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.!”

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?

Socialism Versus The Kingdom Of God

Socialism Versus The Kingdom Of God

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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.!!

Rejoicing In Suffering & Persecution

Rejoicing In Suffering & Persecution

In the world we live in and especially in the perilous times we currently are in there is much suffering, persecution, and sometimes even martyrdom. People in general suffer from sickness, disease, poverty, hardships, disasters and death. Loss and suffering have been with mankind at some level since our first parents lost the original status in the garden of Eden after disobeying the commands of God. There was never supposed to be death, but that entered as a result of the ‘fall’ of man. So how can we speak of rejoicing in such evil times? How can we have joy when there is so much destruction, and evil and it only seems to grow worse?

Christians all around the world face persecution at various levels just for being Christian. Because they have chosen to follow and be disciples of Jesus they are faced with imprisonment, abandonment, loss of personal property, families being torn apart and ultimately death, sometimes violent. Most believers in The Western Church, particularly in the United States have no real understanding of persecution. We here have so many freedoms, and we tend to take so much for granted. Rarely, if ever do most Christians tell of the faith outside of the four walls of the church. Many don’t want to ‘rock the boat’, or upset someone, or get involved in matters that they feel should be avoided.

It is for this reason that we are faced with the current crisis here and in many western nations. A crisis where we are losing some freedom to speak or take a stand for our faith. Or when we do there is no real outcry from within the body of Christ. Many are left to stand alone to choose to take a stand against gay marriage or abortion, or just immorality or indecency. We don’t want to offend anyone, or hurt someone. While it is important to have good relationships with peers and co-workers, there comes a point where we must be recognized as true believers of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.” (NASB)

1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange was coming upon you, 13- But to the degree that you share in the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing so that at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation.”

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus tells His listeners, which includes anyone now who reads and hears His words, that when you are persecuted, or insulted and when people say all sorts of evil things because of Him. In other words, if you ‘truly follow Him’, and obey Him, at some point you will be insulted, and yes persecuted. You will suffer. Suffer for being human is one thing, but for serving Jesus is another. Peter speaks about sharing in Jesus’ suffering. We forget that because we have been redeemed and Jesus paid it all that we still suffer like Him, and must endure hardships from time to time.

Believers in many nations today face suffering just for naming the name of Jesus. They don’t have to speak out against current events or issues. They just confess, ‘Jesus is Lord’. We here in the US have no real knowledge of the level of persecution and suffering the rest of body has in the world. We seem to be isolated or feel we are insulated against it.

However, there is a level of persecution coming that we never thought we would face here. AS times grow more evil, the church or ekklesia will grow more glorious. There is glory in suffering for Jesus, and I’m not talking about some unkind word. I mean for instance like the Pastor who basically lost his job because he said ‘homosexuality was a sin.’ He never said anything about the people, just the act is indecent and sinful. Yet, his congregatio felt that that was not the right thing to put on there sign. Or what about the clerk in Kentucky who was fired for not granting a marriage license to a gay couple because it went against her beliefs.

When we take a stand we must count the cost and be ready to suffer whatever consequences here man may offer. Yet we must rejoice. Keep on rejoicing. The revelation of His glory is a daily thing, but the full revelation of that glory will come in the Millennial reign as we rule with Christ. In John 17:13-14 Jesus prayed for the joy that the Father put in Him would be in his disciples. He said ‘the world hates them.’ If the world hated the early followers how much more are we hated today. Yet we need His joy.

John wrote to various churches in 1 John 1:4 that his purpose in writing was that their joy might be complete. In John 15:11 Jesus said that He spoke about abiding in Hi so that His joy may be in them. Whatever comes our way in this age we are not to let it steal our joy. WE are to agree with God’s word that we have the abiding Word (Jesus) living in us, and that word brings us joy. In Hebrews 12:2 we are told to ’fix our eyes on Jesus’, for the joy set before Him endured the cross.

