Heaven’s trumpet sounding over UK : Changing of the guard over nations

Thank you to UK Prophetic Words for these fresh words which, in my humble opinion, indicate what’s about to come here in Britain and on the broader international perspective – as I write that, an incoming email from a reader refers to blowing the trumpet as stated in the 2005 Vision for Great Britain of Wendy Alec:

A TRUMPET SOUND FROM HEAVEN BLOWING ACROSS THE UK

Posted: 12 Jun 2017 02:47 PM PDT  Received by a trusted intercessor 30th May’17:

There is a trumpet sound from Heaven blowing across the UK and hitting the demonic structures that have held the minds of Christians in captivity through faulty thinking and ignorance of what the Word of God really says.

These winds are colliding with demonic strongholds, forming whirlwinds. I saw this happen three times in the spirit realm bringing a completeness in what the Lord will and is doing, in this latter period of transition which is leading to a forward movement and breakthrough.

I saw a wig, like the wig of a judge; the Lord is Judge. He judges the earth, and we will all be judged at the end according to our works. His sword is actively discerning and exposing the thoughts and attitudes of the hearts of men.

As the whirlwind comes, it uncovers all that has been hidden. The whirlwind is the whirlwind of God’s Holy Spirit, bringing a cleansing, removing the dross, the stuff which has been holding us back. And God looks; He wants to see His church really move. He wants to see us being mobilised.

The rubbish in us, especially the gossip, and all those different things that are blocking the way forwards and causing deep pain for some of His beloved, is about to be removed so that there will be an acceleration forwards for those willing to be changed, who repent and who have really humbled themselves. This is a time of new freedom and destiny.

The dross being removed also consists of strongholds of false belief, disappointment and disillusionment which have led to bitterness, unforgiveness and unbelief in many. The religious spirit brings death and shutdown as there is little faith to see miracles and healing. Many are not even believing in the demonic or the supernatural.

Nevertheless, the Lord is sanctifying His Church and those who humble themselves and face into the wind will be cleansed and set free. It is the mercy and grace of God accomplishing this washing of our innermost being in preparation for His next move.

A FRESH ROYAL DIADEM NOW BEING RELEASED FROM HEAVEN!

Posted: 13 Jun 2017 02:18 PM PDT

Dr. Theresa Phillips

There’s a royal diadem coming down from Heaven sent by the Father of lights.

It bears the jewels of Heaven. It comes with a condition: “Change,” says the Lord, “To wear the crown, one must change” (see James 1:17).

There is a changing of the guard, commencing FIRST in Heaven then in the below. As the spiritual guard begins to change so will the natural guards within several nations. Nations like the Philippines, Thailand, Germany, Denmark and England will all see a LEADER-SHIFT.

The Lord Himself is beginning to pinpoint areas within the leadership that needs to be realigned for their assignments. There will be a season of confession, a season of proclamation and then there will be a season of release.

The Lord is preparing people even now with prophecy carrying strength to encourage by conviction. These will be released to release powerful prophecy for they have been set aside because they longed to walk in the royal priesthood humbly before their God (see 1 Peter 2:9).

Over the next seven months, there will be a challenge in the hearts of many to see what their destiny is. It’s a challenge to figure out where they will go and who they will become.

The Lord would say to the people, “Do not ask who you will become, ask Whose you will become. Once that revelation has been released, you will begin to see spheres of influence change and challenge within your life. Then when it (revelation) is released you will see DESTINY emerge.”

The Lord says, “I am realigning and assigning a brand-new royal priesthood, not after the order of anything except Christ Himself. For He had become and IS THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST. No other priesthood compares.

“Royal ambassadors, called into the royal priesthood, will be a new voice throughout the nations. Clergy from the Vatican will begin to change their language. Clergy from England will change their language. There is going to be a great revival in Ireland and Scotland. And the Church of America will shift its language and the RE-BIRTH of the Kings James Bible will emerge on the scene.”

“NOTICE THIS,” says the Lord, “The United States of America will begin to send out a different breed of missionaries. These missionaries will have had experiences in heavenly realms without boasting. They will begin to declare realms, atmospheres, and alignments with Kings in nations and these voices will be heard as voices of solidarity with the Kingdom of Heaven. This will ignite the hearts of many and they will begin to cry, ‘Here am I send me to be the word.’”

http://www.globalpropheticvoice.com

God’s GPS pingback: Australia>UK>USA then 2 back!

WOW, what can I say about yesterday! Simply being a messenger and seeing the Lord ‘connect the prophetic dots’ is utterly humbling. All I did was bat something from one side of the globe to the other. Here’s what happened:

Digital Globe with Hand by Watcharakun

After blogging about being bitten by two days’ Lion Bites I took lunch and afterwards found a most apposite email had arrived from Australia. So I re-published a word given to one of Australia’s Prophetic Council, Lana Vawser, as my previous post.

