Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Called Out

Joseph Herrin (03-29-09)

Note: The Long Island meeting was held yesterday, and there was some wonderful fellowship in our small group of seven who attended.

Me on Long Island (Bayville, NY)

Patty and Cap did a wonderful job as hosts of this meeting, and we were blessed to meet George and Evelyn Jackson from Connecticut who drove over to attend.

The morning session laid a groundwork for understanding the day we live in, the tribulations which are coming upon the earth, and the purpose of these troublesome days as a means by which Yahweh might separate a people unto Himself and conform them to the image of Christ. A projection system and many images accompanied the presentation and if possible I will make a video out of the audio and images and post it to the Internet.

In the afternoon session I was led to speak without notes allowing the Spirit to reveal at that moment what He would have spoken. I will be posting the audio from this session as soon as I am able. I believe many will find strong encouragement, instruction and exhortation from the messages.

I am anticipating departing from Long Island toward the end of this week. I have received an invitation to visit with Brad Daugherty in Wyoming, and I sense the Lord directing me that way. It is a long trip, but I enjoy traveling and, having no deadline to meet, I will be able to take my time crossing the country.

From there I hope to travel to Arizona to the home of Randy and Kathy Furman before heading back to Georgia.

Should the Lord order other meetings along the way, I will make them known, but please understand that my current ability to access the Internet while traveling is limited, and I have fallen somewhat behind on answering my email.

The Called Out

I was led to study the things presented here as I was contemplating the resistance that is present among Christians to the message of the disciple’s cross. Yahweh has laid upon me a burden to proclaim the cross as a necessary part of the lives of all who would be disciples of Christ.

The church has developed mindsets and arguments that justify the rejection of the cross while denying that they have become those whom the apostle Paul described as “enemies of the cross.”

Philippians 3:18-19
For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.

The heart of man is deceitful. Many Christians are convinced they are fully pleasing to the Father when He is in fact greatly dissatisfied with their lives. We see this disparity of opinion between heavenly and terrestrial perspective in the words of Christ to the Laodicean church. This materially prosperous church viewed themselves as being “in need of nothing” when Christ said, “you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked” (Revelation 3:17).

Today, many Christians “do not know” that they have received a mindset that is foreign to Christ. I want to share with you that which the Spirit has been testifying to me on this matter.

There are three very distinct world mindsets. All three of these mindsets are found among Christians today. They can be identified by the following groups:

• Greeks
• Jews
• The Called Out (Ekklesia)

I did not arrive at these three distinctions arbitrarily. They are proclaimed in Scripture. These three divisions also maintain a pattern found throughout Yahweh’s creation. Three is a number denoting fulness, and we see this number marking very distinct divisions.

God is a tripartite being; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Man is a tripartite being; Body, Soul, and Spirit.

There are three parts of the Temple and Tabernacle; The Outer Court, The Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place.

There are three divisions among Christ’s disciples; The Twelve, The Three, and The One.

There are three great feasts of God; Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles.

And there are three types of men; Greeks, Jews, and The Called Out (the Ekklesia, Christ).

116 times in the New Testament the English word “church,” has been translated from the Greek “ekklesia.” This Greek word is formed by a conjunction of the words “ek” (out) and “kaleo” (call). Following is an example of an occurrence of this word as it is commonly rendered in the popular
English translations.

I Corinthians 10:32
Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God...
New American Standard

This verse is insightful, for in it we find that all men are summed up in three divisions: Jews, Greeks, and the church. However, the phrase “the church” obscures what is really being declared. The Greek word ekklesia is used here, and it is more accurately rendered as the “called out.”

I Corinthians 10:32
Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the called out of God...

For sake of clarity, and to promote understanding, I would also comment on the word translated as Greek in the verse above. This word is appropriately translated from the Greek word Hellen. Ancient Greece was called Hellas.

Greek language, beliefs and customs spread throughout the world during the period of the Greek Empire. The Romans disseminated this Greek influence even further during the period of their empire. The common language of the Roman Empire was Greek. Jews who had embraced Greek society, language and customs were referred to as Hellenistic Jews.

Acts 6:1
Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews...

Throughout the Scriptures the terms Greeks and Jews, or the terms Gentiles and Jews, are used in contrast to one another. At times the word Gentiles is translated from the Greek word Hellen. At other times it is translated from the Greek word ethnikos. The word ethnikos is the root of the English word ethnic which means nationality. When the Scriptures speak of the Greeks and the Gentiles they are referring to “the nations.”

A pattern is observed in the divisions of mankind. In the beginning there was Adam. In Adam was contained all the seed for the nations who would one day populate the earth. After the flood, when mankind began to multiply, God separated the people into nations. The people of the earth had gathered together at Babel to build a city and a tower. Yahweh desired that mankind be separated throughout the earth, so he confused the language of man and caused them to divide.

Genesis 11:6-8
And Yahweh said, "Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." So Yahweh scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth...

These scattered groups became the nations of the earth. These nations of mankind are commonly referred to in the New Testament by the words Greeks (Hellens) and Gentiles (ethnikos). The nations (ethnikos) adopted the Greek language and customs and were therefore referred to as Greeks. It is important to understand that Greeks does NOT refer to the native people of Greece only, but to all the nations.

Natural man born of the first Adam populated the earth and became the nations. A day came when God chose to call a particular man out from the nations in order to establish a “called out” people unto Himself. Yahweh appeared to a man named Abram, who was an Aramean, a citizen of Aram. Yahweh called out Abram from his nation and family and father’s household in order that God might have a peculiar people reserved for Himself among the nations. Abram became Abraham, a father of many nations.

Genesis 1:1-6
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, Yahweh appeared to Abram and said to him,"I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly." Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: "As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.

Many Christians do not know that Abraham was the Father of other nations besides Israel. Abraham truly is a father of MANY NATIONS. Before Sarah gave birth to Isaac, Abraham had a son by Hagar the Egyptian. Ishmael was this son. Ishmael became a great nation and had 12 sons who became princes, or heads of peoples.

Genesis 17:18-20
And Abraham said to God, "Oh that Ishmael might live before Thee!" But God said..., “And as for Ishmael , I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.”

Years after Ishmael was born to Abraham, Isaac was born through Sarah. Yet this was not the end of Abraham’s offspring and the nations that came from him. After Sarah died, we read:

Genesis 25:1-7
Now Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. And she bore to him Zimran and Jokshan and Medan and Midian and Ishbak and Shuah. And Jokshan became the father of Sheba and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim and Letushim and Leummim. And the sons of Midian were Ephah and Epher and Hanoch and Abida and Eldaah. All these were the sons of Keturah . Now Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac; but to the sons of his concubines, Abraham gave gifts while he was still living, and sent them away from his son Isaac eastward, to the land of the east.

These sons also became nations, many of whom are mentioned later in Scripture. Many of these nations came into conflict with the nation of Israel in latter years, and continue to do so until this day.

Abraham truly was a father of many nations, and although the nation of Israel, also referred to as the Jews, came from the loins of Abraham, they did not come forth immediately. Abraham had a son named Isaac, and Isaac had two sons through Rebekah his wife. These sons were Esau and Jacob. Esau became the father of the Edomites, the nation of Edom. Thus, by extension, Abraham is also the father of the nation of Edom.

Jacob’s name was changed by God to Israel, and it is Jacob who is truly the titular head, or father, of the nation of Israel which is called the Jewish nation until this day. Jacob had 12 sons which became the heads of twelve tribes of Israel. God chose this one nation of Israel to be a peculiar people unto Him in the earth. In essence they were the first ekklesia - called out people unto God.

We see a pattern observed in many of the symbols God has given to us. There is a correspondence between the three parts of God’s dwelling place and the three divisions of man. This should be expected because man was created to be a temple of God.Both the Tabernacle of Moses in the wilderness, and the Temple of Solomon, consisted of three parts.

