The return of the King

AragornIn my story the Kingdom, I have imagined the King to be like Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings.  Aragorn is a King but to the Hobbits he is a ranger called Strider, their guide and protector.  If you watched the Return of the King, you saw Strider become who he was born to be; the King of Gondor.

The story reminds me of our own world.  Right now, we’ve got our own nightmare version of Mordor with the eye of Sauron (Horus) glaring at us and enemies pouring out the gates, bent on conquest.

The Church has been holding back the darkness for 2,000 years, but the lights are going out in places.  The tiny nation of Israel is holding the Jihadists back in the Middle East.  They are God’s chosen people and an outpost of freedom, but Christians are persecuted elsewhere.

As I write this ancient churches with Aramaic speaking Christians are being wiped out in Syria and Iraq.  Europe is in peril with its large Moslem populations.  The most common name for babies from Brussels to Oslo is now “Mohammed”.  It doesn’t bode well for the West.

And that’s just one of the world’s problems.  The Phoenix is rising.  We’ve got the Illuminati and the banksters thinking they’re the chosen ones, and they want to rule a depopulated world with us as their slaves.

All of this has been foretold in the Bible.  We await the return of our King in the second coming of Christ.  This is not a vain hope.  The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:5-9  I have paraphrased it here;

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation …..

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 

Jesus will defeat Satan and sit on the throne at Jerusalem.  Israel who was back in their land in unbelief will look on their Messiah, the one they have pierced, and weep as God pours out on them a spirit of grace and supplication.  (Zechariah 12:10).

We are familiar with Jesus portrayed as a lamb – gentle, meek and mild … although I don’t like the pictures and statues where He is forever on the cross, or he’s the little baby Jesus sitting on Mary’s lap.  He’s little and she’s really big!  I don’t think so.  He was her Lord.  But what does He look like, as a King?  Does the Bible show us?

On the Lord’s day nealy 2,000 years ago, the apostle John saw Jesus as a King.  Here is what John  saw.  I’ve written it as a story;

Lion 1The Throne Room (Book of Revelation, chapter 5)

The man called John stood before the throne of God speechless with wonder.  Was he dead?  He pinched himself.  The last thing he could remember was an open door.  Now he was here.  He looked down at his feet.  What was he standing on?  The floor looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.  The colours reflected there were indescribable. 

A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the one on the throne.  In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing.  The one on the throne was resplendent in amber and ruby coloured light.  Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders dressed in white with crowns of gold upon their heads.  

In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures unlike anything the man had ever beheld on Earth.  The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like an eagle.  Each of the four living creatures had six wings with eyes all around, even under their wings.

From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder.  The court was in session.  

In the right hand of the one who sat on the throne was a scroll with writing on both sides, sealed with seven seals. A mighty angel proclaimed in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”  No one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.

The man wept and wept because no one was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.  He wept because the scroll held the title deed to the world – which Adam had lost.  No man could get it back, they were a fallen race.

Lion of JudahThen one of the elders looked from his throne and said to the man, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

The man remembered that long ago in Egypt Jacob had prophesied;

“You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness–who dares to rouse him?
The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.”  Genesis 49:9

Wiping away his tears he beheld Judah’s descendant, the Lion of God.  The Lion took the scroll from the right hand of the one who sat on the throne. 

John could see the scars from where the Lamb had been slain.  With his blood he had purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.  He made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve the one on the throne, and they were to reign on the earth.

The Lamb would return as the Lion.  The obedience of the nations would be his.  Holding the scroll, the King roared.

The elders and four creatured around the throne worshipped him, along with angels numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand.  The Lion of God shook his mane of hair and accepted their worship.  One word came from them all; WORTHY. 

The Kingdom to seek, and the Kingdom to come

journey inwardThe Kingdom of God takes two forms – 
the Kingdom within, and the Kingdom to come.
One is a journey, the other a destiny.

