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All The Words of This Life

March 24, 2015

Speaking the truth; utilizing every opportunity to share the words of life with those who know not the Lord Jesus, while offering exhortation to the saints, is one of the primary reasons that many of us utilize social media platforms.  This issue has been brought to the forefront by a report from Scott Johnson, coupled with something that was laid on my heart a few days ago. During part one of his March 15 current events/bible study, Scott Johnson discussed the recent action taken by the FCC to regulate the internet. For many of us, the internet is the only means by which we have access to unfiltered reporting (using discernment of course) maintain connect with like-minded saints, and discuss the issues of eternal significance with any interested party. It is a place where, thus far, the entities that be have been unable to obtain total control over the narrative. While they have utilized it to identify who thinks what, who associates with who, and who is likely to be a “problem” when the hammer is brought down,  this action by the FCC is the first concrete step toward silencing those who do not subscribe to the official “version.”  

This concrete step toward regulation seems to indicate that the profiling phase is nearly complete and they are ready for the next phase.  A dark season where any dialogue which testifies of the Lord Jesus, proclaims biblical truth, or sheds light on the gathering wickedness will be removed and those who utter such things will be silenced. Understanding that the season for unrestricted access to this venue will eventually end, we should utilize our remaining time here in a way that is profitable and points others to Jesus…….because “the night cometh when no man can work. 

The “thing laid on my heart” aspect, involves the issues that we meditate upon and talk about.  During an afternoon a few days ago, I had given a significant amount of thought to a topic of a temporal nature when this question arose: “Is this something that we will be talking about when we are in eternity?”  Clearly, my train of thought had taken a turn into the realm of the unprofitable and foolish. The fallout from such a diversion is twofold. First, it causes us to take our eyes off from Jesus and things of an eternal nature.  Prayerful meditation on scriptural truth is exchanged for something of a baser nature. Something which doesn’t appear to be evil, but still manages to pull us into a carnal frame of mind. Second, it leaves us unprepared; should we suddenly be called to answer one who asks of the hope that is in us. When we are in a carnal state of mind, it’s difficult to suddenly “shift gears” in a seamless manner.  Indeed, truth does not return void, and the apostle Paul rejoiced even when truth was preached in pretense, however, it’s much better to be prepared when such opportunities arise. ‘

I Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

The remainder of this post will focus on some familiar passages which relate to the issues of always being prepared to speak truth; beginning with a familiar discourse from the book of Daniel which reveals what it means to love God more than our place in this world

Daniel 3:16-18 “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo, answered and said to the king, O Nebudchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this manner.”

They were not careful…..they didn’t have to think about how to respond.  Their attitude in regards to the holy One of Israel was not careless or half-hearted.  Subsequently, they didn’t didn’t hesitate, and they refused to enter into an agreement with a lie when it appeared that such a refusal would cost them their lives.  

17 “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

We know the story. Nebudchadnezzar had set up a golden image and demanded that everyone worship it, Whenever the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltry, and dulcimer, they were to drop what they were doing and bow down to the image.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo refused; even when offered a second chance, and were subsequently thrown into a furnace that had been made seven times hotter than normal.  The men who threw them into the fire perished at the door. Moments later, king Nebudchadnezzar looked into the flames and saw “four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt: and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” God worked a miraculous deliverance that day.  But even if he had not worked a physical deliverance from the fiery furnace, the three young men knew one thing: “and he will deliver us out of thine hand O king.”  It was a Revelation 21:11 moment, several hundred years before the book of Revelation was recorded.  

It’s interesting that the testimony of these three men, along with the testimony of Daniel being thrown into the lions den as a result of those who framed mischief by a law, are recorded in a book that contains important information in regards to the time of the end.  A time when a beast will destroy wonderfully and cause craft to prosper. For a brief season, he will wear out the saints of the most high; making war and and prevailing over them in the physical realm. Shadrach, Meshach, Abednigo, and Daniel maintained their testimony; just as we must maintain ours.  

Philippians 1:28 “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.”

Revelation 2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and thou shalt have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”

Whether we are being brought before kings and governors, or sharing the words of life with our neighbor, we must strive to ensure that we are speaking as we ought; that our words are being directed by the Holy Spirit who sees the entire situation of those before us and knows exactly what they need to hear.

