Can science explain everything?

Thank you Ruth for introducing and summarising another scientist’s account of a significant ‘God-incident’ intruding within three peoples’ lives on the same journey…

Science and Belief

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A mathematician, a judge and an ambassador walked onto a train. It sounds like the beginning of a joke but the mathematician was John Lennox, who is well-known for his lectures about Christianity, and his new friends were completely serious about their investigation of his beliefs. We don’t know what happened in the end, but all three of them clearly recognised the significance of the conversation.

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7 years ago today: Welcome – (now) Thank you

On the 7th anniversary of the launch of this blog on 21st November 2011, let’s look at what the very first visitors found:

WELCOME

‘Hello, I’m Richard Barker.

‘Welcome to my musings about what’s going on in the world and I trust this blog may help you gain some insights. Indeed, what on earth is going to happen next?

‘You may find some of my ideas challenging, even outlandish! For instance, come on an imaginary trip in a ‘time machine’ and, later, receive unusual instructions on how to tell the time!

‘Some pertinent points from my past appear in my Bio Info, where you’ll learn about a seminal work that was to serve as a fascinating foundation for anyone’s appreciation of Bible prophecy

‘Reading The Invisible Hand in the mid-1980s opened me up to a new dimension to events in the Middle East indicative of things not being as they seem. I was amazed to learn they’re of major Biblical significance! Bemused, therefore, I began to watch…:

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My chains fall off…freed at last from satan!

Months after that night of destiny in 1989 I trashed my occult and New Age books, but  I still had a few items very significant to membership in those occult brotherhoods. Very soon, however, troubles brewed up within my relationships. And they got worse, and worse. So I asked for prayer help and I gathered all those remaining  things, such as ritualistic items and pictures. Right at the peak of my trouble I heard an almost audible voice instruct me,

Burn what you’ve collected – NOW!”

Never, ever, would I have believed what was to happen next:

Out in the backyard I piled those items onto an area of gravel and, putting a match to them, I sincerely repented. Fanning the flames, I apologised deeply to God for all my past rebellious, sinful activity and specifically renounced all the evil connected with and arising from my occult associations.

As I asked God to forgive me, heavy invisible shackles suddenly dropped off my wrists!

I felt, and was, free, completely free – exactly as is jubilantly sung in Charles Wesley’s great hymn And Can It Be? 

WOW, from despair to jubilation within a split second!  What utter freedom!  Praise Him!

That hymn’s lyrics present the simple yet sublime salvation found in our Father’s good news about Jesus.

How aptly the third verse describes my personal situation and what had just happened – my wonderful liberation from invisible bondage to satan.:

1. And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God shouldst die for me?

2. He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace!
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race!

‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For, O my God, it found out me.

3. Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night.
Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray:
I woke the dungeon flamed with light!

My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

4. No condemnation now I dread:
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,

Bold I approach th’ eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

If you’re unfamiliar with Charles Wesley brother of the renowned evangelical founder of Methodism, John Wesley, you may like to read the brief note at the foot of this page of lyrics from Scripture and Music.

Click image to hear one of the greatest hymns as broadcast some years ago in Songs of Praise, thanks to Fabio Ramsay.:

I will rejoice in the Lord, I will exult in the victorious God of my salvation! (Hab 3:1)

[For overview of full testimonial see “I’m FREE!”]

Triple validation of Jesus’ visitation

A little time was needed to gain a fuller understanding of that awesome visitation – the absolute holiness of the Lord Jesus Christ in contrast to my personal sinful nature. No wonder I expected to die and was convicted of my sin!

That encounter used two very personal aspects of my life to grab my attention, thereby validating the experience as real, not an imaginary one. Even more amazingly, both validations are directly related to the 1st and 2nd Advents!  Thus, they couldn’t fail to enhance my interest in End-Times and which had been launched a few years earlier by The Invisible Hand (described here).

The First Advent was the time when Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea about two thousand years ago. Hence, the four weeks leading into Christmas are designated within the church calendar as Advent, and which start the church year.

