When I was pondering about God’s mind over 2020, He said to me, “Heaven does not function according to the Roman Calendar months. Go back to the Fall Feasts and refresh your mind on what I spoke at that time. Any word that is released in this season supposedly in My Name which does not align with what I spoke at the beginning of MY year is a product of Babylonian babblings. Pay it no heed for they say that all will be well, that great recompense is coming and sure reward. They say territory will increase and great promotion is coming. But I say reward is a two-edged sword and recompense is issued according to what has been sown by My children. Those who have pressed into holiness and consistently sought My face and My will shall see a turning of tables and a restoration of what has been lost or stolen. But those who were self-seeking and embraced words which stroked the flesh; those who lived for themselves and treated My warnings as nothing will tremble in these days. I do not award spiritual increase to those I have not found trustworthy in the small things. And yes, I lift up one and put down another. But you will be surprised who is removed and who comes out of their caves in this season.”
I will share what my rehearsal of the Fall Feast words brought to mind in another post, but there is something else I need to share with you now.
I had been meditating on Psalm 50 that week, which speaks of the Lord coming to judge His people, and dividing between the wicked and the holy in the midst of the congregation. I would encourage you to read the whole psalm prayerfully. Then, on 31st Dec, we decided to watch the last sunset of the year 2019. However, as we drove along the coastline, the wind was extremely strong and quite unpleasant. We had to find a place that was sheltered from the main force of the wind so we could set out our folding chairs. And I heard the Spirit speak again, “Yes, the winds of change are blowing hard and just as a natural wind is most uncomfortable to the flesh, so too the days ahead will be most distressing. It means the end of status quo; the finality of the season of life as usual. Yet I will preserve the remnant as they press into the inner core of My whirlwind, My sa’ar. It is the only place where the still small voice is to be clearly heard in the days ahead. The perimeter will be turbulent, noisy, chaotic, but it is a sign that I AM is arriving on the scene. As Moses pressed into the thick darkness where I was to be found, so you must do the same. Therein lies your safety and peace of mind. I am with you. Hide yourself in Me.”
Psa 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. Psa 50:4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. Psa 50:5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
Sa’ar H5991 – a tempest, hurricane, storm, a whirlwind
From the root H5990 – to rush upon, to be tossed, to be sore troubled
Tempestuous H8175 – to storm; by implication to shiver, that is, fear: – be (horribly) afraid, fear, hurl as a storm, be tempestuous, come like (take away as with) a whirlwind.
Anyone who has survived a hurricane will know what ‘very tempestuous’ means. Things get tossed around, tall trees are broken, homes decimated, transportation routes cut off. Only those who take appropriate shelter survive. Nothing the strength of man can summon up is a match for a hurricane. From the president to the pauper, all are impacted. But every whirlwind has an eye, a place where everything is completely still and it remains that way. Even though the tornado moves swiftly across the earth from place to place wreaking havoc, deep within the eye of the storm it remains perfectly still. This is a picture of the place you must press into in the days ahead. The perimeter of the whirlwind is frightening but remember Moses who pressed through that zone and found God waiting for him in the center. The Word tells us that when God comes, darkness precedes and surrounds Him. He hides in the midst of it. Note carefully what these verses describe:
Psa 18:9 He bowed the heavens also and came down; and thick darkness was under His feet. Psa 18:10 And He rode upon a cherub [a storm] and flew [swiftly]; yes, He sped on with the wings of the wind. Psa 18:11 He made darkness His secret hiding place; as His pavilion (His canopy) round about Him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
I am not talking about a natural gale force wind ( although there will be many) but a drastic change in spiritual atmosphere. It is much easier to write these words about pressing in now that it will be to put them into practice when the hurricane is raging. The secret is to find the way to the place of perfect peace and stillness now and anchor yourselves there, so that as the wind speed begins to pick up around you, you are unmoved as you fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and the finisher of your faith.
Remember this: Life as usual is about to end. Memorize the Word, especially psalm 91; hide portions of scripture in your heart so that it is available to speak to you in a moment of need. Prepare your heart and also seek the Lord as to other preparations you need to make in the natural. Horrendous weather worldwide, be it flood, fire, drought or snow has decimated much of the crops intended to provide food in the year ahead. There WILL be shortages and prices will rise accordingly. And those whose God is their stomach will suffer in the days ahead. Keep a stock of basic non-perishable foodstuffs, natural medicine and water. Live wisely like the ant:
Pro 6:6 Go to the ant, lazy man; consider her ways and be wise; Pro 6:7 who, having no guide, overseer or ruler, Pro 6:8 provides her bread in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.
And most importantly, this is not a season to cower in fear but to be bold for the cause of the Kingdom. Let us work while day is here. The Word says that men’s hearts will fail them for fear of what is coming on the earth, but you, His beloved remnant, need not fear the darkness and the strength of the tempest that breaks out. Our Father Who holds the whole world in the palm of His hand is above it all. Press in. He is there for you. He takes thought and plans for you. He knows what you need. Seek first His Kingdom. Let your tank be daily filled with fullness of joy in His presence, for this is your strength. And know that the darkness rolling in is a sign that He has arrived on the scene.
Exo 20:21 And the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.