Does God make ‘jigsaws’ and arrange ‘coincidences’?

After blogging three ‘jigsaw pieces’ of ‘coincidental’ prophetic scriptures (#1 – 21 Sept & 1Thess 5;  #2 – 22 Sept & Daniel’s 70th week#3 – 23 Sept & Rev 12) I had the thought ‘This kind of material may be unusual, if not weird, for my newer readers’.

I’m of the opinion there’s no such thing as coincidence as far as things of the Lord are concerned. In fact, He arranges many such ‘God-incidences’ and ‘divine appointments’, as we’ll soon consider.

Moreover, I’m sure He likes doing jigsaw puzzles, especially the one that’s invisible to us but upon which He sees displayed His plans and purposes. Occasionally, we get to see some parts of it too.

Take the ‘lid’ off ‘Invisible Jigsaw’ box by tapping image

SO, I invite you to take the lid off my version of that puzzle’s ‘box’ by tapping/clicking the above photo. Once ‘opened’ you’ll read about that ‘Invisible Jigsaw’. (Apologies for it not being able to open in a separate, new tab.)

In view of our birthday-anniversary last weekend I stayed offline after posting #1 (items #2 and #3 were scheduled for auto-publication). Even so, I mulled over the way I’d been ‘nudged’ into writing them and questioned whether or not I’d jumped to conclusions. So I sought the Lord with, “Was that all my imagination? Is there a scripture to show it’s ok?”

As if in conversation, a specific verse popped into mind that I’d read of decades ago. It tells of God playing a holy kind of ‘hide and seek’. Therefore, I resolved to look it up as soon as I got a moment upon my return.

However, before I got opportunity to find that verse I spotted a WordPress notification in my in-tray. This email alerted me to someone’s response to my remarks made last year on a scientist’s blog and wherein I’d quoted the very verse I was after!

What’s more, that response had been made on my birthday!!  I took this ‘God-incidence’ as the validation I wanted because it referred to what was on my mind to find! – AND I didn’t even have to take time searching for it!!  Just how cool is that?

The notification was from The Book of Works (Professor Seymour Garte’s blog). That title comes from Francis Bacon’s reference in his Advancement of Learning (1605), and upon which I observed,

“Let’s not forget Proverbs 25:2 – ‘It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, to search out a matter is the glory of kings.’  If I recollect correctly, this is said to have been Bacon’s personal motto and/or motivation behind his laying the foundations for modern science experiments and research…(as) precursors of the renowned Royal Society.”

If you wish to read more about such events and how they connect up pieces of ‘the invisible jigsaw’, then ‘dive’ into this picture of four jigsaw pieces:

Tap image to open ‘God-incidences’ box

A Divine Appointment ‘Par Excellence’

In the New Testament there’s a good example of the type of ‘God-incident’ popularly known as ‘divine appointment’, BUT ever so rarely is it recognised as such because its account makes a splendid sermon about who can meet Jesus, no matter the depth of our sinfulness. Preachers often make presumptions about this situation, but a key verse may indicate otherwise.

When Jesus and His disciples went through Samaria en-route to Galilee he stopped by Jacob’s Well and sent them on to the city of Sychar for provisions. The well was very deep and He didn’t have any means of getting a drink, which was awkward because it was in the midday heat. Ladies of the local city would fill their pitchers in the cooler early morning. Nevertheless, one Samaritan woman arrived to do just that and could provide Jesus with the means of getting a drink.

How fortunate! Such impeccable timing! Was she sensitive to Holy Spirit’s prompting? Did she get ‘nudged’?

Most preachers I’ve heard say she hadn’t gone there with the women because she was shunned by them, having had several husbands and then in an adulterous relationship. But what if she’d been earlier and was now responding to an inner directive from God?

The usual assumption is she’d been unfaithful all her life; but why would so many have married a woman with that reputation. This week I heard a better idea: she was barren and that could have resulted in several marriages – huh? But what if each husband had left her widowed? That is, each husband may have died. One of the first authors the Lord directed me to was John Sandford, co-founder with his wife Paula of Elijah House Ministries. (He’d been in the same new age group as I had and writes well about and deliverance from that situation.)

