Joseph Report : Insights on Preparation

Financial Emergency Preparedness Plan

Emergency preparedness is an important part of taking care of your family. In addition to preparing for a possible natural or man-made disaster, by taking care of water and food storage, and having a first aid kit, you should also take steps to ensure that your finances will not be overtly affected by a wide scale situation, and that you will have enough funds on hand that will allow you to be mobile if needed. There are many different things that can be done to make you sleep easier at night, but the following are a few basic steps that […]

Prepare for Disaster

Every day it seems more-and-more people are concerned and are beginning to prepare. Some are not quite sure what they are preparing for, but I hear most say they are preparing for disaster. I heard a preparation call more than 30 years ago.  At the time, I didn’t quite understand what it meant to “prepare”, but I tried to just step on Faith.  As it turns out, what I assumed was preparation is far more intense than I ever imagined. The urgency and importance of preparation has never been more critical.  As I hear comments from US Government leaders and […]

US Government Warns of Revelation Apocalypse?

prepare for an apocalypseAs we continue with the assignment of sharing the need for preparation, it seems we are now joined by the US Government in proclaiming the need to prepare for the Last Days Apocalypse.

In fact, in a recent and popular post on the Center for Disease Control site there was a somewhat disturbing article entitled “Preparedness -101:  Zombie Apocalypse“.

Do you think the US Government knows something they are not fully disclosing to a sheepish public?  Well of course they do.

I am quite sure the title of this recent article was carefully chosen to create attention and interest from a generation that seems to be strangely fascinated with the horror element and the spread of death through viral interactions.  I certainly understand the desire for the Center for Disease Control to market their message of preparedness and certainly recognize the need to alert people of the need to prepare for difficult events.

However… as I read the article on the CDC website it does not really impact me as simply an attention-grabbing horror show fantasy.  The fact is, the Bible has already disclosed the events that will unfold and has given us warning that we should be prepared for such events.  Why are we now so surprised that even secular Governments are beginning to recognize the times that we live?

In the Book of Revelation we read:

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.  Rev. 6:8

I believe it is quite ironic that the US Government CDC website used a viral death plague as an apocalyptic description.  The CDC urges us to get prepared because such a scenario is not out of the question.  The fact is, the Bible has already given us this warning.

Governments regularly shout the message to their people to get prepared for earthquakes, famines, flood, disease, unusual weather events, and terrorism.  We regularly hear of wars and rumors of wars, and even receive warning of impending disasters in the heavens (increasing solar flares, meteors, comets, etc).

Prepare by Resting

by Joseph
As God pours out in these Last Days, it becomes incredibly important that we draw closer to Him.  We need to listen carefully to what He is saying to us during this hour, and certainly immediately act upon His words.  He is now shouting from the Heavens. I firmly believe we are entering a time of increasing intensity.  Events all over the world will seem magnified to a much higher degree and masses of people will be fearful and confused.  They will seek answers and many will be led astray by the “experts” who will attempt to explain the events […]

Stop Looking Back! Now is the time to look forward

I am convinced that there is going to be an increasing intensity of difficulties that we must face.  As times get more difficult and events become more intense, it is increasingly important that we prepare ourselves mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. In the last several years of my life, it seems that I have been (and continue to be) led through a “purging process”.  This process has been painful, especially as I tried to hold onto many things that I had accumulated along the journey. Now I realize, the purging is helping to lighten the load I am carrying so […]

Preppers beware!

Right now, people all over the world are beginning to sense the need for preparation.  I’ve talked to many who do not know exactly “why” they are needing to prepare, but they just believe something is coming – and they need to get ready. When I first heard a call to prepare, it was hardly commonplace to hear anyone speak of preparing.  In fact, if you talked too extensively about preparation you were considered an “alarmist”.  You may have even been shunned and outcast as some type of radical conspirator. Today, preparation is a fast-growing discussion.  So much so that […]

The Voice of God shakes the Earth

The Shaking

Whose voice then shook the earth (continuation)

Shared by Jeff Rowland.

We shared last time a beautiful scripture from Psalms –   Psalms 29.

This Psalm of David is a beautiful description of the majesty and power of God in a storm of thunder.  David’s perspective of viewing this storm was to acknowledge and ascribe the power of this storm to the voice of God.  The Psalmist has already given acknowledgement to the God of thunder earlier in his writing.  (Psa 18:13)

The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.  From the voice of God comes the power of the storm.  When the thunder comes there is always the sound of accompanying rain.