After whizzing it into cyber-space I gave it no more thought as I resumed my main focus …BUT…

I returned to corresponding with a deputy sheriff about his true story. The ball was in my court and I popped in a link to my ‘hot-off-the-press’ of the word Lana Vawser brought, in case it may help regarding their new fellowship in the Shenandoah Mountains, Virginia.

Almost by return – like an internet ‘ping’ – I got this reply: “Richard, I NEEDED THAT WORD!!! Thank you for sending it and she is SPOT on…(because)”

And within the hour yet another ‘Ping’!

This time a real pingback from a blog well over ‘the Pond’ on the Kansas-Missouri border (?), “This morning as I was reviewing a message from Richard Barker he shared a vision from Lana Vawser. I have to mention that here because her vision seems to be in tandem with something I was given three weeks ago, today. It seemed like there were some overlapping/similarities….” (see Multiple Confirmations).

Much as I’ve mused over how the Lord speaks His mind to born-again believers around the world, especially those entrusted with the prophetical office, in my noticing how pieces from His Invisible Jigsaw fall into place it’s also as though their action is the equivalent of the cyber-space GPS.

That is, the Lord has His ‘satellites’ in the ‘heavenlies’ and uses GPS (Global Positioning System – God’s Prophecy System) or, as I call it, Global Prophecy Signalling.  Hence, my occasional examples of the Lord’s GPS.

Digital Globe by Cooldesign

NB: definitions for internet PING and Pong.  Wordpress ‘pingback’ is a notification of an article’s linkage to another blog. Illustrations by courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net

Lion Bites that don’t let go…Practising the Presence

Blogging plans and priorities brewing over the weekend were about meeting a new focus, as implied at the close of last Friday’s post on seizing opportunities. I didn’t spell it out for the sake of closely guarding my purpose; but suffice to say, I was really surprised at what I’d sensed the Lord wants of me in this harvest-time. SO, I had a plan in mind for some ‘tests’ of republishing a few old posts as and when possible during a busy week, but don’t want to swamp my regular readership.

It ‘just so’ happens the Lord had directed Emma and David Stark at Glasgow Prophetic Centre, to personalise the next Lion Bites email to subscribers. This stirring word brought confirmation to my spirit (make it personal for you too by replacing my name with yours) and then got hammered home the next day:

Monday – GOD IS CALLING YOU LOUD AND CLEAR

The Lord is asking these questions in the earth;

“Who will be a nation changer today? Who will be willing to rise up from what is occupying their time to hear and obey my voice?”

God says “I am calling you, Richard, out to build and establish My Kingdom here on earth as it is in Heaven in your generation.”

David was the least in His father’s house yet, after much training in the secret place tending sheep, he was used mightily by God to deliver an entire nation. Do not allow yourself to think you are insignificant. Your steadfast trust in God amidst your trial has been preperation for the call and destiny God has put within you. You are, indeed, significant.

Make a decision today to heed the call of God, get up and go! Bring glory to God as you leave a legacy for future generations as they see, and are spurred on by the evidence of the great things He shall do through your yielded life.

Matthew 4:19

Then He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”.

Tuesday – COME AND SIT WITH GOD TODAY 

God says. “Come and sit awhile with me and let me be your sounding board.

“I long to chat through your hopes and dreams with you. They are a delight to my heart as you are a delight to me. I love to hear your enthusiasm and excitement for the things I have placed within you; the seeds that I sowed long ago that are now starting to shoot through your spirit and manifest in your life. I am excited, just as you are excited!

“Let us plan together while remembering that nothing is impossible for me. I have watched you grow to this place and this time. Know not to be afraid of what is ahead and, as you step out and into what you know to be next, see that I have already prepared a way for you.

“As you sit with me today, I am giving to you know confidence in the gifts and anointing that you carry. For I have given them to you, establishing them deep within. A firm foundation has been built, and now it is time for brick to be laid upon brick; for you to begin to move into the next area of your call.”

Zechariah 8:9

This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Now hear these words, “Let your hands be strong so that the temple may be built”. This is also what the prophets said who were present when the foundation was laid for the house of the Lord Almighty.’

[With gratitude to Glasgow Prophetic Centre and published with their kind permission.]

