The Occult ; Last Days Sins… Occult part 3

And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:  Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. (Revelation 9:20-21)

The final days of man on earth will be marked by a stiff resolve to not let go of any of the heinous sins he has cherished, not even in the face of withering judgments from the almighty!

We are told what those sins are, which have brought such judgments on the earth, and also that in absolute unrepentant stubbornness. most men will cling to them as a drowning man clings to a plank.

Sins of the Occult, the very ones warned of in Deuteronomy 18 stand out among the grisly list. They will not repent of worshipping devils, nor of the worship of idols, nor of their sorceries.

Who worships devils in our modern world? Obviously Muslims worship Allah, (the Devil Himself), that would be more than one out of seven people in the world. Another seventh of the World worships at Hindu Altars, those ‘gods” are demonic beings.

But the Judeo Christian West was immune to most of that for the most part, until the cultural revolution of the sixties (which was an AntiChristian movement) brought spiritual influences from the East to Western people. Yoga, (which means “yoked” , as to Hindu Gods) has sprouted up everywhere, even in churches, inducing the demonic elements of Hinduism in the guise of a health program.

Statues of the Bhudda now grace modern living rooms, Gardens and public parks and restaurants. Terms such as transcendental meditation, Karma, Zen and Nirvana have infiltrated the language and become commonplace ( the subversion of language is a powerful tool of infiltration into a culture).

Very few people realize that this is demonism, and ultimately leads to demon worship, an is one of the reasons why the Most High God was adamantly against Israel allowing even a trace of it into her culture. The end times will be marked by unrepentant demon worship.

I was stunned to find an advertisement in a toy catalogue for a pink Ouija board. This instrument of Divination was designed for 8-10 year old girls. The wildly popular Harry Potter series are virtual occult primers, thus we now have a generation of children who have come of Age completely prepared for the final repudiation of God in the last days.

Sorcery is now popular as well. The Greek Word for Sorcery, in Galatians 5 and Revelation 9:21 is Pharmekia, the use of mind altering drugs for enchantment or escape.

STRONGS NT 5331: φαρμακεία

φαρμακεία (WH κια, so T (except in Galatians 5:20; cf. the Proleg., p. 88); see Iota), φαρμακείας, ἡ (φαρμακεύω); 

a. the use or the administering of drugs (Xenophon, mem. 4, 2, 17). 

b. poisoning (Plato, Polybius, others): Revelation 9:21 (here WH text Tr marginal reading φαρμακῶν; many interpretations refer the passage to the next entry). 

c. sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it: Galatians 5:20 (where see Lightfoot) (Wis. 12:4 Wis. 18:13; for כְּשָׁפִים, Isaiah 47:9; for לָטִים, Exodus 7:22Exodus 8:18; for לְהָטִים, Exodus 7:11); tropically, of the deceptions and seductions of idolatry, Revelation 18:23.

STRONGS NT 5331: φάρμακον [φάρμακον, φαρμάκου, τό, from Homer down, a drug; an enchantment: Tr marginal reading WH text in Revelation 9:21 (R. V. sorceries), for φαρμακεία, which see (in b.).] 

Please note that there are legitimate uses for medicinal drugs, which I do not believe the Word of God condemns. But with the legalization of Marijuana in States across America, it seems apparent that we are deeply entrenched in a Sorcerers World of escape, and perhaps manipulation through the rampant and promiscuous use of drugs here. This is one of the Last days sins they will never repent of , even to their own damnation.

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The Occult: Why God hates it…Occult pt 2

When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.  Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.  For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. (Deuteronomy 18:9-14)

We have been looking at the subject of ‘the Occult” , which literally means “the Hidden” , the things pertaining to spirituality, means of divination, knowledge and power which comes from sources other than the God of the Bible.

The Lord is not passive about it, He hates it. All forms of the occult are abominable to Him, and so also are all of those who practice it, they too are detestable to the One true God. So much for the adage “Love the sinner, but hate the sin”. It is not so easy t make such a distinction.

What is it about the Occult which the LORD hates so passionately? Why was any form of Occultism a capitol crime in Israel, and why dd God commend Kings for rooting out and clearing the land of Israel from all witches, wizards, stargazers, Mediums and any other form of occultism?

