Consternation : A sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion; dismay.
Webster : Amazement or horror that confounds the faculties, and incapacitates for reflection; terror, combined with amazement; dismay. [1913 Webster]
I’ve had this Word on my mind several times in the last several days, but I didn’t have time till just a bit ago to look it up and see what scriptures might go with it.
This was first to catch my eyes…
“The couriers went out, being hastened by the king’s commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the fortress. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city of Shushan was in consternation.” Esther 3:15 DARBY (version).
Still small voice…
“I will put nations in consternation and I will put the kingdom of darkness in consternation.
The wicked will be in utter dismay at what I do. National leaders will be in utter dismay because they have thought that I’m not real. And they have thought that I would not DO anything.
But nations will be in derision and confusion when I pour out My Spirit on all flesh!
Surely in a flood of many waters The LORD will deliver, The Word says. Do you believe it sons and daughters of God?
The SUDDENLIES are upon you! Open your eyes and see the glory of The LORD. It is rising upon you!
I said The Son of God would arise with healing in His Wings. Be anticipating My People! Come in to worship with no other agenda except to seek My Face.
I have mantles I AM pouring out Upon you. There are many mantles that have been abandoned in past generations that no one else picked up and that were not given to another as yet.
Are you willing to give up this world for The Kingdom of the next?
Will you lay down your agenda and pick up My Agenda trusting that I have your best interest in My Heart?
The dying to self is not easy, but I can make it easier if you just come to Me and spend your self on Me instead of being too busy.
Should I be content to be an abandoned husbandman? Are you focused on your agenda or mine?
For there are many distractions these days for the enemy seeks to keep you from My Presence.
Do not allow your time with Me to be compromised. It will be a busy time but who or what is your first love?
You need to align your priorities correctly by putting Me first, not as an afterthought! Keep your eyes focused on Me that you can acquire all you need to get through these times.
For I AM going to upset many apple carts! Just as I overturn the tables of the money changers when I was on earth, I will do that in this hour as well.
The Fear of The LORD will fall and those churches who have compromised will be in mourning for their offenses, for there is a heavy cost to apostasy, especially to those who teach.
I AM not only a God of Love but I AM a God of justice. There is no true Love without Justice!
Discipline is Love if it’s done in Righteousness. You cannot say you love your child, if you allow them to be rebellious without disciplining them.
For then you spoil them and cement them to spirits of arrogance, stubborness and rebellion, and they will not love you for it, for they will be self-centered, selfish and self-reliant, instead of reliant on ME!
They will think that God will only spoil them also, without correcting them. I AM the Good Shepherd, Who gave My Life for the whole world. You must also lay down your life to give life to others.
The world is full of self-centeredness now. Full of me, myself, and I on the throne of their hearts.
But I AM coming with MY Tsunami of TRUE LOVE, to drive out the darkness, and to establish MY KINGDOM on earth as it is in heaven.
There will be no other lovers for those who are Mine. Love NOT the things of this world more than ME.
Don’t you know if I gave My life for you, that I would also give you all you need and cause your joy to be made full?
TRUST ME. Do NOT trust in your own strength, your own intelligence, your own efforts, your own things.
I will destroy all the idols. I will bring down every kingdom raised up against My Own. So let go of this world and cling to me, and the devil will flee.
I know how to make life fun for you. Remember that I lived this life on earth as you did.
But you were born in an hour of testing and end times. Your lives were bought with a price. Will you be voluntary lovers, or will you only love Me if I give you your things?
Will you trust Me in the storms or are you only in this relationship for what you can get out of it?
Because that is the trait of another being that kills, steals and robs. Check your hearts beloveds, and humble yourselves before Me, and before the world around you, because they need to see real laid down lovers. They need to see you CARE for them.
Love always gets tested beloveds. Every life is weighed in the balances. Realize that I Love you more than anything you can imagine in this world.
I AM not selfish as you are. I AM not cruelly punitive, stingy, or a killjoy.
Religious spirits are abundant, but that is not My Style. If you have a child and love them , you know what it’s like when a child disobeys, but also, how it feels to know that they want to live up to your expectations too.
