THANKS A MILLION!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH DEAR READER FOR VISITING THIS BLOG AND  CONTRIBUTING TO ITS BREAKING THROUGH THE 1,000,000 VIEWS CEILING!

I’m especially thankful to every follower and regular reader for being a blessing and encouraging me to continue blogging, particularly those who’ve been reading since the early years.

When I emailed a few friends ten years ago about what I heard when my Bible ‘exploded’ upon opening it, as told in The Endgame Is Now In Play, I could never imagine that by adding occasional updates – and being nudged to go public in a blog – there’d be sufficient material and interest to build a library of over 2,150 rolling posts and almost 90 reference pages since 21.11.2011!

May our Lord bless you and keep you…

Brexit and our democratic responsibility, by Dave Chapman

Grateful thanks to the unknown creator of this splendid illustration

In view of the several prophetic words and visions since the Millennium about Great Britain leaving the European Union, I’ve been obliged to take notice of the political world much nearer to home than the Middle-East and USA. The EU Referendum increased that coverage and when compiling a data hub of the blog’s many postings at Brexit vs EU, to avoid anyone taking offence I prefaced it by clarifying my political stance, viz:  

‘Being politically non-partisan my main motivation is to follow the Lord and assist in bringing His Kingdom on earth. Noting prophetical words issued in Nov-Dec 2015 about the EU and specifically of coming international upheavals, I blogged on this topic as we approached the 2016 Referendum and especially for checking the accuracy of those words…’

‘Friends kindly offered their researches for publication, one of whom – Dave Chapman, author of EU’s Background & An Alternative, and more – received a letter from Nigel Farage about The Brexit Party. Dave offers the following opinion which is published with his kind permission:

BREXIT – OUR DEMOCRATIC RESPONSIBILITY

It is no secret that Ann and I have believed for a long time now that the UK should Leave the EU. We, like so many, thought that action would be secured following the Referendum result near three years ago now. It is still not the case, as Parliament has done its best to ‘kick it into the long grass’.

However, what fades with it is not just a personal view, or even the clear sense that to leave the EU is God’s purpose for us, but that Democracy itself – that is, that our individual vote matters and the result will be carried out by Parliament – is over.

Recent Parliamentary motions were won or lost in our Parliament by as little as one or two votes, and the decision was upheld. That is democracy in action. But the same principle has not been applied where our votes cast resulted in a clear victory for Leave in 2016!

The vote to Leave the EU, resulted in (as part of 100% of those who voted) a 51.89% to 48.11% majority to Leave. In terms of actual votes cast though, it was 17.4 million for Leave, and 16.1 million for Stay/Remain. There is a clear, quantitative difference of 8% between those figures – not a small margin at all.

How our Democracy evolved

A brief look at how Parliament evolved should be useful. First of all, the Magna Carta forced the infamous King John in 1215 to ask Parliament – then made up only of Lords and Nobles – for more money to fight his wars.   Simon de Montfort involved “ordinary” people, knights and land owners, not just the original nobility, by 1265 – they fought it out literally in those days!

With Scotland having its own Parliament around the same time, and Wales joining in under Henry VIII in 1542, Westminster strengthened its hand. Still though, arguments raged between who should Govern, the King or Parliament? This all came to a head when in the 1630’s King Charles I suspended Parliament for 11 years which led to the Civil War in England in 1642-1651. This resulted in the King’s execution and Cromwell, the General for the Parliamentarians, becoming Lord Protector after the final battle at Worcester between the King and the Parliamentarians in September 1651.

This war established the primacy of Parliament over the Nation’s Laws, so that the next King (Charles II) himself, when he finally returned from France, was firmly put in his place under the Laws of the land – that which the Magna Carta 400 years before had stated.

[By the way, two key yet-to-be Presidents of the United States of America, Adams and Jefferson, visited Worcester in 1786 and, astonished at there being no recognition of Worcester’s place as the final battle of the Civil War to secure the Nation’s privileged freedoms then enjoyed, declared:

“And do Englishmen so soon forget the ground where their liberty was fought for?   Tell your neighbours and your children that this is holy ground…… all England should come in pilgrimage to this hill once a year”.

