September 17, 2012
Pro 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Pro 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
My Dear Brethren,
I want to share with you some of the experiences that I have had over the last month or so and have persisted to be upon me until yesterday morning; as I awakened the Lord began to define the feeling and to give me understanding as to what it was. It started when I began the last trip to Africa, which was at the beginning of August. As I set in the airport in Bloomington, IL, there came upon me such a feeling of spiritual heaviness. It is very difficult for me to explain the sensation, but what I understand now is that it was something of the nature of a profound grief. The feeling was so heavy and overpowering, that I made several phone calls to ‘warn’ different individuals of what it was I was feeling. At the time it was difficult for me to express sand consequently I probably did not adequately convey my burden of concern and caring, but as I said the reality of it was not being given to me at that time. One of my main concerns was the fact of my leaving behind so many of my loved ones and that the feeling was somewhat implying by its intensity that there may be a possibility that I would not be able to return. The way that I expressed it in one of the calls that I made was “there was something coming down the pipeline, a circumstance or a situation that would have great consequences to us as a people living in the United States.” At the time it was the best that I could do.
I was sitting in my kitchen at home of few days ago, when I was made aware of the events that had and were taking place in Libya and have since that time began to spread into other geographical location and will fuel and expand the anti-American rhetoric spawning other acts of violence both abroad as well as here in the states. Some of which will be perpetrated by the occupying faction that made its debut one year ago on Wall Street. As I began to hear the details of what had happened and what had been perpetrated against this embassador to Libya before he was killed; it is impossible for me to vocabularize the feeling of extreme, hellacious, malignant hatred that the devil has for us as beings that were created in God’s image and destined to be made into His likeness. But as difficult and as hard as it was for me to comprehend that aspect, that sense of grief and lost were multiplied and magnified by the extreme, hellacious, malignant Darkness that was manifested in the lack of response from our Government; at that moment I was taken back to the first of August and was once again having the feeling of almost unbearable grief and trepidation that I had experienced at that time.
As we were in a meeting on Sunday morning and as the word of the Lord began to flow the Lord began to open the eyes of my understanding as to what I had been experiencing over the last month or so. It was later in the evening that as I was speaking to some brothers about it; the Lord spoke a word to me and in the speaking of it, it opened my understanding completely as to what it was I was experiencing. The word was ‘knell’ [Slow bell ring: the sound of a bell rung slowly, associated with solemnity or mourning, used to announce a death or funeral]. I went to my dictionary to find the meaning of the word. It is the second meaning [Ominous signal: something that signals death, disaster, or the end of something] that underlines the sensation of feeling that I was experiencing. As I read it the Lord spoke a word to me; he said, “It is the ‘knelling of the bell that tolls the death of a nation.”
As I am writing this to you I am reminded of vision by that was given to A. A. Allen concerning the fall of America [http://www.angelfire.com/journal2/skylark1/page9.html], a part of which now follows; When the cup was withdrawn from the lips of the Statute of Liberty, I noticed the sword was missing from the cup, which could mean but one thing. THE CONTENTS OF THE CUP HAD BEEN COMPLETELY CONSUMED! I knew that the sword merely typified war, and destruction, which is no doubt on the way. Then as one drunken on too much wine, I saw the Statue of Liberty become unsteady on her feet and begin to stagger and to lose her balance. I saw her splashing in the gulf, trying to regain her balance. I saw her stagger again and again and fall to her knees. As I saw her desperate attempts to regain her balance and rise to her feet again, my heart was moved as never before with compassion for her struggles; but as she staggered there in the gulf, once again I heard these words: “Drink ye and be drunken and spew and fall and rise no more because of the sword which I will send among you” (Jeremiah 25:27).
There was once a American President, parenthesis is my insertion, that said, “Freedom (Spiritual Liberty) is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same…” It is true saying and a spiritual principle. We have been called as children of the light to resist the Darkness that now threatens to dispossess the light; both the Darkness without, but more essential the Darkness within. If we as a people follow the behavior of our government, then the results at the end of the day will be the same, and the judgment that is meted out to them will be the Judgment that must be applied to us. Mat 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, V:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
This is all that it seems that the Lord would have me to say at this time. These are critical times; times of tribulation and trouble, a time of war and rumors of war. It is my hope that we will press to find our places of peace and refuge under the shadow of His wing.
May God’s Blessing and Grace be with each and every one of you,
Bro Burt & Sis Nancy
Ps 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.