WHAT THE LORD SAID TO ME TODAY
ADMONITION: Less Barking, More Praying
May 23, 2001
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My sister Laura reports dry times in the Lord. You are not alone sister Laura.
Dry times all around.
My brother in Christ Bob Neumann called me yesterday to ask what the Lord was saying, and I
replied: "Not much". The attack against my mind has been terrible.
I went through 48 hours where it seemed as though I could not keep my
mind on Godly things for 30 seconds. Mentally, I fell many times into
sin. I'm still a man in need of a Saviour. Praise be to God, through
Jesus Christ our Lord, that today, my mind has been delivered out of
the hands of the devils.
And yet, we have not seen, but we believe. We have heard enough to
know the truth. If He does not say one more thing to us until we see
His face, we can and should endure, because He loves us that much. He
has loved us enough, that we know it for sure. We are not going to be
led by feelings any more.
Yes, it is silent. As Alex said, it seems there is a move afoot to
snuff out the Dogs. No more warnings, it seems. Alex told me some
time back that he had grim tidings for the Tower of Gammadim. I don't
want to see that, but I do see it coming. I see absolute calamity
In my 3100 miles of travel, I was not permitted to utter one more
warning to my brother, my sister in law, my sister, my mother. I have
warned them enough already. It seems that now, I'm just a silent,
living epistle to them. No more warnings, not even to the Mormon
relatives. I saw them, and was only permitted to love them. No more
warnings, it seems, other than my loving, smiling face...and my
silence with respect to warnings about what is to come. Only with my
Dad could I discuss the things that are to come....because he knows it
Look around! You know that it is near. How near in human terms?
We'll have to wait to see. All around the American church, people
think that something is about to happen, but they are looking for the
wrong "something". They are expecting the antichrist to be revealed
and the secret rapture as the rescue. They can't even begin to open
their minds to the awful truth that, no, it's not time for that, but
it is time for God to deal with America. That is so awful that almost
no one wants to look at that squarely. It is awful to think that the
hand of God will fall upon America, and it won't be done by the
antichrist, and there will be no secret rapture rescue.
Who has been preparing the church for this Lord? Just a few watchmen,
sounding alarms from their respective towers, not much better than a
few barking dogs. Are we on TV....No! Are we on radio...only a few!
Our voices are too low to be heard over the celebratory deafening din
that fills the ears of believers today.
Tell The Spartans! Oh my, does that speak to me.
There once was a man of Spartan character. His name was Arsacius. He
was a watchman in the towers of Nicomedia, Turkey. He was also a
Christian. He received warning from God, by a vision, of an impending
calamity, and told the church, but no one wanted to listen to this
military man. He asked for intercession, but no one was moved. So,
as a true Spartan would have done, he returned to his tower, to pray
alone. Nicomedia was entirely devastated by earthquake on August 24, 358 AD.
Arsacius was killed in the quake, found dead, still in his tower.
It seems to me that God is calling the Spartans to return to their
lonely refuges and to pray. For some, it is a Themopolae....a narrow
pass to be defended to the death. Perhaps, it will make some
difference. Perhaps not. For some, it is more a lonely watchtower,
more solitary in nature, where there are not even 300 to die with.
It also seems to me that I have been doing much barking, and not a lot of
praying. What is God saying to me? It's time to return to the tower
to pray. Less barking...more praying. That's the season I have just
entered. It has the feeling of futility with it. It may even be
pointless, appreciated only by God. And yet, Jeremiah behaved in this
way. I believe I'll try to also.
Perhaps obedience in this will produce a Polycarp, or an Ignatius, or
a Paul in this generation. God knows we need one.
And so, we are to watch and pray. We know that calamity is coming. We have
sounded the alarm, and not many have listened. We wait for we know not what. We believe
that we will have service to our God in the midst of calamity, yet we are not sure that nuclear
destruction of our nation will be long delayed. We know we will have shaking, but just how
hard and how suddenly will we be shaken? We wait, and we watch. Will the shaking rise in
a gradual crescendo of ever increasing and ever more severe hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes
and volcanoes, or will our country be taken out suddenly? Will this happen before we Christians
undergo vigorous persecution in this country? The Lord has hidden the order and timing of it
from our eyes.
Like Arsacius, we come, crying out about a general calamity, to a people who demand specificity.
We purpose a call to prayer, and few are moved. And so, we return to the tower to pray.
Jesus closes Mark 13 with one word: Watch! Yes, that is a capitalized word at the end of a
sentence, which would usually indicate that a grammatical mistake has been made.
That's no mistake! The writer used a capital "gamma" for emphasis. The Holy Spirit gently
reminded me of this today. We must Watch! If you are a gammadim, you are called to
Watch. How do we Watch? For me, it is a call to vigilance at 5 A.M., bible open, ready to
commune with my Lord; to read; to chat with him; to sing a song of worship; to pray. What
is it for you?
Stephen L. Bening
a servant and prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ
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