Like A Thief October 22, 2008Posted by Watchman in America, Christian, Day of the Lord, Economic Crisis, Europe, Fulfilling Prophecy.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
I’ve posted this passage many times as indeed it is central to where I feel called, to watch. The question is, how is it that the day of the Lord could come like a thief without the majority of the world noticing? I think Glenn Beck recently hit the nail on the head in his October 8, 2008 radio show regarding the things that are happening and what they could mean. Things are going to be coming fast and hard leaving those who haven’t been watching and don’t understand what is going on dizzy and confused in the whirlwind of events. Many who have built their treasures on earth will be wondering what to do. When a person is overloaded with so much from all sides, they have a hard time keeping track of anything.
On the financial side of things, the calls have already been made from leaders around the world for a globalized financial system (news here and here) and the central banks from around the world have now worked in cooperation to lower interest rates globally. (news here) Now a post-election global talks being pushed by the EU on the current financial crisis are being planned for November 15 in Washington D.C.. (news here) Meanwhile, Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden is warning his constituents of coming unpopular decisions Obama will make. I believe these are all steps to to the ultimate financial control described in Bible prophecy.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
But we are not in darkness. Who is “we” and how can we not be in darkness? We are a special group, not for anything of ourselves, but rather in spite of ourselves by the grace of God. The only thing special about us in this world of darkness today is that we have seen the Truth in God’s Word and believed it. For this we are also rejected by those of this world, but Truth and reality will always overcome fables because they exist outside of an imagination that fades away. For a greater understanding of how we will be rejected, look into the Alliance of Civilizations (more here) with the understanding that “the world” is increasingly pluralistic in its view of acceptable belief systems. There’s also endorsement from the Obama campaign of the AoC. (news here)
As I have learned, and tried to express in the Watchman Bible study website, that we have a source of understanding given in great detail that provides the hope we cannot find in the things of this world. Moreover, it also foretells what is to come and provides the comfort of understanding our eternal place in God’s kingdom in spite of the troubles and tribulations of this earthly realm. In this we find not only understanding that gives us peace in the midst of tribulations, but hope in the glories yet to come for them that love God.
While I think Glenn Beck is placing his hope in the wrong place, he is right that knowing the future is a buffer to prepare ourselves mentally for the coming challenges rather than being caught completely by surprise. Where I place my hope is in Yeshua the Christ and His Word, the Bible, which reveals not only the things of the spirit, but also prepares those who believe for the future foretold to come within its pages and centered on Him. Even though I know difficult times are coming and indeed here for many, I will always have joy in the midst of them because of the faith, hope and love I have found in God’s Word. My desire is to share that with anyone who wants those things as well.
What we are told over and over again in scripture is to watch, and the context of these warnings is centered on the coming day of the Lord that comes like a thief on an unsuspecting world and likened to the days of Noah and Lot.
And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
With all that is going on are you feeling a little lost? Do you feel panic setting in? I hope not, but I want to let you know that there is hope, not in the things of this world because we have been told they will fall. Rather than build up treasures on this earth though, I encourage you to build your treasure in heaven because that lasts forever. It all begins with a belief and acceptance of Yeshua as your Savior and the recognition of personal guilt in transgressing God’s ways of perfect love. We all have and still do, but those who love God try to obey Him with all their heart, mind and soul – the body follows. I think this scripture is central considering Yeshua laid His life down for us, true love is selfless.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.
God is love and Yeshua expressed that perfect love by becoming a perfect sacrifice, taking your personal sins upon Himself and dying in them so that you could live. The evil that has befallen this world is a result of free will departing from God’s ways of selfless Love. God, not inhibiting free will, has provided eternal salvation from eternal death through the sacrifice of Love by His Son Yeshua. If you have a hard time believing what the Bible says, please read through the Watchman Website. In the area of creation vs. evolution, historical fulfillment and current unfolding of events I have tried to bring together what has built my faith to share with those who have ears to hear and help build up your faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
I recommend reading all of Hebrews 11 and going over the stories presented there to define faith. This world is going to fall apart, but you don’t have to fall apart with it. Wicked people are going to take advantage of the chaos to gain greater control and God is going to give this world what it wants, not Him. We saw this spirit displayed when the people were given the choice of releasing Yeshua or Barabas the murderer. And so today the name of Jesus (Yeshua) is looked upon with distain by much of the world in favor of a more all-inclusive belief system that sometimes even uses His name apart from acceptance of His Word.
