Satan Desires to have us… The George Floyd Slaying

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. (Luke 22:31-32)

I have no doubt that the warning Jesus gave to Peter is applicable to us here in America. in light of the recent slaying of George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis Police Department. “Satan desires to have you, that he may sift you as wheat…” .

The traumatic events playing out in America, will definitely have this effect, they will force out into the open, things we have hidden in our heart, for all to see, whether they be good or evil.

First of all Satan is definitely in this.

Of course, Satan didn’t directly kill George Floyd, the Minneapolis Police department did, particularly officer Chauvin, when He pinned the handcuffed man to the sidewalk, putting his knees on the helpless man’s neck, as Floyd begged and pleaded for his life, as did the people passing by the scene of horror. Floyd died under Chauvin’s knee.

That same Police department (Minneapolis) fast tracked a Somali immigrant, so that they could showcase “Diversity” , but failed to vet him. ( Diversity is one of the highest ideals of the New Religion).

Early in his career, This newly minted Somali Muslim Police officer shot to death an Australian lady who was merely trying to report a crime.

There were no riots, or race based condemnations of entire people groups. Neither was the media dominated by reports and condemnations of the nation. The Somali and Muslim communities were not harassed and hounded, for everyone understood that they didn’t do the crime. The Officer did.

Not everything That happens is about race, until the leftists try to make it about race in order to divide and conquer us.

Satan doesn’t directly kill people, what He does is harden their hearts, and sows hatred and prejudice into men’s hearts, (of all hues), and sets up situations for them to hate and kill each other. He sends out a flood of Words and images, non stop propaganda of hate, prejudice, corporate guilt, to build up pressure, creating a tense and explosive environment.

The nightmare video of the atrocity, shocked and outraged ALL Americans, at least any one at all of decency, good will, and a sense of humanity. There has been a national sense of outrage over this, it is not limited to the socially “woke” people of the left, but all of mainstream America is shocked and disgusted at this turn of events.

Here is Where Satan has jumped in to test us all, The Question is, ‘What evil lies in our hearts, that this nightmare exposes’?

The Prophet Jeremiah warns us all…

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.( Jeremiah 17:9-10)

All of the Racism, self Righteousness, violence, avarice and greed, rebellion, self pity (victim status), and a host of other sordid vices hidden in our hearts as individuals is being forced out into the open. This test is designed to reveal all of it, in everybody.

Satan has been cultivating hatred and bias very carefully in this nation for a long time. He has conditioned many of us to think only in terms of identity blocks, and not of each of us as individuals.

Satan has concocted a new civil religion in America, in which there is no individual sin, only group sin. He has divided humanity into different groups, warring against each other. Some of those groups are virtuous, and others are guilty just by virtue of being in the group, and partaking of the group ‘privileges’. Satan’s control of the media and education has helped to foster and entrench this new religion.

According to the tenants of the new religion America itself is guilty, She is systemically “racist”, and there can be no forgiveness, only constant repayment for the past transgressions of the ‘privileged group’.

The only ones who for the most part are truly exempt from this new civil religion, are those who recognize it as a counterfeit Christianity. We have an account of the Fall of man, and it didn’t happen in 1619, it happened in the beginning, in Genesis 3. The fall is universal, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”, it doesn’t just apply to the one group, and not the others.

Furthermore, in Christ we have forgiveness of our sins, we cannot be shamebased or controlled therefore by tyrants who selectively apply history to our situation. The Truth sets us free.

But as the Bible says, not all men have faith. That very faithlessness is being revealed on many levels now.

It is going to be revealed when people attempt to justify or mitigate what appears to be a murder on a public street, as well as when people attempt to pin blame and fault on an entire group of people or a nation, for what what single man did. Anyone who hates Blacks or whites is demonic by definition.

The burning of property, assault and looting reveals the greed and lust in the hearts of many, who would make use of this tragedy, to commit mayhem. What hate, Lust, and murder is being revealed in this day! We remember what the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Immanuel onse said about leftist approach to tragedy, ” we never let a crisis go to waste”.

