This dream is definitely connected with the other Coverstone dreams and bears a strikingly similar message, and though each dream is potent and provocative in and of itself, this one is stunningly breathtaking. With the powerful pictures depicted in the other dreams as well as in this one we can gain a better understanding of what the Holy Spirit is saying to the churches.
The dream opens with a landscape of ice and snow (the end of winter) and a thick fog that covers the land. As the fog lifts (The fog lifting has to do with what was once hidden will now be disclosed), the outline of the Southeastern U.S. appears, and one’s attention is drawn to the churches of these states from which smoke is rising and wherein Christians are weeping, wailing, repenting, and fervently praying. They are confessing their sins. They are getting rid of their chains and that to which they were in bondage. They are praying for the salvation of family members. They are fervent, and their prayers grow louder and more intense as the smoke of the incense of their prayers rise from church building after church building. It is then that the snow and ice begins to melt around the churches, and the Christians emerge to view how God has answered their prayers. They are stunned to see gray, putrid mud. It seems that all are disappointed that God did not answer their prayers for a restoration of the land, a great revival, and they disgusted by the stinky mud of death and decay. After all, all is dead. No leaves are on the trees, no vegetation on the land, no fresh water, no beauty to behold, no hope for restoration or newness of life. It is then that a voice comes from heaven saying twice and even more firmly the second time, “Work with the mud you’ve been given.”
However, there are several that are so disgusted, disillusioned, and disappointed that they abandon the group, and march off in search of greener pastures saying, “We will find better ground and the god that will honor our prayers.” This is a lot like the Plumb Line dream wherein after God shakes the Church, and there are those who stagger out of it and away from it denying that they belong to such a Christianity as this–the type that includes suffering, economic collapse, the call to holiness and the judgment of the United States of America.
After their departure, a “Cloud” appears in the Midwest, and the group of believers from the South, North, West and East of America begin their harrowing journey through the gray, putrid sludge to the middle where the “Cloud” of God hovers over the grayest and foulest and most decayed part of the mud. This “Cloud” of course is God’s presence, just like the Cloud in Exodus that led the children of Israel out of Egypt and through the Wilderness, and was the same that came down upon Sinai, and was that which filled the house of the Lord in 1 Kings 8.
What could the foul smelling mud be??? Second Corinthians 2 sheds some light on this, “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” In other words, to the unsaved Christians stink. Why? Because we smell like death. How do we smell like death? Because of the cross; because of the death of Christ, and because of our dying daily to our ourselves and taking up our crosses and following Him. This is a sweat-smelling savor unto the Lord, but not to the world.
As they begin trudging through the sludge, the sound of howling wolves are heard approaching, and before you know it, they are surrounded by a hundred or more black wolves who do all within their power to intimidate and discourage and insight fear in the “mud walkers” that they might vacate the mud. They are active and rabid, and their tracks fill the mud. This reminds me of one of Coverstone’s much earlier dreams from back in July about the wolves entering the churches and tormenting the pastors and getting the sleepy congregants to wake up and throw fits regarding what their pastors were preaching. But the believers trudge on in perfect unity, so much so that when one of them looks up to view the Cloud they all look up at the same time. And everyone is helping each other, pulling, carrying, encouraging, much like the September dream of a “Solemn Assembly” wherein believers were holding one another up and helping the weaker ones to remain faithful in prayer. This draws my heart to Hebrews 12:11-12 that says, “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees…”
Furthermore, this scene of great exertion explains why Jesus in the “Renewal of the Bride” dream told the Bride to rest up so that she might be ready to run. In other words, the Bride needed to be “abiding” in Him, be at rest in Him, pressing in to Him, dwelling beneath the shadow of the Almighty, so that she might be able to endure the trial that was coming just before Christ calls her home.
And so the “mud walkers” marched on beneath a clear blue sky over terrain of mucky, ashen gray, and the closer they get to the Cloud, the mud gets thicker and deeper and the wolves were able to draw closer. At that point the wolves actually were allowed to bite them, whereas before and earlier on, the wolves had been pulled back before they could even reach the Christians. Furthermore, it was noted that the wolves were being accompanied by and provoked by people at the outer edges of the mud who were wearing masks with skulls and demon’s faces and witches’ faces on the masks. These people were screaming curses and blasphemous words at the Christians calling them “haters and dividers,” and they threw sticks at them that resembled arrows as well as stones.
It was at this time when things really got hard, even beyond difficult, that several exited the mud. These were helped by those in Occult masks on the sidelines. As soon as those exiting reached the edges they were given masks, and they joined in with the jeering at the Christians who remained faithful saying, “The mud is not God’s plan. He has deceived you, and yet you follow without thinking for yourselves.” Again, this makes me think of the Renewing the Bride dream, and why she had be be hidden with Christ in God, and why she needed to rest in order that she might have endurance to complete the race for which we are called heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Then Jesus appears wearing white and holding a scepter with angels all around Him, and He states, “My ways are not your ways. Your spiritual legs will be strengthened through agony; your witness will offend the naive and those who have no fear of me. Bracing gives way to fire, and those braced must remain on the path. My command is ‘come out from among them, separate yourself’ as the chaff is about to burn, and their smoke will fill the skies.”
