Archive for April, 2009

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The Home Depot Prophecies

April 28, 2009

In launching into this post, it seems needful to bring forth a tragic, and yet accurate statement found in the May edition of the Last trumpet Newsletter. It reads as follows:

“I have been watching the signs of the times for many years, and I can say with absolute certainty that we are now in the last of the last days. We cannot know the day or hour of the Saviours return, but we can discern this time. Those who understand this and can see so clearly what is happening are often made to wonder what it will take to open the eyes and ears of the vast majority of people. When will they wake up? The sad fact is that most never will awaken until it is too late.”

The following is a link to the newsletter for may entitled:

THE DEAFENING SOUND OF SILENCE   

It’s a tragedy unfolding in real time before the eyes of every saint. We see the lateness of the hour. We see priceless souls; many of whom are in our own families, inching toward an eternity without Jesus, and they seem oblivious to their perdicament. Many today don’t want to hear about God or how they can have a personal relationship with him. They don’t want to hear what they perceive to be “our interpretation” of a bible that they believe to be full of contradictions, and they don’t want to hear warnings about eternal damnation or the end of the world. The majority of people don’t want to think about eternity or the Creator who loved them so much that he took upon himself a body of flesh and paid for their sins with his own blood. The result is that while Jesus Christ paid for the sins of all and that nobody has to go into eternity lost, the majority will reject this gift of salvation until the door has been closed.

Folks don’t want to talk about the things of God, but they do love to talk about their stuff, their accomplishments, and their kingdoms of this world. I know of two people who, if given a chance, will talk from sunrise to sunset about things that they want to do to their houses. Not that home improvements are a bad thing, but when something becomes a god to us, it’s a very dangerous thing) A new deck, a new three season room, a remodeling of the basement, new windows, new flooring, new this and new that.  A window of opportunity opens and an endless parade of schemes are brought forth as they envision a dwelling with everything the heart desires. This same type of dedication can be applied to any number of passions; be it baseball, traveling, motorcycles, video games, the new boat, political bantoring, music, an enfatuation with the entertainment industry (industry?) or what have you. The devices of this world can carry one away from ever considering eternal matters until there is eventually no remedy.  

And so, as we rush toward the end of the age; each day causing me to more seriously wonder if our current president is the man of sin (even if he isn’t, the sheer number of parallels are alarming) those who see the storm clouds gathering overhead find it astonishing that people are more concerned with their landscaping or their social status than their eternal souls. A profound hardening is setting in toward the gospel and for the saints, two things are needful. First is fervent prayer and fasting; both for the other saints and for those in our ambience whose salvation is suspect or in doubt. I’m again reminded of the brother in our church for whom consitant prayer was offered for 22 years. The Lord is the one who opens the eyes of the blind and it may well take place in a way that we weren’t expecting. (One can almost count on this) But there’s more and this is where we often get sidetracked.

Jude 3 “Beloved when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints.”  

Time is simply running out and we while we must strive to not scatter, our approach to proclaiming truth must be in sync with the urgency that it demands. The day will come when the final name has been written in the book of life and the door is shut. In our conversation with those who have not been born ofthe Spirit, we should always strive toward finding ways to present Jesus to them. Actively seek conversation but always prayerfully look for ways to bring the conversation to matters of eternal significance. This will usually require steadfastness as such conversation will oftentimes not be desired. The guy next door who loves his new boat will instinctively want to talk about his new boat; not what’s going to happen if he perishes in the night and never gets another opportunity to use it. We must become almost violent (figuratively speaking) in presenting the truth of the gospel to those who are around us and not allow ourselves to be drawn into endless debatings over issues of no relevance.

That last point requires more elaboration because it entails one of the enemies most subtle workings. We cannot allow ourselves to be drawn into unprofitable open-ended debatings by those who want to sidestep the real issue. This is a common occurrance when we are with one who is in need of knowing Jesus. Oftentimes, instead of wanting to consider their own spiritual state, folks will draw us into endless parade of questions and wranglings over an array of topic; even “religious topics. Many of them may be legitimate quetions, and we should contend for the faith; in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves. But we must also recognize when the conversation has shifted from a serious desire to know truth and become a distraction that places us in a holding pattern. In other words, “We must walk in the Spirit continually.”  Multitudes have died in their sins because they were ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  

Matthew 10:12-14 “And when ye come into an house, salute it.
And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return unto you.
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake the dust from off your feet.

