About the Bible.

Biochemist Seymour Gart’s very amusing yet thought-provoking insight on how the Bible’s Author used (holy) ‘ghostwriters’! Many thanks Sy.

The Book of Works

“You guys are kidding, right?”

“What do you mean?”

“What do I mean? You are collaborating on a book. One of you writes the first chapter, the other writes the second. And so on”

“Right. That’s what we did.”

“Great. But tell me something. Did either of you read what the other one wrote?”

The two authors looked at each other, and then back at the editor.

“Um, well, I mean… Not in, you know, detail,” said the first author (we will call him P). “But I thought he did a fine job.”

“Really? Interesting. You thought he did a fine job. You (pointing at P) talk about man being created “male and female, He created them” on Day 6, and your friend here (pointing at Mr. J) talks about some guy made of dust and a woman made from his rib. Did you happen to notice that the two…

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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

Good Friday Insights – part 1

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

Note: this from 2016 is republished as it leads into Thursday’s post on the Crucifixion and the directly related insights that blessed me this year..

Reflections upon the events of Jesus’ betrayal and execution whilst we were on a Quiet Day’s ‘Appointment in Jerusalem’, added to my ongoing meditation upon His prayer made not in the garden of Gethsemane, but after Passover in the upper room and offered up for Himself, the first disciples and every subsequent believer (John 17).

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

Our modern concept of ‘name’ doesn’t convey the depth of meaning appreciated in biblical times. I recalled Hebrew and Semitic studies scholar Dr Michael S Heiser’s (bio) referring at Exodus 23:20-23 to the Angel of the LORD as having ‘Yahweh’s “Name” in him…which gives a glimpse of the Hebrew Bible’s ‘Name Theology’ in which reference to “the Name” actually refers to Yahweh Himself…Thus, ‘Yahweh indicates He is in the Angel…yet in other passages, Yahweh and the Angel can be simultaneously – but separately – present (Judges 6:11-26) [Old Testament Godhead Language].

That’s remarkably similar to the principle of quantum entanglement as noted On Engaging Time – yet is in the Bible!  He goes on to say the divine “Name” represents His presence, which is also God’s “essence”.

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

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

Also, the last part is equivalent to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The deep wisdom of that article is worthy of contemplative reflection. Yet it also speaks to me of another aspect of the Lord’s name relating directly to the Crucifixion, about which I’ll tell another time…(published Maunday Thursday 2017).

Also, yesterday Good Friday 2017  I was blessed with further related insights, which will be shared in Part 2.

The Origin of Chance

This amusing approach to Creation made me chuckle, and will bring some light relief for any readers musing over Is Free-Will An Illusion? and its attached discussions over at Rationalising The Universe…

The Book of Works

After many many attempts (don’t ask how many, it was a very large number), God finally made the perfect universe. Everything worked great; the stars shone, the sun was brilliant, plants and animals, birds and fish were everywhere, and humans were happily living in the Garden. There was no sin, no death, no misery, and no surprises. God looked at His creation and saw that it was perfect.

But Archangel Michael was bored. So were all the other angels. Now that God had (finally) gotten everything right, including those pesky laws of physics with their infernal constants (see On Constants, Dec 10, 2015 https://thebookofworks.com/2015/12/10/on-constants/ ), there wasn’t much for anyone to do. Satan kept himself busy by trying to tempt some human (for some reason he always tried the women first. That Satan). But he had no success. They always smiled and turned down his offers. Apparently none of them…

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Will Britain’s Supreme Court survive?

Prophetic Voice UK-EU jigsaw

UK-EU jigsaw – credit Ton Snoei, Prophecy Today UK

Catching ten or so minutes of live coverage of today’s hearing before the 11 judges of the Supreme Court as the Attorney General presents the case for triggering Article 50 raises the following query:

How long will the Court last before being dismantled?

