Warnings Update – Do Not Take the Vaccine

October 31, 2020 

Dear Family and Friends: 

This may be one of the most important messages you will ever receive, as it speaks about COVID-19 vaccines and the very real danger they present to our eternal destinies. 

As you know, the pace of change is accelerating, as our nation is divided and moving rapidly toward an election that will impact our future in ways we can only imagine.  The following are important reports on critical issues, including some messages from our Lord. 

So let’s take a glimpse into the near future of our nation and the world.  I don’t believe COVID-19 is a hoax, and I am not an anti-vaxxer (some vaccines are based on solid science), but the gap between what the mainstream media/government says and multiple reports from alternative authoritative sources is huge, it directly impacts our lives, and it merits our investigation.  One question comes to mind – why do Facebook and other media outlets actively squelch any views other than the official story if they have nothing to hide?

As always, don’t take my word for it, but check these things out for yourself, compare these things against the Word of God, look at multiple sources, and take these things to the Lord.  Question everything (including this document) with an open but critical mind, for the truth shall set us free.

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-21

This Document Includes:

  1. The DANGER of COVID-19 is Overblown 
  2. Effectiveness of Masks is Now Being Questioned
  3. Viable Treatments for COVID-19 Are Now Available
  4. In Spite of This, Vaccines Are Being Pushed
  5. What the Lord is Saying to His People Today
  6. Electricity, Halloween, and What is Coming
  7. Summary

I. The DANGER of COVID-19 is Overblown 

Disclaimer:  I’m not a medical doctor and I’m not offering medical advice. I am a social scientist with a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis and Administration, so I am familiar with public policies and their underlying issues.  

I understand a second virus will be released that will be much worse than COVID-19, called COVID-21, and it will usher in more lockdowns.  But first let’s take a look at COVID-19.

First, from the CDC (cdc.gov/coronavirus) as of October 23, 2020:

  • COVID-19 cases: 8,312,667, or 2.55% of the U.S. population (329,934,000)
  • COVID-19 deaths: 221,438, or .067% of the U.S. population

So the COVID-19 survival rate for Americans is 99.93%.  And we will see that even these numbers are inflated, and that fear mongering about cases and COVID deaths in the mainstream media portray the dangers of COVID-19 to be worse than they actually are (see https://lifeinthespirit.net/category/covid-19-vaccines/).  

Here’s how it works:  let’s you and me play a game, but I make the rules.  Who do you think is going to win? 

The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control select (and define) the tests to use to identify “COVID cases” and how to define “COVID deaths”.   So articles about COVID-19 that do not start with an examination of these underlying definitions and tests and their limitations should be questioned.

Although news sources report spikes in the number of cases, since approximately 90% of “COVID-19 cases” are false positives:

https://www.redstate.com/michael_thau/2020/09/03/ny-times-up-to-90-of-people-who-tested-positive-for-c19-not-infected-truth-a-whole-lot-worse-pt-3/

https://inflation.us/content/media-lying-about-covid-19-testing

LYING BASTARDS: WHO data confirms all influenza is being called “Covid”. Stats report essentially ZERO influenza anywhere since April. Like hell… https://www.barnhardt.biz/2020/10/16/lying-bastards-who-data-confirms-all-influenza-is-being-called-covid-stats-report-essentially-zero-influenza-anywhere-since-april-like-hell/

NOTE:  With so many false positives, the surest way to increase the number of “COVID-19 cases” is to TEST EVERYONE.

Furthermore, doctors and hospitals are paid to declare deceased patients to be COVID patients, you can see how news reports vastly overestimate the real danger of COVID-19.  See

This has just been confirmed by an exhaustive examination of COVID-19 by the high-level German Corona Investigative Committee, which has taken testimony from a large number of international scientists and experts since July 10, 2020. Their conclusions are as follows: 

  • The corona crisis must be renamed the “Corona Scandal” because it is the greatest crime against humanity ever committed.
  • Those responsible must be criminally prosecuted for crimes against humanity and sued for civil damages.
  • Drosten (of PCR test), Tedros of WHO, and others have committed crimes against humanity as defined in the International Criminal Code.
  • Many scientists call this a PCR-test pandemic, not a corona pandemic, because very healthy and non-infectious people may test positive [and not really have it].
  • The likelihood of false-positives is 89-94% or near certainty.
  • The PCR test is not based on scientific facts with respect to infections; Prof. Drosten developed his PCR test from an old SARS virus without ever having seen the real Wuhan virus from China.
  • The hopeless PCR test is used to create fear and not to diagnose.
  • PCR tests are useless for the detection of infections and a positive PCR test does not mean an infection is present or that an intact virus has been found.
  • Amplification of samples over 35 cycles (over 35 times) is unreliable, but WHO recommended 45 cycles.
  • The truth is… it was already proven that a patient with a cycle threshold value of 35 or higher has a 0% chance of being contagiousPatients with a cycle threshold value of 33 or 34 also have an extremely low chance of being contagiousThe cycle threshold of 40 used in the U.S. causes a person to test positive even if there are no matches to the genetic sequences associated with SARS-CoV-2 until after the DNA sample has been copied 1 TRILLION times! At that point, the test becomes so extremely sensitive that it picks up trace amounts of genetic fragments leftover from previous infections.  Over 90% of all “positive” PCR tests for COVID-19 have had a cycle threshold value of 33 or higher. The fear-mongering media refuses to report this fact.
  •  https://inflation.us/content/media-lying-about-covid-19-testing
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  • Here’s how it works: Mom tells little Johnny to wash his hands, which he does.  Then Mom pulls out her microscope and magnifies little Johnny’s hands BY A TRILLION, and lo and behold, she finds a spec of dirt.  Little Johnny has just “testified positive” for dirty hands.  By the way, if you blew up a postage stamp a trillion times, it would cover 333 square miles!
  • There is no excess mortality death in any country, as corona virus mortality equals seasonal flu.
  • 94% of deaths in Bergamo were caused by transferring sick patients to nursing homes where they infected old people with weak immune systems. 
  • Autopsies showed almost all fatalities were caused by serious pre-existing conditions, particularly of very old people.
  • Doctors and hospitals worldwide were paid to declare deceased patients to be victims of Covid-19.
  • Sweden (no lockdown) and Britain (strict lockdown) have comparable disease and mortality statistics.
  • U.S. states with and without lockdowns have comparable disease and mortality statistics.
  • Only when a person has symptoms can an infection be contagious.
  • Former UK Supreme Court Judge Lord Sumption concluded there was no factual basis for panic and no legal basis for corona measures.
  • No serious scientist gives any validity to the infamous Neil Ferguson’s false computer models warning of millions of deaths.
  • Mainstream media completely failed to report the true facts of the so-called pandemic.
  • Politicians and mainstream media deliberately drove populations to panic.
  • Democracy is in danger of being replaced by fascist totalitarian models, and
  • Injury and damage: there is evidence of gigantic health and economic damage to populations.

See the COVID-19 Crimes Against Humanity report here: http://stateofthenation.co/?p=31978.

