As I was praying and preparing for our radio show on January 26, 2016, I was moved to ask God to have mercy on America in the midst of the judgment He has shown me is coming. The Holy Spirit gave me a tremendous burden to pray as the prophet Habakkuk did after God told him that He was sending the Babylonians to destroy Israel because of their continual wickedness and sin. Habakkuk prayed, “O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” It was during this time of Spirit-led intercession that The Lord spoke something to me very clearly.
Before I share what God said, I want to let it be known that this prophetic word does not come from self righteousness. We have all sinned and contributed to the defiling of our land and the inevitable judgment of God. I did not always follow Jesus and even since being a Christian, I have not been perfect in my walk with God. I know the only thing that makes me right with God and forgiven of my sin is my faith in the atoning blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross and His bodily resurrection from the dead. And that faith causes me to repent and not habitually practice any sins that the Bible says will lead me to eternal damnation in hell. As I have stated many times, born again Christians cannot say that they never sin, but sin should be the exception and not the rule in the life of a Christian.
Also, there are those in the church that believe the New Testament gift of prophecy should only be for “edification” or encouragement. They believe that New Testament prophetic words should never be negative, expose sin, or contain warnings about future judgment (although they welcome words about future blessings). The problem with this idea is that they take one verse in 1 Corinthians 14 out of context, totally ignoring the definition of the word “prophecy” in New Testament Greek which means “to speak by inspiration of the Holy Spirit and to foretell events.” In addition, they ignore the many examples of the gift of prophecy working through God’s people in the New Testament. For instance, the prophet Agabus foretold a famine before it hit so they could prepare (Acts 11:28-30). Later, Agabus also warned the Apostle Paul that Jews in Jerusalem would bind him and deliver him to the Gentiles (Acts 21:10-11). In Acts 5, the Apostle Peter discerned by the Holy Spirit that Ananias told a lie about the price of the land he and his wife sold. And later when Sapphira walked in and told the same lie, Peter foretold her death just moments before she dropped dead. I wouldn’t say that prophetic words to Ananias and Sapphira were very “edifying” but they were certainly from God.
Furthermore, Jesus gave prophetic warnings to several cities. In Matthew 11, Jesus foretold specific judgments on Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum because they had not repented of their sins. “Then began he (Jesus) to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee” (Matthew 11:20-24).
In this passage in Matthew, Jes