By Joanie Stahl (September 2017)
It is September 20, 2017, and I feel so compelled to write this article from my heart and not my head today. It is rather a build up from things I have been hearing from many of the saints of God. The power and anointing of the Holy Spirit is here, aiding my hand in all I write.
Lately, I have been feeling an overwhelming, very deep grief moving within me. I noticed it about a couple of months ago. It goes a lot deeper than anything I recognize of myself. I know it. It has gotten my attention because for what seems, as for no apparent reason at all, I feel so sad and so full of sorrow to the point of tears. I find myself crying from the center of my being.
I know this is a deeper grief that is other than my own, especially when I see the things that are happening in the earth. There is a great loss of life that keeps happening all over the world. The chaos, the unimaginable evils I have never, ever experienced of late, as well as the large groups of people that are dying en masse by plagues, natural disasters, genocides and mass murdering.
The sufferings of indigenous people in other countries from epic floods wiping out entire villages, and diseases wiping out generations of people… all leaving entire gaps in the chain of human population. The Islamic invasion of Europe and the Christian martyrs being destroyed by beheadings, burned alive, women and children ravished and subject to every horrifying death.
The millions of children who are now being sold as sex slaves all over the world by the most demon-possessed traffickers. Oh, their screams and soul tortures are going straight into the ears of the Lord Jesus Christ. He has such a terrifying vengeance coming that will shake every devil, every one of Satan’s hosts, down to the depths and corridors of hell.
Moreover, I believe that this vengeance is so terrifying to Satan and his kingdom; I would no doubt believe that he would rather spend eternity awaiting Him in the Lake of Fire, than experience one second of the presence of the Wrath of the Lamb appointed just for him.
I am convinced of it.
I also want to say this as it is heavy on my heart, and has gotten a hold of me in a powerful way. I not only feel what I am about to say to you is from the Lord, but I know it.
There is a worldwide focus on America as it being the big Harlot nation. I have no problem agreeing with that. However, the Lord is showing me that all the eyes of the world, especially American eyes are focused on our land mostly, for that of the ultimate judgment. As the worst of the sinners of the whole world, He wants everyone to know that the focus is narrow sighted and we are not singled out.
He is witnessing to my spirit, that it is not just America, but that He is looking at the entire world the same. Everyone is waiting for this nation to receive the big sledgehammer behind the knees, so they can quote Revelation 18:16-19,
“And saying, Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea stood afar off,
And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
And they cast dust upon their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate.”
He surely impressed upon me that this is not His heart at all – that the watching for the destruction of one location on earth because of its full measure sin is errant because He is currently judging the whole world.
He is not going to slam only one nation down as an example. There is nowhere in the Word that says that He comes to Judge one nation. This entire world is plunged into the greatest depths of human depravity, and satanic darkness is at full-bore capacity. Even the devil knows the time of the end, though he does not know many things God has in store that are coming.
This whole world is slated for the judgment of the Wrath of the Lamb. Be not fooled. We are not special in any sin. There are other nations that have been in existence for millennia that have millennia’s worth of the worst abhorrent sins we cannot fathom.
“But the Lord shall endure forever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.” ~ Psalm 9:7, KJV.
We are nearly out of time, and that is why God added to His own grief within my soul… His anger. It is His sovereign right to be angry in that He has done all He can do to turn this nation, as well as other nations away from sin, at least in larger part. What more can He do? He was rejected by the Israelites in their generations.
“And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” ~ Exodus 20:20, KJV.
Then the time came that the Father in heaven sent His only begotten Son, but He was “rejected in His generation.”
“But His citizens hated Him, and sent a message after Him saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.” Luke 19:14, KJV.
The God sent the Holy Spirit, but He is now rejected in our generations.
“Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man it shall be forgiven of him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall never be forgiven him, neither in this world and neither in the world to come.” ~ Matthew 12:31-32, KJV.
The greatest threat is to this final generation more so than the previous ones aforementioned. There is no more that He can give or do. That is why to reject the Holy Spirit, the Witness of Jesus Christ, is the final blow. It is the final, greatest insult to the Godhead.
That is why this verse is written. It is the final echo of the gavel of God:
“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” ~ Revelation 22:11, KJV.
In other words, there comes a time where time runs out, and whatever you are when He comes is what you will forever be. Our lives are as molten wax poured into molds hardening as we live through life. As Believer’s, when His time to come shall come, whatever mold (likeness) you have hardened into, will be your die-cast that will go into the eternity of eternities.
For the last two years, there have been multitudinous warnings coming from every corner of this world by credible people who have the gift of prophecy. At the first of this year of 2017, those warnings abruptly stopped, and a great silence fell over those, including myself who are in the prophetic community and arena.
