‘Illusory’ free-will & science vs scripture & spirits

In this post I address some questions raised in a discussion thread on Rationalising the Universe but which are off-topic. Blogger scientists Joseph and Mekhi are open-minded in entertaining opinions as shown by raising ideas and topics on, or beyond, the fringes of material science. Read for example, What Am I For? and Science and God; a beautiful fusion or an unhealthy alliance?

Earlier this month a lively, informative discussion arose upon theoretical physicist Mekhi’s asking Is Free Will An Illusion?  She bravely ventures into a different form of matter – an immaterial one!  Mekhi opens her post:

“Whether or not we have a free will is an age-old question in philosophy: whether we are truly in control of our decisions and whether our future is an uncertainty, slowly carved out into a reality by our thoughts and actions today. Whether we have this free will is a question that has a popular appeal for it directly affects they way we see the universe and our place in it. Though what is it that makes us believe we truly are in control of our decisions and whether, when you’re faced with chocolate ice cream or vanilla, there really is a moment of genuine uncertainty before you choose the vanilla.

“Something inside us compels us to believe humans have free will….”

Spiritually-minded people recognise mankind’s possession of free-will as a gift from God because we are made with spiritual, moral, intellectual and emotional faculties: ie, we’re made ‘in His image’ and as His family. He did not create us to be mindless robots under His direct control. Therefore, free-will is a theological topic too, as well as being pertinent to other belief systems, philosophy, ethics and morality it is relevant in neuroscience, psychology and sociology.

Mekhi considers how classical and quantum physics can contribute to an understanding of free-will. Yet a problem lies in its being tied into scientists’ biased, or preferred, concepts associated with the twin belief systems of humanism and atheism. She concludes:

“Therefore it seems the only path we can follow to believe free will truly exists is to believe that somehow our minds behave in way that is superior to the direct product of the atoms that comprise them.. What basis we have for believing this I do not know.. but I believe I speak for all humans when I say something inside me compels it to be so – and that’s a scientist talking!”

What/Who Made ‘The Big Bang’ Bang?

Referring to the scientific conundrum of how the universe began, I point to inconsistency and ask about the apparent intelligence of sub-atomic particles from the perspective of quantum mechanics.

Another reader also picks up on and draws attention to the spiritual aspect of this topic. ‘Novus Lectio’ aka ‘BGC’, states “Free-will doesn’t stand in the realm of ‘matter’…it comes from the spirit”, refers to the brain’s reasoning processes and mentions references made to ‘something within’. I’d already noticed that and after Mehki’s negative response fill out BGC’s remark in saying her words indicate her own spirit, as well as pointing to use of language bordering on the religious.

Off-topic Discussion Points

A lively debate ensues! If you have time and inclination you may wish to read the article’s thread so you can appreciate its full flow. There are many fine debatable issues and here are extracts from the thread with off-topic points I believe warrant answering. I hope to do the discussion justice:

‘BGC’ makes an intriguing allusion to ‘scripture’ (March 13, 6:09 pm): ‘Yes I totally agree, the intuition comes from below our conscious awareness – but no calculation is performed due to the fact that we’re not the source of this intuition. If we were the source of it, we would call it “thought”.

‘In one of the Holy Scriptures God says: It is not for any human that God should speak to him, except by inspiration, or from behind a veil, or by sending a messenger to reveal by His permission whatever He wills. He is All-High, All-Wise. We thus inspired you spiritually, by Our command. You did not know what the Scripture is, nor what faith is, but We made it a light, with which We guide whomever We will of Our servants. You surely guide to a straight path. The path of God, to whom belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. Indeed, to God all matters revert….’

His protagonist ‘M’ offers his opinion and the debate continues but I notice this is from the qur’an and its claim and my subsequent discussion with BGC suggests he’s unclear as to how we can communicate with God and doesn’t realise spiritual beings, whether holy or demonic, have the ability to reason and communicate.

Eg, I respond (March 13, 5:56 pm): ‘Interesting thesis ‘BGC’ re, your “brain uses reason..spirit uses intuition” (reply to ‘M’) I partially disagree. Imho, the brain is just a tool to convey intuition and awareness of our spiritual life plus our link to God’s spirit . As we’re ‘made in his image’ with its free-will then we have a spiritual reasoning faculty to ‘discuss’ with our Father; as he says at Isaiah 1:18, “Come now let us reason together”…’

Also, in another reply, (Mar16, 5:49 pm): ‘Hence, my preference to analyse, query, test factual data – including scripture! – and accept the proven and hold theories lightly, rather than dogmatically make baseless assertions (emphasis added per comments below). I’ve been trained to discern between holy, human and unclean (demonic) spirits and deal with the last. My actual experience has verified the accuracy of what’s in the New Testament.

‘Thus, I disagree with your notion that free-will and rational processes are not used by immaterial or disembodied spirits. The Bible and Quran both report satan/iblis as having rational faculties, otherwise it wouldn’t have been able to rebel or tempt Jesus through power of persuasion. Also, Jesus referred to it as ‘The Father of Lies’. SO a spirit being has and uses its reasoning faculty! The main focus of such spirits’ activities is upon our human minds and thoughts.

‘BGC’ replies and asks (Mar 16, 7:08pm): ‘Hi Richard, I’m very surprised by your knowledge...I agree with most of what you said, “better to stick to attested facts of known events rather than conjecture of fictional films”. On the other hand, satan/iblis isn’t really described in the Quran except that it is made of a certain kind of fire (naturally not the human kind). So it’s not exactly a spirit is it?’

