Archive for May, 2009

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Embracing the Wind

May 31, 2009

Three topics have been on my heart for the past few days. But when I came out here to begin placing them into words, I found myself completely “blocked” as it were, from starting any of them. Two are pressing, and one involves a pondring of a future event. Yet something is more urgent and it comes in the form of the following link:

TURN YOUR FACE INTO THE WIND (Five Peas In A Pod)

For the saints, we’re in a time of preparation,refining, and separating from the former things that we identified with. The link above recalls a prophetic word that came forth in June of 1987 but is even more urgent in this present hour. It discusses the wind of the Holy Spirit blowing through the land and removing anything that’s not founded upon the rock of Jesus Christ. (I’m paraphrasing) It tells how many saints will observe the seemingly disasterous fallout from this and unwittingly think that the enemy is causing the devastation. Many will not understand that it’s the Lords working as everything that’s not of him is being removed. We’re further called to place our complete confidence in the Lord and “face the wind.” The only things that will be removed are those things which are not of God.

Another thought came to mind as I was going over the prophecy. The wind of the Holy Spirit will also remove any dead weights that we’ve been carrying around. This may entail some unpleasant circumstances, but we should embrace that which the Lord is doing as it will bring us closer to him and prepare us for anything that lies ahead. The eternal benefits of this cleansing far outweigh any earthly unpleasentries. It’s imperative to have our “all” on the altar, our hearts completely upon Jesus, and remember that he will finish the good work that he has begun in us. (Philippians 1:6)

It must have been over two years ago when during one of his broadcasts,  Steve Quayle relayed the story of visiting a goldsmith who was refining some pieces. The goldsmith stated “you must get the right temperature. If you make it too hot, you’ll ruin the piece.” Steve asked him “how do you know when you have the right temperature?” The goldsmith replied “When you see your reflection in the piece, the temperature is right.” As with the piece of gold, so it is with us. The fiery trial will not ruin us. (although we may think that it’s too much)  It will be just enough to bring forth a greater reflection of Jesus. The priceless souls around us need to see this reflection of Jesus.

Well, I’ll be going for now. Please check out the prophecy and even make some copies for others. This isn’t a fearful event when we understand what’s taking place. Until next time, blessings always in Jesus name.

Hebrews 12:26-29 “Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also the heaven.
And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Therefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
For our God is a consuming fire.”
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A Very Short Work

May 27, 2009

It’s astonishing when the Lord calls your attention to a thing in an undeniable fashion. It becomes more astonishing when, just as one thinks they’ve gleaned the bulk of the pondering, he takes it to a new and unexpected level. Such was the case over the past few days as I found myself fixated on a portion of scripture. Before going into this, however, here’s the link to the June 2009 issue of the Last trumpet Newsletter entitled:

THE FALL of the UNITED STATES OF BABYLON 

Psalms Three and four were penned by King David; the third being written as he fled from his son Absolom. While both were the object of much visiting and cogitation over the past four days, two passages have really stuck out. The first one is:

Psalm 3:5-6 “I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.”

The peace of God in the midst of turmoil. It’s such confidence in the Lord that one can be compassed about by those who would seek to take them down, and yet they are able to rest soundly.  Throughout scripture, the saints are called to trust God and not be fearful of threatening manifestations in the physical realm. Psalm 46:10 admonishes us to “Be still and know that I am God” while Nahum 1:7 reminds us that “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” In the new testament, we know that Peter was able to walk on water, until the wind in his face and the horrendous noise made by the crashing of waves caused him to focus on the surroundings instead of Jesus. We should never be paralyzed by fear over what’s transpiring in the natural, but to place our complete confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ as unto a faithful Creator.

I know a number of professing saints who, whenever talk of end times events comes up, one can look into their eyes and see the uneasiness building up. Whenever we’re entertaining fear that’s not a godly fear, there are underlying issues that must be brought before the Lord. Issues that, if not resolved in the present season, could lead to compromise in the day of trying. The apostle Paul wrote “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Anything less than a complete abandonment of the fixations of this world and a total surrendering to the Lord Jesus will leave one ill-prepared should they find themselves being called upon to testify of Jesus before kings and governors. This is why the book of Philippians is so fascinating; it highlights an attitude of complete confidence in Jesus and a total discarding of the former lusts.

