Thursday, April 17, 2014

BLOG TALK RADIO / THE UNSEEN WORLD - First Guest, Ken Thornberg of Freedom Encounters.

I'm revising my blog radio show also called the Unseen World.  My first guest is Ken Thornberg with Freedom Encounters.  www.freedomencounters.com
 
Ken is one of the more knowledgeable persons I know who is well versed and personally equipped through actual experience to discuss spiritual warfare in the context of our times; overcoming through the power of faith in Jesus Christ.  We'll be talking about a delicate topic tonight over which there is much confusion.  The existence of alter personalities that show up in deliverance and why these are not demonic, but a natural part of a protective process that God has built into His human creation.  Along with his wife Sylvia and various deliverance teams across the country, Ken's nondenominational ministry serves the Church of Jesus Christ through teachings and seminars specifically designed to better equip the body of Christ. 
 
The show starts at 5PM Central Time: 
You can call in at 646-200-4195
Link to listen live or access later via archives:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lifequestchristiannetwork/2014/04/17/the-unseen-world-with-alexandra-clair-and-featured-guest-ken-thornberg


Monday, March 24, 2014

TWO CHRISTIAN LABELED MOVIES / SON OF GOD / NOAH / MEL GIBSON and the BENCHMARK

Son of God - The Film

 
I saw the movie Son of God with some friends from church.  They thought it was wonderful and as I sat in the theatre I heard people around me shedding a few tears.  Afterwards we went out to dinner...  The discussion continued and I felt that, as people of faith, they were merely gratified to see any Christian themed film on the big screen and being critical just seemed ungrateful.
 
For the number of Biblical errors and the degree of creative license taken I just couldn't agree.  So perhaps it would be more accurate to call this a Christian-themed film.
 
To compare Son of God in any way with the excellence of The Passion of the Christ... well, that would be a travesty. Our benchmark standard of excellence has to be the Mel Gibson film.
 
What offended me most of all was the actor chosen to play my precious Savior, Jesus Christ.  Diogo Morgado is a former model who was clearly cast for his appearance and not his acting ability. Many have since touted him as a sex symbol, something Jesus Christ never was.  
 
We have one and only one physical description of Jesus from scripture. I think this is telling that Father-God didn't think we needed more than one.  We also have the Shroud of Turin, which I personally believe is genuine and in no way suggests Jesus as dynamically handsome and drawing people to him by externals.  We have the wonderful story of Jesus as a boy, leaving his parents to caravan home without Him; returning to the temple to be "about my Fathers business." What we understand from reading the passage is that Jesus the boy had wisdom beyond his years, was fully aware of His destiny, and conveyed an honesty... truth being what drew people to him.  But again... no physical description of a cute, highly attractive, handsome boy.

In a prophetic vision Isaiah wrote of the coming Savior...  
Who has believed our message?  And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?  For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty that we should look upon Him, nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him (Isaiah 53: 1, 2).
 
Paul made no mention of Jesus being handsome. He heard much about Jesus' acts and ministry from James, Peter and John who along with Barnabas mentored Paul in the faith. Mark, who was not an apostle, may have known Jesus as a young boy and, as we know, spent years in Paul's company. For all these numerous first hand accounts from people who actually saw Jesus, walked and served with him during his earthly ministry it is very significant for what Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, did NOT say about Jesus' physical appearance. Paul merely records that Jesus was, "made in the likeness of men."  

Despite the lie of casting choices from people who should know better and what this misleads people to believe, what Jesus physically looked like was, in fact, important in that Father God chose to reveal His Son as being... ordinary, physically "unremarkable."  One all of us, whoever we were, could relate to. 

Jesus looked like a very average person, since he came FOR all men and all women; beautiful, ugly, average, scarred, disfigured...  He was about healing the internal scaring of sin and the new life and hope that only Jesus Christ can bring to desperate people; even those that do not know their deep need for new and fresh, eternal pasture.  I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10: 9, 10).   

When Paul says that Jesus came as a bond-slave what is meant here is a servant, one who came to serve, by a free exercise of will and choice; in this case for a divine, eternal purpose whose mysteries, for now, we only know in part. Paul writes that Jesus Christ...
 
...emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  For this reason also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name (Philippians 2: 7-9).  Read the remainder of the passage. 

