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Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 14:09:12 +1200
  "THE TRUMPET WILL SOUND"
  by RICK JOYNER

  http://www.morningstarministries.org/ 

  An "In Your Face" Message from Heaven 

  I was praying about our upcoming Harvest Fest Conference, when a trumpet
  appeared in front of me, turned, and was blown right in my face. I knew
  immediately that this is what the Lord is about to do-the church will
  soon receive an "in your face" message from heaven.

  In the military, as in biblical times, different trumpet sounds mean
  different things. When entering military service, one of the first
  things taught is how to distinguish the commands given by the trumpet or
  bugle. This is why Paul wrote in I Corinthians 14:8, "For if the bugle
  produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?" What
  is the message we are about to hear?

  When I saw the trumpet appear in front of me and then blown in my face,
  immediately I knew what the message was because of something which
  happened to me when I was in the military. Normally, reveille, the call
  to wake up, was played over the loud speakers in the barracks. However,
  if someone did not wake up to reveille when it was played over the
  speakers, a more drastic measure was taken. They brought a trumpet in
  and blew it right in your face! This seldom had to be done more than
  once to a recruit. When this happened, not only did you awake faster and
  more completely than ever before, but from that day on you were
  especially keen to hear and respond to the sound of any trumpet call.
  When I saw the trumpet about to be blown directly in my face, I felt we
  were about to receive just such an "in your face" wake up call, one
  which we would not soon forget.

  We see repeatedly in Scripture, especially in the book of Revelation,
  that a trumpet will sound from heaven before the great events at the
  end. One is about to sound. This trumpet blast is intended to awaken us
  to prepare for the great event which is to follow. We are on the verge
  of something very significant. Even though I saw this while praying for
  the Harvest Fest Conference, this does not necessarily mean it will come
  then, but I am praying earnestly that it will.

  My prayer is that this trumpet call would come as an anointed message
  which will wake us up, and not another major tragedy. Either way, the
  church is desperate for a clear trumpet call-a clear message from above.
  We cannot waste any more time sleeping or drifting about without clear
  direction. We must devote ourselves and prepare for what is to come with
  clear vision and strategy.

  "Fall In" 

  A rude awakening is coming so that we do not miss the coming "Great
  Awakening." Like the Navy did for those who did not hear reveille
  through the speakers, the Lord has been sounding His trumpet through
  many different "speakers." Very few are in fact responding to them, so
  more drastic measures are going to be used. This is grace from God. We
  will wake up.

  Much of the church presently lives in a state which ranges from
  luke-warmness to a deep spiritual slumber. As the Lord warned in
  Revelation 3:16, luke-warmness is the worst state a Christian could ever
  fall into. Many, who are at least to some degree awake, do not know what
  time it is. The Lord is going to graciously sound an alarm that will
  wake us up, and declare the time to us as well.

  I was also told that in recent times Christians have found just about
  every way there is to fall, but now we are going to learn to fall into
  line. After this spiritual reveille, there will be another call to
  muster into ranks. In the future the church is going to begin looking
  far more like the military than the social club it has often been. There
  is a reason why the most common title of God used in Scripture, which is
  used more than ten times as much as all of the others combined, is "the
  Lord of hosts," (I Samuel 1:3) or "the Lord of armies." The great
  mobilization is now, and the most intense training and discipline are
  coming for those who respond to the Lord's trumpet call.

  Knowing the Times 

  After the 9/11 attacks, people poured into churches like never before in
  our history. Then, several weeks later, fewer people attended church
  than before the attacks because they did not find the church or its
  message relevant to the times. However, God and those who are awake and
  staying close to Him will know the times. Those who are faithful seekers
  will soon experience a great increase of words of knowledge, words of
  wisdom, and prophecy to keep us ahead of the times.

  In Matthew 16:2-3, the Lord rebuked the people for knowing how to
  discern the weather, but not knowing the signs of the times. When the
  Lord used such metaphors it was because there was a relationship.
  Discerning the signs of the times is actually similar to understanding
  weather. As a professional pilot I had to learn how to discern the
  weather because my life depended on it. We are likewise coming to the
  point when our lives will depend upon our knowing the times. One thing I
  learned early in my flying career was that I could not rely on the
  professional weather forecasters if I was going to be a safe pilot. I
  was certainly thankful for the professional meteorologists who gave
  themselves to knowing the present conditions and making forecasts, but I
  had to know the weather myself and I had to be able to foresee
  conditions which the professional weather forecasters might not see from
  their remote offices. This is true for Christians as well. We should be
  thankful for those who are devoting themselves to knowing the times and
  we should listen to them. However, this does not negate our personal
  responsibility to know the times, and to know what the Lord is saying to
  us personally. 

  The Penalty for a Wrong Forecast

  For a weather forecaster, the penalty for getting a forecast wrong was a
  bit of humiliation. For the pilots, who understand that the majority of
  aircraft accidents are weather related, the stakes are much higher. I
  therefore determined that I was going to know weather better than the
  professional forecasters. I studied relentlessly, constantly making my
  own observations, and talking to every experienced pilot or
  meteorologist that I could. My goal was to never be surprised by the
  weather conditions which I found en route or at my destination. We need
  to have this same goal for understanding the times.

