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THE FUTURE

Future

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is known!

It was told!

It is certain!

The recent decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States have unleashed a flurry of speculation and fear among the religious community.  No one can deny that change is accelerating and our country as well as the world is moving at break-neck speed to a conclusion, one which is debated with much earnest in the social media.

Underneath all of this speculation is a towering fear that things are spinning out of control and the powers that once gave us a complacent life are now in jeopardy. The “monuments of security” such as the presidency, military supremacy, economic stability and moral stability are eroding and it is causing a national angst.

It is a justified fear, if you are standing on your own!

But if you are His, if you have, as Jesus told Nicodemus been “Born Again” the future is not a mystery.

Jesus took his “students” to His favorite classroom, the Mount of Olives and taught them some alarming things. This was not a class that any one had expected.  It was a class on THE FUTURE.

In the middle of His discourse he makes an astounding statement.  “Be on guard; I have told you all things before hand.”  In other words all the things that would challenge us as His children of a different Kingdom in the difficult times ahead, he gave on that lonely hillside.

But what were these things he was talking about?

Their ears stood at attention as he told them of their future, and ours as well! “There will be imposters who come saying they are the Christ and will lead many astray.  Wars of incredible violence and even news reports of such will fill the news media and alarm the population.  Those who are not killed in these wars will be paralyzed by the fear that they are approaching their own borders.  Earthquakes of unprecedented strength will occur even in the most unlikely places causing worldwide famine with millions starving, even in developed countries.  Persecution will arise by unjust laws aimed at Christians, regulations and edicts that will attack their foundational beliefs and force them to choose my law or their king’s. My sons and daughters will be hated by all men, even those in their own family for the stand they take. Teenagers will call 911 to arrest their folks because they refuse to allow their daughters to have an abortion. Tribulation will come that will shake the very soul of man and in that storm of fear one will come forward and declare he is the Christ. “

Jesus continued, “ But when they bring you before the courts let the Holy Spirit form your response. The stage I will put you on is too big for you to take the credit and say anything you want. Use the opportunity wisely and let my Spirit tell you what to say.”

continues with other signs of what is ahead but let it be said,

OUR FUTURE IS KNOWN

OUR FUTURE WAS TOLD

OUR FUTURE IS CERTAIN

The disciples’ heads must have been swimming as they listened.  This was not what they imagined his future kingdom to be like. Most of us do not either.

But two things seem to stand out in his discourse.  One, we have alluded to but will expand on here, namely, our response before our accusers.

Facebook is an excellent platform to communicate with others far beyond your locale but the responses I have seen to the present abrupt changes seem to be mostly responses that have come from emotion more than from The Spirit.

Perhaps we should regard our counterclaims as those that reflect the Risen Lord rather than our rage.

Then coming to the end of we see Jesus’ exhortation to the 12, “STAY AWAKE!”

It is vital for those in power to numb the populace for their agenda to progress.  This numbness comes in a wide variety of ways but regardless how it inflicts its stupor, we are called to remain awake and vigilant.  We are the children of light and see with eyes that can penetrate the darkness.  This ability to see is what will propel many of us into conflict with the current regime.

So, our future was designed for us! You are here in this time at this place for this moment!  He knew you would be here when it all breaks lose and He has invested a heavy price to insure your success.

So fear not!

Be wise!

Stay full!

Live light!

And never retreat!

Even so Lord Jesus… COME!

 

 

 

 

 


13:1 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, 16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 17 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 18 Pray that it may not happen in winter. 19 For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. 20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. 21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.

24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.” (ESV)


13:1 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

14 “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down, nor enter his house, to take anything out, 16 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 17 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 18 Pray that it may not happen in winter. 19 For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. 20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days. 21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.

24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.” (ESV)

The Pen of the Prophet

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Isaiah was not your average card carrying prophet of the times.  His message flew towards the hearts of Israel like keen edged arrows.  They were sharpened with anointing and launched with zeal, yet, these words were often scorned and ridiculed but in time they would proven to be frightfully true.  Then it would be too late.

From his quill he worded divine phrases that originated far from his desk.

“Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and writers who keep writing oppression to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right; that widows may be their spoil and that they may make the fatherless their prey. “ 

Israel had left her moorings in YHWH.  What had begun as a weak tribe that cared for its members and took care of each other had become a metropolis of unfettered greed and secularism. She had slowly but very consistently wandered from the paths of His righteousness to the point that recovery was impossible. Legislators composed laws that would oppress the people and steal their lands through a form of “Eminent Domain.” The powerful preyed on the widow, a signal of the poor, and would abuse the worker with unjust wages.