His idea about the woman at the well is that she may have been a prophetess and that if her husbands had died it suggests a marital relationship was secondary to that role. Moreover, her questioning and recognition of Jesus was not that of an ordinary woman.

John 4:39 and 42 are clues to her status of being neither a shunned outcast, harlot or adulteress, because:

  1. they didn’t outright reject what she told them but heeded and acted upon it,
  2. afterwards they told her, “Now we believe not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard him and we know that this is indeed the Christ the Saviour of the world”.

Thus, the woman was recognised in Sychar as having a high degree of dignity and some authority, if not that of being a prophetess. But better, she may have been the first non-Jewish female evangelist!

Thus, there may be a great deal more to that God-incidental divine appointment than is usually supposed – a meeting arranged by the Living God.

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  • Hand Holding Puzzle Piece by Ponsulak
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Three days’ prophetic jigsaw pieces: #3 – 23rd Sept and Revelation 12

Since the time of the four blood moons (2015) I’ve made a couple of passing references to the ‘radiant woman’ of Rev 12:1-2 and its manifesting tomorrow, 23rd Septemeber:

‘Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labour and in pain gave birth.’ 

If you haven’t yet heard about this event the above video by Parable of the Vineyard is very helpful, concise presentation of what’s happening. Featuring software showing the positions of planets within the constellations of Leo and Virgo it can easily be paused for closer examination and appreciation of the star charts.

In view of today’s splendid alignment of sun, 11% crescent moon and four planets along Virgo we must understand the astro-dynamics. The stars comprising Virgo are at the opposite side of the sun, which during the last 30 days has seemed to have been going ‘downwards’ through the imaginary figure of this constellation, as though dressing ‘her’. Thus, as our sun arrives at the Autumn/Fall equinox, Virgo has been ‘clothed with the sun’, not with it at her shoulder as some surmise!

In THE SHAKING: watch for signs on earth and in the heavens I referred to Revd John Kilpatrick’s exposition upon this subject. First, he teaches about the Lord’s Feasts to enable an understanding of the background and timing of this exceptional event. From 1:57:00 point of the following video link he explains the difference between astrology and astronomy and goes on to talk about the meaning of Jewish year 5777 (now just closed). At 2:07:00 he refers to it being a year some Jews are expecting the Messiah to appear, and that “out of all the years this is the three sevens…it is a year of triple completion and according to many Jews they have always said year 777 will be the year of their messiah”.  If you may have time and inclination to watch tap/click this image and scroll to 2:07:40 to learn about ‘The Radiant Woman’:

Watch Revd John Kilpatrick teach on Rev 12 from 2:07:40 mark

Pastor John follows the dispensational, pre-tribulation school of thought and I’m not entirely convinced that the Rapture will precede a period of the Great Tribulation, but certainly before our extremely patient, long-suffering Father releases His Wrath. Being mainly an American evangelical theological approach some of that school have thought it opens up the possibility of the Rapture happening now!

But its exact timing is not important – the real necessity is to be prepared for the Lord at any and all times.

For those who prefer to read text rather than watch a talk I recommend these articles, especially if you like theological discussion in Nelson’s comments threads:

Nelson concludes his mini-series, “Although astronomical signs of Rev 12, the Woman and Dragon, in the fall of this year are interesting and have caught the public’s attention, it is doubtful they mean anything at this point. However, if biblical prophecies begin to be fulfilled in the next 30 days, all of us should straighten up and take notice.” 

Thus, I informed him about the ‘Peace Day’ and 1Thess5, to which he replied, “That certainly is interesting Richard. I don’t take it as fulfillment yet..” and kindly gave me a couple of references to check as he thinks the Day of the Lord will be towards the end of Daniel’s 70th Week.

In few posts covering the blood moons of 2105 I referred to this celestial event and the two-year lead-in period, about which I’d forgotten and thus wasn’t part of my musings in #1 of this mini-series. If you have time and inclination you may wish to scan-read my:

Three days’ prophetic jigsaw pieces: #2 – 22nd Sept and Daniel’s ’70th week’

LIVE STREAMING from CHP (US) : UK TIMES 1am and 4pm on SAT 23rd Sept (tap image)

Kicking around the prophecy-related dates of yesterday and tomorrow with the Lord and the fact He’s been showing me the significance of a few events in my lifelong journey, I wondered about the middle-day – today 22nd September, my 70th birthday, and maybe a possible relevance in scripture.

