I received the following word on March 13 2016 during my preparation time for our Sunday morning service. My heart was heavy from the night before, having watched the chaos at the Trump rally. The whole campaign process of all candidates has turned my stomach. The scenes of fellow Americans acting in a riotous behavior showing glimpses of the 1960’s was very disturbing.
Having seen prophetically the future chaos in America, and knowing this current behavior is just the beginning, I shared with the Father how much it disturbed me. I asked Him within my heart these questions. How can we as the Church make a difference? How will we stand when this nation burns? This is the word He gave me concerning this hour and the time to come.
The mission and mandate before you will seem impossible to complete. The task at hand will look as though victory is beyond your grasp. The tide will not be turned (meaning no political solution), but you will ride the tide into My Glory!
Change (political change) is not My desire. The souls of men – THIS is why I do not sleep nor slumber! I have given My church, My people a mission possible!
Nothing is too hard for Me but you first must resist the devil. You must resist defeat, for the hour has come to why you were born and for what you were born to do! No other generation has been given the tools, weapons, and challenges as yours. Do not be overcome this hour with the cares of the world, but rather care for the world! Care for the souls of these who will perish in the coming calamity!
All things are possible in Me. All things are possible through Me! I will not abandon the church in this darkest of hours. For thus saith your God, I am a friend that sticks closer than any brother and I am closer to you then you think, JUST SAY MY NAME!
The Father led me to Isaiah 8 to solidify this word. Please read the entire chapter and ask the Father to confirm this word in your own heart.
Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man’s pen concerning Maher-shalal-hash-baz. (Isaiah 8:1)
Israel (Judah) was under judgment for turning their focus and passion away from the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God instructed the prophet Isaiah to inscribe upon a large roll (possibly engraved on metal) a prophetic warning; Maher-shalal-hash baz. The prophetic warning was an echo to what Jehovah said earlier in Isaiah 7:20:
In the same day shall the Lord shave with a razor that is hired, namely, by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume the beard. (Isaiah 7:20)
America, God the Father has hired a razor for our head! People may reject this, but there are hired hands, hired guns coming to bring this nation to her knees! If we would be really honest as a nation, we would admit this fact and turn back to the Living God!
Maher-shalal-hash-baz means to make speed to the spoil, hasten to the prey. God told Isaiah to write a word of judgment and then post it where everyone could see it. That is what we are supposed to do as believers. Hear the word of the Lord and publish it as large and loud as we can.
The Father was saying to Israel, “I’ve already decided your fate; the enemy has been employed to do My work, make a decision now while there is time, because your enemy is coming at you fast”. I believe this a prophetic parallel word for America!
Listen, I am a person of prayer. I teach on the principals of prayer. Every year my church has times of intense prayer, times of fasting and intercession. At times we conduct a 24 hour prayer meeting where anyone can come in and pray. Prayer is the breath of a true believer, but there are things in the mind of God that cannot be changed. The purpose of the outcome is much greater than the pain of the process. The church must learn this principle in order to know how to move with the Father and not put our energy to where He is not.
I am not advocating that we shouldn’t pray, I’m saying we must pray the word, His will, and His ultimate purpose. Isaiah was given a sure word and an irrevocable word. Look at verse 3:
And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz. (Isaiah 8:3)
Isaiah and his wife conceived and gave birth to a prophetic reality! The word became a seed and the seed became life. The Father was saying to Israel that this is so serious, so important to Me; I am putting My word of judgment on a seed that has life. Can you see how serious of an indictment this to us today? If this word is for us, and I believe it is, you can’t kill this seed, this judgment. You can’t pray it away. Just like Ishmael, you have to live with your mistakes and deal with what he becomes. We are still dealing with Ishmael and we will until the King returns.
Many times the judgments of God have a time frame for their fulfillment. Look at verse 4:
For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, my father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria. (Isaiah 8:4)
It came to pass at the mature moment of the seed. When Isaiah’s son was old enough to speak, judgment arrived. America, the seed of judgment is maturing. Church, we need to understand what time it is and prepare accordingly.
When is this going to happen to America as a nation, and the backslidden church? I’m glad you asked. Here is another prophetic parallel to explain it. Verse 6:
For as much as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah’s son; (Isaiah 8:6)
Notice the use of the words “this people” instead of “My people?” They rejected the waters of Shiloah and they wanted a new government to rule over them. They sided with the leadership of the world, (Rezin and Remaliah’s son, Pekah) the enemies of God. We have committed the same act of high treason against the Father! We do not want His government. We do not want to submit to His leadership. We are guilty! That is why judgment is happening now.
