Fulfilled Prophecies #39 & #40 – offence at Holy Spirit’s moving; from Mozambique to Mecca

The following word published as GPS#10 on 19 December 2017 is now republished because the situation it prophesies about has been repeated. Not only did that word  confirm a vision received the same day 120 miles away, but also it spoke into a debate  I’d been having in-depth over many days on a website purporting to cover prophecy!

In a Vision of Entrants to the Kingdom and Players in a Pigpen, Simon Braker of Leicester notes,

‘..It was at this point that I noticed there were other people in front of the door. Most of them ignored the Holy Spirit; others actually argued with Him when He directed them to a door to enter through. Still others were trying to climb up to the high doors but they would keep falling; each time they fell they became more and more bitter.

‘I then saw another group; they were shouting, ”You must only come through this door,” and not only did they try to force people through it, but they also tried to stop people going through the other doors the Holy Spirit was directing them to.

‘I could see that as a new door opened for a person it would sit upon the other open doors that person had, so each new door sat upon the others.

‘I then saw another group of people to the side of the door; they were all together rolling around in the mud in a pigpen. They were blind to their door for the mud covered their eyes; I could see many had been in the mud so long that they had begun to rot in the midst of it.

‘Upon the door I saw the words – THE REVELATION OF THE CHRIST AND HIS KINGDOM.’

That day in Kingston-upon-Thames, Brett Dewey writes in THOSE HOLDING ON TO OFFENCE WILL NOT ENTER INTO THE NEXT MOVE OF GOD’S SPIRIT:

‘During My time of fasting and praying in October (2017) I was given a dream. In my dream I was standing upon an old wall overlooking the ocean. I pointed out towards the ocean and began to prophesy:

“A WAVE IS COMING, A WAVE IS COMING!”

‘Next thing I could see, there was a huge wave which was rolling in from the back. The wave came in and went half way up the beach. An old lady was on the beach and the water came to her feet. Even though she had wellington boots on she didn’t like the water being on her feet and walked off the beach.

‘I was again on the wall and looked out to the sea and began to prophesy “A WAVE IS COMING, A WAVE IS COMING”. Straight away a huge wave came in from the back.

‘This time the wave came right up to the beach and completely covered it. There was, however, a divider between the waters and right over the back on the right hand side, some distance from the shore, were a small group of people playing in the surf and having fun on their surf boards, enjoying the wave.

‘I then looked and I was standing by a teal green fence and it was like I was holding onto a fence. A woman who was standing on an old wall a little higher than the fence started trying to prophesy to me, but when I looked into her eyes she was of another Spirit not the Holy Spirit – so I called fire on her and she disappeared out my dream.

‘I then heard the Spirit of God speak saying:

“Those that are holding on to offence will not be able to enter in to the next wave of My Spirit.”

‘Also the woman prophesying that wasn’t of God presented herself as a Prophet, but was a woman who was a Christian; in offence she had been prophesying out of a divination spirit – as those in offence open the door to function from that Spirit when allowing it in – WATCH FOR THIS!

‘I first took the dream personally as a warning for me not to enter into offence – but later while attending a connect group in our Church, I felt led to release it – shortly after for the next few weeks I had fun walking out this word as that Spirit of Offence came through different vessels trying to find access to my life and calling, but never prevailed.

‘November’s 2017 Fire conference on the Saturday – I again saw this Spirit of Offence. I began asking the Lord what this was and had I offended him in any way – I began repenting – The Lord said that there would be many who would be offended because of Him. I felt a peace and a witness that what He was going to do in the next wave of glory would be offensive to many – especially people that had no room for GOD’S sovereignty in their mindsets.

‘I was also was reminded about the old woman, whom I believe represented an old Church, in my dream above – perhaps one set in religion, or tradition passed down – she didn’t like what the Spirit did and didn’t want to be in the water, which depending on the colour, represents the Spirit. She was stuck in tradition and legalism and hadn’t grasped the concepts of GOD’S enormous grace and sovereignty.

‘I also believe the Lord encourages us not to be offended if other churches despise you or are offended, because you let God’s work be done and His Spirit manifest in all his Glory in the midst of your meetings. Hold fast to what is true. This is what the next wave will bring.