Watch what is happening in light of scripture, accepting God at His Word and in it, and don’t be sucked into the chaos and the blindness that comes with it. We have not been given a spirit of fear and understanding what is going down provides us the opportunity to be a greater witness and point of stability standing on the foundation of the Word of God. In doing so the waves will crash against us in the storm, but standing on the rock, our firm foundation, will also be a beacon for those looking for the peace and stability we have in Christ.
We are not in darkness, but what we are seeing unfolding now will distract the majority of the people from what is prophesied to come, the fulfillment of the promised return of the bridegroom to gather His bride and the day of God’s wrath on the children of disobedience. (see Day of the Lord) I just want to encourage you, trust in the Lord and don’t be caught unawares at such a time as this, WATCH!
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you as you remain in Him.
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Biblical Meditation vs. The “Mystical Silence” June 16, 2008Posted by Watchman in Christian, Spiritual.
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Does God Sanction Mystical Experiences? Lighthouse Trails Research by Ray Yungen June 16, 2008 – For many years during my research, I would come across the term contemplative prayer. Immediately I would dismiss any thought that it had a New Age connotation because I thought it meant to ponder while praying–which would be the logical association with that term. But in the New Age disciplines, things are not always what they seem to be to untrained ears. What contemplative prayer actually entails is described very clearly by the following writer:
When one enters the deeper layers of contemplative prayer one sooner or later experiences the void, the emptiness, the nothingness … the profound mystical silence … an absence of thought.1
To my dismay, I discovered this “mystical silence” is accomplished by the same methods used by New Agers to achieve their silence–the mantra and the breath! Contemplative prayer is the repetition of what is referred to as a prayer word or sacred word until one reaches a state where the soul, rather than the mind, contemplates God. Contemplative prayer teacher and Zen master Willigis Jager brought this out when he postulated:
Do not reflect on the meaning of the word; thinking and reflecting must cease, as all mystical writers insist. Simply “sound” the word silently, letting go of all feelings and thoughts.2
…One of the most well-known writings on the subject is the classic 14th century treatise, The Cloud of Unknowing, written by an anonymous author. It is essentially a manual on contemplative prayer inviting a beginner to:
Take just a little word, of one syllable rather than of two. With this word you are to strike down every kind of thought under the cloud of forgetting.3
The premise here is that in order to really know God, mysticism must be practiced–the mind has to be shut down or turned off so that the cloud of unknowing where the presence of God awaits can be experienced…. So the question we as Christians must ask ourselves is, “Why not? Why shouldn’t we incorporate this mystical prayer practice into our lives?” The answer to this is actually found in Scripture. While certain instances in the Bible describe mystical experiences, I see no evidence anywhere of God sanctioning man-initiated mysticism. Legitimate mystical experiences were always initiated by God to certain individuals for certain revelations and was never based on a method for the altering of consciousness. In Acts 11:5, Peter fell into a trance while in prayer. But it was God, not Peter, who initiated the trance and facilitated it.
By definition, a mystic, on the other hand, is someone who uses rote methods in an attempt to tap into their inner divinity. Those who use these methods put themselves into a trance state outside of God’s sanction or protection and thus engage in an extremely dangerous approach. Besides, nowhere in the Bible are such mystical practices prescribed. For instance, the Lord, for the purpose of teaching people a respect for His holiness and His plans, instated certain ceremonies for His people (especially in the Old Testament). Nonetheless, Scripture contains no reference in which God promoted mystical practices. The gifts of the Spirit spoken of in the New Testament were supernatural in nature but did not fall within the confines of mysticism. God bestowed spiritual gifts without the Christian practicing a method beforehand to get God’s response.
Proponents of contemplative prayer would respond with, What about Psalms 46:10? “Be still and know that I am God.” This verse is often used by those promoting contemplative prayer. On the surface, this argument can seem valid, but once the meaning of “still” is examined, any contemplative connection is expelled. The Hebrew meaning of the word is to slacken, cease, or abate. In other words, the context is to slow down and trust God rather than get in a dither over things. Relax and watch God work…. This isn’t talking about going into some altered state of consciousness!