The Second Advent is coming soon and is expected to begin in the city of Jerusalem.

FIRST VALIDATION

I inwardly ‘knew’ the heavenly visitor was indeed Jesus, and that the impressive action was a foretaste of his promised return, when He will come in all His power and glory.

The event reminded me of my favourite picture in mother’s Missal, or service book of the Roman Mass.  This gave the content of every Sunday service throughout the year with a diagram symbolising the theme for each service.  As a boy keen on astronomy I’d been fascinated by the picture for First Sunday in Advent. This depicted Jesus standing on the clouds over a burning earth in the midst of sun, moon and falling stars, indicative of events before his Second Advent! Continue reading

…The night Jesus Christ takes me to task and rescues me!

Upon awaking twenty-nine years ago today (14th September 1989) I knew events in the early hours had been a landmark in my destiny. The previous evening in Pangbourne, Berkshire, I’d firmly shut the door to hearing any more about God’s Good News! But the night had been spent at 212 E_Road in Stockport, Cheshire, for a life-changing event. (Hence my laughing at the title of yesterday’s post GPS #21.2: God’s Voice Thunders. That number had also cropped up after I first blogged about this testimony!)

In a most unusual dream that night I went back in time and place. A dream so lucid that nearly 30 years later it remains vividly etched within me. Here’s what happened (dream content blue font, comments black italics).:

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Yoke-breaking anointing coming upon the earth – Veronika West

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Veronika West, 13th March 2018

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First Sunday of Advent and a personal foretaste of Jesus’ return

Yesterday, Sunday 3rd December, saw the celebration of the First Sunday of Advent 2017. It’s always highly nostalgic to me because of a life-changing dream in 1989 that brought a totally unexpected and radical encounter with Jesus Christ.

FIRST & SECOND ADVENTS

The First Advent was when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea 2,000 years ago. The four weeks leading into Christmas are designated within the church calendar as Advent, and start the church year.  In traditional churches the scriptural readings for the First Sunday in Advent are usually on the glorious return of Jesus Christ to rule and reign on earth, known as the Second Advent.

My encounter featured two highly personal aspects of my life; thereby validating the experience as real, not imaginary. Amazingly, both validations are directly related to the First and Second Advents and enhanced my interest in End-Times, by which I’d been figuratively grabbed by an Invisible Hand only a few years earlier.

Six years ago this week, soon after launching this blog, I posted details of the encounter – one that gave a personal foretaste of the Second Advent!

One aspect I haven’t previously referred to, however, now needs highlighting in view of current events I must blog about. So it’s important for you, my reader, to appreciate the wider grounds upon which I take my stand AND call fellow disciples of Christ to TAKE A STAND.:

THE VISITATION

The brief account On a Trapdoor into Hell – Jesus Swoops to the Rescue tells the full story.

My background was one of deep involvement in New Age, Gnostic and occultic notions with meditational and mystical practices. Although not a practitioner, I was nevertheless  aware of the principles of witchcraft. Those practices had led to some unusual ‘psychic’ dreams, but none whatsoever were like this one.

This dream’s sudden ‘gearing up’ into the supernatural reality of demonic and angelic activity and the appearance of Jesus Christ above the clouds and His fast descent towards me, startlingly made me conscience-stricken and realise the truth of judgement – in great dread, mine was about to happen NOW!  And because of my sins I was now about to be dropped right into Hell – so in terror I just had to hide from HIM!  (And I did…but!)

Later, I understand that terror had been ‘the fear of God’ brought through Holy Spirit in convicting me of my sinfulness (ie. wrongdoing) and, thus, preparing me to receive God’s grace (ie. undeserved favour).

However, only this weekend have I realised another scriptural relevance of that fear – and that I’D BEEN BLESSED WITH A FORETASTE OF THINGS TO COME! 

