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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ha Shem

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

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

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

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

HOLY FATHER-SON UNION REVEALED & THE CRUCIFIXION FORETOLD

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

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

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

BEHOLD – A NAIL – BEHOLD – A HAND 

AND THIS ‘WORD’ SHOWS TWO PERSONS!

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

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

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Veronika West: Psalm 2 – two visions of international shaking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BE PREPARED – DON’T TURN HIM AWAY!!

Chris Bennett 10th April 2017

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

Simon Braker: A new season and restoration of the Apostolic Church

The Church has Entered into a New Season and Fulfilment of the Vision of the Restoration of the Apostolic Church

In the year 2000 the Lord took me into a vision:

I saw a group of men and women building a structure out of wood; it looked about the size and shape of a football pitch and what was being built looked like a greenhouse without the glass.

Periodically the people would all gather in the middle to cry out to God for him to come but there was no answer.

This resulted in them getting more wood to be added to the structure, but still when they called on God there was no answer.

I then began to hear a sound coming from a large crowd of people; as they got closer I could hear that they were shouting, ‘there is a new season!’

As they shouted this they smashed through the structure the others were building. Some of the builders began to fight with the new crowd; others just sank to the floor in despair.

Another group grabbed some of the old structure and started to try to rebuild it in another location.

Then one last group got up and joined the new group.

I then was taken into a second vision:

I saw a hand with its thumb missing, suddenly the thumb was added and I heard the Lord say When the thumb is restored the function of the other fingers and hand is redefined and restored.”

I understood the two visions were one vision as they both reflected the promise of the restoration of the Apostolic church.

Over the last few weeks I have found the Lord reminding me of this vision and had the sense that we have entered into the fulfilment of the vision in these days.

The vision is more than simply the restoration of the role of apostle to the church; it is the restoration of the full fivefold ministry and the raising up of a church of mobilised saints, who know their call and have broken free from the four walls of temple based religion and shifted into a mission focused movement.

Simon Braker, School of the Spirit, Leicester 6th April 2017

RB Notes:
  • Upon hearing teaching a few years after the Millennium on Jesus’ Ascension gifts for leaders’ five-fold ministry, I likened them immediately to the under-shepherd’s hand being properly able to grasp his crook in order to lead the Lord’s flock.
  • Republished with the kind permission of UK Prophetic Words.

Meeting Egyptian President el-Sisi, the man who wants to “rebrand” Egypt.

Important insights from Joel Rosenberg so be sure to link into his fuller background report covering Obama and the MB. Noteworthy that initials of the enemy of civilisation are this leader’s surname in reverse!

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(Central Israel) — This morning, The Jerusalem Post published a new column of mine. In it, I describe my recent meeting with the leader of Egypt and three distinct impressions of him that I walked away with. Below, you’ll find a few excerpts, and a link to the full column on the Post website.

I ask all Christians around the world to continue praying for the Christians of Egypt as they mourn those killed and comfort those wounded and traumatized in two savage suicide bombings there on Palm Sunday. Please also continue praying for the leaders of Egypt as they battle the radicals and work to improve security — and the economy — for Christians and all their citizens.

As I noted yesterday, these attacks were not isolated incidents. Rather, “they are the latest salvos in a dangerous new ISIS offensive to destabilize Egypt, and they underscore the urgency of close Egyptian security cooperation with both the U.S. and Israel to neutralize this jihadist threat.”…

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Beware of falsehood and deception in prophets and teachers

This prophetic warning and reminder from John Wunderlich is apposite in view of a non-Christian visitor’s querying the office and gifts of prophecy, and contributing concepts from secular and religious sources. (This resulted in a mixed message; so readers’ attention is drawn to the short Prophecy Protocol atop the home page).:

Prophetic Warning: Beware of False Prophets and Deceiving Teachers

This is what the LORD says: “Stop right where you are at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’ (Jeremiah 6:16)

“The old way is the best way,” says the Lord God, the Mighty Omniscient one. “Stay on the right path, the tried and tested way! It was good enough for Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It was good enough for Samuel, David, Isaiah, My Son Jesus the Messiah and Paul and Peter and John and all the great Church fathers till this present time. So, why is it not good enough for many of my dear children now?”