A fair question and I refer ‘BGC’ to this blog’s ‘Holy Fire’ tag, specifically the photos of More Focus on Holy Fire, which show the Holy Spirit flame upon people and a pair of seraphim, or burning ones.  As for the twisted rational faculties of demons, the New Testament records a few very brief instances of demons trying to reason with Jesus and their obedience to His commands.

Also, when I read the Muslim book I noted a similarity in style to a mediumistic-inspired book (or ‘automatic writing’) dictated by a ‘Jesus’ who belittles his disciples’ incompetence and misunderstanding of miracles. It pretends to tell where they went wrong and ‘how to perform miracles’.  Also, in denying the divine nature of Jesus, the qur’an is unhelpful as regards a born-again believer hearing the Lord, and is therefore not competent on the gift of prophecy and the office of prophet.  So I directed ‘BGC’ to dip into this blog’s hub on Prophecy (‘101’ here).

There is so much more I could add, but if anyone has a brief question please be free to ask and I shall respond as soon as possible…

A sign of the prophesied shaking of Sunni and Shiite states?

Further to my remarks on Islam in my Condolences for victims of the Westminster attack, in which I quoted the Midnight Words for 2017 on the shaking of Muslim nations and their reception of the Gospel, and the word of wisdom from the Lord on praying for Muslims and the exposure of extremists that Cindy Jacobs brought, the outcome of this week’s Arab Summit is apposite.

A PROPHECY AND A VISION

First, let’s check that word Revd John Kilpatrick clearly heard a couple of months ago:

“Because the Lord is no respecter of persons, a GREAT shaking is coming to the Muslim nations. It will be sudden! It will be an unexpected and unexplained shaking that will redefine many Muslim nations and their leadership structures. The Lord is now in the process of shaking institutions, cultures, dialects, nationalities, governments, political structures and their frameworks, which men have trusted through generations. Many of them will be so shaken they cannot survive the shaking. Holy Spirit will even destabilize power structures, and many of those things that men have relied upon will ultimately fail. Truth will grip men’s hearts like a vice, even the unbelievers’ hearts and the hearts of the heathen. Ears will be opened to hear, even the ears of the unregenerates.”

Also, I recall the astonishing dream I had in 1992 about the fall of Islam being similar to that of Communism; first one state then another, just like a row of dominoes rolling over! (See Ask For The Nations.)  So we’re living in the exciting first phase of the Endtimes.

ARAB SUMMIT CONDEMNS IRAN

As hoped in my remarks about a new ‘Arab Spring’ in A Historic Day Nationally and Globally, there’s been some easing of relationship between the Sunni Arab leaders and Israel despite their ratified commitment to a two-state solution for Palestine. A new round of peace talks based upon the 2002 ‘reconciliation’ offer was called for.

The ‘Dead Sea’ summit held in Jordan is significant in having been devoted to indicting Iran, its Revolutionary Guards Corps and Hezbollah, its terrorist surrogate in Lebanon. This resulted in 15 resolutions being passed against Iran AND calling for its being held to its commitments under the nuclear and regional treaties. As Debkafile reports:

‘Iran was accused of meddling in the internal affairs of Arab nations, inciting Shiites against Sunnis, and arming and training Shiite terrorist groups for operations against legitimate Arab governments. The Arab rulers combined to put Tehran in the dock for its interference in the Syrian civil war and assault on its sovereignty.

None of the formal resolutions addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and reference was made to the desired solution in a later separate statement. Debka notes especially:

‘This was the first Arab summit to refrain from defining Israel’s future borders under a peace deal. This leaves the door open for leeway in the negotiations to take place as part of the new US-Saudi-Egyptian peace initiative we reported earlier now the subject of active exchanges between the US, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. King Abdullah of Jordan, who hosted the summit and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi will travel to Washington to report to President Donald Trump on the private discussions on this issue at the session and launch the next stage of the Arab-Israeli peace initiative.’

To read the full report and all 15 resolutions submitted to the Arab summit click Israeli borders not cited at Arab Summit.

In reporting and analysing the event ICEJ News states, without reminding readers of Abbas’ persistent refusal to make/abide by agreements, ‘Jordanian King Abdullah and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas both had sharp words of criticism for Israel during the conference, saying among other things that its policy of building in West Bank settlements is the main reason peace has not yet been achieved’.

Moreover we remind ourselves of the region’s volatile instability, as historian, archeologist Alexander Joffe notes:

‘Syria, Yemen, and Libya are effectively no more, Iraq is divided between an Iranian rump, a shrinking ISIS entity, and an independent Kurdistan (in all but name), and Lebanon is a Shiite-dominated shell. The Palestinian Authority is a pseudo-state that exists only thanks to foreign aid and Israeli security assistance.’  (Palestinians and the Balfour Declaration at 100: Resisting the Past)

Not to mention Turkey, the egomaniacal despot of which furthers his ambitions of reviving the defunct Ottoman Empire!  Furthermore, his tirade against the Netherlands threatening “tomorrow in no part of the world, no European, no Westerner, will be able to take steps on the street safely and peacefully”, was made less than 24 hours before the Westminster outrage! He will be held to account for that encouragement of the London killer. (See also Erdogan’s War On The West by Ankara-based political analyst Burak Bekdil.)

So, keep watching…

Fulfilled Prophecies #19 – Britain’s shackles now shattered

Have you ever felt fetters fall away? The invisible, spiritual sort that satan shackles all those with who allow it a foothold to gain a grip upon their souls. The time that happened to me is etched upon my soul. Upon internally hearing, “Burn what you’ve collected – now!” I took articles from my life spent in occult study into the garden, put a match to them and repented. Immediately, I unmistakably felt heavy chains fall from both wrists! As in Charles Wesley’s glorious hymn ‘And Can It Be?’ – “My chains fell off, my heart was free. I rose, went forth and followed thee!”