Revelation 22:11 “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he which is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

These verses make it clear. Deliver the words of truth, but don’t park too long when it becomes apparent that the words of life are falling on deaf ears. I have to close this for now. Never has the hour been more urgent than it is now. Each day we see the coming together of a system that will, for a season, be permitted to make war with the saints and prevail against them. We are all running out of tomorrows insofar as this present stage is concerned. May we all draw close to Jesus and be granted ears to hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches in these final moments.

I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadteth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Romans 10:13-15 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad titings of good things!”

 

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“Priorities and Contentments”

April 24, 2009

It’s a question that I’ve thought on over the past year or so and involves breaking points. “At what point would we find ourselves willing to compromise our faith in exchange for a more tolerable situation in the arena of atoms?” For the saints, we must ensure that the issue is settled in our hearts and that nothing would cause us to consider the path of compromise. I remember testimonies of families in communist countries whose children were taken by the state because they refused to renounce their faith. Most of us in the western world cannot even fathom such a trial; let alone find ourselves being required to make such a decision. None of us could meet such a challenge in our own strength. This should cause us to examine our relationship with Jesus, search our hearts for any contrary alliances, and determine to maintain our testimony; regardless of the fallout in the temporal realm.

The topic of this post isn’t as extreme as the above paragraph, but does call us to consider the very real possibility that our present situation in life can change dramatically with very little warning.

Lean times may well be right around the corner for this family. I’ve known for years that such a time was approaching but have been unable to discuss it much because everyone in my household is trusting in the chariots of Egypt. As a household, our expenses have gone up on a number of fronts; the latest being a substantial rise in property taxes. This is further complicated by the coming layoff that will last for at least nine weeks. And since the company that I work for is a supplier to General Motors, once that particular institution meets its demise, I will join the ranks of the unemployed.  (Unemployment is high in this area) So Wednesday morning, I took some precautionary measures as to weather the storm that’s quickly approaching. I ordered a boatload of tracts to keep from running out during the drought. The GTS order is in and one more to Lifegate has yet to be placed. A nine week layoff will certainly yield a host of opportunities to disperse them amongst those travelling through the valley of decisions.

I’m not fearful of the future; even if we should lose everything in the physical world. (We really can’t take it with us)  I continuously pray “Lord; please do whatever it takes to bring my household to Jesus” and it may well be that a removal of trappings  is necessary to cause them to consider spiritual matters.  Without a doubt, eternal matters (souls) supercede temporal matters (shelter) A persons name being recorded in the book of life is far more important than having it it appear on a title.  I know that this writing may sound uncaring and lacking in natural affection to some. Yet I have confidence in Jesus and believe the words found in Matthew 6:19-34. (Not to mention Psalm 37:25) My foremost desire, at the end of April of 2009 is the furtherance of the kingdom of God; both at home and in the ambience. As a result, I view a potentially disasterous layoff as a blessing and the potential for dramatic changes to be forced upon this family in the physical realm as an opportunity for them to see what truly matters and what is certain to eventually pass away.

I Timothy 6:5-8 “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carrynothing out.
And having food and rainment let us be therewith content.”

I’m finding myself increasingly thinking in ways that are contrary to many in the household of faith. We may often hear bold proclamations of trusting in the Lord, but the actions of many reveal a trusting in the establishments of physical realm. Or the unspoken idea that the Creator of the universe requires the institutions of this world to sustain us and keep his plan going. (This is highlighted by our pastor suggesting that America cannot  be under judgment because most of the worlds evangelism comes from here.) Oftentimes the Lord utilizes the structures of this world to sustain us, such as providing employment or granting favor with those in our ambience. But he can also sustain us in an environment that contains none of the worlds mechanisms for continuance. And as for evangelism, folks are coming to Jesus in places like Saudi Arabia; oftentimes through dreams. (I would recommend reading Brother Andrews book “Secret believers”)

I Peter 1:7-9 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”

When things are going smooth and each day resembles the one previous to it, folks become complacent and tend to neglect spiritual considerations. (The rich man in Luke 16:19-31 didn’t have a care in the world and fared sumptuously; right up to his final moment). But turmoil and failings in the arena of atoms cause reflection and bring forth the realization that this world is very temporal. The passage from I Peter talks about the trial of our faith being greater than gold which is certain to pass away. Anything that causes us to be closer to Jesus and to let go of the matrix must be considered a positive thing. This isn’t a popular idea and, without a doubt, the land is filled with teachers who will tell us how to acquire stuff and live our best life now. But when we truly draw in close to the Lord Jesus, all of the temporal things that we once “couldn’t live without” simply fall to the ground.

