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Dazed and Confused

The Church of Jesus Christ is dazed and confused.  Not knowing what to do since the election was stolen from President Trump in November 2020 and January 2021.  Some of the Church is likely waiting for a pre-Antichrist-appearing rapture, but it won’t happen.

So, what should the Church of Jesus Christ be doing?  They should vigorously recognize the times they are in and then pray accordingly for the Leaders that the Lord wants to send them. This is what the believers in God did before the crisis presented by the Flood; and when the Israelites were in terrible slavery in Egypt; and when the Israelites were awaiting the appearance of their Messiah.  Let us see what scripture says (all my dating is from The Annals of the World, Irish Archbishop James Ussher, 1658 (re-translated and published, 2003, Larry and Marion Pierce):

Before the Flood, 2348 B.C.

In times of great, significant changes for God’s people (people who believe in the Creator God, the God of the Universe, God sent an anointed leader to the people he wanted to save.  In the early years of human history, 4004 B.C. to 2348 B.C., before the worldwide flood sent to destroy the world, humanity had been corrupted by cohabiting with fallen angels and so producing offspring that were initially half-human; half-whatever essence an angel is made of, in each successive generation, still retaining some of the angelic genetic material – beings that could not be saved from their sins because they were not fully human. The human race was being so thoroughly corrupted that, as God Himself said to Noah: “..for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.”  Genesis 7:1.  But where had Noah come from?  The righteous people living before the flood had pined away waiting for the One promised by God to Adam and Eve in the Garden, when God said to Satan, in his form as a serpent “…He shall bruise you on the head and you shall bruise Him on the heel”.  Genesis 3:15.  The righteous had been waiting and waiting now, unto 1,056 years, and no Deliverer from the evil around them had appeared.  Then, when Lamech, born in the 8th generation from Creation, was 182, he had a son and, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit he “…called his name Noah, saying ‘This one shall give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed.'”  Genesis 5:29.  Noah means “rest” in Hebrew.  But life went on for another 500 years, when Lamech was 682 and Noah 500, before the Lord began to define the purpose for which Noah had been created.

Noah’s Role

Noah was 500 when he had 3 sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, perhaps triplets.  About that time (the Bible does not say when), “Then God said to Noah, ‘The end of all flesh has come before me, for the earth is filled with violence because of them [offspring of angels] and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.  Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood…”  Genesis 6:13-14.  Why did God choose Noah? “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord…Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.”  Genesis 6:8-9.  It can be assumed that Noah began to build, or accumulated building material, for 14 or so years, while his 3 sons were growing up. Then, from that point and the next 86 years, Noah and his sons, perhaps with hired workmen, built the ark.  The only persons saved from the worldwide Flood were Noah and his wife, and his 3 sons and their 3 wives.  What of Noah’s father Lamech – did he die in the Flood?  No, he died 595 years after he had Noah, and the Flood did not come until the 600th year. Genesis 5:30.  Also, Noah’s grandfather, Lamech’s father, Methuselah, who name means “When he dies, judgement”, lived 5 more years than his son Lamech, and died in the year of the Flood, but probably (it is not known), before the Flood. Genesis 5:27.  These 8 people (and the human race, from 2348 B.C.) would not have been saved, unless Noah had been a man who obeyed God.  He was an answer to Lamech’s prayers and, one can assume during the 100 years it took him to plan and build the ark, the righteous persons of the earth were interceding for him.

Babel, 2242 B.C.

The next crisis point for humanity was after the Flood and the new descendants of Noah’s 3 sons had begun to multiply and they built the tower of Babel, rather than disperse, as Noah, and his sons, had been instructed: “And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…and …populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.”  Genesis 9:1,7.  So, because all the people had not obeyed Noah, or Shem, or Ham, or Japheth, God said, “Come, let Us [the Trinity] go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.  So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city.”  Genesis 11:7-8.  So after the 70 different descendants of Shem, Ham and Japheth went out from Babel with their 70 different languages, God appointed 70 good angels to help the 70 Tribes cope with their new surroundings, all lacking some basic skills.  (These 70 are, admittedly, a time-mixture, as they include 14 named sons and grandsons of Japheth; but 4 sons, 24 grandsons and 2 great grandsons of Ham; and 5 sons, 5 grandsons, 1 great grandson, 2 great-great grandsons and 13 great-great-great grandsons of Shem).

Abraham’s Role

But God chose Abraham for himself to be the one through whom He would keep alive the truth faith in the Creator God. This is borne out from Deuteronomy 32:8-9 which states, “When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of man [at Babel], He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God.  For the Lord’s portion is His people, Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance”.  The NASB says “Israel” instead of “God”, but Micheal S. Heiser, in The Unseen Realm, believes it is mistranslated (see page 113).  There are 70 different descendants of Noah mentioned in Genesis 10, and that Chapter concludes by saying in verse 32, “These are the families of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, by their nations; and out of these the nations were separated on the earth after the flood.”  So, the 70 nations, according to the The Unseen Realm, page 114, footnote 7, were each to be guided by an angel assigned by God, but God himself would lead the nation begun by Abraham.  See also Numbers 23:9, “…behold, a people who dwells apart, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.” Psalm 82 is the support for the angels assigned to rule the 70 nations: “God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers [footnoted, “gods”]. How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked?  Vindicate the weak and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and destitute’.  Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them out of the hand of the wicked…I said ‘You are gods and all of you are sons of the Most High. nevertheless, you will die like men, and fall like any one of the princes.'”  So, God needed to start His order over with a new man and he found Abraham and began anew the line of believers in God.  Why did God choose Abraham? God says, “For I have chosen him in order that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice…”  Genesis 18:19.  God knew Abraham was a man who would insist his descendants follow God’s ways, unlike either Shem, Ham or Japheth.

The Exodus, 1491 B.C.

Next up is when the Israelites, under Jacob, had gone down to Egypt to survive the famine, under the leadership of Jacob’s son Joseph, at that time second in charge of all Egypt and chief in charge of the food distribution during the 7 famine years.  Jacob went down to Egypt with his 65 descendants plus himself; Joseph, his wife and two sons, already in Egypt, made 70 in all.  Genesis 46:26-27.  Abraham left his home for Canaan in 1921 B.C.  215 years later, Jacob entered Egypt.  The Israelites had lived in Egypt a long time after the famine ended, since they had been invited, and had the protection of Joseph and the Pharaoh, while Joseph was still living, after they first settled in. Then, the Egyptians forgot why they had come to their land and had also forgotten about the famine that had devastated Egypt itself.  “So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them in hard labor.”  Exodus 1:11.

Moses’ Role

Finally, after 215 years of living in Egypt, Israel had had enough and remembered they were supposed to be being led by God, “…the sons of Israel sighed because of the heavy bondage, and they cried out; and their cry for help because of their bondage rose up to God. So God heard their groaning and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”  So God sent Moses, who had already been prepared for 40 years as an adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter Hatshepsut, and then 40 years living in Midian after he had killed an Egyptian and was wanted for murder.  God called Moses to save Israel and you know the story about the Red Sea.  Israel left Egypt exactly 430 years after Abraham had first set foot in Canaan.  Exodus 12:41.

Waiting for the Messiah, 416 B.C. to 29 A.D.

Israel entered the promised land in 1451 B.C.  By 586 B.C. their Temple, built by Solomon, had been destroyed, they had lived as exiles in Babylon, they had come back to the land under Cyrus the Persian, but although they had their own local Governor, they were ruled successively by the Persians, then Greeks, and then the Romans.   All this time, although their 2nd Temple had been built in 516 B.C. and beautified by Herod the Great from 17 B.C. to 29 A.D., most of the people of Israel pined for the glory days of Kings David, and his son Solomon, who had ruled in justice for 80 years.  Malachi was the last prophet, after the exile, and he famously stated, “Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me.  And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming, says the Lord of hosts.”  Malachi 3:1.   Malachi’s word was given around 416 B.C.