The other passage that became a focal point is Psalm 4. In the first verse, Kind David is calling on God while calling into rememberance how he had delivered him when he was in distress. He then brings forth the following inquiry:

Psalm 4:2 “O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing?”

Loving vanity and seeking after that which is temporal. Although it’s talkiing of those who make no claim to have a relationship with the Lord, this verse conjured up thoughts of how many professing christians these days seem to be consumed by temporal matters. They carry the name “christian” but maintain a profound level of attachment to worldly lusts and merchandise. In time they will heap to themselves teachers who offer instruction on finaincial success and living their best life now. (If this temporal life is ones best, what kind of an eternity is one planning on?)  A smooth-talking prosperity preacher can bring in millions by presenting a tribulation-free gospel that focuses on the acquisition of wood hay and stubble. This teaching really grinds me because it causes babes who are unskilled in the word to become sidetracked into a never-ending pursuit of material gain (equating it to godliness) while neglecting the things that really matter.

In a nutshell, the past four days have been filled with thoughts of trusting the Lord Jesus completely, loving not our lives in this world, and the dangers of entertaining worldly lusts. Just when it seemed that it couldn’t become more profound, last night something transpired that took it to a new level. I found myself casually going through the perpetual pile of mail, school papers, and what have you that sits on the kitchen counter next to the wall. (Mrs timbob is always reminding me to clean it up. I keep it down, but it never actually goes away) A particular letter grabbed my attention which had come from the Open Doors Ministry. I opened it and inside was a world map containing dots on fifty countries where persecution against the saints is the most severe. The accompanying letter, told of how the Iranian government has passed a law making the crime of a Muslim converting to christianity punishable by death. In reading the letter and looking at the numberd dots that blanketed the map, I was spoken to in a way that was undeniable.

“I’M DOING A SHORT WORK”

While we are busy in this country, building our earthly kingdoms and proclaiming how we shall never see trying times because we “are not appointed unto wrath” saints in North Korea, Iran, Yemen, Eritrea, and a host of other places are loving not their lives unto death. In that moment, the disconnect between those for whom professing faith in Jesus costs them everything and those of us who have no idea of what real persecution is came into full view. My discussion here is theological because I’ve never been through such trials. During the past four days, I was pondering Psalms three and four. While grilling burgers, I read them from the bible that I keep in the garage. In the kitchen I was using the small bible on the counter, next to the pile of mail. In the bedroom, I used my main bible. Monday evening, while talking to CR in the driveway, I grabbed the bible that sits on my truck seat, next to the lunch cooler which contains not only another bible, but also a compact concordance. Our house is filled with copies of Gods word while in churches across China those precious saints may hover around a single copy; understanding it’s preciousness on a level that we cannot fathom.

And yet, despite the availability of scripture, there is famine in this land. A bible in every house, and a church on every corner. Yet in many venues across the United States, the life changing gospel of Jesus christ is watered down, mingled with the teachings of men and cleverly marketed for widespread acceptance. Subsequently, many sincere but undiscerning saints are reduced to settling for a fleshy gospel that focuses more on entetainment and drawing a crowd than preparing the remnant for the days ahead. Days in which persecution and martyrdom may not only transpire in places like Mauritania, but could be a very present reality in Hometown USA.

Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then the end shall come.”

Well I hope that this all doesn’t come across as being overly dramatic. I fear that none of us truly understand the lateness of the hour or the shortening of the days that’s transpiring. We need to draw closer to the Lord Jesus. Regardless of where we are spiritually, we need to become more so. Please check out the following post by Brother Malachi entitled:

DAYTON OHIO THE EPITOME OF COMMUNIST ROMANIA

Two other posts that seem needful involve not allowing fear to have dominion over us. Jesus warned us that in the last days mens hearts would fail them for fear and so both of these posts are timely.

