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”.

More on this subject-

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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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God Shall Pierce Leviathan, The Coiled Serpent…Isaiah apocalypse pt 8

In that day the Lord will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent,
With His fierce and great and mighty sword,
Even Leviathan the twisted serpent;
And He will kill the dragon who lives in the sea
. ( Isaiah 27:1)

Isaiah’s Apocalypse ends in the destruction of Leviathan, the coiled or twisting Serpent.The LORD himself will slay Him with the “great and mighty Sword”.

Who is Leviathan? In this passage we are told He lives in the Sea, and that He is a coiled, or undulating Serpent. In that description we hear an echo of the beast in Revelation 13.

And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore.Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. ( Revelation 13:1)

Interestingly, Leviathan is mentioned five times in the Bible.

Yet God is my king from of old,
Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.
You divided the sea by Your strength;
You broke the heads of the sea monsters in the waters.
You crushed the heads of Leviathan;( Psalm 74:14)

In this Psalm, which commemorates the mighty works of God in the past, The Psalmist celebrates the breaking of the heads of Leviathan, after he recounted the Dividing of the Sea by the power of God. Leviathan is obviously a reference to Egypt, the SuperPower at that time in history. Only God can divide the seas, and Only God can crush Leviathan.

Leviathan is first mention in the third chapter of Job. That chapter is perhaps the darkest study of human grieving and sorrow in all of scripture. It is so dark, one could almost say it is near Nihilistic. Job is extensively cursing the very day he was born;

And Job spake, and said,

 Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived. Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it. Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months. Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein. Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.

Leviathan is the actual word translated “Mourning” in vs 7. Those who are ready to “raise their Leviathan”. How fitting as you will see, that the Bible says Leviathan is raised up as a response to nihilism, and a despondent, godless mood in humanity. Where there is no faith in God, there is only faith in the State.

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Job also mentions Leviathan, in fact, He does so in some depth.

Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook?
Or press down his tongue with a cord?
Can you put a rope in his nose
Or pierce his jaw with a hook?
Will he make many supplications to you,
Or will he speak to you soft words?
“Will he make a covenant with you?
Will you take him for a servant forever?
“Will you play with him as with a bird,
Or will you bind him for your maidens?
“Will the traders bargain over him?
Will they divide him among the merchants?
 “Can you fill his skin with harpoons,
Or his head with fishing spears?
 “Lay your hand on him;
Remember the battle; you will not do it again!
“Behold, your expectation is false;
Will you be laid low even at the sight of him?
“No one is so fierce that he dares to arouse him;
Who then is he that can stand before Me?
“Who has given to Me that I should repay him?
Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine.
( Job 41:1-10)

This is the part of the book of Job, where God asks Job a series of questions, designed to show him how utterly disqualified He is to ever call any of God’s ways into question! The questions asked of Job, cover the whole gamut of science, as the Creator asks Job if He knows the paths in the Sea, and could he make his voice travel on Light (electricity), or does He know where the Storehouse of Snow is? Job can only sit there dumbfounded.

Then the LORD brings up Leviathan. Whatever Leviathan is, he is huge, wild, fierce and untameable . The mere sight of him is terrifying, and by the description, it seems as though God was describing some kind of a Dinosaur. Job knew what the beast was, and understood how utterly over his head these questions asked of him were.

Can you fish Him out of the waters with a hook ? Could you ring his nose and put a rope through it to lead him around? Would you put him on a leash and let your daughters play with him? Job if you so much as touch him, to do him harm, you will never forget it! But the implied response of the LORD is, “I can”. God alone can deal with Leviathan, whoever he is.

Could there be a parallel meaning to the term Leviathan?

I do not believe Jesus Christ is coming back to fight a literal reptile which is oppressing Israel. Does Job 41 have anything to say to us today?

I think so. I believe that when you combine the passage in Job, Isaiah , and the Psalms, with the book of Revelation 13, the meaning of Leviathan is plain to see.

Egypt was a Leviathan, that oppressed God’s people, and there was no one on earth who could have broken her heads, only God could do so. Rome and Babylon in turn were also Leviathans, as was the Assyrian Empire Isaiah warned Judah about.

A Leviathan is a superstate. The final superstate is forming before our very eyes, and is fierce, heartless, musclebound, and has technology which is almost “godlike” in human estimation. Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war on it?

The Superstate seems to know everything. It can “listen”to every phone conversation in the world, through its use of Algorithyms, it can zero in on any person or subject of Interest. Through technology privacy is a thing of the past.

The Beast rises from the sea, for in the Bible, the sea is a metaphor for the restless, turbulent humanity which is defiant of the only true God. “The wicked are like the raging of the Sea… there is no peace saith my God, for the wicked” .

The beast has layer after layer of Armor, no human being can stop it, or even touch it.I have heard a former NSA employee speak of the “Deep State” as having two hundred layers of depth of agencies, bureaucracies, interests, un-elected employees to ensure it’s AntiChrist agenda no matter who the people elect for President or any other office.

