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Dear Joshua Family Subscribers:
Today, I would like to share with you an updated video version, of a vision received by General William Booth, the Founder of Salvation Army. For some reason, I believe that some spiritually-hungry, unique individual will come to this weblog today, to read, to watch this video, and be changed.
And, that person will receive the fresh empowerment and Fire of the Holy Spirit, will pick up the mantle, and will be sent to go to the outcasts of society with a burning passion for God, and with the transforming power of the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Is that person you? If so, please make sure to leave your comments on the weblog, on how this astounding vision impacted your life after watching. We would love to hear from you. ~ L.D.
VIDEO: A VISION OF THE LOST — WHO CARES?
A VISION OF THE LOST
General William Booth
(1829 – 1912)
Founder of Salvation Army
On one of my recent journeys, as I gazed from the coach window I was led into a train of thought concerning the conditions of the multitudes around me. They were living carelessly in the most open and shameless rebellion against God, without a thought for their eternal welfare.
As I looked out the window, I seemed to see them all… millions of people all around me given up to their drink and their pleasure, their dancing and their music, their business and their anxieties, their politics and their troubles.
Ignorant-willfully ignorant in many cases – and in other instances knowing all about the truth and not caring at all. But all of them, the whole mass of them, sweeping on and up in their blasphemies and devilries to the throne of God. While my mind was thus engaged, I had a vision.
I saw a dark and stormy ocean. Over it the black clouds hung heavily; through them every now and then vivid lightning flashed and loud thunder rolled, while the winds moaned, and the waves rose and foamed, towered and broke, only to rise and foam, tower and break again.
In that ocean I thought I saw myriads of poor human beings plunging and floating; shouting and shrieking, cursing and struggling and drowning; and as they cursed and screamed, they rose and shrieked again, and then some sank to rise no more.
And I saw out of this dark, angry ocean, a mighty rock that rose up with its summit towering high above the black clouds that overhung the stormy sea. And all around the base of this rock I saw a vast platform.
Onto this platform, I saw with delight a number of the poor struggling, drowning wretches continually climbing out of the angry ocean. And I saw that a few of those who were already safe on the platform were helping the poor creatures still in the angry waters to reach the place of safety.
On looking more closely, I found a number of those who had been rescued, industriously working and scheming by ladders, ropes, boats, and other means more effective, to deliver the poor strugglers out of this sea.
Here and there were some who actually jumped into the water, regardless of all the consequences, in their passion to “rescue the perishing.” And I hardly know which gladdened me most-the sight of the poor drowning people climbing onto the rocks, reaching the place of safety, or the devotion and self-sacrifice of those whose whole beings were wrapped up in the effort for their deliverance.
As I looked on, I saw that the occupants of that platform were quite a mixed company. That is, they were divided into different “sets” or classes, and they occupied themselves with different pleasures and employment. But only a very few of them seemed to make it their business to get the people out of the sea.
But what puzzled me most was the fact that though all of them had been rescued at one time or another from the ocean, nearly everyone seemed to have forgotten all about it. Anyway, it seemed the memory of its darkness and danger no longer troubled them at all.
And what seemed equally strange and perplexing to me was that these people did not even seem to have any care – that is, any agonizing care – about the poor perishing ones who were struggling and drowning right before their very eyes, many of whom were their own husbands and wives, brothers, and sisters, and even their own children.
Now this astonishing unconcern could not have been the result of ignorance or lack of knowledge, because they lived right there in full sight of it all and even talked about it sometimes. Many even went regularly to hear lectures and sermons in which the awful state of these people drowning creatures was described.
I have already said that the occupants of this platform were engaged in different pursuits and pastimes. Some of them were absorbed night and day in trading and business In order to make gain, storing up their savings in boxes, safes, and the like.
Many spent their time in amusing themselves with growing flowers on the side of the rock, others in painting pieces of cloth or in playing music or in dressing themselves up in different styles and walking about to be admired. Some occupy themselves chiefly in eating and drinking, others were taken up with arguing about the poor drowning creatures that had already been rescued.
But the thing to me that seemed the most amazing was that those on the platform to whom He called, who heard His voice and felt they ought to obey it at least they said they did those who confessed to love Him much and were in full sympathy with Him in the task He had undertaken – who worshipped Him or who professed to do so – were so taken up with their trades and professions, their money saving and pleasures, their families and circles, their religions and arguments about it, and their preparation for going to the mainland, that they did not listen to the cry that came to them from this Wonderful Being who had Himself gone down into the sea.
Anyway, if they heard it they did not heed it. They did not care. And so the multitude went on right before them struggling and shrieking and drowning in the darkness.
And then I saw something that seemed to me even more strange than anything that had gone on before in this strange vision. I saw that some Of these people on the platform whom this Wonderful Being had called to, wanting them to come and help Him in His difficult task of saving these perishing creatures, were always praying and crying out to Him to come to them.
Some wanted Him to come and stay with them and spend His time and strength in making them happier. Others wanted Him to come and take away various doubts and misgivings they had concerning the truth of some letters which He had written them.
Some wanted Him to come and make them feel more secure on the rock-so secure that they would be quite sure that they should never slip off again into the ocean. Numbers of others wanted Him to make them feel quite certain that they would really get off the rock and onto the mainland someday; because as a matter of fact, it was well known that some had walked so carelessly as to lose their footing, and had fallen back again, into the stormy waters.
So these people used to meet and get up as high on the rock as they could, and looking toward the mainland (where they thought the Great Being was) they would cry out, “Come to us! Come, help us!”
And all the while He was down (by His Spirit) among the poor struggling, drowning creatures in the angry deep, with His arms around them trying to drag them out, and looking up oh! so longingly, but all in vain to those on the rock, crying to them with His voice all hoarse from calling, “Come to Me! Come, and help Me!”
And then I understood it all. It was plain enough. That sea was the ocean of life-the sea of real, actual human existence. That lightning was the gleaming of piercing truth coming from Jehovah’s throne. That thunder was the distant echoing of the wrath of God.
Those multitudes of people shrieking, struggling, and agonizing in the stormy sea, were the thousands and thousands of poor harlots and harlot-makers, of drunkards and drunkard-makers, of thieves, liars, blasphemers, and ungodly people of every kindred, tongue, and nation.
Oh, what a black sea it was! And oh, what multitudes of rich and poor, ignorant and educated were there. They were all so unalike in their outward circumstances and conditions, yet all alike in one thing all sinners before God all held by, and holding onto, some iniquity, fascinated by some idol, the slaves of some devilish lust, and ruled by the foul fiend from the bottomless pit!
“All alike in one thing?” No, all alike in two things not only the same in their wickedness but, unless rescued, the same in their sinking, sinking… down, down, down… to the same terrible doom.
That great sheltering rock represented Calvary, the place where Jesus had died for them. And the people on it were those who had been rescued. The way they used their energies, gifts, and time represented the occupations and amusements of those who professed to be saved from sin and hell followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The handful of fierce, determined ones, who were risking their own lives in saving the perishing, were true soldiers of the cross of Jesus. That Mighty Being who was calling to them from the midst of the angry waters was the Son of God, “the same yesterday, today, and forever,” who is still struggling and interceding to save the dying multitudes about us from this terrible doom of damnation, and whose voice can be heard above the music, machinery, and noise of life calling on the rescued to come and help Him save the world.
My friends in Christ, you are rescued from the waters, you are on the rock. He is in the dark sea calling on you to come to Him and help Him. Will you go?
Look for yourselves. The surging sea of life crowded with perishing multitudes rolls up to the very spot on which you stand. Leaving the vision, I now come to speak of the fact a fact that is as real as the Bible, as real as the Christ who hung upon the cross, as real as the judgment day will be, and as real as the heaven and hell that will follow it.
Look! Don’t be deceived by appearances men and things are not what they seem. All who are not on the rock are in the sea! Look at them from the standpoint of the great white throne, and what a sight you have!
Jesus Christ, the Son of God is, through His Spirit, in the midst of this dying multitude, struggling to save them. And He is calling on you to jump into the sea to go right away to His side and help Him in the holy strife. Will you jump? That is, will you go to His feet and place yourself absolutely at His disposal?
A young Christian once came to me and told me that for some time she had been giving the Lord her profession and prayers and money, but now she wanted to give Him her life. She wanted to go right into the fight. In other words, she wanted to go to His assistance in the sea.
