Saturday, October 25, 2014

California: The Great American Wasteland



Recently I read in a news article that the State of California is going to force Christian churches to pay for abortions.  Because of the sins of abortion, homosexuality and earth worship, the Lord is turning California into a wasteland:  look at the severe drought in California.

To the California Culture of Death:  if you want to worship the god of death (Satan), then the Lord will bring death to your doorstep.

CALIFORNIA:  YOUR LAND IS POLLUTED WITH BLOOD!

Psalm 106: 37-42:


"Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,
And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan:  and the land was polluted with blood.
Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
Therefore was the wrath of the Lord kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.
Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand."

California Drought
This is Sodom! This is Sodom!
Brian's Dream about the United States and Africa
Three Witnesses

Deuteronomy 28: 23-24:  "And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.  The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust:  from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed."

Friday, August 1, 2014

Resisting and Receiving God's Spirit, Experiencing His Teachings



The Letters of Isaac Penington

To Nathaniel Stoner

IT is a dangerous thing to resist God's Spirit; and yet, very easy for a man so to do, who has nor received a true understanding from the Lord, nor is acquainted with the leadings and outgoings of Him who is pure. He that is tender and truly sensible may discern when he resists, when he quenches, or when he grieves the Spirit of the Lord; but he that is not truly enlightened, nor in the true sense, cannot do so. The Scribes and Pharisees, who were interpreters of the law, and very strict in outward observations and ordinances, who blamed their fathers for killing the prophets, and said, if they had been in the days of the prophets, they would never have dealt with them as their fathers did; yet, concerning these, said Stephen,  “You stiff-necked, and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do also resist the Holy Ghost; as your fathers did, so do you.” For until the stiff will and stiff wisdom is brought down in a man, he cannot but resist God's Spirit, and fight for his notions and practices, according to his interpretations of the scriptures, against the testimony of God's Spirit and power. Paul walked according to the letter of the law was blameless, yet he resisted the Spirit which gave forth the law. Those who would be found not resisting God's Spirit,  must know the Spirit, receive the Spirit, live in the Spirit, walk in the Spirit, and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. He who is indeed turned to the redeeming arm, to Christ the power of God, and gathered into the power, and dwells in the Spirit and power of the Lord Jesus, and is taught and led by Him from path to path, and from pasture to pasture, as the Lamb, the Shepherd, goes before and guides him; — he is preserved from grieving the Holy Spirit, which moves and draws, instructs and quickens, all that are born of God. But, he that is only in the letter [the Bible], and in the form of godliness, out of the inward life and power, he is of that birth, mind, nature, and spirit, which cannot but resist God's Spirit. He knows not, he heeds not, His drawings, His movings, His light, His life, — the way thereof, — either in his own heart, or in the hearts of others; and so, walks in a way of rebelling against and resisting Him, who is the only Saviour and Redeemer of the soul. See Job 38:1-4, and 24:13. Oh that you might learn to wait correctly to learn these things, and come into the true sense and discerning of the Spirit and power of the Lord, that you might not any more resist it, neither in yourself nor in others. The Lord open your heart, and lay your spirit low before him; that you may come into a right sense and judgment, concerning the state of your own soul; and may experience the Lord manifesting things to you, as they truly are. 


I. P.

15th of the Fifth Month, 1671


POSTSCRIPT


O FRIEND! 


Wait to receive an understanding from the Lord, that you may come truly to know, whether you have resisted God's Spirit, or not; that you not lose the advantage of making peace with your adversary, while you are in the way with him.


I would not have you deceived about that virtue, life, and power which redeems the soul. For, there is no other Redeemer besides the Lord Jesus Christ, and he redeems by the grace of his Spirit, and by faith in his blood, which cleanses from sin; which blood is sprinkled on the consciences of those that believe,- and that, not in the darkness, but in the light; as is said in 1 John 1:7. “If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin." Under the law, the blood of bulls and goats was sprinkled outwardly on the outward things, which sanctified to the purifying of the outward things; but under the gospel the blood of the Lamb is sprinkled inwardly, upon inward and heavenly things. See Heb 9:13-14, 22-23, 10:22, and 12:24. Oh that you truly understood  the difference between your own claiming of Christ's blood to yourself, and the Lamb's sprinkling it upon you, and washing your soul within! Rev 1:5, and also, between your own believing, according to your own assumptions of things, and His giving you to believe in the light of his Spirit! and, between your own praying in your own spirit, and his giving you to pray in his Spirit!


