Monday, July 7, 2008

Prepare your hearts - prepare for a famine

The Lord spoke to me on June 28-29, 2008. I was not the only one he spoke to. I had the opportunity and tremendous blessing to attend the "Deeper Still" event in Atlanta, GA with Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, and Kay Arthur. I had no idea how His very Word was about to change my life.

Let me tell you, I am a believer in our Lord Jesus Christ. I was redeemed when I was sixteen years old. And other than the day I arose from the watery grave of baptism, I have never felt his presence and affirmation in my life the way I felt it that weekend. It lingers still. It grows even.

The Lord spoke His Word through Kay Arthur. She warned that this country is in grave danger if we do not repent from our sin and seek His face. It was a message that she brought through great difficulty - she had been physically ill as she labored to prepare herself to bring God's message. She wept as she spoke His Words to our hearts. We wept with her.

And now, those called by the Lord to do so are preparing for a famine, and praying for the repentance of our people and ourselves. You see, the Lord has been stirring in my heart for some time now that a famine is coming. My husband and I have been talking about it for over a year, and we've been preparing for it for about 8 months.

My best friend and I sat up until the wee morning hours, before Kay's message, discussing this very thing. She had experienced the Lord's stirring in her heart concerning a famine as well. We were completely blown away when Kay Arthur's message confirmed everything we'd discussed and prayed about that very morning. She gave us scriptures to back up the message the Lord spoke through her. We have received a fresh touch from the Lord, and we are forever changed.

And no, I'm not crazy. I'm not special. I'm an ordinary person living in an extraordinary time touched by our supernatural God. To disobey Him at a time like this would surely be foolish, even fatal. And while we pray for the repentence of our people, and that the wrath of God would pass and our country be spared destruction, we prepare for the worst. It is not God's desire to bring calamity on a nation - our nation. He desires our hearts and our submission and our reverence.

I would encourage you to pray and read God's Word for yourselves. I would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have concerning this post. I wish I could share with you the entire message and every single scripture Kay shared with us, but I can't. Read Matthew 24 and 25. The books of Ezekiel, Daniel, Jeremiah, Amos, and Revelation. Let this be a time of revival for us. I'm praying for you.

If you don't have a Bible, go to Biblegateway.com to read God's Word for yourself.

Ezekiel 40:4
"Look with your eyes and hear with your ears and pay attention to everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here."

Ezekiel 12
1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.
3 "Therefore, son of man, pack your belongings for exile and in the daytime, as they watch, set out and go from where you are to another place. Perhaps they will understand, though they are a rebellious house. 4 During the daytime, while they watch, bring out your belongings packed for exile. Then in the evening, while they are watching, go out like those who go into exile. 5 While they watch, dig through the wall and take your belongings out through it. 6 Put them on your shoulder as they are watching and carry them out at dusk. Cover your face so that you cannot see the land, for I have made you a sign to the house of Israel."

7 So I did as I was commanded. During the day I brought out my things packed for exile. Then in the evening I dug through the wall with my hands. I took my belongings out at dusk, carrying them on my shoulders while they watched.

8 In the morning the word of the LORD came to me: 9 "Son of man, did not that rebellious house of Israel ask you, 'What are you doing?'

10 "Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: This oracle concerns the prince in Jerusalem and the whole house of Israel who are there.' 11 Say to them, 'I am a sign to you.'
"As I have done, so it will be done to them. They will go into exile as captives.

12 "The prince among them will put his things on his shoulder at dusk and leave, and a hole will be dug in the wall for him to go through. He will cover his face so that he cannot see the land. 13 I will spread my net for him, and he will be caught in my snare; I will bring him to Babylonia, the land of the Chaldeans, but he will not see it, and there he will die. 14 I will scatter to the winds all those around him—his staff and all his troops—and I will pursue them with drawn sword.

15 "They will know that I am the LORD, when I disperse them among the nations and scatter them through the countries. 16 But I will spare a few of them from the sword, famine and plague, so that in the nations where they go they may acknowledge all their detestable practices. Then they will know that I am the LORD."

