Many years ago, I had a significant dream that has since stayed with me, as I have known that this dream was for a season in time reserved by God. In the dream, I saw the proud Titanic ship heading out on its course. Directly in its path stood a giant white Rock, jutting upwards from the sea into the sky. In the arrogance of its power, strength and majesty, the need for sufficient lifeboats was neglected as it was said that the Titanic could not sink. The Titanic collided with the Rock and began to sink as many flailed about in the water desperate for help. The Lord began to reveal many lessons from this incident. The Titanic represented the proud religion of the mainstream traditional Church, deceived by its own power and might into believing it could never fall. It did not understanding that it was accountable to Christ and was on a collision course with The Rock that is Christ, standing in His Holiness directly in its path, with which it would one day collide.
As Christians, we find ourselves in this present time facing and onslaught of demonic winds, blowing with increasing hurricane strength against the Word of God, righteousness and the principles of God—and those who stand for it. The mainstream church in this hour is precariously teetering on the edge of the cliff into secularism and hedonism, as it dangerously drifts from the foundation of the Word of God, wavering on the sure principles of God.
“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” Matthew 7:22-27
There is a clear line drawn by God between good and evil, sin and righteousness, Life and death. For Leaders delegated with the sacred trust of shepherding and protecting God’s people, there can be no grey areas, the Word of God is clear, if you are not on God’s side representing His Word and His Kingdom, you are actually working against Him! God in His wisdom, mercy and longsuffering has not moved against the much iniquity, corruption and deception in the mainstream church over the years. I believe this has been partly to maintain Christianity’s reputation as a beacon of light set on a hill, as a hope for the world. However, I do believe when those that are called the church, choose to no longer maintain that Light, begins to emulate the world, drift into strange doctrines and gross darkness, it is headed for an encounter with The Rock.
“Anyone who isn’t with Me opposes Me, and anyone who isn’t working with Me is actually working against Me.” Matthew 12:30
When satan attempts to invade the Bride of Christ with satanic doctrines under the guise of ‘inclusion’ and ‘progressive ideology’ snatching young lives, stealing the futures of little children, and having the potential to destroy an entire generation—God will act, it is only a matter of time! God waited four hundred years to the time when iniquity had reached its fullness, before He moved to take out His chosen people (Gen 15:13). When the leadership of God’s Church begins to cave under the pressure and onslaught of the world’s satanic agenda and begins to endorse and give its approval to such things as gay marriage, encouraging five-year-old children to embrace transgenderism (that the American College of Pediatricians has labeled child abuse), that church or denomination needs to beware as Jesus said:
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!” Matthew 18:6-7
Unfortunately, these are the times we are living in! Some churches and large denominations are beginning to cave, falling into the traps of deception. However, out of the rubble of its collision with Christ, the Bride—the true Church will arise in Glory! IN THE TIME OF GROSS DARKNESS, THE TRUE CHURCH OF GOD WILL BEGIN TO SHINE! Isaiah 60: 1-2 is a passage that is quoted a lot these days and one that most Christians know very well. But a few questions do arise out of this passage with close examination, such as: Who is going to shine? Is it the mainstream Church as it is now stands? And what does it mean to shine? What is gross darkness?
“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.”
This passage is actually an address to Israel, but it speak also to all true children of God. The season that we are now entering, marked by Rosh Hashanah 5778 and the blowing of Trumpets, will be a Day that demands that a courageous people arise, who fearlessly take a stand for Christ and hold to the Word of God—regardless of the cost! These are the ones spoken of in Daniel who know their God and do exploits in His name! Amidst gross darkness covering the Earth they shine with the glory of God that rests upon them. The Hebrew word for shine in this passage also mean to SET ON FIRE and the word for risen upon you means to irradiate and SHOOT FORTH BEAMS OF HIS GLORY. The saints of God who will not compromise with the world’s standards, will arise as a Glorious Army set on fire with passion for their God, radiant with His Glory. They are SERVANTS of the Living God! Serving His purposes to establish His Dominion on Earth, carrying His Heart for the children and the lost. They will work closely with Him to gather His harvest and those floundering in despair in the waters of doubt and disillusionment, as the counterfeit ship of mainstream christianity begins to sink under the waves of its pride and deception.
