by Earl R. Curry
QUESTION NO 4: Must the people and ministry of the Church pass thru a
time of very great trial, or calamity, or judgment, before
the day of judgment?
Yes, for many there must come such a time, and all must pass thru it.
The finest blessing, the most gracious bestowal of more than Pentecostal power,
cannot come to men whose trust is in worldly wisdom and the arm of flesh,
neither can it come to such men as are self-centered, or arrogant, or proud, or
overcome with surfeiting,
or whose lives are filled with a multitude of interests which are of little lasting
nor can it come to any whose hearts are hardened and insensitive to spiritual
or whose spiritual perceptions are of low order, or as mere crumbs from the
bounteous table of the Lord.
It will not come to any number, or set of ministers, who in their own wisdom and
counsel, bring the
methods of the great and abominable church,
or any of her worldly daughters and
seek to substitute these for the
unpretentious, but yet
all deeply spiritual ways of the Lord.
It cannot come to those
whose hearts are impure and
whose lives are stained, sometimes very deeply
with the sins of negligence,
or extreme preoccupation with the affairs of the world,
or failure to make the great concerns of the Lord their great concerns,
or are light-minded,
or are ignorant of the word of God,
or know not the word of the prophets,
nor see the starkly clear signs of approaching catastrophic crises.
It is impossible for it to come to men who,
in this day when the long foretold judgments of the Almighty
are about to sweep over the earth,
are concerned with little more than the churches of the world.
Woe unto all such for they stand in the way of the Lord of Hosts,
hindering, terribly hindering His great work.
Judgment shall not alone fall on a grossly sinful world, but
it shall also fall upon those of the church,
and even ministers who could have known the deeper things of the Lord,
but do not.
Yes, a time of calamity must come and is near at hand.
Men think they have arranged ways that shall guarantee their security,
regardless of their worthiness in the sight of the Lord.
Those ways will fail.
Men think now they are so wise there will be no more panics or depressions or
times of mass unemployment or great want.
In this they know not the future.
The present abundant streams of prosperity shall dry up.
Conditions shall change, for like the backward swing of a giant pendulum
it shall swing farther back than ever before.
Already the world is filled with troubles and problems whose solution defy the
wisdom of your great statesman.
War and disintegrating forces set in motion by the emissaries of Satan shall
increasingly add to the perplexities of men in these latter days.
Power now in the hands of man to destroy cities will be used. Cities and
strongholds will be thrown down,
even as shown to the prophets of ancient America.
By all these things shall
the heart of the world be humbled and
the hearts of the people of the church as well.
By these things shall you understand
that it is only as you lean very heavily on the arm of the Lord's power
that His great work can be done.
Always there has been a great trial before a spiritual blessing.
And thus must it be now.
Men, in general, must learn obedience by what they suffer.
Yet, all who will, all who see,
may now prepare themselves.
Blessed are all such as shall draw close to the Lord
in lowliness of heart,
in great love, sacrificially, and
in great faith.
Such will be pillars of strength to God's people
and they shall be instruments of power in His hands.
Yet, be not dismayed because of this coming day, for
out of your trials and sufferings shall come a new nearness to spiritual things.
Out of trial shall come compassion.
Out of disaster shall come new willingness for brotherhood.
Out of downfall of cherished, but mistaken, ways and notions shall come a
new willingness to consider the high way of God.
You must suffer with them to save them,
even as Jesus suffered for all mankind.
The mighty blessing of great spiritual power, that shall come to the church
as the Eternal Father meets the church's desperate need,
shall be so altogether
that when that day comes, all trial and suffering of the past
will be as a forgotten evil dream.
Oh My people, be not deceived. God does not want any of you to blunder along in
these momentous days and times,
like a man stumbling thru the darkness of night.
It still is true, as spoken by Amos of old, that the Lord
will not do any great thing or
permit great waves of commotion or destruction to overwhelm
without warning those who love Him.
If you are filled with a Godly concern,
if you become of great faith,
if you will call on Him in mighty prayer,
if you will prepare yourselves,
if you will go apart
into the quietness of the woods or hills or desert places,
or best of all,
into the solemnities of holy sanctuaries--
into places where you can listen for the still small voice--
He shall wondrously show you what lies ahead.
He will show it to the spiritually awake among you,
be they aged or young,
God would make you strong for these times.
He would have you take such steps in preparation as only He can show you.