Back to Biblical Basics: The Day of the Lord

Thank you to Nicolas Barrett of All Along The Watchtower for kindly permitting me to publish his sermon notes for 30th June:

THE DAY OF THE LORD

Primary readings:
  • Joel 2:28-32
  • Revelation 6:12-17
1. Introduction

Series of events occurring at the end of our present Age in connection with the return of Christ and His Millennial reign

Occurs over an extended period, not a 24-hour day

  • Historical application of the Day of the LORD
  • Future application:
    • Day of destruction
    • Day of restoration
    • Day of vindication
    • Take away points
 2. Historical Application of the Day of the LORD
  • Judgment in Garden of Eden
  • Noah’s Flood
  • 10 Plagues of Egypt, Exodus, and Sinai
  • Fall of Israel to Assyrian forces: 722 BC
  • Fall of Nineveh: 612 BC
  • Sack of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar: 586 BC
  • Fall of Babylon: 538 BC
  • Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
  • Sack of Jerusalem by Romans: 70 AD

These days involve judgment, destruction, and a promise of restoration.

They point to the final, future, eschatological Day of the LORD when Jesus returns

Events of the past should give us confidence about the reality of the Day of the LORD when Christ returns

3.1 Future Application: Day of Destruction

Literal destruction in past points to literal destruction in future:

  • Literal supernatural judgments in the events of the Exodus
  • Literal battles and ends of empires
  • Miracles at the Crucifixion:
    • Darkness at noon
    • Tearing of the veil
    • First-fruits resurrection of Christ and the Jerusalem saints

Christ is coming to end the “times of the Gentiles” (Luke 21)

Our world suffers under misrule – human and satanic

Christ began to reverse the rule of evil at His First Advent

  • His Second Advent will complete the process

Christ will end the rule of the Antichrist when he returns and will pour out the judgment of God on the unbelievers as described in Revelation and other parts of Scripture

The destruction is necessary in order to remove control of the earth from the wicked and prepare the earth for rule by the righteous

3.2 Future Application: Day of Restoration
  • Kingdom restored to Israel (Acts 1:6)
  • Earth itself will prosper under righteous people
  • Non-resurrected people will have long life spans (Isaiah 65:20)
  • An end to war
  • Healing
  • First Resurrection at beginning of Millennium (Revelation 20)
3.3 Future Application: Day of Vindication
  • God
  • Christ
  • Church
  • Israel

God will be vindicated through Christ:

  • He who rejects the Father rejects the Son

Christ will be vindicated:

  • He will be accepted by the leadership of restored Israel
  • Survivors and converts will acknowledge that He is who He claimed to be
  • His faithfulness to Israel and the Church will be known
  • The unrepentant will curse God and Christ in the midst of the judgments – but they will know the truth deep down

The Church will be vindicated:

  • The Resurrection will occur
  • Those martyred in past ages and by the Antichrist will be raised
  • Christ will give government of the world to believers
    • This invites a comparison between the bad government of the present age and good government under the Church

Israel will be vindicated:

  • The world will know that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is God
  • The world will know that Jesus Christ is the King of Israel
  • Jerusalem will be the seat of world government and continue to be the destination of pilgrimage
4. Conclusion: Points To Take Away

What we do now matters

  • When Christ returns, He will reward his faithful followers
  • The opportunity to rule the earth during the Millennial reign of Christ is an amazing one
    • Put right the wrongs the world has suffered

We must have faith amidst adversity and suffering

  • Our suffering in this present age will be redeemed
    • Especially suffering for the Gospel
  • BUT we will not necessarily be vindicated in this lifetime
    • The return of Christ, Resurrection and Millennium must be at the centre of our theology of suffering

The wrath of God should be a consideration and motivation in our evangelism

  • Love your enemies
  • Wrath of God
  • Hell

Understand the signs of the times – the return will happen one day

Revival and the End-Times Harvest

Take all of these things into consideration when you pray

Further Reading:
  • Michael Heiser, Reversing Hermon (Defender Publishing 2017)
  • Michael Heiser, The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible (Lexham Press 2015)
  • Alan Kurshner, Antichrist before the Day of the LORD (Eschatos Publishing 2013)
  • David Pawson, When Jesus Returns (Hodder & Stoughton 2003)
  • Joel Richardson, The Mystery of Catastrophe (Winepress 2018)
  • Joel Richardson, When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible really says about Israel in the Plan of God (Winepress 2015)

NB: Joel Richardson’s books are available to read as free PDFs on his ministry website: joelstrumpet.com

PS (RB): Apologies for my omission of link in previous to Neil Mackereth’s Signs.

Back to Biblical Basics: timelines of Bible prophecy

Easy-to-read introduction to the significance of Biblical prophecyIn returning to Bible basics I’m grateful to Neil Mackereth, author of Signs and of several items on this blog for permission to publish his latest, as submitted on 1st July. However, it wasn’t possible to acknowledge until Monday 8th – the day before Nina heard about Jesus’ return being sooner than we may think.

In his covering email, Neil mentions a nearby church “everyone calls St John’s, but I have had laid on my heart that it is St John the Baptist Church (its proper name!) and that it is on the Pilgrims’ Way: “I will send my messenger ahead of you who will prepare the way ……. Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him”.

“I absolutely believe that we are required to do all we can to convince the world that Jesus will return soon. Your blog is a magnificent and essential part of that process, commission to communicate God’s intentions.”

