Date: 22 Apr 2019 15:34:30 -0700
month and one day ago, the Lord spoke a word to me about my wife and I:
"Patient endurance is required of you". Three days later, we went
into an almost one month long period of intense spiritual trial, out of
which we began to make our way yesterday. The fact that the word of
personal admonition to me and my wife was quickly fulfilled does tend,
in my own mind, to buttress the word of the Lord given to me on the very
next day, March 21, 2019, that I did not write here until now: exactly
one month later.
Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the
ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of
Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth
he meditate day and night.
Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not
wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psa 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind
Psa 1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor
sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psa 1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of
the ungodly shall perish.
"The rain has stopped! The lamps are being put out! There is a
scrambling around in the dark, looking for oil to light the lamps. The
ungodly and the members of the harlot will be in spiritual drought. The
righteous' season of fruitfulness will continue to bring forth fruit
worthy of God's approval."
It was at this time that the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance a
place I visited near Kittui, Kenya, Africa when this place was in an
extremely acute drought. The only thing that was green was a row of
tall trees that lined the Eastern shore of the totally dried up river
bed. It was then that the Holy Spirit quickened this verse:
Jer 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope
the LORD is.
Jer 17:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that
spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat
cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the
year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
"Even though the righteous may not be aware of the the spiritual
drought, yet their season will be green and yielding fruit acceptable to
God. And they shall continue to yield fruit worthy of God.
Now, one month after I received this word from the Lord, I am thinking about the preceding verses in Jeremiah 17:
Jer 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man,
and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
Jer 17:6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not
see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the
wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
There have been many, many church going souls who have treated me with
great disdain during the last thirty years as I have related to them the
vision and the many words that the Lord has given to me regarding the
defiled condition of the thing that is called "church". These people
uniformly place their trust in man: in the congregation of men, for
their continued fruitfulness. They think it is impossible that they
could ever leave the "church" and continue to bear fruit for God. Over
and over again, they have quoted the familiar scripture to me from
Hebrews: "forsake not the assembling together with the brethren"
without giving any consideration to another scripture of equal
importance from the Revelation that they forget, but that deserves their
equal attention: "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers
of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.".
What season is it?
Ecc 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Ecc 3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
Ecc 3:3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
Ecc 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Ecc 3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones
together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
Ecc 3:6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
Ecc 3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
Ecc 3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
What season is it anyway? Does anybody know what time it is? Where is
the man today who is as the son's of Issachar, who understands the
times. There's a train coming, but will it bring comfort or pain? That
train will bring the ONE whom you seek. He will come suddenly to His
temple, but who can abide His appearing. And you still refuse to see,
you still refuse to see... and you still refuse to see.
Stephen L. Bening
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