Another healing of surgically implanted materials (SIM)

“Did that really happen last night? Was it another healing?” Nina asked herself five weeks ago this morning. After getting out of the hotel bed, my dear wife checked she really could do what she’d not been able to do…YES IT’S TRUE!  Thank you so much Lord.

MORE was yet to follow!

PROPHETIC WORD & DREAM

A few weeks earlier, on another Tuesday, as we received holy communion in the service for healing at Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, one of our fellow prayer team spoke out what she’d heard from the Lord about healing someone’s spine. Beside me, Nina wept in response because this prophecy was for her!  At the time nothing was observed or felt but a few days later Nina was able to measure her height at the gym and pleased to find she’s regained about an inch in height.

Two years ago (early 2015) she couldn’t sit at these mid-week services but had to lie on cushions in the side-chapel because of searing pain from another collapsed vertebra in her spine. Its cause was the same as years earlier and a vertebroplasty procedure was given priority – I had some serious wrestling with the Lord over this repetition but he kindly blessed me with a dream. In that dream I saw Nina walking over a large map of the Florida keys and northern Caribbean and many people were coming to her. A man approached me to ask what was going on and I clearly recall telling him my wife’s giving her testimony of healing.

[Side Note: I wondered if the dream indicated we may have to return to America to receive the healing, but then I remembered the first spinal collapse happened in Fort Lauderdale in early 2006. Side-effects of a life-saving high dosage of steroids the previous year were a risk of tearing muscles and a reduction in bone density. We were happy, therefore, that a scan of wrists and hips had shown her as having bone density of a younger woman.

So we believed the sudden pain that struck when we were about to start a cruise with the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship was another torn muscle in her back – and Nina was determined to go swimming with stingrays in the Cayman Isles! I pushed her around in a wheelchair and she was exceptionally brave in coping with the pain but was blessed to see the Lord with her. Upon return home the true cause was found – collapsed, wedge-shaped vertebrae!!  I was expecting to become her lifelong 24/7 carer but the Lord blessed me with it being only months for He was to bring an awesome healing, as Nina attests in From Disabled To Enabled. So with the immense blessing of an early healing we returned to ‘Catch The Wave’ in 2007 and Nina was asked to tell the full story at one of the first meetings. This time we doubly enjoyed our holiday, and with our fellow cruisers praising the Lord.]

Therefore, my promissory dream of 2015 of walking as giants over those seas indicated a correction, or even a fullness of healing, to what had happened previously. Moreover, after the word of knowledge was given an attendee at the Acorn service came to ask me about the situation – his appearance was similar to the man I’d spoken to in that dream!  In other words and as I’d expect, the dream was a composite of historical and prophetical data and symbolism for which we need to apply the gift of discernment and dream interpretation – one of my favorites!

To the glory of God, Nina recounts what happened a few weeks later; ie. five weeks ago last night:

KINGDOM POWER & GLORY

‘In April 2017 Richard and I were at The Victory Church in Southampton for 3 days with Randy Clark and his Global Awakening Team. It was a time for teaching and healing services at a Kingdom Power and Glory Conference.

‘On the second evening Randy brought a word of knowledge about people with surgically implanted materials in their bodies and asked them to stand up.

‘Due to steroid-induced osteoporosis my spine had collapsed twice in the last 12 years. As a result I have had bone cement surgically implanted in two places in my spine, holding it in place.

‘I stood up in answer to Randy’s call and promptly burst into tears. I realise now that this was a form of grieving that I’d not done since both implants.

‘He then asked the four of us standing to do something we could not do before. I bent backwards and then down to touch my toes. Amazing! That was only the first thing that happened! Praise The Lord…

‘When we drove back to the hotel that evening I told Richard not to use the bay for those with disabled parking permits. We pulled up in a normal bay and I got out of the car with no problems!!

‘For two years I’ve had to park in a place where I could open the car door fully, twist round and heave myself out. You cannot do that in normal parking bays as there is never enough room. I have not used my parking badge since and do not intend to. I am in the process of writing a letter to the council who issued it, giving them my testimony and why I don’t need it any more. Praise The Lord.

