First Sunday of Advent and a personal foretaste of Jesus’ return

Yesterday, Sunday 3rd December, saw the celebration of the First Sunday of Advent 2017. It’s always highly nostalgic to me because of a life-changing dream in 1989 that brought a totally unexpected and radical encounter with Jesus Christ.

FIRST & SECOND ADVENTS

The First Advent was when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea 2,000 years ago. The four weeks leading into Christmas are designated within the church calendar as Advent, and start the church year.  In traditional churches the scriptural readings for the First Sunday in Advent are usually on the glorious return of Jesus Christ to rule and reign on earth, known as the Second Advent.

My encounter featured two highly personal aspects of my life; thereby validating the experience as real, not imaginary. Amazingly, both validations are directly related to the First and Second Advents and enhanced my interest in End-Times, by which I’d been figuratively grabbed by an Invisible Hand only a few years earlier.

Six years ago this week, soon after launching this blog, I posted details of the encounter – one that gave a personal foretaste of the Second Advent!

One aspect I haven’t previously referred to, however, now needs highlighting in view of current events I must blog about. So it’s important for you, my reader, to appreciate the wider grounds upon which I take my stand AND call fellow disciples of Christ to TAKE A STAND.:

THE VISITATION

The brief account On a Trapdoor into Hell – Jesus Swoops to the Rescue tells the full story.

My background was one of deep involvement in New Age, Gnostic and occultic notions with meditational and mystical practices. Although not a practitioner, I was nevertheless  aware of the principles of witchcraft. Those practices had led to some unusual ‘psychic’ dreams, but none whatsoever were like this one.

This dream’s sudden ‘gearing up’ into the supernatural reality of demonic and angelic activity and the appearance of Jesus Christ above the clouds and His fast descent towards me, startlingly made me conscience-stricken and realise the truth of judgement – in great dread, mine was about to happen NOW!  And because of my sins I was now about to be dropped right into Hell – so in terror I just had to hide from HIM!  (And I did…but!)

Later, I understand that terror had been ‘the fear of God’ brought through Holy Spirit in convicting me of my sinfulness (ie. wrongdoing) and, thus, preparing me to receive God’s grace (ie. undeserved favour).

However, only this weekend have I realised another scriptural relevance of that fear – and that I’D BEEN BLESSED WITH A FORETASTE OF THINGS TO COME! 

APOCALYPSE – THE SIXTH SEAL OPENS:

‘The kings of the earth, the great men, the rich, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in caves and in the rocks of the mountains and said to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great and day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Rev6:15-17)

My reaction to that visitation from Jesus very closely matches the reactions described in Revelation chapter 6 to earth-and-heavens-shaking events that will lead into His return.  It could be said that, in addition to natural fear, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the LORD (Isaiah 11:2) will come upon them.

So, I’ll be using that personal aspect as grounds for praying in a particular way for the conviction of sin and sincere repentance of reprobates who serve satan’s schemes.

Hence my taking note at the close of Emma Stark’s video of 24th November on the Lord’s preference for the kind of revival we should pray for.  ‘He said, “But Emma, I’d rather you ask Me for the revival of the holy, reverential fear of God.” And God said, “It is in that, that I can bring the extraordinary miracles.” And the Lord says that he is going to give back to his people right now…a godly capacity to fast; a godly capacity to pray; a godly capacity for greater holiness, because I believe that He’s saying to us,:

“Choose My move that is a holy, reverential, all-based response to Who I am, that will bring the greatest harvest, and the greatest salvation and the greatest miracles for a generation.”

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Ezekiel’s vision of The Almighty’s flame-like glory

It was an immense delight soon after waking on this the last day of November 2017 that its meditation in Sanctuary returns to the first chapter of the Book of Ezekiel. Over the past four weeks David Strutt shared many gems from the OT prophets as a preparation for next month’s Advent season. It was instructive to dip into the relevant scriptures whenever possible, but I focused especially on those from Ezekiel and upon his life after receiving his Call 2,600 years ago!

After having blogged or read posts and comments on visions of holy fire, my eyes almost popped out upon reading…

Day 335 – November 30th

‘We cannot leave Ezekiel without going back to the beginning, to meditate a while on the vision that first put fire and fear and awe-struck love of God into his heart, soul and mind. He was by the River Chebar [exiled with the Hebrews in Chaldea/Babylonia] when a vision of heaven began. He saw things indescribable that are difficult to fully understand although our spirits rise with his as we hear of the beauty of the angelic forces and the servant beings. But there comes a point when even those pale into insignificance. [Am using New King James Version of Ezekiel 1:25-28 because it conveys a slightly fuller description than the New American Standard Bible.]:

‘A voice came from above the firmament that (was) over their heads; whenever they stood they let down their wings.

‘And above the firmament over their heads (was) the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne (was) a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it.

‘Also from the appearance of his waist and upward I saw, as it were, the colour of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around.

‘Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so (was) the appearance of the brightness all around it. This (was) the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.’

Selah!

