The Holy Spirit Now: Pentecost 2021

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In the midst of absolute, worldwide insanity with the setting up of the New World Order by world leaders, wars and rumors of wars, plandemics, impending food shortages, famine, and economic upheaval caused by storms, locusts, and man; attacks on Israel from outside and within, increased persecution of Christians in nation after nation including Canada https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/2021/02/22/persecution-pastor-imprisoned-in-canada/, the possibility of mandatory vaccination, and the feeling that the 4 horses of Revelation are in the starting gate of the Tribulation https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/the-4-horses/, the Holy Spirit is still moving! Though it may not seem like it in your area, I want to encourage you with the undeniable fact that God is at work among His people — after all, isn’t He at work in you?

In the book of Acts we recount that as the Holy Spirit was being poured out and people were being saved day by day, persecution also rose more dramatically. While signs and wonders were everywhere present, so too was persecution. As the Spirit empowered the believers, the enemy arose against them like a flood. But, the more the enemy attacked, the more Christianity grew. The more persecution increased, the more lives were impacted by the incredible, power-packed message of the Gospel. The greater the pressure, the greater the salvations. Even so, against all odds, the Holy Spirit was poured out on all flesh and the Gospel spread in a steady blaze around the world.

What about now? What about today?

Acts 2 states, “17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved… “38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (emphasis mine)

Peter said that the Holy Spirit would be poured out in the last days, and that that day of Pentecost of Acts 2 marked the beginning of the last days. If that was the beginning, can we not infer that we are still in the last days and are closer to the end of them than Peter was? Furthermore, the promise is said to be fore Peter’s day, for the generation after him, and even those who were “afar off” meaning, all generations that would come after them. That includes us.

Thus, the Holy Spirit is still being poured out right now on His people around the world — in house after house, nation after nation, prison cell after prison cell, in bedrooms, in woods, in airplanes, caves, and ship cabins from sea to shining sea. After all, He promised to do so in both Joel 2 and Acts 1-2. What He promised in Joel 2 He began to fulfill in Acts 2, and He is still fulfilling it to this day. We are still in the last days, and truly are in the last of the Last Days. IT IS NOT OVER!!! And below are videos to prove this refreshing fact.

Interestingly enough, all prophetic utterances at Jimmy Swaggart’s church, Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, since May 2020 to the present have been about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as recounted in this link: https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/for-your-edification/ The most recent prophetic utterance of Family Worship Center on May 16th was this, “I’m gonna breathe on the embers again, and I will ignite this fire in your spirit saith the Lord. I am moving on my people says God. Humble yourself and look to Me, for I am well-able; I am able to do it. Oh the promise of the Father, the promise of the Spirit, it was given to you at a great price. I am going to baptize scores, says the Lord. You are going to see My work. All I can see is a hand of a man; the cloud, I can see it coming. It’s going to rain; it’s beginning to rain; it’s raining says the Lord. And you will see the great thing that I can do, says God.”

And so, I pray, dear Christian reader, that you will not be discouraged. There are those who are standing up. There are those who are not backing down. There are those who are unashamed of the Gospel. There are those preaching on street corners, in arenas, in fields, at work, over the phone; there are those being saved, delivered, set free, baptized in water and being empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is moving and has not stopped; the videos below prove this. I pray they lift your spirit, encourage your heart, edify you through and through, and even fill you with fullness of joy. May you be filled afresh with the Holy Spirit as you watch.

Let us be emboldened. Let us not back down. Let us stand together for Christ without fear of anything, and I mean anything! Let us not be weighted down by anything (Hebrews 12), for we are not alone in this fight! Quit coddling pet sins. Quit giving lame excuses. Quit holding onto to even the good things of this world. Quit thinking about getting away and your next vacation. Quit worrying about the vaccine. Quit focusing on your job. Quit desiring normal — stale, stagnant, lukewarm normal. And let us not hold ourselves back because of any emotional baggage or physical infirmity or financial matter, no matter what it is! Don’t limit God by your limitations! Is He not the One who made you and placed you in the very situation you find yourself now?

That’s right. Your situation is not out of God’s control. You think that the devil can do whatever he wants to whenever he wants to do so? Wrong. Our God still reigns. In John 11 we read, “1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.” (emphasis mine) And also in John 9 we read, “1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” (emphasis mine)

In both of these stories, the situation in which the blind man and Lazarus, Mary and Martha found themselves was exactly where God wanted them to be at the exact time He wanted them to be there. Jesus delayed going to Lazarus. Someone was born blind and lived into adulthood blind and became a beggar. Why? For God’s glory. In the case of Lazarus, the delay lasted four days. In the case of the blind man it lasted from his birth into adulthood. Why does God delay? That He might be glorified. Let us not forget what the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12, “9 And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

One other thing important to note here along with God’s glory and His strength in our weakness, there is something that really makes God mad. More often than not, God is slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness (Psalm 103:8). No matter what He is faced with, God is exceedingly patient. Though the earth was filled with violence and nearly all animals and humans had been contaminated genetically, God did immediately send the flood. Though the land of Canaan was filled with evil, He did not immediately wipe them out, but allowed for 400+ years before doing so. But, when we come to Exodus 4 we see what really makes God mad. “10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.14 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses…” (emphasis mine)

Let’s not make God mad by listing our weaknesses and all of our reasons why we can’t do something that He wants us to do. “I’m too old.” “I’m too young.” “I haven’t been to Seminary.” “I have too many bills.” “I have an illness.” “I don’t know that language.” “I don’t know the Bible well enough.” Why not choose to just believe that we truly can do all things in Christ who strengthens us? (Philippians 4:13) After all, the empowering of the Holy Spirit is not by our might nor by our power. It’s not by us nor about us. It’s all about Him. It’s all about God fulfilling His promise. It’s all about God getting ALL of the glory.

As God’s Spirit is moving all around the world, let’s not miss it for the world or because we are too preoccupied with work or too worried about any number of things or too busy with nothing that will count for eternity or too fearful of all that seems out of control. It’s time to quit smelling like the dirt of earth, quit wallowing in the muck and mire, quit messing with stuff, and hoping in the things of this life. It is time to start smelling like the incense of heaven, walking in the Spirit, redeeming the time for the days are evil, lifting up our heads for our redemption is drawing near. Let’s not miss what God is doing and is about to do for any reason large or small. Let’s set our minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2). Today is the day. Jesus is coming SOON!! Let’s do this!!!!

If you’ve not yet been empowered by the Holy Spirit, may this day be your day as you seek the Father for His promise that is for all who are far off– and those “far off” includes me and you and this entire generation. The promise is for you. The promise is for now. Why wait any longer?

Blessing to you all this Pentecost!!

Empowered from on High,

Holy Light Ministries

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The Moving of the Holy Spirit In Israel

Even so, the Gospel is being preached at the present time in the streets of Israel by Messianic Rabbi Zev Porat and the ministry team of Messiah of Israel Ministries. As bombs are bursting in air overhead and threats to the lives of Israelis are immanent in the streets, Zev and his team continue to aid the hurting financially as well as spiritually, and many are being saved as never before (videos below). Pastor Zev has been boldly preaching an undiluted message for many years from the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem to the streets of Tel Aviv in spite of intense, Rabbinic opposition.

“Rockets pounding Israel, Urgent Prayer!” May 15, 2021, https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Israel-Under-Fire–Urgent-Prayer-.html?soid=1109486046015&aid=IkMbZ2NwRsA In spite of ongoing, relentless rocket fire attacks from outside and heated, frightening attacks from enemies within, and fear overwhelming the people like a tidal wave, Pastor Zev Porat and the Messiah of Israel Ministries team continue to reach out to the hurting and desperate by handing out $250 food vouchers and the Gospel. The Holy Spirit is still moving and speaking through the new converts who have been waiting for an opportunity to share the Gospel and the peace of God through Jesus to their now petrified family and friends. Please, pray for them as they boldly proclaim the truth during this horrific time of growing darkness and impending death.

The Moving of the Holy Spirit in the U.S. and Around the World

the Democratic Republic of Congo

Bree Keyton of Worshipping Warriors Fellowship

“Bree ministers in power evangelism, with an apostolic/prophetic call, brandishing a sword of steel while exercising the sword of the Spirit. More than a million have been saved, delivered and received physical and emotional healing by the awesome power of God through her ministry. She leads dynamic prayer walk teams, and has a special call to break strongholds over cities, and nations. She leads rescue missions in jungles, travels the world teaching her college courses, and holding conferences and crusades.” Quote from her website: https://www.worshippingwarriorsfellowship.com/index.html

Her interview begins at the 7 minute mark. Before that is a yummy recipe for cheddar cheese quick bread.

Keyna and Tanzania

Wayne and Denise Dery Sr. of The Plant International

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“Wayne and Denise are founders of the plant international missions ministry. They plant and build churches in remote areas of Africa where there is little or no gospel message.This successful missions ministry is now building a church ever 30 days and planting a new work ever 60 days on the border of Kenya and Tanzania with the Massai people. Their passion is to win the lost and they truly live the verse, “Unto the uttermost.”

Wayne testifies that “God spoke so clearly to me. He said, “Wayne I want you to plant and build churches in places like this, where they don’t know me. “ God started in my heart that day The Plant International! Two months later we resigned our church and began the process of living God’s dream for our lives.The vision is to plant and build churches in areas where there is little or no gospel message. We are currently planting and building churches in Kenya Africa in the deep bush with the Maasai Tribes. God has blessed us so much. We now have an 11 acre compound in the bush of Majimoto Kenya. We have seen many churches built and miracles abound.” Quotes taken from their website: https://www.theplantintl.org/

The interview of Wayne Dery Sr. begins at approximately the 8 minute and 30 second mark. If you want a great recipe for Hawaiian Chicken salad though you might want to watch this from the beginning! LOL! 🙂

England

Evangelist Daniel Chand

Evangelist Daniel Chand of Walking Like Jesus ministries, “…travels the nations preaching and equipping the Saints for the work of the ministry. Prior to accepting Jesus, Daniel was an amateur boxer. Living a life of violence & negativity, later resulted in his arrest and facing an 8-year imprisonment. Whilst Daniel was on bail, he was in a dark place and through his desperation he was told about Jesus. The love of God broke into Daniel’s life and this led to his powerful conversion. Not long after his salvation, Daniel would find people to pray for on the streets just as Jesus did. He began to see the sick healed and people surrendering their lives to Jesus in shopping centres, churches and even in hospitals. Daniel went on to graduate from the Reinhard Bonnke School of Evangelism. It was from this point ‘Walking Like Jesus’ was birthed and Daniel was catapulted into the ministry at the age of 21.” (quote from his youtube channel)

Street Evangelist Pastor Sherwood

Pastor Sherwood, age 71, was roughly arrested after complaints against him for preaching from Genesis 1 on God creating a man and a woman.

Canadian Pastors

Three pastors —Coates, Pawlowski, and Stephens (Canada)– have been arrested (one of whom is still imprisoned) for daring to allow their churches to meet together as commanded by God in Scripture https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/2021/02/22/persecution-pastor-imprisoned-in-canada/. And there are still other Canadian pastors being locked out of their own churches, such as Pastor Hildebrandt and Pastor Reaume, and still others have been recently, heavily fined along with their church members, such as Pastor Reaume. But, they are undaunted and filled with fresh zeal to press on and proclaim. And while others around the world are facing dire persecution, arrest, imprisonment and even death, https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/worldwide-persecution/ and https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/persecution/ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcCHInA6UMg the Holy Spirit is still moving, still being poured out, and the Gospel is still being preached boldly and unashamedly.

Pastor Reaume

May 10, 2021

Pastor Hildebrandt

At about the 14 minute mark he begins to encourage his followers and to speak to the on-lookers. His message is excellent.

Worldwide Evangelism, Signs and Wonders

Andres Bisonni

Andres Bisonni has been holding meetings large and small, far and wide, in nation after nation wherein he preaches the Gospel with signs and wonders following as the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the listeners in attendance (videos below). Though the lockdowns have slowed his ability to travel, they have not slowed the move of the Spirit. According to information beneath one of his youtube videos he states, “We are also amazed at how the Lord is using these videos on social media to reach millions of lives all over the world with the gospel. We have been able to reach more lives during this pandemic than ever before! This past month alone we reached over a million people on Facebook with the message of Jesus!”

Phillip Blair and Torch of Christ Ministries

Preacher Phillip Blair of Torch of Christ Ministries takes the Gospel around the world via street preaching, prophetical calls to repentance, prayer, and evangelistic meetings. Even during the lockdowns, he traveled as he and his team were able (videos below) declaring the truth to all who will listen.

“During a night service in a very spiritually dark village in India (huge idols and Hindu temples down the road where they are said to drink human blood), we preached on the power of love and forgiveness in an age where it seems to be more popular to hate and hold grudges.”

The United States

Mario Murillo

Evangelist Mario Murillo, author of Fresh Fire, is leading the way in tent revival after tent revival in California against all odds, in spite of restrictions, and waging war against demonic principalities and powers.

Mario Murillo, posted January 27, 2021

Sean Feucht of Hold the Line and Let Us Worship

Inspirational Worship

Revive UK, 2020

**Disclaimer**

Holy Light Ministries does not agree 100% with all ministers represented by the videos above. As with all ministries there are differences of opinion regarding how to live the Christian faith or do ministry.

For example: The denomination of Pastor Henry Hildebrandt has had a questionable history, questionable past leadership, and all of them dress like they live in another century, but he and his congregation are suffering persecution gracefully and patiently, and he appears to have a sound soteriology, that salvation is through Jesus Christ alone.

Phillip Blair appears to believe that women’s heads need to be covered, and has an unconventional mode of evangelism for at times he wears sackcloth like the Old Testament prophets and much of the time calls out on a megaphone through the streets, but his heart seems to be about reaching the lost with the Gospel of repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ alone.

Both Sean Feucht and Mario Murillo’s heart appear to be the Gospel, and their signs and wonders appear to be genuinely of the Holy Spirit. However, both are in league with members of the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation). The NAR is a nefarious group whose leaders quote the Bible well, but in the end they do not do what they just said. Furthermore, the NAR attribute all signs and wonders to God, forgetting that there are lying signs and wonders too. They teach discernment, but then do not practice it at all. They allow for demonic manifestations (including Kundalini) and say that they are of the Holy Spirit. They also have many prophets and what is called the school of the prophets, but those prophets are never 100% accurate — and in Bill Johnson’s Bethel School of Ministry in order to graduate, one cannot be 100% right, but must be wrong at least 3x. Inaccuracy is dismissed by the group as being normal, for no one can be right all of the time. However, Scripture tells us that if one is prophesying, it is via the Holy Spirit. Thus, no error is possible because the Holy Spirit is never wrong, for He leads us into all truth not error.

Holy Light Ministries does not condone nor endorse the NAR nor the school of the prophets nor all dreamers of dreams. However, neither does Holy Light believe in Cessationism (that signs and wonders have ceased when the Apostles died). Rather, Holy Light believes that both demonic entities and the Holy Spirit are active today through signs, wonders, dreams, visions, and prophetic utterances, and true, Biblically based discernment must be utilized in order to avoid being deceived.

Persecution in Canada

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This story will be updated regularly. To be updated regarding persecution elsewhere, please refer to these two links: https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/worldwide-persecution/ and https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/persecution/ — this pic is a free bing download.

Yes. Our Canadian brothers are being persecuted right now. This article contains various videos and articles updating the progress regarding the persecution of several pastors in Canada. It begins with the oldest video. Indeed, just like Jesus said, persecution is on the rise and will continue to rise as the days grow darker. It is all the more important that we work while it is still day and redeem the time for the days are evil. On top of that, may we not cease to pray for our fellow Christians, that they may face persecution with dignity and grace and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

With Grave Sincerity,

Holy Light Ministries

For more on the rise of persecution around the world and in the U.S. feel free to connect with these links:

“Worldwide Persecution,” https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/worldwide-persecution/

“American Persecution,” https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/persecution/

B.C. church fined $2.3K for violating COVID-19 ban on worship services,” November 2020, https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-church-fined-2-3k-for-violating-covid-19-ban-on-worship-services-1.5821450 Quote: “Churchgoers say ban on religious services violates their Charter rights.” One such church member is Tonya Gaw. “Gaw said rising levels of depression and anxiety are signs that people need places like churches to remain open. “The church is the community for many people,” she said. Gaw said she thinks the rising number of COVID-19 cases is due to faulty testing, which is causing false positives. “The deception to the public is instilling this unbelievable fear,” she said. “All of it needs to stop. And we’re pleading with the government to just stop the whole thing.”” 

“B.C. churches issued tickets totalling $18,400 for breaking pandemic rules,” December 18, 2020, https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-churches-issued-tickets-totalling-18-400-for-breaking-pandemic-rules-1.5848330 Quote: “The RCMP say they have served tickets totalling $18,400 to representatives from three places of worship in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley for violating public health orders.” One of the three was the Free Reformed Church in Chilliwack, B.C.

“Anti-church gov’t overreach common in British Columbia,” January 12, 2021, https://onenewsnow.com/church/2021/01/12/anti-church-govt-overreach-common-in-british-columbia Quote: “Some attendees of Riverside Calvary Church believe the government is exceeding its authority in shutting down Christians’ freedom to worship, with one member saying the fine was a clear illustration of government “overreach.”…assistant pastor Randy Dyck [says], “Every government is soon going to force a very different – and sadly, very evil – lifestyle on the world,” Dyck declared in a YouTube video that he posted last week. “The reality is that the Bible teaches a world government that will be anti-God and a world government that will reject the Scriptures [will come into power in the End Times].””

“Canada No Longer Feels Like A Free Country,” April 7, 2021, https://spencerfernando.com/2021/04/07/canada-no-longer-feels-like-a-free-country/

Update: March 15th

“UPDATE: Wife of Jailed Canadian Pastor Shares Details of Husband’s Ordeal Behind Bars,” https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2021/march/update-wife-of-jailed-canadian-pastor-shares-details-of-husbands-situation-behind-bars (This is in Alberta, Canada which is the province to the right of and right next to British Columbia.)

Update: April 2nd

“Canadian pastor jailed for disobeying COVID-19 lockdown rules says inmates strongly support him,” April 2, 2021, https://www.christianpost.com/news/canadian-pastor-jailed-for-holding-in-person-worship-sevices-says-inmates-support-him.html

GraceLife pastor James Coates handed $1,500 fine, is released from remand centre,” March 23, 2021, https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/gracelife-pastor-james-coates-handed-dollar1500-fine-is-released-from-remand-centre/ar-BB1eQsZ1?ocid=uxbndlbing

Update: April 6th

“Breaking! Police and Security Put up Chain-link Fence Around Gracelife Church,” https://protestia.com/2021/04/07/breaking-police-and-security-put-up-chain-link-fence-around-gracelife-church/ QUOTE: “In a completely unprecedented move, police and security arrived on site in the middle of the night and put up a chain and wire fence around Gracelife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, home of previously imprisoned Pastor James Coates, in order to keep them out and prevent them from gathering for further services until they comply with shutdown restrictions.” This article also contains a quote from Pastor James Coates’ wife Erin Coates on her Instagram account. Mrs. Coates ends by saying, “I pray for all the pastors and Christians that still think this is about a virus and health order. Clearly our Charter and criminal code mean nothing as long as the government can come up with a good enough story to disregard it. God have mercy on our nation. I pray for their souls. They are clearly under Your judgment.”

Update: April 7th

Update: April 8th

Update: April 11th

“Protesters tear down then rebuild metal fences, denounce closure of GraceLife church,” https://toronto.citynews.ca/2021/04/11/hundreds-gather-to-denounce-closure-of-gracelife-church/

Update: May 4th (Coates, Reaume, and Pawlowski)

Updates on Pastor Coates, Trinity Bible Chapel, and Pastor Artur Pawlowski (both in Alberta Canada): “Canadian Crackdown on Christians Who Refuse To Limit Worship Gatherings,” May 2, 2021, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkZZ6S4DUes

Trinity Bible Chapel and Pastor Jacob Reaume (in Ontario, Canada)

“Canadian Church has 26 Charges Before the Courts and Faces $30,000,000 in Fines + Jail Time,” April 14, 2021, https://protestia.com/2021/04/14/canadian-church-has-26-charges-before-the-courts-and-faces-30000000-in-fines-jail-time/

“After $40,000,000 in fines, Police To Lock Doors and Take Over Canadian Church,” May 1, 2021, https://protestia.com/2021/05/01/after-40000000-in-fines-police-to-lock-doors-and-take-over-canadian-church/

“Doors locked at Trinity Bible Chapel after court order,” May 2, 2021, https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/trinity-bible-chapel-doors-locked-1.6010996

Pastor Coates

“Pastor James Coates’ Trial Starts Today: How You Can Watch,” May 3, 2021, https://protestia.com/2021/05/03/pastor-james-coates-trial-starts-monday-how-you-can-watch/

Update: May 8, 2021 (Coates, Reaume, and Pawlowski)

As of today, May 8, the trial of Pastor James Coates (Alberta, Canada)will reconvene June 7th when the Judge is supposed to announce his decision. Pastor Jacob Reaume (Ontario, Canada) explains what has been happening to himself and the members of his church. He personally has been fined $900,000 plus the possibility of time in prison, his church has been fined 50 million, and the government changed the locks on his church’s doors — in other words, he’s been locked out of his own church. Why? Because he dared to obey the Lord by meeting together with his church in spite of the government’s unconstitutional, unbiblical orders. And Pastor Arthur Powlowski (Alberta) had a warrant out for his arrest, and is to go to trial for contempt of court on Tuesday May 11th.

Pastor Artur Pawlowski was just arrested today, May 8th, while on his way home from church. A horde of police pulled him over on a busy highway, blocked off part of the highway with many police vehicles –you’d think he was a violent, dangerous drug lord–, hand cuffed him in the middle of the street, and dragged him away.

Update: May 9, 2021 (Pawlowski)

In the interview below, Pastor Artur relates covertly via his wife’s phone, that the police nearly broke his shoulder during the arrest, that he was thrown into the back of the police vehicle and then driven an hour and a half to the prison where he was placed in a cell without a bed, without a blanket, without a pillow, without a chair, with bright lights that they did not turn off all night, where he stands for hours on a hard, cold, cement floor. They will not allow him to speak with his lawyers nor his lawyers to speak with him. The police on occasion come and stare at him through the bars. All in all, his voice was calm, and he sounded peaceful in spite of the cruel circumstances.

Update: May 10th (Pawlowski)

Sarah Miller, one of Pastor Artur’s legal team, comments on his case. She states that “his detention so far has been quite bizarre…” His lawyers are puzzled that he is still being held and why it took the authorities so long to get him in touch with his legal counsel. Pastor Artur’s brother David (who also was arrested) is the one who actually was able to contact the legal team. https://www.rebelnews.com/pastor_artur_pawlowskis_lawyer_next_steps_on_fair_hearing_after_arrest_for_contempt_order

According to Rebel News in Canada just minute ago, “Sarah Miller and her legal team at JSS Barristers have been working tirelessly to secure the release of Pastor Artur Pawlowski and his brother David Pawlowski. This morning, they succeeded in their mission. I joined Sarah live for an update on the legal developments moments after court proceedings came to a close.” “BREAKING: Lawyer confirms Pastor Artur’s RELEASE from jail is imminent,” May 10, 2021, https://www.rebelnews.com/lawyer_confirms_pastor_artur_release_from_jail_is_imminent

“Pastor Artur Pawlowski’s release DELAYED officials at Remand Centre,” https://www.rebelnews.com/pastor_artur_pawlowski_release_delayed_by_rogue_guards

Update 6:30 p.m. MT/8:30 p.m. ET: Pastor Artur Pawlowski is finally released.” Though initially they delayed the release, he has now been released.

“Pastor Artur Pawlowski is FREE — but why did the guards refuse for hours to let him out?” https://www.rebelnews.com/pastor_artur_is_free_but_why_did_guards_delay

Update: May 11, 2021 (Church in Nova Scotia)

“Nova Scotia RCMP issue $74k in COVID fines at small town Weston Christian Fellowship Church,” May 11, 2021, https://www.rebelnews.com/nova_scotia_rcmp_issue_74k_in_covid_fines_at_small_town_weston_christian_fellowship_church On Sunday May 10th police met 26 adults (counted as age 16+) arriving to attend church, and after each remained regardless of police warnings to leave, they fined each adult $2,422. On top of that they fined the church $11,622.50. Why? Because in Nova Scotia “faith gatherings” are no longer “allowed.”

Update: May 17th (Hildebrandt, Stephens and Coates)

Pastor Henry Hildebrandt (in Ontario, Canada just like Pastor Reaume is)

Pastor Tim Stephens (in Alberta, Canada just like Pastor Coates and Pastor Pawlowski)

Pastor Stephens was arrested in front of his wife and 8 crying children on Sunday May 16th following the church service. Though they are following the Constitution of Canada, new restrictions contrary to that Constitution are being enforced per a judge’s orders and via willing police. In so doing, this pastor has joined the multitude of other persecuted believers around the world and throughout history.

