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Dear WPA and Others:
I have continued to speak with the Lord about this word from Bill Burns, and the related word from Bob Neumann. Additionally, I've been reading the words by our member, who calls himself/herself Seraphah. Today, the Lord quickened the scripture to me about the uncertain sound of the trumpet.
1 Co 14:8
"For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle".
There are all kinds of words going around that contradict. Another of our members pointed it out boldly. We have to discern...and we have to choose. It is time for this prophet to speak boldly, and declare the truth.
One thing I have grown certain about over the last two days: I disagree totally and wholeheartedly with this line from the Burns article:
"Those who do not have revelation of the Third Day are not able to perceive the changing of the guard. This explains why some prophets have said that God has called for a season of silence. God is still speaking, but He is no longer speaking to the night watchmen; He is speaking to those who have repositioned themselves according to the revelation of the Third Day."
This line is NOT FROM THE LORD. That is my judgement! These three sentences exalt themselves over the Master. The Master is not the focus, but a revelatory doctrine is supposed to bring the repositioning. Watchmen are to reposition THEMSELVES based on a doctrine and revelation, not based upon instructions from their master, according to this word.
I am a servant of the Lord. I did not choose my position.....God chose it for me. God called me to watch, and showed me a tower....and named it the tower of Gammadim....and said it would symbolize my ministry. Mine would be a lonely watch. I did not choose it....my Master chose it for me. I did not position myself...my Master positioned me. Am I now going to "reposition myself"? No way!
God told Bob Neumann that his job as a watchman on the wall, was at an end. God has said no such thing to this warrior in the tower. My solitary watch has not ended, it has simply changed a bit: less barking...more praying. But there is absolutely no way that I am going to "reposition myself" based upon a revelation of the third day, and I am one who has a revelation of the third day, but perhaps not the same one had by others.
Some, like Mr. Burns, are talking about a near term rapture of the church, in maybe ten or fifteen years. NOT ME. Some are talking about a revival that will save a billion souls. NOT ME. Some are saying that the Ezekiel 38 war is at hand. NOT ME. I just don't see what they see.
I see shaking....Haggai style shaking. All that can shake is gonna shake! Brothers, in earthly time frame terms, it is going to shake a LONG time. Some of us have already been shaken repeatedly. We are going to encourage others when the shaking of the whole world begins.
How many of our present day US assemblies and churches will survive 6 months to a year without electricity, indoor plumbing and the accompanying economic shutdown? How many will still be meeting together? Not many! Shaking, friends and brothers, yes...shaking. We have felt it. We have been, if you will, the protoshakers. For most of us, it has already happened. Now, it begins around us...all around us. Get ready.
God has not been speaking because he is getting ready to begin doing. When the shaking begins, we won't have time to be on a wall or in a tower. We will be busy, doing the work of encouraging those who are falling away. Yes, the great time of falling away is at hand. We are going to be very busy. Until it hits, I'll stay in my tower until my Master REPOSITIONS ME.
I don't need to see anymore. I've seen enough to know what is coming. I've seen so much that I now need to shut my eyes, stop watching and start praying.
I can't give you specifics, and I grow increasingly more skeptical whenever anyone offers specifics concerning what they have seen about what is to come. God has hidden it: PERIOD. Therefore, this shaking will shake you all the more when you don't see it coming and when you have not heard about it. Those known as charismatics and full gospel people are going to be shaken the most, because they have not seen it coming or heard it, yet they expect God to tell them everything. If they had heard it for themselves, they might have prepared. As it was, they heard it from watchmen, and ignored it. It would have pooped their party.
This is what the Lord says:
The day is coming when those who have a reputation for being "Not filled" with the Holy Spirit: non tongue talking evangelicals, are not going to be as shaken as severely as the charismatics.....because the charismatics expect God to individually tell them and show them everything...and He will not, and has not. The non tongue talking evangelical who has trusted in Jesus, but does not hear his voice every day, will not be as severely shaken in that day, to the extent he has trusted in his Lord without hearing him. Those who have heard the Lord, but who have not heeded the watchmen, will be shaken to the greatest degree.
Yes, a dark day is coming. A day not to be longed for. Prophets have declared it's arrival. It is here, in the realm of the Spirit. We wait for it's manifestation in the earthly realm. A day of indignation of the Almighty; A day of surprise and shock; A day of the unexpected; A day of repetitive suffering and woe, without deliverance or relief. A day of feeling totally forsaken by God!
"Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. Shall not the day off the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?" Amos 5:19-20
Stephen L. Bening
a servant and prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ
WATCHMEN OF THE MORNING
By Bill Burns
June 11, 2001:
We are in a time of the changing of the guard as we enter into the Third day,
and the night watchman's shift is finished. The morning watch has begun, and a
new company of watchmen are coming to take their position on the wall.