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II. Effectiveness of Masks is Now Being Questioned

CDC Report: 70.6% of COVID Patients Always Wore a Mask

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked, October 27, 2020

* A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report revealed that, of the symptomatic adults with COVID-19, 70.6% always wore a mask and still got sick, compared to 7.8% for those who rarely or never wore a mask.

* Dr. Jim Meehan, an ophthalmologist, conducted an evidence-based scientific analysis on masks, which shows that not only should healthy people not be wearing masks, but they could be harmed as a result.

* A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that nonpharmaceutical interventions, such as lockdowns, quarantines and mask mandates, have not significantly affected overall virus transmission rates.

* Children forced to wear masks for long periods could experience mental and psychological repercussions, and at least 17 physical risks are also posed by wearing masks.

* With the lack of solid evidence to support mask use among the general population, it appears as though mask mandates are being used as political and psychological tools rather than one aimed at protecting public health

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Neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock: Face Masks Pose Serious Risks to Healthy Individuals

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Censored: A Review of Science Relevant To COVID-19 Social Policy And Why Face Masks Don’t Work”, by Dr. Denis Rancourt, posted on June 30, 2020

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Economy-Crushing COVID-19 Lockdowns Contributed To 100,000 US Deaths, New CDC Guidance Suggests

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/covid-19-lockdowns-may-have-caused-more-100000-avoidable-deaths

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III. Viable Treatments for COVID-19 Are Now Available

Covid-19: Vindication! HCQ+ & Ivermectin Work!

How many people have unnecessarily died/suffered as these were resisted?  First: high fives all around for fans of quality science! Our months’ long position that both hydroxycholorquine + azithromycin + zinc and ivermectin showed strong promise as cheap, effective treatments vs covid-19 now appears to be proven correct.  See Youtube video: “Covid-19 Vindication!”  Of course, up until this point, the media has parroted “junk science” talking points designed to malign and vilify these treatment candidates, very likely on behalf of Big Pharma who can’t reap $billions off of them. And in the meantime, millions of sick patients worldwide have likely been denied these drugs as a result. 

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Texas Doctor Reverses Coronavirus Symptoms in 100% of Cases with Inexpensive Treatment

https://beforeitsnews.com/health/2020/07/texas-doctor-reverses-coronavirus-symptoms-in-100-of-cases-with-inexpensive-treatment-3031007.html

Youtube:  Dr. Richard Bartlett  ACWT Interview 7.2.20

Texas family doctor Dr. Richard Bartlett describes how he has been treating Covid-19 patients with 100% success rate using an inexpensive safe treatment that is commonly used for people with asthma.  The treatment is enhaling a steroid called budesonide using a nebulizer. Dr. Bartlett says many patients experience rapid relief from Covid symptoms after the first treatment. It’s the same treatment that worked in crowded countries like Taiwan, Singapore and Japan who’ve had very few deaths compared to countries that locked down.

Therefore, Bartlett questions the effectiveness of mandatory masks, social distancing or a vaccine.  He explained that a vaccine is unnecessary because the mortality rate is so low and effective treatments already exist. And he emphasized that vaccines would be ineffective because of constant mutations to the coronavirus.

UPDATE:  Dr. Zelenko Has Now Treated 699 Coronavirus Patients with 100% SUCCESS RATE

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h9UXkDaI5A

Last weekend Dr. Vladimir Zelenko from New York state announced he found a treatment against the coronavirus with a 100% success rate on 699 patients.  The New York doctor also posted a video  explaining his success with hydroxychloroquine and zinc.  His treatment resulted in the shortness of breath issue being resolved in 4 to 6 hours.  Dr. Zelenko in his study had zero deaths, zero hospitalizations, and zero intubations!

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HCQ Protocols Outside the US Effective and Successful

French prize-winning microbiologist and infectious disease expert Didier Raoult is director of a research unit at Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire in France. As soon as someone is diagnosed with COVID-19, he uses the combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to treat them. Raoult reports that this combination has led to the recovery and non-detection of SARS-CoV-2 in 91.7% of 1,061 patients within 10 days.

The drug has been approved and used in the U.S. for 65 years. 

  • U.S. physicians also reported a 45% reduction in mortality of hospitalized patients by adding zinc to HCQ/AZ.
  • The Swiss Policy Research group reports that U.S. doctors who are using the combination of hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and zinc have an 84% decrease in hospitalization rates, and a 50% decrease in mortality rates among already hospitalized patients
  • Italian doctors reported a decrease in deaths of 66%. 

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The Great Covid-19 Deception and What You Need to Know to Survive

https://thecommonsenseshow.com/activism-agenda-21-conspiracy/great-covid-19-deception-and-what-you-need-know-survive

By Gary Heavin,  published on the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity site

First, it’s imperative that you understand the great deceit that Big Pharma, their minions at the FDA, CDC, NIH, the WHO, the mainstream media, and officials in high government positions are perpetrating on you, your family, and likely your doctor.  When it comes to safe, effective and affordable therapies for Covid 19, Big Pharma and its agents, i.e. Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx and many others, appear to have an agenda to lie to you and your physician.

NOTE:  To learn more about the nefarious Dr. Fauci go here:

* Is Dr. Fauci a Fraud?  https://lifeinthespirit.net/2020/10/02/is-dr-fauci-a-fraud/.

* Fauci’s Treacherous Ties to China and Globalists   https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/10/30/dr-anthony-fauci-coronavirus-chinese-communist-party.aspx?cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1ReadMore&cid=20201030ZC_HL2&mid=DM704708&rid=999569501

The most obvious example is their ongoing effort to ridicule the treatment option of hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin, and Zinc. So, hydroxychloroquine has been around for almost 70 years as a treatment for malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. The WHO has designated it as a safe and effective medication akin to taking an aspirin. A survey of 6,000 medical doctors affirmed it as their treatment of choice for Covid 19.

How much effort has Big Pharma put into subverting this treatment regimen? In addition to denouncing its effectiveness from Dr. Fauci and company, constant mainstream media hit pieces, the censoring of medical doctor’s articles and videos from the internet, there has also been a number of “studies” done that were literally sabotaged from the onset.

The mainstream media counts Big Pharma’s advertising revenue at up to 80 percent of their income. The internet’s “masters of the universe” [Facebook, Google, etc.] also kowtow to Big Pharma’s influence and advertising dollars by censoring anyone who tries to tell the American people the truth about Covid 19. It certainly appears that anyone who is complicit in this Great Deception, a deception that is designed to kill and terrify enough people to ultimately beg for an experimental vaccine, well, these people would be accessories to murder.

Now, for some good news. There are several therapies that are being offered that appear to be safe, effective and affordable, including Budesonide, Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine and Zinc.

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IV. In Spite of This, Vaccines Are Being Pushed

Ironically, Big Pharma and their government spokespersons criticize the above successful remedies for COVID-19 because they have not been through comprehensive double-blind tests, at the same time they are pushing unproven vaccines into production that have not even had animal trials!  They claim the legitimacy of science as they discredit all other scientific voices.  See the Youtube video “Successful Doctor Silenced by Federal Trade Commission” as an example.  In the mean time, President Trump has promised that we would have COVID-19 vaccines before the end of 2020, and that our military will roll them out immediately, in a project called “Warp Speed”.

