Revelation 3, Letters From Jesus, to Dead Sardis and Faithful Philadelphia

Here are letters five and six. One church has nothing to commend it and the other has no problem.

Sardis, the Dead Church

Jesus introduced himself to Sardis in the same way that he did at Ephesus; as He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars. It means having authority over the seven congregations.

Sardis has nothing to be commended for.

The problem: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.  Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.  Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent.” Rev 3:1-2

Have you ever been inside a dead church? I have, it had statues on the walls and it was deadly dull. I considered it to be an hour or two I’d never get back.

The church of Sardis is like a lamp that’s going out. They’re in danger of being caught by surprise at Christ’s second coming; “Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.” Revelation 3:3.

They’ve stopped working for the master, that’s what Jesus means by “not finding their works perfect before God.

They’ve got a new master – Mammon. Have you heard the saying; “As rich as Croesus?” It goes all the way back to a king called Croesus who reigned at Sardis before the time of Christ. The gold and silver in the region made him very rich. Sardis is recorded in history as the place where modern currency was invented.

Jesus said you cannot serve God and riches, he added; “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.” Matthew 6:24

We’ve all heard the saying, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” It’s not the money that’s the problem per se – it’s the love of money, and Sardis had lots of it.

There’s a proverb in Proverbs 10:15 that says; “The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.” Sardis must come out of its fortified city in order to enter the Kingdom of God.

That does not mean becoming poor so that everyone is equal. Not everyone is equal! The strong should use their wealth to build the Kingdom of God, to build things that last and lift people up. For instance, they could build ethical businesses where the wealth benefits all in terms of the skills learned, the goods and services produced and the money multiplier effect.

Jesus said, “You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” Revelation 3:4-5

The Book of Life

It’s scary to think that Jesus could blot out a name from the Book of Life. The names in the Book of Life have been written before the foundation of the world. You will find that in Revelation 13:8, where John says that those who worship the Beast have not been written in the Book of Life.

But it’s up to people to accept their citizenship. When Jesus sent out the twelve in Matthew 10, he said, “Whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32

God loves His city, Zion. In Psalm 87:1-6, The Lord will record when He registers the peoples: “This one was born there.

New Jerusalem is described at the end of the Book of Revelation. “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Rev 21:27

To get our passports if you will, we need to make that all-important confession that Jesus spoke of when he asked Peter “Who do you say I AM?”
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10

All men need to do it – confess Jesus’ name before the ink fades from the Book of Life.

In fact, we know that the person who refuses to acknowledge this truth is refusing to be saved! Jesus said, “If you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”  John 8:24.

I hope you have made this confession.  They are the most important words you will ever speak.

Philadelphia, the Faithful Church

These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.Revelation 3:7

The key of David is the key of a trusted servant, as portrayed by Eliakim in Isaiah 20:21-22. Twice an ancestor of Jesus, Eliakim is descended from King David through Zerubbabel, who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, and he is descended from Nathan the prophet. Eliakim as a holder of the Key of the house of David is a forerunner of Jesus.

A trusted servant to the king wore the key to the king’s house on a hook on his shoulder. Therefore, he had the authority to open or close the king’s house, and usher people before the King.

So Jesus is the trusted servant, the intermediary between God and mankind, and He has placed before Philadelphia an open door that no one can shut.

The commendation: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.  Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.” Rev 3:8-10

This congregation kept His command to endure all the way through. Their love has not grown cold, they’ve not given in to the allure of money, and they’ve not been compromised by false teachers. They’ve kept the faith, even through persecution.

Despite being surrounded by the Ottoman Empire, the congregations of Philadelphia and Smyrna lasted until they were destroyed in the Greco-Turkish War in 1922, the year the Jewish homeland was to be re-established in the land of Israel.

The Hour of Trial

Since you have kept My command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one will take your crown.’ Revelation 3:7-11

The hour of trial is the time of the Antichrist and it relates to religious persecution. Jesus said; “A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” John 15:18-20

The Synagogue of Satan

Philadelphia and the persecuted church of Smyrna both had to deal with the Synagogue of Satan.

In the Jewish Talmud those who believed the Gospels were heretics. Followers of Jesus were slandered and had blasphemous labels applied to them. They were called heretics, idol worshippers, servers of idols, worshippers of stars and planets, amongst other things.

