Monday, September 29, 2008

2008 - Look Around - The Writing Is On The Wall

The Writing is On the Wall

Joseph Herrin (09-27-08)

Daniel 5:1, 5, 13, 17, 25-28
Belshazzar the king held a great feast for a thousand of his nobles, and he was drinking wine in the presence of the thousand... Suddenly the fingers of a man's hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace, and the king saw the back of the hand that did the writing... Then Daniel was brought in before the king... Then Daniel answered and said before the king...,
"Now this is the inscription that was written out: 'MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.' This is the interpretation of the message: 'MENE'-- God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it. 'TEKEL'-- you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient. 'PERES'-- your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and Persians."

I am now seeing that the whole MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN is not only referring to the coming judgment upon America, but is really coming to the Church. Numbered, numbered, weighed, divided speaks of the days being numbered or limited before occurring, being weighed in the balance and found wanting and then division/separation/judgment from God....separation of sheep and goats. By the time the 'writing on the wall' occurred Belshazzar's days were already numbered, he had already been weighed and judgment had been passed. He died that same night.

So, I sense that what is coming has already been written in the books...

I believe what you have heard applies to both the church and the nation. In one sense "the writing is on the wall" is a reference to "Wall" Street. Each word in the quotation (mene mene tekel u-pharsin) is a name of a type of currency (mene - mina; tekel - shekel; u-pharsin - half a mina). This too points to Wall Street which is the center of America’s financial markets. The Spirit of Christ is testifying that America’s currency has been weighed and measured and has been found to be deficient. The dollar will collapse and be replaced by another currency even as the Babylonians were replaced by the Medes and the Persians. The world will turn away from the American dollar, and in doing so the economic collapse of America will be assured.

There is also an application to the church. There is a huge portion of the church in America which has been corrupted by the love of money. This has given rise to a prosperity gospel, and it has been exported around the world until even ministers in Africa are driving around in BMW’s while all around them there are starving people. The World Trade Centers stood on the corner of Church Street and Liberty Street in Manhattan, and this relates directly back to the story of Joseph. The shepherds of the body have used their liberty to pursue mammon, even if they had to sell their brothers into slavery to fill their own pockets. These evil ministers have led the people of God into bondage to debt and bondage to the pleasures of the world, selling their brothers to the merchants even as Joseph was sold to a caravan of merchants going down to Egypt (a symbol of the world).

God has made a judgment that "by the judgment you have judged others, you will be judged," and "by the measure she (Babylon) measured to others she will be paid back double." God is about to make a division between the sheep and the goats. The sheep will go into captivity to be pruned, but the goats will be cast into the fire of judgment.

This is what I see as the meaning of the phrase you have asked about.
[End Letter]

It is not coincidental that Paul Newman died this week-end. The one movie in which he received an Oscar was The Color of Money. This was a sequel to The Hustler, and both movies had as a central theme the love and drive to acquire money. God will judge those who have made money the god of their life. Woe to the preachers of prosperity (hustlers) in coming days. A tragic end awaits you.

Revelation 18:7
To the degree that (they) glorified (themselves) and lived sensuously, to the same degree give (them) torment and mourning...

Recently I was sent a link to an Internet radio broadcast where Rick Wiles of was interviewing Steve Quayle. Steve Quayle has had an Internet and radio ministry of his own for the past 15 years, but closed it down recently at the direction of the Lord. His reasons for doing so were very sobering. Steve Quayle said that the Lord told him that the hour for the watchmen to proclaim the coming judgment was at an end, and it was now time for him to go to the wilderness where God would use him in a new calling as a Joseph to the people of God.

Although I have never followed Steve Quayle’s ministry, and this was the first time I had ever listened to him speak, I was struck by a number of things that were shared on this broadcast. Of course, the most striking thing is that he has suddenly ended a radio ministry that had a considerable following. On his website, it is stated that the site receives 90 million visitors a year. It should grab people’s attention when the watchmen begin to climb down out of their watchtowers to gain a safer place to weather that which is coming.

I want to share part of the transcript of this broadcast with you. You can listen to it in its entirety by going to and clicking on the link for recent radio broadcasts. The date of the interview was 9-24-08.

Rick: Recently Steve Quayle announced to the surprise and shock of his dedicated audience that he was ending his radio broadcast after fifteen years of radio broadcasting and sounding the alarm. He said the Lord told him this is the time to shut it down and to be quiet. I’ve asked Steve to come on the program and tell us what the Lord said to him, why this is happening, what he expects to happen in the near future...

Steve: As you said to your audience, the Lord has impressed upon me, and has been impressing upon me, that the time of His great indignation against the sin of the United States of America can no longer be held back. And he said literally for me to hide myself until His indignation is past. Within 48 hours of getting that message, three other people unknown to me, who listen to my show, basically had contacted me and had given me the word that they had gotten about the impending judgment on the land...