Thus, the following two words circulated by UK Prophetic Words on this theme resonate deeply with me. Although 12 years apart, the timing seems significant (see footnote):

BREXIT and GREAT BRITAIN – THE SHACKLES HAVE BEEN BROKEN!

Kathy Laity (Hephzibah House of Strategic Prayer, Cornwall) Tues 28th March 2017

I’d been agitated all day (as had others on team here) but since midnight was really praying re Brexit. Immediately felt God say “DECREE don’t pray!”.

I started to decree “Brexit shall happen in the name of Jesus!”.

Immediately, I saw a massive sledgehammer slam down on a huge, thick chain link. I kept decreeing. Each time I did the sledgehammer fell. I saw the first link break, then became aware of another. Kept decreeing until it broke, then two further chains. At this point I saw they had been around the legs of a large male LION. Now I could see a thick iron collar, blindfold and muzzle. I kept decreeing. The iron collar opened and dropped off, as did the blindfold.

I could sense the lion’s anger and a roar building. The moment the muzzle fell away it roared mightily, leapt forward and grabbed the enemy, Satan, by the throat, shaking and dispatching it (rather like Aslan with the white witch). I kept decreeing but now the scene changed.

The lion had on a royal red robe, was wearing a crown and had a sceptre of authority. I knew it was releasing MANDATES. There was an immense sense of PEACE, ORDER, and AUTHORITY.

My sense throughout it all was that the LION was representing GREAT BRITAIN (as is often seen on the coat of arms) and that the enemy was responsible for the shackles. The lion’s STRENGTH on being released was immense.

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WENDY ALEC: VISION FOR GREAT BRITAIN 15th July 2005 – excerpts:

Then the Lord showed me a large lion – and He said – “This lion represents the nation of Great Britain” – And it was a shocking sight – for where the lion should have been filled out and sleek and gleaming – it was almost a skeleton – and its mane was barely visible – and its coat was covered in mange – and its roar which should have shaken the nations in its power and in its ferocity was strangled and barely audible. And the Lord said, “This represents both the glory of this nation at present and the state of My Church as a whole in Great Britain”. And I saw in great letters – the words – “THE GLORY HAS DEPARTED FROM THE LION – BUT THE GLORY OF THE LORD OF HOSTS SHALL RETURN AND THE LION SHALL ROAR AGAIN.

And the Lord said – “Bring back My glory – Bring back My glory that your nation may once more walk in the glory of its destiny – and the Church may show forth My glory” – And the Lord showed me huge flourishing green tree that was planted in the European mainland – its huge trunk seemed to be PLANTED in BRUSSELS and the foliage had grown so dense that the trees branches and foliage had grown over the English channel and covered Britain in a great dark shadow and thousands of smaller offshoots and branches had taken deep root in Great Britain – and I saw the roots tangled and grown into London and then through the British Isles up all the way to Scotland.

The Lord said – “These are the deep roots of secularism and humanism that have taken deep root in this nation – these are the roots that are eroding this nation’s faith!” And I saw thousands upon thousands of people bowing in obedience to this tree and the roots were tightly twisted around their ankles – but they seemed totally unaware of this – that they were bound – and so they rejected the faith of their fathers – and I saw a great scoffing and a great decline in the traditions and the foundations of the past – and this mass of people was divided into two camps – the first huge mass of people whose ankles were bound by the gnarling roots of the green tree from Europe were younger and seemed more modern in their approach – and I saw written over their head – ‘UNBELIEF’ – ‘CYNICISM’ – ‘HUMANISM’ – and the foliage and green leaves seemed to shadow their heads – and I sensed that they were being attacked at a cerebral level.”

But the second group seemed to be those whose roots and foundations were from the established traditional denominations of Britain – yet they were just as affected as this first group – but I saw written over their head – ‘PRIDE’ – ‘SKEPTICISM’ – ‘CLOSED MINDEDNESS’ and I sensed that the roots around their ankles had bound them in a different manner – that even if they heard the call of the Spirit in these days that the spiritual forces had them so bound that they could not move with the tide and the times of God – and I saw the green foliage literally cover and shadow their foreheads and eyes and I saw the word blinding.”

And I said to the Lord, “Father – what does this mean?” And He said – “The spirits that led Europe into post-Christian decline – have invaded Great Britain over these past decades – and have infiltrated and overshadowed the nation with the same humanism and paganism and secularism – and yet Britain is still so blinded by her roots and her foundations that she is still declaring herself a Christian nation” – but the Lord says that – “She has been shackled by the enemy.” And I said “Lord what can break the shackles?”

And the Lord spoke and said,“The prayers and fervent supplications of My saints in Great Britain – the repentance for the sins of commission and omission on behalf of the governments of Great Britain – on behalf of the people of Great Britain.”

Then as people dropped to their knees all over Britain from every walk of life and denomination – the lion started to change – and He grew strong and sleek and his roar grew stronger. And I saw written in the spirit – “Create in me a clean heart O God – and renew a right spirit within me“. And as the people started to seek the face of the Lord I saw the word ‘COURAGE’ – and I knew that in the spirit realm that Great Britain had been endowed from the beginning of time with the mantle ‘COURAGE’ – and the Lord said,

“LIONHEART”.

And God said Britain has yet to move into her end time destiny in the nations – And I saw again in great letters – the words –

“THE GLORY HAS DEPARTED FROM THE LION – BUT THE GLORY OF THE LORD OF HOSTS SHALL RETURN”.

And the lion’s roar by now had gained strength.

