“This Day”…

“This day I am setting you over New Zealand, both in the spiritual and in the natural.  You will reign until you have returned power and ownership to the people. To the Maori people of New Zealand.”

“The land belongs to Me.  I have given the land to My Maori people.  To the Maori people who bow the knee to Me.  They shall reign in this land.  You will submit to their authority in this land.  You will serve Me at their pleasure in New Zealand.  They own the land not you.  Serve them well.  Restore the land to My Maori people.  Restore authority to My Maori people.  Set up the Council of Maori Elders.  Appoint and delegate to them authority to lead in this nation.  The party you will lead will be a transition party.  They will take over in a lasting agreement.  One which will never be broken until I come again.  They will rule until I come.  No one will stop them and they will permit you full access to operate for My Glory in this land.  They will own the land and they will give you use of it.  You will reimburse them as I show you.  There will be unity.  There will be oneness.  There will be forgiveness.  There will be love.  No one will go without.  My blessing will fill this land.  I have chosen and appointed you for this purpose to be a go-between between My Maori people and all the other nations represented here in New Zealand.  Be My go-between.  Be My counsellor.  Be My negotiator.  Be My servant to put the needs of others before yourself.  You will be provided for – serve My People to come into their destiny in this land.  To establish the Maori Council of Elders.  To divest power to them to lead New Zealand.  Step back.  Let them lead.  And walk away.  Go to Jerusalem.  Worship and Proclaim for Me there.  Prophesy in My Name.  Speak My word.  Jerusalem will be saved.  Israel will be saved.  Africa will be saved.  Nigeria will be saved.  Russia will be saved.  America will be saved.  Europe will be saved.  India will be saved.  China will be saved.  Asia will be saved.  Australia will be saved and New Zealand will be saved.  You will be involved in all this as I lead you.  Much ahead for you.  Trust Me and I will deliver you.  Nothing here which you can do without Me.  Everything here which you can do with Me.  I am your Very Great Reward.  My Presence will give you rest.  You will be successful in Me.  People will love you.  Do not worship them.  Worship Me alone.  I will protect you.  Do not worship your wife.  Only worship Me.  Love your wife and give her everything I give you to give to her.  From your heart love her and I will bless you.  Watch Me Andrew, I will make you great.  Watch Me Andrew, I will make you great.  Watch Me, Andrew, I will make you great.  Endure and overcome.  I will be with you and I will show you My Glory”, declares the Lord who has mercy upon you and who shows you now at this point in time the depths of My Love for you and your family under you.

“No one in your family under you will be left behind.  No one”, declares the Lord.

(Wed 01 Apr 20)

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From Here Until The End…

I’ve been communicating with a brother (who I respect) on Facebook Messenger about what happens from here until the end when Jesus returns to reign on earth from Jerusalem… 🙂

I received a post from him this evening and took it before the Lord…

The Lord said, “Tell him”…

So, in obedience to the Lord, I’m going to publicly release, so everyone can see (and take before the Lord if they so choose), what I believe the Lord has told me about this topic (I believe it is between every individual believer before the Lord as to what they believe before Him on this topic, the following is what I believe before Him)…

First, I feel to share my testimony to date (it won’t be a full testimony, just whatever I feel led to share), if you want to skip the ‘Testimony’ segment just head down to where it says, ‘From Here Until The End’… 🙂

Testimony

I was born in Christchurch, New Zealand on 05 Sep 1971, my parents knew the Lord and my grandparents on my mother’s side knew the Lord (at that stage neither of my father’s parents knew the Lord but I believe they did come to know the Lord at the very later stages of their individual lives – I’ll know that for sure when I meet the Lord)…

My first awareness of the Lord was when I was around 3 years old (I guess 1974/75) when I remember saying to my older sister (she’s two years older than me), ‘Let’s pray for the missionaries’ (I felt the Lord in that experience and as I remember it now, I know that the Lord had given me a new heart and a new spirit at that stage)…

When I was 5 (I guess 1976/77), one night over in Adelaide, Australia (my sister and I shared a bedroom at that rental), I remember I had an experience with the Lord where He showed me that I was a sinner and that if I died that night I would go to hell. I knew in this experience that Jesus had done something for me on the cross so that I wouldn’t need to go to hell. I accepted what Jesus had done and then the Lord showed me that what that meant would be that He would remove all sin from me. I felt a real opposition to this inside me but I nodded my head on the inside and agreed with the Lord. That was my salvation experience. After it was over, I looked over at my sister’s bed (as if to say, ‘what just happened there?’) and she was sleeping (I didn’t wake her up or tell my parents). That was my first real encounter with or experience of God…

When I was 11 (it was towards the end of 1982) I was walking down our school driveway and I heard a voice which said to me, “If you’re a Christian then you need to behave like one” (it really took me aback). I had been joining in on things at school which weren’t right so I took that as a rebuke. Unfortunately, I didn’t really understand how to interpret what the voice had spoken to me (I now know I should have asked, ‘How do I do this?’) so this really began my legalistic phase where I tried really hard to be good. This legalistic phase continued on until 1995 (as below)…

At the age of 15 (in 1986) I felt strongly that I wanted to be baptized in water. This occurred at my then local open brethren church here in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was a beautiful experience and I truly felt clean afterwards on the inside…

During 1992 (roughly age 21), I read the book, ‘Revival’ by Dr Martyn Lloyd Jones. This book truly changed my life. As I read it I felt a fire burning in me to see Revival in my generation. It was the ‘real deal’. It made an impact on me…

In early 1994 (from memory), I read, ‘Rees Howells Intercessor’ by Norman Grubb. This book gripped me and I remember kneeling in my parent’s front garden giving myself to the Lord for Him to use me as He had used Rees Howells (still to this day remembering that book and that moment moves me deep inside, there’s a stirring)…

The following year (from early May to early September 1995) I had a major depression experience (where I thought I’d lost my salvation) where the Lord took me very deep in terms of seeing who I was without Him (i.e. what I was before He intervened in my life)…

He taught me a number of important lessons (I’m probably not aware of them all and won’t remember them all below) which I hope, by His Grace, will stay with me until He returns…

(1) He showed me that I was Adam (i.e. that I was ‘the sinner’), (2) He showed me that I couldn’t do anything for His Glory, (3) He showed me (via the way the depression experience ended) that He was waiting for me to give up so He could believe through me, (4) He showed me that you don’t know that there’s rock at the bottom until you hit rock bottom & (5) He showed me that He has a timetable for removing all the sin in my life and accepts me as I am right now at the stage I’m at in Him…

After this, back in late 1995, I was on a run one day with my walkman (yes, that amazing battery powered technology which allowed you to play cassette tapes while you were running 🙂 ), listening to a worship album I’d be lent by Randy Rothwell…

I speak of what happened here

This experience had a huge impact on my life. Looking back on this as I write this testimony now I’m only just now starting to see how huge an impact that experience had on me. It has shaped the rest of my life until this day (it really has, so much)…

During 1997 I started to thirst for the Holy Spirit, I attended an outdoor worship event each Friday evening called, ‘Worship Without Walls’ led in the Square here in Christchurch at the time by Rick Stokes…

My thirst for the Holy Spirit grew and I started attending a charismatic baptist church here in Christchurch in 1998 and went forward to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, nothing happened at that time…

In November 1999 I attended an ‘Intercessors for New Zealand’ conference at Woodend where again I requested prayer to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I was prayed for by Pastor Warren Lyons (whom I have greatly respected for his input into my life) and again nothing happened immediately (that night) but the next morning I woke up praying in tongues…

Sometime (probably second quarter) in 2010 one day as I walked back to my apartment in Manila from work (I was working over there at the time) I started getting these words coming out of me and couldn’t stop them, ‘Fill me with Your Holy Fire’. I got into the apartment and fell asleep on the couch. I woke up in the middle of the night hearing generators going and went to my bed. As I was lying on my bed meditating about Jesus’ appearance described as being like fire (Ezek 1:27), I had an experience of God. I felt that God came into my studio apartment and His Presence was so strong and so weighty that I couldn’t stay on the bed, I had to lie face down on the floor (I can remember the smell of the dust on my floor). I couldn’t look up or open my eyes and could hardly breathe (I was crying so hard but no tears were coming out). I saw myself as so dirty (where before this event I had thought I was quite clean really), I was like a dirty sheep (that’s what came to mind) and I asked Him to kill me (sounds extreme but that was the depth of the Fire which was on me, I wanted Him to kill me so that evil could be removed). I have no idea how long that experience lasted but when I woke up the next morning I realized that Manila had been hit with a typhoon and that all the power had gone out…

Back in Christchurch in 2011, around May I believe, and the desire was strong in me again to be baptized with His Holy Fire, I remember going for a walk and the desire was so strong I felt like there was nothing else worth living for, I wanted His Fire so badly and that’s all I wanted…

