Brothers and Sisters,
I have a confession to make (and an apology, as well). As some of you have noticed, I stopped blogging some months ago. A few weeks ago, I posted a blog in which I tried to explain why I have been absent. I must beg you to forgive my absence, and that last blog. I wasn’t entirely honest with you in that last blog. I knew then and I know now why I stopped blogging. I have known all along, I just didn’t want to accept it — until now. Now the time has come for me to confess why I stopped writing and to repent of my disobedience. You see, just like Jonah tried to do, I have been trying to run from what the Lord has been telling me to do. And though we may have had different reasons for running, just like Jonah, the Lord is going to force me to do His bidding. In Jonah’s case, he was swallowed by a whale and taken to where the Lord needed him to be. In my case, it is like a fire within, and unless I write what I am told to write, the fire starts to burn hotter and hotter until it literally consumes me. It can get so intense that I cannot eat or sleep until I write what I am told to write. So, my confession is this: I have been avoiding my blogging because the command I have been given is to:
Prepare the remnant for a time of testing and persecution!
For almost a year now, this has been the commandment I have heard from the Lord: Prepare all who will listen for a time of persecution and tribulation on a level we Westerners have not seen in a long, long time. I fear what I know is coming, and I have not wanted to face it. Consequently, I have tried to avoid facing my fears by avoiding what I have been told to do. I can no longer do that. The Lord was gracious, and He gave me time to get ready, but now the fire has started to burn within me once more and I simply must obey. It is for this reason that I am returning to all three of my blogs.
My dear friends, please, do not take my words the wrong way: I am no prophet. A prophet stands in the counsel of the Lord and gets his or her commands directly from the Lord. This is not me. Nor am I worthy to be counted among those godly saints. I am just a wretched sinner who is trying his very best to do what the Lord has commanded him to do. I write the messages I am given and I trust that the Lord makes sure they are seen by whomever He wishes to see them. What happens from that point is not only out of my hands, but it is none of my business. So, with that said, if you are going to continue to follow this or either of my other two blogs, I must warn you: the messages that will follow are not going to tickle your ears. In fact, for the foreseeable future, I suspect they will likely be messages of warning. I just pray that my words will be what He wants them to be, and that they will not fall on deaf ears…