Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Important Announcement

Dear Readers,

My heavenly Father is walking me through experiences that for a season will keep me away from the Internet. As I write this, I do not know how long this season will be. The matter rests fully in my Father’s hands.

Please do not send me e-mails during this season, for I will not have access to read them, nor opportunity to respond to them. Comments to the blogs are moderated, and because I will not be able to review them during this time, I ask that you not post comments.

I do very much appreciate those who will lift this son of God up in prayer. I am confident that as we submit to walk that narrow (afflicted) path that our Father must lead all His sons and daughters down, that we will be greatly benefited by the journey.

Those who desire to write to me may continue to do so through the regular postal service. I will be able to receive mail through this means alone. My postal address is below.

My absence from the Internet is effective immediately.

II Timothy 2:8-9

May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Saviors on Mount Zion - Reconciling the Creation - Part 2

Joseph Herrin (11-14-09)

More Meat - Get out your fork and a sharp knife

Note: If you have not read part one of this writing, I encourage you to do so before continuing.

Hebrews 7:25
[Yahshua] is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

Let me begin part two of this series by sharing a definition of intercession that is greatly different from that in the minds of most Christians. Most Christians that I know equate intercession with prayer. Intercession is much more, however.

Intercession: an interposing or pleading on behalf of another person.

When Christ went to the cross, He manifested the most profound act of intercession the world has ever seen. He interposed Himself between God and man. In effect, Christ invited the Father to lay the sins of the creation upon His back, that the penalty might be paid fully by One who was righteous. The consequences of sin could never be covered by prayer alone. It required an interposition of the life of one on behalf of another.

The Scriptures are filled with examples of this type of intercession. Consider the following example from the life of Moses.

Exodus 32:9-14
Yahweh said to Moses,"I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation." Then Moses pleaded with Yahweh his God, and said: "Yahweh, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, 'He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth'? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them,'I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'" So the LORD relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.

Exodus 32:31-32
Then Moses returned to Yahweh, and said, "Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves. But now, if You will, forgive their sin - and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!"

This is intercession! Yes, Moses began with prayer and pleading before the Father, but he did not stop there. Moses placed himself between God and the people. He was willing to become a curse in order that he might deliver a people who had been nothing but grief to himself. In this way Moses was figured as a type of Yahshua who would one day place Himself between God and man to effect the salvation of mankind.

We find a similar example in the life of the apostle Paul.

Romans 9:1-3
I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh...

This again is the epitome of intercession. Paul was willing to become a curse that others might live. The Scriptures declare, “Cursed is every man who hangs on a tree.” Christ became a curse “for the sake of [His] brethren.” Paul testified that He could wish that God might allow himself to do the same that his brethren might be reconciled to God.

People of God, it is the lowliest of experiences to be accursed, yet it is the highest manifestation of the love and character of God for a man to do so that others might live. Christ was “despised and forsaken of men.” Those hurling insults at the Son of God believed that He was suffering for His own sins. They “esteemed Him smitten and stricken by God.” They did not understand that it was for THEIR sins that He permitted Himself to endure the reproach and shame of the cross.

Will not Christ lead all those who would be mature sons to similar experiences? Consider once more the Scripture with which this writing opened.

He always lives to make intercession for them.”

How does Christ perform this intercession? Is it not through His body? Paul testified, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” It was Christ living vicariously through Paul that produced in the heart of the apostle the desire to become a curse that others might be saved. Christ truly does live to make intercession for the world. He does so through sons who are surrendered to His will and led by His Spirit.

Every time I have heard this Scripture proclaimed, the minister has evoked images of Christ sitting on His throne in heaven offering up prayers to the Father on behalf of mankind. Intercession is much more than this. Christ is alive in HIS BODY. Through surrendered sons He is producing a heart that yearns to see the creation reconciled to the Father, and these sons are willing to endure shame, reproach and suffering that others might be set free.

Every time Paul suffered on his missionary journeys, he was interceding. He was beaten, stoned, shackled, imprisoned, slandered, and he endured many things that are truly considered a curse to mankind. He bore all these things willingly and patiently that others might be reconciled to the Father.

Will you be an intercessor?

There is much more appointed to those who would be mature in Christ than merely proclaiming the gospel and praying for others. It has been appointed to the sons of God to enter into the sufferings of Christ on behalf of the creation.

Colossians 1:24
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body (which is the church) in filling up that which is lacking in Christ's afflictions.

Note that Paul says that his afflictions are actually “Christ’s afflictions.” This is how Christ ever lives to make intercession. He is interceding through His body on earth. Will you permit Christ to suffer affliction through you that others might be delivered from the bonds of sin and Satan? Can you endure reproach and suffering at the hands of men and women willingly, while entreating the Father to forgive them?

The kingdom of Satan will be overturned by a much more profound intercession than mere prayer. We conquer by our willingness to suffer while maintaining an attitude of love and forgiveness. Satan’s kingdom has no defense against such complete selflessness.

Romans 8:36-37
As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

What is it that the people of God are called to conquer? Is it not sin and Satan? What is the means by which this victory is attained? The method appears as a great paradox. We not only conquer, but we are more than conquerors, as we submit willingly to being killed all day long. We plunder the enemy’s camp as we present ourselves as sheep for the slaughter.

It is no wonder that in this sensual age of the Laodicean church that this message is neglected and seldom uttered. Where are those Christians who are willing to suffer shame, reproach, loss and even death for obedience to Christ? My own flesh recoils violently at the sight of the cross. I too cry out, “Father, if there be any other way, please let this cup pass from me.” Yet there is no other way by which intercession can be made on behalf of God’s people. There is no other method except the cross that will destroy the enemy’s camp and set the captives free.

Yahweh is patient in bringing His sons and daughters to a place of maturity where they are willing to become a curse before man that others might be saved. It requires selflessness to enter into this work of intercession. We arise from our mother’s womb altogether selfish. When we are born again of the seed of Christ we have the spark of divine life planted within our members. This divine life, if allowed to mature, will result in the appearing of a new creation. This new creation is in the image of Christ.

Should we then not expect that when the image of Christ begins to be manifest in us that we too will find ourselves being drawn to experiences of intercession where we willingly suffer for the sake of others that they might be set free? Will not Yahweh prove our Christ-likeness by bringing us also to Gethsemane and Calvary experiences?

I can hear the arguments of some now: “You are making yourself to be as Christ. You are saying that salvation is in your hands, when Christ accomplished salvation for us.”

Listen carefully to what I am saying: It is Christ IN US who is ever living to make intercession. It is Christ who continues to reconcile the world to God, and He is doing so through mature sons in His image. Those who enter into such a high calling can only declare as did the apostle Paul, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”

People of God, if left to my own Adamic nature, I would never choose to embrace shame, and suffering, and reproaches. I would not eagerly choose these things for my own benefit, much less for the welfare of others, and certainly not for the welfare of my enemies. It can be nothing other than Christ IN HIS SAINTS that would lead any of them to submit themselves to such experiences willingly.

The ways of God are not the ways of the natural man. A carnal church despises the ways of God. A carnal church has replaced the message of the disciple’s cross with a message of worldly blessing and prosperity, of ease and comfort. The result is that the world is not saved. Mankind is not reconciled to the Father, for only through laying down our lives can the ministry of reconciliation be accomplished.