APOCALYPSE – THE SIXTH SEAL OPENS:

‘The kings of the earth, the great men, the rich, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in caves and in the rocks of the mountains and said to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great and day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Rev6:15-17)

My reaction to that visitation from Jesus very closely matches the reactions described in Revelation chapter 6 to earth-and-heavens-shaking events that will lead into His return.  It could be said that, in addition to natural fear, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the LORD (Isaiah 11:2) will come upon them.

So, I’ll be using that personal aspect as grounds for praying in a particular way for the conviction of sin and sincere repentance of reprobates who serve satan’s schemes.

Hence my taking note at the close of Emma Stark’s video of 24th November on the Lord’s preference for the kind of revival we should pray for.  ‘He said, “But Emma, I’d rather you ask Me for the revival of the holy, reverential fear of God.” And God said, “It is in that, that I can bring the extraordinary miracles.” And the Lord says that he is going to give back to his people right now…a godly capacity to fast; a godly capacity to pray; a godly capacity for greater holiness, because I believe that He’s saying to us,:

“Choose My move that is a holy, reverential, all-based response to Who I am, that will bring the greatest harvest, and the greatest salvation and the greatest miracles for a generation.”

[For an overview, with full background, of my true story click I’m FREE!]

A dream: the Lion is still roaring!

Over the ‘Pond’ and way beyond – in Tucson, Arizona – Tony Puccio posted this on Saturday in My Dreams and Visions 

‘I had a dream last night where I saw a lion seated in what I’ll call a regal pose looking outward.  Then I saw many, many people begin to throw spears and knives at the lion. I saw the lion lean to one side succumbing to his injuries – or so I thought – and dying.

‘However, the lion in the dream did not die but rather stood up on all fours, shook, like one would see a dog doing when wet, and the spears, knives, etc. that had pierced his body were expelled. Then I saw the lion begin to roar at those who had thrown the spears and knives trying to kill him and I watched as they became like dust and were no more.

‘Several things come to mind here one naturally being the monicar (sic) given to Jesus as the lion of Judah.

‘The seated lion, I believe, represents rule. The standing lion roaring represents judgement.

‘As I get further revelation from the Lord I will add to the post.’ (The Lion Still Roars)

Thank you Lord and to Tony, for this resonates strongly with an important message issued by Glasgow Prophetic Center on Friday, as in the next post

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Comatose cop questions Jesus and is sent back with ‘2 minute’ warning – part 1

As a child living at the height of the Cold War and sometimes watching the slow flight of a delta-wing Vulcan bomber swooping like a menacing hawk over my house in north-east Cheshire, I was only too well aware of the ominous public ‘4-minute Warning’ of incoming nuclear missile strike against Britain. (Popular joke: “Enough time to boil your last egg”!)

So it was especially interesting to note a shorter timescale emerged – with a football motif! – in discussion over this exceptional email coming out of the blue!  Note: ‘code blue’ is the American medical alert for ‘crash’ response to cardiac or respiratory failure.

From Marty Breeden, Virginia, USA:

Richard,

Enjoyed your page and wanted to share this with you…….my testimony

I’m a full time Deputy Sheriff with the Page County Sheriff’s office in Page County, Virginia.

I died on July 17, 2015. I went totally “CODE BLUE” from Acute Respiratory Failure as a result of a CO2 buildup in my system from a “perfect storm” of health issues. Within 48 hours I would go “CODE BLUE” again. ALL this can be fully medically documented.

When I coded, I went through a tunnel. When I came out, I heard the Voice of the Lord. He said, “My church does not really believe I’m coming back soon!” He said it over and over and over again. Each time with more passion and more urgency.

Finally, I said, “Lord, we read about it, sing about it, preach about it, study it, we believe you’re coming back soon!”

The Lord responded and the timbre of His voice changed…..He said, “My church does NOT really believe that I’m coming back soon, for if they did, they would not be living as they are!”

……..Again, His voice changed and He spoke with even greater Urgency……He said, “I AM coming back soon and my church is NOT ready!”

Later, I would have another similar vision that would be confirmed in a miraculous way, this too about the Lord’s soon return.

I was instructed to come back and “Tell those things which you have heard!”

