A Somber Sign

by | Jan 4, 2011

Joseph Herrin (01-04-2011)

Burning Truck Near Sardis Church Road

There are certain events which occur in life that bear strongly the testimony of Yahweh speaking. The wreck and closure of I-75 just south of Macon on New Year’s Day is one that has arrested my attention, and which the Father is continuing to testify through.

The story can be found at the local CBS affiliate in Macon.


Joe Boes, a brother from Atlanta, wrote to me and shared a comment regarding the wreck and closure of I-75 for 9 hours. As I mentioned, the truck was carrying a load of plastic beads. These beads are used for a wide variety of plastic fabrication. Joe wrote:

I guess plastic pellets fall under the category of wood, hay and stubble.  I am always referring to this day and age as the plastic age, since there is nothing anymore safe from being substituted by it. I hate that stuff, it makes cheap counterfeit copies of a real substance.

This led me to further contemplation of the truck’s cargo. I looked up the definition of the word plastic online, and the following definitions were among those listed:

•    Giving the impression of being made of or furnished with plastic: We stayed at one of those plastic motels.
•    Artificial or insincere; synthetic; phony: jeans made of cotton, not some plastic substitute; a plastic smile.
•    Lacking in depth, individuality, or permanence; superficial, dehumanized, or mass-produced: a plastic society interested only in material acquisition.
•    Of or pertaining to the use of credit cards: plastic credit; plastic money.

All of these uses of the word plastic have bearing on the state of the church today. The people of God have fashioned a “plastic church.” It appears substantial, but is artificial and insincere.

I looked into the origin of the word “sincere” some years back. I found that it came from the era of the Greeks and Romans when marble columns were widely used in construction of public buildings. Those who quarried the marble and shaped it would often end up with columns that had cracks in them. To hide the cracks, the sellers would fill them in with wax. A column that had no wax in it was labeled “sincere.” Sincere literally means, “without wax.” The church today is hiding many things. They are spiritually bankrupt in the same way that America is financially bankrupt. This is all being hidden behind a plastic facade and a mask of healthiness.

A sister in Christ e-mailed me late last night. The subject line of her e-mail read “Wow! Sardis Church Road.” This sister spent many years in her parents’ home in North Georgia. The road their home was located on was also named Sardis Church Road. She told me that her parents had gone through bankruptcy recently, and as a result they had to move from Sardis Church Road. What a parable this is. The Lord testified that those in the church of Sardis had a name that they were alive, but they were dead. They were spiritually bankrupt.

It is a good thing to be moving away from Sardis in this hour. Another thing arrested my attention in this sister’s e-mail. Just above the subject line was the time stamp. It appeared as follows:

Date: 1/3/2011 11:11:11 PM
To: Joseph Herrin
Subject: Wow: Sardis Church Road

The event near Sardis Church Road occurred on the date 1-1-11. All these elevens are a testimony from the Father. I pointed this time stamp out to the sister who had e-mailed me, and she told me that she had intended to send the e-mail earlier. She then described a series of events that caused her e-mail program to malfunction, then for her computer to lock-up, which delayed her for approximately five minutes. Her computer had never done this before, and she could only conclude that the Father had purposely delayed her that the e-mail might be sent at that precise hour, minute and second.

As I mentioned in the previous post, the number eleven signifies disorder, disorganization, imperfection, and disintegration.

We have now entered the year 2011, and all signs point to an impending financial, societal, and political collapse. Barack Obama campaigned on a promise of “change,” and the nation that elected him are going to receive much more than they bargained for. Their dollars will be worth change. Their status as the world’s superpower, and the great materialistic, wealthy, partying society will also change. Disorder, disorganization, imperfection and disintegration are at the door.

The Father has been testifying of these things for some time now. He has been encouraging His people to get out of debt; simplify their lives; learn to be directed of His Spirit; to look to Him for the health, provision and safety of themselves and their families; to come out of the apostasy and deadness of the Christian religious system; to turn away from sin and pursue righteousness. In a nutshell, Yahweh has been leading His people to get their houses in order.

