Monday, January 8, 2018

Speak Unto Us Smooth Things - Prophesy Deceits

Speak unto Us Smooth Things – Prophesy Deceits

I had hoped to have this posted on the 4th or 5th of January (2018), but there were things that the Lord had to have me go through first, unbeknownst to me at the time. Then, after the 5th, when I had obeyed the Lord in something He had requested of me, He instructed me further. The Lord had placed a situation upon my heart that had to be dealt with first, all of which delayed the posting.

There were also a couple of things that had been mentioned in the New Year’s Eve post that had to be expounded upon and which I had not had time to do, so the delay (as always) is God’s perfect timing.

It should have occurred to me that there would be some backlash from the dark side spiritually (more on this later) after I had posted the 2018 prophetic word, but it simply had not occurred to me at the time. 
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; who end shall be according to their works. 
[2Cor 11:14, 15]

Life has a way of keeping us busy these days, does it not? This is why we must keep close to Jesus, as He does indeed help us through every situation and He does so faithfully, and exceptionally well. He will order our steps, and if we get off-track, He is quick to get us back on track. He is the great "stabilizer", if we become overwhelmed at times. It is imperative that we stay close to Him!

Sometimes the Lord gives me a prophetic word that I find difficult to post, for in my heart I know that the message speaks hard truths, things that may well be rejected and not believed by any number of people, including certain Christians.

Yet, it is my heart also to obey, even if at times I have been hesitant or have delayed for one reason or another (likely fear or perhaps doubt, which is ever replaced by FAITH and TRUST [in God thru Jesus]), yet in the end, faith and obedience must go forth together, undivided. I thank the Lord for the prophetic gift He gave, just as He promised through the words He spoke thru Joel [Joel
2:28] and again through the apostle Peter. [Acts 2:17]

The word “prophet” comes from the Hebrew word ‘nabi’, which in essence (root) means “to bubble forth, as from a fountain”, or to utter”.  We know of the ancient prophets in the Old Testament, beginning with Noah and Abraham, but, it was Samuel that began to train prophets, who were a distinct order. This training took place in Bethel, Gibeah, Gilgal, Jericho and Ramah.  But the New Testament speaks of prophets and prophetic office as well, in 1 Corinthians 12:28 and Ephesians 2:20; 3:5.

(The above information is according to the Third Edition of the M. G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, published by Thomas Nelson in 1897, and is now allowed to be copied freely, as it is “Public Domain”.)

I am as the next person, in that I know nothing of what lays ahead, except what the Lord would speak to me during prayer and in times alone with Him, which I truly believe that he would do for any who seek Him and inquire of Him. Our Lord is faithful and true, and He welcomes those who seek him diligently.

It is crucial to me, and indeed for all of us, that it is His voice alone that is being heard through His precious and Holy Spirit, and not a counterfeit voice of either flesh or demon, imitating the voice of Jesus my Lord. Yet, we can have confidence in the Lord, trusting in some profound statements that Jesus made:
And when he (shepherd) puts forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. 
[Jn 10:4, 5]

He sees our heart. He knows if there is any hidden agenda or impure motive behind anything which we request of Him. It is important to keep that in mind. It is vital that I do not offend the Lord or grieve His precious Spirit that is within me through Jesus Christ. This is called the “fear of the Lord”, meaning that it is with utmost reverence and humility that I approach the living God to make any request to Him in Jesus’ name. 

Yet, paradoxically, we can come boldly to the throne "because" of Jesus Christ in us. My Saviour, Redeemer, King and Lord is a mighty God, not only filled with grace, truth and mercy, but also a righteous God who delivers justice and judgment.

To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. 
[Prov 21:3]

Justice and judgment are the habitation of Your throne: mercy and truth shall go before Your face. [Ps 89:14]

As His people, each one of us who bear His name is wholly accountable and responsible for all that we think, do and speak, not only to God but to each other. We will all stand before God at the time appointed to be judged. That in itself is a very sobering reality.

“She” Spoke?
Esther
As I pondered all that the Lord spoke within my spirit, which I posted on New Year’s Eve, questions arose because there are times that I do not have full understanding with some things He speaks…not until or IF he chooses to reveal more, in His wisdom and timing.
And none of it means anything if what I share is not done in the love of Christ, in obedience to the commandments of God. [Mk 12:30, 31]

For we know in part, and prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. 

For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. But now abides faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love). 
[1Cor 13:2, 9-10, 12-13]

Yet, there are a couple of things that are necessary to state. First of all, I am not some “chosen, special” person above the other brethren in Christ. No, I am but a willing vessel, as all God’s children are, and as others, I long to be a vessel unto honour, not a vessel unto dishonor (as Judas was).  I am but one that the Lord may or may not choose to speak through. He has millions of voices today because there are billions of people in the world.
The Lord speaks the same message through countless vessels, albeit that it may be worded differently, according to individual personalities, as surely as the ancient prophets and apostles had similar messages but different personalities and worded a message in their own unique style. The Creator of all knows all and works with each of us accordingly. 

As I have so often said, the messenger gets the message first, meaning that there are messages I have posted in the past years that were meant for me, as well as others.  I must search my own heart with the help of the Holy Spirit, to make certain that a rebuke or correction, or even an encouragement is for ‘this’ messenger as well. It is something I encourage all to do and it is scriptural.

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. [Phil 4:6]

I am grateful that the Lord has granted me a prophetic gifting. I am most certainly not alone in this. In fact, a very young child to a very old person, and any age in-between, can be a vessel through which the Lord speaks. In fact, He may even speak through an unbeliever.

Nonsense”, some Christians would say.  Some followers of Jesus would say that God does not give prophetic words today, and others would go a step further and say, if God does, he would certainly not speak through a female or through an unbeliever.

Really? Yet these same Christians believe that God spoke through an animal, that being the famous donkey of Balaam that saw an angel in the path and halted. Angered by the donkey’s stubbornness, Balaam struck the donkey mercilessly three times, and that is when the Lord spoke through the beast.
And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said to Balaam, What have I done to you that you have smitten (struck) me these three times? [Num 22:28]

Was the donkey a believer or an unbeliever? Well, I suspect that the donkey was…er, well, just a donkey. But heaven forbid, not only was it a lowly beast, but it was a “female” animal and a creature that was not known to worship God. As for the argument that God does not give prophetic messages to people today, I point to verses in the Old and the New Testament, both of which record the words:

And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: [Joel 2:28]

The words are repeated in Act 2:17, except it begins with “and it shall be in the last days” (instead of “afterward”) and it says, “pour out of my Spirit”, instead of “pour out My Spirit”.  How about that? Not only do we see God used a female, and a creature of no particular belief, but He also promised twice that He would speak through “sons” (males) and “daughters” (females), and added that there would be those who have visions and dreams (young and old alike).

One Among Countless

Knowing that God can use anyone and/or anything He so chooses, I realize that I am not a person who is more favoured or special than another child of light. There are multiple times that I do not receive a message at all, but others do, and then they obediently share it with the people.

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. 
[Rom 12:3]

I personally believe that this is all part of God’s perfect design when He established the “body of believers or the Body of Christ”, in that each part has need of the other. In order to function properly, the whole body must work together, in one accord, in unity and in mission, to achieve the same end result.

