Time is speeding up in these Last Days!
21 For at that time there will be great tribulation, unmatched from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be seen again.
22 If those days had not been cut short, nobody would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.
23 At that time, if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe it.…
Commentary By: Gordon King
The world is becoming a darker place as the clock continues to speed up, even today as I write this post the clock has changed, it has moved not only in seconds but in hours ahead of time (day light savings). This is how fast time is now moving, by leaps and bounds, heading faster and faster towards the rapture of the church, the Tribulation period, and the Great Day of the Lord!
‘ “For behold, the day is coming,
Burning like an oven,
And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble.
And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“That will leave them neither root nor branch.
2 But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings;
And you shall go out
And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
3 You shall trample the wicked,
For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet
On the day that I do this,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
4 “Remember the Law of Moses, My servant,
Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel,
With the statutes and judgments.
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
6 And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” ‘
What is soon coming upon the world will be the darkest hours for mankind, they will be years full of fear, anxiety, hatred, and confusion. They will bring with them an evil which we have never before seen on earth! Yet, they will last for only a little while, but that little while will seem to last for an eternity to those dwelling in the world.
In that day the Lord will rain down His wrath upon the wicked, He shall pay retribution for those rebelling against Him. The Lord is a patient God, yet His patience will not last forever, and there is soon coming a time when He will exact His righteous vengeance upon those who continue to rebel. It shall be a time like no other, a time when man will plead to die but cannot, a time when man will attempt to hide from God but cannot! A time when man will seek the wicked and evil even though he knows that he is in rebellion and will endure God’s mighty wrath, not desiring to change his ways, succumbing to the sway of the evil one.
This is what the world is now facing, not only the intense wrath of God upon a wicked world, but also the wrath of Satan against all of mankind! Satan is a deceiver and an imposter, he is an imitator of what is holy and righteous, yet twists the truth into lies and false doctrines. He changes what God has ordained, and he attempts to change the hearts of men by his wicked schemes.
So now here we are, just minutes away, in the last hour, actually I believe the last remaining minutes of life as we know it. Times are not only moving at break neck speeds they are actually changing! Right before our very eyes we can see the spiritual world hard at work in our physical dimension. It can be a very scary reality if we are not grounded in the word of God, if we have not placed our faith, our trust, and our life in the hands of an Almighty God, Jesus Christ!
Know this, that if you are a born again child of the living God of the universe, Jesus Christ, then you have nothing to fear, however, if you have never been saved, if you are of this world, then you have much to fear! For the good Lord is quickly coming with a vengeance! Our time is short, but so is Satan’s and he knows it. He will exact terrible atrocities upon the world and those living in it.
After God’s wrath has been poured out upon the world then He shall come riding victoriously on a white horse with His army of saints, putting an end to the wickedness and evil in the world. He will come to rule with a rod of iron for a thousand years! He shall turn swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks. The lion shall lie with the lamb, and the Lamb of God will come in as a roaring Lion!
This is where we now stand, at the precipice of time, a time of great decision, a time like no other in the history of mankind. This is no time to sleep, no time to be weary, but rather a time to be wide awake, a time to discern and be aware of what is now happening in the world and to the world!
And while Satan and his evil minions attempt to bring us down with them, we can stand firm in our faith and beliefs of Jesus Christ, knowing that He is with us always, that He will never forsake us, and that we have already won the victory! Although we have many battles to fight along the way, our Lord and His mighty angels stand at our side, they go out before us, they stand to our left, and they stand to our right, they are above us and behind us, and they stand perched upon the hills overlooking us!
Know just where you are in time, know where you are going, and know just who you serve! The only way out of all of this mess is by repenting of your sins and accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior! It’s the only way out!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!
This is why you stand for the National Anthem
Why do Americans stand for the U.S. flag and the national anthem? In the midst of the NFL controversy over players who take a knee instead of standing for the national anthem, let us remember the many reasons why many of us stand for the flag and how it all began.
Americans have stood for the U.S. flag since June 14, 1777, the day the Continental Congress declared “that the flag of the (thirteen) United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
Thirty-seven years later in Aug. 1814, the White House and U.S. Capitol lay in ashes after the British military burned the public buildings in Washington D.C. In the immediate aftermath, many Americans understandably feared that the Union Jack, the British flag, would soon fly over all of America again.
