The secular new year of 2023 is nearly upon us, and the year of 2022 is nearly behind us. Really, the past few months have felt really, really strange. For one thing, I and my family were sick over the Thanksgiving (in America), and so we celebrated it late. Then, because of sickness the early Christmas activities were missed such as going to Handel’s Messiah and the lighted Christmas parade, and then because of ice and snow we missed all of the week before Christmas events like the Christmas Eve specials at various churches and shopping for last minute gifts. Therefore, Thanksgiving did not feel like Thanksgiving and Christmas did not feel like Christmas.
On top of this there was a heaviness over the season. I thought I was feeling this way simply because I had not experienced all the fun events, but it went deeper. Each time I would shake it off. Each time I would struggle against it and turn up the Christmas music a bit more, and sing a little bit louder. But something was definitely different. It was nearly tangible.
Just after Christmas I and a family member listened to Dana Coverstone’s most recent dream (posted about a week before Christmas) about the canary in the coal mine, and it not only explained the growing darkness, it also explained that we as Christians in that darkness must continue working and worshiping while we work. We must not stop singing. And, we must not attempt to defend Christianity or the Holy Spirit or ourselves. We must not be defensive, but must be active in working and worshiping, for when we do so we will not be discouraged nor distracted nor defeated. This is, in short, the interpretation of the dream.
Then, yesterday I went onto youtube looking for something else when I came across the video below by Adele Grobler of Bold Existence. Adele Grobler and Candace and Michael Foy are the “coaches” and ministers of Bold Existence. They are true Christians, and are Holy Spirit- empowered sisters and brother in the Lord on the other side of the world. They do not appear to be apart of any nefarious group nor are they a cult. Praise the Lord! And they have deeply refreshed me! And oh! How I needed refreshing after a very oppressive week!
Yes, I believe Jesus really shared His heart with Adele through the Holy Spirit, and I pray that whoever it is that is reading this today would also click on the video below to hear Christ’s “right now” message (rhema word) to the Church.
Indeed, it has been a blessing to hear from both Dana Coverstone and Adele Grobler the same exact thing that I have been experiencing and feeling. They truly have confirmed what I have been dreaming and hearing from the Lord.
The darkness is growing. But as it does, we who have been in the secret place, who have pressed in to the Lord, who know Him will be unshaken by what is coming on the earth. And we must continue to worship and shine, for as we do so the darkness will still be perplexed and will be rendered powerless to overcome us! (“Christmas 2022: Choosing to Shine,” https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/2022/12/23/christmas-2022-choosing-to-shine/).
Indeed, God has made His heart known to mankind, and is about to show forth His great power in the earth. He has given many warnings, allowing time for people to repent. Things are going to happen more quickly now than ever before, “wave upon wave. All this is of My doing, and My shaking, and final attempts to wake mankind up, to wake them up to the hour that is upon them… Will not all these things that I have spoken come to pass? The clock is ticking and is running out; the hourglass is almost empty. My light is almost here…I will continue to shake everything…they will see many tears in days ahead, and you will hear many cries of suffering and pain and anguish on the lips of my people who wake up too late. They will beat their breasts and cry out loud saying, ‘Why didn’t I listen? Why didn’t I hear? He spoke but I was blinded in my own ways. He made His way known to me, but I refused to follow. I wish I could turn back time. I would do things differently if I knew what I know now.”
To these the Lord responds, “I will never turn My back on my people who repent, but I won’t ease the consequences they will need to walk out because of their disobedience. They have made themselves their god. They are so focused on their next meal, their next success, their next holiday, their next entertainment. They put me on a shelf thinking as long as I gave my life to Christ I will be saved, and yet, little do they listen to the rest of my instructions, what it means to be a true disciple and follower of Me.”
Truly those “Christians” who, like Jesus said to Adele, have been looking to their next vacation or meal or fun thing will seriously be affected by the grave darkness that is descending palpably upon the world.
And so dear Christian who is reading today as the year 2022 turns into 2023 and as Christ’s return is upon us and the darkness is becoming so thick that it can be felt, do not be found lukewarm! Do not be found wanting! Do not be found pursuing your own goals, your own pleasures, your own gains, your own wants, your own ways when Jesus calls His Bride home! For truly, who is it that you are serving? Yourself? Are you your own god? Are you your own idol? Is your family your idol? Are your kids? Your spouse? Your job? Your house or your car or your tv shows or movies or vacations or life in general? Do you say you believe in Jesus, but everything else is on the throne of your heart?
Where is your heart? I pray the Holy Spirit convicts you now, today, and that today if you hear His voice you will not harden your heart! For today is the day of salvation (Psalm 95:8; Hebrews 3:15). You must choose THIS day whom you will serve. Everyday you make a choice. Every single day you decided who rules your life — you, another person, or God. If it is not God, then it is time to repent. For real. Today. Right this minute. This very second. Whether or not you go in the rapture of the Bride depends on it! Seriously. We are called to lives of holiness, for without holiness and undiluted, unadulterated faith we will not see the Lord (Hebrews 11:6; 12:14). “28Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12).