At this point emerald green lightning streaks across the sky, and a flash of light lights up the entire country. Jesus then says, “I am coming soon, and my reward is with me. Stay faithful until I come.” This draws one’s attention to Matthew 24:27 and the gathering together of believers to Christ. The passage says, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Indeed, our King Jesus is coming SOON! And when He does so, lightning will light up the entire world, from Japan to America to Europe, and He will take away His Bride unto Himself. And then He will turn and reveal Himself in judgment upon this world.
What It All Means
What is about to come will puzzle Christians who have and will be seeking God fervently. Christians are so convinced that when we pray that God will answer in a certain way. Concerning America, Christians believe that when they repent and turn from their wicked ways that God will hear from heaven and heal their land. However, God’s purpose for America is to judge her. Her time is ending. Not only this, but time itself is coming to a close. The Tribulation/Jacob’s Trouble is nearly upon the world. The New World Order/One World government is being established. This is not just any time in history. This is not just any situation. There is a bigger plan, a larger agenda, and truly God’s ways are not our ways nor are His thoughts our thoughts. Yes, Christians need to repent. Christians do need to turn from their wicked ways, their idolatry, their bondage to things they maybe have not to this point even considered sin. It is indeed time to return to holiness, for without holiness no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). Jesus is coming back for a Bride without spot or wrinkle that is washed by the water of His word (Ephesians 5:27). What we are about to endure is all about making us holy (Hebrews 12). But, our returning to Him at this time in history does not mean that America will continue or that time will be extended. We are at the tail end of the age. And God is judging America before He turns to sift and test all nations of the earth (The Franklin Dream). For the kingdoms of this world are becoming the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever. We as Christians must shake off the notion that things will get better in America. We as Christians must repent because we need to repent, and see sin for what it is. Then, we must boldly share this with everyone, even those who will not listen. This is true revival. This is true awakening. And may we take it as a compliment when we are reviled, when we are blasphemed, when we are cursed, for they did this to Jesus. Matthew 5:10-12 says, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
We as Christians must come to the realization that God’s Kingdom is coming and the King is coming SOONER than we can even imagine. All those promises of old are about to come true. We as Christians must get our eyes off of our earthly hopes and dreams, our earthly loves and desires, even our American dream. For no matter how good all of that is or has been–and it has been beautiful–, our hope, our dream, our love, our desire must be for “His Kingdom come; His will be done.” It’s time to set our minds on things above and not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2). Now is the time. There will be no other.
This video recounts the vision of the Renewal of the Bride. The man in that vision of the Renewal is also the “lumberjack” in the dream that Coverstone talks about in this video whose link is below. The lumberjack dream is about the death of a tree over the course of a year, and the tapping of a larger tree in a field of trees (Maple?), all of which have come to life from the top down. The large significant tree in the field of trees that is tapped by the lumberjack likely is symbolic of something demonic, for trees do not bleed nor do they leaf out from the top down, and then drop their leaves from the bottom up. At least three times in the Bible trees are symbolic in three different things: angelic entities/principalities OR a nation OR a human leader, like in Ezekiel 17 and 31 and also Daniel 4. This dream, however, most definitely has to do with angelic entities. I just know it. I feel it. There is something incredibly potent about this picture of the tree being leafing out from the top down. Something demonic is going on, and this year has been important regarding this. I just keep getting the impression that what has happened is that the fallen ones have found a way to physically manifest. They’ve been seeking to do this for a long time. The trees that have come to life from the top down means that they have come down from heaven to earth and have taken on bodies of flesh and blood. And thus, it literally is from spirit to flesh, for the angelic has taken on flesh, even as the fallen angels did in Genesis 6. Of this they are guilty and because of this they will be judged. “Guilty As Charged.”
In the beginning, the Church and the Capitol (state) of America worked in tandem, were friendly to one another. They were not one, but they were amiable toward each other. Both were hard working, honorable institutions with honorable men; both understood the importance of a Puritan work ethic, and that the best citizens are rooted and grounded in Christianity.
Then, with the passage of time the Capitol grew soft, arrogant, proud, greedy and became emboldened against the Church, while the Church remained hard working but grew intimidated and timid. As the wrestling match ensued, the Capitol placed a demonic “seed” into the back pocket of the Church, and that “seed” took root in the heart of the Church. At this point, the Church quit wrestling with the Capitol and turned on itself.
