Category Archives: Essays and Thoughts

Conspiracies and the lack of responsibility from the public at large

According to the 1828 Webster Dictionary, a conspiracy is:

A combination of men for an evil purpose; an agreement between two or more persons, to commit some crime in concert; particularly, a combination to commit treason, or excite sedition or insurrection against the government of a state; a plot…

The CIA and their ilk have done a tremendous job of maligning the term “conspiracy” to give it a rather negative connotation to the American public. Today to speak of a conspiracy, images of uneducated misled persons in tinfoil hats are conjured in sophisticated minds properly conditioned by the rhetoric. In fact, this conditioning is so prevalent that there is a stigma to actually admitting one does not believe the mainstream narrative and, heaven forbid, one has actually sought truth apart from the narrative.

For example, in 1953 a special investigative committee was appointed by Congressman Carroll Reece of Tennessee to investigate tax-exempt foundations. An allegation of a conspiracy to subvert American education with counter-American principles through tax exempt foundations was made and a subsequent congressional investigation called for. Mr. Norman Dodd was appointed the Director of Research, and the findings were published in “The Dodd Report to the Reece Committee on Foundations”.

[This report can be obtained with some effort. It is a public report and an alleged public record. But I found some difficulty obtaining it from my limited resources. I finally obtained one that started at page four of the report. I’m sure FOIA applications can be made for it. It is copyrighted 1954 and published by the Long House Inc. of NY. It’s Library of Congress Catalog Card Number is 54-11186.]

When the report set out to define its search, it referred to some studies detailed in The Economics of the Public Interest. A damning summary is found on page six and I will quote it below:

These original studies of the “public interest” disclosed that during the four years, 1933-1936, a change took place which was so drastic as to constitute a “revolution”. They also indicated conclusively that the responsibility for the economic welfare of the American people had been transferred heavily to the Executive Branch of the Federal Government; that a corresponding change in education had taken place from an impetus outside of the local community, and that this “revolution” had occurred without violence and with the full consent of an overwhelming majority of the electorate.

Before I go on, let me break it down. There were allegations and concerns that tax exempt foundations were using their monies to change the educational system in America so to redefine America itself and to subvert it to another agenda not found in the Constitution. The six month research found these allegations to be TRUE and posted them in their 1954 Dodd Report. And then Congress did nothing with it, in a sense, endorsing the continuing subversion of American education and ultimately, America.

So what we have here is a conspiracy. There was a conspiracy to alter America fundamentally and the vehicle decided upon was the educational system. This is not a conspiracy theory, this is a conspiracy. The research and findings conclusively agreed that this conspiracy had occurred and was occurring. Yet what mainstream America projects is that there is no conspiracy to subvert the foundations of America – that this is all conjecture and “conspiracy theory”. This is maddening to those of us who actually do the digging to understand the root issues and find the truth. We’re labeled “conspiracy theorists” and dismissed as irrelevant.

In fact, in 1976 (twenty years later), Mr. Dodd gave a speech in DC in which he retold a conversation he had with Rowan Gaither, the President of the Ford Foundation at the beginning of his investigation. Mr. Gaither told Mr. Dodd, “…we operate here under directives which emanate from the White House.” He then elaborated on what those directives were, “The substance of the directives under which we operate is that we shall use our grant-making power so to alter life in the United States that we can be comfortably merged with the Soviet Union.”

Now you tell me why the Executive Branch of the Federal Government was giving directives to foundations to alter life in America to merge with a communist society? On page seven of the Dodd Report additional findings of their investigation outline the following purposes:

  • Directing education in the United States toward an international viewpoint and discrediting the traditions to which it [formerly] had been dedicated.
  • Training individuals and servicing agencies to render advice to the Executive branch of the Federal Government.
  • Decreasing the dependency of education upon the resources of the local community and freeing it from many of the natural safeguards inherent in this American tradition.
  • Changing both school and college curricula to the point where they sometimes denied the principles underlying the American way of life.
  • Financing experiments designed to determine the most effective means by which education could be pressed into service of a political nature.

So right there you have black and white evidence of a system designed to subvert the traditions of America to such a point they will turn the very nature of “education” into a political vehicle to achieve their goals of transforming America into a communist-like nation.

The report goes on to attempt to research and answer the questions asked by Congress in H. Res. 217, which are outlined on page eight of the report. To answer those questions the committee studied “the development of American education since the turn of the century and of the trends in techniques of teaching of the development of curricula since that time.” (pg. 8, Dodd Report) The rest of their report outlines their findings and answers those questions.

In Dodd’s conclusion on page 15 he states, “It seems incredible that the trustees of typically American fortune-created foundations should have permitted them to be used to finance ideas and practices incompatible with the fundamental concepts of our Constitution. Yet there seems evidence that this may have occurred.”

To sum up the conspiracy of a body of persons conspiring to commit treasonous acts against the Constitution of America, and ultimately against America, Mr. Dodd, in his 1976 speech explained that during his research on this committee, his committee members were given access to the Minute Books of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to peruse for their research. Mr. Dodd sent a member of his staff to New York to go through the records. He brought back to Mr. Dodd dictaphone belts with minute notes of their Trustee meetings. In 1908 meetings they raised the question of how to alter life of an “entire people”. They discussed this for about a year and concluded that war was the quickest way to alter the way of life for a body of people. They then asked the question of how to involve the US in a war and came up with the answer of controlling “the diplomatic machinery of the United States.” When they brainstormed on how to do that, they surmised, “We must control the State Department.”

Is this not treason?? Was this not a conspiracy?

Continued reading of the minutes found that in 1914 the Trustees discussed the issue of Americans reverting back to their former way of life (and thinking) after war, and they did not want this outcome. So after discussion, they determined to keep that from happening they “must control education in the United States.” These people then formulated their plan for altering and controlling education in America.

They began with a plot to change the way American history was taught. They approached three key historians with their agenda and were rejected. The historians would not go along with it. So they formed their own group of historians by using the Guggenheim Foundation. [Now are you seeing how tax-exempt foundations were used to subvert America?] They used the Guggenheim Foundation to recruit new scholars in the field of teaching history and gave them fellowships to study in London under their directives. Within a decade or two, they had groomed the top national historians to do exactly what they plotted, and history in America’s educational system transitioned accordingly.

The Dodd Report goes on to demonstrate the transition to “Social Engineers” from the Social Sciences. It points out that the outcome of this program is to trade objectivity in science for “techniques of control”. It goes on to suggest “that our traditional concept of freedom as the function of natural and constitutional law has already been abandoned….” (pp. 12-13)

I’d love to continue on of the ills to America that followed, but that is not the purpose of this paper. The purpose is to outline that conspiracies abound in our nation and world, and they are more than theories. The purpose is to challenge the status quo and the rhetoric of a bought and paid for media that includes Hollywood personalities, large corporation heads, politicians and the like.

The evidence has been both hidden and exposed, but seems to be relatively dormant for lack of attention. In 1954 Senator William Jenner plainly depicted the idea of a “Deep State” when he said,

“Today the path of total dictatorship in the United States can be laid by strictly legal means, unseen and unheard by the Congress, the President, or the people. Outwardly we have a Constitutional government. We have operating within our government and political system, another body representing another form of government – a bureaucratic elite.”
Was Mr. Jenner merely speaking of theories of conspiracies?

It’s not that a one world government is an agenda for a group of growing individuals; it’s that there is a conspiracy in the highest ranks of power and money to strip America of its sovereignty and place it under an international rule, ruled of course by an elite ruling class. And it’s not even a theory. They have proudly owned it. David Rockefeller wrote it in his Memoirs:

“Some even believe we are a part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty and I am proud of it.”
When Americans begin to understand the truth and actuality of this plot, so much of the staged events in our nation begin to make sense. They can be traced back over a hundred years, as Norman Dodd’s research evidenced. Consider New York Mayor John F. Hylan’s words in 1922:

“The real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state and nation. Like the octopus of real life, it operates under cover of a self created screen….At the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both political parties.”

He clearly outlined Rockefellers at the helm, and the plot was understood even almost a hundred years ago. Are we not paying attention? And today we have the advantage of a wealth of resources at our fingertips to educate us in spite of a manipulated state-run educational system, and yet we seem reluctant or apathetic or complacent enough to sit and allow it. There are many who have dared to cross the agenda and have paid for it with their lives. Are their sacrifices for nothing??

Representative Larry P. MacDonald was bold in his assertions of this conspiracy. He was killed in a questionable plane accident four months after an indicting interview with Pat Buchanan and Tom Braden in 1983 on Crossfire. He said,

“The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining supercapitalism and Communism under the same tent, all under their control. Do I mean a conspiracy? Yes, I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, incredibly evil in intent.”

Joseph Kennedy told the New York Times on July 26, 1936, “Fifty men have run America, and that’s a high figure.” Is this all just allegorical rhetoric? How can we be this deceived?

Well known researcher and “conspiracy theorist” Mae Brussell was quoted in The Realist, February 1974:

Our lives are being manipulated by specific individuals who can be identified and exposed. Conspiracy theories only remain “theories” when there is no court, no lawyer, no judge, no Congress, with the courage to expose the evidence. In every case where the evidence is pursued, the “theory” becomes a clear-cut case of criminal conspiracy.

It’s not that there isn’t enough evidence in a conspiracy; it’s that there isn’t enough interest or conviction in arresting wickedness.

We are quite plainly without excuse. The evidence is available for our scrutiny. Witnesses have come forth in every generation. Culprits have even admitted to the plot. There are enough dead bodies and sacrifices to warrant investigation. But the general public seems content to allow the propaganda machine through the media and celebrity America to dictate their convictions.

And don’t think that American Christianity is interested in exposing evil. The western church is one of the biggest culprits of irrelevance in modern society. Not only is it barely enacting its mandate to bring the gospel to all people, but also it has copiously managed to replicate the current trends of just about every aspect of the world, from fashion, to hierarchy, to politics, to bureaucracy, to business models, to music, to clichés, etc. Life changing truths are rarely found from a church pulpit anymore. You might be able to find one in a sincere study group, or a gathering of likeminded believers, but you’ll have to look long and hard. And to teach material that actually incorporates Ephesians 5:11-17 would find one hard-pressed for actual students. No one is really that interested.

Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says, ” Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.”

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Romanian pastor Richard Wurmbrand, imprisoned for sixteen years by the Soviet Communists for preaching the gospel, tortured with the scars to prove it, once told a reporter, “I have suffered more from the complacency of the West than from the Communists.”

No, do not expect the western church, (which should be a vessel for truth), to expose the unfruitful deeds of darkness that are altering the state of our nation. But what you can do is educate yourself. When you begin to see the patterns and playbooks of those intent on evil, you won’t fall for the theatrics they use to bring them about. But that’s another paper for another day…

Trial by Fire – rightly perceiving current crises

USA Today reported on October 3, 2017 a little of the cataclysmic unfolding across America in their article titled, “Storms, earthquakes, North Korea and now the Las Vegas massacre. We have to wonder: ‘What’s next?’” The article laid out the various traumas to sections of America over the past few months, and it begged the question for understanding. The article ended with a quote from a pastor (of all things) in Tulsa: “But with all that’s going on in the world,’’ he admits, “you can’t help but be a little bit apocalyptic.”