I’ve made a wonderful recovery; I’m back now full time as a Deputy Sheriff in Page County, Virginia. I’m married with 2 daughters. Everywhere I share my entire story, souls get saved and people rededicate their lives to the Lord.

Blessings, feel free to contact me if you are interested.

Deputy Marty Breeden

(If this video image is blank on Internet Explorer, click link to Trunews YouTube.)

In response to my query, Marty sent a link to the above video and told me his true story has featured on many US outlets to an audience of over 300,000.  It rang a bell and so I checked with James Bailey at Z3 News. He’d published Marty’s full account, which you can read in Part 2 of this post.

Thank you too to friends’ email that pertinently quotes Gandhi as rebuking Christians too:

“You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilisation to pieces, turn the world upside down and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of literature.”

Notes:

Comatose cop questions Jesus and is sent back with ‘2 minute’ warning – part 2

I’m grateful for James Bailey’s kind permission to republish this fuller version of Marty Breeden’s true story from Z3 News (‘End-time News Before It Happens’ – link via sub-title, editorial emphases RB):

“MY CHURCH DOES NOT REALLY BELIEVE I’M COMING BACK SOON!”

On Friday, July 17 2015, I went into complete acute respiratory failure due to a perfect storm of health issues coming all at once. At the time, I was 51 years old and had been serving as a full-time police officer with the New Market Police Department in New Market, Virginia, for nine years.

Within 48 hours, I went “CODE BLUE” twice. I was placed on life support, breathing with a respirator, had a tracheotomy surgery, and spent two weeks in a coma. I was in the hospital for over five weeks followed by nearly four months of in-home care.

The first time I went “CODE BLUE,” I immediately went through a tunnel. When I came out of the tunnel, I immediately heard the undeniable voice of the Lord say to me,

“MY CHURCH, does not really believe I’m coming back SOON!”

He repeated,

“MY CHURCH does not really believe I’m coming back soon!”

Over and over, the Lord repeated this exact same thing to me with more passion and volume EACH TIME. Finally, I raised my hand to get His attention like a school child, and I said, “Lord, yes, we do believe you’re coming back soon! We read about it, sing about it, study about it, and pray about. Lord, we believe you’re coming back soon!”

It was then that the tone of the Lord’s voice changed and He said,

“My Church DOES NOT really believe I’m coming back soon, for IF they did, they would NOT be living as they are!”

He then lovingly but firmly pointed His finger at me and said with great passion,

“I AM coming back soon and My church is not ready! Now go back and tell the things you have heard and know that your message will not be received!”

I then came back into my body and the Lord sustained my life. I spent three weeks in the Intensive Care Unit, then was transported to progressive care for seven days. Then I was taken to the University of Virginia Transitional Care Facility in Charlottesville, Virginia, where I received eleven more days of care.

My first night in UVA Care Facility, I had a vision of a small, oval-shaped, bright light. It began to get bigger and bigger and bigger until finally I realized I was standing in a large football stadium at night, all alone, without anyone else present. I looked up at the scoreboard and I saw ‘2:13’

I then immediately heard the Lords voice say,

“MY CHURCH should be living as though this is the two-minute warning!”

Now I’m a huge football fan and God knew I would know EXACTLY what he meant by that. In that last two minutes, a football team makes a mad dash, doing everything they can to win the game. Both teams know the end of the game is at hand and the referee is about to blow the whistle and the game will be OVER!

Several hours after seeing that vision, I was sitting in a wheelchair in my room looking out the window when I heard a knock at my door. I could barely talk at the time due to the tracheotomy surgery, so I whispered, “Come in.”

Two ladies who were obviously part of the UVA medical staff asked if they could come in and speak with me.  One of them was going to be my physical therapist and the other my occupational therapist. They started telling me about the treatment plans, but then the conversation took an odd turn when one of them said, “Mr. Breeden can I ask you a personal question?”

I replied, “Of course.”

She asked, “Would you consider yourself a man of faith?”