All of us, to one degree or another, love our station in this world more than we would like to admit. The extent of this will always reveal itself in our conversation; what we decide to talk about when the floor is ours and how we spend our time when nobody else is looking. It will reveal what we love and where we are truly placing our confidence. We must arrive at the understanding in our heart of hearts that the eternal is far more significant than any temporal situation and that Gods word is more real than the complex structures of atoms and molecules around us that are destined to be burned. I have to be running for now as a lot is on the agenda for today, but I pray that we would all seriously examine where our confidence lies. Times of trying; where everything seems to be on the brink of collapse, can reveal areas that we need to grow and cause us to come back to our first love.

Please check out the post on Heaven Awaits featuring video footage of the Stephensville Texas UFO ordeal. These are indeed very unusual times and as the end of the age draws ever closer, we can expect the volume of unexplainable phenomenon to increase. Here’s the link:

SNAKE MOVEMENTS OF UFO

In addition to many thought provoking posts, Mariannes site has a plethura of information in the pages section. If only I had a week or two (or perhaps a year. lol) to devote to reading through such compilations of material. I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

Romans 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I Peter 1:23-25 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away.
But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
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“Midnight Intercessions”

April 21, 2009

More drama on the home front as, last night, Morgan moved back home again. It seemed like the latest installment of an endless series of cycles where she has a squabble with Dustin, moves back home, and brings chaos into the house. This is usually followed by the backup boyfriend (Levi) coming around for a while, then Dustin coming over, the two of them patching things up, and a plea for us to let them live here, even though they’re not married. (This is my line in the sand; I cannot allow fornication under this roof. It always becomes the reason for Morgan leaving again) This is a pattern that has continued for almost two years. Each repetition drives me nutty as turmoil ensues, tempers flare, and I always somehow end up being the “problem.” The situation is further complicated by the fact that none of them are making an attempt to take on the responsibilities of life, such as seeking employment. (Morgan is age 19, Dustin is 18, and Levi is 26) Sadly, the continuing dramas of the situation tend to obscure the spiritual battle over souls for whom Jesus shed his blood.

For over three hours last night, after learning of this latest twist, I was disturbed that their unsettled lifestyle was once again coming under this roof. I could envision more yelling, more slammed doors, and more destroyed electronic devices in the yard. I prayed for the Lord to open my eyes to the bigger picture; to see it through his eyes. “I cannot navigate this situation without divine intervention.” By the end of the shift, I was not only calmed down, I was in prayer for Morgan who is indeed a soul hanging in the balance. It’s not always easy to look beyond the cover story; expecially when the course of that cover story has such an impact on our life. (This household is crazy under normal circumstances) But we must look to the eternal picture. Uphold sound doctrine, and refuse to look away when sin is seeking an inroad, but  nonetheless, to be mindful of what’s in play. It reveals, all the more, the fact that we need Jesus “every hour.” We must “ALWAYS” strive to walk in the Spirit, because when we allow the flesh to dictate our actions, we’re like a bull in a china shop; destroying everything that we touch.  

I Timothy 2:1 “I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men;”

Interestingly, there’s a man at our church who is in Christ because a friend prayed for him for 22 years.  

I Few things reflect the sincere love that we have for another than to routinely come into the presence of the Lord and petition on their behalf. While this doesn’t relieve us from the obligation to address physical needs when it’s appropriate or to lovingly instruct those who oppose themselves, the time spent on their behalf before the throne of grace is one of the greatest acts of compassion that we can perform. And we can do it anywhere. We can pray for another while working, while walking through Wal-mart, while driving down the road, while unable to get to sleep, while milking the Nubians, or what have you. Although quiet uninterrupted spaces of time are preferred, we can be in continuous intercession for others; regardless of the level of franticity in our lives.

In the natural realm, it may seem as though we’re not really accomplishing anything; an illusion that the enemy will continuously try to convince us of as we invade his territory and strongholds begin to tremble.  Yet nothing that we do can we influence the life of another like praying for them. Conversing about the well-being of another with the Lord Jesus, who knows the number of hairs on that persons head, knew them prior to forming them (Jeremiah 1:5)  knows their deepest thoughts, knows about every hurt, every injustice, every anxiety and who knows exactly how many tears they have shed over the course of their years.  He loves them more than we can ever begin to understand and he paid for their sins on the old rugged cross. We can plant seed whenever an opportunity arises and water the seed whenever we are in the neighborhood. But to continuously pray for the person, even when it seems that all hope is lost; bringing their name before the Lord Jesus who gives the increase is certain to avail much.