There is an age coming where we will rule and reign with Him. Many of us will have a lot of responsibility while some less. What we do now prepares us for that age and how we will serve. We should weep for those that persecute us especially the lost or those perishing without Jesus. God doesn’t desire that any should perish.

Count everything with joy, esteem others higher than yourself for there is coming a day when we will have Jesus and He will make all things right. Let us run the race set before us with ‘joy’. Of all of the disciples John was the one that fully understood what it meant to have Jesus and the joy that went with that. He often wrote about joy and rejoicing. Yet, John was persecuted, so much that they tried and failed to kill him. He was finally forced into exile on The island of Patmos, where he received the final Revelation Jesus.

None of no for sure what we may face but one thing is for sure we can face it with joy and rejoice that we will be with him forever. We are part of the plan to bring restoration to the earth.

Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!!!!!!! Phil. 4:4 my paraphrase

Don’t forget to pray for our brothers and sisters all around the world who are facing torment and imprisonment daily.

Visit opendoorsusa.org or voice of the martyrs on how you can pray effectively for the persecuted church

Atlanta, Super Bowl Weekend, And Modern Slavery

Atlanta, Super Bowl Weekend, And Modern Slavery

One of the largest and most widely celebrated major sports events in the United States and perhaps the world will take place this coming Sunday in Atlanta, Ga. At the same time one of the often overlooked and forgotten horrors of society worldwide will be bringing millions of dollars just in Atlanta. In 2014-15 Atlanta was ranked number one in the United States in human trafficking, in terms of money made, and also number of victims. This is due in large part to the large number of conventions and events that Atlanta attracts.

Why would this event in this city be of utmost importance to me? Obviously as a born again Christian I believe that it is wrong for humans to be forced to do anything against their will, especially to take woman and children and force them to commit sex acts against their will. Further the pornography industry has grown to alarming rate due to the internet. People involved in this industry usually are trapped for various reasons, including the promise to make big sums of money.

Likewise, prostitution is also considered by many a form of ‘slavery’ even though the women are paid, and often call it a career, they are trapped because they feel they can’t do anything else. Not to mention the shame and guilt that is heaped on by those that are over them and the mind games. According to the ministry Exodus Cry, “ Prostitution is primarily the lack of a choice among the most marginalized, defenseless, and vulnerable people in the world.” In other words those that are marginalized or defenseless and vulnerable are not really given a choice. The same could be said I think, for many caught up in the drug trade.

The fact is whether one is paid like a prostitute or forced to perform sex acts they are trapped and usually feel there is no other choice, or no real way out. Human trafficking is a highly organized and lucrative business generating over 150 billion USD annually and 2/3 of that from prostitution says the Exodus Cry website. What is a good definition of human trafficking? The most widely accepted definition which was adopted by the UN General ASsembly and accepted by 150 nations is known as the Palermo Protocol.

It defines Human Trafficking

“The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”

There are some key words to ponder. Exploitation, abduction, and coercion are what really stick out for me. I think that is true for all forms of trafficking including pornograpic videos and images and yes, even strip bars as well. These women and sometimes men are being exploited even though they will often say, ‘I gotta make a buck”.

So, what is the big deal about the Super Bowl? We know that Atlanta is already one of the largest markets for human trafficking and sex slavery in the world. We also know that as much as people like sports and watching a ‘good game of football’, it is a lot more than just that. It is a big, big party where billions of dollars will be made from gambling and betting, not to mention the gains of the city of Atlanta, hotels, restaurants, and not to mention all of the parties that will be going on during the game. Many will buy snacks, party food, finger food, drinks, and all sorts of party favors. So, the Super Bowl is big business.

There is that hidden or forgotten business of men’s souls that will be overlooked. The real losers in this weekend’s events will be the victims who will be forced, coerced, extorted and held into all sorts of acts of bondage, mostly against their will. Fortunately there are a lot of prayer groups coming together for a concerted effort to cancel the enemy’s plans.

Does the Bible describe the events I have discussed? Does it speak of a system where men trade various things of this world including the souls of men? Yes, it most certainly does and I will look at that.