There are some at the very top of the society, who are truly doing Satan’s work to further an Agenda. If only we would quit looking at the Red cape and instead see these ‘matadors’ who seek to destroy what is left of western civilization, by magnifying and exploiting our historic faults.

Sheer godless, demonic rebellion is on display also, as for example the current Mayor of Chicago disparaged President Trump in the vilest of terms. Hate is now out in the open, violence and even murder cannot be too much further away now.

Things are going to get ugly now, as the hearts of men are revealed. Only Christ can save us, the religion of Jesus is the only way men can love each other and live together in peace.

Like so many others, I am horrified and grieved by what happened to George Floyd. It doesn’t matter what color he was, murder is murder, the man carried the Image of God, and that image was destroyed right there! He was and is a Father, and a Christian minister. He left people behind, brokenhearted and grieving.

The only silver lining I see in this test, is that perhaps people will come to see their need of Jesus Christ, his forgiveness and the transformation which He can make in the heart of any who open up to him. Remember the last phrase of the verse I opened with, where Jesus tells us, “...But I have prayed for you that your faith not fail…”. Love and Grace, Pas Bill

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The Death of The Simple Part 2…an eschatological warning

“For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice. And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, a young man void of understanding. Passing along the street near her corner; And he took the path to her house, in the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night.” (Proverbs 7:6-9)

The book of Proverbs like all scripture, is multifaceted, it goes beyond being God’s psychology, as I noted in the previous post, although it is indeed that. It is also more than a collection of divine maxims, the teaching of morality, people skills, and practical insights for daily life. It is all that and more, it is in fact prophetic, it is an eschatological revelation.
 

Consider the similarity in the structure of Proverbs and the book of Revelation. Both of them have the theme of choosing between two rival women. The book of Revelation features the vision of the woman in labor, beset by the beast, sheltered by the Lord, carried away to safety on eagle’s wings. It culminates in the vision of the Bride, pure and holy, made ready for her heavenly husband, the Lamb.
 

She has a counterpart in Proverbs, the virtuous woman who fears the Lord. She cries out in the streets to admonish the simple, she prepares a feast of bread and wine to those who heed her call, and the Proverbs ends with a celebration of her virtues – gladness that it was she who was chosen and not the other.
 

But the theme of Revelation features a second woman from beginning to end, the Harlot. She is called “That woman Jezebel who calls herself a prophetess and teaches my servants to commit fornication…”(Rev 2:20). She is also seen sitting upon a beast, drunk on the blood of saints and having a brazen headpiece with blasphemous names written on it. For a little time she is given great power and influence, but ultimately judgment comes upon her at the end.
 

She has a counterpart in the book of Proverbs as well, the strange woman. We are told that the words of Proverbs are given:
 

“To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth to death and her paths unto the dead. None that goeth unto her return again, neither take they hold of the path of life.” (Proverbs 2:16-19)

The virtuous woman has a teaching for the simple, but the ‘strange’ woman has an alternative teaching, each offer the key to understanding. In chapter nine of Proverbs, lady Wisdom teaches us that to “fear the Lord is wisdom, and by the knowledge of the Holy comes understanding”. The strange woman counters with a teaching that the enjoyment of sin is satisfying, and that illicit experience is the key to understanding.
 

“Whoso is simple, let him turn in here, and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” (Proverbs 9:16-17)
 

It should be obvious by now what these two women represent. They are the Biblical way of describing the true and the false church, the Bride and the Harlot! They either propagate the wisdom of this fallen age, or the wisdom of God. Human history culminates in both the “Wedding Supper of the Lamb”, or the “Judgment of the Great Whore”.  There is a direct spiritual parallel between idolatry and adultery. Salvation is a marriage, the church is a Bride, Israel is God’s wife. There is a true Bride of Christ and there is a parody, a harlot church.
 

With that backdrop in mind, look with me at the eschatological understanding of Proverbs seven.
The naive young man wandering, “void of understanding”- as explained in the previous post, this means he has no sense of the Holy (Proverbs 9:9), no concept of the awful, transcendent majesty of God. He is drawn in his boredom and emptiness to the harlot church.

