Tag: visions

Watchman’s rejoices: kol ha’aretz is full of His kavod (the whole earth is full of His glory) (reblog 07/17/17)

The supernatural sign he saw: two light rays of pure gold color streaming down from his white plastered ceiling (perpendicular lines). He could not see the top parts. The golden light rays were sparkling (flashing) and ‘dancing’ or ‘racing’ at quite a speed. When they hit the dark marble top of the kitchen counter, they deflected. There was no rational or natural explanation. He video captured the phenomenon in a mobile phone camera. The golden rainfall went on for about 15 minutes at least…

AAAJ watchman

lightThe watchman prayed for revelation of the signs of this time as his spirit has prompted of great changes ahead. For three days he has received messages of words (like puzzle pieces) which pointed to Bible verses, words with Bible chapter clearly, and even a sign followed by Bible verses.

So it had been a fruitful time for the watchman’s own learning to hear the Holy Spirit. Here is a brief summary of the three instances.

  1. On an evening he asked the Lord for words. He wanted to practice hearing correctly in his spirit. So he started receiving words. He quickly jotted down the six words in sequence of his perception: floating, house (?), scrolling, sea, flower, violet (?). Then he spent considerable time looking up the possible meaning. He thought they came in pairs, so he looked up floating house, scrolling sea, and violet flower.

Finally he received the…

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a tale of two cities: a choice

Daniel-12.3
make a wise choice like Daniel did

This is the time to mourn. The church must wake up and mourn. I am talking to the church as a whole on earth, not just America, China, Europe, Africa, Asia, Third world or first world. I am calling out to both the traditional evangelical and the Spirit-filled and Bible believing-all who believe the reality and truthfulness of the words of God both Old and New Testament, from Genesis to revelation. This is the time to wake up from narrowness and exclusiveness. Just look at Jesus. The example He set while on earth! Look at the apostles, Peter’s call to the Gentile’s home, Paul’s call to the world of demons (idolatry-infested world), and all the apostles and disciples of the first church who were scattered all over the world before Christianity. No, I am not talking about missionaries going now to the foreign worlds. I am talking about your own home ground your own nation wherever you are if you can read English and this blog. Wake up and stop one thing before you go out and evangelize. Stop your physical mind’s prejudices. Look at Jesus. What He did not do and what He did. Be led by the Holy Spirit as you read.

My spirit urged me to summarize what Jesus did not do:
1. He did not ask a man of other faith to kill anyone (regardless what they believed in or their lifestyle was)in the name of God.
2. He did not condemn anyone except the religious hypocrites who stopped people from coming to Jesus and believing in the Good News Jesus brought to all mankind.
3. Even so, Jesus did not kill or send anyone to kill the hypocrites.
4. He did not condone anyone judging another.
5. He did not agree to using physical force (violence) to resolve injustice within a nation.

A summary of what Jesus did:
1. Jesus came to save sinners and healed the sick.
2. Jesus put forgiveness as number one consideration, even for His enemies.
3. Jesus associated/socialized with sinners.
4. Jesus showed love and compassions.
5. Jesus gave life.

By agreeing with the thieves who came in to steal, kill and destroy lives, the church becomes accomplice to murder. Don’t you ever realize that in the spiritual realm the territorial spirits fight among themselves? Their number one ruler does his own harvest of souls by pitching his subordinates one against another.

You may ask, when the time is so bleak and you need to choose between two imperfect candidates for your national number one, whom should you choose? Didn’t the Bible show you the history of Israel, in the bleakest time when they were besieged by the strongest enemies and their own weakest kings ever? What did God ask prophet Jeremiah do? Jeremiah became the national number one traitor because he gave his countrymen an oracle that they were to choose the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar instead of choosing the Egyptian king Necho II. There was no other option. God told them to choose Nebuchadnezzar. Did Nebuchadnezzar do a good job in finishing off the other enemies of God? He did. On the other hand, Necho II failed in his many attempted negotiations and alliances.