The well-known references to 70 years in Daniel popped into mind: the duration of the Jewish exile in Babylon and the famous prophetic word he received, oft referred to by eschatologists – the ’70 weeks’. As Daniel repented for his and his people’s sins and interceded before the Almighty, the angle Gabriel was sent in answer and spoke to Daniel with reference to a previous vision he’d experienced. It was either the vision of four beasts (of which one’s presumed to be the antichrist – Dan 7) or that of the ram and goat (Dan 8), which may be likely as chapters 8 and 9 are in Hebrew whereas chapter 7 is in Aramaic. Gabriel says,

23 At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:

24 Seventy weeks are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.

25 “Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
The street shall be built again, and the wall,
Even in troublesome times.

26 “And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.”

Daniel 9:23-27 (NKJVcourtesy Biblegateway – emphasis added)

The ‘seven weeks’ as seven sevens of years is 7×7 = 49 years and ‘sixty two weeks’ is 62×7 = 434 years. These cover the time from Ataxerxes’ decree to rebuild Jerusalem to the dedication of its new, second temple, and then to Jesus’ crucifixion. This leaves one unfulfilled ’70th week’ of seven years of which eschatologists of various views recognise as being the times of ‘Jacob’s Troubles’ and of Israel recognising Jesus as Messiah, and which would include the Rapture, Jesus’ Second Coming, the battle of Armageddon with its defeat of Antichrist and the Beast, leading into the Millenium period of Jesus’ ruling God’s Kingdom on earth.

So, I cannot but wonder if ‘Daniel’s 70th Week’ may be about to start, especially in view of yesterday’s ‘coincidental’ association with Paul’s foretelling the ‘season’ of the Day of the Lord as described in the previous post.  Also, a few months after starting this blog a prophetical teacher gave me a word about understanding the ‘riddles’ of God as did Daniel and Joseph.

Now that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re in for continual doom and gloom or that ‘the end is nigh’ for Father wants to help the Bride get herself ready for her Groom – and He has many ‘tricks’ up His sleeve. As known from Jesus’ encounters with the Adversary, it knows the scriptures and is therefore well-aware of the End-time ones. As with Jesus’ death and resurrection, so too in fulfilling His Word will Father have many unexpected, astonishing treats in store for those who believe in the One He Sent.

I’m just musing out loud…

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Three days’ prophetic jigsaw pieces: #1 – 21st Sept and 1Thessalonians 5

‘But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.’  (1 Thess 5:1-4 NKJV – emphases added)

Is what Apostle Paul foretold about the timing of the Day of the Lord happening today? Or this coming year?  Especially noteworthy is the fact that today is Rosh Hashanah – the start of the Jewish New Year 5778!!

You may recall having read about this a month ago in Today’s and one month away’s awesome events in the heavens on Mark Biltz’s message (1:04 – 1:05 mark refers)?

The United Nations has declared 21st September to be observed annually and globally as the International Day of Peace (‘Peace Day’)’. Today’s and the next 365 days theme is entitled, ‘Together for Peace, Respect, Safety and Dignity For All’.

Look again, that scripture’s third verse promises ‘when they say, “Peace and Safety!” then…’, the clear inference everyone’s saying those words.

Eschatologists reason that, in the context of the corpus of End-time scripture, this verse means Israel will be living in peace and safety within its own land without any threats or attacks from other nations. Hence the international interest in getting an Israel-Palestine peace treaty signed with a two-state solution to the vexed issue.

But what if the verse really refers to a worldwide concensus to talk about peace and safety, not the resolution of a long-standing Middle-East geopolitical problem??

Could this year, therefore, be the beginning of The Day of The Lord?

Another Biblical Connection?

Furthermore, the details in Matthew’s account of the magi’s journey following the Star of Bethlehem had dropped into mind over the past weeks’ whilst mulling over September’s three special days. (Hence my publishing God’s Bookends.)  King Herod’s asking them about the timing of that star resulted in his murdering children under two years of age (Matt 2:7& 2:16).  So could there be something meaningful about ‘two years’? I ponder over its possible implications in the fulfillment of prophecy.