It was introduced and established by Tony Blair according to the European model. So a European institution in our land is ruling upon our government’s actions and endangering our Constitution. The purpose of its own existence needs to be seriously questioned and debated, if not summarily shut down.

We’re in this crazy position because of the draconian nature of EU legislation – and the European edition of American journalism’s Politico reports in Where European Democracy Goes To Die on EU leaders fast-tracking legislation out of sight of public view!

Moreover, as David Chapman points out in his paper EU’s Background & Alternative on this blog, the EU’s principles of justice are contrary to those of Great Britain!

Greatly as I appreciate the expertise of legal arguments, having served for some years as a contracts officer for the government, my sneek-peek made me conclude they’re ‘talking tosh’ at my expense, ie. at taxpayers’ expense. The House of Commons overwhelmingly supports Brexit and so this legal talking-shop should cease and simply ensure that Brexit is achieved with all the legal niceties ironed out.

If the Supreme Court decides against the government’s mandate for the UK to leave the EU as quickly as possible and, therefore, against the will of voters in the largest electoral turnout in Britain’s democratic history, then it may find itself being closed down by political directive!

Maybe my above title is merely wishful thinking – or prophetical pondering?

PS – very interesting and important word from the Lord on this fierce battle to Veronika West in her Word To The UK

A Message to the Citizens of the United States of America

Further to references in the USA to a possible constitutional crisis, and in view of Great Britain’s forthcoming independence from the European Union, a sensible solution has been found for avoiding a breakdown of US government business, as happened during investigations into the Watergate scandal. Now hear this 😉 

A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN

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To the Citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In light of your failure to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and territories (except North Dakota, which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. The letter ‘U’ will be reinstated in words such as ‘colour,’ ‘favour,’ ‘labour’, ‘neighbour, etc, etc.’ Likewise, you will learn to spell ‘doughnut’ without skipping half the letters, and the suffix ‘-ize’ will be replaced by the suffix ‘-ise.’ Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels.

2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ”like” and “you know” is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter ‘u” and the elimination of ‘-ize.’

3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you’re not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can’t sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you’re not ready to shoot grouse.

5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. A permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect.

At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and use imperial measure. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.

8. You will learn to make real chips. French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.

9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as ‘beer’, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as ‘lager’. South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound-for-pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth – see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat’s Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

10. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters and will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys.

Watching Andie Macdowell attempt an English dialect in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one’s ears removed with a cheese grater.

11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer.

Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).

12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable.

You will learn cricket and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.

13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It’s been driving us mad.

14. An internal revenue agent (ie. tax collector) from Her Majesty’s Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).

15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 pm. with proper cups and their matching saucers, never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies, as you may continue naming them) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

God Save The Queen!!!!

PS. this repeats a Facebook joke posted in 2011 and currently circulating on email.

Thoughts & prayer points on US Constitution and Election

As with the neutral stance of his contributions to my early posts on the EU Referendum, David Chapman offers his thoughts for our information and prayers. He lives in the UK and to my knowledge isn’t an American citizen. Dave’s post is timely – prophetic even – in view of deep concerns over a constitutional crisis in the event of a Clinton victory, (as in last post’s link).:

THE AMERICAN ELECTION

I am sure you appreciate my thoughts are at best very incomplete, but whilst doing very little ‘work reading’ during this last month’s stay in New Zealand, I did carefully read the American Constitution, called the “Constitution of the United States”, and also a book out of Morning Star Ministries (Rick Joyner) by Karla Perry – ‘Back to the Future’. With some of my own thoughts also, these are some of the findings. I hope they may be useful in considering and praying for the American Presidential Election due on 8th November.

The American Constitution

This is the opening Statement, word for word, of their Constitution and, therefore, it does not include the 7 Articles (which are just 9 pages laying out essentially how Governing is to operate, including its structure); nor does it include The Amendments, (which are 27, and just 7 pages), though some of these – all of these of course if you are American! – seem particularly vital.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Lets dissect this a little.:

1. “We the people”…..