“25“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”29Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. 34“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Let’s be found watching. Let’s be praying always that we may be counted worthy to escape. Let’s not be found enamored by the things of this world nor be found overwhelmed by all that is happening, but rather, may we be found looking up. May we be found believing Jesus’ words that will come to pass and will NEVER pass away.
What is the national anthem of heaven?
What are its colors?
What is its flag?
What do the uniforms of the military Host look like?
And what are the protocols of the court of our great God?
How awesome His splendor!
Can you see it?
The flag raised high,
the clear, strong trumpets announcing the King,
the Host is all at attention in their shining white,
as “regal robes are now unfolding,
and heaven’s grandstand is all in place,”
the drums begin to roll
and the heavenly, national anthem begins
as the courts of heaven ring forth the triumphant sound
of the Kingdom that will never end
and a King whose fair renown will never fade with time!
"How marvelous, how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous, how wonderful!”
A nation truly under God
and indubitably indivisible,
with liberty in Christ,
and unadulterated justice for all.
"Land of the free,
Home of the brave!"
A land that right now is “fairer than day,
and by faith we can see it afar”
– yet not so very far now! –
for Jesus is at the door,
and His jubilant and long awaited inaugural entry is about to commence.
“All hail King Jesus!
All hail Emmanuel!
King of kings!
Lord of Lords!
Bright Morning star!”
And the government will rest upon His shoulders!
Our Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace,
Whose government will have no end!
Can you hear the music starting?
Can you see the flags unfurling?
Can you smell the fragrance of heaven?
“And the things of earth”
are growing “strangely dim
in the light of His glory and grace”.
The earth is fading away.
The sky is receding like a scroll.
All nations of this earth are falling
and becoming the "kingdoms of our Lord
and of His Christ! And of His Christ!
And He shall reign forever and ever!
And He shall reign forever and ever!"
The Spirit and the Bride say “Come!”
All pilgrims and strangers of earth,
all true citizens of heaven say, “Come!”
“Let all the redeemed of the Lord say so!”
Praise the Lord!
With breathless anticipation We waitWith eager expectation and ceaseless hope
We waitWith deepening love and relentless faith
We wait The door is opening...The King is Coming!Even so, “Come Quickly Lord Jesus!”
prose written by: H. E. Basaar
written on: July 4, 2022
Updated: July 5, 2022Dedicated to friend Don who inspired the writing of this piece.
Be blessed this July 4th as we look back on what was the God-blessed greatness of the United States of America and of His eternal Kingdom’s greatness then, now, and yet to come!
The crowd fell silent. Incessant cheers ceased in an instant. All laughter and applause hushed in a moment. No one spoke. No one moved. Shock enveloped the stadium while the scoreboard of the championship game glowed large and ominous above with a grim foreboding.
The coach was already on the court, standing protectively over the injured player lying on the hard, glossy floor. The young player shook his head in disagreement with the doctor and coach’s assessment, and attempted to stand but winced in pain and fell back into a heap. The youth kept apologizing over and over that he’d gotten injured with two minutes left in the game. It was then that the coach reassuringly placed his hand upon the youth’s shoulder, and intently held his gaze. Though no one could hear the words, it was as if the coach were telling the young man it was okay to leave the game. In fact, it was time.
The crowd remained motionless as the last of the five star players was lifted from the floor and escorted from the basketball court. Two others had fouled out. Another had been injured. One was out with a technical foul. Not only this, but several other players besides them who could have replaced some of them were out with the flu. The game was tied. Two minutes remained. A strange hush had fallen, and even the fans of the opposing team remained silent, wondering what would happen next.
The coach, strong and tall, turned silently unfazed toward the bench, his eyes surveying the five players still seated there. Though many thought of them as the “B” team or junior varsity players, a short group of scrappy misfits, he smiled as he approached them. Stopping directly in front of them he said four words.
“It’s your turn now.”
Each of the five players froze, then slowly turned to look at one another, blinking in disbelief. Had they heard him correctly? This was no ordinary game. This was the championship. Who were they to enter this game? What could they do? The other team compared to them was tall, well-built and had played in game after game after game thus preparing them for this moment. But, the reserves were stocky and some spindly, and though they had never missed a practice, had no real game experience. In shock that they were being called upon in this strategic, massively important moment in time, they remained motionless.
But the coach did not allow for such timidity to restrain them longer than a second, but called to them to join him in the huddle beside the bench.
“Get up!” The coach said firmly.
Without further hesitation all rose quickly and gathered around him, but as they did so, the fans of the other team realizing that only the reserves were left, sprang to life and began to jeer. Even the other team’s cheerleaders started a chant about how much better their team was compared to the reserves on the other side.
But the reserves were deaf to the jeers and chants, and all the cheering of the fans energized them and stirred their souls to action not withdrawal. All they could hear was their coach’s steady, confident voice, and they listened intently to his words. They knew how high the stakes were. They knew the entire game rested on their shoulders now. They knew this was it, and that all those practices would mean something now. Their coach needed them, and they would answer that call.
