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The Zeal Of Phineas In Dealing With Life-Controlling Issues

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Identifying Phinehas

In Psalm 106:30, we find the Psalmist outlining an event from Numbers 25:7-8, where a man named Phinehas executed judgment on the sins of Israel, and a plague that erupted as a result of their idolatry was stopped.

The Children of Israel disobeyed the Lord’s commands by mixing with the Moabite men and women and fornicating with them. In addition, they had sinned by worshipping their false gods. This resulted in a plague brought upon the camp of Israel. God had promised what would happen if they violated His commands.

Phinehas became jealous for God’s holy ways and stood and threw a spear into the camp, killing a Moabite woman and Israeli man. The two people died, and the plague ceased. Phinehas was zealous for God and holiness. His deed was remembered forever as righteousness. The Lord looked down and smiled upon Phinehas and his actions. He was pleased.

Executing Judgment On Sin

In the New Covenant, we know that Jesus has already judged our sins and taken them upon Himself. However, we are still weak vessels and living in a fallen world. We also have junk and baggage from our past that we have to put under the cross. Many of our life-controlling issues result from things in our past or even handed down from our parents and grandparents.

For me, insecurity, fear, and rejection have been familiar foes. I have confessed and repented, but I never understood how much God loved me and how he delighted in me. As a result, I didn’t walk in a life of Joy and rejoicing. Instead, I allowed a spirit of rejection to overtake me, and that led to insecurity and pride.

It caused me to make poor choices or not to be led by God. Ultimately, I had enough and put it under the blood and refused it to have reentry. I chose to trust Jesus and not doubt Him. Sometimes, when I doubted, He would show up suddenly with a provision or a breakthrough. I had persevered, but my faith was still weak.

I came across the spear of Phinehas in my reading one day and applied it to prayer and intercession. More recently, I have understood that God wants us to live a life with the same zeal as Phinehas on my sins or life-controlling issues. God is jealous for all of our attention and love.

God’s Zeal For Us

He wants to always be first in everything we do. If He tells us to do something then fear or insecurity are not options. W must proceed with obedience and with a heart to obey out of love and not works. Often, works come from a feeling of having to prove ourselves by overcoming things like rejection, insecurity, fear, and pride.

God is jealous for us to put Him first. He is jealous of our time, attention, talents and He wants to spend time with us. He is always wanting to spend time with us. As Christ-followers we are commanded to love Him above all others. Really? Yes all others, including ourselves. When we allow a spirit of rejection back in or we choose doubt and unbelief in an instant we open the door for the enemy to once again bring in fear and insecurity to say the least.

We need to be like Phinehas, and no matter what others say or do we have to maintain a Holy zeal to walk in the ways and manners of God. If we deal with each thought as Phinehas did with the spear, then we would have the mind of Christ.

Philippians 2:5 “let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6- who existing in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, 7- but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men, 8- and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. KJV

We need to lay our lives down for Christ as He laid His down for us. What I am talking about is radical, but that is what it means to be a true disciple of Christ. Becoming a zealous disciple means we are like Phinehas, who displayed the heart to execute justice on the sin in the camp. Before we can help others, a city or a nation, with their problems, we have to radically deal with our sins, issues, and whatever is holding us back.

Discipleship Means Obedience With Joy

Serving Jesus is not always easy, and it is indeed difficult to have a lifestyle of Joy. But when we sign up to follow Him, that is what we are saying. We choose to rejoice, whether we are suffering or experiencing the fullness of His joy over us.

Jesus went to the cross joyfully for us, so I believe we need to choose righteousness and joy for Him and His kingdom.

Haven’t you had enough of the enemy beating you up, telling you that you are no good and that God has forsaken you? Are you tired of hearing those voices telling you you are better than them and you can do it better than them?

Instead, tell those voices to cease and desist and leave and choose to rejoice that you are fearfully and wonderfully made! Psalm 139:14

Meditate on the word of God and how He formed you and made you. You are uniquely you. There is no one exactly like you, even if you are a twin. Spend some time, a lot of time enjoying what He says about you. Understand how important you are to the Kingdom, and quit identifying with your past or who the enemy says you are.

It’s time for you to be radical and zealously resist the enemy and joyously follow Jesus and His commands from a place of love and rest.

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Three Takeaways When Dealing With Insecurity

Deborah and Barak: If God Be with Us by Trudy J. Morgan-Cole

1-Identifying Insecurity

We all have to deal with insecurity at some point. But, left unchecked and intact, insecurity can lead to fear, rejection, pride, jealousy, and even depression. The root of insecurity results from past traumas or events from our youth that may have led to us aligning ourselves improperly with fear and ultimately lack of trust in God.

Insecurity can lead us to a path of destruction that causes us to fear man, and as a result, we allow pride to enter in, and we take on a ‘works’ based mentality. In other words, we do things from trying to prove ourselves rather than out of love and trust from God. Insecurity is brought on when we are hurt or injured. When we do not see the Father’s Heart modeled, we model what we see.

Mountains and Valleys

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25

Insecurity can lead to isolation and depression. These are the valleys that the enemy wants to keep us in. The mountains are pride and false humility. Rejection, fear, and insecurity are like the fuel that keeps us bouncing from valley to mountain instead of living a balanced life as we are called to live. Our prayer life, worship, and Bible Study remain weak, out of balance, and motivated from a place of trying to please the Father and Jesus.

Ultimately we do not identify the Father as Father but solely as a Judge waiting to smite us for any wrong move. We are paralyzed by fear and unable to move deeper in our relationship with God. The roots have grown into a fully developed tree fed by pride and more rejection that sprouts new branches of jealousy, and the cycle goes on and on until we are set free.

Lessons From Barak

One character that is highlighted in the Bible is found in Judges 4 thru 5. Before we beat up Barak, let me remind you that he is mentioned in the hall of faith located in Hebrews 11:32. He did what God commanded him to do, but with hesitation, fear, and loss of honor.

We first find our character being summoned by the prophetess Deborah. Not only was Deborah a prophetess, or mouthpiece of God, she was the leader assigned to govern Israel and bring judgment in disputes. She was a ‘mishpat’ or judge whose decisions were final.

So, when Deborah summoned Barak, it was a divine summons, and it was one in which he must obey. Deborah relays the command of heaven that Barak needed to gather an army and go defeat Siser and his troops. Yet, Barak had some insecurities and fears. He was reluctant to go and do what was commanded.

We all remember Deborah, and the song is sung about the victory that she and Barak won. Deborah tells Barak that she will go with him when he asks this of her, but she, a woman, will get the glory, not him.

Honor and glory are only temporary in this life unless it is birthed and nurtured from a place of obedience to God’s command. Honor is ours eternally when we do what He tells us, and we do it from a place of love and trust. As I mentioned, Barak gets mentioned in Hebrews for his faith. But, what would the story have sounded like had he not acted out of fear or insecurity?

2-Realigning A Life of Insecurity

Insecurity or fear is not sin unless we allow it to control us. If we entertain thoughts of rejection and fear, they will control our mind, will, and emotions. If left unchecked, then we fall into jealousy and pride. We have to apply Isaiah 40:3-4 and make every valley that has developed into level ground. This also applies to the mountains of pride and jealousy.

We do this by applying the cross and blood of Jesus. While good, helpful, and beneficial, counseling and teaching are insignificant and useless without understanding the blood of Jesus and the cross. Thus we repent and come out of agreement with insecurity, depression, fear, rejection, and jealousy.

Proverbs 28:13 describes the process as ‘we are not to confess our sins, but forsake them.”

I may sound hard, but I have lived a life where these valleys and mountains are real. I was told to confess my sins and that Jesus would wash them away. I wasn’t told that partnering or agreeing with fear and insecurity was sinful. Being jealous of what someone had or did was something that I knew wasn’t right. I wasn’t really taught until later that I could have victory over all of these things and that they were not who I was created to be.

3- Going Deeper In Him And Away From The Roots of Insecurity

As my life has unfolded, I have learned that the deeper I go in Him, the more He can cut out those rotten roots. We are taught that when we get saved, we are going to heaven and that we have all we need to live the victorious life as a disciple of Chris. Yes, we get to live and reign with Him, and the price is paid for our sins. But salvation is a process, as Paul wrote, ‘work out your salvation with fear and trembling.’

None of us have actually been saved until we reach the Judgment seat of Christ. Otherwise, we are being saved, as we have accepted the lifeline, and He is pulling us in.

When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Father sees us differently. Actually, He sees us differently before that, but we are still in the world and not the kingdom. Now that we are in the kingdom, we must see ourselves as He sees us.

Jeremiah 17:7 is one of my favorite verses when it comes to understanding trusting in the Lord.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. 8- He will be like a tree that is planted by the waters that send out its roots by the stream. It will not fear when heat comes: its leaves are always green.” (NIT)

The answer to insecurity and fear is trust in God. After allowing Him to remove the roots of fear and insecurity, to realign yourself is to let Him plant roots of Joy and delight deep within us. This brings the smooth road that allows Him to abide within us continuously. We become a deeply planted tree that does not wither under pressure. We learn to come out of agreement with fear and insecurity and stay out of agreement.

We have to be aggressive when it comes to dealing with these things. Spending time with the Holy Spirit requires us to be bold and takes time. Our time is important, but the more we spend with Him, the more freedom we can experience.

Discipleship Begins With Beholding

One of my more recently found authors has written a book, “Discipleship Begins With Beholding.” I urge you to get a copy of Samuel Whitfield’s news book and understand more of what I mean about beholding Jesus as the foundation of discipleship. Order from Amazon or at Samuelwhitfield.com.

The more we spend time in the Word, prayer, and worship, we behold Him and His beauty. He is beautiful no matter how you look at Him. As disciples and followers of Jesus, we must realize that He is the King and is therefore worthy of all of our attention. That is where discipleship begins. We will never be able to follow His teachings and obey if we are not spending time with Him and loving Him. Works will follow out of love.

Don’t be like Barak or Gideon. Trust and obey from the start. Lean not on your own understanding, but trust Him in everything. In the days ahead, we will be faced with many challenges, including persecution. We cannot reach a lost world and endure with perseverance persecution and suffering if we do not get free from insecurity and behold Him.

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Are You A Well Or Fountain?

Water Well Fountain with Tiering Bucket – Fountainist

A well can be shallow or deep, depending on how it is dug. But, the water is no good without a way to access it. We hear a lot about re-digging wells of revival, but what good is a well full of water if the water is not accessible?

Wells are important in the Bible, beginning in Genesis 26 where we see a quarrel over five wells with Isaac and various people groups. Later, Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at a well. This was unheard of for a Jewish teacher to meet with a woman alone, and especially a woman that was a lower class, possibly mixed bred woman.

She asked him how he proposed to draw water when he had nothing to draw the water with. Alas, Jesus offered her living water, from Himself.

Jesus has provided living water for us, and it is a fountain. A fountain spews forth and bubbles continuously. Jesus offers us a fountain, and if you are a Christ-follower, then not only are you a well, but you are a fountain because He is a source of water that never runs dry. His water is continuous and needs no dipper!

Are you a fountain of living water that bubbles from the overflow? I challenge you go deep, get filled up and overflow, because the world needs fountains today. It’s time to minister to a dry world as living fountains bubbling forth the life of Jesus!

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From Rejection To Favor

Daily Bible Verse | Strength | Psalm 18:19 (ESV)

Who Is Rejected?

Rejection affects everyone. No one is immune to being rejected. Like me, you have been subjected to rejection from many sides, different people, and at different seasons. Perhaps, you felt or lived much of your life feeling rejected by the church or even God.

What is Rejection?

Merriam Webster defines it as the act of rejecting. To reject then means the act of refusing to accept, consider, submit to some purpose or use.

Essentially it is the refusal to accept something (or someone).

The Old Testament Hebrew offers us a better look at what we are trying to say here.

The word Zarach is used at least ten times in the OT, with different words used to say the same thing.

It is translated as spurn, discard, reject, refuse to accept, excluded, and cast off.

Wow! That says it all. I have truly felt the sting and carried the wounds of feeling cast off, forgotten, or even just not accepted.

In the days ahead, I will discuss what happens to us when we have been rejected, and we allow it to take root in our hearts. In other words, how we identify with rejection and carry the wounds all of our lives, if we do not allow the Lord, through His word, Spirit, and the cross, to heal and deliver us.

But I want to look at a famous character in the Bible today.

Like me, you may have been hurt or felt rejection from the church for various reasons. I always knew I had a high call, but no one around me understood the dreams and visions I had.

I was told that God doesn’t speak like that today. Many other things happened through the years, and I eventually gave up on God. But, He brought me back.

In 1 Samuel 27:5-6, we find the future king David on the run from King Saul. He was allied with the Philistines, and he asks one of their leaders.

“ If I have found favor in your eyes, let a place be assigned to me in one of your towns that I may live with you.” NIV

We find that Achish gives David the town of Ziklag. So, he and his 600 or so men and their families settle in Ziklag. Later, David seeks to join the fight against King Saul, but the Philistine leaders are not on board with that, so David and his men return to Ziklag.

But, when they return to Ziklag, they find that the Amalekites had burned the city and taken the women and children as captives. Now David’s men are ready to stone him. They blame David for all of their troubles. David has lost his wives and children, his town has been destroyed, his men lost their families, and they are against him.

They have rejected David and his leadership. Everyone blames David.

I have felt the sting of being cast off and discarded. At times I felt alone and often excluded. I wanted to do right and serve God, but I wanted friends. I chose the wrong friends. They weren’t friends. They just wanted to party. I often never seemed to fit in.

How about you? Have you felt the sting of rejection?

Have you wanted to please everyone but didn’t know how because you felt excluded or discarded? Many in society have been discarded and excluded. Many have left the church and turned from God because they were not accepted. I am not talking about living a life of sin. People who are different don’t fit the traditional church model, yet they want a relationship with Jesus.

Maybe you were the child of a church leader, and you identified that way. You were like me, and instead of identifying who I was supposed to be, I identified as the preacher’s kid. But at school, that wasn’t cool. So I was whatever it took to be cool.

Rejection causes us to identify with whatever we need to be so that we are not rejected or cast away.

The men in our story identified with David until something went wrong. God had chosen David for a high calling. He had to posture his mindset from being Jesse’s son who keeps the sheep to step up to a higher calling. So, he kills one of Israel’s greatest enemies, Goliath.

But that made things worse for him eventually. Saul wanted to kill him, so he had to flee.

Often those who bully or exclude us are jealous, or they have an unresolved issue.

I had dreams and heard God’s voice when I was a child. This intensified as I grew, yet no one could explain what was going on. I hadn’t met the people that understood the supernatural power of the kingdom of God.

No one really could help David but God.

1 Samuel 30:6 we read, “ and David was greatly distressed for the people spoke of stoning him. But, David strengthened himself in the Lord.

Previously David had favor with the Philistine leader Achish, but now his own men are out to kill him. His response should be ours. To turn and find strength in the Lord.

That should always be our response. I always, deep down, knew in my spirit knew that God had all of the answers. One day I found out that I had favor with God. He delights in me.

I didn’t say he delighted in my sin, my hurts, and wounds but rather in me. He enjoys helping me become who he created me to be.

David said that the Lord delights in him in Psalm 18:20. After all that David went through, he found that God was always for him.

What about you? Do you identify with your hurts and wounds, or have you come to realize that God enjoys you and gives you favor.

Forgive those that have wounded us through rejection. Many may not even know that they have hurt us. But we must forgive them. Then we must agree with rejection and identify with the mindset that God delights in us.

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Developing A Lifestyle Of Mercy

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In the Beatitudes, in Matthew 5:7 we read the beautiful words of Jesus that read,

“Blessed are the Merciful for they shall receive Mercy.”

That is quite a statement and causes me to ask a question “how does one receive Mercy? And from who are we receiving Mercy?

In this day and time, we don’t see many people exercising mercy or being merciful. We see lawlessness and selfishness abounding. This seems to be the age where people only consider themselves and what they can get from a situation. It’s every person for themselves and never mind you.

What is Mercy?

Merriam Webster defines it as compassion or kindly forbearance shown to an offender.

Other words used to explain Mercy are lenience, clemency, pity, and charity.

The word translated in Matthew 5:7 means compassion, kindness, or mercy. It can be divine or human mercy.

Jesus is exhorting his followers to show compassion and mercy and that they would receive mercy.

Jesus set the bar for us in how to live and treat our fellow man. Jesus is God and Jesus showed a lot of mercy. There were moments when he did not demonstrate compassion, such as the cleansing of the temple. These moments are reserved for special times when the offender has usually crossed the line. We see this a lot in the Old Testament.

Consider the story of Jonah where Jonah seemed to be more concerned about the gourd that he had not planted that was providing shade for him. God told him the people of Nineveh did not know the difference between the right or left hand. In other words, they didn’t know right from wrong. They hadn’t been taught.

I have encountered plenty of people where that was the case, or they lived such a lifestyle of poverty that they were trapped and knew no other way. No one had really taught them or helped them.

There are those people that seem beyond help. They just never get it.

But what do we do? Jesus’ example and teaching instructs us to live a lifestyle of demonstrating mercy, compassion, and charity. It is difficult in the age we live. There seems to be so much evil in society, and we live in a dark world where people are taking advantage of us at every turn.

We don’t want to be taken advantage of, and we know that there are people who literally stand with signs begging for food as a job. Instead of getting a job, they choose to ‘hustle passersby for hard-earned money. But how do we separate them from those who are in real need?

While it is a dilemma, we should remember that if we demonstrate mercy, we will receive mercy. My point is that we should be compassionate as often as we can. Don’t let people take advantage of our kindness, but don’t quit being kind.

I realized a few years ago that God has been very merciful to my family and me. I shouldn’t be here writing this at 5 a.m. I could have been one of those people holding a sign or standing in the line at the soup kitchen. We never know what we have until we are faced with the possibility of being out on the streets.

But, I realized how much Mercy God had shown me, and once, I told a dear friend, and he replied that I must have been merciful. I stopped and pondered. I thought and asked myself whether or not I had been a merciful man?

I quickly understood that I had shown a lot of mercy to a lot of od people. There were people that I felt did not deserve one ounce of compassion from me. I had been offended, but I chose not to be offended and turn the other cheek and show some compassion.

I have done some horrible things in my life, but it seems that I always had the heart to show mercy.

I worked for many years in a job where I dealt with all kinds of people. Everyone from sweet old ladies, house moms, the rough and down and out, and professionals like doctors and lawyers were my clients. I met and helped all kinds. I provided a service for people that helped their quality of life. But, so many were unappreciative and uncaring. If I made a mistake, they weren’t kind or compassionate. They weren’t unforgiving.

It wasn’t easy, but I usually shook it off, and the next time around, I smiled and demonstrated mercy. It seems like showing a little mercy is hard now. But I still manage to do it.

Have you shown kindness lately? What about the person that always jumps ahead of you at Walmart, or when you have sat at the doctor’s office for an hour, and someone comes in and is immediately taken back?

We never know the whole story. We want to think, well, I’m being overlooked, and our emotions get stirred up, and we go to the desk to create a stir only to learn that that patient was an emergency case that they worked in.

We just don’t know what is going on, and next time the shoe might be on the other foot.

In the Old Testament, we learn from Moses and the prophets that God was ‘merciful and compassionate, and slow to anger.”

Slow to anger is closely associated then with being Merciful. It is an attribute. Jesus, the Son of God, was not telling us to do the impossible. He is Merciful, and if He is going to live in us, as His followers, we had better adopt a lifestyle of showing mercy.

Have you have read and sung that God’s Mercy is fresh each day? Yeah, we want and need that. But are we merciful? Is our mercy new each day. It’s a crazy world that more than ever demands that we adopt a lifestyle of being compassionate.

The reward is not just for the ages to come.

God is very, very merciful to me. I don’t think I come close to being as compassionate to others as He has been to me. Nor will you!

After all, the one that came and told us to be merciful demonstrated the ultimate act of mercy when he took my offenses as His own.

The next time you want to be offended at the store or whoever, think about what I have discussed and be merciful.

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I recommend checking this out and other similar messages to go deeper.

Next time we will discuss Going from rejection to favor.

For more resources on developing a kingdom lifestyle, visit https://mikebickle.org/watch/mb_3326.

Watch for my soon-to-launch youtube channel, where I will begin a series on dealing with Rejection. I will mainly deal with those who have been rejected by the church or felt rejected by God.

You can find that soon at Joseph L Floyd

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It’s Time To Pick Up Our Harps & Sing The Lord’s Song

Psalm 137 – “Entrusting God With Our Hatreds” | PreacherMike

It seems these days that most of the church is consumed with events of the world, whether it be politics, business, healthcare, sports, or entertainment, to the point that we have ‘hung up our harps.’ We no longer sing the Lord’s songs in this foreign land called planet earth. Many church worship services are no more than going to a rock concert, and as we cry, Holy Spirit come, He has left the building.

We are pilgrims and strangers in this world where we are supposed to be salt and light. Our witness has become blighted and tainted with the bickering among the various groups in the Church. Our focus should continually be on the Lord Jesus Christ and His kingdom. The kingdoms of this world will become His soon enough, but we are supposed to be advancing His kingdom until that time.

Singing the Lord’s Song In a Foreign Land

The Church, or Kingdom of God citizens, is literally in a foreign land. The writer of Hebrews tells us that when we come into the kingdom of God, we are already, spiritually, in the City of the living God, the New Jerusalem, The Mount Zion from above, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant. (Hebrews 12:22-24) The list also includes the general assembly and church of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and the spirits of righteous men made perfect.

While that may be our home and our spirit is connected to it, we are still in a body connected to this earth, and as the days grow more wicked and darker, we will find it more and more difficult to sing the Lord’s songs here, in the earth!

We are like the exiles in the books of Daniel and Ezekiel. We are like those in Nehemiah and Ezra preparing to return to Mount Zion and build. We are building the kingdom of God in a world that hated our king and hates us as well. Consider the following verses from Psalm 137.

“By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept when we remembered Zion. 2-Upon the willows, in the midst of it, we hung our harps. 3- For our captors demanded of us songs, and our tormentors mirth, saying ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion.’ 4- How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? 5- If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget her skill.”

The Jewish exiles found it difficult to sing the songs of Zion in Babylon. Imagine being carried to a foreign land and living exile. They were separated from Zion, where the Temple was located and worship of YHWH went on constantly. They longed for home.

Indeed, you have been homesick, and you wanted to sing the songs of your state or country. When I lived in Florida or Kansas City, we would take trips to Georgia to visit family. I longed to see my Georgia home, but it wasn’t until I saw the sign that said welcome to Georgia that I started singing Georgia On My Mind!

Likewise, we are citizens of heaven, and we long for heaven, and often we find ourselves singing the songs of Babylon. Notice the language used by the writer of Psalm 137. By the rivers of Babylon, we wept and hung our harps. It appears more and more that Christ-followers have laid down their harps and stopped singing the Lord’s songs. I don’t even think that we are mourning and longing for home, heaven.

We Must Pick Up Our Harps Now

Now is not the time for believers to weep by the rivers of Babylon. Yes, we long for Jesus’ return, and we can’t wait, but we must be diligent to work the tasks He has entrusted to us. Part of the work requires worship of our Lord Jesus here on the earth amid the chaos of the Babylonian system.

More than ever, the nations are longing to see the kingdom of Heaven come near in all of the earth. This is accomplished when we sing the songs of the Lord. When we bring the songs sung in heaven, we exalt Jesus, the Lamb of God, and darkness trembles, demons flee, and cities, regions, and nations are transformed.

You don’t have to play an instrument to worship. You don’t have to be on stage leading worship or even in a prayer room. You can worship in your car, at Wal-Mart, Starbucks, or even at Quick Trip pumping gas. We take our daily worship into the Sunday morning assembly, and all of our worship arises together as a powerful instrument that brings down God’s glory.

If we don’t sing now, how will we overcome the dark days ahead? How will we come off victorious over the Anti-Christ rulers of this world?

Dark Days Demand The Lord’s Song

The darkness that continues to build in the earth will only be repelled, and a mighty Awakening/Revival occur with continuous night and day worship. As Biblical prophecy continues to unfold and we anticipate the King’s return, there will arise a final assault on the Kingdom of God and a last attempt to prevent the return of Jesus. I am not here to exalt the beast, his number, or his name but to remind you that it will arise, and there will be a generation alive that must face it and will overcome. We see this in Revelation 15:2.

The Songs of the Lord will strengthen the Church and enlarge the kingdom of Heaven. Worship will keep our focus on our King, bridegroom, and judge. Worship will exalt Jesus and clear the way for nations to sing their unique son that the Lord has for them. I believe that every nation, tribe, or people group has a song in heaven, and they need to be taught it by those willing to go and teach them. Then every nation will sing the song of the Lord here, in Babylon, and then around the throne.

Defining The Song Of The Lord

Singing on The Sea of Glass

Revelation 15:2 “and I saw as it were a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had come off victorious from the beast, and from his image, and from the number of his name standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God,”

Notice that these are standing on the sea of glass holding harps of God. These are the ones that had come from the last days’ battles victorious. We are facing only a fraction of what is coming. Whatever the enemy throws our way, we must stand on the sea of glass with a harp of God. How can we do that now? The same way we approach the throne of grace. Our spirit is connected there. We come before him in spirit.

Revelation 15:3

“And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God and the song of the lamb, saying, ‘ Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God, the Almighty; righteous and true are thy ways, thou King of the nations. 4- who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify thy name? For thou alone art holy; For all the nations will come and worship before thee, for they righteous acts have been revealed.”

Finally, we read that they sang the song of Moses and the Lamb. The song of Moses is recorded in its fullest in Exodus 15 and Deuteronomy 32. The Exodus 15 version brings worship to God for defeating His and Israel’s enemies, like those in Revelation 15 have reason to sing.

The Song of the Lamb describes the worthiness of Jesus, the lamb, and how all of the nations will come and worship around the throne.

Worthy, Righteous, and Just

If for no other reason, we should always worship because He is worthy!

No matter what hell my throw at us, or what setbacks, defeats, and sickness we face, Jesus is always worthy.

He is righteous, and as the last stanza reveals, His righteous acts have been revealed.

Don’t stop worshipping and if you are ask the Lord for your song. Cry out to Him, and let the Holy Spirit sing through you giving you a new song.

We are vessels made to worship, so let’s pick up our harps and sing the songs of the Lord!!

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The Current Mideast Situation and The Rise in Antisemitism

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We have all seen the rockets, sirens, and pictures coming out of Israel and Gaza. Likewise, there are numerous attacks here in America on synagogues, mainly pro-Palestinian groups openly attacking Jews or pro-Israel people in the streets. These latter occurrences are happening in places like New York and Los Angeles. The disturbing photos look like something from the West Bank or someplace in Israel, like Jerusalem.

In the last few days, I have been asked about what is going on and whether I am concerned for Israel? While it is evident that I am concerned, I am not overly concerned to the point that I fear this is the Psalm 83 war or Ezekiel 38 war. So, what is going on and why now? Recently, the Jews celebrated Jerusalem day at the Western wall, while Muslims celebrated the end of the thirty-day holiday known as Ramadan.

The Story Goes On

I explained to one man that it is about the land and particularly Jerusalem. It all began with a man named Abraham, and the promise to his seed, through Isaac, and Jacob that they would possess that land forever. Later, God establishes the Davidic covenant with King David that someone from his line would sit on the throne of Israel in Jerusalem forever.

The Muslims, through the Quran, teach that the promise goes through Ishmael. They teach that God has no son and that Jesus is a good prophet. The Islamic advance gained control of Jerusalem and the holy land, resulting in the infamous Crusades. Jerusalem remained in the hands of Muslims through the Ottoman empire until 1917, when it was surrendered to the British and the ‘British Mandate’ resulted.

Israel became a nation in 1948 and was given a slither of land by the United Nations, and the rest was set aside for a future Palestinian state. Remember, the land was given to Israel by God, but he carted them into exile under Babylonian occupation. Later, they returned and rebuilt the temple and city of Jerusalem.

The land we know as Israel remained under Persian, Greek, and Roman occupation until the collapse of the RomanEmpire. Romans 11:26 tells us that the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable, and Isaiah 49 tells us that God cannot forget Israel or Zion.

God began restoring the people of Israel to the land slowly until, by 1948, there were enough to form a nation with a small army, that with God’s help, were able to defeat its attackers. Fast forward to 1967 when Jordan, Egypt, and Syria attacked Israel in the 6-day war and were defeated in this war, losing land to Israel, including Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, and land in the Sinai that was later given back to Egypt. Most recently, Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, lining the world up to God’s plan.

