Know ye not the times and seasons you live in?
For surely I say you are in the end days. It is foretold in My Word that I would give signs in the Heavens and on earth.
Are you not paying attention or are you disregarding them because you are more wrapped up in your world than you are in Mine?
My Prophets are warning just as Jeremiah did. But are My People repenting and calling out to Me for My Mercy and Grace?
Are you using the authority I have given you in My Word to confront and overcome those spirits who are attacking you, your nation, and the world through prayer, fasting, and the strategies I am giving to those who ask? You have not, because you ask not.
“What is causing all the quarrels and fights among you? Isn’t it your desire battling inside you? You desire things and don’t have them. You kill, and you are jealous and you still can’t get them. So you fight and quarrel. The reason you don’t have is that you don’t pray! Or you pray and don’t receive, because you pray with the wrong motive, that of wanting to indulge your own desires,” James 4:1-3 (CJB).
If you are expecting everyone else to do it for you, you are in error as well. For SITTING IN COMPLACENCY GETS YOU NOWHERE! Nor does thinking that you know My times and seasons more than Me. For not even Jesus knows the day or time I will release Him to complete His work.
“Heaven and earth will perish and pass away, but My Words will not perish or pass away. But of that day or that hour not a (single) person knows, not even the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on your guard (constantly alert), and watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come,” Mark 13: 31-33 (AMPC).
Moses sought Me for Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot and his family escaped. Although, his wife disobeyed and faced consequences.
“So the Lord told Abraham, “I have heard that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah are extremely evil, and that everything they do is wicked. I am going down to see whether or not these reports are true. Then I will know.”
The two other men went on toward Sodom, but the Lord remained with Abraham for a while. Abraham approached him and said, “Will you destroy both innocent and guilty alike? Suppose you find fifty innocent people there within the city – will you still destroy it, and not spare it for their sakes? Surely you wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the innocent with the guilty. Why, you should be treating the innocent and the guilty exactly the same! Surely you wouldn’t do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?”
And the Lord replied, “If I find fifty innocent people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake.”
Then Abraham spoke again, “Since I have begun, let me go on and speak further to My Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes. Suppose there are only forty-five? And the Lord said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five.”
Then Abraham pressed his request further. “Suppose there are only forty?” And the Lord replied, “I will not destroy it if there are forty.”
Please don’t be angry, My Lord,” Abraham pleaded. “Let me speak – suppose thirty are found?” And the Lord replied, “I will not destroy it if there are thirty.”
Then Abraham said, “Since I have dared to speak to the Lord, let me continue – suppose there are only twenty?” And the Lord said, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the twenty.”
Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please do not get angry; I will speak but once more! Suppose only ten are found there?” And the Lord said, “Then, for the sake of the ten, I will not destroy it.”
The Lord went on His way when he had finished the conversation with Abraham, and Abraham returned to his tent.
That evening the two angels came to the entrance of the city of Sodom, and Lot was sitting here as they arrived. When he saw them, he stood up to meet them. Then he welcomed them and bowed low to the ground. “My lords,”he said, “come to my home to wash your feet, and be my guests for the night. You many then get up in the morning as early as you like and be on your way again.”
“Oh no,” they said, “we’ll just spend the night out here in the city square.”
But Lot insisted, so at last they went home with him. He set a great feast before them, complete with fresh bread made without yeast. After the meal, as they were preparing to retire for the night, all the men of Sodom, young and old, came from all over the city and surrounded the house.
They shouted to Lot, “Where are the men who came to spend the night with you? Bring them out so we can have sex with them.”
Lot stepped outside to talk to them, shutting the door behind him. Please, my brothers,” he begged, “don’t do such a wicked thing. Look – I have two virgin daughters. Do with them as you wish, but leave these men alone, for they are under my protection.”
“Stand back” they shouted. “Who do you think you are? We let you settle among us, and now you are trying to tell us what to do! We’ll treat you far worse than those other men!” And they lunged at Lot and began breaking down the door. But the two angels reached out and pulled Lot in and bolted the door. Then they blinded the men of Sodom so they couldn’t find the doorway.
“Do you have any other relatives here in the city?” the angels asked. “Get them out of this place – sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or anyone else. For we will destroy the city completely. The stench of the place has reached the Lord, and he has sent us to destroy it.”
So Lot rushed out to tell his daughter’s fiancés, “Quick, get out of the city! The Lord is coming to destroy it.” But the young men thought he was only joking.
At dawn the next morning the angels became insistent. “Hurry,” they said to Lot. “Take your wife and your two daughters who are here. Get out of here right now, or you will be caught in the destruction of the city.”
When Lot still hesitated, the angels seized his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters and rushed them to safety outside the city, for the Lord was merciful. “Run for your lives!” the angels warned. “Do not stop anywhere in the valley. And don’t look back! Escape to the mountains, or you will die.”
“Oh no, my lords, please,” Lot begged. “You have been so kind to me and saved my life, and you have granted me such mercy. But I cannot go to the mountains. Disaster would catch up to me there, and I would soon die. See, there is a small village nearby. Please let me go there instead; don’t you see how small it is? Then my life will be saved.”
“All right,” the angel said, “I will grant your request. I will not destroy that little village. But hurry! For I can do nothing until you are there.” From that time on, that village was known as Zoar.
The sun was rising as Lot reached the village. then the Lord rained down fire and burning sulfur from the heavens on Sodom and Gomorrah. He utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, eliminating all life – people, plants, and animals alike. But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following along behind him, and she became a pillar of salt,”Genesis 18:20–19:26 (NLT).
