The Bible’s Author directs me to ex-New Agers’ testimonies

The Father has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in Whom we have our redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. [St Paul’s letter to the Colossians 1:13-14, Amplified Bible.]

As well as testing Christians’ claims of hearing God direct and getting astounding personal evidence of that, I needed to know a lot more not only about Him but also, and to follow-up His revelatory word, on false teachers and their falsehoods.

In my wariness of religious folk I’d assumed none would be able to comprehend my story as they’d be ignorant about those things. Doubtless, none would have been through my kind of bad, meditative ‘trips’ – or so I thought!

But direct help was again at hand from the Bible’s Author…

SUBMISSION AND FIRE

C_RidersWhenever I went into a local Christian bookshop my long-standing sensitivity to serendipity would kick in! That is, one book would jump off the self at me! The Lord was directing me to biographies of Christians who’d previously been tied into occult, New Age activities – like me. They’d been rescued from terrifying situations by calling upon Jesus’ name. So, their true stories brought home the truth of what had really happened in that astounding dream. As mentioned, St Paul’s insight on satan’s ability to masquerade as an angel of light and on its followers as servants of righteousness (2 Cor 11:14), brought confirmation of the reality of my past encounter. I’m so deeply grateful to the real living God for saving me.

Having been deceived and beguiled, scales were now starting to fall from my eyes – an awesome awakening, and a homecoming!

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Outline of Tal’s book (click to enlarge)

Riders of the Cosmic Circuit  (1986) by Tal Brooke was one such book. Son of American diplomats and a pioneer in meditation with crystals, Tal held a privileged position in the inner circle of the revered Indian guru Sai Baba, of whom he later wrote,

“I had discovered an absolutely satanic thing operating behind Baba’s veneer”.

Tal Brooke’s own encounter with the darkness behind the ecstatic light and consciousness known as the state of ‘nirvana’, validated my psychic dream experience.

The very first of these autobiographies, however, was by someone who’d also been in the brotherhood I’d been initiated into.

Whilst reading the concluding chapters of Roy Livesey’s account over the lunchtime of 29 March 1990, I prayed the ‘sinner’s prayer’ and gave my life to Lord Jesus as my personal saviour. Driving home later, however, the spiritual enemy tried to get me into a couple of road accidents. And upon arriving home I found it had attempted to burn down my new, wooden-framed house. Thank you Lord for protection through both events – the fire had been put out by throwing water onto flaming fat in an electric oven!!

Jesus tells all who believe in Him what will happen as a result of following His teaching, as noted here and here by John, one of His first and closest disciples,.:

“If you hold fast to and live by My words you are truly my disciples. And you shall know the Truth and the Truth will set you free (for) I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one can come to the Father except through Me”.

NOT YET FULLY FREE

From those who’d trodden the very same path as me, I learned the great importance of being completely cut off from my ‘old life’. This meant getting rid of books and objects associated with it, but I’d been slow to so do. Although I’d turned away from that past, yet an unseen bond seemed to remain.

That fact needed dealing with next (as in next post) because I wanted what’s promised in the Word inspired by Father God, the Author of the Holy Bible:

“So if the Son liberates you, then you are really and unquestionably free.”  [John 8:36 Amplified Bible] 

[First published as in October 2013 as part 6 (Rescued From Satan By The Lord of Hosts) of my ‘Journey Into Freedom’. Bible quotations courtesy of BibleGateway.com – thank you for this facility.]

The Bible’s Author opens it to answer my ‘newbie’ questions

Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus,For I always pray to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), and [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when raising Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], far above all rule and authority and power dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come…. [Eph1:17-21, Amplified Bible – v17 is today’s Keep Praying & Bless decree: ‘I Am the Giver of All Revelation’. We decree that the blindness be removed from the eyes of all the peoples of this land so they may see Jesus Christ is Lord.]

The original version of this post continues my personal account of encountering the Lord Jesus’ saving grace, but was withheld pending the important posts on the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Revisiting it during Holy Week, however, I toyed with inserting details about my past relating to that centrality of the Cross. I’ve been very reticent to go into any depth of my bondage to satan but, in view of dangers arising out of today’s widespread spiritual ignorance, I had to reconsider. Also, a couple of visitors’ comments brought unexpected ‘confirmation’ (albeit unsuspected by them) that I should divulge more…

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Awesome as my ‘rescue’ was, the dream-vision recounted in On A Trapdoor Into Hell did not make me want to rush off to church. That visitation’s effect and the ramifications upon my philosophy of life needed careful consideration. For example, I needed to check out widespread claims of the Bible having been compiled and modified by Church councils in the 4th Century after Christ), as well as learn about its history from authoritative sources. [Prof F.F. Bruce’s The Books and The Parchments (1991) was very helpful, especially about the ‘Muratorian Fragment’. Drawn up in late 2nd Century in the church at Rome, it lists practically all the canonical New Testament literature.]

So not only did I need to assess those personal implications, but also as possibly a new believer in Jesus Christ I wanted to find well-informed believers who took Jesus seriously. I soon did but then I needed to put their claims of hearing direct from God to the test. After all, they believe we have a relationship with Him and so we have but to ask…

Months after the dream, I’d learned some members of Tilehurst Free Church (Baptist) that had invited me to hear Billy Graham met regularly in the school next door to my house. Later, I heard they’d given young Peter prayer backing for his discussions with me (as here). That is, they’d targeted me!  It seems God had answered their prayers by giving me a dream-vision on 13-14th September 1989.

