Encouragement from our Lord God!

April 13, 2021
This past week I’ve been listening to a number of modern-day prophets. And they are concurring with each other (without knowing what the others prophesied) that President Trump will be returning soon as our President. Joe Biden will be either replaced, or he will die. But right now ALL BELIEVERS should be PRAISING GOD, loud and long! So I’ll kick it off here with a few of my favorites …
“In the beginning. God c re a  t e the heavens and the earth...  The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. … Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”   (Genesis 1:1; 1 Chronicles 16:33; Psalm 19:1,14, NIV)
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 “I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted.” (Exodus  15:***
“Praise the Lord.

 Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”

(Psalm 150: 1-6, NIV)

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“We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.  Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay”   (Daniel 9:18-19, NIV)

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“And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” (Genesis 14:20)
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“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”  (Ephesians 1:3)
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“Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!’”  (Revelation 5:13)

COVID AND CUOMO Chaos …

Chicago Coronavirus

On February 1, the Chicago Teachers Union and officials failed to meet a Covid reopening agreement, pushing the start date back a day. Thousands of students are now scheduled to start school on February 2, as the two groups work towards an agreement. On February 3, a federal judge in Oregon ruled that all inmates must receive the vaccine immediately, moving them ahead of senior citizens in the state. The judge justified his decision, claiming that inmates live and work in closer quarters and are especially vulnerable. On February 3, states took back vaccines after hundreds of thousands of doses were not used by the federal government. The doses were originally planned for employees in long-term care facilities. On February 4, California, which has seen an increase in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, announced a new vaccination program that will be able to administer a large number of doses.

Oakland Coliseum and the University of California, Los Angeles have now become vaccination sites. On February 5, hackers in Pennsylvania intercepted a Covid-19 vaccine hotline. The service was meant to help people 65 and older schedule their appointments to get the vaccine. The hacker diverted many calls without the callers knowing, according to an official report. On February 6, Kroger announced it will pay employees $100 if they get the Covid-19 vaccine. On February 6, the US numbers looked hopeful as cases went down and vaccinations went up. This bright spot follows a dark one, as January was the deadliest month thus far. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

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US Coronavirus

On February 7, a published study showed that the new UK variant of coronavirus is rapidly moving through the US. This strain is thought to be more contagious and cases are doubling every ninth day. The spread of the new strain is causing more vaccine panic as officials work to get the majority of people vaccinated. On February 8, some New York City schools announced that they will bring middle school students (sixth to eighth grade) back February 25.

It has been months since those students have attended school in person. On February 12, the CDC announced a new Covid-19 school opening guidance, which puts about 99% of the US children in a ?red zone,.? which means the area has a high transmission rate. The guidance recommends remote learning for middle and high schoolers and hybrid learning for elementary schoolers in these high transmission areas. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

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Governor DeSantis

On February 17, Florida Governor DeSantis threatened to pull vaccines after he was accused of favoring people politically and also favoring the wealthy. The backlash came after DeSantis made the decision to set up a clinic in the affluent Manatee County and only allow those in surrounding zip codes to receive the vaccine. On February 17, researchers announced that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can be up to 94% effective against the new strains of coronavirus, including the variant discovered in South Africa.

On February 17, it was reported that New York is suing Amazon for ?flagrant disregard? of the safety and health concerns brought about by the pandemic. Amazon has faced criticism from workers around the world and is attempting to stop the lawsuit with its own legal tactics. On February 20, a Palm Beach hotel fell under investigation after Governor DeSantis held a large, maskless event that nearly 100 people attended. A mask mandate in the county requires facial coverings until mid-March. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Chris O’Meara

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Dr. Simone Gold: America’s Frontline Doctors Founder Is a California Physician

dr simone gold

Dr. Simone Gold is the Los Angeles-based doctor who is leading a group called “America’s Frontline Doctors” that held a press conference on COVID-19 on July 27, sparking a controversial viral video that was removed from multiple social media platforms.

CNN confirmed that the group “is led by Dr. Simone Gold, a Los Angeles-based emergency medicine specialist who has previously been featured on Fox News for her views that stay-at-home orders are harmful.” CNBC described the group as “comprised of some doctors and some who are part of the anti-vaccination movement.”…

ENTIRE ARTICLE @ https://heavy.com/news/2020/07/dr-simone-gold/

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“I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name.” 