(Jer 10:13)  When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.

Should we not listen to the voice of God in the middle of the storm?  Should we not give honor and glory which is due to His name when we experience the storm?

(Job 37:4)  After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.

God will not deceive by His voice, for when He hath spoken then will men hear what He is saying clearly.  The Psalmist David is saying in this Psalm that the powerful and majestic God thunders with his voice and breaks the great cedars of Lebanon.  Trees that can grow to be bigger than any other can be broken like twigs at the voice of our great God.

Paul the apostle said to the Church of Corinth,

(1Co 2:4)  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.

When Gods people begin to thunder with our voice under the anointing of the Spirit of God then we can begin to uproot those things in our lives that holds us back from the awesome glory and majesty of our great God.  James and John was called the sons of thunder indicating their voice of the gospel was heard clearly under the anointing of Christ Jesus.   Oh how our voice needs to be raised in these days to clearly speak forth what God is uttering from heaven. 

Be Prepared, but don’t be busy?

by Joseph
As I have shared often I believe there is an increasing urgency to get prepared.  With every passing day I am more convinced with the increasingly intense need to prepare – and every day my family is busy with preparing. The comments that will be expressed here will seem to be somewhat contradictory.   I assure you there is not a contradiction, but the confusion will lie in the interpretation. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking with two of my dearest friends – specifically about the topic of preparation.  I hear from people all the time about their concerns and […]

Whose voice then shook the earth!

The Shaking

Whose voice then shook the earth

Shared by Jeff Rowland.

The power of the voice of God is unmatched by anything the earth has ever seen or come in contact with.  One word from the lips of God can destroy with more devastation than any bomb ever created.  One word from the lips of God can breathe life into anything or anyone.

(1Ki 19:12)  And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Even though our God’s voice is so powerful, He can speak with such still softness as to gently urge the hearts of all who will listen.  Could it be that the gentleness of our God is often why we so disregard and refuse Him that speaks?  Could it be that our God is speaking louder so as to get our attention to the times we are living in now?

I believe that we are now living in the middle of Hebrews 12:25-29.  I also believe that God is speaking to the earth and its time that we begin to pay attention.  There is always purpose and reason to the voice of God being released.

Verse 26 says, “Whose voice then shook the earth.”  We need to consider the events that are taking place now at such a rapid rate of speed.  The earthquakes that are ravaging the earth all over must be given heed to.  Jesus foretold of things to come as a sign of the end of the age in Matthew 24.

(Mat 24:7)  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

This was the response of Jesus after being asked the question what is the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?  We are now seeing these signs.  Even a casual student of the Word of God can see these things are upon us.

The Shaking

See that ye refuse not him that speaketh!
Shared by Jeff Rowland.

I have been preaching now for 27 years.  I have Pastored churches for over 20 years, and there is urgency growing in my spirit like never before.  The things I’m going to share with you have captivated my heart in such an unusual way that I feel like purpose is surging through me to get some information out to as many people as I possibly can.  I do believe that for such a time as this, this message is to be proclaimed.

With the recent earthquakes in Japan and in other parts of the world my mind began to go to a passage of scripture and has swallowed up my entire being.  I understand that earthquakes have been happening since the dawn of time.  However, Jesus told us how that earthquakes would be a sign of His soon return and that always triggers something in people when a sign in the bible is being fulfilled before their very eyes.  I had the same response when I read this passage that I have read many times before, but now it seemed like I was reading it for the very first time.

Heb 12:25-29 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:  Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.

From a literal standpoint we must always be reminded of what the book of Hebrews is about.  This book in the bible is teaching us how much better the new covenant is to the old covenant.  It teaches us how much better Jesus is to the angels or to Moses.  These things and many more things must be kept in our mind in looking at this or any other text in this book.  The comparison is being drawn here between Mount Sinai and Mount Zion.  In the Spirit I have to say that I’m convinced that this passage represents exactly where we are in God’s time.

The writer begins by saying, “See that ye refuse not him that speaketh.” This warning is critical and is also an indictment against the church today.  It reminds me of the writings to the seven churches of Revelation and the end of each discourse to them; “he that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

I don’t remember a time when people’s response to the word of God has been so relaxed.  It’s as if the Word of God no longer carries any real meaning or power in people’s lives.  One could almost draw the conclusion that no one really believes what the bible is saying.  We may agree with it in word but if we don’t allow it to motivate us to action then I’m not sure if we really believe it from our heart?