17 The word of the LORD came to me: 18 "Son of man, tremble as you eat your food, and shudder in fear as you drink your water. 19 Say to the people of the land: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says about those living in Jerusalem and in the land of Israel: They will eat their food in anxiety and drink their water in despair, for their land will be stripped of everything in it because of the violence of all who live there. 20 The inhabited towns will be laid waste and the land will be desolate. Then you will know that I am the LORD.' "

21 The word of the LORD came to me: 22 "Son of man, what is this proverb you have in the land of Israel: 'The days go by and every vision comes to nothing'? 23 Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to put an end to this proverb, and they will no longer quote it in Israel.' Say to them, 'The days are near when every vision will be fulfilled. 24 For there will be no more false visions or flattering divinations among the people of Israel. 25 But I the LORD will speak what I will, and it shall be fulfilled without delay. For in your days, you rebellious house, I will fulfill whatever I say, declares the Sovereign LORD.' "

26 The word of the LORD came to me: 27 "Son of man, the house of Israel is saying, 'The vision he sees is for many years from now, and he prophesies about the distant future.'

28 "Therefore say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign LORD.' "

Ezekiel 14
1 Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me. 2 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 3 "Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all? 4 Therefore speak to them and tell them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When any Israelite sets up idols in his heart and puts a wicked stumbling block before his face and then goes to a prophet, I the LORD will answer him myself in keeping with his great idolatry. 5 I will do this to recapture the hearts of the people of Israel, who have all deserted me for their idols.'
6 "Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!

7 " 'When any Israelite or any alien living in Israel separates himself from me and sets up idols in his heart and puts a wicked stumbling block before his face and then goes to a prophet to inquire of me, I the LORD will answer him myself. 8 I will set my face against that man and make him an example and a byword. I will cut him off from my people. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

9 " 'And if the prophet is enticed to utter a prophecy, I the LORD have enticed that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand against him and destroy him from among my people Israel. 10 They will bear their guilt—the prophet will be as guilty as the one who consults him. 11 Then the people of Israel will no longer stray from me, nor will they defile themselves anymore with all their sins. They will be my people, and I will be their God, declares the Sovereign LORD.' "

Judgment Inescapable
12 The word of the LORD came to me: 13 "Son of man, if a country sins against me by being unfaithful and I stretch out my hand against it to cut off its food supply and send famine upon it and kill its men and their animals, 14 even if these three men—Noah, Daniel [a] and Job—were in it, they could save only themselves by their righteousness, declares the Sovereign LORD.
15 "Or if I send wild beasts through that country and they leave it childless and it becomes desolate so that no one can pass through it because of the beasts, 16 as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved, but the land would be desolate.

17 "Or if I bring a sword against that country and say, 'Let the sword pass throughout the land,' and I kill its men and their animals, 18 as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved.

19 "Or if I send a plague into that land and pour out my wrath upon it through bloodshed, killing its men and their animals, 20 as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, even if Noah, Daniel and Job were in it, they could save neither son nor daughter. They would save only themselves by their righteousness.

21 "For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: How much worse will it be when I send against Jerusalem my four dreadful judgments—sword and famine and wild beasts and plague—to kill its men and their animals! 22 Yet there will be some survivors—sons and daughters who will be brought out of it. They will come to you, and when you see their conduct and their actions, you will be consoled regarding the disaster I have brought upon Jerusalem—every disaster I have brought upon it. 23 You will be consoled when you see their conduct and their actions, for you will know that I have done nothing in it without cause, declares the Sovereign LORD."

8 comments:

Joe said...

Melissa,

I am so pleased to hear that you and others are getting the same message.
In May 2006 the Lord put it on my heart that we needed to put aside food, 30 days worth. Later that week I got a confirmation from someone in the church who received the same message.
On May 7, 2006 after a time of prayer and fasting I received the following word from the Lord:

"It’s coming soon that people are going to stay home. They will be unable to work and unable to shop.
There will be fear of death even where there is no danger of death. The rumor of it will frighten people.
Some cities will put up roadblocks and allow no one to enter. Other cities will be closed to allow no one to leave. Tell My people to prepare.
They should have enough food in their house to last everyone for a month. Do not count on electrical service. Do not count on water service. Get what you need for a month – food, water, medicine, all that you will need.
You are not to fear. The hurt will not come near you. If your neighbor has need, share. You will not be harmed. If you prepare and trust in Me, you will be safe. Trust in My Word. You are not to be worried for anything. You are to prepare.
My Glory will shine forth in My people."

