It’s Only Going to Get DARKER and DARKER Until We Cry Out
What is going on in America? There are so many things happening in our streets, in our families, and all across every facet of media imaginable. These are the very days that God has spoken and warned us about.
Prophetic words from John Paul Jackson of softball-sized hail is coming to fruition. Continual warnings of economic collapse and attacks are being repeatedly sounded and heard from multiple voices. Shooter after shooter is spreading fear across city after city as gunshots ring out changing the landscape of cities and our memories forever. Warnings of kingdoms being jolted are being declared as entire nations are deciding to leave established Unions. Radical Islam is continuing its evil spread of violence while the President says it’s a perverted interpretation of Islam. Prophets that God has raised up for a time such as this are faithfully sounded the alarm, while others, as Eric Metaxes shares, are not listening to the Prophets. Simply skimming over the headlines and events of the recent years of America and the World, we can see that things are simply getting darker and darker. This is not a movie. All of this is actually happening.
How does all of this stop? John Paul Jackson asked this very question to the Lord and he was told, “My people are going to cry out to Me. It will continue getting darker and darker until they do.” Now is not the time to throw our hands up in hopelessness and fear. God is desiring an action from us to respond to the realities that we are facing.
Imagine being unable to simply travel to a local store or supermarket to purchase everyday common items like food and water. Many people would panic and fear would quickly set in. There are threats surrounding America on all sides. Yes, they are legitimate threats and enemies. It is valid; but God expects us to do something about it. The threats facing America right now are no different to the very threats and attacks that King Hezekiah received from Sennacherib in 2 Chronicles 32.
In the face of evil and threatening enemies, King Hezekiah declared these very words to his people, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged”. The plans and strategies of men are nothing compared to the plans of the Lord. Men rely on their financial strength, or their military strength, but everything apart from the Lord will fail. King Hezekiah again highlighted the difference in relying on the Lord. “With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” Regardless of what conspiring and planning may be happening, nothing can compare to the Lord. The Lord Jesus Christ is our only hope. Anytime we are focused upon the answers and options offered in the world, whether it be economic, militarily, financial, or self-preservation, the more we are in danger of compromising from falling away from the Lord.
The very first thing lucifer tries to do is amplify his threats to appear more formidable than the shelter and plans of the Lord. He does this in hopes that those following the Lord will become more focused on the threat and no longer follow the Lord, but bow down to the attacks of evil. When attacks of ridicule begin to come attacking your faith and confidence in the Lord, that is a red flag to be attentive and not give in to the lies. Just as the people who were following King Hezekiah experienced attacks, lucifer will try all he can to get you to doubt and leave the leadership that God has established in your life. If lucifer can get you to buy into the validity of his attacks, then he can get you to rebel against God’s leadership in your life. Instead of responding in fear, it is time to remain calm and not get discouraged.
When ridicule didn’t have the effects that Sennacherib anticipated, he continued to highlight his military victories that previously brought defeat to nation after nation. “Now do not let Hezekiah deceive you and mislead you like this. Do not believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to deliver his people from my hand or the hand of my predecessors. How much less will your god deliver you from my hand!”
When the threats appear to be insurmountable, then comes ridicule. Sennacherib’s officers spoke further against the Lord God and against his servant Hezekiah. The king also wrote letters ridiculing the Lord, the God of Israel, and saying this against him: “Just as the gods of the peoples of the other lands did not rescue their people from my hand, so the god of Hezekiah will not rescue his people from my hand.”Ridicule is a serious weapon. lucifer seeks to use ridicule to isolate you, to separate you; if you allow it. Ridicule is such a potent strategy of the adversary that we must not believe the lies of attacks that others say about us; or post about us. We are witnessing the President of the United States ridicule people and entire industries are quieting their voices because of it.
In addition, Sennacherib spoke his evil messages in Hebrew to the Israelites; a language that everyone could understand. Today, the enemy is using the language of media that everyone understands. Whether it is on television, or on social media, repeated reports of terrorism and advancing ranks of ISIS are being broadcasted across America and the World. Presently, we all have a choice to make: Will we choose government? Or will we choose God as the answer to these problems?
The enemy will always lie to us with temptations that are pleasurable to our flesh. Period. It is vital to remember that satan is a liar and the father of lies. The lies of promised answers may look logical at first, but in the end they result in realities such as Communism and Socialism. History is filled with tyrannical dictators who presented themselves as the very sources of answers that people were looking for and it gave rise to the Mau’s, the Pol Pots, and Hitlers of the world. After choosing the way of government, Venezuela is now having to suffer the fruits of their decisions as food is scarce and their currency is continuing its hyper-inflation rise.
We must recognize that our battle is not against flesh and blood, it is not the horizontal, the things that we see with our natural eyes, but what cannot be seen, that which is spiritual, that we are fighting against. Ephesians 6:12 reveals, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” So how do we fight against that which we cannot see? Dumitru Duduman was shown by the Lord a battle that ensued between lucifer and a large group of people. Everyone in the group were Christians. Those that wanted to fight against the devil stepped to the left and those that did not, stepped to the right. Only 25% were willing to fight against the devil while the remaining 75% were not. As the devil approached the small crowd of people, it was the Word of God used by the crowd that was their weapon. Their sword against the strategies of the enemy was the Word of God. “The Word of the Lord is your sword. Take it out and use it.” While this small crowd saw an overwhelming victory against the approaching army of the devil, the 75% that did not want to fight against was eventually all destroyed. “Those people were lukewarm all their lives. They had one foot in the world and one foot in the Church. They never really had the Word of God or the Power of God; and because of that they could not be defended.”
Not only must we know the Word of God through an abiding relationship with the Lord AND become His disciples, we must cry out to God in humility and repentance just as King Hezekiah did. “King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. The threats may look overwhelming, but they are not bigger than the Lord.
It is important that we do not lessen the seriousness of the hour that we are facing by distracting ourselves with entertainment. When we clearly see the threats that are mounting, we can more easily recognize that our hope will not come by anything from within the world. Our only hope is to cry out to God. This is exactly what Pastor John Kilpatrick at Church of His Presence has just shared. It is not for us to become filled with anxiety or fear, but to lift our eyes to the Lord for redemption. Understand the critical hour that we are facing, how the plans of the Lord will always overcome the plans the enemy, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: John F Kennedy, cyber attacks, EMP, Milwaukee, riots, IDF, World War III, Saul Alinsky, Kamal Saleem, King Hezekiah, Torch and The Sword, economy, spiritual warfare, Venezuela, Tripoli, Nineveh, Correspondence Dinner, Matt Damon, Kim Kardashian, Syrians, and Black Lives Matter. Greg and John shared in this segment.
This post was updated 09-27-2016