Sep 27, 2016

What Trump and America Must Do Now

Abigail and Dolley readers at my core I am a peacemaker.  I take comfort in Jesus' words, "Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the Children of God (Matthew 5:9).  While I don't flee from conflict, I don't like it and I was in agony last night as I watched the debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

It was the worst of him and the best of her.  If I was an undecided voter and knew nothing of the candidates, she clearly would be my choice.  Sadly, Trump was at his bombastic worst; a carnal man, given over to a wild and uncontrolled tongue.  Smug and controlled, Hillary Clinton manipulated him at every turn and he went down a rabbit hole of reality TV.  What a disaster.

At the Foot of the Cross
My prayer today was that he humbles himself at the foot of the cross and cries for mercy.  We need mercy for our nation and this world; a Hillary Clinton presidency is the most severe judgement of our lives.  Trump must seek the Lord, he must give himself over to God's control, he must surrender himself, or we are doomed.

I call on my Christian friends to join a nationwide moment of prayer every day until the election.  The incomparable Diamond and Silk have set aside a daily prayer time at 11:21am EDT.  Mark this on your calendars, set a reminder for yourselves, pray as you would for a dying loved one for the stakes are inestimable.

Pray, 2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

1 John 1:8-10 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.  But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

Sep 24, 2016

Drugs and the Forbidden Dimension

There is a realm right on the other side of the gossamer curtain.  A dividing line between the natural and the spiritual where a curtain protects mankind from a realm which we are forbidden.  This mystical place of altered senses, powerful visions, wondrous colors is where the addict goes when he's high, at least at first.

The universe is governed by the rules of the Most High and the beings that exist behind that curtain know the rules, we do not.  They are bound by God's laws and must obey but when a hapless and foolish human stumbles into their den, all bets are off.  Much like the legend of the vampire, where he can not attack you unless you invite him into your home, the wickedness that lives on the other side must receive an invitation.  So how are people inviting them in?

The Zombie Drug
Drugs - the most prevalent way to move into a dimension you are not supposed to be.  Since the nation rejected God in the early 1960's when the Supreme Court struck down prayer in schools, we have been given over to a steady decline.  Drug abuse, once rare, and limited has swept across our nation and is playing out nightly on the news and in cell phone video.

As the drugs get stronger and the time gets shorter, we see horrifying examples of what happens to people that use that gateway.  The potency, prevalence, and side effects of street drugs have intensified every year.  Even marijuana that was a relatively innocuous recreational drug in years past has been modified and treated with hallucinogenic properties.

Synthetic Marijuana
Heroin was at one point a rarely used and hardcore drug, it's in high schools now.  The epidemic of overdoses is reported in towns across America, recently Huntington WV had 27 overdoses in 4 hours.  (source)  Cut with all sorts of dangerous chemicals, junkies are turning into the walking dead.

krokodil heroin
This drug epidemic, while more prevalent and dangerous, is not new.  Mixing potions, holding seances, and crossing the veil is as old as the fall.  The greek word is pharmakeia, it is where we get the origin of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals, it also means witchcraft.

Man is created in God's image with a mind, soul, and spirit.  The part of us that yearns for fellowship with God will take a cheap substitute and enter into a spiritual world for which they have no preparation or protection from.  They stumble into this place for fun, but there is nothing fun about what lies in wait.

The Enemy has no new material, he proclaims there is no god and by eating, drinking, or smoking a cursed substance, you will be like god.  The first time and only the first time, the user enters into a beautiful magical world but it's an illusion and a lie.  Subsequent forays get darker and darker as the hapless soul tries to recapture that first time but it will never come and they are now in the grips of powerful spiritual entities that will destroy them.

This is why the Scripture forbids witchcraft and why practitioners are under a death sentence in the Old Testament.  Paul warns us, Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Yet, the promise is ever true, the lure of the unknown and the mystical is tempting and seductive.  Those who live according to the desires of the flesh are searching for something they will never find, there is a way that seems right to man but leads only to death.