FOOTNOTES:
  • read this awesome vision in full, with footnotes clarifying date of publication.
  • Wendy received it on the 8th day after the 2005 attack upon London Transport.
  • Today is the 8th day since the attack beneath Big Ben in Westminster.
  • Biblically, 8 signifies resurrection and regeneration, a new beginning!
  • nearly 12 years have elapsed since her vision and 12 symbolises government.

Prophetic words for UK upon the Islamist attack in Westminster

The following words were brought the day after the terrorist attack a week ago today. They are published with kind permission of UK Prophetic Words and reinforce previous posts: on changes in Islam, as in my Condolences, and on the lionheart theme:

CINDY JACOBS: A WORD FOR THE UK

I just wanted to come and pray for you and share a little bit of what I’m hearing for friends there in England and London and the whole of UK, and Europe also.

And so this is what I feel the Lord is saying, that the enemy has come in, and very much like I felt over the flooding in Peru and Bolivia; the enemy has come in like a flood; God is going to raise up a standard. There’s going to be a standard of protection come in a unique way for the nation.

And that the Lord is going to bless the intercession of people who are crying out for revival and awakening in England. And that even in Parliament you’re going to see a rising up of righteousness, and people who are righteous. And there is going to be an outcry against this sort of behaviour. It will end up in unifying the nation, not dividing the nation.

And I feel that as the Christians in England, the UK and Europe pray for the Muslims, there’s going to be great visitations come. I see signs and wonders and miracles. I see many people of the Islamic faith coming to Christ; God visiting them in unique ways, with angelic hosts and things like this, and sending more labourers.

And I believe what satan meant, and all of these terrible things, even the people that have died, which is so awful; we can’t even imagine how awful that is. And we are grieving with you here in the United States. I want to say, we’re talking about this; we’re grieving with you.

But God is going to release such evangelism, such great things that are going to impact the Muslim people in a great way. It’s not a time for hating, it’s a time for praying. Let’s not be haters, let’s be pray-ers. And God has not given us a spirit of fear; I know after 9/11 there was so much fear here in the US. And I know you’ve had many more attacks than we’ve had, and you’ve had to deal with so many things through the years there in London. But I pray for God to strengthen you, to bless you. What the enemy has meant for evil God will turn for good in such unique ways you cannot imagine.

But you’re going to see some things exposed because of this. It’s like the enemy went too far. And I see there’s like a red line in the sand now. And there’s going to be secret exposures of some other rings, other terrorist rings. And I think this man might have been a lone wolf but there’s someone who is radicalising; it’s going to be exposed. Particularly there’s one radical voice who lives in the UK, who’s been under observation. But it will actually come to light that he’s radicalising, particularly 20, 30 year olds. And in fact not only men but women. But you’re going to see this be exposed. It’s going to avert many more possible disasters. And God is going to give great wisdom to the secret services community there. And those who are looking for these kind of people who’ve been radicalised, to protect the nation.

Cindy Jacobs 23 March 2017 (co-founder of intercessory Generals International)

SIMON BADDELEY: AN AWAKENING OF THE LIONHEARTS IN THE UK

I feel like the events In London today have switched something in the Spirit over this nation. The sleeping lion has been stirred, there is an awakening of the lionhearts again in this land. They will go out from here to Europe and to the world. It is like the army that Joel saw, an army that does not break ranks. They will be marked with a lifestyle of prayer and fasting and be lovers of the cross. They will be those who do not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

The enemy has been preparing an end times army, but the Lord has also been preparing his army. Something switched in the Spirit today and I see a seriousness coming on the Christians of this nation. People will gather increasingly in prayer and worship and an urgency is coming to the body to share the gospel.

This is a God season. Things are starting to move more rapidly as more people engage with the purposes of heaven and are intentional about their walk with the Lord. Healing and deliverance will be signs of the increase. The last season has been one of gaining confidence. This next one will be one of stepping out in that confidence.

Simon Baddeley 23 March 17 (Simon is on the leadership team at Father’s House Shaftesbury and associated with Revd Dr Sharon Stone in Christian International Europe, Windsor.)

A historic day, not only for Britain but also globally re. Genesis 12 & Psalm 2

Now the Lord had said to Abram, “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. 

“I will bless those who bless you and curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3, NKJV)

As I write, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, has received PM Theresa May’s letter of ‘Declaration of Independence’ giving notice of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. She announced to the House of Commons that the Article 50 letter has been delivered. Hooray!

Britain’s ambassador to the EU Tim Barrow delivers formal notice of the UK’s intention to leave the bloc to European Council president Donald Tusk in Brussels CREDIT: AF

A year ago none would have expected such a severe shaking in government and change in leadership in the United Kingdom (as well as in the United States of America) – as said before, obviously the Hand of God must have been in this (eg here). AND, in accordance with what He revealed to one who listened to Him, He told his prophets in advance!

‘Surely the Lord GOD does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.

‘A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?’ (Amos 3:7-8 NKJV)

You may be interested to read Archbishop Cranmer’s ‘take’ on this and note reference by ‘TropicalAnglican’ in the ensuring thread to a ‘brexit’ vision on New Year’s Eve 2015.

Let us never, ever forget the essential prime point – whatever anyone may say – in leaving the EU is to remove ourselves from its inequitable system of judiciary injustice. That fact was well emphasised by David Chapman in The EU’s Background and An Alternative.  Also, it’s featured strongly in Edmund Phillimore’s conclusions drawn a week before the June referendum, which closes by reminding readers:

‘Brexit will not restore us to godly government, for many of our politicians are secular humanists. But it will be a step in the right direction, taking us out of a system of government that does not acknowledge God and his sovereignty over his creation.  It will restore us to the principles of our ancient constitution and democratic monarchy that honours God in the Coronation oath which still stands.  We should trust God , and remember that he can restore life to dry and scattered bones.’ (Our Christian Heritage in Church and State – new addition to blog.)

