“What I want in a Micro/Simple Church” #2

9025 The Sea Change is happening, do you see it? Are you hungry for it? Or resisting the new flow? What? I don’t want people coming in messing up MY house! Oh follower of Jesus, how great your persecution. Only exceeded by your great love for God and people. Last article ended with a prayer for being REAL. Gideon’s 300 will be revealed. Elijah’s 7,000 will be revealed. Disciples of John the Baptist will be revealed. And the fake will be revealed too.

Micro/Simple church is happening and growing! I downloaded 6 books on the subject just yesterday! I slightly changed my title here to include the word “simple” because that is an important part of what I am looking for, not only in our own fellowship, but in any other I may connect with, a getting back to the simplicity of Christ.

Today I will talk about the “Leader”. I have very definite qualities I’m interested in. But first I’d like to note a side thought that just occurred to me today. As Corona Virus seems to be rising again, and many churches are still tossed to and fro as to whether to regather, or not; it occurred to me how most chose to go down the “virtual” road rather than simply break into small home groups for a time.

Our group has been basically unaffected by this virus. Small groups still work. If someone thinks they might be exposed, they simply stay home. Small groups are much more accountable to each other. It’s very easy when everyone knows each other so well. But most churches have chosen a virtual experience rather than close family. What does this say of us? Are we the faith people, or fear people? Are we the self-sacrificing people, or selfish people? Are we true family, or simply another theater as many of us have been saying. When push came to shove, the church resorted to flat screens and video, as they hid in their holes! Any good lawyer could prove a lot with such strong evidence.

I doubt most big churches could even get enough qualified leaders who would meet “God’s standard” to lead a group, because we don’t raise true disciples anymore. I wonder if there would even be enough people to volunteer their homes, if the godly leaders could be found?

So…the church chose to remain the one-man-show. Put the Pastor on TV and we will all set at home and watch the man of God give us our itching ear message as we have become accustomed to. This is the level of our discipleship? Yes…it is…sad to say.

Okay, I won’t ride that horse any further, for now. This is supposed to be about Micro Church Leaders, and actually…it does relate to previous statements in a big way. Just how would “leaders” be chosen? Don’t they have to have “the call” on their life? Don’t they need a Bible degree from a college? How can you expect ordinary lay people to do the work of Pastors?

In Simple Church the answer is simple. Yes, they do need to be “called and gifted” of God, and many of them are! We simply don’t recognize them and put them into action as the Early Church did! When people know each other well enough, as in also having been in their homes and see how they really live, and know their heart, it becomes OBVIOUS who are the ones called of God to be a Bell Sheep. Those whom God has hung a bell around their neck to lead a group in following the Shepherd! That bell becomes obvious to one and all.

But we have complicated everything. Our potential Bell Sheep do not feel worthy because they see the superstar Pastor, they see him preaching the big messages and looking very “successful”, and they disqualify themself. Who am I? (They think.) Unless they have superstar potential, they drop out! But do we forget, scripture is very plain, God doesn’t usually use the superstars? Not many mighty are chosen? Remember all that? Your Pastor living in his mansion and driving expensive cars, eating at fine restaurants? Who has he become? Who does he think he is? Will you follow King Saul and end up dead, like the armor bearer? Or will you follow a David, even though living in caves, and end up bringing the power of God back into the family!

So now you have virtual services. And the superstar is still center stage, even though most of you have never even been in his home for a meal. My past experience was, the bigger the church, the less likely I would ever be invited into the Pastor’s home. Perhaps today’s Christians see nothing odd about that, but the Early Church would have, and for very good reasons we no longer understand.

Hhmmm, this message on “Leaders/ Bell Sheep” has expanded into more than I expected. This is going to require a 2nd part. I still say Jonathon should have taken his armor bearer and joined David. Or at least his armor bearer should have had the good sense to. Do we hear the voice of God, or not? Are we Spirit led, or man led? You stay with King Saul, over David? How have we been so brainwashed?

IN the Early Church, the church Jesus began and the Apostles built, they chose Pastors/Bishops from within their groups. It was that simple. They all knew each other well. Certain “men”, yes… I said “men”, were nominated because of the obvious faithful lifestyle they lived and the talent for teaching and leading they had. If there was an obvious flaw, someone would know. It would be made known. And finally a choice would be made. It was that simple. Simple Church. 

Many of us have not gone to Bible college, but we have sat under teachers and preachers for 40 + years! We have read and studied our Bible, and other multitudes of books by other teachers for many many years! And we have experience! We have assisted Pastors in many ways for many years! What can a Bible college degree add? It does not disqualify you, but neither does it qualify you! We have turned church into a big system of programs, and people into the products revolving over and over again through the doors! It’s complicated, tiring, and shallow! Yes, it is entertaining. We have very talented people, but entertainment is not meant to be church! It’s meant to be up close, personal, and REAL.

So… with these thoughts in mind…I left the church “system” to find Bell Sheep who lead in this way, with these qualities and vision… > to be continued.

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Early Church for the Last Days.

“What I want in a Micro/House Church” #1

5883 What am I looking for in a Micro Church, a House Church, that I cannot find in our modern big church system? I want to explore that personal question in this series. It is the Sunday morning after 4th of July as I find myself in a quiet place and God moves me with these thoughts.

Yesterday was anything but quiet. Our house became a family festival with 4 grand kids, 3 of our own adult-kids and their spouses, my wife and I (the grandparents), and all the food and activities that were planned, including a slip and slide, obstacle course, and pinata full of candy to bust. We were mostly outside and it was hot, but we had a breeze and shade tree, and then a downpour rain eventually came as we were trying to bust the pinata with a plastic bat. It was not working. The rain kept pouring. Grandpa fetched his wood Samurai training sword. That worked. Candy scattered everywhere. Children dove in for the treasure. We were all soaked. LOL. Great fun and much chaos.

But now “the quiet”. I’m by my French Doors that look out into my bird sanctuary, and I hear singing. The house is empty. Just me and 2 dogs. My coffee is good. Bitter as usual. Waking me up and got me pondering. What kind of Micro Church am I looking for? Why do I think the House Church vision is a better way? What can the House Church do different, better?

I intend to approach this in 3 parts. 1.) The Leader/ Elder. 2.) The People/ Fellowship. 3.) The Vision/ Goals/ Description/ Format. (This will include a few personal peeves of mine concerning what I believe to be certain errors in our modern church ways. Important practices of the early church that we have changed.)

I’m writing this series in hopes that others in Indianapolis Indiana have started Micro Churches. Our Fellowship is still very small and I would be interested in connecting with other groups “if” we were of a similar vision. I would even consider joining such a group. But I’m not interested in big church cell groups. I’ve tried them before. It just isn’t the same thing. It still lacks what I’m looking for, the vision in me.

So…starting next article we will describe what I’m looking for in the “Leader” of such a group. Then we will look at “the People”, and then “the Vision/ Practice” of said group. Until then, ponder for yourself what you think a House Church should be, and how it should function.  Or if you think House Churches are not a good idea, then why did it work so well in powerful Rome? And why is it working so well in other countries today, many of whom have much more difficult circumstances than we do. I invite you to have an open mind to the coming articles and consider them as a real possibility.