[You can read the article here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/03/storms-quakes-fires-korea-and-now-vegas-shooting-whats-next/725889001/]

What an amazing time to be alive on the earth! Fires and floods, wars and violence, intrigues and conspiracies abound. There is no shortage of drama. What could we possibly be learning if we were paying attention? Should the drama of the fires, the hurricanes, the floods, the murders, the political climate, the race wars, the lies and injustices, etc. cause us to pause? Might they be a harbinger?

We should be paying attention! We should be asking for eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts that can comprehend. Years ago when I set myself to learn about the second coming of Christ, to understand the prophecies, to grasp the context of Revelation, the Lord spoke to me and He simply said, “Study my first advent to understand my second.”

The fires that have been raging for months, even unto today on the west coast, are symbolic of the fires of purification and judgment the Lord has unleashed. We’d do well to pay attention, to respond with, “Yes Lord, your servant is listening.” He’s speaking to us as a nation, and He’s speaking to us individually. Wisdom will listen.

Look at what He said to His people concerning the first appearance of our Lord, and pay attention, because it applies for the second as well:

Malachi 3:1-3 KJV

Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in: behold, he shall come, says the Lord of hosts.

But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appears? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

The prophet asks who could possibly stand at the appearing of the Messiah? Then he explains why that question needs to be asked: “for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fuller’s soap.”

Refiner’s fire is the fire that purifies the gold and silver. The metal is held in the flame until the dross is burned off and the metal is purified to the point the refiner can see his reflection in it. The fire is kept at a certain temperature, one that is hot enough to burn off impurities, but not too hot that it alters the metal. It’s a skill by the blacksmith. The prophet also equates this refining process to fullers’ soap, which is the process of making white cloth as white as it can be.

The appearing of the Lord is foreshadowed by a cleansing of His people. The Lord sends fire to test our hearts and purify our souls. This fire is meant to burn away the dross, the impurities. It’s usually a painful process. It has to be; the impurities are mixed in with the pure and they have to be separated.

This is an amazing process because the Lord is doing this right now, and He’s doing it nationally and personally. Individually we need to embrace the trials before us and allow the Lord to do His cleansing work. There are things in our lives we need to be rid of, and if we haven’t expelled them of our own repentance processes, out of love and necessity, God will take us through the fire to remove them. Notice the end result: the reflection of the refiner is then seen in the metal. We should not shirk back from this process. We need this process.

Nationally, the Lord is separating the godly from the ungodly. By the time these fires, whether it be through natural disasters (fires, floods, storms, etc) or cultural disasters (race wars, political wars, economic wars, etc), have run their courses, there will be a stark separation between those who walk with God and those who do not. America’s melting pot will produce two categories of people as these days ramp up: godly and ungodly. This is the separation of the sheep from the goats.   This is another necessary process. Why? Because the testimony of the godly will be the judgment of the ungodly. By God’s own law a judgment is established on the testimony of two or more witnesses. The ungodly will be without excuse because God is refining the godly to be a pure witness. The same word we translate “witness” is also “martyr”.

Consider just recent events as a precursor. Antifa and the likes have declared a revolution upon anyone in opposition to their own beliefs. Their self-professed tactics include “punching Nazis”. Who do they define as Nazis? Anyone who disagrees with them. They have armed themselves with knives, clubs and guns to beat their opposition, quite literally. This is precisely what Islam does in every region of the world they have enough numbers to substantiate. As soon as they establish a significant presence in an area, they begin the demarcation process. Black Lives Matter has set itself on a path of violence as well, and lines and allegiances have been called for. They have aligned themselves against the police, and their narrative is a call to do the same. Consider the ongoing battle between the NFL powers and patriots. How much vitriol has been spewed from the mouths of these actors? Can we not see a separation occurring? Delineating lines have been drawn in just about every public venue. Politically, it’s not really Democrats vs. Republicans anymore. It’s those adhere to the Constitution, and those who would like to redefine it. It is globalists versus national sovereignty. Hollywood has set itself against Trump and conservative America. Big Pharma has set itself against the natural holistic community. There are precious few gray areas anymore.

It should cause us to evaluate our beliefs and our convictions. We should be checking our attitudes against the principles of our faith.

What did John the Baptist teach us about the Lord’s coming?

Matt 3:11-12 NASU

As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I… He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

John predicts Christ’s modus operandi: fire. Christ separates. We really need to understand this. The winnowing fork separates the worthless part from the precious. The precious is preserved, and the worthless is burned. I suggest to you today that Christ has His winnowing fork in hand and He is separating the worthless from the worthy. When the separation is complete, His job is finished. He will return. We really should be paying attention to the separation process going on right now in our lives and in our nation.

We can’t afford to miss understanding the season we’re in. Evil and wickedness abound today in our nation, in our culture and society, and in this world. Righteousness abounds as well, but they are becoming starkly separated. This is purposeful. God is separating; we’d do well to cooperate. Don’t fret about the condition of the wickedness, though the days are getting darker. This will not change. The raging we’re witnessing in our nation with people groups frothing in violence and rebellion is indicative of a world rejecting God. Our eyes must not be fixed on these. Recall the angel’s words to Daniel in his final prophecy,

Dan 12:10 KJV

Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

There are two categories in this prophetic instruction: those being purified and the wicked. Those enraged and inflicting great damages on our nation, our society, and other people are quite simply wicked, with no understanding. If we are wise, we will realize we are being purified by these trials. We must submit to the purification process so that we reflect the image of our blacksmith, the One who baptizes with fire.

Are you being held in the flame? Then rejoice, and cooperate with the burning of the dross. Is fullers’ soap being rubbed across you so that you are practically raw? Then rejoice because you are being made white. Be of the category of the wise who embrace the purification of the Lord. There are plenty of wicked with no understanding of the process our nation is going through. We see them every day on the airwaves, newspapers, magazines, at our jobs, in our schools, on the internet… They will continue in their deeds without understanding. “The wicked shall [continue to] do wickedly.” We must understand our Lord is on His way, but before He gets here, He is refining us so that He is what He sees when He looks at us.

The trials we’re witnessing in our nation are the process of separating the godly from the ungodly. America is going through a demarcation, as is probably the whole world. The trials we’re experiencing in our individual lives are the refining process to ready us to meet our King. May we respond with wisdom and understanding.

Some Astrological Events to Pay Attention To

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh.

Luke 21:25-28

What a time to be alive! This is the best time ever to be a child of God on the face of the earth! We are witnessing the very evidence of these signals Christ gave His disciples – here! Now! For a child of God, it cannot be more exciting than this! We are living Romans 8:19-24 right now! All of creation has been groaning and suffering pains of the revealing of the sons of God. The futility the creation has been subjected to is coming to a head and God is faithful to keep His Word.

If you’ve been complacent, apathetic, asleep, or just plain distracted, wake up! Dust off, shake out, and make sure you have oil in your lamp! The word “signs” in the passage above means an “indication”1. Do you realize an indication is “a sign, signal or symptom that something exists or is true”2?   Christ said there would be indications from the celestial show house! What can the sun, moon and stars be indicating exists or is true? How fortunate for us that man cannot manipulate the celestial forces. What happens beyond man’s power is indisputably God’s power.

The word for “stars” in Luke 21:25 properly means a constellation1. So according to Christ, the sun, moon and constellations will indicate something exists and is true!

Last year, on November 20, 2016, Jupiter entered Virgo’s abdomen area and will stay there for 42 weeks, exiting on September 9, a few days from now. For Jupiter to remain in the constellation Virgo’s abdomen for 42 weeks, it has to engage in a rare retrograde motion. Additionally, Leo, with its primary nine stars, will move to the head of Virgo and Mars, Mercury and Venus will line up in Leo, making a sort of 12 star crown on the head of Virgo. The moon will be a crescent at Virgo’s left foot and the sun will be on her left shoulder. It appears that for the first time in seven millennia3, the sky will depict Revelation 12:1-2.

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

(And if you wondered, that word “wonder” in Rev. 12:1 is the exact same word for “sign” in Luke 21:25.)

As if it couldn’t be any plainer, all of these aligning of stars will take place on September 23, which also happens to be Rosh Hashanah, (the first fall festival known as the festival of trumpets). Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish (spiritual) New Year and is a rehearsal for the coronation of a king. This sign will occur over Jerusalem’s sky in a matter of weeks. What could God be indicating exists or what is He signaling? And why is He revealing it on the Feast of Trumpets over Jerusalem?

If we return to the Luke 21 text, we see other things happening as well. The next thing listed is “upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity”. So there appears there will be some anxiety going on in nations – and that word for nations is actually “ethnos” from where we get the root word for races1, and ethnicity. It appears anxiety is manifesting among ethnic groups and it is causing “perplexity”, which actually translates “a state of quandary”1. A state of quandary is defined as “a state of uncertainty or indecision as to what to do in a difficult situation”2.

Going on…”the sea and waves roaring” – pretty self-explanatory. And then, “and men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (vs. 26) So basically this means men will be faint-hearted with fear because the things coming on the earth will cause anxiety.

It’s important you catch this, because it’s been taught rather poorly (and erroneously) in our religious institutions. The “tribulation” spoken of is not seven years. It is quite simply NOT a seven year tribulation. I know, I know, that’s what is taught prevalently. Just hang on a minute. Think: if the seven seals, bowls and trumpets were unleashed in a seven year time span, do you really think people are going to carry on, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, buying and selling, planting and building? Oh sure, some would, but certainly not a majority. If a third of civilization was killed by war, earthquakes, famine, pestilence, drought, disease in the matter of 86 months, most people would at least pause. We are deceived if we believe there will be a seven year tribulation, and I can prove that. (just email me – it’s not for this essay)

No. The anxiety people will be facing will be in short bursts: an earthquake here, a hurricane there, a drought over there, and a war over here. It will not be one wide-spread panic or mass hysteria. It will be in pockets at different times. That is why John recorded FOUR TIMES in two different places that after a series of judgments the people “did not repent” of their deeds, even though they suffered tragedy through the action of judgment4. Just like Christ is recorded in the Luke 21 passage as men being anxious for the things going on the earth, but says nothing of repentant hearts.

What He does say, and what we’d be good to pay attention to is that when we see these things happening, look up! Literally, “unbend”1. (I find that hysterical in our modern era of bent heads over cell phones.) And lift up your heads! For we are to know our redemption draws near! In our lifetime! It is coming; it is just around the corner! Wow. “…our redemption…” literally our “ransom paid in full”1 – our debt to our Creator will be satisfied and the bill canceled. Our redemption will be at hand, approaching, drawing near.