Here, in very plain speech, is the ministry of intercession explained. The apostle Paul reveals the manner by which the sons of God are able to bring forth life in the creation.

II Corinthians 4:7-12
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Yahshua, that the life of Yahshua also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Yahshua’s sake, that the life of Yahshua also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you.

We are carriers of Yahshua’s death! What a radical concept! We are “always carrying about in the body the dying of Yahshua." This dying in us results in life in others. Will not Christ (revealed in His body) continue to be in labor pangs until all creation comes forth into the freedom of the sons of God? The apostle Paul declared:

Galatians 4:19
My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you...

These words come from the same book from which we read, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). It is therefore Christ who continues in labor as He seeks to see mature sons come forth in His image. We are given the exceedingly high honor and privilege of entering into this work of Christ. As we surrender to death, life is manifest in others, and Christ is fully formed in us.

Let me now make this teaching very practical. You and I do not need to go seeking ways to suffer for others. Christ never did anything of His own initiative. He was always observing the Father, and He did all things precisely as He saw His Father doing them. Our calling is a very simple one. We need only to follow the leading of the Spirit.

Romans 8:14
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

If you will surrender to be led of the Spirit in all things, you will find the Father leading you down a path that will lead to conformity to Christ. The Father will begin by dealing with the sin in our own lives, while leading us ever on toward spiritual maturity. Over time we will find the Spirit leading us into experiences of suffering for our obedience. Some of this suffering will be on behalf of others that they might be reconciled to God.

Most people will not recognize the path you are on as obedience. They will conclude that you are suffering for your own sins, as the Jews did of Christ. Yahweh will intentionally lead His sons and daughters to actions and obedience that they cannot defend to those who are led by the natural mind.

The cross has ever been this way. The Jews did not accuse Christ of being righteous. They accused Him of assorted transgressions, such as heresy and Sabbath breaking. Paul was not subjected to suffering on charges of obedience. He was accused of defaming the Law of Moses and setting aside the traditions of his people. He was often accused of being a rabble rouser. These are not noble charges. They are charges of transgression.

We too will be characterized as transgressors, and the accusations against us will often be false. If we would be conformed to the image of Christ, we will not seek to defend ourselves, or to convince those who judge according to the natural mind of our righteousness. We will be as sheep led to the slaughter. We will endure and forgive, and in doing so we will be accomplishing the work of intercession and reconciling the creation back to God.

For what reason might you be induced to embrace the cross? The apostle Paul exhorted those who were suffering many things with the following words.

Hebrews 12:1-3
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Yahshua, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.

Consider Christ! His time of suffering was intense, but brief. He has now entered into reward. He has been given all authority and all power. He has been given the name that is above every other name. He has entered into the joy of the Father.

We are in a race, and there is a finish line and a prize. Not all will attain to the prize. In order to receive the prize, we must compete according to the rules.

I Corinthians 9:24-27
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. And everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.

What I have been sharing in these last two posts are the rules by which we are called to compete. Like a runner, we are to set our eyes on the goal before us. We are not to be distracted with the allure of the world and the busy-ness of this life. We are called to take up our cross daily and follow Christ.

Those who are seeking to live at ease while anticipating receiving the prize that belongs to the firstborn and the overcomer will know profound grief. They will realize that they were like Esau, trading away their birthright to satisfy their temporal desires. We cannot go camp out on the field around which only a few runners are competing and have a picnic, play games, and be at ease and then have any expectation that if we walk over and cross the finish line that we will be awarded the prize.

Christ is our pattern-man, and we must walk as He walked. He was fully surrendered to the will of the Father. He was led of the Spirit of His Father in all things. He did not live to please Himself, but rather to please God. He did not shrink back when there was a cross before Him.

Last year the Spirit of Christ led me to write the book Christ in You - The Hope of Glory. This book sets forth the astounding things that await the overcoming sons of God. To receive the portion of the firstborn should be the goal toward which we all strive. I encourage you to read this book if you have no comprehension of the joy that is set before the sons of God.

Paul saw this joy and thought little of his earthly trials in the light of that which was to come.

II Corinthians 4:17-18
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

We must take our eyes off of the temporal and look to those things that are eternal. Moses is given as an example of one who was looking ahead to the reward.

Hebrews 11:24-26
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin; considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.

Such are the ways of God. We conquer through suffering. We attain the prize by being put to death all day long. And in the process we will see Christ reconciling all things back to His Father in heaven. Hallelujah!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Saviors on Mount Zion - Reconciling the Creation

Joseph Herrin (11-10-09)

Obadiah 21
Then saviors shall come to Mount Zion... and the kingdom shall be Yahweh’s.

Romans 8:19
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.

Roast Lamb

The word of revelation being shared here is meat for the mature. It will require some chewing. Those accustomed only to milk will undoubtedly find portions of what is set forth here difficult to swallow. I urge you to exercise patience, and to stir up the spirit within you. Set your mind to attend to what is written here, and you will find yourself very well rewarded.

It seems that the Father has chosen my seasons of camping on Jekyll Island to be times of revelation and insight. I believe this latest revelation is the crown, and summation of all that has preceded it. What has previously been viewed dimly has been set forth by the Spirit with a steadily increasing clarity.

It is the Father’s plan that the work of reconciling the creation to Himself should be brought to completion through the work of a mature body of sons and daughters. Yahweh has determined by His sovereign counsel that what Christ began 2,000 years ago in reconciling the creation to the Father, should not be brought to fulness through any other means than through the sacrificial lives of a full-stature body of Christ.

II Corinthians 5:18-19
Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

People of God, how did the Son of God reconcile the world to the Father? Was it by words alone? Was it not by a poured out life? Was it not by embracing a cross and suffering many things while choosing freely to love and forgive? It will be by such means that the reconciliation of the entire creation is brought to fulness as a cadre of sons and daughters manifesting the life of Christ take up the cross and follow in the footsteps of Yahshua. In both testimony and the experience of suffering, those who are disciples of Christ will be conformed to their Master.

Matthew 10:25
It is enough for the disciple that he become as his teacher, and the slave as his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!

I have in previous writings addressed the reason that God has left His sons and daughters on this earth when He could have raptured them away at the moment they receive Christ. When we receive the seed of Christ by the work of the Holy Spirit, the Father has merely begun a work in the lives of His children. He must see this work come to maturity. We know that it is the Father’s expressed intent that all those born of the seed of Christ should be conformed to Him in character.

Romans 8:29
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

The apostle Paul expresses the truth of our calling in another place.

Ephesians 4:13
Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ.

From the very first chapter of Genesis we read of Elohim’s intent to create man “in Our image,” and “after Our likeness.” The first man to attain to the image of God was Yahshua. He was the first man to be born of woman who could declare, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” Those who have received the Spirit of Christ are on a pathway to conformity to His image. They are destined to arrive at the fulness of the stature that belongs to Christ. When they arrive at such a state they too will be able to declare, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.” How could anything else be true, if the saints of God are to be conformed to the image of Christ?

What the Spirit has been bringing forward with much clarity at this season, which I now set forth on my last day on Jekyll Island, is that we are not only called to be conformed in character to Christ, but we are called to share in His work of reconciling the creation to the Father. “He gave to us the ministry of reconciliation.”