Finally, if you are a Micro Church somewhere around Indianapolis Indiana, or you are someone looking for one, and you are willing to meet and talk, please leave a comment and we can arrange a meeting place. I very much enjoy fellowship and conversation around this subject.   We live in a day where we have a lot of communication and pass a lot of information, but we’re losing the simple pleasures of conversation.

I believe Micro Church/ House Church is here to stay. It may be the new wine skin with the new wine God is pouring out for these last days. The big churches don’t want to hear it, and yet look what has been forced upon them in the COVID. Is God forcing their hand? Trying to get their attention?

Our small Fellowship has been able to continue as we always have during this pandemic. We have watched the big churches struggle, stress, and scramble as they provide their “virtual” church services. Our Fellowship is still very up close and personal. But some people don’t want up close. And those people should definitely reexamine their Christianity to see if they are real. Real family is personal, and we all NEED it! For our own pleasure and good. Think about it.

A Prayer > “Father, make us REAL. In the name of your Son, Jesus, first born from the dead, I ask for an outpouring of “REAL” in your people today. Let us come out from the FAKE, and let us be REAL. Let us not be what we see so much of in the world, and it disgusts us. Let us not be what we are so disgusted by in others. By the power of your Holy Spirit make us TRUE, for that is the only way we can be so, is by your power alone. In Jesus name I ask these things, Amen.” (Be blessed and Highly favored, everyone; but don’t be spiritually unprepared.)

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Old Paths – Micro Church? #1

9021 Will modern church fight the Sea Change in spite of “over whelming” evidence of her failure in America? Why do I specify America? Because it seems we have not failed so badly overseas. It appears our dollars invested to send missionaries to third world countries, and such, is resulting in much multiplication and revival! But why is that? Is it because our American version of church is succeeding there? Not according to the studies I have read. They are succeeding for exactly the opposite reasons!

These oversea revivals are not adopting the big church modern system, but they are doing it much more closely to what the Early Church of the Old Ways did! House to house! What we see throughout our New Testament! Isn’t that interesting! You say No? Maybe? We will see.

And in a time when the American church should be self examining and asking why all this has come upon us “on our watch”, we do not self-examine, but simply say to pray, vote for Trump, and we will overcome! (Where is the humble yourself, repent, turn from your wicked ways, seek my face?) If this is your answer for where we are going, then what is your reasoning on how we got here? Have you yet to even admit it is the modern church that is responsible to God for America’s condition? And if these be judgments from God, then who has caused them, the unsaved world who do not know what they do? Or a modern church who is supposed to know what they do?

I must give Mario Murillo credit for this. I believe he pointed out our SIN in scripture, and once I saw it,  I needed no further explanation because it was all so plain! I don’t know the details he has taught on this, but here is what seems so prophetically accurate to me, and yes…this does relate to our new SERIES of Old Paths and Micro Churches. I’m so excited to be finally getting fully into this.

I recommend one and all to read Jonah in detail, for yourself, but here are a few points for us to “launch” with. 1)…The Lord gave a message to Jonah! This is 1:1 of Jonah! And what did he do with it? He did not speak it! He refused to even go to those people that the message was for…and he RAN from God!

He was to warn of coming judgment, but refused! You may say we have had lots of people screaming judgment for years. Yes…but did you listen to them? And the message of the modern church has not been judgment, but prosperity and success and king theology! It says in verse 3, Jonah did not preach the message of the Lord, but got up and went in the opposite direction! He went “DOWN” to Joppa and got on a ship for Tarshish, whose name in the Greek means = a stone, a jem, a reverse! And when I think of a “jem”, I think of money, prosperity, materialism!

2)…But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart! (Remember the vision I’ve shared in detail in previous articles? The whirlwinds, dry corn shucks, and wire fences? And two old gates?) Fearing for their lives these unsaved men started praying to their gods for divine help! But Jonah was not praying in the storm, he was sleeping! (Vrs. 5)

3)…The captain of the ship demands for Jonah to pray to his God also! This is like the world telling the church to wake up and pray! What are you doing sleeping in a storm like this? And soon, it is discovered, the whole storm is because of Jonah! It is not because of these ungodly men who know not what they do, but because of Jonah who knows exactly what he is doing! The storm has come on ALL of them because of Jonah, God’s man, not anyone else! This is our fault, church! And are you examining your modern ways to figure out why? Or must we be thrown overboard, by the world, into the sea, to be swallowed by a fish, before we will finally get serious about our calling as Priests in the earth!

We will be having much more to say about Jonah and the church, for example…in chapter 2, verse 10, it says the fish “spit” or “vomited” Jonah out of his mouth! That sounds a whole lot like the church of Laodicea to me! And what have we already been saying? But even as Jonah is spit out on that beach, he still has serious attitude issues! But I don’t want to just spend time on how we got here, but also where we go from here. In this series I want to talk about both. We need to speak about what Jonah did, and also what Jesus DID!

The clock is coming full circle! Is the church becoming as the Jewish church was in Jesus day? Jesus looked at the Pharisees and said, when speaking of Nineveh! > “The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah.”

“Now someone greater than Jonah is here — but you refuse to repent.” (Matt. 12:41b)

He goes on to say, “Now someone greater than Solomon is here — but you refuse to listen.”

Refusal to take this seriously. Refusal to repent or listen. I no longer claim to be a Christian. I have tried to correct my habit of speech developed over many years of being a Christian. I try to always specify “I am a follower of Jesus”. I need to go deep into that, also. The modern church has so tainted the name of “Christian”, that I can no longer use that title in good conscience.

However, the name of Jesus still stands pure! If you truly follow Jesus, which is Christianity in its purest and simplest form, people will still respect you. But what does that mean? How have we sullied the name, Christian? Do you even understand? Love of money…king theology… power… sexual unfaithfulness. And related to power…”politics” now also “marks” the name Christian/church/Bible, in the eyes of the world. The world knows Jesus never went political, even though baited more than once by the disciples.

Do I plan to vote? Yes. Do I make a major issue out of politics? No. I focus on the transformation of hearts in Christ Jesus. I never want to speak of politics to the point someone will not listen to me concerning Jesus. Only if I were called of God to that work would I become that vocal, and God does call such people. But the church as a whole is meant to be preaching the Gospel! And multiplying through discipleship! Like salt out of a shaker!

Did you know the death of Billy Graham has proven itself to be a spiritual marker in time, for this nation? And consider this, even though Billy Graham was associated with every President we ever had, it seems, but he was not political! The few times he crossed that line he said he regretted! The young Rev. Graham got involved with Nixon and crossed the line. But the older Graham had learned! He was advisor to both Clinton and Reagan! He told “Christianity Today” in 2011 that he would have ‘steered clear of politics” and he had crossed the line a few times but would not do that now! He did not join the Moral Majority or the Religious Right! How do you think he was able to advise someone like Clinton and also Bush, or Jimmy Carter, and also Reagan? And yet remain above it all!