Ah! the Truth of our God is precious! the knowledge of his Christ precious! It is a precious thing, to have the Son revealed by the Father to the renewed in mind. God himself is the teacher, in the new covenant of all the true disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ; and, Oh how the teachings of his Spirit differ, from all the knowledge and learning men can attain unto of themselves! The Lord give you the true understanding; and to know what it is to begin your religion in his Spirit; and batter down and bring to nothing the understanding in you, which is not true; that you may not find your soul deeply deceived at last, as to the true knowledge of Christ and mysteries of God's kingdom, -- and so, perish forever! This, in very dear, true, and tender love, from him, who most sincerely and heartily wishes well to you.


I. P.


17th of Fifth Month, 1671

[This is from the Missing Cross to Purity:  Resisting and Receiving God's Spirit, Experiencing His Teachings]

Saturday, July 26, 2014

California Drought

Drought in California


The severe drought in California is God's wrath on sin:  the sins of abortion, homosexuality, earth worship and other sins.  California also has its fair share of evangellyfish Christians.

I Kings 17: 1:  "And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word."

Jeremiah 14: 1-7:  "The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth.  Judah mourneth and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.  And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters:  they came to the pits, and found no water; they returned with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads.  Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowman were ashamed, they covered their heads.  Yea, the hind also calved in the field, and forsook it, because there was no grass.  And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was no grass.  O, LORD, though our iniquites testify against us, do thou it for thy name's sake:  for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee."

For those who promote the sin of homosexuality by teaching it to children in public schools:

Luke 17: 2:  "It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones."

Hollywood also loves to promote the sin of homosexuality through TV programs and films.

This is Sodom! This is Sodom!
Flee California!
Homosexuality is a Sin
Jackson, Wyoming
Dimitru Duduman---America Will Burn
Brian's Dream About the United States and Africa




Monday, July 14, 2014

Enoch: The Seventh from Adam



Genesis 5: 21-24:  "And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:  And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:  And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:  And Enoch walked with God:  and he was not, for God took him."

Hebrews 11: 5:  "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."

Jude 14 & 15:  "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."

How did Enoch walk with God?  How can someone be spiritually intimate with the Lord before the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?

Very little is written about Enoch.  According to the Bible, Enoch lived 365 years; the last 300 years of his life Enoch walked with God.  The number 365 is significant.  There are 365 days in a complete year.  Enoch living 365 years is a foreshadowing of the complete man of God (man of faith or man of obedience).

Recently I have heard of a pastor who preached that Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden, not because they sinned against God, but because they did not repent of their sin.  Scripture never tells us that Adam repented of his sin or that Adam walked with God after he and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden.  So why was Enoch different?  Enoch was born with Adamic Sin.  How did Enoch walk with God?

Enoch, no doubt, offered the required blood sacrifices unto the Lord for his sins and the sins of his family.  This was before the Law, the Prophets and the New Testament.  Not only did Enoch, by faith, offer an excellent sacrifice unto the Lord, but I believe, that Enoch truly repented of his sin and believed on the finished work of the cross before the fact.

Faith in God transcends time and space.  The Lamb of God was slain before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13: 8):  somehow Enoch knew this truth from oral tradition or from revealed knowledge.  He put his faith in the coming Messiah, died to self-will and was able to walk with God.

Enoch, by faith, was translated and did not experience death.  Before he was translated, his testimony was that he had pleased God.  It is only by faith (obedience) that we are able to please God.


