The Biblical “Being in the wilderness” situation

Some people have seen and heard me make reference to this and weren’t sure what I mean by it so I decided to write this up and hopefully it might help someone. 🙂

This is going to get a little more personal today because I feel the need to try and reach out in an attempt to hopefully send out the message to others that are likely in equal to worse situations.   I have some friends at a distance and some prayer partners that have been keeping tabs on us and believe me that’s appreciated.  🙂

 

What does “being in the wilderness” mean?

http://www.gotquestions.org/wilderness-experience.html

This is as good of a clean and well written overview of what apparently is happening to a lot of Christians right now from my gatherings.  This most definitely applies right now to my family and I.

When you combine this with the effects and fallout of  living on an increasingly evil planet and all that goes with it, seen and unseen. (Ephesians 6)  it’s not a pleasant situation to say the least.

I can’t say there was any recent spiritual mountaintop experience that immediately preceded this per se although I can say that last year, 2015, the Lord delivered us out of a nasty cult situation and a spiritual entrapment issue involving some of the people from there at extensions.   This could have been a LOT worse for what it was but it was bad enough.

During that same time period my mother went through a hip replacement process that was much easier than it should have been and essentially saw a miraculous healing in that she was walking around a week after the fact and needed virtually no physical therapy.  This is someone who is pushing 70 and has advanced arthritis and a couple of MRIs that made a health insurance company offer to hire her legal services because they thought she had been in a bad car wreck.   Everyone was amazed at how well she did and how smoothly everything went from start to finish. It was jaw dropping.

The truth of the matter is that I feel like I’ve spent most of my life living in the wilderness. A friend of mine and I once talked about “being stuck behind those four walls.”   I wonder if I ever did get out?  We all feel that way here.  “The only way out of this mess is up” like LA Marzulli (and others) keep saying.  I suspect that’s likely true but we have no idea how long that’s going to take and we have to get along in the mean time.

If we are mostly satisfied that this isn’t an outright punishment or chastisement scenario… and there may be some degree of chastisement even at that… this overarching wilderness scenario is certainly in play. No doubt about it.

From what I have gathered a lot of Christians are in this boat right now and if you combine this with the increasingly Lot like vexxation of living in increasingly evil surroundings with no way out but up then it starts to paint a bigger picture.

This blog entry isn’t very eloquent but I hope this potentially puts this in sharper relief for anyone that reads it.

I sincerely hope and pray that on our end we don’t do or not do anything that needlessly prolongs the process. The Israelis went around the same mountain “in the wilderness” 40 years because of unbelief and that spooks me.  ‘Round and ’round you go…

Typically the other main reason people are in these situations is they are set aside for detox (from bad teaching, experiences, etc.), healing (we definitely need some here in a big way), and being prepared for whatever comes next.  (No idea)

Protection.  This is very conceivable. We could very well be under protection from any number of things, temptations, unseen elements… who knows what?

 

Biblical passages that are upfront for us:

Proverbs 27:1, Matthew 6:25-34, Philippians 4:6-7,  Matthew 7:7-8,  Psalm 37 is loaded but especially 1-5 , Ephesians 6:10-18,  2 Corinthians 12:9   this one is tough. It almost reads like a backhand slap on its face and a dismissal of sorts although I know that’s not how it’s meant.  It’s way above my pay grade and I freely admit it I don’t understand that or how it works.

Proverbs 3:5-7.    This is right at the center of things.  Don’t lean on your own understanding.

Jeremiah 17:9    This is a nice cousin to what is said in the above Proverb. This is part of why we can’t and shouldn’t lean on our own understandings because right now my own understandings (and outside interference) are tempting me to do any number  of rash and stupid things.

Luke 18:1-8   A parable that demonstrates on of numerous aspects of God’s character, generosity, and how views earnest prayer vs a hyperbole contrast.   An example of the kinds of promises we are claiming and clinging to in terms of prayer.

WORRY/CONCERN:

See? Worry. I’m not supposed to being doing that.  😉

The Bible makes a lot of mentions of “sloths” “sluggards”  “lazy” and/or even parables about the man who buried the talent in the sand and so forth.

