The following jotted by Chris Bennett this afternoon reminds me this scripture was one of the few that hit me between the eyes when starting to attend church 30 yrs ago. Having heard similar but from the ‘other camp’, I immediately recognised its validity – and stayed for more, lots and lots and lots more!! (Emphases below are mine)
I was disturbed earlier today when I had a vivid mini-vision of someone talking to a group of people. They were very important, government people, and their leader sat behind a beautiful wooden desk. Many were smiling or smirking, indulgently it seemed, as the speaker addressed them.
There was some head shaking, some words exchanged, and the speaker turned to leave. Then, quite suddenly, and to the shock of many present, he stopped. He removed his shoes saying, “Excuse me, but the Lord would have me do this before I leave!” Then he shook the dirt and dust from his shoes and walked out bare-footed before putting them on again. The effect was significant in that one or two scoffed, but most were shocked and alarmed as they understood the import of what they had just seen. The vision faded.
The Lord took me to these verses – “And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.”
Matthew 10:14, Mark 6:11, & Luke 9:5
I asked the Lord what this was all about? It seems to me to be a warning to our leaders and our people, government, church, and business in both UK & America, that the Lord is about to wash his hands of us if we don’t start to listen to Him. I didn’t see any consequences of their refusal to listen, but I, and they, certainly understood the seriousness of the situation.
It is said, in 1 Peter 4:17, that judgement begins with the church, but I got the impression that before or when that happens, the Lord will remove power from those who currently hold it, and give the power back to the people. Not in a militant sense but more in a righteous sense. He is taking the candlestick, (Revelation 2:5), and moving it to where it will be stewarded reverently and responsibly by righteous men and women of God. I got the impression of righteousness returning to every level of government from kindergarten to national levels and all in between.
If and when the Lord kicks the dust from His feet, the shaking will be felt in every corner of the realm. If we don’t starting to listen to Him, either directly or through His prophets, then the consequences will be serious indeed!