It should also be pointed out that being born again, in and of itself, is mystical. But it is a direct act of God, initiated by Him–the Holy Spirit has regenerated the once-dead spirit of man into a living spirit through Christ. Yet, we notice that even in this most significant of experiences when one is “passed from death into life” (John 5:24), God accomplishes this without placing the individual in an altered state of consciousness.
We can take this a step further by looking at the day of Pentecost recorded in Acts, chapter 2 where those present were “all filled with the Holy Spirit” (vs. 4). Notice that they were “all with one accord in one place” (vs. 1) when the Holy Spirit descended on them. From the context of the chapter, it is safe to assume this was a lively gathering of believers engaged in intelligent conversation. Then, when those present began to speak in other tongues, it was not an episode of mindless babbling or vain repetition as in a mantra. Rather it was an event of coherent speech significant enough to draw a crowd who exclaimed, “we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God” (vs. 11). Other observers who suspected they were in an altered state of consciousness said, “They are full of new wine” (vs. 13). Notice that Peter was quick to correct this group in asserting that they were all fully conscious. Would it not then stand to reason that their minds were not in any kind of altered state? Next, Peter delivered one of the most carefully articulated speeches recorded in Scripture. This was certainly not a group of men in a trance.
Hello everyone, I just wanted to bring this writing by Derek Prince to your attention in light of some research I’ve been doing on the falling away from the Truth. I think this lays things out very well regarding signs and wonders and the need for a solid Biblical foundation and understanding in these matters.
The Coming War Against the Saints December 7, 2007Posted by Watchman in Bible Prophecy, Christian, Europe, Israel, New World Order.
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And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear.
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
From the Official Journal of the European Union:
23. PROTOCOL ON PERMANENT STRUCTURED COOPERATION ESTABLISHED BY ARTICLE I-41(6) AND ARTICLE III-312 OF THE CONSTITUTION
THE HIGH CONTRACTING PARTIES,
HAVING REGARD TO Article I‑41(6) and Article III‑312 of the Constitution,
The Church and The Menorah December 7, 2007Posted by Watchman in Christian, Israel.
Tags: Candlestick, church, Foreshadow, Light, Menorah, Seven, Symbol
I just made a connection recently regarding the menorah that was a kind of “duh” moment for me, perhaps you’ve already thought of this. More here. Interesting this came as Chanukkah did, although the 9-branched Chanukkah candelabra is not the one in this study.
The seven golden candlesticks from John’s view of the temple in heaven found in Revelation 1 is the menorah! The bride of Christ was symbolized in the Old Testament by it. I then found another article called The Mystery of the Menorah by William F. Dankenbring that put more detail into it. I think his point on Zechariah 4:2 being 49 pipes is inaccurate as I read there are seven pipes going to the seven lamps, but a good study nonetheless. It’s kind of eerie because I began my personal study before finding this article and it brought up many of the same points that I had recalled to my mind for me when dwelling on the topic. A quick overview…
I find it interesting also because of Matthew 25:1-13 and the oil for the lamps needed to meet the bridegroom. Without the oil there’s just a lamp and a wick but no flame. Without the light from the flame there is darkness, but we are not in darkness. The oil needed for the lamp cannot be given by anyone but He that gives it, which Christ does upon our acceptance of Him and desire to live His ways.
Continuing the light/oil/anointing theme, the Bible is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. This is how we are not in darkness. It was written by the prophets led by the Holy Spirit. Likewise, we need the anointing of the Holy Spirit when reading it to fully understand it because of the way it was written by its Author. Isaiah 28:9-13
This eliminates personal interpretation because the Bible interprets itself and with the desire and guidance of the Holy Spirit given to us, we are reminded of all things Christ said to us and as He is the Word made flesh, the whole of scripture testifies of Him. The testimony of Yahshua is the spirit of prophecy!
Regarding the menorah’s seven candlesticks, I believe there is a correlation to the seven churches and recommend everyone read Chuck Missler’s study on the seven letters to the seven churches.
So bringing this all together regarding who we are as Christians, we are not of this world, but we are the salt and light of it. Our light comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who speaks and guides us in all things through God’s Word so that we, being anointed by His Spirit, can speak the Truth within us and share the knowledge of the source of our anointing and salvation, directing those with ears to hear to a personal relationship with Christ. Zechariah 4:10 describes the seven branches as “the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.” We are His hands and feet, His emissaries as His Spirit works through us.