There is a soulless, antiChrist super state arising before our very eyes, which has learned the lessons of the Past, (Hitler, Stalin, Mao), and is armed with a superior technology which will enable it to seek control of the thoughts and deeds of everyone in the world.

It is so huge, complex and fierce, only God himself will be able to disable and destroy it.

This Superstate is proud. Those who serve it’s interests are “the Kings of the Earth and their Rulers” , the elite. They have taken their council together against the LORD and His Messiah, which is why they increasingly reveal themselves to be for everything God is against;Abortion, Homosexuality, Sexual anarchy and Perversion, elimination of private property, False Religion, in short, they are infused with the AntiChrist Spirit.

Job said this in closing, of Leviathan,

Nothing on earth is like him,
One made without fear.
He looks on everything that is high;
He is king over all the sons of pride.”
( Job 41:33-34)

This mighty Superstate is called the Beast in the book of Revelation. The Prophet Daniel called him, ” A Beast, Dreadful, unlike all the rest…”( Daniel 7) . This beast comes up out of the Sea (of turbulent humanity in it’s restless energy), to oppose and openly resist God. There will not be any human coalition or nations that will be able to stop this last beast, as we once did Hitler and Tojo.

The LORD shall come and destroy Leviathan with the very Sword of His mouth and in the Brightness of Hos coming.

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Through The Night… Isaiah’s mini Apocalypse pt 7

With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord.

 Lord, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them.

 Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us. O Lord our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name… Lord, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them. Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O Lord. We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen. ( Isaiah 26:9-18)

The Prophet’s song takes us back into the crisis for Israel, which is the Great tribulation. The great tribulation is the night.

One of the purposes of the time of great Tribulation, is to bring Israel to repentance, which will require a total rethink of her experience over history.

The Prophet Hosea features God saying to Israel,

I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.( Hosea 5:15)

He (God) will return to them when they are brought to the point where they desire Him, and admit to their national sin, and Hosea predicts they will be brought to this “In their Affliction”, i.e. the Tribulation.

When God’s judgments become manifest, (some) of the “Inhabitants of the Earth” will finally learn “righteousness”. Judgment will wake many up, to their need for Right Standing with God, which can only be obtained through faith in Jesus. We are already seeing a restless anxiety among many, who until fairly recently, only thought in terms of this earth and its horizons.

But Isaiah’s prophetic song tells us that it won’t work that way for everyone. Some will only wax harder and more resistant.They will not learn Righteousness, even in the face of Grace and favor from God. Instead they will only double down in their resistant rebellion and sin. This culminates in some frightening verses in the book of Revelation,

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)

And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.( Revelation 16: 8-11)

Isaiah saw this also and warned of it. Though they refuse to see the Hand of God in the Judgements to come, (Like Pharaoh) , they will be forced to see and even acknowledge it in the end.

The enemies of God and his people have a self destructive principle working in them, they are hateful and envious at those who are His.

Isaiah see’s a chastened and repentant Israel making a series of confessions to God in the night, They admit that God himself has brought them to the place where they are at, and that through their stubbornness and rebellion , there have been “other Lords” who have ruled over them. But the true LORD, the God of Israel alone is who they now willingly ‘swear by’, (confess).

Israel takes no personal credit here, She admits that it took trouble to bring them to God, the text literally says, “We could only whisper out a prayer…” in the time of their chastening.

I believe Israel is a microcosm of the human race, and God’s dealings with her, mirror his dealings with all of us.

But Israel is special too. She has perpetually been pregnant, in labor to give birth. We learned in Genesis 3 that as a consequence of sin, nothing good comes into this fallen world without pain, blood, trouble and toil. Israel, was chosen to bring into the world the Word of God, in the face of incredible Satanic opposition. She was also in labor in the sense that for a time, the only valid worship of the one true God was centered in Jerusalem at the temple.

The greatest thing which came through Israel, and the reason for so much Opposition, is that through her came the “Seed of the woman”, destined to crush the Serpent’s head and undo the primal curse. This explains so much of Israel’s troubled and turbulent history. Every power in hell was focussed on preventing the entrance of the Messiah, and the nation formed to be the door through which he would come.

But that was two thousand years ago, and Satan failed to stop Messiah Jesus from coming and accomplishing his destiny. Yet Israel still labors and travails in pain, to give birth…

Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail. Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies. Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. (Micah 4:9-12)

What more could possibly come, beyond the scripture, the Worship and the Messiah? In what sense is Israel still in labor and travail?

Israel is in labor to bring forth the New Age of Righteousness. The problem is, that the New Age cannot commence until She is brought to the point that she confesses her national sin.

This is why the end of the Age is described by Jesus as being like unto the birth of a baby. “All of these (signs) are the beginning of Sorrows,(Birth pangs), said our LORD in Matthew 24. Jesus was drawing from Isaiah, Hosea, and the rest of the prophets, who spoke of labor pains accompanying the dawning of the new Age of Righteousness, the Millenium.