In my humble opinion, leaving the EU will enable Britain to move back into its God-given destiny and, as Mrs May has a far better appreciation of the purpose and role of Israel in the world than anti-Semitic EU, we can expect the Lord to follow-up His promise to bless us – AND as arranged during PM Netanyahu’s visit to London last month, a British-Israeli task force is proceeding to prepare for new trade deals now Article 50 has been triggered. (After USA, the UK is Israel’s second largest trading partner.)

The USA should also be the recipient of scripture’s promised blessings too now there’s no longer any light showing between their alliance with Israel and their individual geopolitical interests.

TOWARDS A NEW ARAB SPRING

As in Prophetic Scripture Update #3, today’s meeting of Sunni Arab heads of states in Jordan may result in their acceptance of the Jewish state of Israel as a partner in working towards an acceptable solution to the Israel-Palestine issue. They may want to wave a ‘hammer’ at ‘mule-headed’ Mahmoud Abbas – and better still, clout him with one!

So, according to Genesis 12 all those Sunni nations will be blessed in dealing properly with Israel – and all parties thus move toward recognising Messiah Jesus. For decades the scenario given in Psalm 2 has applied in that intractable Middle-Eastern enmity, as well as all reprobate nations:

‘Why do the Gentiles throng tumultuously and the people plot a worthless thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His anointed, saying “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us”.

‘He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath and distress them with His deep displeasure… (NKJV)

The psalm continues to describe events, especially the declaration of Jesus as Mashiach or Messiah to the Jewish elders (Matt 26:63-66) and commissioning his disciples unto the nations. Its conclusion may be read as a promise to those who come to respect His people and their Anointed One:

‘Now, therefore, be wise O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with (reverential) fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son (embrace discipline, receive instruction), lest the LORD be angry and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little.

‘Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.’

That scripture may prophesy blessing upon that meeting and its outcome, all of which may fit in with an open vision I had when visiting Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship for the first time in 2003.

Being unfamiliar with the speakers I’d heard a little about them from Nina and knew so little about Heidi Baker of Iris Ministries (Iris Global). However, as she started addressing the conference I suddenly had an open vision as though I was in orbit over central Africa and saw tall flames leaping high into the atmosphere over the whole Mozambique area to the right. I then saw them sweeping up the eastern side of Africa and into Sudan and Egypt. Its Mediterranean coast sat on the curvature of the globe and I saw this holy fire go along it and across the Sinai peninsular into the Arabian peninsula!  .

[Upon speaking to Rolland Baker about this, he replied it’s similar to what their director Supresa Sithole had seen for the ministry, which has brought whole Muslim provinces to Jesus.]

Therefore, we trust and pray the Lord is doing many new things globally today…

Prophetic Scripture Update #3: Gog-Magog coalition and Middle-East alliance

So annoying yet interesting that my first draft of this post accidentally got published as I wrote its title. I wanted to jot a few notes before going out for a few hours, but I noticed something weird after having done the opening paragraph. Somehow it had already got published as just a title! So I updated it briefly 15 minutes after publication with what I’d done and an apology for anyone responding to the email notification.

BUT even more weird was what came next upon checking the morning news from Israel before going out. I kid you not – ‘Fortunately’, I’d printed a hardcopy for reading upon return because the website’s page went blank, then text/image placements and bits of text and coding appeared, and then it got completely scrambled. So I took a screen shot:

Debkafile home page at 10:10 GMT today.

The page I wanted had only just been broadcast 5 minutes beforehand (09:57 BST) and is about an alternative alliance to ‘Gog-Magog’ and which is meeting tomorrow (Wed)! More of that later…but nothing as weird as this has happened since two incidents covering Iran whilst blogging!

EZEKIEL: GOG and MAGOG

After publishing #2 on Gog-Magog Tensions On The Golan within a similar 1/2 hour time-frame to this morning I added a couple of paragraphs plus further reading for any readers unfamiliar with Ezekiel’s account in chapter 38 of his prophetic scroll. Whilst doing so I considered the current status of what I’d termed the ‘Ezekiel alliance’ in my pre-blog and early blogging days. The term is a correct description but I now prefer ‘coalition’ in view of the normally inferred meaning of a geopolitical alliance as being one in which the UK is an active member. So I’ll now repeat and expand a little upon that extra material:

The Gog and Magog war against Israel is described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. The prophet received a word from the Lord to ‘set his face’ against Gog (‘prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal’); ie leader of a coalition of nations north of Israel comprising Persia/Iran, Libya (‘Put’), Ethiopia (‘Cush’), ‘Asia Minor’ (Gomer and Togarmah).

Most Bible scholars regard ‘Rosh’ and ‘Gog’ as coming from the land between and north of the Black and Caspian Seas. ie modern Russia. The Lord has a purpose for this battle, namely:

“So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel. I will not let them profane My name anymore – Then the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.” (Ezek 38:7 NKJV)

This battle also features in Revelation 20:7-10 as precursor to the battle of Armageddon and satan’s doom in the fiery lake.

UPDATES – Libya, Russia & Iran

The build-up of the coalition of the main, leading nations led by a superpower has gained momentum in starting to mirror the composition of peoples prophesied by Ezekiel. I was puzzled about the inclusion of Libya in view of its break-up after Gadaffi.  In the days of my emails on End-times and early blogging it was part of the ‘Ezekiel alliance’, but now?

My doubts were soon alleviated because a few days later I spotted this headline ‘Russian ties to Libyan Warlord ‘undeniable’, says US general’.  The article opens: ‘Russia has deployed troops to Egypt amid a strengthening of ties between Moscow and General Khalifa Haftar, the warlord who controls much of the eastern part of Libya, a US general said on Friday. 

