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THE LAST CONFESSION – part 1

Posted in Christianity, Discernment, End Times, Eternity, Gods Word, Jesus Christ, religion, Salvation, Tribulation Saints, Uncategorized on November 3, 2011 by timbob

If there was ever a topic that I am 100% unqualified to address, it would be this one. I have never awakened in the morning; wondering if this would be the day when my testimony of Jesus would mean an end to my days under the sun. Millions “have,” and even now, “do” live in places where this is a constant possibility. I do not have a Richard Wurmbrand type story. I have never been imprissoned for my testimony of Jesus and I have never been ordered to renounce my faith of perish. And yet the topic must be addressed; even in this land where most of the citizens enjoy carefree living without fear of interruption. The time will arrive when persecution for the cause of Christ will no longer be restriced to distant lands with hard to pronounce names. Before proceeding further, it’s necessary to make available the following video presentation:

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

Martyrdom is ones final testimony wherein they proclaim to all that their beliefs are more important to them than watching the sun rise the next morning. It’s their final act of resistance in a venue where, for a season, evil is carrying the day. Martyrdom is a topic that many like to discuss in terms of other people chosing its path over compromise. Rarely, however, does a person seriously consider that they may one day face such a moment. (at least in the westernized nations) I once heard the statement “people love to talk about those who have given their lives for Jesus, but nobody wants to follow in their footsteps.” Without a doubt, it runs contrary to the fleshly instincts of self-preservation. It’s a reckless abandoning of all that one has collected and a decided farewell to those whom they have come to cherish. It’s a submitting to something far bigger than ones self and it forces those who remain to consider their own standing.

Ecclesiastes 7:1-2 “A good name is better than precious ointment: and the day of death than the day of ones birth.
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.”

It’s important to address some dangerous misconceptions concerning this topic. The first is the “a loving God would never do that” mindset. (This is a cousin to the “we’re not going to be here during the tribulation” theology) We tend to gravitate toward the warm fuzzy attributes of God and breeze over the areas that challenge our flesh. One can venture into almost any church in the land and hear a seeker-sensitive message about how wonderful our Creator is (he is indeed wonderful beyond description) and how he loves everyone. (he does indeed love everyone, but he hates sin and cannot allow it in his presence) But focusing completely upon the warm and fuzzy elements creates a lopsided view of the bigger picture and fails to prepare one for the eventuality of persecution for Jesus our Savior “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall (not might) suffer persecution.” For most of us in the west, persecution isn’t even on our radar creen; let alone thoughts of preparing for a time when our profession will cost us our place in the theater of atoms.

John 16:1-3 “These things have I spoken unto you that ye should not be offended.
They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think he doeth God service.
And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.”

The second misconception may be even more dangerous. This is the tendancy to paint for ourselves a romantic/idealistic view of martyrdom thats void of comprehending what it means to stand, alone, when the consequences are irreversible. I believe that this is what Peter unwittingly did when he proclaimed “though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee.” (According to Matthew 26:35, this mindset affected all of the disciples at the time.) This is a dangerous tendancy for those of us (such as me) who have never had to make such a choice. Those of us in this camp face a very serious challenge because, up until now, our profession really hasn’t cost us anything significant. When a person in a muslim or communist country believes on the Lord Jesus, they do so knowing full well that it’s not going to be a walk in the park. They can fully “expect” to be betrayed by friends, family, coworkers, and what have you. There is no “easy believism, name-it-and-claim-it” in Saudi Arabia or North Korea. In these lands, a person being presented with the gospel of Jesus Christ, makes their decision with the cost already in the forefront.

This is the reason for writing this post. This is the reason for the epiphany that transpired in the wee hours of November 1. We are soon to face a reality where compromise in the name of physical continuance will mean eternal damnation. and yet the vast majority of us (in the west) have never EVER been confronted with such a choice. Very few of us have ever heard a single message preached on the issue. Until such a moment occurs, we are reduced to discussing this issue from a theoretical perspective. Suppose that tomorrow, it’s suddenly no longer an ideological exercise. Imagine that, around 3:00am, the black van rolls into the driveway and the agents knock on the door. They give you five minutes to gather some personal effects and then they haul you into the uncertainty. It seems crazy! Conventional wisdom tells us “such a thing can “never” happen here! We have a constitution….and besides; the rapture will take place before any of the bad things happen…..remember; we are not appointed unto wrath” This is a tactic that the enemy of our souls employs to keep the slumberers slumbering. It’s a painfully effective tactic.

Luke 21:14-15 “Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

Luke 21:16-19 “And ye shall be betrayed by both parents, and brethren, and kinfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my names sake.
But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
In your patience, possess ye your souls.”

The words “all men” refers to anyone who is not born of the Spirit and walking close to Jesus. Anyone who has not prepared for such a reality will “hate us” when this season comes to fruition. Right now, we all have acquaintances who may not agree with us on theological issues, but like us as a person. As the end of the age approaches, however, this coexisting (for lack of a better word) will come to an abrupt end. Those who do not know Jesus will believe a lie. A lie so “warm and fuzzy;” so filled with divine oneness and love, that they will wonder after it with intensity. These folks will then look at us with a supernatural hatred as we dare to challenge this brave new reality. Let me bring this uncomfortably close to home. I have a really good relationship with my younger daughter. Sadly, however, whenever I bring up the gospel, she quickly changes the subject. She is a very nice and a very smart person from a natural standpoint, but she has no interest in Jesus. If this continues unaltered, there will come a time when she will embrace a lie, begin to hate me because of who I represent, and…..turn me into the authorities.

Again; it sounds crazy! But Jesus said that this would happen. We cannot fathom how complete the strong delusion of antichrist will be. With the system of antichrist already in place (for all practical purposes) it’s only a matter of time before this senario unfolds.