Jesus said, “They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.” John 16:1-4

When Jesus returns, those in the Synagogue of Satan will fall down at the feet of this congregation, acknowledging he has loved them.

Jesus has no problem with the Church of Philadelphia.

The reward

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.” Rev 3:11-12

‘Being made a pillar’ relates to belonging to the city of New Jerusalem.

Would you ever want to leave your home? We loved our house by the sea that God provided and considered ourselves fortunate to live so well in a country that has the most expensive housing market in the world.

Other people have been forced from their homes because of a greedy neo-liberal economic regime that allowed foreign speculation in our housing market, which in turn led to sky-high mortgages and rents. We’ve been turned into a nation of renters. Morally it’s wrong but there’s no law or political will to protect us from exploitation.

But people in war zones are far worse off than us. Many in the congregation of Philadelphia had to leave their homes because of war and religious persecution.

In 2014 the elders of the Assyrian Church in New Zealand came to our community, accompanied by an Aramaic speaking priest – an exile from Saint Matthews monastery near Mosul in ancient Nineveh.

He came dressed in the clothes from his monastery, a black cassock with a black and silver cloth cap called a skufia. Their ancient church, established by Jesus’ apostles Thomas and Bartholomew, had been torn out of the land by Isis.

Speaking the language of Jesus, he wanted us to know there was a church in Iraq and he told us through an interpreter how Isis soldiers marked the Christians’ doors with a spray can and told them to leave. To stay meant making the stark choice to convert to Islam or die.

The dispossessed Iraqi Christians ended up homeless, wandering in the desert, sheltering under bridges and highway overpasses. There were 100,000 of them, a scattered flock with nowhere to go.

In New Jerusalem, never again will they have to leave their homes. The city will be Philadelphia’s place of belonging and they will have a new name for themselves.

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Revelation 2: Letters From Jesus, to Loveless Ephesus and Persecuted Smyrna

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Here’s the first two letters that Jesus wrote to the congregations on earth, starting with Ephesus.

Ephesus, the Loveless Church

Jesus introduced himself to the church at Ephesus as ‘He who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.’

In other words, Jesus has authority over the seven congregations.

The commendation: “And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.”   Rev 2:2-3

The problem:Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”

The Nicolaitans are false apostles. That much we can gather. Jesus hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans. It’s uncertain what they were teaching. The word ‘Nico’ means ‘rule’ or ‘conquer’ and ‘laity’ means ‘non-ordained members of the church or religious community.’

Together the words mean ‘rule or conquer by clergy.’ If they were lording it over the people it would have been against Christ as he was a servant leader. He never intended His followers to be cogs in the wheel of an authoritarian man-made power structure, a structure which totally misrepresents him and his rule.

To combat false teachers you have to know your Bible. They profit from those who don’t. We thought we knew our Bible and even we nearly got taken for a ride, when the church we were attending at the time merged with a big, flashy mega church.

Crying wolf

Don’t be exploited.

2 Peter 2 False Teachers and Their Destruction

Combating power structures is never going to stop as long as the devil remains. Ephesus was so worn out from battling false teachers and false apostles that they became dogmatic and unloving.

Love is not a romantic feeling, it’s an action. Jesus gave two commandments, which pretty much sum up the ten commandments; ‘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.’ Matthew 22:34-40

The reward: To him who overcomes, I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” Rev 2:7

We know Paradise was lost when Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan. They gained the knowledge of good and evil and became sinners. God in His mercy could not permit them to live forever in that fallen condition so he put cherubim on the east side of the Garden to bar the way to the Tree of Life.

For those who overcome, access to Paradise and the Tree of Life is granted.

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the Tree of Life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:1-2

Smyrna, the Persecuted Church

Jesus addressed the Church at Smyrna, referring to himself as ‘The First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life.’ Rev 2:8

He identified himself as such to John in the last chapter, who’d fainted after seeing him; “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.  I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Rev 1:17

The commendation: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Rev 2:9-10

Jesus finds no fault with this church.

The Crown of Life is mentioned in James 1:12; “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Smyrna is associated with persecution as Jewish hatred for the early Christians was particularly fierce there. It’s the city where Polycarp, an early disciple of John was martyred. Smyrna hung on through the Ottoman Empire until 1922, when it was crushed by the Muslim ruler Mustapha Kemal Ataturk.

