Preparing the Church for the End Times
Baghdad, Iraq, 2005. Victory Base Chapel. Early morning.
I watch Soldiers who are just now entering chapel for services. They look weary, most have been up all night either on a mission or pulling guard duty. They bring their weapons with them and drop them on the floor, and then they lift their hands in worship. After service is over, they pick up their firearms and continue their mission. There is no respite in combat.
I want you to get this picture: Soldiers never leave their weapons unattended, even in chapel services at Victory Base, Baghdad, Iraq. They have those weapons beside them just in case of an enemy attack. They are ready for combat at all times.
If we did that here in America, it would be a strange sight indeed, but not in a war zone, not in combat. The interesting thing to note is we are at war in America!
            What war, you ask?
            There are dark spiritual forces at war with believers here in America and     around the world. Make no mistake about it; we are in combat every day            with the unseen enemy. Ephesians 6:12 tells us: “For our struggle is           not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the        authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the     spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
            What do we need to do to combat the forces of darkness? Be ready and     prepared! The Lord, in these last days, is preparing His Army for  spiritual hand to hand combat.
Look at Matthew 25:1-5, the parable of the ten virgins: “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
The ten virgins’ job was to provide light, and some of them, according to John Piper, had “lamps without oil, candles without wicks, torches without fire, light bulbs without electricity. They had the outward form of religion and no internal power. They liked their position; otherwise, they would have left. But they did not have a passion for using the necessary means to fulfill the point of their position.”[1]
Five were ready, and five were not. Those five were distracted, too busy with politics or shopping or sports or whatever. They probably relished the excellent church services, loved the sermons, enjoyed fellowship feasts, and were very busy with the details of the day, yet the Bible tells us they were asleep! They were not ready for the coming of their Lord.
I want to share with you the secret of the US Army’s success. The number one priority is READINESS! There is no other number one priority. If the Army was not adequately trained, equipped, manned, and supplied, what do you think will happen in the next conflict? We lose. Period.
The five virgins who were ready had oil, and they had their lamps, they prepared for the return of the groom. Are You ready?
Here are some ways to start getting ready:
1. Take a good hard look at your life right now: are you focused and doing all that Christ has asked of you? How do you spend your time?
2. Start by repenting! Just start. When the Army throws you into boot camp, on day one you are now a Soldier, not a civilian. No looking back.
3. Determine to follow Christ every moment of every day by putting to death the flesh, that part of me that doesn’t relate to Christ. In the Army, you follow the orders of those who are over you. Throw out all idols in your life, those things that are higher priority than God.
4. Fill your lamp with oil, which is the power of the Holy Spirit. We need power packed disciples. Listening to Him every moment of every day.
5. Read and live the Word every day.
How shall we live in 2021 and beyond? Keep your weapons by you at all times.
 David J Giammona

The Greeks and Romans shared a good deal of their religion. The names were different (with the notable exception of Apollo), but the gods were pretty much the same. Zeus of the Greeks was Jupiter of the Romans. Likewise, Aphrodite was Venus, Ares was Mars, Hera was Juno, Hephaestus was Vulcan, and so on.
Similarly, the old god of the Romans, Saturn, was the equivalent of Kronos, king of the Titans. In both Roman and Greek religion, this was the old god who ruled the earth during a long-ago Golden Age, when humanity lived like gods, free from toil and care. Both were overthrown by their son, the storm-god, and confined to the netherworld. To the Greeks, this was Tartarus, a place as far below Hades as the earth is below heaven; in Roman myth, Saturn was chained by Jupiter to ensure that he didn’t overeat. It was believed that Saturn consumed the passing days, months, and years. It obviously would have been a problem if the old god had turned his voracious appetite to consuming the present and future as well.
The most famous of the Roman religious festivals, Saturnalia, was adapted from the Kronia celebrated in the Greek world. The Kronia is first recorded in Ionia, the central part of western Anatolia (modern Turkey) in the eighth century BC, roughly the time of Isaiah. From there, the celebration spread to Athens and the island of Rhodes, and ultimately westward to Rome, although the festival shifted from midsummer to the winter solstice. Both festivals were a time of merriment and abandoning social norms, with gambling, gift-giving, the suspension of normal business, and slaves being served by their masters.
The annual party notwithstanding, the god had a darker side. It’s well documented that both Saturn and Kronos were connected to human sacrifice. Classical sources report that condemned prisoners were sacrificed to Kronos at Rhodes, children were offered to the god at Crete, and, as Baal-Hammon, the god was offered sacrifices of Phoenician children well into the Christian era. Perhaps most horrifying of all is the description of the first-century philosopher Plutarch.
[Carthaginians] offered up their own children, and those who had no children would buy little ones from poor people and cut their throats as if they were so many lambs or young birds; meanwhile the mother stood by without a tear or moan; but should she utter a single moan or let fall a single tear, she had to forfeit the money, and her child was sacrificed nevertheless; and the whole area before the statue was filled with a loud noise of flutes and drums took the cries of wailing should not reach the ears of the people.
Historians of the classical age made no distinction between Saturn, Kronos, and Baal-Hammon; to them, they were the same god worshiped under different names by Romans, Greeks, and Phoenicians. The parallel between child sacrifice and the myth of Saturn/Kronos devouring his own children to prevent their eventual rebellion is obvious. Diodorus Siculus, writing in the first century AD, drily noted that “the story passed down among the Greeks from ancient myth that Kronos did away with his own children appears to have been kept in mind among the Carthaginians through this observance.” Christian apologist Tertullian was less charitable:
Since Saturn did not spare his own children, of course he stuck to his habit of not sparing those of other people, whom indeed their own parents offered of themselves, being pleased to answer the call, and fondled the infants, lest they should weep when being sacrificed. And yet a parent’s murder of his child is far worse than simple homicide.
Indeed. In our modern, civilized world, we’ve mostly avoided the guilt associated with infanticide by convincing ourselves that an unborn child is simply a clump of cells that’s part of a pregnant woman’s body—heartbeat and unique DNA sequence notwithstanding.
We cannot lay the blame for the cult of Kronos, and the sacrifices offered later to his alter egos Saturn and Baal-Hammon, entirely on the Greeks. Careful reading of ancient texts reveals that this god is much older than the Greek civilization and originated farther east, in northern Mesopotamia. As at Saturnalia, the Kronia featured a reversal of normal social roles, most notably slaves served by their masters and eating with them at a common meal. It appears that this festival was very old by the time the Greeks established themselves as a world power.
A text discovered in 1983 at the site of the capital city of the Hittite kingdom, Hattuša, dated to about 1400 BC, the time of the Israelite conquest of Canaan, describes a myth in which the king of the gods, the storm-god Teshub (Baal/Zeus/Jupiter by a different name) has a ritual meal with the sun-goddess, Allani, and the “primeval gods” who’d been banished to the netherworld. Not only were the old gods at the table; they sat in the place of honor at Teshub’s right hand.
The celebration of the temporary suspension of the cosmic order surely accompanied the temporary suspension of the social order on earth. In other words, the myth with the “primeval gods” will have been associated with a ritual of reversal between masters and slaves. Now the Titans were also called “the old gods,” old and/or dumb people were insulted as Kronoi, and Attic comedy used expressions such as “older than Kronos” and “older than Kronos and the Titans.” Evidently, the antiquity of this divine generation had become proverbial at a relatively early stage of the tradition. The Titans thus can be legitimately compared to the Hurrian “primeval” gods.
It’s no coincidence that, like Kronos and Saturn, the Hurrian-Hittite god Kumarbi became king of the gods for a while by castrating his father, the sky-god, and was in turn deposed by his son, the storm-god, called Teshub by the Hurrians and Tarhunz by the Hittites. In other words, Kumarbi, who was worshiped in what is now Turkey and northern Syria, was an older incarnation of Kronos/Saturn/Baal-Hammon.
West drew attention to the conceptual similarity of the (Hittite) “former gods” (karuilies siunes) with the Titans, called Προτεροι Θεοι in Theogony 424, 486. Both groups were confined to the underworld (with the apparent exceptions of Atlas and Prometheus), and as Zeus banished the Titans thither, so Tešup [Teshub] banished the karuilies siunes, commonly twelve in number, like the Titans. They were in turn identified with the Mesopotamian Anunnaki. These were confined by Marduk to the underworld, or at least some of them were (half the six hundred, Enuma Elish vi 39–47, see 41–44), where they were ruled over variously by Dagan or Shamash.
The evidence for the earliest traces of this god point to a Mesopotamian origin, not Greek. Specifically, the trail leads to northwest Mesopotamia, in the area of the Mediterranean coast along the border between modern Syria and Turkey.
But this goes farther back than the Hittites and Hurrians of Joshua’s day. Scholar Amar Annus, who has done some absolutely brilliant work tracing the Watchers back from Hebrew texts to older Mesopotamian sources, came to an astonishing conclusion when he dug into the origin of the name of the former gods of the Greeks, the Titans. Annus notes first the existence of an ancient, and by the time of the Judges in Israel, almost mythical Amorite tribe called the Tidanu or Ditanu. They had a bad reputation in Mesopotamia—uncivilized, warlike, and dangerous. In fact, they were so threatening to the last Sumerian kings of Mesopotamia, the Third Dynasty of Ur, that around 2037 BC they began building a wall 175 miles long north of modern Baghdad specifically to keep the Tidanu away. We know this because the Sumerians literally named it bàd martu muriq tidnim, the “Amorite Wall Which Keeps the Tidnum at a Distance.”
Annus notes that the name “Ti/Di-ta/da-nu(m)—most possibly ‘large animal; aurochs; strong, wild bovide’—is the name of the eponymic tribe.” Then he points out that this tribe was linked to the Rephaim in ritual texts at Ugarit, the Amorite city-state destroyed around 1200 BC.
Greatly exalted be Keret
In the midst of the rpum (Rephaim) of the earth
In the gathering of the assembly of the Ditanu
So, the Ditanu/Tidanu were linked to the Rephaim in mind and ritual among the ancient Amorites, who, you remember, considered the Rephaim to be the divinized ancestors of their kings. What’s more, this assembly was summoned in what can only be described as a necromancy ritual for the coronation of Ugarit’s last king, Ammurapi III.
You are summoned, O Rephaim of the earth,
You are invoked, O council of the Didanu!
Ulkn, the Raphi’, is summoned,
Trmn, the Raphi’, is summoned,
Sdn-w-rdn is summoned,
Ṯr ‘llmn is summoned,
the Rephaim of old are summoned!
You are summoned, O Rephaim of the earth,
You are invoked, O council of the Didanu!
This council or assembly was more than just a group of honored forefathers, like the framers of the Constitution. One text from Ugarit makes reference to ritual offerings for the temple of Didanu, and temples owed sacrifices are typically devoted to gods. It appears, then, that between the birth of Abraham, around 1950 BC, and the time of the judges, circa 1200 BC, the Tidanu/Ditanu were transformed from a scary tribe of Amorites named for a giant wild bull into divine beings connected to the Rephaim, who likewise disappeared from the earth (in physical form) during that period.
And the Tidanu/Ditanu are probably the origin of the name of the bad old gods of the Greeks.
Then it may not be overbold to assume that the Greek Titanes originates from the name of the semi-mythical warrior-tribe (in Ugarit) tdn—mythically related to the Rpum in the Ugarit, and once actually tied together with Biblical Rephaim in II Samuel 5:18-22, where we have in some manuscripts Hebrew rp’m rendered into LXX as Titanes.
So, the veneration of this group of ancient entities extends at least as far back as the time of the judges, and probably much further. But why would the Greeks choose the name of an Amorite tribe for the old gods confined to Tartarus? Was that tribe literally descended from the old gods—the rebellious “sons of God” in Genesis 6? In other words, were the Tidanu/Ditanu literally Nephilim?
We’ll explore that next month.

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By Dr Kevan Kruse and Dr Dennis O’Hara

Part 7 of the “Covid Beast”

No More Slow Decay

I used to think that the end would be some kind of slow decay.  After all, if a frog jumps into hot water, the frog jumps right out.  But now I have concluded, there is nowhere in the world for the frog to jump.  Every country is involved.  Every institution that God has set up has now fallen or illegal.  It is hate speech to believe that men are men, women are women, marriage is between men and women, and babies are alive in the womb.  

 

Yet, the Bible predicted all of this.  Who else but God could have known that one day a simple mark could identify someone and provide all the details of their life? How could this same mark verify how much money someone had? The MOB is the perfect example of how and why prophecy is so powerful.  God cannot be fooled or outsmarted, and prophecy is the calling card of God.  Prophecy proves that God is the real author of human history. For example, most people do not know that Jesus fulfilled more than 300 prophecies, which proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was the Messiah. 

  • https://www.clintbyars.com/blog/2020/7/20/jesus-fulfilled-over-300-prophecies

Yet, why are there eight times as many prophecies about the 2nd coming of Jesus than the first coming?  Because the deception is going to be just that good. Unfortunately, a warning will be helpful if no one is sharing what the Bible says is to come.  These warnings are why Jesus stood outside Jerusalem and wept because they could not discern the time of their visitation. (Luke 19:44)  

 

I believe that Jesus is weeping right now because of the same reason, and again, it is all about not discerning the signs of Jerusalem.  In Luke 21, the lesson of the fig tree is not just about a season, it is about Israel, and they are in the land.  Not only that, but it is Israel that is the controversy of the ages.  The fact that they exist means that God’s time clock just started ticking again after 2000 years.  The times of the Gentiles are coming to a close, and so maybe the age of grace.  What the Bible says was going to happen is happening right now, but there is no uproar in the church or talk that Jesus is coming soon.  If this book does nothing more than getting people about what is in their Bibles, it has been a success.

  • If you have not embraced the “miracle of Israel, then see either movie by the same title.  I also recommend Johnathon Cahn’s book “The Oracle” as the best book about why the reemergence of Israel is the greatest miracle the world has ever seen.

 

The Warning of Prophecy

  • Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:20-21)

While we have reasons to stand up and lift up our heads, that is not what most people will be experiencing.  For them, now begins a time of woes.  The Harbingers are not just of America’s destruction, but of the coming beast system that is now almost in full view.  The “powers and principalities” are in complete control of everything in the world, and that is why, for a time, they will prevail against the Saints. (Revelation 13:7)  Of course, I had hoped for America, but it appears that Mystery Babylon is in complete control of America.  But it is never over until it is over, and the sheep have not been separated from the goats.  Until then, we are called to redeem whoever we can for every day we have left. 

 

When the book the Harbinger first came out around 9/11, people repented.  Yet, few have read the second more recent book, and even fewer showed up for “The Return” that Johnathon Cahn organized in Washington D.C.  Instead, all of it was buried beneath the headlines of 2020.  As near as I can tell, the church is paralyzed, and people are dumb because everyone is hoping things will go back to normal.  

 

Yet, the chilling reality is that America has ceased to be good.  Even more shocking is that the church has failed to recognize our enemy.  Instead, they have fallen for deception and willingly shut their doors.  Unfortunately, the implosion of America looms like nothing before. Our national debt alone tells the story of a nation that cannot pay its bills but is willing to borrow more money just to pretend for a little bit longer.

 

DNA Markers

Of all the things coming, the loss of our freedom concerning our body is the most troubling.  But, unfortunately, this is what is happening, and very few are sounding the alarm. Now for the record, I hope that I am wrong about the genetic manipulation by these supposed vaccines. Yet, the genetic connection is crucial to be able to see the broader possibilities regarding the MOB.  Unfortunately, most people believe their bodies to be nothing more than a box we live inside.  But this is not true.

 

Our bodies are a temple that is specific to us and the Holy Spirit.  Our earthly and future heavenly bodies are a part of our eternal and unique identity.  The temple idea is why we teach people to honor our bodies and not defile them.  Unfortunately, some sins connect our bodies and our souls.  Read all of 1 Corinthians 3:16-23, but verses 18 and 20 specifically highlight the idea of sinning against our own body.  

 

In verse 15, it talks about what we unite our bodies to (as in a prostitute); we link to Christ.  This passage makes the case that our body is connected to our Spirit and the Holy Spirit.  God cannot become one flesh with us if we have become one flesh with a demon.  In this way, sexual sin can also open our “third eye,” making a demonic influence that much easier.

  • Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Or don’t you know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in the body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with Him in Spirit.  Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a man can commit is outside his body, but he sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought for a price. Therefore, glorify God with your body.”

When we separate our bodies and think of them as boxes, we are dismissing our triune nature.  That is like rejecting the triune nature of God.  In that analogy, Jesus was the body of God.  That is like saying only the Father and the Holy Spirit are important.  But this is only the first of the things we must do if we are going to wipe away the idea of trans-humanism or genetic manipulation in the Bible.  

 

1)  We have to ignore or spiritualize the idea that Satan will have offspring or children. 

2) We have to spiritualize the Nephilim and the giants and ignore their physical differences, which would mean they have different DNA. 

3)  We have to ignore a clear warning not to mix species, but more importantly, “kinds.”  Consequently, if mixing a species is wrong, then how is mixing a kind not wrong? This passage also seems to hint that one day it would be possible. (Leviticus 19:19)

4)  We have to assume that our very conscience and our very nature have nothing to do with our DNA.  We are also assuming our personal attributes are part of our soul and Spirit.  But this idea doesn’t hold.  Once we transfer DNA from one creature to another, we can change the very nature of one animal to another.

5) We have to ignore the fact that our new body will look exactly like this one and that we will be recognizable to our family and friends for all eternity.  Unfortunately, if we change our DNA, we will look different. If our bodies aren’t necessary, then why do the saints groan for the day when they get their bodies back?  Most importantly, salvation extends to and unites our body, soul, and Spirit.

6)  We have to ignore the fact that God wrote our DNA.  We also have to reason that God made numerous natural barriers that make it virtually impossible to change our DNA without modern technology.  Finally, we have to ignore the fact that God commanded everything to reproduce after its kind.  In essence, God is telling us that it is His will to respect our original DNA and its sequencing because God called it good.   Consequently, changing our DNA breaks the species or “kind” barrier that God expressly set up to keep trans-humanism from ever happening.  Thus, we are breaking the species barrier, which is a natural law that God made.

7)  We have to assume that there are no sins that affect our body, but the Bible seems to indicate otherwise, especially about sexual immorality.

 

While I have made my case, I hope that I am wrong.  But whether I am wrong or right, there is a choice that is coming.  We are going to have to decide if we are keeping our original DNA or not.  While there have been many controversial points, many people can see the logic that it is a bad idea to change anything that God did.  Since most people would agree that God wrote our DNA, it seems it should be a bad idea to modify or tamper with our DNA. 

 

But genetic modification is precisely what’s happening here, both with this vaccine and with the goals of trans-humanism. We don’t have to a Christian to know that genetic manipulation could be a monumentally bad idea.  Indeed, Francis Fukuyama, a Nobel peace prize-winning scientist, called this “The World’s Most Dangerous Idea.” That means that even if this is not something that could cause us to lose our salvation, this is the worst idea that man has ever had! 

 

The Unsavable Sin

What cannot be escaped is that if we talked about changing something else God wrote, such as the Bible, most people would certainly see that as a catastrophic problem. But, unfortunately, I have never seen one explanation for why we can’t be saved after taking the MOB that made any sense.  Instead, many people are focused on the idea of worship.  However, I have heard many testimonies of people who have worshiped demons and later became Christians. Even the idea of a chip or some kind of intricate tattoo could easily fit this description, but the problem is they are both so easily removed. 

 

The MOB seems to correlate with the other unforgivable sins such as a seared conscious, a reprobate mind, or blaspheming the Holy Spirit (denying Jesus is Lord). What all these things have in common is that they won’t, or they can’t repent.  If it were just regular worship or some kind of mark, Satan would have used it before.  No.  The MOB must be something new that we have never seen before, which means it is likely to be driven by technology.  

 

It is also likely to have something to do with the Days of Noah.  Both of these ideas are somewhat satisfied by the genetic manipulation narrative. Not surprisingly, most people fail to understand that DNA forms the construct and parameters of our minds and our fundamental nature.  We know this because when we change DNA from one species to another, we are changing intricate memories, thoughts, and behavioral patterns.  Genetic manipulation can change the nature of perceptions, which opens up our “third eye.”  

 

Furthermore, what very few people have come to grips with is that DNA is one of the languages of God.  When God speaks, it changes reality, which is why He never changes.  If He did, God wouldn’t be as good as He is right now because God is already perfect.  The problem is that if we alter or revoke what God wrote in our DNA, then it could change the reality of who we are. 