‘Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the commander of U.S. Africa Command, said the link between Russia and General Haftar, the head of a group called the Libyan National Army, is “undeniable”.  “They are on the ground. They are trying to influence the action. We watch what they do with great concern”, he told reporters in the Pentagon on Friday…’

Eastern Libya was known as biblical ‘Put’. SO, Libya’s back in the Endgame folks!

AND, this afternoon comes this news: Putin meets Iran’s Rouhani as ties deepenRussian president tells his Iranian counterpart the two countries “work very effectively, practically on all fronts in international action and the resolution of major and very grave international problems”!  Note that upon returning to Iran he announced the building of a railroad from Iran to the Mediterranean coast via Iraq and Syria.

ARAB SUMMIT – alliance with Israel

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman with President Trump

In view of the preceding, Debkfile’s ‘exclusive report’ High hopes of Arab summit OK for Israel peace step is exceptionally informative:

‘If the Arab summit opening in Amman Wednesday, March 9 meets the expectations of Washington and Jerusalem, the session will ratify a pivotal initiative for promoting an historic peace process between the Arab world and Israel. This effort, which matured through five months of mostly secret diplomacy, was launched by Donald Trump in November, shortly after he was elected US President.

‘The official Arab summit agenda covers the disastrous war crises preying on the Arab world in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, as well as economic issues. But the rulers will also quietly discuss off-stage a proposal brought by Saudi King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi to embark on steps destined to lead to peaceful relations between the moderate Arab regimes and Israel and exponentially to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Emphases added)

‘Debkafile’s sources in Washington and Jerusalem report exclusively that President Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman crafted this proposal at the White House on March 14, during the prince’s trip to Washington. It was the high point of their talks, although they also aired and reached agreement on the war crises in Syria and Yemen, as well as America’s next steps against Iran on both those fronts and in the Gulf region…

‘The text they agreed at this White House encounter calls for three steps to be launched without delay for promoting progress towards a historic accommodation between the Arab world and the Jewish state

‘…Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas furiously rejected the Saudi peace initiative when it was presented to him in Cairo by President El-Sisi in Cairo on March 20.

(Click above title to read this informative article in full).

Thus we are witnessing the formation of two geopolitically and religiously divergent camps (Sunni and Shiite muslims) in the Middle-East – and we know what the Living Lord God Almighty, the Holy One of Israel has forewarned and foretold about one coalition in particular…

Further Reading:

Prophetic Scripture Update #3: Ezekiel 38 – Gog-Magog coalition builds

Further to publishing #2 on Gog-Magog Tensions On The Golan, the build-up of the coalition of nations led by a superpower (‘Gog’) has gained some traction in starting to mirror the composition of peoples preparing to confront the people of God, the Jewish nation of Israel, as prophesied in Ezekiel chapter 38.

LOL – how interesting that this somehow got published whilst drafting! My apologies to everyone in finding the opening paragraph only. I shall finish upon return later today.

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Kenneth Hagin: a prophetic vision for the USA

Thank you Charisma News for publishing this article by Bert Farias (on 26 August 2016), the sharing of which would appear to be of the Lord’s timing, as in the previous post:

KENNETH HAGIN’S NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED 1963 VISION 

This vision was given to the late Kenneth E. Hagin in 1963. It was shared with me by a friend with inside connections to old archives of teachings and prophecies never before published or made public. I believe it is now the time to share such prophecies for the hour of the manifestation of these things is upon us.

For there came a dark hand up out of the ocean from the east, even from the Atlantic Ocean (Neville Nel/Flickr/Creative Commons)

Yea, the hand of the Lord was upon me … the Spirit of God moved upon me … the voice of God spoke unto me and said, “Come up, come up hither son of man.”

I went, as it were, up into the air and stood with Him, the Head of the church, even the Lord Jesus Christ…in the air. And as I looked down upon the ground I could see as a map laid out before me the entire nation—all the states of the continental United States. And as I looked He said, “Behold son, and I shall show you that which shall come to pass, and that which the eyes of many shall see. And they shall remember that their ears heard that it shall come to pass.”

For there came a dark hand up out of the ocean from the east, even from the Atlantic Ocean. It came up out of the sea as a hand and as it rose up into the air it became a dark cloud and it filled the whole atmosphere. Yea, and it swept in like a storm at sea. And I said, “Oh Lord! Oh Lord! Oh Lord! What’s the meaning of this?” And He spake unto me and said, “Son, that is the darkness of atheistic communism that is sweeping across the nation—even in the minds of men in high places and politicians with great power. And this nation shall not grow more strong and you shall not have more liberty than you have now, but liberties that you’ve known and you’ve seen shall be seized and taken from you.”

And I looked again, and I could see upon the mountain a blotch, as though a bottle of ink had been spilled and spread out over several states in the south and east. And then I looked and I could see spots splotched all over the map and I said, “Lord, what meaneth this?” And He said, “Communistic-inspired hatred among races shall cause greater turmoil than your nation has seen heretofore. Yea, it is not the will of God but men’s hearts are perverse and they walk without the love of God and seek to have their own way. And so it shall be worse than you have seen.”

And I said, “Oh Lord! Oh Lord! Is there a remedy? Is there a remedy? What shall the answer be?”

And He said, “Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceived and being deceived.”

And then I said, “Oh, Lord! Do we have nothing to look forward to in the future except the darkness, the blackness, war, destruction and evil?”