The Israelites refused to listen to the divine oracle and thus suffered defeat and were still taken to Babylon for a season to be cleansed, healed, to recuperate and restore their spiritual strength just as prophesied. These deportations are dated to 597 BC for the first, with others dated at 587/586 BC, and 582/581 BC respectively. After the fall of Babylon to the Persian king Cyrus the Great in 539 BC, exiled Judeans were permitted to return to Jerusalem and Judah of Israel. The temple of Jerusalem and the walls were re-built. Worship of the true God resumed.

This is a record of the history of God. When Christians read God’s history and look at what Jesus did to demonstrate how things in this world are done, we will know what to choose and who to vote for. We shall always align with the plan of God even in the bleakest time in our own history. Look at Jesus and look at the two choices, which do you think is more like Nebuchadnezzar? Who do you think will bring your nation out of its weakling’s position? Who is the strong man? Who will be given the might to defeat the many foes inside and outside? Was Nebuchadnezzar a godly man? Not at the beginning. But in the book of Daniel he finally encountered the reality of the God of Israel, our God. And Nebuchadnezzar turned over a new leaf.

Jesus demonstrated this equally seemingly unusual choice by choosing the chief tax collector, the ungodly rich man Zacchaeus in the land of Israel as his host for a dinner party. The Son of God Himself gave this honor and privilege to a person disliked and even hated by many fellow Jews. In today’s term, a most un-Christian person. What happened after he encountered Jesus? He was transformed and saved. He did lots of good deeds to his fellow countrymen.

Summary: Look at the divine records.

Valley of Vision: spiritual defense

valley of vision
valley of Vision -Isaiah 22

A city full of commotion, tumult, revelry. Fear grips them (not physical enemies). People were taken captives because of the fears in them, not the actual physical enemies. Defenses were stripped away (by the Lord) before they fell to the enemies. It means that God actually gives us defenses in the spiritual realm. The city fell to the physical enemies because spiritual defenses were down!

Isaiah 22:1-5 NIV A prophecy against the Valley of Vision:

What troubles you now,
that you have all gone up on the roofs,
2 you town so full of commotion,
you city of tumult and revelry?
Your slain were not killed by the sword,
nor did they die in battle.
3 All your leaders have fled together;
they have been captured without using the bow.
All you who were caught were taken prisoner together,
having fled while the enemy was still far away.
4 Therefore I said, “Turn away from me;
let me weep bitterly.
Do not try to console me
over the destruction of my people.”
5 The Lord, the Lord Almighty, has a day
of tumult and trampling and terror
in the Valley of Vision,
a day of battering down walls
and of crying out to the mountains.