“Calgary pastor arrested after months of defying COVID-19,” May 16, 2021, restrictionshttps://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/calgary-pastor-arrested-after-months-of-defying-covid-19-restrictions Quote: “…In a letter published to Fairview Baptist Church’s website on May 5, Stephens said the limit to church capacity would change nothing.“Our actions are borne out of theological commitments to the Lordship of Christ and his instruction to the church as revealed in Scripture,” Stephens wrote.”

Pastor James Coates

Pastor MacArthur received first hand info from Pastor Coates in Canada stating that the courts up in Canada have ruled that no church can be restrained from gathering/meeting. However, one judge can rule one thing and another judge can rule another way. So, there is no hard, fast rule regarding churches in Canada. That being said, at least Pastor Coates’ church appears to have been given some freedom back. However, per a different Bible Thumping Wingnut not listed here, James Coates and his church are still meeting in secret, undisclosed locations.

Update: May 18th (Pawlowski, Stephens and Coates)

Pastor Artur

“SHAMEFUL: Arsonists attack Pastor Artur’s home in Calgary,” May 17, 2021, https://www.rebelnews.com/arsonists_attack_pastor_arturs_home_in_calgary

Pastor Stephens, Pastor Artur and Pastor Coates

Pastor Tim Stephens

May 21, 2021 (Pastor Stephens and Pastor Coates)

It is important to note that the arrests of these pastors may not have to do with preaching the gospel (as the Bible Thumping Wingnut pointed out), BUT they do have to do with the nature of the Church. The mandate is against “gatherings” and that is what the Church technically is: the “gathered together/assembled ones”. https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/2020/07/28/the-church-to-assemble-or-not-to-assemble/ Thus, the secret, May 6th mandate was demonically inspired, for it’s very design, in effect, shuts down the “gathered together ones” – the Church. Indeed, the entire “plandemic” is from the pit of hell meant for the demise of the Church.

Pastor Coates so graciously pointed out in the above video that a court of Alberta, Canada secretly, even covertly created a mandate. This mandate was inspired by a particular restaurant (the Whistle Stop), and sought to prevent the owner from protesting the government shutting down his restaurant. However, the wording in the mandate of May 6th did not specify the restaurant but can be taken to include anyone gathering together in Alberta. Thus anyone gathering can be arrested on the spot because of this May 6th court order.

Then, on May 13th, this mandate was amended in court, making it applicable to only the restaurant owner. However, days later on May 16th Pastor Tim Stephens was arrested anyway, because they said only part of the mandate was amended not the whole. The pastor’s arrest is now being challenged in court.

Pastor Tim Stephens is awaiting his trial on June 16th. As far as I can tell at this point, He is still in jail because his release was conditional. His lawyers were/are working to remove those conditions. He cannot in good conscience agree to the conditions. Where he is being held he describes as a “very dark place” and is honored to share in Christ’s sufferings that he might be more like Christ. Please remember him in prayer (Hebrews 13:3).

May 26, 2021 (Pastor Stephens)

Pastor Pawlowski

LIVE UPDATES: Pastor Artur Pawlowski’s contempt of court hearing,” May 26, 2021, https://www.rebelnews.com/pastor_artur_pawlowski_may_26_2021_contempt_of_court Quote: “Court will be adjourned on this hearing to June 28 for a decision. Same day at the decision for the morning’s hearing.” Pastor and brother must be in attendance that day.” Yet another allegation of contempt will be decided on June 28th as well.

May 28, 2021 (Tim Stephens)

“AHS drops contempt of court proceedings against Pastor Tim Stephen,” May 28, 2021, https://www.jccf.ca/ahs-drops-contempt-of-court-proceedings-against-pastor-tim-stephens/

Quote: “The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is pleased to announce that the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Contempt of Court Application against Calgary pastor Tim Stephens, of Calgary’s Fairview Baptist Church, has been abandoned by AHS and will not be going to a hearing…

The arrest and confinement of Pastor Stephens was unlawful for two reasons. First, the Thursday, May 6, 2021 injunction, which originally applied to all Albertans who had notice of its terms, was amended by Associate Chief Justice Rooke on May 13 to only apply to Whistle Stop Café and individuals operating in concert with or under the direction of Whistle Stop Café or its proprietor. Pastor Stephens has no connection to either party.

Second, Pastor Stephens was never served with a copy of the court injunction, a prerequisite for the enforcement of an injunction. On May 9, 2021, Calgary Police Service (CPS) officers erroneously served a copy of the injunction upon another individual who is not Pastor Stephens. At no time did CPS ever serve the injunction upon Pastor Stephens

The arrest of Pastor Stephens occurs against the backdrop of the Justice Centre’s ongoing legal challenges in two separate court actions against the Alberta lockdowns. To date, the Alberta Government has failed to produce any medical or scientific evidence, in either court action, that might justify its public health orders as required by the Charter. Lawyers for Alberta have repeatedly delayed court proceedings with procedural motions and adjournments rather than face judicial scrutiny of the health orders…

AHS boasted in a May 6 news release that it “sought and received a court order against all other organizers of advertised illegal gatherings and rallies breaching COVID-19 public health orders.” Suddenly, Albertans gathering outdoors in numbers larger than five could be locked up in jail immediately, without any ability to defend themselves against unconstitutional health orders…

On May 13, 2021, the Justice Centre appeared in court to amend the AHS injunction, such that it would no longer apply to every Albertan…

After the amendment, the Justice Centre informed the Calgary Police Service and other police forces in Alberta that the order no longer applied to the public at large, but only to certain individuals affiliated with Whistle Stop Café. The police continued to make arrests even after being informed of this court order amendment, presumably on the instruction of AHS.

“Covid does not suspend or nullify people’s Charter rights. In wrongfully arresting and imprisoning Pastor Stephens, AHS proved once again that it is far more interested in punishing dissent than paying attention to legal details, like requirements for notice and the constitutional constraints on its power”, states Mr. Cameron.

“By waging constant war on civil liberties and by refusing to justify demonstrably, with evidence put before a court, the ongoing violations of Charter rights and freedoms, it is AHS and the Alberta government who are disobeying the rule of law.””

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HolyLight Ministries will be updating this article as new stories come to light. These are the main sources of this ongoing article. Feel free to refer to them on your own:

https://www.rebelnews.com/ and https://protestia.com/ and https://biblethumpingwingnut.com/

Do We Really Want to Go Back To “Normal”?

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Those of you Christians who are awake to what is going on in America and the world, have you been grieving? I and my family have been grieving: grieving over all that made America good and great; grieving over our hopes we once held for the future; grieving over mask mandates, closed churches, milk toast pastors, the collapse of the economy, people who have lost their jobs, the masses of American’s swallowing lies hook, line and sinker, businesses in bankruptcy, friends who had planned to visit, hoped for vacations, saving up for future home renovations, buying a new car, and on and on and on. In other words, we’ve been grieving over “normal.” Oh how often I’ve said, I want to get back to normal. Have you wanted that too? Have you been grieving too?

But, in answer to that I’m going to ask another question. Are you sure you want to go back to “normal”?

Of course when I think of normal, I mean the good and godly America that really has not been around for a long time. It was the America of the 1950s and before that. It was that nation that filled Scotsman Peter Marshall, who was a former chaplain of the U.S. Senate (in the 1940s) and pastor of the church of the presidents in Washington D.C., with great pride and a sense of respect and awe. It was that nation that caused Alexis de Tocqueville to remark, “America is great because she is good; when she ceases to be good she’ll cease to be great.” And that goodness, he pointed out, came out of the churches, and was a righteousness that emanated from the church to the people and thus impacted the society.

But, that normal has not been around for quit awhile. Little by little that goodness became contaminated: in the colleges, in the seminaries, in the public schools, in the movies, in the music, in the churches and in the homes. Truly, no matter how much we love Jesus, we all have been impacted by the culture of sin around us.

So, let’s look at the real “normal” a second…

Broken families. High divorce rates. Addiction of all kinds including pornography, alcohol, drugs, food, shopping. Hearts and minds that have become desensitized to sin. Indulgence in movies teaching worldly philosophies and hedonistic, selfish, immoral behavior. Christian couples living together before marriage. Spiritually dead churches. Ministers who didn’t even believe the Bible is the inspired word of God. Lying signs and wonders in churches deemed as godly and good. False prophets declared greater than the prophets of the Bible. The approval of the homosexual lifestyle by church denominations. Christians constantly vacationing and investing in worldly pursuits. Christian individuals addicted to and worshiping the idol of busyness. And this is all just among Christians. I did not mention the normal out in the world such as the persecution of photographers, bakers and other business people who were fined or prosecuted for not catering to homosexual weddings, the murder of unborn, road rage, the Bible being removed from schools, prayer not allowed in schools or sporting events, teachers and coaches being fired or suspended for praying with their students or team, Satanism vying for equal treatment with Christians in schools etc., homosexual marriage, the sex slave trade, lying politicians, immoral sex education being taught in the schools, school shootings, sex being promoted in anything and everything, the worship of sports, and large numbers of children joining and/or dabbling in Wicca, Witchcraft, Satanism, and other Occultism.

That was our American normal. There was a whole lot more to list, and I’m sure you could add to it as well. But, you get the point.

So, every time I begin to desire returning to normal, I am struck with the grave realization that we cannot return to normal. Sin is there. Evil is there. Godlessness is there. Enslavement is there. The nation has not repented. A large number of churches have not repented either. America has forgotten God. Even the American churches have forgotten God. And God cannot bless a nation that does not honor Him. And who wants to return to a “normal” that does not have Him front and center and in the place of honor He belongs? And for what are we hoping and fighting when America is riddled with sin like cancer?

We long for “normal”, but just like when Israel resided in Egypt, normal meant enslavement. We cannot return to normal just like Israel could not return to Egypt. God was leading Israel to something far better than Egypt, a land flowing with the bounty of milk and honey. Just as God called Israel to be holy and set a part, He is calling us as Christians to do the same, to not look back but to look up, for He is leading us to “a land that is fairer than day, and by faith we can see it afar.” Except, it is not that far away anymore. It is at the door.

America is not our home. Please, let that sink in. Go ahead and grieve her loss. But in that loss comes great gain. For, all that we knew and loved in America – all the goodness and godliness and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the wholesomeness and family things and warm fuzzies – did not originate here. It originated in a Kingdom whose Builder and Maker is God, and His Kingdom is coming. We may think our hearts long for America, but in reality what we long for is our righteous King and His Kingdom. And try to wrap your hearts around this: We are citizens (Philippians 3:20) and ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20) of the eternal, heavenly Kingdom of God, who happen to reside in a temporary, earthly nation called America. Our allegiance is to God’s Kingdom and no other.

The next time you begin to pine for the good old days, remember, there are far better days in an eternity that is drawing nearer now than ever before in history. There may be very hard days ahead, but let’s set our hearts on the Promised Land not idolatrous Egypt. There may be grave persecution and tumultuous times, but let’s set our hearts on the righteous Kingdom, not our fallen, unrepentant nation. Let’s not be so obsessed with the things of this earth, no matter how good, that we are so covered with “earthiness”  instead of Christ. Let’s look to King Jesus for our peace and security, not our unregenerate, degenerate leaders. Let’s long for heaven, our real home, not this world that is passing away and is in its death throes. And let’s not look back to the days of our slavery with stars in our eyes because of some good we got out of it. Remember Lot’s wife. Do not look back. Instead, look up. Truly, let’s STAND UP at attention and LOOK UP in anticipation, for our King is coming soon! (Luke 21:28). This is our blessed hope! (Titus 2:13).

The Church: To Assemble Or Not To Assemble?

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An important question to be asked today is this: what is the definition of the Church? It seems in recent months churches have lost the meaning of what being a church actually is, if they ever knew or thought about that meaning at all. They attempt to explain away the fact that they disbanded the Church, saying that the Church is not a building but the people that are in it. Though at first glance I thought I agreed with this logic, I have since concluded otherwise. For the Church (meaning the people in it) are, in fact, a building. First Corinthians 3:9 says so actually. Referring to believers (as a group not individually, plural not singular) the passage states you all “are God’s building.” Paul even goes on to say that he is a “master builder” and that Jesus is our “foundation”, and that everyone is contributing to this building project. Therefore, even if the Church, the body of Christ, the assembly of believers is not an actual wooden building with a cross on it and a steeple, God Himself calls us all His building.

Pastors have tried to gloss over locking their doors by saying that the early church met in homes so why shouldn’t we? Yet another form of logic is that of the reasoning that we as Christians must obey the legal authorities. Though there is some merit to what they have said — for yes the early church did meet in homes and yes we are to honor our secular rulers — in all these explanations the pastors, however, have lost the meaning of the name “church”. Indeed, they’ve even missed the fact that we are God’s building. So, in order to better understand what the Church actually is let’s take a look at both the Greek word for “church” and its Hebrew equivalent. Though you may say “this looks like Greek to me!” please bear with me because laying this foundation is important!

The word for “church” in the Greek is ekklesia (Strong’s #1577). Ekklesia comes from ekkletos, meaning “called out” and is from the word ekkaleo meaning, “to call out.” Thus, the word for church, ekklesia, means “the called people…those called out or assembled in the public affairs of a free state, the body of free citizens called together by a herald,” (The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament, pg 541). And a herald (kerux, #2783) is a preacher, a messenger, one who proclaims, who in Classical Greek was a “public servant of supreme power…one who summoned the ekklesia, the town gathering…a kerux, messenger, was…[a] conveyor of a declaration…in 2 Peter 2:5…Noah was a herald of righteousness…” (The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament, pg 861).

In the Old Testament there are two Hebrew words used for assemblies/gatherings: edah (Strong’s #5712) and qahal (Strong’s #6951). In the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament that had been put together before Christ by 70 leading Jewish Biblical scholars, the word synagogue is equivalent to edah, and the world ekklesia is equivalent to qahal. Though occasionally used in the New Testament to refer to the Church, early on the Greek word synagogue came to be strictly associated with the Jewish gatherings. However, the Greek word ekklesia, which even Jesus used on occasion (Matthew 16:18), came to be regarded as Christian gatherings. (“Jewish Literature in New Testament Times,” https://www.bible-history.com/jewishliterature/jewish_literaturethe_septuagint.htm; “Septuagint,” https://www.septuagint.net/)

For further clarification “…both qahal and ekklesia indicate a calling or summoning to a place of meeting. Qahal and ekklesia are the more sacred terms, denoting the people in relation to Jehovah, especially in public worship” (The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament, pg 1334). Even so, ekklesia is synonymous with episunagoge (Strong’s #1997) used in Hebrews 10:25 which means, “to gather together.”

From what are we as Christians called out? The world system that is under the rule of the evil one and his cohorts. To what are we called? We are called out by a messenger/preacher to gather in worship of our King. We are called to assemble in praise of the King and Kingdom of God that has no end. Thus, we are no longer a part of the system of this world, but have become a kingdom of priests and kings unto our God (Revelation 1:6), are new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), are the body and Bride of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27; 2 Corinthians 11:2), and ambassadors of His heavenly Kingdom (2 Corinthians 5:20). Because of this, we live by Kingdom rules, for we are citizens of the country of heaven (Philippians 3:20). While here as ambassadors, we honor those God has placed in power here, but when anything comes into question, we stand on the side of the Kingdom that we represent. He is our head (Ephesians 5:23).

It has been recently, correctly stated by Pastor John Macarthur and the pastoral leadership and elders of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California that,

“As pastors and elders, we cannot hand over to earthly authorities any privilege or power that belongs solely to Christ as head of His church. Pastors and elders are the ones to whom Christ has given the duty and the right to exercise His spiritual authority in the church (1 Peter 5:1–4; Hebrews 13:7, 17)—and Scripture alone defines how and whom they are to serve (1 Corinthians 4:1–4). They have no duty to follow orders from a civil government attempting to regulate the worship or governance of the church. In fact, pastors who cede their Christ-delegated authority in the church to a civil ruler have abdicated their responsibility before their Lord and violated the God-ordained spheres of authority as much as the secular official who illegitimately imposes his authority upon the church…

In short, as the church, we do not need the state’s permission to serve and worship our Lord as He has commanded. The church is Christ’s precious bride (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23–27). She belongs to Him alone. She exists by His will and serves under His authority. He will tolerate no assault on her purity and no infringement of His headship over her. All of that was established when Jesus said, “I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it” (Matthew 16:18).

Christ’s own authority is “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And [God the Father has] put all things in subjection under [Christ’s] feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:21–23).

Accordingly, the honor that we rightly owe our earthly governors and magistrates (Romans 13:7) does not include compliance when such officials attempt to subvert sound doctrine, corrupt biblical morality, exercise ecclesiastical authority, or supplant Christ as head of the church in any other way.

The biblical order is clear: Christ is Lord over Caesar, not vice versa. Christ, not Caesar, is head of the church. Conversely, the church does not in any sense rule the state. Again, these are distinct kingdoms, and Christ is sovereign over both. Neither church nor state has any higher authority than that of Christ Himself, who declared, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18).”

However, unlike Pastor John Macarthur, so many American Christian pastors (and Canadian for that matter) still have their doors locked. In so doing, these pastors are willingly allowing godless governors and mayors to lead God’s flock, and thus, have forfeited their role as shepherd of the flock of God.

Remember what happened when Israel, a nation under the headship of God alone, asked for a human king? “Give us a king to judge us,” they said. “And the LORD said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.” (1 Samuel 8:6-7). And so, in 1 Samuel 12, Saul is made king at the beginning of the wheat harvest (1 Sam 12:17) – that is Pentecost, for Pentecost is the day of the first fruits of the wheat harvest (Exodus 34:22). And Samuel said to them “I will call to the LORD, and He will send thunder and rain, that you may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking a king for yourselves,” (vs17).

Indeed, it was this exact timing, May 31st Pentecost Sunday (year 2020), that the pastors of this nation were presented with a choice: to reopen or to remain closed. Around 3,000 churches in California pledged to reopen together and thousands of churches in Minnesota did the same, and a few other churches around the U.S. took a stand, and chose to serve the Lord as their King. The others who remained closed and are still closed, have, whether they admit it or not, chosen their governors and mayors and judges as king. And just as in the account of Samuel and the Israelites demanding a human king, God sent thunderstorms across the U.S.; even areas that don’t usually get thunder and lightning were rocked and rolled.  (“Thunderstorms to Rumble Around “Ring of Fire” This Week,” https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2020/05/31/Thunderstorms-to-rumble-around-ring-of-fire-this-week/6241590931418/; “Thunderstorms Rock Puget Sound Region as Severe Weather Threatens Eastern Wash.” https://komonews.com/news/local/thunderstorms-rock-puget-sound-region-as-severe-weather-threatens-eastern-wash; “Unusually Intense Severe Storms Likely In Oregon and Washington on Saturday,” https://www.forbes.com/sites/dennismersereau/2020/05/30/unusually-intense-severe-storms-are-likely-in-oregon-and-washington-on-saturday/#386877d37537; “Thunderstorms Target the Great Lakes, Northeast Through Sunday,” https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-forecasts/thunderstorms-target-the-great-lakes-northeast-through-sunday/709906; “Severe Thunderstorms, Flooding Plagued Parts of the Plains, Midwest and Northeast,” https://weather.com/storms/severe/news/2020-05-15-severe-thunderstorms-flash-flooding-plains-midwest-northeast).

However, God said that the head of the Church is Christ not Caesar (Ephesians 1:22; 5:23), that we are to render to God the things that are God’s (Matthew 22:21), and that we are to respect the rule of law as long as it is righteous and does not conflict with His Kingdom law. And under His law, the Church is an “assembly,” a “gathering” together of those who are called out of this world’s system into the Kingdom of the Son of His love (Colossians 1:13), in allegiance to and worship of their eternal King. Thus, no matter what is happening, no matter who says what, no matter when in history, those called by the name ekklesia/Church are to do what their name implies, which is to congregate together.“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:23-25).

Truly, can a body be called a body when it is in pieces? Is the liver the body? Is the stomach the body? Is the tongue the body? Certainly not. One organ does not constitute the body. Rather, it is all the organs, sinews, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, blood vessels and so forth all joined together that constitutes a body. Even so, the body of Christ is not the body unless fitly joined together, gathered together to build one another up by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, assembled for worship. Therefore, can the Church be called the Church unless it gathers together? The succinct answer is NO.

Throughout the centuries of rulers commanding that Christians not gather together under pain of death, the Church gathered anyway, from the Apostle Paul and John and Peter and the early Church, to those who secretly and illegally gathered in the catacombs under Rome, to smaller nameless sects who hid in the hills and caves during the Dark Ages, the Albigenses and Waldenses of the 12th and 13th centuries, to the Quakers, to the Anabaptists, to the Lutherans and other reformers. And in now in modern times, in China, North Korea, and any Muslim nation including Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, Christians still gather for worship in defiance of godless laws on pain of imprisonment, fines, torture or even death. These did not and do not fear the very real threat of death. Why? Because they are the “Church”, the called out, assembled ones. Assembling is what they do. It is the Church’s nature to assemble.

In Grace Community’s pastoral leadership’s letter to their church they continue by saying,

“The church by definition is an assembly. That is the literal meaning of the Greek word for “church”—ekklesia—the assembly of the called-out ones. A non-assembling assembly is a contradiction in terms. Christians are therefore commanded not to forsake the practice of meeting together (Hebrews 10:25)—and no earthly state has a right to restrict, delimit, or forbid the assembling of believers. We have always supported the underground church in nations where Christian congregational worship is deemed illegal by the state.

When officials restrict church attendance to a certain number, they attempt to impose a restriction that in principle makes it impossible for the saints to gather as the church. When officials prohibit singing in worship services, they attempt to impose a restriction that in principle makes it impossible for the people of God to obey the commands of Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. When officials mandate distancing, they attempt to impose a restriction that in principle makes it impossible to experience the close communion between believers that is commanded in Romans 16:16, 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12, and 1 Thessalonians 5:26. In all those spheres, we must submit to our Lord.” (bold type added by Holy Light Ministries)

“Pastor and apologist Alex McFarland says North Pointe [of Atlanta, Georgia] and other churches that are keeping their buildings closed need to rethink the decision.“Merely to roll over and play dead, as it were, and to say that we’re not going to meet again, that’s not New Testament Christianity,” he insists. “If you’re not meeting for corporate worship, you’re not practicing New Testament Christianity.”” (“Christian Apologist: No Time for Churches to Keep Doors Shut,” https://onenewsnow.com/church/2020/07/16/christian-apologist-no-time-for-churches-to-keep-doors-shut)

In truth and with great gravity, Pastor McFarland and Grace Community’s pastoral staff and elders are absolutely correct. If the churches continue to disband, then they ought not be called the “Church” anymore, for in so doing they are in direct contradiction to the meaning of their name and definition as stated in the Bible. The Church, the called out ones, are those who gather and assemble together, they do not disassemble nor dissolve for the sake of any mandate or pandemic. It does not break up, it builds up. It does not blend in, it stands out.  The Biblical, New Testament style Church stands out as the called out ones who stand together, without bending or breaking, without hiding or complying, through thick and thin and without compromise or apology for the cause of Christ. Are you a part of that “assembled” Church? Is Christ your head or is Caesar?

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Below is an excellent 11 minute May 9, 2021 message by Pastor Tim Stephens who was arrested on May 16th for having dared to “assemble” the body of Christ in Canada. Pastor Stephens is the 3rd pastor to be arrested in Canada in the past few months of 2021. The other two are Pastor James Coates and Pastor Artur Pawlowski. All three who have been arrested are from the province of Alberta, Canada. For more information on them, use this link: https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/2021/02/22/persecution-pastor-imprisoned-in-canada/

Coverstone’s Dreams of the Testing Floor and the Watchmen with Fire Wind

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“…But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing…” Jeremiah 20.

So, Pastor Coverstone has had yet a few more dreams recently. The first of them he says he had between May 17th and May 21st. Often it seems his dreams do not seem to come in one night, but rather are stretched out. The second dream he had June 4th. However, he just posted them on Youtube 2 days ago.

Both dreams go together, and cannot be taken separately. Interpretation does not seem necessary. It’s meaning appears very clear, especially when both are taken together.

The message of these two dreams is one of encouragement to American Christians who are and will be facing an ever intensifying Occult resistance. It is evident from these dreams that verbal and spiritual persecution will intensify in America, but the testing is being timed and will not last for long. Indeed, the clock is a major feature in these dreams, for it is always ticking, always sounding an alarm, always being watched attentively by the teacher, always being heard and seen. Time is winding down; things are coming to a close. So, even as persecution amps up, God is reminding us that that time is winding down. Another aspect is that of fire. The fire is the word of the Lord that God’s ministers cannot help but speak no matter what the cost. They are burned up with these words. They are driven by these words. These words are prophetic, powerful, and pull no punches. Like Jeremiah says in Jeremiah 20, “8For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily.9Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” Jeremiah had been prophesying that disaster was coming to Israel “violence and spoil,” but the people’s response was so horrible that he decided not to speak. But, as he withdrew, the prophecy of God burned within him so hotly that the could not withhold the message any longer.

