Today’s Lion Bites: a re-visitation of fire

World In Fire by Danilo Rizzuti“I am revisiting you with My fire and My power.

“I am calling you to come into a deeper and fuller encounter with Me and with who I am.

“Move towards Me now as I call to you, to meet you where I am in this new season. Come and meet with Me.

“For there is a place, I have prepared for you of fullness that will satisfy the longing you have. Come and behold Me as I hold you. Come and receive of My power and My fire in these days. For there is much to receive and much to outwork but first receive of My fresh-fire and My power.”

There is a new baptism of fire coming to the church and God is inviting us to pursue it and chase after Him in a new way. We are to position ourselves for the fullness of the fire and the fullness of His power in these days. So choose to position yourself and choose to press in for this fullness for these are the days of a new outpouring of God’s Baptism of fire.

Matthew 3:11
“I baptise you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Tongues of Fire; Acts 2-3

[Published with permission of Glasgow Prophetic Centre. Illustration ‘World In Fire’ by Danilo Rizzuti is reproduced by courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net and ‘Tongues of Fire’ photo credit to Iris Global.]

God’s GPS#3 con’td – Prophetic promises of fresh revelation – Part 2

The second email issued in the early hours comes through Lana Vawser in Queensland, and which reiterates a word for 2017 and thereby strongly emphases the Lord’s call:

DON’T FORESAKE THE SECRET PLACE!

LanaVawserI keep hearing the words over and over “Don’t forsake the secret place”. It has been weighing SO HEAVY on my heart lately. There has been such a stirring in my heart that the Lord is releasing a greater invitation to His people to COME DEEPER and COME HIGHER!!!

I had an encounter with Jesus many months ago and He spoke to me about a season of radical acceleration, breakthrough momentum and increase. The MANIFESTATION OF LIFE was springing up ALL AROUND!!!

When Jesus spoke to me about this season we are in and moving further into and how exciting it will be. It will be the “FINALLY SEASON”. The season that we have been waiting for. Where we begin to see the first fruits of breakthrough, we begin to see the explosion of Ephesians 3:20 in our lives, and we begin to see the increased momentum of the move of the Holy Spirit amongst the body of Christ bringing the GREATEST AWAKENING that we have EVER seen. The AWAKENING so glorious, it will spill out into the nations, and we will begin to see a great divine turning, returning and restoration within nations.

In this encounter, Jesus grabbed my hands and with such love in His eyes, He said to me “But don’t lose Me in the breakthrough”. In this encounter I began to weep and weep as I felt the weight of the warning, the weight of the invitation to come deeper and the absolute pure truth and reality that He is so jealous for His people. His heart is always longing and crying out for deeper intimacy with His people. His heart so full of love for His people, so longing to dine with His people and share His heart.

This encounter burnt so deeply in me the heart of the Lord for His people to KNOW HIM and I have carried the fear of the Lord concerning this season of acceleration and breakthrough, crying out for wisdom on how to steward this season of breakthrough, increase, acceleration and extension. I believe that as we are entering deeper into this season that is SO GLORIOUS, the Lord out of His love, continues to warn us, to call us deeper, to remind us to remain in the secret place and draw us back when we wander.

Jesus is teaching us right now how to STEWARD THIS SEASON WITH PURITY AND INTEGRITY and it all flows from THE SECRET PLACE.

DON’T DESPISE THE ‘FRUSTRATION’, REST AND LET HIM TAKE CARE OF THE REST

There is a FRUSTRATION that many are feeling in this season. Things are not happening fast enough, or there’s another delay, or things aren’t opening in the way that has been expected, but I want to encourage you to REST and let Him take care of the REST. I have said many times in this season that He is going to lead you to something better than you could ever imagine or expect, but there is a deeper level of surrender to His WAYS and TIMING in this season that is required. Don’t rush your process, continue to delight in Him. Make MEETING WITH HIM DAILY with NO AGENDA your greatest priority and the LIFE and ABUNDANCE that shall flow from that place will leave you in AWE. The frustration many of you are feeling, the Lord is using, to draw you closer to Him, because He wants to release greater revelations of who He is, His beauty and His love. He hasn’t forgotten your dreams and the promises He has given you, He’s working deep on your foundations to keep you anchored in Him.