What is this root? Bitterness. It is spoken of in the Deuteronomy 29:18 and Hebrews 12:15. Feel free to read those passages. That roots of bitterness is not merely speaking bad words about each other, but instead, has everything to do with the sin of idolatry and a hardness of heart toward God. People who walk in this, according to Deuteronomy 28, think they are still blessed by God and are justified in their beliefs. Because of this, it is deadly and must be eliminated. This root is a poison to the rest of the body of Christ, for it grows and spreads its poison, debilitating the entire body. The poison takes over until the head has no say anymore; the head cannot direct the body, for the poison has numbed and paralyzed it even unto death. This is what sin does, especially uncorrected sin, whatever that sin might be.
Finally, the holy side of the Church takes a knife — even the Sword of the Spirit that is the Word of God (Ephesians 6) — and stabs the root of bitterness that has entangled and is strangling the heart of the Body of Christ to death. When this is done, the entire Church falls limp, but is not dead. It is then that life comes back into the Church, and it is entirely purified, made holy. After all, we are to be holy as God is holy (1 Peter 1:16); and without holiness we will not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).
It is then that this holy Church, this purified Church, this refined Church, this unified, empowered Church rises up and runs the remainder of their race without fear, and with great openness. At the end of the dream, Jesus embraces the Church and points at the Capitol building saying, “You never wanted the Church to succeed, but the gates of hell will not stop her. And those who have seen the root will prune the vine and cut off the poisonous part.” Then Jesus turns to the Church and says, “Be about my Father’s business. Stay pure. And fear not the state, for they know not what they do.”
The Church and State dream goes along with The “Plumb Line Dream” –even the “Franklin dream” coincides with it. No, Pastor Coverstone does not put them together nor did he dream them together. But, the interpretation of the dreams do go together, and will be fulfilled very shortly. Essentially, the Church must return to holiness and sever the root of bitterness (idolatry/sin) in their midst. When they do so, a holy boldness will overtake them and they will be unstoppable. Even as Jesus says at the end of the dream, the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church. Once the sin is out, perfect love will cast out all fear, and no one will be able to contain the Church anymore.
In short, this dream calls Christians to repent. Repent of all idols in our lives: idols of selfishness, self-seeking, pleasure, making money, movies, romance, family, sex, doctors, prescription drugs, financial security, recreational drugs, the pursuit of happiness, pornography, gossip, worldly, demonically inspired music, greed, large bank accounts, vacations, the American dream, getting married, and the list goes on and on. Of what do you need to repent? Let the Holy Spirit search your heart (Psalm 139). He’ll let you know. Do not fear His conviction no matter how painful. Instead, fear remaining hardhearted and deafened to the Word of the Living God who would mercifully cleanse you now, but in the end will judge you if you do not. Let us therefore, fear God and repent now. In the words of Jesus at the end of this dream, “”Stay braced. Stay focused. And stay on task, for I am coming soon.”
Below is a link to a Pastor Billy Crone interview by Gary Stearman on Prophecy Watchers regarding the rise of witchcraft in America.
And yes, occultism is very real in the U.S., is increasing in popularity, riddles Hollywood movies and the music industry, is polluting the Church, and is indeed a stronghold in the Pacific Northwest. I say this because out of all the cities in the U.S., it was in Seattle, WA. where the Satanists showed up in force to resist Sean Feucht’s worship protest back in the summer of 2020. It is Bremerton, WA. in 2015 that embraced Satanist protestors but ousted a Christian coach because he dared to pray with his football team, thus muzzling his God-given, Constitutional right to pray. Also, it is in Washington state that a large majority of churches stayed sedately, contentedly closed in the name of “compassion” for months in 2020, and though some have reopened, they are sleepy at best.
Though these stories of Seattle are not covered in the interview on Prophecy Watchers below, it is a potent proof that what Christians in the U.S. are up against is deeply, overtly, and boldly evil. Yes, we have always wrestled against the demonic and strongholds (Ephesians 6), but in these last days evil is being emboldened and growing by leaps and bounds. For as opposed to the secrecy of times past, those in modern day Occult/Witchcraft/Satanism/New Age are openly proud to be so. This evil is spreading in every state, and has permeated more than anyone would like to or dare to know, including the halls of Congress, the U.S. military, the courts, and other places of power and influence.
This information is not to scare Christians. This information is for our benefit. It is time to rise up, Church of God. The enemy knows his time is short, and is working ceaselessly to set up his kingdom and power on this earth. But, are Christians aware of the time? Are we working tirelessly for God’s Kingdom? Are we ready for our King’s SOON return and the end of the age?
Let us indeed, live out the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:12-16, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;16 Holding forth the word of life…”
Come on, Body of Christ! Now is the time to arise and shine, for there will be no other time like this!!!!!
This dream along with the Franklin dream and the Church and State dream go together. The best interpretation is understood when the 3 are combined. After all, America is being shaken by God as a whole and the world with it resulting is the U.S. no longer being a Republic (Franklin dream); America is being shaken financially, legally, and spiritually (plumb line dream). And though the Church is being shaken, even internally divided, the gates of hell via the halls of congress/legislation will not prevail against the Church (church/state dream). For though God is shaking the Church, it is NOT for our destruction but for our good, for He disciplines those He loves. This discipline is not from the world nor from anything that the evil one is devising. Rather, it is from God. For, He is coming back for a Bride without spot, wrinkle or blemish, unpolluted and unadulterated, but the Bride must be washed with the water of His word. And His word brings conviction of sin, and calls us back to holiness and to our first love (Jesus), as well as to the first works of loving one another even as Christ commanded. This is the succinct meaning of this dream.