Luke 21:12-15 “But before all these, they shall lay hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
 

Just as the Holy Ghost was upon Steven during his final discourse, we can trust that he will empower us, and grant utterance, when we are betrayed by those closest to us and brought before those in position of authority.  If we are abiding close to Jesus beforehand, without wavering and without any root of unbelief, we can be confident that, when we are called into these situations, he will direct our dialogue.  The words will be the right words and they will accomplish that which the Lord is seeking to accomplish in that situation.  But if we waver, or if we try to direct our own speech, we run the risk of, not only speaking something that fails to properly address the situation (it may be a truth, but not relevant to the situation at hand) we run the risk of enabling the adversaries to draw us into a dialogue which could lead to compromise.  (Luke 21:15 is so important.  Also see Acts 7:54-57) One who is not relying on the Holy Spirit in a situation like this has already placed themselves at a serious disadvantage. 

Thus far, the focus has been on our dialogue in potential Revelation 12:11 situations.  But there is another aspect which is equally important – that of speaking the words of life, in the manner that we should, wherever we may be.  Every day, we encounter people who are not born of the Spirit and, if they die before the next sunrise, will be in hell.  They are on the broad path that all of us were once travelling down.  If their final breath suddenly passes, their time in the valley of decisions will be finished and their eternal situation secured.  In ourselves we are not adequate to the task.  Even if we were to memorize every passage of scripture and understand mysteries laid out in scripture that few ever understand in this world, without the Holy Spirit leading us, we are going to unwittingly address a number of issues improperly. Two passages reveal how the apostle Paul addressed this issue.  (He was one of the most educated men of his day, yet he fully understood his own insufficiency.) 

Ephesians 6:18-20 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 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,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly as I ought to speak.” 

Many people; having a level of understanding comparable to that of Paul, would have been tempted to rely on their accumulation of knowledge as they entered into discussions about the deep things of God.  They will pray beforehand of course; perhaps even devoting a lengthy amount of time to such.  But when the time for speaking is at hand, there is a tendency to retreat into the comfortable confines of what has been rehearsed.  Again, truth never returns void and we never know when a word spoken will fall on fertile ground and bear fruit.   But it’s much better to be relying on the Holy Spirit and the words that he gives us.  The Lord knows the entire situation; the hearts of every hearer, what they have been through, what their present beliefs are, what their secrets are……and exactly what they need to hear at a given time.  

One of the most astonishing things is when someone comes up to us and mentions something that we said months or even years ago, which deeply impacted them.  A statement or something that we may well not even remember……or if we do remember saying it, at the time it didn’t seem significant at all.  But that statement of truth, void of pride and preparation on our part, went in and did exactly what it was supposed to do in the heart of that individual.  The next passage is similar to the previous:

Colossians 4:3-5 “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:
4  That I may make it manifest as I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time”

 The same request by the apostle Paul who understood perfectly that his sufficiency was not in his own achievements, but in Christ.  A few minutes ago, while praying about a situation that I have to enter in a few hours and feeling terribly inadequate, I was reminded of this.  Actually I John 4:4 came to mind, however, it is in the same line of truth.  We have Jesus abiding within and he is greater than anything that the enemy can throw at us.  If we abide close to him and have his truth hidden in our heart, he can utilize us in the situations before us, the name of Jesus will be magnified……and God will give the increase.  

II Timothy 2:24-26 “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.’ 

Blessings in Jesus name.

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Senritsu Wa Fuhen Desu: Sekai Ga Musubimasen

August 2, 2012

The final day of July, 2012 took a somewhat unexpected turn. While driving to work, I was diverted into another direction by a situation which demanded immediate attention. Although the situation was resolved in a timely manner, I ended up spending the final hours of July away from the big blue box of employment.  Later in the evening, I tuned into the Hagmann and Hagmann Report  which is broadcast nightly over blogtalk radio. (A link to the 7-31-2012 broadcast is provided near the bottom of this post) This particular broadcast featured some of the latest information concerning the end of life as we have known it, the methodical steps now being implemented which will ultimately lead to the rise of the beast system, and the effectiveness by which the powers that be have kept most of our contemporaries in a state of complacency. The broadcast touched on events which are so unthinkable that the hearts of many will fail for fear when they are unexpectedly forced to navigate in a paradigm for which they are not spiritually prepared.