This clarifies WHO are establishing, and seeking to abide by, the Constitution. The Constitution of the United States lies in the hands of all those who are Americans.
This simple but profound statement found its roots in the democratic freedoms earned on British soil.
Whilst this provides great freedoms for its citizens, it clearly also lays great responsibility in the hands of each of those citizens. Only an individual vote ‘for someone, or for another’ engages with that responsibility.

2. to “establish Justice”

Wow! …. that is its first priority of purpose and responsibility.
Noun: justice; plural noun: justices
1. just behaviour or treatment.
“a concern for justice, peace, and genuine respect for people”.
In practice this means:-
fairness, justness, fair play, fair-mindedness, equity, equitableness, even-handedness, egalitarianism, impartiality, impartialness, lack of bias, objectivity, neutrality, disinterestedness, lack of prejudice, open-mindedness, non-partisanship; honour, uprightness, decency, integrity, probity, honesty, righteousness, ethics, morals, morality, virtue, principle, right-mindedness, propriety, scrupulousness, trustworthiness, incorruptibility.
“ideas of social justice”
validity, justification, soundness, well-foundedness, legitimacy, legitimateness, reasonableness. (I wish to acknowledge an internet definition here – no web ref available though).

These Bible-based ethics, values and morals lie at the heart of their Constitution.
This is all to be carried out under officially appointed administrators of the Law, their judges, magistrates, and the people, using a similar Jury make-up to our own.

3. to “insure domestic Tranquility”

I am sure we would use the word “peace” to interpret this. That is, peace within their borders, including their homes, cities and communities.

Therefore, there lies with THEM a responsibility to ensure (our English word!) best conditions internally – within the Nation that is – for the benefit of the whole Nation to live at peace.

4. to “provide for the common defense”

It is THEIR responsibility, under their form of Government, to provide the necessary defence of and for their Country against attack from outside or within. That’s pretty plain and simple.

It will include by military means through policing at home, and also by monitoring its own borders.

5. to “promote the general welfare”

That is, by making decisions as well as by policy, through educating and training by all means possible to ensure the care and development of all its citizens.

6. “and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”

That is, to ensure all the results (blessings that come from) of liberty for the present and future generations.

Maintaining liberty is a cause not to be taken lightly.

In our case this was won at national level through the Civil War (1642 to 1651), though the Magna Carta (June 1215) had stated our freedoms centuries before, and in their case also through Civil War (1861 to 1865), though this Constitution was made and signed in September of 1787.

It is worth reiterating that ALL of these freedoms and responsibilities issue out of Bible-based, and understood, principles and practice.

The Candidates for this Election

Well, their main two parties – Republican and Democrats – have thrown up their choices. For the Democrats stands Mrs Hillary Clinton. She is aged 69 before the end of this October, while Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, is already aged 70. That’s the easiest detail regarding them both to record!

Mrs Clinton has served in the front line of American politics for longer than she would like to think, including at her husband’s side (?) during his own political career and Presidency which ran from January 1993 – January 2001.

Meanwhile Mr Trump ran his father’s business from 1971, but his ’empire’ is now run largely by his children. He does have a Bachelor’s degree in economics, but this has not always protected him against some business failures. Nevertheless the 72-storey ‘Trump Tower’, completed in 2001, sits across from the United Nations’ main building in New York.

If we go by the media coverage, or their publicized behaviour, before and during this Election campaign, perhaps we wonder how on earth either candidate could possibly be the forthcoming President of the United States! How much of it all is true we cannot tell. Be that as it may, that is the choice before the American people.

The Real Choice for Americans

What really lies before all Americans at this time, is ‘which candidate is more likely to honour the key parts of the Constitution’? That to me is the real question. That is so difficult to decide given the coverage we have had. However, that is how we intend to be praying for this vital appointment, for the next leader of the free world!