It is at first “twilight”, but darkness comes fast, soon it is evening, ere long it is “the black and dark night”.  The night is a metaphor for the Tribulation.  Before the dawning of the long awaited millennial Sabbath Day, the night grows black and dark, Evil is allowed to reach its zenith, the rebellion against the Holy God comes to a head. (I believe we are well into the “twilight”).
 

“There met him a woman with the attire of a harlot and subtle of heart.” (Proverbs 7:10)
 

She looks like a harlot, she is gaudy and overdone. She has subtlety in her heart – concealed motives. Look at TBN, or the tattoo covered and pierced Todd Bentley that thousands around the world considered to be a prophet of God. I know you can’t judge a book by its cover, and that only God knows the heart, but appearances do account for something. What does she want?
 

“She caught him and kissed him and with an impudent face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me, this day have I payed my vows. Therefore have I come forth to thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.’’ (Proverbs 7:13-15)
 

Hers is a mixture of flattery and antinomian salvation. “I have come to seek you”. It’s all about Y-O-U! (seeker sensitive church?) – But she professes a salvation that makes no moral demands, “ I have peace offerings” – (I have been saved by sacrifice, I am at peace with God!), but she then proceeds to describe the bed of her adulteries in sensual terms!  What kind of salvation is that?  It is the new all grace and no law salvation of the harlot church!
 

Come let us take our fill of love until the morning; let us solace ourselves with loves .For the Goodman is not at home, he is gone on a long journey; he has taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.” (Proverbs 7:18-20)
 

Her message is all love – there are no calls to repentance or obedience to the Lord. There are no moral demands made in the name of the holy God. It is an experienced based religion, light on doctrine, “dogma”, but heavy on sensual experience.
 

The only other theme is the denial of the immanent return of Jesus, “the Goodman”. Of course there is the obligatory acknowledgment that He “will come home at the day appointed”, but the harlot church doesn’t regard the coming of Jesus as an immanent, urgent, practical reality. 
 

“With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straitly, as an ox goeth to slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks.” (Proverbs 7:21-22)
 
 

So many pastors I know have been flattered, seduced, caused to yield to unbiblical deceptions such as Toronto Blessing, Purpose Driven Life, the Pensacola delusion. What is it that they have been “caused to yield”? They have given up their critical faculties, the ability to discern. They have in the name of church growth yielded up their calling to protect God’s flock from the wolves who ravage them. They have yielded to the unbiblical fads, and even to destructive heresies so that they would not appear to be ‘Pharisees’, faultfinders and heresy hunters. Therefore they have yielded to the seduction time and again, and their flocks have been utterly ravaged.
 

These apostate pastors “go after her straitly” every time. No matter how wrong these false prophets prove to be, or how utterly undiscerning these ‘apostles’ constantly are, they will follow them. How does it feel to be one of those ‘leaders’ who publically endorsed Bentley, in many cases knowing his marriage was a disaster.  False prophets Paul Cain and Bob Jones both were exposed as sexual deviants, and even temporarily removed, but they had a ready constituency upon their re-entry into ministry. 
 

This is a matter of eternal life and eternal death for many. It becomes a matter of the relevance of the church, God’s witness, the “pillar and ground of the truth” as Paul calls it. The consequences of consorting with the strange woman are extreme.
 

“Hearken unto me now therefore O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth, Let not your heart decline unto her ways, go not astray in her paths .For she has cast down many wounded; yea many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to Hell, going down to the chambers of death.”     (Proverbs 7:24-27)
 

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The Death Of The Simple One…

THE DEATH OF THE SIMPLE Part 1

A Warning Against Sexual Sin By: Pastor Bill Randles

“For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice. And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, a young man void of understanding. Passing along the street near her corner; And he took the path to her house, in the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night.” (Proverbs 7:6-9)

The book of Proverbs is God’s psychology. It is startling in its relevance to our current situation, because all true wisdom is timeless. This story in chapter seven is as current as the Internet and yet as old as the hills.

Wisdom here is personified and is the witness to the destruction of a young person described as both “simple” and “void of understanding”.