This is where language fails to convey and do justice to novel experience. It was hard for Ezekiel to describe this staggering vision, as we may gather from his repetitions of ‘as it were’, ‘the appearance of’ and ‘the likeness of’.  In other words, we should infer that his description is not to be regarded as being totally definitive of the Almighty.

The important lesson for the prophet-in-training was that God was present in Babylonia as well in Jerusalem.

It’s particularly noteworthy from the vision that the throne above the ‘heavens’ has an occupant described as being human-like but composed of, as well as being obscured by, the brilliance of fire.

Note also Hebrews 12: after stating in verse 26 that God has promised “Yet once more I shall shake not only the earth, but also heaven’ (per Haggai 2:6) and explaining its meaning, the chapter closes with its reason:  For our God is a consuming fire’.

Sanctuary – Moments in His Presence

Sanctuary – `something set aside for sacred use’.  This new book by David Strutt is a collection of daily thoughts and insights. They are designed to encourage you to come into the presence of God; to praise Him, to hear Him and be healed and restored by the wonders of His love and faithfulness.

Sanctuary isn’t meant to replace daily Bible reading but instead aims to stimulate, inspire and refresh you by helping you go deeper into God’s love.

Reflecting on the nature of God, this Sanctuary contains exciting testimonies and encouragement to pursue the Lord for spiritual gifts to be evident in our daily lives. It is arranged so you can read the entries either by following as a calendar of dates and church festivals, else at your own pace by its numerical sequence of days. At the close of each day’s thoughts there is a short prayer as a source of inspiration for further meditation.

Its author David Strutt blesses the church we attend in Liphook with teaching that brings deep insights, and I especially appreciate his occasional explanations of the Hebrew meaning of scripture. After announcing the book’s publication his large box of copies was soon emptied!

David Reveals Book’s Beginnings

Chatting recently with David in his large but cosy ‘shack’ and by a warm small fire, I enquire of the book’s genesis. He points to a light-green large yet thin, vertical wooden letter rack brimming over with small scraps of paper upon which he’d jotted notes over many years, and to lots and lots more in a box-file labelled ‘Sanctuary’.  As stated in the book’s Introduction, they’re all thoughts and insights from his reading, preaching and being inspired.

With a flourish of the hand towards the box he divulges, “I knew that one day I’d use them to write a book for those who place great importance in coming into the Lord’s glorious presence each day.”  The Introduction offers gems of brief encouragement – like nuggets – on ways of getting the best out of those notes, as though riding on a tandem with scripture.

About four years ago David realised the Lord wanted him to transform all the notes into a devotional book called ‘Sanctuary’. He confesses that his first attempt at doing so in a diary format only produced rather ‘wooden’ first months of the year.

Last year a very awkward misfortune resulted in one leg being immobilised. “When my leg was encased in a heavy plaster cast it was quite a struggle to walk around. And so in 2016 I debated with myself about being able to go to Dorset and eventually decided we could go in August.”

David then pointed across from where I was lazing on the sofa to the large, soft leather satchel laying across the adjacent chair. “As I went to grab that bag I heard the Lord tell me, ‘Don’t take that! Take your laptop!’  So out came the box of watercolours and in went my laptop. Instead of sitting at an easel I ended up tapping away on a keyboard. From the first day away the writing flowed non-stop and I wrote daily ’til January 2017!

“In writing I had several different kinds of readers in mind rather than write for a niche market. As well as regular devotees I wanted it to appeal to new believers, to those wary of the Old Testament and to offer a ‘jigsaw’ of prophecies that lead into the Incarnation. In leading into Advent/Christmas entries during November introduce OT prophecies, even the more difficult ones, for our contemplation.

“So I tried to link together a chain of events to help us understand Father’s heart for His creation. ‘Sanctuary’ is for diligent seekers as we all need to understand the big picture rather than see the Bible within a niche.”

In view of my frequently blogging on both topics, my ears pricked up at David’s alluding to prophecies as a ‘jigsaw’!  I grinned. When launching this blog six years ago I’d wanted to call it ‘Invisible Jigsaw’ (details here), but couldn’t find a suitable graphic at the time.

Furthermore, a slight scratch to the back of David’s hand from a garden bush as we went to the ‘den’ had reminded me of a significant dream a couple of days earlier. The dream related to a formative place of my childhood (local library, as here) and my later calling to write. It closed with my looking at my watch, seeing the hands near 12 o’clock (similar to now, 12:07) and a short, narrow trickle of blood around the top’s inside edge. I awoke and understood most of the dream, plus the what and why of the last thing I was looking at – my watch; that is, ‘Richard’s Watch’!

Therefore, and as a regular reader, Sanctuary – Moments In His Presence is highly and unreservedly recommended.  Published by Malcolm Down (ISBN: 978-1-910786-77-2) it can be purchased from Eden Christian Books or Amazon.

[Puzzle Globe and Book by Thanunkorn, courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net]

Paws 4 thought: Kingdom-related events since lightning strike on Mecca’s Grand Mosque

Won’t you pause to ponder and praise the Lord with me? Let’s look back briefly and consider how the prophetic has a place in diplomatic circles.

