Joseph Herrin (02-28-09)
Yahweh has been using the image of a great storm that comes suddenly and with great fury upon a people to describe what is coming to the nations, and particularly to America. I live in Middle Georgia and the area has been under a tornado watch today, with my daughter experiencing first hand the destructive fury that can come suddenly from a storm. I will share more of her experience later, but first I want to share a testimony from a brother in Christ that I recently received.
Greetings in Jesus Name!
I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks now and thought I’d share how the Lord has led us since many things we read on your website are similar to how God has been leading us.
My family and I have just returned to the US after living and preaching the Gospel in India for the last six months. We’ve been preaching full time, away from a secular job, for about the last year and a half. The Lord had led us to sell our belongings and our home and move with a brother to Mexico to co-labor in the Gospel. So we sold almost everything we had and moved to Mexico with our four children and preached together for about 6 months.
After preaching there for 6 months the Lord then sent us to India in the state of Andra Pradesh. There we lived and preached the Gospel with some local brethren and exhorted some saints who were coming out of apostate churches.
The Lord had told us we’d be there for 6 months. We had assumed that after the 6 months we’d either move to a different part of the country or at least be staying on that side of the world. However, the Lord gave my wife a prophetic dream of judgment and then began to confirm that we’d be coming back to the US (the last place we wanted to return to).
Over about the past 5 years the Lord began giving my wife prophetic dreams about judgment coming to America. In the first dream she was in a high tower in the U.S. and was looking out at the sky. In the distance were very dark clouds that were moving to cover the whole sky but had not done so yet. They were still a great distance away. But she knew in the dream that God was in the clouds and that He was coming to bring judgment. She also saw a valley below and there were many people in the valley who saw the dark clouds coming. They were trying to escape but were unable too. This dream was about 4 or 5 years ago.
Then about a year ago she had another dream along the same lines. In this dream she was in a closet praying. When she was done praying she went to look out of the window and saw dark black clouds with lightning going through it. Then she went outside and saw that the clouds were covering about a fourth of the sky but she knew they were moving to cover the entire sky. In this dream she saw people and they seemed to be unconcerned about the coming storm.
The last dream she had on the coming judgment was when we were in India about a month ago. The Lord began to speak to us about going back to the US. During this time the Lord gave her another dream very similar and really a continuation of the previous dreams. In this dream she was in the U.S. and was again looking at the sky. Only this time the thick black clouds were covering the ENTIRE sky. The whole thing was completely covered. She knew that the only thing left was for God to rain down the fullness of His judgment and that it would soon happen. She knew that we had very little time before this came to pass.
This dream, along with other confirmations from the Lord, confirmed that He was sending us back to the US and that a great judgment was soon going to be poured out. In fact, the Lord also gave us specific brethren to go to and warn about their spiritual condition before this comes about. The Lord also provided the airfare for us to return to the US when He began to show us all this (we had gone to India on one way tickets). So we packed everything up and headed back to the US. We’ve been back since the beginning of Feb and are planning to start traveling here as the Lord has directed.
Before we left India we believe the Lord had been telling us to get a tent and glasses when we get back (we wear contacts). I’ve never needed a tent before but it seemed to be from the Lord. After a couple weeks of being back I went online and looked on Craigslist. I saw an eight man tent, practically new, that would be perfect. I contacted the people about buying the tent but then debated with myself for a few days about buying it. I finally decided I should get it, but when I called the people it had already sold.
I went to the Lord in prayer and ask if He did want us to get one…. and if He did to provide another one for us. The next day I went on Craigslist again and there was another person who had listed the EXACT same tent and it was new and unused! The Lord certainly answered my prayer (though I should have bought the first one). So I called the people and immediately purchased the tent. We’ve also purchased glasses and the Lord has provided a van for us to travel in.
We’ll be leaving Dallas next week and heading for New Mexico to visit some brethren. From there we’re not sure, but know the Lord will lead us every step of the way. He may not always give us the full revelation of His plan, but He’s faithful to give us the next step to take in obedience. The Lord seems to have prepared us to live a life on the move and we might end up traveling through the US warning and exhorting brethren while there is still time.
Like I said, we know the next step and are in prayer about everything else. Being in India the Lord taught us how to live with practically nothing and thrive by trusting in His provision. I’m quite certain it was preparation for what lies ahead. But like you wrote Joseph, the greatest need for believers is to be prepared spiritually with steadfast prayer and unwavering obedience. Everything is about to change so very soon. May we all be ready trusting in the Lord.