“I have felt very strongly of late that, whilst it is absolutely right and proper to pray into the tremendous shaking, sifting and repositioning that’s going on (which are in line with expectations for end times), and to seek God’s will and prophetic indicators about Brexit etc. we are not to lose sight of the BIG PICTURE revealed in long-established scripture. ie. Biblical prophecy:

PART 1 – EYES TO SEE AND EARS TO HEAR

How do we draw people’s attention to the Bible’s astonishing, supernatural and extraordinarily accurate foretelling of events? Studying and seeking to understand biblical prophecies takes on a new urgency in light of recent (last 75 years) and current world events, especially in the Middle-East. Those who are intentional and rigorous in looking to marry historic prophecies with contemporary occurrences will surely recognise that we are witnessing End-Times signs:

  • Egyptian will turn against Egyptian (Isaiah 19:2)
  • Damascus will be in ruins (Isaiah 17:1)
  • Gaza will writhe in agony (Zechariah 9:5)
  • There will be false teachers and prophets who lead people astray (2 Peter 2:1-2)
  • Earthquakes, famines, plague and pestilences will intensify (Luke 21:11)
  • Travel and knowledge will increase greatly (Daniel 12:4)
  • People will prefer fantasy to reality, myth to Christian truths (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

Some other signs, in categories roughly corresponding to past, present and future events:

Fulfilled Prophecies Relating to Jesus’ First Advent (examples of amazing detail and accuracy)

Prophecy Fulfilled Old Testament New Testament
Born of a virgin Is 7:14 Matt 1:22-23
Born in Bethlehem Mic 5:2 Luke 2:4-6
Called out of Egypt Hos 11:1 Matt 2:14-15
Taught in parables Ps 78:1-2 Matt 13:34-35
Healed the sick Is 29:18-19, 35:4-6, 61:1 Matt 11:2-6
Entered Jerusalem on a donkey Zech 9:9 John 12:12-15
Flogged and abused Is 50:5-6 Mark 14:53-15:20
Hands and feet pierced Ps 22:16 Mark 15: 20-26
Clothes divided Ps 22:18 Matt 27:35
Killed and Buried Is 53:8-9 Matt 15:33-47
Raised on the third day Hos 6:2 1 Cor 15:3-4

Happened and Happening

  • Because of their disobedience, the people of Israel were scattered amongst the nations and had no peace in exile – Deuteronomy 28:64-66.
  • The Jews have returned to their Biblical homeland, however, not all of the Jews have returned, and not to all of what was originally the Promised Land. The return is the fulfillment of many prophetic scriptures. Words taken to be metaphorical or allegorical are now seen to be amazingly accurate and absolutely literal.
  • The formerly desolate land of Israel has become fertile and fruitful – Zechariah 7:14.
  • The Gospel will be preached to all nations – Matthew 24:14. The Gospel is being preached in many nations though not yet in all nations. It may be difficult for us to determine when full coverage has been achieved!
  • Things will be as they were in the days of Noah and people will be proud, unforgiving, lovers of self, lovers of money and pleasure, preferring myth to truth (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
  • We can expect that in any communication on end time prophecies the message, and the messenger, will be mocked and ridiculed (2 Peter 3:3-4).

Happening and Yet To Happen

  • Jerusalem will be seen as a problem by the whole world (Zechariah 12:2-3). Zechariah made this prophecy around 520 BC. Jerusalem was in ruins. Today, as foretold, Israel and Jerusalem are the focus of a massive media coverage that is totally disproportionate to the size of nation or city.
  • Christians will be persecuted and martyred (Matthew 24:9).
  • Many will turn away from the Christian faith (Matthew 24:10).

Yet To Happen

  • The governance of Jerusalem will be free of Gentile involvement (Luke 21:24).
  • The “Man of Lawlessness” (the Antichrist) will appear on the world stage. He will be seen as a great and very effective unifying world leader (Revelation 13:3-8). He will establish a seven-year covenant of peace with Israel which, after 31/2 years, he will break when he declares himself as god in the Temple in Jerusalem.
  • A worldwide financial system will be established requiring people to register and show allegiance to the Antichrist as a prerequisite to being able to shop and trade (Revelation 13:16-17). We hear talk today of a “New World Order”, globalisation, the need for a worldwide economic organisation (World Bank) and a world government.
  • A 31/2 year period of desolation and despair, the “Great Tribulation”, will follow the “Abomination of Desolation” by the Antichrist in the Temple.
  • In order for the above prophecy to be fulfilled, assuming it is not allegorical, we can expect to see the Temple rebuilt in Jerusalem.
  • All nations will gather to fight against Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:2).
  • Jesus will return and defeat the attacking nations at Armageddon (Zechariah 14:3-4, Revelation 16:14-16, Revelation 19:11, 19-21).
  • The full and awesome realisation that Jesus is the Messiah will come to the nation of Israel in startling and unmistakable certainty (Zechariah 12:9-10).
  • The nations will be judged according to their treatment of the Jews (Joel 3:1-2).

There is some overlap between these stages. Furthermore, we may feel something has been fulfilled only to find that its first “fulfillment” was a model for something much bigger.

 PART 2 – IS IT SOON?

The list of signs at Part 1 helps to highlight an ambiguity, particularly in respect of those signs that are manifestly not yet fulfilled. The apparent contradiction is whether Christ’s return can be imminent (about to happen) when there are prophecies yet to be fulfilled. This can cause tension for believers who are serious about observing the signs of the End-Times. On the one hand, we want to obey the call of Jesus, that we be vigilant and expect his return “at any time”. On the other, we want to honour his command to look for the signs that indicate that the time of his return is near.

Some views on how to resolve this ambiguity:

  1. Some argue that Jesus won’t come at “any time” but at a particular time that can be determined by observing the signs of the End-Times (this undermines those teachings that emphasise the surprise of His return).
  2. The signs have already been fulfilled (the Historicist view).
  3. The signs are simply intended to increase our anticipation (Luke 21:28) and devotion, in the hope that we will not be deceived by false prophets.
  4. The context and emphasis of Jesus’ statements suggests that He never intended the signs to be seen as an excuse for not needing to be ready.
  5. Jesus will return in two stages; first in secret to “rapture” believers (at “any time” and before fulfillment of all the signs) and then, after the 7-year tribulation, there will be an awesome public return.
  6. Similar to e above, but the “rapture” will take place half way through the time of tribulation i.e. at the end of 31/2 years of peace, just before the “Abomination of Desolation” and the start of the 31/2 years of the great tribulation.
  7. Some signs have been fulfilled and those that are still future will happen very quickly.

Only time will tell!  Meanwhile, the certainty is that Jesus gave us pointers for the circumstances that will prevail when he returns, but makes it clear that the specific time of his coming cannot be known.

There is no room for complacency. We should be prepared for the possibility of meeting our Lord and Saviour at any moment, whether by rapture or by our demise!