When the storm hits with all its fury upon this land, it will then be revealed who has built upon the sand, and who has built upon the Rock. The testimonies Yahweh has been giving have been in abundance. In 2007 and 2008 Miss USA fell on stage at the Miss Universe Pageant. America began to experience one financial crisis after another beginning at that time. The Father was testifying that America’s fall is determined. It will not turn back, and it will come quickly.

Rachel Smith/Crystal Stewart
Miss USA 2007/Miss USA 2008

We have witnessed the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrating over Palestine, Texas. Columbia is the female personification of America, and the name which her national capital bears.

We witnessed incredible parallels between the nation’s current President and Abraham Lincoln. Both men hailed from Illinois. Both are linked to civil rights for blacks. Obama took his oath of office with his hand upon the same Bible used by Lincoln. His inaugural events were staged in front of the Lincoln Memorial where he joined in singing the song American Pie. The words “this will be the day that I die,” hang heavy in the air.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoK-0-43wW8

Here is another view of the same event showing the half million people gathered facing the Lincoln Memorial singing these prescient words.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN098nBhggc&NR=1

It can be said of Lincoln’s presidency, more than any other SO FAR, that it was marked by a time of disorder, disorganization, imperfection, and disintegration. More Americans were slaughtered in that war than all her other wars combined. The nation was fractured. Federal troops were used to subdue the nation’s people. Martial law was imposed. The Constitution was suspended. Death, disease, and famine stalked the land.

Christians in this hour are without excuse to be caught unaware when an even worse era befalls the nation. Yahweh has not been absent, nor silent. He has been testifying to all who will listen that such things are coming.

I Thessalonians 5:3-8
While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be sober…

I am appalled as I observe the deafness and blindness of Christians all around. I am fully persuaded that the vast majority will be caught unaware. They speak as if the nation is on the road to recovery. Their faith is unshaken in the soundness of the dollar. They trust in the government and the banks, and carry on life as usual, not seeing the storm massing on the horizon, not attending to the warnings of Yahweh that a great shaking and severe tribulation is coming.

There is no one so blind as the people profess faith in Christ. A brother in Christ sent me the following image of a sign in front of a church. It tells the tale of blindness very well.

America’s Joyous Future (Thank you Leon)

Oh how the ministers of prosperity continue to sing their song of ease, comfort and the pursuit of mammon! Those who follow them will suffer severely for their lack of spiritual perception. They are asleep. They are about to die. Christ is giving a final warning.

Luke 14:27
“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”

In rejecting the cross, the church has failed to come to completion, maturity, in the sight of Yahweh. People of God, I am fully persuaded that the Father intended this event on the interstate as a parable of that which has been decreed in heaven. The truck was carrying 40,000 pounds of plastic pellets. I have shared previously that there is a significance to the order of numbers.

A number at a low ordinal level (base ten), such as the number forty, relates to an individual. A number raised to the level of the hundreds relates to a nation. A number raised to the level of the thousands indicates that which is decreed in heaven.

The number forty is a number associated with judgment. On the day of the accident I was driving my bus (the ark) forty miles to set it up at a campground and to enter into it. Noah entered the ark and it then rained for forty days and forty nights.

The meaning of this event on the interstate finds its context in the road it was next to. I will include again the passage of Scripture where our Lord is speaking to the church in Sardis.

Revelation 3:1-6
And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: “He who has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. Remember therefore what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. If therefore you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you. But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white; for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

The Father has decreed judgment upon His people from His throne in heaven. We are exhorted with the words written to the saints in Sardis. “Wake Up!” The church is in deep slumber. It is about to die. It is noted of the elderly that as they approach the end of their life they sleep more. Soon they will fall into a sleep from which they will not awake. This is the condition of the people of God today.

