WHAT THE LORD SAID TO ME TODAY
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 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
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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