Will We Respond to Joel’s Trumpet?

“‘Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the Lord is coming, for it is at hand… Now, therefore’, says the Lord, ‘Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God.'” (Joel 2:1, 12-13)

Anyone who has been reading my posts over the last several months knows I believe there isn’t a more important pastoral concern for the body of Christ to be responding to right now than the parallel between our own cultural issues and the heart-issues that existed in Israel and Judah just prior to their exile to Babylon.

We’re in the hour of Ezekiel. No distinction.

The fact of the matter is, during the period of Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Joel etc. THE SINGLE TOPIC that we hear the Lord addressing – THE ONE ISSUE that He considers worthy of passing down to the succeeding generations, is the dynamic of His peoples’ adultery, and infidelity to Him and His ways, and their refusal to respond to His voice through the prophets.

We don’t find records in these scriptures of how the people of God were to celebrate the feasts, build their families, walk in unity, or overtake their enemies – literally EVERYTHING written to the covenant people during the pre-exilic period addressed their egregious departure from their faithfulness to God Himself – over and over and over again… In the prophets the Lord is putting the full-court-press on His people in order to purge the deceitful narratives, the conspiracies, the false-hopes, and every other thing that’s keeping them from returning to Him in humility, contrition and repentance.

Yesterday morning in our prayer room we sang two of Keith Green’s songs, “My Eyes Are Dry” and “Create In Me A Clean Heart O God”… We began to weep over the thought that these corporate heart cries have become SO foreign to the spirit of the body of Christ in this hour. Where do we hear the high-profile “prophets” leading the people of God in the songs of the threshing floor???

We don’t. 

This single dissimilarity between the nationalist prophets of today and the dung-hill prophets of God’s choosing should be an alarm for EVERY SINGLE HONEST STUDENT of the BIBLE. 

If we DO hear the alarm, I pray it troubles us to ask the Holy Spirit three questions:
a.) Holy Spirit show me how my lens on reality IS BEING DISTORTED by the fact that I am a part of the wealthiest, most free, most-self-indulgent, most mutually affirming “people of God” in the history of the earth.

b.) Holy Spirit show me how I, like the people of Judah, am “refusing You – the One Who IS speaking“. (Hebrews 12:25) Truth-be-told, history shows no record of Judah ever responding to the thorough, corporate repentance that the Lord called for in Joel 2

c.) Holy Spirit, direct me into a radical lifestyle where Your (Psalm 139:24) analysis has daily access to every part of my heart.

Beloved. The transition we’re about to undergo isn’t like the one in Jeremiah’s day. This transition isn’t simply going to move us from one geographical location to another. Both heaven and earth are in the process of moving from one age to the next!! The universal nature (both micro and macro) of the transition that is upon us can barely be comprehended! 

I want – no, I NEED the order of heaven, and the ways of our King whole-heartedly fixed and celebrated in my heart, now – today!

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JSB • October 22, 2022

Are We Alive or Dead to His Leadership?

“I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.” (Revelation 3:1-2)

The Lord is purifying a Bride for His Son.
We Americans are (present tense, in October 2022) being transformed and prepared for the return of a Perfect King Who will rule the nations with perfect love and perfect justice and perfect integrity.

In case we need to be reminded, “His ways are NOT our ways.” :)

Not withstanding, our hearts were designed to thrill and be supercharged under His style of leadership.
We just don’t know it – or fully believe it – yet. (We will…)

EVERYTHING that’s happening in our world right now is being used by a perfect God to bring our hearts into perfect alignment with the perfect reign of this King.
Everything.
Personal acrimony.
Politics.
Church tensions.
Family fracturing.
Gender confusion.
Plagues. Masks. And vaccines.
Racial insensitivity.
War. And threat of war.
Social media interactions.
Economics.
Everything. 

We are being prepared to herald a new type of leadership that is completely foreign to the weary weary way of the world. It is more noble; more glorious; more efficient; more empowering; more holy; and more fulfilling than anything we’ve ever seen or imagined. And it’s coming – with Him.

Although His ways are foreign to the ways of the world, our transformation to His ways should not be foreign to us. Our transformation is a central part of our covenant with Him.

The New Testament is filled with scriptures that describe our need to be radically reoriented to His government, and His way of thinking and ruling and living.
Isaiah 40:3-5
Matthew 4:4
Luke 6:25
Galatians 4:19
Ephesians 5:28
Colossians 1:28
Hebrews 12:29
1 John 3:3
Revelation 3:1-2
Revelation 3:19
Revelation 19:7

It’s all in the Book.