The dearth of genuine pursuit of God resulted in an internal weakness that formed a kind of “imperial rot” among this once noble nation. The Power that once guided them through impossible difficulties would now turn against them and the only defense they had for that was DENIAL!  “YHWH would never turn on his people, we have the temple! We have the law. We are the chosen ones.” And so denial was well entrenched in the hallowed halls of politics and religion.

But the prophet is about to shatter their illusion. An army is coming from the north that will undo everything achieved over the past three hundred years. The history of their great leader David and the magnificence of Solomon’s empire will be swept away by a cruel and vicious people who will show no mercy but most surprisingly of all, they will be a people equipped and sent by YHWH himself.

“Ah, Assyria, the rod of my anger; the staff in their hands is my fury!  Against a godless nation I send him and against the people of my wrath I command him…”

Here is what seems a strange thing indeed – God enforces Israel’s enemies to come up against her and to conqueror her and all with the strength provided her by YHWH.  Assyria will come and repay for what Israel herself is guilty of; she will take the spoil, seize the plunder and tread down the residue.

This ambition does not come from Assyria herself but rather YHWH births it.  He is behind the scenes prodding Assyria to come to Israel to render His judgment.

But in Assyria’s’ victory he is destined to become proud and arrogant, assuming falsely that he was the one who did this great feat.  He boasts that his own hand has gotten him the great victory and YHWH will punish the “Speech of the arrogant heart.”  .

The prophet foresees that when God has finished his will on Mount Zion having used Assyria to accomplish his will, he then will punish the arrogant heart and the boastful look of the king of Assyria.  He too will be judged.

Now give close attention to the following!

The United States in a similar way has been used to right injustice, tear down evil regimens, topple ruthless dictators, liberate the oppressed and in so doing build an accord with those rescued countries for profit and gain.

But it would seem that our victories have been annulled by our arrogance.  We have forsaken God, only calling on him when we want a divine endorsement for our conquest or to protect our cherished barns of riches, which one could call our economy. Our alliances with long-term allies are deteriorating, as they feel increasingly used by the Great Eagle.

God is not just forgotten in our country but rather he is wholeheartedly rejected.  We scorn him and make light of him.  We do not consider nor declare that it was He who used us to topple evil.

Now, we have become that evil!    Everything is imploding around us.  Government cannot govern. Our Chief Executive appears to play more than lead. The economy is driven by greed and not helping others.  Our enemies are attacking from all sides and our borders are no longer borders but rather open gates.

The moral fabric is in a state of rapid extinction as this once great nation proudly declares, “By the strength of my hands I have done it.”

But the ax has no right to boast against the one who uses it. This “imperial swagger” opens the way for a wasting sickness among his stout warriors and a consuming fire beneath the glory that was once shone by her citizens

Assyria had a divine role in the scene of Israel’s history  – but then the powerful one committed national suicide by boasting that it was from himself that the victory came.

America could learn from Assyria… but she will not.


10:1 Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees,
and the writers who keep writing oppression,
to turn aside the needy from justice
and to rob the poor of my people of their right,
that widows may be their spoil,
and that they may make the fatherless their prey!
What will you do on the day of punishment,
in the ruin that will come from afar?
To whom will you flee for help,
and where will you leave your wealth?
Nothing remains but to crouch among the prisoners
or fall among the slain.
For all this his anger has not turned away,
and his hand is stretched out still.

Ah, Assyria, the rod of my anger;
the staff in their hands is my fury!
Against a godless nation I send him,
and against the people of my wrath I command him,
to take spoil and seize plunder,
and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
But he does not so intend,
and his heart does not so think;
but it is in his heart to destroy,
and to cut off nations not a few;
for he says:
“Are not my commanders all kings?
Is not Calno like Carchemish?
Is not Hamath like Arpad?
Is not Samaria like Damascus?
10 As my hand has reached to the kingdoms of the idols,
whose carved images were greater than those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
11 shall I not do to Jerusalem and her idols
as I have done to Samaria and her images?”

12 When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes. 13 For he says:

“By the strength of my hand I have done it,
and by my wisdom, for I have understanding;
I remove the boundaries of peoples,
and plunder their treasures;
like a bull I bring down those who sit on thrones.
14 My hand has found like a nest
the wealth of the peoples;
and as one gathers eggs that have been forsaken,
so I have gathered all the earth;
and there was none that moved a wing
or opened the mouth or chirped.”