Jerusalem: The Battle of The End of The Age

What Donald Trump did was recognizing Jerusalem as God’s chosen city, which is outlined throughout scripture. It is the city where He has chosen to place His name forever. This is a prelude to The New Jerusalem. Nevertheless, it has always been God’s intent for the nations to come and gather in Jerusalem worshipping His son, The King of Zion, and King of Kings, Jesus Christ.

Many Christians argue that God doesn’t have a capital on the earth and even go so far as to say that the church has replaced Israel. This is contrary to scripture, and Paul outlines this in the New Testament in Romans chapters nine thru eleven. Jerusalem is the unique place where Jesus died, was buried, and arose, and later ascended to heaven from the nearby Mount of Olives, where He will return and establish His Kingdom on the earth for 1,000 years.

Despite God’s plans for Jerusalem, Israel, and the Church, in the end, Satan seeks to prevent all of this. When Paul wrote all Israel shall be saved, I believe that it will happen at some point. I also believe, as scripture teaches, that it must come through Jesus, and there is no separate path to salvation now for Jews. The covenant with the Jews is about the land.

The Jews gave us the Bible, a day off each week, and salvation through Jesus. Why would we not want to see His own people repent and be saved?

Still, this is all a spiritual battle for Jerusalem, mainly to prevent the return of Jesus. Jesus told His people that they would not see Him again until they say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ Satan’s goal is to prevent that any way he can.

By destroying the Jews, keeping them out of the land, and preventing Jesus’ return to Jerusalem, Satan plans to stop the return of Jesus and His rule on the earth.

There will be great battles with the loss of much life over Jerusalem in the end. Before that, there is much that must take place.

Iran (Persia) and War

In his first one hundred years in office, President Joseph Biden has undone much of Donald Trump’s accomplishments. One of the worst steps was to take the gloves off of Iran, allowing them to freely move freely, with no sanctions, and restart their nuclear program (if they ever stopped). We know that Iran is the leading supporter of terrorism in the Middle East and a major supplier of arms to Hamas in Gaza.

Iran also incites riots in the West Bank and Gaza and Western nations with large Jewish populations or Pro-Israel stands.

In Psalm 83, we see many of Israel’s enemies listed who desire to wipe them off the map. Included are the tents of Edom, which are the Palestinians. I don’t believe that most people in these nations are terrorists and genuinely seek to live in peace. Many Arabs lived alongside Jews in Israel in peace. But we saw the rise of hatred and rioting as neighbor fought neighbor recently.

Even though we may not see these wars yet, we see the beginnings or increase in birth pangs. Anti-semitism and anti-Israel is a spirit of division, hate, and a spirit of Anti-Christ. To hate Jews is to hate Jews and hate Israel. Jesus will return as a Jewish King. He will return as God. He has not ceased to be fully God and fully man, and a Jewish man at that.

Road Signs Increasingly Closer

Think of it this way: When I left St. Louis heading back to Kansas City, I would see a sign that would read Kansas City 242 miles. Consider that like the destruction of the temple and scattering of the Jews in 70 AD. Then later, I would see another sign, KC 192, 175, and 150, until I got within 101 miles of KC.

Each sign was letting me know that I was closer to Kansas City and what lay ahead. From mile 242 to mile 101, I passed several signs, but, in between each sign, I encountered rivers, towns, farms, and change of scenery.

It’s like The Jews encountered another diaspora, the Crusades, Inquisitions, and other related tragedies until finally, the Russian pogroms were issued in 1881, allowing one-third of the Jews there to return to Israel.

At mile marker 101, it was always a great place to stop and refresh before that last push. That would be like the freedom from the Ottomans to the British mandate leading up to 1948.

It seemed that I would always get more tired as I drove closer to Kansas City, and yet I could feel home nearby.

So it has been for the Jews. Many hundreds of thousands have taken aliyah from Europe, the former Soviet Union, and also South America, Canada, and the US.

The signs are here for us. What we see now is like a sign I might see stating that I was only 28 miles from Kansas City. You see, it has been a long journey for Israel. It has also seen the church go from being its worst enemy to the best friend.

As we enter the last stages of the battle for Jerusalem and the return of the Jewish King to His city, we will see more such attacks on Jews and even lovers of Israel. Many people blame all the problems of the world on Jews. Like any ethnic group, they have their faults and are undoubtedly guilty of many things. Taking over the world is not one of them.

Jesus is returning for one church, made up of people from the nations and Israel. This is the one new man that paul wrote about in Ephesians 2. While we are praying that Israel is provoked to jealousy by the church and the nations, we know that the enemy will do all he can to stop this. If he can bring division between Jew and Arab, then he will. But the truth is that many Arab Muslims are becoming followers of Jesus, which is causing many Jews to turn to Him as well.

Establishing Jerusalem as a Praise

Isaiah 62:7 speaks of placing watchmen on the wall until ‘Jerusalem is made a praise in all of the earth.” Jerusalem is far from being a praise. It is fought over, and many seek to divide it. There is no peace in Jerusalem and will not be lasting peace until Jesus returns and establishes His kingdom, thereby establishing Jerusalem as ‘a praise.’

Every instance of violence between Jews and the nations is a counter what God has planned for Jerusalem and Israel. The struggle to displace the Jews from their ancient homeland and to return it to other nations will continue as part of the demonic plan for the anti-Christ spirit to not only destroy Israel but rule the world. It is nothing new, but it is growing more and more intense.

As terroism increases and the struggle for the land continues, the drive for a two state solution will continued to be heralded by the ‘nations’ until that is realized, Israel is wiped out by the Psalm 83 confederacy, or Jesus returns.

Watch the signs and study the Bible, praying for the Peace of Jerusalem and that God will establish Jerusalem as a praise. Pray for the nations to recognize Jesus as their King and fall in line with the prophetic plans that God has promised for Israel, the Church, and the nations.

A few things that must take place before Jesus returns: Jerusalem cries, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, the nations evangelized (gospel preached to all nations) and worldwide revival. I believe the revival that is coming to Israel will begin in Tel-Aviv as it is a very secular city with little religious presence. This is where Peter was used to raise Dorcas from the dead. It was Joppa, modern Tel-Aviv where this took place. There is already a mighty move of God taking place. Secondly, Arabs will come to the Lord and that is happening.

Don’t Lose Heart

I urge you to not lose heart but pray and watch just as Jesus told His disciples to do. Don’t let the news media or events determine your response but rather the Holy Spirit. As the signs say we are close the return of Jesus then look up and cry out Maranatha! Even so, Come Lord Jesus, establish your kingdom.

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Pentecost in Ruth: A Prelude To The Harvest Of The Nations

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While Christians will celebrate Pentecost Sunday next week on May 23, 2021, at Sundown today, Jews will begin to celebrate this special Holiday associated with Harvests. This year, it is an unusual time as Jews in Israel, especially near Gaza, are under attack, and a barrage of rockets being launched by a few terrorists in Gaza.

But, how fitting that this is happening at this time. It reminds us of God’s heart to bring all of the nations back home and worshipping His Son, the lamb of God, Jesus Christ. Pentecost is about harvest and the Torah (law) and the nations. Last year I wrote about Moses receiving the Torah at the first Pentecost, which occurs fifty days after Passover.

A Time of Harvests

Passover is the first of the feasts and occurs at the beginning of Spring. It marks the first of the year. It begins the agricultural year and is a series of three feasts. It is celebrated at the beginning of the barley harvest and is followed fifty days later with Pentecost, which is at the end of the wheat harvest and start of the fruit harvest.

So, it is a sure bet that God is into celebrating harvests. We see these hints throughout the text, and when we come to Ruth, it is totally centered on the wheat harvest. Ruth was a Moabite woman whose husband had died while the family was in Moab due to a famine.

Naomi was Ruth’s mother-in-law and tried to make her stay in Moab, but Ruth refused. She follows her back to the little town of Bethlehem at about Passover time. Ruth gleans the field of the kinsman-redeemer, Boaz, and in the end, they marry and are the great-grandparents of King David. It was not a common thing to marry a foreign woman, but God had great intentions as He begins to open the door for the nations to start to be grafted in.

Ruth is read in synagogues everywhere at Pentecost, and we Christians need to take note. We focus on the giving of the Holy Spirit, as we should, but we fail to see the Father’s heart in this event. The People gathered at that first Pentecostal outpouring were Jews from other nations. They spoke different languages, and the goal was to take the gospel, with power, back to their nation and spread it.

Not For Just A Few

The story of Ruth gathering the leftovers in the field demonstrates that there is provision for everyone. It shows God’s lengths to gather the nation’s. Ruth, the Moabite, the enemy of Israel, was allowed to do something that required special permission. But, she had been married to an Israeli, and when it came time for her betrothal to Boaz, the closest kinsman turned her down. It wasn’t a rejection, but rather an approval from the one who had to give it that he wasn’t interested, but another man was.

It is such a beautiful story, packed full of shadows and types pointing to the New Covenant and the harvesting of the nations. The best thing about it is that it occurs during the upheaval, known as the period of “Judges” in Israel’s history. That is just like God to set the harvest of nations and a beautiful love story that points to Jesus and His Bride coming from all of the nations amid war, rebellion, sin, apostasy, and repentance, and the raising up of a deliverer known as a Judge.

It sounds like today, and still, it could be the book of Revelation. Wow! What an amazing piece of literature. Israel was fighting the nations that oppressed her, yet God brought one in here or there as a token of the coming days of harvest.

We Need The Holy Spirit More Than Ever

AS you can see, harvest time is set right smack in the middle of chaos, war, peace, and everyday life. To walk in our identity and fulfill the church’s mandate to disciple every nation, we must carry the full anointing of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The book of Ruth demonstrates God’s desire to harvest people from every nation, no matter the cost.

The poor of Israel’s enemy, Moab, was allowed to gather the leftovers as if they were a part of the nation of Israel. This must-have infuriated the Political and Religious leaders of the day. Like the Church of today, we don’t want to reach the poor and down-trodden in our backyard or the nations. We also camp out on our pet doctrines and practices and dissociate with those who disagree with how we worship or pray.

For the nation’s to be harvested, we need to allow the Holy Spirit to fill us so much that we have no choice but to walk in love and unity. That is what the world needs to see, a Church demonstrating the love of Christ. A Church that loves all peoples, tribes, tongues, and ethnicities and lets the Holy Spirit transform them instead of trying to get them to conform to ‘our way.’

We need the Spirit, Word, and Power to come together like never before so that we can prepare the Church, the nations, and Israel for the return of the King, Jesus, Ruth’s descendant.

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Praying For The Peace of Jerusalem: Jew and Arab

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The current Mideast crisis and near civil war in Israel have brought many issues to the light. The eruptions come as Israeli Jews celebrate Jerusalem day concurrently with the end of Ramadan. We know that this is a huge spiritual battle that goes back thousands of years, even to the life of Abraham and his sons Isaac and Ishmael.

Since Islam came to the region over a thousand years ago, tensions and struggles grew. In modern times we can see how God restored the state of Israel, as the Jewish homeland and a nation of many people groups and religions. Israel has laws allowing its citizens to practice religion without hindrance. Jews and Arabs have lived side by side and helped each other now for many years. Arabs are elected to the Knesset, or Israeli parliament, and serve the country in many ways.

Twenty percent of the population of Israel are Arabs. Then there are the Arabs who live in Gaza and the West Bank. All of them are cousins of the Jordanians, descendants of Edom and Moab. There are also many Arab Christians. Many of these despise Jews, but they still get along.

The current crisis is a continuation of the many ethnic, religious, and other cultural differences from the past millennia. There is a spirit behind it that drives the hate and division. Yes, Satan desires to wipe out the ‘apple of God’s eye” and prevent Messiah from returning to Mt. of Olives and Mount Zion. It is God’s desire, and it will happen, that all nations will gather in Jerusalem and pray and worship Jesus. It will happen. But, we must continue to pray.

Psalm 122:7 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.’

This verse details God’s command to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Great! What does that mean? The Palestinian Arabs are a part of the land of Israel. They also live in Jerusalem. Yes, the nations are in Jerusalem.

Psalm 122 is primarily about ascending to Jerusalem and the house of the Lord. It is about that city prospering for the sake of the name of God and the house of God.

The two-state question continues to be a significant source of division among the peoples of Israel and even the nations. Ultimately, Jesus will come back and set up His kingdom on the earth with Jerusalem as the capital. For now, there is no peace in Israel, Jerusalem or the nations.

The situation in Israel reminds us of the racial problem in America, mostly between black and white. The Arab-Jew situation in some ways is no different as it is a racial problem, but it goes deeper. I am reminded of Jesus’ words about nation vs. nation in the end times. This will only get worse until it ultimately ends when Jesus returns.

There are many prophecies about many wars regarding Israel in the latter days. There is the Psalm 83 war, Ezekiel 38-39, and many others. God also promised to wipe out the Edomites in Obadiah and other prophecies. Yet, there is always a remnant. The terrorists that have fueled the current crisis are driven by demonic structures from places like Iran and groups like Hamas (Gaza) and Hezbollah (Lebanon).

As the crisis continues, we must pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all Israel and the nations’ to come to salvation in Jesus. We must pray that Jerusalem will become a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62:7). We must pray the other nations will not continue to see Israel as the aggressor but rather a nation defending its land and people. Eretz Israel and Am Israel are synonymous. The land and the people of Israel cannot be separated. Pray for more Christians or followers of Jesus to understand this, but likewise for peace and salvation for the Arabs.

When I was in Israel, the Lord gave me a heart for the Arabs. God is bringing salvation to Muslims all over the world, as well as many Jews, through Jesus. I believe that God will use the Arabs to provoke the Jews to jealousy, as Paul wrote in Ephesus.

Many believers visit Israel and the Holy sites and never encounter any Arabs, or they are never really exposed to any of the plethoras of problems that exist there. There exists an infatuation with Jews, Israel, and the Holy land without ever considering what is going on behind the scenes and what is at stake. They visit, put money into the economy, go back home, and never develop a heart to truly pray and intercede for the Salvation of Israel (all) and the peace of Jerusalem.

Not only do we need to see an end to the current crisis, but peace, in Jesus’ name to fall everywhere. We need to see the advances made by bringing Israel’s neighbors into the peace process over the last year flourish. It’s time for the Philistinian land of Gaza to fall in line with God’s desire for her to become a nation worshipping around His throne. While the current residents of Gaza are not descendants of the ancient Philistines, the land of Gaza has long been a thorn in the flesh of Israel.

After the reign of King David, the Philistines ceased to be a nation at war with Israel. The Philistine cities continued to be around until the Babylonian invasion, but King David seemed to end Israel’s fighting. So it is with Israel’s King, Jesus. He is the only one that can end the terror driving from Gaza and all of Israel’s enemies.

Let our prayer be, ‘come Lord Jesus’ and establish your throne in Jerusalem. In the meantime, when you pray for Israel, make sure you don’t forget the Palestinian Arabs and their Salvation and hope in Isa or Jesus.

Let us not sleep or slumber until He makes Jerusalem a praise in all of the earth, according to Isaiah 62!!!!,

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Twelve Ways The Church Is Called To Prepare The Way Of The Lord: Introduction

A Voice, Crying!

Isaiah 40:3-4 is the forerunner message and is the verse that John the Baptist quoted to say who he was when he came on the scene.

“A voice cries: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain shall be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.’” (ESV)

Later we read in John 1:23, “‘I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” (NIV)

John says that he is that voice, and we know that he partially and fully completed that prophecy. He fulfilled it since he was right there crying ‘repent the kingdom of God is at hand.” He later pointed to Jesus and said, ‘Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.’

John came baptizing, and later he would baptize Jesus as if he were anointing the High Priest. John indeed was a voice in the Judean wilderness and in the wilderness of darkness, where there was no authentic voice from Heaven. He preached among the religious spirits that could not recognize the Messiah was among them.

John only partially fulfilled that word because He was preparing the way, and the Messiah did appear, but Jesus returned to Heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father, waiting for the Father to say, “Go get your bride, son.”

John is dead and numbered among the cloud of witnesses in the New Jerusalem that are watching you and me saying, ‘Hey are you going to prepare the way this time?” There was no church around in John’s day. Most people were trapped in a religious system where they went to the synagogue, and the rabbi taught. They tried living according to the Law as strictly as possible, with males going ‘‘up’ to Jerusalem three times per year as was prescribed.

Then comes John, who sought the face of the Lord in the desert with a group known as the Essenes. They lived a life of fasting and prayer and studying the texts looking for the Messiah. It was these people that Jesus referred to when he sent some disciples to go and prepare the place for them to take the Pesach (Passover Meal). These were the men who lived in an upper room outside the city, but today is beside the old city.

John was one of them. There were specific characteristics that they had. The Jews have been taught since Malachi’s days to look for Elijah first. Many today are looking for Elijah, and perhaps he is one of the two witnesses, or maybe it is a ‘spirit’ that will be in a few people or on the body of Christ as a whole. I don’t know, and I am tired of trying to figure it out. I am of the mindset now the whole church is like Elijah. We have been entrusted with the task of ‘preparing the way of the Lord.’

In the last thousand or so years, there have been those forerunners who stood out because there were no others to take their own special place and go and do in the name of the Lord. The Patrick’s, Boniface’s, William Carey’s, Amy Carmichael’s, Zinzendorff’s, Wesley’s, Spurgeon’s, William Seymour’s, Billy Graham’s, and Steve Hill’s, just to name a few, took their role and obeyed the Holy Spirit. They walked in power and anointing to fulfill their task.

But, what if there were hundreds more like them in their day. Just imagine how many souls would have been won, unreached peoples reached, or how many healings, deliverances, and miracles would have taken place. How many intercessors or worshippers missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime because they didn’t take the time to prepare themselves?

The Church is the bride of Christ and should be preparing the world for Christ’s imminent return. To do that, she must be made ready herself. It is a two-fold assignment that runs concurrently. The bride must be made prepared but must also prepare the way. But you might be saying I thought the forerunner prepared the way.

It is like men are the bride of Christ with women, yet women are Sons of God with men.

I do believe that there are forerunners who have unique jobs in the kingdom in preparing the way. I am a small voice who is called to write, preach, and sound the shofar. I also expect miracles, salvation, wonders, deliverance, and healings to occur as a result of my ministry. These things should follow every believer, but they don’t. (Mark 16)

Because so much of the church does not believe in most of the things that she is supposed to, it is incumbent upon a few to be the forerunners and carry the glory in these last days. But, the task still belongs to every believer.

We are called to be worshippers, intercessors, healers, deliverers, and we can all prophecy. Yes, we all have the Holy Spirit, and we can be intimate with Jesus and serve him by doing mercy deeds. We can do spiritual warfare and fellowship with the saints. The Bride is capable of doing everything that Jesus did. She must prepare herself and the way of her King.

This is a call to action, to be a voice in the wilderness of the earth and remove the stones of injustice in spiritual warfare, healing, prophesying, preaching, and so much more. But, you have to see yourself as important and a necessary member of the body of Christ. You and I are raising valleys every time we stand in the gap in intercession or give a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name.

What follows are twelve practical ways that the Church must operate in before we can see the way of the Lord prepared. Many are talking about training Forerunners in the power of Elijah, and some are talking about burning and shining lamps. How are they (we) supposed to accomplish ‘preparing the way.?’

That is the purpose of this writing. I want to take you on a journey to discover the practical ways that the church must be doing to prepare the way for the King’s return. Each of us, in our particular way, is a forerunner. There are those with powerful ministries, but none more powerful than when you and I worship, pray, serve, deliver, preach, operate in the gifts or fellowship.

We are each called and anointed for specific purposes, so let’s take that anointing and glory to a dark world and tell them that the King is returning!

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My Life: The Making of A Shofar

2 Cor. 14:8 “If the trumpet (shofar) does sound a clear sound, who will get ready for battle?”

Who has not heard the sound of a shofar? It makes a clear, distinct sound when it is blown correctly. In Israel, you hear them all day long on Rosh Hashanah as they declare the Head of the New Year. It also is a time of reflection on creation and the creator and for repentance and judgment. The shofar had many uses in ancient Israel. There are at least twenty uses detailed in the Bible, and you can find more about that in a previous article here entitled “Sound the Shofar’, originally published September 2018.

The shofar is a unique trumpet made from the flesh of animals like rams, kudu, goats, and similar animals but not cattle. How a shofar is made and the life of a shofar after it is formed is genuinely a marvelous story. I realize my story, and perhaps yours, are similar to the life of a shofar. From the time it is removed from the animal carcass until it is a fully functioning shofar, anointed and ready to sound like the voice of the Lord, the process it undergoes is much like the process the Lord takes us through.

Killing The Flesh, Life In The Spirit

A shofar may be used in worship, warfare, or to sound like the voice of the Lord, but every shofar starts as a horn on an animal. I will use a ram for this example since that is the Biblical reference. Horns in the Bible speak of power and anointing, so it is essential to understand that an animal with a horn has power. When the ram dies, the horn is removed, and the flesh hollowed out.

We come into the Kingdom of God full of the carnal or fleshly nature. I was saved when I was young and studied the word, and later I learned about inner healing. I applied the principles that Jesus taught about dying to myself so that He could live. It is an arduous process to remove the blood and cartilage from a ram’s horn. There is also some bone present.

After the flesh is removed and cleaned, the ram’s horn is allowed to dry before the process continues. So it has been in my life where the Holy Spirit would teach me how to apply the word, and the stinking thinking of my soulish ways would eventually surrender to the Spirit which is alive. When you are saved, the Spirit becomes alive, and the struggle between the old mind and the new mind begins.

Like the shofar, we tend to smell like flesh or Spirit. As Jesus takes over more and more of us, the flesh smell ceases, and we start to smell like Him. But what about the outside and the sound? The Holy Spirit has to do some drilling on us and makes us a useful mouthpiece. The Hebrew word for mouth is the same as the letter peh, which means mouth. The prophets of Old were known as the mouthpiece of God.

The New Testament Mouthpiece

Every believer in Jesus has the Holy Spirit and therefore can speak for the King of Kings. We are all emissaries or ambassadors of the king. Our lives become a living speech, yet what comes forth from our mouths must edify and build up, not tear down.

For me, I make no extraordinary claims or have no titles except for servant of the Lord. Yet, He has called my wife and me to sound the alarm in these end of days. We are to declare His coming to set up His kingdom for 1,000 years and prepare the Church, Israel, and the nations for His return.

I have been through the process of having my speech refined and shaped to the point where I pray that I am a fit vessel for Him to speak through. But, it has been a painful process. It has not been easy, but like Paul, God’s grace has been more than sufficient, and He has shown much kindness and mercy towards my family and me.

The Bending in Repentance

A shofar must be bent since part of its sounding and representation is repentance and being bent by God. In one of the notes, Shevarim sounds like crying and is bent to sound like the people cry out in repentance. As I mentioned the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is a day of joy but also repentance. This should demonstrate that repentance is a good and joyful thing, especially since we have Jesus and the cross.

Therefore, the shofar must be bent, so I have bent through the years towards the goal and purpose that God has for me. The process is not complete but will continue until I leave this life.

The bending of the shofar requires heating up and cooling down, much like the seasons we go through as we are prepared for service. It is like refining silver or gold, where the impurities must be removed. Once we are bent to the desired posture for the high service we are called to, we must be polished.

Polishing the Rough Edges

When we are saved, we all come into the kingdom with a past and a history. We put it under the cross, and we crucify the flesh, but we often retain some ‘rough edges.’ We have to learn the heart of the Father, and that is accomplished by watching His Son and becoming like Him. I have gone through seasons where it was so dry and painful, and I felt nothing of God that I wanted to die. I could not carry on,

But, as those seasons closed and I entered a mountaintop and moved in the Spirit and began to be used, it was like I was polished and shiny. I could go to Walmart, and people could see the reflection of Jesus, and I would not be overwhelmed by the world around me. The polishing process comes after the grinding and makes us ready.

Anointed!

A shofar needs to be anointed with olive oil, and not only does it consecrate it for service, but the oil protects it from drying out and cracking. Did you catch that? The Holy Spirit not only anoints us for the purpose as priests and ministers but so that we don’t become dry, cracked, and stale. I have gone through some dry seasons and felt like I was cracked open and would never heal, but the Holy Spirit has continuously poured fresh oil and refreshed me for more fit service.

Don’t allow the hard seasons to let you get dry, but ask for fresh oil!

Finally, A Unique Sound!

Each shofar makes its own distinct sound. It’s like any musical instrument. Each one sounds different because they are unique. You and I are unique. How God sounds through me will sound different than you or any other follower of Christ.

We have a sound, and it must sound like God, the Father, Son, and Spirit. When the Father picks me up and speaks through me, I must be like that shofar and allow Him to blow through me so that a lost, broken, hurting world will hear the sound clear and distinctly.

We sound the cry for the battle that is here, but we must also sound repentance, joy, love, and hope. The Shofar is an instrument of worship, and we must sound like we spend time in the presence of God through worship and prayer.

Continuous Cleansing

A shofar has to be cleansed and washed and re-anointed from time to time. Saliva mixes with the animal flesh and bacteria, viruses and fungi can set up shop and grow. So it has been with my life and any disciple of Jesus. We need to be continually cleansed from the various things of the world and sins that we may fall prey to. This cleansing ensures that we will always sound clear, crisp, and distinctly unique.

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Where Is The God of Elijah?: My Prophetic Journey

Most believers can recite the cry of Elisha in 2 Kings 2:14 where Elisha takes the mantle of his spiritual father/teacher Elijah that had just fallen from heaven. He picks it up and strikes the waters of the Jordan River saying “where is the God of Elijah?” It is an often quoted phrase today, and many are seeking the anointing and power of Elijah to be poured out on these last days generations. The Jews are still looking for Elijah to return, ahead of the Messiah.

Each and every one of us is on a prophetic journey, whether we realize it or not. If you are not a follower of Jesus then you have yet to embrace the journey. For most who call themselves Christians, they are not even aware they are on such a journey. They try to follow the ordinances outlined in the Bible and follow Christ as best they can. They never connect with the reality that they are on a journey with the Lord and it is a prophetic one. It is prophetic since it is unfolding and is leading each one of us closer to our destiny in God. It is prophetic because we only know pieces of the plans that He has, but don’t know how He will get us there.

My Prophetic Journey

My prophetic journey began when I was about eight years old. I remember I was baptized when I was five or six by my father who was was also my Pastor. I remember saying I was born again, but I didn’t really understand. I was taught the Word, but I always felt there was more to life. When I was eight years old, I remember hearing a voice in my head saying, “Where is the God of Elijah?” I asked my father/pastor ‘where’s the stuff, and why does God not work like He did in the Bible?’

The answer I received was the typical answer from a pastor trained in a seminary that teaches what I now understand is known as cessationism. That simply means that God chooses not to perform signs, wonders, miracles, and healing, or that it went out with the last of the original Apostles. I was devastated to learn that the stuff I read about in the Old and New Testament was no longer valid.

Yet, I had these supernatural encounters, such as visions and dreams. Unusual stuff happened and I just seemed to have great discernment. As I grew up I always read my Bible and tried to pray, but there was always something not right. I rebelled often, yet I still had a hunger and thirst to know the God of Elijah, His word, His Spirit and His Son in a deep way. I also knew that I was not being told the full truth.

So I wandered through school and went to college like we are all told to do. I was trying to find the so-called American dream. I had heard about the Kingdom of God and Heaven but never really understood it. Still, one day I was driving to downtown Atlanta to school and it seems the heavens opened, and I saw a man with a beard, some sheep in a pasture, and I heard a voice say, “Feed My Sheep.” That vision changed my whole life. I sought to answer the call but everywhere I turned Christians, both leaders and non-leaders said that God didn’t speak like that today, or they simply looked at me like I was from Mars.

I didn’t give up as my dream life was a vehicle that God used to show me things and encourage other people. Finally in 1995 in Conyers, Ga. I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and nothing has been the same ever since. My prophetic journey has been filled with many wildernesses, and seasons of hunger and thirst for more of God.

Silences of God and Dark Night of The Soul

It doesn’t sound like God to be silent when He is always speaking, but I encountered a season where God was silent, and I was told by a prophet to embrace the silence. I quickly learned that God speaks in many ways and it was part of the process in growing and maturing on my journey. It was preparation for greater things. At one point I walked away since I no longer heard God or had dreams and visions. Later, God showed up in powerful ways and I soon began receiving words of knowledge and wisdom for many people.

