John 12:20-36 – The Way of the Cross

Dear Friends,

When we left off in Chapter 12 of John, Jesus had just entered Jerusalem on a donkey as the people cried Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. The Pharisees were fit to be tied, but Jesus simply brushed them off and went about his business. Father, give us understanding as we continue in John’s Gospel. Speak to us through your word, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

John 12:20-36
20 ¶ And there were certain Greeks [Gk Hellenes] among them that came up to worship at the feast:

Just as Gentiles came to see Jesus after his birth, they now come to see Him before his death. John emphasizes that Jesus is the Saviour not just of Israel, but of the world. (John 1:29; 3:16; 4:42; 6:33; 8:12; 10:16; 11:51f.)

21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

The cancel culture was alive and well in Jerusalem, so much so that some were afraid to be seen with Jesus (v 42). These Greeks, or Greek-speaking proselytes from among the Gentiles, had no reason to fear the Pharisees since they would simply return to their own country. Solomon wrote The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. In other words, it is safer to fear God and be canceled, than to fear man and keep your respectability. People need to see Jesus, and it is up to us to show Him to them, regardless of the consequences.

22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.
23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

Jesus, like Paul, is all things to all men. Rather than quoting Scripture, which these Greeks may not have been familiar with, Jesus gives them a parable that is scientific and philosophical in nature, something the Greeks would relate to. Jesus’ parable shows a fundamental principle of life in Christ — dying. Jesus said If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (Luke 9:23) Therefore, Paul said I die daily. There is no getting around the cross for a Christian. We cannot climb over it, dig under it, or circumvent it in any other way. The only way for a Christian is to take up the cross, die to self, and follow Christ. When we do this, the fruit and rejoicing follow. If we choose to live for self, we will be without fruit and we will abide alone.

28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. [*]
29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.
31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?

The cross is an offense (Gal 5:11) and those to whom Jesus was speaking were offended. They understood his meaning and they did not want to hear that their Messiah was going to be lifted up from the earth. They were happy to cry Hosanna when He was riding into Jerusalem, but now that He is speaking of crucifixion, they are saying who is this Son of man?

35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.
John 12:20-36

 

In this passage, some Greeks come looking for an opportunity to meet Jesus. They approach the only disciple who had a Greek name, Philip. In turn, Jesus gives his last public teaching before He goes to the cross. Jesus gives this discourse just before Passover, as people from all around the Roman Empire have come up to worship. You might say He gives them the answer to the riddle of life: Look to the cross. Die to self and follow Christ.

Around four hundred years before the birth of Christ there lived a Greek philosopher named Socrates. Socrates lived in a time and place with many parallels to modern-day America. Athens had a pagan culture that worshiped the pantheon of gods who lived on Mount Olympus. Things were tense politically and there was much public debate. Although the Athenians treasured free speech and held it to be sacred, they were quick to cast it aside in the case of Socrates. Basically, the charges against Socrates amounted to forsaking the gods of the Athenians and corrupting the youth with his radical ideas. For example, Socrates introduced other new gods and he believed in being guided by an inner voice, rather than merely participating in festivals and sacrifices. Socrates had become very unpopular after some of his students became traitors to Athens. In other words, Socrates was tried for going against the official narrative of the day. He was found guilty by a vote of 280 to 221 and sentenced to death by drinking hemlock. I do not think I know the names of any of those who condemned him, but everyone has heard of Socrates. His ideas have had a major influence on Western culture. Although Socrates was not a Christian, he practiced what he preached and he did not fear death. He faced his sentence with courage. Therefore, his courage to live and die for his beliefs makes him an example for all.

“He is the richest who is content with the least.” ― Socrates

“Be the kind of person that you want people to think you are.” ― Socrates

“To Believe without evidence and demonstration is an act of ignorance and folly” ― Socrates

“If you want to be wrong then follow the masses.” ― Socrates

“Why should we pay so much attention to what the majority thinks?” ― Socrates

“I am a fool, but I know I’m a fool and that makes me smarter than you.” ― Socrates

“Death will be an unspeakable gain.” ― Socrates

 

We see cases like that of Socrates throughout history. A wise person (or persons) persecuted and condemned by wicked men who think they are doing God (or the gods) service. Indeed, when the Dearest and Best, a Man who never wronged anyone but blessed us all, the only One who was ever truly innocent, our blessed Kinsman Redeemer — when He willingly left glory and came to save us, what did we do? We crucified Him. He came to show us the way and that way is the way of the cross. Jesus is unique in that He did not die as a martyr for his beliefs. His death was part of an overarching plan to save us all. He died in our place, paying the penalty for all our sins. As a perfect Sacrifice without spot or blemish, He was uniquely qualified to die in our place. When you receive Christ as your personal Saviour, his righteousness is imputed to your account. If you reject Him, you will die in your sins, separated from the God who created you for all eternity. If you receive Him, you will live with Him in glory for all eternity. However, before you receive the crown you must embrace the cross. That is what Jesus taught us as He led by example.

Much like many of the martyrs we read about in the history books, those who love the truth (Christians) are looking at an increasingly dangerous political climate in these last days. For example, the state of Washington is considering involuntary internment camps for those who refuse to comply with vaccine mandates. This, despite the fact that these mandates keep getting struck down by the courts. Whether anything will come of this is anyone’s guess, but the fact that they are even considering such a thing in America should tell us something about where things are headed. Things are getting darker as the night our Lord spoke of approaches (John 9:4), which makes his words above all the more important: Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.

 

Father, help us each to take up our crosses daily and follow You. We know and believe that your Son died for us and rose again. We know and believe He is coming back again. Help us to die to ourselves that we might live for You. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

* Each of the three times that the Father spoke to the Son from heaven were connected to his death and resurrection: 1) His baptism spoke of his death and resurrection. 2) The transfiguration spoke of his death and resurrection. 3) The passage above speaks of his death and resurrection. The death and resurrection of Christ are how we find and know God.

John 8:31, 32 – 2021 in Review, 2022 in Preview

…..Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
…..And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:31, 32

 

By my count, John used some form of the word ‘true’ in his writings (John’s Gospel, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and The Revelation) approximately 82 times. Let us put on our belt of truth as we reflect on 2021 and look forward to 2022. There is bad news and we cannot sugarcoat it, but there is good news as well.

One year ago, as the sun was setting on 2020, I summarized the year by recapping the ubiquitous gaslighting we were subjected to as they launched an unprecedented biological attack against all humanity in the form of mRNA shots. They were just beginning to give the shots at that time. In 2021, everything the whistle-blowing experts warned us about was confirmed in spades via the government’s own VAERS database. The reported number of deaths is over 20,000 now, but studies conducted by Harvard and Columbia indicate that only between 1% and 5% (respectively) of the adverse events from the shots ever get reported. Therefore, the real number could be as high as two million. Whistleblowers have come forward saying they were instructed by their hospital supervisors not to report adverse events to the VAERS database. (You can see one nurse’s testimony at a Louisiana Health and Welfare hearing here.) So, not only is it true that the shots are killing people but there is also an effort to cover it up. Doctors who tell the truth are being harassed by licensing boards to have their licenses stripped. (Also see Dr Malone interview below.) Why is this happening?

In 2021, they continued the same false narratives working in tandem with the ‘emergency’ that Trump declared on March 13, 2020. This ‘emergency’ is necessary for their ‘emergency authorization’ of the mRNA shots. Without the ‘emergency’, the pharmaceutical companies have no legal cover under the PREP Act. If they admit there is no emergency, or say that the emergency is over, their shots have no legal cover to shield them from litigation. What they are doing is insanely criminal, but they do it under the color of law. The so-called mandates are highly criminal and violate all of the safeguards built into the medical system. That is why they are being struck down by judges, but by continuing to push the shots they continue to make people sick, and can therefore continue the emergency, which they need for legal cover. This may also explain why they gave emergency-approval for 16-year-olds. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986 can now be used to shield them from lawsuits as well, even though the shots are especially dangerous for children.

