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E O N – O – S P H E R E

February 2, 2010
The afternoon of January 31 was typical of most Sunday afternoons in this venue. While the aroma from Mrs timbobs pot roast filled the kitchen, I was busy peeling potatos and listening to Alexander Scourbys reading of Proverbs. (of all the audio bible products available today, nothing compares to the voice of the late Alexander scourby) While this makes it possible for one to multitask, the bible in an audio format has one serious drawback. When listening ,instead of reading, it’s hard to “park and cogitate” on a single place and subsequently one has to continually stop multitasking for a moment, hit the “repeat” button, and wait until that passage is reached again. On this particular afternoon, the following passage became the point of reflection; thereby necessitating the need to continually hit repeat:
Proverbs 8:22 “The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.”
This chapter speaks of the all-encompassing wisdom of God and compels the simple, who desire understanding, to partake of this wisdom. It should be noted that the phrase “in the beginning of his way” does not imply that there was ever a time in which God was not. It simply tells of a moment in eternity in which “time” became an aspect. The fabric of the everlasting is like an ocean; stretching in every direction forever, while the dimension of time is but a tiny bubble sitting in the middle of the infinite. Whenever one begins to consider the boundless attributes of our faithful Creator, a sensation of overwhelming awe will ensue. He inhabits eternity past and future, he is completely holy; without shadow or turning, and his love for us is beyond comprehension; a truth that was manifest when he took upon himself a body of flesh and paid for our sins with his own blood on an old rugged cross.
Proverbs 8:23-24 “I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
When there were no depths, I was brought forth; and there were no fountains abounding with water.”
As new creatures in Christ who are born of the Spirit, we often reflect on the age to come, when we shall be forever in the presence of the Lord Jesus and with each other. Joy fills our heart as we consider a “world without end” and without grief. As if trying to fathom everlasting future isn’t impossible enough for our finite understanding, when one considers “everlasting past” it just blows the lid off. I mean “everything that anything had a beginning…right?” Not according to scripture. When Jesus stated “Before Abraham was, I am” it revealed the truth that he is indeed God manifest in the flesh and that he has always been. “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for him.” Through the finished work of Calvary, we have forgiveness of sin and eternal life. 
When a person begins to grasp just how great our salvation is, it’s enough to leave one speechless. Proverbs continues:
Proverbs 8:25-26 “Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.”
Perhaps I’m just an eccentric dreamer, but it seems almost impossible to be out in creation without ones thoughts drifting toward the Lord. Whether it’s working in the yard on a warm sunny day, watching moonlight illuminate the snow that extends in all directions, or gazing into the vastness of the universe, the very creation testifies that “God is” and that he is a most incredible Creator. From the most far-flung galaxies down to the most seemingly insignificant sub-atomic particles, the complexity of all that we see is unfathomable. This is not simply the by-product of a big bang, followed by an inculculable number of “chance occurances.” It is the design of an eternal God who established it and “saw that it was good.” And this is merely the stuff that’s destined to melt with a fervent heat. We cannot even begin to fathom what the eternal will look like. A few years ago, I read the testimony of one who had been granted a visit to the heavenly throne room. This person described how, in that realm, aspects such as praise and singing were as a physical substance. (WOW)
Proverbs 8:27-28 “When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:”
This swerves into another thing that I like to ponder; that being the world previous to the flood. Without a doubt, the first earth was vastly different from the present; even to the point of the meteorological processes that were in play. There was no rain but “there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” Instead of several rivers running into a single river and flowing to the sea, a single river ran out of Eden and became four. Likewise, the geography of that time seems to not coincide with the current; suggesting that the global flood was far more altering of the environment than we tend to consider. I wonder if perhaps when the fountains of the deep were broken up (Genesis 7:11) this gave rise to the earths present geological functionings. (Just a thought) Interestingly, two of the rivers that originated from the river out of Eden were the Euphrates and the Hiddekel; both of which are prophetically significant. The Euphrates is mentioned from Genesis to Revelation. The Hiddekel, which is the Tigris, is mentioned only one other time:
Daniel 10:4 “And in the four and twentieth day of the first month,was I by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel;
This is where, after three weeks of mourning and eating no pleasant bread, Daniel had an encounter with the messenger who had been withstood by the prince of the kingdom of Persia. The significance of this is almost too deep to even begin to ponder, however, in verse 14, the messenger states “Now am I come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.” The understanding that this messenger was bringing is so important that the enemy seemed to pull out all of the stops to prevent it from getting through. One can only imagine the confusion if we were to be facing the events of the end without the myriad of scriptural warnings on what to expect. I remember once hearing of a movement that transpired during the early centuries of this age. Some wanted to remove the book of Revelation from scripture because it was cosidered “too disturbing.” This would have been a catastrophe, however the Lord preserves his word. Oops; time to refocus.
Proverbs 8:29-31 “When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
Then I was with him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him:
Rejoicing in the habitable part of the earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.”
It’s interesting; how political leaders and those with an agenda will hold conferences and set up treaties aimed at preventing what they are now calling “climate change;” thereby making one of my favorite t-shirts obsolete. (the one that reads “Glogal warming is nothing, compared to eternal burning”) Yet the Lord is ultimately in control and everything functions in accordance to his design. In Job 26:7, we read that he “hangeth the earth on nothing.” Everything in its place; everything working as the Lord has purposed, and everything proceeding according to his word. Again, if this is the complexity of the temporal, one cannot even begin to fathom what the everlasting will be like. For those who are in Christ, it’s an everlasting ambience that has never been defiled by rebellion and sorrow has no dominion. A realm without end where we shall be forever in the presence of Jesus and surrounded by the great cloud of witnesses.
I Corinthians 2:9-10 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”
Well this is only half of what was on my heart, so a follow-up post will be necessary.  Two things before going. First, there’s a new link on the blogroll, entitled LARRY WHO which offers up a lot of insight on a host of relevent issues. Secondly, I would ask that prayer be offered for our Pastor, Steve Miller, as he is leaving for Burkina Faso in about twelve days. I’m not sure as to how long he’ll be there, but the trip involves working with some orphanages in that country. Well I’ll close for now. The passage at the end of this post is well known, but it’s been dropped in my spirit a lot (I mean A LOT) over the past three weeks. Blessings always in Jesus name. 
Mark 13:10 “And this gospel must first be published among all nations.”
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February 4, 2010 (0200) Hello again. The link that I’m about to disclose requires some explaining. Many who stop by here are familiar with Steve Quayle and the myriad of information found on his site. For several years, Steve hosted a shortwave radio program which I would listen to at every opportunity. He once mentioned how, for years, he had asked the Lord to grant him a two week warning before the bottom falls out of all that we have come to know. In conjunction with this request, he has set up a “bright red screen” that will appear on his website; should the Lord grant this insight. In other words, if a person goes to Steve’s site and sees a bright red screen, it’s quitepossible that “the world is about to be turned upside down.” (We know from I Thessalonians 5:3 that sudden and unexpected calamity is on the horizon) With this being understood, the following link is quite incredible:
DREAM ABOUT MY RED SCREEN FROM WOMAN WHO DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT RED SCREEN! WHEN RED SCREEN IS UP (this is NOT it), THIS WILL BE THE FINAL 14-DAY WARNING
While this may be something to be mindful of, it should not be a persons solitary indicator insofar as the timings that ae in play Nonetheless, I was impressed to share it. It is imperative for each of us to be in a place spiritually where we are hearing what the Spirit is saying. We cannot simply hold onto the coattails of another. It was in the summer of 2008 when I heard Steve talk about the red screen that’s set to appear on his site at the proper moment. I’ve not heard any mention of this since; until now.  
JESUS IS RETURNING!
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6 comments

