“My people are halted between two opinions, two ways of life; prosperity and prison. Who is right in the fight among your prophets? Some battle for the course of Babylonian captivity – others battle for freedom of prosperity and peace. Who is My Prophet that declares truth?
Thus saith the Lord, the one who warns My people of the sword of calamity and chaos to come. The one who warns that Babylon will be their home. For I have not called for peace, but a sword! A great division is coming to the nations! A great separation of what was and what is to come! For the reality of the hour is here!
There will be no more guessing and false prophets saying our Lord has stayed His hand and delayed His return. For I have not stayed My hand and I will not delay My return says the Lord! For I will return to My House swiftly with a sword to cleanse it! And to divide the sheep from the goats – the wheat from the tares. For I am carrying what is mine, like wheat in bundles into Babylon! I will teach you how to live in the courts of a foreign king! I will raise up My Church in Her darkest hour. For she will be My light in a dark, crooked, and perverse nation.
Do not be amazed at the sudden change that is coming to America. Did I not say I will return to My temple suddenly? (Malachi 3:1) I am here to redeem what is Mine, to release you into the greatest hour of the Church. But you must settle it! Babylon is where My Church will abide and thrive! There will be no harvest outside of Babylon, because Babylon will have no bounds!”
The Father led me to Jeremiah 29, where He shared with me the certainty of where we are headed. Because of our rebellion and deeply rooted sin, we as a Church and a nation must settle within our hearts the cold hard reality we are heading into the captivity of the beast system. Have no fear, because Jesus told us that this day would come, and it is right at our front door. Settle it!
Jeremiah, the great Prophet of God who always seemed to have the hard job of telling it like it is, was asked to do it again. As you may remember, Jeremiah had just dealt with the lying Prophet Hananiah in chapter 28, who said there was no way Israel would go into captivity. Well, he was wrong, and he went to his reward via the grave. The true Prophet of God was vindicated; Israel went into captivity. Now a new batch of false Prophets had arisen, this time in Babylonian captivity!
Isn’t that just like the devil? He is already defeated, lost the war, and has been sentenced to damnation, yet he tries (and succeeds) in making nations believe a lie!
That is where we are right now as a country. We have reached the city limits of Babylon, but the false Prophets of this hour are telling us we are not entering in! Listen, our tickets have been booked, our reservations have been made, and the moving company has boxed up all of our stuff, yet we are denying reality! Look outside your window, we are not moving forward into peace and harmony, we moving forward deeper into hell!
Like Jeremiah, the true prophets have a huge task of convincing the brain washed masses that we will finish out the sentence given to us because we have turned our backs on God!
Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon; (Jeremiah 29:1)
The Father said, “Jeremiah, My people are in captivity, yet they are still listening to these so called prophets who I didn’t send. Write this letter and send it to the leadership of the people, tell them that there is no quick fix nor early release from their sentence of judgment. I meant what I said!”
In essence the Father was telling the captives of Babylon, settle it! Jeremiah was directed to have this letter sent by the hands of those whom the Father could trust. These were not just nominal mail carriers or errand boys, but the offspring of two great men! Their fathers were men who cared for the Word of God, men dedicated to protecting and preserving truth! The prophetic Word of God must be handled in honor, humility, and most of all, in the fear of the Lord! The proper ministry of the Word of God will bring national revival!
By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying, (Jeremiah 29:3)
Who were these great men, Shaphan, and Hilkiah?
And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it. (2 Kings 22:8)
You must read all of chapter 22 and 23 to fully understand the history making impact this discovery had on the nation of Israel! Israel went into a total restoration and renewal, burning down the idols of yesterday and entering into right relationship with Jehovah, because they discovered Truth!
To God we’d find preachers willing to tell us the Truth, who burn with Holy Ghost passion, and dare not err from this blessed Truth handed down to us by our fathers in the faith! This is what revival really looks like, not the fashion shows we have today, where we highlight the rotten flesh of a man’s talent! We can learn a lot from an eight-year old king, whose heart was one fire with Truth!
4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel.
5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.
6. And he brought out the grove from the house of the LORD, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.
7. And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove. (2 Kings 23:4-7)
Now that’s a revival meeting I would love to attend! Unfortunately, todays mealy mouthed, feminized preachers wouldn’t allow King Josiah to be on their preachers roster for the next homecoming revival service!