Furthermore, God has measured via His plumb line of His perfect law, both our U.S. financial and legislative realms, and both have been found wanting. Thus, it is time for His hands-on adjustment. As He does so, Wall Street and the Capitol are rendered immobile, for they have neither honored nor glorified Him in their deals and may not continue in their ways. When He removes His sandal at the Capitol building, this may very well have to do with the Jewish custom of removing a sandal during legal transactions such as in the book of Ruth. When one removed their sandal it finalized the deal, and set in motion the agreement. God has removed His sandal, and has set in motion this act of judgment over a system of government that at one time had honored Him but now no longer does. Because of this, they will be rendered immobile and unproductive.
When He comes to the Church in the dream, He does not use the plumb line. Why? Because we as the body of Christ are not under the Old Testament law and thus are not measured by its standard. We are under the law of Christ, the cover of His blood, the blood of a new covenant. Any who are not under Christ’s blood are judged by the Old Testament law, and thus, Wall Street and the Capitol who are not under the blood of Christ’s covenant are judged by the Old Testament law. However, the Bride/Body of Christ/Church are approached without use of the plumb line.
The shaking of the Church that is ensuing and will be ensuing more potently very soon will be of God’s hands, not anyone else’s. And though Coverstone seems to think that this means persecution from outside the Church, from the tone of this dream and others he’s had, this does not seem to be the case. In this plumb line dream, what happened, happened inside the Church. It seems that what is coming upon Wall Street and the seat of our government in D.C., will shake believers who have believed along with Job’s comforters (of the Biblical book of Job) that God’s blessing means prosperity, special favor, and positions of power. The soon coming collapse of our financial system and government/legal system will cause many so-called Christians to abandon the Church.
Moreover, this likely call to holiness and the falling of Holy Spirit’s conviction upon the Body of Christ will cause many believers to be offended. After all, the truth is a stumbling block to those who will not be set free by it. The shaking that is coming will be a time of questioning that leads either to repentance or rejection, an overwhelming feeling of being absolutely out of control that will lead to either an abandonment of righteousness or to a rekindling of holiness and purity. Many will finally wonder, “how did we as America get here?” “What happened to bring about this great collapse?” “Why is this truly happening?” “Why isn’t God blessing America and answering our prayers?” Christians will then realize that sin has not just riddled America full of holes but has also infiltrated and taken a stronghold in the Church itself via pornography, abortion, the sex slave trade, greed, tolerance of sin, the infiltration of false religious practices into our churches, the stench and stain of foul movies and music, a love of pleasure rather than God, lying signs and wonders being applauded as if from God, false prophets and false doctrine and most of all a root of bitterness. This root is not what most think–it’s not about talking badly about someone or having bitterness in your heart. A better translation would be root of poison. This root of poison is that of hardened, self-justified hearts that think they are blessed of God even when walking contrary to His word, teaching contrary to His word, believing contrary to His word, and leading others astray to boldly do the same; thus, the poison spreads and overrides the head (who is Christ). This grave evil can be done in the name of tolerance and love and even the “word of the Lord”.
The truth of this interpretation is incredibly revealed in a more recent dream of Coverstone called the Mud Dream of February 18th, wherein after much intercession of believers, they emerge to a world covered in filthy, stinking mud. All of them are disappointed and wonder why their earnest prayers were not answered. Nevertheless, the muddy path is what God had given to them, and they begin their journey through it to the center wherein God’s Cloud is. However, there are those who walk away. Those who walk away from the mud-filled narrow way leading to the “Cloud” said, “We will find better ground and the god that will honor our prayers.” Later others who exit the mud jeer believers by saying that the “mud is not God’s plan. He has deceived you, and yet you follow without thinking for yourselves.” Indeed, this is what will happen when the Church is shaken. These will be the ones who exit. This is not about persecution from outside the Church. This is about taunting from within. This is about the separating of the chaff from the wheat, even the wheat from the tares.
Indeed, there were will be those who abandon the faith because it does not meet with their expectations, their hopes, their idea of Christianity. God does not measure up to their standard, nor His answer to prayer measure up to what they had anticipated. They looked for their kind of revival that turns a nation around and promotes prosperity and peace in our time, but what they will find is a quieter revival that produces a great harvest but does not turn this nation around but rather leads economic implosion, government collapse and ultimately to judgment.
At the end of this likely gut-wrenching time of shaking, those who remain faithful will have done so via being obedient and by being tied together in bonds to one another and the altar. Some will die in faith during this shaking — and even are right now. But, the faithful will remain faithful, and those who are not will be made apparent. The man says at the end of the dream, “You took warning, and you were good to do so. Your obedience has been noted. And there will fruit both here and in heaven. Though shaken and broken, you will arise my Bride and work until I come.”