  After a few years of flying professionally, I was so good at knowing the
  weather that I was rarely surprised by it on a flight. Now I want to
  know the signs of the times so well that I am never surprised by what
  comes. At this time I am still far from this goal, but I am resolved to
  keep getting better. One of the ways I am pursuing this is by getting
  closer to those with the same devotion. I know the Lord would not have
  rebuked us for this if it were not possible to know the signs of the
  times better than we know the weather.

  People still make jokes about the weather forecasters, but the truth is
  that in the thirty years that I have been involved in aviation, weather
  forecasters have become amazingly accurate. It used to be rare for them
  to be accurate, but now it is rare for them to miss. Even so, I am
  amazed at how many people, especially among the older generation, have a
  perception that weather forecasters are wrong most of the time. This is
  definitely no longer the case. I have watched with curiosity as some of
  these people seized a single missed forecast to re-enforce their
  opinion, not seeming to regard at all the overwhelming majority of
  amazingly accurate forecasts.

  The same is happening to the church's prophetic ministry. It too is
  moving from a place of being a laughingstock to becoming increasingly
  accurate. It will continue to do so until we rarely hear of a miss. Even
  so, the perception of many, especially among the older generation, will
  be that it is rarely accurate even when the reverse is true. This can be
  discouraging, but we must not let it be. We just have to keep getting
  better at knowing the Lord's voice. We also need to view every mistake
  as an opportunity to learn, and to humble ourselves knowing that the
  Lord gives His grace to the humble. We are going to need much more grace
  for what is to come.

  The Great Warning 

  One of the Lord's primary warnings through His teachings when He walked
  the earth was about being asleep when we should have been awake. From
  those who were not ready for the wedding feast to those who did not have
  oil in their lamps, sleeping when they should have been awake resulted
  in terrible spiritual tragedies. These were warnings for us. Sleeping
  when we should have been awake has already been more devastating to the
  church than possibly all of the sin and other deceptions combined. It
  will be even more so in the future.

  We must wake up and learn to be alert watchmen. We must learn to see,
  and discern what we see. Ministries over the last decade such as: The
  Watch of the Lord, started by Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda in Charlotte, The
  International House of Prayer, started by Mike Bickle in Kansas City,
  The House of Prayer for All Nations, started by Tom Hess in Jerusalem,
  and many others are devoted to twenty-four hour prayer and prophetic
  watching. They have been sent by the Lord to help prepare the church for
  the times. All of these are helping people learn to be disciplined in
  their sleep, and to learn to watch even when they are tired.

  Those who are awake and know how to see may continue to be ridiculed by
  the generation which is passing, but they will soon be greatly sought
  after by the nations. God is the answer to every human problem. All of
  our problems are rooted in mankind trying to do what God created us to
  do, but without Him. The end of this age is approaching and will
  demonstrate for eternity the consequences of trying to live without God.
  In contrast to this, the church that knows and walks with God is going
  to have both the wisdom and the power to overcome any problem or
  opposition. The world is going to see this demonstrated.

  The King Is Coming 

  The contrast between the kingdoms of men that are collapsing and the
  kingdom of God which is arising will become increasingly distinct. This
  is the fulfillment of Nebuchadnezzar's dream about the statue which
  represented his and the future kingdoms of men being struck by a little
  stone that grew into a mountain, and then kept growing until it filled
  the earth. That little stone was Jesus, and the mountain is His kingdom,
  which is even now growing upon the earth. As we are told in Daniel
  2:44-45:

  "And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom
  which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for
  another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but
  it will itself endure forever.

  "Inasmuch as you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without
  hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver,
  and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take
  place in the future; so the dream is true, and its interpretation is
  trustworthy."

  Those who are a part of the kingdom of God will be mobilizing and coming
  into increasing order, while those who are building their lives on the
  kingdoms of this present world will fall into increasing chaos. As one
  of the great wake-up calls in Scripture, Isaiah 60:1-3 declares:

  "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has
  risen upon you.

  "For behold, darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the
  peoples; but the LORD will rise upon you, and His glory will appear upon
  you.

  "Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your
  rising."

  As these verses make clear, at the very time when darkness is increasing
  in the world, and deep darkness covering the peoples, the Lord's glory
  will appear on His people, and this will cause the nations to come to
  us. For years I have quoted this Scripture probably more than any other
  because it is one of which I am constantly being reminded. We really are
  coming to this time.

  This is why we are also told in Proverbs 4:18: "But the path of the
  righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter
  until the full day." If our lives are not filled with increasing light
  that is getting brighter and brighter, and our way becoming more and
  more clear, then we have somehow missed the path. The call which is
  coming is going to help all who call on the name of the Lord to get back
  on the path of life.

  Don't Sleep on Your Watch 

  However, those who respond to the coming wake-up call, and again hit the
  "snooze button" to go back to sleep, their next wake-up will come with
  the enemy's gun in their face. When the church is awake and watching,
  the enemy will be restrained. When we sleep the thief will come, he will
  enter our house, and he will not only steal, but he will kill and
  destroy.