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BOMBSHELL: Covid-19 isn’t a pandemic plan, it’s an EXTERMINATION plan for humanity

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 by: Mike Adams

https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-10-20-covid-19-isnt-a-pandemic-plan-its-an-extermination-plan-for-humanity.html

Population reduction has been the goal all along. But where the globalists have shown their true evil genius is in their choice of creating a biological weapon with high transmission rather than high fatality rates. The virus was never very deadly to people under the age of 50, but it was always highly contagious to people of all ages. And that contagiousness, it turns out, was enough to advance their nefarious plan against humanity.

The rapid spread of the virus allowed the globalist-controlled media to claim “cases” were skyrocketing, thereby justifying weaponized lockdowns and a global rolling out of medical fascism disguised as “public health” policies.  The mass extermination via vaccines consists of two strategies:

  1. Lacing the vaccines with new bioweapons viral strains to ensure the continuation of the “outbreak” narrative. Notably, this only requires less than one percent of administered vaccines to be laced.
  2. Engineering the vaccines to cause a very high fatality rate upon exposure to a secondary future infection, in a fatal reaction called a “cytokine storm,” which is a hyper-inflammation event that leads to rapid death.

Thus, people won’t be dropping dead right away after taking the vaccines. Instead, they will seem fine until the next major bioweapon pandemic hits them, at which point the fatality rate will be extremely high (perhaps as high as 75% averaged across all age groups).

The next strain to be released via the vaccines will be COVID-21, and the COVID-21 strain could be rightly considered the second half of a binary weapon system that will achieve extremely high kill rates for human beings across the globe.

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Dr. Petrella: “It is going to be the most terrible vaccine of all”

https://www.brighteon.com/58a92e0a-b9e0-4d1e-ad7d-1d0899a0ee76

COVID means the “Certificate of identification of vaccination with artificial intelligence” and 19 is the year it was created (2019).  COVID-19 is not the name of the virus.  Rather, it is the name of the international plan for the control and reduction of populations, which has been developed over the last decades and launched in 2020.  What they intend to inject into us going to be the most terrible vaccine of all.  It is literally a descent into hell, with the aim of a massive depopulation of over 80% of the population. 

Do not take the tests.  Tests are not reliable.  None of the tests are able to accurately detect the SARS COV-2 virus.  They only detect an infinity of small harmless viruses or cell debris which are naturally already part of our microbiota.  Having the virus does not necessarily mean you are sick; you are healthy and fine.  But almost everyone will appear positive on the tests.  They want to make everybody believe they are sick.  Once vaccinated, we will all be severely sick, weakened, and we will certainly be led towards death.

Most non-vaccinated people will cease to exist for society.  You will not be able to travel without a vaccine.  You will not be able to go to the cinema, and in the future, you won’t even be able to leave your own house.  This is already happening in some Chinese cities.  Everything has already been set up and activated in all companies and media for mass vaccinations. [He may be talking about Italy].

I will prefer death, absolutely not vaccine.

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V. What the Lord is Saying to His People Today

If you don’t believe the Holy Spirit communicates with His people today, go to the Bible.  Here are just three of the several passages that confirm this:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.  John 10:28

I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you to all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and s own authority¸ut whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  IHHe will tell you things to come.     John 16:12-13

Also see: Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:16-18, John 14:26, Ephesians 5:18, and I Corinthians 2:12.

Critical events are coming to our nation (massive earthquakes, asteroids, tsunamis, etc.), and the safest place to be is in the center of God’s will – to be in the Spirit. But we must first be spiritually clean by repenting of our pride and other sins.  If we seek the Lord with all our heart, mind, and soul, we will find Him.  And we will come to know Him – His still small voice, not just know about Him.  (I Kings 19:12

Knowing about the Lord is like the children of Israel, afraid to go up on or even touch the mountain, afraid they would be consumed by the fiery presence of God.  Knowing the Lord is Moses, going up on the mountain and being in the very presence of the sovereign, living God of the universe.

If we just know about Him, we might miss our calling – what the Lord created us, gifted us, and sent us here to do.  We might also take the vaccine (and even the chip) out of obedience to “the governing authorities” (Romans 13), even though the Jesus and the apostles were always getting into trouble because they defied the governing authorities.

Let’s see what the Lord says about these vaccines coming on the scene.

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You Must CHOOSE NOW to Not Take the Mark or Vaccine

AUGUST 19, 2020 by CRYPTIC1

Children, the time has come to choose – to take the vaccine or not – to take the mark or not.  Now is the time.  Now is the hour.  Do not wait until it is at your door, for it will be too late for many of you.

Many will buckle and cave in to the demands of the enemy.  When there is no food, no home, and no money, it will be harder to stand and easier to take the mark and the vaccine.  You must stand before Me now and submit your will to My will.  Allow Me to lead you and guide you My children.  There will be much suffering, but it will be greater (suffering) without Me.

Choose now.  Choose life with Me and forsake this world and its’ trappings in exchange for the heavenly kingdom I offer, or choose death.  Eternal death I say – for once you take the mark you are dead to Me for your soul will be lost to Me eternally forever.  I come upon the clouds of glory for My own.  Your Savior Lord and King, Yeshua

Matthew 10:37-38, 24:13-14, 24:21, Revelation 14:9-11 

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Mark of Beast in Form of Forced Vaccination

MARCH 19, 2020  S.S.

The Lord says: ” Listen unto Me, let Me tell you about the mark of beast. Time has come for the mark of beast to be released in the form of forced vaccination.  The antichrist will appear on the screen and will make an announcement for the implementation of the beast system and application of the mark of the beast.  My children be warned and be prepared. Amen.”

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  Revelation 13:16-17

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The Vaccine and Chip – Any Day – Now Yes or No?

Posted by Only a Grain of Sand on 2020/10/12

The pages are turning quickly now. But many do not see the changes, afoot. In fact, they think it is all still the same movement of life slowly returning to normal. Getting accustomed to wearing a mask, social distancing, self-isolation, obsessive sanitization.

These lies and machinations are only to soften you up for the next wave, the next set of rules, the next step in their diabolical agenda. Those at the top read their scripts before the cameras with a feigned sincerity before the teleprompters, with pre-determined questions! They are laughing at you behind closed doors off camera, off microphone. At your total acceptance of every step in the Dance of Annihilation, they direct!

You are being stripped of your humanity. You are being stripped of your culture and faith. You are being stripped of your Christian civilization. You are being stripped of your independence, plans, freedoms, families, jobs, money, future, lives.  They want your minds, bodies, souls, thoughts, feelings, actions, looks, words, to conform to the snake king’s plan to destroy the Children of God, along a path to being complete slaves, robots, hybrids, zombies, the walking soulless dead.

But you say: “We must be obedient to the civil authorities.”  Soon you will see the line drawn in the sand, the choice between Heaven and Hell!  Yes or no to the Vaccine! Yes or no to the Mark of the Beast! Yes or no to your Creator God!

