling there in the eye of the storm for some time, be aware that the speed of this particular storm is very fast. That means the location of the eye of the storm moves along at the same pace with the rest of the cold front. I wouldn’t get too attached to any particular geographical location at this point in time. Like the Israelites of old, when the cloud moves, you move!
WE are headed toward the Fall Feasts again – and I get the sense that the storm that is going to make landfall in that season is unprecedented in world history. I do not know if we are spiritually prepared for its onslaught… I only know that the King of Kings is coming in, riding on the wings of this particular hurricane. And all our material possessions are going to be powerless to save us in that day. So where do we choose to be positioned? Are we going to be among the winds that are His messengers, burning with zeal as the flames of fire that are His ministers? Will we be those who rejoice because we are dwelling in the heavenlies, as the following verse describes?
Rev 12:12 Therefore be glad (exult), O heavens and you that dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in fierce anger (fury), because he knows that he has [only] a short time [left]!
Can you see a hurricane on the horizon and understand that it precedes the coming of the King of Glory? Or do you just see coming destruction and try to save your lives? Do you batten down your own house hatches and run to the nearest natural shelter or have you already lost your life for His sake and run into the shelter of the Most High. Are you one of the sinners in Zion who are afraid as the Spirit of judgment and burning approaches, or have you prepared your heart through repentance and already dwell on the heights in the Lord’s secret place (Isaiah 33:14-17), where you only witness the reward of the wicked?(psalm 91) Are you exactly where He has instructed you to be at this time because you know and obey His voice? Or will you be part of the long queues on those interstate highways, following the fleeing crowd but not knowing where you are going?
Have you stocked up your storehouse with the Bread of Life for the days of famine ahead? Is the spring of Living Water in your heart flowing freely or is it clogged by boulders of unforgiveness and pride? Have you washed your hands of your spiritual adultery and made your heart pure through sincere repentance so that you may ascend the hill of the Lord (psalm 24:3-5) or are you going to cut another groove in pathway round that same mountain, ever learning but never seeing the Truth?
When we can hear with our spiritual ears the source of the spiritual Sound behind the natural sound, and realize the fearsome truth of the moment in which we stand; when the eyes of our hearts are opened to see just Who is heralding His approach with shakings and thunderings and lightning bolts of revelation, then we will, like Isaiah, also realize the true state of our own hearts and lips. It’s not like he was visiting houses of ill repute before this encounter. Isaiah was a man of God. Yet what he saw shook him to his foundations:
Isa 6:4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Isa 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!
There is a place of peace in the centre of the whirlwind that anyone can reach if we are willing to humble ourselves. The secret place of the Most High is situated in the eye of the storm and the way there is a narrow path but once you are there, He guards you like the apple of His eye. There is a place of perfect peace for those whose minds are anchored on Him, no matter what unfolds without.’
I mentioned in my message ‘Kiss the Son’ about considering our ways.
Psalm 2:12 “Kiss the Son lest He be angry and you perish in the way. Blessed are all those who seek refuge in Him”
None of us want to perish and it has to do with the WAY we are found walking in when judgment falls. There is time to consider and correct our ways as the last two weeks of month of Teshuvah unfolds. Separation is coming between those who are self-centered and those who are Son-centered. Which side of the divide will you be found on?
Yesterday (8th Sept), when I heard of the earthquake in Mexico and while still thinking of Irma’s path of devastation, I saw a vision of a man in a boxing ring being hit first on one and then the other side of his head. One blow came after the other so fast that he didn’t know which way he was even facing. I knew it referred to the speed with which disasters will strike North American continent. Confirmation came this morning when I opened a news site and the headline said: ‘Deadly quake, Hurricane Katia a one-two punch for Mexico’!
One two punch: ‘good potent one–two punches. noun. (also the old one–two or one–two punch or one–two blow) A combination of two blows with the fists, a short left jab plus a hard right cross, usually to the chin
The left jab is the 8.1 earthquake. The right cross is Katia/Irma/Jose (a 3-in-1 hurricane message). Psalm 104:4 tells us He makes winds His messengers! The earthquake occurred right at the base of the shofar shape of the nation of Mexico. In effect, this shaking is sounding the alarm as the top of the shofar is placed right against the border of the land mass of USA, it follows that the blast of warning is for this vast nation. I used to live in a block of apartments and a friend of mine who played the saxophone lived on the ground floor. At night he would practise by placing the mouth of his saxophone up against the wall of his bedroom when he played. The sound carried right through the walls of the block of apartments so that every one could hear his blasts. I believe it will be a similar occurrence with this earthquake shofar warning. What is coming will affect every state in USA. Experts warn that this earthquake will trigger other earthquakes as it has destabilised the San Andreas fault. Therefore Mexico’s earthquake is the first domino that falls in a whole string of similar quakes; one triggering the next.
Harvey means ‘battle ready’, Irma means ‘war goddess’ and Mexico means ‘Land of the War God.’ That’s an awful lot of war mentioned! In Isaiah 9, there is a phrase translated ‘mighty God’ but the actual name in Hebrew is more like ‘God, the Mighty Warrior’. It is El Gibbor Who says, “Lift up your heads O you gates” so that the Lord mighty in battle can come into the nation which has shut Him out of schools and courtrooms and countless other places.
Considering the projected paths of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, we also see a ‘one two punch’ with Harvey being the left jab and Irma the hard right cross punch towards the main land mass of USA, and meeting at an area called Little Egypt of all places. The result will be a nation reeling under the force and rapid succession of the blows.
Immediately after the vision of the man being hit, I saw a scene where angels were thrusting Lot out of Sodom urgently. These angels were messengers sent to save Lot from destruction that was appointed the city.
Psa 104:4 Who makes winds His messengers, flames of fire His ministers.