As when a man from the shore seeing another struggling in the water, takes off those outer garments that would hinder his efforts, and leaps to the rescue so will you who still linger on the bank, thinking and singing and praying about the poor perishing souls, lay aside your shame, your pride, your cares about other people’s opinions, your love of ease and all the selfish loves that have kept you back for so long, and rush to the rescue of this multitude of dying men and women?
Does the surging sea look dark and dangerous? Unquestionably it is so. There is no doubt that the leap for you, as for every one who takes it, means difficulty and scorn and suffering. For you it may mean more than this. It may mean death. He who beckons you from the sea however, knows what it will mean and knowing, He still calls to you and bids you come.
You must do it! You cannot hold back. You have enjoyed yourself in Christianity long enough. You have had pleasant feelings, pleasant songs, pleasant meetings, and pleasant prospects. There has been much of human happiness, much clapping of hands and shouting of praises, very much of heaven on earth.
Now then, go to God and tell Him you are prepared as much as necessary to turn your back upon it all, and that you are willing to spend the rest of your days struggling in the midst of these perishing multitudes, whatever it may cost you.
You must do it. With the light that is now broken in upon your mind, and the call that is now sounding in your ears, and the beckoning hands that are now before your eyes, you have no alternative. To go down among the perishing crowds is your duty.
Your happiness from now on will consist in sharing their misery, your ease in sharing their pain, your crown in helping them to bear their cross, and your heaven in going into the very jaws of hell to rescue them.
Now, what will you do?
To watch other videos, and to learn more about the life and ministry calling of Willliam Booth, go here.
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Iranian Regime’s Video Says, Their Islamic Messiah (The Mahdi) Is About To Appear.
Dear Joshua Family Subscribers:
Today, I wanted to share with you some of the latest developments in the Middle East along with a link to a video, which I believe every Christian and Jewish person needs to see. The propaganda soon to be released by the Iranian regime, depicts the current revolutions and chaos taking place in the Middle East and Northern Africa as postive evidence that, their messiah, (the Mahdi) who will be their Twelfth Imam, is right on the verge of appearing on the world scene.
This is the one, who supposedly would lead Islam and it’s armies in the end-time to defeat Israel, America, and other non-Muslim countries, and to bring peace (with the sword), to the rest of the world under the domination of Islam.
Note: The radical fundamentalist Islamic idea of peace is to conquer and annihilate the Jews, Christians, and all other non-Muslims who will not submit to Islam.
Recently, Erick Stakelbeck, a reporter for CBN, released an article and included video footage, of the Iranian regime’s video production on the Middle East and North African revolutions, which claims those chaotic events go right along with certain Islamic Prophecies, and will accelerate the soon return of their Messiah, the Mahdi. To read the recent CBN article and to watch the video footage, Go Here: Video-Says-Mahdi-is-Near
The name of the Iranian regime’s video is entitled, The Coming is Near. They also believe that Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad, will overtake Jerusalem before their Mahdi appears on the scene. Although this is obviously a propaganda video to be distributed to all Middle-East Arab countries by the Iranian regime, it strongly indicates that they are currently in a planning-to-strike war mode with the intent of conquering Jerusalem, and to hasten their (Twelfth Imam) Mahdi’s soon appearance.
However, the God of Israel is watching over the affairs of His Chosen people and His promised land, allowing only that which will bring forth the fulfillment of Prophecy for the End times. Israel will likely hit Iran first as a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, with her superior defense technology, which is some of the most advanced in the world today. To read more on Iranian Leaders plans, and to watch the regime’s video-full version (translated into English) on Reza Kahlili’s website (former member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard), Go Here: Iran Leaders
Watch this most informative video, as Joel Richardson compares the similarities of the Islamic Mahdi to the Anti-Christ on Glenn Beck’s Show. This was very informative–Watch here: Islamic Mahdi -on GB
Here is yet, another video of Joel Richardson on Sid Roth’s program. A somewhat different view on End time prophecy, Mystery Babylon and the Beast nations. Watch as the mysteries unfold from the books of Daniel and Revelation. Will Islam play a major role during the Great Tribulation? Will the Anti-Christ be a muslim messiah? Watch this amazing, eye-opening video on what may take place in the very near future. Joel Richardson on It’s Supernatural .
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THE THREE WARS: PSALMS 83 WAR, GOG AND MAGOG INVASION
AND THE FINAL BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON
~ L.D. Oxford
In end time Bible prophecy, there seems to be a clear indication that the countries surrounding Israel will be dealt with first. with the use of weapons of mass destruction. These nations include those common-border arab countries surrounding Israel, which is also close to the same prophetic time-table when Damascus, Syria will be destroyed along with those other surrounding parts of arab countries, that will be left uninhabited. Not long after this, Israel will have expanded, secured her borders, and will live in relative peace and security for a season, before the the actual invasion of Gog and Magog occurs.
Therefore, this is clear enough evidence, that Iran will not succeed in destroying Israel as they claimed they would do recently. They may threaten and make attempts, but their ultimate plans for the annihilation of Israel will somehow backfire, due to the timely protection of the God of Israel. When The Gog and Magog Invasion finally does take place, there shall be horrific events that will take place in Israel, such as a devastating earthquake, including fire and brimstone falling from the skies upon these enemies of Israel, [Gog and Magog, Persia (Iran), with the other muslim-allied countries.]
They shall be defeated and destroyed on the mountains of Israel and on the open field according to Ezekiel 39. And note, that this War is not the final Battle of Armageddon, but appears to take place some time before the abomination of desolation and Armageddon according to the scriptures. Notice what happens here in Ezekiel 39:1-6 (read the entire chapter)
“Son of man, prophesy against Gog and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal. 2 I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel. 3Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand. 4 On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals. 5 You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD. 6 I will send fire on Magog and on those who live insafety in the coastlands, and they will know that I am the LORD. – niv
Review: Sequence of the Three Main Wars:
1. First, Psalms 83 War: See Psalms 83: Israel will defeat those arab countries on it’s common-borders.
Video mentions the Prophetic Psalm 83 War [deals with immediate surrounding arab nations who trouble and despise Israel] Also see Isaiah 17 – A prophecy against Damascus. Then, Gog and Magog Invasion. Video: Watch “War” parts 1-2 which shows Psalms 82 war which will lead up to the War of Gog and Magog
Video: War – Parts 1-2 – Watch here
2. Gog and Magog Invasion: Read Ezekiel Chapters 38 -39 - Sets the stage for the horrific coming events of the Great tribulation — with Russia, Iran [Persia], Libya, Ethiopia along with other muslim allied armies defeated on the mountains and on the open fields of Israel. This is not Armageddon at the end of the Great Tribulation. It will take seven months+ to bury the bodies, and seven years to burn the weapons from this war, to be used as fuel.
Note: There will also be other resistant battles between the Gog and Magog War, and those leading up to Armageddon found in the scriptures. Some have tried to prove that the Gog-Magog invasion and the Battle Armageddon, are one in the same. but it is just not true. All that one would need to do is to have a look at the nations involved and the geographical locations for each battle to know that there is a distinct difference. According to some scholars, Armageddon will come through a series of stages [a progression] leading up to the final Battle of Armageddon. To read more about those stages, I found one website that lays out more of an explanation, and with scripture references for this. Feel free to go there, to study more on this. www.arewelivinginthelastdays.com
3. The Final Battle – Armageddon - on the plain of Megiddo – other names [the Plain of Esdraelon, Valley of Jezreel] Rev. 16:16- The gathering of all the armies of the nations near the close of the Great Tribulation, followed by the return and appearing of Jesus Christ with the armies of Heaven, where He destroys all of these world armies. Many millions will die in this final battle.
Then, Rev 19:20 tells us, the Antichrist and the False Prophet will be thrown into the lake of fire.
Rev. 20:1-3, the devil will be thrown into the bottomless pit.
…and then, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings will set up His Millennial Kingdom to rule and reign for a thousand years upon the earth.
The Good News: Because Jesus Christ wins, we win too! – L.D.
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THE DEAD FISH PHENOMENON, JAPAN EARTHQUAKE, AND PROPHECY UPDATE
Dear Joshua Family Subscribers:
I remembered back a few days before the Japan Earthquake took place, another strange event happened, where millions of fish were found dead that washed into the King Harbor Marina of Redondo Beach coast, in Los Angeles County, California. They were reported to be sardines and anchovies.
