2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 65

Dr. Kevin Clarkson    ~    7 Visions Of Christ In The Apocalypse

Dr. Clarkson is a pastor of a church in Oklahoma, as well as the leader of this Prophecy In The News Conference.

Revelation 1:1  “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John”:

God gave Revelation to Jesus, Jesus gave it to his angel, the angel gave it to John, and John recorded it by the Holy Spirit for us here today.

Revelation = Apocalypse = Unveiling

Seven Visions Of Christ

Isaac Newton discovered seven prisms of light, there are seven notes in the musical scales, there are seven systems in the body, and seven days in one week.  In Revelation there are seven letters to seven churches from seven angels, there is the seven fold Spirit of God, and Jesus opens the book with seven seals, and the seventh seal opens seven trumpets, and the seventh trumpet opens seven bowls of wrath.  The word “blessed” appears seven times in the book of Revelation.  Hence there are seven visions of Christ:

1)The Glorified Son

Revelation 1:10-19 King James Version (KJV)

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,  11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

2)The Lamb Slain

King James Version (KJV)

Revelation 5

1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

King James Version (KJV)
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3)The Great Shepherd

Revelation 7

9After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

4)The Male Child

Revelation 12:1-6

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

5)He That Keepeth Israel

Revelation 14:1-4

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

 

6)The Glad Reaper

Revelation 14:14-16

14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

7)The King Of Kings

Revelation 19:11-16

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.

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Hugh Hefner Dead At 91

Hugh Hefner may be best described as the founder of a pornographic empire, and one who lived the Epicurean lifestyle to the hilt.  Eeh Christian mates, where do you think this bloke is going to spend eternity?  I do not mean to judge, but with no given evidence of repentance, I do not believe his passing has increased the population of heaven.  I also do not believe there is another human being in our nation who has done more to promote lust, exploitation and sexual sin.  There are only a few Americans who when mentioned, quickly turn my stomach.  Hugh Hefner is one,   Madalyn Murray O’Hair is another.  They will both receive their just rewards.    -Pastor Steve

Galatians 6:7  King James Version (KJV)
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

 

Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine and star of E! reality show The Girls Next Door, has died, PEOPLE confirms. He was 91.
Born Hugh Marston Hefner on April 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Grace Caroline and Glenn Lucius Hefner, the businessman died on Wednesday.
“Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognizable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones,” a rep for the Playboy Enterprises founder said in a statement to PEOPLE.

— Playboy (@Playboy) September 28, 2017

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You may think Hugh Hefner’s alleged debauchery is an exaggeration because we have grown so used to it.  Our nation was largely morally pure going into the early 1950’s.  Hefner’s magazine found its way into the homes of countless Americans, mostly men of course, and the perverted became the norm as he played on man’s baser, fallen instincts.  Fathers may have hid the magazines but their sons soon found them and shared with their friends.  After a saturation of this, a woman will eventually be seen as a sex object alone.  Other magazines, even more pornographic than Playboy were later birthed, like Penthouse, Oui, and a host of others.  Our entire culture has gradually become so sex crazed, and we have not even realized it, because we have grown accustomed to the dark.  Now, pornography is replete on line, and there is so much of it that it cannot all be accounted for!  This all contributed to the destruction of the American family, and the domino/ripple effect, has totally destroyed the moral fabric of this nation.  For instance, sixty million abortions are the result of an immoral people who desire recreational sex, usually outside of marriage, and then they dispose of the unwanted baby through murder.  The Playboy philosophy and mindset has gone to newspaper articles, books, periodicals, television sitcoms, movies, billboards, posters, and it has gone viral on line.  Yes, in my humble opinion, Hugh Hefner will go down as one of the most ignominious names in American history.  In His Service, Pastor Steve 

The Day The NFL Died

Like many people, I have enjoyed professional football for decades and since childhood.  No longer folks.  I will pour my heart into the Lord’s work on the Lord’s day even more so.  For players to receive ridiculous salaries in the millions and for owners to rake in their billions, and refuse to stand for the National Anthem prior to a game is despicable.  In the Dallas franchise, every player and the owner, took a knee during the National Anthem.  If this is America’s team, we ought to cry.  Police officers and war veterans died defending this nation, and one quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, recently wore socks depicting the police as pigs.  This is a national disgrace.  Is the implosion in the NFL a microcosm of America?  These athletes who throw the National Anthem under the bus are extremely negative role models for our young people.  The National Football League (NFL) has fallen right into the playbook of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals, promoting class warfare.  Marxism, communism and socialism all promote their ideologies in order to neutralize a nation under the power of elitists.

