Prophetic View Revisited (Full Article)
A Prophetic View…Revisited
This series of prophecies received in 1999 and published in January 2000 in the Christian Life-Times by Joe Lutz,
Co-Pastor of the Copiague Christian Church
Special Publisher’s Note: We published this Prophetic Word in January 2000…We revisited this word, and in light of recent events in New York City, we felt that this word was relevant for the Body, at this time. This is an hour of shaking, and as this prophetic word was so on target, we felt that we have to prayerfully consider what the days are ahead, so that we can be prepared.
We understand that some do not agree with New Testament prophetic. All we can say is that you’ll have to seek the Lord as to how this, and other moves of the Holy Spirit speak to you personally. While sometimes the prophetic is abused, Paul admonishes us not to desire prophecy and “test every spirit.” The Christian Life-Times believes this is a tested word, in season.
The Season Of Harvest And The Season Of Shaking Will Be One –
It is strategic that My people “lift their vision”, so that the heavenly perspective can shape their lives and position them for both the “shaking” and the “harvest” ahead. This paradoxical plan needs clarity and understanding to bring into one focus both scenarios. In this case, the pendulum analogy will not apply because both scenarios will be implemented together.
There is great danger that My people focus on one and reject or ignore the other and not and not truly be prepared for either one. Preparation for using the sickle in one hand and to deal with adversity with the other is needed. Those who do not have this mindset will suffer great loss in the season ahead.
Prepare for radical and irreversible change. My people need to realize that soon, radical change will come to this world which will not be reversed, especially in this Nation. Be prepared to see every aspect of life affected, some more radically then others. So let go of the things now that will hold you from taking advantage of change for My Kingdom’s sake. Trying to hold on to a form of living that will not return would be futile and cause you to miss the great harvest that is coming. But adapting to the changed lifestyle can be used to accommodate others in the midst of hardship and provide them with wisdom and courage to accept change.
The shaking will bring these situations and opportunities where My provision is needed to take the place of the old that is passing away. For example, what will entertain the people of this world during this period of darkness? They will be forced to return to the ancient paths. What will provide them peace of mind? The same is true. What will give them meaning to life? What will give them security? Pleasure?
Those who try to hold on to the old that is passing away will be in despair. Those who adapt to the change will lead the destitute, afflicted and lonely-(those for whom I died) to Me. I came that they may have life, My life.
Those of My people who are able to adapt to this change will harvest those who have no hope. Those of My people who are not redy to adapt to change, instead of gathering for eternal life, will be trying to hold on to the things of this world.
What Will You Be Doing During The Harvest?
Only those who prepare and plan now for both will be the harvesters, says the Lord.
Prepare For Sudden Change*
Take notice how the weather or season can change very suddenly and you will realize by comparison the coming change in My season. The natural man cannot comprehend this because they feel that because of past experiences everything will continue as it is or will return quickly as it was.
I say to you, it will be like the suddenness of the closing of the door of the ark that change will take place.
Changes in Governments
Changes in economics.
Changes in relative peace.
And the pouring out of My wrath through natural disasters.
This suddenness has two purposes, one it will confound the “wise of this world” because they could not prepare or anticipate it. The other is that it will cause many hearts to turn to me because they will acknowledge Me as God.
The Church at large is not prepared for this sudden “shaking” and many will fall away, but many will come out of this world’s system. My prophets need to know and heed the signs of the times, so that they can begin to announce them to the church at large with one voice of clarity. Make no mistake, wisdom and understanding will only be given to the humble. The proud will use their gifts to announce, but will not have insight and understanding as to what My plans and purpose are and will denounce many and cause strife and confusion within.
I am raising up those who will stand as flint and handle these thorns with an iron pitch fork. I will no longer allow the prideful to take captive My people with their religious arrogance. Nor will I allow them to present My truth to fulfill their own selfish ambitions. Those who have come this way will be cut down and thrown into the fire to be purged, refined or destroyed, says the Lord
Prepare To Walk In The Hour Of Darkness-
Listen with ears that hear, see with eyes of the heart that truth may be imparted with understanding, lest you miss this window of opportunity. Time waits for no man and times and seasons cannot be regained once they are entered unprepared.