Billy Graham focused on changing hearts in the power of God, and then a right heart votes godly! And good political leaders with a true desire to serve the people become available. But in a world growing more and more worldly, it don’t matter how political you may get, soon, there will be no good choices! (And some would say we’re already there!) This storm is because of the church running from God’s true message and true ways! And the world plans to throw us in the deep blue raging sea! At least Jonah admitted it was because of him.

If the modern church fails to admit its sin, will God still prepare a fish for us? Or simply let us drown? If we are spit out on the beach, will we preach it then, or just remain a beach bum? Building sandcastles, and lamenting the days of yore?

I firmly believe when the first church in Acts was simply growing larger and larger in that one place, God was saying, “This is not what I want, guys.” So he put his Believers in a salt shaker and began shaking the bottle, because they were simply piling up in a large hump, in one place, not seasoning the whole plate at all! So he allowed persecution and sent them out like salt to sprinkle throughout the land and multiply. Invade, saturate, multiply, fight decay, and season the experience of life for all to see!

Is this thing being called “Micro Church”, the new move of God? Is it God trying to get us back to the wisdom and Holy Spirit power of the old ways? Are we in big lumps that don’t know how to truly be the “family” of God, experiencing shallow relationships instead of the deep? We have so much more to say on this subject, as to Modern Church…Micro Church…Jonah…and Jesus!

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“Looking to the Future” #2

62fe504e28798b678433478898fca0c7--selling-online-make-money-online In October of 2018, while spending 2 weeks at my spiritual retreat secluded to God, and God told me we would be “crossing a line” in June of 2020, I had no idea the physical form it would take. I’ve always been good at seeing the spiritual form of things, and not so good at the physical. But I knew something was coming, and when COVID hit, I told my wife this is not it yet, because it is not June.

However, on the last day of May, at around 8 p.m. when my wife and my phones lit up with the notice of an enforced 8 p.m. curfew in Indianapolis, I told her… “This is it. It begins.” Four hours later we crossed the line into June! It’s been crazy ever since, and growing. The perfect storm is here and more yet is to manifest.

There is a very bold line drawn between frustration and violence. People grow more and more frustrated but they don’t want to cross that line, and for good reasons! But once frustration, hopelessness, depression, and anger reach a certain point, people will finally cross that line! I believe God was alerting me to a spiritual and physical point of time and events causing a massive move of people crossing the line.

Now as I admitted, I’m better at seeing the spiritual, and that is why I have already written considerable material on the new wine about to bust the old wine skin concerning church, but as we wrote in last article, it is not uncommon for a spiritual event to also have a physical parallel.

62fe504e28798b678433478898fca0c7--selling-online-make-money-onlineThere is a real physical need, but there is a spiritual need first! It is a spiritual need first and material need second. Without the spiritual side of this, any answers we try will only lead to “other” issues. We need both! And the Priesthood side of this lands squarely in the laps of the church! We need both Politics and Pulpits! But we don’t need the church trying to be the politics! We need God’s true people to get back to being a true Priesthood “serving” mankind like salt fights decay and light pushes back darkness!

So what are we going to do about this my fellow followers of Christ? I’ve been saying it for 2-3 years now, the church must get back to what Jesus and the early church actually did. You may ask how can small groups help a community more effectively than large churches can? For one thing, we can saturate an area like yeast in bread! There is the fermentation process of wine. The early church functioned in that way. I believe the new wine is already fermenting and stretching this old wine skin. The old skin is going to burst and the new wine come forth! Much like the old ways of Israel, the old covenant, was bursting as Jesus was born and came forth! The ax is laid to the root of the trees bearing rotten fruit!

These politics won’t work without the pulpit too. We may buy ourselves a temporary reprieve until everyone figures out the new answers are not perfect enough either, and then the dissatisfaction grows again, and the cycle repeats over and over again, because the real answer is a spiritual one. Jesus was always concerned about the physical needs of people, but he put the emphasis on the spiritual. Church, we are the ones who are supposed to understand these things.

The church Jesus started understood there was no difference between the clergy and the laity. All the truly born-again have entered a Priesthood in Christ. There are many scriptures confirming this, of which 1st Peter 2:5 is only one. And King James mistranslated Revelation 1:6 when he translated “made us kings and priest”. It should read a “kingdom of priest”. ( A big difference!) The message is clear and we have strayed too far from the original template of our Lord’s early church!

Politicians must do their part, but what of us who claim to follow Christ, whether we’re black or white? Are we just to throw money at the situation? That has become our most popular answer. However, the early church understood how to hear God individually and get their individual marching orders from the Head. What is God telling you to do? Yes, it gets very “personal” in small group believers. Priesthood gets very personal.

The early church did not have “professional” clergy. They had men simply called of God, and the “calling” was obvious to one and all. For one thing, these men of God were not concerned about money! They had no salary! Money was not involved in their decisions! Acts 4:13 shows how the professionals marveled at these unlearned and ordinary men! And yet these unprofessional born-again kingdom of clergy people turned the world upside down!

Experts who have studied this teach that clear to the end of the 2nd century you can find Christian writers stating: We have no altars, no temples, no priesthood as such. Their temple was the body of believers.Their priesthood included all the born-again in Christ. There were particular gifts, callings, and functions, but it was a one class society! This is the church Jesus “started”!

Now realize, the crossing of this line is also totally connected to an upcoming election. How political should the church be? You have your one vote. Be led of God in what you do with it, and let it rest at that. Who’s going to win the upcoming election, and what dominoes will begin falling as a result? Who knows, but I still think the church has become the future target of a left-wing who has crossed the line from hate and anger, to violence.

No matter what, the #1 concern of God’s true church is following Jesus. God simplifies everything. It does not matter what else may be going on, more of the Holy Spirit is always our first answer, and everything else comes after that. Until we get the church back in proper order, what good are we to the world? And yet this is upon us now.  Small groups can change and move quickly, but what of these large cruise ships so many churches have become?

Those who can walk on water have nothing to fear. Those who have trained themselves to keep their eyes on Jesus by the POWER of the Holy Spirit will be used mightily in this time, just like Gideon and his 300, just like Elijah facing Baal, and just like John the Baptist proclaiming “Repent! And make straight the paths of the Lord!”

My platform is very small here. If you think these words are from God, please share with others. The more we get the new wine flowing, the sooner a healing can truly begin in this land. The world may hate God’s pulpit and God’s people, but they need us more than they are willing to admit to. They were crucifying our Lord, the whole time he was saving them. This is how it works, folks. Thank you.

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“Looking to the Future” #1

20200615_181949 It was so hard for me to leave the discomfort zone of the teepee and come back to my Indianapolis home. If not for my wife, whom I love very much and always want to be with her, the teepee would likely be my home. But with the city house we have a position of outreach to thousands of souls who could use some time at the teepee, if only they wake up to it.

I spent 5 days there. When I woke up this morning in the comfort of my city bed, I turned on the radio to hear there had been 7 more shootings in my city after 1 a.m.. Welcome back to the big city I told myself. No police were involved. 2 died. 5 injured. There was a blood trail from where the 2 dead were found. Police have no idea who did this and are asking for help from any witnesses. This is the usual thing we hear on these shootings.