CULTURE SHOCK

The first service I attended there in that familiar, small school hall was a culture shock! Before me stood a young man devoid of dog-collar but wearing an acoustic guitar! Then he led the meeting in song and spoke without any script or ritual whatsoever – he even engaged the congregation in discussion!  Some attendees testified to angelic protection in their lives: I’d thought this subject was lost to churchgoers. Starting the sermon, he said he’s going to look at the shortest gospel, that of Mark, and would continue doing so in the next weeks. In saying, “It’s action packed and full of urgency” he intrigued me, and this fitted in with my intention of checking out the Bible.

Therefore, I thought it might prove useful to come again. At the next session one thing he taught stuck in my mind: “In Mark, who was the first to recognise who Jesus really is?”  Answer: an unclean spirit (see Mark 1:24). I was thus reminded of that dream’s events – and of the exceptionally unsettling one many years earlier of a devouring monster of darkness.

[I was reminded of that scripture at a school of healing early this year (2017). The teacher asked why would Jesus silence a demonic testimony of His identity? The answer: when coming from an unclean tainted source, even truth itself gets contaminated!  I know that’s been satan’s modus operandi since the Garden of Eden – the father of lies and half-truths. Moreover, this fact points out that being’s pretext for rebellion, and raises questions about the religiously sanctioned practice of ‘taqiya’.]

MOVING TOWARDS FREEDOM

Therefore, I came into a good place to build upon the message of that dream by learning about the Bible and, more importantly, by listening to God through His written word and to come into a close relationship with Him. As stated above, it was opportunity to test claims about discussing the Bible’s content with its Author without any priest as ‘intermediary’.

The first of many times this happened brought incredibly clear – and shocking! – proof that God does speak from the Bible, as claimed by many believers in Jesus Christ.

1st Question:

I decided to re-view the teaching about Jesus as given by the occult brotherhood I’d been in. Two specific books on His ‘mystical life’ and ‘secret doctrines’ had attracted me at 20 years of age, and there were various claims in a massive mound of monographs as well as those of its sister brotherhood, which held doctrines from the dogmatic Kabbalah (a Jewish esoteric belief system based upon Creation;  eg. the ‘Sepher Yetzirah’).

After having checked all those specifics, I asked God for His guidance on this matter and opened my new, pocket-sized Bible. I’ve never been able to repeat what happened next – it immediately fell open at the second chapter of the Apostle Peter’s second letter. Its first ten verses stood out with startling clarity, the rest was hazy! Therein, Peter warns about false teachers:

‘…who secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying our sovereign Lord…Many will follow their shameful way and bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with the stories they have made up. Their condemnation has been long hanging over them…’ (2 Peter 2:1,3 NIV)

The emphases hit ‘bull’s eye’, and the next verses explain that assessment and what happens to such teachers. This answer to my question was startlingly exact!  It’s jaw-dropping and eye- popping – awesome!

The Holy Author of the Bible had used it to answer my question (Paul’s letter may be read in full here).

Specifically, that occultic group claimed its information had come from the Essenes and early Christians. Members of that Qumran community by the Dead Sea and across Judea were supposed to have assisted at Jesus’ birth and crucifixion, and as a Roman warrant had supposedly been issued to release Jesus before death, those supporters and ‘secret disciples’ helped to resuscitate Jesus. Also, as God’s Holy Spirit had come upon Jesus during the baptism in the river Jordan and left during the crucifixion this supposedly indicated Jesus was human only, not one with Almighty God.

Furthermore, this group taught the necessity of acquiring initiatory knowledge to enable attainment of illumination and perfection of ourselves through reincarnation, and thus be one of the ‘ascended masters’ or world teachers, as claimed of Jesus the Christ.

This is identical to the gnostic heresies that became dominant along with various false doctrines about Jesus for several centuries after the founding of the Church, and which greatly influenced the founder of Islam. This is why Apostle John’s first letter speaks so stridently under The Author’s inspiration about the spirit of anti-Christ that was slithering to contend against the One who’d destroyed satan’s authority over humanity:

‘Beloved, do not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone into the world. By this you may know (perceive and recognise) the Spirit of God; every spirit which acknowledges and confesses [the fact] that Jesus Christ the Messiah) [actually] has become man and has come in the flesh is of God [has God as its source];

And every spirit which does not acknowledge and confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh [but would annul, destroy, severe, disunite Him] is not of God [does not proceed from Him]. This [non-confession] is the spirit of the antichrist, (of) which you heard that it was coming, and now it is already in the world.‘ (1John 4:1-3 Ampfld Bible)

Therefore, that brotherhood denied the divinity of Jesus Christ and the centrality of His sacrificial death and resurrection – from actual death – to the salvation of human souls, and thereby reconciling us with God and enabling our right of entry – in this life and the next! – into His throne-room by the Blood of the Lamb.

Moreover, the Author of the Bible had pointed me to His truth about that group’s motives and its leaders’ dreadful destiny.

2nd Question:

Also, I reviewed my uncharitable views about the clergy. Readers may understand from my story how difficult it was for me to contemplate attending church, let alone with any regularity – not to mention being under the oversight of any clergy.  And, as mentioned previously, they certainly couldn’t comprehend where I’d come from.

Once again I decided to put preachers’ claims about the Word of God to the test. I asked if God could let me know His opinion about clergy…

Again my Bible fell open to give the most apposite instruction, this time at Hebrews 13:17:

‘Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you’. (Emphases mine.)

That well and truly put me in my place and enabled me to make my mind up. Thank you Lord for answering and correcting me!

Consequently, I wanted to know lots more from the Living Lord God and His Son Jesus Christ. And it was a great blessing to be directed to testimonials like mine…(next post).