It seems clear that we are well along the time line of prophetic events. As mentioned above, those signs that await fulfillment could happen very quickly. Reading the Bible, watching what is happening, particularly in Israel and Jerusalem, and seeking to understand the spiritual significance of unusual signs and symbols in the world around us, are all key elements in our being ready for the return of Jesus.

Next >> The Day of The Lord

Further Reading:
  1. Nicholas Barrett’s comment upon Back to Biblical Basics
  2. A Prophetic Word on the Coming ‘Bowls of the Fury of God’

Britain, Back to Basics: 2 – the Gospel of Good News

On 1st July Yvonne Coombs posted this exceptionally powerful prophecy on Facebook: which brings detailed confirmation of the humorous vision noted 2nd May (part 1 refers):

BACK TO BASICS – THE GOSPEL OF GOOD NEWS

I see a deck of cards being flung over the UK and I notice they are all Ace of spades. I then see another deck being flung that are all Aces of hearts, then again a whole deck as the Aces of diamonds and finally another deck as the Aces of clubs. These come from the North, East, South and West.

I then see a tower of these cards over the Centre of the Country. I then see 4 swords being rammed into the earth with such power that the earth shakes and again, they are arranged around the tower of cards from North, to South, to East, to West. I believe the cards represent four-of-a-kind in poker.

I then see the word ‘Sceptre’ over the Northern sword, ‘Grace over the Eastern sword, ‘Servitude’ over the Southern sword and ‘Mercy’ over the Western sword.

The swords are then covered in oil from above and set on fire as orange flames lick over them and hear the words “TOO HOT TO HANDLE” and felt the Spirit reveal there must be a moment to wait for them to cool.

The Lord says,

“THEY ARE TOO HOT TO HANDLE AND DO NOT EVEN ATTEMPT TO TOUCH THEM BUT, WHEN THE DECISION IS MADE OVER MY NATION OF THE UK, THEY SHALL BURN AS BLUE AND THEN YOU MY CHILDREN SHALL TAKE THEM AND RUN WITH THEM AND GO BACK TO THE BASICS, THE GOSPEL OF GOOD NEWS THAT WAS ONLY MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH MY SON JESUS, HE WHO TURNED THE RIVERS RED BY HIS BLOOD SHALL TAKE BACK WHAT IS MINE!”

I ask the Lord what the four-of-a-kind means over our Nation?

“MATHEW, MARK, LUKE AND JOHN! YOU SHALL SHAKE OFF THE DUST AND MIGRATE IN MY SPIRIT, OUT TO THE CORNERS OF THE EARTH. YOU SHALL TAKE THE SWORD OF MY WORD AND CUT DOWN EVERY HOUSE OF CARDS THAT I DID NOT BUILD AND MY TOWER OF CARDS SHALL STAND, FOR MY FOUNDATION IS THE CORNERSTONE, MY WORD IS AS FLINT TO THE FLAME IT MAKES AND THE UK SHALL BE AS A BEACON TO THE NATIONS OF MY GLORY AND MERCY YET, YOU MUST KNEEL BEFORE ME AND ASK AND DECLARE “MY KINGDOM COME”!”

I believe the period from orange to blue flame is in the cleansing of the dross and preparation for the coming in of the baptism of fire (Exodus 3:5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”)
Are we ready and willing to call the towns, cities and Nation to prayer and repentance? AS THE LORD HAS RESHUFFLED FOR THE LAST TIME OVER THIS NATION, ARE WE GOING TO LAY OUR CARDS DOWN AND TRUST THE HAND WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN AND BE AS ONE IN UNITY? PRAISE BE TO GOD!

Sceptre [S]
(Heb. shebet = Gr. skeptron), properly a staff or rod. As a symbol of authority, the use of the sceptre originated in the idea that the ruler was as a shepherd of his people ( Genesis 49:10 ; Numbers 24:17 ; Psalms 45:6 ; Isaiah 14:5 ).

sceptre
noun: scepter
1 an ornamented staff carried by rulers on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of sovereignty.”imperial regalia of orb and sceptre”

Isaiah 44:3-4
3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
4They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
like poplar trees by flowing streams.

Ezekiel:4-9

The Four Faces of God, by John Bickersteff & Timothy Pain.

Vision of rug pulled from under EU worshipers’ feet

Dave Hood kindly permits me to publish another of his posts, as published on FB group Prophetic Releasers for UK Revival:, and brings most illuminating insights upon current, as based upon Biblical, events:

OVERTURNED

About 8 weeks ago whilst praying regarding Britain, the Lord gave me a picture. I saw a number of men standing on a ‘narrowish’ carpet, almost in line behind one another, in ones or twos. There were about 20 of them, but there could have been more. They were standing facing east and they seemed to be worshiping.

I knew immediately that this scenario was connected to the current political struggle within our nation, which included Brexit.

With help, I discovered that their facing east was a very important detail. It is connected to Ezekiel 8:16 – ‘And He bringeth me in unto the inner court of the house of Jehovah, and lo, at the opening of the temple of Jehovah, between the porch and the altar, about twenty-five men, their BACKS toward the temple of Jehovah, and their faces eastward, and they are bowing themselves eastward to the sun.’

I understood most of these men represented the EU, and that a small portion of this group were from our nation, Great Britain. Through Israel, the Lord God gave to man His calendar for worship, which is based upon the lunar cycle. But through the church, man introduced a different calendar, a solar calendar, which is pagan in origin, focused on the sun.

By facing the sun, in order to worship it, these men had turned their back on the true worship of the True Son, and they were now looking towards Baal, the god whose presence and power underpins their political system. It is this system, with its structures empowered by its false gods, which now controls the lives and purposes of its peoples.

I then heard the Lord say, “I will pull the rug out from underneath them”

Suddenly, seemingly without any delay, I saw Him place His own hands at two corner ends of the rug/carpet and, with a pronounced jerk, He pulled out this rug from under the feet of these men.

This caused the rug to disappear and each and every one of them landed flat on their backs, in a heap, as their legs gave way beneath them. They were left shocked and dazed by the suddenness of what had just happened!

The Lord’s activity was also now exposing, not just the positioning of these men, but also what was now visible ON the floor, which the rug had previously covered, and on which they had previously stood.