  • The Outer Court (the nations)
  • The Inner Court or Holy Place (Israel - the Jewish Nation)
  • The Holy of Holies or Most Holy Place (the called out - the church - ekklesia)

From the nations God called out a natural people unto Himself and this nation is Israel, which we call the Jewish nation.

From the nations and Israel (Jews and Greeks) God called out a spiritual nation unto Himself, and this people are the church of Christ. More accurately, these people are the ekklesia - the called out, and they are Christ.

I Corinthians 12:12-13
For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Upon examination of this Scripture we find that there are three groups identified to which all men belong. There are Jews, Greeks and Christ. Those who are called out from among the Jews and Greeks and are made partakers of the Spirit of Christ become a new nation of which Christ Yahshua is the head and Father.

I Peter 2:9-10
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation (ethnos), a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God...

We see then that the terms ekklesia, the called out, and Christ are all synonyms for those who are born of the seed of Yahshua the Christ. Let us revisit the three divisions among mankind.

• Greeks (Gentiles)
• Jews
• The Called Out (Ekklesia - Christ)

I have labored to demonstrate to you these three divisions that you might be able to understand and receive that which follows. Many people who say they are Christ-ians (members of Christ), part of Yahshua’s body, are yet walking in the mindset of the Greeks (Gentiles, nations), or the mindset of the Jews.

The Scriptures readily identify for us the distinct mindset of each of these three groups. You can tell which one you have embraced by examining your life and beliefs. Many Christians are so by confession, but not by profession. They say they belong to Christ, but they are not living as those who are called out from among the Greeks and Jews.

Following are the three overriding characteristics by which we might identify each group.

  • Greeks esteem Knowledge
  • Jews esteem Signs
  • Christ (both the Head and the body) esteem the Cross

Consider carefully the words of the apostle Paul:

I Corinthians 1:17-25
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, that the cross of Christ should not be made void. For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside." Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Paul is here identifying the characteristics of the nations. The Greeks (Gentiles, nations) are identified with a quest for knowledge. The Jews (descendants of Israel) are associated with a search for signs. Christ (both the Head and the body) is associated with the cross.

Paul said he was sent to proclaim “the cross of Christ.” This phrase inseparably establishes a link between the cross and Christ. We must ever keep in mind that the cross of Christ is not a reference limited to the cross of Yahshua. It is a reference to the cross that belongs to all who are members of Christ.

Matthew 16:24
Then Yahshua said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

Mark 8:34
And He summoned the multitude with His disciples, and said to them, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

Luke 9:23-24
And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”

There is a cross appointed to ALL who are Christ, both the Head and the body of Christ. Those who are truly disciples of Christ will be linked to, and identified by, the cross. The cross is the instrument of victory and transformation for all who belong to Christ.

Consider what Paul was saying. Greeks seek wisdom, and Jews seek for signs. In other words, wisdom and power are those things all men seek after who are not part of Christ. Those who are part of Christ have discovered that the cross is both the wisdom and the power of God.

I Corinthians 1:18
For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

The word foolishness describes how the world, and worldly believers, view the cross. Yet to those who are disciples of Christ, the cross is viewed as great wisdom. To the world and a worldly church the disciple’s cross appears as something weak and detestable, but to those who are a part of Christ the cross is the power of God to transform a fleshly creature into a spiritual being.

• Christians with a Greek mindset today seek wisdom and view the disciple’s cross as foolishness.
• Christians with a Jewish mindset esteem power and view the cross as an offense.
• Disciples of Christ who have been called out (ekklessia) from the Greek and Jewish nations see the cross as the wisdom and the power of God.

All Christians fall into one of these three groups. It is the smallest number of the people of God who have embraced the cross, seeing the necessity and the wisdom of it. Most Christians are pursuing knowledge or signs, or both APART FROM THE CROSS. This is folly, and must be corrected in this last hour.

Let me state plainly that I am NOT denying the importance and relevance of wisdom and power. THE CROSS is THE WISDOM and THE POWER of God.

There is much wisdom, understanding and knowledge for the saints to partake of, but they will never apprehend any of it aright APART FROM THE CROSS. Christians who esteem wisdom and knowledge while rejecting the disciple’s cross fail to attain to the form of Christ. Christ LEARNED from SUFFERING and so to must all who are part of Christ.

Hebrews 5:8
Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.

These parallel phrases should never be disconnected.

He learned...

He suffered...

Many Christians today are pursuing learning while doing everything they can to avoid suffering. Their knowledge is therefore distorted, corrupted, and full of error. The wisdom that comes from those trained by the cross has a different character.

James 3:17
The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.

The wisdom described above by James comes only by way of the cross. Those who despise the cross will attain a wisdom that lacks these characteristics of the Son of God.

James 3:14-17
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.

There is much evidence of jealousy, selfish ambition, disorder, arrogance and every evil thing among those Christians who esteem wisdom while rejecting the disciple’s cross. These things are also evident among those who seek after signs, who esteem the power and anointing of God, while rejecting the cross.

Everywhere throughout the gospel of Christ we are met with the cross. The church today accepts the cross of Yahshua, for to them it is knowledge, and the resurrection is a sign. These same Christians reject taking up the cross for in their minds it is folly, or an offense. The church accepts that Christ had a cross to bear, but they reject that they too are called to take up the cross daily and follow Him.

This rejection of the cross has led to many imbalances. God is not opposed to wisdom or signs. Christ walked in both of them, and so will those who belong to Christ. But the wisdom of God and the power of God must not be separated from the cross in the believer’s life. When it is, gross imbalances occur.

Consider the example of the recent Lakeland, Florida affair that Todd Bentley led. I do not call it the Lakeland revival, as many do who have rejected the disciple’s cross, having maintained a Greek or Jewish mind. Some saw that there were signs present, and immediately concluded that it was a great manifestation of the presence and power of God. These ones have continued in the Jewish mindset. They seek for signs. These ones were mesmerized by talk of angels and impartations, gold dust, healing and financial miracles.

As Todd Bentley was conducting these meetings he was involved in public drunkenness, and he was having an adulterous affair with a member of his staff. Daily, entreaties were made for money, and carnal gimmicks and spiritual deception were employed to extract as much money from those drawn to the carnival atmosphere as possible. Todd Bentley’s action and image is one of gross uncleanness, yet a church that has adopted the erroneous mindset of the Jews, seeking ever after signs, has overlooked the very obvious lack of conformity to Christ that comes only by embracing the cross.

At times God allows His people to observe a mature manifestation of their error that they might consider their ways. Todd Bentley presents the mature, fully formed image, of those who seek for signs apart from the cross. There is no evidence of a spiritual creation, for the flesh remains fully alive having avoided crucifixion. Myriads of other Christians are manifesting imbalances in
their lives that arise from esteeming wisdom and signs while rejecting the cross.

In this hour Yahweh must bring forth mature sons after the image of Christ. To accomplish this, the cross must be restored to its central place in the lives of all those who have been called out from the nations to be part of Christ.

Do you esteem wisdom while rejecting the cross?

Do you seek for signs while rejecting the cross?

Or have you embraced the cross, which is the wisdom and the power of God to transform fleshly creatures into spiritual beings?

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

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Blood is Now Required

Joseph Herrin (03-25-09

Genesis 4:9-10
Then Yahweh said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said,"I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?" And He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground."

From the beginning of man God has avenged the death of the innocent. Many Christians today have been taught that God no longer acts as an avenger of innocent blood. They have been told that God is now all love and kindness and mercy with no justice or wrath. The apostles of the early church held no such conception about God having changed in this way. Consider the words of the apostle Paul.

Romans 12:19
Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.

Hebrews 10:28-31
Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay." And again, "The Lord will judge His people." It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

These words, and many more, reveal that God is yet a God of justice. Vengeance has been, and continues to be, a righteous attribute of the almighty God. Rather than diminishing this aspect of Yahweh’s holy nature, Paul says, "How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the blood of the covenant..., and has insulted the Spirit of grace?" Paul says "We KNOW Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay."