This year, 2020, the Lord has told me that it is time, that His Move is “Now”. I was sitting at the piano worshiping Him earlier this year and suddenly He started proclaiming in song over me, “All Authority in heaven and on earth has been given to you, All Authority in heaven and on earth has been given to you, Go, In My Name, And I will go with you, Go, In My Name, and I will go with you”…

He was commissioning me, the time of the Call is “Now”…

From Here Until The End

I believe the Lord has shown me that we are presently in a time which I’ll call (because He hasn’t given me a name for it) ‘the Rev 2:22 phase’. I believe this phase, from what He’s told me will be of 6 months duration worldwide, having begun on 22 Feb 2020. During this 6 month phase is an opportunity for the Church and the world to choose to repent from the deeds of the Jezebel spirit (a.k.a. control/witchcraft)…

This is a sifting phase, what it requires from us as a Body is to individually renounce control and striving (all the deeds of witchcraft) and choose to rest in Him (Ps 46:10), surrendered to Him as our only source of Life and Goodness (sheltering under Christ Our Passover, Righteous Under His Blood Alone). Our only Power (basically to be comfortable that, “apart from Me you can do nothing” as Jesus said in John 15:5b) and that anything Good expressed through us (from here on out) will be Him Living through us (by the Power of His Holy Spirit) as He works it in us (in Peace, Rest and Unity), taking on His Easy Yoke (Matt 11:30)…

In terms of the world, those who have been practicing witchcraft/Satanism are being given this six month period to repent…

This phase will be followed by what I’ll call ‘the Rev 2:23 phase’ which I believe from what the Lord has told me will follow immediately after the ‘Rev 2:22 phase’ and be for a period of 9 months worldwide. This is a time of judgement against the children of Jezebel worldwide. Those either in the Body or in the world who have not repented from her works will be removed from the earth (this is incredibly sobering but has been written for many generations, by Jesus Himself, and will certainly come to pass)…

Those in the Body will be protected by His Peace but taken home by the Lord, He will remove their soul and their spirit from their bodies and they will go to be with Him (in glory, where they will know Him perfectly), their bodies remaining dead on earth…

Those in the world, who do not want to repent from the works of Jezebel, who directly worship Satan, will die and go to Hades to await final judgement (not all non-believers on earth will die during these 9 months, only those who directly worship and serve Satan under the Jezebel spirit)…

As Rev 2:23 states, all the Churches will see this happen. It will be worldwide. It will send a message from the Lord to the Churches worldwide (about our position of ‘nothingness’ before Him, only His Power through us, only Him living through us is our Life)…

After this time, the Lord will begin moving in worldwide Salvation…

I believe what He has told me is that it will be “at least 50 years” until the entire world is saved from the end of the ‘Rev 2:23 phase’ and worshiping Him together from our individual places at a single point in time…

Following this event, the worldwide worship of Jesus – which is the climax of His Accomplishments on earth (the Joy of His Heart) – I believe He has told me that there will be a period of “at least 30 years” further between this time and when the Anti-Christ is revealed on earth (the beginning of the last 7 years before Jesus comes to reign on earth from Jerusalem)…

During this time, I believe He has shown me that those living in the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire Region’ – which includes Australia as the ‘Great Southland of the Holy Spirit’ and every nation (including the USA) whose coast ‘touches’ the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire Region’ – will remain 100% saved…

Nations outside of this region will not remain 100% saved, there will be a ‘falling away’ (i.e. a ‘not coming to salvation’) among those new babies being born after the time when the whole world worshiped at a single moment in time…

During the time when the Anti-Christ is revealed on earth, there is safety within the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire Region’ from the Anti-Christ. I believe this is the woman hidden in the wilderness from Rev 12:6 (I also believe many Israeli by blood believers will flee to the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire Region’ during this time). Those within this region will pray against the Anti-Christ and for the protection of our fellow brothers and sisters ‘until death’, for those who believe they should remain in their nations outside this region during this time…

Those who know the Lord outside the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire Region’ during the final 3.5 years of the Anti-Christ’s time on earth will experience martyrdom for Jesus (the Lord hasn’t told me if every single one will be martyred but I do know there will be martyrdom experienced, both from what the Lord has shown me and via scripture, Rev 20:4)…

The Lord will give each of us, as members of His Body alive at that time, wisdom to know where we should be (geographically on earth) during that time (that final 3.5 years, which occurs directly after the initial 3.5 years). He will show us, I know this. There will be Peace to know where we should each be. Each will be where we should be. No one will be lost. No one will turn against the Lord who knows Him. No one will lose their faith…

At the end of this period I believe Jesus will return to the air, pick up the dead in Christ (from all time), pick up those alive at His coming and transform us all (dead and alive) into our new incorruptible glorified bodies and then we will ride down to earth with Him (and the armies of heaven) and be with Him when His Feet stand on the Mount of Olives and He takes up His throne in Jerusalem for a thousand years (“And so we will be with the Lord forever.” 1 Thess 4:17b)… 🙂

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New Zealand…

I was cooking my dinner, late dinner, before and contemplating what the Church thought of the vote with respect to abortion which past in parliament today…

I heard the Lord say, “Watch what I do now.  I will separate the wheat from the chaff in My Church.”

There are those in the Body of Christ in this nation who look to the government and are disappointed in the government for this ruling…

What this ruling shows is that the entire parliamentary system in New Zealand is corrupt, it is a system of false authority, a system of witchcraft, a system which God has judged…

Why do I say this?

Those same ‘good people’ who have prayed for God to intervene in this ‘abortion on demand’ bill can’t understand why He hasn’t, why He hasn’t heard and answered their prayers…

Like when Joshua and the children of Israel attacked Ai after there was sin in the camp and they couldn’t understand why they were defeated…

They were defeated because there were stolen items in the camp of the children of Israel…

What are the stolen items in the camp of the Church?

The land was stolen from the Maori and given to the Crown by deceit in the sight of God in the form of a covenant, a covenant made before God…

Rightful authority over this land was stolen from the Maori, their God-given authority usurped, and the Crown set up their false authority system, our present parliamentary system in its place…

After that there can be no blessing in this nation and whoever controls the Crown, controls New Zealand…

In the Spirit however, we have given back New Zealand to a Council of Maori Elders, who all know the Lord, and they now have authority over New Zealand’s future…

We have seen Jesus, in the Spirit, standing with His Scepter embedded into the ground of New Zealand and we have seen the black and shadowy tree of the knowledge of good and evil completely destroyed from the lava of His Fire which flows from His volcano…

We have seen the entire nation of New Zealand turn white and we have seen Jesus raise His scepter to heaven and God the Father’s blue and white light fall like blue and white electricity and go right through Jesus – symbolizing His Power coming to His Body in this land…

Jesus is Lord of New Zealand…

Jesus owns New Zealand…

The sins of the past are forgiven…

Witchcraft is destroyed in New Zealand…

It can not stand…

It has no where to stand…

It is abolished…

Nothing remains in this nation but Jesus Christ Himself and those who will bow the knee to Him…

His angels are now rushing through the cities and running on the walls as a great army who are carrying out His word…

The Lord utters His Voice, before His army…

The Lord utters His Voice, before His army…

As the song says…

Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion, Sound the alarm on My Holy Mountain, Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion, Sound the alarm…

The Lord will raise up Maori Evangelists who will go throughout this nation and bring this nation to the Lord…

The Lord will raise up Maori Elders who will govern justly…

The Lord will raise up Maori Church Leaders who will have the authority in the Body of Christ in this nation…

All the rest of us, who have been permitted by the Maori to live with them in their nation, who submit to the Lord’s authority through them, will be blessed in our endeavours for the Lord in this place…

What has been usurped has been returned…

There’s a new sheriff in town and His Name is Jesus and His deputies are the Maori Counsel of Elders who He will appoint…

To find our place we must submit to His order, to His authority…

There is no blessing without it…

All evil has been removed from New Zealand in the Spirit, we have seen it, removed by the lava of His volcano…

There is no wiggle room here…

This is the shifting, the separating of the wheat from the chaff…

Will we relinquish our positions to Him?

Will we relinquish our possessions to Him?