nations are like trees in the Garden of God once

nations are like trees
nations are like trees

Today the watchman-intercessor was woken after midnight to read Ezekiel 31-32. Why? He asked the Lord. The answer is in the reading. At 3am, a name was given. Then he read the news. Indeed, it was exactly as the Lord has spoken through prophet Ezekiel. When the prophet recorded the words none of the events had happened. But history had proven that they had come to pass. God’s words are forever settled in heaven. Why did the prophet have to utter them in his days even when no one listened? The actual speaking of God’s words bring them to pass. So be it even today. The Bible verse below are quoted in parts. Please read the whole chapters (31-32). After reading these prophetic words, the watchman was led to read chapter 33:33 “But when all these terrible things happen, they will know a prophet has been among them.” God is still merciful and wants people to repent and return to Him. That is why He sent prophets to warn beforehand and not after. And He warns both the good and the bad. (chapter 33)
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On June 21, during the eleventh year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, this message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, give this message to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and all his hordes: “To whom would you compare your greatness?
You are like mighty Assyria,
which was once like a cedar of Lebanon,
with beautiful branches that cast deep forest shade
and with its top high among the clouds.All the great nations of the world
lived in its shadowBecause I made this tree so beautiful,
and gave it such magnificent foliage,
it was the envy of all the other trees of Eden,
the garden of God.
“Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because Egypt became proud and arrogant, and because it set itself so high above the others, with its top reaching to the clouds, I will hand it over to a mighty nation that will destroy it as its wickedness deserves. I have already discarded it. A foreign army—the terror of the nations—has cut it down and left it fallen on the ground. Its branches are scattered across the mountains and valleys and ravines of the land. All those who lived in its shadow have gone away and left it lying there.I made the nations shake with fear at the sound of its fall, for I sent it down to the grave with all the others who descend to the pit. And all the other proud trees of Eden, the most beautiful and the best of Lebanon, the ones whose roots went deep into the water, took comfort to find it there with them in the depths of the earth. Its allies, too, were all destroyed and had passed away. They had gone down to the grave—all those nations that had lived in its shade.
“O Egypt, to which of the trees of Eden will you compare your strength and glory? You, too, will be brought down to the depths with all these other nations. You will lie there among the outcasts who have died by the sword. This will be the fate of Pharaoh and all his hordes. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”
“You think of yourself as a strong young lion among the nations,
but you are really just a sea monster,
heaving around in your own rivers,
stirring up mud with your feet.
Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
I will send many people
to catch you in my net
and haul you out of the water.
“I will disturb many hearts when I bring news of your downfall to distant nations you have never seen. Yes, I will shock many lands, and their kings will be terrified at your fate. They will shudder in fear for their lives as I brandish my sword before them on the day of your fall. 11 For this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“The sword of the king of Babylon
will come against you.
I will destroy your hordes with the swords of mighty warriors—
the terror of the nations.
On March 17,during the twelfth year, another message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, weep for the hordes of Egypt and for the other mighty nations.For I will send them down to the world below in company with those who descend to the pit.Say to them,
The Egyptians will fall with the many who have died by the sword, for the sword is drawn against them. Egypt and its hordes will be dragged away to their judgment. Down in the grave mighty leaders will mockingly welcome Egypt and its allies, saying, ‘They have come down; they lie among the outcasts, hordes slaughtered by the sword.’
“Assyria lies there surrounded by the graves of its army, those who were slaughtered by the sword.
“Elam lies there surrounded by the graves of all its hordes.
“Meshech and Tubal are there, surrounded by the graves of all their hordes.
“You too, Egypt, will lie crushed and broken among the outcasts, all slaughtered by the sword.
“Edom is there with its kings and princes. Mighty as they were, they also lie among those slaughtered by the sword, with the outcasts who have gone down to the pit.
“All the princes of the north and the Sidonians are there with others who have died. Once a terror, they have been put to shame.
“When Pharaoh and his entire army arrive, he will take comfort that he is not alone in having his hordes killed, says the Sovereign Lord. Although I have caused his terror to fall upon all the living, Pharaoh and his hordes will lie there among the outcasts who were slaughtered by the sword. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

Ezekiel 33
The Watchman’s Message
10 “Son of man, give the people of Israel this message: You are saying, ‘Our sins are heavy upon us; we are wasting away! How can we survive?’ 11 As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die?
12 “Son of man, give your people this message: The righteous behavior of righteous people will not save them if they turn to sin, nor will the wicked behavior of wicked people destroy them if they repent and turn from their sins.

today’s prayer is for kings and queens

The Imperial State Crown: Cullinan IIToday’s prayer is for a God fearing monarch on earth. There are not many left. They hold a position which not many envy. Spiritually they hold the territory spiritual head position. It is not easy as they are the first under attack by the spiritual enemy. Reading the history of the world one knows well how the royal families had been besieged by tragedies. It is sad to note that many monarchs try to carry out their positions without knowing the spiritual might of God and the authority given is not mere earthly authority. I pray they know now. Seeing the encroaching forces of the enemy like the torrential flood of destructions that seem unstoppable especially after they opened their spiritual borders to many spiritual enemies of God the ‘monarchs’ must wake today. I pray for a Christian revival with the out-pouring of the Lord’s Spirit on them and their successors.

Psalm 21 New King James Version (NKJV)

Joy in the Salvation of the Lord
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

21 The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord;
And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
2 You have given him his heart’s desire,
And have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
3 For You meet him with the blessings of goodness;
You set a crown of pure gold upon his head.
4 He asked life from You, and You gave it to him—
Length of days forever and ever.
5 His glory is great in Your salvation;
Honor and majesty You have placed upon him.
6 For You have made him most blessed forever;
You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence.
7 For the king trusts in the Lord,
And through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved.
8 Your hand will find all Your enemies;
Your right hand will find those who hate You.
9 You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger;
The Lord shall swallow them up in His wrath,
And the fire shall devour them.
10 Their offspring You shall destroy from the earth,
And their descendants from among the sons of men.
11 For they intended evil against You;
They devised a plot which they are not able to perform.
12 Therefore You will make them turn their back;
You will make ready Your arrows on Your string toward their faces.
13 Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength!
We will sing and praise Your power.