Again, what an amazing time to be alive on the earth! Scriptures are being fulfilled and the time of our King’s coronation is approaching! There is no better time to evaluate our lives, our hearts, our minds, our spirits and see if we are ready for our Lord’s return! I urge all brethren in all places to unbend! Lift up your heads and be ready, diligently found in the service of the King when He arrives, not sleeping, partying, or shirking our responsibilities!

If you think I am being dramatic I would counter, no more than the hour demands! If you have been blinded by the false teachings in the western church, consider a few things to help unravel the confusion.

Daniel is not written in chronological order. Neither is Revelation. They are both written in chiasms, and Revelation has a form of bifed incorporated. This means the Scriptures were written in an overlapping pattern, repeating elements with different details to give a broader scope. The seven seals, bowls and trumpets of Revelation overlap and tell of the same events, but with different detail.

The overwhelming catastrophes of these judgments are spread over the last 2000 years or so. They are not one time events that happen on one specific date at one specific location. God has been faithful to warn every generation since Christ in a variety of ways. These judgments have been going on since the revelation of Jesus Christ given to John. I put together a rough list of just the major known events in history since the death of Christ and my rough totals look like this: (email me for the document if you want specifics)

  • Historic Famines, droughts and peculiar epidemics:              176,150,000 – 186,150,000 dead
  • Historic plagues, pestilences & epidemics:                 300,304,000 – 575, 305,000 dead
  • Deaths by wars:        211,096,000 – 598,000,000 dead
  • Natural Disasters:  15,235,298+ dead
  • The Christian Martyrs:           70,000,000 (see notes below box)

(20th century alone: 45.5 million deaths which means 65% of total Christian martyrs are in the last one hundred years) Total since Christ is 70 million martyrs

Current rate of Christian martyrdom: 287- 288 martyrs/day or 12/ hour or one/ five minutes

 

For a grand total of 1,444,690,298. That’s one and half billion people just with notable recorded historical events, and those figures don’t count the ten most famous conquests of history that span 855 years over time. Those figures are just a baseline.

My point is simply that the “end times” has been a perpetual timeline of the days of the apostles on. This is why Peter was able to quote Joel fifty days after Christ’s resurrection about it being the “end days”5, and why we can continue to quote him today in 2017. The difference is we’re at the end of the end now while Peter was at the beginning of the end. The signs are our clue to just how close to the return of Christ we really are.

It’s an exciting time to be alive on the earth! The only ones who need to fear are those who are not in covenant with Christ, and those who are but are not being obedient. May the coming days, months and years find God’s people awake and walking in step with Him as we lift up our faces in anticipation of the return of our King.

 

1Strong’s Concordance

2Encarta Dictionary: English (North America)

3http://www.unsealed.org/2017/01/the-revelation-12-sign-compendium.html

4Revelation 9:20-21 and 16:9-11

5Acts 2:17

some final thoughts as I depart youth ministry

My mother dropped out of school to marry her first husband when she was 16. She proceeded to have three husbands and numerous other partners over the next 15 years or so. She had nine children that I know of, and I was number eight, from a partner between husband two and three. There would be one child after me, on the record.

She had trouble parenting the three children she had not lost yet, between her sex, alcohol and drug addictions. Just before the age of two, my sister and I were taken by the state child welfare system because she failed to return from her night out, and the high school baby sitter had to go home. After a few months of attempts of the state trying to rehabilitate my mother, she dropped out of the picture and my sister and I were placed in foster care. I would not find out until I was eighteen that a couple years later (when I was four, and she was 34), she was murdered. Her case was never solved.

My sister and I spent a couple years in a foster home, and the memories are spotted. We were adopted by a farming husband and wife with a young son at home when I was four years old, the day after Christmas.

At first glance, it seemed a dream come true. We had found a family, and the home was Norman Rockwell-ish. Our new dad was an agriculture and cattle farmer, and our new mom stayed at home to care for the farm and the children.

I honestly don’t remember how long it took for me to acclimate to the environment there. It seemed I could do nothing right, our brother could do no wrong, and there were a lot of spoken and unspoken rules and expectations I was having trouble getting right. I probably did plenty wrong, though I can’t recall just what all of my offenses were. My mother had decided early on that I was a liar, so it didn’t matter what I said, in my mother’s mind it was a lie. My actions, motives and words were questioned nonstop, and there was never a benefit of the doubt for me.

The details are too much to get into right here, but a few key memories will give you an idea of the environment. When I was seven or eight I awoke to my parents waking me up. It was dark, but I had no concept of the time. I shared a room with my sister, and my parents motioned for me to be quiet and get my house robe on and go downstairs. When I got to the kitchen, I had to squint because the lights were on and my eyes were adjusting. There was a large box in the center of the floor and I was told to put my favorite toys in it. After filling it, I was told to put my shoes on. I walked with my parents outside as my dad carried the box. We walked past the clothesline to the burn barrel, where they put the box and lit it on fire. I don’t remember what I did to warrant this punishment. They may have told me, but I don’t recall. When I awoke the next morning I tried to remember if it was a dream or real. I went to the toy box and looked for the items I remembered putting in the box, but they weren’t there.

If that was an isolated memory, I would be inclined to shrug it off as a false memory. But there were several times I wet my pants and my mom clothes-pinned my soiled underwear to my nose and I was made to carry on my day like that. There was the time my mom stood my sister and me up in the kitchen and with an angry face and wagging finger told us, “Don’t ever tell me you love me. Don’t write it in a card or on a paper, and don’t speak it in words.   You don’t love me and you cannot tell me you do.” I was six; my sister was seven.

There was the night I was made to stand in a corner all night with my nose pressed to the corner, under threat of more severe punishment if I moved. I fell asleep sometime in the wee hours of the morning and fell over. I hopped up back into the corner and my entire body trembled with fear for what felt like hours at the thought that maybe my mom heard me move and would be coming. I was “released” from the corner the next day sometime mid-morning. I was nine. I don’t remember what I did wrong there either.

I was constantly threatened with being shipped to an all-girls boarding school, a military school, back to the state, and later a mental hospital. The details of my childhood could fill a book (and I have written it), but what I learned was emotions were not to be expressed, truth was subjective, and authority was absolute. I had no voice, no identity, and no one I could trust. The rules constantly changed, the expectations were altered by the mood of my mother, and I became very, very good at reading body language, tone, and circumstances.   I was not allowed to talk on the phone, have friends over or go to friends’ homes, or socialize apart from parental supervision. School and nature were my only escapes. I dared not tell anyone of my life at home. As far as they knew, we had a perfectly normal family. Until I started running away in high school…

My parents were swift to hospitalize me in a mental institution, where my anger hit boiling. By this time, some concerned adults in my life had started to work to help me, but it would take years for help to manifest. In the meantime, some unique circumstances led to me being locked out of my home when I was sixteen. I had only the clothes on my back, no car, no money, no job, not even a driver’s license. This continued for a few months until my parents took me to court to terminate their parental rights, which was granted and I became a ward of the state one more time.

This is an abbreviated nutshell of my formative years. Before I was a legal adult, I had come to the conclusion love was conditional, (if it was real at all); people cannot be trusted; my merit had to be earned and even then could be stripped away; and a host of other “lesser” things.

I had found God in the Midwestern landscape. I saw Him in the sky, in the fields, and especially in the thunderstorms. I talked with Him constantly through high school, and though I never heard Him, still knew He was there. I don’t remember ever thinking it was His fault suffering was in my life. As I grew older the charades at home grew more and more difficult to navigate. I wanted something true, something real. I was tired, and tired of being afraid. I pulled out a Bible and began reading it. My mom made fun of me if I read it, so I began reading it at night by the outdoor light at my window, when everyone else had gone to sleep. I asked a friend at school that I knew to be a Christian how to get right with God. I was looking for a list of rules, as that is all I knew. She explained to me Christ’s sacrifice and I was in utter disbelief that I had to do nothing to receive pardon from God! I finally made the decision to put my faith in this Man who died for me. Shortly thereafter my whole world hit the crescendo and the end of life as I knew it, and I was left alone, without a family, and no idea what to do.

Though I would stumble and fail miserably over the next few years, including a failed marriage, I started ministering to high school youth from a sincere desire to in some way help someone else through what had been tumultuous years for me. In the meantime, I was building my own faith.

You’ve heard me tell some of my favorite stories. You know about the time I drove to Denver and fell asleep while the sun was still up, but woke up sixteen miles out of Denver, in the dark, with the car driving on the road and my lights on. I had been asleep for almost two hours. Or the time I had to move to Texas but had only $60 to my name, and no credit card. I was moving in a U-Haul that got 10mpg AND a personal car, and was driving 583 miles with BOTH cars. I reckoned that if God could multiply loaves and fish, He could multiply gas as well, and He did. At my final destination I had exactly ¼ tank of gas in each tank and no money.

Or how He challenged my trust 23 years ago and asked me, “Who made your body?” When I replied that He did, He asked me, “Don’t you think if I can make your body I can wake it?” The challenge was to trust Him at a time I didn’t have an alarm clock to wake me. I trusted Him and He was faithful, and then I threw my alarm clocks away and have not used one once in 23 years. He has never failed to wake me, whether I needed to be up at 4 am, 8 am or anything in between.

I told you how He has been faithful to physically heal our family of various illnesses over the last 22 years, without prescriptions. How He even healed our St. Bernard of West Nile Virus when we anointed her with oil and declared her healing. You know He has healed ear infections, throat infections, skin infections, and sprained ankles, because I’ve told you.

I’ve told you how He has healed my heart, how He was faithful to bring me freedom and healing from childhood loss, pain, abuse and traumas.

I told you how He brought me my husband and then gave me a clear sign with His own voice that this is who I was supposed to be with. I’ve let you know how He delivered me from perpetuating abuse to my daughter, and healed our relationship from the damage of my own sins.

I have not hidden His miracles in my life from you, nor have I shielded you from my disappointments, struggles finding God, and my failures. I have been forthright with you that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the Son of God, that He died on the Cross for humanity to procure salvation and be reconciled to God, and that He rose from the dead in victory over death so we can too. I’ve challenged each of you to consider that Good News and respond. But I didn’t stop there. Why?

Because I know that the Israelites forgot God after He parted the Red Sea and sent supernatural plagues upon Egypt but saved Israel out of it. I know that the Israelites forgot God after He brought water from a rock and bread from Heaven. I know that the Israelites forgot God after He gave them an abundant land full of provision and blessing. I know that the Israelites forgot God after Elijah called fire down from Heaven in the midst of hundreds of witnesses. I know that Judas betrayed the Son of God after he saw Him heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and feed the multitudes.