And He said, “Son of man, forget not your text for you look at the things not seen (the title of his message was, ‘Looking At Things Unseen’).” And so then I looked into the spirit realm and I saw falling upon that mountain a ball of fire from heaven. The closer to the Earth, the bigger it got, and then when it came to the Earth it divided into small balls or sparks of fire, and it fell upon men. And I saw an army of men rise up, and it seemed as though their hands were fire. And there sat upon their heads a tongue of fire. (When I first saw it, it seemed like their whole heads were on fire but it was tongues of fire leaping.) And I said, “What meaneth this?”

And He said, “Before the worst shall come and the day of darkness encompasses there will be those who shall go and who shall carry the fullness of My truth and the fire, not only to the states of this nation but to many other places. For there is a work that must be done, first spiritually, before the Lord shall come.

“Now prepare ye your hearts, for the time is at hand and the beginning is now; and ye shall see and ye shall know for the hand of the Lord is upon you and many of you shall be used in these last days and the work shall progress.”

Hallelujah to Jesus! Hallelujah to Jesus!

And I said to Him, “Oh Lord! May I have a small place to work?” And He said, “I shall cause thy tent to be enlarged. Yea, thou shalt have an enlarged ministry and thou shalt minister to many where you ministered to a few. Therefore, go ye back to the Earth and be thou faithful and give forth that which I tell you to give for you have been reluctant in days gone by to tell it. Now tell it boldly and speak it true for now is the day that it shall be so.”

Oh hallelujah! Oh hallelujah! Praise God! Praise God! Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!

For the word of the Lord came unto me saying, “The prophetic vision shall be restored unto the church, for even in the days of old under the old covenant the prophet would see by vision and prophesy, and so the prophetic vision shall be restored unto the church. And this is the time, and this is the hour, and this is the place.”

Praise God! Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus! Praise God, praise God!

When I spoke up I saw this very night. I saw the vision. I was lifted up to that place. Oh men and women, thank God for His goodness to man.

Bert M. Farias, revivalist and founder of Holy Fire Ministries, has authored several books with an emphasis on helping to restore the true spirit of Christianity in the Church today, including the newly released, Passing on The Move of God to The Next Generation and the highly sacred book, The Journal Of A Journey To His Holiness. An anointing of fire marks his ministry with frequent demonstrations of the Spirit and power of God. He ministers inter-denominationally and cross-culturally in nations, churches, conferences, on the streets and in homes. He and his wife Carolyn also host The Holy Ghost Forum – a school of the Spirit. Follow him at Bert Farias and Holy Fire Ministries on Facebook and @Bertfarias1 on Twitter.

RB’s Footnote:

Having been received at the height of the Cold War we could presume, as its recipient may well have done, that references to “communists” means the historical political parties east of the Berlin Wall. However, it’s a fact that marxists, left-wing fellow travellers and anti-Semites are now allied with Islamists against the West and its Christian principles.

Hence the dominant colour of black rather than red in the vision is indicative of political allegiance for we know of the ex-POTUS’ marxist-cum-muslim leanings and that he is officially ‘waging war’ against his democratically elected successor.  As a ‘starter’, see the briefing The Official War Against Trump, appended to Our Finest Hour – Warning to the USA plus my notes thereto and links to Daniel Greenfield’s articles in the previous post.

PS. also, William Koenig cites Garth Kant’s 64 Ways Obama is Sabotaging Trump.

NB: Today’s most popular post – ‘The Day of The Lord is here!’

Upon returning to my desk to catch up with the blog I’m AMAZED to note what’s shown as the top of today’s Popular Posts on this blog is what I’d ever so briefly thought about over the weekend. That post was a re-publication on 17 October 2015 from a Facebook under my title, Dr Maurice Sklar Vision: “Tell Them All: The Day Of The Lord Is Upon You Now!”

As well as having been given a prophetic word re. Israel (on war, times of the Gentiles) during his visit to Jerusalem for Sukkot in 2015 (Feast of Tabernacles), this Messianic violinist reported a personal experience similar to the vision in chapter 5 of the Book of Revelation, and which may be read in the above link.

Now it just so happens that during last Thursday’s blog-blast I took time out to relax on my browser and was nudged to check out Maurice Sklar’s facebook. I wondered if he’d had any new prophetical insights and found that on Monday he’d shared an unpublished prophetic vision from over 50 years ago. It’s one that may have been, or is about to be, fulfilled in – and explain! – the upheaval America is now going through!

Also, by ‘serendipity’, I wandered somewhere else I’ve not been for months and browsed through ‘Sultan Knish‘, aka renowned investigative journalist/blogger Daniel Greenfield. That very same Monday he’d published a penetrating insight into some character differences in Trump vs. Obama; in which the first strikes ‘at the wizard behind the curtain’, the second’s ‘dirty tricks have been dragged out from behind the curtain. This follows Daniel’s recent Obama’s Third Term Is Here, on his network being ‘an illegal shadow government’!

Combined, they may connect into that unpublished prophecy – and possibly into a dream…

On the very next day, Friday, it again just so happens that Tony in Tuscon revisited a dream of almost three years ago in which he was drawn to looking behind a curtain! (See Terrorism in America, A Dream Revisited.)  And so I put my friend in the picture…

In the next post we’ll read that unpublished prophecy of 1963….

In wake of London attack, President Trump should deliver major address to define “radical Islamic terrorism,” the ISIS threat, and his vision for victory.

Joel Rosenberg offers an opinion and insights from his on-the-ground experience…

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(Dallas, Texas) — Yesterday, the horrific attack in London underscored yet again the threat radical Islamic terrorism poses to our allies. We mourn for those murdered, killed and traumatized, and we pray for the Lord to comfort and heal.

The attack on our British ally was also a stark reminder that such terror could strike inside the U.S. homeland without warning if our leaders do not aggressively improve defensive measures to protect the American people, and launch far more aggressive offensive measures to decisively defeat the Islamic State and other militant Islamist groups.