A plaque by a Virginia Oak Tree on Fort Royal Hill in Worcester marks the spot. They recognised how vital a part the establishment of religious and democratic freedoms played in this Land.]

The slow march towards full democracy continued. Men owning a house in a City received the right to Vote in 1867 and then those in the countryside also in 1884. The rest of men over 21 had to wait until 1918 for the privilege. For women this was not gained until 1930. Finally it was in 1969 the voting age for all was reduced to 18.

What I have left out though are details of the massive civil arguments, marches and movements, over those years that secured this vital privilege we have enjoyed.

Our Response

Complacency on our part at this time will lose the meaningful value of a Vote. I reckon to have lived during one of the most privileged periods of time, and especially with regard to freedoms and liberties, probably ever, but that can soon be stolen from us if we do not stand up and be counted. For our Nation’s sake, and for the future of a democratic society that delivers on the will of the people, we need to act. We can still do so by means of the Ballot Box with the use of our current hard-won privilege, by taking part in upcoming European Parliamentary elections set for the 23rd May.

(It is worth noting the nature of the EU Parliament is very different to ours. Basically it acts to ‘rubber stamp’ Laws and Regulations introduced from EU Councils further up the power chain. It cannot enact Laws it chooses to introduce, so don’t be fooled by language we are familiar with here, but it does still need voices of liberty there).

I have never before been active on what may be deemed as a Political front, but this matter is greater than Party Politics. It is a matter of protecting and ensuring that the medium of Democracy continues to be the basis on which our Nation is Governed. Trust must exist between the Electorate and Parliament if our democracy is to hold good. At present that has broken down.

The Brexit Party have suddenly emerged as a vehicle to press home these key things. One, that we Leave the EU as instructed by us, the Electorate, securing the principle of our current Democracy, and two, that MP’s recognise they are employed by us, and so cease to do just what they prefer. They have to learn they are servants, and not masters. I hate to think where the alternative could go.

You must already be aware of a quote something like this but said many years ago “bad men need nothing more than that good men should look on, and do nothing” – J S Mills in 1867.

That’s exactly the challenge to us.

If you still doubt whether the Brexit Party can deliver what you could back at these Elections, I suggest you spend a little time to watch and hear Richard Tice (Entrepreneur and Chairman of Brexit Party), Anne Widdecombe (55 years in the Conservative Party and latterly of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ fame – in fired-up form indeed!), James Wells – previously Head of the Office of National Statistics UK until he resigned his most senior post last month – and of course Nigel Farage on this video:

Brexit Party Rally at Newport on Youtube. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onP03-dGmRM

Anunciata Rees-Mogg (Jacob’s sister) is on the Nottingham Brexit Party Rally Youtube here:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SIT_zKqHIg or at a more recent Brexit Party Rally nearer you.

Triple validation of the reality of my encounter with Jesus

APPENDIX TO PERSONAL TESTIMONY

A little time was needed to gain a fuller understanding of that awesome visitation – the absolute holiness of the Lord Jesus Christ in contrast to my personal sinful nature. No wonder I expected to die and was simultaneously convicted of my sin!

That encounter used two very personal aspects of my life to grab my attention, thereby validating the experience as real, not an imaginary one. Even more amazingly, both validations are directly related to the 1st and 2nd Advents!  Thus, they couldn’t fail to enhance my interest in End-Times and which had been launched a few years earlier by The Invisible Hand (described here).

The First Advent was the time when Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea about two thousand years ago. Hence, the four weeks leading into Christmas are designated within the church calendar as Advent, and which start the church year.

The Second Advent is coming soon and is expected to begin in the city of Jerusalem.

FIRST VALIDATION

I inwardly ‘knew’ the heavenly visitor was indeed Jesus, and that the impressive action was a foretaste of his promised return, when He will come in all His power and glory.

