Powerful music for intercession.
Powerful music for intercession.
It seems, at times, absurd to even consider any other option than ‘choosing sides’ when the topic at hand is political, or national or international crises, etc. We jump on bandwagons, we sound off in what I’ve seen dubbed as online ‘echo chambers’. I wonder if many of us simply want to be led around by Pied Pipers…
Post Trump inauguration, I myself was so sickened by the intensity & constancy of hateful rhetoric & actions, that I backed out of most online activity. (Serendipitously, at that exact time I lost regular internet connectivity anyway…) Then & now, in hindsight, I only see darkly-intentioned forces inciting a tearing of the fabric of wholeness & healing.
These forces will use any & all issues/conditions etc. to their advantage, if possible. I don’t believe that their goals are what they say they are. In a large majority of the conflicts we see in America, that are able to arise because we champion – as we should – freedom of speech & peaceful protest, the real goal is division. It is spurred by a root of hatred. Harm is intended.
No doubt these situations are going to happen. What are the answers? Where do we find solutions?
Again, it would seem absurd to even consider, in these times, not beefing up our military/law enforcement & keeping it well-oiled, well-nourished & at the ready, fully trained & equipped. I am all for that, and am so grateful that the Obama administration’s paring down of it has been reversed in this new day. But…
…in moments of reflection, I can’t help but remember certain words found in the Scriptures that challenge my position & mindset.
In the beginning of the epistle of James, we read that not having because we did not ask, or asked with wrong motive, are causes of war/conflicts. Do you take this Scripture seriously? If so…uh…then how can that be incorporated into seeking solutions to world conflicts? Is this what diplomatic talks are all about?
Astonishingly, in Isaiah 7, we find another key to responding to war.
In those days of Isaiah, Jerusalem was being threatened by Syria. (Sound familiar?) Long story short, Ahaz king of Judah was given a sign by God regarding this situation after He promised that the approaching enemy would not prevail.
Granted, not just any baby, but one conceived of a virgin. One to be called ‘God with us’.
But still…what kind of solution is this? A baby? What is this supposed to mean? Military might approaches and God is talking about an infant? Come ON !!!
As completely unrelated as this answer appears to be on the surface, it is nonetheless a Word from God. With us.
We have just finished celebrating Christmas, those days of marking the birth of this infant. In fact & in theory, many fully believe that such an event took place. And all that came after it. We honor, praise & worship this Jesus, as King, Lord and Savior. But because I have just this day been impacted with the substance of Immanuel, I wonder how many have yet to see or receive this Light, this Truth?
Religious sounding words & phrases, solemn churchy hymns, may not do it for some of us. Normal Sunday sermons might not crack through a helmet of dullness around our ‘mind’. But of all the catastrophic events taking place in the world today, the non-stop stream of fear & dread parading across our screens, all that lays claim to too much of our attention…NOTHING shall ever prove to be as Mighty as God with us.
Recently I was thinking about the Scriptural account where Jesus got involved in his disciples’ fishing activities. (There are actually at least two different accounts – one takes place after his resurrection.) In the first, Jesus had entreated Simon Peter to launch his ship out a little ways onto the lake of Gennesaret, from where he then proceeded to teach the people who had gathered on the shore to hear him speak. Afterwards, he instructed Simon to launch out further, and drop the fishing nets. Though toiling “all the night” with not a catch, Simon complied, and his net “inclosed a great multitude of fishes”. So great, in fact, that the net broke. The men beckoned a partner ship to come to their aid. Both ships became so heavy with the weight of their fish, that they began to sink! (Luke 5:1-6)
In the second account, again involving Simon Peter and another fruitless night of casting their nets into the water of the sea of Tiberias, the resurrected Lord specifically instructed the fisherman to cast their nets over the right side of the ship, promising results. Again, the men complied, and the catch was so great, so heavy, that the “they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.” It took the help of another ship to finally drag the net full of fishes to land. (John 21:6)
So it seems pretty clear that following Jesus’ instructions is the way to go, if you want results. In these instances, He directed the disciples to specific locations, either further out into deeper waters, or a particular side of the boat. For this reason, in this post, I’m focusing on location.
Some years ago, teaching on these events, I remember a preacher comparing the sinking of the ships with being immersed in humanity, rubbing elbows with people of all types, when we are trying to follow Jesus & do His work. The preacher pointed out that a sinking ship, with nets loaded & bursting, would be full of not only the desired cargo of fishes, but seaweed, refuse thrown into the water, probably dead things, etc. It could be a foul, smelly, quite unlovely environment!
