I heard someone say the wisest prayer they ever prayed was when they asked God to bring correction in their own life wherever it was needed.
It ranks right up there with asking for a spanking. Please just slap me upside the head because I know I need it. Thank you sir! May I have another?
That stuck with me, so I started praying it myself. Today my prayers were answered. I got whacked pretty hard for posting articles just because I found them interesting, without seeking God to get His okay. That message was delivered to me in an email I received from a long time faithful Z3er, and I knew it was right on target. It kind of ruined my day, but I got the message.
This was not the first time I have made this mistake, but the case in point today was my recent post sharing a dream reported by Nathan Anderson regarding a disaster in the California water systems caused by some maintenance work starting on June 3.
Three Red Flags:
In hindsight, this one looks pretty obvious, but at the time it sounded so “interesting.” I overlooked at least three red flags.
First, although I am familiar with many of the Z3 regulars through their testimonies and revelations shared in their posts and comments and have developed great trust in many of them, I knew nothing about Nathan or his beliefs or the accuracy of the statements he heard in his dream.
Second, the only known confirmation of his dream was the mentally disturbed man who dressed up in a panda suit with a fake bomb strapped to his body. So we were a little lacking in the confirmation department.
Third, the technical facts about flushing the water system, which Nathan heard in his dream, were later found to be wrong. He said a man in his dream told him maintenance work was being done that required flushing the aqueduct systems with ocean water, but another visitor with expertise in this area later explained ocean water would never be allowed in a fresh water aqueduct.
Because I did not seek God regarding this, I allowed the scheme of the evil one to advance. The devil tries to discredit the true words of God, just as he has done from the beginning. God is speaking through His people with many true warnings being shared here regularly, but there’s nothing like mixing in a few wrong dates to discredit everyone and everything shared.
I don’t believe Nathan did anything wrong. He had just finished reading an older post warning about a coming west coast tsunami, which prompted him to share his dream, but he openly admitted his own skepticism about dreams containing specific dates. In an email to me he wrote, “I too am one that is skeptical of any sort of date setting and don’t put a whole lot of weight on it, but I just had to share the dream and confirmation from the news story for what it is worth.”
Word of Correction:
Today I received the following word of correction for sharing Nathan’s dream without first seeking God’s permission. The following is part of an email I received. There was more to it, but I think this is enough to make the point.
“Because the Lord had spoken more specifically to me about His timing for judgment to come, I questioned the article regarding a dream about a catastrophic event coming to California on or around June 3rd. I asked for confirmation from the Lord that this dream was from Him and He gave me Jeremiah 2.
I asked the Lord about this article and He said, “It is a decoy.” (From the enemy meant to distract His people from what the Lord is speaking regarding what is coming). I asked for confirmation and the Lord gave me Colossians 3. I sought a verse from Him, but I didn’t receive any. I was then instructed to re-read Jeremiah 2, which was originally given to me when I sought confirmation from the Lord regarding this dream. It became clear what the Lord was speaking, that this dream was not from Him.
I was reminded by Him, though, that many false prophets would come to try to deceive us and lead us astray.
I pray you would take this to the Lord in prayer and that He would reveal to you what He wants you to know.”
Z3 News now has 113 contributing authors and growing every week. This kind of open forum can be a great blessing if it is carefully guided by the Holy Spirit, but it can also cause great confusion if it is not. I try to guard the gate regarding what content gets shared, but in this case I left it wide open, so I apologize to the Z3 community.
In the past few days, I posted a couple of comments explaining why I am not expecting anything catastrophic to happen in California on June 3, but I felt this needed to be addressed with a new post where more people would see it. I am still reeling from my rebuke today, but that is okay because it has made me more determined than ever to post nothing without seeking God’s permission, especially from unknown people talking about unknown events. Going forward, I have a new perspective, so I thank God for bringing this much needed correction.
I believe this is a great example of the war we are in. We have been warned our adversary prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). I pray not one person would be devoured by this false alarm. I pray the truth would go forth from this site stronger now than ever before.
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is a blogger, business owner, husband and father of two grown children. In 1982, he surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2012, he founded Z3news.com to broadcast the message of salvation by reporting end time news before it happens.
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