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Eph 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

With much humility and love in my heart for all men, I share this relevant post which discusses same-sex union versus God’s ordained union between male and female. I share the post in the hope that our loving Father’s words on the subject might remind all of His glorious gift of procreation. The post is NOT a rant against individuals who have chosen the same-sex lifestyle. The post is NOT an invitation to be unkind, unmerciful, or to protest against individuals among us who have chosen the same-sex lifestyle. They are, after all, our friends and neighbors whom we love.  Since every concept has an opposite and each extreme of the unit reveals the other – the post IS a contrast/comparison of the origins of the Procreative Union vs the Same-sex Union.

The text discusses sexual sin and may not be appropriate for all readers.  

From a biblical platform, the Adam/Eve  procreative unit is a type of Christ and the Bride…the Church…the Family of God. (Heb 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Dangerous is  the unproductive same-sex replica the adversary is using to deceive participants away from God’s earthly and heavenly plan for man. ( Rom 1: 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:   27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.   28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.’)

The Song of Solomon is a beautiful glimpse into the God ordained love relationship between a man and his bride. It expresses Christ’s love for the Bride and the high and honorable state of the intimate relationship within marriage. While the high and exalted agape love from God in our heart loves the unlovely and loves neighbor as self, we are aware of the low and dishonorable deception that has raised its head against the honorable estate of marriage and defiles the marriage bed.   The same-sex deception attempts to void God’s most beautiful relationship….the Adam and Eve procreative partnership….and replace it with a fruitless replica. Not only does Satan want to destroy God’s holy institution of marriage and family, but he desires to replace it with his own reprobate evil.  And most evil of all is found in an act that would defile the portion of flesh used by God to both perpetuate human kind and to represent His covenant with man through circumcision….Israel…the Church. Acts 7:8  And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat Isaac, and circumcised him the eighth day; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat the twelve patriarchs.

God’s use of the natural to show the spiritual begins with the Adam and Eve union with  Adam as a type of Christ who became sin to redeem his bride.  Ro 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.)

God’s First Family:    Ge 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  Ge 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Matt 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Ge 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

The very core of man’s life on earth is his procreative propensity….his ability to reproduce…to perpetuate the species upon the earth.   Designed by God, it is a type of Christ and the Bride whose offspring are the children of God.  Ge 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 

The Holy Family is the ultimate purpose of God for his children. He desires renewed fellowship with the Adams and Eves like the original loving and personal relationship enjoyed in Eden.   (John 17: 22 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.)  God continues to

CHRIST PRAYS FOR HIS FAMILY – THE CHURCH : I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

intensely want personal fellowship and relationship like that revealed to Peter.  Matt 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’    The offspring of intimate relationship with God are called the Children of God…the Church.   So, of course, the Destroyer/Uncreator who hates the Family and what it represents….has constructed his own version of family…a same-sex lust relationship that is empty and nonproductive.  It is the opposite of God’s procreative and life-giving union between and man and a woman.  Not only is the same-sex relationship fruitless…but it can, when finished, destroy both body and soul. (Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:   25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.   26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:   27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.  28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers   30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

 As with all sin man is given ample opportunity to turn from it. But when man insists on embracing its deadly fire…he chances reaching a point of no return. God will not be mocked. Sin when finished is death. Like Sodom and like in the days of Noah, in these contemporary times we find ourselves confronted with the same wickedness. Some mourn and are offended when confronted with such depravation….while others embrace it fully. Yet with each choice a man or woman makes, he or she also chooses the consequences.   Matt 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Many today accept the scientific theory which insists that homosexuality is the result of genetic malfunction.  If the homosexual is a product of genetic malfunction… then God must be immediately indicted as unjust, unmericiful…and a liar for pouring out wrath on the homosexual men of Sodom and of Gomorrah who attempted to rape the messengers sent from God ( Gen chapter 19).  But the following Word reveals God’s purpose for the body of man…and gives evidence about why the Destroyer seeks man’s destruction:  

 Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;   

 1 cor 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

 The enemy of our souls wishes us to believe man’s scientific-theory explanation for homosexuality. He does not wish us to know his degenerate purpose is the destruction of the sanctity of life – the procreative process.  The  Destroyer/Hater of God not only hates the procreative relationship that reflects the family of God…he hates God.   His hatred is matched only by God’s love. Satan’s destructive propensity is matched only by God’s creative propensity.  A spiritual war of historic proportions is raging and since only God has power over Satan…we clearly see the carnage. Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  He who wishes to indwell us is Greater than he that is in the world (satan) and is the only Victor.                                                                      