‘Also I want to include that recently after releasing a word in our Church – KingsGate, Kingston – about turning the page and not being stuck on a page in the book of our life – as God has started your story and there was more – turn the page and keep walking – after I went and laid down before the Lord as His Presence became more manifest, again I saw this Spirit of Offence come out of a dark place – this time it was pinging back and forward looking for a place to land on the Church – I felt this was a prayer point and also it was an assignment from the enemy to abort us from enjoying the next wave of God’s glory which he has planned to be released in our meetings at a very large proportion.

‘I should have bound it when I saw it, but I just waited to hear more from the Lord about it.

‘Last of all I will record the vision I saw in the December One Voice prayer meeting in our church. During worship I was focusing on the Lord and watching for His Spirit – I saw myself in what was the top floor of an office building. I was sitting in a chair looking up with my eyes closed but could see all that was in the room.

‘Suddenly the whole roof lifted up off the floor and there were just open heavens – I had the feeling the Lord was removing restrictions – possibly the restrictions of man – we have perhaps put limitations on God – He removed the roof: there was no limit now – all restrictions man-made or otherwise being removed in Jesus name…’

PERSONAL NOTES

In the original of this posting, I explain excitement in my spirit was not only because of  what’s cited above, but also and more especially because the last part of Brett’s vision (about being in an office and seeing the heaven opened) relates directly to the dream of September 2011 wherein I watch and declare, “They’re setting up The Kingdom!”

That dream’s content amazingly coincided with what happened at the Revival Alliance meeting in Westminster, as reported in ‘Father Let Your Kingdom Come’. That ‘God-incidence’ propelled me into blogging within weeks.

If you read that email, please note the direct connection between the dream and what Bill Johnson had prophetically mused about that date being retrospectively regarded as the day when, from a Kingdom viewpoint, things started changing in Britain.

Consequently, I regarded both visions on 14th December 2017 as confirming the stance I’d taken disputing claims against modern moves of the Holy Spirit. I blogged on it when telling how EIGHT ‘God-incidents’ Validate Three Visions, just like pieces of an invisible jigsaw puzzle!!

In view of that and earlier intrusions from self-appointed heresy hunters I inserted a clarification in ‘An Introduction to Prophecy’, which is now a separate reference page Beware – A Word of Warning.

Fulfillment #39

Therefore, having that revelation in connection with Bill Johnson – and his associates in the Revival Alliance – as well as having attended dozens of their meetings, I disagree wholly with Prophecy TodayUK’s opinion about other followers of our Lord Jesus Christ at Wembley Day of Prayer for the UK on 29th January – and in later articles on their site!

In fact, the next day a visitor here left five critical messages on posts about Heidi Baker drawing attention to and questioning her association with Bill. Presumably that person has never met those whom they criticise?

Having quoted Dr Clifford Hill many times, and had pleasant, satisfactory dealings with their managing editor, I’m most disappointed in Prophecy Today UK’s continued, deep criticism of other non-perfect leaders. (Yes, I know there could be many improvements in their operations.)

I cannot recollect, however, anything prophetic or of the Holy Spirit being brought by the Reverend Doctor other than sound biblical teaching and application for our days. So I have to question whether or not he has the gift of prophecy? He does not function in the office of prophet and I do hope all their denigration of what Holy Spirit has been and is doing (eg. claiming it’s demonic kundalini spirit – from which I was delivered years ago!)  hasn’t resulted in their committing the unforgivable sin!

According to the above word, those brethren are unwilling to recognise and will, therefore, be barred from entering into the next wave of Holy Spirit’s power and presence!

They’d be wise to avoid aiding and abetting the Accuser of the Brethren, thus giving succour to the enemy of our souls and hater of humanity.