And Jeremiah 23 quotes God’s words against false prophets prophesying good things were coming, that prosperity was coming, that Israel would return to greatness, that God would not allow horrible things to happen to them. But, God responds that His word is like a fire, that He is against the false prophets of good things, that their words are like chaff, and His word is like fire. “16Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.17They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.18For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it?19Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.28The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. 29Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” And of Jesus it was said in Matthew 3 that “he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

America is falling into darkness. She will not rise again. Any one who says otherwise does not understand what God is doing, even as the Israelites did not understand nor want to understand that their glory had come to an end because of unrepentant hearts and stiff necks and idolatrous ways. For America today it is no different. But, the gates of hell will not prevail against the Christians in America. Our citizenship is in heaven, and our calling is the Great Commission. No weapon formed against the Christians will prosper. For, when God is for us, who can be against us? Who then shall we fear when God is on our side and time is running out and His word is in our mouths and His salvation is drawing near?

Christian reader, you are being tested, but know from this dream that you are not alone in that testing. Christians from all walks of life and denomination and backgrounds are taking the test too. And according to the second dream with the “transparent” floor, the test “clearly” presented is regarding the preaching of the unadulterated, uncompromising, holy Gospel of Jesus Christ. Though there are many testings in our lives, the one made transparent in this dream is all about the Gospel. Even so, Jesus has words of encouragement for you specifically and individually. What is He saying to you?

Soon the floor will fall out beneath us; America will fall into the abyss to which it belongs with all of its Occultism and witchcraft and filthy depravity, and we Christians will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air at the sound of the trumpet call of God (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52). After all, the Christians in this dream end standing in the air praising the Lord and shouting “Jesus!” as the wind and fire overcome the enemies of the cross. The story ends well. So, let’s test on. Let’s press on. Let’s do it well. Jesus is coming SOON!!! Let’s be ready–instant in season and out of season–for our redemption is drawing near!

Looking up,

Holy Light Ministries

Feel free to listen to the dreams in the video below. I stipulate at what time he shares each dream so that you don’t have to listen to the entire hour and seventeen minutes. Otherwise, I have relayed the dream in writing if you prefer.

Dream One:

Basically the first one is located in high school/college classroom with green and black chalk boards and many of various ages from teenager on up to senior citizen, dressed in various styles from suits and dresses to t-shirts and jeans are taking tests in blue books. All were stressed and sweating. The feeling was on of great tension. Everyone was very focused on the test, and only looked away to look at the man/teacher when he spoke. The predominant sound is of a ticking clock which registers 11:40am at the beginning of the dream. The people have been there awhile, and the test is nearing completion. Coverstone himself is in this dream sitting at a desk, and he too is being tested along with the others.

The One who is usually in Coverstone’s dreams also is in this one, and is pacing up and down between the desks while writing on a clipboard. And he says, “There’s not much time left. So stay busy and finish the work.”

Outside of the building where the tests are being taken, a group of woman/witches are gathered in a circle, screaming and chanting and cutting themselves.

At 11:45 the man said “Stay focused and let nothing draw you from the work at hand.”

At 11:50 an alarm went off for about a minute, and some rose from their chairs and stretched. After this, the man began to pace faster between the desks while watching the clock intently.

The witches continue to scream and chant and cut themselves while dropping their blood on a map of the U.S.

At 11:55 when the alarm went off for a minute, the teacher stopped abruptly and watched the clock for the entire minute. He then turned to face the classroom and tears were running down his face. He then took the notes from his clipboard and handed them out to the students. Each student received a note specific to himself/herself. As each student received their own personal note, each began to cry just like the teacher. He then said, “Stay focused on the task, but be encouraged while you do.”

Meanwhile, the witches seek the demise of the U.S. while burning crosses and Bibles and spilling their own blood on the U.S. map.

The teacher’s pace then quickened even more among his students, and he touched the shoulders of each as they diligently wrote in their blue books. Then with a pitcher he began to pour oil on their heads, and that oil streamed onto their faces and hands and down onto the page upon which they were writing.

Suddenly the words on the pages caught fire, and that fire flamed up onto the arms and chests of the test takers. Then the fire remained over the hearts of each person, and a luminescent, warm glow radiated from each person’s face. They continued writing and were unafraid.

At 11:58 the students stood with their hands in the air and an annoying, persistent countdown alarm sounded. They kept on praising louder and louder, unfazed by the sound. Meanwhile, the teacher quickly began picking up the smoking test booklets. He then said, “One minute remains. Please, finish the task to the best of your abilities.”

Then the praising of the students grew louder, and the pile the smoking test booklets were raised into the air and vanished through the ceiling.

The witches chanted, “We need no god but self.” It was then that they started to dance wildly and stumble as the earth quaked beneath them. They were unafraid, however, and screamed louder and cursed God.

At 12 o’clock, the floor beneath the students vanished, and the students remained standing in the air with hands upraised and eyes upraised as they shouted “Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!”

The floor continued falling, and as it fell it appeared to be a map of the U.S. which billowed and rippled like a flag as it fell into the darkness below. The map that the witches had been standing on and bleeding over fell into the earth and everyone on it was drawn into the earth as well–like a giant vortex.

But the students continued standing in the air with hands lifted in praise.

Then the man approached Coverstone. He had a lightning bolt that was shimmering and blazing and flashing with blinding light in his right hand. And he said, “The violent take it by force, and violent the Church must be to withstand the winds and the fight that is being brought against her. But I stand with you. I am watching the clock and listening to my Fathers command.”

Dream Two:

This dream begins with Coverstone in the same classroom taking the same test as in dream one. As he was furiously taking the test, he realized that the floor beneath him was transparent, and that gathered below were upwards to 100 men in a circle, facing out. Each were dressed casually, and each were preaching fervently. Behind each man stood a woman who was bracing his shoulders with her hands. While the men were preaching, the women were wailing and crying out to God in prayer with great fervor. Both men and women were shaking with intensity and emotion.

Outside the circle boundary were those who were facing the preachers, and they were screaming at the preachers. While those outside the circle screamed at the preachers, the preachers preached to the crowd and the women prayed. Meanwhile, the clock was ticking at the same exact time in the classroom, and the teacher was pacing through the room of students taking their tests.

It was then that the words of the ministers became fire which the wind caught and blew above the crowd. The hair of some was caught on fire, but they put it out. Still others sought for the fire and were consumed by it, and once consumed they began to preach words of fire just like the ministers.

The majority rejected the Gospel, but a few received it. Those rejecting it and screaming against it began to spit upon the preachers and to pummel them with fists and sticks. But the preachers were not stop preaching and the women would not stop praying. The eyes of the crowd turned red, and they began to howl.

In the testing classroom the teacher stated, “One minute remains. Please finish the task to the best of your abilities.” And the praise of the students resounded louder and louder and louder, and the preachers in the circle lifted their hands and shouted, “Jesus Christ is Lord and Christ is King.” As they did so, the red eyes of the haters of Christ began to flash and they rushed on the preachers in the circle. At that exact moment there was a great gust of wind (like the wind of the shofar in the September dream of a Solemn Assembly) that blew fire over the entire angry crowd, knocking them to the ground, and they covered their eyes.

It was then that the teacher walked among them saying, “You have rejected my word, and my admonitions to your own demise. Yet even now if you will turn to me I will accept you.” Then he turned to the sweating, broken, exhausted preachers in the circle and said, “Well done. You finished the test well. The winds of opposition are here and will get stronger, but remain braced and firm in your message. Do not compromise it for they will perish, do not compromise it for they will perish if you do. Be instant now more than ever.

At the 2:45 minute mark through 8:08 minute mark he tells the first dream of the Testing Floor. Then at approximately the 36:17 minute mark through he shares the second dream which he calls the Watchmen and the Fire Wind.

Dream from last July, posted July 27, 2020

A Solemn September Assembly Dream

The Mud Dream

Most Other Coverstone Dreams

Psalm 23: I Shall Not Want

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“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul…”

Famine and lack is on the brink of breaking out worldwide after 2020 was riddled with locust plagues, record breaking storms that wiped out crops, as well as the man-caused destruction of perfectly good beef cows, chickens, lemons, and other meat sources and produce. And now there are rising meat prices, while the moneyed elite are calling on all to eat lab created meat. On top of that, we are on the brink of world war. Ethnic group is rising in hatred against ethnic group in country after country. Persecution against Christians has risen by 60% worldwide in just the last year of 2020. And then there is the trampling of freedom in nation after nation as overwhelming pressure is being put on their citizens to get the deadly shot, with threats of not being able to travel or shop or go certain places without a vaccine passport or the like. And to add insult to injury, now we have a gas crisis on the East Coast of the U.S.

In the midst of all this insanity, what does “I shall not want” mean?

When I was young, my family fell on hard times financially. I don’t recall why, but I do know that we did not have much money. Christmas was small, and we ate many a meal without meat on our plates. Now for American Christians who are used to going to the grocery store whenever they want to, putting Christmas gifts on credit cards and vacationing twice a year or more, what my family went through may seem like “wanting”. But, that assessment would be completely wrong. You see, we had what we needed. We had our daily bread, which is all Jesus says to pray for anyway. We had grown a large garden the past summer so that when the unforeseen hard times hit we had plentiful vegetarian bounty. And my Mom had made two delicious pickled treats called “chow-chow” and “dilly beans” that brightened our evening meals. And for Christmas there was the warmth of our wood burning stove, a cup of hot cocoa, and brand new slippers. Now, ordinarily I may not have remembered those slippers, but because of our circumstances, those slippers stand out to me as precious treasure in my memory.

I Shall Not Want” Does Not Mean…

“I shall not want” does not mean having a new car or a $100 steak dinner or a leather jacket or a million dollar mansion. And sometimes it doesn’t even mean being able to go to Dairy Queen for a $2 cheeseburger or to McDonalds for a $1 Coke. “I shall not want” does not mean that we will never go through hard times or suffering or loss. James 4:3 states, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” In other words, we often think we need something when in reality we don’t really need it at all. And we may think that God is not meeting our needs, when really we are a bunch of spoiled brats who are not valuing the plenty that He has already given. We are disgruntled sheep. We are dissatisfied sheep. We are discontent sheep. If the little lambs of God’s fold are always looking for the illusory sweet clover when they want it and for mirages of sunshine and continual happiness, they will always be wandering off without the protection of the Shepherd.

What Does It Really Mean?

What “I shall not want” does mean is that when I go through hard times and suffering and loss and sickness and questions, I will never lack what I really need. As the Apostle Paul says in Philippians 4:4, 11-13, 19, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice…11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me…19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

“I shall not want” also means that we will have “meat to eat that you know not of” just like Jesus in John 4 when ministering to the woman at the well. Upon coming to the well, Jesus had been exhausted and very thirsty, and His disciples went into town to buy food because they were hungry. But, after Jesus had spoken with the woman and she had left to tell her town the good news of the Messiah, Jesus was refreshed. It was then that He puzzled His disciples by saying that He had meat to eat that they knew not of, and they wondered if He had snacked on something while they were gone.

This is spiritual food, spiritual treasure. After all, man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4). Like Jesus said in the Gospel of John, He is the spiritual bread that came down from heaven, the spiritual water that quenches deep thirst so that one never thirsts again.

In this, we truly shall not want.

Psalm 23 goes on to express the ways in which the LORD makes sure that we do not want.

He Maketh Me Lie Down In Green Pastures”

Sheep need green pastures.

Historically it has been well-known that sheep will destroy grazing lands by eating the grass down to nothing, root and all. Cattlemen hated sheep on their lands because of this. Sheep do not have a clue when to move on and cannot sniff out better pastures even if they wanted to do so. Though some may wander off, they have no sense of direction. And thus, sheep cannot be left to graze on their own, but must have a shepherd to guide them. The shepherd will direct them to other grazing land when it is time to do so, and he’ll know because he’s paying attention to the needs of the sheep.

When in those lovely lush grazing lands, sheep will not rest unless they feel safe, healthy, and are content and at peace with one another. If the sheep are being harassed by bullies among them, are ill or unkempt with dirty, itchy heads and weeds sticking in their fleecy backs and their hooves untrimmed, or they are not happy with their food, they will not lie down nor be at rest. Instead, they will be restless and unhappy. Even in the lushest of fields, unless these issues are addressed, the sheep will not be content.

The verb “maketh me lie down” that is used here in the Hebrew is Hiphil Imperfect which is a causative verbal form wherein someone or something is causing another to do something. This means that the shepherd in Psalm 23 is causing the sheep to lie down.

Does this mean the shepherd is literally forcing each lamb to lie down whether they want to or not? No. Rather, it is the presence of the shepherd that “causes” them to lie down in peace, for he disciplines the bullies; he cleans them up; he lovingly, consistently leads them time and again to food that will nourish them. The shepherd is the reason for the restfulness of the sheep. The shepherd is the cause. Thus, because of the shepherd the sheep are in perfect peace.

He Leadeth Me Beside The Still Waters”

Rushing water is dangerous for sheep. It’s not that they cannot cross a stream. It’s that they shouldn’t. There is a BIG difference between cannot and should not. They should not cross because if their fleece gets saturated the water will weigh them down, which will in turn throw them off balance and will cause them to drown.

On top of this, most sheep are afraid of the sound of rushing water. Does the sound hurt their ears? Do they just know instictively to stay away because they could drown? No one fully knows. But, a good shepherd will lead them to quiet, still waters. And sometimes this has meant that a shepherd will dig alongside a creek or river until quiet pools of water form for the sheep to drink from safely and without fear.

The verb in this case for “leadeth” is a Piel Imperfect Hebrew verb, which means that the meaning is intensified and is often a repeated action. According to Chaim Bentorah “a Piel imperfect form…is a continuing process”. And thus, the shepherd leads the sheep and keeps on leading them again and again to still waters. This is not a one time thing. It is continual.

Incredibly, Jesus is this living water, the likes of which the world cannot comprehend. He is the One who quenches the thirst of my soul. He is the One whose Holy Spirit bubbles up from deep inside of me even when persecution looms, evil attacks, life is hard, health is poor, and my finances are low. He is my source of life – the living water that will never, ever run dry!!

He Restoreth My Soul”

The Hebrew word for “restoreth” actually means “to return,” “to turn back,” “to repent,” and is often used of God’s people after they have wandered away from Him. He calls them “to return”, to be restored to Him. Furthermore, this verb is Piel imperfect again, an intense continuous verb, expressing that shepherd cares so much for each individual lamb that He very much and completely restores them to the fold, even over and over as necessary.

Why does a lamb need to be turned back, returned, restored? Because they wander off. Because some are prone to doing their own thing. This can lead to the shepherd breaking a leg of the continuously wandering lamb so that it learns to quit wandering off. After breaking its leg, the shepherd will carry the lamb on its shoulders, and while the lamb’s leg is mending, the shepherd and lamb will bond. When it is set back on its feet again, the lamb will usually remain close to the shepherd like a loyal puppy dog.

Reflections

Jesus is my Good Shepherd. The God of the universe, Creator of all, the One who dwells between the cherubim, Savior of the world, the soon and coming King, is my Shepherd. Because Jesus is my Shepherd, I shall not want. Even in hard times, I shall not want. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Whether living in abundance or in hard economic times, the Lord provides for all my needs according to His riches, not mine. He is my rest. He is my peace. Because of my Shepherd, I lie down in safety; I am cared for and loved; and all the flock is minstered to in just the way each individually needs it. Because of my Shepherd, I am refreshed with the eternal water springing up from the Holy Spirit deep inside of me. Because of my Shepherd, my soul is restored, for when I wander, when I get a little lost, He comes after me and draws me close and gives me life and life more abundantly. I shall not want because my Shepherd makes me safe, He gives me rest, He is my peace, the one who continually leads me to refreshing waters, and continually restores me to fellowship with Him amid His flock.

Why are we limiting our good Shepherd? Why are we so fearful of what is in the news, of what is coming, of being alone or loneliness or both, of what man is doing, of pandemics, of losing our jobs, persecution, death — fear of any and everything under the sun? Is our God so small, so limited, so unable to care for us — the very ones that He made?

I want to remind you as a fellow lamb, Jesus is your Shepherd. He cares for you! He knows what you have need of before you ever ask Him or even need it yourself. When each of stays close to the Shepherd, we will not lack spiritual sustenance nor physical necessity nor redemption.

As the end of the age draws to a close, let us not scatter upon the mountains or fearfully wander but instead, draw near to our Shepherd for protection. Let us not willfully think that we are lions instead of lambs and charge ahead without our Shepherd, our protector. Though we may lose all — all possessions, all family, all finances, our homes, our dreams — Jesus is coming soon, and He is calling us lay it all down and to take up our crosses and follow Him. He was the Lamb of God who came as the bread of life, the living water, the redeemer of our souls, and we are the sheep of His hand. Fear not, little lamb. The Shepherd loves you, and His return is immanent.

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For Part 1 of this series please select this link:

“Psalm 23: The LORD is My Shepherd,” https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/2021/05/11/psalm-23-the-lord-is-my-shepherd/

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Bible Hub, “Psalm 23,” https://biblehub.com/interlinear/psalms/23.htm

“What Do The Hebrew Verb Tenses Mean?” https://www.blueletterbible.org/help/verbtense.cfm

“Hebrew Word Study – Patiently Waiting,” by Chaim Bentorah, Jan 2021, https://www.chaimbentorah.com/2021/01/hebrew-word-study-patiently-waiting/

“Learning Hebrew: Hiphil Stem,” http://www.becomingjewish.org/pdf/hiphil_stem-hebrew.pdf

“Stem Hiphil,” https://uhg.readthedocs.io/en/latest/stem_hiphil.html

“Learning Hebrew: Piel Stem,” http://www.becomingjewish.org/learning_biblical_hebrew/pdf/piel_stem-hebrew.pdf

“Definitions and Examples,” https://hebrew4christians.com/Grammar/Unit_Eleven/Piel_Imperfect_Strong_Verbs.pdf

“Why do Sheep Prefer Still Water?” https://www.farmanimalreport.com/2020/03/24/why-do-sheep-prefer-still-water/

“Phillip Keller – A Shepard Looks at Psalm 23,” http://www.trutharchive.net/phillip-keller—a-shepard-looks-at-psalm-23

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Psalm 23: The LORD is My Shepherd

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Before 2020 ever came through the door of our lives, each of us was already facing challenges, overwhelming odds, loneliness, financial pressures, injustice, unfairness, depression, anxiety, illnesses, surgeries, divorce, abuse, as well as good things like hopes, expectations, dreams, etc. And then 2020 came upon upon us like a slow rolling tidal wave, and Christians along with the world looked on in perplexity. When the truth hit, it hit harder than the lie, and on top of every other trial of this life the end of the world coupled with a great delusion veiling the eyes of so many including other Christians, family members and friends hit us right between the eyes. Many felt stranded and alone. Single moms and dads were even more alone than before, and children already overwhelmed by insecurities were bombarded by emotional upheaval. Depression and suicide rates sky rocketed across around the world as tensions rose at home among those in lockdown.

What about now? Have Christians recovered from the COVID madness? Have the children? The CDC is still stirring up confusion over masks, children and vaccines, social distancing, the return to normal, and the like. Confusion still reigns, and the news media still propagates an atmosphere of fear. And adults trying to cope with it all, are seeking refuge on some far away beach (vaccine or no vaccine) or another vacation destination. Still others escape into the make-believe world of a movie or tv show or a new relationship online or next door or become immersed in a home improvement project.

But is that the right response? An attempt to get away? What does God’s word say?

In short, here is the story. Each of us is equated with a lamb surrounded by trouble on every side, the enemy at every turn, going through frightening things we don’t understand and don’t want to face and going down paths we’d rather not walk, just trying to survive. In other words, there is nothing new in what we are going through today, for the enemy of our soul still wants to chew us up and spit us out, like a wolf with a lamb. But, there are two kinds of lambs: those who wander off and get lost in search of a vacation to revive them or a wonder drug to make them feel better or a new relationship to make them whole, and then there are those lambs who follow the shepherd wherever he goes. Though some recently have been saying we’re no longer lambs but are lions, no where in Scripture are we ever called lions. No where. We are always referred to as lambs.

Psalm 23 is one of the most if not the most popular and well-known of all the Psalms. Its beautiful poetic rhythm has captured hearts worldwide, and its gentle, pastoral scene has inspired generations of those who have memorized its lines. However, though many have memorized it, not many understand it or have thought about it, and though many have heard sermons on it, not many have have thought about the fact that is comes from a lamb’s perspective. A lamb.

Since we are equated to lambs, let’s take a fresh look at this powerful psalm.

Psalm 23

“1 (A Psalm of David.) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

What is a Lamb?

Since each of us is like lamb, it is important to know what that means. After all, what is a lamb? Have you ever thought about lambs?

A lamb is a herd animal. A lamb is defenseless against any and all predators for it has no sharp teeth or roar like a lion, no claws like a cat, no spray like a skunk, no quills like a porcupine, no tusks like an elephant, no bark or growl like a dog, no fangs like a wolf, no strong kick like a cow, no horns like a bull. They are not stealthy. They are not wise. A lamb cannot scratch its back or its head nor clean its bottom. A lamb cannot shew away flies or other bugs. A lamb does not find shelter on its own. A lamb will fall over a cliff as it blindly follows the herd. A lamb will trample another lamb unknowingly when fear overtakes the herd and a stampede ensues. A lamb can easily drown if it falls into water for it cannot swim and its wool becomes a sponge for the water. A lamb will eat grass down to nothing without ever thinking that it could go to new pasture. Much like a newborn human baby, a lamb is completely and helplessly dependent upon its shepherd to do almost everything for it.

What is a Shepherd?

This being the case about lambs and before we can proceed forward in our quest to understand Psalm 23, we must establish who the incredibly important shepherd is. To begin with, there are hirelings and there are shepherds. A hireling is one who is hired to watch the sheep. Like employees today they work for money, and their ambition is to earn that money. Jesus speaks of such in John 10 wherein He explains that a hireling will abandon the sheep when hard times come or an enemy threatens or something catastrophic looms. A hireling does not love the sheep nor does he/she care for the sheep, for the sheep are merely a means of monetary gain. A shepherd on the other hand, is not there merely for the money but for the sheep. Thus, a shepherd will not abandon the sheep at any time for any reason, for the sheep are their number one priority.

Amazingly, in the evenings a good shepherd herds their flock into a sheepfold made up of fencing or the confines of a cave. But, this temporary protection has no wooden door nor gate. Instead, the shepherd stations himself/herself as the door of the pen. Thus, Jesus says in John 10 that He is the door, He is the good shepherd, and no one but His own sheep enter in to the protection of His dwelling.

Who is MY Shepherd?

Psalm 23 is specific as to who each lamb’s shepherd is: The Lord. The Lord is MY shepherd. This is deeply personal and intimate. He is not just someone else’s shepherd or the herd’s shepherd. He is mine. Which means, He cares for me; He watches over me; He is dedicated to me. He is not somewhere far away, but nearby and involved with me.

Not only is He mine, He is Yehovah. He is not just my lord (Adonai) or my provider or my defender, He is Yaweh or Yehovah. The meaning of this name is found in its root as used in Exodus 3:14 when God tells Moses His name is “I am that I am.” He is the One who is, was, and is to come. He is the self-existent, eternal One, and as such is all that I need.

In case there is any question regarding this, Psalm 80 clearly points out that our Shepherd is God Himself. After all, who but God dwells between the cherubim? “Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us.3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.” First Samuel 4:4; 2 Kings 19:15; Psalm 99:1; Isaiah 37:16 are a few other passages that state God Almighty is the One who sits/dwells between the cherubim.

Reflections

Yaweh-Yehovah God who dwells between the cherubim is my Shepherd. He is the One who is watching over me, not because He has to, not because He is paid to, but because He wants to do so, because He loves me. I have a Shepherd who loves me. You have a Shepherd who loves you. Not only this, but He is love itself (1 John 4:8, 16), and thus, will never run out of love or patience for that matter, because “love is patient” (I Corinthians 13).

I have a Shepherd who knows my name. You have a Shepherd who knows you by name. You are not just a number. You are not known by your mother or dad’s name. You are not known by the flaws of your relations. You are not known by what others in your family have done or not done, by their goodness or their badness. You are known for you alone, by your name.

I known my Shepherd’s voice, and so do you. No matter how busy we are, may we never grow dull to His still small voice. Nothing can drown it out. Nothing can silence it. No one can stifle it. Except you, if you do not stay in tune. His voice rings loud and clear in our ears and in our spirit. His voice is shouting to us over the noise, whispering to us in the pain, empowering us in spite of fear. His voice is heard in His Word and through the discernment of His Spirit, if we will read, and if we will listen. Have you read today? Have you listened today?

I have a Shepherd who has not, is not and will not abandon me, ever. He does not flee when dangers come, nor did He seek to save His own life from the wolves. He does not stand aloof from the sheep thinking Himself higher and better and distant. Instead(John 10:10), He laid down His life for me. He laid down His life for you, that we might have life and life more abundantly , that our life might be found in Him (Colossians 3:3).

The LORD God Almighty, Maker of the Universe, Creator of all that is living, the Awesome and Great Eternal God is my Shepherd, is your Shepherd. Why then do we fear when we listen to the nightly news or notice the signs of the times or are going through various trials and griefs? Why then do we cower when a virus or spiritual warfare or persecution is lurking; why do we seek to preserve our lives? Why do we wander off alone in depression and doubt and incredulity?

Our Shepherd is Jesus. Even if the rest of Psalm 23 were never read or memorized, wouldn’t that be enough to still my stormy heart, my raging sea, my overwhelming odds, my family crisis, my medical emergency, my need to succeed, my employment problem, my anything and everything? My Shepherd is God. What else, what Goliath, is bigger than that????

