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Prophecy: "Because Of The Elect" By Colleen Stephen
June 2, 2014

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“Because of the elect...”


This may very well turn out to be one of the most important pieces of writing, I've ever assembled. I feel privileged, (in one sense), that God would speak to me and use me in such a way. Yet, in another sense, many people do not have “spiritual ears to hear” right now; (Revelation 3:22 “The one who has ears must now listen”), therefore, MUCH of what I say, falls on deaf ears.

I have no desire to waste my time or God's precious word. I have too much to do right now to prepare my own house for what is coming, to talk to anyone who is uninterested or unresponsive. That being said, I've practically begged God to leave me alone. “Call on someone else Lord. They are not listening to me.”

Seven years ago, I performed CPR on my then husband Rick for almost 15 minutes as I waited for EMT's to arrive. Rick had suffered an acute heart attack. I sensed he was dead already, but I continued in vain until he was pronounced dead officially by the physician at the hospital.

I witnessed Rick's last breath. I had a sudden understanding that God provides our every breath and it can be taken from us---in an instant! One minute he was smiling while he mowed the grass and the next, he was gone. My life changed drastically that day. It seemed it came without warning, but really there were several warnings. I was in denial of the how dire his circumstances had become since his first heart attack three years earlier.

As I witnessed the heaving of his chest, hearing what is medically termed “agonal breathing” but more commonly referred to as “the death rattle”, I sensed an urgency in my spirit to make my life count. I prayed for God to help me do that. I hope I can accomplish some aspect of that part of my life with this writing today..

The vast majority of the “Body of Christ” is unresponsive; dead so to speak. I've seen this over and over in my journey the past 5 years. The sheep of today's American Christian Flock have been lulled to sleep by deception, denial, false doctrine, false prophets and false brethren. Denial and deception are two lethal friends, which I know much about. Coming out of both was so utterly painful, I asked God to strike me dead. Fortunately, He had another plan; to bring me THROUGH the pain, like Moses when He parted the Red Sea for God's people---delivering them one step at a time.

Wheat versus the Tares

This part of my writing might seem off-topic, but bear with me. I'm making a point. I've been studying the subject of WHEAT and its effects on the body lately. I gained almost 30 lbs in the past few years. No matter what I did, I could not lose the weight. No amount of exercising (even training for a triathlon) would help me shed pounds. I thought it was my hormones. I just kept gaining. Every diet I tried failed.

After returning from Israel from a month long trip, where all Jewish hotels and restaurants remove ANYTHING with leaven (wheat/yeast) in it for one week; Passover (Even my powdered coffee creamer packets!) I began to take a deeper look at what was happening and why there was WHEAT in my coffee creamer.

I quickly learned after reading “Wheat Belly”, that MUCH of what is in today's modernized version of wheat is not really wheat at all. It's been slowly recreated with cross breeds to produce bigger crops, with less infestation. Bigger crops means more money right? But what about the effects on the person consuming these products?

Over the past fifty years, America has seen a rise in morbid obesity, diabetes, kidney failure, Alzheimer, ADD, dementia, Alzheimer, chronic joint pain, gluten intolerance, brain fog, even heart disease. These changes have slowly created apathetic generations of people and killing through disease much younger people. These illnesses and death are now being linked to the changes made to our WHEAT supply which is in many more foods than you might think.

You might think that because you're eating whole wheat breads, wraps, pastas, that you're eating healthy right? But, unless your label clearly says Organic NON-GMO, you are ingesting something that will contribute to disease. And it doesn't stop there. Its in our canned soups, chips, cereals, coffee creamers, cheese, meats, etc; even cosmetics. This list is endless.

Just like the church of today and the word of God, the enemy has infiltrated our SUPPLY; our DAILY BREAD. Its been changed! It's not the same “ancient grains” that were once digested by the original disciples of The Way. You are not digesting TRUE WHEAT. Jesus talked about this in:

Matthew 13:24-30(NKJV), The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares:

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

Having prefaced my disdain to even write this (except for obedience to God), I'm asking you to PLEASE read ALL of this letter, to the end. Please do not disregard or delete this email or allow it to be put aside, where many daily concerns seem to take precedence.

