Month: September 2015
A spiritual message on finishing the race with faith. The quote comes from 2 TIM 4:7. This verse was used to adorn the casket of C.H. Spurgeon, a faithful brother who fought the good (noble) fight. The word translated “good” is kalos & means “noble”. For those who fight the noble fight and finish the race, they can look forward to being congratulated, “Well done, good & faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”(A)
FINISHING THE RACE. Paul in 2 TIM 4:7, as well as in some other verses (B), emphasizes finishing the race…not winning. The implication is that our life of faith is like running a marathon. Completing the event is an achievement. It reminds me of a sign at one of the Olympics: “…the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is…to have fought well.” When troubles come our way, our response to the crisis can be more important than the eventual solution. Paul kept his faith during all the enormous troubles he encountered during his Christian walk. As they say, Anything worthwhile takes time & effort, and the good life of walking with God is one of those things that takes effort. At times we see the end result of things, without realizing the struggle someone invested. Leonardo da Vinci worked ten hard years to paint “The Last Supper”.
BLOWING IT. Sometimes in our Christian walk we trip & fall. When I did, mature Christians told me it is not how much you fall, but that you pick yourself up & keep going. PRV 24:16 teaches: “For a righteous man may fall seven times, and rise again.”
OVERWHELMING BAD DAYS. Every so often in life, I encounter one of those rare days where everything goes wrong and major bad things seriously rock one’s life all in a single day. (On days like this, it is easy to amuse oneself by repeating, “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.”) In my early Christian years, I might respond by praying all night, or calling a mature brother-in-Christ for help. Over the years, experience teaches one that things are never as bad or good as one would think. Many times I was “hard pressed, but not crushed..”(C) Over time, a person gets spiritually battle hardened, which allows the person of faith to keep his (or her) peace. When King David got overwhelmed by bad things, he says that his solution was to remember what God had done in his life (PS 143:4-5). Remember how you were drawn to give your life to Christ, and remember how He inspired you with a calling! Good stuff huh?
DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS. What works for us to deal with overwhelming negatives will change from incident to incident and from person to person. One Bible verse may wipe out one’s overwhelming discouragement, while the next time it will be a different verse that touches one’s heart. Sometimes, certain music, or hobby, or other distraction…or even sleep is all that one needs to regain one’s balance. There is not one answer for all time. We are encouraged, “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”(D) And let’s keep this in mind, problems that seem resolved, have a nasty way of resurfacing. So the walk of faith is indeed a marathon. A few Christians have benefited from spiritual journaling, and journaling would help many out. Going back and reading one’s spiritual trials in a journal is a good way to see for oneself how one has matured.
GAINING MATURITY. As we achieve maturity, we comprehend the truth of ROM 5:3-5: “And not only that [that=rejoicing in our hope], but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Our spiritual life is the life of Christ living in us. As we mature, we walk in the Spirit, and have the power of the Spirit. Our sufficiency is in God (2 COR 3:5).
PAUL’S NOBLE FAITHFUL FIGHT. The troubles Paul encountered are said by the Scripture to be common for all faithful believers.(E) How was the Apostle Paul faithful to the end? He was loyal to God, and kept serving Him. He was consistently faithful to his calling. He was faithful to the truth (the doctrine) that he had received. Paul in verse 4:7 was at peace & confident about his past. In the next verse…4:8, he looks to the future and he is still at peace & confident about his impending death. His life with Christ prepared him for death. Part of running this spiritual marathon is to follow the course laid out by the Lord! Following the course may be easier than we sometimes make it. In Acts 15:36, Paul & his brother Barnabas realize their responsibility to all those people who they have preached to. On their own initiative they realize that they should go back and visit all these locations. They don’t need a special revelation from God, no thunder from heaven, nor an angelic visit or divine dream…they simply apprehend an opportunity to do good, & they take it. Let us make the most of the wonderful opportunities that God gives us. (It helps to do this, if we are not so distracted by modern life…like…turn off the T.V.! It is your choice…you can build sand castles, or build on the solid rock of Christ.)
