Monday, March 29, 2010

The Lord Always Has the Final Word


Dreams from the LORD 2003-2006
17 July 2005

John 11: 9-10: "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him."

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A couple of nights ago, I walked over to where Wes was staying--his sister Mary's house--and we had good fellowship. We later met Sarah (Mary's housemate) and Lee (Sarah's boyfriend). We all talked for a quite some time on the things of God. I guess Sarah had been reading some of my Journal and she was genuinely interested in what the Lord was doing in my hitchhiking journeys.

Isn't that the way it's supposed to be? It was all unplanned; it was spontaneous. The Lord had it all set up and we walked right into it and had great fellowship. It was all very edifying and refreshing.

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II Samuel 21: 1: "Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites."

Everything happens for a reason. If there is famine, drought, earthquakes, floods, plagues, wars, etc., it all happens for a reason. The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake happened for a reason; the same thing applies to the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake/Tsunami--it was because of sin. The Black Death that ravaged Europe in the Middle Ages killed 30% of the population--it was the hand of God. When the Vikings ravaged the coasts of Europe, it was considered the wrath of God. I believe that it was God's will that Pearl Harbor was attacked on 7 December 1941 so that the United States would wake up, build up its military and be a beacon of light of freedom for the rest of the world.

There is a reason why certain demons were cast out of me when I was 28 years old and why some demons were cast out of me when I was 39 years old. The Lord has the times and the seasons in his hand. The Lord is still delivering me from demons. As the Word of God and the Power of the Holy Ghost becomes more engrafted into my spirit, the freer and stronger I become. Jackson, Wyoming was not built in one day. Sanctification and freedom are gradual. I am freer and stronger in Christ than I was five years ago. There is always room for spiritual growth. After one demonic stronghold is taken out, then we go to a deeper level and take out another stronghold. It all takes time.

Why did famine happen in David's time and not in Saul's time? Maybe because David was a man after God's heart and the Lord knew that David would make things right with the Gibeonites. When David gave the seven sons of Saul to the Gibeonites, the Gibeonites hanged them and the wrath of God was appeased. Unrepented sin can be hidden for a while, but not forever. Famine, plague and sword are just a few ways that the Lord pleads with mankind to repent of sin. The Lord always has the final word. Things always happen in His time.

Las Vegas Earthquake

Friday, March 26, 2010

Clint Eastwood's film High Plains Drifter (1973)


The first time I saw High Plains Drifter was probably in the late 1970s. Clint Eastwood stars in and directs the film. Most westerns are either about cattle drives or cowboys and Indians. High Plains Drifter is different: this is a God's-Judgment-on-the-wicked western.

Clint Eastwood plays a stranger who rides into the town of Lago--and he has a really bad attitude. This stranger is also very good with a side arm. During the course of the film, the stranger ends up killing some bad guys and burning the town of Lago to the ground. There are a couple of flashbacks of one Marshall Jim Duncan being whipped to death. At the end of the film, the audience can see that the stranger was the Second Coming of Marshall Duncan:

The stranger rides out of the town of Lago past the cemetery. This little guy named Mordecai is writing something on a grave marker. 

The stranger looks at Mordecai and Mordecai looks up and says, "I'm almost done here."


Then Mordecai asks the stranger, "I never did know your name."

And the stranger replies, "Yes you do."

As the stranger rides off, the camera shows the grave marker: "Marshall Jim Duncan."

I have a short story entitled "High Plains Drifter" (Ethos, March & May 1995); I have a book entitled High Plains Drifter: A Hitchhiking Journey Across America (PublishAmerica, December 2008); I have a blog called "High Plains Drifter." So is this some sort of gunslinger fixation or is there method to my madness? The clue is in one Scripture: "In the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established."

There is a lot of sin (unrepented sin) in the United States and in the world. When people continue to live in sin, eventually God's Judgment falls. The more people try to hide their sin, the greater God's Judgment. The people of Lago tried to hide the murder of Marshall Duncan, but their sin was found out. You can't hide from God.

There is a scene in High Plains Drifter where this lady tells the stranger, "Ever since Marshall Duncan's death, the people in this town are afraid of strangers."

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"When the Stranger says: 'What is the meaning of this city?
Do you huddle close together because you love each other?'
What will you answer? 'We all dwell together
To make money from each other'? or 'This is a community'?

"Oh my soul, be prepared for the coming of the Stranger.
Be prepared for him who knows how to ask questions.