I guess the casting agent in Son of God didn't get this memo.  The inference of the film, Son of God, went on to imply a certain magnetism in that confluence of physical appearance and inner magic, what casting agents call that "it" factor. The truth is that not one person was drawn to Jesus because He was handsome. They were drawn by the miracles He performed which pointed to Jesus being really and truly the Messiah, the true Son of God, the Savior of those who would trust Him.
 
Isaiah goes on to proclaim in what has become known as the picture of the suffering Messiah...
He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and like one from who men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him (Isaiah 53: 3).      
 
 
A kingdom principal evidenced many times over through scripture is that we are not to judge by appearance. We are to test spirits, test words, test intention and motive not only in ourselves, but in others.  God does not bestow blessing and favor by any measure of externals and in fact he says that His power is perfected in weakness; at those times when we give up the performance scripts and cry out to God that we need Him.  Paul wrote:  And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness."  Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me" (2nd Corinthians 12: 9).
 
But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1st Samuel 16: 7). 
 
So what is this power that works through the imperfections of men.  Jesus clearly told us to stand in His authority and exercise this power for purposes of healing, restoration, salvation, exorcism, deliverance and so much more. This message was lost in the film, Son of God. What was also missing was not one... not one incidence of Jesus casting out demons.  Given my own ministry and my concern for the rise of paganism in direct proportion to ignorance of God's word I find this a serious lapse. So I'm not sure we needed another film that put scriptural authority on the back-burner.  Maybe they started with a good script. They didn't end with one. 
 
"Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.  Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask; it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.  For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst" Matthew 18: 18-20). 
 
Truly, truly, I say to you he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do because I go to the Father.  Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.  If you love Me you will keep My commandments (John 14: 12-15). 

Jesus was approachable as He is today. His arms are wide open to all that will come.  I love the following passage for what it says, but also infers.  It was His mercy and compassion, this wealth of very great love for hurting people that transcended language and was the substance of communication. There was no chance whatsoever that this content of heavenly purpose could be upstaged by physical beauty. Hurting people looked into the face of Jesus and they knew... they just knew and in God's very great love for us in sending His one and only Son into a corrupted world, to a lost and corrupted people the proof of that love was seen in the miracles performed. There was not only physical healing, but eternal healing for the hungry soul. 

The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them (Matthew 4: 24). 

It is the same today.  People of faith just know.  We've met Jesus, had a healing encounter, received eternal salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit who dwells within every true believer and we know, what we know... Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11: 1). 
 
How does a movie depict what is impossible to quantify by externals.  How does film communicate transcendent power? Power that comes from on high through faith in Jesus Christ, and working through fragile humanity.  Certainly not in ways that fly in the face of scripture inviting us to leave our critical thinking skills and discernment gifts at the ticket counter. So let us enjoy a "Christian" labeled film, but lets not pretend it's more than it is.  For me, Son of God, was a disappointment and misses on too many fronts. I have no plans to buy it and, as to watching it for second time, I think I'll pass.  To imply it could be any kind of a teaching tool; well I'd pass on that too for there were just too many errors; not matters of interpretation, but errors.  
 
In The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson and his team succeeded to visual and evocative emotional authority.  This film would not have been made without God using him, despite all his human frailties.  Below is an excerpt taken from the Prospectus I wrote for Wood's End and my hope of making that book into a Christian film.  I'm in no way comparing my Wood's End screen play to that of Mel Gibson's, which was entirely taken from scripture. 


THE DISCRIMINATING

CHRISTIAN VIEWER


Excerpts from the Wood's End Prospectus

 Christian film, as an evangelical and educational tool to convey Christian messages and core truths, broke into the consciousness of many people with the release of Mel Gibson’s, The Passion of the Christ, which was released February 2004. 


Despite an aggressive secular attack, with attempts to label the movie anti-Semitic and an ironic criticism of its violence, given the level of violence in many secular films, the movie-going public remained unfazed in their enthusiasm making up their own minds.    

The Passion of the Christ stunned the secular movie industry; becoming the eighth highest grossing domestic film of all time.  Today, it is still the highest grossing non-English-speaking film of all time.    