The event reminded me of my favourite picture in mother’s Missal, or service book of the Roman Mass.  This gave the content of every Sunday service throughout the year with a diagram symbolising the theme for each service.  As a boy keen on astronomy I’d been fascinated by the picture for First Sunday in Advent. This depicted Jesus standing on the clouds over a burning earth in the midst of sun, moon and falling stars, indicative of events before his Second Advent!

The confirmation referred to above came almost as unusually. On a healing retreat years later, a minister told me God would show me something after lunch. Indeed, after lunch a stranger who’d been seated at my table confided that the Lord told her to show me something she greatly treasured.

christinclouds-lrgIt was a photo taken, it was claimed, from an aircraft over a thunderstorm. When developed, the photo bore an image of Jesus Christ, as though standing within clouds. However, the facial features were hazy, not defined. It was exactly like Jesus in my dream because I’d not seen His face.  (I recall dark, hazy clouds at the foot of the image. This one is published by Bible Probe.)

Upon seeing this photo my legs gave way – I couldn’t stand but fell into a nearby chair! My companion said I went so white she thought I was going to faint or fall.

Yet, just how did a stranger know to show me this photo?  I’d not divulged such a personal dream – she simply said, “It’s the Lord’s doing”.

SECOND VALIDATION

I was puzzled over the closing element of the dream-event, that is:  upon my reaching towards Jesus’ feet to grasp his robe, it turned into the branch of a Christmas tree!  So, when I tugged, a Christmas tree toppled over and its fairy fell off and onto the floor.

Weird?  Not really, because that spot by the window was where the family Christmas tree used to be erected. It was a corner closely associated with Christmas.

As a devout Catholic, my mother had told me about Jesus from an early age. When I painted pictures I would put a blue stripe at the top of outdoor scenes to represent heaven, as children did. But I’d also draw a Christmas tree in heaven as being Jesus.

Why? Not only had I associated all the wonder of Christmas with his birthday but I also heard an actor  on TV mention his name whilst looking at a small fir-tree. So in my childish way I took the actor at his word and would draw Jesus as a Christmas tree.  Hence, the dream changed him to match that image.

At its close, therefore, the dream-event signified the time had come to put away not only childish misconceptions but also all false teachings and replace them with absolute truth – the one who is the Truth in person.

Truly, the most fantastic Christmas present ever – one that’s daily an ever-present encouragement and help in every time of need, no matter how dire. Thank you Lord.

These events started in 1989 and culminated in 1995 with its prime confirmation. Yet more was to come!  Sixteen years later upon revisiting this story for the purposes of this blog, I was surprised by a couple more insights that dropped unbidden into mind. One was tantalising: could the street number of my childhood home (212) possibly be significant in pointing toward the coming year? That is, to 2012!  

Could that notion be true?  Such musing would be confirmed in a fascinating numerical manner at 2012’s first Christian conference we were to attend…Upon our arrival at the venue I was curious about distance driven from home. The car’s odometer was ‘212’ miles!

THIRD VALIDATION

Once again, timing proves crucial in presenting another objective confirmation!  Again, had I not been writing about the visitation I would have missed the crucial linkage!

Whilst writing installments of My Journey Into Freedom (Sept-Oct 2013) I inserted a report on something pertinent that happened at that time in the USA, as recounted in the previous post. This came as a ‘new revelatory word’ from the Lord to Revd John Kilpatrick and began at 2:22am. This too, is very interesting on two counts. Numerically, because my birthday falls on a 22nd. Orally, because that word is directly relevant to my dream visitation in referring to the angelic host as well as in closing with Luke 21:28, namely:

“But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand.”

My mother’s Missal for the First Sunday of Advent is shown below and notice how the scripture on page 69 links into my personal visitation and what pastor John brought.

[Click to enlarge]

1stSundayAdvent

It’s amusing that the number of hits on this blog passed the 212,000 mark within days of the 4th anniversary of its launch on 21st November 2015.