Some believed that it could have been either strong winds, or suffocation from lack of oxygen causing the fish to die. And still others had no idea, as to how they got there. There were so many of these fish, that it made it very difficult for the boats to get out, and back into the harbor.
It was only a few days after the dead fish phenomenon, that the devastating Japan Earthquake and Tsunami took place which lead me to wonder, if the fish were somehow disturbed, or driven by some type of underwater volcanic or seismic activity, since California is also on the Pacific Ring of Fire. Seems more likely to fit the scenario of what may have very well caused this.
Yesterday, I received yet, several other urgent prayer alerts from some of our friends in other ministries, asking us to pray and to intercede for the west coast of America. [especially for California and the Northwest coast.] And then, there are others, who have also been concerned about the New Madrid fault line. It has been reported, that about every 18 months the fault releases a shock of 4.0 or more, which can cause local damage. 5.0 or greater happens about once every 10 years, which can do increased damage, and can be felt in surrounding states.
Late last night, I found a new Prophecy Update written by Perry Stone, which had additional interesting insight, that I would like to share with you here today. I really liked what Perry had to say in his update, and especially what He had to say about David Wilkerson being a true prophet, and about his prophecies from the 1970s still unfolding over the years.
Then, he went on to address self-appointed prophets and seers who usually only have about a 50% accuracy rate, which is ridiculously low. Personally, I would not receive a prophetic word from someone unless they had a high and proven track record of prophetic accuracy.
It seems that almost every time there is a disaster, volcanic eruption, earthquake, or hurricane, there are 50-100 different people claiming to be prophets, come out of the woodwork to give their take [usually with conflicting words] on how they prophesied it before it happened [and on how accurate they were], but unfortunately did not make it clear to the public ‘until after’ the event took place. Many of those prophecies have proven to be either untrue or to have a very low level of accuracy.
The very same thing happened with the Hurricane Katrina Words in August of 2005, that were all over the internet. Only a very few had any high level of accuracy. But, my stance is this: If it was really God who said it would happen a certain way, then He will do it. And, if He does genuinely tell them something, then He should be the only one receiving the credit, honor, and glory for it anyway.
In our day, there seems to be an excessive amount of pride, showmanship, and selfish ambition in much of today’s prophetic movement. What I have found is that the true prophets, are not hitting and missing it most of the time, like what we see today in many of the more popular prophetic ministries of today.
From what I have seen and read over the past decade and have also documented — There are very few prophecies from some of the more popular ministries that ever do come to actual fulfillment. And from that evidence, I believe that I can safely say, that there are a lot of people in prophetic ministry out there, who are probably not really hearing anything significant from God. Now, don’t get me wrong, because there are some out there … but what I am saying here, is that they are few and far between.
On one hand, many are usually prophesying peace, prosperity, wealth transference and money, money, money, or either prophetically flattering their favorite friends on-stage, which is a sure sign that something is terribly wrong in a large portion of the prophetic movement.
The problem is, that a lot of people who are in it, just can’t see it, and follow some of these ministries blindly into the ditch, which is a very dangerous place to be spiritually, indicating strong signs of delusion. But, there are some, who are truly hungry and seeking after the heart of God, who are beginning to see this though, and it doesn’t make them more popular when they do! Yet, they are only a remnant of God’s people.
If you have any of David Wilkerson’s books, I would strongly suggest that you go back and read some of them, as his prophecies from the 70s continue to unfold. You can also find some of his writings and prophecies online. Just Google it! Note, that Wilkersons writings are not well-received by many of today’s Emergent and Post-modern ministries, as they are for the most part, not considered relevant in today’s seeker-friendly environments.
Also, if you are interested in learning more on Bible Prophecy and Endtime events, check out Perry Stones website, his teachings, and prophecy updates. You can also find more of his messages in the media section of his website, and with more of his videos on YouTube. He studies the scriptures from a Hebraic perspective, and you can learn a lot from him, as he really does his research!
Enjoy his latest Prophecy Update below. It’s a rather short one this month, but still very good! Please make sure to leave your comments here on the weblog, and have an awesome day in the Lord! – L.D. Oxford
The Strange Signs of the Dead Fish
~ Perry Stone
Several days ago, while watching Fox News, I saw an odd sight being reported from California. There were millions of small dead fish that had washed ashore in a marina just south of Los Angeles on March 7th. Experts said the fish may have died from a lack of oxygen due to algae, as there appeared to be no toxins in the water to cause the large number of deaths.
Prior to the earthquake in Japan, a fish called the oarfish, which has a long body and almost resembles a snake, suddenly began to wash ashore in Japan. Fisherman in Japan also began to catch it in their fishing nets. According to traditional Japanese lore, the fish rise to the surface and beach themselves to warn of an impending earthquake.
There are also scientific theories that bottom-dwelling fish may be susceptible to magnetic movements in seismic fault lines, and act in uncharacteristic ways in advance of an earthquake. In ancient times Japanese people believed that fish, particularly catfish, warned of coming earthquakes.
The old timers in America had many legends and traditions, and could monitor the activity of animals and nature to predict famines, long cold winters, or droughts in the summer. When the mountain men saw the squirrels finding their food early and over long periods of time, they knew the winter world be long and harsh. They also noted that dogs will howl or bark moments before an earthquake, and animals will move away from water prior to a tsunami, as the elephants did in Sri Lanka prior to the tsunami.
One man (I didn’t get his name) on a major news channel has been tracking the strange events in nature over the years – such as dead fish appearing on the water. He said that he believes this has been an indicator of a major plate in the ocean or a fault line getting ready to give way. Many would mock his theory, but I believe God has set warnings in nature to let us know prior to the occurrence of tragic events.
Recently there has been a major quake in Chili, New Zealand, and now Japan. These regions are part of the famous “ring of fire” along the Pacific Rim, where the majority of the world’s volcanoes exist. If the pattern continues, the next major quake could happen in the United States, perhaps the West Coast or the area of the New Madrid fault line. I believe it is time to pray!
I was sharing with the people at the prophetic summit that, in the book he wrote in the 1970s, David Wilkerson saw a vision of a major quake coming to America. He wrote that he felt it would follow an earthquake in Japan. I have always believed that David Wilkerson is a true prophet from the Lord. He saw events in the 1970s that have continually happened and are still occurring – including conflict with the labor unions.
I do not pay attention to self-acclaimed prophets who give out words and miss their predictions half the time. My dad always said, “The REAL Holy Ghost never misses it, and if God didn’t say it, keep your mouth shut!”
However, I will pay attention to those who fast, pray and live right, but not those self-anointed seers who spend their free time getting drunk and then claiming they heard from God, when things they speak seldom happen. Even a psychic can hit it 50% of the time, and any man who misses it 50% of the time is no more anointed that a secular psychic.
Wilkerson is a true prophet of God. Pay attention and prepare. Most of all, pray about what is currently happening and what is on the horizon for America and the rest of the world. Despite the many negative events, I am not afraid because I know how the story ends! – Perry Stone
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*WARRIOR’S CALL TO PRAYER – L.D.
*RING OF FIRE LISTS FOR 2010 & 2011
Dear Joshua Family Subscribers:
This has been one of the most distressing and heartbreaking past few days of my life, as I have had a heart for Souls–for Asia since the 1980’s. I spent a total of seven years of my life on Asian soil living, teaching, and winning Chinese, and other Asians to Christ as a part of my calling to Missionary Evangelism.
I had also, taken a number of trips to Japan and had visited some of the cities and the people there, quite a few times over the years, therefore, Asia is very close to my heart.
It was very difficult for me to even put this letter, and other info together today, due to a heavy and troubled heart for Japan. We also experienced a temporary power failure from the local power company here today, and I lost about 3 hours worth of work that I had typed up on the computer.
My Word document was not finished, so all of it was lost when the power went off, and I had to start from scratch all over again. So, today was not one of my better days, but I am happier and relieved now, to be able to pull it all back together, and to get these writings out to you, amongst other things that need to be posted.
If you can remember, I sent an article out to you last year on the Ring of Fire. Well, it is already getting a lot worse than what we perceived, or thought. Usually when the Lord speaks to me, it is not about date setting, but is more often about a season that we are entering into.