“Go Team!” was shouted by them at the top of their lungs, and they spilled onto the floor, ready for action. They would play for all they were worth. They would not let their coach or team down. Indeed, it was their time – the time of the reserves! And in one accord as if fueled by the very hope that arose in the souls of those five misfits, the crowd began to roar.
This is where we are right now in history, in the last of the last days. It appears that many spiritual leaders have died or are dying or ill, leaders that really knew how to lead, how to expose evil and how to do battle with the enemy, men and women like Dave Hunt, Carole Matriciana, and Chuck Missler died in the last few years; Russ and Shelly Dizdar, Marcus Lamb, Bill Randles, Doug Riggs, and Carman (and I’m sure you could name others) all recently passed in the course of a year’s time (from February 2021-February 2022).
Like in the days of Gideon and David, there appeared to be no one to carry the team on to victory. But, God who looks on the heart and not the outward appearance, saw Gideon who was the least in his family and was apart of the weakest tribe in Israel who was threshing wheat in a wine press, and sent His angel to call him from the bench into the game. God also saw David, the youngest of his family, who though inexperienced in war, had done battle with the bear and the lion and whose faith in God was greater than his fear, and called him from the bench to face Goliath on the battlefield – such as no other battle hardened man in Israel would do at the time. These were scrappy misfits, unlikely choices to carry team Israel to victory – But God! God was with them. God chose them. God anointed them. God empowered them. God emboldened them. God was not put off by their family lineage nor their outward appearance, because he saw their hearts that were soft toward Him. He saw their faith.
Even so, today, though many have been lost to us here recently, such as many pastors and spiritual leaders, even our mothers and fathers or spouse, God is calling us to “Get Up” off of the bench and get in the game. The others have done their part. They played their game. They ran their race. They crossed their finish line. But, we are still here. We are the reserves. Indeed, we have been reserved for such a time as this.
So, quit questioning God, and get up off the bench. It’s time to quit giving in to the enemy’s tactics whatever they may be (depression, anxiety, despair, anger, negativity, fear, excuses, running from responsibility, listening to lies, etc). You are being called into the game NOW. You are needed in the battle NOW. What is happening in the world will not simply pass. The deception in the Church will not simply go away. Great evil is on the rise, and the darkness is growing. Every second counts.
Come on, my fellow misfits!!! Get up, reserves!!! Jesus is coming soon! Let’s be ready!
As many are still hearing about this and are taking it in, wondering about the certainty of their jobs, the fate of their families, the precarious nature of their lives, the future of this nation, whether or not they’ll be able to go to school or get a degree or pay off their car loan, house mortgage, etc., and wondering where they could possibly go to get away from all the insanity, my heart turns to Revelation 4.
“…a throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.3 And He that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”
Day and night, God is still on His immovable, ancient, unshakable throne. Day and night, God is still being worshiped. In the past. In the present. In all days and nights to come in the future. Our God reigns, and is still the One who Job says, “removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?” (Job 9:5-12)
Thus, as we all experience various levels and types of emotion regarding these most recent announcements, let us hold fast to the One who does not fade nor fail, the One whose strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9), the One whose ways are not our ways nor are His thoughts our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8), the One who appoints world rulers and also brings them down (Daniel 2:21), the One who does not change (Malachi 3:6) and is forever God clothed in majesty and strength (Psalm 90:2; Psalm 93). And when all pompous new world order rulers of this present darkness will not even amount to a speck of dust in our memories, our great and glorious eternal God will still be seated upon His rainbow encircled throne with its lightning and thunder and fiery lamps of the eternal seven spirits of God, to the tune of worship and adoration forever without end.
Hold on, children of the Most High God! Jesus is coming soon! Let’s be ready!
Holy Light Ministries
P.S. Thank you to my cousin who inspired this article when I received a picture of the verse from Revelation 4:8.
“…He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
The Shepherd leads us. Just think on that. God leads. No matter what hell is breaking loose. He leads. In all things, He leads. So much in the world is topsy turvy right now, and getting more so every minute. But He leads. Something is about to happen that will change everything yet again. But, He leads. Satan is out to steal, kill and destroy us. But God is leading still. And though He leads us through the Valley of the Shadow or seats us in the presence of our enemies, and we can’t see clearly and all is foreign and frightening, He leads. He is Emmanuel – God with us. And though we may not always understand the whys or hows or whats or whens of life, we never have to wonder where God is because He is our Shepherd who is always leading, and He is always with us.
What does “lead” mean?
We could say the above till we are blue in the face though, and we still may not grasp the meaning of what it means for God to lead. How does a Shepherd lead? Does He herd the sheep from behind? Does He round them up on all sides? Does He crack a whip like cattlemen do with cattle?
According to the Miriam-Webster Dictionary, to lead means “to guide on a way especially by going in advance.” To be at the head of the group. It also can mean, “to direct the operations, activity, or performance of” and “to guide someone or something along a way.” So, one can lead by being at the head, by directing, and by guiding.
