Claim: Kay Arthur warned a conference that "God had revealed to her that a literal famine is coming to America."
Status:   Partly true.
Example:[Collected via e-mail, July 2008]
From Beth Moore:
On June 27th and 28th I attended a conference in Atlanta called Deeper Still. Internationally known speakers Kay Arthur, Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer were there and I looked forward to a special time of worship and having God convict me of my sins and lead me to areas in my life where I need to change. I have been to similar conferences for years, although none this large and with so many well-known speakers. There were over 20,000 women in
attendance at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta - they said it was the largest crowd ever.
I had an idea of what to expect from the conference, but nothing prepared me for what actually happened. I feel led to share my experience with family and friends. This is important, so stay with me!
When Kay Arthur took the stage you could just tell that her spirit was heavy and there was a certain 'heaviness' in the atmosphere even before she started to speak. She said that she had been literally physically sick to have to bring us this message and right out the gate she said, 'We are in grave danger.' She said that God had revealed to her that a literal famine is coming to America. Physical, not spiritual. She said that God is moving in judgment against our nation. I know I can't describe this well enough, but the atmosphere was ominous.
Kay is a seasoned speaker and she had to BATTLE to get through her message. She stumbled over scriptures and had an extremely difficult time. At times I was almost expecting her to collapse. At one point she just had to stop and pray. There was no person, myself included, that I could see who did not have tears streaming down their faces. As you may know, Kay Arthur is normally a very confident, composed speaker, but she was literally in a spiritual battle and it was taking place right before my eyes. I have never seen anything like it.
She (Arthur) went on to give 7 things that Christians must do during this time and I am going to give those to you now:
1. Jer 4:3- Break up the fallow ground- return to Me. Repent. Get on your face before God and ask him to break your heart with the things that break His heart.
2. Mourn- Jer. 9:17-18 and Ezekiel 9. It is time to weep because our nation's sin is incredible.
3. Pray- Jer 36:7- Pray fervently, passionately for America.
4. Love God's Word- Jer. 20. You MUST love the Word of God and be in the Word of God. I was particularly convicted here because I know I have not been as deeply in His Word as I need to be. She said we must get serious about this.
5. Love others as Jesus loved them. Jer. 31:3 and John 13:34.
6. Introduce people to Jesus Christ. It's time to get serious about this. This is no time for timidity. Jer 31:31;Jer 33:1-9 and 15 and 17.
7. Rest. If you will do these things, then rest in the fact that you have done God's will. She said that it is going to be vitally important for us to get enough physical rest.
She went on to say that God has not given us a spirit of fear and that if we are obedient to Him, we will be protected. She said to read Ezekiel 14 over and over until you understand it. This is what
God will do if a country turns against Him. She said that this is going to be a calamity (she used the word calamity in such a way that you knew this is going to be no small thing for our country), and gave many more scripture references, but what I have given you are the main points that she made.
I hope you know that I would not have sent this to you if I had not been profoundly affected by it and feel it is of great importance to share it. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you will do with this information what you feel led by God to do.
Love in Christ Jesus,
Origins:Kay Arthur, the founder (along with her husband, Jack Arthur) of Precept Ministries International, acknowledges on that organization's web site that she did speak of Americans being "set for famine" at a Deeper Still event in Atlanta in June 2008, but she says she did not present her warning as something "God had revealed to her," as characterized in the message quoted above:
Since I did not "have a revelation" and I am wary of such proclamations, I had LifeWay, the sponsors of Deeper Still, send me a CD of my message as I wanted to know exactly what I said. I said, "we (Americans) are set for famine."
This was said in the context of my reference to Ezekiel 14. In other words, we are inviting a famine because famine is one of the Lord's judgments on a nation that commits unfaithfulness (Ezekiel 14:12-20). I also mentioned that the sale of rice had recently been 'rationed' by Wal-Mart. (And while I did not mention it, the price of wheat had gone up significantly. We are having crop failures because of the weather and God is in charge of the weather. His sovereignty rules over all.)
As you can see there is a big difference between saying I had a revelation from God and what I actually said. I was simply teaching the Word.
There's an email letter circulating around from a "Beth" concerning a message my (and your) friend, Kay Arthur, gave at Deeper Still. The letter is not derogatory. It's just that I didn't write it nor would I have. I'm not sure how people confused the "Beth" who wrote it with me since she makes reference to all three speakers in the first paragraph but, somehow, it's circulating as my take on Kay's message. If you happen to hear of it or receive it in a forward, would you graciously help us quell the rumor? We can't afford to give most rumors a passing glance or we'd become completely distracted by them. The only reason I'm making mention of this one is because it involves someone else that I deeply respect.
As it turned out, the summer of 2008 brought bumper harvests all around, with the U.S. Agriculture Department predicting world record amounts of wheat and oilseeds and the second-largest U.S. corn harvest in history.
Last updated: 14 August 2008
Kilman, Scott. "Bumper Harvests Not Enough to Ease Food Costs."
The Wall Street Journal. 13 August 2008 (p. A3).
Kirchhoff, Sue. "Corn Pops Back, May Be 2nd-Largest Crop."
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