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Love and Prayer

For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all people. Isaiah 56:7

He taught them saying, “Is it not written, My house shall be called of all the nations the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.” Mark 11:17

More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Susie Larson, host of “Live the Promise” says about prayer:

If you’ve been persevering in prayer, I commend you. Do not relent! Hang on to God’s Word no matter what your circumstances are saying to you.”

If until now you’ve only reacted to life’s circumstances as they come your way and haven’t really embraced the idea of forward moving faith, well, I have great news for you! Today is a new day! God has a promise that fits you perfectly. He has a plan for your life and an intended blessing for your soul. He wants to use you in great ways and He wants to reveal Himself to the world through you.”

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.”

Proverbs 24:29 “Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.”

Matthew 7:11 “If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

As a child, I was taught concerning my fellow man, to “put the most charitable construction on all that he does.”

When we evaluate and judge other people, our natural inclination is to ignore our own faults and to make critical judgments of others.” Peacemaker Ministries, Februry16, 2015

Assumption or presumption can get us into trouble. Any circumstance looked at from your point of view only, will miss the mark by a mile. There are a thousand and one reasons why someone may fail you, fail to think of how something will affect you.

We presume that we should be treated fairly by all, in a world that is anything but fair. People will fail us, most do not do so on purpose, which is why we have to “cut them some slack”.  Is it not written: “And whenever you stand praying, If you have anything against anyone, forgive him that your Father in Heaven may also forgive you.”? Mark 11:25

Has someone hurt you? Forgive. It is not a feeling, it is a decision. “When you stand praying forgive.”  Unforgiveness will block your prayers.

When we have to deal with those who are blatantly evil, the Jesus tells us what to do: But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those that curse you, do good to those that hate you, and pray for them who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44

Critical judgments not only cause wounds to others, they wound your own soul. You can become bitter and resentful with an attitude problem that is evident to all around you; becoming suspicious and gossipy, ever looking for fault in others, talebearers, they are laying the groundwork for the loss of their own soul if they do not repent. These are serious matters to God.

Proverbs 18:8; 26:22 “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”

I John 4:16 “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God and God abides in Him.”

I John 4:8 “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

When our attitude and behavior is anything other than loving toward others, we are not being Christlike, and after all, if you call yourself a Christian, then you are, day by day, to become more like Him who went about doing good, who brought healing to those whose life He touched.

Love is the answer to every question.

Awhile back WWJD became a fad in the Christian community. The acronym stood for What Would Jesus Do. Whatever difficult situation you find yourself in today, ask yourself this question, what would Jesus do about this?

Jesus prayed. He was the Son of God yet He needed to spend time in prayer, He needed time to have conversation with His Father. He went often to a mountain to pray. His prayer life was so rich that his disciples asked Him to teach them to pray.

I heard this truth long ago:  “Prayer is the conversation of the believing heart with God.”

Pray without ceasing…”Men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” Luke 18:1

I have a friend that lives and breathes prayer, she literally “prays without ceasing”. She hosts a prayer meeting at her home each week, she is passionate about prayer. It is her hearts desire that the church fulfill God’s mandate to be a “house of prayer for all nations”.

Jesus felt so strongly about this that He went into the temple and drove out the money changers calling them thieves. There was a lot of corruption going on, not simply selling animals for the sacrifices required, these men were not honest, god-fearing people. God hates lying, deceiving, cheating.

Well, what manner of people ought we to be then? If we call ourselves Christian (Christ One), then we are to pray as He prayed, spending time with God in conversation. We come into His presence with praise and worship, we make petition, supplication, intercession for others, making our requests known to Him. We listen to Him as He speaks to us in our human spirit, through His written Word or through others. We thank Him for the many blessings He has given to us.  A love relationship, that is what it is all about.

Today, take time to be with the one your soul loves, the one who gave all for you. He would have done it just for you, that is how precious you are to Him.

God bless you is my prayer. Joy

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The Kidnapper

Under cover of darkness the evil one comes.  Doing the work of his evil father, he is:    The Kidnapper.

 

 

Manual and Rosita Rodriguez had saved enough money to come to the resort on a family vacation. They were so excited to be there at last.

 

Manny, that’s what Rosita called her husband, worked with the street department in Anaconda, California.  He had come with his family from Mexico when he was just five years old.  Manny’s father worked hard to provide for his family and when he became an American citizen he was committed to raise his children to be good citizens, and they were.

