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Here I go again stepping up on my soap box ever so slowly. I am sure  to get polarized comments to come, so let us all take a deep breath and examine some scripture that may help us all avoid some pitfalls.

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My motive here is nestled in my bewilderment of the changes in the church. I have been a christian for 32 years as of yesterday. But my history goes back just a tad further being born in 1961. I remember the BLUE LAW, no business on Sunday it was “Fellowship day”, no high school sports on Wednesday night that was “prayer meeting night”. Let me go on, school class room started with pledge allegiance to the flag followed by a volunteer student praying for a good day. Now you might say “for real” YES maybe you think that was terrible, maybe you think it was good, but we will all can agree it has changed.

I could focus on the fact that since 1973 there have been 57,191,366 abortions in the US as of today. But I would rather focus on the sin of the church one in particular. James 4:17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. If you dare to check the context you will find it is on boasting. Wow that would be way down the list of sins in the church. Why pick that one? It is starting to look like a horse race of sins in the church, the usual like sexual sin, is now common place and passed up by Being Proud Of It. The old front runner of gossip and backbiting was long passed by the new comer I Don’t Care Anymore. Yes I am being a bit silly making my point. It dawned on me this year while in Uganda when I watched a teen age ballet student who was on our little team gave an alter call in a PUBLIC school and nearly 1000 kids excepted Christ. 1000 you say? Yes and can you believe they can pray out loud and public in school something we have not done in the US for 40 years. Do I agree with everything they do NO they can be way to harsh on what the bible calls sin. We do not know how to even define sin anymore.

This brings me to my point defining things. How does the Church DEFINE the spiritual climate in America. It has become very divided mostly depending on End Time views, or the lack of, or the replacement of things to do with THE END. It would be great if Jesus would come back and release His long awaited justice and rule as KING. However it might be a while. So how we respond to the spiritual climate is important.

Let me say right now I am personally slowing down and seeking the Lord. Just Him, not what do you want me to do, or not do, just HIM. I am doing less and praying more when I say praying I don’t mean talking. I am doing that less. Listening praying, looks something like this. Reading scripture then being quiet. Yes I do have my list, but it is loosing its order of importance, and being in the Lords presence is increasing my desire to know Jesus more. Doing christian work out of that place seems better some how. Did I mention I am in a real place of weakness and brokenness and I can not even put my finger on why. It is actually refreshing to admit. So there!

With that said the title that brought you to this blog post is “Decree a thing! Who said that?” If we define Decree as telling the world what God has said, or even declaring to the heaven’s, then well done. However there are some, well meaning Christians who may have stepped over into something that will cause confusion in the end. If you do a study on google about Christians decreeing a thing you see their is a foundation to the theology. There are many scriptures having to do with decreeing, again if we are talking about prayer or singing the WORD, Scripture, the bible, What God has said, then fine.

What if its your own words, many websites speak of the fact that God created us in His image so we can do what he does create by OUR WORD. I would prefer to leave that to God. The foundation for this theological view comes from Job 22:28  Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

Wow that is cool huh, God said to do it, NO actually He did not, that is actually Eliphaz the Tenanite one of Job’s friends. You might say wait a cotton picken minute, its in the bible so God said it. Hold on my friends the serpent is recorded in Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: God did not say that, the devil did but it is in God’s word. That my friends is why we have 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Yes we actually need to study.

If you read Job 2:11 and think God wants you out doing this as apposed to how I mentioned decreeing scripture earlier than you need to read the whole book of Job. When you get to chapter 42 you find God has a few things to say to our old friend Eliphaz. Here it is 7And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. 8Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. 9So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.

I think there is warning here, be careful quoting something that Eliphaz says as if God said it. The problem started a few years back when some of the Big name preachers starting doing this and selling books and Cd’s and the whole charismatic church followed with out being like the Bereans in Acts 17:11. They took every thing the apostles said through the grid of scripture. Sadly we could see some real changes in a good way right now in prayer for our country, but so much of the church does not see the real spiritual condition because they are to busy being Eliphaz.