Revelation 18 talks about the coming fall of the ‘Babylon System’ or the world’s way to do things, Revelation 18:2 (ESV) and he (the angel) called out with a mighty voice , “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast. 3- For all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”

I wrote about the ‘kings of the earth’ in a previous article. But, clearly the rulers of nations and business, and media, and arts, sports are following after the Babylon system and have perverted so many things that God called good. There is nothing wrong with merchants profiting and making a living from selling honest goods and services. What is wrong is when they build their empire and never help anyone out or still never pay fair prices or wages or tip the scales unjustly. There are many good and honest people in all spheres of society, but there are so many built on indecency, dishonesty, and various forms of sordid gain. But our focus here is on something else that is being traded.

Vers 11-13 “ And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her (Babylon). Since no one buys their cargo anymore, cargo of gold,silver jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, bronze, iron, and marble cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil,flour wheat, cattle and sheep, horses, and chariots, and slaves, that is human souls.” ESV

Yes, slaves and human souls are mentioned as being traded as part of the world system. I am not talking just about slavery as people working in fields or building pharaoh’s buildings. No we are talking about women and children and sometimes men trapped as sex slaves. So what can be done? Laws exist or are being passed and introduced to limit, alter, or in many countries end sex slavery. Israel, one of the worst offenders, recently passed new legislation limiting prostitution or redefining it. Sweden has one of the harshest laws against prostitution. Many nations are now adopting similar laws to the ‘Swedish model”.

Passing laws is good but they must be enforced. Likewise what is to be done to the children and women who come out of a life of ‘sex slavery’? They are often very fragile and are not trusting of most people. Especially men. Then there are the pimps or slave masters themselves. Many of them are also trapped in a system. We need to pray for the souls of those in bondage and those forcing the bomdage. Pray for their salvation and for the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn in their lives. Pray that they are discipled in the truth of God’s word.

Jesus read Isaiah 61 in the synagogue, saying “the Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, to bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and opening up of prison to those that are bound.”

Isaiah 1:17 learn to do right, seek justice. Defend the oppressed…….

There are many verses about justice, but these are just a few. There are many ministries that focus on “human trafficking”. A few are Exodus Cry, Out of Darkness, CBN, The Hand of Hope, There are many but as you look for one to support prayerfully or financially or just for information be sure to check various sources. The key is we all need to become ABOLITIONISTS to END SEX Slavery not just in America but worldwide.

Isaiah 16:4b “ when the oppressor is no more, and destruction is ceased, and he who tramples underfoot has vanished from the land, 5- then a throne will be established in steadfast love, and on it will sit in faithfulness in the tent of David one who judges and seeks justice and is swift to do righteousness.”

Jesus will establish His throne in Jerusalem and not only rule but judge and bring justice and righteousness. We pray in agreement for justice and righteousness to be established in these situations to end human trafficking in Atlanta and all over the world.

New York: Where Baal and Molech Want Your Children

New York: Where Baal and Molech Want Your Children

The above sign appears at the arrival gate when one enters the state of New York and New York City at JFK airport. Unfortunately, that welcome mat is no longer a guarantee to thousands of unborn children. Yes children! A woman can now carry a baby full-term and still have a ‘legal’ abortion performed. This was signed into law under the disguise of ‘only for women whose lives are at risk.’ Studies show that less than 1% of all abortions performed are the result of the woman’s live being at risk.

What is really at risk here? According to Governor Cuomo and the Democratically controlled legislature of New York, ‘we are afraid that Roe v. Wade will be overturned and we are guaranteeing women’s reproductive rights at the state level.” When Gov. Cuomo spoke about the new law he, along with other lawmakers stood at a blue podium with the caption Reproductive Justice No Time To Wait. Wow, talk about an irony. What kind of justice are they referring to?