(Revelation 15:1-2)

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Covid Relief Bill

On March 2, governors of Texas and Mississippi announced they will be lifting the mask mandates and reopening businesses to be 100%. The call comes after officials stated an end is in sight, but asked that states not be too eager with lifting restrictions.

On March 3, the Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccine was administered for the first time outside a clinical trial in Ohio. Mass vaccination sites are being set up all over. On March 6, after over 24 hours of deliberation, the Senate passed a $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill that includes $1400 in stimulus checks for certain people. The hike in minimum wage and other provisions were vetoed before the bill was passed. The changes now need to pass the House before being signed by President Biden and put into law. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

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Covid Vaccines

On March 8, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people can now meet indoors without masks. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose and about 30 million Americans have been vaccinated. On March 10, it was announced that about 1 in 10 people in the US are vaccinated as President Biden pushes for more vaccines.(CNN/BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

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PROPHECIES THAT MAY APPLY …

“‘Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?’

“He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. ‘ …

“‘When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.’

Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places.”

(Luke 21:9-11)

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“I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name.” 

(Revelation 15:1-2)

Search for yourself using biblegateway.com.

 

New News (from various sources) #2 …

May 7, 2021

X22Report: Trump Prepares The Offensive! Transparency, Facts, Truth Is The Only Way Forward! – Must Video

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Trump Drops Q Comms at New Site! Michigan NH AZ Audits! Bring The Rain! Timestamps Deltas MAGA Booms

We are the enemy of Big Tech, Big Money and Big Media

We are the enemy of Big Tech, Big Money and Big Media.

Together, let’s expose the lies of the enemy. Impart a little truth every day. Especially the Truth that Jesus Christ is Lord!

Any support you can provide is greatly appreciated. We’re in this together. Together WE WILL WIN! Please support the fight.

LINK: https://beforeitsnews.com/politics/2021/05/trump-drops-q-comms-at-new-site-michigan-nh-az-audits-bring-the-rain-timestamps-deltas-maga-booms-3233281.html  (Remember to copy and paste the link into your browser if you can’t make the picture work.)

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Trump Confirms Q 100% PROOF! Hussein to Hang for Treason BQQM Week! Nothing Can Stop What Is Coming!

LINK:  https://www.bitchute.com/video/jMyeNvN7aXmN/   (Remember to copy and paste the link into your browser if you can’t make the picture work.)

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Thank you, Lyn!

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyGdfTgyhaU    (Remember to copy and paste the link into your browser if you can’t make the picture work.)

COVID and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)

March 27, 2021

I was praying about all of the people who have allowed themselves to have COVID injestions. Tears began rolling down my face, and I knew that the Spirit wants me to get this out asap.

Please go to the black banner on my blog and look for THE ILLUMINATI OATH (VERY IMPORTANT) and click on that title to read through this document that’s imperative to understanding what is happening NOW around the world

The seal of the United States Department of Justice is seen on the building exterior of the United States Attorney's Office of the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, N.Y., on Aug. 17, 2020. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

The seal of the United States Department of Justice is seen on the building exterior of the United States Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, N.Y., on Aug. 17, 2020. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters)US NEWS

DOJ Charges 474 With COVID-Related Fraud in the Past Year

BY JACK PHILLIPS March 26, 2021 Updated: March 26, 2021

The Department of Justice announced it has charged nearly 500 people with engaging in COVID-19 scams worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

“The Department of Justice (DOJ) has led a historic enforcement initiative …

Entire article: https://www.theepochtimes.com/doj-charges-474-with-covid-related-fraud-in-the-past-year_3751037.html?utm_source=pushengage

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DR. SIMONE GOLD – THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CV19 VACCINE

January 23, 2021

On January 3rd, 2021, Emergency Physician, Dr. Simone Gold gave this gobsmacking talk on the Great Awakening show about the breathtaking skullduggery that was coordinated worldwide across governments and health agencies against the drug, hydroxychloroquine, in the ordering of needless masks, lockdowns and now, in mandating the experimental vaccine.

I recommend that everyone share this with their normie friends and loved ones.

Dr. Gold says, “I come before you on behalf of America’s Frontline Doctors, which is a volunteer physicians organization that we started specifically to combat the serious and life-threatening disinformation that has really taken over America and really, the entire Globe.

Dr. Gold decided to speak out after she prescribed hydroxychloroquine and zinc to a COVID-positive patient, who recovered completely in 48 hours. However she, herself was called into see her Medical Director, who threatened to fire her, while her State Board threatened her with a potential investigation of unprofessional conduct.

