Thursday, October 30, 2014

Come What May. Are You Ready?

Joseph Herrin (10-30-2014)

Home Sweet Home (Picture Taken Today)

I have just been informed that the owners of the property I am staying on have a signed contract on the land. They anticipate closing the deal in the next 45 days and will then have 30 additional days to vacate the property (there are three family homes, six industrial chicken houses, and much acreage). It looks possible that I will be looking for a new place to park my bus come January of 2015. It may not be necessary to move. I am actually parked next to a single wide home my daughter rents, and the new owner may continue to rent to her. I sense, however, that I need to be in readiness. I have always been able to relocate, but I believe now that I need to also be able to live self-sustained, off-the-grid.

My solar power system is complete other than installing the sun tracking mount on the rear deck of the bus’ roof. I anticipate it being complete and installed before the end of this year. The thought has been growing on my mind that sometime in 2015 I may be led of the Lord to boondock somewhere (setting up camp where there are no utilities or services). This may be out of necessity, or merely to have the experience of doing so in order that I might insure I am not overlooking something necessary and to become acclimated to this way of living. Yahweh led Moses into the wilderness to tend sheep for forty years before He called Moses to lead Israel through the wilderness. Yahweh often prepares forerunners so that they will be able to help guide larger numbers of His people through similar experiences.

I have recently sensed that transition is coming. I have been very blessed to dwell in this rural location for the past two years. There has been much peace and privacy. It has been a great location in which to continue the ministry of writing and of sending our newsletters to men in prison. I am located equidistance between two towns in opposite directions. One town is where I keep a P.O. Box as a contact point for the prison ministry and other personal communications. The other town has major grocery stores and a Walmart. It is a 30 mile round trip to either town and my trike battery has a range of 30 miles with assisted pedaling. Yet, as idyllic as this location has been, I have never sensed that it was permanent.

I have wondered whether these past two years have been the calm before the storm. As I have reflected on the Father’s guidance and provision during the past few months as I have revised and upgraded the solar auxiliary power system in the bus, I have wondered if the time was near at hand when such preparations would prove extremely useful.

The global media is clearly priming the pumps for a coming flood of terror to befall the nations. Every day hundreds of news stories are posted on the scourge of Ebola. People are growing increasingly frightened. When a nurse returning from working with Doctors Without Borders in the African nation of Sierra Leone defied the mandatory quarantine, threatening to sue the state for violation of her constitutional freedoms, many citizens judged her defiance of the quarantine to be selfish. Great fear exists due to the continual drone of fearful accounts of the horrible plague of Ebola that has such a high death rate.

Even as the mainstream media is broadcasting reports of this nurse (Kaci Hickox) defying the state guidelines requiring her to avoid public areas and contact with others by taking a bike ride with her boyfriend, it has come to light that this woman is an intelligence officer trained by the CDC.

I think Mike Adams at Natural News has failed to discern the actual plan of the CDC. They are wanting the public to rise up and demand that quarantines become law, and that they be enforced by the state. This would make it appear as if the government was reluctant to implement quarantines, but the populace demanded it. This is why the mainstream media is also publishing a raft of articles claiming that Obama is incompetent, and that the government is mishandling the Ebola crisis. Understand that these are the same papers that praised Obama as the great savior of mankind during the last two elections. If they are criticizing Obama now, it is merely part of the plan of the hidden hand of government to manipulate people through fear into demanding that the government put limits on travel, and subject people to medical quarantines.

Certain states have already passed laws to implement medical martial law. Some who recognize the government’s deceit in what is occurring are speaking defiantly that they will not subject themselves to what is coming. See the following article.

On top of this, there is the massive amount of media coverage given to ISIS, described as a terrorist organization that is committing heinous atrocities across Iraq and Syria. The media, controlled by the global elite who are working toward the establishment of a New World Order, are spreading fear, and filling people’s minds with possible scenarios of national and global calamities. The refusal of the Obama administration to close the nation’s southern border with Mexico, reports of sickened individuals crossing freely into America, the Obama Administration’s insistence that air travel remain open with countries where Ebola is present, even sending American troops into Ebola infected areas and then bringing the same troops back to America, has citizens and politicians screaming that something be done as they view the nation’s policies as insanity.

Then there is the inventive wrinkle, being promoted by many major news outlets (Illuminati propagandists) that ISIS may even try to weaponize Ebola and use it against America and other Western nations.

Everywhere one turns there is the drumbeat of fear. How easily the masses are manipulated to demand of their governments the very thing the servants of Satan wish to do. The surrender of America to a New World Order will not come about without violence. Tremendous crises must be created in order to move the American public to a place where they will surrender their liberty and independence in exchange for a promise of “peace and safety.” Henry Kissinger, a true inside member of the global elite and a servant of Satan, stated:

Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order [referring to the 1991 LA Riot]. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government.
[Source: Dr. Henry Kissinger, CFR Member, Bilderberger Conference, Evians, France, 1991]

Amazing, isn’t it, that with the media hype of the open borders of America, the threat of ISIS, the plague of Ebola and all the attendant fearmongering, that Americans are now beginning to demand travel restrictions, and are beginning to view it as “reasonable” that forced quarantines and even forced vaccinations be made the law of the land?

Such is the cunning of Satan and his servants. As the father of propaganda, Edward Bernays stated:

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which democratic society is organized...

Whatever attitude one chooses toward this condition, it remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons - a trifling fraction... who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world...

It might be better to have, instead of propaganda and special pleading, committees of wise men who would choose our rulers, dictate our conduct, private and public, and decide upon the best types of clothes for us to wear and the best kinds of food for us to eat. But we have chosen the opposite method, that of open competition.
[Edward Bernays, Propaganda, 1928]

For now, the puppetmasters of the world are content to manipulate mankind through their control of the media and the collusion of corrupt politicians. Once the NWO is established, however, all pretense of the masses governing themselves will be cast down. A cabal of “wise men” (perhaps Bill Gates, Ted Turner, and their ilk) will make every decision for humanity, dictating to them every aspect of life including whether they can reproduce, which people will be permitted to live (only those deemed to contribute to the global good), and what religious beliefs will be tolerated. Are not these things written into the Georgia Guidestones, that manifesto of Illuminati principles?

The temperature is being turned up globally. The nations are beginning to simmer and soon they will boil over. We see this in the racial unrest deliberately exacerbated by the government and the race-baiters in America. We see this in the formation of the Tea Party in America and UKIP in Great Britain as citizens who see the erosion of their constitutional rights are beginning to rise up and demand change. Before this change can get traction you can be assured that the globalists, the servants of Satan, will implement the next step in the long laid plan to destroy the old world order that a new order can arise from the ashes of destruction. (Remember the Robert Redford quote in the latest Captain America movie. “Captain, to build a better world sometimes means tearing the old one down, and that makes enemies.”)

Sign after sign is being given of the impending division and destruction of the United States. Most recently, during game 3 of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants, a huge U.S. flag being paraded upon the field was torn asunder.

This follows the flag going up in flames at an Atlanta Braves game earlier in the season as the National Anthem was being played.

