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"They band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. But the LORD has been my stronghold, and my God is my rock of my refuge. He will bring upon them their own iniquity and destroy them for their wickedness. The LORD our God will destroy them." Psalm 94:21-23
Times do not change. Degree of magnitude of difficulty (as in global versus regional in past) may be the only thing that is new under the sun. But the Lord Jesus Christ never changes. We call upon Him alone. We can fully trust in Him to bring us through the clouds, great darkness, and tempests in this life. There is no other! He asks us to follow Him and to trust in Him. And so the psalmists (their authors were more than just David) spoke, expressing their faith and prayers, that oppressors will not be allowed to continue their rebellion against the Lord, nor to continue their assault on those whom He has chosen to follow Him. We can follow the psalmists' examples in praying and even singing these great affirmations of God's love and authority.
"The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble." Psalm 9:9
"The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." Psalm 18:2
"I will keep watch for You, O my strength; for You, O God, are my fortress." Psalm 59:9
"From the ends of the earth I call out to You whenever my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Psalm 61:2
To pray and sing the psalms in a reflective, contemplative way is a very ancient practice. As we do so, it is also an effective way to confess the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and to learn the ways of God as He guides us through life's challenges. There is something about doing this that teaches us from the inner being, and wraps itself indelibly upon our consciousness. Then we are taught by experience that He is wholly reliable and loves us beyond imagining.
Warning: This is not an easy “word.” So if you don’t like heat, then leave the kitchen now. Justice is being enacted on every level. It has to come about as a kind of reset. It may be in fact the end of things as we have known them, enjoyed them, and taken life as it is for granted.
The perception of this commenter is that the USA, in fact the entire world, is undergoing the judgment of God. We need to look beyond the circumstances, far beyond. What we see we may not like to even consider. There have been fairly localized events throughout history. This is global. But the patterns are here and clearly revealed in Scripture.
Go read the Old Testament. Search history. The pattern doesn't change. God’s hand in the affairs of men did not stop with the maps section in your Bible right after the Revelation. And seldom does He use the "nice guys" to execute certain aspects of His plan, when it’s time to go out back behind the cosmic woodshed.
Everything is being shaken. 3000 unborn children a day cannot be murdered (USA alone) without the Lord hearing their innocent blood cry out from the earth! That’s only one matter. There are many more, including rampant occultism. And we're worried about a head cold with an attitude, while this holocaust has gone on for the last nearly 50 years? We should feel threatened. What goes around comes around.
"Babylon" must fall and we have too long been content with her ways. Including her Babylonian-ized religions with Christian facades which utter not a sound of warning, but are often compromised and complicit, and in fact in bed with her. Some of that goes back a long way. Some of it is “new." So it’s comeuppance time for all.
You can "name it, claim it, and frame it in Jesus' name" all you want, but you're not going to manipulate Him Who must come as righteous judge. Nor is there going to be any escape. "For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastises every son He receives. Endure suffering as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you do not experience discipline like everyone else, then you are illegitimate children and not true sons." Hebrews 12:6-8.
Take that to heart. Seldom is it taught or preached, this tough side of God’s love.
Where must our sights be set, then, who call on the name of the Lord?
"At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, 'Once more I will shake not only the earth, but heaven as well.' The words, 'Once more,' signify the removal of what can be shaken - that is, created things - so that the unshakable may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us be filled with gratitude, and so worship God ACCEPTABLY with REVERENCE and AWE." Hebrews 12:26-28.
By the way, What ever happened to REVERENCE and AWE in worship? Too many “worship settings" are more like rock concerts with people walking in with their water bottles, drinks, and even snacks, spilling, dropping, chattering and chatting away, ready to be “uplifted” by bootie shaking hit tunes. Where's the fear of the Lord - which is the beginning of wisdom - in THAT?! Where's the heart prepared to receive the King of Kings? Maybe it's time to meet Jesus with the whip, Who turns the tables on everything, instead of the feel good “entertain me and gimme what I want” Jesus!
As the old song says, “There’s a whole lot of shaking going on…” Pretty soon it’s going to be His shaking, and no one will be spared.
"After this I saw another angel descending from heaven with great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his glory. And he cried out in a mighty voice: 'Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a lair for demons and a haunt for every unclean spirit, every unclean bird, and every detestable beast. All the nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her immorality. The kings of the earth were immoral with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown wealthy from the extravagance of her luxury.'” Revelation 18:1-3.
The times call for repentance, humility, and surrender of heart, mind, soul, and body to the Almighty. All of life in fact! He didn’t create us, redeem us, and recreate us in Christ, after we rebelled and fell, to have us live to ourselves. It’s time to grow up in our understanding.
We may do well to seize the opportunity that has been oddly presented us, in the form of a shut down of everything, for all our wheel spinning and time wasting to be better directed into prayer and meditation on the Word of God, and living according to it. “But He said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.” Like 11:28.
In no way am I saying that the “virus” is not real. My personal take on it is that it may be a genetically modified organism designed to be enhanced in its deadly effects by the energy frequencies of 5G, HAARP, and other possible directed energy modalities. The situation will likely be played to the hilt by the “1%” in the near future. They have terrorized us with “war on terror” threat levels for nearly 20 years, as many diabolical things have been exposed and come to the surface for all to see. They have kept us in perpetual wars these 2 decades as well. We no longer know what the fighting is all about, or maybe who the real enemy is. So let’s top things off by keeping everybody on edge with this new threat. In fact let’s shut down the country.