The human heart is short-sighted and shallow. We forget the good our friend has done for years when our friend hurts us today. We are fixated on how we feel right now, and we are woefully short on gratitude. We’re inclined to forget a God our human eyes can’t see, especially when there’s so much in front of our eyes to bedazzle us constantly. We choose the golden calf that can’t think, feel or speak, when our God has been too long getting back to us. I know that God is worthy of our worship if He NEVER does a thing for us because He is God and there is no one higher than He. We should want to worship our Creator simply because He is God, even if He never does a thing for us. Even if I died in the dysfunction of my childhood home, He would be worthy of my worship. Even if He never healed one thing I asked, or saved me from an accident, or never supernaturally provided a thing for me.

But I know that we don’t do that well or easily. I know that God being God is simply not enough for our humanity left to itself to reconcile. And so I have shown you that He is not only God, but He became my Father. And if that weren’t enough, I showed you that He is not only my God and my Father, but He has become my Friend. So that you would know that God loves us. God loves you. He is perfect and faithful and true, and He is worthy of your love, your admiration, your worship, your life. It is enough that He created us, but He also saved us when we needed saving. And it’s enough that He saved us, but He has called us who have received Him His sons and daughters. And if all that wasn’t enough, He also can be our Friend.

So I urge you to know this amazing God yourself.   Love God for who He is, not what He does, and realize He still does good, good things for us. Be faithful in a faithless world. Live your life in such a way that Heaven knows your name when you get there.

I hang up my “youth leader” hat with Acts 20:24-35:

But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.

And now I know that none of you to whom I have preached the Kingdom will ever see me again. I declare today that I have been faithful. If anyone suffers eternal death, it’s not my fault, for I didn’t shrink from declaring all that God wants you to know.

So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as elders. I know that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock. Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following. Watch out! Remember the three years I was with you—my constant watch and care over you night and day, and my many tears for you.

And now I entrust you to God and the message of his grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.

I have never coveted anyone’s silver or gold or fine clothes. You know that these hands of mine have worked to supply my own needs and even the needs of those who were with me. And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

[Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.]

If you’ve made the decision to follow God, and have placed your faith and trust in Christ who died for your salvation, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Heed the words of Paul to guard yourself and your faith. Recognize that there is treachery within the church and without. Follow God, not man.

Release and forgive your parents for their failures, most of them did the best they could with what they had and meant well. If they didn’t, forgive them anyway. Look to God for your healing, your deliverance, your salvation. When you’ve trusted Him as Savior, trust God as Father, and learn to know them both as Friend. Your life won’t be easier or simpler, and you won’t have abundant wealth just because you walk in faith. You may face increased tribulation, suffering or trials. Trust your Maker and let Him teach you and grow you into maturity. Care more about what God thinks than anyone else, (even yourself). Love God and keep the faith.

I leave you with more of Paul’s words and pray you heed them. Do not live for yourself and refuse to obey the truth. Keep on doing good. Seek after the glory, honor and immortality God offers us.

Romans 2:4-11 (emphasis my own)

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will judge everyone according to what they have done. He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.

[Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.]

 

What shall we liken this generation unto?

But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,

And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.

The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

Matt 11:16-19 KJV

 

It has been twenty-five years or so that I first started working with high school youth. I was barely an “adult” when I started, and now I’m marrying off my first born and have graduated my last born. I think my season of a high school youth leader is wrapping up. I have books to write and other mandates to fulfill, and I sense it’s the closing of this chapter.

I was on the phone earlier today with one of my first students I ministered to. I was her cabin counselor at a week long summer camp in 1992, in the heat of the Midwest in cabins along a lake. She attended a school with a graduating class of thirty in a small farming community about twenty minutes from my town, and thirty minutes from the school I ministered at. Somehow we maintained our relationship that morphed from student/mentor eventually into adult friendship. She’s lived and worked along the Gulf for almost a decade now, and we are still very good friends. She is my son’s godmother.

After twenty-five years of watching teenagers struggle with their identity, search for meaning and purpose, and roll with the inevitable tides of maturing, it is a bittersweet closing. Teens are quite possibly my favorite age group. They have the ability to communicate, but with the uncertainty of knowing their real thoughts and feelings. It’s a constant joy and occasional challenge to exchange ideas and introduce concepts.   I find them fresh and real and relevant, unassuming and still able to take in new or different ideas without being defensive. If they trust you. And that is the key. If they don’t trust you, they don’t listen; they don’t learn; they don’t receive.

And teens have lots of reasons to not trust. Not trust adults, not trust new ideas, not trust peers, not trust themselves…

In the past two and a half decades of working with emerging adults, I have a few observations:

America is a post-Christian culture now. It has been a swift descent into this arena of popular opinion, defiant selfishness, and general unbelief. Twenty-five years ago there was a consciousness in the youth of what God thinks, who God is, what He may want from humanity. That does not exist today in the status quo. The morality of the Bible is ridiculed and rejected. Christianity, by and large, is not respected, adhered to, or sought out.

American teens are tired of American school. They’re tired of the charades and hypocrisy. They are unstimulated, uninterested, and uninvolved in their own education. They find most of school irrelevant to life, and the politics of the school system suffocating. They are burned out on tests and testing, rules and agendas, a form of police state and prison mentality. Very few of them know what they want to do when they leave school or how they’re going to get there.

They cannot tell me where Syria is on a map, what’s going on in the Middle East, or the first Ten Amendments of the US Constitution. They don’t know and they don’t care. If they know, it’s incidental – not because they have an interest. They cannot articulate world events or local concerns. School is a place of survival for some, escape for others, and a necessary evil for others. Very few teens find school preparatory for their future.

Very, very, precious few teens today can think an original thought or critically. Deductive reasoning and common sense are all but absent. There is a herd mentality, but it’s unrecognized within because they think they’re thinking independently. Logical presentation of facts and data points are often lost, as basic deductive reasoning is almost nonexistent. A + B has ten different answers, and none of them are “wrong”.

If they happen to be of the minority that embraces education, they embrace it hook, line and sinker. Every theory that is presented to them they absorb as veritable fact. The system rewards those who don’t question it and punishes those who do, which weeds out the trouble makers in the process. Those who question do not receive the accolades or reward as those who don’t. Bright and subservient students are elevated to leadership roles and pushed up the ladder to the next level, so that by the time they arrive at their “higher education”, they are a virtual classroom of obedient minions, ready to further the cause of whatever field they’ve selected or been selected for.

Teens raised in the church most (or all) of their lives have a basic grid for morality, but question it frequently because of the social pressure to conform. A majority of them reject the Bible’s morality to conform with the status quo. A shocking majority of church-raised teens have limited Bible knowledge and understanding. Their foundations are shaky at best. They could not tell me who Abraham, Moses or David were. They had a sketchy understanding of Noah. (This is generally speaking.)

The greatest hindrance to believing teenagers’ faith walk is distraction. Their day is so full of activity and pleasure seeking that there is little to no time or energy left to pursue weightier matters of the spirit, or to develop a personal relationship with God. Technology has taught this generation instant gratification on a level prior generations knew nothing of. Waiting on God is laborious for those who can instantly stream the latest movie. Straining to hear His still small voice is too much work for those who communicate via InstaGram and SnapChat. They quite simply don’t have a grid for how to listen, wait, watch, or learn. They struggle to see the relevance in reading an ancient manuscript because they’ve not been taught the value in seeking knowledge.

And they are dying. Dying to be heard. Dying to be understood. They spend eight or more hours a day being told what to do, what to think, what to believe. Their social interactions are a competitive field of jockeying for acceptance and position. Their home lives are often chaotically out of control or controlling to the point of suffocation. Very few people have taken the time to hear their hearts, help them with their thoughts, substantiate their worth, quell their fears, or explore their talents. They don’t know who they are or what to do. Our most powerful meetings are small groups, when they have to soul search and share their hearts. They need help articulating their thoughts and sorting through their emotions. They are consistently confused or discouraged or both.

They care about a lot of things and they want to care, but they’re woefully misinformed by society. An hour or even a two hour youth meeting once a week is not enough to change the tidal wave that covers them almost every other waking hour of every day.

Over the last 25 years, unequivocally the most profound moments I’ve witnessed youth having are a couple things:

When they unplug from society for more than 48 hours, they are able to witness God first hand. They can sense Him; they can feel Him; they can hear Him. They encounter Him when they unplug. I honestly know of no exceptions. Every single teen I’ve ministered to over the last two and half decades, when they remove themselves from social media, phones, computers, TVS, and daily routine and have an atmosphere of nature and the Word of God, encounter God. Unbelief is silenced in that atmosphere. Doubts are stilled. The world fades and God becomes real.

And they know it. They want to get back to it. It becomes an altar in their memory of the time or the place they encountered God.

We have to teach this. We have to demonstrate this. We have to give opportunities for this.

The other profound moments are when they get a glimpse of their worth. When they finally grasp the enormity of their deliberate place in life, when they feel like someone has heard them, understood them, and loved them anyway, they are changed. The very act of listening to them without judging them begins to dismantle the hardness of all the years of striving. They need to explore ideas in a way that helps them learn about themselves, rather than dictates to them.

If you’re on the outside (i.e. they are not your teen), you can help them by asking them what they think about things. Give them time to think about it before they answer, and then acknowledge and validate their answer. If their thinking is off (and it often is), ask gentle questions that will help them see things differently without criticizing where they are right now. Help them articulate their feelings by giving them permission to feel authentically, and not how they think they’re supposed to feel. Don’t tell them what to think and don’t invalidate their feelings. Ever. Don’t do it. Don’t give them answers to questions they aren’t asking, and don’t give them answers to the questions you may have asked. Let them formulate their own answers and only give your opinion when they seek it. They need to be heard by adults more than hear them, at least for awhile. Help them find their voice, and as they learn how to articulate, their thinking will clear up along the way. After awhile (varies by teen and their life circumstances), they will begin to trust you. When they begin to trust you, they will want to know your thoughts, and that is when you can make the most impact in their life. Don’t rush this process.

If you’re on the inside, if the teen is your own, evaluate their trust in you. If it is low or nonexistent, follow the advice in the above paragraph, but with hypersensitivity. Accompany this process with humility and acknowledge any failure or mistakes of your own as they come up. Genuinely seek forgiveness. Seek to understand more than to be understood. Listen to their thoughts without criticism, validate their feelings, and let them be who they need to be. You do not have to agree with them to love them. You do not need to make a stand on every issue you think they’re off on. If you can prove yourself trustworthy, if you can demonstrate you care about their feelings more than being “right”, if you can listen more than talk, you have a chance at building their trust. They will test you. They will say outlandish things that may not even be what they really think or feel, just to see if they can trust you to not overreact or come down hard on them. Let them sort out their thoughts and feelings without prejudice on your part. Believe in them. If you are consistent and patient, they will begin to value their exchanges with you, and you will gain opportunities to speak into their lives.

If you can get to this point, you are at a great place. You will find they may change your life more than you change theirs. You may find your ways of thinking change as well.   You may find they challenge you in ways to make you more real, and you may be the better person for it. You may find God in new and different ways you have not known Him before.