15 Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it,
or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it?
As if a rod should wield him who lifts it,
or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!
16 Therefore the Lord God of hosts
will send wasting sickness among his stout warriors,
and under his glory a burning will be kindled,
like the burning of fire.
17 The light of Israel will become a fire,
and his Holy One a flame,
and it will burn and devour
his thorns and briers in one day.
18 The glory of his forest and of his fruitful land
the Lord will destroy, both soul and body,
and it will be as when a sick man wastes away.
19 The remnant of the trees of his forest will be so few
that a child can write them down. (ESV)


10:1 Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees,
and the writers who keep writing oppression,
to turn aside the needy from justice
and to rob the poor of my people of their right,
that widows may be their spoil,
and that they may make the fatherless their prey! (ESV)


Ah, Assyria, the rod of my anger;
the staff in their hands is my fury!
Against a godless nation I send him,
and against the people of my wrath I command him,
to take spoil and seize plunder,
and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. (ESV)


12 When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes. (ESV)

the Crown

 

A Crown of Thorns or a Crown of Jewels

Trust is often attached to strength and when that “strength” is diminished so goes our trust.  We tend to trust those institutions that bear unchangeable and consistent strength in the face of challenges and adversity.  But strength in this world is time sensitive. It has a shelf life.  When the decay sets in and other entities compete for the loyalty of reliance, then the diminishing ‘crown’ fights back only to confirm it is losing the battle.  But this is on the crown side, the ones in power.

On the ‘subjects’ side we trust in what we should not.  We trust the crown to provide our grain, keep us safe from marauding armies, and insure peace.  You say, “Not so!”  But alas, we do!  We in this modern age trust our markets to keep economy strong, health care institutions to insure an optimal life-style and government to protect us from terrorism. When they show a chink in the armor we either get mad or nervous. So we buy bullets, and shows like “Preppers” becomes a hit on the TV screen. Thus our tenuous confidence in man is rudely exposed.  But the Psalmist has something other to say about this.

¶   Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.”

There is a reason the Lord calls us to a solid trust in Him. His power never decays!  He simply cannot become more powerful than He is right now!

¶   “Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!”

The choice we face would seem to be a simple one but O how the empire has deceived us into thinking it can do what it cannot!  But now the delusion is shattered and the secret is let out of the box.  Kings cannot keep their promises!  Yet elatedly we are presented with another “Crown.”

This is a Crown not filled with jewels but rather thorns worn by a King who conquered His enemies not by killing them but by dying for them.  His weapon was not a sword but a cross and His Kingdom knows no geo-political boundaries!

He rules what He created,

keeps faith forever,

and makes justice the “center-piece” of policy.

He insures a “Social Security system” that has no graft, providing for the poor and the marginalized.

His borders are open with amnesty offered to all, and His never-ending gaze guides the little ones.

One more thing.  This Kingdom has no shelf life.  His crown of thorns never fades in its glory. His scepter is forever.

So we are faced with a most important question as believers in this slumping kingdom of the “jeweled crown,” “Do we trust in the king or do we trust in the King?

I have a hunch that how we react to the 24/7 news channels will unearth where our faith really is.

 

JW III


Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish. (ESV)


Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

10 The Lord will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord! (ESV)

The Princes of Zoan

Part 2

Egypt was about to fall. Her wise men were fools and Pharaohs counselors were confused, perverse, and deceived. The impotency of natural mans intelligence was coming to the forefront for all to see. Yet, God would do something that no one would ever suspect. He would leave himself a place, no not just one but five cities in Egypt where he would find a people who swear allegiance to the Lord of Hosts!

Isaiah put it like this in Isa.19:18-21 (and again I am using the Amplified Bible)

“In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of [the Hebrews of] Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord of hosts. One of them will be called the City of the Sun or Destruction. In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. And it will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a savior, even a mighty one, and he will deliver them. [.] And the Lord will make Himself known to Egypt,”

I told you in part one how this chapter arrested me while I was spending some time with Dr. Owen, but when I got to these verses I just could not leave them. For days they stood before me like the painting Mona Lisa beautiful yet filled with mystery and wonder.