Do any witnesses come forward? I have no idea. We keep hearing of more shootings and no suspects. This was a Tuesday night /Wednesday morning for God’s sake! What the hell? And I do mean that…this is spawned from hell itself! Violence growing in the streets! Violence feeding violence! Violence birthing other forms of violence! The violence mutates like a virus, but it’s still more violence! 

I do believe it would only take one more spark in this perfect storm to put us in a days of Noah scenario. And I do believe if the church continues its current form, we will get there, but the target will also become the church. Not because she preaches righteousness, but because she is political, rich, and full of the world, i.e. IDOLS! The same ones faced by Gideon, Elijah, Ezekiel, and so forth. This modern day church of idols will be judged by God. It is coming. And what should a true believer do in all this? I very strongly suggest finding a true body of believers doing it the way Jesus did!

And how do we do that? Interesting. We have much to talk about in this series.

So I’m fresh back from desert time with God and he has me begin a series like this. I can hardly wait to find out what He is going to say.

First of all, you might be scratching your head and asking, “How in the world did we get here?” A Post-Christian nation? And with churches on almost every corner?” The easy answer is, we sowed the seeds for it, and there must be something wrong with our form of doing church! The right answer is not always a complicated one. Sometimes it’s so obvious it cannot be denied by “honest” people. People with an agenda will deny true answers all day long and still sleep good at night! But not lovers of truth.

However, the question now becomes, where do we go from here? And this is a very PERSONAL question. Where do YOU go from here? Where do I go from here? Each of us must answer that question for themself. But it is good to look for people who might be hearing from God and add their words to your consideration. God has always made known his secrets through his prophets. Some of us are willing to enter deserts to hear God. Some of us, when we wake, our first thought are, “What is God saying today? What might he reveal today? And what is the world revealing too?” Some of us are called to these things like others are called to be a doctor, or soldier, and etc.

I could easily write 5000 words right now and no one would read it, so I break it up in chapters that I call a series. This series is just beginning. You can read about my 5 days at the teepee / in the desert in the previous articles. It will add much to things, but in the launching of this series lets start with this… Have you heard of #walkaway?

I believe I have that right. It’s about a man who was a devout Democrat and actually cried when Trump was elected. Now I don’t know all the details to his story. I’m not about politics here, but “somehow” his eyes got opened to the real agenda and ways of the party and he got so DISGUSTED he walked away! Later he did a tweet or something, his testimony, and it went viral! Thousands have joined him in this movement! Now what would be the spiritual parallel in this? What would be the spiritual parallel to this walkaway movement?

I mentioned earlier that the world reveals things too. Many times things we see in the “material” world have a “spiritual” parallel. Maybe I can see this because I walked away from modern church just like this guy did the Democrat party. And I am not alone in this movement. I got my eyes opened as to what the early church actually was, and then I saw what modern church actually is and got so disgusted I walked away! I knew God would have his true Believers out there somewhere. Surely I could not be worse off than I already was.

Now the modern church would say I have become a part of the great falling away. But America didn’t go Post Christian under the watch of this new wine skin, it did so under the watch of the modern church! And… if the modern church is the one who has become Laodicea, whom God himself said he would spew out of his mouth, if that entity is falling away, then how can my leaving the “falling away” entity, be falling away? Would it not be me pointing out the truth? Would it not be me proving I am not one who will stand by and be a part of the great falling away? Jesus said where two or three are gathered in my name, He is in the midst of them! The early churches were small and very personal. God’s family is meant to be exactly that…FAMILY, not a congregation.

So…I guess I’ve laid the groundwork for this series. There is so much more to say. I expect to write a lot for the next few days because the need is so great. People are educating themself as to what the early church was really like, and there is a wind blowing for such a return! Also consider this > They say we are in a “culture canceling” movement in America. The powers that want to be are erasing our past culture! Okay church. Okay fellow Christian. How long will it take for them to realize America was founded by mostly Christians and we are the original culture of this country? How long before they look for ways to cancel / erase us?

We have so much to speak of. The night warrior in the sky, Gideon. I believe God is secretly developing small groups again, who will be of the anointing of Gideon and his 300. Jesus, his personally trained guys, started churches that were small, personal, “simple”, and real. How big can a group grow before it loses that? I don’t know, but were losing this country big time! The church is not seen as the answer to ANYTHING these days. More politics have become the answer, and it would seem that is even the answer the church is preaching… we need more politics? It’s a sad state of affairs. Show me one place where Jesus ever promoted any politics other than the politics of the Kingdom of God. Politics have become just another IDOL in our pews and on our platforms. Welcome to the perfect storm of 2020!

When God pointed out to me June of 2020, way back in October of 2018 when I was spending my first 2 weeks at teepee, I only had vague ideas what form it would take, but I see a lot more clearly now. Stay tuned. More coming soon.

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“Vision Update” #3

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This is one more reason I left the modern day church.

We just keep falling into man-made ways, rather than depending upon the Wind. I’ve tried to be “diplomatic” long enough. I just don’t care anymore. People today have to be hit over the head with a 2×4 or they don’t hear a thing! Motorboats are roaring so loudly no one hears the voice of the sailboat! Row boats are paddling in such a frenzy they know nothing of the peace and ways of a sail boat!

The way I see it, “POLITICS” can be worked two ways. One: Do the work of a Priest. You affect the hearts and minds of people with the message of Christ by living as the Priests we are called to be. And then those people go and vote in a godly way and the country is blessed by God!

TWO: The church becomes political. We are desperate to the point of hanging our hopes on a carnal man. We try to FORCE people to live godly through politics rather than a heart transplant by the power of God. We use law. We go backwards to the laws of Moses rather than the Spirit of Christ.

Now I ask you, which did Jesus do? I also ask you, which is the church doing? 

The church has been functioning as the picture above for too long! Even the horse can’t believe his eyes! He stares at us in disbelief! We’ve lost all spiritual horse sense! And we need to repent of it and get our minds renewed back into the ways of God!

I believe the vision I had shows that our politics, and Trump, are about to backfire on the church! Big time! You cannot force righteousness. It’s always had to be a desire of the heart! If God’s earthly Priests affect the world for enough people to have that changed heart, then good leaders will be elected. But if the church lives as kings rather than Priests, guess what? You become political. You try to force righteousness. Your ways begin to feel like a dictatorship. And all hell is gonna break loose! Why???

Because for one thing, since we have not been the priesthood, light has greatly decreased, the standard has fallen, darkness has greatly INCREASED, and we will be out voted! Whether this election or the next, it really will not matter, Donald Trump unintentionally has made the church the target! The world not only wants to get Trump out of that office, but they want to make sure no one like him can ever get there again! The church is about to become Public Enemy number One! You say we have already been that? No we have not! But I fear you will soon learn the difference! (And I think it’s too late to change course. We need to get back to being the Priesthood, but the world is not going to forget what we have already done.)

The disciples were always trying to get Jesus to go political, remember? How do we forget? How do we not learn? Jesus always redirected their attention back to the Kingdom of God! He never went political! And when the church finally did, with Constantine, we ended up in the dark ages! Why is this so hard for modern Christians to see? And yet I know I’m a very small minority and the church will consider me insane, stupid, blind, or a traitor. But there comes a time when you give up caring, because you’ve spoken these things in a nice way till you’re blue in the face and it got you nowhere! Again, what did Jesus do? I follow Him. Show me otherwise.