Enoch

The Reward of His Presence
Jewish Life After Death
Perry Stone--Garden of Eden Secrets
Book of Enoch

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Obama Resigns as President of the United States

President Nixon Resigns, 1974
Dreams from the LORD 2011-2014
4 June 2014

Last night I had a dream where Barack Obama resigned as President of the United States.  There was a meeting of Obama's aides in a room in the White House.  They were all saying goodbye to Obama.  A few of his aides left the room without saying a word.  Obama was upset that they left without saying anything positive about his presidency.

Dreams from the LORD 2011-1014
Vladimir Putin on Barack Obama
Dead in the Water
Obama Will Leave the White House
Gorges Smythe's Dream
WaPo Headline, Late Final

This photo was from Pundit From Another Planet

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Daniel stopped the mouth of lions



Daniel stopped the mouth of lions

"A man with God is always in the majority."

"Let a thing be noted, that the prophet of God sometimes may teach treason against kings, and yet neither he nor such as obey the word, spoken in the Lord's name by him, offend God."

     --John Knox

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Vital Intercession



Oswald Chambers, 1874-1917

"As we continue on in our intercession for others, we may find that our obedience to God in interceding is going to cost those for whom we intercede more than we ever thought. The danger in this is that we begin to intercede in sympathy with those whom God was gradually lifting up to a totally different level in direct answer to our prayers. Whenever we step back from our close identification with God’s interest and concern for others and step into having emotional sympathy with them, the vital connection with God is gone. We have then put our sympathy and concern for them in the way, and this is a deliberate rebuke to God.
"It is impossible for us to have living and vital intercession unless we are perfectly and completely sure of God. And the greatest destroyer of that confident relationship to God, so necessary for intercession, is our own personal sympathy and preconceived bias. Identification with God is the key to intercession, and whenever we stop being identified with Him it is because of our sympathy with others, not because of sin. It is not likely that sin will interfere with our intercessory relationship with God, but sympathy will. It is sympathy with ourselves or with others that makes us say, 'I will not allow that thing to happen.' And instantly we are out of that vital connection with God.
"Vital intercession leaves you with neither the time nor the inclination to pray for your own 'sad and pitiful self.' You do not have to struggle to keep thoughts of yourself out, because they are not even there to be kept out of your thinking. You are completely and entirely identified with God’s interests and concerns in other lives. God gives us discernment in the lives of others to call us to intercession for them, never so that we may find fault with them."
--Oswald Chambers

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Quote from Winston Churchill



“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.” 

--Winston Churchill

Pamela Geller

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Humility and the Hitchhiker


Humility and the Hitchhiker
By Shayne Sprague

So I never pick up hitch-hikers as a rule. I don't know what moved me to do so today. I was heading from North Platte to Brady and he was just outside of North Platte. He jumped in and said "thanks for stopping".  I said no problem, I'm going to Brady about 23 miles up the road, and I’ll take you that far.

      As we were conversing, I noticed he reeked of booze.  I also noticed his wrinkled, sun darkened face, his shoddy hair and clothes, unshaven face, and only the clothes on his back.

      But what I noticed most was his piercing, large blue eyes. They say the eyes are the window to the soul, and I believe it, if you look closely, you can pretty much tell the kind of soul a person has through their eyes. His eyes were almost indescribable. They were so mesmerizing, not an ounce of hate in them. Looking at his very rough exterior, I could tell he'd been down a very hard road. Somehow, despite the road he had been down, there was no hate in his eyes...only love.

      I asked him if he wanted a smoke, and he said yes, so I gave him one, then I let him keep the whole pack, for which he seemed genuinely grateful for. I started asking him where he was from, where he was headed, does he have family, etc. He proceeded to tell me he had been on the road for 6 days, coming from Arizona where he had recently had a heart attack and heart surgery. He was pretty much healed up but couldn't find work. He had his bed roll and backpack stolen in Colorado. He was heading back to his birthplace of Kansas City, Mo., which is where I was born as well.  He said he lost his wife to a brain tumor 10 years ago, and she is buried in Norman, Oklahoma. He said he never had kids because his wife couldn't have any. He had no family aside from cousins, whom he'd lost, touch with over the years. We talked the rest of the way about politics, and other superficial stuff, all the while, my gut was telling me there was something about this guy that I couldn't put my finger on, but it was something special.