 

The Rodriguez family had been raised in the Catholic tradition but through the kindness, love and compassion of their neighbor, they came to know Jesus personally and began attending the local Pentecostal church she attended, though neither of them took religion or God too seriously.  They thought that going to church on Sunday was good enough, the rest of the week they pretty much did what they wanted to.

 

When Manny was twenty five years old he met Rosita. He went to a Fiesta with a friend and there she was.  She was small with a slight build, her hair fell in waves over her shoulders and her dark eyes were rimmed with long lashes.  She captured Manny’s heart.  It was love at first sight for Manny.  It took some doing to win Rosita’s heart, but eventually he did.  They had been married now for ten years and had three children.

 

The oldest child, a girl they named Manuela, after her father, was nine. Their second child was a boy named Jorge, he was seven.  The baby, Carmelita, was just three months old.

 

Life had its ups and downs for the Rodriguez family as it does for all of us.

 

Manny had worked as a grounds keeper for a wealthy family.  It was a good job and he was able to provide nicely for his family.  But the security that they had hoped for was not to be.

 

A property developer wanted the property to build a multi story apartment complex with shops on the lower level, as the area was expanding and he could see dollar signs in the future.  The family was more than ready to let go of it because they were past retirement age and ready to move into something smaller.

 

After a six month struggle without work, Manny got a job with the Anaconda street maintenance department. Life went well in the ensuing years.  They were able to save a little and had plans to buy a house the following year.

 

God had a plan for this family, it was a good plan, but the events that took place certainly didn’t make it look that way.  Sometimes the plans He has for us look like defeat, but from His view He sees great victory.  That is how He saw His son’s death and resurrection.

 

Arvad Cheminsky was a bell boy at the resort, though he was no longer a boy.  He was born and raised in Moldova to a poor family, but he had grand dreams, dreams of lots of money  He hated being poor and vowed the day would come when he would never be poor again.  When he was sixteen he left home and went to Russia.

 

Times were tough and he found whatever work he could, sweeping floors, loading trucks and loading cargo on the docks.  It was on the docks that he met Boraas Plenovich.  Like himself Boraas was young and ambitious. They became friends.  In time Boraas told Arvad that there was a lot of money to be made if he was interested. Boraas said he had connections.

 

Arvad was fond of a certain bar that was operated by a young couple.  The wife was a sturdy, well built girl and the husband was a nice-looking man with a big mustache and a deep voice.  They became friends.  Boraas came with Arvad a few times and saw a money making scheme that would pay big.  He suggested to Arvad that he ask the husband if his wife could accompany him to Thailand where they would meet up with a man who could provide an opening for a bar in the city of Pattaya, Thailand.  He assured him that it was quite lucrative and would be a great investment.  The husband gave his permission.

 

He never saw his wife again.  He searched for years trying to find her or Arvad to no avail.  After many years and lots of money and heartache, he learned that Arvad had sold her to human traffickers in Thailand.

 

Arvad and Boraas worked with the Russian mafia. Though they never met anyone higher than their local contact, they didn’t care, they didn’t want to know, as long as they got paid, and they got paid well for a good specimen.  They made a lot of money and all they had to do was deliver the goods to their contact.  It was a nice clean operation.  They had what they wanted.  There was no shortage of drink and women as long as the money flowed.

 

When the Rodriguez family checked in at the front desk, Arvad was there.  He took their bags up to their rooms paying special attention to their conversation and observing the children carefully.

 

The two older children were slight in build like their mother.  The contact wanted specimens that would last awhile, so Arvad always looked for ones that were more sturdy.  In this case the baby was promising, besides the contact said that her contact wanted something different and this baby might just be the thing that would bring a higher price.  He dallied, moving a chair here and some flowers over there, as the family excitedly examined their quarters.

 

The older children were excited to get into their swim suits and go to the pool. The woman wanted to get her baby to bed as she was fussy and tired.  Arvad watched where she took the child and after receiving his tip he left.  All he had to do now was watch for an opportunity.

 

His next assignment was the pool area. Fortunately for him, the Rodriguez family was at the pool.  Manuela and Jorge were playing and splashing in the pool while Rosita held Carmelita and Manny took pictures.