The Synagogue of Satan

Sabbatai Zevi, a Jewish mystic who was born in Smyrna followed the Kabbalah and claimed to be Messiah. In 1666, upon arriving in Constantinople (now Istanbul) Sabbatai was imprisoned and given the choice of death or converting to Islam. He and some 300 of his followers converted and became known as the Donmeh which is Turkish for ‘convert.’ They went underground. Not much is known about them but various groups called Donmeh continue to follow Sabbatai Zevi, mostly in Turkey. Nowadays they are Jews who follow the Kabbalah. They say they’re Jews, but they’re not.

The meaning of Smyrna

Smyrna means Myrrh which means bitterness, but it’s also associated with the oil of joy. When crushed and mixed with oil, it emits a beautiful fragrance. God anoints Jesus to give beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning.

The reward, besides the Crown of Life: He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.

The Second Death

Those born once will die twice. Those born twice (born again) will die once. Jesus said in John 3:3 that we must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God. Then our names will go into the Book of Life.

Those not in the Book of Life will be consigned to the Lake of Fire. This is the second death and it will happen at the Great White Throne judgement. Rev 20:11-15

But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Rev 21:8

Please, hell is no joke. The unbelieving will end up in the Lake of Fire. If you believe and you’re wrong what have you lost? Nothing. If you go to hell because of unbelief, what have you lost? Everything! Choose life.

Blooming in adversity

When we moved back to our house in the late spring of 2021, the roses by the back door bloomed as if to welcome us. It was a welcome sight as we were feeling shattered and defeated by the actions of our government. We’d just escaped a city in it’s 80th day of lockdown.

The rose bush had endured it’s own ordeal.

In 1996 I bought my house, a charming bungalow / villa, and I planted a rose bush given me by a friend soon after. The rose bush rewarded me with pink and white flowers. I raised my children in that house and they were happy years. Shortly after I remarried in 2004 we moved away, leaving the house in the care of a property management company while we built a business an hour north of Auckland.

Over the years, the property manager disrespected the house and allowed it to be wrecked by a tenant. The final straw came in 2010, the year the poor old house turned 100 and we saw the condition it was in.

Taking the keys back, we managed the house ourselves, making the 1100 kilometre return trip to Wanganui every third weekend to manage and work on the renovations. This was my rose bush after years of bad property management. As you can see, it was gone. All I could do was yank the weeds, cover it’s bed with stones and cry.

The house remained empty for nine months while we brought the property back into a condition where it could attract decent tenants. In that period of rest and stillness, I was overjoyed to see the rose bush come back as it poked it’s head out from behind the stones.

Now, seventeen years after we left and ten years after the renovations, we’ve now returned to our hometown, after almost being driven out of business. When I wrote our business plan in 2006, I put “government stupidity” as a threat, but I never envisaged this.

The hometown is familiar but at the same time unrecognisable. Vaccine centres and 5G cellphone towers are springing up, while our governments march in lock step with the global biosecurity state. Every day brings bad tidings while healthy people run around with masks on, flashing their vaccine passes.

Vandalised and scandalised, the town is being torn apart, wrecked in the name of health and the marketing of fear.

It reminds me of the way my house was treated.

I look forward to a better day, the day when Jesus returns to take his property back from those who are disrespecting it.

Meanwhile, just like the rose, people will go into hiding.

It reminds me of this Bible verse;

When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.  Proverbs 28:28

Here’s my rose bush now. I’ll take it as a promise. Meanwhile, may we bloom in adversity.

The times we’re living in

With events in the world heating up as they are, you may have questions about the time we’re living in. When will Jesus return? Until then, what can we expect?

Normally I focus on the Kingdom of God, but I have to write about what comes before the Millennial kingdom.

We’re on the cusp of the kingdom of the fourth beast – a technocracy that will arrive with “the fourth industrial revolution.” The framework has been built. There are five pillars : Information and Communication Technology for the internet and telecommunications, military putting up the satellites, big pharma making the mRNA injections, the media pouring out the propaganda, and the central bankers engineering us out of currencies and into the crypto monetary systems. They’re trying to keep the five pillars separate to keep us from seeing it come together into an integrated system – the smart grid. Transparency can blow the game. (See the link on my other blog: The end of currencies and a new control system.)