  1. I wanted to tell you that I volunteered with Rescue Alliance NYC to help get homeless people off the streets and give them a warm meal, a bed to sleep in and additional resources to aid in their recovery. They were also trying to use it to share Christ.

    The organization has a training session then they send people out in teams across the city (for about three hours in 13 degree weather). I was surprised out of all the homeless people we talked to, only one accepted our help.

    But this reminded me of you, although I’m not sure if you target homeless people or just people in the streets.


  2. It’s like that here, too. People will only go to the shelter (quite a nice place) if it’s killing cold. Otherwise they prefer to sleep under the bridge where they can drink, smoke, and do whatever they want. Once in a while someone “crosses over,” and that makes it worth it. But one cannot assume that the people sleeping under the bridge don’t want to be there.

    Good post, Timbob. You are right about the vast extent of eternity. We can’t wrap our minds around it, but you did paint some pictures for me. I’m looking forward to being with Him! Can’t wait! 🙂

    Love, Cindy


  3. Hi Code. This is awesome that you are involved with this ministry. It’s always intriguing when so many choose to remain on the streets; despite help being readily available. It reveals that the spiritual battles are complex in every venue. But when Jesus makes a person free, they are free indeed.

    The two primary areas that I go into are downtown Elkhart IN and downtown Kalamazoo MI but mostly Kalamazoo. It has a very diverse downtown area; especially along Burdick street. At the south end is Bronson Hospital. The blocks that run through downtown are actually a type of outdoor mall and are lined with small shops and restaurants. At the north end is the rescue mission, Kalamazoo Valley Comm. College, a festival area behind the stores on the east side, and the bus station which serves city buses, Greyhound buses, and Amtrack. A wide diversity in a small area; including many homeless, and I strive to reach them all.

    Elkhart is less diverse and the population more scattered, but it has a lot of issues in play; just like every city. One thing is for certain; one never knows what to expect and shortly a post will be placed out here that talks about some transpirations last Thursday. I truly think it’s awesome that you are active in this endeavor. I will keep this in prayer along with other things that are ongoing.

    Please keep Richard Peralta in prayer. There are workings to establish a home outside of Portland for those trying to overcome drug addiction. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  4. Hi Cindy. It’s such a complex environment. As you mention, folks will stay outside and freeze because drugs or alcohol have such a grip on them. The enemy likes to display his captives and cause as much suffering as possible. You are also correct in that many choose to stay in such conditions. I remember a report about a homeless man who was awarded a colossal amount of money in a law suit against the city that he was living in. It was reported that several months later, he was still living in the streets.

    There are so many issues in play in every venue; be it a depressed part of a large metropolitan area or a small town that’s surrounded by farms and woodlands. Wherever there are souls, the enemy is at work trying to hang onto his captives and he is a relentless adversary.

    The endlessness of eternity is so incredible and such ponderings always take me into heavenly places. Getting alone with the Lord, laying aside all of the worlds distractions and diving into the deep things of God. One day soon, it will no longer be a place that we diligently seek previews of, but we shall be there; forever in the presence of the Lord Jesus. The incredible thing about eternity future is that we will be partakers.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  5. They have kind of a neat theme, “Don’t Walk By”

    dontwalkby.org


  6. That’s a great theme and so very true! I just visited the web site and thisis truly a great endeavor. Matthew 25:31-46 comes to mind. I’ll place this site on the street ministries page. Thanks.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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