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Revelations 17: 3-5 ‘So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.’

 

Of all the miracles in the Bible, one of my favorites is God’s intense, beautiful, and graphic prophet ‘artwork’ in Revelations. I love all of the Bible. But the ‘prophetic’ is like food when I’m hungry. As with all of the Word, the Holy Spirit reveals its meaning – as is the case of the stark opposite of the Revelation chapter 17 bride, Satan’s bride,  and the   Revelation chapter 12 Bride, Christ’s Bride.

The Revelation chapter 12 Bride of Christ is poor as to temporal/materialistic/earthly standards but rich with Eternal Glory – ‘clothed with the sun.’ The Revelation chapter 17 harlot atop the beast is representative of the core characteristic of ‘Harlotry’-opposite of

 

Christ’s Virgin Bride. Her colors of purple and scarlet are the colors of blood. She is Satan’s pornographic fleshly/lusty replica of the Woman of Revelation 12:1. The Rev. 12 woman, the Church/Redeemed

harlot

Eze 16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.

is clothed with Glory (sun) – with the terrestrial at her feet – and a Crown of Light upon her head. And as we know, the Rev. 12 Woman (who is God/Word) brought forth the man child (Incarnate Christ who also is God/Word) who would rule with a Rod of iron (truth/power). The Dragon on which the Harlot rides, was present waiting to devour ‘the man child’ at His birth – since the devourer/satan/lucifer – is in fact -ETERNAL SPIRITUAL DEATH. It is the Woman of Rev. 12 woman, ‘clothed with the sun’ who contrasts/reveals the true identify of the desolate and deadly ‘harlot atop the dragon. ‘ The Harlot/Dragon, too, are joint representatives of Antichrist Kingdom  (‘ full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns) of the last days who, at his arrival in human form will be the incarnate Son of Satan claiming he is the incarnate Son of God. And she/he/they., the dragon and his ‘bride’ will ride only by the permission of God. His/her/their time is short and his/her/their fate is sealed. And, sadly, many sons and daughters will choose their government and path of destruction.

The harlot and dragon’s  followers will, at the time of the Harlot’s rule, blaspheme and will receive the Mark of the Beast (dragon) which is God’s eternal judgement/pronouncement of spiritual eternal death.(11 Thes.2:8-12 And then that Wicked shall be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish: because they received the love of the truth, that they might be saved, 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, and they shall believe a lie: 12 That they might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.’ The ‘Mark of the Beast’ is now being decided and will be decided by God – the only Righteous Judge. This ‘strong delusion that they should believe a lie’ marks them eternally as non-recipients of the ‘mark’ given the saints ‘(‘sealing of the saints’ )at the end of the Sixth Seal.

The Revelation 17 Harlot  is one with the Dragon and represents the evil/carnal kingdom of Satan which is spiritually present in the World and is outside the borders of The Kingdom of God.  The Revelation 12 ‘woman clothed with the sun’ is the creator/ancestry/foundation of the Kingdom of God.  Comparing the Revelation 17 ‘harlot atop the dragon’ to the Glorious woman clothed with the sun who will/did birth Messiah in human form results in a clearly understood ‘truth’ as to the ‘heart’ of each one.  And sadly tragic but real is the  heart wrenching picture/prophecy of the eternal demise of those who ‘chose’ Death (Rev. 17 bride) over Life (Rev. 12 Bride). Amen.

Word Made Flesh

Love

‘God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of his mystery, WHICH IS CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory.’  Colossians 1:27

In their devotional book, Experiencing God Day by Day, Henry and Richard Blackaby said, ‘God wants to reveal Himself to those around you by working mightily through you. He wants your family to see Christ in you each day. God wants to express His love throughcr-resource-selfless-serve your life. There is a great difference between ‘living the Christian life’ and allowing Christ to live His life THROUGH you. So now I ask myself whether I am ‘living the Christian life’ or am I allowing Christ to live and Love through me (Page 20)?

Growing up with sweet, gentle, kind, and merciful parents, I understood much by their example of the Christian temperament. And through His calling on my life, Christ taught me fervently the Old Testament. There I found great record of the existence of both Good and evil.  And I believed the record.  I spent much of my time ‘teaching’ the Bible – not yet having learned that all He needed from me was for me to allow Him to plant His immense Love in my heart. With that indwelling Love I would be, as the Blackaby brothers reminds, ‘allowing Christ to live and Love through me.’

Because of Love, he caused me to serve fervently with Red Cross for four years. He continues to give my heart a passion for service with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Celebrate Recovery ( an outreach ministry of my church).  Because of finding myself delightfully immersed in service to others,  now I know. Now I understand that Love is the bearer of Hope, that Love heals, that Love is merciful, that Love is kind, and that it comes through the hearts, hands, and feet of flesh and blood people whose hearts are home for the Father of Love – Christ. Now, rather than ‘living the Christian Life,’ I am yielding to ‘allowing Christ to live and Love through me.’