And without the Head (which spiritually speaking is Christ Jesus), the “body” can do absolutely nothing – it is powerless. The body needs the head which directs the entire body and from which all “messages” are passed along throughout the body to invariably direct each single part as to what it should do. Any disharmony can cause malfunction, a ‘disconnect’ or breakdown between the “head” and the “body”.

I also do not know everything. In fact, on the grand scale of wisdom and knowledge, I know very little. Remember the adage: The more I learn, the less I know?  Many times, I have stated and written that as much as I do know the Lord my God, all my knowing could likely be measured on the nail of the small finger because that is how vast and unsearchable God is. We need each other and we learn from each other. We learn more about the Father through each other as we listen to each other's testimonies, and how He has dealt with each individually. He is beyond words! We were meant to dwell in harmony and unity.

The understanding of many topics is left to qualified teachers, theologians and scholars, and may God help each and every one of us discern between those who speak and teach truth from those who speak and teach deception, albeit with all the right sounding words.  We are in such times that we cannot (repeat: CAN NOT) discern accurately or fully in all things without the help of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus the Christ. We also gather information from the Word of God and from each other. 

Deception is at an all-time high and it is cleverly cloaked and disguised. Jesus warned us about these days. When Jesus and the disciples were on the Mount of Olives, they asked him privately what would be the sign of His coming, and of the end of the world.

The very first words out of the Saviour's mouth were about deception. And oddly enough, it was about people deceiving us.

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. [Mat 24:4, 5]

Twice! Back to back practically, Jesus used the word "deceive". When the Lord repeats anything, we do well to take note. Even more concerning is the fact that the ones who will come deceiving will come in HIS name, admitting that Jesus is Christ!  Very sobering, very alarming! And if that were not enough, He further warned of false prophets who will arise, and what? DECEIVE many... [vs 11]
Now that is three times within a very short span that Jesus mentions those who will deceive us (and still no mention of Satan), but he is not done. Yet once more, and the fourth time, the Lord mentions the false Christs that will arise, and along with the false prophets, they will show "great signs and wonders", warning us all that IF it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 
[Mat 24:24]

For a man that wasted no words, we come to understand the severity of the deception in the realization that Jesus mentioned "deceive" four times in the beginning of his sermon. It is noted that he used the word "IF" it were possible, these evil people shall deceive even the very elect.

The "very elect" tells me that these are those who are serious about their walk, but even still, Jesus (Yeshua) said, IF it were possible, they shall be deceived...This should alert us to the fact that He is warning us that we cannot, under any circumstances, no matter how much we like someone, we are not to let our guard down.

Even though Jesus did not mention Satan by name, we understand that these evil people are either greatly influenced and deceived by Satan, or they are possessed (devils/demons). Any who walk in sin are in bondage, held captive by the 'god of this world', and he is free to torment them. 

Because of the great sacrifice Jesus made, shedding His blood for all who believe, there is a way out, and Jesus is the ONLY way out of bondage, and the only way to be forgiven. Do not let anyone 'deceive' you. Good works and being nice will not save you.

In the book of Revelation, John writes:
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, for the devil has come done, having great wrath, for he knows his time is short. [Rev 12:9, 12]

We must pray for increased discernment (keep those lamps filled with oil (Holy Spirit)) [Mat 25] and pray also for wisdom, for God promises that if any lack wisdom (in any particular thing), we are to ask of Him, [Jam 1:5]  who gives liberally (generously). We need the full counsel of the Holy Spirit [Acts 20:27]which can only be found in and through Jesus. We must abide (cling) to Christ as surely as grapes cling to the vine, for apart from Him (Vine) [Jn 15:5], we will wither and die, whether it be quickly, or slow and painfully.

Can you believe I began this blog nearly 10 years ago? How time flies by! Nevertheless, those who have followed my blog for a decade have heard me say all of the above before, but for the sake of those who may be new to the blog, or who have just stopped by to read this one article, it is important that you understand where I am coming from and what I believe.

We all have different gifts; some of us share the same gifts and others do not because they operate in different gifts. Again, it is part of God’s plan to establish the fact that we are a body where each part is necessary and important, and each part is dependent upon the other. It is the same idea that the carpenter needs the plumber, who has need of the electrician. The doctor has need of the pharmacist and all enjoy musicians and artists in various genres or categories.  Each of us has different gifts that are meant to complement, strengthen and enhance the others.

Do Not Be Hoodwinked!
                            
Sometime in the 1500s, when a hood was put over a person’s head to block their vision, it was called “hoodwinked”.  It was an expression that became popular and was akin to having the “wool” (hood) pulled over your eyes. It was like saying you have eyes but cannot see; vision is obscured. No matter how wise, clever or intelligent we perceive ourselves to be, we have to be very cautious these days, my friend, more than ever before.  Have you ever been hoodwinked? I have.

Have you ever believed something or someone for a time, only to find out you were duped? What about someone in a position of trust (whether family members, friends, or those in government, schools, religious circles, military, employers/employees, news media, judges, police, teachers, historians – well, the list goes on), who used that position for the purpose of control and deception?

Is there someone or something that you believed, only to discover later that what you believed to be truth was in fact lies, deception, betrayal, manipulation of facts, etc? Has that ever happened to you? It has to me, and it is a shocking, grievous, painful and bewildering discovery. How can we have been so blind? How is it we did not see? That is why it is called hoodwinked; the vision is obstructed or obscured.

Deception is an entire topic all in itself, but the point I am making is that in these dark and perilous times, we must walk with God as never before. Friend, I urge you with a gentle reminder. Take all things to God in earnest prayer and obey the leading of the Holy Spirit. We have a crafty, cunning and evil enemy named Satan (and his armies, both in the spiritual and the physical) who is the master deceiver, illusionist and counterfeiter. Jesus emphatically described Satan as one who desires the forbidden (lusts in various forms), a murderer from the beginning and the father of lies.  [Jn 8:44]

People who do not have the Holy Spirit, and perhaps at times, even those of us who do have the Spirit of Jesus dwelling in us, tend to rely on logic, personal experience and personal understanding, which can fail us, as it does or has done to all of us at some point in time, whether we were very young, old or in-between. All of us have been tricked at some time (even if it was by a magician). Do you see my point? It is that sleight of hand that moves so quickly that we do not see fully; that is how Satan operates.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him (Jesus/God) and he shall direct your paths.

He who trusts his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered. [Prov 3:5, 6; 28:26]

As in the Days of Jonah
Many people learn the story of Jonah, but Christians understand that it is a true story. However, it is also seen as an allegory (has a symbolic meaning). We learn that Jonah’s time in the belly of a large fish, which was the duration of three days, is symbolic of the time that Christ Jesus spent in the grave after his crucifixion. [Mat 12:40]

We also learn that when Jonah was spewed forth suddenly out of the fish’s mouth it is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, when he rose alive from the grave. It was impossible for the power of death to hold him. [Act 2:24]

Yet, there is more to the story. It goes back to when Jesus (Yeshua) had cast a demon out of a man who was blind, but also could not speak. When the Pharisees heard the report, they thought within themselves that Jesus cast out the devil by the power of Beelzebub, the prince of demons. [Mat 12:24] 

Jesus knew their thoughts. He gave an amazing speech about how can a kingdom be divided against itself (how could Satan cast out Satan?), about how blaspheming against the Holy Spirit is unforgivable, about fruit we see in a person (whether it is good or bad), and about the importance of the very words we speak.