Only God knows which one of these two is the best for that purpose, and therefore of His will – since it was His doing that led to the establishment of this great and powerful Nation several centuries ago along the lines outlined in their Constitution.

That Constitution, over the centuries since its inception, has overseen their development and growth internally – to such an extent that only just over a third of Americans see the point in having a passport!– as well as externally taking their place at the top of world influence, especially during this last century in so many fields, including militarily, and to their credit grew to become the greatest (Christian) missionary sending and supporting Nation on earth.

I believe, therefore, this is the most vital Election in the US for many, many years, even decades.

Our Response.:

It could be easy to close our eyes to the whole thing ‘across the pond’! But the reality for us is that we would not have won the First World War without their help, their military assistance, involvement, and financial support, neither indeed would we have won the Second World War.

Despite their President’s more recent threat to “place us at the back of the queue!” if we left the EU, there is no doubt they remain our greatest ally in peacetime, or in war, having come from the same and similar roots as our own. We share a love for liberty and freedoms, established in each Nation, at great cost, and all under Bible-based principles and behavior.

We would be foolish indeed to remove ourselves from the responsibility to pray earnestly for this great nation at this time. Our future in our nation is intertwined with theirs, and certainly will be during and after our present Brexit process.

Therefore for us, the best way we know how to pray for them is along the lines of :-

“Lord, would You cause the candidate to be elected whose heart is closest to honouring the Constitution of the United States, at this time.

“Would you defeat the forces of evil that seek to destroy this great missionary sending Nation, restore its Bible-based freedoms and liberties, lead them to lift up your name in the years to come, and to serve your purposes at home and abroad.

“Your kingdom come in this vital part of the world, in Jesus mighty name, amen”.

Dave Chapman, 21st October 2016

Personal invitation to build the Kingdom – part 2

Thank you to Beverley Hall for kind permission to republish from Providential Joy dated Sunday 24th July 2016. It’s also got a ‘serendipity story’!:

BUILDING THE WALL – ALL HANDS ON DECK!

nehemiah-1As I meditated and worshiped – with the events (below) and building the wall story in mind – the word laid on my heart, added to when given at our fellowship gathering, is three-fold:

1. God’s hand is moving to remove hindrances to growth and moving forward in areas of resistance, doldrums and aridity. Seeds planted will be protected, with supernatural watering for growth. The foxes messing with both spiritual and physical plans, growth and fruitfulness will be removed.

2. It’s time to pick up all that God has given you to build – in one hand His Word and His Spirit in the other natural talents, passions, learning, skills, spiritual gifts etc. The cement that brings this together is the LOVE Christ Jesus gives to us freely. The opposition to building the church (no matter what that may look like I’m your area) is on the run – kingdom workers must take up their positions – arise knowing you are fully equipped and your back is protected while you work.

3. Set a watch and establish an alarm mechanism – mockers and attackers may come, but God is our strength and the work will continue and prosper. Even if your “wall” (something you are doing for God) looks fragile, insignificant or incomplete – what God has sanctioned and started will be completed.

Foxes in the garden

bh-fox-photoTwo fox cubs came tearing through my little garden last week – fleeing as if their lives depended on it. After seeing me they bounded with additional speed and leapt onto my back fence. One cub didn’t quite make it and hovered and crawled along the fence before jumping down and running off down the road.

The picture of the fox on the fence stuck in my mind and stirred in my spirit that this happening had meaning.

Motivated by this looked for biblical references. Nehemiah 4 says, “Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.” This verse however introduces how the builders overcame opposition and discouragement. The story tells how:

  • Workers on the wall were motivated to work hard and get the job done;
  • Gaps in the wall were being closed;
  • Strategy and plans were laid to defend both builders and wall;
  • The mockers and attackers were sent packing when they heard that the builders were prepared and ready for an attack;
  • An alarm or communication was established to warn of trouble and to call people together;
  • Work continued around the clock with builders having bricks and mortar in one hand and a weapon in the other.
Footnote:

Another ‘God-incidence’! After having blogged a Kingdom-related 5th anniversary, which became ‘filling’ (or ‘mortar’!) in a Come Build With Him ‘sandwich’ (part 1 of this post), I started catching up with last week’s email. One was about London’s Tower Bridge:

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Recipients read blogger Beverley’s covering remark, “I trust you find (it) encouraging and uplifting – especially if you’ve been in a season or time where “nothing” seems to be happening. Whether we can see or feel things in the natural or not – the river is flowing beneath your feet. My prayer is that you’ll start to smell and feel the water of life”. Amen!