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

I Peter 4:19 “Wherefore, let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”

This isn’t even half way completed, but this part must be brought to a conclusion. There are aspects of persecution and laying down our lives for Jesus that need deeper focusing. The most incredible aspect is the uninhibited fellowship with the Lord. There is a measure of grace; a level of experiencing the presence of the Lord, that can only be experienced during persecution and/or martyrdom. On two brief occasions, I have had a glimpse of this and it’s incredible beyond description. This needs to be addressed in greater detail; along with other aspects. Until then, blessings always in Jesus name.

Acts 7:55-56 “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
And said, behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.”

S T A R G A Z E R

Posted in Christianity, Discernment, End Times, Eternity, Gods Word, Jesus Christ, Salvation, Spiritual warfare, Uncategorized on October 24, 2011 by timbob

Luke 6:12 “And it came to pass in those days, that he (Jesus) went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”

The ponderings which have fostered this post are complex. They involve distant memories of a time when I knew not the Lord Jesus and was driven by forces that I didn’t understand. The reason for telling this is twofold. First, it’s a memorial of the Lords preservation during my season of chaos, of his introducing people into my life in the proper season, and his bringing me to godly repentance. second, it’s a call to reach out to the spiritually empty inquirers in our midst; lest they commit to a path that seals their destruction. This is going to touch on aspects of my personal testimony that I’ve never shared with anyone and will probably foster a playing of “The Twilight Zone” theme song in ones head. (I may lose fb friends over this)

It began with a somewhat unusual (Christian) song that I heard a few days ago.  It told a story about a girl whose relentless curiosity and desire for understanding made it impossible to function within the perimeters of that which is considered normal. This restless soul spent her nights beneath the stars, considering the unfathomable vastness of creation. As she beheld the handiwork of an incredible Creator whom she did not yet know, she was certain that he is very loving and wise. It’s likely that most people who come across this song, give it a quick “that was nice” and then move on to the next attraction. For me, however, it stirred up memories from the days of my youth. Everyone who is not born of the Spirit has an inner void that only God can fill. For some, however, this emptiness is profound. They somehow see past the shallowness that most of their contemporaries are content to settle for. Their environment, with all of its dramas and sideshows, seems pointless and they long for connection with something that’s real. 

MAYBE THERE’S A LOVING GOD (Sara Groves) This link goes to the song video. For some reason, It failed to post it in the normal manner.

For the most part, my upbringing was average. We lived in an average house on an average midwestern farm in an average community. There were no traumatic circumstances or mistreatment at the hands of others that would cause one to develop behavioral abnormailites. Many aspects of my life were average as well. I played little league baseball, was involved with 4H, and up until high school, performed at an average academic level. I strove to be a normal midwestern 1970s (and early 1980s) kid. Some of my interests seemed excessive for someone my age. I was very interested in geo-politics and current events. I was also fascinated by astronomy and space exploration as, from an unsaved natural standpoint, it seemed to be a doorway to a fascinating future. I was also fascinated by works of science fiction. None of these things would cause alarm, however, this was only part of my story.

From the earliest memories, I’ve had a very active imagination which seemed to reside beyond the boundaries of the physical realm. Despite my efforts to blend in, the world was actually kind of boring and many of the normal interests of my contemporaries failed to move me. I longed for more; something substantial, something to invade the monotony of it all. I became fascinated by anything paranormal or unexplainable. Bigfoot, UFOs the Bermuda triangle, hauntings, anything that offered a more dynamic world view. Amazingly, despite these inquiries, I never questioned the existance of God. Not only did I believe that he was, I believed the bible to be his word. I even read from the bible upon occasion. (Praise God for this roadblock on my downward spiral. had I embraced an agnostic view of the Creator, my situation would have been far more complicated) Yet despite this belief, I never seriously considered matters exclusively from from that angle. On those occasions that biblical questions did arise, I  would go to the only person in my life that I considered to be a christian. And she wasn’t a christian; she was a mormon. YES; it was a RECIPE FOR DISASTER!

I Timothy 3:16 “And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

In high school, I became withdrawn in many respects. after my freshman year, I pulled out of all remaining extra-curricular activities. I spent a lot of time alone; pondering what it all means. My sarchastic form of humor enabled me to maintain friends and function on the surface. But inside, I was profoundly empty. This is when I began going out late at night and just looking up at the sky. The stars were almost trance-inducing. I didn’t empty my mind like many teach as being a way to enlightenment. (Another roadblock! Praise God!) Instead, I just…..wondered. What does it all mean? This universe is so incredibly huge and we are stuck on a single planet thats overrun by evil. How many worlds are out there? Who inhabits those worlds? What are they doing at this very moment while I observe the photons emmitted by their star 50 years ago?” It was a never-ending train of ponderings and longings. Asking what is out there and wishing that I could this place to join them. I would go out at night and watch the sky; hoping; even asking, to see something from another world.  At that point, I would have raced toward anything that manifested, while frantically calling out “TAKE ME WITH YOU! YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE TRAPPED HERE!”

Jeremiah 9:2 “Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.”

Something needs to be pointed out here. I’ve heard of people who can “summon” ufos and they will appear. This tells the true nature of these things. They are not benevolent beings from a star system 50 light years away. They are demonic entities who will play a starring role in the end times deception. In his incredible mercy, God never allowed my callings out to be answered. This was extremely dangerous because, for all practical purposes, this amounted to “summoning.” I think it was Steve Quayle who once stated “when you call into the darkness, the darkness will answer.” Joseph Smith got into trouble when he was out in the woods praying. He received an answer in the form of an entity called Moroni. The first thing this being told his non-discerning inquirer was “all of the churches are wrong; I want to give you the restored gospel to share.” (or words to that efffect)

Deuteronomy 4:19 “And lest thou lift up thine eyes to heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.”