Moreover, could it support a ‘niggling’ growing suspicion over the direct relevance of what I’d posted two years ago about the Day of the Lord??

Therefore, I was struck whilst editing that post to hear an announcement coming out of my computer speakers about those two years!!  And it was the voice of a man with the same initials as me – RB!  He was nine minutes into a video summary of discussions on the internet since 2015 about the two years up to now, and of which I’m totally unaware as my time’s far too valuable to spend trawling through cyber-stuff.

Double therefore – I took this ‘God-incidence’ as confirmation about the connection I’d been mulling over. Here it is:

Whilst in Jerusalem during the Feat of Tabernacles in 2015 violinist and messianic Jew Dr Maurice Sklar had a visionary experience which concluded with him being instructed to “Tell them all, The Day of the Lord is upon you now!”

‘Upon’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘here’ or ‘on top of’ but it can also mean something’s ‘imminent’ and so ‘The Day of the Lord’ could be just ‘over the horizon’ and arrive very soon!

Moreover, although two years apart Dr Sklar’s revelatory vision and today’s UN ‘Peace Day’ are both on a Feast day designated by the Lord: ie. Tabernacles and Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) – Leviticus 23:23-25 and 23:33-36.  The latter is a two-day holiday starting at sundown yesterday and to allow for sighting of the new moon in Jerusalem. It is immediately followed by high holy days ‘The Days of Awe’ leading into Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, with intense spiritual preparation and repentance, sometimes referred to as ‘Israel’s Dark Days’. Old Testament prophets understood the Days of Awe to be a period of judgement, which has a parallel with The Day of The Lord (The Last Shofar, Joseph Lenard & Donalf Zoller).

What’s more, the astronomical alignment of planets and constellations that mirror the ‘radiant woman’ of Rev 12:1-2 takes place on the first ‘Day of Awe’ 2017; that is, 23rd September!

A Brief Biblical Background

For newer readers, let’s briefly consider the background to Paul’s letter and the Day of the Lord:

In the earliest canonical document of the Church (depending upon resolution of date of his letter to the churches in Galatia), Apostle Paul reminded believers in Thessalonica what he’d taught them about Jesus Christ’s promise to return. They were concerned about the status of those who’d died (were ‘asleep’) before that prophesied event.

He states, “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord” which, in my humble opinion, clearly implies Paul had heard this direct from Jesus personally, or received during his very occasional meetings with the twelve apostles. (The later gospels, Peter and John’s letters refer to Jesus’ second coming but don’t spell out the details, as Paul does, for all believers upon being ‘caught up’ or ‘raptured’ to Him at His return.)

Paul refers in passing to a future event first prophesied by prophet Obadiah – the Day of the Lord (see Obad 15) – and to which Jesus alludes in his ‘mission statement’ and its direct connection with Isaiah 61:2 (Luke 4:18-19 refers).

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THE SHAKING: watch for signs on earth and in the heavens

Although I don’t agree 100% with John Kilpatrick’s reasons for a pre-Tribulation ‘rapture’ of believers in Jesus Christ, some significant serendipity alerted me to pay very close attention to his latest message entitled Your Redemption Is Drawing Near. I’m amazed to discover upon transcribing some of its video that a particular time-stamp reinforces a personal ‘bridge over the Pond’!

WORDS OF WARNING TO THE WORLD

After bemoaning the dearth of good, regular teaching upon End-times throughout Western churches and the increasing ungodliness across American society and churches, John brings a profound, prophetic warning. His tone becomes increasingly sombre as he speaks more carefully and pausing often (see video link):

(at 2:10:50 mark) “I really believe that 2017 is pivotal; not just because of The Radiant Woman of Revelation 12 [RB: in which he refers to its astronomical manifestation in September]…and not just because it’s possible that this is a Jubilee year, nobody really knows, but there are indications...

(2:11:45) “One thing I can tell you is this: the Lord spoke to me a few weeks ago, two mornings in a row and He said, “The earth is marked for change”.

