The Great Deception – Introduction

“Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.” – Ephesians 5:11

In this series, we are going to uncover the deception of the enemy. Many do not realize the lateness of the hour. There are those that believe that in the end the Antichrist will rise and take the world by force or through a single act of great deception. No, my friends. Satan has been building his kingdom for a very long time. We are living in a great deception right now. It is all around you.

I do not say these things to instill fear in you. We are not given a spirit of fear. We have a spirit of love, power, and a sound mind. We are victorious in Jesus Christ because He has already won the war. However, we ARE at war, my friends. Whether you want to fight or not it is being waged all around you and just as it is written in Revelation, it will grow very dark before Jesus returns.

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:10-12

So, what can we do as we wait for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ to return? We must be as wise as serpents, and innocent as doves. Most are far more comfortable with the second part of that statement. However, we cannot neglect wisdom. We must know our enemy so that we are not deceived. We must know how to fight back. We must know how to protect our families and ourselves.

“Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.” – Matthew 10:16

This series will be split into several categories and begin with a broad discussion of each before delving into more specific topics within them. These are subject to change and some may be added or combined to better organize them over time. For now, they are as follows:

  1. Secret Societies
  2. Religion
  3. Government
  4. Politics
  5. Society
  6. Military
  7. Economy
  8. Media
  9. Entertainment
  10. Science
  11. History
  12. Education
  13. Healthcare
  14. Agriculture
  15. Business

What if I told you that the majority of every single one of these areas and the various systems within them are under the control of Satan and his servants? You’d probably call me insane or delusional. Maybe a conspiracy theorist if you want to be nice about it.

Did you know that there are white papers from the CIA that have been declassified which detail an entire agenda to discredit anyone that questions the official narrative through our government and media by calling them a conspiracy theorist? They accomplished this agenda through social engineering shortly after the JFK assassination. Don’t believe me? What do you think of when I say “conspiracy theorist”? Probably a dirty, 40-year old man living in his mother’s basement with a tinfoil hat on his head. Why is that? It is because you have been conditioned to make that association. We will explore this subject further when we delve deeper into social engineering at another time. I just wanted to use that as an example.

It’s time to wake up. It’s time to take a few minutes and step outside the endless cycle of distractions in modern society and start asking questions. You might be asking yourself, “Alright. But, what does this have to do with spiritual warfare?”. You will find that behind every nefarious scheme of men there is a spirit of darkness.

Together we are going to peel back the layers of everything around us and you will discover that at the core there is a spiritual war being waged on every front. Satan and the kingdom of darkness against Jesus Christ and the kingdom of light.

SPOILER ALERT: Jesus and the saints (His followers) win.

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

This is a war for the souls of our family and friends. Will you stand and fight?

Hard Questions – Part Five – Final

This is the final part of the Hard Questions series. In parts 1-4 of this series we posed the following question and sought to answer it:

“Why did God allow me to be abused?”

At this point in our discussion, Jesus has saved the day! Hallelujah! Now, there are just a few… loose ends to tie up. The first order of business was filling the disciples with the Holy Spirit which happened at Pentecost in Jerusalem where Jesus commanded them to wait until this gift was given to them.

On the day of Pentecost, all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. – Acts 2:1-4

After this, the disciples began to preach the gospel and for the past two thousand years, our goal as followers of Jesus Christ has been to spread the Good News to every corner of the Earth. As I explained in the first part of this series only God could possibly know when there will be a time when everyone on Earth will have had this opportunity, however, you can count on Him to wait until that moment for He desires everyone to be saved through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

So, how does this end? We still have sinful bodies and a new believer will quickly discover what it means to carry the cross every day and deny the sinful desires of the flesh choosing to instead follow the Holy Spirit that now lives inside them. Are we to struggle like this forever? And what of the rest of the world? What of the cursed earth itself? And the devil and his ilk, the enemy of our souls?

I could write until the end of time about “end times” and so I will do my best to keep the bigger picture in my mind and give a brief summary of what is to come when Jesus returns.

As for the flesh and its sinful desires, I would encourage you to read Romans, especially if you are a new believer as Paul explains the faith very well in that book. Chapters 6-8 of Romans address the realities of living with the Holy Spirit in a sinful body in great detail. One day we will have glorified bodies that are untouched by sin, incorruptible, and immortal. We’ll get to that in a moment.

There is a day coming and it is very close, some believe it has already begun when God will judge the world for its sin. It is known as the time of tribulation. At some point during this period or immediately prior depending on what you believe, and I am not going to get into a debate about that in this post, there will be a rapture of the saints (believers). We will be taken in the twinkling of an eye straight to Jesus. We will be given new bodies and return with Him at the end of the tribulation.