I had experienced many moves of God, but when everything went wrong and we had no answers, our only hope was to cry out to God and trust Him. I didn’t have a vision or a word except that He would take care of everything if we followed Him. There were many ups and downs and turns and twists as the path often became obscure.

Miracles, Signs, and Healings!

Back when we first got married my mom had a massive cerebral hemorrhage and by all means should have died or been a vegetable for life. But God decided He needed her around and he healed her. We still didn’t know about divine healing. It seems that there have always things going on around me in the supernatural.

In 2012 I took my wife out for her birthday and a man came over at the cafe near the missions base where we worked. He asked if he could sit with us and as the conversation began he looked at me and said ‘minister out of the revelatory.’ Later I tried to follow up with that man and the phone number he left was valid and it was as if he came out of nowhere, and left suddenly. I always felt he was an angel. Since then we have seen many, many angels in many forms.

The Lord continued to increase dreams, visions, and angelic activity as we cried for more and were found faithful in what He had given us previously. I also began to experience periods where we would be on our last penny and food or money would show up. God used the least expected person or way to provide.

My prophetic journey has seen many battles and confrontations as the enemy has threw all it has to try to stop me and my family from advancing into our destiny. The journey continues and He is teaching me to do everything from the place of rest. That is the goal, where we are at rest at all times and we are trusting fully in the Holy Spirit.

Elisha’s prophetic journey began long before Elijah threw his mantle on him and told him to follow him. I still cry out for the God of Elijah, but what I have discovered is the God of Elijah is the God of Joseph (Joey). He answered by fire for Elijah, but for me He answers suddenly.

Your prophetic journey is unique to you. It is never ending and like everyone else’s it is full of encounters with God as well as seasons of dryness. Do not despair as you move on the journey, for God is always for you. I suggest that you sit down and write out your prophetic journey. Begin with encounters, including salvation, special dreams, and moments where God stepped in and changed the course of your life.

This is your story that He is writing. Continue to seek Him daily and expect Him to speak to you fresh every day. Study the prophetic journey’s of people in the Bible. Look at their lives and characteristics that they possess. I am sure that someone will stick out to you that you admire and wished that you had their anointing or that God would use you like that.

Our subject here, Elijah, seems to have burst on the scene when he proclaimed that it would not rain for seven years except at his word. But we know that the journey started long before that. He was most likely from a priestly family in the area of Tishbe. All that we have is the words recorded in the text, but we see a humble man with a heart for widows, and to see God’s justice and righteousness upheld. We see a man that knew how to call fire down from heaven, and intercede like a twisted potato chip. But we also see a man who had a little fear and looked for a cave to hide from the wicked queen’s threats.

He was a man who could turn hearts back to God and also train the next prophet. His journey ended when a chariot of fire from heaven came and took him to heaven. What was it about his life and character, like Enoch, that grabbed the heart of God to the point where God just brought him on up to live around the throne.

Whatever our prophetic journey, it must have a desperation in this hour for more of the presence of God, more Holy fire, and more of His glory. While he is developing our character and shaping our journey we must continue to seek Him with all of our heart. Don’t stop, the best is yet to be written for your journey.

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Carriers of The Glory: To The Streets

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You may have heard the saying ‘we need to take the glory to the streets’ or ‘get the church past the four walls.’ But what does that mean? Do we really understand what the glory is and how to carry it? Is there a Biblical precedent for such language?

To grow and thrive and the message of the gospel to go forth in the vast swaths of darkness that surround us today, we must understand what we, as disciples of Christ, have and how to carry it and shine the light of the gospel. We all know that Jesus is the light and that when we are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, we are carriers of that light.

It’s Not For Our Entertainment

Unfortunately, the Western Church has come to the place that the Holy Spirit is reserved for Sunday mornings and a few prayer meetings. We spend most of our time at corporate gatherings trying to get filled up and wanting a fresh touch that we forget the Holy Spirit’s purpose. He lives in us to teach, guide, bless, lead, direct counsel, and a whole host of other things. He is our worship and prayer leader, but we treat Him solely as the guy that makes us feel good in meetings.

You see we should come filled up to overflowing and expect more and then leave and go to our homes, businesses, restaurants, and wherever we go overflowing so that the power of the Holy Spirit falls on the people we meet. But, what we see is Christians walking around without the power of God flowing in our lives.

The Holy Spirit is the person of the Godhead that dwells inside of each believer. He took the time to come as a man, Jesus Christ, pay the price for our sins, suffered, died, and arose from the dead and ascended to heaven where He is seated awaiting His return and establishment of His kingdom here. He sent the Holy Spirit so that we can live the life he called us to live. Yet, we have placed the Holy Spirit to a prayer language we use once per week, and maybe a few healings and a couple of decent prophecies.

The Holy Spirit is not our source of entertainment, nor is a worship[ service a concert!!!

Where Is The Power?

So, where is the power of the Holy Spirit? Where is the power to help us overcome the thoughts and evil ways that constantly pervade our minds? Finally, where is the power to heal, deliver, and set captives free?

It is in us, but we are not partnering with Him. We forget that the Holy Spirit is a person. We tend to treat him as a force like on Star Wars. He is a member of the Godhead and wants to fellowship with us, and He wants to use us. He wants to fill us with power to heal, deliver and set captives free. So what is the problem?

It has something to do with faith and lack of surrender. We don’t believe, so we don’t surrender and obey. He gives us our daily battle plans and tells us when to worship, pray, and when to sit at the feet of Jesus. He also wants to tell us to pray for the sick, cast out demons, and set the captives free.

We must learn to walk in accord with the Spirit like guitar strings flow in harmony. Otherwise, we will continue to flounder in our selfish, powerless ways, and the world will continue to dwell in the darkness around us. Without the Holy Spirit flowing through us, the world will not experience the love and freedom of Christ. God’s glory or light and presence must be demonstrated outside of the four walls of the Church.

Lessons From The Old Testament

The token or symbol of God’s presence in the Old Testament was the ark of the covenant. The ark was where the mercy seat was and where the presence of God came and settled when the High priest laid the sacrifices for the sins of Israel. There are a few times when the ark was carried in broad view to demonstrate the presence and power of God to the world.

In the book of Joshua, God commanded the priests to carry the ark around the city of Jericho for seven days, and then on the seventh day after the shofar was sounded, the walls fell. Now, we know that the walls of Jericho could have quickly fallen by the hand of God without that demonstration. I believe the application for us is that God partners with His people in taking the land. We need the preaching of the gospel, but we also need a demonstration of the Spirit’s power. He needs us, and we need Him. That is His plan to bring glory to the earth.

Later, the Children of Israel take the ark from the Holy of Holies and flippantly place it on the battlefield in front of the Philistines. It is equivalent to believers attempting to bring the glory to a lost world without the Holy Spirit’s power. There is protocol, and the Children of Isreal did not follow that when they brought out the ark. We have to take the time and sit in the presence of God and worship and pray and listen and obey what He says, not do it our way.

After the ark sat in a village near the Philistine territory for thirty years, David decided to bring it to Jerusalem. No one had sought it since Saul became king. Don’t let it be said that we didn’t seek the Holy Spirit but instead deemed Him to just our corporate time or our prayer closet at home. David pitched a tent for the ark. You are a tent of clay, according to the book of Job. Have you prepared your tent through repentance, consecration, and worship for the Holy Spirit to overtake you and use you?

It’s Time

It’s time to take the Glory of God to the streets, whether that be at your workplace, business, factory, mega supermarket, school, and college, or governmental entity. It’s Biblical since we see Paul and others doing much of their ministry ‘in the streets’ or, as some call it, the marketplace. The true Church or body of believers cannot be confined to a building or even a home. It needs to breathe. It is a living, breathing being, the bride of Christ and must walk in full, mature stature.

Part of being a bride made ready is not just a Holy, cleansed bride who knows and understands intimacy with her bridegroom, nor is just limited to being a warring bride. The bride of Jesus Christ becomes mature when signs, wonders, miracles, healings, deliverance, and moving freely in the streets are normal.

What are you waiting for? Get filled to overflowing and take it out wherever you go.

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Trusting God Or Testing God

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We hear it all throughout the Bible, and every day we hear someone telling us ‘just trust God.’ It sounds simple enough. We say to a friend to trust God, or sometimes we ask, ‘where’s your faith?’ We often say I believe God, or I trust God, and it’s in His hands. When in reality we grow impatient, worry, become anxious, and finally, we start to complain.

Throughout their history, Israel constantly complained to God and about God. Right after they left Egypt, they were complaining to Moses about the lack of water of food. We see the pattern repeated over and over. Then there is the idolatry that they are plunged into when they turn to the nations around them.

Not Satisfied

When we complain, we become like the children of Israel who were not satisfied. Over and over, God tells the writers of the Old Covenant that if they had only obeyed Him, He would have satisfied them and filled them to overflowing.

Psalm 81:10ff

I the Lord am your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. 11- But My people did not listen to my voice, and Israel did not obey Me.

13- Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways.

14- I would quickly subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their adversaries.

In Deuteronomy, God had Moses repeat the Law and the promises of God to a new generation, the generation that was born and raised in the wilderness. The generation before them murmured, complained, and groaned to Moses about God about everything.

They did not trust Him to provide or that He could deliver them into the promised land when ten spies gave an evil report. The pattern is repeated in the conquest of Canaan. In Deuteronomy 28, Moses outlines all of the benefits and blessings that God would heap on the Israelites ‘if they would obey His voice.”

Serve God With Joy and Gladness of Heart

Deuteronomy 28: 47

Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and a glad heart for the abundance of all things; 48- therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord sends against you, in hunger, thirst, and nakedness and in the lack of all things; and He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you.” (NASB)

God gave them the commandments as boundaries to protect them from all of the curses of the nations and their ‘gods.’ He told them to obey Him and His voice and what would happen if they didn’t. By not serving Him and complaining and turning to other gods, they were in essence not satisfied. There was no joy in the abundance of His provision. Had they realized His provision when the spies saw the abundance, then they would have all joyfully said, we can take the land, with God’s leadership, of course.

Testing God Equals Not Listening

If we serve God, then we must obey His voice. Obedience is trust, disobedience is a lack of trust and therefore is putting God to the test. When we do not trust God and complain, we are testing Him as the Israelites did in the wilderness.

Numbers 14:22 “ Surely all of the men who have seen my glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and the wilderness, yet they have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice.”

Did you catch that? Complaining is the same as testing God, and both of those equal not listening to His voice. We have the word of God, which tells us not to worry or not to be anxious but how much our heavenly Father loves us and will provide for us. He is always good and faithful. We want it instantly and the way we want it. We tend to complain if He does not do it the way we thought.

Perhaps our thought was derived from not listening. God’s written and spoken Word is what we need to live by. It is there for us, and we should say thank you and obey Him joyfully. When we believe His word, we do our part and wait and watch for Him to perform the rest.

Not Just an Old Covenant Thing

It’s not just an Old Testament topic. Paul writes on Philippians 2:14-15, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent children of God, without blemish in a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” (ESV)

Paul was writing to the Church at Philippi to be thankful in all things and not give way to grumbling and complaining. He tells them it not only separates them from God but also diminishes their witness among the nations. That is exactly what happened to the Children of Israel in the Old Covenant. Their complaining went up to the ears of YHWH, and he heard and wanted to destroy them, but Moses stood up and interceded. Later, we see a plague break out after the Israeli men were fornicating with the Moabite and Midianite women. Phinehas stood up and interposed this time, but not in prayer but by throwing a spear into a guilty couple caught in the act.

There was a reason that God had forbidden them to marry and have sex with the other nations. They were supposed to obey God and be a ‘light to the other nations.” But they were not satisfied with God and did not serve or worship him with joy and a glad heart. Thus, instead of trusting Him and obeying and being satisfied, they put Him to the test and complained.

Entitled To What?

We hear so much of entitlement today. Every group uses the term to get what they want. That might be equality under the law, or some monetary gain or better jobs, or housing. Each group says that they ‘deserve’ it based on some quality.

Does any of us really deserve anything? Jesus died on the cross to keep us from what we deserve, banishment to hell or separation from God forever. We should live a life of joy and thanksgiving for that alone. But as believers and disciples, we are alive in the kingdom of God. We are born into it through repentance. He has provided so much for us, but we look around and want what the world offers.

Really? We feel that we deserve things of the world. God blesses us with the riches of His glory. Cars, houses, and good jobs are worthy things to have. God provides the best for His children. But, we cannot grumble and complain when He gives us a twenty-year-old car that runs and looks like a new one, and we wanted a $100,000 car and a million-dollar house when we just needed a cottage.

We don’t deserve it, but He provides for us. So, why are we not satisfied, and why do we serve Him with continual grumbling and complaining.

Remember, we laid down our lives when we came into the kingdom. Jesus is our Lord, and we should rejoice and be grateful.

It’s Time To Trust With All of Your Heart

Now is the hour to trust Him with all of your heart. After all, isn’t that the first commandment, ‘to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind, emotions, etc.?’ In all that we do, we must quit complaining and trust Him, not test Him. Listen, obey and trust, not stop up your ears, complain and grumble. Don’t you get tired of complaining I do!!!!

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Applying James 2 to Your Dreams

Applying James 2 to Your Dreams

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We all have dreams and desires that God has put in our hearts, yet we still see them unfulfilled. We are quick to blame it on the enemy, circumstances, or other issues standing in our way. Then we hear someone quote a verse from James 2 stating, “Faith without works is dead.”

They are quick to cite story after story about someone’s faith and the remarkable exploits of the Bible. Perhaps we read some faith-inspiring book or blog or watch some video telling us repeatedly the stories of someone else faith. It was their faith in what God had called them to do that led them to do it. Hebrews eleven is filled with the names, deeds, and outcomes of these people.

God’s Plan, Not Ours

I have had many big dreams all of my life, and I have had many prophetic words spoken to remind me of those ideas, plans, callings, and desires. They were not delusions in my mind. God had spoken. The problem was I sat in the boat too long. Jesus told Peter to get out of the boat. For years I kept hearing “get out of the boat.”

Peter got out of the boat and walked on water briefly. Scripture tells us that it was Peter’s lack of faith that caused him to sink. Matthew 14: 22-33 explains that Peter saw the wind and sank.

It was God’s plan for Abraham to be an ‘exalted father of many peoples. ‘ It was his plan for Peter to not just walk on water but by faith do great exploits. His plan for the disciples and all who would call themselves disciples since then is to walk with Him by faith.

I sat in the boat, and when I finally stepped out, I complained or whined when things started getting rough. I knew I was called to greatness and turn the world upside down. I set out to be a history maker. But what happened? Oh, I forgot that it was His plan, not man. I had faith, but I lacked initiative, and when I finally moved forward,d I had missed the opportunity. But it is still not too late.

Moving Forward

Peter sank in the water, big deal! You and I have fallen many times. Did we quit? No, we are still here. I have faced many adversities only to see God bring my family and me through. But we had to learn some hard lessons. The stories of the Bible don’t include all of the setbacks that our heroes of old faced.

Consider that Abraham had to get permission from Sarah to take Isaac up to Moriah. Maybe she nagged him, but Abraham faced many questions along the way, and probably some relative stood in the way. Perhaps he didn’t bring enough food or other provisions. The point is we don’t know what he was challenged with, but he got up and got going.

Perhaps you are like me, and you had a vision for something and tried to think it through and figure it out. Faith requires immediate obedience. If God gives you a world-shaking idea or ministry, it won’t happen overnight. It requires the first step. Start with a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name for your neighbor or the co-worker who despises you.

Or, if you are called to preach the gospel, start by teaching the sixth graders at your church or take out the trash.

Partnering Not Doing

We are called to partner with the Holy Spirit in carrying out what Jesus is asking us to do. When he told Peter to ‘feed my sheep’ he knew Peter was weak and needed a lot of help. Peter’s job was to believe and obey. That is our job too. We don’t say ‘how do you want me to do what you called me to do’ but rather ‘Jesus, I am partnering with you, you do it through me.’ He does this by giving us a simple plan. He does things with excellence and purity. We tend to add to it or take away from what he said.

By not obeying Him precisely as He said, we are doing it ourselves, and it is no longer faith. Faith with works means that we are Jesus’ feet and hands. He knows what He wants to do and how to do it. We tend to use excuses like Moses or the Children of Israel. I have done a lot of things, and I have met with opposition. I didn’t quit, but I kept praying and did exactly what He said, and things turned out rather well.

When we partner with Him and not just do something, we are walking in faith and operating from a place of rest. Faith requires us to walk in rest, the kind of rest that He intended for all of humanity to live in all along.

Way back in the nineties, I knew I was supposed to write a book or two. As of this writing, I have just begun a couple with many ideas floating around. I only started blogging in 2018 to write a book eventually. Before that, I studied the Word and wrote many notes. I journaled and wrote dreams, visions, and interpretations of them. I documented the highs and lows of my life and my prophetic journey,

As I look back, even in my ‘doing,’ I finally came to the place of partnering. Faith caused me to create this blog, and as I take ‘action,’ I will do other things. That action now flows from a place of rest. I cannot be led by fear or doubt or the results of my efforts. If no one ever reads what I wrote or is changed for the better, it is sad, but at least I stepped out and obeyed.

What About You?

Are you doing something that you never thought you would ever do? Do the desires of your heart seem distant? When we are young, we have many beautiful desires but family, careers, and the stuff of life can pull us off course. Still, if you are raising a family or just living one day at a time, then you are further along than you may realize. You will never fly an airplane without taking lessons or learn Hebrew without signing up. Yeah, I waited and made many excuses why I couldn’t learn Hebrew, but now in my fifties, I am learning it. I’m not focusing on the difficulty or where the money will come from because I know it was a God-given desire.

Are you in school? Are you studying what you feel God called you to do? Or are you doing what you need to do so you can have a big house, cars, cash, and all of the other things we so often think we need to enjoy life? If you dream of your own business, there are many ways to be an entrepreneur without going into debt. You will never know unless you ‘get out of the boat.’

You may want to open a restaurant, then wait on tables, or start cooking some of grandma’s best recipes. It can turn into many opportunities.

It takes a step or two to get it started, but one day you will look back and see that baby steps of faith have turned into giant leaps of faith. Begin today accomplishing what He has called you to do by partnering with Him and take the first step.

I pray that when you get out of the boat that you will keep your eyes on Jesus and not the adversities that come your way. Rejoice that God is working in your faith.

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When You Are In The Pit: Don’t Despair

When You Are In The Pit: Don’t Despair.

This is an excerpt from the soon to be released book From Babel to The New Jerusalem: God’s Heart For The Nations

Evelyn Dunbar: Joseph in the Pit (1947)

You may feel like you are in a pit and that there is no way out. All seems lost as everywhere you turn, you face hopelessness, lack, and impossible situations. Everywhere you turn, it looks like a brick wall is staring you in the face.

How did you get here, and what are you going to do about it? Did the enemy surround you and pull the wheels off of everything? Was it circumstances beyond your control that led you into your current situation? Maybe you have a life-threatening disease, loss of job or income, strained relationships, and then no one understands you and thinks you are crazy. Things may have been thrust on you that was not your doing, and no, you see no way out.

You are in good company. Others around you are in a pit. Maybe they dug their own pit. Perhaps someone was out in a pit that God built just for them and this season. Did you catch that? Yes, God can design a pit and put you there to accomplish His purposes. Let’s look at the life of someone we consider to be a forerunner of Christ.

Joseph The Dreamer Goes Down Into The Pit

We find the story of Joseph scattered in the latter chapters of Genesis. Jacob loves Rachel, and she finally bears Jacob a son, whom they name Joseph or may ‘God add.’ Joseph has many dreams where he is elevated to a position of authority. He relates these dreams repeatedly, and it annoys his brothers to the point that they place him in a pit. Later, they pull him out and sell him to a band of Ishmaelite traders.

Eventually, Joseph is raised up to be in charge of a man named Potiphar’s household. Potiphar is a wealthy and powerful man under Pharaoh’s kingdom. But things quickly go awry again.

When Joseph was in the pit, I am sure he pondered why he was there. Maybe he reminded God of all of the promises that He had made him. “You promised my family would bow to me,” he may have told God. Now God is telling him you are in a pit, and you are in no place to dictate terms and what will happen.

God had a purpose in giving Joseph those dreams. He has a purpose in giving you dreams. You may not be called to be the prophet that feeds the nations of the world, but whatever God calls you to do, it is only something that He can do. You can’t do it without Him.

These are when those pit moments become great. God allows us to put ourselves there, or He uses the enemy to get our attention. Sometimes we have to endure multiple pits because we didn’t understand the others, and God had to pull us out, or we got all we needed in that pit.

From Head of House To Head of Prisoners

Joseph had found himself in a nice position since becoming the steward of Potiphar’s house. Everything in that household was at his disposal except for Potiphar’s wife. Joseph had been grounded in the Word of God and knew it was not his place to have his master’s wife. So when he refused her strong and continuous advances, he was eventually thrown in prison since Potiphar’s wife could not have him.

I am sure that by now, Joseph is wondering if God was still on his side or if he would ever see those dreams come to fruition. He had survived the pit, and that turned out ok. He had everything going for him, and now this jail thing has him down. What in the world is going on?

Like Joseph, you may have survived a few pits, and the favor of God is all over you. Suddenly the situation changes, and you find yourself in a bigger, deeper, wider pit than ever before. Or you feel like you are in prison. You quickly lose sight of the promises of God. But the promises of God are still valid. What changed is your circumstances.

God knows where you are at, and He sees all that you are going through. Remember, he allowed you to be where you are. If you ever hope to rise above the place you are in now, you need a fresh set of lenses to see what is happening. You need God’s perspective. He may have promised you a huge promotion, job, or ministry, but right now, you are in deep debt, and you have no income, your spouse is sick, and you can’t afford a doctor.

In these moments, when you surrender everything to God and rest in His promises, you can rise above the situation. God takes us through various seasons where we are pruned, we flourish, and we go through summers and winters and springtimes again.

In Joseph’s case, he had the fortunate opportunity to interpret two of Pharaoh’s top servants’ dreams. You see, God knew that the cupbearer and baker would be in the same prison as He would put Joseph. Nothing takes God by surprise. God needed to get Joseph in front of Pharaoh so that he could not just interpret his dreams but advise him on what to do regarding the potential famine.

Dealing With Character

When God calls us, he prepares us. The bigger the task, the more work He needs to do to get us ready. Pride is undoubtedly one of those things that must be dealt with. Jesus already paid the price for our sins, and we still have character flaws that need work. God allows these pits, prisons, and people who forget us so that every defect and stronghold in our life is dealt with. Joseph had way too much pride to be Pharoah’s second in command.

Joseph’s pride was dealt with to a degree in the pit. God gave him a favor, but Joseph was still not ready to be God’s prophet to the nations. In this case, his prophetic ministry was not so much an oracular one like Isaiah or Jeremiah but a sign ministry. He prepared the nation’s for the famine by saving and storing food. Later, the nations, including the Hebrew children, come down to Egypt to get their provisions.

God loves the nations, and ever since that Babel incident, He has been trying to get their attention. The story of Joseph is just one of those stories that indicate God’s willingness to go to great lengths to save people everywhere, and he will prepare His chosen vessel by any means necessary.

You may not be called to be a significant leader like Joseph, but whatever God calls you to, He will deal with character and shape you into a choice vessel for His service. If you are in a pit, you are in good company, and God is for you.

For more, read Jeremiah’s experience and thank God you are not in his shoes.

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5 Take-Aways on Deliverance and Passover for 2021

What is the story of Passover? - CBBC Newsround

Passover celebration is upon us for 2021, and it’s time to take a look at what we can glean this year from Passover. You don’t have to be Jewish to celebrate Passover, or Pesach, as it has many applications to Jesus and what His life, death, and resurrection entail.

Understanding Passover, past, present, and future, will help us in the days ahead as we encounter the various end time forces seeking to keep us from our destiny and delay or prevent the return of the Greatest deliverer of all time, Jesus Christ.

We can learn and apply many things from the original Passover over 3,000 years ago, but I believe these five things are what the Lord is highlighting for now and the hour we live.

Deliverance From the House of Pharaoh

The house of Pharaoh had held the Children of Israel in bondage for four hundred and thirty years. God had promised Abraham that they would be slaves in and serve the nation that had enslaved them. Pharaoh is like a ‘god’ and is also considered synonymous with the nation of Egypt. To be a slave of Egypt was to be a slave of Pharaoh and his house or lineage.

Pharaoh is also an Anti-Christ type figure as he sought to keep the Children of Israel in bondage and prevent the nation from going out and worshiping the God of the Hebrews or Yahweh freely. Ultimately an Anti-Christ figure or any religion or system that not only opposes worship of Jesus or, in the case of the Hebrews, Yahweh, and seeks to prevent His followers from worshipping Him freely, is an Anti-Christ system.

Anti-Christ is a spirit that seeks to prevent or eradicate the worship of Jesus and God and draw that worship to himself. Pharaoh demanded worship since he was considered a ‘god.’

Later we see in Revelation 15:2 those who had come off victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name standing before the throne of God singing the song of Moses and of the lamb.

The song of Moses has to do with the victory that the Children of Israel gained over the House of Pharaoh and the slavery and bondage that accompanied it. The song of the lamb is the song of Jesus and how He has earned the victory over every Pharaoh spirit that seeks to keep us back. This also demonstrates the victorious church or ekklesia, which includes believers from the nations and Israel and the future victory over this world’s powers. But, mainly, it points to the future time where the saints of God will be victorious over the beast and the Babylonian system.

Do you realize that Jesus delivered you from the House of Pharaoh and the Anti-Christ spirit that tries to stop you from worshipping Jesus? The politicians and the so-called cancel culture and the like are trying to silence your worship. When we speak the truth according to the Word of who Jesus is and what He said, the world hates it. You are free and must never bow to any image, idol, or man. Be like the three Hebrew children in Daniel who would not bow to the Anti-Christ spirit and worship Nebedhunezzars golden image.

Passover means we are free.

Deliverance from the House of Slavery

As previously mentioned, the Children of Israel were slaves for over four hundred years. They came out of slavery and bondage but still had a mindset of slavery. If you have been in bondage to fear, anger, bitterness, addictions or doubt, unbelief, or any other demonic stronghold, you can be free thanks to the blood of Jesus. Like the Hebrews, you are saved, but your mind needs renewing.

The washing accomplishes this renewing of the mind with the water of the Word of God. BY studying the Word of God and declaring what it says about you and not your past or what your mind tells you, your mind becomes transformed. It is a process, but that is how we are to live. We walk by faith each day, studying, praying, and worshipping Him. This Passover, take the time to let the Holy Spirit show you all that Jesus has done for you and let Him show you what the Father says about you. That will liberate your mind. You are a son or daughter of God and not a slave.

Study the book of Galatians, particularly the last chapter. It describes the children of promise and the children of slavery. It’s time to identify with being a child of Promise in the Kingdom of God.

Deliverance To God Himself

If you are delivered from something, then you must be delivered to something. The mail carrier delivers your letter from you to its recipient. Likewise, a newborn child is delivered from its mother’s womb unto its mother’s arms.

When the Children of Israel were delivered from the House of Slavery or House of Pharaoh, they were delivered by Moses to God Himself.

Exodus 19:5 tells us that God brought them to Himself. He says that He bore them on eagle’s wings. It was God, not Moses, that delivered the Hebrews. Moses was the prophet, deliverer, and intercessor who stood as God’s mouthpiece and later stood in the breach for the nation. Moses led the way through the freshly parted sea over onto the dry ground. But Moses was just a bush that refused to be consumed in the desert. He was a vessel that wholly belonged to God.

Moses thus delivered God’s people to Him and not to the promised land. Yes, it is about the land, but first, they must become one with their maker.

Jesus also called twelve to be with Him, but of that number, He chose three and later one who would sit at His feet. Jesus has called us all to be with Him. This Passover, you need to take the time and realize the price that Jesus paid for you to be with Him.

The Holy Spirit has the job of preparing the bride for the bridegroom. God the Father had a whole nation for Himself, Jesus took twelve out of that nation to be with Him, and the Holy Spirit takes anyone from the nations or Israel who will say yes to Jesus and fellowshipping with the Spirit.

Deliverance From Sickness and Death To Healing and Life

One of the things that the New Covenant promises us is that we can have victory over sickness and disease through the cross and the blood of Jesus. Isaiah wrote that by His stripes, you were healed. The blood of Jesus is seen in the four cups of the Passover and the blood on the doorposts.