And, now that the season is here regarding the acceleration of happenings around the Pacific Ring of Fire, I could sense such an urgency, that the Lord is calling many of His people to commit to pray for Nation of Japan, and for the Japanese people.
Even, yesterday I was talking to the Lord about this, and I strongly sensed that this is only the beginning of what is soon to take place around the Ring of Fire, which surrounds the entire Pacific Basin like a massive horse-shoe.
And this activity is not going to stay only on the Asian side either. While the massive earthquake and Tsunami in Japan was taking place, other places were beginning to shake as well. It was reported, that two volcanos in the Far East of Russia, and another in Indonesia began to erupt.
Then, a huge volcanic eruption in southern Japan took place — a very large eruption with Lightning bolts seen in the blast, and with wide flows of lava. Just like something you might see out of a science fiction movie! Very mind-boggling to watch! I have a few links of what has been taking place for you to see further below.
I just really sense in my heart, that the corporate Body of Christ needs to come closer together as family, and to begin to pour out our hearts in prayers and intercession to the Lord on the behalf of what is now taking place in Japan, and also, in some of the other places around the Ring of Fire, that have been experiencing extreme hardships.
I have observed over the past few years in America, what seems to be, way too much apathy, and lip service to God, without real heart commitment to the Lord, in the Body of Christ. It is very obvious and so easy to identify, even in some of the local churches.
So many have been in Churches for many years, just sitting in the pews, waiting for the next big thing to come to town, or waiting for someone new to bring them something sensational, that feeds their fleshly desires. Something to Wow, or to entertain them. It’s so sad, and so grieves the Spirit of God.
And, Sometimes, it has been like pulling teeth to try to get christian believers to come together for a solemn assembly and some serious prayer these days. And, at least a hundred people who I know would say a big amen to that, because it is so true in our day! Amen???
And note, that I am not talking about saying repetitious prayers in a religious atmosphere, but I’m talking about focused heart-rending prayer and intercession, and doing some of it together as corporate groups in the Body.
What I see that we need to do now, is to begin to call people together into small groups, since it is so difficult to get those larger groups together. And each of us can begin to do this right where we live.
I just know in my heart, that those Japanese people would just love, and so appreciate to be covered with our prayers, and to receive reinforcement from God’s people during this time, even if they do not understand the God who we serve. God will move mightily when we uphold them in our prayers.
Most often, it is during the worst times of hardship that God will perform the greatest miracles and transformation of lives, when His people would only commit themselves to pray and to intercede for others.
I am expecting much divine intervention and miracles for the people of Japan, as many of us would begin to pray fervently during this week, and as long as the Lord moves and directs us to do this.
I know from my own experience, that when I have gone through seasons of the greatest weakness, hurt, and distress in my life, that God would manifest Himself in miraculous ways. Even, when I felt like I just didn’t have the strength to go on another day. And, I could always tell when people were praying for me, and knew that God was hearing all of those prayers and answering many of them.
So here I am, still alive and well today in 2011, when, I might otherwise have been totally wiped out from despair, and could have died from extreme grief and pain in some instances. But, He always rescued me during those times, and to this day, I have experienced so many miracles, that I could no longer count them from over the past 20 yrs. or more. God is so wonderfully Good! Praise you Jesus!
I am saying all of this prayerfully, so that God may begin to mobilize many of you out there to gather together in small groups to pray for those hurting people of Japan this week. They really need our love, prayers, and reinforcement during this time.
Below, I am including a few links of some of the other things that have happened before and after the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, just in case you hadn’t heard about some of them.
These are all ring of fire disastrous shakings and eruptions that have taken place this year.
I have also included a short list of 2010 shakings and eruptions that took place last year for you to see. I thought that this would show and help you to better understand the intensity of what has taken place since 2010.
Also, remember to uphold us here in your prayers during this time, as well. I have several projects that the Lord has given me to work on over the past six months, and we are still short on the monthly funds to finish up what has already been started.
We have been in warfare here too, and need some back-up prayer and reinforcement from more of you prayer warriors. It would be so greatly appreciated. Please write in and let me know if you will be one of those, so that i will know for sure, who is actually praying. It would be a tremendous encouragement to know during this time. Thanks, L.D.
*This is not a complete list, but are the ones that I found, or already knew about. Will probably edit and add a few more soon.
RING OF FIRE DISASTERS IN 2011
*All of the Volcanos listed below erupted close to the same time frame as the Japan Earthquake.
New Zealand: Earthquake -Feb 2011
Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami -Mar 2011
Shinmoedake: Southern Japan Volcano Erupts -Mar 2011
Volcanoes erupt in Russia after Japan Quake! -Mar 2011
Indonesia volcano erupts just hours after Japan Quake -Mar 2011
RING OF FIRE DISASTERS FROM 2010
Solomon Islands: Earthquake – Jan 2010
Chile: Earthquake - Feb 2010
Indonesia: Sinabung Volcano – Aug 2010
Indonesia: Mt. Merapi Volcano – Oct 2010
Philippines: Mt. Bulusan Volcano – Nov 2010
*Note: The Ring of Fire includes 75% of all of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes.
*Facts: Japan’s 9.0 is the worst Earthquake with a massive Tsunami to strike Japan since 1800’s, with over 150 aftershocks since the disaster began.
*New Zealand’s Earthquake of February 2011 — New Zealand was still reeling from the effects of last year’s quake – causing more devastation.
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NEXT: Another Article that I found, right after my last prayer session for Japan. Had not heard of this particular Bill Wilson, but was glad to find this very insightful prophetic article. Please make sure to leave your comments and feedback here on the weblog. Thanks!~ L.D.
“THE PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE OF JAPAN’S EARTHQUAKE”
Word of Life Ministry
March 14th, 2011
On March 11 Japan was hit with the most intense earthquake in its recorded history. This event alone has tremendous prophetic significance and it should serve as a solemn warning to the United States. The fulfillment of prophecy is at times like peeling off layers of an onion.
Some events are a type and shadow of what is to come, while others take you to the real core. The prophetic implications of the devastating Japan earthquake is a little bit of both.
First, in Matthew 24:7-8, Jesus said, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” This is obvious, but there is more.
These were events that Jesus warned us would be signs of the end times. When we see these ancient kingdoms in the Middle East having internal turmoil and threats of wars, we look to the prophecies to determine where we are at in the continuum of prophecy. Major natural disasters are another benchmark. We as watchmen try to discern why that particular area at this specific time.
When this earthquake occurred, I wondered deeply why Japan. At the same time, I thought of the prophecies of Israel and how they may impact Japan. A central prophecy regarding Israel goes back to Genesis 12:3 where the Lord told Abraham, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curses thee.”
A particular end time prophecy, speaking at its core about the Day of the Lord, but one that we can say comes often in layers is Zechariah 12:3 where the Lord says, “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”
On March 11, the day of the earthquake, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released this statement: The Government of Japan deplores the decisions of the Government of Israel to give permission for the construction of 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem…Japan demands that the plans should not be implemented.”
This was the first time Japan used such strong language about Israeli settlements. The earthquake should also serve as a warning to the US president, whose State Department March 13th condemned Israeli plans to build 500 new West Bank homes as “illegitimate.”
Within 48 hours after President George W Bush substantially pressured Ariel Sharon into forcing Jewish settlers from Gaza in August 2005, the first signs of Katrina were swirling in the ocean.
Naysayers believe these are unrelated coincidence, but watchmen see them from the lens of Biblical prophecy. Jesus also said in Matthew 24, “see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” More to come.
The full statement that Japan made on March 11, 2010–one year to the day before the earthquake–was: “The Government of Japan deplores the decisions of the Government of Israel to give permission for the construction of 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem in addition to 112 units in West Bank just after the Israeli and Palestinian leadership’s acceptance of the start of indirect talks.
The Government of Japan does not recognize any act that prejudges the final status of Jerusalem and the territories in the pre-1967 borders. Japan demands that the plans should not be implemented.”
[The Daily Jot incorrectly stated previously that Japan had done this Friday, but there is much more.]
On March 1 of this year the Palestinian National Authority announced that it had signed an agreement with Japan to provide $32.5 million for a project of treating waste water in the Palestinian-occupied town of Jericho. It was reported as one of the biggest projects aided by Japan in the Palestinian territories to supply industrial areas with water.