He owns this nation and He has given it to the Maori…

They have authority over this land…

And they will uphold it before the Lord until He comes again…

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CoronaVirus…

“I would speak to you”…

“This virus – this CoronaVirus – will not stand”…

“I will remove it”, declares the Lord…

“It is man-made and I will remove it – it will not stand”…

“I know who has created it and they – the creators of this virus – will not stand”…

“Their time – their time as ‘dictators of the fates of humanity’ – is over”…

“I have judged them and I am presently judging them – their entire evil system”, declares the Lord, “they will not stand against Me, nothing they have created – with respect to this evil virus – will remain”…

“I have heard the cry of My People and now My Fire will purge this world of the effects of this virus”…

“COVID-19 is over in the spiritual realm – it does not stand – I am decreeing My vengeance against it and against its creators who have used it for evil”, declares the Lord…

“Neither the virus itself nor its creators will stand and neither will remain – none who do not repent of their ways”…

“My Fire is going to and fro throughout the earth seeking out this virus and burning it up with spheres of fire (I, Andrew, see sphere-like balls of fire), targeting the virus and destroying it”…

“Nothing will stand against Me, I am not the originator of this CoronaVirus and I do not approve of it – this is not from Me”, declares the Lord…

“Stand firm in My word, speak My truth over your lives My People – I am your very great reward, I will rid this world of this virus and I will burn in the hearts of all people on the face of this earth and those who repent and give themselves to Me will be saved – eternally saved – and share eternity with Me”, declares the Lord…

“There is already a cure to this virus, those who created it already have this cure”…

“I speak now to the creators of this virus and I say, ‘Release the cure – under pain of death, release the cure!’ (in Jesus Name, I, Andrew, agree)”…

“I am standing against you, those who have created this virus, and I am saying, ‘Release the cure, freely and without payment, release the cure and give yourselves to Me'”, declares the Lord…

“Judgement is coming, upon all the gods of the earth it is coming, I will starve the gods of the earth – as My word says – all around the world, I will starve the gods of the earth, they will have nothing in My world”, declares the Lord, “and I will take this world for My Glory”, declares the Lord, “and no-one will stand in the way between Me and those whom I have come to save”, declares the Lord, “and no-one will separate from Me those whom I have come to save”, declares the Lord, “on the day which I come to save them”, declares the Lord, “I will be a protection to them and nothing will harm them, even in death they will be with Me”, declares the Lord…

“Darkness is coming but greater light follows, darkness will not overcome My light and My people will shine brightly and the tide will turn”, declares the Lord who has mercy…

“It will turn for My Glory and for the good of all who remain on the earth”…

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"Judgement is on the house called Rothschild"…

“I want you to prophesy my son”…

“Speak to the evil world order which has controlled humanity over the last centuries – over the last two hundred and fifty years”…

“I have a bone to pick with the family who have controlled the world and have made it their purpose to control the world – starting two hundred and fifty years ago”…

“They will not stand”…

“I will remove them”…

“I have waited and seen what they have purposed in this world”…

“I have allowed them to amass vast amounts of money and property”…

“They have accumulated vast amounts of wealth for themselves in the day of slaughter”…

“They have risen as others have fallen”…

“They have ‘fallen’ as others have ‘risen’ – to their own destruction – so that the family can go on”…

“Their ways – their ‘hiding’ – is known to Me”, declares the Lord, “and I have ordained their downfall”…

“Nothing can stop what I am about to do – I have heard the prayers of My people and I have now acted on My own behalf to put a stop to their plans – their purposes will come to naught”, declares the Lord…

“All that they have accumulated will be given to My Church – for one purpose only – and that purpose is for the furtherance of My gospel, in evangelism, to the nations”…

“I will have My gospel preached, in power and with miracles following, to every soul in every nation on earth before I come again”…

“Their money, their wealth, their position, their prominence will all be given freely to My Church”…

“I will do this and any who resist Me in their family – their combined ‘family’ – will perish”…

“They are not their own, they are not the masters of the universe, they are not the elite – I AM their Master”, declares the Lord, “and I have brought them to this position and to this point in time for a specific purpose”…

“To show them that I AM God and that there is none other”…

“They will be brought low and they will either humble themselves – as Nebuchadnezzar did – or they will be removed from this earth”…

“Everything they have laboured for will be brought to nothing – I will do this Myself – and all that they have garnered for their own evil purpose will be given to Me – to the lowliest of all – on behalf of My Church for the furtherance of My kingdom in evangelism”, declares the Lord…

“Nothing will stop Me – I have taken possession of what is Mine – all the cattle on a thousand hills are Mine – all souls are Mine – I have the life-breath of every soul in My Hand”, declares the Lord, “and none will live who will not live for Me”…

“This family has come up for attention before My throne – as Sodom and Gomorrah came up for attention before My throne – and I have now set in motion a set of circumstances which will bring this family to its knees – there is no escape – they will either surrender to Me or be removed from this earth”…

“My fire has been kindled against this family – My fire will either consume them or consecrate them (those who remain) to Myself – My fire is on them and there is no escape”…

“All who set themselves against Me have to answer to Me – their day has come – this is their day of reckoning before Me – I am arraying Myself against this entire family – this entire family who has set themselves against Me to do evil and I am bringing judgement on this family and all associated with them – I am bringing judgement on this family – the synagogue of Satan who worship Jezebel and I will fulfill My word against this family that I will kill her children with death – all who will not repent from her ways”, declares the Lord…

“This is the phase we are in – judgement is on the house called Rothschild”…

“Repent or be swept away”, declares the Lord…

“My Blood was shed for you”…

“I, Jesus, am reaching out to you – repent and believe in Me to be saved”…

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The Coming Fall of the Rothschild Empire…

“When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. “For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you. “You shall be blameless before the LORD your God. “For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do so. (Deuteronomy 18:9-14 NASB)

‘Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. (Revelation 2:22 NASB)

‘Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. (Revelation 3:9 NASB)

Worshiping Satan is the antithesis of what the Lord desires for humanity and the Rothschild Empire have been worshiping Satan… 😦

They have now come up for judgement before the Lord and those of them who do not want to repent will be removed by the Lord… 😦

Those who are willing to repent will give themselves to the Lord and their wealth to His Body, The Church, for the Lord to use in The Harvest… 🙂

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The Police & The Military…

For the majority of my life (without publicly stating it) on the inside I’ve considered myself to be a pacifist…

For me practically this led me to one life experience where I was accosted by a couple of guys at a bus stop outside a local Mall here in Christchurch one of whom asked me to give him my sunglasses and when I said, “No”, pushed me over onto my back onto the pavement…

When I got back up he told me that he was going to beat me up and I asked him, “Are you OK?” then he took a swing at me and hit me in the face and I got knocked to the ground again…

When I got up the second time he and his friend ran away and hopped on a bus…

In that interaction I had no desire to defend myself (and felt that the Lord gave me peace during it) but after it was over, I went into the Mall and told Mall Security what had just happened…

They told me that a number of others had reported that they’d also been accosted by two guys in that same time period so it looked like these guys were hopping onto and off of buses in the Mall vicinity and intimidating and beating up people for some reason…

I left it at that, but I didn’t go to that Mall much after that occurred and I never caught a bus from that bus stop again…

I guess the way I feel, regarding my pacifist thoughts, is that (since I already know the Lord) I’d rather that someone else hurt me (so that I don’t hurt, seriously injure or kill them defending myself) if they attack me, just in case the Lord will save them at some later time…

I’m not sure if this is the way the Lord sees things but I probably still do consider myself to be mainly a pacifist (to be completely honest) but recently I had a revelation about the police and I believe by extension the military which kind of took me by surprise…

I was reading through Genesis and came to, “the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth” (Genesis 9:16b NASB) which God made with us via (our delegate) Noah after the flood (see Genesis 8:20 – Genesis 9:17)…

We learn that this was an important everlasting covenant because it is referred to later on in scripture (specifically I believe in Isaiah 24:5 as I don’t believe there is any other everlasting covenant which this verse could be referring to) in very sombre terms with Isaiah 24 painting the picture of what would happen to the earth after we, as the earth’s inhabitants, had broken this everlasting covenant with the Lord…

To be able to break this everlasting covenant with the Lord means that we, as the inhabitants of the earth, had something which we were meant to do (our side of the covenant, as covenants are always between two parties) which we haven’t done with respect to that covenant and when we read the covenant (again see Genesis 8:20 – Genesis 9:17) the only two things which we, as the inhabitants of the earth, could break would be the Lord’s command that an animal which murders a human be put to death and that a human who murders another human be put to death (Genesis 9:5-6)…

It would appear that the Lord made this overarching everlasting covenant with us (which I believe is for the purpose of civic governance) to avoid another occurrence of what had just happened in the flood, where before the flood, “the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and… every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5b NASB) which prompted the Lord to, “blot out man… from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them” (Genesis 6:7b NASB) and to start again via Noah and his family and the chosen animals who entered into the ark…

It was like He was giving us civic governance authority to ‘police ourselves’ (with respect to murder only it would seem as nothing else is mentioned) so that He wouldn’t need to step in again and sort things out as He had to with the flood…

The issue of the sons of God (fallen angels) taking wives for themselves from the daughters of men had already been resolved as all the Nephilim (children born to them) had perished in the flood (2 Peter 2:5) and the demons involved had been banished “into hell… reserved for judgement” (2 Peter 2:4b, see also Jude 1:6) and from Genesis 19 we see that the Lord, after a close inspection of Sodom & Gomorrah dealt with the sexual immorality being practiced in those cities directly Himself with “brimstone and fire from… heaven” (Genesis 19:24b NASB)…

