2016: The Lord Has a Controversy with the Church

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2016- “The Lord Has a Controversy with the Church”

The year 2016 will be a year in the earth where the church will be tested like never before concerning her allegiance, trust, and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ and His ability to save, deliver, and lead them through the turbulent years in the earth that are ahead. Let it be known that God the Father has a CONTROVERSY with the church, as He has grown heart broken with her desire to put her dependence in men (specifically political figures) and not in His Son! As I have prayed and fasted into 2016, the Spirit of God has directly taken me to the days and ministries of Hosea and Isaiah. I believe their callings and the days in which they lived parallel the days in which we are now living in.

 The Days of Hosea Revisited

Hosea 4:1 says, “Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel; for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no truth or love, and no understanding for God in the land.”

The Hebrew word for controversy here is “reeb” and it means: a contest, a case, to plead, to strive, to chide”

 Hosea addresses in part the specifics of God’s controversy with Israel in verse 12 as he says, “My people consult their wooden idols, and their diviner’s wand informs them; for a spirit of harlotry has led them astray, and they have played the harlot, departing from their God.”

In the days of Hosea the prophet, Israel had become enslaved and therefore dependent upon the Assyrians for protection and leadership. In the midst of their impending captivity, Hosea releases God’s word and a reminder to them, “ I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt; you know no God but Me, And besides Me there is no savior” Hosea 13:4

God is imploring Israel that He is their savior, not a nation that rules over them or a nation that could possibly help them. As history records, rather than cry out to God in their despair, Israel sought an alliance with Egypt against Assyria and God speaks again and says, “They shall return to the land of Egypt, And Assyria shall be their King, Because they have refused to return to Me.” Hosea 11:5

The Days of Isaiah Examined

There was a very similar crisis in the ministry of the prophet Isaiah who was a contemporary of Hosea. He was called to plead with the people of Judah to put their allegiance, trust, and hope in the Lord rather than rulers and potential helpers. Isaiah proposes God’s solution to the nation in Isaiah 30:15 as he says, “In returning to God and in rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”

Tragically, Isaiah’s plea made little impression upon Judah. As the nation was threatened by the aggressive might of Assyria, they thought it wise to rely on Egyptian arms than to withdraw into quietness and trust in the Lord. Isaiah warns them saying, Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord! Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster and does not retract His words, but will arise against the house of evildoers and against the help of the workers of iniquity. Now the Egyptians are men and not God, and their horses are flesh and not spirit; So the Lord will stretch out His hand, and he who helps will stumble and he who is helped will fall, and all of them will come to an end together.” Isaiah 31:1-3 

It’s very important to recognize that the prophet Isaiah’s primary concern in his day is not Judah’ s foreign policy, but rather the inner state of the nation.

 In the days of Hosea and Isaiah God had tried to call upon the people, to confer favors upon them, yet as Hosea says in chapter 11 verse 2, “ the more I called them, the more they went away from Me”. Isaiah says in chapter 26 verse 10, “When the wicked is spared, he does not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he deals perversely and does not regard the majesty of the Lord”.

God chastised His people in order to get them to repent, but it proved to be no cure. He smote the people and they continued to rebel; they did not stop to ponder about the meaning of their suffering nor turn to the One who smote them.

How did the inhabitants of Samaria explain the calamity that overtook their land? They thought it was due to an error in politics rather than to a failure in their relation to God. In other words, the people blamed the government and political figures for their distress rather than recognizing their own sin, taking responsibility for it, and repenting.

Neither words of tender and loving persuasion nor threats of destruction had any effect on the people in Isaiah’s day. Something greater than prophetic words had to take place to silence the arrogance of man.

Isaiah prophesied and said, “Behold the day of the Lord comes, Cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, To make the earth a desolation, And to destroy its sinners from it… I will punish the world for its evil, And the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant, And lay low the haughtiness of the ruthless.” Isaiah 13:9, 11

In the midst of imminent destruction, Isaiah knows that a remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob. The type of man who will survive the ordeals of history described by Isaiah is one: …who walks righteously and speaks uprightly; He who despises the gain of oppressions; Who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe; Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from looking upon evil.” Isaiah 33:15

What was the hope of the remnant in the midst of the judgment of God?

Isaiah puts it like this in chapter 33:5-6 “The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness. And HE SHALL BE THE STABILITY OF YOUR TIMES, a wealth of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is his treasure.”

The Current Crisis in America

The controversy that God will have with the church in 2016 is over whether she will turn to Him or to a political figure to be their savior in the midst of crisis. Be warned, God is not pleased with allegiance to political figures, whether they be republican or democratic. I want to be clear: I am not saying that Christians should not vote in the 2016 elections, but what I am saying is that Satan is laying a tremendous trap before the American Church is 2016 and God is going to have a great controversy with those who will put their trust in a political figure or party and not in His leadership. God is looking for the Church to turn to Him and not to man as in the days of Hosea and Isaiah. We must not become consumed and driven by fear, hate, or emotions in the days ahead.