The Kingdom to come

We are waiting for a Kingdom to come.  We pray in the Lord’s prayer “Thy Kingdom Come, thy Will be done”.

After the Pharisees asked Jesus “When will the Kingdom of God come?”, speaking of Himself He told the Pharisees “The Kingdom of God is in your midst” (Luke 17:20). 

The Pharisees were deeply religious men who were well versed in scripture and should have recognised Him as their King, but they didn’t.  Jesus called them “blind guides” who “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. They themselves did not enter, nor would they let those enter who were trying to(Matthew 23).   Watch out for the Pharisees.

The coming of the King, the Lamb and the Lion.

lion-judah-lamb-godWhy did the Pharisees not recognise the King?  It is because the scriptures speak of two comings.

The first coming was as the lamb of God – the suffering servant described by the prophet Isaiah, 700 years before His birth.  Read Isaiah 53 for His description.  Even though they had these scriptures in the synagogues, they were not prepared for the Lamb.

They wanted the Lion – the promised King who will come in great power, glory and authority to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth.

This is the second coming, the return of the King, whose coming we await.

The Kingdom within

Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 to “seek the Kingdom of God first”.  What does this look like?

How can we seek a Kingdom that is not yet established?  Or is it?

When we repent of our sins, are baptized and begin following the lead of the Holy Spirit, we voluntarily place ourselves under the laws and authority of the coming Kingdom of God.

Living by the laws of the Kingdom

There are two laws in the Kingdom.  This is what Jesus said in reponse to the Pharisees;

“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.  One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:34-37

What would the world look like if we all did this?

More than the grains of sand


Do you see what’s hidden?

The sand at Cobham Beach in Florida where my husband comes from, is the whitest sand I’ve ever seen.  As far as sand goes, we’re polar opposites.  Where I grew up over 8000 miles away, the sand at my beach (on the west coast of the North Island of NZ) was the blackest.

sand magnified

Grains of sand magnified

Here’s a thought;
White, black, red, and gold – the sand has different colours – like us.

Did you know the grains of sand outnumber us, and God’s thoughts outnumber the grains of sand?

“How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand … “ 
Psalm 139:17-18

remember-me-sand-sculpture-14531294802839hJlHave you ever seen grains of sand magnified?

Each grain of sand is unique and beautiful.

Think of that if you feel insignificant or believe that you don’t matter to God.

Psalm 139-17,18

The gift of the Shepherd

The Lord is My ShepherdTired and drained, the Princess stood by the fire inside in her father’s house trying to get warm.  She tried not to look at her father’s empty chair.  The shepherd’s staff stood near it, unnoticed in the corner of the room.  It had been left leaning there since the day of her Father’s death. 

In the Kingdom, the Princess trudged through the Valley of the Shadow of death.  Her father’s house lay in that valley.

They’d gone there at his wife’s request for the sad task of sorting out his belongings.  “One of you girls can take that,” Sally his widow said, suddenly noticing the staff. The Princess recognised it.

“That’s my old crook” she remarked.  Sally said “It was down in his workshop. He’d made it down there the other day, but he was too weak to walk back up the path.  I found him leaning on it, unable to move. It’s yours, please take it.”

They gave her his car.  As she got the engine running, a thin stream of water shot out of the radiator, landing in an arc on the concrete in front of her sisters.  She sighed and cracked an egg into the radiator water, praying it would hold until she could get the leak fixed.

She realised her father had been too ill to maintain the car.  It still had all his stuff in it, the paperback he’d been reading was face down on the seat where he’d left it. She put the crook in the back of the car with the rest of his stuff and concentrated on getting the car back to Wanganui.

At home she put the crook in the corner of the room and cried.  It was more than she could cope with. The endless winter days felt like a long, dark valley where she did not laugh and she did not smile.  Again the humble crook stayed unnoticed until finally the God of all comfort came.

Her tear filled eyes were drawn to the staff.  She noticed it had been varnished.  Mindful of the care taken in its preservation, she asked “Does this crook have some significance?”

