Four long months have passed since I posted last. It has been a "helluva" season, but God orders the seasons and the times. The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever. As I begin posting, it will all come together, and may the Spirit of God be in the writings, for His glory.
A Time to Be Silent
Sometimes we have to be silent and wait upon God’s timing.
Sometimes we have to go through things to give testimony (no trial or tribulation; no testimony).
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. [1Pet 1:7]
Sometimes the refiner is a work; the dross must be removed; and the purity will be tested severely.
And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on My name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is My people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. [Zech 13:9]
Behold, I have refined you, but not with silver; I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.
He must increase, but I must decrease. [Jn 3:30]
Judging Between Sheep and Sheep
During these past four months, I had thought that perhaps I was one of the ones that the Lord was telling to “stand down”, that I had failed or was weighed in the balances and found wanting. O, how I searched my heart; how I prayed. For back in 2012 (when I was still in USA, and when Obama was elected again), the Lord had me write: Now It Begins
It was multi-faceted, and I intend to touch on it in another chapter, but not now; not here in this portion of my writing. Then, in 2013, the Lord kept putting in my spirit about separating, a dividing; not only in exposing tares (though it was not time for removal) and the wheat (his doing), but division in relationships – family, brethren, work; marriages, friendships (enemy’s doing).
Then, in late 2013, early 2014, the Holy Spirit led me to scripture in Ezekiel, where the Lord spoke through the prophet about judging between cattle and cattle. In my spirit man, I understood that the Lord was judging those who call themselves by His name. (Judgment had begun.)
For the time has come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begins with us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God. [1Pet 4:17]
He was angered at the shepherds fleecing the flock, the witchcraft in many of the churches, unholy prayers that tried to manipulate God (instead of willingly doing His will), praying in a way that He would be convinced to do “their will”, and certain Christians whose prayers were more like curses (witchcraft). The python spirit (spirit of divination) is rampant. This greatly displeased the Lord.
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 yourself 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 brought again that which was driven away, neither have you sought that which was lost; but with force and cruelty have you ruled them. [Ezek 34:2-4]
So, in 2013, the Lord warned of separating, judgment and also division. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, He continued to warn the people (self included).
A couple of days before the end of last year, on December 29, the Lord had me write an article. On New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2017, He led me to post it.
Here is an excerpt from that writing:
“A grieving is heard in the heavenlies, and hot tears are seen upon the faces of many of My people, for I am answering prayers for truth to be revealed, to protect them from deception. Therefore, there is a witnessing of sheep being separated from sheep. It is true, for it is written that the goats shall be separated from the sheep and the tares from the wheat. I am judging between sheep and sheep.”
And as for you, O my flock, thus says the Lord God; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle (sheep and sheep), between the rams and the he-goats.
Yea, I tell you that sheep are being separated from sheep, for it is a necessity in these latter times.
Her priests have violated My law, and have profaned My holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from My Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. [Ezek 22:26]
He goes on to speak against greedy shepherds, false prophets, lazy watchmen and some of the sheep in the flocks that love to have their ears tickled, and are moved about by every wind of doctrine and every false prophesy that is comfortable to hear.
He spoke of striking the [certain] shepherd(s) and the flock would scatter. He also foretold of church buildings whose doors would close, never to reopen. He reminds us that we have the power to “choose”. He warned of false brethren, unforgiveness, pride, bitterness and anger, justifying sins and no desire to repent, despite the warnings. He led me to write:
“Yes, division is happening. Not only are unbelievers divided against believers/disciples of Christ, but also a dividing among the sheep as well.”
And further along:
“I have risen from My throne. The shaking increases – judgment falls, and has been falling for some time. It shall increase. It is moving over the lands as surely as death moved over Egypt at the time that the first born of both man and beast were slain [Ex 11:5], when Pharaoh’s hard heart had no fear of the Creator of all things.”
The article is called: On the Verge of the Great and Terrible
Time of Revealing
Since that prophetic writing on New Year’s Eve last year (2017), so much has gone down, not just globally but in the personal lives of multitudes, self included. In fact, in the past four months, since the last post, I had more than once thought that I was one of the ones the Lord was having “stand down”; and that the separating of the sheep had passed over me, and I was found on the side that was not the remnant, like the 10,000 in Gideon’s army that returned home because fear ruled in their heart.
In the upcoming articles, this will be expounded upon, but not here, not now. I simply want to say that many have been going thru fire and storms (trials and tribulations), but for many, it was the trying of our faith to see what is in our hearts.
Remember, on the last day of last year (2017), He forewarned of greedy shepherds, false prophets, lazy watchmen, false brethren and more. However, the following months beginning the first day of January, 2018, of which we are now in the sixth month, the Lord has been trying (testing) us to see whether we love God with all our heart, mind and soul; to see what is in our heart.
And you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove (test) you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments, or no.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. [Jer 17:10]
Remember how Adam had been given one commandment to test him and to see what was in his heart (whether obedience or not) and if he would obey His “Word”. We too can expect this test, though it will not be the commandment to not eat the fruit of a particular tree (though God could command that), but to see if we will obey His Word (Bible).
Yes, I had thought that after all my years of writing and warning people, and urging people to repent and walk holy and circumspectly, I thought these past four months was a trial in which I had failed. What a frightening and horrifying thought, a heart-wrenching possibility!
Humility and Repentance
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.
Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, everyone according to his ways, says the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
And they went out and preached that men should repent. [Ezek 18:30; Mk6:12]
But we also have an adversary who is often used in the testing of our faith and obedience. He is the strong and cruel accuser of the brethren!
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. [1Pet 5:6-9]
Within the next couple of days, I will post the next article. For those who feel like giving up; the name of the series should come as both an exhortation and an encouragement:
Don’t Quit Just Before the Finish Line
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, See you do it not: I am your fellowservant, and of your brethren that have the tesimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
for His glory