 

What is also apparent is that we could never change our DNA before.  But, of course, God allows it because love requires choices.  Like it or not, changing our DNA would pollute all future generations.  If God hadn’t stopped genetic tampering with the flood, it could have contaminated the Messianic line.  Can you imagine Jesus with gills?  Fortunately, God has promised not to use the flood to solve the problem this time, but that is another reason why His second coming will be like the Days of Noah.

  • The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.  The world and all its people belong to Him.”  (Psalms 24:1)

 

Yet, the laws governing creators and inventors in our society work similarly.  We have already mentioned how every manufacturing company only takes responsibility for their invention up to a certain point.  These same companies do not allow for certain modifications to their creations; otherwise, they void their warranty.  Couldn’t these arguments be used even in the courts of Heaven concerning the Fatherhood and inventor status of God? Of course, the courts of Heaven will decide how all this works. 

 

What I have done is simply lay out the possibility that genetic changes may provide a legal obstacle that prevents us from being considered God’s children versus someone else’s.  The next question is, how does this vaccine fit into this scenario?  Thinking strategically, do you think that they would roll out the MOB the first time they get access to our bodies?  After that, I think to get better compliance, they would roll out several that will be relatively harmless.  That way, they could get everybody into an established pattern to get people to take what they want them to take.

 

They may even spend a lot of money fueling the opposition to see who joins them.  Remember, the whole world has become a sorting room.  Meaning they want people to cry wolf or MOB!  Lots of controversies, followed by nothing happening, will only help them in the end.  That is what the story of the “boy who cried wolf” is all about.  This scenario is why I am not saying this is the MOB or that I even know what the MOB is. But I do not believe in coincidences.  

 

For the past ten years, I have been teaching that the MOB might also be a genetic marker.  I am reasonably sure that the first time I heard of this possibility was listening to a radio interview with Tom & Nita Horn.   After all this time, it is difficult for me to believe that it is a coincidence that gene therapy is being marketed as a vaccine.  It is even more challenging to accept that this same genetic therapy is hailed as the solution to the great “cause” that has shut down the whole world for more than a year.  

 

Now governments of the world are moving to make the administration of this vaccine mandatory to the point that we cannot buy, sell, or participate in the worldly system.  Already they have various chips, nanotechnology, and bio-recognizable agents that can tell if you have Covid or if you have already been vaccinated.  Unfortunately, this is only the beginning of what else they can know about us.  The Covid narrative is all about setting up all the laws necessary to implement the MOB. Consequently, as Christians, we must fight against these powers trying to take away our freedoms.

 

Nowhere is this freedom more important than concerning the right to our bodies, which our Bible calls the temple of the Holy Spirit. Why would we change God’s temple?  Why would we want to blaspheme or defile the temple of the Holy possibly?  One thing I can say for sure, I will not give up access to my body without some crazy amount of research to make sure that it is safe.  My body is His temple, and I do not want to join it to anything un-holy.  Denying access is the only way we can be sure that we never take the MOB.  Requiring access to our bodies is a narrative of Satan, and we cannot submit or comply with it.

 

Crickets in the Pulpit

Can you imagine going somewhere for the past year and a half where many people gather to hear different speakers and hang out and be honest?  But the curious thing is that not one time did anyone there ever bring up Covid-19, wearing masks, being shut down, mail-in ballots, vaccines, genetic therapy, or vaccine passports?  Well, I can.  For most of us, that would be our church.  Yet, half the time, I am asking myself, “what planet are they living on?”  These topics have been virtually the only things people want to talk about these days, and yet, the churches completely ignore it as if our Bibles have nothing to say about it.  

 

That is not the separation of church and state; it is the separation of church from reality.  If this doesn’t change, the church will soon become irrelevant because it ignores what is happening right in front of our eyes.  These are the fundamental issues we are all dealing with, and I can’t miss this any longer.  But, of course, there are several things that I think are contributing to the church’s silence.  The first is that the church has never been more divided than it is right now.  The second is that people are being protected from what the Bible says because of political correctness.  Ministers know that people are divided over these issues, so they avoid them.  

 

But can we allow the church to become afraid of the truth just because it will offend many?  Can we sacrifice truth so that more people stay and keep tithing?  Unfortunately, the church has become especially afraid of political narratives, even though politics are what killed Jesus. Ultimately, nowhere does the Bible teach separation of church and state, but everyone seems to be afraid of losing their tax-exempt status.  Yet, this silence is eerily similar to what Hitler did to the churches right before he took control, and they lost all their freedoms and participated in the “great holocaust.”

  • John Adams – “Let the pulpit resound with the doctrines and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear the dangers of thralldom to our consciences from ignorance, extreme poverty, and dependence; in short, from civil and political slavery. Let us see delineated before us the true map of man.

No Fellowship with Lies  

But the most significant concern I have has to do with the fact that the church is entirely ok with ignoring the truth to the point that they are capitulating with known lies and even going along with them.  If Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life,” then how can we go along with a lie in any area?  Especially when this same lie is how the “beast government” sets up the trap that will ensnare Christians and close our churches.  

 

Theologically speaking, all lies come from Satan. Satan has shown his power and control over governments, companies, businesses, media, search engines, and even the church to capitulate with the lies that are being told. Eleven lies have fueled the Covid narrative and pushed us all towards the solution that Satan has so desired.  (See past articles)

 

1) The first lie is that ordinary healthy people die of Covid.  But this is entirely wrong, as we have addressed.  If we are under 65 and have no underlying conditions, we have virtually zero chance of dying from Covid.  So, why would we wear a mask, close our business, lose everything we have, or take an experimental vaccine?

2)  It is a lie that there are no other suitable forms of treatment for Covid except a vaccine. Even Fauci knew that hydroxy-Chloroquine was a potent inhibitor of other SARS/coronavirus infections. But because of a study by the Lancet, they could remove a 65-year-old effective treatment based on a smear by the most reputable scientific journal.  Only once has Lancet ever had to retract an article, but the damage has been done. The same thing is happening to Ivermectin, which we have given to our troops before going overseas for years.

American Journal of Medicine Admits HCQ/Ivermectin Works To Treat COVID-19

https://americanideals.info/american-journal-of-medicine-admits-hcq-works-to-treat-covid-19/

3)  The third line is in the number of Covid deaths themselves. You cannot change the rules for how death certificates are filled out at the beginning of a pandemic.  A guidance change by the CDC allowed for suspicion alone to determine the cause of death. The second guidance change allowed an “active or immediate” condition to supersede the standard procedure of using the “underlying condition” as the cause of death. These changes were incentivized when health insurance companies began paying more money for Covid diagnosis and treatment.  The CDC director specifically admitted that this was happening. (See past articles)

4)  Then we have the mask mandate. The lie here is that these masks can only filter something that is 800 times larger than Covid.  Furthermore, when the British Medical Journal did a systematic review of over 31 mask studies, they did not find any statistical difference between the people that wore a mask and those who did not.  (See past articles)

NIH Stanford Study Proves Face Masks Worthless Against Covid

  • https://principia-scientific.com/nih-stanford-study-proves-face-masks-worthless-against-covid/

Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7680614/

5)  The fifth lie is that this vaccine is not a vaccine; it is genetic therapy.  There is no Covid virus inside this vaccine.  Instead,  they use their own specifically coded mRNA to override our God-given RNA to make us manufacture something similar to a spike protein.  This pathogen makes us sick, which causes us to have an increase in our immune response.

6)  The sixth lie is we can go back to normal if we take this vaccine.  This genetic therapy does not produce immunity to Covid. We can still catch and spread Covid. 

7)  The seventh lie is that Covid makes us sick, but the vaccine doesn’t.  Unfortunately, more people get sick from the supposed vaccine than from Covid:  80% of people testing positive for Covid are asymptomatic, while 50-80% of the vaccinated get sick. 

8)  If the supposed vaccines are working at 90% effectiveness, how can Chile (or other states and countries) have 60% of their population vaccinated and still be in the midst of one of their worst outbreaks of Covid? 

9)  The ninth lie is that these vaccines are safe.  But the fact remains, they are not FDA approved for anything but emergency use.  If someone is not a risk of dying from Covid, then there is no emergency.  Period.  Meanwhile, Astra Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson have been taken off the market.  That means 50% of the vaccines have already been proven harmful.  How would you feel if you took one of these vaccines and no one even warned you that this is all experimental? Why are people trusting the media or even their doctors?  Just read how long the disclaimer is on each of the vaccines.  In Europe, almost 5400 people are dead, and nearly 240,000 injured from vaccines.  

10)  The tenth lie has to do with accepting vaccines in general without ever asking what is in them or how they were developed to ensure no moral dilemmas are present.  Virtually all vaccines have an animal substrate to stabilize the active ingredient.  How is this not mixing species? Nearly all human vaccines are either developed with fetal tissue or use fetal lines to test the vaccine.  How is this not benefiting from abortion?

11)  If natural immunity is 80% at curing Covid with no symptoms at all, and the immunity to Covid lasts for decades, then why would I take an experimental vaccine?  These vaccines are certified for emergency use only.  Now consider the J&J vaccine.  The J&J vaccines are only 66% effective, produce symptoms in 50-80% of the patients, and don’t give someone immunity to Covid or raise their immunity for more than a year?  

Coronavirus Immunity May Last Years, Possibly Even Decades

  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/tommybeer/2020/11/17/coronavirus-immunity-may-last-years-possibly-even-decades-study-suggests/?sh=425b90634185

The Blind Leading the Blind

Meanwhile, we have Franklin Graham (whom I love and support), telling us that this is what Jesus would do, and he is not the only one.  I really couldn’t believe it!  How could he possibly know what Jesus would do in this situation?  More importantly, why would Jesus need a vaccine?  Why would Jesus be afraid of Covid? Why would Jesus participate in all these lies?  Is Jesus Mr. Rogers, or is Jesus the one who bore the sins of the whole world when He could have just ignored them?  

  • https://www.chvnradio.com/articles/franklin-graham-supports-vaccines-and-says-jesus-would-too

What is so dangerous is that when someone tells us what Jesus would do, they are speaking for God, which means they are declaring themselves to be a prophet of God.  This kind of thinking is how the Covid narrative has shut the churches down with virtually no protest.  For example, Andy Stanley (another pastor I love) says He is embarrassed by churches that wouldn’t shut down.  While I agree we need to get more creative, I was embarrassed that he couldn’t prophetically see what time it is.  Comments like these create peer pressure to take a vaccine or get a vaccine passport to go to Walmart or our favorite restaurant.  Are we really going to say nothing?  Is that really what Jesus would do?  Would Jesus submit or give in to lies?

 

The Christian Dilemma

I get that we are called peacemakers, but how exactly can we keep the peace for much longer and still be on the side of truth? If the church does not begin to address what the media is saying or what’s on television, then soon, we will become both irrelevant and “lukewarm.”  The idea that Christians are neutral even in the political realm is going to be an impossibility. Recently, a Canadian pastor went to prison over Covid violations.  Later, the church was also fenced off to keep the people from attending their church.  Countries, governments, and authorities are doing to churches communists did right before controlling their country.  They silenced them.  

 

We must not let that happen.  Like any situation, discernment is the key to knowing when to resist and when to give in.  If the masks they have mandated that we wear work, why do I have to wear one to protect someone else?  If the vaccine works, then why do I have to take it to protect someone else? These mandates are not about endangering someone else or being evil or selfish citizen; this is about control and manipulation.  Remember, “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” (Lord Acton)  How dare we disagree or challenge the narrative they have provided.  But the Bible says, “do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together.” (Hebrews 10:25)  How can it not be significant that this “cause” that has come into the world is shutting down churches?  The Covid narrative is specifically attacking our religious freedoms and requiring access to our bodies?

Time to Stand

I wish that the Covid narrative and vaccine were the only thing that we needed to stand up to, but this is far from the case.  Unfortunately, of all the things to sound the alarm about, our children being taught about aberrant sexuality may be the most extraordinary silence the world has ever seen.  Nonetheless, the church remains silent as our children are being taught there is no such thing as men or women.  The following is an actual illustration of what is being shown to kids from Kindergarten to 4th grade.

 

This kind of curriculum is leading to an epidemic of gender confusion.  Between 2018 & 2019 in England alone, there was a 1,460% increase in referrals for gender dysphoria of boys and a staggering 5,337% increase in girls.  However, the fundamental truth is that our children are just children until puberty starts, and that can take up to 5 years to complete. We are asking or talking about sexually related material before this time frame is entirely inappropriate.  Unfortunately, our President Joe Biden is talking about gender reassignment at eight years old. 

  • https://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-joe-biden-wrong-gender-181000982.html

In early American history, President Franklin D. Roosevelt is pictured wearing a dress.  That is because they recognized that kids are just kids, and they all wore whatever was convenient.  As a result, children were sheltered and protected from worrying whether they were a boy or girl.  Unfortunately, sheltering is not the case today.  Instead, the predators have taken over our schools.  Teachers teach elementary students about oral sex, masturbation, touching each other’s genitals, vaginal intercourse, kissing, grinding, and anal sex.  

 

They show pornographic materials to elementary students, which is illegal according to Section 1466A & 2251 of Title 18, United State Code.  One example of this kind of pornographic content is found in the book “It’s Perfectly Normal” by Robbie H. Harris and Michael Emberly.  

 

The sexual content we are teaching in our schools, movies, and television is producing a massive shift away from the truth.  One of my favorite sayings is that we cannot have an epidemic of a genetic disease.  But this is what is happening.  Suddenly, everyone is convinced they were born gay, transgender, bi-sexual, or androgynous.  Even though we know there is no such thing as the “gay gene,” we have a more profound and encompassing truth.  “From the beginning, “God made them male and female.” (Genesis 5:2)  

 

God is the one who assigns our gender, and He doesn’t somehow put us in the wrong bodies.  The point is this is what our children are discussing.  If the church cannot stand up to evil even when our little children’s souls are at stake, I would say that it is time just to shut the doors and stop pretending we are anything.  Nowhere is this pretending happening more than among our pastors because the apparent truth is no one guy or one church could do what needs to be done.  It would take all of us standing up together to make it happen.  

 

Unfortunately, pastors can’t work together, and they know it.  They are unwilling to face their issues of having to work with “that guy down the street.”  Yet, until pastors love each other and work together, no one is going to keep believing that Jesus loves them.  A reformation in the hearts of our pastors has to take place if they are going to work together.  If you are interested in joining the movement to protect our children, here are some excellent resources.

  • Protect Our Children Project – https://www.pocp.org/about
  • Freedom Speaks – https://freedomspeaks.us
  • Florida Family Policy Counsel – https://www.flfamily.org

The Divide is Here

  • Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” (Matthew 10:34)

What people forget is that Jesus also came to divide the world into two categories:  saved and unsaved.  Remember, we are all fighting for the minds and hearts of those who have not already decided for Christ.  However, if they have already chosen a side that includes taking away our religious freedoms and our rights to our bodies, how can we make peace with them?  If they want to pollute the gospel with a one-world religion, can we go along with that too?

 

If you consider the lies most people believe about the Covid narrative, how will we get people ready for an even worse deception?  If we don’t start right now with some critical and candid talk about Bible prophecy and current events, we will begin losing the sheep right and left.  After all, this vaccine can change our genetics in the form of RNA.  There is also no reason why it couldn’t have the ability to change our DNA.  I have posted several articles saying the vaccines change our DNA, but I don’t feel that I have 100% proof.  

 

What we can prove is that our God-given RNA, the left hand of DNA, is being over-written with man-made codes, which means this is gene therapy, and Moderna admits that it is. I can also prove that mRNA is currently being used in recombinant DNA therapy.  Indeed, RNA can write backward to DNA.  Genetic manipulation has begun, and it has now divided humanity into two groups, those who have been genetically modified and those who haven’t. The Biblical idea of “seed” is being mingled, and the two groups are no longer able to mix. (Daniel 2:43)  That is the real reason behind the vaccine passport.  

 

On the non-mingled side, a school in Miami has now refused to hire vaccinated people.  Some of this concern is that those who take this vaccine become producers of spike proteins, which is a pathogen that makes people sick.  According to Pfizer, people who have been vaccinated may be shedding these pathogens.  In addition, there have been reports of how the vaccine explicitly affects women and their reproductive systems negatively.  Now we are also hearing how vaccinated women are affecting non-vaccinated women in the same ways.

 

Pfizer’s documents admit covid vaccines will shed infectious particles to others.

 “An occupational exposure occurs when a person receives unplanned direct contact with a vaccine test subject, which may or may not lead to the occurrence of an adverse event,” the Pfizer document warns. “These people may include health care providers, family members, and other people who are around the trial participant.” 

  • https://afinalwarning.com/515889.html

Why vaccinated people are making HEALTHY people sick, Pfizer document admits vaccinated people “shed” infectious particles; the spike protein is the bioweapon

  • https://www.naturalnews.com/2021-05-03-extermination-machine-unmasked-vaccinated-people-are-making-healthy-people-sick.html

Miami private school says it won’t employ anyone receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Page 70 of Moderna’s Quarterly Report says, “mRNA is Gene therapy.”

  • https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1682852/000168285220000017/mrna-20200630.htm

CAN MRNA VACCINES PERMANENTLY ALTER DNA? NEW SCIENCE SUGGESTS THEY CAN!

  • https://lbry.tv/@OYENEWS:e1/mrna-modify-dna:2

 The fact that the Covid narrative fits the MOB scenario so well means that the church is capitulating with the MOB plan right now.  Furthermore, the church is utterly ignorant of the implications of changing our genetic makeup.  They can’t figure out that we are changing something God did, which means we know better than God.  Changing our genetic makeup is trusting in man and not God.  Taking a vaccine that is not a vaccine is participating in a lie.  

 

If we can’t say no to a genetic therapy that is just a bad idea, how will we say no to something with much more impact?  Part of being a good parent is to teach your kids when to say no.  Teaching us to say no is where our spiritual leaders have failed.  We have raised an entire generation of Christians that go along with everything.  Furthermore, few have considered how the MOB may be the most important part of Satan’s plan.  If Satan wants our souls, then the MOB may be the best way to accomplish his ultimate goal, manipulating humanity towards a situation where we cannot or will not repent.  In the process, Satan may be able to implant his DNA inside us so that we look more like him than we do the children of God. 

 

Standing Up to Evil

Of course, the Covid agenda has accomplished other astonishing things that have hurdled us towards a globalist future. If we were to realize that the only thing stopping a one-world government was the USA, then the question becomes, “how do you destroy any country?”  The way they were able to establish communism was to divide the people and destroy the country economically.  The Covid narrative was how they were able to get mail-in ballots, how they were able to shut down our whole economy, and how they got us to borrow another 10 trillion dollars.  Pick one bad thing over the past year and a half, and the Covid narrative was how they accomplished it.

 

When their goal is to destroy America, just look at how far they have gotten in just the past year.  Still, the church is silent even though there is a “cause” in the world that is moving governments to require access to our bodies. The Bible warned that we would not be able to buy or sell without the mark of the beast.  Reminiscent of this passage, we hear the daily news tell us how our governing officials consider limiting our ability to buy and sell if we don’t take this vaccine.  They can do this by taking away our job and instituting a vaccine passport.  The Covid “chaos” has once again helped them obtain the control they will need to form their final plan.

 

The Game Has Changed

But if we will continue to capitulate with something that is the precursor to MOB and the loss of religious freedom that goes along with it, then what do you think we’re going to do with the real thing? They on the verge of complete control of our society from top to bottom.  Very soon, they could get rid of our constitution.  Right now, there is nowhere to spread any information or start a movement against the unseen forces that are in control of our government, media, internet, insurance companies, and the CDC.  Yet, the church is the last place where people gather in masses where they cannot yet control what we say. 

 

Consequently, now is the time that the church must stand up to tyranny and once again lift up Jesus.  Not by telling us that Jesus would take a vaccine, but because Jesus is coming soon. But “if the blind keep leading the blind, they will both fall in a ditch.”  Preaching the truth is the role of the church and our pastors. Pastors are supposed to stand up and lead us away from the wolves.  Pastors are supposed to preach the warnings that God has given us. We need someone who won’t go along with deception and lies.  Lastly, Jesus will always fight for the sheep gone astray.