These were the men the Father entrusted with the letter to the captives. Sons of great men, who were found worthy to carry this message. May the Father continue to raise up men and women of God that He can trust to deliver a message of hope and truth, to this crooked and perverse nation. In all honesty, the current lot of preachers we have today, simply are not getting the job done.
The message was clear, Jehovah led them into captivity for their high treason against Him. We are going into captivity for the same reasons. We have rejected His Truth, His Counsel, His Grace, and His Plan for this nation, but yet we deny we have sinned and we reject the notion we are evil, even as the iron shackles are placed around our hands and feet.
4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;
5. Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;
6. Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.
7. And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. (Jeremiah 29:4-7)
The Father was telling the Prophet Jeremiah, “Tell My people to settle it! Deal with the reality of your punishment. Don’t fight Me on this. I am working something out of you, called rebellion, and this is the medicine I’ve prescribed! If you rebel in this season, it will make your captivity that much harsher.”
Simply put, live, prosper, make peace in Babylon, and enjoy your stay! This is the prophetic word for this hour for the Church, but the Selfie Church doesn’t want to hear preachers like me. We are so negative, so harsh, so brash, they say, “You ruined my day! You hurt my feelings, and you made me spill my latte on my new yoga pants!”
Whatever! Get over it, we are headed into captivity!
The sad reality is that no matter how much proof and evidence you give folks; they still won’t believe you. The earth is convulsing in front of them, yet they continue to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic, while listening to their favorite false prophet on their headphones!
8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.
9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD.
10 For thus saith the LORD, “After seventy years have been accomplished at Babylon, I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.” (Jeremiah 29:8-10)
The Father is telling His people, “You will not get out of this mess until I have accomplished My plan! I know what I am doing, I know the end from the beginning. In fact, I need you in captivity. Because it is in this place, I can talk to you and you will listen.”
It is always in the lowest points of our lives that we reach for a hand that is bigger than ours. The Father is telling America and the Church, “I’m taking you to your lowest point, in order for you to reach up towards Me again. I have a plan! I AM the plan!”
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive. (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
The word ‘thoughts’ in verse 11 means ‘plan or device’. The Father has a divine plan and a device that will enable us to reap the greatest harvest of souls in recorded history. The device is called Babylonian captivity!
Read these verses again. The Father made these promises to Israel while they were in captivity. He promised them restoration, if they would seek Him with all of their hearts, but the offer of revival and blessings, was not offered to them while they lived in their luxury of sin in Jerusalem; it was offered while they pinned away in the devil’s Kingdom!
For us to think we will escape judgment, tyranny, and all out Babylonian captivity is complete foolishness! Please for the sake of your family, stop listening to the lying prophets of this hour! If you do not follow this course and prepare for the coming days, I fear for your survival. If you and I do not settle the fact, that the Father has a plan to bless us, use us, and restore us in His Presence within His Kingdom, then we are subject to become victims of the coming sword of judgment!
Like Israel in verse 14, the Father promises to return us to His Glorious Kingdom if we will seek Him with all our heart.
I am going to say something that may offend you, but all of your fasting, which is no more than a hunger strike against Heaven, will not stop this. It is a prophetic certainty that when a nation revolts against Heaven, Heaven revolts against that nation. Settle it! The sword is coming!
17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
18. And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them:
19. Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the LORD, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 29:17-19)
In conclusion, I want to share with you an amazing fact the Father revealed to me in verse 23.
Because they have committed villany in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours’ wives, and have spoken lying words in My name, which I have not commanded them; even I know, and am a witness, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 29:23)
The word villany in this verse is the root word NABAL (Strong’s #5036), which means foolishness. If you go back to my prophetic word about the Spirit of Nabal, you can read of his sin that he committed against not only David, but also against the Father’s plan to raise up a new kingdom. He rebelled because he was a selfish old man! He was a fool not to embrace the changes that were all around him. He refused to serve the plan of God. He rejected the device God had created for Israel’s benefit. Thus he lost his life, his possessions, his wife, and certainly his soul. Why? Because he refused to embrace the plan of God!
Church we must accept the days before us. We must embrace the prophetic reality of what the Lord Jesus said about this generation in Matthew 24. We are here, the sword is here. Now let’s settle it, and prepare for the final harvest of humanity!
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.