Having said this, our hearts are in need of (MUCH) more alignment than we are consciously aware of.
The truth of the matter is, our hearts are actually (even now, in our redeemed state) more resistant to the ways of His leadership than we know…
Our hearts see more wisdom in pride than in humility.
Our hearts like to force our own way more than trust the ways of meekness.
Our hearts are still more exhilarated by unrighteousness than being exhilarated by righteousness.
Our hearts are bent toward self-justification more than ruthless purity of heart.
Our hearts are spring-loaded toward alienation and separation. We don’t love mercy-giving much – at all.
Our hearts bulge with curse and violence rather than blessing and peace.
We’re still much more filled with arguments about saving self than we are about ways to lay our self down for the sake of the increase of Jesus and His ways. 

If we don’t understand that ALL THE CURRENT EVENTS AND CRISES in our lives right now are about shaping our hearts to embrace and champion His ways we will misread EVERYTHING that’s circulating in our culture right now.

The raw, Biblical truth is: If the Lord did not send us tribulation (“trouble”) our hearts would not do the hard work of moving from our self-centered paradigms into the ways of His Kingdom.
And we would NOT do the disciplined work of making ourselves ready, and bringing our hearts and minds into agreement with the way He will run His government on the earth.

When we say “yes” to this transformation our hearts remain “alive” to His leadership. 
When we start saying “no” to the necessary transformation of our heart, we become “dead” to His leadership. (Revelation 3:1)

One of the most efficacious prayers we can pray and live right now is to pray: “Father, I want to live fully alive to the perfect leadership of Your Son. Teach me to embrace and even rejoice in Your judgments. I want to come forth in vibrant Christlikeness. I want my heart to be in ‘PERFECT’ agreement with the way Your Son will rule and reign on the earth. Though it cost me my life, I choose to leave my impoverished land of pride and force and unrighteous affections and self-promotion and curse and war and alienation in order to become a subject of the government of Jesus. He Himself is worthy of my allegiance.”

One day, when we see Him face to Face, we will be filled with unimaginable joy over the fact that we said “Yes” to living alive to His present-tense leadership.

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JSB • October 12, 2022

5 Things that Happen When the Church Doesn’t Respond to the Judgments of the Lord

The Church in our nation (my tribe) has been under a season of intensified judgment from the Lord. a.) I hope this isn’t news to you. b.) This is a good thing. It’s not something irregular, or something we should be alarmed about. What should concern us is when we (for any number of reasons) believe that God does not and will not bring us under His judgment. 

There are 5 Biblical reasons why the Lord brings a people under His judgment. This is a major reason we wrote our book, “Seek My Face” a year ago. All of these reasons are designed to produce first commandment love for God in the human heart.

When a people refuse to respond to the Lord’s judgments in humility, contrition, and repentance five other things happen in our lives, and in our world:

1. We do not grow in increased first-commandment love for Jesus. The judgments are meant to produce dialogue. And dialogue produces intimacy and increased love and adoration for Jesus and the ways of His heart. When we do not give ourselves to His judgments (the things He wants to have conversation with us about) our love for Him is stunted and stalls.

2. Sin and unrighteousness goes unchecked and actually proliferates in our lives and relationships. The curse around us (in our lives and in our world) compounds. A pound of sin never sits quietly in the corner. Sin will always corrupt and grow unless checked. Evil begets evil. Unrighteousness begets unrighteousness. The old saying: “There is no honor among thieves” depicts the fact that those who give themselves to sin will, as a natural result, have more sin visited upon them. If we could see it clearly, we’d understand that this is a basic law of physics – as real as gravity – and more weighty than time. It’s only by the mercy of God that sin and the curse of sin doesn’t exponentially envelope us and consume all 7.5 billion of us on planet earth. This causal result has massive implications for the Church on nine different levels; from our pursuit of devotion to God, to how we serve others, to our experience of unity in the body.

3. We fail to grow in Christ-likeness. Our manifestation of Christ in and through us grows dim – it does not grow more vibrant. Apart from humbling ourselves, taking up our cross and obeying the Father, we have no means by which to cultivate true, authentic and Spirit-empowered Christ-like wisdom, character and supernatural power.