“Your deeds are not completed in the sight of God.” There is nothing made perfect in the church today. All lies in immaturity. The people of God are spiritual babies. They are spoiled, demanding their own way, crying over every difficulty. All but a few have soiled themselves. A great multitude stand in danger of having their names erased from the Lamb’s book of life.

There are a few overcomers. These are worthy. These walk in righteousness. The Father’s eye is especially upon them. You cannot walk with the crowd and be in this group. If you insist on fitting in, on being a part of the group, you will not attain to the number of the overcomers. While their brothers are pursuing a course of their own soul, this small remnant are seeking to be found pleasing to Yahweh.

There is a sense of urgency in Christ’s words to His people in Sardis. They are about to die. Immediate action is required. The same urgency is being proclaimed in this hour. Do not hesitate to act. Are you under conviction from the Father? Do not delay obedience again. There may not be another opportunity.

The fiery cataclysm as Sardis Church Road came suddenly. One minute the traffic on this broad path was flowing quickly, steadily. The next moment it had come to a screeching halt. It remained halted for nine hours, the number of finality and judgment.


for judgment is committed unto Jesus as “the Son of man” (John 5:27; Acts 17:31). It marks the completeness, the end and issue of all things as to man—the judgment of man and all his works.

It is a factor of 666, which is 9 times 74.

The gematria of the word “Dan,” which means a judge, is 54 (9×6).

“th orgh mou” (tee orgee mou), my wrath, = 999 (Heb 3:11).
[Source: http://philologos.org/__eb-nis/nine.htm]

People of God, I have been writing about the Father’s leading in getting this bus ready as an ark for the past couple months. Yahweh’s hand has been evident in the work. I felt an assurance that He was leading me to move into it on the first day of the year. I chose not to take the broad and easy path (I-75) to my destination. I took the narrow way instead. In doing so I avoided the fiery cataclysm that occurred at Sardis Church Road.

Surely there is a message in these things. It is time to get off the broad path that the mass of Christians have selected. Judgment is coming suddenly to those who follow the crowd. Yahweh is calling us to a narrow way, an afflicted path. We must yield to His guidance if we are to survive spiritually in the days ahead.

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    Dear Mr. Herrin,
    I am on another computer and cannot email you this. So I wont be offended if you don't post it. If it sounds like a teaching, I will understand. This is something that is on my heart.

    From wikipedia; The Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) is a passerine bird of the family Icteridae found in most of North and much of Central America. From Phoenīcē (“Phoenicia”)

    [edit] Adjective phoenīceus m. (feminine phoenīcea, neuter phoenīceum);

    Several months ago the LORD woke me up with 2 Peter 2:10 and said, 'A thousand churches will burn'. I read all of 2 Peter. It is about false teachers and their destruction. Several days ago, I prayed on this again and asked the LORD to give me some kind of confirmation. The same day the first headline on Yahoo news about the birds was "More than 1000 dead birds fall from Arkansas sky" . I sensed the birds represented the churches that would fall/burn. We did a massive study last year on everything Christmas as we wanted to make sure if this was truly pleasing to the LORD. What we found is that the phoenician goddess is the same as Asparte or Ashterah, whose worship involved child sacrifice at the ashterah pole. Ashterah and the word grove are the same. Deut. 16:21

    2Kings 23:6 He (King Hezekiah) took the Asherah pole from the temple
    of the Lord to the Kidron Valley outside Jerusalem and burned it there. He ground it to powder and scattered the dust over the graves of the common people. He also tore down the quarters of the male shrine prostitutes, which were in the temple of the Lord and where women did weaving for the Asherah.

    The King James version says "he brought out the grove" (the trees)/these wooden poles that were fashioned in such a way in the temple.

    False churches, false worship, false leaders: Revelation 18:2 With a mighty voice he shouted: "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.

    I can say that my heart and spirit have been wrenched with grief and fear (reverant fear) for I believe this most definetly is a sign.



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