DON’T LOSE THE KEY AND YOUR KEYS – WORSHIP

In this season of acceleration, where there is a temptation to forsake the secret place, not from ill intention, but getting carried away in the breakthrough and joy of the season, even becoming distracted by manifestations of breakthrough, favour and increase – WORSHIP must be a priority every day. Worship will keep you covered, worship will keep your eyes on Him, worship will keep you aligned, yielded and sensitive to Him.

I had a vision as many were getting carried away in this whirlwind season of acceleration beginning to come up against situations that seemed “locked” and they didn’t know the “way through” or how to “unlock” breakthrough in prayer through intercessory strategies. They were running around in a frenzy and they were panicked saying “Where are my keys? I can’t find my keys, where have my keys gone?

“It was then that I saw Jesus standing before them and with a smile on His face He spoke,

“I AM THE KEY! In Me are ALL KEYS of STRATEGY, WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE. DON’T LOSE THE KEY AND YOUR KEYS – WORSHIP!!!”

Last year the Lord was emphasising strongly this is the season of the FIRST LOVE, a great returning, and this year, I believe He is emphasising it EVEN MORE, because of the mighty acceleration, breakthrough and increase we are beginning to see.

DON’T FALL ASLEEP AND BACK INTO COMPLACENCY

“Don’t fall asleep and back into complacency. I want a BRIDE THAT BURNS!!!! To COUNTERACT the SLUMBER – WORSHIP and do not forsake the secret place! Be INTENTIONAL to WORSHIP!!!! WORSHIP WILL KEEP YOU AWAKE!!!!”

“In the secret place right now, you are going to encounter My fire and the power of My Spirit as you worship, that is going to set you alight! It’s going to take you into realms of intimacy with Me that will see your heart and soul filled with the greatest, deepest peace and joy you have ever known. It’s not the time to ‘sit back and relax’ as the pressure lifts. It’s the time to press even deeper still into knowing Me. It’s the time to worship like you have never worshipped before. It’s the time to dance with Me and catch My gaze as I look lovingly towards you and let Me lead you. Let Me guide you. Forsake all other things that are pulling at you, and focus on Me. Trust Me, for I am taking you to places that you have never imagined or dreamed. This is the year where I am causing you to THRIVE and ARRIVE but all life and increase and long-lasting fruit will flow from the secret place.”

ALLOW ME TO PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR GREATEST DAYS UPON THIS EARTH

“It will be EVIDENT in this season who has been in the secret place and who hasn’t.”

“I am highlighting the lamps! I am highlighting the lamps! Look at your lamps! How are your lamps? Are your lamps full? Or are your lamps empty? Do not be found “not ready”. You must be found ready!!!! Come deeper, come deeper My people. Come to Me, not in fear, come to Me in delight, to know Me for who I am. I am working for your good, I am working in your heart, soul and life to set you up for longevity. For what I am doing and about to do in the earth, My people must be rooted and anchored in Me and know the secret place like never before. There must be a new level of sensitivity to see where I am going and what I am doing, and you will only increase in sensitivity as you press into Me and allow Me to teach you and mould you. Your greatest days are upon you, and My heart of love for you, My heart as a good Father is yearning, for you to yield and come deeper in the secret place and allow Me to prepare you for your greatest days upon this earth.”

SATURATE YOURSELVES IN THE WORD

“There’s a call being released from My heart right now to saturate yourselves in the Word like never before. Feast upon it day and night. Surround yourself with it daily. There’s a temptation to ‘snack’ here and there upon the Word in this season as things as this acceleration increases, but it’s in this place, you need to slow down and FEAST AND CHEW on the Word. It’s CRUCIAL My people are in a place of MEDITATION upon My Word in this season of ELEVATION AND ACCELERATION.”

God’s GPS#3: Prophetic promises of fresh revelation – Part 1

Puzzle in sky - Idea go[GPS = Global Prophecy Signals] Here’s the first of two emails found sitting together in my in-tray (time-stamped within 1/4 hour of each other at about 3:30am) – from opposite sides of the world on a related theme. As noted below, this published by UK Prophetic Words relates to recent posts. (Click title for link):

I am Pouring Out Revelation

I am pouring out My spirit in the night watches. I am showing forth revelation in the dark hours. For this is a time of multiplication. I have much to speak to you and much I would have you know. There is so much information to give you that I have to input into your very spirit what I’m going to be doing this year.