Fulfillment #40

The first time I saw Heidi, the Lord gave me an open vision indicative of the anointing the Bakers carry. My email 8 years ago of Dutch Sheets speaking about A Third Great Awakening? recounts the details:

‘Dutch’s descriptions reminded me of a vision of holy fire sweeping up the eastern side of Africa from Mozambique (where Rolland and Heidi Baker have brought whole Muslim provinces to Jesus), up to Sudan and Egypt and then into the Arabian peninsula!  Even so, the one who would usurp God’s throne will no doubt get stirred up.  So we shall see…

‘[2012 Note: The vision came when I first saw Heidi addressing a conference in Toronto. Suddenly, it was as though I was in orbit over central Africa and saw tall flames leaping high into the atmosphere over the whole of Mozambique and which spread northwards. The Mediterranean coast sat on the curvature of the globe and I saw the flames go along it and across the Sinai peninsular (thus, into Arabia). Upon speaking to Rolland Baker a year or so later, he told me the vision is like that which their director Supresa Sithole had for Iris Ministries (in his early days with them).]

Therefore, we could say recent visits by evangelical leaders to Egypt, Jordan and the Middle-East, as well as President Trump’s personal envoys to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are taking that fire into those Muslim nations. Not to forget on 14th anniversary of 9/11 a lightning bolt struck a highly significant building Mecca! (Read all about it in Kingdom-related Events Since Lightning Strike on Mecca’s Grand Mosque.)

Personally and most importantly, I cannot forget the night Toronto’s John Arnott didn’t deliver his prepared message because, “I think the Lord wants to heal tonight!”  Within minutes my dear wife, officially registered as ‘permanently disabled’, was fully enabled to leave her wheelchair behind -and got rid of other apparatus!!!  (Testimony here)

Selah…

PS. Yet another God-incidence – and whilst writing!  It’s very encouraging because I’d intended blogging on what I had over the weekend on Ireland and EU. But after having noted a friend’s brief comment on Wembley prayer day and then receiving an unhappy email from a Facebook contact, I was simply going to copy GPS#10 – but then found myself carried away!

NOW, this may be hard to believe, but it’s true, as God and my wife are my witness..:

In finishing writing above, I took a phone call for Nina as she was chatting to our friend in the lounge. ‘R’ wanted to ask my opinion on a disturbing book she’s got, but Nina didn’t want to interrupt me as it’s my full blogging day before starting our long weekend.

So she asked ‘R’ to phone later and talk about its author: ‘Clifford Hill’ – not knowing he’s the very subject I’m writing about !!

Thus I’ve got a clear, God-incidental confirmation now’s the time to blog about him.

Further Reading:

Triple synchronisation of ‘jigsaw pieces’ on Time!

A week ago today three ‘invisible jigsaw’ pieces fell into place and left me in awestruck wonder. So, allow me to ‘blow your mind’ – or rather to open it up your spiritual senses!
1st Puzzle Piece

Last Monday lunch-time I had opportunity to open up a book Nina recommended a few months ago, and in which she’d left many coloured tabs.

I’d long been wanting to get back into that book dear ol’ Mahesh Chavda had given me when he was in Shoreham, East Sussex, maybe 10 years ago. So a half-hour opportunity over lunch, after taking Nina to an appointment, enabled me to dip into it.

I managed most of the first chapter of Watch Of The Lord (published 1999) but of several significant points in ‘The Birth of the Watch’, I was especially struck by his wife Bonnie’s description of a vision of the Lord:

‘Suddenly, the Lord came as though from behind and stuck His right arm…in front of my face. I was staring at His hand, wrist and forearm as though it was the arm of a man before my eyes…There was a place around His wrist in the distinct shape of a wristwatch, where the skin had not been darkened by the sun. Obviously, He usually wore His watch there and had done so habitually for a long time. But the watch itself was missing. He said, “My watch is being repaired” His tone was not casual – it was crucial!’

You can read all about this by enlarging the following photos of pages 11 & 12:

2nd Puzzle Piece

I returned home and was able to continue working on the 2,000th post, telling about an actual public library and a dream about its symbolical disappearance and replacement by the ‘cyber-library’ on this website. In fact, I was completing the list of ‘sections’ and ‘shelves’ with the extensive library that had been compiled on my ‘Watch’.