Hence, three weeks after the sacking of Washington, Francis Scott Key, a Maryland attorney who politically oppose the current president, was so moved at seeing the U.S. flag flying victoriously at the end of the battle for Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, that he wrote lyrics for The Star-Spangled Banner, the song we now call the national anthem.
1. We stand for the flag today, not to please ourselves but to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
The more than 1.2 million Americans who have died because of war. We stand for soldiers who initially inspired our national anthem, such as William Williams, a runaway slave who later died after having his leg blown off as part of the 38th U.S. Infantry at the Battle of Fort McHenry. We also stand for more recent heroes, such as Robert Kelly, the son of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a marine lieutenant who died in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2010.
“I believe every American, when the national anthem is played, should cover their hearts and think about all the men and women who have been maimed and killed. Every American should stand and think for three lousy minutes," John Kelly declared in response to the NFL controversy.
2. We stand for the flag not to focus on what divides us but on what unites us, which is being an American.
“The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles,” George Washington, our first president, declared in his farewell address in 1796.
The same is true today. More than being a New Yorker or a Texan or being a Steelers fan or Rams fan, the name “American” deserves our highest respect and pride. Standing for the flag and anthem at a sports game or other public gatherings, symbolically shows that we are all Americans, no matter our race or religion, no matter our preferred sports team, and no matter our political differences. Standing is the ultimate salute to sportsmanship.
3. We stand for the flag not to pledge allegiance to a president, but to honor the reality that we have an elected president and not a lifetime king.
By standing, we honor the fact that our country has had 45 presidents. Our flag reflects our system of government, divided by 50 states, the stars on the flag, but united under a federal government. The national anthem controversy in the NFL started during the term of our previous president and continues during our current president’s term.
4. We stand not because of past or present pain caused by injustice, but to salute the principle of justice.
This is one of the three definitions for the color blue that Congress gave us in 1782. “The colors of . . . those used in the flag of the United States of America. White signifies purity and innocence. Red (signifies) hardiness and valor and blue . . . signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.”
Patriotism is not pride in the pain of our nation’s past. Rather, patriotism is pride in the principles that paved the way for change, whether that change was trading royalty for representation in 1776 or exchanging enslavement for emancipation in 1863.
From John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to Martin Luther King, Jr., many Americans have stood for justice for a more perfect union. “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men—yes, black men as well as white men—would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” King declared in his 1968 “I Have a Dream” speech. King tapped the principles created by our founders and applied them to make “justice a reality for all of God’s children.”
5. We stand for the flag not for our generation but to set an example for the next generation.
“If we do not advocate a love of country to our children and the generations to come, then why would our children grow up to fight for their countries, the founding principles and moral truths?” Melania Trump asked in a recent speech to the United Nations. Passing along patriotism is crucial to the future survival of America. The color of white in the flag symbolizes the purity and innocence of our children.
When we stand for the flag and anthem, we are standing for our hopes for our children’s future, that they will embrace the principles of patriotism and live out its moral truths of justice, perseverance and courage. We stand for the flag and anthem so they can stand for the flag and anthem.
BY JANE HAMPTON COOK, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 09/29/17 01:00 PM EDT
Jane Hampton Cook is the author of “America’s Star-Spangled Story” and “The Burning of the White House: James and Dolley Madison and the War of 1812.” She is a former White House webmaster for President George W. Bush.
Some today believe that there are good lies and bad lies. Here is the truth about lying.
Ours is not a truthful society. Leaders in government, business, education and religion knowingly lie numerous times each day. They are not alone in the practice. Most people admit that they lie often. Straying from the truth is an accepted way of living. Many think there are good—meaning little white—and bad lies. Some would never consider lying in a court of law but feel no remorse at giving false information on a job application. Some people believe that lying is necessary to keep things running smoothly—international relations, businesses, marriages and friendships.
What is the truth about lying? Is there good and bad lying? Do “little white lies” help or hurt people? Can stretching the truth and distorting the facts cause considerable damage to individuals and whole nations? The plain truth is revealing.
Recently, Americans suffered through a bitter election. A slim majority of Americans who participated in the election voted for Mr. Bush. These consider the result a positive thing. They are happy. However, a large number of Americans are disappointed by the results and think that the president’s second term will mean assured disaster. After the campaign, it is clear that the United States is bitterly divided. What is the reason? Of course, the full answer to the question is a complex one. Yet, a part of the answer squarely involves abuse of the Ninth Commandment.