“We are licensed as individuals. It’s actually against the law to have a corporate practice of medicine…it has to be the individual doctor physician, that’s why patients go to multiple doctors.

“It’s very, very scary stuff. I’ve been a doctor for a very long time. Before me, my father was a doctor. I’ve never seen anything like this, where we have groups of physicians or scientists or government bureaucrat agencies essentially lying to the American people and people across the world.”

The publication of fraudulent studies in the world’s pre-eminent medical journals, including The Lancet and the draconian decrees have crashed the world economy and resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths.

The experimental vaccine has not been shown to reduce mortality, in a disease which already has an almost non-existent mortality rate and there’s no evidence that it stops transmission. Why is the vaccine being mandated, again?

Dr Gold raises the very real security threat of mandating an experimental vaccine. “What if, for example you’ve given that vaccine to all of your healthcare workers and you’ve given that vaccine to all of your military and all of your police officers. I find this shocking, as a public policy matter, that we would even consider giving anything to our healthy first responders and frontline people who defend our country…It’s so shocking to accept that kind of risk.”

ENTIRE ARTICLE: https://forbiddenknowledgetv.net/dr-simone-gold-the-truth-about-the-cv19-vaccine/

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‘I do regret being there’: Simone Gold, doctor who opposes COVID vaccine, supports hydroxychloroquine, was inside Capitol during siege

By NANCY DILLONNEW YORK DAILY NEWS |JAN 12, 2021

A California doctor who protests pandemic lockdowns and vilifies vaccines while embracing hydroxychloroquine for COVID treatment admits she was inside the Capitol during Wednesday’s siege.

Dr. Simone Gold told the Washington Post she indeed was the woman pictured on the Rotunda floor after it was overrun by a pro-Trump mob seeking to disrupt the certification of the 2020 presidential election….

Entire article … https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-dr-simone-gold-who-opposes-covid-vaccine-was-inside-capitol-siege-20210112-63nhlfyhffeb7abonovjmnrkwm-story.html

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CCP Adviser Outlined Detailed Plan to Defeat US, Including Manipulating Elections

BY NICOLE HAO March 26, 2021 

A leading Chinese professor—who is also an adviser to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)—laid out a comprehensive plan for the communist regime to overthrow the United States as the world’s superpower….

ENTIRE ARTICLE: https://www.theepochtimes.com/xi-jinpings-adviser-outlines-plan-for-ccp-to-defeat-us-including-manipulating-elections_3748196.html?utm_source=pushengage

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Now, in case you could not get to my blog, here is some information that will open your understanding about how the Illuminati (DEEP STATE) has been manipulating people’s minds for centuries.

This is   the ILLUMINATI OATH   that was created by ADAM WEISHAUPT 

… “a former 33rd degree Free Mason who decided to push the barriers of evil and satanic practices which were limited and restricted  within the Masonic traditions; by revealing Masonic secrets and utilizing Islamic Mysticism (Surfism).” — Jeremy Stone (History of the Deep State)

And then there’s this …

“Adam Weishaupt’s vision of a NEW WORLD ORDER was only discovered either by sheer coincidence or BY THE HAND OF GOD…. on July 10th, 1785, a personal friend of Weishaupt’s, being aware of the danger to their Secret Society, took off on horse, FLEEING WITH THE SECRET PAPERS containing the true plot and agenda of the ILLUMINATI of world domination.

“As he rode into the night, a storm was brewing and as strange as it may seem, he was, in fact, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, while in route to France. His scorched body, with THE SECRET ORDER OF THE ILLUMINATI doctrine documents laying with him, STILL INTACT … hidden inside his boot.”

The manifesto is extremely long, so I will separate and highlight some of the points to help my readers wade through it. I pray that EVERYONE WHO READS IT will  see the connections in our current society struggles …

—  “AN ILLUSION  it will be, so large, so vast IT WILL ESCAPE THEIR PERCEPTION. Those who see it will be thought of as insane. We will create separate  fronts TO  PREVENT THEM FROM SEEING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN US. We will behave as if we are not collected TO KEEP THE ILLUSION ALIVE. Our goal will be accomplished one drop at a time TO NEVER BRING SUSPICION upon ourselves. THIS WILL ALSO PREVENT THEM FROM SEEING THE CHANGES AS THEY OCCUR.

