In the midst of “China Virus” … Trusting The Plan!

March 25, 2020

It’s been awhile since I posted here. God has been teaching me that He does not promise to make my life easier or to take away pain that He makes use of to teach me valuable lessons. That’s why I am able to say to you that IN THIS MOMENT OF TIME, I am at peace — with my cancer, with the jaw-dropping changes that have occurred in my life over the past 6 months, and with the extreme “happenings” at this time within the US and around the world as a result of release into the world the coronavirus from within China.

I’m feeling weary right this minute. Cancer  that began as a breast cancer tumor (removed in December 2015) has metastasized into my skull and skeleton. And it’s unwelcome presence has insisted that I listen even closer to what my body is saying to me regarding the need to rest and otherwise alter the way I do life.

I have been given permission by my Heavenly Father to no longer be burdened by Qanon “drops” that lead to distressing discoveries, such as child abduction by traffickers in the US and around the world for the  harvesting of adrenochrome and for the purpose of satanic sacrifice. That was revealed to me in a series of dreams that occurred during my 41-day stay in 4 different medical facilities. I was in horrible pain at the time, but looking back, I understand now that severe pain was necessary to break through my set-in-stone way of thinking.

President Trump — God’s anointed vessel for this time in history —  has asked everyone who possibly can to shelter in place while experts in many fields WORK TOGETHER (something that would only have come about in response to extreme necessity) to stop the spread of the deadly virus. I was pretty much housebound anyway, so it hasn’t been difficult for me. Chuck makes trips out and about for necessary supplies.

Yesterday, POTUS announced that he is trusting the virus will be under control to a degree where things can return to relative “normal” by Easter Sunday, April 12th. I’m waiting to see what happens on Good Friday. Lots of chatter on Twitter about that. And I’m staying tuned for the “10 days of darkness” that has been foretold by the qanon military op team. They are currently making use of the shelter-in-place orders while people are kept safe in their homes, REMOVING CORRUPT INDIVIDUALS FROM THE PROVERBIAL SWAMP — rounding up members of ANTIFA, MS-13, drug gangs, and other evil entities are taken quietly into custody.

INTERESTING TIMES! I’m rusting our President and his capable military. Trusting the QANON PLAN to take down the elite Deep State.

Appreciating prayers for courage and healing.

NHIM, Paula

 

3 prophecy connections that truly surprised me …

SOURCE: The Oracle by Jonathan Cahn (Frontline Publishers; 2019)

I have often wondered about prophecies that spoke about the horrible state of the Holy Land, since I had not been aware of the Promised Land in that condition. Then I began reading The Oracle, the importance of world history came alive.

Arguably THE MOST ACCURATE, FULFILLED PROPHECY in the Old Testament regarding GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE — THE REGATHERING OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL  …

22 “Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. 23 I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.

24 For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.‘” (Spoken through the prophet Ezekiel; Ezekiel 36:22-28)

The Lord God has revealed to his servant, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, that THREE PROPHECIES regarding THREE INDIVIDUALS who converged in Israel within one specific year: 1867!

1:  Mark Twain  / Samuel Clemens (In Hebrew means “God has heard.”)

PROPHECY OF THE STRANGER (Deuteronomy 29:22-23)

               “… foreigners [the stranger] who come from distant lands will see the calamities that have fallen on the land and the diseases with which the Lord has afflicted it. 23 The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur—nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboyim, which the Lord overthrew in fierce anger.

Israel was originally described as a fertile and fruitful land flowing with milk and honey. But when the Jews were driven into exile following the destruction of Jerusalem and the second temple in 70 A.D., the Promised land became a desolate horror — parched, lifeless, and barren.

Samuel Clemens (MARK TWAIN) was an American SKEPTIC who bore witness to the land’s devastation despite himself. (Because Scripture has many layers, it’s important to understand. In one sense, this verse speaks of all who would be stunned by THE LAND’S DESOLATION. But on the other hand, the prophecy specifies ONE (nakri in Hebrew) STRANGER or foreigner.

MARK TWAIN was working as a journalist on the West Coast of America when he decided to journey across the world on a steamship. It took months to travel to Europe and the Middle East before he reached his destination — Israel and the city of Jerusalem … in 1867!