Neither is it merely that we are given this call, for the church has long believed that this ministry of reconciling the creation back to God was accomplished through evangelism, the preaching of the gospel. What the Spirit is testifying is that a much deeper work is accomplished as we enter into a place of intercession for mankind and the fallen creation.

How is this intercession accomplished? That is the real key. The intercession is accomplished by becoming partakers in the suffering of Christ. Yet many are those who suffer for their obedience without setting the captives free. Why is this? Because they do not manifest love and forgiveness as they are experiencing the suffering of Christ.

Forgiveness is the key that sets the creation free!

When Christ declared on the cross, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do,” what were the results of that forgiveness?

John 1:12-13
As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The forgiveness of Christ set the creation free from the penalty of sin and death. The forgiveness of Christ released those who were bound and captive to sin that they might become partakers of the Holy Spirit and walk in newness of life. The forgiveness of Christ allowed those who were walking in the domain of darkness to be transferred to the kingdom of light.

Forgiveness is the key the unlocks the door to entry into the kingdom of God.

Let me share here that the forgiveness of sin is obtained only through the shedding of the blood of Christ. It is not merely that Christ said, “I forgive you.” It was that He was willing to offer His soul as an atonement for the souls of men and women. Remember the recent teaching I posted titled Life is in the Blood.

The Scriptures declare that the SOUL is in the blood. When Christ poured out His blood on the cross, He was surrendering His soul in place of the collective soul of fallen Adamic man. The Scriptures testify that “the soul that sins must die.” Yet God allowed one who knew no sin to offer His soul as a ransom for those who did sin.

II Corinthians 5:21
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

A great exchange took place, but it would not have been possible had not Christ entreated the Father to forgive those who were to receive this priceless deliverance from the consequences of sin.

Here is a marvelous thing: Christ paid the full cost for man’s redemption on the cross, and He initiated that reconciliation that is to be realized when the words of the apostle Paul are fulfilled:

Colossians 1:19-20
For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fulness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile ALL THINGS to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Ephesians 1:9-10
Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might sum up all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth — in Him.

We do not see at this time all things reconciled to God through Christ. We do not yet observe all things summed up in Christ. Yet we are promised that when God’s work is complete that this will be the condition of all creation.

I Corinthians 15:25-28
For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, that God may be all in all.

When Yahweh’s plan of the ages is fulfilled, then there will be left nothing in the creation that has not been reconciled back to God through the cross of Christ. The only thing that will not be placed under a free and willing subjection to Christ is the Father Himself. When all things are subjected to the Son, then the Son also we be subjected to the Father that God may be all in all.

How is this work of reconciling the creation back to the Father to be accomplished? Will Christ do it all, or will He accomplish this work through a group of sons who attain to the fulness of His own stature? It is through sons in whom is the indwelling Spirit of Christ that the work will be completed. The apostle Paul has declared that Christ must reign until He has placed all enemies under His FEET. Are not feet a part of the body? And are not the saints the body of Christ?

This ministry of reconciliation has been entrusted to the body of Christ. Yet we should not assume that it will be accomplished merely by preaching the good news of Christ. It must also be accomplished by entering into that same ministry of forgiveness that was observed in the life of Christ. He declared that He did not come to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. To the woman caught in adultery He said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” To the paraplegic lowered through the roof into His presence He announced, “Your sins are forgiven.” And in His dying words on the cross He proclaimed, “Father, forgive them.”

With these words of forgiveness the creation is set free from its bondage to sin. And this same power of forgiveness has been entrusted to the saints of Christ.

John 20:22-23
And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained."

It was for this purpose that the Holy Spirit was given - that those who received the Spirit of Christ might enter into this ministry of forgiveness. It is this same authority to forgive and retain sins that is spoken of in the following words of Yahshua.

Matthew 16:19
"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

What do keys do? Keys open up prison doors. Keys are used to unlock that which was locked. Christ is declaring that He is entrusting to mankind this ministry of releasing others from their bondage to sin. How are they to do so? By the act of forgiveness. Matthew records a yet another conversation of Christ on this matter of forgiveness.

Matthew 18:15-19
"And if your brother sins, go and reprove him in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. And if he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax-gatherer. Truly I say to you, whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be 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.”

Is it not remarkable that these words of Christ concerning any two agreeing on a matter have been used in all manner of applications relating to material blessing, but their original context is ignored. Christ was declaring that if any two agreed to bind a man over to be punished for their sin and refusal to repent that it would be done in heaven. If these same ones, finding a repentant heart, were to loose a brother from his sins, it would also be done in heaven. This power to forgive sins is the mightiest power and authority entrusted to the church.

If you doubt that this was truly the intent of these words, observe how this was actually practiced among the apostles and the church. Paul in writing to the Corinthian church concerning a Christian man engaged in grievous sin wrote:

I Corinthians 5:4-5
In the name of our Lord Yahshua, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Yahshua, I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Yahshua.

What an enormous authority Christ gave to His followers in granting them the ability to forgive or retain the sins of others. The apostle Paul, being fully aware of this authority, exercised it often.

I Timothy 1:20
Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered over to Satan, so that they may be taught not to blaspheme.

These are but two examples of binding. I am persuaded that in many more instances the authority to loose others from their sins was exercised by the disciples of Christ.

James 5:14-15
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.

Always the authority of Christ granted to His people was to be used for building up, and not for tearing down.

II Corinthians 13:10
For this reason I am writing these things while absent, in order that when present I may not use severity, in accordance with the authority which the Lord gave me, for building up and not for tearing down.

People of God, the kingdom of God will be manifested upon the earth as mature sons and daughters begin to walk in the authority God has given them to build up, and not to tear down. We must first be proven before we can be entrusted with such power. When Paul was breathing out threats and murder before his conversion he had no such spiritual authority. Only those who are full of the Holy Spirit can be entrusted with such power.

In the examples cited above we read of elders praying and the sins of those who have transgressed being forgiven. The position of elder is a spiritual office. It is required that those who walk in such authority be filled with the Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul was a man filled with the Holy Spirit. We also read of deacons having the same qualification laid upon them.

Acts 6:3
"But select from among you, brethren, seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.”

Among those selected in Jerusalem to serve as deacons was Stephen. He was a man full of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 6:5
And the statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit...

We read that Stephen was “full of the Holy Spirit.” When we too are filled with the Spirit of Christ we will find ourselves entering into His work of reconciliation. Every time we suffer for righteousness’ sake, and choose to not hold other’s sins against them, we are proclaiming release to the captives, and we are setting the prisoners free.

Do you think it was coincidental that the chief persecutor of Stephen became the greatest proponent of the Christian faith? Those stoning Stephen laid their cloaks at the feet of the young Pharisee named Saul. This Saul, who in the Greek was called Paul, later encountered the Lord of glory as he was on his way to Damascus breathing out threats and murder against the saints of God. He was converted, and he who was formerly the enemy of God became a great champion of the faith.

Paul was set free the moment that Stephen forgave him his sin. Stephen laid down his life, in the same way as the Son of God. In choosing to forgive he also set all those who trespassed against him free.

In this hour, we need to understand that the reconciliation of the creation back to God is one of the chief reasons that the body of Christ has been given the Holy Spirit. Let us look once more at the words of Christ.

John 20:22-23
And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained."

