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One Hundred and Twenty Days

May 10, 2015

The purpose for this completely unplanned posting (until a few minutes ago) is fourfold.  First, it is intended to highlight both the lateness and the seriousness of the hour.  Second it is to encourage all who profess faith in the Lord Jesus to let go of everything that is not of eternal significance and to press in to the Lord.  To be as close to Jesus as we can be and ensure that, at the end of each day, we have grown closer to him.  To give all diligence to be in his perfect will and seek every opportunity to be about our Fathers business. Third, it is to address some ongoing issues in my life which must be remedied now.   Like most,  I am surrounded by unsaved friends, neighbors, family members, co-workers, and what have you.  Priceless souls that, should they pass into eternity before the sun rises in the morning, will be in hell facing an eternity of torment and anguish.  When we begin to truly wrap our mind around this, most of the issues that dominate our thoughts lose much of their significance.

At the end of the day, or at the end of a life, a single issue remains relevant.  “Is that persons name written in the book of life?”  

The fourth purpose for this posting is to offer up a link to a broadcast that I wasn’t going to listen to, however, a few hours ago, I went ahead and listened to it.  What I had expected to be a run of the mill discussion of prophetic events turned out to be far more significant than I had expected.  It would be easy to dismiss such information.  I’ve lost count of how many autumn seasons we have entered into where I expected the proverbial bottom to fall out and life as we know it to be greatly altered….only to find that the continuance somehow managed to remain relatively intact.  It is important that we approach such things prayerfully.  We must not surrender to sensationalism and we must not be ruled by fear or despair.  We also must not simply close our eyes and think to ourselves “I’ve heard it all before and none of it ever happens.” Many (if not most) are going to proclaim peace and safety right up to the moment of that peace and safety. Here are the links to the June 7 and June 8 broadcasts of Trunews; where Rick Wiles spoke with Mena Lee Grebin.

MENA LEE GREBIN (part 1)
MENA LEE GREBIN (part 2)

A hundred and twenty days from now will take us to September 7, 2015.  I don’t know what will be transpiring on that day, or how events will unfold thereafter.  At some point, everything seemingly familiar and stable is going to vanish.  Many are expecting the Jade Helm exercise to mark the beginning of martial law, gun confiscation, extraction of citizens thought to be a danger to the powers that be, and what have you.  There are a staggering number of reports to suggest that something is up; from the suspicious Wal-Mart closings in the “hostile” states to the myriad of sightings involving UN vehicles and foreign troops working in conjunction with this exercise.  We have an economic house of cards that can crumble with little warning and a man sitting in the white house who is actively working to destroy the country whose citizens elected him.  Mr Obama may well be the final U.S president. We’ll know in due time. (If the 1973 C Allen Martin vision is accurate, Mr Obama is the last U.S. president.  A link to the vision is on the “end times prophetic sites” page)  

Something very interesting was stated near the end of the second broadcast – something that I had not given thought to until a few hours ago. Mena Lee Grebin stated that she had been shown a revival that will take place after the collapse of all things familiar.  The country as we have known it will be no more.  Perhaps this is what it will take to cause those who survived all of the upheaval to finally consider issues of eternal significance.  According to Mrs Grebin, this revival will actually be the final installment of a worldwide revival that is currently underway.  (According to reports that I’ve seen, multitudes are coming to Jesus in Iran and Indonesia.)  As for now, each of us must steadfastly abide close to Jesus and be in a place spiritually to both recognize, and follow, the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  He will comfort us in all our tribulation and enable us to endure anything that we must face in the times ahead.  He will even sustain us, should our preferred version of eschatology take a hit. 

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.” 

This is going to sound gimmicky……because it is gimmicky……but it may help.  About an hour ago, I wrote down the numbers 1 to 120 in reverse order in my notebook, with the intent of crossing them off one by one as the days conclude.  It’s an attempt to remain conscious of how quickly the days pass; thereby causing me to give more diligence to utilizing time wisely.  Time really is running out and this summer is critical.  Even if the continuance remains past September, into next year, and beyond, this fact remains.  Every day is someones last day, and each day carries with it the potential of being our last day.  More than anything, the broadcasts listed above were a call to soberness, examining ourselves before God, and being about our Fathers business in the time that remains.  

Blessings in Jesus name.   

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Written in Stone

February 21, 2014

Psalm 39:12 “hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.”

A particular passage of scripture has been on my heart, which relates such an incredible truth, that it leaves one at a loss for words as they consider it’s significance. I’ll get to it later in the post, however, it involves an aspect of the age to come. A place where all of the prophecies have been fulfilled, all of the dramas have run their course, and time has nothing more to say. When each of us who are presently here, have been positioned in our eternal situation and this present creation has fled away into non-existence.  When all of the issues that we currently devote considerable amount of time and resource to, have been reduced to faint echoes of a time that was, in a place that no longer is. 

Colossians 3:1-3 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

The conversations of this world are becoming colder and more distant. The endless dialogue about this happening, this event, that breaking story, the goings on over there, “how about this weather,” and what have you is becoming difficult more difficult to engage in. Even issues that are worthy of thought provoking dialogue; if there is no eternal significance to the issue, my attention span quickly seeks an exit.  For example, the fallout from……lets say…..Obamacare. This legislative event has profound ramifications and is in need of serious public debate.  And yet, one hundred years from now, it will be a non-issue. It’s composers, the implementers, those subjected to it’s policies, the debaters; all will be in the realm of the everlasting with their lot being determined, not by the issues of this world, but by whether or not they met Jesus during their lifetime.