Just sayin

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Sept 9 2009 09/09/09 Watch . I am home recovering from surgery and will be watching the news to see if any NUT CASE has a humorous or sinister idea to make the news. What’s the big deal, well there is probally no big deal BUT for someone who’s trying to be funny or just plain crazy. There are some weird dots that someone may like to connect.

Here it goes

#1 09/09/09  is 06/06/06 upside down “yeah thats a stretch”

#2 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/08/AR2009090803664.html   

#3 beatles number 9, number 9, number 9 The release date is awfully cute, considering the Beatles’ formally self-titled “White Album” contains that song called “Revolution 9”, which consists largely of a repetition of the phrase “number nine, number nine, number nine”. Conspiracy theorists say that if you play it backwards it sounds like “turn me on, dead man” and is hence one of the clues that adds up to reveal that Paul McCartney died and was replaced by a look-alike early in the band’s career. from http://www.applesource.com.au/news/soa/The-Beatles-Rock-Band-coming-09-09-09/0,2000068500,339295320,00.htm

For those of you who are not old enough to remember what this was about here is a youtube link to the song forward “it’s crazy”

 

Here it is backward, we all did yes we wired our record players backwards and off it went and it was scary I remember it well. 

By the way that was off the white record that inspired charles manson . Manson saw the song as paralleling the message of the Bible’s Revelation 9.  He saw the song as a prophecy of the upcoming black versus white revolution. From  http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/manson/mansonbeatles.html

#4  9 the Movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcKD7Wh14Xs

9 the movie poster

9 the movie poster

#5 09/09/09  falls on a Wednesday and both Wednesday & September have 9 letters

#6 Believers had high hopes for 09/09/09, particularly in the UK where 999 is the emergency phone number. from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1212107/World-end-today—Well-9-9-09–doom-mongers-predicting-disaster.html#ixzz0QaQathJQ

 Ha HaSure here in the US 09/09/09 will come and go but out of boredom I have written and now I watch.

Continue on

#7 Google adds Date to Search Logo

Google adds date 09/09/09

Google adds date 09/09/09

#8 Interesting History on sept 9 th

September 9th 1776 Continental Congress renames “United Colonies,” to “United States”

September 9th 1850 California becomes 31st state

September 9th 1942 Japanese planes drop incendiary bombs on Oregon ,  1st bombing on continental US soil, Mount Emily Oregon (WW II)

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I did not watch in vain it happened a crazy used the date :  Mexico Hijacker

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,548540,00.html

 A Bolivian religious fanatic hijacked a passenger jet from the resort city of Cancun after receiving a divine revelation, selecting the date 9-9-09 because it is the satanic number 666 turned upside down, Mexico’s security secretary said Wednesday.

 

Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna says Jose Mar Flores, 44, used a fake bomb to hijack the plane, then ordered the pilot to circle over Mexico City seven times. He told Mexican officials that he wanted to warn Mexican President Felipe C alderon of an impending earthquake.

09/10/09More details from yesterday: the guy who took the spot light way from President Obama and the health care debate . It was for only a couple of hours but Jose Marc Flores Pereira aka Josmar Flores. He actually has his own web page.

 

www.josmarflores.net/

09/09/09 started off with the apple debut of the Beatles Revolution #9 and ended with Bolivia Revelation #9

So what would motivate a man who has recorded Cd’s, has music on UTUBE all in spanish to hijack a plane. There is a video where he’s singing before thousands in a stadium.

 

His message he so desperatly wanted to get out was “Christ is coming soon” and ” Mexico is about suffer a terrible earthquake.”

What was he thinking? The good thing no one was hurt. I am just curious await to hear the rest of the story.

I have a small update as I have been reading translated pages from spanish to english I have found a few things.

#1 He was well loved in the spanish speaking world.

#2 He had the plane circle mexico city 7 times ” bible story of Jericho”

#3 He tried to speak to the President for 3 months and become desperate.