The original prophecy was spoken by God through his servant Moses and had layers of meaning that transcends time and space. The nakri (THE STRANGER)  would come in an age or generation (akrahone in Hebrew)  — referring to the latter days, the end times. THE PROPHECY OF THE STRANGER leads into a prophecy that is specifically about THE REGATHERING OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE …

When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes[a] and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it” (Deuteronomy 30:1-5)

“Mark Twain had no idea that his dark witness of the Holy Land would be the fulfillment ancient prophecy.” (p. 56)

2:  Charles Warren The pioneer of Jerusalem archaeology

PROPHECY OF THE MAN WITH THE MEASURING LINE (Zechariah 2:1-6)

“‘Then I looked up, and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand. I asked, “Where are you going?

He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.”

While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘”Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.’

“’Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,” declares the Lord, “for I have scattered you to the four winds of heaven,” declares the Lord.”‘”

In this  prophecy, THE MAN WITH THE MEASURING LINE is identified as an angel. Again it has layers of meaning that transcend time and space. It was spoken to God’s servant Zechariah through an angel, but it also foreshadows a human recipient — an engineer from England, who was NOT A PROPHET, but who answered a prophetic call to measure Jerusalem and write down a vision concerning the land and its future.

CHARLES WARREN was led to write down a specific plan to bring the vision to fruition —  Land of Promise.  Keep in mind, Warren wrote this when the land lay desolate.  The same time as when MARK TWAIN was led to give testimony to the horrible condition of the Promised Land 1867   CHARLES WARREN would lay the foundation for the restoration of Jerusalem and a call to the scattered exiles to return to the land God promised to the descendants of Jacob — ISRAEL!

At this time, the last great empire to have control over the Holy Land was the Ottoman Empire, and it had incurred a huge debt. Charles Warren envisioned that debt could be used to bring Israel back from the dead (Ezekiel 36), leading to the birth of their nation.  He knew about the biblical prophecies that foretold the return to the land and the establishment of a Jewish state. The Ottoman Land Code of 1867 would insure that large tracts of land could be purchased for aliyah — return of exiles to the Promised Land.

Now the prophecy penned by Ezekiel in chapter 36 makes sense:

“’Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, “Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The enemy said of you, ‘Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession.’ Therefore prophesy and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because they ravaged and crushed you from every side so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations and the object of people’s malicious talk and slander … I swear with uplifted hand that the nations around you will also suffer scorn. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. 11 I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. 

Then you will know that I am the Lord.'”

And the meaning of that haunting prophecy about “dry bones” coming back to life (Ezekiel 37) comes to life …

“The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’

I said, ‘Sovereign Lord, you alone know.’ …

And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.  and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army….

“Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

TWAIN and WARREN both came to Jerusalem in 1867

“Where Twain could barely see how the land could support the most meager of populations, Warren wrote (The Innocents Abroad) of a future where the land could accommodate millions of Jewish people.” (p. 59)

3:  Theodore Herzl  / Founder of political Zionism (“Father of the Jewish State”)

THE PROPHECY OF THE RESTORATION OF ZION  (Deuteronomy 30:3)

“It will no longer be said to you, ‘Forsaken,’ nor to your land will it any longer be said, ‘Desolate’; but you will be called, ‘My delight is in her.'”

CHARLES WARREN was passionate about the restoration of Jerusalem. He wrote a specific vision concerning the desolate land and its future — Land of Promise. In his writing, Warren suggested that the debt that had been incurred by the Ottoman Empire — the people who had conquered the land — could be used to bring about the return of the Jewish people. The Ottoman Land Code of 1867 set in motion a series of events that would lead to the restoration of Israel, and witness the blossoming of its deserts!

In 1894, MARK TWAIN (Prophecy of the Stranger) and THEODORE HERZL (a European journalist and playwright) were in Paris at the same time and became friends — Jonathan Cahn calls this “a significant convergence” — when Zionism was born. So the Prophecy of the Stranger led into the prophecy of the Man With the Measuring Line, which  eventually connected with the prophecy of the Restoration of Zion.

Would you agree that this had to have been “a God thing”?

“I know the plans I have for you.” — The Lord God

Prayer warriors …

January 1, 2020 (Wednesday)

I got some encouraging news over the weekend. Chuck heard from 2 individuals who have taken Ibrance, cancer drugs for other forms of cancer. Both reported that it was effective treatment, and there were very few side effects. If you have any experience with Ibrance, please email me: pmyingst@gamil.com  with IBRANCE on the subject line.

