Monday, June 28, 2010

Have Your Eyes Been Opened?


Luke 24: 31: "And their eyes were opened, and they knew him."

Luke 24: 32: "Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?"

Luke 24: 45: "Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures."

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Created and Uncreated Light



Last night at around 11:00 o'clock the wind was blowing very hard, so I walked to the window in the bathroom and looked out. I saw a rainbow. This is the first time I have ever seen a rainbow at night. The color of the rainbow was white or silver. There was a full moon shining in the eastern sky; the western sky was overcast; there was a light rain.

The rainbow was a product of a light rain and the reflected light from the moon. True light (sunlight) versus reflected light. The many colors of a day rainbow versus the silver color of a night rainbow. I believe I was supposed to see that night rainbow for a reason.

Sunlight and moonlight. True light and reflected light.

Created light and uncreated light. The sun is created light. The Son of God is uncreated light (the Creator). Maybe the Lord is showing me that too many people in the United States worship created and reflected light (tree huggers). They should be worshiping uncreated light--the Lord Jesus Christ. And, of course, worshiping reflected light (the moon) is worse than worshiping created light (the sun). The pagan, reprobate mind is everywhere to be seen in this country.

Romans 1: 25: "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen."

Romans 1: 28: "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient."

We have people in this country who are more concerned about pelicans getting oil on their feathers than the eleven men who died in the BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. There is a TV program on The Discovery Channel that shows some enviro-idiots trying to prevent a whaling ship from harvesting whales--and look at all the money spent on this worthless operation.

Look at all the thousands of babies being aborted everyday in the United States. If you kill an eagle's egg, you can spend one year in jail plus a $10,000.00 fine.

This is a perverse generation.

Jackson, Wyoming

Thursday, June 24, 2010

911 Revisited


Dreams from the LORD 2007-2010
23 June 2010

This past week the Lord has been showing me “911” quite a bit. I believe this means that a terrorist attack may happen in the United States very soon. This reminds me very much of what happened in my life the week before 11 September 2001: the Lord was warning me of an attempt on the life of President George W. Bush. I believe this next terrorist attack will happen by surprise—no one will see it coming.

[The Battle of El Guettar in North Africa, 1943. General George S. Patton. According to the film Patton, the American and British forces hit the Germans by surprise. Surprise attack.]

We have a weak president (Obama) in the White House. His weakness is going to invite a terrorist attack on the United States. Obama is in power because there is too much unrepented sin in this country.

A Ride on the Reservation

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Downfall of Barack Obama

Rose and Joseph P. Kennedy
 
Dreams from the LORD 2007-2010
15 June 2010

Last night I had a very strange dream. I was at a Kennedy family picnic. I saw Bobby Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy. There were a lot of other people at this picnic.

Joe Kennedy was sitting in a wheel chair; he had white hair, looked very infirm and didn’t say anything. Bobby Kennedy did most of the talking: he was very forceful and dominated the scene. It sounded like Bobby Kennedy was frustrated with something and he wanted somebody killed; his attitude and demeanor were ruthless.

I thought it was amazing how Bobby Kennedy’s and Joe Kennedy’s features were absolutely sharp and vivid in the dream—just as if I had been watching a documentary on the Kennedy family.

The big question: if this dream is from the Lord, then what does it mean? I don’t care for the Kennedy clan at all. I have watched one or two documentaries on the Kennedy family or on JFK’s Presidency. In one of the documentaries, Joe Kennedy said that of all his children, Bobby Kennedy was most like him (ruthless?). I used the term “ruthless” because this is how other people have described Bobby Kennedy.

Most of my dreams are symbolic. I believe this dream is symbolic of the Barack Obama Administration. The Kennedy family is symbolic of using money to buy power and influence. The Kennedy clan (Ted and Caroline Kennedy) supported Barack Obama in his bid for the Presidency in 2008. Maybe Barack Obama is getting frustrated with some things—things aren’t going his way.

Before Bobby Kennedy was assassinated, Joe Kennedy was old, white-haired, unable to speak and in a wheel chair. It seemed like the once-powerful Joe Kennedy was now powerless—powerless to stop the assassination of his son, Bobby, and the eventual downfall of the Kennedy political family.