Jesus in Mark 13 states very clearly, “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” In this dream, the man with the plumb line is saying that those who remain faithful have been obediently watching.
On top of this, it is observed that they are shaken and broken. Indeed, according to Psalm 51:16-17, “For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” And shaken does not mean afraid. Again, it carries the meaning of having been sifted like wheat in order to remove the chaff, and the separation of wheat from the tares.
Let us thus be obediently watching. Let us be broken with contrition and repentance. Let us not be weary in well doing. Let us be about our Father’s business while it still day. For darkness is coming when no one can work (John 9:4); let us redeem the time for the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16). Now is the time, there will be no other.
In the words of Jesus in the Mud Dream who appeared in a white robe with angels all around Him, “My ways are not your ways. Your spiritual legs will be strengthened through agony; your witness will offend the naive and those who have no fear of me. Bracing gives way to fire, and those braced must remain on the path. My command is ‘come out from among them, separate yourself’ as the chaff is about to burn, and their smoke will fill the skies. I am coming soon, and my reward is with me. Stay faithful until I come.”
Let us therefore, not be disillusioned nor disappointed when God does not answer our fervent prayers the way we think He ought to regarding America or revival or the Church. When Jesus asked, “Are you going to leave me too?” may we though perplexed, say like Peter in response, “Where else can we go, Lord? It is you alone who have the words of eternal life,” (John 6:68). We must press on. We must be faithful. We must trust and obey. We must not be afraid, but must speak boldly and keep on speaking. For Jesus is coming soon.
May the Holy Spirit guide you and bless you with what He is saying to the churches.
Holy Light Ministries
To view the other dreams including the Mud Dream, feel free to connect with this link which contains most if not all of Coverstone’s other dreams. Each dream is clearly marked and presents how it has been fulfilled or has yet to be fulfilled. Scroll until you find the dream for which you are looking: “Coverstone’s Dreams,” https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/coverstones-dreams/
This dream of Coverstone resembles several of his other dreams and could be interpreted in light of them — such as the Lincoln dream and the Church and State dream. But, let’s begin at the beginning of the dream and summarize its main message.
The dream begins with a hospital scene of countless infants and very few nurses. The man who often appears in Coverstone’s dreams appears in a doctor’s coat, and states that “the harvest if full, but not enough are helping.” The harvest if plentiful, but the workers are few. Yes, there is indeed something evangelistically amazing about to happen. And I encourage all who reads this to begin praying fervently for God to send out workers into His harvest field. Plus, know this, when you pray that, God may answer by sending you, and begin to open doors if you are ready, willing, and able. I implore you, be ready for those open doors, for they are coming soon.
When it comes to the F16s circling D.C., as far as can be seen this is what is happening right now. D.C. has become a military zone and is being guarded, barricaded, and militarized.
Concerning the furnaces and congressmen and money being blown out of a vacuum shoot, that means simply that our leaders are “blowing” our money, and the American people are really not going to benefit from it. The fact that the American people are dressed in winter coats means that it is happening right now, this winter. And it is still happening as can be seen from this new’s headline just today: “Sen. John Kennedy rips Democrat bill as an ‘orgy of spending’,” May 24, 2021, https://www.facebook.com/FoxNews/videos/sen-john-kennedy-rips-democrat-bill-as-an-orgy-of-spending/969584973834342/
The “balcony scene” with the 30 barricaded congressmen and senators wherein they are being held like prisoners and surrounded by aggressive police with covered faces, and our former president is standing where the state of the union is usually given, has a lot to do with what just happened with Trump’s Impeachment trial. One of Trump’s ears was badly bruised signifying being bludgeoned by words, and the other ear was bleed brightly colored blood, which is natural when it is a fresh wound and likely refers to an eardrum being burst. So, again, this meant the situation was recent and had to do with being abused by words. Blood shot eyes would have to do with being assaulted via what is being seen.
However, all that had to do with the Trump part of the dream really had nothing to do with Trump in reality, for Trump in the dream states, “It’s not me they hate; it’s you.” After all, the entire Impeachment had nothing to do with Trump, for according to the Constitution the Senate could do nothing to a non-seated president. You see, the Constitution states that in matters of Impeachment, the House does the act of impeaching and the Senate then votes on whether or not to remove the president from office. However, Trump was already out of office, and therefore, the entire trial had nothing to do with removing him. Rather, it was and is all about their hatred for the Constitutional rights of the American people. And in this vein a congressmen came to the podium in the dream and stated, “Now let’s get the rest of them because it’s our house now. Put them [referring to the 30 in the balcony] with the rest.”
This is like the Lincoln dream, the fulfillment of it really, wherein there was no respect for the rule of law nor God. As Uncle Sam said in the Lincoln dream, “We do not recognize the law of man or of God…you’re time is over and a new dawn awaits those who will dwell on this earth.” This was fulfilled via Trump’s second Impeachment trial, and is still being fulfilled in ways that will soon come to light.