But you say regarding the End Times:
“Oh no that is not in this generation. That will be far in the future.” OR
“God will understand. He is a God of mercy .“ OR
“My family has to eat, I have to have a job to pay the bills.” OR
“We cannot give up what we have worked for all these years.” OR
“The government has our best interests, our health and welfare at heart.” OR
“I know God will forgive us for capitulating to the vaccine and mark.” OR
“It is the future of mankind to advance towards a new era of peace, a brotherhood of nations, with an end of war and a civilization of love.”

No sooner will you make your choice, that the results will be instantaneous and irrevocable! There will be no turning back my children! It will be too late to back track.  There will not even be time for regret for those who take the vaccine and mark of the beast of their own volition!

The evil one’s technology is far advanced beyond your imagination. True they have given you some clues; an avalanche of flickering images (movies, TV videos), but you will not be able to fathom the speed you will change, your relationships with family members, former friends and neighbors. For they will morph in the blink of an eye. You will run with the herd towards the cliff of the Lake of Fire. Husband against wife, wife against husband, father against child, child against father, mother against all. Murders, cannibals, no longer fully-human, but monsters.

God the Father created you in the first place, you came from inside Him! You are the image and likeness of God. You must return to Him at the end of your time on earth. Your lives are like a passing moment in the arc of eternity. This world is passing away, it is exhausted from all the sins of the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve. Choose well! Think on it now! Decide for God! Not the snake king and his agenda of lies and eternal death in the Lake of Fire!

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VI. Electricity, Halloween, and What is Coming

Be Ready to Be Without Electricity – RED ALERT!  911 Yom Kippur

By God’s Handmaiden, September 13, 2020

Be ready to be without electricity.  Your cell phones and all of your electronic devices will be taken away.  Anything that keeps us from spending time with the Lord will be taken from us.  A complete surrender of all things in your life are necessary for you to hear from the Lord. 

NOTE:  This is a good reason to have food, water, a source of heat, etc. already in place.

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Blue Moon Halloween!

OCTOBER 6, 2020 by DESIANNA

https://444Prophecynews.com/Blue-Moon-Halloween-Desianna

DO NOT EVER CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN!  This holiday has evolved into satanic, witchcraft and demonic worship. Demons have been unleashed.  This Halloween will be one of the worst Halloweens, and murders and thefts looting will increase.

If you have kids throw away all Halloween decorations. DO NOT WATCH SCARY MOVIES!!! Casper the friendly ghost isn’t friendly! Demons are using this as an opportunity as they do yearly.  TURN OFF THE TV AND RADIO. Get rid of all scary books and DVDs! I was reading 2 Timothy yesterday, when the Holy Ghost revealed to me demons are on T.V.  It is not a coincidence that so many people died on the set of the original exorcist and poltergeist movie.

Please pray on this brothers and sisters.  Jesus said to watch for the signs in the sky. Luke 21:25-33, Acts 2:19  BROTHERS AND SISTERS there will be A BLUE MOON October 31st and this hasn’t happened in 19 years. How many more labor pains do you need to see? If you haven’t already accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and repent and turn from your sins. Only the Father knows when He is coming. Would you want him to find you celebrating Halloween?

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Understand What is Coming

By Glynda Lomax, October 27, 2020

https://wingsofprophecy.blogspot.com/

My children, it is true a hard time is coming to your nations in the world. Yet it is also true My eyes are always on you and I know the plans I have for you.  Some of My children seek each day to know and understand My judgments coming into the world. Some of My children run in fear from understanding them.  Some of My children receive My corrections as they are given to correct their walks with Me. Some of My children refuse to be corrected.

The coming tribulations will correct those who refuse to be corrected if their hearts will receive that correction. Those who continue to rebel against Me, refuse My correction and who walk contrary to Me will perish.

Set your hearts to understand what is coming, My children, and why (because of great unrepented sin). With understanding, a thing becomes less fearful.  Indeed, those who strive to walk with Me, who receive My corrections and seek My Face have nothing to fear for you will not see the worst of what is to come. You will be here at home with Me.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.   Jeremiah 29:11

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VII. Summary

In the end times, we will see exciting things happen in the body of Christ as the Lord guides and directs His people to shine the light of Christ on an endarkened world.  He has set us free from sin and the fear of death, and invites us to join Him in a great spiritual journey – here and into eternity.  He will take some of us home, He will lead some of us into the wilderness, and He will be with some of us in the fire.  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

When we draw close to the Lord, we will have just a glimpse of life in heaven, where we will be face-to-face with Jesus.  We were not made to live in the barnyard dirt of this world or to walk in the mire of darkness and despair.  We were meant to fly with wings like an eagle and soar with the wind of the Holy Spirit.  

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 41:31

Time is short.  God is great.  Walk with the Lord. 

To God be the glory, 

Mark 

The Texas Rancher and the Eagle

A Texas rancher was hunting in the mountains and came upon an eagle’s nest.  He took one of the eggs back home with him and placed it under a setting hen.  The eagle hatched, and was cared for by the mother hen.  For some period of time, the eagle seemed perfectly content to remain in the barnyard and feed along with the chickens. 

But one day, it heard the harsh scream of a mature eagle, swooping down in search of prey.  In the blink of an eye, the young eagle ascended into the sky and was never seen again.  He had found his new home in the mountainside cliffs, for he was not made for the barnyard dirt.

When we keep in step with the Holy Spirit, following His lead and walking intimately with the Lord Jesus Christ, we will have just a taste, a glimpse of life in the eternal kingdom of God where we will be face-to-face with Jesus. 

We were not made to live in the barnyard dirt of this world.  We are not meant to walk in the mire of darkness, to plod along in despair, to wrestle meekly in the morass of sin and temptation.  We were meant to fly with wings like an eagle and soar with the wind of the Holy Spirit.

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 41:31

Source: “Set My Heart on Fire” by Catherine Martin

On Fire Christians and Spiritual Categories

The following is an attempt to describe different categories of people from a Christian perspective.  As always, don’t just accept this, but take it to the Lord and check it against the Bible for authenticity.  The intent of this is more to stimulate discussion than an attempt to present The Truth.  We have God’s Word for that purpose.

GOD

An All-Consuming Fire

  • On Fire Christians – actively communing with the Lord in the fire,   strong anointing – WALK WITH THE LORD =                  ON FIRE
  • Spirit-led Christians – spiritual radar is on, obedient – KNOW THE  LORD AND FOLLOW THE LORD =                                  ROYALTY
  • Believers – have a simple faith in Christ – KNOW ABOUT THE LORD; GOING TO HEAVEN =                                                      BLUE SKY

                                      WALL OF FIRE – LINE OF SALVATION

  • Lukewarm Believers – KNOW ABOUT THE LORD, BUT HAVE OTHER PRIORITIES =                                       ASLEEP & MISS THE CALL 
  • Nominal Christians (Liberals/Universalists) – CREATE GOD IN THEIR OWN IMAGE =                                               NO SPIRITUAL FRUIT
  • Non-believers – REJECT THE TRUTH, WORSHIP ANOTHER GOD, GOD, AND OPPOSE CHRIST =                       REPROBATE MINDS

SATAN

Fires of Hell

* Wall of Fire and Line of Salvation – to receive salvation, we must repent of our sins, accept Christ, and become a new creation.  God is a consuming fire, so to come to Him, all must be burned up except our soul and spirit.