Even just before Jesus is about to leave, the disciples are still wanting to go political, but our Lord’s answer still has not changed. He is trying to tell them spiritual things, things of the Kingdom of God, but they still have a kingdom of man mindset. >

“And being assembled together with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which, He said, you have heard from me, for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

Even as he is leaving! And how did he answer? He basically said don’t worry about that and took them right back to a focus on the Kingdom of God! He spoke of power in the Holy Spirit and being witnesses! Be the Priesthood! This is all in Acts 1:4-8. This is what Jesus did. We ask what would Jesus do? This is what he did, and so did the early church he started. But we are not the early church anymore, are we? Oh to God that we were! It can be frustrating being a sailboat in a world of motorboats and row boats. Row row row your boat stressfully down the stream!

So… the two gates I have given much detail about in previous articles. I now believe those two gates represent the connection between Trump and the church. They also represent a church gone political, as in the days of Constantine. When I showed up in the wind storm, I found my 87 year old dad out there, hanging on for dear life, and trying to tie the gates shut and blockade them with cement blocks! The wind had already blown the gates open several times. The latch which normally was good enough, simply couldn’t withstand this kind of FORCE. So my dad, a picture of the “old guard”, the traditional status quo church was out there trying to prop it all up! More programs! More man-made devices!

When I showed up the answer seemed obvious to me. I couldn’t believe he was even out there trying to do it. But the gates were acting as a net. As the old, dry, lifeless, unanointed corn shucks were getting caught and pinned against the gates, as the gates were filling with this dry lifeless stuff(!)… they were becoming solid, the wind was no longer passing through and the pressure was building like clogged arteries! But when I showed up, driving a truck with Ram’s horns (Shofar) on the hood, and being someone who has left the old wine skin, I broke the connection of the two gates and opened it up! Now the wind blew through and a sign of the old wine skin rupturing! But all those in the secret place, which are some of the words I painted on the teepee, will be marked by God. I’m not saying it will be a comfort zone. The teepee is not yet very comfortable, but do we want comfort, or POWER? And I’m not talking political power, I’m talking God’s POWER!

Usually we meet God in the “discomfort zone”. In the denying of the flesh we find the Spirit. Those who will walk on water, then, are in the discomfort zone seeking God NOW! And likely has already been for some time, but it’s not too late!

I have one more thing to share at this time concerning these two gates. The day God showed me the church and Trump, it just happened I was going to the farm later that day. When I showed up a turtle dove was perched on the left gate! Now lest some of you are thinking this is a sign that God is on the side of the party of abortion, let me correct that quickly. What God was showing me is the dove was indicating which gate was the church. It sat right there looking at me as if to say, “Have you got it yet?” And then peacefully flew off. Therefore, the gate on the right had to be Trump. Why is this interesting? (And this had never happened with any bird before! None!)

The gate on the left is old, worn, and weak; but the gate on the right is actually attached to a 4×4 post which is rotting at the bottom! The bottom of that post is greatly damaged and weakened! It is the weakest of all! My dad even put a small wheel under that section of gate to help support it! Interesting, huh. And our modern church is irrevocably attached to this man. Am I saying we should never have voted for him? NO! We can cast our votes without making a big political issue out of it, and the other choice was Hillary! She is rotten completely through! But…

If we had been a proper Priesthood all these years, it never would have come to this. The fact we had little choice is because we have failed so miserably to be the salt and the light of Christ, and become lovers of this present age. Priests are called to discomfort zones. We perform sacrifices that help people.  We are called to a life of sacrifice, not kingship. Salt gives its life away as it performs its action against decay. A candle slowly gives its life as it lights a room. Scripture is very plain on this matter, and also the life of Christ himself. We are called to discomfort zones, but the ZEAL that burns within us for the Kingdom of God, so overrides any price we pay, that it is counted as all joy to us! It’s a supernatural paradox that only happens when you’re truly in the POWER of God! It is a work of the Holy Spirit, completely supernatural! And how do you get more of the Holy Spirit? Usually in the discomfort zone.

Church…you got the cart before the horse. Some of us are realizing the truth of this and are repenting and changing. I was in some fasting and praying before Passover. I was in some fasting and praying again at Pentecost. And now I’m getting ready for a return to the teepee for three days, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, this next weekend. I will be fasting, praying, studying, and listening. I have not had a time of spiritual separation unto God in that teepee since those ten days back in October and November of 2018. I plan to take my laptop and do some blogging while I’m there. I plan to share some thoughts as I am in that separated time, whatever God will allow me. I hope you stay tuned. Maybe even tell some friends.

There is much yet to tell on this living vision I had. We have mostly spoken of the gates so far. In view of recent events, I felt it critical to share my thoughts on these gates as quickly as possible. Be spiritually prepaying yourself. Joshua faced Canaanites, Jebusites, and all kinds of “ites” in his day. But we are facing Clintonites, Obamaites, Bidenites, and etc. You get the picture. Even Joshua suffered defeat when there was sin in the camp. And I know we are not perfect, but people, we’ve drifted so far from the original pattern of the church, and what is still written in our New Testament Bible, that we have fallen into much idolatry! It’s not about being perfect! But like in the days of Gideon, there are idols to fall! Gideon will be one of our next topics of the vision, the warrior in the night sky! Stay tuned!

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“Vision Update” #2

20171202_173614 As our story left off last episode, I arrived at the farm where my teepee sits and find my 87 year old dad, out in a 50 mph wind, trying to tie and blockade our old fence together! Rather than simply open it up and let the fierce winds blow through, he’s in a life and death battle, like Don Quixote fighting windmills!

So I sent him inside and I decided to open the gates and let the flood of corn shucks and wind flow in. The wind was fierce! I can’t remember the last time we had winds like that at the farm. Had the corn field not been harvested, everything would have been different, but it had been, and now we had this corn shuck storm pounding the farm, filling the gate and fences, which are held up by very old posts, and it was simply a wicked situation. It was incredible to look upon, but nothing you wanted to be in for very long. I don’t know what the wind chill factor was, but it was an all round nasty day for me to be arriving at teepee and starting my first “Godseek” in this special place I had built with my own two hands.

So I climbed back in my old truck with the double Shofar’s on the hood and drove back to the private area, under a big tree, in which the teepee sits. I grabbed some things out of the truck and headed to the teepee with a big night ahead of me. As I came under the tree I entered a stillness that was almost eerie! I looked around and saw everything still blowing like a hurricane only mere inches away from me! But where I stood, next to the teepee, WAS NO WIND! It was completely protected! You ask how can that be?

Okay, there is a logical reason. It was not some supernatural force, but… God had arranged things in such a way that the wind was straight out of the west and the teepee sits immediately behind a huge barn that was completely blocking the fierce winds! A picture is worth a thousand words they say.

20181007_191325 It was as if the teepee was in a protected space! I stood there with my mouth hanging open, in complete peace, while I looked upon total chaos going on all around me! I made note of all this in my mind and then entered the teepee to begin my separated time.