Then, the man who often appears in Coverstone’s dreams appeared in the balcony and said loudly, “I never said to stop bracing.” He looked back while exiting with the 30 in the balcony area, “Stay braced for His name’s sake. Stay braced for His name’s sake.” This I found a bit confusing at first, for I thought the man was referring to staying braced for Trump — but that just did not resonate nor make any sense. After reading the comment of someone below this youtube video, an incredible realization struck me like a lightning bolt. In Jesus’ day, the people had been raised memorizing large portions of Scripture because they of course did not own books back then. Thus, it was common for a teacher (Jesus included) to merely quote a part or the first part of a Biblical passage and the audience would connect the dots as they recalled the full context of the quote. Thus, when the man in this scene states, “for His name’s sake,” it is imperative that we connect the dots, and those dots take us back to Psalm 23. “He leadeth me on the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake,” (vs. 3). It is therefore, important to know what the rest of Psalm 23 says, because it is exactly what God wants us to hear and is the message to be taken from this dream. “(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.”
Okay. So, what is the point of this dream? Psalm 23. The enemy is busy using our congressmen and senators against us and who hate all man-made and God-made laws, for they are lawless and lawlessness is the spirit of the age. These useful pawns of the enemy are bold and blatant regarding this, and are aggressively moving forward with their plans. The Impeachment was not about Trump; it is about the crushing of freedom loving, Christian Americans and few leaders who are being persecuted with us. Thus, we are to brace ourselves with Psalm 23, and are to remember that though we walk through the valley of the shadow, God is our protection and defense who will provide for us even in the presence of our rabid enemies. Indeed, the gates of hell shall not prevail against us! (Matthew 16:18; also from the Church and State dream). We are not to back down. We are not to be afraid. We are not to go into hiding. We are not to depend on government money or provision. Our provision comes from God. Our hiding place is God. And He has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power love and a sound mind. So, let’s walk boldly on paths of righteousness for His name’s sake while it is yet day (John 9:4), redeeming the time for the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16).
Carmelo Domenic Licciardello, better known simply as Carman, died nearly a week ago on February 16, 2021. Others have done a far better job with details of his life than I will do. So I will not attempt to regurgitate the same information (resources are listed blow). Instead, I want to express my heart regarding this man of God and the impact of his life on others and me.
What can I say? Carman’s music, much like Keith Green of the late 70s and early 80s, was unlike any music, his songs unlike any songs, his lyrics unlike any other lyrics, his music videos unlike any other video. And no, Carman and Keith can hardly be compared either. The mold was broken after each of these men. One modern musician/singer stated that Carman paved the way for other Christian singers who came after him, and yes, he did. But, really, all who came after him were merely singers, song writers, and/or musicians — and good ones too. But, they were not the creative genius that Carman was. No one has come close to doing or being what he did and was. For, he did not just sing a song or write lyrics. He took a Bible story, put it in a poetic form, set it to music, and dramatically portrayed it in living color for a young audience longing for more of God than dry, dusty old commentaries or sermons could ever convey.
With dignity and poise, awe inspiring music, and words that came to life, Carman inspired generations of listeners around America and the world. I know he did, because thousands crammed in to hear and see his free concerts, and though I only ever made it to a concert at my local fair, his music impacted my own life forever. I am not the same because of the Holy Spirit-inspired, creative genius, the humility, the humor, the music of, the heart of, and life of Carman.
On top of this, his artistry was not merely for the sake of a show with bright lights and incredible lyrics set to even more amazing music, for he was an evangelist. After all, it was all about preaching the gospel. It was all about leading others to Christ, especially young people. That’s why his concerts were always free, for the Gospel is always free. And even though he had fought cancer and been unwell and his recovery had been long and hard and took longer to overcome than hoped, his heart of hearts was to get back out there on the road and present the Gospel to a new generation of young people who have not yet heard the Gospel. He called America and the Church to repentance, longed for true revival, and recognized that true revival comes ONLY AFTER true repentance.
While on a drive into the country to decompress and try to shake off the shock of Carman’s death, I came to the realization that God wants to answer Carman’s prayer to reach the lost one more time. In that moment, the Holy Spirit stirred my heart to pray in agreement with Carman’s prayer (and others like him–including Mario Murillo [who incredibly wrote an article much along these same lines regarding his mother’s recent passing, Carman’s and Rush Limbaugh’s!] and Dana Coverstone), and to set my heart to seek that fulfillment. Again, I am impacted beyond words, even in Carman’s death.
