(revised 4/24/14) End Times Witnessing: signs and times revealed to watchman (2) -message to Mark (revised)

Originally posted on AAA Jack's blog (A Watchman on your walls):

updated 4/24/14: this was posted in 2010 and revised in 2011. Many events had happened in the world since the first posting of this message. We have gone through four years like a sigh in the night. Honestly, we realize that what Jesus had prophesied about the end times have come to pass in many ways. Some are progressing at an accelerated pace. His warning on Noah’s days is real and valid today.  The gospel of the Kingdom of God is fast reaching the ends of the world through the internet.

We each need to ask ourselves whether we are living the life that God has intended for each of us? The key words are: focus on and align with God. A series of messages recorded from a prophetic watchman intercessor on 2011 had come to pass…They sounded like a newspaper reporting today.  Please pray in the Spirit and…

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watchman’s notes: watch and pray reality check

When the Lord Jesus spoke to the disciples about end times, He emphasized one thing: watch and pray.

The watchman has experienced this very important reality. Either we watch and pray or we miss out functioning faithfully in certain important life and death issue being progressed in the spiritual realm, which would manifest and impact the physical realm of human existence on earth.

In two recent major ‘disastrous’ events, the watchman was alerted in the spirit but due to physical tiredness (e.g. long hours of travel and without sleep), there was no alertness in the spirit. Therefore, there was no effective preventive intercession. No prayer in those crucial moments.

Please note I am not saying that we are imperative to moving all mountains or valleys. But we are called to be faithful. We are given spiritual gifts to function appropriately in our respective calling. We have committed to our Lord’s command to watch and pray. I have heard a testimony that the Lord called many to pray and intercede for one evangelist and not one responded. He died from a hornet’s sting. The son testified this after he heard from more than twenty people who told him that they heard the Lord calling them to pray for his father but they did not. They did not respond because at that time the evangelist was well and healthy and was not in danger. They presumed that they heard the Lord wrongly.

This presumptuous mistake is common among us. For example, we normally would look for signs like, is a bad storm or  earthquake looming near the horizon? When there is fine weather or no signs of anything abnormal in the natural we would assume nothing would happen and so we pray a short official prayer and go back to sleep. Most times watchmen and intercessors never know the result of their prayers as they are called to pray preventive prayers. When their prayers work, nothing would happen. So they would not know whether they have prayed correctly or not.

Of course those who pray for the much needed rain and suitable weather and or other natural resources to be provided can see their results. However, like Elijah, many have to pray many times before the rain comes, or seeing the symptoms of sickness gone completely. They can never be sure of whether such positive outcomes are attributable to their fervent prayers.

So, being a watchman and intercessor is not an enviable profession. No one pays us. No one rewards us. Not many believe we are called.

On the other hand, the called and faithful one always knows. It is like salvation. The one saved by faith hears the Gospel of Jesus, believes, and knows he or she is saved. Likewise, the Bible says those born again are born of the Holy Spirit. How do we know we have the Holy Spirit? The Bible says so. We believe the Word of God. We walk by faith and not by sight. We are led by the Spirit and not by flesh. Watchman too.

Sons of God are led by the Spirit of God. The watchmen are required to walk further steps of faith by more focused listening and seeing spiritual reality and act accordingly. Watching and praying in the Spirit. Interceding according to the Word of God as revealed to us at particular moments. Praying and reading the Word until the morning star dawns in our hearts.

The Lord always gives us prompting and confirmation from His words. He does not go against His words. So we always align what we hear with the Bible. What is the will of God? What is God’s nature? What does God really says? Jesus’ ministry on earth showed us how a watchman and intercessor should function. In the New testament, prior to the birth of Jesus, there were two solid examples: Simeon and Anna, a man and a woman, both watching and praying for the prophesied arrival of the Messiah. They knew when He arrived. They saw and discerned among all the thousands of babies this particular One was the One. Prior to Jesus’ ministry, John the Baptist was another solid example of watchman and intercessor.