God’s desire for this nation and for Europe is to remove us from the EU, it’s false worship system, and the false gods which lie behind it, turning us back to the worship of himself, the only True God. Jesus, speaking of His Father said:

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”  (John 17:3)

Therefore, this present struggle with the EU is not merely geographic or geopolitical; it is also the struggle between the church, the body of Christ, and the spiritual powers of this Age.

To confirm and emphasise the above truths, He drew my attention to the conflict between Israel and Egypt, and the flight through the Red Sea (also known as the Sea of Reeds, or the “sea of weaknesses”).  He specifically focused on the confrontation that he engineered at Baal Zephon (Exodus 14:2).

Whilst Israel is fleeing from Egypt’s forces, the Lord tells Israel to do an unusual and unexpected thing. Instead of leading them away to apparent safety, he INTENTIONALLY tells them to head back towards the Egyptians and SEEMINGLY towards danger.

He instructs them to camp opposite Baal Zephon, by the sea. This would mean Baal Zephon would now overshadow their path en-route to safety on the other side. But God had organised and planned all this, in advance.

When Pharaoh saw Israel turn back, his immediate thought was that Israel had now ‘trapped themselves’. However, there was also a second thought in his mind, which concerned his trust in Baal Zephon.

We need to understand that Baal Zephon was now the only recognised god of Egypt that had not been defeated by the 10 plagues. All the other gods had been destroyed, together with their temple sites and their idols.

Baal Zephon was considered the strongest amongst the echelon of Egypt’s gods, even before the 10 plagues. He was known as the Lord of the North, the storm god, the lord of the sea and of tornadoes. Therefore, Pharaoh was not afraid to lead his army into the sea, trusting in Baal Zephon’s protection because this god had not been defeated.

Pharaoh thought he held the ‘trump card’ and that Israel would be powerless against him. So with a high hand Pharaoh lead his armies into the sea in pursuit of Israel. Thus, despite all the plagues, Egypt’s greatest god would be glorified.

Baal means ‘owner’, hence Baal means ‘lord’. But zephon, when used in its feminine sense, as a verb, means to ‘lay out’, to overlay or to cover – as with a carpet.

To overlay, to cover as with a carpet….. All this began with a picture of men standing on a carpet, worshiping whilst facing east – and the words – “I will pull the rug (the carpet) out from underneath them.”

I believe God is saying I have not just targeted those who serve Baal, I have targeted the god that is considered the most strong amongst them, the god they put their trust in. David and Goliath springs to mind.

Though Pharaoh’s gods sought to pull the rug out from underneath “Little Israel”, the LORD engineered a very public defeat of those gods.

In the same way, the gods that lie behind the EU are now seeking to crush the “little UK.” But what is coming is the very public defeat of Baal, the EU’s self-proclaimed king.

He will have the rug pulled out from underneath him, together with all who serve him – And this so reminds me of Haman’s very sudden fate.

Whilst finishing this, I sense Father God is saying, “Though Baal Zephon may be the strongest, the best they have to offer.  I, I have kept the best ’til last.”

By engineering this ‘suddenly’, whilst protecting “little Israel” in her great vulnerability, our Lord God enticed Pharaoh and his “masters” into their decisive defeat.

Thus the LORD demonstrates his great love, his power and wisdom, and his strength and might. He thereby shows his supremacy, not only amongst men and the nations, but to the rulers and powers of this dark age.

He is sending this victory to encourage us, His people. But also to our nation, and to the nations and peoples of Europe, He sends his powerful message that they can be set free. They too can be delivered and come to know the Saviour, and no longer be enslaved, nor numbered amongst the lost.

Be it so, Father God, unto them and unto us. But also unto you, Our Father, may glory come to your great name, through our Lord Jesus, Amen!  (Ephesians 3:9-10)

Dave Hood, 11th June 2019

Bringing the Glorious Word of the Lord to the Nation : One Voice, 8th February 2020

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Bringing the Word of the Lord, through the voice of the Ekklesia to the nation!

We believe that God is still speaking into the Nation and the church is responsible for bringing that prophetic word to the attention of leaders, people in power and those who carry responsibility for the care of the nation. It is important that the word of the Lord comes out of a united ekklesia and we come together from our different streams to speak as one voice. This is a space for influential voices from the church, business, education and other spheres of influence.

Date And Time

Saturday, 8 February 2020, 10:00 – 20:00 GMT Add to Calendar

Location

Reading – The Globe, Portman Road, Reading View Map

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I’m privileged to bring news of this event convened by the Vice-President of the Baptist Union, Revd Yinka Oyekan pastor of The Gate, Reading, because I was most surprised to be invited to join discussions in its preparation. Continue reading

Mulling over ‘May-hem’, the Battle for Britain, the EU elections

[Prepared on Thursday 23rd May, the afternoon before PM May’s resignation, and held pending permission for added quotation.]

Such exceptionally historic days for our nation and, as a consequence, for the federal union of European nations. Therefore, I offer a few thoughts jotted at the beginning of April and then on the subsequent launch of the Brexit Party and Friday’s unexpected elections for UK representatives to sit in the European Parliament!

Seven weeks ago today I jotted thoughts percolating in my mind over the demise of democracy, as shown in public reactions to the legitimate result of the largest vote in British history encouraged by our dishonest representatives in Parliament, aided and abetted by grossly muddled and incompetent government. We see the collapse of the Conservative party as its leader Theresa May scythes through its grassroots’ support, on top of the ‘May-hem’ in politics, media and across public and business domains.

AND what an astonishing week it’s been with the whole party now against its leader as Prime Minister, but who steadfastly refuses to resign – yet!  I regret to come to no other logical conclusion but that Mrs May has deliberately betrayed the electorate and trying to compromise with every shade of opinion.

Also, I’m reminded how the grave state of national breakdown, not only politically but also spiritually and therefore morally, exactly fits what I saw emerging out of thin air 15 years ago as an open vision of Britain (as here).

Let me stress straight away, as when collating my expanding series of blogs about the EU and the In/Out question: my own politics are non-partisan because the Kingdom of God has priority.