Wasting…squandering….  I worry about these things and of being guilty of them and I always have.  Yes, there’s that “do not worry” violation yet again. 😉

I’m very good at worrying and fretting I’ll have you know. I have it down to an amazing art form complete with years and decades’ projections and prognostications that would make Nostradamus blush.  I’m happy to report that I have a miserable accuracy record on said projections and believe me: Nothing would make me happier than to continue that losing streak! 🙂

Due to numerous circumstances including some bad teaching that I picked up over the years I admit that I have spent far too long and still worry that I was and even am still guilty of at least some of these concepts. I have repented of all of these things many times over regardless of whether they are all applicable or not. That’s where I’m at. I’d rather overshoot and overkill.   Even if I am guilty of all of those things He can still fix it.

I do understand that there are numerous macro issues that are not my fault and beyond my control as well especially given the context of coming New World Orders and things that go along with that.  There is a lot of fallout from the likes of that several decades’ worth of tidal wave.   I am someone who likes to solve problems and fix things and some of this I simply can’t nor is it my responsibility.

 

PRAYER:

One thing I find myself praying a lot is essentially:  Lord, don’t let me dishonor you.   It sounds simple on the surface but that’s a loaded prayer.

 

SPIRITUAL ATTACKS:

https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/3-3-16-prayers-and-exhortations/

This is all still well in play for us and a lot of other people. It’s daily or close to it.

Going to a shrink and taking pills will not make this all go away.  Honestly if it where that simple I’d happily do it.  Unfortunately I’m not in the mood to commit suicide which is what happens to far too many people that take those pills after they disassociate and especially after their doctor doesn’t put them on just one but up to three at the same time!  No thanks.

There is a time and a place to handle potential chemical imbalance issues but I know that isn’t the case here for us and way too many people I have been matching notes with.

But I digress.

ENCOURAGEMENT:

Take a careful read through Romans 8 because there are many promises in there that we here certainly are clinging to very tightly and counting on and if you are a believer in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you, too, can claim these promises.   🙂

We have a lot to be thankful for and are indeed blessed in a lot of ways and we have attempted increasingly to concentrate on these things which I recommend to everyone.

Colossians 3:1-2    This is an example of a passage that I really would like to strive more towards but I can’t do it.  Only the Holy Spirit can do it and I really want him to because it doesn’t have a “nuts and bolts practicality” to it on its face.

Phillippians 4:11-13

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.    (I really would love to get to this level  -EW) 

12I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  (Amen, the only way!)

 

 

 

 

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3-29-16: An ominous double standard and more…

DOUBLE STANDARD ON GHASTLY TRAGEDIES:

In a Facebook prophecy group someone wrote the following:

Has anyone else noticed that the Easter bombing that targeted Christians in Pakistan has dropped completely off of the news? The Belgium attack killed 35 people and injured 300, and coverage for that went on for days. The attack in Pakistan killed 69 and injured 341.

This is a very good point and like we have seen before, for me, the reasons are obvious as I will detail below.

The last blatant incident was of course the Paris attacks. That was the end of the world but a bunch of Christians that were killed in Africa several months prior to that..a higher body count by the way… was ne’er a peep in the news.   It’s really not very subtle.

BACK IN NOVEMBER 2015:

https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/daily-round-up-11-18-2015/

In November 2015 note the “AFRICA and social commentary of sorts”  segment.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/02/africa/kenya-university-attack/index.html

It’s another round of this.   The Paris attacks happened in November 2015 and it was bad… not taking anything away from it…but it was the end of the world and we had the Facebook social experiment with everyone donning French colors to show solidarity but in April 2015 prior to that we had this ghastly bloodbath with ne’er a peep in the news and I don’t seem to recall anyone showing solidarity in social media with the Kenyans.

Honestly this isn’t very subtle.  If Christians die that’s no big deal at best.   If it doesn’t benefit a certain agenda and help further certain agendas it disappears.   The Pakistan story is another case in point. Adios!

You can read into all of that any way you want.

I really believe we are at the point on a spiritual level where if the “Powers that Be” could round up all the Christians right now they would do it but they can’t yet for a variety of reasons and not the least of which is, of course, The Restrainer of 2 Thessalonians 2:6  is still in place.    That’s ultimately what’s behind this obvious narrative double standard whether that’s the full and direct intent of every last person or not. That is the overarching Luciferian quality to the entire thing.

It could be a photo finish, folks.  Hang on tight.

MIDDLE EAST:

TURKEY:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-calls-on-its-citizens-to-leave-turkey-now/

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Report-ISIS-planned-attacks-on-Jewish-kids-in-Turkey-449499

ISRAEL ENCOURAGES CITIZENS TO LEAVE TURKEY

It just continues to be increasingly volatile and bad news in Turkey with Erdogan the autocrat sitting at the helm. What makes this more murky is we still aren’t clear if Erdogan has been in some degree of collusion with ISIS or not but obviously the Israelis are taking no chances all but issuing a mandate for any and all Jews to get out of Turkey. This is serious.

