Education for Christians

This article will be about American education.

CA wildfireImagine being caught in a California brush fire with no place to go. That is what the coming of the Lord is going to be like. The prophet Malachi describes the coming of the Lord in just such a way –

“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” Says the LORD of hosts, “That will leave them neither root nor branch.” – Malachi 4:1

Fortunately, there will be a way of escape –

“But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; And you shall go out You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” says the LORD of hosts. And grow fat like stall-fed calves.” – Malachi 4:2-3

So God does have a way of protecting His chosen from the raging fire that is coming. To those who fear My name is the qualifier! Unfortunately, that does not include those lukewarm Christians who confess the Lord’s Name on Sunday but live like the world the rest of the week. There will be a separation between those who say they are Christians and those who really are living like they are Christians. God has placed a constellation in the heavens as a witness to this time – it is called the Constellation Auriga, which is the Third Deacon (one that accompanies and further explains) of the constellation Taurus.

Auriga constellationAuriga is seen as a mighty Shepherd holding a she-goat in his arm and cradling two baby sheep in his lap. The goat in his arm is grasping his neck and looking back at the constellation Taurus, which represents the Lord coming as Judge back to the earth. God declares that the truth will be confirmed by two witnesses and here we have the witness in the heavens and the witness of His word –

“Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand, And His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him. He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.” – Isa. 40:10-11

Now back to the prophet Malachi. After his declaration that the Lord will rescue those who fear His name, Malachi states –

“Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, With the statutes and judgments.” – Mal. 4:4

Mt. Horeb was where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. God then stated –

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” – Mal. 4:5-6

This is why every Passover always leaves a seat open for Elijah and one of the young children goes to the door and looks outside to see if Elijah is coming. And what will Elijah do when he comes? He will restore the function of the fathers to their children and the children back to the truth the fathers teach them. That speaks of education! The fathers will begin to do what God commanded them from Mt. Horeb –

“Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren, especially concerning the day you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’ – Deut. 4:9-10

As the United States was founded, it took these truths to heart and our leaders believed and practiced them. In the words of our third President, Thomas Jefferson –

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever…” – Thomas Jeferson, 3rd. U.S. President and signer of the Constitution.

The truths written in the Word of God, the Holy Bible, are the only map to our success as a country. But we need to take back our education system and our government which have surrendered to the lies of socialism and communism. And the American Church needs to wake up and begin telling the truth. God told Malachi what kind of Pastor He wants, one like Levi –

“Then you shall know that I have sent this commandment to you, That My covenant with Levi may continue,” says the LORD of hosts. My covenant was with him, one of life and peace, And I gave them to him that he might fear Me; So, he feared Me And was reverent before My name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and injustice was not found on his lips. He walked with Me in peace and equity and turned many away from iniquity. For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, and people should seek the law from his mouth; For he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.” – Malachi 2:4-7

Pastors need to stop thinking of themselves as ministers of some denomination or even ministers of the people. They are messengers only of the LORD! And they are beholden to HIm to tell the truth, that’s Scriptural truth, social truth, and governmental truth! Many today are speaking about revival, and we do need a revival of the truth! And among the areas of truth, perhaps the most important area of truth, at least according to Malachi, is in education.

According to Epoch Times article Behind the Public School Exodus of 1.4 million Children now is certainly the time for the Church to promote Home Schooling by small groups and home school groups and teaching about parental responsibility to teach their children the ways of the Lord. And I am not talking about just one-hour Sunday School classes but complete help on the curriculum and teaching methods available. We are in the last days and we are in trouble! Now is the time to take back who we are as Christian Americans as the following video shows.

Some may think this article is too ‘political’ but I would say God is political and Jesus will have the “government upon His shoulders”! We are to be the salt of this society and that implies telling the truth to it and to our children. Our public education system has been captured by a foreign god, the god of humanism and communism and those Christians who are still sending their children into it are sacrificing them to foreign gods! And the church that allows this without speaking up is just like the Pharisaical system of Jesus’ day – they refuse to receive the truth and they stand in the doorway blocking it from their perishers.

Now that I have vented my frustration, I want to finish this article with a video about an educational topic all Christians should become familiar with – the Constellations.

I hope every Christian parent begins teaching their children at home the truths God has left for us to learn, and that includes truth in the heavens and truth in the Word of God, the Bible.

Unless the Lord builds the House (2)

Psalm 127 has one of the wisest sayings in the Bible:

“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”

People and nations throughout history have discovered the power behind these words – some to their benefit and some to their disaster. Today I want to share about them from a personal family level. 60 years ago, I realized the truth of this passage as I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. For the last 60 years I have been growing in my understanding of its truth and I have only just begun to plumb its depths. The Psalm goes on to reveal the way in which God builds the house spoken of here.

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.”

Children! Children raised with love and the fear and admonition of the Lord. I have learned that children have at least two powerful functions in your life: 1) They are the motivation that brings forth care, patience, and unqualified love like nothing else in life, and 2) they are also the mirror God uses most (after your wife of course) to show you who you are. In them you can truly see yourself. As they grow into adulthood they also drive you to depend on God more than most things because they soon make it clear that you can no longer directly control their every step. You are forced to seek God in prayer on their behalf and hope beyond hope that you prepared them to meet life.