#4 In spanish blogs reference to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon being there at the time of hijack

Update at 3:59 p.m. ET 09/09/09 : Security forces have stormed the plane from the rear and captured seven hijackers, according to TV reports. They are being taken to a detention center. No passengers have been reported injured.TV Azteca translators, via CNN, say there’s some confusion about whether the hijackers are Bolivian or possibly Colombian. Mexican President Felipe Calderon was at the airport when the hijacking occurred. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon also was there, preparing to fly out around 4 p.m. ET.

above from USAtoday post :http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2009/09/jet-hijacked-in-cancun-lands-in-mexico-city.html

Why would spanish blogs make that refernce well :

#1 Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon was in Mexico for NGO conference with 70 nations represented. and the topic was weapons of destruction from 9/09 – 09/11. His idea might be the world will be watching BUT not for long health care took the spotlight again within about 2 hours. Today it has not even been mentioned on TV news.

  http://www.isria.com/pages/10_September_2009_55.php 

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I found this bog is spanish and used a translate program and found a few things they said here is the site  http://trinityeyes.wordpress.com/2009/09/10/pastor-boliviano-josmar

 #1 He choose mexico because He said their shield was prophetic

#2 The massive Earthquake will happen between Sept before sept 20th

#3 Star of David or occult star is seen in pictures at arrest around the neck .

osmar-Flores-Pereira

osmar-Flores-Pereira

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The sitting of the dream below: In real Life I had just had surgery, my stomach had pushed through a hole in my diaphragm. I had unbelievable pain with food getting lodged in my esophagus. They pulled my stomach down and fixed the diaphragm. they took a muscle from down by my spleen and wrapped in over my stomach to anchor it and keep pressure off of the diaphragm. I was home recovering and taking no pain killer because of past reactions, but managing very well. My wife Dianna’s mother had a major heart attach and She had to rush to OKC to be with Her. I was home kinda felling sorry for myself, and spending a lot of time praying and seeking the Lord. In that condition I had 3 dreams each night that were almost the same below you will read the account.

Preparing the Jacob generation for the time of Jacob’s trouble. I tried to shake it off but I kept hearing it in my head. It was my second night back in my own bed after surgery. I had been dreaming the same dream, as the night before. I was a photographer, along with two of my good friends Kevin Minor and Dan Zacharias. We had been given the task by the Lord to travel around the world and document it’s condition. We were investigating places of dark demonic delusions as well as places where the Kingdom of God was shining brightly.

We had traveled by bikes, canoe, and on foot to the most remote area’s, and had found ourselves at the end of a trail as I woke up. It was a moment frozen in time, with those words “Preparing the Jacob generation for the time of Jacob’s trouble” sounding inside me. It was just like the night before except the night before I woke with words “pray your flight does not take place in winter.” I was shaken but the next chapter was unfolding. I had fallen asleep with the TV on listening to christian music. But now with my eyes wide open I watched the preacher as He said Psalms 24:7 was the key for preparing the Jacob generation for the time of Jacob’s trouble. Now I had not taken my pain killer for 24 hours so I was thinking this must be real this can’t be a hallucination, get your pen and paper and write this down. So holding my stomach I slowly pushed through the pain and got out of bed and found my journal and began to write. when I finished I drifted right back to sleep.

The next night the same thing happened. I woke early on August 24 th 2009 I had finished the same photographer dream, but it ended with “you have 30 days to study Jeremiah 30” that would be Sept 23rd 2009. and “Study american history through the eyes of the indigenous.” I have an idea that it is the Lord, and time will tell for sure. I am off from work recovering from the surgery, and I am on a liquid diet. I am dealing with some pain due to the fact I can’t stand the way I feel on pain killer. I have the time to study and the Lord has a captive audience, meaning I’m not going anywhere.

I have already noticed something in Jeremiah 30 that I have never seen. I am not sure why, I was not aware that Jeremiah 30 was about  Jacob’s trouble. I read it. I remembered many end time messages, taken out of those verses. One thing I had never heard or seen was verse 11. WOW, is all I can say right now, here it is.

For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet I will not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.

