Report From The Tower
That is what I heard the Lord say as I headed out the door for attendance at "Easter Services" this morning.
Lord willing, I'll be in Florida another week or two. While I have been here, the Lord has led me to attend a little neighborhood church nearby my wife's home. So, off to "service" we went this morning.
Since I was born again 23 years ago, I have always detested "Easter Services". Some have been better and more "spiritual" than others. It does not seem to matter what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church. No pastor will really care too much on that day. You can count on it that in every church of any size, you will hear a good, standard "Easter Message" about the resurrection, and the service will not "drag on" too long.
Please do not misunderstand me. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a wonderful thing: THE MOST WONDERFUL THING. None of us could leave hell without it. And yet, "Easter Services" fully represent a high point of the false religious system that we are all so affected and dominated by.
Our little "Easter Service" was even a particularly good one: one of the best ones I ever recall. Four people confessed Christ during the "altar call" time. The presence of God was with us as we worshipped. The pastor's message was stirring. God certainly used it, like He uses every single thing that we do in His name for His good and for His purposes, whether we are being fully obedient to His Spirit or not. One thing is sure though: if pastor had called on me today when he was finished preaching, I could have added another hour of preaching to the service. But, how many would have stayed in their seats to listen?
On these "Easters", we often tell the Holy Spirit to shut up and please, do not disturb the beautiful service that we have planned to present. We don't want the service to stretch on too long. We tell any prophets in the room to "forgetaboutit". We send our children out to hunt "Easter Eggs" in a mindless, aeons old ceremony celebrating fertility. All the young girls have flowery dresses on. What could be wrong with that?
Well, the Holy Spirit was not talking to me about resurrection this morning. He was dealing with me about that topic earlier in the week when the anniversary of it came up on the real Hebrew calendar, as reckoned by Lunar observation and the finding of "Abib" barley in and around Jerusalem. No, this morning, He was saying, "Let The Slaughter Begin". Actually, he began speaking to me about it last night, drawing me to the scriptures in Jeremiah 19:
1 ∂ Thus saith the LORD, Go and get a potterís earthen bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests;
2 And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee,
3 And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle.
4 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents;
5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:
6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.
7 And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place; and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hands of them that seek their lives: and their carcases will I give to be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
8 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all the plagues thereof.
9 And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them.
10 ∂ Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go with thee,
11 And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potterís vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they shall bury them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury.
12 Thus will I do unto this place, saith the LORD, and to the inhabitants thereof, and even make this city as Tophet:
13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods.
14 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the LORD had sent him to prophesy; and he stood in the court of the LORDíS house; and said to all the people,
15 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words.
Now, the method used by the Holy Spirit to draw me to this scripture was to tell me to look at what Jeremiah received from God in the 24th year of his ministry. He led me to do that last night. So, I checked out my Scofield Reference bible, and found that in the year 605, Jeremiah received chapters 19 and 20. So, as I read chapter 19, the Lord began giving me the revelation of what has followed.
As I read chapter 19, I was immediately quickened in verse 6 by the words "valley of slaughter". As I read that, I remembered a prophetic experience I had back in the summer of 1995, when God sent me to the 24 miles of beaches that surround St. Augustine, FL. I went there with my two young children, John Mark and Joanna. We visited Castillo De San Marcos, and stood overlooking Matanzas Bay, which I later discovered meant "bay of slaughter". I realized at that time that we were visiting during the time of the 430th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine (1565-1995). The visit ended, and I was largely puzzled about why the Lord sent me. What was His purpose?
Fast forward to June, 2008. I was preaching at my first meeting, along side brother Matthew Stephen, in Jacksonville, FL. I had mentioned the "St. Augustine Prophetic Experience" while I was preaching, and a woman from Jacksonville was very upset with me after the meeting, telling me that I did not know anything about the history of the area. She was right. I did not know very much about it. I was still puzzled, until today.
The following month of July, God spoke to me on the first day of my 22nd year of ministry: On July 5, 2008, that just as Jeremiah had been told by God in His 22nd year of ministry to command that Israel must "drink the cup" of the wrath of the Lord, so I must also do as Jeremiah had done, and command the United States to drink forth from the cup. And so, by the command from the Lord, Matthew Stephen and I have travelled from one end of this country to the other, and to areas in each of the corners, and throughout the heartland, praying earnestly that God might bring forth the greater judgements to this United States of America, and that this people must now be forced to drink forth from the cup of the wrath of God.
This was done by the order of God, and not by the imagination of Matthew or myself. This was not our idea. We took no pleasure in any of it. We are obedient servants, and did what our Commander Jesus told us to do.
So now, on "Easter Sunday", this pagan laced so called celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, God was speaking to me about events that Jeremiah was given to do during his 24th year of ministry. My 24th year of ministry will begin on July 5, 2010, about two months from today.