 

Bringing a pitcher of lemonade over to their table he heard Manny suggest to Rosita that they put the children to bed after supper and when they were asleep they could go for a stroll in the gardens.  It sounded so romantic and it had been a long time since they had time alone together, and in such a beautiful setting.  Though she had some hesitation about leaving the children alone, Rosita consented.

 

They walked in the flower lined garden, stopped to admire a beautiful orchid growing on a tree, and sat down on a bench.  The night air was beginning to cool off from the heat of the day. The sky turned a beautiful orange, then pink leading into shades of night gray.  They reluctantly returned to their rooms as the sun was beginning to set.

 

Rosita went into the room where Manuela and Jorge were sleeping.  She paused a moment to reflect on what a wonderful day it had been.  Going into their room to the crib where she had laid Carmelita, she was horrified to find that she was not there.  She screamed. Manny came running into the room to see what had happened.  Their baby was gone.

 

Arvad saw that the Rodriguez’s had gone out of the room.  What wonderful timing!  He alerted his contact to be ready as he would hand off the baby to her.  She posted a watch on the Rodriguez’s to make sure they were not surprised before they snatched the child.

 

Carefully letting himself into the room with the master key that he had stolen, he went to the room where the baby was. Picking her up he placed a rag soaked in a drug solution over her nose and mouth to keep her sedated so she wouldn’t cry.

 

Opening the door to the adjoining room where his contact waited, he gave her the baby, she would take it to the next contact.  Arvad would get paid handsomely for this one, he was sure of that.  She was plump with rosy cheeks, someone would pay big for her.

 

Every step along the way was carefully planned.  There were no clues left behind, no trace of anything for the police to go by.  The kidnapping made the papers and the news media was all over the resort. Arvad hung around long enough to not arouse suspicion when he left.  He went back to Russia with a lot of money in his pocket.

 

Devastation is the best word to describe the Rodriguez family. Manny blamed himself, Rosita blamed Manny and herself.  The children were inconsolable.  The request for prayer went throughout the world. The only hope was a miracle.  Manny and Rosita turned to God with all of their hearts, begging for the return of their daughter.

 

Pattaya, Thailand, a man walked into a cleaning establishment.  He asked about their laundry and cleaning facility and mentioned that he had some needs and wondered if they knew where these needs could be met.  Eyeing him carefully, the owner asked if he had any preference for his needs to be met and when he said that he didn’t the owner lead him into a back room.

 

“I have something very special for you.”  He said.  “I am sure your needs will be taken care of.”  They agreed on a price; it was paid and the shopkeeper opened the door to a dimly lit room.  Entering the room the man saw a baby.  His stomach turned.  He thanked the shopkeeper and closed the door.

 

When he was brought into the back room, he noticed a door with an exit sign. Scooping up the baby in his arms, he carefully opened the door a crack to make sure no one was outside.  The coast was clear, running as fast as he could out the door and down the street, he came to the place where his friend was waiting for him.

 

The newspapers and TV carried a picture of three month old Carmelita Rodriguez as she was returned to her family with the caption:  “God does a Miracle, baby returned to her parents!”

 

 

When I was in Chicago a few years ago, I was at the Union train station waiting for my train to come.  I was totally unaware that bus stations and train stations are used by pimps and prostitutes to get easy money.  They prey upon unsuspecting, gullible people.  No doubt they saw me as their “pigeon”.  I have learned since then that these places are favorites for pimps to pick up girls fresh from the country who appear lost or lonely.

 

I had purchased some lunch and was sitting in a designated eating area.  A girl, solidly built, loud and coarse, sat down at a table next to  me.  She began to speak into her phone to her father.  She was telling him that she wanted to come home but that a guy was watching her and she was scared.  She asked him to wire her some money she could catch a bus home.  I felt so sorry for her.  I walked past her and put $20.00 into her hand.  She immediately got up and took off, very quickly followed by a black man.

 

I had been had!

 

I wrote this story today to make people aware of what is going on in the seamy world of human trafficking.  I don’t know a lot about it, but I do know some.  The story about the baby and the bar owner are true stories that I embellished with my imagination.

 

Parents and caregivers to pray for protection for the children in your care.  Educate yourself in the ways of those who deal in human souls for profit.

