PROPHECY: Something Wicked This Way Comes
May 1, 2001

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It is almost 1 A.M. here at my home here in the extreme Southeastern reaches of these United States. May has begun: that month in the year of our Lord 2001 that many have warned about. Pentecost and Shavuot are looming. Some have prophesied of great change to come in this month. Up until this time, I have had no indications as to timing of anything, either of coming light and glory or of falling darkness.

I am very tired tonight but I am compelled and carried forth by the Holy Spirit to write what the Lord is saying to me tonight. And as I have obeyed, I feel his strength reviving me, for it is important to write these words at the outset of the month of May.

Some thirty minutes ago, I was thinking on the prophecies of Bill Burns concerning May, and also on the discussion I had earlier today by telephone with Bob Neumann. I began to inquire of the Lord about May. What is it about May. I did a very practical thing: I looked it up in the dictionary.

The word "May" is derived from Maia, who was a goddess of Greek Mythology, one of the Pleides. The Pleides is also a constellation of stars in the heavens, and is also known as "the seven stars." As I read this, I discerned the voice of the Lord, carrying me to a familiar scripture with which I have had many prophetic dealings in the past. Also, I recalled the title of a familiar Ray Bradbury novel: Something Wicked This Way Comes.

That scripture is Amos chapter 5, with particular emphasis on verses 6 and 7. It is verse 8 that has to do with "the seven stars", or the Pleides. Yes, I and the church I serve have had much experience with this scripture. Please allow me to explain.

Almost seven years ago, our church was new and searching for a home. We found a location in a strip shopping center that was large and way too expensive for us. As it turned for us by the providence of God, the owner was a Jewish man who became inclined to rent the space to us for whatever we could afford, which turned out to be about 1/3 of market rental rate.

One day, before we moved in to that new facility, I pulled my car up out in front of there at the leading of the Lord. When I did, I noted the address: 6730 Stirling Road. It was May. Immediately, I was quickened to the 5th (May) chapter of Amos (30th book), verses 6 and 7.

"Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel. Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righeousness in the earth."

I wrote down this word of prophecy and delivered it to a few in the church, including the Pastor, whose name is Joseph. Within a few short days, Pastor Joseph's house literally burned to the ground. It had been the house of his parents: the house he had grown up in. Another man I walked with at the time took it as a very condemning sign against Pastor Joseph, but I never took it that way. I knew that the Lord had allowed this as an ominous sign for whatever His reasons may have been, and that we would know later. One thing I knew for sure: the prophecy I had received went way beyond Harvest Fellowship in scope and application. I knew that this prophecy must be very important to the Lord to emphasize it in such a dramatic fashion.

Tonight, some six years later, we enter another May, and this scripture is quickened back to me. It is Jehovah's lament over Israel: fallen Israel. Yes, that word was delivered to me on Stirling Road. The Lord is going to begin his process of purification. Fire is coming.

I will close with the scripture, and continue in chapter 5 until the Spirit says ENOUGH!

"Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel. The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land: there is none to raise her up. For thus saith the LORD GOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel. For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live: But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beer-Sheba: for Gilgal thall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought. Seek the Lord, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel. Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth, Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death in the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name: That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress. They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly. Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vinyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them. For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right. Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time. Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph."

Stephen L. Bening
a servant and prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ

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