FEAR RIDING ON MY SHOULDERS  by Rachel

TRUSTING GODS POWER by Marianne Lordi (This contains a very lively comment section)

I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

Psalm 4:3-5 “But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD”
Philippians 1:27-28 “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;
And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.”
I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls unto him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”
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Steady and the Seasons

May 23, 2009

For the past several months, the element of change; primarily that which is ordered by God, has been something of much pondering. Everyone who traverses the valley of decisions goes through a sequence of seasons during the journey. Each one is perimetered by set of realities which converge and continue for a time; creating an essence that will become unique to that particular season. As time progresses, this formula will continuously be altered until finally, the season is forever gone; despite any future endeavor to reassemble the components. (Kind of like a class reunion. The pieces are there, but the ambience of that earlier season is beyond capture) Subsequently, a new set of realities emerge that present one with an array of unknown variables and questions as to how things will progress in these uncharted waters. There is something inherantly fascinating about entering a new season.

Oftentimes the change in seasons is desired and sought after, such as moving from the realm of acedemia to the workplace, getting married, or what have you. Much planning and expectation goes into such shifts and while one expects their life to take on a new direction, there are usually no monumental surprises. Other times, however, the change of seasons can be very unexpected such as when tragedy strikes or any number of conditions arise that forever change the course of events. When we learned that our oldest son was autistic, it added a variable that we previously hadn’t considered. On a more serious note, last week, while driving home at 3:00am, I fell asleep for a moment and awakened to find myself dangerously close to the path of an oncoming semi. After correcting my course, I began to think of how this household would have been affected had I not awakened.

Still other seasons are not so much drastic alterations in course, but rather gradual trends that in time transform into an era. These shifts come and go with little fanfare or observance until somewhere in the future people look back and realize that a profound alteration has transpired. In other words, day in and day out, one will not notice much in the way that a society is shifting. But when one compares the present to a day ten or twenty years previous, there will be distinct differences in a host of areas. One only has to look at this country today and compare it with forty years ago to know that the United States of today is not the country that most of us grew up in. This shifting is of a most serious nature, but was so slight that it went unnoticed from one day to the next.  

Yet despite the continuing sequence of seasons that one goes through; each one having an essence all its own, a lifetime is but a seemingly insignificant portion of years in comparison to the full embodiment of time. Even a lifetime that’s full of days is as a vapor that appears for a short time and then vanishes. A hundred years or so after one leaves this world, the memory of them will be largely forgotten, unless they reached a profound level of notoriety. (a factor which carries absolutely no weight in eternity) As if this isn’t difficult enough to fathom, time itself; that being the portion of existance which can be measured by seasons and paradigms, is merely an insignificant ripple on the everlasting ocean of eternity. In the grand panorama of all that is, a lifetime is all but invisible. Yet it is within that microscopic portion of time in which one passes through this world, that eternal destinations are settled and rewards secured.

Suddenly, the class reunion doesn’t seem very important.

Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

Proverbs 27:1 “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”

Just a thought on a post that has already wandered much. The day of judgment is not a moving target. It is a set moment in time that God has already established. 

This morning I was thinking about the aspect of giving our “all” to the Lord and holding nothing back. A large portion of giving the Lord Jesus our all is to be ready to move into a new season when it’s time to do so. For the saint, every season in the Son will have memories of battles won, lessons learned, moments of sweet fellowship, and what have you. Yet there’s a real danger in clinging to a season when the Lord is trying to move us on to the next theater of operation. Oftentimes at night I go outside to pray under the stars. In addition to always being an awesome time in the Lord, it also reminds me of when I first came to Jesus in 1983 when I would do the same thing under the same stars. I have fond memories of those early days as one who had just been born of the Spirit. And yet I have no desire to return to that season. I want to be where the Lord is working today.

The following passage comes from the account of Elijah and has been in my mind for months:

I Kings 17:3-6 “Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before jordan.
And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.”
So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

I Kings 17:7-9 “And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the lane.
And the word of the LORD came unto him saying,
Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.”  

The Lord was providing for Elijah in the midst of what becoming a grievous famine. As the ravens brought food twice a day, right on schedule, something else was beginning to transpire on the scene. The brook was beginning to wane and finally it dried up completely. God was moving Elijah to another season; one that would lead to the sustaining of a certain widow and her son until the day that the Lord sent rain upon the earth. There is something about when the Lord calls for an alteration of circumstances that is fascinating, and yet it’s far more profound that we can grasp.

