Saturday, October 2, 2010

What if we just prayed?

In my vision, I see a man. He rapes. He pillages. He has no remorse. No feelings. No compassion. No understanding. He is a human representative of all that is evil. All that is wrong. He laughs as men beg for their lives. He smiles knowingly as he commits atrocities that will damage, scar women and children for life. There is a black cloud above his head. It goes where he goes, it takes form and whispers in his ear. It is an insatiable, blood thirsty god demanding more and more bloodshed. More and more death. More and more destruction.

Thousands of miles away, I see the saints lifting their voices. Lifting their voices to the most high God on behalf of the victims. The battered. The torn. The survivors of things that no one should be made to endure. Yet they have survive. And as they weep, the saints pray. As they lose hope, the saints pray. As they merely exist from day to day, the saints pray.

Where is the justice. Where is the hope. Where is God?
Lord, Lord, the saints cry out to the heavens. They weep for the oppressed, they beg their God to intervene. Their hearts are broken before the God of the universe. They fast. They pray. They weep. How can this injustice go on, when will our Lord intervene, they ask.

And when the clouds appear their darkest, there is a light that begins to break through. There are Son beams of hope appearing.

Above the man, the light begins to shine. And there is hope. A child leads him. A child tells him about a God that loves. A God that loves him. And though the child must die, the seed has been planted. The seed sprouts. It grows quickly in side of the man. He weeps. He imagines a quick death would be his most merciful option. How can he live knowing what he has done. He knows not what he should do. He has found the God of love. And he is well aware that it is a sin punishable by death. But he must not die. Not until he somehow, somehow pays his debts. He will beg for forgiveness. He will do what needs to be done to fight for the justice of his victims. And he knows what that means. It means he will eventually give up his own life. He will be made to give it up in the same agonizing way he has killed so many times. But he has decided. Decided to plant as many seeds possible before he goes to meet his maker. In hope, hope that they will grow. That they will grow a mighty harvest for the God of love. Yes, the God of love that has found and redeemed him!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Oh Women of Zion; We Need a Counter Revolution: A Comparison from the Book of Isaiah

Are you an American?
Are you a woman?
Are you a Christian?

If you have answered yes to those three questions, then it is imperative of you to read on.

What is Zion?

Zion is defined as “the hill on which the city of Jerusalem stands”.
During the days of Isaiah, Israel was split into two states. Israel was the northern region and Judah was the southern region. Jerusalem was located in Judah and Judah is the recipient of God’s judgment in the Book of Isaiah. God condemns the people of Judah because of their emphasis on riches, their worship of idols, their handholding with pagans, their emergence into divinations and eastern superstitions and their preoccupation with horses and chariots.

Please note: America has much in common with Judah. America is a rich country with many idols, many pagans, much divination and superstitions and many high end status vehicles.


Who were they women of Zion?


The women of Zion were the women of Judah. God says hey were haughty, flirted with their eyes, adorned themselves with bangles, nose rings, headdresses, fine garments, purses, signet rings, etc. They were perfumed, carried mirrors and jingled their anklets as they walked.

Please note: The women of the American church have much in common with the women of Zion. They are a product of their culture and preoccupied with their appearance. They wear short shorts, have breast implants, belly button piercing and show way to much skin. They inject botox into their faces, jingle with jewelry, walk haughtily and flirt with more than their eyes.



Why are the women of Zion important to us?


Judah was being judged because of their wickedness and while doom was prophesied upon them collectively as a country, Isaiah also notes that God had an additional judgment for the women of Zion. They were to be specifically punished for their vanity, immodesty, and promiscuous behavior.

Right now the church in America is looking like the nation of Judah. They have prioritized God behind their work schedules, their families, their entertainment, their possessions, their recreation, etc. They have opted for houses and cars instead of raising their own children in the ways of God. They walk like the world, they talk like the world, they dress like the world and they party like the world. Their hearts are not right with God and they have no longing for it to be so.

God is the same God today as yesterday. He has the same standards for his people today as He did in the days of Isaiah. Do not be fooled by the grace that God has allowed through the sacrifice of His Son, God still has expectations for His people. He is a Holy God and requires a Holy people.

For His daughters, God has a higher calling, as He made perfectly clear through His judgment on the women of Zion. The daughters of God are to dress modestly without excessive adornment and behave righteously, especially in the presence of men.

The women of Zion were sentenced with loss of hair, absolute baldness and the death of their men. Their men were to be killed off, leaving a seven to one ratio in a day when being a single woman was unacceptable.

Oh, American Christian women, do you want an addition sentence against you when God rebukes His church, as the women of Zion had when God rebuked Judah? It is something to think about and certainly something that can be easily avoided.