So a huge thank you goes to every subscriber and regular reader, as well as all visitors.

[Note: originally published 12 December 2011 as ‘3 Validations Point to 2012-13: Part 3 of ‘Death or Destiny?’]

Freed at last from satan – my chains fall off!

(7 of 7) Months after that night of destiny in 1989 I trashed my occult and New Age books, yet I kept some items that were very significant to membership in those occult brotherhoods. But very soon, troubles brewed up within my relationships. And they got worse, and worse. So I asked for prayer help and gathered all those remaining things, such as ritualistic items and pictures. Right at the peak of my trouble I heard an almost audible voice instruct me,

Burn what you’ve collected – NOW!”

Never, ever, would I have believed what was to happen next:

Out in the backyard I piled those membership items onto an area of gravel and, putting a match to them, I sincerely repented.

Fanning the flames, I apologised deeply to God for all my past rebellious, sinful activity and specifically renounced satan and all evil connected with those occult associations.

As I asked God to forgive me, heavy invisible shackles suddenly dropped off my wrists!

I felt, and was, free, completely free – exactly as is jubilantly sung in Charles Wesley’s great hymn And Can It Be? 

WOW, from despair to jubilation within a split second!  What utter freedom!  Praise Him!

That hymn’s lyrics present the simple yet sublime salvation found in our Father’s good news about Jesus.

How aptly the third verse describes my personal situation and what had just happened – my wonderful liberation from invisible bondage to satan.:

1. And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God shouldst die for me?

2. He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace!
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race!

‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For, O my God, it found out me.

3. Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night.
Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray:
I woke the dungeon flamed with light!

My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

4. No condemnation now I dread:
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,

Bold I approach th’ eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

If you’re unfamiliar with Charles Wesley brother of the renowned evangelical founder of Methodism, John Wesley, read here about his equally famous influence as author of many well-known hymns; eg. Love Divine, all love’s excelling, Hark the herald angels…

Listen to one of the greatest hymns as broadcast some years ago in Songs of Praise,   thanks to Fabio Ramsay.:

I will rejoice in the Lord, I will exult in the victorious God of my salvation! (Hab 3:1)

To read testimony in full click: to read from beginning – to read part 6  – 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… Continue reading

The night Jesus broke through the window!

(4 of 7) The second visitor over the night of 13-14th September 1989 was far more challenging than that evening’s first one, when I’d shut the door on hearing about Jesus – this time it is life or death!  Mine!!

THE HEAVENLY VISITOR

In a most unusual dream that night I go back in time. A dream so lucid that even thirty years later, it remains vividly etched within me. Therefore, it must be exceptionally significant. Continue reading

The day I shut the door on Jesus!

(3rd of 7) NOTE: This two-part testimony was posted as one of my first blogs. Originally written over 25 years ago as ‘More Than A Dream’, it’s expanded to elaborate upon my changed life as a committed Christian in my journey into freedom.

THROUGH THE DEVIL’S DOOR!

A very brief recap:

Since my teens I’d wholeheartedly embraced esoteric spiritual doctrines and practices such as the Eastern and Theosophical belief of reincarnation and ascended masters, as well as those of Western occultism plus concepts generally known as deism.

I thought that as all religions are equal there are many paths to a supreme being –but which is not the same as the anthropomorphic deity of the Abrahamic religions. That is, it’s different to and far superior to human beings – a ‘cosmic mind’ with which we can be attuned and attain ‘cosmic consciousness’, as experienced by many and practised in the associations of which I was an active member.

I appreciated the linkage with mystical Islam of Sufism as well as having read its Book. It was only after becoming a born-again Christian that I studied its early history and came to understand its fundamental, doctrinal differences with Judaism and Christianity.

Thus, two decades of an occultic practicum made me disdainful of churches, clergy and laity. They were all so very behind the times – even archaic!  Intellectual and spiritual pride made me think their preaching could never compare with the profound philosophy found within ‘New Age’ movements. Such arrogance, of which I’m ashamed!

