A Nation Born in Rebellion–pt. 1

 Ephesians 6:12New Century Version (NCV)

12 Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.

New Century Version (NCV)

The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Psalms 106:15 MSG  He gave them exactly what they asked for— but along with it they got an empty heart.

Israel Demands a King

1 Samuel 8:1-22 MSG
1  When Samuel got to be an old man, he set his sons up as judges in Israel.
2  His firstborn son was named Joel, the name of his second, Abijah. They were assigned duty in Beersheba.
3  But his sons didn’t take after him; they were out for what they could get for themselves, taking bribes, corrupting justice.
4  Fed up, all the elders of Israel got together and confronted Samuel at Ramah.
5  They presented their case: “Look, you’re an old man, and your sons aren’t following in your footsteps. Here’s what we want you to do: Appoint a king to rule us, just like everybody else.”
6  When Samuel heard their demand—”Give us a king to rule us!”—he was crushed. How awful! Samuel prayed to GOD.
7  GOD answered Samuel, “Go ahead and do what they’re asking. They are not rejecting you. They’ve rejected me as their King.
8  From the day I brought them out of Egypt until this very day they’ve been behaving like this, leaving me for other gods. And now they’re doing it to you.
9  So let them have their own way. But warn them of what they’re in for. Tell them the way kings operate, just what they’re likely to get from a king.”
10  So Samuel told them, delivered GOD’s warning to the people who were asking him to give them a king.
11  He said, “This is the way the kind of king you’re talking about operates. He’ll take your sons and make soldiers of them—chariotry, cavalry, infantry,
12  regimented in battalions and squadrons. He’ll put some to forced labor on his farms, plowing and harvesting, and others to making either weapons of war or chariots in which he can ride in luxury.
13  He’ll put your daughters to work as beauticians and waitresses and cooks.
14  He’ll conscript your best fields, vineyards, and orchards and hand them over to his special friends.
15  He’ll tax your harvests and vintage to support his extensive bureaucracy.
16  Your prize workers and best animals he’ll take for his own use.
17  He’ll lay a tax on your flocks and you’ll end up no better than slaves.
18  The day will come when you will cry in desperation because of this king you so much want for yourselves. But don’t expect GOD to answer.”
19  But the people wouldn’t listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We will have a king to rule us!
20  Then we’ll be just like all the other nations. Our king will rule us and lead us and fight our battles.”
21  Samuel took in what they said and rehearsed it with GOD.
22  GOD told Samuel, “Do what they say. Make them a king.” Then Samuel dismissed the men of Israel: “Go home, each of you to your own city.”

I have never written a thesis, and I am not the best in writing down my thoughts about sermons I wanted to deliver.

I do however take time to study my thoughts and ideas.  I let them sink deep within until I have it sorted out enough to bring it forth. 

This subject is no different.  I realise that his idea appeared back in the 1980’s through the 1990’s by the Word of Faith preachers  like Kenneth Hagin Sr., and Larry Lea.  Now with study I have found they are more Biblical than heretical.

I chose the previous Bible passages as my foundation to this post.  Before you dismiss the idea study it, research it and then come to a conclusion.  It might be that I am out on a limb, but, this is just a theory about a subject I have thought about for several years.  Even more considering the climate during the election in America 2016.

There have been four great empires that have risen and then brought down.

1.  Babylon

2.  Medo-Persia

3.  Greece

4.  Rome

There are two to arise according to Bible prophecy.

I believe the next one  is the Babylonian Revived.

The final one will be is when Christ sets His’ foot on the mount of olives and sets up His’ kingdom here on earth.

These first four had two characteristics that brought them down to naught.

a.  Rebellion

b.  Pride

The last empire before Christ’s will also be brought down like the four before it. 

Where I differ from other Bible scholars, and a scholar I am not, but just a very studious person of the Scripture.  I have searched the Bible thoroughly and have come to believe that the revived empire found in the Book of Revelation is Babylon, not Rome.