 

The Game is Still Afoot

We still have plenty to fight for.  There are boatloads of people who are not marked, mingled, or sealed in their foreheads either way.  But this is also where the church needs to update the gospel with a tiny thing.  We must begin to speak out about not taking the MOB.  After all, the Bible makes the MOB equivalent to the worst sin imaginable, and we need to be honest that we don’t know what it is or exactly how it works.  Consequently, the only way to be safe is to deny access to our bodies by any government no matter how great their “cause.”  

 

After all, the Bible says that a deception that is coming is so great that “if it were possible, “even the very elect would be deceived.” It is time that we started acknowledging just how good the Covid deception has been and who has perpetuated it.  So, many people are hanging on to Trump, but I am hanging onto Jesus. The reality is that Trump did very little to destroy the Covid narrative. He more or less went along. It was his emergency order that made these vaccines possible.  Of course, it is also interesting that these supposed vaccines came out one week after the election.  

 

Yet, setting up the beast and his mark is their most important agenda.  Unfortunately, many Christians are stuck in the paradigm that they cannot lose their salvation.  But there has never been something like the MOB before. It can do something to us that has never been done before.  Once we take it, the gospel no longer affects us. We will not, or we cannot repent of our sins for some unknown reason.  Maybe the gospel no longer applies to us.  Still, the Bible is the only thing that is trustworthy in times like these, which is why we cannot afford to dumb down the Bible to the point that we are protecting people from what it says is coming.

 

People need to know that they could one day be in a situation where they could be threatened into taking something into or on their body that could cause them to lose their salvation.  Ministers must stop making up preconceived ideas of exactly how all of this is going to go down.  We must let go of some covenant and dispensational theology and just read what the text says.  We need to use the cipher of Jesus found in Luke 21, “when you see these things happening, stand up, and lift up your head because your redemption is drawing close.”

 

It is the personally standing up and the lifting up of Jesus that we are not doing.  Israel is in the land.  “The gentiles” no longer tread down Jerusalem.  Recently, it has even become the capital again.  Modern Jerusalem is a direct fulfillment of Jesus’s own words found in Luke 21.  Suddenly, a mysterious “cause” has come into the world that has taken our freedoms, assaulted the church, and closed its doors.  Isn’t it time we started discerning the “signs of the times?”

 

What Happened to Prayer & Discernment?

Ask yourself, why haven’t you read the Harbinger Part Two?  Why was there no massive demonstration of repentance of our sins on Washington Mall? Why hasn’t Bible prophecy been part of the church for the last few years? Why is it only something that we talk about when things are going bad? Why are there eight times as many prophecies about when Jesus comes the second time versus when he came the first time? Why aren’t we clinging to our Bibles?  Why are we going along with masks, shutdowns, church closings, borrowing money, and vaccines when the whole thing is a lie?  

 

Suppose 2.56 million people died from pneumonia in 2017 during the six months of flu season, and Covid recently passed 2.5 million deaths 15 months into the Pandemic.  In that case, it proves that Covid is not statistically different than pneumonia, much less the flu and pneumonia together.  Besides, the numbers are inflated, as we have shown.  The Covid narrative is the deception of our lifetimes so far.  Yet, deceit and lies are always worth standing up to even in the political world because we can be sure they are hiding the Devil’s agenda.  

 

Proclaiming truth is the proper function of the church.  We cannot be relegated or forced to keep politics and current events out of our sermons.  On the contrary, if we began to address what is really on the minds and hearts of the people, then soon we would be able to put out a message of hope like never before.

  • https://ourworldindata.org/pneumonia

An Issue of Trust and Worship

I have made this point before, but deciding who we are going to trust is the real issue?  On our dollar bill, it says, “In God we trust.” But do we trust God, or are we trusting our government?  The reason why communism is not the world’s greatest evil is not just because it has killed more than 100 million people, but because in communism, the government is God.  Now we have the government threatening us if we don’t submit to changing our God-given RNA codes to escape the Covid cause, then isn’t that partially abandoning our trust in the God who made us? Furthermore, the Bible says that what we offer our bodies up to is essential. 

 

Worship is something we do with our bodies and not just our Spirit.  Worship is not just about reverence, honor, and respect for everything that God is and does.  True worship requires a physical posture towards God.  The two main words for worship are H7812 in Hebrew and G4352 in Greek.  They mean to bow down, crouch, prostrate, or submit to in obedience.  In other words, what we submit to, obey, or capitulate with is our God.  Not submitting makes sense when we think about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  The king had made an image of himself and commanded everyone to worship it.  

 

Now I have been on my knees many times without ever worshiped something.  So, why didn’t they just kneel without actually worshiping?  They could have just knelt and prayed to God to forgive them.  What did they know that we don’t?  These three Israelites understood that bending their knees was the same as complying with an un-godly mandate to worship a false god.  Confronting evil is why they stood up, and tyranny is why we should act as well.  They could not kneel or capitulate with the system requiring them to do something against what they knew was against what God has said.  

 

Later, the three men who survived the fiery furnace, and Daniel, would do the same thing when it came time to have to go along with the king’s mandate to eat unclean meat sacrificed to false gods.  For them, eating this meat was taking something into their body that would defile them.  So, in the broader analysis, worship could certainly include refusing to go along with ungodly mandates, especially when they require us to capitulate with our bodies in any way.  

 

Former Pfizer VP issues warning: ‘This is Israel now, the U.K. in just a few weeks’

Vaccine passports are happening!  But, if you were a vulnerable person and have been vaccinated, you’re protected. You don’t need to know others’ immune status. 

  • https://www.americasfrontlinedoctors.org/frontline-news/former-pfizer-vp-issues-warning-this-is-israel-now-uk-in-just-a-few-weeks

With this analogy, we can see how submission, bowing down, complying, or honoring any false god are connected to worship.  Standing up to lies with the truth is why we cannot worship, honor, or submit to the beast and his agenda.  In the case of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they refused to kneel, let alone worship a false image.  They were refusing to move their bodies into a position of submission.  This situation is very much like what is happening right now because they ask for us to come in and roll up our sleeves figuratively and literally.  The MOB may be a case of worship because it requires us to submit our bodies to their agenda.  They want to mark us or change us in some way. 

 

The Bible specifically tells us to submit to the governing bodies where they have authority (Romans 13:1), but we cannot submit in areas where God has spoken. (Acts 4:19-20) In this case, God has spoken.  We are not to give up access to our bodies just because a great “cause” appears in the world. We cannot give in to their threats because Christians are not supposed to submit to something that falls within this Biblical scenario.  Yet, that is what Franklin Graham is calling for us to do.  He is even telling us that this is what Jesus would do.  

 

What I am telling us all to do is to submit to God and His word, which means we don’t offer our bodies to this genetic therapy under the pretext of a vaccine!  Yet, there is still hope!  If you have taken this vaccine, please remember it is only a precursor.  But the time to get off the bandwagon is now.  Of course, there really could be some adverse side effects as many are currently experiencing, but the real problem could be in the future. Still, we must remember that our hope is eternal and that God loves a repentant heart.

  • “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind, who makes the flesh his strength and turns his heart from the LORD.”  Jeremiah 17:5 
  • Therefore, I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. (Romans 12:1)

Jesus Called Us to Stand Up

  • Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6:17)
  • When these things begin to happen, stand up and lift up your heads because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28)

God wants us to be distinct from the rest of the world, and it is His words and actions that make us different.  What separates us from the rest of the world is also part of the good news that God wants us to spread.  Spreading good news has a way of destroying awful news, the same way that telling the truth destroys lies and sets us free.  Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you as My priests. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.”

 

This failure to pass on the truth destroys our children and future generations.  What this means is that some people are perishing because they have the wrong information. Once armed with incorrect information, they will end up making bad decisions. Unfortunately, the consequences are still the same whether we knew what we were doing or not.  It is often said, “The road to hell is paved with the best intentions,” but the road to Heaven is paved with faith and trust in Jesus, who is the way, the truth (correct information), and the life. 

 

Indeed, Jesus could not capitulate with the lies of the scribes and Pharisees, and we cannot either.  Furthermore, if Jesus submitted to earthly authority, then why did they kill Him?  The fact that they killed Jesus for political reasons seems to escape most of us. Yet, Jesus told us that they would do the same to some of us. (Matthew 24:9)  Jesus was not a mild or meek-mannered little man.  Jesus was not afraid to call out the religious leaders of the day for who they were on the inside.  Standing for the truth is the kind of Christianity that we are called to live in these trying times.  

 

The Covid narrative is why we are at a crossroads where truth, submission, and worship all hang in the balance. We have two choices.  We can either believe the Biblical narrative or keep trying to fit into the world’s lies.  Unfortunately, when we just try and get along, we may also be going along with the Satanic plan that will eventually land a mark on all of us.  In this sense, we have bowed down to the image and capitulated with a lie.  Yet, the Covid narrative should send us all a message for just how powerful our adversary is.  They have produced one lie after another and covered them on TV 24/7 until they have manipulated our entire society into believing a lie.  

 

Covid Is A Test

  • No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.”  (Matthew 6:24)
  • Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. (Proverbs 29:25)

 

The social dilemma we are experiencing is only a taste of what is coming.  As Christians, we are called not to be ignorant of the Devil’s schemes.  But, more importantly, when the church stops being the source of truth in our communities, we have become just a big club where we pat ourselves on the back.  What I am calling for is a time of prophetic awakening, to realize what time it is—a time where we fully invest ourselves into God’s kingdom without reservation.  We must pick a godly fight and fight it in a godly way, win or lose. 

 

We must be on the side of truth, personal freedoms, religious freedoms, and tyranny of any kind.  Above all, we must fight for truth and destroy the lies of the Devil.  But this is the point that we have to admit that we can no longer hope things will go back to normal because they won’t.  Satan is in control of the narrative and all of the media and information sources.  The only thing left is the pulpits of our churches and the space found in our living rooms.  We are no longer living in peacetime.  Consequently, we are about to find out who are the real soldiers, men of courage, because our enemy is now firing back.  Talking about a big game is not going to work.

 

Unfortunately, if we don’t fight for our freedoms, then we won’t have them.  Either we turn this country around through prayer, repentance, dedication, and a pouring out of God’s Spirit, or we are headed towards loss of religious freedom. I like to remind people that the communists have always said that they would take over our country without ever firing a shot, which appears to be coming true.  Unfortunately, history shows that they kill the prophets because they stood at the crossroads issuing a warning very few heeded.  

 

Warning!  There is a new kind of worship that is coming. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship a false god, and it all came down to something as small as bending their knees or refusing to take something un-holy into their body.  Consequently, I believe we need to be aware of a new kind of worship is founded in disobedience and capitulation.  For Jesus to glorify His Father, He had to submit His body to God.  He had to open up His arms and capitulate with the cross.  Trust was how Jesus became obedient even unto death.  Who we worship is about who we obey, trust, comply with, go along with, and allow access to our bodies.  Understanding the Biblical standard of worship could easily apply to rolling up our sleeves for a false narrative of fear.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,  

 

Submission is the new form of worship coming, and it all comes down to saying no to some unknown mark under the pretext of a worldwide cause requiring access to our bodies.  Taking this mark is worshiping Satan, and saying no to this mark is worshiping God. The real MOB is coming upon the earth, and the question is, are you and the people you care about prepared?  Is the church ready to take its place and stand against the deception, or will it make peace with the Devil?  My prayer is that we wake up the sleeping virgins, be the salt in light of the decay, and occupy until He comes.

  • Behold, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16)

Quote from Jacques Attali, 1981, advisor to François Mitterrand 

”The future will be about finding a way to reduce the population. We start with the old, because as soon as they exceed 60-65 years, people live longer than they produce and that costs society dearly. Then the weak, then the useless that do not help society because there will always be more of them, and above all, ultimately, the stupid. Euthanasia will have to be an essential tool in our future societies, in all cases. Of course, we will not be able to execute people or build camps. 

We get rid of them by making them believe that it is for their own good. Overpopulation, and mostly useless, is something that is too costly economically. Socially, too, it is much better when the human-machine comes to an abrupt standstill than when it gradually deteriorates. 

Neither will we be able to test millions upon millions of people for their intelligence, you bet that! We will find or cause something a pandemic targeting certain people, a real economic crisis or not, a virus affecting the old or the fat, it doesn’t matter, the weak will succumb to it, the fearful and stupid will believe in it and seek treatment. We will have made sure that treatment is in place, treatment that will be the solution. The selection of idiots then takes care of itself: You go to the slaughter by yourself.” – The future of life – Jacques Attali, 1981] Interviews with Michel Salomon, Les Visages de l’avenir collection, éditions Seghers. “… 

 

Many Thanks

I would like to thank my co-author, Dr. Dennis O’Hara.  Without his input and research into the Covid narrative, this book would not have been possible.

 

I also want to thank my wife, Alexandra, for putting up with me the last few months.  Not only am I thankful for her input and editing, but I am also thankful that she helped me dialogue and formulate these ideas, which for her must have sounded like a broken record, lol.

 

I also need to thank Dr. Anthony (Tony) Poncetti, Gary Swink, Dr. Thomas Dozier, and Pastor Rob Wren for their input, suggestions, and clarifications.

 

Interesting Note:

 

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This video covers a prophecy by William Branham about a woman who would become president shortly before the end.  It also talked about how the world would see the coming of a new “ism.”  Could this be referring to trans-humanism?

Implantable Quantum Dot Microneedle Vaccination Delivery System

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Pope Francis calls for ‘global governance and ‘universal vaccines’ 

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Government Authorities Construct Fence Around Church in Canada

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The Lancet retracts large study on hydroxychloroquine

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By 5-4 Vote, Supreme Court Lifts Restrictions on Prayer Meetings in Homes

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Study shows COVID-19 mRNA-based vaccines may destroy brain cells

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Note:  All of the COVID-19 Vaccines specifically say that they are an “unapproved vaccine that may prevent COVID-19. There is no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19.  The FDA has authorized the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 18 years of age and older under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). 

Note:Dr Dennis O.Hara is a guest contributor/co-author
Dr. Dennis O’Hara was born and raised on Long Island, NY and was an athlete throughout his school years. He fell in love with chiropractic while being helped as a patient for numerous sports injuries. Dr. O’Hara has been in practice since he graduated from National College of Chiropractic in April 1992. Dr. O’Hara continued his education achieving his Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.

Dr. O’Hara’s clinical emphasis focuses on injuries of the neck and back, Sports injuries, biomechanical and postural correction and rehabilitation. He has worked with amateur and professional athletes and was the chiropractic physician for the Washington DC United MLS soccer team from 1996-1998. Dr. O’Hara had been a ringside physician for amateur MMA from 2009 through 2015 having worked hundreds of hours evaluating fighters before and after fights.

Dr. O’Hara’s continued passion for chiropractic drives his desire to help educate the public on the importance of spinal health and overall wellness.wait to deceive.” We will let people back into the church. We will be the rock upon which God
builds His kingdom, instead of a stepping stone towards Satan’s final agenda. May God prick
our hearts, and may the church begin to wake up, because the time is getting short. Jesus is
coming soon.

 

Satan is the entity called Baal by the ancient Canaanites. Jesus confirmed that identity in Matthew 12:24 by linking Satan to Beelzebul (“Baal the prince”). In Canaanite religion, Baal was considered the lord of the Rephaim, the spirits of ancient warrior kings who were believed to have the power to intercede for the living.

The prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel, however, made it clear that Satan’s status as lord of the dead was a demotion:

You were in Eden, the garden of God;

every precious stone was your covering, 

sardius, topaz, and diamond, 

beryl, onyx, and jasper, 

sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; 

and crafted in gold were your settings 

and your engravings. 

On the day that you were created 

they were prepared. 

You were an anointed guardian cherub. 

I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; 

in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. 

You were blameless in your ways 

from the day you were created, 

till unrighteousness was found in you. 

In the abundance of your trade 

you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; 

so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, 

and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, 

from the midst of the stones of fire. (Ezekiel 28:13–16)

***

All of [the Rephaim] will answer 

and say to you: 

“You too have become as weak as we! 

You have become like us!”

Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, 

the sound of your harps; 

maggots are laid as a bed beneath you, 

and worms are your covers. (Isaiah 14:10–11, 15)

From the pinnacle of creation to a bed of maggots. A real comedown. Even the Rephaim, who are supposed to be Satan’s warriors, recognize his diminished status.

Lest you think we’re reading our preconceptions of Satan into Isaiah 14, let’s take this a bit further. Scholars have known for a long time that the prophet was a brilliant writer, and he was a master of wordplay. The influence of Egypt on the kingdom of Judah during Isaiah’s lifetime provided him with another opportunity to make his point.

All the kings of the nations lie in glory, each in his own tomb; but you are cast out, away from your grave, like a loathed branch, clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, like a dead body trampled underfoot. (Isaiah 14:18–19)

At the risk of pointing out the obvious, the phrase “a loathed branch” in verse 18 is weird. And remember: weird = important. What in the world did Isaiah mean by that?

The Hebrew word netser is easy. It means “branch.” The adjectives translators chose to describe the branch includes “loathed,” “repulsive,” “rejected,” “worthless,” and “abominable,” but they convey the same sense—something utterly detestable. The Hebrew word rendered “abhorred” or “abominable,” taʿab, is significant. It modifies the noun netser, which would normally have a positive connotation. In this context, taʿab means something like “unclean” or “ritually impure.”

Still, even trying to allow for differences in cultures over the last twenty-seven hundred years, calling someone an “unclean or impure branch” is puzzling. But there is a likely explanation: Isaiah meant something other than “branch” because the Hebrew netser wasn’t the word he used at all.

[The] term is best explained as a loanword from the common Egyptian noun nṯr. Nṯr is generally translated “god,” but is commonly used of the divinized dead and their physical remains. It originally came into Hebrew as a noun referring to the putatively divinized corpse of a dead king, which is closely related to the Egyptian usage. (Emphasis added.)

The Egyptian word nṯr is especially relevant here. Isaiah connects the divinized dead god, Baal/Satan, with the dead kings venerated by the pagan Amorites and Canaanites, the Rephaim—the spirits of the Nephilim destroyed in the Flood.

This is not a weird, out-of-left-field stretch to force the Scriptures to fit a pet theory involving antediluvian giants. The prophet devoted several chapters, especially Isaiah 30 and 31, to condemning Israel for turning to Egypt instead of Yahweh for protection against Assyria. Sennacherib’s official mocked Hezekiah for “trusting in Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it.”

Recently, a seal of Hezekiah was found in Jerusalem at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount. While this one, apparently from later in Hezekiah’s reign, featured an Assyrian-style winged solar disc, his older seals were decorated with a scarab beetle, which represented the Egyptian sun-god Ra. This was apparently part of Hezekiah’s foreign policy, an attempt to curry favor with his stronger neighbor, Egypt, to further his dream of reunifying Judah and Israel. This required standing up to the Assyrian juggernaut, which had destroyed the northern half of the kingdom of David and Solomon about six years after Hezekiah became king.

By using a loan word from Egypt that meant “dead god”—and not “branch,” as translated in our English Bibles—Isaiah was emphasizing the theme of chapter 14: The entity who rebelled in Eden, the storm-god Baal (whom Jesus identified as Satan), was cast down to the land of the dead to become the unclean, profane, abominable lord of the shades—the Rephaim.

This theme is echoed by Ezekiel in chapter 28. A deeper dive into the Hebrew of that text reveals a surprising parallel with Isaiah.

Your heart was proud because of your beauty; 

you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. 

I cast you to the ground; 

I exposed you before kings, 

to feast their eyes on you. (Ezekiel 28:17) 

Reading this as another account of Lucifer’s fall to Sheol is a bit of a stretch, but only until we dig into the original Hebrew behind the English text. The word translated “kings,” mǝlākîm, uses the same consonant sounds, M-L-K, as mal’akh, or “messenger,” a word usually translated into English as “angel.” But in the Semitic languages spoken in the lands to the north and east of the ancient Israelites, similar words such as maliku and malku referred to underworld spirits who received kispum offerings and were possibly linked to the Rephaim.

Translators, both English and Hebrew, seeing the consonants mlkm would understandably assume that the word meant “kings.” Translators may not have been aware of the maliku spirits of ancient Ebla or Mari or why they were relevant to Ezekiel’s verse. But in the context of the cults of the ancestors and divinized dead kings who were an integral part of the pagan religions in and around ancient Israel, it seems more likely that Ezekiel was referring to malakim, the malevolent spirits of the dead Nephilim, just as Isaiah called the demoted rebel from Eden an “unclean dead god” and not a “loathed branch.”