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39.

For Part 2 of this series please select the link below:

Sources:

“Why do Sheep Prefer Still Water?” https://www.farmanimalreport.com/2020/03/24/why-do-sheep-prefer-still-water/

“Phillip Keller – A Shepard Looks at Psalm 23,” http://www.trutharchive.net/phillip-keller—a-shepard-looks-at-psalm-23

“Dumb, Directionless, Defenseless,” https://www.challies.com/christian-living/dumb-directionless-defenseless/

“10 Things I’ve Learned from Lambs,” https://modernfarmer.com/2013/12/10-things-learned-lambs/

“Tending Sheep,” https://choosinghimministries.org/tending-sheep-by-angela-scott/

“9 Shocking Reasons Why God Compares Us to Sheep in the Bible,” https://momremade.com/god-compares-us-to-sheep/

Interceding Like Jesus

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I feel like I never pray enough, and I don’t. Often I feel strongly that I want to do something more but go on to think that “all I can do is pray.”

All I can do is pray???

Well, recently, I came to a very amazing revelation regarding prayer and the fact that it is not “all we can do”; rather, it is what we “are” to do, period. After all, Jesus lives to make intercession for us. If He is continually praying, ought not we to do the same?

Romans 8:34 states, “…It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” And Hebrews 7:23-24 also states regarding Jesus, “…But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

What I get from these passages is two-fold: prayer is beyond important, AND if Jesus is praying, I should be too. Indeed, it shows how incredibly imperative prayer is. Jesus is doing it continually on our behalf. Continually. He “always lives to make intercession.” And we are to be conformed to Christ’s image (Romans 8:29); we’re to look like Jesus. As Jesus says in John 13:12-17, “So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”

Thus, we are to intercede even as He does.

Sources

“Appendix 10: the Greek Words for Prayer,” https://www.stfonline.org/pdf/rev/appendix_10_commentary.pdf

Bible Hub, https://biblehub.com

Study of the Greek Word for Intercession:

Intercession in 1 Timothy 2:1 and 4:5 — “1783 énteuksis – properly, intervention (intersection which literally “hits the mark”); intervention led by God, marking intersection between heaven and earth as it reflects the Lord’s specific will. See 1793 (entygxanō). [The root of this term is 5177 (tygxánō) which means “to strike, hit the bulls-eye” (“spot on”). Accordingly, it is used in classical Greek as the antonym of harmartia (“to miss the mark, sin”), so Lucian, Xenophon, Homer, etc. (see Thayer, 5177 /tygxánō). Thus biblical intercession centers in waiting upon the Lord to learn what hits the mark (is His will) – i.e. guiding the believer to act as His agent.”

Intercession in Hebrews 7:23-24 and Romans 8:27&34 — “1793 entygxánō (from 1722 /en, “in,” which intensifies 5177 /tygxánō, “to obtain by hitting the mark”) – properly, “light upon (meet with), obtain” (LS); “to go and meet a person to converse, consult,” i.e. to intervene (“intersect with”).”

The 4 Horses of the Apocalypse: Are They Riding?

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Have you been wondering at all about what is going on these days? Like, why is the “vaccine” actually gene altering therapy? Why is there such a delusion regarding COVID-19? Why are violence and murder in breaking news apps every day? Do you realize that since COVID-19 violence and murder is no longer rare but is on the rise, and can even be called the new normal? Have you wondered about all the recalls of food products in the last year? Have you been troubled about why Bill Gates is buying up farmland? Have you been wondering about why so many crops and meat sources around the world were impacted in 2020 by plague and storm and man-caused, senseless slaughter? Did the stealthy news stories regarding the Abraham Accords not sit well with you? Have you been thinking about why there are so many preparing for war worldwide? If your answer is no, then what is uncovered below will be mind blowing, and you may even dismiss it as too crazy to be true. But the headlines are the headlines, and all of this is really happening. If your answer is yes, you have been thinking about these things or at least a few of them, then I want you to know that there is a reason behind what is going on; there is a cord that binds it all together. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

The Days of Noah and Lot

In Luke 17, Jesus said that the days of His revelation would be like the days of both Noah and Lot. Because He said this, it is imperative that we at least have some idea what those days looked like before proceeding to the real point of this article. If you know this already, feel free to skip this portion. If you are not aware, please do not merely dismiss this information as crazy nor simply accept it as fact. I encourage you to do your own research. My research began years ago in the late 90s, watching Evangelist Perry Stone. I’ll place the links below.

In Lot’s day evil abounded, so much so that there was and had been a great ongoing outcry unto God against the city. The poor were oppressed, visitors abused, for all the men of the city of Sodom (young and old from every area) were openly and unashamedly, even violently homosexual (Genesis 19:4-5); they condoned others who propagated filth and injustice, were habitual liars, adulterous, and were a torment to the righteous (2 Peter 2:6-9; Jeremiah 23:14; Isaiah 3:9; Genesis 19). Indeed, Genesis 13:13 states that, “the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.” And yet according to Jesus in Luke 17, they were going on with life as if it were normal when it was anything but normal.

As for the days of Noah, Genesis 6 tells us that the entire world was filled to the full and overflowing with violence. The thoughts and intentions of mankind were only evil continually. Think about that. Continually! They disregarded God by welcoming fallen angels into their midst to marry their daughters, and thus, they disrespected God’s natural order. They honored the offspring of these godless unions (the Nephilim), and walked in the occult by corrupting all flesh upon the earth. How did they corrupt all flesh? Genetically. That’s right. They messed with the genetic code of mankind and of all animals on land. And yet, according to Luke 17, they went on with life as if it were normal when it was anything but normal.

The Present Insanity

And yes, we are seeing this today. The new vaccines, in particular Pfizer and Moderna, are not vaccines. They are “gene therapy”. These two “vaccines” are in effect and in no uncertain terms, altering people’s God-given DNA. This is essentially violence to the genetic code, and is godless, immoral, and downright evil. For more info please visit this link: https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/watchman-on-the-wall/

Moreover, while many in the world are smack dab in the middle of this madness and cannot put all the dots together because of it, Americans are somewhere between realizing that their liberties are all but gone and planning their next vacation or home renovation project. While the western world discusses the Oprah Winfrey interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and while many are beginning to relax into their new mask-wearing, fine-giving, tattle-tale, vaccine-taking normal, they seem oblivious to what is actually happening in America and around the world. Furthermore, they are even more oblivious to what Scripture has said regarding what is happening around the world and what is about to happen incredibly soon.

First of all, before 2020 began, the Noahide laws had been agreed to in a multiplicity of nations around the world. It was unprecedented that the religious leaders of Israel, known as the Sanhedrin, would be so respected by the world to the degree that countries would agree to recognize these laws — laws that on the surface appear benign, but the devil is definitely in the unspoken and unrealized details. To point out one such “devil’s in the details” problem with the Noahide Laws, the very first tenet in which they speak of honoring God as “one” on the surface seems safe. After all, we Christians can say we believe this. But, uh oh.. That’s right! We say that God is 3 in 1. A Trinity. Well, if we were brought before the court of the Sanhedrin (and yes, the Sanhedrin would likely be the one who would try the case) they would likely pronounce that this is blasphemy against the ONE true God, and they would condemn us to death by beheading. That’s right. Beheading is their chosen form of death penalty. Sound familiar? Think Revelation and those beheaded for their faith in Christ by the Beast system. It’s not sounding so good now is it?

While America was fixated on pursuing the American Dream, these Noahide Laws slid in in plain sight via president after president and was passed into law by our own Congress. Furthermore, nations of the world (upwards to 70) and even the United Nations were signing on saying that this is the best course for peace in our time. Again, this is not sounding so good. After all, when people are calling out “peace and safety” then sudden destruction will come upon them like a trap (1 Thessalonians 5).

Then, 2020 began with an unparalleled peace treaty called the Abraham Accord, and even more Arab nations have since signed on and made peace with Israel. And then, while many were in lock down and fearful of a virus that 99% of people fully recover from, plagues of locusts were destroying crops in much of Asia, Africa, Pakistan, India, South America and elsewhere, while strange dust blew across the Atlantic and settled over the gulf states; horrific flooding was wrecking havoc in nation after nation; horrible storms were devastating crops in the U.S., and farmers were being paid to destroy their herds of beef cows and poultry, and produce like lemons were recalled en-mass. And while food was being destroyed by both man, plague and storms, nations of the world were planning for and going to war like China against India, and Azerbaijan against Armenia, while Turkey and Russia and Iran flexed their muscles. Meanwhile, the nations of the world saw violence increase in their streets and homes, with murders increasing by upwards to 50%.

Some may merely shrug all of this activity off, saying that 2020 was just an all-around bad year. But, what they fail to realize is that these vary events were and are setting the stage for Revelation 6 to unfold even this year of 2021. For, all that destruction of crops and animals last year will lead to food shortages this year, and food shortages mean inflation, and inflation means loss of jobs and loss of jobs means hunger and hunger means famine and famine means death. Truly, an increase in worldwide violence, worldwide rumors of war, worldwide panic, worldwide catastrophes, worldwide secretive peace agreements, is the “starting gate” on the race track of Revelation 6. That’s right. The horses are in the gate. Their riders are ready, wearing their flashy jockey silks of glowing white, fiery red, inky black and pale, grassy green; they are leaning forward onto the necks of four magnificent steeds, crops poised. The snorting and pawing and chomping of bits has begun. The bell is about to ring with the words declared “they’re off!” But the crowd is mostly oblivious to this fact, and are focused on anything else (who else has come to the race, what they are wearing, what they are going to do after the race, who bet what, where their car is parked, whose child is going to what school, what vacations they are set to go on, who makes the most money, etc.)–yes they are focused on everything else but the race that is about to begin. Or… has it already begun? Are they are already out of the gate?

Revelation 6:1-8

“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

The White Horse: The Endless Search for World Dominance

“And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”

The first horse out of the starting gate is the brilliant, bright, white horse with its rider that possess a bow already and was given, granted, gifted an elaborate crown which is a symbol of honor, especially in the Olympic or Isthmian games of the day. This type of crown was usually woven of various types of wood and leaves such as oak, ivy, olive leaves and flowers. It was a showy, winner’s crown, just like the ones that athletes competed for in the games of Jesus’ day. The bow that he holds appears to be one that he had before he was given the crown. The Greek word for bow is one that is only used here in the New Testament, and is something made from the simplest fabric. What is most interesting about this word is its root which means “to beget, to bring forth” and appears to be used mostly of a woman in travail or having labor pains. We know from other portions of Scripture that the time of Jacob’s Trouble also called the Great Tribulation is described as a woman going into labor (1 Thessalonians 5:3; Matthew 24:8; Mark 13:8; Isaiah 13:8; Jeremiah 30:6-7). This description of a woman in travail is used throughout the Old Testament to describe nations being destroyed and/or taken captive (Micah 4:9-10; Jeremiah 48:41; Jeremiah 49:22, 24; Isaiah 21:3; Isaiah 26:17-18; Isaiah 42:14; Psalm 48:6 etc).

Furthermore, this rider on the white horse is going forth conquering and conquering and conquering in hopes that he might ultimately conquer. This understanding is inherent in the Greek that is used. His conquering is ongoing, and though success is not assured it is very, very possible.

All in all, this is the horse and rider that ushers in the time of Jacob’s Trouble, trips the switch of all out insanity and begins the birth pangs of the final chapter of world history.

Has this horse started riding? Let’s take a look at the titles to articles and videos below and see if the presence of this horse in our world is made evident or not.

The Proof: Sources

“A World Guided by the Seven Noahide Laws,” September 10, 2020, https://www.jerusalem-herald.com/single-post/2020/09/10/A-World-Guided-by-the-Seven-Noahide-Laws Quote: The Noahide Law “wisdom has been recognized by non Jews in modern times. In 1991, the U.S. Congress enacted a law recognizing their universal truths…In 2013, members of the U.N. gathered in New York to learn how the Seven Noahide Laws must play a key role in international efforts for world peace…”

“Have the Noahide Laws been recognized by any governments?” December 27, 2017, https://www.noahide-academy.com/noahide-world/noahide-laws-recognized-by-governments/ Quote: “The universality of these principles and global import was recognized in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan…in 1989, President George H.W. Bush…Both the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States Congress in 1991…Other world leaders have joined the call for further observance and knowledge of these laws. For example, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Union wrote (in July, 2014) that he seeks greater “dissemination of the universal values known as the Noahide Laws,” and Major General Michael Jeffery, Governor General of Australia, lamenting family breakdowns and drug and alcohol abuse in modern society in a 2008 letter, wrote that he believed that observing the fundamental values of the Noahide Laws can be an antidote to such ills of society.”

“President Trump silently affirms the Jewish Noahide Laws Thursday, April 4, 2019,” April 2020, https://thetruthersjournal.home.blog/2020/04/02/president-trump-silently-affirms-the-jewish-noahide-laws-thursday-april-4-2019/ Quote: “Donald Trump has signed the Education Day U.S.A. proclamation every year of his presidency since he has been in office, yet his versions of the proclamations do not mention the Jewish Noahide Laws, only the importance of “education” and the remembrance of Rabbi Schneerson who dedicated much of his life to advancing the Noahide agenda. Even though Trump’s versions of the resolution do not mention Noahide Law, the Chabad-Lubavitch website reminds us that the Jewish Noahide Laws are the “unifying idea” of all these proclamations, including Trump’s, and are what our presidents are referring to when they say “education”. Jewish Noahide Law calls for the death of anyone practicing idolatry, blasphemy or sexual morality, it also obligates non-Jews to set up courts to carry out these executions.”

“Trump meets with Chabad rabbis in Oval Office,” March 29, 2018, https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-meets-with-chabad-rabbis-in-oval-office/ Quote: “President Donald Trump issued a proclamation in honor of Education and Sharing Day, marking the anniversary of the birth of the last Lubavitcher rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.Trump met Monday in the Oval Office with a delegation of rabbis from the Chabad-Lubavitch movement….Six other presidents, from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama, have designated March 27 as Education and Sharing Day.” And again, all of this has to do with the Noahide Laws.

“President, Governors Declare Education Day,” April 16, 2019, https://collive.com/50-states-designate-education-day/ Note: This again has to do with the Noahide Laws. Why would the governors of the states of the U.S. want to celebrate and want us to celebrate a rabbi of the Chabad Lubavitch (Kabbalist) movement (their seventh leader) who is recognized by some as a/the messiah, and some even think he is still alive?

Sanhedrin to Host Conference of 70 Nations to Take Place on Anniversary of Creation of the World: Nations Answer Call,” July 10, 2019, https://www.israel365news.com/133127/sanhedrin-calls-conference-70-nations-take-place-anniversary-creation-world-nations-answer-call/ Quote: “On September 26, the Sanhedrin will be hosting the first conference of the Organization of 70 Nations at which representatives of several nations will attend. The conference is to bring together all of the nations under the common belief in the sanctity of the Bible and the sanctity of all of mankind. The members of the organization agree to the sanctity of Jerusalem and the Temple’s, as well as the sanctity of God’s covenant established with all of mankind through Noah. Every nation and ethnic group who sees itself as part of humanity and therefore accepts responsibility to join in a universal covenant of brotherhood of peace is invited to take their place in this Organization of 70 Nations.”

THE JERUSALEM SANHEDRIN PREPARES TO ENFORCE THE TALMUDIC NOAHIDE LAWS,” https://watch-unto-prayer.org/eretz-israel-last-trump-noahide-laws.html Quote: “…approximately one thousand people gathered at the foot of the Temple Mount for the World Creation Concert. However, what took place was not merely wonderful music accompanied by a spectacular light show: the event actually encapsulated several prophetic incidents taking place at once. In the not-so-distant future, the event may be identified as the moment a new, Biblically correct United Nations was established, potentially leading to a new era of global cooperation…“For several months preceding the event, the Sanhedrin had worked to contact foreign governments, inviting them to take their place as representatives of the 70 nations who populated the world, listed in the Bible as the grandsons of Noah. Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico answered the call, sending high-ranking delegations to attend.”

“Noahide Laws Passed by Congress -1991 Death by Guillotine,” 2010, https://fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/noahide-laws-passed-by-congree-1991-death-by-guillotine/86608

The Jerusalem Post, “Israel in talks with Saudi, UAE, Bahrain for defense alliance against Iran,” https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/israel-saudi-arabia-uae-bahrain-talking-defense-alliance-660588

“Prophecy Fulfilled at Breakneck Speed,” -how Mideast peace is evidence that the white horse is riding- https://wordpress.com/post/holylight4u.wordpress.com/1187

“Why Saudi Arabia, MBS are important to Israel, regional peace – analysis,” March 11, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/why-saudi-arabia-mbs-are-important-to-israel-regional-peace-analysis-661614

“Netanyahu’s ‘Secret’ Trip to Saudi Arabia,” November 30, 2020, https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/11/30/netanyahus-secret-trip-to-saudi-arabia/

“FULL TEXT: The Israel-UAE-Bahrain Abraham Accords Peace Agreement,” https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-full-text-the-israel-uae-bahrain-abraham-accords-declaration-1.9159509

“The Abraham Accord: UAE, Israeli and Bahrain Peace Deal,” https://www.globaldefensecorp.com/2020/09/19/uae-israeli-and-bahrain-peace-deal-who-gets-what-arms/

“Sudan Signals It Wants to Normalize Ties With Israel After UAE Deal” by Sara A Carter, https://saraacarter.com/sudan-signals-it-wants-to-normalize-ties-with-israel-after-uae-deal/?fbclid=IwAR0T8hXPkX5EfxdHibeVoUHmnMBwodpgu-bgRQEcA_PlkvGKdiX7oPZrIik

“Deal of the Century” Peace Agreement Prophecy Update,” February 2nd, 2020 https://youtu.be/WwsPE7-J25w

“Abraham Accords” Peace with Many Prophecy Update,” August 16th, 2020 https://subsplash.com/+d6kc/lb/mi/+2866x8p?embed=true- Israel Today

“Saudis Say Temple Mount and Al Aqsa Not Important to Islam,” -not only do they say that the masque is unimportant to Islam, they also state that the Temple Mount is tied to the Jews and that Jerusalem is the “eternal capital of the Jewish people.”- https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/saudis-say-temple-mount-and-al-aqsa-not-important-to-islam/

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pic posted on twitter account of Ibtissam Zegiga. “This recent Saudi twitter movement believes that there is no importance of the temple mount to Muslims, and the waiting for the [Jewish] third temple. A new era, one of peace”

The Jerusalem Post – “An Israeli Suez Canal,” https://www.jpost.com/opinion/an-israeli-suez-canal-393225

Pastor Ray Bentley, Maranatha Chapel, San Diego California – “Proposed Oil Pipeline Israel, UAE & Saudi Arabia,” https://www.maranatha.tv/stepintothestory/videos/stepintothestoryep1

Pastor Ray Bentley, Maranatha Chapel, San Diego California – “The Rebuilt Jewish Temple,” https://www.maranatha.tv/videos/stepintothestoryep2

The Red Horse: Worldwide Murder and Unrest

“And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”

And then the fiery Red Horse emerges from the starting gate, and his rider is granted permission to take peace–physical, emotional, spiritual, financial– from the earth by spreading violence and propagating fear far and wide. The word “power” is no where in the Greek, but this rider is given the okay to spread mayhem and unrest everywhere. People everywhere will have all physical security, personal health and well-being, restful vacations, emotional clarity –no matter how illusory or imagined– snatched from them by this rider.

Not only is he given permission to destroy all forms of emotional, spiritual, financial and physical health from the earth, he is also given a great sword. The word for great implies that this sword will be felt and experienced worldwide. The sword that he is given is a machaira, which is a Greek word for a small sword and/or large dagger otherwise called a slaughter knife. This sword was not to injure an opponent, but was all about stabbing for the purpose of killing the person and destroying peace. It was a weapon of war. And this weapon is given to this rider in order that people will kill, and this word “kill” was used regarding violently butchering an animal for sacrifice. It is a gory and bloody word.

Can this horse have to do with war? Yes. It can. But, it does not have to either. Really it is all about individuals slaughtering each other for no apparent reason and/or for the reason of human sacrifice.

Now, let’s take a look at a host of evidence of this horse’s presence in our world right now. Take a look at the titles to articles and videos below.

The Proof: Sources

“China shows off military might – ‘thousands’ of bombs dropped in mammoth exercise,” May 26, 2021, https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1441173/china-news-south-china-sea-beijing-bombs-south-sea-fleet-peoples-liberation-army

“‘Shocking and horrifying’: Israel destroys AP office in Gaza,” May 15, 2021, https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/shocking-horrifying-israel-destroys-ap-office-gaza-77714852

“Israel Plans Gaza Ground Invasion, Hamas Fires Long-Range Rocket in Major Escalation,” May 13, 2021, https://www.newsweek.com/israel-plans-gaza-invasion-hamas-longer-range-rockets-escalation-1591333

“Israel Under Attack As Nearly 1,000 Rockets Intercepted in 38 Hours,” May 12, 2021, https://www.newsweek.com/israel-under-attack-nearly-1000-rockets-intercepted-38-hours-1590743

“Tel Aviv battered in unprecedented Gaza barrage,” May 12, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/cogat-announces-closure-of-gaza-border-crossing-over-rocket-fire-667730?fbclid=IwAR24gbF-OMF0GJ9ysGYHTKWAByIcrIq9W373i4Q8IVLW9gy0-XhJiXWS4cg

“China Media Says U.S. ‘Will Be Defeated,’ Boasts Army Can Overwhelm American Troops,” May 13, 2021, https://www.newsweek.com/china-media-says-us-will-defeated-boasts-army-can-overwhelm-american-troops-1591084

“Hamas fires rockets into Israel amid Jerusalem unrest,” May 10, 2021, https://www.foxnews.com/world/hamas-rockets-israel-jerusalem-unrest?fbclid=IwAR2eonzCjfgUhZZ-6CzHuBi8xGZMuBhrHzGj9cSWQw_l16kDye6SCE0vTZo

“SIRENS GO OFF IN JERUSALEM — ROCKET HITS HOUSE — MAJOR ESCALATION AS HAMAS FIRES AT ISRAELI CAPITAL,” May 10, 2021, https://www.allisrael.com/rocket-sirens-go-off-in-jerusalem-rocket-hits-house-major-escalation-as-hamas-fires-rockets-at-israeli-capital?fbclid=IwAR0URstrunNo80lGeAWc96KxKh0pwfg_S5bvfd_SqOU8Guled-AQo99iCck

“Russia Fires Supersonic Anti-Ship Cruise Missile in ‘Signal to NATO’,” May 1, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0ZYFrVSv/russia-fires-supersonic-anti-ship-cruise-missile-in-signal-to-nato?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“45 killed, including at least 4 Americans, over 100 injured in stampede at Israeli holy site,” April 30, 2021, https://abc13.com/israel-stampede-mount-meron-video-israeli/10562664/

“N. Korea warns of ‘very grave situation’ over Biden speech,” May 2, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0ZZqiogL/n-korea-warns-of-very-grave-situation-over-biden-speech?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“Australian official warns drums of war are beating,” April 27, 2021, https://nypost.com/2021/04/27/australian-official-warns-drums-of-war-are-beating/ Quote: ““Today, as free nations again hear the beating drums and watch worryingly the militarisation of issues that we had, until recent years, thought unlikely to be catalysts for war, let us continue to search unceasingly for the chance for peace while bracing again … for the curse of war,” Pezzullo said in a letter to staff on Anzac Day, which honors the country’s war dead.”