11 week 4th day: two prophecies from a sorcerer

spiritual seeingThe two prophecies uttered by a sorcerer, Balaam, who was bent on making money with his special spiritual ability (like soothsaying) tell us something today. My notes are in bold letters and italics. (The Scriptures are quoted from the Holy Bible NKJV Numbers 22:41, 23:5-24, 24:1. Boldness of some verses added to highlight certain revelations received.)

Key verse: For from the top of the rocks I see him,
And from the hills I behold him; There! A people dwelling alone,
Not reckoning itself among the nations.” (Numbers 23:9)

The sorcerer can see into the spiritual realm. He cannot do anything to change the destiny for greatness of a people set apart by God Himself as His own chosen elect people. The sorcerer can see part of it but not the whole picture. Why can’t the sorcerer see all? Because he does not have the Holy Spirit. Because he has his own private commercial agenda. He hopes to make a fortune out of his fortune telling and perhaps successful curses. 

But what did he see in these two events recorded? He sees a people set apart by the Holy God for holiness. The key word he sees is: “SEPARATE”. This people is separate from the rest of the inhabitants in the land they have been led by God to conquer and settle. Take note that as long as they remain separate from the rest they will be successful in their conquest. What did the sorcerer see in terms of a military strategy? He struck his spiritual weapon at the word ‘Separate’. He advised the Canaan king to use women to tempt the Israelites. When the Israelite men succumbed to the lust of the flesh and eyes, and had sexual relation with those women (of another spirit), they fell from the spiritually more superior and powerful position of a people of God, and were felled by the people of the land.  A sad revelation which is still true today after thousands of years in mankind’s history and the history of God’s people. 

Balaam’s First Prophecy

22:41 So it was, the next day, that Balak took Balaam and brought him up to the high places of Baal, that from there he might observe the extent of the people…

23:5 Then the Lord put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.”…And he took up his oracle and said:

“Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram,
From the mountains of the east.
‘Come, curse Jacob for me,
And come, denounce Israel!’

How shall I curse whom God has not cursed?
And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?
9 For from the top of the rocks I see him,
And from the hills I behold him;
There! A people dwelling alone,
Not reckoning itself among the nations.

10 “Who can count the dust[a] of Jacob,
Or number one-fourth of Israel?
Let me die the death of the righteous,
And let my end be like his!”

11 Then Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and look, you have blessed them bountifully!” 12 So he answered and said, “Must I not take heed to speak what the Lord has put in my mouth?”

Balaam’s Second Prophecy

13 Then Balak said to him, “Please come with me to another place from which you may see them; you shall see only the outer part of them, and shall not see them all; curse them for me from there.” …16 Then the Lord met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, “Go back to Balak, and thus you shall speak.” 17 So he came to him, ..18 Then he took up his oracle and said:

“Rise up, Balak, and hear!
Listen to me, son of Zippor!

19 God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
20 Behold, I have received a command to bless;
He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.

21 “He has not observed iniquity in Jacob,
Nor has He seen wickedness in Israel.
The Lord his God is with him,
And the shout of a King is among them.
22 God brings them out of Egypt;
He has strength like a wild ox.

23 For there is no sorcery against Jacob,
Nor any divination against Israel.
It now must be said of Jacob
And of Israel, ‘Oh, what God has done!’
24 Look, a people rises like a lioness,
And lifts itself up like a lion;
It shall not lie down until it devours the prey,
And drinks the blood of the slain.”

24:1 Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go as at other times, to seek to use sorcery,…

Watchman’s adventure: Zechariah 6 and Revelation 6

RevelationToday the watchman was led to read the following verses (both recorded in 6:1-8) on the visions seen by the Prophet Zechariah in Zechariah 6:1-8 and visions seen by the Apostle John in Revelation 6:1-8. The name Zechariah is derived from the Hebrew זְכַרְיָה, meaningThe Lord has remembered.” The meaning of the name John in Hebrew is: “Jehovah has been gracious; has shown favor.”  