 

My sister left her two little girls by a jewelry counter in Walmart several years ago.  She told them to stay there, that she would be right back.  A man approached them, getting close he punched the older one in the stomach so she couldn’t cry out.  He began to take them toward the door as my sister came around the corner and saw him.  She yelled so loudly he got scared, dropped the girls and ran from the building.  Many years earlier I had a vision in which I saw that attempt and prayed for them.  God was merciful.  We cannot be too careful.  There are predators who think nothing of taking your precious treasures.   Be alert and aware.

 

It is written:

 

“Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”  Matthew 18:6

 

“It is not the will of your Father which is in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Matthew 18:14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answered Prayer

I wrote the other day how I hurt for my daughter Kathy as she watched her dear sister, Mary, dying in front of her eyes.

Well, today I can bring you a report of Praise to the God of Heaven and Earth.

Mary and all of Kathy’s family are Roman/American Catholic.  They strongly hold to the tradition and doctrines of the church.  They are lovely, caring people.

Our family believes and lives the born-again, spirit-filled, loving Jesus with all of our hearts lives.  The Bible is our guide book and as such we do not pray to saints, nor do we believe that water from a certain place is holy.

Having said that, we respect their family and know that they are as loved by God as we are and that He hears our prayers.

During this whole ordeal all of us, and more, have prayed for Mary. Well, I want to shout it, God heard and a miracle happened.  Here is how it came down.

When Kathy came to the hospital, the prognosis was that death was not far off because Mary’s lungs were in such bad shape.  She was on a ventilator and hope seemed gone.

So many people prayed and sent their love to Mary, but it seemed as though God did not hear and the end was near.

A simple prayer from a heart of love, filled with faith that God is good, made a plea.   That prayer caused the tipping point, the cup filled to overflowing, and God in His mercy made a decision, Mary would live.

Kathy asked the doctor what needed to happen for Mary to be able to begin Chemotherapy, the response was that she breathe on her own and her lungs be improved.

Kathy and the others in the room went to God with the request.  The next day the decision was made to remove the ventilator and see what would happen.

That is when the miracle happened.  Mary began to recover.  By the end of the day she was sitting up smiling and breathing on her own. The oncologist called it miraculous.  We call it a miracle.  Thank you Father, our Lord and our God!

The oncologist is saying that Chemo will begin tomorrow and Mary can possibly go home on Tuesday.

Our prayer now is that the chemo target every spot of cancer and kill it, but there be no destruction to surrounding tissue.

Focused death to cancer, that is what I am calling it!

Continuing to stand in the gap for Mary until the cancer is completely destroyed.

Joy

 

 

 

Sorrow

Do not sorrow as those who have no hope.

Today my heart is heavy.  A young woman, Mary, with 5 children ages 1 to 12 lies in the hospital, overcome by cancer, the Doctors have given her husband no hope.  The human question is why?  That is followed by thoughts of who will care for the kids?

This story has been repeated times without number in the world.  Not long ago we heard the story of Joey, a beautiful young singer, who with her husband Rory were raising a little girl.  After a valiant fight she died from cancer.

My struggle is trying to understand how what appears to be a tragedy can work for good.  Children without their mother or father, some so young they will never know them until eternity.

If I did not know God, if I did not know that He is love, if I did not know that He has good plans for our lives here on earth, I would be drowned in despair.

He said, “I know the plans I have for you, for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

I think of the words of an old hymn…”Though the wrong seems oft so strong God is the ruler yet.”

My girl Kathy’s heart is being rung out right now as she watches her sister Mary dying before her eyes.  Yet there is hope still.  Even at the last minute many condemned to be executed have been given a stay of execution.  Could our dear Mary yet be touched by the Master?  I believe so.

Should our Father in Heaven choose to bring Mary Home, which to our eyes appears  to be premature, He has a plan for Chris and their children.  We will pray.

When we face hard things that to our eyes appear to be so wrong, so unjust, so unfair, we go to our Father for comfort, encouragement and hope.  He has promised to be with us in trouble, to deliver us and satisfy us with long life.

When we cannot understand His hand we must trust His heart.

 

Prayer, Possession, Position and Priority

Good Morning, it has been an hour now since I woke up.  It is about 5:30.  When I wake up in the early morning hours, I wake up wide awake and I know that I must get up and get with God.  I don’t feel Him, I don’t see Him, but I know I am with Him.  And, I know that He has something that I am to pray about.