Eventually the nations will be dismantled and there will be seven kings and ten leaders. The fourth beast is described in Daniel 7 and Revelation 13. Daniel said it would be different from the previous empires. He told Nebuchadnezzar, “the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything.” (Daniel 2:40)

The teeth are iron and the ten toes are iron mixed with clay. “And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.  As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. Daniel 2:42-43

Technocracy is a system of government in which unelected decision makers are appointed on the basis of their expertise in a given area of responsibility, particularly with regard to scientific or technical knowledge. These leaders are globalists, they have no regard for people or national boundaries. They are Malthusians, having a belief that the earth is over-populated, and since the 1970’s they’ve been using fear: the fear of overpopulation, global warming, and now pandemics to control the population.

They want a global government which they will achieve through what they term “the great reset” which will bring in the fourth industrial revolution. The UN backed Great Reset is a proposal by the World Economic Forum to rebuild the economy sustainably following the so-called COVID-19 pandemic. The man heading up the WEF organisation is Klaus Schwab. Klaus is very much a product of Hitler’s Germany.

The phrase Fourth Industrial Revolution was first introduced by a team of scientists developing a high-tech strategy for the German government. This thing has come out of Germany, and no wonder, for Satan’s throne is still in Berlin at the Pergamum Museum. That doesn’t mean Daniel’s Beast is the EU. It’s a global empire. The fourth era technologies combine hardware, software, and biology. When the technate assembles, I believe it will do so rapidly. It will work with the anti-semitic United Nations.

The UN’s agenda is Agenda 2030, 17 very high-minded goals put in such a way that people accept them. However, the devil is in the details. The 17 goals are attached to 169 sustainable development goals (SDGs) which are currently being made law in each nation. These impose draconian top down management from the UN which is interfering with the rights of citizens in each nation and community. Immunisation is key role in achieving 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Click here to learn about immunisation’s key role in achieving 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Why 169 sustainable development targets? 169 = 13 x 13.

Daniel describes this kingdom as something that devours and breaks in pieces, and stamps the residue with it’s feet. It will be a technocratic dictatorship combining the worst elements of socialism, communism and fascism. There will be no privacy, private land ownership or even any say over your own body. Dissidents and vulnerable people will be mistreated, abused, consumed and utterly broken by this regime.

It is frightening, but take heart from this, Daniel prophesied that in the days of the ten kings the Kingdom of God will come.

In the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Daniel 2:44.

The great sign

Before the return of Jesus Christ and the arrival of His Kingdom, there’s a great sign. Israel will be in travail and there will be cosmic disturbances. The sign is described in terms of a big red dragon and a damsel in distress: Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.

Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads.  Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. 

She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up (harpazo) to God and His throne. Revelation 12:3-5 (NKJV)

At this time, the rapture will happen. Why do I say that? The term “caught up” is “harpazo” in Greek, which translates as the “rapture” in Latin. Harpazo means to catch up, take by force, catch away, pluck, catch, pull. The Bible context is to seize, carry off by force, to seize on, claim for one’s self eagerly, to snatch out or away. What would the parent of a toddler that’s run out onto the road in front of a vehicle do? That’s what the Holy Spirit will do when the time is right.

When the child is snatched up to the throne, war breaks out in Heaven and Satan is thrown down to earth. After being confined to earth Satan will be full of rage. “Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.” Revelation 12:13.

Israel will be persecuted. Those in Judea who have heeded the warning will flee to a place in the wilderness to shelter in for 1260 days. We know the woman is Israel, but who is the child? There is confusion about just who is being caught up to the throne. Some think it’s a reference to Jesus – but Jesus doesn’t need to be snatched away from danger, He’s already seated on a throne at the right hand of the Father and has been for 2,000 years.

The Child

There are two words for the child: Teknon and Huios. The definitions are taken from the Blue Letter Bible:

Teknon means a male child, a son. It means an intimate and reciprocal relationship formed between men by the bonds of love, friendship, trust, just as between parents and children. In the Old Testament of “the people of Israel” as especially dear to God, in the New Testament, in Paul’s writings, all who are led by the Spirit of God and thus closely related to God.