The Shepherd replied, giving her some dates, and a number.  “From the day you left Napier on the 4th day of August, to the day of your Father’s death on the 4th day of August, 23 years were written in my book. When your father leaned on the staff, I was there.  Now the time for your father has ended, and you will go on. Read Psalm 23. It will be familiar to you.”

   The Lord is my shepherd,
   I shall not want;
He makes me lie down in green pastures.

   He leads me beside still waters;
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness

   for His name’s sake.

  Even though I walk through the valley
   of the shadow of death,
   I will fear no evil;
   for you are with me;
   Your rod and Your staff comfort me.  Psalm 23


The Princess smiled at the Shepherd through her tears, carried back to the place where she had first encountered Him in the valley.   She could see the hills, the sheep, the creek and the quiet pool by the willows. “This is the place where we first met” she said, wiping away her tears as her eyes lingered on the crook, the shepherd’s staff.

Taking the staff in her hands she ran her fingers over the smooth wood, remembering.  The staff had come back to her as a great gift from the Shepherd, and it comforted her.   She wiped her eyes and said “It’s true. Your rod and your staff … comfort me.”

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  Matthew 5:4


Write the revelation, and make it plain upon tablets

KWelcome to the Kingdom.  This is no ordinary story.  It’s in the same genre as “Pilgrims Progress”.  If you are interested in how God can reveal Himself and speak to an ordinary person, this story is for you.  The story is an allegory, explaining a spiritual journey along the path that is narrow and hard to find. 

To begin with I wrote my story “The Kingdom” as a journal and to create a map of my journey.  It chronicled revelation that the King gave to “the Princess”.
I had no plans to publish it, although friends suggested I should.  I asked the Lord if He wanted it published.
“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the revelation, and make it plain upon tablets, so he may run that reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2

Digital tablets hadn’t been invented when I got this rhema word.  Now they have, I’ve put the chapters up on this blog.

Two Edged SwordRevelation

    What is a revelation?  It is defined as;

  • An enlightening or astonishing disclosure,
  • The communication of knowledge to man by a divine or supernatural agency.

Revelation is also a book in the Bible; it’s the last book and the only one where the reader is promised a blessing if they read it.  It is the revelation of Jesus Christ to the people living on this planet at the time of the end.

Revelation comes from the Holy Spirit.  Do you believe that God will speak to us in the last days?  “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”  Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:18.

DragonsSword of Spirit

We all have dragons to slay.  It is written in Revelation that they (the believers) defeated the dragon by the word of their testimony.  (Paraphrased from Revelation 12:11)

The Kingdom is my personal testimony.  The words of the King to me as “the Princess” are true.  It’s about how God guided me along the path, and helped me deal with my dragons.  None of them are on the scale of the big dragon in Revelation, but they’re all related.  If you like the idea of Princes and Princesses slaying dragons the story may appeal to you.


Are you interested in dream interpretation?  In my story, “the Princess” was given dreams.  The story served as a context for the dreams.  Knowing that revelation comes from the Holy Spirit, I would ask the King to explain them.    When I was writing, the King would give me a verse from the Bible that went with the dream.  The prophet Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzard after he was asked to interpret his dream that there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. (Daniel 2:28).

Life can be a mystery.  Think about coincidences for instance.  Do you notice signs that appear at just the right time?  That’s God.  He wants us to seek Him out, and find the things He has for us.

Some things in life are hidden, but God can bring the concealed things to light through the great words of the Bible and the Holy Spirit.

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.   Proverbs 25:2

The Lord will bring revelation if you seek him.  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7.

JesusThe King, the Holy Spirit

The King in my story is the Holy Spirit, who works as one with God and Jesus.  He is the comforter, teacher and guide of “the Princess”.  He is the one Jesus promised He would send after He went back to God.  Jesus explains how He was sent to us in John 14;

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”  John 14:15-17

The final scene in my story

batonI ended “The Kingdom” with a scene where “the Princess” is handed a baton from another princess who had gone before her.  There is a race to be run. Sometimes we run alone, sometimes in a group.  At times the path is hard to see but there are signs.  The signs the Princess found along the path are recorded in the story.