Normally, I sleep peacefully through the night and awaken after approximately eight hours.  I wake up happy, thinking about the Lord and ready for the day.

Recently, there are several things that have happened to those I care about.  A few years ago I would have been worried, even fearful for them.  Today, I know that my Father in Heaven holds them in His hand and I can trust that He knows what is needed to bring them to full dependence upon Him.  That is His goal.

My mind wanders around as I pray for my loved ones.  I see them in my mind’s eye.  I see characteristics, pitfalls they may have fallen into and I pray that God will set them free.  The Bible says that in this world there will be trouble; we could all say AMEN to that.  If it stopped there we would have every right as believers in Jesus to feel wretched.  However, that is not the end of the story.

Peter the apostle, tells us that God gave us great and precious promises so that we could escape the lust that is in the world.  In our American Christian mindset we most often think of lust in terms of sex.  It is more than that. Lust takes many forms.

In Eden Adam and Eve lusted to be like God as they listened to the lie of the snake.  They felt that there was something God had denied them.  The evil one accused God to them saying, “God knows that in the day that you eat of the fruit you will be like God.”

Why is this a lie?  Because Adam had been created “in the image and likeness of God”.  Adam looked just like God.  The same authority that God had over Heaven, Adam had over Eden.  He lacked nothing…except one thing, a companion like himself, so God made Eve from one of Adam’s ribs.

Eve also bore the image and likeness of God since she was created by God from Adam’s rib.  They had a perfect environment.  They lived in perfect relationship with God.  It was like Heaven on earth, that is until the adversary sowed doubt and introduced lust into the picture.  Paradise was lost.

The result of Adam’s choice is called sin.  It happens every time someone listens to the accuser and chooses lust instead of life.

What do you lust after?  Power, fame, fortune, a good reputation?  Some lust after food, some lust after knowledge.  Lust is nothing more than idolatry and it can take many forms.  It is a “sneaky” spirit that first must deceive the mind before it possesses the soul.

When I was a young married woman I lusted after my husband.  I wanted to be with him all the time.  Though I did not see it at the time I wanted to possess him.  I cried if he wanted to go outside and I made him miserable if he wanted to be alone.  I “needed” him.

Thank God He did not allow my husband to fulfill my lust!  I had an emotional deficit that I wanted him to fill.  I did not know at that time that I was created with a God-sized vacuum and only God could fill it.  It would be many miserable years before my eyes were opened to the truth and I trusted Jesus to be Lord of my life.

I have shared this in the hope that I might help you see that you can be a believer in Jesus and be a “soulish” Christian who is led by lust instead of being led by the Holy Spirit as the sons of God are to be.

Man is a spirit and when a person comes into relationship with God through Jesus we say that he is saved or born-again.  Since man is a spiritual being the Bible says that we become “a new creature in Christ Jesus.”  The essence of meaning is “something that never existed before.”  This  transformation is immediate.  The Bible says that a believer is “seated with Christ in Heavenly places”.  That is in the spiritual realm.  It is a legal position.  It carries with it Heaven’s authority.

The church is called the “Body of Christ” and each person likened to a member of the Body.  Thus each person has a part to play in the well-being of the Body.  When one part of your body is in distress your whole being feels distressed.  This is why God leads us to pray for one another.

The soul and body of a believer is that part of our being that relates to the natural world, the world around us.

The soul houses the mind (not your brain), the will and the emotions, including your affections, and when your are born-again it enters into a process called salvation.  You are saved from your past sins, being saved presently and will be saved in the future.   Depending on your former lifestyle, this can be messy and you need to be patient with yourself and others as God crafts you into the image He has of you.

It is essential that one who comes to Jesus must commit himself to the Lord with all that he knows of himself at that point in time.  It is absolutely essential that he get a Bible that he can understand so he will read it.  By the way, do not be pressured that you must devour the whole thing at once.  Just start a regular program of Bible reading.  There are many fine Bibles and Bible studies that will help you grow spiritually.

Prayer is the conversation of a believing heart with God. If you want a relationship with someone you spend time with them, you talk to them about yourself and they talk to you about themselves.  It is called, “Getting to know you”.  (smile)

Take some time every day to be with Him.  God wants you to know Him and though He knows you more than you know yourself, He wants you to bring everything to Him.  He loves you so much.