This “withdrawing” isn’t restricted to the secular. Increasing theaters of “Christian dialogue,”  which revolves around temporal goings on, is losing it’s ability to grab my attention.  From preaching which panders to the three lusts in order to fill a building to Christian broadcasts which seem like little more than news reports, the focus on side issues and non-issues seems to be gathering momentum while serious preaching of the word of God is taking a back seat (if it’s even allowed into the vehicle at all) Recently, I listened to a reading of the famous Jonathan Edwards sermon “Sinners in the hand of an Angry God.”  Today, 273 after it was preached,  multitudes continue to shake their fist at God while hanging over hell by a thread. And yet, preaching of this magnitude is seemingly nowhere to be found.  

The frustration leads one to is self-examination. “Am I growing cold to the things of God, because most of what I hear being discussed and preached on doesn’t move me?” One begins to review the road traveled as they inquire “Lord, where did I go astray?” Whenever such cogitation takes the stage, one must watch out for spiritual pride.  The enemy begins to plant thoughts along the lines of “you have grown beyond the status quo Christians” which, if left unchecked, can lead to shipwreck.  “I die daily” is how the apostle Paul dealt with his old nature; providing an example for us all. (We all wrestle with this to one degree or another)  The answer to this particular inquiry came forth in an unexpected fashion.  

That unexpected fashion was a revisiting of the times of solitude. Whenever the distractions of the world are temporarily at bay and all of the contemporaries are in other places, our thoughts will run toward those things that are dear to us. Unimpeded by chatter and theatrics, my thoughts race toward the presence of Jesus.  Prayer; instead of being something that is a struggle, becomes the natural outflow of dialogue with our Savior.  It’s where I “want to be.” Our private moments tell much more about us than the public show that we put on. For example, when we at work, we have to think about the various aspects of the task for which we are employed and give diligence to perform those tasks in an honest manner.  But when we are alone, our true affections are given the priority, which should, in turn, directly affect our public life. (Matthew 10:27)   

If we are to endure until the end, our affections must be 100% set on Jesus and things above.  Any harboring of the things of this world and, we have already laid the groundwork to eventually prepare a calculated plan of compromise.  (This is how a well known bible teacher was recently able to tell an audience that a person could be saved after receiving the mark of the beast) Several times in the past few days, the words of Revelation 9:20 have been brought to the forefront; “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.” Equally pressing has been:

Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or obedience unto righteousness?”

The hangups of this world have filled the ranks of hell to the brim as people cling to the temporal and give no thought to their eternal situation enough to make a sincere inquiry to know, and line up with, the truth.  A quick glance at an oftentimes misunderstood passage provides further clarification:

Luke 14:26 “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

Our love for Jesus must be at this level; where, if it were necessary, it would bring separation between us and everyone for whom we have natural affection.  (Naturally we do not “hate” other people as doing so would violate scripture.)  There is incredible liberty when we let go of the things of this world and set our affections firmly on things above. And yet, it goes deeper. It also enables us to “truly” love the people around us, as we see them, not as contemporaries with whom we varying degrees of association, but as eternal souls for whom Jesus shed his blood. Just as we need to be heavenly minded for our own benefit, we need to be heavenly minded for the benefit of those around us who know not the Lord Jesus and are speeding toward an unthinkable conclusion. In order to be a complete “city set on a hill,” we must abandon our own agenda. 

Another aspect of having our affections on things above is victory over sin and temptation. Everyone stumbles on occasion and, when we do so, quick repentance is a must. But as we draw increasingly close to Jesus and our love for him grows, the old desires; the attachments which once dominated our lives and the sins which drove us to all manner of wickedness, lose their grip.  The desire just goes away. This is not to say there will not be temptation as the flesh still harbors the old nature.  But if we walk in the Spirit, and abide close to Jesus, we’ll not find ourselves struggling to overcome things that we know to be contrary.  (Galatians 5:16 and James 1:14 come to mind)  

And now, to steer this post into the direction originally intended.

I Thessalonians 4:17 “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” “

“And so shall we ever be with the Lord.” When one considers the age to come, a number of aspects come to mind.  Of all  the benefits that one inherits when they are born of the Spirit, this is the most significant.  We shall be forever with Jesus.  If we are truly longing for this, we’ll find ourselves diligently seeking to be in his presence now.  We should be running to the prayer closet; not forcing ourselves to pray out of perceved obligation.  My moments of complete fulfillment are found primarily in two places.  the first is during prayer.. regardless of the setting, be it the truck, at home, walking down the street, or behind the manufacturing facility during break in the middle of a snowstorm.  The presence of the Lord is beyond incredible and, sometimes it even becomes an honest utterance: “Lord Jesus; being with you in this snowstorm with a temperature of -14 degrees and standing between storage racks to semi-escape the howling wind, is far better than anywhere else on earth.” 