I pray that anyone reading this will begin to pray a prayer that Jesus calls us all to pray: send out workers into the harvest field — for the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few (Matthew 9:38; Luke 10:2). This still rings true today, right now. The harvest is abundant. There are young people, an entire generation or two, who have NEVER heard the Gospel, who have never been to Sunday school, never been to church, never known Jesus or of Jesus. The field is white unto harvest. And we are to ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest field. And this asking is not a one time thing; it is an asking that must be ongoing and must be apart of our lives every day, several times a day. As Jesus said in Matthew 9:38, “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
This was Carman’s heart. He gave all he was to this endeavor, every fiber of his being. Sparkling lights, tailored, colorful suits, inspired lyrics and music and choreographed routines aside, the reaching of modern day youth with Jesus was what Carman was all about. It was his life, the beat of his heart, every breath that he took. In the words of one of his many songs even if a bit out of context, “It’s our turn now.” Let us now pray for this harvest. Let us now seek the salvation of the youth. Let our hearts be consumed with this. Let this be the desire of our hearts. Let us rise to the occasion in these last of the Last Days. Jesus is coming back SOON! Let’s be ready — Let’s help others to be ready — Let’s be one of those few laborers (like Carman) bringing in the sheaves on the way to eternity.
With great sincerity,
Holy Light Ministries
My Personal Favs (even if the video appears to be inoperable, I tested it, and it will play):
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:
“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.””
“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].””
“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.”
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)
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.
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
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.
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)
“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_courtQuote: “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.
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.””
June 14, 2021 (Tim Stephens)
“Breaking! Pastor Tim Stephens Arrested After Police Helicopters Find Secret Church,” June 14, 2021, Locationhttps://protestia.com/2021/06/14/breaking-pastor-tim-stephens-arrested-after-police-helicopters-find-secret-church-location/Quote: “Canadian Pastor Tim Stephen of Fairview Baptist Church in Calgary has been arrested again for the great crime of holding a church service in Canada, being led away by the police and taken to jail in what will be his second arrest for insisting that Christ is the head of the church and determines how and when they gather, not the government.This new arrest comes a month after his previous incarceration, where he spent a few days in jail before being released, with the charges being dropped several weeks later.In Alberta, it is against lockdown orders to have churches at more than 15% capacity.The church was gathered at an undisclosed location when a police helicopter discovered the gathering. It made several passes over them, crisscrossing the skies, and then left, with police cars showing up at the service minutes later. No arrests were made at that time.”
“‘Give Unto Caesar’: Alberta Pastor Jailed Again After Police Helicopter Finds Secret Church Gathering; Officer Quotes Jesus To Justify Arrest,” June 15, 2021, https://www.dailywire.com/news/give-unto-caesar-alberta-pastor-jailed-again-after-police-helicopter-finds-secret-church-gathering-officer-quotes-jesus-to-justify-arrestQuote: “As he left his home while his children began to cry, Stephens referenced when Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and members of his cabinet were caught breaking their own COVID-19 rules this month during a dinner at the Sky Palace on top of the Federal Building in Edmonton.“It’s incredible, it’s incredible,” he said. “They can have their gathering in the Sky Palace, and yet a pastor who gathers for church outside is being arrested. Because the rules certainly don’t apply to everyone equally, and they’re not enforced to everyone equally. Like, why is it pastors that keep getting arrested from this?”…After blaming the pastor for creating the unpleasant situation, the officer later suggested that obeying Alberta’s lockdown order was like when Jesus said Jews should pay taxes to the Roman government. “Even God said, you know, ‘Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s,’ right? So we’re not getting into this philosophical debate,” he argued. “And the gathering of the church is not Caesar’s,” Stephens retorted. “So that’s why we’re gathering.””
Note:The above link is regarding Pastor Artur and his brother Dawid. They will be sentenced by July 27th. Please keep them and their families in your prayers.Since the Rooke Order they violated is now null and void as of July 1st, pray that they might find favor with the court and that theirsentencing will be cancelled as well.
Furthermore, according to Rebel News, “…pastors, like Pastor Artur Pawlowski, are counting on donations from concerned Canadians like you to fight for their religious freedom. If you want to help go to SaveArtur.com.”
Quote: ““All of a sudden Canada looks a lot like the Soviet Union,” Carlson began.“Seem like we’re exaggerating a little bit? Well, they’re burning Catholic and Anglican churches in recent days. Leftist groups are. But Canada’s leaders aren’t condemning the burning of churches. No, they’re endorsing the burning of churches,” he continued.”
Quote: “Keean Bexte tweeted CounterSignal.com’s interview with the church’s pastor.“We are refugees. We escaped from Vietnam to come here to get more freedom, to live, and we think it was a good country – and now it happened to our church,” Pastor Nguyen said. “Maybe it is not safe to be here in Canada compared to Vietnam.””
September 28, 2021
As of September 27th, Artur Pawlowski was rearrested. After 4 months of traveling in the U.S. to warn against evil, he was arrested upon returning to Canada. Below is the Twitter post and video footage. Please, keep him in prayer.
