‘Highlights from Daniel’ – Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s teaching weekend

“It never rains but it pours,” so the saying goes and you may like to note what’s on this weekend in the Farnham-Aldershot area, as announced below:

Dr Arnold Genekowitsch Fruchtenbaum is founder and director of Ariel Ministries, an organization which prioritizes evangelization of Jews in the effort to bring them to the view that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. He lectures and travels widely.

This event is one of several recent ‘God-incidents’ regarding this famous Old Testament book of prophecies. Maybe I’ll see you there?

For location and checking in event of cancellation visit the Fellowship’s website Yeshuaspeople.com

Earthquake on Israel’s 70th, Jeremiah’s and Daniel’s ’70’ – ‘Signs’ from God?

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” (Daniel 12:4 NKJV)

There’s this suspicion surfing around in my spirit that we’ve arrived at a time of destiny prophesied in the Holy Bible. So, let me share a smattering of ‘signs’ suggesting the Holy Spirit is working through some ‘Acts of God’ – acts that involve not only security services’ intelligence but also spiritual intelligence – plus geological AND geopolitical shaking!

I humbly submit a small ‘sign’ was a rejigging of what I was writing a week ago Thursday. I was drafting two blogs in parallel but their planned sequence of publication got switched. However, this enabled both to fit in with a few external events. Even without my realising all this at the time, this change would support my suspicion that 2018 is a crucial point on God’s 2,500-years timetable.

TIMING TRAIL

In mulling over events of a fortnight ago it seemed worthwhile to have a rethink on the book of Daniel, which necessitated revisiting previous posts to refresh my memory. Therefore, this one’s more personal than usual, for reasons which will become clear. In fact, early last week I’d collected the material and drafted some points but my priority was to finish and publish the post on geometry of Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1. Nevertheless, the timing was just right because I was directed to an exciting, fresh revelation on Time in Creation, but which would await another post.

What’s more, unknown to me this timing was being confirmed that very day by a vision Veronika West had just received from the Lord on, of all things, the synchronisation of earthly time with heaven’s time! (See GPS #15.)

However, had I not completed that promised but long-overdue follow-up post on scripture’s geometry, then I’d have been out-of-sync with the timing of what you’re reading here. Now a week has elapsed, I appreciate it had to await its coming weekend’s news on the hostile Israel-Iran situation and Monday’s disclosure by Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu of an intelligence coup: his possession of a vast trove of Iranian secret documents. He claims these are ‘conclusive proof’ Iran lied about its nuclear weapons programme.

The Institute for Science & International Security’s analysis of the photos in It Fits! Qom Site Layout reminds me of the many warnings about that programme; eg. Iran’s nuclear reactor at Bushehr becoming operational and missile test-launches in 2010 (see Update to Could This Weekend Change The World?), and in 2013 no signs of any slowdown in Iran’s readiness for making nuclear weapons (Replay of Munich 1938 Missed – Only Just!).

Therefore, you may appreciate my contemplating Iran’s schemes behind Obama’s ‘nuclear deal’ and possibility of its disrupting Israel’s independence anniversary. (Even as I write, John Kerry is seeking to salvage what he so assiduously crafted to subvert Israel’s security.) Recently, its regime pledged to ‘annihilate’ Israel in any war, presumably by a nuclear strike! My musing over God’s hand staying such action by opening up the ground beneath Iran’s nuclear facilities was soon validated.

Thus, the timing of my writing these two posts got tampered with, not only temporarily but also spiritually. SO let’s keep our antennae attuned to what’s being synchronised.

ISRAEL’S 70 YEARS

Thursday 19th April 2018 was a date destined and now written in human history. Let me briefly set the scene:

It was the 70th Independence Day of the modern state of Israel, and which is especially interesting in the light of observations by financial analyst Eric Hadik. In revisiting his work I wanted to introduce readers to his theory of April being a historically significant month, especially for the USA as well as Israel. His observations are that April 19th-20th onwards has a very high probability of being a critical date in warfare and terrorism. With that in mind he overlooked a fact hardly known outside Israel; that 19th April is when the Memorial Day for fallen Israeli soldiers rolls right into Independence Day. It is different to Israel’s official, internationally recognised birth on 14th May 1948.

Immediately before and after 19th April, hostilities in adjoining Syria took an increasingly dangerous turn with the distinct possibility of war breaking out between Israel and Iran. It was much more than bellicose ‘sabre-rattling’ for their swords were already drawn and cut-and-thrust about to get under way.