On November 21, 2015, before Thanksgiving, at 1:30 am on a cold Sunday morning our house burned. What didn’t burn was ruined by smoke and the abundant water the fire fighters needed to put out the fire. As I stood outside watching the flames and smoke, there were my children and grandchildren forming a line to carry valuables and mementos handed through a bedroom window by firefighters and police who were there to save as much as possible. My children shouldered the burden of providing food and clothing for us (all was lost), meeting with insurance agents, itemizing things lost, and the abundance of details you never think of that need to be done after such an event. It is surely true “They shall not be ashamed but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.” Not that the insurance agents are our enemies, but the fire and Satan certainly was!

Children are a piece of you, and they are also a piece of God because He gives every one of them a spirit that comes directly from Himself. You might say, they are the down payment on the future. When the prophet Malachi laments about the ugly practice of divorce declaring that God “hates divorce”, he reveals the divine reason for marriage:

But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. Malachi 2:15

Children truly are a heritage from the Lord! They are the greatest opportunity God ever gives to man; his hardest challenge and his greatest reward all rolled into one. Jesus commanded –

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” – Matt. 28:18

and your children are certainly the very first persons to obey this command on!

Now if God has ordained that you should not have children, then trust in Him, because He has a plan for your life as well, and His plan is always good. To the young couple perhaps having their first child, rejoice in the Lord for He is giving you a chance to shape the future and only He knows of the plans He has for that precious life. So, depend on Him for the help you will need in raising them. To the Grandparent, your job is not yet done. To you is given the all-powerful ministry of encouragement and prayer for God’s plans and purposes for your Grandchildren to not be hindered in any way. Parents and Grandparents are given the all-important job of standing beside God and helping Him in performing His purpose for those children.

georgenov022017 But this word is not just to families, it is also to nations because nations are built on the family. In a nation such as the United States it is important that the elected officials understand that they are building God’s House.! Our first President, George Washington, is quoted as saying, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert great pillars of human happiness.” By religion he meant Christianity and its tenants.

In its history, America has had several revivals of that sentiment in which it turned back to God and His words. But that is not the current case as the entertainment industry, epitomized by Hollywood, has become the Antichrist’s immorality voice of the world. And our current government encourages them by eliminating God from public view. Democrats have dropped the phrase So help me God’ from the testimony sworn by witnesses before Congressional hearings, Democrat Jerry Nadler remarking “God’s Will is No Concern of This Congress”, to passing the Equality Bill which elevates homosexuals and Lesbians and transgenderism to protected status.

There is much more I could point out that shows the spirit of Antichrist taking over our government but the responsibility rests with the Church, who alone has the Light and is called to be the salt that preserves. Jesus predicted there would be famines in the last days, and so there are, but the worst famine is a famine of the word of God! The prophet Amos predicted this in the last days –

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord GOD, “That I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread,
Nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.” – Amos 8:11

What is the answer? How can we change this condition? The prophet Hosea has the answer –

“Come and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.” – Hosea 67:1-3

And above all, make sure God is building your house.

Education that does not Honor God

critical race theoryThe end times prophet Malachi has a word for Israel that can very well be applied to the United States. It has to do with the nation’s education system.

“Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts.” – Malachi 2:11-12 KJV

By teaching concepts of a “strange god” they were dishonoring the holiness of the true God Yahweh. For this reason, God will cut off both teacher and student from “the tabernacles of Jacob”. In other words, they will lose the blessings of God that came only to those having covenant with God.

God had instructed them at Mt. Horeb to remember His word –

And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.: Deut. 11:19 KJV

“Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.” – Deut. 4:10 KJV

But, over time, they forgot this instruction and had fallen into the condition Jeremiah the prophet accused them of –

“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.” – Jer. 2:13

Jesus also spoke of these “living waters” on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles –

“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water’. (But this Spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” – John 7:37-39

Scripture says there is a pure river of life that flows from the throne of God and the Lamb –

“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” – Rev. 22:1-2

That river is the pure Word of God and His word is life to all mankind. It is also for the healing of the nations and by His Word the creation was performed, “Then God said . . .”. The Apostle Paul tells us how Jesus is going to purify His Bride, the Church –

“That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” – Eph. 5:26-27

America’s education system began with the Word of God. As is written in The Founding from the American Heritage Education Foundation –

“After the Revolutionary War, when the United States acquired new western territory, the Confederation Congress was concerned about immorality and corruption in the new territories and stressed the importance of teaching the Bible, morality, and religion in these regions.  They thus enacted a law that encouraged education for the teaching of religion and morality in schools, known as the Northwest Ordinance of 1787.  This ordinance required all new states to build schools.  Article III of the ordinance stated:

Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.

The Confederation Congress adopted the Northwest Ordinance during the same period that the U. S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and First Amendment were drafted and adopted.  (The ordinance was reapproved in 1789 by the first U. S. Congress under President George Washington.)  Since Congress adopted both this ordinance and the First Amendment, they did not view government encouragement of moral education as a violation of the First Amendment’s No Establishment Clause.  The No Establishment Clause permitted the national government’s encouragement of the teaching of religion and morality in schools.  Indeed, early Americans naturally identified education with the teaching of the Bible and morals, observes A. James Reichley in his Religion in American Public Life, “almost as a matter of course.”