Huios means

  • a son, in a restricted sense, the male offspring (one born by a father and of a mother), in a wider sense, a descendant, one of the posterity of any one, the children of Israel, sons of Abraham.
  • Son of man, a term describing man, carrying the connotation of weakness and mortality. The son of man, symbolically denotes the fifth kingdom in Daniel 7:13 and by this term its humanity is indicated in contrast with the barbarity and ferocity of the four preceding kingdoms (the Babylonian, the Median and the Persian, the Macedonian, and the Roman) typified by the four beasts. In the book of Enoch (2nd Century) it is used of Christ. Jesus used the term to identify himself as Messiah and also that he might designate himself as the head of the human family, the man, the one who both furnished the pattern of the perfect man and acted on behalf of all mankind. Christ seems to have preferred this to the other Messianic titles, because by its lowliness it was least suited to foster the expectation of an earthly Messiah in royal splendour.
  • son of God, used to describe Adam (Lk. 3:38) , used to describe those who are born again (Lk. 20:36) and of angels and of Jesus Christ, of those whom God esteems as sons, whom he loves, protects and benefits above others
    1. in the Old Testament used of the Jews
    2. in the New Testament of Christians
    3. those whose character God, as a loving father, shapes by chastisements (Heb. 12:5-8). Son of God means those who revere God as their father, worshippers of God, those who in character and life resemble God, those who are governed by the Spirit of God, repose the same calm and joyful trust in God which children do in their parents (Rom. 8:14Gal. 3:26 ), and hereafter in the blessedness and glory of the life eternal will openly wear this dignity of the sons of God. Term used preeminently of Jesus Christ, as enjoying the supreme love of God, united to him in affectionate intimacy, privy to his saving councils, obedient to the Father’s will in all his acts.

Using a concordance and lexicon, I looked up the original words in Revelation 12. “Her Child” in Revelation 12:3 is translated as Teknon. The male child she bore who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron translates as Huios. The Child who was caught up to God and His throne translates as Teknon.

So Teknon, Huios, Teknon. Why the two meanings?

Huios declares a position as rulers and judges.

Jesus promises the church of Thyatira in in Revelation 2:26 that he who overcomes, and keeps his works until the end, will be given power over the nations— ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron.’ So right there is the Huios, the male child who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron in Revelation 12:5. The Huios is not just confined to Thyatira, the church at Laodicea is promised, “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”

Paul wrote, “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?  Do you not know that we shall judge angels?” 1 Corinthians 6:2

In the world to come, those serving in the Millennium government will be the ones who overcame and kept his works. Finally, the terms Teknon and Huios are not confined to males. Paul defines who are sons and heirs in Galatians..

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29

42 is the answer

Finally, can we know when in the Tribulation the Harpazo will happen? The key is “The Woman.” After her child is snatched up to the throne of God, Israel she has to run for the wilderness where she will be taken care of for times, times and half times. That’s half way through the Tribulation. Jesus means what he says. He needs us to understand the time period, and so he’s expressed it three different ways – 42 months, 1260 days, and times, times and half times. So while we can’t know the date of the rapture, we can know at what point in the Tribulation the Harpazo will happen.

Paul speaks of the rapture occurring at the last trumpet and this leads to confusion with the seven trumpet judgements;

“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52.

The last trumpet occurs with the Feast of Trumpets in September when one hundred trumpet blasts are blown. This was the only festival where the Jews did not know the day or hour it would be, as it was dependent on the first sighting of the new moon. When Jesus said, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father,” he was not only being literal, he was also using a Jewish idiom.

Before the rapture, there has to be a world leader heading a globalist government of seven kings and ten leaders and there has to be a Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Until that time, stay alert, and keep the faith. Run from forced vaccinations and live for the day. “Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof,” as Jesus said in Matthew 6:34.

A Braided rope

Recently I earned my first commission payment for my second book. It was a small beginning but I was delighted. It was in the same week I received the shocking news I had breast cancer. As if 2020 wasn’t challenging enough.

The hospital didn’t muck around after my diagnosis. I’ve had my operation and now I’m waiting to hear how much chemo I’ll need.

Despite it all, I’m in good spirits. I’m healing well, and I’m not in any pain, thanks to the skills of the surgeon and medical staff, and all the prayer that has gone on on my behalf.

There’s a proverb that states a person’s spirit will sustain them in sickness. Proverbs 18:14. It’s a broken spirit that can’t be borne.

2020 has left me feeling a bit frayed.

I remember the saying, “when you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on to it.”

The Hebrew word for ‘wait’ is ‘qavah,’ which means ‘to bind together by twisting.‘ It means entwining our spirits with God’s so two separate entities become one – we in the Father and the Father in us. If we abide in Him and He abides in us, then the Word says we may ask what we will. John 15:7

It’s during this plaiting of our spirits that the exchange takes place. And the advantage of a braided rope is strength.