While recalling this message, it occurred to me: is this a picture of the great ‘melting pot’ that is America? The poor, huddled, shivering masses that came to our shores? The immigrants (legal & otherwise) that still struggle to reach our borders, and cross them? All the elements, desirable and not so much, that find their way to our soil, and take root, or at least try?
I know it is generally understood that these Scriptures are referring to becoming fishers of men, and reaching souls in the name of Jesus, to bring them into His kingdom. But if one considers that thread of the possibility of a Divine origin & destiny weaving throughout American history, and that destiny is primarily & ultimately to be that place where the most powerful expression & manifestation of Jesus Christ will ever be seen on this earth (apart from His actual life, death & resurrection 2,000 years ago, and His final return) and radiate outwards….then the process of drawing to Himself the yet unredeemed from every walk of life would & will be a massive undertaking, stretching resources to exhaustion, almost sinking ships as it were. The criminal element, the dangerous, the poor & unlovely, the greedy, the sick in many ways…will be hauled in, within those ‘nets’ of outreach. Our systems, our borders, our infrastructure may be over-taxed and threatened, for a season. But Jesus deliberately invited over-loading the fishing nets & sinking the ships, for the cause of the prize of the catch.
So I have to wonder, have I been misguided in my support of building the wall on the Mexican border? in my support of the travel ban enforced against certain Middle Eastern countries? and especially my stand against illegal immigrants? I have fully stood with President Trump in these issues, and do not want to be foolish in changing my stance now. Sadly, I see these actions as necessary for our safety, but…when you look at a situation from perhaps the Divine perspective, it gets you thinking.
As I progress through life, and continue in my ever-widening investigations of ‘hidden’ topics, I am finding a certain aspect peculiar to just about all of these activities & occurrences.
They are all attempts to counterfeit/circumvent or subvert God, His ways & His works.
It is still, and was always, the battle between Christ and anti-Christ. The locations may vary, the specifics & persons involved may change, but whether we are talking the #SpiritCooking attempt to influence the 2016 elections, or ancient Babylonian goddess worship, the fueling centrality is the same: the root producing the fruit is hostility to God.
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” (Romans 1:28)
Paramount on the agenda to subverting God’s work is a malevolent plan to destroy mankind. Man was the crowning glory of the Lord’s creation of the earth, and man was the form through which Emmanuel came down to it. Man is the form through which Christ continues his habitation on earth today, in His Body. In flesh & blood humanity came He to dwell, not in angels of any kind. Angels serve & worship Him – they are not Him & are not inhabited by His Spirit.
This is only a problem for the ‘fallen’ variety.
But for these fallen ones – and especially for their leader – it is a thorn in the side of infinite & cataclysmic proportion.
It is my judgment that many have no idea as regards the scope of the hateful, demonic responses to the Lord and His creations, especially mankind. I thought I knew – until I began learning & realized how little I actually did know.
I believe it is a case of our ability to ‘handle’ certain knowledge. Some, perhaps, do not need to know & never will. But there must be more than meets the eye, because Jesus Himself told his disciples that He had more to teach them, but they could not bear it yet. (John 16:12) He told them this before He ascended, and Scripture doesn’t provide us with any further information (that I know of) as to when or if they reached the point where they could bear it. So while Jesus may not have expressed any more specifics to His disciples, the fact is that those specifics exist.
Because the Scripture tells us that the Spirit of Truth will guide us into all truth (John 16:13), I expect to receive guidance & information – one way or another – for all kinds of situations. I think there may be a tendency to limit the expectations of that ‘Holy Spirit leading’ to truth only about Jesus – yet I have found it to be otherwise.
(…I must add though, that in the fulness of times, all things finally being gathered together in Christ (Ephesians 1:10), whatever information comes our way, it will somehow ultimately lead us to Him and to the Cross – even if by virtue of showing us the enemies of the Cross – if we continue seeking His truth.)
Some of the specifics I’ve uncovered, in my searching, smack of ‘counterfeiting God’. It is so clear! Or else I see a definite continuance of the original ‘insertion’ of the unclean (in Eden) threading its way down through the centuries, to our time. You might think that Lucifer/Satan would have given it a rest by now…but such is not the case….as ones blinded, he & his cohorts relentlessly conspire to achieve that declaration of old “I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:14)
The information out there is astounding. It definitely can get to be too much. But once a person is ready for some of this stuff, and can receive it, his/her eyes might really be opened. Mine were.