American education began well, being founded on the firm foundation of the Word of God and as a result, God blessed this nation. But now it has fallen into the trap Israel fell into, it has “profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god”. 

chuck schumerAnd what is that god? It is the god of humanism! Humanism is an outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. Humanist beliefs stress the potential value and goodness of human beings, emphasize common human needs, and seek solely rational ways of solving human problems. In other words, humanism denies God’s value and existence. And it negates His Word as being important in human affairs. It gave rise to the concept of evolution which denies God in the Creation and thus denies the Book of Genisis and denies the concept of sin and thus denies the importance or need of a Savior. It basically substitutes man for God! After the rise of humanism, it was not long before they outlawed the Ten Commandments from education, next came the removal of references to Bible names and concepts, such as Jesus and Easter and Christmas. Instead, education has substituted Critical Race Theory, trans genderism, and homosexuality.

American education used to be tops in the world but now it has fallen to be in the category of third world nations! What Paul wrote to the Romans has come upon us –

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man – “ – Rom. 1:18-23

Because of this God gave them up to their foolishness.

“For this reason, God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise, also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;” – Rom 1:26-28

Alexandria_Ocasio_Cortez_wild_eyesWhy is education so important, you may ask? It is because we tend to elect our leaders from the education pool. Look what our educational system has recently produced: Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Alexandrea Cortes, Charles Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Elisabeth Warren, Bernard Sanders, and a whole host of unsavory, unbelieving hypocrites! And the colleges that produced them also produced the educators that are running our schools. Is it any wonder why God is rejecting us?

I retired from education 25 years ago. I taught Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics on the college level and even then, I could see the corrosion that was setting in but, it has gotten much worse now. My wife, who also was a teacher, and I home schooled our last two children because of what we saw firsthand in the schools. I would strongly advise parents today to home school or get their children into a Christian based school. There are now excellent home school materials available as well as groups to help you. And I would advise every church that believes in the Word of God to do whatever they can to help and encourage home school groups.

Charles CooleyFinally, at 86 years old I cannot fight the battle that needs to be fought to reclaim our educational system, but I can encourage you who are listening what to do. You must pray that God renews your church because God has given the church to be the light and salt of this world. Next, you can elect those leaders who really are Christian, who have a track record of honoring Christ and His Word. Understanding God’s Word is more important than understanding government because the Holy Spirit can teach us the way we should go in any situation and God is an expert at government. As our founding fathers knew –

Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.

Finally get your children into a school atmosphere that honors God and honors His Word!

Passover 2023

In 2019 I wrote Facing Eternity, an article in which I shared part of my personal journey through this life, and I want to repost it here as a lead into my message on the upcoming Passover.

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April 22, 2019

Israel and AnitaThis has been a time of great loss for me as my dear wife of 60 years went to be with the Lord three months ago and one of my four sons left this earth for his heavenly home this last Passover, three days ago on the Feast of the First fruits. My son, Israel, who was my sounding board as we shared many questions and ideas about the second coming of the Lord and these end days that we live in. What David wrote in Psalm 127 has become even more precious to me.

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.” – Ps. 127:3-5

While all my children and grandchildren are a comfort to me and we often share about the Lord and His blessings, I want to share what one of Israel’s sons shared about his dad’s passing –

(Beside Me by The Day of Eternity, Israel’s children)

Israel’s children wrote this song, Beside Me, to commemorate their dad’s heart as he struggled in the battle against cancer and the fear of death, we all have. But Israel overcame as his faith was anchored in Jesus and his eyes were lifting to see the King coming for him. His testimony was Jesus walked beside him to the very end.

My memories of my wife, Anita, and my son, Israel, will always be sweet and my hope is in the Lord, though the separation is painful it is only pain for a moment, for soon I will be seeing them again.

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus, we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” – 1 Thes. 4:13-18

As I have shared part of my personal life with you, I pray it will encourage you to draw nearer God as He alone is our hope for eternity. Those who know Jesus have hope for the future because we know this life is just a steppingstone on the way to eternity.

That is exactly why we all need to remember Passover and keep it in our hearts. The blood of that lamb was the atonement for their sins but, it had to be applied to the doorposts of their homes. It was a symbolic picture of the true Lamb of God who would later come to earth – Jesus, the Lamb of God. His blood alone can make the atonement for sin in our lives.

“Therefore, purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.” – 1 Cor. 5:7

The “leaven” Paul is talking about here is sin. How do we purge out the old leaven? By repenting to God for it and turning away from it. That first Passover had to be taken with their shoes on their feet and being fully dressed for the journey. They had to be ready to leave Egypt, the place of bondage, and to leave on the journey to the Promised Land. They could no longer take pleasure in the Leeks of Egypt. Some who started the journey would later turn back in their hearts as they faced the trials of the wilderness. They said, –

“We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic;” – Num. 11:5

These complainers embraced the Passover to get rid of the slave-master’s whip, but they did not realize God was after their hearts, their attitudes showed they yet loved the world. John the Apostle wrote –

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” – 1 John 2:15, 16

And so it is today. Many come to Jesus in their hour of need, and they make a start with Him but, when the trials of the wilderness meet them, they turn back. They don’t realize that these trials are designed by God to purify us and purge out the dross that we may be pure silver. They are thinking of God’s mercy in getting them through their hour of need, which mostly were brought on by their own choices, so they began the journey with God. But God is after more – He wants our hearts, and our hearts are wicked –

cardiogram_heart_working_sm_wm“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” – Jer. 17:9

But God is wise, and He knows how to purify us.