The Hebrew word being used here for “lead” is nachah (5148), which is different from the word used in verse 2 (5095) of the Shepherd when he “leads me beside the still waters.” In verse 2, the Shepherd’s leading was specifically to a refreshing place, a restful place (https://holylight4u.wordpress.com/2021/05/12/psalm-23-i-shall-not-want/). The meaning here, however, is “ to lead, guide”, “to govern” or “transport”, “to lead forth”. Furthermore, its verbal form is that of Hiphil Imperfect which is a causative verbal form wherein someone or something is causing another to do something. In other words, the Shepherd by leading is causing His sheep to follow. The Shepherd is out in front, not behind, not to the side. The sheep only know where to go because the Shepherd goes there first, and when they see Him moving, they inevitably follow. He picks the path. He clears the path. He walks the path. He treads the path. He leads by example. He calls to the sheep and the sheep know His voice, and eagerly respond. Indeed, the sheep probably know their Shepherd best from behind, because a good little lamb is always following and a good shepherd is always leading.
This makes me think of Moses when he asked to see God’s glory in Exodus 33. “18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.21 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” (emphasis mine).
Even as the sheep see the back of the Shepherd more often than not, especially when going to another place for grazing, even so, Moses saw the LORD’s back as He passed by on that incredible day. God’s glory was seen from behind. From behind. Think about that.
So, the question, therefore, is not “who” is leading or where is God, for clearly God is leading, directing and guiding. The question is: where is He leading us? Where does He want us to follow?
Before we get into what righteousness is, let’s begin by defining what path means here in Psalm 23. Is it a new trail? Is it an old trail? Is it long? Is it short? Is there anything implicit in the word for path that will help us to better understand what it is? And if it seems a bit over the top to study the word path, it is not. Each time I think to overlook a word because its meaning seems clear, a majority of the time I am astounded when the meaning of a simple word is made even more clear when looking at its Hebrew or Greek definition.
Now, without further ado, let’s proceed!
The Hebrew word for path is magal or magalah (4570) meaning “an entrenchment or track”. In Hebrew it is nearly always important and helpful to investigate what a word’s root is, for it sheds more light on the its meaning. In this case, its root is an unused one meaning “to revolve”. In Scripture magalis a word that is used of the encampment of an army, for it was “circular” and was “entrenched” for the sake of defense. In 1 Samuel 17:20 this exact same word is used of the camp of the Israelites when David traveled to check on his brothers and the progress of the battle on behalf of his father Jesse. It says, “And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.” (emphasis mine). The word in this sense “may mean either, (a) the circular rampart round the camp; or (b) a barrier formed by the baggage waggons round the camp; or (c) the place where the baggage waggons of the army were kept,” (Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges Commentary). According to the Pulpit Commentary “Strictly the word means a wagon track, but the primary meaning of the verb is to be round. This was the shape of camps in old time, and they were protected against surprise by having the wagons and baggage placed round them.”
In other passages the word is translated as “way” or “path,” like one that is worn by wheel tracks as in the wagon trains of the old west. It is a deeply, well-worn, narrow path. And though the path may not literally be circular, what is implied by this word is that it is used repetitively.
And these paths are not just any paths, but are paths that lead to lush, restful pastures and cool, refreshing, quiet waters. However, they also lead us to overwhelming places like the valley of the shadow, and to dangerous places in the presence of our enemies. These are not paths of entertainment nor of pleasing yourself or paths of individuality or paths of self-preservation. These are paths of righteousness.
So, what is this righteousness exactly?
In Hebrew the word is tsedeq (6664) meaning “rightness, righteousness,” which comes from an unused root (6663) meaning, “to be just or righteous.” It has everything to do with “what is right, just, normal; rightness, justness, of weights and measures.” (Bible Hub). Righteousness is moral, ethical, and judicial. It is to be on the side of the law, morality, and ethical behavior in all situations no matter the consequences. Righteousness is “the conformity to the claims of higher authority and stands in opposition to… lawlessness,” (The Complete Word Study Dictionary, pg 458). Thus, righteousness is the crucifying of our way of living and the complete surrender to living life God’s way.
Incredibly, God is our righteousness (Jeremiah 23:5-6) and is righteous in all of His ways (Psalm 145:17). Along with being truth and just, He IS righteous (Deuteronomy 32:4; Isaiah 45:21; Jeremiah 12:1; John 17:25). His right hand is full of righteousness (Psalm 48:10) that reaches to the heavens (Psalm 71:19), and the heavens declare His righteousness (Psalm 97:6). And incredibly, righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne (Psalm 89:14; 97:2). God’s righteousness will be forever and His salvation from generation to generation (Isaiah 51:8).