For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned. [Mat 12:37]

Then certain scribes and Pharisees wanted a sign from Jesus, to prove He was who he said he was. But the Lord rebuked them.
But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas (Jonah): For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas, and behold, a greater than Jonas is here.  [Mat 12:39-41]

The days we are in now are most certainly as in the days of Jonah. The last days began in the days that Jesus walked the earth among the apostles, and now we find ourselves in the last of the last days as we watch prophecies unfolding rapidly before our very eyes.

Luke also recorded the words of Jesus, a repetition of the above words that Jesus spoke to a large crowd of people who had gathered around him.  Even unbelievers who hold fast to morals and integrity can see that we are an evil and adulterous generation (people), even worse than in days gone by.

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, we stand in the days that are most assuredly as the days of Noah also, as well as the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, and yes, as in the days of Jonah. The darkness and stench of evil that now embraces the entire globe is an undeniable foreboding.

Yet, when it comes to being as the days of Jonah, the similarity runs deeper than the fact that the nations of the world are all nations that need to repent, as surely as Nineveh of old needed to repent and turn back to the true, living God, Maker of all.

Today, there is a great imbalance among those who state they are given a prophetic message for the people. There are those who actually enjoy fear-mongering (as some call it), prophecies that foretell of God’s impending judgment. [Mat 7:5] They speak of judgment but offer no solution, no hope.

I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings. [Jer 23:21, 22]

Then there are those who run (spiritually) away, unwilling to put forth a message that would make the people uncomfortable. Some of those same messengers fear that if people hear and repent, they know that God would then forgive the people and not send forth the judgment that the messengers had warned about.

What would people think then? Surely the people would call the messenger a “false prophet” because the things they forewarned about did not come to pass. Some messengers would rather die than live and have their “reputation tarnished”, or be called a “false prophet”, just as Jonah did. [Jonah 4:8] 

It would seem that Jonah was more concerned about a gourd (a long, trailing plant with the fruit being gourds) that perished, a plant that had given Jonah shelter from the hot sun, than he was over the souls of Nineveh perishing due to their sins.

Then said the Lord, You have had pity on the gourd, for the which you have not labored, neither made it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand (120,000) that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle? [Jonah 4:10, 11]

To my way of thinking, every messenger HAS TO spend quality time with the Lord, in prayer, praise and worship. Then, if a message comes to them from the Lord, they should simply obey the leading of the Lord and trust everything into his hands. For it is written that the testimony of Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy. [Rev 19:10] The “spirit” in which one prophesies must be the very Spirit within Christ Jesus (Holy Spirit) abiding in us, and we in Him.

And the purpose of prophetic warnings is not only for those who are walking in sin and out of the will of God to change their mind and attitude and repent, but for Christians who hear the message, who may also be wayward, so they can repent. A good father disciplines his children because he loves them. 

But if a prophetic word (which we are to take to the Lord in prayer) which speaks of judgment and repentance, or warning, then through Jesus Christ, we are to pray that hearts will be draw to Jesus Christ and to repentance, if need be, for the time is so much shorter than when we first believed.

Yet, if those who hear the message, knowing it is meant for them, but refuse to turn from whatever God is revealing to them, then we ought to pray that in God’s anger (wrath, judgment), He remembers mercy.

O Lord, I have heard your speech (heard the report) and was afraid (awed): O Lord, revive your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath (great anger, vexation) remember mercy. [Hab 3:2]
We, as messengers, are not to rejoice over the news of impending judgment, but we ought to remember where God has brought us from (for ALL (self included) have fallen short of the glory of God [Rom 3:23]), and to fervently pray for those who have not yet surrendered their lives over to Jesus Christ (Yeshua). We should further pray that those under judgment would be merciful toward others, forgiving all who have come against them, forgiving them for any wrongdoings.

There is a reason to pray for that. Keep in mind that we ourselves must search our own heart to be sure there is no hidden unforgiveness or anger. If left unchecked or left to take hold of us, it will become a bitter root. We ourselves must be merciful, walking in love and walking humbly before God through Jesus the Christ.

For he shall have judgment without mercy that has shown no mercy: and mercy rejoices (triumphs) over judgment. [Jam 2:13]

Therefore turn you to your God: keep mercy (justice) and judgment, and wait on your God continually.

Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment (justice), and show mercy and compassion every man to his brother: [Hosea 12:6; Zech 7:9]

Let us not be like Jonah, full of fear and refusing to speak forth that which the Lord has placed in our heart (spoken into our spirit man), fearing man rather than God. Neither let us take any pleasure in the reporting of impending judgment, or think more highly of ourselves than we ought, my friend, for we too were once walking in darkness, sin and bondage. What if the message is for you also or me?  We will know. 

But rather, let us intercede for the lost, and for those gone astray (wayward), praying that they too come to repentance (which we all should and must do), and surrender our lives to the Saviour Jesus. This is the patience of our Maker as well, whose desire is that none should perish. God has been patient with mankind beyond measure.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering (patient) toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loves righteousness and judgment (justice): the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in you. 
[2Pet 3:9; Ps 33:4, 5, 9, 22]

Now perhaps you understand why I say that it is also as the days of Jonah, for there are those who still would rather scratch the itching ears (tickle the ears) of the people with “smooth things” as even Isaiah prophesied, fearing man rather than God. May the Lord help us all and keep us from any temptation to do such things!

Hearken (listen) unto Me, you that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is My law; fear you not the reproach of men, neither be you afraid of their reviling (insults, taunts, abuse, hateful words). For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but My righteousness shall be forever, and My salvation from generation to generation.

I, even I, am he that comforts you: who are you, that you should be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; And forget the Lord your maker, that has stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and has feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? And where is the fury of the oppressor? [Is 51:7, 12, 13]

I urge all who call themselves by the name of the Lord who have been given a message through the Holy Spirit, to speak forth that which God has given you, trusting in Him and praying for all that the Lord places upon your heart (your nation, nations of the world, the unsaved, the deceived, the backslider – all who are lost).

Do not be tempted by the adversary to speak only the things that people willingly accept or want to hear, and most certainly, do not speak forth that which the Lord has revealed to you for the purpose of dishonest gain, or filthy lucre. It would be better for you not to speak at all than to be guilty of the latter.

Woe to the rebellious children, says the LORD, that take counsel, but not of Me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at My mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! 

Now go, write it before them in a table (scroll), and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come forever and ever: That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, 

Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.

For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall you be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and you would not. [Is 30:1, 8-11, 15]

Friend, guard your heart, guard your eyes and ears, guard your mouth and keep free from lies, anger, hatred, bitterness or any unforgiveness. Then we can speak that which the Holy Spirit reveals to us in confidence.