We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord, himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words. – 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. – 1 Corinthians 15:51-53

God is going to judge the rest of the world and if you want to know more about that in detail then read the book of Revelation. There is a great debate about how much of the tribulation we will endure before we are raptured. I will not get into my belief on this subject here as I have said.

However, to very briefly summarize darkness and sin will increase and the world will face a multitude of judgments. There will be a great deception by the Devil/Satan/Lucifer, a counterfeit to the faith that will lead people away from the Lord to worship the Devil instead, and eventually into open rebellion against the Lord. There will be a false prophet that will require people to take a mark to buy and sell. DO NOT TAKE THE MARK EVEN IF IT COSTS YOU YOUR LIFE. I will do a more in-depth study on this mark and link it here.

Then the beast was allowed to speak great blasphemies against God. And he was given authority to do whatever he wanted for forty-two months. And he spoke terrible words of blasphemy against God, slandering his name and his dwelling—that is, those who dwell in heaven. And the beast was allowed to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And he was given authority to rule over every tribe and people and language and nation. And all the people who belong to this world worshiped the beast. They are the ones whose names were not written in the Book of Life that belongs to the Lamb who was slaughtered before the world was made. – Revelation 13:5-8

He required everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name. Wisdom is needed here. Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666. – Revelation 13:16-18

Jesus will return with the saints (believers) at the end and Jesus will destroy this rebellion in an instant. Everyone in this army of Satan will be killed. Those responsible for deceiving the people will be thrown into the lake of fire to burn for all eternity. The devil will be locked up in the bottomless pit which is a place of eternal darkness. This place along with the lake of fire is what many would call “hell” although the word never actually appears in the Bible. They are two separate places and none will enter the lake of fire until the final judgment.

Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, shouting to the vultures flying high in the sky: “Come! Gather together for the great banquet God has prepared. Come and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and strong warriors; of horses and their riders; and of all humanity, both free and slave, small and great.”

Then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army. And the beast was captured and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse. And the vultures all gorged themselves on the dead bodies. – Revelation 19:11-21

After the tribulation, this time period will be known as the “Millenial Reign”. Jesus will reign over the earth from Jerusalem for one thousand years and the saints will reign with Him. There are many that wonder if there will still be regular human beings without glorified bodies at this time. It seems there will be those that survived the tribulation and did not join Satan’s army or come to believe in Jesus Christ. Otherwise, there would be no one for the Devil to deceive when he is released.

Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years. The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished. Afterward, he must be released for a little while.

Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus and for proclaiming the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They all came to life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them, the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years. – Revelation 20:1-6

The Devil will be allowed out of his prison and he will deceive the world one last time, leading an army against Jerusalem. However, he and his army will be destroyed by fire in an instant.

Then the devil will be thrown into the lake of fire. The dead will rise to be judged and they along with all of those that are still living that have not placed their faith in Jesus Christ will be thrown into the lake of fire as well.

When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison. He will go out to deceive the nations—called Gog and Magog—in every corner of the earth. He will gather them together for battle—a mighty army, as numberless as sand along the seashore. And I saw them as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city. But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them.

Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire. – Revelation 20:7-15

Then the old earth and heaven will disappear. There will be a new earth and a new heaven. A new Jerusalem at the center of it all. Untouched by sin. There will be no more tears. He will wipe them all away. There will be no more evil or darkness. And we will live with God forever and ever just as He originally planned when He created us.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. – Revelation 21:1-2

Isn’t that beautiful? The entirety of human history has been about God saving us from our own terrible mistake. It brings tears to my eyes. He loves us so much we cannot even truly fathom it.

There will come a day when the only sign that sin and evil ever existed will be the scars in the hands and feet of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I cannot remember where I heard it put this way, but, I found it particularly beautiful and poetic.

No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever. – Revelation 22:3-5

Let us now return to the original question.

“Why did God allow me to be abused?”

This eternal paradise… This salvation through Jesus Christ is what the Lord desires for all of mankind. Only He knows how to lead us to Him. And He cares about our suffering and detests evil. He will wipe away every tear. He will right every wrong. He will heal every broken heart and give us bodies that will never fail us.

God doesn’t want you to be abused. I think those of us that have endured abuse hope that He will take us away or destroy our abuser. It is difficult to accept that He wants to save that person as well. I understand that. I have endured it myself. However, we have all fallen short. Jesus died for every man and woman’s sins. No matter how great or small. And so, we have a choice. We can either forgive our abuser as God has forgiven us. Or not.

I’ve lived with a bitter grudge in my heart and it is a heavy burden. Lay it down at the feet of Jesus. He will heal your broken heart. He will give you new life and there will come a day when you will have a new mind and a new body that will be untouched by evil. Those hateful words will be washed away. Those bruises and scars will be gone. Those deformities and diseases will cease to exist. No more pain. No more death.

Jesus Christ wants to save you. Will you let Him?

