The Times They are a Changing


Just before I got these impressions from the Lord, I was about to send this out: I have been thinking of all the bantering about trying to figure out what is what with the war, and with the times coming.  Everyone is trying to figure where we are.  We have extremes.  We have Ted Haggard, saying go to college, get an education.  There is plenty of time.  Then we have people having visions of terrible storms, weather alterations, invading armies, and impending judgment.  [Now we have all these things happening, or about to happen]

I was sitting here, playing Freecell and singing to the Lord and I had the thought about how imperfect the people of God were in the days of Pharoah.  And they had been in bondage for generations.  Yet God saw fit to save them ALL from Pharoah.  While judgment was raining down on the Egyptians (unsaved) they were protected in their Goshen.  No one , NO ONE, NO ONE in Goshen died in the plagues…  they went through.  Then when they got to leave, they were given riches beyond belief.  People paid them to get out of town.

None of their shoes even wore out on the way through the desert, even though their faith did for many, and I think it will be the same for many in the future days.  Now some of them turned to idolatry, and held on to it.  The desert was a real proving time in the hearts of Israel.  Too much of Egypt had allured their souls.  A remnant made it through, and still had to fight giants.  The warfare NEVER stopped, because they never fully got rid of the enemies of God.

Just as many will fall away in the time to come as persecution comes.  They will fall to bowing to the Antichrist, and many already have from my own view.  Many are already marked.  Some people preaching in the pulpits are demonically inspired, and leading many to perdition along with them.  But a great awakening day is coming.

I think God is about to do a glorious thing.  A thing beyond anything we could imagine.  He spoke about it over and over in the Old testament, and it has not been fulfilled.  He has not poured out His spirit on ALL Flesh as yet, as it says in Joel.  It began at Pentecost.  But the Lord is about to have another Pentecost.  And the prophecy of Ezekiel 34 will be fulfilled in our viewing.

The Lord has spoken over and over, and over of glory coming.  And we shout and pray for it.  But do we really understand what that means?  He sanctified the tent of meeting and the Tabernacle with His glory, so why would He not MORE do that for the human temple?  For some, God is too little.  But He’s NOT too little to fight the big guys in illuminati circles. He is big enough to save nations in a day.

The God I see in the Bible is NOT too little.  He is not too far away, He is CLOSE AT HAND.  And His eye sees ALL things.  He sees the oppression of people in Muslim nations, in Hindu nations, in OUR nation.  He is not up there laughing at them.  He LOVES THEM.  HE wants to get them saved and healed.  “How will they know without a preacher?,”  it says in Romans.  How will we even have real preachers, if we do not have the FAITH that GOD can do anything.

He can sweep across RUSSIA with Revival.  He can sweep across America with revival.  He could turn the lights on of our understanding corporately, over the whole world in a moment, with a flick of his fingers, or a Word, in a flash.  Yet we balk at even stepping into a grocery store and being obedient to speak the Word He might put on our hearts for another person.  How powerful is He?  How powerful is His blood?

We lack love, and we lack boldness.  We need His love to cast out all FEAR.  That is why He has been saying COME AWAY with me.  Spend time with Me.  Did you know that that word “Come” away in Songs, one of the meanings is to be “continually conversant”?  He wants to talk to you.  He wants to open His heart and share secrets.  He wants to have continual communion with you.  You know that scripture that admonishes us to take “communion” all the more as you see the day approaching?  The communion we most need is spending time with HIM.  I have been struggling.  We all have been struggling.  Intimacy is not easily achieved.

It isn’t easy with humans either.  If you want a friendship with God…  why would it be any different than any other friendship on earth?  It takes time to get to really KNOW someone.  And in the end. THAT is what He will judge us on.  Not how many demons we cast out.  Not how many people we healed, Not on how many times we mowed the lawn…  but did YOU KNOW HIM?  For if you really know Him, you will obey Him.  If you really KNOW Him, you know that He is beautiful, kind, tenderhearted, passionate about you, and concerned for everything that concerns you.  His thoughts are always toward you the scriptures say.  He never misses a thing.  His ways are higher than our ways, so we must spend the time NOW to listen for the still small voice.  The ONLY way for me to hear it of late is to BE STILL.  To be absolutely quiet and think of Him, and on His Word.

You know how when you are utterly in love with a man or woman, how you want to be so close to them, to feel their breath on your cheek?  To smell their perfume?  To touch them?  To smell their skin, to hear their voice and you are all the more fascinated by it?  We need to be in love with HIM that way.  That we would never think to NOT think about Him, NOT to take Him for granted, the way we often do our spouses, and their love.  He is wanting our undivided attention.  We need to get our orders from headquarters…  but if we don’t listen, how will we know?  We need to be utterly in love with HIM, because, we will eagerly obey someone we love, and Who loves us with an everlasting love.  But we must really KNOW how much He loves us.  Healing comes the most when we really understand that.