Aside from the various Bible verses there is enough proof that life begins at conception. Further, why would a woman carry a baby full term and decide to not have it? Obviously there are cases of rape, incest, and the mother’s life risk that are often considered. However, overall there are always many waiting to adopt. There are always people who want to have children and yet can’t and desire to adopt and are required to go through so many various hoops in order to finally get a child to raise as their own. Worse is the fact that a woman can have a one night stand and turn up pregnant only to walk into a doctor’s office and get an abortion under the cover of ‘women’s reproductive health.’

I am more than sympathetic to those who have been raped and abused. It is most unfortunate. Most of the abortions performed in the United States are not due to rape or incest nor the risk of the life of the mother. All that to say, what is really going on? What has New York just done? The state of New York operates a website for child abuse and protective services. If someone suspects or knows of a child being abused they are supposed to report it. Also, there is a list at their website that details who is ‘required’ by law to report child abuse. Among those listed are physicians, nurses, the coroner, medical examiner, and other health care officials.

The same health care officials who are required by law to report the abuse of a child, are possibly the same ones who will be killing or murdering many unborn healthy children. Where is the justice in that? 5 minutes maybe 10 can mean the difference in what is a crime in New York. Worse is the fact that the lawmakers are praising this. Where is the justice?

I worked in healthcare for nearly 3 decades and came in contact with many situations and have a full appreciation of the matters at hand.

I understand that many in all levels of society do not have a Biblical worldview. Others meanwhile, do have a Biblical worldview but they have erroneous teaching are worse have been convinced by bad medical claims that it is not murder, or it is a ‘woman’s right to choose’. Yes there is a choice. What about the choice of the unborn.

So what does the Creator have to say about all of this? I have previously written about Molech in Amos 5, and the Children of Israel passing their children through the ‘fire’ or offering their children to this false god.

Consider the following verses:

Jeremiah 32:35, “they built the high places of Baal that are in the valley of Ben-hinnom to cause their sons and daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it entered My mind that they should do this abomination to cause Judah to sin.”

Leviticus 18:21, “ you shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of the Lord your God; I am the Lord.”

I can hear some people saying ‘well that is Old Testament!’ Remember the Old has not passed away and further Jesus took the commandments higher. The Old points to the New. We are quick to say ‘thou shalt not murder.’ That is part of the Old Testament which we as New Testament believers are under but Jesus gave us power to live it out and if we sin then we have the blood of Jesus as our sacrifice and we can repent and be forgiven. Wow, God is good.

But we see that God strictly forbade His people to act as the other people around them in allowing or causing their children to ‘pass through the fire’ in being offered to Molech. The god Molech was made by man’s hands of metal, probably bronze, and in its belly a fire was lit and later children were placed in there above the coals and left in there to be basically burned alive, thus the term ‘pass through the fire.’

In 2 Kings 3:27 the king of Moab saw that the battle was turning against him and ‘he took his oldest son, who was to reign in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering on the wall. You see, it is the heathen, or pagan peoples who offered their children to false gods.

Psalm 106:35, “ but they mingled with the nations and learned their practices, 36- and served their idols, which became a snare to them. 37- they even sacrificed their sons and daughters to the demons.” (NASB)

God had forbidden Israel to offer their children to false gods or demons, yet as we read they mingled with the other nations and took up their practices. This is what happens when we allow the world to ‘mingle’ with the Church and we adopt their practices instead of keeping Jesus’ teachings and further teaching and discipling the nations as we were commanded by Jesus. Thus in America and in any nation where abortion or any form of child sacrifice exists we have come to allow our children to be offered to false gods. I’m sure many are offended and many see what I am teaching as too extreme. Unfortunately, we can’t cover it up or disguise it any longer.

What are we to do then? First we must pray and intercede for the United States as a nation, and then for all states. We need to pray for the Supreme Court in possibly overturning Roe v. Wade. When this happens and legislation is in turn sent to the states to pass we must pray that each state is ready to pass legislation making abortion illegal. I’m sure that there will be as I believe there should be few if any exceptions. Such as, rape, or incest or the mother’s life. There will need to be education, science, medical and other. We must pray for people’s hearts to be turned back to The Father through Jesus as that is really the only way.

Lord help us! Lord forgive us!