Now another thing I did not know and did not plan was the Orion meteor shower. My wife chose the dates all this took place. I didn’t know about any meteor shower until I heard it on a radio program when I was getting ready that morning! So this became another element of what I felt God was showing me. I was beginning to realize there was more going on here than simple coincidences. It was like a living vision being played out. God was giving me pieces to a jigsaw puzzle, but what would it all mean?

That night the winds died down and I went out into the cold and stared up at that huge dark sky. It was full of stars! There was also a moon. There were no city lights making it difficult to see. The farm was dark, no outside lights on. I’ve never been much of an astronomer or very good at seeing constellations. But that night I sware I saw the constellation of Orion clearly! I had been studying it on the Internet hoping to be able to pick it out. I knew what I was looking for, but I had always been so bad at it! Not that night! I saw his belt, his bow, his sword, the hour-glass shape of his body! I saw it all clearly! But I saw no meteors.

Now I was like a Batman trying to solve a mystery. I was in prayer and research. I discovered there was a “window of time” which was best to see a meteor! The reason was…the moon would set at a certain time and the sun did not rise till a certain time, leaving the sky its darkest! This made it the easiest for a meteor to show up! And before the weekend was over, I did see one! (Just one, and it was quick.)

But the hair on my neck stood up when I realized the time my watch stopped at was in that window! As best I remember, the window was approximately 3 hours. The moon would be gone and no other light in the sky except for stars until the sunrise. My watch had stopped one hour, and like 3 minutes before the sunrise! In other words, things would go extra dark as the moon sat, but my watch stopped at a time with just over an hour left of that darkness before the sun rising! My watch stopping had become a part of this mystery and another clue!

This set me to trying to calculate how long an hour is with God? My reasoning was, if a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day, then how long is an hour? Because my watch stopped showing roughly an hour and three minutes before the sunrise, in that window of time in which the moon, (which is a symbol of the church), was set and greater darkness invaded, but also stars or meteors become brighter!

My calculations, if I’m right, came out to be 41.66666 years! But now I had to also calculate those 3 minutes and so many seconds. (yes there was some seconds. I’ll try to have the exact time for you in next episode. I got to dig out my journal.) Anyway, eventually… other clues slowly came narrowing down the date…but I eventually decided God was very plainly showing me June of 2020!

At that time I had just started having our first Passover meals with our Fellowship, but I had never given much thought to Pentecost, which comes 50 days after the Lord’s resurrection. But this year, when COVID had us all locked in our homes at Passover, just like the original Passover, and we realized something special might be happening, then I became aware of Pentecost! And it happened to be the day before crossing into June! At midnight of Pentecost day we would cross into June! Crossing the line God had showed me! So I began making spiritual preparations to receive from God anything he might want to pour out on me that day! (There was fasting, prayer, and study involved for a period of 3 weeks.)

And so…I have been watching these things for like one year and seven months. When COVID broke out, it was not yet June. I told my wife this may be leading to what God showed me, but we’re not there yet. As bad as COVID is, what might June be bringing? And then our phones went off that night before midnight. I think like 7 or 8. And there were the messages of an enforced 8 pm. curfew in Indianapolis! We actually had no idea things had gotten so bad, just ten minutes from us! We actually live inside the 465 ring. It had never been like this in our city before! And a few hours later, we crossed midnight and entered June, and the journey continues, even as we see sweeping changes “of all sorts” coming our way.

I’m sure I’ve missed a few details that will be added as we go, but even back in October of 2018 I knew this vision was connected to what would be the 2020 elections. I don’t consider myself a prophet. I’ve missed things before. I feel God shows me things because I love seeking his mysteries, but then I try to read the tea leaves. I love trying to solve the puzzle. I invite you to also ponder what all this means, but in recent time I have a stronger opinion about what I think I see. Let me explain the “gates” for a moment, and then we will stop for now.

I wish I had a picture, I’ll take one next time I’m out there, but the gate is actually two parts. They are like cow gates you would find on a farm. Each half is rather long, one end attached to what “use to be” very strong 4×4 posts. These post are rotting at the base and my dad has propped them every way possible. One gate is much worse than the other. These two connect in the middle, across the driveway entering the farm. They have to be opened by hand. The teepee sits in the back of property, a secluded area behind the barn. Now I have come to believe these two old gates represent the connection between our traditional church system and Donald Trump! (Oh boy.)

As you pull into our drive, the gate on the right is the weakest one with the most rotten 4×4 base. I have come to believe that gate represents Trump, and the other the traditional church. Both gates are old and in bad shape. If you know this site you know I left traditional church to join the Simple Micro Church movement. I climbed out of my Shofar truck and told my dad (representing the traditional church) to leave, I’m opening the gates! Wow. A lot to think about.

I believe God has shown me some things about all of this just since Pentecost. I didn’t “feel” a thing as Pentecost passed, but first I felt an urge to spend another three days at the teepee this June 12,13, and 14. That’s my plan. And then I also began seeing a lot more in the events currently happening, and the events I experienced in that strange 24 hour day I had in October 2018. And oh, by the way, that watch started working again a couple days later, and ran for a few months before giving it up. The watch was defective. It should have lasted much longer. But all very weird.

To be continued.

 The mystery continues.

“New Wine Skin” #7

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New Wine skin episode #7. Seven is a special number. I call it the number of faith. Because God RESTED on the 7th day, his work complete. Faith is a state of REST. Jesus called all those who were weary and heavy laden to come to him, and he would give them REST. We cease from our own works and enter His! I call it “Living in the 7th Day”, or L7D for short. But I have written of these things and right now we have our case to continue proving! The case concerning “The Missing 200 Years”. And so this ship sails.

And so as we presented in last episode, how this amazing spiritual leader by the name of Polycarp, began disagreeing against the bishop of Rome concerning “The Lord’s Table” and “Passover”. As I studied the 200 years, this is the first major fork in the road I came to. This appears to be the fork which started the domino affect for all the others, and that too, makes it of supreme importance.

Polycarp had direct contact with all the Apostles and he stated plainly that a Christian form of Passover and a meal was taught to continue by them. Rome wanted to make changes to this. Polycarp refused, and others followed. What started out as a friendly disagreement would soon escalate to become very serious. Rome was determined to make this change even if it took decades, and it did. And now today we are still living it, and have not corrected it. God is calling us back to our roots.

I left the modern church system to find something closer to what Jesus actually did and taught. Large churches struggle with things like intimate meals and family atmosphere. Of course Satan made the “Lord’s Welcoming Table” as a priority on his list to hit. That Table is a simple practice of everything God’s church is meant to be! It is symbolic, and a reminder of everything our Lord’s church is meant to be. By derailing God’s emphasis on close fellowship, Satan is able to “water down”, twist, pervert, and derail many other things in the church, because without a true “Template”, then that which is discipled can be twisted too! And there is no clear vision to correct it, or even point it out.

So…with these thoughts in mind, lets get to more of the historical evidence only found in those Missing 200 years, of which this ship sails. >

Now we have an historian to read form, by the name of Eusebius. Go ahead and “Google” him if you doubt his credentials. He lived during the time of Constantine and had access to historical writings and witnesses of that time period. Again, I’m giving you excerpts only pertaining to our case at hand. This comes from his History Book #5 and chapter 23.