Many are saying, ‘ah but this is a new way!’ The old way has had its moment, but not anymore!’ – The Lord says to you,

“My son Jesus, after many thousands of years of time, still followed the old way the tried, tested and proven way. Yes of course He avoided the excesses of the law and the add-ons’, however the old way of “the faith walk” worked for my Son, so why is it not good enough for some of you my dear children? If the doctrines of the Apostles were built on the foundation of Christ my Son and have stood the test of time; then why do some of you remove the doctrines of the Apostles and the creeds of my chosen Church fathers and now you add to the foundation of my Son, teachings that tickle folks ears and make them feel all cotton candy safe and sweet?

“This is not acceptable my dear little ones. The teachings I gave you are sufficient! Let me remind you of “MY WORD!” I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. Revelation 22!

“My dear children, I want you to follow my old, tried and tested ways. Walk in them and I will direct your paths! If you are walking a new/different way then let me ask you “WHO IS LEADING YOU?” and “WHO IS THEREFORE LEADING YOU ASTRAY?”

“My little ones, many changes are on the horizon. Even now you perceive them don’t you? This will be increasingly more obvious as we move through this year my children and so, watch, beware and pray. Stand in the armour of my promises. Make your stand, draw the line then stand some more!!

“Beware of the ‘false prophets’ and ‘deceiver teachers’. They will say, ”Follow us. This is a new way. Jesus accepts you with all your sins and faults! There’s no need to repent. Jesus forgave you on the cross so you’re covered! You don’t have to keep pestering Jesus day in and day out! God is everyone’s Father (so they say)! No you don’t have to be born again! That’s silly. God created us in the beginning, so He is still everyone’s Father! And no, of course He’s not going to pour out unbearable wrath on humans and no, no one is going to hell except the devil and demons. God is a loving God and He wants us to enjoy the diversity of life and enjoy every possible feeling and sensation!”

“And so my dear ones, do you see what you are up against!? Yes of course we win! That’s a given my little ones, but it’s not the winning that matters for me, it’s all the ones I will lose that tears my heart in two! And so, my wonderful army of intercessors and prophets, this is what you are praying into and against. DECEPTION! It started in the garden of Eden (and succeeded), it continued in the garden of Gethsemane (and failed) and it will continue until I have had the devil and his followers cast into the flaming pit and my heavenly garden is restored once more on the earth.

“There is a blending beginning my little ones. A blending of so called ‘faiths!’ The hot passion of my Church and the stone cold religion of so-called faiths which are of your adversary the devil! My children, do you know what happens when you blend and merge hot and cold together? Yes you get lukewarm water and all you want to do with it is to spit it out of your mouth! Yes you have read that somewhere haven’t you? It is in my word! It is the Church at Laodicea! A mixture of faiths and worldly materialism. The two merged produce lukewarm, and lukewarm is of no use to anyone except to be spat out of the mouth.

“So my little ones (but BIG in HEART and FAITH), go, pray against this ‘merging of faiths!’ Snatch my wayward ones out of the fire and into life. Go, pray, intercede and prophesy the promises of my word into your world. Be brave be very bold and strong. And DO NOT forget to take the whole armor of my promises daily, YOU WILL NEED IT. GO IN LOVE.”

John Wunderlich 3rd April 2017

[Published with the kind permission of UK Prophetic Words]

The vital prerequisites of Christianity 101

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

Real Christianity

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

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IN THE BEGINNING

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

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

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You – HAVE – Kingdom Authority

Timely in view of what I’m preparing…

Shining a light in the darkness

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

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

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

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

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

Keyword: thought

The point is…

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Triple validation of reality of the life-changing visitation

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 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 instalments 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.

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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.

To find out what happened after the encounter read Rescued from Satan by the Lord of Hosts.

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

Further reading:

On a trapdoor into Hell – Jesus swoops to the rescue!

A HEAVENLY VISITOR  

That night’s second visitor was far more challenging – this time it is life or death!

In a most unusual dream that night I go back in time. A dream so lucid that nearly 30 years later, it remains vividly etched within me. So it must be exceptionally significant.  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 ‘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)

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 coming down directly 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 that contrasts starkly against Jesus’ own 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 hiding 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, the event goes into yet another level of revelation regarding my childhood…Then I awake! Thoroughly alert, further sleep eludes me!

The dream reminds me of an evocative small picture that 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 in 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 little boy.  The dream’s conclusion shows he is going to topple my childish concepts of him and replace them with a sure knowledge 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 rolled away like a cloth to reveal a hideous, devouring beast of utter blackness approaching me – far worse than any nightmare!  I wasn’t into drugs and didn’t know anything about the scriptural truth that ‘satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light‘ (2 Cor 11:14) – a truth that had been demonstrated to me!