‘Some would think those two things in themselves were good enough. But we have a good God and He has plans for us. So the third thing I noticed was during worship on the last day. I was standing up straight, level on both feet, not leaning to the right.

For all these years I’ve been leaning slightly to the right and putting pressure on my rib cage. Because I lost height when my spine collapsed both times my rib cage touches my pelvis/hips. So now there is minimal pain on my right side. Praise the Lord again.’

Either in that evening public healing service, or in an earlier daytime session, I noted that Randy mentioned about having dreamed before one event of someone being healed. It may have been in connection with surgically implanted metallic rods, plates and screws in people’s bodies. So I recalled my dream and, when he brought that word, I prompted Nina that SIM includes bone cement. After she’d received a healing I realised another fulfilled aspect of that dream: a second USA-connection is the fact that Randy is American. So it wasn’t necessary for us to trek back there, as could be surmised from its details!

MORE SIGNS OF HEALING

Since returning home, Nina found she can cross her legs when sitting down. Also, when a friend was here I realised she was oblivious to doing yet another new thing. Normal chairs and sofas are very uncomfortable so Nina uses a special reclining armchair, but whilst in it and chatting to a visitor on the sofa she’d swung one leg over its arm, and thus sat semi-sideways. I’ve never seen her do that!

The three of us chuckled and cheered because it’s so evident her spine can now twist – albeit set in cement in two places!  Next, Nina’s going to ask her GP for a fresh scan or x-ray as well as have her height measured to find how much height she’s regained after having lost four inches.

Dr Randy Clark

For readers unfamiliar with pre-Millennium church history, in January 1994 Randy Clark was a guest preacher at the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship. However, he was left with no option but to stay because through him the Lord ushered in a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit, resulting in nightly meetings and millions visiting from all over the world. (The Pensacola  Revival was sparked by its Holy Fire, as blogged here.)

Read pastors John & Carol Arnott account of The Toronto Blessing: What Is It?, a term coined in Britain, out of which materialised two massive missionary works of God, as prophesied by Randy: one to destitute children in Mozambique including conversion of its Muslim provinces to Christ, and an ‘underground’ mission in Pakistan that’s brought masses of Muslims to Christ.

For more information, including details of Randy’s doctoral thesis, which includes both theological and medical disciplines verification of healing, see Videos: Healing SIM in this blog’s Jesus & Miracles hub and visit his website at Global Awakening.

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.

Alien destiny

ARC’s continued theme on destiny is worthy of careful study. It’s opened up a perspective upon my personal encounter with Jesus in ’89, which had featured UFOs, by linking that content into past occult activities. (My early blog The Heavenly Visitor – part 2 of ‘Death or Destiny? and recent republication of full testimony “Am Free!” refer.) Thank you very much Mike & Jeremy.

Sons Of Issachar

Mike Parsons
with Jeremy Westcott – 

In the pursuit of our destiny there is something we need to be careful of: coveting somebody else’s calling. If we do, it is possible we will find ourselves pursuing an alien destiny. I am not talking about little green (or grey) men, I am talking about chasing something God never intended for us, but for someone else. That can lead us into frustration and confusion because something seems to be constantly obstructing our path, hindering us or tripping us up. All right, no-one said it would be easy, but this is more than just obstacles to overcome, this is a dead end.

Arthur Burk calls it an ‘alien birthright’, and likens it to an immaculately constructed train track (complete with ballast, signals and crossings) laid across the middle of a cornfield we are called to cultivate: it leads nowhere, and meanwhile it gets in the…

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Testimony revisited in response to prophetic word

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

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

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

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

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

May you be mightily blessed.

Freedom at last from satan – my chains fell off!

 

[RETURN to main page]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)

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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.]

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The Bible’s Author opens it to answer my ‘newbie’ questions

Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus,For I always pray to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), and [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when raising Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], far above all rule and authority and power dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come…. [Eph1:17-21, Amplified Bible – v17 is today’s Keep Praying & Bless decree: ‘I Am the Giver of All Revelation’. We decree that the blindness be removed from the eyes of all the peoples of this land so they may see Jesus Christ is Lord.]