We have already considered the first reason, which is rooted in God’s Holy nature. The LORD our God is a jealous God. The innermost souls of men are reserved for communion with Him alone, and not any other entity or being. His is a holy jealousy, a zeal to preserve that which is a legitimate relationship.

The Second reason why God hates the Occult is because participation in any form of it is a rebellious attempt to make contact with the sworn enemies of God and of man.

The Bible teaches two non contradictory things about all false gods; that they are “nothings” and that they are indeed “somethings”.

On the one hand there is only one true God, the infinite personal Creator and Redeemer, the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, the Blessed Triune God, Father,Son and Holy Spirit. There is no way God can be truly known , other than as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Thus the other “gods” are all idols, “nothings” or literally “vanities”.

For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.(Psalm 96:5)

... we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.( I Corinthians 8:4)

These “gods” are nothings, they can’t do anything, they are worthless, they cannot speak or see or walk, they are empty nothings. There is nothing to them, and no help in them.

But the Bible also teaches that behind everyone of them is something, or an entity of some kind, which is malevolent, deceptive , fallen and an enemy of God and man!

(For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.  ( I Corinthians 8:5-6)

There are “gods” and “lords” indeed , which the idols only represent, or which becomes a focal point for the worship of these fallen entities. This is why God utterly hates the Occult, because to puts people in direct contact with these entities, setting them up for deception or moral and spiritual enslavement. (All forms of the Occult are incredibly corrupting to the personality).

The Bible tells us that all forms of false worship actually goes to the devil and to demons, and that all of the old “gods” are entities which still remain.

They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.  They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.. Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. (Deuteronomy 32:16-18)

What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 2Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? ( I Corinthians 10:19-22)

All false gods are actually devils, fallen Angels, estranged spirits which are doomed. They are the enemy of God, and any who participate in any form of spiritual intercourse with them will be defiled, and open themselves for corruption and delusion and possibly spirit possession.

The ancient gods which seduced Israel were all very real entities, and they never go away,(until the final judgment).

Incredibly , Ba’aL has been making a tour of the power centers of the world lately. How so? The story is incredible, but true…

ISIL ( Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) briefly held a Syrian town, called Palmyra, which was an archeologists dream. It had amazing ruins, perfectly preserved examples of Greco Roman and Arabian architecture, including the “Arch of Ba’al”.

ISIL , being Icono-clastic Muslims, sought to destroy the Arch of Baal. But after ISIL was driven out the Institute For Digital Archeology, and Italian consulate to the UN worked together to reconstruct the Arch and then to take it on a world tour,

The Arch of Baal – also known as the Arch of Palmyra – was reconstructed at the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC, on Thursday and displayed through Sunday, allowing spectators to marvel in the pagan false god of power, fertility and child sacrifice worshiped by the apostate Queen Jezebel of the Bible and ancient Phoenicians and Canaanites.

In recent years, the reproduced pagan exhibit has been taking a global tour to major cities for residents and visitors to marvel in – despite its Satanic significance, as described in the Bible.

“Previously, it has spent time in London, New York City and Dubai … known as the Arch of Palmyra, the original was destroyed by ISIS in 2015, so, of course, internationalists decided to rebuild it and turn it into a traveling roadshow,” WND reported. “The fact that Baal – also known colloquially in the Christian world as Beelzebub – was another name for Satan, didn’t raise many questions. He’s kind of the Bible’s anti-God – mentioned more often in Scripture than any deity other than the God of Israel  Arch Of Ba’al Erected To Pagan’s Delight

There is definitely something evil inspiring this resurrection of Ba’al, Molech, Diana, and a good many other “gods” of the past. The entire world is being prepared for its final religious test, and the rank obsession with the Occult is very much setting us up to fail it.

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Why God Hates The Occult…

When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.  There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.  Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.  Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.  For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. ( Deuteronomy 18:9-14)

When God set up a theocracy, He very strictly warned and threatened against any who would ever touch the occult. There was a death penalty for those who participated in any form of the dark practices of the pagans.

The various occult practices were considered to be abominable to the LORD, and so also were the practitioners. Both the sin and the sinner were and are considered utterly detestable to the Holy God. It was to be eradicated from Israel, completely rooted out and eliminated. Anyone sympathetic with it was to be tried and executed, for trafficking in the Occult was treated as a special kind of treason in the Kingdom of God being established in Israel.