 

ISRAEL

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/209981#.VvkLBVt97nA

The IDF is now considered the 11th most powerful military in the world.  Not bad for a space of land that’s roughly the size of New Jersey.

TEMPLE:

Temple Institute Inaugurates Registry of Biblically Eligible Kohanim

A bit of a nuts and bolts about a new registry to help select certain kinds of priests necessary for preparing the Red Heifer.   It shows me yet again where the expectations are and that this is a group of people taking actions that tell me they expect things in the near future as opposed to x number of decades away. Watch this closely because I still suspect the ever-increasing Temple Mount issue to become a major flashpoint in the near future at least in diplomatic circles if not beyond.

Note the recent flap over the cameras on the Temple Mount as another example: http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Jordan-Cameras-to-be-installed-on-Temple-Mount-to-document-Israeli-violations-448478

No one is satisfied with the cameras but there they are, 24/7 recording all events on the Temple Mount and I personally expect these cameras to stay and possibly more surveillance to be added over time.  Will these be part of the mechanism that people will be being the Two Witnesses during the first part of the Tribulation?  Very likely in my opinion.

ODDITY:

Temple of Baal reproduction coming to Times Square

I think this is all too fitting and appropriate on a number of levels and I will leave it to you to read into that any way you want.

3-17-16: While we have been distracted

We interrupt the nonstop steady stream of WWE Reality TV bread and circuses, at least in ‘Murica!, to bring you…

 

MIDDLE EAST:

ISIS:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/kerry-determines-is-committing-genocide-in-iraq-syria-2/
Kerry determines IS committing genocide in Iraq, Syria

The Obama Administration is FINALLY admitting that, no duh, ISIS is committing awful atrocities and possibly even “genocide” in Syria!  No kidding?!

 

TURKEY-RUSSIA-KURDS MESS:

Note the dates and timestamps on the stories.

YESTERDAY: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-17/syria-ambassador-to-the-un-says-russian-forces-redeploying/7252816
Syria’s ambassador to the UN says Russian forces ‘redeploying’, labels opposition chief a ‘terrorist
Whoopsie!  I think someone let the cat out of the bag perhaps?  Russia may be pulling back some of their ground troops but if anyone thinks we’re going back to pre October 2015 conditions in the Middle East they are sorely mistaken. Russia is not leaving or going anywhere.

TODAY: https://www.rt.com/news/335949-putin-russia-op-syria/
Putin: Russia may deploy forces back to Syria ‘in mere hours’ if necessary

We may as well take it straight from Russia themselves.  Yes, they can redeploy at the drop of a hat.  I think there is some kind of feint and chess move going on here that I am not sophisticated enough to fully figure out although I think we have at least one clue here:

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Russia-supplied-weapons-to-Iraqi-Kurds-448154
Russia supplied weapons to Iraqi Kurds
In my opinion I think this Kurdish situation has something to do with the Russian posturing change.

Think “proxy war.”  Think “attrition.”  Think “enemy of my enemy is my friend”  so why not give Erdogan’s biggest bane…he’s obsessed with the Kurds…a nice boost?

This was another concept that was suggested that the Americans should have done to have the Kurds operate against ISIS incidentally.  The Kurds are not perfect but I’d rather deal with them any day of the week vs ISIS, wouldn’t you?

Russia has never gotten past the incidents with Erdogan in the last several months from the shot down airplane on through.  There is more than one way to skin a cat and we must never underestimate or forget that Putin is extremely shrewd and patient.  Erdogan’s recent actions including taking over the media have been autocrat and despot 101 and I’m hardly trying to cast the Kurds as white knight saints, either.  This is going to get ugly but ultimately I expect the loser to be Erdogan.   The day that Russian airliner went down was the end for him.

That Kurd weapon story happened in Iraq and I want to be very specific here since I’m making a leap and I admit it here. Since “Iraq” essentially doesn’t exist any more and unless I’m really nuts a Kurd is a Kurd…  is this really a reach to think that perhaps Russia has been or will also throw the Kurds giving Erdogan his headaches a bone, too?

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/Amid-Russias-withdrawal-ISIS-announces-the-killing-of-Russian-military-adviser-in-Syria-448314
Amid Russia’s withdrawal, ISIS announces the killing of Russian military adviser in Syria

I think we can expect Russia’s redeployment sooner rather than later.