This has interesting implications. It suggests that the fall of Satan, or at least his punishment, took place after the Flood, because the “shades,” the Rephaim (the spirits of the Nephilim), were already in Sheol when Satan landed there. That assumes, of course, that time in the spirit realm moves in a linear manner, the way it does for us. But that kind of speculation is way outside the scope of this article.

The bottom line is this: Satan’s ambition got the better of him. He was thrown out of Eden, cast down from the mountain of God, where he was greeted by the shades, the Rephaim—and not exactly with praise and thanksgiving (“You have become as weak as we!”).

However, while Satan was down, he wasn’t out. Although he’d been demoted from guardian of the throne of God to overseer of the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim, Satan took the form of the storm-god under names like Hadad (Baal), Zeus, Jupiter, and Thor, and set himself up as king of pagan pantheons from India to Rome to Scandinavia. And the Rephaim, called “warriors of Baal” in ancient Amorite ritual texts that have only been translated within the last fifty years, have been hard at work literally bedeviling humanity until Jesus returns.

Meanwhile, another nefarious group connected to the Rephaim has been confined to the abyss. But they’re not out of touch; they’ve been influencing humanity for millennia, and those Amorite texts show that the myths of Greece and Rome are integrally linked to the Bible. We’ll discuss that next month.

The following article is by one of our contributor teams. It is very controversial and we respectfully ask that when you read this understand that this ministry tries to provide thought engaging subjects that are simply for you to review and decide for yourself. Our team has many backgrounds and educational achievements and our prayer is that you will see this as simply one possibility.

By Dr Kevan Kruse and Dr Dennis O’Hara

Part 6 of the “Covid Beast”

Testing the Spirits

  • The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the working of Satan, with every kind of power, sign, and false wonder. (2 Thessalonians 2:9)
  • And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and My maidservants, I will pour out of My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. ‘I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the earth beneath. (Acts 2:16-21)

There are so many game-changers coming, and unfortunately, the church is woefully behind in addressing these issues.  The biggest question I have is when the spirits come out of the Abyss, are we wholly prepared for all of the stories they will tell everyone about God?  Yet, the imagery of the “opening of the Abyss” lets us know that the “end times” will be characterized by an outpouring of spirits.  These spirits are going to come with messages and supernatural wonders to back them up.  The problem is, how are we going to tell which spirits are which?  Of course, we will still need the “helper” (the Holy Spirit) to seal our minds, foreheads, and hearts with His word.  

 

This seal by the H.S. will protect us from deception, but this does not mean we can neglect or ignore just how powerful the coming deception will be.  The Bible is not a crystal ball meant to be used to divine the future and its timing; using it this way only ensures more deception and escapism from the coming reality.  We should hope for the best, but very few are planning for the worst.  Consequently, if we are so dutifully bound to tell the gospel, how are we not also bound to start talking about what is coming.  Especially when what is coming even requires an update to the gospel.  “Do not take the Mark of the Beast.”

 

Consequently, we cannot keep dumbing down our congregations and protecting people from the truth of what the Bible says is coming.  Instead, we must amp up the volume on our ability to destroy Satan’s narrative.  Besides, someone is going to be here when all of this happens.  Unfortunately, no one will have much of a chance if we, who are supposed to be God’s elect, don’t start talking about what is coming before it happens.  

 

An Explosion of the Supernatural

Before taking on this next subject, I want to acknowledge that my intent is not to thwart the Holy Spirit in any way.  I also do not want to quench our desire for the Holy Spirit in our lives, and especially its fruit or gifts.  On the contrary, I believe an outpouring of the H.S. is coming and that many people will be saved.  However, considering the verses above, is it any wonder that signs and wonders churches are popping up all over the country?  

 

Understanding that Satan will also have signs and wonders that will follow him right into our churches might change our ideas about the coming’s deception.  Shockingly, it is the supernatural that may define Satan’s deception.  We are explicitly told in Matthew 24:24, Revelation 16:14, Revelation 13:13-14, and Revelation 19:20 that the Anti-Christ, demons, and other false prophets / Christ’s will use their supernatural powers to convince many that they are the truth.  

 

This supernatural explosion only comes as a surprise if we have forgotten that the pagan gods of the Old Testament were false gods with real demonic power. The power of these pagan gods was demonstrated in Exodus 7:11, 22, and 8:7, as well as other passages that are too numerous to count.  Even though mighty Moses came to deliver Israel with signs and wonders, the Pharoah was not even phased because his wise men and magicians “did the same with their secret arts.”  Yet, no matter how much we are told that the supernatural world has a dark side, there is a growing obsession in the church over miracles and magic shows.

 

Signs & Wonders

It is as if signs and wonders are the end all and be all of Christianity.  They are also creating a hierarchy among the churches and pastors.  In some instances, pastors have declared themselves to be on the level of the 12 Apostles.  Of course, I am not trying to say that we do not need modern apostles.  However, there were only 12 men who were hand-picked by Jesus.  

 

We also have a clear mandate not to write any more books of the Bible because there can be no new gospel.  What can seem to be unique is a return of ancient spirits that have been locked away for what they did in the Days of Noah. (1Peter 3:1-9) This unlocking is why we will see a return of the very same things that gave the church the victory over darkness the last time they faced off.  

  • But even if an angel from Heaven or we should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8)

So, while this pouring out of the H.S. may have begun, we need to be cautious with the coming counterfeit.  Just because there are signs and wonders does not mean that what is happening is of God.  Why do I say that?  Most of us know that the Bible tells us we do not need to be afraid of a prophet if his words do not come to pass.  After all, a false prophet could be killed if his prophecies didn’t happen.  (See Deuteronomy 18:20-22)  A much less known passage is about a different kind of prophet.

  • “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which 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 know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 13:1-4)

Relationship Theology

This verse is about a different kind of prophet that sends chills up my spine.  These false prophets will perform signs and wonders and rightly tell us of things that will come to pass.  Yahweh allows for these fakes because He is testing us to see if we know Him or not.  The idea of personally knowing God is the most important and all-encompassing paradigm of the Bible.  It also parallels what I have personally found to be the most challenging passage in the Bible.  Here is a quick review of Matthew 7:7-23.  

 

It begins by telling us that we are God’s children, and because of that, God knows how to give good gifts to those who ask, seek, and knock. Then Jesus also tells us how to give good gifts to others by living according to the “Golden Rule.”  But one of the narratives (verse 17) people miss is where Jesus talks about the false prophets and the wolves that stand in our way.  Then Jesus specifically tells us that the way to recognize these false prophets or wolves is by their fruit.  This part about false prophets is interesting because Jesus mentions gifts but then says it is the fruit that can help us sort out the wolves in the church.  Then Jesus says something that still makes me a bit week in the knees.  

  • Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23)

My first reaction to this passage is, “wow, I have never done some of these things. If these guys were fooling themselves about getting into Heaven, then maybe I am fooling myself as well.”  Of course, this doubt subsides because the point that Jesus is trying to drive home is that He didn’t know these people. They didn’t have a relationship with Him. Jesus is also pointing out that the gifts of the Spirit operating inside the church were not what was the most important thing, but a relationship with Jesus was.  The people who did not know Jesus were surely known for their gifts. In fact, they were probably superstars in their church.  

 

 They did not have an intimate relationship with Jesus.  Therefore, they must have been the wolves Jesus just warned us about.   In other words, it looks like they were gifted people, but they also didn’t have the spiritual fruit stemming from a deep relationship with God.  This passage leads me to believe that our spiritual fruit more accurately reflects the depth of our relationship with Jesus than our gifts.  Gifts have more to say about the generous nature of God because God “gives them to all men liberally.” (James 5:1)  It could be that God gives a diversity of gifts to everyone no matter whether they love Him back or not.  This idea is certainly something that comes out within the parable of the talents as well.  

 

Nonetheless, it cannot be a coincidence that Jesus explicitly mentions three of the gifts of the Spirit (prophecy, deliverance, and miracles) that are found in 1 Corinthians 12:1-31.  Jesus then says that these people were operating in these gifts without actually having a relationship with Him.  Beyond scary!  But if gifts like this started happening to me, I would probably feel like I had achieved a special connection with God.  Yet, this does not appear to be the case.  All of this tells me that I have much to learn about just how down-to-earth our God is.

 

  • But understand this: In the last days, terrible times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good, traitorous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. Turn away from such as these!  2 Timothy 3 BSB.

 

The Gifts & the Giver

It is hard to say precisely when Jesus gave these gifts to these people or if they were born with them. Indeed, some people are born with unique gifts but never give God credit.  What is shocking to me is that these people specifically gave Jesus credit for their gifts, but they still didn’t have a relationship with Jesus.  How is this possible?  Is this what Revelation 2:1-7 meant when it talks about a church that had lost its “first love?”  Did these people start out loving God with all their heart and then begin to love His gifts more than they loved the giver of the gifts?  

 

Is this also an issue of worship?  Did they begin to worship the gifts instead of God?  I don’t have all the answers, but we all need to ask ourselves some hard questions.  Most importantly, on the day we meet Jesus, the only thing that matters is that we know Him, and He knows us.  It is not going to be all about our gifts.  What we did with the lives God gave us certainly will come up, but it is our relationship with God that matters most.  This same equation is found in the Lord’s prayer when Jesus invites us to pray, “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  

 

The question is, do we know Him well enough to know how to pray from Heaven’s perspective?  But if we know God, then we have the right to pray, ask and believe in miracles.  We also have to accept God’s answers and interpret them in light of the cross, which has already accomplished the victory.  Knowing that only God can be God will allow us to accept His answers and still keep praying earnestly for others.

 

We have to be like Abraham, the father of the faithful.  Faith was credited as righteousness because our faith reflects the depth of our relationship with God.  Faith, not miracles, is the currency of Heaven. (Romans 4:22) Still, there is no doubt that some people have extraordinary gifts.  While gifts proclaim God’s glory, we still have to prioritize our relationship with Him.  

 

Matthew 7,  just like Deuteronomy 13, clearly shows the difference between the supernatural gifts and a relationship with the giver of everything supernatural and everything good.  Christianity is not about gifts.  Of course, God is still going to keep on giving gifts out of His goodness.  More importantly, we are going to need His gifts to face what is coming.  But now is the time to recognize the difference between the gifts and our “first and forever love.”

 

Those Seeking Signs & Wonders

Unfortunately, most people aren’t searching for a relationship with God.  Then some want God to prove Himself to them, but He has already done that on the cross, and it changed all of history.  Of course, Job went after God with all kinds of questions to test God, and we all know where that got him.  The reality is that God has only given us an invitation to try Him in one area; the tithe. (Malachi 3:10).  Still, some are always searching for a sign, but are they open to a real relationship with God, or are they just looking for a miracle?  Sign seekers were prevalent even in Jesus’s day.

  • Even the scribes and Pharisees told Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign, yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet. (Matthew 12:38-39)

Jesus is saying that He and He alone is the sign we have been searching for.  A relationship with Jesus is an everlasting gift.  There is no more pain or death where Jesus is leading us to.  There is only beauty beyond description and unfathomable love that awaits us there in Heaven. This heavenly culture is “Christ in us the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)  So, why do we rejoice?  Do we rejoice because we have gifts?  Do we rejoice because the demons are subject to us or that miracles happen when we pray?  No.  We rejoice because our names are written in the heart of Jesus, and everything we have in this life is a gift that we have received.  We don’t own anything.  

  • Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in Heaven.” (Luke 10:20)
  • For who makes you so superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? (1 Corinthians 4:7)

Wolves Among the Sheep

The gifts of the Spirit all seem to have a purpose here on earth.  My grandfather, who was a Pentecostal minister for more than 40 years, often told me that where the Pentecostal movement went wrong was when they were deciding whether the gifts of the Spirit were the churches or the individuals.  Like my grandfather, F.C. Kruse, I favor the church but agree that certain people tend to operate better in particular gifts.  However, in the final analysis, the gifts and workings of the Spirit are God’s property; they are just coming from different parts of the same body.  Consequently, we must not boast or come to love the gifts more than we love the giver of all that is good.  

 

As near as I can tell, the attitude of the “signs and wonders” churches appears to be that the greatest of those among us are the ones with the greatest gifts.  This idea was in sharp contrast to the words of Jesus when he said, “If anyone desires to be first, he will be last of all and servant of all.”  At this point, I think it becomes apparent precisely who is wrong?  Especially when we know that it is the fruit of the Spirit that allows us to sort out the wolves among the flock.  When it comes to “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,” they are going to be left wanting. (Galatians 5:22-23)

 

However, there is a similarity between the “Fruit of the Spirit” and the description of love in the Bible.  Yet, love would never make people feel inferior just because they didn’t have a particular gift?  Especially when they may be just a different part of the same body.  Does the Bible say we are supposed to have all the same gifts?  In 1 Corinthians 12:27-31, Paul sarcastically asks the same question.  “Do we all have the same gift?”  While the Bible says to “eagerly desire the greater gifts,” we forget the last part found in verse 31, “Yet I will show you a more excellent way.”  

 

The amplified translation identifies this more excellent way as unselfish love, which is what happens when we use our gifts to help other people and not for our purposes.  In this sense, seeking the gifts of the Spirit versus seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus are two different things.  But how does this match the attitude of many of the super churches or super leaders?  My biggest turned off regarding the hyper-charismatic movement is their lack of humility, spiritual fruit, and diminishing emphasis on a deeper relationship with God.  

 

After all, there are a diversity of gifts, but only one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:4)  So why divide the church over gifts when they were explicitly appointed to encourage and sanctify the church?  The gifts, if used correctly, should bring the church together under the one Spirit that rules us all.  Using the gifts to divide the church turns out to be one way to recognize the wolves have crept into our midst.  

 

Consequently, we must be aware that pretenders are going to enter the church even though they are operating in marvelous gifts, but “by their fruit, you shall know them.” (Matthew 7:16)  We will also know them by their love for their brothers and sisters. (John 13:35)  These two paradigms are how we can use the Bible to discern the spirits of those presenting themselves to the church as brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • For we were all baptized by one Spirit to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free, and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 

Recognizing A False Prophet – Key Ideas of 2 Peter 2

False prophets and false teachers are coming to insert destructive heresies into the church.  These heresies will even include denying the sovereign Lord.  They will be deprived in their conduct and bring the truth into disrepute.  They will be greedy and exploit us with fabricated stories. 

They will blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals and creatures of instinct.  They will carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.  With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! They have wandered off to follow the way of Balaam.

 

Their mouths are empty of truth but full of boastful words appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh.  They promise freedom while they are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” They are again entangled in the world, and they are worse off than they were initially. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command. Of them, the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and “A pig that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”

 

Yet, their condemnation is coming, just like the Days of Noah and Sodom and Gomorrah.  But like righteous Lot, the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. NIV

 

Also, consider 2 Corinthians 11:12-15.  I will keep on doing what I am doing to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us (apostles) in the things they boast about. Such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. NIV

 

The False Prophets Are Here

  • Disregard them! They are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)
  • “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their desires, they will gather around them many teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

The opening of the Abyss is looming large.  An outpouring of the spirits is on its way.  So too, the church is about to face the most significant test it will ever face.  Now is not the time to lack discernment over the supernatural signs and wonders that follow.  Now is also not the time to start dumbing down the Bible or prophecy?  In a strange twist, the secular world is obsessed with the supernatural, while pastors avoid it in their sermons.  Now is also not the time to start blending the new age or any other religion into Christianity.  

 

Now is the time to differentiate the worship of God in “spirit and truth” from other false types of worship, such as eastern meditation that opens people up to demonic spirits. Now is not the time to start coining new terms or coming up with new translations to fit our world view.  While I hate to single anyone out, the new “Passion” translation seems to fit the bill.  Brian Simmons claims that he virtually downloaded this directly from Jesus when he was in Heaven.  Once there, he found a new chapter of the Bible, which was John 22.  

 

New gospels are troublesome.  When you say you are downloading the Bible, it means that this is not a translation.  Instead, he is saying, “these are the literal words of Jesus.”  Interestingly enough, Paul told us that even if an Apostle or an angel from Heaven gave us a new gospel, “let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8)  Accepting new books to the Bible is clearly heresy.  I could write a whole book about false prophets in the church, but I am only going to mention a couple of things because I think they are extremely dangerous.  

 

I recently listened to a Christian book called “The School of the Prophets,” which mentions that we should start talking to our own personal angels.  Unfortunately, I see no Biblical case for this. Furthermore, I don’t believe that we need any intercessors between God and us.  That is the function of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Besides, how exactly do we think these spirits about to be released will present themselves to us, and what messages will they bring?  The Bible says Satan portrays himself as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)  In other words, demons are rogue angels.

 

If you don’t think these spirits are already contacting people as we speak, then watch “Beware of Angels” on amazon.  If you are interested in some of the ways the wolves have crept into the church and begun to present a false gospel, then watch “The Submergent Church,” which is also accessible on Amazon. 

 

Since I have brought up the idea of modern prophets, I want to be clear that I do not consider myself a prophet or a theologian, nor am I trying to predict anything.  In fact, for the record, I hope everything in all of my articles is wrong and that none of it happens.  What I have done is read God’s word and correlate it with “what’s happening” since Jerusalem is “no longer trodden down by the Gentiles.” For myself, it has been a faith-building experience.  Now more than ever, we need to cling to the Bible as our only trustworthy source of information in troubled times.  

 

The Forgotten Multitude?

  • “After this, I looked and saw a multitude too large to count, from every nation and tribe and people and tongue, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”  (Revelations 7:9-10)

There is one group of people that I have noticeably left out of these articles.  I am talking about those who have not been sealed in their foreheads either way.  These are the souls that have not made their choice, but soon they will be forced to go one way or the other.  

 

The “unknown multitude” are the people we need to reach with the gospel, as well as the warning not to take the MOB.  Some translations say, “an innumerable multitude.”  So, how can so many people get saved during the tribulation?  I thought the tribulation was all about the Jews?  Well, the tribulation is not about the Jews.  It is about the decedents of all 12 tribes of Israel. (Read Revelation 7:1-8) This passage is about the 12,000 saved from each of the 12 tribes, which then totals 144,000 Israelites.  

 

This verse proves that all the promises God made to Abraham and His children will be honored just like His promises.  But the following passage proves that God will also inherit all the nations.  (Psalms 82:8)  Whether these numbers for Israel are symbolic or not, it is difficult to imagine that an innumerable group of people from every tribe of the earth is not a lot of people.  How can these many people get saved during the worst time in human history?  

 

I believe it will come down to the “seal in our foreheads,” the preaching of Bible prophecy, and the return of supernatural signs and wonders of the Holy Spirit re-manifesting in the church like they did at Pentecost.  One way that we can reach these people is to start talking about what will happen ASAP.  God wants us to preach the gospel and the warning about the MOB to the ends of the earth so that more people can get saved. Lives still hang in the balance, and the church needs to heed its call and wake those who are sleeping.

 

The Lessor Know Gifts

When I think about the gifts presented in 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, I try and focus on the ones that will help us discern between these escaped spirits returning for revenge.  Of course, verse 3 defines what unites His church.  “No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.”  Verses 4 -6 talk about how there are “different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.” Interestingly, these same verses equate our spiritual gifts to different kinds of service or workings.  

 

How might our dialog change if we talked more about how God has called us to serve and work in His kingdom instead of talking about how we are gifted?  After all, verse 7 makes it clear that these gifts of the Spirit are “given for the common good.”  It is verses 8 and 9 that bring out some of the lesser-known gifts.  Here are the three gifts with some translational variations.

  • A message of, a word of, an utterance of, or speaking with wisdom or giving wise advice.
  • The gift of faith. (which can move mountains)
  • A message of, a word of, an utterance of, or speaking with knowledge or giving correct information.

Indeed, I have never met anyone who maintained that these gifts have ever ceased from being part of the church.  Now more than ever, we need the gifts of knowledge, wisdom, and faith to discern the difference between the spirits that are coming.  More importantly, the Bible is our only source of the correct information, and we will need the Holy Spirit to help us wisely divide the word of truth. 

 

Most importantly, we will need faith to believe and trust in God and not give in to man, or his reasoning or his “causes.”  We will need faith to stand up and say no to the Devil and his mark.  We will need faith to spread hope to a dying world. While other men’s hearts will be failing them for fear, we will have a supernatural faith that says, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:8)

 

Loving the Fruit

While I enjoy the gifts that God has given to me, and I try to be open to more, the truth is that I am happier with more of the fruit of the Spirit.  There honestly isn’t one gift of the Spirit that I wouldn’t trade for one more piece of fruit.  That’s not to say that I am right, but that is how I feel sometimes.  Comparing fruit to gifts is much like comparing the gospel of Mary to Martha, and it is something we all need to think about.  Besides, I like to remind pastors that they will be out of a job when they get to Heaven.  