There will be a transition from what you have been told is prophetic to what is prophetic. The old ways are going to melt away and you are going to see revelation come from the most unexpected places. You will see it spring forth out of dry ground and out of rocks and crevices. The lowly places shall be exalted and those who have sat in obscurity shall come forth with such wisdom, you will be astounded. Do not limit those you have not heard of, for I do not limit them. I am pouring out revelation to those who will hear. I am pouring out revelation to those who will stay awake for My word. I am pouring out revelation to My sons and daughters who have a hunger and a thirst above all other things.

Vida Caplin 14 Jan’17

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This word accurately describes the blessing that inspired me whilst digging into Jesus’ role in Creation. Eg., after publishing the continuation without properly mulling over its draft I awoke in the night to realise my mistake in having given the impression that Jesus spoke in Greek, not  Aramaic, as is well-known!

In referring to the Greek text I argued ‘a clear allusion to the future and processes/action (‘yet’)’ implies ‘a deliberate, strong use by the Lord Jesus Himself of a distinction between time and space.’  Yet in the night, it occurred that could well be untrue as Aramaic may not convey the subtle nuances shown in Greek. Also, the authors could have taken it upon themselves to use those different terms for ‘world’.

So I asked, “What’s the answer?” to that conundrum.  I was quickly reminded Jesus’ early disciples lived under the Holy Spirit’s anointing – and there’s a verse of scripture where Jesus promises that He’d remind them of everything He’d taught them. Thank you Lord!

Hence, the Postscript with its extra, revelatory insight.

[Puzzle in Sky by Idea Go, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net]

Lion Bites: Isaiah 43:18-19 – implode or explode!

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19)

Today’s Lion Bite appropriately follows Tim Sheet’s (brother of Dutch Sheets) comment in his How to Live in the Kingdom Age, “I have been very encouraged because there is one thing that seems to be coming up and that is that we are stepping into a NEW ERA.”

IMPLODE OR EXPLODE

Lion-Bites-logo-2012We in a time where the ‘new’ has becoming a ‘bigger new’ than we could ever have imagined in days past. So many things are changing in the world: politically, financially, medical advances and so on. Particularly in the church things are changing – some even are disappearing and others are emerging.

I heard the Lord ask, “Implosion or explosion – where is your life today?”

  • Implode means ‘to burst, or cause to burst, inwards’
  • Explode means ‘to expand suddenly with a loud noise owing to a release of internal energy’

Are there things in your life which are imploding – producing no fruit and coming to an end? These are the ‘former things’. Seek the Holy Spirit and ask what the ‘new things’ are which He is waiting to explode into your life: new blessings, new relationships and new opportunities.

[Republished with the kind permission of Glasgow Prophetic Centre]

The Kingdom Age

Puzzle by Jannoon028, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net

Puzzle by Jannoon028, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net

This 4th ‘jigsaw piece’ to the previous post is an example of a ‘God-incident’ along the lines of 2 Chron 16:9 (the Lord’s eyes ranging across the earth to strengthen the redeemed). After drafting it I realised it needed to be in two parts with the intro’ becoming a post-script review. Mulling it over with the Lord I wished for a suitable piece on the Kingdom as follow-on and, ‘Lo and Behold!’, one was on hand first thing that morning. It was in a link on an email alert of a fellow blogger’s comment upon my post of Holy Spirit falling in Congress! Wow!! Thank you Lord.

Heaven Culture

How to Live in the Kingdom Age

There is much more to life! I’ve been listening to things and reading things recently. I have been very encouraged because there is one thing that seems to be coming up and that is that we are stepping into a NEW ERA. We are on a new timeline. We need to be ready for the changes that are coming in the near future on this earth. We have been living too long in a world where all we live by is what we see. We are now in a new spiritual age! I am excited! This age is called the kingdom age!!! Here are some common themes to help you step into this era…because it will happen whether or not we want it to because God has a plan.

  1. Let go of your life and give it to God

God has a plan. He has…

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Veronika West: 2017’s supernatural season continued (2)

YES AGAIN! I’m still talking about the Season of Supernatural Suddenlies, Sharp Turns, Divine Shakings and Great and Unexpected Shiftings that is COMING TO THE EARTH in 2017 (previous posts refer – RB).