Summarized watchman’s notes on the similarities and differences between the two authors (Zechariah and John):

1. Both passages are about specific prophetic visions of the spiritual realms.

2. The same Spirit of the Lord has shown a prophet and an apostle visions which have some similarities and some differences.

For example: The colors of the horses: red, white, black are similar in both visions.; the riders (on horses or chariots) are spirits (angels) who are carrying out their assigned works throughout the whole earth.The works may differ in the timing and /or scale, but similar in their theme: judgement and punishment of evil.

3. The experiences of these two men of God are illustrations of how God (through His Spirit)  reveals His plans and their executions (big and small) to individuals according to the concerns in their hearts at the time:

For example: God has revealed to a prophet-priest who was concerned with Israel (his country)’s immediate future in relation with the Gentile nations surrounding it. The two horses (black and white) were sent to deal with the two hostile northern kingdoms (Babylon and Persia). On the other hand, God has also revealed plans and their executions regarding the destiny of the whole mankind to an apostle who has concern for man’s future on earth and in heavens.

4. God calls different individuals in different stages of their lives for His different specific plans and assignments.

For example: Zechariah was a young priest called and sent by God to return to Jerusalem to give the remnants of Israel the messages from God and assured them of God’s good long ranged plan for their nation, so that they are encouraged to rebuild the temple. He faithfully received and passed on the prophecies concerning their religious, social and political predicaments at that time. The record of his visions showed a time span of about five months.

John was one of the twelve apostles Jesus chose. John had been Jesus the risen Savior and Lord, discipled and sent out by Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, carried out his assigned work to faithfully testify for Jesus, and endured the related persecutions. When Jesus chose him to see the visions which he later recorded in the book of Revelation, John had matured into an elderly and well seasoned apostle. His spiritual perspective and worldview were ready for the big revelation from the Lord.

5. In both cases, the two individuals have made themselves available to God. The key word I have noted from their testimonies is: “Faithful”. How did these two men’s lives demonstrate this virtue? Zechariah was martyred between the sanctuary and the altar. (Luke 11:51; Matthew 23:35). John too, went through perilous time under Romans’ persecution and wrote the book of Revelation during his exile on the island Patmos. He was known to have lived till grand old age ( circa AD 6 – c. 108) When John was aged, he trained Polycarp who later became Bishop of Smyrna. This was important because Polycarp was able to carry John’s message to future generations.

 

Zechariah 6:1-8 New King James Version (NKJV) (boldness added)

Vision of the Four Chariots

6 Then I turned and raised my eyes and looked, and behold, four chariots were coming from between two mountains, and the mountains were mountains of bronze. With the first chariot were red horses, with the second chariot black horses, with the third chariot white horses, and with the fourth chariot dappled horses—strong steeds. Then I answered and said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”

And the angel answered and said to me, “These are four spirits of heaven, who go out from their station before the Lord of all the earth. The one with the black horses is going to the north country, the white are going after them, and the dappled are going toward the south country.” Then the strong steeds went out, eager to go, that they might walk to and fro throughout the earth. And He said, “Go, walk to and fro throughout the earth.” So they walked to and fro throughout the earth. And He called to me, and spoke to me, saying, “See, those who go toward the north country have given rest to My Spirit in the north country.”

Revelation 6:1-8 New King James Version (NKJV) (boldness added)

First Seal: The Conqueror

Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals;[a] and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

Second Seal: Conflict on Earth

When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.”[b] Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.

Third Seal: Scarcity on Earth

When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart[c] of wheat for a denarius,[d] and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

Fourth Seal: Widespread Death on Earth

When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 6:1 NU-Text and M-Text read seven seals.
  2. Revelation 6:3 NU-Text and M-Text omit and see.
  3. Revelation 6:6 Greek choinix; that is, approximately one quart
  4. Revelation 6:6 This was approximately one day’s wage for a worker.