The PNA noted in the announcement that since 1993, Japan had given the PNA more than a billion dollars, including $40 million in developing the Jordan Valley area in the West Bank. The PNA said that the agreement is “vita, strategic and important to help the PNA finalize building the institutions of the future Palestinian state.”
Japan is instrumental in helping build out a Palestinian state on the West Bank (traditional lands of Judea and Samaria), yet is critical and demanding of Israel for building housing units for its own citizens.
On January 11 this year, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said it “condemns the demolishing of a part of the Shepherd’s Hotel in East Jerusalem with a view to constructing new housing units for Jewish people.”
A month later on February 10, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said Israel’s plan to build housing unites for “Jewish people in Sheih Jarrah of East Jerusalem” is against efforts of the international community to resume peace negotiations. A month later, Japan is hit with a historic earthquake.
Daily Jot sources point out that the earthquake in Japan caused tsunami flooding in industrial areas, and the money Japan gave to the Palestinians was for wastewater treatment to supply water to industrial areas of a new Palestinian State.
The United States also is guilty of giving billions of dollars to the Palestinians over the years. And the current US president is condemning the Israeli homebuilding as well. Keep in mind that Japan’s fault-line is part of the infamous “ring of fire” where about 90% of the world’s earthquakes occur.
This includes the entire Pacific coast of America. Zechariah 2:8 says of Zion, “for he that touches you touches the apple of Lord’s eye.” Japan and America share the same “Fault” line. What is next?
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
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JESUS: “SERMON ON THE MOUNT”
Dear Joshua Family Subscribers:
This morning, the Lord placed on my heart to share with you some Kingdom foundational teaching outline notes, of Jesus’s “Sermon on the Mount” for your personal studies and spiritual growth from Ihop/ Forerunner.
I would like to challenge each and every one of you, to study this outline very throughly, and to check out all of the scripture references as you go. For the Beatitudes are as, the “Constitution of the Kingdom of God” (Foundational) and it is very important for you to understand the terms that Jesus taught about, and to also learn the principles and importance of walking in obedience to God.
Even, if you think that you already know all of this, and don’t need it, is a strong sign that you really do. Because it is not just about knowing it in your head, but is also about getting it down in your heart, and making it a part of your everyday lifestyle. And, if that has not already happened, then you still really need it, just as we all do! :)
You know, these days, we hear a lot of believers talking about the Constitution of our founding Fathers in America, and how there is an agenda to do away with/or parts of the Constitution, and to replace it with something of a more socialistic and/ secular humanistic nature.
So, how much more should we regard the words and teachings of Jesus, and to uphold (to obey) what He and the Apostles taught in the New Testament. For there is already an agenda of the enemy, to either do away with, or to soft-serve a diluted form of sensational Christianity to the masses.
Then, to fuse it together with another subtle demonic force, that has it’s origins in Eastern mysticism. A guru-type spirit from the east. (The Lord has shown this to me very clearly, and several times since the end of 2008) Once, in a very clear panoramic open vision, of which I will share later on, in another post in the future.
And, the only way that many believers are going to remain safe from this, is to return to their first love, who is the Lord Jesus Christ, to strengthen their relationships with God, and to give themselves over to more intensive study of the scriptures coupled with the revelation of the Holy Spirit. This is the only way to stay clear of the deceptions and delusions, as they are already at work, and are growing and accelerating every day. As a Christian believer it is more about knowing and loving God enough to obey Him, and also loving the Truth of His written Word. We need both to live for Him, and to have our spiritual eyes opened.
There is a very strong delusion that is now coming on the scene, to deceive the masses, and even the very elect of God, if it were possible. And the Bible tells us this will happen in the last days, so how could any of us deny it, or attempt to sweep it aside.
And many are already being sucked into it through “make me feel good”, Christianized mystical Guru-type messages, placing Angels on the forefront of messages, Extra-Biblical Revelations, Sensationalism, False manifestations, and Super-hyped Christianity. And, I will tell you very honestly today, that there are dangerous spirits of seduction behind most of those things mentioned above.
There has been a clarion call for many years now, to return to our foundations of the faith, and to also, get back to the book of Acts on what the true activity of Spirit of God is supposed to be like, and to look like.
You should also be able to discern the messengers by the messages that they bring forth, and to weigh it against the scriptures. Never judge anything by popular opinion, or receive it just because a popular Apostle, Pastor, or Teacher says so, because many these days are pushing another subtle agenda that is not of God. Search out the scriptures for yourself, and ask the Lord to bring the understanding of the truth (Rhema of the Holy Spirit), and clarity into your life.
Not all manifestations and signs and wonders are of God. Some are, and some are not, but we are living in a day of mixture, of what is of the Holy Spirit, and that which is not. And many apparently cannot discern the difference, as we saw with many of the leaders during 2008 events.
There is also a mixture of truth, and half-truths, as well. And if you do not understand what God has given to us in the scriptures, then you will not know the difference, nor would you be able to discern the difference. Learning from what Jesus taught, and what the Apostles taught will bring you to that conclusion, of what is actually missing in the some of the Christian movements of our day.
And the Lord desires for all of us, to get back to the truth of His Word, and to genuinely follow Him, as we are taught in the scriptures. There are a lot of custom tailor-made beliefs out there today, that are progressively leading many off of the true narrow path, into a subtle form of idolatry and personality worship, and we need to be aware of this, so that we may steer clear, from any of those deceptions of the enemy in the days ahead.
I knew before I wrote this, that it was going to ruffle a few feathers, but my stance in the Lord, is to tell you the truth, and not what you may always desire to hear, to make you feel more comfortable. And it is because, I must share what the Lord places on my heart, and also because I care, and love you enough to tell you the truth.
Be blessed with todays teaching outline, and feel free to write in to leave your comments on our weblog — on how the message, and teaching outline have helped you today. If you have any of your own insights to share, feel free to do so. Love hearing from you! ~ L.D. Oxford
Kingdom foundational teaching outline notes, of Jesus’s “Sermon on the Mount” for your personal studies and spiritual growth from Ihop/ Forerunner Christian Fellowship with Mike Bickle. More resources found here: Ihop and Mike Bickle Watch on video here
THE BEATITUDES: THE ONLY WAY TO HAPPINESS AND GREATNESS IN THE KINGDOM (Mt. 5:3-12)
I. THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: CORE VALUES OF THE KINGDOM
A. THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT IS THE “CONSTITUTION OF GOD’S KINGDOM.” It is the litmus test to measure spiritual development and ministry impact. We measure our ministry impact by how much people seek to walk out the Sermon on the Mount values (not by the size of our ministry).
B. A WISE MAN BUILDS HIS “HOUSE” (LIFE AND MINISTRY) ON THE “ROCK” which refers to relating to Jesus according to the Sermon on the Mount. This lifestyle is do-able for every believer and is the only way to experience God’s Kingdom. To neglect this lifestyle is to neglect and miss the Kingdom.
24, Whoever hears these sayings of Mine (Sermon on the Mount), and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall… (Mt. 7:24-25)
C. WHY DO YOU WANT GOD TO ANOINT YOUR MINISTRY? What is your dream for it? What would you do with more influence? Would you convince others to walk in this lifestyle (secretly/consistently)?
II. OUR PRIMARY LIFE CALLING: TO PURSUE 100-FOLD OBEDIENCE (MT. 5:48)
A. JESUS CALLED US TO BE PERFECT IN OUR OBEDIENCE, that is to be mature or complete in it. This is meant to be the primary issue in our spiritual life yet it is often overlooked and disregarded. We do this by seeking to walk in all the light that the Spirit gives us.
The pursuit of full obedience is not the same as attaining it. Our pursuit for complete obedience is relative in this age and absolute in the age-to-come. Our responsibility is to focus on “seeking” to completely obey God. We trust God’s grace to empower us to “attain” full obedience in an ever-increasing measure.
48, You shall be perfect (walk in all the light you receive) as your Father…is perfect. (Mt. 5:48)
B. THE PURSUIT OF “COMPLETE OBEDIENCE” INCLUDES: bridling our speech (Jas 3:2), disciplining our physical appetites (1 Cor. 9:27), managing our time (for service and prayer with the Word) and money (to increase the Kingdom beyond our comfort and honor; Mt. 6:19-21) and making a covenant with our eyes to refuse to look upon anything that stirs up lust (Job 31:1).
