Bullies Need Not Apply

John 10:10 MSG
A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

Eph 6: MSG
13  Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet.
14  Truth, righteousness,
15  peacio
16  faitio
17  and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon.
18  In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

Isa 26: MSG
3  People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit.

Several years ago I was hospitalized due to pneumonia and it was very serious.  During my stay I became septic, (infection in the blood stream).  I was in that condition the nurses told me for four days.  I do not remember any of those days.  Nurses said I was totally out in another world.  My comprehension totally eluded me.  I could be told something and within the next several minutes I would be asking again.  It was a constant struggle for the health care workers to keep me lucid.

At one point during those days, somehow I had managed to get out of the hospital bed.  I was on intravenous with anti-biotic and a catheter.  Well the nurses came in to check up on how I was faring and found me on the floor, blood all over the place and in a pool of urine.

Also during this time somehow I must have been watching some program on the t.v..  During this I managed to call my best friend and I said to him, ‘you need to come and get me and help me they are out to murder me’.  This wasn’t the real me but the poison running through my body.

I look back on the events of those four days and smile.  However, it gave me a glimpse of what it is like for a bully, Alzheimer’s to take over your mind.  The Alzheimer’s Organization states that Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

The Scriptures has a lot to say when it comes to our mind and how the enemy of our mind is constantly trying to bully his way in to steal our mind and to rob us of peace of mind.  It is the mind that controls all of our bodily functions.  Yes, the medical community can over ride the function of the mind and keep a body going, but there comes a time where it is in vain to continue.  The term they use is, ‘brain dead’, there is no sign of any mental activity and one by one the organs of the body begin to shut down.

In this twenty first century it is ever increasing a constant demand for our mind.  Constant bombardments of visual, audio, and other sensory intrusion.  Technology screams at us twenty-four/seven for our time.  It has become a thief to this generation for their peace of mind.

I grew up during the seventies.  My mom had a rule for dinner time.  We all sat down at once to eat, no television on, no phone calls in or out.  It was a time to shut out the world have a bit of peace from the demands of life.

This generation is a generation that leaves for the moment, instant gratification, constantly looking at some type of screen, wanting everything like going through the drive through of a fast food restaurant.

Our mind has no time to relax and think on those things that are above.

Philippians 4:8 MSG
8  Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious;the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.

Yes, the enemy of our soul has the perfect weapon to keep us from keeping our minds stayed on God.  You can live in a mansion, have the finest of apparel, all the money that one could use, but, if you do not have peace in your mind, you have nothing.

God promised us that He would keep us in perfect peace if our mind is stayed on Him.  David declared that he meditated on God day and night.  We are commanded to write His commandment on our heart.

I have been through times where my mind was in total chaos.  I had to take medications just to keep me on an even keel.  My mind constantly raced with no order in my thoughts.  Concentrating on one thing for any length of time escaped me.

I have come to a point now that there are days where I totally unplug from all the incoming waves of thoughts and ideas.  I replace all that tidal waves of bullies trying to rob me of my peace with some good gospel music, and most important, The Word of God.

I picture myself taking a sign and planting in my mind saying, “Bullies Need Not Apply”.

Maybe, you are struggling within your mind on the carousel of life.  Every nerve in your body screams out for just one minute of quiet, but, it is not to be found.  Your whole body feels like a bully has beat on you every inch to where there is not one part without pain.

I remind you of a great hymn:

  1. If the world from you withhold of its silver and its gold,
    And you have to get along with meager fare,
    Just remember, in His Word, how He feeds the little bird—
    Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
    • Refrain:
      Leave it there, leave it there,
      Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there;
      If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out—
      Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
  2. If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain,
    And your soul is almost sinking in despair,
    Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal—
    Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
  3. When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail,
    Don’t forget that God in Heaven answers prayer;
    He will make a way for you and will lead you safely through—
    Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

Yes fellow soldier of Christ, God truly wants all of our being to be at peace.  Absent from the bullies that are trying to steal.