I took a break from these impressions, and went into the kitchen and heard the Lord say, that “within the year, there will be significant food shortages here.  It won’t be severe, but we will not be able to get things nearly as cheaply, so that many who can’t afford it will be suffering more, and those things we have gotten used to will not be available.  This will be due to storms and pestilences, and drought and war.”  It has already been severe in nations who do not serve the Lord.  Many are suffering and starving and without sufficient water.

We are ignorant of our lukewarmness, so the Lord will make us hungry for Him, by making us hungry in the natural.

“Many will become hateful and more resentful because of these judgments and will look to blame government, and then will blame different ethnic groups, leading to more violence, and finally the church, because they will see them not going without.  If people will repent, God will do amazing miracles of provision.  But where He is rejected, more heavy judgment will come and violence will escalate.

The spirit of division is rampant due to the witchcraft and rebellion going on in the world.  Beware that the enemy will seek to divide holy relationships, family relationships, and seek to divide congregations even more.  There is some natural division happening because of divided hearts within the church, says the Lord.  But also the enemy will seek to destroy covenant relationships in those called to work together, to try to destroy the plans of the Lord for revival.”

There will be some division that is called for by the Lord due to faulty leadership, and lack of giving to the poor and meeting the needs of the people.  Those churches who are faithful in this area to share what they do have and walk in faith for miracles, will be highly blessed.  Those who shrink back from faith, and show coldness to the plight of people, will have their candlesticks extinguished.  God is calling us to new testament standards of giving and sharing, with a heart of generosity that is HIS.  Jesus said,  “LOVE your enemies, be good to those who hate you, pray for those who spitefully use you.”   And He is preparing us in this hour for the time of testing that is coming upon the whole earth.  Will you be your brother’s keeper?  Will you LOVE as He loved?  Or will you only think of yourself ?

Even as this scenario escalates, there will be great power and love poured out on His people who are seeking Him.  The healing revival will escalate, and demonstrations of His power through signs and wonders will escalate.  The spirit of Elijah will come forth, and prophets will challenge the darkness with great boldness and faith.  It has begun already in the hearts of a few.  But this will enfold at a quickening pace. It will be a time for great exploits.  Many will come into the kingdom because of the great miracles through healing and deliverance.  Public displays will break out in various areas of the nation and even the newspapers and TV will report unusual happenings, until many will be related as actual news events with respect on some channels, and with mockery and disdain by others, and watch as this happens, as the counterfeit will also increase.

Witches, warlocks, masons, and drug addicts, homosexuals, who have been skeptical and oppositional will give up their lifestyles and be transformed by Christ by His glory, as many of those who have been held back from ministering within the church, because of suspicion, and because the Lord has held them back for such an hour as this, will come forth and take the lead in evangelism and prophecy, and doing mighty signs and wonders in the name of Christ.  Many of whom will be the YOUTH and children who will have sovereign visitations by angels and the Lord.

Look to HIM church of GOD, for your finest hour has begun. “I will have a spotless bride on fire with the flame of My love.  Nothing can stop it.  I have ordained it. I WILL HAVE CONTROL.”

Then I got, that as people see these demonstrations of power, many of those with money will give it over to the Kingdom, just like in Moses time, the Egyptians handed them gold, silver and other riches.  The wealth of the wicked will be turned over to the truly Christ-like, as they see we are really walking in New Testament lifestyle of giving to those who are without.

Bob Dylan, being the Jewish boy that he is, has some writings that seem pretty prophetic:

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s namin’
For the loser now will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin’
And the first one now will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’

Copyright © 1963, 1964 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1991, 1992 by Special Rider Music


~ Priscilla

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The Times They are a Changing — 1 Comment

  1. Dear Priscilla,
    After spending several days catching up on everything going on in the world and the seeming spiraling events around us, headed toward a literal shaking, I finally came across this article. And it resonated clearly with what I’m sensing in my own soul. Focus on being rapturously in love with Him, and we will be prepared for whatever is on the near (or far) horizon. I just know that I can’t abide NOT being wholly consumed with the Beloved. I just wanted to thank you for your encouraging, balanced word and ask if you might say a quick prayer for me, that I would today, tomorrow, for the rest of my days, seek Him with ALL my heart, soul and strength. I can’t abide the thought of not being ready, not taking my place in The Bride of Christ because of laziness and “the cares of this world” taking ridiculous priority over the One thing, the One person, the One relationship that truly matters. Thank you Priscilla! :)Kimberly

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