C. BECAUSE OF GOD’S ZEAL FOR DEEP RELATIONSHIP WITH US, HE REQUIRES, that we walk in all the light that He gives us. Our pursuit of full obedience expresses our value of our relationship with Jesus. Our obedience is an expression of our love for Him.
21, He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. (Jn. 14:21)
D. WE ONLY EXPERIENCE THE “FULL LIGHT” OR BRIGHTNESS OF THE SPIRIT, when the eye of our heart is good (single) so that it brings light to our inner man. We only do this by pursuing 100-fold obedience.
22, The lamp (source of light) of the body is the eye (of the heart). If therefore your eye is good (single, KJV), your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad (lacks single focus), your whole body will be full of darkness. (Mt. 6:22-23)
E. ONLY IN A LIFESTYLE THAT SEEKS FULL OBEDIENCE, can we know the “brightness” of being connected to God’s heart and feeling His presence. There are powerful dynamics that occur in us only when we pursue 100-fold obedience. Pursuing obedience in 98% of our life has limited blessing. It is in the last 2% that we receive “double” grace and experience a bright spirit or spiritual vitality.
F. A SPIRITUAL DULLNESS TOUCHES OUR HEART UNLESS WE LOVE RIGHTEOUSNESS. All the areas of our spiritual life are inter-connected. We rob people of joy (oil of gladness) by lowering the truth of the gospel in our human sentiment that seeks to make it easier by presenting a “lesser gospel.”
9, You (Jesus) have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions. (Heb. 1:9)
III. THE CALL TO BE COMPLETE IN CHRIST: 2 DIFFERENT REALITIES
A. THE SCRIPTURE PRESENTS TWO ASPECTS OF BEING COMPLETE BEFORE GOD. First, the moment we are born again, we are instantly made complete in Christ in our legal position (justification) because of Jesus’ work on the cross (2 Cor. 5:17-21). Second, we progressively become “complete in our obedience” in our living condition before God (sanctification). Both are foundational truths.
10, You are complete in Him… (Col. 2:10)
B. BEFORE GOD, OUR PRIMARY OBJECTIVE IN THIS LIFE IS TO BECOME PERFECT, OR COMPLETE IN OUR OBEDIENCE.
C. SCRIPTURE USES DIFFERENT TERMS FO THE SAME TRUTH: it exhorts us to be complete in our obedience (2 Cor. 13:9, 11; Phil. 1:6; Col. 4:12; 2 Tim. 3:17; Heb. 13:20-21; Jas. 1:4); perfect (Mt. 5:48; 19:21; Jn. 17:23; Gal. 3:3; Eph. 4:13. Col. 1:28; 1 Thes. 3:10; Jas. 2:22; 3:2; 1 Pet. 5:10; Rev. 3:2);
mature (Phil. 3:15); blameless (Lk. 1:6; 1 Cor. 1:6-8; Phil. 2:15; 1 Thes. 3:13; 5:23; 1 Tim. 3:2, 10; 5:5-7; 6:14; 2 Pet. 3:14; without spot (Eph 5:27); Worthy (2 Thes. 1:5-12; Lk 21:34-36; 20:35-36; Col. 1:9-10 Mt. 10:37-38; 22:8; Rev 3:4-5; Eph. 4:1; Phil. 1:27; 1 Thes. 2:12); Stand (Lk. 21:36; 1 Cor. 10:13; 16:13; Eph. 6:10-14; Phil. 4:1; Col. 4:12; 1 Thes. 3:8; Rev. 6:17).
9, This also we pray, that you may be made complete. (2 Cor. 13:9)
12, Epaphras…always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Col. 4:12)
28, We preach warning every man (believer) and teaching every man…that we may present every man perfect (mature) in Christ Jesus. 29 To this end I also labor… (Col. 1:28-29)
3, The testing of your faith produces patience (endurance). 4 Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (in our obedience)… (Jas 1:3-4)
10, Praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith… 12, May the Lord make you increase and abound in love… (1 Thes. 3:10-12)
10, But may the God of all grace…after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. (1 Pet. 5:10)
IV. BEING PERFECT: TO WALK OUT THE 8 BEATITUDES
3, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4, Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5, Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
7, Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
8, Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9, Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10, Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Mt. 5:3-10)
A. JESUS DEFINED BEING “PERFECT” OR BEING “COMPLETE IN OBEDIENCE”, as walking out the 8 beatitudes (Mt. 5:3-12) as we pursue 100-fold obedience(Mt. 5:48). This is our foundational call in life. We cannot focus on walking out the Sermon on the Mount without being very familiar with it. The 8 beatitudes do not make sense separated from the context of pursuing 100-fold obedience.
B. THE BEATITUDES ARE LIKE 8 BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS IN THE “GARDEN OF YOUR HEART” that God wants to fully blossom. They define love, godliness and spiritual maturity and describe life in the Spirit (true discipleship and/or spiritual maturity). They also describe how God wants to bless us and what He wants to duplicate in the nations through ministry.
C. THESE 8 FLOWERS NEED TO BE CAREFULLY AND CONTINUALLY CULTIVATED, as we “weed our garden” by resisting the 6 negative influences (toxins/poisons) related to our natural lusts (Mt. 5:21-48) and as we “water our garden” by pursuing the 5 positive nutrients(prayer, fasting, giving, serving and blessing enemies, Mt. 6:1-18) that position us to receive a greater impartation of grace.
D. JESUS GAVE SIX PRACTICAL AREAS IN WHICH WE MUST WAGE WAR AGAINST, lust (1 Pet. 2:11): anger (spirit of murder, Mt. 5:21-26), adultery (spirit of immorality, Mt. 5:27-30), disregarding the marriage covenant (spirit of treachery, Mal. 2:13-17 that breaks covenant for selfish pursuits, Mt. 5:31-32)
False commitments (spirit of manipulation that seeks to promote ourselves, Mt. 5:33-37), demanding justice (spirit of pride or bitterness that insists on our personal rights, Mt. 5:38-41) and retaliation (spirit of revenge or animosity in relationships, Mt. 5:42-47).
E. JESUS DESCRIBES FIVE “GRACE-RELEASING ACTIVITIES” IN OUR DEVOTIONAL LIFE, that position our heart to receive more strength in the grace of God. Our heart receives more grace as we consistently and secretly serve and give (charitable deeds: giving service and/or money (6:1–4, 19-21), pray (6:5–13), bless adversaries (forgiving, 6:14–15; 5:44) and fast (6:16–18).
F. SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES (PRAYER, FASTING, MEDITATION, ETC.) are ordained by God as a necessary way to posture our heart to freely receive more grace. These activities do not earn us God’s favor but give us the opportunity to express the value we have for our relationship with Jesus.
God gives more to those who are hungry for relationship with Him. Our hunger for Him is an expression of our love for Him. God gives more to our heart but does not love us more when we live in spiritual disciplines.
ANALOGY: We put our cold heart before the bonfire of God’s presence. The power is in the “bonfire of God’s presence” not in the “cold flesh” positioned in front of it.
V. BEATITUDES: ONLY WAY TO BLESSEDNESS (HAPPINESS, GREATNESS IN THE KINGDOM, AND FREEDOM)
A. JESUS REVEALED 8 BEATITUDES OR 8 ATTITUDES THAT RELEASE BLESSEDNESS ON OUR LIVES. To be blessed is to experience abundant life which is the happiness, greatness and freedom that God created us for.
10, I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (Jn. 10:10)
B. WE NEED A REVELATION THAT ONLY IN THE BEATITUDES, CAN WE EXPERIENCE ABUNDANT LIFE. Our natural mind cannot see this without the aid of the Spirit. The natural mindset thinks that happiness is best found through favorable circumstances (much money, honor, influence and ability, etc.).
17, Blessed are you, Simon …for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 …On this rock I will build My church… (Mt. 16:17-18)
C. BY REVELATION, WE CONCLUDE THAT THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT LIFESTYLE Is not just the best way to experience abundant life (happiness, greatness and freedom) but it is the only way.
D. BEING POOR IN SPIRIT, (theirs is the kingdom, Mt. 5:3) – to acknowledge that we are in great need of help to sustain whole-heartedness (Mt. 5:48). This is to understand, that we are in a serious dilemma in needing a breakthrough in our heart (insight/power) and ministry in godliness.
E. MOURNING FOR BREAKTHOUGH (for they shall be comforted, Mt. 5:4) – to be desperate enough to be “extreme” in pursuit of a progressive breakthrough in our heart (insight/power) and ministry.