We also discovered that rather than 4 mg per steroid pill (I was taking 2 per day), each pill was 8mg! My oncologist had prescribed a weaker steroid that makes it easier to wean off what I was taking, and we had filled that prescription at the time of my first appointment with Dr. Nasrati. But somehow the bottle of pills had ended up pushed to the very back of a drawer, We did not remember anything about it.

Finding that lost bottle was a game changer. And the way we found it actually seemed orchestrated by something greater than chance. Pretty amazing.

The first 21 days of Ibrance is due to arrive  by mail on Thursday. I won’t be able to stop taking the steroid by then, but I’m now thinking it will help to still have the steroid to help  calm my shaking.

And finally, I APPRECIATE EVERYONE WHO PUT ME ON THEIR PRAYER LIST!

Blessings to you,

Paula

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I need to ask for specific prayer. I learned from my new oncologist that I have been taking a powerful steroid medication without knowing it since my surgery in early October. I understand that I need to get off of it. However, yesterday it became obvious that I will have to go through withdrawal until I wean myself off of it. I need wisdom and self-control. I am currently very unstable physically. I’m not sure how long this will take, but I’m hoping to put off starting the prescribed chemo meds until I am successfully weaned off the steroids.Another challenge. Another opportunity to trust my God and my prayer warriors. Thank you in advance. 🙏❤️

Cancer sucks

12/03/19

Hello my faithful readers! I have been out of touch for the better part of 2 months. A fracture was found in my left femur, and with it came the discovery of bone cancer. I was in and out of 3 hospitals and 2 different rehab facilities and finally got to come home on Day 41 — November 13th. Following 10 radiation treatments and too numerous to count issues dealt with in various ways — including pneumonia, e coli (WHAT???), and a bad case of thrush!

It has taken several hours to restore access to my computer. Due to my long absence, I was locked out. SOOO everything looks good to go, and I will be posting asap!

Hope all is well with all of you, and special thanks to those who visited while I was away!

NHIM, Paula

Digging Deeper — The Bible: The Past, The Present, and The Future (Part 3)

FOCUS: The Bible provides a fascinating look at world history based on the lives of the descendants of Adam, primarily through the lineage of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God did not sugar-coat His message to mankind. Instead He recorded ‘sin in action’ and ‘the gains of good,’ showcasing the countless flaws of human nature. He challenges us to learn from the past, put what we’ve learned into practice in the present, and understand that He has a plan for the future.

FOUNDATION SCRIPTURE: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 3:8).

(NOTE: All Scripture verses are taken from the New International Version 1984, unless otherwise stated.)

PROPHECY CONNECTION #3: Fulfillments in the Future

From the beginning, God has woven prophecy into the tapestry of His Word. Throughout the “middle” of the Bible, representatives of the Lord God have made predictions that have been fulfilled and are historically verifiable. And there are still quite a few that “watchers” are anticipating!

A. In the Garden of Eden, God foretold that “the seed” of Eve would prevail over “the offspring” of Satan (Genesis 3:15) — JESUS, a direct descendant of Eve and Adam, defeated the devil when He conquered death and rose from the grave THREE DAYS after His crucifixion, JUST AS HE FORETOLD (Matthew 12:40).

B. God foretold that ABRAM’s descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens (Genesis 15:5) — Abram’s son ISHMAEL, by his wife’s servant Hagar, became the father of twelve sons, ancestors of the modern-day Arab nations (Genesis 17:20; 25:12-18). The Lord God changed Abram’s name to ABRAHAM and promised that his descendants, through his son ISAAC, would inherit “the whole land of Canaan as an everlasting possession” (Genesis 17:8, 21). The promise was confirmed to Abraham’s grandson JACOB (Genesis 28:13-14), the father of twelve sons who became known as the 12 tribes of ISRAEL — a.k.a. Jacob (Genesis 29:31 – 30:20; 35:18; 32:28).

C. MOSES rescued the descendants of Israel from 430 years of slavery in Egypt — just as God had foretold (Genesis 15:13; Exodus 12:40-42) — and the Lord led them on a journey that lasted 40 years. JOSHUA led them into the Promised Land (Joshua 1:1-5), and God worked through the Israelites to rid the land of people who had chosen to worship other gods, rather than the Lord God of Abraham (a.k.a. Abram).