Even Jonah refused to go to Nineveh the first time because he refused to be obedient to My bidding. However his consequences for his disobedience helped to change his mind, so that he warned Nineveh and they fasted, repented, and prayed causing Me to change My mind and NOT DESTROY THEM.
“The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai. “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh! Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.”
But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction in order to get away from the Lord. He went down to the seacoast, to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping that by going away to the west he could escape from the Lord.
But as the ship was sailing along, suddenly the Lord flung a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to send them to the bottom. Fearing for their lives, the desperate sailors shouted to their gods for help and threw the cargo overboard to lighten the ship. And all this time Jonah was sound asleep down in the hold. So the captain went down after him. “How can you sleep at a time like this?” he shouted. “Get up and pray to your god! Maybe he will have mercy on us and spare our lives.
Then the crew cast lots to see which of them had offended the gods and caused the terrible storm. When they did this, Jonah lost the toss. “What have you done to bring this awful storm down on us?” they demanded. “Who are you? What is your line of work? What country are you from? What is your nationality?”
And Jonah answered, “I am a Hebrew, and I worship the Lord, The God of Heaven, who made the sea and the land.” Then he told them that he was running away from the Lord.
The sailors were terrified when they heard this. “Oh why did you do it?” they groaned. And since the storm was getting worse all the time, they asked him, “What should we do to you to stop this storm?”
Throw me in the sea,” Jonah said, “and it will become calm again. For I know that this terrible storm is all my fault.”
Instead, the sailors tried even harder to row the boat ashore. But the stormy sea was too violent for them, and they couldn’t make it. Then they cried out to the Lord, Jonah’s God. “O Lord,” they pleaded, “ don’t make us die for this man’s sin. And don’t hold us responsible for his death, because it isn’t our fault. O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons.”
Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once! The sailors were awestruck by the Lord’s great power, and they offered Him a sacrifice and vowed to serve him.
Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish. He said, “ I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and He answered me. I called to You from the world of the dead, and Lord, You heard me! You threw me into the ocean depths, and I sank down to the heart of the sea.
I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves. Then I said, “O Lord, You have driven me from your presence. How will I ever again see your holy Temple?”
I sank beneath the waves, and death was very near. The waters closed in around me, and seaweed wrapped itself around my head. I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was locked out of life and imprisoned in the land of the dead. But You, O Lord My God, have snatched me from the yawning jaws of death!”
When I had lost all hope, I turned my thoughts once more to the Lord. And my earnest prayer went out to you in your holy Temple. Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God’s mercies. But I will offer sacrifices to You with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.
Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit up Jonah on the beach, and it did.
Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time, “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message of judgment I have given you.” This time Jonah obeyed the Lord’s command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all. On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds, “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” The people of Nineveh believed God’s messenger, and from the greatest to the least, they decided to go without food and wear sackcloth to show their sorrow.
When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in sackcloth and sat on a heap of ashes. Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city, “No one, not even the animals, may eat or drink anything at all. Everyone is required to wear sackcloth and pray earnestly to God. Everyone must turn from all their evil ways and stop all their violence. Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will have pity on us and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.”
When God saw that they had put a stop to their evil ways, he had mercy on them and didn’t carry out the destruction he had threatened,” Jonah 1:1 – 3:10 (NLT).
When will you decide enough has happened that maybe you should start talking to Me more consistently and not just when you “need” something?
What would it be like for you, if all those you know and love only came to you when they needed something?
Or, they rarely and for some never, came to tell you how much they appreciated or loved you?
Welcome to My world. Yes, you heard Me correctly. Many only come chat with Me for a quick in and out, when they need something. Many avoid worshiping Me, saying they can’t sing, dance, play an instrument or they don’t have time.
There are many who don’t talk to Me in prayer or otherwise. Some say they don’t know how to pray, even though Jesus modeled it through what you call the Lord’s Prayer. It’s all just excuses. I thought we were friends. Don’t you talk to your friends?
When will you learn to just do what I tell you to do? You try to reason it away, or you allow stubbornness, rebellion, procrastination, idolatry, pride, religion, and witchcraft to get in the way.
OBEDIENCE IS MY WAY. When will you learn? When you refuse, My Way, you turn your back to Me and reject Me and My Way.
Rejecting Me and My Way has consequences for you, that often affects those closest to you as well. Somehow many falling in this category fail to take responsibility for their own actions and blame someone else for their consequence, usually those they love the most.
Its time for you to rip the veil from your eyes and wake up to all that I have for you. It is time for you to step up to the plate and cross the line.
It is time to get out of the box and coma you have put yourself into, both knowingly and unknowingly through ignorance. It’s time for you to get with My Way and let go of your past and man’s way that are holding you back.
Time is short. My time is upon you. Are you ready? Or will you be like the bridesmaids who had to go out to get oil and when they came back, they had lost their chance?
“The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of ten bridesmaids who took up their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The five who were foolish took no oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all lay down and slept. At midnight they were roused by the shout, “Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and welcome him!”
All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, “Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.” But the others replied, “We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.”
But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, “Sir, open the door for us! But he called back, “I don’t know you.”
So stay awake and be prepared, because you do not know the day or hour of My return,”Matthew 25: 1–13 (NLT).
God Bless You!
~ Beverly Juelsgaard-Fischer
God has allowed Beverly to minister all over the world through the internet, and in person through conferences, church services, and small groups. Beverly’s heart is to see the Body of Christ walk in the freedom that God means for them, so they can develop a deep intimacy with Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. She ministers to others through prophetic words, and other gifts, bringing breakthrough and calling people into a constant pursuit of His Heart to actively hear His voice for themselves and others. Beverly lives near Danville, VA.