Only upon revisiting this testimony many years later did I realise those passages by Peter and in Hebrews starkly contrast both forms of leadership under which I’d served. The first was highly ungodly, and the latter is blessed by God, the  supreme, spiritual cover for protecting His children.

This month’s critical convergence of historical cycles

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A month after launching this blog in late November 2011, I introduced my first readers to accredited Christian journalist and ‘Watcher in The White House’, William Koenig in Points to Ponder: 2011-2012 and Biblical Historical/ Financial Cycles. This referred to his four-year investigation of the work and predictions of the financial markets technical analyst Eric Hadik. (Read About William Koenig and Who is Eric Hadik?)

Erik Hadik built his renowned expertise upon W.D. Gann’s work on market cycle theories based upon his discoveries of mathematical-geometrical principles in the Bible!  Erik’s material is published at Inside Track Trading. (My very brief introduction to cycles may be read in the blog’s God-incidences hub.)

After closely following Hadik’s application of those theories to natural and social events, Bill published his findings simultaneously with the launch of Jonathan Cahn’s bestseller The Harbinger and attested to having “found (Hadik’s) calculations extremely accurate”. So, it certainly seems the Lord wants His people to learn about these matters.

Before proceeding and if having time and inclination, you may want to get ‘up to speed’ by scanning through my brief blogs on Cycles & The Bible and The Natural Year. I’d like to  draw your attention to Erik’s evidence for his thesis on Historic Aprils For USA & Israel. This has led him to dub today, April 19th and the days thereabouts, as being a “Date of Infamy for America”!

Digging into those links will give good grounding for Bill’s comprehensive compilation from four of his 2016-17 reports in.:

The Converging of Major Historical Patterns in 2017-18 and Jewish New Year 5777

(Read document by clicking/tapping title.) This paper focuses upon the significance of 2017/5777 as regards the land of Israel, biblically and geographically. In conjunction with data from Erik Hadik, Bill covers these excitingly informative topics in detail:

  • Donald Trump born exactly 700 days before Isarel became a nation
  • On first day in office POTUS Trump was 70 years, 7 months, 7 days old
  • America’s 45th President, Isaiah 45 and 44:28; Tim La Haye study notes
  • Jubilee Year and liberation of Jerusalem 1917 & 1967 (50 years) in depth
  • Five potential major developments in US-Israel relations in 2017
  • Orthodox Jews believe Messiah’s appearance possible in 2017
  • Biblical origins of 70-nation anti-Israel Paris conference
  • Several scheduled astronomical events are Biblically relevant
  • Convergence of 25, 40, 50, 60, 70 and 100 year cycles re Jerusalem
  • Culmination of four major 70-year cycles from 1948 to 2018
  • 7-year cycle from the beginning of the ‘Arab Spring’
  • Computers and technology 70-year cycle.

Last weekend’s Koenig’s Eye View from the White House provides a detailed list of critical events in April 2016, plus timeline of them within this current April – of which we’re all too well aware!

Bill asks, “Were the last two weeks of April 2016 the most prophetically significant period in history?”

Typically, he provides a  detailed analysis of their events and regards this present time as being, “Another prophetically pivotal month: many major headlines and news of final-day nations that will play out in the rest of April” (ie. 2017).

So in this light, it’s very poignant that yesterday Prime Minister Theresa May announced her decision to hold a snap general election on 8th June, thereby thwarting ‘Remoaners’ plans and thus strongly forging ahead with Brexit!

And today she got the backing of MPs by an overwhelming 522 to 13 votesApril 19th, an exceptionally historic day for the UK!

MOST EXCELLENT!!

Two major prophetic words relating to North Korea

The current convergence of biblical and historical cycles is coming to a head and, leading into my brief update on this, we need to be aware of how a couple of recent prophetical words mesh into the bigger picture. They come from a pastor and a preacher whom the Lord anoints with prophetic unction as and when necessary for instructing the Church (1 Cor 12:4-11).

Puzzle in Sky by Idea Go, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net

In view of the steadily increasing threat of uncontrolled proliferation of nuclear weapons North Korea has posed to international peace, not only in the far east but also through its technical assistance in Iran’s weapons programme, and now the United States’ recent decision to confront that regime, we consider afresh the Lord’s viewpoint as brought by those prophetical voices.:

John Kilpatrick, January 2017

At the close of 2015, Revd John Kilpatrick prophesied that “Nations shall be shaken but kingdoms shall be jolted” during 2016 (The Wind Has Shifted: 20 Prophetical Words for 2016 & Beyond).  In Sunday’s service he reminded everyone of the ‘Midnight Word for 2017 and Beyond’ and said there will be a shaking in Syria, Russia and Korea in accordance with that word’s declaration, “Closed societies will be opened up”. John reiterated the details of what he’d delivered on that most welcome topic:

“…The thing that will mark this move of My Spirit to distinguish it from all others is that I am going to move mightily in closed nations and closed societies. The word of spiritual bread among these starving and closed nations will create spiritual refugees, which will immediately create movement of entire nations of hungry and spiritually starving refugees toward the outstations of fresh bread.

“My Spirit will spread like a fire through empires, dynasties, tribes, clans, and among the
heathen as well. I will set My table before them, and they will taste of My goodness and
experience My mercy just as Naomi arose and brought her daughter-in-law, Ruth, to the place of visitation. It was there that Ruth was joined with Boaz, her redeemer.

“I tell you, many will believe this good news to be a rumor, but they will continue to hear the reports until they will come and see for themselves the wonders of the Lord. It will cause a great stir among the nations.