“A question of no small importance arose at that time. For all the parishes of all Asia, as from an older tradition, held that the 14th day of the moon, on which the Jews were commanded to sacrifice the lamb, shouldbe observed as the feast of the Saviour’s Passover.”

“But it was not the custom of the churches of the rest of the world to end it at this time…”

Synods and assemblies were held on this count…” (The synods voted in disagreement with the Asia churches.)

Chapter 24> “but the Bishops of Asia, led by Polycrates (Note: Not Polycarp) decided to hold to the old custom handed down to them…”

“We observe the exact day, neither adding, nor taking away. For in Asia also great lights have fallen to sleep…” “Among these are Phillip, one of the twelve apostles…” “And moreover, John, who was both a witness and a teacher, who reclined upon the bosom of the Lord…” “And Polycarp in Smyrna, who was a bishop and martyr…” (A few others are also mentioned. Lesser known people.)

“All these observed the 14th day of the Passover according to the Gospel, deviating in no respect, but following the rule of faith.”

“And I also, Polycrates…” “For seven of my relatives were bishops, and I am the eighth. And my relatives always observed the day when the people put away the leaven.”

“I, therefore, brethren, who have lived 65 years in the Lord, and have met with the brethren throughout the world, and have gone through every holy scripture, am not affrighted by terrifying words. For those greater than I have said ‘We ought to obey God rather than man.'”

Chapter 25: “Those in Palestine whom we have recently mentioned, Narissus and Theophilus, and with them Cassius, bishop of the church of Tyre, and Clarus of the church of Ptolemais, and those who met with them, having stated many things respecting the tradition concerning the Passover which had come to them in succession from the apostles,…”

I have trusted you with a lot today. I hope you will dissect these quotes and what they really say. They speak of the apostles more than once and how this was passed down from them. They even speak of not being afraid of terrifying words! They were threatened! And that to obey God is greater than to obey man! You can see what a division this was and going all the way back to the very apostles of our Lord! What higher authority is there? Surely not you or I today.

But somehow, by the time of Constantine, the church goes down a fork of the road leading to today and we still refuse to correct things. But a new wine skin is growing and God is correcting! This year we were all, the whole world (!), was supposed to be “in their homes”! And this happened at Passover! God was giving one and all a chance to get on board the new ship sailing! Jonathon Cahn gave a beautiful Passover via the TV, and it was awesome! God made it so easy for us to do that we will be without excuse for not hearing the Spirit of God calling to us! And now comes Pentecost! But if you disregarded Passover, how are you qualified for Pentecost? The church needs a true repentance and wake-up call!

But the call has gone forth! Even from blog sites and nobodies like this! And yet people proudly declare we will not walk in the old ways! We will not sail by the old maps! We cling to the dirt of earthly ways and desire no life at sea, powered only by the Wind!

Special messengers are speaking. God even forcefully forced us into our homes but who has eyes to see? Modern church loves the laws of the land, not the laws of the sea, as kings they claim to be.

More coming soon, but please study with diligence what you already have. Much very strong evidence has already been presented in this series of a New Wine Skin. And I would say again, for those who gave it no thought, Gideon was at a wine press, not the grind stone. Selah.

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The hour is growing late. The Ten Virgins awake. But who has oil? It is found where the Wind blows at Pentecost.

“New Wine Skin” #6

si-datu-bua1 The skies are growing dark as we enter these waters, and a volcano smokes in the background threatening to erupt. But we live in the magic! And that is enough.

My personal experience has been that most modern Christians don’t like the evidence I have brought to light. They don’t like what I have found in the “Missing 200 Years”. They don’t want to know and they continue to feed their pet Pastor who shelters them from hard truth. Poor things. Yes indeed, these can be dark waters to sail, but only because we have made them that way.

They only are a threat if you’re afraid to open your mind. Everyone has their own reasons for being closed minded. Maybe they think they already have all the truth, but how can they know if they never study other evidence? Some know they are wrong, but do not want to change and do not want to be reminded of it. Some don’t like it that Jesus taught “Blessed are the poor”, because they love money and spend much time pursuing it.

There are many reasons why people have allowed the “Missing 200 Years” to become the “Missing 200 Years”, and they want to keep it that way, especially “large” and “rich” churches, because what Jesus taught and started does not work as well in large congregations as it does simple home and family settings. I sincerely believe that what has come to be called the “Micro Church Movement” is the fresh Wind from heaven God is anointing to cause huge change! Like he anointed Gideon in the days of old. Hence, a new wine skin. Gideon was found at the wine press, not the grind stone.

So here we go, the sails are set for deeper waters yet. And if you’re still sailing with me, then you’re ready for your next quote.This quote was written by a man named Irenaeus. He was a disciple of Polycarp, and as such, would have had close relationship and knowledge of the man. All these strange names of people back in the day can be “googled” and proven of their existence in history. This is an account of one of the first encounters Polycarp had with a Rome Bishop. This was just the beginning of a matter that would grow much worse!

Our quote comes from: Irenaeus, Fragment 3 (Excerpts) > “And when the blessed Polycarp was sojourning in Rome in the time of Anicetus, although a slight controversy had arisen among them as to certain other points, they were at once well inclined towards each other (with regard to the matter at hand), not willing that any quarrel should arise between them upon this head. For neither could Anicetus persuade Polycarp to forego the observance (Passover) (in his own way), in as much as these things had been always so observed by John the disciple of our Lord, and by other apostles with whom he had been conversant…”

The facts are very plain. Don’t let the old language convince you to ignore these words. We can all understand what is being plainly said here “if we want to”.  No closed mind! A closed mind is a wasted space! Like the Dead Sea!!!

Notice that Polycarp is face to face with Anicetus. Notice the Bishop tries to persuade Polycarp to forego his observance of Passover! But remember that Polycarp was dicipled by the apostle John himself, and it is plainly stated that John and other apostles had been always observing the Passover! And we’re well beyond the Lord’s resurrection at this point! If Passover was to no longer be observed in some form, (and that form is given in 1st Corinthians 11), then it would have ended long ago!

Irenaeus has recorded history on paper, in his own words, an account of what happened at this meeting. Anicetus tries to persuade Polycarp to stop practicing the Passover as he was taught by the Apostle John, and as was confirmed to him by other Apostles he had conversation with. Polycarp refused to disobey the Apostles for the sake of this Rome bishop. These two agreed to disagree in peaceful terms, but this matter will escalate as time goes by. These are also the roots of the Catholic church, and if you think the Catholic church has changed from her roots, then you are easily deceived and unwilling to recognize truth. But on that note >

I’d like to point out I was in that same boat. I’m not trying to throw stones. He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones! I was working hard in deception or lack of knowledge for a long time. I was a faithful worker in the modern Protestant churches. It doesn’t matter the denomination. What matters is what is truth? Jesus said that only the truth sets us free! But now I’m so grateful for the freedom I have found! But with freedom also comes responsibility. I’m not teaching that Christians should leave modern church unless they are responsible enough to find, or start a group that is true blue to what God has actually said. But if you’re not that faithful and responsible, then don’t be surprised if you find you’re part of the five foolish virgins who woke up too late to find the flow of God’s oil, and were left behind. The wise still seek Jesus, no matter what!