In addition to the ufo aspect, I was simply fascinated by the creation itself. As my senior year progressed, my life took on additional anomalies. I would roam late at night; across the fields and down dark country roads. Mine was a restless spirit; driven by questions and riddles to which the answers seemed way out of reach. My dad occasionally expressed concern, (son; you live in an imaginary fog) however, not to the point of seeking professional help. There was no “charted graph of despondancy” or pharmaceutically enhanced “path of self-recovery.” This was another roadblock from God for which I am grateful. But the biggest protective roadblock had to be the shielding me from deep involvement with the occult. As I was being noticeably “lured” by entities, something seemed to literally hold me back. I also played Dungeons and Dragons with friends (I had a few) and, despite the almost hypnotic attraction to the game and the accompanying entity,  (there was a very enticing entity involved) I was unable to become “very heavily” involved. (One of my friends from that group  began dabbling in witchcraft and another one is now dead. The latter reached a point where he would go into these “trances” and, one day in 1989, he never came back.)

Just a side note……PRAISE GOD THAT THERE WAS NO INTERNET BACK IN THOSE DAYS! The way that I was wired at the time, having so much information at my disposal (especially information on the occult) would have been the final nail in my spiritual coffin. One can say “well there are a lot of christian sites” but in those days, I wouldn’t have sought them out.

Acts 10:38 “How God annointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

This story could have ended in a number of ways. I could have been commited to the care of psychologists, placed on a neverending program of medications, given over to ungodly therapists, and been lost forever. I could have plunged headlong into witchcraft; a venture that I believe was curtailed by a prevailing fear of God. The fear of God was like being inside a big protective bubble in those days. It restricted how far I was willing to venture. I could have ended up passing through increasingly destablizing stages of demonic possession. I could have become depressed to the point of cutting short my days under the sun. But none of this happened. In June of 1983, the girl next door, went to live with relatives down near Elkhart. These folks were Christians; real Christians who loved Jesus. As I became a regular visitor (Teresa and I had been friends for years.) something began to happen. The Holy Spirit began revealing to me my sinful state. I found myself  “wanting what this family had.” In September of 1983, that I believed on Jesus and was born of the Spirit. 

I don’t know if this can speak to anyone or even if it’s good to enter this into a public forum. These things are long since under the blood of Jesus. I don’t know if the above song is a real testimony or just cleverly assembled lyrics which cause one to consider that “Maybe there’s a loving God.” Either way, the story involves a behavioral anomalie which, until hearing this, I was certain that “nobody else in the entire history of the world had ever engaged in.” (lol) Today, I still love to spend time under the stars; especially after work, (I’m on second shift which makes this very easy) however, I no longer entertain vain imaginations. Now it’s time of incredible prayer and fellowship with the Lord Jesus. The distractions of the day are on hold and it’s just me and the Lord. This actually began right after I was saved. I continued to go outside, however, that was where the similarities with the past ended. Now it was a hurrying to be with my Savior, who had pulled me out of darkness and into his marvellous light.

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Blessings always in Jesus name.

F I R E S O N G

Posted in Christianity, Discernment, End Times, Eternity, Gods Word, Jesus Christ, religion, Salvation, Spiritual warfare, Tribulation Saints, Uncategorized on April 21, 2011 by timbob

Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

This post must begin with a link to the April 12, 2011 edition of Trunews with Rick Wiles. While this broadcast is a good source for news from a prophetic standpoint, the following episode features a discussion with Dr. C R Oliver wherein he talks about what the saints must do to remain faithful in the days ahead. This is very sobering, but it should not strike fear in the heart of one who is born of the Spirit. Instead, it should, cause us to draw closer to Jesus, lay aside all that’s frivillous, and strive to hide his word in our heart. Here’s the link to the broadcast from Tuesday, April 12, 2011:

TRUNEWS (April 12, 2011) with Rick Wiles

One of the issues which Dr. Oliver touches on is how suddenly the status quo can come to an end. In the west it almost seems unthinkable. “After all,” the reasoning goes, “people have been saying things like this for years and yet, everything continues on.” The ideas of a sudden interruption of our lifestyle or persecution for the cause of Christ seem alien to us. We embrace it from a theological standpoint, however, our heart then “reminds us” that “those things only happen in places like Pakistan or Eritrea.” Whether or not we choose to come to terms with it, the truth is that we are on the fast-track toward scriptural fulfilment. While much of the church in the west tells herself  “I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing” the beast system is being implemented at an accellerated pace. We will soon be forced to make a choice between a morsel of bread and our eternal souls. Yet in most venues, the pastors focus on massaging the itching ears of their flock, instead of offering messages that will prepare them for the hour of temptation.

II Peter 2:3 “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

One thing is in need of mentioning at this juncture. We must maintain a love for truth; even when it runs contrary to what we personally want to think or what we have been taught. If we are indeed going to experience betrayal, persecution unto death, and the rolling out of deceptions so thorough that “if it were possible they shall deceive the very elect” we must face this reality in order to prepare. For weeks now, there’s been this overwhelming desire to get in closer to Jesus, burrow into the scriptures, and be in a place of hearing from on high. This is where we go for preparation, revelation, discernment, and comfort. This is a must for all who are born of the Spirit. We cannot navigate these events in our own strength or understanding. Without a doubt, Gods grace is, and always will be, sufficient for anything that we may have to face. It’s up to us, however, to keep our heart with all diligence; lest unbelief and fainting enter in. (Hebrews 3:12.)

Many of us are going to face situations that we never dreamed would manifest in our lives. Many of us are going to become martyrs. All of us, who maintain the testimony of Jesus, are going to be hated and betrayed by those who chose to wonder after the beast. That beast is going to make war with the saints and pevail against them in the theater of atoms. (Daniel 7:21-25, and Revelation 13:4-8) If our heart is not fully abiding (as in 100%) in heavenly places; if our eyes are not fixed completely upon Jesus,we’ll buckle under the pressures of offense and want. It’s sobering but true. The vast majority will sell their birthright for a morsel of meat; including many who once held the testimony of Jesus. (II Thessalonians 2:3.) These will then turn on the remnant.