4. Our unsaved world does not receive a witness of how to respond to the holy and loving Lord of all the earth. When the judgments of the Lord are on the earth, the inhabitants don’t have a ready-paradigm and example that informs them about how to respond to this God that they have not known. This is the chief reason why the Lord brings His judgments to His household first… (See 1 Peter 4:17-18)

5. The Lord WILL visit us with increased pressure to have “must-have” and vital conversations about our patterns of thinking, and the ways of our hearts. He does this because He’s committed to us living in vibrant, and righteous love. He also does this because He’s promised a “like-minded” Bride (See Philippians 2 and 1 John 3) to His Son at the end of the age. 

To be blunt, this means that if we don’t respond to Him with humble, contrite conversation, He will up the ante. He will place more and more intense pressure upon us, in terms of greater social upheaval, trouble and natural calamity, in order to get us to stop trusting in our own way, and our own thinking, and get us to entertain the idea of coming to Him in our “inability”. Under this construct many eventually turn Him for help simply because we have lost our capacity to control our circumstances.

Ultimately, should we continue to rebuff the Lord’s judgments, He will give us over to delusion and the forces of unrighteousness that by nature would consume us anyway. The ultimate end of this state is to come deluded to THE DAY of judgment and have no awareness that your soul was so lost, and you were so detached from the heart of Jesus. (We don’t wanna be the guys in Matthew 7:23 and Matthew 25:44)

Consequently, I can say with great confidence: increased trouble and pressure is coming. It’ll come upon us – in our generation. It will come because the Father loves us and is committed to us – and to the promise that He’s made to His Son. This isn’t rocket science. This isn’t even being prophetic. It’s simply knowing God; know the record and intent of His Word, and doing the math.

Today is a very good day to cultivate that needed lifestyle conversation with the Lord; to humble ourselves, to embrace the spirit of contrition, and to repent into all that Biblical repentance entails. It would do us well for the fear of the Lord and our heart’s desire for increased first-commandment love to constrain us in this.

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JSB • September 15, 2022

What Are We Groaning For?

I’m pretty sure I’ve never felt our world groan more than I do than in this hour. 

When you pause, you feel the atmospheric pressure. I don’t need to list the cracks in our culture and where we experience the weariness of humanity. There’s a heaviness on the earth that tells us something needs to break. Systems; the created order; morality; our own fragile frames; even religion all grind with disturbance. You don’t have to be a believer to feel the tyranny of compounding darkness and hopelessness. It weighs on the soul like a wet, wool blanket.

“There are many who say, ‘Who will show us any good?'” (Psalm 4:6)

As I walk through my community, I hear a low hum of desire for “good” that’s become smothered with disbelief and despair. In some it feels like the hope for “good” has been completely extinguished. “Whatever ‘good’ we hope for is only a mirage. It won’t be enough to fill the ache, the chasm, the vacuum inside.” 

And so we groan. 

Our communities, our nation, and the planet is “troubled”.

I’m intentionally using this word because “trouble” is doing what our righteous God designed it to do. It’s causing human hearts to groan. And, because we’ve been entrusted with the stewardship of creation, it also causes everything around us to groan.

What are we groaning for?

Peace. True peace. Not as the world gives. Not as the world has been giving us. Nor the kind of peace we’ve been demanding the world give us. We crave a substantive peace. A sense of order. A sense of immovable truth. A sense of love and being loved. A sense of understandable purpose and meaning.

Again. You don’t have to be a Christian to feel this. You just need to have a heartbeat. And if we listen deeply to the hearts beating around us… that’s… the… groan… we… hear.

We’re groaning for a tangible peace that won’t be exposed as fraudulent or insufficient. All 7.5 billion of us.

There’s only One Source for that kind of peace.
“He Himself is our peace.” (Ephesians 2:14)

But it’s His will that there be many many (billions) of witnesses to that peace.
“Blessed are the peace-bringers…” (Matthew 5:9)
Who are they?
“They’re called the sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
The ones “all creation groans” for.

In this hour of mounting trouble, the Spirit is raising up daughters and sons of God who will give themselves to “Letting the peace of Christ rule in (their) hearts.” (Colossians 1:15) and know how to help bring Him and His peace to groaning hearts.

“Letting the peace of Christ rule in our hearts” is job one. (And as a prayer-guy, I can say, this will only be found in corporate prayer… where day-by-day we give the Spirit access to the conversations that are brewing in our hearts.) As we learn to let the peace of Jesus reign within us, the Holy Spirit will equip with the power to do job two: to speak words of eternal assurance; healing; reconciliation; life; destiny and glory under the perfect reign of the Prince of all peace.

“27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’” (John 14:27-28)

I’m groaning for His peace to be manifest within me, and my world.