 

But of course, that is probably true for all of us.  Contemplating Heaven is the kind of sober discussion we need to discern the truth of fruit and gifts.  While I believe and support the gifts of the Spirit, I think we have to prioritize slightly here and focus on the fruit because, without them, our gifts aren’t believable.  After all, fruit is how we will recognize the fakes.  With that in mind, here are some of my favorite sayings about the fruit of the Spirit -Please remember, I am not trying to quench the gifts of the spirits- I am just trying to keep gifts in perspective:

  • It would appear most “gifts of the Spirit” aren’t necessary for Heaven.  But the fruit of the Spirit is something we can eat every day and for all eternity. 
  • Fruit is delicious, and it can feed us and keep us alive.  Gifts are fantastic, but they can’t nourish our souls through famine.  
  • There is a diversity of gifts, works, and service, which means (like Forest Gump’s chocolates) you never know what you’re going to get.  (1 Corinthians 12:4)
  • An issue of maturity.  What kind of child of God would put one of their brothers or sisters down just because they got a particular gift and their brother or sister didn’t?

The Great Pouring Out of His Spirit

On the other side of the coin, many have taught that the gifts of the Spirit have ceased.  Others have even looked down upon generations of Christians for losing the gifts.  Yet, one reason why we didn’t see the “gifts of the Spirit” as often could be because the H.S. had already put most of what we are fighting against in prison. Consequently, the return of these spirits could be why the gifts are coming back in full force.  

 

The Abyss will be opened soon, and we have no idea how many spirits will come out.  Fortunately, we need not be afraid because God will seal us in our foreheads so that these demonic entities cannot mess with us.  Not only that, God is going to pour out His Spirit in such abundance that the gifts are going to come back to the church like never before.  The reemergence of the gifts will happen because we need them to fight for the mind, hearts, and foreheads of the innumerable multitude that God wants to save.  

 

Soon, denominationalism won’t matter.  True churches and true believers will begin to experience prophesy, visions, dreams, wonders in Heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath. (Acts 2:16-21)  But to pull this off and be believable, we need fruit to keep our feet planted on the ground.  Furthermore, we must always keep the thoughts of our “first love” on our minds, hearts, and lips as the world is soon to be shaken. (Revelations 2:4) 

  • The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord, and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.  He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears. ( Isaiah 11:2-3)

Next Week

One purpose of prophecy is to warn us to start going about our Father’s business and prepare everyone for what is coming.  The unfolding events are signs of things to come as the whole world is about to be under the grasp of the beast.  So, please don’t miss our final article next week, as we summarize what all of this means and update everyone on the newest developments in the Covid deception.

Note:Dr Dennis O.Hara is a guest contributor/co-author
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“When You’re Burned Out, Wounded and Overwhelmed”
By Dr. Gregory R. Frizzell ©

When Paul Pickern so graciously asked me to write some articles for All Pro Pastors International, I was deeply humbled and honored. Having just written a research book on pastor’s prayer meetings, I have thoroughly studied today’s global ministries to pastors. There is absolutely no group as crucial as pastors and no ministry more powerful than All Pro Pastors International. They even have a ministry to pray for pastors which I strongly encourage pastors to use.
Because pastors are facing unprecedented pressures, I sense this introductory article should be a testimony of encouragement and practical help. It is the story of how God’s grace transformed my life and ministry at a time of devastating difficulty and impossibility. My earnest hope is that our experience of God’s grace and deliverance will be an encouragement to pastors today. Absolutely nothing is more important than encouraging and strengthening the Lord’s shepherds. Pastors are the enemy’s primary target and God’s primary means for spreading Christ’s kingdom. They and their churches are the spiritual soul and fate of our nation and world. Loving and uplifting pastors is a burning passion of my heart.
Having been blessed to work with persecuted underground pastors, I have witnessed how God gives incredible joy and power in even the darkest places. In today’s intense conditions, it is crucial for pastors to have a joy, passion and power that is truly of the Holy Spirit, not circumstances. We are now far past what academics, personality and programs alone can overcome. But while the early Church and Christian reformers faced even worse challenges than most today, they totally transformed their world for Christ. We too can trust in the risen Lord Who is “the same yesterday, today and forever!” (Hebrews 13:8) I pray this testimony brings glory to God and fresh hope to pastors and their churches.

A Story of God’s Grace in the Fire
“Be Careful What You Pray For”

We often hear the half-joking phrase, “be careful about praying for patience because you know how you get it.” While of course we definitely should pray for this important grace, it is among the more challenging of the spiritual fruits. Shortly after graduation from seminary in 1983, I unwittingly discovered another somewhat risky prayer. It was when I prayed “Lord give me some good experience for growth in ministry.” Well, the Lord definitely answered that prayer, though a lot different than I expected.
Just as I was considering a call to pastor a church with strong growth potential, I got a call from another church. It was to be the Associate Pastor/Minister of Evangelism in a church in a very high crime, declining area. Then shortly after they contacted me, the TV news erupted with a catastrophic scandal involving sex abuse allegations about their church run daycare. In that day, such a thing was virtually unheard of. There was devastating publicity on every TV station and newspaper for a six state radius. I thought “phew,” I am so glad I didn’t go there!
But surprisingly, the embattled church still wanted to proceed in trying to fill their staff position. They asked me if I would at least please pray about coming to be their Associate Pastor of Evangelism. Of course in my most spiritual voice, I told them, “Oh yes, I’ll pray about it.” Frankly, I thought to myself, that’s an easy one — I’m not going into a situation like that. No way! I just knew the Lord would surely have me to go to the much easier church where I could quickly reach more people. But when I actually prayed about it, the Lord definitely led me to go to the church in the intense battle. I wish I could say I was perfectly brave and noble, but I had some very deep concerns. I even told the Lord of many perfectly logical reasons why I shouldn’t go. But somehow, He just wasn’t buying my human reasoning. So, I told the church that I would come.
Ominously, even before I arrived on the church field more allegations erupted and soon brought additional arrests. Legal bills were exploding to shocking levels on top of a major church building debt. The surrounding community was hit with a shocking new crime wave and an even greater stream of people began moving away. But unbelievably, circumstances were about to get even much more intense. After just a few months as associate pastor, the responsibility to become their pastor suddenly fell to me. Though conditions seemed hopeless, the Lord was about to teach me that nothing is too hard for Him. But, it would require me to learn some lessons I really thought I already knew. It would also take five years of almost indescribable pain and battle.

Coming to the End of Our Own Strength

As the church entered into a continuous five year nightmare, the circumstances were far worse than I could ever describe in any article. In the first three years, the battles were so intense my life was actually threatened for trying to help “that” church. A seminary professor told me in forty years of teaching, he had never heard of anything so extreme. He said, it was essentially the “Chernobyl” of the church world. (Not exactly a title you desire.) Yet, the core people of the church truly loved their Lord, their church and their inexperienced young pastor. I owe those dear people an eternal debt of gratitude.
So for five years, we aggressively used the best evangelism, discipleship and growth programs in existence. I sought to faithfully preach the whole counsel of Scripture and we even had weekly church prayer meetings. Toward the end of the fifth year, church decline was bad enough that things were getting really desperate. As a last ditch effort we conducted a massive community-wide visitation campaign to over five thousand households. But with a rapidly declining community and constant negative news coverage, the church continued downward. Even after all of the intense efforts, we were seeing few people saved, rising disunity, very few visitors and continuing decline. Five years earlier we were four to five hundred in attendance, but had dropped to well less than two hundred and fifty.
The church was increasingly discouraged and so was their pastor. Though I could still preach and put on a fairly good face, I was seriously burned out, wounded and dry. I also began to deal with some painful ongoing health issues. Yet, I personally knew some persecuted believers who had incredible joy and evangelistic power in some of the darkest regions of earth. I also realized the early Church and Christian reformers had great joy and power even in the face of horrific torture and martyrdom. So I knew greater strength, joy and closeness with Jesus were definitely possible. Then what was wrong with me? I felt great condemnation and failure over my strong feelings of doubt, frustration and weakness. At that point, I seriously considered leaving the ministry. I actually took the air traffic controller test and passed with a high score. It was God’s grace alone that kept me from leaving. Once I committed to stay, the Lord gave me peace He would do something that would one day encourage other pastors in days of intense battles. With pandemics and growing persecutions, such days are now a reality for millions.

Three Life-Changing Revelations

As I sought the Lord for greater closeness, joy and power, He led me to do a very deep study of John 15:4-16, 1 Corinthians 2:1-4, 2 Corinthians 7:1, Acts 1:4-8, 4:29-34, 5:41 and James 5:16-18. In these texts, it became clear that abundant spiritual fruit and Spirit-empowerment flow only from deep closeness with Jesus, fervent prayer and full yieldedness of heart. As I further researched the leaders of great awakenings and persecuted believers, the Lord opened my eyes to three specific points of inadequacy in my walk with Christ. Though by today’s rushed patterns my prayer life might have seemed above average, it was definitely not sufficient by God’s standards in Scripture and historic awakenings. The Lord graciously helped me see three missing elements that ultimately made a vast difference in my life and church. I pray these insights will help fellow pastors as much as they transformed me.

First, I realized I was focusing so much on God’s love, I was neglecting the reverential fear of His holiness. As a result, I had settled for using some popular heart cleansing/surrender guides that were simply not complete enough to bring specific yielding in all key areas of sin and self. (Psalm 139:23-24; 2 Corinthians 7:1) The Lord helped me see that there were actually around seven areas I needed to yield fully and consistently. (Most cleansing/growth guides deal with only four or five general areas.) I also saw that full surrender to Jesus had to involve a continual yielding of “self, weights of hindrance and heart idols,” not just sin. (Matthew 16:24; Hebrews 12:1-2) I was discovering that Jesus wanted to be Lord of even our motives and secret thoughts. And while of course we are all very much a work in progress, we do have to at least be in serious, intentional progress.
I began to realize being “under grace” in no way meant I could marginalize ever-deeper growth and surrender. If the Apostle Paul needed to continually “press toward the mark” and “perfect holiness in the fear of God,” I surely needed it all the more! But I really didn’t have a clear enough handle on how to walk in that. The Lord was revealing that I needed to more fully revere His awesome holiness. After much prayer and study, the Lord led me to develop a seven category pattern of Scripture to pray through. There were twelve to fourteen Scriptures and issues for each major category. Bear in mind, this was to be a process prayed through over several days, not at one prayer time. It was to be a grace relationship of love and surrender, not a legalistic guilt trip.

Second, the Lord helped me recognize that my personal time in His word and prayer was stopping short of the relational abiding in Christ described in Scripture. (John 15:4-16) I realized many quiet time models either left out or marginalized two or three essential biblical elements of full surrender and empowerment in Christ. Many prayer patterns stopped at general confession (with little emphasis on specific repentance.) Most models further omitted any intentional time to meditate on God’s word and truly listen to His voice.
I also noticed many devotional patterns tended to focus more on personal desires and needs than God’s kingdom and righteousness. They were kind of a reverse of Matthew 6:33. More importantly, I sensed God wanted me to view time in His word and prayer more as truly experiencing a relationship than just doing my prayer and Bible reading. Though the changes did require some additional time, it wasn’t exorbitant, undoable or legalistic. Over the next several weeks I began to experience a major difference in closeness with Jesus.

Third, the Lord helped me more fully understand that all true growth and power flow solely from His grace and Holy Spirit-empowerment, not legalism or religious works. (Galatians 3:1-3, 5:16; Ephesians 2:8-9, 5:18) I knew as I embraced the deeper cleansing and yielding, I had to stay focused on my full acceptance by God’s grace in Christ. It was so freeing to realize God doesn’t convict His children to condemn, but to transform us by His grace and Spirit. So rather than dreading deeper cleansing and yielding, I knew I was to desire it out of love for Christ. (1 John 3:3, 5:3) So with these three biblical principles firmly in my mind, I began a twelve week focused journey of deeper surrender and more complete time in God’s word and prayer. It was the beginning of a relationship journey that would utterly transform my life, ministry and church!

A Wounded, Weary Pastor Renewed and Empowered

During the first few weeks, I slowly prayed through all seven key areas of cleansing and surrender. Those specific areas were: thoughts/heart focus, attitudes, words/social media, all relationships, sins of transgression, sins omission, yielding of self /weights and heart idols. Soon, a much greater revelation of God’s holiness gripped my heart. As the Lord brought deeper brokenness and godly sorrow, a reverential fear of the Lord became much more real. Over just those first weeks, the Lord revealed no less than eleven specific areas for confession, repentance and deeper surrender.
Several issues were things I had no idea were hindering God’s Spirit (i.e. confession without repentance, selfish motives, secret thoughts, people I had not fully forgiven, prideful ambition, desiring the praise of men, self-preservation, etc.) I found when I truly allowed the Lord to deeply search all areas, I saw things I would never have seen with the more brief, general patterns. But praise God, it was about grace, growth and empowerment, not condemnation and guilt! Above all, it was about embracing the life-long journey to ever-more fully know, love and revere the Lord. (John 17:3; Matthew 22:37; Ecclesiastes 12:13)
By the end of about nine weeks, I was becoming a very different person. Though many situations at the church were actually worse and my physical condition more painful, God gave me a joy and peace unlike anything I had ever known. He was teaching me that my peace, joy and love had to be in Jesus alone, not my personal, family or ministry circumstances. Though I have certainly had to re-learn and grow in that truth many times since, it was a huge turning point. My preaching was empowered like never before and God’s word came much more alive to me. Before long, the Lord was revealing some powerful new insights to help my beleaguered church.

Two Essential Principles of Spiritual Power

While I still had (and have) plenty of battles, pain and need for growth, God was opening my eyes to two key principles. First — it is impossible to experience full New Testament-type joy, power and intimacy with Christ without New Testament-type prayer and surrender to Christ’s Lordship. Second — we will never be any more full of the Holy Spirit, than we are willing to be daily emptied of both sin and self. While we experience it all by trusting in God’s grace and Spirit, we must nonetheless choose the continuous growth and yielding. There really isn’t a short cut and none of us ever outgrow the need to be perfecting holiness in both the love and reverence of God. (John 15:9-13; Philippians 2:12-13, 3:10-14) The Lord wants none of us to be in a spiritual coast mode.
As busy pastors, it can be easy to overlook this need and casually assume “oh yes, I’m already doing the cleansing and yielding.” Yet, we may unwittingly be doing a watered-down version rather than one of full biblical completeness and depth. That had definitely happened to me but I didn’t realize it. The truth is, the Lord wants to be taking all of us ever-deeper. No matter how long we’ve served God, there is always more to know of Jesus. (Philippians 3:10-14) In the many verses describing believers’ call to ever-deeper holiness and prayer, there is absolutely no hint that we can be casual or unintentional. (2 Corinthians 7:1; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 12:14) But thank God, His grace and love are with us every step! Growing in Holiness is not a walk of condemnation, legalism or works that we have to endure. Rather, it is a relationship of grace we get to experience for God’s glory! (John 15:9; 1 John 5:3)

A Broken Church Revived and Empowered

As the Lord was transforming my own life, He then revealed the following two truths about my role as pastor. (1) It is impossible for believers to know, love and revere God fully if pastors do not clearly teach both His love and holiness. (2) It is impossible for churches to function in New Testament-type joy and power if pastors do not clearly teach and consistently call them to New Testament-type prayer and surrender. I realized that if I said (or implied) that a brief little devotion is all believers need, then that is all they will likely do. (And most won’t even do that.) In that moment, I knew what God wanted me to teach and preach for the next six months. So using the key Scriptures that had so transformed my life, I taught the more complete biblical patterns of abiding in Christ by His word, prayer and surrender.
First, I started by teaching my members to embrace more complete biblical times in daily prayer and Scripture. Though I was not asking that my peoples’ quiet times be unduly long, they would experience a pattern for deeper surrender, closer listening to God’s voice and prayer that was more Spirit-empowered. The goal was for their time in Scripture and prayer to be more a dialogue of talking and listening to God through His word. So for a few weeks, a core minority of my church transformed their patterns of personal prayer and Scripture. They would also seek to meditate, listen and apply God’s word, not just read it.
Second, I taught my people the seven element pattern for ongoing deep yielding of sin and self. While it was not some magic formula, it did provide a clearer biblical mark toward which we are all to be pressing continually. Indeed, how can people fully yield and daily “press toward the mark” if they really don’t have one that is clear and practical?
We also discovered that the seven elements of cleansings and growth were very practical for ongoing daily use (after the initial deeper focused cleansing.) By being seven categories, a believer could easily focus on one different life area each day. In that pattern, believers freshly surrender and grow in all key areas of life each week. Though it’s certainly not a magic formula, I have never found a better way to help believers continually “press toward the mark” and “perfect holiness in the fear of God.” And for sure, none of us will ever outgrow the seven biblical areas of cleansing and growth.

All God Needs is a Dedicated Remnant

(Judges 7:1-7)

As any pastor surely knows, it is usually just a small minority that will embrace deepest commitment to holiness and prayer. For my first few years of pastoring, I was much troubled that a majority of people seemed somewhat lukewarm about deeper prayer, repentance and soul winning. It was freeing when God revealed to me that He begins His deep working through a dedicated remnant, not the lukewarm majority. Leaders if we are not careful, it is easy to spend so much time catering to the majority, we fail to take the remnant to true New Testament depth and power.
While in my church it was only a remnant that responded to the call to deeper quiet times and surrender, I focused on deepening that remnant. And what God did through that small minority was phenomenal! Within about three months, some of my people were definitely praying both alone (and together) on a new level. The Lord was changing both our personal and corporate prayer patterns. And while answers to prayer often come quite slowly and gradually, in our particularly desperate need the Lord moved with merciful swiftness and power.
Though we had tried all the best growth programs and visited over 5,000 households in six weeks, the church was steadily declining. Yet as people began to pray on a deeper level, the Lord led several to pray specifically that He would “send laborers” into our church body. Some of us sensed God had given a promise from Matthew 9:37-38. Miraculously after a few weeks, several people just suddenly started visiting our church. And this was right in the middle of horrific publicity and a rapidly declining area.
The first Sunday when about seven walked the aisle to join our church, it was like a Red Sea miracle. In fact when the first ones came down the aisle to join, I almost felt like saying, “What do you want?” (I was so out of practice!) And as many more people joined in coming weeks, several literally said, “We want to go to work for God.” Just as He promised, the Lord was sending laborers and tithers into our struggling church! In truth, I think some of my people had more faith than their pastor. While answers to prayer definitely don’t always come fast, the effectual, fervent prayers of yielded hearts still avail much!

A New Passion and Power For Soul Winning

One crucial change was the difference that came to some marriages and family relationships. We also saw some remarkable healing in broken and strained relationships between church members. But an especially powerful change was a new passion to intercede and witness to lost people. Those who had gone deeper in prayer were definitely praying with greater effectiveness, fervency, faith and power. One particularly quiet shy woman began to fast and pray for thirty lost people. And though she had never before led anyone to Christ, she actually went to witness to most of the people on her list. Within six months, I baptized twenty-one of her thirty! For those months, the Lord probably used that unassuming little praying lady more than anyone. But the answers were just beginning.
Though our church had been praying for about sixty lost people for five years, only a very few had been saved. And as people began to pray with much greater power and faith, we saw forty-five of the sixty saved and baptized within nine months! One of our men began fasting and praying for a co-worker who was notoriously rough and violent. That rough co-worker was among those who were gloriously saved and became one of our most faithful witnesses for Jesus.
A Sunday School teacher had long been praying for a son who was drifting. For years there was no change except for the worse. But as her closeness and surrender went to another level, she said “my prayers are just different now. I truly believe God has shown me my son will be saved and become a minister.” A few weeks later, that young man gave his life to Christ. And you guessed it, for many years now he has been an ordained minister in Middle Tennessee.