During the campaign, respected news sources reported that both political parties strayed far from the truth about issues in print ads and in commercials on radio, tv and the Internet. In addition, both candidates are known to have distorted, twisted and warped facts about each other in speeches in front of millions of Americans.
The Washington Post reported on May 31, 2004, “This campaign is persistent and methodical, and it often revs up on Monday mornings with the strategically timed release of ads [about Senator Kerry] …. Sometimes the charges ring true. … But often they distort Kerry’s record and words to undermine the candidate ….” The same was true on the other side: “Kerry, too, has made his own misleading statements and exaggerations” (ibid.).
On Election Day, the members of the news media who had pointed fingers at the candidates significantly contributed to the problem by broadcasting distorted voter exit polls. Media watchers believe that there was a real attempt to throw the election. Let’s be honest. The American public was subjected to outright lying by the highest officials in government and the media.
What are the fruits of the election? A fog of distrust blankets the nation. This is a very dangerous situation. Yet the problem with lying is much bigger than just within America.
Our world is constantly being flooded with all kinds of untruths. Self-deception, spiritual hypocrisy and false religious instruction are reaching pandemic proportions. Bible prophecy shows that this world is quickly heading into its worst crisis ever. It is an event so terrifying that Jesus Christ warned His disciples about the soon-coming Great Tribulation nearly 2,000 years ago. He said that religious deception would be the leading cause of the crisis at the close of man’s rule on Earth (Matthew 24:4-5). As individuals, we must be sure that we fully understand the critical importance of the Ninth Commandment.
Ninth Commandment Stated
With incredible power, God spoke from Mount Sinai, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour” (Exodus 20:16). This is the fifth of the commandments related to preserving loving relationships among mankind. Remember, the first four commandments show us how to love God; the last six explain how to love other humans. Besides preserving the family structure, marriage, human life and other human beings’ possessions, with the Ninth Commandment, God seeks to guard what is next most important to any human: his reputation. This commandment forbids all lying, which includes the sins of slander and gossip. A thief takes physical things that are easily replaced; however, a man’s reputation taken by lies, slander or gossip is often never restored.
God gave mankind the Ninth Commandment to show us that all men, women and children must control their tongues.
The human tongue is a tiny organ, yet it wields incredible power. The Apostle James wrote, “Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member …” (James 3:4-5). Here the tongue is compared to the rudderof a large ship. Though it is the smallest part of the vessel, it has the power to direct its course. All too often, the power unleashed by the human tongue is a destructive one. James continued, “Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell” (verses 5-6).
When we deeply meditate on these verses, we realize that there has been untold human suffering and damage caused by people who carelessly lie, slander or gossip about another human being. Yet all parties are damaged by such actions. Who can ever trust a liar, slanderer or gossip? The Proverbs state, “He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool” (Proverbs 10:18). Why? “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21). Lying causes great harm to all involved.
What human being today is in full control of his or her tongue? Notice James’s answer: “For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:7-8). All humans sin with the tongue. The point is that unless God, through His Word and His Holy Spirit, is leading and guiding us, we simply cannot control our tongues properly. God expects us to build the righteous spiritual character that will enable us to use our tongues for the good of others.
The Damage of False Testimony
The simple application of this commandment is to not give false testimony in a legal setting. To lie in a court of law is called perjury. Serious penalties, including substantial fines and jail time, are imposed in many countries for committing such an act. It is right to do so. Why? All justice is based on truth. The sad fact is, many commit the crime of perjury every day. Some government leaders, educators, business people, men and women think nothing of lying on a witness stand. What makes their sin even more shocking is the fact that they attempt to deceive the judge and jury by swearing to tell the truth—putting their right hand on the Bible and invoking the name of God. Such poor conduct is a monstrous lie in itself. It says much about the lack of real morals in our society.
Surely we can understand what an outrage this is to the great God, whose word is truth(John 17:17).
The crime of perjury runs rampant through all levels of our society—from the very top to the bottom. We should not forget that a recent president lied openly to Senate and congressional committees. Yet, he was not removed from office. Think about the message this sad fact sent to the rest of the world. Are we a nation that okays lies, deception and hypocrisy?
The damage caused by false testimony is enormous. No one trusts a known enemy. Our criminal lying shows us that we cannot even trust our elected officials, friends, spouses, business partners and work associates. Anyone who is familiar with our legal system knows that there is no such thing as a simple, inexpensive trial. Countless hours and millions of dollars are wasted checking out the truthfulness of witnesses. Why? People cannot be trusted to tell the truth.