“Russian MiG-31 Fighter Jet Escorts U.S. Aircraft after Ukraine Border Retreat,” from Newsweek article, April 19, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0ZPekHgE/russian-mig-31-fighter-jet-escorts-us-aircraft-after-ukraine-border-retreat?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“China sends record number of warplanes into Taiwanese air defense zone,” NBC News, April 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0ZF6ElL5/china-sends-record-number-of-warplanes-into-taiwanese-air-defense-zone?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“China Warns U.S. ‘Not to Play With Fire’ After Warplanes Descend on Taiwan Airspace,” article in Newsweek, April 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0ZF6L4LK/china-warns-us-not-to-play-with-fire-after-warplanes-descend-on-taiwan-airspace?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“Mass shootings are up nearly 73% so far in 2021 in what gun violence researchers describe as a contagion effect,” article published in Insider, April 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0ZIwZTHa/mass-shootings-are-up-nearly-73-so-far-in-2021-in-what-gun-violence-researchers-describe-as-a-contagion-effect?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“Student fires at officers at Tennessee school, is killed,” April 12, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0ZEZhk72/student-fires-at-officers-at-tennessee-school-is-killed?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“3 officers wounded, 1 suspect dead and 1 arrested after police chase in Georgia,” April 12, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0ZEJlrBT/3-officers-wounded-1-suspect-dead-and-1-arrested-after-police-chase-in-georgia?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“The U.S. and Russia Are Sending War Ships Into the Black Sea Amid Rising Tensions,” April 2021, https://www.businessinsider.com/us-russia-warships-into-the-black-sea-amid-rising-tensions-2021-4?fbclid=IwAR3M0lbNuHdgXJgLRaRqbi77eymzxaJliUBMElRZAWQ4C7rp3snet2ME5Pw

“NYC man kills girlfriend and her 2 girls as his own daughter hides in terror on 9th birthday,” April 6, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0ZAZBveH/nyc-man-kills-girlfriend-and-her-2-girls-as-his-own-daughter-hides-in-terror-on-9th-birthday?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“Doctor, Wife, and 2 Young Grandchildren Among 5 Killed in Mass Shooting in S.C. Home,” April 8, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0ZBnEqUO/doctor-wife-and-2-young-grandchildren-among-5-killed-in-mass-shooting-in-sc-home?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“17-year-old Popeyes employee shoots man in restaurant, police say,” April 11, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0ZDsH54I/17-year-old-popeyes-employee-shoots-man-in-restaurant-police-say?s=oldSite&ss=a99

Police respond to overdose, negotiate live AK-47 from 10-year-old boy,” April 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z9bAWtt/police-respond-to-overdose-negotiate-live-ak-47-from-10-year-old-boy?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“A woman was killed, 4 children were shot and another person was injured in a park shooting on Easter,” April 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z9GTEnt/a-woman-was-killed-4-children-were-shot-and-another-person-was-injured-in-a-park-shooting-on-easter?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“6 people killed in apparent murder-suicide at Allen home, police say,” April 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z9XuWcB/6-people-killed-in-apparent-murder-suicide-at-allen-home-police-say?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“9-year-old calls 911 after father kills her mother, 2 others in apparent murder-suicide, police say,” April 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0ZA63AVx/9-year-old-calls-911-after-father-kills-her-mother-2-others-in-apparent-murder-suicide-police-say?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“Police: Man kills 3, himself at daughter’s birthday in NYC,” April 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0ZALan4o/police-man-kills-3-himself-at-daughters-birthday-in-nyc?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“The US saw significant crime rise across major cities in 2020. And it’s not letting up,” April 3, 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/03/us/us-crime-rate-rise-2020/index.html?cid=external-feeds_iluminar_newsbreak QUOTE: “Major American cities saw a 33% increase in homicides last year as a pandemic swept across the country, millions of people joined protests against racial injustice and police brutality, and the economy collapsed under the weight of the pandemic — a crime surge that has continued into the first quarter of this year. Sixty-three of the 66 largest police jurisdictions saw increases in at least one category of violent crimes in 2020…the increase in homicide rates across the country is both historic and far-reaching…”


“Police release names of victims in Wilmington mass shooting,” April 3, 2021, https://www.wtvm.com/2021/04/03/mass-shooting-wilmington-nc-seven-people-shot-three-dead/

“Chicago police shot and killed a 13-year-old boy in what the department says was an ‘armed confrontation’,” April 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z82brFo/chicago-police-shot-and-killed-a-13-year-old-boy-in-what-the-department-says-was-an-armed-confrontation?s=oldSite&ss=a99https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z87yygZ/recently-fired-concord-walmart-employee-crashes-through-store-doors-drives-inside-police-say?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“Recently-fired Concord Walmart employee crashes through store doors, drives inside, police say,” April 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z87yygZ/recently-fired-concord-walmart-employee-crashes-through-store-doors-drives-inside-police-say?s=oldSite&ss=a99


“Noah Green, man who rammed car into Capitol Police officers, suffered delusions,”
April 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z8161jW/noah-green-man-who-rammed-car-into-capitol-police-officers-suffered-delusions-sources?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“4 killed, including child, in mass shooting at Orange office complex,” April 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z6lfpeU/4-killed-including-child-in-mass-shooting-at-orange-office-complex?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“NATO Prepares for ‘Real-World Fight’ With Russia in Baltic,” April 7, 2021, https://news.antiwar.com/2021/04/07/nato-prepares-for-real-world-fight-with-russia-in-baltic/

“How 8 countries are preparing for war with Russia,” April 2, 2021, https://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/russia-war-ukraine-latvia-estonia-poland-prepare/

“Ukraine says Russia has moved 80,000 troops to border and Crimea, and Putin won’t talk,” April 12, 2021, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-ukraine-news-putin-moves-russian-troops-to-border-and-crimea/

“Over 500 Protesters Dead, 2,600 Detained in Myanmar Since February 1 Coup,” April 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z6JIsqc/over-500-protesters-dead-2600-detained-in-myanmar-since-february-1-coup?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“Chinese Fighter Pilot Says Taiwan ‘All Ours’ After Being Asked to Leave Airspace,” March 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z5Vb01L/chinese-fighter-pilot-says-taiwan-all-ours-after-being-asked-to-leave-airspace?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“Police: ‘No idea’ why man shot 5 people before killing self,” March 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z4joGx0/police-no-idea-why-man-shot-5-people-before-killing-self?s=oldSite&ss=a99

Suicide bomb hits Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia, 20 wounded,” March 28, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z4CF7Cs/suicide-bomb-hits-palm-sunday-mass-in-indonesia-20-wounded?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“One wounded after shooting near church in Columbia,” In the U.S. state of Tennessee, March 27, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z3ojjAs/one-wounded-after-shooting-near-church-in-columbia?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“Fox News Contributor Breaks Down in Tears Following Tragic Segment on Kids Lost to Suicide During Pandemic,” March 27, 2021, https://www.mediaite.com/tv/fox-news-contributor-breaks-down-in-tears-following-tragic-segment-on-kids-lost-to-suicide-during-pandemic/

“Myanmar coup: Dozens killed as army opens fire on protesters during deadliest day,” March 27, 2021, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56546920,”

“Virginia juvenile charged with murder in fatal shooting of 13-year-old girl,” March 27, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z3v11iH/virginia-juvenile-charged-with-murder-in-fatal-shooting-of-13-year-old-girl?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“‘Bad Girls Club’ Star Deshayla Harris Dies in Virginia Beach Shooting,” March 27, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z415DLY/bad-girls-club-star-deshayla-harris-dies-in-virginia-beach-shooting?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“‘I just Killed My Son…I am hearing voices in my head’: Ohio man accused in 5-year-old son’s death,” March 26, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z3OI9eW/i-just-killed-my-son-i-am-hearing-voices-ohio-man-accused-in-5-year-old-sons-death?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“Mother of 6 killed in ‘cowardly and senseless’ road rage shooting on I-95 in Lumberton,” March 26, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z2edPy5/mother-of-6-killed-in-cowardly-and-senseless-road-rage-shooting-on-i-95-in-lumberton?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“Man Charged with Killing Ex-Wife and 2 Others in New Mexico After Allegedly Killing Man in New Jersey,” March 26, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z3Q9mdq/man-charged-with-killing-ex-wife-and-2-others-in-new-mexico-after-allegedly-killing-man-in-new-jersey?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“Colorado supermarket shooter identified, gun bought just 6 days prior,” March 23, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/colorado-supermarket-shooter-identified-gun-bought-just-6-days-prior/?fbclid=IwAR1FM-phmWzrcKEYJXLwQ2O_DrAgTNHWVaLcSlJHKzYqiAciTF8NbUcIrM8

“Police responding to reports of active shooter at veterans home in Yountville,” March 23, 2021, https://nypost.com/2021/03/23/cops-respond-to-reports-of-shooter-at-americas-largest-vets-home/?fbclid=IwAR3EwSo5sA54U9pzzN-7KG_8DtyL3suTQSvU1P9f4ZkmbL6Q74eUSCH4yR0

“13-year-old, 15-year-old charged with capital murder after Mississippi woman shot, killed,” March 25, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z26q2IX/13-year-old-15-year-old-charged-with-capital-murder-after-mississippi-woman-shot-killed?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“Report: Gunman warned Louisville stepbrothers ‘I’m going to shoot you’ on Florida beach,” March 23, 2021, https://www.wsaz.com/2021/03/23/2-kentucky-boys-shot-1-killed-in-panama-city-beach/

“Man arrested outside hospital with body armor, explosive and firearms,” March 25, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z2VxrUe/man-arrested-outside-hospital-with-body-armor-explosive-and-firearms?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“Girls, 13 and 15, Charged With Murder After Armed Carjacking in DC,” March 24, 2021, https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/national-international/two-girls-13-and-15-used-stun-gun-in-fatal-armed-carjacking-near-nationals-park-police-say/2558466/

“Man arrested with 6 guns, body armor at Publix grocery store,” March 25, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z1stgRr/man-arrested-with-6-guns-body-armor-at-publix-grocery-store?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“Video: Gunman opens fire on crowded playground in the Bronx,” March 24, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z1KMN4F/video-gunman-opens-fire-on-crowded-playground-in-the-bronx?s=oldSite&ss=a4

Miami Beach extends emergency curfew as spring break crowds lead to arrests, violence,” March 22, 2021, https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/miami-beach-extends-emergency-curfew-220347462.html

“At least 15 people shot, 2 killed in mass shooting in Chicago,” March 14, 2021, https://www.abc27.com/news/us-world/national/at-least-15-people-shot-2-killed-in-mass-shooting-in-chicago/

“Chicago homicides up 52%, with vast majority of victims Black or Latino,” Sept 2020, https://www.foxnews.com/us/chicago-homicides-up-52-amid-coronavirus-on-tap-for-one-of-the-most-violent-years-in-decades

“50 Shot, 8 Fatally, in Chicago Weekend Violence,” Sept 2020, https://www.amren.com/news/2020/09/50-shot-8-fatally-in-chicago-weekend-violence/ QUOTE: “Overall, shootings and murders are up 50% compared with last year, according to Chicago Police Department statistics. Through Sept. 20, police have recorded 560 murders in 2020 compared with 374 murders during the same time in 2019. Murders this year are already higher than they were during the same time frame in 2016 — Chicago’s most violent year in recent memory.The city has seen more than 2,300 shootings in 2020 compared with about 1,500 over the same time in 2019, according to the statistics.”

“As COVID-19 ravages US, shootings, killings are also up,” Dec 2020, https://apnews.com/article/shootings-chicago-philadelphia-michigan-violence-00f58bd0043aab2861a073b337662631 QUOTE: “In Detroit, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and even smaller Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Milwaukee, 2020 has been deadly not only because of the pandemic, but because gun violence is spiking.”

“Portland sees record number of murders in July as city grapples with protests,” Aug 2020, https://nypost.com/2020/08/03/portland-sees-a-record-number-of-murders-in-july-amid-protests/

“Homicide Spike Hits Most Large U.S. Cities,” Aug 2020, https://www.wsj.com/articles/homicide-spike-cities-chicago-newyork-detroit-us-crime-police-lockdown-coronavirus-protests-11596395181 QUOTE: “Some cities with long-running crime problems saw their numbers rise, including Philadelphia, Detroit and Memphis, Tenn. Chicago, the worst-hit, has tallied more than one of every eight homicides.Less-violent places have been struck as well, such as Omaha, Neb., and Phoenix. In all, 36 of the 50 cities studied saw homicide rise at double-digit rates, representing all regions of the country.”

“Around the World: Domestic Violence on the Rise,” Oct 2020, https://www.domesticshelters.org/articles/around-the-world/around-the-world-domestic-violence-on-the-rise

QUOTE:

  • France has seen a 30 percent increase in DV reports since March 17.
  • DV-related emergency calls have risen by 25 percent in Argentina.
  • Calls to Singapore helplines have increased 33 percent. 
  • In New South Wales, Australia, 40 percent of frontline healthcare workers reported an increase in patients with domestic abuse-related injuries. 

“2020 Chicago Crime Spike: Carjackings More Than Double, Homicides Up More Than 50%,” Jan 2021, https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/01/01/chicago-crime-statistics-carjackings-homicides/ QUOTE: “It is unfortunately a familiar scene from 2020. Last year saw more than 3,200 shootings in Chicago and more than 4,000 victims. That was up 50% from the year before. Murders were also up 50%.”

“150 People Were Shot in Chicago Since Illinois Sent the National Guard to D.C.,” Feb 2021, https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/02/150-people-were-shot-chicago-illinois-sent-daniel-greenfield/

“Three people are dead after an argument over snow shoveling leads to murder-suicide,” Feb 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/02/us/snow-shoveling-dispute-murder/index.html

“Violence erupts in Portland’s Pearl District; police detain 100, charge 13,” March 2021, https://ktvz.com/news/oregon-northwest/2021/03/13/violence-erupts-in-portlands-pearl-district-police-detain-100-charge-13/

“Shooting in Seattle church leaves 1 dead,” March 2021, https://thepostmillennial.com/shooting-in-seattle-church-leaves-1-dead/

“3-year-old boy attacked and killed by his neighbor’s dogs in New Jersey,” March 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2183761584472/3-year-old-boy-attacked-and-killed-by-his-neighbors-dogs-in-new-jersey?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“North Carolina boy, 5, is shot to death at point blank range by neighbor while riding his bike,” https://knewz.com/carolina-boy-shot-bike/

“Shooting at a party in Chicago leaves 13 people wounded and 2 dead,” March 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/14/us/chicago-shooting/index.html

“Georgia spa shootings: Suspect officially charged after 8 people killed at 3 businesses; most victims were Asian,” March 2021, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/03/17/georgia-massage-parlor-shootings-what-we-know-suspect-motive/4728084001/

“Anti-Asian attacks nationwide worry Puget Sound community members,” https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0YgbGV6P/anti-asian-attacks-nationwide-worry-puget-sound-community-members?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“Biden Administration Urges Supreme Court To Let Cops Enter Homes And Seize Guns Without A Warrant,” March 23, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z0kfPtj/biden-administration-urges-supreme-court-to-let-cops-enter-homes-and-seize-guns-without-a-warrant?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews throw rocks at riot cops and set fire to vehicles as police blast them with water cannons during anti-lockdown protests in Israel,” Jan 2021, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9189371/Hundreds-ultra-Orthodox-Jews-clash-riot-cops-anti-lockdown-protests-Israel.html

“At least 25 Americans were killed during protests and political unrest in 2020,” Oct 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/31/americans-killed-protests-political-unrest-acled

“Another Fatal Shooting in Seattle’s ‘CHOP’ Protest Zone,” June 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/us/seattle-protests-CHOP-CHAZ-autonomous-zone.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/us/seattle-protests-CHOP-CHAZ-autonomous-zone.html

The Jerusalem Post, “Israel in talks with Saudi, UAE, Bahrain for defense alliance against Iran,” https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/israel-saudi-arabia-uae-bahrain-talking-defense-alliance-660588

“China’s president Xi Jinping orders troops near Taiwan to ‘prepare for WAR’ days after massive invasion drill off island,” October 2020, https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12930130/china-xi-jinping-prepare-war-taiwan-invasion/

“Chinese President Xi Jinping asks troops to prepare for war, be absolutely loyal,” October 2020, https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/chinese-president-xi-jinping-asks-troops-to-prepare-for-war-be-absolutely-loyal-report-1731545-2020-10-14

“Why are Armenia and Azerbaijan fighting and what are the implications?” Oct 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/28/why-are-armenia-and-azerbaijan-fighting-what-are-implications

“Israel Prepares for War on Multiple Fronts,” Oct 2020, https://news.antiwar.com/2020/10/29/israel-prepares-for-war-on-multiple-fronts/

“Army faces crippling mass strike as hundreds of thousands protest in Myanmar,” Feb 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2163738489652/army-faces-crippling-mass-strike-as-hundreds-of-thousands-protest-in-myanmar?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“At least 39 reported killed in Myanmar as Chinese factories burn,” March 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2182115122570/at-least-39-reported-killed-in-myanmar-as-chinese-factories-burn?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“Myanmar imposes martial law in parts of Yangon,” March 2021, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEsd6RTx4Og

“China is killing religious and ethnic minorities and harvesting their organs, UN Human Rights Council told,” Sept 24, 2019, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-religious-ethnic-minorities-uighur-muslim-harvest-organs-un-human-rights-a9117911.html

“China conducting mass sterilization on Muslim minorities that could amount to genocide,” June 29, 2020, https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/china-conducting-mass-sterilization-muslim-minorities-amount-genocide/story?id=71519132

137 killed in Niger’s deadliest suspected jihadist massacre,” March 23, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/137-killed-in-nigers-deadliest-suspected-jihadist-massacre/?fbclid=IwAR2_S6UM8vREBIWt6KKwWXiGbIUIjxPeuXTU3C1yAun3XbzW1wNR1KLDAzc

28-year-old stabbed to death in southern Israel, allegedly by cousin,” March 23, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/28-year-old-stabbed-to-death-in-southern-israel-allegedly-by-cousin/?fbclid=IwAR2I2CfvVCGm8OKFCKAVqUD8hqzPqGcMvJrM22QBcOkDVT8hGprcme49h5I

The Black Horse: Bondage Because of Economic Upheaval

“And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.”

This inky Black Horse comes next, and his rider is carrying a pair of balances and great economic upheaval follows. The Greek word for “pair of scales” is actually the word usually translated “a yoke”, and carries with it the Jewish concept of being coupled together, working together like a pair of oxen who are “yoked” together in order to bear or pull a heavy burden and move as one. This is its literal use. It’s figurative usage refers to enslavement or being obligated to someone because of debt. And thus, one would go into servitude to pay off the debt.

Thus, there is more to this word than merely the cost of food. It is rife with servitude and hard labor wherein everyone will be joined together in the struggle and be unified in their enslavement because of extreme inflation. This inflation will unite everyone under a heavy yoke of bondage.

Is this horse at work yet today? Though it does not appear to be in full swing as of yet, what is evident is that food shortages and famine –because of locust plagues, recalls of produce, and the destruction of perfectly good beef/poultry– are immanent. Not only this, but with people losing their businesses because of lockdowns in 2020 and because of employees losing their jobs in 2020, the stage has been set for this dark horse to emerge strong and commanding in 2021. Below are headlines to prove this grave fact.

The Proof: Sources

“There Will Be Signs,” https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/there-will-be-signs/

“Isaiah 24: The Shaking of the World,” August 23, 2020, https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/2020/08/24/isaiah-24-the-shaking-of-the-world/

“If I Were the Devil: Bible Prophecy Update August 23, 2020,” Pastor JD Farag, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaOwA1h5IL0

“JBS cyberattack forces shutdown all company’s US beef plants,” June 1, 2021, https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/jbs-cyberattack-shuts-down-one-fifth-us-beef-production?fbclid=IwAR2KmttKRqWJFh6-uZCF7LZhs0nz2Taq5hUMhb3_Fw-0EHf6WimNaF5zOvQ Quote: “The shutdowns impacted all nine beef plants, located in Arizona, Texas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wisconsin, Utah, Michigan and Pennsylvania, according to officials from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, which represents more than 25,000 JBS employees.”

“DR. FRÉDÉRIC LEROY: HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF FOOD PRODUCTION – ICE AGE FARMER BROADCAST,” May 26, 2021, https://www.brighteon.com/fbf53972-2c2b-4023-9ea8-c08f629de9d3 Summary from the site: “In this special Ice Age Farmer broadcast, Christian is joined by Dr. Frédéric Leroy, a professor in the field of food science & biotechnology at Vrije Universiteit, to detail what can only be described as an attempted hostile takeover of all human food production. Dr. Leroy outlines with studied precision the UN Food Systems Summit: the agenda to end traditional farming and ranching, the players involved (and the revolving door between big multinational food companies, think tanks/foundations, and policymakers), the movement’s genesis in new age “Gaia” worship, and much, much more.”

Chicken prices spike higher as labor shortage affects the industry,” May 20, 2021, https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/chicken-prices-spike-higher-as-labor-shortage-affects-the-industry-052021.html Quote: “Chicken wing prices are up 180% compared to before the pandemic”

“Lumber Prices…Why is No One Talking About This?” by Really Graceful, May 11, 2021, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQjwvUHGvKk

“The chicken wing shortage is real and prices are going up too,” May 6, 2021, https://news.yahoo.com/chicken-wing-shortage-real-prices-211700643.html

“Corn prices have jumped 142% in the past year amid rising demand from China, drought in Brazil,” May 4, 2021, https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/corn-prices-jumped-142-past-year-demand-china-drought-brazil-2021-5-1030386126?op=1 Quote: “Falling supply and rising demand, coupled with a drought in Brazil, have corn prices surging globally.Brazil’s 2020/2021 total corn crop estimate was lowered by nearly 8% to 104.1 million tonnes as dry weather continues to hurt yields in the country, forecaster Safras & Mercado reported last Friday.”Brazil’s weather continues to provide support for the price gains. A material chunk of Brazil’s second corn crop sits in drying soils,” Tobin Gorey, director of agricultural strategy at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, told Agriculture.com.”The situation is critical in Brazil,” Paris-based adviser Agritel said in a report, per Bloomberg.”

“Why the rally for corn, soybeans and wheat likely isn’t over,” April 29, 2021, https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-the-rally-for-corn-soybeans-and-wheat-likely-isnt-over-11619713369

“Oregon Bill to Ban Livestock: Stunning War on Farming/Ranching,” April 23, 2021, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b98_Ue0sS2A&t=5s

“Court Upholds FDA Approval of Controversial GMO Fake Meat Ingredient,” May 24, 2021, https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/court-upholds-fda-approval-gmo-fake-meat-leghemoglobin/?utm_source=salsa&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=bcaaec43-2eda-4bae-b08c-4612a77b3b03 Quote: “A federal appeals court upheld the FDA’s approval of the key ingredient in Impossible Foods’ fake meat products, GMO soy leghemoglobin. The decision allows Impossible Burgers to hit grocery stores and schools and ensures the potentially hazardous ingredient can remain on the market….CFS senior attorney Sylvia Wu said in a statement:“We are disappointed by the court’s ruling … which will allow Impossible Burger and other meatless burgers to be made with a novel genetically engineered chemical without conducting any long-term health studies. FDA is supposed to protect consumers from unsafe novel chemicals in our food supply, instead now consumers bear the burden of avoiding these GMO plant-based burgers.”

“The Real Reason Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Google Want You to Eat Lab-Grown ‘Meat’,” May 12, 2021, https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/bill-gates-jeff-bezos-google-want-you-to-eat-lab-grown-meat/?utm_source=salsa&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=677fa3a5-ec22-4dc2-89eb-db4c38c6eb0d Quote: “In essence, the FDA is drawing a line that can ultimately bar farmers from growing leafy greens and livestock together, which is the very heart of regenerative farming. You need crops and grazing animals together. That’s how you optimize both output and safety. The goal is to push us toward a food system of patented fake foods, so it’s crucial to interpret all new rules with this in mind.” And this is worldwide. “Initiative Petition 13 would turn Oregon into a “sanctuary state for animals” by removing exemptions for good animal husbandry practices, criminalizing the raising and slaughtering of food animals and reclassifying traditional animal husbandry practices such as artificial insemination as “sexual assault.”… Ireland’s Department of Agriculture has announced it needs to “reduce the size of the national herd to reduce methane emissions.” As noted by Ice Age Farmer, there’s no such thing as a “national herd,” or a herd that belongs to the nation as a whole, so what they’re really saying is “we’re going to eliminate ranchers and farmers to meet our climate goals.”… California Democrats are also fighting for legislation to increase living spaces for pigs from an average of 13 to 16 square feet to a minimum of 24 square feet per animal. The law, if implemented, would result in higher costs for pork producers across the country.If farmers can’t afford to expand their facilities, a pork shortage could ensue in California, as the state would not allow noncompliant farmers to sell within the state. If they comply with the California standard and do expand, pork will become more expensive across the nation…Australia recently reclassified manure from having no specific classification to a classification as “dangerous industrial waste,” and in the EU, a new seed law criminalizes traditional seed saving.” Behind it all, of course, the front man of the new world order agenda. “Bill Gates has been buying up farmland across 18 U.S. states through various subsidiary companies. In all, he now owns about 242,000 acres of farmland. He’s also a longtime promoter of Genetically Modified (GMO) and recently started calling for a complete transition from meat to lab-grown meat and other fake and unnatural food sources, such as a protein-rich microbe found in a Yellowstone geyser.”…it’s not surprising that Gates insists synthetic beef is a necessary strategy to address climate change, having co-funded the startup of the imitation meat company Impossible Foods. Other investors included Google and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos… Another official source proving synthetic beef will be thrust upon us, willing or not, is the EAT Forum, self-described as the “Davos for food.” EAT Forum is co-founded by the Wellcome Trust (an organization funded by and strategically linked to GlaxoSmithKline, a vaccine maker in which Gates is financially invested), and collaborates with nearly 40 city governments in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South America and Australia…The EAT Forum’s largest initiative is called FReSH, the goal of which is to transform the food system as a whole. Project partners in this venture include Bayer, Cargill, Syngenta, Unilever and Google.”

“Corn tortilla prices are increasing in Mexico. Here’s what Americans can expect,” May 3, 2021, https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2021/05/02/corn-agricultural-commodities-price-increase-cornbread-corn-tortillas/4916054001/ Quote: “Corn has been leading the rally among grain commodities, rising more than 30% in 2021, according to MarketWatch.” 