Generally speaking, this generation does not trust anyone. They have been betrayed by their peers, their parents, their authority figures, even themselves. If you can teach them how to trust God, the years and years of deception will begin to unravel. That formerly angry or rebellious or indifferent teenager may very well become the truth seeking radical that does not settle for the status quo any longer. They may be the confident adult that questions the trite answers of a corrupt system and causes the ripples of change this world desperately needs.

The Days of Lot – part two

The popular emphasis of the days of Noah and the days of Lot is the wickedness of the day. However, Christ’s words indicate it is the worldliness of the day that catches people asleep. It is the day in and day out of living, of having a life, of making a life, of enjoying life. Culture and society are seemingly oblivious and uncaring of matters of the sacred. Driving forces of day to day living are consuming society and little to no thought is given to the accounting of deeds, the desires of a Creator, the temporariness of life on earth. This life is the mainstream of thought.

Unfortunately, this is characteristic to too many of the western churches I have been a witness of. Programs and activities are centered around the consumption of daily needs: eating, drinking, family affairs, building relationships and careers, etc.

Paul spends considerable effort in 1 Corinthians 15 reiterating what the Gospel really is, and he says this in verse 19 [KJV]:

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

The original language is best caught in the New American Standard that translates it more accurately: that if it’s in this life only that we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than any other.   Our hope, which should catapult us to our passion, is in the Resurrection. Our activities on this earth should point us and those around us to eternity! This is not the final chapter.   This is not the end. Have we lost sight of this? Has the Church lost sight of this?

If we are being consumed with the activities of this life, we are in grave danger of being unaware as time is being wrapped up. Christ has clear things to say about servants that were not ready for their Master’s return.

Matt 24:42-51 (NAS)

“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

“Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards;   the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know,   and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Surely this depicts life in Sodom and Gomorrah when Lot was removed from these cities! Surely the citizens of Sodom were unconcerned about any judgment or destruction hovering over them! Surely they had been busy living their lives, making their money, raising their families, etc. and had paid little to no heed about an accounting for their deeds or the thoughts of their Creator! In fact, it says Lot’s future son-in-laws thought he was joking when he told them they needed to flee the city with them. They flippantly disregarded the warning and went about their routine, to their demise.

Catch some of the key phrases of Christ’s warning:

“…that if [he] had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and not allowed [the destruction to himself]…” Clearly if we know danger is coming our way, we prepare. Christ directly correlates this, “For this reason you also must be ready…” A change of circumstances is coming, and Christ in His great love for us told us in advance.

“Who then is the faithful and sensible…?” Who is the Christian who has taken his responsibilities seriously and is found doing them upon Christ’s return? Is it the western church? Is it me? Do I recognize there are specific tasks we’re given and are to be found doing when our Master returns? Are we doing what He said to do: healing the sick, cleansing, raising from the dead, making disciples? Or…

Do we think to ourselves, “My master is not coming for a long time”…? Oh we probably don’t actually think it in those words. We probably just have a vague notion of His return as some far off future date. Maybe we’ve hung around the cynics of Peter’s day, “There shall come in the last days scoffers…saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming?’” Regardless, we get dull. And while we may not physically abuse our fellow believers, do we slander our brothers and sisters, manipulate or control them, disregard them, afflict them? And maybe we don’t get rip-roaring drunk, but do we carelessly entertain ourselves?

Because this is the circumstance that will be abounding when Christ returns.

And if our hope as Christians who profess to follow Christ is merely in some good living while we build ourselves a life here, we should indeed be pitied. We will be like the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah when the angels visited. Oh we may not be like the wicked men who circled Lot’s house demanding to have sex with his male visitors. But we may be like the neighbor just minding his own business, getting ready for work in the morning, tending to the needs of his household.

Christ warned us of life on earth at His return. He warned us people who called themselves as belonging to Him would not be ready for His return. He warned us His return would be a surprise and would catch people unaware. He said people would be caught up in daily living and unprepared for an accounting.

And Peter reminds us,

2 Peter 3:3-5. 10-14 [NAS, emphasis mine]

Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless…

 

And honestly, if we’re looking for a new heaven and new earth in which righteousness dwells, the temporary matters of life on this earth should not be consuming us. If we’re looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, we should recognize the times we’re living in and be prepared.

 

of Jews, Khazars, Zionists, and Christians

emotions don’t replace responsibility

Years ago my family attended church with a Jew from the east coast.  He was raised in an orthodox home and in the tenets of Judaism.  I hung an Israeli flag on the wall with a framed picture of the signing of Israel’s independence from 1948 in a hallway of the church.  He was not just angry; he was livid.  He wanted to shred the flag and he struggled to even get out the words of what a blasphemous sign that was to him and to real Jews.  I had no understanding.  I did not know why this incurred such passionate hatred.

I read my Bible regularly and love God with all of my heart, soul and strength.  I’ve read countless passages like Psalm 99:2 “The Lord is great in Zion, and He is exalted above all the peoples.” And Psalm 87:2, “The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwelling places of Jacob.”  I knew Zion as the mountain of the Lord and the place exalted throughout Scripture.  So when I heard “Zionists”, I thought they were believers and it was a Christian thing.  However….

Zionism is just a clever name for the Khazars, of the ancient kingdom Khazaria.  Khazaria was a kingdom that became settled by an ancient people called Khazars from the third century or so.  The Khazars consisted of Turks, Fins and Mongols.  Historians explain that they were in constant warfare with Persia and Armenia as early as the third century, and fought in partnership with Attila the Hun in the 5th century.  Somewhere around 550 A.D. the Khazars began settling between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the region commonly known as Caucasus.  They established a capital called Itil at the mouth of the Volga River where it dumps into the Caspian Sea.

The Khazars were a brutal people, thirsty for dominion.  After establishing Itil, they assumed control over the Volga River by exacting a 10% toll on all cargo passing through.  They attacked and killed anyone who refused to pay the toll.  As they gained power, they attacked the more peaceful Slavonic tribes in neighboring regions and made them subjects of Khazaria, requiring a tribute under the threat of attack.  Their empire expanded to the north and into southeastern Europe.

To the south and west of Khazaria was the Byzantine Empire of Eastern Orthodox Christian leadership, and to the southeast was the Moslem Empire of the Arab Caliphs.  They had been pressuring Khazaria to adopt Christianity or Islam.

In 740 A.D. a curious thing happened.  The Kagan (Khazaria ruler) announced an adoption of Judaism as their national religion, probably for political reasons of independence and to relieve the pressure from Byzantine and the Moslem Empire.  The succeeding Khazar rulers took Jewish names and they began to be referenced as the “kingdom of Jews”.  By the 9th century Khazaria became a haven for Jews from other lands, and the Khazaria were intermarrying with Jews while Khazaria continued oppressing peoples and subjugating them to pay tribute.

This history matters, so stay with it.  In the 8th century an eastern branch of Vikings known as the Varangians, (or as Rus), navigated the Dnieper, Don and Volga rivers and found themselves in the unpleasant position of having to pay tribute to the Khazars.  The Rus Vikings settled among Slavonic tribes under Khazar domination and began struggling against Khazaria for independence from them.  In 862 the Rus leader, Rurik, founded the city of Novgorod and birthed the Russian nation.  However, they were in constant contention with the Khazars.

In 989 the Russian leader Prince Vladimir of Kiev accepted baptism into Christianity.  He then began promoting Christianity among the Russian people, and Russia was considered a Christian nation around this time.  (Prince Vladimir is called Saint Vladimir in Russia.)  Because of obvious commonalities, Byzantine and Russia formed a natural alliance.  In 1016, Russian and Byzantine forces attacked Khazaria and defeated Georgius Tzul, the Khazar warloard, which led to the demise of Khazria.  The Khazars dispersed and migrated to eastern Europe and other places and intermarried with Jews.

“As they moved and lived among the Jewish people, the Khazar Jews passed on a distinct heritage from generation to generation.  One element of the Khazar Jew heritage is a militant form of ZIONISM.  In the view of Khazar Jews, the land occupied by ancient Israel is to be retaken – not by miracle but by armed force.  This is what is meant by Zionism today, and this is the force that created the nation which calls itself Israel today.  The other major ingredient of the Khazar Jew heritage is hatred for Christianity, and for the Russian people as the champions of the Christian faith.  Christianity is viewed as the force which caused the ancient so-called kingdom of the Jews, the Khazar kingdom, to collapse.  Having once dominated much of what is present-day Russia, the Khazar Jews  still want to reestablish that domination – and for a millennium they have been trying to continually do just that.”1

If you’ll follow the history of the Khazers, known as Zionists and Jews in various parts of the world, you’ll find connections to multitudes of nefarious schemes and partnerships with elitist bankers and governments.  Serious students of Zionists have credibly linked them to the Bolshevik revolution in Russia that overthrew the Christian government of the Czars and replaced it with the atheist Communist government.

In fact, in a January 1918 dispatch to Washington, David R. Francis, United States ambassador in Russia, warned: “The Bolshevik leaders here, most of whom are Jews and 90 percent of whom are returned exiles, care little for Russia or any other country but are internationalists and they are trying to start a worldwide social revolution.”2

It was common knowledge of the Bolsheviks and their obvious link as Jews.  What was less common was that most of them were actually Khazars, or mixed Khazer/Jew descent and this had been their plan since being ousted from their kingdom nine centuries earlier.  Those who speak out against Zionism are speaking out against this.  They are not anti-Semitic.  They do not hate true Jews.

A small orthodox sect of Russian Christians spent sixty years quietly growing its resistance to the Bolshevik government in Russia until they were able to wrest control of the Kremlin away from them in the mid to late 70s.  This gave them the momentum and ability to posture the downfall of the USSR in 1991, restoring Russia to its original name and expelling most of the Bolsheviks from Russia.  [I realize I’m skipping over a lot of history here, but that can all be researched if the interest is there.]

“…on August 19, 1979, Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum died in New York.  He died in the morning, and was buried the same afternoon.  Very short notice, and yet some 100,000 Jewish men arrived in time for the funeral.  It is hard to imagine how many more hundreds of thousands could not arrive on such short notice.  A month later, on September 18, his followers placed a memorial tribute by way of a paid advertisement in the New York Times, and clearly it spoke for many Jews.  Among other things it said, quote:  ‘He was the undisputed leader of all Jews everywhere who had not been infected by Zionism’; and also, quote:  ‘With a courage all too rare in our time, he called the Zionist state ‘a work of Satan, a sacrilege, and a blasphemy.’  The shedding of blood for the sake of the Zionist state was abhorrent to him.’