Luke 21:19 “In your patience possess ye your souls.”

The three-hour broadcast concluded at midnight; just as July gave way to August. One can approach such information is four different ways. The first (and easiest) way is to ignore it and turn back to the television or distraction of choice. The second is to rationalize it away. (People have been saying things like this for years). The third is to believe it (because the evidence presented adds up) but not have the necessary spiritual anchoring to respond to it. Such a person will bounce from broadcast to broadcast, article to article and cleave to those who have been preparing in a frantic search for direction. (Daniel 11:34 and Matthew 25:8 just came to mind) A fourth method of response, however, will carry us through while others are being herded into compromise and destruction. We come before the Lord Jesus, cast our cares upon him, seek direction, walk in obediance to that direction, and trust him completely. This fourth method describes not only how the saints shall endure unexpected situations, it describes how we should conduct our lives every minute of every day. It’s a place of childlike faith wherein our eyes are on the eternal and not the temporal.

Psalm 91:9-10 “Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation,
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”
 
 
Luke 21:16 “Ane ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.

Psalm 91 should be commited to memory. It was necessary to also reference Luke 21:16; lest an unbalanced picture of what it means to endure should be presented. The Lord can sustain us in the most insurmountable of circumstances. It’s possible that we could be walking down the road while a column of spetnav troops pass by, and they would never see us because the Lord supernaturally hid us in plain site. But this doesn’t mean we are exempt from all  tribulation, nor does it mean that our physical lives will be spared in every situation. Overcoming this present world goes beyond pyhsical preservation. Revelation 12:11 provides us with the formula for overcoming: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” It’s quite possible that some of us, or perhaps many of us, will be called to give our lives for the testimony of Jesus. As he told the saints in Smyrna “be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” I pray that these considerations will not discourage anyone, but rather foster a diligent seeking of the Lord Jesus who is with us always.

Luke 21:17-18 “And ye shall be hated of all men for my names sake.
But there shall not an hair of your head perish.”
 
Philippians 1:21 “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

It was after 1:00 AM when I went outside for prayer. I walked out to the road and looked west; pondering how long it will be until those who are assigned to implement the roundup pass through. There was no fear accompanying this reflective cogitation and within moments I was in the presence of the Lord. The opening moments of August became a time of worship; both in english and in languages which commune on a deeper level.  In that place, there were no globalists or Russian spetznav (special forces) units. There were no murderers of the innocent or profiteers from campaigns of iniquity. There was no meaningless chatter, no alarms, and no calls from the complacent ones to come out of the holy place and join them in the potatoing of the couch. For a span of time the intrusions of the world were neutralized. A gentle breeze blew across the moonlit landscape while my thoughts gravitated toward places not observable. A melody which has no ending became my anthem, while looking into the firmament and considering just how incredible our everlasting Creator is.

Senritsu wa fuhen desu – Melody everlasting. While singing unto the Lord, this thought came to mind. “This song never ends. I million years from now, in a realm which has no timepieces, this song will still be on my lips. It doesn’t have a final verse; it’s as eternal as the age to come” For a moment, time vanished and all I could see was the everlasting. Sekai ga musubimasen – world without ending. Our lives in this physical world; the dramas, the agendas, the career paths, the pastimes, and what have you, are as nothing in comparison to that which is everlasting and our Creator who has no beginning. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” Aikou ga mattaki desu – perfect love. A love that’s pure and without an accompanying agenda. A God whose habitation exceeds the boundaries of time and space; and yet loved us so much that he took on a body of flesh and dwelt among us. He became acquainted with grief.  While we were altogether lost and contrary to his nature, Jesus shed his blood to redeem us.

The moment offered a glimpse; not only of the timeless state that awaits us, it gave insight into how we should live on a daily basis. We cannot spend all of our time on the mountaintop. We still inhabit a vessel of clay and we are surrounded by contemporaries who know not the Lord Jesus. There is much to be done and time is quickly running out. Nonetheless, we can live each moment with the eternal perspective in the forefront. It’s not easy. It requires diligent dying to self while being prepared to be misunderstood and even betrayed by our closest brethren and kin. But when we can abide there on a consistant basis, everything else will fall into place and we will not be quickly rattled by threatenings in the physical realm which accompany the fulfilment of bible prophecy. In writing this, it’s important to mention that I have a long way to go in learning this.