John the Baptist’s Role

Relying on Malachi, others in Israel, the praying ones, were seeking the Messiah promised by God to Adam and Eve way back in the Garden,  The Israelites could all have gauged the time of Jesus’ arrival, based on the information given to Daniel and written down by him in Daniel 9:25.  The praying, expectant Israelites included Simeon, who “…was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel [the Messiah];…And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.  And he came in the Spirit into the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus…” to dedicate Him to God as required by the Law, 33 days after his birth, Simeon prophesied over Mary and Jesus.  Luke 2:25-35.  And at exactly the same time Anna, an 84 year old woman, who was a prophetess, “…at that very moment came up and began giving thanks to God and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.”  Luke 2:38.  But the man who really prepared the way for Jesus was, of course, John the Baptist, predicted, as just shown, in Malachi 3:1, but also in Malachi 4:5-6, “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.  And he will restore the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse.” (As God had done once, when Adam sinned by listening to Eve, when she ate of the fruit and gave some to him).  Genesis 3:17). John correctly said (in John 1:23) he was the “messenger” of Malachi 3:1 and Isaiah 40:3; he denied being Elijah (John 1:21); but Jesus said he was (Matthew 17:12); and then Jesus said, nevertheless, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things…”  Matthew 17:11; so there is another Elijah coming, in our day, to again prepare the way of Jesus’ return to both Gentiles and Jews as Messiah.

To Recap

So lets’ recap, before we conclude with what we all must be doing now:  Before the world changing flood, God sent Noah; after the world changing confusion of one language into 70, God sent Abraham, to start over again.   In order to get Israel into bondage, God sent Joseph, and to get them out he sent Moses, and they changed the world from that time on with the Ten Commandments delivered to Moses and all the Israelites by God at Mt. Sinai.  After Israel had failed to make the First Temple a “house of prayer for all the nations”, Isaiah 56:6-7, Jeremiah 7:11 and Matthew 21:13, and so lost the governance of their own nation and were put back under the rule of the Gentile nations, the Israelites properly started looking for their (and the world’s) Messiah.  God obliged them, by raising up John the Baptist to baptize and proclaim Jesus as God’s Son and the Messiah.  John stated, “And I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.  And I have seen, and have borne witness, that this is the Son of God.” John 1:33-34.

We are on a Precipice

We are on the precipice of world changing events.  Many Christians continue to ignore what the Spirit of God is telling them and say, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep [in the Flood] all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:4.  They listen to their pastors and do not search the scriptures themselves.  If their pastor says “We are in the last days”, they may not believe him, but at least they have been warned.  Worse are the dominionist pastors, or those without supernatural spirituality and can not grasp that the things in the books of Daniel and Revelation, and verses in all the Prophetic books are, in fact, going to happen.  The way to view this is to remember our acceptance of Jesus.  Before we asked Him into our hearts, we lived in the ordinary “world”.  As soon as we accepted Him, the lights came on inside of us and we see all of life from a different perspective.  The same with entering into the last days – once you accept that we are, you can watch God unfold things in fulfilling every jot an tittle of His revealed Word.

Emmaus Example

The applicable scripture is what Jesus said to the disciples on the road to Emmaus the evening of the day when Jesus had risen.  Jesus began to walk with them but God covered their eyes so they could not tell it was Jesus.  These disciples are always held up as heroes because of their statement “Were not our hearts not burning…?”, Luke 24:32.  They were not heroes.  They had said to Jesus, sarcastically, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” Luke 24:18.  After they told Jesus what had happened, what was Jesus’ “compassionate” response?  He does not even acknowledge that He knew them, although likely He did.   Instead, He castigates them by saying, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!”  So, He called them fools and hardhearted.  That is how the Church is today.   Still involved in foolishness and certainly hardhearted when it comes to the Prophetic books.  Do you know there are entire Christian denominations who no longer believe they need to read the Old Testament (OT), as it was totally supplanted by the New Testament (I got a flyer in the mail from such a local church three days ago)?  If you want to know what is going to happen and what you must do to prepare your hearts (that is the main thing to prepare), you must study the OT Prophetic books.  If you think you can figure things out just by reading the book Revelation, you are mistaken.

The Day of the Lord

In the “last days”, or “those days”, or “that day”, as the OT Prophets call it, to signify a future event, they are all referring to the time when it becomes the “Day of the Lord”.  The best definition of that “Day” is in Isaiah 13:6 -13, “Wail, for the day of the Lord is near! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. Therefore all hands will fall limp, and every man’s heart will melt.  And they will be terrified.  Pains and anguish will take hold of them; they will writhe like a woman in labor, they will look at one another with astonishment, their faces aflame.  Behold the day of the Lord is coming, cruel, with fury and burning anger, to make the land a desolation; and He will exterminate its sinners from it…Thus, I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud, and abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.  I will make mortal man scarcer than fine gold…Therefore I shall make the heavens tremble, and the earth shall be shaken from its place at the fury of the Lord of Hosts in the day of His burning anger.”  While that is happening, the Antichrist, whose “system” is being established already around us by the censorship of Facebook, Twitter and by banks cutting businesses off from using their services, will be revealed.  He will rule for only 3 1/2 years, Daniel 7:25, Daniel 12:7, and Revelation 13:5.  The false Prophet who is already known (the Pope), will also rule for only 3 1/2 years, Revelation 13:12.  Satan will be confined to earth with all of the angels who rebelled 6,000 years ago, for the same 3 1/2 year period, Revelation 12:6-9, 12-14.

The Olivetrees

It seems like the last 3 1/2 years before the Lord returns will not be a good time for God and His people.  But the evil will be mitigated because God has three persons already lined up to oppose the evil troika.  Two of them are the two men who are called the “olivetrees” and “lampstands”.  “And I said, ‘I see a lampstand…also two olivetrees by it…Then he said, ‘These are the two anointed ones, who are standing by the Lord of the whole earth'”.  Zechariah 4:2-3, 11-14.  They were first mentioned by God to David in Psalm 52:8, “But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God…”,  then to Zechariah in 520 B.C. shortly after the Antichrist was revealed to Daniel in Babylon sometime between 586 to 533 B.C.  Their skills are brought into focus in Revelation 11:3-7: “And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1260 days [3 1/2 years], clothed in sackcloth.  These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.  And if anyone desires to harm them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies; and if anyone would desire to harm them, in this manner he must be killed.  These have the power to shut up the sky, in order that rain may not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, to to smite the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.  And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them.”  These are real men, alive today, waiting to be revealed when the Antichrist is, probably practicing their powers now.

Elijah

Also, we have Elijah, as mentioned above in Malachi 4:5-6. The first Elijah, John the Baptist, prepared the way for Jesus and he knew he was the prophesied messenger of God, as had also been revealed to his father, Zecharias, by the angel Gabriel in Luke 1:15-17; but John knew he really did not fit the description of Elijah in Malachi 4:5, because Jesus’ coming was not “…the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord”.  That day is still to come, and, as Jesus said in Matthew 17:12, there is another Elijah coming in our day, but before the great and terrible day of the Lord.  Since the olivetrees don’t take their roles until the Antichrist takes his, I personally do not believe that Elijah, who is also man alive today, is one of the two olivetrees, but no one knows.  Elijah is scheduled to appear before the great and terrible day of the Lord, so his appearance will precede Russia’s Ezekiel 38 attack upon Israel and nuclear war upon the U.S.  What powers does Elijah have? – I don’t know.  Some believe his role is to reconcile the Jews (the fathers) with the Christians (the children), as opposed to another homeschool revolution.