* Car wash analogy – when you take your car through a car wash, the machine washes away all of the dirt and grime, and your car emerges on the other side all clean and sparkly.  When we go through the wall of fire (accept Christ), we become a new creation, and the dirt and grime of sin begins to be washed away (sanctification).

* Everybody is going through the fire.  We all start life below the Line of Salvation, the Wall of Fire.  We then either accept Christ and go through the Wall of Fire to become Christians, or we reject Christ and end up in the fires of hell.

Questions to Consider

  1. Which of these categories do you personally relate to?
  2. Are you comfortable with this, or do you want to take action to change?
  3. Consider your family and friends; which of the categories best describe them?
  4. Are you comfortable with this, or do you want to interact with them about this?

The Holy Spirit Communicating to the Body of Christ Today

It is through the work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that we become transformed into new creations.  As we become filled with the Holy Spirit, our fleshly desires burn away and we can become On Fire Christians.  The book of Acts describes the launching of the church with the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.  Here is what the New Testament says about how the Lord communicates with His people:

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  Romans 8:14

I say then: “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh…  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”  Galatians 5:16,18

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.  John 10:28

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.  John 14:26

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. I Corinthians 2:12

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8

I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  When the Spirit of truth comes he will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on his own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak and He will declare to you the things that are to come.   John 16:12-13

Jesus describes communion with His bride:

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.”   John 17:20-22

NOTE:  You can learn more about how to hear God’s voice here: https://www.awmi.net/reading/teaching-articles/gods_voice/

On Fire Christians – Excerpts from “Consumed by His Fire” by C.R. Oliver*

Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the Lord your God has forbidden you. For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.  Deuteronomy 4:23-24

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fireHebrews 12:28-29

“There is a depth in God whereby one enters the friendly fire that is Him and wishes to be no place else.  It consumes a person in the same way that love consumes the lover.  His consuming fire enters the spirit of man and burns with the same fire that burns within Him.  It consumes everything in its path, like a roaring fire when it overtakes and consumes everything in its way.

This is a flame that burns so deep within it draws a shivering world to its warmth.  This is the consuming flame, that once close enough to warm another, catches that person on fire.

As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches going back and forth among the living creatures. The fire was bright, and out of the fire went lightning. And the living creatures ran back and forth, in appearance like a flash of lightning.  Ezekiel 1:13-14

God’s heavenly creatures live among the flames and God’s people are meant to as well:

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.  Matthew 3:11-12

Behold, there it is!  There is the very fire that burns in my own spirit.  It is a consuming fire that lashes out against all that would affront my Lord.  At the same time, its flames warm my spirit until the desire of my being is to be as He is.

Jeremiah knew this firsthand:

Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “Because you speak this word, behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.  Jeremiah 5:14

Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name.”  But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not.  Jeremiah 20:9

The Lord talked with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire. I stood between the Lord and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the Lord; for you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up the mountain.  Deuteronomy 5:4-5

Moses spoke to the Lord in the midst of the fire, but the people who followed Moses were afraid of God’s flame.  They missed the greatest opportunity this world affords – standing and being in the presence of the Lord.  That’s what is wrong today.  People are afraid of His fire.”

NOTE:  The fire of the Lord, His light, His shekinah glory, and anointing are all similar.  We gain other glimpses of the fire of the Lord in the Bible:

  • Moses’ face shone so bright after being in the presence of God that he had to put a veil over it.
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego walked in the fiery furnace with Jesus.
  • On the day of Pentecost, there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”  Acts 2:3
  • The apostle Paul was so anointed that when people touched his garment they would be healed.

* The book “Consumed by His Fire” by C.R. Oliver is available from www.zadokpublications.com, and the kindle version from Amazon.com.

On Fire Christians Addendum – a Discussion About These Categories

The following is a discussion about these categories with a dear brother in the Lord, who raised questions about them.  Thought you might like to see them.

QUESTION:  How do we know these categories are from the Lord?

COMMENT:  As long as the essence of a message or doctrine is Biblical, it is acceptable.  For example, if you do a search in the Bible for “triune God”, you won’t find it, even though the true church has embraced this theological concept for centuries because its essence, its meaning, is confirmed by scripture.

I suggest a three-fold test for any message:

  • The message must be consistent with scripture and the historical teachings of the church (not the Roman Catholic Church),
  • The person giving the message must be spiritually clean and live a Godly life, given over to the Lord, and
  • The message has been confirmed – from the Lord with Bible verses and/or confirmed by other Spirit-led Christians.

QUESTION:  If we are saying that the Spirit is still inspiring new revelation today that is on par with Scripture, how are we to determine if what someone is saying the Lord told them shouldn’t be accepted as new doctrinal authority?

COMMENT: The terms “new revelation” and “new doctrinal authority” are red flags for me, as they bring to mind Joseph Smith and other cult leaders.  So, I would be very suspicious of anyone who uses those terms, as they are probably not speaking from the Holy Spirit.

QUESTION:  I hear you saying it should be tested with Scripture, but if they are claiming Spirit inspiration, who’s to say they are wrong if we don’t believe the “canon” is closed?

COMMENT: I think it would be helpful to look at some definitions of “canon” from on thesaurus.com:

  • an ecclesiastical rule or law enacted by a council or other competent authority and, in the Roman Catholic Church, approved by the pope.
  • the body of ecclesiastical law.
  • the body of rules, principles, or standards accepted as axiomatic and universally binding in a field of study or art
  • a fundamental principle or general rule
  • a standard; criterion
  • the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired.

I accept and embrace the notion that “the canon is closed”, referring to the Bible.  And I embrace the notion that the canon is closed when it is defined as the body of rules, principles, or standards accepted within historic Christianity – the body of Christ.

QUESTION:  Who is to say we can’t add to it now if we take the position of present-day Spirit inspiration?

COMMENT: You raise good questions.  I think the real key is to whether what is proposed conflicts with or changes what the Bible and the historic church say is true doctrine.  If it does, then it should be rejected.  But if it enlarges upon and illumines what the Bible says, then it can be a blessing to the body of Christ.  Jesus said that He had many things to share with the apostles, but He would not share them; the Holy Spirit would teach them to them.  Are you denying what Christ said?

The flip side of this is many Christians who IMHO state that they believe in the Holy Spirit, but never teach that believers can learn to recognize the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit.  The result is Christians who know about God but never know Him.  They are the ones who succumb to “The Greatest Danger”:

THE GREATEST DANGER

The greatest danger facing all of us is not that we shall make an absolute failure of life, nor that we shall fall into outright viciousness, nor that we shall be terribly unhappy, nor that we shall feel that life has no meaning at all – not these things.

The danger is that we may:

  • fail to perceive life’s greatest meaning,
    • fall short of its highest good,
    • miss its deepest and most abiding happiness,
    • be unable to tender the most needed service,
    • be unconscious of life ablaze with the light of the Presence of God,
    • and be content to have it so.

That is the danger – that someday we may wake up and find that always we have been busy with husks and trappings of life and have really missed life itself.