F. WALKING IN MEEKNESS (shall inherit the earth, Mt. 5:5) – to walk in the fasted lifestyle or to have a servant spirit in the use of our strengths (time, money, energy, reputation, authority etc.).
G. HUNGERING FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS (for they shall be filled, Mt. 5:6) – sustained faithfulness in seeking God with wholeheartedness through the changing seasons of our life instead of being burned out by our disappointments with God or by our offense at the way people treat us.
H. RELATING TO OTHERS WITH MERCY (for they shall obtain mercy, Mt. 5:7) – having a tender spirit in how we treat others who fail spiritually as well as those who attack, resist or disappoint us.
I. BEING PURE IN HEART (they shall see God, Mt. 5:8) – breakthrough of purity in our thoughts (bitterness, immorality) and motives(helping people for their benefit without any personal gain). To “see God” even in a small measure causes our spirit to be bright (i.e., fascinated with God).
J. BECOMING AN ANOINTED PEACEMAKER (called sons of God, Mt. 5:9) – anointing to bring peace (healing, restoration) to that which is out of God’s will (broken relationships, sick bodies, etc.)
K. ENDURING PERSECUTION (theirs is the kingdom, Mt. 5:10-12) – bearing the counterattack for plundering Satan’s Kingdom because we operate in power and/or stand for righteousness. We rejoice for the glory of knowing Jesus and the privilege of suffering for His name. (Acts 5:41).
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PROTECTION FROM DECEPTION
Dear Joshua Family Subscribers:
Tonight, I sensed from the Lord, the need to share with you the following important teaching by Derek Prince, that was published about 15 years ago, but is still, just as relevant for God’s people today. Especially, during this most crucial time, where there has been such an increase of supernatural activity, and world-wide promotions of Sign and Wonders.
Some of this phenomena is of God’s Spirit, while some is not, and in the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements, we all need to understand the difference of what truly is from God, and what may be from end time seducing, and deceptive spirits, so that we may guard our hearts from any potential delusion, or deception. From what I have observed and discerned personally, there is a mixture of both happening simultaneously in some of today’s movements.
The title of this topic is Protection From Deception: On navigating through the Minefield of Signs and Wonders. So, basically, this is an in-depth teaching on how to discern manifestations of the Holy Spirit from other counterfeit occurences that are passed off as being genuine.
There is also, an excellent audio teaching on this. The entire three chapter book is available to read in text/or to listen to in audio at the following UK website DPM-UK. I strongly recommend that all of you please read and listen to this. It will answer most of the questions that you may have, and will bring clarity to many things that you need to know concerning this topic. I have provided a link below for you to go there directly.
I would love to know how this teaching helps you and impacts your life, so please feel free to leave your comments on the weblog here, to let me know, ok? Would love to hear from more of you, who haven’t written in for a while. Bless you, and love you, Family of God! ~ L.D.
Here is the link to the website-DPM-UK .
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THE FUTURE OF THE MIDDLE EAST IN BIBLE PROPHECY
Dear Joshua Family Subscribers:
Today, I wanted to share with you a very important teaching on The Future of the Middle East in Bible Prophecy, which is on the three upcoming wars that are soon to take place involving Israel and the nations. Because, there is so much controversy these days on End time Bible Prophecy, I thought that this teaching would bring some clarity, and make for a good discussion here on our weblog.
From what I see in the scriptures concerning the end times and Israel, this seems to be some of the best condensed teaching that I have seen for quite sometime. But note, that this is only a summary of the things to come according to the Prophets of the Bible, and may not include everything, although it contains alot of what you need to know.
This makes it easier to understand for the everyday person who would like to learn more about end time events and Bible Prophecy. So enjoy, and don’t forget to leave your feedback in the comments area. ~ L.D. Oxford
The Future of the Middle East in Bible Prophecy
(On The Three Wars that are soon to take place)
~ Maurice Sklar
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The Holy Bible is the only “holy book” in existence that predicts the future with 100% accuracy. The prophetic writings in the Bible are extraordinary in both their breadth and detail. The most detailed prophecies concern the nations of the Middle East during the period known as “The Day of the Lord”. God takes time in lengthy passages of scripture to tell the judgments He will inflict on the nations that reject the nation of Israel in the very last period of time before the coming of Messiah to establish His 1000 year Kingdom on the earth.
Because there is so much confusion and contradiction in much of the teaching of Bible prophecy, I want to write a concise and brief summary of what the prophets of scripture say about the Middle East nations. These events are rapidly approaching and could be right on our doorsteps at any moment, should the Lord decide to lift His withholding grace and allow these judgments to come immediately.
There are three wars that will soon take place in the Middle East. Each one is progressive and becomes larger in scope, until the entire world and every nation participates in the last battle:
1. THE FIRST WAR involves the Arab nations immediately surrounding the nation of Israel. The Bible seems to indicate that these nations will be destroyed with weapons of mass destruction. This will involve the judgment of God against militant Islam directly surrounding Israel, which is referred to as the house of Esau in several places. According to the Bible, the nations directly surrounding Israel will be destroyed in such a way that they are uninhabitable. This war will result in an impassable ring of destroyed countries to the south and east of Israel.
The nations destroyed are: Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and part of Saudi Arabia. These areas of land will become totally impassable because of the use of nuclear weapons and/or biological and chemical weapons. The soil of these regions becomes so poisoned that nothing can live or grow there. The area of ancient Idumea (Edom) will be on fire like Kuwait was in the Gulf War of 1991.
2. THE SECOND WAR is described in detail in Ezekiel chapters 38-39 primarily, although there are other passages that refer to it also. In Ezekiel chapters 36-37, he foretells the rebirth of the nation of Israel. Then, before the Kingdom Age, when the Messiah Yeshua will reign in His magnificent temple in Jerusalem, this horrific battle is predicted in much detail. This was written 2,600 years ago. Ezekiel lists a confederacy of nations, which include Turkey, Iran, Libya, Ethiopia, parts of Eastern Europe, and other unnamed nations.
Something strange appears immediately when you look this list. The prophet fails to mention the nations directly bordering Israel! These countries are Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, “Palestine” (not really a nation), and Syria. The reason these nations are not mentioned is that they were all destroyed in the first war. The remaining nations invade Israel from the only possible way in this war: from the north. The destruction from this war is much greater in scope than the first. The destruction of the countries of the first war may be one reason for this second battle. Most likely, it is retaliation for it against Israel.
Ezekiel identifies Russia as the chief antagonist against Israel in this war. Russia has a long history of hating and persecuting the Jewish people. With the pogroms starting in 1881, untold numbers of Jews died at the hands of the Russians. Russian Jews were the first to return to Israel in the 1880’s, leaving because of this horrible persecution. This second war is often called the war of Gog and Magog. Gog is a title of the leader of Russia at this time, meaning “chief prince” or “president”. The geographic region is called “the land of the north”; the land of Magog, Meshech, and Tubal.
This precisely identifies modern Russia through its’ ancient tribal ancestors as well as geographically. But, the nation of Russia is not alone in this invasion of the mountains of Israel from the north. Ezekiel identifies the confederation of nations that will join to attack Israel, as mentioned above. Persia is the actual Biblical name for modern-day Iran. That is the name the Bible gives as joining this attack. The bible refers to Ethiopia as the land south of Egypt. Today this would include the nations of the Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia. The Sudan and Somalia are both Islamic nations.
Sudan is identified as a terrorist state and hates Israel. Ethiopia has a large Muslim population of about 30%. Sudan and Somalia are a natural fit in current events with Russia in a confederated Muslim attack. In the Bible, ancient Libya encompasses all the land west of Egypt. This would include the nations of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. ALL of these nations are Islamic. Russia supplies Libya with weapons. Ezekiel identified Togarmah as a country north of Israel. This is modern-day Turkey, which is nearly 100% Muslim. For this to happen, Turkey must line up with Russia.
Finally, the name Gomer is mentioned as taking part also. This is not as clearly defined. It could be Germany and/or some other nations in Eastern Europe. Currently, theUnited States is preventing such a war from happening. For this battle to happen, the United States has to be weakened or eliminated from the Middle East. NATO has to be weakened by Turkey forming an alliance with Russia. Very recently, with the event of the Flotilla, Turkey became extremely cold in its’ diplomatic relations to Israel, and unanimously condemned Israel in its’ government. Could this be a precursor of their coming turn towards “the land of the north”? Russia becomes the dominant force in a vacuum created by the absence of America.