Yet I proceed with caution.
Everything must be viewed & considered in the light of Jesus Christ is LORD, and LORD of all. We are looking to know Him better. We are seeking His explanations, provisions & protections, found in His Word. Surprisingly, through learning more of the flip side of heaven, I find that these goals are becoming ever more true for me. I so much more understand what I have been saved from, and Jesus is so much more real to me because of this. How so like God it is, that shattering, negative reality redounds to His glory! Hell seeks to triumph, but instead is/will be swallowed up of itself. Instead, the Lord Jesus Christ is/will be revealed as who & what He really is. Every eye shall see….
I would like to present some instances of what I perceive as dark, devilish attempts to counterfeit God or His works.
I’ll begin with the super hadron collider known as CERN.
I actually had not even heard of CERN until maybe a year or two ago. (I think I should have been more aware! But anyway…) If you are also unaware of its existence, I’ll briefly explain: CERN is a 17 mile-long underground tunnel-like ‘machine’, located in Switzerland, I believe. It was allegedly developed in order to move particles at an astounding speed, in an effort to discover the ‘God particle’.
(There’s more to this story. But for now…)
Even on the face of it, not considering any other possible motivations, this whole theory seems to be ignoring & attempting to supplant the Word of God, in a way. What an incredibly convoluted path to God!!! We already have the means to find & know Him. We have the Scriptures. We have the Bible. We have Jesus, who Himself told us that if we have seen Him, we have seen the Father! (John 14:9) We do not need a ‘particle’ to reveal to us His existence, or really, ANYTHING about Him.
…but the inventors of this super-machine perhaps needed a cover story for their true purpose in designing it. Scuttlebutt is, that purpose is actually to open portals to other dimensions, allowing for the passage of other entities through to earth. (Depending on where you’re at on the conspiracy scale, this sounds anywhere from absurd to frightening to definitely plausible. By now, I’m closer to the plausible end…) As one researches this theory, one uncovers troves of ‘information’. But one also uncovers a satanic face on it, and behind it. The CERN collider is possibly & primarily yet another means by which Lucifer is planning to insidiously insert his own kind into our population, subvert the pure intentions of the Creator and yes, become like the most High.
Let me also mention, I have read somewhere that the world-wide web was created by those who also created the hadron collider. Think about it…the implications of the word ‘web’ alone…
Moving on…there are interviews & videos & articles out on the internet telling us about the Vatican’s interest & involvement in alien life. The world’s largest binocular telescope (I’ve read) belongs to the Vatican, is located at the Mt. Graham International Observatory in Arizona, and is unbelievably named L.U.C.I.F.E.R. (Again, so I’ve read…https://redice.tv/news/vatican-tied-mount-graham-observatory-launches-lucifer-telescope) Why would an organization that presents itself as a path to know God in Christ, extol the adversary to Christ in any way? It is assumed by some that the Vatican is positioning itself to keep their finger on the pulse of approaching extraterrestrials, which will be introduced to us as – get this – saviors…yep…saviors.
Something is obviously afoot.
Now, it is suggested that there may have been incarnations of Christ on many other planets, and that is who/what these supposedly coming alien saviors may be. Considering that the Scripture tells us that with God, all things are possible, and I’m sure that He can do whatsoever He pleases with time…one might begin to suspect that just maybe…hmmm…but I would advise against that. Jesus must have seen this coming, because in Matthew 24:23,24 He warns us “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets…insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
So we see an attempt here to supplant Jesus by the possible arrival of counterfeit saviors.
Next, I introduce the Ark of Gabriel.
In a nutshell, this Ark strikes me as a mimic of the Ark of the Covenant/Mercy Seat.
I don’t think I should go into detail about this artifact. Rather, if anyone is interested in learning more: “The Ritual Ashes of Justice and the Ark of Gabriel Observation” (https://youtu.be/caAE1-hqb_0)
(Note: this video presents a viewpoint that may seem, to many, way too far-fetched. At this point in my own explorations, it makes, finally, some sense as regards Justice Scalia’s death.)