Luke 21:16-17 “And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolk, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my names sake.
But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

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

Revelation 6:9-11 “And when he had opened the the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, faithful and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”

It seems overwhelming; in fact, many will be overwhelmed to the point of fainting. They will hear warnings to prepare and respond in one of three ways. Some will explain it away; through doctrinal wrangling, such as “Oh; we’re not going to be here” or “God loves us too much to allow that.” Some will simply ignore the warnings. Just go about their routine as though the routine will always see them through. Still others (I’m still referring to professing christians) will go to more extreme measures, such as questioning the authenticity of the bible (well if you read that in the original greek) proclaiming that these things all played out in the first century, concluding that there are many paths to God, denying the existance of an eternal lake of fire where torment is everlasting and what have you. For one who is determined to keep their head in the sand, the sky is the limit.

We can choose from the array of deceptions and coping mechanisms. Or we can come before the Lord Jesus, who has promised to be with us always, and allow him to prepare us. Through strengthening our relationship, hiding his word ion our heart, being atuned to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and being ready to move at a moments  notice, we can trust that he will sustain us. Whether we abide until Jesus returns (that means enduring the tribulation) or being led up to the gillotine (Revelation 20:4,) we can be confident that he will see us through. (Even if, up until this point, we have had a continuance of relative peace and safety.)

A few days ago, a saint in another city and I were discussing these issues. of persecution and maintaining the testimony of Jesus regardless of the cost. For several hours afterwards, I replayed portions of the dialogue in my mind while considering these things. I was at home preparing for bed, when i remembered reading about saints in the middle ages who were burned at the stake for their testimony. as the flames began to wrap around them, they were singing. The glory of God shone in their faces as they sang of our blessed redeemer. A thought was dropped into my spirit. “You need a firesong.” I’ve been thinking about this ever since. A special song; be it one that we’ve heard, or one that we have written that’s exclusively between us and the Lord Jesus, it’s a melody from the heart that we set aside for times of trying and ultimatel departure. We need to give thought to the time when our testimony is complete, which should compel us to be about our Fathers business in the short time that remains.

Well, I need to be going. Tomorrow is Good Friday. We are continually mindful the incredible price that Jesus paid for us. He who knew no sin, bore on his body the sins of all. Through faith in his blood, we have forgiveness of sin and eternal life. Our salvation is so incredible that words cannot do justice. Each of us were on the wide path that leads to everlasting torment. But one day, we heard about a Savior; the very one who created all that we see, who left glory and took upon himself a body of flesh. We heard how he went to an old rugged cross; despite having the option to call ten thousand angels. He died and entered into the lower parts of the earth. He defeated Satan once and for ever. Three days later, he arose from the grave as it was impossible for him to see corruption. He appeared to many and they saw him ascend into heaven. And then they heard two angels say “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

Jesus is returning and every eye shall behold him. “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

Blessings always in Jesus name.

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Update: April 22, 2011. Please listen to the following broadcast. It ties in with the content of this post:

THE END OF TIME (Interview with Augusto Perez)

WARRIOR CHILD versus the ARROGANCIA

Posted in Christianity, Discernment, End Times, Eternity, Gods Word, Jesus Christ, religion, Salvation, Spiritual warfare, Tribulation Saints, Uncategorized on April 4, 2011 by timbob

Acts 26:16-18 “But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of the things in the which I will appear unto thee;
Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee;”
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

The final verse of the above passage is pivotal. All around us we see the signature of Satan in the lives of our contemporaries for whom Jesus shed his blood.  For those who are born of the Spirit, it’s disheartening from two angles. First; we have been there and have vivid memories of the former conversation. We can identify with the “lifelessness” that’s driving and destroying those around us. We see the devices of satan for what they really are. Secondly; we know what it’s like to awaken one morning, headed for hell, and go to bed that evening, a new creature in Christ. We have tasted the indescribable goodness of the Lord and and the peace of knowing that we have an inheritance incorruptible. The trappings and campaigns that once kept us tethered to this world have lost their hold as we abide continuously in heavenly places.

From the moment we are born of the Spirit, we become participants in a spiritual battle with more facets than we can possibly imagine. With our names written in heaven and our relationship with the Lord Jesus established, we become an instant threat to the agenda of darkness. As we draw ever closer to Jesus and continue to hide his word in our heart, the danger that we pose grows proportionately. We fan out; mingling with the deep captives, carrying with us the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. The powers of darkness scramble. The devil and his minions employ everything their disposal in an effort to discourage us, neutralize us, and if possible, lure us to shipwreck.  Lest the inquiring hearts around us hear the words of life and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; the only name under heaven, whereby we “must be saved.”

Moment by moment, and day by day, the battle continues without pause. Eternities are being forged all around us and we never know when a persons final opportunity to believe on Jesus will play out.  We are continuously entering into situations wherein our actions, words, demeanor, etc will either work to gather unto Christ or drive the eternal ones farther away from the only way to heaven. It’s been stated in past postings, but bears repeating. None of us have a full understanding as to the seriousness of what’s playing out. Our vantage point is very limited and our field of vision is usually crowded with frivillosity. We must give continual diligence to seeing the bigger picture and not allow the devil to sidetrack us with an endless parade of sideshow battles. We must stay close to Jesus, focus on issues of eternal significance, and continuously strive to be in the center of Gods will.

II Timothy 2:4 “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath called him to be a soldier. (II Timothy chapter 2 offers important perimeters which we must give heed to.)