For life without God, to one who has known the richness and joy of life with Him, is unthinkable, impossible.  That is what one prays one’s friends may be spared – satisfaction with a life that falls short of the best, that has in it no tingle or thrill that comes from a friendship with the Father.                                                                                       Phillip Brooks (1835-1893)

Perhaps this is one reason many young (and old) people are leaving the church.  They attend for a while, hungry for a relationship with the sovereign, living God of the universe, but just receive sermons and theological reasoning ABOUT GOD; never the personal relationship with the Father for which they hunger.  Regardless of how long they have been a believer or in a church, people cannot teach something that they do not know.  For fear of embracing voices from the dark side, they shut off the possibility of hearing from the Lord.

On a side note, what does the one unforgiveable sin mean: “blaspheming the Holy Spirit”?  I believe it means rejecting the conviction of sin from the Holy Spirit, so a person has unforgiven sin on their hearts.  Question for you – does it also mean rejecting the notion that the Holy Spirit can communicate with people today in the church age?

Setting aside the question below, how many Christians do you know that are ON FIRE FOR THE LORD?  How do you light their fire if you caution them against even considering that the Holy Spirit might be really communicating with them as an individual?

QUESTION:  I also hear what you mean about the various categories, but the consistent witness of Scripture is that there are only TWO categories. You are either all out for Christ or you are against Him. A few examples:  1 Kings 18:20-21, Malachi 3:16-18, Matthew 7:13-14; 24-27, Luke 11:14-23, Philippians 3:17-19, John 2:19, and Revelation 3:15.  Thoughts?

COMMENT: Of course there are only two categories ultimately – people go to heaven or they go to hell.  So that is a given.  Within that context, I find it useful to look more deeply at the nuances within these two categories.  The church of Laodicea for example – they would claim to be in one camp at the same time they are in the other camp.  And the references to Christians on milk when they should be on meat.  And the many references to God as a consuming fire, of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the fiery furnace with Jesus, and the tongues of fire on the people at Pentecost, etc. etc. 

So part of this issue is whether a person wants to explore whether the Holy Spirit teaches and leads Christians today (as the Bible says) in a personal relationship, or whether we stick with doctrinal teachings about God, as if we were learning about Buddha or some other historical figure.  I choose the former.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.  Matthew 11:15

To God be the Glory

Mark Peterson mpeterson222@hotmail.com

Religion vs. Science


The Bible is about religion, but science is a separate category.” (Quote from an editorial)

Response: Rather than viewing Christianity and science as two separate realms that have nothing to do with each other, or even compete, it is more useful to see how Christianity and science are different, but complement one another.  Christianity claims that the sovereign, living God of the universe created the heavens and earth, and many of the earliest scientists saw science as a way to learn more about God’s creation.  The following questions help us see how Christianity and science intersect, and how godless evolution is in conflict with both:

Occam’s Razor, a problem-solving principle devised by William of Ockham (c. 1287–1347) states that among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions (i.e. the most direct and simplest) should be selected. Other, more complicated solutions may ultimately prove correct, but—in the absence of certainty—the fewer assumptions that are made, the better.

Using Occam’s Razor as a guideline (check all that apply)

1) If a frog turns into a prince, is it:

___a) Magic

___b) Science (you just have to wait a long time – evolution in action)

___c) Other:____________________________________

2) The Bible, written by 40 authors with widely differing occupations from 3 continents over 1,500 years, tells an integrated story that is woven together in a progressive story of human life, with God’s involvement over the centuries, including dozens of prophecies that are fulfilled.  This unity is:

___a) by chance – the books just happen to have a common theme and story, and the prophecies just happened to have been fulfilled,

___b) the Roman Catholic Church commissioned all of this work to be done, and pulled it together, 

___c) there was a common author (the Holy Spirit), who inspired and guided the writing of the books of the Bible,

 ___d) other:___________________________________

3) Over 130 cultures have stories / myths in their history that they are descendants of a family who was saved in a boat from a world-wide flood.  This is best explained by:

___a) chance – it just happened that way.  Their cultures also probably have stories about dogs as well.

___b) as evolution is based on the premise that every change must be advantageous to the organism for it to be adopted, there is a survival advantage to all cultures that developed the flood story versus those that didn’t.

___c) Noah really did build an ark, the Bible story is true, and these stories/myths are exactly what we would expect.

___d) other:_____________________________________

4) If we were hiking through the Black Hills and came upon Mount Rushmore, we would logically conclude that:

___a) it happened by chance – just a fluke of nature and erosion over time,

___b) it is a sign of design and intelligence; that one or more persons created it,

___c) some creature from outer space created it,

___d) other:_____________________________________

5) The human brain is more complex than the largest supercomputer ever developed.  It came from:

___a) A long time ago, there was this thing that exploded, and some of the stuff that exploded joined together (all by itself) into order – tremendous order.  Then it came alive (also all by itself), and eventually became a human being with a brain.  Of course this took a long time.  This is called “science”, and just goes to show what can happen if you wait long enough.

___b) Intelligence; design reflects intelligence, and tremendous design reflects tremendous intelligence.  We were created by the sovereign, living God who was there, and tells us about it in the Bible, which He inspired. (Which would explain why an Intelligent Design movement is emerging, led by former evolutionary scientists.)

___c) We came from outer space (which raises another question – when we were in outer space, where did we come from?)

___d) Other:_____________________________________

6) The assumption that the origin of the universe and life as we know it is from material causes:

___a) is scientific – we can prove that natural causes were the forces that led to the universe, and that there was no super-natural cause involved.

___b) is a philosophical presupposition that cannot be proven scientifically because the origins of the universe and life were not observed by human beings and cannot be replicated.

___c) is false.  The origin of the universe and life can only be truly known by observation, and only God was there to observe it.  He then revealed this in the Bible.

___d) is fundamental to Marx’s theory of scientific materialism (which has led to the deaths of hundreds of millions of people)

___e) other:______________________________________

7) Jesus was:

___a) a great teacher, and perhaps even a prophet, but not the Son of God.

___b) either who He said He was – the Son of God and part of the eternal triune God, or a false teacher and imposter, who claimed to be someone who He was not,

___c) who He said He was – the son of the sovereign, living God (which is why Simon Greenleaf, the nation’s greatest legal scholar on rules of evidence, ultimately converted from Judaism to Christianity, compelled by the evidence before him.)

___d) other:_____________________________________

8) Life or existence beyond the grave is:

___a) clearly beyond the reach of science,

___b) not beyond the reach of science if we could just figure out how someone could observe it and come back and tell about it,

___c) beginning to give us clues.  Dr. Maurice Rawlings was a non-Christian cardiologist who lost many patients.  As his medical skills improved, he was able to bring many of them back from the dead.  About half of them did not want to come back, as they were experiencing great bliss.  The other half were absolutely terrified that they were die again and once experience what they described as hell.

___c) other:_____________________________________

Best regards,

Is the “Collective Consciousness” Real?

“We need to open ourselves up the spirit of God’s word which lives inside us as a collective consciousness.” 