By ‘coincidence’ a geological ‘act of God’ took place on 19th April 2018 – the 5.5 magnitude earthquake in the vicinity of Iran’s nuclear power plant at Bushehr. As mentioned, I’d already mused on a ‘quake happening and blogged:

‘…we could reasonably consider this may be a direct warning to Iran that the same, or bigger, can so easily happen to its nuclear programme at any time! Moreover, its occurring on the year’s cyclically critical date of 19-20 April is surely no coincidence!

This strong earthquake on the 70th Anniversary of Israel’s Independence and hot in the heels of my blogging on historic dates and cycles, prompted me to consider biblical references to number 70; especially what’s known as ‘Daniel’s 70-Weeks‘, or more specifically 70 ‘sevens’ or years of weeks.

As well as the timing and location of that ‘quake, the significance of its close proximity to Iran’s nuclear power facility would make it of high geopolitical import within only a few days. On Monday 30th April, Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu publicly announced Mossad’s possession of those Iranian secret files.

JEREMIAH’S 70 YEARS

There was another and highly important 70-year period in Israel’s history. It was 2,500 years ago, when the leading governor in Babylon, the Jewish prophet Daniel, discovered it during his interceding for his people in captivity there. As he sought the Lord in the first year of king Darius on how long their exile would last (Dan 9:1-2), God showed him the prophecy of Jeremiah that it would last 70 years (Jer 29:10), and it would be extended to ‘seventy sevens‘, or 490 years (Dan:24-27).

DANIEL’S 70 ‘YEARS’

So, could the just-completed 70 years of modern Israel’s history as a free nation be of any relevance to that first 70 years of captivity? Moreover and maybe far more importantly, could it have any relevance or bearing upon the long-awaited final ‘week’ (or seven years) of Daniel’s 70 ‘years of weeks’??

Could the earthquake on Israel’s 70th Independence Day be of significance not to Iran alone, but to Israel too in showing that God is acting in its history and clearly pointing to the great importance of the Jeremiah 70 years and the Daniel 70 ‘years’???

Also, does what Veronika West heard, “The nations of the earth are being perfectly aligned with heaven’s time”, have anything to do with the periods prophesied by Jeremiah and Daniel? I believe it does.

We must consider this further…

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

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

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

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

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

MATHEMATICIANS’ MYSTERIES

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

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

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

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

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

JESUS POINTS TO MATHS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Consider this summary of his main points on Sign 8:

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

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

Triangular Numbers, courtesy Jonathan R Hill

ALEPH-TAV (ALPHA-OMEGA) HIDDEN WITHIN GENESIS 1:1

In Appendix I on the meaning of number 37 and its palindromic partner 73, Jonathan says both form the numerical value for the fundamental Hebrew word ‘wisdom’. He tells how this pair play a role in a multiplication, the result being the precise number of the Hebrew for the creation verse of Genesis 1:1. He goes on to relate this to 666 and a diagrammatic representation, which he interprets as meaning:

‘This transformation represents the dispensational truth that at the second coming of Christ, the dominant spiritual hierarchy of the world changes from 666, the number of the ‘beast’, to 12 – the governmental number of Israel. All this information including this powerful intervention of God is elegantly and visually encoded in the first verse of the Bible.’

That’s on page 202 and page 203 divulges this absolutely astounding mystery:

CONCLUSION

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

If you liked that, you’ll like this: Amazing Geometrical Symmetry of Gen 1:1 & John 1:1

Further Reading:

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

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

GONE FISHING!

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

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

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

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

This event would be replayed later but at a higher level when, once again, Simon will be caught by surprise! But before that, the four fishermen disciples were to become part of the twelve chosen as ‘Apostles’, who were given power and authority (Matt 10:2). And Simon was to have a personal revelation of Jesus’ real identity. He blurted out “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” to which Jesus responded, “Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Also, he was further blessed to see Jesus’ transfiguration and hear Father speak about His beloved Son and instruct Peter, James and John to heed Him (Matt 16 and Matt 17).

Yet this same Peter later earned a severe rebuke from Jesus because, in his devotion, he was shocked upon hearing Jesus speak of His destined execution and in dismay he spoke against God’s plans!  AND then, when that dreadful event transpired, poor Peter was distraught during Jesus’ trial to hear himself thrice deny his association with Him! Even so, he was again blessed when Jesus visited, instructed and commissioned the Twelve (minus Judas the betrayer) after His miraculous resurrection from the dead.