Give all those burdens you are carrying over to God and leave them there!

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Don’t Worry, He’ll Be There

Hebrews 4: MSG
15  We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all; all but the sin.

1Ki 19: MSG
9  When he got there, he crawled into a cave and went to sleep. Then the word of GOD came to him: “So Elijah, what are you doing here?”
10  “I’ve been working my heart out for the GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies,” said Elijah. “The people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed the places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.”
11  Then he was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before GOD. GOD will pass by.” A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before GOD, but GOD wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but GOD wasn’t in the earthquake;
12  and after the earthquake fire, but GOD wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.
13  When Elijah heard the quiet voice, he muffled his face with his great cloak, went to the mouth of the cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, “So Elijah, now tell me, what are you doing here?”
14  Elijah said it again, “I’ve been working my heart out for GOD, the GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies, because the people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed your places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.”
15  GOD said, “Go back the way you came through the desert to Damascus. When you get there anoint Hazael; make him king over Aram.
16  Then anoint Jehu son of Nimshi; make him king over Israel. Finally, anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.
17  Anyone who escapes death by Hazael will be killed by Jehu; and anyone who escapes death by Jehu will be killed by Elisha.
18  Meanwhile, I’m preserving for myself seven thousand souls: the knees that haven’t bowed to the god Baal, the mouths that haven’t kissed his image.”

While at work as a morning manager at a fast food chain I received a call from my mother that a cousin had fallen to his death while working on scaffolding fixing the barn on the farm.  I asked for time off from my job to be able to travel home and attend the funeral. 

I will never forget that funeral service because it was to teach me a lesson that I will never forget.  While sitting there through some hymns and such it was time for the pastor to deliver the eulogy.  I was expecting the same old style, but this time was different.  His opening statement took me by surprise it was this, “Life is not Fair”.

That statement gave me a new perspective about life on planet earth.  It provided me an answer for those things that happen in our journey through life that have no rhyme or reason.  Sometimes, like Christ spoke, “it rains on the just and the unjust”.

Trials and tribulations are not a respecter of persons.  Cancer does cross all societal lines, diabetes will  stricken a young child.  Death sometimes takes people from our life way too soon.  The only thing we have to hold onto is the promise of God, He will be there!

I am not afraid to admit today that I suffered through a period of depression in my early thirties.  Yes, I tried to commit suicide through an overdose of sleeping pills.  It is a terrible feeling and a lie from the enemy of our soul that we are the only one going through this terrible trial.  A feeling that whispers to us that no one understands me.

I did come through the other side of that trial and seemingly felt fine.  Yet, there were times when around a crowd I would experience times of anxiety.  I remember when incident vividly.  I was at the grocery store about midnight because I thought it would be a quiet time to do so.  I was about half way through my shopping when I experienced an overwhelming anxiety attack.  I did not finish my shopping, but, left the cart full of groceries right in the aisle and ran home.

I have never been one to have lots of friends in my life.  This would seem contrary to a life as an evangelist and then a pastor.  I have a personality that some would say borders on being a recluse.  I admit I can stand my own company for quite a long period of time.  So, there are many times where I have felt total loneliness in my life. Also, there have been times where I have experienced quite extreme highs.

In 2000 I went through another time of having to deal with the enemy of death, the death of my mother. It was the beginning of an almost two decade battle.  The lowest time was the passing of my grandmother in 2004.

Once again the voice of suicide raised its ugly head.  This eventually landed me in the hospital on the mental health wing many times over a period of several years.  I was very fortunate to end up with a fantastic psychiatrist. Over time it was determined that I was bi-polar.  I was placed on a regimen of different medications and now I live a even life without experiencing manic highs and lows.