“He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD An offering in righteousness.” – Mal. 3:3

And so, as we remember Passover this year, remember it is the beginning of our trip to the Promised Land. The Lamb of God is the only One who can free us from the bondages of sin. The Passover is joined with the Feast of unleavened Bread because Passover begins the process of purging out the leaven of sin in our lives. And it is followed by the Feast of First fruits because it reminds us that the end of the journey is resurrection into eternal life. Jesus was the first fruit as He was resurrected, and our resurrection will follow when He returns. These three Feasts will be remembered April 5-13 this year.

Another point to remember about Passover is it was associated with their deliverance from bondage. In our nation today there is a great need for deliverance. A majority have turned away from God to other gods and Paul’s message to the Ephesians can be said of us as well –

we “were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” – Eph. 2:1-3

That means before we accepted Jesus and His work on the cross, we had demons! We were under the power of the prince of the power of the air. But God has an answer!

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” – Eph. 2:4-6

Several have asked that I write about deliverance from demons because of my past experiences. Yes, Jesus gave to us power over demons but that is not the most important thing He gave us. He gave us the Gospel of the Kingdom. It is as we declare the good news of His deliverance from sin that demons have to yield and leave. I remember the first time I was involved in a deliverance. I was teaching about receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit and as I prayed for a young woman she began to speak in tongues. But bells went off in my spirit and I knew this was a false tongue. So, I commanded her to stop, and she turned around and looked at me and yelled, “I’m going to kill you, Chuck Cooley!” So, I said “No you’re not, Come out of her!” She let out a scream and collapsed into the chair. In a few minutes I prayed for her again and she received the Holy Spirit speaking in tongues of the Holy Spirit! That young woman is now a missionary serving with YWAM. You don’t have to go looking for demons, you just have to be busy doing God’s work and share the Gospel. Demons can’t stand that message!

If you are having trouble with demons, go to God’s word, study it and obey it. Listen to what God “worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet and gave Him to be head over all things to the church”Jesus is seated in heaven far above every demon who ever existed, and we are seated there with Him!

“and raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” – Eph. 2:6-10

If you will become “born again” by surrendering your whole self to Jesus and claim His work on the cross for yourself, you also will be seated with Jesus in the heavenly places and you also will have the authority to command demons to leave.

I hope you all will celebrate this coming Passover but remember God said leave nothing of the Lamb until morning. In other words, you must take all of Jesus and His commands into your life. You must eat the Passover dressed with your shoes on and be prepared to leave the world of Egypt behind. There is to be no followers of Passover with one foot in the kingdom and one foot in the world. Otherwise, you will perish in the wilderness.

The Narrow Gate

The Constellation Gemeni portrays the Bride being held firmly by Christ as she rules with Him over His dominion. It is a prophetic statement of the calling of the Church to be the Bride of Christ. Now is the time for the Church to begin to become that Bride.

For the last 10 years strange events have been striking the earth; from weird noises to strange sights in the skies, to birds falling from the sky, dead fish washing up on the shores, to beasts of the field dropping dead for no apparent reason.

All these things should remind us of Biblical prophesies foretelling these same events:

“Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed. Therefore, the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air; Even the fish of the sea will be taken away.” – Hosea 4:1-3

“So that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ – Ezek. 38:20

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Earthquakes around the earth are increasing both in number and in intensity. Even though governments and news media are trying hard to hide these facts from the people, they are beginning to wonder what is happening.  It should be clear to all that we are entering the ‘end of days‘. The Bible states –

“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” – Rom. 8:19

But who are these “sons of God”? The Bible is clear on this as well –

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” – Gal. 3:26

Jesus taught that when we believe in Him –

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” – John 5:24

The land indeed is mourning, eagerly waiting for the sons of God to be revealed. It is time for us who have been reborn to rise up and take our true position in Jesus.

“Even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” – Eph. 2:5-6

Mustard Seed ParableThose of us who have been ‘born again’ need to separate ourselves from the allurements and tentacles of the world and set our sight on our heavenly calling! We are to be a ‘voice calling in the wilderness – prepare ye the way of the Lord! We alone have the message of life – “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”  You don’t need to be an anointed preacher. All you need is have a mustard size seed of faith and then use it!

We alone have the message of life for those who are dead in trespasses and sin. They are dead and most of them are troubled by demons just as Paul wrote –

“. . .  who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,” – Eph. 2:1-2

Now we are soon coming into a time of judgement and the wrath of God being poured out. Thousands of people are going to be looking for a way out, a way of deliverance, and we have that way if we are true to the things Jesus and the word of God says about us. We will be like the Hebrews in Goshen as the judgements poured out in Egypt. God says of us, “and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thes. 1:10). As the devil is thrown to earth and his Antichrist becomes active, we will overcome him by “the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony and we will not love our lives to the death (Rev. 12:11). Don’t worry, his time will be short, only 3½ years but, unlike Jesus, he will lose.