‘Violent’ Kingdom breakthrough, seizing God-given opportunities – part 2

Continuing from Part 1 let’s look at the fifth jigsaw piece that fell into my hand:

SEIZING GOD-GIVEN OPPORTUNITIES

Settling down for an afternoon tea during that Sunday’s live streaming from Church of His Presence in Alabama, we heard pastor John Kilpatrick read the parable of the talents and the fearful servant and teach on Seizing God-given Opportunities (at 1 hour 18 minutes of video link below).

He encouraged everyone to open up their spirits when listening and said Holy Spirit had told him a few days ago,

“Start telling your audiences that whenever a word is given to them, especially a word from the Lord – not a sermon but a word from the Lord – tell them to let the Holy Spirit dilate their spirit so it opens up so it can receive and be imprinted, embedded in their spirit-man.” [At 1:19:00 on this Church of His Presence video]

John called attention to the fact that “Opportunities are birthed in God’s mind!” and went on to consider how we react to them and that, in moving towards God-given opportunities, we usually encounter strong opposition that’s often unforeseen and inexplicable.

He confessed that preachers encourage their flock in moving forward in their discipleship, but inadequately warn about the adversity that arises along their journey. In other words, we are inviting warfare! – not only of a spiritual nature but also of every kind of non-spiritual adverse event!  Also, we can be very dilatory ruminating over opportunities and acting upon them

So if you are severely struggling, especially from satanic strategies on your journey this exciting one hour message will strengthen and encourage you. He stresses it’s not about waiting on the Lord, which is very different, but watching for and acting upon what He’s presenting us with.

On researching this material John was surprised at a definition he found, and which has a direct bearing upon my subject; ‘violent’ persons taking the Kingdom. (Note: you may want to read previous Part’s updated comment thread on Matt 11:12.)

John found ‘seize’ means ‘to take possession of suddenly and by force’, and ‘an attack, a strike’. So this is how we need to handle and deal with God-given opportunities and break through all opposition (from 1:28:00 on video). John concludes therefore, that Holy Spirit is saying

“When I present you with an opportunity, strike it! When I present you with an opportunity seize it! Lay hold of it! Grab it! If you have to do it violently – grab it!. Why? Because opportunity will fade away like a watercolour.”

The Lord is saying,

“I’m presenting you with opportunities all the time but you are taking too much time!”

So seize that opportunity suddenly – and forcefully if necessary!

The latter part of the message covered working through the adversity that’s always a sure sign of a God-given opportunity, because its purpose is to thwart the Lord’s purpose in our lives and our furthering His Kingdom. It was also confirmation of my having stood against repeated strong criticism of this blog – and encourages my continuing a specific course of counter-action that started in addressing a controversial topic.

That is, having quickly and strongly reacted against detrimental comments I’m seeing and now seizing the God-given opportunity hidden behind that opposition.

It was one reason why I republished the core of and revisited my testimony. Those who read its new covering page on this blog’s menu may have been surprised at the opening paragraph. (It was inserted last, after having written the rest.)

Having published “Am Free!” True Story I was humbled to get an inkling of the Lord’s purpose behind that opportunity: to alert me to the fruition of an awesome vision I was blessed with in early 1992 – “All Hail The Lamb!

‘Violent’ Kingdom breakthrough, seizing God-given opportunities – part 1

Hand and Puzzle Pieces by Anusorn P. Nachol, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net

The violence referred to in this post is not that of physical assaults upon and wars against individuals and people groups, as depicted daily in the media, but of human and natural processes of force, exertion and upheaval that bring about change and growth. It’s the kind of violence I learned about as a ‘newbie’ investigating Jesus Christ’s answer to a question about John the Baptist and the Kingdom of heaven.

This post was started a week ago and I inserted the above image but thought its quantity doesn’t match the data pieces I’m blogging about. Therefore, this morning I’m delighted to discover blogger RJ Dawson’s latest reply to his readers’ congratulations upon the 6th anniversary of Real Christianity. Without realising it, this goes direct to the very heart of my subject as one of those awaited pieces – thank you Lord!  RJ writes, with emphasis mine,

“The Lord gave us a picture one time of a morning sheepfold all crammed into close quarters for the night wanting to get out into the dewy field and into freedom. Once the shepherd opened the enclosure out they streamed. This is a picture of what must happen. Too many Christians have grown used to the protective safe space that certainly has its place in times of danger, and resist breaking out.”

I’m grateful for his expanding upon this in the Comments to this post, as below.

[To continue as drafted…] As intimated in my introduction to last Wednesday’s Lion Bite on ‘new boldness’ I wish to pick up on the previous week’s two posts on 2017 being a year of breakthrough.

Their re-posting was unplanned because I was simply checking matters upon return home and then continuing with my break from blogging. Nevertheless, I’d been impressed to post an extensive prophecy on 2017 from Cindy Jacobs’ team that had been languishing ready for publication – a quick task, BUT I just had to insert a short connective scripture!