“Coronavirus creates ground beef shortage, drives prices for fast food restaurants,” May 1, 2021, https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/coronavirus-ground-beef-shortage

As Prices Rise Across Supply Chains, Will Inflation Come for You Too?” March 31, 2021, https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-03-31/prices-are-going-up-across-supply-chains-will-inflation-come-for-you-too Quote: “In the U.S., 3M Co. has pointed to rising freight costs to ship its goods while Mattel Inc. has said plastic is more expensive…Logistical problems have contributed to the scarcity of goods. The shipping industry didn’t have enough containers, which resulted in transport rates and costs going through the roof. The supply chain issues are now so severe that delays and delivery times are at their highest in decades in many places…Companies are looking for ways to ease the pressure, but no one seems to have a clear way out besides hoping the situation is temporary because Covid-19 related disruptions are bound to end. But much of the return-to-normal thesis is premised on large populations being vaccinated, a process fraught with issues. No one has talked about a near-term solution. Meanwhile, freight rates and raw material prices continue to rise.”

“White House declares state of emergency over pipeline shut down after cyberattack,” May 9, 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0ZhckNxu/white-house-declares-state-of-emergency-over-pipeline-shut-down-after-cyberattack?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“Is There a War on Meat?” Feb 2021, https://beforeitsnews.com/agriculture/2021/02/is-there-a-war-on-meat-the-highwire-with-del-bigtree-2457476.html

“Dozens of Washington Potato Company Employees Permanently Laid Off Following Massive Facility Fires,” Feb. 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/washington/warden/news/2159986744486/dozens-of-washington-potato-company-employees-permanently-laid-off-following-massive-facility-fire?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Potatoes Recalled Due to Potential Listeria,” August 12, 2020, https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/lemons-limes-oranges-potatoes-recalled-due-to-potential-listeria/ar-BB17SD8G

“Peaches, One of Summer’s Last Remaining Joys, Join the Salmonella Recall List,” August 24, 2020, https://www.eater.com/2020/8/24/21399024/peaches-from-target-aldi-wegmans-kroger-walmart-recalled-due-to-salmonella

“More Recalls Due to Salmonella: Shrimp, Peaches,” August 21, 2020, https://www.medicaldaily.com/more-salmonella-recalls-fda-peaches-salmonella-455527?ocid=uxbndlbing

“Red Onions Pulled from Stores and Restaurants Nationwide Over Possible Salmonella,” August 4, 2020, https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/08/04/red-onions-recalled-from-stores-and-restaurants-nationwide-over-possible-salmonella/

“RECALL UPDATE: Onions Recalled for Possible Salmonella Include Walmart, Publix, Food Lion, More,” August 16, 2020, https://www.wral.com/recall-update-onions-recalled-for-possible-salmonella-include-walmart-publix-food-lion/19218969/

“Food Warfare: More States to Test/Close Farms-Wildfires and Weather Warfare,” Ice Age Farmer, August 23, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IH-nDk7ZvM

“China Food CRISIS: Recycling Food, Limiting Orders, Censoring Eating on Social Media,” Ice Age Farmer, August 14, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfddicUblZ0

“States Secretly Stockpiling for Need Ahead: To the Roof!” Ice Age Farmer, August 11, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r5ZLq6QYOc

“State Stockpiling Shelf-Stable Foods to Feed a Record Number of People in Need Due to Pandemic,” Kiro7, August 9, 2020, https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/state-stockpiling-shelf-stable-foods-feed-record-number-people-need-due-pandemic/6P7JN5SJHVBVTBPBQ46GR4ZFNE/

“States Secretly Stockpiling Food, Competing to Fill Warehouses to Brim Ahead of Coming Disaster,” USSA News, August 12, 2020, https://ussanews.com/News1/2020/08/12/states-secretly-stockpiling-food-competing-to-fill-warehouses-to-brim-ahead-of-coming-disaster/

“A Disastrous Situation: Mountains of Food Wasted as Coronavirus Scrambles Food Chain,” The Guardian, April 9, 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/09/us-coronavirus-outbreak-agriculture-food-supply-waste

“The Biblical Locust Plagues of 2020,” BBC, August 6, 2020, https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200806-the-biblical-east-african-locust-plagues-of-2020

“World Faces Worst Food Crisis for at Least 50 years, UN Warns,” The Guardian, June 9, 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/09/world-faces-worst-food-crisis-50-years-un-coronavirus

“Food Shortages Immanent: Government Forces Farms to Shut Down Over Covid,” July 2020, https://www.naturalblaze.com/2020/07/food-shortages-imminent-government-forces-farms-to-shut-down-over-covid.html

“COVID-19 Strike Teams Shut Down Farms – FoodWars Go Hot, Beirut, Aus, China Shortages,” Ice Age Farmer, August 6, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnKKeyhi_Wc

“US: Canned Food Shortages Due to Chinese Tin/Steel Supply Chain Shortage,” Ice Age Farmer, July 25, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBOjxxCOUUc

“DEFUND MEAT: The New Plan to End Meat by Stripping Credit/Capital,” Ice Age Farmer, June 22, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7AAbOP44wA

“UNBELIEVABLE: Gov. Forces Farms to Shut Down. Food Shortages Immanent,” -in Ontario- Ice Age Farmer, July 4, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY90JRyFcDM

“UN Agencies Warn of Impending Food Crisis in Caribbean Ibero-American Worsened by Coronavirus,” Executive Intelligence Review June 17, 2020, https://larouchepub.com/pr/2020/20200617_food_crisis.html

“COVID-19, UN Agencies Warn Against Rising Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean,” June 2020, https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/06/1066412

“‘Instead of Coronavirus, the Hunger Will Kill Us,’ A Global Food Crisis Looms,” New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/22/world/africa/coronavirus-hunger-crisis.html

“Deadly Derecho Leaves Path of Destruction Across Midwest, 800,000 without Power,” USA Today, August 11, 2020, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/08/11/derecho-inland-hurricane-destruction-midwest-iowa-illinois-indiana/3343472001/

“DERECHO: Corn Crop Catastrophe, Grain Stores Destroyed, Food Prices (Developing),” Ice Age Farmer, August 10, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3O-lDvZTOI

“Derecho Damaged Up to 10 Million Acres of Iowa Farmland; Corn and Soybean Crop Most Impacted,” Fox Business, August 12, 2020, https://www.foxbusiness.com/money/derecho-iowa-crop-land-farmland-midwest-damage-severe-weather-corn-soybean-disaster-10-million

“Flash Floods in Northern Turkey Kill 5, 11 Missing,” U.S. News August 23, 2020, https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-08-23/flash-floods-in-northern-turkey-kill-four-11-missing?ocid=uxbndlbing

“Man Rescued After Clinging to Tree for 16 Hours to Escape Flooding That Has Killed 1,000 People,” CBS News August 17, 2020, (about flooding in India and Bangladesh) https://www.cbsnews.com/news/india-floods-bangladesh-deaths-millions-displaced-dramatic-rescue-caught-on-video-today-2020-08-17/

“At Least 2 Dead After Apocalyptic Storm Causes Biblical Flooding in Palermo, Italy,” July 16, 2020, https://strangesounds.org/2020/07/palermo-biblical-flooding-apocalyptic-storm-video-picture-italy-sicily.html

“Cold Front Hits Brazil and Drops Temps,” August 21, 2020, https://www.gazetadopovo.com.br/wiseup-news/cold-front-hits-brazil-and-drops-temperatures/?ocid=uxbndlbing

“Parts of South America Are Forecast Their First Significant Snow in 60 Years,” August 20, 2020, https://electroverse.net/parts-of-south-america-are-forecast-their-first-significant-snow-in-60-years/

“Russia: Siberia Heatwave,” August 22, 2020, https://www.dw.com/en/russia-siberian-heatwave/av-54658113

“Death Valley Records Possible Hottest Temperature Ever As Heatwave, Rolling Blackouts Continue in California,” Newsweek, August 17, 2020, https://www.newsweek.com/death-valley-records-possible-hottest-temperature-ever-1525526

“Death Valley Reaches 130 Degrees, Hottest Temperature in U.S. in at Least 107 Years,” CBS News, August 17, 2020, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/death-valley-records-highest-temperature-107-years-heat-wave/

“California Wildfires Force More Evacuations Amid Record Heat and Lightning Strikes,” CNBC, August 19, 2020, https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/19/california-wildfires-force-more-evacuations-amid-record-heat-and-lightning-strikes.html

“‘Fire Tornado’ Warnings and Extreme Heat Hit California and Nevada as Wildfires Blaze On,” National Post, August 17, 2020, https://nationalpost.com/news/world/fire-tornado-warnings-and-extreme-heat-hit-california-and-nevada-as-wildfires-blaze-on?ocid=uxbndlbing

“Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Have Been Ok’d for a First U.S. Test Flight,” August 22, 2020, https://www.sciencenews.org/article/genetically-modified-mosquitoes-florida-test-release?ocid=uxbndlbing

“Gates’ Globalist Vaccine Agenda: A Win-Win for Pharma and Mandatory Vaccination,” April 9, 2020, https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/government-corruption/gates-globalist-vaccine-agenda-a-win-win-for-pharma-and-mandatory-vaccination/

“In America, Farmers Destroy Their Crops–While People are Starving,” August 27, 2020, https://dianeravitch.net/2020/04/27/in-america-farmers-destroy-their-crops-while-people-are-starving/?fbclid=IwAR0XycQDrMErwBpofL-mHtyhwZXZpk0VeBhQ0avrDJS7xAPwzsxb2r1fRC4

“Bill Gates: America’s Top Farmland Owner,” January 11, 2021, https://landreport.com/2021/01/bill-gates-americas-top-farmland-owner/?fbclid=IwAR0PQQOZTHhFmSlFdX2vHPTdYLSUd7hkzIqxOolxudn_9orGozqqaWHvVXE

“Why is Bill Gates Buying Up Farmland in America?” January 24, 2021, https://patriotdailypress.com/2021/01/24/why-is-bill-gates-buying-up-farmland-across-america/?fbclid=IwAR3Q-v9bXTk8ekICYOvsjuNtqQkHX5WAmTyF4Jice-F-1_hTVnVyGUMK53c

“Two million Delmarva chickens euthanized as virus hobbles processing,” April 24, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/two-million-delmarva-chickens-euthanized-as-virus-hobbles-processing/2020/04/24/82fc93a4-865d-11ea-878a-86477a724bdb_story.html?fbclid=IwAR3undbKpAIkvxqvP-Dxy4uXX69pe60JvCdp52Bdx_ZDIW0dKuktmrwbbJE

Food Shortages Imminent: Government Forces Farms to Shut Down Over Covid,” July 4, 2020, https://www.naturalblaze.com/2020/07/food-shortages-imminent-government-forces-farms-to-shut-down-over-covid.html?fbclid=IwAR2HC_iVTsbM94_-ht6hUXQuAB_lJt7PIq8cA9CrE0ZVBsOa1KCmhZHXNi4

“United States Unemployment Rate1948-2021 Data,” https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/unemployment-rate

“Unemployment rate falls to 6.9 percent in October 2020,” https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/unemployment-rate-falls-to-6-point-9-percent-in-october-2020.htm

“Apocalyptic Pests: Locust Swarms Hit Asia And South America, Affecting Millions,” June 27, 2020, https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2020/06/27/apocalyptic-pests-locust-swarms-hit-asia-and-south-america-affecting-millions/?sh=7d802e671269

“The Biblical Locust Plagues of 2020,” Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Eritrea, India, Pakistan, Iran, Yemen, Oman and Saudi Arabia, https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200806-the-biblical-east-african-locust-plagues-of-2020

“Locusts are putting 5 million people at risk of starvation – and that’s without COVID-19,” Africa, June 26, 2020, https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/06/locusts-africa-hunger-famine-covid-19

The Green Horse: The Unnatural One

“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

And so we come to the strangest, eeriest, creepiest horse whose color is pale, grass green, whose rider was Death himself and who has the accompaniment of the unseen world, truth-deprived darkness of Hades. These are not just given permission, but are given governmental authority to kill in four different ways: the sword, hunger, death, and beasts of the earth. But these means will not be normal, they will be both unnatural and supernatural. After all, this horse is not natural nor are its rider nor its companion. The horse is green. It’s rider death. It’s companion that follows is unseen.

The sword mentioned here is not the machaira of the Red Horse and his rider which is small and used for slaughter in battle. Rather, this is a large sword only seen seven times in the New Testament. Six of the seven times it is found in Revelation. Five of those six times in Revelation it refers to the the words of Jesus’ mouth. The one time is used outside of Revelation is in Luke when it says that Mary would be pierced in her soul. Thus, it can be said that in the New Testament such a sword is only used figuratively not literally. This must be taken into account when translating this here. This is not about physical war or slaughter or carnage, but is about something spiritually taking place through the use of words and grief brought on by those words, and possibly even by what is being seen. Because of a rejection of truth, there will be no life-giving hope or comfort. Thus, despair will be rampant, and the suicide rate will rise.

Hunger is linked to the stage that is set for worldwide famine beginning this year, and will tango with the inky Black Horse of economic collapse and inflation of prices around the world. This could even be a spiritual hunger that will never be satisfied because of the rejection of God.

Death can mean just that, death. It can refer to both physical and spiritual death. Quite likely in this case it means the permanent spiritual death that eternally separates one from God. After all, this is what the Pale Horse is all about.

Beasts of the earth is the diminutive form of the regular Greek word for dangerous/poisonous beasts like a snake. To be diminutive means to be small. Thus, these “beasts” are small, and could even be microscopic. Furthermore, the word from which both this word and the regular word for beast comes is that of hunting through use of a net or trap, even the hunting of men. This makes me think of Nimrod who “hunted men” in Genesis 11. It also draws my mind to Luke 21:34-35 which speaks of the Day of the Lord coming on unsuspecting, undiscerning people as a trap and a snare. And finally it makes me think of all the times in the Psalms when David spoke of the enemy laying nets and traps for the righteous, even laying in ambush, aiming their arrows at them for no cause and for their destruction.

Is this not happening even now via the vaccine? Does this not contain microscopic organisms that will destroy the human immune system, causing immediate or eventual, premature death? Is this not a trap and a snare that has been laid as a net for those who can not see clearly to discern, who are too trusting to question, who are too caught up in the cares of this life –both its pleasures and pains– that they cannot perceive the deadly attacked waged against them?

The plan of Death and Hades is to literally kill a quarter of humanity worldwide. At this time in history, March 26, 2021, there are approximately 7.9 billion people in the world. Therefore, the goal of the Pale Horse’s rider and companion is to annihilate upwards to 2 billion people in a short period of time via despair, spiritual separation from God, physical and spiritual starvation, and microscopic beasts such as viruses and other toxic, DNA-altering ingredients injected through a so-called vaccine. Remember, this is an unnatural even supernatural horse. There is nothing normal about this, and thus, it’s stealth is deceptive and deadly.

Is the Pale Horse and its rider and companion out of the gate yet? If not, it certainly appears from the list of headlines below that the groundwork has definitely been laid for their immanent arrival.

The Proof: Sources

“Watchman on the Wall,” https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/watchman-on-the-wall/ This ever-growing article contains countless sources that express how deadly the COVID-19 vaccine really is, and how it will in the end destroy the quality of life and even kill those who’ve taken it. Plus, toward the end of the source list at the end, it gives the names of people who have died after receiving the vaccine.

“What’s the World Coming To?” May 30, 2021, message by Pastor JD Farag. In this message he reads off various email testimonials regarding the COVID-19 vaccines, the untimely deaths, the pain, and the horrific adverse events taking place in people of all ages who personally wrote into him with their stories. https://www.jdfarag.org/bible-prophecy?sapurl=LytkNmtjL2xiL21pLys0M2t3ejI2P2VtYmVkPXRydWU=

“A World Jabbed Into Submission,” May 27, 2021, by Tony Koretz of A Minute to Midnite, https://aminutetomidnite.com/2021/05/27/a-world-jabbed-into-submission/ (According to the CDC, as of May 17th there have been 4,647 corona vaccine related deaths and 227,805 vaccine injuries/related adverse events. At the 1 minute mark, Pierre Gilbert at a special conference in a 1996 video clip, speaks about the goal of vaccines. He states that vaccines will be mandatory in order that they might be a means to control people via liquid crystals in the brain that when communicated with via low frequency waves will render people unable to think. Besides this, the vaccine will contaminate the human bloodstream which will in turn create “intentional infections”. At about the 3 minute mark, an important word is given from the Israeli People’s Committee‘s Chairman Dr. Pinky Feinstein, Psychiatrist, as he reports on the adverse events related to corona virus vaccine. This Committee is independent from the Israeli government. According to their numbers, during the vaccination period of January-March 2021, the age group 20-29 year olds has seen an increase of 30% in mortality compared to last year at the same time. Around 250,000 of the Israeli people did not show up to get the second dose of the vaccine.)

“DR. FRÉDÉRIC LEROY: HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF FOOD PRODUCTION – ICE AGE FARMER BROADCAST,” May 26, 2021, https://www.brighteon.com/fbf53972-2c2b-4023-9ea8-c08f629de9d3 Summary from the site: “In this special Ice Age Farmer broadcast, Christian is joined by Dr. Frédéric Leroy, a professor in the field of food science & biotechnology at Vrije Universiteit, to detail what can only be described as an attempted hostile takeover of all human food production. Dr. Leroy outlines with studied precision the UN Food Systems Summit: the agenda to end traditional farming and ranching, the players involved (and the revolving door between big multinational food companies, think tanks/foundations, and policymakers), the movement’s genesis in new age “Gaia” worship, and much, much more.”

“Court Upholds FDA Approval of Controversial GMO Fake Meat Ingredient,” May 24, 2021, https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/court-upholds-fda-approval-gmo-fake-meat-leghemoglobin/?utm_source=salsa&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=bcaaec43-2eda-4bae-b08c-4612a77b3b03 Quote: “A federal appeals court upheld the FDA’s approval of the key ingredient in Impossible Foods’ fake meat products, GMO soy leghemoglobin. The decision allows Impossible Burgers to hit grocery stores and schools and ensures the potentially hazardous ingredient can remain on the market….CFS senior attorney Sylvia Wu said in a statement:“We are disappointed by the court’s ruling … which will allow Impossible Burger and other meatless burgers to be made with a novel genetically engineered chemical without conducting any long-term health studies. FDA is supposed to protect consumers from unsafe novel chemicals in our food supply, instead now consumers bear the burden of avoiding these GMO plant-based burgers.”

“The Real Reason Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Google Want You to Eat Lab-Grown ‘Meat’,” May 12, 2021, https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/bill-gates-jeff-bezos-google-want-you-to-eat-lab-grown-meat/?utm_source=salsa&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=677fa3a5-ec22-4dc2-89eb-db4c38c6eb0d Quote: “In essence, the FDA is drawing a line that can ultimately bar farmers from growing leafy greens and livestock together, which is the very heart of regenerative farming. You need crops and grazing animals together. That’s how you optimize both output and safety. The goal is to push us toward a food system of patented fake foods, so it’s crucial to interpret all new rules with this in mind.” And this is worldwide. “Initiative Petition 13 would turn Oregon into a “sanctuary state for animals” by removing exemptions for good animal husbandry practices, criminalizing the raising and slaughtering of food animals and reclassifying traditional animal husbandry practices such as artificial insemination as “sexual assault.”… Ireland’s Department of Agriculture has announced it needs to “reduce the size of the national herd to reduce methane emissions.” As noted by Ice Age Farmer, there’s no such thing as a “national herd,” or a herd that belongs to the nation as a whole, so what they’re really saying is “we’re going to eliminate ranchers and farmers to meet our climate goals.”… California Democrats are also fighting for legislation to increase living spaces for pigs from an average of 13 to 16 square feet to a minimum of 24 square feet per animal. The law, if implemented, would result in higher costs for pork producers across the country.If farmers can’t afford to expand their facilities, a pork shortage could ensue in California, as the state would not allow noncompliant farmers to sell within the state. If they comply with the California standard and do expand, pork will become more expensive across the nation…Australia recently reclassified manure from having no specific classification to a classification as “dangerous industrial waste,” and in the EU, a new seed law criminalizes traditional seed saving.” Behind it all, of course, the front man of the new world order agenda. “Bill Gates has been buying up farmland across 18 U.S. states through various subsidiary companies. In all, he now owns about 242,000 acres of farmland. He’s also a longtime promoter of Genetically Modified (GMO) and recently started calling for a complete transition from meat to lab-grown meat and other fake and unnatural food sources, such as a protein-rich microbe found in a Yellowstone geyser.”…it’s not surprising that Gates insists synthetic beef is a necessary strategy to address climate change, having co-funded the startup of the imitation meat company Impossible Foods. Other investors included Google and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos… Another official source proving synthetic beef will be thrust upon us, willing or not, is the EAT Forum, self-described as the “Davos for food.” EAT Forum is co-founded by the Wellcome Trust (an organization funded by and strategically linked to GlaxoSmithKline, a vaccine maker in which Gates is financially invested), and collaborates with nearly 40 city governments in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South America and Australia…The EAT Forum’s largest initiative is called FReSH, the goal of which is to transform the food system as a whole. Project partners in this venture include Bayer, Cargill, Syngenta, Unilever and Google.”

The Coming Global Food Shortage – Part Two – A Perfect Storm,” https://www.vernoncoleman.com/perfectstorm.htm

“Toxic PFAS Chemicals Found in 100% of Breast Milk Samples,” May 14, 2021, https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/toxic-pfas-chemicals-found-in-breast-milk-samples/?utm_source=salsa&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=5dc56d69-401b-4657-ac7c-da2caef074e2

“Seven people die from blood clots after Oxford jab in UK,” April 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/news/0Z8WFgoo/seven-people-die-from-blood-clots-after-oxford-jab-in-uk-but-no-evidence-of-link-regulator-says?s=oldSite&ss=a99

“COVID-19 Vaccines Are Weapons of Mass Destruction – And Could Wipe Out the Human Race,” March 13, 2021, Dr. Vernon Coleman, https://vernoncoleman.org/videos/covid-19-vaccines-are-weapons-mass-destruction-and-could-wipe-out-human-race

“Mass Vaccination in a Pandemic – Benefits versus Risks: Interview with Geert Vanden Bossche,” March 6, 2021, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJZxiNxYLpc

“Covid Vax. Depopulation Disaster in the Making? Some Doctors and Scientists say Yes!” March 2021, https://aminutetomidnite.com/2021/03/18/covid-vax-depopulation-disaster-in-the-making-some-doctors-and-scientists-say-yes/?fbclid=IwAR1hkFRoKi0A72ToqcbLBPc8oetOtR7vOKChEmmavLS_4-_uChLhnayquWM

“SHOCKING! Historian Exposes Bill Gates’ Ties To NAZIs,” https://brandnewtube.com/watch/shocking-historian-exposes-bill-gates-039-ties-to-nazis-and-more-1_Rgt7vaPn8TIknv5.html This video shows the link between Bill Gates’ family and the Nazis, Eugenics, population control, Planned Parenthood, and so forth. QUOTE from summary of this video: “goes through history of elites methods of “Thinning the Herd” or population control. history of IBM work with the Nazi’s and the family connections to planned parenthood. Pierbright patent granted november 2019 of corona virus vaccine for humans. Pierbright funded by Bill Gates. Who also funds the UN, World Health Org, NIH, and has lucrative contracts with Anthony fauci. Fauci announcing in 2017 that new administration would see a surprise outbreak.(he knew because he had fostered the gain of function development sited in this link ⁣https://brandnewtube.com/watch…./the-ccp-fires-a-war”

“The CCP Fires A Warning Shot At Deep State Covid 19 Accomplices,” https://brandnewtube.com/watch/the-ccp-fires-a-warning-shot-at-deep-state-covid-19-accomplices_ytRcdgOInfq4VQe.html COVID-19 is a man-made, lab-made virus, created via funding from the U.S. and led by Anthony Fauci.

“Who was Bill Gates Before Microsoft?” Really Graceful covers “his family history, his early childhood, education, extracurriculars, and time at Harvard,” March 31, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wuMkShZ42o

“I was too easy on Bill,” an eye opening short documentary by Really Graceful about Bill Gates, April 16, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBVYcLi1gSM

“Human Experiments You’ll Never Believe Happened | United States Germ Warfare Pre-1970,” by Really Graceful, November 27, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKLq48L1Uuk

“Shot in the Dark,” March 9, 2021, Joni Lamb interviews Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iaKAWWGyWI In this interview it is made apparent by Dr. Tenpenny, who has studied vaccines for years, that this vaccine is unlike any other. It is experimental. Those being injected with it are the Guinea Pigs. And it will cut people’s lives short because of weakening effect of the vaccine upon the human immune system.

“Bio-warfare & Weaponization of Medicine Amid Covid,” January 15, 2021, https://thenewamerican.com/bio-warfare-weaponization-of-medicine-amid-covid/ In this interview, Dr. Lee Merritt explains that the COVID-19 virus is being used as a bio-weapon. And when it comes to the new vaccines, this “former military doctor who studied biological warfare, reviews previous animal studies on the technology underlying the vaccines and paints a dire picture.” In other words, this vaccine is not for our good, but our demise.