Paul does not say, "We formerly knew such a One?" He does not say that God has now done away with retribution. He says that there is even greater cause for judgment in this day for man has received a greater grace and a greater light. I say this as prelude to an examination of a story that has been much in the news during the past few days. A plane crashed in Montana killing fourteen people, including seven children. Many of these passengers were related. The people were aboard a private plane en route to Yellowstone National Park for a family skiing vacation. The patriarch of the family, Irving Moore "Bud" Feldcamp III had driven with his wife and one daughter to meet the rest of his family who were flying in. On the plane were two of Feldcamp’s daughters and five of his grandchildren.

A sister in Christ pointed out to me a fact that the news has not been reporting. Bud Feldcamp III is a California businessman who has a holding company called Allcare Medical Management. The name Allcare is a hideous deception, for this holding company operates several "for-profit" abortion clinics in California. Allcare Medical Management operates Family Planning Associates which is the largest "for-profit" abortion provider in the nation. Following is an image of a new facility they have opened in Miramar, a suburb of San Diego.

The California Catholic Daily on February 28, 2008 reported the following:

It seems Miramar’s glass pyramid at the San Diego Design Center may join the ancient Aztec pyramids as a landmark of human sacrifice. In the complex of buildings behind the pyramid, Allcare Medical Management, the holding company that operates the abortion clinic, Family Planning Associates, has leased a 5,685 sq foot space at 7340 Miramar Road, Suite C-205.

According to sources, Bud Feldcamp III and his father Bud Feldcamp IV purchased Allcare Medical Management about two years ago as a business investment, and have been seeking to maximize their profits which are derived from the murder of the innocent. The Spirit of God has been testifying that the cup of iniquity for this nation has reached its fulness and judgment will now fall with great severity. Those who have pursued profit at the expense of spilling the blood of the innocent, will find that the cost of their abominable actions is exceedingly high.

The ancients understood that Yahweh is the avenger of the blood of the innocent.

Genesis 42:22
And Reuben answered them, saying,"Did I not speak to you, saying, 'Do not sin against the boy'; and you would not listen? Therefore behold, his blood is now required of us."

I Kings 14:10
Therefore behold, I am bringing calamity on the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam every male person, both bond and free in Israel, and I will make a clean sweep of the house of Jeroboam, as one sweeps away dung until it is all gone.

I Kings 16:2-4
Inasmuch as I exalted you from the dust and made you leader over My people Israel, and you have walked in the way of Jeroboam and have made My people Israel sin, provoking Me to anger with their sins, behold, I will consume Baasha and his house, and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

II Kings 9:6-9
Then he arose and went into the house. And he poured the oil on his head, and said to him,"Thus says Yahweh God of Israel: 'I have anointed you king over the people of Yahweh, over Israel. You shall strike down the house of Ahab your master, that I may avenge the blood of My servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of Yahweh, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish; and I will cut off from Ahab all the males in Israel, both bond and free.

These three wicked kings spilled much innocent blood and committed great evil in the sight of God. Yahweh required of them blood for blood. The passage above that speaks of the judgment that fell upon the house of Ahab follows his evil plot to acquire the vineyard of Naboth by conspiring to have him killed. Killing an innocent man did not trouble the conscience of Ahab and Jezebel. To them it was merely a business transaction, a means to acquire the worldly possessions they coveted.

So too did the Feldcamp family act with a seared conscience in their pursuit of worldly comfort and convenience. Without a doubt, the money earned from murdering babies in their mother’s womb was paying for a portion of their luxury ski trip to Yellowstone National Park.

The plane carrying seven members of Feldcamp’s family, including five grandchildren, crashed into a cemetery in Butte, Montana. Yahweh will bring to the grave the families of those who have acted with a seared conscience, and have casually committed abominations in His sight.

Is it merely coincidence that in an hour when the Spirit of Christ is testifying that His judgment is about to fall, that the owners of the nation’s largest "for-profit" abortion clinic would experience this tragedy? The steps of a man are ordered of the Lord. He is the God who has declared, "Vengeance is Mine. I will repay."

Job 21:30
For the wicked is reserved for the day of calamity; they will be led forth at the day of fury.

Undoubtedly mockers will arise. They will scoff at any thought that a righteous God is executing vengeance upon sinners. Yet in recent weeks the Spirit has been revealing signs that judgment will fall upon all wickedness, beginning at His house. Many scoffers will be found among God’s own people, for they have become inured to the thought of a righteous God who judges wickedness.

II Peter 3:3-4
Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming?" God bore long with the evil of the people in the day of Noah. Wickedness increased until sin and violence were commonplace. Although Noah was a preacher of righteousness, none heeded his voice. The flood came and took all the wicked away.

We live in another day that is compared to the days of Noah. People are once more occupied with the same worldly pursuits. They have no fear of God before their eyes, and they say, "Where is the promise of His coming?" Yet He will come, and will not delay.

Luke 17:26-31
"And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it shall be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating , they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed."

Do not these words describe the hour we live in? Where are those in or out of the church who truly expect God to judge the wickedness of the earth? All are alike pursuing pleasure and consumption. Yet suddenly judgment will fall.

Some might object to the fact that seven children were killed in this event. Many have been taught to believe that God will not include children in his judgment of a wicked people. Did not many children perish in the day of Noah as well as in the day of Lot when fire rained down and consumed the cities in the plain of Sodom? Consider the following Scripture:

Ezekiel 9:4-6
And Yahweh said to him, "Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst." But to the others He said in my hearing, "Go through the city after him and strike; do not let your eye have pity, and do not spare. Utterly slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women, but do not touch any man on whom is the mark; and you shall start from My sanctuary."

The horsemen of the apocalypse are coming. A land that has shed much innocent blood will have much blood spilled in it. "Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness..." (2 Peter 3:11).

There is a spiritual parable found in the occurrence of abortion in the land. The church has been appointed by Christ to bring forth mature sons in His image. Yet the church has wanted to pursue her lovers and continue her profligate lifestyle. Raising mature sons requires sacrifice and suffering. Therefore, the church has cast out of her midst all those who were beginning to show signs of maturing. God will judge the church for this transgression even as He will judge the act of abortion.

How much severer will be the punishment of those who have insulted the Spirit of grace? Those to whom much is given, much will be required. It is truly an hour to pursue humility and righteousness that perhaps we might be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.

Note: After writing this post I received the following article:

MEDIA ADVISORY, Mar. 24 /Christian Newswire/ -- Some of you may have seen the major news story of the private plane that crashed into a Montana cemetery, killing 7 children and 7 adults.

But what the news sources fail to mention is that the Catholic Holy Cross Cemetery owned by Resurrection Cemetery Association in Butte - contains a memorial for local residents to pray the rosary, at the 'Tomb of the Unborn'. This memorial, located a short distance west of the church, was erected as a dedication to all babies who have died because of abortion.

What else is the mainstream news not telling you? The family who died in the crash near the location of the abortion victim's memorial, is the family of Irving 'Bud' Feldkamp, owner of the largest for-profit abortion chain in the nation.

Family Planning Associates was purchased four years ago by Irving Moore "Bud" Feldkamp III, owner of Allcare and Hospitality Dental Associates and CEO of Glen Helen Raceway Park in San Bernardino. The 17 California Family Planning clinics perform more abortions in the state than any other abortion provider - Planned Parenthood included - and they perform abortions through the first five months of pregnancy.

Although Feldkamp is not an abortionist, he reaps profits of blood money from the tens of thousands of babies that are killed through abortions performed every year at the clinics he owns. His business in the abortion industry was what enabled him to afford the private plane that was carrying his family to their week-long vacation at The Yellowstone Club, a millionaires-only ski resort.