I told them, “I certainly have not always lived it, but yes, I am a follower of Jesus and a Christian.”

When I said that, they looked at each other and smiled.

I then asked, “Ladies, I’m not offended by your question, but it’s an odd question for medical staff to ask a patient, isn’t it?”

What they said next is almost beyond belief! They said, “Mr. Breeden, “We had NO INTENTIONS of coming in and seeing you this morning. We were both on our way to see other patients, but when we were walking down the hall, each of us going opposite directions, but when we got in front of your door, the number 2 appeared in the spirit and we both saw it on your door. So we asked, ‘Lord what does this number 2 mean?’ Then the Lord said, ‘Go in and ask that man if he knows what the NUMBER 2 means AND HE’LL KNOW EXACTLY what you’re talking about!’”

She then asked me, “What does that mean?”

Keep in mind we had NEVER met and she had no idea about anything I saw in the vision. I then told her about the vision and that the Lord was coming SOON!

Eventually, I was released from the hospital and allowed to go back into law enforcement. It happened just as the Lord had warned. In the first year, I probably told over 50 pastors and men of God about the visions, but they were NOT received, not even by my own church of twenty years and not even by my own pastor. Only one disabled pastor in a small backwoods country Bible Mission asked me to come and share my experience, so I did.

Just a few weeks after my Code Blue experience, the Lord began opening doors for me to share my experience despite the rejection of many.

One week before I was to share these visions for the first time in public, I sought the Lord about an issue, which I never understood in the second vision. I could not figure out when I looked at the scoreboard, why did I see ‘2:13’? Why not just ‘2:00’?

Then I heard Him speak to my heart,

“Read Titus and look at chapter two, verse thirteen. Yes 2:13.”

When I read it, it seemed to jump off the page because I KNEW the Lord had spoken:

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; (Titus 2:13)

I’m still a full-time Deputy Sheriff, but now I faithfully share this message wherever doors open. I warn the church and call sinners to repentance. In the last few months, I’ve seen hundreds come to the Lord and get soundly saved. I’ve seen backsliders repent and rededicate their lives to Christ!

Blessings,

Deputy Marty Breeden

Author: Marty Breeden

Marty Breedon has served as Deputy Sheriff with the New Market Police Department in New Market Virginia since 2006. In a near death experience in 2015, Marty was called by God to warn the church of the Lord’s soon return. Since that encounter, God has used Marty to lead hundreds of people to salvation.

© 2016, Z3 News. All rights reserved.  Code Blue image courtesy Tiger Medical.

Freedom at last from satan – my chains fell off!

Months after that night of destiny in 1989 I trashed my occult and New Age books, but I still had a number of items that were very significant to membership in those occult brotherhoods. But very soon, troubles brewed up within my relationships. And they got worse, and worse. So I asked for prayer help and I gathered all the remaining  things, such as ritualistic items and pictures. Right at the peak of my trouble I heard an almost audible voice instruct me,

Burn what you’ve collected – NOW!”

Never, ever, would I have believed what was to happen next:

Out in the back yard I piled those membership items onto an area of gravel and, putting a match to them, I sincerely repented. Fanning the flames, I apologised deeply to God for all my past rebellious, sinful activity and specifically renounced all the evil connected with and arising from my occult associations.

As I asked God to forgive me, heavy invisible shackles suddenly dropped off my wrists!

I felt, and was, free, completely free – exactly as is jubilantly sung in Charles Wesley’s great hymn And Can It Be? 

WOW, from despair to jubilation within a split second!  What utter freedom!  Praise Him!

That hymn’s lyrics present the simple yet sublime salvation found in our Father’s good news about Jesus.

How aptly the third verse describes my personal situation and what had just happened – my wonderful liberation from invisible bondage to satan.:

1. And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God shouldst die for me?

2. He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace!
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race!

‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For, O my God, it found out me.

3. Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night.
Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray:
I woke the dungeon flamed with light!