Maybe Barack Obama feels, not only frustrated, but powerless. Maybe this is the beginning of the end of Obama’s Presidency. The Lord is in the process of embarrassing and humiliating Obama. I believe that Obama will be voted out of office in 2012 and that Mitt Romney will be our next President. Obama is most definitely Godless and anti-Christian; the Lord is not with him. I feel sorry for the poor guy; he is blind, deaf and dumb; Obama is way in over his head.

Psalm 33: 6-12: "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."

"The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect."

A Yiddish translation of the above Scripture would read: "Men plan and God laughs."

Barack Obama and the Media
Obama Will Leave the White House 
Obama is Fallen, is Fallen!
WordPress Blog
The Death of President Lyndon Johnson

Monday, June 14, 2010

Lance Corporal Chance Phelps, USMC, 1984-2004

Chance Phelps
Yesterday I visited the grave of Chance Phelps at the cemetery in Dubois, Wyoming. The cemetery is located on a hill overlooking Dubois. This was the information that I got from a gravestone and a grave marker:

Chance Russell Phelps
July 14, 1984-
April 9, 2004

Lance Corporal
U.S. Marine Corps

Bronze Star with Valor
Purple Heart

Operation Iraqi Freedom

KIA, Al Anbar, Iraq

I then walked to the elementary/middle school on the north side of town. There was this little park with a sign that read: "Chance Phelps Community Memorial Park".

In the past year, there was a film about Chance Phelps starring Kevin Bacon: Taking Chance. It was a 2009 Sundance Film Festival Award Winner. Kevin Bacon won The Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild Award for his portrayal of Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl. I have yet to see the film; I have heard that it is very good.

I remember well back in 2004 I was hitchhiking in the Dubois-Riverton neighborhood and I got dropped off in some town and I looked at this newspaper. There was a photograph on the front page of the Casper Star-Tribune. There was a casket and it had an American flag draped over it. The casket was carrying the body of Chance Phelps and it was being transported to the cemetery with a wagon and a team of horses. You could see the Wind River Mountains in the background.

Freedom is not free. Lance Corporal Phelps sacrificed his life so that others could live free.

The Chance Phelps Foundation
Tears of a Warrior
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Hand on the Helm
At a Cafe in Merriman, Nebraska
Fisher House
Dubois, Wyoming
Freedom to Bear Arms
Alvin C. York
No Jump Tonight!
Two Cabins in the Wind River Mountains
Chris Kyle:  An American Hero
GUNS UP!
A Conversation with a Vietnam Veteran

 

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer


Two days ago I finally finished reading Jon Krakauer's Into The Wild. I read the first five or six chapters at a bookstore in Driggs, Idaho; I finished reading it here at the public library in Dubois, Wyoming. I liked the book a lot. Eventhough, the death of Chris McCandless was a tragedy, I believe that the two years of his life before his death were redeeming. He experienced more in two years than most people experience in a lifetime. He lived "deliberately" as Henry David Thoreau would have said.

Krakauer writes extensively on his own life and experiences. Krakauer was trying to draw a parallel between his strained relationship with his dad and Chris McCandless' difficult relationship with Walt McCandless. When McCandless found out about his dad's other wife and children, it seemed like he had been living a lie--maybe McCandless felt he was illegitimate: it wounded him deeply. This deep wounding partly drove him into the wild, onto the edge, the fringes of society.

The main reason McCandless hitchhiked, rode freight trains and ended up in the wilderness of Alaska was to prove to himself that he could survive on his own. Krakauer writes of his own mountain climbing experiences; he was young and he wanted to prove to himself that he could climb the mountain and survive some near-death experiences.

At first glance, I thought, how does mountain climbing compare with hitchhiking? Isn't it much more dangerous to climb mountains than to hitchhike? At second glance, people die climbing mountains and people die hitchhiking the highways of the world. Mountain climbers explore and hitchhikers explore: they explore new geographical territory and terrain and they explore their own limits in difficult environments.

McCandless was obviously a very well-read young man. I liked the quotes of various writers at the beginning of each chapter in Into The Wild. McCandless left a deep and lasting impression on many people in his travels. Ron Franz, the old guy McCandless met in southern California, was especially touched by his life. I don't see any evidence that McCandless had a relationship with Jesus Christ, but he did believe in God.