The plane went down on Sunday, killing two of Feldkamp's daughters, two sons-in-law and five grandchildren along with the pilot and four family friends. The plane, a single-engine turboprop flown by Bud Summerfield of Highland, crashed into the Catholic cemetery and burst into flames, only 500 ft. from its landing destination. All aboard were killed. ..

In my time working for Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, I helped organize and conduct a weekly campaign where youth activists stood outside of Feldkamp's mini-mansion in Redlands holding fetal development signs and raising community awareness regarding Feldkamp's dealings in child murder for profit. Every Thursday afternoon we called upon Bud and his wife Pam to repent, seek God's blessing and separate themselves from the practice of child killing.

We warned him, for his children's sake, to wash his hands of the innocent blood he assisted in spilling because, as Scripture warns, if "you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you". (Ezekiel 35:6)

A news source states that Bud Feldkamp visited the site of the crash with his wife and their two surviving children on Monday. As they stood near the twisted and charred debris talking with investigators, light snow fell on the tarps that covered the remains of their children.

I don't want to turn this tragic event into some creepy spiritual 'I told you so' moment, but I think of the time spent outside of Feldkamp's - Pam Feldkamp laughing at the fetal development signs, Bud Feldkamp trying not to make eye contact as he got into his car with a small child in tow - and I think of the haunting words, 'Think of your children.' I wonder if those words were haunting Feldkamp as well as he stood in the snow among the remains of loved ones, just feet from the 'Tomb of the Unborn'?

I only hope and pray that in the face of this tragedy, Feldkamp recognizes his need for repentance and reformation. I pray that God will use this unfortunate catastrophe to soften the hearts of Bud and Pam and that they will draw close to the Lord and wash their hands of the blood of thousands of innocent children, each as precious and irreplaceable as their own.

"I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then." (Deut. 30:19)

Gingi Edmonds is a freelance pro-life activist, writer and photographer based out of Hanford, California. Gingi writes a bi-monthly ProLife Opinion Column and is available for pro-life presentations and speaking engagements. Visit for more information.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Long Island Meeting:

Ephesians 6:19-20
And pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Plans are being firmed up for a meeting this Saturday (March 28th) on Long Island, New York. The Spirit has placed upon my heart to share a message from the Father to His sons and daughters. If you are planning on attending please let me know and provide a phone number so that if there are any last minute changes in venue I can notify you. As it stands now, plans for the gathering are as follows:

Location:Patty Hunt’s House
64 Perry Avenue
Bayville, NY 11709

If you get close and need directions or assistance, you can call:

(516) 987-1519

Date and Time:
Saturday March 28th
10:00 A.M.: First Session begins
1:00 P.M.: Lunch and Fellowship (Food provided. Bring your fellowship!)
2:00 P.M.: Second Session begins (Duration as Spirit directs.)

It is very evident to me that Yahweh has ordered this meeting. It is my prayer that He would manifest Himself in the midst of His people and that when all is said and done that He would be satisfied by what has transpired. Come expectant, and please pray in agreement with me that the will and pleasure of our Father might be accomplished during this time.

For those who are not led of the Spirit to attend, the messages given will be recorded and posted to the Internet. Yahweh has a word for all of His people, so please be lifting this meeting up, asking God to bind every distraction and hindrance that a clear and unmistakable tone might be sounded forth.

I Corinthians 14:6-8
What shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching? Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will it be known what is piped or played? For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?

I am anticipating that our Father will have a very certain word sounded forth for the edification of the body of Christ. The grace of Christ has been very present on this journey across the country and I expect to observe great grace as the saints of God gather together on this date.

Please also pray that Yahweh would manifest His provision for all those who will be attending. Needs are as diverse as arranging the care of an elderly parent, to provision and safety during travel. I have heard from one sister who is planning on driving from as far away as Boston. I am confident that when God leads, He provides.

I drove a thousand miles for this meeting, and every need was provided for. I am a Georgia boy who rarely drives through major cities, and certainly nothing like New York City. When I got as far as New Jersey I prayed that the Father would direct me through the city in my 19 foot long van, helping me to be in the right lanes and make the proper turns, as navigating and driving in a busy city has its challenges.

I can testify to you that as I drove through Staten Island, across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, through Brooklyn, and down the Long Island Expressway, I did not miss a single turn. When I needed to be in a certain lane, the Spirit made me aware of it and opened a way before me. God who called me had me to arrive safely and in good order at the destination. It is my prayer that He would do the same for all others who will travel to this meeting.

There is no better place to be than in the center of God’s will. If He is speaking to you to come, then be assured that He will make a way. You will not benefit by choosing an easier or more convenient activity for that day. God arises to help His people who embrace the challenges to which the Spirit directs them.

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

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Zion’s Road

Joseph Herrin (03-23-09)

Psalms 129:1
Many a time and much have they afflicted me from my youth up...

I arrived safely in New York. There was evidence of tremendous grace along the way, as well as many testimonies revealed by signs (literal road signs). I had just gotten started, and had not left Macon yet, when the Lord drew my attention to the road signs that marked the highway I was beginning my thousand mile journey on. The numbers struck me so profoundly that I pulled over when I observed them again, and I took a picture.

Eleven is the number of Joseph who was the 11th son of Jacob. Joseph also lived to the age of 110.

Twenty-two is the number of flesh cutting, removing wickedness, and it points to both the judgment of God and the work of the cross.

When I saw the number 11 and 22 together atop this sign, the Spirit impressed upon me that this road I was on was symbolic of the journey God had led medown for many years. I also was impressed that it had much to do with the message He would have me deliver to His people that I would meet with at my destination.

I did not know of any symbolic meaning to the number 129, but I knew there was only one chapter in the Bible that bore this number, and it was Psalms 129. After snapping the photo, I sent it via my cell phone to Patty Hunt on Long Island, to let her know I was on my way. When I spoke to her I told her that the Spirit of Christ had impressed upon me the significance of it, and I would have to dig out my Bible at some point and read Psalms 129. I spoke with Patty again later that evening, and she was very excited as she told me that the Spirit of Christ had given her a profound witness to read Psalm 129, and as she did she was amazed at what was recorded there. The Psalm contains eight verses, and I will include them here.

Psalms 129
A Song of Ascents.

Many a time and much have they afflicted me from my youth up - let Israel now say - many a time and much have they afflicted me from my youth up, yet they have not prevailed against me. The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows. The Lord is righteous; He has cut asunder the thick cords by which the wicked enslaved us. Let them all be put to shame and turned backward who hate Zion. Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withers before it grows up, with which the mower fills not his hand, nor the binder of sheaves his bosom - while those who go by do not say, "The blessing of the Lord be upon you! We bless you in the name of the Lord!"

This Psalm speaks of Yahweh’s dealing with Zion. It is interesting to note that this is "A Song of Ascents." The word ascend means to climb higher, and Zion is the name of the highest hill in Jerusalem. It was there that David set his throne, and in Scriptures it is depicted as the place where Christ appears in the midst of His overcoming sons and daughters.

Revelation 14:1
And I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.

I have noted before that Christ is here depicted as a Lamb, for He was the sacrificial Lamb of God. Lamb’s were used by the Jews for sacrifices, and Christ laid down His life meekly, as a lamb, and embraced the cross that was appointed for Him.

Acts 8:32
"He was led as a sheep to slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He does not open His mouth."

Zion is a symbol of all those who ascend to the high places with Christ. The Scriptures are clear that there is only one way to ascend to these places. We must meekly embrace sorrow and suffering. All those who would save their lives will in the end lose them. It is only those who hate their lives who will keep them and stand with Christ on Zion’s hill in the ages to come.

I testified in a recent post of the Lord speaking a word of prophecy through a sister in Christ named Debbi Rennier. The Lord gave this word to Debbi, to inform me of the message and ministry He would have me to deliver to His saints to whom He would send me. The prophecy is contained in Acts 14:22.