Consider also the personal damage to people that regularly takes place because of false testimony. Bitter divorce and custody disputes can leave husband, wife and children scarred for life. Some will manufacture the worst false accusations to get custody, money and possessions. Because of lying, innocent people have been wrongly executed. The one striking example here is Jesus Christ. He was executed because of false witnesses (Mark 14:56-63).
Let’s admit it. Breaking God’s Ninth Commandment has cultivated attitudes of suspicion, hopelessness and uselessness in society. We are paying a high price for our casual and continual lying.
Stop Living a Lie
To stop lying, we must understand why human beings lie. Study little children. Why do they lie? Generally, little children lie to avoid punishment or to appear better than their peers. With adults it is not any different. The root cause of this horrible sin is vanity.
King Solomon recognized this simple fact. He wrote, “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Every sin has its root in vanity.
Men and women lie because they are more concerned with the self than anything else. What is best for another human being is rarely considered. Many fear to speak the truth because they are obsessed with what others think about them. Yet, few people are concerned by what Almighty God thinks. This is especially true in the spheres of higher education and religion. The Apostle John said this about the religious leaders of his day: “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:43).
The two most difficult things for a human being to do are to admit error, and to face failure. Men will stubbornly believe and teach lies when they cannot agree with the truth. The best example here is the theory of evolution. Those steeped in higher education and science cannot accept the reality and authority of a Creator God, so they have invented a lie to explain a fantastically designed creation without a Creator. The supposed facts of evolution do not add up—and will never add up—yet the theory is taught as fact on a daily basis. Our world is suffering greatly because of this widely promulgated lie. It is the underlying foundation of our modern education system, therefore it has adversely affected our views on political science, international relations, economics, medicine, psychology, sociology, marriage, family and child rearing. We must recognize that any system of beliefs built upon a false premise will ultimately lead to failure.
There are those in higher education and science who recognize the theory of evolution for what it is, but they will not speak out against it because they do not want to be made to look foolish in front of their peers. They fear being made fun of. How tragic! Why should any well-educated person be ashamed to admit a faith in God? Isn’t it far more ridiculous to profess a faith in a mindless, chancy, mathematically impossible alternate theory of creation? Doesn’t believing something one knows is false just because others do expose the ultimate hypocrisy? Isn’t it time we replace vanity with some courageous leadership? Jesus Christ said, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake” (Matthew 5:11).
Lying may appear to be the best route to take in the short run. However, real lasting benefits can only come by recognizing and telling the truth.
The Father of Lies
Why do human beings so easily succumb to such a disgraceful habit?
It is not intellectually fashionable to believe that Satan the devil exists. He does. Our lying society is a major proof of this fact. Satan the devil is the author of all lying and deception.
John the apostle records Jesus Christ’s own words revealing the truth about Satan. Upbraiding the religious leaders of His day, Christ said, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44). Here Christ shows that it was Satan who lied to our first parents, who told them they had an immortal soul—essentially murdering them. God had told them that if they rebelled against Him and walked the opposite way of His government, they surely would die (Genesis 2:16-17). Satan appealed to Eve’s vanity, and she disobeyed God. Adam willingly followed his wife. They believed and followed a liar. They and the rest of mankind have suffered since.
Satan is a powerful angelic being that broadcasts—all over the Earth—a spirit of disobedience, which includes lying and deception (Ephesians 2:2). It is Satan who tempts all humans to lie.
In addition, through the agency of human instruments, he deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:9). With full control of certain men’s minds, he has successfully suppressed the truth of God (Romans 1:18). God promises to unleash His righteous wrath on all men who suppress the truth. There are men and women in religious circles today who knowingly do just that. Our world is full of religious deception. Just like Adam and Eve, millions embrace false doctrines—teachings not found in the Bible—and still call themselves religious.
To be a Christian, an individual must believe what Christ says and strive to live as He lived. Jesus Christ and the original apostles including Paul, preached the gospel, or good news, of the coming Kingdom of God (Mark 1:15; Acts 28:31). Few churches preach that gospel. Jesus Christ and the original 120 disciples, including the apostles, kept a Saturday Sabbath and God’s holy days—discussed in detail in our July 2004 issue. Which churches keep these days?