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I probably look idle right now, but I’m looking up and gathering strength.  I will rise up on eagle’s wings. I’m not going to be a sick person, I’m going to be a full-time writer.

Come fly with me.

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

2020 vision

Hello from second lock down.  Yes, I am deprived of my liberty again.  What a year.  There are lots of jokes about 2020.  I’m sure we’ve all got some.  Here are my favourites …

All jokes aside, I see 2020 as the dawning of a new era – the day of world government which must come before Jesus returns.

It’s an evil day.  The world government is being aided and abetted by the World Health Organisation.  Did you notice it has for its logo a snake on a pole?  It signifies Asclepius, a son of Apollo.

In Revelation 12:9 the snake is defined as that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.”

The serpent has different names according to the culture where it was worshipped.  In Egypt it was Uraeus, the sacred serpent.  In 2018 a sculpture called Uraeus was installed at the Rockefeller Center in New York.  It consists of a gigantic open book with eagle’s wings 30 feet in span, both made of lead, on top of a 20-foot-tall lead-clad stainless steel column. Clustered around the base of the column are further outsize lead books, while a large snake coils up the column.

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Does it remind you of anything?

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I see that serpent wrapping it’s coils like a python around each country, constricting us in the name of health, and choking the life out of our economies and our livelihoods.

After this vision, I learned that Satan is written with three Hebrew letters: The letter Shin, which means to consume or destroy, the letter Tet which means a snake, or to surround, twist, entwine and ensnare, and the letter Nun, which means life. So Satan means ‘the snake which surrounds, consumes and destroys life’.

It’s time to put on our armour and make a stand.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
Romans 13:12-13

My brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Therefore put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Ephesians 6:10-13

We are up against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world.  The principality making itself felt worldwide is in Geneva, where the headquarters of the World Health Organisation and GAVI are.

GAVI is the Global Vaccine Alliance that Bill Gates started in 1999.  It’s a mix of private-public partnerships, i.e. government and big pharmaceutical companies.

The WHO is a United Nations organisation.  Bill Gates is the second biggest donor, which gives him an inordinate amount of influence. Neither he nor the head of the WHO are doctors. Gates wants to marry a universal biometric ID with vaccines, as part of Agenda 2030.  The initiative is called ID2020.  You can check it out on my other blog, the one I use for warning people.  I began warning about this in November last year, and again in January, before the Covid thing kicked off.

The UN has an agenda for us all.  As part of Agenda 2030 the World Health Organisation intends to use vaccines to replace our God-given immune system with theirs.  The goal is called Immunisation Agenda 2030.  That’s why you’re now hearing about “global health.”

Who is behind the WHO?  Satan is described in the Bible as the god of this world, or of this age.  I believe it’s his symbol on the WHO logo.

The serpent on the pole is a counterfeit healer.  The devil can also perform miracles, but Jesus was the one who was lifted up on a pole; And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:14

The account is in Numbers 21, where the Lord sent venomous snakes among the people who spoke against God and Moses.  The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.”  Numbers 21:8

The snake god is ancient, and the Lord took it on in Egypt.  The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Perform a miracle,’ then say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,’ and it will become a snake.” 

So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake.  Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts:  Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. Exodus 7:8-12

As God’s ambassador, Moses staff was more powerful than those in the court of Pharaoh.

The magicians’ names were Jannes and Jambres.  Their names crop up again in the last days, when Paul warned there will be perilous times in the last days.

Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth.”  2 Timothy 3:1-9

Society is going to be very divided.  There are churches who have abandoned God’s eternal truth in favour of a social justice gospel.  Their ministers are false teachers, wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Do you think they’ll help if people are forced to take mandatory vaccines?  Will they warn about not-so hidden agendas if people start trusting the World Health Organisation for their health and healing?  When people put their faith in a counterfeit, it’s called idolatry.

How do we stand?  How do we battle this thing?

First, we should submit to the government as far as we can.  Now that’s a radical idea, but in Romans 13:1-2 we’re commanded to be subject to the governing authorities, unless their laws demand that we disobey the Lord.  When that happens we can practice civil disobedience.

In the name of Covid-19, we’ve been forced to put a Ministry of Health Covid-19 tracking app sign on the entrance to our business.  Do I like it?  No – but I have to obey the government.

Second, we need to pray for discernment.