It makes you so proud to see the love in their eyes, trying hard to please you, so you don’t crush them if they fail to be perfect, and make mistakes. You see that they improve little by little as they grow, so you are patient with them, knowing they are on a learning curve.
That is how I AM as well. I’m not waiting for you to make a mistake so I can beat you up.
Remember that apart from Me you an DO NOTHING.
IT TAKES MY GRACE to pray. It takes MY GRACE to worship. IT TAKES MY GRACE to read the word, to obey My Voice, to love your family, or your neighbor, to do your job well, etc.
When people get religious, I often will let them get frustrated till they realize they can’t do anything without Me.
They will feel the barrenness, and joylessness of rote DOING and TRYING HARD. But they will realize, it’s all about being in My presence that enables you, that heals you, that helps you through.
It’s important that you understand My Love and protection of those under My Talit, that you can walk in the authority I’ve given you, by My blood shed on The Cross.
The enemy is always busy trying to make you get into DOUBT. So knock him out with the truth that you are forgiven, when you confess your sins daily, (wash your feet daily), and you have authority to trample on serpents and scorpions.
The more you learn obedience, the more authority you will have. The more freedom from unforgiveness and pain of this life you let me work in you, the more authority you will have.
The more you die to SELF, the more authority you will have. And you also will have less consternation at things not always going your way.
You will know I always have your best interests in My mind and heart, despite what happens in this world, and that gives you SECURITY. Security gives you peace and confidence to do what I say.
Know that My Plans for this nation and all nations, will be carried out to bring humility and overcoming power to My Kingdom, and to bring in the great Harvest.
Thus the SUDDENLIES are being loosed, that My people will PROSPER in the midst of darkness, and they will know that I AM with them, and do GREAT EXPLOITS in My name.
NOTHING can STOP what I HAVE PLANNED. My KINGDOM will never end. I will give you strength, courage and provision for all I give you to do.
TRUST ME. TRUST MY PLAN. DO NOT trust in the plans of corrupt men and women who bow to Satan.
Do NOT trust corrupt doctors, nurses, politicians, teachers, etc. You need discernment. Slow down and receive what you need in communion with ME.
For I will destroy every system of men that fights MY KINGDOM and MY RULE.
The blind are leading the blind in this hour, but you are not meant to walk in blindness. You need to SLOW DOWN and receive of My love and wisdom, My power, My glory.”
Purim 2021 will begin at sundown on Thursday, February 25 and concludes at nightfall on Friday, February 26.
“When he raiseth himself up, the mighty are afraid: they are beside themselves with consternation.” Job 41:25 DARBY, ASV.
“They saw, so they marvelled; they were troubled, they fled in consternation,” Psalm 48:5 DARBY.
“The [pagan] nations shall see [God’s omnipotence in delivering Israel] and be ashamed of all their might [which cannot be compared to His]. They shall put their hand on their mouth [in silent astonishment];Their ears shall be deaf.” Micah 7:16 AMP.
“They went out and fled from the tomb, for they were seized with trembling and astonishment; and they said nothing [about it] to anyone, because they were afraid.” Mark 16:8 AMP.
“and they recognized him as the very man who usually sat begging for coins at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, and they were filled with wonder and amazement and were mystified at what had happened to him.” Acts 3:10 AMP.
“But Saul became more and more capable, and was causing consternation among the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.” Acts 9:22 NET.
“At daybreak there was great consternation among the soldiers over what had become of Peter.” Acts 12:18 NET
“On every lofty mountain and on every high hill there will be streams of water on the day of the great slaughter (the day of The LORD ), when the towers fall [and all His enemies are destroyed]. The light of the full moon will be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days [concentrated in one], in the day The LORD binds up the fracture of His people and heals the wound He has inflicted [because of their sins]. Now look, the name of The LORD comes from far away, burning with His anger, and heavy with smoke; His lips are full of indignation, and His tongue is like a consuming fire. His breath is like an overflowing river, Which reaches to the neck, to sift the nations back and forth in a sieve [of disaster], and to put in the jaws of the peoples the bridle which leads to ruin. You will have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and joy of heart as when one marches [in procession] with a flute, To go to the [temple on the] mountain of The LORD, to the Rock of Israel. And The LORD will make His majestic voice heard, and show the descending of His arm [striking] in [His] fierce anger, and in the flame of a devouring fire, In the crashing sound of heavy rain, cloudburst, and hailstones. For at the voice of The LORD the Assyrians will be terrified, when He strikes [them] with the rod. And every blow of the rod of punishment, Which The LORD will lay on them, Will be to the music of Israel’s tambourines and lyres; and in battles, brandishing weapons, He will fight Assyria. For Topheth [in Hinnom] has long been ready; Indeed, it has been prepared for the [Assyrian] king. He has made it deep and wide, a pit of fire with plenty of wood; The breath of The LORD, like a river of brimstone (blazing sulfur), kindles and fans it. Woe (judgment is coming) to those who go down to Egypt for help, Who rely on horses And trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek and consult The LORD!” Isaiah 30:25-31:1.