The word of the Lord to me today is "Let The Slaughter Begin". I had never done a thorough research about St. Augustine, FL and Matanzas Bay, "The Bay Of Slaughter", until this afternoon. It is so named because the Spanish, under Menendez, conducted a genocide at that location of several hundred protestant christian believers who would not confess that they were Roman Catholic. And so, little did I know it at that time in 1995, but the Lord sent me to that place at the 430th anniversary of what was probably one of the greatest religious slaughters that ever has happened on these shores up until today.
Israel was held in captivity in Egypt for 430 years until they were led forth on the night of Abib 14, after the Israelites had painted their doors with the blood of the lamb and the death angel passed through. A few days later, probably on Abib 17, they passed through the Red Sea, and, in effect, were baptized into Christ at that time in a forerunning type of baptism. They came up out of that sea, but their enemies, the Egyptian army, perished under the mighty hand of God.
On that same Hebraic calendar week, and probably on the same day, Abib 17, some 1400 plus years later, Jesus Christ arose from the dead, leading captivity captive and emptying out the upper regions of hell as those who had been kept in Abraham's bosom were now granted entrance into paradise and into the presence of the Lord by the sacrifice of the spotless lamb.
Now, on this celebration day known as "Easter Sunday" that is celebrated by the Babylonian harlot religious system, the Lord is saying that He will now "Let The Slaughter Begin". It is time!
It is time for God to once again lead the captivity captive. It is time for the people of God to be set free from the Babylonian-Roman false religious-economic system that has them in bondage. All of God's people are lost and bound in their money games, wasting time with television and internet and all their electronic gadgets. No one has time for prayer or devotion to God. People attempt to worship and text message at the same time. God's people are in bondage, just as they were in Egypt, and they need to be led, once again, through another Red Sea that will destroy the demonic armies of Egypt that are holding them in bondage. This will not be a pleasant time for most of you. The entire world economic system will now fall. Only those who are fully hidden in Christ will hold on to the joy of the Lord. All others will be swept away in sadness, depression and mourning as BABYLON FALLS.
I believe that this coming year, marking the 24th year of my ministry, will probably now come to be known in future years as "The Year Of Slaughter". I believe I may have the timing of it right. Knowing the times is difficult now in the age of the intercessor. I am led to believe this because today, I realized that my son, John Mark, who was born in 1994, was with me in 1995 when I first visited Castillo De San Marcos, named for John Mark, the author of the Gospel of Mark. John Mark, my son, is now 16 years of age, and the Gospel of Mark has fully 16 chapters. I believe that in the revelation of this, the Holy Spirit is indicating that the revelation is now mature, and ready to occur.
All prophecies in the Christian era are subject to the intercession of the saints. As such, many such prophecies become the subject of intense intercession, and therefore, many dates of prophesied occurence have been and probably will be delayed as a praying church does business in the Holy of Holies with Almighty God. So, we realize that extensions of time have been granted in the past, but we also realize that time is running out. Also, we realize that God has also given extensions of time to the Noah's of this day who are busy, preparing for a time of trouble that will exceed anything seen so far in the history of this world!
Since July, 2008, the Lord has clearly revealed to me that delays are no longer in accordance with His will. I do not believe any prayers to delay these things will be heard by God.
Also, please realize what is indicated by the words "Let The Slaughter Begin". As the first slaughter at Matanzas Bay, St. Augustine, was a religious massacre perpetrated against protestant believers in Jesus Christ by the murderous harlot relgious system of that era known as Roman Catholicism, so the coming slaughter will also be a religious massacre and will include religious persecution. But, as in the biblical reference to the valley of slaughter and Tophet, there will now also be a purification by the spirit of burning.
I have done my very best to lead all of you to Jesus Christ, and not just to salvation, but to a daily walk with Him that is filled with worship in Spirit and in Truth. I have encouraged each of you to shake off the dust of sin, and to rise up, and sit enthroned with Christ Jesus. We are to grow up, into the head, which is Christ Jesus. I have warned those of you who live on the coasts and the cities that you dwell in areas of particular dangers, but I have not told any of you when to leave or where to go to. YOU ARE NOT TO BE FOLLOWING ME! You are to obtain direction from the head: Jesus Christ our Lord, through the indwelling direction of the Holy Spirit.
Just last Friday night, cellphones were alerted by the USGS that an 8.0 earthquake had occurred under the Ocean to the North of the Dominican Republic. A tsunami warning was briefly issued for the Bahamas and then withdrawn within an hour after a seismologist reviewed the computer generated warning and concluded that no 8.0 earthquake had really occurred. I took it as a siren going off from Jesus! Are we ready? Are we where God wants us to be? Have we allowed God's refining fire to purify us? Are we pleasing Him?
God is saying, "Let The Slaughter Begin", but it is not meant to come nigh thee, if thou be hidden in Christ Jesus. Hide yourselves in Him, until the indignation is overpast.
Come quickly Lord Jesus!
Stephen L. Bening
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