SOME SCRIPTURES

Let’s check a couple of pertinent New Testament scriptures penned by Paul. The first was written about 10 years before Nero persecuted Christians after the great fire of Rome, and then followed by many other persecutions across the Roman Empire. Yet such atrocities did not result in this passage’s ‘redaction’ at the hands of the early Church for they appreciated the essay’s content was inspired by the Holy Spirit; that is, they were words from God Himself. Here’s the basic Christian perspective of worldly, ruling authorities:

Submit to Government

1. 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 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. [Romans 13; courtesy Biblegateway.com]

Another ten years and Paul instructs his protégé Timothy upon responsibilities in caring for souls:

Pray for All Men

1. Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in [authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. [1 Timothy 2, courtesy Biblegateway.com]

MODERN & BIBLICAL PROPHECY

Therefore, much as it is right to weigh, test and question prophetic words that seem to have endorsed Mrs May’s premiership, nevertheless according to scripture her position and authority are God-ordained. So, even if we doubt a prophet’s claims about a word from God saying she’s His person for the UK (and infer they come from the prophet’s opinion only), such a claim is nevertheless accurate in being in accord with scripture.

After all, the Lord used satan and its schemes promulgated through the leaders of the ancient Jews for His purposes in bringing about a plot to crucify His own son, our Lord Jesus Christ, for our own good…!

So, we could say even arch-betrayer Judas Iscariot was God’s man for that time!

Thus the Lord is no doubt using Mrs May and the may-hem she’s created, as well as manipulated within her government, party and Parliament to bring about His purposes and Britain’s End-time destiny in Him. All this unprecedented chaos and confusion fully accords with what some prophets said about the purpose behind these convulsions.

In other words, our fuller prophetical understanding of the mess the nation has fallen into, lies in not only national leaders’ rank rebellion against God and their disavowal of our unique, most ancient Christian heritage, but also in an appreciation that our turmoil and humiliation is precisely what He is permitting for our own eventual good.

Furthermore, let’s remind ourselves of the mechanism of this great apostasy foreseen by Paul and stand in dreadful awe and holy fear of his description of how God will allow and enable those reprobates to empower, yet imperil, themselves. Note how it happens:

‘…The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusionthat they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.‘ [2 Thessalonians 2:9-12, emphases added]

BREXIT PARTY’s STANCE

Since my drafting the above, Nigel Farage has returned to politics with the launch of the Brexit Party and spectacularly overtaking Conservative and Labour support, as shown in pre-election polls (as herein). We’ve now witnessed the electorate’s contempt for her  governments’ failure by Nigel thrashing and trashing Theresa’s Tories into fifth place!!! (Slumping to its lowest ever share in European elections.)

Further to his article on Brexit and our Democratic Responsibility, Dave Chapman tells me that “one of our prayer partners in the House of Prayer felt she had to write to some key politicians.” He writes, “Just thought: Old Testament prophets regularly got involved in speaking to kings in Israel, often giving their tacit backing as well as rebuking them.

“The particular prayer partner comments that Nigel Farage’s ancestors were French Huguenots, so like Trump, there is a trace of steely Godly influence somewhere in his DNA.  In fact, after the Referendum result she wrote to him – because she believed the Lord prompted her to – commending him and thanking him for all his input. 

“She specifically said to him that there was another who was reviled, in fact even more than he, and was crucified for such as us.  Some time later she had a reply, apologising for his delay in responding, as he’d decided to write personally to everyone who wrote him.

“From that letter it became clear to her that he understood our heritage in this Nation was of a Judeo-Christian nature and there would be a real battle to maintain it, even though he did not have her kind of faith.”

GOD’S STRATEGY FOR EU ELECTIONS?

Now permit me to speculate: if the Brexit Party wins the European elections in Britain by a landslide then their representation in Brussels will give huge support to other nations’ rejection of the EU’s dominance, thereby assisting in its prophesied downfall. In fact, the one-time Prime Minister of the Czech Republic ended his speech at the Party’s Olympia Rally almost pleading, on behalf of the peoples in Europe who want to be free of the EU’s domination, that Britain lead the way by completing our exit.

Had Mrs May not been so obdurate in delaying implementation of Brexit, then Britain would have left the EU on 29 March and we wouldn’t be eligible for representation in its parliament – and thus unable to rock the EU’s boat, as is likely with the Brexit Party’s expected wins.

So in some mysterious way, maybe the now resigned Prime Minister Theresa May and ‘reignited’ politician Nigel Farage are actually serving the Lord’s purposes!

As Dave closes our correspondence: “Btw, what would Leave voters have done in these EU Elections if there were no Brexit Party?  Must have been a ‘God thing’!”

Sanctuary: our status and stature in God

Today’s devotional reading in Sanctuary: Moments in His Presence by David Strutt, eloquently brings back to life a special revelatory moment in my early years as a believer; after the events told in my testimony.

I was left in awe upon meeting ‘Abba’ at an evening meeting of worship and prayer for healing held by a charismatic, inter-denominational group in the mid-Thames valley region.

I’d had the strong visual and emotional impression of having been lifted up, put upon Father’s knee and seeing His grinning in delight at me.

So in connection with my testimony and that event, David writes for today about one of the greatest changes that God brings to believers: that of ‘Sonship’ and, thus, being heirs with Christ – plus linkage between His Spirit and ours.

Also, we are no longer orphans but legally and spiritually adopted into His family. Each of us may need a complete change in understanding the fullness of Who Father Is. Do read David’s thoughts on this important matter of our true identity:

Bible’s Author brings me 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.]

(6 of 7) In addition to checking out Christians’ claims of hearing God direct and getting astounding personal evidence for that, I wanted to know lots more not only about Him, but also (to follow-up the revelatory scriptures in part 5) about false teachers and their falsehoods.

In my great wariness of religious folk I’d assumed none would be able to comprehend my story because 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…Yet first, there’s one little-suspected aspect of His character that amazingly revealed a very personal thought and thus confirmed He knows all about me. Here’s what had happened many years earlier.:

‘FIRST CONTACT’

The mundane event of a dinner party in mid-1980s played an unsuspected, pivotal part in my journey into freedom. It was held by young parents, the father being in training as an Anglican curate, and it included his vicar and a couple from Cheam Baptist Church in Surrey. We got around to chatting about our philosophies of life but those folk were like ‘aliens’ as compared with my highly ‘enlightened’ viewpoint!