I'm asking you to entertain a thought or possibility; “What if what you have been taught (or believed) about the end of days is wrong?

What was Jesus talking about when He said “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees” (Luke 12:1)? Is it possible that you ingested something that looked like bread, smelled like bread and tasted like bread, but it wasn't really bread at all?

I had no previous thought of writing this, (until this morning) when for the 5th time in a week, I opened my bible to the same page; the end of Matthew Chapter 23 and most of Matthew Chapter 24. The subtitles read: “The Lament of Jerusalem”, “The Destruction of the Temple Foretold”, “The Beginning of Woes”, “The Great Tribulation” and “The Coming of the Son of Man”. I've read it many times over, scribbling notes and highlighting certain passages. I wondered what God wanted to show me. I read each chapter, verse by verse, asking the Holy Spirit to help me understand. My eyes fell on Matthew 24:21-22

“For THEN there will be great affliction, such as not happened from the beginning of the world until now and would never happen again. And unless these days were shortened, not any flesh would be saved; but because of the elect, those days will be shortened.

I was always taught to mean that this verse was a GOOD THING. That because of the prayers of the saints, (the elect) that this TIME of Tribulation would be shortened.

Only by revelation (which means “Removing the Veil”; as in the Bride of Christ OR “the veil of deception” in order to see more clearly), did I see what I'm attempting to share here. Let me elaborate. I know this is a bit lengthy but if you see it too, it will be so worth it. Before I go on, I know that I do not have the power to make anyone see anything. This is accomplished only through two things working in unison:

1) God's word or Holy Spirit which brings revelation


2) YOUR WILL (searching for the deep mysteries of God's word, hungering for truth) and then deciding to believe.

Avert: The meaning of the word and how it is creating a snare most are unprepared for

I first heard the word “avert” in the summer of 2011, during a discussion with my friend Mary, who was also my pastor's wife at that time. We were talking about an asteroid that was causing a lot of discussion (funny how its name escapes me now,) and that if it fell to earth as some feared it would, life would most certainly change in a big way and quickly.

Mary came to my home so the two of us could pray for friends, family, and many times for the Nation. I suggested praying about the asteroid and she said “Coleen, we can pray and ask God to AVERT that.”

Never having heard the word avert before, I said “What? What does that mean?” She said “We can ask God to push it back our move it out of the way.” Mary often struck me as a woman with simple, childlike faith. I stared at her, not really sure what to think. “Gee, why didn't I think of that.” I thought. She asked God to avert that asteroid and sure enough, it never came. God heard her prayers (and probably countless others') who may have been praying the same way.

When she left that night, I got out my dictionary to look the word avert up. Here's one definition: “To ward off or prevent an undesirable occurrence.”

A year later, I received an email link for a radio broadcast called “Tribulation Voice Radio” by Stephen Bening. To this day I don't know who sent it, but I am grateful. I heard things that were not being taught in church which answered many of my questions. From time to time, Stephen mentioned his friend Prophet Matthew. It took me a few months to understand that this Prophet Matthew had his own ministry. In August of 2012, I began to listen to him as well. This was the first time I heard the terms “avert demons” and “unholy prayers by Christians to avert God's Judgments”.

Listening to Prophet Matthew, I now understood that these cataclysmic events (like the asteroid that we prayed about in 2012), were part of God's judgments (as discussed in Revelation). So, when my friend Mary prayed for it to be averted, while the undesirable occurrence was warded off for a time, it would still come. I understood now that just as a Judge in a courtroom orders a judgment, it MUST COME for JUSTICE to be fulfilled and that DELAYING the JUDGEMENT THROUGH PRAYER only prevents the inevitable.