“These words, my friends, were spoken by Orthodox Jews mourning for their fallen leader.  And the new Christian rulers of Russia would agree for they, too, regard the Zionist state of Israel as a counterfeit, a cruel and dangerous hoax for Christian and Jew alike.  The Khazar state called the ‘Kingdom of the Jews’ a thousand years ago was a parasite, living on the tribute from survival on a never-ending flow of support from outside.  Left unchecked, the Russians believe that the Khazar Jews will destroy Christianity by means of Zionism, and Russia through Bolshevism; so Russia’s Christian rulers are on the offensive against their enemies of a thousand years, the Khazars.”3

This was written in September 1979 during Soviet upheavals in their government.  What we need to understand is the Zion of the Bible is not the same as the Zionists spoken of and referred in our culture.  We cannot connect the two as being the same thing just because they use familiar terms to us that are precious as Christians.  History proves otherwise.

Zionism has nothing to do with ancient Israel, but unfortunately can be linked to modern Israel and its formation in 1948.  It can also be directly linked with Rothschild and elitist bankers’ ambitions for world dominion.  Zionists are Khazars.  Khazars are Zionists.  And neither has anything to do with the Zion of the Bible.  Zionism has simply hijacked some very Biblical names, assumed some façade of religion, and our ignorance has done the rest.

Coupled with my understanding of the present situation on News with Views, we have things we need to learn.  Presently:  Chuck Baldwin has written some pretty controversial pieces regarding Israel and/or Zionism.   Mr. Baldwin wrote an article against Netanyahu.  Many readers have labeled him anti-Semitic.  The publisher of the news site News With Views, Mr. Walter, has received numerous concerned calls, emails, and communications about the perceived “error” of Mr. Baldwin’s ways.  Mr. Baldwin’s views don’t necessarily represent Mr. Walter’s views, so he has taken the corrective measure to state a disclaimer.  When the pressure increased, Mr. Walter emailed Mr. Baldwin’s office to explain that he would not be publishing anti-Israel pieces in the future.  Mr. Baldwin was out of the office and the secretary took the message.  If this isn’t a classic case of “telephone”, (aka the rumor game), I don’t know what is.  Somehow this got turned into Mr. Walter selling his soul for $1000 in Zion money.

If we’d all take a step back and realize we’re at different levels in our education, we’re at different levels of maturity, and we’re at different levels of understanding, we’d have more grace and humility for situations like this.  To date, this has only served to discredit Christians and dishonor the God we claim to serve.  Again.  So now hundreds of Chuck’s followers have jumped on the bandwagon to condemn News With Views.  And News With Views has seemingly sided with restricting freedom of speech, the press, and I hope not freedom of thought.

I wish that Chuck Baldwin could continue to write his dissenting opinions on Zionism and Israel’s link to world dominionists.  As a writer, I’d like to know we can still exercise our freedoms of opinion and expose what we know of darkness and truth, even if it makes others uncomfortable or challenges their paradigms — even if we’re wrong or there are other opinions.  Truth has a way of making its way to the open.  Can we let the process work?

If we’re all truth seekers, and if we’re Christians as well, our standard is pretty explicit.  We must represent our Lord and Savior in all manner.  Our speech must be true and honest.  Our actions must have love and grace.  Our hearts must be humble and pliable in our Master’s hands.

Some of us see Israel as the land of Abraham under covenant, and thus should be defended.  Other see a deception that should be exposed (Rev 2:9 “I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.”).  Is there enough room and grace to state our own perspectives without calling out the lynching mobs?  Can a conservative website post controversial opinions that come from different perspectives?  If you’re opposed to my point of view can you just not read it or listen to it?  Or must you petition to silence me?  Can you bring me your concerns and your perspectives without denying my right to work my own out?

When dealing with the world, we are shrewd.  When dealing with our brethren we are accountable to the standard of the Kingdom of God.

Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.  So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.

Romans 14:16-20

 

 

 

 

1Dr. Peter Beter, Audio Letter #50, September 30, 1979

2 David R. Francis, Russia from the American Embassy (New York: 1921), p. 214.

3 Dr. Peter Beter, Audio Letter #50, September 30, 1979

For more information on the Khazars, read The Thirteenth Tribe; the Khazar Empire and its Heritage by Arthur Koestler, 1976.

The Problem with Truth

Being raised in the world creates some difficult obstacles for understanding and wisdom outside of the paradigm of convention.  I had a conversation recently with someone about what I find troubling implications of pizzagate/pedogate and the rumor that if brought to light it allegedly would implicate a third of the Congress/Senate.  He dismissed the entire charge for investigation because it sounded “crazy” to him that a third of Congress could really be involved in child trafficking.

He later dismissed a pretty good presentation of evidence gathered from another individual because that same individual believed the WTC towers were brought down by explosives, not airplanes.  Mind you, the evidence on child and/or sex trafficking was what was being presented.

“…I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” – Jesus to Pilate when brought in for questioning.  [John 18:37 NASU]

We have an interesting concept here:  truth.  Pilate is trying to get to the bottom of the charges against Jesus.  To Pilate it should be a simple matter:  did Jesus break some law?  The simplicity is absent, however, because the desired outcome (death to Jesus) does not match any of the alleged “crimes”.  Pilate jumped ahead of the perfunctory Q & A in an attempt to get to the meaningful crux of the matter in how it would pertain to himself (Pilate):  “Are you the King of the Jews?”

You have to understand context.  Pilate is the “governor” of sorts for Rome in Judea, headquartered in Jerusalem.  He’s charged with keeping the peace between Rome and those being governed against their will:  the Jews.  It is treason to have any king but Caesar.  Pilate is trying to discern whether Jesus is a threat to Caesar.  He cares very little about any Jewish laws Jesus has broken; he only cares that there will not be an insurrection against Rome’s rule.

Jesus knows that calling Himself King of the Jews would be a threat to Rome.  Jesus responded to Pilate’s questions by acknowledging that He is indeed a King, but not of the Jews.  This is a mystery to Pilate.  Jesus knows Pilate does not have a grid for understanding the real issue at hand, and his response is akin to His knowledge of Pilate.  Jesus acknowledged what Pilate was looking for (“Are you a King?”), and Jesus’ reply is not a threat to Pilate.  Jesus then gives Pilate insight, (“My Kingdom is not of this world…”).

As Pilate grapples with this idea and tries to put it into context, he reasserts his question, “So you are a king?”  That’s when Jesus replies, “…I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

This is the moment of revelation for truth seekers.  We’re seeking truth, correct?  (But not everyone is seeking truth.  Some people are just seeking answers to confirm their beliefs and corroborate their biases.)   And when we get a response or data that answers the question differently than what we’re asking we have a moment of decision:  do we pursue this truth or disregard it?

If we pursue the new truth that has been presented, (e.g. So Jesus is a King, but not King of the Jews…), a whole new set of questions is presented.  And who has time for that??  Just answer my question and let me go on, is our typical thought.  Unless we care more about truth than answers.

“Pilate said to Him, ‘What is truth?’”  (John 18:38 NASU)  He then dismissed the charges and tried to release Christ.  Why?  Because Pilate caught the greater truth, but was unwilling to pursue it.  The lazy man’s response is always exchanging truth for an answer.  Pilate got the truth (who Jesus really is), but exchanged it for the answer (He’s not a threat to Caesar).  He then dismissed the revelation in a manipulative brush off that was more for the sake of his conscience than a genuine question, “What is truth?”  [Now Pilate doesn’t have to actually do anything with the revelation, because he in essence discounted it.]

Now apply that to life.  It is a waste of time to expound on truth to people who just want answers.  Answers are easily found.  Truth rarely is.  Truth requires discipline and demands accountability.  If I possess truth, I cannot exchange it for something less without losing something myself.  I am accountable for the truth I possess.  And for those who seek and find truth, answers are simply not enough.

When we consider current events, national events, and even world events, the pursuit of truth becomes practically a full-time job.  Answers abound, but truth must be sought out.  And because people are at a myriad of different places in their lives, their understanding of truth varies considerably.  We have to understand this.  Truth is simple and complex at the same time, and truth can be duplex.  Sometimes this is hard to come to terms with.

Christ’s declarations of Himself and truth are weighty.  There are a lot of “Pilates” in this world that get a cursory glance of His truth and dismiss it with the “what is truth?” brush off.  No one is the better for this.  Christ said He came into the world to testify to the truth.  Testify means to bear witness.  [It comes from the Greek word “martureo” from where we also get the word “martyr”.  Martyrs are witnesses of Christ who are killed for their witness (or testimony).]

In the gospel of John where it records the night Jesus was betrayed, John recounts Christ’s words to His disciples.  It’s a lengthy discourse of instructions, declarations, explanations and warnings – of which many of these things the disciples clearly had no grid for understanding.  He seems to begin to wrap it up and He says this interesting thing, which we would do well to take notice of:

“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” – John 16:12 NASU

What this should help us understand is that we can’t always grasp truths given to us.  It has to do with our present level of understanding and experience.  At the time Jesus was giving this discourse, His disciples seemed unable to comprehend that He was mere hours from His betrayal and death.  They were unable to grasp not only that He was going to die, but also that it was purposeful and part of the plan.  They could not grasp that.  They had nothing in their realm of experiences, nothing in their understanding of God and even current events that prepared them for this truth.  In fact, they did not even grasp it when He had resurrected.  [See John 20:9.]

And so it is with truth and the human heart and mind.  Our experiences coupled with our level of understanding are what either prevents truth from being understood and received, or grants it.  To put it on a current events level:

If my friend has only really listened to mainstream media, believes CNN to be factual and honest, and has an exemplar of patriotism that prevents contradictions or doubts from surfacing and being honestly evaluated, my assertions that circumstantial evidence exists of child trafficking rings implicating the political elite will be scorned.  There is no other way for that heart or mind to process my assertions.

It’s a waste of time for a truth seeker to do anything more than present information to someone looking for answers.  If the answers don’t come in the format they’re expecting or looking for, they reject the data.  Move on.  Don’t waste your time with answer gatherers.  There are people seeking truth that will evaluate your information on a deeper level.  You’re not responsible for others’ processing.  You’re responsible and accountable to your knowledge of the truth.

If my friend is merely an answer gatherer, if his real interest is in collecting data to reinforce his current way of thinking, I merely drop the information and go.  Anything more is fruitless.  But if my friend is a truth seeker, the information I drop becomes seeds.  If he doesn’t have a grid for understanding yet, the seeds will lie dormant until he does.  When he does, the seeds will sprout.  Either way, I drop truths as the occasions call.  Truth seekers seek out truth.  Answer gatherers build dossiers.

The principles of society and culture are adversaries of truth.  Our society is structured to present paradigms and status quos in a methodical procedure that necessitates adherence.  To look outside the prototype is discouraged and can actually be dangerous if it rocks the boat too much.

How did the disciples finally become enlightened enough to receive the truth?  (This is our key, because like it or not, if we’ve been raised in this world and its systems, our revelation of truth is skewed at best, nonexistent at worst.)   Christ Himself answered this right after He told them He couldn’t tell them anything else because they couldn’t handle it.