The Holy Spirit is looking for those who take their seat in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus. He wants to fill you with His presence. All He needs is a willing vessel, one who is asking for the Latter Rain to fall on him. If your church isn’t praying this way and is against it, get out and find a church that is. The Holy Spirit is beginning right now. People need deliverance right now and they need the word of salvation right now. So, rise up and respond to the call.

Now is the Time

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Jesus said

“Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” – Matt. 9:17

Well-meaning Christians are asking God for revival and to change our government and society back into a God-fearing society. Essentially, they are asking God for the new wine of the Holy Spirit to fill us once again. But they are wanting this without changing on their part. Jesus said that can’t happen or the old wineskins will be broken! As the new wine expands under fermentation it will cause the old brittle wineskins to crack under the pressure! The new wine needs to be put into new wineskins OR the old wineskins have to undergo a work to restore them. This involves soaking them in water (the water of the Word), rubbing and massaging them will oil (the oil of the Holy Spirit) to restore their pliability. The old wineskins have to change their old set-in-place ways. The Holy Spirit will not be dictated to – He will no doubt move in new ways and do new things. If the Church wishes to be filled with new wine, it must become flexible once again.

brm-2014In the last nine years we have seen blood moons in the sky on the Feast Days of Passover and Tabernacles representing the first coming of Jesus and His second coming. Six years ago, we saw the Revelation 12 signs fulfilled in the heavens with Virgo, Jupiter, and Draco warning us that the time of Christ’s return was drawing near. The parable of the fig tree that Jesus talked about is also beginning to happen –

Israel's 70th“Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.” – Luke 21:29-32

Throughout Scripture, Israel is likened to a fig tree –

“I found Israel Like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first fruits on the fig tree in its first season.” – Hosea 9:10

trumpmay012017We have seen Israel return to the Land in 1948 and take back Jerusalem in 1967 and President Trump declare it as the undeniable Capital of Israel in 2017. Now all that remains is for them to rebuild the Temple. The fig tree is certainly budding! Jesus said, –

“Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” – Luke 21:28

so, what should we do to prepare? I suggest that we take Paul’s advice –

“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” – 2 Cor. 7:1

Paul taught to “not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14). We are the temple of the living God so, come out from among them and be separate. Do no touch what is unclean if we want God to receive us. If we want to be righteous, if we want to have light, we have to be set apart. That’s what it means to be sanctified.

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Drag Queen Teaches in Church

The current church has let the world in the doors. They have let adultery and divorce in the church. They have let homosexuality and lesbianism in, and they can no longer preach against them because they are yoked with them! They have forgotten that Evangelism is going out to the world with the message of repentance, not inviting the world in hoping something will rub off on them. Once the devil gets a foot in the door, he will do the converting and not the other way around!

The church has also made this mistake with its children and the public schools. It thinks that it can influence the children with 1 hour on Sunday while the public schools indoctrinate for 30 hours a week. Especially when the parents don’t spend any time teaching them at home. The message in the Bible is parents train up the child, not surrender their children to the public schools to indoctrinate them with Humanism! And all for the sake of money as both parents, if there even are two parents, are working away from the home. Churches can help parents by acquainting them with good children’s Bible books and materials and offering home school groups to help. The church needs to become more like an extended family that is close enough to help each person one-on-one. This probably means small groups meeting in individual homes as well as in church.

Considering the signs we have been given, Christians need to make changes in their lives. There can be no more ‘one foot in the world and one in the Church’ anymore.

I hope you will agree with me.

Resting and Remembering

January front yardIt is a crisp 20º morning as I sit in my office looking out the window at the trees covered with frost and fog. I have been reading old articles I have written, washing clothes, but mostly just resting in what the Lord has done for me. He took me as a college Junior, full of my own abilities, a father of four children and a husband of one wife and showed me what I could be in Him and what I was destined to be, His creation. Since that time He has been with me through every good thing and bad thing that has happened, never leaving me, always encouraging me with His words of comfort and direction. So, after 86 years I can truthfully say He has never failed me. How good He is!

And I have been remembering. The Word says – He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.” and He says –

“Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations. Ask your father, and he will show you; Your elders, and they will tell you: ‘ – – Deut. 32:7

It is good to remember, as King David did, “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.” and to listen to the wise words of Solomon, Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them”:- Eccl. 12:1. Sadly, it is all too often that only the old remember, if even they do.

cropped-s16-of-brma1.jpgBut it would be wise for us all to remember what God has been saying to us about our times. This period of time has had an abundance of heavenly signs; solar flares, strange sounds in the air, near misses by comets like the comet Ison, mass die-offs of birds-fish-and animals, great increase in earthquakes and volcano activity, and a very rare Blood Red Moon Tetrad occurring of Jewish Holidays in 2014 and 2015. What little has been reported has quickly been forgotten. But I want to refresh your memories and remind you that God does these things to remind us of our sins and warn us to get right with Him before it is too late.

God began to speak with signs on the earth and in the heavens in 2010 and He stepped up His speaking in 2012 and in 2013 with the near miss of the comet Ison, which crashed into our Sun. It was then quickly followed with a Blood Red Moon Tetrad that occurred when Jesus was hanging on the cross and has only occurred seven times since then!  Then came other world-wide happenings –

Remember the word of the Lord –

“Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed. Therefore, the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air; Even the fish of the sea will be taken away.” – Hosea 4:1-3

If God spoke this word against Israel, He will speak it against any nation who forsake truth and mercy in the land. Any nation that practices lying and breaks their oaths and who sheds blood (by abortion).