(2:12:00) “I heard it when I was coming out of sleep (pausing to wipe his brow) and the next morning when I was coming out of sleep I heard the very same voice and very same words: “The earth is marked for change”

“It so shook me I called a meeting that night, took my staff out to eat…and I told them at the end of the meal what I just told you – it doesn’t sound serious when I say it, but that’s because you didn’t hear the voice I heard! But whenever the Lord or Holy Spirit tells you that,  I wasn’t able to convey it like that. So you can’t tell what I felt – but I know the earth is marked for change.

“And that is not just the earth but is also the heavens – and the Holy Spirit has said to me there’s going to be such things begin to happen…it’s going to be so shaking to people before we get out of here, before the Lord comes to get us, there’s going to be so many things that’s going to shake people that, if you’re not forewarned, it’s going to shake you!

“You will remember my voice, you will hear my voice ring in your head a hundred times when things start happening and you’ll say, “He told us!”. I hope it brings you some comfort that I told you ahead of time… but you hear me; when things start happening there will be no more headlines of Russian collusion…no more talk of tampering with the election, all that won’t even be in the papers at all…I want to say one more thing.:

“I never really put two and two together ’til Friday as I was preparing my message – but because Donald Trump is president and not afraid of anyone he’s saying things most presidents would hold…and we need a president now who says what we need to hear, even if it’s insulting. So when he came out and said about ‘fake news’…yes, I began to realise I’ve been hearing a lot of fake news…There’s no collusion, there’s nothing to it, it’s all just hype..

“So now listen, listen, if the news media is reporting fake news and hype…and they’re holding back reporting things they need to report, and reporting things they don’t need to report; it all of a sudden dawned on me and the Holy Spirit said, 

“They will do the same things about the signs of My Coming – they will NOT report things that need to be reported that will shake the nations about the soon coming of Christ. They’ll hold it and talk about a bunch of nonsense”.

“And He said,

“My people will have to search it out and have to go to places of truth to get the truth because they won’t be able to hear it on the news any more!”

“You might not agree with that, but I’m ‘Donald Trump the Second’ up here today – I’m telling you things that you need to hear. I’m not afraid to tell you things you need to hear. I’ve got nothing to prove, I’m only trying to tell you things that will help you get to heaven…

“Don’t take for granted what I’m telling you about the heavens. I’m more concerned about that than I am other things because in 2009 the Lord gave me the prophetic acrostic R.E.S.U.R.R.E.C.T.I.O.N. – you remember? The one that stood out in my mind more than any other was the ‘S’ for ‘Signs’, and the Lord said there’s going to be signs in the heavens. And the Lord said to tell the people to warn them, because He said when the signs start happening it’s going to bring great fear on the earth!”

A VERY PERSONAL LEAD-IN

We watched that live-streamed service from Church of His Presence in the afternoon.  A few hours earlier at the morning service in Liphook, one of our ministers had encouraged us to come forward for a blessing for opening up,  or developing, our personal journey and calling in Jesus.

After a number of recent indications on how He’s been steering me since a young boy, I gained an insight into my mother’s preference for using my middle name – John. Homing into that, I recalled Apostle John was favoured by leaning upon Jesus’ chest, and subsequently by a visitation from which he recorded ‘the revelation of Jesus Christ’. So I briefly recalled His visitation to me one night in September 1989, as recounted in On a Trapdoor to Hell – Jesus Swoops to the Rescue.

Therefore, I was doubly intrigued a few hours later to hear pastor John start to teach upon the Book of Revelation and use that same description of John’s privileged place. Furthermore, the title of his talk is that of a scripture directly related to my encounter’s similarity to the Second Coming of the Lord. That verse appears in my late mother’s Missal for readings for The First Sunday in Advent, viz: ‘Lift up your heads because your redemption is at hand‘ (Luke 12:28) – see final part and illustration of Triple Validation…

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YET it wasn’t until today that I discovered a THIRD connection in pastor John’s talk! It’s directly relevant to a personally relevant number referred to in those two earlier posts: 212 – the number of the house I lived in when a boy. AND those preceding links reveal earlier instances of such ‘serendipity’; that is, God-incidents!

In listening to the recording of pastor I’m ‘God-smacked’ by the indisputable fact that only when the recording has been playing for 2 hours 12 minutes does he start telling how he got warned upon awaking from sleep!!