Additionally there is the continual use of propaganda, or as Mark Twain put it, “Lies, damn lies, and statistics."
What’s to say this potential cyber bio weapon isn’t going to be used to ramp that up to an even greater fever pitch, and put us into a lock down mode on an unimaginable scale? Globally! One where we will be afraid to touch one another, will not be allowed to gather for worship or other meaningful human endeavors, and the like. Protocols are already in place in our churches where we cannot even touch one another by shaking hands, hugging, or giving the holy kiss of peace. Some areas are not allowed to gather at all in effected areas! does that ring any church bells?
One could call “it” a sort of New Leprosy, the gift that keeps on giving, from the New World Order.
I merely would like to offer some suggestions (things I have found to be helpful) to aid with getting through the times ahead, as well as the agenda behind them. We have 2 choices basically: to wring our hands, gnash our teeth, and cry out that the sky is falling. Or we can use this as an opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and to grow closer to God through Him - the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He alone is our Refuge and Strength, an ever present Help in trouble.
The following verses are not as easy to practice as they may seem. Practicing them is necessary in the time when things are “green and good”, so that when the “dry and diabolical” arrive, they will become wonderful refuge zones that can be done anywhere (in heart and mind) without rituals or “props”.
This is a way where faith can be expressed and nurtured in the days ahead - if we're to sail through this oncoming tempest, which may indeed become a geo-political - fiscal - social maelstrom, typhoon or worse. We may suffer shipwreck in a lot of ways. We may not. There are no guarantees about individual outcomes. Or any other sorts of outcomes. But the response needs to be a spiritually responsible (response-able rather than panic reaction disable) one to meet it all head on.
Also it’s important to always keep in mind that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His plans and purposes.
"Rejoice at all times. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16,17,18.
Here's my assessment (for what it's worth, extracted from numerous sources and prayed over a lot) about what's going down BEHIND the “virus”. First of all - there’s a narrative shown to us in Scripture.
1) The diabolically driven "1%" are on an all out assault to possess our souls and drag as many as possible along into the Lake of Fire which is THEIR eternal destination. This includes their overlords in the unseen realms. Remember how St. John says, that the whole world (system?) lies under the power of the evil one? (1 John 5:19) And they know their time is short. This is perhaps their last hurrah where they pull all the stops before the return of Jesus Christ in glory. These are entities that hate human beings, and there are human beings who are complicit with them, whom they use to do their dastardly deeds, people without a conscience. They hate God too, so -
2) They wish to destroy our faith, our trust in God which is our lifeline. If we don't have that, we're cut off from God, and have no true wisdom, protection, or direction. So we need to learn to develop a practice, a habit, of abiding in rejoicing, prayer, and giving thanks - even when that seems like the least logical response.
3) The earth, God-given from the beginning to the children of men (Psalm 115:16) - is the other target. It was surrendered to the evil one when mankind fell in rebellion (having been coerced through deception by the evil one) against our Creator Heavenly Father in the beginning. The Redeemed in Christ Jesus (the “meek" / fully surrendered to God, who are its rightful administrators) are taking it back, one regenerating soul at a time, with the life transforming Gospel, so far in an over 2000 year process. Of course the current “occupiers” of position and power do not want this to happen. This is why Christianity is a threat to them.
4) Furthermore, those in control wish to rob the children / sons of God (who are being transformed in Christ Jesus) of their “other work”, as revealed in Romans 8, where we find out that, “… the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.” (Romans 8:18-25)
Now, think about what’s being said here. This is a whopping big vision!!! This goes far beyond personal salvation all the way to setting free from slavery to corruption the entire creation! This is worth unpacking, praying about, and contemplating for days, and it is certainly something for which to rejoice and give thanks. But many don’t even realize what’s being said here, or that it’s even written. It’s as if we’ve been blind to it. (Subject for another day.)
Much more is at stake than the wellbeing of this present world’s kingdom of darkness, which has been here for a long, long time. It is in fact destined for demolition. It is about the final days of that kingdom, and how those in control of it have always played any disaster to the hilt to maintain control, or at least the illusion of it. It may appear as if they are going to triumph, but we have the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ Who says otherwise. Our Lord Jesus, Who is always encouraging us through it all by saying, “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33)
And so, we sail on!
More poking the stick at the bear, saber rattling, drum rolls, threats, global bullying, and assassinating as the beat goes on. This world must be a bad dream. May a brighter day arrive soon, when we can awaken.
When will we turn our swords into plowshares, and our spears into pruning hooks? When will the time come when we learn not to make war anymore?
When the hearts, one by one, of every person - regardless of rank in society - have surrendered themselves fully to the Prince of Peace, and thus are no longer at war with God Himself, when we are willing to learn of Him, and remember that we are to reveal His likeness in our own character on Earth while still in a body. Then surrendered to His Way, and loving one another, as if the other is ourself, we can be at peace.
Conflict has so long terrorized this planet that one wonders if we could stand it if we actually did experience a lack of it. It's not just political and military, but domestic and personal. It's riding hard that person who cuts us off in traffic. It's everywhere from grandiose political posturing to the minutiae of daily interactions. Is there anyone who is not in conflict with someone else on some level?
Don't you ever wonder about that?