When a man of ninety-five dies, people say that he lived a long life and that it was time for him to go. When a young man like McCandless dies at the age of twenty-four, we say it was a tragedy that he died so young. Tragedy is in the eye of the beholder. Yes, I would rather that McCandless had survived his ordeal in the Alaskan wilderness, but he lived more in twenty-four years than some people would live in two hundred years. People have and will learn from McCandless' life and death. It is not how long you live your life, but it is the quality of the life you lived that is important.

People will be reading and writing about McCandless' life for years to come. I saw the film Into The Wild for the first time last summer; the cinematography is beautiful--I liked the movie a lot. The hitchhiking scenes in the movie reminded me of my own hitchhiking experiences: the people you meet on the road, sleeping in the desert, the odd jobs you get to make a little money. I may have hitchhiked more miles than McCandless, but he rode more freight trains than I ever will.

I was hitchhiking through Belle Fourche, South Dakota a couple of years ago and this lady picked me up. She told me that she and her boyfriend picked up McCandless while he was hitchhiking through South Dakota back in 1992.

I believe the Lord wanted me to read Into The Wild for a reason. There are similarities and differences between my life and McCandless' life. I did a lot of exploratory hitchhiking back in 1986 and 1987, but since 1996, my hitchhiking has been God's will for my life--this is my work: obeying the Lord on the road.

Genesis 47: 9: "And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage."

Jacob's pilgrimage ended when he was one hundred and forty-seven years old (Genesis 47: 28); Chris McCandless' pilgrimage ended when he was twenty-four; I am still a pilgrim on this earth.

"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'?
And the Stranger will depart and return to the desert.
O my soul, be prepared for the coming of the Stranger,
Be prepared for him who knows how to ask questions."

--T.S. Eliot

Matthew 8: 20: "And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."


Chris McCandless Revisited
Fairbanks Bus 142
Into the Wild (2007) (Tragedy, Epiphany and Closure)
A Critical Review of Into the Wild
Chris McCandless on 20/20 (1997)
The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless
Hitchhiking Stories from Digihitch

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Samson: A One-Man Wrecking Crew



Judges 13: 3-5: "And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazirite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines."

Judges 13: 25: "And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol."

Judges 14: 4: "But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the Lord, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel." Here is the Sovereignty of God. In God's economy, He uses EVERYBODY to effect His will in the earth--believers and unbelievers. Believers should know this, but unbelievers don't have a clue. The Lord uses us even when we think our lives have no impact on others. God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

Judges 14: 5-6: "Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him. And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done."

Judges 14: 19: "And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's house."

Judges 15: 14-17: "And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men. And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramath-lehi."

Physical warfare in the Old Testament is a foreshadowing of spiritual warfare in the New Testament.

When the Holy Ghost fell on Samson, he had the power to physically subdue the enemies of Israel. When the Holy Ghost falls on a Blood-washed believer in Jesus Christ, he has the power to confuse and remove satanic strongholds (e.g. principalities and powers of darkness) in heaven and earth (Hebrews 12: 26: "Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven."). He also has the power to deliver himself and others from demonic bondage.

Wherever the Lord positions you in the earth, that is where His Spirit will flow through you, so that He can use you like the jawbone of an ass to defeat satanic strongholds. In the Old Testament, the jawbone of an ass was an object; in the New Testament, the jawbone of an ass is a subject. If you abide in Christ, you are the subject, you are "the jawbone of an ass" that the Lord uses to subdue His enemies in heaven and earth. See the Hebrew word paga (below).

All of this Holy Ghost Warfare (intercession) is predicated on obedience to the Lord.

Paga (Intercession)
Intercession
Two Emails (Intercession) 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dubois, Wyoming



I got dropped off here in Dubois, Wyoming earlier this afternoon. I will spend some time here at the library typing some things up and then camp out by the river tonight. God willing, I will head to Riverton tomorrow.

This is a popular saying in Wyoming: "There are two seasons in Wyoming: winter and road construction."

There was some road construction as I walked north out of Jackson this morning. Looks like there will be road construction on U.S. 26 between Moran Junction and Dubois later this month. Without road construction we will be a people no more. Road construction is the basis of a sound economy--transportation of goods and national defense. The Romans built roads all over their empire. At one time, all roads led to Rome. Later, all roads led to London. Now, all roads lead to Dubois, Wyoming.

Road construction is eternal.

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Luke 9: 58: "And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."

"The Son of man hath not where to lay his head."

Sounds like the Son of man had no certain dwelling place. Reminds me of someone I know very well.