 

HIGH STRANGENESS?:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/uber-driver-says-iphone-app-possessed-him-during-deadly-michigan-shooting-spree-163751269.html
Uber driver says iPhone app possessed him during deadly Michigan shooting spree

Maybe?  We go down a lot of rabbit trails here that range from MKULTRA and mind control concepts on through but it really doesn’t matter. It was an evil and demonic act no matter how we got there.

More than likely: He’s building up for his insanity plea.

EXHORTATIONS, PRAYERS, and ENCOURAGEMENT:    

https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/3-3-16-prayers-and-exhortations/

^^Ongoing for many of us to varying degrees.   Hang in there! 🙂

3-4-16: While we were distracted…

Let’s talk some shop. 🙂

MIDDLE EAST:

ISRAEL:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4774325,00.html

Report: Hezbollah prepares for ‘biggest war ever’ with Israel

Which war? Psalm 83 perhaps?  Everyone is getting ready. All of Iran’s proxies.

Hamas is arguably and even more pressing and immediate threat that might go first but ultimately it won’t matter. Then, of course, we can’t forget ISIS. Who blinks first and when?

SYRIA:

COUNTRY WIDE BLACK OUT WITH NO KNOWN CAUSE:
https://www.stratfor.com/sample/situation-report/syria-entire-country-without-power

^^ Here is the original story and the timestamp.

Here is a follow-up that I had to find being circulated from official Syrian sources:

“The electricity ministry said power was being restored and service would resume by midnight (22:00 GMT), TV reported.”

They still have no clue why this blackout happened in the entire country. It probably isn’t hard to figure out with all the war and everything but..we’ll see. I honestly was halfway wondering what I might see when I woke up this morning because that’s how close I think some of this is.

There have been occasions in history where something like this happens as a prelude to an invasion or some other major event along those lines so I don’t think I overreacted when I went to bed honestly wondering what I was going to see this morning.

It’s not a surprise given five-year of war and havoc that their infrastructure is likely shot but no one has a clue why this happened or how this happened nonetheless.   I halfway wondered when I went to bed last night on this news and woke up this morning what I was going to see.  Was I going to see Isaiah 17 get finished off?   I didn’t think it was a very high probability but I had to consider it.

This was and is a big deal potentially. Whole countries going dark without any clear cause and especially in that region of the world in the context of everything else is highly suspect.

What’s next?

TURKEY:

http://www.businessinsider.com/turkey-eyeing-closer-business-ties-with-iran-2016-3

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Syria-divisions-aside-Turkey-eyes-closer-ties-with-Iran-446922
Turkey is eyeing closer business ties with Iran

Now we get to it.  It’s just a question of when and how we get Turkey in the Ezekiel 38 coalition along with everyone else.   They aren’t staying in NATO.

Money makes the world go ’round. It doesn’t necessarily have to be conflict to get the job done. There are numerous ways to skin a cat.

http://www.debka.com/article/25276/Saudis-ready-to-give-Syrian-rebels-missiles-against-Russian-warplanes-and-tanks

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/turkish-authorities-just-seized-control-of-the-countrys-largest-newspaper-2016-3

Turkish authorities just seized control of the country’s largest newspaper

This is an ominous sign in any country and typical under dictatorships. Why did they do this?

Something is coming.

 

SAUDI SHENANIGANS:   (It made me chuckle saying it out loud, what can I say?)

SAUDIS ARMING SYRIAN REBELS AGAINST RUSSIA

I’m going to employ a simple phrase that I’ve heard numerous times over the years in various media and it’s always said with a certain trembling and angst behind it:  “This is an ill omen.”

Are the Saudis for real? Their kingdom is barely hanging on by threads.   The foolishness of this staggers my mind.    Iran and Russia are quite the formidable duo to say the least.   Methinks some people need to get real and quickly.
ISIS:
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Jordan-thwarts-ISIS-suicide-bombing-plot-inside-country-446632

JORDAN THWARTS MAJOR ISIS SUICIDE PLOT IN COUNTRY 

Did you hear about this anywhere in America? Of course we didn’t.

They are too busy distracting us with the continued “reality TV” in its worst sense, bread and circuses instead.