What does all of this mean in May of 2009? We are in a season of preparedness and separation; one that may end with little warning. The saints are being drawn closer to Jesus and called to let go of any nostalgic enfatuation that might facilitate a retreat to that which is past. We must continue to let go of yesterday, lay up treasure in heaven and watch diligently. That our hearts would truly be in heavenly places and that we would remember that whatever season we may currently find ourselves, it won’t last very long.

Sorry for rambling so much. I wish to all a blessed weekend in Jesus.

John 12:25-26 “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”
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In The Clearing

May 19, 2009

This past weekend, Ryan and I took part in his final cub scout spring camp as nine months from now, he will move up to the boy scouts if continuance prevails. The campout transpires annually on an outcropping of land on the east side of Lake Chapin. While the daytime is dominated by a flurry of activity, the overnight is so peaceful that one can find a profound and undisturbed closeness to the Lord. A walk out to the end of the pier at midnight, under a star-filled sky, with nothing but the sound of the waves, and suddenly the rest of the world is light years away. The gentle breeze blowing in from the lake reminds one that the Lord is doing a work; unseen by those who are fixated on this world, but very apparent to anyone who determines in their heart to “be still” and listen. It’s an incredible work; albeit a short one as the Lord is drawing closer, those who maintain the testimony of Jesus and issuing the “final boarding call” to those who continue to love their lives in this world. 

John 3:8 “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

 Although it was only for a weekend, this might be as close as I’ll ever get to my “dream vacation” of being stranded alone on a deserted island for two weeks or so, with nothing but a bible and a notebook. (And perhaps a soccer ball named Wilson) As this age rushes toward it’s conclusion, a couple of things are needful for us all. Neither is an earth shattering revelation and neither is above the other insofar as importance. First is the admonition in Hebrews 3:13 to exhort one another daily. (I was reading here Friday as an incredible thunderstorm was passing over Lake Chapin in the overnight hours.) We’re in this together and we all need encouragement. I find much encouragement in the posts and comments of other saints who seem to be getting the same leadings from the Holy Ghost that I’m receiving. Which leads to the second admonition.

We need as much uninterrupted time before the Lord Jesus as can possibly be secured. More than just a few minutes here and there, or while driving to work. Such times are always beneficial and awesome, but there’s a need for extended time of just seeking, and abiding in, the presence of the Lord Jesus. Letting go of our itineraries, leaving behind anything that would announce the time, and allowing the Lord to do his perfect work in us. It’s such a sweet place and whenever I’m there I always find myself asking the same question.  “Lord Jesus, why do we allow ourselves to become overcharged with so many things that have no eternal significance?” When we come into the presence of the Lord, all of the trials in our lives seem as nothing while all of the treasures that the world so lusts after become as yesterdays debris. 

Our entire attitude is transformed as the Lord begins to open our eyes to a larger portion of the big picture. (Psalm 73:17) In the natural, we see a very limited portion of the whole, and that through a glass darkly. On top of this, all that we do see is of the temporal category and is destined to melt with a fervent heat.  (II Corinthians 4:18) We cannot even begin to imagine the volume of that which we don’t see, but we can be assured that it is beyond comprehension. I mean, I’m still fascinated with the fact that God has been in existance forever and never changes. This truth keeps getting more incredible by the day as we cannot even begin to explain how such a thing is possible. And yet Jesus stated “Before Abraham was, I am.” The first of the following passages has been quoted many times in the history of this blog, yet it explains exactly what we must do if we’re to truly “know our God” and be more understanding of the bigger picture that’s unfolding before us.

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.”

Luke 24:45 “Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.