However, I noticed a notification of a posting by Tony Puccio over in Tucson, Arizona, had arrived whilst I was away. It reads as follows and you’ll note its exceptionally appropriate title (click title for direct link)
A GOLD WATCH

When I think of a gold watch I think of a pocket watch given to a retiree. Or a fancy wrist watch, i.e., a Rolex. In the dream I had last night I was given a gold wrist watch. I remember that there were people who tried to steal it from me and then there were others who wanted to buy it from me.

The following scripture was dropped into my heart following the dream.

Eph 5:15 — Eph 5:16 (NKJV Strong’s)
Walk in Wisdom
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Time is a precious commodity that one cannot control and that which is given to is a gift from God. In the dream I mentioned people trying rather forcefully, I might add, to steal the watch from me. These represent people and things, I believe that either steal your attention, I call people like this energy drainers. The watch represented time which they may or may not know is a priceless commodity.Things represent those “things” that can dominate our time and the hours fly by. example, I remember when the internet first came out I would spend hours mindlessly searching it. The watch in my dream was on my wrist where it was both visible to me and others. It was not in my pocket where it would get an occasional glance at most. A portion of time is given to every individual and were are commended as Christians to redeem, make the most of every opportunity, the time because the days are evil.

I had a similar dream 8 years ago that I am reposting below (continue reading here)
3rd Puzzle Piece

Later, in the Monday evening I noticed the following notification arrived in connection with a comment made practically three months earlier to a blog that used the same title I’d got and been listing at the close of the post on my cyber-library in the Time:A Primer section – The Nature of Time:

Click/tap to read Patrick’s posting The Nature of Time

SO we have the arrival of THREE items synchronised within 8 hours of one another that are all connected in one way or another to time, telling time and the passage of time.

Don’t you think the Lord is deliberately pointing out something important’s happening or about to take place?

SELAH!

[Image credit: Puzzle In Sky by Idea Go, courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net]

2,000th post – a great big thank you to all my readers

Only after publishing the previous post did I notice it’s listed on my admin screen of published posts as number ‘1,999’!

Therefore, I want to mark the occasion of this 2,000th post and thank the Lord for prompting me to serve this way 10 years ago, and for providing ‘God-incidental’ material now and then, as well as to thank my dear Nina for her long sacrifice of my daytime absences in our study.

Also and just as importantly, thank you my reader for dropping by and deciding to stay and read, and maybe becoming a regular follower to these postings or else dipping in whenever convenient.  If it’s your FIRST TIME here, you’re especially welcome too!

A huge thank you goes especially to several contributors and many commentators who live here, overseas and in the antipodes.

Background

For those unfamiliar with this site’s beginnings ten years ago, I started emailing friends and church leaders about end-times because I’d been stunned upon opening my Bible and hearing,“This is all about to be fulfilled!” – as recounted here. Later, in the course of 60-odd emails I kept being inwardly urged to go public. After ‘coincidentally’ dreaming  “They’re setting up the Kingdom!”, I launched this blog on 21.11.2011.

Originally I’d thought of naming the blog ‘Invisible Jigsaw’ but couldn’t find a suitable image. Naturally, my email recipients were familiar with scripture and so I didn’t go to town quoting verses they’d already know. But on venturing into the general public it was important to refer to the importance of watching out for fulfillment of Biblically prophetic events. Hence, the emphasis upon ‘watching’.

‘Born to Blog’ Librarian

My first activity last Thursday was to reply to a regular commentator’s reaction to recent posts in asking about the scriptural basis to making decrees and declarations.  I thought a quick answer may lie at hand and replied jokingly by donning my ‘Chief Librarian’ hat and directing him towards the appropriate section of this site’s reference library. (If you, too, are interested in the referred details then visit this new page.)

Now, my inadvertent joke awoke childhood memories and I recalled what I’d blogged two years ago about them and their destined outcome many decades later. In fact, at last October’s ‘Heaven Is My Throne and Earth My Footstool’ conference in Matlock, I was mightily blessed to receive confirmation – even numerical (UK Circuit Prophecy #1 for 2018-19 refers) – of some events in my pre-Christian life as being ‘pre-destined’ – even sanctified by the Lord’s grace! – as significant in my personal destiny.