A DIFFERENT DOOR OPENS! Continue reading

Searching for wrong ‘truth’ traps me in a spiritual prison

(2nd of 7) We continue our ‘journey’ as I pray it will inform readers who are not-yet Christians about avoiding the pitfalls and dangers of suspect spiritual matters:

Me 1962

1962 in Leicester.

The intellectual freedom of higher education in the ‘swinging 60’s’ enabled me to break loose from the values of my parents and their generation. Even so, I recognised their values had enabled them to come through the destruction and deprivation of the Great Depression, World War and post-war Britain austerity with great fortitude.

As in the previous post about attending the “wrong school”, a formative influence upon this boy of the post-war ‘baby boom’ was the disharmony and hypocrisy between churches. In my mind it tarred all Christians with the same brush and badly reflected upon the God they believed in.

Nevertheless, once whilst in church, I had thought it must have been awesome to have been around Jesus and seen everything He said and did.

Also, two verses noticed in my mother’s Sunday Missal stuck in my mind and, although buried in the unconscious, they never got forgotten. One was Jesus telling his disciples they’d do even greater works than He was doing! The other was by someone who’d seen and been with Jesus, and who wrote: If everything He’d done was written down there wouldn’t be enough room in the world to contain the books! [John 14:12 and closing sentence of that Gospel.]

In view of that eye-witness account and churches’ misrepresentation of their founder, I became convinced a lot of what he’d taught had been lost – or even suppressed – by the early church. Continue reading

How churches turned me off Christ and onto ‘New Age’!

(1st of 7) I invite you to join me, especially if new here, in revisiting my ‘dog-legged’ journey into the spiritual and supra-natural reality of our lives. I was heading towards the destination I’d wanted and planned but got forced into a totally unforeseen, unexpected diversion. In fact, my philosophy of life got totally upended!  My new goal proved to be a far more exciting and never-ending journey!!

Now, step into my time-machine and I’ll turn back its dial 60 or so years:

STUNNED BY A ‘FRIEND’

Whilst playing alongside my 10-11 year-old pals, one of them suddenly stops, narrows his gaze and eyeballs me hard, “You shouldn’t be at our school – you should be at the one Cat’licks go to!”

I’m shocked and stunned into silence. I can’t recall my response other than being very alarmed and hurt.

Upon reflection, maybe I denied the accusation outright. In retrospect I’d like to have responded, “So what? It’s where my parents want me to be!”

Such a riposte, however, would have plugged into a parental disagreement! Continue reading

One’s destiny in three ‘Bites’

For several months I’ve wanted to republish my personal testimony because the Lord has given a greater appreciation of how He’s been working throughout my life. A few weeks ago our vicar stressed the significance of the Samaritan woman’s meeting with Jesus lies in the power of personal testimony. Then came some Lion Bites, so here we go…

Fresh insights at last year’s conference in Matlock upon my early life revealed a destiny from my childhood to blog about Jesus Christ’s promised return. I was amazed and re-assured that the grace of God which I didn’t deserve did, in fact, cover me even though I’d been dead against Him – and dead to Him! It was as though ‘the hound of heaven’ had tracked me down and cornered me!

And now in the past week, I’m getting an awakening into how my spiritual rebirth and what I was starting to sense supra-naturally during the 1990s, is now coming into play. Moreover, it’s through re-connecting with the local church that the Lord had put me into and which I’d left when marrying Nina and moving to East Hants!

Therefore, these Lion Bites from Glasgow Prophetic Centre are personally poignant:

THE WORD OF YOUR TESTIMONY (3rd May)

“Your testimonies are so powerful! Whether it’s the story of how you came to know me as your Saviour, or of how I provided for a need you had, I want you to share these testimonies. For my testimonies in you will draw others to me, and your stories of how I work in your life will bring wonder to those who hear them. Will you share them?

“And if you can’t think of any to share, then begin to partner with me and ask me to move in the circumstances of your life. Give me space to work miracles. Place your faith and expectation in me and see what I will do! And when I do it, share what I have done. Share me with those around you and allow them to wonder what I could also do for them.”