Neither is it western civililastion. This will fall giving way to the revived empire Babylon where the anti-christ, will rule.  Setting up the unholy trinity.

Here is what I believe is starting to congel in these last days.  We are seeing things develop in the middle east with a much faster pace.  All eyes are on the area of Iraq and Iran(per; Persia) along with the small nation of Israel.

Israel in history was a great people and strong warriors, which won battles against all of the peoples that came up against them.  There unseen help was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Yet Israel began to have wandering eyes.  They grew tired of being led by the prophets and the priests of Levi.  They began to murmur that they wanted a king like the nations arounnd them.  Finally, God spoke to the prophet Samuel, and told the prophet to grant their desire, but there would be a price.  The price would be that of being overtaken by other nations, led into slavery and wander for a great time.

Samuel appointed Saul.  Saul was not God’s choice, but the people’s choice.  He became boastful created false gods and idols and led Israel into idolatery.  In his’ kingdom anything was accepted, as long as it lifted up Saul’s pride.  Complete rebellion and pride entered into the people of Irsarel.

Finally, Israel came upon the people of Philistine and a giant named Goliath.  Israel had not one soldier that could fell this giant.  Jesse was a man with sons, the youngest was David.  David was a mere sheperd who took care of his’ fathers livestock.  He decided one day to visit the front lines  and to see what was happening.  He noticed that all the warriors and Saul were distraught.  Goliath wanted Israel to send to him a man to battle with.  Saul lined up his best including Jesse’s sons.  Samuel was instructed to go along the line to find a warrior who could defeat the giant.  He came upon the young David.  He stopped.  He chose David.  All those around laughed at this young sheperd for he was not physically built to be a warrior.  Jesse was against this also.  David however speaks up and tells of his accomplishments while watching the flock of sheep.  Samuel anointed David.

Saul ordered his’ men to place upon David his’ own armour that he would have wore himself in battle.  It looked over sized for David.  Finally, David takes off the armour and says, I can’t use this armour because I have not proved it.  All he takes with him is five smooth stones that he had taken from a nearby brook.  But, the most important thing on his’ side was the anointing of God.  He sets out for the battle area and Goliath approaches him with great ridicule and shouts to the army of Israel, I ask for a warrior and all you send is a mere boy.  David shouts to Goliath that he came not with mens armour but with the Lord God of Israel.  David takes his tried sling, loads it with the first stone.  Gives it a might whirl like he had done many times before like when he brought down a great bear.  He finally let the sling go and the stone went sailing through the air.  With God’s hand it lands directly in the forehead between Goliath’s eyes.  With only one stone, Goliath falls to the earth with a great quake.  David goes over to the body of Goliath takes out the giant’s sword and cuts of the giant’s head.  Walks back towards Saul and the army with Goliath’s head in his hand holding by the hair.

With this history is changed forever.  David eventually ascends to the throne of Israel and becomes the greatest king that Israel to this day has had.

David would soon die and leave his’ son Solomon to be heir to the throne.  Solomon builds a great kingdom, gives the people of Israel a permanent temple to worship in.  However, like all other great empires he begins to be puffed up with pride.  Rebellion sets into the people of Israel and like the prophet Samuel declared falls to the hands of the Babylonian Empire.  They are taken from their land to Babylon where they are enslaved.

In my next several posts I will bring about the topic of my thoughts.  That is America and the spirit of rebellion and pride which eventually will fall to the next great empire prophesied in the Book of Revelation.  Most evangelicals reading this will disagree, and I expect that. Yet in my very spirit I believe that this timeline propesied by the Apostle John in Revelation will take place.

The Only thing We have to Fear…!

The following is a letter that I sent to the New York Times early last week.  They chose not to publish it, but, I feel that I should make it a post during this tumoultous election in the USA 2016.

I have been strong in my voice on Twitter(@dmbourne) and I do not apologize for my opposition to the agent of fear that is sweeping across America. 