Acts 14:22
Strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God."

The road sign that met me at the beginning of my trip to New York provided a profound second witness to the message God would have me to share with the people of God. All those who will be found with Christ upon Zion’s hill will share a common testimony of trials and suffering. They will be able to declare, "Many a time and much have they afflicted me from my youth up..., yet they have not prevailed against me. The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows."

The image of the earth being plowed is a parable of the flesh being crucified. Man’s flesh was formed of the dust of the earth. If left to itself the earth will bring forth thorns and weeds. So too will man’s flesh. It is only by being subjected to experiences that cut the flesh that the weeds and thorns are removed and the land can be turned into a garden to bring forth fruit for the praise and glory of God. God will take Zion’s waste places and transform them through tribulation.

Isaiah 51:3
Indeed, Yahweh will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And her wilderness He will make like Eden, and her desert like the garden of Yahweh; Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and sound of a melody.

A brother in Christ wrote to me a few days ago and shared a prophetic experience with me. He went on a long walk in the city where he lives and becoming hungry he went into a store to purchase a bag of tangerines. He ate some of the fruit on his trek back home. As he did so the Lord opened his mind to understand that a parable was being acted out.

This brother in Christ has walked a separate life for many years. He has been as a stranger in a strange land, literally being a foreigner living in the United States. He has experienced a separation from many Christians in the religious system as God has called him to walk in truth and righteousness, and he has suffered many things. Like the walk he took that day, what he has gone through has seemed to be a long and arduous walk, and at times we need some refreshment along the way lest we faint.

The Lord will cause those who have taken this journey to Zion to be refreshed by the fruit of the Spirit of Christ that comes forth from their lives. Though their land may have been painfully plowed, and those who set themselves as enemies of Zion have lengthened the furrows (extending our suffering) the result will be very positive in the end.

The Spirit of Christ has often spoken to me through the symbolism of Joseph, the son of Jacob. He is a symbol of the overcomers. Even as David set his throne upon Zion’s hill, so did Joseph ascend to the throne in a day. But before ascending, Joseph experienced a long journey, and he could truly testify that he had suffered many afflictions from his youth up. The outcome of this process was glorious, for Joseph was arrayed in rich garments and given authority over the nations. His suffering resulted in much fruitfulness.

Genesis 49:22-26
Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; Its branches run over a wall. The archers bitterly attacked him, and shot at him and harassed him; But his bow remained firm, and his arms were agile, from the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel), from the God of your father who helps you, and by the Almighty who blesses you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of your father have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; May they be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers.

People of God, this message is found everywhere throughout the Scriptures. Those who would be found with Christ on Zion’s hill must pass through may tribulations. They will then be counted worthy to supply bread to the nations and to instruct others in the paths of righteousness.

Psalms 105:22
He sent a man before them - Joseph - who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of Yahweh tested him. The king sent and released him, the ruler of the people let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his possessions, to bind his princes at his pleasure, and teach his elders wisdom.

The role of a Joseph company in this hour is to instruct the people of the King’s house. All must understand and embrace the ways of God. There is no path to an overcoming life that does not include a cross. The Scriptures testify of Joseph that he was given authority "to bind" the king’s "princes at his pleasure." Joseph did not do this with evil intent, but to teach the elders of the people wisdom. Christ condemned the religious leaders of the Jews for manifesting a different spirit.

Matthew 23:4
"They tie up heavy loads, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger."

Joseph’s life is symbolic of Christ’s own. Christ also laid a burden upon the shoulders of all men. He declared,"If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me" (Luke 9:23). A difference is observed in the lives of Joseph and Christ when compared to the religious rulers. Both Joseph and Christ took the burden upon their own shoulders before they set it upon the shoulders of another.

We learn compassion and gentleness by the things we suffer. I know that there is no path to an overcoming life apart from many experiences of tribulation. I know that I must tell my brothers and sisters, the princes and elders of my Father’s household, that they must also bear this same burden, but I have not been unwilling to experience the same. Yahweh is sending me forth to "strengthen the souls of the disciples," to "encourage them to continue in the faith," and to declare to them the understanding that "through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God."

Saturday evening as I was driving through Virginia a brother in Christ who resides in Texas called me. When I got to a rest area I pulled over and returned his call. I had never spoken to Danny before. He had heard from a sister that I had previously passed through some trials similar to what he was experiencing, and this sister suggested he might call me to receive some
encouragement. I was blessed to encourage him to continue in the faith, and I offered words to strengthen his soul to pass through these experiences as an overcomer.

The next morning I was preparing to get back on the road when Randy Simmons called me. We spoke for a bit and I shared with him what the Lord was testifying through the road signs. I could sense the change in Randy’s voice when he heard me speak of the message of Psalm 129. Randy told me that he had been driving in Georgia the same day I left on my trip and the Lord directed his attention to the road he was on. He was on Highway 129.

A short time later Randy called me back and told me he had spoken with his wife Kim, and she had also been driving somewhere that same day when God drew her attention to a sign for Highway 129.

The Lord is testifying that all those who are called to be found with Christ on Zion’s hill must experience these things. All must pass through many tribulations in order to enter the kingdom of God. At this season the Lord will lead many of His people to walk this road. Many are hearing the Lord calling them already to begin a walk of faith, surrendered to the leading of the Spirit, that is leading them into trials. These trials include those of provision. The trials will include family and friends misunderstanding the path you have been called down. For many, the following words of Christ will be fulfilled.

Matthew 10:34-39
"Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace , but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man's enemies will be the members of his household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake shall find it."

People of God, I know the pain and difficulty of such experiences. I have a great compassion toward others who are willing to follow the Lord into similar experiences. The natural tendency of the Adamic nature is to reject the message of suffering. Many react negatively to the message of the disciple’s cross. Some respond with angry words and violent actions. It seems preferable to some to strike out against a messenger of the cross than to take up the cross, but there is no other way offered by God to an overcoming life. The difficult and sorrowful experiences Christ will lead His people down may seem to never end. It may seem that the furrows have been lengthened as the plowing of the flesh goes on and on, but there is an end. When I left Macon, Georgia I set the trip odometer on my van. When I arrived on Long Island it showed that I had gone one thousand miles.

Years ago as the Lord was speaking to me concerning the journey He was to lead me on, He spoke to me through an oriental proverb. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." There is an end to the journey. It will seem long and wearying at times, but God supplies an abundant grace to all who would travel the road to Zion. He refreshes the souls of His people along the way. There are many rests, and wells of refreshing. There is fruit to eat to sustain us, and Yahweh comforts His people by telling them that they are with each step getting nearer to the place where they will be able to stand with Christ on Zion’s mount.

God has given me many signs during my trip to Long Island, New York. He has given me a clear indication of the message I am to speak to His people. Saturday, March 28 , I will be sharing the word of the Lord with any who th desire to come and participate. We are still ironing out the details of the location and time. I will post this information as it becomes available, but I encourage all who are in this area to seek the Lord to know if He would have you to attend.

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

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Signs of the End

Joseph Herrin (03-20-09)

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The Spirit is testifying of some very troublesome days which are just ahead. I do not know how close we are to the fall of America, other than that the Spirit is testifying that during the time of the 111th Congress that the Union will disintegrate, the economy will collapse, and things will radically change in the lives of all men and women in America with the effect being felt throughout the world. The 111th Congress convened this past January and runs for a period of two years.

There are many voices who are suggesting that this coming Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets, could be the time when the nation collapses. I believe Rosh Hashanah begins on September 20th of this year at sunset. Some people are led to suspect Rosh Hashanah could be a significant time due to what occurred on the eve of this feast in 2008. On that day the Dow Jones Index of stocks closed down 777 points. This was the single largest point drop in history, and equated to 7% of the total value of all the listed stocks.