Mel Gibson personally funded The Passion of the Christ.  He had no expectation of a huge commercial success.  He anticipated a limited release.  As secular pressure built and denominational expectations were heard from, a fire storm of publicity was unleashed.  Gibson was wise enough to capitalize on this.   The degree of opposition to some "Christian" films can be equated to the degree to which satan must marshal it's forces to oppose the eternal potential of film as a creative vehicle.     

Much of this controversy, both for Mel Gibson and the film itself, was media fueled as industry elites attempted to contrive conflicts even before the film entered post production.  Mel Gibson and his company, Icon Productions, soon realized they had a tiger by the tail.  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8: 28). 
According to the Barna Group, much of the films’ success can be attributed to fervent support of churches crossing all denominational lines, “many of whom labeled the movie as one of the greatest evangelistic tools in history.” 
Wide acceptance of the film and its subsequent financial success can be attributed to a strict adherence to the scriptural accounts in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  The only quote not directly taken from the four gospels comes in part from Revelation 21: 5 and prophetically from Isaiah 2: 1-4.  And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”  And He said, “Write for these words are faithful and true (Revelation 21: 5).”   
Even Gibson’s additional research, which contributed to the films artistic and historical excellence, sparked controversy.  This research informed the scripts setting in Roman occupied Palestine, accuracy in dress and customs, visual portrayal of the Hebrew religious elite of the day and daily life.  The same level of research, which would be applauded in any secular film, even this became a trumped up source of controversy in a veiled attempt to drive a wedge between various Christian denominations.
Fortunately, the buying public either saw through the propaganda or didn’t really care. The message sent to secular media?  People of genuine faith are less prone to manipulation by secular, elitist agendas than one might think. People of faith make up their own minds and all those efforts to get the Judeo/Christian community royally offended, in the expectation that The Passion of the Christ would bomb, dismally failed.   
 
NOAH with Russell Crowe
 
Above is an amusing and I'm guessing very apt review of Noah written by, Matt Walsh. I have yet to see this film so sharing this link for those who are interested. Had to smile at Matt's following remark...
"Naturally, we decided to spend it being pummeled by the blaring condescension of the most insipid, absurd, unimaginative, clumsily contrived piece of anti-Christian filmmaking to come along since, well, probably just last week."
What I'm expecting is that Jehovah God is not in any way mentioned or lifted up.  I'm not expecting a Biblical depiction of the level of sin and world-wide judgment that followed.  I imagine we won't see much, if anything, of the Nephillim and satan's true intention of using these genetically engineered, demonic-hybrids to corrupt the DNA of man.  DNA through whom the Savior of the Universe, Jesus Christ would be born; fully God and fully man.  ...so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2: 10, 11). 
Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds (Hebrews 2: 13, 14). 
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by his scourging we are healed.  All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him(Isaiah 53: 4-6). 
For whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10: 13). 

This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases (Matthew 8: 17). 
Also 1st Peter: 2: 24 / ...and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 

About Mel Gibson


They say that Christian's shoot their wounded.  More often than not this is a lie of satan. I've been pretty wounded at times in my life and I've survived by the grace of God and the goodness of my Christian friends. I often think of Billy Graham reaching out to Jim Baker.

Anyway... recently I watched a documentary about actors and scandal and what was said about Mel seemed such a sad contrivance.  We are invited to judge him by the sad reality of alcoholism.   

I would guess that Mel Gibson's desire to do the Maccabees film as a next project and his pairing with a certain screenwriter was  a set up from the start by satanist factions in the film industry. Sorry Mel, and I think today you know this all too well.  That man was never, I mean never, going to deliver any kind of finished screen play. I wonder what they paid him not to write?   

I know I'm not the only one praying for Mel Gibson.  I'd just like to remind my brothers and sisters in Christ to keep it up.  Because if this movie, The Passion of the Christ, were his only accomplishment in life, it would represent a huge victory. Not only were people saved - they are still being saved. Jesus came closer to a lot of lukewarm believers.  I myself was brought closer to Jesus in seeing what he really and truly suffered depicted as it was.    

Mel Gibson also modeled the old adage that we are not to think like everyone else. Common sense, hard core actualities and every evidence screamed...  The Passion of the Christ, made as it was in a dead language and entirely from scripture defied every preconception; that this film could not be made, would never be received, would fail to make a profit, was too Biblical, too Protestant, too Christian, too Catholic, too Jewish. Oh yes, and at the same time we were invited to accept that it was biased against Protestants, Catholics, and Jews, racially slanted etc...  The opposition was frantic, satanic, chaotic and appealed to triggers of fear. That opposition failed.  