"There is one who remembers the way to your door:
Life you may evade, but Death you shall not.
You shall not deny the Stranger."

--T.S. Eliot
Choruses from "The Rock"

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There is another scene in High Plains Drifter where the people of Lago [the town of Lago reminds me of Algona, Iowa] are meeting at the church. One of the guys is speaking in the front of the church. The camera then pans to the right and shows a bulletin board with this Scripture:

Isaiah 53: 3-4: "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."



Algona, Iowa

Marshall Jim Duncan was whipped to death; Jesus Christ was at least nine-tenths whipped to death. The stranger riding into Lago (the first scene of the film) is a symbol of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ: not as the Lamb of God, but as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

Isaiah 63: 1-6: "Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth."

High Plains Drifter (the film)
Meeting a Former Editor from Warner Brothers
High Plains Drifter (short story)
The Second Coming
High Plains Drifter: A Hitchhiking Journey Across America
HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER/Written in Blood
High Plains Drifter (1973)
High Plains Drifter as Social Commentary




Thursday, March 25, 2010

As a Thief in the Night



Dreams from the LORD 2003-2006
12 July 2005

Revelation 16: 15: "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame."

Behold I come as a thief; I come as a thief in the night. God's judgment on sinners: unrepentant sinners. If we choose life (abide in the Tree of Life), we will not walk naked. If we choose death (the Knowledge of Good and Evil), we will walk naked and the wrath of God rests upon us.

If I am in sin, I am cut off from God. So when God visits me, He seems like a stranger to me, like a thief to me. What friend would steal from a friend? It is more likely that a man would steal from a stranger. If God is strange to me, He can only come as a thief, because I don't know when He is coming. If I abide in Christ, I am not estranged from Him: He is with me right here, right now: He is no stranger. He is no thief--He is my Friend. My sheep hear my voice and they follow me.

Abraham was intimate with God; Abraham was a friend of God. The Lord told Abraham of the coming destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and Abraham's intercession saved Lot, who was righteous, but was not intimate with God. The men of Sodom and Gomorrah did not know of the coming destruction because they rejected God, they were cut off from God and His intimate communion or conversation. When the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah came, the Lord came as a thief in the night. A thief is a stranger. The Lord was a stranger to Sodom and Gomorrah because they were naked with sin (shame).

I come as a thief in the night. Night is the power of sin. At the height (or depth) of sin is the darkest time of night--and this is when God's judgment comes. "I come as a thief in the night" is another phrase for God's judgment on sin.

Revelation Chapter 16 speaks much of God's judgment. Revelation 16: 1: " . . . and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth." Revelation 16: 8: " . . . and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire." Revelation 16: 10: "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." Revelation 16: 19: " . . . and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath."

I come as a thief in the night.

Clint Eastwood's film High Plains Drifter

The Killer Angels
When I Came to Destroy the City
A Message from Michael Boldea
This is Sodom! This is Sodom!
Las Vegas Earthquake

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Gates of Hell



Matthew 16: 15-18: "He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

The gates of hell are the strategies of Satan. Anything that opposes revelation knowledge from God comes from the gates of hell. Satan hates revelation knowledge. Revelation knowledge is the Rock that the true church is built upon. Revelation knowledge exposes Satan's plans.

There are many false churches in the world. These churches are not built on revelation knowledge from the Lord. They may have some head knowledge or a mental assent on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but they are not intimate with the Lord. These people will read a book on Jesus and THINK that they have Jesus; they may read a book on the Holy Ghost and THINK that they have the Holy Ghost. This is the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Matthew: 16: 11-12: "How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."

If a Christian overplans his life--which means he is not living by faith--this comes from the gates of hell. If a Christian lives by sight and not by faith, this is from the gates of hell. If a Christian savours or preoccupies himself with the things of men more than the things of God, this is also inspired by Satan. Matthew 16: 21-23: "From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men."

I have met many Christians who study Scripture and study Scripture and study Scripture, but they reject Christ. These people are spiritually dead; they are white-washed walls; they bear rotten spiritual fruit (you can always tell a tree by its fruit). These people are into Bible Verse Idolatry. Anyone can read the Bible--it does not require faith. To go to Jesus (the Word of God) and be washed in the Word requires faith. I love to read the Bible, but I read it in faith because the Bible is a spiritual book--it is inspired by the Holy Ghost.