After a lightning strike damaged Mecca’s Grand Mosque just over two years ago I’ve noticed many changes are under way in Saudi Arabia and the M-East generally. Developments indicative of major spiritual and diplomatic changes in Muslim leaders’ relationships with and their attitudes toward Christians, and Israel in particular, are quietly emerging.

Late in the year of the ‘blood-moon tetrad‘ (2015) I closed a series of posts on the years’ spectacular events with Why this September is special: Update #2 – Islam, which referred to a lightning strike in Mecca. Under the sub-head ‘Anniversary of 9/11 Atrocity’ I wrote:

‘On the anniversary of this century’s ‘day of infamy’ for New York, I noted another event seemed to connect into the collapse of the Twin Towers – as well as possibly being of God, or was it simply coincidence?  Lightning from a severe thunderstorm in Mecca struck a tall crane, which collapsed into the Grand Mosque thereby killing and injuring hundreds.

‘The construction engineer is quoted as saying, “It was an act of God”. A ‘very saddened’ British imam is reputed to have said, “It’s a blessing in disguise for those killed”. Four days later Saudi Arabia’s King Salman suspended contracts for the construction company, which is owned by the Bin Laden family!

‘Nevertheless, it ‘struck’ me that it’s a mirror ‘action replay’ on the 14th anniversary of the attack upon America, inspired as it was by the teachings and practices of the Meccan founder of Islam. That is, the very heart of the homeland and faith of those modern religious plotters and perpetrators was visited by an almost similar ‘toppling of a tower’. Also, my first impression was of The Almighty throwing down the gauntlet to confront satan. It’s far, far too uncanny not to be of poignant significance!’

The necessity of brevity means we’ll avoid itemising all subsequent events, except the notable one, and overlooking Crown Prince Muhammad’s radical reforms, your attention is drawn to recent events with his main Sunni Muslim allies of Egypt and Jordan.

This year’s change of US administration brought a complete sea-change not only in US-Arab diplomacy but also between USA and Israel. In his first foreign trip as the POTUS, Donald Trump addressed the 2017 Riyadh Summit in Saudi Arabia with a well-crafted speech. I re-blogged Joel Rosenberg’s report Trump boldly urges Muslim leaders to “drive out the terrorist and extremists” from their nations and mosques with this intro’:

‘Note Trump’s accurate description of Islamic terror as “battle between Good and Evil” (read prepared speech.)  All a mighty contrast to Obama’s deep rift with Riyadh in 2011 for betraying Egypt’s president Mubarak as a consequence of having invited the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood to his 2009 Cairo speech plus his back-channel dealings with Iran, as I reported just over 8 years ago in Today’s Importance in History (18 May 2009)!’

Christian Leaders Meet Middle-East’s Leaders

THEREFORE, with those two historic and highly significant events in mind let’s look at the latest news from Joel Rosenberg of his delegation of evangelical leaders’ top-level meetings in Egypt and Jordan. Tap/click links to read his reports in full:

1st Nov > Today in Cairo, Egyptian President Sisi Welcomed First-ever Delegation of Christian Leaders for 3-hour MeetingI had opportunity to meet Egyptian President el-Sisi in Washington in April.  What I could not say at the time was that…the President invited me to bring a delegation of Evangelical Christian leaders to visit him in Cairo, as well as to meet other senior Egyptian government officials and religious leaders. We’ve been working on this with his staff and advisors ever since, and today the project not only became a reality but was far more than I could possibly have hoped for…’ 

2nd Nov > Arab & Israeli media provide inside details of President el-Sisi’s historic meeting Evangelical Christian leaders in Cairo : …’Rosenberg, who was born to a Jewish father, told Haaretz that he was surprised at the level of interest expressed by the Egyptians in the delegation. “For the leader of Egypt to invite a Christian group to sit with him, discuss what he’s doing, talk about some of the difficult issues, that’s very impressive. I was hoping we could get ten minutes with him, and eventually we got almost three hours. From our side, the important thing was to show our appreciation for his fight against terrorism and extremism, for his commitment to peace and security ties with Israel, and for saving Egypt from the darkness of the Muslim Brotherhood.”…

8th Nov > Jordan’s King Abdullah II welcomes Evangelical Christian Delegation at Palace in Amman. Leaders thank King for advancing peace, fighting terrorism, caring for refugees and protecting Christians : ‘The meeting capped three days of meetings between Delegation members and senior government officials; Evangelical, Catholic and Muslim leaders in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; and a moving visit to the Zaatari Refugee Camp near the Syrian border….’

Kingdom Presence & Prophecy

An insight upon another quite different aspect of spiritual diplomacy on behalf of the King of Kings was shared at Revd Dr Sharon Stone’s mentoring day last Saturday – it’s that of the office and function of God’s prophet.