An absolute abandonment, from the heart, of things temporal on this level may sound reckless to many, however, it’s actually a place of complete liberty and peace. A place of discarding temporary and fruitless agendas and focusing on the issues which have eternal significance. Of laying up unperishable treaure in heaven and not being driven by an unquenchable desire for stuff. It’s a complete understanding and embracing of the words that the apostle Paul, that, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” It allows us to be a true city on a hill, whose light is not distorted by personal agenda and ego. And most of all, it’s a place of incredible fellowship with the Lord Jesus, wherein he truly is our first love. Once we arrive at this place, we are in position to pull down strongholds and be about the work of the gospel with a pure heart. 

Philippians 2:3 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”

Originally, I was minded to finish out this post with a run through a series of well known passages concerning spiritual warfare. (Mat. 16:18, Eph 6:12, etc) But over the past two weeks another aspect of this has been in the forefront. It can be traced all the way back to the original sin; when Lucifer desired to exalt himself above God. It’s the danger associated wih self-exaltation to which none of us are immune. Arrogance can be found residing in every facet of society as the old nature seeks to carve out a name for itself amongst the contemporaries. And while it can be devastating in the life of one who knows not the Lord, it can foster complete shipwreck in the life of a saint. One needs only to look at the life of king Saul, who “became very wroth” when  noticed that the children of Israel were assigning more credit to David than to him. It was revealed that his focus wasn’t on “Look at the incredible victory the Lord has wrought.” Instead, it was “hey; I’m not being given my rightful share of credit.”  

I Samuel 18:9 “And Saul eyed David from that day forward.”

This set in motion the spiraling downward of a king who was no longer little in his own eyes. Whenever we begin to think of ourselves more highly than we ought, we lay the groundwork for disaster down the road. Spiritual pride will initially obscure our discernment and then cause us to not give heed to the gentle promptings by the Holy Spirit that we’re drifting off course. (Philippians 3:15.) Even if we convince ourselves that we’re putting Jesus first in our lives and manage to hide it from the brethren, it will still be quietly forstering spiritual erosion. (It’s interesting that, oftentimes the unsaved seem to recognize spiritul pride faster than the brethren.)  Regardless of how spiritual we think we are; regardless of how much knowledge we possess, how much time and resourse we devote to the kingdom of God, or how effective we are at our station, spiritual pride can be a complete unravelling of it all.  The end result is a lifeless form of godliness that may, or may not, be revealed until a point of no return has been reached.

Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

These words should cause sobering reflection every time we read them. Many are going to think that everything is ok, when in fact, they are facing an eternity apart from God. It’s imperative that, as we strive to be about our Fathers business, we likewise strive to keep our hearts with all diligence. It’s so easy to begin thinking to ourselves “I’m all that.” (for lack of a better descriptive) It’s easy to unwittingly become puffed up by knowledge or accomplishment. To subconsciously “desire” preeminence amongst our contemporaries (III John 9-10) or to allow the mechanical aspects of christianity to take the place of our first love. (Revelation 2:4; this is what happened in Ephesus. Their spiritual state was actually more perilous than that of the Laodiceans because on the surface, nothing seemed amiss) It’s a danger that will accompany us throughout our lives. As we grow spiritually, the danger of pride grows also and in the following passeges, Jesus addresses this:

Mark 9:33-35 “And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye dispuited among yourselves by the way?
But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

Luke 10:20 “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”

Both passages reveal situation where spiritual pride on the part of the disciples was a clear and present danger.  In the first example, it had blossomed into verbal comparisons amongst the disciples. In the second example, it hadn’t gotten a foothold, however, the excitement over the fact that the disciples could cast out devils in Jesus name opened a door wherein pride could have entered in. Jesus brought the focus back to it’s rightful place “rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” When we truly place Jesus first in our lives and esteem others above ourselves, then we’ll be in a place to cast out devils (or be used in any aspect) without it going to our head. This is a side note, however, I’ve often wondered if the reason for John being given the book of revelation was because he was the only one who would be able to keep a proper perspective. He knew what the seven thunders had uttered, but was able to keep it a secret as he was instructed.

I have to run. Another long post that was forged primarily at the expense of much needed sleep. Such is the way things are these days. Time is in short supply; in fact, time is running out. We need to be abiding in the secret place of the Almighty and prayerfully watching. The dynamics of this present world are changing quickly and the son of perdition will soon make his appearance. We all must be preparing spiritually to overcome that which is manifesting at an accellerated pace. (Revelation 12:11 is so important)

Blessings always in Jesus name.

II Corinthians 10:4-5 “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought to the obediance of Christ.

THE GRAPEVINE PROPHECIES

Posted in Christianity, Discernment, End Times, Eternity, Gods Word, Jesus Christ, religion, Salvation, Tribulation Saints, Uncategorized on March 21, 2011 by timbob

The best way to begin this topic is with a visit to a very familiar passage.

Matthew 24:6-8 “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

As we prayerfully watch, we should take heed to the words of Jesus “see that ye be not troubled.” We must be a strong testimony for Jesus in these times.

Over the past weekend, a possible senario has been on my heart. To most, it will seem unfeasable and to all who would be affected by such a thing, it will be troubling. The first exibit of this senario is a dream that Steve Quayle had several years ago; one which he periodically refers to when a topic of discussion warrants a revisiting. In this dream, he saw pristine wheat fields, as one would encounter in the plains states. The wheat was near its time of harvest, however, there was a peculiar element to the scene. These fields were surrounded by guard towers and fencing topped with razor wire; a scene that may be reminiscent of what trasnpired during the “Holomidor.” Such a dream fortells of a coming sorrowful season; wherein elements of some nations military (or perhaps a global military) are charged with guarding commodoties.