The original version of this post continues my personal account of encountering the Lord Jesus’ saving grace, but was withheld pending the important posts on the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Revisiting it during Holy Week, however, I toyed with inserting details about my past relating to that centrality of the Cross. I’ve been very reticent to go into any depth of my bondage to satan but, in view of dangers arising out of today’s widespread spiritual ignorance, I had to reconsider. Also, a couple of visitors’ comments brought unexpected ‘confirmation’ (albeit unsuspected by them) that I should divulge more…

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Awesome as my ‘rescue’ was, the dream-vision recounted in On A Trapdoor Into Hell did not make me want to rush off to church. That visitation’s effect and the ramifications upon my philosophy of life needed careful consideration. For example, I needed to check out widespread claims of the Bible having been compiled and modified by Church councils in the 4th Century after Christ), as well as learn about its history from authoritative sources. [Prof F.F. Bruce’s The Books and The Parchments (1991) was very helpful, especially about the ‘Muratorian Fragment’. Drawn up in late 2nd Century in the church at Rome, it lists practically all the canonical New Testament literature.]

So not only did I need to assess those personal implications, but also as possibly a new believer in Jesus Christ I wanted to find well-informed believers who took Jesus seriously. I soon did so but then I needed to put their claims of hearing direct from God to the test. After all, they believe we have a relationship with Him and so we have but to ask…

Months after the dream, I’d learned some members of Tilehurst Free Church (Baptist) that had invited me to hear Billy Graham met regularly in the school next door to my house! Later, I heard they’d given young Peter prayer backing for his discussions with me (as here). That is, they’d targeted me!  It seems God had answered their prayers by giving me a dream-vision on 13-14th September 1989.

CULTURE SHOCK

The first service I attended there in that familiar, small school hall was a culture shock! Before me stood a young man devoid of dog-collar but wearing an acoustic guitar! Then he led the meeting in song and spoke without any script or ritual whatsoever – he even engaged the congregation in discussion!  Some attendees testified to angelic protection in their lives: I’d thought this subject was lost to churchgoers. Starting the sermon, he said he’s going to look at the shortest gospel, that of Mark, and would continue doing so in the next weeks. In saying, “It’s action packed and full of urgency” he intrigued me, and this fitted in with my intention of checking out the Bible.

Therefore, I thought it might prove useful to come again. At the next session one thing he taught stuck in my mind: “In Mark, who was the first to recognise who Jesus really is?”  Answer: an unclean spirit (see Mark 1:24). I was thus reminded of that dream’s events – and of the exceptionally unsettling, very vivid one years earlier of a devouring monster of darkness (as in ‘Reality Revealed’ in Searching for Truth leads me into captivity).

[I was reminded of that scripture at a school of healing early this year (2017), where the teacher asked why would Jesus silence a demonic testimony of His identity? The answer: when coming from an unclean tainted source, even truth itself gets contaminated!  I know that’s been satan’s modus operandi since the Garden of Eden – the father of lies and half-truths. Moreover, this fact points out that being’s pretext for rebellion, and raises questions about the religiously sanctioned practice of ‘taqiya’, as in Islam.]

MOVING TOWARDS FREEDOM

Therefore, I came into a good place to build upon the message of that dream by learning about the Bible and, more importantly, by listening to God through His written word and to come into a close relationship with Him. As stated above, it was opportunity to test claims about discussing the Bible’s content with its Author without any priest as ‘intermediary’.

The first of many times this happened brought incredibly clear – and shocking! – proof that God really does speak from the Bible, as claimed by many believers in Jesus Christ.

1st Question:

I decided to re-view the teaching about Jesus as given by the occult brotherhood I’d been in. Two specific books on His ‘mystical life’ and ‘secret doctrines’ had attracted me at 20 years of age, and there were various claims in a massive mound of monographs as well as those of its sister brotherhood, which held doctrines from the dogmatic Kabbalah (a Jewish esoteric belief system based upon Creation;  eg. the ‘Sepher Yetzirah’).

After having checked all those specifics, I asked God for His guidance on this matter and opened my new, pocket-sized Bible. I’ve never been able to repeat what happened next – it immediately fell open at the second chapter of leading Apostle Peter’s second letter. Its first ten verses stood out with startling clarity, the rest was hazy!  They warn about false teachers:

‘…who secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying our sovereign Lord who bought them…Many will follow their shameful way and bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with the stories they have made up. Their condemnation has been long hanging over them…’ (2 Peter 2:1-3 NIV)

The emphases hit ‘bull’s eye’, and the next verses explain that assessment and what happens to such teachers. This answer to my question was startlingly exact!  It’s jaw-dropping and eye- popping – awesome!