What in the world does this? What is the bottom line? I know what it says. If that is literal then America and many other nations will yet be brought to a “FULL END” Will God use another nation to do it? Will He allow an evil leader to become president to bring it to ruin from within? Or perhaps natural disasters. The key might be all the Jewish people in America, If the Lord return to Israel it is now time and they say NO what might He do to make them Go. In Egypt they were held by slavery not the love of their current life BUT God used 10 plaques to get them out. You might say “Oh John you are making a big deal about NOTHING”  Think about the numbers. There are approximately 13.3 Million Jewish people in the whole word.  You you believe only 4.95 million or 37% live in Israel. Before the Internet christian books would say they have all gone back to Israel except for a few. That was actually a lie or people talking without knowing. The truth is, information is now very accessible and we know there are far more Jewish people in the US compared to Israel. That would be 6.5 million or 46% of the worlds Jewish population. Think about what that could mean when God says go. PS I thought He said Go in 1948, if He did he whispered and not many heard Him. My guess when He says it for real they will all go one way or other. PERIOD.  

I will close for now check back in see what I find along the trail. I hope it is not a bunny trail, even so studying the Bible is a win win.

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It is early 09/09/09 I am posting a link for a message on Jacob’s trouble by Art Katz. It is not what we have been spoon feed but I think it will challenge us all. http://artkatzministries.org/the-time-of-jacobs-trouble/

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It is now 05/20/11 since writing this article I had more dreams about Jacobs trouble, about an underground railroad. I have seen many things to which I will keep to myself. I will say this I recently visited an area that was in the underground and I was told I was the 3rd person who came there with that dream. I believe the time is near the middle east is in chaos there is new determination within politics to to divide Israel. Jews will be persecuted again like no other time including nazi Germany and those who have heard the Lord will be a safe-haven for them as they travel HOME. Bank on it

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9/9/11  , It has been 2 years since my dream, earthquakes, war, world wide economic disaster, need I say more. Just a couple a days away from the 911 Ten year anniversary and our Nation has turned every which way but to God. Most every group of friends I have are doing major adjustments to their lives in preparation for increasing hard times. My thoughts are we have not seen anything yet, HOLD ON TO GOD like never before.

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Well its March 2014 and I had this dream back in 2009. I have recently had some more dreams that seem to be end time related. You can check one over to the right about 1949. But what I really would like to mention is I forgot to ever check out Psalms 24:7. If you are reading down you saw that while having one of the dreams about Jacobs trouble I woke and as I did I heard in the natural on the real TV not in the Dream this phrase coming from a preacher. He said ”   Psalms 24:7 was the key for preparing the Jacob generation for the time of Jacob’s trouble.” Well I just checked it out so I will post the scripture in context now.

 

The Earth is the Lord’s

1{A Psalm of David.} The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

2For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

3Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

4He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

5He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

7Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

8Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

9Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

10Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

 

Now that is interesting since the Verse about 24:7  says 6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. There, Jacob is mentioned, and that reminds me that  God promised old Jacob that His descendants would inherent the land of Canaan for ever. Well that is the problem, God made a promise and He has to fulfill it. The Jewish people can do it the easy way or the Hard way BUT they will go back. The Key verse says the King is coming and for the gates and doors to get ready. The messiah is coming and He will find the Jewish people there in Israel when He comes. When antisemitism raises its ugly head the church better be part of the solution not part of the problem. Get ready for the underground railroad. It is being built now so if your theology has you in heaven and I hope you are right but if you find yourself here and your beliefs were a few degrees off don’t be terrified God is the same faithful God either way . Have a great day.

 

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Well, we all know that no one likes change and sudden change brings things to a screeching halt. So if the power’s that be have big changes in their plan’s then it has been in the works for a while. Case in point a friend of mine told me about 10 years ago that our US government having a plan to use NAFTA to open world trade from Mexico to Canada with Kansas City as its hub called “smart port” and the I 35 corridor would be the connection. I laughed and said what is a corridor? He said what we call a highway. I said sure what ever. Then 7 or 8 years later hear in Kansas city I heard that Smart Port happened. Then I started noticing on the world news when they spoke about a major highway they would say corridor. Now here in Kansas City news Abc Cbs Nbc Fox corridor is now being used. What happened to my highways, I didn’t vote on this, no just kidding, trying to make a point, things happen slowly and it’s not caught by many.