Conclusion – Pray for these Men to appear!

Here is the point of all this: We are almost at the day of the Lord, which will begin with Russia’s attack on Israel, with help from Iran and Turkey.  Russia and all the Muslim nations that participate will be completely destroyed and Israel will take over the middle east and will begin to rebuild its 3rd and final Temple, the one that Jesus is coming to enter.  The Church must stop what it is doing and corporately cry out, not for “revival”, but for God to send Elijah, and the two olivetrees.  Thanks for your time.

 

All the Prophets Must Get Stoned

“What Happened?”

With apologies to Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”.  Since I made predictions about President Trump that have not come to pass, I need to address that.  I have not delayed due to fear, but rather, working 51 of the last 54 days (I have a full time secular job).  I will address my blog entries of 10/22/20, 10/26/20, 11/30/20 and 1/3/21, but first, some background: I had no idea that Donald Trump would run for, or become, President back in 2015 when he announced.  I never followed him; I only knew of one comment he had made about his second wife.  So, I was not in the camp of those prophets who predicted Donald Trump would win the first time, nor those who said he would definitely serve another four year term.  I was fascinated that the “Fireman Prophet” and Dilbert’s creator, Scott Adams, had both predicted his first victory.  I did find out, after the 2nd Election, that many, many, prophets had said that President Trump would win “in a landslide”, including Pat Robertson and the Fireman Prophet.

So, what did happen?  In fact, President Trump did win in a landslide.  There are documented facts, enough.  Mike Lindell has documented, in a two hour video featuring dozens of computer forensic experts and witnesses, the “scientific” election data “proof” that millions of votes were changed in the voting machines, remotely, through the internet connections they had (which they were not supposed to have).  The IP addresses show locations in 65 different countries accessing U.S. election sites in at least 7 states on November 3-4, 2020.  When Sydney Powell filed her Supreme Court briefs she had 2,760 exhibits of fraud attached to just one of the two complaints.  The fact that the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as every other Court, has turned a blind eye and would not even let the filed facts be looked into, was because the Judges, like all the election officials in the 6 contested states; as well as all the Democrat political operatives; and media owners; as well as the U.S. CIA, FBI, NSA and the State Department; did not want President Trump to win; thus, he was not allowed to win, and no one will be able to ever argue, successfully, that he did, at least for another two years; likely, never.  So, I am not a “conspiracy theorist”; there is no “theory” here – it is documented fact there was a conspiracy of the highest magnitude in the history of the world, as 75 million voters, living under a republican form of Government, not a communist dictatorship, were disenfranchised, for the sake of the global elite, who are setting up a world government.  So, when I “predicted”, not “prophesied” in my 10/22 blog that President Trump would win in landslide, I was correct, and so was everyone else who said that same thing, as, in fact President Trump was elected in a landslide.

My Predictions

When I stated, on 10/26, that I thought President Trump would prevail, in order to carry on the tradition of God’s government on the earth, because, if not, the foundations would be destroyed, and “what would the righteous do?”, my belief was wrong, and the foundations are being destroyed, and will be destroyed daily, and I’m not sure what the righteous are going to do.

When I stated, on 11/30, that I thought President Trump would be be vindicated by the Supreme Court by Christmas, I was wrong, but we did learn that, on December 23, President Trump was told of the proof of election fraud by Sydney Powell, Mike Flynn and Patrick Byrne in the White House, and they told him there was an Executive Action the President could have taken to require a new election in the 6 contested states; and that, on Christmas Eve, he was told by Maria Zack of Nations in Action, personally, that there had been an affidavit filed in an Italian court, by an Italian lawyer, that an employee of an Italian defense company had used a company computer to upload data to hack the computers in some contested states on the night of November 3rd, on the direct orders and pay from the CIA and the American Embassy in Rome.  Maria Zack spent a half million of her own savings to prove it.   These two instances occurred before Christmas and the President could have acted if he had wanted to, but he chose not to act upon the information presented to him.

Finally, when I stated, on 1/3/21, that I thought the President needed to be in the White House so the U.S. could be a place of refuge for Jewish people in the days of the rule of the antichrist, I believe that still will be the role of the U.S., irrespective of whether Donald Trump is President or not.

A Prophet’s True Role

So, do all the Prophets need to be stoned, since their predictions about President Trump did not come to pass?  The role of a prophet is misconstrued.  Both in the Old Testament (OT) and the New Testament (NT) a prophet is “…one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation…one who prophesies edifies the church.”  1 Corinthians 14:3-4.  Practically, what this means is that the prophet is supposed to hear what the Holy Spirit, out of all the thousands of words and examples in the Scriptures, is emphasizing for that moment of time, in order to bring edification, exhortation or consolation.   This is summed up by Proverbs 15:23, “A man has joy in an apt answer, and how delightful is a timely word!” and Proverbs 25:11, “Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.”  The one actual NT example of this is in Acts 13:1, “Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas…”, and Acts 11:22-24, “…the church at Jerusalem…sent Barnabas off to Antioch.  Then when he had come and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.”   Barnabas, whose name means “Son of Encouragement” (“Bar” means “son of” in Hebrew) was, according to Acts 13:1, recognized as a prophet. What did he do with his gift and calling?  Did he predict the future?  No, he encouraged the believers to stand fast in their faith, he likely spoke strongly to them; as well as pat them on the back.

The first mention of a prophet in the NT is Stephen who was also a “a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit”, Acts 6:5, who was stoned by the Jews for asking them, “Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute?  And they killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; you who received the law as ordained by angels, and did not keep it.”  Acts 7:52-53.  Then, in Acts 21:9, it is said that “Philip, the evangelist…  had four virgin daughters who were prophetesses; and finally “…a certain prophet named Agabus, came down from Judea.  And coming to us, he took Paul’s own belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, ‘This is what the Holy Spirit says: “In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.”‘”  This last instance, which came to pass, is a prophet predicting the future as inspired by the Holy Spirit.  Paul could easily have avoided this result by avoiding Jerusalem, but he decided to go anyway.

Old Testament Prophets, as Well

Surprisingly, the role of most prophets in the OT was also, as we saw above, one who prophesies, speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation.  This is seen in many OT Scriptures, but a few will suffice: In 2 Chronicles 20:2-3, “Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat [the King of Judah], saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea out of Aram…And Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord; and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.  2 Chronicles 20:13-15, 17, “And all Judah was standing before the Lord, with their infants, their wives, and their children.  Then in the midst of the assembly, the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel…of the sons of Asaph; and he said, ‘Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the Lord to you, “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s…You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.  Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.'””  The next day, “…Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the Lord your God, and you will be established.  Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.'”  2 Chronicles 20:20.  The battle was won by Judah that day.  Jahaziel was never mentioned in Scripture again; God used him that one time in a big way to encourage and exhort the believers.