The Promise of "Heaven" in a Jar
I have warned many not to step behind the curtain, for you do not know the rules, you are not equipped to fight, and you have no legal rights in that place.  I speak from experience, I've been behind that curtain.  I understand the draw, the power, the depth of experience, I know what it's like to be over there but I tell you the truth the desires of the flesh will destroy you.  The wickedness in that place is ancient and powerful and much stronger and smarter than you are, you will eventually lose.

Repentance and salvation are the only hope.  If you find yourself in the grip of a powerful addiction, if you have a loved one that has stumbled into this hell, pray this prayer with me:  Father in Heaven, we come to you today with a broken heart, we realize that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed by what we have done and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart, we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves, forgive us today and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  We confess our sins and cry out to you for salvation.  We believe in the death and the resurrection of your son, Jesus Christ who died for our sins.  We plead the blood of Jesus over ourselves and our loved ones.  We ask that the Holy Spirit fill us and banish any unclean and wicked spirits from our bodies, our homes, and our lives.  Keep us safe in your perfect will Father, protect us from the enemy and help us to move and live in your ways and to walk upon your paths.  Seal us Oh, Lord with your salvation and heal us from our sins.  We pray these things in Jesus' holy name.  Amen.

Sep 18, 2016

The Counterfeit Apostles - Waiting in the Wings

Merriman-Webster defines counterfeit:  made in imitation of a genuine article without authorization and especially with intent to deceive or defraud.

Jesus and the Apostles - The Originals
We know that Satan always tries to counterfeit God.  We see it throughout Scripture but especially in the Book of Revelation where he mimics the Triune God of the Bible with the Beast, the False Prophet, and the Anti-Christ.  There are other players in this final drama that we don't talk too much about, the 10 kings.

The Club of Rome's 10 Kingdoms - Sponsored by the UN
We meet these nefarious 10 kings several times in Scripture, (Dan 2:31-35, Dan 2:40-45; Dan 7:7-8, 19-24; Rev 13:1-2; Rev 17:3,7) but most explicitly in Daniel 7:24 and then again in Revelation 17:12,16.  The imagery of Revelation requires and understanding of the symbols, a horn in ancient culture was a symbol of royal power.  It is why today, crowns have spires resembling horns.  The 10 kings, the False Prophet, and the Anti-Christ are all subservient to the Beast who is Satan.  Thus, we have the counterfeit 12 Apostles, but who are they?

Ancient Kings and Idols with Horns
The bible is quite clear that the man of perdition will not come to power until the great restrainer is taken out of the way.  Thus, any Christian living today can not be certain of the identity of these men but something occurs to me that we should explore....

There are always and have always been 12 men waiting in the wings, always 12 men striving for the top position, and 12 men always controlled and committed to the service of the Devil.  They can read, they know that at some point the world will be given over to them.  Even if they did not live at the time of the end, the Devil promised Jesus the world and the Lord did not rebuke him as one who does not have the power to give it.  The run after the king of this earth with all of their hearts.

Hidden Men of Power
Think of it, 12 highly placed and regarded Satanists wielding the power of the Devil on this Earth.  Preying on the people and each other:  what must they have to do to themselves to achieve such a position?  Satan would have to have certain rules in place, otherwise, they'd kill each other.  He must dangle rank, wealth, and power in front of them enticingly.  They each strive to achieve the highest place in the Dark Kingdom to come.

The Great Deception

Have you ever been fooled?  Have you ever fallen for a trick?  Have you ever believed a liar?  Once the deception was revealed, didn't you feel stupid for falling for it?  What if there is a lie coming that is so great it will fool most of mankind and damn your soul to Hell?  

2 Thessalonians 2:9 This evil man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. 10 He will use every kind of wicked deception to fool those who are on their way to destruction because they refuse to believe the truth that would save them. 11 So God will send great deception upon them, and they will believe all these lies. 12 Then they will be condemned for not believing the truth and for enjoying the evil they do.

What does the above Scripture mean?  It means that once the church is Raptured and the Antichrist is revealed there will be a great deception to all men who have previously heard the gospel and rejected it because they loved sin more than truth.

WOW!  That is going to be one big whopper, which is no surprise, for Satan is the Father of Lies.  What kind of lie do you think he could make up and have the whole world buy it?  For many years, the Evangelical community has been putting forth the theory that it will be an alien themed deception.