“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.   All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.”       [John 16:13-15 NASU]

Truth is heavy.  It requires responsibility, and sometimes a lot of responsibility.  But it is liberating.  There are truths I was given when I didn’t have a grid for understanding.  My mind rejected those truths, but my spirit tucked them away.  As I grew in wisdom and understanding, I was able to take those truths back out and begin to process them, or they confirmed things I was learning.  I take in a lot of data.  I read and research quite a bit.  I don’t understand or agree with everything I read and research.  I don’t know how some of it fits or if it even does.  So I table those things.  If they matter and I need to understand them, they come out eventually.

Truth comes in levels and layers.  We start with basic truths and as we’re faithful and responsible with those, we’re able to receive deeper levels of truth.  We operate on the levels of truth we’re walking in.  The place we decide to stop, stagnate, or plant ourselves in our learned truths, is the place we’ll stay.  It will define us and it will be the parameter for our learning.

Deeper levels of truth can seem to contradict more basic levels of truth.  The best way I can explain this is encourage one to read Romans 14.  Or consider the answers of Christ to His accusers in Luke 6:1-5.  The truth to the Pharisees was the showbread is only lawful for the priests to eat.  And that is truth.  But the truth Christ revealed was deeper.  The Pharisees had stopped on their basic truths of law and therefore were unable to receive the deeper truth of the spirit.  The deeper truth seemed to conflict the more basic truth, but both were truths.

Romans 14 explains how holding your brothers to your level of truth can be a stumbling block or hindrance.  The “weaker brother” who adheres to the law for his diet is still walking in truth, while the one who has deeper truth and is obeying it is simply walking in deeper truth.  God is able to make both stand. (vs. 4)  I would suggest that the level of truth one walks in has a direct impact on the level of liberty and responsibility one has.  This is why my expectations of behavior from my five year old vary differently than those of my fifteen year old.  Each’s understanding of truth is contingent on their ability to understand and their experiences for frame of reference.  If we’re maturing, our ability to comprehend and receive deeper truths should grow.  As believers, we need only ask the Spirit to disclose truths for us.  As He does, we should be prepared to receive them and respond accordingly.

The same disciples that could not comprehend Christ’s teachings before His death would go on to change their minds about a lot of things.  They would go on to see their world differently and to respond differently to it.  They would go on to “turn the world upside down”, change nations, people’s lives, and ultimately, the entire world.  Why?  Because Christ came to testify to the truth and people have responded to that truth for two millennia.

Super Bowls and symbolism…

Perhaps to understand the implications of Super Bowl 51, it helps to understand symbolism and how God chooses to employ it on occasion.  Symbolism is rarely a tit for tat (i.e. this one thing is this other thing), instead it is usually a generality.  For instance, God told Hosea to marry a harlot, (a prostitute), and to have children with her.  This, God said, represented Israel forsaking God for idols.  Hosea was to marry Gomer, a prostitute, which is strangely parallel to Israel (the nation) forsaking its monotheism of worshiping God, and replacing it with idolatry, (i.e. worshiping the gods of other nations).

There are other clues in this picture.  For instance, Hosea’s name actually means “to be open, wide or free” (Strong’s).  This, in a general sense, could depict Israel’s freedom as a nation up to this point.  Gomer’s name actually means “to end, as in the sense of completion or failure” (ibid).  Strangely, this too in a general sense could depict Israel’s freedom as a nation was coming to an end after a great failure of marrying foreign gods.  (By marrying, I mean joining in intimate relationship.  Israel was considered “married” to God, which is why God later “divorces” her, which is another message.  But realize when you’re married, you’re known by your husband’s name.  Israel was married to God originally, and was known to belong to God.  When Israel started fornicating with other gods by worshiping the other nations’ gods, Israel was found by God to be unfaithful.)

But the point is, God used a prophet to depict a symbol or analogy of what was going on in the nation at the time.  To further His point, God required Hosea to name his children from Gomer specific names to depict the state or upcoming state of the nation of Israel.  Hosea was to name the first child “Jezreel” to deal with a sin of Jehu against Jezreel. He also foretold He would be ending Israel’s kingdom soon.  Then Hosea and Gomer had “Lo-ruhamah”, which was to symbolize God’s determination to no longer show compassion and forgiveness toward Israel.  And then they had “Lo-ammi” because God was no longer considering Israel His people.

[This is far from the only time God used symbolism and allegories.  Think of how Ezekiel was to lie on his side to represent the iniquity of Israel (Ezek. 4); his wife was taken from him as a sign (Ezek. 24); he was to put on traveling clothes and dig a hole in the wall as a sign(Ezek. 12).  Recall that Christ spoke in parables to depict scenarios.  The parables were not literal, but they served as symbols for things He was illustrating.]

Considering God has spoken to His people with signs throughout recorded history, and Christ is “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), God very well may still speak to His people with signs, allegories and parables.  What does this have to do with the Super Bowl?

I had not given signs and Super Bowls any thought before 2009.  I’m a pretty avid NFL fan, and Sundays in our household found the TV (which was rarely on any other time) on all day.  I was doing chores as I wandered past the TV and paused to see who was playing.  The Saints were playing and it was the first half of the season.  I don’t follow New Orleans so this didn’t matter much to me, except God spoke to me just then.  And He said, “Watch the Saints.  Watch what I’m going to do with the Church this year.  I’m going to demonstrate it through the Saints.  They will win the Super Bowl as a sign that the Church is at a turning point in this nation.”

It’s important to understand the New Orleans Saints were a losing team, generally speaking.  Since their inception in 1967, they didn’t find their first winning season for two more decades.  Overall, they have twenty-five losing seasons to their eight winning seasons.  (seven seasons of an even win/loss record)  It was an unlikely scenario that unfolded with the season.  They went on to have their best season of their history and to win the Super Bowl.  (I, in fact, made a public statement two weeks before the Super Bowl to say that the Saints were going to win, based on what God had shown me.)

From that point on, I began to listen for God’s heart during the NFL season and other national events.  He seemed to use national “entertainment” or sporting events to demonstrate what He was doing in areas that were not sports or entertainment.  I knew that the Ravens and 49ers were going to go to the Super Bowl in 2013 because God told me about half-way through the season.  He said they would represent brother against brother, and the inference was that it was a time of choice for God’s people.  Christians were going to face increased conflicts with their own family members based on their allegiance to Christ.  I did not know who was going to win for awhile, until the Lord showed me the difference between the brothers.  John means “God is gracious” while James (Jim) means “supplanter” (“to take the place of something else by force or plotting” – Webster’s).

I haven’t known or understood all the Super Bowls since 2009.  Sometimes I don’t get anything.  Sometimes I don’t get it until after, (like when the Seahawks won in 2014, God simply told me:  “look who gives Me the glory”).  Sometimes He shows me stuff before or during.  Which leads to the current Super Bowl…

There is a lot of outcry about the Patriots dominating the playoffs and Super Bowls, but what I kept getting was they were symbolizing the true patriots of America.  By that I mean those who adhere to the Constitution and the spirit in which America was originally founded.

Since 9/11/01, the Patriots have been to the Super Bowl seven times.  I picked that date because it was the time of the misnomer: the Patriot Act.  (a grossly unconstitutional act)  It took me awhile to start catching on to the battle raging for control of the United States through the various entities, but once I started learning, I discovered there was way more going on than meets the eye.

So in the last fifteen years, the Patriots have gone to the Super Bowl seven times.  Let that sink in.  Is it possible the Lord could be speaking through this?  In comparison during that span, there are eleven individual teams that have gone ONE time, four teams that have gone TWO times, and two teams that have gone THREE times.  I’m not a mathematician, but out of 32 total teams, for one team to dominate in the last 15 years, the odds are, well, I’m not a mathematician…

Now look at the teams they beat in the Super Bowl:  Rams, Panthers, Eagles, Seahawks and Falcons.  And look at the team they lost against, twice:  Giants.

A “giant” to a Christian would represent the enemy of God.  (Think David and Goliath, the Israelites and Rephaim, etc.)  Giants usually represent the works of darkness contending with the purposes of God.  Now, look at what years the Patriots lost to the Giants:  2008 and 2012.  (That would be election years, and those elections would be when Obama won.)  I’m not saying this is a “thus sayeth the Lord”; I’m just saying the parallels are a little startling.

God didn’t tell me who was going to the Super Bowl this year.  I asked, but He didn’t tell me.  He just told me to pay attention to what happens.  I speculated the Cowboys would go, as “America’s team”, considering Trump’s election.  When they got knocked out, I sat back and watched.  Pay attention to the words that were used to describe this game and one recurring word I heard was “historical”.  Remember that it was the game that broke a number of records:  first team to overcome a deficit larger than ten points, first game to go into overtime, first coach to win five Super Bowls, first quarterback to win five Super Bowls.

And then I looked at some small details, like this:

  • Twelve is the number of divine government. (Brady’s #)
  • Patriots represent the citizens of a nation that uphold and pledge allegiance to the nation’s identity.  (think Constitution, original founding, spirit of intent, etc.)
  • Two is the number of division or separation*. (Ryan’s #)                                                              *(It also means witness or testimony.)
  • A falcon is a hawk that is trained to sport, and “falcon” is given to the female alone. The male hawk trained to sport is considered smaller, weaker, and less courageous and is called a tircelet or tarsel.  (from the 1828 first edition Webster dictionary)  So a falcon is a stalker or predator of female origin.

Again, this isn’t a “word from God” and I’m not saying God has told me this.  I am saying I have learned to watch and see how things unfold as God orders them.  Is it coincidental that the Patriots played the Falcons at a time our nation is divided (#2)?  Is it a coincidence that a falcon is a female hawk trained to sport and operating as a stalker or predator at the same time Hillary lost an election to a man who wants to give the people the power back (another Constitutional principle)?

Could we simplify it to say our nation is engaged in a battle between patriots in support of the Constitution and upholding the Constitutional Law of the land which preserves freedom, and predators seeking to destroy our freedoms, finances, and security?  That it is God’s government in battle against a divisive spirit?  (#12 vs. #2)

If God could possibly be speaking through any of this, what might we be able to learn?  If we base it loosely and look at it generally speaking, maybe we could observe that God has given the upper hand to the true Patriots for this season, and that the adversity is a predator (consider 1 Peter 5:8).  The first part of the battle had a stalemate, but the second quarter brought the predator ahead significantly (21-3).  The third quarter saw a modest attempt by the Patriots to regain ground while the predator gained some as well 28-9, while the last quarter saw a surge in Patriot ground gained, leveling the battle ground (28-28), and catapulting further battle in overtime.  The Patriots gained the victory in a historical relentless drive and historical conclusion.

Translation:  We should be encouraged.  We, the People, the patriots of the Constitution and the nation it serves, should be relentless and never give up in our advancement of righteousness in our nation.  The battle will look like we’re losing for awhile, but if we are relentless, we will come back.  Then the battle will be extended for a brief time and if we remain relentless and focused, we will get the victory.

At least that’s my take on Super Bowl LI.