The second place is being about our Fathers business.  There is no greater joy than being engaged in that which the Lord has placed on our heart.  And this is where the error is found in the old cliche of “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good.” That is not even possible.  A person who truly loves Jesus and has an eternal perspective will be of incredible earthly good as they strive to further the kingdom of God.  Such a person will love their neighbor as themselves and seek the well being of others over their own agenda. The joy of being in the will of God is indescribable; not because we are doing some supposed great thing, but because we are in fellowship with Jesus and his joy is shed abroad in our heart.  There is more joy in passing out tracts in the most dangerous part of the city on a rainy afternoon than spending an entire month on a beach in the Bahamas while being pampered by employees of the resort industry. 

If the presence of the Lord is this incredible when we are abiding in this fallen world in a body that has a different law working in it’s members, imagine what it will be like when we “see him as he is.”  When this corruption puts on incorruption, all of the battles of this world are ended, and we are forever in the presence of the Lord along with the overcomers from every tribe and generation. An eternal abode without ailment, sorrow, frustration, anger, or any of the aspects that are associated with a contaminated world.  We are going to be in a city made without hands, in the company of millions…..and yet….our relationship with Jesus will be more initmate, more one-on-one, than we have ever known in this present setting.  This brings us to the passage of scripture that was the thrust behind this post.  A cogitation so incredible that I’m continually inquiring “Lord Jesus; am I reading this correctly?”

Revelation 2:17 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone, and in the stone a new name written which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”

This verse reveals a promise so incredible that it’s beyond defining with words. Each of us are going to be given a new name and only two parties will know that name. Only the Lord Jesus will know our new name.  He will call us by this name.  and even though we will be in the company of a multitude that none of us can ever hope to number, in the presence of God who inhabits all of eternity, we are each going to be on a first name basis with Jesus.  If we are born again, we are already on that kind of basis, however, we have yet to be given a name that is ours alone.  A name that is not shared by any other person, angel, or entity, in all of creation. If I’m reading this right, this is beyond incredible and, even now, finding words to write this is proving to be a challenge.  

Truly “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” and the sought after aspects of this world cannot even come close to those of the age to come. The mansions promised the overcomers, the streets of gold so pure that it is transparent, the melodies which we long to hear and join in with, the fruit from the tree of life, the leaves which are for the healing of the nations, the river of water of life, clear as crystal which procedes from the throne of God and of the Lamb. All of these aspects cause us to desire to be there now.  But add to all of this, a private identity which is for us alone and the Lord is the only other one who knows this name…….WOW!  I don’t know if this will resonate with any other.  For me, however, it has taken prayer time, along with a desiring to be with Jesus, to an entirely new level.

Well I have to go.  Lord willing, I can begin adding to this blog on a more regular basis.  This place has always been a sort of “cyber-sanctuary” where a blank page is before me and it can be taken in any direction.  Things have been hectic as of late, however, this is not an insurmountable obstacle.  Until the next time, “blessings in Jesus name.”

 

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Teikoryoku Ga Tsuyoi Made Ketsueki

November 20, 2013

The concept of “resistance” can be discomforting; especially when pertaining to spiritual matters.  It speaks of having to abandon the leisurely path in order to maintain ones situation, without knowing the scope, intensity, time-span or personal cost that one may have to bear. It may well mean being misunderstood, or cast in an evil light, by our contemporaries.  In regards to maintaining our testimony of Jesus in the time of the end, it will mean, separation from, and betrayal by, family members, neighbors, and contemporaries whom we had previously regarded as having a solid foundation. We will witness the (necessary) detaching of all moorings to this present system and the disassembling of all that is familiar.  We can expect to be thrust into a firey domain that brings us face to face with the end of ourselves; where all of our physical assets fail and our allegiances are made manifest. 

For one who is born of the Spirit, we know that Jesus has promised to be with us always; regardless of what we may have to encounter during our time of our sojourning.    

The best place to embark on a discussion of this nature is with some familiar passages:

Matthew 24:12-13 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

Hebrews 12:4 “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood in striving against sin.”  

I Peter 5:8-9 “Be sober, be vigilant; because you adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” 

In the first passage, Jesus informs us of the need to remain faithful in an increasingly hostile environment.  It goes without saying that this is manifesting before us.  The second passage reminds us that we must resist iniquity with everything that is in us.  In Romans 13:14, the apostle Paul warns us to “make not provision for the flesh” (by taking on the nature of Jesus) while in I Cor. 6:18 we are warned to “flee fornication.” I recently came across a troubling statistic. It stated that nearly 50% of the people who regularly attend church struggle with an addiction to internet pornography.  The understanding that this statistic even has the “potential” of being accurate, (it cannot be proven) causes one to realize how dark the climate has become. This causes one to realize, all the more, the significance of the three passages referenced above. Iniquity abounds in ways that previous generations could have never envisioned.  The enemy utilizes every means at his disposal to pollute the atmosphere, wear down the saints, and foster compromise. 

If we cannot settle in our hearts to resist sin today, and/or if we love our lives in this world, we cannot expect to stand when a mark will be required to maintain ones status in this place, Ephesians 6:12-17 should be committed to memory and practiced continually; that we “may be able to stand in the evil day.” 

The third passage is twofold.  Verse 8 reminds us that we have a relentless adversary who continuously seeks to derail us.  He never deviates from his single mission; that being to oppose all that is true and precious.  We become fatigued; we allow silly distractions to have mastery over us, (note to self) and we allow large segments of time to pass while we remain idle. (another note to self) Satan is relentless. He plots while we are asleep, he positions his assets while we are drifting through a spiritual “furlough” of sorts, and he patiently awaits for us to wander into a situation where he can slip past our spiritual radar and set up shop in our backfield.  Two of the most critical moments for being spiritually engaged are right before going to sleep and at the first moment of consciousness.  Sometimes, when I awaken, the thoughts are rampant and in need of quick casting down.  It’s as though the enemy moves in reinforcements during the time of slumber and, as soon as the transition to consciousness begins, they launch their vile arsenal.   