The second element involves the numerous reports (although they cannot be “undeniably confirmed”) of a buildup of pre-positioned Chinese troops in both Mexico and Canada, along with foreign military units stationed in the continental U.S. The latest report involves a trucker who is a former army ranger. He recently delivered a shipment of produce to a base located sixty miles south of Laredo TX which was occupied by military units belonging to the peoples Republic of China.  Still another report comes from a railway worker who states that he and his crew have been working fourteen hour days, laying track in Nebraska. (I cannot find a collaborating link. I heard it on a broadcast that I routinely monitor) If one visits the dreams and visions that Henry Gruver, Dimitru Duduman, and others have had, a picture emerges wherein a massive military assault upon this country is in the future. Look for internal upheaval, followed by moves from without.

These items tend to be speculative in nature, however, the following, reports can be documented. The province of Shangdong has experienced a horrific draught; making it necessary for China to purchase wheat on the world market. China is the primary holder of U.S. debt. An astonishing amount of U.S. industry is now located in China. A significant number of U.S. military personnel are “out of country” and as of this weekend, we have become involved in the Libya conflict. (How deep we are drawn into this is a mystery, along with a bigger picture which may have Meitreya involvement) The middle east is in orchestrated upheaval. Globalist billionaire George Soros has identified the Chinese style of administration as being his “preferred model” for the coming world government. He also believes that an orderly decline of the U.S. dollar is necessary and he is personally working toward this end.

To top it off, over the last couple of days, I’ve been contemplating a bulk purchase of the tract “Gods Simple Plan of Salvation” in Chinese. (Lifegate prints this tract in every major language) Then, when the T-72s are rolling down our street, I’ll have something to offer the accompanying intantry. (and possibly secure for myself a swift exit from the theater of atoms)  I’m currently in prayer to discern if this is God or my imagination. Because, if this senario does not manifest, I’ll have spent money on  boxes of tracts that will probably never be distributed. This is a prime example of why we must be in a place of hearing the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. Our own conclusions on a given matter; based on the collective feedback from our senses, coupled with reports that we consider to be reliable, and seasoned with the unique slantings of our personal worldview, will “never” present to us an accurate picture.

Jesus talked of wars; events which are undeniable, and rumors of wars, such as the situation presented in this post. At the moment it’s a rumor (wait; let me check out the window…ok) but in the future, it could well become a reality that few in this country have ever considered. In other places, wars and rumors are the order of the day. Throughout the middle east, we are hearing of revolts against governments. One has resulted in the establishing of a military government (Egypt) while another seems to be growing into a civil war. (Libya) Uprisings in Yemen and Bahrain are bringing chaos dangerously close to Saudi Arabia. If the house of Saud becomes unstable and the flow of oil is disrupted, the west will quickly descend into chaos. At the moment, determining what is a reliable report and what is heresay seems impossible. And yet we can expect confusion of such magnitude to be the norm as scriptural fulfilment plays out.

As if the geo-political scene isn’t unfathomably complex enough, the issues addressed in the following passage are almost completely unpredictable from a natural standpoint. (It was already touched on in the opening passage, so I’ll refer to the angle presented by Luke)

Luke 21:11 “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.”

These are events that usually crop up with little or no warning. Two weeks ago, nobody could have forseen the situation now playing out on the northeast coast of Japan. This situation has also fostered an incredible amount of disinformation; especially surrounding the severety of the situation surrounding the Fukushima nuclear facility. (Such reportings will oftentimes be slanted in accordance to ones personal view on an issue.) Even the origin of the earthquake is under scrutiny. Some; including people whom I routinely listen to, have suggested that the earthquake may have been the result of an attack, using a form of scaler-type technology,  due to certain authorities in Japan suggesting that they should begin fielding a nuclear arsenal. I think that it was a natural event. This nation has had similar occurrances in the past; albeit not of this magnitude. And yet, while this nation has experienced similar situations  in previous seasons, this one could have had sinister promptings. One cannot rule it out.

Jesus talked about “Mens hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.” This brings us to the most dangerous issue of all; that being spiritual deception. In times of uncertainty, people will often look for spiritual answers. At their wits end, they will cleave to anyone who seems to have the answers to what’s transpiring; especially if those solutions don’t draw attention to our fallen nature and our need for the Savior. And if the level of mis-information in the physical world is high, the amount of sdpiritual deception in our day is “off the charts.” In fact, it’s the first thing that Jesus warned us of. “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many. When we consider the state of the church today; the rampant apostasy and lifeles form of godliness found in many venues, a most disturbing picture begins to emerge. Few seem to have any discernment whatsoever. “If the pastor says it or “if the other saints are doing it, it’s ok.” Two scriptures come to mind:

II Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but with their own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers having itching ears.
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

The words “with their own lusts” are pivotal. a false way will always cater to the three lusts. (flesh, eye, pride of life)

II Peter 2:1 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”

I need to wrap this up for two reasons. First, it’s about to surpass 1400 words. Secondly, it’s about to go into a somewhat different aspect of this. (Then it will be at 2800 words) The basic conclusion to all of this is that we need to be close to Jesus, grounded in his word atuned to the Holy Spirit, and watching.  We all know this, however, many of us don’t practice, with all diligence, the keeping of our heart. We’re so busy with the myriad of obligations that we can unwittingly become negligent in the things that truly matter. We cannot underestimate the dangers associated with the time of the end; specifically those that would cause a heart to wonder after a falsehood. May we all be sober-minded and prayerful as these events continue to unfold.

Blessings always in Jesus name.

I John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

Jude 20-21 “But ye, beloved, building up your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 

CLEVERLY DISGUISED AS…

Posted in Christianity, Discernment, End Times, Eternity, Gods Word, Jesus Christ, religion, Salvation, Spiritual warfare, Uncategorized on March 13, 2011 by timbob

This post was initially started in January; after listening to Pat Holliday talk about a deceptive spirit that is manifesting in various fellowships. Some recent revelations, involving situations of unfathomable complexity, have returned this topic to the forefront. Jesus told us that the devil would seek to deceive, if it were possible, even the very elect. Such an endeavor would require taking on a christianesque facade and appearing to be very spiritual. in this late hour, where many have surrendered to a lifeless form of godliness, one who seems to be “spiritually inclined” will have added appeal to those who are earnestly searching for more than they now have. This post must be written with caution as I do not want to mis-identify anything. I would rather be overly careful than careless. As such, this is going to be primarily a visiting of scriptures.