I chose the above scriptures because it depicts a prophet who was going through his own trial of feeling totally misunderstood, persecuted for his faith of God.  On the run because of Jezebel putting a price on his head.  He hid in a cave asking God, why him?  He felt like he was the only one left who had not given in to bowing down to the god of Baal.  Finally, the Word of God spoke to him and let him know that God had set aside seven thousand others who had not bow down to Baal.

Now jump ahead to the garden of Gethsemane and Christ is going through a low time himself.  He felt as if he would crumpled under the burden placed on him.

Then on the cross beaten, bruised, a crown of thorns on His head we hear him cry out to the father “why have you forsaken me”.

Yes, He was tried beyond measure, more than any man has ever known.  So, when I feel like the road is too rough, the mountain too high, the valley too wide and the river too deep I have the promise of the following scripture:

1Co 10: MSG
13  No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

If you are feeling alone, frightened and worried that you cannot move forward please ask the Lord to hold you hand, remember, Don’t worry, He’ll Be There!

WARNING, The Bear Has Three Ribs!

Dan 12:4 MSG
“‘This is a confidential report, Daniel, for your eyes and ears only. Keep it secret. Put the book under lock and key until the end. In the interim there is going to be a lot of frantic running around, trying to figure out what’s going on.’

Dan 7: MSG
2  “In my dream that night I saw the four winds of heaven whipping up a great storm on the sea.
3  Four huge animals, each different from the others, ascended out of the sea.
4  “The first animal looked like a lion, but it had the wings of an eagle. While I watched, its wings were pulled off. It was then pulled erect so that it was standing on two feet like a man. Then a human heart was placed in it.
5  “Then I saw a second animal that looked like a bear. It lurched from side to side, holding three ribs in its jaws. It was told, ‘Attack! Devour! Fill your belly!’
6  “Next I saw another animal. This one looked like a panther. It had four birdlike wings on its back. This animal had four heads and was made to rule.
7  “After that, a fourth animal appeared in my dream. This one was a grisly horror;hideous. It had huge iron teeth. It crunched and swallowed its victims. Anything left over, it trampled into the ground. It was different from the other animals&;this one was a real monster. It had ten horns.
8  “As I was staring at the horns and trying to figure out what they meant, another horn sprouted up, a little horn. Three of the original horns were pulled out to make room for it. There were human eyes in this little horn, and a big mouth speaking arrogantly.

I have tried to sit down and write this post but have stalled because the headlines have been fast moving.  I truly believe Bible prophecy is coming into line almost hour upon hour.

Since the advent of the satellites that can beam an image around the earth in what some have called ‘faster then the blink of an eye’.  Now in the past two decades the technology has put on almost every desk in the homes, the personal computer intertwined with the world wide web.

Is this what was described  Yes, knowledge has increased running at break neck speeds around the world.  People running to and fro around the cities, maybe this speaks to our modern travel age.

In the headlines we are hearing about the prophetic bear called ‘Russia’.  This country has portrayed as the bear since the times of the Old Testament prophets.  Political cartoonists even they depict Russia as a bear.  One preacher described Russia like a polar bear, the deadliest of all bears on the earth.

Along with the bear in the news there has also been brought to attention several other cities found in Bible prophecy.  Three countries that Daniel saw in the mouth of the bear, the three ribs.  Scholars and I agree that two of those ribs are, Turkey, and Syria.

It is the third rib where there is differences.  Some of the countries mentioned are Libya, Egypt, and Germany.  For myself I leaned towards the country of Egypt as the third rib.  Egypt is probably one of the oldest country and empire since the creation of man.  It was there where the children of Abraham went during a famine because there was plenty.  It was the country that Joseph, Mary, along with the baby Jesus went when Herod order all male babies of the age of two and younger be slaughtered.  Herod had been told of the prophecy in the Old Testament about the Christ to come.

The bear will come down from the north to launch an attack on the nation of Israel.  They will march towards the valley of Hebron and joining them all other nations far and wide.  Nations such as the those around the Pacific rim. The nations of Iraq and Iran formerly called ‘Persia’.