 

 

Trump, Globalism & National Sovereignty…

Surely we are living in the immediate days before Christ’s return.  The signs are everywhere, and just as Christ and the prophets foretold, the mass of the people are ignorant of it.   The subject in this paper is globalism vs. national sovereignty, and the ongoing battle for control of the United States of America.

America seems about as divided as it could be, perhaps equaling the days leading up to and involving the Civil War.  The battle lines are not as clear, and the battle ground is muddy from propaganda, lies and half-truths.  I’m going to tell it like I see it and it will be difficult for some people to receive and/or even understand.  Regardless, this is my current viewpoint and understanding of what we’re facing, as 2017 kicks off with Trump at the helm and a fury of antagonists raging across our land.

Simply put, there are people who want to control the world as they see fit.  Money and power go hand in hand.  Money buys and corrupts power, and power takes money.  It’s an epic game of rock, paper, scissors, with two of the powers trying to eliminate the third.  If the third can be eliminated, really only one will remain.  For the sake of this allegory we’ll call it money, power and freedom.  If money and power can eliminate freedom, the battle is over because the money and power merge and there’s nothing left to overcome.  If freedom can manage the money and/or power, freedom will keep things better balanced, or at least keep money and/or power at bay.

Today, January 25, 2017 in America, we have a five-day old President who at his inauguration declared war on the establishment of political power in Washington D.C.  He said, and I quote,

“…today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.”

Why, oh why, did a huge percentage of Americans NOT rejoice at those words??  This is the closest thing to the American spirit that I have heard in my lifetime, and in my studies of history, I can’t recall a time so epic.  (And there are some epic times in America’s history!)

This President has basically waged war on the establishment.  To understand the ramifications of this, you have to have some understanding of what the “establishment” is.  The establishment is not the Democratic Party and it’s not the Republican Party.  It’s a small group of people who may identify with one of those parties or the other, but their agenda is the same.  Their agenda is to own the wealth of the world and control its population.  And they have a massive game plan to accomplish this.  They don’t care which political party is in the White House.  It’s irrelevant to them.  They use their wealth and their power to control, intimidate, bribe, blackmail, or kill to meet their objectives.  From my own studies, there hasn’t been an American President since Woodrow Wilson that was not controlled and/or run by them.

IF Trump cannot be controlled by them, America is in the best place it has been since the early 1900s.  Their tentacles are far-reaching and they have agents in almost every possible sphere they can (CIA, FBI, NASA, military, House, Senate, DHS, etc.)  Some of Trump’s appointments seem weak (comparatively) or controversial, but at a nominal glance I’m encouraged because they seem to be outside the establishment circle.

In a perfect world, globalism would make sense:  “the belief or advocacy that political policies should take worldwide issues into account before focusing on national or state concerns”.  [Encarta]  If all nations and all areas of the world had the same objectives of honoring life, personal liberty, and the overall well-being of humanity, this would be somewhat simpler to do.  However, this is not the case.  Realistically, personal responsibility MUST take place before a corporate vision can be successful.

Our family decided to adopt a child out of the state system.  We brought the child into our home.  The child refused to follow our rules.  The child was violent and destructive, deceptive and two-faced.  The child began very damaging behaviors to our children already in the home.  It was with excruciating emotional angst that we had to discuss the possibility that maybe we should NOT take this child in.  We wanted to give the child a home.  Our family was willing to love and support this child, but this child was unwilling to alter behavior or thoughts to be healthy in our home.  We made the extremely difficult and painful choice to NOT adopt this child after all.  The health of our family was at stake.  The lives of other children would be so altered (was already happening) as to change their course.  We simply could not do it.  Globalism would have done it.  That’s the difference between globalism and national sovereignty.

Had we gone ahead with the adoption, the dynamics of our family would have changed drastically and dramatically in the coming months and years, altered actually for the rest of our time on earth.  Abuse was a part of this scenario, and abuse carries afflicters and victims with their varying circumstances.  Our family identity would not be the same.  Ever.  As the head of our home, we had to decide to take care of the needs in our family first, and not damn the needs of our family for the sake of the destruction that would come simply from embracing things counter to our convictions.

Nations are nations because of cultural needs and identities.  A people group that associate with one another form a nation, set up a boundary and governing laws, and then protect those boundaries in an effort to protect its citizens.  That’s healthy.  Boundaries are enforced and protected from those with harmful or destructive intentions.  That’s healthy.  The needs of my family may not be the same as the needs for yours.  Am I supposed to alter my family’s needs to accommodate yours?  I happen to follow the God of ancient Israel, the Creator of earth.  If you follow the gods of Egypt, should I have to embrace your gods in my family?  It would change the construction and fabric of our identity.  Liberty tells me I should be able to worship my God and not have to worship yours.  Globalism tells me I have to incorporate your beliefs into my own.  And whoever is in power can then tell everyone what beliefs are to be adhered to.

Now if I decide I don’t like my current beliefs but like yours, then I can change my mind and I might want to move to become your close family friend to appease my new beliefs.  That’s called changing citizenship.  With personal autonomy and national sovereignty, we can do that.  We have that choice.  I just move to the country, state or neighborhood that aligns better with my new convictions.  With globalism, that change is unnecessary and not possible because we’re put under one umbrella and must placate and acquiesce to whatever the standing rule is.  There’s no protection for personal liberty in globalism.  There’s no room for personal growth.  The rule of thumb becomes what’s best for the community, and what’s best for the community is dictated by the ones with the power (which usually equates to those with the money).

America was the great experiment in personal liberty.  And that experiment has afforded generations of Americans to exercise their rights in ways other parts of the world had never had the opportunity to do.  It grew a nation of inventors and creators and scientists and authors (and the list goes on and on), and a nation that quickly rose to the top of affordable living, affluence, accessibility to needs and wants, and was dubbed the “land of opportunity” because it was founded on personal liberty.  [And yes, many of those liberties were fought for, i.e. race and gender issues, etc., and yes there is much blight on our record, but our record still stands above every other nation of the world.]

Freedom is the enemy of absolute power.  Period.  And there is a growing group of people who want absolute power.  They have diligently passed this baton on down several generations in the ultimate desire to have ultimate control for personal gain, at the expense of those they are attempting to control or govern.

As a Christian this is so easily identified in God.  God is the ultimate power.  He created all things and has power over all things.  Yet He has given His creation freedom and chooses to not intervene with His power just to be “in control”.  We are not His puppets.  We are not killed or waylaid if we do not act in accordance with His character.  My belief or unbelief in Him does not change His purposes or His plans.  As Christ said, “He sends the rain on the just and the unjust.”

The spirit behind those who would want ultimate power and control is completely contradictory to God, who has ultimate power and control yet chooses to yield it in favor of personal liberty.  (This is why Christianity is so offensive to Islam.  We do not require your beliefs and we do not demand your allegiance.  We give you the information we have and let you choose.)  The spirit of globalism is the antithesis of freedom.  It destroys individuality and creativity.  Its agenda is power and control over people, but it masquerades as a “community” idea.

Globalism is the spirit of Babylon.  This is Genesis 11 and Revelation 17-18.  It is a people who do not want the rule of God.  They want to call the shots, and they don’t want anyone to tell them their shots are in conflict with God.  So they silence, contain, and/or eliminate the opposition.  The American spirit and the Constitution of the U.S. give its citizens the freedom to believe as they believe and do as they are convicted, as long as their beliefs and convictions don’t harm another.  The globalist spirit will dictate beliefs by dictating laws aimed at behaviors, and this works well if you’re of the same convictions as the globalists’ laws.  If not, you have no liberty to do or believe differently.

Trump’s first actions were to secure national sovereignty.  He removed the U.S. from TPP, which gives America sovereignty back in its trade policies, and not under the rule of a non-American entity.  He is renegotiating (with the threat of removing America altogether) NAFTA to restore America’s sovereignty to dictate its own trade arrangements.  He instated a temporary ban on Middle East refugees in order to vet the immigration process more diligently for the security of America.  These are areas the prior POTUS and the establishment set out to strip America of its power and wealth.  If America can be stripped of its power and wealth (remember the rock, paper, scissors analogy?), it can be stripped of its ability to ensure freedom and can be removed as a hindrance to the globalist agenda to rule the world.

Unfortunately, the screaming tantrum voices of an ignorant population of Americans are insistent on making this election about personal pet issues.  Obamacare was designed to ultimately fail, but not until it had stripped Americans of their wealth and the federal budget of its wealth.  Trump wants to repeal Obamacare and replace it with healthcare that is not contingent solely on the federal government.  He wants to enable states to meet the need of its citizens’ healthcare.  We’ve mastered the art of being offended in America this past decade.  We’re so busy being offended we’re unable to see what’s really going on.  Obamacare was never about providing healthcare to American citizens.  It was about removing autonomy from doctors, removing wealth from citizens and private sectors, and dictating mandates while stripping its citizens of their voice.

The media is owned and run by the establishment.  They direct our attention where they want it to be and deliberately misinform areas they can’t completely hide or control.  There is a deliberate effort to divide Americans, and depicting scenarios that trigger emotional responses to people’s pet issues (that have really just become idols) seems the easiest way to fool the people.  People jump on these bandwagons with personal offenses and neglect to see they’ve played right into the establishment’s hands, like puppets on a string.

As Christians, we need to seize this opportunity before us as the Israelites did when Cyrus proclaimed Jerusalem was to rebuild the house of the Lord.  The Scripture plainly says “the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus” and the people were called to respond.  Not everyone responded, just those who understood the significance of the moment.  While the details are different, the essence is the same.  God has moved to stay the hand of the globalist agenda in America; we must respond.  The spirit of globalism will prevail until our Lord’s return, but He plainly says He will bring this spirit down.  (Revelation 18)  We do not need to declare America a “Christian nation”.  That is unnecessary and will stir up the opposition faster than anything.  We simply need to BE a nation of Christians.  We need to live according to the mandates of our faith.  We are to be the city on a hill, the light of the world, the salt of the earth.  Then those who are lost will go to the hill, those who are blind will go to the light, and those who are tired of the drudgery of the world will go get salt.

The Scriptures are pretty clear about how this is going to go down.  We’re going to be co-laboring for Christ at the same time the world is partnering with darkness.  It’s all going to be going on at the same time when He returns.  (Matthew 24:36-51) Christians are ambassadors of Christ.  (Ephesians 6:20)  We represent Him, His interests, and His Kingdom in the nation we’re a foreigner to.  We don’t really have the same customs as the world we’re posited in, but we exist there anyway until Christ brings our Kingdom.  God ordained the nations and gave them their boundaries (Deut 32:8, Acts 17:26), and America is ours.  We are to “occupy until He [Jesus] comes” (Luke 19:13) – and “occupy” there means “to busy oneself with, i.e. to trade” (Strong’s).  So we’re to be busy with our trades, our gifts and abilities, being light and salt, declaring the Kingdom of God as we know it, and representing Christ here in America.

Time is short.  Let’s be about our King’s business.