In view of my recollections of central London I replied on Monday, “This is particularly interesting because I could see Tower Bridge from my desk looking toward Cannon St railway bridge from my office building by Southwark Bridge. [A nearby demolition site’s plaque recorded the site of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.] That was in early 80’s before the new Globe was built and sparked off a deepening interest in Elizabethan and Jacobean history as the area played a central role in London’s history. Also in that connection I’d been musing over the anniversary of a dream I had relating to where I’d worked and the coming Kingdom, as recounted in recent blogs”. (Fascinating to discuss that location and history with our guest at that evening’s meal too.)

That and the day’s blog prompted an astonished reply that she had been led “to writing a “building” word.  This seems to be a clarion call to the church across the UK.”  

I agree and have emphasised because all these recent messages are prophetic of very promising developments in our area – and have already been picked up by an assigned leader! 

Also, Glasgow Prophetic Centre informs me that, as a church, they’ve “been deep in Nehemiah and Ezra since January. Nehemiah is very much the book of the season!”

So let’s be ‘Builder Bob’ with the Lord…

Monday mirth: how many cows?

A farmer named Sam was overseeing his herd in a remote hilly pasture in Hereford when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the farmer, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”

Sam looks at the man, who obviously is a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing animals and calmly answers, “Sure, why not?”

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany …

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to the Farmer and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”

“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Sam.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the boot of his car.

Then Sam says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”

“You’re a Member of the European Parliament”, says Sam.

“Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”

“No guessing required.” answered Sam. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of pounds worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know a thing about how working people make a living – or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep.

“Now give me back my dog!”

AND that, friends, is the problem with THE EU!

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[With grateful acknowledgement to unknown source.]

Paws 4 thought: removal of rubbish and the Lord’s glory

Paws4thort5The surprising find of an old, unread email appears related to today’s plans, the execution of which met with awkward, technical opposition. Before taking the walk mentioned in the previous post I’d emailed single copies of an intercessory email but left the bulk for circulation as an early task this morning.

Now let’s consider that unread email.:

Upon return and preparing for the distribution of the prayer to a several dozen I first dipped into the links in the email and replied to its sender,

‘…Have only now checked the links and particularly note Andy’s closing remarks on what the Lord showed him re St Paul’s (Cathedral) and a barge taking rubbish out to sea: “It’s time to clean My house”.
 
‘The Lord’s timing is always fascinating, so maybe that reflects my thoughts on the Lord starting to expose political wrong-doings, as mentioned in my email on praying for the Camerons….’

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That link opens with a reference reflecting something similar that I saw over the weekend on a course on Living in the Anointing.  During fervent worship in the chapel I perceived a large pool of water overflow, as though from a well with a low wall. Soon I understood it may refresh the neighbourhood as the land is slightly higher than and thus may feed into the nearby wide but shallow valley. Later, I learned a visiting preacher’s remarks last week led to a search for dried-up, disused spring of water that served the large premises.

Looking now at the hardcopy of the linked article I notice the website’s appropriate title: Living Stones in Streams of Living Water aka. deepuntodeep-joy.blogspot, and the post refers to a song on the glory of the Lord by Godfrey Birtill: ‘Are You Ready?’.