Enemies want Mel Gibson to fade into the woodwork.  Shamed and humiliated to never show his face. Hollywood, for the most part, do not shoot their addicts.  They raise them up, give them jobs as seen with Charlie Sheen and Robert Downey, Jr etc...  No, they only shoot their Christian, conservative addicts.  God expects more from us.   

Someday I hope to make my film Wood's End.  If you're interested in helping please get in touch.  I have two budgets. One for filming on location in Boston and Western Massachusetts and one for filming here in Fayette County, TN.  All that remains is funds and casting.  And... when I think of casting I think of what my friend Brian Churchill said who filmed the actors he considered.  He said, don't look at type, don't look at appearance. We're looking for good acting and what gets conveyed through lens. That certain "it" factor. When we find the right actors we'll decide where they fit.  Sadly Brian Churchill passed away at age 43 on September 14, 2013.  I miss our many conversations about scripts and film in general.  His favorite topic of conversation. 
Interested in Christian film?  Call me: (901-417-4976)   

 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

MY LATEST HERO: The Honorable Robert E. Grossman of the state of New York / able to leap tall buidlings with a single decision... Right up there with Marie McDonnell and John O'Brian and CJ Holmes.

As many of you know who read my "real" blog (The Unseen World with Alexandra Clair) I'm very interested in wrongful and illegal foreclosure and have a quite lengthy blog on this page which is really so much a mismatch  that I've thought of taking it down altogether except that it is still being accessed and read.  I appreciate every one of you.  So this isn't my normal topic, but is such a serious issue which speaks to the health of our country and especially when we are conned into believing that good is evil and evil is good.  Jesus had quite a lot to say on that topic.  If nothing else the Dred Scott decision tells us that legal is not always right and what's happening today ranks right up there, is a corroding immoral pattern of practice that must not be accepted any longer by judges.   
 
 
Anyone interested in the matter of wrongful foreclosure and MERS right to act as nominee in creating a new Deed of Trust as the "breeder document" for subsequent fraud and theft of property and their claim that they hold legal title to act as both the nominee and mortgage record holder should read the ruling of my latest hero, The Judge Honorable Robert E. Grossman / State of New York.  The article by Mendelman (Mendelman Matters) is entertaining, humorous, and an excellent succinct summary / link above. I guess when the truth is so very disturbing we must find something to laugh at. 
 
Max Gardner commented as follows:
"This case may well be the final dagger in the deep dark heart of the MERS business model.  MERS has fired its President, R. K. Arnold, and may well terminate its Secretary, William Hultman, but MERS cannot fix the systematic and fundamentally flawed legal issues clearly and succinctly identified by the Court in Agard." Also follow CJ Holmes and her bog and website.

 
Love the following written by, yes honorable, but also HERO,  Judge Robert Grossman... in his decision. 
MERS and its partners made the decision to create and operate under a business model that was designed in large part to avoid the requirements of the traditional mortgage recording process.  This court does not accept the argument that because MERS may be involved with 50% of all residential mortgages in the country, that is reason enough for this Court to turn a blind eye to the fact that this process does not comply with the law.
 
Not to mention that MERS withholds important information from the public and interacts in accountable manner almost never.  For example they produce something called the MERS Milestone Report which is not available to the public but only to those intent on defrauding the public. 

The argument that the end of the world will arrive if MERS is held responsible; (yes, they make that argument). MERS has become the primary facilitator of forgery through countless "Assignment of Deed of Trust" documents many generated by Robo-Signers and acting as the "BREEDER DOCUMENT" for wrongful foreclosures, wrongful ousters and evictions as well as many other crimes in failing to follow the laws of this country,  in violation of due process and reminds me of two other shameful rationales for massive patterns of crime.
                                               
The Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery in violation of the US Constitution and the word-soup  that justified such horrific crimes, some purely economic, ignoring and dismissing the human suffering and moral imperatives.   (Also the English Penal Laws)                                                             
                                                                                                                               
And the addicts rationale that rules don't apply to them in continuing life-stealing addict-behavior... in this case addicted to greed, power, and the con-game of getting it over on others unable to defend themselves because the truck was too big and the rules were changed in mid-stream so crooks could operate.  Much of the fault goes to non judicial foreclosure states like my own who forgot that bankers could also be greedy and with little governing oversight crooks flock to fill the breach.  Including the whole foreclosure sub-servicer industry in a chain of conspiracy... I think in violation of RICO.  Where is the FBI on this one? 