D. The Lord God gave the Israelites two lists — the first promised BLESSINGS FOR OBEDIENCE (Deuteronomy 28:1-14); the second warned of CURSES FOR DISOBEDIENCE (Deut. 28:15-68). Unfortunately, the descendants of Jacob (a.k.a. ISRAEL) chose to abandon the laws God had given them, so He backed up His warning with disciplinary action: “… THE LORD WILL SCATTER YOU AMONG THE NATIONS, FROM ONE END OF THE EARTH TO THE OTHER.

1. The first diaspora (scattering) came in the latter 700’s B.C., when the Assyrians attacked the northern kingdom of Israel and the Lord God used the Assyrian armies to “remove them from His presence” (2 Kings 17:16-18a). These are commonly called the ” 10 Lost Tribes of Israel.” Only two of the twelve tribes, plus a remnant of each, remained in the Promised Land. They were collectively called “JUDAH” or “Jews.”

2. The second diaspora  happened in 586 B.C. when the Lord God used Nebachadnezzar of Babylon to fulfill a prophecy made through Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20:4), that the Jews would be exiled from the Promised Land for 70 years. The Babylonians destroyed the first temple, built in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount. When the Jews were released from bondage in Babylon (exactly 70 years later), most of them returned to the Promised Land and rebuilt their temple, where they made animal sacrifices to the Lord God to atone for their sin.

3. The third diaspora began in 70 A.D. — after Jesus was crucified and resurrected, and witnesses documented His ascension into heaven. The second temple was destroyed just as Jesus had foretold (Matthew 24:1-2) and to this day has not been rebuilt.

There have been other “scatterings” of the Jews throughout world history. But the Lord God promised through His prophet Ezekiel that the descendants of Israel would one day be gathered back into the land that He gave to Abraham’s grandson, Jacob — ISRAEL (Ezekiel 37:14, 21-22; 38:8; 39:27-28) –– IN 1948, after World War 2, ISRAEL WAS ONCE AGAIN RECOGNIZED AS A NATION by a majority of the world. And in the 1967 Six-Day War, they recaptured Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, which was later returned to the Arabs.

E. The Lord God spoke through the prophet Ezekiel concerning a future battle — the nations vs. Israel!

“Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes. (Ezekiel 38:14-16)

F. The Lord Jesus revealed that one man (and his assistant) will have global authority issued by the devil!

“… The dragon [the devil or Satan (Revelation 20:2)] gave the beast [the global ruler or ‘antichrist’] his power and his throne and great authority.… He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And HE WAS GIVEN AUTHORITY OVER EVERY TRIBE, PEOPLE, LANGUAGE AND NATION.  All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world….  Then I saw another beast [a.k.a the false prophet (Rev. 19:19-20)] , coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.  He exercised all the authority of the first beast … he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.  He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. HE ALSO FORCED EVERYONE, SMALL AND GREAT, RICH AND POOR, FREE AND SLAVE, TO RECEIVE A MARK ON HIS RIGHT HAND OR ON HIS FOREHEAD SO THAT NO ONE COULD BUY OR SELL UNLESS HE HAD THE MARK …” (Rev. 13:2b-17).

G. The prophet John foretold another battle when demons will gather the kings of the earth to Armageddon:

“… they [‘spirits of demons’] go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty….  Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon (Rev. 16:14-16).

John saw heaven opened and a rider on a white horse — KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. The rider [JESUS] and the armies of heaven will strike down the nations. Then the beast, the false prophet, and everyone who accepted the mark (Rev. 13:16-17) will be defeated and destroyed (Rev. 19:11-21).

H. John wrote that Satan will be locked up in “the Abyss” for 1000 years — known as “the Millenium”  — and those who were beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and the Word of God, and because they refused to worship the global ruler [‘the beast’] or take the mark required to buy or sell, will come to life and reign with Christ (Rev. 20:1-3).

I. After the Millenium, Satan will be released and once again will gather people for battle against Jerusalem, “the city God loves” … Then fire will come down from heaven and devour them, and the devil, “who deceived them” will be thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, known as “the second death” (Rev. 20:7-10).

