This past Sunday morning, October 11, 2020, my alarm went off; not my smoke alarm, but the alarm on my phone. It was time to get up and get ready for church. I am usually awake in advance of the ring; to spend some time with the Lord before getting up. But I had been awake in the middle of the night, and had fallen back to sleep.
I opened my eyes to see a thick column of smoke near my bed.
The pillar stood from floor to ceiling and was billowing up toward the ceiling. It was such active smoke, that it appeared to be coming from an intense fire; its origin seemed to be the wall, at floor level. There was only time to notice the smoke, shut off my alarm and conclude that my house was on fire!
I didn’t get past the thought.
It had barely registered in my mind. I hadn’t even had time to notice that there was no smell of smoke or heat; when the column of smoke suddenly swooped up and escaped through the ceiling. I watched amazed, as the last trailing wisp of smoke slipped out and was gone.
Not your usual wake up call, but interesting!
A column of smoke is one of the end-time signs mentioned in Joel 2. The scripture is familiar and often quoted, end-time dreams and visions, but quite often the remainder of the verse is left off; the quote unfinished.
There seems to be an increase of visions and dreams in the world, myself included. And this is the third time that I have witnessed smoke in my house. But the other two times the smoke was higher toward the ceiling (again, no physical fire) and horizontal, rather than a pillar.
“‘Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory; and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.'” Matthew 24:29-31
Rest assured, He will return!
And the signs of the times are indicating, sooner, rather than later–
are you prepared?
“‘And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even upon the menservants and maidservants in those days, I will pour out my spirit. And I will give portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. And it shall come to pass that all who call upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.'” Joel 2:28-32 (see also Acts 2:16-21)
“‘From the fig tree learn its lesson; as soon as its branch become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things take place.'” Matthew 24:32-34
“‘Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.'” Matthew 24:44
Two new books available to help you in these challenging times . . .
“Comfort in the Challenge.” Published in 2019, and written in dedication to caregivers. A book inspired by God, in provision, before awareness of Covid 19. Read it to be comforted, and encouraged. All messages are spoken from the Heart of God as fresh bread. All proceeds from “Comfort in the Challenge” go directly to Canaanland Ministries of Autaugaville, Alabama. Canaanland has a wonderfully successful 40 year history, dedicated to helping men desiring to overcome addiction and find new life in Jesus!
“His Voice in My Heart,” published in 2020. A journey of messages God has spoken over the past seven years. In sorting messages for “Comfort in the Challenge,” ‘prisoners’ welled up in my heart so strongly, that I began to sort messages for this special assignment as well. “His Voice in My Heart” is filled with His messages to comfort, challenge and bring restoration; along with several inspiring true testimonies of God’s healing and provision. “His Voice in My Heart” is a special book in your journey to freedom!
The messages are spoken from the heart of God, but are not meant to replace the Word; rather, they serve to lead you to it, give practical application, and encourage understanding of the Word. It is the Word of God that saves, heals and delivers–Jesus, is the Word. Included in both books you will find many scriptures for your study in the Word.
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Human nature tends to shoot their best supporting foot, just because it steps a little different than the other. May we all take on the ‘nature’ of God and receive His peace and understanding for one another!
Thank you and God Bless You,
Lori J. O’Neil