Simply start a COUNTER REVOLUTION against a culture that has infiltrated the church and CHOOSE MODESTY!

Monday, September 6, 2010

a new thing

It was like attending a funeral in an odd sort of way. They had the streets secured for five blocks with giant screens at each block. It was obvious they were anticipating huge crowds. "I feel bad for them" was what I found myself saying over and over again under my breath throughout the course of the 12 hour day...

It was at the stadium the night before that I had seen a vision of a large crowd of people coming over the horizon. God was preparing an army, of what I perceived to be youth and I heard Him say "it will not look like this".

It was a Friday night and the stadium was packed for a 5 hr worship night, in my mind there was nothing wrong with the way it looked. I thought it should be pleasing to God and it was. He loved every moment of it, but, He is now ready to do a new thing. Stadiums and amplified sound will be taking a back seat to the move of the marketplace.

Not exactly knowing what that meant I was reminded of a night last year when I found myself visiting a local church advertising a prophetic guest speaker. The prophet had singled me out and asked if I worked for the government in corrections or something similar. When I answered "no" he began to prophesy that I had the Spirit of Esther upon me and I had the ability to set people free. He also went onto say that I would be taking my God and my faith to the market place.

Was any of this memory relevant? I have no idea. All I know is that God is planning a very exciting 'new thing' and I want to be a part of it.

A movement in the market place... hmmm... as I ponder it, I know that anything, with God, makes the possibilities endless.

a woman unveiled

I have a vision... of a woman... she is walking through very dangerous Taliban strongholds, her face is unveiled and she carries a continence of inner strength. Surrounded by this womwan are several men, they are not armed but they are her supporters and protecters.

This woman is homegrown, she comes from a poverty strickened, suppressed village. She has proven herself since she was a child by solving many problems in the city. Rumors of her intelligence circulated quickly throughout the region. She was in much danger even as a child, but she was untouchable even then.

This woman walks through the streets from village to village. She encourages and teaches. She gives women hope. She understands the torment and has a vision for the future.

One day she will be martyred and her legacy will burn bright. But, for this day she is safe and protected bringing the message of hope and grace!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Prayer for Israel!

Israel, oh Israel how My heart cries out for you. You are My love, you are the apple of My eye, oh Israel how I will always love you.

Oh Lord hear my cry from the depths of my soul; I cry out for Israel. That you would defend her. That you would keep her and hold her in the palm of your hand as the earth erupts beneath her.
As she is surrounded by her enemies, may You keep her safe. As destiny approaches let her know that You are there. Give her hope, give her strength.

Do not mourn for Israel, for she will arise like the Morning Star! A star that will shine bright in the darkness. Her cloak shall be her shelter and her armor will stand strong. I fight for Israel. I am her provider, I am her keeper and nothing that comes against her shall prosper. She is my daughter,I hold her in my arms and I rock her. I hold her, I tell her everything will be alright and then I rise as the Mighty I Am and conquer on her behalf. Nothing shall prosper against my Israel!

Oh Lord as I lift my eyes to the heavens, I pray Your reign, I pray Your rain, I pray Your reign, may this earth be as heaven, bring Your kingdom, bring Your power, bring Your strength and bring Your compassion.
Teach us and mold us to do Your will, train us as a mighty army that will rise up in that day and conquer the enemy through Your power and Your might. Bring forth Your word to Your people, show us what is to be done. Bring us off of our knees and into Your army, Your army of the Most High God.

Get ready, get ready for the place you are to go is much different than is, and you must be ready, be ready for the fight that lies ahead. Take My hand and trust Me. Oh, you must trust Me! There should be no doubts for I am the Lord your God. Trust Me, My people, trust Me and we will move... and we will move together as an army. Be prepared, be alert, the time is at hand.

Oh Lord I ask for America and I ask for Israel and I ask for Greece - and I ask for all of your intentions and I pray blessings upon your anointed one Benjamin Netanyahu. Shower him with blessings of peace, blessings of strength, blessings of love and blessings of victory! Go before him and claim his victory that You have ordained for him. And may the enemy flee! and may the enemy flee!

It is not Israel's time, it is not Israel's time. It is My time, My time to love. My time to...

and we wait for You to tarry...

Monday, June 14, 2010

A New Post Inspired by Forest Short and Hot Button Topics!

Do you believe our founding fathers were "Christians". Well, if they were then that certainly blow holes in the “Christians should not be arrogant" theory! Have you ever read the Declaration of Independence? That is the most arrogant document ever written! It insults the King and snubs Britain which was the “superpower" of that day.