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled. [Heb 12:15]

Prophecy Agrees with God’s Word
When I was pondering and praying about the 2018 prophetic word given to me over the course of the 29th day of December 2017, and which I posted on New Year’s Eve 2017, I wrote down all that came to me as clarification, which brought a deeper understanding. I give thanks to the Lord. It is presented now for your discernment. As always, I remind you of the scripture again:

Be careful (anxious) for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. [Phil 4:6]

Firstly, we are instructed to bring “everything” to God in prayer, and that would include this prophetic word. Secondly, I do not have all the answers. Please understand and keep in mind that there is much I do not know; therefore, I can only share what has been laid upon my heart and in my spirit. As stated above, the Lord has many messengers. I am but one. The Lord will guide your paths to others, just as He promised to do when you trust in Him. Selah

Diseases
● In 2013, a night vision of a stagecoach pulled by a team of horses (all in silhouette) was seen speeding eastwardly. The Lord gave interpretation at that time that old diseases would be resurrected and I posted the warning dream.

● We will see certain old diseases ‘resurrected’ even still, as well as the outbreak of new diseases (some of which are man-made).

● One such example (which seems now to have been contained) was the outbreak of the bubonic plague in October 2017 in Madagascar, off the southeastern coast of Africa, which was called the Black Death

● Medicines that worked in the past (such as antibiotics) will prove ineffective on the diseases and new medicines or cures will have to be found.

Violence
The words “civil war” were placed upon my heart, but I have no great details. What I do understand is that civil war is when the people within a country fight against each other, and that civil unrest has increased in numerous countries around the globe as more and more nations become violent against the government of their country, and as protests and riots are organized. This shall increase. I was not given any information on which countries to watch out for. We each should pray individually, when, if and as led by the Holy Spirit.

 Shootings by Police in 2017 – U.S., Canada, England – Wales
Although the mainstream news media report increases in violence resulting in the deaths of police officers, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Organization reveals (and if the stats are accurate) that the highest numbers recorded for slain police officers occurred between 1919 and 1935. In those years, the number of law enforcement officers slain hit over the 200+ mark each year, with 1930 hitting  over the 300 mark.

   • From 1935 until 1970, the numbers recorded fell below the 200 mark. Then for the next 11 years (1970 – 1981), the recorded number of deaths jumped back over the 200 mark, with 1973-74 hitting over (hovering closer to) the 300 marker. The numbers decreased again to well under the 200 marker, with exceptions being in 2001 and 2007, respectively.

   • If the NLEOMF organization is recording the numbers correctly, then the number of officers killed has decreased yearly, with numbers dropping below the 150 marker since 2007, with the exception of ’08, ’10 and 2011. The tally for 2017 has not yet been posted on their site, but other news sites say that NLEOMF reported 67 (lowest count to date in recorded history, since the late 1800s). See statistics here:  National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

   • However, one scale is tipped heavily on the other side of the balances, with the number of people shot by police in the United States alone weighing in at just shy of 1,000 (reports vary; some report 800+ and others report just over 1,000).

   • In Canada, statistics are much harder to nail down, as Canada is not as quick to publicize information as the U.S. is. There seems to be less transparency, which has the families of those killed unable to get satisfactory closure or disclosure.

   • According to one website, the number of deaths that occurred in connection with police interactions (in Canada) in 2017 was 65, three of which occurred on First Nations land. A little less than half (29) were shot and killed by police; 18 deaths occurred whilst in police custody, five deaths occurred during police chases. The breakdown is found at straight.com.

   • British Columbia had a total of 18 deaths, the highest number thus far on record for the province. Winnipeg, Manitoba (9th largest populated city in Canada) has been said to have seen more police shootings in 2017 than the top cities, such as Toronto (Canada’s largest populated city) and Vancouver (3rd largest populated).

   • In June of 2017, straight.com wrote an article reporting that the B.C. Coroners Service slowly began blacking out information on police-involved deaths. The website states that it “raises red flags for accountability”. Overall, the total of B.C.’s fatal police shootings remains relatively low, but the fact remains that it is rising each year.

   • In England and Wales, the total number of fatal police shootings is said to have increased, yet the overall number of deaths is at six (6) at the close of 2017.

   • Although some citizens believe that the statistics are neglecting to mention the increase in population in Canada due to immigration, arguing that the stats are trying to make police look bad, reports available show that the number of immigrants killed by police has been very low nationally. In fact, an overwhelming majority killed have been Canadians with mental health and addiction problems. The mass killing in January, 2017 that took place in Quebec at a mosque was carried out by a white Canadian citizen.

   • Therefore it is understood is that “civil war” may not be as expected (such as in days of old), but rather a ‘war’ between citizens and authorities, between citizens and government, as well as gangs, criminal organizations, protest groups (some that riot), and so-called ‘religious’ groups, either one-on-one (one group against another) or mass killings. Some of these protest groups (political, racial, social groups) will be carrying out their violence “in the name of Jesus”, when He has not ordered their steps at all.

The whole plan is to have people turn on each other, as written in 2013 when DHS (Department of Homeland Security) purchased 1.6 billion (BILLION) rounds of ammunition. The big concern was the purchase included a large supply of hollow-point bullets, which are forbidden by international law to be used in war. It was said many were specialized for use by snipers. This is as was reported in 2013. Source: Forbes

● “Terrorist attacks” shall increase, as will copycat scenarios (globally).

Violence, sex crimes and murder shall continue to increase globally. Slave and sex slave market/trafficking, drugs, addictions, abortions, sales of organs/body parts/fetuses and other underground activity shall continue to increase worldwide. Too much to mention...

Gang violence and brutal deaths shall increase, as there is an infiltration of the enemy into sovereign countries, as they seek asylum and refugee status. (Such violence is within the borders of their own countries as well.) Exodus from many war-torn and volatile countries has been occurring in overwhelming proportions for years, but continues to escalate. The largest group of asylum seekers (tracked by the OECD [Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development]) are from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa, but there are many other countries also.

● Many countries that opened their doors to immigrants, such as France, England, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden (and other EU and Scandinavian countries) have seen increased terrorists attacks, increased rapes, bombings, and other terrorist crimes. When people must flee their country and enter into a country where they hate the people (racism, politics, religion), the hatred will manifest in various ways. This shall continue in an upward pendulum swing.

● Some countries, such as Canada, are rushing the screening process, jeopardizing security, as officials move quickly in the name of “compassion”. The hidden agenda to decrease population continues, yet the Word of God tells us that one-third of mankind will be destroyed. [Rev 9:18]

Gender Neutrality/Gender Inclusive
Language (politically correct) and laws will continue to change as the LGBT community gains more and more acceptance. This is a global happening. More and more people (particularly faith-based communities) will be forced to accept the changes or suffer consequences.
● Case in point – In the nation’s capital, Ottawa, on December 14, 2017, PM Justin Trudeau has decreed that no MP (Member of Parliament) is allowed to approve funding to any employer will ban any employer from receiving a federal Canada job grant (Canada Summer Job Funding) unless they agree to the terms that respect human rights such as abortion, gay marriage, transgendered rights etc. If not, then the employer becomes ineligible for the program. Detailed report at: lifesitenews.com_student job funding

● It was only after overwhelming public pressure in June 2017 that a proposal to change section 176 of Bill-C51 was finally voted against. There are some outdated portions regarding ‘challenging someone to a duel’ or ‘fraudulently practicing witchcraft’ (the latter must be before there was the Church of Satan or the Satanic Temple) that was the "reason" for the proposed changes.