Judges and lawyers have been slow to grasp the validity of the crimes committed, but this is changing and will eventually benefit the widows and orphans... and many others.  So heres' to you Judge Grossman.  I almost never drink or I'd lift a glass.  Stay true to the Indiana Jones tradition of coloring outside the lines. It's not what you know... it's where imagination prompts you to risk for the sake of the greater good.  Why?  Because there is such a thing as a moral compass and you have one.  And we do have laws in this country, some achieved at great sacrifice, and these laws should stand in the defense of those who cannot defend themselves.  Not as a vehicle of oppression. 
 
Of the Irish Penal Laws Edmund Burke wrote: "a machine of wise and elaborate contrivance, as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment and degradation of a people, and the debasement in them of human nature itself, as ever proceeded from the perverted ingenuity of man."  If we can follow the threads, what started on Wall Street, meandered to Congress and the Senate has turned out to be a heartless excuse for legal theft if ever there was one. 
 
THANK YOU JUDGE ROBERT!!!  CALL ME,
LETS HAVE LUNCH.  I'LL BUY... Maybe Marie and John
and CJ and Max can join us.  That would be a trip! 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

APPEAL FROM A YOUNG GIRL and UKRAINE IN LIGHT OF PROPHECY / Pray for our freedom loving brothers and sisters...

http://thoughtcatalog.com/danielle-ryan/2014/02/i-am-a-ukrainian-this-needs-to-go-viral/#mXYOVruKLrzlLwJo.01

Watch this appeal and remember to pray for Ukraine.  What is happening there will move to all former Eastern Block Countries including Poland. For this reason what is happening in Ukraine is significant; just as Hitler's invasion of Austria was prior to World War 11. Not only does Bible Prophecy predict the restored power of this region under a dictatorship, but what we know from history... as the satanic principal of reversal and common sense informs us. Jesus Christ, however answers prayer and can mitigate or reverse all circumstances.  In the book of Revelation and Daniels prophecy Russia is represented, as it is today, by the symbol of the Bear. Germany is the Leopard, England and the US are the eagle, France by the Rooster etc...  Book of Revelation.
 
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth will have been loosed in heaven (Matthew 16: 19).
 
We must pray for the health and safety of our freedom loving brothers and sisters experiencing persecution and especially for this courageous young woman who will certainly experience retribution. Ukraine opens on the Black Sea and is an important port to control regarding any coming invasion of Israel (Prophecy).  And then consider how equally strategic Poland will be... take a close look at that map.  If we are passive to Ukraine we'll wake up to a far worse situation just as England and France woke up to Hitler (as a satanic forerunner of the antichrist) in the forties.
 
Winston Churchill said: "One must never turn ones back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it.  If you do that you will double the danger.  But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half."
 
A little history posted by a missionary to that area.  Notice how strategic the area is.  Compare it's geography to Poland.
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/01/30/9-questions-about-ukraine-you-were-too-embarrassed-to-ask/

Below is a facebook post  from another missionary living in Kiev who has been a close observer of these events as they unfold.  This person writes:

"Over just a few hours, things have become very intense in Kiev. This morning fighting broke out between the riot police and the protesters. It got very ugly. Ten people are confirmed dead. That was only today. As I write this, I'm watching fires burning around Maidan Square where many people have gathered. Police are blocking roadways, trains and all major entrances into Kiev. It has been reported that the party of regions (President Yanokovyche’s political party) wants to clear protesters out tonight by force."


This person goes on to write that many political leaders have called  upon Ukrainian President Yanokovyche to end the violence, including President Obama. We know that a principal of anarchy is to create a crisis so that a despotic system can rush in to "calm the waters," and then stay in control.  If this doesn't end Russian troops will arrive; a planned strategy.  