 The homosexual man or woman has succumbed to ‘the most subtle deceiver’ who is the enemy of all creation – the destroyer. In Eden, God empowered Adam and Eve with Free Will – with the power of choice. We are their offspring and heirs.   (Matt 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.)  All sin is dangerous since ‘sin when finished is death.’   But sin against the body has particular consequence.  God’s desire for offspring is accomplished only through spiritual relationship and fellowship by way of the Holy Spirit…and is accomplished in and through the Christian’s physical body.     1 Cor 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

Yet the loving Father of man continues to seek out the children who are lost so they can enjoy the magnificent things He has prepared for them – the greatest of which is Life. God is faithful in His promise of redemption!!!     Matt 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Too, He is faithful in His promise to those who refuse sonship. Heb 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  Yet the loving and pure heavenly Father continues to seek and to save those that are lost. He continues to desire that none perish….but that all come to repentance.

Rev. 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

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Lori Thomason shares her thoughts on ‘Rest’ and peace for 2015.

Originally posted on pure devotion:

Season of Rest

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

 

Do you remember all the chaos of New Year’s fifteen years ago, when 1999 would become the dreaded Y2K? It was a problem with technology identified by programs in digital and non-digital documentation. People went a little crazy fearful of their assets in banks, etc. It snowballed to epic proportions as the effects of “Y2K” would be a worldwide problem essentially causing a global shutdown. Well, as the ball dropped in Times Square that night people all over America held their breath in anticipation only to discover that life went on as usual despite a year of anxiety and…

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They are my kids.

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The Reblog, “They are my Kids,’ is a timely post addressing the ‘value’ of each individual! The Caucasian school-teacher mother who adopted the sweet black son when he was very young- is personally known to me. Her personal thoughts relating to the current Ferguson crisis (and other recent events)  is a MUST READ and profoundly heart-wrenching for all humanitarians!!

Originally posted on Not What I Was Thinking:

Last winter when I was still living in NYC, I worked just one block from my home. On cold, snowy nights, I especially appreciated the ability to just scurry home.  On one such evening, I came across some of my young high school students, having left our classes shortly before, scraping snow off the hood of a car and throwing the packed snow at each other.  Not a good decision in that they could have scratched what I recall was a nice car and no one wants to end up in the middle of a snowball fight when just walking down the street.  Not to mention their parents were expecting them home.  So, I stopped them, discussed the lack of wisdom involved in that decision, and sent them on their way. I watched them walk toward the subway to be sure they actually were moving along before turning to head…

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Since I posted the Page, ‘Elijah (Elias) / John the Baptist in 2009,  the Page continues in 2014 to receive 30-40 reads per day. I am not surprised since hearts know times are serious and know prophecies are being fulfilled.  Christians around the world are seeking to learn more about the forerunner and the signs of the Second Coming of Christ.  The prophet Elijah, as he is named in the Old Testament (Hebrew)..or Elias, as he is named in the New Testament (Greek),  is one of the most unusual prophets of God in scripture. He is unique because of the particular office he holds as forerunner of both the First and Second Coming of Christ to earth. Old Testament prophecies point to the coming of Elias to earth as forerunner of Christ.  Part of the prophecies were fulfilled as Elias preceded Christ at His First Coming as John The Baptist. The final act of Elijah (Elias) will be his return to the world

John the Baptist's office as forerunner began its 'decrease' and Chirst's redemptive mission began to 'increase.'

John the Baptist’s office as forerunner began its ‘decrease’ and Chirst’s redemptive mission began to ‘increase.’

again as the forerunner of the Second Coming of Christ. For details on why this blog is named ‘Internet Elias’ – see the page ‘About Internet Elias’ to learn of a life-changing personal encounter I had with the spirit of Elijah (Elias) in April of 2005.

Mal 3:1Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.  

Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:     6 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:                                                                                                                                                             

Prior to revisiting the natural realm in the person of John the Baptist ( forerunner of Messiah’s First Coming) , Elijah (Elias) had been translated  to Heaven in a Chariot of Fire and held in store to fulfill his office of forerunner of both Messiah’s First and Second Coming. In the person of John the Baptist for Messiah’s first coming,  Elijah surely is one of the two witnesses in Revelation chapter eleven who are seen preaching the kingdom message of Messiah to the ‘remnant’ covenant people of God who have never ‘heard’ the gospel.  The ‘remnant’ are those chosen of God who were closed to the hearing and receiving of the Gospel according to Isaiah 6: 9-13 “And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.  10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.  11  Then said I, Lord how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 And the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.  13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.’ 