Hmm, so we have something significant to contemplate and wait upon with the Lord -and those personal markers are telling me to pay attention because they validate His word to pastor Kilpatrick.  How about you, my reader, what do you think?

Fulfilled prophecy #22 – gold and silver, USA and UK

THERE’S MORE GOLD, as in Patsy Southway’s visionary statement Gold, Gold and More Gold!  Moreover, I read about it right after having re-publishing her vision of droplets or nuggets of gold when deciding to check recent entries on Veronika West’s Facebook – her new reference to “GOLD” is absolutely astonishing: yet another ‘God-incidence’!

But then that’s why they’re recognised in being at least three sequential occurrences often on one day, or over three consecutive days, upon a common spiritual theme. They’re just like pieces of an invisible jigsaw falling into place.

So we now have three ‘invisible’ pieces about GOLD: two concurrent emails on visions of gold from Beverley (golden rain), Patsy (golden droplets and wing tips) plus Veronika’s post about the fulfillment of a year-old vision of gold and silver!!!

In not having kept abreast of news over last weekend I wasn’t aware of detailed reports of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, but Veronika noted very specific statements and actions as yet another indication of the continuing fulfillment of a prophetic word she’d received a few days over a year ago, on 5th July 2016 to be precise. It reads:

A WORD FOR AMERICA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM; TWO SHALL BECOME ONE!

“A MIGHTY RIVER OF GOLD AND SILVER; THE POWER OF GLORY AND REDEMPTION IS SHIFTING AND RESHAPING THE NATIONS IN THIS HOUR “!

‘Today while praying for the Nations, suddenly a very powerful vision opened up before me where I saw a large gold hand coming out of the Nation of America, I watched closely as the gold hand reached up high into the heavens.

‘Then suddenly I saw a large silver hand coming out of the United Kingdom and it too reached up high into the heavens, I watched intently as the silver hand of the United Kingdom and the gold hand of America came together and began to shake hands and as the two hands shook, I felt the earth tremble and the ground beneath my feet began to move and shift.

‘Then suddenly out of the heavens came a third large hand, but it was a hand of blazing fire, I watched as the hand of fire came to rest upon the shaking hands of silver and gold, Suddenly the blazing hand of fire intensified in heat causing the hand of silver and the hand of gold to melt, I watched closely as the two precious metals melted into one another forming one mighty river of molten gold and silver.

‘And then I heard these words, “UNITY AND FREEDOM, GLORY AND REDEMPTION”

‘Then I watched as the river moved with great force and in great power, I watched as the river of gold and silver suddenly turned and broke forth upon the Nations of the earth and wherever the river of gold and silver flowed the mighty waters rose causing the landscape to be changed and transformed, then I watched closely as great fires broke out upon these Nations, the blazing fires of purification and revival, fires that will not be quenched but will only burn brighter and brighter.

‘Then suddenly out of the heavens I heard these words,

“WATCH! FOR THE NATION OF AMERICA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM SHALL SHAKE HANDS AND THE TWO SHALL FORM A STRONG ALLIANCE AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE IN PURPOSE, ONE IN VISION AND ONE IN GREAT VICTORY.

“WATCH! FOR THE RIVER OF MY GLORY AND REDEMPTION SHALL NOW FLOW FORTH UPON THE NATIONS CAUSING A TIDAL WAVE OF TRANSFORMATION AND CHANGE, FOR EVEN IN THIS HOUR BELOVED THE POWER OF MY GLORY AND REDEMPTION IS SHIFTING AND RESHAPING THE LANDSCAPE OF THESE GREAT NATIONS AND THE FIRES OF PURIFICATION AND REVIVAL SHALL BURN, BURN, BURN”, says God.’

Then last Saturday 8th July, Veronika posted this:

“HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS IN THIS HOUR, FOR THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS MOVING SUDDENLY, QUICKLY, STRATEGICALLY AND SHARPLY IN THE EARTH”!

‘WATCH! AS MANY PROPHETIC WORDS WILL ‘SUDDENLY’ COME TO PASS…! For there is a divine Acceleration and Momentum that is taking place in the realm of the Spirit over the Nations.

‘THESE ARE THE HEADLINES IN TODAY’S NEWSPAPERS.