The story about the frog in warm water sitting on a stove is true. Turn up the heat ever so slowly and after a while the water is boiling the frog is dead and he never saw it coming. Of course that is a male frog the females are more in touch with their feeling and get out before it’s all over.  

I was just thinking the other day about a statement my “same friend as above” friend had made about a speach Pres. George Bush in which He eluded to the “New World Order” .  Well that has been years now, and my friend said those words “New World Order” will one day, not only be known by everyone, but would control everyone. Well I am a good conservative registered Republican and that was offensive to me but because of his track record I thought let me check it out. Years later the check happened right after the market correction that was felt around the world.

I just put New World Order in google search engine, then hit the news button and wow how time has changed things, it’s everywhere, here are a few. By the way it’s not coming but here now according to the news not conspiracy web pages just the news.

click the name to see the Article

Yet it is precisely the prospect of cooperation and mutuality that present-day realists glorify. They revere President George H. W. Bush, who spoke of a “new world order” in which “the nations of the world, East and West, North and South, can prosper and live in harmony,” where “the rule of law supplants the rule of the jungle,” “The Wall Street Journal”

One Week Later, a New World Order “The Wall Street Journal”

New world order : BBC news

What is all this, I don’t know, but I think it would wise to keep our eyes and ears open, thats all. No Frog’s in the pot here. NO NWO

update 10/05/08

Well a few days have passed and I can not believe what is happening, the words “martial law” are  being talked about across the net. Some members of congress were forced by fear of martial law to pass the bail out bill.

It is all about the money but not just money but more money for those few who sit at top of the great economic pyramid. Things seem to be moving fast into a one world market eventually that will need a one world government. Well then, all we will need is to have a one world religion, then all the pieces are ready for Revelation 13

 

Revelation 13:16-18 Young’s Literal Translation

16 And it maketh all, the small, and the great, and the rich, and the poor, and the freemen, and the servants, that it may give to them a mark upon their right hand or upon their foreheads, 17 and that no one may be able to buy, or to sell, except he who is having the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is the wisdom! He who is having the understanding, let him count the number of the beast, for the number of a man it is, and its number is six hundred and sixty six.

IT is coming

As long as Joe 6 pack has food and DRINK well what’s two more 6’s. “joke but not funny”. What if there were only a 1 % chance that the doctrine that most of the AMERICAN church holds to was wrong. What if Jesus does not return until after the seven year tribulation. What will the church do if it is here, when it all comes down? What if we have to trust God in the midst of the flood like Noah who was safe UNDER the same rain that killed everyone else. What if we had to trust God in the midst of the fire, like the 3 Hebrew children who walked in the fire but the ones throwing them in were killedby the same fire. Obedience made the difference. Well it is only a 1% chance right? If that were to happen the church over night would look just like the one in the book of Acts. That might not be so bad. They over came by the blood of the lamb the word of their testimony and they loved not their lives even unto death.  

 

Oh by the way I was in Jerusalem on 06/06/2006 and satan worshipers had gathered there to ask satan to release the antichrist. BIG news, that can not happen untill God says it is time, but eventually it will. Let us be ready for Jesus either before or after the trouble thats coming, just be ready.

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Revival in the shadowland

 

At 46 years old I just had my vision tested at 20/20 using a wall chart but reading that something up close is a whole different matter. I preach a lot in Africa with very little light and I just can’t see the words. I asked the Lord to heal me but until that happens I purchased a extra large print Bible that has become my close friend. It happens to be The Holman Christian Standard Bible. I am using that version below to help drive home the point. Sometimes though under normal circumstances we may have spiritual 20/20 vision  adding darkness to the mix we need help with magnification. In the case at hand illumination from the Lord.

 

Revival Fire has broken out all over the world and historically that means wild fire is blazing as well.

I want to address something we may not be thinking about, let me put it in the form of a few questions.

 In revival does the devil stop attacking?

In revival does the devil stop killing?