The Holy Author of the Bible had used it to answer my question (Paul’s letter may be read in full here).

Specifically, that occultic group claimed its information had come from the Essenes and early Christians. Members of that Qumran community by the Dead Sea and across Judea were supposed to have assisted at Jesus’ birth and crucifixion, and as a Roman warrant had supposedly been issued to release Jesus before death, those supporters and ‘secret disciples’ helped to resuscitate Jesus. Also, as God’s Holy Spirit had come upon Jesus during the baptism in the river Jordan and left during the crucifixion this supposedly indicated Jesus was human only, not one with Almighty God.

Furthermore, this group taught the necessity of acquiring initiatory knowledge to enable attainment of illumination and perfection of ourselves through reincarnation, and thus be one of the ‘ascended masters’ or world teachers, as claimed of Jesus the Christ.

This is identical to the gnostics and other heretical false doctrines about Jesus that vied for dominance over the early Church, and which greatly influenced the founder of Islam. This is why Apostle John’s first letter speaks so adamantly under direct inspiration of the ‘Author of the Bible’ about the spirit of anti-Christ slithering into churches to contend against the One who’d destroyed satan’s authority over humanity:

‘Beloved, do not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone into the world. By this you may know (perceive and recognise) the Spirit of God; every spirit which acknowledges and confesses [the fact] that Jesus Christ the Messiah) [actually] has become man and has come in the flesh is of God [has God as its source];

And every spirit which does not acknowledge and confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh [but would annul, destroy, severe, disunite Him] is not of God [does not proceed from Him]. This [non-confession] is the spirit of the antichrist, (of) which you heard that it was coming, and now it is already in the world.‘ (1 John 4:1-3 Amp Bible)

Therefore, that brotherhood denied the divinity of Jesus Christ and the centrality of His sacrificial death and resurrection – from actual death – to the salvation of human souls, and thereby reconciling us with God and enabling our right of entry – in this life and the next! – into His throne-room by the Blood of the Lamb.

Moreover, the Author of the Bible had pointed me to His truth about that group’s motives and its leaders’ dreadful destiny.

2nd Question:

Also, I reviewed my uncharitable views about the clergy. Readers may understand from my story how difficult it was for me to contemplate attending church, let alone with any regularity – not to mention being under the oversight of any clergy.  I wrongly suspected they couldn’t comprehend the dark situation I’d come from.

Once again I decided to put preachers’ claims about the Word of God to the test. I asked if God could let me know His opinion about clergy…

Again my Bible fell open to give the most apposite instruction, this time at Hebrews 13:17:

‘Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you’. (Emphases mine.)

That well and truly put me in my place and enabled me to make my mind up. Thank you Lord for answering and correcting me!

Consequently, I wanted to know lots more from the Living Lord God and His Son Jesus Christ.  It was a great blessing therefore to be directed to testimonials like mine (next).

Only upon revisiting this testimony many years later did I realise those passages in Peter and Hebrews starkly contrast both forms of leadership under which I’d served. The first was highly ungodly, and the latter is blessed by Father’s supreme protective cover for all His children.

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Triple validation of reality of my life-changing visitation

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

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

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

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

FIRST VALIDATION

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

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

The confirmation referred to above came almost as unusually. On a healing retreat years later, a minister told me God would show me something after lunch. Indeed, after lunch a stranger who’d been seated at my table confided that the Lord told her to show me something she greatly treasured.

christinclouds-lrgIt was a photo taken, it was claimed, from an aircraft over a thunderstorm. When developed, the photo bore an image of Jesus Christ, as though standing within clouds. However, the facial features were hazy, not defined. It was exactly like Jesus in my dream because I’d not seen His face.  (I recall dark, hazy clouds at the foot of the image. This one is published by Bible Probe.)

Upon seeing this photo my legs gave way – I couldn’t stand but fell into a nearby chair! My companion said I went so white she thought I was going to faint or fall.