When the Death Angel passed over the houses marked by the blood, the Children of Israel were spared from death. The blood protected them from death in this case. The Passover table offers us an opportunity to fellowship with Jesus and what He did for us in suffering so that we can only have life eternal and enjoy it now.

Life in Jesus through the cross provides a victorious life here and now but also in eternity. Granted, we are still part of this world, and our bodies suffer sickness and will suffer. Nevertheless, there is healing and life as a result of faith in Christ. This Passover is a time to celebrate healing and life accomplished for us by Jesus.

Deliverance From Lack and Poverty to Being Fully Satisfied

The Children of Israel were slaves, and thus they lacked many essentials of life such as food, clothing, and shelter. The Hebrews received the bare minimum since they were slaves. They often grew their food, and they performed many tasks they were forced to perform for Pharaoh.

On one occasion, they were forced to make brick with no straw. Thus, their life was tough, and they built many of the structures of worship such as temples and pyramids, yet they were not allowed to have their own house of worship. They were cursed as it were, for the nations believed that a slave was a cursed individual, and as a nation of slaves, they were a cursed nation.

The Passover allows us to see an incredible transformation from lack to being blessed and fully satisfied. Not that God intended for them to live like the nobles of Egypt, but instead, God intended for them to be blessed and satisfied.

By being blessed, God met their needs by feeding them in the wilderness as a token of His provision. God was their supplier, not Pharaoh. Yet, we see them often complaining that they had it better in Egypt. This complaining came about since eating manna and quail was not part of their dietary regimen. They enjoyed leeks, garlic, and other spices and vegetables.

They failed to see that God’s intent was for them to depend on him rather than depend on what they could do for themselves. It was a new idea, but indeed they were blessed, and they were fully satisfied, but they didn’t know it. They had all that they needed in Yahweh. He was their source, and they would never lack again, so long as they obeyed His voice and His commands.

The Invitation

The invitation that the Father, the Son, and the Spirit of God extend to us today is to come out of agreement with the past and come into agreement with the provisions of blessings, healing, life, deliverance, and being heirs in our heavenly kingdom. God called the Children of Israel to be a ‘kingdom of priests to the nations around them. We are a kingdom of priests to all of the nations and non-believing Israel.

Celebrate with joy everything that Jesus has accomplished this Passover and this Resurrection day (aka Easter).

Enjoy what was as a result of Passover and Jesus’ resurrection and ascension to heaven.

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The Prophets Primary Job?

The Prophets Primary Job

There is so much being written and taught about the prophetic, prophesy, and prophets today that it is often hard to discern what is truth and what is just a lot of fluff. There has been a call for a reformation of the prophetic or a more pure prophetic flow. But, shouldn’t prophecy be pure, straight from the heart of God?

Prophets were and are still mouthpieces of God. The Hebrew word for mouth is “Pey” and there are many instances where this was associated with an OT prophet. Exodus 4, for example, is where Aaron was to be the prophet or ‘pey’ for Moses to Pharaoh. Jeremiah 15 tells us that Jeremiah was a ‘pey’ for God to the nations and Israel. Jeremiah spoke what God told him and often caused great harm and injury to him.

It seems that the prophets dealt with rejection after speaking God’s words. That is why a prophet must first pledge their head to heaven before they at as God’s mouth. In the same way, New Testament prophets are supposed to speak as the ‘pey’ or mouth of God. In the church prophecy and prophetic voices are first to encourage, exhort, and build up the body of Christ.

However, a true prophet whether New or Old Testament will be a reforming voice, whether to the church or the nations. They bring change as they seek to bring people back to God. All prophecy should bring some sort of change if the recipient acts on it. After all ‘the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus.’ Prophecy should always point to, and buildup the name of Jesus. Even a judgment prophecy should end with hope and encouragement that points to Jesus.

But what is the primary function of a prophet? To prophecy? Yes. but is that what they spend most of their time doing? Prophets, whether they are seers or word prophets are about prayer. Prophets and prophetic people are intercessors first and foremost. The first person in the Bible allied a prophet was not Samuel or Moses, but indeed it was the Father of Nations Himself, Abraham.

Genesis 20:7 tells us that Abraham was a prophet because he was a man of prayer. God told Abimelech that he should return Abraham’s wife because he was a prophet and would pray for him. Men like Job prayed a lot as we see in Job 42 and Jeremiah 15. Others who prayed and were special to God’s heart were Moses, Noah, and Samuel.

So, prayer is vital to a prophet’s life and is a necessary part of his or her functioning effectively. Prayer is not a one-sided effort. No one just sits and prays without stopping and listening. Prayer requires the prayer to listen to God’s heart and voice to know what to pray and decree. Otherwise, it is just divination as we pray what we want. Now we can ask and seek and knock but we still need to be about His heart.

If prophets and prophetic people are to be people of prayer then is that their primary job? I submit that a prophet’s first or primary job is to listen to and hear the voice of God. Prayer flows from connecting with God’s heart. We do that mostly by listening to His voice, but also by studying the word of God.

John 3:29 details the position and primary function of any prophet, prophetic person, or any believer since we all can prophesy

“The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete.”

John declared that Jesus was the bridegroom and that in this story he was the friend of the bridegroom. John was considered the last Old Covenant prophet, but he introduced the kingdom of God, the Messiah, the lamb of God, and the one who takes away the sins of the world. That is quite an accolade. Jesus even said that John carried the Spirit of Elijah.

But, John himself said that what he really enjoyed and what he identified with was standing and hearing the voice of the Lord. I believe that hearing God’s voice and rejoicing to hear it is the first job of any prophet or prophetic voice.

God asked Jeremiah ‘who has stood in the counsel of the Lord?” A prophet must stand in the Lord’s counsel or else they have not heard God’s voice. It is in the council, where the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit meet that a prophet is transformed and gets God’s heart and can truly become His mouthpiece.

So many believers want to be prophetic or to be a prophet but they are not willing to take the time and listen to the Holy Spirit. Listening is a major part of developing the prophetic because in listening we learn to know His voice and we come to be familiar with it. When the enemy comes and speaks or we are tempted by our voice we can recognize it since we know the ‘real’ voice of the Father. We know the voice of Jesus and the voice of the Holy Spirit.

In John 10 Jesus says that His sheep know His voice and will not follow another. This only comes by listening to His voice. Becoming familiar with someone’s voice helps us to recognize a counterfeit. When you were a child you listened to your parent’s voice call you or tell you to eat or just basic commands. That is how life started- listening to someone else telling you what to do and soon you were repeating the things that you learned.

So it is in the kingdom of God, we listen to the Word of God, and the voice of God until we only know and obey His voice. That is the goal when our parents are raising us. Hearing their voice and obeying what they say is the ultimate outcome. And so that is a primary task of the prophet, hearing and obeying God’s voice. I will take it one step further, and say that we need to do it with joy and rejoice that we and hear His voice.

So, whether you are a prophet, prophetic voice, or a believer who can prophesy, you need to take the time and listen. We all have two ears and one mouth which means we need to listen twice as much as we speak and when we speak we will speak only what He tells us. We will speak what flows from His heart because we have taken the time to listen and we do it with joy.

To be a mouthpiece for God means you have heard from God!!

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A Joel 2:12 Answer To America’s Problems

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Most believers are familiar with the prophecies outlined in Joel 2:28-29 which is partially fulfilled in Acts 2. This prophecy states that the Holy Spirit will be poured out on all mankind and ‘sons and daughters will prophesy, old men will dream dreams, and young men shall see visions. God said that He would pour out His Spirit in the future. Peter told the audience that at Pentecost that this was what was happening then and there.

Christians are quick to cry out for the Holy Spirit to be poured on in these last days. But what we so often fail to also pray is Joel 2:12. What does Joel 2:12 have to do with the end times and America’s problems? Wouldn’t pouring out the Holy Spirit on every believer fix our problems? I mean after all, seeing visions, dreaming dreams and prophesying is a good thing. We would be bring the kingdom of Heaven to earth, right?

Hold On! Read Joel 2:12-13

” Yet even now declares the Lord, ‘Return to me with all of your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning; 13- and rend your hearts and not your garments.'” Now return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness, and relenting of evil.

The prophet Joel paints a doom and gloom picture of Israel and what will happen to her because of her continual idolatry and many sins. Yet, after all of that he brings out the fact that God is compassionate and slow to anger. Does this sound familiar? Yes, this is the same language that Moses used when describing God to the Israelites after He called them to repent. The Children of Israel had complained and murmured and repeatedly tested God by turning to idolatry and demonstrating a repeated lack of trust and faith in the Lord God.

Joel and Moses would definitely say to the Church in America, and especially to America that you need to rend your hearts, weep, cry, and repent. Oh, wait, repentance seems to be an old-fashioned word that has lost its true meaning. We hear repent and we conjure up masses of people sitting in ashes and sackcloth, weeping and wailing so that God would not smite them or punish them.

Actually, that is an extreme form of repentance but if that is all that you see or know about repentance then you really don’t know what it is about. Joel tells us in verse 13 of chapter 2 that it is returning to the Lord your God. Yes it is really that simple. Returning to God indicates that at some point you left. You may have heard the old saying ‘if God seems far, them who moved?’

The point is that we move away from God when put anything above Him and His Son. When we disobey the commands and statutes outlined in His word, and when we continue to do the very things that Jesus told us not to. That is what sin is= anything that violates God’s laws or the teachings of Jesus. It is as one teacher puts it, ‘anything that Jesus wouldn’t do.

The Church in America has so much to answer for. Idolatry, fornication, witchcraft, divination, New Age and Humanistic teaching and false doctrine, error, and pride are just a few. These sins have crept into the church subtly and many do not know their Bible well enough to recognize the error and sins before them. Our nation is in turmoil from election chaos, burning and looting cities, lawlessness, Baal and Molech worship in the form of abortion, and modern slavery in the form of human trafficking just to name a few.

The world needs answers and the church has not been there to give those answers. Why? We have been too busy feeding our egos, building our kingdoms, and trying to figure out who the next president will be. Hey, we have a king, His name is Jesus.

The point is that we have strayed far from where God would have us be as a nation and especially His church. Many nations around the world where Christians are persecuted and tortured are looking at the Church in America and asking why we have allowed things to get to this point? We haven’t suffered like so many do in other parts of the world. But that is all changing.

The only hope for any nation is for that nation to return to God as Joel outlines. That return must begin with the ekklesia or Church of Jesus Christ. I am talking about the true church. Those that have counted the cost and said yes and are willing to lay down their lives for the King of Kings and for His kingdom. Those who wake up in the morning and are ready to give their lives for the sake of the gospel. It’s time to Return To the Lord With All of Your Heart and with Fasting, Weeping and Mourning.

So the question is where are the mourners? Where are the weepers and the fasters who will cry out and stand in vicariously like Daniel did and say Lord we have sinned, and we have moved far away from you and what your Word requires of us? Who will fast until an angels shows up and announces that your prayers have been heard?

This is not a time to be caught living a lifestyle outside of God’s will. This is not the hour to pick your pet sins and hang on to them. No it’s the hour to lose your life for the sake of the kingdom in order to gain it in the heavenly kingdom. It’s time to weep and repent and return to God with all of your heart. Then we an experience revival and times of refreshing and the Holy Spirit being poured out and sons and daughters prophesying and many dreaming dreams and seeing visions. Then we will experience a great harvest like never before.

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Canceling St. Patrick

Keeping St. Patrick’s Day while Canceling St. Patrick

Forgotten Miracles of Saint Patrick

In less than two weeks millions of people, mostly of Irish descent, will celebrate what is supposed to be the Feast Day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Many Catholics will gather for mass celebrations, while many cities and towns around America will have parades, and in some places like Savannah, Georgia, they will even dye the river green with food color. Many people celebrate this day by drinking huge volumes of beer, often dyed green.

Most people in America and elsewhere have no clue who St. Patrik was or what it was he did and why there is a holiday named for him. To most, it is the “Irish” holiday where we all wear green and eat green sugary snacks. However, none of that has anything to do with St. Patrik or why the Catholic church has assigned March 17 as his feast day, or why he is the patron saint of Ireland.

In fact, Patrick was not Irish at all and would probably be appalled by all of the foolish celebrations taking place in his name. Patrick was a true disciple and follower of Jesus Christ who would wish that He receive all of the adoration.

Patrick was born in Britain in the late fourth century. There are many tales and legends about his life and events surrounding him. The best Source is Patrick’s Confession which is his biography and confession of his life as a slave in Ireland and how he escaped back to Britain only to find his family deceased or enslaved.

His grandfather was a pious priest and perhaps Patrick would have endeavored to be a priest as well. He spent six years as a slave in Ireland and after his escape, he spent much time studying the Bible and in prayer. At some point, he had a dream where the Irish were asking him to come back.

“We bid thee, O’ Patrick, to come back to us”.

Truly this was a Macedonian call to bring the Gospel of Jesus to Ireland. Patrick is credited with bringing the gospel to Ireland and is known as the Apostle to Ireland, If you want to study the life of a true post-Biblical Apostle then Patrick is one to review. When he arrived in Ireland his old captor heard of his return and locked his family and other slaves in the house and killed himself as well as his family. He feared Patrik coming for revenge.

Having heard of this Patrick realized the Spiritual warfare he was up against in coming to Ireland in bringing the gospel. He was going to forgive his old master, but now that would not take place. Patrick realized that he must face the wicked, religious demons and principalities over the nation of Ireland. So he set up a contest at ‘Tara’ the place where the Irish kings and druid priests would gather and meet to determine the plans of the nation for the future. They would call on the false gods and seek to appease them.

Knowing this Patrick set out to meet them there and in an Elijah-like showdown the God of Patrick prevailed. Details of what happened that day are not well known, but after that meeting, many kings came into the kingdom of God. The king of Dublin sought Patrik after his daughter died and it is known that she was raised from the dead. This was the beginning of the truly Apostolic ministry of Patrick as he brought the one true God and declared his kingdom to the island of Ireland.

Patrick used the three-leaf clover to explain the Godhead or more commonly known as the trinity. He probably didn’t expel snakes from the island since there most likely weren’t any snakes on post-glacial Ireland in the first place. The only snakes he drove out were the spiritual ones that the people had been influenced by and worshipping. These were the demons and other satanic forces that claimed the island until Patrick brought the Gospel of the Kingdom.

You Can’t Cancel Patrick

Patrick would not only be appalled at the celebration that takes place in his name but he would be an outspoken voice against many of the issues we face today. Patrick would speak and declare the truth of the word of God today just as he did then. The ‘cancel culture’ would definitely try to cancel him, but as is evidenced by his life he would not bow to Satan’s music and allow the voice of the enemy to cancel him or shut him up.

Patrick’s ministry was one of signs and wonders and that is what it will take to encounter the evil that we face today. Let Patrik be an example to us that we shall not keep silent and speak the truth of the Word of God, in love, but with zeal, passion, and with unction.

Like Patrick, we will not be canceled. The enemy has tried to cancel the Bible, Jesus, and His plans for the age for centuries. We in America have not encountered what believers in many nations face daily. The cancel culture is nothing new, so why are we astounded by what is happening? It is merely the enemy stepping up his game and we are caught off guard much like Patrick was when he returned to face his old master in an effort to preach the love of Christ.

This Year What Will You Do?

ON March 17, 2021, what will you do? Will you don green clothing because it is what everybody does or will you remember the real Patrick and use your voice. Will you speak the truth in love or will you party your life away?

Will you eat green sugar snacks only to get fatter or will you fast for your nation and the nations that are walking more perilously close to utter darkness each day?

The darkness is here so now is the time for the light of Christ to be seen. Light is seen better when it is surrounded by darkness. Are you a light like Patrick, or will you put your light out so you can celebrate the holiday the way the world does and not the way Patrick would, in fasting, prayer, and worship, and telling others about Jesus?

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Lessons From The Mandalorian

Put The enemy to flight!

Luke Skywalker is in his Prime in The Mandalorian

Television programs and movies like Star Wars and Lord of The Rings often offer moments where we can apply Biblical teachings to our daily lives. Disney’s The Mandolorian’ offers one particular moment where I saw a popular prayer in action.

If you haven’t watched the Mandolorian, it is set after the Empire has fallen and during the New Republic. The Mandolorian is a bounty hunter just like Boba Fett who is sworn to follow the way of the Mandalorians. He is charged with protecting a young creature who is of the same race as Yoda. He finds that he must get him to a Jedi to help him and train him.

Throughout the series, Mando encounters many obstacles attempting to steal the ‘child’ or defeat him. He is helped at various times by friends and finally gets to the enemy’s ship where they are surrounded by ‘dark warriors who are nearly impossible to defeat. It looks hopeless for the team when suddenly a stranger arrives and makes his way to where the child is located. dismantling the enemy along the way.

It is revealed that it is Luke Skywalker, a fully trained Jedi, who one by one single-handed defeats all of the dark warriors and is allowed to take and train the child. How could one put what were invincible warriors to flight or slay them by himself?

I was reminded of the verses in the Bible that we often quote in prayer and spiritual warfare:

Deuteronomy 32: 30 “How could one chase thousand and two put ten thousand to flight?”

We quote this part without finishing the rest of the text: “unless their Rock had sold them and the Lord had given them up?”

Moses is reminding the Children of Israel that God led them out of Egypt and through the wilderness, and He had given them over to their enemies to teach them to trust in Him and not in their own skills, devices, or weapons.

When they faced giants in the book of Joshua it was God who defeated them. Even when ten spies said they could not take the land, two stood up and said that could because they trusted the Lord.

It was and still is the Lord who puts the enemy to flight. How else could a young nation who spent its entire existence in slavery or wandering in the wilderness facing many adversities, face and defeat the sons of Anakim or the Rephaim in the “land of promise?”

By putting their trust in Yahweh and being obedient to what He commanded them, He was able to defeat all of their enemies. When they became idolatrous, as in the case of Dan, they not only did not take the land assigned to them but settled where they were not supposed to.

That one mistake is still seen today in the area known as Gaza. It was never conquered by Israel and to this day is a thorn in their side because of Hamas and the fighting that flows from there.

In our story, one man, Luke Skywalker, was able to defeat an army of previously considered invincible warriors. He used the skills and abilities that he had been trained to use. He faced each one separately or in small groups until at last, he had achieved his goal.

So it is in spiritual warfare, we must face the enemy one at a time. Whether it is in personal deliverance or inner healing, or we are praying for the sins of a nation we deal with them one at a time.

When a host of the enemy’s demonic forces bombards us, we need to remember that we can send a thousand to flight, and if we are gathered with two or more in prayer we can put ten thousand running. We must be reminded that we are surrounded by a host of angels sent from heaven. God sends angels to minister to us and to help us. How else could we put the enemy to flight?

The tabernacle in the wilderness contained a covering made of animal skins that had angels woven into it to remind the worshippers that they were surrounded by angels. Of course, they were on holy ground, but as disciples of Christ are we not also?

As worshippers of Jesus and God, we are continually in the presence of God, and there are angels around the Son, the Father, and each one of us. God is known as the Lord of the hosts, or Yahweh Sabbaoth, which means He commands angel armies.

Finally, we have been given authority by Jesus over unclean spirits, and demons. We can cast them out of people and we have the authority to put them to flight. Just as God gave them authority to take the land, we have been given authority to drive out demons. We must be careful, as we must stay pure and holy and not allow any root of bitterness or unforgiveness or any other sin to take root in our lives, as it will allow the enemy to put us to flight.

Do not take the enemy lightly, but know that you have authority and you have angels on assignment to help you. Like Luke Skywalker did in the Mandalorian, you need to deal with one area at a time unless you are faced with multiple problems. Don’t face deliverance and intercession alone, but get help from prayer partners, and other believers who are walking in strong faith and living pure, holy, and spirit-filled lives.

These days we need to be constantly on guard from the tactics of the enemy more so than ever, and we need to be ready to take up our shield of faith and sword of the spirit and put thousands to flight. You have been given authority from Jesus Himself, so use it!

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Are You A Monument Or A Movement?

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We hear a lot today about this movement or that movement. This terminology is being repeated in the body of Christ as we refer to revival and awakening. There is the ‘prophetic movement’, the ‘apostolic movement’, ‘prayer movement’, and the list goes on. Society has many movements such as ‘civil rights’, ‘the gay and transgender movement’, black lives matter movement, and so on.

Within each of these movements, especially those that have been around a while, there exists a history whereby we can look back at the past and see what has been accomplished. Often there are significant moments where that movement took a leap forward. However, many movements take a turn backward and slow down or stop altogether and they become a part of history.

When it comes to revival we can study history and see that there were many revivals that changed cities, regions, and nations. Consider the First Great Awakening and the many lives that were changed, the fruit that came out of it such as educational institutions designed to train and raise up pastors and other church leaders. Schools such as Harvard and Princeton were founded for just such a purpose.

In our own lives, we can see movements like the Brownsville Revival or the Toronto Blessing in which hundreds of thousands of lives were changed. The impact of those movements is still felt today. However, they are all monuments of what God did and how He operated and changed lives and regions.

The Second Great Awakening came and one again many souls came to the Lord and the church was changed forever. Charles Finney preached so much in Up-State New York it became known as the ‘burned-over district’. Many revivals have occurred, some with fruit seen today. But, we speak of every one of them in the past tense. The Great Awakenings are monuments to the power of the cross.

After World War I governments began erecting markers and monuments dedicated to the brave men and women who fought to ‘keep democracy safe.’ The Liberty Memorial was built and dedicated in Kansas City as a monument or memorial to the events that led up to the war and the war itself. We build these monuments to commemorate an event and to learn from it. Washington D.C is littered with monuments and memorials that seek to remind us of past events and the change that they brought.

I am afraid that we have made revivals of the past monuments. We study them and try to mimic or duplicate the methods hoping for similar results. The schools of the First Great Awakening are not even monuments of the great revival. They are so far from what they were organized to do that they look like broken, crumbled, dilapidated markers in a cemetery.

It is not enough to just study and follow past revivals. If we want a revival movement we must keep it fresh or else it will quickly biome a monument. The church is more than a movement because it is a kingdom with a king. Prayer, prophetic, or any other movement in the church must be part of the greater kingdom plan. The church is alive so we are constantly on the move. Praying, worship, prophesying, serving, helping, preaching, loving, and everything else that the followers of Christ are supposed to do.

If we stop doing anything that Christ has called us to do then we begin to lose momentum and soon we stop praying, studying the Word, worshipping, and serving with joy. In essence, we become a monument. Can people point to your life and say that you are a movement or part of the kingdom of God movement? Or do they look at past events in your life and say that is where you peaked. Do they just remember what Christ has done through you or what He is still doing through you?

Monuments are ok if we use them for the right reason. Keep building monuments in your life but always be a movement. Today you are a movement, but will you be a monument or movement tomorrow? If we want revival in the Church in America or any other nation we can’t focus on the monuments of the past. I do not want to go back to my three years in Pensacola, Fla. at the Brownsville Revival, but I want something fresh and something new from heaven.

That is what it will take to see Revival in the Church and Awakening in society. Henry Blackaby taught in “Experiencing God” to ‘watch and see where God is working and join Him.’ That is revival every day. It may be just smiling at the cashier at Walmart or cooking for your neighbor. As someone once told me, we preach by serving.

Whatever it is you are to do each day, remember that day you are a movement.

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Benefits of Living On Mt Zion (New Jerusalem)

Benefits Of Living In Mt Zion (New Jerusalem)

As disciples of Christ we are guaranteed eternal life, but we also have all of the benefits of a heavenly citizen available to us now. Yet, most Christians walk around defeated, and not understanding the place that they have through Christ and where our home really is. Most Believers act like this earth and the Babylon system of this world is the way we are supposed to live.

Hebrews 12: 18 (NASB) ‘for you have not come to a mountain that may be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind 19- and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words which sound was such that those who heard begged that no further word should be apple to them. 20 For they could not bear the command ‘if even a beast touches the mountain it will be stoned.’’

21- So terrible was the sight Moses said, ‘I am full of fear and trembling.’

I am not talking about the victorious, Christian life being one filled with riches and glory of this world. It’s not about cars and houses and stuff. It is a life of victory over sin, and all of the evil strongholds that come with it. It is a life free from the curses of sin and all that goes with a lifestyle of sin.

The children of Israel were warned to prepare themselves before they came to the mountain. God was coming down to meet them and would later give the law to His servant Moses. The demands placed upon them were so hard that they asked Moses and Joshua to go near.

Exodus 24;10 Moses and Aaron, with Nadab and Abihu went up with seventy of the elders of Israel. Verse 10 ‘ and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself.’

Wow! It appears that the God of Israel was sitting on His throne and came down to Sinai. The elders were looking at the sea of glass that we see in Revelation. Verse eleven says that God did not stretch out His hand against the nobles of the children of Israel, and they beheld God and ate and drank.’

God had brought the throne room down to Sinai and only a few could go up. Later only Moses and Joshua were allowed up. The children of Israel were afraid to go near and they sent Moses and a few others. Yet, God has protocol about how to approach Him and who He allows near His throne.

We often sing songs and pray prayers about being at or before the throne of God or The throne of grace. We often trivialize it as if we have no reverence or fear of God as the Children of Israel had. Yet, we are supposed to approach that throne with fear and reverence but we are not to be afraid. It is something that is part of our lives. The same lighting and thundering that we see in Exodus and Numbers are found around the throne in the book of Revelation. Nothing changed. The people had not been yet taught about holiness, and shed blood to atone for sins that would allow them to be clean and approach God. Rather, they would have to go to a priest and go through a high priest at High Holy days.

If we as disciples of Christ have not come to Mount Sinai and trumpets and a mountain that cannot be touched then where have we come to? If we are not at a mountain where others begged that no more word be spoken then where are we as followers of Jesus?

Hebrews 12:22 “But you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23- and to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.’

Wow! When we are saved and brought into the kingdom of God we immediately have access to all of that and everything else that is in Heavenly Zion. That is why when Jesus came He declared, ‘the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.’ That is why we pray for God’s kingdom to come here on earth as it is in heaven. Look at all that is in the Heavenly City, the Heavenly kingdom.

The Children of Israel did not want to seek the Lord for themselves. Like so many in the body of Christ today who want the pastor, or teacher, or prophet, or some other ‘specially anointed’ minister to seek heaven and get the breakthrough so that they can grab it from them without doing anything. Many just want all of the benefits without doing the work. There is suffering and persecution that go in living the Christian life.

How can we suffer and yet be living in that city described in Hebrews 12:22-24?

The Children of Israel never realized that they were part of something better and greater than Sinai. That comes through much revelation and faith. The patriarchs saw it from a distance but never obtained it due to the fact that they all died before Jesus appeared in the flesh, suffered, died, rose again, and cleansed the heavenly copies. (Heb. 9:24 NASB)

Do not be like the Children of Israel and fail to realize that we are part of something bigger than Sinai with the covenant that required repeated sacrifices and a God who was far off and unapproachable. Learning to live in the heavenly realms and that we have access to all that heaven offers is what the Christian life is all about. There is no sickness, and while I believe in Divine healing, I also am aware that we are still living in a fallen world and that ‘it is appointed for man to die one.’

It’s time to live a kingdom of God lifestyle and live like we are citizens of the New Jerusalem 

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What Do We Make Of The Recent Mideast Peace Deals

What Do We Make Of The Recent Mideast Peace Deals?

The Middle East has been in the news again, but this time it is on a positive note. Several Arab nations have made or intend to make peace deals with Israel. In doing so they are recognizing Israel’s right to exist and their sovereignty as a nation. However, many believers are acknowledging these peace agreements by stating, “ when you see peace in the Middle East Jesus will be coming soon.” The statement really is referring to what the Bible calls a deal between Israel and other nations and the building of the third temple.

According to Bible prophecy, in the last days, the man of lawlessness or the AntiChrist will broker a peace deal that will allow for the building of the third temple on the temple mount. The problem is that the temple mount area is the third holiest spot in all of Islam and the Al-Aqsa mosque is located there. It is the most contested piece of real estate in the world.

The man of lawlessness or Antichrist will make this deal, but will also break it after 3 & ½ years. Many theologians and scholars refer to the seven years after this peace deal is struck as the Tribulation and the last 3 &½ years as the Great Tribulation.

In the current situation, we see the enemies of Israel now becoming her friends and allies, or at least on paper.