This is only the Beginning…

It is with a heavy heart that I share this message with you today. It has been clear to many of us that the solar eclipse on 8/21/17 was a sign from God to America. It is my belief that it is a sign of judgment and a call to repentance. I use the present tense because this is only the beginning of America’s fall. Let me share a picture with you of the 8/21/17 solar eclipse and the 4/8/24 solar eclipse that will occur nearly 7 years later.

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Do I even need to explain what a giant X caused by two trails of darkness in the heavens over America means?

Shortly after the solar eclipse, I had a song from “The Phantom of the Opera” stuck in my head for three days. Not the entire piece. Just this, “Past the point of no return, no backward glances. Our games of make believe are at an end…”

I asked the Lord about it and He told me that, “America is past the point of no return.” Immediately, the song faded from my mind. America has been living in a bubble. A party that never ends with the motto, “Do what thou wilt.” As a nation, we have turned from God and not only sunk deeper into sin, we have even celebrated our sin and called it good. We have led the rest of the world into sin as well and made war with them.

“You’re past the point of no return. Your wound is fatal. When the story of your fate gets out, the whole world will applaud and cry “Encore!” Your cruel evil has seeped into every nook and cranny of the world. Everyone has felt it and suffered.” – Nahum 3:19

Well, the party is over. Judgment isn’t coming to America. Judgment is here. And it is my belief that by the next solar eclipse America will fall. God is warning us because if we will repent He will have mercy and turn His wrath from us. Sadly, I have not seen us do that as a nation.

Shortly after this message from the Lord, Texas was struck by Hurricane Harvey. And was there a cry for repentance? No. What did our leaders say? That we will rebuild and Houston will be even better and greater than before the disaster. You fools! When will you set aside your pride and cry out to the only one that can save us?!

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18

They have placed their trust in themselves. They tell us not to send supplies or come volunteer. They tell us to leave it to the military and government organizations. They tell us to send money to these organizations. You would deny people helping their neighbor in order to maintain control and line your pockets with money?! Have you learned nothing?! What will it take?!

“Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.” – Psalm 146:3-4

Brothers and sisters in Texas and the surrounding areas it is time to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. Open your homes. Give those in need food, water, and shelter. The shirt off your back if they need it. Bind their wounds. Give them medicine. Lay hands on them. Pray for them. Show them the love of Jesus Christ. Now is the time. Our leaders will not lead this nation to repentance. We as the Church of Jesus Christ need to do it.

If you are too far from the area then send supplies and donations to people or churches that you trust. If you are unable to do that and even if you are we all need to be in prayer for all of these people that are suffering in Texas.

This is our Father’s heart.

“For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.”

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth when you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'” – Matthew 25:35-40

This morning on 8/31/2017 I was awoken at 7:50 AM EST with the sound of a multitude of people screaming and it startled me so much that for a moment I thought it was real. I don’t know if it was prophetic or if something happened somewhere in the world. If the Lord speaks more to me about it I will update this post. However, He has told me this much, Judgment has only begun. We are past the point of no return. It is time to repent and place all your faith in Jesus Christ alone.

I’ll leave you with this sermon from Pastor Benjamin Faircloth at Ignited Church. The word the Lord gave to him for this sermon was a confirmation for me.

The Point of NO Return! – 8/27/17 – Pastor Benjamin Faircloth

He also posted a Prophetic warning yesterday about the days ahead.

A September of Sorrows – 8/30/17 – Pastor Benjamin Faircloth

God bless you all.

Hard Questions – Part Four

In parts 1-3 of this series we sought to answer the following question:

“Why did God allow me to be abused?”

We have now established that God created us to love Him and be loved by Him. We have shown the origin of sin and the fall of mankind that separated us from God. We have shown the complexity of moments in our lives and how only the Lord can connect them to draw us and those around us closer to Himself and to salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. We have discussed briefly the history of the Israelites and the law and how God showed mankind that we cannot live up to His standards and save ourselves from sin and death. So, who will rescue us? The answer is Jesus Christ.

If mankind cannot save itself then there is only one solution. The Lord Himself must save us. The question now becomes, “How can God save us?”

This leads us back to the price of sin. Sin leads to death. There must be a death to make us right with God. Animals and produce were not enough. They were a temporary fix. So, how can the Lord save us once and for all? What could possibly pay the price of sin for all of mankind? What if we offered a man to represent all of us? But, who could possibly be pure enough? If you read about the sacrifices offered by the Israelites they had to give the very best of their stock without blemish. These offerings then had to be prepared and presented in a sacred manner decreed by the Lord.

What man could possibly be good enough for this sacrifice? Have we not established that all men are sinners and have fallen short? Therefore no man is holy before the Lord. What can be done? On our own, it is impossible to pay the price to redeem mankind. But, with God, nothing is impossible. And so, He gave the sacrifice for us. He paid the price for our sins with His own life.