‘God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of his mystery, WHICH IS CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory.’  Colossians 1:27

 

 

 

 

 

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The doctrinal focus of the sacrificial death of our Christ is generally on His physical death by crucifixion while nailed to a raised wooden cross. But fairness demands the greater focus  be on the death He diedin our stead – the Second Death (death of the soul).  The Lamb of God sweated ‘as it were drops of blood’ not because He feared crucifixion – but because He knew the depths of darkness/desolation/evil to which He would descend as atonement for fallen man.Christendom celebrates the death and resurrection of the Lamb  ‘Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his

Ro 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together Ro 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together

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 Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Day is about to break here at my mountain home.  I’ve been awake for a few hours now.  In the stillness of predawn, I’ve been ‘listening’ to the unseen voice (‘be still and know that I am God Ps 46:10..’).  I’ve listened as He has reminded my heart of the seriousness of the times we are now

Sheep Hear Me

Joh 10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

experiencing…both in America and around the world.  Seemingly, in the middle East,  we continue to see the beginnings of aligning of nations, of principalities, and of powers as revealed in Revelations chapter 13.  But ‘count it all joy’ since the last nation/principality/power left standing is the City of God as seen in Revelations chapter 21.

The great falling away is upon us. ‘As in the days of Noe’ is upon us. ‘The love of many will wax cold’  is upon us. The sins of Sodom are upon us. The ‘enduring to the end’ is upon us. We are in the midst of warfare…not against flesh and blood…but ‘against spiritual wickedness in high places.’  The blight of sensual lust, of aborted life, and of  evil greed marches proudly before  the world as a standard of Satan’s deception.  Many who say ‘Lord, Lord’…deny Him with fruits rooted in the flesh (clay) and not in the Spirit.     Division, discord, confusion and hatred stomp aggressively forward and will not retreat. Satan’s representatives are in our world, in our nation, in our state, in our city, in our town, in our church and even often in our family…..evidenced by the destructive fruits they bear.  But though the battle rages – the war is already won by the Babe born in

Ro 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together

King of Kings and Lord of Lords

Bethlehem. Gentleness has already won over brutality.  Servitude has won over lordship. Love has won over hate. Life has won over Death. Hope reigns eternal in the person of Jesus Christ. John 14:27   Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.’

Faith sees the True, the Honest, the Just, the Pure and the Lovely who lives in the heart and speaks peace (Phillipians 4:8) in the midst of war.  The Prince of Peace is already crowned  King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And amidst the warfare, the gentle Shepherd continues to seek the lamb who has strayed away from the safety of the flock and is in danger of becoming prey for the wolves of the evening who run to and fro seeking whom they may devour.

John 10:7 Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.  9 I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mind. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to our little Benjamin who on August 5, 1983, after only twenty-two minutes with us, went escorted by angels back to his Father.

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August 5, 1983, at 4:12 in the afternoon…the soul of our beautiful and precious newborn son happily and peacefully left the DeKalb Regional hospital delivery room with two angels. He never saw me…his mother. But I saw him.

In 1983  my husband and I  learned we were going to have our third child.  We already had a thirteen-year-old daughter and an eleven-year-old son. We were much surprised and cautiously pleased.

All went well during the pregnancy.   Our church gave us a beautiful gift party.  And a sweet nursery was in place awaiting its little occupant.   But our little son was born and lived only twenty-two minutes.  Words can’t describe the emotional pain and heartache of giving birth to the little life and then watching him die.

While the doctors and nurses worked to save his life,  I turned my head and saw two angels standing against the delivery room wall on my left. And, no, I’m not delusional! One was a young man whom I had seen years…

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cca-childshallleadthem The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6

‘And I have  led  you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot. Deut 29: 5.  Forgetting God’s promised provision for His children, fear is driving some faith-based groups to encourage Christians to stockpile food and supplies for catastrophic times ahead.  The practice is supposedly based on the example of Joseph in Egypt where God raised Joseph to power in Egypt (world)..to  deliver Israel from starvation during a seven-year famine sent from God.  Disasters such as the Haiti earthquake, New Orleans’ Katrina, mega floods,economic decline, global political unrest, snow storms of historical proportions,war and strife within nations is provoking much fear.   But are these realities reason for the Christian to fear???

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Timely read from Lori Thomason on peace in the ‘end times.’

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Then the End Will Come

Matthew 24:13-14 (MSG)

Staying with it—that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved. All during this time, the good news—the Message of the kingdom—will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come.

 

A young lady who grew up with our daughter is getting married today. We have had the pleasure of watching her grow up. It seems like only yesterday it was prom pictures in princess dresses now today she will don her wedding gown. My daughter flew in to be part of her friend’s special day, so we stopped by a store that she was registered in to choose a gift together. Once inside the store, the gift quickly chosen, she bee lined for the shoe department while I went to choose a card. Greeting cards can…

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