So this is our quote for the day, and this is more evidence for you to give due consideration as to what each of us should do. More will come with each article, but each evidence deserves its proper time of consideration before moving to the next. If you have not studied 1st Corinthians 11 concerning what the Apostle Paul instructed as the Lord’s Supper, then you still need to. If the Lord’s Supper is as a template to all things church, then it is of supreme importance! If you have not studied in Revelation where Jesus graded both the church of Smyrna and Laodicea, then you need to. Remember, Polycarp was the Overseer of Smyrna, appointed and discipled by John himself. This man was highly qualified and faithful to his task in his day. Can we say the same of us? It’s not too late to change the set of our sails if we only will.

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Covenant of Darkness P-1

I have known for a long time, the Old Covenant, the Old Testament in our Bible, is darkness to man, not salvation. And because it is full of a lot of good laws by which to conduct society, and the ungodly, we do not realize its death to us.

From the very beginning, the first covenant was meant for man to fail, and God to fulfill!

How many times have you asked someone if they are a Christian, and they answer by saying they try to live by the 10 Commandments? This only reveals their lack of understanding of God, God’s Word, and God’s way of salvation; for the Covenant of the Laws only prove us guilty! Worthy of judgement! No man has ever successfully kept the Old Covenant save Jesus Christ Himself, God Himself! Which He did in order to save us from the judgement our failure deemed us worthy of! And that judgement is based upon the First Covenant, with all the “thou shalt nots”, and “thou shalts”!

Please consider this scripture as a first step in understanding this very important biblical concept: “So if the priesthood of Levi, on which the law was based, could have achieved the perfection God intended, why did God need to establish a different priesthood, with a priest in the order of Melchizedek instead of the order of Levi and Aaron? And if the priesthood is changed, the law must also be changed to permit it.” (Hebrews 7: 11-12 NLT)

Jesus is the beginning of a different priesthood, which the Bible describes as a priesthood after the order of Melchizedek, a very mysterious person who shows up for Abraham way back in Genesis 14! Jesus begins a different priesthood because he established a very different Covenant, which we enter into through Him! And whereas the first Covenant was based on 10 Commandments, our Lord’s Covenant is based on only 2! And we will look at the very different nature of the 10 and the 2, for there is great purpose and meaning in that difference!

As a first step in understanding this difference, please note our scripture speaks of a “perfection” God intended in that first covenant. As every human well knows, we do not do well with that word, “perfect”. In our world there is no such thing as perfect, especially in the behavior of man!

Jesus spoke of this perfection in his famous Sermon on the Mount, in Matthew 5: 48, when he said, “But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

But how are we to achieve such perfection? It certainly cannot be done by way of the First Covenant. That was why Jesus was here. To fulfill that Covenant and that perfection for us, and establish a new order of priesthood and a New Covenant, powerful enough in “His” perfection and “His” blood to save a true Believer! Wow! Is that awesome or what! But this also means the First Covenant is only failure for us! It is defeat, judgement, darkness, no hope, no light, no heaven! Only hell!

It did bring the One who is Light to us. Praise God! And that was God’s plan from the beginning. It does save us in a round-about way, if we realize that First Covenant is pointing towards Christ the whole time! It is meant to be as a school master teaching us the way to salvation, but it is not the salvation we need in itself. It announces the salvation to come, and gives us many lessons and warnings as to why we should not neglect the great salvation to come, for we do not want to die in the Covenant of Law! The Covenant of Moses! But we rejoice in the coming of God’s Covenant of Grace in Christ Jesus!

“There is a way that seems right to man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Man always seems to think he can do it himself. That is our own logic and our natural way, unless we understand how defiled we are, and how far short of perfection we fall. The Bible teaches if you break even one of the Commandments, you are guilty of breaking all! And Jesus added to the difficulty of the challenge when again, in His Sermon on the Mount, he said if you even look at a woman with lust, you are guilty of adultery! If you are angry with someone, you commit murder! The mark of perfection is so high, man was without hope!

Now that we have established the basic understanding of how the Old Covenant is not life to us, but death; I can now begin explaining how I came to call the First Covenant, the “Covenant of Darkness”. I never called it this, nor did I even think of it in this way, until one day I realized by the time Adam and Eve got kicked out of the Garden of Eden, it had to be dark! Once I realized this, I became curious if all the major moves of the Old Covenant had darkness involved, and it did! I was amazed! And I realized that once again God was showing us more truth! It was more than my own curiosity, but the Holy Spirit was leading me.

So… you can begin looking at it yourself if you like, but next episode (P-2) we will look at Adam and Eve’s expulsion, and every major move of the Old Covenant thereafter, clear up to Jesus completing the Old Covenant Himself, on the cross. You might recall God brought three hours of darkness in the middle of the day in that event! And three hours is no simple eclipse!

And why is this so important? Because Jesus brought us the Covenant of Light. You will also see that every major move of the New Covenant, such as Christ’s resurrection, is performed in light! These cannot be mere happenstance! And so… if we try to pull anything from the Covenant of Darkness and force it into the Covenant of Light? Are we not guilty of forcing darkness into God’s light? But who does that, you might ask.

Well… our modern church does not even realize the love of money they are guilty of, which is the root of all evil! The New Covenant in Christ is based on two very different commands than the original 10. We are to LOVE God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. And we are to LOVE our neighbor as ourself. The early church established by Christ functioned on LOVE OFFERINGS. Even the Pastors lived off LOVE OFFERINGS. When did tithing come back into things? Is it possible it was drug from the old and forced into the new because of the greed of man? We do not even realize how many ways we may be bringing law into God’s love and liberty.

I have pondered if this is even a slap in the face of Jesus as he hung on that cross paying the price for us to live in liberty and Spirit. I fear to answer that with a yes, but I see the possibility. We have a warped version of Jesus and as a result, we create warped disciples. Jesus said an easy yoke and light burden, and yet we make church a heavy thing, full of lifeless programs, boring repetitious routines, and very little true liberty and relationship.

Once upon a time I was excited when God revealed all this to me. But today I had to force myself to obey God and begin the work of putting this out there, because I have already shown this to others, only to find they are so programmed they can no longer look at scriptures for themselves and actually see what they say. Either that, or they just don’t care that much. I usually encounter one of the two.

So… I’m making this effort because I believe this is way more important than the reaction I usually get, and someone has to keep shouting that the “King Theology” has no clothes! Laodicea has no clothes! We should be looking to Smyrna! It is a very dangerous time to be Laodicean! But can the programmed ever see?

There is much more to show in the proving of this message. I know I have only begun to give you solid evidence of what I have said. I hope you realize the importance of this enough, that if you still have doubts, you will come back to examine all the evidence. But for now this is enough of the elephant for any person to eat in one setting. Chew on the fact Jesus changed the priesthood and the laws, because the First Covenant was never intended for us to succeed, but only fail. It is not based on LOVE, but LAW and PERFECT FULFILLMENT. This meal is to be continued…soon. Comments welcome.