For this war to happen, something disastrous needs to happen in the future to the United States. Even though the Soviet Union has collapsed, the Russian army is still large and well equipped. This confederation led by Russia is enormous, for the army will cover the land like a cloud. Perhaps all the remaining Islamic nations not mentioned by the prophet Ezekiel join in this attack. According to scripture, God destroys this entire invasion miraculously. God reacts in His wrath with a combination of natural disasters with perfect timing to destroy this army.
The Russian army invades and swarms over the mountains of Israel to the north. God waits until they actually come into the covenant land and totally wipes them out supernaturally on those very mountains. The whole world then witnesses the Holy God of Israel and is forced to recognize that He was the one who destroyed this army and not human effort. A great revival takes place in Israel, as they now begin to recognize Yeshua as the true Messiah and turn to Him in great numbers. All of this is predicted in the scriptures.
3. THE THIRD WAR involves every remaining nation on earth. It is called Armageddon. This is the final battle between God and evil before the coming of Yeshua the Messiah to rule and reign on the earth. In this battle, God supernaturally intervenes and destroys the largest fielded army in history. This battle ends man’s corrupt and sinful rule over the nations. Armageddon is the third and final attempt to destroy Israel and take Jerusalem. Armageddon means Mount Megiddo, which is about seventy miles north of Jerusalem. Mount Megiddo is at the southern edge of the Esdraelon Valley, also called the plain of Megiddo.
This is a huge valley that runs from southeast to the northwest, right at Mount Megiddo in Israel. The valley is the center of the final battle. The mountains of Israel start at the southern edge of this valley. The taking of Jerusalem is the objective of the final war. After the defeat of Russia and its confederation, the remaining nations converge on Israel. God uses Jerusalem as a lure, and the people in rebellion against Him literally come by several hundred million. All of man’s rebellion against God culminates in this battle over Jerusalem.
During the previous battles, there is no indication from the scriptures that the armies overrun Jerusalem. In this final battle, a vast army invades the Middle East from Asia. All of Asia is at this battle, along with the other nations of the world. The apostle John states in the book of Revelation that this army from Asia numbers two hundred million. This army will cross the dried up Euphrates river, but before it does, it spreads into other nations and kills a third of mankind that is still alive at this time. Like the previous battle of Magog, this army meets its doom on the mountains of Israel.
The ring of fire is still around Israel, and the only way to attack is from the north. This massive army fills the Valley of Megiddo and then reaches all the way to Jerusalem. This army nearly destroys Israel and Jerusalem, but God stops it when it reaches Jerusalem. The Lord Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ’s) direct intervention stops this army. This is the moment of His awesome second coming. He personally destroys the armies gathered for Armageddon and defends His covenant land and people.
According to the prophet Zechariah, the Lord Yeshua stands in Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives. There is an enormous earthquake that splits this mountain. He is in His full glory. It is the presence of the Messiah Yeshua in His glory that destroys this invading army. God’s glory affects human flesh like a neutron bomb. The nation of Israel receives and welcomes the only true Messiah Yeshua and turns to Him. Then it goes into deep mourning with true repentance. Israel is finally reunited with their one and only Messiah: Yeshua – Jesus. At this time, He begins His Messianic reign for 1,000 years of peace, joy, and perfection – heaven on earth!
This is a brief synopsis of coming wars on the earth that are centered in the Middle East as recorded in Bible prophecy. I pray that you, dear reader, will be ready – for He is coming soon to take His bride – the overcoming church – home to be with Him in heaven. You do not have to remain upon the earth during this terrible time of judgment – give your heart to the Lord Yeshua, repent and live for Him and not self and sin.
Yeshua will first come to meet us in the air and take us to heaven in an event that “catches away” the believers all over the earth in one, sudden, micro-second of time. We will be gone! Then these terrible judgments will overtake the whole earth, as recorded in the prophets and the book of Revelation. Beloved, there is still time, but it is running out quickly! Make things right between you and the Lord! This message written here is a warning from heaven. Do not neglect your relationship with the Lord any longer! I do not want to see you, dear reader, left behind.
YESHUA SAID: “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy TO ESCAPE ALL THESE THINGS that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Luke 21:36)“He that testifieth these things sayeth, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come Lord Yeshua.The grace of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah be with you all. Amen.”Love in our Messiah, Maurice Sklar
NOTE: I want to acknowledge and commend John Mcternan for his prophetic study of the Middle East. I included much information that he provided in this teaching letter (from his book “As America Has Done to Israel”). I highly recommend reading it, as I believe he is accurate about end time prophecy, and especially the destiny of America as it relates to Israel.
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“PROPHETIC WORDS FOR 2011″
Dear Joshua Family Subscribers:
Today, I would like to share with you an excerpt of some prophetic insight given by Loren Sanford for the year 2011. There is also a video that you can watch, for the full-length message delivered at New Song Fellowship (His Church) on December 12th, 2010 in Denver, Colo.. The video is supposedly a Quicktime video, but, I also found that it will play on Windows Media Player.
I would encourage you to listen to the entire message, to get the full scope of what I believe, is some very important prophetic insight for this year. A video that we can all discover something new from, I’m sure. I found it very interesting and confirming, with plenty of scripture references given, which is always a big plus.
After reading the following message and watching the video, feel free to leave your comments on our weblog here. Would love to hear how this message impacts your heart, or brings confirmation to you. I always enjoy hearing from our subscribers, and receiving your notes and input. Have a blessed day, and remember to stay in touch when you can! ~ L.D. Oxford
“PROPHETIC WORDS FOR 2011″
- R. Loren Sanford
(This is the last few minutes of my annual prophetic word delivered at NEW SONG FELLOWSHIP December 12, 2011.)
To view the entire message in Quicktime video format click HERE
I have hesitated to publish this and have pondered carefully how I might word it in order to avoid contributing to the frenzy of fear-mongering that too often passes for the prophetic word these days. Because I value accuracy in the prophetic I don’t like to speak until I am fairly certain of what I’m hearing or sensing.
To the point: We, the United States of America, are headed toward an intense crisis at the presidential level, the outcome of which will determine the direction of this country for a number of years to come. I sense this crisis coming at or before the beginning of President Obama’s fourth year in office. I am therefore issuing an intense call to prayer because the prayers of God’s people, together with the spirit in which we offer them, will shape the aftermath of this crisis for either good or ill. It can be a wonderful and historic turning point for the nation or it can be the beginning of the shattering of our country with depths of division beyond any we have seen since the Civil War. Much depends on what believers choose to do now in the months we have in which to prepare.
Please note that I am making no political statements here. I merely point out that a crisis is coming, whatever form it may take, that it will directly affect our president and that the outcome of the crisis will be either restorative or destructive for us as a nation.
In order to be effective in praying toward and shaping the outcome of this coming crisis, we must first shed the anger that many of us with a conservative political orientation seem to allow to so easily overtake us. James 1:20 teaches that “the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God” and yet I continue to hear growing choruses of anger and bitterness coming from those who should know better.
Many of us will have to learn the meaning of Romans 12:20-21, “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” We must prepare ourselves to be servants, even to those whose opinions – or sins – offend our sense of what is right.
All of us must plumb the depths of I Timothy 2:1-2 and understand the true heart of Father God in it whose nature is love: “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” No prayer offered in any spirit but His will be heard in heaven.
Even more importantly, we must understand the meaning of our true citizenship. “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). I love my country and am glad to have been born an American, but I will never allow my love for my country to become an article of faith. I belong to the kingdom of God. America is a place on a map. The kingdom of God is an eternal state of being in which the rule and reign of God are realized. Therein lies my allegiance. When patriotism becomes an item of faith, hatred is birthed and people always get hurt.
We are rushing toward a nexus in time, a very narrow passage in which even small events and minor decisions will loom large in their effect. We will need the intervening hand of God to achieve a good outcome and enter a season of hope. Saints pray! Pray in whatever way the Lord guides you to pray, but above all, pray in His Spirit and with His heart. We can affect the course of history.
I believe it is time for prophetic people to be held accountable for the fulfillment of their words – or lack thereof. If I therefore turn out to be wrong on this one, I commit to publish an apology to the body of Christ.