These hurricane force winds are His messengers sent with the purpose thrusting God’s people out of Sodom even while they hesitate and cling to what they have known!!
Gen 19:1 IT WAS evening when the two angels came to Sodom. Lot was sitting at Sodom’s [city] gate. Seeing them, Lot rose up to meet them and bowed to the ground.
The angels arrived in the evening watch (between 3 and 6pm) as darkness was approaching.
Gen 19:12 And the [two] men asked Lot, Have you any others here–sons-in-law or your sons or your daughters? Whomever you have in the city, bring them out of this place, Gen 19:13 For we will spoil and destroy [Sodom]; for the outcry and shriek against its people has grown great before the Lord, and He has sent us to destroy it.
Did you hear that, Church of Jesus Christ? Any family you have who are residing in Sodom need to be brought out because destruction is sure! There must be complete separation between those who name themselves by the name of Christ and those who associate with Sodom and its ways.
Gen 19:15 When morning came, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, Arise, take your wife and two daughters who are here [and be off], lest you [too] be consumed and swept away in the iniquity and punishment of the city. Gen 19:16 But while he lingered, the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, for the Lord was merciful to him; and they brought him forth and set him outside the city and left him there. Gen 19:17 And when they had brought them forth, they said, Escape for your life! Do not look behind you or stop anywhere in the whole valley; escape to the mountains, lest you be consumed.
Do you remember how God said in Haggai to go up to the mountain? The valley and the plain is not the place to dwell spiritually at this time. The only safe place is the mountain of the Lord and one ascends it by having clean hands and a pure heart.
Psa 24:3 Who shall go up into the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place? Psa 24:4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted himself up to falsehood or to what is false, nor sworn deceitfully.
The Lord of Hosts, mighty in battle is sounding the alarm both through the earthquake in shofar-shaped Mexico and the shofar shaped hurricane path of Irma.
Joe 2:1 BLOW THE trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on My holy Mount [Zion]. Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of [the judgment of] the Lord is coming; it is close at hand-
In these last 12 days of Elul, get your lives right with God, saints. Judgment comes to the Church before it comes to the world. Heed the warning of Joel! The trumpet is blown in Zion. The warning is for the people of God first! Twice in Joel 2 (verse 1 and 15), the phrase ‘blow the trumpet’ is repeated – two blasts of the shofar; the one two punch!
Joe 2:12 Therefore also now, says the Lord, turn and keep on coming to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning [until every hindrance is removed and the broken fellowship is restored]. Joe 2:13 Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness; and He revokes His sentence of evil [when His conditions are met]. Joe 2:14 Who knows but what He will turn, revoke your sentence [of evil], and leave a blessing behind Him [giving you the means with which to serve Him], even a cereal or meal offering and a drink offering for the Lord, your God?
Joe 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion; set apart a fast [a day of restraint and humility]; call a solemn assembly. Joe 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation; assemble the elderly people, gather the children and the nursing infants; let the bridegroom [who is legally exempt from attending] go forth from his chamber and the bride out of her closet. [None is exempt from the humiliation.]
It is the priests who weep and intercede for the people. Where are the weeping priests as the nation reels like a drunken man after the one two punch? Where are the ministers of the gospel who have understanding of the times and are publicly calling the Church and the nation to repentance? It’s one thing to declare this is judgment in private internet forums and quite another to recognize that the blows are meant to bring the nation to its knees BEFORE GOD! When Haggai brought a word to the leaders of the nation, they repented and brought their lives into alignment with God’s direction to return to rebuilding the house of the Lord instead of being busy with their own self-centered interests. Where are the representatives of Christ who will speak to the leaders oft his nation and call them to repentance? (Perhaps they, like Haggai, are still hiding in the wings until the moment appointed to step up and speak. Or perhaps they are in the wilderness like Moses being prepared for a face-off with the head of the nation…)
Joe 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar; and let them say, Have pity and spare Your people, O Lord, and give not Your heritage to reproach, that the [heathen] nations should rule over them or use a byword against them. Why should they say among the peoples, Where is their God?
In June 2015, the Lord gave me a series of messages about separation and holiness and amongst them was one called ‘Leaving Sodom amidst the Shakings’. This morning He instructed me to make it available again. Please remind yourself what the Lord said as He is connecting it to this current series of disasters:
These mighty fearsome Hurricane messengers are sent for the sake of the Lot company who are hesitating in separating from the unclean location they are currently in spiritually in the nation of America. Just as the long lines of cars are fleeing Florida under mandatory evacuation before Irma strikes, so too the Spirit of the Living God has ordered mandatory evacuation to the Lot company – and it is because of the relationship that those who are the friends of God have with Him. Their intercession has moved the heart of God.
The destruction of the twin towers 16 years ago brought the nation to their knees briefly as churches were filled to capacity but as time went by, God was forgotten and people returned to their worldly ways and the worship of their idols. Now, as the anniversary of that destruction is at the door, one has to wonder which two ‘towers’ the Lord is going to bring down at the close of the year 5777, as He pursues His goal of returning His people to Himself. Florida is the home of countless nuclear power facilities and Houston boasts the oil refineries, provider of another source of power.
Hos 10:2 Their heart is divided and deceitful; now shall they be found guilty and suffer punishment. The Lord will smite and break down [the horns of] their altars; He will destroy their pillars
One thing is certain, this one two punch will have its desired effect. Two supportive pillars are being struck down in this week, even in a graphic visual manner on the map – Mexico seems to support USA land mass on map and Florida is other leg which ‘holds it up. As these two are struck, the whole nation shudders with the blows. God, whose mercy is high as the heavens, wants people on their knees in repentance in these last weeks of Elul because He desires none to perish. He wants priests weeping between the porch and the altar so that He can show mercy amidst the judgment.