II Corinthians 4:17-18 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

I need to be going shortly. Here’s the link to the above mentioned broadcast:

The Hagmann and Hagmann Report with guests Steve Quayle and Greg Evenson

Two phrases of significance are mentioned in the first hour of this broadcast. The first is “yard farming.” The second is “seamless application of forced intervention.” Please approach this prayerfully. The second hour is incredible and powerful as prayer is offered up for many. Lest anyone should arrive at some erroneous conclusions, I should also mention that the non-english phrases in this post are Japanese and probably contain some grammerical flaws. (I may have completely butchered it) Ever since hearing an interview with Henry Gruver on July 5, 2012. Japan has been much on my heart. Henry spent spent several weeks there; including a lot of time in the Fukushima region. He reported that in the time since the tsunami, many doors have opened and the names of numerous eternal souls have been added to the book of life. One such name is that of a former priest who was in his 80s. This man is now preaching Jesus throughout the land. I don’t remember what religion he once practiced. It matters not;  God has cast it into the sea of forgetfulness.

A thought came to me recently. There will, at some point, be a final entry made in the book of life. The name of the last person to believe on Jesus will be recorded, following which, the ledger will be finished…….just a thought. Below is a link to the July 5th Trunews  broadcast featuring Henry Gruver. The actual interview begins about 5 or 6 minutes into the brodcast; following a quick rundown of the news stories that were breaking on that day. 

Rick Wiles and Henry Gruver

Revelation 7:9-10 “After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.”

Blessings always in Jesus name.

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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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MOVING DAY

December 29, 2010
This is post number 458; the final installment on this site. (for now anyways) Here is the address to the new site:
http://timbob3.wordpress.com
This is bittersweet as this has been a place of much fellowship, deep cogitation, aand encouragement. However, just as we have no continuing city in this life, it is time to open up a fresh venue which focuses more on issues of eternal significance. The intent is to write that which has been placed on my heart; striving for every word to be profitable, and encouraging. May each word cause the saints to draw closer to Jesus and everyone who has not yet believed on him to consider this great salvation.
A single verse came to mind as I was thinking on the direction of the new site:
II Corinthians 11:2 “For I am jealous over you with godly jealously: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”
 May everything that we say and do, be to the glorifying of Jesus Christ; who shed his blood for us that we may have a place in the world without end. The new Jerusalem, wherein we shall abide forever in his presence. The new site will be a learning process as I’ll probably be delving into topics that have not been a primary focus in times past.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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SLUMBERING HEIGHTS