It then provides a recent marvellous prophetic word that may be akin to the vision Smith-Wigglesworth and his prayer partner Norman James had, albeit 50 years later, of Britain. The writer then tells what he sensed from the Spirit whilst walking around central London and the Thames. I’m grateful, therefore, to Beverley (Joy) Hall for circulating this news.

Read this splendid account in full via the following title:

Unity across churches manifests God’s Kingdom

Puzzle Globe and Book by ThanunkornHere I share more insights gained since Holy Week, citing an example to prove this post’s title and looking at early church history. First, listen to Jesus in prayer:

“Father, I pray for those who will believe in Me..that they may all be one, as You Father are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent me.” (John 17:20-21 NKJV – emphasis added)

Is Jesus’ prayer about to be fully answered at long, long last? Especially for the sake of saving lost souls?

Sixty years ago many Christian denominations had scant tolerance for one another, even though a large percentage of Britons attended church regularly or, if not, would at least go for Easter and Christmas. Those who didn’t were religiously well-informed – unlike today’s spiritually unwashed masses who are religious illiterates! As a youngster I was subject to some most unexpected personal animosity between Protestants and Catholics – despite their claiming to believe in the same God!

Thus, disunity was one reason for my rejecting Churchianity and seeking truth beyond science and religion in metaphysics and mysticism (the Eastern and New Age variety).

As well as ignoring Jesus’ expressed desire for unity and command to love one another, believers weren’t doing what Jesus did – and more – as He foretold:

“Most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12 NKJV)

History demonstrates churches across the East and West hadn’t complied with Jesus’ desire. Moreover, it seems God didn’t answer His Son’s deep prayer request!  Mankind’s free-will and Satan’s steering were determined to prevent its fulfillment at all costs.

Heavenly Father can ensure Jesus’ prayer gets met. No doubt He’s waiting for the right time and conditions for inspiring believers who are responsive to His Spirit; rather than to make them comply. He didn’t create robotic automatons. First, however, we need to want and allow Holy Spirit into our lives rather than deny, quench or grieve His gracious ways.

Re-born Into Christ

Consequently, it was an extremely pleasant surprise to find after being born again in 1989-90 those antagonisms had disappeared. When I was baptised in Holy Spirit in 1992 I saw Jesus healing people and so I wanted to associate with the group who’d organised that day’s event. That Circle of Prayer for Healing in the mid-Thames Valley was a mixture of Catholics, Anglicans, Baptists and independents – and all charismatics!

Thus, spiritual unity of that small group enabled Holy Spirit to flow in power and manifest the presence of the Kingdom of God – praise You Lord. Hopefully we may expect a much larger manifestation now we’re 25 years further down the road…

An increasing emphasis from those with prophetical voices and gifting is indicating Holy Spirit wants to inspire, infuse and direct our hearts and minds with Jesus’ love for fellow Christians, and to express that as a Unity of spirit and action – so the world no longer sees believers as squabbling hypocrites and realise who Jesus is and that we really do have the answers they’re desperately needing and seeking spiritually.

Hence my enthusiasm towards unity in belief and action (with the caveat of obedience to Jesus’ instructions) throughout Christendom  – no doubt the intensification of secular and terrorist persecution is drawing us out of our shells and making us stand up!

So, let’s remind ourselves of recent ‘God-incidents’ focusing on Unity (as here and here).:

  • Extraordinary vision: “I watched as these fiery, burning and anointed ones moved together in PERFECT UNITY”.
  • Revelation from the Lord about angels of Revival being released and that “The body of Christ is coming alive in Jesus, in purity, in life, in love, in UNITY”.
  • Obedient response to: “The Rhema Word God has had for me the past few months is UNITY”.
  • Writing a new book for which “The major outcome theme…is Unity”.
  • Three years’ preparation for church-wide act of unity across the UK.