To be “simple” in the perspective of Proverbs is to be naive, inexperienced, and undiscerning. It is not wrong to be simple, but it would be wrong to insist on staying simple! Simplicity is not the same as innocence however, because of the fall. This chapter is a warning to us that even in our simplicity, when left alone we have a pull towards immorality and evil. The young man saunters through the streets, bored and restless, but “happens to be drawn” to the house of the “strange woman”.

Part of the young man’s problem is that he is not only described as being simple, but he is also “void of understanding”. In Proverbs 9:10 we are told what this means – “…By the knowledge of the Holy is understanding”. To be void of understanding is to have no sense of the Holy, to be unaware of anything or anyone transcendent. It is to have no sense of God, accountability to God, or fear of God.

A woman runs out to meet him, with the attire of a harlot, she is bold, and like him she is restless, as well as attention seeking. She comes right up to him and kisses him, she takes the initiative, she takes the lead! This is no shrinking violet.

But not to worry! Before the young man can even consider the sensual flattery, she confesses her faith in God to him!

I have peace offerings with me; today I have paid my vows, so I came out to meet you…” (Prov 7:14-15)

In other words, her message is that what ever is going to happen from here, don’t worry, I am saved, I have by sacrifice made my peace with God! She immediately then proceeds to entice him, describing her bed in sensual terms. In the same sentence that she solemnly proclaims her faith; she also flatters him and offers him sexual delight. Her power is in her shameless boldness! She can do this with a straight face, as Proverbs warns us, she is impudent!

Come let us take our fill of loves until morning…” (Proverbs 7:18)

There are at least two lies in this enticement. Lie number one is that one can “take his fill” of “Loves”, in other words that sexual sin can actually satisfy. There can be no satisfaction in sexual immorality because it is illicit, and not about the future, but only for the fleeting moment. Satan has a minstrel named Mick Jagger who actually got it right in his hit song “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”.

The second lie is in the word “Loves”. I pluralized it because it is a plural word in the Hebrew. Sexuality was ordained to be exclusive. At a youth meeting, I once sought to demonstrate this by the use of five volunteers and a piece of duct tape.

I slapped the tape onto the hairy arm of a young man, and patted it down thoroughly. When I then ripped it off of his arm he howled in pain! I then took the same piece and put it on the arm of another teen, and even then when I ripped it off his arm it did hurt slightly. By the third arm, it didn’t hurt at all, and by the fourth it barely stuck. By the fifth arm, I couldn’t get the piece to stick! The moral of the story – promiscuity- “Loves” destroys the God given capacity to cleave to someone for life, and in fact renders one incapable of anything but breaking off relationships.

With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straitly, as an ox goeth to slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks.” ( Proverbs 7:21-22)

She, the strange woman, the personification of sexual immorality, is said to have caused him to yield. Not by physical force, but by speech, by an appeal to the imagination, by a combination of flattery, sensuality and false religious assurances, She forced him. She is all immorality, all pornography, she infuses most of media these days, she is dangerous and powerful!

The language here is sacrificial, he follows her to the slaughter. Sexual immorality is godlike; it demands the sacrifice of everything a person is, a whole burnt offering of yourself. All dignity, commitment, true love and respect, religion, whatever is valuable in life is offered up on the altar and consumed for fornication!

Till a dart strike through the liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.Proverbs 7:23

But it is fatal, it’s a trap, it takes you farther away then you ever wanted to go, it costs and demands more than you could ever imagine you had to pay, you can’t go to heaven if you are a fornicator. The quicker you heed Wisdom’s warning the better:

“Hearken unto me now therefore O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth, Let not your heart decline unto her ways, go not astray in her paths .For she has cast down many wounded; yea many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to Hell, going down to the chambers of death.”vs 24-27

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The Bride or the Harlot? You Must Choose…

…Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. ( Revelation 19:7-11)

I love the church. From the time of my conversion to Christ, forty years ago, I knew that I was called to partake in the company known as the Bride. What a privilege to know Jesus; to anticipate finally seeing Him, to be called to identify with Him, in this present evil Age, even if it means accepting rejection and reproach in this life.