It is realized that there are many injustices in the United States of America as in all nations.  But for players to wear clothing condemning all police officers because of the minority of “bad apples,” is polarizing, dividing, disrespecting, and hateful.  To sit out the National Anthem because you feel wronged somewhere in your life, further divides this nation in the one arena where we should be united.  The National Anthem is one of the last bastions of glue that holds us together, and the left desires to destroy it as well.  I do, however, thank the lame, stand for nothing, compromising NFL for making my decision to forever ignore them an easy one.  I applaud their former supporters who have already burned their memorophilia, including expensive jerseys and innumerable other items.

“The NFL (No Fans Left?) has turned into an anti American political propaganda tool for the left.”   -Rush Limbaugh

The good news is perhaps this will be a priority check and a wake up call for the things that matter most.  Instead of “fans” (“fans” is short for fanatic) filling the stadiums on Sunday, perhaps they can rediscover the church and once again worship the Lord on the Lord’s Day.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

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The Day the NFL Died

February 3, 1959 is the “day the music died.” That’s the day Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper were killed when their plane crashed and burned in an Iowa cornfield, a day immortalized in Don McLean’s “Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie.”
September 24, 2017 will go down in history as the day the NFL died. It died because its pampered, babied, overgrown millionaires showed an utter lack of respect for their country and their flag and insulted every working American who buys tickets to watch them play a game.
It died because players, coaches, and owners alike insulted a country that gave them the opportunity to make an obscene amount of money that almost everyone in the stands can only dream of. They insulted a supposedly racist country in which African-American athletes make millions of dollars playing in a league in which 68% of the players are black. Their lack of gratitude is staggering, grotesque, and utterly offensive.
To make matters worse, these players chose National Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day to diss America, a day set aside by Congress to remember the families of those who paid the last full measure of devotion for our security, our safety, and our freedom.
Easily the defining moment of the day came in London, where the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars played the NFL’s annual game in the United Kingdom. The players – along with the Muslim owner of the Jaguars – locked arms and refused to honor America’s national anthem but stood as one in respectful attention while the national anthem of the UK was being played. They would not honor the “Star-Spangled Banner” but stood in honor of “God Save the Queen.” That moment, that moment right there, is the moment the NFL died.

It should be noted that the 17 Ravens and Jaguar players who defied their country’s flag on foreign soil make a combined $448,373,425, an amount greater than the gross domestic product of a number of the world’s nations.
In America, three teams (the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Tennessee Titans) stayed in the locker rooms for the playing of the national anthem, despite the fact that NFL policy requires them to be fined for doing so. (An NFL official told ESPN the feeble and weak-kneed head office has no interest in imposing any fines at all.) But the truth is if the NFL can fine entire teams for disrespecting the flag, they can certainly fine individual players for doing the same thing.

Only one player for the Steelers, former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva, a veteran of three tours in Afghanistan, came out of the locker room and stood at attention for the national anthem. The rest of the Steelers hid like surly cowards in the bowels of the stadium while the rest of the stadium honored America. By the count of the Associated Press, across the league over 200 players dissed their nation and their flag yesterday.
Thirty-two Denver Broncos took a knee, and LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills nonchalantly did his stretching exercises during the anthem. Black Power salutes are now common not only on the sidelines but during the game in celebration of sacks, interceptions, and touchdowns. If the NFL does not get a handle on this right now, it’s going to get ugly as new forms of angry protest are devised.
In Detroit, anthem singer Rico LaVelle dropped to one knee and raised the black power salute at the end of the song. Another national anthem artist did much the same thing.
In most stadiums, boos descended from the stands in response to these disgraceful protests. The NFL, in other words, is committing hari-kiri in front of the whole world.
Meanwhile, NASCAR owners made it clear that if a driver pulled a stunt like this in the NASCAR world he’d get fired so fast he’d get a nosebleed.
Federal law is quite clear on the proper protocol for the response to the national anthem in 36 U.S. Code, Section 301. After directions are given to individuals in uniform and to military veterans, the law says (emphasis mine) “all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart.”
It’s worth noting that if NFL players are linking arms, they cannot place their “right hand over the heart.” While there is no penalty specified for breaking this law, the law nevertheless is straightforward and unambiguous. NFL players who refuse to show respect for the anthem and the flag are not just flouting American ideals, they are breaking the law. The NFL can and should fine them for doing so.
The NFL’s players need to learn one lesson: when it’s time to pray, you go to your knees. When it’s time to honor your country, you rise to your feet. Period.
The media mocked Tim Tebow for taking a knee on the sideline to honor God. Now they glorify overpaid athletes for taking a knee on the sideline to dishonor America.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees correctly observed that those who are looking for a display of unity in America are missing a glorious opportunity.
I will always feel that, if you are an American, that the national anthem is the opportunity for us all to stand up together, to be unified, and to show respect for our country. To show respect for what it stands for, the birth of our nation…I feel like that is a unifying thing. The national anthem and standing for the national anthem, and looking at the flag with a hand over the heart is a unifying thing that should bring us all together. And say, ‘You know what? We know things are not where they should be, but we’re going to work and strive to make things better.’ To bring equality to all people — men, women, no matter your race, creed, religion, it doesn’t matter. Equality for all. But if you’re an American, then I will always believe that we should be standing, showing respect for our flag, with our hand over our heart.
The bottom line: with yesterday’s reprehensible shenanigans, the NFL has become the nation’s largest and most powerful hate group. And it is America that they hate. May the NFL rest in peace.
And let’s hope that NFL players and fans alike do not forget that there is a day coming when taking a knee will be the right thing to do. It will, in fact, be the only thing anyone will be able to do. Everyone in the universe will take a knee, not in protest but in submission. “At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11). Maybe that’s the day we all should make sure we are ready for.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)

