2023: A Word for the Church in America

This is a Word I believe the Lord is speaking over the Church in America entering into the season of 2023. I’ll be honest. This is not a message that my flesh wants to hear. I’m too filled with self-vindication and disengagement. Neither can I say that I entirely believe this message – yet. This is why we pray… :o)

The Holy Spirit testifies, saying chains and tribulations await us. (Acts 20:23)

“Why do you test Me?”(Luke 20:23) inquires the Lord.  I have declared that You shall not make anything to be with Me – gods of gold you shall not make for yourselves. (Exodus 20:23) And yet, many, in their fear of chains and tribulation continue to fill their stomach with idolatry and rebellion. Upon them I will cast the fury of My wrath, and will even rain it upon them while they are eating. (Job 20:23)

Your dishonest analysis and perverse justice is also an abomination to Me. (Proverbs 20:23) The way that you evaluate yourself is out of sync with the way you evaluate others. It is also out of agreement with the ways that I evaluate you. Your scales are “perverted” and “distorted”. And when you use a different set of weights against others than you do for yourselves, it is “villainous” to Me.

The people with malice in their mouths, who stand up to utterly kill and destroy will destroy one another. (2 Chronicles 20:23) I will also scatter and disperse them so that they become desolate, because they did not seek out My counsel, in order to execute My judgments. They despised My statutes, profaned My festivals, and their eyes were fixed on their fathers’ idols. (Ezekiel 20:23)

The ones who have rebelled against My Word shall not enter the land which I have promised to the children of My covenant. (Numbers 20:23) You shall not walk in the ways of these ones. Their arrogant strength shall cease. And then they shall know that I am the Lord.

I am already calling the children of My covenant to go up and weep before Me and ask Me for counsel. (Judges 20:23) Come up here. Learn how to weep as a friend (John 15:13-15) of our Bridegroom King, and a kinsman redeemer (Leviticus 25:25-26) through the open door of Revelation 4 and 5. I will cause you to drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I Am baptized with. (Matthew 20:23)

The call of this hour is HUMILITY, CONTRITION, REPENTANCE, and THE FEAR OF THE LORD. This is the valley through which all who walk with Me as friends must pass.

The exaltation of millions will be turned to mourning, and I will visit the lowlands with both early and latter rains. “Blessed are those who pass through the Valley of Baca; they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools.” (Psalm 84:6) I Myself will act on My behalf and I will cause many who have walked contrary to My constitution to wholly surrender themselves to Me. I will turn the mountains of MAGA into the valleys of BACA.

I will make you a refuge for them that they may be redeemed to Me and My household. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained. (John 20:23) Be a people who will wash the feet of all whom I bring to you. Though your ways are hidden and opposed here on earth, in heaven your works are being celebrated, and openly rewarded.

“So rejoice, O sons of Zion! And BE GLAD IN THE LORD YOUR GOD; for He has given you the early rain for your vindication. And He has poured down for you the rain; the early and the latter rain as before.” (Joel 2:23)

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JSB • November 15-17, 2022 and December 12, 2022

January 13, 2023 Addendum

Up early. My spirit is trembling. I’m hearing the Holy Spirit speaking Psalm 2 over our region, and most likely, over our nation.

One of the wisest spiritual realities any church fellowship, family or prayer group can cultivate right now is the sober fear of the Lord that leads us to His uncompromising threshing floor. The refiner’s fire is terrifying, just, and close.

We dare not let our false (or true) narratives fill us with the RAGE of the NATIONS. Untempered and unsubstantiated anger WILL lead us to FUTILE PLOTS, AND the RAGE of the NATIONS.

Even if the Church were to perceive all mysteries, and understand every way of wickedness at work in our culture re: vaccines, pandemics, elections etc… the Word of the Lord in Psalm 2 is clear: THE ONLY SAFE RESPONSE in this time of trouble is to offer Jesus “wholehearted adoration and purified devotion; abject repentance, abandoned humility, and a spirit that both rejoices and trembles at Who He is, what He is doing on the earth.”

By any objective measure, this is the opposite of what we’ve seen the conspiracies produce in the Bride over the last three years.

Beloved, in this hour, the enemy will use anything to draw us away from the contrite posture that takes refuge in the Lord (Psalm 2:12) – including true and false conspiracy theories. Whether a conspiracy theory is true or not is a secondary question. Let me say this again. It’s that important. The question about whether a conspiracy theory is true or not is NOT the PRIMARY question we need to be concerned about. THE QUESTION the people of God MUST ask ourselves right now is “Are our conspiracy theories leading us into deeper anger and rage? Are we letting the enemy use our narratives to lead us into vain plots? Is what we say about what’s going on in our world giving us more self-justification for the idols that we’ve left on the high places in our hearts?

The Lord is saying, “Church, you will see your idols for what they are or you will not see My Presence. I will let you have the rage of the nations or the harvest from the nations. I promise you, I will not let you have both.”

When our conspiracies become fuel for rage, vain plots and kissing the rings of carnal power we need to know, we are on the path to perishing from His way.

2 thoughts on “2023: A Word for the Church in America

  1. “I Myself will act on My behalf and I will cause many who have walked contrary to My constitution to wholly surrender themselves to Me. I will turn the mountains of MAGA into the valleys of BACA.”

    I’ve had a deep sense of foreboding in my spirit regarding this same thing. And that juxtaposition perfectly sums it up.
    “ I will turn the mountains of MAGA into the valleys of BACA.” Yes. Buckle up!

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