      The whole time I was kind of reflecting on some of my own hard times and struggles, some of which were self induced. I mean, here is a homeless man that just had heart surgery, but was smoking and drinking. I too, have had my battles with alcohol and drugs, so I understand. I found myself thinking "but for the Grace of God, there go I."  And that’s the truth. I'm lucky to have what I have after what I've been through, let alone lucky to be alive.

      So we get to Brady and I say "well, this is the end of my line."  He says, "I really appreciate the ride and the cigarettes."  To which I replied, “no problem, when we stop, I'm going to give you some money too."  (A decision I had subconsciously made miles back down the road.)  He said thank you, I can get a cup of coffee or something.

      I would like to clarify at this point, my whole reason for telling this story.  It's not that I want a pat on the back...could care a less about that.  It's not that I felt sorry for the guy, although I definitely empathized with him. I have over the years, on many occasions given food and/or money to homeless people. Again, no pat on back wanted or needed. On many of those occasions, it was quite obvious that said homeless person was going to drink the money right up. The Bible says something to the effect of   "give with your right hand, and don't tell your left hand."  To me, that means don't gloat. It means do the right things for the right reasons without expecting anything in return. That is something my parents deserve credit for.

      Lately, as I look around at the world, I find it a very ugly place.  As I've stated, I've been through some pretty hard times in my life. There were many kind people that helped me along the way. There were also many that turned away. I've always felt that even when I had nothing tangible to offer that a kind word, a gesture, or a smile was the least I could do, and to try to refrain from doing any harm.

      Some of you may be thinking, or like me, have thought, I just got duped by that dude. One time at a gas station in Colorado, a guy walked up to me and asked me for some cash for gas so he could get back home. His van was at the gas pumps. I said sorry dude, I'm all tapped out. I sat in my car feeling guilty and walked over, gave him $20 bucks, and returned to my car. As I watched him, he jumped in his van without getting gas and hit the interstate!  Duped indeed!  But that's cool. The guy I picked up today asked for nothing, other than sticking his thumb out for a ride. I never felt duped at any point.

      The reason for sharing this story is because of the look in his eyes when we parted ways. As I mentioned, I told him I was going to give him some money. I was thinking maybe $20 bucks. When I reached in my wallet, something compelled me to pull out a $50 dollar bill. I handed him the 50, and he looked at me with those piercing blue eyes surrounded by that weathered face with a look of astonishment that I can't describe, but I found myself fighting back tears. He was obviously both surprised and genuinely grateful. He struggled to say thank you, and he shook my hand. I said you’re welcome brother, best of luck to you. He got out of the vehicle and before he shut the door he looked at me with those eyes again, as if he was looking into MY soul, and said,  " thanks again, you really don't know what this means to me."  I said, “you have no idea what it means to me!"

      As I drove off I was in tears because I was so touched. You see, I felt as though I just handed myself $50. I always pray that I can be of use to my fellow man, and I believe that God puts people in our lives for a reason. The Bible also says give and you shall receive. What I received today was a small miracle from a homeless man with blue eyes that reminded me there is still some good in this world, that I have a lot to be grateful for. Honestly, I don't think the money or the cigarettes meant nearly as much to him as receiving a smile, and a display of genuine kindness in what can be such a cold, cruel world.  As for the $50 bucks, and can I afford it? Who cares? For my $50, I too, received a smile, and a genuine display of kindness that was worth every penny. I am truly touched, I almost feel like I was looking into the eyes of my higher power. In a sense, I was, because he is out there, all I have to do is look.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The True Knowledge of Christ



"The true wisdom, the true light, the true knowledge of Christ, is like the manna in the wilderness; it daily comes down from heaven, and must daily be gathered fresh.  The true light springs from the life; and it must be held in the life, in the vessel which the life forms, in the new bottle, in the new understanding; not in the fleshly part, no, not in the natural part for as the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit, I Cor 2: 14, so neither can he retain them."

--Isaac Penington


I Corinthians 2: 14:  "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."


Where is the Wise?
The Death of Voltaire

Friday, March 14, 2014

Spiritual or Mental?