“I am going to open three doors:

  1. I am going to unseat powers and principalities in those regions that have long deprived the people of My presence and of My Spirit. A brief, but widespread harvest will occur. A once closed society of unbelievers will now have the opportunity to hear and to believe upon the Lord Jesus.
  2. There will also be a movement of laborers, those that I have chosen and
    called to work the fields of harvest. This is their time. This is what they have
    awaited, many since childhood. This is their time. They will bring their sickles
    and reaping tools, and they shall come rejoicing, bringing their sheaves with
    them during this harvest. There will be great excitement! 
  3. There will also be a great commotion of the leaders of the harvest taking
    their places. They shall direct the harvest and place the laborers where they
    best fit. They are My apostolic leaders overseeing this last day harvest. They
    will know the mind of the Spirit. They will know who is to go where, and who
    is to do what. There will be resources and wealth to fund the harvest of the
    ages. The newcomer and the veteran soul winner will be paid the same wage
    in that day.”

As John says, “This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes. In that day, the knowledge of the glory of the Lord shall fill the earth as the waters cover the sea.”

Charles Shamp, April 2017

In March 2014 I blogged about Charles Shamp foretelling a spiritual awakening in Britain and later we looked again at this, and then on what he foresaw in mid-2015 of a renewed spiritual bonding between the UK and the USA; The Lion Has Roared and The Eagle Will Fly.

Events subsequent to the stunning outcomes of the EU Referendum and US elections, with the post-Obama rapprochement upon Donald Trump’s inauguration, as in ‘Redcoat’ PM May’s speech in Philadelphia, bring credibility to what Charles brings as being from the Lord. (A Redcoat? See Fulfilled Prophecies #16.)

So, if you didn’t follow the link at the foot of Psalm2 -Two Visions of International Shaking, this is what Charles published on Destiny Encounters on 10th April 2017:

KOREA WILL BE ONE THROUGH THE SON

“And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep.” Zachariah 4:1

I have seen a great awakening coming to Korea, one that will shake the land from the south to the far north. I heard the Lord say, “Can a nation be awakened and united in a day?” I said, “only you truly know Father.”

Then the Lord said, “I am shaking the Korean government to break corruption that has been there for generations, yes this is my doing! For I see the land as one, this division will no longer stand in my sight. In my eyes there has never been a divide only one land, one people, one nation in my hands. I will wipe away the military zone and will remove the one who divides and destroys from his throne. I will remove him by an unseen force, one that many will not believe. I will shake the land in the north to release a great awakening which has been prophesied by my Prophet’s lips for many generations. This awakening will come with great force, like lightning when it strikes and shakes the ground. There will be a rumbling in the North and the crumbling of buildings will be a sign of this crumbling kingdom. I will use an unusual force to break down the walls of division, yes the walls will fall along with the north kingdom. I will bring freedom to those who have been imprisoned and they will finally see my Son shining bright. The light of my Kingdom will radiate and displace all darkness that has been resting like a canopy for generations. The canopy of fear will be shaken out and replaced by my spirit of peace and prosperity. I will use a power that is unseen, unthinkable, unbelievable by the minds of men to disarm the mad man of the north. It will shock many, the masses will see the thunder strike the ground and his kingdom come down. There has been strange things these days come into this mad man’s dreams, his mind is only filled with destruction, deceit and darkness; he knows his time is short. He has forged a demonic plan, but he will fail to execute it to the fullest extent. For his twisted thinking has him creating a dark future for many, but I have set before him two stumbling blocks, Justice and Judgement. The mind of this man will fail and his capacity to retain information and understanding will be his final downfall. A great mistake is to come and he will fall from his place of demonic rule.”

For the Lord says, “I have stripped him from his seat of authority among men and will lay waste his kingdom. He has said in his heart that he is a god, has he not seen what I have done to those who lift themselves up to be gods? He will fall like lightning from the sky never to rise or be seen again. This fall will be so great that the land will shake. This shaking will cause the scales to crumble off of men’s eyes and they will see him weak and broken as just a man. I will cause revival to sweep through the land even through the capital of P’Yongyang. I have released watcher angels to spy out the land for my hand is upon you Korea.”

The Lord spoke again, “Can a nation be brought to its knees in a day?” I said, “You know my Father.” “I will bring this nation to its knees in repentance before me and wipe away every trace of darkness that has been. My glory will come like a rushing mighty wind, and fill the land with my divine grace to stand in my presence and the people will hear my command and March as one through the land. The people will arise and shine in the glory that I will give. I will use the people of this land who have been held captive for so long to break others free from the bondage of captivity. There will be a great missions movement come from this place and I will send the people across the land to other nations and they will release deliverance. Yes I have anointed you Korea to carry my gospel to the nations of the earth with supernatural miracles. The seeds of intercession from a previous generation will become righteous trees with leaves for the healing of the nations in this one. I speak to you Korea as one, you will rise and you will run into every nation and carry my Son. This is your mandate and mission that will come. I speak to you Korea this day you will no longer be divided, but one with my Son!”

I’ve seen an arrow being shot from North Korea. The word of the Lord came unto me saying, Like a madman who throws Firebrands, arrows and death (Prov. 26:18) For, behold, the wicked bend the bow, They make ready their arrow upon the string to shoot in darkness at the upright in heart. (Ps. 11:2), but There The Lord of Hosts broke the flaming arrows, The shield and the sword and the weapons of war. (Ps 76:3) I decree and declare to the people of the east, you will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day. (Ps 91:5) taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (Eph. 6:16) But God will shoot at them with an arrow; Suddenly they will be wounded. (Ps 64:7) I will heap misfortunes on them; I will use My arrows on them. (Deut. 32:23)

It’s time to pray for North Korea!

Prophet C.S.