Old Testament prophecies point to the coming of Elias to earth as forerunner of Christ.  Part of the prophecies were fulfilled as Elias preceded Christ at His First Coming as John The Baptist .  The following verses show clearly that Elijah (Elias) and John the Baptist are the same inner spirit man:

Elijah’s  appearance and dress:  2 Ki 1:8 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It is Elijah the Tishbite.  

John’s appearance and dress: Matt 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

Isaiah’s prophecy of the forerunner/crier who prepared the way of Christ: (Isa 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.)   

John’s cry in the wilderness: Matt 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias (Isaiah), saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  

Confirmation that John the Baptist is ‘Elias which was for to come.’ (see verse 14): Matt 11: 7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?      

8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.  

9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet  

10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee  

11Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.  

12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.  

13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.  

14And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.15He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  

The following scripture verses are the most potent  found  describing  Elijah (Elias) /John the Baptist as forerunner of both the First and Second Coming of Christ

Matt 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?   11  Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.  12  I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.  

‘Shall first come, and restore all things” refers to the second appearance of the forerunner when Elijah (Elias) will preceed the Second Coming of Christ. Remember that he preceeded the First Coming embodied as John the Baptist.   Revelation chapter eleven  gives the account of  the second appearance of  Elijah (Elias)  which is immediately followed by the restoration of the remnant of Israel.  Thus, ‘Shall first come, and restore all things.‘  ‘Blinded’ remnant’s spiritual sight is restored in Rev. 11:13 and are ‘affrighted and gave glory to God.’ As prophesied – the remnant acknowledges Christ as Messiah.

Rev. 11:3-13  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.  7 When they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.  8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.  9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put into graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.  11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.  12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither.   13 And the same hour there was a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven .  

‘Is come already, and they knew him not’ refers to John the Baptist whom they beheaded.  Matt 11:14 “And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. 15 He that hath ears to hear, LET HIM HEAR.’

New Testament Events                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mount of  Transfiguration: Unveiling of the Two Olive Trees/Two Candlesticks/Two Witnesses of Rev. 11:3:        Elijah (called Elias in new testament Hebrew)  appeared with Moses.  The two prophets were joined by Christ who conversed with them. Christ’s face shone as the sun. His raiment was white as the light.  Then a bright cloud overshadowed them. A voice out of the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”  Peter, James, and John fell to the ground in fear.  Jesus touched them to renew their strength.

The Malachi scriptures below apply to both the First and Second coming of Christ. But has particular implication for the First Coming/Redemptive Act.  ‘Who may abide the day of his coming”…applies to the First Coming in that ‘there is none righteous…no not one.  All of man was concluded in sin. None could be counted righteous at His coming. But afterwards… righteousness would be restored in ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world’ for sin…for each man who believes.  ‘Refiner’s fire, fuller’s soap, refiner and purifier of silver, offering in righteousness’….and so forth…refers to the Redemptive death of Christ.   The same scriptures have implication for the Second Coming since the same ‘purifying and cleansing’ process will happen for the spiritually blind and deaf remnant of Israel..(Rev.11:13…..the restoration of the remnant is the last event of the Tribulation or time of Jacob’s Trouble …IMMEDIATELY before the Return).

Mal 3:1Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.   3 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:  4 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.    

Prophecy relating to Elias as forerunner of the Second Coming

Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:     6 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:  

(2 Peter 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.)  

Elijah of the Old Testament                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ORIGIN AND APPEARANCE:   (Elijah/Hebrew alliteration/Old Testament: Elias/Greek alliteration/New Testament)    Nothing is known of his parentage.   He is one of the most unique and dramatic prophets of both the Old and New Testaments. Rugged in appearance and dress, he is a prototype of John the Baptist.   2Ki 1:8; Matt 3:

First Event: Appeared before the idolatrous king, Ahab,  announced a drought lasting throughout the days of Elijah’s prophesying 1 Ki 17:1

Second Event: In the wilderness by divine command, beside the brook Cherith, Elijah depended on unclean birds to give his food 1 Ki 17:2-6. His faith was tested by the drying up of the brook. (ch 17:7)

Third Event:  Elijah was sent by God to the famine stricken city of Zarephath  to be fed by a widow who had supplies enough for one more meal. (ch17: 8,9).    On arrival he begged for a drink of water and a piece of bread.   She told him she only had a handful of meal and a small amount of oil in a cruse, (ch 17:12).   Elijah told her to ‘fear not’ and promised her plentiful supplies through the famine, (ch 17:13,14)

Fourth Event:  In the loft of the widow’s house at Zarephath, her son was dead as a result of the famine. Through mighty prayer, Elijah brings the boy back to life  (ch 17:17-24)

