How many times have I quoted Jeremiah 1:9, where God tells Jeremiah that he is anointed to uproot and Tear Down; also to Build and Plant?
“Then The LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and The LORD said to me: “Behold, I have put My Words in your mouth.”” Jeremiah 1:9
A rhetorical question as I have no idea either, I just know I have quoted that passage a few times.
Tonight, when watching a prophetic offering on our computer, the verse was quoted once again. Yet this time, I felt The Holy Spirit’s wake-up nudge for me to pay attention.
By the Spirit, I heard again these four Words — Uproot; Tear Down; Build; Plant — but this time I knew that He was referring to something coming soon to The Church as a whole!
Like many prophets, I believe the awakening — the shaking of both the world and The Church — is about to intensify.
What we have seen and heard so far is like ‘a storm in a teacup’ compared to that which The LORD is about to do.
The coming shaking will actually divide The Church, “wheat and tares,” or “sheep and goats,” The Bible calls it.
The existing Church is about to be exposed as the Laodicean Church of Revelation. (Revelation 3:14-21)
Thousands will have their complacency torn down, (shaken), and the remnant seed will be sown, planted, and built.
Perhaps rebuilt would be a better term. There will be great eye-opening and repentance.
‘Religion’ will be replaced by Faith!
Church as it has been, will be abandoned in favour of an ‘Acts 2’ church, full of love, authority, power, signs and wonders! Thus the Remnant Church will grow.
At the same time, those left behind by the shaking, those clinging to the old way, will be lost to the Remnant Church and will continue to pursue religion not relationship.
This will cause great stress, angst, and fear, as well as giving rise to a religious persecution not seen in the Western Church for decades — perhaps centuries.
Amid the clamour and clatter of this, I hear The LORD once again say, “Do not fear!”
He reminds me of Joshua 1:9,
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for The LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
The Holy Spirit will be with us all the way. The shaking will be painful, but God’s Hand is on us, His Word is in our mouths, His protecting Angel’s surround us.
I am reminded of 2 Kings 6:8-25, the story of Elisha at Dothan.
“He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.”
So The LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:16-17
So it shall be in the coming shaking — we are surrounded by God’s Angels and ‘there are more with us or for us than there are against us!’ (2 Kings 6:16)
Yes there is a great revealing, a great awakening, a great division coming; but we, the Remnant Church and those yet to join her, will be safe under the protection of The LORD God Almighty.
The words “Do not fear” appear 365 times in The Bible. Never have they been a more appropriate message for the church as now.
Fear not, press on, hang on — God has got this!
Pray at all times. Trust in The LORD!
~ Chris G. Bennett
Chris Bennett came to salvation in 1962 but didn’t begin ministry until 2007 — a late-comer! Now mandated by The LORD to prophesy and open old wells of revival in the U.K., but especially in Wales. He has also operated Healing Rooms, and worked with deliverance teams, all with his wife, Linda. Happily now doing whatever The LORD asks of them! Founder, with wife Linda, of their ministry The Upper Room Encounter.