The thing that I think that people need to know in this hour, and these are my closing comments, as I believe it is time to give it to people with no holds barred, is that the people need to get right with Jesus. Preparing is good..., but it was Noah’s faith that preserved him. It was Joseph’s faith that preserved him. Obviously they had actions with their faith. It was the faith of the three magi, the wise men, that sent them on their quest to behold the Son of God and to bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, that Joseph and Mary and Jesus would live on in Egypt...

The point is that we are now in that time period that the people who would scoff, would mock, would snicker, are basically now going to have a giant lump in their throat as they see that their country, the very foundation’s of this country, dissolve before their eyes...

I believe Rick, that between now and December that we are going to go down the tubes so fast; I believe that it is determined, the plan is there, and because America won’t repent, and I don’t know, correct me if I am wrong, but are you hearing anyone in the mainstream churches telling people what is coming to this country?

Rick: Not a word. They are absolutely stone deaf, silent, dumb. They’re not saying a word.

Steve: And see, this is so tragic... A number of years ago on my radio show, and this is critical, I read a prophecy. I get them about once a year. Late at night the Lord says, “Get up and write this down.” And I shared with people that a day would come when no trains would run, no planes would fly, no cars would even run, because there would be no gas. And the Lord said, “tell My people they are too busy for me. I am going to bring their entire country to a standstill, and give them time to reflect where they stand with me in eternity.”

Rick: Steve, I want to go back to your surprise decision to go off the air. Last month, my wife Susan and I were driving..., and you called me on my cell and you told me that you had made the decision to end your radio broadcast... I want to take a few minutes, and I want to probe your mind and your heart... For you to just hang it up, and to announce “no more radio broadcasting, no more warnings, no more sounding the alarm,” tell us what happened. What did the Lord say to you?

Steve: The Lord literally spoke these words to my spirit. “The time of warning has ended.” And He told me that my next place was into the wilderness to help the people of God he will be sending in the wilderness. And He gave me the book of Genesis and the book of Exodus, and especially the first chapters... and the bottom line is that obviously in Joseph’s time the money failed. And He told me that everything we have known in America is going to come to an end. And He said, “Steve, you are going into the wilderness.” I don’t know where that means. He hasn’t told me to leave the country. I don’t know if that means Montana. He hasn’t told me. But He said, “The next phase of your ministry is soon to begin.” And my ministry has been about getting people ready for the end times, but also feeding the people in the end times.

(Steve goes on to share some about his salvation experience, and he says Christ appeared to him in his bedroom and in speaking to Steve, Christ said He had called him to a Joseph ministry.)

Steve: So what I believe the next phase of my life by the grace of God, and thank you for all the intercessors, is to help those who will be running and fleeing for their lives.

Rick: Steve, I’ve told the people that the scariest thing you will ever see are the watchmen packing their tents and moving out. Because when watchmen start packing their tents and leaving, that is the clear warning that the warning is over.

Steve: Thank you for sharing that... The Lord said to me, “For all your words, your silence will speak louder than all your words.”
[End Transcript]

People of God, the Spirit is testifying that there is no time left. Whatever you must do, do quickly. It is an hour to hide one self in the Lord. I was struck by the specific words that Steve Quayle spoke. He said:

The Lord has impressed upon me, and has been impressing upon me, that the time of His great indignation against the sin of the United States of America can no longer be held back. And he said literally for me to hide myself until His indignation is past.

Recently, when the Lord had me speak to a group in Fort Wayne, this was the very word the Spirit gave me to declare. I told those gathered that they needed to be discerning of the Father’s mood, and right now His mood was one of “indignation with the nations.”

Psalms 7:11-13
God is a righteous judge, and a God who has indignation every day. If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready. He has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons; He makes His arrows fiery shafts.

People of God, read carefully the following Psalm, for the Spirit bears witness that it describes PERFECTLY what is coming suddenly to America.

Psalms 78:43-52
When He performed His signs in Egypt, and His marvels in the field of Zoan, and turned their rivers to blood, and their streams, they could not drink. He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them, and frogs which destroyed them. He gave also their crops to the grasshopper, and the product of their labor to the locust. He destroyed their vines with hailstones, and their sycamore trees with frost. He gave over their cattle also to the hailstones, and their herds to bolts of lightning. He sent upon them His burning anger, fury, and indignation, and trouble, a band of destroying angels. He leveled a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, but gave over their life to the plague, and smote all the first-born in Egypt, the first issue of their virility in the tents of Ham. But He led forth His own people like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock...

Let me tell you the Hebrew word that is translated “indignation.” It is zaam (zah-am), and it means “to foam at the mouth.” Can you imagine God being so provoked at the sin of a people that He would foam at the mouth in fury? This is a terrifying thought, but it reveals the intensity of what is coming. This is why the Spirit is testifying to the children of God who grieve over the sin of the church and nation to “hide themselves until His indignation passes by.” It will be a sight to provoke great trembling among the righteous.

Let us continue to pray for mercy, and to listen closely to His voice that we might be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.

May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.

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