The Kingdom story is my testimony.  It shows what I did with the words the Lord spoke to me as personal revelation.  God will speak to us all personally if we seek him through Jesus, the King.  I hope my story will inspire you to seek the King yourself.

The book can be read from the menu ‘List of Chapters’ on the left, or click here.  If you would like to know more, please ask me questions.

I’ve taken a photo of one of the places where “the Princess” goes to speak with the Lord.  The beach is at the bottom of my street.  The island off the beach is called “Kawau Island”.  It’s an island with no roads, where the residents get around by boat.  I’ve made a photo gallery so you can see other scenes from my story.


Habbakuk 2:2

One of the scenes from the Kingdom – the view at the end of my road.  This is where I was told to write the revelation I received in “The Kingdom” and make it plain on tablets.


The House

The burgeoning business they had started after graduating from College took a lot of room at their little white cottage on the main road, which had been too small to begin with. Isaac had his eye on another house to move to, but it wasn’t the house the Princess could see in her mind. When it came time to meet the property owner, she dawdled, making Isaac late.

When they got there, she was pleased to find that their prospective landlord had rented the house to someone else just fifteen minutes before. The Princess was relieved, but Isaac disappointed. “Did you stop us from renting the yellow house?” she asked the King, smiling at the good\bad timing. He replied “Yes, tell Isaac it’s not the house I have chosen. I want you to make a list of the things you need and wait the winter out. You are not to do anything to find the house yourselves. I will provide it.” Isaac agreed when she told him what she had heard from the King.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAOne Sunday afternoon in the winter they decided to go for a walk. It was a glorious day, sunny and crisp. The sun sparkled on the sea where it played on the water at Kawau Bay. They strolled along the shore and teased each other. “We should do this more” the Princess said. Their walks on the beach were infrequent even in summer.

As they rounded the corner from the beach and walked up the hill, they met one of their customers named Bill, a friendly and sociable guy. “Come into the house” Bill invited them. They walked in and met Gill who was measuring up curtains for her new house.

Gill made them welcome, as she showed them through her lovely home. “What are you doing with this house?” the Princess asked, her heart thudding with excitement as she met Isaac’s eyes. Gill replied that it would be rented out after they moved into their new house in the spring. By the time they’d drunk the coffee the house was theirs to rent.

House wish listThey thanked the King over and over. As soon as they got home she dug the list out of the “God Box” and ticked it off with glee. “Ha, you forgot about the bath!” she teased the King. “You got a dishwasher instead!” the King replied, smiling at her cheekiness. He knew what they needed.

They moved in at the beginning of spring. She loved the cream walls and timber ceilings.

The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir.  Song of Songs 1:17


The heart in the window

When she arrived, she found the King had hidden little hearts around the place. A red heart in the office window above her desk did not escape her attention, it was a sign she cherished.

Princess Thea visited them and gave them a scripture;

He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.  Song of Songs 2:4


Full circle

The Princess stood next to her father the King and surveyed the land from the top of the hill.  The sea lay in the distance, beyond the tree. She looked at the house that the King had selected with such care, and smiled with gratitude at the King. It was a lovely, comfortable, agreeable house to live in. She finally felt like she had her life back after unpacking things that had been in storage for five long years.

“I have learned to seek my happiness in you, and you have indeed given me my heart desire” she said, thanking Him.

Seek your happiness in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desire. Give yourself to the Lord; trust in him, and he will help you; he will make your righteousness shine like the noonday sun. Psalm 34:4-6

The business was across the deck, in a neat and tidy workshop and office. It was established and had grown well. She was good at what she did, her skills complemented Isaac’s. Together they worked as a team, and the King had their back.

