PROPHECY: Pastors After The Lord's Heart-Jeremiah 3:15
May 14, 2001

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Last night, the Lord gave my friend, Kristine Carson, a dream and a word. When I read this word and dream, I sought the Lord for the reason why He woke Kristine at 3:15am, for the very minute I saw that time, I knew that it had spiritual significance.

This morning, first thing, I purposed to post the attachment to the main pages of WPA. As I prepared to do this, the Lord spoke to me, and quickened a scripture related to the 3:15. It is Jeremiah 3:15.

"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding."

Then, I proceeded to look at the scriptures around this 3:15 address. The word was spoken to backsliding Israel, just as the Lord is speaking to his backsliding children today through this very word. Kristine quoted from the "Lukewarm Laodecians" passage from Revelation. We are being told to "shape up", "get it together", "no more dress rehearsals", "repent". It is time for "prime time". Spring training is over.

The term "dress rehearsal" is unique to theatre, however. It is the last time in the process of preparation for the presentation when mistakes do not cost you. At the dress rehearsal, if an actor flubs a line, only the director gets upset. After that, it is opening night. The audience is on hand. The pressure is on.

From now on, mistakes are going to cost. Already, in this world, we have examples, given for our edification. Murderers can be forgiven, but still executed in earthly punishment for their crimes. Their mistakes have an earthly cost. Up until now, our mistakes have not cost us as much as they will in the future. This is the substance of the "no more dress rehearsals" warning.

Look at those adjacent scriptures to Jeremiah 3:15:

"Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD. Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: (15) And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind : neither shall they remember it: neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more. At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD, and all the nations shall be gathered unto it to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart."

It strikes me as interesting that the Lord drives home this point so clearly: Those who are on the right path won't care a whit about the "ark of the covenant". As far as God is concerned, it is just a bunch of once holy sticks.

The Judaizers of today are excited that, maybe, the ark has been found, or so they say. It's absolute proof they are on the wrong path.

You are the ark. I am the ark. The time has come to properly handle the truly holy things. Don't get distracted by some once holy sticks.

God will give us pastors according to his own heart. Yes, God is changing earthly leadership in His church. His pastors won't be hirelings, motivated by money and the desire to accumulate earthly fortune. That is the second part, spoken to me by the Lord. The numbers, 3 and 15 speak of a trinity of fives...three fives. A trinity of the five fold ministry. Note that when the true five fold ministers are revealed to you, they won't be feeding themselves or lining their own pockets.....they will be feeding you with knowledge and understanding.

One of our secular contemporaries hit a heartstring when he sang "I don't know where I'm a gonna go when the volcano blow." Most of the people won't know where to go when it all blows because they don't have a real shepherd....they have a hireling. But then, perhaps, they may be shown by the Lord where they are to go, on the day when it blows. Perhaps, if we return to the Lord, he will have mercy upon us, and give us those shepherds who are after His own heart.

It would seem that a time of the Lord's indignation is very near. Perhaps even this May.

May is special, and God loves anniversaries, as His word clearly demonstrates. Israel was reborn in May as a nation, 53 years ago. The Hebrew word for "flood" is pronounced "mayim". If the volcano blows, as it were, in Israel tomorrow, will any of us be surprised? No, He has given us ample warning to make spiritual preparations.

The prudent man will fear God, and hide himself in such a time, in the presence and fortress of God. He is our refuge and ever present help in time of trouble, and He will lead us home.

We know what we must do. We must have daily relationship with Jesus Christ. We must keep short and quick accounts regarding sin. We must submit to God and resist the devil. We must read our bibles. We must call upon God for strength and the will to obey Him. We must worship our Lord. We must be salt and light to a dying world. We must do it all in His strength and not in our own. He is our life!

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

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