That being said, what does righteousness look like? Job 29 gives the best example of what righteousness in living color looks like when Job says, “11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.17 And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.” (emphasis mine)
In this we see the heart of God, for God expressed His righteousness through Jesus, by saving us through Him. After all, He left His glory…to save us. As Philippians 2 says, “5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Jesus descended from His majestic throne and position of equality with God. Why? Because He saw us wallowing, destitute and condemned in sin’s muck and mire, enslaved and tormented, blind, deaf, lame and hopeless. And God, selflessly came down…to seek and save that which was lost….and went to the cross, for your sin and mine. After all, the Gospel is a revelation of God’s righteousness. As Romans 1 states, “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.17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (emphasis mine)
Jesus: Righteousness Personified
Jesus walked on the paths of righteousness when He lived and moved among us. Just Him being here was righteousness in action. Everything He was was righteous; everything He did was righteous. He even was baptized to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3). Jesus did not need the baptism of repentance. He was sinless. He was perfect. He was God in human flesh. He was righteousness itself. Nevertheless, Colossians 1 so adeptly says that He was and is the first in all things, and thus, He also lead the way in baptism to fulfill all righteousness.
Matthew 3:16-17 says, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Emphasis mine) Just as God in the beginning after creating on each of the 6 days of creation said at the close of each creation day “it is good,” God the Father says the same in this passage. When He says “I am well pleased” He is saying “it is good.” The word in Greek for “pleased” is eudokeó (2106) meaning, “I am well-pleased or think it good.” This is beyond amazing.
Furthermore, the Father calls Jesus “My beloved,” which is agapétos (27) in the Greek. The word in Hebrew for “My beloved” is dodi (1730).
What does this have to do with paths of righteousness? You’ll see.
Think on this a moment… Jesus was called “My beloved.” The word “My” implies that first and foremost, He was God’s. 100% – every breath, every thought, every word, every cell, every hair of His head, every desire, every action – all of Him was 100% God’s. “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily,” (Colossians 2:9). Secondly, the word “beloved” is incredibly powerful. Looking more closely at it, we find that the “word beloved in Hebrew is dodi which is where the word David comes from and is really a form of the word yadiyad which means beloved friend.The word yadiyad is the word yad which means hand repeated two times meaning hand in hand.” (Chaim Bentorah). Now, David was the apple of God’s eye, a man after God’s own heart, and the one through whom Messiah would come. Not just anyone is called beloved. Only those who are super close, intimately connected, hand-in-hand are called this.
When God said those words to Jesus, He was in effect declaring Him righteous, one in heart with Him, holy and set apart. This baptismal scene fulfilled Jeremiah 23 which says, “5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” (emphasis mine)
Paths of Righteousness
So, when the “beloved” Shepherd leads us on paths of righteousness, He leads us in His own footsteps as the One who has walked hand-in-hand with God, and the only One who is the first born of all creation declared “good”. And “Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps,” (Psalm 85:13). These paths are the Gospel lived out in living color.
Do we have to do something to become righteous? No. After all, there is no one righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10), and all of our righteousness are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Thus, God did what we cannot do. He accounted us righteous, like Abraham (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4; Galatians 3:6; Philippians 3:9), for when we believed in Christ’s death and resurrection we believed unto righteousness (Romans 10:10). It is a gift to those who receive it. And thus, even as Christ is “beloved” we are now beloved too (Ephesians 5:1). And we are new creations in Christ; the old has passed away, and all has become new (2 Corinthians 5).
The way of the Shepherd’s steps are the well-worn Gospel paths of salvation by grace through faith in the death and resurrection of Christ (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2), of loving God with all of one’s heart, soul, strength and mind and loving one’s neighbor as one’s self (Luke 10:27); for indeed, the world will know us by our love for one another (John 13:35). As it states so succinctly in Ephesians 5:1-2, “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear [beloved] children;2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.”
For His Name’s Sake
And we are not on these paths for our own selfish purposes, for there is no room for selfishness on the narrow paths of righteousness. You see, we are on these paths not for our own gain or purpose, but rather, for God’s name’s sake. We wear the name of Christ – “Christians”. And one day we will have His name manifest on our person. As Revelation 3:12 says, “and I will write upon him my new name,” and Revelation 22:4, “And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.” We wear His name, and will some day literally wear His name.
When Jesus came as the beloved Son who was righteousness in the flesh, He did not come for His own pleasure, but rather, He came to fulfill the purpose of the Father. Even so, we as His sheep, are called to walk in those same paths of righteousness and fulfill the purpose of God, not for our benefit, but as Ambassadors of Christ. And ambassadors never represent themselves, but represent the kingdom and king from whence they’ve come. In other words, they do all for the sake of king and kingdom. We too are to do this. We represent Jesus and His eternal Kingdom, and thus, we are to walk in the righteous edicts of that Kingdom – for His name’s sake. After all, He forgave us all of our sins, FOR HIS NAME’S Sake (1 John 2:12). So, having received so great a salvation (Hebrews 2:3) and having been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21), why would we not deny ourselves, take up our crosses (Matthew 16:24; Luke 9:23) and follow Him on paths of righteousness for His name’s sake?
We are not invited to follow Christ in righteousness because we are good or worthy, but rather, because He is good and worthy and has fulfilled all righteousness. We are invited to follow in His righteous footsteps, however, for His name’s sake. First John 2:5-6 says so clearly, “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” (emphasis mine) Selflessly. As a servant. Meekly. Holy. Obediently. Godly. Justly. Righteously.