This was a potentially big deal and there will be more of this to come. Jordan’s kingdom is also on the bubble and with all due respect to His highness considering the bulk of his populous leans sympathetic to ISIS? Have your Lear jet on hot standby, sir.

https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/breaking-news-in-an-11-hour-battle-jordanian-forces-destroy-isis-sleeper-cell-planning-major-terror-attacks-to-destabilize-the-kingdom-heres-the-latest/

Joel Rosenberg broke this down in vastly superior fashion than I ever could here. I agree about praying for these folks but I also want to indicate the following:

As a point of reference, Jordan is also on the boards for some eventual Bible prophecy that has not occurred yet and we’re not sure when but like a lot of the rest of this I suspect it’s in the near future and may be one of several dominoes that start falling in concert.

Jeremiah 49:1-6, Zephaniah 2:8-10, and Ezekiel 25:14 all refer to Jordan and events that have not happened yet. I owe Bill Salus the hat tip for the easy references on those verses courtesy of his new book The Now Prophecies which I highly recommend.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/20000-ISIS-bound-uniforms-seized-in-Spain-446910

 

20,000 ISIS-bound uniforms seized in Spain

Which country was this loot headed for?  I wonder.   It’s well documented that ISIS is well fortified in every conceivable sense in terms of assets, resources, and acquiring more of them.  It can’t be overstated what a volatile and unpredictable wildcard the represent on top of everything else.

All bets are off.

 

KINGS OF THE EAST:

Implications of Greater Chinese Involvement in the Mideast

GREATER CHINA INVOLVEMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST

This shouldn’t surprise anyone.  I am in the camp that absolutely believes they are or will spearhead the “Kings of the East” referred to in numerous Biblical prophetic passages.

DAYS OF NOAH/LOT:

Listen to that and remember: Everything being discussed here is what has been trickled out into the mainstream as de-classified.  Classified runs at least 10-40 years ahead of the streets by even the most conservative estimates.  Because of that honestly? I’ll make the call: I think we’re there.

PRAYERS AND EXHORTATIONS:

https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/3-3-16-prayers-and-exhortations/

I will be re-indicating this blog entry on occasion in hopes that it’s an encouragement to anyone that sees it with all thanks to the Lord if that’s the case.  🙂

3-3-16: Prayers and Exhortations

EXHORTATIONS AND NOTES:

This is going to be a different kind of blog entry today.

In my last blog entry I want to re-indicate the “spiritual challenges” section: https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/3-1-16-grab-bag/

For the sake of space and brevity I’m not going to repeat it all here.  Please look that section over first at least and then we can get into the follow-up here.   I’ll wait. 🙂

Ready? 🙂   Ok, moving forward:

When I posted that and some other related comments about demonic oppression on my Facebook page the like-minded feedback and “we’re having the same problems/ we’re dealing with this” blew up rather quickly.   I’m not surprised.

I can’t help but notice in a birth pangs context that this “ramping up of evil” and fallout thereof has gone right along with it.   It’s as if we have crossed an unseen threshold in more ways than one in recent years and I think this is a big part of it.

I understand and I am not trying to diminish “mental/emotional duress/illness/ etc.”  issues… that’s certainly in play too… but this is clearly something else past even all of that. It capitalizes upon any and all weaknesses and amplified them to an excruciating degree.   There are certain  hallmarks that are tip offs that I feel the links that I posted in that previous blog entry spell out as well as can be done that people need to watch out for.  If we know the Enemy’s tactics we can be better prepared to handle said issues.

I highly recommend an in-depth study of Ephesians 6. Slow and methodical because we are living it and we all need to learn more about putting on and keeping the “Armor of God” on at all times.

If you have any kind of friends or family around then remember that Jesus Himself said that when two or more gather in His Name He is there.  Believe it and use it.

Have a Bible study. It doesn’t have to be fancy.  Recently my family and I reinstated the family Bible study. That got lost by the wayside when we got sucked down into that…well, I won’t call it a church… cult last year.    There really is something about reading the Bible out loud and getting into it. Nothing fancy. Some extra and deliberate offense as it were.

Even if you’re alone…try it. Reading the Psalms out loud is a great place to start. 🙂

 

PRAYER:

Doc Marquis at http://www.itsagodthingproductions777.com   has an email mailing list and from time to time will share prayer requests and such for people he corresponds with. Last night he sent out an email bomb for some people who had a prayer written in it that goes to all of this that I thought was spectacular.

I am going to post that prayer here with the names removed because it’s a prayer template I think we can all use as a frame of reference to work off of. Plug your own names in there. Plug in names of people you know that need the prayer support. 🙂

Here is that prayer that Doc Marquis wrote with a heavy nod and thanks to the Holy Spirit:

“Please ask our brothers and sisters in Christ to agree with me in prayer for (insert name here)

Father, In the precious name of Jesus Christ our Messiah, and according to your Word…Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Lord, we come before you to pray for our brother/ sister in Christ, (insert name here)

Lord, we are instructed by your Word to…Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). Your Word tells us that fulfillment is…Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law (Romans 13:8). Lord, we love our brothers and sisters in Christ and ask for your perfect will in (insert name here) life.