James 5:16-18  “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”

I know of many testimonies where someone is in Christ today because of long-term intercession by another. A friend of David Meyers grandma was such an intercessor who prayed for him for years. One can only imagine the course of davids life, had this dear sister not been diligently praying for him. It goes without a doubt that, during the campaign, the devil continually whispered in her ear, “this is a lost cause. He’s too far gone.” The enemy will pull out all of the stops to prevent us from coming before the Lord Jesus and petition on behalf of one of his captives. I routinely pray for those in my vicinity and for years, one such person has been CR. I remember praying for him and, as was the case with Cindy, there was much opposition. (Cindys story can be found HERE ) Whenever I would pray for CR, there was this almost overwhelming feeling of “this is never going to happen.” Today, CR is born of the Spirit and very evangelical. He just wants to get the gospel of Jesus Christ out to everyone possible.

Well, I’ll close for now. There are souls all around us who are rushing toward an eternity without Jesus and we must take seriously the ministry of standing in the gap for such. I have a battle ahead of me that requires intense prayer and continual dying to self as oftentimes the proper avenues of action will be the ones with the most resistance. Each of us have before us, divers sets of circumstances that we dare not venture into without walking in the Spirit. It seems impossible to adequately portray the seriousness of this. I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

II Kings 6:17 “And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
I Corinthians 3:6-7 “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”

These two passages reveal that God is far greater than any battle before us and that he is the one who grants the increase.

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There Are Simply No Words To Describe The Seriousnes Of This Issue

April 19, 2009

All of us are called to be a city set on a hill and to continuously be an ambassador for Jesus who is “the way, the truth, and the life.” And yet while we understand this, we tend to easily become sidetracked by an endeless array of distractions. Yesterday I was burning some debris from a collapsed building on our property.  I had a serious fireball going (I like to make fireballs) and was continuously bringing around more wood which maintained a steady flame. The heat was intense and unloading was almost unbearable. (You probably know where this is going) While placing a particular load on the fire I began to think of what it would be like to be unable to escape this unbearable heat. Sadly, my little fireball in the yard  was nothing compared to hell; a place of unimaginable torment and no hope of a brighter tomorrow. A place where billions of souls already reside while billions more, who are currently passing through this life, are headed; should they reject Jesus Christ, who paid for their sins on an old rugged cross.

We hear such words, nod our heads, offer up a heart-felt “amen” and then, too often, go about business as usual. It just seems that many saints have  no sense of urgency and in some cases no fear of God. Last week during an uneventful evening at work, I was casually looking down the line while waiting for the next part. The truth was dropped in my spirit that “If this all ended tonight, there are people on this line who would be in hell.” And therein lies the battle. Every day is somebodys last day. Yet we often fail to address this issue with the seriousness that it demands. Too often we greet the morning, quote Psalm 118:24, and go about our routine; unwittingly expecting everyone to be in their place. But then, suddenly, somebody isn’t where they’re supposed to be. Over the course of the evening and early morning hours, time ran out for the guy who lives next door, the lady at the gas station where we stop for coffee each morning, or somebody from work who was in such a hurry that they didn’t see the train coming.

In that moment, we are faced with the realization that the best of  intentions and words unspoken will forever remain in the arena of the unretrievable. While this person resided here, we may have been quick to talk about the weather, (which they were probably already aware of) offer up a political statement, or comment on the previous evenings sporting event. We always showed them the latest pictures of our kids and congradulated them whenever they reached a milestone in their lives. Somehow, we always thought that the right tomorrow would arrive when we could share Christ with them.  Please understand that in writing this, I’m reminded of all the times that I’ve blown it and I feel completely unqualified to write on this topic. Yet such a reminder is needful because time is running out for everyone. If we can grasp the seriousness of souls in the balance, we’ll find ourselves less concerned about the temporal campaigns of this fallen world and more focused on that which is eternal.

Philippians 1:27 “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;”

To let our conversation be on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Folks will want to discuss a plethura of issues and while we can often engage in such, we should always be prayerfully striving to bring the conversation to Jesus  and “if you died tonight, where would you be?” If we’re not careful, runaway conversations on temporal issues can play directly into the hands of the enemy. (Oh; the stories that I could share concerning this) They not only tend to wear us out spiritually, they work to postpone, until some ambiguous time in the future, any mention of Jesus and the truths that the other person so desperately needs. Of course this is much easier to write about than employ on a daily basis. We like to get along with everyone and the gospel of Jesus Christ often brings division. And so, a theme that’s become familiar here is once again brought to the forefront. It’s imperative that we love not our lives in this world.  Doing so leads to  compromise and, in the case of evangelism, causes us to keep the words of life to ourselves while we wait for the illusive “perfect oportunity.”