For my final submission of counterfeiting evidence – and really, I’ve noticed so many along the way but did not keep a list! – I present the sickening concept of hybrids of any kind. GOD created man, GOD tabernacles with man, in and by Jesus Christ. HIS Spirit desires to make a habitation within us, as we receive Him by faith. GOD and man are meant to be co-workers on this earth, and going forward, in those wonderful things which eye hath not yet seen, nor mind imagined!
So when I read about such things as micro-chips meant to be inserted under the skin, and the possibilities of our very DNA being altered through this action, I am horrified. In Apollyon Rising 2012, author Tom Horn tells us that his wife suggested to him that perhaps a beast/animal type programming would be coded into these chips. Their implant would produce non-human manifestations & qualities in those who receive the chip. Of course, the subjects of this implant procedure would most likely never have been informed of this outcome…
Maybe such a process sounds bizarre to you, but can it – or something similar – be absolutely ruled out as a potential tool/weapon of those who seek global control?
…and there are many accounts and opinions to be heard & read as regards mingling of alien DNA with our own. Horn also tells us that, well over a decade ago, about one quarter of all research dollars were used towards grants to fund the research of transgenics – which is the science of mingling species DNA…(audio interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zzLMHKg_ao)
I repeat, the only ‘DNA’ meant to be mingled with our own, for good, is GODLY. Not alien, not animal. Once again, the thieving, murderous nature of anti-Christ forces is revealed.
While the intention of these dark-side beings is certainly not to lead one to the God they hate…well, turns out that, for some of us with eyes to see, they might end up doing just that.
In this post-inauguration upheaval, with at times worse turmoil than during the campaign itself, I find I am depleted. I can barely look at my emails, or online news, ‘journalism’, & updates. I cannot see anymore ‘breaking news’ pieces about yet another crisis, riot, protest, or President Trump-hater. I cannot bear it.
But…it is still there.
Up until right about now, I was in the fray, ‘campaigning’ for our President on Twitter, Facebook & Google +1. Getting involved in conversations, leaving comments, posting memes, photos & articles…but I am done, it seems, now. The die has been cast. God is at the helm along with President Trump, so I feel that I can step back & leave things in those capable hands/Hands. Which is a reprieve I welcome, because I have very little starch left in me. Other than continuing in prayer for this new President & his administration, I am laying down the rest of it.
…so what next, though?
Recently a preacher I trust made the statement that Jesus is so easily ‘set aside’ in favor of the latest trend in the Body of Christ/the church or…you guessed it, current events. That pricked a little when I heard it. But too many times I have been aware of just how much of my time gets sucked up by online activity involving just that, i.e., ‘keeping up’ with the political news of the day. For me, it has often been like gorging on sickening food. And, one gets addicted! Am I right? I don’t think it’s a habit that one can easily lay down…and maybe some of us don’t have to, even maybe shouldn’t, depending on one’s calling…but I am being called elsewhere now.
At the end of it all, we will find Jesus. All the rest of this life is really about Him, and the opposition to Him. EVERYTHING victorious, that we have seen & are seeing in the Donald Trump Presidency is by His hand, and going forward, it will be the same.
Jesus is at work here. A very recent prophetic word, given to my go-to prophetess Lana Vawser, reveals that an ‘Elijah & the prophets of Baal showdown’ is going on right now over the United States. “All of hell is frantic over what I am doing in the United States because the breakthrough taking place in the nation is releasing the DOMINO EFFECT BREAKTHROUGH into other nations all across the world. My plan and picture is so much bigger than every one can see. The redemption, healing, freedom, increase and breakthrough that I am orchestrating and bringing into the United States is going to flow like a river and into all over nations in the earth.” (https://lanavawser.com/2017/02/i-had-a-vision-and-i-saw-ephesians-320-on-fire-across-the-united-states-of-america/) This is not the first time she has received such a word from the Lord, regarding mighty spiritual battles being fought over Donald Trump and the United States. And more trouble will come. But our powerful God, with the prayers of the saints, will overcome.
My point is that knowing Jesus is the only answer.
Some I know, not aligned with Him, are looking at externals. I can’t reach them. I cannot talk them out of protests, or their anger. But I can get to know Him better. Abiding in the revelation of the only begotten Son brings it all home! His throne endures forever. Learning of Him will equip you like nothing else. Get on the inside track!
Well, Christmas 2016 is over.
My holiday took an extremely unexpected – shall we say ‘turn’ – when I stepped outside onto the 2nd. floor landing of my apartment stairs. What I didn’t realize: how slippery it was.