Another series of outstanding examples of this kind of prophecy is in the books of Haggai and Zechariah.  These two prophets, along with Malachi, were the last three prophets in the OT, and they arose after the return of the exiles from Babylon in 535 B.C. to rebuild the Temple upon the orders of Cyrus (see my Blog entry from 10/22/20).  When they got to Jerusalem, they encountered opposition and their own laziness and inertia.  As a consequence, after they had laid the cornerstone, they stopped building and concentrated on their own lives.  God sent them Haggai, very specifically on September 1st, in the year 520 B.C., “Thus says the Lord of Hosts, ‘Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the Temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,’ says the Lord.”  Haggai 1:7-8.   “Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the Lord their God had sent him.   And the people showed reverence for the Lord.  Then Haggai, the messenger of the Lord, spoke by the commission of the Lord to the people saying, ‘I am with you’, declares the Lord.   So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel…and the spirit of Joshua…and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord of Hosts, their God.”  Haggai 1:12-14.  Then, on October 21, 520 B.C. “…the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet saying…’But now take courage, Zerubbabel’, declares the Lord, ‘take courage also, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and all you people of the land take courage,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work, for I am with you,’ says the Lord of Hosts.  ‘As for the promise which I made you when you came out of Egypt, My Spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear!'” Haggai 2:1, 4-5.

And finally, on December 24, 520 B.C., “Then the word of the Lord came…to Haggai…saying, Speak to Zerubbabel…saying, ‘I am going to shake the heavens and the earth’…’On that day,’ declares the Lord of Hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, My servant,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you,’ declares the Lord of hosts.”  Haggai 1:20, 23.  Then, Zechariah prophesied on February 24, 519 B.C., “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.  And the Lord said to Satan, ‘The Lord rebuke you Satan! Indeed, the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you!  Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?’…And the angel of the Lord admonished Joshua saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of Hosts, If you will walk in My ways, and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you free access among these who are standing here.'”  Zechariah 3:1-2, 6-7.  In these four prophesies, taken from a 6 month period in 520 – 519 B.C., we see the gift of a prophet being exercised for the dual role of encouragement and admonishment, not prediction, per se.

How to Test for a Prophet

With the rest of the OT prophets, from Samuel, through Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, etc. there is a combination of encouragement and admonishment; and outright predictions of all kinds, many of then related to the coming of Jesus as Messiah the first time, but many related to his coming again the second time, as yet unfulfilled.  Prediction is difficult.  It is thought that the penalty for a false prophecy was stoning; hence the title of this blog entry.   However, our understanding of the concept of stoning prophets for predicting something that does not come to pass, is, in itself, false.  There are two teachings that the Lord outlined for prophecy in the OT.  In Deuteronomy 13:1-3, “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or wonder, and the sign or wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”…”But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the the Lord your God…to seduce you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk.  So you shall purge the evil from among you.”  Deuteronomy 13:5.  “So you shall stone him to death because he has sought to seduce you from the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”  Deuteronomy 13:10.  So, the stoning has nothing at all to do with predicting something that did not come to pass; it has to do with using a completed prediction to lead believers away from the path of life.

The second place in Deuteronomy is Chapter 18:18-19, where it first is actually talking about Jesus: “‘I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.  And it shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him.'”  Continuing on, in Deuteronomy 18:20-22: “‘But the prophet who shall speak a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he shall speak in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.  And you may say in your hearts, “How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?”  When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken.  The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.'”  So, the second condition, in Deuteronomy 18:20, is consistent with Deuteronomy 13:5 when a prophet who tries to lead believers to follow other gods, must be stoned.  However, the first condition, in Deuteronomy 18:20 says if the prophet speaks “presumptuously” in God’s name he must also be stoned.  However, the definition in Deuteronomy 18:22 of presumptuous, in hindsight, is anything that the prophet has predicted that did not come to pass; but goes on to say you do not need to be afraid of that prophet.  So, it is not clear, to me, whether an OT prophet who predicted something that did not come to pass, but was not enticing believers to follow other gods, could just be ignored, or should be stoned. 

New Testament Prophets

The OT was not abrogated by the NT except in the manner of how our sins are cleansed before God; in the OT, animal sacrifices; in the NT, Jesus’ blood shed once for all, and for all time.  Thus, the rules for prophets should still apply in the NT age.  The prophets who declared that President Trump would win re-election in a landslide, including myself, were not being presumptuous, as President Trump did win in a landslide, as discussed previously.  Query whether the prophets who said President Trump would serve another 4 years (myself not included) were being presumptuous, and must be stoned, or at the least ignored.   It depends: The gift of prophetic inspiration has existed in the modern age, at least since the Holy Spirit was poured out on Agnes Ozman in Topeka, Kansas on January 1, 1901 and she spoke in tongues.   I became a born again Christian in the fall of 1973.  My Aunt Mary was the 2nd person “baptized in the Spirit” in Mankato, Minnesota.   I was not baptized in the Spirit (a separate occurrence) until March of 1975, when my Uncle Ralph laid his hands on me and prayed for me.  When I heard my first prophecy in the Mankato prayer meeting in in 1975, the Holy Spirit impressed on me that someday I would have the gift and do the same.

I gave my first, of five, prophecies in one night; prophesying over 5 different men in a men’s group meeting in St. Paul, in the fall of 1978.  How did I get the gift?  In Ephesians 4:7-12, it says, “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  Therefore it says, ‘When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men.’  (Now this expression, ‘He ascended,’ what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?  He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)  And he gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ…”  1 Corinthians 12:4-11: “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.  And there are varieties of effects, but the same God, who works all things in all persons.  But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; and to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the same Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits…But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.”  And Hebrews 5:4, “And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.”  But, nevertheless, in the constant tension found all through scripture, 1 Corinthians 12:31 says, “But earnestly desire the greater gifts”, and 1 Corinthians 14:1 states, “Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” 

My Experience

That is what I did when I saw that scripture; I desired earnestly to prophesy.  But, I had to “step out” and give utterance with my voice to that which God put into my spirit.  If not, I would never have prophesied, nor would have anyone else, in either the OT or NT.   All work for God is done by faith, first.  Thus, God said to Ezekiel: “Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me.”  Ezekiel 3:17.  And Jeremiah 1:7, “But the Lord said to me ‘Do not say, “I am a youth,” because everywhere I send you, you shall go, and all that I command you, you shall speak.'”   So, I had been giving words of the Lord since that night in 1978, but I only spoke them out if I was in a church that was amenable to them, and that has not been the case since 1989; so, I generally give one prophecy a year on New Year’s Eve in my own house to my own family (down to me and my wife).  About 5 years ago, I started putting the gist of my word for the coming year in my annual Christmas letter.  So, I am versed in prophecy, from the 11 years of my life when I routinely expressed the gift in a number of churches in Minnesota, and one in Virginia.  My point is this: There are an estimated 571 million Pentecostal or Charismatic Christians in the world who speak in tongues and believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, including prophecy.  35,000 are being added to this number daily. These statistics are from the online “Atlas of Pentecostalism”.  So, this is not a passing fad, as the overall number represents 1/4 of all Christians and 1/13th of all persons on the planet.  Of course “all do not prophesy”, but some do.  So, those of us who do, know when we hear from the Holy Spirit, and when we don’t.

The following example is why Christians who are not prophets should not harshly judge, and shun, or refuse to listen to them, just because of those prophets who said President Trump would serve a second four year term.  In April of 1982, when I was carrying two bags of groceries up the back steps of my house in St. Paul, on a sunny Saturday morning, the Holy Spirit, clear as a bell (not audibly) spoke to my spirit and said, “Someday you will be living in Washington D.C.”   Once I heard it, it was like I had known it all my life, but before that moment, I had never even thought such a thought.  I didn’t know anyone in D.C., or who had ever lived on the East Coast.   I thought the vision would be fulfilled immediately.  After I had tried, in 1985, to get a job in D.C. with a Senator, and two companies (all three interviews on the same day) and received rejection letters (all on the same day months later) I had given up on the vision.  In 1986, after two firings in a span of 6 months, with our savings down to our last $8,000 and no reasonable prospects in the Twin Cities, while our family was driving to Fargo, my wife saw a car from Virginia (which is the only time it ever happened to me in Minnesota), and she said, “Why don’t you try to get a job in Virginia?”  I said, “I won’t try again if I see 100 cars from Virginia!”  But, having run out of options in Minnesota, I called a headhunter that I found in the Washington Post in the local library.   Within 6 weeks I was in my car and off to Virginia (our house in Minnesota did not sell for another 9 months). 