Response:

I really appreciate your sharing your writings with me.  They are obviously personal to you, and represent your thoughts and reflections over your life.  Sounds like you had an extraordinary experience with your severe illness.

Your writings are very intriguing to me, and raise fresh questions.  I see this communication with you more of a conversation of friends over coffee than a debate over issues.

“We need to open ourselves up the spirit of God’s word which lives inside us as a collective consciousness.”  

Reponse:

You imply that there is a spirit of God’s word, and that every person has this spirit within them.

As Jesus Christ is also known as The Word, you may be referring to the Holy Spirit.  But the Bible is clear that the Holy Spirit does not dwell in all people, but only Christians.  The Biblical perspective is that the triune God (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) is separate from and distinct from all of creation, including mankind.  Furthermore, when a person becomes a Christian, that person receives a new spirit which communes with the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit of the sovereign, living God comes to dwell within Christians.

But for non-Christians to become open to another spirit is dangerous, as the spirit world is inhabited by demons as well as angels.  People who have sought to tap into the spirit world have often discovered that something has come into them which is malicious. 

I suspect that the only collective consciousness known to all would be:

  • the universal realization that we are all creatures who are at some point destined to die, and
  • a desire to connect with the infinite – a hunger to know God, and an underlying realization that we were created distinct from animals, with the capacity to know the sovereign, living God of the universe.  (Blaise Pascal stated that each of us has “a God-shaped vacuum within us”.)

When we see we are caught up in an endless morass of conditioned patterns, one is presented with the opportunity for the avenue of intellect enlightened to show up in one’s life. 

Response:

Yes, particularly when we are young, operating from our conditioning, how we were raised, is most common.  And as we mature, our ability to use reason to learn about and discuss various world views and lifestyles availability to us.  However, a critical question is whether we are a Christian or not.  A non-Christian may be highly educated and informed, but do not have access to insights into the spiritual world available to Christians.

“But the natural man does not receive he things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”    I Corinthians 2:14

Is Love Really All There Is

“Although I was raised as a Christian, I have explored other spiritualities and believe that the Universe, God, the All That Is, whatever name we attribute to a greater creative power, conspires to help us succeed, if we know how to tap into that power within ourselves.”  

Response:

Very interesting.  You have described a world view that is becoming increasingly popular in our nation.  In contrast, the Biblical Christian perspective would see the sovereign, living God and creator of the universe as a spiritual being distinct from the universe, His creation.  The God of the Bible is not only holy, just, and merciful; He is also personal – having a personality – as opposed to the universe, which is impersonal.  Biblical Christianity would say that within ourselves, we only have human power.  We have a body, heart, emotions, mind, and spirit, with the latter having the ability to connect with spiritual powers – good or evil.  Christians can become filled with the Holy Spirit, and I know of many miracles that have taken place as the Lord has worked through His people, just as Jesus promised.  Furthermore, individuals can become possessed by demons, sometimes attaining supernatural strength.  But they are in service to their master, the great deceiver named Satan.

Unlike New Age beliefs about tapping into power within ourselves (the higher power), the Christian perspective is that Christians are sinners saved by Christ, and that the power of the Holy Spirit can flow through us.  But it is His power, and not our own.

“My own beliefs and faith are rooted in the commonality and community between all spiritual beliefs – the core belief that Love is all there is.”  

Response:

While this notion is appealing, it overlooks the fact that “Love” is interpreted defined through the lens of each religion.  For example, I understand that devout Hindus believe that to help a poor person interferes with his/her karma, so it shouldn’t be done.  The poor person is living out the consequences of his past life, so he has to go through this in order to be born into a better station in his next life.

Love for a Muslim would entail converting non-believers to Islam, which requires their repudiation of all other religions.  While Christians also seek to win non-believers to Christ, we are also admonished to love all people, including our enemies.

How different religions see life after death is a clue that the “commonality of all spiritual beliefs” is more theory than real:

  • Devout Muslims believe that if they die in jihad, they go to Paradise, with access to 73 virgins (I don’t think Muslim women fare so well). 
  • Devout Mormons believe if they call out their wife’s name when they die, they get their own planet, where they can procreate spirit babies that are then born on earth as persons.
  • Devout Hindus, if they are good enough, eventually escape the Wheel of Samsara (reincarnation) and become one with all that is, like a drop of water falling into the ocean. 
  • Devout Christians believe they go to heaven, where they dwell in eternity in the presence of other saints and the Lord. 

By the way, a cardiologist named Maurice Rawlings received a lot of patients in bad shape over the years.  Many of them died under his care, and he was able to revive many of them with modern medical means.  He discovered that about half of them did not want to come back to life, as they were having a very pleasant experience which some described as being in heaven.  The other half came back screaming that they did not want to die again as they were experiencing hell.  This would not be the case if there was a “commonality of all spiritual beliefs” and “Love is all there is”.

”As the Dalai Lama said “Loving kindness is my religion”, I too believe. But this also entails, for me, embracing the duality of our nature and understanding that you can’t have light without darkness, beauty without ugliness – all very subjective, human-based concepts anyway.”

Response:

Biblical Christianity would define duality of our nature from two perspectives.  First would be the distinction between the physical world we inhabit vs. the spiritual world, which is just as real, but largely invisible to us.  Christians are citizens of heaven and ambassadors for Christ into this world.

The second duality would be for life in the flesh vs. life in the Spirit.  The fruit of life in the flesh is selfishness, deceit, violence, etc., while the fruit of life in the Spirit would be love, peace, joy, concern for others, etc.  An example of this would be when the early Romans threw their unwanted babies on the trash heap, they were rescued by Christians, who knew they were created in the image of God.

We are all subjects/persons (as opposed to objects), so from one perspective, we encounter the world subjectively.  On the other hand, historic Christianity is based on the premise that the world as we know it exists objectively, and is not an illusion.  Its existence does not depend on our awareness of it.  (If the bear craps in the woods, it is real, even if no one else knows about it). 

There is substantive evidence supporting the Biblical world view.  One example is the fact that the Bible was written by 40 authors from many stations in life, on 3 continents, in 3 languages, over 1,500 years, and yet has a single theme that runs through it, testifying to a supernatural author.  The fulfillment of over 40 Old Testament prophecies is another.

“Transcending duality is really the objective of Buddhism – to reach the point of the great emptiness, which isn’t an easy concept to grasp, but once in awhile, in my meditations, I get a glimpse.”

Response:  

It sounds like “transcending duality” is to deny/transcend one’s physical reality and to dwell in the spiritual realm.  But rather than encountering the sovereign, living God of the universe as a Christian would, the Buddhist, in his/her highest state, seeks to find and experience nothing.  Perhaps it is similar to a drop of rain falling into the ocean; it loses its identity as a drop and becomes part of the ocean.

The image of emptiness which comes to mind is that of the survivors of the Nazi death camps in WWII – poor souls who stagger out from behind barbed wire, their bones sticking out from starvation, with a gaunt look on their faces.  Have these people achieved emptiness?  Can emptiness be forced on us, or do we have to achieve it by ourselves?