The disciples did not always understand this. Before they received the Spirit to indwell them, they mistakenly thought that the Spirit was given for them to judge the world, rather than to set it free.

Luke 9:52-56
And they went, and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make arrangements for Him. And they did not receive Him, because He was journeying with His face toward Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?" But He turned and rebuked them, and said, "You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them."

All those who are disciples of Christ are to enter into His ministry of reconciling the world unto God. We destroy the works of the devil as we forgive sin. Saul was released from Satan’s captivity as Stephen petitioned the Father to forgive those who were stoning him. Saul, the most zealous enemy of Christianity, was defeated by an act of love and forgiveness. The Spirit of Christ was released to effect the reconciliation of Saul unto God as Stephen put aside all anger, offense and wrath, and spoke forth words of forgiveness.

Because Stephen did not retain the sins of Saul, neither did heaven retain them. When Stephen spoke forth words of forgiveness, the sins of Saul were canceled.

You and I have been given this same ministry of reconciliation. Christ too has breathed upon us, and has declared, “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.

What then will you do with this profound gift? In what way will you exercise this authority? The sons of God have been entrusted with authority to destroy the enemy’s kingdom by forgiving the sins of mankind. We have been appointed to complete that work that Christ began of reconciling the world unto God. It is Christ in us accomplishing this work. We must be led of His Spirit in these things. We must never presume to exercise such authority of our own initiative.

To be continued...

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

As Sparks Fly Upward

Joseph Herrin (11-07-09)

Job 5:7
For man is born for trouble, as sparks fly upward.

My Campfire on Jekyll Island

The Internet is filled with somber declarations of impending judgment on America and the nations. New watch dates are forecast almost daily, and many fall to the ground while the prophets present various excuses to salvage their reputations.

Daily there is something ominous in the news concerning the economy, the banking crisis, America’s pressure of Israel to divide up her land, the erosion of personal rights by an aggressive, sinister authoritarian government, the hyping of flu pandemics, etc.. I have not written much on these things of late, believing these things to be evident. The signs are everywhere of an approaching storm.

Some would like to know when the storm will hit with all its fury. The Spirit says, “Soon!” Some would like to know the specifics of the threats they face and what they can do to prepare. Yet there is something that is very critical to understand that very few ministers and bloggers are speaking about.

What is God’s purpose in sending all of these troubles upon the earth?

Troubles are not new to mankind. One need only read the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, to observe that every age has had an abundance of troubles. Yet in this last hour, at the end of this present age, the earth is to experience troubles that will dwarf all that has come before.

Mark 13:19-20
"For those days will be a time of tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created, until now, and never shall. And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect whom He chose, He shortened the days.”

As the hour gets nearer for the sons of God to be revealed, mature sons who bear the unmistakable character, power and authority of the ascended Christ, the earth must experience birth pangs. These birth pangs will grow more severe and more frequent just before the sons of God are revealed.

Romans 8:18-22
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.

Paul declares that the sufferings manifested in the creation are birth pangs. Nowhere is this suffering more acute than among mankind, especially those who are experiencing the formation of Christ within themselves. There is no other method by which Christ might be formed and manifested among the creation than to subject it to suffering. Immediately after the fall of man in the garden, Yahweh declared this to be so in the form of a parable that is experienced daily around the world by tens of thousands of women.

Genesis 3:16
To the woman [God] said, "I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth. In pain you shall bring forth children...”

Why did Yahweh choose to inflict this specific judgment upon the woman? It was not simply to punish. It was not because Yahweh enjoys inflicting pain upon His creation, nor because He was wrathful concerning the transgression of Eve. It was to reveal a very profound truth. The physical realm would serve as a parable of the spiritual realm.

There is no other means by which God might perfect sons, bringing forth offspring in His image and likeness, than by subjecting the creation to painful experiences.

Hebrews 5:7-8
[Yahshua], in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and having been heard in respect to that which he feared, through being a Son, He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

(Note: Young’s Literal Translation is much closer to expressing accurately this passage, though the phrasing is a bit awkward. Many popular translations make this passage appear to state that it was somehow an exception for Christ, while being a son, to have to be perfected through suffering. The more accurate understanding is that all sons must be perfected through this means. Christ’s experiences serve as a pattern for all who would be conformed to the image of God the Father.)

Returning to the parable of the curse spoken to Eve, we find that this first woman stands as a symbol of the Creation, of Israel, and of the Church. The creation is groaning in anticipation of the sons of God being revealed, in the same way that a woman groans in childbirth. The people of God have been especially singled out to be the portion of the creation out of which this man-child will arise. To be most specific, the Bride of Christ, that remnant portion of the body of Christ (Eve was formed of a remnant of Adam’s body, serving as a type) must experience birth pangs that sons in the image of Christ might be manifested to the world.

These pains while being experienced are a great grief, yet they are forgotten when a son is revealed.

John 16:20-21
"Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned to joy. Whenever a woman is in travail she has sorrow, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she remembers the anguish no more, for joy that a man has been born into the world.”

Do you see the spiritual parable in Christ’s words? The suffering of the church, of those who are true disciples of Christ - following in His footsteps, is compared to a woman experiencing birth pangs. Christ declares that her anguish is forgotten when she sees what she has given birth to - a man child. Christ is signifying with these words that the suffering of the church is for the purpose of bringing forth mature sons in His image and likeness. There is no other means by which sons might be formed and revealed to the world.

Christ is our pattern man. He walked the path that was required of all sons if they are to be perfected (matured). We must follow in His footsteps if we are to also be manifested as sons of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Yahshua, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Christ endured the cross, the universal symbol of suffering, for the joy set before Him. A woman experiences the pains of childbirth for the joy set before her. We too will embrace momentary, light afflictions by setting our eyes on the joy before us.

II Corinthians 4:17-18
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen...

We cannot arrive at the glory to come except by passing through these present afflictions. There is no other path offered to being seated with Christ on His throne.

I Peter 4:12-13
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation...

A day will come when these sufferings will be behind us. The first things that all must pass through will give way to those things to come. John received a revelation of that day, and recorded the following:

Revelation 21:3-4
And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; THE FIRST THINGS have passed away.”

Before a woman holds a son in her arms, she must experience pain. Before we are revealed as mature sons of God we must also pass through the first things.

So many Christians in this hour have adopted a false mindset. Satan has deceived them, appealing to the passions and desires of the flesh, and its great aversion to suffering. He has persuaded them to adopt a view that they are to experience uninterrupted blessings at this time. Poverty, hunger, sickness, trials, suffering, reproaches, slanders, persecution, etc., are viewed as enemies to be assiduously avoided.

There are times when God would deliver men and women from such things, for the enemy of our souls seeks to make our way excessively difficult. Yet, there is appointed for EVERY son and daughter of God a cup of suffering from which they must drink. When we are presented with THIS CUP, we must respond as did the firstborn Son of God.

Luke 22:42-43
"Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Your will be done."

When the Father reveals that we must drink from a cup of suffering, we must not refuse it. It is intended for our perfecting as sons.

Man is born for trouble as sparks fly upward.

Why do you suppose the Scriptures use this specific analogy? Our ascent upwards is both a fiery path and a path of great trouble. We are all BORN for such things. We are destined to sit with Christ upon His throne, and the pathway to the throne is ever the same.