 Verse 9 reminds us that our situation is not unique; nor should it be surprising.  The true remnant saints (not the plastic cookie cutter types) will always be under assault from the enemy.  Oftentimes we may feel as we are the only one who still cares about the deep things of God; just as Elijah felt “all alone,” despite the presence of 5000 throughout the land who had likewise not bowed to an image.  The time is coming when we may be truly “alone” in every sense of the word. I feel it now; even when visiting the various churches in the area.  The things which the Lord have placed on my heart seem to never resonate with those who are content to settle for “christianesque catchphrases, soft messages and a form of godliness with just enough reference to spiritual matters to convince them that “everything is ok.” Despite continual prayerful seeking, I have significant fellowship with only two other saints and one of them is presently residing on another continent.  

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Regardless of what we may have to face in this life; no matter what the cost or what has to be endured, it is as nothing in comparison to that which lies ahead.  It seems redundant to write this, however, with an issue of this magnitude it’s imperative to maintain a proper perspective.  Our time of sojourning is so insignificant in comparison to the everlasting habitation.  As the apostle Paul observed; “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.”  Looking unto Jesus, ensuring that he is “truly” our first love (Hebrews 3;12, Revelation 2:4-5) and resisting the enemy in every facet (James 4:7) and loving not our lives in this world, regardless of the cost (Revelation 12:11) is imperative.  When we abandon this world from our heart, most of the enemies arsenal is rendered ineffective.

The following is a partial “list of sorts;” featuring the theaters wherein we must resist the enemy.     

1 – “The hour I first believed”  From the moment we enter this world, Satan works relentlessly to shield us from truth.  In the days when we knew not the Lord Jesus, we were happy to play his game.  We loved his trappings, we followed in the dance, we enthusiastically ventured down whatever rabbit hole he drug us to; the heart thumping with anticipation over what exciting thing awaited us.  But in that life-changing moment, when we came to sincere repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus, everything changed.  We abandoned the destroyer and obtained that which he had forfeited – eternal life in the presence of the Lord, the holy angels, and the saints from every tribe and generation.  In my case, he launched a lie; right at the moment that I asked Jesus to save me.  The lie backfired as it caused me to declare with emphasis “I’m serious; Lord Jesus I want to follow you – I do not want go back to the old ways…..ever!”   

2 – Little sins.  Things we let slip because, to do the right thing “seems counterproductive.”  They have several definitions, white lies, necessary evil, momentary weakness and what not. I knew of a saint who was employed at an auto dealership that was owned by professing Christians.   Dishonest practices were engaged in on a daily basis, but they justified it with “this is how the business is run. If we don’t do it this way, we’ll eventually have to close.  Such thinking is the very foundation whereby millions who once had a relationship with Jesus will end up receiving a mark. “I have to provide for my family – I Timothy 5:8 says so.  I have to obey the governments orders – Romans chapter 13 says to.”  Or how about “I did it ignorantly – my pastor never talked about things like this.”  The little sins are far more dangerous than anything the son of perdition can throw at us because this is where seeds of compromise are sown. 

3 – Love of this world.  simply put, if we love our situation and our assets here, we’ll do anything to save them.  Subsequently, making the jump from a biblical worldview to one that “appears” more logical and compassionate will be a small thing.  This is another reason that I’ve been unable to settle in a church.  There’s a profound love of stuff ….. and no fear of God.  I know of folks who are living together and yet teaching Sunday school. Recently I saw an ad for a t-shirt that made me sick. It featured a picture that was supposed to be Jesus.  There was a word bubble next to him, like he was speaking, only, the word bubble was empty.  Above the picture were the words “Regarding homosexuality, Jesus said this:”  They pervert scripture in order to justify that which is vile and unnatural.  NO FEAR AT ALL and this is only the beginning.  (Kind of a different topic, but…..oh well) 

4 –  Strong delusion as is referenced in Matthew 24:24 and II Thessalonians 2:10-12 The supernatural fireworks that Jesus mentions in Matthew 24:24 will be so believable that even the most spiritual of the spiritual will have to do a double take.  They will be challenged, but will not fall because of who they know and the truth that they have hidden in their heart.  But those who have neglected to make their calling and election sure will be “ripe for the picking” so to speak.  A departing of their first love which transpired without notice (Revelation 2:4) a going with the flow and justifying it by saying “well everyone at my church is doing it” and one has a recipe for everlasting disaster.  Those who are partakers of the great falling away, established the framework long ago.  The seemingly little things that were excused; a single quick click on one a sensual pictures that appeared in the add column on facebook that led to future (and longer) visits, a small lie that kept peace in the household, a rearranging of the numbers that sold a vehicle.  The list is endless and with each trip into the supposed “grey areas” the pattern of compromise becomes more entrenched.

Matthew 24:23-24 “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

II Thessalonians 2:9-11 “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.”  

Well It’s about time to go.  If one passage seems paramount regarding this topic, it’s 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.”  In other word, ensure that Jesus is truly our first love and let nothing interfere.  If we do this, all of Satan’s assets are rendered ineffective.  

