A Time to be Sober

by | Aug 19, 2010

Joseph Herrin (08-19-2010)

Owl Sunspot

In response to the last posting that mentioned the sign given of an owl sitting atop the American flag, some readers informed me of a recent phenomena occurring in the Sun. The picture above was taken the day after Randy had his encounter with the Native American woman in Sheridan, Wyoming. You can read about this remarkable sunspot here:


Yahshua was questioned by His disciples concerning when His return would occur. He replied:

Luke 21:25-26
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars and upon the earth, dismay among nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world…”

This sign in the Sun is much broader than the sign of the owl sitting atop a flagpole flying the American flag. It would indicate that a time of destruction and woe is coming to the entire earth. The Spirit has recently been speaking very sober things at the meetings we have been holding across the country. I want to share one very profound message from the Father that occurred at the recent meetings in Kooskia, Idaho.

Randy and I arrived early at the Fowler’s ranch and spent a week in their guest house. During that week, Nancy Fowler showed us her seven horses. Randy likes horses very much, and was eager to ride one when given the chance. Nancy had a beautiful male horse named Cocoa. Cocoa was a magnificent horse and, although he was 26 years old, he looked like a much younger horse. During the week we were visiting, Randy was able to ride Cocoa several times.

Randy with Cocoa (on left) and Dandy

A number of people came to attend the meetings from quite a distance. Nancy had room for them in her home, so several people stayed for the entire week-end, arriving shortly before the first meeting on Friday night.

Those gathered before the meeting shared a meal together, which neither Randy nor I attended. I generally do not eat much before meetings, as it is hard to speak with a full stomach. I spent the time praying, and seeking the Father for those things He would share with His people.

The Spirit impressed upon me that He had a very sober message for His people, and I began to pray that the Father might prepare people’s hearts to receive it. Shortly before the meeting was to begin, Randy and I arrived. I went upstairs to set up my laptop computer and projector, while Randy went to check on the horses.

Shortly afterwards Randy returned and asked Nancy if he could speak with her outside. He told her that Cocoa was in great distress. He was sweating profusely, blowing hard, pacing around frantically, and had blood on one leg. Nancy quickly jumped on her four wheeler and went to check on him, and a couple of women followed her.

A short time later one of the women returned and said that the men present were needed out by the horses. Cocoa was down on the ground when we all arrived, and had gotten his hind feet stuck in a wire fence. Randy and Nancy had been working to free him. Nancy had given Cocoa a tranquilizing shot to calm him down. Randy had just freed his feet from the fence, but there was great concern for Cocoa being down, as this was a bad position for a horse to be in. We attempted to get him to his feet, but were unable to do so. As a veterinarian had been called, we waited while Nancy tried to keep her horse calm.

It took about an hour for the Vet to arrive. He was soon able to organize everyone and get the horse on its feet. He began to observe the horse and after some time concluded that the horse had a very serious bowel obstruction. This had caused him great pain and led to his distress. After doing all he could, he told Nancy that this magnificent horse would have to be put down (euthanized).

The veterinarian administered the shot as Nancy stood by her precious horse’s head. After a few minutes the horse collapsed to the ground and died.

During this time, the entire group of people gathered for the meetings had been outside observing all of these things. About two hours had passed, and I knew that holding a meeting that night would not be appropriate. We agreed to begin the next morning at the scheduled time.

All the while these things were occurring I was seeking the Father to know what He was speaking through these events. There is nothing that happens by chance in the lives of Yahweh’s saints, and I wanted to discern what He was speaking. That night the Spirit impressed upon me the following Scripture:

Ecclesiastes 7:2-4
It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, because that is the end of every man, and the living takes it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for when a face is sad a heart may be happy. The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, while the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.

Friday night when Randy and I arrived, all those gathered were sitting around the table eating. People were engaged in conversation and the mood was light and upbeat. I knew the Father had a serious message for His sons and daughters, and the atmosphere would need to become one of soberness. How quickly things changed when our host lost her beloved horse.

A Portion of Those Gathered in Kooskia
(My camera assigned a number to this photo that ended in 153!)

People of God, I believe the hour is late and many dire things are about to befall this nation. The Spirit is testifying that a remnant must follow an afflicted path through these last days. As they do they will come forth into conformity to the image of Christ.

This experience in Kooskia, the Gateway to the Wilderness, reveals the mindset the Father desires His sons and daughters to have in this season. If we could see all that is coming to America and the nations we would truly be filled with great sorrow, sobriety, and would treat every moment seriously. It is a time for the saints to be making ready, to prepare their hearts to endure the days ahead. The Father is proclaiming a sober message through me to His sons and daughters.