As part of his material, the speaker for the first session taught about the student’s ‘work’ or assignment in the Lord as being the prime driver and energizer in their lives. As God created air for birds to fly through so He created His Kingdom in which His presence manifests and in which His saints are to function. Therein, Holy Spirit’s words and power comes to His people. Those anointed in the office of prophet are to create a Kingdom atmosphere in order to do their ‘work’.  So, without the presence of God any ministry is impossible. The question is, how’s this done in secular, even governmental, meetings?

In giving an example this speaker surprised us by telling about when he was invited to a meeting in Geneva, at the United Nations, and expected to prophesy to some government leaders. In meeting ‘the world’ with every race, creed and culture present, he realised the need to avoid jargon, or ‘churchese’.

‘Why? What am I trying to do? I’m trying to conquer an air-space; I’m trying to bring a Kingdom atmosphere into an already world-atmosphere. And there’s nothing more like world atmosphere, I promise you, than being at the UN…every ambassador, diplomat and delegate is there and I’m in front of a couple and of course I don’t know if they’re Christians. So I’m not going to say “Thus saith the Lord”. All I’m going to do is speak the Word of God  into the atmosphere and drop Truth, even in this place. And so I said (to X and Y), “I don’t know who you are but I see you’re in between two intense negotiations right now and I see…”

He gave the gathered students just a tiny peek of the bigger picture he was giving them about their personal work and how the Lord is helping. They then asked the prophet, “You don’t know who we are, do you?” – “No” he replied.

It turns out they’re Donald Trump’s envoys and the prophet continued: ‘(Then) as I’m speaking the atmosphere changes, all of a sudden the Kingdom of God came in and the next day – and the next day – there was momentum to minister to most of the diplomats…Why? Because we can change the atmosphere with the prophetic!’

The speaker explained how this principle works by alluding to the military strategy of  ‘air supremacy’ – so too, with prophecy and intercessory prayer.

Network ‘gremlins’ block comment on Boris, BBC & Balfour post

Being away from 10 o’clock on duties at Acorn after having published the previous post on Boris, BBC and Balfour Declaration I was unaware of a most informative comment submitted by Dave Chapman about half-an-hour later. It’s presented a fascinating but annoying bit of bother: something or someone somewhere read it and decided to block its appearance! That is, you cannot yet read his remarks at the foot of that post because WordPress is malfunctioning?

Could that be just sheer coincidence?  Let’s not get paranoid, but it reminds me of when my blogging about Iran’s rehearsals to attack Israel was affected (as here).

However, I was able to update that post with these appended notes which I’d started but had to amend, and added screenshot to confirm I’m not imagining this malfunction:

‘Also, please note Comments below from Dave Chapman, to which I’m about to reply in some detail…WHOA THERE! – MOST PECULIAR: although I saw them in an email alert to my phone timed at 10:35 (read approx 14:30 half-mile away and am now back home on PC), his message does not appear either at the foot of this post as usual, or in my admin screen’s listing of comments – yet it is flagged atop home page’s Recent Comments sidebar (as shown below)!

‘MOREOVER that email alert hasn’t downloaded to my PC (stop press: just in at 15:30 but no change on WordPress). So is someone, somewhere censoring and blocking his truthful material ??  WEIRD!’

Now past 17:00hrs we’ll solve the problem by copying the email alerting me to Dave Chapman’s comments:

So I emailed Dave direct with this reply (links added):

‘Thanks for taking time to go into details as I’d hoped on Monday to have been able to update readers on Trump by using material in Saturday’s ‘Koenig’s Eye View at White House’. In the light of his research since early 1990’s, I’m well aware of the correlation between talks to divide the land that biblically is to be Israel’s and the severe weather in USA. It’s so empirically observable that it’s almost scientifically demonstrable fact!

‘Here’s Bill Koenig’s latest on that scenario:

Trump’s Middle East peace plan is revealing. Has “Eye to Eye” made a difference?

‘The Times of Israel said Sunday that the Trump administration would shortly unveil a formal proposal for Middle East peace that aims to enable a “comprehensive regional arrangement,” but that it will not be imposed on the sides, and that it will not feature a rigid timetable. An administration official told The Times of Israel, however, that there were no imminent plans to present a proposal.

‘I prayed that President Trump would read my Sept. 6 letter and review “Eye to Eye”  [Bill’s book] and/or at least talked to staff about the book…to let the president know of the consequences of dividing God’s land. Additionally, I have also been told that people have written the White House about Israel’s covenant land…

‘President Trump has been expected to provide a comprehensive regional plan since his meetings with Arab leaders in Riyadh in May and at the UN in September. If he didn’t come forth with at least some plan, this would not bode well for him and Jared Kushner, after they showed such enthusiasm towards a comprehensive Middle East plan and deal. Moreover, President Trump doesn’t want to stop his tough talk or negate his credibility and/or reputation amongst Sunni Arab leaders which could further complicate his Iran and North Korea actions and decisions.

‘However, the fact a regional arrangement will not be “imposed” or that there would not be a “rigid timetable” is big news. In other words, they’re backing off the pressure, which is key. Plus, no imminent plans to present a proposal is also very favorable.’ (Emphasis RB’s)

[17:20 – am publishing and original comment still unavailable. Mystery solved – Dave’s got shunted into a spam folder. This has never happened to his many contributions so I wouldn’t expect to have to delve into a folder that doesn’t flag new entries.]