But, Michael, you said God IS life. He can’t die. How is this possible? I’ll tell you. God sent us His only Son.

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”

Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”

The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For the word of God will never fail.”

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. – Luke 1:26-38

So, the Lord came to earth as a man. Jesus Christ is not only the Son of God. He IS God.

In the beginning, the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.

God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”

From his abundance, we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself, God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us. – John 1:1-18

So, John the Baptist was sent to tell the Israelites that Jesus was coming and in fact, this had been foretold by many other prophets before him. God told His people to expect Him.

Jesus was born and lived a life without sin and in complete obedience to His Father in heaven. He was able to do this because He is fully man and fully God. God made Himself the perfect sacrifice. When the appointed time came He was sent out by the Father to teach about salvation and His kingdom. He performed many miracles and wonders during His time on earth. However, the Jewish leaders and lawmakers despised Him. They did not recognize Him as their Lord.

Jesus was betrayed by one of his own disciples, Judas Iscariot, and condemned to death.

And even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests and elders of the people. The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss.” So Judas came straight to Jesus. “Greetings, Rabbi!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss.

Jesus said, “My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.”

Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear.

“Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword. Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?”

Then Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there teaching every day. But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures.” At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled. – Matthew 26:47-56

Jesus was not a victim. He always knew that it was the will of His Father that He offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. He could have walked away or called down an army of angels to protect Him. However, He chose to be obedient.

He was whipped and beaten. He was forced to carry His cross through the streets of Jerusalem to a place outside of it called Golgotha or Calvary. They nailed Him to the cross, piercing His hands and feet and let Him hang from the cross until He died. He lived a life without sin and in perfect obedience to the Lord and His precious blood paid the price for all the sins of mankind. Our identities as sinners were nailed to the cross with Him.

The earth shook and they pierced His side to see if He had died. After confirming His death, His body was taken and He was buried. After three days his tomb was found open and He was gone. He then appeared to His disciples and many others, risen. Victorious. A new creation. For as I have said, God cannot die. God IS life. His blood was spilled and His body broken for our sins. However, his Spirit endured and came to dwell in a new, glorified body.

This is the most important moment in human history. I cannot stress enough what this moment means for all of mankind. The God of the universe came to earth as a man, lived a blameless life, loving, healing, teaching, and forgiving all those that came to Him. Then offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, allowing Himself to be tortured and killed by the very people He came to save so that we could be forgiven and redeemed. I don’t think we can ever truly understand what it cost Him.

So, let’s return to the abuser and the abused for a moment. The abuser’s sins have been forgiven. The abused’s sins have been forgiven. It’s done. Jesus did it all. Not only that, our identity as sinners was crucified with Jesus on the cross. And Jesus has risen to a new life in a glorified body. He is the new Adam. The beginning of a new creation. So, where does that leave us? What do we do with this information?

Jesus told us two things. We are to repent which means to turn, from our sins. Where do we turn? We’ve already established that sinners will sin even if they stop temporarily, right? Turn to Jesus. Believe in Him. Believe that His sacrifice was enough to satisfy God and that you are completely forgiven of all your sins. Not only that, you have a new identity in Him.

After Jesus rose from the dead and visited with His disciples and others, He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. However, He did not leave us without aid. He sent His own Holy Spirit to dwell in the hearts of those that believe in Him. That’s right. If you truly believe in Jesus Christ in your heart and confess it with your mouth He will send His Holy Spirit to live inside you. Think about that for a moment. The God of the universe living inside your body. You have direct access to the Father.

You are a new creation if you accept Jesus Christ. So, what do we do with that?

But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” – 1 John 3:23

We are to love Him and each other. We are to forgive others as He has forgiven us. We are to believe in Him and share the Good News of salvation with everyone that will listen. We are to repent of our sins and no longer follow our sinful flesh, but, rather His Holy Spirit that lives within us.

God desires this for everyone and He is always for your good. Always. Even if you suffer or find yourself in a bad situation you can trust in Him to work it out for your good even if you cannot see it at the time. And He will use it not only to lead you closer to Jesus Christ and salvation but, to witness to others about the love and healing found in Him.

I have suffered and I will be covering that in my testimony which I will post at a later time. Just as a brief example from my own life, I had severe anxiety and depression for twelve years. Jesus healed me. He saved me. I have not had a panic attack in 8 or 9 years now. God can use the darkest moments of your life to bring hope to others and glorify His name. Because this isn’t the end my friends.

Which brings us to the final part of this series. Where does this end? I have the Spirit of God inside me and yet I still have this broken, sinful body. Ah, my friend. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior then you have eternal life. When this body dies you will be in heaven with the Lord. Someday you will be given a new body just like Jesus Christ after He rose from the grave.