So, many believers are assuming that because of this current peace that soon thereafter will come a peace deal over the Temple Mount, and then it will be broke and as per Biblical prophecy it will usher in the return of Jesus Christ, the King of Zion, King of Kings, and the Desire of the Nations. While this is certainly possible we really do not know all that will happen, and we need to focus on Jesus and His Word and what the Father may be saying over this whole process.

Why are the nations coming to Jerusalem in the first place? Ever since King David and Solomon’s temple and later on the day of Pentecost the nations have been coming to Jerusalem. Previously God scattered the nations from there to give the land to Israel so that she could be a light to the nations. Since Jesus has come in the flesh He promised to return. God scattered Israel and has been bringing the people back for over 100 years now.

It is God’s heart for the nations to worship Him and His Son in Jerusalem. Ultimately, this will play out around the throne in the Millennial Kingdom that Jesus will set up immediately after the Tribulation and His return. WE see this in Revelation chapters four and five. However, why do we have to wait until The New Jerusalem comes down?

In Isaiah 66: 12 God says that He will extend peace like a river over Jerusalem and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream.

In Isaiah, we find numerous verses where God says that the wealth or glory of the nations will come to Jerusalem. We see this repeated in the book of Revelation. We have for too long approached the end times and the Book of Revelation from a distance and with fear and intimidation. That is not the purpose and it is not how Our Lord wants us to approach it.

While the current Jerusalem is not the New Jerusalem and the Lamb of God is not seated on a throne there, we are to pray as if it is so because it will be soon. There is where the nations will gather and worship. Currently, people from many nations are streaming to Israel and Jerusalem in particular, not as tourists or to work, but to pray and worship and cry out for the salvation of Israel and the nations.

Let us use this opportunity to pray for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Qatar, and any other nation that has been an enemy of Israel but is seeking peace. Let us pray for their salvation and that they will be counted as the number worshipping around the throne.

The day will come when a peace deal will be brokered with Israel and broken soon after. Whether this is a step closer to that I do not know but I know it is a step closer to the return of the King and all nations must be prepared for that time.

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What Is The Real Focus Of The End-Times

What Is The Real Focus Of The End-Times?

Currently our nation, and the nations of the world are facing many issues, and problems on a level that they have not encountered before. It seems that the enemy is throwing everything at once. Many are saying, “this is it”, or “ this is the end.” The focus seems to be on all of the problems, clamor, and uproar that is creating chaos and congestion. Our lives have been disrupted due to COVID-19, and we have election turmoil, riots, looting, protests, and all manner of evil, including lawlessness, running rampant. The church is too busy trying to figure out what the enemy is doing.

We in the church need to be aware of the plans of the enemy, but greater is the fact that we should always be aware of the planes of God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. The end-times or end of the age is often associated with the Anti-christ, gloom, doom, and plagues, pestilence, and disaster. WE forget that it is about the return of the KIng, His judgment on the Anti-christ and his system and all of those who follow him including nations.

Christ will return and gather the saints and judge everything in the earth. It should be our focus that He is returning and we should be trying to be prepared and prepare as many people and nations as we can. We will be held accountable for what we do and how we prepare. As the Lord reveals the plans of the enemy we It’s not to cause us to retreat and hide and, unless the Lord tells us. We must confront evil, but with wisdom and revelation according to Ephesians 1:17-18.

Prayer with fasting and studying of the Word of God should be our main focus. Nothing really should take us by surprise. The Bible warns us of impending peril on the earth. God speaks certain things to people of God to allow us to prepare and pray. There are times where our prayers will stop the enemy’s plans, but one day God will use those plans for His purposes to bring in the final harvest.

We have a great cloud of witnesses cheering us on, and we have a legion of angels to guard us and protect us. Why do we fear? The best days of the church are ahead. Times will get more and more turbulent. The true and pure church will come forth as pure gold, as the fires of testing continue. We must embrace what the Lord does in our lives, and the seasons of testing.

The disciples asked Jesus in Matthew 24:3 about His return and the end of the age. Jesus pointed to many different signs that would occur at the time of His return and the end of the age. He never separated the two events. But He placed the time of His return in the middle of certain key events. We cannot know the hour, but we are warned to be aware of the season. We are in the season and that means that the enemy will do all that he can to stop it and pull as many away from focusing on Jesus’ return as possible.

We all face challenges in our daily lives, and sometimes there are those that really break us down. BUt, In it all we must keep our focus on Jesus, and the promises of God’s word and what He has promised each and every one of us. When the children of Israel were in Egypt, the Lord heard their cries for deliverance, and sent Moses. Soon, as he faced an anti-christ figure in Pharaoh, he released judgment on the land for what he and the other Egyptian rulers had done to them , and for not releasing them to go worship Yahweh.

When the plagues were released they went all over the land of Egypt affecting everyone, except those in Goshen. THe children of Israel were protected from the judgment that God released on Egypt’s gods and the land. Eventually, the Israelites were protected from death of the firstborn when they sprinkled the blood of the lamb over the doorposts.

This gives us a picture that as Jesus releases judgments on the earth we will be protected. We have the blood of the lamb, His Spirit, and His Word, and many angels. Yet, many will continue to suffer and be persecuted and some will be martyrs for the sake of the gospel. The end result will be for those who are martyred that they will sing the song of Moses and of the lamb around the throne. (Revelation 15:1-8)

The bottom e line is this: He has already won the victory and we are victorious through Him. There will be turbulence and upheaval but that is not our part. WE press on and endure to the end as the Enduring Church! He is coming back for us to rule and reign in the New Jerusalem with Him, but there will be opposition. Keep your eyes on Him, and hold fast to His promise=ises, and do not be led astray by the evil that continues to rise up!

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The Next Awakening And The End Of Racism In America:

The Next Awakening And The End Of Racism In America:

Is There A Connection?

Many today are calling for the next Great Awakening and describing different aspects of what it will look like. Revivals and Awakenings have always been the product of prayer and seeking God and repentance. In any move of God, there has to be lasting change and often we see the social, church, government, and other types of reform. God uses hard times and events to turn them for His ultimate purposes.

We cannot overlook how hard the situation in America has become in the last few months and even years. But, it is not a hopeless or impossible situation. The government and other leaders have their own way to bring justice. This blog is not about protests and marches, and riots. It is about the heart of the issue that has plagued our nation since its earliest days.

From the beginning, while Europeans sought friendly relations with the Native nations here, it soon became evident that the desire for land, gold, glory, and the like would outweigh any ‘friendly’ relations that had been achieved. Many natives perished along the way and in the process, they gave up land and kept moving westward until they had nowhere to go except to allow the conquering governments to place them on a worthless piece of land that produced no food and keep them dependent on the government that put them there for food and basic sustenance.

On the other hand, the African slave trade reached these shores in the early 1600s and remained for over two hundred years. Massachusetts soon banned slavery by the 1680s, yet it remained a viable economic pursuit for parts of the country, and even a whole society was built as ‘the new aristocracy’ as a result. This was so much of a way of life and deeply rooted in that it led to a war where eventually these African slaves were given freedom, but it would take another one hundred years before they would begin to step into a sense of equality in this country.

Thus, racism has continued hangover this nation, and particularly in the south until I believe that God has had enough. Racism is not limited to color, but is the result of idolatry and putting your ‘tribe or people group’ ahead of another when the Bible clearly says that all of the nations belong to God. No race is greater than another. Protests, marches, and boycotts help solve certain problems, but in the end, there is no real justice until hearts are changed.

What we have before us is an opportunity to see God bring justice and break the spirit of racism over this country and over the south particularly. The answer is not more laws, or protests but true repentance and heart purging before God and man. Symbols like statues and flags are simply idols representing a period when one-half of the country rebelled and put their lifestyle and idols ahead of the needs of the whole country. What happened in 1861 was a treasonous act against our government but greater it was a spirit of haughtiness that placed one race and their idolatrous ways above another.

We have not fully dealt with this issue and God is not pleased, The only way to see real revival is when all of the church comes together in unity under the blood of Jesus and repents for racial prejudice, idolatry and pride. White, black, red, yellow all need to repent. The church is still the most segregated hour on Sunday at 11 am in America. Many churches that have a few blacks do so to say ‘oh look we are worshiping together, we are not divided.” This is a heart issue and requires repentance at all levels but especially among the leaders.

Then our government and other areas and we laypeople need to repent and cry out to God to forgive us of our idolatrous ways. Then and only then will we see a true Awakening or move of God come to America. It’s time for us to take a stand and cry out for true justice. True Justice only comes when God brings it from His throne. True justice requires one to come to the cross and repent and seek forgiveness and then forgive those that they have sinned against.

It is also a time to cry for intercessors, or those who will stand in the gap, to rise up and pray and intercede and make up the hedge and fill in the gap. God is calling for those who will lay aside their agendas and seek His face and come before His throne. This is the greatest hour in our nation. Will you see an Awakening or further divide?

Statues of men who stood for idolatry and racial divide have no place at all, anywhere. It is time to quit glorifying what happened as heritage. It is not a Godly heritage when we hold people in slavery and keep them down at any cost. Symbols like the confederate flag cause increased division and have no place in our society. How would you feel if you walked down the street in New York or Berlin as a Jewish person and saw Schwastikas everywhere? Our you drove down Himmler Ave? Thus we need to see these things through a different lens and empathize with those in our nation who see them as symbols of oppression. Further, they are idols and separate us from God and do not display the love of Christ.

Finally, we cannot sit idly by as the church in the south did and allow more injustice and oppression, or like the church in Germany did in WWII. We must repent, and take action, being led by the Spirit. Do not say what can I do? Be a true disciple of Christ and love the members of the races or people groups different than you. Let it begin there. Quit complaining about what people do and pray for them, and see the current circumstances as an opportunity for God to change hearts and minds and see a Great Awakening.

What greater time than now to come together and worship here around the throne as people of different nations. It is only through Christ that true justice will come. And that begins with repentance and coming together as one people under Christ. We see this played out in Revelation 7:9-10

“After this, I looked and behold a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the Lamb, clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and unto the lamb’”

Do you really think for one second that God or Jesus is pleased when they look down and see all of the haughtiness, pride, and division, and idolatry? Especially among the nations?

No! Like God said in Jeremiah 25: 31-32, “a clamor has come to the end of the earth because the Lord has a controversy with the nations. He is entering into judgment with all flesh.” Thus says the Lord of Hosts, ‘Behold evil is going forth from nation to nation, and a great storm is being stirred up from the remotest parts of the earth.”

God’s case with the nations demands justice and the only way to achieve that is through Jesus. God has a controversy called racism, and the idolatry that ensues with it. Evil has certainly gone forth from one nation to another here in America. We don’t have to look to China or Russia, or any other foreign nation to find oppression and injustice. The storm that has been stirred up is nothing new, but it must be dealt with now in America.

You may ask how much repentance needs to be done? I say like Jesus 70 x 7, or until the Holy Spirit tells you to stop. We need deep cleansing and purging spiritually, and when that is done we will see change as people’s hearts are emptied of racial pride and idolatry and replaced with the true love of God. Now is the hour to turn our hearts towards God and ask God for forgiveness and seek His face and repent, and then we can truly love our brother.

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Preparing For Pentecost: A Review of Exodus 19

Preparing For Pentecost: A Review of Exodus 19

The fifty days from Passover until Pentecost are known as the days of counting of the Omer. It is a time of preparation for the harvest. For the church, it was the days after Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, and ascension leading up to the actual day of Pentecost, or Shavuot. We know what happened on that first Pentecost? But what preparation was made by the disciples and is there an Old Testament pattern?

Just before Jesus ascended back to heaven He told His disciples in Acts 1. “Tarry in Jerusalem until you are given or receive power from the Holy Spirit.” Since the disciples had spent that passover night with Jesus and then He was taken from them and died the sacrificial death for the sins of mankind, they had spent time with the Resurrected Lord. Now He was promising to send the Holy Spirit. Later, we find in Peter’s sermon that this was, at least partially, fulfillment of Joel 2:28, where the Promise of the Holy Spirit being poured out on all flesh is recorded.

The disciples tarried, or waited for the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem as Jesus had commanded them and their patience was paid off when The Holy Spirit was poured out on 3,000 souls and they spake in other languages and tongues, as of fire, appeared on their heads. The Church was essentially born there and spread quickly from Jerusalem to Samaria and eventually to the uttermost part of the world. But, this Pentecost and it’s association with the end-time Harvest followed a pattern laid out in the Old Testament.

In Exodus 19 we find that the Children of Israel, led by Moses have just come out of Egypt and now God is telling them what they must do to be His peculiar people. He tells them to obey His voice so that they will be His people. As the chapter progresses we find the Lord telling Moses what to do in order to meet with Him on Sinai. There were certain things that Moses, Joshua and the Children of Israel had to do in order to meet with God and encounter Him. There was a waiting period that required that they be holy, and have their hearts postured towards the events soon to take place.

Ultimately, only Moses was allowed up and Joshua stood at the foot of the mountain. God told the people to remain set apart and away from the mountain. God is holy and demands a holy people. He was about to come down and hand out the law that would prescribe how they were to live and how they were to approach God. The law was their guide in all of life’s matters. It was simple, and yet they compounded it and made it a burdensome thing. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave the church power to be witnesses in all of the earth and gifts were given to the various members to help the church function as it was intended to.

God came down in full measure on Sinia, with thunder, lightning, and smoke. The people all saw it and were terrified. Ultimately God gave the law to Moses but while they were waiting the people became impatient and built themselves a god made of precious metal. Many are waiting on a major outpouring of the Holy Spirit in these last days, since the Joel 2:28 passage has only partially been fulfilled. Many expect everyone to speak in unknown tongues or to perform miracles or prophesy as is part of what occurs when the Holy Spirit is poured out.

Jesus told them in Luke 24:49 that the Holy Spirit would be given to give them power. The ultimate purpose of this power was that they would be powerful witnesses which encompasses all of the things we mentioned previously: gifts, fruit, miracles, signs and wonders, faith, healing prophecy etc. It’s a package and one can’t just pick and choose which parts you like. Tongues come with it, just as when God came down at Sinai there was lightning, and all sorts of stuff going on.

The power of God had been previously seen in Egypt as God defeated the gods of the Egyptians and delivered the Children of Israel. Likewise, Jesus demonstrated His power while He walked the earth and through His death and resurrection He delivered and saved us all.Like the Israelites we have seen and known His power and like them we often forget what He has done and we act like they did in grumbling and complaining. How can this be since we no longer have to wait for moments of the Spirit to come upon us, because we have Him abiding in us.

As we approach Pentecost this week let us do as God commanded them before Sinai and as Jesus told His disciples, wait, and posture to receive a fresh outpouring from above. The Children of Israelites were preparing to go into the promised land and ‘take it.’ Likewise the church was sent to take the whole world. It was vital that the people prepare for an encounter and then meet with God, so that they would be ready when they entered the promised land, and faced giants and everything else that would come their way.

As we get closer to the end of the age the church must be prepared to fully engage the world and gather the harvest. We need to take the time now and prepare to be used for Him in whatever way He sees fit. Spiritual giants will fall, the harvest is plentiful and workers are being raised up. What about you? Are you a worker in the harvest that is taking the time to be overtaken by the Holy Spiritand be used in power to gather the harvest and then see Jesus return for His bride,His church?

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Man’s Conspiracy or God’s Plan

Man’s Conspiracy or God’s Plan!

Given the current world pandemic and shutdowns on every hand, and all of the possible scenarios, we have to be steadfast to see these events through God’s perspective. Conspiracy theories, which may not be theories, abound and yet, we never really hear what God is truly saying. There are voices in the church that offer up pieces here and there, and occasionally someone offers a huge piece from God’s perspective. Nevertheless, many in the body of Christ are calling for this as a time of rest or reset or basically seeking the Lord afresh and anew.

Conspiracies have been around since the garden of Eden where Eve was the victim of a plot to take rulership of the earth from mankind and keep it for himself. Then there was the conspiracy between their sons, Cain and Abel. Governments have changed overnight due to plots, schemes, and conspiracies. What does God have to say in His word about nations’ conspiracy or even more what does He say about His people and how they should react?

In the scheme of God’s plans for the ages is the unfolding of His plans, as well as those of Satan and His kingdom. What we call conspiracies of governments, corporations, or nations are simply part of the diabolical plan to eventually rule the world through the Babylonian system begun thousands of years ago at Babel. So, if these conspiracies are made known to God’s people how should we react?

We must always use wisdom and discernment. It is not God’s will for innocent people to be sick and die as a result of a few leaders’ plots, or for innocent people to be deceived through whatever means. I also believe that God wants us to be aware of activities of the kingdom of darkness working through governments, and other leaders so that we are informed and to know how to pray.

Our focus should always be on God and His Kingdom, not on this world. In other words, we need God’s perspective. Consider Isaiah 8: 11-12 where God tells the prophet

“For the Lord spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of the people, saying ‘You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’ In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, and you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.”

Basically God was telling the prophet to not get caught up in what the people are calling conspiracies and not to fear what they are fearing. The news media offers up a plethora of ways to bring fear on us all. What are we to fear? We are to fear God and Him alone. This is a healthy, reverential fear It is more than respect it is to be terrified and in awe of Him. Yet we can still come near to HIm. When we hear of a conspiracy behind the scenes we need to seek the Lord and get His perspective. We need more and more discernment in this time.

Isaiah 55:6 “ Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.

Isaiah 8:17 I will wait for the Lord who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him.

You may ask why do we need to seek the Lord if the Holy Spirit lives inside of us as believers? While we do have the Holy Spirit in us as a believer of Jesus, we do not have Him all. We are told to have fellowship with the Son and the Father. We are to seek His face and stay in His presence. We should be in this hour constantly before the throne seeking His face. Now, can He really hide from us. He can do whatever He likes as long as He doesn’t violate His word or covenant.

I think there are times that God hides or seems hidden where He calls us to come deeper. We should always be seeking Him, but as Isaiah wrote we need to wait for Him and seek Him now more than ever. We should put news and events before the Lord. Even what Christian leaders, pastors, and ministers are saying must be weighed before the Lord. We live in a time where deception abounds and we cannot afford to be taken off guard by following some false word or revelation.

In 2 Kings 5:27 Elisha asks the prophet Gehazi a pertinent question in saying “ Is it a time to receive money and clothes and olive groves, and vineyards and sheep and oxen and male and female servants?” He is not asking this because those things are wrong and it is certainly wise to put aside and save up in this hour. However, it is a heart issue that Elisha refers to. Gehazi got greedy and went after Naaman for some money or something since Elisha had refused to take anything for his work.

The church can certainly get a lesson today from this in that the gospel is always free. Yet, it costs money to get it out. However, my point is that we don’t need to be greedy. Trust in the Lord in these last days. Seek Him and obey Him. He will show you how to put aside, where, when and He will take care of His people just as He did when He protected the children of Israel in Goshen.

Ultimately those conspiracies will unfold as part of the plan of the ages as God uses events to cause nations to become sheep nations and not goat nations and follow His son the Lamb of God, Jesus.

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Bring The Nations Back Home

Bring The Nations Back Home

Mankind has been scattered all over the face of the earth ever since he attempted to not fulfill God’s plans by building the Tower called Babel. How as it that man was trying to avoid God’s plan. What was this plan? The Tower of Babel has been known in many cultures and the Biblical text is often overlooked as one of the pivotal events in the history of man and is the moment that the languages were birthed.

God had told them in Genesis 1:28 “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it….”

The command was given to fill the earth and have dominion. You cannot have dominion over something unless you go there and rule it, and it comes under your control. The command was to have dominion over every living creature, and they were also to be stewards. They were to take care of the earth and enjoy the produce and enjoy God and have fellowship with him.

But, in Genesis 11:4 we read, “come let us build a city for ourselves and a tower whose top will reach into heaven and let us make for ourselves a name, lest we are scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” (NASB)

There are three things going on here: there is an attempt to build a city with a tower whose top that will go up to heaven, a name for the people, and finally, an attempt to not cover the earth as God had commanded. God’s desire to fill the earth was now being challenged and instead of spreading out from the place of creation, Eden, where their parents had been removed from, they were not only desirous of being in one place but to go up to heaven and make a name for themselves.

Nimrod was the originator of this kingdom and this system. He is a type of Antichrist, in that he opposes everything that God has designed and intended for man. He is the antithesis of the kingdom of God. He represents the world system. Everything he does and those that follow him are counter to God and building His kingdom.

The people have now openly challenged God on three fronts and God ultimately destroys the tower, and city and not only scatters the people but also gives them various tongues or languages. Now, they can not communicate with each other, and it will be difficult for them to gather together and build a kingdom here on the earth that is the opposite of God’s kingdom.

A few thousand years later the language barrier has now been broken as there are so many ways to learn and translate languages. There are translation apps, methods to learn languages online and through other media. There are two international languages, English, and French. Languages are no longer as big a barrier and we are moving toward one world unity in so many other ways.

The nations were truly born that day when God scattered the people. He desires for them to be in one place, but that is not a place of man’s choosing and building and from man’s selfish motives. That place is the city that He prepared long ago and is in heaven being made ready for the day when it will come down to the earth. I am speaking of the New Jerusalem which is where Jesus will establish His kingdom over the earth and rule from there.

Throughout the book of Revelation, we continuously see the nations, tribes, tongues, and peoples from everywhere gathered around His throne, worshipping Him. That has always been the goal for mankind, the nations, and every language. God still loves the nations and he’s not mad, but He is waiting for them to come into alignment by surrendering to His Son and His rulership.

What we call ‘missions’ in the church really took off after the scattering of the nations. God’s desire is for them to come together but first, they must hear the Good News and follow Jesus. The Tower of Babel is really nothing more than a ‘false New Jerusalem’ or the false City of God.

Ever since then there have been other attempts to rule the earth and establish one city as the chief city. It is all a counter to God’s plan. Even in Israel after Satan caused the division of the Kingdom the kings of the Northern Kingdom created Samaria as the capital. Baal and other pagan worship was centered there. It was a counter to what Jerusalem represented for Israel and God’s kingdom.

Despite all of these attempts man has failed to build that one city and establish the Satanic kingdom over all of the earth. Yet, we live in the digital age where everything is fast-paced, online, or virtual, and security and information is gathered at alarming rates. Plans are now going forth for the final Babel and the final Nimrod kingdom. There will be a choice that we must all make. Join the Babel system here or surrender to Jesus and worship around His throne with people from every tribe and tongue.

As the modern missions movement gathers steam to reach the least-reached peoples we see the mission God began with Abraham and established Israel as a ‘light to the nations’ coming to a conclusion. Jesus sent twelve to the nations to carry that light and we must see that light found in every people group, tribe, and in every language. It is no longer an option. It is incumbent on the church, which includes Messianic Jews, to see the gospel preached in all of these places that once were scattered by God. It is time to let them know that He loves them and wants them to come home, and be prepared for the New Jerusalem.

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When Did The End Times Begin

When Did The End Times Begin?

With the current pandemic and the plethora of issues that we are facing, as a result, many are asking the age-old question “are we in the end times.” Jesus taught His disciples to watch and be ready for His return. In His teachings, he made many references to how He expected His disciples to live, and what we should be doing. Matthew chapter twenty-four outlines a discussion between Jesus and His disciples regarding this question.

Ever since the cross, and Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, we have been in the ‘end times’ or more commonly referred to as ‘The End of The Age.” With each passing day from the upper room pentecostal outpouring, to Paul’s martyrdom, and John the beloved’s exile and beyond we have moved closer and closer to His return. The early church all watched for Jesus’ return and believed that they were already in the end times but also that certain key events would take place ahead of time.

In Matthew 24 Jesus’ disciples asked three important questions: “Tell us when these things will be and what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age? These three questions were in response to Jesus’ statement in verse 2 where he said “Do you not see all of these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here shall be left upon another, which will not be torn down.” (NASB)

Jesus’ disciples linked the events in his statement as all being associated with the end of the age. What was he describing? Of course, He is referring to events that took place in 70 A.D. (C.E.) when the Roman army marched into Jerusalem and destroyed the temple and everything around. The Jews were scattered and Jerusalem was left under Roman occupation until the Muslim conquest, and later the Ottomans. But this event only answered one of the disciple’s questions, “Tell us when will these things be?” What about the other two?

This chapter is known as the Olivet discourse since Jesus was teaching on the Mount of Olives. Jesus goes on to outline the events that will take place marking His Glorious Return and the end of the age. Are they one and the same? Yes, and no since when He returns there will be unfinished business that must occur as the age closes out, including the destruction of the Antichrist and the Babylonian system, as well as the salvation of all Israel.

The list of things that Jesus warns will take place is lengthy and sometimes seem to overlap as to which event He is describing. Perhaps they share some common events. Nevertheless, in verse 8 He tells them that many events like nation rising against nation, false Christs, wars, famines, and earthquakes are just the beginning of birth pangs. Birth pangs are simply defined as another term for labor pains, according to the Oxford dictionary. In other words, many of the events that have taken place over the last two thousand years are merely the beginning of the labor pains.

Many are saying that the current crisis has tipped us over into the end times or the final seven years or so. While I admit we are closer than ever the events themselves are nothing new, but rather what nations, kingdoms, and governments are doing. The Western church has repeatedly yielded more and more freedom and rights and is but a weak shell of what it once was, and should be. We are certainly seeing the Laodicean or lukewarm church active and alive in America.

Matthew 24:13 (NASB) says “But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved.” No one knows what the end will look like exactly. But an individual’s end is when life here in this age ends. Many erroneously believe that we should not waste our time discussing and writing about the End Times. Then why are there 150 chapters in the Bible that deal with it? Why do the Old Testament prophets talk about it and why did Paul write about it? Finally, why did Jesus answered His disciples in several chapters telling them of horrible things that would happen to them, and likewise describing His glorious return.?

Jesus wants His bride to be ready and prepared as mentioned in Revelation 19:7 and 21:9. He also wants us to know that we will be persecuted, and hated and that some will even die for His namesake. We are too busy living our comfortable American dream that we have forgotten that all over the world there are many being persecuted, and losing there lives for the sake of the gospel. Part of bridal preparation is dying to oneself and letting Jesus truly become your master. In order to survive the days ahead, we must truly be like Paul, bondservants of Jesus.

I was taught that we as the Church would avoid all of the unfortunate trials and tribulations of the last days. If that is true then why did Jesus warn of us these events. Yes, the last seven years is known as a time of Jacob’s trouble, and many events relate specifically to Israel and even Jerusalem, but it is not all just for Israel and the nations. These are the days of the Glorious Church that will take the kingdom of God to the ends of the earth and bring the nations before His throne as we see in Revelation 5 and 15. We see many souls under the altar in heaven who had overcome the beast, slain as martyrs.

I challenge you to study Jesus’ words to the seven churches in the book of Revelation and examine what He said He would give them if they ‘overcome.’ These were real churches in real cities under Roman occupation in Southwestern Turkey. They faced many of the same realities that we face and Jesus warned them of what would happen if they didn’t repent, and what would be their glorious rewards for obedience, even unto death.

Many of the events in Matthew twenty-four apply specifically to Israel and until recent times would not have been capable of total fulfillment. When the Romans invaded Jerusalem in 70 AD and destroyed the temple I am sure that many had to flee in haste and were unable to gather up a few things for the journey or perhaps it was on a Sabbath. Yet, these events will soon occur in a massive way as the world continues to line up against Israel.

Where will thee church line up? Despite the vast majority of Jews being non-believers in Jesus as the Messiah and many practicing Kaballah and espousing the return of animal sacrifice, we are still called to pray for Israel’s salvation?

It is time to throw off complacency and compromise and stand up against the Babylonian systems that have run the world for thousands of years. Declare the Kingdom of God is at hand and act like it! Look for His return but be diligent and work hard for the Kingdom, not your kingdom. Let’s not only prepare ourselves for the return of the King of the Nations, but the Church, Israel, and the Nations as well.

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Heeding Jesus’ Words In The Book of Revelation

Heeding Jesus’ Words In The Book of Revelation

Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy and heed the things written in it; for the time is near.”

To most people, believers included, the book of Revelation is just a bunch of plagues and earthquakes and evil men doing wicked things at an unprecedented level. Most refer to the last book of the Christian Bible as God doing bad things to really bad people, and the wicked getting worse and worse. They are familiar with the angelic activity and the mark of the beast, and the seven churches and even some worship scenes. But do we really understand the purpose of Revelation? Who is Revelation about and why was it written?