Thus, as we are now still living, in a civic governance sense, under the everlasting covenant made between the Lord and Noah (as our delegated representative) – because the Law of Moses (or the subsequent covenant made between the Lord and Moses) was for the nation of Israel up until the time that their Messiah came – nothing in the Law of Moses still holds in terms of how any nation on earth (including Israel) presently governs itself civically (in terms of law and order)…

If when Jesus died on the cross (and the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom) not just the covenant between the Lord and Moses (as the physical nation of Israel’s delegated representative) but also the covenant between the Lord and Noah (as all the inhabitants of the earth’s delegated representative) were annulled then Paul wouldn’t have made the specific reference he did to civic governance in Romans 13 (after establishing salvation by faith, growing in grace and spiritual service in the preceding chapters of Romans)…

Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. (Romans 13:1-7 NASB emphasis mine)

The words Paul uses above, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, after telling us in the previous chapter (see Romans 12:17-21) not to take our own revenge but to leave room for God’s wrath, seem to indicate that the Lord desires to use the police (within a nation) in exercising civic governance…

Peter appears to back this up (see 1 Peter 4:12-19) encouraging us not to suffer “as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler”…

If the covenant between the Lord and Noah no longer applied then Paul wouldn’t have mentioned civic authorities bearing the sword and being avengers and Peter wouldn’t have mentioned suffering as a murderer…

Thus, looking at scripture, it would appear to me that there is definitely a place for the police (within a nation) and that our tax money should go towards paying the police, and paying the courts (the lawyers and judges and their various associates) with respect to murder, theft and any other serious crimes which come within Peter’s definition of being an evildoer or a troublesome meddler…

In this world, it would be essential to have judges who judge with righteous judgement as anyone found guilty of murder, under the covenant made between the Lord and Noah, would face the death penalty…

Any lawyer, in this world, would have justice as their sole interest and as the stakes were so high (life or death) a very high bar would be required to demonstrate guilt…

To be fair, in such a world (which only the Lord could create), I would be happy to contribute my tax dollars towards providing boundaries around our nation and our communities which would protect ourselves from violent crime…

I guess the military comes in on that broader scale where there are nations who want to murder large portions of the populations of other nations (and take over their nations) and these nations need to be stopped…

A good example of murderous nations would be the Axis Powers in World War II, i.e. Germany, Italy & Japan…

A good example of nations obeying the covenant made between the Lord and Noah would be the Allied Powers in World War II, i.e. Britain (including other members of the Commonwealth), France, Russia and the United States…

If the Allied Powers had not obeyed the Lord’s covenant with Noah in World War II, we would not have a free society in the West today and the Jewish people would have been completely obliterated…

If the Jewish people had been completely obliterated, then Jesus would never have been able to return to reign in Jerusalem, as before He returns the nation of Israel must turn to Him and say, “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord” (see Matthew 23:39)…

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. (Proverbs 29:2 KJV)

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Prophetic Declaration…

“I am coming and I am coming quickly”…

“I am coming to turn the tide towards Myself”…

“I am the focus of human history – no one but Me deserves the Glory which the Father has reserved for Me alone”…

“I have been silent, I have been quiet, I have been still but now I am ready to Roar”, declares the Lord…

“I will be the Protector of those who have no protector, of those who have chosen not to protect themselves but to trust Me to protect them”…

“I will Roar on their behalf and all who oppress them will flee”, declares the Lord…

“Where corruption exists in government I will remove it”, declares the Lord, “where there are those in positions of authority who love and practice lying, I will remove them”, declares the Lord…

“Where there are those who have made a pact with the devil against Me and who are unwilling to relinquish that pact but would prefer to go until death to aid and abet their pact with the devil – I will remove them from their positions of authority in government”, declares the Lord…

“The reason I came to earth was to destroy the works of the devil and to set free all those who wanted to walk in freedom in accordance with My Truth”, declares the Lord, “who choose to walk in both faith and forgiveness towards their fellowman”…

“Where someone does not believe in Me and does not forgive both themselves and others they are not able to achieve My Purpose for them on earth”, declares the Lord, “I am coming and I am Roaring against all who do not believe and against all who do not forgive”…

“Those who hear my Roars and repent and turn to Me in belief (trusting in My forgiveness) and then turn to their fellowman in forgiveness (trusting in My forgiveness) – these will I welcome close to me in relationship on earth”, declares the Lord…

“To those who refuse to believe in My Name and refuse to forgive themselves and their fellowman as I have forgiven them, they are of no use to Me on earth and I will take them to their respective places”…

“To those who refuse to believe in Me on earth, they will experience the result of their unbelief in the next life”…

“To those who refuse to forgive themselves and their fellowman – who choose instead to live in self-condemnation and also in condemnation of their fellow man – they will be taken home where they will know Me fully and be freed from their unforgiveness”…

“There is no pleasure in the next life for those who refuse to believe in Me in this life”, declares the Lord, “there is only punishment, pain and remorse”…

“There is no pleasure in the lake of fire and brimstone, only eternal torment”…

“My heart bleeds with compassion for those who choose to ignore Me for their entire lives while I continue to give them the very air that they breathe in the hope that they will turn towards Me and find forgiveness from their sin”…

“I have set a time and that time is now, where I will start to sweep across the earth to bring salvation to the entire earth – My Voice will be heard, My Presence will be felt, My Anointing will release the bondages which have enslaved My People throughout time”…

“I have come and I will not leave until My Mission is fulfilled and My Mission is to take this world for My Own Possession”…

“To release the hearts of all who dwell on the earth to receive My Salvation, to control the affections of all who dwell on the earth – that of their own freed will they will choose to submit themselves to Me and My will for their lives”…

“When I came and lived on earth in the Person of Jesus, I, the Holy Spirit was powerful to achieve all things for which the Father sent Me”…

“Jesus was and is still God and yet He submitted Himself to Me to live through Him and achieve all that the Father called Him to do”…

“I will now do this – I, the Holy Spirit will now do this for all of those who belong to Me who will remain on earth until the time of the end”…

“I accomplished through Jesus – through His Perfect Submission – all that the Father planned for His Life – He demonstrated perfectly the Father’s Heart, the Father’s Character and the Father’s will – He was perfect in all His Ways – both internally and externally – He was perfect inside and out”…

“I have come and I am able to do this for all who surrender themselves entirely to Me”…

“I am calling for all who believe on My Name to surrender themselves to Me – for the Glory of Jesus – to be surrendered to Me – the Holy Spirit – to fill them and restore them into the likeness and image of Jesus – who is your example on earth – His life is your example – the example for all who believe in His Name”…

“I have come to fill the earth with His Glory – His Glory will be seen through all who surrender themselves fully to Me”…

“I will fill all those who want Me to overflowing and without measure, with My Presence”, declares the Lord, “and no one will stop Me from achieving My Purpose in this world before I come again”…

“My Spirit will fill the world, He will prevail over every heart and all those who remain on the face of the earth will be saved at a point in time”, declares the Lord, “before the time of the end when the power of the Holy Ones is broken as I spoke in Daniel, before that time I will prevail at a point in time over every heart and will receive the Glory which My Father reserved for Me before time began”…

“At the Name of Jesus every knee will bow on earth, under the earth and above the earth and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the Glory of God the Father”…

“Nothing will stop Me”…

“I love all but I will not force any to submit themselves to Me and My way of living which I demonstrated through My Son Jesus”…

“I will support those fully who surrender themselves to Me – who desire to do My will and to know Me above all else”…

“Nothing will be withheld from them”…

“I will usher all others into eternity for this is the time when the meek shall inherit the earth – as a precursor to My eventual reign from Jerusalem – this is the time where the meek shall inherit the earth and they will do so in quietness and humility with My angels fighting their battles and providing My protection to them – nothing will touch them, not even death, nothing will sway them from the love and devotion which they have towards Me”, declares the Lord, “and their lives and their testimonies – whether these be in life or in death – will speak to all about their love for Me”, declares the Lord, “just as My Son testified of His Love towards Me where He kept entrusting Himself to Me even as He hung dying in agony on the cross”…

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Discernment…

I’ve been thinking about the way we receive information and what we choose to believe as being true…

There’s a very important principle in this (i.e. how we know who to trust and who not to trust) and it has a lot to do with discernment…

So what is discernment?