Excerpt from The Messenger of the Cross by Watchman  Nee:

Page 80-81:  "Today's danger is that many people are seeking the knowledge of the Bible with their mind.  They understand a few mysteries, comprehend many spiritual principles, dig out some deeper meanings of God's word, and even appreciate to a certain degree the accomplished work of Christ.  Yet these are all in their mind.  These are not given them by the Holy Spirit and there is therefore no practical power involved.  With the result that the Bible is reduced to the level of a scientific treatise in which the reader and the writer have no personal contact whatsoever.  On the other hand, the word of God--though its contents had been spoken long ago and later recorded in what we have as the Bible--is nonetheless in the Holy Spirit even as God is in the Spirit.  If the reader receives God's word directly without leaning on the power of the Spirit, he will have no relationship with God.  This will reduce the value of God's word and make it as one of the dead books of the world."

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Hearing the Words of God and Seeing the Visions of the Almighty



This is from the blog Daily Meditation:

Numbers 24:4: He saith, who heareth the words of God, Who seeth the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, and having his eyes open:

What would you give to be hearing the words of God and be seeing the visions of God?

That is actually a wrong because the reality is that there is nothing for you to qualify for that flow of God. The divine arrangement is that no one can have the claim for any boast before God, there is nothing you have that you are not given, and if you were given why do you boast (1Corinthians 4:7)?

Let’s clear that, there is no qualifying for the gifts of God, the bible says that the manifestations of the Spirit are given, according to the will of God and not to be qualified for, for the benefit of all (1Corinthians 12:1-11). And hearing the words of God and seeing the visions of the Almighty definitely fall under the idea of the expressions of the Spirit.

However, when talking about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Peter declared that its effect includes seeing visions, dreaming dreams, and prophesying, which means declaring what we are hearing/seeing/having impressed on us in the spirit (Acts 2:1-21). Therefore hearing the words of God and seeing the visions of the almighty should not be a big deal. It should, at least, be a common denominator of all believers who have experienced the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

The bible says that as many as are led by the Holy Spirit they are the children of God (Romans 8:14). And you are led by seeing the visions of the almighty and hearing the words of God.

I want to break that down.  When we get born again, the Holy Spirit gives birth to a new spirit in us (John 3:1-8), and because the things of God are spiritual things, we need to realise that hearing the voice of God and seeing the visions of the almighty, should be viewed in a spiritual sense, that is, it is through the instrument of our spirit that we have those experiences.

Therefore God is interested in training our spirit to function optimally, delivers his words to us, and his vision to us in a spiritual sense. So to hear the words of God and see the visions of the almighty you need to focus on your spirit as the divine connection point.

Remember that we are three-fold in part: spirit, soul and body (1Thessalonians 5:23). The spirit connects with the realm of God who is Spirit (John 4:24), the soul connects with the realm of man, since all men are called souls, and with the body we connect with our physical world via the senses.

Our physical form is based on genetics; our soul form is defined by exposures/experiences through the senses, while our spirit’s form is defined by the Holy Spirit: when Paul says that we have the mind of Christ; that is a direct reference to our spirit; since our union with God is first a spiritual union (1Corinthians 2:9-16). And it is through our spiritual ears and eyes (perception equipment) that we hear the words of God and see the visions of the almighty, because we exist in the world of God who is Spirit by our spirit.

But the problem is that, most of the time, the spirit is smothered by an over bearing soul life, by our natural bent. Therefore we are called to walk according to the Spirit and not after the flesh (Galatians 5:16), to follow the dictates of the spirit, to allowed our spirit to flow with the Holy Spirit.

That is what we are called to fast sometimes, to deny the soul of its need, to allow the spirit to soar, to facilitate the expression of the spirit. With fasting the soul of trained to be still, to be subdued, to give room for the blossoming of the spirit’s enhancement and expression.

The words of God and visions of the almighty are spiritual things, visions are pictures and they occur in various degrees, while the words of God are articulations of the mind of God, which occurs also in degrees. They range from the “is-it-my-mind?” level, to the obviously spectacular; whatever it is we need to develop sensibility of the spirit.

