Report From The Tower
Twelve years ago, I made my third trip to Africa for the purposes of preaching the gospel. I intended to return there many, many times and to eventually move there if the Lord would permit. The Lord has plans for us though that are sometimes not in line with our plans and I did not know it at the time, but the Lord would send me back to my nation to do radio and to minister to people who do not wish to be prophesied to. I much preferred ministry in Africa, where great multitudes of people are receptive to the Holy Spirit, but such is the nature of the cross: not my will by thy will be done. Ministry in America has been a difficult cross to carry, but it has been my cross: given to me my Jesus. Even today, God has been speaking about this, saying that when you are lost, you must come and sit at His feet; at the foot of the cross. So when you are lost and you don't know what to do or what the Lord wants you to do, that is where you must go: to the foot of the cross, coming in lowly and humbly. The one who is large in his or her own eyes will never be able to even get there. Once you are there, you must wait there and deny yourself. No one knows how long you must wait: only Jesus knows. But once you have met His requirements, He will show you what your next cross is and then, and only then, you can go to pick it up and follow Jesus. Doing anything else will cause you to give birth to your own ministry and it will not be a ministry that Jesus Christ has birthed.
I went through a major change in ministry about a year and a half ago and I wrote about it. When I did, God gave me release in my spirit to issue forth four of the five visions I had received when I was in Africa in May and June, 2005. I have repeated those four visions that came to me at Kapkatenny, Western Kenya below. There was one vision or prophetic experience that came forth on May 24, 2005 that for whatever His reasons, Jesus has had me hide until now.
PRESENT SIGNS, WONDERS, DREAMS AND WORDS
I...We (my wife and I) are seeing signs that we have entered into a new day: the third day of the Lord (Hosea 6:2. I began consideration of the third prophetic day in 1997 (4BC-1997AD) when we came through the 2,000 year mark from the birth of Messiah and I started writing about it shortly thereafter. You can search my early archives if you want to research the background. Over the years, I have begun to understand that just as Jesus entered this world as a baby and grew, so it will be for the third day. Jesus began His ministry at the age of 30. That would correspond to 2027 if everything is going to develop along the same line. I had thought that things might begin to get interesting when we reached the twentieth year, as that was the year of Hebrew majority and full accountability. We have now come to the twenty year mark.
My wife, on the other hand, had the benefit of ignorance with respect to these prophecies about the third day, so she was quite surprised to find out that I have had twenty years of experience with this subject when she heard Jesus speak to her about two weeks ago, during a fast:
"THIS IS A NEW DAY; THE THIRD DAY OF MANIFESTATION OF SIGNS, WONDERS AND MIRACLES". She received this word on February 13, 2017 (Shebat 17) Take note of that appearance of "17"
I have not had words from Jesus in this new year regarding this, but I have had SIGNS. Signs are things the Lord shows you to reveal just what time you are entering into. Jesus compared it to looking at the sky to discern just what changes to expect in the weather. You have to pay attention to these signs. You may not always know exactly what they mean, but take them, at face value, in a childlike way and bring them back to scripture and to the words that Jesus has already spoken to you. That said, I and those around me have been getting signs about the impending third day. I usually don't reveal how the sausage is made: I just serve the sausage, but in these cases, I will briefly speak about a few of them and create a small time line.
1) January 19, 2017, I worked at the house of my client, "The Painter". Those of you who have read the Tsunami House revelation know much about him. When I completed my work, I felt led to tell him about my article that I had written on September 28, 2016, where I have been prophesying about the numbers 17 and 24 since the early 1990's. Now, God is sending two complete solar eclipses in 2017 and 2024 that will bisect America at Carbondale, IL, forming an "X" there, marking judgement. X is the symbol of the cross of Andrew, that relates it to my very first fulfilled prophecy. God has marked judgement with the name of Andrew once again. Carbondale, Illinois is my birthplace 2017-2024 Carbondale Bisecting Eclipses. When I had finished telling "The Painter" about this sign that the Lord will bring over the next seven years, he told me, quaking and trembling, that he had just placed an offer on an apartment two days earlier on January 17, 2017. The address of the apartment was 1717 SE 17th Street. He and his wife had been WONDERING what this meant. Yes, it is a WONDER!