But Isaiah shows the besieged and beleaguered Remnant of Israel confess that She (Israel) has long been in labor, but after all these years, has not brought forth anything but wind. She has not delivered the nations from their paganism. When she says “…nor have the inhabitants of the World fallen”.. she is referring to “Falling” from between her knees, as in giving birth. Israel is confessing here (the remnant) that she knew she had a universal mission to deliver the nations, but did not accomplish that, as far as she could see. *

But in this song of the night, God himself consoles the repentant remnant, first with the truth of the Resurrection from the dead, and then with the assurance of a new Passover, in which the Remnant will “enter into chambers”, until the “Indignation “be past.

Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.( Isaiah 26:19-20)

  • The True Israel, the Messiah Jesus, has in fact wrought the deliverance in the earth and brought New Birth to men and nations, fulfilling the true destiny of Israel.

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The City That Shall Endure…Isaiah’s Apocalypse pt 6

In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust. (Isaiah 26:1-5)I

Isaiah portrays the climax of God’s dealings with humanity in terms of two cities; the proud, God defying, City of confusion, and the City whose builder and maker is God.

The destruction of the “City of confusion” is the theme of the 24th chapter of Isaiah. Man’s long rebellion, epitomized by the construction of cities, has come under judgment and collapsed under the weight of her sins. A Shorthand name for the Humanistic project, is Babylon.

There is a long continuity in scripture and history, of the city being a place of concentrated rebellion. From the construction of the first city, in Genesis 4, Enoch (Fresh Start), unto the cities of Sodom, Gommorah, Babylon, Ninevah, Rome, and Jerusalem also, cities have epitomized man’s defiance of God. The first city was built to mitigate the effects of the sentence passed upon Cain, to be a vagabond and a wanderer, for murdering his brother.

But God answers man’s sinful and rebellious desire for the sense of control and security (without having to resort to God), of cities, with a city of his own making, the New Jerusalem. All of his pilgrims in this earth have left the city of man, in search of the Better city.

For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Hebrews 11:10)

“We have a strong city…” The city of God looks despicable and weak to worldly eyes, but it is stronger than Babylon the Great. The poor and those who know they are needy comprise it’s population, they have turned to God for forgiveness and Redemption. They have very little worldly power, (i.e. Military, Money, Media, Political Authority in this life), they only power is Truth, and the power to supplicate and intercede to God.

“…Its walls and bulwarks are Salvation…” If a fallen sinner turns to the LORD and is saved, what can anyone in the World do about it? Salvation is forever, it transcends this life. If you are saved, this life is as bad as it will ever be for you, everything afterwards is light and glory!

The only true safety and security is found in being right with God. To be at Peace with God, and set “in the right” , and to know the love and promises of God, and to be brought into the “city of refuge”that God has prepared for the repentant guilty sinner, is the definition of security itself. Truly the Psalmist spoke, that God’s lovingkindness, is better than life itself.

Who may enter the gates of that city? The Righteous nation which keeps the Truth. As the world plunges towards the final conflict called the Great tribulation, the issue will be “The Truth vs the LIE”.

The whole world comes under a delusion, a lie which damns. They wanted the lie, insisted upon it, rejected the many pleas of truth for it, and allowed themselves to be soothed by it, conditioned and trained in it, by the ‘powers that be’, by the culture, the opinion shapers, entertainers, educators and the rest of the cultural gatekeepers, which are called “The Kings of the Earth and their rulers”.

The Lie is the fantasy of a godless, new, modern world. It is more compassionate and understanding than the old world which was influenced by Christianity and the Bible. This lie touts a new global unity, a one world Government, one world economy and one world religion. It is based on the original lie of the Serpent in the Garden, that men can be as gods, knowing good and evil.

But there is a nation, (or a city) within this world, which “Keeps the Truth”. They have been allowed to see through the LIE, and they will not let go of the TRUTH as revealed by Jesus, and the Apostles and Prophets of the Bible. They have had to reject the lie, and to go against the conditioning, and seduction of the Lie, which our Satan infused culture now pumps out 24/7.

The Truth flies in the very face of the LIE of the Serpent. The Truth is the revelation that man could never be a ‘god’ but that God became a man, so that he could die for our sins to save us.

The Righteous nation, is only righteous because of the faith they have placed in their redeemer, Jesus Christ, thus they have been justified by His blood, and set at right with God. (There is still time to join them). They shall enter into the strong city, just as Noah once entered into the Ark.

But there is much anguish and mental distress in the Last days, particularly to those going against the tide. The Temptation is always there to fall apart, to give in to anxiety or to despair and depression, hence a promise from God.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3)

Fix your mind on God; on His Son, On His Word, His Promises and His love. Make sure you are with others doing the same, speak of Him with others, your mind will be calmed, and you will find that you can trust in Him no matter what comes.

Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lordhearkened, 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)

For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust (Isaiah 26:4-5)

The “strong city” is strong because she relies upon God. Her people are humbled, they put no confidence in the flesh or in man. The Lofty city is built upon pride. Pride in man, his ways, his technology, his “evolution” and his ideals. John Lennon, Satan’s minstrel, wrote a pretty fitting anthem for it, called “Imagine”, in which he extolled the virtues of the proud city of man. But it is doomed.

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