8 January 2010 (Sheshi/Kippur)
Remain Planted in Him
The Dragon's Rage and the Work in Sweden
Many believers and unbelievers are panicking and they will panic even more as the world situation worsens. False prophetic voices are misreading Scripture and urging their followers to uproot, sell all, and emmigrate to various places of supposed safely. Don't listen to them. Listen to Yahweh. If He planted you where you are, remain there until He personally tells you otherwise, no matter how frightening or threatening the situation may seem and no matter what anyone else says. Fathers and husbands, it is your responsibility to listen, obey, stand firm, lead and guide your families. Do not expose your family to unnecessary danger by making rash judgments. Yahweh knows best.
"Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted" (Matt.15:13, NKJV).
I do fully understand the dilemmas that many of you may be facing right now what with economies falling. We are in the year 2010, the 'locking-down' year. We're going to see inflation gradually rise over the next two years and experience a huge economic collapse. I have been counselling you to get prepared by assembling food stocks and other necessities. Please continue making preparations while there is still time. But stay put unless Yahweh gives you a clear revelation to move - only He has a full prophetic overview and knows what's best for you and your family.
I had a dream the other day I want to share with you because it illustrates some of my own dilemmas. As most of you know I have been living in Sweden for the last 13 years having served in Norway for 9. I was called to both countries by direct revelation from Yahweh who planted me and my family here in Sweden in 1997. There was no mistaking the divine hand because there were just too many signs and miracles to confirm this is where He wanted us. It's not been easy, mind you. We have frozen in winter more than once (I am sitting with five layers of clothing on and on a preheated bean-bag as I write this!), face uphill battles with homeschooling which the government wants to make illegal next year, we struggle to make ends meet like most of you (I live off a small pension which keeps on shrinking owing to government cut-backs), I wrestle with bad health which a warm climate would probably fix, we have had years of persecution from people (mostly militant atheists and satanists) determined to wipe us out by destroying our reputation and ministry (there have been no small number of threats to our person, we have had mass defections from the ministry over the years as we have repented of false doctrine and changed direction (most people loathe change), or because of persecution) reducing us to a small handful of people today, problems with language, and so on. With that kind of pressure the temptation to relocate has been great - I have been absent from my own homeland for 22 years. But always the answer I have received in prayer is: stay put! Indeed, I have had so many visions about this place - attacks on it in the invisible, prophecies of what will happen here in the future - that when I add everything up it is clear we were planted here by Yahweh and that He wants us to remain.
It took me a few days to understand the meaning of this dream with some external input. The sunken boat with the Swedish flag represents the ministry here in Sweden along with our 'old way' of doing things that probably belong to the old Shavu'ot anointing as opposed to Yahweh's new Sukkot one. The boat is under water - 'baptised' or buried - and is already being 'raised' or 'reborn' again or resurrected as represented by the recovered flag. The flag is emblematical of the country it represents. The 'Finnish gift' is not what it seems - the sunken vessel, represented by the flag, is the 'gift' to the ministry - its destruction was the unintended 'gift' of a determined adversary in Finland whose malicious activities have made the ministry virtually impossible in this country for now. But what has been 'destroyed' is to be resurrected, just as Yah'shua was. And just as the Messianic Community is hidden in the wilderness for a season while the serpent seeks to destroy it:
In the dream I was onboard a white motor launch on a Swedish lake, and in shallow water I came across another identical white launch that had recently been sunk. The mast was only about an inch under the water and hoisted on it was what looked like a new Swedish flag hanging limp in the water. As I looked at it I somehow knew that that Swedish flag had been a gift of Finland. I reached down into the clear water and recovered the flag and sailed to the shore and to a jetty where there were some buildings. I knew upon standing on the shore that I was in hostile territory so I lay the recovered Swedish flag in a Moses basket (a portable baby crib - see illustration at the top of this article) and placed both in a cupboard which I locked up and then went away. A short while later when it was safe to do so, I recovered the Moses basket with the Swedish flag in it, and went on my way. As I was walking with Moses basket in hand, I came across another Swedish flag, also brand new, which was somehow 'given' to me. And then the dream ended.
Our experience is doubtless being repeated everywhere where Yahweh's people are to be found today - those who "keep the commandments" of Yahweh (the Torah) and have the "testimony of Yah'shua" (those born again of the Ruach). The Moses basket represents a hidden incubation period in safety while the enemy rages (just as Moses was hidden from the infanticide of Israel's enemies) - when the time is right the ministry in this country will resume but in a new and resurrected form. It cannot be destroyed - rather it is the anvil on which its enemies are destroyed. It will grow up and be used by Yahweh as originally planned though perhaps not in the way that we ourselves had anticipated. The second Swedish flag may represent a gathering of others similarly engaged in Yahweh's work so that the two flags become one. This will occur when the work comes 'out of hiding', as it were, and begins in earnest.
"Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of Elohim and have the testimony of Yah'shua the Messiah" (Rev.12:13-17, NKJV).
No work of Yahweh can be fully equipped until those leading it have been purged, as we saw with Moses yesterday. The self-assured Prince had to be knocked down to a simple shepherd and be taught the basics of surrender because he was ready, at 80, to lead Israel out of Egypt. Today the whole world is becoming an Egypt and Yahweh is raising up a whole company of 'Moses's' most of whom are receiving, or are about to receive, their disciplining. The day of the presumptuous Joseph Smith's, Herbert W. Armstrongs, Marry Baker Eddy's, and Elen G. White's is over, though small groups will appear claiming messianic descent but fundamentally lacking in the power of Yahweh-Elohim - rather they will be led by counterfeit spirits and belong to the Whore.
Remain planted and be of good cheer!
Comments from Readers
Thanks Lev. the hiding in the wilderness, Yes! I have an evangelist friend who I knew back in the 1980's and had not had any contact with until recently. His testimony to me is also confirmation of some things and is that our Father will use what most think of as common people but those set-apart to Him to carry his true work forward. He is looking for those David's who may be herding sheep or doing like Moses had to do to learn some things of humility and of that spirit of family and caring for each other that can be learned no other way. In my experience losing a 84K per year job about 2006, then a nice house and stuff that at one point in time was important to me but now is a rejoicing to have lost those things. We sometimes lose what we think is important only to find that which is truly important of Life and now wonder what was I thinking! Even living now where if YHWH does not provide by whatever means we would be out on the street. But, He Does Provide and He has sources we could never even come up with! And we seek HIs kingdom and His righteousness and He Will Provide. Absolutely! Right where He has planted us! And He keeps His Word! (RDR, USA, 8 January 2010)