AB-solute proof, the blood that speaks

‘Coincidentally’ amusing that after I’d prepared the previous post on the Shroud of Turin for publication Resurrection Sunday, Joanne in the antipodes (the farthest side of the globe to me) publishes this on Good Friday…

Red Sky in the morning

ab-negative-rarest-blood-typeDid you know there is proof for the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ?  We even know his blood type, from the cloth wrapped around his head. 

The cloth, called the ‘Sudarium’ is kept in a Cathedral in Oviedo, Spain.   And here’s something from the evidence room:  The blood stains match those on the Turin shroud. 

Also, blood tests done on both the Sudarium and the Shroud confirmed that the blood stains on both cloths were of the same blood type: AB.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudarium_of_Oviedo

AB blood is extremely rare.  You may not know, but there is a special need for this blood.  AB Plasma is universal and can be used for all patients regardless of their blood type.

In Exodus 12:13 which speaks of the Passover lamb, it says “The blood shall be a sign for you.”  Not only is the lamb’s blood a sign, Christ’s blood speaks a

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HE IS RISEN! Surprising scientific facts of Jesus’ burial shroud

In preparation for the holy-days’ weekend Nina creates a tableau for contemplating Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. She’s inspired about what items to collect and arrange, usually including a rock with a central hole eroded by the sea and which we found on a beach. It serves as both the ‘skull’ and garden tomb of Golgotha. For example, the above display has a scarf as a ‘river of life’ flowing out of the empty cave/tomb below the cross. (In 2012 it gave an insight that I’ll share below.)

A slightly different display is set up each Maunday Thursday, the night of which Jesus and the twelve leading disciples ate Passover Seder early (see video explanation). Following the meal, one disciple betrayed Him by leading Temple guards to capture Him at night for trial by a ‘kangaroo’ court of Jewish leaders.  It was a foregone conclusion that they would demand authorisation of His death from Pontius Pilate, the Roman Prefect, or governor, of Judea.

If you’re unfamiliar with this true story and how it led to Jesus’ gruesome torture, death and burial followed by his amazing bodily resurrection and appearance to His disciples, read doctor Luke’s investigative account and the personal account of Jesus’ closest disciple John. (Later, a Jewish leader violently opposed to them but who encountered Jesus en-route to Damascus would write He was seen simultaneously by over 500 – 1 Cor 15:6)

A BIT OF THEOLOGY

Jesus Christ died so that each of us may be forgiven for our sins. As a result of this new status, we now have direct personal access to God. As the Son of God, He suffered on our behalf as our ‘scapegoat’.  That is, Jesus took the place of death that we deserved because of our sinfulness, for the shedding of a sinless one’s blood was the only way our status could be changed for us to gain personal salvation. Apostle Paul put it thus to the Romans:

8But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:8-11, NIV, see whole chapter.)

Now, when I was a new Christian I found that rather hard to understand – but it works! The theological term is ‘atonement’, or ‘substitutionary atonement’.  In bringing forgive-ness to the guilty, however, this can cause deep problems for those who’ve been the victim of crimes. After all, why should a killer find forgiveness by God? And what about the victim’s families, or the victim of abuse? They find it very hard if well-nigh impossible to forgive.

In 2012 I heard a Portsmouth prison chaplain address this issue with a concept taken from the criminal justice system: restorative justice. This involves active dialogue between victim and offender, plus reparation.  And it has a sound basis in  theology. How?

Jesus was a guiltless victim, directly of those who wanted Him killed, and indirectly of everyone’s ‘fallen state’ of sinfulness, which could only be rectified by His death.

And Almighty God, the Father, is a victim too. How? He’s victim of humanity’s rebellion against Him. For example and especially over the way religious leaders murdered His son – how they seethed with rage when Jesus denounced them! (read Luke 20:9-19).  So, every victim can find an identity and affinity in both God and Jesus Christ in their situation. Hence, they can receive God’s own ability to forgive because He will help them choose to forgive those who’ve harmed them. [Lack of forgiveness may be the only thing that hampers God – see Matt 6:14-15]

A TABLEAU IN TIME

During contemplation upon the tableau illustrated above, an insight dropped into mind that the Resurrection created a distinct point in the flow of, or perhaps even a change in, time itself. That is, the now termed ‘common era’ calendar is the medieval Christian one that counts years from the approximate birth of Christ as ‘anno Domini’. But in fact, a more powerful one would be the point at which things in heaven changed and thus affected our lives on earth and its ultimate role in God’s scheme of creation. This took place at the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, His revival to life from death itself.

That such a concept may be valid can be found in the discoveries about the material of ‘The Shroud of Turin’, the shroud in which Jesus was thought to have been carried and covered during His interment. It is of most astounding significance when examined from the view-point of modern physics.

Putting the supra-natural aspect aside for the moment, that unique, most singular event could have naturally happened by means of a ‘singularity’ (a theoretical gravitational effect associated with ‘black holes’, eg. as may have been the starting point of the creation of the universe, or ‘Big Bang’).

Don’t take my word for this but consider that of Dame Isabel Piczek (dec’d 2016), famous as a monumental artist and award-winning figurative draughtswoman. Her highly detailed analysis of theories about how the image on the shroud was formed is authoritative, as in the first of several detailed articles here.

Also, as a physicist who may have considered implications from a quantum mechanics standpoint, her conclusions about how the image was formed are most intriguing: it seems that the image of Jesus can only have been created by its hovering equidistantly above and below his reclining bent corpse. Furthermore, this necessitated the body’s levitation – perhaps not an impossible feat during the moment of the Resurrection power-blast?  After all, the disciples had witnessed Jesus walking on water and were yet to see His levitating into the clouds!