Concerning religious deception, Jesus Christ warned, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before” (Matthew 24:24-25). The point is, you could be living a religious lie—the most dangerous kind of lying. You must prove what your Bible says and then follow the Church that teaches those doctrines. Doing anything less will lead you and your family into assured spiritual disaster.
Living the Truth
The positive spiritual application of the Ninth Commandment requires that we live and speak the truth in all areas of our lives. God and Jesus Christ are the truth! Describing the Father, Jesus Christ said, “[T]hy word is truth.” He also said this about Himself: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). God’s goal for human life is to reproduce Himself into potentially billions of other God beings who are the truth and speak the truth. We are to become just like God. The Ninth Commandment demands then that we come to acknowledge the truth of the Bible first of all. Do you know and believe your Bible?
To do so, you must come to the place where you recognize that there is an Almighty God who rules the universe. His ways are the only right and true ways to live. Then you must acknowledge and obey the truth when it is revealed to you. This means you become converted to the true God and His ways. To live any other way is to live a lie. It is the worst kind of slavery. Jesus Christ promised: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). It is vitally important that we base our whole life on the truth.
In our personal lives, we must make sure that our words are always true. If we remain in the habit of lying to others and to ourselves, we will destroy our character and pervert and twist our own minds. Keeping our minds free of lies opens up an incredible clarity of thinking—the kind of thinking that cultivates deeper understanding of all truth.
Paul taught, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another” (Ephesians 4:25). When we speak, let it always be the truth. However, this does not mean that we always have to reveal all that we know. In speaking the truth, we must always use wisdom, tact and especially love. God’s ministers are required to always speak the truth in love (verse 15). Sometimes the truth does hurt temporarily, but in the long run it is the best healing agent we could desire.
All men are only as good as their word. If we are habitual liars, none can trust us. What is worse, we cannot be helped spiritually. Who can help a liar? The clearest example of what we mean here is Satan the devil. Not even God can help him—his mind is permanently twisted.
Satan’s character is diametrically opposite that of God. If we choose to live as Satan lives, we will suffer a fearful fate. John records in Revelation: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). All humans who embrace the way of lying are in danger of being thrown into the lake of fire, which represents the ultimate punishment—eternal death.
Remember, there are no good lies in God’s sight. Half-truths, distortions and deceptions are condemned throughout the Bible. Let’s all learn to live and speak the truth and thereby inherit the glorious Kingdom of God. This is the wonderful and uplifting message of the Ninth Commandment, you shall not bear false witness.
BY DENNIS LEAP
I want you to stop for just a minute and look at this picture.
This is NOT a political post. This is simply a post that I hope you can find in your heart to think about. Put your hatred and pettiness aside.
I was moved to tears today just thinking about the weight that he must be carrying. I have a child and a wife, a wonderful business partner and great personel and Markethive a social platform of 1000s of people all depending on me to lead and carry us all through.. Even so, my anxiety level at times is out the roof and I feel like the weight of the world is on me. I know when he signed up for this role, he was willing to take on whatever, but the magnitude of what we’re experiencing has got to be paralyzing. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t but can you imagine? I sat and wondered how he must be dealing with it all. When it’s quiet and his head finally hits a pillow after he’s been on his feet all day, press conference after press conference…
does he cry?
Is he even able to sleep?
Is he scared?
Can he shut his mind off?
When I look at our President, I want to see him the way God sees him and I want the Lord to use him for His glory!
Whether he’s making you proud or not, I’m urging you to look at this photo and ask the Lord to soften your heart to him, lift him up in prayer. He needs them. He’s carrying the weight of the world!
I love this man with great respect and passion. I pray for him always. I wish I had had a Dad like him.
12 hour shift on their feet. And yes, she knows you want another cup of ice chips but, the man they brought in last night has just crapped on himself, for the 3rd time today, and his daughter is visiting him from out of town so……
Meanwhile a patient….
*Needs to pee.
*2 families are calling for status updates.
*One patient is LOUDLY demanding pain meds.
*A doctor is making his rounds.
*3 heart monitors just got detached.
*The pizza just arrived and she's short $1.50. And yes it’s cold.
*She is underpaid
*The cafeteria is closed early today (hence the Pizza).
*She has washed her hands for the 197th time today.
*She just got called dumb by a person who didn't pass the 10th grade and even though she has a BSN or Masters degree in nursing.
*She literally CAN'T get the IV pump to stop beeping.