How to Approach the Future

So, I had heard from God clearly, after all; but, when it didn’t work out the way I thought it should (a “normal” job move), I thought I must have heard wrong; was embarrassed; was angry; it was my “flesh”; and then, it was God.  But, the proof is in the pudding: I have worked at 3 jobs in Virginia over the last 35 years; was out of work only 9 months in that time; am still working at a high level job; we homeschooled and raised 4 children, all college graduates; and our savings went from $1,000, after we got here and bought a used Caravan in 1987, to enough money to safely retire when the time comes.  So, God wanted me here – why – I don’t know, but He did, so we stayed.  Maybe we are here as salt and light to preserve Washington D. C. from destruction (think of the “ten righteous” that would have spared Sodom and Gomorrah), Genesis 18:32 (there are 8 of here now).

Donald Trump may still serve another 4 years as President.  Time will tell.  But the prophets who heard from God, and some did, not presumptuously, according to their own testimony, heard what they heard, had the courage to speak out, and they are not to be maligned by those who do not have the gift of hearing from God, since it is one of the highest “gifts given to men” after apostles; so, no, none of the prophets must be stoned.

Who is on the Lord’s Side?

Does the Lord have an Opinion about what is Happening in the World?

The Lord does have an opinion and He has stated it clearly to us in His Word.  God will eventually judge the world for its wickedness; but, do we know what will trigger the Lord’s final judgment?  What sins will He judge?  When will He judge?  Why is He waiting to judge, and what should we be doing in the meantime while we are waiting for Him to take matters into His hands?

The New Testament Key

We like to view the “the God of the Old Testament” (OT) as mean and judgmental, but the God of the New Testament (NT) as merciful and long-suffering – which He is.  But God has never changed His nature; Jesus Himself said “He who has seen Me has  seen the Father…”  John 14:9.  God is eternal and a unity.  His Spirit has been filling the universe since before the day of Adam’s creation in the Garden.  God used to walk with Adam and Eve in the Garden.  Genesis 3:8.  His Son, who is co-equal with the Father in Power, but not in Position, made his appearance as a human in 4 B.C., or so, but He had appeared in theophanies many times in the OT, but the persons He appeared to did not know that He was God’s Son, but thought He was just an angel.  The Father, of course, is never changing and He is the same God now as He was at creation.

Paul’s Words

So, turning to the NT, what will be the deciding point, in our days, which will finally cause the balances to be tipped to irretrievable judgment, leading to Jesus’ return?  The verse is in Colossians 3:5-6, “Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and greed, which amounts to idolatry.  For it is on account of these things that the wrath of God will come…”  Paul is consistent, in listing these same causes in Ephesians 5:3-6, “But do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named against you, as is proper among saints; and filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.  For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”

Let us be clear that the wrath of God does not fall upon believers in Jesus who are obedient to His commands. There are two parts to this:  The first is 1 Thessalonians 5:9, “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ…”; but also, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8, “For after all, it is just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted…when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”  God has not destined us for wrath; the wrath is to fall upon the sons of disobedience.   But, I am concerned here, not with who is saved versus not, but are there causes that we can look for which will finally provoke God enough that His wrath will begin to fall, or fall more completely?

Jesus’ Words

Even more importantly, Jesus’ own words spoken directly to the Apostle John confirm exactly what Paul had written likely 25 years earlier than John.  In the book of Revelation, John is on Patmos, exiled there by the Roman Emperor Domitian.  Why was he there?   Because he had been sentenced to death by being thrown into a vat of burning oil, but had not died.  Since his living was a rebuke to the Emperor’s authority and the law did not allow them to sentence a man to death twice, after the sentence had already been carried out, John was banished to Patmos, a Greek island off the coast of Turkey (Asia minor at the time) which had no one living on it except John.   Food had to be brought into him by his friends.

While praying “on the Lord’s day” (Sunday, we assume) Jesus appeared to him in his glorified form.   In Revelation 2:14, Jesus says, “But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit immorality.”  Then, in Revelation 2:20, “But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants [“slaves”] astray, so that they commit immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.”  This is not an angel speaking to John; this is Jesus, and He is emphasizing the things that will cause Him to “… make war against them with the sword of My mouth” – to the Church of Pergamum, Revelation 2:12, 16; and to the Church of Thyatira, 2:18, “Behold, I will cast her upon a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation unless they repent of her deeds.” Revelation 2:22.

In these four NT verses, written closer to the final judgment than any of the OT verses, by 500 years or so, there are three consistent sins that are mentioned, among the many that could have been: Immorality, which implies an action taken, of fornication, adultery, or sodomy; impurity, which implies a state of being, as from having an addiction to pornography, or to salacious books or movies, or dressing in a seductive manner so as to tempt another to sin; and greed or covetousness, which Paul likens to idolatry: the worship of money, or food, or power, or possessions, in excess of that which we need to be content.

The Old Testament Confirms the New Testament Key

Now, the title of my message is, Who is on the Lord’s side? – what is God’s side?   Based on my preceding paragraph, God’s side is thus moral purity and being content with what God has given us, and not desiring more.  In this, God is in earnest, and has given us examples in the Old Testament (OT) to further show how he views our actions in avoiding these sins.

First Things First

When the Jewish slaves came out of Egypt, God had to build them into His people, “…to be a people for His own possession…” Deuteronomy 4:20.  His first leadings were to have them trust Him for survival from the Egyptian army, which he did by parting the “Red Sea” (Gulf of Aqaba, actually) to bring them safely to Midian, where he could train them up “in the way they should go”.  The first thing He instructed them in was not the sacrificial system; nor the priestly system; nor the building of the Ark of the Covenant and the mobile Tabernacle.  Instead, 50 days after they left Egypt on the first Passover, the Israelites, on the first Pentecost, received the 10 Commandments, when God came down on Mt. Sinai and spoke to all the people with His “voice” out of heaven, from the top of Mt. Sinai.   So, the very first thing God was concerned about was the giving of heavenly laws, in order to cause His people to be able to be pleasing to God.

They had left Egypt on the Passover, the 14th day of the new first month which God designated for them, Exodus 12:2, 6; then, they had eaten unleavened bread for 7 days, Exodus 12:18-19; then, they must have eaten provisions they had brought with them.  Three days (Exodus 15:22) after they crossed the Gulf of Aqaba, they came to Elim, where there were 70 date palms, so I assume they supplemented their diet with dates.  Then, on the 15th day of the second month, so, a month and a day from when they left, the people first complained of having no food.  Exodus 16:1-3.  The next day, the Lord sent manna on the ground in the morning.  But first, on the evening of the day they first complained about having no meat, God sent quails into the camp, then, the next morning the manna appeared.  Exodus 16:4 and 13.  The Lord had also provided water for them, in both Exodus 15:23-25 and Exodus 17:1-6.