The year before, they had gone to Florida to meet Isaac’s Grandmother. They managed enough from their own resources for the airfares, asking the King if He could provide for the rest. He did more than they asked or expected. A friend named Princess Grace gifted them an accommodation package she had for Florida and Las Vegas. “The King asked me to gift this to you” she said. There were even tickets for Disneyland.

M4031M-4208They left for the States in the winter, as storms lashed the country. Flying on the wings of the dawn, they crossed the Pacific Ocean, international date-line and American continent. Winter changed to summer.   On arrival, it took some time to get their bearings and orientation. Prince Jim, whose computer she’d fixed long distance, came to welcome and help them. His was a friendly and familiar face in a vast and strange land.

They made their wM4031M-4208ay to Clearwater in Florida where Elanor, Isaac’s grandmother lived.  Isaac’s American Grandmother, Aunt and cousin knew the King well, and loved Him.  The Princess saw the joy on his Grandmother’s face as she came forward to embrace her grandson. She had not seen him since he was a twelve year old boy. Isaac was home. They were greeted with joy. “I have a new Granddaughter” Princess Eleanor Isaacson said in her soft American accent, as they hugged.

Eleanor sounded a lot like Isaac’s mother Ronaele, although her American accent was more pronounced. The Princess loved his family. They made just as welcome as Isaac’s Mother had.

Together, they looked at their ring, which had belonged to Eleanor. The precious diamond had come full circle.


Chapter 75 The Princess unmasked

Me - cartoonI am now going to take the mask of the Princess off. I’m Joanne, an ordinary woman who you probably would not take a lot of notice of, unless you had a computer you needed me to fix. Then you’d love me and buy me lots of chocolate.

I wrote in the third person to get ME out of the way, in the hope that the King could speak to you using the Princess. If you are a guy I know this is more difficult.

Thank you for joining me on my journey through the Kingdom. I have appreciated your company, even though we haven’t met in person.  The King knows who you are. Jesus told us to “go into the world and make disciples out of all men”. He did not tell us to “go into the world and make good church members”.

In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus taught us to pray to the Father in Heaven “Your Kingdom come”.  Even though the Kingdom is a future Kingdom, the Kingdom can start now for us on this sin ridden planet, if we seek God the Father’s will.  That’s why the next words in the Lord’s prayer are “Your will be done”.  I hope you can see that from the story.  I am now living a life I could not have built by myself.  I cannot explain my second marriage, the trip to the USA to see Bert’s (Isaac’s) grandmother, or the house we’re now living in without God.

I wanted the story to show you the Father heart of God, and the King who is the exact representation of God the Father.  My hope is that through my story you will see Him, and take another look, and a look after that! He is amazing. I am so proud of Him. He is wise, gracious, firm, unyielding, witty, subtle, and He enjoys our banter.  He is complex, jealous for us, has strict boundaries, and will not share His glory with another. He sticks to His word.  If you don’t like it, He will explain it – He is that gracious. He tells it like it is.

In telling my story, I hope to inspire you to seek the Kingdom of God.

There is a race to be run. It’s no ordinary race. Some of you may be already running.  Some of you aren’t.  You may be the first in your family line to run, you may be the last. The gate to the racetrack is through Jesus. He said “I AM the Gate”.

Sometimes you will run, sometimes you will walk, sometimes you will stumble and fall, and sometimes, you will rise on the wings of an eagle.  Those are the best times, when you can stop running, wing it and see what the eagle sees.

If you think you are too old or too late for this race, that’s rubbish, the Lord doesn’t care how old you are. Age means nothing in the Kingdom. Go and get a Bible and read the story Jesus tells in Matthew 20:1-16, The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. This is where He explains what the Kingdom is like.

The important thing is that you make the journey. Run then and don’t grow weary. I’ll see you at the finish.

Ready, on your mark, get set, GO.

I promise not to hand you the drain plunger, unless you need one.

The End.

Now unto you the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Tim 1:17