(Prayer and Bible Study are Neglected)
This is what the Sovereign Lord says,
“In its day! The Gardens of Helegan (Cornwall, UK), produced the finest vegetables and most succulent of fruits to grace the
table of any man and his family. Unfortunately, with the coming of war (World War I), the peace and tranquillity was lost,
along with much of its workforce and so it came to pass that the estate and gardens slipped slowly but surely into disrepair
with decades of neglect. Once again thorns and thistles returned in abundance, and the ivy and brambles of time knitted
together as a shroud, and it was veiled from the sight of man. But in the fullness of time it was rediscovered quite by chance
or so the world has been led to believe.
“But I AM Sovereign and in control of all things and all things are under My control. Therefore, I am able to work in and
through any man or woman that I choose to, to bring about My purposes on the earth. Yes, I say, yes, there are times when
I choose to work through the most unlikely of people in the most unlikely of ways. This garden is an analogy of parts of
the Church where prayer and Bible study are very much neglected, or forgotten altogether, and the true unity of being one
in spirit is little understood. In its place, the spirit of division rules the day, as individuals born of the flesh, but
not born of the Spirit, war against each other for selfish gain.
“Do not be deceived, you will reap what you sow, woe to those shepherds who only take care of themselves and not the flock.
The weak are not strengthened, those who are sick, bound and injured are left to themselves while the strays still stray,
and those who are lost are forgotten. Many have ruled harshly and brutally, and have scattered to the hills and homes.
“Hear the word of the Lord this day, hear, I say, listen to the Spirit of the living God. I will hold to account every
shepherd who puts himself first and remove those who do not repent and turn I say, turn from their wicked ways. Many have
grown fat off the land, and off the lambs, and off the backs of others and yet feel no shame. Sheep without a shepherd wander
off in all directions and many are devoured by dead denominations that once lived. While others are caught and ensnared by
the brambles of despair, while still others drop with exhaustion and dehydration for lack of feeding and drinking on the
living Word. In this hour when hearts are weighed down by the weight of the ivy of time, and neglect that has choked out
the true light of the Word, and the Bread of Heaven lays hidden beneath the continual propagation of the weeds of doom and gloom.
“I have this to say, My Spirit will shepherd My flock, My sheep know My voice and together we shall reclaim the ground lost
or neglected [Ezekiel 34:11 and 1 Peter 2:25]. My Spirit will plough and re-plough, and there shall be a harvest, a great
harvest and My Spirit shall shepherd in this great harvest as He is poured out from on high. Wake up, get up, read up, pray up,
feed up, and look up. If you would understand My meaning, I am removing the shrink-wrap and de-waxing My combine harvesters
in readiness. So make ready, sharpen your scythes, sickles and hooks. Repair your rakes to glean and gather in the remnants
of the harvest alongside My combines.
“Be on your guard; be alert for as My combine harvesters combine with the true Church harvesters to gather in the harvest.
The vermin, tares, weeds and their seed along with the mockers and the troublemakers, who have hidden away under a canopy
of religious confusion, will scurry out into the open to do all they can to hinder, discourage and slow down My chosen ones
for they know their end, and their end is near.”
Michael Backholer, Sunday 11 September 2011 - www.ProphecyNow.co.uk
“…Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? You eat the fat and clothe
yourselves with wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock” (Ezekiel 34:2b-3).