Paul prayed for the Ephesians that the eyes of their understanding, of their hearts (a component of the spirit), be enlightened (Ephesians 1:15-19), that they may know riches of Christ. There are things that you see with the eyes of your heart, which is an inner eye, concerning the will of God for you. There is the stirring of the spiritual consciousness towards discerning the right way to go, the right choices to make.

When Paul was in Athens, seeing how the whole land was given to idolatry, he was stirred in the spirit and he took steps to address the people to stir their conscience, towards the truth (Acts 17:17-34).

When Jesus told the devil that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. It means it is possible to exist in the state of constantly hearing the word of God. Since what Jesus meant is that we are really sustained by the word of God (Luke 4:1-4). If you are sustained by something, it means you have to be exposed to it constantly

In the time of Eli, it was said that the word of God was scarce, meaning the people were spiritually starved (1Samuel 3:1-3).

Across the world, Christians now hold in our hands the scriptures, the very oracles of God. A psalmist asked that God should open his eyes (the inner eyes) to behold wondrous things out of his word (Psalm 119:18). That is the foundational understanding for all disciples of Jesus Christ- the priority of scriptures.

Christ Jesus, when leaving the earth, instructed the apostles that they should make disciples of all nations, teaching them His words (Matthew 28:18-20). And some of those have been packaged in the bible. It is full of the teaching about the Lord, and when the Holy Spirit breathed upon the words, then we see it as the word of God to us today.

We need to be well grounded in the written word. We see Jesus and John and Paul and all the writers of the New Testament in one way or the order making reference to the scriptures (Old Testament). They see it as the living word of God having relevance to the here and now.

We can hear the words of God and see the visions of the almighty from the words of scriptures. The faculty through which images are formed in our minds is our imagination- “our image formation center,” giving us the capacity to see pictures in our mind.  The word of God we read or that we hear have the capacity to create the visions of God in our minds, prompting us to act based on it.

Habakkuk was told to write the vision (Habakkuk 2:1-5), so that those who read it may run; run with the vision. The explanation is that Habakkuk first wrote the vision as words and when the words were read, the original vision is recreated in the reader via the words that have been read though the internal tool of imagination.

Jezebel, in a negative sense used the imagination of Elijah against him (1Kings 19:1-7). She spoke words, fearful words of threat to Elijah, and the bible recorded that Elijah “saw” what she “said” (imaginatively), and he ran for his life. It was as if a psychological DVD was sent to Elijah by Jezebel with the words she sent to him, and he played it with the imagination, and he ran with the vision, fearful for his life; but the words of God are supposed to stir us to run with faith (Habakkuk 2:1-5).

Maybe with the title, you thought I will be writing about high level revelation of the hearing audible voice of God and being taken to the third heavens in visions of the almighty. Sorry to disappoint you. While both are possibilities, they are not the determined common denominators for all Christians.

However, making the word of God a priority is our common denominator. Anybody can read the words of the bible, even if you are illiterate, someone can read it to you in your own language. The scripture is the common denominator (2Timothy 3:14-17). I will be placing false hopes before you if I presume to tell you that you can hear the audible voice and see open visions, going into trances and all works; I will be setting you up to be disappointed, and frustrated.

We hear/read the word in messages and in the bible we read/hear the word, and through the means of our imagination, we see the visions of the almighty, when the word hits on our imagination. When you focus on that and follow it up by practicing truth, then you have the basic foundation to handle the high revelations, or you will be like the children of Israel who said God should stop speaking to them so spectacularly from mount Sinai, but only speak through Moses, because they couldn’t handle it (Hebrews 12:18-20, Exodus 20:18-19, Deuteronomy 5:24-27, 18:16).

If this understanding is settled in you, you will be ready to chew the meat of prophetic revelations (if God so pleases) (Hebrews 5:11-14), and divine inner promptings. God may or may never reveal himself to you in the audible voice, but you hear him in your mind, in strong impressions; you may not be taken to the third heavens in a trance, but you can see things with the eyes of your heart (see the direction God is pointing to within you) that is flooded with the light of the word of God.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

An Open Letter to John MacArthur From A.W. Tozer: He Being Dead Yet Speaketh

A.W. Tozer (1897-1963)

This is from CharismaNews:

Editor's Note: This article is an excerpt from God's Pursuit of Man by A.W. Tozer and used by permission of WingSpread Publishers.