I truly feel that the anti-christ will be from the land of Persia for this reason, the revival of the Babylonian empire.  Babylon was the modern commerce city like we now think of like New York, New York. Babylon was the major route for all things traded. Fabrics, spices, currency, etc..  In my most recent studies about this city is that it also was surrounded by seven hills, mountains.  It is a city where the first rebellion against God first mounted.

If you feel that knowing the headlines in the news is not interesting think again, reader.  Every child of God should be feeling excitement in their spirit knowing the King of Kings could soon put his foot down again on the Mount of Olives.  He will defeat the anti-christ and set up His earthly kingdom in the City of David, Jerusalem.

So, the more you hear about the country of Russia, the bear of Daniel, look up for this could be that very day.  Like the Apostle John wrote in the last chapter of his book, Revelation, “even so Lord Jesus, come”!


Caution, May Cause Fear!

Psalms 111:10 MSG
10  The good life begins in the fear of GOD; Do that and you’ll know the blessing of GOD. His Hallelujah lasts forever!

Matthew 10:28 KJV
28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

(Matthew 10:28 MSG
28  “Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life;body and soul;in his hands

While in primary and secondary school I had to confront bullies.  In primary school I would do everything possible to avoid them.  Since I was of small frame and not muscular I often found myself at the end of closed fists.  In my latter years now I still will do everything possible to avoid confrontation, whether it is to cross the street, or more simply avoid those who are looking for some reason to cause conflict.  Yes, I do understand what it is like to fear someone, or something.

I grew up with a healthy fear of respecting the rule of law.  Not in my wildest dreams would I even imagine a situation where I would be brought back to my home by an officer of the law.  I knew that there would be consequences for such an action.

The other situation was being called into the school principal’s office and receive the strap.  This is now no longer an issue in any school system, but in my generation it was a reality.  My mother told us that if this ever was the case, that when we arrived home there would be more to face.

We now live in a generation that really has no fear of consequences related to actions that we have enacted.  There is not a healthy fear of respect of law, our fellow man.  This generation believes it is acceptable to be the bully.

Now in regards to our generation of leaders in the pulpit, the message of fearing God is far from their lips.  All messages now speak to how to increase self-esteem, how to be wealthy, and how to be our best.  The message is through the spectrum of rose colour glasses.  These messages have created a generation that is lacking in the fear of God.

If a leader does preach a message on the fear of God the critics cry that God is only love.  I agree that God is a God of love, but also, He is a God whom we should fear.  The scripture warns not to fear the bully that can only destroy the body, but, we are to fear the one who can destroy both the body and the soul.

What also is missing in the messages from the pulpits is the lesson about hell.  Yes, hell is just as real as the message of Heaven is a real place.  If we believe in one then we must also believe that the other is also true.  The message of hell is quite often spoke of throughout Scriptures.  Christ spoke of the man who from the pits of hell asked God to send an angel to place a drop of water on his tongue just to calm the fire.

This generation is a generation of “me” focused on gaining material goods for this worldly life with no thought of the preparation of what happens after the grave.


Mat 6:19-20 MSG
19  “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or;worse!;stolen by burglars.
20  Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars.

Praying that God would make us wealthy with lots of treasure and finance is a waste of words.  When they asked Christ how we should pray, Christ told them to ask only for their “daily bread”, just our needs, not our wants.

While going through the dessert the children of Israel lived off the nutrition of “manna from heaven”.  They were instructed that they should only gather enough for one day, except for the Sabbath.  If they gathered more than they needed the excess would spoil.  The same holds true throughout the New Testament.

While I was young in the ministry I too was in false doctrine and in error preaching what is commonly known as “the Prosperity Gospel”.  I truly believe that this is another gospel.

Gal 1: MSG
8  Let me be blunt: If one of us even if an angel from heaven! were to preach something other than what we preached originally, let him be cursed.
9  I said it once; I’ll say it again: If anyone, regardless of reputation or credentials, preaches something other than what you received originally, let him be cursed.