Yet, just how did a stranger know to show me this photo?  I’d not divulged such a personal dream – she simply said, “It’s the Lord’s doing”.

SECOND VALIDATION

I was puzzled over the closing element of the dream-event, that is:  upon my reaching towards Jesus’ feet to grasp his robe, it turned into the branch of a Christmas tree!  So, when I tugged, a Christmas tree toppled over and its fairy fell off and onto the floor.

Weird?  Not really, because that spot by the window was where the family Christmas tree used to be erected. It was a corner closely associated with Christmas.

As a devout Catholic, my mother had told me about Jesus from an early age. When I painted pictures I would put a blue stripe at the top of outdoor scenes to represent heaven, as children did. But I’d also draw a Christmas tree in heaven as being Jesus.

Why? Not only had I associated all the wonder of Christmas with his birthday but I also heard an actor  on TV mention his name whilst looking at a small fir-tree. So in my childish way I took the actor at his word and would draw Jesus as a Christmas tree.  Hence, the dream changed him to match that image.

At its close, therefore, the dream-event signified the time had come to put away not only childish misconceptions but also all false teachings and replace them with absolute truth – the one who is the Truth in person.

Truly, the most fantastic Christmas present ever – one that’s daily an ever-present encouragement and help in every time of need, no matter how dire. Thank you Lord.

These events started in 1989 and culminated in 1995 with its prime confirmation. Yet more was to come!  Sixteen years later upon revisiting this story for the purposes of this blog, I was surprised by a couple more insights that dropped unbidden into mind. One was tantalising: could the street number of my childhood home (212) possibly be significant in pointing toward the coming year? That is, to 2012!  

Could that notion be true?  Such musing would be confirmed in a fascinating numerical manner at 2012’s first Christian conference we were to attend…Upon our arrival at the venue I was curious about distance driven from home. The car’s odometer was ‘212’ miles!

THIRD VALIDATION

Once again, timing proves crucial in presenting another objective confirmation!  Again, had I not been writing about the visitation I would have missed the crucial linkage!

Whilst writing instalments of My Journey Into Freedom (Sept-Oct 2013) I inserted a report on something pertinent that happened at that time in the USA, as recounted in the previous post. This came as a ‘new revelatory word’ from the Lord to Revd John Kilpatrick and began at 2:22am. This too, is very interesting on two counts. Numerically, because my birthday falls on a 22nd. Orally, because that word is directly relevant to my dream visitation in referring to the angelic host as well as in closing with Luke 21:28, namely:

But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand.

My mother’s Missal for the First Sunday of Advent is shown below and notice how the scripture on page 69 links into my personal visitation and what pastor John brought.

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It’s amusing that the number of hits on this blog passed the 212,000 mark within days of the 4th anniversary of its launch on 21st November 2015.

So a huge thank you goes to every subscriber and regular reader, as well as all visitors.

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

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

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Further reading:

On a trapdoor into Hell – Jesus swoops to the rescue!

 

A HEAVENLY VISITOR  

That night’s second visitor was far more challenging – this time it is life or death!

In a most unusual dream that night I go back in time. A dream so lucid that nearly 30 years later, it remains vividly etched within me. So it must be exceptionally significant.  Come back with me (dream content in blue typeface, comments black).:

I am in my childhood home and standing in front of the large casement window in one corner of the lounge (opposite corner to the doorway). I look up into the inky, dark night sky outside.

A small flotilla of large, wingless aircraft drifts slowly across from left to right at high altitude and I groan, “Oh…not that flying saucer nonsense. I must be dreaming!” 

I’m sceptical about the existence of UFO’s, but now another ‘fleet’ of some sort appears from the right and heads towards the first.

(The dream now changes gear by going up a level from the usual mix of mental material to that of absolutely convincing lucidity…)

The ‘light goes on’!  In my ‘knower’, I realise the first fleet is demonic and the second is masses of angels under the command of Jesus Christ. (I did not believe in them, and regarded Jesus as one of many world teachers. Here, I see no individuals but inwardly know the situation)

I think I’m about to watch an amazing heavenly battle…but…OH NO!  Somehow, I now know Jesus has espied me far down below and is coming down directly towards me!