My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

4. No condemnation now I dread:
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,

Bold I approach th’ eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

If you’re unfamiliar with Charles Wesley brother of the renowned evangelical founder of Methodism, John Wesley, you may like to read the brief note at the foot of this page of lyrics from Scripture and Music.

Listen to one of the greatest hymns as broadcast some years ago in Songs of Praise,   thanks to Fabio Ramsay.:

I will rejoice in the Lord, I will exult in the victorious God of my salvation! (Hab 3:1)

[RETURN to overview: “Am FREE!”]

The Bible’s Author directs me to ex-New Agers’ testimonies

The Father has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in Whom we have our redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. [St Paul’s letter to the Colossians 1:13-14, Amplified Bible.]

As well as testing Christians’ claims of hearing God direct and getting astounding personal evidence for that I wanted to know lots more not only about Him, but also, and in following up on that revelatory scripture, about false teachers and their falsehoods.

In my wariness of religious folk I’d assumed none would be able to comprehend my story as they’d be ignorant about those things. Doubtless, none would have been through my kind of bad, meditative ‘trips’ – or so I thought!

But direct help was again at hand from the Bible’s Author…

SUBMISSION AND FIRE

C_RidersWhenever I went into a local Christian bookshop my long-standing sensitivity to serendipity would kick in! That is, one book would jump off the self at me! The Lord was directing me to biographies of Christians who’d previously been tied into occult, New Age activities – like me. They’d been rescued from terrifying situations by calling upon Jesus’ name. So, their true stories brought home what had really happened in that stunning dream. As mentioned, St Paul’s insight on satan’s ability to masquerade as an angel of light and on its followers as servants of righteousness (2 Cor 11:14), brought confirmation of the reality of my past encounter. I’m so deeply grateful to the real living God for saving me.

Having been deceived and beguiled, scales were now starting to fall from my eyes – an awesome awakening, and a homecoming!

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Outline of Tal’s book (click to enlarge)

Riders of the Cosmic Circuit  (1986) by Tal Brooke was one such book. Son of American diplomats and a pioneer in meditation with crystals, Tal held a privileged position in the inner circle of the revered Indian guru Sai Baba, of whom he later wrote,

“I had discovered an absolutely satanic thing operating behind Baba’s veneer”.

Tal Brooke’s own encounter with the darkness behind the ecstatic light and consciousness known as the state of ‘nirvana’, validated my psychic dream experience.

The very first of these autobiographies, however, was by someone who’d also been in the brotherhood I’d been initiated into.

Whilst reading the concluding chapters of Roy Livesey’s account over the lunchtime of 29 March 1990, I prayed the ‘sinner’s prayer’ and gave my life to Lord Jesus as my personal saviour. Driving home later, however, the spiritual enemy tried to get me into a couple of road accidents. And upon arriving home I found it had attempted to burn down my new, wooden-framed house. Thank you Lord for protection through both events – the fire had been put out by throwing water onto flaming fat in an electric oven!!

Jesus tells all who believe in Him what will happen as a result of following His teaching, as noted here and here by John, one of His first and closest disciples,.:

“If you hold fast to and live by My words you are truly my disciples. And you shall know the Truth and the Truth will set you free (for) I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one can come to the Father except through Me”.

NOT YET FULLY FREE

From those who’d trodden the very same path as me, I learned the great importance of being completely cut off from my ‘old life’. This meant getting rid of books and objects associated with it, but I’d been slow to so do. Although I’d turned away from that past, yet an unseen bond seemed to remain.

The fact of that subtle influence needed dealing with because I wanted what’s promised in the Word inspired by Father God, the Author of the Holy Bible:

“So if the Son liberates you, then you are really and unquestionably free.”  [John 8:36 Amplified Bible] 

So now, learn how I gained Freedom at last from satan – My chains fell off! (next).

Other Informative Books – Douglas Groothuis

[First published as in October 2013 as part 6 (Rescued From Satan By The Lord of Hosts) of my ‘Journey Into Freedom’. Bible quotations courtesy of BibleGateway.com – thank you for this facility.]

[RETURN to overview: “Am FREE!”]