In revival does the devil stop stealing?

In revival does the devil stop destroying?

 

I believe He is restrained but not stopped.

 

If that is not understood:

 

We may loose our discernment or think it is not necessary.

Put blame at the wrong place when tragedy strikes.

Find ourselves drawing back from the Lord Himself questioning His goodness or sincerity. 

 

 

After Zachariah got His tongue back the Holy Spirit prophesied through Him about the call of His Son John the for-runner. His Ministry would be forever linked with the Lord breaking in like light into darkness but even more than that. The Lord began breaking in upon the very shadow of death.

 

Luke 1:76-80 76 And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways, 77 to give His people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of our God’s merciful compassion by which the Dawn from on high will visit us, 79 to shine on those who live in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 80 The child grew up and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

 

 

And John did prepare the way, and the Lord did come and break in with His own Son “the Light of the world” and the darkness hated the light.

 

 

Matthew 4:12-17 12 But after He heard that John had been arrested, He withdrew into Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth behind and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. 14 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: 15 O land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, along the sea road, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles! 16 The people who live in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the shadowland of death, light has dawned. 17 From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!”

 

At the point John was walking through the shadowland of death about to be beheaded Jesus the Light of the world increased His light by shifting His message to Repentance More light was the antidote for more darkness.

 

Question , Are we following the example?

 At the point of encountering the shadow of death we must cry out for the power of Christ to break in NOT SHRINK BACK.

 Acts 2:14-20 14 But Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them: “Jewish men and all you residents of Jerusalem, let this be known to you and pay attention to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it’s only nine in the morning. 16 On the contrary, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 17 And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. 18 I will even pour out My Spirit on My male and female slaves in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will display wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below: blood and fire and a cloud of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and remarkable day of the Lord comes;

 

We love to quote Joel’s prophecy like Peter did, we love it when we have dreams and visions we love it when we get to be used in the gift of prophecy. BUT, when the sun is turned to darkness or the moon to blood?

 Let us not be offended but respond with,

 

COME LORD JESUS.

 

Why this blog now? Because many I love have been faced with death of friends and family this week. These are not cold Christians but red hot fiery in Love with Jesus Christians. As I am faced with my own questions related to grief and pain this blog is my response from my heart. Revival defined as Jesus breaking into our here and now is worth it and nothing the devil can throw our way will hinder it. Just because the devil is still active is no reason to pull back, Let us move forward in Love Together. 

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At the end of my commentary on this morning shaking’s you will find a copy of a news story by Matt Sepic. While reading his story He mentioned Mount Carmel ILL. as being near the quakes epicenter. He also mentioned Kingshighway bridge being temporarily closed due to the quake.

Mount Carmel and KINGSHIGHWAY “Kings High way” are both found in the Bible. Mount Carmel is found in 1 kings 18 and is known as the place where Elijah took on the 450 prophets of Baal and God showed up in power. Kings High Way is found in the Book of Numbers. 

Numbers 20:17 Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king’s high way, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders.

Numbers 21:22 Let me pass through thy land: we will not turn into the fields, or into the vineyards; we will not drink of the waters of the well: but we will go along by the king’s high way, until we be past thy borders.

The King’s Highway was an ancient trade route that began in Egypt, and stretched across the Sinai Peninsula to Aqaba and then northward to Damascus and the Euphrates River. One of the earliest references to the King’s Highway is where the Israelites requested a safe passage through Edom.

Both Mount Carmel and the King’s highway speak of not turning. One from the path set before them and the other to other god’s.

Call me crazy call me radical, this is just how my mind works. I tend to think black and white, right and wrong and sometimes I get carried away and see signs where there not. If that is what I am doing I am sorry. I know God is good and He does not DO evil. He does however use natural things to get our attention. Jesus used natural things to explain spiritual truths all the time and we call them parables. Endulge me if you can as I ramble on.

Back to Mount Carmel

  elijah on mount carmel

1 kings 18:21  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

The contest between Baal and the Lord God began and ended with fire.