*She just saved her 7 millionth patient, from being prescribed the wrong medicine.
* She just ran down the hall for a Code Blue to perform CPR to resuscitate a patient for the third time this week with blood and bodily fluids spurting up on her fresh pair of scrubs.
*And all 3 of them just lost their favorite patient.
Meanwhile, you're ringing the buzzer non-stop, for a cup of ice chips
To all of the Male and Female Nurses ,…we truly appreciate you, we Love u so much and we support you more than you will ever know.
The people at Markethive
The Interesting Connection Between Passover And The Coronavirus Plague
Passover night this year will be celebrated on April 8th, but the preparations begin way before that. The Bible tells us to clean out all the leaven in our houses to get them utterly yeast-free in time for the feast of Unleavened Bread. Cleaning products are typically on sale at this time, ready for the seasonal demand as Israeli households roll up their sleeves en masse. It’s a spring clean to beat all spring cleans!
Meanwhile, around the globe, we are furiously washing our hands and sanitising surfaces, knowing lives depend on it. We have become acutely aware of how disease can very quickly spread with terrible results.
And the interesting juxtaposition of Coronavirus and Passover doesn’t end there…
Purge and purify
Leaven, Jesus tells us, can quickly spread through the entire batch of dough. He told his disciples to “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Saduccees” (Matthew 16:6), and yeast is often used in the Bible as a metaphor for sin or prideful trust in the flesh. Here are God’s Passover instructions:
“On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.
On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone must eat—that only may be prepared by you. So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt.
Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a native of the land. You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.’” (Exodus 12:14-20)
All possible traces of yeast have to be removed. The Jewish association with leaven is pride, and being “puffed up”. We can also see this in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, when he warns them about being puffed up and prideful, and continues, in chapter 5:6-8;
“Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
Of course, we can’t get rid of sin on our own – we need the One who has conquered sin to take it as far as the east is from the west. Only His sacrifice will do the trick. But the cleaning process is a good time to reflect on cleaning out our lives. Reflecting on the sin that can accumulate, fester, and even kill if we don’t deal with it.
For something to get clean, something else has to get dirty
If you set about cleaning a dirty floor with a clean cloth, your floor might end up clean, but the cloth gets very dirty. Our Messiah has taken our mess, our guilt, our shame, and our sin upon Himself. In return, we are made pure and righteous in God’s sight. What an exchange.
We need to confess to Him the truth about our sins, and trust Him to do the cleaning. Here is the promise in 1 John 1:9:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
The climate of dread and helplessness is helping the world realize that they are not in control – and they never were. It’s as if God is redeeming this awful pandemic by helping people to soberly remember Him, and look up. Someone wrote that it feels as if the universe has sent us to our rooms to think about what we’ve done! Many are allowing God to point out sin in their lives, or to reflect on national sins. It’s a time of contemplation, conviction, and repentance.
One Israeli man even went so far as to return an archeological treasure he had stolen fifteen years ago, under the weight of conviction he felt in this time. He turned to Moshe Manies, who explains:
“When he came across it while cleaning for Passover, together with the apocalyptic feeling the Coronavirus generated, he felt the time was ripe to clear his conscience, and he asked me to help him return it to the Israel Antiquities Authority.”1
The Coronavirus and the process of cleaning speak so clearly about getting rid of sin in our lives. It’s got to go!
“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded!” (James 4:8)
The inspection of the doorframes and the coming redemption
The similarities between our current situation and the plagues of Egypt aren’t hard to see. With the locusts swarming across Egypt and ten other countries around the Arabian Gulf causing the worst crisis seen for decades2, terrible earthquakes, ravaging fires, and now this deadly virus, it is all feeling rather biblical.
The Passover story is a story of redemption, as both Jews and Christians will affirm, which points to the coming of the Messiah. Those who love Jesus will say that the parallels between Passover and the crucifixion are staggering in both depth and detail, the design of an all powerful God who orchestrated it from the beginning of time. Many Jewish people who do not accept Jesus will also see the story as the ultimate foreshadow of the coming redemption.
Indeed, there are several hints that the Passover speaks not only to Calvary but also to the climax of time. Revelation 16 describes very similar plagues to those in Exodus: water turning to blood, darkness, giant hailstones and sores, even locusts and frogs. Then of course, there is the final terror of ultimate death.