Even now in writing about this, whilst following a netflix drama series featuring a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman, both events in tandem plug directly into a short story I wrote (and sketched) which my class-teacher commended before the headmistress of my primary school. (Inspired by the motto “The Mounty always gets his man”, my hero received a medal from the young Queen Elizabeth for his bravery.)

Edgeley Library, Stockport, by ‘Jonny Q’ (Google Maps)

Some years ago I dreamed of returning to the streets surrounding that school and its adjacent public park in Edgeley, Stockport.  I found myself taking a flight from the park to the nearby football stadium, from there to the high-street and then heading towards my childhood home just over half a mile away. En-route was the front of the tree-lined Alexandra Park with its small but popular public library, which I loved to explore after school.

Edgeley Library, Stockport, by Andy Savage (Google Maps)

The amusing part of the dream was my flying about 20 foot above ground and looking straight at upstairs windows on houses – rather like visiting remotely by Google Maps but close to ground-level.  So, I was just above any traffic…but then I was horrified on spotting what should have been the public library – it wasn’t there! It was demolished…

Instead, I saw an immense, deep rectangular hole in the ground extending beyond what was the building’s boundaries and into where large tress should have been. Even so, it is fascinating because although demolished and excavated out, there’s a freshly-laid concrete raft awaiting new foundations. What’s more, I see many trucks and a team of builders there to erect a brand-new, much larger library!

I wondered what that dream means. It shows a spiritual dimension and replacement of the old intellectual self with its associated false psychic interests, by that of being born-again into sonship with the Living Lord through His Son Jesus Christ and led by Holy Spirit. Moreover, this only happened through His rescuing me and then shattering the shackles of enslavement to satan.  Free indeed – hallelujah!

The original library still exists but my dream is personal and doesn’t express only a psychological and spiritual dimension, but fore-tells the creation of a vast cyber-library that anyone can visit without touching the ground, as though flying invisibly via internet!

So why not fly in and visit my Library, ie. Richard’s Watch website, by clicking/tapping on the above image? (NB, this doesn’t open a new window.)

Alternatively, if you prefer going into a new window then jump into > > next post…

2,000th post cont’d – this website’s cyber-library

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Eagle-eyed by John Mark Long: courtesy http://www.propheticartists.com

Continuing from my startling dream of rebuilding the public library of my childhood:

Visitors to Richard’s Watch are warmly invited to wander around its online library of over 80 sections of static pages beyond the ‘foyer’, or home page with sequence of 2,000 posts, latest on top with older post occasionally featured here too, like newspapers and periodicals displayed in a public library. Continue reading

All-consuming Fire of God and the Wheat & Tares (GPS #28.3)

And so the Global Prophecy Signals continue with this triple cluster…

In yesterday’s God-incidental re-blogging of Love Not The World (a dream of churches and people being swallowed up) my fellow blogger R.J Dawson noted its similarity to his post of three years ago in Real Christianity – The Great Awakening and thought my readers would appreciate its content. Well I certainly do…so thank you very much RJ.

Having time only for a quick glance I decided to read it when back at my desk for today’s full blogging day. Rather than re-blog, it’s now copied below for ease of reading – preceded by a couple of other pieces of this ‘invisible jigsaw’.

And exactly as happened 2 x 12 days ago (see New Year’s Day reflective trilogy) , our morning reading from Sanctuary – Moments In His Presence based on Moses at the ‘burning’ bush and hearing from the Lord God, this topic was reinforced by subsequent material – and thus once more confirming the validity of each message.

Next, when at my desk and opening up email’s in-tray here’s what I found from Glasgow Prophetic Centre:

Lionbites: CHANGED BY ALL-CONSUMING FIRE

God has heard your desire to be a ‘world changer’. This is His desire for you too, but you must allow Him to change you first. And He says to you, “I came to set the world on fire by igniting your heart with my all-consuming fire.