Well, it’s past 3:30am and so I should be going shortly. It’s imperative to discern between eternal issues and temporal issues as a proper perspective will keep us focused on that which has everlasting significance. Friday morning, I awakened with the knowledge that a lot of things needed tending to at home and began thinking that I should postpone a planned trip to Kalamazoo. It seemed logical, but something was pressing. (For one thing the temperature was in the mid-seventies and this always results in tract fever) My wife was kind of angry at this, but I went up. (After all, if one should argue that the gospel can wait, how much more can cleaning out the garage wait) Oftentimes, such ventures result in much seed being planted, but no outward indication of results. In fact, one guy (Brian) went almost a block out of his way to inform me that “gospel tracts are not effective.”

But when you encounter the one person that you know that you were supposed to meet, it’s awesome and this time it was a guy named Chris. Upon meeting him he instantly began to ask if I thought we were “living in the book of Revelation.” He’s one of the few who can tell that the world is spiraling toward catastrophe and is seriously searching. We talked for several minutes and I believe is close to accepting Jesus as Savior. Please keep him in prayer; I would not want him to become an “almost persueded.” It’s so serious. I pray that we would all seek greater understanding in this area. To always be mindful of the souls around us and ready at the drop of a hat to share Jesus. (This is another reason to steer clear of carnal conversation) Well, it’s almost 4:00am and this is Sunday. (ouch) I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Mark 16:15-16 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
Acts 8:4 “Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.”
II Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
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“Eccentric Avenue”

April 16, 2009

As the title implies, this post dives into some bizarre areas. I must begin with a link to LA Marzullis site. The phrase “Things that go bump in the night” has been around for generations and is generally employed to make mention of those things, sinister in nature, that operate in the shadowy realms. For many, such beings are merely the inhabitors of superstition and folklore; even by those professing faith in Christ. There are, in this world, very real demonic entities that manifest under an array of fronts. They come as enlightened beings, time travellers, extra-terrestrials, reptillians, spirit guides, and what have you. Still others make no attempt at obscuring their evil nature and link below tells briefly of such a being:

MOTHMAN?

LA Marzulli has done extensive research into the extraterrestrial (so called) phenomenon and interviewed a number of folks who have undergone abduction experiences. Discussions on this topic can be found with only minimum effort and Coast to coast AM routinely covers this, and related topics. One thing, however, is missing in the dialogue. Many have been confronted by these beings and called upon the name of Jesus. The confrontation always (as in without fail) results in these beings departing the scene. It shows that these are not benign beings from another world engaging in a research project, but are fallen angels who kept not their first estate. Sadly, however, such reports of victory in the name of Jesus are routinely dismissed by those in the abduction community as is infringes upon their preferred world view.

John 3:19 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

This is not the primary focus of this post, however, it does shed light on the scope of deceptions currently being employed by the enemy. The following passage is known to all and reveals the seriousness of this issue:

Matthew 24:24 “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

The past couple of days have seen a run of bizarre coincidences in this neck of the woods. Oftentimes CR and I will compare notes and find that we’re on the same page. For example, I’ll mention a passage of scripture that I’ve been reading and he’ll mention hearing a preacher talk on the same thing just moments prior, or vise versa. Or we’ll find ourselves on the same topic, only in different portions of scripture. Tuesday night, Iwas in serious cogitations about the times at hand and specifically about our current president.  (CR is convinced that he’s the antichrist. Even if he isn’t, he certainly seems to possess some strange personality traits and the world does seem to be enfatuated with him) I determined to myself to fervently pray and fast in search of insight concerning this guy, but kept the matter to myself. About 20 hours later, CR came over and said “I really believe that Obama is the antichrist; we really need to pray and fast over this issue and seek insight.”

This has led me to bring up some other occurrances as of late that seem bizarre. The first is from a source that many would dismiss, but it has remained in my memory for years. Father Wingate has been on Coast to Coast AM on a number of occasions and operates a prophetic web site. While I do not agree with a number of doctrinal issues presented, I’m placing a link for anyone interested in searching the site:

TRUMPETERS MISSION

About five years ago, during an interview with George Noory, father Wingate stated that when the United States normalizes relations with Cuba, it would indicate that this country had reached it’s end. I don’t remember exactly how he phrased it, but I made note of it as a thing to perhaps watch for. Well this week, we have learned that restrictions are being loosened by the obama administration and while a complete lifting of sanctions has yet to transpire, things certainly are heading in this direction. The following link give further deatil:

OBAMA LIFTS RESTRICTIONS SEEKS TO CHANGE RELATIONSHIP WITH CUBA

One can argue that this is a good move. Whether or not it’s a good move or a bad move is irrelevant. The issue remains that, if Father Wingate is correct, the end of our nation could be near. As for the next item; I tried to locate a suitable link for the topic, but came up with a plethura of other items. CR almost called the house at 4:00 AM a couple of nights ago (my wife would have loved this) because of a news report. It seems that astrologers and fortune tellers are experiencing a boom in business as people are becomming increasingly fearful of those things coming upon the earth and are seeking insight concerning the future. One lady mentioned that some of her clients are CEOs who pay a monthly fee of $10,000 for her services. This report left me speechless as I thought upon the following passage from an entirely different direction:

Daniel 8:25 “And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.”