In a vision God said to me, “I did not give My people what they deserved in the 2012 election, but rather who they asked for. For they cried out for the help of men in their time of distress, just as Israel when surrounded by their enemies sought help from Egypt, so the Church when surrounded by uncertainty has reached out to mammon, men, and temporary pleasures. Where and whom shall the Church in 2016 put their allegiance, trust, and hope in? To the one who will sit in the oval office or to the One who sits above the circle of the earth?

I will not anoint a politician in 2016, but I will anoint a prophetic and evangelistic people in America to declare my uncompromised truth. These individuals will act as an abrasion to the body of Christ and cause many to wonder at the way they will conduct themselves. I am releasing stadium gatherings, solemn assemblies, and mass crusades upon America in 2016 as I release my words to the church and gather a harvest of souls. The message that will come forth will be simple, but profound, ‘Return to Me Beloved and reform your ways before it’s too late’ says your God.”

God then gave me another vision of Benjamin Netanyahu and said, “The anointing upon Benjamin Netanyahu’s life will grow in ever increasing measure in 2016, specifically to expose the plans and plots against Israel and other nations before they occur. He will warn of various disaster with alarming prophetic accuracy, expose the secret plans of Vladimir Putin, and rally the nations to take their stand. Netanyahu is a friend of America and will continue to walk with her through her darkest days. Benjamin is greatly anticipating the 2016 elections far beyond most American’s and for good reason, as I have placed a humble spirit within him and he has not taken offense as President Obama has spit in his face and plotted evil in secret.”

Prophetic Insight into the 2012 Election

Several days after President Obama was re-elected in 2012, I had a dream where I found myself walking all over the United States. In every city I visited, I constantly heard the sound of a woman in labor. Cities all over the United States were underneath hospitals that had been built over them. All that I could hear were these women’s labor cries. They were groaning with tremendous pain and longing to see their children. I had a sense that this was their firstborn and that they had never conceived before. The anticipation and expectancy could be felt in every city in America.

Suddenly, the voice of the Father echoed over a heavenly speaker from the hospitals built over these cities. The speakers boomed four times, “Braxton Hicks, Braxton Hicks, Braxton Hicks, Braxton Hicks.”

As the nation heard this proclamation four times, there was a tremendous release. The labor pains ceased. There was silence in every city in America. Then the Father spoke again. This is what He said:

“The 2012 election in the United States was false labor. Though the labor pains increased in every city, I have mercifully granted four more years to the American church to change their position on five key areas that are upon My heart in this hour. The next four years in the United States will be known as the years of “complications.” Because I have kept what must be birthed in the United States in the womb for another four years, great complications will mark the pregnancy. What will guarantee the safety of what must be birthed in four years is the American church changing its position on five strategic areas that are upon my heart.”

The five areas were:

  1. Abortion
  2. Sexual Immorality
  3. Rebellion and Tolerance
  4. Hillary Clinton
  5. Israel

Hillary Clinton Warning

In 2012, the Spirit showed me her face in a dream and then all of a sudden the applause of the nations began to roar as they cried out for her to gain more power in the United States. At this point in the dream, my attention was shifted to the terrorist attack on Benghazi. The Spirit of God began to show me that her hands had a part in the disaster, and He was allowing light to be shed in the dark places as a prophetic word to the Church. The Spirit said to me in the dream, “Take careful notice of the secrecy that she operates in. Beware of what goes on behind the scenes with her. The Church must resist her. She has plans to control, plans to influence. Beware!”

As I further sought the Lord in regards to how to the body of Christ must change its position regarding Hillary Clinton before the 2016 election, I was given another detailed and insightful prophetic dream regarding this key area.

The Days of King Hezekiah

In the dream I found myself working in a carpet truck and pulling up the White House in Washington D.C. I walked inside and began tearing up the carpet and crying out, “We are living in the days of King Hezekiah. The White House staff became very alarmed and gathered around me as I began to weep. As I began to crawl on my hands and knees sobbing, I said to them, “Was it not in the days of King Hezekiah where he foolishly welcomed the Babylonians into his kingdom, and there was nothing in his house nor in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show the Babylonians? Behold, President Obama has acted foolishly. He has welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood into the White House. He has welcomed assassins who have been trained to kill the patriotic spirit. President Obama has formed an unholy alliance with Hillary Clinton. They wish to welcome the Islamic regime into America. He is and will continue to appoint strategic men and women in positions of authority to pave the way for Hillary.”

