Should I Come With a Whip or an Olive Branch?


“For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.  What do you desire?  Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness?”   1 Corinthians 4:20-21.

“Thus says the Lord God, Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! Your prophets have been like foxes among ruins, O Israel.  You have not gone up into the breaches, or built up a wall for the house of Israel, that it might stand in battle in the day of the Lord.  They have spoken falsehood and divined a lie; they say, ‘Says the Lord,’ when the Lord has not sent them, and yet they expect him to fulfill their word,”   Ezekiel 13:3-6.

whip olivebranchMy people, those whom I love; would you rather I come to you with a whip or with an olive branch?

Did I not send tidings through Jeremiah the prophet, when he walked this earth?

His words were not readily received by many, and yet they came forth at a time when they were needed.

Some say that the words do not offer hope and encouragement, and yet to those who place their hope and encouragement in Me, I place hope to them.

Would there be ‘soft words’ given to a nation that has gone astray far from Me?

Would I continually bless those who have forsaken Me?

Would a parent send glad tidings to a child who had constantly disobeyed him?

What would you say to the wayward children?

Tell Me my people, I AM certain that you have the right words!

Surely, you have the wisdom.  Tell Me, do you think that I would bless a nation that has constantly murdered its children from the womb?

Tell Me, do you think that I would bless a nation that shot its people and children in their schools?

Your nation is sick and it needs the hand of a master surgeon.

Woe to those who say that all is well.  Woe to those prophets who speak glad tidings of great joy.  And yet, to a people who have forsaken the things of this world and have followed after Me, I offer hope and encouragement.

For you will need this, as you traverse through the days ahead.

For I AM a God of judgment, and yet I AM also One who gives hope to a people who rely solely upon Me.”


~ Stephen Hanson

Prophet Stephen HansonStephen 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?

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Should I Come With a Whip or an Olive Branch? — 2 Comments

  1. God Bless you for giving out uncompromising Word ***
    Today is the day of SALVATION.

  2. Such a timely message
    Thankyou Brother Stephen and Bless you abundantly!
    For years now you are very
    To the point and straight as an arrow….
    Praise yahweh!!