“Will you meet with me and allow me to consume all of you? Don’t keep any part of yourself from me. Let my love come in and burn up the things that have held you back. Don’t hide or try cover up these things, but surrender them to me and allow me to burn you with my love. Let me ignite your heart with a passion that burns for me. For this world truly needs fiery ones who know the purity and passion of my love. Go and burn for me, and as you do, you will truly be one who changes your community, your nation, and your world.”

Luke 12:49 (TPT) – I have come to set the earth on fire. And how I long for every heart to be already ablaze with this fiery passion for God!

Hebrews 12:28-29 (TPT) – Since we are receiving our rights to an unshakeable kingdom we should be extremely thankful and offer God the purest worship that delights his heart as we lay down our lives in absolute surrender, filled with awe. For our God is a holy, devouring fire!

Last, but not least, with kind permission here’s R.J’s splendid offering:

PURIFICATION BY FIRE – Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

 “His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” [Matthew 3:12]

The grain kernel of wheat is composed of two parts: The inner part that we eat and the inedible outer hull. The inedible part must be separated from the edible part. There are two ways to remove the outer hull: Threshing and Winnowing.

THRESHING

Threshing was used on grains in which the hull was attached tightly to the grain kernel. In the days of our Lord, such covered grains were either soaked in water, or were lightly milled or even pounded upon to loosen the hull in order to remove it. The latter processes often damaged the edible grain.

WINNOWING

However, when dealing with grains in which the hull was relatively loose and light, little or no threshing was required. A winnowing fork was used instead to cast the grain into the air allowing the wind to separate the inedible hulls from the edible grain kernels. The light, papery hulls would float or fly away in the wind while the edible grain fell to the ground to be collected. These light separated inedible hulls are called chaff, a word derived from Middle English.

In both of these methods the unfit for consumption outer hull had to be removed from the grain kernel. Once removed the hull residue (chaff) was burned.

Keep in mind what the Lord Jesus had to go through as the new seed of all creation. He was baptized by John as our example though it was personally unnecessary. And though He had no hard outer hull He underwent the extreme process of hull removal on our behalf.

Both John the Immerser and the Lord Jesus used the rich imagery of hull removal in their preaching as illustrative of the process of salvation. The otherwise soft, warm, and loving human heart, characterized perfectly by the happy innocent hearts of young children, becomes hardened by a life of sin and rebellion against God. In time a hard outer shell forms over the human heart and creates an entirely different human nature from the original.

HEART CIRCUMCISION

This requires what the Lord refers to as heart circumcision:

“So circumcise your heart, and stiffen your neck no longer.” [Deuteronomy 10:16]

“Circumcise yourselves to the LORD and remove the foreskins of your heart, men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, or else My wrath will go forth like fire and burn with none to quench it, because of the evil of your deeds.” [Jeremiah 4:4]

Since human will and free choice must be involved in the process of salvation, the outer hulls of our hearts can only be removed by voluntarily submitting to the process of spiritual threshing or winnowing. For those with very hard hulls the process will be more difficult. For those with lighter papery hulls removal will be less difficult. But in either case, since all have sinned regardless of degree, ALL hearts MUST be circumcised or salvation is not possible. EVERYONE MUST undergo a new birth.

We can see by the very clear illustration of heart circumcision (circle cut) that salvation and new birth (being born again) is actually a reverting back or returning to one’s original created condition. Though real Christians will still have to battle their old nature in this world after undergoing a new birth and receiving real salvation, the new nature takes over and regains authority over the old sin nature.

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! [2Corinthians 5:17 NRSV]

He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. [John 1:11-13]

“You must be born again.” [John 3:7]

 Submitting to heart circumcision is not an easy choice but obviously the best choice anyone could ever possibly make. If we have a hard outer shell on our heart, it is not so fun to subject ourselves to light milling or necessary pounding to remove it. It is also not so fun to be thrown up in the air with a winnowing fork so our old nature can become dust in the wind.

Keep in mind that John the Immerser was sent to soak the nation of Israel in water to loosen its national hull and thereby gain a softening of its national heart prior to the Lord’s ministry. The goal was threefold:

  1. Making the national heart receptive to the Lord
  2. Gaining national repentance—a wholesale turning away from sin and rebellion against God—and
  3. Undergoing a national heart circumcision.