As I grew in wisdom and the fear of God I began to believe that it was not my job to make feel good and comfortable with gaining wealth, but rather have them set the eyes on things above.  Sometimes it meant “scarring the hell out of them”!

Christ while speaking to His disciples posed a question to them, a question about what kind of conditions would he find when He returned.

Luke 18: MSG
8  I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?”

Our salvation is not an easy road, but rather a fight until the day we are absent from the body.  Our faith is also a fight.  We cannot be found to be complacent in our faith, but rather we are commanded to fight for the faith that was given to the saints.

Jude 1:3 MSG
3  Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting&begging! that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish.

I am now over fifty years old and no longer trying to win the popularity race.  I have decided to speak out on the condition of the leaders in the pulpit of North America.  This condition of lack of Godly fear is only growing worse.

Christ warned the disciples that there would be those on the day of judgement that they would say have we not cast out devils in your name…etc.,  The reply is, Sorry, I never knew you.  I truly fear that this will be the situation for many and there will be those who followed these leaders will hear the same refrain.

So, I would urge the Body of Christ to turn from these doctrines of the devil and grasp once again the true fear of the Lord.  Time is too short and one never knows when we will be required to give an account of our life here on earth.

Like the last verse of the Book of Revelation, “Even so come, Lord Jesus”!

These Are Those Days

Mat 24:  MSG
3  Later as he was sitting on Mount Olives, his disciples approached and asked him, “Tell us, when are these things going to happen? What will be the sign of your coming, that the time’s up?”
4  Jesus said, “Watch out for doomsday deceivers.
5  Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities, claiming, ‘I am Christ, the Messiah.’ They will deceive a lot of people.
6  When reports come in of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history; this is no sign of the end.
7  Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Famines and earthquakes will occur in various places.
8  This is nothing compared to what is coming.
9  “They are going to throw you to the wolves and kill you, everyone hating you because you carry my name.
10  And then, going from bad to worse, it will be dog-eat-dog, everyone at each other’s throat, everyone hating each other.
11  “In the confusion, lying preachers will come forward and deceive a lot of people.
12  For many others, the overwhelming spread of evil will do them in;nothing left of their love but a mound of ashes.
13  “Staying with it;that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved.
14  All during this time, the good news&;the Message of the kingdom;will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come.

Mat 16:1-4 MSG
1  Some Pharisees and Sadducees were on him again, pressing him to prove himself to them.
2  He told them, “You have a saying that goes, ‘Red sky at night, sailor’s delight;
3  red sky at morning, sailors take warning.’ You find it easy enough to forecast the weather;why can’t you read the signs of the times?
4  An evil and wanton generation is always wanting signs and wonders. The only sign you’ll get is the Jonah sign.” Then he turned on his heel and walked away.

I truly love pictures for they remind me of days gone by.  They are a snapshot of  a brief period in time.  They allow the viewer to wander back to some great memory and even trigger a longing to go back to that time in our personal history.  Reminders of those who have left us and the special place they hold within our very being.

This article is not about a song from past decades, nor is it about a theme song from a seventies sitcom.  What it is about is a period of time that I believe we are now living in.  This is now a chaotic time throughout the whole world.  As some would call ‘unprecedented’ times. 

It would seem the world is tittering on the edge of complete collapse.  The rise of extreme unrest throughout every nation on the planet earth. Leaders with no clear answer of how to stem this rise of uneasiness in the people.

I use to feel that I would have loved to live in the time of when Christ walked the streets of Jerusalem.  However, I now believe these are the most exciting time in the history of the world.  A time where we could see the very return of Christ when He places his feet on the Mount of Olives.  Yet, I know that there are prophetic events that need to come to fruition before that great and wonderful day.

Nations feel threatened causing a build up of military resources.  This could be the preceding event that will bring forth that which John saw where the armies of the world would start to run towards the valley of Megiddo.  The nations of the pacific rim will march down a dry of river bed of the Euphrates river.