The image of the serpent on the pole that Moses had made was supposed to prepare Israel for Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross – but when the people turned away from God and started worshipping the image instead, it was destroyed.

You can read it in 2 Kings 18:4:  Hezekiah the king of Judah broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. 

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Nehustan

The serpent on the pole was called Nehushtan, which in Hebrew meant “a worthless thing of brass.”

Third, we need to turn away from the worthless thing, stand on the Word of God and shield ourselves with faith in His Word.

Psalm 91 promises that “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  In verse 3-6 we read, Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.  He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler (small shield.)  You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.” 

Verse 9 promises, Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.” 

The shield of faith is one of the six pieces of the armour of light.  So put your faith in Jesus, be wise, and don’t listen to those who employ deception.  Turn off the TV if you have to, it’s broadcasting fear.

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Jesus said, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16

Third, we need to remember this while making our stand, “owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8

In New Zealand, our Socialist prime minister Jacinda Adern urged us to be kind in the so-called Covid-19 pandemic, while setting up a police line to dob in our neighbours if they were seen to be breaking the government’s restrictions.

Teddy bears in windows aren’t a substitute for kindness.  Jordan Peterson said that “Kindness is the excuse that social justice warriors use when they want to exercise control over what other people think and say.”

The snitch line is another thing I chose not to use, because we’re told in 1 Thessalonians 4:11 to make it our ambition to lead a quiet life: we should mind our own business and work with our hands, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that we will not be dependent on anybody.

So what do we have to do to make a stand?

#1 Submit to the authorities, but not if they contradict what God says,  #2  Pray for discernment, #3 Turn away from the snake on the pole and trust Jesus instead, and #4 Love one another.


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People will betray each other in the last days.

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3:1-4

New Zealanders begin to devour each other while Jacinda Ardern smiles and waves at the nation she’s put under house arrest

Ardern minions have filed “4,200 reports to police”, reporting on their neighbours who breach New Zealand’s house arrest rules. As The N.Z Herald quipped, “curtain-twitchers outing members of the public crashed the new police reporting site within an hour of it going live yesterday.” Neighbour devouring neighbour under a cloud of suspicion and fear, in an eerie echo of the kind of public denouncing, carried out by Soviet Stasi, and Nazi Gestapo, collaborators.


And, more about Jannes & Jambres: Watch Out For Jannes & Jambres


The serpent: Satan – Hebrew Word Study

The imposter: Satan is out to counterfeit what Jesus did.  My book “The End, The Wayfarers Guide To The Apocalypse” describes how the devil does it.


Know that we have the power of Christ’s blood, and in his blood is immunity: “Did you know there is proof for the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ?  We even know his blood type, from the cloth wrapped around his head. 

The cloth, called the ‘Sudarium’ is kept in a Cathedral in Oviedo, Spain.   And here’s something from the evidence room:  The blood stains match those on the Turin shroud … 

from AB-solute proof, the blood that speaks

Trust Jesus. He is Jehovah Rapha, our healer.  

Easter 2020

Happy Easter.  I hope you are well wherever you are in this so-called pandemic.

The day before New Zealand went into lock down I saw a lot of fear.  I was shocked at the turn of events – but not afraid of the Coronavirus.  My daughter and son-in-law felt that I was not taking it seriously enough.  They don’t understand my faith or the confidence I have as a believer in Christ.

I trust the Lord more than I trust the government or our media but I am obeying the quarantine rules.  I’ve been sticking to my usual routine in lock down – working a 40 hour week providing remote computer support, walking along the beach one hour a day and attending ‘church’ at home on Sunday.

We’ve been listening to Charles Stanley.  Last week’s sermon was “Victory over fear.”

This morning our observance meant more than usual because it was Easter and we had communion.  We finished by singing “Because he lives.”

God bless, and remember he is in control and we need not fear.

This is Brazilians in lock down singing:

I hope it blesses you.  Stay well in quarantine and keep the faith.  I would love to hear how you observed Easter.

The wall

Have you ever encountered an obstacle that seemed unsurmountable?  Its called “hitting the wall.”  What’s been your wall? 

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“Walk the wall!” A scene from “An Officer and a Gentleman”

Statistics was the wall I came up against, a paper I had to pass to qualify for a Diploma of Business.  We had four weeks to complete it.  I just couldn’t do it, I hadn’t been able to understand maths since the age of ten.  When I prayed about it, I knew I had to “throw my heart over the bar”.