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I PROPHESY A NEW KINGDOM REALITY IS NOW BEING BIRTHED IN THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH, WATCH! A NEW THING IS NOW SPRINGING FORTH, DO YOU SEE….??!!!!

THIS IS THE WORD GOD gave me a week ago as I sat praying and listening to what was on His heart for the year ahead 2017. While talking with the Father I SAW HIS SPIRIT MOVING QUICKLY, SUDDENLY, UNEXPECTEDLY AND WITHOUT WARNING UPON THE LAND, THE SEAS, THE AIR AND THE PEOPLE OF THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH.

I saw many being SUDDENLY caught up by the Spirit of God and finding themselves STRATEGICALLY SHIFTED, REPOSITIONED AND REDIRECTED. I SAW DOORS BEING SHUT AND NEW DOORS SUDDENLY BEING OPENED, NEW DOORS THAT WILL LEAD MANY BY A NEW WAY INTO A NEW DAY, AND MANY WILL SAY IN 2017, “GOD’S MERCY MADE A WAY WHERE THERE SEEMED NO WAY, TRULY, SURELY A NEW KINGDOM REALITY HAS NOW BROKEN FORTH UPON MY NATION”….!

NOW TODAY WHILE IN WORSHIP I SAW GOD STAND UP FROM HIS THRONE AND HE TOOK TWO STEPS FORWARD. I PROPHESY 2017 WILL BE A YEAR OF UNPRECEDENTED VISITATIONS, UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTERS AND POWERFUL MANIFESTATIONS, I SEE THE AUTHORITY AND POWER OF HEAVEN BEGIN TO MOVE UPON THE EARTH WITH EVEN GREATER ACCELERATION AND MOMENTUM, THERE IS A DIVINE QUICKENING THAT IS TAKING PLACE IN THE MIDST OF THE NATIONS.

THEN I HEARD THESE WORDS,

“WATCH! FOR A GLORY INVASION, A LOVE REVOLUTION AND MIRACULOUS MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S QUICKENING GRACE AND MERCY IS NOW TAKING PLACE UPON THE EARTH”!

AS I HEARD THESE WORDS I SAW IN THE SPIRIT REALM THE ATMOSPHERE OF HEAVEN INVADING THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE EARTH, AND AS THE TWO SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS CAME TOGETHER SUDDENLY THE EARTHLY REALM OF DARKNESS SHIFTED AND LIFTED AND A DIVINE EXCHANGE TOOK PLACE. I SAW A GREAT LIGHT BREAKING FORTH UPON THE NATIONS DISPELLING ALL DARKNESS AND A GLORIOUS ILLUMINATION OF A RAINBOW COVERED THE WHOLE EARTH, THEN I WATCHED AS THE HEART OF THE NATIONS WERE IGNITED WITH THE FIRES OF HEAVEN AND A GREAT AWAKENING CAME UPON THE BODY OF CHRIST.

Today I prophesy we are seeing, hearing and experiencing a supernatural shaking and divine Shifting in the Heavens and in the Earth. The Spirit of Might and Power is Now shaking, shaking and shifting the inhabitants of the Earth. The reforming and Transforming Power of God’s Word is going forth to realign and rearrange the boundaries of the Earth with a New Kingdom reality!!

LOOK! SEE there is a mighty Army that is Now MOVING and advancing upon the earth, there is a divine deployment in the camp of the Lord, THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD ARE NOW TAKING NEW GROUND AND OCCUPYING NEW TERRITORY.

The Season of Great Change and Divine Transition is NOW upon us.

“LISTEN! Do you HEAR The Sound OF many trumpets and THE deep sound of the Shofar”? ITS TIME TO BREAK CAMP AND MOVE FROM THIS PLACE OF BONDAGE AND STALE BREAD, the Land OF PROMISE, PURPOSE AND MANIFEST POWER IS BEFORE US.