I noticed two distinct things here, five cities and an altar. Does that mean that in these times we will see five American cities become known as havens of refuge, places where His name will be exalted and recognized? And the altar, what does that mean? Well, the five cities could literally mean five cities but I would tend to think that it signifies towns or communities where the church is vibrant, the testimony pure, the worship deep and the obedience unchallengeable. To me it clearly shows that regardless where Egypt heads, there will be a host of people who will not take their eyes off the Lord or bend their knees to Egypt’s idols. The “Altar of the Lord in the midst of the land” could very well mean a special outpouring, a very notable move of God some where in the mid west.

The oppressors will rant and rave, but “He will send them a Savoir, even a Mighty One and He will deliver them.” These pronouns are not capitalized which means they could be any one but I would think that the One we shall see lifted up and recognized in the days to come will be our Savoir! O and by the way His address is not 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.!

How ever this all plays out there is one thing for certain, “…The Lord will make Himself known to Egypt!” Some will know Him as the Savoir they mocked and rejected while others will see Him as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Some will tremble and others will rejoice in awe. Regardless of their response they will know Him!

When the final curtain is opened we will all stand amazed! The brilliance of His presence will make the “princes of Zoan” shrink before Him.

The strong arm of man will be seen for what it is, a shriveled stub with no strength.

The tongues that wagged nonsense will be silent.

All flesh will see and shudder!

THEY WILL KNOW HIM!


18 Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge. For the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them.

Judges 3:9

But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.

Judges 3:15

18 Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge. For the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them.

Judges 3:9

But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.

Judges 3:15

15 Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, and the Lord raised up for them a deliverer, Ehud, the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, a left-handed man. The people of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab. (ESV)

The Princes of Zoan

Advice that will cause a nation to stagger

Judy was in Alaska and I was in my chair on a quiet night enjoying my time with a guy named John Owen. Dr. Owen and I have been meeting for about two years now and he has taught me to see things that others miss. He has that kind of ability and not only is he able to see he also has that knack for being able to express it in a very impacting way. Of course Dr. Owen has been dead for about 340 years but through his books he still speaks, at least he does to me.

In his book on “Communion with God” he makes some interesting observations about the natural intelligence of man and its inability to bridge the gap between mans soul and God. He states that “Learning is the product of the soul’s struggling with the curse of sin.” He makes the argument that all the intelligence that man has as a result of the fall is aimed at trying to reconcile this great abyss that separates us from all the joy and fulfillment we can only find in God through Jesus Christ. Latter on the same page he writes, “The whole design of learning is but to disentangle the soul from the issues of sin.” To me this says that natural man applies his efforts to resolve the result of sin. Isn’t that what our greatest minds attempt? Doctors seek to rid the earth of sickness and plague, scientist attempt to invent things to make our lives better, politicians try to govern to reduce conflict, enhance peace and strive to synchronize the human effort towards a beneficial goal. But despite the brightest minds, the most acute intelligences mankind continues to walk the path of self destruction. The fact is man’s intelligence will never bridge the gap of sin that only the blood of Jesus can accomplish. Sin has a devastating influence on the intelligence of men and now as never before we are beginning to see the effects of it.

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One may observe that the minds that are trying to resolve the enormous conflicts we face today are the same ones that created the problem yesterday. This whole issue of the impotence of natural wisdom was brought to a focus while reading . Let me put it here from the Amplified Bible.

“The princes of Zoan [ancient capital of the Pharaohs] are utterly foolish; the counsel of the wisest counselors of Pharaoh has become witless (stupid). How can you say to Pharaoh, I am a son of the wise, a son of

ancient kings? Where then are your wise men? Let them tell you now [if they are so wise], and let them make known what the Lord of hosts has purposed against Egypt [if they can]. The princes of Zoan have become fools, and the princes of Memphis are confused and deceived; those who are the cornerstones of her tribes have led Egypt astray. The Lord has mingled a spirit of perverseness, error, and confusion within her; [her leaders] have caused Egypt to stagger in all her doings, as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.”

When I saw this passage I noticed many similarities with our country much of which I will leave the interpretation to you the reader. It is clear that our “Princes of Zoan” have become witless! Decisions made by seemingly intelligent men will cause the nation to stagger as a drunken man staggers in his vomit. The list would be too long to support this claim. But one can pick up the newspaper or scan the web and see that “intelligent” men are grossly limited in their wisdom and the results will be seen swiftly.

As Dr. Owen says “The whole design of learning is but to disentangle the soul from the issues of sin,” I would surmise that our greatest attempts are to do just that, remove the horrible consequences of sin. But the Bible clearly shows us that all attempts without Christ are futile and vain. The only solution that can resolve the issue of sin and its fruit is the blood of Jesus Christ!