What was it about the occult, that provoked such a strong warning in so many places in the scripture?

The practices listed in the above scripture, when translated into modern terms, would be the equivalent of modern practices such as abortion, hypnotism, astrology, augury, omen reading, necromancy, spell casting, seeking spiritual direction through natural phenomenon….

These practices pretty much all have this in common, they are examples of people seeking power or knowledge or both, for the purposes of control, through spirituality other than faith in God.

God hates the Occult and considers it detestable. Why?

1) Because God is a jealous God. One of America’s foremost proponents of the Occult is Oprah Winfrey. ironically , in her own words she turned away from the Christianity she was once reared in, because she had read in scripture that God is a Jealous God. She thought Jealousy an attribute which should be beneath the dignity of God.

 I will say I was one of those people who used to go to church every-I grew up, as I was sharing with the last caller, you know, in the South and so going to church every Sunday, Sunday School, Baptist Training Union, Wednesday night prayer service, the whole thing, choir, all of it.
And when I moved to Baltimore, I was in my 20s, and I remember sitting in a church, … and the minister was preaching about-it was a really good preacher-and he was preaching about how God-“the Lord thy God was a jealous God and the Lord thy God would condemn us for whatever,” and I remember I-I had a spiritual aha!
There. And I was in my late 20s, and I suddenly thought, “How can this God who is all loving and all powerful, why would God be jealous of me?”

Best Life Series of worldwide webcasts: “Finding Your Spiritual Path,” January 14, 2009, Copyright 2009 HARPO PRODUCTIONS INC.

Oprah, is like a lot of people who read a little scripture, and impute their own ideas as to the meaning of the texts, ignoring the fact that the Bible is thousands of years old, has been widely accepted by people of all walks of life, on every continent and of undoubted superior wisdom and knowledge.

She made the mistake of assuming she already knew the meaning of the expression “…a Jealous God…” , obviously her frame of reference being her own life experience. She didn’t humbly inquire of the author of scripture, as to the use of the Word jealous. Therefore she judged God, as if his jealousy was similar to an insecure and dangerous boyfriend or something.

God’s Jealousy is the holy desire to preserve a relationship which is to be exclusive. God hates the Occult because the human soul was made for communion with God, and not with any other entity.

The Occult is spiritual promiscuity, it is an opening up of that part of your life which is to be reserved for God and God alone.

Isaiah laments,

And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. (Isaiah 8:19-20)

The Occult is the breaking of the first two of the ten commandments of God, for we are to have “no other God’s before ” Him, and we are not to fashion out of our Imagination, how we choose to see who God is.

What does it mean to “Have a God”? (Have you ever thought about that? ) Deuteronomy helps us here,

Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.  He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.(Deuteronomy 10:20-21)

This is the clearest definition I have ever seen as to what it actually means to ‘have a God’,(BTW everybody has one).

*Your God is who you ultimately fear... who do you live before? Who do you seek to please? Who do you regard? That would be your God…

*Your God is the one you ultimately serve– Be that the only true God, or SELF, or the State, or some person, or money, whatever it is or whoever it is that you serve,(Put your life at the disposal of) is your God.

  • Your God is who you cleave to- you keep going back to that one thing, or principle or person, your deepest loyalty is to Him, that would be your God.
  • Who do you Swear By? – What this means is , Who do you cite? What is the source of your authority? When there is a conflict , where do you go for authoritative knowledge? Is Science the last Word? Or Psychology? Or do you truly resort t the Word of God as truth?
  • Who do you Praise(ultimately)? Who do you give the glory to in all situations? What or who do you admit, and aspire to be like? That is your God!
  • The Occult is a violation of the first two commandments, and is the introduction to other, lesser elements into areas of your soul that belong exclusively to God, this is one reason why God hates the Occult!

more to come…

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Evil Men Love The Darkness…

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.( John 3:18-20)

Unrepentant men hate the light of God; they shun it, run from it and seek to obscure it. They do not want to be exposed in their true (fallen) nature. They prefer the imaginations of their own heart, over the Word of God which is full of light.

This is why the sinners are estranged from God. They cannot fellowship with God, because they refuse to come to an agreement with God about reality. As we said in an earlier article, the only prerequisite for fellowship with God is to come not the light, but evil men don’t want to be exposed.

