HABAKKUK 2 (NKJV BibleGateway.com)
I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected.
2 Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
Discussion arising from Neil Mackereth’s God-incidental post on satan’s schemes and false prophets and my activity on them calls for a statement on what precedence, or priority, I give to prophetical material.
This factor is not covered in my Introduction To Prophecy located in the About Prophecy hub, or in the protocol displayed in the side-bar on the home page, viz:
PROPHECY PROTOCOL: ‘Prophetic words and visions herein are for each READER to WEIGH & TEST against holy scripture and with the Lord, and pray into as led. Likewise for news and politics, which are posted PURELY for information and tracking fulfillment of prophecies – eg. exposure of political corruption.’
The precedence for prophetic material posted on Richard’s Watch is as follows:
1st – BIBLE END-TIME PROPHECIES – eg:
- Jesus Christ’s Second Coming (2 Thessalonians 2, Revelation 19-22)
- Four beasts symbolic of empires (Daniel 7)
- Gog & Magog alliance of Russia & Iran (Ezekiel 38-39)
- Two beasts and Mark of the Beast (Revelation 13)
- 1948 establishment of the State of Israel
- End-game Now in Play (Matthew 13 Wheat & Tares parable)
- Prophecies in process of fulfillment – see Bible Updates.
2nd – MODERN, CONTEMPORARY PROPHECIES – eg:
- Jesus’ Return and The Rapture – as here, here, here, here, here etc
- Words and visions posted in blog and Prophecy Library & Prophecies Fulfilled
- Prophecies 6 years ago of and reporting upon exposures of political corruption
- Reports in hundreds on fulfillment > Prophecies Fulfilled and Exposures tabs
3rd – OPINION, COMMENT & DISCUSSION – eg:
- Theological interpretations, news reports and articles
- Mine and readers’ interpretations, opinion and comments
As far as I’ve seen and read, Christianity in America is practised very differently to the reserved manner conducted in Britain. We regard American churches as being brash, even ‘over-the-top’ – and they’re not shy in connecting faith with politics, whereas that political involvement is a ‘no-go’ here. Hence, Americans can get into the questionable area of prophesying about politics. I know that even with leaders here, their personal political persuasion can affect and hinder the gift of prophecy. (My personal politics is centre-right.)
Hence, in monitoring the possible fulfillment of modern prophecies for America I prefer non-direct prophesying done at a far distance as with, for example, Veronika West. And so I rarely take time to watch any Americans at length but note that Robin Bullock often cites scripture in conjunction with what he’s bringing from the Lord.
Even so, I’m well aware of self-appointed heresy-hunters exhibiting religious legalism by sitting in judgement, even descending into slander because of my covering politically-relevant prophecies! This is completely contrary to Jesus’ own commands – including to the ex-Pharisee Paul, His Apostle to the Gentiles.
I follow the fundamental tenets of Christian belief, and respect most doctrinal positions and theological interpretations. So this blog avoids such issues, other than contentious Replacement Theology’s claim the Church has replaced the Jews in God’s purposes, contrary to Romans 11 statement that we are grafted into them!
Also, the ‘Cessationist’ stance of Holy Spirit’s activity ceasing after the 1st Century is wrong, as is plainly evident in 20th Century church history.
Therefore, it’s absolutely essential that we all grasp and agree the full meaning and application of one scripture in particular because it has very conditional caveats, as emphasised below – ask yourself, what about thoroughly wicked rulers? (eg Hitler):
Submit to Government
13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will [a]bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
Therefore, when governing authorities do not themselves practise good but conspire to and actually practise evil upon their subjects, then Christians are not only obliged to not adhere to this scripture but also to take a firm stand against such tyranny!
In late January 2021 I re-blogged this excellent explanation by Mario Murillo, Scripture Does NOT Tell Believers To Obey Evil Laws. He cites renowned Bible commentator Matthew Henry, and martyred German preacher Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s saying,
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
Looks like this is God’s perfect timing for me to read this post today. Just yesterday I was watching this video on what is happening in the United States: corruption in politics, election fraud, the targeting of our children by pedophiles and sin in general. The narrator reminded us to keep fighting against and praying against the evil prevalent in our society. Then the narrator said that America was founded by dangerous men.
Back in 1775, dangerous men like Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, Thomas Paine, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, the Scots-Irish and others who fought the battles, made up a very small percentage of the Original Thirteen Colonies. I have read that maybe ten percent of the Colonies actually worked for or fought for independence from the British Empire.
Guess who are also dangerous men? Prophets. Prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah and others. They were a great danger to sinful Kings and Queens and other people in power. They put their lives in danger just by saying, “Thus saith the Lord” or “Repent!” Isaiah was put to death; Jezebel tried to kill Elijah. In the New Testament, John the Baptist was executed.
Dangerous men were the twelve apostles who brought the Gospel to Israel and other parts of the world. Most of those apostles were killed for their faith. I am not saying that just because you are a Christian that you will be killed for your faith. Some of the most dangerous people on this earth enter into the Presence of God and destroy Satanic strongholds. They are a great danger to principalities and powers of darkness. In their youth, Satan tried to kill them, but couldn’t, because the Lord had a bigger purpose for their lives.
Back in the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher gave a speech where she compared the United States with the other British colonies. She said that most of the other colonies became nations through written agreements whereas the United States shed much blood on battlefields to gain their independence. So if someone were to describe American Christianity as being brash, that is probably true. I pray that more American Christians and Christians throughout the world become more dangerous in their faith.
Matthew 11:12: “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.”
“To be forged upon the anvil of God’s purpose, to be at once His hammer, His tongs, and His molten iron; to hear words that rend the heart, see visions that pierce the chest; to be emptied like an urn, again and again and again until one desires only rest, only an end to the refilling — and to know one cannot live without the refilling. To be given words that one dare not speak, and to feel those words churning and boiling in the belly until one must speak them aloud, or die. To be despised, soon or late, by everyone except Adonai — and to desire it so, while hating it. This is to be a prophet.”
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The clueless critic against whom I had to contend last month labelled me ‘dangerous’ and warned my own church leader!!!
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Praise the Lord! Richard, since you are a dangerous man, that means you are in good company. The Lord is with you. The Holy Ghost Fire separates the men from the boys.
I Kings 18:17: ” And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?”
You must be one of those Holy Ghost Troublemakers.
Reminds me of when I was kicked out of this Christian household back in 1989. I told my housemates that the Lord had cast a lot of demons out of my body. They told their pastor and, to make a long story short, they told me stop talking about the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and to stop talking about demons being cast out of my body. I told the pastor’s puppet that I was going to preach the Gospel till the day I die. I then exclaimed, “The Lord is going to spew the lukewarm church out of his mouth!” He started shaking all over and ran out of the house.
A few weeks later, I met someone from their church. He looked at me and said, “There’s trouble.”
The Holy Ghost Fire causes riots in the heavenly realm.
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The Spirit of a Prophet – Leonard Ravenhill
“Preachers make pulpits famous; prophets make prisons famous.”
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