Here is one of those arrogant insulting quotes from our Declaration of Independence directed implicitly at the King of England:

"The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world."

…and there begins the accusations against Britain as put forth by the gun toting, freedom loving Christian rebels across the ocean in that place we now call The United States of America.


Our founding fathers showed NO humility before man when it came to their freedoms and rights. They honestly believed they "were endowed by their Creator" and that was empowering to them. It is THEIR FAITH and THEIR COURAGE that founded the greatest nation there has ever been!


And we have been sitting back "playing church" in America, living off of the generational blessings of THEIR FAITH and THEIR FIGHT for many years. But, it is quite clear, their blessings are running out. And what are we doing to ensure that our kids and grand kids have the legacy of a “Blessed Christian Nation?” What generational blessings are leaving for them? I will go out on limb and call it the way I see it: SLIM TO NONE!


Christians are not engaged by their leaders to look much beyond the four walls of their churches. The American Church has become nothing more than a ‘Business Model’ taught in seminary. It is failed bureaucracy that is stinking up this country. Planting churches with graphs and demographics and then hoping enough people will show up to pay the staff/bills isn’t what church should be about..


The sheep are barely being taught local vision (and that is primarily to fill the pews and get more money in the offering basket) much less biblical global vision. They are not being equipped to identify global lies and spiritual threats or taught to combat them either physically and/or spiritually.


The church is told not to get their hands dirty in politics and that ‘protesting’ isn't Christian. Wow, what kind of nation would this have been if those “not so humble Christian” forefathers had not protested and dumped the tea?

I mean what pastor actually breaks the mold, gives up his (mostly boring) “Sunday Morning Podium Lecture Series” to actually dwell amongst the 'sheep’ To meet them one on one, to personally teach them, equip them, show them how to pray, how to hear God’s voice, how to have a walking, talking relationship with the Lord God Almighty.


How much stronger would Christians be with just that one heads up. According Ephesians ‘praying in the Spirit’ is not a gift, it is our only offensive weapon in spiritual warfare. Yet, most pastors don’t even understand the teaching of the “sword of the Spirit” much less how to implement it properly and spoon feed it to the masses.

Post Christian Society Christians are always so busy being PC and living their lives through rose colored glasses. Please show me in the Bible where it says to be PC.

Jesus wasn't PC.

Paul wasn't PC.

In fact Paul was quite arrogant and called Peter out for being too PC!

Our founding fathers were not PC and we are not called to be PC!

As Christians we have an obligation to face evil head on and we owe NO MAN an apology for it! Martin Luther did not apologize when he nailed his 95 theses to the Catholic Church door. Pastor Martin Luther King Jr. did not apology when he took to the streets fighting for equality. I, personally, am tired of being the wimpy Christian that everyone kicks around and guess what? That is not what Christian History tells us to be.

Wake up!

What ever happened to fighting the ‘good fight’ for God and Country?

Here is a look at where our country is headed, look closely and evaluate, is this the legacy we want for our children?


This first paragraph is ripped right out of this week’s headlines:

“And for those American’s thinking that their life couldn’t get any worse? They couldn’t be more mistaken! For just this past week Obama’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released what they call a “staff discussion draft” of “potential policy recommendations to support the reinvention of journalism” wherein they called for doctrine of “proprietary facts” that would outlaw anyone writing or reporting on anything that happens unless they use the “facts” provided to them by the government.”

http://www.revolutionmuslim.com/

Yes, you heard it here first; our administration is putting 100% Government Controlled Media into place!


Barack Obama told the PM of Egypt secretly that "he is really a Muslim"

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/default.aspx?tabid=128&view=item&idx=204


Don't be in denial, our president is a Muslim, he has an Islamic agenda that goes against everything truly American and Christian in our society. Would our “Christian Founding Fathers” have stood for this? I think not!


I have at one time or another posted links to all of the following items, but I am reiterating them briefly to make a point; WE ARE AT WAR, IT IS A BIBLICAL WAR AND THE TIME TO FIGHT IS NOW.


Our country is falling under Self-Inflicted Soft Islamic Sharia Law right under our noses:


Comedy central - refuses to insult Mohammad but shows Jesus, Christians and Jews unfavorable all the time. They have a new show coming out called J.C. that does nothing but belittle Jesus. Christians, boycott Comedy Central!