We all knew it. The warnings of what God was going to do went out to all over the world. These warnings came by way of dreams, visions, and words of knowledge and wisdom. It almost seemed too much. They were vivid and terrifying. Then they ceased. It was like a raging wind stopped instantly.
Now there is a new action of the Holy Spirit happening. The Holy Spirit is now moving in the hearts of many in that great sadness and grief we are all experiencing, now coupled with God’s anger. He is angry because of the brazen rejection of the witness of Jesus Christ by virtue of the Holy Spirit, the Teacher, the Spirit of Truth, and Witness of power.
As I mentioned in the beginning that I have been grieved to my core and at first I wondered about it. Yet, it did not take long for me to wonder why this strange, other-than-myself deep grief is alive in me, like a force all of its own.
Brothers and sisters, I can certainly tell you that I realized the reason it felt like another kind of grief other than myself is because it is.
Furthermore, I understood that it was not just a rare, random, deep emotion I could not identify as coming from my own spirit. Because I knew clearly that it was not me. It was, and has been Him the whole time. It has been the Holy Spirit of the living God sharing with my heart, the heart of our Father in heaven.
It is His grief, and I am well aware of it. Remember, even Jesus wanted His disciples to stay awake with Him at least an hour, during the time His soul became “exceeding sorrowful even unto death”. ~ Matthew 26:38, KJV. However, their eyes were heavy and they slept on. Jesus coming to them, and telling them to, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” ~ Matthew 26:41, KJV.
Let me further add, that for some time now, many have been contacting me saying, “I don’t understand what is happening! I have been finding myself crying and grieving all the time. I am restless, cannot sleep at night, and I cannot tell what it is!”
The purpose for my addressing this issue is that it is not a “what” it is, but rather “Who”. It is the “greater is He that is in you, than he that is in this world.” ~ 1 John 4:4, KJV.
You and I are the eternal dwelling places of the God by virtue of the Holy Spirit. Remember that verse, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13, KJV.
Remember He is in you, dwells within you, lives in you, and not just for your edification and sanctification, and then it ends there. Listen, there comes a time that we must move beyond a fixed, galvanized, Christian life.
He has to be able to live within you His way, and move in you as God Almighty. In addition, as you grow up in Him, there comes a time when He is going to let you feel His grief as a full-fledged mature Christian.
There is a reason why you cannot tell that the grief you are feeling is your own, because it is not your own. It is His and He is entrusting you with it. He wants you to feel it at least in a portion the way He feels it – to the extent that we follow through with His move in us this way… the feeling that it is only the beginning.
If we cannot tell by now (I speak to the mature in Christ), what things we are feeling that are more than of ourselves, than we all stand on foundations of sand. This is that time that we must know Who is moving in us, in order for God at this incredibly critical time, to move within us in this world; to command us and to order our steps. This sensitivity is crucial to your survival; to the survival of your family, your friends, and whomever the Lord sends your way.
The things that are coming upon this world are going to both simultaneously be empowered by the Lord and empowered by Satan; because Satan is at his final war with God, he WILL countermand everything God does.
Prayer is the key here. If you are not praying to God beyond the blessing of your food or only what concerns you, then you are going to miss out on the powerful things God has planned for you.
Why do you think any of you are alive right now? It is His divine will that all of us are alive at this end. We are set to do what He must do through us, but this is only reserved for those that know His voice and to move in His wake in instant obedience.
This morning, I woke up from sleep and with utmost certainty can tell you that another sense moved within me, or rather was added to the grief already in me. I felt a sharpness that was not my own. I felt an anger not originating from me. Trust me, I know the difference after forty plus years as an intercessor and fighter.
I would never endorse my own name on something if I had even an atomic atom particle of a doubt. I would then I admit it. By now, having come this far, I am miles from people pleasing and compromise. Keep in mind, the work of the Holy Spirit is to get you to a place where He can command you to do or say something – and you do it and/or say it without any reservation.
The anger that has been added to the intense grief I have, caused me this morning to stop everything I normally do. I mean, literally stop and pay attention to Him. We all know that God is love, do we not all agree? Scripture says it. There is a reason He wants me to feel it the same way I feel His intense grief.
I believe the reason of the grief is two-fold:
First, because He is immensely saddened over not only the loss of life by way of natural disasters, but also the loss of life in widespread murdering which is on the rampage. The spirit of murder has taken over the whole world. The deaths of the unborn is into the millions now and going strong. Not to mention the fact there is a new horrific trend of children committing suicide around the world.
Secondly, for what He sees and knows that is coming upon this earth and the horrific aftermath of it all.
His anger is over the fact that He has done everything He can to get the attention of the entire world, not just America. This is not just an American thing. Let me make something very clear to you all and stress that this anger is not an emotional anger. No, it is a righteous anger. It is a judicial anger. One fully JUSTIFIED by the great I AM.
He is angry and grieved because multitudes are not taking Him seriously.