I further understood that when God brings Judgments AND STILL NO REPENTANCE OCCURS, then God will bring even greater Judgments. Leviticus 26:18 says this: “...And after all this, if you STILL do not obey ME, then I will punish you SEVEN TIMES more (greater) for your sins.”

Little did I know that God had a plan to put Matthew and I together as man and wife. Four months after first talking to him and listening to his ministry, we were married. God began to impress upon me several years before this, that America would be judged severely. Once we were married, I received a crash course in all God had spoken to Matthew over the past 30 years.

God has been revealing through His word as well as dreams and visions what would come to America if National repentance did not occur for the sins of over 100 million abortions and legalization of same sex marriages as well as many other gross sins. The judgments that God brings upon America will completely change life as you and I know it. They will SHAKE the nation as never before. The purpose of theses Judgments at the hand of a loving, yet just God, is to bring the church and America to CORRECTION; to help her find the straight and narrow path---not the broad road that leads to destruction.

The church is out of balance. God is about to do some serious corrective work to bring her back to center point. The church has been WAY OFF COURSE for years overemphasizing the message of a Grace-filled Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, while de-emphasizing the message and importance of turning from our sins to live in holiness and purity.

God IS a God of mercy and Grace. Were it not for Christ, not one of us could come before Him. Yet, in the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer “Cheap Grace is the deadly enemy of the Church.” God is ALSO a God of Judgment. There are two sides to God. He is BOTH the Lion AND the Lamb! Bonhoeffer, understood that a nation that believed only the side of Grace without the side of Judgement, had in effect, let the boundary walls for God's Holy protection down and invited the enemy in to wreak havoc. Bonhoeffer was hung during the Holocaust for standing up for truth.

People like my husband Matthew, who've been called to preach “John the Baptist” type messages, calling for repentance, for the Kingdom of God is at hand, are attacked daily and viciously----while many of those attacking him are perishing, for they know NOT what hour it is.

The church has become defiled or corrupt with false teachings and doctrines. THIS is what Jesus meant when He said “BEWARE of the leaven of the Pharisees”. When something has been defiled, it means to: CORRUPT THE PURITY OR PERFECTION OF! Jesus is coming back for a PURE and SPOTLESS bride. So, if corruption exists, He will have to do some drastic things to get her out of complacency and cause her to question what she has believed and been taught.

I saw firsthand how the correction system in the State of Florida was corrupt, while my son was in prison. Rick served with the Lee Co. Sheriffs Department for almost twenty years. I only knew one side of the system. When I had to make the painful decision, to have my drug addicted son, arrested for stealing from his own mother, I believed I was doing the right thing. It horrified me later to learn what happened to my son during his three years in prison. I got to see the OTHER side of the system, from inside. The system that was designed to protect and defend the law, was corrupt from within. (That is not to say that there were not some good people working within the system), but that the corruption was so severe it had become defiled.

Then God opened my eyes to how this same thing has occurred over centuries within God's holy place; His house of Prayer. Jesus had righteous anger when He threw out the money changers. The religious leaders of the day had turned the temple into a den of thieves. All the leaders cared about was making money by selling merchandise. Where was God's love for the sheep?

I find Jesus' response to His disciples, (more than 2,000 years ago) in Matthew 24, about THE SIGN for the end of the age interesting. Actually, He didn't answer them directly at first. Open up your bibles and read what He said. Please don't take my word for it. What did He say?

He said “Pray that you be not DECEIVED”.

If you believe a lie, you generally do not realize it until AFTER the thing you have BELEIVED has not worked out the way you thought. Only THEN, do you realize you have been deceived. And even then, the layers of what you have believed or been taught may be so built up, that it could take a sledgehammer of pain to knock down what you believe.

Over and over again as we talk to Christians, warning them of what is to come, we hear the same thing; “Well, that can't happen because we still have seven more years. The peace treaty hasn't even been signed.” We wonder why they can't see what time it is.

Matthew and Stephen will readily admit that even they have been perplexed by God's seemingly endless delay of these Judgments. They've been expecting BIG things to occur in America since 2008.