— “We will ALWAYS stand above the relative field of their experience FOR WE KNOW THE SECRETS OF THE ABSOLUTE.  We will work together ALWAYS and will remain BOUND BY BLOOD AND SECRECY. DEATH will come to he who speaks.

—  “We will keep their life span short and their minds weak WHILE PRETENDING TO SO THE OPPOSITE. We will use our knowledge of science and technology IN SUBTLE WAYS, SO THEY WILL NEVER SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING.  We will use soft metals, age accelerators and sedatives in food and water, also in the air. They will be blanketed by poisons everywhere they turn.”

— “They will see our products being USED IN FILM  and will grow accustomed to them and WILL NEVER KNOW THEIR TRUE EFFECT. [THINK advertisements, and movies. EVEN DISNEY MOVIES!]  When they give birth, we will inject poisons int the blood of their children and convince them it is for their help. We will start early on, when their minds are young, we will target their children with what children love most,  SWEET THINGS.”

— “When their teeth decay we will fill them with metals that will kill their mind and steal their future. When their ability to learn has been affected, we will create medicine, we will create medicine that will make them sicker and for which we will create more medicines yet docile and weak before us by our power.  We will grow depressed, slow and obese, and when they come to us for help WE WILL GIVE THEM POISON.”

— “We will focus their FOCUS TOWARD MONEY and material goods SO THAT THEY MAY NEVER CONNECT WITH THEIR INNER SELF.  We will distract them with FORNICATION, EXTERNAL PLEASURES AND GAMES so they may never be one with the oneness of it all. THEIR MINDS WILL BELONG TO US,  and they will do as we say. IF THEY REFUSE, WE SHALL FIND WAYS TO IMPLEMENT MIND-ALTERING TECHNOLOGY INTO THEIR LIVES.”

REMEMBER! This was written by a 33-degree Mason in 1776 …

— “We will use FEAR AS OUR WEAPON. We will establish their governments AND ESTABLISH OPPOSITES WITHIN. WE WILL OWN BOTH SIDES. We will always hide our objective but carry out our plan. They will perform labor for us, AND WE SHALL PROSPER FROM THEIR TOIL.”

— “OUR FAMILIES WILL NEVER MIX WITH THEIRS. OUR BLOOD MUST BE PURE ALWAYS, for it is THE WAY* ” [REMEMBER! This is how they created the Illuminati 13 families. More to come about this asap.–PY ]    * ONLY JESUS IS THE WAY, the truth and the lfe! 

— “We will make them KILL EACH OTHER WHEN IT SUITS US.”    [THINK!!! PLEASE think about what has been happening over the past year — all that the Deep State has done to place JOE BIDEN into the White House as a FAKE  POTUS. … THINK for yourselves!]

I want to insert here that I always wondered when I was young — up until I was given this ASSIGNMENT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT in 1995 …

1. WHY does “my church” believe different things than my friends’ churches?

2, WHY are churches divided if we all believe that Jesus died on the cross to save us from death by SATAN and forgive our sins.

3. WHY don’t pastors and elders and teachers, who know me so well, say different things than what I’m reading about in my Bible (and SO many other Bible translations)?

4. WHY did Catholics fight Christians  — when Catholics claim to be Christians — after MARTIN LUTHER split from THE (CATHOLIC) CHURCH and started a NEW RELIGION?

5. WHY do Muslims fight and KILL EACH OTHER and those who proclaim JESUS as the ONLY WAY TO SALVATION??? 

6. WHY are there SO MANY RELIGIONS?

7. WHY do people look away from me when I try to tell them TRUTH about the ILLUMINATI???

NOW I HAVE MY ANSWERS, in the Oath proclaimed by THE ILLUMINATI and everyone who follows them into the high levels of their teachings, who promise TO OBSERVE THAT OATH TO THEIR VERY DEATH. 

Continuing on …

— “We will keep them separated from oneness THROUGH DOGMA AND RELIGION. We will guide them kindly and gently, letting them think they are guiding themselves.”

— “We will foment animosity between them through our factions. When a light shall shine among them, WE SHALL EXTINGUISH IT by ridicule, or death, whichever suits us best. WE WILL make them RIP EACH OTHER’S HEARTS APART and kill their children.  WE WILL ACCOMPLISH THIS by using HATE as our ally, ANGER as our friend.

— The hate will blind them totally, and NEVER SHALL THEY SEE that from their conflicts WE EMERGE AS THEIR RULERS.