You have a blessed day today.  Joy

 

 

 

 

 

 

End Times

Galatians 4:4-7 My paraphrase: When the fulness of time came, God sent His Son into the womb of a virgin, living under the law of Moses, to buy back those who all their lives lived under bondage to law keeping. He offered adoption into His family which would also make them sons. He sent forth His Spirit to confirm the transformation and His habitation and said, “Now you are an heir with Messiah of the Kingdom of Light. Some believed and received and some rebelled and rejected the offer. The offer still stands and man has not changed, some believe and receive and others rebel and reject it.

Elvi Zapata in the Fall of 2013 spoke what he saw. If you wish you can put his name in You Tube to view it for yourself. I will put forth what I heard on that video here…

He saw tribulation on earth. Fear was rampant, earthquakes, famine…with great cracks in the earth, tsunamis and terrible calamities. God said to him, “Tribulation is closer than my people believe.” God has delayed judgment as His people repented, but nevertheless, judgment will come. God does respond to prayer and repentance. God showed Zapata the year 2014 and Tribulation.

He saw a tsunami heading for the United State from the North. He saw New Jersey, New York City, and the island of Manhattan under water from a 94 foot high wave. Millions would lose their lives.

God has held back judgment, but it will be released all together. According to what Zapata saw there will be three final signs:
1. A mega earthquake in the west.
2. An earthquake in the northeast and then a tsunami.
3. War in Israel.
He saw three weeks of suffering. After the earthquakes he saw that there would be volcanic eruptions. He saw an eruption in Mexico, Mexico City had an earthquake of 8.9 on the Richter Scale. He saw economic collapse. He saw pressure on the San Andreas Fault in California with a 9.5 or 10.5 earthquake, Nevada would be affected. He saw the Yellowstone caldera explode and then he saw a sneak nuclear attack.

I am going to go aside here to tell you of a vision that I had many years ago. I saw an airplane shaped like a triangle come across the Bering Straits, across Alaska, heading south across Canada, coming down across North Dakota and flying straight down to the Mexican border. This aircraft was flying above the tree tops, it was bombing military bases from the northern border to the southern border of the United states. I did not know what the aircraft was as I had never seen anything like it. I found out that it was called a stealth bomber, that it could fly very low, treetop level, that it would make very little noise, and that it could fly under the radar so as to be undiscovered. At that point the stealth bomber was only on the drawing board, it was not in production. But, the Spirit of God knows all things. I believe that while this vision may have some symbolic things in it, the fact is that today Russia has stealth bombers and I believe the day will come when she will attack America.

This is a poem that the Lord gave me at the time the Cold War with Russia was ended:

The treaty is signed,
No more they’re maligned,
“Progress we’re making,
See the steps we are taking?”

Their plan they are working
No detail they are shirking,
Our borders they stake out
No error to make now,
An air strike they plan
As soon as they can.

When peace is declared
Then watch – be prepared.

Nikita Kruschev declared at the United Nations, banging his shoe upon the table, “We will bury you!” When your enemy declares His desire, does he change his plan? Today the Russian bear has come out of hibernation and he is hungry. He sits in secret with the enemy and makes his plans for conquest, there is a time-table, he pretends to be a friend, but he lies. He wants dominion. He is working his plan, his eye is on the Holy land. It is God’s portion of the earth and He will not stand for it. In Ezekiel 38 and 39 it is recorded that he and his confederates will fall in that land. God is God! It is my belief that a simultaneous attack will occur upon Israel and America.

Back to the Zapata vision……He saw a two-week period of time that the Bride of Christ will have to prepare for what lies ahead. She will have to endure some calamity. When she is taken out of the world and brought to Heaven for the marriage supper of the Lamb, then sudden destruction will come upon the earth, this destruction will be the result of the wrath of an angry God against rebellion. Zapata was told, “Wait for the signs.”

It is my belief that the Bride of Christ will go through some tribulation, but not the wrath of God. When Israel was in Egypt, they went through the first three plagues and then God said: “I will put a division between my people and thy people: Tomorrow shall this sign be.” There will be a sifting of those who claim to be Christians, only the true believer will remain faithful in tribulation.

Kevin Mirasi has seen visions of the Lord regarding the end-times. Many things that he saw corroborate what Zapata has seen, and these two men are not the only ones to whom God has shown what is to come, John Paul Jackson is one who comes to mind, but there are too many to name here.