Therefore, we also had the delta variant ‘emergency’, and now the omicron variant ‘emergency’. The symptoms from omicron are similar to a common cold, but again, they need justification to extend the emergency when it expires this month, just as they did last year. They can no longer claim that the shots stop the recipient from contracting COVID, so they simply claim it makes the infection less severe if you have received the shots. See how they keep changing their story? It all started with ‘two weeks to flatten the curve’. Then we were told the shots were 96% effective. People were promised they could go back to normal life if they took the shots. Then came the boosters and the need to keep the silly masks on. The truth is, the shots make it more likely that you will get sick in the first place, make you susceptible to strokes, heart attacks, and a plethora of other life-threatening illnesses. The truth is, the ‘boosters’ are no different from the first initial shots. The first two shots of the Moderna shot are 100 mcg. The booster is 50 mcg. That is the only difference. Some people are already on their fifth booster, looking forward to their sixth. That is the definition of insanity, since we know the shots do not work. Navy ships and cruise liners that are 100% vaccinated are experiencing outbreaks. Colleges that are 100% vaccinated are experiencing outbreaks. The places with the highest vaccination rates have the worst infection rates. (For example, compare Israel, one of the most highly vaccinated places, with their Palestinian neighbors, in one of the least vaccinated places.) Insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, therefore the boosters are insanity. According to Dr Peter McCullough, in many cases the human body can fight off the spike protein from the first two shots, but it is the booster that is the most dangerous of all because the immune system is too tired to keep fighting by that time.

Yet, much of the public is still under their spell, which causes people to act out in psychotic ways against people who resist the web of lies spun by the likes of Anthony Fauci. In 2021, more information about Fauci came out, how his AIDS experiments killed over two hundred orphans and how he tortured puppies in other experiments (not to mention perjuring himself before Congress).

In 2021 it was further confirmed that the lockdowns and masking are affecting children adversely in the extreme. These things lowered their IQs, stunted their development and motor skills, and caused psychological problems. This was written about by Dr Mark McDonald in his book, United States of Fear. The effects of this hysteria on society are incalculable, with children suffering most of all. Suicides continue to skyrocket. Yet many still seem to be oblivious to what is being done to us. Franklin Graham took the shots, and is now suffering from pericarditis, yet he still recommends the shots. We all have friends and family who are in denial. What is happening? It has been said it is easier to fool someone than to convince them they have been fooled. People fear being ostracized. They fear having to change their worldview. They fear feeling helpless or vulnerable. I think a lot of people are afraid to admit their government could treat them this way. They are afraid to confront the truth. However, the Bible tells us over and over not to be afraid. God promises to supply courage when we need it. (2 Tim 1:7)

2021 made it clear that our hopes of making America great again are gone. One of the main themes of Dragon Slayer Jesus Christ (a book I published in 2014) was that America as we know it no longer exists, as it continues to be incrementally displaced by the new world order. In 2021, Trump continued to shill for Big Pharma and push the shots. I will write in a candidate if I have to in 2024 but I will not vote for Trump again. It is clear now that the money that was used to buy off the governors and the hospitals and make the whole COVID hoax possible in the first place came from Trump. He passed his COVID-spending packages totaling upwards of $4.5 Trillion before leaving office. That is the sum total from the CARES Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Some of that money went overseas to buy off foreign governments as well. It is not clear exactly how virtually all of the world’s governments with only a few exceptions were made to go along with the COVID hoax but they clearly did. The uniform lockstep nature of the COVID protocols worldwide shows the widespread proliferation of the new world order around the globe. I find it interesting that both Trump and Netanyahu lost their positions immediately after they began pushing the COVID agenda for Big Pharma and the new world order. It appears as if perhaps God had each of them in their positions for a reason, and after they caved He no longer had any reason to keep them there. Despite any achievements someone makes during his first three years in office, they do not matter once that person goes along with the new world order and promotes the shots. We all have friends and family who willingly took the shots. Whether Trump is like them, oblivious to the truth of the matter (not likely), or whether he has been compromised (more likely), the end result is the same: he cannot be trusted. Some believe Trump was installed as president in the first place to bring in the COVID agenda. I believe he was turned. When Trump wished Ghislaine Maxwell well in July of 2020 it was clear something was amiss. When Dr Scott Atlas was the one to resign and not Fauci, it was plain to see there was no going back to the pre-COVID Trump. The fact that the 2020 election was stolen in plain view without any serious efforts to do anything about it from our elected representatives seems almost arbitrary now in light of everything else that is happening. I want free and fair elections as much as anyone. I wanted to see our country turned around as much as anyone. But we need to be honest here. We have a lot bigger problems than that now. We are witnessing the rise of the new world order as their agenda shifts into high gear.

That brings us to what should have been one of the biggest stories of 2021, although the mainstream media treated it like a diversion. They covered the Rittenhouse proceedings — basically a routine case of self-defense — like it was the trial of the century, but when it came to a federal case involving the grooming, trafficking, and prostituting of American teenage girls, as part of an international spy/blackmail network … crickets. If there were any remaining doubts as to whether we can trust the media, the coverage of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial settles the issue. Earlier this week the jury found Maxwell guilty on all counts except one, and thus the coverup was complete. Consider just a few key points: First, the FBI seized over 40,000 images from hard drives connected to surveillance equipment at Epstein’s residence, but only 40 of these images were allowed to be used in the trial, nothing that was incriminating. Second, the lead prosecutor in the case was James Comey’s daughter. Third, out of all the victims they had available they only called four witnesses, none of which were granted immunity. In other words, what should have been used to take down the system and drain the swamp was swept under the rug. The conclusion of the Maxwell trial was a fitting end to 2021, encapsulating the new world order takeover of America in a nutshell.

If there was any doubt remaining about the media being new world order, in 2021 we also had them in partnership with Big Pharma denying us life-saving Ivermectin, a wonder drug that fetched a Nobel prize and has been used on humans for decades. All those ‘ask your doctor’ commercials are where the bulk of the money comes from to buy off the media. They are not going to bite the hand that feeds them.

These are what I consider the most noteworthy events of 2021. Other stories could be mentioned, like the political prisoners from January 6, for example. (By the way, the FBI was involved in the initial violence on that day. The boss of the disgraced FBI agent who orchestrated the attempted kidnapping of Governor Whitmer was promoted to the DC Field Office and is now in charge of all January 6 cases.) Suffice it to say that the events I have listed are the most relevant in terms of what is coming next.

 

The Romans named the month of January after Janus, the god of transitions who looked both backward and forward. We not only need to look back and consider how we got here, but forward, to consider where all this is leading. To get a more comprehensive picture of how we got here, I have ordered RFK Jr’s book, The Real Anthony Fauci, and Dr Scott Atlas’s book, A Plague on Our House. The key takeaway is that we are all being steered in the same direction, whether we submit or resist, all the lanes are leading to the same place. Whether we watch Tucker Carlson or Rachel Maddow, we are being led into a world where you will need a vaccine passport for buying and selling. It is already in use in many places, brought in under false pretenses in the name of COVID. By the time they finally admit the whole thing was overblown and unnecessary (that is how the highly predictive SPARS report ends), they will have achieved their goal of a worldwide medical ID. Central banks are already developing digital currencies to be used in tandem with this system. This will be the precursor to the mark of the beast. This is where all the lanes on this road lead to. However, off to the side of the broad road that leads to destruction, an exit leads to a narrow path leading to a straight gate. This is the only path that avoids their inevitable conclusion. Jesus is that narrow path. Jesus is the way out.

Moving forward, the key to navigating 2022 will be the same as it has always been: Remain loyal to the Truth above all else. As Christians we have a duty based on sacred trust to remain loyal to the Truth. Let us discuss how to live that out in a practical way.

First of all, we do not have to ask for permission to do what is right. The people in the Bible who we look to as heroes in the faith did not ask permission to do what is right. They just did it. The midwives who resisted Pharaoh’s orders to kill the Hebrew children did not ask for permission. They simply refused to follow Pharaoh’s instructions. (Ex 1) The list goes on and on. In order to do what is right you have to know what is right. First and foremost, that means knowing our Bibles, but it also means recognizing who we can trust.

Ultimately, we can only trust God. We need to ask ourselves, Is Jesus really our Master like we say He is? Do we really trust Him like we say we do? Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah did. When they had to decide whether to trust Him, or bow down to a graven image, they told their master, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

That is the kind of faith we need to have. We need to settle it in our hearts that we will not go along with the new world order no matter what they do to us. They want to take everything from us. They want our cars, they want our steaks, they want our money, and they want to force us into the metaverse, but they especially want our children. Most of all, however, they want our souls. We need to settle it in our hearts that they cannot have our children or our souls, no matter what they try to do to us. Homeschooling should be the top priority for parents in 2022, but I’m sure some are wondering how they can make ends meet. With skyrocketing inflation and many being forced out of jobs, how can we live?