We the body of Christ, are the bride.

I get the metaphor, we are the ones whom our LORD has purchased and redeemed, Christians are the company who have forsworn all else, and who await the day of all days, ‘the Marriage Supper of the Lamb’, the ground of all true Joy and Happiness.

We hold to his word which He gave us, we will not forsake it, for he has never forsaken us. We love Him because he loved us first, in fact we never chose Him, He chose us to be with Him, we merely accepted.

In Prophetic imagery, a spiritual body of worshippers, is likened unto a woman. We hear the Prophets speaking in God’s name, to ‘the daughter of Zion”, tenderly calling to her, and wooing Israel as the wife of Jahweh, The bride whom he sought, and rebought out of the slave market, as in Hosea.

Israel is seen as being pregnant with a man child in the deep and mysterious vision of Revelation 12, whilst the Dragon, (The Serpent of Old) awaits the birth, that He might destroy the man child, before he can accomplish his mission. The child is the “seed of the Woman’ who eventually crushed the Serpent’s head.

The New Testament too, speaks of the church as the Bride, the one who makes herself ready, and who , in the crisis days leading up to the wedding, when loyalties are tested, or when pressures to defect mount, the espoused virgin remains true. She is attacked, deposed and rejected in this world, because she has been espoused to Him who loved her, and washed her in his blood… but she waits patiently for the marriage, and prepares herself as all Brides do.

Both the Book of Revelation and the book of Proverbs have this in common, that the Bride is a major theme in each of them.

Remember that the King’s Son must pick a Bride. We hold our breath, early in Proverbs when the wrong woman presents herself almost immediately, for we hope He chooses wisely.

To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. ( Proverbs 2:16-19)

It isn’t as simple as merely picking the right one, it gets complicated, for an alternative is presented. the Bride is out there, but so also is the “strange woman”,(Strange = foreign, ie foreign religions) .

We are so relieved by the time we get to the end of Proverbs, when He picks the virtuous woman, as described in Proverbs 31.

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.  She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.  She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.(Proverbs 31:17-20)

What is this all about? Do you believe Proverbs is just good “dating advice” for teenagers, or is there something else being said in all of this comparison of differing kinds of women?

Look at the Passage in Proverbs 2 again… She flatters with her words… she forsakes the guide of her youth…the covenant of God… her paths lead to the dead… she fails the ‘Path of Life’.

The Revelation also has this contrast, between the True Bride who makes herself ready, and the Harlot, (which is an obscene parody of a bride).

And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:; With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. ( Revelation 17:1-6)

We are horrified, like John was at this spectacle. the Apostle John knew a persecuted, despised, impoverished Bride, who is this gaudy, blasphemous, powerful (in worldly terms), drunken Harlot?

In the prophetic imagery, women represent spiritual bodies, congregations of people. the “Daughter of Zion” the “wife of Jahweh” the Bride of Christ”. Jesus is the true Bridegroom and his friends, (ie John the Baptist and the disciples, are the ‘friends of the Bridegroom’).

But as usual, there are choices presented. there is a substitute ‘Word’, there is a substitute ‘spirit’, and there is a substitute ‘christ’ as well. And there is a ‘substitute ‘bride’ who turns out to be a Harlot.

We who call on the LORD have to chose between the Bride or the harlot…More to come

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Encouragement, For A Strange Time …

I have been asking the LORD for a Word of Encouragement.

Our world is changing, and as my friend Tony Koretz says, the change lately has been at “Warp Speed”. In the space of a few weeks, so many familiar things have been shut down; Sports, Restaurants, many, many jobs, public gatherings, and even churches have been closed.

So many of us just want to get back to ‘normal’ but I am beginning to think that we will never get back to the ‘normal’ we once knew. The world seems to have entered into another phase in the process which will lead eventually to the great tribulation.

It seems to me to be increasingly obvious that we are being subjected, to various degrees to a serious ‘psychological’ warfare which is intended to demoralize, separate and even dehumanize us.

For example why does the Governor of Illinois tell his constituents that He might have to keep the churches closed for up to another year? (as if it were up to him). Why did Dr. Fauci publicly hope that we as a society, would quit the practice of shaking hands or hugging ?