(A) MT 25:21 (B) for example Acts 20:24 “if only I may finish…” (C) 2 COR 4:8-9 (D) GAL 6:9 (E) 1 TIM 6:2 and other verses
This post is a review of thoughts I have shared going back to 1990 on sacred places & Hopi kivas. But first, I must review how we add knowledge. As a Bible believer I acknowledge ISA 8:20: “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
GAINING NEW INSIGHTS. Those of us who trust the integrity of the Word of God find we have to be very careful simply accepting every idea that comes along with some Bible reference or some person’s testimony. On the other hand, I reject the notion that the only source of truth is the Bible because that concept is itself unbiblical. Christ himself said observe nature, and the Word says men will be inexcusable for rejecting God because even nature declares God’s glorious existence. Paul & other Christians worked within the context of the Roman laws. In other words, they acknowledged reality. During the Reformation the terms Solo Scriptura & Prima scriptura were used. Solo scriptura meant that beliefs should be compared to the Scripture & if they are contrary to scripture to be tossed aside, but I find that nowadays most people I talk with, mistakenly think it means any idea not found in Scripture is false. The Messiah said, “I am the truth”. Christ is our foundation, & we build on that foundation using concepts that don’t contradict Scripture. If I learn algebra, I don’t reject it because it is not taught in the Bible. I look at Scriptures & see it does not contradict the Word, and so I add it to my base of knowledge & wisdom.
SCRIPTURAL CONCEPTS. There are a number of concepts that we find in the Bible: (A) certain sites are holy sacred sites where it is easier to connect with God or angelic beings, (B) In terms of worship, we can worship God anywhere, we do not have to restrict our worship of God to special sacred places. (C) There are gates & windows to the heavenly dimensions. Can we personally experience these concepts?? Yes, when we line ourselves up with God’s truths, we can worship Him anywhere. Yet, we also experience Him in special close ways when we enter certain locations, that send holy shivers up our being, where we know we have entered a sacred location. Christ goes into the abyss and gets keys to where evil spirits are located (REV 1:18)… Keys to portals, interesting.
OCCULT CONCEPTS. The occult world has many special places where they contact spirits. In my book EZE 6:3 on spiritual warfare, I gave numerous rituals sites around the U.S. The fact that a certain cemetery or house is used by the Illuminati hierarchy or anarchy level for rituals was for me more of a historical type of descriptive fact than a spiritual truth. We receive our direction from the Holy Spirit, not evil spirits. But there was one set of portals that did have importance to understand what is going on, the sipapu or kivas of the Hopis. The Hopis function like the Tribe of Levi for the natives, and they historically recorded in ancient drawings the beings that came through the Kiva portals. Over the years in modern times, some of these kinds of portals have had photos shot of light orbs, mists, & even light figures coming through them. In ’92, I wrote about the Hopi, and the kiva portals. In ’93, I visited the Mesa Verde (Nat. Park) ruins which contain one of the great Kivas. Chaco Canyon and other sites in the area contain kivas, great ones, and more modern ones. The ancient Hopi account (not widely known) is that a giant race came through the portals, and terrorized man. This lines up with Biblical knowledge. What can we accept about the Arizona region? Sedona, AZ is considered a sacred site with special spiritual energy. As Christians we can acknowledge that the occult world may experience spirits there, but this vortex of energy is not coming from God. The Juniper trees may unusually slowly spiral as they grow, perhaps giving witness to special occult energies, but these are not energies that are sacred to us. They may relate to the evil energies connected to the numerous strange entities in SW USA that our secret govt. works with. They very well may be part of the grand strong delusion warned about in 2 THES 2:11’s prophecy. I was scrutinizing the subject & comparing notes with Phil Schneider concerning our govt. interaction with these entities. He was murdered the day before we were to have had another meeting at my house. (Phil’s intelligence handler, who was also sharing w/ me, had warned me he was to be killed, & he was approx. when I was researching in SW USA in ‘93.) Back to the pt., I believe there are portals to other dimensions, and that the Bible mentions such portals. The Druids called these places “thin places” where our material world & a world of spirits were very close. The Hopi’s experience with the entities coming through these portals helps us understand why the U.S. (actually the secret World Order) has so many secret bases in SW USA. We are dealing with evil entities that are interdimensional, not exalted races from exotic planets. The original Hopi experience with them many centuries ago was one of horror.