1 kings 18:36-40 36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God. 40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

As soon as Elijaha heard that jezebel was looking to kill him for killing Her prophets He ran and hid and wanted to die BUT the Lord showed up in chapter 19 and had a few things to say. He got the attention of Elijah and part of the process included an earthquake.

 

 

1 Kings 19:11-13 11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?         

 

 

 

 

 Mount Carmel seems to be known as the place where God personally partnered with man to remove compromise and idolatry. We are in such a place in America. I know that earthquakes are seen in the bible as a general sign of the end of the age.

 

 

 

Mark 13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

This quake may be a little more. I was wondering what happened in America’s history on the 18th so I dug a little and found 5 things [good and bad]that caught my eye.

 

 

 

  1.      April 18, 1880 Deadliest tornado outbreak to strike Missouri:
    8 tornadoes killed 152 people in portions of southwestern and central Missouri Deadliest single tornado to strike southwestern Missouri:
    Marshfield, Mo. (Webster county)
     F-4 tornado
    99 dead; 200 injured
    (92 people were killed in Marshfield, 7 died in Springfield by the same tornado)

  2. April 18, 1906 The birth of the modern Pentecostal movement is generally traced to an April 18, 1906, story in the Los Angeles Daily News whose front-page headline spoke of a “Weird Babel of Tongues” from a “New Sect of Fanatics” at a former livery stable at 312 Azusa St. in downtown Los Angeles. In fact, the Azusa Street revival had been building for some weeks before it broke into the public consciousness and spread across the nation’s religious landscape. Experts also place it in the context of the periodic revivals, or Great Awakenings, that historians have identified throughout in American history. In that sense, Pentecostalism grew out of the nationwide spiritual ferment at the end of the 19th century. The Azusa Street revival lasted for three years, until 1909 

                                                    The April 18, 1906, issue of the Los Angeles Times carried the above story on the Azusa Street revival.  

3.      April 18, 1906 San Francisco was wrecked by a Great Earthquake at 5:13 a.m., and then destroyed by the seventh Great Fire that burned for four days. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of trapped persons died when South-of-Market tenements collapsed as the ground liquefied beneath them. Most of those buildings immediately caught fire, and trapped victims could not be rescued. Reevaluation of the 1906 data, during the 1980s, placed the total earthquake death toll at more than 3,000 from all causes. Damage was estimated at $500,000,000 in 1906 dollars.

4. April 18 1988 U.S. launches Operation Praying Mantis against Iranian naval forces in retaliation for the April 14 mining of the USS Samuel B. Roberts in the Persian Gulf during Operation Earnest Will. The one-day action is the world’s largest naval battle since World War II.

5. April 18 2007 The Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in 2003, was upheld by the Supreme Court on April 18, 2007 by a 5-4 vote in the consolidated cases of Gonzales v. Carhart and Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood. The court indicated that its ruling about specific abortion procedures, known as D&E, did not overturn previous rulings, including Roe v. Wade.

Well some interesting things happened on April 18 th. So what was scheduled to happen today April 18 th 2008? Well the one the whole world watches is this.

April 18 (Bloomberg) — Pope Benedict XVI, who angered Jewish groups this year when he revised a Good Friday prayer to include a call for Jews to recognize Jesus, will make the first trip by a pontiff to a U.S. synagogue today in New York. Benedict, who addressed the United Nations this morning, is scheduled to make a 20-minute visit to the Park East Synagogueon Manhattan’s Upper East Side at 5 p.m. The synagogue is led by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, a native of Austria who lived under Nazi occupation in Budapest during World War II. The visit comes the day before the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Passover tomorrow, how could that be Easter was a month ago and that is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus which happened just a few days AFTER passover. So what happened well its called compromise with paganism. Well there are many things in the church that were picked up in the dark ages. Many have been tossed aside during the reformation but many have not.

Jesus is our passover lamb we have forgotten that. God deals with nations we have forgotten that. One day soon we will cry out as a Nation to God not knowing why He has left us. Then we will remember It is not God who left, but U.S. As the shaking continues let us humble ourselves and pray and turn from our wicked ways, AND THEN…….