Pentecost Approaches

Next, the Israelites experienced war, as Amalek came to fight against Israel at Rephidim, which is a place name for where Giants had been living.  Joshua led Israel against Amalek, and, as long as Moses held his hands up, Israel prevailed, but when he let them down, Israel began to be defeated. So, Aaron and Hur held Moses’ arms up until the sun set and Joshua defeated Amalek. Exodus 17: 8-16.  Then, in the 3rd month (but not after 3 months, for that would be at least 60 days) the Israelites came to Mt. Sinai.  Exodus 19:1; it does not say on what day of the month.   On the 3rd day after they had come there, the Lord said he would come down to talk to them  all. The rabbis teach that the Law was given on Pentecost.  We know that Pentecost is 50 days (“Pentecost” means fifty) after the Passover, and Passover is required to be celebrated on the 14th day of Nisan, the 1st month of Jewish calendar, so the Israelites would have camped in front of Sinai on the 47th day after leaving Egypt, which would be probably be the 1st day of the 3rd month, and on the 4th day of the 3rd month God was to appear.  Example: If Passover was on April 14th, then God came down on Sinai on June 4th.

Now my first point was that God did not give Israel any commands at first.   He got them out of Egypt; he got them to the Gulf of Aqaba; he got then across the Gulf by parting the waters; he provided water for them at Elim; and bread and meat fell before them everyday: “Give us our daily bread”, more than just that one day; and now He has brought them to His mountain to speak to them. What will He tell them?  What is uppermost on His mind?  It will not, as yet, be the sacrificial system (no sacrifices have been offered since the death of all the Egyptian firstborn sons), and there are, as yet, no high priests and they had not yet built the Ark of the Covenant and the mobile tabernacle.   No, it is the basic laws of God, by which, at that time, “If a man obeys them, he will live”.  Leviticus 18:5.  These laws would be the first mention of God’s laws since Noah had gotten off the Ark and God had told him not to eat blood with the meat and not to allow a murderer to live.  Before this, only man’s earthly laws had been given, chiefly by Hammurabi’s law to the Sumerians 1000 years before.

The People meet God

So, now, fifty days after they left Egypt (a very short time) God is ready to reveal His heart to them, so they they can be united with Him in spirit.  He says to them, through Moses, “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself.  Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”  Exodus 19:4-6.  Then God set out the rules for the meeting:  “Go to the people and consecrate them…and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.”  Exodus 19:10-11.  “So, it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.  And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.  Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the Lord descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently.”  Exodus 19:16-18.  Then, there was an interlude, when God called Moses up to the top of the mountain, to again warn the people to stay back beyond the boundaries that had been set for their approach; and also to warn the priests (what priests?) not to go past the boundary either; and Moses reminded the Lord that he had already conveyed those instructions to the people and the priests.  When Moses got back down, God spoke the Ten Commandments in a voice that the people could hear and understand, in Hebrew.

In the Commandments, the first three commands dealt with how the people should treat God: to recognize no God besides the one true God; not to worship idols; not to take God’s name in vain; then, to honor the Sabbath; to honor their father and mother; to not murder, commit adultery, steal, lie, and, finally, not to “covet” (or jealously desire anything the belongs to someone, their wife, their animals and any of his goods).  These expressed for the first time, other than God’s two commands to Adam and Eve, and more commands to Noah and his family when they got off the ark, the very minimum that the Israelites, or any human being, could do and know that he was pleasing to God.  God wanted to be treated respectfully and singularly by his people. he wanted his people to rest one day a week because He had rested on the 7th day after creating everything.  He wanted his people to respect their parents, and then not to sin against their neighbor.  These were not onerous on their face and a person who his set his heart on them could achieve them and be in relationship with God and his fellow man.  Exodus 20:1-17.

The People Respond

What was the people’s response?  “Then they said to Moses, ‘Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us…lest we die.'”  Exodus 20:19.  The people did not want to hear the voice of the God who created everything.   Their statement was illogical and contrived; because they had already heard God speak and had not died.  “So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.”  Exodus 20:21.  Then, in all of Exodus chapters 21, 22, 23 and 24, God told Moses many of the other 603 commandments that God gave the Jewish people.  Then Moses came and told the people what God had said, and the people responded, “All the words which the Lord has spoken we will do!”  Exodus 24:3.  Then Moses wrote down everything God had told him, in Chapters 20 – 23, built an altar, offered sacrifices, took some of the blood of the sacrifice on the altar and left some in a bowl.  Then he took the “book of the Covenant”, (Chapters 20 – 23) and read it to the people again, and the people again said, “All that the Lord has said, we will do, and we will be obedient!”   Exodus 24:7.  Then Moses took the blood from the bowl and sprinkled it on the people and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.” (Chapters 20 – 23)  Exodus 24:7.   The presentment and reading of the “Old Covenant” that God made with Israel on Mount Sinai was arguably on the 51st day after the people had left Egypt.  Finally, God invited Moses, then Moses, and Aaron and his two sons, and 70 elders of the people, to come up on the top of Mount Sinai and they ate a meal and drank with God.  “…they saw the God of Israel”; and described the place under his feet there as “a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself.” Exodus 24:9-10.  Now, they did not know that they were not seeing God the Father, “…for no man can see Me and live.” Exodus 33:20.   Instead, they were seeing Jesus, who is also God, but they did not know it was Jesus.

The People Renege on their Promise

Finally, God, once again, tells Moses to come up to the top of the mountain, so God could give him the Ten Commandments written on stone that the Lord was to provide.   Moses tells the elders to wait at the camp for Moses to come down.   Moses himself waited at the bottom of the mountain for 6 days because the glory of the Lord covered the mountain and he could not walk up.  On the 7th day, God told Moses to come up, and Moses was on the mountain with God 40 days and 40 nights.  Exodus 24:12-18.  Toward the end of the 40 days, as Moses had not reappeared, the people grew impatient; they wanted action.   They somehow convinced Aaron to make them a molten calf; he fashioned it himself; must have been his work in the Egypt as a slave.   The next day, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”  Exodus 32:1-6.  But they weren’t playing soccer.   Instead, they were engaging in sexual orgies before the golden calf.   God told Moses on the top of the mountain that the people had done this and God said he would destroy them all.  But Moses interceded with God not to do it and, “The Lord changed His mind…”  Exodus 32: 8-14.

Moses went down the mountain as fast as an 80 year old could, who had not eaten or drank for 40 days; when Moses got to the bottom of the mountain he did three things: First, he broke the stone tablets that God himself had cut out and written on with His finger; Second, he had the golden calf ground into powder and scattered over some water (this may have happened on the following day); Third, he asked Aaron why he would have encouraged the people to sin and then, as the people of the camp must have been continuing to engage in sexual activity, Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me!  And all the sons of Levi [before they had been given any special position as “Levites”] gathered to him.”  Exodus 32:26.  Moses said to the tribe of Levi, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Every man of you put his sword upon his thigh and go back and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and kill every man his brother, and every man his friend, and every man his neighbor.’  So the sons of Levi did as Moses instructed and about three thousand of the people fell that day.”  Exodus 32:27.

So, what are we to do?

So, we come to our question, what does it mean to be “on the Lord’s side”, and who can demonstrate, in this very day, that he is on the Lord’s side?  First, we must observe and know that the Old Testament (OT), was physical, and the New Testament (NT) is spiritual (the Holy Spirit lives in us and was poured out upon us).  In the OT, the people had to sacrifice physical animals for their sins to be atoned; we have to only confess our sins to the Lord Jesus, who was killed to atone for our sins, and the Lord is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.  In the OT, there was physical action; in the NT, there must be spiritual action.