That every Christian can be and should be filled with the Holy Spirit would hardly seem to be a matter for debate among Christians. ... I want here boldly to assert that it is my happy belief that every Christian can have a copious outpouring of the Holy Spirit in a measure far beyond that received at conversion, and I might also say, far beyond that enjoyed by the rank and file of orthodox believers today.

It is important that we get this straight, for until doubts are removed, faith is impossible. God will not surprise a doubting heart with an effusion of the Holy Spirit, nor will He fill anyone who has doctrinal questions about the possibility of being filled.

In light of this, it will be seen how empty and meaningless is the average church service today. All the means are in evidence; the one ominous weakness is the absence of the Spirit’s power. ... The power from on high is neither known nor desired by pastor or people. This is nothing less than tragic, and all the more so because it falls within the field of religion, where the eternal destinies of men are involved.

Fundamentalism has stood aloof from the liberal in self-conscious superiority and has on its own part fallen into error, the error of textualism, which is simply orthodoxy without the Holy Ghost. Everywhere among conservatives we find persons who are Bible-taught but not Spirit-taught. They conceive truth to be something which they can grasp with the mind.

If a man holds to the fundamentals of the Christian faith, he is thought to possess divine truth. But it does not follow. There is no truth apart from the Spirit. The most brilliant intellect may be imbecilic when confronted with the mysteries of God. For a man to understand revealed truth requires an act of God equal to the original act which inspired the text. ... "Now we have received, not the Spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things which are freely given us of God.”

For the textualism of our times is based upon the same premise as the old line rationalism, that is, the belief that the human mind is the supreme authority in the judgment of truth. Or otherwise stated, it is confidence in the ability of the human mind to do that which the Bible declares it was never created to do and consequently is wholly incapable of doing.Philosophical rationalism is honest enough to reject the Bible flatly. Theological rationalism rejects it while pretending to accept it and in so doing puts out its own eyes.

Few there are who without restraint will open their whole heart to the blessed Comforter. He has been and is so widely misunderstood that the very mention of His name in some circles is enough to frighten many people into resistance.

It is no use to deny that Christ was crucified by persons who would today be called fundamentalists. This should prove to be disquieting if not downright distressing to us who pride ourselves on our orthodoxy. An unblessed soul filled with the letter of truth may actually be worse off than a pagan kneeling before a fetish. We are saved only when our intellects are indwelt by the loving fire that came at Pentecost. For the Holy Spirit is not a luxury, not something added now and again to produce a deluxe type of Christian once in a generation. No. He is for every child of God a vital necessity, and that He fill and indwell His people is more than a languid hope. It is rather an inescapable imperative.

Now the Bible teaches that there is something in God which is like emotion. ... God has said certain things about Himself, and these furnish all the grounds we require. “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing” (Zeph. 3:17). This is but one verse among thousands which serve to form our rational picture of what God is like, and tell us plainly that God feels something like our love, like our joy, and what He feels makes Him act very much as we would in a similar situation; He rejoices over His loved ones with joy and singing.

Here is emotion on as high a plain as it can ever be seen, emotion flowing out of the heart of God Himself. Feeling, then, is not the degenerate son of unbelief that is often painted by some of our Bible teachers. Our ability to feel is one of the marks of our divine origin. We need not be ashamed of either tears or laughter. The Christian stoic who has crushed his feelings is only two-thirds of a man; an important third part has been repudiated. Holy feeling had an important place in the life of our Lord. “For the joy that was set before Him” He endured the cross and despised its shame. He pictured Himself crying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.”

The work of the Holy Spirit is, among other things, to rescue the redeemed man’s emotions, to restring his harp and open again the wells of sacred joy which have been stopped up by sin.