However, the part that upset the masses was the proposed removal of the section that had previously made it unlawful to “willfully disturb or interrupt an assemblage of persons met for religious worship or for a moral, social or benevolent purpose”, as well as unlawful to “obstruct or prevent a clergyman or minister from celebrating divine service or performing any other function in connection with his calling” or “disturbs the order or solemnity of the meeting”.   Full details at lifesitenews.com-protect freedom of worship

● United, Presbyterian, Anglican, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Catholic (and Old Catholic) Churches, Affirming Pentecostal Church International, Alliance of Baptists and many other churches around the world have voiced their acceptance of the LGBT community, with many of the denominations allowing gay ordination, as well as supporting same-sex marriages and their right to adopt children.

● The number of denominations that will embrace this compromise “in the name of love” will increase. Many will be and have been “ordained” as the multitudes accept the “God created me this way” lie.

● August 31, 2017, Canada now has included “gender neutral” to be allowed on Canadian passports, where applicants can choose to have a gender unspecified “X” on the document. Australia, Nepal and Pakistan are also working towards creating a third option regarding gender on their passports.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. [Is 5:20]

He that justifies the wicked and he that condemns the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.  [Prov 17:15]

Sexual Immorality
● Immorality is becoming more and more open, and acceptable by the majority, from the young to the old.
● Skin-tight garments, see-thru clothes and barely any coverage at all reflects the moral decline of the people of the world.

● Pornography (including child porn), sex slaves, sex crimes and sex violence has increased globally over the past year, with some nations reporting a 30% increase in 2017.
Male and female sex robots (humanoids, cyborgs) are about to become an item where supply will not meet the demand in days to come. One such company that is taking the lead is called “Sinthetics” (SINhow appropriate). I refuse to provide any link here, but there are numerous sites one can find via a search.

Potential customers are already placing orders with specific requests (made to order) such as “emotional cyborg”, not to mention the size of sexual organs, breasts, height, hair colour, gender, race and “age” (from very young on up in age categories).  

Sexual immorality continues to spin out of control amongst all age groups globally.

Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (feminine qualities untypical for male), nor abusers of themselves with mankind (homosexuals; males having sexual relations with males), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall enter the kingdom of God. [1Cor 6:9, 10]

Artificial intelligence (AI) is far beyond what most imagine. Keep alert; watch and pray about these things.

Natural Calamities
Records will continue to be broken. Back in 2012, the Lord had spoken about volcanoes that have been dormant will begin to come alive and cause havoc. Earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, ferocious wind storms all continue to break records.

Strange Sightings
● UFO’s, apparitions and holograms will continue to be sighted, deceiving multitudes, including many Christians. Countless people are falling for the lie that we were created by aliens, and that prophets such as Elijah, Daniel and Ezekiel encountered alien beings and spacecraft.

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. [2Thess 2:9-11]

Weaponry
● Invisible cloaking, high-power lasers, zero-gravity aircraft, stealth aircraft, submarines, tanks etc, electromagnetic cannons, guns that are camouflaged (such as a machine gun that passes as an external laptop battery and unfolds), poison vapor guns…the list goes on. The weapons and technology that exists is largely unknown to the majority of people worldwide.

War
● All I have understood is that the “saber rattling” will become “saber clanging”, meaning a saber out of the sheath and in use in battles.

Division
The Lord warned that he is judging between the sheep and the sheep, and how long have we heard about the shaking that He will do (has done, IS doing)? Well, the truth is that the shaking began quite some time ago. Eventually, it will come to each one. You can count on that, but if you are clinging to Jesus and walking in His ways and commandments, humbly and obediently, you need not fear. He will see you through it all.

Yes, the Lord is separating (dividing). It is a sober and grievous time. There are those in leadership that the Lord has reached out to for some time, convicting and warning them, but all His attempts at correction and discipline have been brushed aside, rejected. God is wise, merciful and patient, but He is not mocked.

Pride leads to rebellion, and that has prevented some leaders from hearing and seeing. He has shaken them to get their attention, yet they blame the adversary Satan for dishevel, for the disorder, for the “attacks”. 

They lack discernment in spiritual matters because of their refusal to hear, and they do not ask God through Jesus to sharpen their discernment, nor do they feel any need for repentance. They have hardened their hearts, allowing a bitter root to turn their works into wood, hay and stubble.

Indeed, they quote God’s word, but do not walk in it. Praises are upon their lips one moment, and cursing others angrily in the next. The Lord has said that their faces will be filled with dismay, and their smiles shall turn to bitter tears. 

(He said: If they seek Me and worship in spirit and in truth, they will know that repentance is what I wait for. Unless they forgive those they feel have come against them, they shall not receive forgiveness from Me.)

He will shake them until they humble themselves with a broken and contrite heart, a broken spirit, humbled not proud. Woe to them if they will not humble themselves to a Sovereign God! He will strike the shepherds and the sheep will scatter.

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty (arrogant) spirit before a fall. [Prov 16:18]

There must be a true surrender, a true submission, walking in obedience and not in vainglory. They are in danger of having all stripped away from them, but if they turn once again wholly and fully to God, He will hear their prayers, be merciful, forgive and heal. [2 Chron 7:14, 15]

So indeed, there are those who will be made to step down, and the doors of their church building will not open to them again.

Ezekiel was prophesying to the shepherds of Israel, but it is applicable today. These are the scriptures the Lord led me to when he first spoke into my spirit man about that which is coming and that which is happening now.

Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, thus says the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? You eat the fat and you clothe yourselves with the wool; you kill them that are fed: but you feed not the flock.

The diseased have you not strengthened, neither have you healed that which was sick, neither have you bound up that which was broken, neither have you sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have you ruled them.

And they were scattered because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, My flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. 
[Ezek 34:2-6]

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I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them judgment.

And as for you, O my flock, thus says the Lord God: Behold, I judge between the cattle and cattle (sheep and sheep), between the rams and the he goats.

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Therefore thus says the Lord God unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle. Because you have thrust with side and with shoulder and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad; Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle. And I will set one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them…[even my servant David; he shall feed them and he shall be their shepherd.]

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Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are My people, says the Lord God. And you My flock, the flock of My pasture, are men, and I am your God, says the Lord God. 
[Ezek 34:16, 17; 20 – 23; 30, 31]

● The Lord will raise up shepherds after His own heart, who walk in compassion, mercy, humility and love. He promised never to leave or forsake us. He (Jesus) is with us always, even to the end of the world. [Mat 28:20]

● There will be churches with apostate leaders that will be allowed to remain for those who do not seek truth come under strong delusion.

● Although there are a couple of billion Christians, there is in fact a remnant, for as it has often been said by many down through the years, God has always had a remnant. 

One almost uses the word with hesitation because of the way it has been misrepresented by false teachers and false prophets. God’s remnant are committed disciples of Jesus Christ, obeying God’s commandments, keeping the Word down in their heart, being instant in prayer, walking surrendered to God.
They keep a repentant heart, walking in forgiveness and love. They do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God through Jesus Christ. They walk upon the ancient paths, following in the steps of the Messiah, Jesus the Christ and the apostles. 

They speak of the Lord often and fear His name (reverence, awe, wonder, receptive to wisdom, knowledge, instruction and understanding) [Prov 1:7; Prov 9:10] They know that there is a cost to truly following Christ Jesus, to truly being the remnant. 