“Trump: UK-US trade deal to happen quickly”!
US President Donald Trump has said he expects a “powerful” trade deal with the UK to be completed “very quickly”.
Speaking at the G20 summit in Hamburg, he said he would visit London. Asked when, he said: “We’ll work that out.”
In one-to-one talks, Mr Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to prioritise work on a post-Brexit trade deal, a UK government official said.
The president made it clear he believed Britain would “thrive” once it had left the European Union, the official added.

‘See the Prophetic Word I posted last year! Amazing God we serve. Giving Him ALL THE GLORY.’

Also, she spotted how a photo taken of that Head-to-Head meeting matches the above symbolic image, as previously published on her Facebook!  Notice Donald Trump’s and Theresa May’s handshake and the hues of their hair reflect that picture…

Selah…

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Critical, historic election day – prophetical perspectives & declarations; and Big Ben

Houses of Parliament: courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Awake in the early hours a number of notions popped into mind, maybe as pieces of the Lord’s invisible jigsaw??  ‘Twas time to pray along the lines of Romans 16 to ‘crush satan’ again and I recalled what two sisters in the Lord had told me at Acorn and now realise the scriptural aspect of one is to be announced herein as a Habakkuk declaration:

“Look at the nations and watch – and be utterly amazed for I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe even if you were told (1:5 NIV)…

“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. (Hab 2:2-3)

The first (‘V#1’) reacted to Nina’s vision of heaven’s response to Romans 16 prayer by saying the triple lights spoke to her of one of the three lots of stakes in each of the four nations of Britain that had been seen by a visiting intercessor. Named ‘Confession & Repentance’ ‘Vision & Promises of Commitment’ and ‘Faithfulness & Covenant Unity’ they had chains connecting and supporting them so the nations wouldn’t be torn apart as our lands rocked and groaned for a while.

A couple of months ago the other (‘V#2’) had shared a vision she’d just had of tanks appearing from the south east of England. In response to the recent alert for the south coast, she writes, “…they increased in number according to the shape of the land…It was to do with the tank tracks, the things that dig into the ground so that they can manouevre over any terrain without too much difficulty. It started with something being sharpened on a moving lathe belt which after a while the lathe belt turned into the moving tank track which then multiplied into many tanks. It was the parts that made up the track that were being sharpened so that no obstacle would hinder it’s progress.”

I recalled it well for I was reminded of scripture’s awesome holy threshing-sledge in Isaiah 41, where the Lord comforts His servant Israel – so declare its meaning for today:

“ALL who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies you will not find them. Those who war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear…for I Myself will help you…

“See, I will make you into a threshing-sledge, new and sharp, with many new teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them and reduce the hills to chaff. You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up and a gale will blow them away. But you will rejoice in the LORD and glory in the Holy One of Israel.” (vv 11-16 NIV).

Wind and a gale! Didn’t they cause nationwide chaos only a few days ago?

Now in conversation with ‘V#2’, she recalls the tanks started moving off from Dover over discoloured land. However, wherever their tracks went the land became green and fresh again!! (This reminded me what happened in the picture I had whilst praying at Winchester just before the EU-Referendum vote.)

MOREOVER – DOVER was covered in our Keep Praying & Bless routine at 8am, viz:

Decree: I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA; “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the almighty.”(Revelation 1:8)

‘We decree that Jesus is the Almighty, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.

‘We bless the people of the British Isles with knowing the security that God truly is the beginning and the end, and that He holds everything together because Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever.’

Also, it’s intriguing that both ladies’ names begin with a ‘V’ – for victory! (In fact, there’s 3 v’s in them.)

SO, let’s be full of expectation for the Lord’s indicating something’s about to happen.

GENESIS 12 BLESSING FOR BRITAIN

It is to be especially noted that Theresa May has written to the Jewish community in the UK promising to be “You community’s champion!” (as here). If she is elected as Prime Minister Great Britain may, therefore, expect to receive the Lord’s blessing promised in Genesis 12:3; “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse”.