As the Bride, let us be robed in righteousness “as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10) — for righteousness is what makes us a glorious Bride. As the priests of Christ let us be clothed in righteousness (Psalm 132:9) — for it’s what sets us apart for holy service. As soldiers of the cross, let us be suited up in the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6), even faith and love (1 Thessalonians 5:8) — for it’s what guards our hearts that are the well-spring of life (Proverbs 4).
Our King is not of this world, and He is coming for us very soon. Let’s keep our robes of righteousness white and without wrinkle. The trumpet of God is about to sound. Let’s be ready!
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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.
I am writing to those who are disheartened today, perhaps in shock, perhaps apprehensive, perhaps worried or fearful regarding the future of this nation called the United States. Since my childhood, I practically bled red, white and blue. I loved America with every beat of my heart, and in school (private) I fell in love with our founding, our Founding Fathers, and everything American including some Gospel and Country music (LOL). Unlike many who attended public schools, I learned about our Christian foundation that was/is based on godly principles; I learned that we are great because we are good, which according to de Tocqueville meant that we were godly. The root of our goodness was found embedded in the soil of our churches and in the hearts of honest, hard-working Christians.
However, something no one ever learns in school came upon me slowly over the last ten years: the startling, off-putting fact that the tares were growing up with the wheat. Though I do not intend to go into detail here, evil has been in the U.S. since the founding of this nation as well. Illuminists, Freemasons, and other secret societies were influential in the architectural design and art work, monuments and layout of Washington D.C., as well as in the wording of the drafting of important documents, big decisions, and so forth.
Nevertheless, God was behind the U.S. because the Pilgrims dedicated this nation to Him, and many of the Founding Fathers honored Him with their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. And somehow, Christianity and Americanism became synonymous, even inseparable. It seems that somewhere along the way of this American journey, Christians, so rooted in the fertile soil of America, came to forget that this world is not our home. And yes, we had something special here. We had a voice here. We had a vote here. We were a nation “of the people, by the people and for the people.” We were unique, unlike any other. But… this is no longer the case. And we MUST remember, that though we had something good, something even better is coming incredibly soon.
A transformation has taken place deep inside of me in recent years, which took that red, white and blue blood and transformed it to the blood of a heavenly Kingdom that is immanent.
It is brewing in hearts of some to do all they can to save this nation by calling congressmen, senators, and governors to let them know they are displeased, as well as going to court in the name of their Constitutional freedoms; they are even to the point of using their Constitutional right of building militias. Perhaps you are one of those who thinks that this tried and true method will work or at least ought to be attempted. But, I must inform you that it will not work. And no, I am not being pessimistic. In the past this may have worked. But, not today. And here are two very pertinent reasons why: #1 The American Era is over and an Era of Lawlessness has begun, and #2 God is leading us to do something else.
#1 Just yesterday I was doing research regarding older persecution cases in the U.S. in the past 10 years. I started off looking into 4 cases and found a whole lot more. Not only this, but I found that these cases ended up losing court battles time after time, appeal after appeal, and on top of this, the Supreme Court would not even hear their cases. Along with this, in 2020, churches across America were struck down in local courts, fined exorbitant amounts of money, and a Calvary Chapel in Nevada even lost at the Supreme Court level when the Court stated that governors had the right to close churches during times of emergencies. Not only this, but the courts have ruled in favor of abortion time and again, in favor of gay marriage, in favor of godless schools over praying Christian coaches, homosexual couples over Christian business owners, jailed people with Christian morals and released countless criminals. And what they are doing in the school is beyond diabolical, from teaching sexual debauchery and immorality as common place to evolution to common core math. I am grieved that any parent, and especially a Christian parent, would leave their child in the public school system at this point in time!!!
All over our television screens we have seen the lawlessness taking hold of this nation, from Portland to Seattle to Chicago to the U.S. Capitol to blatant voter fraud to senseless killings and thievery and violence in city after city after city across this land. And this is not just here in America but around the world.
Am I saying that defending the Constitution is a losing battle? Really, what I am saying is that this is not the battle we are to be involved in at this time. The battle God is calling us to is spiritual. And that battle we will win, for Christ has overcome the world! (John 16:33; Ephesians 6; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
#2 What does God want from His people? Succinctly put: Broken repentance and a return to holiness (Psalm 51:17; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Hebrews 12:14). What is God doing with America? For those who have ears to hear, He is calling her one last time of repentance. To those who cannot and will not hear, He is setting them up for impending judgment. And yes, He is a God who judges in this earth (Psalm 96 and 98). He is the one who sets up kingdoms and rulers and also is the one who brings them down (Daniel 2:21)
Jesus said the world would go mad before His return (2 Timothy 3). He told us that there would be overwhelming fear that would grip the hearts of people, that lawlessness would be the spirit of the end of the age, that crazy, mad insane times would pervade society, and that DECEPTION would be everywhere and even be a threat to God’s people (Matthew 24, Luke 17, Luke 21, Mark 13, 2 Thessalonians 2, Revelation).