The true Church of God is being made ready and prepared to save and rescue these precious ones. God loves the sinner and calls us to lay down our lives for them, not to endorse the sin! With the sinking of the Titanic there were not enough Life boats for the great number of people on board the ship; the Lord revealed to me that the Life boats represented local churches, house churches and small groups. These were saints prepared in advance, who had counted the cost, were willing to make sacrifices, were fashioned to scoop up the lost in arms of love, and nourish them back to Life with the water of His true Word. I was sharing my dream of the Titanic with a pastor friend who revealed that his grandmother and her family were on the RMS Carpathia—the ship prepared by God to rescue the people of the Titanic. What He shared was astounding! This is his grandmother’s account:
On the night of April 15, 1912, those first-class passengers were invited to and enjoying the Captain’s banquet. Fine food of the day, music and gaiety pervaded the banquet hall. In the middle of the meal a message was delivered to the Captain at his table. His countenance became serious and immediately he ordered the banquet to end and for all passengers to immediately return to their cabins and stay there. No explanation was given for this. Obediently and without question, the Captain’s orders were followed. All passengers, including grandmother’s family, were locked in their cabin. Before long, all the lights on the ship went out. Soon the cabin became extremely cold as the heat was turned off. Only a thin wall of steel came between the family and the frigid North Atlantic. Huddled together and wrapped in blankets, the family tried to stay warm and sleep in the darkness of their small locked cabin. In the early hours of the morning, and before sunrise, the sound of the engines stopped. Hours later, the crew unlocked the cabins for all the passengers and they were allowed to come up on deck. Grandma remembered vividly crying and wailing as she had never heard before. As she came on deck with her family she saw many people, mostly women and some children, all wrapped in blankets and wailing uncontrollably. These were the 705 survivors from the lifeboats of the Titanic. Another 1,523 souls perished in the frigid waters. Suddenly the passengers of the Carpathia understood why the banquet and gaiety had stopped. They understood why they endured the cold and the dark. The wise Captain of the Carpathia realized that it was not a time for feasting but for rescue. All hands were needed on deck and could not be distracted with other duties. Steam from the boilers must be routed from electrical generators and heating plants so that every bit of power could go to the engines to propel the ship to the sight of the tragedy. Souls were in peril.
Pastor Ricke Harris is now stationed in Guam with His wife Cathy: We could draw some parallels to our Christian life in all of this. Which one of us would not want to stay at the Captain’s table and enjoy the banquet of the good things of God. Yet, while many are content only to enjoy the feast, there are soul’s in peril. Flesh would rather only enjoy the banquet table rather than feel the heart of the Captain and man the lifeboats for the rescue. The harvest is great, but the laborers are few. Let us labor while it is yet day, for the night comes when no man can work. Father, give us grace to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and enter the rescue. The souls of men and women are in peril.
Revelation chapter 12 prophecies the birth a Man Child (KJV), the Greek word used in this passage depicts a mature son, not a baby. This Man Child represents the coming forth onto the world stage of a company of mature saints and leaders fashioned in fire in union with Christ, for such a time as this! The world is about to experience Isaiah 60 and the appearance of the Man Child is purposed to coincide with the need of this hour. Yes, the world is experiencing, earthquakes, hurricanes, fire and floods but this is not related to the gross darkness of Isaiah 60. Gross darkness is when the depravity of mankind is at its lowest, when the enemy has come in like a flood and the cup of iniquity is filling up to its fullness. As the enemy attempts to do his best, then IT IS TIME TO LIFT UP OUR HEADS AND BEHOLD OUR KING, WHO WILL LIFT HIS SCEPTER, RAISE A STANDARD AND FLOOD THE EARTH WITH HIS GLORY THROUGH A PEOPLE OF GLORY!
“His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And men shall be blessed in Him; All nations shall call Him blessed. Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things! And blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.” Psalm 72:17-19