November 28, 2010
This post will focus on two passages of scripture that have been on my heart for several days. First, however, it’s necessary to establish a few links, beginning with the December issue of the last trumpet Newsletter, entitled WORLDLY SLAVERY OR SPIRITUAL FREEEDOM? Please keep Samuel Meyer in prayer as he continues to bring us this monthly newsletter. Here are some other links:
OMEGAMAN and STEVE QUAYLE Nov.27,2010 This interview is archived and available to any with ears to hear. At the time of this broadcast, events were heating up off the coast of Korea, however, U.S. military units in the area had been ordered to stand down. (A contradiction to be sure; something strange is going on) The broadcast focuses primarily on whats facing the saints in the days ahead, the incredible apostasy in the land, and the third hour is devoted primarily to warfare prayer with Romy entering the dialogue. (Romy is an intercessor who spends several hours daily before the Lord)
WE HAVE BEEN BEWITCHED (dontbefooled666) This post discusses how we have all been seduced by a pseudo-reality through the media and a plethura of distractions that keep our attention on that which is not real. Please visit this posting which paints a sad-but accurate picture of our present state.
IS YOUR TV STEALING YOUR SOUL? (dontbefooled666) This post identifies the dangers of sitting in front of images with our minds in “comfortably numb” mode. This danger seems all the more profound with the new high definition technology. I watch very little tv, but even the few programs (very very few) which seem harmless and even informational have an almost hypnotic effect. One sits before what seems a worthwhile broadcast and the next thing they know, three or four hours have seemingly vanished.
THE FALLLING AWAY (rjperalta) This posting identifies the apostasy that’s transpiring even as this is being written and read by others. We often think of this in futureistic terms, however, it’s been going on for quite a while. Without a doubt, the falling away is gaining momentum as the separating between the sheep and the goats becomes manifest.
The final three links are to a September 8 broadcast featuring Omegaman and Nathan Leal. Susana alerted me to these in a comment on the previous post. The information presented here is so important that I wanted to link to them a second time:
NATHAN LEAL part 1
NATHAN LEAL part 2
NATHAN LEAL part 3
This is an unusual time of day for me to be operating in the cyber-reality. Following the conclusion of the broadcast mentioned in the first link, I was in prayer and continued so as I went to bed. I was unable to sleep; not so much from the broadcast, but rather from two familiar passages that have been on my heart for days. I was minded to do write at a more normal time, but this refuses go away. (And then matthew woke up; ensuring that my venture into the land of nod would not be forthcoming) The first passage is:
Luke 6:25 “Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall suffer hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.”
When one considers the surrounding context of this, it becomes even more astonishing. We are told to rejoice when we suffer persecution and want for the cause of Christ. Indeed the trial of our faith is more precious than gold (I Peter 1:7) and will result in everlasting treasure. Prolonged seasons of plenty, however, can lull us into a precarious situation. Many of us in the west have never suffered extreme want or persecution and few professing saints with whom I have contact will even consider the idea that “this age is coming to its conclusion.” To one degree or another, we buy into the illusion of continuance because it’s all that we’ve ever known. The mail has always arrived, the consitution has always been seen viewed as infalliable, the military has maintained a “superpower status” for as long as we can remember, and every economic downturn has been followed by a recovery. The media rehearses the globalist party line and we take comfort in the notion that a jobless recovery will benefit us all.
But this passage goes far deeper than material availability, or the lack thereof. It actually addresses the conditions of ones heart and a relentless pursuing of comfort. It speaks of those whose god is their belly and who mind earthly things. Today in the west we have a church that loves pleasure and acquisition. Thoughts of persecution for the cause of Christ, betrayal by neighbors and loved ones, or firey trials that leave them within an inch of crossing over, are never given consideration. (after all; the pastor said that we weren’t going to be here and we sowed a hefty seed-faith offering) I seriously inquire “Lord how do you see us?” I’ve been visiting this much because while we spend our days buying, selling, consuming, and engineering our private empire, those of like faith in other lands are being counted as sheep for the slaughter. This land is soon to experience in full, the consequences of rampant sin and striving to put God out of remembrance. Here’s the second passage that’s been at the forefront:
I Peter 1:17-18 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it begin at us, what shall be the end of them that obey not the gospel of God?
And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and sinner appear?”
“If the righteous scarcely be saved” reveals the seriouslness of the judgment that awaits all who have been born of the Spirit. Every step will be counted as we give account of words, attitudes, how we spend our allotment of days, and how we utilized our resources.  A minute lost is gone forever. Three hours spent in front of a television can be repented of, but never reclaimed. This is all the more profound when we consider the contemporaries in our ambience who are without God and facing an eternity of relentless torment. I visit this a lot. When at home, I consider the spiritual situation in my own household and know that I’m largely responsible for the current state. At work, I too easily retreat into my own little world or select goofing around over being ready to share Jesus at the drop of a hat. In the streets, upon seeing the despair that so many are living in, I’m reminded of just how little I do for the kingdom of God.
II Corinthians 5:10-11 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.”
Well I need to be going for now. It’s after 7:00 am and I’ve pulled an all-nighter.  (When Matthew is awake, someone has to stay awake with him.) The hour is so late and the issue is so serious. I know in my heart that the illusion of stability in the theater of atoms is about to be shattered and multitudes will be caught off guard. May we place our complete confidence in Jesus and be atuned to the holy Spirit at all times. Letting go of the temporal issues that serve only to distract and seeking every opportunity to be about our Fathers business.
Blessings always in Jesus name.