For such a time as this – I (eye) wonder… (note #1)

Written just after the total solar eclipse crossed USA from its Pacific to Atlantic coast, Dave Hood presented me with a thought-provoking article and gave kind permission to publish. Re-reading it 7 weeks later I notice several God-incidental prophetic elements – including a healing; hence (parenthesis) in the title – as in my observations appended below:

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

Like many, I’ve wondered if the very recent eclipse affecting mainly America had any meaning.

A number of days ago, an acquaintance posted some information on Big Ben and the eclipse on Facebook. At that time I was already toying with these following facts…:

It struck me, from information, that the sun’s diameter is 400 times greater than the moon…and the sun is ALSO 400 times further away. Add to this the component of 4 years, the anticipated period of Big Ben’s stoppage which began on the same day as the eclipse.

Then we have the factors of size, distance and time linked to the number 4 . The number 444 had been, and still is, appearing ’til one is dizzy. The number 4 is related, in part, to the context of the creation natural and supernatural. 444 has had a number of different interpretations, including one of the timing of mantles being released and of the fullness of time, to mention but two of many others.

Here’s a video-link to Steve Cioccolanti, that I received after the facts outlined above were discovered.

I discover at around 7min 47secs (#2) another 4 is introduced into the sequence… Genesis 1:13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day  – Gen 1:14 .Then God said (of the 4th day), “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years” ; the seasons are not our summer, winter, etc, but rather God’s seasons.

But I then noticed in the video, at 26min 20 secs, he starts talking about the month of Elul, which BEGINS on sundown 21st August 2017, the day of the eclipse. Elul is the 12th month of the Jewish civil new year. Elul is the last month. From 24min 34 sec he explains Elul means ‘harvest’, but specifically the beginning of the harvest.

Just this Tuesday evening, the 22nd August, BEFORE I’d seen this video, I’d prepared a bible study on the word ‘tav’. In it I paid careful attention to explaining the place of numbers and pictures attached to this unique letter tav, as used and outlined in the Hebrew alphabet. We see this author of the video at 13 min 27secs provide also this focus. (#3)

Here is an excerpt of the study of evening 22nd August.:
Study notes, in italics, per John 4:35 (NIV) …”I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (#4 & #5)

Note…gaining the harvest…requires OUR eyes be opened and then…LOOKING, and not looking away (#6)He wants to open our eyes and fill our jars … to connect our place of authority in heavenly places with his purpose here below on earth this earthly realm (Jacob’s ladder)

So today the 23rd...I began to wonder, is God opening our eyes, through the event of this eclipse, to demonstrate, to us, that HIS, long promised and hoped for harvest, dreamt for…has, in fact, now begun…the day following the eclipse…the eclipse being the trigger point and of the beginning of the month Elul, the beginning of the harvest. Elul, means, translates to harvest. And this harvest, beginning on the first day of Elul, is the beginning of God’s harvest season.

Following this illumination, I found some other enticing, and supportive facts. In Hebrew the fourth letter is ‘dalet’. The figure 4 is pictorially represented as the open door.

Another source spoke of it as being an open tent door, as in the Tent of Meeting. It’s an invitation to enter.

Just the previous Sunday in a fellowship meeting I attended, a prophetic word was given emphasising the open door He was placing, that no-one, no thing could or would close. (#7)

The 4th day brought the moon, sun and stars into play and could point to division, in terms of them separating light from dark. We as believers were brought out of darkness into light. I saw a quote attributed to G.L.Parks? As well as representing division it also signified time. Excellent article noted below (by Julie Volby on Doug Fortune’s site).

And a reference to the 4th dimension …a coordinate in addition to length, breadth and depth; a coordinate in addition to 3 rectangular coordinates especially when interpreted as the time co-ordinate in space or time continuum. Something outside the range of ordinary experience.

Eph 3:17-19 ……to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love,

We have mass, distance and time…Ephesians shows the 4th dimension.  Earlier we saw the factors of mass, distance and time…and when computed together…determine
force.

Eph 3:7 …according to the working of His power; v 14 …according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; v 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. v20 according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

The love of god is the strength of god and the strength of god is the power of his love.

Gen 1:13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day Gen 1:14 .Then God said, (of the 4th day) “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years”; The seasons are not our summer, winter, etc, but Gods seasons.

God’s seasons… The name Theresa, can be derived from Greek meaning (theros) “summer” and from Greek (therizo) to harvest.

Psalm 19 (YLT) To the Overseer — A Psalm of David. The heavens [are] recounting the honour of God, And the work of His hands The expanse [is] declaring. 2 Day to day uttereth speech, And night to night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech, and there are no words. Their voice hath not been heard. 4 Into all the earth hath their line gone forth, And to the end of the world their sayings, For the sun He placed a tent in them, 5 And he, as a bridegroom, goeth out from his covering, He rejoiceth as a mighty one To run the path. 6 From the end of the heavens [is] his going out, And his revolution [is] unto their ends, And nothing is hid from his heat.