This happened in April, the opening month of the baseball season, and it was matched by the ripping of the flag during the closing days of the baseball season. These events also find a parallel in the U.S. flag falling during the 2012 Olympics during an awards ceremony at the very moment that the words “our flag was still there” would have been sung.

The Lord has not been stinting is signifying to His people what is coming. Last month I reported on the symbolism of the SS United States Conservancy reaching a critical point where they would have to decide whether to sell this once great ship for scrap. Thus far, no announcement of a “savior” coming forth to rescue the United States has been forthcoming.

A brother in Christ from the Atlanta are was traveling on business just a few days after this was posted, and was within blocks of the location of the ship. He deemed that significant and took the following photographs. (Click on images to view larger.)

These pictures of the SS United States symbolize clearly that this nation is in its final days. Her glory is gone. She is derelict and will soon be thrown on the scrap heap of history.

It is yet to be seen what terrors will be used by Satan and his servants to bring about the destruction of the government and nation of America. A person could speculate, and there is no shortage of possibilities. Observing all the fearmongering of the press, and the draconian laws passed by Congress and executive orders being signed by the President, one can safely surmise that something profoundly evil and calamitous is coming. A great conflagration is creeping steadily closer to the living spaces of all Americans even as the lava in Hawaii is moving steadily toward the homes that stand in its way. It will consume and destroy all that is in its path. The only safety is in fleeing.

In the previous post I wrote about a young woman named Christian Faith who died of heart failure at a terror theme park called Land of Illusion. News reports suggest that she may literally have been scared to death.

Following is an excerpt from one news site.

Warren Country Coroner Russel Uptegrove told that being extremely scared by the conditions inside the haunted house attraction might be a possible cause of death for Christian.

According to Uptegrove, there were no signs of trauma or foul play during Christian’s death. She was also cleared from drugs during initial investigations. Uptegrove did notice a “significant abnormality of the heart.”

“That’s the $20 million question. It’s something we may never know for sure, but because her death involved heart problems, the fear in places like that could have ‘pushed her over the edge’ so to speak. It’s possible, but I can’t say that definitively”

Doyle Burke, chief investigator for Warren County, also hinted on “heightened sense of fear” as a possible cause for Christian Benge’s death.

“Is this something that occurred because she had a heightened sense of fear? Or is this something that she could have been walking down the street and this occurred? We may never know that, but there’s really no way to medically pinpoint that.”

These words lend themselves quite naturally to interpretation as a parable. The coroner stated that Christian Faith “had a significant abnormality of the heart.” He then stated that “because her death involved heart problems, the fear in places like that could have ‘pushed her over the edge.’” Similarly, the chief investigator for Warren County remarked that a “heightened sense of fear” may have been the trigger that precipitated her sudden death.

The Bible uses the heart as a symbol of a person’s soul. When the people of God turn away from Yahweh and embrace idolatry and wicked ways as America and the church within her borders has done, He will give them trembling hearts.

Deuteronomy 28:64-67
Moreover, Yahweh will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth; and there you shall serve other gods, wood and stone, which you or your fathers have not known. And among those nations you shall find no rest, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot; but there Yahweh will give you a trembling heart, failing of eyes, and despair of soul. So your life shall hang in doubt before you; and you shall be in dread night and day, and shall have no assurance of your life. In the morning you shall say, 'Would that it were evening!' And at evening you shall say, 'Would that it were morning!' because of the dread of your heart which you dread, and for the sight of your eyes which you shall see.

I believe an hour is near at hand, and is being signified by the death of this young woman, where many of the people of God who have defects of heart will be overcome with sudden terror. The Scriptures testify the following regarding the last days before the return of Christ.

Luke 21:25-26
“And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars and on the earth, distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth...”

When will we see these things occur? The Lord has not given me a revelation as to the specific time, but I sense it is drawing near. As the Lord directs me to stand in readiness, making such preparations as the solar power system in my bus, I believe these days are not far off.

Recently my attention was drawn to a newly released book by Jonathan Cahn, author of the best seller The Harbinger. The new book is titled The Mystery of the Shemitah. I believe Yahweh has used, and continues to use, Jonathan Cahn as a watchman and a prophet for the nations, particularly for America. I first encountered Jonathan’s message back in 2009 when he had only posted a short writing on the Internet titled The Harbinger. Not long after I read this writing, the Spirit of Christ led me to travel across the nation to conduct a series of meetings in people’s homes. While staying with saints on Long Island, New York I made a day trip to Manhattan and visited the sites mentioned by Cahn in his writing. I wrote about my visit and the significance of it, including photos where I was standing by some of these prophetic symbols.

More recently I posted a writing that spoke of the cedar tree dying that was planted across from the World Trade Center.

I believe the death of this tree, a tree of defiance, also indicates that the death of the American nation is near at hand. In Cahn’s new book he speaks of the Biblical pattern of the Shemitah. The Shemitah is a pattern where every seven years debts were to be rescinded and the ground was to lie fallow, neither being plowed or harvested. It was due to Israel and Judah refusing to observe the Shemitah years that Yahweh sent Judah and Jerusalem into captivity in Babylon for 70 years. Each year was for one Shemitah year they had refused to observe. During this time of forced captivity the land of Israel was empty and neither plowing nor harvesting took place.

Jonathan Cahn shows that the pattern of Shemitah years has had a profound relationship with calamitous events in America, especially beginning with 9-11. The Hebrew calendar is not the same as the Gregorian calendar used today. The Hebrew year ends in the month of Elul on the 29th day of the month. This present Hebrew year is a Shemitah and Elul 29, the last day of the year, corresponds to September 13th, 2015. This date also happens to be when a solar eclipse will occur.

Fourteen years ago, in 2001, two Shemitah cycles prior to the present, Elul ended with the attacks of 9-11 and the greatest stock market point decline to ever occur up to that date. Seven years later on the very day of Elul 29, the last day of the next Shemitah, another stock market collapse occurred. Around that time Lehman Brother’s, America’s fourth largest bank failed, and AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were all collapsing and had to be bailed out. The financial system experienced a great shaking globally, and extraordinary measures had to be taken to shore up the foundering system.

I recommend that people read Jonathan Cahn’s book, but if you are unable to purchase a copy you can glean a summary of its message from the following video. (Please note that I am NOT endorsing Sid Roth.)

Jonathan Cahn says he believes another great shaking of America is coming. This shaking is to include her economy and financial services, but will not necessarily be limited to these areas. He believes even services and infrastructure will experience interruptions.

These things could occur anytime during the year of Shemitah. This present Shemitah year began last month on September 24th. In the past two Shemitah years the greatest impact was observed in the final month, and even the final days, of the Shemitah. I do not know what this Shemitah year will bring, but I desire to stand in readiness for whatever may come.

Are you ready? If calamity struck this nation in this current year of Shemitah would you be prepared? If the financial system collapsed and your money was lost, or the banks shut down for an extended period, would you be able to cope? If services and infrastructure were suspended for a time, could you survive? Civil unrest will certainly be a part of what is to come. Could it be precipitated by a global pandemic? Could cities and towns and businesses be shut down to keep some plague from spreading? Might travel be suspended, interrupting the normal flow of commerce, including delivery of groceries to the stores and fuel to the gas stations? What would your city look like if such an event occurred?