Shiloah means ‘sent’ or ‘send’. It was located on the southeast side of Jerusalem. It was a fountain that flowed into the heart of the city and became a pool. The waters of Shiloah were gentle flowing, representing the words of God, His presence, and His nature. The waters reflected His government over the people, and reflected how the great psalmist David, their king of the past, ruled with a heart after God. Healing lived in that water. Today through the Holy Spirit, we have that Living Water flowing through our innermost being (John 7:37-38). We need this healing water to wipe the blindness out of our eyes as it did in John 9:6-7.
6 When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes,
7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing. (John 9:6-7)
The spelling of the name used in verse 7 changed over the years, but it was the same waters of Shiloah. It could have cleansed the heart of Israel and it could have healed our blindness, but it has been rejected!
Israel was telling Jehovah the same things America is saying today. We reject your governance over us; we want a new government to rule us. We want to do it our way. We want to have church our way, live our way, and we will interpret the word to fit our day! We will hire pastors to teach us vanity and elect politicians who will make laws that allow our deviant lifestyles to flourish. I’m talking about both the church and the nation. We don’t want the purity of Truth in our lives because Truth confronts, demands change, and requires accountability!
Because of their rejection and ours, here is what Israel received. Verse 7:
Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks: (Isaiah 8:7)
We rejected the waters of Shiloah, so now we will get the wild, raging, unstable waters of the Euphrates! We are seeing this right now in America! This is the chaos of this election process; this is what will spill over into our streets! This verse is speaking of the Assyrians, which for us is any nation, any people group that the Father uses as a rod! Judgment is at our door and we as the church are arguing over will be president! Fusing over the smallest things of life and all of it is a huge distraction!
Now for the good news! Look at verse 8:
And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel. (Isaiah 8:8)
The raging waters were to come to the neck, which meant it would come to Jerusalem as the head but not overflow it, and drowning it! Listen, like Jerusalem, the remnant of faithful believers is the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13)! The waters of our enemy will flood this nation, flood the backslidden churches, but our head will stay above the waters. We will get wet, and will have to learn how to swim in the crazy currents of uncertainty, but we are not going to drown. Somebody has to rescue the masses. That will be us, the remnant church, the ones that are prepared to stay in this nation and fight the good fight of faith! There is so much truth in this chapter that relates to us right now.
Three Keys for Our Walk:
Verses 11 thru 14 speak of three very important keys for our walk with the Father in this hour.
11. For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
12. Say ye not, a confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
13. Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
14. And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. (Isaiah 8:11-14)
The first key is found in verse 11. “With a strong hand and instructed”, means being led prophetically. We must be led by the Spirit in this hour! We can no longer trust the mind of man to guide us where the heart of God is leading us! The days of the raging waters will be too dangerous for us to navigate with the instruments of man. We need Holy Ghost guidance!
The second key is to stop walking in the ways of the world. We must divorce ourselves from the backslidden Laodicean church! We must get the leaven out (Galatians 5:9)! We must get Egypt out of us! We must come out from among the Babylonian system of living (Revelations 18:4, 2 Corinthians 6:17)
The third key is that we must sanctify Him in our hearts. We must consecrate everything to the Lord, make Him holy in our lives and in our church services once again. He must become the center of everything! When we do, He will manifest Himself throughout His church. He will become our sanctuary, our safe and holy place. The raging waters will not come nigh our dwelling.
Finally, the Father showed me that even though the waters will rage and judgment must come, His plan is to reveal Himself to the world. How? Through the church, through you, me, and our children!
Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion. (Isaiah 8:18)
I believe everyone who calls upon the Name of the Lord will be used in this end time harvest and unprecedented outpouring of the Holy Spirit!
Let me leave you with these three scriptures. Read them and read them again. Pray over them and ask the Father to make them real to you, and ask Him to flow through you. He needs you! He needs your family, your neighbors; He needs His Bride to wake up and assembly herself for the final harvest!
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:15-18)
If you believe, that’s you!!!!
Romans 8. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. Creation, the whole earth is waiting for the Church to arise!!!!!
Ephesians 3. Read the entire chapter, but focus on verse 10. By the Church, through the fully functioning on fire church, the heavenly realms will see the wisdom and plan of God for the ages, which is Christ in us the hope of Glory!!!!! (Colossians 1:27).
That my friend is Mission Possible!
Author: Pastor Benjamin Faircloth
Benjamin Faircloth is the President and Founder of World Outreach Ministries International and also the Pastor of Ignited Church in Lavonia GA. His wife Jennifer is also a Pastor at Ignited Church, which was birthed out of a desire to see the glory of God restored to the church and to help others discover their destiny in Christ! Benjamin has been in ministry since 1991.
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