2) February 13, 2017. Read the third day word, written above, received by my wife Mary.
3) February 23, 2017. I received email notification that no more contract work remains for us to complete on the Tsunami House. We wait now for the topping out party seen by "The Painter" in his dream vision.
4) February 23, 2017. Mary had a dream in which she saw a black goat with three horns coming out of the left side of it's head. The goat was heading up a hillside. Then the goat turned into a black pig. The Lord quickened Daniel 8 to me to unlock the interpretation. The three horns represent three presidents who have presided over twenty four years of America, leaning left. Ecclesiastes 10:2 equates left leaning with foolishness. Then, following this, America has turned into a pig nation that refuses to be cleansed.
5) March 1, 2017. I arrived at my place of work for the day and set up my mobile office (working as a tax preparer). I first set up and turned on my ten key calculator, then my computer, 32 inch monitor and connected the scanner/printer and all the cables. Then, I turned right and looked at the calculator. Normally, it displays "0" when it is turned on. What I saw was exactly this: 1-31-2008. I prayed and inquired of the Lord about what exactly this WONDER might mean and I was led to search all of my written and audio archives. I came to my audio program of January 31, 2008, entitled "Trumpets" Thursday, 01-31-2008 Trumpets (Stephen Bening) (Rec 01/31/08)
, where I discussed the first trumpet of Revelation 8:7 and how modern computer simulations of an asteroid that explodes in the upper atmosphere display an image that eerily resembles fire mixed with blood.
VISION 1 FROM KIGALI, RWANDA ON MAY 24, 2005
This is the vision or prophetic experience that the Lord has led me to withhold until now. We had just arrived in Kigali, Rwanda and we drove directly to the first church meeting. There were a few people there: not many. My sidekick was ministering. While I was sitting there, a shaft of sunlight pierced through a small pinhole in the tin sheet metal roof, illuminating Psalm 78:49 in my King James Bible:
"He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them."
VISION 2 THROUGH 5
The final two weeks of that third Africa trip saw many incredible visions, miracles and events. The Holy Spirit led me to seal them up at the time. You can read the ministry report from June 6, 2005 here at Days 32-44 Ministry In Africa. From reading that report, you would never know the events of major import that happened. Now, ten years later, the Holy Spirit quickened these events to my spirit, I pulled out my journals and these events are to be unsealed, for they explain things that have happened and are happening in America and around the world. All I know is that the Holy Spirit wants me to write about these things today, in a current article. I began this morning to go back to the ten year old mission report, to add to it, and the Holy Spirit said no, make it new.
The thing the Holy Spirit brought back to my remembrance today was the joint vision, had at exactly the same moment, by Randy McKee and Stephen Bening. That is the only time in my life that I have ever had a vision from the Lord and another person could see the exact same thing that I was seeing. McKee and I had that joint vision in the night session of the third day of meetings on Friday, May 27, 2005 of an event that was headlined as the "INTERNATIONAL PROPHETIC EXPLOSION" in Kapkatenny, Western Kenya. I had nothing to do with the selection of the name of the event. You can see on the May 24th Mission Report that we had a five day session planned for Kapkatenny, but God ended it for me in terms of preaching on that third night. We had apparently promised that town four nights of outdoor crusade evangelism, but the weather only permitted one, so we would have to return there later. When we did return, a week later, the event was huge, much larger than the one we had during this week, with many thousands in attendance and many attending signs and wonders. But, our focus here will be on this first three days of the International Prophetic Explosion.