— “We will keep them separated from oneness THROUGH DOGMA AND RELIGION. We will guide them kindly and gently, letting them think they are guiding themselves.

— “We will foment animosity between them through our factions. When a light shall shine among them, WE SHALL EXTINGUISH IT by ridicule, or death, whichever suits us best. WE WILL make them RIP EACH OTHER’S HEARTS APART and kill their children.  WE WILL ACCOMPLISH THIS by using HATE as our ally, ANGER as our friend.

— The hate will blind them totally, and NEVER SHALL THEY SEE that from their conflicts WE EMERGE AS THEIR RULERS.

— They will be busy killing each other. They will bathe in their blood and kill their neighbors for as long as we see fit. We will greatly benefit from this, for they will not see us, for they cannot see us.

— “We shall repeat this over and over until our ultimate goal is accomplished. [Read Revelation 13.]  We will continue to make them live in fear through images and and sounds. [THINK Times Square in New York City. THINK Hong Kong in China.] We will use all the tools we have to accomplish this. The tools will be provided by their labor.

— “WE WILL MAKE THEM HATE THEMSELVES and their neighbors. We will always hide THE DIVINE TRUTH from them…

[THINK: He is not referring to God’s Divine Truth. He is referring to the “truth” that is being taught by Satan through our schools and universities, trade schools and schools run by individuals who profit from teaching something they have supposedly mastered. THINK BILL GATES and Anthony Fauci!  

Watch this: https://ceflix.org/videos/watch/1852060/bill-gates-what-you-were-not-told/goodgospelplaylist

that WE ARE ALL ONE. This they must never know. 

[THINK: WWG1WGA, where we go one, we go all. — Q] 

— “They must never know that COLOR IS AN ILLUSION. They must always think they are NOT EQUAL. Drop by drop, drop by drop, we will advance our goal. ‘We will take over their land, resources and wealth to exercise total control over them.’

— “WE WILL DECEIVE THEM  [Jesus said, ‘Do not let them deceive you.’into accepting LAWS that will steal  the little freedom they will have. 

— “We will establish a MONEY SYSTEM that will imprison them FOREVER, keeping them and their children IN DEBT.

— “When they shall band together, we shall accuse them of crimes AND PRESENT A DIFFERENT STORY TO THE WORLD for WE SHALL OWN ALL THE MEDIA.

[THINK about MSM and “fake news.” uncovered and shown to the people BY DONALD TRUMP.].

— “We will use our to control the media to control the flow of information and their sentiment in our favor. When they shall rise up against us, WE WILL CRUSH THEM like insects, for they are LESS than that. THEY WILL BE HELPLESS to do anything  for THEY WILL HAVE NO WEAPONS.

What have we been hearing from Democrats and RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) over the past four years. THINK FOR YOURSELVES at this point!

—  “We will recruit some of their own to carry out our plans. WE WILL PROMISE THEM ETERNAL LIFE, but eternal life they will not have for they are not one of us (elites).

— [Think: What you know about MASONS or FREEMASONS before reading further..] “The recruits will be called ‘INITIATES’ and will be INDOCTRINATED  to believe false rites of passage, but never will they become immortal and join us, NEVER WILL THEY RECEIVE THE LIGHT and travel the stars. “

 [I don’t know a lot about the Mormon religion and their beliefs that require getting married in one of their TEMPLES, but from what I do remember learning from various sources, Mormons are taught that they need to jump through “various hoops” to climb to higher levels  into the heavens and become GODS. … Women are taught that the more children they give birth to, the higher into heaven they can ascend.]

— “They will never reach the higher realms, for the killing of their kind will prevent passage to the realm of enlightenment. THIS THEY WILL NEVER KNOW.

—  “THE TRUTH WILL BE HIDDEN IN THEIR FACE, so close they will not be able to focus on it until it is too late. Oh yes, so grand the ILLUSION OF FREEDOM WILL BE, they will never know they are our slaves.

— “When all is in place, the reality we will have created for them will own them. THIS REALITY WILL BE THEIR PRISON. They will live in SELF-DELUSION. When our goal is accomplished A NEW ERA OF DOMINATION WILL BEGIN. If they ever find out that together they can vanquish us, they will take action.

— “WE SHALL HAVE NO PLACE TO RUN, for it will be easy to see who we are on. They must never ever find out what we have done, for if they do, the veil has fallen. Our actions will have revealed who we are, they will hunt us down, and NO PERSON SHALL SHELTER US.

