BATTEN DOWN

BATTEN DOWN

“Batten Down the Hatches” Sept 7, 2017Prophetic word from 2017The Lord spoke this phrase, “batten down the hatches” to me the November before Trump was elected. I prayed on it and this is what the Lord revealed. I’m astounded at the amounts of Christian who are “in despair” of our most current events. Do you ever read your Bible? We have been told these things shall come to pass.

Why are you shocked and shaken? “Batten down the hatches”-Prepare for trouble, as in Here comes the boss—batten down the hatches. This term originated in the navy, where it signified preparing for a storm by fastening down canvas over doorways and hatches (openings) with strips of wood called battens. “And another horse came out, flaming red. And its rider was empowered to take the peace from the earth, so that men slaughtered one another; and he was given a huge sword.” Revelation 6:4 AMPC

Back in JANUARY 2014, the Lord showed me the Red horse of the Apocalypse marching over the US, removing peace. This was the year of Ferguson. That sermon is recorded. “Nation will rise against nation” translation, “race against race”. Peace has been removed. Christians, we are in a “reprieve”, like an eye of a hurricane.

Trump is not a Cyrus and he will not make America great again, but he has given the Christian some time. It is only temporary because the second half of the hurricane is fast approaching. “BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES”, the Lord says in order that you would not suffer any more damage than is necessary. If you have been away from the Lord, it is high time to COME HOME. If your focus has been on the creation and not on the Creator, this too needs to change. If you have been sloppy and lukewarm in your walk, this also needs to be corrected and repented of.

Why are you so distraught? LOOK UP and PRESS IN. These are the moments that produce greatness. God is calling His Joshua’s to preach the WORD of God, in all power and authority, not the gospel of lasciviousness; the days of cowardice are over and gone. A line is being drawn and God is separating the wheat from the chaff. The great apostasy is taking place, large amounts are falling away from the truth of God’s Word and the genuine gospel of Jesus Christ. Repent and come home.

The earth is grumbling at the sin of its people. America is grumbling. We have fallen so far away from the Lord’s covenant. “O GOD, You have rejected us and cast us off, broken down [our defenses], and scattered us; You have been angry–O restore us and turn Yourself to us again! You have made the land to quake and tremble, You have rent it [open]; repair its breaches, for it shakes and totters. You have made Your people suffer hard things; You have given us to drink wine that makes us reel and be dazed.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭60:1-3‬ ‭AMPC‬‬“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence.

In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]”John 16:33 AMPC

This morning JAN 7, 2021, the Lord brought me back to the above Word. We are in a time of lawlessness. “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew‬ ‭24:12-13‬ ‭“The love of many” is referring to agape love, which is only found in God’s people. True love for God and His Word is and will become more and more cold. And you will be deceived because you “did not love the truth”.

You have need of endurance and endurance requires discipline and courage. Discipline your flesh. The righteous are bold as a lion. Destroy your idols of comfortable Christianity. Do not forsake the gathering, “even more so as you see the day approaching”. Well that day is approaching. Your very lives depend on it. The enemy always attacks the weak sheep that have strayed away from the safety of the fold. I still believe we are more than conquerors, but you may not get out of this life without missing a limb. Do not count your life dear. God’s Word stands firm. It is a lamp unto my path. Submission and obedience to His Word is required.

Our lives must be lived in full surrender to our only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Nebuchadnezzar is rising and making his subjects bow. Will you be among those who bow or those who stand in opposition? Those who refuse to bow will be thrown into the fire; but will bow in humility to the King of kings in eternity.

In all this, God still has a plan for His people. He has a righteous remnant that will be strong and do great things, “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he (the enemy) shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” Daniel‬ ‭11:32‬ ‭NKJV‬‬Do not fear! We still have a job to do. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”. God is not done yet. He is going to do something so big, it will produce “awe” in people. ““Look among the nations and watch— Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days Which you would not believe, though it were told you.” Habakkuk‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬Hold fast saint of God! #runyourrace

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