More than that, those that believe in Jesus Christ are adopted by God. The God of the universe calls those that believe in His Son, Jesus, His children. You are a son or daughter of God. He is your Father. Your Daddy. You will live in a loving relationship with Him, with Jesus, with the Holy Spirit, and all your brothers and sisters forever and ever just as He always intended.

I would highly recommend picking up a Bible and reading the gospel of John and Romans. There is nothing better than reading the message yourself straight from the word. I personally recommend the NLT as it is easy to read and understand.

So, what about the sin-filled, dying Earth? What about the enemy of our souls, the devil? What about all those that do not believe in Jesus? God is going to deal with all of that as well and that is what we will cover next as we explore how our Father will make all things new. Praise Jesus!

Hard Questions – Part Three

In Parts One & Two of this series, we posed the following question and sought to answer it.

“Why did God allow me to be abused?”

So far we have established the complexity of any given choice or event and our inability to make the connections necessary to fully understand the effects of them. We have also established that God CAN make these connections and His desire is for every single person on Earth to be saved through His Son, Jesus Christ.

We have established that God created us to love Him and to be loved by Him. We have also established that the current state of the world is not according to His original design. We were meant to be caretakers of the Earth alongside Him and there was to be no evil, sin, hatred, disease, pain, suffering, or death. We were meant to live in loving relationship with our God, each other, and the Earth. We have also learned the origin of sin and the reason for this fallen state of humanity, nature, and the rest of this world.

We have also established that the first two humans sinned and became sinners. Therefore, every human being is born a sinner. So, in the eyes of the Lord, all of us have sinned and fallen short.

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” – Romans 3:23

So, in the eyes of God, both the abuser and the abused have fallen short of His standard and because He loves us so much He desires for all of us to be saved. The abused may ask, “How can God love my abuser?” He loves all of us. We have all fallen short and our sinful nature compels us to sin. In the abused’s eyes, the abuser’s sin is surely greater than their own. And that might be true. However, it is in the nature of a sinner to sin just as it is in the nature of a duck to fly. Can you fault a duck for doing what comes naturally to it? No! That is the reason that Jesus told us not to judge non-believers. For before we placed our faith in Jesus to be saved, we were the same as them. We make hypocrites out of ourselves. What good does it do you to lecture those that do not have the nature of Jesus Christ? They cannot understand it without the Holy Spirit dwelling within them.

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you. -Matthew 7:1-6

We have now established that the abused and the abuser share the same nature and the same origin. The question now becomes, “How can God save us?” God sought to save mankind and His plan will surely remove any remaining doubt the abused may have that they have done no wrong and are in a better position than the abuser. For in order to save a person they must first be aware that they need to be saved.

Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.

Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?”

Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” – Luke 5:27-32

How did God show this to mankind? First, He chose a man of faith named Abram that would father a multitude of nations. He would give the nation through His son, Isaac, His laws and standards. This nation would serve as an example to the rest of the world. This nation is Israel. His chosen people are the Israelites or as most people know them, the Jewish or Hebrew people.

I’m going to very briefly summarize the timeline from Abraham to Moses as a study of this time is not the focus of this article.

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” – Genesis 12:1-3

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.”

At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him, “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations! What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations. I will make you extremely fruitful. Your descendants will become many nations, and kings will be among them!

“I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you. And I will give the entire land of Canaan, where you now live as a foreigner, to you and your descendants. It will be their possession forever, and I will be their God.” – Genesis 17:1-8

The Lord gave Abraham a son, Isaac. Isaac then had a son, Jacob who became Israel. Israel had twelve sons that fathered the twelve tribes of Israel. Israel’s son, Joseph, was raised up by the Lord to rule Egypt as second-in-command to the Pharaoh. Joseph brought his father Israel, his brothers and their families to Egypt during a terrible famine.

Many years later, a Pharaoh that knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done for Egypt felt threatened by the Israelites that had greatly multiplied. So, he enslaved them. The Lord chose a Hebrew man named Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. The Lord performed many miracles and wonders to convince Pharaoh to free the Israelites and even parted the Red Sea so that they could make their escape. After this, God appeared to the Israelites on Mount Sinai and through Moses, gave the Israelites His laws and standards.

Then God gave the people all these instructions:

“I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.

“You must not have any other god but me.

“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.

“You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.

“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. For in six days, the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day, he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.

“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

“You must not murder.

“You must not commit adultery.

“You must not steal.

“You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.

“You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.” – Exodus 20:1-17

These are the Ten Commandments. The pillars of the law if you will. If you want to read the rest of the law you’re welcome to it. However, it becomes apparent very quickly that no human being could possibly live up to God’s standard. So, what could be done?

Being sinners the Israelites naturally sinned. We established in Part Two that sin leads to the death. It must. It is just a fact of life. It is unholy. It is wrong. It is separation from God and God IS life. So, how could the Israelites bridge this gap? Something else had to die in their place.