The Prophetic Word

At this point in the dream, the White House staff had attacked me and thrown me out on the White House steps. I got into my carpet truck and drove to a meeting of church leaders who were anxiously awaiting my arrival. Everyone seemed to know I had entered the White House and prophesied to the staff. I walked into the meeting with the pastors and leaders and prophesied to them. This is what the Lord says,

The end time church must not be deceived in this hour. They must intercede that the Muslim Brotherhood be exposed. America must not make a pact with Egypt against Israel. The will on Capitol Hill is demonically influenced. Even now I am breathing upon Rubio. I am breathing upon those who carry the patriotic spirit of America. This nation must return to Me with weeping and wailing. They must pray for deception and demonic strategy to be revealed among President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Then I awoke.

Prophetic Insight into the 2016 Election

On July 15th 2015, God began to speak to me concerning Donald Trump and what I heard was published by Charisma Magazine (it has since been taken down and no longer viewable on their website). I believe the word God gave me reveals what is happening in America right now:

The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Trump shall become My trumpet to the American people, for he possesses qualities that are even hard to find in My people these days. Trump does not fear man nor will he allow deception and lies to go unnoticed. I am going to use him to expose darkness and perversion in America like never before, but you must understand that he is like a bull in a china closet. Many will want to throw him away because he will disturb their sense of peace and tranquility, but you must listen through the bantering to discover the truth that I will speak through him. I will use the wealth that I have given him to expose and launch investigations searching for the truth. Just as I raised up Cyrus to fulfill My purposes and plans, so have I raised up Trump to fulfill my purposes and plans prior to the 2016 election. You must listen to the trumpet very closely for he will sound the alarm and many will be blessed because of his compassion and mercy. Though many see the outward pride and arrogance, I have given him the tender heart of a father that wants to lend a helping hand to the poor and the needy, to the foreigner and the stranger.”

Many individuals interpreted this prophetic word about Donald Trump as a prophecy about him winning the 2016 election or an acceptance of his morals and lifestyle. On the contrary, this prophetic word addresses none of that.

We have to honestly ask ourselves, Is Donald Trump crazy or is God using him as a trumpet in America to stir the church from her slumber and encourage them to find their voice in an hour of crisis? I emphatically believe the answer is YES.

I choose not to speculate or attempt to prophetically declare who will win the 2016 election for that has not been revealed to me. I simply have been called to warn the church of Hillary Clinton and prophesy concerning Donald Trump.

George Orwell said, “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it hates those who speak it.” We are witnessing a mass falling away of those who once loved the truth, a turning away from God, and a belief that the political systems of men can save us. We must not be deceived in this hour. Reformation in society always begins with reformation in the Church.

Legalizing Homosexual Marriage in America

After the Supreme Court justices legalized homosexual marriage in 2015, I immediately began to seek the Father regarding His perspective on the ruling. Charisma Magazine published I believe He said to me: “In the natural, the Supreme Court justices have just legalized homosexual marriage in America, but little do they know that they also just authorized an awakening of the Spirit in My bride. For know that now is the time to turn inward, it is a time of repentance and fasting for My people. Has their laziness and blindness on the issue of sexual immorality in their midst not given the homosexual agenda its true power? America has now legalized homosexual immorality because the American church legalized heterosexual immorality first.”

I immediately received a powerful vision of intercessors gathering from all over America in response to the ruling. They gathered and began to pray, but what they were interceding about was very displeasing to the Father. I listened very carefully to the cries and prayers of the intercessors in the vision and this is what they were crying out: “Father, we repent for the sins of America! Father, we ask that you would turn the hearts of homosexuals back to you. Father, bring justice to these people!”

As I listened in to these continual prayers, the Father said to me, “Do you know what’s wrong with these prayers Jeremiah? They are all focused on the call for America to repent when I have called My bride to repent! You must tell the intercessors to shift their focus from America to My bride. Their self-righteous hearts and blindness to their own sin is a stench in my nostrils. The issues coming forth in the United States is not an American problem, it’s an American Church problem.”

Standing for Truth in an Hour of Crisis

America is in a crisis, but the American church is in a greater crisis. We are and will continue to reap what we have sown and that is seeds of silence and tolerance on the key issues of our day that have come before the Father as sin.

As Abraham Kuyper once said, “When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.”

2016 will be a year to take our stand as watchmen upon the walls of America and seek the face of God like never before. Remember, Isaiah and Hosea were not so much concerned with foreign policy as they were with the inner state of the nation and so it must be with the Church. Let each one of us intercede and pray to God with open hearts, asking Him if there is any part of our lives that we need to bring fully to Him. The Church must not be shaken by politics in 2016, but rather take our stand on the rock solid revelation of Jesus Christ. May He and He alone be the stability of our times!

 

 With Urgency and Faith, 

Jeremiah Johnson

December 11, 2015

About Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah has a very dynamic and unusual ministry because he not only travels nationally and internationally as a prophetic minister , but also planted and is on the eldership team at Heart of the Father Ministry in Lakeland, FL full time. (www.hotfmlakeland.com) This is a thriving community of believers committed to revival, awakening, and character transformation on a daily basis.

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