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lifequestchristiannetwork/2014/03/06/the-grace-call-with-arnold-roberts-and-guest-host-alexandra-clair

Arnold Roberts and I interviewed Rev. Patrick Whaley of SASHA Ministries. Pat is currently in Ukraine. Although we lost him half way through you can still listen to this interview / Link above.
 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

FOUR HORSES of REVELATION CHAPTER SIX

I've been enjoying a Bible Study taught by my friend, Melba Kinnin and because of this study I've changed my mind about some of the interpretation of coming prophecy. 
 
History follows true Biblical prophecy and not the other way around since God's word is powerful and true.  Not until something happens do we realize that there was a connection with what we read in the Bible. For example when Israel became a nation in 1948 believers of the time understood that this was a pivotal event predicted in the pages of the Bible that was also connected to "end times."  The wisest practice is to let the Bible interpret itself since nothing in scripture is an isolated principal or teaching, but a consistent thread of continuity and blessing.
 
Here is a link to my interview with Melba Kinnin if you would like to go on line and listen. 
 
Also on Prophecy - Blood Moons / Spirited Debate
 
We'll look at the four horses of Revelation chapter six (also predicted and recorded in in Zechariah 6: 1-8.)  I now see this in a slightly different light, certainly not radical, but a little more in keeping with what history has revealed.  What I now believe is that two of the horses (White and Green) represent two religious systems that will function  in the one world government which is the goal of the last coming Antichrist and also the goal of many satanic groups working toward this aim. This last satanically possessed vehicle of violence and evil will rule with more cruelty than any other despotic narcissist ever has; even worse than Hitler or Stalin. 
 
The other two horses (Red and Black) represent two political systems which we'll get to further along in this blog. (thanks for reading!) 
 
THE WHITE HORSE AND THE GREEN (PALE) HORSE
 
"Come," I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer (Revelation 6: 2). 
 
"Come," I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth (Revelation 6: 8). 
 
The white horse is thought to be singular... the antichrist and symbolically it is... certainly in partnership with the last antichrist of history. But I believe the teaching points to two religious systems, both operationally controlled by an antichrist figure or figures. Both are corrupt.  Now I don't want to be simplistic here, but here goes.  
 
Whatever forces come together to represent the one world religious system will be under the umbrella of the Catholic government/church which is today represented socially and culturally by the color white.  There have been predictions of the last pope who will be evil and some believe he will be the false prophet of last days.  
 
Right now the Catholic faithful are our brothers and sisters. The Holy See at the UN, which has observer status, is under intense, strategic pressure to reverse their position on many moral issues that run counter to the UN agenda.  The Catholic faithful have taken very admirable outspoken and public positions. They have done this as many protestant denominations have forsaken their roots and become more and more like the culture. The religious system, represented by the White Horse will include corrupt Protestant and Catholic structures under one umbrella... the Catholic system of government.
 
This will include all of self described Christendom (caving and taking the mark of the beast); aligning themselves with the Catholic-Protestant corrupt religious system, but under Catholic (one church) governance seated in Rome.
 
This religious system will be controlled by the antichrist through a false prophet leader (some believe a last pope).  To succeed the antichrist will need a powerful church structure. This world church is collectively described in the last days in the following way. (Read in context) I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold I will spit you out of My mouth (Revelation 3: 15, 16). 

This passivity and over riding desire not to offend or by doing so, risk social and financial ostracism and political retribution, means that many people will be absorbed into this world religious order which mimics, but has no real connection with Biblical Christianity. This system will even absorb groups now outside the pale of Christian orthodoxy like Mormonism and Scientology. It will be unrecognizable as the Catholic Church of today and many faithful Catholics will be persecuted for holding to their faith when they stand up to defend their principals.  Hey, let us be real. All over this world, including the US, many are even now persecuted; Catholic and Protestant, for their faith in Jesus Christ.   
 
This last world religious system (white horse) that postures  a false and corrupt  Christian message is juxtaposed with the other huge world religion whose agenda is death.  Death aligns with paganism and the goal of satan to cut life short at every opportunity; requiring human sacrifice as in suicide bombers. This is the Fourth Seal - Death, Revelation 6: 7, 8) represented by the Green Horse which may be called the ashen or pale horse in your Bible.
 
We know that there is always a remnant and these are the men and women who will refuse the mark of the beast and remain faithful to Jesus Christ.  And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death (Revelation 12: 11). 
 