The Israelites had to offer a sacrifice whenever they sinned. They would sacrifice animals according to the severity of the offense. Or they would offer specially prepared produce if they had no animals to offer the Lord. This would save them from the punishment of sin. Temporarily. And that is the problem. They were still sinners. They continued to sin and eventually died anyway. No matter how closely they followed the law all fell short. Severe or minor sin, it didn’t matter in the end. Their sinful nature constantly compelled them to do what the law forbids them to do and trapped them in an endless cycle of disobedience and sacrifice.

The rest of the Old Testament in the Bible shows the history and prophecies of the Jewish people and we can see that despite having God’s laws and standards they could not live up to them. They constantly strayed from the Lord and messed up. God was showing them that they could not in their sinful nature live up to His laws and standards. No sacrifice of men could bridge the gap between them and God. Mankind could not and cannot save itself. Sinners will always be a slave to sin. They needed to be saved by the Lord.

He never wanted to be separate from us. He never wanted sacrifices. He wants US. He wants you. He wants me. He wants what He always wanted when He first created mankind. He wants to love us and be loved by us forever and ever. That’s it.

So, again, we ask the question. “How can the Lord save us?” since we clearly cannot save ourselves. Well, at just the right time the Lord sent His answer. His Son. Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the only way back to the Father. This is the best part of the story, my friends. This is the climax of the love story between God and mankind. This is where He saves the damsel from the mouth of the dragon. Hold onto your hats.

““For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

 

Back to Basics

May 2017

I had this vision several weeks ago and while parts of it involve my personal walk I feel led to share a portion of it that might benefit others.

This vision began with Jesus leading me through a grassy plain. After awhile we came upon a series of large, malformed hilltops. Jesus led me to the base of one of these hills and began to climb toward the top. It was far steeper than it had appeared to be from a distance.

I did my best to keep up with him as I found myself distracted by the surface of the hill. There was a microwave on it and I paused for a moment to wonder why there was a microwave in this vision. “Come on, keep moving, Michael,” Jesus called down to me. I snapped out of my wandering thoughts and followed Jesus until we reached the top.

Jesus pointed to the horizon and in the distance, I could see a city that was engulfed in complete darkness. There was no light at all. “Look around.” He told me. I did as He instructed and took a closer look at the hills surrounding us. I suddenly understood why they were so malformed. They weren’t really hills at all. It was a dump.

The first thing I noticed is that there wasn’t any garbage. All I could see were electronics of various kinds. TVs, Computers, Phones, Microwaves, Refrigerators, Modern Cars, Gaming consoles, etc. That was strange enough, but, it seemed like none of them appeared to be smashed or broken.

“All of these devices will no longer function. They will be of no use to anyone.” Jesus told me. I was going to ask Him if there was going to be an EMP strike or something as there have been concerns circulating about such an attack for some time. But, before I could ask, He said, “Come. I have more to show you.”

We made our way down the other side of the hill and wandered out past the outskirts of the dark city. He led me into the wilderness and through a dense patch of woods. We came upon a clearing that held what appeared to be a small community. There was a large building in the center with a lot of people coming and going from within it. There were also some houses spread about in all directions with people dotting the streets.

“Go inside,” Jesus told me, gesturing to the large building at the center. I walked into the building and from that point on the vision became an out of body experience. I was no longer in control of my body and instead was watching scenes unfold.

The building was some sort of community center. I entered a long hallway with plain, white walls and wooden floors. There were people entering and exiting several doorways along it. It was very warm as there didn’t appear to be any electricity. No lights were on. No electronic devices to be seen at all

The first room, on my left, had been converted into a makeshift hospital. There were beds lined up in rows along the walls with iv bag stands and medical equipment on tray tables. There were a lot of people being treated. I peeked my head in and asked one of the medical staff, “Anyone new?” She shook her head. I left that room and entered another large room on the opposite side.

This room was filled with supplies. There were large tables pushed together into long rows. I saw food, water, medical supplies, Bibles, books, and a lot more being sorted into boxes by many people. Others would then take the boxes and leave the building to deliver them. It was a very busy room. I moved about the room, making small talk with people. Everyone seemed to know me and each other. It felt more like a large family than a community. The atmosphere was very joyful, purposeful, and alive.

I was told that I was needed upstairs. I exited the room through a different door, back into the entrance hall further down toward the back of the building. There, I found a wooden staircase. I climbed up the stairs and entered what appeared to be an office. It also seemed to be functioning as a war room. There was a large desk in the center with all sorts of maps and documents upon it. There was one map in particular that appeared to be local and had marks on it in various places.

One of the men in the room approached me, “We found another FEMA camp.” He told me. I grimaced, “How many?” “We counted eighty-one working in the fields. There were most likely more inside. We couldn’t risk speaking to any of them in the daylight. It’s one of the Wal-mart locations.” He said curtly. I groaned, “Of course.”