Blessings in Jesus name.

“Teikoryoku ga tsuyoi made ketsueki’ roughly translates “resistance strong until blood” in reference to Hebrews 12:4

 

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C R E S E N D O

July 11, 2012

Good morning.  The broadcasts contained in the following links cover a vast array of topics as they apply to the unfolding end-time senario. The first is a three hours long marathon in which Steve Quayle outlines the various venues of prophetic fulfilment. In the second one, Bob Auxier discusses the prophetic significance of the storms that recently ravaged the east coast, the need to reach the lost during and immediately following times of unthinkable catastrophe, (because such events open up many opportunities) and the coming persecution in the west; the framework for which has already been established.

Hagmann & Hagmann Report with Steve Quayle (July 10, 2012)

TruNews: Rick Wiles and Pastor Bob Auxier (July 11, 2012)

There is so much transpiring at such an alarming rate that trying to grasp even a small portion is a daunting task. This morning, two things have been on my heart. First, we must let go of every weight, every sin, and surrender every possible distraction. We must be in close to the Lord Jesus and love not our lives in this world. Second, we must be in fervent prayer for those in our ambience who know not the Lord Jesus and those who profess to know him but are not living for him.  In the above broadcast, Steve makes the following statement: “Repentance is a gift; it’s not a mental exercise.” (or words to that effect.) Just as God can sustain us in the most inhospitable of conditions, he can grant repentance to the most hardened of hearts.

Another observation that Steve mentions is a condition that he once termed “normalcy bias.” We have heard ominous reports and end times senarios for years. Yet every time a given report was over, we go outside, observe the status quo proceeding as it has for as long as we can remember, and we quickly brush aside the cogitations of that which is coming to pass. Until it effects us directly, we tend to place such things as being “over there” (as in tribulation in a foreign land)  “down the road” (as in after our allotment of days is completed) or “we’re not going to be here” (as in pre-tribulation rapture) For most of us, the thought of being alive on planet earth when the worlds most horrific season unfolds is unthinkable.

We cannot change bible prophecy or timings. We can, however, trust in the Lord Jesus who has promised to be with us always. We can, and must, set our affections on things above. We must love not ourlives in this world and we “must” maintain our testimony of Jesus until the end. We must give all diligence to make our calling and election sure. I must be going for now. The following passages are both familiar and demanding of our consideration.

I Thessalonians 5:3 “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”
 
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 of creation.”
 
Isaiah 55:6 “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.”

During the Trunews broadcast, Rick makes the following observation: “when sudden destruction hits, you are either covered with the blood of Jesus or you are not.” The time to get our proverbial ducks in a row is now; before the continuance gives way to that which has been prophesied. 

Blessings always in Jesus name.

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A Day and a Life

May 2, 2012

This is a revisiting of a day from my past which spawned a flury of cogitation over what qualifies as a life of tribulation as opposed to a life of relative ease. In the course of this particular day, I was granted a glimpse, not only into the worlds of other people in my ambience, but also a viewing of my own situation from other angles. It’s not a day from long ago, wherein the course of my life was adjusted in accordance to increased revelation. It was…..yesterday…..the 1st of May, 2012. The primary scene is a department at work which I have been temporarily assigned to. Most of the people in this department are relatively new and, with one exception, I didn’t really know any of them until last week. 

This report begins, not in department 86, but at a local retailer which I had visited earlier in the day. It was a normal outing with Matthew which concluded at the Meijers store in Three Rivers. (for any who are not familiar with my situation, Matthew is our 17 year old son who hs autism) As we fulfilled the routine which has become a part of Matthews “requirement” (for lack of a better term. Anyone who has dealt with autistic people will understand what this means.) we passed by Brook; a co-worker from my temporary department. After a casual exchange of greetings, Matthew and I headed for the checkout counter. This is where the adventure begins.

Usually I can tell when Matt is becomming agitated, but on this occasion, I missed it. Without warning, he grabbed me, had me on the ground, and began attempting to drag me through the store. For a few seconds an incredible disturbance in the normal flow of life at Meijers transpired and, as is always the case, folks in the near vicinity were in total shock at what they are witnessing. I didn’t know it at the time, however, from a distance, Brook also witnessed this event. The situation finally reached a conclusion (when Matthew finally decided to end it) and I was able to get back up. The usual bewilderment of the onlookers was interrupted when an employee came up and asked “is there a problem?” I finished our business at the counter and quickly exited the store with a Matthew, now returned to his normal happy state, following 6-8 ft behind.

That evening, Brook inquired further about what had happened. Autism is not something that can be summed up in a sentence or two. Subsequently, my attempt to give a brief answer turned into…..a book…..on the history of Matthew and the general perimeters of low-functioning autism. It truly is a world which, unless one has a similar set of circumstances, they cannot possibly fathom its consuming nature. It influences everyone in close proximity. At the conclusion of the discourse, Brook offered the common, but well intentioned reply of “it has to be really rough; dealing with this.” I can fully relate to Brooks amazement because….I don’t fully understand it. Matthew does things that completely defy logic, such as intentionally destroying things that he likes. We have had to stop replacing the Nintendo 3DS because he loves playing it….for hours on end….he’s very skilled at most of the games…..and then he suddenly snaps it in two. The most recent one lasted less than 96 hours and our budget simply doesn’t allow for the purchasing of a Nintendo 3DS every four days.

