Sunday, October 15, 2006

Follow up thots on earthquake

Some of you have been asking about my last post on praying and preparing for a possible earthquake or disaster in Los Angeles...a few simple thots on how to take this...

1. The blog post written is not to predict a earthquake, but to share with those in the body of Christ to simply be alert and pray into this possible situation. The prophetic signs, warnings, confirmations, that I have been experiencing are subjective to my own personal encounters, all prophecy is to be tested, "do not despise prophecies, test all things, hold fast to what is good." 1 Thess 5:20-21. Indeed, others have had similar visions, burdens and warnings, again all is to be tested. How do we do this? By subjecting all prophecy to the Word, prayer, the Church and to see if a prophetic word bears fruit. Please bear in mind, my last blog was NOT a prediction, it is only what I am sensing. I feel convicted strongly that I need to share what I am hearing with the rest of the body of Christ so we may pray, discern and seek God's mercy in this situation. My prayer is that there would be no earthquake, tsunami, or impending judgment at all costs, but we can only hope for the best and prepare for the worst if there is an impending natural disaster. If the Holy Spirit is revealing such warnings or possibilities it could be an invitation to pray for mercy and for as many lives to be protected.

2. Regardless of prophecy, it would always be good to prepare for an earthquake since this is a very real occurance in California. Scientists and researchers have been predicting (just from scientific data) that we are due for another big earthquake in southern california for some time. Realisticaly speaking, we should always be prepared and pray for God's mercy in the inevitabiltiy of one taking place in the near or far future.

3. We should not fear, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7 Our trust is in the Lord our God, knowing that our life is in Him eternally, not on this earth. We are ready to go or ready to stay at any given moment. I believe God can protect lives through the intercession of the saints (Abraham & Lot "Sodom and Gomorah" for example) who fear the Lord and put their trust in Him. It is not a promise of sure protection, but God's mercy can be released through His saints praying for mercy. But like Paul to live is Christ to die is to gain. Our security is that our names are written in the book of life, not in this passing world.

4. We must understand the sovereignty of God does not mean that God brings about earthquakes, disasters, sufferings or evil occurences. God is love (1 John 4:8) but the earth has been subjected to a "curse" since sin has entered into the world through the human fall (Rom 19-21). Jesus told us clearly not to be alarmed "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. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." (Matt 24:6-8) Earthquakes are a sign of the end times, as we have seen in natural disasters like in Indonesia and many other nations across the earth. Today there was a 6.5+ earthquake that shut down Hawaii, we are not to be surprised or alarmed, but we are to be prepared, alert and always praying for God's grace in this. God is good. The Devil is bad period. People can cause suffering, judgment, through choosing sin and giving into the temptation of the evil one. Satan comes to lie, kill and destroy (Jn 10:10) not God. Jesus came to give life and more abundantly, not to take life. So we must understand clearly an earthquake happenning in California can be caused by many factors, but lets not blame God. His heart and will is to love, not kill. We can not explain all kinds of sufferings, for there are times where God brings about judgment and discpline because He is a God of justice, this Biblical understanding of God's justice we can not excuse. God judges the wrong to make things right.

5. My heart is that we would pray first, prepare second, and be ready to give a testimony of the Gospel if judgment were to come. In a natural disaster many people will be needing help, needing hope and most of all needing Jesus. It is in this time of crisis the Church is to rise up and be LIGHT in darkness. It is in the darkest of hours that the Church will shine the brightest. We are not to run, flee, but we are to embrace, stand in faith and show the world our hope is in Christ not in the perishing things of this world. During Katrina it was the church that rose up and aided the many who were helpless, if something of that magnitude smaller or greater were to occur in Southern California we as the Church must prepare to be Jesus hands and feet to the many who will need His grace, help and mercy. It is in judgment that there is also great mercy (Book of Joel is such a book about "judgment and grace" working together upon a nation) Let us always be ready, praying and prepraing.

Lastly, I pray you will all pray. Personally, I believe a natural disaster could happen very soon, but this is what I sense, it is not a prediction. You may choose to believe and prepare, or believe I can be totally off in what I am sensing in my spirit. I honestly hope I'm wrong and that nothing happens in this season of time, but I don't want to be ignorant if the spirit is revealing a warning so that His people, intercessors may pray and seek God's mercy so that many lives will be protected, saved or judgment even possibly be averted. Honestly, I believe a big one 'earthquake' is inevitable, its not a matter of "if" but "when?"

Let us not fear, but pray and keep our faith in the rock of our salvation knowing He is the only thing sure and firm that we can stand upon. God is good. I know God works all things together for the good (Rom 8:28) and we are always to ask God, would you receive maximum glory in all things at all times. May this be true also whether an earthquake is occur or not. Father, we put our trust in You alone.

Shalom,

Jaeson

9 Comments:

At 10/16/2006 07:45:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

scanned a bit...press on...