Mirasi saw an earthquake in California that was a 9 or 10 on the Richter Scale. He saw the sign in the Hollywood hills that says, “Hollywood”, demolished, after this California would become like Somalia, a third world nation. He saw Moslems celebrating in the streets at the destruction in America. He was told that these natural disasters were a sign of imminent rapture and that people must repent and be ready for it. He said many other states would be affected by this earthquake.

Mirasi saw the state of Virginia affected by a huge earthquake, this will affect the leaders of the United States, they will feel the shaking, but even so they will not listen to this clear sign from God, but will harden their hearts. In fact, he says, they will use this time to get a firm grip on the land, using it as an excuse to introduce dictatorship into America. He said that the food supply will be cut off for several days and recommended that people have some food and water in storage.

Mirasi declared that the reason for judgment coming upon California is because of the sexual sin and perversion coming out of it that has reached the throne of God. A major earthquake is about to hit California.

Mirasi heard “The split of the land of the United States of America along a fault line.” It will be a huge tear producing a huge trench, he saw people falling into it screaming. There was no time to escape as the tearing continued.

Mirasi saw a “coming war between the United State of America and Russia.” He saw that America will lose this battle, there would be lots of damages, destruction and fatalities. He also saw martial law coming to the United States. People will be searched as never before. He believes this will come as the result of God’s judgments. He was told that these are coming because of sexual immorality and the murder of innocent children through abortion, there being a lack of respect for life, also because of the removal of God Almighty and the value systems from the institutions and the fabric of society, schools and the court systems, because America has a silent agenda to divide the land of Israel, and because of false shepherds in the church, false Christians, false doctrine, a compromised gospel.

George Washington had a vision of America with three wars upon her soil, the last of which was when the country was populated from border to border. He saw this attack come from Europe, Asia and Africa. “From each of these arose thick, black clouds that were soon joined into one. And throughout this mass, there gleamed a dark red light by which I saw hordes of armed men, who, moving with the cloud, marched by land and sailed by sea to America, which country was enveloped in the volume of the cloud. And I dimly saw these vast armies devastate the whole country, and burn the villages, towns, and cities.” It is interesting to me that communists have been referred to as “Reds” and there “gleamed a dark red light” in this cloud.

Washington saw the battle, millions were in “mortal combat”. He saw light come and destroy the black cloud, then he saw the angel of the Union, with “legions of white spirits” come to the aid of the people. When the tide was turned the angel of the Union planted the standard, the American flag, and declared: “While the stars remain, and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, so long shall the Union last.”

Scripture declares that no man knows the day or the hour, but God gives us signs that alert us to times and seasons. The sun, moon and stars are for signs, times and seasons upon earth. God does nothing on the earth without His people, He reveals to us these things that we may prepare and be ready and so we may help others to do the same.

There is a little girl from Korea, Sa-Rang, who saw some things of the Rapture of the church, judgment, Heaven and Hell. She saw the Lord in great sorrow as He showed her what was to come. After the church was removed from earth, she saw fire and sulfur rain down upon the earth and she saw many people falling into Hell. There are many books by people who have been taken to Heaven and Hell, God has not left Himself without a witness to the world, but once the judgment is set there will be no room to repent. Today is the day of salvation! The Lord told her that His coming was near and that we must always be ready, because “he that would meet the Lord like a thief in the night will not go to Heaven.”

John Mulinde from Uganda was sent by God to America to tell of the vision that God gave him. God told Mulinde “America’s destiny is to be a city set on a hill, a light in the darkness and a messenger of my Word.” He said, “I am looking for a man to stand before me for this land, but I found none.”

The vision Mulinde had was of a pillar encircled with flowers. On the top was a brown plate and on the plate was a beautiful cake. The pillar moved forward and as it did it grew in size until it was a hill with a city on top, with light shining up into the sky.

As Mulinde watched, the pillar receded until it was the original size; he saw that the pillar was cracked and in the cracks he saw darkness. Then the pillar began to crumble and fall and when it did the plate fell and broke in half; the cake shattered in many pieces. God said, “The foundations of this nation have been broken and I am looking for a man who will stand before me in behalf of this land that I may not destroy it, that I may not give back to it as it has walked before me.

