Update and Exhortation

by | Sep 16, 2010

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Father has revealed that He would have me to remain in Georgia now for a season. The meetings in Pennsylvania have been canceled. The sister who invited me to hold meetings at her home, upon hearing that I was in Georgia, prayed, as I did also, and we both sensed that the Father had brought me back to Georgia at this time and I am to stay here for a while.

I actually had three other brothers in Christ write to me and suggest that the Father may not want me to go back out on the road at this time. When I hear things like this I do seek to know the mind of the Father, for I do not want to be out of His will.

I just paid for a campsite here in Middle Georgia for a month. I anticipate being able to write more, and to get the rest of the audio files from the meetings across the country posted. Those who were not able to attend will be able to hear those things the Father is speaking to His people at this hour. I did not deliver the same messages at all locations, so even if you did attend one of the series of meetings, you may well find something new spoken in the audio files to be posted.

I am observing many parables, and I hope to write further on these things soon. Upon our return to Georgia, Randy and I began seeing D.O.T. signs over the Interstate that were broadcasting the message, “September is Preparedness Month. Have a Plan. Be ready.”

Some brothers and sisters have been writing to me and telling me that they are sensing great changes are near at hand in this nation. I would like to hear what others are hearing from the Father.

The recent earthquake in Christchurch is certainly a sign of a great shaking to come. How soon the shaking will appear, I am not certain. The Father is speaking that we need to have a sense of urgency and alertness in this hour. I am hearing from the Father that I need to be strengthening my own walk with Him, paying certain attention to areas of self-discipline.

Having just returned from four months, 15 series of meetings, and 11,000 miles of travel across this nation, I am hearing the Father speak to me through the words that Paul penned.

I Corinthians 9:24-27
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.

I have shared with many people across this nation that God is calling forth a remnant to qualify themselves to be numbered among His firstborn sons. These are those who walk as overcomers and qualify themselves to attain to the first resurrection.

Revelation 20:6
Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

Only a relatively small number of saints will attain to the first resurrection. This is shown through many of the types and shadows of Scriptures.

  • It is seen in Joseph being singled out among his 12 brothers to receive the birthright.
  • It is seen in the pattern of Christs disciples. There were the 12, the three (Peter, James and John), and the one who leaned upon Christ’s breast and was called “the beloved disciple.”
  • It is observed in the pattern of the Tabernacle. All the nation of Israel had access to the Outer Court. Only one Tribe had access to the Holy Place. And only one man had access to the Holy of Holies.
  •  It is seen in the remnant portion of Adam’s body that was removed to form a bride. In the same way a remnant portion of the body of Christ will be removed to form a Bride.

There are types and shadows too numerous to mention. There is a prize to be attained unto, and only a very few will exercise the self-control necessary to attain to it. Only a remnant will make themselves ready.

I have shared in many meetings that the people of God have often disqualified themselves from being the firstborn due to a lack of restraint of the sinful nature. The firstborn of all twelve tribes of Israel were rejected due to a lack of restraint.

Exodus 32:25
Now when Moses saw that the people were unrestrained (for Aaron had not restrained them, to their shame among their enemies)…

Genesis 49:3-4
Reuben, you are my first-born; My might and the beginning of my strength, preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power. Uncontrolled as water, you shall not have preeminence…

Hebrews 12:15-16
See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God…, that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.

Feasting and fornicating have disqualified many a person from being numbered among the firstborn. I am finding that my own soul is finding itself embattled in this season as the flesh seeks to rule, and the soul is only with difficulty and determination brought to humble itself to the rule of the Spirit. It is an hour of further testing and refining, and I do not want to have proclaimed the need of self-control and a crucified life to the people of God, only to be disqualified myself.

The Spirit is providing sufficient grace for the sons and daughters of God to walk as overcomers in this hour. We must stir ourselves up. Do not grow weary in doing the will of the Father. Encourage one another at every opportunity. If you see another running in this race who is growing weary, seek every way to refresh their spirit. There are very great matters at stake, and it would be a grievous loss to fall short of the prize.

If you are hearing the Father speaking words pertaining to this hour, and the things to come, prayerfully consider sharing those things with me, and let me know if what you write may be shared with others on this blog.

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

Joseph Herrin

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