The contrast between one who has a relatively normal life and one who has an incredibly complex one was played out that evening. But this was just the beginning of the observations that night. (It’s interesting that I had been pondering what was to be the next post; a visiting of the lessons found in Psalm 73) Later in the evening, I was working in the vicinity of Brittney and Jay, who were engaged in nearly endless dialogue with each other. Seeing no inroads to the conversation, I resorted to just performing my duties and listening from afar. I learned much about both, but more about Jay. Jay is a full-time student and for him, this is little more than a “filler job.” He’s 21, and engaged to be married. His fiance is also a full time student, working on a double major in….something. He loves to drink and thingks nothing of spending $400 or more on alcohol in a given weekend. The wedding will cost over $25,000 and they plan to honeymoon either in Hawaii or Rome.

His fiance inherited a home in San Jose California which was purchased for $80,000, but because of its location, is now worth well over a million. They are contemplating the selling of this property. Both Jay and his fiance have seemingly fail-proof careers plotted out. In fact, as the conversation unfolded, I witnessed the inner thoughts of one to whom money seems to be no object and life is smooth sailing on every possible front. As I was listening to the amount that he spends on “expensive alcohol” (forget the cheap stuff; he likes a high-end stupor) Psalm 73 came to mind, followed quickly by a……vision? For a brief second, I saw, as it were, a calculator. The old kind, that has the roll of paper in the back. The roll of paper was flying out the top of the calculator as an unseen operator was feverishly crunching numbers. It was a reminder to me that “Gods recordkeeping is perfect and he knows what every division of resourse is spent on, and by whom.

After work, I was sitting in the truck for a moment….prayerfully taking it all in. I wasn’t even remotely envious of the normal life; nor was I discouraged that we seem to have chaos on every front, coupled with more uncertainty than I can wrap my mind around. I thanked the Lord for giving us Matthew and reaffirmed the truth that “I wouldn’t trade situations with Jay (or anyone else) for any amount of treasure or benefit. The drive home became a time of rejoicing in God my Savior who changes not. A time of focusing on eternal things and savoring another victory over the enemies attempt to lure me into a “woe is me” session. Without a doubt, the peace of God “does” surpass every obstacle, circumstance, uncertainty, and trial. I reached the house, thinking that the days allotment of meaningful ponderings had run its course. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Matthew was still awake and…..agitated. I grabbed a quick snack and headed to the bedroom. When Matthew is agitated, the best thing to do is just retreat to a safe room and let him unwind on his own. As I was about to get into the scriptures, I noticed the large, still unopened envelope containing this months newsletter from Voice of the Martyrs which had arrived a few days ago. With so much going on lately, I had yet to open it, and so this became an opportunity to do so. This months focus is on North Korea and what the saints in the “hermit kingom” are subjected to. The testimonies of Jo Chung Hee and Yang Hea Woo presented a glimpse into the real world and were sobering reminders of how incredibly easy my life is. I have never had to fight for sand because it was the only thing to eat. I have never been in a hard labor camp where the only way out is death. (Camp 14 is located 45 miles northeast of Pyongyang. It is a complete containment camp with an average prisoner population of 50,000. People sentenced to this camp are simply worked until they die)

It was after midnight when I went outside for prayer. “Lord I have just seen some glimpses into various worlds. You see them all at the same time. At any given moment, you know which of your children are literally eating sand and tree bark to survive, and which of them are spending hundreds of dollars on a new gaming system. You know who is being beaten by shovels until their entire body is black and blue (this has happened to Yang and untold others) and which ones cannot wait until church service is over so that they can run to the restaurant and feed their true god. (Philippians 3:19) You know who is serving you, and who is putting on a show. I feel so foolish. I have wasted so many years and squandered so much resource on things that do not matter. This foolishness on my part has to end now.”

Psalm 73:16-19 “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me.
Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down to destruction.
How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.”

Psalm 73″22-23 “So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
Nevertheless I am continually before thee: thou hast holden me with thy right hand.”

Well I have to go for now. Matthew was awake all night, but is now finally asleep. I don’t know how the day will unfold. I don’t know if I’ll still be breathing by nightfall. Seriously; none of us have a promise of time which has yet to arrive. But I do know; that some adjustments in my life are demanded. It’s time to give much more diligence to the issues of eternal significance instead of focusing on the distractions. The enemy will do whatever it takes to get us off the battle field. To get us mired in self-pity, buried by endless campaigns for acquisition, lost in a maze of runaway foolishness, or consumed by a form of godliness that lacks power. (but gives one the illusion that they are doing God a great service) To keep us from assaulting the kingdom of darkness and sharing the words of life with the captives. We oftentimes live casually; even treacherously. Satan never wastes a moment in this manner. He is continuously seeking to devour with an unabridged hatred of God and hatred of the precious eternal ones who are created in Gods image.

May we all be about our Fathers business with renewed urgency and resolve. Blessings always in Jesus name.

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

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A Song of Sorrows

April 18, 2012

Romans 11:33 “Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.