Does not the fishermen mend his nets before the time of casting his nets? Does not the farmer build his barn before the harvest season? I say to you, this is the final hour of preparation. The time is short and only those who have oil stored up in their flask will have the light of revelation, the light of the Gospel and the light of peace to walk in the hour of darkness coming upon the earth.
Take time and allow My word to saturate your soul. Take time to allow My presence to instruct you. Take time and allow My love to fortify your understanding. In these you shall receive wisdom strength and power-the oil which will carry you through the times ahead.
You must know Me, My word and My ways to carry My presence.
The water, the blood and the Spirit must agree for My life to be sustained. I say to you, if you value your inheritance you will seek to capture all in the coming and final hours for those who slumber now will not only loose what can be gained, but will suffer loss of all they possess, says the Lord.
4 Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich
5 He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.
Regard Each Day As Precious –
Regard each day as precious for the time is approaching when no man can work. It will be a time of darkness and gloom. It is a time that will begin to prepare the earth to usher in My coming.
Great shaking and upheaval will begin. It will begin in suddenness as a sharp birth pang that will not entirely die out before the next one. No one will be able to completely recover in their wake and, as towers begin to fall, great fear will set in, so that no one will be at ease.
Many people will react with disbelief and confusion as if in a trance one moment, then with anger and despair in the next. I say this to warn you to be prepared for the shock waves as the aftershock of an earthquake.
Many people will come to the church for answers. What will you give them, if you yourself cannot see ahead? You need to be sons of light, like the sons of Issachar who know the times and seasons.
Know that it is My desire to reveal these things to My prophets, but they must be ready to stand in the day of calamity, so that warning will come forth with wisdom. My resources are available to walk across this bridge before it collapses, so that you will know what is on the other side. Hear My voice. Spend time with Me, Seek My presence often, so that I can take you across and show you what you will need for My people and those who walk in darkness, says the Lord.
During the harvest there will also be a separation of the tares –
Do not believe every spirit that you hear? There are those who have a desire and heart to walk in holiness, but have exchanged the truth for a lie- they do not acknowledge hardship as part of the process. Yet, they yearn for it, but are unwilling to go the distance to achieve it.
What then you ask? What course of action and choice do I have in the coming season? It will be harder and more difficult to remain in this condition as this season progresses. Distance will come between those who are willing to walk in My holiness and those who just desire it. This will cause dissension and bitterness to grow and many will be weeded out in the process while many new believers will take their place, as My power is being poured out.
Make no mistake. People will volunteer in the day of My power, but many will also fall away. So be not naïve and recognize the change in season that is near for during the harvest there will also be a separation of the tares, says the Lord.
A Word In Season For Every Believer –
My Children, there are times and seasons for everything, but love is always in season. Your heart is erratic at times because you get immersed in the “season”. You forget My love for you and for others and that is why you become discouraged and fall. Yes, you need to hold on to love, My Love, during all adversity for that is the only thing that will keep you from falling. Let Me show you My love in the midst of all affliction and by this you can overcome. Draw near and do not pull away during these times, no matter what your mind tells you. Listen with your heart and not your emotions, lest you become a slave to them. Allow Me to meet every emotional need, so that you can walk in My peace and rest, Honor Me by coming to Me and confessing your heart To Me and I will transform it. To dishonor Me is to turn away and follow your own flesh. Allow My Spirit to take every thought captive unto the obedience of Christ, so you can remain steady with joy. Victory is yours in all seasons and not in just the good seasons of your life. All Me this privilege for I create all seasons and grace to abide in the midst.
The following scripture sums up what is being said here. I see verses 8 and 9 not so much as spiritual armor protecting us from attacks from the enemy, but a spiritual bunker that we can enter into while God’s judgment (friendly fire) is being poured out all around us. In the midst of any hardship or adversity we may experience, we can be assured of His love and faithfulness, and the hope we have in Him.
1 Thes 5:1-11
1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you
2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.
3 While they are saying “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief;
5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;
6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.
7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night.
8 But since we are of the day; let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 who died for us, that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him.
11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
(New American Standard)