But in this new dream fear had been overcome by Jesus himself and his wonderful mercy and love.

INCREDIBLE TIMING OF FRESH CONFIRMATION 

[Written October 2013] Later we will consider how that dream-vision was validated as being real. But for now I want to draw your attention to a remarkable revelatory word given two days before I’m due to give a brief account of my journey into freedom at a breakfast.

Before having that dream I don’t think I’d heard of Jesus being in charge of angels for I was completely unfamiliar with the Bible. In later years I’d learn that the pre-incarnate Christ appeared to Joshua outside Jericho as ‘Commander of the LORD’s army’, (‘Chief of the host of Yahweh’ in original Hebrew at Joshua 5:14-15).

And, in countless sessions of solid Biblical instruction received since then I don’t recall hearing anything in-depth on Jesus’ role as the captain of the angelic hosts. That is, until last Sunday!

The timing of this fresh confirmation was the second of three clear references on three successive days to the content of a brief outline of my testimony, which had already been prepared for delivery on the 4th day!

Revd John Kilpatrick changed his sermon to bring a word the Lord had given him in the early hours of Saturday at 2hrs 22. We were listening live as part of the regular online congregation and the timing impacted my spirit because 22 is not only the date of my birthday but also and particularly because there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. (I’ve previously had occasion to note the personal relevance of two in 2.12.2012.)

Far more importantly in this word, the Lord of Hosts draws attention to the angelic hosts and their present and imminent activity.  It reminded me of the above visitation – AND it is notable that John focused upon the same scripture that’s precisely relevant to my dream, as will be explained in forthcoming installments of my journey.

For now, however, this mighty revelatory word deserves due, reverent consideration and reflection before proceeding further. If you wish to read it then click here.

[Bible quotations are by courtesy of BibleGateway.com – thank you for this facility.]

False ‘gospel’ lured me to the devil’s door

It wasn’t a normal, vertical door but a trapdoor – and it was about to be sprung with yours truly standing on it!

In terror, moments beforehand I’d thought “My number’s up!” because I was suddenly at the end of my life AND shocked to realise hell’s below – AND, I’d be heading there – even though I used to think hell didn’t exist!  I was wrong – oh so badly wrong!!

Being anti-Christian had been a serious mistake – but it was now far too late!  Yet I’m now able to tell this true story; it is told purely for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

How did I get there? you may ask. And, how on earth did I get out of it?

SEARCHING FOR ‘TRUTH’ BUT HEADING FOR DEVIL’S DOOR!

First, we need to go back in time to the evening of 13th September 1989. As a result of conflict in childhood (as here) between school and church I thought the Truth must be out there somewhere. So I decided to investigate and search for it myself, as told here.

First port of call was the supernatural and possibility of an afterlife. Having a scientific bent I looked for consistent, reliable reports of post-mortem contacts with deceased persons. Accounts by those who’d almost died seemed more authentic and consistent than claims by mediums of contacting the dead.

Then came yoga and eastern religions, and years before the Beatles introduced the British public to Transcendental Meditation into Britain, I studied and accepted esoteric spiritual doctrines and practices, eg reincarnation and karma. At 21 years of age, after learning about the Western esoteric tradition, I joined a brotherhood supposedly descended from ancient Egypt through a chain of historic personages such as Da Vinci, Bacon, Wren and Newton all of whom, it was claimed, added to and transmitted that ancient wisdom which had been held ‘sacred’ by 12-13th Century ‘heretical’ Cathars of southern France, and later the Knights Templar. (Later freemasonry merely skimmed the surface of that arcane, initiatory knowledge.)

What made it especially attractive from my standpoint were references to secret doctrines of Jesus, who was claimed to have been one of the perfected ‘masters’! This teaching was supposed to have been akin to that of Christian Gnosticism and Jewish Kabbalah. My historical interests devoured the rise of the early Church, medieval alchemy and the start of scientific method in the early 17th Century, as well as literature and secret codes then in use in England and German Brunswick-Luneberg and Palatinate of the Rhine.

Consequently, I was well placed and connected to know modern authors’ claims about a romantic connection between Jesus and his disciple, Mary Magdalene, were untrue. Such stories and their dramatic conspiracy claims make fascinating fiction. (My source confided that it was a publishing ploy to attract sales!)

So I embraced Eastern and Western occultism plus concepts known as deism, and thus appreciated the distinct difference between Islam and Judaeo-Christian belief. Many years later I read its Book and studied its early history.