Colossians 1:16-17 “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:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

It’s so deep…..so unfathomably deep, that our finite mind cannot even construct a rough composit. A God who has no beginning, (he has always been God) and never changes. The timeless Creator of all things who sees the end from the beginning and all things in between. He knows how many galaxies fill the emptiness of space. he knows how many stars each galaxy is comprised of, and how many planets, comets, moons, astroids, and miscallaneous bits of debris make up each solar system. He established it all. At the same time, he knows how many hairs are on the head of each of earths nearly 7 billion inhabitants, and knows the contents of every heart.  A God who became flesh and entered a world that was completely contrary to his holy nature; that he might save those who are perishing. The unfathomable peace and joy that one has when they are born of the Spirit and walking close to Jesus. So true are the words of Isaiah: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.”

And yet, along with this joy, peace, and revelation of our faithful Creator, there is an accompanying element of profound sadness.  An embodiment of understanding that while we are seated in heavenly places, most of our contemporaries are in a much different state. It’s a more complete grasping of the spiritual climate around us which, at times, can be so profound that one is nearly consumed by it. This sorrow is touched on by the following passage, and at the outset, it may appear that I’m taking this verse out of its context. Yet this passage swerves into a truth that, once we understand it, will compel us toward intercession, intervention, and a more sober-minded approach to our remaining time in this theater of atoms.

Ecclesiastes 7:3-4 “Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the heart of myrth.”

This is not something that we think on often and yet, it is an intregal component that will become more pronounced as we mature spiritually. It’s a sorrow concerning that which is lost, or soon will be. A sadness over the blindness that afflicts most of our contemporaries, and the effectiveness of the devices employed by the enemy to keep his captives in bondage. It’s the realization that nearly every ambition is geared toward that which has no eternal significance. And it’s an examining of self that quickly reveals how corrupt we are in comparison to “the Father of lights with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”  Oftentimes in prayerful cogitation, a single question comes forth. “Lord Jesus; do any of us have even a remote understanding as to how serious these things are? We tell ourselves that we understand, and yet, somehow, our lives along with the thrust of our conversation fail to reflect the seriousness that’s demanded of such.”

The late David Wilkerson addressed this issue far more adequately than I’m able to. Tears will fall as one listens to this; A Call to Anguish

Here’s a partial list of areas which, when understood more fully, foster a sorrow to repentance and action.

1. The perishing. A few days ago, a truth was dropped into my heart which took a moment to resonate, but has been the focus of prayer ever since.. It was words to the effect of “nearly everyone that you talk to daily is going to die lost.” The scope of this truth shook me. There are souls in my own household who are not saved. I work in a plant which currently has over 700 employees with much hiring planned over the next several months. There are very few professing Christians there and even fewer who actually strive to discuss eternal issues with others. It demands that we address the question of “what am I doing about it? Am I praying for the lost and continuously seeking opportunities to share Jesus? or am I just doing my own thing and not wanting to be inconvenienced by the need of those who are not prepared to take their final breath?

The foolishness has to stop. (This is a note-to-self) The squandering of large segments of time on issues of no eternal significance has to end. We (I) need to stop following the latest heresay (even if it’s wrapped in christian-speak) and begin seeking the Lord with a fervency that lines up with the tragedies that are playing out. There are people in hell at this very moment who were drinking their morning coffee while catching up on the news just 12 hours ago. When taking into account, how much time I have squandered, and how many opportunities I’ve allowed to slip away. it’s nearly incapacitating. The first step toward remedy is sincere  repentance, followed by a fervent and consistant drawing closer to Jesus. If we abide in him and are obediant, he is faithful to change us from glory to glory and bring us to where we need to be. Please consider the message by David Wilkerson. 

2. The overwhelming blindness of the lost. We hear it in their conversation and see it in their choices. It’s agonizing for three reasons. First, we have been there and remember well what the Lord has delivered us from. Second, we know where that road ends. It’s the same road that we were once travelling down and like those who know not the Lord, we were equally unconcerned about our eternal situation. And third, the wall of deception seems insurmountable at times. To address this, we must walk continuously in the Spirit. The following two passages have, in effect become a continual prayer request regarding a proper approach to the seemingly insurmountable blindness:

Ephesians 6:18-20 (verses 19 and 20 are the focus) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that i may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Colossians 4:3-4 “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”

Our words must be with power and the must be the right words to a given situation. Our own powerless rationalizing will not suffice. (I Peter 4:11 also comes to mind)

3. Lukewarmness amongst the professing saints. I recently read a post where the term “la la church” was coined.  (Spiritual Abuse sanctuary)  Again, I must refer back to the words of David Wilkerson on this. Most of what we see today are the inventions of men that attempt to compensate for the lack of power. There is a large church north of here. Almost every time I talk to a member from this church, they are quick to tell me how awesome it is. They have this program and that program, and they are about to launch a major building project. There seems to be a concerted effort to “keep people busy and entertained” so that they’ll “feel fulfilled” when some of them may actually be nearing a point of spiritual death. 

4. Diminishing of time. It goes without saying that time is running out. yesterday, time ran out for multitudes and today time will run out for multitudes more. To grasp even a portion of the unfolding tragedy is nearly unbearable. And finally:

5. The end of the age. Each day that arrives, I give God the glory for it; thanking him for another day of continuance. Because we know that a time is fast approaching when the ultimate season of sorrows will be upon us. It will be a time of unparalleled loss and tribulation. Jesus described it like this:

Matthew 24:21-22 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
And except those days were shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elects sake those days shall be shortened.”