We are in that exact place right now. This has been made completely, crystal clear in the year 2020. And Jesus is calling His bride to be without spot or wrinkle, to be washed with the water of the word, to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, to not be shaken nor troubled by what is happening around us but instead to rest in His perfect peace, preach the Gospel boldly to the perishing, and to stand up and lift up our heads for our redemption is drawing near! “Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling…6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge…10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah,” (Psalm 46). His Kingdom is coming. His will is being done. Our God is still on the throne.
In the words of Pastor John MacArthur from the morning service of Sunday January 17, 2021, “The Kingdom of God is in no way linked to the kingdoms of men. And this is what sets the Church apart. Jesus said my Kingdom is not of this world. We face another inconsequential event politically in a few days [the inauguration]…meaningless to the Kingdom…” AMEN!
Think about the word “inconsequential”. This means that ALL that is transpiring politically, economically, socially, and legally is minor, unimportant, insignificant, paltry, trivial, irrelevant, meaningless and inappreciable in the grand scheme of things. No matter what the Democrats may boast about doing, no matter what the Republicans may be powerless to do, no matter what the president or governors may decree, no matter how unconstitutional things are, no matter what kind of persecution may fall upon the American church, no matter what hopes and dreams may be dashed, no matter what lifestyles may be stifled, no matter what vacations you may no longer be able to go on, no matter what vaccine mandates they make or what special COVID passes they may come up with, no matter what — let us be reminded, it is all inconsequential to God’s coming Kingdom and God’s divine plan.
Therefore, let’s keep this in mind as we move forward in the days ahead, and keep the main thing the main thing which is to preach the Gospel and be ready for the soon return of the King. Indeed, American Christians, let’s get our priorities straight — We are Christians first and foremost. Let’s be about our Father’s business. Crazy, mad, insane times are upon us. Lawlessness is the spirit of the age. Darkness has not only descended, but has permeated our society. More insanity is yet to come. It is time to quit thinking about preserving our own lives. It is time to quit trying to protect our bank accounts. It is time to quit playing church. It is time to get back to the word. It is time get serious about preaching the Gospel. It is time to wake up to the times in which we are living and realize that we are in the very last of the Last Days. It is time to repent of our sins, our lukewarmness, and be holy for He is holy and is coming back for a Church that is holy. Jesus is coming soon. Let’s be ready.
Hopefully you will be able to access John MacArthur’s introductory words of Sunday January 17th at the Grace to You website. The Youtube link I had to share from the Bible Thumping Wingnut’s channel was removed. https://www.gty.org/
Pastor Dana Coverstone has had countless dreams over the last few months. They all are quite dark, dismal, and extremely intense. Like an epic film on the theater screen, they unfold with action and great drama. Nearly every time he relates the scenes of his dreams, he appears very saddened and almost apologetic for the darkness of his dreams. Though they are not sinister in any way, they do contain a great deal of weighty information that is beyond potent for both the dreamer and the one hearing about the dream. He does not attempt to interpret; he merely lays out what was presented. Truly, a lot of what he dreams does not need interpretation, for it appears quite self-explanatory.
That being said, I have found myself very tentative about the near future because of his dreams. After all, they either have or are coming to pass. And though I hope that the Lord will take His bride home soon—for is that not our blessed hope?–He may also allow His bride to go through some tumultuous times. I felt suddenly very uncertain. Not fearful. Actually, yes. Fearful. I get so sick and tired of people saying they are not afraid when everything they say and do means they are indeed afraid. So, yes, I was almost panicked at first. But that transitioned to uncertainty and being deeply troubled.
However, I must share that TODAY God shed His light over Pastor Coverstone’s dreams, and when He did so, I saw them very and incredibly differently. Things became clearer, and color flooded the black and white picture I’d seen before the light. What did I see? Here it is as succinctly as I can put it: Psalm 9.
“(To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.) I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.3 When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.6 O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.7 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.11 Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.13 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.19 Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.20 Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.”
God has prepared His throne for judgment. What is about to take place in America is God’s judgment. The enemy may think he’s in charge of this, and his puppet secret societies may think they are pulling their own strings, but God is sovereign over all. And via Pastor Coverstone’s dreams, He has revealed that He is “sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat” (Lyrics from “the Battle Hymn of the Republic”). He is remembering the blood of the unborn that has been crying out like the blood of Abel. And those reprobates who think they are invincible and that God has not seen their grave sin, are about to sink into the very pit that they dug for others and are about to fall prey to the trap that they set for the innocent and unsuspecting. They will be snared by the work of their own hands.
This is about to happen to the Democrat party that is drenched in the blood of the unborn, stained by the sex slave trade and pedophilia, and drenched in the foul debauchery of unjust scales, to the violent, godless BLM that does not care at all about the African American community but instead has been all about murder and mayhem and destruction for years, to those leaders who are legally and financially persecuting the churches in America right now, to ministers who have shamed the body of Christ through false doctrine and false prophecies and have blasphemed the name of Christ through word and action. It is these who will soon be judged according to Pastor Coverstone’s dreams. It is these who will fall into their own traps, sink into their own pits, and fall prey to their own schemes.