Then he showed me the location on the local map. “That isn’t far. Get a party together. We’ll leave first thing tomorrow morning before dawn. The longer we wait the more of them will be executed.” I told him. “We?” He asked. I nodded, “I’m coming with you.” I said plainly. “You shouldn’t risk your life, sir.” He told me. “We risk our lives every day. Have faith, brother. God is with us.” I said, clapping him on the shoulder. Then I retreated downstairs.

There was more to the vision, however, it only relates to my personal life so we’ll end it here.

The beginning of the vision was further confirmation of words I’ve received from the Lord about the power grid being taken down. The community was wonderful. I can’t describe the feeling of fellowship in that place. It was the Church as the Lord intended. Everyone shared freely with each other. Everyone was connected face to face. No one was lost in their computer, television, and phone screens. It really felt like a family.

All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. – Acts 4:32

I believe that the Lord is preparing a place for His remnant and that what He has for us may lack many worldly comforts, but, it will be Spirit-filled and alive. The times were difficult and dark, but, this community shined and was working to spread the love of Jesus Christ within it and beyond.

As the times continue to grow darker and propel us into a time of war and calamity, keep your eyes upon Jesus Christ. Dwell in the secret place with our Father. He is preparing a place for us to find true fellowship with each other again. A place to feed, clothe, and shelter the lost and the broken. To share the gospel of Jesus Christ with a nation that will desperately need Him. Hallelujah!

Beneath His Wings

May 2017

I’m not sure of the exact date of this vision. Normally, I record everything the Lord tells me or shows me in a journal. However, the Lord has led me into a season where He wants me to listen to Him without the aid of that tool. He has impressed upon me the importance of walking in the Spirit in the dangerous days ahead of us. I developed a habit of writing down whatever He tells me and then going about my day through my own effort and willpower. It doesn’t work. Even if you have a word from the Lord if you’re walking in the flesh and not the Spirit you’re not going to get anywhere.

Tell me, you who want to live under the law, do you know what the law actually says? The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons, one from his slave wife and one from his freeborn wife. The son of the slave wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God’s promise. But the son of the freeborn wife was born as God’s own fulfillment of his promise. – Galatians 4:21-23

We cannot fulfill God’s promises to us through human effort. We cannot carry out His will without following the lead of His Holy Spirit. Only God can fulfill His promises. Only the Spirit of God can carry out His will. It is impossible through human effort. Trust me. I’ve tried.

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” – Mark 10:27

I love Jesus. He speaks so much truth with so few words. He is incredible.

Anyway, if you don’t know the story, God promises Abraham a son. However, He does not tell Abraham when this is going to happen until the appointed time. Abraham’s wife, Sarah, gets impatient and tells Abraham to sleep with her servant, Hagar so that she can have a child through her. This is what happens when we try to fulfill God’s promise on our own. I’m sure she thought it was a great idea and God did promise them a son, right? Don’t try to fulfill God’s promises for Him.

As soon as Hagar is pregnant Sarah regrets this decision and treats her with contempt. Sarah treats Hagar so badly that she runs away. She cries out to God and in His mercy, He encourages her to return home and blesses her with a son. However, this son was born out of a human effort to fulfill God’s promise. So, God declares that this son, Ishmael, will live in open hostility to the rest of his relatives.

When Abraham and Sarah are around 100 years old God tells them Sarah is going to have the son He promised to them. They thought this was impossible as Sarah was barren. But, nothing is impossible with God and sure enough, Sarah gave birth to Isaac just as God promised.

God always keeps His promises. He is faithful and true. Sometimes, God sets conditions for His promises and covenants, however, He never breaks them. Only mankind breaks promises between us and the Lord. And even then, while He may discipline us, God is still for us. Abraham was very blessed because even though he tried to bring about God’s promise through human effort God still gave Abraham his promised son. He is so patient with us.

I wasn’t planning to write this before the vision. I’m just being obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit. So, clearly, someone needs to hear this message. To them, I would say, be patient, if the Lord has promised you something He will fulfill that promise. If He has not given you conditions then rejoice because there is nothing you can do to ruin it. Although, much like Abraham, do not try to bring it about through human effort as it will only bring you trouble. Be faithful and obedient. Be patient. God will do it. If He has given you conditions then be faithful and obedient to keep them, and still rejoice because God is for you and He always keeps His promises.

God is not a man, so he does not lie.
    He is not human, so he does not change his mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act?
    Has he ever promised and not carried it through? – Numbers 23:19

Now, on to the vision.

In this dream I was on a narrow, dirt path in a very dense forest, walking along with a friend. The trees were so tall and their leaves were so thick that you could barely see the sky at all.

Within moments I felt the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I sensed danger. I looked behind us and there were brown bears coming out from behind the trees and forming a line as far as the eye could see from the east to the west. My friend and I immediately bolted, running full speed away from these beasts. I could hear them roar in frustration and the earth seemed to shake as they pursued us.