So, now, let’s bring all the points together: The Lord brought the people out and gave them His basic 10 laws; only one of which involved sexual sin – adultery; although coveting could also involve lust.  So, the Lord’s overall prohibitions were not just against sexual sin, but the judgments of the Levites upon their fellow Israelites was for their sexual immorality and their idol worship, they were judged by their own brothers for their sins.  This is a type of the judgment that Paul had said, when we first started this talk, was going to be the cause of God’s wrath in the last days: sexual immorality and idol worship.  So, the response of the Lord through Moses, and then the Levites, is consistent with the last days’ judgment that God himself will mete out, because “Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, in due time their foot will slip…”  Deuteronomy 32:35.   For us to be on the Lord’s side, we need to be outraged about the blatant sexual promiscuity, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bestiality, perversion, abortion, idol worship, satanic worship, devil worship, etc., that is happening all around us and all over the Internet and all over the world.   If we are not outraged about these things, we are not on God’s side, for God is a God of justice.

This is no time to show mercy, but what can we do? “For all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.” Matthew 26:52.  What I learned, 40 years ago, was that we could only deal with what concerned us, in our sphere of influence: we instructed our children the best we could, I tried to avoid pornography and, when I did not, I asked God’s forgiveness; I wrote letters to the editor about unwise public decisions; I have had a bumper sticker on my car for 32 years that says “Abortion kills Babies”, from an organization that I got the tax exempt status for 35 years ago.  As far as I know, they are the only organization still saying something like that.  I pray for God to judge the wicked and wicked rulers; it is our spiritual responsibility, based on Psalm 101, about which I wrote a short book 7 years ago.  So, the main thing is to first wake up, and rouse yourself, and see the immorality about us, as God sees it.  He is angry; He is restraining His anger, “The Lord…is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9.   But judge He will, and it will be sudden; it won’t be universal; it will be upon the head of those committing the greatest immorality.

The United States of America’s Role in the Last Days

The United Sates of America is referred to in the Bible, but not by that name.  This was first brought to my attention 4 years ago by Rev. Irvin Baxter, Jr. of Endtime Ministries, and I agree with all of his conclusions, which follow; my comments in [brackets]:  In Daniel 7:1-7, Daniel states, “In the first year of Belshazzar, king of Babylon Daniel saw a dream and visions in his mind as he lay on his bed; then he wrote the dream down and related the following summary of it.   Daniel said, ‘I was looking in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the the great sea.  And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another.'”  Now, the fact that these are “beasts” does not necessarily mean they were evil; it just means that, in Daniel’s visions, he is always seeing countries and empires as “beasts”.  Daniel continues: “The first was like a lion [Baxter says this is Great Britain] and had the wings of an eagle [this is the United States, which “came from” Great Britain]. “I kept looking until its wings were plucked [U.S. War of Independence], and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it [I interpret this to be the Magna Carta].  “And behold, another beast, a second one, resembling a bear [this is Russia].  “And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth [this is Sweden’s, Napoleon’s and Hitler’s failed, disastrous, attacks against Moscow] between its teeth; and thus they said to it, ‘Arise, devour much meat!'” [the former Soviet Union and now Russia, with its invasion of the Ukraine and its “annexation” of Crimea].

“After this I kept looking, and behold, another one, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird [The leopard is Germany, whose Panzer tank, although it does not mean “panther”, actually built a tank called the Panther, after it invaded Russia and saw that it could not compete with Russia’s T-34 tank.  Panther is another name for a leopard, and Germany’s current tanks are called Leopards.  The bird is the French rooster, which is the common symbol for France (on restaurant signs, etc.).  France was populated by Germans (the “Franks”) and so they are are related countries.  Charlemagne’s empire included parts of both countries]; “…the beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.”  [This is likely Charlemagne’s, then Bismarck’s Prussia, then the Kaiser’s, then Hitler’s.  These 4 “dominions” always led to much destruction in Europe].

“After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth.  It devoured and crushed, and trampled down the remainder [my emphasis] with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.”   Daniel 7:11-12 continues:  “Then, I kept looking, because of the sound of the boastful words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking until the beast [the fourth beast] was slain, and its body was destroyed and given to the burning fire.  As for the rest of the beasts, [my emphasis] their dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time.”   It is important to note that these beasts have to be in existence when the Antichrist’s (AC) kingdom is being established, which is happening now, so these are not ancient nations, as the beasts in Daniel 2 and Daniel 8.

So, we have here, predicted in 538 B.C. or so, the accurate “nickname”, symbolic, description of 5 nations which still exercise economic and military power on the earth: The United States, Great Britain, France, Germany and Russia.  All that is missing is China, but they appear later in Daniel.   The “Big 5” at some point become the “remainder“.  I believe this is in the Ezekiel 38 Gog war when Russia attacks Israel and is destroyed and the Lord sends “…fire upon…those who inhabit the coastlands in safety…” Ezekiel 39:6.  Thus, the Big 5 are in a weakened condition, as a new confederation of 10 “nations” (geographic areas of the world) can be formed with a 3 1/2 year world government ruled by the AC.   Then, above, verse 12 says that after the AC kingdom is destroyed by Jesus when he returns, the Big 5 will go into the millennium still existing as nations.

But this is only the Introduction, in order to make my, not Baxter’s, main point:  Revelation 12:1-2, 4-6, “And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman [Israel, the Jews] clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth…And the dragon [Satan] stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.  And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne [Jesus sits at the right hand of God even now].  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she might be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days [3 1/2 years, based on lunar months].”  Revelation 12:13-14 continues: “And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child.  And the two wings of the great eagle [my emphasis] were given to the woman, in order that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time, times and half a time [3 1/2 years] from the presence of the serpent.”

Jews live in Israel, but Israel is not a wilderness.  I believe the United States is going to be a refuge for Jews and Christians from the persecution of the AC during his reign of 3 1/2 years, because we are “the great eagle”.  Also, it should be considered that, when Daniel and John wrote their visions, the existence of North America was not even known (maybe to the Phoenicians), so, to them, even though there was a land mass there, they would have considered it a wilderness even though there were inhabitants in North America.  So, this is why Satan is fighting so hard to keep Donald Trump from his rightful office, as Donald Trump needs to be President of the United States during these dangerous times for Jews and Christians.  Check the verses and read it for yourself.

On what day does the Bible imply that Jesus was born?

This is not original with me; I read it from someone, but I don’t recall who.  The Bible gives clues, facts, and general patterns of God to allow us to determine when Jesus was actually born.  It works like this:

Luke 1:5 says Zacharias, John the Baptist’s father, was of the “division of Abijah.”  That phrase was from 1 Chronicles 24:1 and 10. The word “divisions” is from the 1st verse.   Verse 3 says David himself divided the the priestly lots, for the times of their service in the Temple (which was the highest honor for any priest).   Verse 10 says the 8th division was for priest named Abijah and those under him.  Verse 18 says there were 24 divisions in total.

Thus, there were 2 divisions per month.  The 8th division would fall in the 4th month.  The Jewish religious calendar started on the  day of the first Passover, in the first month, and thereafter always occurred in March or April (it is not a fixed date).  Thus, Zacharias was in the Temple in July, sometime.

Elizabeth kept herself in seclusion until “her” 5th month, Luke 1:24, which was November.  Gabriel was sent to Mary in the “6th month”, Luke 1:26, late December; let’s say December 25th.  We know the “6th month” is referring to Elizabeth’s pregnancy because of Luke 1:36.

So Jesus, was “conceived”, likely December 25th, in the “bleak midwinter”, to bring the light of God into the World.  John was born March 25th, or so, likely on Passover.   Jesus was born September 25th, or so, which is Rosh Hashanah, which is also the day the rabbis believe the world was created.  In September the shepherds would likely have still had their flocks out in the fields at night. 

Jesus fulfills all of the 6 major Old Testament Feasts of the Lord on their literal dates of celebration.  So, Jesus died on Passover; was raised on “First Fruits”; and the Holy Spirit was poured out on Pentecost (50 days later), the same day the Ten Commandments were given to Moses and the Israelites at Mt. Sinai (discussed in a future Blog being worked on now).   So, Jesus will fulfill the Fall Feasts of Rosh Hashanah, then Yom Kippur, then Booths, when He comes again, around September 25th, of some future year.  So, His second coming will likely be on the same day as His first coming to Bethlehem.

