This is what I was trying to articulate after sharing my most recent Word of Warning.
Truly, The Truth should be shared when a severe Word is written down, but my point in saying this is that people still need the promise of Hope and a sense of comfort, even in the midst of something stated that is catastrophic.
When we look to the prophets of the Old Testament, even the sternest prophetic message had in it a sense of Mercy and Hope stated in them.
Today and over the last several years, modern day prophecies go from one extreme to the other, as the content of these messages pin-point horrific images of bloodshed and violence, oftentimes without an element of Mercy or a way for the hearers to escape the judgment.
And then on the other extreme, we see words of encouragement that sometimes are so empty of content that they are like wispy clouds traveling across the sky.
You see, there is a balance that should be seen in the midst of Words of Prophecy that are emblematic of Truth.
Truth in and of itself, embraces all of God’s Counsel, and without this balance, then people are hopeless as they look towards a dark sky and heavens that drip of bloodshed and not mercy.
The pendulum can go either way, as every movement of that gigantic clock of God’s arms ticks away slowly towards judgment or mercy.
Truly, His Mercy is new every morning, but judgment has come, and it will intensify as we inch towards that final day of His return.
“It is of The LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23.
For this is the same prophet that said:
“This is what The LORD of Armies says: You did not listen to my words, so I’m going to send for all the families from the north. I will also send for my servant King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, declares The LORD. I will bring the families from the north to attack this land, its people, and all these surrounding nations. I’m going to destroy them and turn them into something terrible, something ridiculed, and something permanently ruined. I will take from them the sounds of joy and happiness, the sounds of brides and grooms, the sound of mills, and the light of lamps. This whole land will be ruined and become a wasteland. These nations will serve the king of Babylon for 70 years.” Jeremiah 25:8-11.
My friends, what I am saying here is that even though God speaks Judgment and Warning to His people, there is always “Hope” that should also be seen within His Words.
If indeed then one prophesies great and horrendous things that are coming and not an ounce of Hope is seen within that message, then perhaps it is time to set that message aside.
And yet on the other extreme, when some “just” speak beautiful and lovely Words from God, and there is no sense of turning from one’s sinful ways, then that message also needs to be reconsidered.
For you see, God brings Warning and Hope both at the same time. Just like Joseph’s coat of many colors there is a full spectrum seen in the many facets of God’s Divinity. One would be wise to consider this.
~ 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?