I dared to glance behind me for a second and stopped in my tracks. Among the brown bears, there were panda bears chasing us too. “That’s impossible.” I thought to myself.

I want to pause here for a moment and say that I have received an increase in dreams and visions from the Lord in the past months. I’m not used to it. And they are so real that when something doesn’t make sense I have a hard time letting God lead me through it. I get caught up in the vision rather than the purpose of it. In this case, God didn’t give me time to think about it. His voice boomed in my head, “RUN!” Let me tell you when God tells you to move that clearly, you do it.

So, I ran full speed, catching up with my friend who had wisely not turned around to face a ravenous pack of bears. The bears were on our heels as what appeared to be a perfectly circular cave opening came into view ahead of us. I don’t know if God pulled us in or we dove in, but, just before we were run down we entered the cave.

Immediately, a barrier of light snapped into place over the opening and the bears collided with it. A blurred figure stood in front of this barrier with arms held out, holding it in place for us.

Within moments, I noticed there was a light inside the cave. It looked like a campfire. I moved closer to the fire and sat down in front of it. There was a man sitting opposite me, cooking some sort of stew. My friend sat down a little further from the fire, still shaken by what had just happened.

The man didn’t say anything at first and just continued to cook the stew. There was something familiar about Him. I just knew it was Jesus. He gave me a bowl of soup and we began to talk to each other. “Eat.” He instructed me. I did and it warmed me to my core. The tension from the chase was gone. I felt at peace. I asked Him, “Where are we?” “I have hidden you here. I have prepared a place for you and there is still work to be done.” He told me.

My friend seemed to recognize His voice and moved to the fire, receiving a bowl of soup from Jesus. Then Jesus moved out of sight into the darkness and I could hear the sound of various tools being used. I definitely heard Him sawing through a wooden plank or something at one point.

“What are you doing?” I asked Him. “As I said, I am preparing a place for you. I will reveal more to you in time.” The vision ended.

God revealed to me that the brown bears represented Russian soldiers and the panda bears represented Chinese soldiers. In hindsight, it wasn’t strange at all given the current state of US relations with these countries.

We need to pay close attention to the signs of the time. Dumitru Duduman’s prophecies of war have been weighing heavily on my mind as of late.

https://www.handofhelp.com/vision_36.php

https://www.handofhelp.com/vision_1.php

What are the countries involved in these prophecies? Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Mexico.

War could break out at any moment with Russia through the Syrian conflict. North Korea is constantly threatening to destroy America and conflict with them will lead to conflict with China. Trump just ticked off the Castro regime in Cuba by repealing Obama’s Cuba policy with his own. Trump has been antagonizing Mexico with his insistence that they pay for the border wall. We have not heard much about Nicaragua. However, after a little research I found this:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1918/all-actions?overview=closed#tabs

Essentially, this bill would cut off Nicaragua from receiving money from us until they fulfill certain conditions related to election fraud. You can read more about it on Wikipedia under the NICA Act.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicaragua%E2%80%93United_States_relations

There is also mention of Russia wanting America out of Taiwan. And where are we on the brink of war with China right now? The South China Sea. Look at a map.

Dumitru also saw that the US would be busy with infighting while this happened. The government is in chaos right now and the left and right are being polarized by the media. We are closer to civil war than we have ever been. We have George Soros funding riots and violent civil rights groups. The elites are pushing us toward civil unrest. They want martial law in this country.

It also says that the Russians will learn of the locations of our nuclear storehouses. There have been a lot of suspicious Russian connections and meetings behind closed doors.

All the pieces are in place for Dumitru Duduman’s prophecy to come true. How will it start? Military strike? Financial collapse? Radical policy change? I have no idea. The Lord has not given me a specific word about it and I’m not sure that He ever will. I believe America is going to be caught by surprise and rather than trying to figure out how it will happen we should repent and spend our time in the Lord’s presence as He is our only safe refuge. He must depend on Him alone.

The Lord has brought me back to that cave many times since then and revealed a lot about what lies ahead in my personal walk. There was one moment I feel led to share with you. The cave became brighter with each visit and at one point He instructed me to look at the roof of the cave. The cave was not a cave at all. The walls and roof were made completely out of feathers. They rustled and swayed with the wind and the “cave” suddenly felt alive. It was a pair of wings.

Psalm 91

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
    nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
    though ten thousand are dying around you,
    these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,
    and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the Lord your refuge,
    if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
    you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
    and give them my salvation.”

There are dark times ahead of us, my friends. Now is the time to repent and sit at the feet of Jesus Christ. He is our Lord and Savior. Our only safe refuge is found beneath His wings. As always, if you don’t know Him I would encourage you to come to Him today. Time is running out.