Itunes – removed the anti-Muslim application download “I-Slam Mohammad” but left the anti-Christian one “Bible Thumper” because the Muslims complain loudly and Christians don’t. (Go to your itune account, find the Bible Thumper application and ‘share your concerns’, it’s just that easy people)


Facebook - Facebook now monitors for anti-Islamic sites and shuts them down. (And the reason they do this is because Muslims will boycott Facebook if they don’t)


Paypal - has stopped services to any site they deem as anti-Muslim. (Because Muslims protested loudly)


But, Facebook and Paypal still provide services to anti-Semitic and anti-Christian sites. Because they get NO backlash for it!


The Pentagon un-invited Franklin Graham to the National Day of Pray because he is offensive to Muslims.


Our administration, which means us, the tax payers, are sending $400,000,000 million dollars to 'Hamas' , FYI, Hamas is a U.N. declared Islamic terrorist organization that wants to annihilate Israel.


We pay millions of dollars to Taliban soldiers to "play nice" and leave the Taliban - it hasn't worked - last week they hung a 7 yr old boy for befriending an American soldier. (What if that was your son?)


In Islam women live under the curse of Hagar. The Surah compares them to "domestic animals" – they cannot go out of their homes without an "immediate" male family member, they cannot drive, they cannot get custody of their children, they cannot ask for a divorce, but they can be divorced for any reason and be left with no rights and no hope. Women are not allowed to work or get an education. And here is the paradox, they cannot be seen by a male doctor, but there are no female doctors because the law doesn't allow it. Needless to say women's early fatality rates are very high.


Girls can be married at 5 yrs old, but the husband is told not to “consummate” the marriage until the girl is 9 yrs old! They also perform Female Genital Mutilation on young girls because they are to never experience pleasure when having sex.


FGM was almost adopted here, in America last month by the American Academy of Pediatrics! Is that what you want for your daughter? ISN’T THAT RIGHT THERE ENOUGH TO FIGHT FOR?


There have been beheadings, honor killings and back alley FGM here in America, but it never gets coverage. You know why? Because oil rich Muslims own our news agencies. This is not a conspiracy theory, it is fact, research it. The second highest share holder of the Fox News Umbrella Company is a Saudi Prince.


My son went to a rally in New York last week to protest a Mosque being built at Ground Zero – he was amazed by how many people were there.

There were 10,000 people there and no media coverage!

Ten Thousand people and no coverage! That’s unheard of!


On a side note, Islam is very symbolic and has a history of building mosques on sites that they deem victoriously conquered, i.e. the temple mount in Jerusalem, etc.


And while we are on the subject of Israel, We Christians need to wake up and realize that it is our biblical duty to support the Jews and Israel at all costs. Christians standing with Israel against Islam is valid, it goes way back.

Our Patriarch Abraham and his wife Sarah gave us the bloodline of Jesus, the true Messiah, through Isaac. But, they also cursed us with the bloodline of Ismael, the 'first born” illegitimate son which birthed Mohammad and Islam.


Islam honestly believes they are entitled to the Holy Land, they believe they have ‘first born’ rights to it. They do not acknowledge the promise given to Abraham through Isaac and they will NOT compromise.

Gen 21:18 God provided for Ismael and promised “I will make him a great nation”

Gen 16:12 “This son of yours will be a wild man, as untamed as a wild donkey! He will raise his fist against everyone, and everyone will be against him. Yes, he will live in open hostility against all his relatives."


The Bible foretells of the ongoing wars between bloodlines, between “the Jews together with Judeo Christianity against Islam”

Even Jesus said "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law -
a man's enemies will be the members of his own household. Matt 10:33-36


This ongoing tension culminated once before in the dark ages when Islam slaughtered 3000 Christians that had traveled to the Holy Land, a gesture that set off a 200 yr old battle that history refers to as the “Christian Crusades”. And don’t be fooled, nothing has changed since then. History is repeating itself .We are once again being called to battle along side Israel right now, today, and the way we battle may be a little different but it is warfare none the less.


I feel so strongly about the need for Christian support of Israel that I will dare bring to light scripture that may cause objection from men of the clergy:


“Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me. 1 Cor 16:1-2


If Paul and the early church really are our examples, it appears that some of the tithes collected at church should be for Jerusalem. They are to be sent to Israel. That is how close Christians and Jews should be.


As I need to move forward to a battle strategy and conclusion I will not even get into some very crucial Middle Eastern history, like the conquering empires, the land grabs, the “Aryan” ties with Nazi Germany, or the fact that Palestine is a made up country founded for the sole purpose of harassing Israel. I will also not get into the Pagan reason that the church was tricked into denying Israel through the entire Dark Ages, a practice that is still alive and well in many sects of Christianity today.