J.  JUDGMENT DAY!

[John speaking] “I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. THE LAKE OF FIRE IS THE SECOND DEATH. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Rev. 20:11-15)

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WHAT’S THE POINT?

The Lord God has USED PROPHECY TO PROVE over and over again that “HE IS, HE WAS, AND HE IS TO COME ” (Revelation 4:8). He can be trusted to do what He has promised.

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

It matters because the destiny of eternal souls is at stake.

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THINK ABOUT IT …

Will your name be found written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain?

Jesus said, “I AM the way and the truth and THE LIFE” … “REPENT for the kingdom of heaven is near” … I AM THE GATE for the sheep; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out [continued free will] and find green pasture” … “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son [JESUS] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 14:6; Matt. 4:17; John 10:9; 3:16-21)

Digging Deeper: The Bible: An Amazing Family Tree! (Part 2)

(NOTE: All Scripture verses are taken from the New International Version 1984, unless otherwise stated.)

FOCUS: From beginning, through the middle, and to the very end, the Bible — above everything else — it is a documented genealogy of the bloodline connecting Adam and Jesus. (See Matthew 1:1-17.) Sin and death resulted from the choice Adam made. The choice Jesus made — a brutal death on a cross as payment for sin — re-established relationship with God and brought eternal life for those who will choose to believe that Jesus is the Son of God … the Messiah! Because of His sacrifice, Gentiles can now be “grafted” into the family tree and become “children of God.”

FOUNDATION SCRIPTURE: [Paul speaking] “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. 

What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.  He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. 

But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out,  ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.” (Galatians 3:26-4:7)

PROPHECY CONNECTION #1: Peter’s Testimony

After Jesus was resurrected and ascended into heaven, Peter — one of Jesus’ closest friends — shared what he knew to be true with the people who had witnessed the miracle of Pentecost (see Acts 2) and the undeniable power of the Holy Spirit. Peter pointed out prophecy connections in Scripture, and he was given a vision concerning divine acceptance of non-Jews — proof that God had given permission to graft Gentiles into Abraham’s family tree!

A. Acts 2:22-3:

“Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on HimDavid said about Him:

‘I saw the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will live in hope,
   because you will not abandon me to the grave, 
   nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
   You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.’

Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne.  Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.… 

“.. let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ…. Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.‘”

B. Acts 11:1-18:

The apostles and the brothers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God.  So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”

Peter began and explained everything to them precisely as it had happened: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was.  I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles, and birds of the air.  Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’

“I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’

“The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’ This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.

“Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying.  The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’

“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said:John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ So if God gave them the same gift as he gave us, who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?

When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life.

PROPHECY CONNECTION #2:  John’s Testimony

John was Jesus’ best friend. He called himself “the one Jesus loved,” and John was with Jesus from the moment He was arrested until the moment He died on the cross (see John 18 – 19.) He actually entered the tomb and saw the linens that had wrapped Jesus’ dead body. (Google the “Shroud of Turin”!) And he was entrusted with a vision of the future, given to him personally by the risen Lamb of God, Jesus Christ …

A. Revelation 1:1-8:

[John writing] “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near…. Grace and peace to you from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

Look, He is coming with the clouds, 
   and every eye will see him, 
even those who pierced him; 

 and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. 

            So shall it be! Amen.

I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

B. Revelation 5:1 – 6:1 (abridged):

John watched as a scroll appeared in the right hand of God. Many scholars believe this scroll represents the deed to planet earth, which was forfeited to the devil when Adam disobeyed his Creator in the Garden of Eden and sin entered the world. Jesus is the only one worthy to “buy back” mankind because He is “the Lamb who was slain”! 

[John writing] Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.  I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.  Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David [Jesus, descendant of Judah and David], has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain [Jesus, sacrificed to atone for the sin of mankind], standing in the center of the throne … He came and took the scroll from the right hand of Him who sat on the throne….

“‘You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain, 
   and with your blood you purchased men for God 
   from every tribe and language and people and nation. 
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.’ …

“I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals …”

PROPHECY CONNECTION #3: Paul’s Testimony 

Paul was a powerful persecutor of Christ’s followers. He did not walk with Jesus or learn from Him as the other disciples did. Instead, Jesus’ Spirit spoke to Paul (then called “Saul”), and through a miraculous turn of events, gave him knowledge, insight and an unexpected commission …

A. Acts 9:15-31 (abridged):

The Lord said to Ananias [a disciple of Jesus], “Go! This man [Saul/Paul] is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may … be filled with the Holy Spirit.” ... [Paul] got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.  All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.