Understanding that can only be found by abiding in the presence of the Lord and diligently searching the scriptures. These are days of incredible confusion and profound deception. It’s a dangerous situation for the saints, and a completely disasterous one for any who remain in the valley of decisions. An exhaustive evaluation of the days events; their causes and the effects that they have on the whole, will simply leave one “exhausted” while the conclusions so diligently sought after continue to mock them from afar. The storylines of this world all have their roots in the spiritual realm and trying to define them through logical means is simply not possible. (David Meyers phrases it perfectly: “the problem is global sinning” but this truth will never be discussed by the “experts” who routinely appear on CNN)  

In Christian circles, there’s also a tendancy, by many, to retreat to the comforts of our own understanding instead of seeking the Lord. We like to be able to see the supply line and feel as though we have some control over outcomes. We run around in circles; trying to make logical decisions concerning complex situations that are well beyond our understanding. When that doesn’t work, we may start heaping to ourselves teachers who seem to specialize in that which is perplexing us; sometimes to the point of unwittingly placing them above that which is written. A teacher who is perceived to specialize in the area of financial success will gather a following in a hurry. (Although there is a definate need for such teaching) Then, as a last resort, we come before the Lord Jesus who sees the end from the beginning, who knows every heart, and who distributes understanding, according to his purpose, to anyone who sincerely enquires.  

Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

The conclusion of this is the same admonition that has been the focus of several posts over the past few weeks; an exhortation to draw closer to the Lord Jesus and let go of every hinderance.  To let go of our lives in this world, and truly seek first the kingdom of God. If we’re truly seeking first the kingdom of God, our prayer life will reflect it. This is an area where I have growing to do as I get distracted way too easily. Well I have to be going for now. Thanks to all who kept Morgan in prayer. She’s staying with a friend in Three Rivers as of two days ago, but she really needs to know Jesus. Please keep CR in prayer as he is confronted by an important decision. The Lord is doing an awesome work in the CR household.

Blessings always in Jesus name.

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Until Seven Weeks Have Passed Over

May 15, 2009

Tonight will be the final night of production at AAM Three Rivers as we are heading into a seven week shutdown to match the reduced production schedules of General Motors. While the official plan is to return by July 6, we know that the chariots of Egypt are not something that one should place confidence in. (If General Motors goes down, American Axle will go down also) The enemy has tried to plant seeds of anxiety as uncertainty lies ahead, but the peace of God continues to keep them from sprouting. I don’t know what the fallout will be in the physical realm, and I know that this may sound like grand-standing to some, but my heart has already departed the trappings of this world. It’s not the result of any ten-step program or counciling, but is a place that the Lord has brought me to. When we begin to truly encounter the sweetness of the Lord Jesus, we begin to grasp what he meant when he stated:

Matthew 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

When we reach a place where we can truly “believe God” and not focus on the “what if this happens” we’ll have peace that defies all of the experts and lets those around us know that our God is real. As for the “what if this happens”….well….what if?” What if the house goes into foreclosure? My heart isn’t in this temporal dwelling. What if the brook Cherith (or American Axle) dries up? It’s awesome to be still and see the Lord do a work elsewhere. What if the worst possible senario manifests? Would it alter scriptural truth or take away from treasures laid up in heaven? We know that it would not. Any situation in this world; regardless of how traumatic it may seem in the natural, is only for a “very short season.” So short is the season that it doesn’t even register on the calendar of eternity. There is an incredible rest for those who trusting completely in the Lord Jesus, instead of staying awake at night trying to figure it all out.

One change that looks to be taking place is that CR may well be departing the plant; even if we do return in July. The Lord appears to have opened a door in another venue which would truly be an incredible opportunity where he’ll be able to reach a lot of souls. While it will be sad to see CRs departure, it’s always a joy to see the Lord work in such a way that is undeniable. As for me, I’m looking forward to more time to spend in the streets, more time to camp out before the Lord in prayer, and more time to be about the things that have everlasting ramifications. I’m really looking forward to the next seven weeks of being away from AAM.

Well I’ll be going for now. I’ve only had about an hour of sleep and I have to get things around for the cub scout camp this weekend. Please keep Morgan in prayer. She’s in an abusive relationship that appears to have become physically abusive. Yet she keeps going back and the vicious cycle continues on. I’ve never understood why someone would stay in such a relationship, and yet we’ve all heard similar reports. (I have a neice who’s also in an abusive relationship) Morgan and Dustin are two priceless souls, hanging in the balance, while the enemy is striving to run out the clock. As of this moment, Morgan is not at the house where they have been living and nobody knows where she is.