*Quoted:” four spirits of the heavens–heavenly spirits who “stand before Jehovah” to receive God’s commands ( Zechariah 4:14 , 1 Kings 22:19 , Job 2:1 , Luke 1:19 ) in heaven (of which Zion is the counterpart on earth, chariot speed ( 2 Kings 6:17 , Psalms 68:17 ) to execute them on earth in its four various quarters ( Psalms 104:4 , Hebrews 1:7 Hebrews 1:14 )’ ( http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/zechariah/zechariah-6.html)*

(2015 review)Journey on: key words

Zechariah by Holy Spirit

A review at the year end of 2015: “What have I been (as a person) in 2015 and what am I going to become in 2016?” The YEAR END REVIEW question focuses on the word ‘BEING’ instead of ‘DOING’. When the Bible opened at the Book of Numbers chapter 33, the watchman read and noted that it showed the record of “A JOURNEY”——Record keeping of its stages, organization, leadership, names of places, routes, geography and terrains, the motion of staying (camping) and leaving (moving on), crossing the sea, desert, passing oasis of springs and palm trees, mountains, plains, river and finally reaching specified boundaries. The whole chapter tells us about an aspect of God——He requires specific, detailed and accurate recording of each event of the people who matter to Him, on a journey made possible by Him. I was led to read this chapter of the Bible after I prayed and asked for direction as a spiritual blog-writer. True enough, this blog is a journey, and today’s revelation is a guide to me for the forthcoming year of a further journey in the Spirit——through reading of the Bible.

KEY WORDS/PHRASES: ‘they left’ (42 times), ‘camped'(42 times). I have left the names blank. (This looks like a generic biography template for the new year.) Who are the Israelites today? The ancient Israelites had a covenant given to Abraham for his biological descendants through the lineage of Isaac. After Jesus had come, He had established a new covenant in His blood. The Christians have come under the new covenant by believing in Jesus and become the descendants of Abraham by faith. In recent previous blogs I have written about the three perfect storms over raging sea and the ‘supernatural’ calmness of the three centered characters involved: Jesus, Paul and Jonah. All three knew God. They maintained close relationship/communication with God. Christians are supernatural because we live in the presence of the supernatural God. I am reminded of Zechariah 4:6 again. Reading Chapter 33 of Numbers means more as the Spirit of Lord leads us. I pray that each reader will seek and find his/her answer for New Year Resolution too.

Numbers 33 (NIV) Stages in Israel’s Journey (Quoted in parts; boldness added)

Here are the stages in the journey of the Israelites when they came out of Egypt by divisions under the leadership of Moses and Aaron. At the Lord’s command Moses recorded the stages in their journey. This is their journey by stages:

The Israelites set out from on the fifteenth day of the first month, the day after the Passover. They marched out defiantly in full view of all the

The Israelites left … and camped at … They left …and camped at …, on the edge of the desert. They left …, turned back to .., to …and camped near … They left…and passed through the sea into the desert, and when they had traveled for three days in the Desert…they camped at … They left …and went to…, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there. 10 They left … and camped by the …Sea… 11 They left the …Sea and camped in the Desert of … 12 They left the Desert of …and camped at … 13 They left … and camped at …. 14 They left …and camped at …, where there was no water for the people to drink. 15 They left … and camped in the Desert of … 16 They left the Desert of …and camped at … 17 They left … and camped at … 18 They left … and camped at … 19 They left … and camped at … 20 They left … and camped at … 21 They left … and camped at …. 22 They left … and camped at … 23 They left … and camped at Mount… 24 They left Mount … and camped at … 25 They left …and camped at … 26 They left … and camped at … 27 They left … and camped at … 28 They left … and camped at … 29 They left … and camped at … 30 They left … and camped at … 31 They left … and camped at … 32 They left … and camped at … 33 They left …and camped at … 34 They left … and camped at … 35 They left … and camped at … 36 They left … and camped at …, in the Desert of … 37 They left and camped at Mount , on the border of ... 41 They left Mount and camped at . 42 They left and camped at . 43 They left and camped at . 44 They left and camped at , on the border of . 45 They left and camped at . 46 They left and camped at . 47 They left and camped in the mountains of , near . 48 They left the mountains of and camped on the plains ofby the Jordan across from Jericho. 49 There on the plains of they camped along the from to

50 On the plains of the Lord said to Moses, 51 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you cross…, 52 drive out all…55 “‘But if you do not drive out …They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. 56 And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.’”