So be encouraged as you follow the Lamb! He’s leading others the exact same way. These will be difficult days but they will also be glorious ones as the Lord brings a fulfillment of His word and the fullness of His promised Kingdom! May the Lord be Glorified in all things!
I found the progressive nature of Scott’s wife’s dream to be very significant. In her first dream a quarter of the sky over America was covered, and in the last one the entire sky was filled with dark storm clouds. A similar illustration was shared in the recent radio interview I provided a link to on the TruNews website. One of the men spoke of seeing the statue of liberty laying prostrate on the ground with Christ holding one hand and checking the pulse while Satan was holding the opposite arm and doing the same. All of the statue except one arm and shoulder were lying in shadow, and this too was soon to be covered in darkness.
For behold, darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples…
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools…
This is currently the state of America. The nation lies in darkness, and soon the storm will break suddenly. There have been so many signs of the SUDDEN destruction of the nation. There was the disintegration of the space shuttle Columbia which occurred so quickly the crew did not even have time to don their helmets. Columbia is the name given to the female personification of America.
Columbia is the name that our nation’s capitol bears, and when the space shuttle bearing this name disintegrated in a sudden cataclysmic event, it served as a parable to that which is coming to America.
More recently we observed the sudden destruction of Metrolink 111 as it rammed full speed into a UNION Pacific freight train. So sudden was the impact as the train rounded a bend in the track that the engineer never even applied the brake.
We also recently witnessed the crashes of two planes in New York. Both of these events happened suddenly. And the fall of the two Miss USA contestants two years in a row also occurred suddenly. One moment they were standing, and the next they were on the ground having experienced a sudden fall.
I have been praying for my daughter Kristin, asking the Father that He might give her a witness of the things that are coming. Just this morning as I drove into town I prayed that Yahweh might provide some testimony to her to help her understand what is coming. I went to the gym, and when I came out I thought to call and ask her how she was doing, for I knew there was bad weather down in her area.
Kristin was asked to babysit the children of a co-worker for a couple hours today. She had gone over to do so. She was in the house with the children for about an hour and she said all was fine. There were storm warnings, but everything looked normal outside. It was not even raining.
SUDDENLY, she said, the skies began to pour rain in buckets and she heard a loud crashing sound. A large tree in the backyard crashed down on the house heavily damaging a back room and causing the roof in the kitchen to leak. When she told me what had happened, I immediately asked her if she discerned the parable in it.
As the sons and daughters of God, we need to realize that nothing happens in our lives by chance. Our Father in heaven orders our lives with great precision. He is always leading us to experiences that are designed for our benefit, or that of others.
Many things had to transpire for my daughter to experience this event today. Kristin was visiting with me last night when her co-worker called asking her to sit with his children today. It was an opportunity unlooked for and unplanned. The storm had to come just at the right time for Kristin to be there, and the tree had to be in just the right spot, and caught by a very specific wind (for there are often storms in the area which it had withstood before). All these events occurred at a specific time in order to provide a witness of those things which are to come.
People of God, we are under a storm warning as a nation. Right now all may look fine. There may not even be rain falling from the sky, but suddenly the atmosphere of this nation is going to change. Suddenly, people’s lives are going to be disrupted. Suddenly their protection from the outside elements will be removed.
It has been testified by the mouth of prophets that on 9-11-2001 God lowered the hedge of protection around this nation and allowed evil men to destroy much life and property and to alter the sense of security Americans had previously known. A day is coming soon when the hedge of protection will be completely torn down. Then the storm will break upon the nation with unprecedented force and the battering will continue for many days.
Are you taking the storm warnings seriously? Or will you be caught off guard and completely unprepared when the day arrives?
And be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. You too, be ready…
I Thessalonians 5:2-4
For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 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…
There are reasons that God gives His people warnings concerning those things which are coming upon the earth. He wants them to live in readiness. He wants His children to make spiritual and physical preparation. He wants them to remain alert, and to constantly be attentive to His voice.
I am impressed with the testimony of Sean Scott above for it reveals the kindness of the Father in preparing His children for that which is coming. Sean and his family sold almost all of their possessions. They then lived as missionaries, daily being led of the Spirit. Oftentimes they had no money and few resources, but they learned that Yahweh is always faithful to provide.
In the coming days many Christians will lose all their possessions. Like Lot and his family fleeing from Sodom, they will escape only with their lives. It need not have been this way for Lot, nor for the saints of God. It is much easier to freely surrender all we have to God to be used as He wills. It is good to have spent days, and even years, walking with Him, looking to Yahweh to provide for every daily need that the day which is coming will not arrive with such a shock. Many Christians will find that their faith is weak, for they have no experience with trusting God for their daily needs.