Understand that I am not prophesying that specific things will occur, or that they will happen by a certain date. Yahshua exhorted His disciples to observe the signs of the times and to recognize the day they were living in and the events that are to come. I see signs everywhere of America’s collapse. I see the government making preparations for martial law. I see the growing divisions in America. I observe the fearmongering of the media. Something is coming. What will your response be when it arrives? Will your heart fail you for fear? Or will you have already learned to lean upon Yahweh for every need, for direction, for provision, for security, for health?

The days that are coming will prove the character of each person’s heart. If the young woman named Christian Faith is a sign for Christians in America (and I believe she is), then there will be many who name the name of Christ who will succumb to fear and be overcome. Seek Yahweh now while He may be found. Strengthen your heart while you have time. Learn to walk in daily obedience and faith with Him. He alone will be a refuge and a strength in uncertain days.

PostScript: This was just posted. More evidence of the people being manipulated to cry out for the very thing the globalists desire.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Christian Faith Dies in the Land of Illusion

Joseph Herrin (10-24-2014)

A brother and sister in Christ informed me of a recent obscure news item that has profound significance. The article reported on the tragic death of a 16 year old girl with the remarkable name of Christian Faith (last name Benge).

Christian Faith

Christian Faith was born with a diaphragmatic hernia, a condition that allows the abdominal organs to enter into the chest area. Doctor’s were able to repair the hernia, but damage had already occurred. Christian spent her life with only one functioning lung. This resulted in additional labor and stress for her heart. Christian’s parents thought she was healthy, with no lingering health issues from her birth defect. They were unaware that part of her heart was enlarged to four times it normal size.

Christian’s parents Jeff and Jean performed in a family band/musical group that regularly led worship at their local Full Gospel Pentecostal Church in Hamilton, Ohio, as well as performing at other churches and venues. A number of videos of the group can be found on YouTube. The recording quality is poor, and the impression I received in watching the group perform was that of people trying to be entertainers rather than manifesting a sincere worship and obedience to Christ.

Below the video on YouTube is a notice that the group is available for “bookings,” a term associated with entertainment groups that seems incompatible with true worship. Can you imagine David “booking” an event where he would worship God with song and harp? Yet, it is typical of the state of the church today where church has become a business venture, and preachers, prophets, teachers, musicians, and singers sell their services to those willing to pay up.

News reports state that Jeff Benge had booked a performance at the local horror theme park called Land of Illusions. It was after the show that Christian Faith entered one of the park’s horror attractions. She collapsed suddenly part way through it, her heart having stopped. Some have suggested that she was literally frightened to death. Her mother and paramedics attempted CPR, but they were unable to revive Christian Faith. She was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital.

Some of the feature attractions at Land of Illusions are the following.

Killer Klowns: The Circus of Terror has come to town... and left behind a dark company of mutant mimes, demented fools, and raving lunatics. Middletown knows them as the Killer Klowns, and these traveling masters of the macabre have been terrorizing adults and children of all ages since the circus banned their murderous show in 1872.

Now you can get one-of-a-kind thrills in this three-ring circus of terror that make your heart stop… dead. Be among the first of the night’s victims lured under the big top. Laughing, leering faces invite you in with promises of sticky-sweet carnival delights. But as you venture deeper into this maze of madness, squeals of joy soon turn to screams of horror.

Voodoo Bayou: Beware of that Ol’ Black Magic. We heard it tell that strange things were happening at a haunted house deep in the Louisiana bayou. This infested, spectral swampland had been owned for over a century by the bloody Dubois family, brought to popular media attention in 1890 when Bloody Bill Dubois was caught and killed by a local mob accusing him of practicing dark magic.

Bloody Bill cursed the townsfolk that day... and the bayou... and the shack his family built upon it. Or so they said...

We took apart the Dubois family bayou shanty and re-assembled it – piece by piece – right here at the Land of Illusion Theme Park. The Dubois family even came on up north with their shanty... and brought their dark magic with them.

Middletown Haunted Trail: Got the guts to take this horror hike? Take a walk in the woods... on a terror trek of unspeakable dread. The Middletown Haunted Trail has put unsuspecting visitors on a fast-track to terror since 1997, and now it’s your turn to make the descent. Come see why this tortured attraction is not for the faint of heart...

And step into a shadowy woods where cackling chainsaw sickos crunch through the undergrowth, soft-footed murderers bare bloody little blades, and blowtorch-wielding madmen rip across the trail in hot pursuit… Just be careful where you run, or you might stumble into a frenzied faction of spooks with a taste for frightened flesh.

Can you survive this monstrous maze? Because if you don’t have the stomach for it, these fanatic madmen and twisted ghouls will be more than happy to find you another... From one of your fellow tortured guests, perhaps?

So, take a walk – or a run – on the wildly spooky side at The Middletown Haunted Trail... and make this a night to dismember.

Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate: Dr. Psycho’s Sick Revenge. The sick and twisted history of Butler County reached the height of horror in 1834 when Bradley H. Carver met and fell in love with young Violet Newsom at the Butler County Fall Festival. They married and built their home a year later here on the outskirts of Middletown. Hardly a haunted house of horrors, you say? Unfortunately for the happy couple, the plot they purchased had once been a cemetery for the criminally insane.

The Carvers’ new home was a lightning rod for evil, and its most powerful haunt was Agatha. Born to an asylum patient, Agatha was tortured and alone for most of her short life. She was buried in the cemetery after one of her guards’ cruel games became sinister… and deadly.

Agatha, jealous of the Carvers’ love, possessed Dr. Carver and used his body to murder his wife and unborn child in a demented effort to take Violet’s place in Dr. Carver’s heart.

When he found out what the mad wraith had wrought, Dr. Carver lost his mind.

From that point on Dr. Carver led a reclusive life in his large, rambling estate, and was rarely seen by anyone but his… subjects. As the mad years passed, Dr. Carver’s mind grew warped and twisted. He put up steel bars in every window, and started bringing small animals and trespassers into his home to fuel his murderous experiments. The townspeople started calling him “Dr. Psycho.”

In the fall of 1877, there was such a stench coming from the house that authorities were forced to investigate. What they found there is burned into the collective nightmares of Butler County residents to this day.

Inside, Dr. Psycho hung from an attic rafter as his body writhed and twisted with hungry rats. Authorities found the cellar piled high with emaciated bodies in various states of decomposition. Human, animal… the bodies were broken and mutilated, and limbs had been torn and twisted from those who would no longer try to escape...

Temple of Terror: We Unearthed the Temple of Terror... And it’s a Corpse-Stealer! Our most adventurous visitors may have survived temples of doom, temples of evil, even a lost temple or two... but you haven’t truly seen, heard, or experienced fright until you crawl through the Temple of Terror!

This blood-curdling haunted house of horrors was unearthed at the turn of the last century by a murderous pair of amateur explorers. When the temple seal was broken, these corpse-stealing maniacs unleashed a gallery of ghouls with an appetite for nightly fright...

Are you bold enough to brave these ancient horrors? Because in the Temple of Terror, it is wise to let your fears get the best of you. The foolishly fearless are dragged to early graves by the howling undead. But if you fear long enough, loud enough, perhaps a ghoul or two may let you through!