Sinners don’t want the Bible, they don’t want to read it or hear about its message, because the Bible is full of light. “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my Path”. Those who seek God and read the Bible see themselves through the eyes of God, they see what is wrong with themselves, and what is wrong with the world.

But sinners prefer their own narrative about the problems of the world or the human condition. They prefer the darkness of Psychology, or some of the various human centered philosophies which have developed as an alternative to the Word of God.

Whenever humanistic Philosophies become enacted into politics and government, then Christians , the Bible, the Jews, and the true church become the public enemy number 1. Unrepentant people hate the light, and love the darkness. they tend to persecute the light, and seek to stamp it out.

When Darwinism gave pseudo scientific credibility to Atheism, men dropped out of church, ministers left their pulpits and seminaries started cranking out atheistic infidels, grateful to Darwin for delivering them from the light of God. They hated the light all along but needed Darwin to give them permission to reject it. Sinners hate the light and love darkness. Darwin is so popular in post Christian Britain, he graces the ten pound note!

They don’t want to know God. Paul tells us they do not want to retain God ion their knowledge, they prefer the darkness of naturalism, or of materialistic atheism. They are not guilty of “not knowing” but of rejecting what they do know!

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness     Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. (Romans 1:18-19)   

Darkness is the lure of the so called “Occult”. The word “Occult” means the secrets, or that which is hidden. Evil men love to think there is a some hidden, and forbidden Wisdom, kept from humanity by God himself. his goes back to the garden of Eden itself. Satan posed as an “enlightener”, a Lucifer,(Lit Light Bearer), teaching the secret of godhood which the LORD God had supposedly withheld from the first couple.

Fallen men find these “secret’ things almost irresistible, but they ignore the true Word, of God who is light. They want to be in on the forbidden knowledge, but have no patience for the teachings of the “old Paths” set forth by the Creator and which are available to anyone who wants to obey and be reconciled to God.

It is this self willed autonomy from God which is the very definition of spiritual darkness, this attempt to evade and elude the Light of God, and to refuse to acknowledge or even to open one’s soul to the true light, and it includes the preference for the hidden, the “Occult” the ‘other way’ which Satan presents to the human race which will finally result in an everlasting blackness and darkness forever. In the End men will be granted what they really Love the most!

Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.(Jude 11-13)

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Do You Love The Light? …

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.(John 3:19-21)

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.(Ephesians 5:11-13)

Scripture declares that the true light is now shining in this benighted world. Jesus has come, and revealed to us the only true God, He who has seen Jesus has seen the Father. In the light of Jesus, everything is seen for what it is.

The only way to the Father is now completely visible, in the light of the gospel.

Jesus is the way, the truth and the Life, and no one can come to the Father but through Him! The light of God shows us that We must admit that we are lost, (we have lost our way), and that we have been deceived and that spiritually we are “dead in our sins” and deserving of justice. (the truth and the life).

We who have come into the light , learn to love it. We are exposed now, we know we are sinners and we have seen something of the true ,horrifyingly odious nature of our sins in the sight of God. Yet we remain in the light.

We love the truth, and prize those gifted preachers and teachers who bring out the truth, no matter how convicting. We want our sins and flaws to be exposed, because we know that the same God who exposes them, will purge them out of our life.

The Apostle Paul tells us that this characteristic, ie “the reception of the Love of the Truth” is what will save people from the final deception, the great , damning “delusion” sent as a judgment upon all men by God himself.

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: ( 2 Thessalonains 2:9-13)

Loving the Truth, is loving the light of exposure, before a Holy God, it is the willingness to be seen and known for who we really are in the sight of God, and it is the love of confession of sins, fellowship in a real church, the desire for the full knowledge of God.

In the true church, “the secrets of men’s hearts are revealed” because of the light of God. The knowledge of God, and of the Holy is prized above all else, and pretense and hypocrisy are abandoned. There is no fellowship with darkness or the works of darkness, all is exposed!

If therefore the whole church be come together into one place …  and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.( I Corinthians 14:23-25)

Thus the true church is a fellowship of Light. God’s purifying, cleansing and exposing light is there, where two or more are gathered. All is exposed, and seen. There is truth there, and also fellowship. Love flourishes in the light, because we all know what it is to see ourselves, and to hate what we see, and to know the relief of hearing the father say, “This (coal) hath touched your lips and your iniquity is purged, your sin is forgiven”.