The Wednesday, May 25th meeting opened mildly enough. Prophet Maurice Wasike began and then turned the proceedings over to an Apostle who I did not know named Ademba. He launched into a message that then veered into tithing error. I looked at McKee and we agreed that we had to put a stop to it, so I arose, took the microphone from Ademba and directed him to sit down. I told them that, contrary to the teaching of Ademba, you do not need to tithe for Jesus to heal you. Jesus is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord our healer. There was much discussion after I finished that session among the pastors who were there, who numbered about 250. They asked me to teach them properly about tithing and offering. I told them that it would probably require me to speak for about three hours and they agreed that they would pay close attention and not fall asleep during my presentation: a promise they kept. So, we agreed that tomorrow's teaching session in the afternoon would cover these things. That first night, Pastor Leonard preached indoors, as there was no outdoor crusade event scheduled.
So, we traveled back to our base house in Webuye, Kenya and got into our beds. At 1:17 AM, McKee and I were awakened by a great shaking. For one minute, we were shaking while in our beds. Our beds were shaking, but not bouncing around the floor and we both commented to one another about it. No one else was stirring in the house, so we perceived that we alone had been selected to experience this wonder. We wondered what this sign might portend about the coming days.
The Thursday, May 26th meetings went forward with almost nothing unusual at all. I was waiting for something, but really nothing notable occurred. I preached my tithing message and it caused much discussion among the pastors. We had our first outdoor crusade and about 125 prayed with me to receive Christ.
The Friday, May 27th meetings began at 1:30pm. Prophet Randy taught on the Making Of Decrees, and how this is the job of the prophet and the watchman. Prophets are the Watchers and the Holy Ones of Daniel. He also preached about the untempered mortar of Ezekiel 13 and how the holding on to idols as taught by Ezekiel 14 will cause God to turn one over to those idols so that God will speak to a man according to his idols. We had lunch and a tremendous rain came. We stayed inside of course: the outdoor crusade was cancelled for that late afternoon. I preached on a great number of prophetic things regarding the world and the gospel. I covered 1 Chronicles 5, Turkey, the US and Africa, Song of Solomon, Malachi 4, Jeremiah 31:3-14, Hosea 8-9 and Ecclesiastes 1. As I was feeling that I was finishing up, I had my first vision.
VISION 2-MAY 27, 2005 IN KAPKATENNY, WESTERN KENYA
I saw a lit scepter, with a flaming fire emitting out of the top of it, as it appeared in my right hand. I reached out and passed that scepter to Africa. I explained to the crowd what I was seeing and doing and I told them that it meant that the authority to carry the gospel to the world was being passed from America to Africa. Africa was now set to become the world center of the real church of Jesus Christ. America would be left as a carcass. I was happy about this for Africa but this saddened me for America. I finished up my speaking and I sat down.
VISION 3-MAY 27, 2005 IN KAPKATEENY, WESTERN KENYA
Prophet McKee and I were sitting there not very long when I began seeing another vision. I saw a scroll unfolding, coming down out of the concrete ceiling that was about eight feet over my head. The scroll was written in very ornate, decorative cursive writing that very much reminded me of the style of the US Declaration of Independence. I saw the top line of the scroll as it rolled down from the ceiling. It said, DEATH WARRANT FOR AMERICA. There was a whole page of writing below that title that I was not able to read or make out. The bottom of the page included two signature lines. On the left, I saw my name, with a blank line available for me to sign it. On the right, I saw the name of Randy McKee, with a blank line available for him to sign. I looked over at Randy and I said, "Do you see it"? He said yes. I asked what he saw, and he exactly described back to me what I had just seen.
The Lord then said to me that I was done. At the time, I thought that He was referring to my being done in that series of meetings, on that night, but I now take it that the Lord was telling me that I had finished my course in Africa. In any event, we still had to get out of there to return to our base, which was no easy work as our truck was stuck in the mud. I had to be the driver while every Kenyan pushed us out of the hole, as none of the Kenyans could seem to drive it free of being stuck. We all were covered in mud as we drove home and then tomorrow, we came back to Kapkatenny for another day.