Aside from these horrific attractions, the park offers a zombie hunting excursion where guests ride in the back of a military truck and use paintball guns to shoot at the zombies that come to attack them. There is also a bar and café billed as The Voodoo Lounge and Creepy Café. Finally, there is the Stage of Rage, an entertainment venue and seating area where various music groups are booked to perform. On the night of Christian Faith’s death, her father had booked the family band to perform there.

One might ask what a “Christian Band” who purports to lead others in the “worship” of God is doing performing in a Satanic venue like this?

II Corinthians 6:14-16
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God...

Is it not grossly inappropriate for Christians to provide entertainment to draw people to a venue like Land of Illusion where Voodoo, black magic, demons, and malevolent spirits are the main attractions? And draw people they did. Various articles reported that the Benge family was accompanied by 100 family members and friends. Was their motive pure, being a desire to be salt and light in a dark and evil place? No! They eagerly went from the Stage of Rage, where the Benge family performed, to visit the various dark, violent, and spiritually evil attractions that glorify fear and death. When Christian worship is reduced to the level of entertainment, the gross incongruity of going from a Christian concert to entertainments that glorify the dark kingdom of Satan is easily overlooked.

Banner Ad for Stage of Rage

Notice the central image of the ad above is a hand raised in the symbolic gesture denoting Satan worship. This image is repeated elsewhere on the website where the Stage of Rage is promoted.

(Click on Image to View Larger)

If you look closely at the index finger you will see a demonic image on the top digit. There are other subliminal evil images in the stains, and shadows of the picture. This symbol is prominently used by music entertainers who openly worship Satan. It is shown in the following ad for an Ozzy Osbourne concert.

There is far more to be gleaned in this tragic event that ended in the death of this young woman named Christian Faith than the consequences of Christians manifesting exceedingly poor judgment in their choice of entertainment. There is a parable for the church at large revealing what is occurring globally among the people of God who have substituted the weekly entertainment called church for true discipleship. In a number of articles reporting on the death of this young woman it was mentioned that she was always happy and cheerful and concerned about people’s spiritual condition. It was stated that she would regularly tell people they need to be attending church and would invite people to come to her own church.

Multitudes of Christians today have erroneously conflated church attendance with Christianity. Yahshua did not come to call people to attend weekly meetings where ministers would give a short, entertaining message, and where musicians and singers performed before the spectators sitting in the pews. He called people to a complete surrender of their lives to the leading and direction of God. His invitation was continually “Come, take up YOUR CROSS, and follow Me!” The church has replaced the words of Christ with an invitation to church attendance that costs them nothing. Those who accept the church’s invitation can continue to live the self-focused, materialistic, immoral lives they did before and feel good about themselves because they went to church on Sunday.

This is not a new phenomenon. The prophet Amos recorded the following words of Yahweh nearly 2,500 years ago.

Amos 5:21-24
“I hate, I reject your festivals, nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer up to Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them; And I will not even look at the peace offerings of your fatlings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

The church has merely gotten louder and more brash in the music they offer up to God. The harp has been replaced with the electric guitar; the cymbal with expensive drum sets. The singers scream and shout as they seek to raise the emotional level of those in the pews in order that the audience might equate soulish excitement with the spiritual presence of Yahweh. Afterwards, the emotionally moved people exit the sanctuary remarking on how they experienced God that day. It is the million churches of America and the nations that are the true houses of illusion. They pretend to honor God, but Satan is the one occupying the stage.

It is significant that Christian Faith had only one working lung. The lungs function to draw oxygen into the body and to transmit it to the blood where it can circulate to all the body’s members, renewing them with life. At the same time the lungs remove carbon dioxide from the body and expel it. If this respiration, this exchange of life giving gases for those which are toxic to the body, did not take place, death would quickly result.

In the writing titled Gospel Chemistry I have noted how Yahweh has placed profound parables throughout the creation. The Periodic Table of the Elements contains the core of the gospel message. Each element is identified by the number of protons, electrons, and neutrons that it contains. Carbon contains 6 electrons, 6 neutrons, and 6 protons (666). As we breathe, carbon is removed from the blood and expelled through the lungs. This signifies the removal of sin from our lives, even as carbon is black in coloration and stamped with the number 666.

In Gematria, the name of Jesus (Iesous in Greek) has a value of 888.

There is only one element on the Periodic Table that has 8 electrons, 8 neutrons, and 8 protons. That is the element oxygen. In contrast to carbon which is black, oxygen is colorless, being invisible to the sight. This is fitting as Christ is said to be “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). Also oxygen is essential in order to have fire. In fact, fire is defined as “rapid oxidation.” Once more this is fitting, for John declared of the Son of God that He would baptize men with fire. Christ also declared, “I have come to cast fire on the earth.” How fitting then that Yahshua is represented by oxygen.

When the body has a diminished capacity for respiration, more carbon remains in the blood stream and less oxygen reaches the members that depend upon it for the sustaining of life. Sickness is the result and the cells begin to die at an alarming rate. Death arrives prematurely.

The church today is not imbibing the life of Christ. They have substituted entertainment and lip service for true spiritual union with the Son of God. Yahshua said:

John 6:53-57
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves... For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.”

These are spiritual words (John 6:63). Yahshua is declaring that in order to have life mankind must abide in Him, and He must abide in them. There must be a daily feeding upon the life of Christ. Even as the Israelites in the wilderness had to gather manna every morning, we must feed on Christ daily for He is the true bread that has come down out of heaven (John 6:58). We must seek Christ daily. We must pursue righteousness and abstain from every form of evil. We must surrender our will to His own. We must go where He directs and do whatever He commands. This the church has neglected to do. Consequently there is very little spiritual life in the members of the body of Christ.

The theme park known as the Land of Illusion magnifies fear. The message of this tragic parable is that Fear and Faith cannot coexist. Where Fear rules Faith must die. Christ demonstrated the antagonism between Fear and Faith in the following experience.

Matthew 8:23-26
Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!" But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?"

Following is an ad page found on the Land of Illusion website.

More Devilry Per Dollar

Land of Illusion is a one-of-a-kind experience designed to give you the time of your life. Anyone can build a haunted house, but we answered the call for something more. Our haunts will touch all your fears from clowns to cannibals to Babylonian crypts. Our rides put you in the center of the action. Our entertainment will show you what it truly means to defy death and rock you down a highway to hell.

It’s a promise, and we’re deadly serious.

One report stated that Christian Faith aspired to be a hairstylist or cosmetologist. Photos are available online of this young woman all glammed up.

Christian Faith

Another word for cosmetics is ‘make-up.’ Make-up creates an illusion. If you don’t have enough color in your face, you can add a touch of rouge or blush. Don’t have full enough eyelashes, you can wear false eyelashes, or thicken your eyelashes with mascara. Want to draw attention to your eyes, apply eye liner or eye shadow. The aim is to make yourself appear as something that you are not. Blemishes and deficiencies can be hidden, and a new image of yourself can be created.