However, Peter must have considered his thrice-denial would cost him dearly in losing his standing with his Lord. Hence, a critical crisis of self-confidence for Peter.

So, why not go back to fishing – and far away from Jerusalem?  His ex-fisherman friend John records Simon Peter as having told him and five others – seven in total – he was going fishing – and they replied, “We’re going with you!” (John 21:2-3).  In fact, Peter was heading into his own resurrection: that of his own self-worth, identity and calling!

ACTION REPLAY

John continues: ‘They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children have you any food?” They answer Him, “No” and He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” So they cast, and were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish…

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‘Then as soon as they came to land they saw a fire of coals there and fish laid on it, and bread (Note:) Jesus said to them “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three, and although there were so many, the net was not broken.’

Believing readers will be very familiar with the wonderful reinstatement of Peter.  When John recognised who the man on the beach was he told Peter and, being determined to be back with Him, Peter donned his outer garment and dived fully clothed into the water and swam about 100 meters to shore.

This dear man, so like all of us as imperfect disciples, is asked thrice if he loves the Lord much more than his fellow disciples – that is, with ‘agape’ love: the unconditional, unconquerable, benevolent goodwill, as given by the Father and Jesus. Peter, rescinds and over-rights his previous thrice-denial to profess a less emphatic love (‘phileo’) that he knows he can give. In repeating His question at that lower level Jesus accepts but tests his profession further, thus giving him a threefold commission to be His under-shepherd.

[Note: ‘agape’, a word to which Christianity gave a new meaning, for outside the NT it rarely occurs in existing Greek manuscripts of the period. It means a love by choice and refers to will, rather than ‘phileo’, a brotherly love by chance and emotion – New Spirit-Filled Study Bible.]

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Read more deeply, if you’ve not already done so, about the significance of the specific size of this ‘resurrection’ catch in Joanne Rolston’s 153, Signs and Symbols.  In part 2 we will go deeper into them as we look into the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven… continue reading.

[Photos: ‘The Life of Christ’, Wintershall Players, copyright R Barker]

A Maundy Thursday Musing

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

Note: republished from 2016:

Reflections upon the events of Jesus’ betrayal and execution whilst we were on a Quiet Day’s ‘Appointment in Jerusalem’, added to my ongoing meditation upon His personal prayer made, not in the garden of Gethsemane, but earlier in the upper room at the close of their Passover meal (John 17). That ‘celebratory remembrance’ proved to be more than a ground-breaking event, it was truly a heaven-breaking-in pivotal time in human history in which Jesus offered up Himself as the Paschal Lamb not only for His first disciples, but also for everyone who would ever believe in Him – eg. you and me!

So my thoughts meandered around Jesus’ praying to Father that He’d “manifested Your Name” and for His disciples to see the glory He had with Father before the Beginning, as in my footnote to the prophetic word on Preparation for Enlargement.

The modern concept of ‘name’ fails to convey the depth of meaning and significance as understood in biblical times. I recalled Hebrew and Semitic studies scholar Dr Michael S Heiser’s (bio) referring at Exodus 23:20-23 to the Angel of the LORD as having what’s noted from Gideon’s encounter with Him (Judges 6:11-26); that is,

‘Yahweh’s “Name” in him…which gives a glimpse of the Hebrew Bible’s ‘Name Theology’ in which reference to “the Name” actually refers to Yahweh Himself…Thus, ‘Yahweh indicates He is in the Angel…yet in other passages, Yahweh and the Angel can be simultaneously – but separately – present [Old Testament Godhead Language].

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

So over silent lunch, my mind in ‘neutral’, an insight suddenly occurred and I noted it afterwards as an equation in my Bible’s rear fly-leaf.:

‘GOD’s NAME = HIS GLORY = EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM (KNOWN & UNKNOWN)’

Also, the last part is equivalent to:

‘NOT YET KNOWN  BUT BEING REVEALED IN AND ACROSS (ie. A +) TIME’

Now please note: in my mind I was going to write “in and throughout” but actually found myself writing “across”, which doesn’t make as much sense when considering the full continuity of time – BUT this change directly relates it to the Crucifixion.

From my earliest days of being ‘born again’ I’d heard about the Cross being pivotal in, and thus central to, human history. Now, however, I understood it’s existed throughout history from the very Beginning, and connected into the ‘mystery’ of ‘Fathers Own Objective’ that Apostle Paul revealed to the Ephesians, as noted in my intro to God’s Eternal Purpose.