A battle that will ensue where the blood of the slain will be as high as the horse’s bridle.  Casualties so great it will take the amount of seven years to bury.

The outcry from the people of the world for peace is growing louder each hour.  I truly believe that more than likely there is already a man walking this earth who will come forward and take control.  Forming a world government.  A man as described in prophecy as the anti-christ.

We are also on the edge where the world could see a financial system that will be one world currency.  Yet, I believe from my studies even this system will fail causing a declaration where everyone will be mandated to receive a mark either on their forehead or their right arm.  Without this a person will not be able to buy or sell.  We are told in prophecy that those who take this number will be lost without the possibility of salvation.

These are those days where there will be an extreme outbreak of famine, lack of water, and severe disease.  Men will beg for death but it will not come to them. 

A time where there will be division between brothers, fathers and sons, a complete breakdown of family relations.

The headlines are already declaring the war between nations, leaders striking to death their own citizens.  Those who are declaring faith in Christ losing their lives to decapitation.

Prophecy outlining a time where a loaf of bread will cost approximately the sum of one weeks wages.

Men around the earth declaring that they are “The Christ”.  We as the body of Christ are told not to go running towards these men.  Do not follow them into the desert.  Men working miracles, but not because they are endued with the power of God.

I am not sure how long we have before the great and glorious return of Christ Jesus.  I do, however, know that this is a time to keep our records clear.  Prepare our wedding garments, always looking up. 

Yes, these are those days that Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel and then the Apostle John wrote about.

For the child of God one warning, “BE READY”!

Admonition to The Body of Christ: Grow Up!

1Co 3: MSG
1  But for right now, friends, I’m completely frustrated by your unspiritual dealings with each other and with God. You’re acting like infants in relation to Christ,
2  capable of nothing much more than nursing at the breast. Well, then, I’ll nurse you since you don’t seem capable of anything more.

1Co 13:11 MSG
11  When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

1Co 14:20 MSG
20  To be perfectly frank, I’m getting exasperated with your infantile thinking. How long before you grow up and use your head;your adult head? It’s all right to have a childlike unfamiliarity with evil; a simple no is all that’s needed there. But there’s far more to saying yes to something. Only mature and well-exercised intelligence can save you from falling into gullibility.

Rev 3:14-18 MSG
14  Write to Laodicea, to the Angel of the church. God’s Yes, the Faithful and Accurate Witness, the First of God’s creation, says:
15  “I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot; far better to be either cold or hot!
16  You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit.
17  You brag, ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in fact you’re a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless.
18  “Here’s what I want you to do: Buy your gold from me, gold that’s been through the refiner’s fire. Then you’ll be rich. Buy your clothes from me, clothes designed in Heaven. You’ve gone around half-naked long enough. And buy medicine for your eyes from me so you can see, really see.

Let me start by making a startling statement!  The church, the Body of Christ was never promised any government rights.  The only things that were promised were given to the disciples from Christ.

The church of the Book of Acts was in the minority.  Many of the disciples had a price put on their head by the Roman government.  They were hunted by one who was called Saul of Tarsus.  The first to die from his orders was Stephen, stoned to death and while dying made a remarkable statement as he looked up into the heavens. “I see Jesus standing at the father’s right hand”.  Our first glimpse of what lies beyond the death of our physical body.  Oh how glorious!  “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8 KJV).

My heart aches as I look on to what is happening within the borders of North America.  The cosiness of the churches with the governments of man.  Their senses have become dull.

The church in other countries meet in secret for fear of being imprisoned by their government leaders.  This should not be alarming to those in the Body of |Christ.  Remember, Paul and Silas were imprisoned by Rome.  The Apostle Paul wrote many of his letters to the churches from some dark and damp, rodent invested jail cell.

The apostle John the Beloved was placed on an island that housed convicts.  The island of Patmos.