Why do so many people who take in all of this fear and propaganda feel compelled to preach to strangers, in the store or on the street, the dire need to wear masks? These are otherwise normal people who would never dream of preaching anything to a stranger, but now they berate them as selfish for not wanting to cover their face!

These are just a few examples of the eery, dark and definitely spiritual campaign to oppress us on the level of our humanity. We are far beyond trying to deal with this virus, something else has kicked into society, which is anti-human. No more hugging? No Shaking hands? No getting together in groups of people? No more showing your face in public? (Some people are so compliant, they even wear a mask when they are alone).

What is upsetting also is the fact that our leaders shamelessly seem to be wielding the weapon of fear to herd us into our houses, and away from contact with each other. Fear would be the only way they could do it.

We are seeing with our own eyes the bold threats of those elected officials we thought we could trust with a little power. “There is going to be a second wave of the Pandemic”, “You are going to be responsible for spreading it if we don’t submit to our vaccine”,”We are going to shut down churches and synagogues who do not comply to these edicts”. They have truly scared a good many people out of their wits.

Our world has changed, and there is no going back.

Sigh… I intended to encourage you, dear readers, and yet I have spent the first six or seven paragraphs describing aspects of the problem which I believe is demoralizing so many. Many feel a sense of foreboding, but can’t quite articulate it. I believe that this is a major part of what you may be feeling.

Jesus said, on the night He was betrayed, “This is their hour and the power of Darkness”. Before the end of time, God will grant a short time, to Satan and his followers, to allow evil to come out in it’s fullest expression. God is in control, and we should not be surprised that the stage is being set for this time.

But this attack on our humanity is temporary and ultimately doomed to fail.

We must remember who our God is. Our God reigns! We are not to fear man, but to fear God and Him alone!

When the Gospel comes in it’s last form, as recorded in the 14th chapter of the Revelation, the emphasis is on fearing and worshipping God,

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.(Revelation 14:6-7)

Part of the Psyops of the recent two months is the suppression of the church itself. I would not condemn anyone who took themselves out of church out of a legitimate concern that they not expose themselves or others to Covid.

Quarantine of the sick or potentially sick is Biblical and acceptable. But quarantine of the healthy?

I believe part of what has happened is to get people out of the habit of regular public worship. America is a place where there are more churches per capita than anywhere else on earth. It is still stunning to me that almost overnight, virtually all of them ceased operations, in total compliance with the Government.

Internet streaming is a blessing, (we do it, and love reaching out that way), but it is no substitute for flesh and blood fellowship. What if part of the ‘dehumanization’ project is to replace everything, even worship, with the ‘convenience of machines? A machine is not going to hand you a piece of bread, and say, “This is my body, broken for you…” as a real brother and sister would.

Go back to church! Plug in and Seek the LORD with others who fear Him, and do not let anyone ever keep you from getting together with the Body of Christ.

Remember that in another time of apostasy and defection, the Prophet Malachi spoke thus,

Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. (Malachi 3:16-18)

Don’t be afraid.

I realize it is easier said than done, but God has shown me that the cure for the fear of Man, is the fear of God. A good many people are afraid. They fear death, change, plague, disease and bodily harm.

Fear of that nature, has led to many concessions, (which in my view are unreasonable). The shutting down of the world’s largest and most vibrant economy, the confinement, of millions of people, and untold mental and spiritual affliction to many individuals due to isolation, have all happened because of fear.

When King David experienced a Plague in his day, due to his sin, (the census) He was given the horrible choice of one of three punishments. To make a long story short, two of those punishments involved Israel falling into the hands of man, and the other, a plague, amounted to coming into the hands of God.

David chose to come into the hands of God. God is just, merciful, all wise, etc.

In a way we are at a similar situation. I do believe there is a Plague, but in a sense we as a society are fallen into the hands of men, in regards to how to deal with it.