This remnant will cross all religious-denominational, social, cultural, ethnic divides. They will come together with the indwelling Holy Spirit (the seal of righteousness) and covered by the blood of Jesus Christ, staying faithful and true to Biblical Christianity during this time of coming apostasy and world wide judgment. After these things I looked and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb"  (Revelation 7: 9, 10).
 
Getting back to this second horse which represents a Geo-religious system  is... this can only be Islam. The word applied to this horse is usually "ashen" or "pale." This was mistranslated from the Greek word chloros which means "green."  Today the color green is associated with Islam. This system will unite to attack Israel in the Euphrates River War and according to prophesy great numbers of them will die.  
 
The two world political systems are represented by the colors red and black.  Red is Communism and Black is Capitalism.
 
There is lots of room for studying end times prophesy, but when we stick to what we interpreted and believed twenty years ago, failing to apply facts from the current historical record we may find that we've failed to grow as we should. In prophecy we have an area upon which our salvation does not depend. In other words, end times interpretation is not an essential element of our faith. We can agree to disagree. Discussing and applying our God-given critical thinking skills to this topic is a good thing.  
 
However, the book of Revelation does proclaim that there is special blessing for all those who read and study this book; a promise associated with no other.  In my interview with Melba (link above) she describes seven blessings meant for believers that heed and read Revelation. Jesus wants us to be watching for His return. He told His first followers to do so and He says the same to us. Luke 17, Mathew 24, and Mark 13 went into some detail about this.   
 
Technically the "End Times," are the Church Age.  The church age is the time after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ - or - after Pentecost and up to the start of the seven year Tribulation period when the corporate church will become more and more corrupt / no longer salt and light.  
 
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near
(Revelation 1: 3). 
 
I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star
(Revelation 22: 16).
 
Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end
(Revelation 22: 12, 13).
 
Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me (Revelation 3: 20).
 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Book Review: THE SIEGE: 68 HOURS INSIDE THE TAJ HOTEL by, Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy


I found this book among those in the new book display at the public library and could not put it down.  An excellent read with focus on specific people who experienced this horrific event. 

Most important, the authors provide background on the young men who participated as terrorists and as someone with lots to learn I found this very helpful in seeing the human face of Islamic terrorism.  Most telling we see how these young men and their families are indoctrinated, the abusive training which profoundly isolates from outside influences so as to contain and manipulate the fear and common sense desire to escape what is very much a death agenda.   

We see the surrogate parental relationship adopted by the handlers that systematically and ruthlessly disables critical thinking skills, manipulating the inadequacies and deprivation experienced by these young men.  Each is screened and the personality is understood so that mind control is a callous tool into the robotic like training of these terrorists.  The extremists who trained them knew full well that none would survive and in fact, when it looked like one would told him to make sure he didn't. Cowards...  Despite this, one did survive and later gave an account, providing valuable insight into a process that takes advantage of youth as any cult system would. We see in this system the parallels with other dangerous cult systems despite the religious label that conceals the satanic death agenda.  This isn't about poverty as some would like us to view all the ills of the world. It's about criminal control and manipulation for purposes of power, lust, and greed. The authors write:  "They had been turned into faceless martyrs in a conscious process of attenuation that saw their willpower and self image whittled away, until they felt grateful for being sent to their deaths.  And... They could be any among one billion people.  They were no one."

How these mind control scripts have a preternatural hold on the psyche is indirectly explored in the story of American, David Headley. As I consider my own Christian world view that satan is behind every death agenda we can't escape the picture that emerges regarding the grace imperative to pray for the freedom, deliverance, and salvation of our enemies. Doing so, in light of the level of bondage, makes such prayer very much a spiritual warfare endeavor. 

I couldn't help thinking of the personality changes described in the book "Not Without My Daughter," by Betty Mahmoody as she chronicles the descent into cult-like mind control scripts, dangerous and dehumanizing, when she and her doctor husband return to visit his family in Iran. In these cultures, as in all cult systems, taking personal responsibility is a foreign concept, turning over will and autonomy to a deadly system of ideological control. The system does the thinking and in extremism personal will is relegated to disabled  passenger status.  