If I have money, I will get a motel room. I made some money working for some friends out west, so a motel room is well within my grasp--till the money runs out.

I have slept in abandoned cars, barns, hay stacks, corn stacks, under bridges, homes under construction, homes under slow deconstruction (abandoned), fields, pastures, city parks and what have you. The Lord helps me find places to sleep: "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof."

I have slept in post offices and in a couple of truck stops. I also have a two-man tent that I use whenever I can. I have stayed in missions and shelters and slept under trees. A hitchhiker has to get his sleep somehow.

I once slept in a pickup near these railroad tracks in a small town in Nebraska. I woke up and walked to U.S. 30 and started thumbing for a ride. A half hour later, some guy walked up to the pickup and drove off with it. I am glad that I didn't sleep in that morning.

I am sure that someday the Lord will let me settle down some place. It doesn't really matter where--I am pretty flexible. It doesn't matter where I lay my head . . . as long as I abide in the powerful Presence of God (Zion).

Zion is my home.

The American Malaise

Jimmy Carter and The Second Coming of Jimmy Carter

The Bible verses below describe the sinful condition of the United States today and the judgment of God that is happening now and the judgment that is to come. Judgment from God comes in varying degrees. The Lord doesn't necessarily have to wipe the United States off the face of the earth like Sodom and Gomorrah. God's judgment can be other things: like all the lukewarm, worldly churches in this nation. If the churches (and individuals) have no salt, our nation has nothing to preserve itself with.

Lamentations 4: 1: "How the gold is become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street." Lukewarm Christianity. Too many Christians are not abiding in Christ.

Lamentations 4: 2: "The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!" Zion means the Presence of God. The sons of Zion have lost their salt; they have lost their light and their first love (The Word: the Lord Jesus Christ). They are of the earth, the world system, not of the Kingdom of Heaven. "All good things come from above."

Lamentations 4: 6: "For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her." The punishment of the United States should be greater than Sodom because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is being preached here; the Gospel was not preached in Sodom.

Lamentations 4: 11-12: "The Lord hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof. The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem." The adversary and the enemy are all of the Godless, anti-Christians in positions of power in our federal government.

Lamentations 4: 13-15: "For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her, They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments. They cried unto them, Depart ye; it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They shall no more sojourn there." False prophets and false pastors always scratch the itchy ears of lukewarm congregations. "They have wandered as blind men in the streets." Sin always leads to blindness.

Lamentations 4: 22: "The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he will no more carry thee away into captivity: he will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will discover thy sins." The church (Zion) is always judged before the world (Edom).

Lamentations 5: 1-2: "Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach. Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens." China and Japan own much of our national debt.

Lamentations 5: 7-8: "Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities. Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand."

Lamentations 5: 16-17: "The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes our dim."

Lamentations 5: 22: "But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us."

Sometimes the destruction of a nation's economy has to come before there is repentance for sin. When the Bubonic Plague (The Black Death) hit Europe in 1347, 30 to 50 percent of the population died in the next few years and changed Europe forever. The Lord used the Bubonic Plague to judge Europe for sin.

Shiloh
Wrath of God
A Nation in Sin

Monday, June 7, 2010

Eastern Idaho and Oswald Chambers



I am now in eastern Idaho with some friends probably till the rain passes. I got rained on pretty well while I was hitchhiking between Pocatello and Idaho Falls. It has been a rainy spring here in Idaho and in California. It could be raining for the next few days.

I saw this in the daily devotional that I love to read: My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers:

"The disciple who abides in Jesus is the will of God, and his apparently free choices are God's fore-ordained decrees. Mysterious? Logically contradictory and absurd? Yes, but a glorious truth to a saint."

I have always said that if I ever got stuck on a desert island, I would want a King James Bible and My Utmost For His Highest with me. Oswald Chambers is one of those great gifts to mankind that come around maybe once every one hundred years. He lived a short life (I believe he died at the age of 43), but he contributed so much to the Kingdom of Heaven. It was also providential that his wife, Biddy, was an excellent stenographer, so she was able to write down his teachings in short hand and later have his books published.

The more we die to self, the more we can see God and know God and do His will for our lives. I am a bond-slave of Jesus Christ and I am here to obey Him--eventhough it seems crazy where He leads me at times. We who abide in Christ, live in God's economy and not man's economy.

"Not my will, but Thine be done."