It is for this reason that some watchmen are not discerning the present season
that is upon us. Those who do not have revelation of the Third Day are not
able to perceive the changing of the guard. This explains why some prophets
have said that God has called for a season of silence. God is still speaking, but
He is no longer speaking to the night watchmen; He is speaking to those who
have repositioned themselves according to the revelation of the Third Day,
which begins in the morning watch.
The Jewish day began at 6:00 a.m. and finished at 6:00 p.m. The night watch
began at 6:00 p.m. and ended at 6:00 a.m. The night watch was broken up into
four time periods of three hours each. Mark 13:35 names the watches:
First Watch -- the evening (6:00 - 9:00 p.m.)
Second Watch -- at midnight (9:00 - midnight)
Third Watch -- at the crowing of the rooster (midnight - 3:00 a.m.)
Fourth Watch -- the morning watch (3:00 - 6:00 a.m.)
A familiar passage of scripture used by prophets is Isaiah 21:11 which asks the
question, "Watchman, what of the night?" The Amplified Bible is more
revealing and needs to be considered by the present-day prophets. It reads,
"Watchman, what of the night [how far is it spent; how long till morning?].
Guardian, what of the night?" And...the first part of verse 12, "The watchman
said, the morning comes..."
The morning watch of the Third Day has come. The Third Day is also the
Lord's Day, which is the Day of His Power birthed from the womb of the
morning (Psalm 110:3). Both apostles, Peter and Paul, tell us that the Day of
the Lord comes (begins) as a thief in the night. The Day of the Lord begins in
the darkness of this present world with the only light being that of the morning
star. The Day of the Lord will begin with the Church ruling and reigning with
Christ in the morning light just before the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2)
comes up and the day of His wrath begins.
Psalm 110:2 tells us that in this day we are to rule in the midst of Christ's
enemies. This is confirmed by Jesus as spoken in Revelation 2:26-28 And he
who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power
over the nations; 'He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be
dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels'; as I also have received from My
Father; and I will give him the morning star.
This scripture tells us that the morning star will be given to those who rule with
Jesus because He has given them the rod of iron (His authority, His strength
and power). Psalm 110:2 The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out
of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!
The final testimony of Jesus, who is the Spirit of Prophecy in Revelation 22:20
is, "Surely I come quickly." A clue to the timing of His coming is given in
Revelation 22:16-17 "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these
things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright
and Morning Star." And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him
who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let
him take the water of life freely.
The cry of the Spirit and Bride is "Come" when you see the morning star (star
of the Third Day) arise, it is time to come. The revelation of the dawning of a
new day and the morning star must first shine forth in your heart. 2 Peter 1:19
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as
a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star
rises in your hearts.
In Mark chapter 6, the Lord left us with a prophetic illustration of His coming
to His Church in the darkness of the early morning watch. Jesus put His
disciples in a boat and sent them out upon the sea. The boat represents the
Church, and the water (sea) represents the people of the world (Revelation
17:1, 15). This is a type of the Great Commission given, and then Jesus
ascended (went up on a mountain) to the right hand of the Father where He
ever liveth to make intercession for us. When the Church is struggling against
the wind and waves Jesus comes to His Church as prophesied by Hosea (Hosea
6:1-3), and He comes in the morning watch (fourth watch).
The apostle John adds an interesting footnote to this story in John 6:21 Then
they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at
the land where they were going. This speaks of the translation or rapture of
the Church that takes place in the morning watch of the Third Day. The
Church will rule and reign with Christ for the first prophetic minutes of the
Lord's Day on the earth and will then be taken home before the wrath of God is
poured out upon His enemies.
The revelation of the Third Day comes to life in Peter's statement, "With the
Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day." We
have entered the third one-thousand years since the birth of Jesus Christ. Now
look at Psalm 90:4 For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday
when it is past, and like a watch in the night.
We are given patterns in the Word of God that help us understand the times
and seasons in which we live and the things that will take place in those
seasons. We are to rule in the midst of God's enemies, but the battle belongs to
the Lord. God's people will be revived (Hosea 6:2). They will be brought out of
bondage even as Israel was delivered from Egyptian (worldly) bondage.
Exodus14:23-25 And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the
midst of the sea, all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. Now
it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the LORD looked down upon the
army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled
the army of the Egyptians. And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they
drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, "Let us flee from the
face of Israel, for the LORD fights for them against the Egyptians."
The apostle Paul spoke of a time when the day (third) would be at hand; here is
his instruction: Romans 13:11-13 And do this, knowing the time, that now it
is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than
when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore
let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in
lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
The night is far spent, and the Morning Star is telling us the Third Day is here.
The night-watchman's shift is complete, but the morning watchmen still have an
assignment, which is to bring forth the prophetic word that will shine forth and
light the path that leads to Zion.
Reprinted from Bill Burns-Faith Tabernacle-http://www.ft111.com
Stephen L. Bening
a servant and prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ
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