Lord, we stand on your Word as it says…Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may  forgive you your trespasses. (Mark 11:24-25).

Lord, we ask that you replace (insert name here)  fear with power, and love, and a sound mind as your Word assures us…For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

Lord, may the Holy Spirit bring to (insert name here) heart truth as promised in your Word… And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32). May (insert name here) come to trust you according to your Word.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5). For your Word declares…God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good (Numbers 23:19)?

Lord, your Word warns us… The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

We claim that abundant life for (insert name here).

In the name of Jesus, Lord, we assist our brother/sister in Christ, (insert name here), in putting on their whole armour of God as your Word declares…Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:11).

Lord your Word instructs us…And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19).

In the name of Jesus we bind the evil forces that are coming against (insert name here) and we loose the truth of the Word of God into her life. Lord, we ask that you heal (insert name here), allow them to walk amongst men as a mighty testimony unto you.

We pray all these things according to your Word…Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 18:19).

Lord, we once again stand on your Word as it says…And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him (1John 5:14-15).

Lord, we ask that you give (insert name here) the strength to endure. Give them peace that passes all understanding for your Word tells us…But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 40:31). And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace (Luke 8:48).”

 

3-1-16: Grab Bag

MIDDLE EAST:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Israel-Syria-used-chemical-weapons-during-ceasefire-446556

Israel says Syria used chemical weapons during ceasefire

This could become a big deal.  In the past Israel has made no bones about it that if they caught ISIS or other elements with certain weapons like these and especially if they determined they were directly threatened by said weapons that it would be attacked and destroyed in large-scale including up to attacking Damascus.

https://www.rt.com/news/328887-damascus-devastation-drone-footage/

Here is some recent drone footage from inside Damascus from a month ago.    I don’t have to know anything at all to see a place that’s well on its way to full desolation. It looks irretrievable now.  It would not take much coming from the likes of this to finish the place off for good.  We see in Isaiah 17 a prophecy that I believe has been in slow motion process for the last few years will suddenly come to a swift, shock and awe conclusion.  Many of us suspect Israel will be the cause for that culminating event but it’s not something to be dogmatic about.

CULTURE AND SOCIETY:

This is broadly speaking of course:

From September 2015: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/20/fashion/move-over-millennials-here-comes-generation-z.html
More recently:  http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-generation-z-born-in-the-digital-age-2015-2
Generation Z… the post millennials.    Try and digest that concept.

The “first native digital generation” is one of several descriptions that stand out to me and especially when I think about transhumanism and some other overlapping concepts that I fully expect to culminate in the Antichrist’s Mark of the Beast.

These kids will take that Mark at the drop of a hat and will want to. Plenty of people would do it right now.  Why? Because I think it’s already a given now what kind of concept that Mark will be as we see the evolution of RFID, biochips, and other technologies like these. It will be cool, attractive, desireable, high tech, and it may offer some perks like false immortality or some other incentives.  It will be something people deliberately choose and want to.

For me, this is another academic, attrition talking point staring us in the face.  How does a society on any scale continue on what’s being described there? I’m trying to imagine a world where the broadly described Generation Z is in charge of it and my mind reels. Having the millennials in charge is a bad enough concept. This is even worse.   Again, broadly speaking.

I sincerely wonder if Generation Z might be the end of the road based on everything we are seeing now.   Time will tell but I strongly suspect it may be.

DAYS OF NOAH/LOT:

Here is just one snapshot of daily happenings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5-1PHZgNpA&feature=youtu.be&a

How much longer can this drag out and who wants it to, really?  This is with “The Restrainer” still in place? Are you kidding me?

Matthew 24 Jesus talks about the lesson of the fig tree.  Matthew 24 is all about the time leading up to His Second Coming. If the fig tree is Israel coming up out of the ground and that clock started in 1948… then in verse 34 he’s finished describing a slew of events finishing with said fig tree and its development he concludes with: “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”

If some of us are reading that right, and I really hope we are, then “that generation” would have to be the baby boomers.  If so then I can only hope it doesn’t come down to the wire where we have to wait until the last baby boomer on the planet is in a nursing home somewhere at 120 years old and right before they breathe their last breath this thing finally turns over.    That really would be a “photo finish!”     Just something to chew on.