It is the mercy of God that He gives His children signs of the hour they are living in. He wants them to prepare themselves spiritually and physically. He wants His children to be asking Him what they might do to get ready, for He does not delight in seeing His children caught unprepared for a day of calamity. He would much prefer that His children are wise, and seeing that which is coming to ready themselves for it.
And this do, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep…
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.
On a final note, I would like to comment on the fact that the Lord directed the Scott family to purchase a tent. I too felt led to buy an 8 man tent in the past year, and my daughter also bought one some time back. Although there is certainly a practical use for a tent in a day of disorder, I want to speak of what it symbolizes spiritually.
Throughout the Bible God repeatedly called a people to leave homes and lands and to follow Him. What is signified is that Yahweh would become the possession of His people when they had formerly sought an earthly possession. Abram was living in a home in Ur of the Chaldees when God spoke to him and called him to leave all behind and become a stranger and a sojourner in a foreign land. Isaac dwelt in tents, as did Jacob and his sons.
After 430 years dwelling as slaves in Egypt, Yahweh once more called His people forth. For forty years they dwelt in tents in the wilderness. In the wilderness even the Tabernacle of God was no more than a tent. These temporary and mobile dwelling places symbolize a life that is not attached to the world and its possessions.
After Israel went in to take possession of the land of promise there was one family that saw the peril of becoming attached to the land, homes and possessions. They therefore chose to always dwell in tents that they might not forget that their first loyalty and love was to be for God. This family received a blessing that is extraordinary, for Yahweh found a different spirit to be in them than in all others.
Therefore thus says Yahweh of hosts, the God of Israel, “Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before Me always.”
If you would like to read more about this remarkable man and his family, I would recommend the chapter from the book The Remnant Bride that speaks of him.
There is something spiritually signified by a people who dwell in tents. When Israel dwelt in houses they forgot God and walked after the idols of the nations around them. The people of God have committed the same transgression in this hour. For this reason, Yahweh will once more call His people out of Egypt (a symbol of the world) and lead them into a wilderness experience where they will dwell in tents. In this way He will turn their hearts back to Him that they might discover that the greatest treasure is only found in Him. Of the patriarchs of old who dwelt in tents we read the following:
All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.
May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.
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Really appreciate your articles Joseph! Just wanted to ask you, are you saying you believe all believers will live in a physical wilderness in tents?
I’m in Canada (less than an hour from the US border), and obviously any large scale catastophic events in the US will have a very great impact on us here. Yet the Lord has spoken to our family that we will be living in a large stone house just outside the city and that He will propser us greatly in order to provide for the neeeds of the saints. He’s also shown us that we will be travelling around and freely preaching the Gospel.
As the Lord has shown us, do you believe that during the coming tribulations there will be believers who will prosper in material wealth (as well as spiritual) to be used to care for His people and proclaim His Gospel?
Brother Joseph, I hear what you are saying in your blogs and appreciate the warnings, but please understand just because the Lord has led you to get rid of everything and camp out of a van does not necessarily mean the Lord is calling all His children to get rid of everything except the bare necessities and live in tents. I understand the condition of the majority of the Body of Christ and the fact that most probably will lose alot if not all of what they have because they have lived more for this world than for Him. However, I think you still need to be a little more balanced in your writings. There are saints such as my family that are dedicated to the Lord. All our debts are paid off except our home. We are praying that it either be sold or paid off, but the Lord has said to wait. It’s honestly hard to wait. He has not spoken to do any other preparation for right now so He is not going to lead all saints to do exactly as you have. There are faithful saints who are listening to the Lord. We will still have to believe God to provide whether we live in a tent or a home. Not all saints who’ve lived prosperously been more attached to this world than to Him, but I know you know this already. I know you are just trying to warn, but if you are not careful you can unnecessarily cause some saints to do things that God hasn’t called them to do because you believe most if not all saints are to get rid of everything and camp out. Not all are going to necessarily lose everything. Some of us may be putting people up in our homes and properties that have no where else to go so I don’t believe all are called to purchase tents and camp like you. We will still probably have to rough it one way or another, but you are also limiting what God can do in what you are sharing. Please understand I’m not trying to be critical, but you can also cause unnecessary fear and panic if you are not careful. We are not supposed to fear, I know, but there are saints trusting Him to the best of their ability and are not perfect in faith yet. He is more merciful than that. Bless you brother and thank you for sharing with the saints.