I saw it before, it was 1999 and the world (as well as the church) was beginning to fear the millennium. Economic meltdown, beginning of tribulation, all were beginning to reveal themselves by some of the popular preachers and prophets of the day. Books, DVD’s, CD’s, all relating to Y2K and the end of the world were dominating the marketplace. Prophets such as Bobby Conner, Cindy Jacobs and C. Peter Wagner were all declaring that Y2K was going to be the catalyst to usher in a One World Order, and economic crash (which never came), a world currency, not to mention the planet reeling from the affects of the judgment which was coming. Chuck Missler suggested that there would be a national power outage, where violence will grip the nation. It even got so bad that one particular well known tv evangelist warned his people not to fly on December 31st because he believed that when midnight hit, commercial airliners would fall from the sky. Silly but true.Yet it was the late David Wilkerson, who stated in 1998 for believers not to fear the hype over what was supposed to occur at the turn of the new century (Y2K).
Now, once again, there is a mass exodus of believers being led by mystic pied pipers into causing those in the modern church to fear the coming month of September, mainly September 13th and September 23rd as being the mark where the world will begin to fall into chaos, the Shemitah will end the period of grace and usher us all into the Great Tribulation (source). But I don’t desire to deal with that, instead, I want to speak directly to this false teaching which is leading people astray which says that people need to stay close to home and stock up with food, guns and their bibles.
While in prayer, the Lord began to deal with me over this whole idea of end time prepping for the “end”, and the Lord spoke something into my spirit and it’s found in the word, Matthew 6:34 ““Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” The Lord was proving once again that when we exchange faith for fear, when we begin to walk according to our efforts, then we no longer walk by faith, but by flesh, the result is failure. We see this through the great hall of faith (Heb. 11) where men (and women) trusted the Lord completely, not worrying about the things going on around them. Yet some would point to Joseph and telling the nation of Israel to stock pile food, yet a careful study of that verse showed that Egypt used that means to not only obey the Lord, in the end, it was a means of control over the people. The fact is this, under the new covenant (the cross) we now have something those in the old covenant did not have – the operation of the Holy Spirit.
It is the Holy Spirit which now guides and leads us, but do we allow ourselves to succumb to fear to such a degree that we must buy food which we will quite possibly never use? Where could that money go that many will spend on fruitless prophecies by the latest prophet or tv huckster claiming to hear a “word from God” which is actually not from God, but from flesh? Here is exactly what Jesus said, “”Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25). Yet Jesus continues to remind us that we who are in him should not even remotely be concerned when we see trials and troubles come. Look how Jesus dealt with Martha who was worried and fretting over so many things around her, yet her sister Mary stayed at the feet of Jesus, “But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,
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Friend, there are a ton of voices which are ringing out right now as I type out this short letter to you who says that something big is coming and that the church needs to have plenty of food, water and clothing and cash on hand to face it, friend, that is false because it’s rooted in flesh, it’s not God’s way, it’s the way of flesh. Even IF something were to occur (I do not believe nothing will occur as what is being echoed today) but what did the Lord tell us? He tells us in his word that we are not to worry over these things, that he will provide for us, he will supply and meet our very need. The problem is we no longer trust in God’s way, because many are walking by fear and not by faith. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Fear is a powerful thing, it grips the heart and once it roots itself in the spirit of the believer, they no longer hear the whispering guidance of the Holy Spirit, but they are turned over to another spirit, a spirit which will cause them to worry and fret over things which they really have no control over. The fact is, we are never to walk by sight, but by faith (Heb. 11:1). Yet I see countless numbers of Christians falling for once again a spirit of fear and the only ones reaping from it are the proponents who are reaping the money from such fear-mongering. It’s Y2K all over again.
Regardless of the future, ours is to walk in perfect faith, not worrying over things which may or may not happen, instead, ours is to trust the Lord completely, allowing the Lord to lead and guide us by his direction and not by the words of those who would attempt to lead us away from the cross and peace of mind. The bottomline is this, I will walk with perfect faith by his promise found in the word “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19). I won’t be stocking up on tribulation food, guns, water, why? Because my faith will carry me thru because of the cross. Stop listening to every word and start testing the word. I got a feeling everything’s going to be alright.