The church is a land of illusion. It masquerades as something it is not. It puts on a face of spiritual life, but it is a sham. That natural life which results only from walking in intimate obedience with Christ on a daily basis has been forsaken. A Christ centered life has been replaced with self-focus. A surrendered will and obedience to the guidance of the Holy Spirit has been supplanted by personal ambition and self-direction. Consequently, when the members of the body of Christ meet they must all put on a show. Church services today are places where Christians play dress-up, both physically and spiritually.

An hour is at hand when Yahweh will test the church to see what she is truly made of. Many will discover too late that Christian Faith has died in the Land of Illusion.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Joseph Herrin (10-22-2014)

Please read this post even if the title does not immediately grab your interest. What is shared here is one of the most transformative messages of the Christian life, and one of the most universally neglected and rejected today. I came upon this foundational principle and doctrine of the Kingdom of God unintentionally, which is quite remarkable when one considers that one of the common titles given to this lifestyle today is “intentional living.” Other appellations attached to the philosophy I will share here are the terms “deliberate living,” “the simple life,” and “minimalism.”

I was recently surprised when I discovered that the very principle I had been practicing since 1999, and which I have written about in numerous books and blog posts, has a small yet growing and enthusiastic following among people quite apart from Christian belief. I was browsing through some TEDx videos on YouTube when I found one that caught my interest. It was titled “A Rich Life With Less Stuff.” The two men presenting the talk are not Christians, but they have discovered a liberating principle of the Kingdom of God. Others before me have noted that all of humanity are capable of reaping benefits when they adopt some principle of God’s Kingdom. There are a number of people worldwide who have deliberately chosen to eschew consumerism in order to obtain freedom to pursue that which is truly important in their lives.

The two men in the video have a website called The Minimalists. On the home page they provide a brief introduction to Minimalism.

Minimalism is a tool used to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.

On the same page the following words are recorded.

Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.

That doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions. Today’s problem seems to be the meaning we assign to our stuff. We tend to give too much meaning to our things, often forsaking our health, our relationships, our passions, our personal growth, and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves.

These are wise words. They resonate with the message to be found in the pages of Scripture. The apostle Paul spoke of the hindrance an overly materialistic life can be to a disciple of Christ.

II Timothy 2:4
No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.

I Timothy 6:7-11
For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang. But flee from these things, you man of God...

This counsel of the apostle Paul is one of the most profound, yet routinely ignored, instructions of the New Testament. In an hour of apostasy where the church has wed the love of God and mammon together into a bastardized form that some refer to as “The Prosperity Gospel,” the example and testimony of Christ and His apostles are falling upon deaf ears. Consequently, when the collapse of the economic and materialistic system of this world comes, great will be the fall and resulting injury of the majority of God’s people.

Although the TEDx talk is not presented from a Christian perspective, there is value in Christians considering its message. I encourage you to watch the video below.

Although this video does not identify life’s purpose, it does rightly identify that a surfeit of material things, and the pursuit of more of them, with all the attendant consequences of more labor, more stress, more time consumed, etc., takes away from and even completely prevents people from living fulfilling, satisfied lives that contribute to the welfare of others. The early church fathers identified life’s purpose as “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” This is a pretty accurate summation of the purpose of our creation. Christ warned men against bringing any other purpose into their life, for it would prevent them from living wholly for God the Father. Yahshua specifically mentioned the pursuit of mammon (the material possessions of this world) as being incompatible with a pursuit of God.

Matthew 6:19-24
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

I believe the point at which the church at large has stumbled is in identifying what it means to pursue mammon and lay up treasures on earth. Believers in materially affluent Western nations have convinced themselves that the material, consumer lifestyle often referred to as “the American Dream” is the norm, the status quo. To eschew the pursuit of houses, lands, furnishings, gadgets, toys, entertainment items, closets full of clothes, etc., is viewed as extreme and to have no relevance for the typical Christian. The message of Christ and His apostles has been corrupted. Yahshua spoke to men the following words.

Matthew 8:20
And Yahshua said to him, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."

Mark 10:21
And looking at him, Yahshua felt a love for him, and said to him, "One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."

Luke 14:33-35
"So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

It is not surprising that the world finds the example of Christians’ lives today to be bland, insipid, and uninspiring. Christians are doing nothing different than their lost neighbors. They are buying and selling, building and accumulating. Their focus is on the things of this world. They have rejected the Lord’s command to lay up treasures in heaven rather than on earth.

This was not some obscure teaching of Christ. It was not a mere sideline to more important matters. Yahshua spoke on the subject of man’s attitude toward material possessions to a great degree. He recognized this to be a great stumbling block to man’s ascension to becoming a spiritual creation.

Luke 12:15
And He said to them, "Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions."

Luke 12:16-21
And He told them a parable, saying, "The land of a certain rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?' And he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 'And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry."' But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?' So is the man who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

Christians reason that they will both lay up many possessions on this earth and be rich toward God. This is an untenable position to hold. Those who attempt to reconcile the two deceive themselves. Christ declared that a man cannot serve both God and mammon. Is it not telling that those who are lost and without Christ are finding it liberating to turn aside from the pursuit of mammon? They are discovering that doing so frees them to pursue that which is truly important to them in life, whatever they identify that to be. Yet Christians are encumbered. They are entangled with the affairs of this life, having bought into the philosophy of consumerism.

I found an interesting comment in an interview an English news site conducted with the two men in the video above.

Joshua and Ryan have had some interesting responses to their ideas. “We don’t have any religious beliefs, and there’s nothing religious about this at all,” he says, “but when we were going through the south of the US, people would come up to us afterwards and say: ‘It’s great to see a couple of young men spreading the word of Jesus!’

It is worth noting that Christians who read their Bibles recognize the Scriptural affinity to the philosophy of Minimalism. Yet it is rare to find any Christian practicing the instructions of Christ in this regard. I too once was bound up in the accumulation of material things. I had a 2,000 square foot home on 3/4ths of an acre of land in town. I had a detached garage that was so filled with possessions that I could not park either of my two automobiles in it. I had things stored in the attic, and closets crammed with clothes and various possessions. This all changed for me in 1999 when the Holy Spirit spoke to me indicating that I could not advance any further with God unless I surrendered fully to go wherever He directed and agreed to do whatever He commanded. This was my moment of counting the cost of discipleship. I wrestled for six weeks with the idea of surrendering fully, for I knew God could ask anything and everything of me.

After a time of confronting my fears and much inner wrestling, I surrendered the reins of my life to the hands of God. In hindsight, I am not surprised that the first thing He did was to strip me of a lifetime’s accumulation of material goods and to establish me anew with a greatly reduced slate of possessions. I went from a 2,000 square foot home with garage, to a 28 foot motorhome for my family of four. At the end of a year the Father had emptied me of a heavy burden of consumer goods, and in the process had set me free from all debt. I have not owed a penny of debt in the ensuing 15 years.

From a Biblical perspective, I am not surprised this is where the Father began reordering my life. It is where the Lord directed the rich young ruler to begin as well. Many Christians in Western nations share a great similarity to the rich young ruler. They have an abundance of material goods. This young man was hindered from becoming a disciple of Christ because he was attached to his many possessions. He was unwilling to let go of them. Christ said “NO MAN” can be His disciple unless he gives up all he possesses. The account of the rich young ruler provides the following testimony.