 

SPIRITUAL CHALLENGES:

Spiritual warfare:  Read Ephesians 6 slowly, carefully and consider doing an in depth study!
DEMONIC OPPRESSION

You can’t medicate this away, folks.  Often times that might even make it worse.

A lot of us have been having a lot of problems in this area. This has been huge in our household on a lot of levels and we covet your prayers. I know a lot of the rest of you are going through similar or even worse challenges.

I hope the following links are of some potential help and useful to you all.  I tried to pick the best well-rounded, “down the middle” articles that I could find.   This is all made worse in an increasingly isolated society.  It’s like some of us fell through the cracks. What do we do?

Anyways, I hope these are helpful. 🙂
https://carm.org/questions/about-demons/what-demonic-oppression

https://carm.org/questions/about-demons/what-kinds-things-can-open-you-demonic-oppression

https://carm.org/questions/about-demons/what-should-i-do-if-i-suspect-demonic-oppression

http://www.gotquestions.org/demonic-oppression.html  Strongly disagree with them recommending anything from Tony Evans at the bottom but this article is good.

http://www.charismamag.com/spirit/spiritual-warfare/17397-symptoms-of-demonic-operation     I can’t vouch for a lot I see from this source but this article was excellent.

 

HE WHO HAS EARS…

When you cry wolf far too many times it’s hard to believe anything you say when and if the time comes something serious may have happened.

I do pray for a certain individual and his family right now for safety and healing across the boards even though I have serious doubts about a certain person’s interpretation of said events because of what I stated above.

 

PARTING SHOT:

When you’re looking for a political messiah, instead of the Messiah, you have made them an idol.  You have made (insert any nation’s name here that applies) your god.

^^ This is all over the planet and that’s not an accident. Some of it from potentially surprising sources.  Even the elect could be deceived, right? Why not get a precursor and a warm up on that, too, along with everything else?   Who says we can’t? We’ve seem warm up on virtually everything else.

Pray, discern, listen, and be wary.   If it sounds too good to be true? It is.

2-25-16: Cauldron of Madness

“Ooooh yeah…”    Some of you might catch the reference at it relates to that title. The only thing missing is the word “the” before “Madness.”  🙂

Sorry. A little lame attempt at levity before we jump into this:

MIDDLE EAST:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-Dozens-of-Russian-generals-in-Syria-killed-after-a-car-bomb-hits-their-military-base-445975

Report: Dozens of Russian generals in Syria killed after a car bomb hits their military base

Keeping tallying it up. How are the Russians going to respond to this?

I almost have to chuckle except it’s deadly serious.

With that in mind,

Watch this sequence:

http://www.debka.com/newsupdate/15198/Riyadh-Ankara-prepare-for-deployment-of-Saudi-F-15s-in-Turkey
A delegation from Saudi Arabia’s air force arrived Thursday morning at Incirlik air base in southern Turkey to complete operational and logistical preparations for the deployment of four Saudi F-15s at the base on February 29

Wow. They’re really gearing up for this insanity and stupidity.  Keep praying, folks. This could be a leap year for the ages.

This is foolish.

As I reported in my previous blog entry:   https://banditzlayer.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/2-22-16/

NATO has already wisely signaled that Turkey will be left hung out to dry so I just can’t believe they really think they’re going to stand well against Iran-Russia-Syria.

http://www.newsweek.com/hamas-fracturing-israel-should-be-worried-429836

OP-ED: Hamas fracturing… Israel should be worried.

It goes without saying doesn’t it?

This is OP-ED is well researched and written.  Please take the time to read it.

We are never far from the influence of Iran in so many things.   They are the masters of the art of the proxy war and are more pragmatic than a lot of people often think.  Just recently I finished reading “The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower” written by ex CIA operative Robert Baer.  I am impressed with Baer and I am on a streak right now of reading all of his main non-fiction books.  This book was written in August of 2009 and is still surprisingly timely in terms of its explanation and geopolitical breakdown. I understand always having a certain caution reading anything and especially from someone that was involved in this line of work but reading books like these with the Bible prophetic cap on is quite the illuminating eye opener.  Some of Baer’s analysis and projections from 2009 are bearing fruit right now.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/25/politics/russia-ceasefire-syria-kurds-turkey/index.html

U.S.: Russia uses ceasefire process to seize key Syria territory

No! Say it ain’t so!

 

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208532#.Vs8d6Xlf3ya

First ISIS Attack in Israel?   