Years before, I had won a major spiritual battle against bad thoughts.  After I’d got rid of the worry and hate, God wanted me to fill my mind with positive thoughts, so I read a book my Norman Vincent Peale, “The power of positive thinking.”

One of the things Norman Vincent Peale said was this;

Throw your heart over the bar and your body will follow.  Throw your faith over your difficulty, throw your affirmation over every barrier, throw your visualisation over your obstacles.  Fire the heart with where you want to go and what you want to be.  Get it so deeply fixed in your unconscious that you will not take no for an answer, then your entire personality will follow where your heart leads.”     

It reminds me of a scene from the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman” that came out in 1982 with the hit song “Up where we belong.”  Anyway, the scene I am talking about is where the only female cadet on the course has a wall she has to scale.  The hero wouldn’t let her give up.  He coached her over the wall; “Walk the wall! Seeger! Seeger, walk! Seeger! Don’t you let go! You walk that wall! Pull! Pull! Pull, Candidate Seeger!”  

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Have you ever hit the wall?  If you can’t seem to get over, consult God before you give up.  He will know whether you can do it or not.  He and my husband helped me scale the wall, just like the hero in the movie.

Did I pass Statistics at College?  I did, I never used it in my business – but I have used Statistics in a major revelation about the 153 fish.

Fight or flight

fight-or-flight-cartoonIn the Kingdom, we are commanded to stand and fight, with all the armour that God gives us.

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Ephesians 6:10

 

But there is a situation where we are not to stand our ground.

When it comes to sexual temptation, we have to run!

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 1 Corinthians 6:8

If you remember the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife, Joseph ran for it.

She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me! ” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.  Genesis 39:12

Its like the Gambler song;

You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em,
Know when to walk away, know when to run.

My book deals with temptation in different places.  Did I run?  You’ll have to read the book to find out.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.  1 Corinthians 10:13

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Do you want it more than you are afraid of it?

I’d been working ever since I was seventeen and decided on a change of career after my children were born.  I spent their early years studying part time for a career in IT, while working part time as a teller at a Credit Union and part time as a Science Technician at a College . 

I was a part time this and a part time that, and a full-time Mum.  In the year after I qualified, a job came up for a Systems Engineer.  After two interviews I found I also had to sit an IQ test.

I nearly talked myself out of the job there and then.  I’d sat a similar test at the same place, the only programming shop in town, 15 years before and failed.  I didn’t want to go there again, but the Lord reminded me of what I had read in a book called ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ by Norman Vincent Peale.

“Whatever you’re doing, give it all you’ve got.  Give every bit of yourself.  Hold nothing back.  Life cannot deny itself to the person who gives life his all.  Throw your heart over your difficulty, throw your affirmation over every barrier, throw your visualization over your obstacles.  Throw your heart over the bar and your body will follow.

I’d never get another opportunity like it, so I ran at it with all my might.  This time I passed the test ahead of all the other applicants and won the job.

That was the first hurdle over.  I overcame my fear of failure.

My advice for the first hurdle is don’t let life say no to you.  Have another go.

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure,  – Bill Cosby.

The next hurdle was starting the job and finding I’d been given the workplace bully as a mentor.  I wish I could say I sailed over that hurdle too, and put her in her place.  I didn’t.  I didn’t confront her because abuse was familiar to me, and I needed whatever scraps of knowledge she would grudgingly give.  I did not overcome my fear of man (Chapter 30 starts this part of the story).

We ran into each other recently, which was quite a surprise as we live in different cities and haven’t seen each other in years.  I’ve moved on.  With God’s help and a big push from Him, I gained a Diploma of Business, and now have my own business which has been running for seven years.

Still weighing and assessing me, she could see I am happy, secure and confident.  She’s still in the same big company, worried about redundancy and her mortgage, and can’t imagine working for herself.  I’d say I’ve got a lot further in life without scorning people or throwing them under the bus at work.

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  Proverbs 3:34

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So for the second hurdle – workplace bullying, keep calm, and believe in yourself.  Its not about you, the bully is the one who is insecure.  Nothing they say about you is true.  If you’re stuck with the bully, stand your ground and confront them.  If you can.  If you can’t, learn how to assert yourself or leave them behind, because they’re never going to stop.  Is your desire for success greater than your fear?

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. – Bill Cosby.

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