Little did I know an appropriate message was going to be heard over that weekend on a similar topic; definitely not unusual, just another ‘piece’ of the Lord’s ‘invisible jigsaw’ dropping into place!

These are the relevant paragraphs of a fortnight ago today, starting with the sub-head:

APOSTOLIC COUNCIL OF PROPHETIC ELDERS’ WORD OF THE LORD FOR 2017 THE YEAR OF THE BREAKTHROUGH (click to read the whole paper)

2017: The Breakthrough Year

“The One who breaks open will come up before them; they will break out. Pass through the gate, And go out by it; their king will pass before them, with the Lord at their head.”
Micah 2:13 (NKJV)

Immediately preceding that title and passage, and by way of introduction, I connected it into the New Testament with the following:

‘The opening verse is directly related to Mathew 11:12 on Jesus saying “The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force”, according to David Bivin and Roy Blizzard in their Understanding The Difficult Words of Jesus (1983 page 123!). HA, on now checking the NKJV my bible opens right at the notes on that very verse headed, ‘Taking It By Force’!  The inescapable conclusion of this instance of ‘serendipity’ is: the ‘Author of the Bible’ is pointing His finger at both related verses!

Now, I’d add the Lord may want to point also to what was taught on the next Sunday too! (See Part 2.)

First, however, we should consider those verses and, with permission, I quote notes on verses and extract from ‘Kingdom Dynamics’ in Spirit-Filled Study Bible, editor Jack Hayward (emphases mine).:

vv11:12 – Though the Greek here is somewhat difficult to translate, the idea is that ‘the kingdom of heaven’, which Jesus set up as a powerful movement or reign among men (‘suffers violence’), requires of them an equally strong and radical reaction. ‘The violent’ who then take ‘it by force’ are people of keen enthusiasm and commitment who are willing to respond to and propagate with radical abandonment the message and dynamic of God’s reign (see Luke 16:16). This is an allusion to the messianic nature of Jesus’  ministry and to those who are participating in it…Jesus is likely recalling Micah 2:12-13 where the prophet speaks of the deliverance of the people from exile through the activity of the shepherd-like Messiah.

Taking It By Force, Conflict & the Kingdom – J.W.H. writes, “Jesus asserts the “violence” of the kingdom. The text’s unique grammatical construction doesn’t make it clear if the kingdom of God is the victim or if, as the kingdom advance sin victory, it does so through violent spiritual conflict and warfare. But the context does! Jesus’ references to the non-religious style of John and the confrontational, miraculous ministry of Elijah teach that the Kingdom of God makes its penetration by a kind of violent entry opposing the human status quo…The upheaval caused by the kingdom of God is not caused by political provocation or armed advance. It is the result of God’s order shaking relationships, households, cities and nations by the entry of Holy Spirit’s power working in people.’

Matt 11:12 ‘difficult’ common Greek translated literally reads, ‘the kingdom of-the heavens is-being-forced and the forceful-ones are-snatching her’. Note, Greek tense for ‘snatching’ is ‘harpazousin’, which reminds me of the renowned ‘rapture’ reference in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 to believers being caught up to meet the Lord upon His return!  Therein, the Greek is ‘harpagesometha’ – literally, ‘shall-be-being-snatched’. In other words, ‘seized’.

Those ‘verses of violence’ seem to contradict the rest of Jesus’ teaching. In their thesis Bevin and Blizzard refer to a ‘midrash’ (old rabbinic interpretation) on Micah 12-13 that focuses upon the ‘breach-maker’ (poretz), who isn’t the same as the ‘king’ and ‘LORD’. They suggest Jesus was referring to that understanding and the translation of His words is better as “The Kingdom of Heaven is breaking forth [not ‘suffering violence’] and every person in it is breaking forth”

‘Two tremendous things are now happening simultaneously: the Kingdom is bursting forth in to the world (like water from a broken dam) and individuals within the Kingdom are finding liberty and freedom’. John the Baptist is the breach-maker for he makes the breach in the rock-fence of the sheep pen (per Micah 2:12) is the Elijah of Micah 3:1 and 4:5-6 who goes before the Lord to prepare the way for Him. So, Jesus then follows John and leads His sheep through the gate – the iconic, powerful image of breakthrough.

Since then the Kingdom – the Lord and His sheep – has been breaking out. ‘Though Jesus does not refer directly to His own role as shepherd leading the sheep out, no listener could possibly misunderstand Jesus’ stunning assertion – I am the LORD’. The authors opinion, therefore, is that the Kingdom is not futuristic but has been in existence since that time!