Aiden Wilson Tozer (April 21, 1897–May 12, 1963) was an American Christian pastor, preacher, author, magazine editor and spiritual mentor.

Reprinted from God's Pursuit of Man by A.W. Tozer, copyright © 1950, 1978 by Lowell Tozer. Previously titled The Divine Conquest and The Pursuit of Man. Used by permission of WingSpread Publishers, a division of Zur Ltd., 800.884.4571.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Great Fire of London

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The Great Fire of London In That Apocalyptic Year, 1666 by Neil Hanson

Chapter 2, “The Hellish Design”:

Page 27: “Humphrey Smith’s Vision Which He Saw Concerning London, also written years before the event [1660], predicted a fire in 1666 ‘in the foundation of all her buildings and there was none could quench it . . . .The burning thereof was exceeding great . . . .All the tall buildings fell and it consumed all the lofty things therein . . . . And the fire continued, for though all the lofty part was brought down yet there was much old stuff and parts of broken down, desolate walls, which the fire continued burning against.’

“Daniel Baker also warned where the ‘evil ways’ of London would lead. ‘A fire, a consuming fire shall be kindled in the bowels of the earth, which will scorch with burning heat . . . .a great and large slaughter shall be throughout the land.’ And Walter Gostello ‘looked up to heaven and there saw such a cloud of blackness and dirt as could not possibly arise from any place but hell . . . .If fire make not ashes of the City, and thy bones also, conclude me a liar for ever . . . .Repent or burn, you and your city London.’”

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Chapter 10, "Firestorm":

Page 149: "The greatest fire that ever happened upon the earth since the burning of Sadom and Gomorrah."

--Rege Sincera, Observations both Historical and Moral upon the Burning of London

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Chapter 11, "A Dismal Desert":

Page 162: "Thus fell great London, that ancient city, that populous city. London, which was the queen city of the land . . .and yet how is London departed like smoke and her glory laid in the dust. . . .How does the whole nation tremble at the sound of her fall. How is the pride of London stained and beauty spoiled, her arm broken and strength departed, her riches almost gone . . .since the firing and fall of this city which had the strength and treasure of the nation in it. The glory of London is now fled away like a bird, the trade of London is shattered and broken to pieces, her delights also are vanished and pleasant things laid to waste."

--Thomas Vincent, God's Terrible Voice in the City

Page 167: "The judgement that has fallen upon London is immediately from the hand of God and no plots by Frenchmen or Dutchmen or Papists have any part in bringing upon you so much misery."

--Charles II

Page 176: "The King, 'in a religious sense of God's heavy hand upon this Kingdom in the late dreadful fire happened in the City of London . . .a visitation so dreadful that scarce any age or nation has ever seen or felt the like,' had ordered that October 10 be observed as a 'day of fasting and humiliation . . .to implore the mercies of God that it would please him to pardon the crying sins of this nation, those especially which had drawn down this last and heavy judgement upon us, and to remove from us all other his judgements which our sins have deserved.'"

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Edited by Rufus M. Jones

Chapter XVI
“A Year in Scarborough Castle”
1665-1666

“The very next day after my release, the fire broke out in London [The Great Fire of London, 1666], and the report of it came quickly down into the country. Then I saw the Lord God was true and just in His Word, which he had shown me before in Lancaster jail, when I saw the angel of the Lord with a glittering sword drawn southward, as before expressed.

“The people of London were forewarned of this fire; yet few laid to heart, or believed it; but rather grew more wicked, and higher in pride. For a Friend was moved to come out of Huntingdonshire a little before the fire, to scatter his money, and turn his horse loose on the streets, to untie the knees of his trousers, let his stockings fall down, and to unbutton his doublet, and tell the people that so should they run up and down, scattering their money and their goods, half undressed, like mad people, as he was sign to them; and so they did, when the city was burning.

“Thus hath the Lord exercised His prophets and servants by His power, shown them signs of His judgments, and sent them to forewarn the people; but, instead of repenting, they have beaten and cruelly entreated some, and some they have imprisoned, both in the former power’s days and since.

“But the Lord is just, and happy are they that obey His word.”

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