I imagined the Cross’ horizontal beam s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g…r-i- g-h-t…a-c-r-o-s-s…t-i-m-e.

Next, I scribbled a cloud shape with arrows poking out of it to represent different epochs and wrote within its curvy outline, ‘Cloud of Unknowing’ (as in the title of the medieval book of Christian contemplative mysticism on the being and nature of God – see Wikipedia).

THEN right after jotting those notes and awaiting the first session after lunch, this famous Welsh hymn was played and I was transfixed by the chorus line,

“He can never be forgotten throughout heaven’s eternal days.”

Now, as I blog and search on Hebrew name theology I find a very informative article on ‘Ha Shem’ at Hebrew4Christians, to which is added this postscript:

‘The point of all this is to demonstrate that the “Name of the LORD” is none other than Yeshua (or Jesus). Yeshua = YHVH…The idea of “Name” means more that mere phonetics; it has to do with the deeds, acts, power, reputation and glory of God. Those who do not honor the Son do not honor the Father who sent Him (John 5:23). Denigrating Yeshua by even hinting that He is less than God Almighty is to desecrate the Name of God…’ (Divine Names Theology?)

The deep wisdom of that article is worthy of contemplative reflection. Yet it also speaks to me of another aspect of the Lord’s name relating directly to the Crucifixion, about which I mused this time last year and which is republished next.

What is the Last Trumpet? – THE ‘All Change!’ Signal

In 1 Cor. 15:52, Paul used a term “Last Trumpet” which is not found elsewhere in the Bible. Read this article to see what he likely meant by this term; and what he DIDN’T mean. DOES THE LAST TRUMPET = THE SEVENTH TRUMPET? If the timing of Matt. 24:31 is the greatest misunderstanding of nearly…

continue reading at What is the “Last Trumpet?” — The Gospel In The End Times .

There, Nelson Walters brings an in-depth appreciation to our ‘who, why, when and what’ of Watching and THE ‘All Change!’ signal, as in About Signs (items 12-13 refer).

Paws-4-thought: “This is My territory, and Mine alone,” says The Lion of Judah

[GPS #14 A fortnight ago this morning I was astonished at what was brought from the Lord during the ministry team’s prayers at Acorn Christian Healing Foundation – but my surprise stopped me taking note of its content! Therefore, I asked our friend ‘V.J.’ for the details and am grateful for her kind permission to publish this account:

‘During the time of praise, with one or two people bringing gentle thoughts of encouragement, I had an overwhelming sense that, spiritually, we were there to be about the Lord’s business in strength – and there was a real sense of frustration.

‘Then came a picture of a huge lion, which I felt was The Lion of Judah. The first impression was the huge head and tossing mane, with the mouth twisting. The lion then reared up and placed his two front huge paws onto a flat sloping rock. The words I sensed were,

“This is MY territory, and Mine alone. I have equipped you with everything you need to go and accomplish work for my Kingdom. Go out and do it, don’t delay!”

‘I sensed that it was powerful and there was a hint of admonishment involved; there was no sense of meekness about it. The Lord was also saying,

“I Am the Rock upon which you stand.”

‘Since subsequent events have unfolded, I have pondered it further and felt it could relate to those.

‘After the service the minister mentioned the picture to me, saying, “So the picture you had was Jesus saying, ‘Don’t mess with Me/My work’?”. I replied, “Yes, that’s more or less it.”

Footnote: As soon as ‘V.J.’ started describing The Lion of Judah and her impressions, I thought she may have read and been inspired by what I’d published less than two hours earlier; ie, its picture in particular. But not so!

That blog was on the Vision of Violent Spiritual Battle for Britain seen by Veronika West in which she hears, “Daughter of man, fear not, see, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.”  As the original has no accompanying illustration I’d dug into my library for a suitable image, as shown above. However, ‘V.J.’ was not aware of this until we discussed it this week!! 

Also, note how well this image matches her description of the placement of The Lion’s front paws!!  LOL – truly, a ‘Paws-4-Thought’ moment!

Therefore, what ‘V.J.’ brought is clearly a stand-alone word from the Lord, yet confirms what others are hearing on God’s Global Prophecy Signalling system. Also, it reinforces the scrolling words Nina saw at the start of Trooping The Colour 2016; ‘This is MY country!’

[With gratitude to the unknown creator of this splendid picture.]