So far, of the illustration’s five jigsaw pieces we have a sequence of four, viz:

  1. first of 2 posts published a fortnight ago today in between posts on my testimony into which I insert Matt 11:12 referring to a book influential to my walk, especially as post refers to ‘2:12’ (which related to a validation aspect of my personal testimony),
  2. second post on 2017 as year of breakthrough, this time for the United Kingdom,
  3. A week later whilst blogging on item 1, my bible falls open at the verse’s notes,
  4. Today I find R.J. Dawson’s prophetic picture relating to Micah 2:12-13.

In Part 2 we consider the fifth piece, but which preceded the fourth and like it and the first came from over ‘the Pond’ – seizing God-given opportunities.

Testimony revisited in response to prophetic word

Please note that the main menu hub featuring the short version of my testimony is now entitled “Am FREE!” True Story.

The previous version (A Life-changing Dream) covered the basics. This new page now covers the full story of my encounter with the Lord and journey out of satanic bondage. It has been augmented to clarify some details, plus a list of books which greatly helped me.

At the start of last month I was blessed with a personal word during a mentoring day and which said I should let young people know how I came to belief in Jesus. It confirmed what was already on my mind and this double=pronged notion started to come to fruition in the first week of April by my responding to a visitor’s discussions with the essential aspects of my testimony.

As stated in 2017 Year of the Breakthrough for the UK, that same directive was reiterated at last week’s Kingdom Glory & Power conference in Southampton. Speaking under the Holy Spirit’s unction, Blaine Cook spoke about introducing ‘millennials’ to the Lord through our own personal stories. So I realised the need to revisit and republish my story.

I trust you will be sufficiently interested to check through the new page and perhaps take time to read through the several parts of this testimony to the Lord’s glory.

May you be mightily blessed.

Today’s ‘God-incidental’ Lion Bite on ‘New Boldness’!

This morning’s intention for getting back into blogging after a short break by following up on last Thursday’s two ‘quickies’ on 2017 as a ‘Year of Breakthrough’, has similarly been met with a clear confirmation through today’s Lion Bite which was in my in-tray. I can confirm its personal accuracy:

NEW BOLDNESS FOR WHAT YOU’VE BEEN GIFTED FOR

It is time once again to be one who demonstrates the power of God by your bold actions. Don’t be afraid: God isn’t going to ask of you what He hasn’t gifted or given you grace for. But you will have to begin to push yourself forward out of the comfortable places that you have settled back into.

Some of you are simply going to have to speak a word of truth against a situation where before you might have remained a silent observer. Others will have to act with a miraculous demonstration of God’s goodness and love, where before you would have simply prayed and hoped that something wonderful might have fallen from heaven and into your lap. Some of you who were recently concerned with profit and gain are going to have to take a hit while you realign to a more just and righteous business plan. Leaders who want to truly see breakthrough are going to have to stop some things, lose some things and upset some lovers-of-the-status-quo, so that you and your people can get back on track with the original vision that God gave you.

Don’t try and make the turnaround all at once, unless that is what God is asking you to do. Instead, take each moment and each decision to the Holy Spirit. Ask Him, and listen to His answer twice. The first time you will hear the answer your soul wants you to hear, the second time you will hear Him speak. Before long you will be hearing Him first time before you even begin to ask the question!

2 Corinthians 3:11-12
And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

[Republished with the kind permission of Glasgow Prophetic Centre.]

2017: Year of the Breakthrough – and John 17

Am taking an hour online whilst continuing a week away and leading into another long Bank holiday weekend, only to note this paper from Apostolic Council of Elders has been sitting unpublished in my drafts folder since January!  Its reference to John 17 is personally noteworthy in view of what the Lord gave me on it to start Good Friday (yet to share). Therefore, references to this profound personal prayer of Jesus during a local church weekend followed by highly inspirational Kingdom Glory and Power 2017 event  with Dr Randy Clark in Southampton were bound to be poignant.

This was published on Generals International and comes courtesy UK Prophetic Words
There are sections in this Word for many different nations including the UK. Note these meetings took place November 14–16, 2016, and some events have already happened.

The opening verse is directly related to Mathew 11:12 on Jesus saying “the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force”, according to David Bivin and Roy Blizzard in their ‘Understanding The Difficult Words of Jesus’ (1983 page 123!). HA, on checking its NKJV my Bible opens right at the notes on that very verse: ‘Taking It by Force’!  The inescapable conclusion of such ‘serendipity’ is: the ‘Author of the Bible’ is pointing His finger at both related verses! ..:

 APOSTOLIC COUNCIL OF PROPHETIC ELDERS WORD OF THE LORD FOR 2017 THE YEAR OF THE BREAKTHROUGH

2017: The Breakthrough Year

“The One who breaks open will come up before them; they will break out. Pass through the gate, And go out by it; their king will pass before them, with the Lord at their head.”
Micah 2:13 (NKJV)

The Symbolism of the Number 17

The number 17 in scripture symbolizes “overcoming the enemy” and “complete victory.”