We can be assured that the Lord will protect us in these perilous times if were walking close to him. Straying in these hours is unfathomably dangerous as this pseudo movement (third wave is a common name for it) is rampant today; seeking to obscure the authentic and lead folks into practices that are not not from on high. This “should not” discourage anyone from seeking that which is real. The gifts of the Spirit are, and will continue to be, in play until Jesus returns. Receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost is imperative if we’re to stand in the days ahead. We must, however, have our senses exercised to discern between the real and the feigned.  If we are truly born again and diligently seeking, the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth. If we begin to drift, he will always make it known to us. Folks can lead us astray, merchandisers can abuse us, and our imagination can sometimes get the mastery over us. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my (Jesus) name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” 

 John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

The best way to get into the heart of this is to visit something that transpired during the days of the apostle Paul. During his ministry, he warned often, even weeping, that enemies of the cross would enter into the church, and that Satan would transform into an angel of light. As such, the event event recorded in the sixteenth chapter of Acts wasn’t an isolated event.

Acts 16:16 “And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying.”

That single passage offers a boatload of insight. First, the devils power is very real. In this situation, others prospered from the information that they received from this ladies familiar companion. Secondly, she intercepted Paul at a pivotal moment; as he and Silas were going up to pray. The devil will stop at nothing to hinder our prayer life; even placing in our path things which appear needful to address. One of his most effective lies is “you can always pray later; but this, you have to act on now….tomorrow will be too late.” He’s a smooth talking salesman who knows exactly which buttons to push in order to distract us from the mission at hand.  

Acts 16: 17 “The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew us the way of salvation.”

Well that was a true statement. Paul and Silas did carry the words of eternal life through Jesus and this lady seemed to recognize this. An undiscerning onlooker may well have concluded, “she is one of them also.” But something else was in play; something that the damsel may not have even been aware of. She may have truly thought that she was doing a good thing, however, her spiritual hitchhiker had another agenda. One  that, over time, would foster dire consequences and would  hinder the furtherance of the gospel.

Acts 16:18 “And this she did many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. and he came out that same hour.”

This passage reveals two boatloads of insight. The fact that she followed them for several days without confrontation, suggests that in the early going, nothing seemed amiss. Her words were in agreement; even evangelical. “Hey; come listen to these guys! They serve the most high God and can point the way to salvation” And someting just occurred to me as I was writing that last sentence. She was drawing people to where Paul was…WHY? It’s speculative, however, perhaps it was so the spirit which was in her, could begin causing confusion amongst those who were hearing the gospel for the first time. Even if the girl sincerely desired truth, there was a campaign in motion to cause the uninformed seekers to take another spirit. furthermore, as she called out to those in the crowd, she, in effect, became a secondary focus of attention; even though her words seemed to be encouraging others to listen to Paul and Silas.

The situaion was troubling Paul. Initially, he may have not known why he was grieved. I call it “a crunch” an uneasy sensation that transpires whenever something is amiss. The Holy Spirit will warn us when something is not what it appeatrs to be; even if the feigned presentation is flawless. Several times in the past, I’ve thought something to be authentic beyond any shadow of a doubt, and yet this uneasy feeling persisted. We don’t walk by feelings, however, if something is bothering us, deeper investigation into the matter is warranted. Paul was grieved, and after several days, he saw what was going on. Whether it was through direct revelation or he began to notice anomalies amongst the crowds, (probably both) he became aware of what was transpiring and he addressed it accordingly. We’ll know for certain in the future, however, I believe that, following this deliverance, the girl believed on Jesus; despite what her previous motives may, or may not have been.  

One thing is for certain. Her former masters didn’t believe, and when the money train came to a halt, they were furious. This, in turn, resulted in an uproar in Philippi, Paul and silas being cast into prison, a mighty earthquake at midnight, and the household of the Philippian jailer being saved. I run the risk of being sidetracked here, but today, nothing has changed insofar as campaigns that employ the paranormal. Our government continues to fund an aggressive remote viewing program while police departments sometimes call in psychics  (someone who is receiving information from demons) to solve cases that seemingly have no solid leads. At the conclusion of a matter, the onlookers will proclaim “a good work has been done.” In reality, however, a great deception has gained momentum, while the gospel of Jesus Christ (the only name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved) has been made to appear less relevant in the eyes of the deceived ones.  

This is getting far longer than was intended, so let me jump to some other scriptures; the first being paramount:

Luke 11:13 “If ye then, being evil, know how to good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

We should never allow the abundance of counterfeit activity to prevent us from seeking the authentic. “What is the chaff to the wheat?” If we ask in faith, we shall receive, and we must be filled with the Holy Ghost if we’re to stand in the evil day. My story is not the norm, however, I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost  about three minutes into a time of prayer.  Even though I didn’t fully expect it to happen on that afternoon, the Lord knew exactly what I needed.

I Thessalonians 5:12 “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

This is a must; to know who we are following as examples and whose teachings we are taking to heart. While the Lord does give pastors, prophets, teachers, and the like, we must ensure that we hold the word of God in higher esteem than these.  Here’s why:

 I timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils;

Seducing spirits, offering up something which sounds scriptural but is not. For example, we know that there was a man; mentioned in II Corinthians 12:1-3, who was taken to the third heaven. This incident was Gods doing and the testimony offers encouagement to the saints in the physical realm that an awesome eternity awaits us. Today, however, people are trying to get there by  methods employed in the third wave movement . To seek such a thing on our own, or at the beckoning of teachers who employ methods which are not sanctioned in scripture, is dangerous beyond measure and sets one up for potentially irreversable calamity. Also take note of unusual buzz-words. These can often be an indicator that something is amiss.