Veronika West: yoke-breaking anointing coming upon the earth

Thank you to UK Prophetic Words for publishing this from Veronika West:

A YOKE-BREAKING ANOINTING IS BEING RELEASED IN THE HEAVENS AND IT IS COMING DOWN INTO THE EARTH IN THIS HOUR

I hear the Spirit say, “A YOKE-BREAKING ANOINTING IS BEING RELEASED IN THE HEAVENS AND IT IS COMING DOWN INTO THE EARTH IN THIS HOUR. TELL MY PEOPLE TO RECEIVE IT..!

While praying today, I saw tormenting and lying demons standing behind many trying to drag them down and pull them backwards, I could hear the sound of the demons voices as they screamed words of defeat and despair over the lives of many, and those who stopped to give ear to their lies quickly became weak, weary and began to wander off from the path of truth and light.

Listen! satan knows that there is an UNLOCKING OF A NEW AND GREATER LEVEL of Freedom, Breakthrough and Divine Revelation that is being released from heaven to the Sons and Daughters of God in this hour, the enemy is aware of the mighty signs, wonders and miracles that are about to be made fully manifest in the earth.

As we know, the greatest opposition and fiercest battles always come before the greatest release and VICTORY!!

Now as I continued to pray, I felt the heat and intensity of the spiritual warfare that is going on in the heavenly realms. I saw how the enemy is ruthlessly and relentlessly pursuing the Sons and Daughters of God that are aligned and rightly positioned on the front lines of battle.

As I stayed pressing into the Lord, the Spirit of God quickened to me His Word from Isaiah 10:27 which says, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.”

Today I Decree: There is a yoke-breaking anointing is being released from heaven to those that find themselves on the front lines of intense conflict and relentless battle. I Declare: you have been Called to be Fruitful on the Frontline, you have been Anointed to Advance and take New Ground, you have been empowered and equipped to Pursue, to Overtake, to Overcome and to RECOVER ALL that has been stolen from you in the last season.

NOW HAVING DONE ALL, STAND YOUR GROUND IN THIS HOUR; Do not Retreat but Run towards your adversary. FEAR NOT for you are fuelled by the Fires of the Holy Ghost and you are filled with the Spirit of Might and Power. YES! “For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire”.

Again I Decree, just as God has said, “This battle shall be with burning and fuel of fire”. I Declare, Let God ARISE on your behalf and let your enemies be scattered! In this hour, I see you overtake your overtakers in the MIGHTY name of Jesus!

I hear the Spirit say, “MY BELOVED FEAR NOT! For I am the Mighty Breaker that goes up before you to break through the gates of the enemy and to open up new doors and carve out new pathways for you, for just as I blessed you before so shall I bless you now. Watch! As My Spirit of Might and Power now leads and guides you forward into Great Victory, for you will walk in a new level of clarity, Understanding, Wisdom and Revelation in this hour. My Son, My Daughter, truly I tell you this is your turning point, a turning point towards the fulfillment of My purposes, My plans and My promises for you in this season,” says God.

“I tell you, I am not the author of chaos and confusion, but I am the author and finisher of your faith. Now As you Look into My face you will see through My eyes and you will become strengthened, steadfast, immovable and unshakable in your Faith, Hope and Expectation. My Beloved Stand, Be Still and know that I am your God, I will Never leave you nor forsake you, but I will deliver you, I will uphold you with My Righteous right hand, I will protect and preserve you from the onslaught and assault of the evil one that has come against you in this hour”..!

“Surely I am not a man that can lie, but I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, I will never leave you Helpless, Alone and Hopeless to stumble and fall in the darkness, For I am the Light and the Door that leads to Kingdom Destiny”, says God.

“Now gird your loins and strengthen yourself in MY VICTORY over the works of darkness, death and destruction. Even in this moment I am preparing you, propelling you and re-positioning you as mighty Warriors who will go forth to overthrow every throne of Witchcraft and Wickedness that has been established in the land. So Awake and Arise Oh Mighty Warriors and TAKE UP THE BANNER OF VICTORY, GO FORTH MY BRAVE HEARTS AND TAKE THE LAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN INTO YOUR HANDS. LOOK! I Have anointed you with the Breakers and Finishers Anointing, YOUR VICTORY is assured in this hour.”