So how should we respond in the days that lay before us? How should the one who stands as a son of the Most High engage in this struggle? Two things, pray for the princes of Zoan, and proclaim with all your might the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Saints, freedoms are being eroded at warp speed but there is one freedom that no government and no devil can take from you, the freedom of being who you are, a child of the King!


11 The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish;
the wisest counselors of Pharaoh give stupid counsel.
How can you say to Pharaoh,
“I am a son of the wise,
a son of ancient kings”?
12 Where then are your wise men?
Let them tell you
that they might know what the Lord of hosts has purposed against Egypt.
13 The princes of Zoan have become fools,
and the princes of Memphis are deluded;
those who are the cornerstones of her tribes
have made Egypt stagger.
14 The Lord has mingled within her a spirit of confusion,
and they will make Egypt stagger in all its deeds,
as a drunken man staggers in his vomit. (ESV)

Tea Parties and beyond

Today thousands are gathering to express their frustration and even anger to our politicians in Washington who think that our money is theirs to do with as they please. I cannot but think that today’s actions will start a series of actions that will most certainly grow as time advances.  Where are we headed with all of this?

Yet I get another glimpse of something behind the veil. I don’t think things are unraveling, instead I think we are rushing towards the the results of a well designed and lovingly planned conclusion.

The author of Hebrews tell us in that although we cannot see it now, all things have been put under subjection to the One who sits on the Throne!  To me that would mean that He really is in control!  I cannot express what comfort that gives me in the maddening pace of our demise.

We live in a country that affords us the right to speak. We have a rare privilege to let our voice be made known to those in Washington, something that very few nations have.  But just as we have the freedom to hold our tea parties and express our concern to the government let’s lift our voice up to the One who has all things in control, the One who numbers the hairs on your head, the One who sees every sparrow fall to the earth, the One who know your tomorrow.

Joseph was in stocks, BUT GOD HAD A PLAN

Israel suffered slavery, BUT GOD HAD A PLAN

Jesus was crucified, BUT GOD HAD A PLAN

The clock is ticking… AND GOD HAS A PLAN!!!!

Lift your voices saints!  Your redemption draws nigh!


putting everything in subjection under his feet.”

Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. (ESV)

The Line in the Sand

Less than twenty four hours until …


Tomorrow a line of awesome significance will be drawn in the “sand” of our nation’s future. Millions will cast their ballot to choose our next president and the choice will live with us far beyond the next four years.

The difference between the two candidates is striking. No other choice could be more clearly defined. Basically the choice lies between charisma and content. Now our values and priorities will be revealed for the entire world to see.

I am concerned and yet at peace.

Here are my concerns. Obama has told us without question what he will do. He will raise our taxes, he will negotiate with our enemies, he will topple the coal industry, he will cause energy cost to sky rocket. He will establish a civil police force and the list continues. He has told us these things in no uncertain terms and half of this country wants what he says. Are we deluded? Have we been what our fathers called “hoodwinked?”

So, I am concerned at his liberal policies, questionable associations and his wild promises. What concerns me most is that this election will give the people what they want and that is not always good. I remember when God gave Israel what they wanted, meat in their bellies. He gave them their hearts desire and filled them so full of their desires that they loathed what they had been given and then complained to God for giving it to them. Men still want quail, a lot of it!!!!!!

But, yet I am in peace and I will tell you why. “Kings” are not placed on their thrones because of genetics or popular vote. It is the Supreme God of the universe, Jehovah God who puts men in authority and takes them out. The men he chooses are chosen to fulfill His will even if they do so in ignorance. Look at the king of Babylon, or Cyrus the King of Assyria. These were evil men who were hand picked by God to accomplish His task. I am at peace knowing that God rules and that the future of our land lies in His hands.

You may think I am fatalistic but to trust in God is hardly fatalistic. As I stated in my last article we are rushing towards the final curtain and the trip from here to there is going to be a traverse of uncharted territory. But the trip shall begin tomorrow.

I have been praying and will continue to pray for God to place His selected man in the oval office. I do hope that it will be John McCain but after having done my duty and privilege of voting, the results will be placed squarely on the wisdom of God.

As I write this in about 36 hours we will know what the “line in the sand” beholds.

May God have mercy on us! And HE WILL!

Are we “Unfixable?”