Let us hold fast to the will of God for our lives, not shrinking back from those experiences of suffering that our Father reveals to be for our perfecting as sons. He will surely walk with us through the fire. We will not suffer any loss. As the three men cast into the fiery furnace, the only thing that was consumed was the cords that bound them.

Daniel 3:24-25
Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he responded and said to his high officials, "Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?" They answered and said to the king, "Certainly, O king." He answered and said, "Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm...”

When we embrace those fiery trials before us, not only are we set free, but we will find that the Son of God has never been as close to us as He is when we willingly become partakers of His suffering. Though you may be cast alone into the fire, there will be two who walk there.

Romans 8:35-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, "For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered." But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Yahshua our Lord.

In the fire we walk with Christ. In the fire we are set free. Hallelujah!

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Despising the Shame

Joseph Herrin (11-1-09)

Hebrews 12:2-3
Looking unto Yahshua, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

In this hour the Father is perfecting a group of sons that they might be qualified for the promotion that is soon to be granted. He would have them to understand the trials they are called to endure. I am observing in my life, and in the life of a small group of saints who are pressing on to maturity, that the Father is bringing them to a particular type of trial in this hour. The trial can be exceedingly severe, or rather benign, depending upon how easily we surrender to the working of the cross, and how ready we are to slay all pride in our lives.

This trial is one of bearing reproaches and accusations. It involves being considered a transgressor by the vast majority of men, even many who are very close in relationship, either spiritually or physically. The trials that many are being brought to involve experiencing open shame, and the successful pathway to victory is to die to all urges to defend oneself and one’s reputation.

We must be content with reproaches and insults. We must count it as nothing when all men declare us to be evil.

II Corinthians 12:10
Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Ah! To be content with insults - that is a big one. Can I be thought ill of by all men and not feel the need to give a defense? Am I truly dead to self-seeking, so that I am not provoked by slander and false charges? Can I bear all things, and respond with love, seeking the welfare of the very one’s hurling abuse at me?

Christ did. Even while being crucified, mocked, and railed against, He said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do.” This must be the proven character of those who will be given authority in the days to come.

I have often thought that suffering for Christ would always allow a man to maintain some dignity. If a man was slandered for following Christ, then surely others would see and know that it was for Christ’s sake that they were being ill treated. I have learned, however, that God very frequently brings His sons and daughters to be accused of things that others will never recognize as being the result of following Christ. He will very often let all around them think they are disobedient, irresponsible, infidels, and great transgressors.

I am privy to the lives of a number of saints in this hour who are seeking to follow the path the Father has appointed to them with all their hearts. Oftentimes the Father lays upon them some obedience that is unusual, and little understood. He has led some to leave their jobs and to look to Him for all their provision, yet having done so, the Father then allows them to suffer reproach. Some in following the leading of the Spirit have faced loss of homes and lands and furnishings and many things that Christians believe they are entitled to.

Those Christians who are not surrendered to the Spirit, or who have not received similar guidance from the Father, often look askance at these troubled souls whose lives are beset with trials, and they seek to convince them that they must be walking in some error. Temptations arise to deliver oneself from the trial by returning to work, but the spirit inside the man or woman testifies that this trial, this path they are walking, is appointed by God and must not be abandoned.

Ten years ago I faced these very trials myself, and I found the going very difficult. Although I had great assurance from the Father that I had heard Him correctly, and was to trust Him for all the provision of myself and my family, I could not understand why He did not provide the things we were accustomed to. Why did the Father allow us to experience comparative poverty when our brothers and sisters in the Lord were walking in abundance?

My own fears of what we might suffer were exacerbated by the condemnation and judgments of others. How I wanted for those around me to recognize that I was struggling with all that was in me to follow the voice of the Spirit despite great pressures within and without. In the moment of my greatest trial and most tremendous effort to not shrink back from the path appointed to me, I wanted other Christians to understand that my way was appointed by God.

It was not the Father’s will, however. Every effort I made to demonstrate to those around me that God does lead His sons in this manner, and we are called to suffer, were met with defeat. If a person did not perceive the hand of God in these things before I began my explanation to them, they did not see it when I got finished. God was teaching me to die to the thoughts and opinions of man, but this particular death was very hard for me.

See the Chapter “The Silence of the Lambs” in the book The Road From Babylon To Zion.

I am persuaded that this trial is one that all who would enter into places of promotion, receiving spiritual authority and power, must overcome victoriously. It is often the last hurdle to be cleared. Those who have borne suffering for a long season are finding in this very hour that this is the experience they are entering into. God is subjecting them to open shame in order to bring them to a place of death to all self-seeking, that they might live only for the will of God and the blessing of others.

God will not choose an experience of shame that allows for some dignity to remain. Joseph, the son of Jacob, was sold as a slave into Egypt. God chose for Joseph to bear the stigma of being the man who tried to rape Potipher’s wife. Where was the dignity in that? There is little wonder that Joseph chafed against this accusation. We read of Joseph’s repeated attempts to persuade others of his innocence. Having interpreted the dream for Pharaoh’s cupbearer, Joseph appends an appeal to the disclosure of the dream.

Genesis 40:14-15
“Only keep me in mind when it goes well with you, and please do me a kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. For I was in fact kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing that they should have put me into the dungeon."

Joseph had not yet learned to be content with insults and reproaches. The injustice of his situation galled him. The deplorable reputation he was saddled with chafed upon his back. He sought for a way to discharge the unwanted shame.

Yahweh would have His servants rest in the knowledge that He will vindicate them when He is ready.

Isaiah 54:17
"No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of Yahweh, and their vindication is from Me," declares Yahweh.

Do you hear what this declares. Every tongue that falsely condemns the servants of God will be stilled. Yet for a season these tongues are given freedom to wag. Indeed, God uses the judgments of others to establish humility in the hearts of His sons and daughters. Yahweh declares that the heritage of His servants is that they will be vindicated. Yahweh will make the obedience of His overcoming saints known.

We must rest, however. The overcomers vindication is not brought about by their own testimony. It will be realized through God when the hour is right. First they must manifest contentment with whatever circumstances the Father chooses for them, even if it be open shame.

Joseph could not be released from prison until he learned the lesson of letting his reputation rest solely in God’s hands. That Joseph came to this rest is evidenced in what occurred two years later when he was suddenly brought before Pharaoh to interpret his dreams.

Joseph was given insight and understanding of the dreams, and declared their meaning openly, but unlike his experience in interpreting the Cupbearer’s dream, there was no plea of innocence appended. Joseph had the perfect opportunity to give a defense of himself and to declare the injustice he had experienced. He was standing before Pharaoh, and had just answered a perplexing riddle. Yet Joseph was silent. He uttered no defense. He was at rest.

The fruit of this victory was immediately apparent. The one who had been subject to open shame was suddenly adorned with great honor. When Joseph left his vindication in God’s hands, God acted in a marvelous manner, far beyond the greatest hopes of Joseph.

Genesis 41:38-45
Then Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find a man like this, in whom is a divine spirit?" So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you." And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See I have set you over all the land of Egypt." Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand, and put it on Joseph's hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen, and put the gold necklace around his neck. And he had him ride in his second chariot ; and they proclaimed before him, "Bow the knee!" And he set him over all the land of Egypt. Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Though I am Pharaoh, yet without your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt." Then Pharaoh named Joseph Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, as his wife. And Joseph went forth over the land of Egypt.