Starting as a drug dealer, moving drugs into the USA, David Headley, otherwise known as Daood Saleen Gilani, was turned as an agent and sent back to his birth culture which he identified with more and more as his life began to unravel and ego challenging disappointments were experienced.  It is at these times that turning one's autonomy over to a cult that a person is already socialized to embrace, makes one especially vulnerable.  Still, Headley remains a shadowy character and in the book we do not have a clear picture of how he would explain himself. The authors however give us a clue that reveals what they perhaps concluded.  They write: "The FBI training manual told agents to assume that deep cover informers only ever served themselves..."  
 
The story of how each person survived these horrific attacks and the senseless deaths of those caught in the violence is a shocking reality of the world we live in today and what we must all have awareness of.  The beautiful photograph of two young boys and their senseless deaths is heartbreaking to consider as they were trapped with their mother on one of the top floors of the burning hotel.  This book provides a riveting account of personal will trumping overwhelming odds.  I only wished the authors had taken on, in more detail, the Jewish hostel that was also attacked and the horrific events of that assault since this demonstrates the unreasonable hatred of a strata of people to whom no humanity is afforded by a dangerous and cruel enemy... the enemy of all human beings who value freedom, Islamic extremism. We need to forget the "religious labels," and see the actions for what they are.  The language of death and destruction with the promise of eternal judgment. 

The book also left me wanting more detail.  Like who was the "James Bond" character who in evening dress and red bow tie jumped off the canopy and disappeared?  Did our government, yet again, give David Headley immunity in exchange for information?  Very good excellent research went into compiling the stories of the hotel guests and the response of the first responders... or should I say, lack of response. It made me realize that applying western standards as we travel is foolish, indeed. This is a valuable book.  I learned a lot and so... many thanks to the authors and the integrity of the work.   
 
What one would expect to be overlooked, because this is a book with a broad world view, is what I write of in my blog... the preternatural stamp that cult systems carry and how these systems represent a demonic / satanic agenda. Let's decide we'll pray for Christians in these countries, many of our brothers and sisters in hiding, or courageously reaching out to impact culture for liberty of thought and action... since our Bible is all about the value of Gods creation; retaining the freedom to accept or reject Jesus Christ. We will pray for supernatural protection, since these brothers and sisters represent the best force for goodness trumping darkness.  And mind control scripts assaulting people for purposes of greed, lust, control and power - personal and political is certainly not confined to Islam, since these control abuses are growing in design and sophistication and can be identified almost everywhere.  Just because they wear a religious label, lets no one off the hook.  Violent behavior and outcome is the telling language that can't be overlooked for long without serious consequence to health and well being of individuals, families, cultures, organizations, and groups.   
 
Okay... now I need to get this book back to the library.  It's two days overdue. 

Jesus says: "come to Me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light "(Mathew 11: 28-30.) 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

UKRAINE / January 1/24/2014

I'm publishing below a note from a person who lives in Ukraine.  More than what any reporter would say we hear a sincere heart and concern for the fate of Ukraine; a country with a unique and turbulent history. The desire for liberty is a God-given, and blessed imperative that can never be extinguished.  Dictator's can capture our bodies and even enslave the mind, but the spirit can never, ever be contained.
I hope to publish other updates from from time to time. 

WHAT'S HAPPENING
Today has been a very long and difficult day for us in Ukraine.  It's been disheartening to see the civil war that is going on in Kiev since Sunday.  There was a large gathering on Sunday afternoon and somehow it escalated into violence.  Since the fighting broke out between protesters and the special police force on Sunday, there has been a continual strand-off between the two.  The conflict on Hrushevskoho Street, about 800 meters away from Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) where most of the protesters are standing. The leaders who speak from the stage urge the crowd not to join in the conflict, but to stay in Maidan and continue to pray. 
 
Today when the special police force began to descend upon the Protesters fighting on Hrushevskoho street, there was fear that the police would quickly get to Maidan and clear everyone out using force.
 
While watching the live videos today, I saw snipers and armored tanks.  I saw the police beat some protesters.  I saw the crowd grow from five to six times larger in approximately twenty minutes.  People rushed to join the crowd when the cell phone calls and text messages were made.
 
WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT
They are disgusted with all of the new anti-protest laws the government recently passed, but most of all, they've had enough of all the corruption that is throughout most of the government.  They want new elections immediately and for the current government to resign.
 
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Please pray for Ukraine!  If the special forces (by orders of the government) are allowed to tear apart Maidan (independence) they'll soon go after all "anti-government suspects." 
Ukraine needs your prayers.