After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him … he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him …

But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him. When the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.

B. 2 Corinthians 11:24-31; 12:6-10:

It didn’t take Paul long to figure out that as a member of the family of God and a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, HE WOULD FACE PERSECUTION AND SUFFERING FOR THE SAKE OF JESUS’ NAME 

[Paul writing]  Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn? If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness….

Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say.

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

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WHAT’S THE POINT?

The Bible is documented evidence that the Lord God, Creator of heaven and earth has had a plan from the very beginning. (Google the “Dead Seas Scrolls.”) When He said to the serpent in the Garden of Eden — the devil in disguise — “I will put enmity you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers,” God was announcing the struggle that would ensue between Himself and the evil one that would play out down through the history of the world. And when He said, “He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel,” the Father was foreshadowing the crucifixion and resurrection of His Son, Jesus the Messiah. (See Genesis 3:15.)

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

For me, it matters because this information assures me that I’ve been adopted into God’s family through THE PROMISE  made to Abraham (father of the covenant), through Isaac (the miracle child),  through Judah (symbol of sovereignty), through David (king with a heart for God), and through the understanding — thanks to men like Peter, John and Paul — that Jesus IS the Son of Man AND the Son of God! So when I believed and was baptized, according to Jesus’ example, I became a child of promise and heir to everything my heavenly Father owns!

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THINK ABOUT IT …

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly (Acts 4:31).

Digging Deeper — The Bible: Good vs. Evil + Freewill

(NOTE: All Scripture verses are taken from the New International Version 1984, unless otherwise stated.)

FOCUS: As I was praying about writing Study #2 of this series, the Lord gave me an analogy to share…. When we think of good and evil in the Bible, it’s like two cars driving side by side in separate lanes with a dotted line between them. Let’s imagine that one of those lanes represents “right” behavior and the other represents “wrong” behavior. The dotted line down the middle symbolizes God’s gift of freewill. Both of the cars are speeding toward the same destination — eternity. They are allowed to change lanes as each driver desires.

At some point, they come to a toll booth — death — and are required to pay a fee. Neither of the drivers have what is required to pass through. The toll collector says, “Don’t worry, your admission has been paid for by the Son of God.” One driver understands that this is the only way he can pay the toll. He accepts responsibility as a true disciple of Christ and moves through to the next segment of the journey — on to the place that Jesus has been preparing for him. The second driver says, “I will not accept that. It ‘s foolishness.”

So, since there are no U-turns allowed on the road, the driver is instructed to pull-off into an unpleasant waiting area called “Hades” to hang out until further notice….

Keeping in mind that our goal is to look at the Bible through the lens of simplicity, let’s move on.

FOUNDATION SCRIPTURE: “But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ. “ (Romans 3:21-24).

PROPHECY CONNECTION #1: Good and Evil + Freewill, from the Beginning

Everything was GOOD in Adam and Eve’s world. They were both naked (completely innocent) and unashamed. Then a created being from the supernatural realm dropped in for a visit. The man and his wife had to make a choice: Cling to GOD’S GOOD “status quo” OR venture into the unknown and experience WHAT THE DEVIL PROMISED. In a fraction of a moment they both made a decision that rocked them to their very souls. Then it was God’s turn to respond. And the blame game began….

Genesis 3:8-24 (abridged version):

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

And [God] said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

The man said, “The woman you put here with me — she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

SO THE LORD GOD SAID TO THE SERPENT, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you … I will put enmity [mutual hatred] between you and the woman, and BETWEEN YOUR OFFSPRING AND HERS; HE WILL CRUSH YOUR HEAD, AND YOU WILL STRIKE HIS HEEL.” ... 

To Adam He said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’  Cursed is the ground BECAUSE OF YOU … By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden … He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim, and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

PROPHECY CONNECTION #2: Good vs. Evil + Freewill in the Middle

As soon as the first couple was expelled from their perfect home, all hell broke loose! They had to fend for themselves in a hostile environment. Their first-born son, Cain, had tendencies toward evil; their second son, Abel, was intrinsically good. Evil prevailed, and Cain killed his brother Abel! So the Lord God told Cain that he would be “under a curse” and would be “a restless wanderer for the rest of his life.” So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod. But God had another plan for the first couple, now grieving over the loss of both of their sons….

