“And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house,” Ezekiel 2:6.
“Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads,” Ezekiel 3:8.
There are many within The Body of Christ now who send out Words of Prophecy and most of The Church does not use an ounce of discernment to judge those words.
Or perhaps because of their popularity, they assume that all of that which they speak must be Truth, because of their status.
We stand at a juncture, at this critical time in history when we sorely need to be able to discern Truth from error, and as we should know, sometimes it is in being able to judge between Truth and half-truths.
I see so much lately that is about our present situation and how this US 2020 Election was ‘stolen’ from the president who now resides in The White House, and yet it is a proven fact that indeed it was not stolen.
And yet, notwithstanding the counting of ballots and how this entire process has caused deteroation in our Constitution, we should be able to judge the character of a man who continues to cause great division, even among believers.
It seems to me that the flesh rises up in bold disregard for the truth. It quickly defends that which is indefensible, rather than seeing these things through the lens of spiritual insight.
We become quite naïve in our inability to see how the enemy has clouded our vision and then instead, we create another image, other than the one that is right in front of us.
It’s time to put on new glasses.
It is time to throw away those things that have clouded our vision.
Cataracts have formed — but the Great Physician can extract those things and enable us to see what is plainly right in front of us.
I don’t expect all to agree with me, and actually I’m at the point when standing alone is quite alright for me. I’ve been able to walk this road with The LORD for some time now, and whether or not many choose to walk it with me, it is entirely up to them.
Indeed, we all have our own roads to walk with The LORD, and certainly those paths are determined for us to be on. Yet, even though the road ahead at times appears to be rocky, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t the right one to be upon.
I will tell you…. you had better expect to see the world around you turned upside down.
You better be prepared when the entire foundations of what you thought was secure, is shaken.
Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. Even though those religious institutions that you thought were firm and solid, may well be taken into question and in time, fracture and deteriorate.
Choose this day who you will follow, and choose this day what you will listen to.
Examine your heart and Belief System very carefully, and look intently at those things and truthfully see where perhaps you have chosen to believe a lie rather than the truth.
It doesn’t matter if a person is popular or not; I imagine that Jeremiah was not popular during his time. I doubt that many of those who spoke boldly against the religious leaders of the day were popular among the people, and certainly not among the priests and other leaders, especially the kings of whom they spoke of.
I’ve been thinking some lately, that there are a few among us who have, or are about to speak, bold words of Prophecy to The Church. These words don’t seem to fit into the norm that many have spoken.
Maybe you have felt like you are swimming upstream, because those Words that you have been given aren’t readily accepted by some. They aren’t readily accepted, because they have struck a deep place in the flesh, or they have gone against the grain of most of the Words that are given in this hour.
We aren’t told to follow the status quo. In fact, we are told to take the ‘narrow road’, and sometimes this ‘narrow road’ takes us places where only a few have gone before.
These are the roads which many have taken who have been called to the waste places, and the wildernesses.
These are the very roads which our LORD traveled upon two thousand years before. These are the roads which Amos, and Ezekiel and Jeremiah took. They knew that the road would be filled with briars and thorns, and yet they decided to go anyway.
They decided to go, because that was their calling — but they also knew that they would have sweet fellowship with the Father on that road.
You see or hear other Prophetic Voices which speak only of the pleasant and serene things. You hear the pleasantries and the words of the pillow prophets, and you know that they have their place, but they have shied away from the road that you are on now.
They have no desire to eat the bread that God would feed them here. Maybe God has told you to wait and not to speak or share those words, because many aren’t ready yet to receive them. Or perhaps you are just too afraid to face rejection.
But just know that like the salmon that swim upstream, you also have your place, and that place is going against the current.
True prophets are not only to build up, but to tear down, the complacence and the traditions of man.
Sometimes the foundation is filled full of cracks, because others from a different calling, have decided to become part of the foundation. And now, the building can’t be raised to its full potential, because some have built where they shouldn’t have.
“See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms to root out and to pull down, and to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant,” Jeremiah 1:10.
You may wonder why others haven’t been told the same things as you. Surely, it seems that God would have told them of these things that are to come. Surely, God would have told them not to trust in man alone.
Why can’t they see the deception of those who follow after a ‘chosen’ candidate, you ask? And yet, you know what is true, and you know the voice of the shepherd. And even those who used to swim upstream with you, have now left their journies.
They would rather swim in shallow water where it is much safer, and known to them. They may wonder where you had gone to, and why you aren’t joining in with them in their play. But if they had been more aware, they would have noticed that you left holding the hand of another, when you left. And that ONE is now guiding you up the rapids of the river.
Up ahead the river’s currents have grown stronger now. All around you are the rapids, and the spray of the water hits your face as you continue up stream.
The wind is blowing hard, as you travel up higher and higher into realms of The Spirit that you had not experienced before.
Continue the journey that you’re on oh son or daughter of the Most High. Keep your eyes focused ahead on the ONE that has gone before, and know that He is around, before, and in, and above you, as go.
What He began, He will bring to completion.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to The LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?