  I have received this warning for years, and given it often-if the church
  in the West does not wake up, we will very soon be fighting the enemy in
  our own house, or on our own soil. You may contend that 9/11 is evidence
  we are already doing that, but that was just a foretaste of what is
  coming if we continue to sleep on our watch. We have entered the times
  when we can never again go to sleep spiritually without paying a
  terrible price.

  The church is called to be a watchman for the nations. Even if the world
  is asleep, we must be awake and alert. If you were caught sleeping on
  watch while in the military, the penalty was most severe. If you were
  caught sleeping on watch during wartime, the penalty could be death.
  This was a just penalty because if you slept on watch, you were not only
  risking your own life, but the lives of your fellow soldiers, and
  possibly even jeopardizing your country. We are entering the time of the
  greatest conflict between light and darkness-the ultimate battle between
  good and evil. For the church to continue sleeping during these times
  will be a similar criminal act which will result in increasingly severe
  penalties.

  The Four Steps 

  There are four basic steps to making an effective soldier. The first is
  mobilization. After gathering those who are being mobilized, you must
  then train them to fight. Only after training are they equipped, or
  given their weapons. Then they must be deployed, or sent to their units
  for duty in the Army.

  The church has been given "divinely powerful weapons" for destruction of
  the enemy's strongholds. Though it may now seem that few really have
  them, or are using these weapons, the church which is obedient to the
  Lord, knowing His voice, and having been effectively trained, is going
  to be given great power. I recently went through a period when I was
  given a prophetic dream every night for nearly three weeks. Many of
  these dreams continued the same theme; we are going to see John 14:12
  fulfilled:

  "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do,
  he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go
  to the Father."

  In one dream I was shown that we would move literal mountains just as
  the Lord said in Matthew 17:20, "...if you have faith as small as a
  mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to there,'
  and it will move. Nothing will be impossible to you" (NIV). I was told
  that this must be done to verify the Lord's Word that it could be done.
  We are coming to the times when the greatest miracles the world has ever
  seen will be witnessed. However, we must never forget that this power is
  given to witness to the truth, which we have been given to preach.

  When even the greatest miracles are done on the earth, the angels are
  bored. They saw the Lord create the universe, and they see Him upholding
  it with His Word. His Word is the foundation of power, and those who are
  the strongest in His Word will ultimately be those who are trusted with
  the most power. Healing, miracles, and prophecy are crucial elements of
  true church life, but we must never forget that the most powerful weapon
  that we have been given is the truth.

  The Third Day 

  The Scripture I was given when I saw the trumpet blown in my face was
  Exodus 19:16-19:

  So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were
  thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a
  very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp
  trembled.

  And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they 
stood
  at the foot of the mountain.

  Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in
  fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole
  mountain quaked violently.

  When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and
  God answered him with thunder.

  That this happened on the morning of the third day was no accident. As
  II Peter 3:8 declares, "But do not let this one fact escape your notice,
  beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a
  thousand years as one day." If we added the genealogies of Scripture, it
  has been about six thousand years since Adam was created. If we see 
each
  one thousand years as a day, as Peter indicated, we are coming to the
  end of the sixth prophetic day, and the third prophetic day of the
  church age.

  In the writings of the early church fathers, it seems that this
  timetable was commonly understood. It was believed that when the
  apostles of the early church talked about being "in the last days" (Acts
  2:17) it was in reference to being in the last days of the prophetic
  week. The Lord Jesus called Himself "the Lord of the Sabbath," (Matthew
  12:8) or the Lord of the seventh day, because that will be His one
  thousand year reign on the earth.

  In his extensive letter, Barnabas wrote, "And elsewhere he saith; If thy
  children shall keep my sabbaths, then will I put my mercy upon them. And
  even in the beginning of the creation he makes mention of the sabbath.
  And God made in six days the works of his hands; and he finished them on
  the seventh day, and he rested the seventh day, and sanctified it.
  Consider, my children, what that signifies, he finished them in six
  days. The meaning of it is this; that in six thousand years the Lord God
  will bring all things to an end. For with him one day is a thousand
  years; and himself testifieth, saying, "Behold this day shall be as a
  thousand years. Therefore, children, in six days, that is, in six
  thousand years, shall all things be accomplished (15:2-5).

  As described in the text from Exodus 19, we are coming to the time when
  the Lord is going to again descend on His mountain, His government (the
  rock that became a mountain). This is going to begin with "a very loud
  trumpet sound." It will cause all who are in His camp to tremble. We
  need to be shaken with the understanding of the awesome God we serve. If
  we are shaken with that understanding, we will receive and build our
  lives on the kingdom which cannot be shaken.

  The Lord is then going to descend upon His mountain with fire, and all
  of His messengers will be flames of fire. This fire is coming to consume
  the "wood, hay and stubble," (I Corinthians 3:12) and purify "the gold,
  silver and precious stones." What is our life presently composed of? It
  is time to wake up and examine ourselves so that we are ready for the
  times for which we were born. 

  by RICK JOYNER
  http://www.morningstarministries.org/ 
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