Watchman must hear, see and discern spiritually. A deaf, blind and dull in heart ‘watchman’ will be of no use in this realm. Let us remind ourselves what Jesus had urged everyone, Mark 13:9 “But watch out for yourselves…37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”

(for those interested to know how a watchman was called and what a watchman did and how he was equipped…please read the book of Ezekiel. You will marvel at how the Lord’s Spirit enabled and empowered him to see, hear, understand and act upon God’s instructions faithfully in great details and accuracy! )

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like Jesus – watchman and pray

end times church countdown: be holy and without blemish

Ephesians 5:25-27

New King James Version (NKJV)

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish…

29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones… 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Revelation 19:6-9

New King James Version (NKJV)

And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

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when God says, “Behold”

Matthew 12:18 “Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He will declare justice to the Gentiles.

Matthew 11:10 For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’

Matthew 13:3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow.

Luke 13:32 And He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.’

Matthew 20:18 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death,

Matthew 21:5 “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

Luke 22:10 And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters.

Luke 22:21 But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table.

Matthew 25:6 “And at midnight a cry was heard:Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’
Matthew 26:45 Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Luke 24:39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
Luke 24:49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
John 4:35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

Matthew 10:16 [ Persecutions Are Coming ] “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

John 17:24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
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dead to sin, alive to God!

My born again favorite verses:

Galatians 2 20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  (NLT)

2 Corinthians 5:16-17 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (NLT)

(following verses in NKJV)

Philippians 4: Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Romans 5: But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

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Resurrection truth: by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name

I am led in my spirit to quote chapter 20 of John instead of continuing with Matthew today. Here is the account of what happened that day when Jesus was raised from the dead. who were the eye witnesses and how they each responded. Note the contrasts between one woman and the other disciples. Some were still walking by sight and seeing the physical. But one woman saw differently. She persisted in her belief and saw Jesus! However, our God is merciful. No matter how you have responded before, today, by believing in Him you will have life by the power of His name !

John 20

New Living Translation (NLT)  (The boldness of letters were added by this blogger)

The Resurrection

20 Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings. Then the disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in, and he saw and believed— for until then they still hadn’t understood the Scriptures that said Jesus must rise from the dead. 10 Then they went home.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in. 12 She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her.

“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

14 She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. 15 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”

She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

16 “Mary!” Jesus said.

She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).

17 “Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, “I have seen the Lord!” Then she gave them his message.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. 20 As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! 21 Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. 25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”

28 My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.

29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

Purpose of the Book

30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

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The King on a Cross: some women followed to the end

Matthew 27

35 Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:

“They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.”

36 Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. 37 And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him:

THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

38 Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left...

45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice…50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

55 And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him, were there looking on from afar, 56 among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.women at the tomb

Jesus Buried in Joseph’s Tomb

57 Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. 58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. 59 When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. 61 And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb…

walking to the end: one woman stood out

Matthew 26 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled … and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him...

The Anointing at Bethanywoman anointing Jesus

And when Jesus was in Bethany …  a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head12 …she did it for My burial. 13 Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”…

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. 16 So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him…

Jesus Celebrates Passover with His Disciples

20 When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. 21 Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”

Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper

26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins...

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

31 Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, …32 But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee.” 33 Peter answered …34 Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”…

The Prayer in the Garden

36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there…40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, a second time…43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time,…

Betrayal and Arrest in Gethsemane

47 And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people… 54 How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?”56 But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.

Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin

57 And those who had laid hold of Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58 But Peter followed Him at a distance…

Peter Denies Jesus, and Weeps Bitterly

69 Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.” 70 But he denied it before them all…72 But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!”…74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!”

Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.

Matthew 25: three in one life and death matters

We have walked with Jesus to this day of chapter 25 of Matthew (quoted from NKJV in parts; boldness added by this watchman). There are three utmost serious matters about ‘Christians’, the saved and the unsaved, the ins and the left-outs.

This watchman urges all to read and re-read the whole chapter on these three matters, as illustrated by Jesus and recorded in this Gospel as the last three parable teachings of Jesus. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show you what it means to you.