First published May 8, 2007
Consternation: French or Latin; French, from Latin consternation-, consternatio, from consternare to throw into confusion, from com- + -sternare, probably from sternere to spread, strike down — more at STREW : amazement or dismay that hinders or throws into confusion.
(‘The two… stared at each other in consternation, and neither knew what to do.’ — Pearl Buck.)
“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance…..
The Crowd’s Response
And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?….
…. So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.” Acts 2:2-8, 11-13 NKJV.
“And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine , and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”” John 2:9-10 NKJV.
“Beloveds, I do not want you thrown into confusion when I pour out the best wine that I have saved for last.
I have so much to share with you and so much I want you to know. I AM releasing Angels of Destiny and Angels of Breakthrough to many of you so that you will understand what your role is in the days ahead, WITHOUT confusion, without consternation.
I want you to LOOK for ME to do something that you will MARVEL and be astonished at.
I want you anticipate the goodness of MY PRESENCE in the midst of turmoil and the confusion the world will be in.
For I AM a GOOD FATHER Who gives good gifts to My children. I will dismay many who are wise in their own opinions.
Make sure you are NOT a part of that crowd, that you don’t lean on YOUR OWN understanding or that which is taught you by man’s carnal thinking, but on ME.
I deposited The Holy Spirit in you and HE IS YOUR TEACHER. He is the One Who leads you into truth and Who sheds LOVE abroad in your hearts.
It is HE WHO pours down oil from heaven that will anoint you for the works to come. So LEAN ON HIM for the wisdom and direction you need.
Do not lean on others. Do not lean on man’s understanding but look and ASK for My understanding. I told you that I would give to anyone who ASKS.
I AM coming again like a mighty rushing WIND. I will ROAR over My people and break the chains of affliction and torment, of bondage and distress. For I have promised freedom from death.
I have promised you LIFE ETERNAL. So put away all carnal thinking. Put away your own ideas of what you think I should or shouldn’t do, and LEAN ON ME for all the answers beloveds.
I AM Your BELOVED and you are Mine! There is nothing I won’t do for radical lovers, so give your WHOLE heart to ME.
Give everything that weighs you down. Cast ALL your cares upon ME. Lay down all your worries and concerns at My feet.
I AM your ETERNAL TREASURE.
Am I not worth more than gold, more than your house, more than your things?
Depend on ME. For much of what is going to come will bring the enemy’s confusion upon the sons of men.
But I want golden vessels and I AM refining you in the fires, and you will come forth as GOLD, but you need to lay down your life, not cling to it.
LAY IT ALL DOWN BELOVEDS. Ask ME for the GRACE to do it ! I AM Mercy and I AM Grace, I AM Love and I will see you through anything that comes. But you MUST LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE to save it.
The world will be in consternation over what I do in and through you. They will be dismayed and in great turmoil who have hated me, and sought their OWN way.
My GLORY is going to exponentially increase such that even you will be in astonishment at what I do ! So prepare your hearts for habitation.
Make ME your earnest and only Desire!
RENEW your first love for ME.”
“Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.” Ezekiel 47:12 NKJV.
~ Priscilla Van Sutphin
PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN is the founder of Upstream Ministries, California, online at www.upstreamca.org and blogtalkradio.com/ Upstream. Donate to Upstream: via secure Paypal by sending as gift to upstream.ca @me.com or send to: Upstream, PMB 545, 14311 Newport Blvd, Suite G, Tustin, CA 92780, USA.