Without a doubt, the man of sin will come with manifestations of the occult; but I had never thought about policies causing craft to prosper as “orchestrated” economic downturns cause folks to seek spiritual guidance apart from God.  The conclusion is this: TIME IS RUNNING OUT! For the saints that do know their God, whatever we are going to do in Jesus name has to be done now. 

There’s so much more, but time is running out and I want to post this before heading off to work. Last night, among the other topics at hand, CR and I were having a discussion about the phenomenon of supernatural manifestations from the enemy. It’s not a topic that many saints will engage in. When Pip came by and CR asked him to offer up his thoughts concerning the reports about reptilian encounters, his eyes got big and his face took on a “didn’t see that one coming” expression. Nonetheless, this developed into a relatively deep discussion and the mothman event seemed to become the focus.  It’s imperative to always remember that if we’re born of the Spirit, none of these things have any power over us. While it’s good to know the enemies game plan, the saints should not be fearful of such manifestations.

Any such discussion runs the risk of sending the imagination into overdrive. After break, we came back to the line and there was a grey moth sitting on the floor. I’m sure that it was just a coincidence and there is absolutely no connection between moths and the entity that has been given this name. And yet in my 6.5 years of employment at AAM I have very rarely seen bugs in the plant. (Like maybe one or two per year) The environment is completely industrial with varying levels of coolant vapor in the air and is not even good for humans. Bugs simply find better places to live.

Well, it’s time to go. We must get close to Jesus. Every report that I hear concerning the times; every incident that receives verification from another, causes me to desire to get closer to the Lord. We should not be fearful as perfect love casts out fear, but we should be prayerfully watching, contending for the faith, and hiding the word of God in our hearts. The night season is fast approaching.

I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

James 4:7 -8 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
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Under a Nubian Sky

April 13, 2009

It goes without saying that our logical assessment of circumstances is often (usually) contrary to the bigger picture. Not only do we see through a glass darkly concerning the future, we have a very limited view of the present. If we’re not abiding close to the Lord Jesus and consistantly hiding his word in our heart, we may well mis-address or miss completely, a plethura of divine appointments and unwittingly cause scattering as we apply our carnal undertanding to spiritual manuverings. Before going any further, however, I must mention the following link:

GOVERNMENT OF GOD REMARKABLE MIRACLES  This post is long, but a must read for anyone truly desiring to hear from the Lord consistantly. I would recommend a regular visit to Jeralds blog.  

For some time now, I’ve had a perspective concerning our small herd of goats that runs in stark contrast to that of my wife and Megan. (Megan will be 16 on April 19. She desires to attend Michigan State University and pursue a degree in vetrinary science) Personally, I like goats and Nubians are particularly fascinating as they generally have a “corny” demeanor. Unfortunately, however, they take up a lot of time and are somewhat costly. To actually turn a profit with goats, one must have a colossal herd; the size of which our meager two acres cannot support. So it’s basically a 4H project / hobby. As a result, I see an ever-enlarging project that eats up finances and takes up time; both of which I would prefer to employ in the furtherance of the gospel. Our younger son Ryan, who turns 11 years old today, (happy birthday dude) is more neutral on the issue. My wife and Megan, however, thoroughly love having them and never consider the cost of maintaining the herd.

And I just unwittingly swerved into a point that wasn’t planned. When something is truly important to us, the cost becomes a non-factor. Nor will we “give for the sole purpose of receiving.” That’s a topic for a later time; one that I dare not tackle on my own.

So the clash of kindoms that goes on 24/7 under our roof carries over to the barn as contrasting itineraries are in play. It’s an area where I need continual attitude adjusting and this morning was no exception. I had desires of attending to other things, but was hindered by the morning chores which now take a considerable amount of time and, because of my second shift schedule, cause a profound lack of sleep during the week. Yet in that time this morning, not only was I only able to fellowship with the Lord, I had an epiphany, as it were, while milking Boo-Ton. (I did not name the goat) We often hear it told that Jesus would have gone to the cross to save a single person from hell. Yet we fail to look at things in the same way when it comes to reaching the lost. We want numbers. My wife is a single priceless soul and I stand in doubt as to whether or not she is in the household of faith. Rebelling against the goat project could well end in this family being dissolved. The fallout of such could result in everyone else in my household being hardened to the gospel.