They crucify the flesh with its lusts and affections, walking in the Spirit. [Gal 5:24, 25] They grieve along with the Lord where He grieves, and rejoice where He rejoices - hating what He hates and loving what He loves. They lead by example, just as their Lord and King Jesus. 
Jesus (Yeshua) said that He came not to be served, but to serve, but to lay down His life as a ransom for many. [Mk 10:45]  Thereby He paid the ultimate cost by willingly offering up His life in obedience to the Father, as a ransom, a living sacrifice, a fragrant offering on the mercy seat. 

He is the perfect Lamb of God, without spot, who shed His blood for the forgiveness of sins. [Eph 1:7] It is written that without the shedding of blood there is no remission [freedom, forgiveness of sins, deliverance]. [Heb 9:22]

This Jesus has God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He has shed forth this, which you now see and hear. 
[Act 2:32-33]

There can be no compromise with the world, despite the increasing pressure to “bend the rules” in order to update to (get with) the modern times. The heart of the remnant is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, not just to the unsaved, but to the prodigals, the backslidden – to all who are walking on the broad road, heading for the second death in the lake of fire. They walk the lonely, narrow path - the ancient one that the Lord Jesus (Yeshua) and his apostles walked.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. [2Pet 3:9]
● Turning away from unrighteousness and wickedness, having faith as a child [Mat 18:2] because whosoever believes in Jesus shall be saved [Jn 3:15]

● Repentance and keeping a repentant heart, being holy (set apart) and attaining perfection (to be complete, whole, mature) in Christ Jesus.

Who is a God like unto You, that pardons (forgives) iniquity and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retains not his anger forever because he delights in mercy. He will turn again; He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. [Micah 7:18, 19]

Judgment Began Some Time Ago
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God, and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that do not obey the gospel of God? [1Pet 4:17]

● Although there are churches that will have doors closed, and shepherds that will be removed, not to be restored, God still has His faithful ones scattered around the world who love and follow Christ Jesus.

Then said the Lord unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut. [Ezek 44:2]

● Those who genuinely repent when corrected and disciplined by the Lord, having sincerely recommitted to the Lord, will go forth in His service, forgiven and healed. [2 Chron 7:14, 15] It cannot be pretentious or short-term.

● Many in the spotlight are being (or will be) exposed, as God opens eyes to see, and as He shines the light into the darkness. Many people are seeing clearer now.

● However, there are many laypersons who like the watered-down gospel, the compromising, the different “Jesus”, and the “understanding” God who says it is okay to sin because after all, He “understands”. They will be rooted up. They will all fall together into the ditch, as the blind lead the blind.

Then came His disciples and said unto him, Do you know that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? But He (Jesus/Yeshua) answered and said, Every plant, which My heavenly Father has not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. [Mat 15:12-14]

● There are shepherds who are ravening wolves inside, ready to devour any of the sheep that discern them and sound the alarm. They will tear into them, then, spit them out. Such as these fleece the flock -for dishonest gain and vainglory, they will destroy souls as ravening lions. [Ezek 22]

● There are many churches and shepherds that operate in the spirit of error and compromise with the world, teaching that love will embrace sin (homosexuality, transgender, abortions (God understands, they say with a pasted smile)); embracing other religions (tolerance, they call it – such as “co-existence”, New Age, Chrislam (a blend of Christianity and Islam)). Many shepherds are secretly mingling with the flock, fulfilling the lusts of their hearts and dishonoring themselves.

● Others are teaching that to escape fornication and adultery with others, consider the new ways that are becoming available (sex cyborgs (robots), self-gratification (masturbation which is still lust of the flesh) and animals). These things are done in darkness, cloaked in a covering that shines in artificial light. These are reprobate and God shall let them continue in their ways. They prey on the innocent and teach them their ways, saying, “If it happens, it is God’s will.” Liars!

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet (due, necessary).

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 
[Rom 1:26-28]

● A serious rebuke and warning: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. [Rom 1:32]
Is this house, which is called by My name become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, says the Lord. [Jer 7:11]

● Prayers will be hindered, if any continue in sin and refuse to repent (turn away from it, change of mind and heart). The Lord is faithful to convict, so we are without excuse. 

But if we choose to ignore His prompting, then, we have only ourselves to blame. God is patient, but there comes a time that repentance must take place. [Acts 17:30] Prayer cannot be a substitute for repentance.

● If we have anything against anyone, we must go to them (if possible) and forgive them. If it is not possible, for any reason, then forgive them in your heart and mean it. This absolutely includes any “shepherd”, church leader, elder, fellow Christian, family member, friend or any other person that has done you wrong. 

You must forgive them. It does not mean you will forget what happened necessarily, but when you remember (if you do), then you will no longer have any negative emotions or feelings about them. Release all into God’s capable hands.

● Never pray for evil to befall anyone, or curse them in thought, word or deed. Yes, there are Christians who do such things. It is the sin of witchcraft, no matter how you care to label it if you pray evil, sickness or any other form of ill-will upon another. 


Instead, pray for them to be drawn to repentance, so that they may be forgiven and ask God to bless them (as Job did for his mistaken friends). Pray for God to deliver them as surely as the Lord had mercy and forgave and blessed you.  Selah

● Once you have done so, if God tells you to stop praying for them, do so. If you have followed the order in God's word and still had no results, then it is written to shake the dust from your sandals and leave it to God. [Mat 10:14] It is in His wisdom, love and mercy that He will handle the situation whichever way he sees as best, and our prayers, even if well-intended are not welcome in a time of disciplining or correction, unless led of the Holy Spirit.

To Me belongs vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come on them make haste. [Deut 32:35] 



Backlash – Spiritual Attack
At the beginning of this article, I had mentioned backlash, especially if the Lord requires you do a "hard thing" and in faith and trust in Him, you obey:

● When we walk in obedience to God, expect backlash because the enemy will be angry. Yet, the Lord has shown that the enemy will quickly be dealt with, just as it was so in the Word of God. (see Joshua, Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings) See how God handled a matter when His people walked in obedience. 

● There are many matters that the Lord will handle so swiftly that it will astound you. All the testing and trials have not been in vain. No matter what comes against you (and for some it will be hard), but be strong. STAND your ground! God is with you. Jesus promised never to leave or forsake. Go through with Him.

● We are taught to be instant in prayer [Rom 12:12] and to pray about everything. [Phil 4:6, 7]  It is imperative to understand that prayer is required of us; however, there are times when God’s people were instructed not to pray. 

For one example, read Numbers 12:9-15, when Moses was instructed to stop praying for Miriam, for the Lord had to punish her for her sin. We also cannot pray for people to be forgiven when they refuse to acknowledge their sin (wrong-doing). [1Jn 5:16]

● If there is anything the Lord has been dealing with you about, anything, do as He says. Do it now. It is a serious time, a critical hour, but one that we must pay attention to  and hear what the Lord is saying to His people. If He has been convicting you of any hidden thing, or any unclean habit, or any area where you are not walking obediently, take care of the situation. Choose wisely!

Therefore thus says the Lord, If you return (repent), then will I bring you again (restore), and you shall stand before me: and if you take forth the precious from the vile, you shall be as My mouth: let them return to you; but return not unto them. [Jer 15:19]
● God has faithful shepherds now who do not compromise, but who love God with all that they are, and who love others. In that love, they do not compromise the gospel just to please people, or to bring in the “numbers”, or gain a “reputation and name”.  They do not seek “glory and honour”, but rather give all praise, glory and honour to God through Jesus Christ.