You can look all these verses up for yourself.   Have a Merry Christmas!

A Great and Mighty People

Joel 2:1-11 “Blow a trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm on My holy mountain!  Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming; surely it is near, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness. 

As the dawn is spread over the mountains, so there is a great and mighty people; there has never been anything like it, nor will there be again after it to the years of many generations.  A fire consumes before them, and behind them a flame burns.  The land is like the garden of Eden before them, but a desolate wilderness behind them, and nothing at all escapes them.

Their appearance is like the appearance of horses; and like war horses, so they run.  With a noise as of chariots they leap on the tops of the mountains, like the crackling of a flame of fire consuming the stubble, like a mighty people arranged for battle.  Before them the people are in anguish; all faces turn pale.

They run like mighty men; they climb the wall like soldiers; and they each march in line, nor do they deviate from their paths.  They do not crowd each other; they march everyone in his path.

When they burst through the defenses, they do not break ranks. They rush on the city, they run on the wall; they climb into the houses, they enter through the windows like a thief.  Before them the earth quakes, the heavens tremble, the sun and the moon grow dark, and the stars lose their brightness. 

And the Lord utters His voice before His army; surely His camp is very great, for strong is he who carries out His word…”

In these days of lies and deceptions, let us stick to the path of truth, and continue to pray, intercede, have faith, and be God’s mighty army!

A Fox on the Wall

In the Book of Nehemiah, written by him as a diary, Nehemiah, who had been cup bearer to Persian King Artaxerxes, was allowed by the King, in 445 B.C., to  go to Israel to join the descendants of the Jewish exiles who had gone there with Zerubbabel in 535 B.C. to build the 2nd Temple.   The Temple had already been completed in 516 B.C.  Nehemiah went there to oversee construction of a new wall around Jerusalem.  The previous wall had been broken down by King Nebuchadnezzer in 586 B.C., when he also destroyed the first Temple.

Nehemiah began the work.  In Chapter 4, Nehemiah stated: “Now it came about that when Sanballat [a non-Jew living in Israel] heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious and very angry and mocked the Jews.   And he spoke in the presence of…the wealthy men of Samaria and said, ‘What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore it for themselves?…Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the dusty rubble even the burned ones?’  Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him and he said, ‘Even what they are building – if a fox should jump on it , he would break their stone wall down!'”  Nehemiah then wrote, “Hear, O our God, how we are despised!  Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity.  Do not forgive their iniquities and let not their sin be blotted out before Thee, for they have demoralized the builders.  So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.”  Nehemiah 4:1-6.

“Now it came about when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repair of the walls of Jerusalem went on, and that the breaches began to be closed, they were very angry.  And all of them conspired together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause a disturbance in it.  But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night.”  Nehemiah 4:7-9.  “When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people: ‘Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.'”  Nehemiah 4:14. 

“As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while the trumpeter stood near me.  And I said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, ‘The work is great and extensive, and we are separated on the wall far from one another.  At whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there.  Our God will fight for us.'”  Nehemiah 4:18-20.  “So the wall was completed…in fifty-two days.   And it came about when all of our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.”  Nehemiah 5:15-16.

President Trump, Vice-President Pence, the Trump attorneys, and all of us, are fighting and praying for the truth to come out and justice to be served, for the sake of our fellow American citizens, our sons and daughters, our husbands and wives; and for our jobs, our houses, our small businesses, our property and our bank accounts.  The battle is indeed great, and the stakes are everything – all the chips are in;  and our enemies do think we are feeble.  Nevertheless, our God is greater, and I believe that 52 days from the Election, or December 25th, the victory will have been given to President Trump.  Keep interceding and doing spiritual warfare, and do not listen to our enemies, for their father is a liar, and the father of lies.

Where are we, on God’s timetable?

We know the Antichrist (AC) is coming.  We know this from both the New Testament (NT), as well as the Old Testament (OT).  But, bear with me, this blog is not about identifying the AC; it is about how you and I are clearly mentioned in Scripture. 

In the NT, the AC is first mentioned, by Jesus, in the week before His death, where He obliquely references the AC, “Therefore when you see the Abomination of Desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains…” Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14.  The 2nd time he is mentioned in the NT is to the new believers, by Paul, in his first, early letter, 2 Thessalonians.  His 1 Thessalonians letter had been written to the Church to inform them that when Jesus came back He would bring all the resurrected believers with Him.  In 2 Thessalonians, Paul had to write to them again because they were pressing him for a “date” of Jesus’ return.  So, in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, Paul says, “Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering to Him, that you not be quickly shaken…that the day of the Lord has come.  Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.”  So, by mentioning the AC, Paul was putting a marker down for all believers since that time, that Jesus could/can not come back until the AC takes his seat in the rebuilt temple. 

After this second mention of the AC, the next mention in the NT is in 1 John 2:18, where John tells his readers, “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know it is the last hour.” John was mistaken as to timing (as many of us usually are also); it was not the last hour.  Finally, in the book of Revelation, probably 25 years after Paul was martyred, John is given the revelation to him of the end times by Jesus.  The entire chapter 13 is about the AC, who is now being called “the beast”.  Chief to us is Revelation 13:4-7, “…and they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?’ And there was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies; and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him…And it was given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them; and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.”

Now , we are getting close to the reason for this blog.  In the OT, Daniel was given a revelation of the AC about 590 years before Paul, and 625 years before John’s final Revelation.   In Daniel 7:25, “‘And he will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.”  This metaphor means 3 1/2 years, or the same forty-two months as Revelation 13:5.  Then, in Daniel 11:31-33, “And they will set up the Abomination of Desolation [mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 24:15].  And by smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.  And those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many…”  Finally, Daniel 12:7, “And I heard the man dressed in linen…swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed.”

This means that the AC mentioned in the NT is the same evil person that Daniel saw in the OT.  The link is that both of them arise in the last days and their period of reign is only forth-two months.  Now the AC has not yet taken power, but the AC system is here, in the U.S., in Europe, and China, at the least, and my point is this: (1) The “holy people” will know their God; (2) and will take action, against the AC system, and then the AC when he gets here, for the duration of forty-two months.  The holy people are said to have “power”, and they have at least some power throughout the entire forty-two months, until it is “shattered”.

You and I are the “holy people”.   Daniel does not say “Jews”, even though in his day, 535 B.C., the only “holy people” were supposed to be Jews.  No, in Webster’s 7th New Collegiate Dictionary the first definition of “holy” means “set apart to the service of God”, so this means that the people who have set their lives apart to serve God are holy.  Their are not pious – they are not “holier than thou” like the Pharisees were.   Instead, they take action.   In the seven “letters to the Churches” in Revelation (the final message of Jesus to His Church), Jesus says “I know your deeds” at least nine times: Revelation 2:2; 2:5; 2:19; 2:23; 2:26; 3:1; 3:2; 3:8 and 3:15. Jesus saves us by our faith, but he judges and rewards us by our deeds.  The voters who voted for Trump, who went door-to-door, who called voters, who gave money, who wrote letters to-the-editor and who interceded, all proved by their deeds that they were taking action against the evil AC system that we live in now.  So, the AC may not be here yet, and when he comes, we have 3 1/2 years left; but we are, according to Daniel, in the last days.  We are fighting, and we must continue to fight until our power is “shattered”, and God will be with us, “even to the end of the age”.  Matthew 28:20.

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