One of my articles dealt with the Revelation 12 Sign of the Woman which was fulfilled on September 23, 2017. But that sign doesn’t end there, it continues on into 2024 where the return of Messiah Jesus is predicted. As we approach that time, life is really going to get exciting for the believer as we are going to be thrust into hand-to-hand combat with the devil and his forces so to speak. War in the heavens is going to break out –

“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,” – Revelation 12:7

As we watch 2013 unveil, I hope we will remember the signs that the Lord has been revealing to warn us to get ready for the end times. And I encourage you to immerse yourselves in the Book of Ephesians where Paul gives his teaching on how to defeat the devil and his demons.

A Time to Rest

Charles CooleyThree years ago, I was awakened by a voice that said a single word – Today.” I don’t know if it was an audible voice or just one in my mind but, it was clear and distinct. It was about three in the morning but, I was awake – wondering if this was the Day of the Lord’s return or what it could mean. My dear wife passed away the previous month, and I wondered if it might be my time as well. As I lay there thinking about it, the verses in Hebrews began flooding into my mind –

“For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion” – Heb. 3:14, 15

Moses-parting-the-Red-SeaYou remember the story – the children of Israel had left Egypt and were wandering in the wilderness unable to go into the Promised Land because of their unbelief. They could not enter into the ‘rest’ God had promised because of their rebellion. They were plagued with complainers, with the Korahs , the Dathans, and the Abirams (Num. 16:24-32) whom the earth swallowed, until that generation perished in the wilderness. Of that generation only Joshua and Caleb were able to cross the Jordan because they held fast to their confidence and faith in God’s promises. But Joshua was not able to give them the rest that God promised –

“For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.” – Heb. 4:8-11

Generations of men have labored to enter that rest and finally the Pilgrims and Puritans came to this country looking for that rest, though it has been available to all throughout history. The government of the United States was founded upon the Biblical principles that would give all a chance to enter this rest.

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Those principles made us free and blessed us with prosperity. But just as when God freed Israel from Egypt’s slavery, Korahs and Dathans have arisen in the United States as well. The freest form of government is that of a republic which is decentralized, but the Korahs and Dathans would lead us to socialism and communism which will give us a centralized government. They get you looking to government for your needs instead of looking to God. But many forget that a government that can give you everything can also take everything! And always does.

The story of Joseph in Egypt illustrates this. In a time of famine, the Egyptians sold themselves to Pharaoh for grain but, few ever asked, where did Pharaoh get the grain in the first place? He stole it from the people with taxation! The bigger that government, the more it steals through taxation.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

And now we have the Democrats promising free immigration, free college, free food stamps, free medical treatment and whatever else they think will buy them votes. Many Republicans are just as bad, talking a good game but doing the same things. Does no one wonder who will pay for it? The answer is – you will with your freedom.

There is only one way to enter into the rest that God promises and that all men strive for and that is to go God’s way. Stop looking to the government for all your needs and turn back to t he Lord God of Heaven!

Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may find grace to help in time of need. Turn away from sin, from sexual immorality, from stealing, from idolatry and turn back to Jesus. So, I urge you Today if you hear His voice do not harden your heart as the Israelite’s did in the wilderness. 

fall 1Just a few months ago the Fall colors were bright, the grass was still green, and the temperature was perfect. Then overhead, I began to hear the honking of geese and ducks making their way south and the leaves began to fall. Almost suddenly it seems the temperature is below freezing and snow flurries gently begin to float down. It is almost if nature is saying, “It is time to rest”

I think this is true in our lives as well. We get so busy with the hustle and bustle of life that we tend to overlook the really important things. And the news media doesn’t help either – they are constantly stirring the emotional pot with one new emergency after another – terrorism, earthquakes and hurricanes, mass shootings, riots, and one political scandal after another.

todays worldProphetically, there are so many things happening, it is hard to keep up with them. But it can also blind us to the really important things in our lives and our relationship with God, such as thanksgiving for all His blessing and giving Him honor and praise. Afterall, after all the turmoil of this world is concluded, those faithful to the Lord will be in heaven giving thanks and praise to God and those in the other place will wish they had spent more time also being faithful. Perhaps, we should spend more time practicing these attributes and less time worrying about things that are in God’s control anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I love prophecy because I love to watch God at work and it prepares me for the day I live in, but there are more important things to do.

Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.” How fortunate to be adopted by a Father who cares about every detail of our lives – a perfect father who never abandons us or fails us. His restrictions in our lives are always for our protection and good. Oh, how He is to be honored and His name hallowed. As you consider all the world’s kingdoms, there are none perfect, only some less bad than others but, His kingdom is perfect in every aspect. Any wise people would want to model their governments on His as much as humanly possible. He knows our past, present, and future and He knows how to overcome the chief enemy of our souls, Satan, and He loves us! Who in their right mind wouldn’t want One with such ability to show us His will for us daily?

As we prepare for the new year 2023, let us remember that we should be thankful every day for God’s abundant goodness and favor bestowed on us daily. And let us seek to enter God’s rest by following the leading of the Holy Spirit and not leaning on our own understanding and works. Let us be faithful to follow His Word and do what He says to do.