Early in my walk with Christ I read the biography of George Müller, who never asked for money, yet God used him to support thousands and thousands of orphans. When you trust God, He really does provide. I lost my job managing a print shop in March of 2020 when they locked everything down. I left Los Angeles (where the chief of police now says to stay away because the city is too dangerous) and ended up living on a ranch training and caring for horses and other animals. I lived on the ranch for a year and as a result of moving horses around the country, I ended up getting a commercial driver’s license. I now have one of the best jobs I’ve ever had with no shots required. This has pretty much been the story of my life since I received Christ over 25 years ago. I have moved around from place to place, often broke and not knowing why I was going where I was going, only to see that God really does provide when you trust Him and follow where He leads. If I eventually end up losing my job over restrictions, so be it. I trust my God, wherever He may lead.

The key is to resist. Don’t give in. Trust God. The title to Dr McDonald’s book, The United States of Fear, really gets to the heart of the problem: Fear is what got us into this mess in the first place. If we would not have been afraid of an irrelevant pathogen that is no worse than the flu for the vast majority of us, we would have never been put in this position. If we would not have feared the government but feared God, we would not be in this position, but here we are. They are marching forward with their agenda, claiming they have the authority to upend civilization because of ‘cases’. I have written at length in previous posts about why ‘cases’ are irrelevant. We need to just ignore these people and live our lives as we did in 2019, to the extent we can. The damage is already done and we are going to start seeing the effects multiplied in 2022, not only on people’s health, but the economic well-being of society. As Christians, we deal with challenges as they come, but we never give in to fear. Jesus tells us over and over not to be afraid.

In 2022 we will continue to see more heart attacks and strokes in those who are vaccinated as the cases of thrombosis, myocarditis, and pericarditis increase. These things will be either be blamed on the unvaccinated or else just said to be ‘rare’. These things are not rare though. There are already nearly 300 cases of professional athletes experiencing major heart problems following their shots. This is why they want to keep the data from their mRNA trials secret for 75 years. If people are allowed to see that data it will be plain to see what is causing all the strokes and heart attacks, not to mention all the other horrible adverse events, from losing limbs to blindness and hearing loss to death.

The good news is that those who have had the virus and recovered have antibodies that give them natural immunity and the variants are getting less dangerous. South Africa reported no deaths for omicron and lifted restrictions.

So where does that leave us? I believe that we are very close to the great tribulation period, and therefore the rapture of the church. In 2021 the Pentagon began openly advancing the UFO narrative and NASA even hired a priest (and 23 other theologians) to explore how people will react if alien life is discovered. This looks like preparations for the strong delusion (2 Thess 2:11) that will be used to explain the rapture. When I say ‘very close’ I mean in our lifetime. That is what I have always believed. That is the good news. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. (Rom 13:11) Other good news is that more people seem to be waking up. A lot of people have gone looking for answers and placed their faith in Christ, but even if we were to experience a great revival, it would be too little, too late. That is what God said about the revival that took place in Josiah’s day. (2 Kings 23:25ff) When you consider the implications of all that has taken place over the last two years, there is one inescapable conclusion: the US is ripe for judgment. This is particularly clear considering what is being done to the children. The good news is that in the Bible, times of judgment always coincide with times of deliverance. Whether deliverance comes sooner or later, however, with what we are facing we need to cling to our Bibles and our relationship with Christ more than ever. We must look to the power of prayer. If you were a tank commander in a tank battalion, you would not be very successful if you did not get in your tank and use it. We have a tremendous amount of power at our disposal through prayer, but only if we pray.

 

Father, as we begin 2022, give us the courage of David, the strength of Samson, and the faith of Abraham. I pray for those who have committed these crimes against humanity to be brought to justice. I pray for all who received the shots, that You will strengthen their immune systems. I pray that You will use the tragedies resulting from these policies to draw people closer to your Son. I pray we can have a revival. Give us the wisdom to make good decisions, direct our paths, and supply all our need according to your riches and glory in Christ Jesus in 2022. Give us the courage to stand for the truth. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Presentation by Peter McCullough, MD on 10/27/2021
Interview with Dr Robert Malone, MD, 12/31/2021
Association of Physicians and Surgeons Online
https://myfreedoctor.com/
https://americasfrontlinedoctors.org/
How to use a home nebulizer (diluted iodine or hydrogen peroxide to easily kill the virus where it lives in the nose if you are coming down with COVID-19.)

PS: According to Dr Peter McCullough, you do not even need a nebulizer, just a little spray bottle. I bought a little bottle of nasal spray, emptied it out, and replaced the solution with a diluted solution of ordinary iodine. Dr McCullough recommends 1/2 teaspoon of iodine per 1 oz of water. Then spray whenever you travel or are around people, or if you are starting to feel ill. Spit out any that leaks down into the throat.

John 1:14 – The Word Became Flesh

…..And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

 

Dear Friends,

2021 has been quite a year, for most of us better than 2020, a time of change and preparing, ie preparing to meet our Lord and preparing to endure should He tarry. In my walk, as well as in the lives of other Christians I have been in contact with, I see the Lord directing our paths.

If things are hard for you this Christmas, imagine Joseph and Mary, having to travel to Bethlehem while pregnant without a car. They probably had donkeys but they were still forced into a very uncomfortable and difficult situation by a very oppressive government. I believe that for us, just as for them, the hassles that we are being subjected to will end in joy with the coming of our Lord. For us, some have lost loved ones to the shots, or other criminal practices of a corrupt system. For them, some had lost family members to crucifixion by the Roman Empire. After a hard journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem and searching for a place to stay, only to end up in a stable with Mary going into labor, their sorrow was quickly turned to joy when JESUS was born, and visitors started showing up to worship Him. Things were put into perspective as they beheld our King. Let us keep our eyes on Christ, that we may keep things in perspective.

Father, thank You for the hope we have of an eternity with You in the New Jerusalem and the world to come, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Isaiah 28:15-18 – Coronavirus Part 12

Dear Friends,

In the past, while preparing my notes I have had my computer taken over as if the delete key was held down, only the cursor deleted much faster than it would have if the delete key was stuck. Around that same time, WND reported about a journalist who had the same thing happen to her. The enemy does not want you to receive this information. Read this week’s notes prayerfully and share the information with your prayer partners.

I recently spoke to one of my oldest and closest Christian friends, from back when I used to live in San Diego. Her name is Terry. Terry is in one of the at-risk demographics for COVID. She told me she contracted COVID at the beginning of the plandemic and almost died. She then shared a vision that God gave her when she was on death’s doorstep.

Terry lost a friend who died at the hospital on a ventilator so she decided to just stay home and pray. (For more on the improper use of ventilators for COVID patients, see nurse Erin Olszewski’s testimony or get her book.) Terry said in her darkest hour, when she thought she was going to die, she had a vision of a red horse that was wildly out of control, rushing about and stamping on people and killing them. It was then that God came to her and shielded her, saying “No, you cannot have her. Her life belongs to Me.” (Terry was crying at this point as she was telling me this.) God then told her to “Tell everyone about Jesus.”

What follows is documentation corroborating Terry’s vision, but first, let us consider our text.

In our study on Isaiah 28, I pointed out how the elite have made a covenant with death, the same way Israel had. At that time I had no idea how fast their covenant with death was going to accelerate. For Israel and Judah, it ended in the Assyrian captivity and the Babylonian captivity. In our day, it will end with the worldwide captivity of MYSTERY BABYLON, but as Christians we have nothing to fear. We have the promise of the blessed hope (2 Tim 1:7; Tit 2:13). 