Numbers 34  God has set and specified the Boundaries of the inheritance homeland for His people and promised protection for them

1-12 The Lord said to Moses, “Command the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter Canaan, the land that will be allotted to you as an inheritance is to have these boundaries:…“‘This will be your land, with its boundaries on every side.’”

Behold! The Kingdom of God has come!

2Co1.20

The Kingdom of God has come and Christians can live in the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, just as the prayer that Jesus has taught His believers pray daily. What does it mean? It means we live in the presence of God and we live a life different from that of the unbelievers. When they believe in Jesus they can live inside this Kingdom too. While in the Kingdom we enjoy the abundant life and supernatural protection and undeserved favor of God, a supernatural living over the natural world——under the grace and mercy of God.

Is there a proof of this in the Bible? Yes. We read Acts 27 afresh today to see the proof.

God will tell us what he has planned for Christians to accomplish in this world. He will guide us to make the right decision at the right time in the right manner. This includes all aspects of our daily living. There are two things He will tell us: What His believers should do, and what the unbelieving world will encounter. The same physical natural storm comes upon both believers and unbelievers. The outcome will be different when Christians live the Kingdom of God life.

Here is a brief summary of the difference between those living in the Kingdom of God (people of God) and those living outside (people of the world): THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS REAL WHERE CHRISTIANS LIVE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD AND LIVE IN THE SPIRITUAL REALITY OF THE UNSEEN REALM OF GOD.

1. What the world saw was merely physical and not the unseen: In the eyes of the world at the beginning of the journey, Paul was a mere prisoner just like any other prisoners. And he had no control over the journey. (Acts 27:1-8)

2. Paul gave his advice even when no one listened: but the world chose to listen to the wisdom of the physical man and not to God through a spiritual man. (Acts 27:9-13)

3. The storm event confirmed God’s words: the prediction of Paul, a spiritual man who lived in the Kingdom of God. (Acts 27:14-20)

4. God showed His favor for His own people: that even though the unbelievers chose to go their destructive way, because of the presence of His people (Paul and his fellow Christians) on board, His supernatural protection would also include those who happened to be on board with His people. An angel told Paul this, “God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.” Just imagine, God favored Paul so much that the presence of Paul on board had saved the lives of all other on board as long as they stayed with Paul. (Acts 27:21-36) Why? Because Paul lived in the Kingdom of God, with the mighty presence of the living God!

5. When the unbelievers believed and obeyed God’s advice through Paul (a Kingdom of God citizen), continued to stay with Paul and even took steps to stop wanting to kill or harm him, the unbelievers were all saved and reached shore safely. (Acts 27:37-44)

This is how the Kingdom of God works.

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Acts 27

21 After they had gone a long time without food, Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss. 22 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. 26 Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.”

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42 The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping. 43 But the centurion wanted to spare Paul’s life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. 44 The rest were to get there on planks or on other pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land safely.

They are like stars for ever

Daniel 12-3b like stars

Let us read Daniel today, my spirit cries out. What makes Daniel different and worthy as an individual to be so well recorded in heaven and written with such great length in the Bible? What does God say of Daniel? Why is he considered so special and highly respected and honored by even the powerful pagan kings? What is the key success factor word if we have only one sentence or one word to describe him? I shall try to summarize the book of Daniel to answer these questions. Lifestyle is the sum total of who we are inside and our attitude toward life.

The physical Daniel: a noble (royal family) young man taken hostage from Jerusalem in 605 BC to the Babylonian court. He qualified for the pagan king’s requirement: an Israelite from the royal family and nobility-young man without any physical defects, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well-informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. The Babylonian king considered Daniel as a person with insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom, ten times better than his counselors (all the magicians and enchanters) in his whole kingdom. (Daniel was taken hostage probably in his teen, and subsequently lived through the captivity period 605-530 BC in the courts of the Babylonian kings and the Medes and Persian kings respectively.)