We tend to view Revelation as a mystery that just doesn’t make sense and we are not able to understand it. Our focus is usually on the seals, trumpets, and plagues of judgment being released in the last days. Often, most people see these as future events that are very distant, and likewise, that will not occur in their lifetime or that they will not be here. The truth is that we have been in the book of Revelation since Jesus ascended to heaven and John saw these heavenly visions. The Church age began when Jesus established it and sent out His disciples.

The Book of Revelation begins by stating, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must shortly take place.” (Revelation 1:1 NASB)

Notice that it is a revelation of Jesus and is from the Father, for Jesus’ bond-servants. I started this post by asking who can understand it? Jesus calls those who read, listen and ‘heed’ these words. But who are they? Who can truly understand it? The bondservants of Jesus are truly the recipients of this ‘revelation’ about Jesus. What are the bond-servants of Jesus?

The apostle Paul begins many of his letters with the statement, ‘Paul a bondservant of Christ’. Doulos is the Greek word for bondservant. We in America have no true understanding of the term bondservants. We experienced slavery and indentured servanthood, but true bondservants choose to serve out of a heart to serve their master. Thus, it is not forced on them like slavery or a need to pay a debt like indentured servanthood. No, a bondservant is bound to serve the master for life. Paul was then reminding his readers, present, and future that he has chosen to obey and follow Jesus and that his life is not his own.

Paul was the greatest example of a bondservant to Jesus that we know of. Many have come and gone and followed Jesus with some pieces of their lives modeled after Paul. However, Paul was, at least to me. The model of a true follower or disciple of Christ. He understood who he served and what his master had done for him, and what he had provided for him. Paul understood how to serve Jesus.

It is this type of person that Jesus is telling John that will understand the Book of Revelation. Many try to read and listen without taking heed. Taking heed requires us to allow the words to penetrate our hearts. We need a revelation of Jesus in these matters. Only as we surrender more and more of our lives to Him will we be able to understand. This comes through much worship, time in the word, and fellowship with the Spirit of God.

Becoming a bondservant is a process as we go from salvation to adoption and finally bondservant. We are saved as we believe and surrender our lives to Him. As we grow and surrender more and more we understand our role as sons and daughters in the family of God. We know we are adopted. Finally, Jesus takes us and strips down all of our flesh to where we depend solely on Him. We serve Him and Him alone. There is no room for idolatry.

This will become more and more important in the days ahead. We have been in the end times ever since Jesus ascended to heaven, or actually arose from the grave. The events laid out in the book of Revelation center around Jesus’ activity in the last days. The First chapter gives many descriptive terms of Jesus and who He is. Then there are the seven letters to the seven churches, which can identify the church or a particular church at any given place and time. The church is Jesus’ body. There is a lot of worship, a lamb, seated on a throne, and a lot of angelic activity.

Everything is about Jesus and Him preparing to return for a pure, sinless people who will rule the earth with Him. His bride is being prepared made up of countless bondservants who have read, listened, and taken heed to His Words. Are you one of those? Take the time, read the words, listen and heed them. Prepare now! I pray that COVID-19 did not catch any of you off guard. Perhaps we didn’t quite expect some of the events, or reactions but we should not be moved and lose hope. All of our hope is in Jesus Christ and His righteousness. Take Heed!

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Daniel’s Key To Understanding The End Times

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Daniel’s Key To Understanding The End Times

There has never been a time like now where more people the world over are seeking to understand events in the world and how they relate to the time of the end or end-times. All of the major religions have some sort of end-time scenario. As followers of Christ, we should be the ones who are walking in step with the heartbeats of God and know with discernment from heaven what is going on. As events increasingly move us to the appearing of the “Hope of Glory” we need to be in the Word of God, in prayer, seeking heaven and declaring His word with authority. This is not the time to be guessing.

Much of what we have written in the Bible regarding the end of the age comes from or is related to the Book of Daniel. Daniel and his friends are of the royal household of Judah and are youths in captivity in Babylon.

When events arise and the king needs a dream interpreted it is Daniel and his friends by God’s revelation who are able to tell the king his dream and its meaning. Bible scholars have wrestled with this book and continue to bring much dialogue in the body of Christ the world over. But what are some things that allowed Daniel to gain access and get the information we find written in the book bearing his name?

Daniel 2:17-18 Daniel went to his house and informed his friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah about the matter, in order that they might request compassion from the God of heaven concerning this mystery so that Daniel and his friends might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.”

Seeking God For Compassion, Mercy And Help

The first thing we find is that as soon as the task is given to interpret the king’s dream Daniel goes home and tells his friends to seek God and His compassion. So translations render help and mercy. Regardless they quickly realize that only God has the answers so they cry out to Him for mercy and help in this matter. That should be our constant and continual posture in understanding the things going on in the world.

We do not need to act as if world events have no impact on us as we have seen recently everything matters. Daniel spent a lot of time in prayer and later it nearly cost him his life. When he refused to stop praying he faced the lion’s mouth. But again God heard his cries and delivered him. Another tie his friends were thrown into a fiery furnace for refusing to bow to the music of Satan and the king’s statue.

Daniel is one who constantly seeks God’s help, and for His compassion and mercy. Later God even tells the prophet, Jeremiah, if certain intercessors were to pray He would not change His mind. One of those men was Daniel. He was always in prayer.

This is the time more than ever to cry out for God’s mercy and compassion. Jesus often said ask, seek, and knock. The fruit of persistent prayer is answered prayer. In Daniel’s case in chapter 2, the result was the mystery revealed in a night vision. (Daniel 2:19) God is always speaking and the question is are we listening. He comes in dreams and night visions, which are not the same because we often are so busy that we can’t hear what He is saying. Daniel received the answer that he needed and was able to give the king the answer he needed.

Blessing God and Thanking Him

Daniel 2:20 Daniel answered and said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever. For wisdom and power belong to HIm.” verse 23 “To Thee O God of my Fathers I give thanks and praise.”

Before Daniel rushed out to tell the king the dream he paused and immediately thanked God for the wisdom and revelation and for His mercy and help. He blessed the Lord. This should be our attitude in all things. Paul wrote to give thanks in every situation. We are quick to pray and call on the name of the Lord and seek Him, but do we stop and thank Him, praise Him and Bless Him. In verse 23 he tells why he is praising him: “Even now thou hast made known to me what we requested of thee. For you have made known to us the king’s matter.”

We as Christians do not practice praise and thanksgiving enough. I know some people go around and say “praise God” all of the time. It may get annoying and whether they really mean it at least there is praise going up for God.

Phillipians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Thanksgiving to God is not just what we do after He answers our prayers, or helps us, but rather we should be thanking Him ahead of time. I believe that posture demonstrates great faith. We are telling God we thank Him for helping us in our situation and He is pleased. He enjoys us but even more when we are grateful and not taking things for granted. Praise, Bless, honor, glorify and thank Him in all things!!!

Recognizing What God Has Done

Daniel often recognized who God was and what He has done and can do.

Daniel 2:21: And it is He who changes the times and epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to men of understanding. 22 It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.

Daniel recognizes God as the one who knows the times and seasons and he sets up kings and kingdoms, and nothing is hidden from Him. God had given wisdom and power regarding the mystery and Daniel recognized that it was no mystery to God and God allowed Daniel into the secret place and gave him wisdom and understanding. Thus, Daniel recognizes that God is the one who holds all of the answers and all of the keys, He is all-knowing.

In Daniel 2:28 Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar that there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries and He made known what the king desired to make known.

To God, there really is no mystery for He knows all the answers, and He can reveal the secrets to those who are willing to ask for help with an attitude of Thanksgiving, recognizing that only God can help us and give us the answers we seek. These are the attributes and posture of Daniel in prayer as he sought help and mercy from God. This continued to be his lifestyle and we later see more and more revelation v=being given regarding his people and the end-times

I doubt that Daniel set out seeking answers for the end times but rather he sought help to know what would happen regarding his people. He sought God’s mercy in many situations and each time God revealed through dreams, visions, angelic visitations, and the word. Let us seek the Lord and cry out for fresh revelation and help and mercy with a heart of thanksgiving and praise.

Watch and see what He says and what he does.

Let us continue in thankfulness that God has told us ahead of time what events will happen. We need wisdom and discernment. The whole world is asking questions that we have the answers to because God has revealed them to us through His Son and His Spirit. Nothing should catch us off guard or by surprise. Change and more change will come more rapidly. I urge you to seek God in prayer and in His word.

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The Big Picture: What Lies Beyond Coronavirus

The Big Picture: What Lies Beyond Coronavirus?

With everything seemingly closed, shutdown, canceled, quarantined, or just not working right now, it seems most are forgetting to look at the bigger picture with Coronavirus. With governments ordering more lockdowns or closings, schools canceling all activities, and social gatherings no longer functional we have to take stock of what is going on. There are two ways to view it one good and one negative.

Many are saying this will be over in a few weeks and we will go back to normal. What is normal? Will it be over? The virus could just die all of a sudden. God can perform a mighty sign and end this plight. Yet, what has already taken place will continue to have a lasting effect. Whatever is behind the virus there still remains the fact that so many people are now working from home, and so many are without jobs or laid off.

We have stepped into a new era. We have never been this way, and due to the internet and digital age, we are surely destined to see many permanent changes as a result of this viral pandemic. Is it evil? Yes! Many may say why is God doing this? God is allowing it for many reasons. For me, it is an opportunity to pray more and draw closer and lean on Him to hear what He is saying. This is the time for everyone to ‘seek the Lord’. Do not rely on news reports to encourage or discourage you. ASk the Lord and surely He will answer.

The Lord is still a loving Father and a Judge. He continues to wear both ‘hats’ as it were. He is unchangeable and we must adhere to what His word says. Some are saying that the tribulation has begun. Perhaps they said the same thing when the Balck plague hit or Spanish Flu of 1918. There are so many other things that must take place before that. One is the gospel must be preached to all nations. (Matt. 24)

The nations still deserve to ‘hear the Good News’ and receive forgiveness from the Lord through Jesus. There is a shaking going on in all of the earth. Is this the day of the Lord? Or just another sign pointing to bigger and larger things to come. I will not say when it will be over but I believe that behind this may be other signs. Christians should not be taken aware or caught off guard, but should always be ready, trusting and believing the Lord God Almighty. No matter what takes place we should remain steadfast and firm in our faith. If there is no toilet paper or worse yet food in the store do we fall apart and quit or trust God.

Remember that there is “a day of the Lord”, where all of he nations will be gathered and judged with what they do with Jesus, how they have responded to God’s word and His judgments, and His appeals for repentance.

Obadiah 1:15, “For the day of the Lord draws near on all the nations. AS you have done so it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on your own head.”

Obadiah was prophesying to Edom who was an enemy of Israel and had helped Babylon destroy the temple the first time. God used several prophets to speak to Edom and the nations. God is always calling the nations back. If this is judgment surely God has a remedy. It is called repentance. Yes, a lot of terrible things are happening. We live in a terrible fallen world, yet we live in a glorious world because God created it. The terrible things are not His doings but He allows it.

We live in an unprecedented time and we have a great opportunity to see a harvest of souls like never before. I pray the Virus will stop now but until or when it does I will continue to praise God for waking us up to seek Him and cry out for the nations. Cry out and travail for the nations to come into alignment with God and His word.

Nahum 1:7 “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in him.”

Do we take refuge in Him or the government or man? Does He know us? Church, rise up and shine brightly!

Whatever you are going through God is near. If you are a believer then you have the faith to overcome all that is here and yet to come. He promised us that. Overcomers!

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Coronavirus and The Nations

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Coronavirus and The Nations

Everyone in every nation has in some way been affected by the now pandemic ‘Coronavirus’. Perhaps like me and others, you are tired of reading and hearing about it. Maybe you think it is a man-made plot by governments of the world to bring pandemonium and panic worldwide. Perhaps you believe that it is serious and that leaders are not doing enough. Maybe you are in total panic or just cautious.

Whatever your thoughts or attitudes are concerning the corona outbreak, one thing is for sure and that is that we must seek and know what God is saying in the midst of it all. What is God’s perspective? Maybe you are a doomsday believer and think all hope is gone and God is judging or pouring out His wrath or is it the work of the devil, or is it just simply consequences of living in a fallen world. Whatever you or I think one thing is certain God is still on the throne and has everything in His hands.

Yet, there are consequences for sin and idolatry. Regardless of the reasons for the corona outbreak around the globe, we must keep our eyes on Jesus and His promises. There are enough prophecies in the Bible about plagues and disasters, and we have certainly seen many such events in the history of man and most recently. Unusual weather patterns and the rise of new diseases remind us of how fragile life is on this planet and of the promises of Jesus concerning the last days.

The Coronavirus is bad and has the potential to kill. There is still a lot not know bout it. But it has spread all over the earth to the nations. So many ask, “Is God judging the nations?” My answer simply is that God is always judging the nations. The real question is this His wrath? Judgment must be seen as a potentially good thing in that we still have the opportunity to repent and God loves us and brings judgment for discipline and correction. But, surely this is not the wrath of God. Perhaps it is ours and every nations’ reaction and how they handle this crisis that will determine what God does or allows next.

Many Houses of Worship are vacant in America and other nations today due to limiting the gathering of large numbers of people to contain this situation. Many are outraged saying that we as the church should not fear and gather together. It is not about fear but rather wisdom and just honoring what leaders have asked. This is a good day to actually ‘rest’ and worship with families and have church at home and seek God and pray as President Trump has declared a day of prayer.

Nevertheless, I turn to Jeremiah’s prophecies in times like these where the nations are affected. In Jeremiah 25: 31 it reads, “ A clamor has come to the earth, because the Lord has a controversy with the nations. He is entering into judgment with all flesh; As for the wicked He has given them the sword, 32- thus says the Lord of hosts, “Behold evil is going forth From nation to nation, and a great storm is being stirred up From the remotest parts of the earth.”

Surely the coronavirus is evil as it makes many sick and has the potential to kill, but greater is the panic and fear that it has elicited. A great storm has been stirred up. No one really knows how long it will last and what will come next. Our best response is to seek the Lord and trust Him, and believe that as the church of Jesus Christ we have an opportunity to shine as the stars of heaven by pointing those in fear or panic to trust in the Lord God Almighty. When nations are raging God laughs (Psalm 2)

Let us continue to trust and believe our Lord Jesus for the best and that He is still moving and that this is the beginning of great and mighty things to come. There is a day of wrath and a ‘day of the Lord.’ But this is not that day. It could be leading to more things of greater scope. Perhaps the Lord is preparing us, His church for what is yet to come. Let us seek Him, and trust Him as He has promised to protect us and deliver us as we say Lord have mercy and grace on us.

This is a time and hour to cry out and declare God’s goodness, and believe Him and obey Him. It is not God’s desire for anyone or any nation to fall under His wrath but to repent and obey Him. What was the Lord’s controversy against the nations? 1- evil going forth from nation to nation, 2- no faithfulness, 3- no kindness, and no knowledge of God in the land. (Hosea 4:1) Let us pray for the people to know the Lord and repent of idolatry and For God’s righteous deeds to be known in the land.

Psalm 67:4 “Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for thou will judge the people with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth.” 7- God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him.

The type of Fear that we need in all of the earth is the healthy fear of God, Fear that is built on understanding Him and His ways-yes He is a good Father, always- but He is still a judge, a righteous judge who demands from a place of worship that we observe and do all of His commands. He has given us His Son as the way to approach Him. It is time for the nations to fear the Lord God almighty.

Ever since the Tower of Babel God has sought every nation, tribe, and tongue to come back, repent, and worship Him. He loves the nations as we have Jesus who came to redeem the nations. It is still the Father’s Heart to bring the nations into alignment, and salvation. But those that will not turn to Him and walk in His ways then He will ultimately bring judgment.

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The Bible and Nuclear War In Iran and The Middle East (Part I)

The Bible and Nuclear War In Iran and The Middleeast

Once again we must go to God’s Word to find answers to key world events. UNless you live in total seclusion are under a rock you should be aware of the current tension in the Middleeast regarding Iran and Israel. Israel, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the United States, led by President Donald J. Trump are already at war with Iran in many ways. Iran continues to be the chief funder of state run terror in the Middle East primarily inside of Israel proper. Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and Hezbollah along the Israeli-Lebanon border are chief recipients of Iranian aid.

President Trump declared the Obama negotiated Iran Nuclear deal to be ‘a bad deal’ and rightly so. Sanctions have been imposed on Iran by many western Nations, and sales of Iranian oil as well as food and other aid going into Iran have dropped. However, Iran is not deterred in their ongoing desire to procure weapons grade Uranium. They inch ever closer every day. This is not only dangerous to her neighbors but to Israel and those nations who stand with Israel.

Iran and its leaders has long been a leading opponent of israel and continues to seek nothing short of her destruction, and ultimate annihilation of the Jewish people. While we know that this is a spiritual battle, nevertheless their are real, wicked leaders who continue to pursue anti-semitism and hatred of all thing Israel. It is as if Iran is the antithesis of Israel. Iran’s population is predominantly Shia Isam. Having established that Iran has become and is a genuine threat to peace not only in the Middleeast but the entire global community, the question we must ask is whether or not the Bible addresses Iran and a nuclear war, or at best Iran and war with Israel in the latter days.

Iran was formerly known as Persia and is thus found in Holy Scripture as Persia. This is the same Persian empire that is written about in Daniel, Esther, Ezra, and Nehemiah. Likewise it is also the same Persia listed in the Gog-Magog war in Ezekiel 38. The fact that Persia played such an integral part in the early prophetic history of Israel and the world cannot be overlooked when considering any study of the end-times and Israel. Daniel saw visions that pointed to the kingdom of the Medes and Persians and Esther (Hebrew Hadassah) was actually the queen for a period of time over all of Persia.

Persia has also had a long history of anti-semitism and we see that in the story of Esther and Haman. Haman is an anti-Christ type figure who obtained an order from the king to legally destroy all “Jews” in the Persian empire, which was quite vast. This plan was thwarted with divine intervention using queen Esther who placed her life on the line before the king. Her selfless acts ultimately led to not only the salvation of her people but the death by hanging of the wicked man haman.

Later we see another Persian king, Cyrus, give the order to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. There was much opposition to this by many of the Persian leaders, including Sanballat and Tobias. Ezra and Nehemiah were ridiculed, taunted and opposed on every corner as they kept up the work to rebuild the temple. This same spirit that opposed the rebuilding of the temple and previously sought to annihilate the Jews still exists and has grown in strength and power. We see unparalleled opposition to the return of the Jews to Israel and likewise vehement threats to ‘wipe Israel off the map” coming from Iran.

Iran or Persia has been used for good in the past to help God’s purposes for His people. Ultimately those plans include all of the nations of the world gathered in Jerusalem worshipping Jesus Chrsit. But, we are not quite there yet. Before we reach that point in time many things have to take place, including the war of Gog-Magog found in Ezekiel 38-39. Later we see in Zechariah 14 God wiping out or at least bringing much death to the nations who attack Israel, especially in Jerusalem.

In Part 2 I will dig deeper into the coming wars involving Israel and Persia or Iran’s role. For now suffice it to say that Persia has long been a major player in Israel’s future and will continue to be. Despite the evil agenda that drives the current leadership in Iran seeking Israel’s ultimate destruction we are hearing of the church in Iran growing. Yes, there is much persecution , and there is certain death to those who leave Islam, bu many are turning to the Lord.

It is the salvation of men’ s souls that is the end goal. Persia has had both good and bad reports throughout history in regards to Israel. While the Bible is clear that Persia will be one of the nations that attacks Israel, we must still pray for the Persian or Iranian people and that they come to know Jesus or Isa as He is known in the Quran. The next part will deal with war and Russia’s involvement according to scripture. I will conclude with a look at the aftermath and what role if any Persians will have in the coming kingdom. Please pray for the people of Iran and the persecuted church in Iran.

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The Fall Of Jezebel, Rise of Athaliah

The Fall Of Jezebel, Rise of Athaliah

It seems that everywhere we turn there is talk of Jezebel. Now, more than ever that ‘spirit’ continues to rear its ugly head. That spirit has brought an all out assault on the people of God through media, education, and especially government. Much has been written about Jezebel and Ahab controlling our government in America. Never before has the assault been so great. But what happens once Jezebel’s spirit is defeated, and the glory of God fills our nation again in all of the aforementioned arenas?

After Jezebel was thrown down by her eunuchs, another evil queen arose, but this time it was in Judah and sought not only to destroy the prophets but the line of King David and Jesus as well. Who is Athaliah and why is there not much said or written about her? Why is Jezebel so popular?

Most don’t speak of her because she was so evil and she is not as famous as her parents because of the deeds of Jezebel influenced the Northern, and later the Southern kingdom for many centuries. Jezebel brought in Baal worship as the national worship and caused the prophets of god to hide in caves, It wasn’t until Elijah had a show down with Baal at Carmel that things began to shift. Elijah was sent to bring repentance from Baal worship and to turn the people back to God again.

Athaliah was the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel. 2 Chronicles 21:6 says, ‘and he (Jehoram, son of Jehoshaphat) walked in the ways of the kings of Israel just as the house of Ahab did (for Ahab’s daughter was his wife) and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.” Why would king Jehoshaphat, the man who sent out the praisers ahead of the army, allow his son to marry the daughter of wicked Ahab and Jezebel? It’s simply politics. That’s how politics works, They sought to form an alliance, an evil one albeit, so that they would be stronger against common enemies like Syria or Edom for example.

2 Chronicles 20:35 tells us that “and after this Jehoshaphat king of Judah allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel. He acted wickedly in so doing.” (NASB)

Prophets prophesied to Jehoshaphat that because of his evil alliance the ships he hope to gain would be destroyed and thus they were. God was not pleased that the House of David had not joined the house of Ahab. WE hear sermons preached about the death of Ahab and Jezebel, and then in spiritual warfare circles we hear leaders describe how to defeat these two spirits. But, we never hear about the revenge of Jezebel through her daughter.

You see even though Jezebel silenced the prophets and the enemy does hate the prophetic word. But, ultimately the enemy has one main objective and that is to prevent the son of God, Jesus, from first being born, and secondly from coming back and setting up His kingdom here on earth.

2 Kings 11 and 2 Chronicles 23 outlines the events of wicked Queen Athaliah. After her son, Ahaziah died she killed all of her grandchildren and made herself queen. Only one survived. Hidden by Jehoshaba and the priest Jehoida, Joash became king at the age of seven after his grandmother was killed by the priests. The ‘spirit of Athaliah’ wants to kill the children. Not just any children but those that would rise up and prevent her from being queen. Further she wants no competition she wants to stop worship of Jesus.

Perhaps we have already seen this Spirit at work in our nation as we see a generation being destroyed by false teaching and evil. An agenda that seeks to pervert a generation is upon us and the fruit of years of filth from the education system and colleges as well as false doctrine rising in the church have led the so-called millennial generation down a path of destruction.

Recognizing the tactics and ways of the enemy comes with being grounded in God’s word and through prayer and worship. So many times we win a battle and retreat to do our own thing again forgetting that often the enemy comes back with a vengeance. Thus is the case with Athaliah. She was probably more wicked than her grandparents in that she sought to destroy her own grandchildren just to keep the throne that was never intended for her. A gain that is so like the enemy. He took that which was not his and will continue if we allow him to.

It was the priests that killed Athaliah and this was done at the gates. Only the priests of God, through our Lord Jesus can take out this spirit. All true believers are priests of God. Yet, only those who are living clean, pure and holy lives will be able to stand and take down this spirit with the direction of the Holy Spirit. Recognizing the enemy and his tactics is important. We know we already have victory through the shed blood of Jesus and his atonement at Calvary, yet we often don’t understand our authority.

It is important to know what is going on in a battle and what weapons to use. Paul talks abouts weapons of spiritual warfare in Ephesians and elsewhere. We need to wear our armor and use our shield of faith and the Word of God. We need to know the Word so we can properly wield the Sword of the Spirit as it is our only offensive weapon. Whether it is Jezebel or her daughter the Word of God in our mouth is always a sure weapon.

As New Covenant priests we need to know our authority and whose authority we carry. Let us not get too caught up in the battles, for the ‘Battle’ is really the Lord’s but nevertheless use God’s Word properly whatever battle we are facing. Pray for every believer to take his or her place as priests/mediators before God for our nation and the nations.

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Pentecost: A Time For Instruction

Pentecost: A Time For Instruction

Pentecost or Shavuot as it is known in Hebrew begins Saturday June 8, 2019 and goes thru Monday June 10. For Jews it is one of the 7 mandated feasts and is still celebrated. It is also known as the feast of weeks because it starts after Passover and runs 7 weeks plus one day, or 50 days. It is also known as the ‘Counting of the Omer’. To Christians it is remembered when the Holy Spirit was poured out on at least of 3,000 believers in an upper room in Jerusalem.

Christians refer to that Pentecost day as when the church was empowered with the Holy Spirit to be witnesses with power for Jesus. There is still much controversy as to what the ‘Baptism of the Holy Spirit is among Christians. My goal here is not to enter that arena except to say the text speaks for itself. Rather I want to bring a fresh perspective as it relates to God’s intent for the Jews as they celebrated Pentecost after they came out of Egypt.

After Moses led the Children of Israel out of Israel they camped at Sinai. It was here that as they camped Moses went up to receive the law or instruction from Yahweh. Remember that the Children of Israel had been slaves and even though they had the Abrahamic covenant they still lacked instruction as a ‘people’ to walk in the ways of God. God gave the ‘law’ to Moses and other instructions regarding sacrifice and dietary laws, and commands so that they would truly be a Hoy and separate people.

It was in the third month after they left Egypt that they came to Sinai. Hebrew months are 28 days and it was somewhere in the third month which the first day of the first month was on that first Passover.

Exodus 19:5 “Now then if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you will be My own possession among all of the peoples, for all of the earth is mine.” verse 8 “ and the people answered and said all that the Lord has spoken we will do.” NASB

God told them they needed to obey all that He tells them and He would make them a Holy and peculiar people, and their answered was WE will DO it!! We know the track record of the Israelites and it was not always good. Nevertheless this was the time that God gave the instructions for how they were supposed to live and to be a different and set apart people. They were not supposed to look like the Egyptians whom they had been enslaved under, nor were they to resemble the nations that they would encounter as they went to possess the land of promise.

The Eklessia, or Church of Jesus Christ is supposed to look and act different than all of the other peoples of the earth. I am not talking about a denomination of move of God but the true people who are the true followers of Jesus who have accepted Him as Savior and Lord and continue to walk in fellowship with Him and His Word. So many false doctrines and teachings have arisen to make the ‘church’ look no different than the rest of the world. Holiness has become a taboo, or something thought of as legalistic and constrictive whereas true Holiness is devotion to God and His ways and is quite liberating from the evils of this world.

On that first Pentecost where Jewish believers had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Pentecost no one could have predicted what happened that day. Acts 1 gives the background as Jesus instructed His disciples to stay in Jerusalem meaning that they stayed there the whole 50 days following Passover, and Jesus’ death and resurrection. Acts 1:3 tells us that Jesus appeared to them for forty days and then ascended. So for 10 days they had no earthly Jesus and no Holy Spirit poured out. But, their instructions were to wait. So for 10 days they waited.

We are currently as I write at the end of those 10 days of waiting. Do you still expect the Lord to do something fresh at this season? It is for the church, for all believers a time of ‘receiving fresh instruction.” When the Holy Spirit was poured out and they all spoke in various tongues, they were also empowered to be bold witnesses. It is the Holy Spirit that Paul tells us is our helper and teacher. AS a teacher, helper, and counselor The Holy Spirit therefore is our instructor. Yes, as a people we have the Word of God.

As individuals we constantly need fresh instruction for our lives and ministry, and all that we do for the Kingdom of God. It is the Holy Spirit that guides us just as God’s law written on tablets is now written on our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Also, when God came down to Sinai He thundered and there was lightning and below His feet (Exodus 19) it appeared as sapphire. In other words it was like the throne room came down. So it was when the Holy Spirit showed up on that first Pentecost. Power, demonstations of signs and wonders, boldly proclaiming the Word of God are just some results of what happened that day.

Today in many churches there is noise and confusion and chaos, and yet so many say that the Holy Spirit showed up. If it is the Holy Spirit there will be order and people will prophesy, and the gifts will flow, but there will be hearts rendered in the presence of God. We have grown so accustomed to a prophetic word, ot the ‘gifts’ moving that we have become cold and complacent, as if we are in some sort of competition. I am certain that there was no competition in the early church.