My family situation is incredibly complex; to the point that I cannot wrap my mind around the whole of it. Souls are in the balance, my wife and I have contrasting interests leading to contrasting signals given to the kids, our oldest son (Matthew) has autism and, our oldest daughter (Morgan) wants to live in the basement with her boyfriend (Dustin) so that they can just “hang out” with absolutely no responsibilities. I’m consistantly made out to be the bad guy for not allowing fornication under this roof. Morgan and Dustin are two more souls hanging in the balance and it often seems that everything I say or do concerning their situation is the wrong move. In short, trying to figure it all out on our own is kind of like trying to study the Andromeda galaxy with a magnifying glass. We cannot possibly see the bigger picture as all of these little kindoms jockey for position.  We don’t see the intensive spiritual battles ongoing, nor do we see the hidden cogitations of another.

On the surface, we’ll oftentimes not see the way in which the Holy Spirit is gently working on the heart of another. When the performance has concluded and the costume is removed for the day. When nobody else is stirring, in the quiet of a sleepless night. Truths heard aforetime are brought to rememberance and a decision is required. “Do I embrace this undeniable revelation or drown it out with a hastily assembled array of vain thoughts?  Surely time is a limited commodity. What about eternity? What about……where will I be?…….Where will I be when my time here is finished?” It was on a number of such sleepless nights that I began to realize that I needed a relationship with God. At the right moment, he brought me to faith in Jesus Christ who paid for my sins with his own innocent blood.

It may well require that I quietly endure the work and expenses associated with our small herd of Nubians (and two Lamanchas) as to not cause irreversable scattering. Plant seed whenever I can and allow God to be God. (We don’t always like to do this. Too often we want to jump in and steady the ox cart) It may well be that more souls will come to Jesus from my faithfully tending to goats than from all of the trips into the streets of Kalamazoo. We just don’t see the bigger picture as God sees it. He sees the end from the beginning, knows the hearts of every soul around us, knows our hearts better than we do, and loves us on a level that we cannot even begin to fathom. We never know when an endeavor which seems completely pointless to us may result in an entire block being added to the new Jerusalem. So as I was finishing up Boo-Ton I was praying, Lord if it takes more goats to bring my family to Jesus, so be it.”

I’m convinced that the Lord has a sense of humor because we have more baby goats this year than we ever expected; thereby taking up aditional time and resources. lol I probably needed this.

I Corinthians 13:4-7 “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”

When we begin to consider the eternal perspective, those things which “get in the way of our plan” become as nothing. We abide close to the Lord Jesus with an increased understanding of what it means to love not our own lives in this world. To be dead to self and alive unto Christ; even if this means occasionally being engaged in seemingly pointless endeavors. (This does not mean engaging in that which leads to the pacifying of the three lusts or the compromising of the gospel; one must be very careful in this area. The popular concept of resembling the world in order to win them to Jesus is dangerous) I tend to often emphasize the peace of God that will keep us in the midst of unimaginable turmoil. The peace of God can also withstand the seemingly irrelevant tasks. There is no physical profit to our small herd of goats, but maintaining a good testimony and not shaking things up that don’t need to be shaken is imperative and may well cause others to realize that “my Jesus is real.” 

Well, it’s time to close. This was not the intended topic for this morning; it came up….while tending to the Nubians. (And two Lamanchas) The Lord knows the desires of my heart; that being more time to be about spreading the gospel. More trips to Kalamazoo and Elkhart with an occasional venture into Chicago. Increased activity in my own area as well. He knows the whole situation and knows every element of the short work that he’s doing in these final hours. We just have to “let God be God.” I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Psalm 37:3-4 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
Ecclesiastes 7:8 “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”
II Timothy 2:24-26 “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
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Abiding In the Silent Spaces

April 8, 2009

There are certain folks who see the daily flow of events and know that it’s not simply business as usual. Some of these folks are born of the Spirit while others are simply “observant.” Yet the vast majority see the days events as merely the methodical progression of things; complete with predictable upticks and downswings that persist in any age. This group currently makes up the vast majority of the population and sadly, I fear that the vast majority of professing christians also fall into this catagory.

II Peter 3:3-4 “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning.”

For those who see the manifesting of a situation on seemingly every front that can only end in calamity, two questions are frequently asked.