(1) the ten virgins (1-13) illustrating the kingdom of heaven

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom...but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

(my personal notes: ‘Watch therefore’ appears to do with whether we have enough oil or not and whether we can be ready on the spot when Jesus comes. He expects us to wait and be ready at any point of time. Watch means praying and waiting before God. Watch means we read His words consistently and keep our lamp trimmed and ready. His words are lamp and light to us. His presence is light to us. In Him there is no darkness. He is light. Our body is a vessel for His light to shine through. He only knows those who are with His light shinning through and not otherwise. He knows them because they have constant fellowship with Him and are ever ready to meet Him face to face. This personal intimacy between each believer and the Lord cannot be shared or passed on to others, just as the oil cannot be shared.)

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____________read on and ask the Lord to reveal what He means to you personally. (This watchman too needs to read many times more and ask the Lord to reveal. )

(2)The Parable of the Talents (14-30)

14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; …29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

(3)The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations (31-46)

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats…44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Matthew 24: watchmen arise !

Walking with Jesus to this point, we receive the urgency and intensity of the signs of the time. This is the time for watchmen. Jesus was urging the disciples to hear and see and speak up the spiritual. (The boldness of letters were added by this watchman)

Matthew 24:1 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”…

And you will hear of … See that you are not troubled;.. 

15 Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” 20 And pray that your flight may not be 25 See, I have told you beforehand...

32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?

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Matthew 23: No time for pretense in life and death matters

Walking with Jesus has brought us to this 23rd chapter in Matthew.

Today’s teaching is on one word “hypocrisy”. “a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially :  the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion.”* “act of playing a part on the stage”*.

Why nearly an entire chapter on hypocrisy? What is on Jesus’ mind? Here is a glimpse of what was on Jesus’ heart (God’s heart) at that late moment, when the time of His first visitation (and opportunity for people to be saved) was ending soon. Let us read Matthew 23:37-39 before we read all about the hypocrisy that stopped people from believing in Jesus and receiving His salvation.

Life and death is serious matter. No time for pretense. Be real. God wants you saved. Jesus is saying this to the those who still live as if life is just physical.

Jesus Laments over Jerusalem

37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 See! Your house is left to you desolate; 39 for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’

Matthew 23:1-36 (quoted in parts here; please read the whole chapter from your Bible)

Woe to ….

Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.

For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men. … 12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. ..

15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.

16 “Woe to you, blind guides, …Matthew-23-23-web-NIV

23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. ..

25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. For you are like whitewashed tombs … 26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also…28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

31 “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that … 33 Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?…  36 Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

*(ref. Merriam-Webster)

End times war: spiritual ‘mindfield’

crosslife's spiritual realm:

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Originally posted on AAA Jack's blog (A Watchman on your walls):

and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free
and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free

The mindfield which is in the unseen realm is much much more perilous and deadly than the minefield in human physical realm. The mindman has discovered.

Why? In the physical realm everything physical however tightly concealed will be uncovered. Nothing hidden will not be revealed. There is nowhere to hide, really. How can you hide darkness? You cannot. How can you hide death? You cannot. Foul rotten smell of death will soon seep through the layers of covers and permeate the air that you breathe.

How can you hide light? You cannot. Light seeps through every crevice and swallows up everything dark. But the mind can stop light and hide darkness for a time. It has become the ‘nurture bed’ for spiritual attack (in the forms of mental/emotional/mood illnesses or dysfunctions).

As long as the mindfield…

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walking with Jesus: “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

“For many are called, but few are chosen.” Who missed out salvation? Those who are busily plotting against Jesus. They spent all their time scheming and trying loopholes in His teaching, so that they could accuse Him of whatever crime that could sentence Him to death. How many times they heard Jesus telling them the truth about the Kingdom of God and living the Kingdom of God, demonstrating His divine authority and the mighty power of God, and yet they missed the whole point. By the time they ran out of questions it was too late as they had made up their mind to kill Him instead of believing in Him being the Messiah, the Savior. Jesus wept over this fact: “because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation.” (Luke 19:44)

Jesus wept
Jesus wept

Matthew 22:1 Jesus also told them other parables. He said, “The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come!