The blood of 50 million babies crying out from the ground, God is longsuffering, but I think He is soon to speak and it will be louder than 5.2. There is nothing louder than silence. Choose the still small voice!!!

 

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Moderate quake centered in southeastern Illinois shakes Midwest

http://publicbroadcasting.net/kwmu/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1262586§ionID=1

ST. LOUIS (2008-04-18) Midwesterners were awakened early Friday morning by a moderate earthquake centered in southeastern Illinois.

There were no injuries, and only minor damage was reported. It happened at 4:37 a.m. The tremor measured 5.2 on the Richter Scale.

The U.S. Geological Survey said two small aftershocks during the next three hours measured 2.6 and 2.5. An aftershock at 10:14 a.m. measured 4.2.

The quake’s epicenter was near Mount Carmel, Ill., not far from Evansville, Indiana.

Mount Carmel resident Mary Lou Kieffer said the quake was short, but it was enough to wake her up.

“Everything was shaking,” Kieffer said. “We were in bed, and the whole bed was shaking. We got up and started looking around to see what was falling on the floor.”

Seismic activity is not unheard of in the Midwest.

The New Madrid fault along the Mississippi River has produced several notable earthquakes over the past two centuries.

However this tremor happened in the Illinois Basin-Ozark Dome region, another seismic zone to the north.

In St. Louis, crews closed the Kingshighwaybridge near Vandeventer Ave. because some concrete had fallen from it.

However after an inspection, the center lanes were reopened. St. Louis Street Department engineers say the outer lanes will remain closed while other parts of the bridge are inspected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                        

 

 

 

 

                                                     

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          



 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m stepping on my soap box. I miss Leonard Ravenhill He could speak / write and true conviction would fall on me. I would deal with another layer of the onion called pride and unbelief I keep in close proximity. I remember when Mike Bickle invited him to speak here in Kansas city around 1990. His book Why Revival Tarries is a classic beyond the grip of time, my father had introduced me to that book earlier. He was gone and a generation needed him.

Mike Bickle brought another man to Kansas city called Art Katz. Art would rock every ones world, they would scramble to see if what he was saying was really scriptural. We actually became like the bereans while He was in town. I would go to the International House of Prayer coffee shop just to listen to the 20 year olds debate Art’s words. He challenged me every time I heard him, its the closest thing to Ravenhill I know of, now He is gone. I miss him and I wait for another like Ravenhill or Katz to take their spot. One with both a history and a current walk with the Lord who refuses to compromise to the latest book written or latest word on Elijah List. They put it out there and they did not shrink back and they DID NOT GO WITH THE FLOW. Many of the prophetic voices in America started out that way but now you here one, you’ve heard them all. Hey YOU GUYS ITS NOT TO LATE TURN BACK AND JUST MAYBE THE CHURCH WILL FOLLOW.

Update : several months ago I had the extreme pleasure of visiting Ben Israel the home of Art Katz. I had gone on a small mission outreach led my friend Joel Snyder of KC. We stayed with Art and Mary Beebe. We were doing some outreaches at White Earth Rez. We were the ones ministered to. Wow hospitality and stories about their years with Art Katz.

Then listening to Inger tell stories about the west bank and Art stories only She would know. I was so humbled so blessed I just shook my head. And maybe above all was Mama Rose. To hear Her story was one thing but have Her pray for us, No wonder Art Katz had brought Her there. Ben Israel has a history as does Art and everyone has their view of it BUT for me Thank God for Art , His Wife His Kids His vision.

You want to be stired and challenged here is where you can check out two web pages with Art’s work. http://www.benisrael.org/                               http://artkatzministries.org/ 

My wife and I and our friends Dale and Jeanie Ritter have now been back up to Ben Israel several times. We love it, its like stepping back in time walking in rich spiritual history. It is good to remember what God has done through people despite their imperfections. It should give us hope that we too are building a history, and may those who come after, find us to have been faithful. We love all you guys who shared the journey with Art and Inger despite it all. The Beebes and the Brocks and friends carry the torch. Let another generation arise with like passion.

Katz

http://www.benisrael.org/

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