The numbers 7 denotes finality, an end, and the conclusion of a matter. Some have supposed that this event was a testimony that the end is very near, and may indeed occur during the same period in 2009 (in the FALL of the year). I am not prophesying any dates, for the Father has not spoken to me concerning specific dates. For me to speak anything beyond a time-frame of the 111th Congress would be presumption, so I encourage the saints to simply be alert and ever vigilant, for the things the Spirit has testified about the collapse of the nation are certain and are approaching quickly.

I want to share with you here some unusual facts that have been brought to my attention. That the details of these matters bear striking resemblance to signs God has brought to the minds of myself and many merits looking into them, and asking the Lord to bring forth understanding.

Last week I received an e-mail from a sister in Christ who was commenting about the number 222, also written as 2-22 and 2:22. This is a number that God has brought to my attention. In yesterday’s blog posting I mentioned that the vehicle God has provided for me is a model 222 Xplorer van. This is a number that bears much significance for the hour in which we live.

I have heard from a number of people who have been seeing these numbers recently. The sister who wrote to me, Gailia Johnson, asked if I knew that on the reverse of the $100 bill the clock atop the image of Independence Hall reads 2:22. She mentioned that this information was made widely known in a recent movie. Interestingly, Gailia’s birthday is also on February 22nd (2-22).

I sent her the following response:

Dear Sister Gailia,

Note the time stamp on this e-mail that you sent me concerning the number 2-22.

From: Gailia Johnson
Date: 3/13/2009 12:22:20 PM

Both forwards and backwards, the time reads 2:22. Now, I am sure you planned it that way. LOL

I had heard about the clock being set to 2:22 on Independence Hall on the back of the 100 dollar bill. I think it was the movie National Treasure that spoke of this. This number has certainly been featured prominently in many ways. Barack Obama is, of course, the 44th President, which is 2 x 22. The current Congress in session is also the 111th Congress, and each Congressional session runs for 2 years. (2 x 111=222.)

We are currently in the year 2009, which is when the 111th Congress and 44th President were seated. If we go back 222 years we come to 1787. The United States Constitution was adopted on September 17th, 1787. The Constitution ratified in 1787 was signed in Independence Hall.

It has been prophesied that America will experience a constitutional crisis during the time of the 111th Congress and the nation will be divided similar to what occurred in the days of Lincoln. This would seem to me to be the significance of the clock atop Independence Hall, the building where the Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed, as well as the location of the signing of the Constitution, being stopped at 2:22. That which began at Independence Hall, and has been assured by a Constitution for the past 222 years, will come to an end at this time.

Perhaps the fact that your birthday is also on 2-22 indicates that you were born for such a time as this.
[End Letter]

I did some further checking on this sign and found the following image of the $100 bill on the website Wikipedia.

Following is a closer view of the clock face. Note the time of 2:22.

The Bureau of Engraving reports that the time on the clock is 4:10, but actual examination reveals it to be 2:22. One can observe that the hand by the number 4 is longer than the other hand, and the minute hand is always the longer hand.

Another unusual feature of the bill featured on Wikipedia’s website is found in the lower right corner.

This is not found on all bills, as it is a number relating to the printing plate used, and it varies with the bills. However, I found it unusual that this was the number on the bill featured there.

As I mentioned, Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States. In 1969, all larger denomination bills; the $500, $1,000, $10,000 and $100,000 bills were retired. This left the $100 bill as the largest bill in circulation. In other words, it is the end of the line of Treasury notes issued by the federal government.

According to the website Wikipedia, “approximately 7% of all notes produced today are $100 bills.”

I want you to consider this statement in a couple of ways. 7 is a number denoting finality, and the end of a matter. We see this in the first chapter of Genesis. God formed the earth in 6 days, and on the 7th day He rested from all His work. Thus 7 days is the summation of all the work of God relating to this present creation, and it encapsulates the history of man. There are seven colors in the visible light spectrum as seen in the colors of the rainbow. There are seven feasts of God. There are seven churches who are written to in the book of Revelation, etc.. Thus from the beginning to the end of God’s work, we see the number 7 denoting totality and the end.

There are currently 7 Treasury note denominations that are currently acceptable for legal tender. These are the $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills. Thus the $100 bill is the seventh in the series and the end of all.

This Treasury bill, therefore, signifies the end, and in a very real sense it contains a parable of the end of America as a nation. The Spirit has been testifying that America’s liberty is about to come to an end. This liberty has been assured by her constitution, and the Spirit is testifying that a constitutional crisis similar to that experienced during the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln will occur at this time.

As it has been well noted, both Lincoln and Obama were state legislators from Illinois, and Obama took his inaugural oath with his hand upon the same Bible used by Lincoln.

Barack Obama taking his inaugural oath.

There have been many testimonies given that the liberty assured by the constitution will end soon in a very sudden fashion. Recently I have reported on a number of visions and dreams people have received where they saw the Statue of Liberty toppled to the ground, or having her head cut off. There have also been other testimonies of the sudden end of liberty.

Liberty Street in Manhattan on 9-11-2001.

Another way that I want you to consider the statement extracted from Wikipedia is as follows:

According to the website Wikipedia, “approximately 7% of all notes produced today are $100 bills.”

In recent writings I have spoken of the sign given recently in the Continental Connections crash in Buffalo, New York. There were three musicians among the passengers aboard who perished, and this occurred at a time when the song American Pie was being brought to the minds of Americans in profound ways. As a result I wrote two posts titled The Day the Music Died, and America’s Swan Song.

The $100 dollar bill is called a Treasury NOTE. The word note is also a musical term. Money has been the music of America. It is what has caused her people to sing. It has become the joy and exultation of their hearts. A $100 bill is referred by some as a C Note. The Lord is indicating that America’s dollar is about to experience a sudden and final end. The music of America’s bank NOTES will be silenced.

Not coincidentally, there are seven musical notes in an octave just like there are seven distinct Treasury notes. (This has been the common practice in music since 1600, and is observed in the diatonic scale.)

The final Treasury Note produced by the U.S. government provides a parable of the day the music died. When America’s money fails, the Union will also disintegrate; the constitution will be abandoned; liberty will fall to the ground, and the day of joy and song will come to an end in the land.

If there were only the testimony of the sign on the back of the $100 bill, then these things would merely be speculation. Yet God has given a myriad of testimonies to that which is approaching. Let us examine these things carefully, and act as the Spirit of Christ directs.

In yesterday’s post I spoke of the adventure of following the Spirit wherever he leads. If we are able to get past the fear of such an abandoned lifestyle, there is truly an adventuresome aspect to following the Lord. I am reminded again of the missionary journeys of the apostle Paul. The Spirit of Christ rarely showed Paul more than one step at a time. When he and his companions followed there would be seasons of fruitful ministry. When it was time to move on, the Spirit would shut the door and open another.

During many years of following the Lord, I have learned to be content with simply knowing the next step and obeying. At this hour I have understood it to be the will of the Father that I go to Long Island, New York and arrive there on 3-22. This morning as I awoke I was reminded of the similarity to this event and the movie National Treasure, which Nicolas Cage starred in.

National Treasure is an adventure movie. Nicolas Cage and his companions are following clues throughout the movie in hopes of arriving at the prize that is at the end of the journey, after the last clue is unraveled. This is a parable of the life of the Overcomers in Christ. There is a reward that awaits the Overcomers, and the way to arrive at the destination is simply to follow the Lamb wherever He leads. He very often only shows us the next step in front of us.

In the movie National Treasure this is also the manner in which the plot proceeds. Nicolas Cage is given one clue at a time, and each clue leads to a new destination and the discovery of the next clue in the chain. One of these clues is observed on the back of the $100 bill, and this leads these adventurers to Philadelphia to Independence Hall. They must be there at a very precise time, and the time is revealed on the back of the bill.