Broken things can be fixed but smashed things cannot. There is a point when something cannot be fixed. My question is has our nation reached that point?

To introduce such a question puts one at odds with a lot of people because there are two sides to this issue. There are those who say our nation is gone and nothing can remedy the situation and there are others who say that our nation is headed for great prosperity, a mighty revival of moral righteousness and spiritual hunger. Which one is right? Is our nation fixable?

To hear both candidates you would think that man has the power to repair the serious woes of our country. Plans are introduced, rhetoric opines, and emotions are heightened. Brilliant minds stand at the vanguard to find a solution but we seem to forget that brilliant minds are what got us into this predicament. It seems to me that intelligent men, trillions of dollars and an elevated national psychic are not enough to rescue our nation.

Our condition as a country is clearly seen by any one who is living without their head in the sand. Even our enemies recognize the vulnerability that looms at our doorstep.

Hurricanes have destroyed two entire cities and drained federal revenues and overstressed the economy. Fires have consumed thousands of acres in California, floods in the Midwest, and tornadoes destroying complete towns. Two wars to defend our country from a militant ideology that intends on destroying us have cost lives and billions of dollars, and it appears that the struggle against radical Islam will continue for years to come.

Then there is more.

We think that free speech is our constitutional right and in expressing it we have criticized authority to the degree that authority in general is of little impact. The president has been ridiculed, the candidates attacked and we think we are justified. In so doing we have attacked the very source of all authority and made ourselves the law by which we live. We are a law unto ourselves.

Our politicians embrace their positions at the cost of the American people and an ideological gridlock has paralyzed our government. Nothing can get done for the bickering.

Then there is the financial meltdown that is pulling the rug from under the feet of huge companies and forcing the government to intervene to bail them out. Greed has taken center stage shoving prudence out the back door.

Furthermore there is the issue of Iran and Venezuela receiving arms from Russia. The recent sales of the Tor-M1 missile systems to Iran will undoubtedly force Israel to respond to these threats before Iran can secure more.

I could continue but the point is made. Now the question arises, “Is it fixable?” Have we reached a ‘point of no return?’ Well, yes and no! Let me explain the latter, “have we reached a point of no return?”

The problems we face are beyond repair. The best man can do is shuffle the cards and attempt to put out the “brush fires” caused by something far more fundamental. We at best can continue to throw money at the threat until we are bankrupt, talk more about plans to resolve the issues, and negotiate with our enemies with the hope that our diplomacy will sooth their thirst for our blood. But I would remind you that brilliant minds, far brighter than you or me, led us to this point and these same minds are impotent against the backlash of our stupidity. Had Jeremiah, that great prophet of the Bible stood on the corner of Wall Street he would have announced “Your ways and your deeds have brought this upon you. This is your doom, and it is bitter; it has reached your very heart.” () He would have continued with, “For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are ‘wise’ – in doing evil! But how to do good they know not.” () And again in the Lord says “I am sending serpents and adders that cannot be charmed…” or it could be said problems beyond your ability to solve cannot be “charmed.” Simply put we are in waters over our heads and our abandonment from God as a nation has opened the doors for such terror to strike. In ourselves we are helpless to repair the crisis or change our momentum to a different direction. WE NEED HELP!

My question was, “Are we at the point of no return?” My answer is, “We are at the point that ‘we’ cannot return!” We don’t have what it takes to come back from the precipice of utter destruction.

But to where shall we look for this aid? Is it too late? As long as God is in heaven and there is a remnant that seeks His face, there is hope and that makes everything “fixable.” But He is the only One who can fix it.

So I conclude with this plea. My heart groans as I watch the country I so love suffer so deeply for its rebellion against the living God. The only solution as I see it is a whole scale, nation-wide Nineveh type revival. The kind where all, from the top wrung of the ladder to the lowest bend their knees, humble their hearts and repent with genuine remorse. We talk about a lot about national security and I would think that such a nation wide humility would once again incline our hearts to Him, and heal our land.

God put it to Solomon like this:

2Ch 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

This is our hope! OUR ONLY HOPE!


18 Your ways and your deeds
have brought this upon you.
This is your doom, and it is bitter;
it has reached your very heart.” (ESV)


22 “For my people are foolish;
they know me not;
they are stupid children;
they have no understanding.
They are ‘wise’—in doing evil!
But how to do good they know not.” (ESV)


17 For behold, I am sending among you serpents,
adders that cannot be charmed,
and they shall bite you,”
declares the Lord. (ESV)