PROPHECY: A Picture Of The Hardships To Come
June 1, 2001

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Dear WPA and other readers:

I was at my early morning watch today, seeking the Lord, when He quickened this scripture to me, beginning at Isaiah 8:21. I had both the KJV and NIV bibles open at the time, and I therefore combine the versions as it was made clear to me.

v21NIV-"Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land. When they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God.
v22NIV-Then they will look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and they will be thrust into utter darkness.
v1KJV-Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulon and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
v2KJV-The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the dhadow of death, upon them hath the light shined."

Last night, I watched a video that Kristine Carson had sent me some months ago. It is the "I Saw Submarines" video put out by Prophecy Club, with Henry Gruver as the speaker. I came away from that, wanting to cry out again for my nation, and knowing, like Henry, that these days of hardship and terror are coming.

And so, this morning, I began to cry out, but was told by the Lord that when they do come, most of my people will curse God, rather than calling upon him for help and forgiveness. All I could do is to pray that my Lord would change the hearts of my people, and lead them back to him before that day arrives, for it is very near.

I note that there is a "nevertheless" to the Lord's word, for those who do see that great light in the midst of the darkness. Henry too, in his visions, saw that the Lord will protect His people in America who cry out to him in prayer and supplication.

Many of us who follow Jesus had a very tough decade in the 1990's in the natural realm. For me, that decade was extremely tough. I was told by the Lord that when my circumstances turned, things would worsen for many around me who had things so well in the 90's. My circumstances began to turn in December, 1999, and have fully turned since February, 2001.

I know that America is a very sick cancer patient. Our Doctor is about to begin treatment. We can only hope and pray that the radiation and chemotherapy do not kill the patient. We have many words of prophecy that assure us that if we will call upon our God, a remnant of our nation will survive what is coming with God's help, and that the remnant who survive and remain will serve the Lord God in this land, perhaps even unto the day of the coming of the Lord.

Those of us who have been furrowed in the 90's: who have had the Lord run over us a few times, have been prepared for such times, to lead others...to show them how to seek and find their God in the midst of calamity. We've been harvested, as a brother of mine has said. We make no claim to perfection: we are not "tareless" fields, but we have learned that we are nothing more than Jesus Christ enables us to be. We have nothing...and are nothing...without Him. With Him, we can do anything.

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

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