I hear the Spirit say,

“WARRIORS RISE UP AND TAKE YOUR PLACE ON THE FRONT-LINE OF BATTLE, FEAR NOT FOR THE GIANTS STAND POWERLESS IN THE PRESENCE OF THE KING, SEE, I HAVE PUT VICTORY IN YOUR MOUTH, NOW open your mouths and I will fill it, speak forth My Word and it will go forth to pierce and penetrate the heart of darkness in the land. WATCH! As the AUTHORITY and the transforming Power of My Word goes forth to move and make way, for the Rivers of My Glory will now Break forth upon the Nations. My BELOVED COME UP HIGHER, YES! Let us Go up together to the high places where the fragrance of the Prayers and the Praises of My PEOPLE fill My nostrils, Have I not said, “The Books that have been sealed will now be opened”? WATCH! As My Transforming Glory will Come, WATCH! As My Justice and Vindication will Come, YES! WATCH! As My Compensation will come, For I will NOW pour out My Healing and Restoration Power upon the people of the land. Now Listen! Beloved You must Eat My Word, Speak My Word and NOW Run with the Roar of My Resurrection and Redemptive Power”, says God.

Friends, I see the Spirit of Revelation and Wisdom manifesting mightily and powerfully in the hearts and minds of Gods people in this Season, many will Arise in greater power as they go forth to declare their righteousness by His blood. Strongholds and strangleholds of the enemy are being dismantled and broken, I See an Army of Warriors begin to conquer and overcome those things that seemed impossible in the past, the weak are being made STRONG. I hear the sound of a war cry of Victory over the people of God, satan is defeated, the hand of God has overturned and overthrown every situation that has seemed insurmountable and impossible for many.

Listen! the ground is fertile and the seeds that you have sown in the last season will NOW SUDDENLY AND QUICKLY COME FORTH, THE SEASON OF Abundant Harvest is upon us. The HAND of God is now moving with greater Acceleration and Momentum UPON THE EARTH, I SEE AS THAT SUPERNATURAL SHIFT takes place in the heavenlies it will begin to manifest in the midst of you.

WATCH AND EXPECT A DIVINE MOVE OF RESTORATION, TIMELY REVERSALS AND UNEXPECTED RECOMPENSE in 2017 in every area in your life where the devourer came to rob, kill and destroy.

WATCH! As Every hindrance that has drained and stifled your momentum will be uprooted and removed, SEE AND PAY ATTENTION For there is a clear pathway forming in front of you, A pathway that leads to fruitfulness and Increase. The Spirit of God is equipping and empowering you in this hour to Stand and be Strong in the midst of confusion, chaos and heated conflict, even now there is a battle that rages in the heavenlies on your behalf, BUT FEAR NOT, BE CONFIDENT AND BE ASSURED of the Power His Blood that has overcome every demonic assignment and onslaught on your behalf.

LOOK UP AND USE WHAT IS IN YOUR HAND, He has given you weapons to war and to win, Now Take hold of His Peace and His Salvation, take Hold of His Righteousness and His Faith, Let His Spirit and His Truth guide and direct you, I Prophesy you are Standing in His Victory in this hour.
Hope is rising, Faith is rising, VICTORY is yours. I Prophecy it’s a New Day and a New Dawn for the faithful and fearless Warriors of God.

Now I see the finger of God begin to Stretch you beyond your comfort zone, taking you beyond the borders of the familiarity and safety, manmade moulds are breaking, YOU are being TRANSFORMED, REFORMED AND REFASHIONED in this season, He is enlarging you, expanding you, increasing you and preparing you for THIS appointed time and season, you are being reset and recalibrated for these are indeed set times, times of watching and waiting, Heaven is about to move, SHIFT and shake, FOR HE IS MAKING WAY FOR A NEW DAY, WATCH! there is a release of the greater power of His presence, I Prophesy His promises are NOW BEING made manifest upon the earth. Are you ready? for the Suddenlies and great Shiftings of God have begun to sweep across the nations like Wild Fires as the cries of repentance go forth, Be Expectant! for there shall be a display of God’s Glory that has never been seen on earth before NOW!!!!!

Veronika West (Ignite Ireland Ministry) 13th December 2016

Overcoming Correctness Programming: The Church Realm (2)

In this follow-up RJ Dawson refers to the kind of clerical control that I reacted against when young but have noticed since the Toronto Outpouring an increasing number of ‘PCs’ who are walking in the Holy Spirit, a couple of whom are our local Anglican leaders!

Real Christianity

         From the very beginning the Lord built into His ministry model committed followers pledged to carry on His legacy. He trained distinctly loyal men recruited largely from the working class and lower levels of society.