May the Lord grant all of us a greater understanding of what’s really in play as the final moments of the age. We are in the middle of an unfathomable humanitarian crisis as souls are dropping into hell every second and the enemy is playing for keeps. He doesn’t get distracted like we do. Lord Jesus, please open our eyes to the seriousness of this.

I wish to all a blessed weekend in Jesus.

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Unto All Holy Seekers and Loving Enquirers

May 11, 2009

It was another of those days where I felt as one living in two different worlds. (This has become commonplace) On the surface, it was a very enjoyable Mothers Day for my wife and everyone else in this household. We showered Mrs. timbob with the usual assortment of gifts and cards, Megan wrote her a poem, Ryan wrote a song and actually sang it to her, (Wow!) Morgan and Dustin were here, we grilled chicken in the afternoon, and in the evening, visited my inlaws in Three Rivers. It was, on the surface, a very normal looking day as we gave our moms some much deserved recognition for all that they do and let them know how much we love them. Every part of the day took place as one would expect with no surprises that would, in the years to come, cause this particular Mothers Day to stand out from all of the others.

And yet it was not a normal day as I found myself continually pondering things that have been on my heart for the past three or four years; that being the makeup of the end times church, the lateness of the hour, the seperation between the sheep and the goats, and the attributes of those who will still be standing after the great falling away has claimed its final casualty. The reasons for this are twofold. For one, it’s an issue that’s never far from my personal embodiment of cogitations. (?)  Secondly, during the previous sleepless night, I was surfing  the blogosphere and visiting a few places that I’m normally unable to get to as often as I would like. I came across a prophecy that was originally given by Jane Leade in 1679, re-introduced by a man named Charles Price in the early part of the twentieth century, and last August placed into a post by DJ on the blog site “Girl Apprehended.” The first link below is to DJs posting. The second is to a site featuring an extensive collection of Jane Leade prophecies.

1679 PROPHECY TO THE SONS OF GOD by CHARLES PRICE

 JANE LEADE 17th CENTURY PROPHETESS

Although such considerations are profitable for any generation, I believe they hold special significance for us as we are witnessing the fulfilment of scripture before our eyes. As such we should be understanding of what it means to hold fast the profession of our faith steadfast unto the end and the characteristics of those who are a part of what Jane Leade refers to as the “virgin church.”  This is not something that is on the minds of many these days as issues of eternal significance are oftentimes placed on the back burner in favor of social issues. It’s commonplace today for churches to have marriage seminars, (this has a place) financial seminars, (ours is currently going through a Dave Ramsey series on Wednesday evenings) and teachings on a host of other like topics. But one will be hard pressed to find a seminar on “LETTING GO OF EVERYTHING THAT THIS WORLD HOLDS IN HIGH ESTEEM AND SUBMITTING OURSELVES FULLY TO THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST.”

“Letting go” is a complete trusting in the Lord and placing no confidence in our own inventions or reasonings. It’s a willingness to do anything the Lord asked of us without trying to map out our means of sustainance before deciding whether or not to believe that it’s possible. When one determines to live within these perimeters, there will be trial and the flesh will become quite uncomfortable. And yet this “absolute abandonment of all, that we may win Christ” is essential if we’re to not be caught up in the great falling away or the events coming to pass upon the earth. I was about to write out Revelation 12:11, however, the following familiar passage came to me while typing the previous sentance.

Matthew 10:18-20 ” And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”

This passage is far deeper than I’m going to get into, (the entire tenth chapter of Matthew is a good place to read about loving not our lives in this world) but it does reveal two primary attributes of a saint who is positioned to endure unto the end. First is an abandonment of earthly standing. They have, from their heart, let go of every attachment that would cause them to “reconsider” their profession and have made Jesus Christ their absolute first love. Secondly is a complete confidence in the Lord; knowing that he is with us always and will empower us to endure anything that comes in our direction. In times of peace and safety, seeds of doubt or an attachment to a particular idol can remain for years. In times of great trying however, when the forces of hell are striving to stamp out the testimony of Jesus, such seeds will quickly sprout into compromise and result in one becoming a spiritual casulalty.