Picture this:  The world is thrown into chaos after the Rapture of the Church.  I believe that is why the US is not mentioned in the End Times Prophecies, I think we are wiped out when the church is gone.  The huge power vacuum that exists in the world after a US collapse will set the stage for the rise of a One World Government and enigmatic ruler.  Add an alien presence in the sky and a Catholic Church that has already prepared new doctrine based on an alternative gospel and you have the framework for the great deception.

We have been being prepared for an alien invasion for decades.  TV, movies, and books have pervaded our culture.  There is a recent survey that says that more people believe in aliens than in God.  In many circles, belief in aliens (Scientology and Mormons) are considered enlightened while belief in Jehovah is considered backward.  A decade ago, people were skeptical about aliens; no longer.  We have been fed a steady diet of aliens, space travel, and post apocalyptic/end of the world stories.

There is credible evidence to support UFO's.  There are hundreds or thousands of sightings a year by normal folks.  There are stories of police and military chases with hundreds of witnesses to these unexplained events.  There are monthly compilations of UFO videos on YouTube.

Many Evangelicals believe that these UFO's are real, but we do not believe they are aliens from another planet.  We believe they are fallen angels and demons that are coming under the guise of aliens.  Satan and his demons are called the Prince in the Power of the Air.  For we wrestle, not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities in high places.  So in Scripture we are told that Satan rules the skies.

He's not going to drop out of the sky with a pitchfork, horns, and a tail.  He is going to come as an angel of light. It is entirely rational and conceivable that the stage for the great deception is set, don't be fooled.
Satan as an Angel of Light
There are two schools of thought on whether or not people who have heard the Gospel can be saved after the Rapture.  I tend to lean toward the school that says if you have heard it and rejected it, you will be given the great deception.  Your soul is lost for eternity.  For we are saved through our belief and faith in the atonement, death and resurrection of Jesus; it takes very little faith to come to Christ when all the believers are gone.  That is why I am so desperate about my friends who are unsaved, because what is coming to you is beyond horrible.  I urge you to accept the gift of grace, love, and salvation before it is too late.

(Originally published August 4, 2013)

Sep 10, 2016

The Real Reason for the Kaepernick Outrage

Why are people so angry over an NFL player that refused to stand for the National Anthem?    Hundreds of thousands of words have been written on the subject and I won't rehash any of them but I'd ask you to consider the reason people are outraged and why it matters.

Sports fan is a shortened form of the original term, sports fanatic.  Fanatic is defined as a person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal (great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective), especially for an extreme religious or political cause.  A religion can be defined as pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance.

We all know these folks, the ones that come to work on Monday depressed because their team lost.  Sports fans across the world spend their time, talent, and money supporting "their team".  They raise their hands and sing praises and cheers in loud voices.  There is nothing wrong with healthy spectator sports, time with friends, and having a good time at an event.  In a balanced life and mind, the wholesome good time of competition and sport is a gift from God but there is another side.

Sports Devotion
As society has moved away from the acknowledgement of the Most High, other things have moved into His place.  Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is so will your heart be.  How many follow every play, watch every interview, devote entire weekends to tailgate and game day, how many stand and cheer and pour their entire attention into a game?  Have sports become too important in their lives?  Do they neglect their family and other important activities during "the season"?

The Sports Fan Couch Potato
Before my husband was saved, I called myself a "Football Widow".  I had no idea how many games were played Saturday through Monday.  If we were not watching a game, we were watching sports TV, and I would be alone every home game.  He'd leave in the morning and return late in the evening chilled to the bone and reeking of stale beer.  He was looking for something to fill the hole, looking for something to be devoted to, and in the end, sports were better than drugs, spending, or women.

Sports Worship
Sports has become an idol, in the sense that fans are "devoted" and "zealous".  We are warned against this in Scripture:

1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

1 Corinthians 10:14 ESV Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

Judges 10:14 ESV Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress.

Extreme Weather Fans
So if sports are a god, then people expect them to behave like a god.  They should be honorable and fair and their players should be righteous and good.  As such, when a god does not behave people react with extreme indignation.

