2023 will be a massive storm followed by a massive opportunity. It is a few days before Christmas and we are preparing for a storm. They say that tonight it will drop below zero. Not only that, but strong winds will make the wind-chill feel like 22 below zero. The News is filled with emphatic warnings and advice.
They are warning us to be prepared. It will be dangerous to go outside. We must pay attention to our water pipes. We should have water and supplies in case the roads are impassible and the power goes out—how very foolish it would be for us not to listen.
Divine warnings are ignored and are called “negative; and not of faith.”
Yet there is even worse foolishness that takes place among Christians when God warns us of a coming storm. Divine warnings are ignored and are called “negative; and not of faith.”
But if God is warning us—then it is truth! And there is nothing more positive and full of faith than truth. Whereas false promises of safety and blessing are the most dangerous of all lies.
Your mail and email box will be filled with messages from ministries prophesying to you about 2023. They will tell you that it will be all blessings, breakthroughs, multiplication, and favor.
It would amaze you how many ministries depend on marketing advice on raising money. Mario Murillo Ministries just ignores such advice, but those ministries that follow it are told: ‘issue a cheery year-end letter.’ But that is just a fundraising ploy. The idea is, ‘the more upbeat my message, the more money people will send me.’
But that is just a fundraising ploy. The idea is, ‘the more upbeat my message, the more money people will send me.’
We hear these predictions every year. And every year, a large segment of God’s people never bother to go back and see how wrong they were. In December of 2019, most of these ‘prophetic’ voices predicted that a long list of blessings was ahead. Then the pandemic hit.
Near the end of 2020, we were told that 2021 would be the best of times. Then the election was derailed. And does anyone remember how great 2022 was supposed to be? Yeah, right.
Well, I am telling you that 2023 will begin as a massive storm, but it will end as a vast opportunity—perhaps the greatest opportunity of our lives. The massive storm will be in nature, our money, and the condition of cities. A long overdue cultural correction is coming in the New Year.
God is judging America. We will be spared destruction, but not punishment. Why are we being punished? There is a long list of reasons. But I will answer that question with a question: Did many Americans increase their own misery by voting to keep incompetent criminals in office, because they wanted to save abortion?
Now let’s dig into the Word of God to see what it says about storm warnings:
Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-27, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
In simple terms, heeding the teachings of Jesus is like preparing for a storm.
In simple terms, heeding the teachings of Jesus is like preparing for a storm. The book of Timothy can be read as a storm preparation. The essence of the book is this—Paul is saying: ‘I am leaving soon. I want to prepare you for what is coming.’
He then directs Timothy to take specific action to be ready, and that is exactly what I want you to do before 2023 arrives.
Paul tells Timothy about several coming storms:
2 Timothy 3:1, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come…”
Then Paul describes the moral depravity of the last days that we are currently experiencing.
But there are two storms he predicts that will be within the church.
But there are two storms he predicts that will be within the church. The first one is fake ministers and the second one is fake audiences. These too are bringing down judgment on the church.
Fake ministers: 2 Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
Years ago, when I was a young preacher, I thought that the scandals with Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart would dissuade men from sin, pride and foolishness. But instead, the scandals only got worse. The Bible was right!
Many prophetic words today are not just garish, they are patently screwball and embarrassing. My greatest shock is that the leaders of the prophetic movement are not correcting these charlatans. Especially when you consider that these false prophets are going to discredit the entire movement.
If false teachers do not repent, a storm of divine correction will fall upon them.
In 2023, you will see God take matters into His own hands. If false teachers do not repent, a storm of divine correction will fall upon them.
Fake audiences: 2 Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
Silly voices continue to deceive because of the silly audiences with their silly appetites.
Paul is telling Timothy that Satan will send massive waves of false teachers and false doctrines to damage the local church, take the army of God off the offensive, and destroy believers. Those are the threats to the church in 2023 that the storm will correct.
But those who take Bible precautions against the storm will not just survive—they will thrive and become part of the great opportunity that will come after the storm.
Can a storm be a good thing? Yes, both in nature and in the spirit.
Can a storm be a good thing? Yes, both in nature and in the spirit.
Thunderstorms help keep the Earth in electrical balance. Hurricanes actually replenish barrier islands. They also provide a Global Heat Balance. One of the main purposes for hurricanes around the globe is a temperature balance between the poles and the equator.
The storm coming in 2023 is actually sent to cleanse and bring balance to a nation on the brink of moral and physical disaster. We can either dread it or be ready for it.
We have already heard what Jesus said to do. Heed His words, and build on the Rock! Paul gave Timothy similar instructions.
Strong advice: get away from false ministers and into the Word of God. Satan is using false teachers to get believers away from scripture and away from the safety of a strong pastor and a strong local church.
The devil is also threatening the church’s role in an American awakening. That is why I believe the Lord will clean house in 2023. The storm will separate sheep and goats. Otherwise, we can lose our place in American awakening.
The devil is also threatening the church’s role in an American awakening.
2 Timothy 3:14-17, “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Strong advice: Lose the crowd that is running after fad doctrines and flaky events that promise ‘words from God.’ Instead dig deeper into the Bible. They have traded the Bible for man’s words. They have grieved the Holy Spirit by trusting voices that are not of God. This will weaken you and even shipwreck you if you run with them.
Paul has strong advice for preachers! After telling Timothy about the false crowds, he said, “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5). We must win souls! A clear sign of a false voice is they care nothing about lost souls and never call them to Jesus.
2023 will begin with a national storm that will be strong enough to touch us all. When this storm passes, I believe we will find a chastened nation, ready to receive the Gospel. A true believer in Christ will welcome the storm if it means the nation may be cleansed and souls may be saved on a massive scale.
God promised special protection for those who hearts are loyal to the Lord. In the midst of the coming fierce storm He will be a special protection.
Mario Murillo Ministries is bracing itself for the storm by doing these three things:
Digging into the Word. Searching our own souls. And, laying plans for the biggest soul winning meetings in our history!