I wonder, do you?  [Yes, ‘eye’ wonder – and what a wonder! See #1]

Dave Hood, 23rd August 2017

Credit goes to these excellent links: Doug Fortune and Mary Carpenter Burt, whose post of 21 Aug reads: “Take note. This is PROPHETIC !! The day the music died in the UK. (Westminister chime) Today is the day, 21/08/17, that Big Ben has planned to go silent at 12pm BST for 4 years due to repairs on the tower on the SAME day as a major eclipse in the USA. A season of darkness and silence connecting the USA and the UK? Prayer and perseverance will be needed as these will seem to be dark and silent times concerning the USA and the UK. Yet an outpouring is coming. The ‘timing’ and ‘length of time’ is important elements of this season.”

RB Footnotes:
  1. Exactly one month after that eclipse on 21st Sept a lady attending prayer for healing regained her sight in one eye. Her eye had glaucoma for which surgery was scheduled but after looking at herself in a mirror after prayer ran back to the chapel to declare she could see through that eye – praise the Lord.
  2. Number 47 (my birth-year) popped up when I updated my testimony about having been confronted over 30 years ago about my New Age activity. Whilst updating I was nudged to check how long it had been since publishing that part of my story and found 47 months had elapsed! The reason for updating was yet another event of several in recent months that were significant in my journey towards my coming to Christ had been highlighted. (See ‘First Contact’ section of Searching for Truth leads me into captivity.)
  3. See also Mark Biltz’s notes on the 1:400 ratio and ‘tav’ in this blog’s Today’s and one month away’s awesome events in the heavens.
  4. I’d been stirred to refer to the Samaritan woman meeting Jesus in John 4 in my post of 29th September, Does God make ‘jigsaws’ and arrange coincidences? 
  5. The next day at Rev Dr Sharon Stone’s International Gathering of Apostles and Prophets in Windsor the Lord returned my attention to John 4 but redirected it to His Spirit’s unseen preparation of the ‘harvest’.
  6. To read more about ‘dalet’ and ‘Open Door’ on this blog see search results ‘dalet’.
  7. Read Chuck Pierce on Hebraic Year 5778 The Year of the Door and Angelic hosts will take us through the Door, as well as the next post (appearing at 18:00hrs).

Thank you Dave, and William Smith for the photo of the solar eclipse (source unknown).

Does God make ‘jigsaws’ and arrange ‘coincidences’?

After blogging three ‘jigsaw pieces’ of ‘coincidental’ prophetic scriptures (#1 – 21 Sept & 1Thess 5;  #2 – 22 Sept & Daniel’s 70th week#3 – 23 Sept & Rev 12) I had the thought ‘This kind of material may be unusual, if not weird, for my newer readers’.

I’m of the opinion there’s no such thing as coincidence as far as things of the Lord are concerned. In fact, He arranges many such ‘God-incidences’ and ‘divine appointments’, as we’ll soon consider.

Moreover, I’m sure He likes doing jigsaw puzzles, especially the one that’s invisible to us but upon which He sees displayed His plans and purposes. Occasionally, we get to see some parts of it too.

Take the ‘lid’ off ‘Invisible Jigsaw’ box by tapping image

SO, I invite you to take the lid off my version of that puzzle’s ‘box’ by tapping/clicking the above photo. Once ‘opened’ you’ll read about that ‘Invisible Jigsaw’. (Apologies for it not being able to open in a separate, new tab.)

In view of our birthday-anniversary last weekend I stayed offline after posting #1 (items #2 and #3 were scheduled for auto-publication). Even so, I mulled over the way I’d been ‘nudged’ into writing them and questioned whether or not I’d jumped to conclusions. So I sought the Lord with, “Was that all my imagination? Is there a scripture to show it’s ok?”

As if in conversation, a specific verse popped into mind that I’d read of decades ago. It tells of God playing a holy kind of ‘hide and seek’. Therefore, I resolved to look it up as soon as I got a moment upon my return.

However, before I got opportunity to find that verse I spotted a WordPress notification in my in-tray. This email alerted me to someone’s response to my remarks made last year on a scientist’s blog and wherein I’d quoted the very verse I was after!

What’s more, that response had been made on my birthday!!  I took this ‘God-incidence’ as the validation I wanted because it referred to what was on my mind to find! – AND I didn’t even have to take time searching for it!!  Just how cool is that?

The notification was from The Book of Works (Professor Seymour Garte’s blog). That title comes from Francis Bacon’s reference in his Advancement of Learning (1605), and upon which I observed,

“Let’s not forget Proverbs 25:2 – ‘It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, to search out a matter is the glory of kings.’  If I recollect correctly, this is said to have been Bacon’s personal motto and/or motivation behind his laying the foundations for modern science experiments and research…(as) precursors of the renowned Royal Society.”