But, what I will say is this Spirit that has resurfaced so violently in the last 40 years over the 10/40 region and throughout all of Europe is biblical. It is the same Spirit that is spoken of in the Book of Daniel. When the angel appears to Daniel and says that it took 21 days to get to Daniel because of angelic warfare with the “Prince of Persia” it could just as well be a reference made today by angelic hosts. Persia was a great empire that covered the entire Middle East. A smaller region of Persia may now be called Iran, but, it has the same Spirit, it is the same “Prince of Persia” that was anti-Semitic then, and is not only anti-Semitic today but anti-Christian as well.


And make no mistake; do not underestimate this enemy; this spirit grows stronger by the day because Islam took notes and understands how to feed it. By “fasting” (denying the physical) and constant prayer (they pray to it 5 times a day) they incubate it..


How do they understand this truth? Well, it is quite simple; Daniel is our particular bible reference point when dealing with this particular Spirit. And what did he do? Well, it would appear he originated the game plan Islam implements today: he fasted regularly and he prayed to his God 3 times a day!


So, Christians in America WAKE UP! We now have another Crusade on our hands, not only for this country but for Israel as well! It is a biblical war of epic proportions, descendents against descendents.

Never forget history is cyclical, this has all happened before and it will continue to happen again until we get it right!

Here are some steps that need to be taken.


First, the Church needs to publicly show support for Israel.


Second, the Church needs to let their Christian stands be known!

This country is ours! The founding document says “We, the people” and that is us, THIS IS OUR COUNTRY!


Third, and most important, the Church needs to equip the sheep. Teach them how to pray in the Spirit. Equip them to hear God’s voice. Equip them to go as the apostles went, one step at a time listening for the voice of the Spirit along the way.


And Church, if you don’t know how or what to pray, just speak the Lord’s Prayer. You can never go wrong with that. I and twenty other people have set our cell phone alarms every day for noon and when it goes off we say the Lord’s Prayer, no matter what we are doing or where we are at. It is a mid-day stand of unity and a reminder to keep in touch with God, speak his words and know that they will not return void.


I have no doubt that the American Church though seriously flawed will muster up both the spiritual and physical army needed for this battle. Pastors, go rogue! And flock, if your pastor won’t go rogue, then go rogue without him. Find spiritually sound, like minded people and make your stands for America and Israel both physically and spiritually today!

Shalom!


I am adding a few scriptures:


"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves" -Mathew 10:16

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Ephesians 6:10-18





Saturday, March 13, 2010

a game of chess?

if only i could remember exactly what i was praying about at the time...
i was on the 78 heading west, meeting a friend to study greek and as i was singing my own version of the worship songs on the radio, i thought to myself 'i should pray for that' -
the only problem is that i don't recall what 'that' was - i mean who knows, it may be significant or than again it may not - although i do remember thinking; it wasn't something that i normally would have prayed about or maybe it was an idea that i had never approached from that particular angle in prayer before. i don't know...and i'm just confusing myself right now
so here are the facts, this is how it went down:
i was on the 78 west, singing worship, praying about something...
and there it was, a vision.
it looked like a hand was coming down from heaven - not that i believe heaven is necessarily upward - and i knew it was the hand of God reaching down to planet earth.
from there it gets a little fuzzy because at first i did not actually see a chess board. but i knew, in that place that you know, that the earth was metaphorically a chess board and as i waited to see the board or the chess pieces or... something
i began to guess: "you're moving the horses... you're moving the"... it was then when i realized; i really don't know to much about chess.
but the the vision became clear, it was that piece... that piece that looks like a castle... "you're moving the"... what was that piece called... and than i heard it clearly, "the rook"
if it wasn't so intense, it may have been comical, ignorantly stumbling through this vision as if playing spiritual charades or something
'you're moving the rook' wow that was crazy cool and... but... wait...what did it mean?
and this was the question
the question i have since wrestled with for weeks. was it a personal vision for me? a spiritual move in the heavenlies? or a global vision? and if it were a global vision, which was the way i was leaning, what nation would be the rook? or the queen? or the bishop? or.... wait... the bishop, would the bishop have something to do with the church? i don't know, sometimes i just wish visions came with decoding manuals!
it is now almost a month later, i have googled everything any one person could ever want to know about chess, i have talked with friends about it, i have even discussed it with people i don't even know at starbucks!
and what i'm sure about is; that i'm not really sure about anything.
except... in my research i did find out that the word "rook" is from an ancient persian word that means chariot and that chariots were used in warfare and that more than one person i've talked to about this believes strongly that the rook is a reference to iran.
so....
hmm....
not really knowing anything more than i did before this whole thing started, i've decided that i'm just gonna keep one eye on iran in the months to come and see what happens ...and as always, pray for israel!

Monday, February 8, 2010