The Prophesied Panic
One sunday morning, March 25th, 2012 as I awoke and sat up in bed, I heard a voice in my head say quite clearly,
I was taken aback and stopped in my thoughts. I thought it was a serious warning and I wondered if it was going to be here in the Finger Lakes. I remember two mild ones in my lifetime. But how bad? I sat and pondered it for a while and wondered what to do. As I was about to get out of bed, a voice again spoke in my mind.
Again, I stopped. This caused me to realize that panic would ensue from it. I knew that was the meaning. More than before I was convinced it was the Lord. I sat again for a while and asked, Lord, was that you? For a bit longer I heard nothing. But as I began yet again to get out of the bed, I heard yet another word,
I then knew that was the location. There would be an earthquake in Guatemala, and it would cause panic. I also knew that I was given this message to warn. But I loathed going to church, and standing up in the middle of service at some point and announcing this. The Pastor would not like it, nobody it seemed was used to anything like that in church, and the message seemed absurdly brief and of little use. I said 'Lord, if you want me to tell people, ...Lord if that came from you, put 3 crows on the ridge of the carriage barn roof within one minute, Lord.' I waited. Nothing. I then went to church very uneasy because the day was ticking away and I felt for sure the Lord did not tell me that for nothing....just for me to keep silent. Yet He would not answer me. Some might say that it was not the Lord. Or that I should not say things like that in church. But Deuteronomy 18:22 says:
You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?”22If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.
In Deuteronomy 13 it says:
If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, 2and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” 3you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Remarkably, it is the Lord who does this to test you. Further, it makes clear that its not just the truth about the event itself, but rather who the prophet tries to turn the listener towards.
In Jeremiah 28 it says
From early times the prophets who preceded you and me have prophesied war, disaster and plague against many countries and great kingdoms. 9But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.”
Ezekiel 12 says
‘The days are near when every vision will be fulfilled. 24For there will be no more false visions or flattering divinations among the people of Israel. 25But I the Lord will speak what I will, and it shall be fulfilled without delay. For in your days, you rebellious people, I will fulfill whatever I say, declares the Sovereign Lord.’ ”
Ezekiel 33 says regarding a number of disasters:
“When all this comes true—and it surely will—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.”
During the service as usual, they, like most churches, acted as if 1st Corinthians 14 had never been written:
"When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. 27If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. 28If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.
29Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. 30And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. 31For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. 32The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. 33For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people."
Just like most of the world's churches, they bear little resemblance to the churches of the Bible. Once when I was privately reading this same passage to the assistant pastor of that church and asking if he knew of any churches that ever did that, the head pastor overheard me and told me to take "any criticism of the church" with my "peculiar ideas" to him privately in his office. Apaprently private discussion of 1st Corinthians 14 is now verboten. And peculiar. Well I am peculiar! I am of a peculiar people set apart. So I hope are you. So I say, prepare the way of the Lord-
So it was this time. I would literally have to interrupt either the Pastor, or his wife who does the music, or the one who does the announcements. Frustrated and nervous, and finding no convenient moment as the service wore on, and with a message so blunt, brief and of no conceivable goal, I finally wrote the message on the back of a piece of paper and showed it to an older woman friend who sat behind me. She was a bit taken aback, naturally. Later, the service ended and I went home with a sinking feeling. I should have shown it to a whole bunch of people. Like about everyone I could get away with until the pastor kicked me out. That's what I should have done. But I didn't.... I wimped out.
The next day, I searched the internet to see if there was indeed an earthquake. Even as I was searching, I knew it would be there. And it was. To my surprise however, while there was one in Guatemala, strangely, it showed a time of not Sunday but Monday, March 26th, at 2:01:16 UTC which is 2:01 a.m and 16 seconds. (This was in 2012.) UTC means Universal Time Coordinated and is analogous to the old Greenwich Mean Time. It is observed at Greenwich time zone near London, and this was the key to why it was recorded as Monday. All earthquakes are recorded in UTC time whether they occur in China or Chicago. This time is 4 hours ahead of New York State's time zone (Eastern) and Guatemala was an earlier time zone still. So it was 10:01 P.M. Sunday night New York time, and as I recall Sunday 8:01 P.M. Guatemala time owing to a difference in daylight savings time. The news report even reported that it caused "widespread panic". So I realized it was indeed the truth; it had occurred that sunday just as the prophecy said, and I had failed to tell anyone but my one older friend. I felt quite defeated because I suspected the Lord had a real plan whether I knew what it was or not. It was a dreadful thing to have failed.
I prayed and asked what the answer was and reasoned also that the Lord did not answer me when I inquired if that was Him the morning I received it or whether anyone should be told. Later that day when I returned and I turned on the television, it happened to have the Bible on DVD in the player, and the first thing to come up next on the screen was "There will be panic not joy upon the mountains." This is the reference to the panic, and the statement is from the bone-
Many others would no doubt have dismissed it and said, "So? I don't see it, Nothing is happening. Just where is this Day of the Lord?" Yet it was told back in Ezekiel's time and the first fulfillment which references the Babylonian destruction of Israel and Jerusalem had not come on them yet either. Does that make it a false prophecy? It certainly was coming, and it did indeed come, just as the Day of the Lord is certainly also coming and will indeed come on us. Take heed.
Others might say-
How much more so would He use a monumental event like an earthquake that causes widespread panic in a land that our very church had sent 8 members to the year before (including myself and the pastor who rejected the prophecy) The LORD's ways are not our ways.
I later went to church on wednesday evening, and my older friend was there as well. We brought the prophecy and a print-
Later on I discovered this account in Acts 11:
During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.
So how is a warning of disaster in a different place than the prophecy edifying to the church? As clearly shown in Acts 11 above, they could have righteously sent money to churches in Guatemala-
Paul stated clearly in 1 Corinthians 14:3
But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.
Agabus prophesied a warning to the church at Antioch and the Lord recorded it in Acts for a reason....Clearly, a warning is in the 'strengthening ' category. Consider the many ways in which a warning strengthens you against the event warned about. There is an old saying-
So here is my message to all -
Do not quench the Spirit.
1 Thesalonians 5:19-
And here will be the proof-
(Ezekiel 7 to read with Willam BAsinski D/P 3 music)