Something else is needful to mention. The above senario may sound gloomy and cause many to be uneasy. Indeed Jesus warned us that the days prior to his return would be more perilous than any other time in history. But for those who are in Christ and have made him their refuge; they will also be days of indescribable peace and incredible fellowship. A closeness to Jesus and a bond with those who have remained faithful when it would have been much easier to succumb to the falsehoods of smooth preachers or the logical presentations of those who have swallowed the big lie. A time when the joy of the Lord surpasses anything that must be endured in the natural.

II Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.”

I John 2:13-14 “I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you little children, becuse ye have known the Father.
I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you., and ye have overcome the wicked one.”

The overcomers. Those who, from their heart, have placed their “all” on the altar and count all that was previously amassed in this world as “debris” that they may win Christ. Those who are not enticed by the worlds allurements, or the empty promises of stability in the theater of atoms. Those who rejuse to  identify with the titles and traditions of this fallen worlds system, but make their boast in the Lord Jesus Christ  They have backed out of all unholy alliances and have determined to follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth. Their conversation testifies to one having an intimate relationship with the only begotten Son of God; by whom the worlds were created, and before whom every person will one day stand.

My desire in writing this afternoon, is that everyone who professes Jesus Christ as Savior will do an examination of priorities and enquire of the Lord to reveal any trouble spots. (Philippians 3:15) That each of us would let go of the weights, sins, petty disputings, contrary attitudes, imaginations that seek self-promotion or recognition; “anything” that stands between us and the Lord. That we would, from our hearts, pray the words found in the end of Revelation, “EVEN SO, COME, LORD JESUS!”  

Blessings always in Jesus name.

Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
I Peter 4:1 “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”
Psalm 42;5-8 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
O my God, my soulis cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.”
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“KEEP THY HEART with ALL DILIGENCE”

May 7, 2009

The message was given nineteen years and two months ago, but it’s content is every bit as relevant, if not more so, in the year 2009. This message from David Wilkerson begins with a discussion on the practicioners of craft slipping into many churches and bringing about chaos. He offers up a particular tragic example of a church that was destroyed as infidelity, mental breakdowns, and even suicides began to transpire. But this is not the reason that I’m compelled to link to the message. It goes on to discuss something even more dangerous because it enters in so subtly and is embedded in the different law working in our members.

We all remember the words of the prophet Samuel, who told King Saul that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. (I Samuel 15:23) As this message progresses, it goes into explicit detail on the roots of rebellion such as bitterness, envy, a need to be noticed, and what have you. These agents of the enemy quietly slip in through the spiritual back door while we are straining at the obvious and, before we know it, incredible spiritual decay has set in. This message is so important in our time that I would recommend copying it and prayerfully studying the passages of scripture that David Wilkerson mentions. This is something that every one of us should be ever watchful for. Here’s the link:

WITCHCRAFT IN THE CHURCH

Proverbs 4:23 reminds us to “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” May we all be watchful and take heed that we don’t allow these things to take up residence. I originally found a link to this meassage at the END TIMES PROPHETIC WORDS site and I appreciate the author bringing this message to the forefront. If there’s a single “blanket admonition” that I could give to every saint, it’s to seek an ever-increasing closeness to Jesus. If one finds coldness in their heart, ask the Lord for a deliverance. If one is walking really close to him now, seek a closer relationship. When a person gets really close to Jesus; to a place where their hearts desire is only unto him, all of the struggles with carnality, pride, envy, worldliness, and what have you, will lose their grip over that person.

Switching gears for a moment; I found a site that’s linked to on LA Marzullis blog entitled WARN RADIO which I’m planning to check out in greater detail when (if) time permits. It’s imperative to be understanding as to the lateness of the hour, which makes the message from David Wilkerson all the more urgent. Well, I’ll close out for now. Please read the message and most importantly, seek a closer relationship with Jesus. It’s of the utmost urgency. Blessings in Jesus name.

Galatians 5:19-26 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strift, seditions, heresies,
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and the like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”

As one reads the message in the link, it will become clear as to why I extended this passage all the way to verse 26.

Hebrews 3:12-13 “Take heed brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.
But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”