by Marsha Burns
Identifying the Season (2015)
On a recent road trip two words came to me: legendary and epic.
Those two words came just before arriving at our destination where I saw a sign that read, “Legends of the West.”
So, the season we have just entered will be epic, legendary, and marked as supernatural.
Upheaval in the Nations:
In a vision I saw utter, heart-breaking devastation in cities and towns in the Middle East. And, I asked the Lord, “When will this end?” He answered, “It will end when everything that is destined to be destroyed is destroyed.” And, I heard Him say that it would end when the indignation is past.
Then, I was reminded of Psalm 137:1-4 “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it. For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, and those who plundered us requested mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a foreign land?”
Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.
Jeremiah 15:2-3 “And it shall be, if they say to you, ‘Where should we go?’ then you shall tell them, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity. And I will appoint over them four forms of destruction,” says the LORD: “the sword to slay, the dogs to drag, the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.”
Then, I asked, “What will follow this destruction?” He said, “An awakening beyond the scope of anything that has ever been seen.”
I am reminded of the very first time that I entered the presence of the Lord. I had heard someone mention the end of the world in the days prior to my encounter with Him, and I was troubled by that concept. So, I asked, “Is the world coming to and end?” He said that the world as we know it would come to an end. I asked if there would be a World War III. Again, the answer was affirmative. Then, I asked my final question-where would the war begin, and He answered that it would begin in the Middle East.
In the history that is being written in these times this could very well be the beginning of the end.
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.
5 “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.
6 “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
8 “All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.
10 “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
12 “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
13 “But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
Instruction for the season:
1 Thessalonians 5:
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.
8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
This season will present opportunities to interact with History supernaturally. It’s going to be big-the stuff that legends are made of. But, we individually must stay focused and not be distracted with temporary and trivial pursuits.
I am doing a supernatural work in you, My people. If you will get up to the highest point of your own desire and ability to seek My face, I will take you higher spiritually and give you greater freedom of movement. You will see and discern with unprecedented clarity and become one with Me in purpose–moving with power and precision, says the Lord.
Keep yourself in righteousness and honor. I have provided for you sanctification and have set you apart for Myself, says the Lord. Protect your commitment. Be established in My kingdom through dedication to My purposes. Refuse to allow the enemy to steal your peace or undermine your spiritual position. Set a watch for his shenanigans.
Stand strong in the face of adversity, for I say to you that challenges will come as devastation seems to rule the world. It is up to each of you, My people, to establish righteousness and kingdom principles where you are–in your life and circumstances. You will do this through choosing good over evil, says the Lord. Set yourself apart to reflect My character and nature.
Consider where you have been, where you are now and where you are headed. If your life seems to be on a path that has departed from spiritual commitment and consecration, you will need to make a course correction before it leads to destruction. Let Me direct you in the way of righteousness and peace so that I can bless you, says the Lord.
The next phase of your spiritual progression is beginning to unfold. Position yourself for the greatest benefit of the season by getting your priorities in order and developing righteous values. Move away from self-absorption to consider and esteem one another. Be honest and righteous in every area of life–relationships, finances, goals and desires. I am the light that will guide you through the darkness that covers the earth, says the Lord.
Don’t expect justice, but we never cease to give it.