I preached this in my Church that month and shared it with other Christian friends. My Church yawned. A year later I preached it again with little or no response from the congregation.
Last month was the third and last time. I got a pretty big response.
People are feeling it. It seems the entire world is waiting for something to happen, even if they don't know what they are waiting for. There is an air of expectancy that people can’t seem to put their finger on. As for me there is an urgent telephone that rings in my soul 7/24, and when I answer it I always get the same message, "Get Ready!" and "Jesus is coming!"
I told my Church I wouldn't be preaching for awhile (I assist the pastor from time to time) as I had just given them the only message God is giving me. My family is ready, and I am helping others to get ready. I’ve put together a package of prep plans I have gathered from the web. It’s a “Joseph Plan” to prepare and share.
If you here of others that are getting the Message please Post it! I’ve bookmarked your page.

Joe, your brother in Christ

melissa sews said...

Joe,

How thankful I am for your comment! The Lord truly speaks to his children, and he leads and guides us toward Himself. What a blessing is the sweet fellowship among those who believe in Jesus Christ our Lord! I appreciate your boldness and willingness to obey Him as you serve His kingdom purposes.

I, too, am listening and praying to God concerning this Word of famine. I pray that you are right about it being only a 30 day famine. However, we are storing 6 months of food and are preparing for a longer famine as the Lord is leading us to do. You are on my prayer list! God's peace be upon you my friend!

Anonymous said...

We are up in near Seattle, WA and we too have been feeling this way for a couple years. It is a combination of what we see with our eyes in the physical, God's Word and what His Spirit is speaking to us in a still small voice. Thank you for posting this. I am trying to find out where Kay Arthur has said this about the famine. Someone in our congregation told me about it yesterday. Do you know where she gave this word?
Thank you,
Gina

Anonymous said...

We also live near Seattle and we are active in a Bible study with Gina and her husband. My husband and I have talked often the last few years about the possibility of famine in our land. We see warehouses being built on farmland, floods destroying crops, corn being processed into ethenol rather than feeding cattle, record numbers of foreclosures and more people interested in growing gardens. We've been breaking God's instructions for many years with casual sex, killing babies and same sex marriages. All of that on top of removing the Bible and prayer from our schools, breaking treaties with our native people and slavery. God is patient but, He does not put off judgement forever. He gives time for repentance. If we do not take Him up on his offer of repentance, He has no choice but to deliver judgement because He is righteous. If He did not withhold judgement from His chosen nation Israel, He will not withhold judgement from any other nation.
May God bless us all with a heart of repentance.
Deborah

melissa sews said...

Gina,

Thank you for posting a comment concerning what the Lord is speaking to your heart. I have heard many similar stories of
God's people receiving this word of famine.

To answer your question, it was the "Deeper Still" event in Atlanta, GA with Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, and Kay Arthur. Kay shared her testimony concerning this word of famine the Lord had layed heavily upon her heart - it was almost unbeliebable how the Spirit moved in those moments convicting our hearts. I've never felt God's presence so powerfully as I did that day. I believe we were in the midst of intense spiritual warfare - Satan did not want her to bring that message. But she obeyed the Lord no matter what the cost, and she stopped to pray for strength several times. You can visit her website for a prayer guide for our nation - http://www.precept.org/site/PageServer?pagename=gen_AmericaAtTheCrossroads

Blake said...

So did Kay actually say that there was a famine expected to come, or did what she say line up w/ what you'd been feeling from the Lord about a famine?

I'm a little confused. Ive seen some email forwards about Kay predicting a famine. And then I've read some peoples' blogs saying she was just speaking of judgment. I wish I could get a transcript of her talk.

melissa sews said...

Blake,

To clarify, Kay warned that this country is in grave danger. She said it repeatedly and I got goosebumps every time she said it. She read many, many scriptures which warned that God will bring judgement upon a nation who sins against him. Judgement in the form of famine, plague, and sword. She didn't actually say that God is sending a famine upon this nation. What she did say was that we should all fall flat on our faces before him and repent. That we should pray fervently for our nation which is in GRAVE DANGER. That we pray His wrath would turn from us if we will humble ourselves and seek His face.

I, too, wish her transcript would be published. She spoke the word of God powerfully and with authority- the message the Lord laid heavily on her heart to share. A message she admitted she did not want to bring - she brought it through weeping and great pain. She looked as though she could and would collapse at any moment - Satan did not want her to bring that message.

She has posted a prayer guide on her website. The link is at the top of my blog.

Please feel free to ask questions. I would encourage you to read God's word (Joel, Amos, Hosea, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Daniel - all the prophets) and pray that he will give you wisdom and discernment - that he would lay His will upon our hearts.

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