There are too many people who say that they lead a church, are apostles, and claim to be prophetic, and the lie. All too often they look at the climate of the times (read the elite opinion) and assume this is the spirit of God.
This is not the case. The spirit of the world hates the spirit of God. Gunner Q lays into some of the evangelicals who have compromised recently, and calls out some wolves. Who take no risks, who cannot read the signs of the times.
Go fly your freak flag in backwoods Kentucky. Let me watch.
Pro-tip for liberals: Anybody who uses the phrase “flyover country” unironically knows nothing about said flyover country and should not attempt a visit. How close are we to civil war? Biden is threatening to go door-to-door with syringes… that close.
Choose life. Stay home. Oh, that’s right… you’d prefer an abortion. Well, God can’t say I didn’t warn you. Which was the only reason I warned you.
I have hoped that the prophetic gifts bypass me. I can recall praying "not that" in my youth when the pentecostalists told us you could name and claim prophecy. For to claim that you speak for the LORD unless you are certain, without doubt, is to but yourself in peril.
But I recognise patterns. And one is God warns us first before the bad times come.
3 Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt:
2 “You only have I known
of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you
for all your iniquities.
3 “Do two walk together,
unless they have agreed to meet?
4 Does a lion roar in the forest,
when he has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from his den,
if he has taken nothing?
5 Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth,
when there is no trap for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground,
when it has taken nothing?
6 Is a trumpet blown in a city,
and the people are not afraid?
Does disaster come to a city,
unless the Lord has done it?
7 “For the Lord God does nothing
without revealing his secret
to his servants the prophets.
8 The lion has roared;
who will not fear?
The Lord God has spoken;
who can but prophesy?”
9 Proclaim to the strongholds in Ashdod
and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt,
and say, “Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria,
and see the great tumults within her,
and the oppressed in her midst.”
10 “They do not know how to do right,” declares the Lord,
“those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.”
11 Therefore thus says the Lord God:
“An adversary shall surround the land
and bring down your defenses from you,
and your strongholds shall be plundered.”
12 Thus says the Lord: “As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who dwell in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part of a bed.
Not a Christian song today. But an accurate one. Consider this: Amos was a subject to the King of Isreal. Telling him that the kingdom would be destroyed into a remnant that would be absorbed by either Judah or the people who conquered them is not a good bit of news.
But this is a clown world, and unless we repent we will face the same fate. The question is how to deal with it.
2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
7 Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, 9 and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.
10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him), 11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. 14 Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16 And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea. 17 And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”
18 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.
What are we to do? Pray. I need to pray more. Not for more insight. I am seeing enough already. But for wisdom.
Part of this is acknowledging and honouring those who are around you. Building a network of people who you back and who back you. Not waiting for the permission of the state (it will not come: note that Paul was writing in prison). Sharing knowledge.
And Paul puts into this letter a prophetic word in v.17 to Archippus.
I said that I prayed that I would not be a prophet and God is merciful: I am not that. The pattern I see in the West is destruction, soon. To quote the hermit of Mt Wilder:
As close as we are to the precipice of war, be careful. Things could change at any minute. Avoid crowds. Get out of cities. Now. A year too soon is better than one day too late.
I agree about the action, and praise God that four of the five kids are rural.
And I now pray that I am in error. I pray that God will bring revival, and break this pattern.
Because in times like these I hate being correct.
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