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JSB • August 19, 2022

“The Winnowing Fork Is In His Hand”

At the end of the day, the current furor over our many social issues is all about the returning King bringing our American Church narratives, ways and values into subjection to the eternal narrative, ways and values of His Kingdom.

What did we think “Repent! The Kingdom of God is at hand!” was going to be all about?

What feels like chaos and calamity is really the separating process of the Lord’s winnowing fork. He’s blowing off the chaff so that only that which is fruitful remains. (He’s worthy of 100%…) The Body of Christ will not find peace anywhere unless we understand what the Lord is doing.

“His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

The Lord’s process is so thorough that just as in the days of 1st century Judea, it required a willingness to let the old be lost; to bring the insufficient order to death – all to receive the dawning glory of our King’s new order.

“I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire… then all Judea… went out to him and were baptized… confessing their sins.”

Just like Caiaphas – where we see the unique ways of Jesus threatening the security of our national exceptionalism we are greatly tempted to defend the old glory of our fathers – rather than humble ourselves and risk it all on the Son. If we give in to this temptation we spurn His Kingdom in order to retain our own. 

“Bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have _________ as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to _________ from these stones.”

Our theology can also tempt us to believe that He would never manifest His wrath upon the temple and the land and whatever else we have come to regard with such jealousy.

“You brood of vipers. Who warned you to flee the wrath to come?”

We need to bring these vain imaginations to the waters of baptism as well. 

Just like faithless 1st century Jerusalem, our refusal to humble ourselves onto the threshing floor; and our unwillingness to undergo the refining process will be catastrophic. This is a promise.

It takes faith to let our old ways go – faith that believes that the new order that Jesus wants to give us is far far far superior to the old ways and values and narratives that we work so hard to hold onto.

“He Who is coming after me is mightier than I…”

The King is coming! And He is so committed to having you and I be ready for His Kingdom that He’s leveling every mountain in our lives in order to have us.

“Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight!” 

The only place our lives, our churches and our communities will find security in this hour is on the threshing floor of prayer where we allow our ways to be lost and brought to death, and allow His ways and glory to flourish.

“He must increase…”

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JSB • July 17, 2022

The Judgments of the Lord and the Finger of God

“This is the finger of God. But Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the Lord had said.” (Exodus 8:19)

The Lord is currently judging His household (1 Peter 4:17). Out of His faithful love for us, He has been inviting us to turn from our self-saving narratives in order to “seek His face” (Psalm 27:8).

The quickest way for a judgment of the Lord to turn into a “finger of God” (Exodus 8:19) is for an individual or specific group of people to refuse to respond to the Lord’s invitation in humility; to marginalize the beatitudes (where Jesus declared the blessings of the Lord would be found), and assert their rights and abilities in the midst of calamity.

Only the uncrucified flesh would make “the time of trouble” (Psalm 27:5) all about the loss of our freedoms, and proving our ways to be right. The fact that so many in the Church are barnstorming with this entitled spirit is proof that God’s judgments upon us are warranted. In the midst of the Lord’s tempest we’re found boasting before men instead of bending before God.

Just like Pharaoh, if we do not submit ourselves to the judgments of the Lord, our hearts will be hardened. This is a guarantee from all 66 books of the Bible. In our refusal to come to the Lord in contrition we’re becoming blinded by our zeal for self-actualized greatness.

How many of these unrighteous qualities in this list from Romans 1 do we recognize being normalized within our American evangelical family in this hour? 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a depraved mind, to do those things that are not proper,29 people having been filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, and evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unfeeling, and unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:28-32)

I count 21. If you, or I had twenty-one symptoms of a fatal disease what would we spare to secure a sure solution to our malady? The mercy of God is such a “sure solution”. The question is, “Will we bear the ignominy and go and receive it from Him?”

This is the lay of the land for American evangelicalism in this hour. Perceived or not, we are being given over to the unrighteous task-masters of deceit, malice, violence, selfish-pride, and idolatry that we’ve been clamoring for. If we continue to mock God’s prophetic warnings; if we continue to spurn His call to “seek His Face” we will be consumed by the storm.

Where we go as a culture/family from here will only be determined by the mercy of the Lord, and our response to Him on the threshing floor of prayer.

“Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the LORD of hosts shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up; and it shall be brought low.” (Isaiah 2:10-12)

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JSB • August 13, 2022

9 Faithful Words From The Lord In A Time Of Trouble

The Lord has spoken nine prophetic words through All Nations House of Prayer Southwest.