Some have misunderstood the phrase that serves as the title of this post. The words “despising the shame” mean “to think nothing of the shame; to esteem it not; to pay it no mind.” The word despise originally meant to show no regard for something, or someone. It is this meaning that was intended by the authors of the King James Bible when they declared that Christ “despised the shame.”

That this is the correct meaning is evidenced in the response of Christ. When reviled, he did not revile in return. While suffering, He uttered no threats. He entrusted His soul to the One who judges righteously (I Peter 2).

Isaiah 53:7
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth.

Matthew 27:12-14
And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He did not answer. Then Pilate said to Him, "Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?" And He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge, so the governor was quite amazed.

Christ endured open shame patiently. He knew it was but for a moment. The hour would come when He would ascend to the Father and sit down at the right hand of power. His Father would vindicate Him, and His circumstances would be altered as suddenly and completely as Joseph’s. Christ’s glory was all the greater, for He willingly submitted to a greater shame than any other. The Lord of glory freely took upon the form of a bondservant. He willingly went to the cross to be crucified between two thieves.

What will you or I be called to suffer that could possibly compare? Will we bear up under it patiently?

There are some who have been appointed to suffer such ignominy at this hour. When they had hope the trials were at an end, they find that a greater reproach is falling upon them than they had previously experienced. Dear saints, this is a sign that things are nearing the end. The hour for the ascension of the manchild is not far off. A group of overcoming saints must be qualified to receive spiritual authority to lead the people of God through their wilderness experiences in this last hour.

There is a great joy set before the overcomers. You who are called to suffer in this hour, consider those things coming against you as nothing. Embrace them with contentment. God sees all. He knows all. Even if all men view you as wicked, Yahweh knows that the precious character of His Son is being revealed in you.

Hold fast! Hold fast! In a moment you will see the Lord of glory.

May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Sinister Deeds

Joseph Herrin (10-30-09)


Threatening or portending evil, harm, or trouble; ominous.

Sinister is originally a Latin term for left or to the left (and by extension, left-handedness)... It is often used to mean evil.

Left-Handed President

One of the first e-mails I received this morning was a forward of an Internet webpage reporting on a recommendation by the GAO (Government Account Office) that access to the Internet be restricted to the public in the event of a pandemic. The post was given the following headline:
US government report recommends blocking popular websites during pandemic flu outbreak

The actual document published by the GAO can be read at the following link (it is 77 pages in length):

Following is an excerpt from the report:

Concerns exist that a more severe pandemic outbreak than 2009’s could cause large numbers of people staying home to increase their Internet use and overwhelm Internet providers’ network capacities. Such network congestion could prevent staff from broker-dealers and other securities market participants from teleworking during a pandemic. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for ensuring that critical telecommunications infrastructure is protected.

GAO was asked to examine a pandemic’s impact on Internet congestion and what actions can be and are being taken to address it...

GAO recommends DHS begin planning to address Internet congestion... DHS agreed to address potential congestion for national security and emergency communications...

[End Excerpt]
You Will Know Them By Their Deeds

When dealing with those who are deceivers, it is best to ignore what they say, and watch carefully what they do. Many actions have in recent years and months been initiated which are all described in the most benevolent manner. Each plan put in place is “for the public good.” Yet when the actions are examined apart from the deceitful explanations cited, a very sinister pattern is observed.
A man always has two reasons for what he does -- a good one, and the real one.
JP Morgan

Consider the following government actions, and the repercussions for the citizens of America in coming days.

Just after the events of 911 (September 11, 2001), the Patriot Act was rushed through Congress. This dramatically eroded the protections of citizens from being spied upon by the U.S. government. In each case, these acts have been rushed through speedily, often without the members of Congress even having taken time to read them. The justification given each time has been that these powers are needed in order for the President to protect American citizens from terrorists. This constant fearmongering has been the ruse utilized to change the laws of the nation in preparation for actions against America’s own citizens in days very near at hand.

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 was a step toward establishing draconian rule over the citizens of America. This act, which President George W. Bush assured Americans would never be used against citizens, strips away all constitutional protections from those who are declared to be enemies of the government, or those who aid and abet these enemies in any way.

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 was passed for the following stated purpose. “To authorize trial by military commission for violations of the law of war, and for other purposes.” The Act uses the phrase 'unlawful enemy combatant' which it defines as “a person who has engaged in hostilities or who has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States...” Although the President assured Americans it would never be used against citizens, Congress has since ruled that the measures apply to all who are defined as ‘unlawful enemy combatants,’ and this includes citizens as well as aliens.

The Military Commissions Act denies the right of habeas corpus to all who are thus designated. This means that a person can be held indefinitely without charges, and without trial. This is currently being done in American military prisons such as the one at Guantanamo. Of all those held, some for as long as six years, only a few have received trials. Jose Padilla was an American citizen who was held in this fashion for three years before he was brought to trial. Padilla contends that during this time he was subjected to sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation and stress positions, all of which would never be permitted to occur to an American citizen under imprisonment carried forth with constitutional protections.

In 2007 the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act included a section titled “Use of Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies.” This act provides for the use of United States Armed Forces to be used on American soil against American citizens. According to Wikipedia, this act declares the following:

The President may employ the armed forces to restore public order in any State of the United States the President determines hinders the execution of laws or deprives people of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law or opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws.

This recent act lays aside the Posse Comitatus Act which forbid the use of the military in actions against U.S. citizens. Posse Comitatus had been the Law in the United States since 1878. Prior to this law change it required an act of Congress in order for such military use, but now this power has been granted to the President.

For the first time in the nation’s history, the Federal Government has positioned American troops on U.S. soil to be used against Americans, training them to handle civil unrest. The President and the Department of Homeland Security will have their own military force in place in readiness for what is soon to occur. I will quote from the publication Army Times.

Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1
By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Sep 8, 2008 6:15:06 EDT

The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.

Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.

Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks...

This new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.

After 1st BCT finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one...

They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.

Training for homeland scenarios has already begun at Fort Stewart...

The 1st BCT’s soldiers also will learn how to use “the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded,” 1st BCT commander Col. Roger Cloutier said, referring to crowd and traffic control equipment and nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them...

The package includes equipment to stand up a hasty road block; spike strips for slowing, stopping or controlling traffic; shields and batons; and, beanbag bullets...

“I can’t think of a more noble mission than this,” said Cloutier, who took command in July. “We’ve been all over the world during this time of conflict, but now our mission is to take care of citizens at home ... and depending on where an event occurred, you’re going home to take care of your home town, your loved ones...”

“I don’t know what America’s overall plan is — I just know that 24 hours a day, seven days a week, there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines that are standing by to come and help if they’re called,” Cloutier said. “It makes me feel good as an American to know that my country has dedicated a force to come in and help the people at home.”


Note: Army Times has removed the article due to the public alarm it caused.

Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root has been awarded contracts totaling hundreds of millions of dollars to build detention and processing facilities across the United States. KBR also provides police and military services to the Department of Homeland Security. This information was reported in the New York Times. The explanations given for these actions all sound innocuous. It is only when one begins to see a trend developing that things seem other than as they are reported.

One of the first acts of the current 111th Congress (the one currently in session) was to pass legislation to authorize and fund regional detention facilities across the nation. The legislation can be read at the government’s website.