An important foundation, or ground-rule, of discernment, is the realization that none of us has to believe anything that anyone else tells us to be true…

Whether that person is our parent or grandparent, our aunt or uncle, our school teacher, our sports teams’ coach, our line manager, our mentor, our spiritual leader or even our doctor…

When we are young sometimes the cards are stacked against us comprehending the truth of what I’ve just shared above…

There is an art, which we learn as we grow older, to not agree with what we’re being told and thus not submit to it in our hearts by those in positions of authority over us…

The way I’ve personally learnt it is that when someone who genuinely is in authority over me requires me to do something that I don’t believe in, let’s say the involuntary and compulsive paying of taxes to the government for an example, that I do this (i.e. pay the taxes) but I don’t submit on the inside to this being right (or the way things should be) and it doesn’t stop me from praying to the Lord to change the system of government in my country…

Thus it’s possible for us to respect someone’s position of authority in terms of doing what they tell us (eg. paying taxes) but not believe what they are trying to force us (or grind us down) to ‘give in’ to as being right (or to stop fighting and ‘lay down and die’ so to speak) and to inwardly submit to (or become complicit to, to the point that we ‘receive’ the slavery this brings)…

If we learn this principle of not submitting on the inside to authority figures that we disagree with then our spirits won’t be broken through whatever ‘force’ or ‘control’ or ‘manipulation’ or ‘thumb screws’ that these authority figures try to impose upon us…

All these techniques are techniques to chain our minds (so that we cannot think freely for ourselves)…

The next level of freedom to clear the foundation to begin to build the house of discernment in our lives is to be able to realize that even the opinions of those who we choose to be our friends or wives and husbands don’t define who we are or how we have to think, even about ourselves…

Everyone, even those we choose to bring in close to us, have their own opinions and this is a good thing…

At times those opinions will hurt us personally when they appear to be (or are) pointed directly against us and what we cherish deeply in our hearts…

The lesson to learn here about those we choose to be close to us is that even they don’t define us…

We can still choose (if that’s what we choose to do) to be close to them based on their opinions about us even if we don’t believe these to be true, but over time if these opinions persist and we still don’t believe those opinions are true, those relationships will naturally grow distant as there is no agreement (or compatibility) in our thinking…

This is a hard lesson but if we stay true to what we believe, even in the face of opposition from those we’ve chosen to be close to, we will protect our ability to exercise discernment in the decisions we face in life…

As soon as someone else (even someone we’ve chosen to bring close to us) is given control by us over what we think is true we become their slave, we have lost our freedom of thought and thus lost our discernment…

So assuming we come to a point where no one (whether they be authority figures or friends or loved ones) has any mental hold over us, from that ‘platform’ we’ll now be in a good position to begin to endeavour to relate to the outside world in terms of all the messages we are bombarded with on a daily basis…

What is someone’s motivation?  This is the first question we should ask ourselves in the outside world when we come across a voice which is trying to persuade us to entertain their idea or their product or their cause or to become a part of their movement…

What’s in it for them?  Who’s paying them?  Who’s paying whoever is paying them?  And on and on and on up until we reach the ultimate payer and then we would ask ourselves what is the motivation of that ultimate payer?

What is the end game?  Everything we’re encouraged to get involved in or participate in has an end game and in discovering (through a process of why questions) what the end game is at the highest level we can find out a lot about whether we want to invest our thoughts, time, energy, money and lives in that end game…

What do we really believe in?  As we ‘fact find’ with respect to the above questions we’ll find out what those around us believe in and are passionate about (which doesn’t make them right by the way) but it’s important for us to know and establish what we believe in and are passionate about so we can tell whether we want to invest the opportunity cost of ‘going down their rabbit hole’ or not in terms of our finite life span on earth…

By knowing what we really believe in it eliminates a lot of inefficiency in terms of being dragged in all directions in terms of our attention, attachment and devotion to various pursuits, beliefs and causes…

Having gotten this far, how though, when we come across information which so many are stating as being true on issues which we’ve decided we are interested in, do we know whether they are telling us the truth?  They tell us they care about the thing which we’ve discovered we care about but how do we know they’re genuine?

Again, my personal experience has been that often I have a ‘gut feeling’ about people and their motivations just by being around them or watching them talking on television or observing them in person or through how they relate to others or myself, it’s like an ‘intuition’ which isn’t based on fact but based on getting ‘a sense’ of the person and what they’re about…

It’s this ‘gut feeling’ or ‘ring of truth’ (like tapping a glass with a fork and hearing that distinctive ‘ding’ sound) or ‘intuitive feeling’ which helps me to establish over time (sometimes almost instantly) who I can trust and who I can not, who I will co-labour with and who I will not and even who I will entrust my heart to and who I will not…

I believe we come to understand over time (through meeting different types of people in our lives) that not everyone’s ‘gut feeling’ mechanism is the same or as sensitive as everyone else’s hence if we feel that we’re not as ‘intuitive’ as we’d like to be on being able to make these ‘instinctive decisions’ (if we’re in our own opinion maybe too ‘gullible’ or ‘naive’) then it’s wise for us to team up with a friend who we believe has a strong ‘intuitive antenna’ for who is genuine and who is not…

From there we could choose to spend time investigating those who this ‘intuitive’ friend or person feels are ‘the real deal’ and ‘check out’ the ‘intuitive’ person’s intuition by delving into facts about these ‘real deal’ people to consolidate or validate whether we can trust the ‘intuitive’ person…

I believe this is a good approach…

Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory. (Proverbs 11:14 NASB)

Finally, speaking personally, I have come to believe that I can only absolutely trust One Person and that One Person is God (the Father, Jesus & the Holy Spirit)…

Everyone else (at times) lies and (at times) has false information (even if that’s just in their motivation for why they share true facts and true information)…

Some people (who know God better than others) lie less and share more true information from a pure motive…

My desire is to listen to these people (the ones who know God better), to engage with these people…

After all the above, the objective truth which God has written down has been written down in the scripture (i.e. what is commonly known today as the 66 books of the Old and New Testament of the Holy Bible)…

I desire that (the scripture) to always be my final standard – I take everything in, i.e. I take everything I perceive and hear and see from others ‘under advisement’, then I talk to God about it personally, God talks back to me in physically inaudible conversations which I hear in the spirit of my mind and then I take what He tells me to His word, the scripture, to test whether or not what I am hearing is true…

This last point (when I follow this process), built on top of all the other points, then gives me my final ‘seal’ on discernment…

I desire to always yield whatever I believe to be true to the Lord and let Him make the final decision on what I believe to be true as ultimately only He knows what is true, only He knows the hearts of every human being on the planet and all the ‘intuition’ which He gives us comes from Him…

But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He had no need that anyone should testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man. (John 2:24-25 NASB)

As enabled by the Lord, I have been growing in this understanding, this decision-making process and even though the desired outcome is that I always willingly hand over these ‘final decisions’ to the Lord, I still involve myself in the preceding process (as described earlier in the post) so that when these decisions are finally made (situation by situation, issue by issue, or topic by topic) I can then ‘own’ them as my own and live with them ‘come what may’…

My prayer for us all is that we will all find increasing freedom in discernment as the Lord leads us – that He will fill us with His discernment so that we all may know the truth and be set free by the truth – In Jesus Name… 🙂

Ps. There is a spiritual gift of “…discerning of spirits…” (1 Corinthians 12:10 KJV) but that isn’t what I’m talking about in this post.  I believe that would be a separate topic. 🙂

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Personality…

Over the last few days, I’ve been delving into the topic of personality and want to discuss how personality fits in with all the ‘rest of us’ in terms of our make-up as people…

This is just a discussion of what I’m learning and also a download of what I’ve observed throughout my experience of life to date…

I strongly believe that every person has a unique personality given to them by God…

Recently my oldest son and I were studying human meiosis as part of his Biology exam preparation…

Homologous pairs and crossing over were two key topics and we watched some YouTube videos to endeavour to get some understanding of what might be going on there…

I believe that our personalities come from that process – what we receive from our parents – and that God is highly involved in that process and what we end up inheriting by way of personality from our parents…

Personality is amoral (i.e. neither moral nor immoral)…

There is nothing sinful about personality…

When we sinned in the Garden of Eden our personalities didn’t become sinful…

Personality is neither right nor wrong…

There are no wrong personalities…

Personality is how we view the world and behave on the inside without any outside influence or conditioning…

It is our style or our way of expressing ourselves or ordering our thoughts or responding to situations…

What we do with our personalities, i.e. whether we are true to them, or express them, or hide them, or mask them, or deny them or try to change them, suppress them, be someone else, those things can either be right or wrong, i.e. sinful if we repress or suppress our personalities and try to be something we’re not, as that is not being transparent…

In terms of personality, we are not all the same…

We are not ‘cookie-cutter’ clones…

Even as those of us who know the Lord and have received the Holy Spirit, Jesus and the Father who live in us, even we, are not ‘cookie-cutter’ clone Christians…

When we receive the Holy Spirit, Jesus and the Father we don’t lose our personality…

That would be like God giving each person a uniqueness (an amoral uniqueness) and then taking it away from them when they came to know Him…

This would be counterproductive for God…

Every snowflake is unique (this is a scientific fact)…

Every person is also unique (we are fearfully and wonderfully made)…

Psychologists have studied people’s behaviour and mental processes and come up with various ways of categorizing personality traits and personality types…

Just recently I came across one personality type from one of the categorizations on YouTube called the ‘INFJ’ and watched a video on it and was quite taken by how similar to myself the description seemed to be…

Since then I’ve watched quite a few more videos on this personality type to delve further into it…

This particular way of categorizing personalities seems to talk about ‘preferences’ of how different people view the world…

I don’t really have an opinion on that presently – it’s been an interesting study but that’s about all I can say about that – I seem to be very similar to the ‘INFJ’ characteristics which other people who view themselves as being ‘INFJ’ are identifying but I don’t feel that a label of ‘INFJ’ can describe me…

There are parts of my personality which don’t perfectly fit within what I’ve heard that description to be to date although that description does appear to fit me better than any of the other 15 descriptions in that particular model (or categorization system) for working out personality types…

So, I believe we’re each given our personalities by our parents (it’s very possible that some of the characteristics of our personalities were recessive genes in our parents which didn’t get expressed in their personalities but which are now being expressed in ours) but somewhere along the line Adam and Eve were given all the personality traits by the Lord in the Garden of Eden when He created them and these have been spread throughout the rest of us over time and thus each and every one of us has a unique personality given to us by the Lord…

Why does the Lord give us unique personalities?