The Saturday, May 28th day in Kapkatenny opened for us inauspiciously. The five day event had been cut to four. This was the last day. We arrived by noon and probably should have done a crusade right then as the weather was beautiful, but I was tired and so the word of the Lord was fulfilled that I would not preach again there. Apostle David spoke instead and then, an incredible rain storm came that would have been frightening to me if I had not been in such an other worldly condition: filled with the Holy Ghost. The rain came with terrible hail, lightning and thunder, even worse that the previous late afternoon. Additionally, the proximity of one of the Mt. Elgon peaks functioned as a water gatherer and the road we had driven in to that place on had become a white water river. We broke from our afternoon session just as the rain was ending and the flood was down right apocalyptic. I stood there, watching the street river run at about forty miles per hour, and I had my third vision.
VISION 4-MAY 28TH, 2005 IN KAPKATENNY, WESTERN KENYA
I saw a great number of vultures in the sky, flying toward the West. The clouds were clearing from the rainstorm and the setting sun was visible. Thousands and thousands of vultures were all flying directly west. Then, the Lord began to speak: "These are the evil angels of Africa, that have been trapped here since the time of Moses and Aaron. They are now leaving Africa, heading to the churches of America, for the vultures will be gathered to the carcass, says the Lord".
One week later, Joseph Cook sent me an email from America, reporting that Kim Clement has now prophesied that America's churches will be getting visits from wonderful angels, sent by God, who will bring great blessing. As I was reading this email, I had my fourth vision in Kenya.
VISION 5-JUNE 6, 2005 IN WEBUYE, WESTERN KENYA
I saw two opposing legal size tables 4' X 8', facing one another. I was sitting behind one of the tables, with a few men sitting at my side, whom I recognized to be several no-name prophets of the Lord. Sitting opposite me was Kim Clement, in the chair directly facing me. At his sides were several famous TV prophets. I realized immediately that I was seeing a visual representation of what I had just seen transpire with the vision of the vultures, signifying evil angels, and that these false prophets will lead the people of America to believe they were real Angels, sent from God, with many blessings.
What then immediately followed was the so called never ending revival at Lakeland, FL, where invitees were told to come and bring an angel home with them. Many people testified on God TV that this had happened. But....what of the fruit?
I very simply believe that all of this, taken together, represents strong indications, sent forth from Jesus, that the time of the trumpet judgements is at hand. This is to come forth first with a dramatic, exploding asteroid fireball that will terrify the world, but will not kill very many people. This is following that which we have now entered into: the third day time of signs, wonders, miracles, healings and the casting out of devils that accompany the manifestation or revelation of Jesus Christ as He begins to come out of hiding and manifest himself openly to this world. He will do this first through His prophets who will be anointed with the glory fire anointing that has been obtained through much suffering, fasting and many prayers, along with years of obedience. God's prophets will wield the iron rod of authority in the Earth, and then the Lord will come.
Really. really now, we are very near to it all now..even at the door of it. All of us, including me, need fresh manna from heaven. This is such a time that requires self denial and that, to me, is heavenly code for the need for fasting and prayer. We need to pray that we will be delivered from all dullness for this is a common condition that befalls disciples. We need to humble ourselves, ask forgiveness from any idolatry and ask the Lord to heal us from the resulting spiritual blindness that inexorably follows any idolatrous disobedience. We then need to pray most fervently that God would help us TO HEAR HIM NOW, even if He is whispering. Should we be found to be failing on that point, please Lord, warn us in dreams as you promise to do in Job 33. Failing in that, we humbly ask that you might grace us by sending your angels to drag us and our loved ones out of Sodom before the full ripening of impending times, for the time of the season is upon us and His signs are announcing the nearness of its' arrival. Many..many are in danger of being caught as a thief in the night by what is soon coming. Don't let that happen to you!
Stephen L. Bening
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