Those of us who are “children of the day”, currently happen to be living in the time of darkness, and night. But we have been drawn to the light, and we love it, and wish to remain at all cost in the light, until the breaking of the dawn, the new day of Righteousness which shall soon commence at the second coming of ur Saviour and Lord Jesus.

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Night Comes When No One Can Work … walk in the light pt 8

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. ( John 9:4-5)

Over and over again we are told in scripture that a night is coming to the world. It will be a time of the eclipse of truths that were introduced into this world by the Judeo/Christian revelation, which led to the greatest civilization ever seen.

We in the modern world have taken so much for granted, which has come from the Old and New Testaments and their impact on our societies. Concepts like human rights, defense of the weak against the strong, protection of women and children, the sanctity of life itself, all spring from the spiritual light diffused through Moses and then through Jesus and the gospel.

Although He is not a Christian, the pundit, and Jewish Rabbi Dennis Prager makes this point in discussing what he calls the original sexual Revolution,

When Judaism demanded that all sexual activity be channeled into marriage, it changed the world. The Torah’s prohibition of non-marital sex quite simply made the creation of Western civilization possible. 

Societies that did not place boundaries around sexuality were stymied in their development. The subsequent dominance of the Western world can largely be attributed to the sexual revolution initiated by Judaism and later carried forward by Christianity. 

This revolution consisted of forcing the sexual genie into the marital bottle. It ensured that sex no longer dominated society, heightened male-female love and sexuality (and thereby almost alone created the possibility of love and eroticism within marriage), and began the arduous task of elevating the status of women. 

It is probably impossible for us, who live thousands of years after Judaism began this process, to perceive the extent to which undisciplined sex can dominate man’s life and the life of society. Throughout the ancient world, and up to the recent past in many parts of the world, sexuality infused virtually all of society. (Judaism’s Sexual Revolution)

( I am impelled to note that I take this quote to be referring to the impact of the Law of God revealed to Moses on Mt Sinai, nor to the later ruminations of Rabbis and sages. Obviously it wasn’t the nudism of today or as it developed(in apostasy over the centuries) but the Judaism of Jesus and the prophets, and as revealed by the LORD himself. In no way do I endorse modern Judaism, which I regard as apostate).

All of those gains are currently giving way to a wave of sexual anarchy such as we have never seen before. We have no way to calculate the profound confusion brought upon our young generation, which is being propagandized in schools and popular entertainment to accept such abominations as transgenderism, gay marriage and pedophilia. Darkness is descending upon us in a thousand ways.

Light is being eclipsed. The Light of the gospel is being dimmed by a combination of false preachers, bad doctrine, the infiltration of churches and seminaries with apostates and infidels, as well as external pressures coming to bear on the church, hemming it in, silencing it, and even persecuting it in a good many cases.

We do not realize many of the blessings we once had, by virtue of the fact that they were negative blessings. By that I mean we once lived in lands where there was no such thing as female genital mutilation, polygamy, child marriage, honor killing, child trafficking, Ancient rivalries such as the Sunni Shia feud, Juhad, no go areas, Rape as a religious policy,(Rotherham).

Those were brighter days, indeed. We have never lived in a perfect world, but we had no idea that such things as the above existed, and thus our world was much brighter for the lack of such things. Or I shoaled say, it is much much darker since those things have poured into our once judo Christian lands, due to our ‘leaders’.

The darkness is intensifying to the point that most of us have to admit, that our own children would never recognize the world that once was, and in fact are propagandized to think that everything of the past was dark, grimy, racist and unloving, compared to the shiny new world our cultural elites, “the Kings of the earth and their rulers” have constructed on the ruins of the old world they destroyed.

 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. (Psalm 2:1-3)

The Bible tells us that it is these “Kings of the earth and their Rulers”, who have conspired against the LORD and his Christ, who are responsible for the darkening of the world. They have taken their counsel directly against the Lord and His Christ, and are leading the world in a kind of ‘liberation movement’ away from all of the “bands and cords” by which the LORD and His Christ once bound the world.

These are not just political leaders, but this term includes all cultural leadership, the movers and shakers and opinion makers and formers in education, religion, the Arts, government, entertainment, and culture, Law, since, medicine, etc, they are the blind leading this world into the darkness and ultimately into the pit of hell.