God overcame the sins of rebellious humans when He began to flood the earth and rested on the 17th day of the Hebrew month. Noah’s ark and its eight passengers rested on the mountains of Ararat on the 17th day of the seventh month of the religious year (Tishrei), right in the middle of God’s Holy period known as the Feast of Tabernacles.

The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) is in the seventh month (Tishri) and on the tenth day of the Hebraic calendar. This day calls for the turning from our sins through repentance that brings us to victory.

It is the time for the breakthrough to victory.

There will be a significant increase in miracles and signs and wonders. The anointing will be so strong that it will break significant and long-standing strongholds that have plagued people’s lives.

“It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.” Isaiah 10:27 (NKJV)

For the Lord says, “My people are entering into an overcoming season that will produce great breakthroughs. For the enemy has come in like a flood, but I, the Lord, am releasing great victories. I will stem the tide of violence. I will bring peace to the land. I will bring an awakening! I will release revival!” Continue reading

AB-solute proof, the blood that speaks

‘Coincidentally’ amusing that after I’d prepared the previous post on the Shroud of Turin for publication Resurrection Sunday, Joanne in the antipodes (the farthest side of the globe to me) publishes this on Good Friday…

Red Sky in the morning

ab-negative-rarest-blood-typeDid you know there is proof for the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ?  We even know his blood type, from the cloth wrapped around his head. 

The cloth, called the ‘Sudarium’ is kept in a Cathedral in Oviedo, Spain.   And here’s something from the evidence room:  The blood stains match those on the Turin shroud. 

Also, blood tests done on both the Sudarium and the Shroud confirmed that the blood stains on both cloths were of the same blood type: AB.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudarium_of_Oviedo

AB blood is extremely rare.  You may not know, but there is a special need for this blood.  AB Plasma is universal and can be used for all patients regardless of their blood type.

In Exodus 12:13 which speaks of the Passover lamb, it says “The blood shall be a sign for you.”  Not only is the lamb’s blood a sign, Christ’s blood speaks a

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HE IS RISEN! Surprising scientific facts of Jesus’ burial shroud

In preparation for the holy-days’ weekend Nina creates a tableau for contemplating Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. She’s inspired about what items to collect and arrange, usually including a rock with a central hole eroded by the sea and which we found on a beach. It serves as both the ‘skull’ and garden tomb of Golgotha. For example, the above display has a scarf as a ‘river of life’ flowing out of the empty cave/tomb below the cross. (In 2012 it gave an insight that I’ll share below.)

A slightly different display is set up each Maunday Thursday, the night of which Jesus and the twelve leading disciples ate Passover Seder early (see video explanation). Following the meal, one disciple betrayed Him by leading Temple guards to capture Him at night for trial by a ‘kangaroo’ court of Jewish leaders.  It was a foregone conclusion that they would demand authorisation of His death from Pontius Pilate, the Roman Prefect, or governor, of Judea.

If you’re unfamiliar with this true story and how it led to Jesus’ gruesome torture, death and burial followed by his amazing bodily resurrection and appearance to His disciples, read doctor Luke’s investigative account and the personal account of Jesus’ closest disciple John. (Later, a Jewish leader violently opposed to them but who encountered Jesus en-route to Damascus would write He was seen simultaneously by over 500 – 1 Cor 15:6)

A BIT OF THEOLOGY

Jesus Christ died so that each of us may be forgiven for our sins. As a result of this new status, we now have direct personal access to God. As the Son of God, He suffered on our behalf as our ‘scapegoat’.  That is, Jesus took the place of death that we deserved because of our sinfulness, for the shedding of a sinless one’s blood was the only way our status could be changed for us to gain personal salvation. Apostle Paul put it thus to the Romans:

8But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:8-11, NIV, see whole chapter.)

Now, when I was a new Christian I found that rather hard to understand – but it works! The theological term is ‘atonement’, or ‘substitutionary atonement’.  In bringing forgive-ness to the guilty, however, this can cause deep problems for those who’ve been the victim of crimes. After all, why should a killer find forgiveness by God? And what about the victim’s families, or the victim of abuse? They find it very hard if well-nigh impossible to forgive.

In 2012 I heard a Portsmouth prison chaplain address this issue with a concept taken from the criminal justice system: restorative justice. This involves active dialogue between victim and offender, plus reparation.  And it has a sound basis in  theology. How?