Many of us are seemingly at the mercy of “the Experts”; Fauci, Birx, the World Health Organization, and even Bill Gates. Again, we are also in the hands of Governors and Mayors also, whether they be sensible like the Governor of South Dakota, or power hungry like Garcetti, the mad mayor of Los Angeles.

These people, are making the decisions that millions have to live with; when to go back to work, when to open up society, who to quarantine, what medicine is approved or disapproved how many can congregate and even, whether or not to have church services!

These are mere men, not God. Their “solutions ” will drag the problem out ad infinitum, (or until people just get fed up and rebel), because they have obvious conflicts of interest. I do believe things are going to intensify.

But we have hope, in Jesus Christ. Jesus said “I will never leave you, or forsake you… and.. Lo I am with you always to the end of the world”. Lets be free men and women. “Whom the Son sets free, is free indeed”.

We should freely worship, freely give and forgive, freely fellowship, and trust the LORD, come what may. Jesus is coming again to take us unto himself!

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Mercy and Truth Have met Together… Psalm 85

I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. ( Psalm 85:8-10)

Mercy and truth are pictured in this Psalm, as meeting together, as well as Righteousness and Peace greeting each other and Kissing. What does this imagery mean? In what sense do mercy and truth meet? Where and in what circumstances do Righteousness and Peace Kiss?

The LORD speaks these things, to his people. He speaks peace to them.

The LORD is Holy, Righteous and absolutely True.

Everything comes into the light of clarity in his presence. All that is false, dark, evil and hateful is exposed to His searching light of Truth. The LORD hates evil and is unceasingly opposed to it in all of it’s forms.

The same LORD is merciful, forgiving, slow to anger, and abounding in Lovingkindness and compassion. God is love. It is his will to reconcile, to make peace, and to stretch out a hand, even to his enemies.

Can you see the problem?

The people whom God loves, are weak, sinners, “prone to wander”, they have evil passions, lusts, and do things which He finds hateful. On the One hand the Righteousness of God would be to destroy the sinners. He must be consistent with himself, and execute judgment against all that is false, evil and corrupt. A Holy God can do no less!

But the Holy God is a God of Love. Love is his attribute also. How can God be both Holy and Loving? Must he jettison holiness for love? Or would he throw Love out to satisfy holiness?

What we asking, is ‘How can Righteousness and Peace met? How can God’s mercy and God’s truth meet together?’

Moses was given a Revelation of the person of God in Exodus 34, which expresses this dilemma clearly and makes no attempt to answer it,

And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.(Exodus 34:6-8)

How can the LORD be the one who “Forgives thousands, sin, iniquity and transgression”, while at the same time be the One who “By no means clears the guilty”? Mustn’t He do one or the other?

The answer is found in the Cross of Jesus. At the Cross of Jesus, God fully expressed all of his Righteous indignation against the sin of all of us. The Wrath of a Holy God expressed the Holy hatred against sin, our sin.

This Holy Wrath was poured out upon the One appointed to be our substitute, who hung between heaven and earth, taking full responsibility for the sins of the whole world. Jesus died for our sins. In this way the Righteousness of God was vindicated. No one can ever say, God looked the other way from human evil!

But the Cross is the Revelation of the LOVE of God, sending his own Son to suffer and die in our place, to reconcile us to Himself. God is Love, and Jesus is the expression of that Love.

The Father sent the Son, to be the Savior of the World.

The Cross is the one and only location, where this world can experience and come into the LOVE of God. God so LOVED THE WORLD, that He gave his only begotten Son.

We can know and believe in the Love God has for us, but only through the cross.

God, being who He is, Holy and Righteous, had to have a Righteous way to save humanity. He couldn’t merely “sweep our sins under the carpet”, and indulgently let us into his Kingdom. The price had to be paid, the demands of Justice and Righteousness had to be answered, God has to be both “Just and the Justifier, of this who believe in Jesus”.

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Thoughts on the Timing of the Rapture

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:4-6)

The famous “Faith Chapter” in the book of Hebrews, begins with two Saints, Abel and Enoch as examples of faith which we are to imitate. Faith is the point, for faith is the only way to please God.