Father, give us understanding as we consider your precious and perfect word. Make us sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Direct our paths, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Isaiah 28:15-18
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 ¶ Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation [the Lord Jesus Christ]: he that believeth shall not make haste [in other words, Christians should be patient].
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 ¶ And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
Isaiah 28:15-18

 

According to Dr Vladimir Zelenko, the COVID jabs are premeditated first-degree murder. Through a statistical analysis of the VAERS data, Dr Zelenko estimates that upwards of 700,000 Americans have already been killed by the shots. The long-term effects will undoubtedly further compound this number, but it is impossible to say how much since there have not been any long-term studies. Regardless, less than a year into this experiment, we already have myocarditis cases, even in pro athletes. Then they are shamed for having the audacity to say the shot harmed them after their careers are ruined. VITT, capillary leak syndrome, and various mystery conditions are cropping up as well (see here and here). Meanwhile, the case for natural immunity keeps getting stronger. After a FOIA request, the CDC was forced to admit they have no record of any unvaccinated individual ever spreading COVID post-recovery. What all these stories have in common is how the media spins them as if nothing is amiss. George Orwell warned us about this. In 1984, it was Winston’s job to doctor the news for Big Brother. The media have to mention the school closings, but they simply say teachers are ‘stressed out’ and ‘exhausted’. However, buried in the article is also the fact that these same teachers are suffering from ‘headaches’, ‘anxiety’, and ‘nausea’. I don’t think there is any question that there is a link to the shots. Are the shots not also linked to the heart attacks at the Travis Scott concert? But it gets worse. According to the FDA, tromethamine is now being added to the Pfizer children’s COVID shots in place of the regular saline buffer (see page 14). To quietly add a stabilizing agent that has been subject to recalls for causing blood clots to shots for kids is next-level insanity. Tromethamine has been in the Moderna shot from the beginning. Could this be the very reason some countries have banned the Moderna shot for young people because of concerns over heart problems? And Moderna is testing their shots on infants now. We are dealing with very disturbed people here. I cannot say it any more plainly than that. The system will attack and demonize people like Aaron Rodgers who refuse the shots and speak sense, yet the CDC director refuses to say whether the CDC themselves actually take the shots.

At the pace things are accelerating, we really have no idea how much more time we may have. The important thing is to tell everyone about Jesus. As long as we are here though, we need to take measures to protect ourselves. Bill Gates has warned that a smallpox attack is coming. Considering how we were told in advance that COVID was coming, we should take these types of statements seriously. We also have the shedding of viruses from the vaccinated to consider. The shots are causing a condition similar to AIDS, which stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. The shots are weakening the immune system of those who take them. Magic Johnson tested positive for HIV in 1991 by means of the same flawed PCR test that they have been using for SARS-CoV-2. The same Tony Fauci who is pushing shots on us pushed AZT on Magic Johnson. Johnson became very sick after taking AZT so he stopped the treatment. He regained his normal health and went on to win a gold medal in the 1992 Olympics. Others like Freddie Mercury who continued their AZT treatments were not so lucky. Likewise, COVID deaths are soaring in some of the places with the most people taking the shots, like Singapore, while the places with the least shots are faring well.

Even if the shots were safe and effective, they are still nevertheless being used to create a system where you will need a vaccine passport (which will also be a carbon allowance passport) for buying and selling. In some countries, like Lithuania, for example, they are already half way there. The only option left for those who refuse the shots is to order food to their homes online. Scientific American recently published an article stating what I wrote about in Coronavirus Part 6, what we have been told for the last year is a conspiracy theory: They want to mark us with invisible ink as proof of vaccination. Rice University says it is like a “bar-code tattoo.” Is this is what Gates meant when he said “We need a new way of doing the vaccines”? This could very well be the mark of the beast. (See notes on John 3:17-21). Maybe it will not be the positive identification microchip, but a vaccine tattoo patch, a scannable dot matrix on the right hand or forehead, linked to a social-credit-score-enhanced worldwide medical ID that proves you have the shot in order to buy and sell.

In closing, this is what I use to boost my immune system:

Zinc 50 mg per day (can increase up to 200 mg if not feeling well)
C 1000 mg (up to 5000 mg is recommended)
D 1000 IU (up to 5000 IU is recommended)
A 10,000 IU
Selenium 200 mcg

If you need to battle COVID or something similar, remember that all therapeutics are not created equal. For example, this chart shows the superiority of Ivermectin ($1 per course) compared to Remdesivir ($3,120 per course). If you must go to the hospital, carefully read what you are given to sign. Some hospitals are reportedly giving consent forms to be vaccinated buried within the paperwork.

Finally, I know it is hard to believe that this is really happening, but it is. If you have a biblical worldview, you understand [t]he heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked (Jer 17:9). People tend to project their own values on others. Since they could not fathom doing such things, they find it hard to believe that others could. The Bible says they can. History proves they can. All the things I write about in these updates are a matter of public record, yet much of the public is oblivious to what is happening. They were oblivious in Nazi Germany as well. They did not know about the death camps. Why? Because they did not want to know. The same is true of us. Our holocaust started in 1973, but that is only half of the story. To see how bad our sins really are, read this Lifesitenews article about how fetal cells are used in the shots. We have sown to the wind, and we are about to reap the whirlwind. Tell everyone about Jesus.

 

Correction 11/17/21: The Scientific American article was published in December 2019, not ‘recently’. I don’t believe that makes much difference though. Tell everyone about Jesus.

Addendum 11/18/21: This post would not be complete without mentioning something from this article from Lifesite news as well:

At this year’s World Health Summit in Berlin, which took place in October, Stefan Oelrich, president of Bayer’s Pharmaceuticals Division, said “We are really taking that leap – us as a company, Bayer – in cell and gene therapies … ultimately the mRNA vaccines are an example for that cell and gene therapy. I always like to say: if we had surveyed two years ago in the public – ‘would you be willing to take a gene or cell therapy and inject it into your body?’ – we probably would have had a 95% refusal rate.”

So in other words, he finally admitted what we all knew (and I posted) from the beginning of the plandemic: They lied to us by calling the shots ‘vaccines’. It was just marketing to make people accept something they would not have otherwise.

The summit in Berlin was an fitting venue for Oelrich to make his comments, since Bayer originally began as a Nazi company that supported the Third Reich.

John 12:1-19 – The Lamb of God That Taketh Away the Sin of the World

Dear Friends,

Although we are only a little more than halfway through John’s Gospel, we are less than a week away from Jesus’ death and resurrection. John will dedicate the rest of his Gospel to the last week of Jesus’ earthly life, except for the last two chapters on his resurrection.

As Chapter 12 opens, we see an intimate gathering where Jesus shares koinonia with some of his closest friends, knowing that soon He will go to the cross. Father, give us understanding as we read thy word, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

John 12:1-19
1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

Here is another one of John’s references to what day it was. As usual, we will see John has a good reason for this.

2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

Pastor Jon Courson notes that here we have three important components of the church: a.) Martha working, b.) Lazarus witnessing, and c.) Mary worshiping. (1)

First let us look at a.) working. Martha had the gift of helps (1 Cor 12:28). That may be a bit of a stretch, since the Holy Spirit was not yet given, but nevertheless, helps is a great gift. When a church has people volunteering to help out there is a vibrant atmosphere of koinonia that blesses the community in a powerful way.

Next, we have b.) witnessing. We do not have any of Lazarus’ words recorded, but his presence alone was a witness (vv 9, 11). It should be so with us. People should see new life in a Christian that it is a witness for Jesus. Witness is not only a verb, but a noun as well: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. The word witness is translated from the Greek word, martus, where we get our word ‘martyr’. Your life should be a witness for Jesus and if necessary, your death too.

Finally, we have c.) worship. Mary’s act of worship is also recorded in Matthew 26 and Mark 14, where we learn that this scene takes place in the home of Simon the leper. We also learn that Mary not only anointed Jesus’ feet but his head as well. In that day, 300 pence (v 5; Lat denarii) was worth about a year’s wages for an average working man. According to Strong, one silver denarius weighed 53 grams in Nero’s time. At today’s silver prices, 300 denarii would be worth about US $13,588. Why did Mary not use her box to prepare Lazarus’ body for burial the week before? Because she was saving it for Jesus’ burial (v 7). When Jesus spoke of his impending death (John 8:28 et al) his disciples did not understand, even when He spelled it out for them (Luke 9:45). But Mary understood. Mary understood a great deal. She wiped his feet with her hair, which went against the social conventions of that day. It was considered immodest for a Jewish woman to let down her hair in public. Mary does not care though. She lays her glory at his feet (1 Cor 11:15). She wants to give Jesus her best, and she is criticized for it, by none other than the disciples (v 5; cf Matt 26:8)! If you give your all for Jesus, do not be surprised if a pastor or someone else in leadership criticizes you. They criticized Mary too, but Jesus said Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. The same thing likewise happened to David when he wanted to give his all for the Lord. His wife criticized him for it. (2 Sam 6) As a result, she was barren unto the day of her death. Contrary to what the critics said, Jesus defended Mary and received her worship:

…..Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her. Matthew 26:1

This box of ointment may have even been something that was supposed to be kept for Mary’s dowry. In worshiping Jesus, Mary gave what was probably her life savings. In turn, it blessed not only Jesus, but the odour, or fragrance, filled the house and blessed all who were present. J Vernon McGee commented that we as Christians ought to break our alabaster boxes (Matt 26:6) as well. If we step out in faith and give our best for Jesus as Mary did, we will not only bless the Lord, but ourselves and others as well.