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         He had no need of anyone already vested in and sold out to this world. Such men could never be counted on when the going got rough. They were culturally comfortable and would inevitably desert or betray Him. As it was, Judas Iscariot proved that even qualified disciples could go bad.

ALL THESE HAVE I KEPT FROM MY YOUTH UP

         A ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” [Luke 18:18]

         The gospel story of the rich young man seeking greater discipleship illustrates the Lord’s selection process perfectly. He was used as a living example to reveal why the Lord would not choose disciples…

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Principles and Blessings – Redemptive Gifts (2)

Sons Of Issachar

Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott – 

We saw in the last post that every redemptive gift has a particular principle that operates with it, and a blessing or birthright that goes with it as well.

The ‘principle’ is simply how things are designed to work, or (if you are looking for something more technical) it can be defined as a universal, non-optional, cause-and-effect relationship. The ‘birthright’ or ‘blessing’ is how creation and people are supposed to benefit from our gifts.

Let’s look at the principles and birthrights of each gift in more detail:

Prophet

  • Principle: Design – the art of weaving principles together in order to produce change.

God speaks to prophets before He does anything (Amos 3:7), because prophets are wired to bring about change. The principle of design is foundational to all the other principles. God has called the prophet to study principles (to look at problems and opportunities)…

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Redemptive Gifts (1)

mike-parsonsMost illuminating essential instruction for Christians, an outline of which we had a few years ago and found to be personally accurate. So it has my recommendation, especially as Mike Parson provides its source – be thoroughly blessed…

Sons Of Issachar

Mike Parsons

creationIn this series on ‘destiny’ we have looked at ‘who I am’, and it is time now to move on to our redemptive gifts or ‘how I am made’. After that we will go on to ‘what I am made for’.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28).

If we want things to work together for good (and not just our own good but for the good of everything and everybody), then we really need to know that we are called and that we have a purpose.

Do you know His purpose for your life?

Have you accepted His call?

His purpose and His call will work together to enable us to see our lives outworked for the glory of God and bring transformation to this…

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Turning the world upside down

RJ Dawson is as forthright as usual about the American church in these thoughts on Christian voting in the US election. Very well said brother! (MSM=mainstream media)

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         I wrote the following response yesterday in answer to a loyal reader’s comment:

         One should notice that the great majority of “church leaders” have played little role in the presidential election. The news that most of these deciding Christian voters went off the reservation in their support for the Trump candidacy is coming forth. It is another sign that Christians have not only seen through the MSM fakery and the Washington DC corruption wheel to nowhere, but are also starting to see the irrelevance of their own churches and that church leadership in general would rather everyone sit down and be quiet rather than engage in their ministries, answer their callings, and honor the Lord Jesus.

         We have been hearing for quite a while about the 1% or the actual .1% that controls everything and gains all the goodies, but a few more Christians are finally starting…

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Astonishing mathematics within Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 – the conjunction of Creation, Gospel and science?

In mid-September a mathematician was writing about his favourite formula whilst I was reading about the very same thing buried deep in holy writ!

A multitude of times I’ve noticed crazy coincidences cropping up to give confirmation and more instruction upon certain topics, as though the Lord’s got His hammer and hitting me between the eyes to get my attention!  This ‘God-incident‘ is the most extraordinary so far coming almost ‘simultaneously’ from both a secular, scientific standpoint and two fundamental scriptures.

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An anniversary-cum-birthday holiday brought me opportunity to read a book at long last after a non-stop busy Summer.  So I grabbed a couple from my pile, one of which, Unlocking the Sign Miracles of John by Jonathan R Hill, seemed on the lines of what I’d heard John Kilpatrick saying about the ‘sign miracles’ in the Gospel of John.

Flicking through it I noticed many references to the ‘Consummation of the Age’ (including chapter on its ‘mathematical foundation’), the ‘end-time’ prophetical significance of those miracles, as well as typologies, numerical aspects of Hebrew and Greek alphabets and calculations of time periods. Now, I take the last with a pinch of salt as they need careful checking, but am willing to consider and weigh new, even radical, concepts that don’t contradict scripture.

jr-hill-unlocking_39-2The book is based upon the work of Arthur Ware in The Restored Vision and quotes from Dr Grattan Guinness’ Light For The Last Days (an author used in The Invisible Hand, so influential upon me, as in my “Welcome”). I’m aware of the ancient practice of substituting letters of original Hebrew and Greek alphabets with their ordinal (sequential) value and standard designated values known as gematria, which Hill uses. His book is annotated with cross-references throughout.