Dame Isabel succinctly summarises:

We have a piece of cloth and it leads us to a mysterious gate which opens for us, and it lets us see a completely different world, an extraordinary world with extraordinary laws.

Consider these claims by reading those articles and watching this 19 minute of extracts from the DVD The Fabric of Time (with its own lead-in trailer). There’s also a discussion of her scientific opinion at In Case You Missed Isabel Piczek’s Wonderful Paper.

‘Coincidentally”, just after having read the last link and revised the preceding references to science (post published 5 years ago), I’m alerted to theoretical physicist Mehki’s new post on ‘black holes’ and ‘event horizons’ (see Looking to the Horizon). The discussion thread has a valuable contribution from ‘physicalrealityblog’ that’s pertinent to the Shroud site’s discussion of Dame Isabel’s analysis and indirectly reconnects it back into quantum physics!

PS. ‘Coincidentally’ amusing that bloggers ‘hidden’ on opposite sides of the world (Britain and New Zealand) were preparing items on the fabrics that Jesus Christ was buried with – the full-body shroud and the head linen – in Joseph of Arimathea’s private tomb. My post updated on Wed 12 was scheduled on Thurs 13th for auto-publication Sun 16 April. On Good Friday 14 April Joanne Rolston published news of the ‘Sudarium’ (see next post).

Link: The Shroud of Turin website

Good Friday Insights – part 1

The Cross at Ffald-y-Brenin, ‘miraculously’ provided and located as directed by the Lord.

Note: this from 2016 is republished as it leads into Thursday’s post on the Crucifixion and the directly related insights that blessed me this year..

Reflections upon the events of Jesus’ betrayal and execution whilst we were on a Quiet Day’s ‘Appointment in Jerusalem’, added to my ongoing meditation upon His prayer made not in the garden of Gethsemane, but after Passover in the upper room and offered up for Himself, the first disciples and every subsequent believer (John 17).

So my thoughts meandered around Jesus’ praying to Father that He’d “manifested Your Name” and for His disciples to see the glory He had with Father before the Beginning, as in my footnote to the word on Preparation for Enlargement.

Our modern concept of ‘name’ doesn’t convey the depth of meaning appreciated in biblical times. I recalled Hebrew and Semitic studies scholar Dr Michael S Heiser’s (bio) referring at Exodus 23:20-23 to the Angel of the LORD as having ‘Yahweh’s “Name” in him…which gives a glimpse of the Hebrew Bible’s ‘Name Theology’ in which reference to “the Name” actually refers to Yahweh Himself…Thus, ‘Yahweh indicates He is in the Angel…yet in other passages, Yahweh and the Angel can be simultaneously – but separately – present (Judges 6:11-26) [Old Testament Godhead Language].

That’s remarkably similar to the principle of quantum entanglement as noted On Engaging Time – yet is in the Bible!  He goes on to say the divine “Name” represents His presence, which is also God’s “essence”.

So over silent lunch with mind in ‘neutral’, an insight suddenly occurred to me and I noted it afterwards as an equation in my Bible’s rear fly-leaf.:

‘GOD’s NAME = HIS GLORY = EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM (KNOWN & UNKNOWN)’

Also, the last part is equivalent to:

‘NOT YET KNOWN  BUT BEING REVEALED IN AND ACROSS (ie. A +) TIME’

Now please note: in my mind I was going to write “in and throughout” but actually found myself writing “across”, which doesn’t make as much sense when considering the full continuity of time – BUT this change directly relates it to the Crucifixion.

From my earliest days of being ‘born again’ I’d heard about the Cross being pivotal in, and thus central to, human history. Now, however, I understood it’s existed throughout history from the very Beginning, and connected into the ‘mystery’ of ‘Fathers Own Objective’ that Apostle Paul revealed to the Ephesians, as noted in my intro to God’s Eternal Purpose.

I imagined the Cross’ horizontal beam s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g…r-i- g-h-t…a-c-r-o-s-s…t-i-m-e.

Next, I scribbled a cloud shape with arrows poking out of it to represent different epochs and wrote within its curvy outline, ‘Cloud of Unknowing’ (as in the title of the medieval book of Christian contemplative mysticism on the being and nature of God – see Wikipedia).

THEN right after jotting those notes and awaiting the first session after lunch, this famous Welsh hymn was played and I was transfixed by the chorus line,

“He can never be forgotten throughout heaven’s eternal days.”

Now, as I blog and search on Hebrew name theology I find a very informative article on ‘Ha Shem’ at Hebrew4Christians, to which is added this postscript:

‘The point of all this is to demonstrate that the “Name of the LORD” is none other than Yeshua (or Jesus). Yeshua = YHVH…The idea of “Name” means more that mere phonetics; it has to do with the deeds, acts, power, reputation and glory of God. Those who do not honor the Son do not honor the Father who sent Him (John 5:23). Denigrating Yeshua by even hinting that He is less than God Almighty is to desecrate the Name of God…’ (Divine Names Theology?)

The deep wisdom of that article is worthy of contemplative reflection. Yet it also speaks to me of another aspect of the Lord’s name relating directly to the Crucifixion, about which I’ll tell another time…(published Maunday Thursday 2017).

Also, yesterday Good Friday 2017  I was blessed with further related insights, which will be shared in Part 2.

The Holy Name of God foretells and describes Jesus’ Crucifixion!

[This is the follow-up promised in last year’s Good Friday Insights – better late than never! For an introduction to Steve Maltz’s work and Hebrew see Holy Treasure of ‘The Open Door’ and A Deep Insight From Hebrew.]