“Is a Coronavirus Vaccine a Ticking Time Bomb?” August 1, 2020, https://sciencewithdrdoug.com/2020/08/01/is-a-coronavirus-vaccine-a-ticking-time-bomb/?fbclid=IwAR1yJhZ9-FYUJKD0ge0c_vABj1pLceelgooVHBGlZIl3zwvvVVA1LfNOnMQ Quote from article: “This inherent unpredictability problem is highlighted in the following scenario: A coronavirus vaccine may not be dangerous initially. If the initial testing looks positive, mass vaccination efforts would presumably be administered to a large portion of the population. In the first year or two, it may appear that there is no real safety issue, and over time, a greater percentage of the world population will be vaccinated due to this perceived “safety”. During this interim period, the virus is busy mutating. Eventually, the antibodies that vaccinated individuals have floating around in their bloodstream are now rendered non-neutralizing because they fail to bind to the virus with the same affinity due to the structural change resulting from the mutation. Declining concentrations of the antibody over time would also contribute to this shift towards non-neutralization. When these previously vaccinate people are infected with this different strain of SARS-CoV-2, they could experience a much more severe reaction to the virus…Quoting a Nature Biotechnology news article published on June 5th, 2020…“ADE “is a genuine concern,” says virologist Kevin Gilligan, a senior consultant with Biologics Consulting, who advises thorough safety studies. “Because if the gun is jumped, and a vaccine is widely distributed that is disease enhancing, that would be worse than actually not doing any vaccination at all.”…”Right now, the fatality rate of the virus is estimated to be approximately 0.26%, and this number seems to be dropping as the virus is naturally attenuating itself through the population. It would be a great shame to vaccinate the entire population against a virus with this low of a fatality rate, especially considering the considerable risk presented by ADE. I believe this risk of developing ADE in a vaccinated individual will be much greater than 0.26%, and, therefore, the vaccine stands to make the problem worse, not better. It would be the biggest blunder of the century to see the fatality rate of this virus increase in the years to come because of our sloppy, haphazard, rushed efforts to develop a vaccine with such a low threshold of safety testing and the prospect of ADE lurking in the shadows. I would hope (and this is a big hope), that this vaccine WILL NOT BE MANDATORY.”

“Prof. Dolores Cahill: Why People Will Start Dying A Few Months After The First mRNA Vaccination,” https://coronanews123.wordpress.com/2021/01/18/professor-dolores-cahill-why-people-will-start-dying-a-few-months-after-the-first-mrna-vaccination/ “Prof. Dolores Cahill received her PhD in Immunology from Dublin City University in 1994. She was group leader of the Protein Technology Group in the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Genetics, Berlin, and is Professor of Translational Science at the UCD School of Medicine and Medical Sciences.COVID19 is a 99.4% to 99.8% survival rate virus, the death toll for which a team of researchers in one state found may be inflated by as much as 40%.”  

“Dr Andrew Wakefield: This Is Not A Vaccine It Is An Irreversible Genetic Modification,” February 7, 2021, https://blackysburrow.com/2021/02/dr-andrew-wakefield-this-is-not-a-vaccine-it-is-an-irreversible-genetic-modification/

“Virologist: ‘We Are Going to Pay Huge Price’ for COVID Mass Vaccination Campaign,” March 15, 2021, https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/virologist-huge-price-covid-mass-vaccination/?utm_source=salsa&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=49970d0e-990f-4dec-89a3-9828ade1f01dhttps://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/virologist-huge-price-covid-mass-vaccination/?utm_source=salsa&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=49970d0e-990f-4dec-89a3-9828ade1f01d

“There Will Be Signs,” https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/there-will-be-signs/

“Apocalyptic Pests: Locust Swarms Hit Asia And South America, Affecting Millions,South America and Asia, June 27, 2020, https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2020/06/27/apocalyptic-pests-locust-swarms-hit-asia-and-south-america-affecting-millions/?sh=7d802e671269

“The Biblical Locust Plagues of 2020,” Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Eritrea, India, Pakistan, Iran, Yemen, Oman and Saudi Arabia, https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200806-the-biblical-east-african-locust-plagues-of-2020

“Locusts are putting 5 million people at risk of starvation – and that’s without COVID-19,” Africa, June 26, 2020, https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/06/locusts-africa-hunger-famine-covid-19

“Isaiah 24: The Shaking of the World,” August 23, 2020, https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/2020/08/24/isaiah-24-the-shaking-of-the-world/

“If I Were the Devil: Bible Prophecy Update August 23, 2020,” Pastor JD Farag, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaOwA1h5IL0

“Dozens of Washington Potato Company Employees Permanently Laid Off Following Massive Facility Fires,” Feb. 2021, https://www.newsbreak.com/washington/warden/news/2159986744486/dozens-of-washington-potato-company-employees-permanently-laid-off-following-massive-facility-fire?s=oldSite&ss=a4

“Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Potatoes Recalled Due to Potential Listeria,” August 12, 2020, https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/lemons-limes-oranges-potatoes-recalled-due-to-potential-listeria/ar-BB17SD8G

“Peaches, One of Summer’s Last Remaining Joys, Join the Salmonella Recall List,” August 24, 2020, https://www.eater.com/2020/8/24/21399024/peaches-from-target-aldi-wegmans-kroger-walmart-recalled-due-to-salmonella

“More Recalls Due to Salmonella: Shrimp, Peaches,” August 21, 2020, https://www.medicaldaily.com/more-salmonella-recalls-fda-peaches-salmonella-455527?ocid=uxbndlbing

“Red Onions Pulled from Stores and Restaurants Nationwide Over Possible Salmonella,” August 4, 2020, https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/08/04/red-onions-recalled-from-stores-and-restaurants-nationwide-over-possible-salmonella/

“RECALL UPDATE: Onions Recalled for Possible Salmonella Include Walmart, Publix, Food Lion, More,” August 16, 2020, https://www.wral.com/recall-update-onions-recalled-for-possible-salmonella-include-walmart-publix-food-lion/19218969/

“Food Warfare: More States to Test/Close Farms-Wildfires and Weather Warfare,” Ice Age Farmer, August 23, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IH-nDk7ZvM

“China Food CRISIS: Recycling Food, Limiting Orders, Censoring Eating on Social Media,” Ice Age Farmer, August 14, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfddicUblZ0

“States Secretly Stockpiling for Need Ahead: To the Roof!” Ice Age Farmer, August 11, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r5ZLq6QYOc

“State Stockpiling Shelf-Stable Foods to Feed a Record Number of People in Need Due to Pandemic,” Kiro7, August 9, 2020, https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/state-stockpiling-shelf-stable-foods-feed-record-number-people-need-due-pandemic/6P7JN5SJHVBVTBPBQ46GR4ZFNE/

“States Secretly Stockpiling Food, Competing to Fill Warehouses to Brim Ahead of Coming Disaster,” USSA News, August 12, 2020, https://ussanews.com/News1/2020/08/12/states-secretly-stockpiling-food-competing-to-fill-warehouses-to-brim-ahead-of-coming-disaster/

“A Disastrous Situation: Mountains of Food Wasted as Coronavirus Scrambles Food Chain,” The Guardian, April 9, 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/09/us-coronavirus-outbreak-agriculture-food-supply-waste

“The Biblical Locust Plagues of 2020,” BBC, August 6, 2020, https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200806-the-biblical-east-african-locust-plagues-of-2020

“World Faces Worst Food Crisis for at Least 50 years, UN Warns,” The Guardian, June 9, 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/09/world-faces-worst-food-crisis-50-years-un-coronavirus

“Food Shortages Immanent: Government Forces Farms to Shut Down Over Covid,” July 2020, https://www.naturalblaze.com/2020/07/food-shortages-imminent-government-forces-farms-to-shut-down-over-covid.html

“COVID-19 Strike Teams Shut Down Farms – FoodWars Go Hot, Beirut, Aus, China Shortages,” Ice Age Farmer, August 6, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnKKeyhi_Wc

“US: Canned Food Shortages Due to Chinese Tin/Steel Supply Chain Shortage,” Ice Age Farmer, July 25, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBOjxxCOUUc

“DEFUND MEAT: The New Plan to End Meat by Stripping Credit/Capital,” Ice Age Farmer, June 22, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7AAbOP44wA

“UNBELIEVABLE: Gov. Forces Farms to Shut Down. Food Shortages Immanent,” -in Ontario- Ice Age Farmer, July 4, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY90JRyFcDM

“UN Agencies Warn of Impending Food Crisis in Caribbean Ibero-American Worsened by Coronavirus,” Executive Intelligence Review June 17, 2020, https://larouchepub.com/pr/2020/20200617_food_crisis.html

“COVID-19, UN Agencies Warn Against Rising Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean,” June 2020, https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/06/1066412

“‘Instead of Coronavirus, the Hunger Will Kill Us,’ A Global Food Crisis Looms,” New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/22/world/africa/coronavirus-hunger-crisis.html

“Deadly Derecho Leaves Path of Destruction Across Midwest, 800,000 without Power,” USA Today, August 11, 2020, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/08/11/derecho-inland-hurricane-destruction-midwest-iowa-illinois-indiana/3343472001/

“DERECHO: Corn Crop Catastrophe, Grain Stores Destroyed, Food Prices (Developing),” Ice Age Farmer, August 10, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3O-lDvZTOI

“Derecho Damaged Up to 10 Million Acres of Iowa Farmland; Corn and Soybean Crop Most Impacted,” Fox Business, August 12, 2020, https://www.foxbusiness.com/money/derecho-iowa-crop-land-farmland-midwest-damage-severe-weather-corn-soybean-disaster-10-million

“Flash Floods in Northern Turkey Kill 5, 11 Missing,” U.S. News August 23, 2020, https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-08-23/flash-floods-in-northern-turkey-kill-four-11-missing?ocid=uxbndlbing

“Man Rescued After Clinging to Tree for 16 Hours to Escape Flooding That Has Killed 1,000 People,” CBS News August 17, 2020, (about flooding in India and Bangladesh) https://www.cbsnews.com/news/india-floods-bangladesh-deaths-millions-displaced-dramatic-rescue-caught-on-video-today-2020-08-17/

“At Least 2 Dead After Apocalyptic Storm Causes Biblical Flooding in Palermo, Italy,” July 16, 2020, https://strangesounds.org/2020/07/palermo-biblical-flooding-apocalyptic-storm-video-picture-italy-sicily.html

“Cold Front Hits Brazil and Drops Temps,” August 21, 2020, https://www.gazetadopovo.com.br/wiseup-news/cold-front-hits-brazil-and-drops-temperatures/?ocid=uxbndlbing

“Parts of South America Are Forecast Their First Significant Snow in 60 Years,” August 20, 2020, https://electroverse.net/parts-of-south-america-are-forecast-their-first-significant-snow-in-60-years/

“Russia: Siberia Heatwave,” August 22, 2020, https://www.dw.com/en/russia-siberian-heatwave/av-54658113

“Death Valley Records Possible Hottest Temperature Ever As Heatwave, Rolling Blackouts Continue in California,” Newsweek, August 17, 2020, https://www.newsweek.com/death-valley-records-possible-hottest-temperature-ever-1525526

“Death Valley Reaches 130 Degrees, Hottest Temperature in U.S. in at Least 107 Years,” CBS News, August 17, 2020, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/death-valley-records-highest-temperature-107-years-heat-wave/

“California Wildfires Force More Evacuations Amid Record Heat and Lightning Strikes,” CNBC, August 19, 2020, https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/19/california-wildfires-force-more-evacuations-amid-record-heat-and-lightning-strikes.html

“‘Fire Tornado’ Warnings and Extreme Heat Hit California and Nevada as Wildfires Blaze On,” National Post, August 17, 2020, https://nationalpost.com/news/world/fire-tornado-warnings-and-extreme-heat-hit-california-and-nevada-as-wildfires-blaze-on?ocid=uxbndlbing

“Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Have Been Ok’d for a First U.S. Test Flight,” August 22, 2020, https://www.sciencenews.org/article/genetically-modified-mosquitoes-florida-test-release?ocid=uxbndlbing

“Gates’ Globalist Vaccine Agenda: A Win-Win for Pharma and Mandatory Vaccination,” April 9, 2020, https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/government-corruption/gates-globalist-vaccine-agenda-a-win-win-for-pharma-and-mandatory-vaccination/

“In America, Farmers Destroy Their Crops–While People are Starving,” August 27, 2020, https://dianeravitch.net/2020/04/27/in-america-farmers-destroy-their-crops-while-people-are-starving/?fbclid=IwAR0XycQDrMErwBpofL-mHtyhwZXZpk0VeBhQ0avrDJS7xAPwzsxb2r1fRC4

“Bill Gates: America’s Top Farmland Owner,” January 11, 2021, https://landreport.com/2021/01/bill-gates-americas-top-farmland-owner/?fbclid=IwAR0PQQOZTHhFmSlFdX2vHPTdYLSUd7hkzIqxOolxudn_9orGozqqaWHvVXE

“Why is Bill Gates Buying Up Farmland in America?” January 24, 2021, https://patriotdailypress.com/2021/01/24/why-is-bill-gates-buying-up-farmland-across-america/?fbclid=IwAR3Q-v9bXTk8ekICYOvsjuNtqQkHX5WAmTyF4Jice-F-1_hTVnVyGUMK53c

“Two million Delmarva chickens euthanized as virus hobbles processing,” April 24, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/two-million-delmarva-chickens-euthanized-as-virus-hobbles-processing/2020/04/24/82fc93a4-865d-11ea-878a-86477a724bdb_story.html?fbclid=IwAR3undbKpAIkvxqvP-Dxy4uXX69pe60JvCdp52Bdx_ZDIW0dKuktmrwbbJE

Food Shortages Imminent: Government Forces Farms to Shut Down Over Covid,” July 4, 2020, https://www.naturalblaze.com/2020/07/food-shortages-imminent-government-forces-farms-to-shut-down-over-covid.html?fbclid=IwAR2HC_iVTsbM94_-ht6hUXQuAB_lJt7PIq8cA9CrE0ZVBsOa1KCmhZHXNi4

Conclusion

The white horse is looking for world dominance via peace; the red horse is looking to stab all peace from the earth thus riddling it with fear; the black horse is looking to bring all into bondage because of economic inflation and inevitable collapse; and the pale green horse is unnatural in every way and will via unnatural means annihilate at least 2 million separating them from God and life itself.

The pin has been pulled on the grenade, the fuse has been lit on the dynamite, the time bomb is ticking down, and the horses are in the starting gate. In other words, it is just a matter of time when we will be smack dab in the middle of Revelation 6. If we are not raptured before the summer, the horses will be riding, for the stage is set and their coming is immanent.

Even so, Christ’s return is also immanent. So, do not fear little sheep. Our shepherd is coming SOON!

Looking up,

Holy Light Ministries

Article Sources:

Perry Stone’s “The Mystery of the Giants Pt 1,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjaTmWbjs2M

Perry Stone’s “The Mystery of the Giants Pt 2,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUWASbdPuyw

“Artemis,” https://www.ephesus.us/ephesus/mythology_of_artemis.htm

“Artemis,” https://www.britannica.com/topic/Artemis-Greek-goddess

“Antiochus and the Antichrist,” https://israelmyglory.org/article/antiochus-and-the-antichrist/

“Why the White Horse of Revelation 6 CANNOT be the Antichrist!” https://revelation6.com/white-horse-revelation-6-really-antichrist/ (Disclaimer: Though I do not agree with this author’s conclusion at all based on my own research, his word studies align with my own, and for this reason I have used this link as a source)

“Behold a White Horse,” by Chuck Missler, https://khouse.org/articles/2015/1233/ (I find Chuck Missler’s research fascinating).

“New Light On The White Horse & Rider Of Revelation 6:2,” https://friendsnchrist.ning.com/profiles/blogs/new-light-on-the-white-horse-rider-of-revelation-6-2 (Disclaimer: Though I am uncertain as to this person’s conclusions, I find their theory quite interesting and their research as well done).

“Deception is Here,” https://hiddeninthecrag.com/2020/12/12/deception-is-here/

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“Diminutive,” https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diminutive

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White Horse Word Word Study

BOW = (toxon #5115) – “a bow” from tiktó #5088 “to beget, bring forth” “A strengthened form of a primary teko tek’-o (which is used only as alternate in certain tenses); to produce (from seed, as a mother, a plant, the earth, etc.), literally or figuratively — bear, be born, bring forth, be delivered, be in travail.”

CROWN = (stephanos #4735) – “that which surrounds, i.e. a crown” “From an apparently primary stepho (to twine or wreathe); a chaplet (as a badge of royalty, a prize in the public games or a symbol of honor generally; but more conspicuous and elaborate than the simple fillet, diadema), literally or figuratively — crown.” Usually “woven of oak, ivy, myrtle, olive leaves or flowers” (The Complete Word Study Dictionary: Greek, pg 1311).

CONQUERING = nikaó #3528 – “to conquer, prevail” Present Participle Active, this means that the rider on the white horse is continually conquering; the conquering is ongoing.

TO CONQUER = nikaó #3528 – “to conquer, prevail” Aorist Subjunctivce Activce, this means that there is the future possibility of the rider actually conquering. It is not for sure. It is not definite. But it is possible and could be probable.

Red Horse Word Study

POWER = The English word here translated “power” is not found in the Greek. Instead what is asserted here is that the one riding this horse is granted permission to take peace from the earth and that killing would become commonplace worldwide.

RED = (purrhos #4450) – “red, fire-colored”

PEACE = (eiréné 1515) – “one, peace, quietness, rest…(from eirō, “to join, tie together into a whole“) – properly, wholeness, i.e. when all essential parts are joined together; peace (God’s gift of wholeness).”

KILL = (sphazó #4969) – “to slay, slaughter…the Sept. very often for שָׁחַט, to slay, slaughter, butcher: properly, ἀρνίον, Revelation 5:6, 12; Revelation 13:8; τινα, to put to death by violence (often so in Greek writings from Herodotus down)…A primary verb; to butcher (especially an animal for food or in sacrifice) or (generally) to slaughter, or (specially), to maim (violently) — kill, slay, wound.”

GREAT = it means just that, “great” #3173. This is used regarding “number and quantity”, “intensity and its degrees”, something done on “a grand scale”, the broadness of its scope.

SWORD = (machaira #3162) – “a short sword or dagger…properly, a slaughter-knife; a short sword or dagger mainly used for stabbing; (figuratively) an instrument for exacting retribution…a weapon of war, is used for war, or for quarrels and dissensions that destroy peace”

Black Horse Word Study

BALANCES = (zugos #2218) – “a yoke” “(a Jewish idea) of a heavy burden, comparable to the heavy yokes resting on the bullocks’ necks…properly, a yoke; a wooden bar placed over the neck of a pair of animals so they can pull together; (figuratively) what unites (joins) two people to move (work) together as one…From the root of zeugnumi (to join, especially by a “yoke”); a coupling, i.e. (figuratively) servitude (a law or obligation); also (literally) the beam of the balance (as connecting the scales) — pair of balances, yoke.”

The Pale Horse Word Study

DEATH = (thanatos #2288) – “death” “thánatos (derived from 2348 /thnḗskō, “to die”) – physical or spiritual death; (figuratively) separation from the life (salvation) of God forever by dying without first experiencing death to self to receive His gift of salvation.” Separation from God. This can also have to do with pestilence.

HELL = (hadés #86) – “the abode of departed spirits” from two words from A (#1) meaning “not” and idein/eidō (#1492) “see”, thus, “properly, the “unseen place,” referring to the (invisible) realm in which all the dead reside, i.e. the present dwelling place of all the departed (deceased); Hades.” And “eídō (“seeing that becomes knowing“) then is a gateway to grasp spiritual truth (reality) from a physical plane.”

POWER = (exousia #1849) – “power to act, authority”

SWORD = (rhomphaia, #4501) – “a sword, piercing grief” used 7 times in the New Testament. 1 to Mary in Luke saying a sword will pierce her soul, and six times in Revelation. 5 of those 6 times refer to the sword coming out of Jesus’ mouth, in other words, the power of His word. The sixth time is in this passage. The use of this word is not equivalent to machaira #3162. Machaira was a short sword used for hand to hand combat and was used for stabbing; machaira is used regarding the Red Horse with which he takes peace from the earth. However, this rhomphaia is a big sword, not a small one (according to Josephus, Antiquities 6, 9, 5 https://biblehub.com/greek/3162.htm). Also, rhomphaia has to do with a god’s name mentioned in Acts 7:43, Remphan or Rephan. Stephen in Acts 7:43 is quoting Amos 5:26. In that passage the god’s name in Hebrew is Chiun, but when translated into the Greek Septuagint the god’s name is Rephan.

HUNGER: (limos, #3042) – “hunger, famine”

DEATH : (thanatos, #2288) – “death”

BEASTS OF THE EARTH: (thérion, #2342) – “a wild beast” “Diminutive from the same as thera [2339]; a dangerous animal — (venomous, wild) beast…θήρα (Latinfera; perhaps from root to run, spring, prey, Vanicek, p. 415; cf. Curtius, § 314), θήρας, ἡ; from Homer down; a hunting of wild beasts to destroy them; hence, figuratively, of preparing destruction for men (A. V. a trap), Romans 11:9…From ther (a wild animal, as game); hunting, i.e. (figuratively) destruction — trap.” Gary Stearman in one of his many Prophecy Watchers programs explained that “beasts of the earth” can be explained as microscopic not just big, and thus could be viruses or bacterium or fungi etc. Indeed, this goes along with the fact that the word thérion is a “diminutive” of a larger, dangerous/poisonous animal. To be a diminutive form connotes something that is small, even exceptionally, microscopically small.

Lord, Send Me!

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my personal pic of my lunch at the Sikh temple

About a month ago, I went through an interesting experience that has left me wanting even more like it—longing and yearning for more such experiences!

I had a doctor appointment. Now, I do not like feeling unwell, nor going to the doctor, nor do I like having blood drawn. And on top of this, I do not like going to the doctor alone. But, this time the one who usually goes with me was not there. So, I was on my own.

While at the doctor’s office, I took note of an older lady in the waiting room who appeared to be East Indian. She was speaking loudly to someone on speaker phone, which was odd in a place of business. But I proceeded to fill out paperwork. When I later emerged from the doctor and my blood work after nearly 2 hours, she was still there. As I put my coat on in the waiting room, she actually attempted conversation with me. She too had had blood work done and was showing me her bandages. Then, she asked me where I was from, and after finding out, asked if I could give her a ride.

Now, remember, I’m was already quite preoccupied and in a place I did not want to be. But…. I have been praying since the beginning of the New Year that God would use me, that His Spirit would manifest Himself through me, that I would be bold for Him. And I had this incredible peace. So, because I have been praying like this and was flooded with this peace, I said “yes.”

I quickly texted someone what I was doing, and then proceeded to take the lady to where I thought was her home. But, instead, it was her temple. That’s right. Her temple. As I turned down the long driveway, it dawned on me that none of this was ordinary, and was truly a God-thing. I still had no idea how to communicate with her though because her accent was so thick. I wasn’t even sure how much of what I said was understood.

Though I thought I was going to just drop her off, somehow things felt incomplete. That’s when she invited me for lunch. So, I said “yes.” And in I went to their special kitchen where they have tables of prepared food set up, including a crock pot of three items: soup, lentils and a veggie mix. I took a little of each item along with the flat bread that she gave me. Really I was a bit concerned about how my gut would react to the foreign food so I ate only half of it. Boy was it spicy!!!! I blew my nose 3x. But, then, she blew her nose too and we laughed about how spicy it was. Most of the time we ate in silence. All the while I was praying that the food would not make me sick! But, I did not say anything about it. I just ate it. Someway, somehow I felt a little bit like a missionary in that moment. I know they always said that they ate things in order to not offend their host. Well, now I was doing that very thing. I did not finish everything though. I thought the less of it in me the better. But, I did eat all of the spicy soup and half of the other two items. (Though I distinctly felt the spice move through my small intestines, I never felt sick even once!! Praise the Lord!!)

After the meal, she offered me their array of “sweets” which actually were not very sweet at all, but they were pleasant. When I said I liked something, she gave me an abundance and told me to put it in my pockets. Later she asked how many people I had at home and she gave me more!

After we cleared our dishes, she took me into her temple which is completely white on the outside. I had to take my shoes off and put my hood up because my head had to be covered. (Note: Men and women have to take their shoes off and have their heads covered when entering the temple because in her religion men and women are treated equally). She marched right down to the front, and I was following quite boldly when I suddenly realized where we were going. It was then that I backed up slightly and waited for her near the back. It was from that place that I took in where I was and what it looked like and felt like.

The entire area was draped in white. Even the floor was covered in white, with the exception of one strip of Berber carpet down the middle of the white that led all the way down to the front. At the front stretched out something domed like that of a really long casket – like four caskets all lined up and covered in white. But, of course they were not caskets. I’m just expressing how it appeared. Behind that dome of white were 2-3 individuals. All I could see were their heads, and I was not sure if they were even real to be quite honest – they looked like bobble heads – for they were in trances. That’s right. They were each in a trance. There was a low murmur in the room. Thinking on it now, I’m sure the murmur/hum came from those at the front who were deep in a trance. On top of this, there was a spiritual heaviness about the place that could be tangibly felt.

After exiting, she talked a bit about her religion, and then I got the opportunity to share the Gospel with her. It was amazing! Though she could not fully understand my English nor I her broken English, I still had the blessing of telling her about the ONLY way to heaven: Jesus. She kept trying to tell me that there is one god, and that god is in everything and that it doesn’t matter what religion we are, god is the same. Again I said that there is only ONE way to heaven. She repeated the word “heaven” with a question mark and in a wide-eyed sort of way. I don’t know why really. I then reached out and touched her arm, made eye contact and said, “Jesus loves you. He died for you. He is the only one who can cleanse you of your sins. Jesus is the only way to heaven.”