Over the last three years, the Lord has entrusted nine prophetic words to our little house of prayer in the mountains of Arizona. These exhortations are directing us through the Lord’s “time of trouble”; (Psalm 27:5) strengthening our hearts, nourishing our souls into vibrant Christlikeness, and preparing our lamps with oil for the hour of His return.

Below, I’ve recorded a summary of these nine signs and directives, their fulfillment, and key scriptures that accompanied each of them. I must make it clear. We have not sought these words for ourselves. In most of these instances the Lord was speaking where we were not looking. It is the Lord Who is being faithful to lead us through this hour. He is the Perfect Leader of weak followers.

1. THE WIND OF THE LORD IS COMING

In March of 2019 the Lord spoke a word to our House of Prayer: “The Wind of the Lord is Coming!“Beloved, the Spirit of the Lord is about to sweep across our nation like the wind! When the wind comes, it disturbs both that which causes us problems as well as that which is precious. It spares neither our trash, nor our treasure.” (March, 2019)

This word was accompanied by historic, and record-setting tornado activity throughout the spring of 2019. In this word the Lord promised that this wind would do three things:
1.) It would bring great purification to the Church
2.) It would bring a purging disruption to systems and organizations in our culture
3.) It would bring a prophetic awakening to the Church

“So He said, ‘Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord…” (1 Kings 19:11)

2. 911 18th ANNIVERSARY

On September 11, 2019 the Lord helped us to observe: “there’s something different about this 18th anniversary… We’ve been sensing that the Spirit is reminding us of the hour. It’s all the later. And our House feels His grief that so much of the Bride has fallen asleep again; distracted, angry, embittered, disillusioned, overwhelmed with the cares of this raging, transitioning world. We may be remembering the event, but we’re deaf to His admonition that was unapologetically meant to come with the event (9-11). The Spirit is groaning for the American Church to prioritize everything to engage Him in His ‘tent of meeting‘ (Exodus 33:7-11).”

The Lord was telling us to make specific adjustments in our ministries and lifestyles so we would not stumble at the “trouble” that was coming.

3. SEEK MY FACE

Throughout October and November of 2019 the Lord spoke to us numerous times that “the time of trouble was coming” (Psalm 27:5) and that He was calling His family to intensify our dialogue with Him by “seeking His Face” (Psalm 27:8). He called our little House of Prayer to curtail all of our additional church ministries and connections in order to “seek His Face” for 180 days; from the darkest part of the year, to the lightest part of the year.

Little did we know that we were going to receive massive help from the Lord, in that in March of 2020 the entire world went into a massive lockdown on account of COVID. Movie theaters were closed. Sports leagues suspended their seasons. Travel industries and schools and restaurants and even churches shut down to “business as usual”. The Lord had “troubled” the whole earth, and even provided humanity with “set-apart space” to “seek His Face”. This was an extraordinary word; one that eventually became the the foundation of the book we published in 2021, “Seek My Face: A Guide to Praying Through the Judgments of the Lord“.

Through it all – from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020 – All Nations was miraculously allowed to stay open and offered our community and friends across the nation more than 1700 hours of corporate prayer in His “tent of meeting”.

4. A DECAPITATION IS COMING

As we were concluding our 180 days of “Seeking His Face”, in May the Lord gave us one of the most precise and fearful words of this 3 year season. He gave us a vision and a dream that He was about to strike the leadership of American Christian Nationalism. In the vision, Christian leaders had huddled beneath the Washington Monument during a violent lightening storm. One of the thunderbolts struck the tip, and it fell from the monument. In the dream, the Lord indicated that this decapitation would occur in twelve weeks.

On June 7, 2020, 3 weeks after the vision, the Washington monument was struck by lightening. Six weeks after that, the Statue of Liberty was also lit up by a thunderstorm.

During the week of August 8, Jerry Falwell Jr., the President of the nation’s largest evangelical university, named “Liberty”, and the founder of one of the country’s most prominent evangelical, political “think-tanks”: “The Falkirk Center”, was exposed in an immoral episode, amidst many Church leaders demanding that he step down from his positions. Falwell had been perhaps the first high-profile evangelical leader to whole-heartedly endorse Donald Trump for President in the spring of 2016.

The week that Jerry Falwell Jr’s story came out and many called for his resignation was exactly 12 weeks from the dream and vision in May.

Accompanying the multiple signs of “decapitation” was the promise from the Lord: “Even this will not move the heart of many zealots of idolatrous nationalism. Soon the event and the man will be forgotten and swept under the rug.