During the three remaining meetings in Kooskia, Idaho (Gateway to the Idaho Wilderness) I was led to present a series of talks that took the book Hinds’ Feet on High Places as its theme. This is a story of the Great Shepherd leading a character named Much Afraid along a path appointed specifically for her perfecting. Her companions were Sorrow and Suffering. Truly the Father is impressing upon His sons and daughters that the days ahead will contain these things, yet His grace will be even more abundant. He will guide the weak, the lame, and the frail. He will bring them to Zion where they will stand among the overcomers.

I will be posting the audio messages from this week-end in Kooskia as soon as I am able. I encourage all to listen to them. They are a message for this hour. The first of these messages appears below.

Hinds’ Feet on High Places – Talk One – Part One

Hinds’ Feet on High Places – Talk One – Part 2

Hinds’ Feet on High Places – Talk One – Part 3

Chicagoland Meetings

Note: Meetings begin Friday in the Chicago area. If you are able, please plan to attend. The hour is truly late and the Father would have His sons and daughters to walk in understanding through these coming days.

Dates: August 20-21

Conference Room
Semper Fi Development Group
919 Tower Road
Mundelein, Il 60060

Schedule of Meetings:
Friday Evening 6:30 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.
Saturday Morning 9:00 A.M. – Noon
Break for fellowship and a meal
Saturday Afternoon 2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
(There will be no Sunday meeting at this location.)

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  1. MathWho

    I found very interesting, I took look up in date of Aug 17, 2010 where article is "Near-Earth Asteroids" I strong noticed on "On August 17, 2010 there were 1144 potentially hazardous asteroids." seen as "144"
    … anyway know this "17" of date is a seventh prime number and only nine times equal 153. That's what 153 made of. Here link:


  2. Anonymous

    Dear Joseph, I have followed your blog for about 3 years and I do bear witness to many things that you have shared in the past. Including many of the writings that many of my Christian friends consider are heresy. I have been doing some research on Hannah Hurnard. Wikapedia stated that later in her life she had embraced pantheism and gnosticism. Also on the website, Personal Freedom Outreach /www.pfo.org/high-pla.htm
    stated she was into new age teaching by the time she died.
    I know that many people that have followed the mainstream teachings of the church find it hard to believe that what they believe could be flawed teaching. I only want to use wisdom as I seek The Lord and the REAL Truth and this info on a book/author you are so enthusiastic about is cause for me to be cautious. I just wanted to ask you about what was stated about her. Thank you for your attention to my question.

  3. Joseph Herrin

    Dear (?),

    I appreciate your words of caution about the writings of Hannah Hurnard. In truth, many of my favorite authors have had dire words of warning issued against them. I remember in my twenties being very blessed by the writings of Watchman Nee. My Dad did not share my enthusiasm for a minister he revered had warned him to stay away from Wathcman Nee's writings, saying that he was into spiritualism.

    Such a charge no doubt arose from the Baptist indoctrination of the minister who had no experience with the gifts of the Spirit, or a Spirit led life.

    I have encountered others who were very much opposed to the writings of J. Preston Eby, declaring him a heretic because of his writing titled "The Savior of All Men." My own judgment of this writing, and I believe it to be the Lord's judgment, is that it contains truth that an apostate church has departed from.

    What I have been able to discern is that the rejection of Hannah Hurnard by the Christian religious system arose over the same doctrine, the reconciliation of ALL MEN through the cross of Christ. Many not understanding this doctrine, which is in fact Biblical and the doctrine of the apostles, have characterized it as heresy, and those who embrace it as heretics.

    I have heard people who did not understand what the term "Ultimate Reconciliation" meant to confuse it with Universalism, the teaching that there are many ways to God. To relate these two doctrines together is a great error. They have no relation to one another.

    You may note from my own writings that I am stridently against Universalism. There is only One name given under heaven whereby men must be saved. At the same time, I am convinced of the truth of the ultimate reconciliation of the creation back to God "Through Christ."

    I expect that from your comments you are already familiar with my book "God's Plan of the Ages" which sets forth this teaching. For those reading the comment who have not encountered it, you can find it here:


    If someone is making serious accusations of heresy about a fellow Christian and sister in Christ, it is your responsibility to investigate the charges if they are of concern to you. What is the basis for the charges of gnosticism, of pantheism, etc.? I do not doubt that they stem from the authors belief in the ultimate reconciliation of all men, and that there is some distortion in the charges.

    It is common for accusers to be inaccurate in their charges. The apostle Paul, and even Christ, were accused of many things of which they were not guilty.

    I encourage you to investigate the matter thoroughly yourself for the error and character of the accusers may be more of a concern that the one they are accusing. It was certainly so with Paul and Christ.

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


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