● God’s people are more concerned about pleasing their Sovereign Maker than pleasing man. We are not double-minded, having one foot in the world and one foot in the kingdom of God. We are not lukewarm, but burn with the same fire inside of us that Jesus had, a passion for truth (Jesus IS the way, truth and life), but the fire also burns with mercy and compassion, a willingness to forgive.

We will pick up our cross daily, and surrender our lives unto Jesus. God will have His people (and He does) and they will walk circumspect and holy before him. We pray to Him and wait upon Him for direction. We read His Word, obey it, and rejoice in worshipping Him in spirit and in truth.

And they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to My judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in my assemblies; and they shall hallow my Sabbaths. [Ezek 44:23, 24]
● We are called to be watchmen and we must keep a sharp eye out. We are to take all things to the Lord, but when He says, we are to warn the people of wolves in sheep's clothing, false doctrine (teachings), the enemy and all else that the Lord reveals to us, when and if He says to do so. We must pray for wisdom and listen carefully to His instructions. He will let us know when to speak and when to be silent.

● Many who have been praying for spouses and family members shall rejoice when they witness their salvation.  Prodigals are returning. Keep strong in God those who have been tirelessly praying. Many who obeyed God and left homes or jobs, or even countries, and have wearied in waiting as the time seemed extended, shall soon be giving thanks to God for His provision and abundant favour.

● God is doing a quick work as time ramps up, accelerating…He is the anchor, our strong tower, our refuge no matter what we go through. It can be extremely difficult, but do not fear. This world is not our home. God will speak to you.

● Many have been faithful through severe testing and trials and shall be brought into positions with more responsibility. This will mean more accountability as well. They will walk as the apostles did, filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking the Word, sharing the gospel of Jesus, with signs and miracles following, just as Jesus foretold.

● Hold fast to your first love Jesus, loving God with all your heart, soul and being, and loving others (this does not mean accepting everything, nor does it mean compromise.) The example you must follow is Christ Jesus. Be strong and of good courage, for there will be those who come against you, as surely as they came against Christ (Jesus/Yeshua).

● To the obedient and faithful, abiding in Christ, He has said that long-awaited prayers will be answered…He spoke of “suddenly, unexpectedly, bursting forth”. Just as surely as people have wearied in hearing of the Messiah’s return, so have many wearied in hearing that their prayers are being answered, and that visions and dreams shall come to fruition. 

● There has been a severe trying of the faith as never before (to prove you, to know what is in your heart), and the wait has been difficult. Yet, we have prime examples of godly men and women who waited an exceptionally long time for God’s promise to come to fruition…but it did!

● It was understood by me that some of the delays were due to procrastination (struggling to overcome a thing that God had required to be laid down/let go). He who sees the heart has also been patient with all of us. 

Some delays have been due to interference from the enemy (think upon Daniel when he fasted and had to wait three weeks while Gabriel and Michael battled dark forces.) You may say, but that was only three weeks, I have waited years.

● Think upon this! Daniel waited three weeks for a simple interpretation or understanding of a vision he had. So if we are waiting for something grander, such as what Abraham and Sarah waited for, or Joseph, who had dreams that his family would bow to him, then we need to be strengthened with our understanding and wait until the “appointed time”.

● Jesus is the first and the last, the Aleph and the Tav (first and last letters in the Hebrew alphabet). Aleph = (symbolizes) leader and unity. Tav = truth In Greek, Alpha = the ‘beginning’ and  Omega – ‘the end’, also ‘great’.

● When Jesus said that no sign would be given but the sign of Noah, it was because the Pharisees wanted a “sign” that proved Jesus was who he said he was. However, God has and is giving signs to his people regarding personal promises, as well as for confirmation. He never strays from His Word or His character.
● Many from other faiths are going to repent and believe Jesus.

● Healing, restoration, reconciliation, restitution, even reversal of things, including years, as well as deliverances are coming to God’s people, and even to some who are wondering about Jesus and if he is real or not. Light shatters darkness. Many will try and explain the miracles away with their logic, but the supernatural cannot be explained by mankind, which is why it is called a miracle (defying natural and scientific laws).

● The separating/dividing is the true from the false, the clean from the unclean, the holy (precious) from the unholy (vile).

● Many will be walking in the resurrection power of God, which is the Holy Spirit, but there must be a death first (crucifying flesh – fleshly appetites, desires, lusts), before a resurrection can occur.

A word follows that was given to me on January 1, 2018 at 8:40 am.  This word will not be for everyone, but for those it is meant for, they will immediately understand. Bless the Lord, for He is faithful. Taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in Him. [Ps 34:8]

A Word from the Lord
And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant [which are written in this book]. [2 Chron 34:31]

But let all those that put their trust in You rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them: let them also that love Your name be joyful in You. For You, Lord, will bless the righteous; with favour will You compass him as with a shield. [Ps 5:11, 12]

My child, you and I entered into a covenant, a personal covenant. I have not closed the door, nor have I reneged on My part. You have allowed doubts to sway you, yet you have not let go of your belief in My promise or Your love for Me. I have seen your obedience in all that you chosen to obey Me in.

But there is this one thing that you have not let go of which you must release in order for the covenant to be established by the fruition of My promises. I have told you (and you understand) that if you do not let go, it shall take you down, and My heart would grieve.

All is not lost. Shut out and cast down all imaginations that do taunt you. The adversary lurks at the door, desiring to come in to steal, kill and destroy. He cannot get in at this time, for I have lifted up a standard against him, but you must choose what you will do.
Do not look to man to save (help) you in this, for only I have power to do so. Look to Jesus. Let fear go. Stop looking at the circumstances. My Simon Peter was and is a fine example of what happens when one steps out in faith, only to be overwhelmed by the surrounding circumstances and the logic he leaned on that defied his faith. My Son immediately grabbed hold of him and saved him, saying, “Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  [Mat 14:31]

Do not hesitate any longer. Do not fear. Have I not been patient and steadfast? Have I not proven to you that you have been hearing from Me all along? Indeed, your heart was tried and I was pleased when you humbly prayed for those who came against you.

You stand amazed at the ways you have been blessed, yet you have doubt for this one promise, for it is a grand promise and you look at the outward. You look at the circumstances and lean on your logic that defies the miracle, just as Peter did.

The outward appears worse as faith is overtaken by fear. This is where the enemy is able to taunt you. Lay it down. Trust Me and hold your faith up as a shield. I AM your shield. SELAH  If you refocus and keep your eyes on Me, indeed, the miracle shall take place – suddenly and unexpectedly.

It is not over for you; it has been delayed by your hesitation, your delay. Yes, you have made attempts in the past, but you did not completely let go. Now is the time to do so. There is always an appointed time for all that I do. It is the last moment in death that is hardest, as the life you knew leaves the body.
I AM God who sees and knows each and every heart. It will take place quickly, suddenly, as you determine to obey in this last thing. Set your face as a flint and make your choice. Choose wisely.

