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PROPHECY: It's Not About Predicting; It's About Repentance
May 8, 2003

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Jeremiah 25:4-7
“And the Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear. They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever: And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt. Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the Lord; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.”

Jeremiah 26:12
“Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying, The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard. Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.”

I have been reading the entire book of Jeremiah over the last few days, and yesterday, 5/7/2003, it fell into place that I was to read chapters 25 through 30. These two scriptures were quickened to me.

This morning, the Holy Spirit spoke these words to me: “It’s not about predicting; It’s about repentance”.

There are many who are speaking against the prophecy of Chuck Hinson this morning. They point, and say that no 8.8 Earthquake occurred at Portageville, MO on 5/7/2003. They call me a pretender and a false prophet for even mentioning his prophecy. They ignore the terrible killer torndadoes that struck all around Portageville MO on all sides, resulting in 40 deaths. In the Greek, the word for earthquake, SEISMOS, is the same word that is used to tell of a tornado.

No, we had no 8.8 earthquake in Portageville, MO, but we certainly had a great shaking from the morning of 5/4/2003 through the evening of 5/7/2003. 83 tornadoes hit on the evening of 5/4/2003. Several more hit in Southern Illinois on the morning of 5/7/2003. All were killers. The New Madrid fault area, and others cities more distant, are disaster areas this morning. Certainly, a great SEISMOS has occurred, but, thankfully, of a less severe nature than what was foreseen almost two years ago by Chuck Hinson.

Many prophets have seen this great earthquake coming, and it is still coming. Many of these same prophets are praying and interceding for America, and have done so during the last two years.

There is very evidently a great tug of war occurring in the heavenlies regarding Israel and the actions of America concerning things that are done with respect to Israel. This battle in the spiritual realm is being manifested openly for all to see in the American political arena. On May 1, 2003, the “Roadmap To Peace” was given to Israel and to The PLO at 5 P.M, Jerusalem time. Then, in short order, this follow up event happened on May 2, 2003, just after the so called “Roadmap To Peace” was given to Israel and to the PLO:


An even clearer, though more moderate, message reached the administration on Thursday, when a letter from Congress to the president warned Bush not to harm Israel during implementation of the road map. The letter, initiated by congressmen Tom Lantos, Roy Blunt, Stenny Hoyner and Henry Hyde, drew 313 signatures (Of 476) from other members of the House, an impressive number by all accounts. The congressmen say they support the road map and want American intervention in the peace process on the basis of a two-state solution, but warn the administration not to make too many demands on Israel before the Palestinians do their part.

"Many are urging you to short circuit this process and to focus on timelines in achieving the road map benchmarks," they wrote. "We believe you will not be dissuaded and will focus instead on real performance." The letter demands that the Palestinians dismantle the terrorist infrastructure, restructure its security apparatus, and provide more transparency and responsibility on the part of the PA. At the same time, a similar letter signed by 88 of 100 senators was sent to Bush.

The European Union is on record that Israel must be pressured to turn settlements in Judaea over to the PLO. The Arab nations are saying today, in all major news sources, that Israel must abandon all territory it won during the 1967 war. That includes Jerusalem. I assure that God will not remain silent if we go along with this. Our national fingerprints must not be on this at all, yet, we are still a part of this process.

Then, we came to the morning of 5/4/2003, when the Lord told me that we were on a “countdown”. Soon thereafter, we began to see the series of terrible tornadoes that killed 40 people, and left many thousands homeless all through the heartland.

Now, I remind you of the visual image that God gave to us a few months ago. The Space Shuttle Columbia was fatally damaged at liftoff. It circled the Earth for several days, performing it’s mission, but it carried with it an inherently fatal flaw in it’s heat shielding that was caused at liftoff, unbeknownst to NASA and the Astronauts. There were some “prophetic types” at NASA, warning of tragic consequences upon reentry of the shuttle, but they were ignored. The Columbia (another name for America) was perfectly fine while it circled, but when it took action, and re-entered Earth’s atmosphere, IT BROKE UP AND BURNED OVER PALESTINE, Texas.

We will remain undivided as a nation for so long as we merely circle this issue of Palestine, but once we take action as a nation, and enter the situation, we are going to be broken up and burned as a nation, OVER PALESTINE. We must not join with the European Union in the application of pressure upon Israel to bring about the implementation of this process, for the land of Israel BELONGS TO GOD.

We have marched up to the edge of the precipice as a nation, and looked over the edge into the abyss. We have even dangled one toe over the cliff. Thank God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, that through the prayers of many, our Congressmen and Senators have held back the hand of our President. You will note, however, that these Congressmen and Senators are only lukewarm in their support of Israel. There is still an inherently fatal flaw that is present for all to see.

We must pray for our President. Our nation desperately needs to repent of a whole list of terrible, national sins. Abortion is at the forefront, but our dealings with Israel, and this “Roadmap To Peace”, is in reality, a “Roadmap To The American Breakup and Burning”.

Even with this action by our Congressmen and Senators, God allowed a terrible chastisement to fall upon our nation from May 4, 2003 to May 7, 2003. FORTY people have been killed. Floods have caused millions of dollars in damage. A small Missouri town of 2,000 people, Stockton was totally destroyed. It was a miracle that all were not killed. In Pierce City, MO, the entire downtown was totally destroyed in a town of 1,385 souls.

I spoke to my mother on Sunday morning, 5/4/2003. I told her that I did not really expect an earthquake to occur on 5/7/2003, but I wanted her to have the information so she could pray about it. That night, and again on the night/morning of 5/7/2003, she was lying flat on her stomach, in her central hallway of her house, as tornadoes passed very close to her home in Carbondale, Illinois: one to the North, and one to the South. Thankfully, no damage was caused in my hometown.

Due to this terrible event, that our God allowed to happen, we know that we are still on a countdown. It seems it is very similar to a shuttle launch, where the countdown has been stopped at T Minus 3 seconds, and holding. What we need is a reset of the launch timer, and ideally, a scrubbing of the mission.

We know that the actions of our Congressmen and Senators have not solved the problem. They have delayed the onset of terrible calamities, but the fundamental, fatal flaw in Columbia still exists, and apparently, she still plans upon taking action with respect to Israel.

The whole world is going to be applying pressure to President Bush. They will insist that Israel must give up land that God gave to her, and to her people to use. And yet, God did not give that land to Israel. They do not have the title to it. God does. They are merely his approved tenants of the land. The whole world will now insist that America must apply pressure. God is saying that we are still heading toward this head on collision.

Can it be averted? Only by repentance. Only by fully turning back to God as a nation. As God says in the scriptures that I began with, God does not want to destroy our land. God wants us to turn from our sins, and turn back to Him. We are in the hands of Almighty God. It is not about predictions. It is all about our repentance. Our repentance is in great question. There is no question about the Lord’s intentions, and what He will do. He is no respecter of persons. He will certainly repent if we do. It is what He wants to do.

The only question that remains is: what will we do now?

Stephen L. Bening

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