The Lord has a unique call on each of our lives…

Along with personalities, the Lord gives us giftings…

Giftings are different from personalities…

You could have the same gifting as someone else but express that same gifting through your different personalities and although the result is technically the same, perhaps you will reach those who resonate with your personality or expression and someone else will reach those who resonate with theirs (or even vice versa as sometimes we can receive things from those who are the exact opposite to us as when we hear it from them it strikes us as being true)…

Giftings might be (i) physical (to do with the body), (ii) mental, emotional & volitional (to do with the soul) or (iii) spiritual (to do with the spirit)…

God gives us all these gifts but these gifts do not define our personalities…

(i) Maybe you’re insanely good looking (think Zoolander)…

(ii) Maybe you have an incredible IQ or EQ or are incredibility self-motivated or self-disciplined…

(iii) Maybe you have the ability to heal people or raise them from the dead…

If, for example, you’re insanely good looking then that’s a physical gifting – praise God for that… 🙂

If, for example, you have an amazing IQ then that’s a gift you have in your soul – praise God for that… 🙂

If, for example, you have “gifts of healing” (1 Corinthians 12:9) or “the effecting of miracles” (1 Corinthians 12:10) – praise God for that… 🙂

There may be times when we’re operating in a spiritual gifting where the Holy Spirit temporarily ‘suspends’ or ‘puts on hold’ the way in which we would normally operate through our personalities to ‘get done’ what He needs to get done…

I have experienced this – certain times where I know it’s Him and He basically expresses Himself through me in a way that I would never express myself and it leaves me kind of shocked and taken aback but I know that it’s Him and that it’s OK, then that kind of subsides and I’m back with myself…

Now, I believe that the Lord lives through me – more and more and more – in a natural way every day…

I believe this because I experience His peace and His wisdom and His calm in certain situations which left to myself would stress me out…

I also find that I don’t get angry (about not getting what I want) anywhere near as much as I used to which is another sign that the Lord is living through me but all this is natural – just through my personality…

So what I’m saying is, and I first heard this through a friend many years ago when we were walking around town, that the Lord will use us but its totally natural, we don’t have to change the way we naturally function, i.e. our way of doing things, to have the Lord living through us…

In saying this again, I stress that I’m not talking about sin, I’m talking about our own unique way of expressing ourselves, the little quirks which make up who we are compared with who someone else is…

In some ways, it’s easiest for us to know that we’re operating out of our own personality when others comment on how they like it that we’re “comfortable in our own skin” or words to that effect, or when we observe others delighting in our particular expression of a thought as being authentic or unique or even cute through us…

I believe people are cute (no matter how old or young they are) when they are operating naturally through their God-given personality…

They’re not putting on a show, they’re not faking it, they’re not ‘in their head’ about how to come across to try and manipulate someone’s emotions or impressions of them – they’re just authentic…

For me, I find beauty in all people, through their personalities, no matter how sinful they may be…

I believe God does too…

He made all of our personalities, He made us all unique (like the snowflakes I mentioned earlier) and I believe He gets pleasure in seeing us enjoying expressing ourselves through our personalities without being ‘boxed in’ or encumbered by ‘social norms’ or ‘social expectations’ of what is ‘right’ and ‘proper’ in terms of personality…

Personality isn’t right or wrong, it’s unique…

The joy of living is getting to know the myriad personalities which the Lord has created and in knowing that each one is just a slice of who the Lord is Himself, as He is all those personalities rolled in One… 🙂

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Righteousness exalts a nation…

Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14:34 NASB)

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LordThe people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. (Psalm 32:12 NASB)

Father, in Jesus Name, we pray that many nations would become righteous nations through faith in Jesus Christ, the righteousness of faith in Jesus, which is the only way which any of us can become righteous in Your sight…

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.” (John 11:25-27 NASB)

Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:5 NASB)

We pray that many nations would become blessed by the Lord through faith in Jesus Christ…

We ask for the salvation of many nations, to all nations which turn in faith to Jesus Christ, we ask for Your covering of, “Love covers a multitude of sins” to be over all nations which turn in faith to Jesus Christ, that all those nations whose citizens are saved would be covered by His Banner over them which is Love…

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8 NASB)

“He has brought me to his banquet hall, And his banner over me is love. (Song of Solomon 2:4 NASB)

We pray that there would be no condemnation on these nations which turn to Jesus Christ in faith for salvation and that Your Protection, Your Shield, would be over these nations to protect them from anything, any weapon formed against them, any accusation made against them, from the enemy…

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Lord of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You! (Psalm 84:11-12 NASB)

“In righteousness you will be established; You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror, for it will not come near you. If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me. Whoever assails you will fall because of you. Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals And brings out a weapon for its work; And I have created the destroyer to ruin. No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LordAnd their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 54:14-17 NASB)

Let Your Protection be over all these nations and let them grow and flourish in peace under Your Protection…

Let the Knowledge of God multiply in all these nations who have been chosen by God for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ…

Let the Knowledge of God fill the entire earth as the waters cover the sea and let every nation praise You, let every single person in every single nation praise You and worship You from their place – let Your Salvation, Your Holy Spirit fill the hearts of every single person in the whole world – let them all praise You, let them all come to know You as Saviour and Lord – let them all be filled with Your Holy Spirit and let them all be saved and grow more and more and more to greater and greater and greater maturity in You – let the Holy Spirit live “without measure” (John 3:34 NASB) through every single person alive on this planet in Jesus Name I pray and let those chosen for salvation stand strong in ever-increasing measure until You come again to earth to reign Lord after the time of the end where the power of the Saints is broken as Your word states, in Jesus Name…

“For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14 NASB)

Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness And guide the nations on the earth. Selah. Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. (Psalm 67:3-5 NASB)

The LORD will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his own place. (Zephaniah 2:11 NASB)

“It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. (Joel 2:28-29 NASB)

I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed. (Daniel 12:7 NASB)

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: ‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ (Revelation 3:7-13 NASB)

So let it be, Amen and Amen…

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Rugby Australia versus God…

https://caldronpool.com/rugby-australia-says-the-bible-itself-is-a-problem/?fbclid=IwAR0vWwaa-jxQ2IhDjtsKSCp1CDsKfcmZYf38xO0iZRgdmyv5Pevpe7H3S0I

Finally, the truth has come out…

It’s been a while coming…

We’ve been fed so many lies by the Australian Media…

We’ve heard so many lies from Rugby Australia…

But now we know the truth…

The Chairman. Q. Ms Castle, what if Mr Folau had photocopied passages from the Bible and simply posted that on his social media pages, would that have caused a problem for you?

A. I think it depends on which ones he – which pages he photocopied.

Q. If he photocopied the passages that are referred to in the posts, would that have caused a problem for you?

A. Yes, it would have.

Here’s the scripture passage which Israel’s post was based on…

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NASB)

Thus, Rugby Australia’s problem was with the scripture, not Israel Folau…

Furthermore, Rugby Australia’s problem is now with God Himself…

God wrote the scripture and this is His warning for anyone who would take away from the words of His Book…

and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:19 NASB)

An incredibly sober and terrifying warning which honestly none of us would ever want to be on the wrong end of, I know for myself that I would never want to be on the wrong end of that warning…

Basically, a warning two verses before the end of the entire Book, that if anyone tries to take away from His word then they will not be spending eternity with Him in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2 NASB)…

The only remaining option is that they’ll be spending eternity in the lake of fire…

And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15 NASB)

Thus, if I was Rugby Australia I would be immediately (a) repenting to God for dishonouring His word, (b) apologizing to Israel Folau for discriminating against him on religious grounds by terminating his contract and (c) reinstating and making appropriate restitution to Israel Folau…

If I was Rugby Australia, I would be doing those things right now before it’s too late… 😦

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Who Controls the World?