All I see is a distant bright light very rapidly getting brighter and larger as it drops down to my location, just like an airliner approaching a runway to land at night. 

Instantly, I realise my life has been one of sin that contrasts starkly against Jesus’ own holiness. Right away I realise what’s claimed about the Judgement is true – but mine is about to happen right now!

Beyond any doubt whatsoever I suddenly realise my involvement in the occult was most definitely wrong. Consequently, I deserve the undesirable abode!

Groaning “My number’s up!” I inwardly tremble in fearful knowledge I’m about to die at any moment. An invisible trapdoor I’m standing on will drop me straight into hell.

Utmost mortal terror strikes!  I dive under the drop-leaf table by the wall to the left of the window so I can hide from Jesus. But he knows I’m hiding there and swoops down straight through the wall on the other side of the corner window. He’s standing in the room and right beside the table!

Cowering below the table with my back turned towards him, I glance over my shoulder and see him from the knees down, his body and face out of sight above the table.

Most unexpectedly, somehow I have the courage to reach my hand out backwards to grab at the hem of Jesus’ robe…

As I tug, the event goes into yet another level of revelation regarding my childhood…Then I awake! Thoroughly alert, further sleep eludes me!

The dream reminds me of an evocative small picture that impressed me as a child – the return of Jesus Christ:

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

Also, what happened after reaching for Jesus proves he’s closely acquainted with the private details of my thoughts as a little boy.  The dream’s conclusion shows he is going to topple my childish concepts of him and replace them with a sure knowledge of his true identity.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love” (Psalm 111). Mercifully, he plucked me from the domain of darkness to bring me into his own and receive its blessings. I deserved none of that. Truly, Amazing Grace – how awesome and wonderful..!

As a result of the most remarkable dream I’d ever had, I carefully reconsidered all my New Age and occultic notions. Meditational and mystical exercises had resulted in my having some unusual, ‘psychic’ dreams, but none whatsoever like this one.

The only remotely similar dream was that of an ‘altered’ state of consciousness known as ‘nirvana’, or bliss, where I’d been taken behind its alluring golden light.  Ecstasy turned to abject terror as the light I was in got rolled away like a cloth to reveal a hideous, devouring beast of utter blackness approaching me – far worse than any nightmare! (as in Searching for Truth leads me into captivity).

I wasn’t into drugs and was ignorant of the scripture ‘satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light‘ (2 Cor 11:14).  Upon reading that verse a few years later I realised its truth had been dramatically demonstrated in reverse to me as a non-Christian!

But in this new dream fear had been overcome by Jesus himself and his wonderful mercy and love.

INCREDIBLE TIMING OF FRESH CONFIRMATION 

[Written October 2013] Later we will consider how that dream-vision was validated as being real. But for now I want to draw your attention to a remarkable revelatory word given two days before I’m due to give a brief account of my journey into freedom at a breakfast.

Before having that dream I don’t think I’d heard of Jesus being in charge of angels for I was completely unfamiliar with the Bible. In later years I’d learn that the pre-incarnate Christ appeared to Joshua outside Jericho as ‘Commander of the LORD’s army’, (‘Chief of the host of Yahweh’ in original Hebrew at Joshua 5:14-15).

And, in countless sessions of solid Biblical instruction received since then I don’t recall hearing anything in-depth on Jesus’ role as the captain of the angelic hosts. That is, until last Sunday!

The timing of this fresh confirmation was the second of three clear references on three successive days to the content of a brief outline of my testimony, which had already been prepared for delivery on the 4th day!

Revd John Kilpatrick changed his sermon to bring a word the Lord had given him in the early hours of Saturday at 2hrs 22. We were listening live as part of the regular online congregation and the timing impacted my spirit because 22 is not only the date of my birthday but also and particularly because there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. (I’ve previously had occasion to note the personal relevance of two in 2.12.2012.)

Far more importantly in this word, the Lord of Hosts draws attention to the angelic hosts and their present and imminent activity.  It reminded me of the above visitation – AND it is notable that John focused upon the same scripture that’s precisely relevant to my dream, as will be explained in forthcoming installments of my journey.