— “This is the secret covenant by which we shall live the rest of out present and future lives, for this reality will transcend many generations and lifetimes. BLOOD, our blood seal this covenant, the ones who from heaven to earth came.

— “THIS COVENANT MUST NEVER BE KNOWN TO EXIST.

— It must never be written or spoken of for IF IT IS, the consciousness it will spawn will release the fury of THE PRIME CREATOR upon us and we shall be cast to the depths from whence we came and remain there and remain until the end of infinity itself.”

4. “I love you anyway.”

A Bible Study by Paula Yingst

It’s hard for human minds to comprehend forgiveness. Jesus knew that. So He often used the power of carefully selected word pictures to get His message across. Here is how He SHOWED his unconditional love to the man who had THREE TIMES disowned Him in His hour of greatest need …

[After the resurrection]  

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved [John] said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.  This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

(John 21: 4-19, NIV)

Jesus would be a hard act for Peter to follow. But “following” is what Jesus expects His disciples to do.

Even though we WILL fail Him from time to time, Jesus wants us to remember that He offers forgiveness when we fall short. But He challenges us to keep getting up and to KEEP TRYING.

John finished the story and his testimony — the Book of John — this way:

This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:24-25, NIV)

 

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: According to historical records, John was the only one of the remaining Eleven disciples who did not experience a martyr’s death.

The Destination

“The true perfection of man
 lies not in what man has,
 but in what man is.”
 — Oscar Wilde

 

“Is that you, you troubler of Israel?” the evil King Ahab said to the prophet Elijah.

“I’m not the problem.” Elijah replied. “It’s you and your ancestors who have messed things up!”

Elijah set forth a challenge to evil King Ahab and his countrymen. They had a choice to make. “How long will you waver between two opinions?” Elijah asked. “Will you follow the Lord God of Israel or will you continue to worship false gods? Call all of the people together and let’s perform an experiment.” Ahab did as he was told, figuring that he would make Elijah seem like a fool in the eyes of his countrymen.

But in the end, the Lord God did what He does best. He supernaturally showed up at the event and made Ahab look very foolish, indeed. So Ahab sought out his wife – the even more wicked Queen Jezabel – and told her his version of what had happened between himself and the prophet Elijah. Then he added, “And by the way, dear, I decided to have all the prophets in the land killed!”

Somehow, Elijah got wind of Ahab’s boasting and believed that he was the only one of his kind left. Even after his stunning performance before the community of Israelites – where he had actually called down fire from heaven that licked up a pile of stones, soil and logs that was completely saturated with water – Elijah melted with fear when he heard the part about all of the prophets being killed. “OMG!” he commiserated. “I’m the only one left! I must run for my life!” That of course sapped his energy. So as well as feeling absolutely terrified, he was also burdened with exhaustion. That of course, can make a person feel hopeless and – for some – suicidal.

Elijah threw in the towel and prayed: “Lord, I’ve had enough! Take my life!”

But instead of killing Elijah, the Lord sent an angel (twice) to feed, strengthen, and encourage the pitiful, scared-out-of-his-wits, man of God. And when Elijah was feeling better, he picked himself up and charged back to face the enemy? … NOT. He kept right on going, another forty days and forty nights distance, to a mountain called Horeb … and he hid in a cave.

Of course, God (being God) knew exactly where Elijah was, how he got there, and all the emotions that had motivated the journey. The word of the Lord came to Elijah and asked a very simple question: “What are you doing here?”

The tired, grumpy, totally stressed human laid out his case with all the emotional excuses he could come up with. Then he capped it off with, “I’m the only left, and now they’re gonna kill me, too!”

Very calmly, the Creator instructed, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

What follows, in my humble opinion, are some of the most profound verses set forth in Scripture …

“Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountain apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.” (1 Kings 19:11-13)

God didn’t scold Elijah. He didn’t even raise His voice. He simply repeated the question: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Then like a Father instructing His child, the Lord said, “Go back the way you came …”

It turned out that Elijah wasn’t the “only one” left. The Lord God had preserved the lives of others who had remained faithful in the face of adversity and the threat of death. And He wanted Elijah to persevere – to tell his story to a few, who would then tell their story to others. So that down through history the truth would be told about a frail and frightened individual – not much different in his mortal makeup that you and I – and about the God who loved him through a tough, very scary situation.