4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,
5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
10 ¶ But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;

Is it any wonder Jesus called them children of the devil? (John 8:44) Even his rebuke was an act of love. He was showing tough love, which was exactly what they needed. Many of the priests eventually believed. (Acts 6:7; cf 15:5)

11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
12 ¶ On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,

Above we are told that Jesus arrived in Bethany six days before the passover. After the sunset, it would have been the next day. So when we read about the dinner party at the house of Simon the leper, that would have been five days before the Passover. Now it was the next day after that, four days before the Passover, or the 10th of Nisan, also known as ‘Lamb Selection Day’ (Ex 12:1-3).

Thousands and thousands of lambs were pouring into the city of Jerusalem. According to Abraham Mutholath, the Passover lamb was usually taken to Jerusalem by way of Bethphage. Jesus likewise entered Jerusalem by way of Bethphage (Matt 21:1 et al), as He is the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. As worshipers from across the empire were selecting their lambs for the Passover, Jesus was presenting Himself to the nation of Israel as the Passover Lamb. The lamb had to be perfect and without blemish, and Jesus was so judged. (Luke 23:4)

13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

The people crying Hosanna (lit Save now) are quoting Psalm 118:25, 26. Luke tells us that the Pharisees told Jesus to rebuke his disciples, but He replied I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. The Bible says that we Christians are stones, living stones (1 Pet 2:5). When they stop giving glory to Jesus it is up to us to cry out.

Matthew tells us that after Jesus entered Jerusalem, children continued to cry Hosanna in the temple. This caused the Pharisees to be sore displeased (Matt 21:15), but Jesus said Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,
15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.
16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.
17 The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record.
18 For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle.
19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him. [Cf Pr 27:4]
John 12:1-19

 

Jesus fulfilled Zecharaiah 9:9 when He rode into Jerusalem on the donkey, but what about those palm branches? According to the apocryphal books of 1 and 2 Maccabees, 200 years before Jesus rode into Jerusalem the palm branch was a symbol of national pride and triumph over tyranny. After Judas Maccabee liberated Jerusalem from Antiochus Epiphanes, a type of the antichrist, the people waved palm branches in celebration after the temple was cleansed. (2 Macc 10:7)

In other words, not only was Judas Iscariot following Jesus under false pretenses, using his position to embezzle funds from the treasury, but the people singing Hosanna were worshiping Jesus for the wrong reason. They were expecting Him to deliver them from Caesar Tiberius just as Judas Maccabee delivered them from Antiochus Epiphanes. Jesus will eventually crush Rome (MYSTERY BABYLON) and they will wave palm branches in heaven in celebration. (Rev 7:9) At this time, however, Jesus does not intend to overthrow Rome. The crowd is not going to be pleased. In four days, they will change their cry of Hosanna to Crucify him.

In closing, Jesus said his kingdom is not of this world. The kingdoms of this world are destined to fail. Jesus is the ROCK cut without hands, that will smash the kingdoms of this world, reducing them to dust like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors. Jesus’ kingdom will be like a mountain that fills the earth. (Dan 2:34f) Jesus’ kingdom will last forever. The best we can hope for until then is the freedom to share the gospel and live in peace. This freedom is being severely threatened in our day but Jesus tells us not to worry. He is still in control. The people in our passage above were under the yoke of Rome. They saw their Saviour crucified but God was in control. He quickly turned that situation around. It has been said that at Calvary, Satan did his worst, and God did his best. God turned the tables and used it for his glory. Things may look dark in our day, but God can turn the tables for his glory today just as He did then. Just as then, we may need to brace for the worst before God does his best. Time will tell. Meanwhile, we need to keep working, witnessing, and worshiping.

Finally, what if you have never received the free gift of everlasting life? (John 3:16) You don’t have to look like one of these lovely people in our text. In Luke 7, a woman who was a notorious sinner did the same thing that Mary did, brought an alabaster box of precious ointment to Jesus. She washed his feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. Jesus received her just as He did Mary and He will receive you too. All He asks is that you repent, which means to change your mind. If you want the free gift, pray this prayer:

Father, forgive me. I receive your Son as my personal Saviour; Lord Jesus, please come into my heart. Take control of my life. Thank You for the precious blood You shed for me on Calvary. I pray this in your holy and precious name. Amen.

 

Magog Update: If you are a regular reader of these notes, you have observed that we regularly keep tabs on the players listed in Ezekiel 38, 39. In these two chapters, Ezekiel predicts that an invasion of Israel will take place that will be led by Russia (Magog) and her leader (Gog). Russia is joined by an alliance that includes Iran (Persia) and a host of other Islamic nations. The one player that does not seem to fit is Cush, translated as Ethiopia in the KJV. However, as I have previously noted, Ethiopia has been engulfed in a civil war and the situation is fluid. Today, the US began evacuating US personnel from Ethiopia, as it looks like the capital may soon fall to the TPLF, a far-left military organization (along with other military organizations that have recently signed a pact of alliance with the TPLF in Washington DC). It is believed (and supported by Scripture) that the Magog Invasion is post-rapture (more here). Therefore, the more the chessboard seems to be positioning for the Magog invasion, the closer we are to the rapture of the church. We will keep an eye on Ethiopia to see how the situation develops.

 

(1) Courson, Tree of Life Bible Commentary John 7-13, pp 128-133.

John 12:46 – What If Everyone Was A Christian?

…..I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
John 12:46

Dear Friends,

Greetings in Christ!

Question: What would happen if you had an entire community where everyone was a Christian? How might they handle a health crisis compared to the rest of the world?

By the way, you do not find autism among the Amish either. Father, your Son is the light of the world. May all your people walk in his light and escape the coming night, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

John 11:36-57 – Believe

Dear Friends,

Greetings in Christ!!! This week as we conclude John 11 we will look at some of the implications of Jesus’ miracle that we have not yet considered. When we last left off, Jesus wept for his friends and the loss they suffered. As we pick back up, we can see this did not go unnoticed by the people who were present.

Father, give us understanding as we read thy word, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

John 11:36-57
36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

God has a way of doing the impossible, not just in Bible times but today in the lives of all who trust in Him. If God made you a promise He will keep it. The devil will try to convince you it cannot possibly be true; that there is no way that certain person will ever love you back; that there is no way you will ever be used to lead those people to Christ; that we can not possibly escape this downward spiral into the abyss of the new world order. The key to obtaining these (or any other) promises from God is to not give up. The only way to persevere and lay hold of a promise when it looks impossible is to believe that the promise is true. If you do not believe that person will love you back, or that you will be used for the ministry, or that God will deliver you from the new world order, you are likely to give up. Belief is the key. Sometimes there will be a long period of suffering involved, or what the bible calls longsuffering. Or like in the case of Lazarus, Jesus may grant you an instant miracle.

41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

Most of what Jesus did on earth was aimed at increasing our faith; at least the events John chose to include were (John 20:30f). The miracles He performed gave people the faith to persevere through the persecutions that followed in the first century. Because of their faith, how they were willing to die knowing that they were dying for the truth, my faith is increased all the more. Things may get pretty dark before Jesus fetches us back home, but I am confident that any persecution that comes our way will only benefit the church, ie strengthen it and make it grow.

43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

Jesus calls Lazarus by name. If He would have simply said, Come forth, the other dead bodies in the tombs would have tried to come forth too, with their stones still in place blocking them.

44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.
46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.