Why should in the twenty-first century be any different?  Christ told us they would hate us, kill us thinking they are doing God a service.(John 16:2 KJV)

I truly believe in North America the Body of Christ is not prepared for what is about to come on the world.  A world leader who will demand that people will worship his’ image that he has made.  The Body of Christ will be killed when they refuse to recant the faith in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This will be the darkest ages that this world will ever know.  We have only one promise, that is Christ will be with us through it all.

I use to preach a sermon called, ‘God’s spoiled Brats’.  I feel it would still be relevant today. 

Let me add this warning, the government will not always be the defender of Christians in North America.  Our only defender is Christ Jesus.

Let me remind you of those Hebrew young men that refused to bow down to Baal.  The king was enraged, ordered his men to crank up the furnace seven times hotter than normal.  The soldiers bound up those men and threw them into the fire.  That night God caused the king to have a very restless night.  He gets up goes down to the furnace, has the guards open it up.  It must have been quite the thing to behold, for he turns around and asks his guard a question. Did we not cast three bound men into the fire?  He then declares that he sees four men walking around unbound and the fourth man looks like the Son of God.  Yes, it is time for the Body of Christ to grow up, get a backbone and truly trust God that this next fiery trial that is coming that God will be with us like the Hebrew men.

There may come a time like children of God in other countries, that the same will come upon North America.

Yes, I believe that there is coming a season where religious freedom will be stripped.  No more Christian television, radio, or print.

Are you prepared?  Have you the strength to trust Christ? Or maybe you will become weak and like Peter deny Christ and lose your very soul.

For me, I am willing to lay down and lose my head.  The world can destroy my body, but I fear the one who can destroy not only my body, but my soul.

So, I am sounding the alarm.  It is truly time for the Body of Christ in North America to just plainly “GROW UP!”


Dan 7: MSG
1  In the first year of the reign of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream. What he saw as he slept in his bed terrified him& a real nightmare. Then he wrote out his dream:
2  “In my dream that night I saw the four winds of heaven whipping up a great storm on the sea.
3  Four huge animals, each different from the others, ascended out of the sea.
4  “The first animal looked like a lion, but it had the wings of an eagle. While I watched, its wings were pulled off. It was then pulled erect so that it was standing on two feet like a man. Then a human heart was placed in it.
5  “Then I saw a second animal that looked like a bear. It lurched from side to side, holding three ribs in its jaws. It was told, ‘Attack! Devour! Fill your belly!’
6  “Next I saw another animal. This one looked like a panther. It had four birdlike wings on its back. This animal had four heads and was made to rule.
7  “After that, a fourth animal appeared in my dream. This one was a grisly horror & hideous. It had huge iron teeth. It crunched and swallowed its victims. Anything left over, it trampled into the ground. It was different from the other animals & this one was a real monster. It had ten horns.
8  “As I was staring at the horns and trying to figure out what they meant, another horn sprouted up, a little horn. Three of the original horns were pulled out to make room for it. There were human eyes in this little horn, and a big mouth speaking arrogantly.

NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

7:4 lion … wings of an eagle. Winged figures are common in the art and sculpture of Mesopotamia. Winged bulls and winged lions, both with human heads, flanked thrones and entryways in Assyria, Babylon and Persia. Winged human figures (wearing headdresses with horns) are known as early as the eighth century BC and stood guard at Cyrus’s palace in Pasargadae. Winged creatures also figure in dreams. Herodotus reports a dream that Cyrus had just a few days before his death in which he saw Darius (then a young man) with wings that overshadowed Asia and Europe. In the Myth of Anzu (see next note), Anzu is defeated by having his wings plucked. This motif is also significant in the story of Etana, who helps an eagle whose wings have been plucked.