“The king was furious, .. And he said to his servants, .. Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.’ , and the banquet hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding...13 Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness,…’

14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

15 Then the Pharisees met together to plot how to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested…22 His reply amazed them, and they went away.

23 That same day Jesus was approached by some Sadducees—religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead…33 When the crowds heard him, they were astounded at his teaching.

34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him againJesus asked them a question: 42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”

They replied, “He is the son of David.”

43 Jesus responded, “Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Spirit, call the Messiah ‘my Lord’? For David said,..45 Since David called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?”

46 No one could answer him. And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.

1213th blog: Matthew 21-Psalm 24: babes and nursing infants see and praise God

The watchman celebrates a special day today (born on this day, many years ago when times were simpler, no means of communication across oceans except books and letters in prints. telephone and telegraphs were rare and only in emergency).

The Redeemed’s Revelation today: Who is the King of Glory? See the King of Glory! welcome the King of Glory! When the religious adults were still in doubt and questioning the Kingly authority of Jesus, the Son of God, the children were seeing and praising God. They accepted Jesus as Jesus truly is, the King of Glory, the Messiah, the Savior, as prophesied!

(All verse were quoted in NLT Bible unless otherwise specified; boldness added by this blogger))

Psalm 24:7-10

Open up, ancient gates!
    Open up, ancient doors,
    and let the King of glory enter.
Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty;
    the Lord, invincible in battle.
Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors,
    and let the King of glory enter.
10 Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord of Heaven’s Armies—
    he is the King of glory. Interlude

Matthew 21
Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,

“Praise God for the Son of David!
    Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
    Praise God in highest heaven!”

10 The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked…

15 The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.”

But the leaders were indignant. 16 They asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?”

“Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.’” (‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’ NKJV)

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23 When Jesus returned to the Temple and began teaching, the leading priests and elders came up to him. They demanded, “By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right?”

…Then Jesus explained his meaning: “I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do. 32 For John the Baptist came and showed you the right way to live, but you didn’t believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even when you saw this happening, you refused to believe him and repent of your sins…

42 Then Jesus asked them, “Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures?

‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has now become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing,
    and it is wonderful to see.’

43 I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit. 44 Anyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone it falls on.”

45 When the leading priests and Pharisees heard this parable, they realized he was telling the story against them—they were the wicked farmers. 

deuteronomy 7 and 1 John 2: do not commit the sin of ‘love’ ?

Today we are at a cross road. Love is a good thing. God is love. yet we are warned that there are times when we must not love. What? Love is sinful? Yes, God says so. When we read the words of God, always bear in mind that Jesus has declared that His words are spirit and life to us. God is Spirit. God speaks in the Spirit realm and the physical realm manifests His words.

Good love has conditions. God’s love is good love. Love does not sin or cause others to sin. Sin means missing the mark of God.

End times actually started even in Jesus’ days, apostles’ days. 1 John 2:18 “Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come. “

What are bad loves? In the same Scripture, Apostle John warned, 2: 15 “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave.

What then the Father likes ? “But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” (1 John 2:17b) God likes to see everyone living forever in His presence. Eternal life is knowing God and knowing His Son Jesus. “John 5:24 “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.”

Deuteronomy 7 (read the words and focus on the spiritual realms’ reality)

6 “For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure The Lord did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Rather, it was simply that the Lord loves you”, 12 “If you listen to these regulations and faithfully obey them, the Lord your God will keep his covenant of unfailing love with you”,..15 “And the Lord will protect you from all sickness. He will not let you suffer from the terrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all your enemies!”

16 “You must destroy all the nations the Lord your God hands over to you. Show them no mercy, and do not worship their gods, or they will trap you… 25 “You must burn their idols in fire, and you must not covet the silver or gold that covers them. You must not take it or it will become a trap to you, for it is detestable to the Lord your God. 26 Do not bring any detestable objects into your home, for then you will be destroyed, just like them. You must utterly detest such things, for they are set apart for destruction. “

eternal life is knowing God and Jesus
eternal life is knowing God and Jesus