I ask nothing of anyone that I know they cannot do. I ask that which I know you are capable of, even if you must rely on My strength. For in your weakness, I am strong. Hold fast. Do not be moved by what you see or hear. Know that I am with you. Know that I am speaking to you. Know that I will do My part when you do yours. 
A covenant is an agreement between two parties. We have a covenant. Go forth in praise and thanksgiving, worshipping in spirit and in truth. All that you have believed shall come forth as you obey. You have seen Me move suddenly and unexpectedly before. Keep this in mind as your flesh protests against you, for I am your strength. Selah

Lay it all down and trust me, as surely as Abraham did – as surely as My Son did. To follow in His footsteps does mean to surrender all – lay down your life and watch what I shall do. You have heard of My resurrection power, but you shall experience it, only when you lay down your life. There can be no resurrection or display of My power, if there is not first a death.
Go forth with renewed confidence and restored hope. I promised I would never leave or forsake you. Here I am! Taste and see that I AM good; blessed are you when you trust in Me. Do not be as Thomas, who doubted until he saw evidence with his own eyes and was able to touch of the truth he was told.

Believe what I have told you. Go forth obediently as I direct your steps. Go forth in love an mercy. 

Let no unforgiveness establish itself as a bitter root. Go forth with renewed confidence and restored hope. I promised I would never leave or forsake you. Here I am! Taste and see that I AM good; blessed are you when you trust in Me. Do not be as Thomas, who doubted until he saw evidence with his own eyes and touch of the truth he was told.

This can be your best year or it can be your worst (obedience versus fear and unbelief). Trust Me. You are so close to fruition of your long-awaited vision that it would astound you if you could but only see how very close you are. It is at the doorstep.

This is where faith must stand. It is trust, combined with faith, which will bring you into obedience. Fear not. I shall confirm this word in a way that you will know it is only I, the true, living God who speaks, and not flesh or any evil spirit.

It shall be suddenly and unexpectedly, and you will glorify Me. The greater works that were long ago spoken of shall be carried out.

For as by one man’s disobedience  many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. [Rom 5:19]

Obedience has always had results, as has disobedience. You were born for such a time as this. Hold fast to Me through My Son Jesus, and obey the leading of My Holy Spirit within you.

It is time!
The hour is now! 

Surrender this last thing … let it go and trust Me! Let not all your efforts be wasted. Do not hand the victory that awaits you over to the enemy. Simply obey My leading, and victory is assured.

It is time!

(end of message)

Word givenJanuary 8, 2018         
   
It Begins
Already things that I have recently forewarned about are beginning to unfold, and you are but one week into the new year. Some have already come up against opposition. Others have faced accusations and verbal persecution, and that from those involved in their lives (close relations – family, friends, work and even, fellow believers). Others still are concerned over battles in personal matters that they must face (work, court, financial matters, doctors’ reports, death, relationships).

Some of you were facing these things before the New Year began. For others, it has come up suddenly and recently. For those who are walking daily with Me, obediently, holding fast to faith, trust and love, I admonish you to stand strong. I am with you. I will see you through.

Wait on the Lord
Though the waters are turbulent, and the winds are fierce, and chaos seems to rule, I AM still He who calms the storm. Wait on My timing. I work behind the scenes, where you cannot see what I am doing. Keep on your armour with your shield (faith) lifted high. Keep your sword sharp and ready (stay in My Word).

I have gone ahead of you. I forewarned of backlash, but I shall subdue the enemy for I am the Lord of the battle. Victory is in My right hand and the banner over you is love. Fear not, children of obedience. Rejoice, children of light. Never forget that I am Sovereign. Those who hope and trust in Me shall never be disappointed.

For those of you in a dark moment, know that this will not last. Keep in prayer. Listen carefully, for I will instruct you, even if it is step by step. At times, you will only see the next step to take. Other times, you will see only a little ahead into the near distance. I will bring you through, directing your steps as you lean on Me.

Be Watchful
For those who are walking at ease right now, offer up thanksgiving, yet I caution you walk attentively, circumspect and watchful. There is much that is happening around the world that you cannot see, nor have you yet heard. Nothing catches Me unaware. I know the end from the beginning. Rejoice as you wait for your promises to come to fruition. 

As you keep My Son as your first love and walk obediently to My Word and to the leading of My Spirit, you will see miracles (whether small or grander). You will be in awe, for the children of obedience know My voice, recognize My work and My signature. Favour and blessings are upon those who continue in Me. Even in the darkest hour, you will see this to be true, as surely as Joseph, son of Jacob (Israel) did.

Pray for the Nations of the World
Pray for Israel, for indeed, there is a remnant, having received the truth of their Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) who live in that land. Yet, for a great portion of the land, and for a majority of the people living there, it is hard (difficult) to see much difference between them and the gentile nations – so greatly have they been influenced.

Pray for the nations of the world, including your own, for throughout all the nations there are scattered many of your brethren, in every country, every tongue, every tribe and every clan. That which was foretold (written in My Word) long ago is unfolding, for it must and will come to pass. Much is hidden from the populace, for many have wicked agendas and evil intent.

This will be a memorable year, bringing forth not only horrific and cataclysmic happenings (from both nature and man), but also a year of incredible miracles,  especially for those who have waited faithfully, patiently and believing.

Be strong and of good courage. I AM with you. Fear not, for I am fully in control. Great is My love and faithfulness.

Sound the Alarm
Sound the alarm to the lost and the wayward. Consider the importance of their souls. Do not fear their faces, but speak boldly. Do not go ahead of Me, but neither lag behind. More importantly, do not go at all unless I send you, for only I know all things.

And it came to pass after this that David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said to him, Go up. And David said, Where shall I go up? And He said, to Hebron. [2Sam 2:1]

And Moses said, Wherefore now do you transgress the commandment of the Lord? But it shall not prosper. Go not up, for the Lord is not among you; that you be not smitten by your enemies. [Num 14:41, 42]

No matter what you must face, remember My Word.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.

He that believes on Him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 
[Jn 3:16-19]

For we know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, and are the called according to His purpose. [Rom 8:28]
I AM your shield and your rear guard. I am well able to do all things. Nothing escapes Me.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath: fret not yourself in any wise (way) to do evil.  [Ps 37:8, 9]

Remember My word, for it is written that none who wait on Me shall be ashamed. [Ps 25:3] Therefore, I counsel you…wait, wait on Me. As for Me, My way is perfect. I am good to those who wait for Me; to those who seek Me.  [Ps 18:30; Lam 3:25] 

for His glory alone

penned by Bonita                          dovesofthevalleys4@gmail.com

5 comments:

  1. There is a lot of good meat here my friend. I am still digesting these words of wisdom and instruction. I need to read this many times over. God bless you Bonita for your faithfulness. Hi Libby! ;)

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  2. Yes I'm feasting for a second time myself, much heavenly manna for thought :).

    Hello precious sister Donna, how are you?.... big hug and kiss on the forehead.

    Keeping you and all that concerns you lifted up in prayer for we are truly more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. Keep pressing in and fighting that good fight of faith, it's not in vain.

    Do keep me lifted up as well, I will truly need it and appreciate it humbly.

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    1. Lord bless and protect both of you, my sisters. This is a pure example of the body of Christ...NOT competing, but uniting as ONE with Jesus/Yeshua as the Head of the body. Bless the Lord!

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  3. Wow! Been reading this word over so as glean as much as I cam. Thanks for your obedience Bonita. God bless. Darrell

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  4. God bless you and your beloved wife and family as well, Darrell. Good hearing from you.

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