Night has come upon us now…this is their hour and the very power of darkness…

Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. “But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” (John 11:9-10)

We must witness and love and share as much as we can, while we can, a terrible night is setting, upon the whole world. Truths which once blessed even unbelievers, because they were of God and evident, are being repudiated and denied now. Did you see the statehouse of New York stand up and applaud the right to kill babies without any restriction? Have you seen the Irish people cast off the same restraints with hearty joy?

Weeping may endure for the Night, But Joy shall come in the morning light…

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Is it Dawn or Twilight ?… walk in the Light pt7

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. (Proverbs 4:18-19)

The Bible tells us that everybody who ever lived is on a path. Life is not static, it is an ongoing journey. We are all headed in some direction, and we will be tomorrow, more of whatever we are today. Step by Step we progress, no one stays the same, and everyone ends up somewhere else at the end of the journey.

The path of the Righteous, is as a shining light. Someone takes off on a long walking trek, at the first crack of dawn, and the light is just a sliver on the horizon. Things are not clear yet, but we make our way along the path, one step at a time. Some shadows look foreboding but as we near the actual object we realize there is not much to them.

Step by step the light gets brighter, things become clearer and everything is visible as it really is, no more shadowy figures of distorted proportions, there is more and more light along the way as the sun rises. We see further down the road also, and know what to anticipate, what to avoid, ad where we are headed.

Eventually it is high noon, and all is clear and crystal, the light reveals everything in its true form.

This is the story of my spiritual life. Sometime around the age of 18 or 19 I turned aside from my own path, to see a light. (I had been in darkness, stumbling around without direction, and putting myself in danger without being able to discern it.)

The light that shone into my life was the truth about why Jesus died on the cross. I saw that “He made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the Righteousness of God in Christ”( 2 Corinthians 5:21) 

That light was like the first glint of a coming sunrise and set me on a path that I hadn’t trod before. As I entered into a life of discipleship(learning of Jesus), more light was diffused to me. I knew very little at first, only that the cross was substitution, that Jesus took my place there, and that thus, God loved me as a son.

I also perceived in that slight sliver of light, that Jesus was coming, to Judge the world in Righteousness. Maranatha! Oh yes , also it had something to do with Israel becoming a nation in 1948. That was about all I knew at first.

But walking with God has been like a steady sunrise of light. He teaches us, and leads us into all truth. The church has been a place of light to me, and the Bible is the very depository of God’s light. God reveals, that is his nature.Everything is becoming much clearer now.

There have been clouds and shadows and storms along the way of course. I have lived through times wherein the truth has been attacked and seemingly eclipsed, but like so many others, I have held to the light which was given me, and remained in it. Even if I had to admit I was wrong, or even if I had to lose friends, or to break away from once favorite teachers, whenever God’s light has revealed.

But in the Proverb above there are two paths. Sometimes they see to converge, or to run parallel but they are radically different paths heading into completely different directions. They seem to intersect at times, giving us the impression we were walking the same path, but ultimately it is revealed that some are going in one direction and others in another.

I know people who once had light, and rejoiced in it. For a while they were in it, but they went another way. Our paths intersected, or were parallel for a season. Jesus told those in his day that this was the case with them, they loved John Baptist, but wouldn’t follow Jesus,

He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.(John 5:35)

The path of the wicked is the opposite of the path of the Just. It is a sunset, it just keeps getting darker, and the light diminishes as time goes on…as described in another Proverb, which I call the death of the simple,

For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,  And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,  Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,  In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night...(Proverbs 7:6-9)

Notice the progression of darkness? In the Twilight, in the Evening, and in the black and dark night? I think we can all see, that the darkness is deepening, and that “this is their hour and the power of darkness…” as Jesus warned us.

How many out there are among those who once knew? They had once rejoiced in the light, they knew something of fellowship, the body of Christ, the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the things pertaining to the end? Was that a sunrise or a sunset? Was it just a phase?

To Him who has , more will be given to him, but to him who has not, even what he thought he had will be taken away from him…(Matthew 13;12)

What took you out? Did someone offend you? Was it a false teacher? Did you just give in to your sins? Were you embarrassed about being “into Jesus’ when you were younger? I know so many who once rejoiced in the light, but who have faded so far away… Please turn around before its too late, Jesus is calling us all!

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