Election of the Labour party leader Corbyn would be a catastrophe for Britain because not only does he countenance anti-Semitism within the party but also as a life-long supporter of terrorist groups, he represents a clear and present danger to our national security. To those young idealists, like I was before having my eyes opened to the deep misery of 5 Labour PMs in 50 years, I would urge you to be well aware of that history as you vote. (See former head of MI6 Richard Dearlove’s page 1 Telegraph article ‘Jeremy Corbyn is a danger to this nation and exclusive report on 20-year Special Branch monitoring in view of fear he’s ‘undermining democracy’ – premium content). For lots more see Jonathan Ely’s splendid coverage of news at Why Leave The EU?

VISION OF BIG BEN FROM TUCSON, ARIZONA

My cyber-friend Tony Puccio noted on 11 March in his blog My Dreams and Visions on Big Ben: Another Dream:

In August of 2016 I had the following vision – of Big Ben being struck at its base by what looked to be a missile.  Then I saw it fall just like the twin towers did in the 9-11 attack where the towers, instead of falling over, crumbled to the ground. Big Ben’s clock face was now on the ground but was undamaged

‘The morning of 03/11/2017 I had another dream about Big Ben only this time I saw it arise from the clock face on the ground to its original height, perhaps even taller. I remember hearing it bonging, however, it did not cease as one would have expected when it had chimed the hour of the day but was a continual bonging.  Then I saw people in beds asleep and I perceived that the bonging was to awaken from slumber those who were sleeping.

‘It’s my personal belief that England is going to play a significant role in the coming awakening hence the dreams about Big Ben.’

It just so happens that at about 6am. I heard a massive, quick ‘boom’ in my head and wondered if it could be a symbolic starting pistol to the election. A few hours later at the polling station I learned that was the time they arrived to set up for opening at 7am!

Tony’s dream of a missile attack last year was fulfilled metaphorically by the manner in which citizens were massacred on Westminster Bridge later in March. His second dream may speak of the nation waking up at long last to the treachery buried within the muslim community and our arising to new heights of our re-found national identity?

(You may like to read also: Dreams & Visions of Big Ben at Prophetical Midnight Hour.)

So tomorrow morning will start an exceptionally interesting period in British history. Bring it on Lord!

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

‘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.

Two major prophetic words relating to North Korea

In view of heightened tensions with N Korea I’m featuring this item of 19th April 2017 for reference purposes:

The current convergence of biblical and historical cycles is coming to a head and, leading into my brief update on this, we need to be aware of how a couple of recent prophetical words mesh into the bigger picture. They come from a pastor and a preacher whom the Lord anoints with prophetic unction as and when necessary for instructing the Church (1 Cor 12:4-11). Continue reading

2001 prophetic words on Britain and Commonwealth – and USA!

Puzzle in Sky by Idea Go, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net

Timing for prophetic jigsaw pieces continues to fascinate as being indicative of what the Lord wants us to pray about and where He’s moving.

I’m grateful to Edmund Phillimore for making contact and making me aware of a talk in 2001 by Ruth Ruibal.  It seems he may not have realised I’d posted an item on Britain, the Commonwealth and USA for, in her speech, Ruth had drawn attention to a revival in the whole alliance.

Edmund writes by way of introduction:

‘Have just come across your website in searching for the prophecy given by Smith Wigglesworth.  I was brought up in the 1930/40s believing that God’s calling was upon Great Britain. He had planted the Bible deep in this nation….but the while the 1960s saw a public repudiation of faith, God was at work in the Charismatic renewal.

‘Transformation Videos circa 2000 brought news of remarkable revivals around the world. 

The second one was launched at a conference in Birmingham in 2001. I wasn’t there, but I still have a set of tape recordings of the various speakers. Ruth Ruibal was invited from Columbia, and the attached is notes of some of the things that she said, and her words in bold script later in the text are the ones that I particularly noted.  In essence she said that God’s calling was on this nation and His calling is irrevocable.’

Read her encouraging message at 2001: New Millennium Battle for Britain’s Destiny  (my title). It anticipates by 12 years (that number again!!) what Revd Dr Sharon Stone brought about the reason for Britain’s spiritual battle (Prophetic Clarion Call for 2014-16: see parts 2 & 3) – and newly installed President Trump re-iterated those of 2012 on the restoration of national identities (here).

Thank you to Ruth also for her kind permission to publish.

Read also Edmund’s paper Our Christian Heritage in Church and State as part of the EU & Brexit hub.