The nation of Israel would thus be divided based on its response to John’s ministry and later the Lord’s. The first camp would include all those who honored John’s and the Lord’s ministry and complied. The second camp would be composed of all those who did not.

The Lord referred to the first camp as being composed of sheep, wheat, and good trees with good fruit—“the blessed of My Father”.

He referred to the second camp as made up of goats, chaff, tares, and bad trees with bad fruit—“accursed ones”.

For all those who refuse the great opportunity of salvation and being included in those returning to the Lord’s original sinless creation, however, something must be done with them.

If it was grain kernels with very hard and stuck fast outer hulls that refused the proper treatment toward removal, such grain would be no good for anything and would certainly not be edible. But even if it was grain with light papery hulls, if winnowing was refused it also would remain inedible.

The only thing to be done with such bad grain that still contained an otherwise edible kernel was throw it in the pile of the inedible chaff that was removed from the good grain.

This is what John meant when he said the following:

“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” [Matthew 3:12]

In order for the Lord to continue the process of new creation, the following verses illustrate more examples of allegorical entities which must be eliminated through the ultimate means of purification—Fire:

“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” [Matthew 3:10]

“The tares are gathered up and burned with fire.” [Matthew 13:40]

“The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire.” [Matthew 13:41-42]

“The angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, and will throw them into the furnace of fire.” [Matthew 13:49-50]

“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones (goats), into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels…” [Matthew 25:41]

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.” [John 15:5-6][1]

© 2016 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved  [1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

[Digital Globe with Hand by Watcharakun, Puzzle In Sky by Idea Go and Puzzle Globe and Book by Thanunkorn, all courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net]

Join others taking a stand against anti-Christian government body

SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER

Voice for Justice UK is a Christian organisation working to highlight issues of concern to Christians in the United Kingdom. News of their latest stand came in the email copied below, and all links quoted therein are available at the foot of this post. CEO of Voice for Justice UK Lynda Rose reports (emphases mine):

“Commissioners of a new government commissioned group, whose task is to study extremism and report back to the Government, hold Christophobic and hostile views that will alarm Christians throughout the country. Bible-believing Christians who are pro-life and pro-traditional marriage are seen as “menacing”, even bracketed alongside terrorist groups like ISIS and the Taliban, while being part of “less progressive religious communities…

“We have members of a Commission with very divisive and dangerous views about Bible-believing Christians. If you are pro-life or pro-traditional marriage, you are effectively seen as backward and not properly integrated into British society. This Commission is meant to study what extremism is, and, in due course, advise the Government on new policies that deals with extremism. This includes the need for new powers. But given how three of its Commissioners see Christians, including the Lead Commissioner, we can expect the Commission’s findings to promote Christophobia.”

She adds: “Christian freedoms are already under serious threat and the influence of these Commissioners is likely to further smear all law-abiding Christians in the UK. Peddling hostility for Christian beliefs that are integral to Christian teaching is a recipe for disaster. These Commissioners must resign immediately.”

So I hope it won’t offend any reader but, if you too are outraged about such anti-Christ bias in the selection of the Counter Extremism Commissioners, please consider signing Voice for Justice’s petition and share this direct or via links shown below with those who share our concern. Please read and act upon the VfJ UK’s email:

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A new year, a fresh start – a reflective trilogy

Three brief messages may encourage my readers personally, and assist reflection upon your spiritual journey, or your consideration of embarking upon one.:

A long year of increasing difficulties has disappeared and we’re blessed to face a fresh start with their elimination. It was mightily encouraging, therefore, on New Year’s morn’ and our returning to the beginning of daily meditations in Sanctuary by David Strutt, to read his following insight (tap/drag to enlarge):

Next, this by Russ Parker was particularly poignant because I’ve revisited the account of my own journey or pilgrimage – even when I was far away from God – as you will read soon. It opens up the first portion ‘Pilgrim Aspirations’ of Jan-April 2019 issue of Bible Reflections For Older People (publ by Bible Reading Fellowship). Note reference to ‘new journeys’.:

Third, this ‘daily dose’ from David & Emma Stark’s team at Glasgow Prophetic Centre; note, we’re back to one of this blog’s on-going topics, that of Time:

Lionbites: I CREATE THE DAYS

As you enter this new year it may be hard to see that it truly is new and you may even feel trapped in the yester-days and the yester-years. Your calendar feels backwards, with future dates already filled and re-filled with diary entries from the past.Yet the Lord says over you,

“I am the God who creates the days. I am He who exists with Time. I do not give you days without purpose nor do I give you time without fruit. Give Me your minutes and I will add years to you, give Me your seconds and I will multiply them with fruit. You are My child and I will cause you to prosper; you are My gift and I will cause you to bless and to be blessed. I created you by design, lifting you out of obscurity into abundance and now you have the path of plenty for I Am the Light of Life.”

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

7 years ago today: Death or Destiny? – choose wisely!

Death, or ‘destiny’, it was my choice – but I didn’t know, and I’d chosen wrongly!

Thankfully, I was given the chance to choose again – yet once again flunked it!  How?  A young man who happened to share my birthday pointed out the facts.  Yet I decided, quite deliberately, to ignore them and thus made the wrong choice.

Then another, very much older man, came like a thief in the night. He showed me how those incorrect decisions bear consequences affecting my own post-mortem existence!  Twenty two years later, that event remains vividly etched within me.

Maybe this sounds rather far-fetched or fictional, or like Dickens’ A Christmas Carol where ghosts confront Ebenezer Scrooge?

However, please make no mistake. What I’m relating has nothing to do with ideas or beliefs, faith or feelings, supposition or superstition. Rather, it has everything to do with plain, simple facts.

The eventual outcome of our own life – even one’s post-mortem existence – is a matter of fact. And it’s our choice.

Allow me to share a true story, starting with the first visitor…

7 years ago today: Welcome – (now) Thank you

On the 7th anniversary of the launch of this blog on 21st November 2011, let’s look at what the very first visitors found:

WELCOME

‘Hello, I’m Richard Barker.

‘Welcome to my musings about what’s going on in the world and I trust this blog may help you gain some insights. Indeed, what on earth is going to happen next?

‘You may find some of my ideas challenging, even outlandish! For instance, come on an imaginary trip in a ‘time machine’ and, later, receive unusual instructions on how to tell the time!

‘Some pertinent points from my past appear in my Bio Info, where you’ll learn about a seminal work that was to serve as a fascinating foundation for anyone’s appreciation of Bible prophecy

‘Reading The Invisible Hand in the mid-1980s opened me up to a new dimension to events in the Middle East indicative of things not being as they seem. I was amazed to learn they’re of major Biblical significance! Bemused, therefore, I began to watch…:

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My chains fall off…freed at last from satan!

Months after that night of destiny in 1989 I trashed my occult and New Age books, but  I still had a few items very significant to membership in those occult brotherhoods. Very soon, however, troubles brewed up within my relationships. And they got worse, and worse. So I asked for prayer help and I 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 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 all the evil connected with and arising from my 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, you may like to read the brief note at the foot of this page of lyrics from Scripture and Music.

Click image to hear 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)

[For overview of full testimonial see “I’m FREE!”]

Jesus leads me to those with similar testimony as mine

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.]

On top of needing to test Christians’ claims of hearing God direct and for which I got astounding personal evidence of that regarding false teachers and their falsehoods, I wanted to know lots more about Jesus.

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

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Jesus opens my Bible to answer my ‘newbie’ questions!

TO GOD ALONE BE THE GLORY

My testimony to the Lord’s saving grace as told in the recent posts, was among the first postings on this blog in December 2011 and entitled Death or Destiny? Choose Wisely. I was reticent to go into any depth about my bondage to satan but, in view of today’s widespread ignorance, I told the full story in 7 installments for the event’s anniversary in 2013 (No 7 and My Journey Into Freedom). Over discussions here and on another blog last year someone thought my brief references to Islam indicated my ignorance of it and of deism in particular. So, for the record I augmented the account with necessary detail. Now for newer readers’ information, we continue with the final three parts and a NEW question 3 inserted below:

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