5. OPEN LETTER TO THE BODY OF CHRIST

In November of 2020, All Nations House of Prayer Southwest issued an Open Letter to the Body of Christ in America. In this letter we detailed the extraordinary words the Lord had been giving our House of Prayer, and we encouraged our sisters and brothers: “The Lord has brought us into a time of global trouble to judge, reward and prepare hearts to herald the coming reign of our Bridegroom King. The God of Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20) Hezekiah (Isaiah 36 & 37) and 500 billion galaxies says: “Church in America, do not take shelter in the promise of government. Let Me make you singularly jealous for the exaltation of My Son’s glory in this hour!” (November 12, 2020)

6. SEEK MY FACE: A GUIDE TO PRAYING THROUGH THE JUDGMENTS OF THE LORD

Throughout 2021 the Lord had us write and publish the story of how He led our House of Prayer to “Seek His Face” (Psalm 27:8). This book is available on AMAZON. It also explores what the Bible says about the topics of “the judgments of the Lord” and “repentance”, and calls the body of Christ to offer the Lord a bonafide response to His 1 Peter 4:17 judgments.

17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now ‘If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?’.” (1 Peter 4:17-18)

7. WHAT HAVE WE DONE WITH NATHAN?

This past June, the Lord began to press “the fear of the Lord” upon us in the place of prayer. For nearly two months we felt a great weight on us every time we entered into our daily 5 hours of prayer. It was the most intense, prolonged time of face-down prayer I’ve ever experienced. The Lord led us to fast for seven days. At the end of that fast He confronted us with the question: “What have we done with Nathan?” He was telling us as He did to king David in his adultery, He had been faithful to send His prophetic message to the unfaithful Church in America. But, unlike David in 2 Samuel 12, we have turned Nathan away. We’ve not received His word. We have not humbled ourselves before the Lord. Consequently, in this wretched state the Lord has declared: “O evangelical family, you have brought violence into My house and wield it against your own nation. You’ve attached false prophecy to your hearts while resisting My many prophetic warnings and stern judgments. You’ve refused to repent. You smolder with a spirit of rebellion within My courts. Nowyou bring holy violence upon yourselves and your nation.” (June 17, 2022)

The exhortation of the Lord that we are engaging with all of our energy in this hour is “Humility. Contrition. Repentance. Fear of the Lord.”

8. SNOW IN ARIZONA – ON JUNE 29th!

At the end of fasting and the intense encounter with the “fear of the Lord” it snowed in our little community. As I drove through the 2 inches of snow (with cars pulled off to the side of the road to make snow balls) the Lord spoke to me saying: “Don’t be deceived by what others are saying about this season. They may say it is summer (and the time for the ripening of the harvest). I say that it’s winter.”

9. JULY 21 VISION • THE LOT HAS BEEN CAST

On the afternoon of July 21, 2022 the Lord gave me a very vivid and very disturbing vision of His rebuke being released across the land.

“As the vision opened, I saw several giant red and white dice being rolled out of the Father’s Hand, bouncing across the hills and plains of America. Before the dice settled, apocalyptic storm clouds, filled with lightening and doom; clouds that stretched from the north to the south rapidly unrolled from the east coast to the west coast of our nation. Beneath the destructive canopy of the clouds one calamity after another burst onto the continent: hail; tempest; famine; plague, sword and more… One calamity spring-loaded the next… A sequence of destructive events is about to explode across our country – like the plagues of Egypt – perhaps packed into a much shorter time-span.” (July 21, 2022)

SUMMARY

What’s the summary of these words to the body of Christ? I’ll be brief. Our King is coming. Now is the hour to bring all of our ways to the threshing floor and “Seek His Face” (Psalm 27:8). Everything in our lives needs to be plumb-lined from the place of humility, contrition, repentance and the fear of the Lord, unto the increase of first-commandment love for the Lord.

Everything in our lives needs to be plumb-lined from the place of humility, contrition, repentance and the fear of the Lord, unto the increase of first-commandment love for the Lord.

It does no good to add additional elements to the assignments that the Lord has given to us to accomplish in this hour. If we’re not corporately engaging Him in humility, contrition, repentance and the fear of the Lord, whatever else we’re doing matters little.

There is abounding grace and great reward available as we make adjustments to our paradigms. But it is all accessed in this season through humility, contrition, repentance and the fear of the Lord.

Beloved, sisters and brothers. The Blessings of our Father to each us as the Holy Spirit makes us (Matthew 10:38) “worthy” of the One Who is coming.

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JSB • August 8, 2022