Jesus was a guiltless victim, directly of those who wanted Him killed, and indirectly of everyone’s ‘fallen state’ of sinfulness, which could only be rectified by His death.

And Almighty God, the Father, is a victim too. How? He’s victim of humanity’s rebellion against Him. For example and especially over the way religious leaders murdered His son – how they seethed with rage when Jesus denounced them! (read Luke 20:9-19).  So, every victim can find an identity and affinity in both God and Jesus Christ in their situation. Hence, they can receive God’s own ability to forgive because He will help them choose to forgive those who’ve harmed them. [Lack of forgiveness may be the only thing that hampers God – see Matt 6:14-15]

A TABLEAU IN TIME

During contemplation upon the tableau illustrated above, an insight dropped into mind that the Resurrection created a distinct point in the flow of, or perhaps even a change in, time itself. That is, the now termed ‘common era’ calendar is the medieval Christian one that counts years from the approximate birth of Christ as ‘anno Domini’. But in fact, a more powerful one would be the point at which things in heaven changed and thus affected our lives on earth and its ultimate role in God’s scheme of creation. This took place at the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, His revival to life from death itself.

That such a concept may be valid can be found in the discoveries about the material of ‘The Shroud of Turin’, the shroud in which Jesus was thought to have been carried and covered during His interment. It is of most astounding significance when examined from the view-point of modern physics.

Putting the supra-natural aspect aside for the moment, that unique, most singular event could have naturally happened by means of a ‘singularity’ (a theoretical gravitational effect associated with ‘black holes’, eg. as may have been the starting point of the creation of the universe, or ‘Big Bang’).

Don’t take my word for this but consider that of Dame Isabel Piczek (dec’d 2016), famous as a monumental artist and award-winning figurative draughtswoman. Her highly detailed analysis of theories about how the image on the shroud was formed is authoritative, as in the first of several detailed articles here.

Also, as a physicist who may have considered implications from a quantum mechanics standpoint, her conclusions about how the image was formed are most intriguing: it seems that the image of Jesus can only have been created by its hovering equidistantly above and below his reclining bent corpse. Furthermore, this necessitated the body’s levitation – perhaps not an impossible feat during the moment of the Resurrection power-blast?  After all, the disciples had witnessed Jesus walking on water and were yet to see His levitating into the clouds!

Dame Isabel succinctly summarises:

We have a piece of cloth and it leads us to a mysterious gate which opens for us, and it lets us see a completely different world, an extraordinary world with extraordinary laws.

Consider these claims by reading those articles and watching this 19 minute of extracts from the DVD The Fabric of Time (with its own lead-in trailer). There’s also a discussion of her scientific opinion at In Case You Missed Isabel Piczek’s Wonderful Paper.

‘Coincidentally”, just after having read the last link and revised the preceding references to science (post published 5 years ago), I’m alerted to theoretical physicist Mehki’s new post on ‘black holes’ and ‘event horizons’ (see Looking to the Horizon). The discussion thread has a valuable contribution from ‘physicalrealityblog’ that’s pertinent to the Shroud site’s discussion of Dame Isabel’s analysis and indirectly reconnects it back into quantum physics!

PS. ‘Coincidentally’ amusing that bloggers ‘hidden’ on opposite sides of the world (Britain and New Zealand) were preparing items on the fabrics that Jesus Christ was buried with – the full-body shroud and the head linen – in Joseph of Arimathea’s private tomb. My post updated on Wed 12 was scheduled on Thurs 13th for auto-publication Sun 16 April. On Good Friday 14 April Joanne Rolston published news of the ‘Sudarium’ (see next post).

Link: The Shroud of Turin website

Triple validation of reality of my 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.

Find out what happened after the encounter upon my testing claims of checking out the Bible direct with its Author – His answers stunned me!! (next).

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

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Prophetic Scripture Update #3: Gog-Magog coalition and Middle-East alliance

So annoying yet interesting that my first draft of this post accidentally got published as I wrote its title. I wanted to jot a few notes before going out for a few hours, but I noticed something weird after having done the opening paragraph. Somehow it had already got published as just a title! So I updated it briefly 15 minutes after publication with what I’d done and an apology for anyone responding to the email notification.

BUT even more weird was what came next upon checking the morning news from Israel before going out. I kid you not – ‘Fortunately’, I’d printed a hardcopy for reading upon return because the website’s page went blank, then text/image placements and bits of text and coding appeared, and then it got completely scrambled. So I took a screen shot:

Debkafile home page at 10:10 GMT today.