Does this sound harsh? Please, re-read Psalm 9. For that matter, re-read Psalm 18, Psalm 96, Psalm 98 and Psalm 27, and how about Malachi and Jeremiah and Daniel and Jude and Revelation. Let’s make sure we keep all of this in perspective – A Biblical perspective – God’s perspective.
And right now, God is calling His people to pray for the harvest, for the body of Christ to have a backbone, and for corruption in government and corruption in the Church to be exposed. He wants us to pray in agreement with Him. He does not want us confused; He does not want us questioning what is happening. He wants us informed, empowered and in agreement with what He is about to do. He wants our lights burning and for us to have extra oil so that they do not go out.
Is Jesus coming soon? Yes.
Is His return immanent? Yes.
Will we be going through what Pastor Coverstone saw in his dreams through January? I have no idea!
But again, in keeping our perspective Biblical, if we are here for the unveiling of those dreams, then we will get to stand back and see the judgment of the Lord poured out on putrid, blood-guilty politicians, lying false prophets, deceptive false teachers, and demonically-inspired protestors.
So, let’s not be disheartened at the details of these dreams, for they reveal the judgment and power of God against unrighteousness in various groups of people. He has let us in on His plan just as He always does (Amos 3:7). Therefore, we as Christians are not to be afraid. He is not coming to judge Christians nor will He abandon them. He is the Christian’s refuge! However, through these dreams He is stirring Christians to be prepared. No, not with food and water, although that is not a bad thing to do. I mean to be prepared spiritually, prayerfully, in all holiness and godliness, that we might shine forth like stars to this godless and crooked generation (Philippians 2:15) and that we might be ready for the trumpet of the Lord to sound! (1 Thessalonians 4-5).
I will close with these verses of Psalm 9, “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High…8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.11 Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.”
Rest in this, and keep on singing. And just like Peter when he walked upon the water, as long as he looked at Jesus he was fine (Matthew 14:23-33). As soon as he looked down at the waves tossed about by hostile winds he began to sink. Those waves were there when he wasn’t looking; they are very real waves, very scary waves, very choppy waves, and the wind was very contrary. The same holds true for the dreams of Coverstone; they are real; they are dark and dismal; they have come and are coming to pass. But, when Peter kept his eyes on Jesus all was well. This was not denial. This was all about Peter keeping his eyes on the Ruler of the wind and waves, the very Maker of the sea, on the only One who mattered. And indeed, the same holds true for us now regarding what is coming. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, our coming King, and all will be well. These bad things will not go away, just like the waves didn’t, but Jesus is still the only One who matters, the One who provides for our every need, the One who is our strength, the One who will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5). And when God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31). Truly, our God reigns! His Kingdom come! His will be done on earth as it is in heaven! So be it! Come quickly, Lord Jesus! The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!”
Incredibly we are in the days of the “counting of the omer” on God’s biblical calendar. The counting of the omer begins on Resurrection Sunday and counts up to the number 50, thus landing on Pentecost. It was in that time that Jesus appeared unto many of His disciples and revealed the Scripture to them and how He as the Word had fulfilled the word. They were often behind closed doors, hiding for fear of the Jews, and it was during that time of “self-isolation” that Jesus visited them. Then on day 40, Jesus ascended. For 10 days the disciples closed themselves completely away and gathered together in prayer, set their affairs in order and sought God’s face. They knew that Pentecost was coming, and that something special was just around the corner.
We are in those days right now. We too are in self-isolation. We too are behind closed doors. We too are to be reading God’s word, seeking His face, and be agreeing in prayer with one another for Pentecost that is soon to come. We are in the counting up of the omer. We are on day 5 today with 45 more to go. In spite of the Enemy’s plans, we are called to remember that something good is about to happen. It is imperative that we seriously humble ourselves before our great God and Savior, and prepare our hearts before Him, for He is coming SOON.
It is interesting to note that once the Jewish bride’s dress was made, she always slept in it, for she never knew exactly when her Bridegroom might appear suddenly. She would know the signs of his return to her, but not the when. So, even when she went to bed at night, she would be ready. Thus, Paul writes in Ephesians 5, that we are to be without spot and without wrinkle. Since the Bride always wore her dress, it was important that she keep it clean and wrinkle free. She did not want to look unkempt when her bridegroom arrived! Even so, we as the Bride of Christ must keep our spiritual dress white and wrinkle free, as we eagerly anticipate the coming of our Bridegroom!And the way we do this is via the washing of the Word!
God is calling us to repentance and preparation as the Church, to use this time of quarantine and isolation as a time to seek God’s face, to read God’s word, to get our hearts right before Him; the time is NOW!
Be blessed as you view the video links below. God is moving around the world. Time now for Americans/Canadians to not “protest” but pray in the streets like these!!! Time to rend our hearts and not our garments, to blow the trumpet in Zion, to sound the alarm in God’s holy mountain, to assemble ourselves in prayer (Joel 2). Time to get ready, for even as the Enemy is setting in place his new world order, one world economy, globalist system, with military strategically being placed around the country, and the mark of the beast waiting in the wings, Jesus is calling His people to repent and be prepared for His soon return!! Come Quickly LORD Jesus!!!!! The Spirit and the Bride say COME!!!!