I was surprised the vicar was open-minded and seemed to agree with New Age claims that all religions lead to God; like spokes of a wheel are connected to a hub.

The Baptist couple, however, would have absolutely none of that and strongly disputed my views. I was quietly outraged – what closed minds, so ignorant!

I recall thinking, “Baptists are such Biblical bigots – I’ll never touch them with a barge pole!”  However, I never expected this was all borrowed!  This vow would come to be used against me…twice!  That is, I was yet to discover the Lord God has a sense of humour!

Soon after the dinner, the curate invited me to a public meeting with a guest speaker, John Richards. It was a memorable occasion for three reasons; first, his name is mine in reverse order – secondly, for his gently confronting me upon noticing a small pin on my jacket’s lapel displaying a cross within a star of David. He asked, “What does your family say about that?” I retorted “Nothing! What’s it got to do with them?” After all, my family was aware of my search for lost wisdom. But John was referring to a church ‘family’ – which didn’t apply because I wasn’t a churchgoer!

Therefore, I had nothing further to discuss with this speaker and listened warily to his accounts of investigating witchcraft and satanism as secretary to the bishop of Exeter’s study of exorcism, later as advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury.  It was all irrelevant in view of my disliking the ‘black stuff’ (including freemasonry) – but who was I kidding? Only myself!

So for many years I gave no more thought to that meeting…BUT the fact it did play a significant part in my long journey has been confirmed by John Richards’ name popping up 47 months after first publication of this post – and ’47 is my birth year!. In September 2017 at conference on healing in Guildford I attended a session by the bishop’s advisor on deliverance. He started by sharing his personal testimony and how it involved his spiritual director, John Richards!

Now, let’s return to events soon after that dream encounter with Jesus…

THE JOKE’S ON ME

Wondering about the sort of church that organised the trip to see Billy Graham, I met with little help from Peter. Yet I wasn’t really bothered because they should all be part of the Lord’s body without making any distinction, in my opinion. I didn’t appreciate Peter’s was undergoing internal upheaval because the leaders wanted to learn more about the Holy Spirit, whereas many were wary of anything other than the straight scriptures. The church had been planted by Reading Baptist Church and was known as Tilehurst Free Church (Baptist), the leaders of which planted house groups west of Reading.

Some time after I joined TFC, one of them outraged me by saying “God has a sense of humour!”that was against my straight-laced Catholic upbringing!!  Years later I realised the truth of that quip, and that I’d forgotten my vow against Baptists but the Lord hadn’t! Therefore, He’d put me in a Baptist church to learn the Truth about Him and get a solid grounding in His Word – as the saying goes: ‘He Who laughs last, laughs longest!’

SUBMISSION AND FIRE

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

Outline of Tal’s book (click to enlarge)

Riders of the Cosmic Circuit (1986) by Tal Brooke was one of those influential books. The 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’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.

The fact of that subtle influence needed dealing with 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]

Next, learn how I gained my freedom at long last from satan – my chains fell off!!

Other Informative Books – Douglas Groothuis

Continued in part 7 >

[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 BibleGateway.com]

To read testimony in full click: to read from beginning – to read part 5  – for Appendix.

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

(5 of 7) Awesome as my ‘rescue’ was, the dream-vision recounted in part 4 didn’t make me want to rush off to church. That visitation’s effect and the ramifications upon my way of life needed careful consideration. For example, I needed to check out New Age 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 late 2nd Century ‘Muratorian Fragment’ drawn up in the church at Rome. It lists practically all the canonical New Testament literature.]

So not only did I need to assess those implications, but also as possibly a new believer in Jesus Christ I wanted to find well-informed believers who took Him seriously. I soon did so but 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…

CULTURE SHOCK

A few months before the dream-visitation, I’d learned some members of the church that had invited me to hear Billy Graham met in the school next door to my house! Later, I heard they’d given young Peter prayer-backing for his discussions with me (as in part 3). That is, they’d targeted me!  And God answered their prayers by giving me that ‘dream’.

The first service I attended there in that familiar, small school hall was a culture shock!

Standing before a young man devoid of dog-collar but wearing an acoustic guitar led the meeting in song and spoke without any script or ritual whatsoever – even engaging 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 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, very vivid one years earlier of a devouring monster of darkness (as in ‘Reality Revealed’ in part 2).

[I was reminded of that scripture at a school of healing in 2017, when the teacher asked why would Jesus silence a demonic testimony of His identity? The answer: coming from an unclean tainted source, even truth itself gets contaminated!  Also, 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’, as in Islam.]

MOVING TOWARDS FREEDOM

During 1990, therefore, I came into a good place to build upon that dream encounter 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 really does speak from the Bible, as claimed by many believers in Jesus.

My 1st Question To God

It was important to review my uncharitable views about the clergy. You may understand  how difficult it was for me to contemplate attending church, let alone with regularity – not to mention being under the oversight of clergy.  I wrongly suspected they couldn’t comprehend the dark situation I’d come from.

And so I put preachers’ claims about the Word of God to the test and asked if God could  show me from His book His opinion of clergy and about my attending this church…

My Bible fell open at Hebrews 13:17, giving this most apposite answer and instruction:

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!

My 2nd Question To God

Later that year I reviewed the occult teaching about Jesus in that brotherhood’s books on His ‘mystical life’ and ‘secret doctrines’. They’d attracted me at 20 years of age, and there were various claims in a massive mound of monographs, as well as teachings of its sister brotherhood based on the dogmatic Kabbalah (Jewish esoteric belief system based upon Creation;  eg. the ‘Sepher Yetzirah’).

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 Apostle Peter’s second letter. Its first ten verses stood out with startling clarity (the rest were hazily out-of-focus) – they warn about false teachers who:

‘…secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying our sovereign Lord who bought them – bringing swift destruction on themselves. 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 and their destruction has not been sleeping. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell…to be held for judgement…then the Lord knows how to…hold the unrighteous for the day of judgement, while continuing their punishment. ‘ (2 Peter 2:1-9 NIV)

The emphases hit ‘bull’s eye’, and the subsequent verses explain that assessment and what happens to such teachers as ‘springs without water and mists driven by storm’. This answer to my question was startlingly exact!  It’s jaw-dropping and eye-popping as well as a chilling condemnation upon such liars and blasphemers – absolutely awesome!