There are "Christians" who are busy, busy, busy with church social functions and they reject Christ. You can ask them: Did the Lord tell you to do this? And they look at you like you are a mad man. There is the Martha Church and there is the Mary Church. Martha was busy with many things; Mary rested in the Sabbath--the Lord Jesus Christ. Mary is a foreshadowing of the true Christian who rests in the true Sabbath--which is not a day of the week (like Saturday or Sunday), but a person: JESUS.

I Peter 2: 6-8: "Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded [Shall not be confused. Confusion is the spirit of Babylon. Confusion is from the gates of hell. If there is peace in your spirit, you are on the right track]. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed."

If you abide in Christ, your life will be an offense to those who are submitted to the gates of hell. They will hate you and mock you (like Ishmael did to Isaac: Ishmael came from the gates of hell; Isaac came from the Gates of Heaven). Your life in Christ will cause them to be confounded and they will stumble. They will form a weapon against you, but that weapon will not prosper.

If you are receiving daily manna (revelation) from the Lord, then you are not in bondage to Satan.

". . . and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

The Jerry Shey Family

Wearing a Rough Garment
The Terror of Hell
Get Out of Jackson, Wyoming!

The Strategies of Hell

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hand on the Helm



THE SOLDIER

It's the soldier not the reporter
who gives you the freedom of the press.

It's the soldier not the poet
who gives you the freedom of speech.

It's the soldier not the campus organizer
who allows you to demonstrate.

It's the soldier who salutes the flag, serves the flag, whose coffin is draped with the flag
that allows the protester to burn the flag!!!

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need."

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The Soldier
By Gerard Manley Hopkins

YES. Why do we áll, seeing of a soldier, bless him? bless
Our redcoats, our tars? Both these being, the greater part,
But frail clay, nay but foul clay. Here it is: the heart,
Since, proud, it calls the calling manly, gives a guess
That, hopes that, makesbelieve, the men must be no less;
It fancies, feigns, deems, dears the artist after his art;
And fain will find as sterling all as all is smart,
And scarlet wear the spirit of wár thére express.

Mark Christ our King. He knows war, served this soldiering through;
He of all can handle a rope best. There he bides in bliss
Now, and séeing somewhére some mán do all that man can do,
For love he leans forth, needs his neck must fall on, kiss,
And cry ‘O Christ-done deed! So God-made-flesh does too:
Were I come o’er again’ cries Christ ‘it should be this’.

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Hand on the Helm
By Katherine Pollard Carter
Copyright 1977. Chapter 5.

"Ninety-First Psalm Became Their Impenetrable Shield"

"For four long years, in the front line warfare of World War I, the British regiment commanded by Colonel Whittlesey had not one single battle casualty. They did not lose a single man! They could only give one explanation for this incredible record.

"During those interminable years of danger and valor, every officer and every enlisted man in the regiment daily affirmed his faith in God's protection by repeating the Ninety-First Psalm."

"Each officer and soldier in the regiment carried a complete copy of the psalm and either read it or recited it from memory daily."

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With the Old Breed
By E.B. Sledge

Page 91: “The conversation with Hillbilly reassured me. When the sergeant came over and joined in after getting coffee, I felt almost lighthearted. As conversation trailed off, we sipped our joe in silence.

“Suddenly, I heard a loud voice say clearly and distinctly, ‘You will survive the war!’

“I looked at Hillbilly and then at the sergeant. Each returned my glance with a quizzical expression on his face in the gathering darkness. Obviously they hadn’t said anything.

“‘Did y’all hear that?’ I asked.

“‘Hear what?’ they both inquired.

“‘Someone said something,’ I said.

“‘I didn’t hear anything. How about you?’ said Hillbilly, turning to the sergeant.

“‘No, just that machine gun off to the left.’

“Shortly, the word was passed to get settled for the night. Hillbilly and the sergeant crawled back to their hole as Snafu returned to the gun pit. Like most persons, I had always been skeptical about people seeing visions and hearing voices. So I believed God spoke to me that night on the Peleliu battlefield, and I resolved to make my life amount to something after the war.”

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"Remembering the words of Nehemiah the Prophet: 'The trowel in hand and the gun rather loose in the holster.'"