The spiritual Daniel: He knew his God. All his actions were persistently and consistently based on this reality of a living God in his personal total life (inside and outside). He described God as “the Lord my God”. He addressed God as: “Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” He knew God as absolutely holy. Therefore he resolved not to defile himself with the spiritually ‘unclean’ (including pagan food, drink, idolatry religious practices and rituals). He knew God as awesome and the only God for him. Therefore he remained calm and composed despite threats of his life. He remained faithful and loyal to his God. He knew God’s spiritual reality. Therefore he could understand visions and dreams of all kind. He could even ask God to reveal mysteries (beyond the human realm) to him, about things to come.

For example: He even knew the details of a dream of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar and correctly interpret them The king heard and fell on his face and prostrate before Daniel and declared that Daniel’s God is “the God of gods, the Lord of kings.” The queen mother described Daniel to her son King Belshazzar that Daniel was a man “in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. Light and understanding and excellent wisdom were found in him.”

The Daniel as a role model of an overcomer: He knew God. He testified for God. He was not afraid of death because of his testimony and faith in the living God.

What does God say about Daniel? From the conversations and messages the angel (Gabriel) held with Daniel, we know that Daniel was a man greatly beloved of God, and from the first day he set his heart to understand God’s mystery, God heard his words (prayers), replied, granted his requests. God even sent His mighty angel in reply. God also saved and preserved Daniel from harm. Daniel lived to a ripe old age before the living God.

Daniel’s spiritual, godly and prayerful lifestyle was entirely based on his lifelong unwavering belief in the living God and attitude toward God. Indeed, he has the Spirit of the Holy God in him.

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“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)

The Time of the End

“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who lead many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.” (Daniel 12:2-3)

Today’s word: ‘CALLED’

an eagle soarsToday’s word: “CALLED”. What does it mean to be called by God?

Many are actually called by God (the Holy Spirit) through Jesus to believe in Jesus. The Bible calls mankind to believe in Jesus. Many hear the message and the call of God. The call is in the Gospel and those who hear and believe are saved.

Matthew 20:16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”
Matthew 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

The Lord Himself also calls believers to become His disciples. Those who respond with obedience are trained and equipped with the Scriptures and the power of the Holy Spirit and authority of the name of Jesus for specific assignment to advance the Kingdom of God just as the early apostles and disciples of Jesus did.

Luke 6:13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:
Matthew 4:18 [ Four Fishermen Called as Disciples ] And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Matthew 4:21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them,
Matthew 10:1 [ The Twelve Apostles ] And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
Matthew 15:32 [ Feeding the Four Thousand ] Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

The called ones who respond to Jesus and obey the calling have a special privileged identity and status in the Kingdom of God

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

The privileged identity is conditional to being truly humble. Be Christ-like.

Matthew 18:1-3 18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 23:10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.
Matthew 20:24-26 24 And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.

BEING CALLED

God has called. Some have responded. Pray that we each hear the call and respond. Pray for your specific calling. 

Today’s word: faith

shield of faith quenh fiery darts 2We read a word today: FAITH. We can see faith. Faith in action produces the seen parts of faith. Faith enables us to see the sign of time. Man of faith sees the big picture of God.

Hebrews 11:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)

By Faith We Understand

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

Hebrews 11:1-3 Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Triumphs of Faith

11 Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. For by this [kind of] faith the [a]men of old gained [divine] approval.

By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 11:2 I.e. those men and women who were faithful to God before the old covenant and those faithful to God after its establishment, those mentioned in this chapter.

Hebrews 11:1-3 Expanded Bible (EXB)

What Is Faith?

11 Faith means ·being sure [the assurance; or the tangible reality; or the sure foundation] of the things we hope for and ·knowing that something is real even if we do not see it [the conviction/assurance/evidence about things not seen]. Faith is the reason ·we remember [or God commended/approved] ·great people who lived in the past [the people of old; the ancients; our spiritual ancestors].

It is by faith we understand that the ·whole world [universe; cosmos; ages] was made by God’s ·command [word; Gen. 1] so what we see was ·made by something that cannot be seen [L not made from/by visible things].

Romans 10:16-18 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”[a] 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

18 But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed:

“Their sound has gone out to all the earth,
And their words to the ends of the world.”[b]

Faith works with the word OBEDIENCE. When we hear the Bible words being spoken, faith gives us the ability and strength to put into action. Faith in action brings forth the outcome of faith.  Seeing and understanding the sign of time requires faith in action.