I am well aware of the fact that we are responsible as a nation for egregious [shocking] acts of sin against the Lord, right in His face. The brazen acts of sin are blaring in the homes of the saints via television and internet, and no one bats an eye.
Like never before, the mass exodus of Christians leaving the Church is epidemic. The deep corruption of this nation has invaded the Church, and God has been replaced by imposters and hirelings. For the record, yes I am aware that there are many good churches still scattered around out there.
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord God knoweth them that are His.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:19, KJV.
Consider the Chinese churches; the persecuted churches are what we were over one-hundred years ago. They are full of power, and these the ones praying for us now. Not that long ago, we were the ones sending out missionaries to them. What an indictment.
Yet, we still to this present hour continue to grow even stronger in sins “provoking the eyes of His glory”. All nations of this world are crumbling, the earth itself wearing out.
“Of old Thou hast laid the foundations of the earth: and the heavens are the work of Thy hands, They shall perish, but Thou shalt endure; yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt Thou change them, and they shall be changed.” ~ Psalm 102:25-26, KJV.
Our God is grieved and angry because the time is short and very, very few are considering this. Even little babies, toddlers, teenagers, as well as the unsaved are receiving dreams and visions of the collapse of nations, governments, wars, invasions, mass deaths, and supernatural future events about to happen.
He has bypassed in large part, the mass majority of adults in the body of Christ because they have grown weary of Him and replaced Him. They no longer want to hear Him anymore, though they would hotly disagree, but the proof is in the pudding; or as the saying goes, “actions speak louder than words.”
They love to have the Church experience, and all the accoutrements of it. Yet all the while, the Holy Spirit is not alive in them. He is not given the attention that He must have in order to move in power upon this earth through His people.
“I know thy works, that thou are neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will spue you out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” ~ Revelation 3:15-17, KJV.
Consequently, if you are feeling a strange kind of grief mixed with anger, and you have no idea why, rest assured you are feeling the heart of the God; the One you gave your life over to, and He is going from saint to saint, to see who will listen.
There is zero doubt in my mind, and as a witness in my spirit, that it is not just America that God is now judging. He is pulling apart the kingdoms of the world that Satan has bound and ravaged for thousands of years.
Jesus Christ is coming again in the act of taking back the earth from Satan, not just America. He must do so in order to set up His Millennial Kingdom on this earth. If you do your homework than you will know yourselves, “that in the dispensation of the fullness of times, he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth; even in him.” ~ Ephesians 1:10, KJV.
In light of this fact, we can conclude that the entire focus of all the weight of judgment dispensed on America is false according to what John the Revelator saw.
“And I saw an new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” ~ Revelation 22:1-3, KJV.
In order for the Lord Jesus Christ to set up His Millennial Kingdom on earth, He must eradicate every act of sin and rebellion, and those who refuse His invitation to eternal life. He must purge the earth, not just one nation, but also the entire world.
“But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth that both they that have wives be as though they had none; And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;
And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.” ~ 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, KJV.
Finally, I say that many of you are perhaps asking the big question, “What then should we do?” This is a personal application. It must start between you and the Lord. If there is any sin in your life, turn it over to God. Get rid of it as you would a maggot-infested garment. Cast it away from you. Start right away by closing yourself in with the Lord as much as you are able to do so.
Open your hearts and pour them out before Him! Do it knowing that He means business, and that you are doing business with the Judge of the Universe, who paid for your entrance into eternal life. Cleanse yourselves by confessing everything, and turn over whatever it is that you are holding back from Him. Trust Him with your whole heart! He will do exactly what you ask Him to do. He is your God, your Father.
God will remove that cloud over your head. Remember, we cannot control what goes on outside of us, only our response to it. That is where God comes in. Jesus said, “I am with you always even to the end of the world.”
His Spirit surrounds you and His hand goes out to you. Just let it all go. He is in charge, not you. Keep this in mind that He is incredibly easy to access. Many of us during these days are living in so much fear and terror when we see and hear all the things that are happening in the world.
What you must do is to step out of this world and take His hand. He is our Father and He is in control! Do not confuse what I am saying with works. I say, go to God in and with your heart, and in heartfelt prayers to Him.
Here is an image that He is giving me right now that I will leave you with:
Whenever you have planned the best vacation of a lifetime, there is long term planning because you have never been where you will be going before.
As you draw nearer to that day, out comes the suitcase. You start packing in advance as not to forget anything. As that day approaches, you can feel the thrill, the excitement, and the energy of the day you take off drawing nearer than ever before. Finally, there is that moment we all know about; it is the end of packing everything away. At last, you go over the final items that now must go into your bag.
This is how the Lord is showing it to me right now… the time you spend with Him now and the things to bring before Him is everything you need to ask of Him; for the final time is upon us. Upon you…
Just be ready!