If you wish to read more about such events and how they connect up pieces of ‘the invisible jigsaw’, then ‘dive’ into this picture of four jigsaw pieces:

Tap image to open ‘God-incidences’ box

A Divine Appointment ‘Par Excellence’

In the New Testament there’s a good example of the type of ‘God-incident’ popularly known as ‘divine appointment’, BUT ever so rarely is it recognised as such because its account makes a splendid sermon about who can meet Jesus, no matter the depth of our sinfulness. Preachers often make presumptions about this situation, but a key verse may indicate otherwise.

When Jesus and His disciples went through Samaria en-route to Galilee he stopped by Jacob’s Well and sent them on to the city of Sychar for provisions. The well was very deep and He didn’t have any means of getting a drink, which was awkward because it was in the midday heat. Ladies of the local city would fill their pitchers in the cooler early morning. Nevertheless, one Samaritan woman arrived to do just that and could provide Jesus with the means of getting a drink.

How fortunate! Such impeccable timing! Was she sensitive to Holy Spirit’s prompting? Did she get ‘nudged’?

Most preachers I’ve heard say she hadn’t gone there with the women because she was shunned by them, having had several husbands and then in an adulterous relationship. But what if she’d been earlier and was now responding to an inner directive from God?

The usual assumption is she’d been unfaithful all her life; but why would so many have married a woman with that reputation. This week I heard a better idea: she was barren and that could have resulted in several marriages – huh? But what if each husband had left her widowed? That is, each husband may have died. One of the first authors the Lord directed me to was John Sandford, co-founder with his wife Paula of Elijah House Ministries. (He’d been in the same new age group as I had and writes well about and deliverance from that situation.)

His idea about the woman at the well is that she may have been a prophetess and that if her husbands had died it suggests a marital relationship was secondary to that role. Moreover, her questioning and recognition of Jesus was not that of an ordinary woman.

John 4:39 and 42 are clues to her status of being neither a shunned outcast, harlot or adulteress, because:

  1. they didn’t outright reject what she told them but heeded and acted upon it,
  2. afterwards they told her, “Now we believe not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard him and we know that this is indeed the Christ the Saviour of the world”.

Thus, the woman was recognised in Sychar as having a high degree of dignity and some authority, if not that of being a prophetess. But better, she may have been the first non-Jewish female evangelist!

Thus, there may be a great deal more to that God-incidental divine appointment than is usually supposed – a meeting arranged by the Living God.

Image credits (courtesy Freedigital photos.net):
  • Hand Holding Puzzle Piece by Ponsulak
  • Puzzle by Jannoon028

Book review: ‘Rejection Hurts’ by Steve Hepden

Question: what does Steve Hepden’s first book ‘Explaining Rejection’ and a famous British radio telescope have in common?

I will share that personal point after quoting a couple of many endorsements to his latest book, followed by the publisher’s comments:

Rejection is such a huge heart issue, crippling multitudes of people and no doubt affecting us all. In this book ‘Rejection Hurts’, Steve Hepden will help you diagnose your issues, and then map out a way for you to come into acceptance, forgiveness and love. So helpful; so freeing; so life-giving.
John Arnott, Catch the Fire Toronto & Partners In Harvest International

This is a wonderful combination of pastoral and practical insights into the power and effects of rejection in today’s society. Through storytelling and compelling biblical insights Steve offers a wealth of resources to transform the negative equity of rejection into opportunities to find healing and wholeness.
Rev Dr Russ Parker, 2Restore: Healing Wounded Churches, Farnham, UK

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Prophetic Library updated

A huge thank you goes to everyone who occasionally dips into this blog’s Prophecy Library.

I’m pleased to say it’s now up-to-date with most items posted since last December. They can be read quite easily as their dates appear in red at the foot of this very long ‘scroll’.

In view of the quantity, a brief copy of their text is not shown except for a couple of very strong words. Nevertheless, such a listing serves as an overview and full entries can be consulted by means of the linked title.

Ex-Muslim terrorist encounters Jesus Christ in prison

Set aside half-hour to listen to Afshin David’s very vivid, astonishing account of his life as a devout Iranian Shiite ‘soldier’ of Hezbollah who, whilst in prison, was going to kill a Christian ‘infidel’ but decided to do it by means of demonic power. However, he then got attacked by demonic darkness and pleading the names of his god or his ‘prophet’ failed utterly – yet calling upon the name of Jesus Christ saved him!

Warm to Afshin as he vividly tells about his consequential bewilderment and struggle to receive clarity and a true knowledge and relationship with the living God. His startling, powerful encounter with Jesus outshines my story of similar spiritual contrasts.

I’m grateful to Revd Gavin Ashenden for publishing this excellent material.  It is highly informative as a comparison of some essentials of Islamic culture and scripture with the holy Bible. (See also his Beware the Oppressive ‘Rainbow Wooden Horse‘.)

Now watch the first part of Afshin’s testimony:

Part 2:

We praise you Lord for your mercy and rejoice in our brother’s salvation.

