What The Lord Said To Me Today
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The following vision was forwarded to me by Hollie L. Moody. I have numbered the paragraphs
for easy reference. I believe this is an important vision of events soon to come. It helps us
put some of the puzzle pieces of scripture together to form a clearer picture of the order of
events to come.
My interpretations follow:
The Lord showed me His hands holding a book. His left hand was holding the
book, and His right hand was slowly turning the pages. As I watched the pages
turning, it appeared to me that the book was divided into chapters.
Eventually, as one page was turned, I saw that it was the last page of a
chapter. It appeared to be the next to the last chapter in this book. When
this last page of the chapter was turned, the hands paused. I became aware of
a very intense silence. It was the sort of a silence that precedes a
I began to look around to see what was possibly going to occur. I saw four
large angels in the sky. They were standing in a position as of a large
square. Each angel was holding out their arms, as if they were blocking
something or someone.
Behind the two angels on the right, I saw other large angelic beings, but I
somehow sensed that these were demonic angels. The demonic beings were
holding what appeared to be a large rolled up scroll. This scroll looked like
a very dark carpet, rolled up. I saw that the demonic beings wanted to unroll
this dark scroll over the earth, but the four angels were preventing them
from doing so.
Then, I saw myself up above the earth. I was looking down, and I saw small
points of light here and there upon the earth. They looked like small flames.
As I watched, the small lights began to come together and form larger pools
After this occurred, the four angels stepped aside and came together. When
they did this, the demonic beings holding the dark rolled up scroll, dropped
the scroll. The scroll began to unwind and spread over the face of the whole
earth. A darkness and a dimness began to spread over the earth. When this
happened, I felt a smothering sensation come over me.
The four angels lifted up into the sky. I watched them, and saw as they
disappeared from my sight. As I continued to stare upwards into the sky, it
was as if the heavens opened up. I saw as groups of angels began to step
through this opening in the sky.
One group of angels had trumpets in their hands. Another group of angels held
bowls in both their hands. I also saw the Lord, and He was holding the same
book in His hands as I had seen at the beginning of this vision. (When I say
I "saw" the Lord, more than actually "seeing" Him with my physical eyes, it
was more like I "knew" in my spirit that it was the Lord.)
The Lord stepped to the forefront of the groups of angels holding the
trumpets and bowls. He opened the book back up to where He had left off with
the last chapter (where the silence had fallen). Once again, He began to turn
the pages of the book. I saw that almost all the pages had already been
The Lord and the angels were gazing soberly at the earth. I looked to see
what they were staring at. It was like my sight narrowed down to one point on
the earth. I somehow knew that I was gazing at Jerusalem.
There were armies gathered all around Jerusalem, and also completely
surrounding the whole nation of Israel. I could see further out across the
seas and the land and the skies, and saw that more military forces were
headed towards Israel.
There was intense fighting going on within Jerusalem. Smaller battles, but
just as fierce, were also taking place in other sections of Israel.
Then, I felt a trembling in the ground. I watched as Jerusalem began to
shake. The ground began to split open. I felt that this was an earthquake
that I was witnessing. The city began to fall into sections.
I then heard and felt a tremendous blast coming from within Jerusalem. The
effects from this blast spread outwards over all of Israel, and out to the
seas, lands and skies. I watched as huge tidal waves formed and the ships in
the seas capsized. Airplanes fell from the sky. The armies on land that were
converging on Israel, seemed to just disintegrate.
At the same moment, the Lord gave a great shout. I turned and saw that there
were warring angels that had appeared around the Lord and around the angels
holding the trumpets and the bowls.
At a command from the Lord, these warring angels gave a great shout, and
hurtled down towards Israel, and began to do battle on Israel's behalf. The
Lord did not join in this battle. Those which remained of those who had come
against Israel, were driven backwards and fled. Israel was saved, yet it was
a devastated shambles.
After this happened, the scroll that the demonic beings had been rolling out
over the whole earth, was completely unrolled. The earth had a dim
appearance. There were still small flames and groups of flames burning at
spots on the earth (I felt these were saints and churches), but it was as if
the flames had been somehow subdued.
Then, I felt a trembling under my feet, and watched as a temple began to
emerge from the ground. This new temple was situated upon a hill. It was so
awesome, and majestic appearing, as to be almost indescribable.
The first observation I make is that in #16, the Lord did not join the angels in the battle. We
are NOT looking at Zechariah 14 here, for in verse 3 of chapter 14, "Then shall the LORD
go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet
shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives." Since the Lord does not go forth, as He
clearly does in the Armageddon battle pictured through the words of Zechariah, this
cannot be the final battle for Jerusalem. This is a preliminary battle.
The second observation I make is that we ARE looking at Isaiah 60. #5 speaks of small points
of light which came together and formed larger lights. This is verse 1 of Isaiah 60: "Arise,
shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee." #6 then says
that following the appearance of these lights, demonic beings unwind a scroll of darkness
upon the earth. This corresponds with verse 2 of Isaiah 60: "For, behold, the darkness shall
cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his
glory shall be seen upon thee. These demonic beings are held back by four angels. These
are the restraining force of 2 Thessalonians 2:7. There are angels holding back the darkness
from covering the whole earth. These are removed, and it falls upon everyone and everything.