Those who were supposed to have picked her up, arrived at some point near the end and invited me to coffee/tea/soda which I at that point turned down–they were very hospitable. My time there had come to a close. She had heard the Gospel, and knew that a Christian had been there.

Later I realized that she is a Sikh.

Our Mission Field

Though the truth of what I’m about to say has been right in front of me all this time, it never really hit me like it did as I drove away from the Sikh compound: we as Americans have a mission field right in our own town, our own neighborhood, in our doctor’s waiting room, and in our own backyards.

Now, the Sikh religion I know very little about—just like a I know so little about fixing cars or roofing a house or knitting an afghan or quilting a blanket—but what I do know is that Sikh’s need Jesus, and the Holy Spirit knows the way to the heart of a Sikh. So, do not limit God because you think you may not know enough about something. Peter did not know about Gentiles, but God sent him to Cornelius and the rest is history. Gladys Aylward, a single missionary lady to China, knew nothing of China nor the language, but she knew that God had called her there and was used mightily in ways she never would have envisioned. David Brainerd did not know all there was to know about American Indians in Delaware, but he knew he was called by God to preach the Gospel to them. George Muller knew nothing of starting an orphanage nor once he did how he would raise money for it, but God supplied for his need time and again and rescued thousands of children from the streets because of Muller’s trusting obedience. And Count Von Zinzendorf knew nothing of how to send out missionaries nor of how to be one himself, but he knew the Great Commission and used his position and money to send out those who would go, and even himself went to American Indians though he knew nothing of how to comport himself. Because of his zealous willingness, many others were inspired to do the same and many thousands came to Christ. God can use an obedient heart.

The Adventure

I also learned firsthand that when we really mean what we pray about being used by God however He wants to use us, He’ll answer. When I started praying this prayer quite seriously at the beginning of this year, though I eagerly and zealously wanted and want God to use me, I NEVER envisioned ministering at a Sikh temple. So, when you pray for God to use you, do not try to picture things. Just mean what you say, and wait and see what adventure God will give you!

When Things Fall Flat of Our Expectations

One more thing, sometimes what we are called to do will seem to fall flat. When we finally summon up enough courage to visit a neighbor or bake a cake to give someone only to find that that that person is not home, do not be discouraged. Though I one month later took homemade goodies out to the Sikh temple hoping to see her again or to have another divine appointment but was not as warmly welcomed by the two who were there nor saw the older lady again, and after leaving a note went home wondering “why did I do that?” But, it is then that we must realize 2 very important things: we were obedient AND God is still working. That’s right. God loves obedience. Sometimes we are to do things just because He says to, not because of a particular outcome that we expect. God does not require greatness. He requires obedience. His concept of success and our concept of success are different. Success to Him is obedience. And, yes, He is still working, and one of the most amazing miracles that can ever take place is in the human heart—including our own. For indeed, when we choose to obey, when we choose to go on God’s adventures, a miracle takes place in our own heart. Furthermore, that note or goodie or tract or flowers or merely the fact that someone dropped by with a note to say hello may mean the world to someone and may pave the way for a more meaningful conversation in the future. After all, God knows what He’s doing, and His timing is perfect.

Conclusion

And as I said at the opening of this article, I yearn for more experiences like this one! I long for more adventures for Jesus’ sake. I am zealous for God to use me more, even ‘use me up’ and ‘burn me out’ for the Gospel’s sake.

Do you want such an experience? Do you long for God to use you? Have you been seeking Him to manifest His Holy Spirit through you? If so, and you really mean it, God will and is answering. Just don’t limit Him. Let Him decide how, when, and where. In the words of Isaiah 6:8, “…I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

And if you’ve not been asking and seeking and longing, then why not? And God is still asking “whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” Today is the day to answer. There may be no other.

Still Zealously Seeking,

Holy Light Ministries

Psalm 22’s Detailed Crucifixion Prophecy, part 4: It is Finished!

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From the opening of Psalm 22 we glimpse with uncanny clarity the suffering of the Messiah upon the cross of Calvary. We perceive the incredible accuracy of King David as he penned the barbaric scene of Jesus’ crucifixion that would take place nearly 1000 years later. Indeed, intricate, minute details were prophetically fulfilled including:

  • Jesus’ cry upon the cross was a direct quote of the first verse of Psalm 22:1, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
  • Jesus prayed both while it was day and night simultaneously upon the cross because of the unusual darkening of the sun for three hours (vs 2): “O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.”
  • God had always saved His people, and was now in a different, shocking way doing so again, only this time His people would reject His greatest salvation (vs 3-6) for it was too beneath them, too offensive. “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. 4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. 5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. 6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.” Even Isaiah 53 states that He was despised and rejected of me, a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief.
  • Jesus laid down His life like a Tola worm and was despised for it (vs 6): “6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.” But without His sacrifice we would not have life and life more abundantly. And let’s remember, Jesus said that we must eat His flesh and drink His blood (John 6:52-57), which aligns with the Tola worm becoming food of her babies.
  • All of Jesus’ bones being out of joint and his heart literally failing him – this clearly points to the results of Roman crucifixion as seen in the Gospel accounts (vs 14): “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.”
  • Jesus as He hung upon the cross, had no strength left and was severely dehydrated – elements of crucifixion as seen in the Gospels (vs 15): “My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.”
  • Gentiles, otherwise known as “dogs” and the “wicked” were apart of Jesus’ death as recounted in the Gospels (vs 16): “For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me…”
  • Jesus’ hands and feet were pierced—only done in crucifixion by the Romans (vs 16): “…they pierced my hands and my feet.” Though there had been feeble attempts at crucifixion a slight bit earlier than the Romans (but definitely not in the days of David nor soon thereafter), the Romans perfected this form of torturous execution.
  • The casting of lots by the Roman soldiers for Jesus’ clothes (vs 18): “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.” Indeed, did not this take place at Jesus’ death on the cross?
  • The jeering and sardonic statements and staring with evil delight and encircling like in a ritualistic sacrificial fashion of was fulfilled when the Jewish leadership did so at the foot of the cross (vs 7-8, 17): “All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.” “I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.”
  • The foul snarls of the demonic dogs, the cruel circling of the demonic bulls of Bashan, the crouching of demonic lions roaring in Jesus’ ears and their satanic victory dance at Jesus’ feet as the enemy thought they had defeated God’s plan of redemption (vs 12-13, 20-21).: “Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. 13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion…Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. 21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.” Not only were the Jewish leadership mocking Jesus as He hung there in the physical realm, but the demons and principalities and powers were doing so as well in the spiritual realm. Jesus saw and heard both, in fulfillment of Psalm 22.

It’s NOT Over Until It’s Over!

But, the Psalm does not end there. It does not end with the Suffering One still suffering. It does not end with evil winning. It does not end with the Messiah crying out to Jehovah God for deliverance. It does not end with death. “David, with prophetic eye, was privileged to look ahead and see, not a crucifix [with Jesus still writhing upon it], but an empty cross, a glorious crown, and the universal acceptance of the kingdom of Him who was pierced and despised…This wonderful salvation will be eternal and will be all of God, bringing all the glory to Him,” (Stanley M. Horton, Great Psalms, 19).

Picking up in Psalm 22:22 we read,

22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

23 Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.

24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.”

Herein we see clearly that God did hear the cry of the “Suffering One” and answered; Jehovah, Father God did not turn His face away from Jesus -the perfect Lamb of God- upon the cross. His answer was not deliverance from the cross, however, but rather, through it. He allowed for Jesus to die that humanity might obtain salvation through the cross. For God was answering the afflicted ones from the beginning of time. All of afflicted humanity had been crying out to God for salvation, and now through the death of the ultimate Afflicted One who took upon Himself all of our sins, all of our sicknesses, all of our shame, God provided salvation for all the afflicted who would believe. And, in His time, He also answered the Afflicted One -Jesus- by accepting His perfect sacrifice and forgiving us of our sins because of His sacrifice.

But the Suffering One who died horrifically in Psalm 22 did not remain dead! For, the cross and its suffering and shame was not the end. In verse 22, the One who had suffered is seen praising God the Father for having answered His cry.

Verse 23 goes on to say, “praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.” The Jews are called upon to praise God for His dumbfounding salvation presented to them. As it states in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” This was a salvation that went deeper and farther and higher and wider than the Jews ever could have imagined, for God not only extended blood-bought salvation to them, but to everyone who would believe on the name of the Lord Jesus, on His death, and His resurrection (John 3:16; Acts 2; Romans 10:9-10).

Salvation for ALL

Salvation is not just for the Jews. After all, the Psalmist goes on to write, “My praise shall be of Thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. 26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. 27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. 28 For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.”

Through Jesus, Jew and non-Jew alike are sought by the Father and are saved through Jesus’ sacrifice. All nations are now included in salvation, and not just Israel. This is incredible! This is astonishing! Though salvation for the Gentiles was predicted in Psalm 22 and other passages of Scripture, it is still important to note that salvation came first to and also through the nation of Israel. We catch a glimpse of this in the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:19-23) where in Jesus says, “…salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”

Eternal Life

Furthermore, Psalm 22:26 speaks of eternal life. After all it says, “Your heart shall live forever.” The Hebrew word for heart is lav or lavav, and means “heart and mind, inner being, inner person”. Basically, it is who each of us is. Following the context of Psalm 22 as best we can, those whose hearts shall live forever are those who are the Suffering One’s “brethren” mentioned in verse 22. So, who are Jesus’ brothers? Jesus makes it clear that it is those who believe on Him who are to be called His “brethren.” As Matthew 12:46-50 states, “While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. 47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

In Psalm 22:29 we read on, “29 All (they that be) fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him…” This is referring to those who are alive and to those who have died. For, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10). This is an end time prediction at the culmination of all things, when Jesus is crowned king and God is worshiped by all, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.

Finally

Psalm 22 concludes with, “and none can keep alive his own soul. 30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. 31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.”

To begin with, Jesus died. He did not keep Himself alive. “Himself He could not save.” Jesus lay down His own life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28; 1 Timothy 2:6), and in so doing, could not save Himself too. If He had saved Himself He could not have save us.

It goes on to say that “A seed shall serve Him.” This refers to two very important components: Jesus and those who believe on Jesus. God promised from the very beginning immediately after humanity’s disobedience in the garden that He would send the “seed of the woman” who would crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15). Galatians 3:16 clarifies, “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many, but as of One; and to thy seed, which is Christ.” Even so, Jesus is the Seed.

But, there’s more! Galatians 3 goes on to explain in verses 27-29, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” So, incredibly, because of Jesus, we too are Abraham’s seed that shall serve God forever.

This astounding truth of God’s precious righteousness, that laid aside His glory, stepped down into human flesh, and endured the shame of the cross, shall be declared to “a people that shall be born”. This means that this psalm was not fulfilled in David’s day, but was set for fulfillment at a future date. Generations of people born since the writing of this psalm, have had Jesus’ death and resurrection declared unto them and have experienced the impact of Calvary. Even now those who are being drawn by the Spirit of God unto repentance and faith, are having it declared to them still. For, “this is the Day [the day of redemption] which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!” And again, “Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts…” (Hebrews 3:15).

Tetelestai

And finally, in the words of Jesus, “It is finished,” or “Tetelestai.” Tetelestai (Teleo, #5055) is the Greek word for the accomplishment or completion of something. It does not mean merely to end something, but rather, to bring it to perfection or its intended goal. In other words, when Jesus said “it is finished” as He breathed His last breath upon the cross, He meant that His intended goal had been accomplished. But, Jesus did not simply come up with those words in the pain of the moment as death took hold. Rather, these very words are found embedded in the last verse of Psalm 22. The translation we read says, “He hath done this,” but really, the words in Hebrew (Asah #6213) read, “For it is accomplished,” or “For it is completed.”

Thus, Jesus while dying upon the cross, quoted both the first and last verse of Psalm 22, and in so doing, declared to those gathered around the cross and those in the generations to come, that He was and is the fulfillment of Psalm 22 in its entirety, and more importantly, He is the fulfillment of the law in its entirety.

The power of this, the enormity of this, the gravity of this is beyond our comprehension. According to Colossians 2:14-15, Jesus blotted out the “handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

Through His horrific, sacrificial death upon the shameful cross Jesus crucified the law of sin and death and liberated humanity from all of its condemnation. And if that weren’t amazing enough, He also openly shamed the proud, unseen realm of evil principalities and powers, and once and for all triumphed over them through the glorious paradox of the cross.

Even so, it is finished! Praise the LORD!

With Great Joy,

Holy Light Ministries

Other Holy Light Ministry Teachings on Psalm 22

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Excellent Further Teaching on Law vs. Grace

Resurrection Power and the Shroud

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“Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.” John 20:3-9

So, they entered the tomb, and there lay the shroud. What must that have been like? Both Peter and John responded to the experience differently. Peter ran right on to the scene, and stared at it, gazing intently at it, looking upon it as a spectator. He saw with his eyes and wondered, but did not see with his heart. John (referred to here as the “other disciple”) however, stopped in the doorway and looked cautiously around, observing the linen clothes thoughtfully with his eyes. Then he fully entered into the tomb. When he did so, he saw not only with his eyes but also with his mind and his spirit, and what he saw and experienced both outside and inside led him to believe.

Herein lie two reactions, that of seeing with the eyes only, and that of seeing with the eyes and heart and thus believing. There is also the third reaction which was that of the Pharisees who attempted to cover up the truth (Matthew 28:11-15). But, there is no overlooking it.

Now, what will we do with the Shroud?

All of the videos below are exceptional: from L.A. Marzulli interview of Barrie Schwortz and Dame Isabel Piczek, to the interview of Russ Breault by Gary Stearman on Prophecy Watchers. These are interviewers and researchers and experts in their fields; at least two were able to see and experience the Shroud first hand. Whatever your belief about the Shroud thus far, if you have not heard these testimonies it is high time that you did. Whatever your belief about Christ theologically or historically, this is something worth hearing and definitely worth your time.

Barrie Schwortz is in both videos #1 and #2. He was raised as an Orthodox Jew, has spent “much of his time educating Christians that the Turin Shroud may well be an artifact of Jesus. An expert on imaging, he was the official documenting photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP), the 1978 team that conducted the first in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud. In 2009, he founded the Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association, Inc. (STERA, Inc.). Schwortz began as a skeptic of the shroud, but by scientific evidence became absolutely convinced of its authenticity. To be open-minded and brave enough to immerse oneself in the evidence of beliefs that go against your own, and allow yourself to be convinced of their validity, requires a courage and honesty that not many can claim.” His website link is also listed at the bottom.

In video #1, at the 10 minute and 30 second mark and again at the 17 minute and 45 second mark, Dame Isabel Piczek is introduced as a muralist and particle physicist from the country of Hungary. At age 2, she was already trying her wings as an artist doing drawings. At age 11 she won Hungary’s national first prize with one of her paintings, and at age 14 she “painted in the Vatican”. It was at approximately the age of 6 that she was captivated by the Shroud. She explains the Shroud in a way I have not heard anyone else describe it. It BLEW me away! She explains that at the resurrection there were two “event horizons”, which means that at that point gravity was defied and time and space stopped. She states this was the first time in the universe where there was a “total time collapse,” a “Big Bang type singularity,” and an “explosion that cannot be described” that is evident on the Shroud. What happened at the resurrection of our Lord was beyond powerful and is nearly impossible to put into words. Indeed, the Shroud is God’s signature for those who will see.

Russ Breault in videos #3 and #4, gives a refreshing, thoughtful and respectful account of the shroud, expressing that it is truly God’s “receipt” and indeed, undeniable proof of Jesus’ resurrection.

Though for years I was very skeptical and could not have said I believed or disbelieved that the Shroud belonged to Jesus, my heart and mind have been powerfully touched by these accounts, specifically by Dame Isabel’s mind-blowing explanation using both her expertise as a physicist and an artist. It is no wonder that the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3, “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;11 If, by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” He goes on to say in Ephesians 1:18-23, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” For, “if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you,” (Romans 8:11).

Oh the miraculous force, even violent, earth-shattering strength of His resurrection! And, believe it or not, that same awesome, indescribable, earthquake, Big Bang moment of explosive, dynamite power that indelibly imprinted the Shroud at Jesus’ resurrection, is at this very moment at work in us and will one day soon resurrect us. Wow!!!

In Awe,

Holy Light Ministries

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THE SHROUD WEBSITE:

https://shroud.com/

Quote from the website: “The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man. A man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth. Is it really the cloth that wrapped his crucified body, or is it simply a medieval forgery, a hoax perpetrated by some clever artist? Modern science has completed hundreds of thousands of hours of detailed study and intense research on the Shroud. It is, in fact, the single most studied artifact in human history, and we know more about it today than we ever have before. And yet, the controversy still rages. This web site will keep you abreast of current research, provide you with accurate data from the previous research and let you interact with the researchers themselves. We believe that if you have access to the facts, you can make up your own mind about the Shroud. Make sure you visit the page where you can Examine the Shroud of Turin for yourself. We hope you enjoy your visit. Barrie M. Schwortz, Editor.”

Psalm 22’s Detailed Crucifixion Prophecy, part 3: Enduring the Cross, Despising the Shame

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We have been studying Psalm 22. So far we have uncovered that Psalm 22 is in general a prophetic psalm that had been recognized by the Jews as Messianic; we have discovered that it predicted the death of Jesus, that specifically God did not turn His face from Jesus when on the cross, that God had always saved His people, and that on the cross God was saving His people in the manner of the Tola worm who is scientifically known to give up her life for her young, and that such a salvation would be despised and rejected by those needing salvation.

Today, let’s continue on with the intricate details of Psalm 22.

The Passage Unpackaged

Psalm 22:7-8 The Shame

All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.”

This we see fulfilled in Matthew 27:39-44 (also accounts found in Mark 15 and Luke 23) in the account of Jesus’ crucifixion:

“And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.”

Psalm 22:11-13 The Sacrifice

Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.”

“Many bulls have compassed me.” Does this mean actual bulls are standing at the base of the cross? Does this mean that the cows got out and herded around Jesus? We’ll get to who the bulls are in a minute.

To begin with, however, what does “compassed me” mean? When it says that they are compassing the Suffering One, this means (Hebrew: sabab, #5437) they are encircling Him, moving around Him in a circular, fluid motion, like as if He is a ritual sacrifice.

“Strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.” When it says here that the Suffering One is “beset” the Hebrew word (katar, #3803) means that He is now being pressed upon as in a large crowd, the enemy is closing in on Him; His enemies are gathering closer and closer and waiting to pounce.

“They gaped upon me with their mouths.” The Hebrew word pasah (#6475) means “to open one’s mouth, to utter.” It is used of the earth opening its mouth for Abel’s innocent blood (Gen 4:11) and of the earth swallowing the wicked in an earthquake (Numbers 16:30, Deut 11:6), and also is used of one speaking accusations such as in Lam. 2:16 and 3:46. And this is done as a “ravening and roaring lion.” To raven means “to tear in pieces” (Hebrew: tarap # 2963). To “roar” is the Hebrew word saag (#7580), and it means to roar like a lion, to emit a sound like thunder, or like the shouts of an aggressive enemy. This roaring is done in either great distress or victory. In the context of this passage, it seems that the enemies of the Suffering One, are in a circular, ritualistic fashion closing in on Him, and are opening their mouths in order to devour with accusatory words and thunderous bombastic presumptuous shouts of victory.

Now, who are these bulls of Bashan that are tormenting the Suffering One of Psalm 22? To begin with, there is an actual area known as Bashan. It is to the Northeast of Israel, is on the eastern side of the Jordan river, and is the present day Golan Heights. It is an incredibly fertile area well-known for its oak trees and its cows. Even today, its land is excellent for cattle and is home to many dairy farmers.

But, there is a darker side to this beautiful, lush landscape. For indeed, “Bashan…had a terrifying reputation. In ancient literature outside the Bible, Bashan was known as “the place of the serpent”…Bashan was ground zero to demonic gods and the realm of the dead. The area was a leading center for the worship of Baal, symbolized by bulls and cows. “Bulls from the land of Bashan” is a reference to demons, the powers of darkness,”” (Heiser).

Some scholars believe that the Jewish leadership could have been playing out the part of the bulls of Bashan. After all, the scene that unfolds around the base of Jesus’ cross portrays the Jewish leadership parading themselves around Him, gawking up at Him, tormenting Him with their words and sneers. So, on one level, this may be true. After all, Satan loves to use people as his willing pawns and through them he could have dealt out vile vitriol and grim torment. But, on yet another level there is a very real spiritual realm that is very much active on their own and were fully capable of encircling Jesus on the cross, thinking they had defeated the darling of heaven. For truly, 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

Psalm 22:14-15 An Excruciating Death

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

We see this scene unfold in John 19:28-29 which says, “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.”

In the gruesomeness of crucifixion, it is not surprising that all of His bones were out of joint, for that was common to those crucified. Furthermore, His heart melting like wax, Him drying up like a piece of pottery and His tongue sticking, meant He was quickly dying because of an extreme amount of fluid loss, His lungs collapsing, the thickening of His blood, and heart failure.

Psalm 22:16-18 They Pierced My Hands and Feet

For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”

In Matthew 27:35 (as well as Mark 15 and Luke 23) we find the fulfillment of this scene, “And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there…” John 19:23-24 says, “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.”

The history of crucifixion began as far back as the Assyrians, followed by the Persians, the then the Greeks, specifically Antiochus Epiphanes who crucified Jews who would not bow the knee to Hellenism. But, what was begun by other empires, was said to have been perfected by the Romans. It was developed by the Romans to be a torturous death in which the crucified one suffered greatly. Crucifixion was known as one of the, if not the cruelest and most shameful forms of death.

“Some have questioned the historical accuracy of Jesus being nailed to the cross. An analysis of the recorded instances of nailing in regards to time and place provide some striking data.” In the three hundred years before Christ, only ten “nailings” as they are called, were recorded as taking place. This means, that the use of nails in crucifixion was only recorded to have been used ten times in three hundred years. However, by the first century A.D. it is recorded that nails were used in crucifixion twenty-one times. Thus, the use of nails in crucifixion had increased. Not only this, but after the first century A.D. the use of nails in crucifixion sharply declined. Furthermore, according to historical accounts, “there are six recorded instances [of nails used in crucifixion] in Greece, two in regard to Carthage, and thirty-nine in regard to Rome…this…does demonstrate that historically speaking the greatest use of nails, both in time and place, center around the time of Jesus,” (John C. Robison, “Crucifixion in the Roman World: The Use of Nails at the Time of Christ,” pg. 49, https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1014&context=studiaantiqua) and most definitely and more specifically center around the Romans in the first century A.D.

In the day of King David writer of Psalm 22, there was no such thing as crucifixion or the piercing of one’s hands and feet in such a manner. There is no way that David could have known on his own what he was writing about nearly 1000 years before Jesus’ horrific death on the cross.

Conclusion:

Just think, God predicted this torture scene, this death, this pain, this horror…this salvation. God loved us so much that He came down, took on human flesh, dwelt among the very people who would spit upon Him, reject, unjustly condemn, mercilessly beat and crucify Him. He foresaw the Roman dogs and the brutality of their form of crucifixion; He predicted the Satanic onslaught at the base of the cross both in the spiritual realm as well as through the Jewish leadership; He foreknew His own horrific suffering and exactly how He would die. The book of Hebrews chapter 12:1-3 says it well when it tells us to, “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

We are all enduring something. For some it is physical. For some it is emotional. For some it has to do with family or friends. But, we are all running a race while we are here on earth. But, the Lord wants us to remember what He endured, that He despised the shame of His own death, the false accusations of sinners against Him—the King of glory—BUT He did it because He knew the JOY that lay just beyond it, the eternal joy, the joy of being seated next to God. For, the cross was not the end for Jesus. And our trials are not the end for us. Even so, it says, that we who are going through great trials in this life must keep things in perspective, and must not become exhausted nor give up. Let us remember the words of Jesus in John 16:33, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Blessings this Passover and Resurrection Season,

Holy Light Ministries

Sources:

Michael S. Heiser, Supernatural: What the Bible Teaches about the Unseen World—And Why It Matters, ed. David Lambert (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2015), 92.

Holy Week: The Bulls of Bashan Surround Me, https://seerssee.com/holy-week-the-bulls-of-bashan-surround-me/#note-2580-3.

Caesarea Philippi and the Nephilim?, http://www.biblestudywithrandy.com/2016/03/caesarea-philippi-nephilim/.

Baal and Ashera, http://www.christianfaith.com/resources/baal-and-asherah.

Golan Heights, Biblical Bashan, https://www.bibleplaces.com/golanheights/.

The Crucifixion of Jesus in Excruciating Detail, https://mudpreacher.org/tag/bulls-of-bashan/.

John C. Robison, “Crucifixion in the Roman World: The Use of Nails at the Time of Christ,” pg. 49, https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1014&context=studiaantiqua)

Jonathan Sacks, “Psalm 22,” http://www.hopeinmessiah.org/psalm-22/.

“Did God Really Forsake Jesus Christ on the Cross?” http://www.truthortradition.com/articles/did-god-really-forsake-jesus-christ-on-the-cross