Celebrate with me a life-changing night…

Twenty eight years ago this morning I awoke after an awesome, shattering dream. One so lucid that nearly 30 years later, it remains vividly etched within me. Come back with me (dream content in blue typeface, comments black).:

I am in my childhood home and standing in front of the large casement window in one corner of the lounge (opposite corner to the doorway). I look up into the inky, dark night sky outside.

A small flotilla of large, wingless aircraft drifts slowly across from left to right at high altitude and I groan, “Oh…not that flying saucer nonsense. I must be dreaming!”  I’m sceptical about the existence of UFO’s, but now another ‘fleet’ of some sort appears from the right and heads towards the first.

(The dream now changes gear by going up a level from the usual mix of mental material to that of absolutely convincing lucidity…)

The metaphorical ‘light goes on’!  In my ‘knower’, I realise the first fleet is demonic and the second is masses of angels under the command of Jesus Christ. (I did not believe in them, and regarded Jesus as one of many world teachers. Here, I see no individuals but inwardly know the situation.)

Excited, I think I’m about to watch an amazing heavenly battle…but…OH NO!  

Somehow, I now know Jesus has espied me far down below and is now flying down towards me!

All I see is a distant bright light very rapidly getting brighter and larger as it drops down to my location, just like an airliner approaching a runway to land at night. 

Instantly, I realise my life has been one of sin and that contrasts starkly against Jesus’ utter holiness. Right away I realise what’s claimed about the Judgement is true – but mine is about to happen right now!

Beyond any doubt whatsoever I suddenly realise my involvement in the occult was most definitely wrong. Consequently, I deserve the undesirable abode!

Groaning “My number’s up!” I inwardly tremble in fearful knowledge I’m about to die at any moment. An invisible trapdoor I’m standing on will drop me straight into hell.

Utmost mortal terror strikes!  I dive under the drop-leaf table by the wall to the left of the window so I can hide from Jesus. But he knows I’m there and swoops down straight through the wall on the other side of the corner window. He’s standing in the room and right beside the table!

Cowering below the table with my back turned towards him, I glance over my shoulder and see him from the knees down, his body and face out of sight above the table.

Most unexpectedly, somehow I have the courage to reach my hand out backwards to grab at the hem of Jesus’ robe…

As I tug at the hem this event goes into yet another level of revelation, one to do with my childhood…Then I awake! Thoroughly alert, further sleep eludes me!

As recounted in False ‘Gospel’ leads me to the devil’s door,  the previous evening I’d closed the door on all further discussions with a young church worker about Christianity because of his incorrect opinion of yoga, the new age and the occult, as based upon Billy Graham’s teaching!

That night’s dream reminds me of an evocative small picture that deeply impressed me as a child – the return of Jesus Christ:

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Later I understand that my terror had been ‘the fear of God’ brought through the Holy Spirit’s convicting me of my personal sinfulness (ie. wrongdoing) and, thus, preparing me to receive God’s grace (ie. undeserved favour).

Also, what happened after reaching for Jesus proves He’s closely acquainted with the private details of my thoughts as a very young boy.  The dream’s conclusion shows He’s going to topple my childish concepts of Him in preparation for their replacement with a certainty of His true identity.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love” (Psalm 111). Mercifully, He plucked me from the domain of darkness to bring me into His own and receive its blessings. I deserved none of that. Truly, Amazing Grace – how awesome and wonderful..!

As a result of the most remarkable dream I’d ever had, I carefully reconsidered all my New Age and occultic notions. Meditational and mystical exercises had resulted in my having some unusual, ‘psychic’ dreams, but none whatsoever like this one.

The only remotely similar dream was that of an ‘altered’ state of consciousness known as ‘nirvana’, or bliss, where I’d been taken behind its alluring golden light.  Ecstasy turned to abject terror as the light I was in got swept aside like a curtain. Exposed ‘on stage’ was a hideous, devouring beast of utter blackness about to approach me – far worse than any nightmare! (as in Searching for Truth leads me into captivity).

I wasn’t into drugs but was ignorant of the scripture ‘satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light‘ (2 Cor 11:14).  Upon learning about and reading that verse a few years later I realised its truth had been demonstrated to me when a non-Christian in that identity’s dramatic exposure!

But in this new dream terrifying fear had been overcome by Jesus Christ Himself and His wonderful mercy and love.

What happened next?  That’s told in Triple validation of the reality of my life-changing Visitation.  For an introductory overview to my full testimonial read “Am FREE!”.

On the 28th anniversary of my rescue (albeit not then fully believing or born-again) I rejoice in the Lord my Saviour upon entering a ‘new season’ of my life everlasting.

[Photo of Jesus in Clouds courtesy of Bible Probe.]

THANKS HALF-A-MILLION

A huge thank you to you personally and all other visitors and regular readers for making 500,000 ‘hits’ on my blog. Thank you especially to each one who’s contributed articles and/or comments over the past five or so years.

I trust my efforts have blessed you in some small way and pray the Lord be with and keep you and yours – and if you don’t yet know Him, that you may soon come into the never-ending journey of your own salvation and life everlasting.