In John 1:48 we saw Jesus demonstrate his omniscience. In John 3:13, we saw He is also omnipresent. By raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus demonstrated that He is omnipotent as well. Despite all this, some still did not believe. One of the hardest things to accept as a believer is when others do not receive the gospel. This can be especially hard when dealing with family members. The truth of the matter is that there are some who will never believe. That does not mean that we should give up on them; it just means it is out of our hands. We cannot even save ourselves, let alone anyone else. Those who ran to tell the Pharisees may have believed and repented later after Jesus died and rose again. Likewise, you may have to wait until after you die for some of the people on your prayer list to believe and be saved.

47 ¶ Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;

In verse 50, it sounds like Caiaphas is speaking of murdering Jesus to save Israel from the Romans if too many people believe on Jesus (v 48), but verse 51 shows that God was speaking through him, because he was in the position of the high priest. He was prophesying the birth of the church (v 52; cf Eph 2:11-17).

52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one [both Jew and Gentile] the children of God that were scattered abroad.
53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
55 ¶ And the Jews’ passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.
56 Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that he will not come to the feast?
57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.
John 11:36-57

 

Despite the sinister nature of their plotting against Jesus, it was all part of God’s plan of redemption. (Acts 2:23; 1 Pet 1:20; Rev 3:8) As we conclude Chapter 11, I am reminded of the promise in Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. There are people in high places today, in principalities both physical and spiritual, as well as lower-level municipalities and townships, who are planning sinister things against the body of Christ. Although it may look like they are succeeding, they are not. It looked that way when they crucified our Lord, but three days later, He rose from the dead. We have this same promise of victory in our future as well. They wanted to kill Lazarus because of his wonderful and mighty testimony (John 12:10), but he had already died once. Killing him again seems a little futile, does it not? Could not Jesus have simply resurrected him again? The same is true of us. If they kill us they only speed us on our way to be with Christ. We will be raised again in glory with the first resurrection. Whatever they do to us, whatever they may take away from us, we have the promise of life in the world to come. Whatever you can recollect as the best day you ever had on earth or could have in your wildest dreams, maybe with an amazing landscape in Oahu and the person of your choice to spend it with, it pales in comparison to the worst day in heaven when we are together with our King for all eternity. In the meantime, consider that the word believe (or some form of it) appeared three times in this week’s text, eight times total in John 11. Again, John wrote his Gospel so we would believe: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name (John 20:31). Believing that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God is the first step. Next, God wants us to grow from baby Christians into Christian soldiers. He wants us to believe in the promises He has in store for us. If God made you a promise, believe it. God will keep his end of the bargain as long as you keep yours and don’t give up.

 

Prophecy Update: This week’s notes are fitting as we need to keep current events in perspective. The new world order is shifting their plan for worldwide domination into high gear. If you have been following recent news items you may be feeling discouraged or fearful. That is what the enemy wants and if you give in to it, you are falling into his trap. In Revelation 13:2, John saw the full-blown New World Order as a beast that was like unto a leopard. I have always believed that this aspect of the worldwide beast system shows how fast it will rise to power, like a leopard stalking its prey. Indeed, things are now moving forward at brake-neck speed. COVID is simply a manufactured excuse to accelerate the process. This documentary explains in detail.

The important thing is not to give in to fear. The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion (Pr 28:1). And again: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7). The Lord has forewarned us and told us what to do:

Nation [Gk ethnos] shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls. And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:10-28)

Much of the above passage will be fulfilled in the great tribulation period. The good news is that the church, the bride of Christ, does not have to go through the great tribulation period. What kind of groom would tell his bride he is going to beat her senseless for seven years (or technically three and a half) before he marries her? Certainly not our Jesus. Enoch was raptured before the flood. Lot and his family were delivered before God destroyed Sodom. Jesus will deliver us before He unleashes his wrath. Now is the time to prepare ourselves. (Rev 19:7)

John 11:22-35 — Coronavirus Part 11

Dear Friends,

Greetings in Christ!!! Over a year ago I began a series on how to discern the truth when following a news item, using the coronavirus story as an example. If you lived in the city at that time, you may recall the empty streets and an eerie feeling that we were not in Kansas anymore, so to speak. We have learned a lot since then. It is now plain to see that the architects of the new world order have engineered the entire plandemic. They are using it to consolidate power, transfer wealth from the common people to themselves, and in their mind, ‘cull the herd’ since that is how they view us. This week we are going to review what we have learned about the plandemic, consider how we should look at the situation from a kingdom perspective, and consider where God may be going with this. 

Father, give us understanding as we read your word, so perfect, so timeless, so full of wisdom and knowledge, so elegant and efficacious in its ability to sustain us and direct our paths. Your servants are listening; speak to our hearts. Give us the grace to rightly divide your word and properly apply it, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

John 11:22-35
22 But I [Martha] know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.
29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.
30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
35 Jesus wept.
John 11:22-35

 

Jesus wept. I believe this is one of the most profound passages in Scripture — two short words that give us insight into the soul of our Saviour. At this point in our narrative, Jesus knows He will be nailed to the cross in only a few short weeks, but that is not what is troubling Him. He is moved with compassion for the loss that his friends have suffered. Nobody will ever be able to say Jesus does not understand their situation. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Jesus dedicated his short time on this earth to serving others, not out of a sense of duty or obligation, but because He truly loves us, more than we will ever know. Jesus is absolutely selfless. He never built Himself a house, never took a woman; He never used his power to pamper his flesh or aggrandize Himself in any way.

I believe John 11:35 sums up how Jesus feels about the situation in the world today; the situation in places where people are isolated from seeing a friendly face because of lockdowns; the wars and natural disasters that have been destroying lives and displacing families; the worldwide trafficking syndicate that keeps its victims in perpetual slavery; people who have been crippled or killed by the toxic shots that are being forced on us; the rise of the new world order. And yet, although Jesus wept for his friends and their loss, He was able to fix everything with three simple words: Lazarus, come forth. If you have been affected in one of the ways I just mentioned, or in some other horrible manner, keep in mind that however hopeless the situation may look, Jesus knows what He is doing. If you find yourself like Martha and Mary asking, ‘Jesus, why aren’t You here? Why don’t You do something?’, keep in mind, Jesus is still in control.

One thing we have consistently observed throughout this series is that if we rely on the media to keep us informed, we will receive a very skewed picture of what is taking place. When the US took Bagdad in 2003, Bagdad Bob famously told his viewers the Americans were committing suicide by the hundreds and would soon surrender, even as the sound of US tanks rolling into Bagdad could be heard in the background of his broadcast. His comments were comical to anyone who was aware of the actual situation. Similarly, the Bible gives us intel and insight that affords us a kingdom perspective concerning current events. For someone who is well-versed in Scripture, the US news sounds just as ludicrous as Bagdad Bob’s newscasts did. Through the word of God, we can see the big picture. Just as Jesus knew that Lazarus would be walking around soon as alive as ever, when we view the situation in the world today through the lens of Scripture, we know that nothing is as it seems.

If you are a regular reader of these notes, you already have a pretty good handle on what is happening with respect to the plandemic. (In Coronavirus Part 6 we looked at how this pandemic was planned in advance.) Without question, the plandemic is being used in tandem with the Great Reset to bring in the new world order. In our notes on John 3:17-21, we looked at one of the possible ways this plandemic may be used to implement the mark of the beast. If you are not a regular reader of these notes, a very good synopsis of all we have learned can be found here. Despite what we have been told, many doctors oppose the shots. Recently, a group of doctors, including the inventor of mRNA technology, Dr Robert Malone, met in Rome and charged COVID policymakers with crimes against humanity. Their petition, which has already been signed by more than 5000 doctors, can be found here. A recent open letter detailing the complex medical aspects of COVID penned under the nom de plume, Spartacus, was deleted from its original location but can still be found in several other places on the Internet, including here. I recommend you read it. Even though I did not understand all of the medical jargon I learned a lot from it. With this information in mind, let us now look at the latest news surrounding the plandemic:

The preeminent medical journal, The Lancet, has finally published the alternative view that the novel coronavirus was the result of a lab leak, the same thing Zerohedge reported (and I linked to) from the very beginning of the plandemic in February of 2020. Protests against the mandates and lockdowns are now emerging even in places like New York, yet the media still has their blockout in place, keeping this information from much of the public.