Matthew 19:22
But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieved; for he was one who owned much property.

Do not these words, “he was one who owned much property” describe a vast number of Christians today? Christian’s deceive themselves when they imagine that their lives are not comparable to this young man to whom Christ was speaking. The men in the video above had much property. They found liberty in dispossessing themselves of these things. As the one man stated, he sold or gave away 80% of what he owned. I found myself following a similar path when I yielded to do whatever my heavenly Father required of me.

Among Minimalists, the process of getting rid of unnecessary possessions is referred to as “downshifting.”

There are some Minimalists who set goals for themselves. Some try to limit the number of their possessions. Setting a goal of having no more than 100 things is the mark some strive for. I do not advocate this approach, for I believe it is better to be led of the Spirit than to be subject to a law. Nevertheless, many people have demonstrated that such a life is possible for an individual living in a Western nation. When counting possessions, consumable goods are often omitted, such as foodstuffs, cosmetics, toiletries and the like. A pair of socks would be counted as one item, as would a phone with its case and charger.

It would be an eye-opening experience for Christians to take an inventory of their possessions. No doubt, the majority of Christians would discover that, like the rich young ruler, they have an abundance of possessions. I am currently in the middle of a push to pare down my possessions. We have a tendency to fill up whatever space we occupy with material goods. I have an affinity for books, and I have a legitimate need to acquire them. When I am researching a subject, or writing a new book, I will often purchase a large number of books in the course of my labors. Yet, once I have finished the task, there is a diminished need to hold onto the books.

Living in a motorhome, space is at a premium. Weight is also a consideration. Books are quite heavy. When I am able I often purchase books in electronic format that I can read on my Kindle. In this way I can maintain a library of hundreds of books while taking up no more space or weight than a single volume. Recently I packed up an entire large storage container of books. My daughter took my collection of Watchman Nee books, and the extra Bibles I was giving away. She frequently gives Bibles to individuals who do not own one. Other books went to a local thrift store to support a battered women’s shelter. Yesterday I boxed up more books and sent them to a sister in Christ who said she would like to read some of them.

As I near the completion of my solar power project, I am seeking to pare down construction material. I have typically held onto tools, as well as various construction materials, for they often come in handy for repairs. I believe I am near the end of any improvements or renovations to my bus, and I see less of a need to keep some of the things stored in my trailer. I want to further reduce the weight and clutter. Life seems simpler and purer when we remove the clutter from our lives. My mind feels lighter, less distracted, when my possessions are few.

One of the reasons I have resisted owning a car for the past four years is that an automobile brings additional demands to a person’s life. It has to be paid for and maintained. Gasoline has to be purchased to run it, along with oil and other consumables. It has to be washed and insurance has to be paid on it. The increased expense requires an increased income. This adds stress. When our needs and expenses are small, the pressure to meet the needs is reduced.

Although I look to Yahweh to supply all my need, and I trust Him to faithfully do so, my mind is unburdened from concern when I have fewer things to maintain. I also am able to give more of my money away to meet the needs of others, and I have more time to devote to other tasks.

I realize it is not possible for all Christians to go without a car, but many Christian families could get by with one vehicle rather than two, or with less expensive vehicles than they currently have. I have found that I can do all my grocery shopping and runs to the post office on my recumbent trike. It has an electric motor on it to assist me on the 30 mile round trip through the countryside. The trike bypasses all the gas stations. It requires very little maintenance. I don’t have to carry insurance on it. It also affords me with an excellent way to get some needed exercise, fresh air, and sunshine.

Christ and His disciples walked wherever they went. The apostle Paul at times traveled by ship. Each one of our needs are unique. If we seek the mind of Christ, He will show us how we might reduce the complexity and burden of our life. Contentment is key. If we are driven to keep up with the Joneses, or have a great many personal wants, we will add unnecessary stress and overburden ourselves with commitments. We will ultimately be hindered from seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

There is a reason that Mimimalists refer to their lifestyle as “intentional living” and “deliberate living.” To deliberate means to give conscious thought to something. It infers making life choices that are born out of careful consideration and a determined purpose to meet certain priorities. If you do not choose your course in life intentionally and deliberately, having weighed the options and considered the ramifications, you will end up going along with the flow of society around you. We live in a materialistic culture that propagandizes people from their infancy with the message of consumerism. We are told to buy, buy, and buy some more. We are promised that an abundance of possessions will lead to a full and happy life. This is a lie that Christ has refuted.

I am fully persuaded that the coming days will be navigated much more easily by those who are walking unencumbered in this world. Those with the fewest goods will be the freest to travel, to adapt, to make necessary changes as situations require.

The early centuries of the church were also tumultuous times. The first church in Jerusalem was put in a good position to respond to the persecution that arose against them by emptying themselves of worldly goods and possessions.

Acts 2:44-45
And all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.

What were these first disciples of Christ doing? They were selling their property and possessions! The focus of their lives changed from consuming and accumulating to giving. They were set free.

Postscript: An interesting detail of the video above is that both men contain the names of Biblical characters within their names. The first man to speak has the last name of Nicodemus. His friend whom he went to in order to find out why he was so happy has a first name of Joshua (same as Yahshua). In this there is a parallel of Nicodemus coming to Yahshua to inquire of Him. Both the Nicodemus of the Bible, and the Nicodemus of the video, were met with a life-altering revelation they did not anticipate.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

The Cup of Abominations

Joseph Herrin (10-17-2014)

Pope Francis Holding Chalice

Revelation 17:4
And the woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality...

The Roman Catholic Church is walking in lockstep with the Satanic rulers of this fallen world system. Even as men like Barack Obama are stridently promoting the normalization of homosexual behavior, and penalizing citizens and nations who agree with Yahweh that homosexual behavior is an abomination, so too are we seeing during Pope Francis’ tenure as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics that homosexuality is being normalized. I had reported on this subject before in the writing at the following link.

This week Pope Francis convened a Synod on the Family at the Vatican. It would be better described as a Synod to Destroy the Family. This synod which lasts for two weeks has been attended by 200 “senior bishops” of the church of Rome, as well as the Pope. A document was published to present the ideas coming forth at this synod. It contained the following words.

Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a further space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home... 

Are our communities capable of proving that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony? Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners...

As we strip away the facade of compassion for homosexuals who are described as misunderstood people with good hearts, we find the following views being espoused by the Vatican.

Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community.
Homosexuals should be welcomed by the church.
Homosexuals should be guaranteed a role within the church.
Homosexuals should be accepted by the church and their sexual orientation valued.
The sacrificial nature of homosexual unions should be recognized as being similar to that of traditional marriage.

When all the deceit is stripped away from these words it can be plainly observed that the Vatican is advocating much more than that homosexuals should be treated with dignity. What is being advanced is that homosexuality should be accepted and valued. Such a view is diametrically opposed to the mind of Christ as set forth in the Bible.

Romans 1:25-32
For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and, although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

The Pope and bishops of Rome are doing the very thing the apostle Paul condemns in this passage. They are exchanging the truth of God for a lie. The Roman church has long been plagued by a homosexual spirit as priests have in thousands of occasions abused their office by engaging in homosexual acts with young boys. The discovery of these abominable actions, and their attempted cover-up by senior church officials, has deeply impacted the reputation of the Roman Catholic Church in recent decades. The church has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements to victims of this rampant pederasty.