Deeper Unity and Healed Relationships

As God’s moving increased, many church members at last saw wayward children restored, spouses saved and relationships healed. And though our people still didn’t all enjoy the same worship style or agree on all issues, God gave us a stronger love and unity anyway. And finally the legal and financial answers began to happen.
After five years of an intense legal battle, the Lord brought full court vindication and victory for the church and people acquitted. But then we needed another miracle. We faced over-whelming debt from over five years of legal fees. Once again through intense united prayer, God graciously moved and saved the church. The Lord led eight kind-hearted attorneys to forgive the church close to a million dollar debt. And one of those attorneys came to Jesus!
Dear pastors, while answers definitely don’t always come quick, God can yet move in even the darkest places and times. But, it still requires the effectual, fervent prayers of yielded hearts. (James 5:16) Regardless of new theories, programs, academics or strategies, these can never replace true heart-yieldedness and powerful united prayer. Yet if we are not careful, we can easily wind up placing greater focus and time on everything in the world except the one thing that brings full New Testament power. (Mark 11:17; Acts 1:8; James 5:16-18) And while it is certainly not the intent, a subtle form of spiritual inoculation creeps into our lives and churches. In “inoculation” we embrace a weakened version of something that keeps us from getting the real thing. There is little question this is a major unrecognized hindrance for countless busy leaders and churches.

Overcoming Today’s Spiritual Desensitization and Inoculation

Sadly, many well-meaning believers have unwittingly embraced prayer and surrender patterns that stop short of true biblical abiding in Christ’s fullness and power. Given society’s saturation with impurity and materialism, believers can also become “desensitized” to some common daily patterns that are seriously hindering God’s Spirit. And when the Spirit is hindered, believers are much more vulnerable to marriage and parenting failures. Because we live in a day when so few have seen true biblical revival and awakening, it is easy to become so accustomed to sub-normal patterns, we can begin to think that is all there is. We then fall into the unconscious trap of “measuring ourselves by ourselves” rather than God’s word and Spirit. (2 Corinthians 10:12) There is an important truth in a statement by late revivalist Manley Beasley. “We will generally have about as much of God as we’re willing to settle for.” (Jeremiah 29:13; Hebrews 11:6)
Though today is a sound-bite, cliffs-notes type society, fullest New Testament power and closeness just don’t come from sound-bite prayers and surface confession. Because of well-meaning efforts to give people something brief and simple, believers can quite easily get stuck in below average (or shallow) patterns. Thus with many, their spiritual life is a lot like trying to drive a car at Interstate speeds in first gear. No matter how hard someone might try, no one can travel seventy miles per hour in first gear.
Given the prevalence of overly-quick, surface devotions, it is a virtual certainly that many are experiencing an unintended form of “spiritual inoculation.” While believers will surely experience some joy and strength, it is often not the rivers of living water and powerful prayer Jesus intends for His people. (John 7:38; Mark 11:22-24; James 5:16) When people embrace weakened versions of prayer and surrender, they are hindered from experiencing the full reality of Christ’s fullness and power.
It is crucial for believers to realize there really is a major difference between a little devotional moment and God-seeking, heart yielding prayer times. And though believers may be filled with all kinds of intellectual Bible knowledge, doctrines and new methods, one thing is certain. None of us will ever rise spiritually above the height of our personal prayer life and depth of our heart surrender and closeness to Christ. (John 15:4-13; James 5:16) Yet by God’s great grace, deeper surrender and fullness are definitely not out of reach for even the busiest believers and pastors!

A Word of Grace and Hope for Pastors

In writing this testimony of my first church, I pray one thing is clear. All of the transformation was solely by the incredible grace, mercy and power of God. It certainly wasn’t some eloquent, impressive pastor because they didn’t have one. Though we aggressively tried all the programs and strategies of the day, they were not what turned the tide. And while we certainly “said” a lot of prayers, during the first five years, most were not quite the “effectual, fervent prayers of the righteous that avail much.” But in His marvelous grace, the Lord helped us see that James 5:16 has an opposite truth it is all-too easy to ignore.
Just as the “effectual, fervent prayers of the righteous avails much,” the ineffective, casual prayers of the unyielded avail little. This is almost surely a major reason so many have been “praying for revival” and so few churches have actually seen it. The Bible is clear that just “saying” voluminous prayers does not mean they are necessarily powerful. (Isaiah 58:1-6, 59:1-2) In His grace, the Lord was showing our church that prayers and surrender needed to go higher. Yet with some fairly simple and practical biblical adjustments, the Lord helped a broken, discouraged people move more into the flow of His grace and power. And though we were far from perfect, the Lord did a “surprising work of grace.” If He could move in a setting like ours, there is surely hope for those who now read these words.
More each day, my fervent prayer is to encourage and help pastors in the fiery assaults they now face from every angle. And I very much write as a fellow learner, not some exalted lecturer of others. In sharing my testimony of God’s grace in a broken church, I am mindful of the importance of accuracy and balance. So to be clear, I am definitely not suggesting God led us to some magic formula that guarantees quick answers and continuous growth. The precise timing and number of how God moves is always in His hands, not ours. Neither am I implying if we just pray and surrender enough, everything will be rosy and we’ll see miracles by the minute. That is definitely not the case. We still live in earthen vessels of flesh with persecutions and spiritual warfare ever-increasing. Yet as we cast ourselves on God’s grace, there is great hope in His mercy and strength. The Lord Jesus has not lost His power and can still do “surprising works of grace!”

Christ’s Great Desire to Strengthen Pastors

Above all else, I pray this article brings encouragement and hope to fellow soldiers of the cross. The last thing I desire is for any pastor to feel condemned or discouraged about their difficult settings or lack of growth numbers. Thank the Lord, He does not judge us by church size or growth patterns. In some cases, church members just will not respond to serious calls to deeper prayer and surrender. All we can do is faithfully seek to encourage and equip. The response is ultimately up to them. I am further convinced some of the greatest eternal rewards may well go to pastors who were never called to write a book or privileged to see explosive growth. God most rewards the faithfulness, humility and purity with which we serve in our own appointed places. In fact, among God’s greatest heroes of faith are some of our bi-vocational pastors. Though they may be called “part-time,” there is nothing part-time about the hearts and ministries of so many.
It is also true that some of God’s greatest pastors have at one time or another been viciously attacked, fired, falsely scandalized or abandoned. (Some examples are the Lord Jesus, the Apostle Paul, Jonathan Edwards, etc.) Obviously, none of these were failures! And sometimes, it is the next pastor that gets to see the church grow. Our call there was to plow and deal with hindrances. That too is surely no failure. In truth, plowing and sowing are often harder than reaping. But remember, our gracious Lord definitely notices and rewards “degree of difficulty and sacrifice.” (Mark 12:41-44)
And pastors, even when we have totally blown it and it is all our fault, remember the ignominious failures of several leaders in the Bible. Yet, the Lord still loved them and used many again! Even as I write these words, I have a sense some readers need the encouraging message of Psalm 24:16. “Though a righteous man fall seven times, he will get up.” If the Lord still loved and used Peter, there is hope for us. So please don’t stay down dear pastor! Great are the Lord’s compassions and His mercies are new each morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23) And for pastors who may think “I’m just too far along in my ministry for major changes, God can still restore years locusts have eaten. And think of the key “old men” God picked and used in Scripture. I have seen several ministers of advanced years, experience a remarkable new work of grace.
As shepherds, the most crucial thing any of us can do is make sure we are truly abiding in the fervent prayer and surrender the New Testament describes. Sadly, I must confess there have been times since those early ministry years when I drifted back into what I call the “Martha Syndrome.” (Luke 10:38) And it always negatively impacted my life, family and church. This happens to us when (like well-meaning Martha), we get so busy trying to work for Christ and people, we don’t spend enough time with Him in prayer and total heart surrender. And just like Martha, we inevitably end up frustrated, vulnerable and spiritually powerless. The Lord is always as much (or more) concerned with our relationship with Him and what we are than just going through the outward actions of ministry. All of our works will be judged by what “sort” they are. (1 Corinthians 3:13)

Avoiding the “Martha Syndrome”
Modern Pastors’ Most Subtle Risk

Pastors, whether we are contemporary or traditional, reform or non-reform, charismatic or non-charismatic, the foundations of biblical prayer and surrender are equally non-negotiable for us all. If we are not mindful, the ministry itself can become as something of a false idol and mistress we place above closeness and full surrender to Christ Himself. The Lord is a jealous God who is grieved by over-focus or reliance on anything more than closeness and first love passion for Jesus. For Abraham, the key turning point was when God asked Him to sacrifice Isaac, his greatest love and promise. Pastors if we let them, even “blessings, ministry and outward success” can become heart idols that come ahead of God Himself. But thank the Lord, He is willing to renew us afresh if were turn to Him with all our hearts. (Zechariah 1:3)
Another vital key is for pastors to pray together and be partners, not competitors. That is why ministries like AllProPastors are so crucial. Absolutely none of us are designed to function as lone rangers! (And it would be arrogant to think that we are.) Frankly, I don’t believe I would have made it without a few special pastors who truly be-friended me. I would likely not be alive except for the personal friendship and prayers of Henry Blackably and T. W. Hunt. So as important as are activities, education and innovative programs, they can never replace powerful personal and united prayer with others.
There is actually one sense in which today’s unpresented explosion of education, innovative methods, ready-made sermons and strategies can become a subtle risk. It is the risk of emphasizing and relying more on these than on deep surrender, prayer and Holy Spirit-empowerment. Many pastors are even tricked into thinking “it is alright if my prayer life is kind of average because my main strength is preaching, pastoring, administration, or vision casting.” This is surely among Satan’s most damaging deceptions for today’s shepherds.

Distractions Bring Powerlessness and Vulnerability

Beyond question, too little time in prayer and surrender leaves pastors vulnerable to pornography, wrong relationships, and all other pitfalls. Fervent prayer also makes a huge difference in withstanding today’s unprecedented pressures upon marriage and parenting. The problem with the “prayer is not my main strength mindset” is that it is the exact opposite of the example and teaching of Jesus, the Apostles and virtually all leaders of historic awakenings. Since fervent prayer and surrender were definitely their priority practices, so too they must be ours! To do less is to do without God’s fullest anointing and power. Regardless of what some may think, we do not have a plan that is better than God’s.
After nearly four decades of researching historic awakenings and missions movements, it has never been more clear that fullest New Testament power and awakening must start with deeply cleansed, revived pastors. (Joel 2:17; Malachi 3:2-4; Acts 6:4; 2 Corinthians 7:1) As few before, our generation must re-learn the essential principle of the apostle Paul. Though he was a brilliant man of learning, he did not rely on high learning, leadership persona or persuasive words of men. His primary reliance was on the “demonstration of the Spirit and power.” (1 Corinthians 2:1-4) He summed it best when he wrote, “The kingdom of God is not in word (or talk), but in (spiritual) power.” (1 Corinthians 4:20) Regardless of the excellent new tools we are blessed to use, New Testament-type power still requires New Testament-type prayer, surrender and Spirit-empowerment. (Zechariah 4:6)

The Testimony From Then to Now

Though my first church never again saw quite the numbers of that initial strong move, God continued to do extraordinary things through deeper prayer and surrender. While we had little extra money, the Lord birthed a multi-state radio ministry and book distribution that ultimately went into many languages. Indeed, all that God has done in my life since, began from His grace in the faithful people of my first church. I will never forget their commitment. Then five years later in 1994, I contracted a devastating case of Lymes disease which was improperly diagnosed and treated. The illness did significant long-term damage. My doctor said I would likely need to go on disability as intense writing, preaching and missions travel would be difficult if not impossible.
As I prayed over this, I was begging God to heal me. And while in many cases He will heal, the Lord spoke through 2 Corinthians 12:9. It was where the Apostle Paul was begging God to deliver him from an incredibly painful thorn. But, the Lord told him “no.” He promised sufficient grace to give Him power in midst of pain and weakness. While I definitely did not want to hear that answer, I knew God could bring greater strength and fruit out of pain. So rather than healing, the Lord’s answer was to call me to still deeper levels of prayer and surrender. (And the truth is, we can always go deeper.) And though at that time I had never written an actual book, the Lord promised grace to write multiple books and spread them over key mission fields worldwide. In spite of many disappointments, battles, discouragements and struggles, God has been faithful to His word!
While, I have lived with pain and periodic bouts of extreme fatigue since 1994, there are now over forty books and resources on many mission fields. Solely by God’s hand, at least one book is printed in more than forty languages. And though doctors said extensive travel would be near impossible, the Lord has sent me nearly three million miles conducting over a thousand church and pastor renewal conferences.

God’s Strength in Our Impossibilities

Though better circumstances and healing can surely bring God glory, His grace can also be very real in our weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:10) If we walk in trust, His grace and joy are stronger than our circumstances. Though I have seen God’s gracious hand in forty years of ministry, I think the greatest joy is seeing the Lord work in prayer/renewal conferences in churches and pastors groups. The joy is actually seeing Christ’s shepherds and people face to face. For churches, our primary conference has been Going Deeper With God. With pastor groups, it is Principles of New Testament, Great Awakening-Type Ministry. And especially when ministering among persecuted underground pastors and churches, I have undoubtedly learned far more from them than they learned from me.
Because my heart passion is to help pastors and churches, I close this article with a mention of two practical books. The two Scripture-filled books are: How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life and Returning to Holiness, or its later version, Return to Me Says the Lord. The book, Return to Me has appendices that are practical tools for effective daily prayer, full surrender and evangelistic intercession.
As readers might guess, these are the books God birthed from His gracious movement in my first church. The studies are specifically designed to raise believers’ level of prayer and deepen their surrender to Christ’s Lordship. They are about deeper intimacy, joy and power in Jesus. Above all, the studies are about glorifying God’s name and spreading Christ’s kingdom. The books are encouraging and practical for individual, small groups or church-wide growth and renewal. By God’s grace, people have donated nearly two million of these books in strategic mission fields.
In the US and Canada, we sell books for reasonable prices to make it easy for churches to use. The books can be obtained at www.frizzellministries.org for those in North America and Canada. Just go to our website and click on the “Ordering Resources” tab to find the particular books. For those outside North America, go to http://masterdesign.org/frizzellspecial.html. (Some of our other books are distributed only in the mission countries and are therefore not available on our website.)If I can help with information about a book or conference, it would be my deepest joy. Please feel free to contact me at info@frizzellministries.org.
As today’s darkness and persecution intensify, may God encourage, guide and protect all of His shepherds. It is and shall always be the most important calling on earth! As go pastors, so goes our churches. And as go our churches, so goes our cities, nations and the world. Let us determine to ever-abide in Christ and His word in us. In Him, we can “ask whatever we will, walk in joy and bear much fruit to the glory of God’s name!” (John 15:4-13)

To the Glory of God and Christ,

What is “Counting the Omer”?
God’s people have been counting the omer or days from Passover to Pentecost (a.k.a. Shavuot, Feast of Weeks) for a long time. Why do God’s people count the days to Pentecost?
I looked up the phrase “counting the days” and one definition said …
Counting the Days: to wait for something that you want very much to happen.
I also looked up quotes about “counting the days” and several said something like this …
“Roses are read. Violets are blue. I’m counting the days, until I can finally see you.”
People who are engaged to be married count the days until their wedding. When I was a child, several of my teachers counted the days until summer vacation. All throughout history people have counted the days when they have been excited about something that was coming soon. So why have God’s people counted the days from Passover to Pentecost for thousands of years?
(Leviticus 23:15-16, 22) ‘You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete Sabbaths. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the Lord. … When you reap the harvest of your land.
God’s people counted the days from Passover to Pentecost because Pentecost was the time when they reaped the Spring harvest. This was something people were excited about and wanted very much to happen. While they were counting the days, they were counting on God to give them a harvest that would supply all their needs.
After delivering His people from Egypt, God brought them to Mt. Sinai. When you count the days from Passover (or the time Israel left Egypt) you discover that Moses was meeting with God at Mt. Sinai on the day of Pentecost. This is certainly something to get excited about. As we count the days to Pentecost and think about Israel’s time with God at Mt. Sinai, we pray and hope that God will grant us a special revelation of Himself and His Word.
About 2,000 years ago while God’s people were in the Upper Room and counting the days to Pentecost, God again met with them in a very special way by giving them His Spirit. Just like God’s people in the first century, we need a fresh impartation of God’s Spirit.
God gave us His Word and Spirit on the same day because they work together to accomplish God’s purposes in our life. Receiving God’s Word and Spirit are not simply one-time events. When we first receive a revelation of God’s Word and Spirit, we are not complete or perfect. Every day we need more revelation of God’s Word, and a fresh impartation of His Spirit, and since He gave both on the same day, we should expect that this is a special day to pursue more of both.
Receiving more revelation of God’s Word, and a fresh touch of His Spirit is something that should excite us, and we should want to happen so we should be counting the days until Pentecost. We should be confident that God loves us so much that He wants to give us a fresh revelation of His Word, and impartation of His Spirit.
I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it. I’m about to meet with God and I think I like it.

The following article is by one of our contributor teams. It is very controversial and we respectfully ask that when you read this understand that this ministry tries to provide thought engaging subjects that are simply for you to review and decide for yourself. Our team has many backgrounds and educational achievements and our prayer is that you will see this as simply one possibility.

By Dr Kevan Kruse and Dr Dennis O’Hara

Florida’s governor bans agencies and businesses from requiring ‘vaccine passports.’

**This passport is not to go overseas, it is to get into local stores, businesses, and events.

  • https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/02/us/florida-vaccine-passport-desantis.html

Number of COVID Vaccine Injuries Surpasses 50,000, CDC Data Show

Govt of Norway Indicted for Crimes Against Humanity Over ‘Planned False Pandemic’

A Month Since Texas Governor Lifted Mask Mandate & COVID Cases Continue to Fall

  • https://www.dailywire.com/news/its-been-nearly-a-month-since-texas-governor-lifted-mask-mandate-and-covid-cases-continue-to-fall?fbclid=IwAR0YU6-qV4ujU60viVMjhdk9eDrj-BOin_yuT1M32Au8G9Tij9EqvWf6Ob0

Houston physician warns Pfizer / Moderna vaccines don’t provide immunity against covid

  • https://www.naturalnews.com/2021-03-28-mrna-vaccines-dont-provide-immunity-against-coronavirus.html

Dr. Carrie Madej: The Gene Code Injection – An Experiment on Humanity

**Another source saying this is the vaccine is gene therapy.

Covid Is Surging in Chile Despite High Vaccine Rate — Why the U.S. Should Take Notice

This means the Covid test is inaccurate or the Vaccine doesn’t work, which lie works for you?

NY State Senate Passes Draconian Bill

If New York Governor Cuomo signs this draconian measure into law, those refusing to be jabbed with experimental, unapproved, toxic drugs could be considered the equivalent of a criminal offense. Involuntary/indefinite detention if ordered will become de facto concentration camp imprisonment.

  • https://alethonews.com/2021/04/06/ny-state-senate-passes-draconian-bill/

 

The Right Hand of Faith

We have come so far in this series of articles, but we have one more mile to go to expose another deception that is coming.  One of the remaining traits of the “Mark of the Beast” that we have yet to discuss has to do with our right hands and our foreheads.  It seems intuitive that we should be marked on our right hand, but the whole idea of being marked on our forehead seems a bit intrusive.

 

Jack Wellman has a nice article that talks about “What Does the Right Hand Symbolize or Mean in The Bible?  This phrase, “the right hand,” occurs 166 times in the Bible.  What is interesting is that God wants to hold our right hand.  In Isaiah 41:13,  God says, “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand… Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”  Remember, anything God desires is also something that Satan wants to emulate.  This walking hand in the right hand is reminiscent of walking along with God in the Garden of Eden because it implies a close relationship.

  • https://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/author/jwellman/

Being in someone’s right hand also implies both authority and protection.  “The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool” (see Luke 20:42-43, but also Luke 22:69)  What is good to note is that God can hold all of us in His right hand, signifying the special place that He holds for all of us in His heart.  But what God holds in love, Satan holds in hate and condemnation.  How fearful it must be to have Satan holding us in his hands and marked by his signet.

 

The Seat of Our Identity

Typically, no one wants to mark their face as this is the most invasive place I can imagine and impossible to hide.  When we are marked in the face, it could also be a way of saying that our appearance or even our identity has been changed.  Someone with a scared face may no longer be recognizable, and that may be some of what happens.  Taking the Mark of the Beast or MOB makes us unrecognizable as children of God. But when we let go of exactly what kind of mark this is, we can begin to imagine quite a few other possibilities.

 

The idea of something marking our foreheads is not that foreign in the Bible.  For example, in Revelation 17 there is a woman who has something written on her forehead.  “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Later, in Revelation 13:6, the deceived children of this same harlot also receive a mark on their foreheads (Rev. 14:9).  One would have to think this is also the MOB.