I thought all religions are equal and, therefore, many paths to a supreme being – one not identical to the anthropomorphic deity of the Abrahamic religions. In those days I preferred the notion of a ‘cosmic mind’ with which we can attune and attain ‘cosmic consciousness’ and perfection through many incarnations.

Thus, two decades of occultic study and exercises had made me disdainful of churches and Christian clergy and laity. They were all so very behind the times – even archaic! In my intellectual and spiritual pride I thought their preaching just couldn’t compare with the more profound philosophy found within ‘New Age’ movements.

AN EARTHLY VISITOR

Sometime in July/August 1989, a young man named Peter knocked at the front door with an invitation to hear the world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham at Earls Court in London. We could be taken in a coach trip from outside our house west of Reading. How much? Nada, entirely free!

Naturally, I rejected the offer outright but my almost-teenage son piped up he’d like to go because a classmate had told him about it. So I said I’d take him.

As can be gathered from the story of my journey thus far into spiritual captivity, personal experiences had made me very wary of churchgoers. Never did I suspect my own well-being hung on the moment of that request.

Can you imagine my bewilderment, therefore, upon sitting ‘up in the gods’ in the Earls Court auditorium and finding myself agreeing with what Billy Graham said as he spoke from the rostrum?  I was flummoxed! Utterly bewildered! Who’s thinking that? Can that be me? Never!… Really?

As a follow-up, those who’d been on that trip were invited to an informal meeting at a local ‘free’ church. The leader explained similar chats could be held at our own homes, should we so wish. I agreed to be on-hand for my son, but I was definitely NOT interested. A youth worker, Peter, was assigned to help him but, in practice, he ended up discussing the material with me.

The evening of Wednesday 13th September 1989, is Peter’s third visit to discuss Billy Graham’s follow-up material entitled Life. I have not yet divulged to him my firmly held and entrenched opinions – but this time he goes too far!

WHAT WENT WRONG?

This session is entitled, ‘Yoga, Eastern Religions and The Occult’ – all of which I’d been involved in since before Peter had been born!

Peter shows a diagram of two cliff-like objects facing one another. One represents heaven and the other, earth, with a large, deep gap separating them from one another. Over this Peter then places an overlay depicting a large plus sign over the gap and the ends of its horizontal arms touch each ‘cliff’, thereby bridging heaven and earth. He explains that the cross of Christ is the bridge between both realms.

He then says the only way to God is through Jesus Christ. This statement implies my ideas are incorrect. Without giving the game away I gently question him on this. But he insists not many paths lead to the same, supreme God – there’s only one way to one almighty God and it’s through his Son Jesus Christ.

What’s to be done with a young man half my age who unwittingly points out the error of my ways?

I’m thinking, “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. How can he, who’s not done anything I know far, far more about…just how can he tell me it’s wrong?  He’s wasting my time!” Peter’s ideas are not only mistaken but also intolerant. Before the end of the evening I’ve had enough!

So I bring our discussion to an early close, politely bid him farewell and excuse myself from any future meeting. Peter is most gracious about it – as ever, he smiles politely and goes on his way.

Little did I know that I may not survive that night!    

That night’s second visitor was far more challenging – this time it’s life or death – MINE!

The account will be published overnight – when else?….

Note: Originally written 25 years ago as ‘More Than A Dream’, this was posted as one of my first blogs. Then, it elaborated upon my life as a committed non-Christian but is now expanded to refute a recent visitor’s rebuking me not to say things “on a subject (Islam) for which you don’t have sufficient knowledge”!!

Mark Davidson’s best guess End-Time timeline

Many thanks for this very useful summary and how well timed in view of one of my readers’ comments on vision of heavenly council meeting on UK. For a summary of Mark’s theories read Four Signposts of the Books of Daniel and The Apocalypse.

THE FOUR SIGNPOSTS

Many have asked for a chart to put together the main events of the end times from the Signpost perspective. Timelines can be dangerous because they can be followed too closely and relied upon too much.

But I also realize the utility of timelines and how with one picture they can relate events to one another. I also started to notice some real dates as I dug in a little deeper which were very close to the opening and closing dates of the Jewish seven-year cycles. Also, it looks like big events usually don’t happen on the cycle start/finish, but a cycle can have a theme. Like for the First Signpost, the five cycles thus far are: conquest, conquest, WMD/bow, making the lion stand, continuing to watch the lion.

Each of the remaining Signposts being assigned to their own cycle was just a guess; however, the Bible itself gives us…

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