UPDATE: ISIS has just claimed responsibility for the attack. “The perpetrator of the attacks yesterday in front of the British parliament in London is an Islamic State soldier and he carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the coalition,” says the Amaq news agency, the ISIS press channel.

In this context…

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Great Britain in my Thoughts and Prayers 

Amen, and again amen Tony.

My Dreams and Visions

I pray for those affected by yesterday’s senseless tragedies that took place at Parliament. I pray that the Lord would bring comfort to those affected. I would like to add, however, that as I am typing this blog entry I am seeing a lion that had been lying down with both feet in front on the ground begin to arise from that position and was getting readyto roar. It is my belief that Theresa May has been chosen to lead Great Britain for such a time as this.

Amos 3:8

A lion has roared!

Who will not fear?

The Lord God has spoken!

Who can but prophesy?

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Deepest condolences to all affected by yesterday’s attack

Our deepest condolences and prayers for support during their sudden grief go to all those directly traumatised in yesterday’s unprovoked attack in the heart of London. The terrorist, a policeman, American tourist and mum on her way to collect her children were killed but, although casualties are extremely severe, it is fortunate that many more were not harmed.

It’s ironic that I’d just published a follow-up post on Big Ben by referring to when it had surprisingly stopped a couple of months before 2005’s outrage.

The above picture reminds me of the details of the dream given to a reader of this blog in Tucson, Arizona, late in August 2016, which he recalls in his latest follow-on dream I re-blogged at Big Ben Arises With Continual ‘Wake-Up’ Call. The first dream had something that “looked to be a missile” heading for the clock tower (see Tony Puccio’s original post with short discussion), which is what the black 4×4 rampaging along the pavement at 50 mph must have been like!

War Against The World

Fortunately, the rest of the dream’s collapsing tower scenario didn’t happen. Yet, if applied to current events rather than as significant at the time (parliamentary issues over brexit), it could symbolise and warn us of the dangerous, unending fundamental goal of jihadists to subdue all non-Islamic nations by war (ie. ‘Dar Al-Harb’). These retrogrades want to turn the clock back 1,500 years to the Dark Ages by matching their founder’s unholiness of waging war against those who disagree with his beliefs and claims, as recorded in the Qur’an and Hadith.

The Religion of Peace database of attacks carried out by Muslims against non-believers and against their ‘brethren’ will bring yesterday’s cowardly event to over 30,500 attacks since 9/11 – the total killed and injured over the last 15 years is many multiples of that figure!!

As this terrorism continues millions of Muslims have been questioning and rethinking their personal faith (see reference 7 below). In reference 2, historian Paul Crawford’s excellent analysis of four myths about the Crusades exposes politicians charlatanry in pinning the blame for modern Muslim’s ‘victim-hood’ upon Christians! And Dr Bill Warner’s 7 pages of historical data on The Jihad That Led To The Crusades  demonstrate ‘jihadic’ attacks and strategic advances occurred on average every 5 years over a 460 year period prior to the Crusades!

Our predecessors of a millenium ago must have been exceptionally patient, but in the end enough was enough – as it is now.

Awakening To The Truth

We know the number of Islamist fanatics is tiny compared to the majority of peace-loving believers, of whom we know a few. Many are appalled at what is being done in their name and that of their religion; eg. Muslim MP Tulip Siddiq tweets “extremists don’t speak for me”, £10,000 has been raised (new target £20k) through Muslims United for London and the Muslim Council calls it a “depraved” act (BBC Latest).

In that series of dreams about Big Ben, Tony heard it striking midnight and in the latest it gives a continual chiming and wakes people from their sleep:

“The morning of 03/11/2017 (US dating) I had another dream about Big Ben only this time I saw it arise from the clock face on the ground to  its original height, perhaps even taller. I remember hearing it bonging, however, it did not cease as one would have expected when it had chimed the hour of the day but was a continual bonging.  Then I saw people in beds asleep and I perceived that the bonging was to awaken from slumber those who were sleeping.  

“It’s my personal belief that England is going to play a significant role in the coming awakening, hence the dreams about Big Ben.”

Lastly, let’s remind ourselves of what pastor John Kilptrick heard direct from the Lord on this worldwide No 1 issue, as in His message Midnight Words for 2017 and Beyond -LOL we’re back to that ‘midnight’ theme – it must be very important!.:

MUSLIMS WILL RECEIVE THE MESSAGE  

“Because the Lord is no respecter of persons, a GREAT shaking is coming to the Muslim nations. It will be sudden! It will be an unexpected and unexplained shaking that will redefine many Muslim nations and their leadership structures. The Lord is now in the process of shaking institutions, cultures, dialects, nationalities, governments, political structures and their frameworks, which men have trusted through generations. Many of them will be so shaken they cannot survive the shaking. Holy Spirit will even destabilize power structures, and many of those things that men have relied upon will ultimately fail. Truth will grip men’s hearts like a vice, even the unbelievers’ hearts and the hearts of the heathen. Ears will be opened to hear, even the ears of the ‘unregenerates’.”

Further Reading:
  1. Richard’s Watch: Paws4Thought: Devilish Plot To Avoid The Lake of Fire
  2. Richard’s Watch: An Insight Into Global Satanic Strategy – Part 2
  3. Dr Bill Warner’s informative website: Political Islam
  4. Islam and Terrorism (2002), Mark A Gabriel PhD
  5. Mosques & Miracles (2004), Dr Stuart Robinson
  6. From Jihad to Jesus (2006), ex-militant Jerry Rassamni
  7. A Wind in The House of Islam (2014), David Garrison
  8. Miracles Among Muslims; The Jesus Visions (2006), Christine Darg.