 

Things being written in our foreheads could also be referring to the idea that in heaven our minds are an open book, and they can be read just like we read a book.  Nothing can be hidden, (Mark 4:22) so these marks in our forehead are also a sign of what is inside of our minds and our hearts.  Having Satan in complete control of either of these places could also easily correlate with the idea of a seared conscience.  (1 Timothy 4:2)

 

The Opening of the Abyss

These marks are not necessarily literal or visible in the physical realm, but they are giant flashing billboards in the spiritual world, and they cannot be missed.  For example, God’s children also have something written in their foreheads.  Think of Revelation 14:1 and how it speaks of the 144,000 who have both the name of the Lamb, and the Father written in their foreheads.

 

These kinds of passages let us know that when we are talking about a mark in our foreheads, we could be talking about symbolism, imagery, or just a physical description of spiritual things.  Now we are coming to what I believe may be one of the top two events in all of the “end times.”  The “opening of the Abyss.”  This opening of the Abyss, found in Revelation 9, is another of my favorite passages that talk about a mark, signet, or seal in our foreheads.

  • Then the fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth, and it was given the key to the pit of the Abyss.  The star opened the pit of the Abyss, and smoke rose out of it like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke from the pit. And out of the smoke, locusts descended on the earth, and they were given power like that of the scorpions of the earth.  They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

This passage is also significant because it represents the moment where the spirit of the Anti-Christ is released upon the world for the second time.  This spirit is the “king” over all the other spirits in the Abyss, but he is also called a (fallen) angel of the bottomless pit.  His name in the “Hebrew tongue is Abaddon but in the Greek tongue his name Apollyon.” (Revelation 9:11)  Now when we think of the Abyss, we have to remember that it’s an underground prison where disobedient spirits or fallen angels were imprisoned for what they did in the “Days of Noah.”

  • (Jesus) went and preached (proclaimed) to the spirits in prison, who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. (1 Peter 3:19-20)

Walking through this imagery, we have to remember that after His resurrection, Jesus went to witness to the spirits in the Abyss.  I believe He witnessed to them that He now holds all power in heaven, on earth, and of the underworld.  Since then, Jesus has been holding the key to the Abyss.  What might be shocking for most of us is that He is going to give it back to Satan one last time.  Satan is then going to open up the Abyss so that he can regain many of his captured troops.

 

But of all the spirits Satan hopes to retain, it is the spirit of the Anti-Christ that is the most important.  The fact that this spirit comes out of the Abyss means that he has been here before, and was punished for what he did the last time he was here.  This is also true of all the other spirits coming out of the Abyss.  This time they will have 1000’s of years of pent-up rage to unleash upon the world.  Reading all of Revelations 9 reveals that the beings coming out of the Abyss are also human-beast-hybrids.

 

Unfortunately, they are given great power, but they do not have free reign over the earth.  These creatures also lend credence to the genetic aspirations of Satan, as they are his true spawn.  These weird creatures cannot hurt some things on the earth such as the grass and the trees.  They also cannot kill, but they can torment.  Most importantly, before these spirits are released, an angel puts a seal in the forehead of all God’s children to stop the evil spirits from tormenting them.

 

This seal in the forehead could also be thought of as a mark or a signet, and it may not be visible to anyone except spiritual beings.  This seal may also be more than a mark because it may present an actual barrier that cannot be opened or crossed.  From my perspective, it cannot be a coincidence that in the end times both Satan and God seal all of their children with a mark or seal in their foreheads.  But it is the description of the opening of the Abyss that helps us understand how each mark or seal works.

 

Disembodied Spirits

All of this imagery is important because the things that are coming out of the Abyss are evil spirits or demons.  They may not have bodies, which means that they will be looking for a body to take over, inhabit or possess.  Again, if the main goal of God is to inhabit us with His Holy Spirit, then wouldn’t the main goal of a disembodied and disobedient angel be to possess our bodies?  This is what demonic possession is all about.

 

We also have to remember that being disembodied may not be very comfortable or satisfying.  After all, spirits only have few ways of interacting with the physical world.  The idea that spirits don’t have a body seems consistent with the Bible.  After all, Jesus says ghosts are real. (Luke 24:37)  But having bodies seems to be very important to spiritual beings.  Consequently, this release of ancient spirits is likely to produce the same effect that it did in the Days of Noah.

 

I have already mentioned how the opening of the Abyss represents the exact point that Satan demonically possesses the man who is Anti-Christ.  Therefore, we know that the MOB must be fully in play by this point.  This means the spirits coming out of the Abyss already have all their targets marked for torment.  As a side note, the identity of the Anti-Christ is revealed as a past king and an old one at that.  Paralleling that to Revelation 17:6-12 where it says, that the Anti-Christ will be one of seven kings, but will someone how also be the eighth king.  That would make this his second appearance here on earth.

 

This is why the same passage says about the Anti-Christ, “who was, and is not, and who will be.” It says it three times because it is that hard to believe.  This cycle of repeated possession makes sense when we understand why the Bible says the Anti-Christ will be able to heal from a mortal wound.  See Revelation 13:14 where it says,  “the beast that had been wounded by the sword and yet had lived.”  Understanding that a disembodied spirit being released from prison only has certain powers is important, and it may be because they do not have bodies.

 

This is why the Anti-Christ needs a body to manifest himself to the world, and why the host of demons coming out of the Abyss will be looking to do the same. But does this idea of bodies being separated from spirits hold up?  As it turns out, the same Greek root word (Oikētērion) for the new body we get on resurrection day happens to be the same word for what the fallen angels lost in the heavenly war.  This same word can also refer to the body as a dwelling place for the spirit.  Specifically, 2 Corinthians 5:3 talks about the body that Christians are “earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house, which is from heaven.”

 

This is contrasted in Jude 1:6 by what the fallen angels seem to have lost in their war against heaven because they “left their own habitation/house.  (Consequently), he hath reserved (them) in everlasting chains under darkness.”  The fact that they have no body may be why they can only torment those without Godly seals in their foreheads. All of this makes me think that demonic possession may be one of the ways they can torment these people.  Most importantly, God’s seal prevents possession, while the other seal or mark of the beast may invite them to enter.

 

The fact that this gateway to entry by foreign spirits happens in our forehead certainly brings the idea of mind control to the forefront of what might be happening here.  This mark could also be like a spiritual signet, which signifies authority over our mind.  It could also be a seared conscience.  But what exactly is it about God’s seal or mark that keeps the demons out?  I believe it is the Holy Spirit that writes the Name of God Himself in our foreheads.  This is significant because we are told that the Abyss can only be opened when the restrainer is taken out of the way.

 

While there is much debate as to the identity of this restrainer, I believe the answer is two-fold.  Jesus holds the key, but the HS has been the one who (since the veil inside the Holiest of Holies was rent from top to bottom) has destroyed occultism around the world and allowed for the gospel to gain victory over all the spirits of the earth. Furthermore, once we are inhabited by the HS in our hearts, which makes us the temple of the HS and God, we are told that we are sealed or pledged until the day of redemption.  (2 Corinthians 1:21 Revelation 7:3, Ephesians 1:13 & Ephesians 4:30)

 

This is the same seal that is now being given to those during the tribulation that will allow them to escape much of the torment that is coming from these disembodied spirits that are full of vengeance and hate.  Unfortunately, many of the saints will be martyred during the tribulation, and that is why their spirits will cry out for God to avenge them.  (Revelations 6:10 & 20:4)

 

Connecting the Dots

So, let’s summarize what we have learned so far in all 5 parts of this series.  As we will see it is a lesson of “two kinds.” In other words, there are two categories that everything fits in as we head towards the “end times.”  This works much like the sorting room that our Bibles say is coming where God separates the wheat from the chaff and the sheep from the goats.  The following is a chart so we can illustrate how these passages sort out the end times into two people groups.  I believe that they are all connected.

 

Prophetic Sorting Passages Saved / Worship God Unsaved / Worship Satan
War of the Seed (Genesis 3) God’s Seed or Offspring Satan’s Seed or Offspring
Days of Noah (Genesis 6) Adamic Race – Noah was

Perfect in his Generations

New Seed or Hybrid Humans
Divided Kingdom or Final Kingdom of Daniel 2 Un-mingled Seed Mingled Seed
Mark of the Beast (Rev 13) Unmarked Foreheads / Hands Marked Foreheads/Hands
Opening of the Abyss

(Revelation 9)

Sealed or Closed Foreheads

Inhabited by the HS

Unsealed / Open Foreheads

Inhabited by Demons

 

The first three prophetic passages seem to indicate that DNA is being changed unless you are prepared to spiritualize the entire narrative.  But spiritualization doesn’t explain two different kinds of people or offspring.  Also, how could they be so different if they didn’t have different DNA?  The next question becomes, is it possible that there is also a genetic connection to the MOB and the sealing or unsealing of our foreheads?  I believe it is.

 

We are specifically told the “last days” will be like the DON, which means the DON & the MOB are manifesting simultaneously.  I believe that is because they both have a direct connection to genetic manipulation.  After all, the idea of a genetic marker (with its spiritual implications) could fulfill the general parameters of the description of the MOB.  In the last article, we shared how the genetic implications of changing our DNA might also explain why someone cannot be saved if they take this mark.

 

What we want to explore now is the idea that all of these things are connected.  For example, it would also make sense that upon the release of the demons of the Abyss that they could more easily possess the seed of Satan, than the seed of God.  This means our DNA could have something to do with how or why a Satanically marked forehead cannot later be sealed by God.

 

We have already detailed how altering our DNA might also alter our perception and change our very nature.  Again, think about how the chickens don’t act like chickens when we blend quail DNA into them.  Consequently, it is not that far-fetched to think that changing us genetically might also literally change our minds and our very nature.  Not only could changing our DNA open us up to perceive things differently, but we might see and experience things that we never have before.

 

Remember, Balaam’s donkey could see the angel, but Balaam could not.  This genetic difference between Balaam and his donkey could certainly be described as sealed or unsealed concerning what they each perceive in the spiritual realm.  In essence, we have the power to ignore angels, but the donkey did not.  Something about a donkey is more open to the spiritual world than we humans.  All the more reason why a Godly seal or signet is needed to prevent demonic possession after the opening of the Abyss.

 

Vice versa, a Satanic seal, mark, or signet like the MOB represents being open to Satan and being closed to God.  This is the point where humanity has been sorted and marked as either a sheep or a goat by their respective fathers. A Satanic seal in our foreheads is exactly what the Mark of the Beast appears to be.  This opening to demonic forces would also explain why the people who worship the beast are the ones who take his mark.  After all, the demons in the Abyss have already been worshiping this same king that was over them.

 

The idea of demonic possession could explain why, if these imprisoned spirits were possessing much of the population of the earth, they would naturally worship their king all over again.  Their foreheads have been opened up to see Satan as God.  In doing so, their conscience has been seared, and they have made their final choice.   The HS can no longer reach them or inhabit them.  Just as we are purchased with a price, so too their souls are claimed by Satan’s rights as a new father and creator.

 

Opening or Closing the Veil

The idea of a seal could also work like a veil.  The question is whether or not the veil is either open or closed.  Think of the Holiest of Holies in the temple of Jerusalem.  When that veil was rent from top to bottom, it symbolized that God’s dwelling place was once again in our hearts and that we no longer needed an intercessor between God and man.  The barrier was destroyed.  We were once again opened up to God and His HS to dwell inside of us bodily.

 

This same opening to God and the Holy Spirit also came with a closed veil or seal with regard to certain amounts of demonic influence and tampering.  For the most part, God’s seal or veil presides over the lives of a Christian all the way to salvation, thus preventing complete demonic possession along the way. This does not mean that Christians will not need some deliverance from spiritual oppression as many of us can attest. But the difference is we have been sealed by the HS for redemption.  While Salvation is a done deal, this same seal by the Holy Spirit also helps us recognize the MOB and strengthens us so that we don’t take it.

  • And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30)

The Mystery of the MOB

Now reverse this principle.  Is there a seal of Satan that can prevent someone from changing their mind about Jesus and repenting?  The Bible says that there is and it is called the MOB.  This mark seals someone to the domain of Satan and prevents God from being able to save them.  Thinking about the imagery of the Abyss, an unsealed forehead does the same thing.  In this way, the MOB and the unsealed forehead are two parts of the same puzzle.

 

An open, unsealed or unstable mind is why the people who take the MOB are the same people who worship all that is beastly.  Consequently, the MOB and the unsealed forehead are two distinct features of the end times and they appear to be intricately related.  Adding these two ideas to the fact that the “last days” would also see a repeat performance of the Days of Noah (Genesis 3 & 6), and we have a big hint that the MOB and the unsealed mind may have something to do with genetic manipulation.

 

The “Divided Kingdom” of Daniel 2 also gives testimony about how the last kingdom would have two kinds of people; mingled seed people and unmingled seed people.  These genetic changes or markers could explain why someone who chooses to take this mark could not be saved.  While all of us have the potential to become God’s children, it is our choice whether to follow Jesus that determines our fate. Somehow, choosing to take the MOB is doing the same thing.  This is why God has warned us about turning away from Him and about taking the MOB.

 

There are some plausible ways of thinking about how this could be.  If everything God writes is true, then truth cannot be mingled or mixed, and this could include changing our DNA.  Overwriting what God wrote turns the truth into a lie.  Choosing to change our DNA may have the same effect because we would be choosing to be something different than God created.  While this is hard to understand exactly how a mark could do this, it seems that taking the MOB would essentially be the ultimate way of denying that Jesus is Lord and worshiping Satan.

 

This is why the Bible has warned us 2000 years in advance of this coming deception.  So, that we would not be caught off guard.  Yet, that is exactly what is happening because no one is talking about this.  Of course, God had to leave some details out about exactly what the MOB is because Satan also reads the Bible and he would just change his strategy.  Unfortunately, Satan is the father of lies and a murderer from the beginning. (John 8:44)  Satan is out to kill and destroy us and the MOB or changing our DNA could be his ultimate plan on how to do that.  Because we now have the technology to change our seed or our DNA, we will be able to change the image of who we are; our very identity.

Changing our genetics could also change who our father is, which might explain why Satan and his demonic kingdom have unfettered access to us that we cannot repent of.  This is the all-in mentality of those who do or do not take the MOB because it seals or unseals them in their relationship with God.  But it still must be their choice.  The problem is that I believe there will be a great deception about what the MOB is.  Either way, it means there will come a day when the last person gets saved.  However, from now until the end of time, we are called to strive to reach each soul until everyone is sealed one way or the other.  Unfortunately, there will come a day when everyone has made their final choice.  So, what I am adding at this point is the idea that changing us genetically unseals something spiritually in our minds, our hearts, and our foreheads.

Opening the Third Eye

I have thought about the implications of being sealed or unsealed against demonic influence and possession for quite some time.  I have also thought about how all of these ideas seem to be connected.  But what I want to expound upon is the idea that the occultic world is working towards the unsealing of our minds and foreheads.  Not surprisingly, demonic possession and influence are clearly the goals of all false religions.

 

Another connection between an unsealed forehead and genetic manipulation is found in the  Greek word used for the forehead.  The word “metopon,” which is taken from the root word “meta,” is a term that DC comics often use to describe superheroes – AKA – metahumans. The idea of Meta-humans means they have been altered in some way.  But of all the changes that can be made to a human, why can’t our minds be changed the same way.  When we talk about opening up our minds, why couldn’t that be like opening up a portal where foreign entities could come and go?

 

After all, even our spirit can leave our body, which is why we are told that “when we are absent from our body, we are present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8)  From an occultic view, this openness to demonic influence is often referred to as opening our “Third Eye,” which could certainly be thought of as the end game of virtually all of Satan’s schemes.  What most Christians are unaware of is that the occultic world has been using mind-altering drugs, yoga, and eastern styles of meditation to open our third eye for thousands of years.

 

The Bindi or Tilak Mark

If we are thinking about a mark in our foreheads, it is hard not to notice there is a religion that puts a mark in the middle of the foreheads of its followers.  These marks are part of Hinduism, but can also be in Buddhism and Jainism.  Respectively, the marks for married women are called a Bindi, while the Tilak is usually designated for men.

 

Both marks represent the point at which creation begins and everything is united, which is similar to a mandala.  Both of these marks also symbolize an awakening or an opening of the “third eye,” which represents the opening of someone’s spiritual eyes.   This is the specific goal of all meditation, but it is also symbolic of something called a “Kundalini Awakening.”

 

In case you were wondering, the “Kundalini” is a coiled serpent.  The serpent or serpents coils itself around the spine until it bites down on something in our foreheads.  Traditionally, what the serpent bites down on is thought to be the pineal gland.  This is curious because the pineal gland is an endocrine gland responsible for the production of melatonin, which is part of our internal clock governing our sleep.  The pineal gland also helps us sense how dark or light it is.  It may even help us with our sense of direction because of the presence of magnetite.

 

The only connection between the third eye and the pineal gland I can theorize is that our sleep is certainly connected to our dreams.  We know dreams can get weird as the veil in our consciousness may fluctuate between the physical and spiritual.  Demons also hate the light and love darkness.  The idea of perceiving more darkness might allow for more demonic interaction.

 

This is not a lot to go on, but there was a fringe experiment that used magnets placed on the forehead to stimulate the pineal gland.  This was done by Dr. Walter Rawls, and it produced some ghostly visions and interactions.  The point I am trying to make is that historically the occultic world has held the same belief system that there is something inside our foreheads that opens or closes us to demonic forces.

  • https://arizonaparanormalresearch.com/2017/11/06/the-pineal-gland-magnet-experiment/

Of course, the most famous “third eye” on the planet is on our one-dollar bill. Knowing that our $1 bill is a masonic trestle board (basically a visual illustration of their ultimate plan), allows us to see that there are a group of people who have been here since the founding of our country that is actively trying to awaken the “third eye” hidden within our foreheads.  Thus is their intention for America, but God still has His purposes that cannot be thwarted.

 

If we still think there is nothing spiritual about our foreheads, then why do we anoint people on their foreheads when we pray for them?  Symbolically, the oil is thought of as a symbol of the Holy Spirit.  What is it about our foreheads that are central to the entrance of the HS?  Yet, this tradition also sheds light on the idea that our enemy might also have an agenda hidden in our foreheads.

 

Yoga Opens Doors

This is one of those stories that is difficult to believe, but I received its first hand from a patient of mine.  He and his entire family are from Italy and mostly Catholic.  I can’t remember how we got on the topic of demonic possession, but I remember him saying that he never used to believe in that until he experienced what happened to his brother.  One day his brother was doing yoga and his instructor walked up to him and touched him on his forehead.  What happened next was very reminiscent of someone coming unsealed in their forehead.

 

His brother called him on the way home and told him that it was like he was spiritually raped.  Later, he found out that his brother cried for hours after he got home.  Thing’s kind of went back to normal for a while.  At least until the summer when their whole family took a vacation/pilgrimage back to Italy.  Once they got there, his brother started acting strange.  Soon, the behavior escalated to the point that the police got involved.  Now, most people know that you do not want to go to prison in Italy.  Luckily, they were able to negotiate a deal with the police.

 

That’s when this man had to spend 3 days with his brother in a hotel room trying to restrain him from doing things he shouldn’t.  That is when this man realized that his brother wasn’t just having a psychotic break, his brother was demonically possessed.  There was no way to explain the experience of someone you have known your whole life acting and saying the things that his brother did.  But as soon as they got on the plane home, his brother started going back to normal.

 

Now most of us have come to accept the practice of yoga in our society as it seems harmless enough.  But there is a spiritual side to yoga.  I always used to recommend staying away from the spiritual part of yoga.  This means not participating in any kind of eastern meditation, chanting, or visualizations.  The problem is that even the positions or poses are a form of worship within the Hindu religion because they are creating a submissive posture towards one of their gods.  They can also be physically rehearsing some of the stories or traditions related to the gods of Hinduism.

 

Portals to Our Minds

Another point to make clear is that while the Bible calls us to meditate on God and His words, this is not what is happening with eastern meditation.  The goal of Eastern meditation is to empty one’s self to connect with nature, themselves, and universal consciousness; whoever that is.  Meditation, like drugs, can put us in an altered state where we can be influenced and changed by the forces that we are opening ourselves up to.  This is the opposite of our call as Christians to memorize scripture, sing songs, pray, and fill ourselves through our relationship and communion with God.

  • Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)

Steven Bancarz, who came out of the new age practices, has a great video on YouTube called “Proof Meditation Is Dangerous & Demonic.”  In the video, he has many explosive excerpts from a mindfulness yoga master by the name of Leo.  Leo has a website called actualized.org and he has more than a million followers.  After watching this video myself, what I will tell you is that eastern meditation is the opposite of “thinking about excellent things.”

 

It doesn’t even fit the idea of mindfulness.  If we experience what Leo says we can experience in meditation, we could be talking about full-on demonic possession.  Meditation is also instrumental in experiencing out-of-body experiences, astral projection, remote viewing, channeling, and remote writing. Here are some excerpts from mindfulness moments with Leo!

 

“Expect waves of insanity and madness…  Expect depression and meaninglessness…  Expect Suicidal thoughts…  Doing drugs, alcohol…  Expect nightmares… Expect weird dreams: where you have sex with your mother, killing people, or butchering your dog…  You may start to behave like an animal and howl at the moon… You may experience paranormal phenomenon: past lives, seeing the future, out-of-body experiences, see spirits, hear weird voices, see angels and demons standing in front of you…  You may see gods…  giant insects…  Experience: entities, aliens, being abducted or probed…

You may experience a Kundalini awakening…  Feel as if you are losing your mind…

Experience weird energy moving through you…  Like you are being controlled by a puppet master…  Almost like you are being demonically possessed.”

·         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0Sbs0YOGk8

Altered States

But yoga is not the sin of choice to open our spiritual eyes.  But the sins of witchcraft and sorcery are.  In the Bible, the Greek word for this kind of sin is called “Pharmakeia,” which is where we get our English word pharmacy.  Both Shaman and witch doctors have been used mind-altering drugs for millennia to channel thoughts from the mind of Satan and the hearts of demons to their sages, adepts, and illuminated ones.  Could some of the fog that has started to descend upon our world be coming from the same source?

 

This is what is behind the great push to legalize drugs in our country.  This is especially true of marijuana because it is the first drug that most people use to achieve this kind of altered state of consciousness.  Already, America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, and one in six Americans is taking some kind of psychiatric drugs, which are mostly antidepressants.  Additionally, 31.9 million Americans are on illicit drugs. Maybe this is why something is happening to the minds of Americans.  Most people are also shocked to know that drugs and churches go together like peas and carrots.  This is why “Legal DMT Churches Are Popping Up Across the United States and Canada.”

DMT (N, N-Dimethyltryptamine) is a recreational psychotropic drug used by various cultures to induces alterations in perception, consciousness, cognition, and behavior.  The reason they are having success in getting this drug legal for their use is that they can make a case that ayahuasca tea, which contains DMT, has been historically used for spiritual development based on sacred texts.  DMT, like other mind-altering drugs, can open a portal to our minds so that we can see or interact with the demonic world.

 

A Seared Conscience

Why do people watch or record someone in need of help, but they don’t actually help them?  Why do people pull out their phones, but they don’t roll up their sleeves?  I am still dumbfounded by the success of YouTube, Facebook, and taking selfies because people would rather watch than participate.  People would rather be seen doing something rather than just savor the moment.

 

But this is only one of a million downward trends.  For example, I am personally frightened at how successful horror movies have become generating 413 million dollars in 2012.  People are spending thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours a year watching people being tortured and mutilated for pleasure.  We all know that gore, violence, and sex have taken over the TV and movie industry.  Both of them allow us to live in a virtual or voyeur reality.  People are obsessed with avatars, role-playing games, and video games that allow them to go through the motions of virtually every sin on the planet. The pornography industry is larger than we can imagine and it mostly works the same way.

 

The point is that something is happening to the conscience of America.  How else can celebrate being able to kill a baby the day before it’s born by lighting up buildings in New York City?  We have no conscience, and there is no outrage at sin.  In fact, it is righteousness that has become outrageous and even illegal.  Saving a child from being killed is still applauded, but stepping between a woman and an abortion clinic is not even though the same thing is happening.

 

Yet, the battle for what is in our minds and hearts is being tipped toward the doctrine of demons because of all the factors we have been discussing in this part of the series.  These are the schemes of the Devil that we must not be ignorant of and what we must begin to warn people about. Yet, this subject rarely makes it into any sermons.  Furthermore, the opening of the Abyss represents an outpouring of un-holy spirits upon the world, which can only be countered by an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that seals us in our foreheads against the deception that is coming.  This is what the Bible means when it talks about the impossibility of the elect to be deceived.

 

In our last article, we will discuss how to handle this final return of the pagan age that will be brought on by the opening of the Abyss.  The goal of this outpouring of un-holy spirits that is coming is to mark as many as they can.  This is also our goal and it too will be accomplished by an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the last days. (Acts 2:16-21) Understand,  that God is not willing that any should perish and that is why we must occupy (fighting for each soul that is still left unsealed) until He comes. (2 Peter 3:9, Luke 19:13)   For now, I have decided to end with this part with what I call the “sorting room” because that is what I believe is coming next.

 

The Sorting Room

  • “Therefore, everyone who will confess in Me before men, I also will confess in him before My Father in the heavens. And whoever shall deny Me before men, I also will deny him before My Father in the heavens. Do not think that I came to bring peace to the earth; I came not to bring peace, but a sword.  For I came to set at variance ‘A man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and the enemies of the man are his own household.” (Luke 12:49-53)

 

The message of the Abyss is that spirits are coming to test the faith of everyone on the face of the earth.  We will be sifted and we will be shaken. (Haggai 2:7) This is the sorting room that I believe the Bible says is coming.  Everything I have covered so far has sorted people into two groups.  This is because Jesus is the dividing line of history and the heart.  Consequently, as we see history coming to a close, we have to know that the sheep would be separated from the goats.

 

While I believe we still need to be peacemakers, there can be no more mincing of words for our enemy is now fully formed and on the loose.  This is only the first of many great “causes” to come and sort the world’s populations.  Yet, the Covid narrative and the gene therapy that is being marketed as a vaccine is the greatest sorting event I have ever witnessed.  Even our last election was a massive sorting event and we got schooled.  It has been painful to read the articles of Christians who supported Biden now saying that he has betrayed them.  The deceived are starting to repent.

 

But of all the things we have heard this past year that foretells our future was the proposal by some communists, posing as Democrats, that the only thing that could fix our countries problems were “re-education camps.”  Of course, any similarity to concentration camps is just strictly coincidental.  Yet, these are the kinds of things that only a Communist or Nazi could say, and both America and the media tolerated it.  This is the goal of the “New World Order.” The reality of the communist takeover of America cannot be denied unless you were to hear the sermons still being preached across our lands.

 

Then one would think things are going along just fine, but this is all pretending.  The problem is that the one-world government that the Bible says incoming is consistent with either communism or a dictatorship.  So, whether you agree with me about this being the pre-cursor to the MOB, it is impossible to argue that the Covid narrative is not putting into place all the necessary controls that the “beast” government will one day use to bring about the full version of the MOB.  Therefore, this must be a precursor.

 

Already, half of Americans are OK with having a vaccine passport even though that would be the end of freedom, democracy, and our rights to our bodies.  The administration of this narrative is also a dividing line between those who believe what is on TV and will comply with the new world order versus the ones who won’t. When I think about sorting people, this story told by a master Mason came to mind.  When they are sorting people for their different degrees, they call them into a room and ask them some simple questions.

 

The Ultimate Question

Two people are asked to spit on a cross.  Depending on their response, the test giver comes up with a way of justifying what they did.  “I can see by you spitting on this cross that you recognize that on some level this is just a piece of wood.  You can go through door number one.”  Vice versa, “I can see by you refusing to spit on this cross that you are a man that will not compromise on principle.  You can go through door number two.”  This is exactly what is happening in America.  Are you Republican or Democrat?  Are you white or black?  Are you for or against abortion?  Are you willing to be vaccinated or not?  Do you believe in mandates or not?

 

One of my great opportunities to serve is as president of the board for soilminstries.org.  Serving Others in Love is a pipeline of vision and resources to Honduras, which is the second poorest country in our hemisphere.  Just a few weeks ago we were able to book a doctor for a  medical mission trip.  When we were wrapping up some of the details with the manager, she says, “Oh, one last thing.  Everyone who goes with us must be vaccinated.”  I was shocked.  Vaccines are now literally being used to divide Christians and keep them from even doing charity together.

 

But if we are Christians, then we cannot be for mandatory vaccinations because they take away our freedom of choice and because they require a person to give up access to their body.  Not only is their body the temple of the Holy Spirit, but a pandemic perfectly fits the “cause” talked about in the Bible as to how the MOB is rolled out upon the world.  Consequently, if we are going to call ourselves pastors or Shepard’s of the flock, then we cannot remain silent about Satan’s schemes even if they are political schemes.  Yet, the time for sorting is here.  Souls will be both won and lost.

 

Very soon there will be no such thing as a cultural Christian.  Christians will either live by their Bible or they will perish believing what is on television.  The pretending has to stop.  Things are not going back to normal. We can no longer pretend that America is not hostile to both freedom and Christianity.  The Democratic party is full of communists.  They have fully admitted that they plan to add more democratic states and stack the Supreme Court. They are in complete control to the point of eliminating our Constitution.  Consequently, we are losing an unprecedented amount of freedoms at what seems like every other second.

 

Virtually every media, news source, government institution, company, big business, and internet search engine is in on it.  There is nowhere for any conservative voices of reason to proclaim the truth to our society regarding the error of our ways.  All except for one!  The church is still here, but it won’t be able to do anything unless if we continue to allow the government to close our doors and keep us politically correct.  However, we won’t be able to do anything until we return to preaching the whole of scripture, and that includes Bible prophecy. It is the book called the Bible, sitting in my living room perpetually unchanged for 1000’s of years, that is our only source of truth.

 

The Bible is what we need to make it through the times that are coming.  I hope you will join me in the next article when we talk about how to differentiate between the host of spirits that will be poured out upon the world.  We will also whittle all of this down to what this all means for us as Christians, and how we can still be a light amid this darkness and salt in light of all this decay.

Note:Dr Dennis O.Hara is a guest contributor/co-author
Dr. Dennis O’Hara was born and raised on Long Island, NY and was an athlete throughout his school years. He fell in love with chiropractic while being helped as a patient for numerous sports injuries. Dr. O’Hara has been in practice since he graduated from National College of Chiropractic in April 1992. Dr. O’Hara continued his education achieving his Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.

Dr. O’Hara’s clinical emphasis focuses on injuries of the neck and back, Sports injuries, biomechanical and postural correction and rehabilitation. He has worked with amateur and professional athletes and was the chiropractic physician for the Washington DC United MLS soccer team from 1996-1998. Dr. O’Hara had been a ringside physician for amateur MMA from 2009 through 2015 having worked hundreds of hours evaluating fighters before and after fights.

Dr. O’Hara’s continued passion for chiropractic drives his desire to help educate the public on the importance of spinal health and overall wellness.wait to deceive.” We will let people back into the church. We will be the rock upon which God
builds His kingdom, instead of a stepping stone towards Satan’s final agenda. May God prick
our hearts, and may the church begin to wake up, because the time is getting short. Jesus is
coming soon.

 

 

Chapter 14 of the Book of Isaiah is absolutely fascinating. It’s long been interpreted as a condemnation of the rebel in the Garden of Eden. It certainly is that; Jerome’s Hebrew-to-Latin translation of the rebel’s name, Helel ben Shachar (literally, “Light-Bringer, son of Dawn”), is the origin of the name “Lucifer.” But this chapter goes much deeper; it probably reveals more about the rebellion of the Fallen, and God’s response to it, than any other single chapter in the Bible.
On the surface, it’s a biting criticism of the king of Babylon. From our perspective, it seems natural that a Hebrew prophet would write such a thing, but we’re looking at these matters with 2,700 years of hindsight. When Isaiah lived and wrote, Babylon was a vassal state of Assyria. It was more than eight centuries after the Amorite founding dynasty of Babylon had been ended by the Kassites, a tribal people from the mountains of what is now western Iran. The Kassites continued many of the religious traditions of the Amorites, but they changed the name of the city to Karduniash. In fact, the Kassites ruled Babylon for more than four hundred years, which means they controlled Babylonia longer than any other people in history.
By the time of the Judges in Israel, about four hundred years before Isaiah, the Kassite kingdom had fallen to the Chaldeans, a Semitic people probably descended from the Amorites. But the Chaldeans never extended their control as far west as the Holy Land in the years leading up to Isaiah. Israel and Judah had more trouble with the Aramaeans, Ammonites, Moabites, Edomites, Midianites, and Philistines.
The Assyrians, based in what is now northern Iraq, emerged after the time of David and Solomon in the tenth century BC as the scourge of the Near East. Assyria destroyed the kingdom of Israel around 722 BC, flattening its capital city, Samaria, and scattering the northern tribes throughout Assyrian territory.
The Assyrians ravaged the southern kingdom, too. In the days of Isaiah and Hezekiah, Sennacherib sent his army to conquer Judah. The invaders overran most of the country, and it was only divine intervention that stopped the Assyrian army outside the walls of Jerusalem. Sennacherib withdrew to his home country, where he was assassinated by his sons. Sometimes it’s not so good to be the king.
At the time of Sennacherib’s invasion of Judah, the rise of Babylon was still more than a century in the future, in the days of Josiah, grandson of Hezekiah. So, Isaiah’s polemic against the king of Babylon, which begins in the thirteenth chapter of Isaiah, appears to be an anachronism, out of sync with the political events of the time.
When the Lord has given you rest from your pain and turmoil and the hard service with which you were made to serve, you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon: “How the oppressor has ceased, the insolent fury ceased! The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of rulers, that struck the peoples in wrath with unceasing blows, that ruled the nations in anger with unrelenting persecution.” (Isaiah 14:3–6)
This text was unquestionably a prophecy of the future Babylon, an oracle of the destruction of the oppressor before Babylon became Judah’s oppressor. But clues in the chapter, mainly overlooked by Bible teachers, point to other targets of the prophet’s oracle—not just the divine rebel from Eden, but also his colleagues and their minions.
Sheol beneath is stirred up
to meet you when you come;
it rouses the shades to greet you,
all who were leaders of the earth;
it raises from their thrones
all who were kings of the nations. (Isaiah 14:9)
The Hebrew word translated “shades” is rephaim. That’s the mysterious group in Genesis, Deuteronomy, and Joshua identified as tribes east of the Jordan River in the lands of Bashan, Ammon, Moab, and Edom. By the time of the Judges in Israel, the Rephaim were considered the spirits of the “mighty men who were of old”—in other words, “leaders of the earth” and “kings of the nations.” Isaiah’s description is consistent with the depiction of the Rephaim in the texts found at the Amorite kingdom of Ugarit. Whether the Amorite neighbors of ancient Israel knew it or not, they venerated the spirits of the half-breed giants created by the supernatural sons of God, the Watchers. This means that the role of the rebel from Eden takes on new significance.
So, who is Helel Ben Shachar? “Lucifer” is just an Anglicized form of the Latin words lux (“light”) and ferre (“to carry”), an English speaker’s rendering of the Latin translation of the original Hebrew name. But who is this entity, really? Isaiah gives us the information we need:
How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:12–14)
“Day Star” is a reference to Venus, from a Hebrew word based on a root that means “to shine.” Scholars who’ve tried to find a similar story in the religions of the ancient Near East have come up empty so far. The closest parallel is the Ugaritic myth of the war-god Attar, the male aspect of Astarte (Ishtar), who found that he was too small for the throne of the king of the gods, the storm-god Baal, who was temporarily dead. (It’s a pagan myth. It doesn’t have to make sense.) The point is that Attar was represented by Venus in the morning; Venus in the evening was believed to represent the goddess of “love,” Astarte.
That doesn’t quite fit the character of the entity we’re looking at. The key bit of evidence is in verse 13. The Hebrew phrase “far reaches of the north,” variously rendered in other English translations as “sides of the north,” “recesses of the north,” “remotest parts of the north,” and simply “the far north,” is yarkete tsaphon. This appears only three times in the Bible, which means we should take note of its other uses.
The other verses where we find yarkete tsaphon are in Psalm 48, where the psalmist compares God’s holy mountain, Zion, with another mountain (Zaphon—although it’s rendered “far north,” which means you have to read between the lines to grasp the wordplay of the verse: har-tziyon, yarkete tsaphon), and Ezekiel 38 and 39, the prophecy of Gog of Magog.
Why is this significant? Because Zaphon (or Saphon, or tsaphon) was the name of the mountain sacred to the storm-god Baal:
Then Valiant Baal said,
“Depart, Kothar-and-Hasis!
Hasten! Build a house indeed;
hasten! Construct a palace!
Hasten! Let them build a house;
Hasten! Let them construct a palace,
in the midst of the uttermost parts of Saphon.”
So, if the mount of assembly of the rebel in Eden is the mountain sacred to Baal, the text of Isaiah 14 can’t have been borrowed from a myth about Baal’s would-be replacement.
Why does this matter? Because Jesus specifically identified Baal the storm-god as Satan. When He was confronted by Pharisees who accused Him of casting out demons by the power of Beelzebul (“Baal the Prince”), Jesus replied, “If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?” And in the Book of Revelation, Jesus told the church at Pergamum, “I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is.” That was a reference to the altar of Zeus, who was the Greek incarnation of the storm-god.
That gives us a simple equation: Lucifer = Baal = Satan. And since Gog (the Antichrist) is Satan’s commander-in-chief, it makes sense that he comes from yarkete tsaphon—Mount Zaphon. (That’s in Turkey, by the way. Contrary to what you’ve probably heard, Gog and Magog have nothing to do with Russia.)
But there is more here than just a polemic against Satan. Isaiah gives us enough information to confirm what the Israelites’ pagan neighbors knew about Baal—that the king of their pantheon was also lord of the dead.
This was probably some kind of honor in the minds of Canaanites. The Rephaim spirits were called “warriors of Baal” and “warriors of Anat” (their incredibly violent war-goddess), and some scholars believe that one of Baal’s functions may have been to resurrect them at the ritual meals to which the Rephaim were summoned.
However, the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel make it very clear that this was a demotion. More on that next month.

The message of Passover is not simply one about God delivering His people Israel thousands of years ago. It is also about God delivering His people today. The Passover Seder begins looking back (in time) to Pharoah and the pyramids. It begins by celebrating what God did in the past, but after dinner it changes direction.
A person opens the door to see if Elijah is there waiting to join their Seder. If he’s not there, the person calls out, “Come out, come out wherever you are. Elijah you are our special guest of honor. We want you to join us tonight. Look, we’ve made a special cup and your name is written on it. It’s the prettiest cup on the table. We have some horse radish, charoset and matzah waiting for you. We also have a glass of Manischewitz Wine poured for you.” People have always known that a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
Why do we invite Elijah to our Passover Seder? Elijah was not in Egypt during the time of slavery. He didn’t grow up with Moses. Elijah and Moses did not graduate from Pharoah High School together. What’s so special about Elijah?
As I thought about it, it’s not really Elijah people want. It’s what Elijah will do for us. It’s about who Elijah will bring with him. Elijah never died; he was physically taken up to heaven. People want Elijah to come because he will come back to earth, and when he does, he will bring the Messiah.
Once we invite Elijah to our Seder we are no longer looking back in history, but ahead to the future. Then we drink more cups of wine. The cups of wine were added to the Seder to remind us of the promises of God found in Exodus 6.
The fourth of cup reminds us of God’s promise: “I will take you for My people.” The 3rd cup reminded us that God will redeem or purchase us. When He does, we are His possession and belong to Him; He is Adonai our Lord and Master. This is important, but God wants more out of our relationship with Him. He wants to take us to be His bride. God purchased or redeemed Israel so He could marry them at Mt. Sinai.
Then Exodus 6 contains one more promise. This means we need to drink 5 cups (not 4). God’s 5th promise is: “I will bring you into the land.” God did not simply bring Israel out of Egypt. He did not just marry them at Mt. Sinai. God did not have their honeymoon last forever. After “enjoying” a 40-year honeymoon in the wilderness, God brought His bride home to Israel.
Israel was passing through Sinai on their way home. We too are passing through earth on our way home to heaven. We are foreigners and strangers on earth so don’t get too comfortable here. Yeshua is preparing our eternal home. Once it is ready, He will get us to bring us home. We end the Seder declaring, “Next year in Jerusalem.” It’s not just earthly Jerusalem we’re longing for, but the heavenly Jerusalem. Thank God for what He did in the past and look forward to what He promises to do in the near future. May we all be together next year in (the heavenly) Jerusalem!