Now, rather then continuing to suffer through unending apologies and excuses for the behavior of priests and other officials of the Roman church, the Vatican is taking a new approach. It is redefining homosexuality from an abomination and mortal sin to a sexual orientation that is to be accepted and valued. One can imagine how such a view will be used by the priests of Rome to groom their future victims to engage in sexual behavior that the church says is to be “accepted and valued.”

It is not mere coincidence that the Roman Catholic Church is visually identified with men dressed in purple and scarlet and who hold an ornate cup in their hands.

Pope Francis with Cup of Abominations

The Luciferian controlled global media has given prodigious amounts of space to promoting an image of Pope Francis as a humble man who is full of compassion and a servant to humanity. This is nothing more than the deceit of the adversary. Pope Francis is the first man to hold the office of Pope who is openly known to be a Jesuit, a member of that cunning, deceitful, and immoral sect within the Roman Catholic Church that has a history of assassinations, persecutions, corruption, treachery, sedition, and every form of evil. The Jesuits are masters of the Luciferian principle of outwardly masquerading as servants of righteousness while in truth they are workers of evil.

II Corinthians 11:13-15
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds.

You can be sure that homosexuality will be fully accepted and given a special value within the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican masters are swiftly moving in that direction. The global media is in collusion with these aims. Although there are vast numbers of Roman Catholics who oppose the embrace of homosexuality and perceive it to be an attack on the Biblical definition of a family, these voices are already being marginalized. The news media is describing those who oppose the statements of this Synod on the Family as being “ultra-conservative Catholics.”

Satan is a master of using language to alter the thoughts of men and to sway opinion. By labeling those opposed to normalization of homosexuality within the Roman church as “ultra-conservatives,” a stigma is attached to their identity. These are not merely conservative men and women, or defenders of tradition and morality. They are labeled as extremists even as the prefix “ultra” placed in front of the word “conservative” denotes that which is extreme. Immediately, one is informed that resisting the ideas coming forth from this synod is not a normal and mainstream response. It is a radical reaction born out of an unbalanced view of right and wrong.

This is the cunning of the adversary. Satan appoints men and women to positions of power who share his characteristics. They pretend to be champions of humanity when in truth they come only to kill, steal, and destroy.

I find it significant that this Pope now in office has been particularly marked with the image of a cup in his hand, and he is often observed drinking from it. Pope Francis was Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina before he was elected to the highest office of Catholicism. One of the traditional drinks of Argentina is mate, or yerba mate. The word yerba means “herb” and mate is a Spanish and Portuguese word for “caffeine.” Mate is a stimulant, and addictive due to its containing caffeine. The media has made much of the Pope’s enjoyment of drinking mate. It is traditionally served in a gourd from which multiple people drink, each person having their own special straw to sip the mate through.

Bergoglio with Mate

The Pope Visits Argentina and Sips Mate

Pope Drinking from Chalice-Like Mate Cup

Pope Drinking Mate in Argentina

It is significant that mate is sipped from a communal cup. This reveals the communal nature of the cup of abominations that the Pope holds in his hands and offers to all Catholics. He is inviting all the world’s Catholics (and all the Protestants who will join with them) to embrace homosexual orientation as something to be valued. He is drinking from this cup of abominations, and would tell the world what a delightful beverage it is.

The Pope was even given a mate cup as a gift from Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Interestingly, the cup was given to him on the 18th day of March (6+6+6). The origin of the name Kirchner provides additional food for thought. “Kirchner originated as an occupational surname for a church worker, such as a priest, church assistant or a church property administrator.” (Source: Wikipedia) Add to this her first name of Christina and she symbolizes one who is a Christian church worker. Interestingly, this same woman has been described as a harlot, and has confessed herself that others see her as a prostitute.

"Mainly I am referred to as a prostitute, liar, thief and pirate, other words I really wouldn't like to mention.

She did not keep such emails, she said. "I read and delete immediately because it's not something you want to keep as a souvenir, but one said 'Die you decadence (sic) whore...'”

It is not difficult to draw a comparison to this prostitute Christian church worker presenting a cup to the Pope of Rome to drink from and the description in Revelation of the Harlot with a cup of abominations in her hand. It is not surprising that under Pope Francis’ influence the Roman church is moving steadily to embrace that which Yahweh declares to be an abomination, and to asserting that an immorally debauched lifestyle is in fact a sexual orientation to be “valued.”

On a related note, the lesbian mayor of the city of Houston, America’s fourth largest metropolitan area, has done what many American Christians have long feared. She has subpoenaed a number of pastors from Houston area churches, demanding that they turn over their sermon notes and even provide information on their personal communications with others. This is in relation to the Christian community’s opposition to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) that was promoted by the Mayor. Part of the ordinance stipulates that transgender individuals can use whatever sex's public restroom facilities they identify with.

This resulted in a ballot initiative to repeal HERO. More than 50,000 signatures were collected, nearly three times the number needed to put the matter to a public vote. The Mayor’s office disavowed the majority of the signatures, claiming there were irregularities with them. The City Attorney declared that there were not enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot referendum. In turn, a lawsuit was filed against the Mayor’s office and City Attorney to force them to recognize the legitimacy of the ballot initiative. The Mayor then subpoenaed a number of pastors, demanding that they provide documentation relating to any mention of herself, HERO, or the ballot initiative. An outcry resulted as protests of a violation of the Second Amendment guarantee of free speech was being impinged.

This political and legal attack against pastors is just the warning shot over the bow. America is heading quickly toward suppression of all speech that is contrary to the goals of government leaders. Christians need to begin to count the cost of being lights in a swiftly darkening world. It will not be possible to avoid persecution much longer for those who walk in the light and truth of Christ.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Solar Ruminations - Some Assembly Required

Miscellaneous Components of My Solar Power System

On the table:

Battery Cables
12 Volt DC Outlet
Cable Lug Crimper
Bus Bars
200 Amp Slow Trip Fuse
63 Amp DC Breaker
Cotek 1500 Watt Inverter
Midnite Solar Combiner Box
Morningstar Solar Charge Controller
Utility Boxes
Bottle of Lugs
6AWG Wire for to Connect Solar Panels to Combiner Box
2AWG Wires for Connecting Battery Bank to Inverter, Fuse, Shunt, and Bus Bars
Trimetric Battery Monitor Mounted on Wall

I don’t like clutter. Clutter cries out to me that there are chores that need to be done. I find it distracting to the process of writing to have a messy work area. I am the type of person who washes dishes immediately after eating, and the pots and pans will usually be washed and placed in the drying rack before I even sit down at the table to eat what was cooked in them. My motto is “A place for everything and everything in its place.”

Perhaps you can imagine how eager I am to complete the solar auxiliary power system for my bus/motorhome. There is a limited amount of space in a motorhome. I have one table (shown in the image above. It serves as my dining table, my office space, and work area for various projects. Everything looks nice and neat in the photo above, but while I am in the midst of a project all the components, plus a lot of tools, are stacked on one of the benches near the table, and on the floor leading to the entryway.