In other words, prior to the return of Jesus, the worlds population will drop from 7+ billion…….to nearly zero. No war, no campaign of genocide, no season of anarchy has ever been as horrific as that which is soon to take place. The only cataclysmic event that’s comparable is the great flood; wherein only eight survived. Mens hearts will fail them for fear and the floodgates to hell will be wide open. Very few saints are prepared for what they will soon be faced with. On a side note, it goes without saying that much is being written and talked about concerning the end of days and how it will play out. Some is accurate, some is not accurate, and all of us see a picture in part. Here’s another indicator to watch. When the earths population as a whole begins to decline, we’ll know that the end of the age is at the door. I could be wrong, (I hope I’m wrong) however, once this decline begins, I suspect that it will be like a snowball rolling down a steep hill; gaining momentum with every rotation. 

The intent of this post is not to discourage anyone, but rather, to encourage all of us to draw close to Jesus. To use our remaining time wisely and be about those issues which have eternal ramifications. Two links before I close.

The Prophetic savant (Tentmaker) When a person has much revelation from on high, they will be affected in ways that will make it almost impossible to fit in with their contemporaries. (Even saved contemporaries) This article has fostered much cogitation ever since I first read it about seven years ago.

Forum Shut Down (Watchmans Cry) This article addresses the danger of forums and becomming consumed by endless debatings. Nathan Leal states that if we are spending more time on boards and on the internet than in prayer and studying of the scriptures, something is wrong. This was one of the elements which ultimately resulted in my departure from Facebook. It’s time to be sober-minded and drawing close to Jesus.

I don’t really have time to thoroughly edit this, so I apolagize for any linguistical flaws, repetitious points, grammerical errors, and what have you. I’ll try to clean it up later. Blessings always in Jesus name.

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C A P T I V I T Y

April 4, 2012

I Corinthians 7:29-31 “But this I say brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;
And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not;
And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.

It seems strange to be posting here after a fifteen month absence. (I’m prayerfully considering making this my primary outlet again as other cyber-venues have become way too distracting) Yet because this continues to receive a substantial amount of traffic despite the inactivity, It seemed necessary to share the dream here. A dream which, did two things for me. First, it was a confirmation for me of what others are seeing. Second, it allowed for a  “taste” as it were, of what it will be like to live under some very different conditions. I pray that this doesn’t foster apprehension, but will cause one to draw closer to Jesus. To lay aside all things frivillous, prepare spiritually for the times ahead, and be about the Fathers business in the time remaining.

Leonard Ravenhill once stated words to the effect of “five minutes into eternity and all of us will wish that we had prayed more, fasted more, witnessed more, and not wasted so much time on things that don’t matter.” (I don’t remember the exact quote, but that is the thrust of what he was saying)

The dream began with a new world upon us. My family and I were living in a small apartment (we will be moving soon; probably this summer) and we were under occupation by a foreign army. There was no indication as to where this army was from. As such, I’m inclined to believe that it was a multi-national force. While my family waited in the apartment, I was going around town; trying to locate my younger daughter. As I crossed a bridge, someone informed me “we have to get inside. Curfew is 6:00 pm.” This was the first indicator that life would be very different under this occupation. It was already after 6:00 but I continued. Once I found my daughter, we returned to the apartment.

This apartment was……tiny. Two rooms; one of which was larger than the other. This larger room seemed to serve as a kitchen/bedroom. It was very crowded and one had to move the table in order to get from the front half of the room to the back. After returning to the apartment, the unanswered questions began to surface. I didn’t know the identity of the new enforcers. I seemed to have no contact with other citizens; other than those of my own household. There was no news or internet. Thoughts ran through my mind. Try to resist? Find a way of escape? Escape to where? And how? I didn’t know what town we were in or what direction to take….even if we could flee. It was at this moment that I remembered a statement that I had once heard concerning the coming judgment against this land. “You have been in bondage. Now you will go into captivity.”

One thing was very clear as the dream progressed. This was the very early part of the occupation. I knew that in the days to come, things would become far more difficult and brutal.

I awakened and soon went about my daily routine, however, things were not the same. The frailty of the status quo seemed far more manifest. That “taste” of a different situation remains with me. It is a warning that this status quo is soon to be replaced by a new reality. Two more observations are necessary before closing. First, the situation in the dream (especially the apartment) reminded me of the Warsaw ghettos during World War II. This was where Jewish families were relocated by the nazis and forced to live in very crowded conditions……awaiting their eventual transit to the camps. The second observation requires a passage before delving into. This verse was on my heart for about two weeks prior to having this dream, however, I didn’t know why:

Ecclesiastes 7:10 “Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days days were better than these? for thou dost not inqire wisely concerning this.”

Following such a profound disruption of peace and safety, there will be an overwhelming urge to long for the “good-ol-days.” There will be a tendancy to look back and not forward. We must look to Jesus steadfastly; regardless of what transpires or where we may find ourselves. This life, even at its most discomforting, is very temporal and will come to pass. If we know Jesus, we know that once this life is over, we shall be forever in his presence. Our destination is a city not made with hands, where we shall dwell in the presence of the Lord, along with the great cloud of witnesses. Once we have our affections set firmly in heaven, what befalls us along the journey will not move us. As the apostle Paul stated:

Acts 20:24 “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

Well, I have to go for now.  May we all number our days (Psalm 90:12) and use our remaining time wisely. Blessings always in Jesus name.