I once asked the LORD, ‘Why Faith? Why is that what you require?” I believe I received several answers in the form of scripture and impressions, from the LORD. God requires faith, because we simply cannot save ourselves. Only God can save our souls, no one can redeem themselves, therefore Faith is required, because faith glorifies God and not man.

Another reason for the requirement of faith that came to me, is that our problems began when we quit believing in the goodness of God. Adam and Eve were willing to entertain a false and degraded notion of God, that He was holding something back that would be good for the first couple. The Serpent bore false witness about the LORD, and they believed it.

The way back? It has to be faith. We must repent and believe again in the goodness of God.

The “hall of faith” begins with Abel and Enoch. One Saint who was murdered for his faith, and for bearing witness to God in a hostile world. There would be literally millions upon millions who would follow in his footsteps, being willing to let go of their life rather than deny the truth of God.

The other Saint, Enoch, was a man who lived in a kind of “end times scenario” living in the time leading up to the flood. It was a day of Apostasy, but Enoch walked with God, until God took Him home. He didn’t die , He was raptured. God took him home, to be with himself.

Faith was required of each of them.

I believe that we also live in an end-time. I have no doubt that Jesus is coming, and in our lifetime. What makes us unique is the re-emergence of the nation of Israel, in 1948, in fulfillment of the prophecies about the last of the last days. All of the prophets pre-supposed that there would be a national Israel, and a Jewish occupied city of Jerusalem, as well as a controversy over Judea, (The West bank) which would engulf the whole world.

The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Zechariah 12:1-3)

Which brings us back to our two Saints at the beginning of Hebrews 11. One died, He was martyred for his witness to God. The other one did not die. He was Raptured. Both of these Saints lived by Faith and Pleased God.

I believe that this speaks to us in our generation.

No doubt. many of us will end up dying. Perhaps some of us will be given an opportunity to be martyred. We are Saints and love God, but all things being equal, unless the LORD returns, we will die, one way or another.

(Of course, Christians don’t really die, they “go to sleep”) but the real point is that Faith is the only way to please God.

But according to the scriptures, there is a unique end-times event, coming, as I hope I have pointed out in this series, called the Rapture, or “Our gathering together unto Him”, “the Episynagogue” and Jesus coming to “take us where (He)…is, unto himself”. The LORD is coming to snatch us off the earth with a swift and irresistable power”.

To participate in such an event is a rare honor among the countless Millions of Saints who believed in Jesus before us.

But whether we die, or are martyred, o whether we are raptured, the real point is that we must live our lives by Faith,which is the only way to please God.

This is why I do not enter into the countless discussions as to the timing of the Rapture. “Will The Rapture be pre- ,mid , or post Tribulation”?

Honesty, the only things I am sure about the Rapture at all are that it is:

* For God’s Saints only, and the prospect of it is a comfort.

* A Mystery revealed in the New Testament era.

* It occurs before the actual “Wrath ” of God.

* It involves the “dead in Christ” as well as “We who are alive, until the coming of the LORD”.

As far as I know, all else can only be speculation. God doesn’t want us to know the exact timing otherwise it would be clearer. I am glad there is a Rapture, and my prayer has always been that I be involved in it, while alive. But I cannot say with certainty what the timing of it is, so I don’t.

What counts is Faith in Jesus. Not dead works, but a living, vital, infectious faith. Let us have a faith which still moves us to confess and forsake our sins, to Love and seek God. To forgive and love our brothers, and a faith which moves us to share with others what God has shown to us. Is your faith alive? Do you have oil in your lamp? Are you current with God?

We Overcome the World by our faith. “This is the victory that overcometh the World…our faith”. We overcome the Spirit of antiChrist also, by our faith. So also we overcome the sins that so easily beset us, and the Coldness and soul deadening effect of this world, by our Faith.

Of course we want out of here, we can increasingly see that there is nothing in this World for we who believe, but rejection and opposition.I want Jesus to come, and Long for the Rapture. I am either going up in it, or I am gong to die, but one way or another we are leaving.

Either way, the point is Faith. So I will leave the timing of the Rapture to God, and just strive to be counted worthy to attain it, whether ded or alive.

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke 21:35)

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