It seems likely.

ISIS has made no bones that they have every intention of making their way in to Israel same as anywhere else. What has struck me in recent months was ISIS personnel expressing open respect for the IDF but making assured claims that they had plans and the right time and place to make inroads.

ISIS is a wildcard termite like element that is virtually everywhere and not to be underestimated. JV league they are not.   It’s difficult to quantify their full effect in the mix in addition to the usual suspects.

If a literal Psalm 83 war scenario is to take place my gut suspicion is that it will be in large thanks to the ISIS component.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208537#.Vs8ioHlf3yZ

Netanyahu: Nuclear deal enabled Iran to pay terrorists’ families
Israeli PM says new package offering tens of thousands of dollars to terrorists’ families made possible by western sanctions relief.

This shouldn’t surprise anyone.

In the ME if you had honest and objective brokers tracing the money the bulk of the problems lead back to Iran and Saudi Arabia running proxies.  Those are you two biggest 800 lb. gorillas in the room far and away despite their rivaling Islamic beliefs.

The nuclear deal has been nothing but an epic win for Iran across the board. Follow the money and what they are doing with it and the lifting of sanctions.  This Russian S-3000 deal has been hanging in the air for several years because of those sanctions…no more.

How The Iran-Russia-Syria Alliance Is The Middle East’s ‘Number One Problem’

How The Iran-Russia-Syria Alliance Is The Middle East’s Number One Problem

Bingo!

Even more secular and “mainstream” news outlets are finally starting to wake up to this.  That is your lead Ezekiel 38 alliance.  Everyone better get used to this concept and narrative from here on out.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/kerry-advises-against-new-iran-sanctions-as-khamenei-backs-anti-us-candidates

Kerry urges no new Iran sanctions as Khamenei backs anti-US candidates

All of the above is thanks to a nice big assist from… the USA!  Way to go! Incompetence simply cannot explain away this self sabotaging and self defeating to an art form that the West’s leaders and American leaders continue to demonstrate.

This is more of a farce than even our “elections” or certainly comparable. Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guard are in charge no matter what. Never forget that.

DAYS OF NOAH/LOT:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/scientists-claim-can-create-babies-7441572

Scientists claim they can create babies without men by injecting eggs with artificial sperm

…And we want to do this why?…

What’s still classified? Right.

 

BIG BROTHER:

Derek Gilbert at Skywatch TV did a fantastic job breaking this down but I want to take a  shot at it myself.

http://www.businessinsider.com/mark-zuckerberg-on-virtual-reality-2016-2

Virtual reality is coming thanks to Mark Zuckerberg and the Oculus Rift purchase.

I am a tech hound.  It’s cool tech and it will have it uses and also have its entertainment value. I’m not knocking it.

I am not accusing Mark of anything or sinister intentions before we get into this, ok? 🙂

I can’t help but escape several level of irony and memes here ,though.   If you see the footage or pictures from the gathering where Mark had a bunch of tech hounds test fire these it says a lot.

Mark…The Elite…knows better and he is walking around freely in this huge auditorium watching everyone strap in and tune out for the sake of “being social.”

A bunch of people gathered in a room together and they are checked out.  That’s being social? Really?

We see that today already with everyone in their smartphones.

I have sat in restaurants and have watched families…or what’s left of them…sitting at the same table and they are all on their gadgets and not even talking to each other.    You can see the pictures otherwise Derek shows it all to you in that video.

I could get into a chicken and egg cause and effect argument all day long but the results are a broken down, isolated society.

Who wants to live in a future like this? Aren’t we isolated enough already?!

It saps faith and hope like a sponge.   Everyone has their limits and I know that this is bad but it’s nothing compared to what my fellow Christians in China and the Middle East are going through right now.  Don’t worry, I get it. 🙂

I will say persecution and fallout comes in a lot of different forms however.

There is a very good reason that in olden days when it came down to it you were given a choice: Exile vs death as the same level of punishment.  One is slow and drawn out, the other is fast and clean.  I understand.   I also understand why many if not most people given that choice choose the latter.

Luke 21:36

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.
Occupy until He comes but I’m all about this unashamedly.
Hurry Lord Jesus!

QUESTION:

What is “ministry/being in ministry”?    What is/are the criteria, qualifications, specifications, etc.?  The more Scripture you all can provide me on this, the better.

The reason I am asking is because I want to check myself on something.  For my own personal comfort level I find that the wording/phrasing of “being in ministry” is used far too loosely so I would like to field this and see what’s what. Fire away. 🙂