After making these two observations, I will now review the vision in order, as it was given. It
appears to have an internal chronology about it, with the turning of pages and a seeming
order or layout to the presentation.
#1 through #4 talk about a book. The Lord was turning pages. We have reached the
final chapter and then....silence. The most conspicous silence we have in scripture is
Revelation 8:1, which portrays the opening of the seventh seal, which the vision places
as still being future. I believe there is considerable evidence that seals 1 through 5 are
open right now. We are waiting for the sixth. This vision speaks of a great earthquake in
#13, which I take to be this sixth seal earthquake of Rev. 6:12-13.
#5 speaks of lights, as we have already discussed. This corresponds with Revelation 8:5 as
the baptism of fire is hurled to the earth by the angels.
#6 speaks of deep darkness, which will cover the earth, as we have already discussed. Isaiah
says it follows the light, as this vision portrays it.
#7 through #9 now show us angels, holding trumpets and bowls. Rev 8:6 is in view. These
angels are not blowing these trumpets or pouring these bowls yet, however.
Now comes #10-#16, which is a surprise to most eschatolgy students, but not to me. There
has to be a war in Jerusalem to set the stage for the final war. Currently, the stage is not
#10 through #16 speaks of a great, destructive battle for Jerusalem. The Lord gave a word to
me about 2 1/2 months ago, entitled "Nothing Has Changed", that Israel was going to be attacked
again by Syria and Jordan, with other allies. The Palestinians would be at their back. the
scripture I was given was Isaiah 9:12-14.
"The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth.
For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. For the people turneth
not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of Hosts. Therefore the LORD
will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day."
I was assured by the Lord that this will not be the final attack against Jerusalem. This will not
be Gog/Magog or Armageddon. If Israel does not turn to the Lord, they will go into captivity
again, for a season. I was told that it would Ezekiel 38:8...that Israel would be put in a
position of being under the sword, and then the Lord will bring Israel back from the sword
at some future date so that the rest of Ezekiel 38 and 39 will then be fulfilled.
I believe this Isaiah 9 battle is what Hollie was seeing. It is preliminary to Gog/Magog and
Armageddon, which I take to be the same battle, just as Ervin Baxter presents it in his
prophecy study series "Understanding The End Times".
#17-#18 show us the glory filled bride, rising from the earth. The restored tabernacle of David.
#17 and #18 show the darkness covering the whole earth with dimmed lights. All of a sudden,
a new temple emerges from the ground, or earth. In scripture, things coming out of the ground
or earth is symbolic of peoples. This picture is the restoration of the tabernacle of David.
Just as the new Jerusalem comes down out of heaven, this first temple rises from the earth.
The glory of God will be seen on the earth, as Jesus comes IN His church before He comes
To summarize, there is a chronology given here in this vision
1) Silence in heaven
2) Light arises upon the saints in glory
3) Deep darkness covers the whole earth
4) The angels holding their trumpets and bowls take their positions and prepare to act.
5) There is a preparatory war in Israel, where Israel is almost totally destroyed.
6) There is a great earthquake and explosion in Jerusalem.
7) The restored tabernacle of David is seen arising from the earth.
This, then, appears to be a parenthetical vision, filling in certain gaps in the chronology
of Revelation 8 and showing us just exactly where Isaiah 60 fits into this chronology and how
Ezekiel 38:8 is prepared for fulfillment. It is a vision that fits the scriptures together so that
some order may be seen.
One may then conclude that just after the events shown in this vision, the angels begin to
sound their trumpets. At this point, the church begins to look up, for her redeemer draweth
For those of you who are Ervin Baxter devotee's out there, I love Ervin and his scholarship, but
I just cannot accept that the trumpets have blown at this time. I receive this vision, with it's still
future trumpets, as being from the Lord.
Ervin argues that Chernoble, which is "wormwood" in English, was the blowing of the third
trumpet. He also argues that Saddam Hussein and the Gulf War was the fifth trumpet,
because the name Saddam, means "destroyer", or "Apollyon" or "Abadon".
I take these events for signs that remind us that the real thing is nigh upon us. To me, these
signs are like the 24 comet impacts on Jupiter a few years ago. Those comet impacts proved
to the world that the second trumpet could really happen: a mountain could really fall into
So........this vision does not rock my theology. It fits with what the Lord has shown me. If it is
from the Lord, and I believe it is, we must be getting very close to the war in Israel, since
I believe we have just seen the first wave of light, followed by darkness. We expect another
wave of light and darkness in the spring.
I feel in my spirit that I may revisit this vision in the future as the Lord gives me more light
about certain parts of it. I invite each of you to take it, piece by piece, before the Lord and
see if the Lord will shine some light on it for you. Please share it with us when He gives it to
Stephen L. Bening
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