The details of the last from Malcolm Duncan warrant brief re-iteration:

Revd Malcolm Duncan“I lead Spring Harvest and for three years I have been working on an act of unity across the United Kingdom that will see all…evangelical bible conventions and celebrations declaring that, whatever our theological differences are, we are one in Christ Jesus. It is going to involve 130,000 Christians from March (Spring Harvest) through to October next year with the Festival of Life…perhaps the biggest demonstration of Christian unity that we have seen in the evangelical church in the United Kingdom for almost two hundred years – and they’ve all said “Yes” – there’s the miracle! They’re all on board, and I am sure the Bible says,

“Where the brethren dwell together in unity, the Lord commands a blessing.”

Seventeen months ago Heidi Baker brought a word about ‘A New Move of God in the UK’  which prophesied about Unity as follows (underlining added):

Heidi at CTF Wembley“…There’s going to be a movement of unity in the UK that’s going to shake the world, says the Lord. I hear the prophetic word of the Lord. It’s going to flow through the universities and the colleges of the universities. It’s going to flow through denomination and the non-denominations. There’s going to be a move of unity within the Body of Christ.

“You’re going to fill Wembley Stadium. You’re going to fill stadiums, stadiums, with worshippers of the living God. And there’s going to be this holy affection where people come before the Lord. They’re not going to even know who’s speaking in the stadium, they’re not going to even know the name of the preachers, because they’re coming fixing their eyes on Jesus. It’s going to shake the nation, says the Lord.

“There’s going to be a unity even between Scotland and Ireland and the UK, that’s going to SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE. There’s going to be a shaking that’s going to bring a unity, says the Lord. There’s going to be something that the people of other faiths are going to see in this nation, as believers come together in radical love…”

Amen to all the above.

The Early Church on Jesus and Unity

My meditations have been based upon Apostle John’s understanding and revelations of the glory and nature of His dearly beloved rabbi, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This meant musing upon, seeking the Lord and researching into what the disciples may have learned after the Resurrection; ‘To whom’, the physician and chronicler Dr Luke records that Jesus, ‘also presented Himself alive after His sufferings by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and (His) speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.’ (Acts 1:3 NKJV)

[THUS, after that privileged private teaching they logically concluded the Kingdom was going to be restored to Israel. That’s clearly the Lord’s action plan – they just wanted to know when to expect its execution. Had that not been a legitimate request they’d have been rebuked. But Jesus told them that’s not their – OR His – concern because it’s The Father’s prerogative! Jesus had another plan for them: transmitting the Gospel with all the consequential signs and wonders: ie. fulfillment of John 14:12 – see Acts1:6-8.]

MBarkerWebPhotoScriptural meditations encouraged me to re-read The Hidden Tradition of the Kingdom of God – an exceptionally informative book by the Methodist Bible scholar Margaret Barker, whose Doctorate in Divinity was conferred by the Archbishop of Canterbury, ‘in recognition of her work on the Jerusalem Temple and the origins of Christian Liturgy’.  (It is designated, ‘Temple Theology’.)

Dr Barker’s significant new contribution to the understanding of the New Testament opened up important fields for research.

In checking out her website I found the paper ‘Jesus the Nazorean’ most illuminating and confirming my thoughts on Paul’s many references to the ‘mysteries’ of God. On page 9 therein lies a useful insight into our consideration of Unity in the Lord (emphases mine):

“Theodotus, the second century teacher whose work survives only as quotations in Clement of Alexandria, was condemned by later generations as a Gnostic. He taught about Jesus’ role in restoring the unity, just as John’s Jesus did in his final prayer after the last supper. This is what Theodotus said:
They say that our angels were put forth as a unity and are One in that they came out from the One.
Now since we existed in separation, Jesus was baptised that the undivided should be divided until he should unite us with them in the Fullness, that we, the many, having become one, might be mingled with the One which was divided for our sakes.’

“And this is what John’s Jesus said:
”[I pray] that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they may also be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me”. (John 17.21)
Restoring the unity was a sign of divinity. But John’s Jesus also brought judgement: ‘[The Father] has given all judgement to the Son’ (John 5.22).

