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PROPHECY: The Winnowing Fork And The Purging Of The Floor
May 13, 2003

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This morning, as I was thinking about the thinning out of the WPA and the WPA Discussions groups, the Holy Spirit spoke these words to me in my spirit: “WINNOWING FORK”.

“He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan (winnowing fork NIV) is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:11-12

Have you ever seen anything like this Charles Hinson episode? I for one, have not. This occupies a unique position in my prophetic experience. At least, it is unique in my experience of watching what has happened to other people. To me, it is very comparable to what happened to me back in July, 1992.

I was sitting at my desk on the afternoon of July 13, 1992, and I was reading an article about the San Andreas fault. Suddenly, I had revelation knowledge that the fault was named for the Apostle Andrew, and the Holy Spirit said to me:

“The name of Andrew will be used to mark judgement in this generation.”“At just about the same time, I prophesied that August 24, 1992, would be a dangerous date.”

I can recall how tempted I was to issue a prediction that there would be a great earthquake along the San Andreas fault on August 24, 1992. BUT I NEVER MADE THAT PREDICTION. I kept my mouth shut. Perhaps this is why I identify so closely with Charles Hinson. I came very close to prophesying that earthquake. I certainly thought about doing it.

Now, back to the winnowing fork.

The Lord says that He is a baptizer with fire, and that the first thing he does is to purge his floor. What can this mean?

Matthew Henry describes it thus:
“The temple, a type of church, was built upon a threshing floor. In this floor there is a mixture of wheat and chaff. True believers are as wheat, substantial, useful and valuable; hypocrites are as chaff, light and empty, useless and worthless, and carried about with every wind; these are now mixed good and bad, under the same external profession; and in the same visible communion. There is a day coming when the floor shall be purged, and the wheat and chaff shall be separated.”

I believe the Lord used this earthquake prophecy as a winnowing fork to purge Watchmen Prophets Assembly. As you can see, there were many who just could not withstand the fact, and it is a fact, that Chuck Hinson received some real prophetic here.

They could not stand it, and they had to gnash their teeth over it. They couldn’t stand it that I saw the Jezebel spirit at work in his wife, or that I refused to stone him, or that I saw real prophetic value in what he had after he had disowned it and discarded it as a worthless collection of words. They simply cannot stand the idea that God might repent of doing something just because some intercessors asked him to! They absolutely cannot stand the fact that I would encourage Chuck Hinson to make corrections, repent and continue in prophetic ministry. Then, the idea simply blows their minds that God might connect the commencement of the judgements upon America with a prophecy like that. It is utter foolishness to suggest such a thing, and I knew what it would do when the Holy Spirit revealed it to me. Yet, it is so. It is what the Lord is clearly saying. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Perhaps, it is all too much for some of the rest of you too. Yet, where else can I turn but to Jesus, who speaks to me by the Holy Spirit. He has the words of life. I am one of His sheep AND I KNOW HIS VOICE. If you know of another group of prophets who hear more clearly than we do, perhaps you will go too.

Ah yes, the Watchmen Prophets Assembly is down from 173 to 158 members. WPA Discussions is down from 164 to 138. The Winnowing Fork and the Fan have been in use. The wheat has been getting tossed up into the air and the wind has been blowing. The chaff has been blown right out the door. There has been a whole lot of shakin goin on! Bob Neumann’s words are being confirmed and fulfilled once again. The prophet is without honor in his own house. Bob and I were discussing how popular the WPA had become a few weeks back.

This recent situation is more in tune with the level of acceptance that I have grown accustomed to over the years. Now, I believe the Lord is really ready to use this WPA Discussions group. We will see if the winnowing is done for this season, or if there is further paring down to be done.

Perhaps, just perhaps, we are ready to get down to the heart of the matter, and really be effective and productive for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Have thine own way Lord. Have thine own way.

Stephen L. Bening

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