Last April, in Washington, DC, the Lord gave Stephen Bening a vision of an accordion file. He asked God about it and had a sudden fearful understanding. The judgments which were SUPPOSED to be spread out in America over a seven year period where now about t be compressed much like that of an accordian file. Now, instead of christians and America having the opportunity to recover from each wave of judgement for a few months, before the next wave would hit, there would be no recovery time.

Everything was changing, all due to unholy prayers asking for God to delay the judgments: BECAUSE OF THE ELECT!e

Matthew and Stephen had been preparing for stores to be shut down, with no gas for travel, no food, martial law, famines, earthquakes, war, etc., for many years now. Those NOT prepared will go through a living hell to say the least, if not die---in order to escape. For the “preppers”, who may be preparing without the “spirit of Truth” guiding them, they may be preparing in vain. If the city or place where they are storing up supplies is one that is marked for destruction by God almighty, rather than a city of refuge, their efforts will be for nothing.

When I read those words “Because of the elect, those days will be shortened”, it suddenly hit me. There won't be seven years to prepare as everyone may be thinking. That time has been used up with the delayed judgment prayers. All the people who are caught unaware when it all begins to happen, will be the 5 unwise virgins who had no oil in their lamps.

Time is SO short. Deception is rampant in the church and beliefs of many Christians. God's shofar alarm clock has been ringing for quite some time.

Many of you aren't sure what you believe about the rapture (whether you are pre-trib, mid-trip or post trib). I have met so many Christians who believe Jesus is going to rapture them right out of any trouble and they will not suffer a thing---so why bother preparing.

I challenge you first to find the word rapture even once in the bible. I have an entire teaching on that if anyone is ever interested. But, tell me first if Jesus would rapture you out of all suffering and tribulation, why does it say in Revelation 7:13-14 “And one of the elders answered saying to me, “who are these clothed in white? And I said to Him, My Lord, you know. Then He said to me “These are those who came OUT OF the great tribulation and washed their robes and they made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

My guess why it says that is that God is coming for a pure and holy bride, one without spot or wrinkle. Her dress is very dirty and unprepared right now because the white robe of purity has been defiled by many lies.

When Christ did not take up an earthly Kingdom the first time He came, his disciples were disappointed and in despair. They misunderstood His plan. Will you be one of his modern day disciples who misunderstand the end times plan?

I spent an entire day typing this letter, to share with you what I know at the core of my being is about to happen in America. I pray someone will listen and take it to heart. I did this not because I wanted to (for I am tired of the rolled eyes, the “I've gotta go” and the general disinterest.) I did this because I felt compelled to; to take one final opportunity to share truth with you. I don't honestly know what I'm expecting, since so much of what I have written and spoken gains no response from anyone. That being said, whether I hear from you or not, I will have done what I believe is right and been obedient to God to attempt to warn you. What you do with this information is up to you. If I never hear back from you and you are on my email list, I will probably need to officially declare you as uninterested or unresponsive (dead), and that being said I might as well delete you from my list because the bible forbids us to speak to the dead. Knowing that Ezekiel talks about prophesying to dry, dead bones, I am expecting God to resurrect the dead. So, even if I don't hear from you anytime soon, perhaps you will be one who will come back to life in the near future.

If you knew that your life was about to change drastically in the next few weeks or months, what would you do? I pray you will take the matter before God in your personal prayer closet and be moved by what He shows you. Ask Him for confirmation. I know He'll give it to you. Do not delay. Time is short.

All Glory to God and much love to you,

Coleen Stephen

PS—If any of this has caught your attention and you want to learn more, I highly recommend you check out Matthew's website (where he shows a map that God gave him of refuge areas) and many prophetic writings at: Matthew and Stephen have a Saturday night live broadcast called Revelation Radio which can be accessed through his website under video. This program is 9pm ET/8pm CT/7pm MT/6pm PCT.

Stephen Bening's website: (There are years worth of archived recordings).

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