For now, however, this mighty revelatory word deserves due, reverent consideration and reflection before proceeding further. If you wish to read it then click here.

A brief summation of that is given in the next part of my story: Triple validation of the reality of my life-changing Visitation (next).

[Bible quotations are by courtesy of BibleGateway.com.]

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False ‘gospel’ lured me to the devil’s door

It wasn’t a normal, vertical door but a trapdoor – and it was about to be sprung with yours truly standing on it!

In terror, moments beforehand I’d thought “My number’s up!” because I was suddenly at the end of my life AND shocked to realise hell’s below – AND, I’d be heading there – even though I used to think hell didn’t exist!  I was wrong – oh so badly wrong!!

Being anti-Christian had been a serious mistake – but it was now far too late!  Yet I’m now able to tell this true story; it is told purely for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

How did I get there? you may ask. And, how on earth did I get out of it

We need to go back in time to the evening of 13th September 1989.

SEARCHING FOR ‘TRUTH’ BUT HEADING FOR DEVIL’S DOOR!

To recap briefly the story thus far:

Since my teens I’d wholeheartedly embraced esoteric spiritual doctrines and practices such as the Eastern and Theosophical belief of reincarnation and ascended masters, as well as those of Western occultism plus concepts generally known as deism.

I thought that as all religions are equal there are many paths to a supreme being – but which is not the same as the anthropomorphic deity of the Abrahamic religions.  That is, it’s different to and far superior to human beings – a ‘cosmic mind’ with which we can be attuned and attain ‘cosmic consciousness’, as experienced by many and practised in the associations of which I was an active member.

I appreciated the linkage with mystical Islam of Sufism as well as having read its Book. It was only after becoming a born-again Christian that I studied its early history and came to understand its fundamental, doctrinal differences with Judaism and Christianity.

Thus, two decades of an occultic practicum made me disdainful of churches and Christian clergy and laity. They were all so very behind the times – even archaic! In my intellectual and spiritual pride I thought their preaching just couldn’t compare with the more profound philosophy found within ‘New Age’ movements. Such arrogance, of which I’m ashamed!

AN EARTHLY VISITOR

Sometime in July/August 1989, a young man named Peter knocked at the front door with an invitation to hear the world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham at Earls Court in London. We could be taken in a coach trip from outside our house west of Reading. How much? Nada, entirely free!

Naturally, I rejected the offer outright but my almost-teenage son piped up he’d like to go because a classmate had told him about it. So I said I’d take him.

As can be gathered from the story of my journey thus far into spiritual captivity, personal experiences had made me very wary of churchgoers. Never did I suspect my own well-being hung on the moment of that request.

Can you imagine my bewilderment, therefore, upon sitting ‘up in the gods’ in the Earls Court auditorium and finding myself agreeing with what Billy Graham said as he spoke from the rostrum?  I was flummoxed! Utterly bewildered! Who’s thinking that? Can that be me? Never!… Really?

As a follow-up, those who’d been on that trip were invited to an informal meeting at a local ‘free’ church. The leader explained similar chats could be held at our own homes, should we so wish. I agreed to be on-hand for my son, but I was definitely NOT interested. A youth worker, Peter, was assigned to help him but, in practice, he ended up discussing the material with me.

The evening of Wednesday 13th September 1989, is his third visit to discuss the follow-up material to Billy Graham’s campaign. I haven’t divulged any of my firmly held opinions – but this time he goes too far!

WHAT WENT WRONG?

This session is entitled, ‘Yoga, Eastern Religions and The Occult’ – in all of which I’d been involved long before Peter was born!

He shows a diagram of two cliff-like objects facing one another. One represents heaven and the other, earth, with a large, deep gap separating them from one another. Over this Peter then places an overlay depicting a large plus sign over the gap and the ends of its horizontal arms touch each ‘cliff’, thereby bridging heaven and earth. He explains that the cross of Christ is the bridge between both realms.

He then says the only way to God is through Jesus Christ. This statement implies my ideas are incorrect. Without giving the game away I gently question him on this. But he insists not many paths lead to the same, supreme God – there’s only one way to one almighty God and it’s through his Son Jesus Christ.

What’s to be done with a young man half my age who unwittingly points out the error of my ways?