Without further ado, here are some introductory points and copies of a few specific pages to read carefully (enlarge for ease of reading):

But God does not stop with types, as each letter of the two original languages of the Bible, Hebrew for the Old Testament and Greek for the New Testament, encapsulates a numerical value. Words and collections of sequential have a mathematical identity which therefore extends the surface narrative. Any agreement between this underlying numerical pattern and the surface meaning or doctrine, affixes considerable authenticity to the text…Only a personable supernatural God could inject such intrinsic connectivity within a book written in two languages with different alphabets, by multiple authors and across two millennia(emphasis mine).

‘The only reference in the (NT) to individual letters is actually in John’s Gospel – ‘And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this man know letters, having never studied?” John 7:15 NKJV (page 20).

‘The existence of a relationship between the surface meaning of the text, the type and the underlying mathematical value has long been known in Jewish Rabbinic tradition’ – see Wiki Pardes (Jewish Exegesis) (page 160).

Page 38: ‘…Before returning to the details of the progression of seven days, one more scientific digression is to be considered. A simple ratio of letters to words in Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 yields the following fundamental mathematical constants seen in figure 4’ – continues below (NB: especially note first footnote):

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Mathematician Joseph’s Jaw-dropping Email

Upon returning home on the closing days of September and opening the accumulation of email, I soon read a notification of new post sent the preceding weekend from Joseph at Rationalising the Universe, the early part of which reads:

‘Today I write a short post about something close to my own heart; and to so many others in the field of mathematics which is the notion of mathematical beauty. That is, deriving aesthetic satisfaction from mathematical work (which in my opinion is on a level far above any painting, sculpture or photograph can ever achieve). There is no one defined notion of mathematical beauty; as with the more regular notion of of human beauty there often is a general consensus but it is down to personal taste. Here I summarise some areas in which mathematics in my eyes is at its most beautiful.

‘In this area I take a commonly cited example of Euler’s formula, which was showered with praise by the late great Richard Feynman, who used to refer to the formula as “our jewel”. Let me first present the general version of the formula…’

(He explains formula linking trigonometrical with the exponential form and when ‘x’ takes the value of ‘pi’ it becomes the Euler’s identity, as in Hill’s book above):

‘That is incredibly powerful mathematics summarised in a short, elegant looking formula which revels so much. To me this is incredibly beautiful…’

I was left utterly ‘God-smacked’!  My next post reveals what I found when opening the full post from Joseph.

More of this book has yet to be checked but I offer this account for your information and to the credit of Jonathan Hill and his sources for their immense labour, for which I am indeed grateful.

Notes:
  1. The theorem uses the five most important constants of mathematics: zero (0), unity (1), ‘e’, the exponential number describing growth and decay ‘e’, ‘pi’ the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference, ‘i’ the basic imaginary number which, if it did exist, equals the square root of -1.
  2. Euler’s identity won a reader’s contest in Mathematical Intelligencer magazine in 2004 by a considerable margin for “the most beautiful theorem in mathematics”.
  3. Items 1 & 2: Mathematics – an Illustrated History of Numbers, ed Tom Jackson.
  4. For more about this special formula see Wikipedia Euler’s Identity.

Beauty in the brain: sleep, disease and family life

In view of our current focus on time, science and scripture this transcript is most timely in its reference to how a personal prophetic word from God greatly encouraged Anna to continue her scientific vocation. Thank you Lord.

Science and Belief

anna-twitter-pictureAnna Goodman is a neuroscientist, amateur artist, mother, and pastor’s wife. In today’s podcast (transcript below), I wanted to find out how all of those elements connected together in her life. Is there beauty in the brain? What can we find out from studying neurological disease? What ways has Anna found to fit family life and career together, and how do both of those aspects of life complement her faith and role in the church? The result is a fascinating mixture involving a lifelong love of discovery, a fascination with everything to do with the brain, a growing interest in child development, and the role of prophecy in everyday life.

I am at City Church in Cambridge with Dr Anna Goodman, who’s a neuroscientist from Cambridge University who is now full-time looking after two small boys, one of whom is currently running around the toddler group down below, but she…

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