According to Steve, author of God’s Signature, the only time the sacred, personal name of God was spoken by the ancient Israelites was during worship in the Temple in Jerusalem, and especially on the Day of Atonement when the High Priest pronounced it ten times. The Talmud has many warnings about using that name, which is also regarded as having special powers of healing.  Apparently knowledge of its pronunciation was lost after the fall of the Temple in AD70 prophesied by Jesus Christ.

Perhaps the knock-on effect of that event, together with the 3rd Century Roman Church’s withdrawal of financial support for churches in the Holy Land founded by Jesus’ own ‘kith and kin’ (‘desponyni’), was the great loss of full understanding of the Church’s Hebraic roots. Hence the confusion and doctrinal disagreements over Jesus’ claim, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me” (John 14:10).

Digging deeper we encounter an astonishing revelation of that double-identity!

The post-Shakespeare English-speaking world referred to God’s holy name as ‘Jehovah’ or ‘LORD’ (letter ‘J’ was then starting to replace ‘i’) from translations of Hebrew. However, Jews preferred well-known descriptive titles such as ‘Elohim’ – God, in all the fullness of His attributes; ‘El Shaddai’ – Almighty; ‘El Sabaoth’ – Lord of heavenly hosts; or Adonai’ – Lord, and more often than not the reverent term ‘Ha Shem’ (The Name) sufficed.

Scribes, or sopher, needed to take special care in praying before writing the holy name, which must be done without interruption. Were a mistake made, it must not be corrected but the whole page discarded and the page restarted. Numbering had to be carefully handled too because Hebrew characters represented both letters and numbers. So the logical way of writing 15 is to add a yod (ie 10) to a hey (ie 5) and likewise for 16 (a yod to a vav). But this never happened because, as part of the sacred name, they could accidentally be read as this name. The holy name is shown below, but read from right to left:

Ha Shem

“Yod-Hey-Vav-Hay” first appears in Genesis 2:4 statement that ‘The Book of Beginnings’ is the account of, “When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens”.

This name was first revealed when Moses encountered God in the burning bush when he asked Him who he should tell the Israelites had sent him to get them out of their slavery in Egypt.

And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’. ” (Exodus 3:14 NKJV)
Steve writes, “Interestingly and contrary to popular belief, the Hebrew word used in this passage…is not YHVY (he shows Hebrew characters). So, what’s going on here? Is it His name or isn’t it? In this Exodus passage, the word used for His name is “Aleph-Hey-Yod-Hey”.

“This takes the meaning of “I will be”…(which) shares a similar three-consonant root with YHVY in Hey-Vav-Hey and Hey-Yod-Hey…and as they’re related are both ways of describing God”.  Hence my liking of describing God as “Always” and “Now”, the latter being used by Charlie Shamp too.

HOLY FATHER-SON UNION REVEALED & THE CRUCIFIXION FORETOLD

As mentioned in the preceding links, literary Hebrew developed out of pictographic forms representing gestures and their meanings. We logically surmise both original visual and later written forms were known to and, therefore, used by the Lord in communicating with Abraham and his descendants through Issac and Jacob, and used by Moses and his scribes in compiling the first five books of the Bible.

Comparing the literary and pictorial forms of the name Moses heard and recorded as being from the Lord, we have this graphic (credit Heart To Heart):

Hebrew is read right to left, ie ‘hand-look-nail-look’, but if we read as normal left to right we find not only the Name of God describing who He is, the fullness of His character and abilities, but also its exceptional prophetic nature in it foretelling the pivotal point of His action plan for humanity: the crucifixion of His Son Jesus Christ!

BEHOLD – A NAIL – BEHOLD – A HAND 

AND THIS ‘WORD’ SHOWS TWO PERSONS!

Could this clearly indicate that Christ was hidden in Father when Moses encountered them at the burning bush but manifested as ‘The Angel of the Lord’ or pre-incarnate Christ ?  It’s worth reading Exodus 3 carefully again and note Who is speaking to Moses…

Moreover, the pictogams graphically portray God as ‘hands up’ in connection with a nail – and putting all together into one picture we get a typical image of Jesus on the Cross at Calvary…

More:

Veronika West: Psalm 2 – two visions of international shaking

Yesterday Veronika West published the following on Ignite Ireland Ministry Facebook of a vision over Russia, Syria and Korea (all emphases mine):

“I SAW THE HEART OF THE KING IN THE HAND OF THE LORD; WATCH! FOR THIS IS THE HOUR OF DIVINE DERISION AND SCORN FOR THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH“, says God…!

Early hours of the morning I was suddenly caught up in the Spirit where I heard the sound of a beating heart, as I pressed into the sound suddenly I saw the hand of God come out of the heavens and extend towards the earth, as I drew closer, so the sound of the beating heart grew louder and stronger. I stayed watching and listening intently, then I heard these words in the realms of the Spirit, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he will”, then suddenly I was taken in the spirit to the Nation of Russia, now as I stepped upon the soil of this Nation, suddenly I was shown Syria in the Middle East, then the Nation of North and South Korea, then out of the heavens came the sound of a great roar of laughter, then I heard these words,

“Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against I the LORD and against My Anointed, they have said to themselves, “Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us, But I the Lord who sits in the heavens shall laugh, I the LORD shall hold them in derision”. (Psalm 2:1-4)

Then suddenly I saw a great and violent shaking begin to take place in these Nations as the sound of the roar of laughter went forth across the whole earth, then suddenly again I heard a voice that came out of the heavens saying,

“I AM Supreme over the heavens and over the whole Earth, I rule over the affairs of men, For I alone hold the heart of the King in My hand, I Alone harden and soften hearts, I Alone turn it wherever I will according to My own good will and pleasure”.