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this:‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ (Revelation 3:7-13 NASB, emphasis mine)

Father, in Jesus Name, I give this burden to You regarding those who presently control the world’s wealth, the world’s media and by corollary the world’s governments (with few exceptions)…

Father, in Jesus Name, I come to You and remind You that You have appointed Your Holy Child Jesus as the Ruler of the kings of the earth as Your word says…

I also remind You Father, in the Name of Jesus, that You spoke the above word prophetically that You would cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—that You would make them come and bow down at our feet, and make them know that You have loved us

So, in the spiritual realm, I speak to those who spiritually control those who physically control the world’s wealth, the world’s media and the vast majority of the world’s governments and I say, in Jesus Name, according to His word, take your hands off these ones who have been used as your servants for evil and depart from them…

I command you in Jesus Name to let them go and leave them, come no more…

You have no further place in their lives, you have no further place in the lives of their children or of their relatives, they are free from your control, in Jesus Name…

Go to the place appointed for you by God and come no more until all things are fulfilled according to His word

I speak the fulfilment of His word today…

I speak it in Jesus Name…

I speak today that the tide has turned, that the freedom has begun…

That from today onward we will see those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—that from today onward You would make them come (even one by one) and bow down at our feet, and admit that You have loved us…

That they would surrender themselves (even one by one) to You Jesus and give themselves and all that they are and possess to You and to Your people, Your Church…

I give myself completely to You Lord, I am Yours…

I am not my own, I am Yours…

Do with me whatever You want to do, I put myself in Your Hands…

Speak now to the members of this synagogue and set them free from it, open their eyes to see the truth and come and bow at our feet, offering all they have to Your Church (Your Body) in the service of God…

Let Your Fire be ignited in their hearts individually and let it burn until the entire synagogue is consumed with Your Fire…

I release Your angels, Father, in Jesus Name, to go now to the members of this synagogue and strip from them all demonic entities which control them – to pull back from them all demonic entities which ensnare them – to release them from all demonic interference, in Jesus Name…

Let them see Your angels Father and let Your angels speak messages from Yourself to the members of this synagogue (as Jesus Himself spoke to Saul of Tarsus on the Road to Damascus) telling them of what You have planned for them…

And like Saul of Tarsus Father, let the members of this synagogue be transformed into Your Image, confessing You – Jesus – as Lord, and becoming Your bond-servants…

Speak to them of what they must do and enable them to do it…

Let the power shift today Lord, Amen, let the power shift today…

Visit this synagogue with Your Salvation…

Let no one remain untouched…

Shut it down, let nothing remain, set all free…

Release Your provision for the Harvest, let Truth and Righteousness spring forth on the earth, release all the innovations which have been suppressed, release all the creativity which has been suppressed, release all the truth which has been suppressed, let everything hidden in the darkness come into the light…

Open the eyes of all, let Your Truth be known…

On earth as it is in heaven…

Let Your Reproductive Power flow and let the earth be saved…

Let Salvation come to Your people, those descended from the twelve tribes of Israel and in their salvation let the world be saved…

Israel belongs to the Jews, not to the synagogue of Satan, bring this to reality Lord, give back Israel to the Jews as the indigenous people of the land, Thank You Father, Thank You Father, Thank You Father…

And let them be saved, let all be saved and let Your Freedom reign on earth…

Let Righteousness rain down and spring up all over the earth…

Let freedom flow, let the ribbons of salvation encircle the earth and let the messengers of the gospel gracefully slide along on them…

Let salvation flow, let salvation flow, let salvation flow, in Jesus Name, Amen

Let the Blood of Jesus be over all God’s People…

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Reconciliation?

In a Players Voice article dated 16 Apr 18 Israel Folau wrote the following:

I didn’t agree with Bill Pulver taking a stance on the same-sex marriage vote on behalf of the whole organisation, but I understand the reasons behind why he did.

I believe some context and background to this statement can be garnered from the following article

Bill Pulver was the CEO of Rugby Australia before Raelene Castle…

I’ve been thinking, what would it take for reconciliation to occur between Israel Folau and Rugby Australia?

It is still inconceivable to me that Rugby Australia attends the 2019 Rugby World Cup without their best player…

So what would need to happen for this to become a reality, i.e. for Rugby Australia to field their best team at the 2019 Rugby World Cup…

I was praying about this and the Lord told me that Rugby Australia had ‘over-reached’ with respect to their public endorsement of same-sex marriage…

It was not Rugby Australia’s place to publically endorse same-sex marriage (they did this on 12 Sep 17) on the day that the postal survey vote commenced…

If Bill Pulver had have wanted to publically endorse same-sex marriage then it would have been appropriate for him to do so from his own personal social media platforms…

If Cameron Clyne had have wanted to publically endorse same-sex marriage then it would have been appropriate for him to do so from his own personal social media platforms…

How could Rugby Australia have been speaking for all their constituents when they made the call to publically endorse same-sex marriage on behalf of all their constituents?

How could they possibly have even known what all their constituents believed about this issue?

Did they conduct their own private survey of all their constituents prior to the official survey?

For Rugby Australia to publically endorse same-sex marriage they would have needed to have completed such a survey of their constituents and received a 100% support response, otherwise, they would not be representing their constituents fairly…

There is no evidence to suggest that Rugby Australia ever canvased their constituents in this manner and so they had no legitimate authority to publically endorse same-sex marriage…

The Lord is perfectly happy for anyone who wants to play rugby professionally to play rugby…

The Lord doesn’t discriminate against anyone who wants to play rugby professionally, He is happy for the best team to be chosen – in fact, that’s what He wants…

He wants Rugby Australia to exist to support rugby in Australia (at every level, in every respect) and at the elite level to reward skill and ability by fairly and justly selecting the best players at national level to represent Australia…

This gives all Australians who wish to play rugby something to aim for…

This means that irrespective of your background or beliefs you will be able to reach the highest levels of sporting achievement based on sporting ability without experiencing any discrimination…

Discrimination according to a recent Court of Appeal decision in the UK, is not the expression of a view…

The mere expression of views on theological grounds (e.g. that ‘homosexuality is a sin’) does not necessarily connote that the person expressing such views will discriminate on such grounds.

The Lord wants everyone who is a constituent of Rugby Australia to have the freedom to express their views on their own personal social media platforms without fear of retribution…

The Lord also does not want Rugby Australia to take on a ‘moral arbiter’ role as Rugby Australia has no authority to wield or enforce that role…

Rugby Australia’s role in the Lord’s eyes is to encourage everyone who wants to play Rugby Union in Australia to be able to do so and for those who excel at it to reach the highest levels and represent their country without fear of exclusion should their own personal beliefs differ from the personal beliefs of the Coach, CEO, Chairman of the Board, or sponsors CEO’s…

Basically, to ‘stick to its knitting’, encourage good sport, give the people who decide to play and watch the game the best enjoyment and entertainment that they can and keep morality out of it… 🙂

The Lord gives everyone (not just those who believe in Jesus) passions and abilities and delights in seeing these abilities used to their highest capacity…

Just because someone doesn’t believe in Jesus doesn’t mean that the Lord doesn’t desire them success in their chosen profession, as He gave them those desires and in following them they are more likely to come to know Him…

If there are no sponsors, as Cameron Clyne recently asserted, who agree to support true inclusion and true diversity (all working together on the playing field to achieve the maximum result for the team no matter what they believe personally about moral issues), then the Lord would rather that Rugby Australia ‘die a natural death’ than continue down its present path…

As its present path does not support fairness and justice and nothing built on an unjust foundation will remain…

For I, the LORD, love justice, (Isaiah 61:8a NASB)

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You. (Psalm 89:14 NASB)

Thus, Rugby Australia needs a recalibration, to step back from its ‘moralizing role’, to admit that it had no authority to take on that role, to admit that it had no authority to publically endorse same-sex marriage on the day voting commenced on that issue and to step back from any other ‘moralizing roles’ which they have taken on…

This is what the Lord wants for Rugby Australia, only this will ensure that Rugby Australia chooses the best team to represent their nation in the 2019 Rugby World Cup…

If this means that they lose all their present corporate sponsors so be it…

If no other corporate sponsors can be found by Rugby Australia to replace the ones who decide to withdraw their support then Rugby Australia should approach the newly elected Australian Government (as the adapted Australian Coat of Arms is on the Wallabies jersey) to fund them in the spirit of true inclusion and true diversity (until such a time as other corporate sponsors become available)…