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You Almost Always Stand In Silence When The National Anthem Is Played In Person

Strongly/Somewhat Agree    85%

Strongly/Somewhat Disagree    11%

(REUTERS/IPSOS   September 25, 26 AMONG 1,622 VOTERS)

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Note:  It is an official NFL rule and regulation for their players to stand and respect the flag during the National Anthem.  The NFL chose to ignore their own rule in the case of Colin Kaepernick last year, and now it has gone viral.  What a compromising and insipid organization.

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Pray For Revival In America!

Quotable Quotations – The Anemic Christian Church In America

“It is truly amazing to witness the age division within today’s Christian Church in America.  Our most committed members are all over sixty years of age.  I have seen this phenomenon personally during our last twenty years of Christian service.  Just yesterday (9/24/17), a crazed gunman shot up a church near Nashville, Tennessee, and nearly all of the victims were over sixty years of age because they were the nucleus of the parishioners.  The younger attenders in church today, usually do only that – attend occasionally with zero commitment or ministry.  I call this mindset “touch base Christianity.”  Praise the Lord for the exceptions, as there are many, especially in larger churches.  We should not be surprised at the advance of Islam, if this trend holds and creates a spiritual vacuum.  Here is a point to ponder –  Are Muslims more committed to a lie than Christians are to the truth?  Food for thought.”

Blessings, Pastor Steve  <>< 

Prophecy in the News: Sister Hatune Dogan: ISIS is Islam, Islam is ISIS – VIDEO

We hear so much nonsense that claims there are radical sects of Islam, and there are peaceful ones.  Islam actually means “submission,”  and their global goal is for everyone to submit to their god Allah.  Furthermore, Isis is NOT some extreme radical wing of Islam – it is classic Islam.  Too many are totally ignorant of history and Islam’s past.  What their founding “prophet” Mohammad did, is what they desire to do today.  Furthermore, their ideology can be seen throughout Europe.  Immigrate, saturate and dominate.  They do not intend to assimilate.  This nun’s brief You Tube presentation below reveals a perfect understanding of Islam, and their desire to persecute Christians and Jews until there are none.

In Christ, Pastor Steve  <><

 

DEFENDING CHRISTIANS – Watch this short video of Sister Hatune Dogan who has been on the ground and witnessed the devastation of ancient Christian communities. She’s listened to survivors tell how Christians and Yazidi women are being sold into sex slavery. It is truly heart-breaking. This is why we should be concerned about Islam taking over in America and coming in by the thousands as refugees

Quotable Quotation

“When we are His, He is ours, forever.  You have made us for yourself, Lord.  Our hearts are restless until they can find rest in You.”   -Augustine Of Hippo

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Isaiah 26:3-4  King James Version (KJV)
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 64

Bill Salus    ~    Nuclear Showdown In Iran: The Ancient Prophecy Of Elam

The major powers have been dealing with Iran in recent years about nuclear armaments.  Despite the talks, Iran is on the verge of becoming a nuclear power.  Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, is extremely concerned.  Ayatollah Khamenei desired to have even more potential to make more bombs.  Iran’s goal is to wipe Israel off of the map.  Iran, ironically, is recently receiving a strong impetus of Christianity through miracles, healings, visions and dreams.  Iran attacks Christianity and Christianity grows.  Ezekiel 38 depicts Magog (Russia, Persia/Iran and other allies) attacking Israel.  Persia became Iran in 1935.  Elam is in southwest Iran and accounts for one fifth of the nation.  Elam is referred to in Jeremiah 49.