Demise of the Dollar

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On September 7, 2009 the UK newspaper The Telegraph reported that a radical report had come out of the United Nations advocating that the dollar be replaced as the world’s reserve currency.

On October 6th, 2009, various OPEC nations announced that they were going to ditch the U.S. dollar.

On October 12th, 2009, Bloomberg News Service published a story stating that the U.S. dollar had reached a breaking point because central banks were snubbing the dollar and replacing it with euros and yen. Following is an excerpt:

Nations reporting currency breakdowns put 63 percent of the new cash into euros and yen in April, May and June, the latest Barclays Capital data show. That’s the highest percentage in any quarter with more than an $80 billion increase.

World leaders are acting on threats to dump the dollar while the Obama administration shows a willingness to tolerate a weaker currency in an effort to boost exports and the economy as long as it doesn’t drive away the nation’s creditors. The diversification signals that the currency won’t rebound anytime soon after losing 10.3 percent on a trade-weighted basis the past six months, the biggest drop since 1991.

“Global central banks are getting more serious about diversification, whereas in the past they used to just talk about it,” said Steven Englander, a former Federal Reserve researcher who is now the chief U.S. currency strategist at Barclays in New York. “It looks like they are really backing away from the dollar.”

Sliding Share

The dollar’s 37 percent share of new reserves fell from about a 63 percent average since 1999...

America’s currency has been under siege as the Treasury sells a record amount of debt to finance a budget deficit that totaled $1.4 trillion in fiscal 2009 ended Sept. 30...

“The diversification out of the dollar will accelerate,” said Fabrizio Fiorini, a money manager who helps oversee $12 billion at Aletti Gestielle SGR SpA in Milan. “People are buying the euro not because they want that currency, but because they want to get rid of the dollar.


People of God, do you understand what is happening when the Federal government goes into debt $1.4 trillion dollars in one year? This figure offered by the government is actually a deception. The amount of annual debt increase is far greater. Following is an excerpt from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation website.

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Right now, you are carrying a burden of about $184,000. That is each and every American's share of the US government's approximated $56.4 trillion in current obligations. And every year in which no down payments or reforms are made to these obligations, the total grows by $2 trillion to $3 trillion – or $6,600 to $10,000 per person – on autopilot...

These 2008 figures reveal that every household in America is on the hook for $483,000 dollars that the government has spent beyond its ability to pay. This is why the nations of the world are dumping the dollar. They realize that America’s situation has become untenable. There is no way for her to avoid a massive collapse.

USA Today cites figures that are even higher. In an article from May 29th of this year it reveals that the average personal debt for a household in America, including mortgages, car loans, credit cards and other debt combined is $121,953. The government has quadrupled this amount by saddling every household with an additional $546,668. In just one year, 2008, the government increased the obligation of every taxpayer household by more than $55,000. This exceeds the average household income in America which in 2007 was estimated at $50,000. The federal government is piling on debt faster that Americans are earning money. The entire system is overloaded and must collapse soon.

"We have a huge implicit mortgage on every household in America — except, unlike a real mortgage, it's not backed up by a house," says David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, the government's top auditor.

USA TODAY used federal data to compute all government liabilities, from Treasury bonds to Medicare to military pensions.

Bottom line: The government took on $6.8 trillion in new obligations in 2008, pushing the total owed to a record $63.8 trillion.


This spending has accelerated in 2009 as trillions of dollars have been funneled into the pockets of an international banking cabal, literally looting the last remaining wealth of America. One day very soon the charade will be over. America’s bankrupt condition will be fully exposed, and the dollar will be rendered absolutely worthless.

Suppose you borrowed $55,000 dollars last year. This was added to the total amount of your wages earned to continue an affluent manner of living. Would the banks loan you an even greater amount the next year, when you are yearly borrowing more than your total earnings? Only a great fool would loan money in such circumstances, and this is why the nations are waking up to the folly of continued investment in American dollars. The dollar must collapse soon.

An internet article ties these actions of creating regional FEMA camps, financial collapse, and the stationing of military troops on American soil together.

Yes, U.S. Officials Are Quietly Preparing for BIG Trouble Ahead

A new report by the Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute states flatly the U.S. military must prepare for "a violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States" that could be provoked by "unforeseen economic collapse" or "loss of functioning political and legal order."

Late last year, The Washington Post noted the incoming Obama Administration is going to "earmark" at least 20,000 troops returning from Iraq to deal with "domestic emergencies." Since then, the Army Times has broken the story that the domestic emergency army unit has been increased to 80,000 troops, who are being trained right now in Georgia.


The imminent collapse of America’s economy is described by the Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute as “unforeseen.” This is an obvious deceit. The pending economic collapse is in full view of the government, the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve, and an international cabal of bankers. The collapse is not only foreseen, it is planned. That civil unrest will result is a foregone conclusion, and therefore great effort is being made by the government to prepare for that which is coming.

Massive Storm Coming

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This brings me back to the story that this article opened with. Why is the government at this time making plans to limit the access that the general population of America has to the Internet? If we will look at the actions of the government, and ignore their words, we will see a clear pattern developing.

The country has intentionally been brought to the point of financial collapse. The average citizen is no longer investing in the Stock Market. It is JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, and the Federal Reserve who are channeling massive amounts of liquidity into the market to give an appearance of a rally. That a “plunge protection team” has been acting covertly to manipulate the markets for years is a matter well publicized.

At the right moment when all is ready, the international bankers will pull the plug on America’s financial system. It will enter into free fall as certainly as the twin towers fell from a great height to be shattered on the ground. The dollar will be devoid of value overnight. Civil unrest will ensue. Martial law will be declared. The troops already stationed and trained will be deployed. Roadblocks will be set-up and travel restricted. The regional FEMA camps established as one of the first acts of the 111th Congress will be fully utilized. Under the guise of a pandemic, the citizens will be restricted from public gatherings. Many will be quarantined to their homes. And to keep any large scale grassroots uprising from occurring, the access Americans will have to the Internet will be carefully controlled.

What should Christians do in anticipation of these things? First, understand the reason that these things are occurring. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood. The kingdom of God will not be established with guns and bullets. America has been given into the hands of evil men because her immense cup of iniquity has become full and demands judgment.

Ezekiel 21:31-32
“And I shall pour out My indignation on you; I shall blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and I shall give you into the hand of brutal men, skilled in destruction. You will be fuel for the fire; your blood will be in the midst of the land.”

America has been given into the hands of wicked men, sinister men. Her wealth is gone. Her riches are moth-eaten.

James 5:1-6
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.

Neither gold nor guns will save men in the days ahead. I recently shared an event that occurred here while camping with my friend and brother in Christ, Randy Simmons on Jekyll Island. This is the very island on which wealthy men met back in 1910 to lay the plans for the Federal Reserve, the instrument of America’s undoing. Randy went down to the fishing pier and looked across the water toward the mainland. He saw a great storm approaching. God had told informed him through two witnesses to get his house in order. He rushed back and we worked to divert the flood waters that would result from the storm that was approaching. The efforts were effectual, and his tent did not flood.

God has allowed His people to see the signs of the approaching storm. There are very few, however, who are watchful and looking. Far too many are involved in their daily activities, in a pursuit of pleasure, in constant activities, and they go on without noticing the approaching storm.