If Rugby Australia were to have this change of heart and the appropriate follow-up conversations with sponsors (seeing what the fallout may be), the newly elected Australian Government (if necessary) and then go back to their constituents publically apologizing for publically supporting same-sex marriage and specifically go back to Israel Folau publically apologizing for the discrimination they have exhibited towards him (by the course of action they have pursued, based on his own personal beliefs expressed on his own personal social media platform, with the direct intent to end his professional career and make it impossible for him to practice his profession in his native land), reinstating him on his previous salary with an appropriate bonus to cover the hardship they have caused him, then I believe (in the Lord’s eyes) Israel would be free to return to play for the Wallabies in the 2019 Rugby World Cup (no court case required)…

What of Israel’s Wallabies teammates however?  Will they discriminate against him (realizing that discrimination is about the way we actually treat real people who we may not agree with)?  I believe that no one should be able to discriminate, i.e. not to throw that pass which would mean Israel would score the try, or to ignore Israel at training and have nothing to do with him, or to give him the ‘cold shoulder’ letting him know in no uncertain terms that he’s actually not welcome back, as this goes against the fabric of what it means to be a team (the same is true for all people)…

The reality is that people (being people) have all sorts of personal beliefs, but in a team setting, we need to ‘get over it’, work together as a team, be polite and use the various team members’ strengths to the best advantage to maximize team performance…

It is a choice to be offended not an offence if something you believe offends someone…

When Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the whole world He chose not to be offended at the way He was unjustly treated and by taking on everyone’s sin for all time He has made it possible for everyone to come to experience His forgiveness…

From God’s perspective, all the sin of the whole world is now paid for meaning that God now waits for people to make use of this opportunity to be forgiven…

God desires everyone to repent, but if people don’t want to repent then they won’t be forced to but equally, they won’t experience the forgiveness He bought for them…

Back to our original topic, I believe there is forgiveness for Rugby Australia but the onus is fairly and squarely on Rugby Australia’s shoulders (as discussed above) to publically apologise to their constituents (restoring faith in a fair and just selection process) and specifically to Israel Folau and to work through the mechanics of making the ‘money side’ work by whatever legal means are at its disposal (this responsibility ultimately sits with Cameron Clyne as Chairman of the Board)…

Sadly, from the Lord’s perspective, there is no future (no moving forward) for Rugby Australia until this occurs…

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Not Being Drawn…

The New Zealand Herald ran an article yesterday entitled, “National MP won’t be drawn on Israel Folau debate”…

This came after the above-embedded interview of Alfred Ngaro by TVNZ’s Jack Tame on Q & A…

Scott Morrison, Australian Prime Minister and also Martin Iles, General Manager of the Australian Christian Lobby were also ‘put on the spot’ by Australian journalists asking the same ‘pointed’ question which Jack Tame was endeavouring to ‘draw’ Alfred Ngaro on…

What is the etymology of the word ‘drawn’?

Hanged, drawn & quartered

Quoting from the Wikipedia entry at the above link,

To be hanged, drawn and quartered was from 1352 a statutory penalty in England for men convicted of high treason, although the ritual was first recorded during the reign of King Henry III (1216–1272). A convicted traitor was fastened to a hurdle, or wooden panel, and drawn by horse to the place of execution, where he was then hanged (almost to the point of death), emasculateddisembowelledbeheaded, and quartered(chopped into four pieces). The traitor’s remains were often displayed in prominent places across the country, such as London Bridge. For reasons of public decency, women convicted of high treason were instead burned at the stake.

That is the underlying purpose of the journalists who have asked Scott Morrison, Martin Iles & Alfred Ngaro ‘that’ question…

What journalists who ask questions like that don’t understand is that in so doing they are weaponising their noble profession – which is meant to be to bring the truth to light in the public square – to incite the above-mentioned behaviour against those who hold differing views to their own in the public square – lynching in the court of public opinion…

How many journalists who behave this way believe that God created them (thus being their Designer who knows what’s best for them)?

How many journalists who behave this way believe that the scripture is the word of God (thus being God’s statement of authoritative, absolute and objective truth)?

How many journalists who behave this way believe that Jesus is the Word of God, God in human flesh, who lived, died and rose again so they could spend eternity with Him in the presence of His Love if they chose to believe in Him rather than eternity apart from Him in the presence of His wrath if they don’t want to give themselves to Him?

How many journalists who behave this way are genuinely interested in finding out more about the reality of the above truths, to search these matters out for themselves according to their noble profession until they find the truth and bring it to the public square?

If the journalists who have asked ‘that question’ (or will subsequently ask it) don’t believe in the above realities and are not seeking (with an open mind) to investigate the authenticity of them then why should we who know these realities and understand them experientially as the truth be beholden to their ‘weaponised’ line of questioning?

They have become a false authority…

Why do they believe they have the ‘upper hand’ and why do they endeavour (as if by right) to put us (who know these truths) ‘on the defensive’?

Shouldn’t it be our aspiration (if we are journalists) to champion freedom of expression and freedom of speech along with freedom of the press?

TVNZ, for example, is owned by the New Zealand Government and funded from the tax collected by the New Zealand Government from all the people of New Zealand – including those of us who know and believe the above truths…

What right do ‘weaponised’ journalists have to ‘sit in judgement’ on those of us who know and understand these truths when it is our tax dollars which are paying their salaries?

That doesn’t appear fair or just…

Father, in Jesus Name, I forgive all journalists everywhere who by their line of questioning and statements expose their bias (i.e. that they don’t report or support the truth but instead endeavour to ‘shut the mouths’ of those who speak the truth and suppress the truth from ‘public exposure’) and I pray that You would lead them to a knowledge of the truth in their own lives which would lead them (in love) to share that truth which they have now experienced ‘first hand’ with all those around them (lead them to repentance Lord)… 🙂

If there are any journalists out there presently who are genuinely curious as to what the answer to ‘that question’ might be, I have endeavoured to provide an answer below from scripture (in my usual long-winded way which wouldn’t fit into a ‘sound bite’ in a live interview)… 🙂

I believe the answer comes in an understanding of what being ‘born again’ really means…

Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” (John 3:1-21 NASB)

Adam and Eve were created by God in His image, they were perfect and they had the right to choose whether they would obey God or disobey Him (i.e. decide that they knew better than God what was good for them and that they’d look after themselves)…

God warned them that on the day they decided to go their own way they would surely die (meaning that they would die on the inside and no longer have that choice between doing what was right and what was wrong) – that from then on they would only be able to do wrong…

Thus everyone born from Adam and Eve onwards (after they sinned) has been born ‘in sin’ (unable from their hearts to trust God and submit to Him in their lives, i.e. their hearts are spiritually dead towards God), God visits the sins of the fathers onto the children to the third and fourth generation…

When someone is ‘born again’ God gives them a new heart, a new spirit and a new soul which is made in His image (again like Adam and Eve were originally given) and alive towards God so that they can believe in Him and accept His Righteous Sacrifice of His Life in Jesus on the cross in their place to fully forgive and pardon them for all their sin…

That ‘born again’ person still has a lot of ‘sin within them’ (because it’s been practised for so long and for so many generations through their forebears and through themselves so the ‘born again’ part of the person never sins, it can’t sin and doesn’t want to sin and doesn’t sin – and that is what God views as them – and that is where the Holy Spirit of God lives within them…

On the other hand ‘sin within them’ continues to sin, so for example, a ‘born again’ person may still be committing (although their ‘born again’ real self doesn’t commit it, doesn’t agree with it, doesn’t like it and isn’t involved with it) any number of sins…

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32 NASB)

As the above scripture makes clear, homosexuality is one of those sins…

If someone has decided not to believe in Jesus (noting that scripture tells us that believing in Jesus’ Righteousness inputted to us is what makes us righteous in His sight), not to ask Jesus to save them from their sin, not to believe that they are sinners but instead has decided to live in homosexuality (for example – we could use any sin there) all their lives and they die in that place then scripture clearly tells us that they will not inherit the kingdom of God…

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NASB)

Which is the scripture Israel Folau paraphrased in his short Instagram post which Rugby Australia subsequently fired him for…

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:10-15 NASB)

So in summary, the sin which separates us from God for eternity in the lake of fire and brimstone is the sin of not believing in Jesus as our Substitute and not giving ourselves to Jesus to be our Lord and offering ourselves to Him to live through us enabling us to more and more and more live His way..

If we have done this, i.e. believed in Jesus, then we have been washed, sanctified and justified in Jesus’ name and God doesn’t see the ‘sin within us’ (which it might take a long time for Him to completely remove from us) but instead views us as perfect, accepted and blameless in His sight…

People’s lives who have never given themselves to Jesus will resemble 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 in their hearts all the time (from God’s perspective – who knows the heart), people’s lives who have given themselves to Jesus will resemble 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 less and less and less in their hearts from God’s perspective as they more and more and more live from their hearts the life of Jesus full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control…

This is why Israel Folau was compelled to warn us and he did so in love… 🙂

“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31 NASB)

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