The page I wanted had only just been broadcast 5 minutes beforehand (09:57 BST) and is about an alternative alliance to ‘Gog-Magog’ and which is meeting tomorrow (Wed)! More of that later…but nothing as weird as this has happened since two incidents covering Iran whilst blogging!

EZEKIEL: GOG and MAGOG

After publishing #2 on Gog-Magog Tensions On The Golan within a similar 1/2 hour time-frame to this morning I added a couple of paragraphs plus further reading for any readers unfamiliar with Ezekiel’s account in chapter 38 of his prophetic scroll. Whilst doing so I considered the current status of what I’d termed the ‘Ezekiel alliance’ in my pre-blog and early blogging days. The term is a correct description but I now prefer ‘coalition’ in view of the normally inferred meaning of a geopolitical alliance as being one in which the UK is an active member. So I’ll now repeat and expand a little upon that extra material:

The Gog and Magog war against Israel is described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. The prophet received a word from the Lord to ‘set his face’ against Gog (‘prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal’); ie leader of a coalition of nations north of Israel comprising Persia/Iran, Libya (‘Put’), Ethiopia (‘Cush’), ‘Asia Minor’ (Gomer and Togarmah).

Most Bible scholars regard ‘Rosh’ and ‘Gog’ as coming from the land between and north of the Black and Caspian Seas. ie modern Russia. The Lord has a purpose for this battle, namely:

“So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel. I will not let them profane My name anymore – Then the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.” (Ezek 38:7 NKJV)

This battle also features in Revelation 20:7-10 as precursor to the battle of Armageddon and satan’s doom in the fiery lake.

UPDATES – Libya, Russia & Iran

The build-up of the coalition of the main, leading nations led by a superpower has gained momentum in starting to mirror the composition of peoples prophesied by Ezekiel. I was puzzled about the inclusion of Libya in view of its break-up after Gadaffi.  In the days of my emails on End-times and early blogging it was part of the ‘Ezekiel alliance’, but now?

My doubts were soon alleviated because a few days later I spotted this headline ‘Russian ties to Libyan Warlord ‘undeniable’, says US general’.  The article opens: ‘Russia has deployed troops to Egypt amid a strengthening of ties between Moscow and General Khalifa Haftar, the warlord who controls much of the eastern part of Libya, a US general said on Friday. 

‘Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the commander of U.S. Africa Command, said the link between Russia and General Haftar, the head of a group called the Libyan National Army, is “undeniable”.  “They are on the ground. They are trying to influence the action. We watch what they do with great concern”, he told reporters in the Pentagon on Friday…’

Eastern Libya was known as biblical ‘Put’. SO, Libya’s back in the Endgame folks!

AND, this afternoon comes this news: Putin meets Iran’s Rouhani as ties deepenRussian president tells his Iranian counterpart the two countries “work very effectively, practically on all fronts in international action and the resolution of major and very grave international problems”!  Note that upon returning to Iran he announced the building of a railroad from Iran to the Mediterranean coast via Iraq and Syria.

ARAB SUMMIT – alliance with Israel

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman with President Trump

In view of the preceding, Debkfile’s ‘exclusive report’ High hopes of Arab summit OK for Israel peace step is exceptionally informative:

‘If the Arab summit opening in Amman Wednesday, March 9 meets the expectations of Washington and Jerusalem, the session will ratify a pivotal initiative for promoting an historic peace process between the Arab world and Israel. This effort, which matured through five months of mostly secret diplomacy, was launched by Donald Trump in November, shortly after he was elected US President.

‘The official Arab summit agenda covers the disastrous war crises preying on the Arab world in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, as well as economic issues. But the rulers will also quietly discuss off-stage a proposal brought by Saudi King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi to embark on steps destined to lead to peaceful relations between the moderate Arab regimes and Israel and exponentially to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Emphases added)

‘Debkafile’s sources in Washington and Jerusalem report exclusively that President Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman crafted this proposal at the White House on March 14, during the prince’s trip to Washington. It was the high point of their talks, although they also aired and reached agreement on the war crises in Syria and Yemen, as well as America’s next steps against Iran on both those fronts and in the Gulf region…

‘The text they agreed at this White House encounter calls for three steps to be launched without delay for promoting progress towards a historic accommodation between the Arab world and the Jewish state

‘…Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas furiously rejected the Saudi peace initiative when it was presented to him in Cairo by President El-Sisi in Cairo on March 20.

(Click above title to read this informative article in full).

Thus we are witnessing the formation of two geopolitically and religiously divergent camps (Sunni and Shiite muslims) in the Middle-East – and we know what the Living Lord God Almighty, the Holy One of Israel has forewarned and foretold about one coalition in particular…

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