FINAL THOUGHTS. This has been a review of ideas that I have shared occasionally over the years but have not written about for some time. I notice that others are now discussing these things, and felt it worthwhile to weigh in on the topic. I continue to feel that we have to be very guarded as to how far and how much we accept. Something may have a kernel of truth to it, but if we are not careful, we might be fed some disinfo. I had to be guarded when dealing with Phil’s info, but was hoping as we broke down the mind control we would get down to the brass tacks of what was going on in these DUMB bases where the World Order interacts with these interdimensional beings.
(A) An example of this is Elijah’s instructions to go to Mt. Horeb to speak with God (1 KGS 19:11-18). Mt. Horeb is generally held to be another name for Mt. Sinai where Moses met God, others think Mt. Horeb was in the area of Mt. Sinai). Note also how Christ went to a certain mtn. w/ his inner circle of disciples for the transfiguration. “Thus saith the Lord God; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations & countries that are round about her.” (EZK 5:5) Jerusalem has been a special location to meet God since the beginning of history. (cf ISA 2:3, 28:16, 59:20, & PS 4:12 & other verses). (B) In spite of verses like ZECH 8:3 emphasizing Jerusalem’s location, Christ said, “Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.” (JN 4:21) Yahshua goes on to emphasize that the key to worship is not location, but having the right spirit and worshipping IN TRUTH. (C) “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in” (PS 24:7) “He commanded the clouds above and opened the doors of heaven” (PS 78:23… plus v.24-25) “Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors”(PRV 8:34) MAL 3:10 refers to the “windows of heaven”. And a portal (opening) is referred to by Yahshua: “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man”–John 1:51. Other scriptures that might be looked at are Jacobs dream GEN 28:10-17, and Daniel’s revelation of how the God’s angel was trying to come through and was being blocked. DAN 10:13.
STIRRING UP CHAOS: Thoughts on Syria (on 9 Sept. ’15). The controlled mass media has muddled the reporting on Syria so much that in effect its followers must be confused to the pt. they likely accept whatever the U.S. govt. claims. Many western media have connections to intelligence agencies (no surprise) so it’s no surprise our news promotes agendas. The goal of this short article is to help clarify a complex situation. Our govt. & military actions are creating chaos in the region.
ARAB SPRING or NWO meddling? Tunisia, Egypt & Quadhafi in Libya (beginning 2/17/2011) saw their nations turned upside down by revolutions (significantly aided by the World Order) called “Arab Spring”, as if these revolutions were the start of great things. Since its “Spring”, Libya is still in chaos broken up into warring factions. In 2011, Basher al-Assad’s Ba’ath govt. was supposed to be overthrown by an Arab Spring revolution –but he stayed in power, although the nation is now also broken up in warring factions. Both Libya & Syria were not participating in the Illum.’s Central bank system, and at least some of their citizens realized fully what the controlling role of Illum. central banks have on a nation…and they, along with their leaders, did not want to be part of the World Order’s banking system. This is not to imply that the only reason for creating chaos was to bring these nations into the World banking system, there are many reasons behind the turmoil.
QUADHAFI…WHAT WAS HE? The Western press has demonized Quadhafi. In 1979, because my father was helping to operate an experimental ag farm in Libya for the FAO, I spent an entire summer in Quadhafi’s Libya working w/ my father. I saw firsthand Quadhafi’s rule, & heard the man speak over the radio. Overall, I can state a couple of “facts”—Quadhafi was a complex man who was not afraid to act on his visionary ideas which were sometimes unrealistic. (He called his ideas for Libya “Jamahiriya”.) The second thing I noticed was that he sincerely was trying to help his nation, although some of his ideas were counterproductive. He did not want to be part of the Soviet or NATO blocs, but proposed nations be independent of the World System and its dialectic. Children were paid salaries to go to school. Women were paid for giving birth to children. Everyone received a blue Honda pickup from the govt. An example of an idea that back fired…Quadhafi proclaimed if you lived somewhere…you owned the place. Landlords quickly shoved their renters out & put their family into their rentals to retain control. So his proclamation had the effect of making many people homeless. I was listening to him on radio, with a Palestinian translating his speech. Quadhafi said that he wished America would have fought him when he asked for Wheelis AFB (near Tripoli) so he could have had a war w/ America. Either he was a bag of wind, or seriously out of touch w/ reality (or something) to make such a statement…as he his puny military would have lasted perhaps a day against America in a war. So Quadhafi is a complicated figure—difficult to label. Unfortunately, our media gave us a 1-D image of him as a dangerous dictator. Likewise, Assad in Syria is painted in negative terms, when many of his people are supportive of him.