Fifth Event: Idolatrous  King Ahab  summoned the false prophets to Mount Carmel by command of Elijah. (ch 18: 17-19)

Sixth Event:  (1)The prophet called the people to a decision about God, and challenged the prophets of Baal to a fiery test, (ch 18: 20-24)                  (2)  The false prophets fail the fiery test  (vs 26-29)

Seventh Event:  Drought ended after Elijah prayed for rain (ch 18:41-46)

Eighth Event: Elijah fled the wrath of Queen Jezebel. Rested under a Juniper tree..discouraged.. exhausted.. desired to die, but was fed by an angel ..then went to Mount Horeb (ch 19: 1-8)

Ninth Event:  Complained to the Lord and was given a better revelation of the divine character and methods (ch 19: 9-13)  Commanded by God and anointed two perspective kings..as well as his own successor (ch 19:15-17)

Tenth Event: On a farm at Abel-meholah…Elijah found Elisha plowing and cast his own mantle on him to show Elisha was called to be the successor of Elijah. (ch 19: 19-21)

Eleventh Event: In the vineyard of Naborth, as wicked Ahab came to claim the possessions of Naboth whom he murdered,  Elijah pronounced doom on wicked Ahab and his wife. (ch 21: 17-24)

Twelfth Event: Elijah called down fire from heaven which destroyed two companies of soldiers sent by the king of Samaria to capture Elijah.(2 Ki 1: 1-12)   Later,  Elijah pronounced the doom of the idolatrous king. vs.16

Thirteenth Event: Elijah traveled with Elisha to the Jordan River where he smote the river with his mantle…and the two passed over on dry ground.  They stood conversing and Elisha asked and received a double portion of anointing from Elijah.  Afterwards..a chariot of fire separated the two and took Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind. (2 Ki 2: 1-11)

Elijah (Elias) of the New Testament (John the Baptist)  

(Both the preaching of Elias as John the Baptist and the preaching of the two witnesses (one of which is Elias) fulfill Matthew 24:14  “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all the nations; AND THEN SHALL THE END COME.”   The spiritually deaf and blind remnant of Israel have never heard the gospel until they are ‘restored’ by the prophesying (preaching) of the ‘two witnesses'(one of whom is Elias).  These were blinded from the time of Isaiah and were kept from the Gospel until the time of their restoration.  Isaiah 6: 9-13.

Matt 3: 1 “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness  of Judea, 2 And saying, Repent ye : for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  3 For this is he that was spoken by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.  5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan.  6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.”

Mal 3:1Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.  

Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:     6 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:  

Elijah (Esias) in the person of John the Baptist was the forerunner  Messiah at Christ’s First Coming.  Elijah (Esias) was translated  to Heaven in a Chariot of Fire and held in store to complete his forerunner office before Christ’s return in the Second Coming.  Elijah surely is one of the two witnesses in Revelation chapter eleven who are preaching the kingdom message of Messiah to the covenant people of God who have never ‘heard’ the gospel.  The ‘remnant’ are those chosen of God who were closed to the hearing and receiving of the Gospel according to Isaiah 6: 9-13 “And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.  10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.  11  Then said I, Lord how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 And the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.  13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.’ 

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I only ‘reblog’ posts (to Internet Elias) from Christians who are grounded in the Word. Lori Thomason’s Pure Devotion blog is the real deal. Read and be blessed.

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Due Season

Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 (NKJV)

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know what is the way of the wind or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.

It’s my season. No, really I believe that it is my due season. The Word of God promises that if we sow in the morning and do not “withhold your hand” or keep your seed that you will prosper from one or both activities. Seed put in the ground is guaranteed…

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Lori Thomason discusses occupancy of the Holy Spirit.

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Welcome Mats

Ephesians 4:29-32 (NKJV)

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

 

We built our house over ten years ago. It was the first time that I had ever dealt with construction with all previous dwellings having already been lived in. When we found our home, it was nothing more than a cleared lot with a cinderblock foundation. Plumbing pipes shot up through the foundation but beyond that it was inhabitable. As we walked around the property, I prayed for God to direct us. Was this to be our new home? We didn’t even know what it would look like when it was finished…

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Eph. 6:11   Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  14 Stand therefore having your loans girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quence all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.’

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 weThe Overwhelmed Heart are now 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 Bethlehem. Gentleness has already won over brutality.  Servitude has won over lordship. Love has won over hate. Life has won over Death. 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

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

The Gentle Shepherd is King

the midst of war.  The Prince of Peace is already crowned as 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.

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