I am finishing this article with a song named The Song of Job which reminds us of God’s works on the earth and in our lives.

(The Song of Job, written by Israel Cooley and sung by Day of Eternity)

As we struggle to understand the days we live in remember, God is still on the Throne, and He has everything under control.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

seal 1 “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” – Revelation 6:1, 2

The first four seals all describe horses and their riders: white, red, black, and pale. All of which describe human history. While the message they bring is true of man throughout his history, it is especially true from John’s time until today. There are many today who try to give specific examples for each of these horses but here I wish to just give general principles that describe them. You can fit present day example of them if you wish.

Without Christ as his world view, man will always be driven by Satan’s nature to rule and control. The prophet Ezekiel reveals knowledge of Satan’s past and gives us understanding of his motivations –

“You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: … Was prepared for you on the day you were created. “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. “By the abundance of your trading (merchandise) You became filled with violence within, and you sinned; Therefore, I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones.” – Ezekiel 28:14-16

4horsemenlThe “mountain of God” is describing God’s authority and Satan wants it! It is why Jerusalem has always been such a source of contention and war, because God calls it His mountain and the place where He set His name (Isa. 66:20) and Satan wants it. So, men are infected with this desire to conquer and control. The history of man from John’s time forward has been a story of one conqueror after another sweeping across the land. Since that time there has only been 13 years free of war somewhere on earth. This first horseman has a bow in his hand and a crown on his head. These leaders succumbed to the same temptation Satan gave Jesus – “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, all these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” – Matthew 4:8, 9

Jesus passed the test and rebuked Satan but, many men have failed – Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, to name a few. Many politicians have also fallen to this temptation as well. They promise many things but what they are really after is control and power. That is why there are very few politicians who are true Christians. Oh, they may claim to be Christian but, their lives and what they vote for tells a different story! Power and control are all they want, and they are willing to do anything to achieve it! Even cheating in elections that are almost sacred to Americans.

It is now revealed that Democrats cheated in the 2020 Wisconsin elections by sending ballots to over 150,000 Voters in the 2020 Election Not Tied to a Valid Address in Wisconsin. Former Wisconsin resident Jacob Alldredge, a 27-year-old industrial engineer living in Tennessee, is a case in point.

“I was outraged to learn that the Wisconsin state voter roll shows that I voted in person at the polls on Nov. 3, 2020, when the fact is I was living, registered to vote, and voted in Tennessee. I was not in Wisconsin that day,” he told The Epoch Times.

Quickly following the first seal comes a Red horse “and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.” War is the consequence of those who want control and power because there will always be those who resist. This rider has taken peace from the earth because it is impossible to have peace without the Prince of Peace. Jeremiah writes about this as he describes the false prophets of his day –

“They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” – Jeremiah 6:14

“They say still unto them that despise me, ‘The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace’; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’” – Jeremiah 23:17

The first time I was in Israel I heard a saying common there: “The UN means United Nothing!” That is certainly true because they try to establish peace without the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. It is impossible. All the United Nations does is aid the devil’s plans and soak up a lot of money in the process! It is a shame on the United States that we give so much money to that organization and allow it to be on our soil!

Next comes a Black horse.

“And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.”

War breeds hunger and disease. It destroys the infrastructure needed to produce money and food. Besides taking the young men and women needed it destroys farmland, water resources, and medical facilities needed for healthy living. A present example is Syria where whole generations are being wiped out. And we are witnessing it also in Ukraine where a corrupt government is selling favors to the nations to insure their power. Do they seek peace for the sake of their people? No, they sacrifice their people as they ask the nations for money for weapons. They sell favors to the Bidens of this world and set up bio-weapon labs for the United States and invite NATO to set up nuclear missiles on Russia’s border and then claim they are doing it for Democracy! They are doing it for their own control and power, and for money! They are bringing hunger and famine to a land that once was a ‘breadbasket’ of Europe.

“And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.”

Even the basic necessities of life become scarce and expensive, if available at all. I have read that the phrase “hurt not the oil and the wine” is referring to the rich not being hurt as much as the poor. Whether this is the correct interpretation or not – it is certainly true. Those in power usually start the wars and they often get richer because of them.

The fourth seal brings us to the last horseman to ride forth –

“And I looked and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” – Revelation 6:8

The final result of man’s lust for control and power is always death. He kills with hunger, the sword, with disease, and with wild beasts of the earth. Mankind is dying in record numbers right now due to the Covid Virus and men being killed by snakes, bears, tigers, and lions is also at record numbers in 2022. This says nothing of the animals that are dying in record numbers. The article Mass Animal Deaths for 2022 states –

“There are animals dying all over the world today in huge numbers, due to the polluted state of the sea and air. Millions of Fish and massive numbers of various marine creatures are washing ashore dead. Birds are falling dead out of the sky, and millions of poultry and wildlife are dying from avian flu. The animals of the land are also dying in large numbers. Now although animals and fish have been dying all throughout history, we have not seen the massive consistant numbers that we are seeing today. Please remember! This is just one of the MANY signs of the last days. It’s time to wake up!”