Then suddenly I came out of the encounter and I was fully awake. Immediately I began to pray in the Spirit concerning what I had seen and what I had heard, then the Holy Spirit showed me again a great, severe and violent shaking that is about to take place in many Nations in the Earth. Then I heard these words, “WATCH! FOR THIS IS THE HOUR OF DIVINE DERISION AND SCORN FOR THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH”, says God.

Veronika also re-published one co-authored with Priscilla Ann on 17 December 2016 for the United States of five TIDAL WAVES OF TRUTH – RIGHTEOUSNESS – UNITY – MERCY – PEACE – THAT WILL TRUMP THE PLANS OF THE ENEMY IN THIS NATION.

See also this of Monday from Charles Shamp: Korea Will be One Through The Son.

Get ready for a fresh, powerful move of the Holy Spirit

As ever, prophetic words are to be weighed against scripture and with the Lord, for we recall his admonition to check which are accurate and come to pass. Therefore, those gifted by the Spirit usually avoid forecasting ‘hatches, matches and dispatches’, and any specific timings of events. However, we’ve observed that nuance increasingly appear in recognised prophetical voices (eg. Revd Dr Sharon Stone and Chuck Pierce in 2013, as well as Patsy Southway and Revd John Kilpatrick in 2016, foretelling last year’s global shakings). Moreover, it may also connect into his teaching on prophesying into time by making declarations, as I reported in Prophesy TO 2014.

Below, Chris Bennett lays himself on the line for testing as we’ll soon be able to check the veracity of what he brought earlier this week:

TELL MY PEOPLE – GET READY. I AM SENDING MY SPIRIT IN GREATER POWER THAN YOU’VE EVER SEEN AND I WILL MOVE AMONG YOU AS NEVER BEFORE.

“Holy Week” and Easter are upon us once again and the Lord is impressing something on my mind. Pentecost this year is going to be pivotal to the coming move of God. May 1st marks the beginning of President Trumps ‘real’ reign – the first 100 days, which were always prophesied as being traumatic, end on 30th April. Five weeks later, on 3rd/4th June, is Pentecost weekend. Here in the UK it is my prophecy that we will see things start to move spiritually. In America, the church will see a turning point both politically and spiritually.

The importance of this date will not leave me. The Lord seems to keep whispering, speaking, or shouting to me, “TELL MY PEOPLE – GET READY. I AM SENDING MY SPIRIT IN GREATER POWER THAN YOU’VE EVER SEEN AND HE WILL MOVE AMONG YOU AS NEVER BEFORE.” I have heard this several times daily and the sense of urgency that goes with it is tangible. “JUST AS THE ORIGINAL PENTECOST WAS A SEMINAL MOMENT, A BIRTHING MOMENT FOR MY CHURCH,”, says the Lord, “SO PENTECOST SHALL ONCE MORE BE A BIRTHING MOMENT FOR MY CHURCH TODAY.”

This is what I see and hear. I see the Glory cloud over meetings. I see people prostrated by and in the Spirit. I see the hearts of ALL present turned back towards the Lord, their hearts healed, their souls set ablaze for God, and a breakout of miracles among those who receive Holy Spirit that day. I see angels moving among us bearing gifts for those whom Holy Spirit is touching. I hear the sound of repentance, of crying out to the Lord for mercy. I hear the cries of those touched by Holy Spirit as their healing manifests. I hear angels singing with the praise and worship and I hear the rustle of their wings as they minister among us.

I cannot but prophesy that this coming Pentecost will be both a healing point, and a turning point in church history. Those who receive Him will rejoice and be baptised in Him afresh. Those who deny Him entry into their meetings will miss out on nearly everything – I see the words, “Away from Me!” hang above them.

THE LORD IS COMING, HE IS ABOUT TO MOVE AMONG US THROUGHOUT THE WESTERN WORLD, BUT ESPECIALLY USA AND UK!!

BE PREPARED – DON’T TURN HIM AWAY!!

Chris Bennett 10th April 2017

[Published with the kind permission of UK Prophetic Words.]

The vital prerequisites of Christianity 101

Although referring to American churchianity RJ Dawson hits the nail smack on the head on how to home in on and follow Jesus closely…

Real Christianity

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         When I was in college many moons ago I learned about prerequisite courses. I could not take a specific class, for example, if I did not take another class first.

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IN THE BEGINNING

         The prerequisite courses were generally introductory 101s and oftentimes a repetition of basic high school courses. Much of the first two years of college contains classes like this. On the surface it appears to be a good idea in order to fill in any education gaps using a college level standardized form and facilitate a greater understanding of the foundational stuff required for the higher learning of junior and senior years.

         On the other hand it is an opportunity to force students to extend their university years and bring more income into the institution. One might reject that notion, but colleges and universities exist to make money. Even public colleges supported by…

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You – HAVE – Kingdom Authority

Timely in view of what I’m preparing…

Shining a light in the darkness

I had written a blog post recently about how dark it feels like the world is becoming.

Although it may feel like there is a darkness surrounding us, I was gently reminded last night that I need to share an even MORE important TRUTH.

As I read from the Book of Mysteries: The Shadow Man (Day 104)…the Father allowed me to review select events of years past in a matter of moments.

The Shadow Man – our enemy (Satan) seeks to seek and destroy. But the take-away we MUST grasp is The enemy has NO power over us – unless we give it to him. Recall that the battle over the shadows and darkness starts in the mind (Eph 6:10-18)

The reality is – The Cross was a monumental moment in history. When Jesus died, the enemy thought he had gotten the upper hand.

Keyword: thought

The point is…

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