Once again, the Holy Author of the Bible had used it to answer another o my questions (St Peter’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 gnostics and other heretical false doctrines about Jesus that vied for dominance over the early Church, and which greatly influenced the founder of Islam. This is why Apostle John’s first letter speaks so adamantly under direct inspiration of the ‘Author of the Bible’ about the spirit of anti-Christ slithering into churches 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.’ (1 John 4:1-3 Amp Bible)

Therefore, that brotherhood denied the divinity of Jesus Christ and the centrality of His sacrificial death and resurrection – from actual death – for 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.

Conclusion

Consequently, I wanted to know lots more from the Living Lord God and His Son Jesus Christ.  It was a great blessing, therefore, that He soon directed to testimonials like mine (next).

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

Continued in part 6 >

To read testimony in full click: to read from beginning – to read part 4  – for Appendix.

Dr Lance Wallnau: Testing the spirits on prophetic words

Whilst Nina was happily chirping away last night at her choir’s rehearsal for Sunday at Farnham’s Vineyard church I took time out to watch a few short YouTubes. I spotted the one below featuring Dr Lance Wallnau and, although I’ve referred to him in a few blogs, I’m unfamiliar with him and any ministry he may be in. In fact, this Elijah Streams video describes him as ‘International speaker, business and political strategist’.

Steve Shultz, publisher of The Elijah List,  asks him about his rise to fame as a result of the pre-2016 campaigns for electing the next American President. Lance tells about the state-of-play between party politicians and evangelicals’ aspirations, and how he began to prophesy about Donald Trump winning that race.

So the discussion turns to the fine details of his getting the word about Trump being a “wrecking ball to demolish political correctness” and later recognising him as having a ‘Cyrus’ anointing. Among many snippets he tells about meeting Trump and seeing him  throw ‘the cat among the pigeons’ during the president’s national prayer breakfast by getting into the middle of the huge gathering and expecting people to come and lay hands on him in true Pentecostal style. No other President’s ever done it that way!

It’s an eye-opening insider’s account, and thus comes with my recommendation.

Moreover, as one moving in a relatively new gifting, Lance explains how he learned to test and enquire whether or not what he was getting was truly of the Lord (perhaps he’s read this blog’s Intro to Prophecy?).  In checking Isaiah 45 on king Cyrus as possibly applying to Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States, he tells Steve,

“You know what. The way that we know something’s of the Lord is by way of a multitude of significant coincidences in confirmation – but I’m thinking ‘This is going to go down like a rat sandwich!’ and no-one’s going to want this word!”

So Lance needed to check what his mentor Kim Clement or someone else was hearing, but he wasn’t available and only then did he hear the Lord telling him,

“You’ve got to hear for yourself!”

A post-Resurrection miracle as a ‘mystery’ now revealed – part 2

[First published 2018]

His disciples came to Jesus and said, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” and He replied, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him (and her) more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore, I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand…” (Matthew 13:10-13 NKJV)

Definition: ‘Mystery’, Greek musterion (moos-tay-ree-on; Strongs #3466). From mueo, “to initiate into the mysteries”, hence a secret known only to the initiated, something hidden requiring special revelation. In the NT the word denotes something that people could never know by their own understanding and that demands a revelation from God. The secret thoughts, plans and dispensations of God remain hidden from unregenerate mankind, but are revealed to all believers. In non-biblical Greek musterion is knowledge withheld, concealed or silenced. In biblical Greek it is truth revealed (Col 1:26). NT musterion focuses upon Christ’s sinless life, atoning death, powerful resurrection and dynamic ascension.’ [New Spirit-Filled Study Bible]

Prophecy: “2018: I will impart to My Prophets the ability to see clearly My Numbers…” (delivered by Leisa Ebere, read in full here).

The above, ancient meaning of ‘mystery’ is rarely understood and appreciated, even by those solidly grounded in scripture. As told in my testimony, my pre-Christian life got immersed in that esoteric knowledge, and so I’m experienced in this matter and can attest that the difference between that discipline and holy revelations from the Almighty is like the contrast between His Light and the devil’s darkness.

MATHEMATICIANS’ MYSTERIES

Roger Penrose, “The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe”, Knopf (2005)

Therefore, the modern definition of ‘mystery’ as an unsolved puzzle, or something difficult or impossible to explain is comparatively trite!

Even the eminent mathematician-physicist Sir Roger Penrose tends toward a circumscribed perception of reality when using this term, as quoted and discussed in RTU’s Three Worlds, Three Mysteries.

According to its author Joseph, Penrose posits the existence of three “realms” existing around us and “which brings three mysteries” that raise interesting questions on how the world should be viewed. These realms are the physical, mental and Platonic mathematical worlds:

Of course, such hypothetical mysteries cannot equal the much deeper ‘mystery’ of revelatory scripture! Yet in positing that mathematical entities don’t belong in space or time and are eternal and unchanging, Penrose is approaching our understanding of the mathematical aspects of the Bible. His recent thoughts upon consciousness originating at a quantum level may approach ideas I’ve broached in the convergence of science and scripture.

JESUS POINTS TO MATHS

Continuing from Part 1 on Apostle John’s account of the miraculous provision of 153 large fish and the re-blog of New Zealander Joanne Rolston’s posts on it, we learn that she asked Jesus direct on why such specific details are noted. Let me quote some pertinent parts of her highly personal account:

I asked the Lord about the meaning of the 153 fish in John 21:10, and I was given a maths answer. Amazingly I grasped the explanation. Having to learn statistics in order to get my Diploma of Business helped. I had to overcome a lot to learn the math behind statistics…(including) my loathing for maths. Fortunately, I have a very patient husband who helped me with the mechanics of maths in statistics.

“But I kept complaining to God. “Why do I have to learn this?” I protested, “We’re never going to use it in our business!”

“Make friends with maths” the Lord told me. Not reconcile myself to maths, not become acquainted with maths; He wanted me to believe I could learn maths and take an interest in it! It was a big ask. In a Father’s instruction, He says;

“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7)

So we read that Joanne progressed and mentions Factorial numbers and Venn diagrams as being the first things she learned in statistics. These were the basis of all the wonderful things she was later shown about that ‘action replay’ fishing trip by seven of Jesus’ disciples.