It is an hour for all men and women to get their spiritual house in order. The only safe place in the coming storm will be “IN CHRIST.” He is a refuge and strength in a time of trouble. He will lead His people as a shepherd through the shadow of the valley of death.

If your hope is in anything else, you will be sorely disappointed. You will find that your house has been built upon the sands, and the results of such folly were clearly revealed last year when Hurricane Ike struck with great fury upon Galveston Island.

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There is a great storm approaching. If you have sin in your life, depart from it quickly. If you have been following the counsel of your own soul, rather than surrendering fully to be led of the Spirit of Christ, repent while there is time. The hour is now very late.

May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Help Lord, I Need Wisdom!

Joseph Herrin (10-28-09)

Every step of the way as I have been writing this series The Marriage Covenant, I have been confessing to the Lord my inadequacy. I did not know where to begin. I still do not know how to end it. There are a myriad of questions that are unresolved in my mind.

I have been asked a number of specific questions concerning what the Father would have His sons and daughters do. Many have transgressed. Some have divorced and remarried before coming to Christ, others after having come to Christ. A number are convicted of their transgression. In the fear of God they want to know what they must do to be found acceptable in His sight.

I suspect most of those who have read this series have not contemplated all of the different questions surrounding these topics. It is usually the naive, or the exceptionally proud, who declare that they know all the answers, contending that they are all clearly given in Scriptures. I must sincerely disagree. Not everything is covered in Scriptures. Even that which is spoken of must be studied and prayed over to assure that one is “rightly dividing the word of God.”

Consider the counsel that Paul gave to the Corinthian church regarding those Christians who were married to unbelievers.

I Corinthians 7:12
But to the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, let him not send her away.

Paul again ventures to give his opinion regarding whether it is preferable to remain single, or to marry.

I Corinthians 7:25-27
Now concerning virgins I have no command of the Lord, but I give an opinion as one who by the mercy of the Lord is trustworthy. I think then that this is good in view of the present distress, that it is good for a man to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife.

Paul was raised in the strictest sect of his people. He was a pharisee among pharisees. Paul was trained in the school of Gamaliel, a revered leader among the Jews. Paul knew the Scriptures.

Yet there were topics in which the Scriptures were silent, and in which Paul had received no command from the Lord either by the Spirit, through a vision, or by other means of revelation. If there were some sure statement from the Lord, or a clear answer provided in the Bible, surely Paul would have been familiar with it.

I have found that there are many questions that are not addressed with clarity in the word of God. As I ponder these things I am continually brought to confess to the Father, “I am not adequate for these things.” I fear to give an opinion lest I should counsel people in a manner contrary to the will and desire of God. Daily I find myself declaring to the Father my dependence upon Him to guide and direct me. I am reminded of the words of the apostle Paul.

II Corinthians 3:5-6
Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

I could study the letter and derive some conclusion based upon imperfect revelation that would lead away from truth and life. Only in perceiving the mind of God through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us are we assured that those things we declare will result in life. Many times I have reminded the Father of His promise in the book of James.

James 1:5
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

There are many doctrines and teachings in which I have not yet apprehended the mind of the Father. There are many subjects of which I will not venture to give an opinion. When I was younger I was quicker to speak, but age and experience have taught me to practice restraint.

Yesterday I completed laying the foundation of this teaching on the marriage covenant. When I began writing I had no idea the direction I would head in. Many of the revelations shared were not known to me before the Father had me write on this topic. Each day I did not know what would come forth. I had no idea in my mind that there would be ten chapters (Introduction included) and seven foundation stones laid thus far. Yet, ten is the number of ordinal perfection, and seven is the number of divine perfection. Discussing the topic of our glorious union with Christ strikes me as a wonderful way to complete the foundation.

But where to go from here? What has been shared thus far is revelation. It has contained an unveiling of the parables contained in the blood covenant; in the design of the physical body; in the life being in the blood; in the rites of betrothal; and in the sexual union. What has been presented reveals the holy design of marriage, the great value of a woman’s virginity, and the spiritual mysteries foreshadowed in the physical relationship between a man and his wife. Transgression has been shown to be exceedingly wicked in the eyes of a holy God.

It is my hope that the marriage union, and the act of sexual intercourse, will be esteemed as holy by those who have understood these things. From the e-mail responses I have received I have observed that a number of saints have come to abhor their own lack of sexual purity. Some men have been delivered of a spirit of lust as they have observed the holiness of that which God has designed. Fear to trespass against such holy things has gripped some. These responses are exceedingly good, yet there remain many questions to be answered.

I confess to you my inadequacy in answering all questions regarding divorce and remarriage. There are some things that are exceedingly plain.

God hates divorce!

Malachi 2:16
"For I hate divorce," says Yahweh, the God of Israel...

Adulterers and fornicators will not enter the kingdom of heaven!

I Corinthians 6:9-10
Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

If a man divorces his wife for any reason other than sexual impurity he causes her to commit adultery, and the one who marries her commits adultery.

Matthew 5:32
I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the cause of sexual impurity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

If a Christian woman leaves her Christian husband, she must remain single, or be restored to her husband. A Christian man must not put away his Christian wife.

I Corinthians 7:10-11
But to the married I give instructions, not I, but the Lord, that the wife should not leave her husband (but if she does leave, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband), and that the husband should not send his wife away.

These things are evident, and the Spirit bears witness. Yet there are some things I am not so sure about.

People of God, I am encouraged to note that the fear of God is coming upon a remnant of His people. The hour is late and Christ is soon to return. Some are in agony concerning whether they might be rejected at His appearing due to their rebellion, selfish ways and uncleanness. Yet there are some questions I cannot yet answer with authority.

We do not need to apprehend the Scriptures with our natural mind. We need the wisdom of God that comes by His Spirit. “The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” It is the Spirit who was given to lead us into all truth.

John 16:13
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak...

At times the revelation of God tarries. Daniel was given a vision, and he was exceedingly anxious to understand it. He gave himself to fasting and prayer, though he was an old man. Twenty-one days he fasted until the angelic messenger arrived to declare the interpretation to him.

Do I desire to know the mind and counsel of God as badly ad Daniel? Do you? The angel declared that Daniel was “highly esteemed” in the eyes of God. Daniel loved truth, and he longed to know the mind of God. Perhaps it will require much fasting and prayer on my part before I am able to receive the answers to the many questions upon my heart.

If you find that there are things you need to know clearly; if you have transgressed in the area of divorce and remarriage, I urge you to press in to know the truth. There is an eternal weight of glory on the line. Do not accept the word of some minister, or some Bible teaching you have come across on the Internet. Press in to know the mind and will of God for yourself. You are the one who will have to answer to Yahweh for the life you lived.

It is because the saints of God have not feared God, nor have they loved righteousness, but have lived carelessly, that the church is so filled with fornication, adultery, divorce and remarriage in this hour. It will only be a return to the fear of God that will restore His people to the paths of righteousness.

II Corinthians 7:1
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

I have asked the Christian brother who is managing the Heart4God website for me to post the chapters written thus far in The Marriage Covenant. I am waiting on the Father to know the conclusion of this matter. I very much desire your prayers that wisdom, revelation and understanding might be granted to me. As the Father makes clear His mind to me, I will strive to faithfully set forth that which I receive.

May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days.

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