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Dual Prophecies Of Iran

Judgment on Elam

Jeremiah 49

34 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying, 35 “Thus says the Lord of hosts:

‘Behold, I will break the bow of Elam,
The foremost of their might.
36 Against Elam I will bring the four winds
From the four quarters of heaven,
And scatter them toward all those winds;
There shall be no nations where the outcasts of Elam will not go.
37 For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies
And before those who seek their life.
I will bring disaster upon them,
My fierce anger,’ says the Lord;
‘And I will send the sword after them
Until I have consumed them.
38 I will set My throne in Elam,
And will destroy from there the king and the princes,’ says theLord.

39 ‘But it shall come to pass in the latter days:
I will bring back the captives of Elam,’ says the Lord.”

The 7 “I Wills” of Elam

  1. break the bow of Elam, The foremost of their might,
  2. bring the four winds From the four quarters of heaven,
  3. scatter them toward all those winds, (worldwide)
  4. cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies And before those who seek their life,
  5. bring  disaster upon them, My fierce anger,
  6. send the sword after them Until I have consumed them,
  7. set My throne in Elam,
  8. destroy from there the king and the princes,
  9. And, (in the latter days) bring back the captives of Elam.

Iran’s nuclear position today and their ICBM’s can be harmonized with this passage.  Elam was the son of Shem and grandson of Noah.  The Elamites were warmongers (Genesis 14:1-9) and expert archers (Isaiah 22:1-6).  Perhaps the Lord will break Iran’s (Elam) nuclear capabilities.  Benjamin Netanyahu’s two concerns are: 1)a nuclear weapon, and 2)ICBM’s.  Will God use Israel to take out their nuclear program?  There will be refugees from Elam en mass.  Is that a hint of a nuclear disaster?  Israel struck Iraq’s nuclear facility in 1981, and Syria’s nuclear facility in 2007.  Iran has nuclear sites in Syria.  This all gives more credence for Israel to attack Iran.  The world community is concerned about Iran closing the Strait of Hormuz and cutting off the worlds’ oil supply.  Other Islamic nations are concerned about Iran’s ambitions, which could start a nuclear arms race.  Furthermore, Iranian radiation is a threat to GCC water security and desalinization plant operations.

Ayatollah had a 9 point plan to eliminate Israel.  Iran is planning to strike Israel if Israel attacks them.  We are in the final hour and the Lord is accomplishing his will.

Many Iranians who previously hated Christians are becoming saved.  God is performing miracles for them.  Jesus, and not the local Imam is healing Iranians from illness.  Iran is receiving Christianity in a greater way than any other nation in the world.

Christians need to get prepared for the end times, because once apocalyptic events commence, there will be no turning back or stopping them.

Brokenness And Suffering Lead To Spiritual Growth And Victories

Jesus’ body was broken, leading to our salvation.  A roof was broken where Jesus was speaking, so a man could be healed.  A vase was broken, so Jesus could be anointed with perfume, prior to His crucifixion and burial.  Broken pitchers allowed for lights to shine, and for Gideon’s army to defeat the enemy.  Simon Peter’s fleshly pride was broken, leading to him to become the first great leader of the Christian church.

During the recent hurricane Irma in Florida, many trees were broken, leading people to help one another.  In a fashion similar to snow storms up north, hurricanes allow otherwise busy neighbors to converse and get to know one another, as they often assist each other with repair and clean up jobs.  I shared my faith and invited folks to church, who I may not have even met if not for hurricane Irma.  The Lord works in ways strange to us.  Yes, there is spiritual growth and victories through brokenness.

Note – Exactly thirteen years ago in September, 2004, Hurricane Ivan was churning up the Gulf of Mexico parallel to the west coast of Florida.  I stood in line for wood at Home Depot for the windows of our house.  I had no way to get the four by eights home, since I drove our Saturn SL sedan.  (I took our sedan by faith, not by sight).  The folks next to me in line had a pick up truck and took my seven panels home for me.  Then they attended our church the following Sunday.  Again, and again, and again, the Lord works through adversity, trials and brokenness.