--T.S. Eliot

Freedom to Bear Arms
Sledgehammer, Old Breed Marine Tribute
Alvin C. York
Never the Same--Michelle Krubeck

A New Name

Abraham and Isaac

Dreams from the Lord 2003-2006
28 June 2005

In Genesis Chapter 17, the Lord changes Abram's name to Abraham and changes Sarai's name to Sarah. The covenant of circumcision is established. The Lord tells Abraham and Sarah that they will have a son and his name shall be Isaac.

Genesis 17: 2: "And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly."

Name change. New name. When the Lord changes your name, it means something; it is powerful and permanent. Jews and Christians know the Father of faith is Abraham, not Abram. Multiplication. Circumcision. They shall have a son. The Messianic bloodline shall continue. Isaac was the miracle baby--born when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old. The name change was revolutionary. I believe Abraham became more intimate with God. The Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham's intercession saved Lot from destruction. Why would the Lord need to tell Abraham of the impending judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah? Because Abraham was a friend of God.

Genesis 17: 21: "But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this time in the next year." The covenant was established with Isaac after the name change and after circumcision. I believe that because the Lord established a new covenant with Abraham, the Lord had to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for Abraham, Isaac and Jacob's sake so they wouldn't have to deal with those wicked men anymore.

New name: new wine for new wineskins. New name. New work. Birth of Isaac. The torch is passed onto a new generation.

Genesis 17: 6: "And I will make thee exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee."

When the Lord changes your name, it has a powerful ripple effect throughout the world.

Genesis 32: 38: "And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed."

29 June 2005

Revelation 3: 12: "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name."

John 1: 42: "And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone."

Acts 13: 9: "Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him."

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Legends of Africa


A couple of days ago I hitchhiked from Reed Point, Montana to Selby, South Dakota. From Reed Point I got three rides to Billings. I was walking just east of Billings when I got a ride all the way to Selby.

This guy's name was Corey and he was from Ashley, North Dakota. We took I-94 to Miles City and then took U.S. 12 through southwest North Dakota. We stopped in Lemmon, South Dakota where Corey bought me supper at a Chinese restaurant.

Corey was a Christian and we had a good talk about the things of God. We talked a little about the Book of Revelation and I told him that I thought that Isaac Penington had the best interpretation on some of the things written in Revelation. I told Corey that he should read Penington's "Babylon the Great" for a better understanding on the Book of Revelation.

We drove through Standing Rock Indian Reservation in north central South Dakota and then he dropped me off in Selby on U.S. 83.

Corey and his wife have a business called The Legends of Africa; his wife is originally from Kenya. They sell products like Shea Butter, soap and other things. Corey gave me a small container of Shea Butter, which was a blessing because my hands were cracked and sore from the dry, western climate that I hitchhike in. I put some of the Shea Butter on my hands, and within twenty-four hours, the soreness was virtually gone. Now forty-eight hours later, there is no soreness. My hands are healing up very well. I am very grateful.

After Corey dropped me off in Selby, I walked all over town looking for a junkyard so that I could crawl into a junked vehicle and get some sleep. It was not cold, but the ground was wet and muddy. I didn't want to set up my tent on the wet ground--and there was still a lot of snow in some places. I finally walked to this gas station and talked to the lady that worked there and she said that I could sleep in the cafe. I slept on the floor of the cafe that night and then headed to Pierre, South Dakota the next morning.

The Legends of Africa

Monday, March 15, 2010

Locusts and Wild Honey















Mark 1: 6: "And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey."

John the Baptist's life was/is a powerful sermon. His life was separate from the world. There is a reason why he was clothed in camel's hair and ate locusts and wild honey.

The Temple in Jerusalem was corrupted by the Pharisees. They were into the letter of the law and not into the Spirit of God. The Pharisees were into self-righteousness and not into God-righteousness. They were a brood of vipers that dragged people into hell with them. They loved power and wealth and were conformed to the world.

The Pharisees loved to wear long robes and to be treated like royalty. They probably lived in fine houses and probably had servants at their disposal. But the Pharisees were white-washed walls and dead men's bones. They had an external show of religion, but had no internal or spiritual life.

John the Baptist had very few possessions--and by the looks of things--did not eat very well, but he was full of the Holy Ghost. He was the first one to say, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world."

When other people first saw Jesus, they would say, "He is a good teacher" or "He gives us loaves and fishes" or "He is a man of miracles and heals the sick and the lame." These were all true--Jesus did do these things--but they were secondary to the true purpose of Jesus: to die on the Cross for the sin of the world. It is the shed Blood of Jesus that cleanses us from sin.