Although some might think that they must be at that place at exactly 2:22, one of Cage’s companions tells him that due to Daylight Savings Time, they actually need to be there are 3:22 to discover what they are looking for. Remarkably, it is the Sun that reveals the location of that which they seek.

At this very hour I am led of the Lord to be at the destination He has set before me on 3-22. I do not know what awaits me there, but I am also looking to the Son to reveal what is hidden. In these days it is very important to follow the Spirit closely, and to pay attention to His leading. We will all need to be where He desires us to be at the precise time He indicates.

God provided a rather unusual testimony to following the clues on the 18th when He revealed to me I was to go to Long Island, New York. God has blessed me with a precious older sister in Christ who lives there (Patty Hunt). She often sends things me things an older sister would share with a younger brother. On this day a box arrived and among other things it contained three packages of cookies, one of them being Ginger Bread men.

The post office puts large boxes in lockers and then places a key to the locker in the patron’s Post Office box so they know that have a package. On the 18th I found such a key in my P.O. box, and for the first time I can remember it was for locker # 22. I knew this was significant and waited upon the Father to show me what it indicated. I did not immediately understand how a box of cookies was related to flesh cutting.

Also in my Post Office box was an envelope from a brother in Christ that contained a check for $500. When I opened this, and then observed the box of goodies, the Spirit made known to me that the money was to be used for travel expenses for me to go to visit this sister on Long Island. A few minutes later as I was exploring the contents of the box, God provided another witness.

Some weeks earlier Patty, had sent me another box and there was a small package of cookies in it, and when they arrived they were all broken up. I thought it was funny, and I took a picture of the broken cookies (which I ate with a spoon) and sent it to Patty. In the box that arrived on the 18th Patty had taped a spoon to two of the packages of cookies, including the package of Ginger Bread cookies. As I looked at this, the story of Hansel and Gretel came to mind, for the story speaks of both crumbs and Ginger Bread, as well as featuring a brother and sister who are looking out for one another.

In the story, Hansel and Gretel leave a trail of crumbs in the forest so they can find their way back home where they started out from. The Spirit showed me that I was to follow the Ginger Bread and cookies back to the place they had been sent from. I already had received a profound witness that this was the Father’s will for me, and this simply provided a second witness to the matter.

Like Nicolas Cage in the movie National Treasure, God would have us to be alert to the clues He places in our lives that indicate His will for us. He speaks to His children in many ways, using images and signs that they will recognize and be able to understand. It requires attentiveness, however, to understand when and what our Father is speaking. He will not always set a neon sign in front of us, but often speaks in a still small voice that requires that we be listening closely to discern His words clearly.

Remarkable days are ahead for the children of God. They will be days of tribulation, yet the grace of God will be abundant, and He will see His people through all that lies ahead.

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

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Sent out by the Spirit

Joseph Herrin (03-19-09)

Acts 13:2-3
And while they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Yesterday (March 18, 2009) the Spirit revealed to me that it is time for me to embark on a trip for which He has been preparing me for a long time. I have no more idea of the things that lie ahead than Paul and Barnabas had on that day nearly 2,000 years ago when the Spirit revealed it was time for them to set forth. All I know for sure is where the first stop will be, and that I am to set out this week.

I believe there is something God has placed in the heart of a man that arises to the unknown. Adventure stories sell millions of copies as the hearts of men and women thrill to them, yet there is something that prevents the majority of people from ever stepping out to pursue such things. Fear is perhaps the greatest hindrance. I have since the time of my youth contemplated the words of Thoreau, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” In the autobiographical book Evidence of Things Unseen, I shared the following thoughts.

I believe I was only in the seventh or eighth grade when I heard this quotation, but I understood the heart of it immediately. Many men have a dream in their heart. Perhaps one man dreams of being an artist, another man a writer. Another man may dream of being a great architect, or an explorer. Yet these same men look at the risks, and the chance of failing to attain to their dream, so they choose another course that seems less risky, but which is also lacking the fulfillment they could have known. A man may take a factory job, or a bank position, or something similar, yet day by day there is inside of them a quiet desperation caused by their dream lying dormant and unfulfilled.

It is true that many men’s dreams are selfish, but God also places dreams in the hearts of His children. We see David being anointed by the prophet Samuel when he was still a youth, and being told that he would be king one day. We see Joseph being given dreams of ruling and reigning when he was also a youth. Both of these men were to know many long years of trials, rejection, and suffering before they were to see the dreams realized. Yet after a very long journey that began with a single step, they both saw their dreams come true.

In 1999 the Lord spoke to me while I was employed at the Houston Healthcare Complex as a computer professional and told me He was going to prepare me for a forthcoming ministry. Over the course of some months the call He had upon my life began to come into focus. My heavenly Father revealed that He had appointed to me a ministry of flesh cutting, of preparing a people for the return of His Son. He told me that in order for me to be qualified for such a ministry I would first have to submit to His flesh cutting in my life.

Around this time the Spirit indicated I was to give notice to me employer of the past 14 years, and follow Him wherever He led, looking to Him to supply all the needs of my family. To say the following years were an adventure would not be exaggeration. Was I courageous? Hardly. I followed God trembling all the way, not wanting to shrink back and be disqualified for those things for which I was being prepared.

I was beset with many fears in my flesh and soul. I wanted to follow God, and I deplored my weakness. I hoped that if I continued to follow Him that eventually fear would be laid beneath my feet and I could follow God wherever He should lead me with a perfect peace.

God has done a flesh cutting work in my life in the intervening years. Physically, I am about 100 pounds lighter than I was at my peak. In terms of the world’s goods, I have surrendered house and furnishings, closets full of goods, a myriad array of entertainment devices, and much that is a part of life in the world’s greatest consumer nation. Whereas I used to have a mortgage and consumer debt, I have been completely debt free since the year 2000. I don’t have much of the world’s goods, but I do have a sense of freedom that I did not know in previous days. I am able at a moment’s notice to go where God would send me, and do what He desires.

There are many things God stripped from me that have come at great cost, including wife and son. He has made manifest in my life the cost of discipleship, proving that the cost has not changed in the past 2,000 years.

Luke 14:25-34
Now great multitudes were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, "If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying,'This man began to build and was not able to finish.' Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks terms of peace. So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all he possesses.”

I can truly say that everything mentioned in this list has been required of me. Mother and father, sisters and brothers, wife and children, all earthly possessions, and my very life have had to be placed upon the altar. I have experienced homelessness, hunger and exposure to the elements. I have known loneliness, and the rejection of both natural and spiritual family. I was led to lay down all ministry for a period of years after God had called me to write and teach. In requiring this of me He was testing my heart to reveal if the fulfillment of being a minister held a greater place in my heart than obeying Him and doing His pleasure.

I do not boast in having passed through such experiences. It was God who held me to the course with abundant grace and ceaseless encouragement every step of the way. I was often downcast, perplexed, and full of fear. Yet He has proven the statement to be true that absolutely nothing can separate the sons and daughters of God from His love.

Romans 8:35-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, "For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered." But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present , nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Yahshua our Lord.

People of God, it is Satan, working through great deception, that has convinced the church today that the cost of being a disciple of Christ has changed. He has convinced multitudes that they are promised prosperity, ease and endless pleasure when Christ said that those who would be His disciples must take up their cross daily and follow Him. The Scriptures declare that ALL who live righteously will suffer persecution. Christ said that He did not come to bring peace, but a sword. Yahshua said a man’s enemies would be the members of his own household. He advised EVERYONE who aspired to be a disciple to carefully consider the cost first.

It has been over ten years since the Lord spoke to me and revealed that He had called me to be a cutter of grass, “for all flesh is as grass.” It has been ten years in which He has subjected me to the work of the cross. It has been ten years of trials and loss in which there were many tears and fears. Yet He has brought me through it all, and I stand today knowing that I have truly gained by the experience. The Spirit is now indicating that it is time to be sent forth to exhort the saints to embrace the same path He has led me down.