“Theodotus is not telling us anything different from what Paul said in his message to the
Ephesians:
’For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth’ (Eph.1.9-10).

“So too in his letter to the Colossians, Paul said that Christ holds all things together (Col.1.17).

“The secret of the kingdom was the secret of unity, restoring all things to their unity with God, and so Paul saw the future as the Son of God bringing all things into the kingdom – he called it subduing all things, the judgement – ‘that God may be all in all’ (1 Cor.15.28).”

Therefore, in my humble opinion, this information is well-worth mulling over. I’m especially pleased Dr Barker refers to and stresses Ephesians 1:9 (see my covering intro to God’s Eternal Purpose – and reference to Unity therein). This reinforces my interest in what Paul knew by personal revelation from Jesus Himself, as well as gained when he was caught up into heaven.

Thank you Lord that Your Spirit of Wisdom and of Revelation brings knowledge of You (Eph 1:17).

Footnote:

In discussion with a leader at a local church we visited recently I queried his opinion upon the source of Paul’s knowledge of the Last Supper and the Resurrection. He was keenly recommending a new devotional book, 40 Days With Jesus by Dave Smith of New Frontiers church. In considering the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, the leader echoed Smith’s citing ‘compelling evidence from 1 Corinthians 15 (as) important because not only was it…written early [in 55AD] but (also) Paul’s evidence would have come from meetings with the other apostles that took place only a few years after the resurrection itself’.

This book’s a useful adjunct to my meditations, but the above remark may be playing fast and loose with scriptural data!!

Paul’s letter to the Galatians may be dated 6 years earlier, depending upon which of two groups he was addressing, or else contemporary with that sent to the church in Corinth. In stating how he changed from being a severe persecutor of believers to becoming an on-fire believer and preacher, Paul writes (Gal 1:15-16 NKJV):

“When it pleased God…to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went to Arabia and returned again to Damascus.”

In about 62 AD, Dr Luke completed his careful investigations of early church history. He wrote, ‘In his account to King Agrippa Paul states, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision but declared first to those in Damascus…(to) repent, turn to God and do works befitting repentance” (Acts 26:19-20). Earlier, in recording post-conversion events of Paul in that city, where Paul regained his sight through Ananias, Luke states ‘Then Saul spent some days with the disciples in Damascus. Immediately he preached the Christ in synagogues…’ (Acts 9:19-20).

Therefore, if Saul didn’t receive full revelation personally about the Last Supper and the Resurrection whilst blind, then wouldn’t he have got the basics from Ananias’ group?

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Good Friday insights

The Cross at Ffald-y-Brenin, situated as directed by the Lord.

Reflections upon the events of Jesus’ betrayal and execution whilst we were on a Quiet Day’s ‘Appointment in Jerusalem’, added to my ongoing meditation upon His prayer made not in the garden of Gethsemane, but after Passover in the upper room and offered up for Himself, the first disciples and every subsequent believer (John 17).

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

Our modern concept of ‘name’ doesn’t convey the depth of meaning appreciated in biblical times. I recalled Hebrew and Semitic studies scholar Dr Michael S Heiser (bio) on Exodus 23:20-23 reference to the Angel of the LORD as having ‘Yahweh’s “Name” in him…which gives a glimpse of the Hebrew Bible’s ‘Name Theology’ in which reference to “the Name” actually refers to Yahweh Himself…Thus, ‘Yahweh indicates He is in the Angel…yet in other passages, Yahweh and the Angel can be simultaneously – but separately – present (Judges 6:11-26) [Old Testament Godhead Language].

That’s remarkably similar to the principle of quantum entanglement as noted On Engaging Time – yet is in the Bible!  He goes on to say the divine “Name” represents His presence, which is also God’s “essence”.

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

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

Also, the last part is equivalent to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All this reminds me of another aspect of the Lord’s name relating directly to the Crucifixion that I was contemplating, about which I’ll tell another time…