I just think its cool that all these diverse aspects are connected by the symbolizm that fits with it all so well of light and dark and the requirements to come out of darkness and into His marvelous light! We know the Truth and the Truth has set us free and guided us to the peace that passes all understanding in Christ…and we were in His temple and the shadow of it on earth from the very beginning! Our God is an awesome God and His love is eternal! We’re in good hands.
As a side note, it is at the fullness of the Gentiles that Israel’s blindness is lifted. We also know that we provoke the Jews to jealousy. Romans 11 Now history hasn’t presented any good reason why the Jews would be jealous of Christianity, but what if our removal before God’s wrath and the witness of the two witnesses and the 144,000 leads Israel to the realization that the Gentile church is the bride and while the bride was taken and is attending the marriage, they remain to be refined through the fire? And looking at the popularity expressed regarding the menorah I wonder if realizing that symbology was pointing to the church that escaped will play any part??? I don’t know, it’s a thought I had.
The Escape of the Bride to the Marriage of the Lamb November 2, 2007Posted by Watchman in Bible Prophecy, Christian.
Tags: Bride of Christ, Christian, church, marriage of the Lamb, Marriage supper, rapture
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
This parable is representative of the rapture of the bride of Christ to the marriage. We can see upon examining some ancient Hebrew wedding traditions how these were physical foreshadows from earthly marriage to the future marriage of the church to Christ. As we will see, this study highlights the importance of obedience to God’s Word as true Christians living a life of selfless love toward God and others. It should also be noted that marriage to Christ is in the spiritual sense of two becoming one like marriage. The church is the body of Christ and He is the head of the church. The head gives direction to the body as God has done in His Word. We are promised to Christ now for a future time when we will be together in more than just spirit. The point of first meeting is upon being called out to meet Him at His coming.
This going out at Christ’s coming to meet Him can be placed in the timeline of prophetic events based on how Christ’s coming is described and a time we are promised escape from. Both Matthew 24:36-39 and Luke 17:26-30 associate Christ’s coming with sudden destruction like the days of Noah and Lot. Prior to both of those times coming, the earth was in a place of spiritual wickedness and ignorance to their impending destruction until it came suddenly and they did not escape. Likewise, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 describes a time when God’s wrath comes beginning the day of the Lord. This time comes suddenly like a thief in the night from which those caught by surprise will not escape. We are warned to not be caught up in the cares of this life and a life of ignorance so this day doesn’t also catch us off guard. Our point of escape from this destruction of God’s wrath is laid out in Luke 21:34-36 regarding a time coming on all them that dwell on the whole earth.
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Our escape coincides with Christ’s coming followed by sudden destruction. Ephesians 5:1-8 states that God’s wrath is for the children of disobedience whom we are not to be partakers with. So if God’s wrath is for the children of disobedience and we are removed prior to that wrath, a dividing line of obedience vs. disobedience to God is laid out determining who escapes when Christ comes to gather His bride and who does not. This highlights the importance in a Christian trying to remain obedient to God’s Word of selfless love for Him and others.
As you will see, this isn’t just an escape, but the point of departure to attend the marriage of the Lamb. Some interesting points of similarity are highlighted when we examine ancient Hebrew wedding tradition that I believe is relevant to understanding the details of this parable. There are two parts to the marriage according to tradition.
We Are Not In Darkness!!! July 24, 2007Posted by Watchman in Christian, Europe, Fulfilling Prophecy, Israel.
This is a quick breakdown of most of my research to date regarding Bible prophecy and understanding the times in which we live. There is much more detail and background at the links provided. I have been set as a watchman and part of that is to share what I have been shown with those who have ears to hear. This is just regarding the timing of events according to history and Bible prophecy. My research on specific topics of Bible prophecy is broken down at the Watchman Bible study guide. There you can find why my research of Bible prophecy has led me to believe as I do regarding many topics. My perspective on Bible prophecy is that God says what He means and means what He says. The Bible is not up for personal interpretation, and I interpret scripture with scripture. For definition of symbology, I look no further than the Bible and try to look at scripture from the perspective written in and the original Greek and Hebrew meanings of words. This is the results to date.The timing of the chart below came from the mixture of the following “coincidences.” It is for these reasons I believe God has given us understanding to the month when the day of the Lord arrives and our catching away to Him, the point we are watching for, the coming of Christ. So far, since my discovery of this information and putting it together in the winter of ’05, I have only gotten confirming information that has strengthened an already amazing collection of information… (more…)