A few days ago, a sister in Christ named Debbi Rennier wrote to me the following.

Hello Brother Joseph,

The Lord gave me a word for you last week, but I just now got back on the computer. We were flooded out for a week. The Lord kept us safe - no damage to the house or anything. He kept His refuge house safe... A lot of people are out of their homes around us, please pray. Well, here is the word for you from the Lord.

"Joseph, MY servant, know this is a word now you will see happening so very soon, Acts 14:22."

Blessings and Shalom,


Upon receiving this, I looked up the Scripture that was referenced.

Acts 14:22
Strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

This prophetic word arrived with a profound witness from the Father. The witness was so present that I set this scripture as the background wallpaper on my computer that I might keep it before my eyes. I had no idea how quickly God would fulfill the word. I received Debbi’s message on the 17th, and the very next day the Lord told me it is time to go.

People of God, I would feel very ill prepared to proclaim the message of Acts 14:22 had I not experienced the reality of this message in my own life, submitting to it, and being strengthened by the Lord to follow Him through many tribulations. My message is not “Look what I have done.” Rather it is “God’s grace is sufficient. If He could take one of the weakest, most fearful and fleshly sons in His household, and lead me through the fire and the flood, then He can certainly do the same with you.”

A day of tribulation is at hand, and the Spirit is indicating that NOW is the hour that the saints need to be strengthened and exhorted to embrace the things to come, holding fast to Him, and leaning with all their weight upon Him. He will lead them through the howling wilderness. He will bring them all up, and none who trust in Him will be disappointed.

In 1999 the Lord spoke to me that it was time to leave my job of 14 years. He spoke to me through a Scripture that had the number 14 as part of its reference. It was Exodus 14:14. Exodus means “to leave, to depart, to journey forth.” The number 14 denotes transition. The number 14 speaks of a change from one condition to another. The Spirit was telling me it was time to leave the comfortable life I had been living, and embark into a new experience.

At this hour He is speaking to me through another Scripture that also has the number 14 in it, Acts 14:22. The word Acts speaks of activity and action. It is now a time for work. It is a time to minister and to see God work wonders. The number 14 once more speaks of transition to something new and different, and the number 22 speaks of the ministry of flesh cutting.

Just this morning I received a word from another sister in Christ who had no knowledge of what the Spirit was testifying to me. She wrote the following:

Dear Joseph,

I'm sorry to bother you, but I had a short dream I would like to tell you. I was asleep and I saw a clock. I believe it was 3:25 and the odd thing was that the hands on the clocks were scythes. I think I understand the meaning of the scythes, as being symbolic of grass/flesh cutting, but I was wondering about the time? Do you suppose it could mean March 25 or could there be some other meaning. There was nothing else to this dream. I just saw this clock and that was it. If the Lord shows you something, please share it with me. My husband and I are very blessed by your ministry.

Many thanks & God bless you...

Leah w.

I shared with this sister that I believe she has rightly understood the meaning of this dream. The Spirit is saying that it is time for a flesh cutting work to be performed among His people. The time does represent the date which is immediately before us. She said she thought the time was 3:25. It may have been, or it may have been something close to that which I have been seeing a lot recently, which is 3:22. I recently wrote a post on the number 322 which I have yet to post as I was waiting to complete the series Meat from the Meek. This yet unpublished writing focuses upon a clock that reads 3:22, and I will post that information tomorrow.

The Lord showed me today that I am to arrive at my first stop, which is Long Island, New York, on March 22nd. He spoke to me about this present call on March 18th, and these two numbers, 18 and 22, are related. 18 is 6 + 6 + 6. 666 is the number of the Adamic man. I wrote of this symbolism in the book The Mark of the Beast. If you desire to read of how this number relates to the offspring of Adam, you can find the section on this subject here:

It was not coincidental that on the date of March 18th the news reported that President Obama’s administration had formally endorsed the United Nation’s statement calling for special protections on the practice of homosexuality. Barack Obama began his presidency by inviting a sodomite Anglican clergyman to offer prayers at his inaugural celebration. He will continue to promote this abomination as Satan uses him to bring forth the Obama Nation.

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

Wednesday March 18 (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Wednesday formally endorsed a U.N. statement calling for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality, a measure that former President George W. Bush had refused to sign...

"The United States supports the U.N.'s statement on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity and is pleased to join the other 66 U.N. member states who have declared their support of the statement," said State Department spokesman Robert Wood...

Gay rights groups hailed the move.

"The administration's leadership on this issue will be a powerful rebuke of an earlier Bush administration position that sought to deny the universal application of human rights protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals," said Mark Bromley of the Council for Global Equality, which promotes equal rights for homosexuals...

I have written previously of the reason that Yahweh calls this particular transgression of His will an abomination. There is a profound parable contained in homosexual relations. It is a picture of man being given over to a love of self, for it is man (or woman) in love with their own image.

II Timothy 3:1-4
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self... rather than lovers of God.

Homosexual activity is sin fully mature. It is selfish desire and an unrestrained pursuit of pleasure acted upon with complete abandon and a flagrant disregard for the will of God. This is why history has revealed time and again that when a nation gives itself over to an open endorsement of homosexuality that God will judge it, for its sin has become full.

Genesis 18:20-21
And Yahweh said, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know."

It is at this hour when sin has once more become full that God must lead His people to embrace the cross that they might overcome the flesh and all the passions and desires within. The cross alone is the means of setting the children of God free from the bonds of the flesh. There is no other means to establish the kingdom of God within these temples of our bodies other than by embracing the cross. “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

Later in the day on March 18th, God gave me a further confirmation to His will concerning sending me out at this time. He has spoken to me for years through the symbolism of vehicles, as they represent ministry. Yahweh has given me a specific vehicle that testifies greatly of the ministry He has appointed to me. My van is 19 and ½ feet long, which is 6 + 6 + 6 feet and 6 +6 +6 inches long. It is a model 222 Xplorer Van. Therefore, it testifies of a ministry of cutting the flesh that clothes all the offspring of the first Adam. The van has a Pioneer sound system in it, and God has spoken to me that He has been raising up forerunners in the way of the cross who will act as Explorers and Pioneers to lead His people through the wilderness experiences appointed to them.

One significant detail I had never understood about the van until yesterday when the Spirit suddenly brought it to mind, is that the motor is a 318. It was on 3-18 that He showed me this, and it was on 3-18 that He said it is now time to go forth to the nation. The number three denotes fulness, and God has determined that at an hour when the flesh of man is being revealed in a full expression of sin that He will raise up a people who will overcome the flesh and become a manifestation of righteousness in the earth.

Those who have been following this blog know that God has had me make many repairs on this vehicle in recent weeks and months. It has been virtually rebuilt, and I have been reminded of the way in which an eagle renews its youth. When an eagle gets old it will ascend to a high nest and pull out its feathers. It will then remain there for a period of weeks without eating as it waits for its feathers to grow back. When the feathers are fully formed, the eagle is then able to fly again with a greater power and grace than it had formerly known. It has truly renewed its youth.

As I have pulled one part after another off of the van and replaced it, it has been renewed. It has more power, and handles better than it has since it has been in my possession. It gets better gas mileage and runs quieter than before. God has been preparing a number of forerunners and pioneers to go forth with a renewed vigor and strength, for they have waited upon the Lord, and He will now enable them to mount up with wings as eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

The Father has been speaking many more profound things concerning the things that are transpiring and the direction in which He is leading at this hour, but I will speak more of these things in the next post.

Please understand if I am not able to answer e-mail at this time. I will try to read the e-mail sent to me, but I am getting all things ready and I anticipate being on the road Saturday in order to arrive in New York on Sunday the 22nd. I will also be occupied with many activities while there and will not have the time that was previously available to me to attend to e-mail. I appreciate your understanding in this matter.

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

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