Veronika West, 13th March 2018

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Lana Vawser: an onslaught of confusion against ‘Times and Seasons’ prophets

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AN ONSLAUGHT OF CONFUSION AGAINST THE “TIMES AND SEASONS” PROPHETS 

I released a word yesterday for the prophets about the lying spirit and witchcraft that is coming against many of these ones right now. The Lord spoke to me very specifically today and I felt an urgency to release this word.

I believe in the body of Christ we are moving into a deeper place of insight as God’s children to recognise the “times and seasons” we are in as the Church. I also believe that there are prophets that carry the anointing of the “sons of Issachar” (1 Chronicles 12:32) to call out the “times and the seasons” and to help guide and encourage the body of Christ in the seasons we are in and in the transition times.

The Lord spoke to me today and showed me an onslaught of confusion that is coming against these “times and seasons prophets” right now. The Lord showed me that the enemy is attempting to hinder these “times and seasons prophets” right now through confusion by lying to them about the “time and season” they are in personally.

The Lord showed me the onslaught of confusion is so strong against many of these prophets right now, because the Lord is bringing an INCREASE OF CLARITY and REVELATION to the “times and seasons” prophets to declare and prophesy into the body of Christ what God is doing right now, what is coming, what the strategy of heaven looks like and how to navigate through it.

So the enemy is attempting to bring confusion against these ones about their own “times and seasons” they are in, to bring about doubt, to silence them and to cause them to retreat.

I want to encourage you, to continue to stand in what the Lord has told you. Continue to hold onto the Word of God and what God has told you about your season. For this lying spirit is taking ‘part truths’ and ‘twisting it’ to steal your vision and steal the insight and foresight that the Lord is releasing to you.

There is such a significant increase of vision upon you for what God is doing to do, that the enemy is terrified and wanting to hinder that through this onslaught of confusion. As you continue to hold to the Word and the strategy of heaven for YOUR season, you will see the confusion begin to lift. Don’t let the decree of what God has “marked out” for your season leave your mouth. I heard the Holy Spirit say “DECLARE IT LOUD”. Declare it LOUDLY what He has said about your “time and season” and I saw as you declare angelic hosts are moving on God’s decree of your season through you and your declaration and moving forward to dismantle this attack against you.

I saw many struggling with this confusion so strongly that they were beginning to think they had missed it, they had got it wrong or heard God wrong. This is not God, it is the enemy attempting to rob your vision and steal your peace. The truth is, you are moving into a significant REVELATORY INCREASE.

Hold on prophets of God! This thing is going to break! It will not hold you back! It will not steal from you, but God will use it to raise your faith in what He has said, and catapult you further forward in heavenly vision, insight, foresight and revelation of what He is doing and going to do in the Church and in the earth.

Rejoice and be of good cheer! For you are being promoted! The enemy doesn’t like it, but your victory is already assured in Jesus and what He has spoken. Hold onto it! Watch and see as you prophesy and decree the insight of the “times and seasons” increase God is releasing to you, the signs and wonders confirmation on an unprecedented scale, that will follow His prophetic decrees through you.

Lana Vawser, 13th March 2018, Lana Vawser Ministries

Early morn’ musing on Jesus’ promise of our doing what He did

Not long after 6 o’clock a gate-shaped line of light started glowing around our bedroom curtains. Awake well before the alarm-clock had woken up I ‘said in my head’, “Morning Lord.”  Thursdays being a full-on blog-day, my mind’s usually ‘motoring’ away but, as I’d downloaded yesterday what had been cruising around my neural network since Sunday it seemed today’s going to be free-and-easy.  I could blog on something buried at the back of my mind since answering comments on the ministry of Rolland and Heidi Baker. And so I gave the day to the Lord… [LOL, several time-consuming tasks were to crop up!]

Lolling on my back and enjoying our cat’s furry back, I found my thoughts went back 50 or more years to a verse of scripture – one that’s the justification for my youthful disdain of churches and religious beliefs – not only of my encounters with inter-denominational  animosity, but also of believers failure to follow Jesus’ own life and instructions! (See my testimony.)

A scripture? One against church? Surely not, you say. The NIV version of the verse in question reads,

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing – he will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father…” (John 14:12-13)

I’d never heard of such things being done by Christians in 1950’s and 1960’s – surely my devout mother would have known and talked about them!

And so the Lord reminded me of the path I’d taken, from which He rescued me decades later and brought me into the Kingdom; and then shown me that a number of churches  were, in fact, turning to His Way of Working as a result of an immense outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He started by introducing believers globally to the reality and meaning of our heavenly Father’s love in 1994 and has since continued to do so. And so I recalled the various ministries arising from that momentous event and my encounters therein.