Finally, the Biblical perspective is that the spirit realm is inhabited by angels and demons.  Seeking to enter the spiritual realm without the protection of the Holy Spirit may even be dangerous, as it opens a person up to demonic influence and possession.

“If we accept that the world’s dramas are an illusion – a huge stage play – and we all have a starring role, it becomes easier for me to feel equanimous when things seem to be spinning out of control. That’s my spirituality in a nutshell.”

Response:

Yes, and if we accept that the moon was made of cheese, we would never starve if we could just bring a chunk of it back to earth.  While it is an intriguing intellectual exercise, it poses some real questions:

  • Then food would also be an illusion; so how would you account for hunger if life is just an illusion?
  • What would your loved ones feel or think of you if they knew we perceived them as just an illusion? 
  • If life is illusory, then moral constraints would also be illusory, would they not?  So anything goes, including mayhem and murder.

We had dinner with some friends recently, and the husband stated that life was an illusion.  His wife seemed a little startled, so she pinched him – hard, and asked if that was real.  He stated that it was.

Finally, when things seem to be spinning out of control in our lives, we can call on the Lord, who promises to be with us through thick and thin.

Pat Robertson’s Horse

In his book “The Plan”, Pat Robertson describes how many years ago he purchased a beautiful Arabian stallion.  It stood 16 hands tall, and was a very powerful animal.  To make sure he could handle it, Pat hired a professional horse trainer to train it.

After a couple of months, the trainer brought the horse to Pat, and was showing him how to ride it.  With the trainer on the horse, it would move forward, backwards, and turn to the right or left.  But Pat could not see the trainer pulling on the reins.  So he asked the trainer how he did it.  The trainer replied that the horse was so well trained that just the slightest nudge would move the horse away from the nudge.

Pat was impressed, then concluded that that is how we are to be with the Lord.  We are to be so in tune with the Holy Spirit that the slightest nudge will move us to act.  Jesus said that He is the good shepherd and His sheep hear His voice.  So we should be so in the Spirit, and know the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit, that we don’t debate, or pray about it, but take action because we know it is from the Lord.

Others May – You Cannot

If God has called you to be really like Jesus, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put upon you such demands of obedience, that you will not be able to measure yourself by other Christians; and in many ways, He will seem to let other good people do things which He will never let you do.

Other Christians and ministers, who seem very religious and useful, can push themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their Christian goals, but these things you simply cannot do.  Others may boast of their work or their writings or their success, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you ever try it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, but most likely God will keep you poor, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence on Him and the joy of seeing Him supply your needs day by day out of an unseen Treasury.

The Lord may let others be honored and keep you hidden and unappreciated because He wants to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade.  He may let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it, but He will make you work on and on without others knowing how much you are doing; and then, to make your work still more precious, He may let others get the credit for the work which you have done, and thus make your reward ten times greater when Jesus comes.

The Holy Spirit will rebuke you for little words or deeds or even feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem to be concerned about, but you must make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign and He has a right to do whatever He pleases with His own.  He may not explain to you a thousand things which puzzle your reason in the way He deals with you, but if you will just submit yourself to Him in all things, He will wrap you up in a jealous love and bestow upon you many blessings which come only to those who are very near to His heart.

Settle it then, that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways that He does not seem to use with others.  Now, when you are so possessed with the living God that your secret heart becomes pleased and delighted with this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, then you will have entered the very vestibule of heaven itself.

G.D. Watson, 1845-1924

My Deer in the Headlights Story

Usually when someone talks about a deer in the headlights, it is with some humor, such as when some hapless guy’s girl friend or wife asks him about his feelings.  He then has this “deer in the headlights” look as if he doesn’t know what she is talking about.  But sometimes a deer in the headlights can be a very serious matter.

On March 12, 2016, I drove to Rison for a night meeting, then returned home.  Rison is about an hour and half south of Little Rock, and is an area that is almost all pine forest.  It was a rainy day and coming home at night the rain just absorbed the light from my headlights.  I was on a two lane highway, driving through the forest.

In the meeting I had just attended, someone mentioned that Rison and Cleveland County were known across the state for deer hunting and the number of deer that are killed each year.  As I was driving along in the dark night, the thought occurred to me that if a deer jumped out in front of me, I would not be able to see it until it was too late.  So I slowed down a little, from 65 to 55 miles an hour.

Less than a minute later, the largest doe I have ever seen crossed right in front of my car from left to right.  It happened in just a second, and I didn’t see it until it was on the highway, passing in front of my car.  It was so close, I was really surprised that I did not hit it.

I slowed way down and pondered my near accident.   A car traveling 65 miles an hour would traverse a football field in about 3 seconds.  Do you think a 300 pound deer hitting my windshield would break the windshield?  Yes, I think it would.

We have a body, soul, and spirit, and it is our spirit that has the capacity to connect with and hear from the Holy Spirit.  I understand that often the Holy Spirit will plant ideas into our minds, which we can even recognize as coming from the Lord.  I believe the Holy Spirit nudged me to slow down on that dark highway, even a little bit, and enough for me to miss hitting a large doe. 

So seeking to know the Lord and hear His voice is not only a great adventure, it can also save our lives.

Mark Peterson

Hearing God

Augusto Perez

http://www.theappearance.com/

Revelation 2:7: “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; to him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”

Mankind has for ages wanted to be able to hear and communicate with the Creator. When Adam and Eve were created, they were able to hear and see God in the Garden of Eden with perfect clarity. Their spirits were connected to the Spirit of the Creator, the One who created all things by the Spoken Word, and thus were able to hear him and see Him.

After they sinned they died spiritually, as their spiritual DNA was messed up (their physical DNA was corrupted as well, however we will not address that topic on this series of lessons). They lost their ability to hear the voice of God and see Him because of their fallen state. When the Church was born at Pentecost, they received the ability to hear the voice of the Father.

When the Holy Spirit indwells a human spirit through the born again experience, not only is the born again believer able to hear the voice of God once again, but he is endued with certain spiritual abilities that the Bible refers to as gifts of the Spirit (John 3:6-7; 1 Corinthians 12). 

God made man with three parts to his being. Man has a spirit, a soul and a body. As a human being you have a part of you that came from God and which has the same nature as God. That part is your spirit and it has access to the realm of the Spirit.  Your spirit has the capability to make contact with heaven, but yet it is living in a physical body that dwells on the earth.  That is basically what Jesus Christ referred to when He said:

John 1:18: “No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.”

Yahushua was physically on the earth but His spirit was in perfect union with the Father at the same time. Whenever you are born again of the spirit, you are already walking in the heavenly realm without realizing it. The moment that you accepted Jesus as your LORD and Savior and were born again, you gained access into the spiritual realm where He dwells.

This means that your spirit is in touch with His Spirit at all times:

Colossians 1:27: “To whom God would make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”.

Whenever you are born again, the Spirit of the Lord comes to dwell within you spirit. Your spirit is in touch with the Holy Spirit and is in touch with the heavenly realm twenty-four hours per day. God is communing and communicating with your spirit twenty-four hours a day through the Holy Spirit.

What a great honor.  We have to lay this important foundation so that we may be able to go on to the things that we want to cover in the next few lessons where we will get into how to actually hear His voice.