Revelation 12:11
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death.

UNCAPPED POTENTIAL (7th May)

“I am uncapping your potential today,” says the Lord.

“There has been a brewing frustration inside many; a sense of ‘there’s more in me than I’m seeing right now and I am able to articulate’. Some of you have felt capped through lies you’ve believed about yourself, words that have been spoken over you or situations out of your control. Today, the Lord says repeatedly, “I am uncapping your potential. For I have put more in you than you have an eye to see. My explosive and undefeatable power and might reside within you, as do solutions to unsolvable problems. I have given you the mind of Christ and equipped you with supernatural gifts. Today, I uncap your potential!

“So tear off the lies of limitation, rise above the words of criticism, see beyond the circumstances of chaos, and choose to stand fully in the potential that I have dressed you in. This is your day, (insert your name)!

Ephesians 3:20 AMP
Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do super-abundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us.

A NEW YOU! (8th May)

The Spirit of the Lord says, “It is time to stand in your anointing and calling! I have called you for such a time as this! Do you hear me? It’s time to shake off the grave clothes! It’s time to leave behind the comfortable, the status quo! It’s a new season! Winter is over. Spring has come, and the old won’t fit any more. You need your ‘Now’ outfit, your ‘Now’ thinking, your ‘Now’ anointing and calling. I know you feel inept and even unsure of yourself, but keep looking to me. I won’t lead you off the path that I have set for you, so stay close!

“You are going to love your ‘New You’. I have you made you and shaped you for this; it’s tailor made, fits perfectly, and won’t pinch or rub. Just follow me and see how much fun we’re going to have. There really is no comparison between your old grave clothes or the new wardrobe that I have designed just for you!”

Song of Solomon 2:11 & 13b
For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
Rise up my love, my fair one. And come away!

John 11:43-44
Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

Note: my 7-part personal testimony begins here.

Did a cyber-gremlin gobble up your new post alert on DT?

In view of my not getting an email notification of a new post on this blog, some regular subscribers also may not have received one for True news about Trump that ALL Christians need to know.  Shortly after its publication I extended the title with ‘re persecution’ (adding that to its url).

Therefore, if you’re a subscribed follower of this blog would you please let me know if you did not get an email about that new post. Email me at richardswatch@talktalk.net

I’d be interested in putting a finger on any ISP that’s filtering and blocking messages on the subject of Donald Trump.  This wouldn’t be the first time peculiar problems have popped up; for example, on Iran’s anniversary of rehearsing attack upon Jerusalem, or our landline crashing during the month leading to EU Referendum (at least internet survived and inexplicably worked throughout!).

A Maundy Thursday Musing

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

[First published 2016]

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 personal prayer made, not in the garden of Gethsemane, but earlier in the upper room at the close of their Passover meal (John 17). That ‘celebratory remembrance’ proved to be more than a ground-breaking event. It was truly a heaven-breaking-in pivotal time in human history in which Jesus offered up Himself as the Paschal Lamb, not only for His first disciples but also for everyone who would ever believe in Him – eg. you and me! AND enable everyone to come into the full freedom of salvation from their sins and satan’s consequential authority over their lives – should they so choose.

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 Him before the Beginning, as in my footnote to the prophetic word on Preparation for Enlargement.

The modern concept of ‘name’ fails to convey the depth of meaning and significance as understood 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 what’s noted from Gideon’s encounter with Him (Judges 6:11-26); that is,

‘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 [Old Testament Godhead Language].

That’s remarkably similar to the principle of quantum entanglement (see On Engaging Time) – yet is in the Bible!  Jesus goes on to say that the divine “Name” represents His Presence, which is also God’s ‘Essence’.

So over silent lunch, my mind in ‘neutral’, an insight suddenly occurred 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 contemplative Christian 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 than 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 mused this time last year and which is republished next… ie. tomorrow, Good Friday.