Would you agree that our world is becoming more and more frightening? Perhaps not so much for some individuals who still are enjoying financial prosperity, who have never experienced a violent crime or unexpectedly lost someone dear to them, and who enjoy good health.

But for each of us, the question remains: “What are you doing here?” … How are you making a difference in the lives of others from the vantage point of where you currently stand in your personal journey? Is your heart aligned with God’s heart? Do you trust Him to get you through whatever is going to happen in your world – and on the global stage – from this moment on?

More often than not, the voice of God will instruct you to suck up the drama and put on the spiritual armor that He has made available. Then He’ll say: “Go back the way you came, trust me, and we will move forward from there.”

 

“If God is for us, who can be against us?
 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for all —
 how will he not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?

(Romans 8:31-32)

67. Sycamores And Cedars

 “Those who do not know history
  are forever condemned to repeat it.”
— Will Durant

 

“The sycamores have been cut down, but we will plant cedars in their place.”…

Chuck and I stared at the sorry-looking palm tree that had previously been standing, proud and lofty, with a full head of fronds blowing gracefully with the breeze. Now it looked like it had received a very bad Marine haircut.

A tree trimming service had come along on behalf of the County.  We weren’t home at the time, so they took the liberty of whacking it off about midway down the trunk. Chuck had been actively protecting the palm  from just such an event for a couple of years, so seeing it in such a sorry state was painful.

The tree had been planted too close to the power lines, which was considered a fire hazard. But while the County wanted to cut it down because the fronds “would eventually touch the wires,” the power company was telling us that they would be taking the lines out … “eventually.” (As of April 20017, that has not happened.)

I can imagine what it may have been like for the Israelites who remained in the northern kingdom — Judah remained in the south — as they surveyed the damage to their capitol city after the brutal Assyrians had ravaged their land! The clay bricks had fallen … the beautiful sycamores had been cut down. I envision women weeping, children picking through the rubble, and men shaking their fists in frustration and anger, vowing: “We won’t allow our enemies to get the best of us! We’ll rebuild with Gazit Stone and plant strong cedars where the sycamores once stood. We will return, even stronger than before!”

The sycamore tree was common in the Middle East. It was feeble in comparison to the cedar, or erez tree. So the nation vowed that rather than replanting sycamores, they would plant an evergreen conifer as a symbol of renewed strength and defiance.

On the morning of 9/11, as the Twin Towers were in the process of crumbling, St. Peter’s Chapel stood at the very edge of the chaos. As I mentioned earlier, the little stone church was the only building unharmed on the rectangular plot of real estate that’s now known as Ground Zero. A miracle? Of course, but there’s much more to the story.

The sycamore specifically named in Isaiah 9:10 is foreign to the American Northeast. But a version of the tree does exist in New York City, called the English sycamore. And one of those English sycamores was planted, around 65 years ago, next to the little stone church where President George Washington and the first American Congress gathered to pray for God’s protection over our nation.

When the dust cleared after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, it was discovered that the sycamore tree next to St. Peter’s Chapel had been felled by debris and wreckage that had been hurled through the air as the towers fell. It had protected the little church during the entire horrific event! The tree was called “the Sycamore of Ground Zero” and its stump and roots were placed on display as a tourist attraction, along with the small object found entwined in its roots – a brick.

No one had any idea of its connection to the Isaiah 9:10 prophecy. Nor did they have any clue about the unfathomable “coincidence” that would occur two years after the sycamore fell.

In November 2003, a tree transported by a crane appeared in the sky at the corner of Ground Zero. It was carefully lowered into the exact spot where the ancient sycamore tree had stood, next to St. Peter’s Chapel. The tree was a pinacea,  sister tree to the Cedar of Lebanon, and just like the Gazit Stone, a public ceremony of dedication followed. It was labeled “The Tree of Hope.”

I’m thinking that maybe we should gather family and friends for a dedication of our decapitated palm tree and label it “The Tree of Hopelessness.”

Note: In August 2014, the Tree of Hope died. Rabbi Jonathan Cahn speculated that its death could be yet another sign that America was still in deep trouble with the Lord God for turning back to its old ways in the years following America’s 9/11 tragedy.

 

“’Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the teacher.
‘Everything is meaningless!'”