A. Genesis 4:1-26 (abridged version)

… (verse 25) Adam lay with his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him SETH, saying, ‘God has granted me another child in place of Abel  [the intrinsically GOOD son], since Cain [the EVIL son, eventually removed from God’s presence] killed him. Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh.

AT THAT TIME MEN BEGAN TO CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD.

B. Genesis 6: 1-8

As men began to increase and daughters were born, created beings from the supernatural realm once again began to influence mankind upon the earth….

… (verse 5) The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that He had made man on the earth and His heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth … for I am grieved that I have made them.”

But Noah — a direct descendant of Seth —  found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

C.  Genesis 5 through Malachi 4

Down through the centuries, scholars and lay people alike have debated whether the Bible’s Old Testament represents fact or fiction. But one thing is certain: its books contain invaluable lessons gleaned from the documented struggles between real men and women who have been allowed freewill by their Creator.  The Lord God tried to get the attention of mankind by sending messages from heaven through GOOD people like Noah, Abraham, and David. And through messengers called Prophets, like Samuel, Isaiah, and Daniel. But no one would listen. So He had to take drastic measures and meet people where they lived to SHOW them the difference between GOOD and EVIL, and remind them of how much He loves them….

The prophet Isaiah foretold the coming of a Savior: He [will be] despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering…. Surely he [will] take up our infirmities, and carry our sorrows, yet we [will] consider him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted. But he [will be] pierced for our transgressions, he [will be] crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that [brings] us peace [will be] upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all like sheep have gone astray. Each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord [will lay] on him the iniquity [SIN] of us all.(Isaiah 53:1-6)

JESUS of Nazareth — a documented, direct descendant of Seth —  fulfilled every one of the Old Testament prophecies concerning the coming of a Messiah to save individuals from spending eternity with the devil. (“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” — 1 John 3:8b) And everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life with God. (“The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in His hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” — John 3:35-36)

The prophet Malachi foretold a day of vengeance: “‘Surely the day is coming, it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evil doer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,’ says the Lord Almighty…. But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.  (Malachi 4:1-2)

 The prophet John described what that day will look like:  “The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their[b] wrath has come, and who can withstand it?” (Revelation 6:14-17)

PROPHECY CONNECTION #3: Good, Evil and Freewill at the New Beginning!

Jesus showed His GOOD friend, John, what things will be like AFTER THE  FINAL SEPARATION OF GOOD AND EVIL / the disciples of Jesus from the followers of the devil — anyone whose name is not found written in the book of life  (Revelation 19:10-15). 

Revelation 21:1-22:6 (abridged)

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth … I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God … I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.’ [Just as He did in the beginning!]…

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WHAT’S THE POINT?

Once again we can see that the Bible can be simplified so that anyone who genuinely wants to hear it and understand God’s Word can have that opportunity. Once the “static” is removed from the communication line, the bottom line message concerning the history of God’s creation can be heard. Obviously we can only speculate when it comes to filling in the mysterious blanks. However,  we can know about God’s perfect plan, because of the proof that we’ve been given through His true prophets and the living testimony of His Son, Jesus Christ.

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

Jesus said, “Yes, I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:20). But the word “soon” is relative. Most humans will meet Jesus at the moment of their earthly death. Some will actually live to see “the day of the Lord’s wrath.” Each individual will have their fate decided by the One who holds “the keys to  death and Hades” (Revelation 1:18). And some will be saved “as one escaping through the flames” of fire that “will test the quality of each man’s work” (1 Corinthians 3:13-15).

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THINK ABOUT IT …

It might seem odd that on the Day of the Lord men will shrink with fear and hide from “the wrath of the Lamb.” We don’t think of a lamb as something to be feared. Perhaps that’s why so many people feel comfortable disrespecting the Son of God.

But ask yourself, Am I one of those who will be cowering on that day that has been foretold by God’s true prophets? Or will I be among the “great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb” on the day of His wrath? Read Revelation 6:12-17, Matthew 24:29-31, Revelation 3:10, and Revelation 7:1, 9-17 … and think about it.

Copyright 2017 Paula Yingst