I hope you will read this, start to reject the fear that is trying to grip the country of America and stand up and declare that fear only keeps you down, does not lift up.

America votes on November 8, 2016 and it is imperative that everyone who is legally qualified goes to their local poll and vote, vote to stop this agent of fear.  Tell fear that the USA is better than that.

“Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”: FDR’s First Inaugural Address. Franklin D. Roosevelt had campaigned against Herbert Hoover in the 1932 presidential election by saying as little as possible about what he might do if elected.

President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

“… So let us begin anew–remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.
Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms–and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations.
Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths and encourage the arts and commerce.
Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah–to “undo the heavy burdens . . . (and) let the oppressed go free.”
And if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new endeavor, not a new balance of power, but a new world of law, where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.
All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin..

….And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.”

Robert F. Kennedy, April 4, 1968

Re: The death of Martin Luther King Jr.

…“What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.”…

I am a Canadian, a former pastor/evangelist who has been following the election in America 2016. I am concerned about the cynical debate that is happening between both camps, Republicans and the Democrats.

The partial speeches above that I have quoted from all have one thing in common. Yes, the speeches were delivered quite eloquently. They were given by men who seemed bigger than life itself. The one thing that they all have in common is this, hope and hope eternal.

The very word of God and His’ story to mankind is to have faith. In the book of Hebrews chapter eleven and the first verse says this; “ Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (King James Version)

Faith and hope in the Scriptures have worked together like a hand and a glove. The opposite of these two foundations is fear.

Fear can cause utter despair and hopelessness. Another affect with fear is, it can be crippling to the point where one cannot move forward, therefore leaving a person paralysed. Instead of looking at tomorrow with optimism a person finds themselves bound in shackles of fear and doom.

I believe that what made Ronald Reagan a great president it was he looked at the horizon with faith, hope and optimism . It was with these three things he was able to declare, “

America was “a shining city on a hill,” and its promise, as well as its people’s, was boundless.

If America still has its best days ahead it will only get there by pressing forward with faith, hope and optimism.

You can listen to the agent of fear and become stagnant, or you can look forward in time and see the potential of what America can be when the whole all work towards one common goal.

There is also in America’s not to distant past that I can think of that spoke with faith and hope. Men such as Martin Luther King Jr. and his’ great speech I Have a Dream.

Yes, times look very dangerous even to the point of our hearts failing for fear like Christ said would happen.

Give in to fear and those who would wish harm for America can succeed without even stepping foot on the very soil of America just by causing America to fear. Giving up because of fear is not a solution. The agent of fear wants to divide not unite. Be wary of our fellow man. The agent of fear wants people to become withdrawn, keeping fists clenched instead of being the hand that reaches out.

So, as a Canadian former pastor and evangelist I ask you the American city choose the America you want. One that lives in fear or an America that works together to solve those things that seem so large.

America, like in the The Three Musketeers, “ all for one and one for all”.

Twitter: @dmbourne

List of Christian evangelist scandals

I have known about alot of these. Some I have met. I learned about some from others when I preached the false gospel of the prosperity message.

Break These Endless Lies

1.Aimee Semple McPherson, 1920s–40s

One of the most famous evangelist scandals involved Canadian-born Aimee Semple McPherson in the 1920s, who allegedly had an extramarital relationship and faked her own death as a cover. She later claimed that she had been kidnapped, but a grand jury could neither prove that a kidnapping occurred, nor that she had faked it. Roberta Semple Salter, her daughter from her first marriage, became estranged from Semple McPherson and successfully sued her mother’s attorney for slander during the 1930s. As a result of this she was cut out of her mother’s will. Aimee Semple McPherson died in 1944 from an accidental overdose of barbiturates.

2.Lonnie Frisbee, 1970s–1980s

Lonnie Frisbee was an American closeted gay Pentecostal evangelist and self-described “seeing prophet” in the late 1960s and 1970s who despite his “hippie” appearance had notable success as a minister and evangelist. Frisbee was a key figure…

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