— Solomon (Ecclesiastes 12:8)

A RUST REMOVER …

Judging from the personal observations recorded in the book of Ecclesiastes, I’m wondering if King Solomon suffered from undiagnosed clinical depression? It’s a good idea to beware of “bumper sticker Christianity” where verses are often taken out of context and applied to random situations … and coffee mugs.

 

 

 

 

61. Confirmations That Demand Attention

“Jesus
is God spelling Himself out
in language that man can understand.”
— S.D. Gordon

 

For some people, believing in heaven is a no-brainer and doesn’t take any conscious effort. For others – especially those deeply ensnared in the material world – it’s just as easy not to believe in life after death, and there is little or no way to convince them otherwise.

When I read about heaven in the book of Revelation, I can envision it as a real place where I will one day reside for eternity. But, I had no convincing proof that what I believe is not just a personal fantasy. That was before I heard about Colton Burpo and Akiane Kramaric – two children whose incredible stories are told by their parents in Akiane by Foreli Kramarik and Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo (with Lynn Vincent). These two kids, who had not met each other at the time of this revelation, have a connection that is … well, heavenly!

I don’t remember when I first became aware of Akiane’s supernatural gift for painting and poetry. But I do recall looking her up on the Internet to view the creations that I’d heard about. I wanted to see them with my own eyes, because the story I’d heard seemed quite hard to fathom.

I discovered that the Lithuanian-American Akiane began sharing visions of heaven with her parents when she was four years old. One morning she whispered to her mother, “Today I met God.” Since her mother and father knew nothing at all about God, Foreli Kramarik wasn’t sure how to respond to her daughter’s pronouncement, so she asked, “What is God?”

Akiane replied, “God is light – warm and good. It knows everything and talks with me. It is my parent.” In complete disbelief, Foreli continued groping for answers.

“Why did you think it was God?”

Akiane confidently answered, “Just like I know you are my mommy, and you know I am Akiane.”

“Who even taught you such a word God?”

Akiane replied, “You won’t understand.”

And she was right. Her mother and father could not understand. But they kept talking with their little girl and trying to remain open to the incomprehensible information that she was willing to share about God and heaven.

The entire story of their journey from spiritual ignorance to acceptance of Christianity is well documented, so I won’t try to retell it here. What I need you to know is that Akiane began drawing portraits when she was four. Her drawings were so professional looking by the time she was five that people refused to believe she had drawn them. When she was eight, she painted a portrait of Jesus as she had seen Him in heaven. And that is where Colton Burpo’s journey intersects with Akiane’s.

Colton was three years and ten months old when he lay on an operating table while surgeons struggled to repair his ruptured appendix and save the little boy’s life. He was officially four and still recovering from the surgery when he began talking about Jesus and the angels that he had seen while he was in heaven. This came as a huge surprise to his father, Pastor Todd, because there was no evidence that Colton had died for even a moment during the operation.

When Colton was seven, his mother, Sonja, saw a CNN report about Akiane that had aired in December 2006 when she was twelve years old. Sonja realized that Akiane’s descriptions of heaven were remarkably similar to Colton’s. Akiane described Jesus as pure and very masculine. “He’s really strong and big. And His eyes are just beautiful.”

At that time, Sonja and Todd had been playing a game with their son for several years. Whenever they came across a portrait of Jesus that an artist had rendered, they would ask, “Does that look like Him?” Colton would study the picture then patiently explain why the likeness was just not right. And he would comment, “His eyes are so pretty!” So when Todd saw the portrait that Akiane had painted, he called Colton to look at it and asked, “What’s wrong with this one?”

After a long, hypnotic moment, Colton studied the picture then said, “Dad, that one’s right.”

When I heard that phenomenal story, it became mine as well. And now that you’re aware of it, it has become ours – Colton’s,  Akiane’s, mine, and yours.

I don’t know about you, but these accounts by two very young, innocent children have in many ways confirmed what I believe about heaven. I will read their testimonies again and again when I need comforting and reassurance. And I will study Akiane’s portrait of Jesus when I need to be reminded of what He actually looks like.

 

 “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him,
nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.”

(Isaiah 53:2)

A RUST REMOVER …

Internet search for Colton Burpo and Akiane. Both are older now, so their stories are even more fascinating to learn about. How do you feel about heaven? Are you ready to meet Jesus face-to-face?

 

 

The Wake-up Call!

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven,

 with a loud command,

 with the voice of the archangel,

and with the trumpet call of God,

 and the dead in Christ will rise first.

  After that, we who are still alive and are left

will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.

 And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

(1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)