Things happen fast.
My left foot shot our from under me like greased lightning.
How quickly – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye – we can lose control. And there is nothing you can do about it. Even if there was, the whole thing is over before you even have time to do it anyway.
Oddly calm, I remember knowing that this was it, I was either about to die from tumbling headlong down the stairs, or sustain severely broken bones, maybe my back. Like that, it can be over.
Well, it wasn’t.
I don’t think that I was ‘lucky’. I think that either Jesus Himself, or an angel sent as a ministering spirit guided my fall or actually set me down, in a seated, upright position with the door sill right up against my lower back area. I was not aware of any jolting impact. I noticed I was in no pain. Check. Nothing seemed broken. Check. Or bleeding. Check.
“For He shall give His angels charge over thee…they shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” (Psalm 91: 11, 12)
I had been carrying a box full of Christmas presents, which barely spilled out. They were okay, too…
I had not even had time to panic before it was over & I realized I was basically unharmed. After a minute, I carefully raised myself up, looking around and beginning to notice that the toe of my left foot was hurting. That got alot worse as the day wore on, with swelling & bruising, but apart from that and the onset of shock & nausea etc., at this moment I seem relatively unscathed. Some may say, Well, you still fell down & you did actually hurt your foot, so….what’s your point? My point is that it could’ve been so much worse.
I imagine as the days go by, I will experience a continuing aftermath of realizations. Today, though, mainly I keep recalling my ‘flying through the air’ moment, no contact with the ground or handrail or anything…but Jesus. I know this is hindsight, maybe I’m wrong, but in that moment I think I sensed I was being somehow ‘held’. I just didn’t have time to consciously process it, so initially I assumed the worst .
…so my Christmas Day was delayed for a while, I ended up on my sofa with ice on my foot. When I finally made it to the family gathering…well, the starch was knocked out of me, sooo….but I find that without all the usual hullaballoo – and nothing wrong with that! – I seem to be seeing spiritual reality with a wonderful focus and clarity. Today, I think my ‘eye is single’. (That’s not always the case!)
“Therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light.” (Luke 11:34)
Over the years, so many times at Christmas I’ve heard those cliché statements about Jesus that I knew should’ve resonated with me but did not. I was doing my Christmas thing, ya know? But today – today I get it. There is nothing more important than knowing Jesus. The real Jesus. He is so unbelievably integral to all things that it behooves any one of us to give Him a chance. Every day.
In years past, I’ve written articles relating to this Christmas time of year, or re-published ones previously written to mark the holiday season.
This year – for me personally, it is a landmark holiday season – but my Christmas time post might not even include that much about the actual holiday. Maybe nothing…we’ll see…I’m not sure where I’m going with this…
In the comments section of one of Lana Vawser’s recent prophetic posts (https://lanavawser.com/2016/12/anxiety-attacks-attempting-to-come-upon-the-writers-and-pioneers/) concerning anxiety, someone explained that Jesus had shown her, in a dream/vision, to simply worship Him when anxiety strikes. Turn your back on the adversary, the enemy of your soul. My anxiety levels at that time were unusually high, almost at an unprecedented level, so I began practicing spur-of-the moment worship. When numbing, immobilizing fear gripped me, when my stomach began crunching from dread or anxiety, I began stopping whatever I was doing, wherever I was, and entering into my own ‘compressed’ version of bowing down before Him. I usually could not concentrate very well in these tormented moments, so I kept it simple. Very simple. And I don’t know that I worshipped Jesus so much as said “I worship You, Jesus.”
But it worked.
Why this is happening now, in the way that it is, and not years ago during so many times of prayer & supplication, intrigues me. What is different?
The Scriptures speak of all things being put under His feet. ( Jesus’ feet, that is.) And the glory, the power, and the kingdoms belonging to Him. Do you want to keep some things out from under His feet & instead keep them under yours? Ya want some of that power for yourself? So maybe you aren’t willing to yield it all up…I am now sure I was not willing. And I cannot say if I even recognized that.
What I can say is, in declaring “I worship You, Jesus” out loud (even if softly) & in public places that were not churches or Bible studies – I FELT myself yielding things up. I FELT myself ‘coming under’ Him in a way I never had before. I FELT & I SAW Jesus covering me, and all that I was yielding. HE is the Possessor of heaven & earth, and all that is herein. HE is your Champion. He is gracious. He’s got your back…