Blessings, Pastor Steve   <><

Lessons From Hurricane Irma

This hurricane affected all of Florida residents, with the exception of the far western panhandle.  Moments ago, I saw a very wise man on the news from Marco Island (ground zero), state that he made a huge mistake through not evacuating his residence.  A CAT #3 hurricane entered his area and destroyed his home, and it got very dicey as to life and limb with his family.  He said “never again will he attempt to ride it out.”

The following is my personal devotional from Sunday, September 10, 2017, when the hurricane struck south Florida:

Jeremiah 30:23-24  King James Version (KJV)
23 Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return, until he hath done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it.

This is a vivid description of the storm of God’s wrath falling on the wicked.  We who are saved will never know such a storm of divine wrath.  In the darkness on Calvary’s hill, the terrible storm of God’s righteous and holy wrath against sin broke on our Lord Jesus.  This was the intent of the heart of the Father, His thoughts and purpose, to judge our sins in the Lamb of God.  As we remember Him and what He endured for us, may worship flow readily from our hearts and lips.  -Carl Knott

Jehovah lifted up His rod; O Christ, it fell on Thee!  Thou wast sore stricken of Thy God; there’s not one stroke for me.  -Cousin

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Is this once again the Lord’s Divine Providence in placing things together or what?  I cannot encounter a major storm without perceiving the end times judgment of man.  In hurricanes, God’s judgment is mixed with mercy.  The sweetest words I heard throughout the storm, were when my brother’s wife said:  “It came into Florida as a CAT #2.”  You hurricane veterans know that means trees and power lines will fall, yet most structures will remain in tact.  Lost souls said:  “We lucked out and dodged the bullet.”  You Christians know better.  Yes, Irma chewed up northeast Cuba which lessened its impact on Florida, but “Who” arranged for this to happen?  Every forecast had Irma’s eye wall as a CAT #4, aimed at our area.  I am humbled and grateful, because I am no better than the Christian folks in Texas, who were flooded out for over three hundred miles with irreversible damage.  I know a lot of faithful Christians living in southwest Florida, and our friends and family all over the nation who prayed, and Jehovah lessened the impact greatly.  The hurricane mysteriously lost one half of the eye wall as it entered Florida!  It basically turned into a tropical storm with a dramatic turn that rapidly weakened the former CAT #5 winds.  The outer bands of the hurricane evidently picked up cool water from the Atlantic Ocean that reduced the hot temperatures in the midst of the storm.  Thank you Jesus.  Yes, the Lord’s judgment was mixed with mercy in this case, but that will NOT be the situation in the final judgment:

James 2:13  King James Version (KJV)
13 For he shall have judgment without mercy…

What was lacking after the fact of the hurricane, was appreciation for what did not happen.  We were spared from blue tarps, roofing nails causing flat tires, calls to the insurance companies concerning structure damage, mold, illness due to stress, depression, the seemingly irreparable damage, and a lasting effect that goes on and on and on.  I will not forget to forever thank the Lord for His intervention.  I am furthermore thankful to be an American, a nation that responds to our wounded immediately.  On the way home, we saw entire streets and neighborhoods flooded out, and multiple teams from our state’s law enforcement agencies responding with convoys of specialty vehicles including boats, rolling down the interstate to render aid.  Florida Power and Light (FPL) did their usual great job, which we often take for granted.  Then there are the countless relief agencies such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army who are “Johnny on the spot.”  Florida Governor Rick Scott and President Donald Trump did a superb job as they coordinated efforts, and got a handle on the situation from the beginning.  Donald Trump will be in Fort Myers tomorrow.  One element that I have observed that I wish I had not is Christians judging one another for staying in the area, or leaving their homes, and in general for not behaving as wisely as we think we are.  There is obviously no “one size fits all” correct answer.  Each situation and person is unique, and we perceive things differently as well.  I have noticed that all of these judgmental assessments occurred AFTER the fact on Monday morning, i.e. “Monday morning quarterbacks.”  Here are the appropriate scripture passages for us when we behave thusly:

Matthew 7:1-2  King James Version (KJV)
7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Romans 14  King James Version (KJV)
4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

So often we flap our gums without thinking, and we are plumb out of line.  We are cruising for a bruising on judgment day.

One final scripture that rings true, especially on this occasion:

“For his wrath will soon be kindled. Blessed are all they that take refuge in him.”
Psalms 2:12b (ASV)

Shelter from the storm can only be found in Jesus Christ.  Amen and amen.

In Christ, Pastor Steve  <><

 

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