Meanwhile, the FDA recently held hearings on whether booster shots should be mandated. Some of the top FDA scientists testified that the shots are killing people in far greater numbers than any perceived benefit of lives saved by the shots. Two of these FDA scientists have quit their jobs in an apparent protest. Nevertheless, the NIH appears to be moving forward with the boosters. In a similar move, Pfizer has declared the mysterious white particles that caused Japan to reject whole batches of the shots are ‘safe’. (Japan has long been a country that exercises caution with vaccines. In the nineties, when Japan stopped mandating vaccines for infants, half of Japan’s new parents stopped immunizing their babies. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome immediately fell by half.) Some countries are scrapping restrictions altogether, but the UN is reportedly planning a permanent lockdown. In other words, the new world order is not going to give up.

At the very beginning of our study in John, I wrote how for many, COVID has become a religion. This is now more apparent than ever. Recently the new governor of New York, Kathy Hochul (D), spoke before a liberal church. She commended them for getting vaccinated. She called them her ‘apostles’ (does she think she is Jesus?) and said it was up to them to spread proper information on vaccines. She said that the vaccines were mandated by God and that those bad people who were not getting vaccinated were out of God’s will. Meanwhile, not only are many healthcare workers quitting their jobs in protest over the vaccine mandates, but hundreds of Navy SEALs are resigning as well. Teachers, police, and professional athletes are also refusing the shots.

Now let us consider the big picture. Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the opposing forces in the world? Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. Noah was considered a right-wing extremist in his day — until it started to rain. After that, he was pretty mainstream. The same will be true of us.

…..In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
…..For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
…..So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
1 Corinthians 15:52-54

In the Bible, judgment is always paired with deliverance and our deliverance is coming soon. For some time now, I have felt that God is going to turn the tables and use the COVID situation for his glory. We have already seen some evidence of this. According to Pastor JD Farag of Calvary Chapel Kaneohe (CCK), the plandemic has brought multitudes to a saving faith in our Lord and Saviour — people who never would have otherwise sought for answers or heard the gospel. Many of these people have contacted CCK to share how the plandemic moved them to search the Internet for answers and ultimately receive Christ. Homeschooling enrollment has reportedly doubled since the beginning of the plandemic. These students have effectively been rescued from institutionalized indoctrination that was preparing them for the new world order. There is also some good news with respect to the virus itself. In much of India, for example in the province of Utter Pradesh, they have completely eradicated COVID through very low vaccination rates and the use of low-cost therapeutics like the wonder-drug Ivermectin. Perhaps this is why Binden instructed PM Modi not to answer questions from the press when he recently visited the White House. If these trends continue, could we possibly see a reversal of the policies that got us into this COVID mess? Maybe even a gospel revival, which is long overdue? 

I believe Jesus is coming back soon, but even if He isn’t He is definitely working in tremendous ways behind the scenes. Many of these ways are highlighted in the prophecy update below (or watch it here):

 

If the Lord tarries, we should be prepared to face the future as best as possible in the era of the Great Reset. This may mean switching careers. As many areas of the workforce are being phased out, you may want to retrain for an area that is growing, preferably one that allows you to work independently. Above all, we need to be in prayer, asking our Lord to direct our paths, being sensitive to how He may want to use us, or more specifically, who He may want to use us to reach. Remember, no matter how badly you may have been affected by the plandemic (or any other event), Jesus can reverse the situation in an instant just as He did for Lazarus and his sisters, and He will. Ultimately, the only way out of this mess we are in is through faith in Christ. In this week’s text we have Jesus’ fifth great I AM statement in the Book of John: I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: We know from John’s vision on the Isle of Patmos that a worldwide holocaust is coming. Jesus is the way to escape it. 

Father, thank You for everything You are doing in the world today. Thank You that nothing is too big for You. Thank You that You have a great deliverance for us the same as you did for Lazarus. Thank You for all who are coming to a saving knowledge of your Son. Thank You for the glorious future You have prepared for those of us who have received your Son. He is everything. We love and trust You, Father, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

John 11:15-21 – To the Intent Ye May Believe

Dear Friends,

Last week when Jesus told the disciples it was time to go back to Judaea, they said it was too dangerous (v 8). Jesus assured them it was safe enough for now, but they did not understand. Thomas expected to be killed along with Jesus when they arrived in Judaea (v 16). Jesus said they had to go and wake Lazarus out of sleep, but again, the disciples did not understand. He then told them plainly, Lazarus is dead. For the disciples, the situation looked gloomy to say the least.

Give us understanding, Father, as we continue in John 11, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

John 11:15-21
15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
16 Then said Thomas [from Heb ta’owm; lit Twin], which is called Didymus [Gk didumos; lit Twin], unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.
17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.
18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off [1.875 miles]:
19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
John 11:15-21

 

John 11 addresses the age-old dilemma of mankind: Death. 

In 2021, we are looking at this age-old problem in its most lethal form: Democide, or death by government. According to political scientist R J Rummel of the University of Hawaii, 262 million people were victims of democide in the 20th century. More recently, seven children were killed in the Kabul drone strike on August 29. Add to this somewhere between 22,000 and 48,000 civilians killed by US airstrikes since 9/11. Considering the role of the military-industrial complex in the rise of the new world order, this is what one might expect. Let us now consider the most recent manifestation of democide in the twenty-first century, one that hits much closer to home.

On Thursday of last week, a sweeping federal mandate was announced that will require some 100 million Americans to take the toxic mRNA jabs in order to stay employed. Aside from the fact that this strategy did not work for the UK or Israel (more here), it is illegal on so many different levels that the mind boggles. (For starters, see the Nuremberg Code, states’ rights, and the Hippocratic Oath.)

For all practical purposes, what we see taking place is a worldwide death cult. As with any cult, followers put blind confidence in their leader or leaders and either ignore or dismiss any information that contradicts what their leader says. (People who are in a cult do not know they are in a cult, because they trust their authority figure or figures.) We are less than a year into this failed mRNA experiment, and already more people have died from the poison mRNA shots than all other vaccines combined according to the Health and Human Services Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting database, VAERS. If you have not downloaded the data from the VAERS database to read it for yourself, I highly recommend you do so. Then ask yourself, why should I take these toxic shots when Congress is exempt from the mandate? When Fauci admitted to Congress that only around half of the staff at the NIH and CDC voluntarily took the shots? When it has been proven that natural immunity is at minimum 13x more effective than the jabs — a question Fauci has no answer for? With these salient questions in mind, let us consider our Scripture passage in its historical context.

In Lazarus’ day, the cross was feared throughout the Roman Empire. Half the population consisted of slaves which kept the empire functioning, yet had to be regularly replaced as their numbers were depleted through attrition. The ancient world was a dark and dangerous place. Things are looking dark in our day too, but perhaps not quite as dark as in Lazarus’ day, at least not yet. Before we consider Lazarus and how his story applies to us today, let us consider what Scripture has to say about our day, or days soon to come.

In his book, The Oracle (Charisma Media, 2019), Jonathan Cahn explains the principle of the jubilee, how everything eventually returns to its original state. According to Cahn, God applies this principle in many different ways beyond what He outlined in Leviticus 25. The great tribulation period will be what Cahn calls a ‘dark jubilee’ — a return to the Roman Empire that ruled the world at the time of Christ. Nebuchadnezzar foresaw this final empire as iron mixed with potters’ clay (Dan 2:41-43), separate from the legs of iron representing the Roman Empire. This is how things appear from a human perspective. In Daniel’s vision, however, Rome and the New World Order were both one and the same, represented by a single beast (Dan 7:7). That is how God sees it; the New World Order will simply be an extension of the old Roman Empire. And this final empire is rising in our day. The COVID era has made it plain to see that there is a centralized power structure implementing monolithic policies, at least in terms of public health. Countries that resist this one-size-fits-all approach are frowned on in the media. 

The mayor of Chicago wants department heads and deputies to pledge allegiance to the “new world order.” Health officials in Australia have been speaking candidly about how contact tracing fits into the “new world order.” In fact, George H W Bush introduced the rise of the new world order in his Gulf War speech on September 11, 1990, exactly eleven years before the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon. More recently, his son, George W Bush, compared Trump supporters to al-Qaeda. (This narrative-flip painting patriotic Americans as terrorists is not new. I wrote about it in Dragon Slayer Jesus Christ.) Although Rome has changed her image and her methods since the early days of the empire, she has maintained her original headquarters and many of her traditions. She still wields an enormous amount of power worldwide. In the great tribulation period, the false prophet will be a Roman:

…..And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Daniel 9:26

The city and the sanctuary were destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD, therefore the prince that shall come will be a Roman too. Ie, the false prophet will be a pope. This is something many Catholic and Protestant scholars agree on. One of the preparations for the mark of the beast that the false prophet will eventually implement is unilateral control of our private bank accounts. The government is therefore preparing to monitor all transactions of any account containing over $600. This plan is in the works but still subject to congressional approval.