Because John the Baptist was separate from the world, and did not indulge in a fake religious lifestyle, he could see clearly (sin causes spiritual blindness) what the Lord's will was for Jesus' life. His eating of locusts and wild honey was a powerful testimony against the satanic phariseeism of the day. I would rather eat locusts and wild honey, camp out on the other side of the Jordan River and live in the Presence of God, than eat well, live fashionably and rub shoulders with the Pharisees.

I believe that Jesus had an idea of who He was and what He was supposed to do before he met John the Baptist, but when He finally met John at the Jordan River, it was confirmation when he heard John's words. Now Jesus knew for a fact that he would eventually die on the Cross because He was the Lamb of God (the sacrificial offering from God for the world). "In the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established."

John the Baptist lived on the other side of the Jordan River. Elijah the Tishbite came from the other side of the Jordan River. My life of hitchhiking is on the other side of the Jordan River. Christian Pharisees have infected too many churches. These churches are spiritually dead and are conformed to the world. "They had a form of godliness, but denied the power thereof: from such turn away."

At least I have never had to eat locusts and wild honey.

What should we learn from the life of John the Baptist?
Wearing a Rough Garment

Friday, March 12, 2010

God and Government

 
Dreams from the LORD 2003-2006
18 June 2005

Revelation 2: 26-27: "And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father."

How can a man govern a nation, a state or a city if he can't govern himself? Adam--before the Fall--was able to govern the Garden of Eden because he was full of the glory of God. There were no demons in his body or his soul--he was not hamstrung or crippled by besetting sin. The more a man overcomes sin (demons) in his body and soul, the more he can govern the heavenlies and the earth.

If a president of a nation lies, steals, commits adultery or murder, it would be hard for him to govern effectively. His sin shall find him out. Nobody is squeaky clean; we are all born into sin, but if we abide in Christ, He can deliver us from so much bondage. The less bondage in our body and soul, the more the Holy Ghost can flow through us and effectively govern those around us. No God, no government. And if Satan dominates our lives, then we become slaves to a dictator.

Being conformed to Christ is not merely being born again. Being conformed to Christ is dying to self over many years. In patience possess ye your souls. Resting in Christ, abiding in Christ through trials and triumphs. Working out your salvation with fear and trembling. Sanctification is a continuing and gradual process.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Babylon Revisited--Counterfeit Christianity

Tower of Babel

Genesis 10: 8-10: "And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord."

Genesis 11: 1-9: "And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of the earth."

Isaiah 39: 5-7: "Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord of hosts: Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord. And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon."

Jeremiah 28: 14: "For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and I have given him the beasts of the field also."

Jeremiah 51: 6-8: "Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord's vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence. Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed."

Revelation 17: 14: "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful."

The Lord led me out of the church back in 1991. I have visited some churches in my hitchhiking travels. There are good churches out there, but I would say that 80 to 90 % of the churches that say they are Christian are horribly conformed to the world (the spirit of Bablyon).

Revelation knowledge is the Rock that the church is built upon; the church is not built through the inventions or precepts of men. We need to be submitted to Christ everyday so that He can reveal His will to us. Satan cannot defeat this personal revelation knowledge. The people who are into the letter of Scripture and are not into the Spirit of God are already pawns of Satan; these people study Scripture and reject Christ (the anointing). "Come out from among them and be ye separate."

Those who abide in Christ (the Presence of God, Zion) are the only ones who will overcome the spirit of Babylon (confusion). "The anointing breaks the yoke of sin."

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Excerpt from "The Hollow Men" by T.S. Eliot:

"We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar.

"Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

"Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
Remember us--if at all--not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men."

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"Babylon the Great" by Isaac Penington

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Like a Leaf on a River


Back in November of 2008, I was hitchhiking in eastern Idaho. I got dropped off in Rigby and started walking on this frontage road that ran parallel with U.S. 20. This car pulled up to me and stopped. There was a man and lady inside. They were Christians and we had a good chat about the things of God. They gave me a small booklet: Like a Leaf on a River: Guidance from Outside the Walls by Larry Meyers. I read it within the next day or so. It is really inspiring. Larry has a lot of depth and wisdom that the Lord has given him; this booklet really glorifies God.

Here are some quotes from Like a Leaf on a River:

"The greatest cathedrals in the world are only monuments to the ideals of men. God does not dwell in temples made with hands."