We need to come together with an anticipation that God through the person of the Holy Spirit will show up and instruct someone or all of us through the Holy Spirit. Yes, every Sunday, or every day, should be a Pentecost experience. This Pentecost Sunday though, should be even more special. It is not just to say Oh wow! that was good!, or did you feel His presence? Rather we should all say wow God showed up and we were changed and He instructed us for our various needs.

Let us pray together that this Pentecost will be new and fresh and we will not just focus on what He can do for me, but rather what does He want to say to the body at large. Maybe He wants to speak to you about areas we need to repent of or to encourage us. Then again maybe He wants to use us in a gift that we have never operated in. Be open and ready just as Jesus instructed His disciples, ‘wait on the Holy Spirit.!”

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Passover Warfare

Passover Warfare

Passover recently was celebrated among Jews and many Christians who study and follow the feasts. It is not just a one day celebration but a week long celebration that consists of actually three feasts: Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits. What do I mean by the term “Passover Warfare” and how do we apply it?

This is a term that I recently heard the Lord speak to me as I have been in a prolonged season of warfare, culminating with the Passover feast this year. Simply put it means perseverance and endurance. It means to take God’s word and obey and stand and watch to see Him move, and when everything goes the opposite you do not quit.

The Children of Israel had been in bondage 430 years when God dwelt in the bush (Deut, 33:16 NASB) and appeared to Moses to go tell Pharaoh to release His people so that they may worship the one true God. God could have used any means he wanted but he chose a man, Moses, and gave him his brother to help. God told Moses ahead that the only way Pharaoh would let them go would be under compulsion or constraint.

Ultimately, that is what happened and it was at the last of the ‘plagues’ that God sent that the Children of Israel were covered by the blood over the doorpost as a protection from the death of the firstborn. This was the price for their liberation, but it required steadfast, unmovable faith, and to be not only be obedient but to believe and trust that God would do what He said He would.

There are many forms or types of warfare listed in the Bible, including praise and worship. Binding and rebuking, praying, fasting and intercession are also used in doing spiritual warfare. But what I see in the Children of Israel, and especially Moses is humility, faith, and obedience. God told them what would happen and when Moses spoke to Pharaoh he refused every time to release God’s people. Nevertheless, Moses did not quit, but not only went back time and time again to Pharaoh but also went back to his people and told them what to do to avoid the death angel visiting their home.

In our lives we must incorporate everything I listed above and then some, but after we do all of that we must stand and lift up our shield of faith. God has given us our weapons, and equipped us but we must do our part and exercise our faith. When God gives us a word and tells us what He is going to do then we must hang on to that word and believe.

Jesus talked about perseverance of the saints, especially in the last days. As the days grow more evil and the spirit of the AntiChrist, which was present in Pharaoh, grows stronger and stronger we must hang on to God’s Word and trust that He will protect us and deliver us from all manner of evil. Whatever season or trial or wilderness we go through we must remember that God is watching over and He is doing more behind the scenes than we can ever realize.

Matthew 24:13 “he that endures to the end shall be saved.”

The Bible speaks of an apostasy or falling away in the end of the age.

1 Timothy 4:1 “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.” Nasb

Daniel 7:25 speaks of the AntiChrist ‘wearing out the saints of the Most High in the times of the end.’

There are so many verses that deal with perseverance, and endurance in the lives of Christians. Unfortunately we don’t see much of that today in the Church at least in the West. It’s time to get hold of God’s word for you in this season and believe it and watch to see what He will do. When the enemy comes at you He will also flee if you resist.

I pray the Church will rise up in a spirit of perseverance in God’s commands and obedience and to be steadfast and unyielding.

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When Did We Go From Passover Lamb To Easter Rabbit And Eggs

When Did We Go From Passover Lamb To Easter Rabbit And Eggs?

We are all familiar with the story of Moses leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. To recount on the last night God tells Moses to have the blood of a lamb smeared over the doorposts to protect them from the death angel which will pass over that night. The first born of the Israelites are spared from death and those of the Egyptians are not. We know that they go out and nearly every year since the Israelites have celebrated passover. It was a command given by God.

Furthermore as New Testament disciples and believers of Jesus we also know that Jesus ultimately became the Paschal or Passover lamb forever. What we celebrate as Easter is really Jesus’ resurrection. In the Passover seder that is still celebrated today there are four cups of ‘wine’. Jesus fulfilled each one but it is the fourth cup, that is the cup of redemption, that points to His death, burial, resurrection. That is the cup that Jesus drank of in the garden of Gethsemane.

Christians all over the world are preparing to celebrate the events of Jesus’ final hours on Earth. It is ironic that Jesus celebrated passover, and He became the passover lamb but we as Christians have forgotten this and do not celebrate this. Instead now we have rabbits and eggs. How did the church of Jesus Christ go from celebrating Passover to celebrating Rabbits and eggs? What have we lost in not celebrating the Passover Seder?

The early church began as Jewish people who worshipped on Sunday but as Jews they continued to celebrate Passover. The early church Fathers tied in the resurrection with Passover. It wasn’t until the second century that Easter began to be celebrated with no fixed date. The eggs some believe represent the empty tomb and the fact that Jesus broke out of the tomb. None of these traditions are rooted in scripture or what we call “the Jewish Roots of Christianity. While we commonly use various symbols to explain things in Christianity they are never meant to replace or to be idolized.

I prefer to call the celebration of Jesus resurrection as ‘Resurrection Day’, since the term Easter is derived from the fertility goddess Ishtar or Esther, possibly Ashtaroth. While hiding eggs in the grass and finding them is harmless, to me, at least, the knowledge that hiding them on the day we are supposed to celebrate Jesus replaces all of that and brings glory to the fertility goddess. We have over commercialized a holiday supposed to be holy.

In the Passover Seder there is a part where the host hides a piece of Matzah or broken bread and the youngest child is supposed to find it. Also the children are active participants recounting the exploits of Yahweh over His enemies. It is fun and not only a celebration but we get to eat also. We are recounting the deeds of old and tying in Jesus and all that He did.

Somehow, somewhere we have lost the Passover lamb Jesus and yielded to a rabbit who gives out eggs. Children know that rabbits do not come from eggs. Rabbits and eggs are again symbols of fertility. Spring is often tied in with fertility, especially in wiccan and druid, and occult practises. Remember that the enemy always takes what is good and makes it evil or makes evil look good.

I think it is time we as disciples of Jesus put the lamb of God back into the Spring celebration. Celebration of God’s victory over all of His and our enemies forever. Passover brings out all of this. There is no command to celebrate Passover for believers and followers of Jesus but why not? In the Millennial Kingdom we will celebrate, at least Passover and Tabernacles, perhaps all of the feasts. See Ezekiel 45:16 and Zech 14:16

Nevertheless, we will gather with all of the nations around the throne and worship the lamb, not the bunny. Not an egg!

Revelation 5:12 “ “worthy is the lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”

13- “To him who sits on the throne and unto the Lamb”

We worship Jesus Christ the Son of the living God, who is the Eternal Passover Lamb, The Lamb on the throne that takes away the sins of the world. WE celebrate life, yes but that life which comes from God and through His Son Jesus. Let’s put the Lamb back in the celebration of the resurrection!

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Golan: From Bashan, To Syria And Back To Israel Again

Golan: From Bashan, To Syria And Back To Israel Again

Once again United States President Donald Trump has brought controversy with a statement regarding the Middle East and particularly Israel. Last week after nearly 52 years he became the first US president to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the area known as the Golan heights. This area comprises roughly 695 square miles and was given to Syria after World War I after the break-up of the Ottoman Empire. It was part of the French Mandate until 1946 when it became part of the Syrian Republic.

The Syrian army invaded Israel and was defeated in the six day war in June 1967. Later in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 israel defeated Syria in a great tank battle. This area became known as the Valley of Tears. In 1981 Israel annexed the territory known as the Golan Heights. It was never recognized by any government until President Trump did so recently. However this was not Israel’s first time owning and conquering this territory.

The Bible describes this territory in Numbers and Deuteronomy. In fact this territory is mentioned in at least 52 verses. The land that God promised to Abraham and his descendants through Jacob was vast and at no point did any of its leaders conquer all that was promised. Nevertheless we see the land known as Golan Heights today referred to as Bashan in the Old Testament.

We first encounter Bashan in Numbers 21:33, “ Then they turned and went up by the way to Bashan and Og king of Bashan and his whole army marched out to meet them in battle at Edrei.”

Who was Og? He was king of Bashan and greater was the fact that he was a member of a race of giants known as the Rephaim. Deut. 3:11 For only Og remained of the remnant of giants, behold his bedstead measured nine cubits (14 feet) KJV

As the story goes God told Moses that he would give Og and his people to them and he did and they utterly wiped them out. Og and Sihon were Amorite kings and the Amorites were among the people that stood in Israel’s way when they came out of Egypt. After defeating Og, Moses divided this land among the tribes of Gad, Reuben, and the half tribe of Manasseh, with Manasseh receiving Bashan or what we now call Golan. Later, when cities of refuge were established one was known as Golan in the land of Manasseh. (Joshua 20:8)

The land known as Golan Heights was formerly called Bashan and God granted it to the tribe of Manasseh, who remained there until after the fall of the Northern Kingdom. That land changed owners several times over the past 2700 years it finally came back into Israel’s possession in 1967. This has been highly controversial, especially in the Middle east and among the Arab nations. The world does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, even though Syria was defeated. It is a good thing that the United Nations et al were not around when Og was defeated. It is sad that it has come to this in the world. The world really does not want Israel to exist. It has been war and war since God called Abraham and promised the land to his descendants, and to bless those who bless him.

The Psalmists and Prophets wrote of Bashan. There are the oaks of Bashan and the cows of Bashan. Jeremiah 50:19 “ I will restore Israel to his pasture, and he shall feed on Carmel and in Bashan, and his desire shall be satisfied on the hills of Ephraim and Gilead.” Micah 7:14 “ let them feed from Bashan.”

Psalm 68:22 “ I will bring again from Bashan.” Bashan was known for its pastures, oaks, and great views, or gorgeous mountain scenes. Later it became known as Gilead. This is the land east of the Sea of Galilee, and near the are where Jesus spent much of his ministry.

So then what does all of this mean? Once again we see God working through the years to bring Israel back into the land as a nation, and not just any nation, but a ‘blessed nation.’ God’s plans for Israel as a ‘light to the nations’ are slowly coming to fruition. We know that ultimately that was fulfilled through Jesus, but still, Israel has a role as she will eventually be the place where all of the nations come to worship Jesus, in the Millennial Kingdom. It is also the place He will return. Finally, God told Israel to expand her tent pegs in Isaiah 54, and to make room. This is a scripture pointing to Aliyeh and the return to the land. Israel is a very small country in land. From the Mediterranean to The Jordan it is only a couple of hours drive. It is roughly the size of New Jersey.

Is God expanding Israel’s territory for the returning sheep? Is He at this time bringing an increase in territory to allow for more to come home before the ‘hunters’ find the Jews and they face further persecution? I don’t claim to have all of the answers, but I think it is worth noting that God promised to punish Israel and He also promised to bring them back in the land and prosper them.

Either way we need to continue to pray for Revival in Israel and for the Salvation of Israel. Romans 11:26 “and all Israel shall be saved.” Also we must continue to pray for the salvation of the many nations surrounding Israel and that the Arabs will be used to ‘provoke Israel to Jealousy”, so that she will indeed be saved.

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Zeal of The Sons of Zeruiah, Grace and Mercy of King David

Zeal of The Sons of Zeruiah, Grace and Mercy of King David

Hidden in the stories of King David and his triumphs, victories and setbacks are the stories of the three sons Zeruiah. Who are these three men and why are they important to the Davidic Kingdom? What, if any parallels exist between then and some of Jesus’ disciples? What can we learn from their lives?

“The three sons of Zeruiah were: Joab, Abishai, and Asahel. Now Asahel was fleet-footed as a wild gazelle.” 2 Samuel 2:18

Obviously, these men were important because a whole verse mentions them, and describes one of them, Asahel as swift-footed as a gazelle. Who was Zeruiah? Zeruiah was one of David’s sisters the other being Abigail. Most likely Zeruiah was older than David, because we see these three helping David in his hidden years and in the early years of his reign. Nevertheless, they were part of his family, which is important in how he deals with them.

The sons of Zeruiah were zealous to serve their king. Perhaps it was family loyalty or tribal duty, all being of the tribe of Judah, but whatever the case we find them always popping up to do the kings bidding as valiant, mighty men. However, we also see that unlike their uncle they lack necessary qualities all leaders, especially ‘new covenant’ leaders, need, mainy grace and mercy, or at least discerning when to demonstrate such, especially to the enemy.

What follows the verse above is Asahel’s pursuit of one of Saul’s generals who was of the tribe of Benjamin, by the name of Abner. Eventually after Asahel catches up to Abner he is warned to turn back, but without heeding Abner’s advice he succumbs to Abner’s knife, and death. Zealous for David and the kingdom but had he turned back as the story unfolds, he would have eventually gained a loyal ally. What ensued was Joab and Abishai avenging their brothers death by murdering Abner. David mourned Abner’s death. David is innocent of Abner’s death.

2 Samuel 3:28 “I and my Kingdom ae innocent before the Lord forever of the blood of Abner, son of Ner.”

2 Samuel 3:39 “And I am weak today, though anointed king; and these men, the sons of Zeruiah are too difficult for mean. May the Lord repay the evil doer according to his evil.”

Joab and Abishai wanted to avenge their brother’s death at all cost. Likewise they wanted to serve David well. Joab was the first to enter the Jebusite stronghold we know as Jerusalem and became the first in command of David’s army. Later, when David mourns Absalom’s death it is Joab who encourages David to go to his servants who had stood with him while he was on the run from Absalom. It is Abishai who wants to kill Shimai who cursed David when they were leaving Jerusalem from Absalom, and layer still wants to kill Shimai when he comes and repents before David.

2 Samuel 19:22 “ What have I to do with you O sons of Zeruiah, that you should this day be an adversary to me? Should any man in Israel be put to death today? For do I not know that I am king over Israel today?”

David demonstrated started grace and mercy to his enemies time and time again. On the day he regained his kingdom David does not see the point in any more death. There is a time for punishment, discipline and there is also a time for grace and mercy. Their are other examples but I want to look at Jesus and his disciples.

In Luke chapter nine beginning in verse 51 James and John aka “the sons of thunder” want to call fire down on some Samaritans simply because they did not receive Jesus. Jesus tells them that they do not know what ‘spirit they are of. It is interesting the same John the beloved who ‘leaned on Jesus’ at the Last Supper and his brother who was one of the first martyrs in the early church, are here being told ‘you don’t know what spirit you are of. Later, Peter is rebuke by Jesus and He tells the spirit behind certain statements to ‘get behind Him.’ Perhaps on those days Jesus was, at least as a man wearied like David by those closest to Him.

Maybe we are like the sons of Zeruiah and the sons of Thunder or Peter. We are close to Jesus, and we sit at His feet and we want to please Him, but we are so quick to call fire down on someone who cuts us off on the highway, or we want to take revenge for those who wrong us, instead of showing grace and mercy and letting the Lord dispense justice on our behalf. We should all appreciate the zeal with which Davids commanders, and likewise Jesus’ disciples show in serving and wanting only the best for the king and the kingdom. Yet we need to be like David and Jesus and gain discernment when to dispense mercy and grace. After all didn’t God the Father do that for us?

There are times we need to step out and not let others step on us or run over us. We need to speak up and speak out, but at the end of the day we are just vessels and must be led by the ‘Spirit’ which requires first being born again and filled with the ‘Spirit of God.” This is the kingdom of God and David first demonstrated that there are times where one should just smile and say not today. I am going to act with grace, and show the love of Jesus. Let us temper that zeal towards the enemy, that is the spirit behind whatever we face. Grace and Blessings to you!

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Purim: Retribution For The House of Saul

Purim: Retribution For The House of Saul

The Jewish celebration of Purim is recounted in the book of Esther, and tells how an orphaned Jewish girl living in exile with her people rose to be the most powerful women in the Persian kingdom. It also tells Hadasa as was her Jewish name, was able to save her people from total extinction. I summarized these events in my previous blog. Purim is the plural of “Pur” meaning lot in the sense that something has been crushed or destroyed. It was begun by Mordecai to commemorate the defeat of Haman’s plan to destroy the Jewish people. It began on the fourteenth day of the twelfth month.

You may be asking what any of this has to do with The House of Saul, and better yet just what is the House of Saul. The House of Saul is simply the ruling or royal house and line began by Israel’s first king, Saul, of the tribe of Benjamin, Saul was killed in battle as well as his son Jonathan, resulting in a 7 year civil war between Israel and Judah, with David assuming the throne as the anointed king by Samuel the prophet. Unfortunately for David only the tribe of Judah followed him, the remaining 11 following Ishbosheth, son of Saul. David ruled Judah from Hebron for seven years.

The civil war between the House of Saul and House of David can be found in II Samuel chapters two thru four. If you recall, David was anointed king by Samuel but Saul remained king until his death. That brings up to speed regarding the House of Saul. Thus, there were only two actual rulers from the House of Saul. But, all of that is simply mentioned to remind us that David was the king anointed by God, as God had chosen him. Saul and his family was rejected by God for disobedience.

I Samuel 15: 26 “ But Samuel said to Saul, ‘ I will not return with you; for you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.” verse 28 “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to your neighbor who is better than you.”

Verse 29, “And the Glory Of Israel will not change His mind; For He is not a man that He should change His mind.” (NASB)

Thus, Samuel sought and found David and anointed him king, but it would be quite some time before he became king and then even longer before he ruled all of Israel. But, what happened that caused God to tear the kingdom of Israel from Saul? Why not just remove him as ruler and let the line continue through one of his sons? God had already chosen another as Saul was the people’s choice. He was from the tribe of Benjamin, not Judah.

We find the answer to this in I Samuel 15 verses 1-9. Samuel gave Saul strict orders to ‘listen to the words of the Lord,’! The Lord said he would ‘punish Amalek for what they did to Israel when they came out of Israel. Saul was charged with wiping the Amalekites out. He was to destroy all, including the oxen and sheep. So Saul’s orders were to not leave anyone or anything alive. However, he ‘captured’ Agag, king of the Amalekites, alive, and kept the best of the sheep. In essence by keeping the king alive and the ‘best’ of the sheep he disobeyed the Lord. Partial obedience is still disobedience.

Saul was rebuked by Samuel and thus by his disobedience he forfeited the kingdom. Samuel killed king Agag, yet somehow he had descendants to survive until the time of Queen Esther and the Persians. The Book of Esther chapter 3 verse 1 tells us that Haman wa sthe son of Hammedatha the Agagite, Sources confirm that Haman was an Amalekite, and descendant of king Agag. Perhaps there were some Amalekites away that day, we don’t know. What we do know is that Haman was an Amalekite, who were fierce enemies of Israel. We also know that Moredai, and thus Esther, since they were cousins, were of the tribe of Benjamin and descendants of Kish. Saul is not mentioned in Esther 2:5 it says, Shimei, son of Kish. Again sources confirm Mordecai was of the house of Saul.

Perhaps the text doesn’t mention Saul, since he was not thought of in good light after his disobedience and corresponding fall. Nevertheless, they were Benjaminites of the royal family of Saul, Is this a mere coincidence? I doubt it, further even though God tore the kingdom fromm Saul’s family, He still is a gracious God full of mercy and compassion. We see that here as he places the most unlikely person in the only place to save her people from their most famous enemy. It seems that even though Saul acted wickedly and prove unworthy to shepherd God’s people, God used descendants of his family to save all of Israel, in exile and in their land.

The fact that God would go to these lengths to set the right person in for the right time just to point out and see the demise of the most notorious enemies of all of the Jews up until that time proves His compassion, love, and goodness over His people. God rejoice over His people. He is for them. Even when we fail, and He must discipline us He is waiting as a good good Father for us to be restored. That is the message of the cross. Still, so many can’t get past the angry, mad God syndrome. He is angry at our sin, and hates it when we are disobedient, and yield to our flesh or the ways of the enemy. When we return He is overjoyed and delighted to see us restored. God was delighted to see children of Saul’s family over 400 years later have the opportunity to bring justice and defeat the evil plans to destroy the Jews.

As we move closer and closer to the return of Jesus remember that God is rejoicing over us and delights in us, and we are part of the plan to defeat all of His enemies. We are here to advance a kingdom greater than Saul’s or even David’s or any that has ever or will exist. Nothing can stand against the kingdom of darkness.

Esther 4:14 “ who knows whether you have obtained royalty (or come into the kingdom for such a time as this.” NASB

We are in the kingdom of God for such a time as to see all of The ‘Haman’s’ of this world’s plans come to nought. !!!!!

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Purim: A Time To Fast and Pray For The United States

Purim: A Time To Fast and Pray For The United States

The Jewish feast of Purim will be celebrated this year on Wednesday, March 20- Thursday March 21. I felt like this would be an appropriate time to ponde and glean some practical aspects. I feel especially compelled for as many as can and will, if led by God to do some fasting for The United States as Esther did for her people. The story of Purim and Esther or Hadassah as was her Hebraic name can be found in the Old Testament Book by the same name.

The story goes as Esther becomes Queen of Persia, her Uncle Mordecai, who raised her and was like her father would not bow to one of the leading princes in the Persian kingdom. His name was Haman, the Agagite. He was an enemy of the Jews, and because of Mordecai, he, along with others, compelled the king to issue an edict that on a certain day all Jews would be wiped out. This was not the first and certainly not the last attempt to annihilate all Jews. The story takes an unexpected twist when Mordecai learns of the fate of his people and later Esther forces Mordecai to tell her. Esther, on pangs of death goes before the king to entreat on behalf of her people.

Esther calls for a banquet for her, the king, and Haman only. In the meantime she has asked for as many of her people as can to fast for 3 days and nights, not drinking or eating. This was a fast for her favor so that when she went before the king she would not lose her life but rather have the scepter extended to her, so that she can explain to him the plot to wipe out her people. The king had issued the edict but was unaware that his own queen was Jewish and that the plot was just that, a plot to bring genocide on a whole race just because one of its members would not bow to another man of higher rank.

The story concludes with Esther getting her banquet with the king and Haman and eventually revealing Haman’s plot. The king is infuriated and orders Haman to be hung on the same gallows that Haman had built for Mordecai the Jew. What an irony. There is so much packed in this short book of just 10 chapters. The name of God is never mentioned. However it speaks volumes and has so many parallels to Jesus as the king and approaching Him. How God loves His people and wants to do good, and much more.

I would like to call attention to the fast that Esther calls for. Haman is often attributed as Satan or our enemies, or even that which which opposes God and the Kingdom of God. Esther represents all who are desperate and need to come before the throne of God in desperation, risking everything for a miracle or a breakthrough. Esther intercedes for her people as no one else could. She was in the highest position, yet to approach the king uninvited, even in her high station, meant certain death, unless the scepter was extended, meaning it was ok to approach.

The United States is in a crisis of all sorts. Never in my life has evil ran so rampant. When Congress can’t repriman one of its own for Anti-Semitic remarks, and has to try to include every possible minority group for fear of offending someone, it has gone too far. Anti-semitism does not include Asians, Hispanics or the LGBTQ community. With abortion moving to infanticide being acceptable, and recreational pot smoking legal in more and more states, and now its hard to know who is male or female without offending someone we are in dire straits.

Evil has now become the new good in the United States. Never has a president received so much opposition even from the very ones he has helped. Christians are still afforded many freedoms and worship of God has been allowed back in the White House. Yet, many stil condemn the man that is helping our nation be greater than it was. I don’t always agree with everything our president says and does, but I still support him. Nevertheless, whether you like him or not we are commanded in the Bible to pray for all of our leaders. The nation is divided on so many fronts and worse the church is even further divided.

Satan has seemingly piecemealed all aspects of society and the church. Regardless of party affiliation, religion or other creed or belief we need to find common ground. The United States is faced with a generation that is more digitally connected than any before it, yet at the same time is moving further away from basica moral and ethical standards long held by most Western and eastern cultures. It is as if ‘anything goes’.

We need to see radical change and a radical turnaround.

It’s time to come before the King of Kings and make our petitions known for The US to turn from evil and turn back to the standards set forth in the Word of God. It is time to pray and fast for a nation that once was known for being ‘godly’. Things have never been this bad. We know that there is a great divide in all of the world between evil and good. The gray areas of what is good or right and what is not are now becoming more black and white. The lines are drawn. What will prevail?

It’s up to us the church to fast and pray and that others will join in. We want another Great Awakening but it will not happen unless we let go of somethings, like food, or television or facebook, etc. for s period of time and seek heaven and cry out for the US. Pray for hearts and minds to be convicted and to turn from evil and towards the one true God. Pray for racial reconciliation on all levels. Pray for the truth and righteousness and justice from the throne of god to prevail.

Esther 4:14 “For if you remain silent at this time relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews (US emphasis mine) from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have obtained royalty for such a time as this?’’ Nasb

We were born in this time and in this place. God has brought us to this time and this point in time to stand in the gap and make up the hedge. Purim is derived from the word ‘Pur’ which means to cast lots. It seems the enemy has cast lots on The US and has sought its destruction. Will you not take time and seek heaven on behalf of The US?

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Receiving And Possessing the Kingdom Of God

Receiving And Possessing the Kingdom Of God

It seems I have been writing more about that Kingdom of God or also known as the Kingdom of Heaven. That is probably because I keep hearing about it everywhere I turn. Jesus spent so much time teaching about it. It is a common theme throughout the entirety of the Bible. The Kingdom is now and future, it is literal and spiritual. Ever since John the Baptist came preaching and Jesus established the Kingdom here as it is in heaven we have grown closer to the fullness of the Kingdom.

Who can be part of this kingdom and how does one get into it and what do they do? Is it s short term or eternal kingdom?

Daniel 7:13-14 “ I kept looking in the night visions and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like the Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion, Glory and the Kingdom, That all the peoples, nations, men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not pass away.”

Daniel 7:18 “ But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.”

Daniel 7:21-22 “I kept looking and that horn was waging war with all of the saints and overpowering them, until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom.” Nasb

The prophet Daniel prophecies about the coming Kingdom we call the Kingdom of God. What other kingdom was there in which the Ancient of Days, who is God gives to the Son of Man who is Jesus? The Father has given the Son dominion and glory and rule forever. What will he rule and who does he rule? Basically He rules the entire earth which will be renewed, and everything in it and eventually He and the Father will rule heaven and earth together.

But, Daniel tells us something interesting in verse 18. He says that the saints of the most High or Highest One will receive the kingdom. This is clearly a reference to the ‘holy ones’ or what we call Christians. It speaks of John 3:16 where Jesus explains you are born again or get new life to enter the kingdom. However, it must be received. Jesus tells it is to be received by faith like a child. Matthew 18:3. It is simple requiring that we only believe. Believe and have faith that all that Jesus is the Son of God, died for our sins and likewise conquered death, hell, and the grave, and offers healing, deliverance, and one day He will give us a new body. He will come again and rule and reign.

So the saints are the ones who receive the kingdom. Saints are not just someone that a church venerates above others where it is determined that they worked a few miracles. It is for all who follow Christ.

How do we possess the Kingdom? We know that that ultimately speaks of the future, when Jesus returns and establishes His kingdom for 1000 years and then ultimately forever. It also is for now. That is the paradox of the Kingdom of God. It is partial now and full later. We possess it by obeying the commands and following the teachings of Jesus and espouse kingdom values in all aspects of life, including finances.

Matthew 11:12 NIV “ from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has been subject to violence and violent people have been raiding it.”

It is not a physical violence but rather a spiritual. Yes, we do things like repent, change our lifestyles, surrender everything to Jesus and pray for starters. Those are violent acts considered as foolishness by the world. It is so violent it allows us to one day actually possess this kingdom and dominion and rule and reign with Jesus.

Revelation 20:6 “Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has now power over them, but they will be priests of god and Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” NIV

Revelation 21:1 “then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and there was no longer any seas.” NIV

Don’t miss what God has in store for those who are willing to be violent enough to resist the temptations of this world and seek first His kingdom which is now and future. We can enjoy the future now but only partially. WE must still battle the evil around us but the King has given us His spirit and His word and an Angelic host to help us walk in victory now.

May the Lord Bless you as you receive and possess the Kingdom of God.