The Bible predicts these last day events will happen and it is not because of ‘climate control’ –

Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore, shall the land mourn, and everyone that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.’ – Hosea 4:1-3

‘I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the Lord. I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the Lord.’ – Zeph.1:2-3

HALF A BILLION Bees have died during 3 months in just 4 states in Brazil! – Warning of ‘collapse of agriculture’ This says nothing about the Bee deaths in the United States.

This concludes the first four seals and is often called ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. I believe they have been active since man’s beginning but, as Jesus taught, the end times will be like a woman in birth pangs – they get stronger and more

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Muslim Brotherhood flag

frequent towards the end. One interesting point is the name ‘a pale horse ‘. In the Greek, the word translated ‘pale’ is chlōrosfrom which we get the word chlorophyll – which is a green color. Taken with the fact that this rider ‘kills with the sword’ and that it is the last horse makes one wonder if Islamic forces are not being hinted at here. Another point to consider is as Israel first began to return to their land, it was a result of war with Muslims (the Turks) that enabled it. Is it likely that the completion of the Jewish return to the land will also involve war with Muslim nations?

Syrian FlagOne prophetic teacher pointed out the colors of the horses as being the colors Islamic nations like to use for their flags. There does seem to be a preponderous use of White, Red, Black, and Green in their flags, for example the Syrian Flag.

I’m sure God used colors for the horses for a specific reason, but He has not revealed to me what that reason is as yet. I’m just told to watch and pray and trust Him to give the answers when I need them so, I give that advice to you as well. Knowing this, that every jot and tittle in God’s word has a reason and will be fulfilled in His time.

The Lamb has Prevailed to Open the Seals

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As the Apostle John was caught up into heaven, he saw the Throne of God –

“And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So, I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.” – Rev. 5:1-4

The question is ‘Why did John weep?’ I believe it was because John knew in the Spirit it contained the conclusion of man’s history – the revelation of the future of man. Mankind cannot fulfill his deepest desires for prosperity or a peaceful conclusion to his destiny in and of himself. All the greed, wicked desires, and violence among men would be doomed to continue with no hope. This is enough to make any thinking human weep. But, in the midst of this despair an elder spoke to John –

“Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals. And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.”

Lamb in the Throne

What relief. What joy. There is hope for mankind – it is found in Jesus. Only Jesus is worthy. He is the Lion of Judah – the Coming Deliverer, and the Root of David – the source of all authority to rule. As Scripture proclaims, He is the ‘root’ into which we are grafted.

“And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,” – Romans 11:17

“That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,” – Ephesians 3:6

He is in the ‘Midst of the elders’ because He is the Head of the Church. The fact that He has 7 eyes, and 7 horns represents the fullness of God’s power and authority that are in Him. Later another lamb will appear and try to fool men into thinking he is Messiah but, he will only have two horns –

2 horned lamb“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” – Revelation 13:11

This lamb is a fake, the ‘false prophet’, and he speaks like the dragon – his father!

As God created heaven and earth and mankind according to His determined purpose, so their destiny is predetermined and recorded in the scroll which He holds in His right hand. This scroll in the hand of God is shut up and sealed; it is known to none but himself, till he allows it to be opened. Known unto God, and to him alone, are all his works, from the beginning of the world; but it is his glory to conceal the matter as He pleases. The times and seasons, and their great events, he hath kept in his own hand and power.

Man thinks history is an accidental happening based on his own plans and actions but, this revelation unveils the real Author of man’s destiny – it is HIStory! Troubles, wars, shakings to our comfortable lives concern us greatly and fear often guides our actions but, the Elder has an answer to us as he did to John – “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” 

All God’s plans for man are sure, solid as rock, and they will come to pass. Jesus will open the seals. As we work through the seals and their outcomes, some may despair and be fearful but, remember God is in control and to those who cast themselves on His mercy will not be disappointed though our lives may be rearranged.

oil lampThat is why prophesy is so important. It is like a snapshot of the history God has ordained given to His people so they may be prepared. It is like a candle to those walking in a darkened world so they may see the way. There are many prophesies coming forth in our day and each needs to be judged by us as the Church. We need to heed their words and to pray about them for by them God is warning of His coming plans. I will include here just one such prophesy from a modern prophet, Chris Reed.

Now to continue on with John’s revelation –

“And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints. “ Revelation 5:8

God has invited us to be partakers of the unveiling of His highest plans. As we study God’s prophetic words, they are guideposts to direct our prayers which add sweet aroma to the works of God. Even in this we are made partakers with God.

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” – 1 John 5:14, 15

What blessings have been bestowed upon us through Jesus – we have been transported from the earth to heaven and made ambassadors of the Highest –

“And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” – Revelation 5:10

No wonder why we should join enumerable angels to proclaim –

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.” – Revelation 5:12-14

No one who reads Revelation chapters 4 and 5 can have any doubt that God will not share these glories with those who are half-hearted, or lukewarm, in their walk with Christ on this earth. As we proceed to chapter 6, Christ will begin to open the seals and it will become clear that we are already living in these days. Now is the time to let the ‘water of the word’ cleanse us and energize us to follow hard after Jesus.

“… as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” – Ephesians 5:25-27

You are invited to an un-imagined future if you are willing. All you have to do is repent of your past waywardness and invite Jesus into your life. He will send His Holy Spirit to you to cleanse away every spot, wrinkle, or blemish and make you presentable to the Father.

Selah