Those of you who have played sports or ever given an oral presentation or been in a play or sung a solo or preached a sermon for the first time will understand what I am about to say. Do you recall the first time you preached? Do you remember playing basketball in front of all those people? Do you remember how you felt? Scared to death? Nervous? Sweaty? Excited? Shaking all over? Breathing hard? Heart racing? Couldn’t sit still on the bench? Energetic?
Now on top of that, did you ever experience going to the play-offs or a championship game? Was the speech you gave extremely important, even before a special group of people? The sermon, was it potentially offensive but you knew God inspired you to preach it? Was the solo for a holiday performance or singing the star spangled banner before an event? Now that’s pressure!
What causes that pressure and intensity of emotion is the desperate need to succeed. We all inwardly are fearful of falling flat on our faces, of looking foolish, of saying the wrong thing, singing off key, missing the final foul shot, and this increases and fuels our fear. Doesn’t it?
But, what if we knew before the championship game even started that we were going to win, that we were going to make that winning shot? What if we knew before the important speech that people would be greatly impacted in a good way by what we said? What if we knew in advance that the sermon we were about to preach would indeed powerfully transform the life of those truly listening? What if we knew before the solo that we would sing perfectly, hitting ever note, and that the hearts of those listening would be stirred? Wouldn’t we approach the whole thing differently? Perhaps we wouldn’t be as nervous or fearful or sweaty or shaky or trepidacious? Think about it. If we knew that we’d already succeeded, wouldn’t we be more relaxed, have more fun, be more confident, enjoy the moment to its fullest? Yes, yes, and yes.
Now, what if we apply this same “we’ve already won” concept to our Christian walk and witness? Jesus paid the price. Jesus overcame the world. Jesus promises us eternity in heaven to those who believe. The Holy Spirit is our helper, our comforter, and the One who empowers us. Heaven is our home. We are ambassadors of a Kingdom that is from above. We are the servants and fellow heirs with the King of that eternal, heavenly Kingdom. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus who loves us, and God has His Holy Spirit available to empower us to be His witnesses, to give us the words to say.
Why then are we afraid to witness to our neighbors and coworkers and grocery story clerks or people standing in line to pick up lunch? Why are we hesitating to share the Gospel with those around us who are fearful of what is happening in this COVID-19 world? It is time to quit begin afraid of witnessing for Jesus. It is time to quit being tentative about evangelizing. It is time to quit being afraid of persecution of any kind. It is time to quit trying to please men and be liked by others instead of God. It is time to live our faith with faith that we’ve already won, to live our faith out loud.
We are in the last of the Last Days. We are past the 2 minute warning in the football game and have entered the final seconds of the game. Yes, everything is looking really bad. The other team is ahead, full of energy, shouting out degrading, derogatory phrases, emboldened and ready to steal, kill and destroy us. We already know we’re going to get one more touchdown. We already know we’re going to win the game. So, why are we focused on the play of the enemy: the so-called COVID pandemic, the election, the demise of the world, even our own personal problems? It’s time to get refocused on the play that we’re to run: the Gospel. We are to declare the Gospel such as never before in our lives. We are to live it, breathe it, speak it without waver. After all, we’ve won.
Our team has multiple injuries, and some of our top players are benched for various reasons. Now Coach has called many of us reserves to get out on the field. And the crowd — the great cloud of witnesses — is cheering us on in spite of the score, excited that we’ve entered the game. The roar is deafening. Can you hear it? The Coach has called the play, and though we are nervous and excited at the same time, we know it by heart. And if we’ve forgotten, then this is our reminder. “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel. And then the end shall come.” (Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:10; Matthew 28:18-20).
No, not everyone will not immediately convert because we tell them about Jesus or that Jesus is coming back soon, but then, conversion is not our part anyway. Sharing the Gospel is. Planting the seed of the Gospel is. Watering the seed of the Gospel is (1 Corinthians 3). But, the conversion part is the Holy Spirit’s part — God adds the increase. Let’s not focus on the Holy Spirit’s part. Furthermore, it is not about people liking us. It is not a popularity contest. If it were then Jesus lost big time — they crucified Him. Jesus is the rock of offense, but that same truth that is offensive is there to set free those who will be free indeed. So, let’s shake off the rejection and get out there and do our part in the play that the Coach has assigned us. Let us play our part well! And may we be ever mindful that the game is won. So, relax, breathe, and proclaim the truth with boldness and fervor because the clock is ticking and the game is nearly over.
Again, the Coach has called “YOU” — whoever you are — to get off the bench and get in the game. Let’s not be overthinking our part to play. Let’s not be trying to do someone else’s part. Let’s not be trying to re-write the play. Let’s not be overwhelmed with what the enemy is attempting or saying or doing. He’s already lost. Let’s forget about what others might think. Let’s tune out the enemies’ voices. Let’s set our face as a flint, and press on toward the goal for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3). And we shall tread on serpents and scorpions, and stand in the authority of the Lord, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against us! (Luke 10:19; Matthew 16:18).
Even so, let’s play the game like we’ve already won it. Now is the time. There will be no other.
“For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.10 Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.” (Isaiah 50:7-10).