The last and most deadly of the ten Passover plagues did not affect households with blood on the doorframes. It’s an important aspect of the story to consider: the Destroyer didn’t stop to check on the righteousness of people in the house – only whether there was blood daubed on the doorframe. It was the only determining factor.
Celebrating Passover each year is a wonderful way of keeping the story and its profound meaning alive, generation after generation. It keeps us looking up to God who can protect us from every plague, redeem us from slavery, and even deliver us from death itself. We are protected by the blood of the Messiah – the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
“Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as He promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when He struck down the Egyptians.’”
Then the people bowed down and worshiped. (Exodus 12:24-27)
1. CBNNews.com, Fearing the ‘Apocalyptic’ Coronavirus, Israeli Man Who Stole Ancient Artifact Returns it 15-Years-Later, Emily Jones, March 16, 2020
2. The Guardian, Locust crisis poses a danger to millions, forecasters warn, Kaamil Ahmed, March 20, 2020
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What are the Characteristics of the #Jezebel Spirit?
There can be no doubt that the Christian warfare or #Spiritual Warfare has significantly increase in the last century as #Satan has released some of the most dangerous spirits to destroy the #church. There can be question that of all Satan hierarchy of Spirits, the most dangerous spirit operating in the church today is that of #Jezebel Spirit. The Spirit of Jezebel is a very cunning and seductive spirit.
This high level evil spirit has been responsible for tearing down many churches, pastors, people with prophetic ministries, and other ministries. Not only that, Jezebel Spirit has also been responsible for breaking up many marriages, friendships, companies, along with getting many people to commit cold-blooded murders and suicides.
But what are the different ways in which this Jezebel Spirit operates? How can we identify the Spirit of Jezebel?
Identifying The Spirit of Jezebel
Refuses to admit guilt or wrong
A person with a Jezebel spirit is will never admits wrong, unless it is a temporary admittance of guilt to gain “favour” with someone. To accept responsibility would violate the core of insecurity and pride from which it operates. When a Jezebel apologizes it is never in true repentance or acknowledgment of wrongdoing but rather “I’m sorry your feelings were hurt.”
Takes credit for everything
While a strong trait of Jezebel is to never take responsibility for his wrong actions or behaviour, he also is quick to take credit for benefits for which he contributed no effort.
Uses people to accomplish its agenda
The Spirit of Jezebel lets others do its dirty work. The Jezebel gets another person’s emotions stirred up, then lets that person go into a rage. The Jezebel sits back looking innocent, saying “Who me? What did I do?” This behaviour makes it difficult for even the most ardent truth seekers to pin one down. The Jezebel spirit is clever in its agenda.
Withholding information is one of the way a person operating under the influence of the Jezebel Spirit holds and maintain. Remember the Jezebel spirit is a form of witchcraft. Witchcraft spirits loves to control other people. A Jezebel wields power over you by knowing something you don’t know in a situation. In the eyes of a Jezebel, having information you don’t have is a powerful weapon of control.
Jezebel is threaten by Prophetic #Ministry
A person with a Jezebel spirit will do everything in its power to destroy a person with a prophetic ministry or gift. Reason being is that someone with a prophetic gift or ministry will be able to identify Jezebel Spirit and will attack it. Remember Jezebel in the Bible tried to destroy all the true prophets of #God and even tried to kill Elijah.
A person with a Jezebel spirit wants control and will do anything, even removing others to have control
Volunteers for anything
A Jezebel loves to volunteer, especially for projects were he/she will be seen and can have some level of control. Although he will work hard, his motive is never pure, and eventually his secret agenda cannot be hidden.
Lies about everything
A person with a Jezebel Spirit will lie, even when they don’t have to and are hard to detect. No one can lie better than a Jezebel. He can make you believe whatever he/she wants you to as he/she does this through manipulation. The fact that Jezebel can look you in the eye and lie just shows how strong and adamant this rebellious and recalcitrant spirit is.
A classic ploy of a controller is to ignore you when you disagree with him. This tactic is frequently used by leaders when someone doesn’t agree with their plans, and they isolate the person by ignoring him. Some in these situations have been ignored for months, just because they chose not to be a puppet and say to every idea or whim. This puts the person out of the leader’s grace and forces him to either “come around” to the leader’s way of thinking or be indefinitely ignored. One is not free to disagree with a controller.