"It is the empty basket that is ready to be filled with fruit."

"Thoughts always generate to the past or the future. They are a wall between you and God. You must bring your thoughts back to the center of the universe which is now. The wall will come down when You choose to live with God in the center of the present moment; continual now, forever."

"The voice of God can only be found in the still depths of silence. Quiet yourself and wait upon the Lord. In time you will begin to hear His words. They will guide you in everything."

"Finding obedience, is only entering into the unity."

"Take a drop of water in your hand and drop it into the ocean. Can that drop be any longer identified as a single self, or has it now become one with the ocean? Lose your selfish self, and fall into God. Become one with Him."

"The world is a harlot, another lover. God will accept nothing short of all your heart. If the world has even a part of your heart, you have cheated God, but most of all, you have cheated yourself."

"If you can be manipulated or controlled, you are yet the servant of another."

"Do you know what you know about me from others, or have you found this out by yourself?" --Jesus

"To dwell in the secret place of God must truly be kept a secret. Would you tell the intimacies of marriage to strangers?"

"The New Testament refers to Jesus as savior seventeen times. The same book refers to Him as Lord nearly seven hundred times. Connect the dots."

[Blogwriter's note: The above quote is very significant. Many Christians know Jesus as savior, but they do not know Him as Lord. They do not know that Jesus is Lord over their circumstances, or that He engineers their circumstances. They need to get saved from their shallow relationship with Jesus, take up their cross, die to self and get into a deeper relationship with Him.]

"All the world operates on a system of manipulation and control. How is it that I have found this system within the walls of that which you call the church? There are tares among the wheat."

"The Church of our Lord has no walls, no structure, and no organization. And most of all, its leaders will not be men of pride, politics or manipulation."

"Jesus said, 'Upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.' In the modern church there is the evidence of the gates of hell."

"Come out of her my people."

"And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him. --The Apostle Paul

"Life is just a series of little miracles."

"Our perceptions are so strangled by the ungodliness of the world that the occasional flash of truth is preceived as a miracle."

"The leaf does not concern itself with what might be around the next bend. It does not even have to remember to trust."

"The life of the leaf is the surrendered life, the yielded life."

"The teacher is only an old man dressed in rags. Everyone is thirsty and he is the one who carries the water."

These were just a few of the quotes in Larry's booklet. These quotes are gold, silver and precious stones from the Throneroom of Grace. I am very grateful that the Lord put Larry in my path back in Idaho.

There was no mailing address or email address on the booklet, but there was a telephone number: 425-346-5433

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Shiloh
By Tim Shey

Brutal deathdance;
My eyes weep blood.
Pharisees smile like vipers,
They laugh and mock their venom:
Blind snakes leading
The deaf and dumb multitude.

Where are my friends?
The landscape is dry and desolate.
They have stretched my shredded body
On this humiliating tree.

The hands that healed
And the feet that brought good news
They have pierced
With their fierce hatred.

The man-made whip
That opened up my back
Preaches from a proper pulpit.
They sit in comfort:
That vacant-eyed congregation.
The respected, demon-possessed reverend
Forks his tongue
Scratching itchy ears
While Cain bludgeons
Abel into silence.

My flesh in tattered pieces
Clots red and cold and sticks
To the rough-hewn timber
That props up my limp, vertical carcase
Between heaven and earth.
My life drips and puddles
Below my feet,
As I gaze down dizzily
On merciless eyes and dagger teeth.

The chapter-and-versed wolves
Jeer and taunt me.
Their sheepwool clothing
Is stained black with the furious violence
Of their heart of stone.
They worship me in lip service,
But I confess,
I never knew them
(Though they are my creation).

My tongue tastes like ashes:
It sticks to the roof of my mouth.
I am so thirsty.
This famine is too much for me.
The bulls of Bashan have bled me white.
Papa, into your hands
I commend my Spirit.

Ethos
February/March 1997
Iowa State University

Genesis 49: 10: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

At a Cafe in Merriman, Nebraska

U.S. Navy SEALs

Yesterday I hitchhiked from Valentine to Merriman. I phoned Steve and he drove to town and took me and his son, Will, to a local cafe for dinner. Steve and his wife Carol have a cattle ranch thirteen miles from Merriman. Their son, Brock, and their daughter, Tiffany, also work on the ranch. Steve had picked me up hitchhiking back in 2006, so I thought I would stop by and say hello.