 
At 10/16/2006 01:39:00 PM , Anonymous Ezekiel said...

Hi Jaeson,

Here is Wolfgang. Got ahold of your word regarding earthquakes through PrayCalifornia. Can we post it on www.ezekiellist.org (Prophetic words for California)?

Many blessings bro
Wolf

 
At 10/17/2006 05:08:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Pastor Jaeson,

I have seen you completely change so much in two years -- not just as an emerging clear prophetic voice, a young strong apostolic leader, but most importantly as a son of God. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor grow weary in doing good. He is the mastercraftsman and you are just His very vessel of choice. Even the cracks are used to let His glory shine forth in this earthenware vessel. He will do all that He promised you (Hab 2). He who has begun a good work in you will complete it. He will finish the task. And in the meantime, you are perfect in His eyes. Thank you for having the courage to completely lay down your life for love, when it is not easy. Than you for being a catylyst to provoke a generation to follow in His (and your) footsteps. Do not be discouraged or dismayed. He is perfectly patient and never even a moment late. He is and will write the perfect story on you as His living epistle. One that the whole world will read and be encouraged by the testimony of Jesus. He makes all things beautiful -- just in time. Praying Eph 3:16-20 and Zeph 3 over you. Most of all, always remember, you are perfect in His sight. Perfect...

I heard you preach in LA. Thank you!

 
At 10/17/2006 05:11:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Pastor Jaeson,

I have seen you completely change so much in two years -- not just as an emerging clear prophetic voice, a young strong apostolic leader, but most importantly as a son of God. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor grow weary in doing good. He is the mastercraftsman and you are just His very vessel of choice. Even the cracks are used to let His glory shine forth in this earthenware vessel. He will do all that He promised you (Hab 2). He who has begun a good work in you will complete it. He will finish the task. And in the meantime, you are perfect in His eyes. Thank you for having the courage to completely lay down your life for love, when it is not easy. Than you for being a catylyst to provoke a generation to follow in His (and your) footsteps. Do not be discouraged or dismayed. He is perfectly patient and never even a moment late. He is and will write the perfect story on you as His living epistle. One that the whole world will read and be encouraged by the testimony of Jesus. He makes all things beautiful -- just in time. Praying Eph 3:16-20 and Zeph 3 over you. Most of all, always remember, you are perfect in His sight. Perfect...

I heard you preach in LA. Thank you!

 
At 10/17/2006 03:41:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

man, you sound pretty intense.

 
At 10/20/2006 05:28:00 AM , Blogger jawn said...

i saw an article before (i think 6 months to a year back) saying the same thing, a flood in LA, with the author asking anyone with friends/family to get them out asap. i'll see if i can dig it up

 
At 10/22/2006 11:08:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jaeson,

It was great meeting and talking with you at IHOP. Keep posting, defintely an encouragement.

Jeff, from KC IHOP
Jeffho823@gmail.com

 
At 10/23/2006 05:42:00 PM , Anonymous Charlene said...

hey jaeson--i've been having a lot of visions/images lately, and i saw yesterday in the Spirit God's hands shaking the entire earth--and i believe it's a spiritual as well as a physical shaking...just thought I'd let u know since it seems related to what ur saying...

oh yeah..and this is Charlene UCD-- Michelle's friend from Korea

God bless!

 
At 10/24/2006 12:29:00 AM , Blogger IBeCris said...

Sir, You lead a Revival Service at the Torrance Bread of Life sometime in May. I was greatly touched and now I seek your guidence and prayer. Your voice has echoed in my head since that day. I am currently a student at Cal Poly Pomona. It's been the fifth week of college and everything is quite intresting. I met a few friends, shared my life testimony a couple times, prayed, worshiped, cried, and laughed. So many things has happened and I can't comprehend what is happening. He is working so much around me...having me lead my own small/accountability group, and have a calling to be a good witness in 5 christian clubs on campus, where I am trying to be a part of them all. Just recently I went to a Bread of Life Church In LA and I realized that these cities are in DIRE need of REVIVAL their faith needs a repost and their foundation needs to be solid...and their faith is shakey...Pray for me that God will send a revival on campus and the surrounding cities ( Walnut, Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar, Fullerton ) They need the Holy Spirit to come upon them and strike them in the face and tell them that their lives aren't straight. I'm trying my best to be a good witness but I am afraid I won't be able to do what He wants me to do...So please pray for me and other believers. I understand that you came to the Bread Of Life in LA and saw what I saw, and what I hear about this church has frightened me, to be honest I won’t believe it until I see it first hand, yet I fear for the believers there. So Please if there is any way you can help or give advice please I am all ears. I want to lead a revival on this campus and these cities. I feel physically weak but spiritually strong, yet I don’t know what exactly He wants me to do here, except be that Light upon the hill. Please contact me when you get the chance.

Your Brother In Christ,
Chris Chen

Christopher_Yu_Chen@verizon.net

 

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