( 1 ) WHAT”S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?” This is a hard question to answer as we all see “through a glass darkly.” We can study scripture and be assured of certain things that must take place (such as a son of perdition seducing the entire world to wonder after him. This will happen) but to say exactly how this situation will appear is difficult. To further complicate things, each of us adhere to beliefs which fail to paint a uniform picture of the events. For example, I’m thoroughly convinced from scripture that the rapture is a post-tribulation event and this influences the way that I approach prophecy. Nonetheless, the bible gives us a very accurate outline of the events which will preceed the glorious return of Jesus Christ.

( 2 ) “WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE?” This sounds like an equally hard question to answer but it’s actually quite easy. The answer depends upon whether the person asking has been born of the Spirit. If they don’t know Jesus, they need to repent of their sins and accept him as Savior “NOW!” For such a person, this is really the only thing that matters. It’s quite possible for a person to ponder extensively, the issues concerning the end times and then die in their sins. Without a doubt there are such individuals in eternity at this moment. So for such a one, we should always bring the conversation back to “if you died tonight, would you be in heaven or hell?” (I must confess that this isn’t always easy and I tend to let conversations go on longer than I should before stearing them to the real issue.) The remainder of this post is for the saints of God who understand the times in which we live.

There is a single answer to this question for those who are in Christ and wondering what to do. We absolutely must get close to the Lord Jesus. We must step outside the confines of religious performances, find time away from the influences of the world, the advice of the brethren, the neverending stream of “noise” and get before the Lord Jesus. We must let go of our agenda, put everything on the altar and diligently seek the presence of the Lord. There are a number of posts on this subject throughout this blog and none of them seem to adequately address this topic. And so here goes another one. The answer to this question may sound like an artful dodging of the issue, but it’s the only way to answer this question. The Lord has a different plan for each of us and there simply is no cookie cutter answer.

For many of us, finding quiet time can be a real challenge in and of itself. This is one reason that I like second shift. I arrive home at 3:30am and it’s like the whole world is asleep. Yet this is only half the battle. We then have the imagination that loves to wander, an outline in our mind of how we think things should go, and what have you. Usually the biggest obstacle to quiet time before the Lord is “us.” Even when we find it in the physical, the mind keeps racing and the enemy keeps striving to hinder. As such, the following familiar passage speaks of a very real battle that all of us must engage in.

II Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exhalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obediance of Christ.”

To be in a place where we can truly hear from the Lord is critical in these hours and we should diligently seek such opportunities. Truly the Lord can speak to us anytime and for me, it tends to transpire when I’m completely not expecting it. (Like when driving on US 131 between Constantine and Three Rivers) But prayerful meditative time with the Lord Jesus is something that all of us need and few of us engage in as much as we should. The events coming to pass upon the earth should cause all of us to desire such moments with the Lord. This happens to me whenever such conversation arises. There’s no panic or fear; just a desire to come before the Lord Jesus and seek him.

I don’t know if I’m just strange or not, but in such moments, I often find myself not praying over the situation that brought about the urgency to find a quiet space. In fact, in many of these instances, I find myself praying and singing in the spirit far more than bringing forth certain issues. And those issues that are addressed with the understanding may be removed from the previous cogitations. In short, to just come before the Lord and seek him. To not bring with us a wish list (though there certainly are times where petitions are appropriate and I have a seemingly limitless list of names and issues) but to think upon the Lord Jesus and allow the Holy Ghost to navigate. These times of refreshing are imperative for the saints; especially as we approach the times which Jesus described as being more treacherous than any other time on earth. (Think about that)

A lot of saints are fearful of the end times and in their speech, one can detect a “steady-as-she-goes” mindset that places much emphasis on the continuances of this present situation, and a “We’re-not-going-to-be-here” outlook when prophetic events are mentioned. This is a sure fire way to be unprepared for the times just ahead. But if we draw closer to Jesus and really seek to abide in his presence, he will sustain us through the darkest night and the most contrary of circumstances. Richard Wurmbrand once wrote about the need for becoming deeply spiritual. (It’s in the link near the bottom of the previous post.) We do this, not when total chaos has been unleashed, but today; when we have enough leisure time to sit in front of a computer.

Well I have to get ready for work. Once again this issue has not been addressed adequately; perhaps because of the urgency of it. We absolutely must abide close to the Lord Jesus and we absolutely must ensure that he is our first love. Anything short of this will allow the seeds of compromise and betrayal to take root. I’ll close out with two passages that have been used repeatedly in blog, but are needful of a revisiting. I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Isaiah 30:29 “Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.” 
Jeremiah 33:2-3 “Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name; Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.”