Never gives credit or shows gratitude
A person with the Spirit of Jezebel will rarely give credit to someone or acknowledge another person’s actions, not even for something that turned out to greatly benefit the Jezebel. He just cannot bring himself to say thank you or to acknowledge that someone else did something right. There are those who have gone out of their way to bless a Jezebel by being the catalyst of sending him on a trip or giving a gift. Yet never will there be a thank you. This again puts the controller in a position of power. If Jezebel does, it is always to accomplish an end-game, but never from a pure #heart.
This is a characteristic of a controller. He has to be the one who looks good, so he will quickly sharply criticize anyone who makes a suggestion or plan. Even though he likes the plan, he can only criticize it because the idea did not originate from him. Criticizing others elevates the controller in his own mind.
A person with a Jezebel spirit will always upstage another person. Jezebel feels threatened by anyone who dares to steal the limelight or anyone who is a threat to his power and control. If you are with such a person and tell of your accomplishment or victory, you can be assured he will quickly tell of something he has accomplished.
When a controller is confronted, he commonly spiritualizes the situation, explaining it off on God. This prevents him from owning up to responsibility required of him. The implication is always, “You’ve got a problem; I don’t.”
A Jezebel never takes the side of the employer or a person in authority, unless it is a temporary action to make himself look good. He often will take credit for someone else’s idea. His main desire is for power and control. There is no conscience when an opportunity for recognition presents itself.
Is pushy and domineering
A person with a Jezebel spirit pressures you to do things, seemingly ripping from you your right to choose or make a decision for yourself. He makes others feel as though they don’t have enough sense to think for themselves.
Uses the element of surprise
A Jezebel’s main thrust is to be in control, and a large part of control is catching you off guard. Therefore, the element of surprise works well when he shows up a day early for a meeting, etc.
Sows seeds of discord
A Jezebel will continually belittle another person in the most subtle way. The strategy is to “gain” control by minimizing the value of another person. It is common for him to tell half-truths to implicate another person in your eyes. By sowing these seeds, he hopes to eventually reap a harvest of destruction, improving his position of power.
A Jezebel likes to be the centre of attention and doesn’t like to see others recognized and lauded. When someone else is recognized, he will quickly undermine the person’s accomplishments verbally.
Since a Jezebel is never wrong, if you contradict or confront one, get ready to become his worst enemy. As long as you are in agreement with him, all is fine. But if you confront or challenge him, then look out. You are the target of his fiercest venom. A Jezebel will stop at nothing to destroy your reputation.
Attempts to make you look like you’re the Jezebel
A Jezebel spirit is difficult to pin down. If the person is near to being confronted, he or she will skilfully twist the entire situation, trying to make the innocent person look like the one who is attempting to control. As always, the Jezebel will do anything to look like the one who is right.
A Jezebel will often imply disapproval to those under his or her control. The controlled person feels no freedom to express an opinion, for fear of disapproval. This often manifests in a #marriage or in a working environment.
Knows it all
A Jezebel is usually blatant regarding his knowledge of everything. Quick to express his opinion in any area, he leaves little room for anyone to point out the other side of an issue. He has made idols of his opinions.
The Jezebel has strong desire, but all for self. “I want what I want when I want it,” describes his worship of self-will. A Jezebel leader will never use the words, “We have a vision,” but rather, “My vision is thus and so.”
A person with the spirit of Jezebel loves to give gifts; this again is a form of control as the Jezebel uses gifts to make you feel obligated to him. It also compromises the victim in speaking against him or her or to confront truth about that person. I am not saying that everyone who gives gifts are Jezebel or does this to control others, but gift giving is a tactic used by those who have a need to control.
No one has input in a Jezebel’s life. He fraternizes with no one unless it is to get you to “cooperate” with his agenda.
A Jezebel dwells in the local church but doesn’t like authority unless he is in the position of authority. He or she will behave like they are holy or a Christian, but they are not.
We all want to believe that the person with a Jezebel spirit is delivered. The person may seem “normal” for a period, exhibiting none of the classic traits. Then suddenly without warning a situation will arise, once again with the spirit taking control and wreaking havoc over lives. Hopefully, true repentance will come. Only then will the person be delivered.
I hope this list will help you to identify or know the different characteristics of Jezebel Spirit and be able to attack it. Please leave a comment and tell us what you think about this article and if you have notice any of these traits in anyone. Be sure to share this article with your friends on Social Media so they too can arm themselves with knowledge of Jezebel Spirit as it is very much alive in society and the church today.
Another name for this is narcisism, which has become rampant in today's culture.