Meanwhile, many other components of the mark of the beast are being quietly phased in with negligible resistance: Canada is encouraging businesses to comply with the Chinese social credit system, a system which according to the Canadian website can penalize non-compliant businesses with ‘public blaming and shaming’ and ‘being blacklisted’. In the UK, they halted their plans for a vaccine passport only to do an about-face a day later. In Turkey, citizens are protesting their vaccine passports but in Israel, there are plans to implement DNA testing in conjunction with their Green Pass vaccine-passport system, a dystopian scenario like the one portrayed in the movie Gattaca. Italy has just approved the vaccine passport mandate for all private-sector workers. Here in the US, one in five say their employers require them to get the shots. It remains yet to be seen how that number will be affected once the pending challenges to the new federal mandate pan out, but that is not the real issue.

If the (now deleted) Deagel report is any guide, we can expect to see mass depopulation soon, probably beginning this fall as the flu season kicks in and the variants created by the shots begin to multiply. Deagel is a military intelligence website. Their page for the US that previously predicted a US population of 100 million by 2025 now only shows the current population with no future projection. Of course, I can not say exactly when this will take place, but I think we can expect to see a major spike in mortality rates over the next few years based on the Deagel report, the VAERS database, and what top scientists have said (forward to around 36:30). We have known they are planning to depopulate for quite some time; not just because they openly write about it, speak about it, and even engrave it in stone, but most of all because the Bible says so (Rev 6:8 et al). Even if mass depopulation was not imminent, it seems almost certain that vaccine passports are leading to a worldwide medical ID that will be a precursor to the mark of the beast. The vaccine passport system is already being used by a landlord in Florida to evict the un-vaxxed. The mark of the beast, a mark on the right hand or forehead, will likewise be used in this manner worldwide (Rev 13:16-18). This brings us full circle back to this week’s text. I don’t know about you, but after considering these things, I need some good news. With all that has been happening over the last year, many Christians are having doubts and anxieties, but once we apply our text to our current-day situation it will put things in perspective. It has been said that God loves a cliff hanger. Considering our text, you might even say He loves a cliff drop. Lazarus was already dead.

The situation was not just bad, it looked like it was too late to do anything about it. Martha even seems to be blaming Jesus for not coming in time (v 21). Mary will make the same insinuation (v 32). Jesus, however, said He was glad He was not there to heal Lazarus. Because Jesus saw the big picture. He was teaching his disciples that they could trust Him, even when things look hopeless. He purposely waited so that they would believe; neither Thomas nor Martha, not to mention Mary, were able to see the big picture — the victory over the grave that Jesus had planned for Lazarus, or the victory over his own grave that was soon to follow. We are now only a few weeks away from the cross. Jesus sees it coming but He remains steadfast and unfazed — because He sees the big picture. Here in 2021, things may look terrible, but Jesus is still in control. He is making all things new, just as He has done from the beginning; just as He did in the lives of Joseph, Moses, and Job. Just as He did in the life — and death — and life of Lazarus. Jesus takes impossible situations and uses them for his glory; our situation is no different. Joseph’s moment of deliverance came when Pharaoh promoted him. For Moses, it was when God parted the Red Sea. For Job, it was when God spoke to him out of the whirlwind and restored everything he lost twofold. For Lazarus, it was when Jesus said Lazarus, come forth. For us, it is the blessed hope. It was prefigured by Enoch, Elijah, and our Lord and Saviour. It’s a promise. Its coming is as certain as a sunrise. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

 

Father, thank You for sharing your plan with us and showing us what the future holds. Thank You for your promise to never leave us or forsake us. Thank You for your promise that no weapon that is fashioned against us will stand. Thank You for the great salvation and mighty deliverance You have prepared for us. We love and trust You, Father. Thank You most of all for giving us your Son, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

PS: However you feel about the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, it presents a new opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission. Some 48,000 Afghans have already arrived in the US. You do not have to leave the country to be a missionary. God sends plenty of people to the US from all over the world. Jesus told us to preach the gospel to every creature.

John 11:8-14 – Lazarus Is Dead

Dear Friends,

Greetings in Christ! When we left off last week, Jesus informed his disciples it was time to go to Judaea again, two days after they heard Lazarus was sick. Give us understanding Father, as we read your word, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

John 11:8-14
8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

If a man walks during the day, the light of the sun keeps him from stumbling. Jesus seems to be saying although there is darkness in Judaea, He will be protected in his mission as He is the light of the world.

In John 9:5 Jesus said As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. Now that Jesus has ascended into heaven, it is the church that is the light of the world. Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, the body of Christ reflects the light of Jesus.

10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

Jesus called the great tribulation period the coming night (John 9:4). Jesus is still in the world working through the church via the Person of the Holy Spirit. Once the church is removed, the Holy Spirit will no longer be working through the church to withhold evil in the world (2 Thess 2:6f). Jesus said the gates of hell would not prevail against his church (Matt 16:18), but the same is not true of those who get saved during the tribulation period (Dan 7:21; Rev 13:7).

11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
John 11:8-14

 

If you are a regular reader of these notes, you know that for more than a year I have been writing about how the war on Christianity (and freedom) has been accelerating. When I wrote on the rise of the death cult in my notes on Isaiah 28, I had no idea we would see it manifesting itself so quickly and so nakedly as it has since the plandemic hit. Considering these developments and how things are continuing to speed up (newer more deadly variants, more attacks on human freedom worldwide, etc), let us consider what it means to be a Christian. Being a Christian means going from being dead in our trespasses and sins to being made alive in Christ. Lazarus was dead, but Jesus made him alive. This is what Jesus does for all who repent and put their faith in Him.

Jesus told the church in Laodicea that He wanted them to be either hot or cold. This church in Asia Minor represents the last period of church history, ie us. In other words, He was also speaking to us when He said if you are lukewarm, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Many years ago when I committed my life to Christ, I found that many who called themselves Christians had no real faith in the Bible, let alone any desire to learn what it says and obey it. I find this to still be the case today in 2021, which is heartbreaking considering how close we are to the rapture of the church and the strong delusion (2 Thess 2:11).

Today at school I was talking with some of my fellow students, many of whom are married. They were talking about their love lives. One of them spoke very candidly about his ‘baby momma’, with whom he has had two children while still remaining married to his wife. When he asked me if I was married or had children, I told him I have never been married nor have I even had sex since I became a Christian twenty-five years ago. He then said he considers himself a Christian. I want everyone who reads these notes to understand what is expected of you if you are going to commit your life to Christ and receive the free gift of everlasting life. In a word, repentance, which simply means to change your mind. Repentance was the first thing John the Baptist spoke about when God broke four hundred years of silence from heaven (Matt 3:2) and the first thing Jesus spoke about when He began his public ministry (Matt 4:17). In order to become a Christian, you need to change your mind about the way you live your life. Paul wrote about this in his letter to the Ephesians (cf 1 Cor 6:9-11):

…..But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
…..Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
…..For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
…..Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Ephesians 5:3-6

If you are caught up in fornication or idolatry you need to repent. These notes are meant to encourage you and the good news is that God’s mercy endures forever (Ps 136). Consider the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15). After the Prodigal wasted his inheritance and found himself starving in a pigpen, he realized he needed to repent and go back home to his father. If you are a daughter or son of God, you will not be content to live in a pigpen either. Eventually you will realize that you need to repent and return home to your Father. For the last year, I have been telling you that we are in a war. If you do not want to become a casualty in this war you need to put your armor on. This includes the helmet of salvation and the breastplate of righteousness. To be saved (to put your helmet on) you need to repent and trust Christ. To put the breastplate on (receive the righteousness of Christ), you need to repent. You will still stumble and sin at times but [i]f we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Jesus said Lazarus is dead, but before too long He will make him alive again. Whatever you have done, no matter how terrible it may seem in your eyes, if you repent Jesus will resurrect your dead soul and give you new life the same way He raised Lazarus from the dead. More on this next week.

…..O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 136:1