<<<A_L_A_R_M >>> Get up, make two cuppa tea and cereal, over which I read aloud the ‘reflection’ for today from one of our ministers. It comes as no  surprise to discover the Lord has already lodged in my head what He wants to show me.:

The opening words for ‘Day 68 – March 8th’ in David Strutt’s Sanctuary…Moments in His Presence read:

‘Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.  Whatever you ask in My name….’ !!!!!!!

I really couldn’t expect anything less; now could I?

David reminds us: Jesus often teaches us to ask and ask, to keep asking through the relationship we have with Him and His Father. In fact, before the above verse He divulges that They are in one another and later continues with in-depth instruction in that upper room on Their other partner, The Holy Spirit – and how to live and abide in The Three of Them.:

“Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him…If anyone loves me he will obey my teaching. my Father will love him and we will come and make our home in him.” (John 14: 21 & 23)

As David puts it: ‘He says that we are to abide in Him…The ultimate mutual abiding community!’  I recall 12th February’s evening prayer meeting where David read from the day’s devotional on Heidi’s facebook entitled Reckless Devotion, Day 43 – Humble.

I thought he’d said, “Wreck-less” because she often describes her encountering Jesus as His leaving her “wrecked” and “undone” by His love and presence. Hence, she’s often unable to stand and has to kneel, sit or lie down in conferences. ‘Practising the Presence’ leaves her in a non-intellectual mode of communication that may strike those who haven’t yet been baptised in the Holy Spirit as being rather silly.

It was, therefore, a very pleasant surprise to learn that, like our Vicar, David is familiar with the Bakers’ ministry.

After we’d been to Toronto, where I had an open vision of the effects of their ministry upon my first seeing Heidi 15 years ago, we found it very hard being in churches that were closed to the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, it was a terrific surprise upon visiting this Anglican church two years ago to get three confirmations, one from David, immediately upon our arrival of our being in the right place – and another one months later upon learning the Vicar has connections with Bath, Bethel and Toronto!

In the prayer meeting Dave told us about one of the worship sessions at last year’s New Wine event. The band was introducing new songs, which didn’t help the congregation get into normal worship. But then came time for the preacher: Heidi entered singing in tongues and the presence of the Holy Spirit fell in power!!

Like to know why and how that happens? Then listen to Heidi’s explanation of getting close to the Lord and knowing His mind:

“So it’s obedience and love; and low and slow – and it’s all together: it’s awesome!”

Footnote: for details of my open vision see A Third Great Awakening?  Rolland Baker told me Iris’ Director Surpresa Sithole saw the same at the start of his ministry; and it relates to reactions at highest levels of the Islamic world (see Not Many People Know).

Moving from the sword to the sceptre

Although addressed to churches across the ‘Pond’, this insight Wanda Alger received from the Lord directly complements not only what Veronika West brought this week, but also is pertinent to what I’m about to publish in connection with the word on castles and GPS #11 part 3. Therefore, the application of this teaching must be vitally important for now!

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I was in prayer recently concerning the battles at hand in this nation and how to effectively intercede when I heard in my spirit, “It is time to move from the SWORD to the SCEPTER.” As I continued to pray into this, I sensed the Lord calling intercessors to consider another strategy in dealing with the demonic forces coming against believers in this hour. I believe the prayer movement is transitioning from the position of being WARRIORS to a position of being RULERS.

A familiar weapon of our warfare has been the sword of the Lord, the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). However, the word of the Lord can be wielded not only with a sword in battle, but with a scepter from the throne. A scepter symbolizes a king’s judicial authority and is usually given as an inheritance, handed from father to son. We are shifting into a time…

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A short comparison of Billy Graham’s theology by Gavin Ashenden

Highly recommended weekend reading, Revd Dr Gavin’s studious analysis of the different theology of Billy’s ‘back-to-basics’ preaching and some clerics’ ‘pick-and-choose’ teaching…

The responses to the news of Billy Graham’s death have been varied, as one might have expected. They stretch from the kind: “Thank you Billy. For Everything. See you on the other side, Michael W.” To the septic, as in that of the Teen vogue columnist Lauren Duca: “The big news today […]

Continue reading at A study in the contrast between Political and Pneumatic Christianity in the light of the life and death of Billy Graham. — Gavin Ashenden.

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