I’m thinking, “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. How can he, who’s not done anything I know far, far more about…just how can he tell me it’s wrong?  He’s wasting my time!” Peter’s ideas are not only mistaken but also intolerant. Before the end of the evening I’ve had enough!

So I bring our discussion to an early close, politely bid him farewell and excuse myself from any future meeting. Peter is most gracious about it – as ever, he smiles politely and goes on his way.

Little did I know that I may not survive that night!    

That night’s second visitor was far more challenging – this time it’s life or death – MINE!

The account is now republished overnight – when else?….

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Monday newsmix: UK re-awakening and more Muslims looking to Jesus

Hand with News icon - WatcharakunAfter a short break on the coast followed by a weekend course on living in Holy Spirit’s anointing, I trawled through my in-tray and was very pleased with the following good news. Both items are related to visionary and prophetical words, the first comes from our county town, and the second from the wider Middle-East.

Can These Bones Live?

Dr Clifford Hill reacts as follows to what happened during the Pentecost celebrations:

“If anyone thought that Christianity was dying in the traditional churches of Britain, what happened in Winchester Cathedral last week would have shattered their illusions!”

He reports the ancient, hallowed building and grounds were packed out at that evening’s celebration. This was the culmination of nine days of prayer events for the evangelisation of Britain, as invited by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. The Pentecost weekend itself culminated in six ‘Beacon events’ with video links to Canterbury Cathedral where the Archbishop, Justin Welby, gave a message based upon the Lord’s prayer, which he said was “reassuring enough to be on the lips of the dying and yet dangerous enough to be banned in cinemas!”

Read Clifford’s full report here, which closes with his asking,

“Was this a sign that something special is beginning to happen in the old denominational churches? Will the spiritual life of the nation be transformed by a new generation embracing the gospel in their own culture as the Holy Spirit breathes new life into the unchanging message of salvation and “Jesus is Lord!” is once again heard on the lips of children and young people?”

In my humble opinion, “Yes it is a sign” and my initial thought was of the prophetic promise heard at Ffald-y-Brenin retreat centre, as blogged two years ago in Resurrection Coming to the Anglican Church.:

‘The usual morning liturgical prayer time got overshadowed by the Lord, who reminded them of the raising of Lazarus. They were told He’s going to call the Anglican Church out of its grave and bring it back to life!’

Of all the words published in this blog this may be exceptional because it was the first to be severely criticised, as related in this post about our later visit to Ffald-y-Brenin.  Also, this latest event reflects what others have observed of an increasing number returning to the Anglican fold and other churches – yet without denominational divisions as in bygone eras. And, of course, readers of this blog are aware of many prophetic words about a new era in the Church and move of God in the UK; eg, brought by Heidi Baker (with updates).

Intense Persecution Brings Harvest of Muslims

The exciting news continues of many Muslims seriously doubting their faith and looking and turning to Jesus in reaction to it being returned to its original barbaric practices. As blogged about Iran and a significant warning in Mecca (here and here respectively), as well as other posts, this is personally encouraging in view of a vision I had in 1992 on the fall of Islam (see this email).

Another morning email Is There Any Good News From the Mid-East? alerted me to Joel Rosenberg’s latest post, in which his friend Tom Doyle answers,

“Yes, despite intense prosecution we’re also seeing a great harvest of Muslims turning to Christ.”

After providing several wonderful examples, especially of those martyred on a beach in Libya to the shock of the world, Tom asks why is it that Muslims are now coming to faith in Christ in significant numbers? His answer:

One of the reasons is that Islamic terrorists are killing violently for their faith, while followers of Jesus are dying peacefully for their faith. Muslims are watching the violence and it has soured them towards their religion. It has also opened them up to the possibility that there may be something to this Jesus after all. They see hate in Radical Islam and love among the Jesus followers, even as they are taken to be executed. What a contrast.

“Yes, Christians are being persecuted openly in the Middle East. But they are standing strong, and this has served to spread the gospel even more rapidly. In a world of bad news, that is very good news.”

Indeed it is. And as noted in Good News: Christian Revival in N Africa, the Cartheginian early Church author Tertullian observed the same and formulated the famous dictum:

“The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church.”

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