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Ilhan Omar, Allegiance and Citizenship

Ilhan Omar, Allegiance and Citizenship

There has been a lot of talk about allegiance recently as a result of comments made by US Rep. Ilhan Omar D-MInn. To sum up her recent tweets and comments have placed those who support Israel, especially government officials as being allegiant to Israel. She also said it’s all about “the Benjamins” meaning money. Accusations that Jews control everything from Banks to governments have been going on for hundreds of years. Often there have been strong accusations that Jews have been the cause of wars and divisions of all kinds and it is the Jew that seeks to control the world.

What has all of this to do with allegiance and citizenship. For me I am a citizen of the United States and consider myself a loyal citizen. When we pledge allegiance to the “flag of the United States” we also pledge allegiance to “the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God.” The words Under God were added back in the 1950’s. Nevertheless that is not just a pledge but a declaration that we are one nation under God. That is all tribes, peoples and tongues. Even different religions who serve other ‘gods’. We are declaring the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ to be Lord.

My allegiance and citizenship is American but before that I am a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Philippians 3:20-21 ESV “But our citizenship is in heaven and from it we await our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.

Ephesians 2:19 ESV So then you are no longer strangers and aliens but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.

AS disciples and believers of Jesus Christ we have been born into the Kingdom of Heaven and thus we become citizens of that Kingdom. Yet, we are still living in the earth in an age where even though the Kingdom of God is here it has not fully come, and the kings of the earth have not submitted to the government of Jesus Christ as King. So we are first citizens of Heavens kingdom here on earth and secondly citizens of our respective countries, mine being the US. The Heavenly kingdom will one day fully come to earth and the New Jerusalem will invade earth. Until that time we are subject to ‘laws of man and kings of the earth.’ It is not a conflict to be a Christian and honor your nation. However, when that nation oppresses its people or has laws that oppose the teachings and commands of the Bible then we have no choice to not follow that law.

WE already see Christians having to make a choice as to whether they will obey a law that opposes what the Bible teaches or to stand and so no.

Hebrews 11:16 NIV “ Instead they were longing for a better country a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”

As Christians we are searching for the heavenly kingdom. We are waiting for it to be established fully even though it is already here. Muslims, like Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib are likewise loyal to Islam over their respective nations. Islam as also an invisible kingdom but it is opposed to the Kingdom Of God. All Islamic countries have a crescent on their flag(s). Praying five times a day or following the laws of Islam take precedent over anything else. Sharia law is the law of the land which is not good, and not peaceful.

There are many Christians and non-Christians who love Israel but do not put it above our allegiance to The United States. WE love Israel for many reasons. First because it is the apple of God’s eye Zechariah 2:8 ESV “ for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.” God chose israel for a specific purpose and it will be accomplished, even though Jesus came and His own people didn’t receive Him. Isaiah 49 speaks of a nursing woman not being able to forget her children, a reference to Israel. Part of seeing Israel fulfill its destiny as “a light to the Nations” is part of the Church’s assignment. It is that provoking Israel to jealousy.

Today Israel is a secular nation with few Orthodox Jews controlling the spiritual atmosphere. It was an American president, Harry Truman that first recognized the nation of Israel. Likewise it was another US president, Donald Trump who aligned the US and the world by recognizing Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. These acts caused much opposition. The State of Israel is the only true democracy in the whole Middle East. Even though it is a Jewish state there is freedom of religion whereas all other are Muslim and intolerant to other religions. Turkey, Tunisia, and to some degree Egypt have a form of democracy.

It is important that the US and other western nations support Israel financially and militarily. Israel is a stabilizing force in that part of the world. Nevertheless I am not ‘allegiant’ to Israel in the sense that I put it above The US. Whereas, Rashida Tlaib wrapped a Palestinian flag around her after she won her Congressional seat. That is allegiance to another country, and she was not born there but has ‘roots’ there. I wouldn’t wear a British, Irish, Scottish or German flag or Native American flag.

The bottom line is those who love and desire to see Israel be all that God intends will continue to support Israel in various ways. Because we send money there or help Jewish people does not mean we are controlled by Jews or that Jews rule the world. However, a Jew, a King, Jesus Christ will establish His Kingdom but it will only have ‘citizens if the kingdom.” My love for Israel flows out of God’s heart and love for Israel.

Pray for people everywhere and in every nation, tribe and tongue. Pray for The United States and all that she is. Pray for revival and Awakening here and all over the earth. Finally, pray for the ‘Peace of Jerusalem”, Psalm 122.

Remember as citizens of Heaven we have a greater inheritance than what we have here.

1 Peter 1:3-5 Esv “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

Support the US, support Israel, support your country, but remember we are first citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom. Amen

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Preparing For The Wedding: Acquiring Oil

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Preparing For The Wedding: Acquiring Oil

AS times grow harder and harder with society and culture growing more evil we need to be reminded of our call as believers to prepare and be ready for Jesus’ return culminating in the Bride of Christ being ready. It seems that the level of demonic warfare and hatred of anything good and decent and moral continues to escalate. Many believers are challenged on every facet to fall into temptation and sin and ultimately apostasy. Jesus warned the early followers of such times, We are further from the day when Jesus first spoke about His return and likewise closer to the occurrence of the event.

In Matthew 25: 1-13 Jesus outlines what is known as the parable of the ‘Virgins’. This is a commonly preached and studied parable, but it’s deep meaning often overlooked. In this parable virgins are believers before the Lord who are waiting for the ‘Bridegroom’ to return. Jesus is the Bridegroom. 5 of the virgins add enough oil and were prepared, while 5 were foolish and not prepared. Most of the church teaches that we get saved and that is all that there is. There is no real emphasis on intimacy and living holy and as Jesus is really teaching here, to ‘watch and pray’.

Jesus repeatedly tells us we cannot know the exact day or hour of His return but He repeatedly gives us signs and things to watch for to let us know that ‘the season’ is here. Being prepared requires a lot of preparation. The enemy is pulling out all of the stops to pull as many as he can away from a love relationship with Jesus. As times grow harder and persecution increases we must be remain ‘burning and shining’ lamps for Jesus and His kingdom.

John 5:35 “John was a lamp that burned and gave light.” Here John is writing about John the Baptist. He referred to him as a lamp that burned, meaning he was a light, glowing, burning for the Lord. The people saw John and they saw the glow and shining light that he had when he spoke of Jesus and spoke of Jesus’ ministry. How did John burn? He spent a lot of time in prayer and fasting. He spent much time in the wilderness in preparation. He studied the scriptures and sought the Lord. He knew what his ministry was and what it would take to maintain it.

“WATCH AND PRAY”

Several years ago when I was at the Garden of Gethsemane as I studied the olive trees and the olive pressing process I was reminded of Jesus’ words to His disciples in the garden, “Watch and Pray that you enter not into temptation.” Matthew 26:41, Berean Study Bible. Jesus was praying and found his disciples asleep. He asked them if they couldn’t pray and watch for just one hour. I studied the scriptures, and I felt then that the Lord was saying this is the one thing I am calling you to do and really the whole Body of Christ in these last days. Yes. we need to evangelize, we need to serve, but above all else we need to ‘watch and pray’.

The oil is the oil of the Holy Spirit needed for ministry. Every born again believer has some sort of ministry. Moms, caregivers, business people, etc. as well as the small percent in full time ministry. To do whatever we are called to do we need all of the oil we can get. There are too many things pulling on us every day to lose our focus.

A Bride Made Ready

Revelation 19:7 “Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and the Bride has made herself ready.”

Here the Bride made herself ready, meaning she has to prepare, get clean, remain pure, get ‘clean linens’ and put on jewels, and all things a bride does in preparing for her Bridegroom. The Bride of Christ is no different. AS the hour grows late, and evil is more rampant, and persecution increases, we must go deeper in the word, in prayer, an in time we spend in His Presence, Acquiring our own oil requires sacrifice of time and sometimes money as we let go of some things the world see as important. The Kingdom of Heaven means that we live kingdom minded which includes watching for the King, watching for the Bridegroom, and burning and shining, like John, so that the world sees the Light of Jesus burning brightly and come, not so much to us, but the source of our light, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Before we can say “come” we need to have something for the lost to come to. We have to have water for the thirsty as Revelation 22:17 says, “ Let the one who is thirsty come; let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.”

Get some oil, get some water, and keep getting it, so that when the dark look for light they see us shining. They can also find drink. How can we expect there to be a great harvest if we do not spend time with the ‘Lord Of Harvest”? Lord we need your oil, give us each grace to spend time with you to get the oil, so that our lamps burn brightly. Amen!

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Goddess Worship and The Spirit Behind The Rise Of Modern Feminism

Goddess Worship and The Spirit Behind

The Rise of Modern Feminism

Another issue that has suddenly gained momentum in the past couple of years is the feminist movement. Since the 1960’s there has been a steady rise of women’s rights, feminism, women’s health rights in the form of abortion, and more recently derrogoration of men and the man’s place of leadership in society. We have seen women like Helen Reddy, more recently Linda Sarsour exalt women as not equal but greater than man, and to the point that we don’t need men. Several months ago we saw two women’s marches that clearly says it all. The first group celebrated women from a BIblical standpoint, were ‘pro-life’, celebrating women and the God-ordained purpose for women. The other group, filled with hate for anything masculine, praise abortion rights, and homosexuality, among other things.

The attack has heightened in the last few months to a point that television ads during the Super Bowl mostly focused on feminism and diminishing men and making them look pitiful. I am not against women succeeding at what God has called them to be and do. But the sudden surge of feminism also looks at motherhood, at least in the Biblical sense, as an ‘evil’ thing. This goes beyond celebrating women and the purpose God ordained them for. It is not just in society but has crept into the ‘church’ as well.

I am all for honoring all women, especially mothers. God honors them and Jesus does too. God’s original design was for man to have dominion over all of the earth. Genesis 2:18 “Then the Lord God said it is not good that the man should be alone, I will make him a helper fit for him.” (ESV) God created woman out of Adam as a helper. She was not created as insignificant of to be lorded over or treated as a piece of chattel as some culture treat them. Nor was woman created to rule over the man. God’s plan was for family. I am not talking about women ruling a nation or even having positions of authority in the church. I mean God’s design for family and even in society at large. Men and women can be supervisors, other leaders. What we are seeing in America and other countries is an all out assault on men and really the family.

1 Corinthians 11:8-10 “for man did not come from woman but woman from man; Neither was man created for woman but woman for man. For this reason a woman ought to have a sign of authority over her head.” (NIV) God created the woman for the man and the man is to be her covering, or spiritual authority. This design was put in place for protection. When we come out of God’s plan for our protection or our covering we open ourselves up to all sorts of evil.

There is a spirit behind the feminist movement which seeks not only to put women above men but put men under their feet.

Genesis 1:27 tells us male and female were created in His image. Not just male nor female. Verse 28 “God said, be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.” Being fruitful and multiplying requires man and woman to come together as one under God’s plan. Rule together. What is this spirit behind the feminist movement and sudden hatred of ‘men’?

An old demonic ‘spirit’ known as Goddess that takes on many names and forms is ultimately behind this movement. It is nothing new. It has been working for thousands of years. Yet, we act like it is a sudden and new thing. In the past it has had names like Isis, Athena, Artemis, Diana, Mother earth, aphrodite, venus, libertas, portlandia, Queen of Heaven, Sophia, and Kali, and the list goes on. Virtually every society and culture has at some point celebrated goddess worship. Today it is also seen in Wicca, New Age, and now has lipped in mainline Protestant churches. It has been in Catholicism in the form of ‘Mary worship”. Yes, Mary was the ‘mother of God’, but not a goddess, and certainly not to be prayed to.

There have been Bibles printed either neutralizing God as being non-gender, or even replacing the Father with a mother. Some churches have replaced all pronouns and now refer to God the Father as the ‘Supreme Being’ or just God. It is all a continuous assault against God and His plan and rule and authority. The East and West Coast of the United States each have a statue of a female goddess from Roman mythology. New York and Oregon are two states where we see the feminist movement is its strongest.

As previously mentioned I am for women as is God, but from a Biblically standpoint, not to the point where women’s rights take the form where men are veil and abortion is cool. What must we do? We need to recognize the tactics of the enemy. It is going to build and only those who ‘have understanding’ will be able to call it out and say what it is. It is a demonic assault against God, the Church, Jesus and everything that is good and decent.

We need to love the people promoting and caught up in this false worship. We also need to pray that God would remove the blinders and unstop their ears, so that the truth would pierce the darkness. Pray for a revelation of the Father and of the Father’s heart. Jesus said, “whoever has seen Me has seen the Father.” (ESV)

Let us celebrate women as God created them to be. Mother’s, wives, business people, educators, students, government officials, and already equal under the eyes of God. Let us honor what God has said and not allow what is not part of His plan.

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Socialism Versus The Kingdom Of God

Socialism Versus The Kingdom Of God

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Socialist Government Kingdom Of God

We continue to be bombarded by the antics and tactics of those on the pursuit to make the United States a ‘Socialist Nation’ of some sort. The most recent comments have come from Alexandria Ocasio Cortez or AOC as she is known and her cohorts in the form of the ‘Green New Deal’. Likewise the list of political contenders for the presidential nomination of the Democrat or now ‘Socialist’ party has begun to emerge. You may be asking me why I am not just content to write about issues in the church or prayer or revival. Why have I begun to write on issues confronting society?

Jesus and Paul confronted the issues of the day. We see in Acts 14-19 Paul dealt with the same people we are dealing with in the world who oppose the Kingdom of God. Ultimately that is what this is all about. AS disciples and follower of Christ we must see ourselves as citizens of the Kingdom of God first and citizens of our various nations second. Loyalty a political party or politicians is never our goal, but as christians we must be actively involved in the affairs of our world. It is with that in mind I will attempt to compare Socialism, with all of it’s forms, including Marxism and Communism with the Kingdom of God and what it offers now and in the future Millennial Kingdom.

How does one become a citizen first of all of these two governments? A kingdom is a government. In Socialism a person is born naturally and the government offers healthcare from birth to grave. Also, the government forces their ideals on its citizens and they are not given any choices. In the Kingdom of God one is born again or born anew by his or her ‘spirit’ coming alive. In other words the spirit part of our being comes alive and we become citizens of God’s kingdom and have access to all that it contains. A citizen of the Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven, also surrenders their life to to the King and thereby make Him Lord. Their life is not their own, but then neither is it in the ‘socialist government’.

The government in socialism tells you what to think and further this is accomplished by indoctrination versus education. In the KOG (Kingdom of God) it is accomplished through equipping saints, as its citizens are called, for ministry. This is done by study of The Word of God led by the Holy Spirit and various ministers and leaders appointed by the King. The government indoctrinates teachers and they in turn do the same to the children under their tutelage. Parents have no say and are told that they have to accept what government leaders think is best.

In the KOG people are led by the Holy Spirit who is also the spirit of the KIng. Through Him they fellowship with Him, the King, the Word and each other. Each one puts others ahead and thus are servant minded. In socialism the government has programs, and policies in force to ensure people are able to do whatever they want whenever they want. They are told who can read to their children at the library for example. You can have two mommy’s or two daddy’s or be whatever gender you want.

In the KOG their is only one way of life, that is the way of the cross of Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth and the life. In socialism there are many ways as long as it doesn’t include Jesus or go against the government mandated policies. The future is whatever you believe. Whether this is all there is or many more lives. You can sound your horn for call to prayer at any hour as loud as you want. Christians cannot announce their worship times. They must hide underground or in caves.

In the Kog there is either heaven or hell. In socialism there is the government and whatever your false religion teaches. In socialism each one is really serving the government. Helping the poor and needy is part of their outcry. But, they really don’t help anybody since they keep them in bondage. They even take away from those who are affluent enough and can help. They believe in poverty for all. Jesus said that the ‘poor you will always have’. He also taught us to help others out of love for Him.

Kingdom finances rule the KOG. That includes bringing first fruits or tithes, followed by offerings. Offerings help further the advance of the Kingdom, by sowing into ministries that help feed, cloth and provide for needs of all. Also, Bibles and education literature to train God’s people for ministry. The King raises up leaders from within the KOG to equip and train other leaders. In socialism taxes are raised by taxing those that have it until they are brought into poverty and wasting those monies on more programs that keep citizens in bondage. Programs and programs and more programs to educate, indoctrinate and further attempt to train people to work or in just getting by keeps each one more dependent on the government.

Rule of all the earth was originally given to one man, Adam, and his offspring. That was lost through willful disobedience, but regained by the second or New Adam who is also the King of the Kingdom of God. He planned for man to take care of the earth and that included animals, plants, bodies of water and the atmosphere. Even though man used technology and advances and made things worse, mankind must reverse that trend. However, forcing people to accept more programs without proper teaching which includes recognizing that the earth is the Lord’s and He left us to take care. There is a kingdom coming in the Millenium where we will do that perfectly under Jesus’ kingship. Until then we need to do a better job, but with sensibility not a pipedream.

The original man and woman were given the same assignment Jesus gives us now. That is to procreate and have dominion in all of the earth. This can only be accomplished when a man and a woman procreate.Socialism goes against God’s intent and says sex with whatever you like and calling yourself whatever you like is ok. Also, socialism offers free healthcare, which is not really free, but the KOG offers healing and deliverance. The KOG also, teaches healthy lifestyle to ensure you remain healthy. Divine healing is a result of the cross as well as freedom from bondage to the sinful lifestyle that socialism seem to espouse.

Ultimately it is easy to see that while socialism has values in helping the poor, needy, afflicted, ultimately they don’t address that spiritual needs. Further the Church, or Ekklesia or KOG should preach the full ‘good news’ of the gospel which not only touches physical needs, but soulish and spiritual as well. If the Gospel of the kingdom is fully preached it offers hope in the return of the King. His return will establish the citizens as kings ruling and reigning with Him. No socialist government ever offered rulership to its citizens as kings. Finally, all of the nations and kingdoms and kings of the earth will submit to Jesus’ rule. No communist, Marxist or Socialist government desires to bow to any King, let alone Jesus.

`It is the last point that really puts socialism and really all of the governments of the earth at odds with the kingdom of God. While I think our republic is a good form of government I know that soon it will be replaced by one from heaven, the Kingdom of Heaven, ruled by Jesus Christ. Every Socialist, Republican, Independent, Tea Party, Labor Party, Likud, etc. will bow to this KIng.!!

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The Sudden Surge Of Anti-Semitism And The Church

The Sudden Surge Of Anti-Semitism And The Church

We have seen a sudden surge in anti-semitism in the last few years all over the earth but especially in Europe, and in the United Nations. Recently in the United States there has been a marked a lot of attention to anti Jewish and anti-Israel speech, and acts of terror, like the bombing of the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa.

I am not certain if there is an actual rise in anti-semitism overal, but rather more focus and attention has brought it to light. Regardless despite the thrust to be more ‘tolerant’ by most of society of other religious groups and ethnicities the Jewish people are still targeted as the single most hated group in all of the world for all times.

We have seen the United Nations pass resolution after resolution against Israel, while ignoring many terror states like Iran, and overlooking the fact than when attacked by Gaza for example Israel only reacted in defense. This all happening despite the fact that less than a generation ago we saw a near annihilation of Jews throughout Europe in World War II. This is known as the Holocaust, where over 6 million Jews perished at the hands of The Nazi party led by Adolf Hitler, among others.

Sadly, the church mostly sat by and did nothing or said nothing for fear of retribution. Those that did help or speak out were usually killed along side of Jews. We see examples in The Hiding Place, and in the lives of leaders like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Throughout history there has always been those that hated Israel and the Jews. Most of us know of Haman’s plot in the book of Esther, and then Antiochus Epiphanes and the attempt to make the Jews Greek and do away with all of their cultural identity.

BUt, the church has not had a good track record either. Many of the early church fathers, i.e. John Chrysostom, Augustine, and later Martin Luther were very much anti-semitic. This is where the term ‘replacement theology’ comes in. That basically teaches that God is through with Israel, and the church has replaced Israel. While I believe that the Bible teaches that all must come to the Father through Jesus and that includes the Jewish people. The promises that God made are still valid and that in the last days we will see a mighty revival in Israel and among Jewish people world-wide.

Isaiah 49:16 “Behold I have inscribed you on my hands”

Isaiah 49:15 “ Can a nursing mother forget her child..”?

All of the promises God made to Abraham for his descendants regarding the land are forever, eternal. There will be a nation of Israel in the Millennial Kingdom. Jews have to come to Messiah Jesus to be saved but God has a plan for hem as a nation. Remember He is their promised Messiah first, and even though they, for the most part, rejected Him, He is their savior, their king. They are looking for one to sit on the throne of David.

Why has Satan tried so hard to wipe out Jews and to stop Israel from being back in the land? It has everything to do with His return.

Matthew 23:37-39 “ Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem you who kill the prophets, and stones those sent to her, how often I have longed to gather your children as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling! 38-look your house is left to you desolate. 39- For I tell you that you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Berean Study Bible)

Here Jesus quotes Psalm 118:26. One of the three requirements for Jesus to come back to the earth is for His people, the Jews, Israeli’s to cry out, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of The Lord.” Will this happen during the tribulation or at the end, is not clear, but when Jesus said ‘you won’t see me again until… well that’s what he meant. He specifically wa talking about Jerusalem.

So, the enemy has tried for 1000’s of years to stop Jewish people as a people because the Messiah had to come through them. Further, he is trying to wipe them out so that no one will be in Jerusalem to cry out Psalm 118:26. Satan has pulled out all of the stops to try to prevent God’s plans for man’s redemption to come and for God to establish His Kingdom forever, first with the reign of His son, who is a Jewish king, from reigning with His ‘bride’ for 1,000 years, and then the eternal kingdom.

Racism is not new and will not be 100% wiped until Jesus establishes His rule here, and likewise anti-semitic hate of Israel and all Jews will not go away until then. But the church or Ekklesia at large must take a stand and stand with Israel, and all Jews everywhere. Currently there is a war in Eastern Ukraine where Russia has invaded and their are pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine fighting for Russia. The sad part is I have met Jews who have had to flee from the war. They say, ‘the hunters are coming’ referencing Jeremiah 16:16 where God promised to send fishers to fish the Jews out of the land of the North away from the Hunters. This is being fulfilled as I write. I’ve been and seen it, and the hunters came in 1942 when Hitler’s forces slaughtered more than 32,000 Jews near Kive in one day.

The time is near for the fulfilling of many prophecies regarding Jews returning to the land. The window may soon close and the ‘hunters’ will arise all over. When we see synagogues bombed in The United States it should not just concern us, but rally us that not only is there hate, but it’s an all out assault against any and all Jews. Many jewish people choose to remain here in The US, especially in New York for various reasons. They feel safer and feel like they have a better life here.

Regardless, we the church must pray for as many as will to return home to their land. Most Christians who don’t see any urgency in Jews returning have not been taught or simply don’t understand what the scriptures say. Many Jews do not see the scriptures as relevant either.

In his book, Our Hands are Stained With Blood, Michael Brown details the poor history the church has had relevant to the Jews. It is a must read. The church has done much better in the past 30-40 years, but I am afraid that a lot of what we see is merely an infatuation, rather than genuine love for The Jewish people. There is not real revelation of God’s heart. That is what is need, and that is what I pray that the church will get.

Pray against a spirit of hate and racism, especially anti-semitism, regarding Jews. Pray that more will understand God’s plan for them to return to the home of their ancestors, Israel, and pray that they will meet their Messiah, Jesus the Christ.

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The Spear of Phineas and God’s Zeal In Intercession

The Spear of Phineas and God’s Zeal in Intercession

Lately, it seemed like we were in a whirlwind in our lives. Busy, busy, busy, trying to do all the things we normally do plus tending to other things and situations that had cropped up all came at once. It seemed like we were having a plague of bad car problems, with no end. I know we have to tend to our vehicles and maintain them but what was happening was very unusual and all at once. After spending a thousand or more dollars on one car on multiple problems we purchased a second vehicle as we had only had one vehicle for almost a year, and felt it was time to purchase a second vehicle.        God had blessed us and were able to pay cash. But, I never made it home with that second vehicle, as it blew out a seal on the transmission and ultimately burned up before I knew what was happening. While we didn’t have to pay for those repairs I felt something was going on in the spirit to try to steal the money God had blessed us with for kingdom work.
So, one morning at about 5 a.m,. I went to the kitchen table where I usually have morning devotions before prayer and intercession. The Lord took me to Psalm 106: 30-31.
“Then Phinehas stood up and interposed, and the plague was stayed. Verse 31
And it was reckoned to him for righteousness for all generations forever.”
Immediately the word interposed stood out to me and so I looked it up as well as I looked back at the passages in Numbers that deal with this story. Phinehas was the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the high priest of Israel. Numbers chapters 24 and 25 tell us the story of Balaam, Balak of Peor, the Moabites, the Midianites, the sins of the children of Israel, and what Phinehas did.
When Balam couldn’t curse the Children of Israel for Balak he told Balak the way to bring about their downfall was to entice them away, to fornicate with the foreign women and to fall into idolatry. That is exactly what happened as the men of Israel went after the Moabite and Midianite women, and they bowed to their gods and aroused the Lord’s anger. Nos. 25:3
In Numbers 25:7 we read that when Phineas saw it he arose and took a spear or javelin and killed a man from Israel and woman of Midian in the tent, and the plague that had broken out was stopped. Now, I didn’t have a plague of sickness or anything like that or idolatry but the enemy was definitely trying to drain our bank account so we couldn’t finance kingdom work. But I did stand and intercede with the mighty word of God to end the car problem plague. Verse 11 tells us that God said Phinehas was zealous for God’s zeal. WE need to be zealous with God’s zeal to stand and hit the target with our prayers.
The word ‘interpose’ is translated as intercede or pray in other translations. But I believe that word highlights what was taking place. Phineas’ act of thrusting the spear through the idolaters was an act of zeal for God’s righteousness, and holiness. It was true standing in the gap.
It is clear that there are some in the church that have fallen into the doctrine of Balam and have brought in things of the world into homes, businesses, and worst of all the worship services. Sometimes the church doesn’t look any different than the world. Often we bring things into our lives subtly, because the enemy works that way.
We need intercessors to rise up with a fresh holy zeal sent from heaven to stand and ‘interpose’ for those situations where the enemy is robbing our families, churches, ministries, businesses, etc. WE need to thrust the spiritual spear of Phineas into the things that are plaguing us. Use the word of the Lord and hit the target. We need intercession that has God’s heart, and is zealous to see His heart and will performed in all the earth.
It’s not so much a “spiritual spear” as it is the zeal we have and the zeal to be precise and specific in our prayers and petitions. James Goll calls it ‘Target Practice.” It is simply hitting the mark, praying the word and getting specific in bringing the Father’s Heart in our prayer and intercession. It is vitally important that we hit the mark as Phineas with zeal as often the ones we are praying for cannot.

The recent events in the United States, everything from COVID-19 to the elections and in between has one again caused many to call for special prayer. Much of that prayer has focused on the reelection of President Donald Trump. While there have been some voices calling for repentance and citing 1 Chronicles 7:14, there has been little mention of exactly what needs to be repented of.

Intercession requires us to stand in the gap and make up the hedge. If the hedge of protection is broken down then why? Where and how was it broken down. We have to stand in the gap that the enemy has exposed until it is once again closed and built up by God the Father. Understanding what went wrong begins by asking what went wrong with the church, the ‘Bride of Christ.’ How did we get here? The church has become complacent and full of compromise. For many Sunday morning is a time to socialize have have a ‘feel good’ message. When we are never challenged to take up our Christ and suffer as Christ suffered then we carnal lives and become spiritually lazy and full of compromise.

The problem God has now with America is the same problem that He has with the nations. It is the same problem that He had with Israel when the prophets arrived on the scene and prophesied. Godlessness, unfaithful, idolatrous, and wicked were the words that God used to describe Israel and the nations. Israel became unfaithful whenever she compromised and turned to broken cisterns and idolatrous ways.  America used to be the number one nation sending people out to the nations to ‘disciple’ the nations, or what we often call missions. That rank now belongs to South Korea and likewise they are sending missionaries to America. Many nations are coming to America to bring the Gospel.

The irony is that we have been playing church and not living it. It’s tine for zealous intercessors to rise up and stand firmly in the gap as Phineas stood when he interposed. It is time to see this unfaithful generation turn back to God. NO single man or government for that matter can save us. We have a king and we owe Him our loyalty first. We must pray for all of our leaders and our nation as a whole. Revival and Awakening will only come when we allow Jesus to be the KIng that we say He is. That means complete and total submission to His will!

I pray that every one who reads this will take up the task of intercession with the Heart of the Father, with fresh zeal, a zeal like that of Phineas. Amen

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