SYRIA. Syria has been a multicultural, multi-religious nation. Assad is about as fair as that region is going to get. Health care & education are free in Syria. Like Libya, he has supported Syria being part of the non-aligned movement & not participating in the elite’s central bank system. Russia (formerly the USSR) has been a supportive ally for years. The nation is governed by codified sharia law, but was basically under martial law for much modern history. Two sensitive areas are the Golan Heights & Hatay Province (now Turkey, but claimed by Syria). The Israelis have realized that the Assad rulers, because they single handedly command things, could any day wake up and decide to attack the Golan Heights to recover what Israel annexed (after conquest) in 1981. Israel definitely wants Assad gone, and could care less the chaos that might create. Turkey has been absorbing refugees (2.1 million of them) & is now bombing Syria along w/ the U.S. The bombing has been a big reason people want to flee, and Syrians are proposing some no fly zones to protect civilians. And I ask, who should decide what govt. Syria has? And what countries have a right to train insurgents to terrorize & destabilize Syria?
TARTUS NAVAL BASE & RECENT TENSION. In 1971, an agreement w/ Syria allowed the Russian Black Sea fleet to est. a naval base for medium size ships at Tartus, Syria on the Mediterranean Sea. It is not capable of docking large warships, & a storm in 2012 ruined the facility. The Russians have been repairing it, and working to make it feasible to bring in larger ships. It was recently used by Russia to enlarge its presence in Syria. Russia has traditionally had a military presence in Syria, so it is indeed hypocritical and bizarre that the U.S. & NATO are raising such a stink about Russia’s recent decision to bomb ISIS. The U.S. & NATO tried to block Russian planes going to Syria flying over Bulgaria & other nations. These silly acts are raising the tension, but are accomplishing nothing productive. The Russians called these acts “strange hysteria”, which is an accurate description.
REFUGEE CRISIS. The Syrian refugees are biggest refugee crisis since many years. Reports for numbers of refugees in various countries: Turkey (2.1 million), Jordan (1.4 million), Lebanon (1.2 million), Iraq (248,000), Germany (105,000 accepted—there are others), U.K. (5,100), Canada (2,400), Brazil (2,077), and the U.S. (1500 as of Mar. ’15). The tragedies of these refugees is enormous. The result of all this is to keep all these traumatized people (in & out of the nation) in a state of fight or flight. One result of all this stress to everyone is to reduce people’s immune systems, setting the stage for more problems. The refugee problem is bound to create a number of further problems.
META-VIEW of the not so wonderful media WONDERLAND. I am tempted to call our media-view of events “Wonderland” as it is a grand fairytale. “Beware lest anyone cheat you through…empty deceit…”(A) “…evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”(B) “Be sober, be vigilant [alert]; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”(C) Part of being vigilant is to not allow the enemy to steal our joy. Another part is not to allow the enemy to tie us up with deceptions. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.”(D) Wow, if anything describes our govt.’s involvement is this verse…for they are constantly confusing evil for good and bitter for sweet. One day they claim such & such group is good, & the next day they are a dangerous enemy. Our govt. helped est. ISIS, and now is fighting the monster they created. Al Queda is now being portrayed as a good thing for Syria.
Keep your joy, and have a blessed day my friend.
(A) COL 2:8 (B) 2 TIM 3:13 (C) 1 PTR 5:8 (D) ISA 5:20