I Thessalonians 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

We must thoroughly and prayerfully look into a matter before embracing it. It must fall within the perimeters of scripture; “precept upon precept, line upon line.” And if something seems good, but we have great uneasiness about it, we should find out why.  

This has now exceeded 1600 words and, with the move to daylight savings time, it’s now past 5:00am. I have to go. This post seems woefully incomplete; probably due to the complexity of an issue that seems to become more astonishing by the day.  In conclusion, we must get close to Jesus and be atuned at all times to the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit. A couple of months ago, Pat Holliday expressed amazement at how widespread the great falling away appears to be as folks leave their first love and embrace falsehoods. As events play out and the world wonders after a beast, those fallen away ones may well be our greatest adversaries. But only for a season. “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding weight of glory.”

Blessings always in Jesus name.

VANTAGE POINT

Posted in Christianity, Discernment, End Times, Eternity, Gods Word, Jesus Christ, religion, Salvation, Spiritual warfare, Uncategorized on March 7, 2011 by timbob

The run time is 4 minutes and 51 seconds. It was sent to me by a saint in another part of the country and it addresses one of the enemies most effective tactics.  He can’ t pluck us out of the Fathers hand, therefore, he seeks to distract us with a myriad of time bandits. Here’s the link:

Satans plan (posted by Damien Roberts)

It’s ironic that, due to the myriad of things which must be accomplished on a continual basis, I wrote the bulk of this post in the overnight hours. (I’m finishing it up in the late morning of March 7) The past several days have been a time of non-stop running and, as often seems to be the case, a choice has to be made between writing and sleep. I guess that, if Job can esteem the words of his mouth more than his necessary food, than I can esteem blogging more than my necessary slumber.

Job 23:12 “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necesary food.”

One more link is needed before moving on. The following is a three hour broadcast featuring Steve Quayle, entitled:

Do you want the praise of men or the power of God?

This past week has presented much cogitation on how quickly we become sidetracked and lose perspective. Two ongoing examples come to mind concerning this issue. One involves a professing saint at my workplace. He is zealous for the Lord and can quote scripture from dawn till dusk. When discussing the comming persecution against the saints, he’ll boldly say “Bring it on. Send me to the FEMA camps! I’m ready to love not my life unto the death!” And yet, despite this boasting, he becomes profoundly bothered by even the most insignificant goings on at the plant. He resorts to complaining and finger-pointing over the slightest perceived injustice and isn’t bothered by the perception that this creates. The lack of an eternal perspective often causes him to gnat-strain over some very insignificant issues; thereby weakening his testimony. This is a trap that we can easily fall into. 

Romans 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritully minded is life and peace.”  

The second involves a deep captive whom I’ve never met, but has become a prayer project. The man occupies a significant position of power and has become involved in some serious legal wrangling which could bring about an end to his situation. An acquaintance who is familiar with this developing story has reported that his household is in chaos and that he is at the point of losing his mind. I have been prompted to begin petitioning on behalf of this captive who is in desperate need of an encounter with Jesus. Initially, it felt as though I was standing at the base of a large “very dark mountain” filled with evil, A couple of days later, however, a different image emerged. I no longer saw a huge mountain. Now it took on the form of a large empty room. (like an airplane hanger, only “much larger”) In the middle of this room, curled up on the floor, was a child. He was confused, terrified and all alone in the world.

Both of these examples reveal the need for us to stand back, and see the bigger picture of a given situation. A detailed “cause and effect” analysis of a situation in “real-time” will always miss important pieces of the picture. An assessment based solely upon our intellect, combined with the imput from our physical senses can never prepare us to properly respond to a spiritual situation. We may be able to react in a lifeless “form of godliness ” manner, however,  a “religious approach” will not bring deliverance. With eternal souls hanging in the balance, this is a recipe for scattering and disaster. And yet, despite the fact that eternities are being forged and that, as ambassadors , we play an intregal part, the church by and large, has elected to gravitate toward a lifeless form of godliness. A well-choreographed stage show with no surprises, no conviction, and feel-good messages that can be wrapped up in time for everyone to head to their favorite restaurant.

The saint who alerted me to the above link also once relayed to me a question which she had heard proposed by another. It was words to the effect of “How many people are being sent to hell because of your actions?” We should ask this of ourselves daily.

Without a doubt, we must stay close to the Lord and be continuous in prayer, if we’re to properly navigate the ever changing landscape before us. It’s amazing how a few moments with Jesus can completely reconfigure our perception of a given situation. It happens every time without fail. When we enter into the throne room through prayer, abide in the presence of the Almighty, and then bring up the situation of perplexing, the entire outlook changes. What once may have been troubling us beyond measure now seems as nothing. The Lord grants insight concerning the bigger picture and our focus is transferred from the temporal to the eternal. The other players in the battle, are no longer viewed as adversaries, but eternal beings, created in the image of God, Once this truth makes it into our heart, we’ll find a sincere compassion for even the most contrary of folks. When we walk in the Spirit and maintain an eternal perspective, we can properly respond to the myriad of needs in our ambience.  

Romans 5:5 “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

If a single admonition can be presented here, it’s to forsake the temporal and get close to Jesus. Striving to be in a position where we can be strong and do exploits; even as the world continues on the path laid out in scripture. As for now, I need to be going as a plethura of tasks await my attending. Please visit the above links. The interview with Steve Quayle is three hours in length so one may want to set aside a time of minimal interruption. It will be time well spent. One may also want to visit psalm 73 in relation to gaining an eternal perspective. Blessings always in Jesus name.

Matthew 5:44-45 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

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