NIV Study Bible Notes

 7:4–7 The lion with an eagle’s wings is a cherub symbolizing the Neo-Babylonian Empire (see Ge 3:24 and note). The rest of v. 4 perhaps reflects the humbling of Nebuchadnezzar, as recorded in ch. 4. The bear (v. 5), “raised up on one of its sides,” refers to the superior status of the Persians in the Medo-Persian alliance. The three ribs may represent its three principal conquests: Lydia (546 BC), Babylon (539) and Egypt (525). The leopard with four wings (v. 6) represents the speedy conquests of Alexander the Great (334–330), and the four heads correspond to the four main divisions into which his empire fell after his untimely death in 323 (see 8:22): Macedon and Greece (under Antipater and Cassander), Thrace and Asia Minor (under Lysimachus), Syria (under Seleucus I), and the Holy Land and Egypt (under Ptolemy I; see chart). The fourth beast (v. 7), with its irresistible power surpassing all its predecessors, points to the Roman Empire (cf. 11:30 and note; in the Apocrypha, see 2 Esdras 12:11). Its ten horns correspond to the ten toes of 2:41–42 (see note on 2:32–43).

As a student of Bible Prophecy I can honestly state that my knowledge has grown over the past forty years.  Along with this growth has changed my thoughts and beliefs about Biblical prophecy.  I must also state that some of my past views I no longer hold to be true, but that would take another article.

Commentaries vary as greatly as one person to another person. 

What I  have learned to do is:

a. interpret Scripture with Scripture

b. study actual historical records and documents

c. follow the supposition from Genesis to Revelation

d. study “types” and “shadows”

e. use Homiletics

f. be willing to grow with known understanding

There are many events happening currently around our world and they need to be understood in the light of Biblical prophecy.  These events can give us a time frame of where mankind is in God’s timeline.

I know there are many out there that believe the above portion of Scripture refers to the United States of America because of the mention of eagle wings.  Maybe in my younger self I might have agreed.  Maybe due to the lack of accessibility and also limited finances and physical space.  These are no longer a factor due to the great move of technology called the computer.

Within my computer software I have several versions of Bible translations at my fingertips.  With the world wide web the ability to access all the libraries of the world for records of  historical  facts.  Even maps dating back to the time of the Pharaohs  of Egypt. 

These countries have been in the headlines over the past six months:

a. Russia (the bear)

b. Syria

c. Turkey

d. Egypt

e. Israel

All of the above can be found throughout Biblical Scripture and also find to be referenced throughout Biblical Prophecy End-Times.

The description in the seventh chapter of Daniel is a much more detailed vision of that found in the previous second chapter.

There is coming one more great empire, but it is not an empire made by human government.  It is the Kingdom Christ will setup after the battle of Armageddon.

Preceding this we see the image in the vision of Daniel come into being. A one world government, a one world financial system, and finally a one world leader.

The world will be in complete chaos, the headlines screaming that the citizens of the world want peace.  In all this chaos a person, the anti-christ, will arise on the world scene.  He will be like a superman working what has the appearance of miracles, the totality of all answers.

He will turn his’ attention to Israel and make a peace treaty with the nation.  This is the beginning of tribulation, a time frame of seven years.  Three and a half years through this man will break his’ promise.  The beginning of the great tribulation.

He will set up his world government demand that all people bow down and worship his’ image. He will rule with an iron hand.

He will give power to a world financial system where he will set in place that all people receive the mark, the number of a man, six six six.  Without this mark we are told in the Book of Revelation that no one will be able to buy, sell, or trade.

Those who refuse to worship the image of the beast and take the mark and also renouncing the Jesus is Lord will lose their head.

The United States of America are no where to be found having a part in Biblical prophecy.

Those plucked wings of that winged beasts are the symbols of Assyria (now Turkey & Syria).

I truly feel that the days of the great world powers are numbered.  How many I cannot state!  I do know that we are told to keep our eyes on “the fig tree” (the nation of Israel).

There is so much more that I would love to write in this space concerning current worldly headlines, but, that is for another time and article.

Reader, get out your Bibles, study, search out the facts.  Be Ready!