Work In Progress

Every time I see the components and tools in my bus I am reminded of the work that remains in order to complete the upgrade and redesign of my solar power system. Blessedly, I have made much progress in this regard in the past few days. Now all of the components shown in the photo at the top of the page, and more not shown, are installed.

Combiner Box

The image above shows where my wires for the solar panels which will be mounted on top of my bus are gathered together inside. Four positive wires go to one bus bar and four negative wires go to the other bus bar. The breaker provides a means to cut the power from the panels. Two wires run from this box to the Solar Charge Controller that is mounted beside it.

Combiner Box and Charge Controller

The Charge Controller takes the power coming from the solar panels and makes sure it is delivered to the battery bank at a voltage and amperage that the batteries can handle. It also makes sure the batteries do not get overcharged.

Battery Bank

My 12 volt battery bank consists of three 153 Amp Hour batteries for a combined 459 Amp Hours of stored electricity. They are mounted under my bed in the bus just behind the rear axle. Together they weigh nearly 300 pounds. After the power is stored in the batteries it flows out to all the 12 volt devices in my bus. It also sends power to the Cotek Inverter which changes the 12 volt DC power to 110 volt AC power. This allows me to run a number of AC devices from my battery bank.

It has been satisfying to get this equipment wired up and put into service. I have certainly seen the grace of God throughout this project. Today, just as I completed the wiring for my battery bank and had wired up the two batteries I had on hand, ten minutes later a delivery truck pulled up with the third and final battery. As soon as I had the batteries connected, the Trimetric battery monitor began functioning. I can tell that it will be a very useful tool to keep tabs on the charge status of my power system. It reports how much power is being drawn from the batteries as well as how much power is flowing into them to replenish the power being used. It shows the percentage full for the entire battery bank, and gives readings for volts, amps, and watts. It can be used to monitor how much electricity a single appliance is consuming. It is a very useful component of the system.

Tri-Metric 2030-RV

In the photo above the display is showing that my battery bank is 28.7 Amp Hours from being full. That is not bad for a 459 Amp Hour battery bank. I am very pleased to have gotten all of these components installed. They are no longer crowding my work space. I have reclaimed my table for writing as well as for dining. Yahweh has been gracious in giving me the understanding to know how to put this system together, and to provide all that is needed to accomplish it.

I want to share a testimony about the Father’s provision. One thing I had struggled with was the design for the mount for my panels. I wanted them to track with the sun’s motion throughout the day as panels produce far more electricity when they stay facing the sun. I thought to ask a brother in Christ from Idaho to give me some ideas about how to create what I needed. Jeff does a lot of fabrication, and is a do-it-yourself type of individual. He came up with a very nice design for the motion tracking panel mount and then went the extra mile by volunteering to fabricate it for me.

Yahweh’s grace is evident when He directs His people to some task. Even as He went before Moses and Israel in the wilderness, providing all they needed day by day, so too have I found the Father going before me. When I began this project I did not know how much of a task it would be. It has turned out to be a more complex labor than I imagined. I am not complaining, for I like to tackle projects like this. It is awesome to observe Yahweh guiding and providing all along the way.

There has been much more to purchase than I imagined. All of the components shown in this post represent a significant outlay of money. Just purchasing two new batteries at $470 each (shipping included) was substantial. The other components, wiring, and accessories add up to about another $1,000.00. I still have to purchase the electronics and linear actuators to enable the panels to track with the sun which will be a further outlay of about $400 dollars.

As regular readers of this blog know, years ago Yahweh called me to a complete dependence upon Him for all my material needs. He has told me to come to Him with my needs, rather than telling men and women my needs. Yahweh is quite able and willing to move upon the hearts of His people to get each member of the body of Christ to supply what is needed by the other members. Some supply spiritual needs while some supply material needs (I Corinthians 9:11), and we are blessed when we are able to do both, for the Lord has told us that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Throughout this project I have not been delayed even once due to a lack of financial provision. It has taken me some time to work out the design, and determine which components I needed. Every time I have been ready to take the next step, Yahweh has sent the provision to do so.

About 10 days ago my daughter and I went to the Georgia National Fair together as I enjoy looking at the exhibits and she enjoys the rides. She met up with some friends and told me I could take her car whenever I was ready to leave. We arrived in the morning and I planned to take advantage of having her car by picking up a few needed items for my project at Home Depot. I was thinking about the next steps in completing this project and realized I had a number of expensive items to purchase. I committed the matter to the Father and was at rest. When I left the fairgrounds and turned on my daughter’s car, the clock on the dash read 2:35. Yahweh has often used the numbers 23 and 5 in combination to signify to me His grace (5) for provision (23) - as in Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want (lack for any necessary thing).”

I often see the clock when it reads 5:23, or 2:35, and I think of Yahweh’s grace for provision. When I see these numbers I am reminded of God’s faithfulness, but I don’t always have a sense that I should anticipate an immediate release of His funds. On other occasions there is a witness, and I have a sense of anticipation. When I saw this number that day it was one of those occasions when a strong witness attended it. My response was to immediately begin speaking out loud to the Father and thanking Him for His faithful provision and great grace.

When I arrived home I found that a brother in Christ from Guatemala had sent a financial gift for $820. In the next 24 hours I received additional gifts from other individuals of $50, $150, and $250 dollars. At the very moment when I was ready to order some further components for this solar power system, the Father moved upon the hearts of His people to supply what was needed.

There have certainly been times in my life when I have had pressing needs and the Father has delayed in order to test and purify my faith. Such experiences are very beneficial in our lives. Yet there are other times when Yahweh puts the world’s just-in-time delivery system to shame. I ordered the last battery to complete my system ten days ago. It arrived today just at the moment I had completed the wiring for the battery bank and was ready to install it. That is a pretty amazing manifestation of divine logistics.

When I look at the larger picture of the calamitous days coming to American and the nations I have confidence that Yahweh will also have a just-in-time provision for those who walk with Him. He will tell us what to do, and provide the wherewithal to accomplish it. There is rest to be found in Yahweh. He is a good Father who cares for His sons and daughters.

Luke 12:31
“But seek first His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you...”

The sons and daughters of God do not need to lay up money for a rainy day. Yahweh is the God of rainy days. His mercies are new every morning. In fact, hoarding money for a day of calamity is one of the surest ways to lose it. Just after speaking the words above, Yahshua said the following.

Luke 12:33
“Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys.”

Keeping your money in the bank is like putting it in a purse with holes. Yahweh says the surest way to have money when you need it is to give to others when they are in need. The ways of God are foreign to humanity. Do you want to be provided for in a day of calamity? Give freely to the poor and needy in the day of your prosperity! Yahweh has promised that He will repay.

Proverbs 28:27
He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.

Isaiah 58:6-9
Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke? Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked, to cover him; and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you; The glory of Yahweh will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and Yahweh will answer; You will cry, and He will say, “Here I am.”

Proverbs 19:17
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to Yahweh, and He will repay him for his good deed.

Wonderful are the ways of God. When we live as givers rather than selfish consumers, Yahweh gives abundantly to supply our needs.

Luke 6:38
"Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."

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

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