Steve, Will and myself sat down at a table and ordered something to eat. A few minutes later, this other guy walked in and sat down with us. He looked like he was in his late 50s. His name was Chuck.

We talked about various things: ranching, hitchhiking, politics. Chuck then started talking about his experience in the Vietnam War. He was a Navy SEAL that had graduated from BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) Training in 1972. Chuck talked at length about some of his firefights in the jungles of Southeast Asia. He said that the average life expectancy of a lieutenant in Vietnam was eleven minutes. Chuck was once shot out of a tree by an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade); he was providing covering fire for his team when the explosion of the grenade knocked him out of the tree. He had intense, penetrating eyes; it looked like he had been to hell and back.

I asked Chuck if he had seen the film We Were Soldiers and if it was a realistic account of combat in Vietnam. He said that he had seen the film and that it was very realistic. Chuck said that he had met Hal Moore (the author of the book We Were Soldiers) and thought that he was the best officer in Vietnam. I believe Moore had retired as a general in the U.S. Army.

Chuck had a son who fought recently in Afghanistan. He was an Airborne Ranger. Chuck talked a little about his son's combat experiences on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Some people think that the Navy SEALs are the best elite warriors in the world and some people think that the British SAS are the best. I asked Chuck if he had ever met any British SAS; he said that he had met a few. I could tell that Chuck knew where I was going with this: are the SAS the best warriors in the world? Chuck told me that the Israeli Special Forces were "deadly"; he had absolute respect for them and for Mossad (Israeli Intelligence). He said that the Israeli Special Forces were the best elite soldiers on the planet.

We finished our dinner and I shook Chuck's hand. It was a great honor to talk with a U.S. Navy SEAL.

I remember watching a documentary on President Harry Truman. Since a child, Truman had to wear glasses--he was pretty much blind without them. In a World War I photo of Captain Harry Truman, he had his glasses off. The commentator of the documentary said that Harry Truman had eyes of steel. Chuck, the Vietnam Veteran, had eyes of steel.

I stayed overnight at Steve and Carol's ranch. Steve, Carol, Tiffany and myself had excellent fellowship at the supper table. Tiffany was hoping to get into a Christian college in North Carolina. I told them a number of my stories of hitchhiking around the United States. They have a beautiful ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska. I was grateful to have met Steve's family. I also met Steve's dad and step-mom. Steve's dad writes for three newspapers in Nebraska and one in South Dakota. Steve's dad gave me a copy of a booklet that he had published; these were newspaper articles that were published during the previous year.

Right now I am in Chadron. I may be heading south to Alliance tomorrow.

A Conversation with a World War II U.S. Navy Frogman
Hugh Glass
Freedom to Bear Arms
Alvin C. York
When Gibson Stays on Script
It's a Small World
Hitchhiking Stories from Digihitch
Where Have all the Warriors Gone?

Monday, March 1, 2010

A Ride in Nebraska back in 2006 or What Goes Around Comes Around



Yesterday I was looking at a couple of posts that I had on a thread on a website called Ranchers.net. This rancher from Merriman, Nebraska had picked me up in June of 2006; I guess I was heading to Washington, D.C. at the time. I remember that he was a Christian and that we had a really good talk. He dropped me off at a gas station in Cody, Nebraska where he took a photo of me with my backpack.

This rancher (called "Soapweed" on Ranchers.net) had several photos on that same thread and I looked at the photos for the first time yesterday. I showed these photos to my friends, Shawn and Theresa (who live in Valentine, Nebraska), and they said that they recognized the photo of the young man working on the windmill. They said that his dad used to go to their church in Cody some years ago. Soapweed took some very good photos.

Shawn and his wife took me to a farm just west of Ainsworth a few days ago to see a couple of their friends. Their names were Greg and Marla. Shawn asked Greg if he had ever picked up any hitchhikers. Greg said that he and his wife picked this hitchhiker up on U.S. 12 in Idaho in the fall of 2004. He then said that the hitchhiker sent him a book that he had written. Greg stopped to look for the book and then handed the book [typescript] to me. It was my book! [High Plains Drifter]

This lady that I met hitchhiking back in 2004 owned a print shop in Lewiston, Idaho. She told me to give her a floppy disk with my book on it and she would make photocopies and send it to anyone that I wanted. It is really incredible how the Lord works. What goes around comes around.

High Plains Drifter
At a Cafe in Merriman, Nebraska 
It's a Small World