FIFA Bribery Corruption
The lesser gods of players are not forgiven for their sins, Kaepernick is just the latest.  Micheal Vick, Tom Brady, Ray Lewis, Lance Armstrong, Joe Paterno, OJ Simpson all have exhibited personal behavior unbecoming to a god and the public has been brutal in its condemnation.

Disgraced Swimmer
This is the real reason behind the Kaepernick uproar; not a spoiled, rich athlete who should know better, simply an object of worship who is not worthy of the devotion.  In the end, only one is worthy, the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.

Sep 8, 2016

Jubilee 2016 - What We Might Have Missed

Elevated Watch 2016

I love this time of year.  While we are told to be ever vigilant and wait for the Lord's return with hope and eager expectation; I look forward to the Fall Feasts like poor kid yearns for Christmas.  When the relentless grip of Summer seems to loosen just a glimmer, when the evening light dims earlier, when circled dates on the calendar  move ever closer - Oh, the anticipation!

I'll look up in the sky and whisper a prayer, "Come quickly, Lord.  I'm ready to go!"  I, along with millions of other Watchers, anticipated the 2015 Fall Season with fervent and hopeful expectations.  It would be disingenuous to say that we weren't on the highest watch of our lifetime, so when October 5th rolled around and we were still here, well we just went kept going and kept looking up.

Blowing of the Shofar
One area that I've seen very little discussion on is the fact that 2015-2016 is a jubilee year.  After months of deliberation, the Sanhedrin declared it so in July 2016 (source).  Since the law of jubilee is very specific, it has not been celebrated in the land of Israel since the Second Temple was destroyed in 70AD.  The Bible declares the ultimate Shemitah and nobody is talking about it.

For those of you not familiar with jubilee, here's a quick explanation:

Well, 49 is a derivative of 7 which we know is God's number of completeness
We know that every 7 years there is declared a Sabbatical year
49 years is 7 Sabbatical years
49 years follows a 50th year, which is the year of Jubilee

If you are unfamiliar with the Sabbath year, it is outlined in Leviticus 25:3-4.  (Johnathan Cahn and many other scholars have written extensively about this, check out this video if you are unfamiliar).

The Jubilee is ordained by God in Leviticus 25:8-10 and is ushered in on the Day of Atonement with the blowing of shofars throughout your land.   It is a sacred year where not only are the debts forgiven but slaves are freed and the land is returned to the original tribes. 
The Jubilee is about regathering the scattered people and restoring the original territory that God gave to Israel.  Prophetically, this will occur at the destruction of the forces that come against Israel in Psalm 83, Ezekiel 38-39.

(Check out this video for more about the Jubilee)

The world was captivated by The Harbinger and the cycle of Shemitah's that Jonathon Cahn revealed in his groundbreaking book.  The eagerly anticipated Shemitah of 2015 failed to materialize into anything of significance, unlike the previous two, and thus the law of the Shemitah was dismissed as hype and hoax but what if we were wrong?

What if, because this is a jubilee year, the judgment of the Shemitah was forestalled a year?  Wouldn't it be just like the Lord to have something hidden?  The markets are jittery (as they should be), we're living in a global house of cards and I believe only the sustaining and merciful hand of the Almighty keeps us all from descending into Venezuela Style meltdown.

Sep 5, 2016

Two Rational Americans Make a Case for the Candidates - Without Name Calling

Abigail and Dolley readers yesterday, I put out this challenge:

I would just like one Hillary Clinton supporter to rationally and without name calling or Trump bashing truly explain how they can vote FOR her. Not against someone else, not because she is a woman, not because she or they are Democrats, but actually a reasoned and logical case in support of Hillary Clinton. If you can't do that, then you should not pull the lever for her in November. I promise I will be respectful and considerate if anybody takes up the challenge.

Rational Conversation

I had one friend take me up on the challenge:

The Case for Hillary:

-Even though her major initiative, the Clinton health care plan, failed (due to Republican obstruction), you cannot deny that it laid ground for what we have today, the Affordable Healthcare Act, something Clinton supports and would continue.