She succinctly explains the unusual significance of the 153 fish by maths of factorials and square root of the third prime number (3), as well as geometrical constructions and proofs in diagrammatic forms, PLUS their relevance to the triune relationship of God, Christ and mankind.

Now examine these facts more closely and delve deeper into the ‘mysteries of the kingdom’:

That historic catch’s mathematical meaning is a surprising shock to we moderns but, in the immense sweep of history, such intellectual knowledge was a relatively ‘recent’ development to those living in the inter-Testamental times of the Graeco-Roman world. The principal propositions, or theories and proofs, of geometry had been compiled by Euclid of Alexandria about 300 years before Jesus’ life. To give us some perspective, this is the same period since the accession of George I (1714) and the appearance of John and Charles Wesley to lead a major evangelical revival, from which was born the fourth largest church denomination in England, Methodism (in Oxford, 1729).

Fascinating Fact: the first proposition of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry is to construct an equilateral (three sides of equal length) triangle by describing a Vesica Piscis (known as ‘Vessel of Fish’!) with a pair of compasses. It’s done by drawing one circle and then a second one exactly the same size, but with its centre on the circumference of the first.

The common, overlapping area looks like a canoe and the ratio of its length to width is 265:153, which closely approximates the square root of 3 as calculated by Archimedes of Syracuse.

All three symbols, triangle and circles with intersecting segment, feature in the ‘mystery’ of the 153 fish – note the use of equilateral triangle as this will be considered another time:

It’s noteworthy that John closes his Gospel account of Jesus’ main post-Resurrection appearances with this most tantalising morsel:

‘And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.’ (John 20:30)

That statement lodged indelibly within my soul when a teenager and I determined to set on a quest to discover the fullness of Jesus’ work. A lifetime later, I learn that ‘seal’ sets the scene for the last chapter’s account of the amazing fishing expedition. That is, it is a clear signpost of the next and final miracle’s deep significance to the early Church.

UNLOCKING THE SIGN MIRACLES OF JOHN – SIGN 8: 153 FISH

Jonathan R Hill, whose above-titled book explains how ‘pi’, the mathematical ratio of circumference and diameter of every circle is found in Genesis 1:1, and that of ‘e‘ (base of natural logarithmic and base rate of growth in all growing processes), are found in John 1:1, devotes a full chapter to ‘Sign 8’, the miraculous catch of 153 fish.

Consider this summary of his main points on Sign 8:

  • It is the 8th ‘sign’ miracle recorded by John and found in his book only. First and only post-Resurrection sign-miracle and last of the eight, thus reflecting the divinity of Jesus as ‘first and last’ and the ‘alpha and omega’! (I now recall hearing Him tell me during a ministry-team prayer, “I Am Alpha and Omega” – watch for more on this later.)
  • Time and death represented in this succession by number 7 is followed by 8, the number of resurrection (a new beginning, as blogged in January), underscored by 8 resurrections in scripture other than that of Jesus.
  • Jesus’ command to cast nets from the other side of the boat, the right, symbolises and prefigures God visiting the Gentiles and taking a people for His name.
  • The Greek word ‘ekklesia’ translated as ‘church’ means nothing more than ‘called out of’. Thus, the fish being caught out of the sea reflect the characteristic of the Gentile church as those who are ‘called out of’ the world.
  • 153 is of considerable mathematical and typological significance and represents the fullness of the Gentiles.
  • Key composites of 153 are 7 (spiritual perfection), 10 (numerical completeness) and 9 (finality) because (7+10) x 9 = 153 (= 9 x 17).

Jonathan makes many more deep connections between scriptures and Sign 8 and their importance to the Church and the Consummation of the Age. Building upon the 17-rowed triangle of the number 153 displayed in Jo-Blog’s Go Fish, this is how Jonathan describes this mathematical principle (drag to enlarge, noting number 153 forms an equilateral triangle of sides 17 x 17 x 17):

Triangular Numbers, courtesy Jonathan R Hill

CONCLUSION

From this brief overview of well-researched data we can confidently conclude that the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven include mathematical principles as an important part of its transcendental wisdom. Selah!

Further Reading:

A post-Resurrection miracle as a ‘mystery’ now revealed – part 1

[First published 2018]

Not long after Father God brought Jesus the Messiah back from the dead by His Spirit, the One who’s the radiance of His glory went once again in search of His ex-fisherman friends. Of the two sets of brothers who’d been partners in the fishing trade on the Sea of Galilee before deserting their nets to follow a peripatetic teacher, their boss had an exceptionally severe crisis of self-confidence.

GONE FISHING!

So this ‘son of Jonah’, named Simon, decided to return to the simple life of sitting in a boat with buddies and dragging a net in the hope of getting a catch – but it proved to be an exercise in futility!

A few years earlier on that inland sea, the four fishing partners encountered and had been ‘called’ by The One to follow Him. Jesus amazed the crowds there with His teaching and had asked Simon if He could address them from his moored boat. Jesus knew the men had worked hard all night without having caught anything because, when He’d finished speaking, He told Simon to sail into deep water and lower his nets despite the fruitless night – Simon was overwhelmed by the result!  They’d got such a large number of fish that another boat was called for – then both began to sink with their massive weight!!

So Simon changed his tune. Upon hearing Jesus’ instruction he’d objected because of the poor night, yet respectfully referred to Him as “Master” – but in amazement at the fresh catch breaking nets and sinking boats, Simon addressed Him with the superior term of “Lord”; thus suggesting he was beginning to understand the status of this astonishing teacher. In the account by one of those partners, John, they’d previously met Jesus immediately after His baptism in the river Jordan and Andrew had brought his brother Simon to see Jesus, who then spoke of his identity and implicit destiny, “You are Simon son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas,” (which is translated ‘A Stone’, Petros/Peter: John 1:42).

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After that huge catch of unspecified quantity, Jesus called Simon into his destiny: “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men!”  That is, a fisher of men. When they’d landed their boats the four foresook all and followed Him (Luke 5:10-11). Continue reading