-She played a leading role in the development of State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides the much-needed state support for children whose parents cannot afford nor provide them with adequate health care coverage.

-She was also instrumental in the creation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Foster Care Independence Act.

-Successfully fought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and asthma at the National Institute of Health (NIH).

-She spearheaded investigations into mental illness plaguing veterans of the Gulf War; we now have a term for it – Gulf War Syndrome.

-At the Department of Justice, she helped create the office on Violence Against Women.

-She was instrumental in securing over $21 billion in funding for the World Trade Center redevelopment.

-Took a leading role in the investigation of health consequences of first responders and drafted the first bill to compensate and offer the health services our first responders deserve (Clinton’s successor in the Senate, Kirsten Gillibrand, passed the bill).

-Was instrumental in working out a bipartisan compromise to address civil liberty abuses for the renewal of the U.S. Patriot Act.

-Proposed a revival of the New Deal-era Home Owners’ Loan Corporation to help homeowners refinance their mortgages in the wake of the 2008 financial disaster.

-Was a major proponent of sensible diplomacy which brought about a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, and brokered human rights with Burma.

-Oversaw free trade agreements with our allies such as Panama, Colombia, and South Korea.

-Was the most traveled Secretary of State to date.

-The Clinton Foundation, founded by her and her husband, has improved the living conditions for nearly 400 million people in over 180 countries through its Initiative program.

Questions on the above are:

This is an admirable list, I thank you for it, these seem good. I respect the accomplishments listed, some are quite impressive. I respectfully ask:

-Have you looked into the illicit activities of the Clinton Foundation and her pay to play schemes?

-Did you watch the movie "Clinton Cash"?

-Do you believe that the Obamacare legislation has been successful?

-Did Hamas actually stop trying to kill Israelis? (See the Tunnel Network where they use Aid to launch terror.)

-Did you know we already had Panama and Columbia free trade deals? (GSP and CAFTA)

-Did you see the statistics that she only met with non-governmental people as Secretary of State who made donations to the Clinton Foundation?

-Have you looked into the history of corruption and scandals from Whitewater to the Email Dump?

So my friend asked me to abide by my own rules and make a case for Trump.

Trump and Clinton

The Case for Trump:

I've written this by myself. It's not a copy and paste, it's what I have learned since he became the nominee.

-Trump has been a successful businessman and developer since the 1980's.

-Many credit him with the revitalization of NYC.

-He has never sought public office before and does not view himself as a politician.

-Since he financed his entire primary campaign out of his own pocket, he is not bought and paid for by special interests and political pacs.

-He is a straight talker and has proven that he actually is sometimes TOO honest and that has gotten him into trouble.

-He recently apologized to those he may have hurt with his remarks, this demonstrates an ability to admit mistakes.

-He has successfully negotiated many deals in his career and will be a great negotiator for our country.

-He empowers people around him and is a great listener.

-He treats his hosts, bodyguards, and workers with respect and just about everyone who has worked for him sings his praises.

-He speaks up for the powerless, sees the injustices in the world that have come about by bad policy, rules, and laws.

-He will negotiate with lawmakers to bring the role of President back under Constitutional rules and roles.

-He is a proponent of free markets that are not corrupted by crony capitalists, burdensome regulations, and a banking system that does not fund small business.

-He is a fierce advocate for the US in trade, that's my profession and I can tell you he is 100% right about other countries keeping our goods out while dumping their goods here.

-He will cut taxes and reform the burdensome tax code.

-He will deport criminal aliens, who in NC, just in August raped 73 women and children.

-He is an amazing builder and will put those talents to work repairing America's infrastructure, roads, airports, and bridges.

-He is for state's rights and has repeatedly deferred issues back to the states for their local resolution.

-He is trustworthy, the Washington Post assigned 20 full-time reporters to dig up dirt on him and they have been unable to come up with anything.

-He has employed thousands of workers and never, until he ran for president, has there ever been a hint of racism in him.

-He believes in smaller federal government and fiscal responsibility. His son has indicated that they have plans that will cut the federal government by 30%.

-He is inspiring and loves our country, he sees a bright future full of promise and real hope.

-He's going to make a great President.