He said that there are many who call people to prayer, but the cry of sin is louder than the prayer and it prevails. God said, “the cloud of judgment is hanging over this land and there are three waves of judgment that are going to hit this land.” They are:

1. Judgment against the spirit of Mammon. “Because my people have made money a god in my place, and have made everything rotate around money and replaced me with the spirit of mammon, everything will come tumbling down, when that happens it will pull down the economies of many countries.” He said, “Tell the people, “Turn your eyes away from the perishable and fix them on me. Tell them to fix their faith in me when things look bad and they will stand.”

2. Judgment against human pride and human achievement…what man has done, what man has built, what man has been able to put together and because of that he thinks he can be God, he can replace God in his lifestyle and he can choose what is good and evil, what is bad for him and good for him and he can set his own standards – judgment in this area is to come through natural calamities, it will hit at the civilization of man and again and again, and the time will come when it will get so intense whole cities will be razed to the ground in a matter of days.

3. Judgment against liberties that overthrow God’s statutes and standards in the name of rights and freedoms. God said, “The people have rejected my standards for themselves; at this moment my hand is holding back the consequences of their choices, but the day is coming when I will lift my hand and all the consequences of the choices they have made will come flooding over the land; at that time there will be a cry for help and help will not be near.”

Many people have declared that there will be a remnant of people who know God and they will follow Him with their whole heart. The others who name the name of Jesus but are not surrendered to Him, who have not broken before Him, will say things like: “How can God be so unjust as to do that to us? How can a loving God do such a thing to us.” God said to Mulinde, “They are not broken, but angry, and their anger is unbelief and total rejection of Me.”

Mulinde was instructed to tell people to pray that the remnant will be big and strong, that they will not fear to stand and that they will have the faith to claim this nation back. God said, “My purposes for this nation are yet unfulfilled, I am not through with this land, but I want people who will stand before me for this land.”

I pray that the eyes of all will be opened to see the time that we are in now. There are veils upon the eyes of many people. They argue and reason and say, “I see.”, when they are blind, dead to truth, and a veil covers their soul. When you are born of the Spirit of God, light comes into your soul and you can see. Change comes naturally because you have switched sides. What was closed to you now opens and you begin the process called sanctification…being set apart as a house for God’s Spirit.

Our inheritance is being taken away and evil is being forced upon the land, claiming more and more territory. The enemy has come in like a flood, a flood of evil flows over the land. The righteous don’t like it, but feel powerless to do anything about it.

The elders, the wise men, and those who give godly counsel no longer are looked up to. Our culture is youth oriented, every area is touched by their desires, their way and their wants. In the political realm there is no prophetic authority. Compromise is the order of the day and “political correctness” governs from Washington on down to local government, media etc.

Unless God’s people fulfill II Chronicles 7:14, “if my people called by my name will humble themselves and pray, then I will hear from Heaven forgive their sins and heal their land.”, the judgments these men have seen will come upon the land. God is looking for a people to stand for His will to be done in America as it is in Heaven. He is looking for a people who will pray that America will fulfill her destiny.

The walls are down and the gates are burned metaphorically, but spiritually this is true. The land is defiled and unclean. God’s people pray amiss, powerless, because they are in error. One example is this: In big and small ways parents submit to the prevailing culture of immorality and indecency in the country, they are not taking a stand for righteousness. God cannot answer prayer that is prayed in the wrong spirit or in error.

Mulinde was told that God wants to clean up His church, He wants to pour out the refiner’s fire.” He said it is about a church that will rise above the systems of the world and the chains that are holding people captive; He wants to bring those who are bound into the church and set them free. He wants purity in His people.

If the walls are broken down, then the forces that have come in are uninvited. When you play with evil, it will take possession of you eventually. Giving the enemy a foothold allows him to take you into bondage. The forces of darkness will change your mind-set, your world view. There is corruption that defiles, not only the person, but the whole land.

God is looking for repentance and confession of sin. He is looking for His people to deal with those things that they are shown in their own lives that are hindering them, defiling them and ultimately their family and their land.

James 4:7 says that we are to submit ourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee from us. If the enemy has something in you or something on you, it is no use to resist him, for he has the legal right to be there. Repentance cleans the soul and gives God permission, when you ask, to come to your aid, to cleanse your temple and make it a fit place for His Spirit to live.

Mulinde suggested three things to pray:

1. God, open my eyes to see how you feel, how you see. I want to walk and talk with you.
2. God, I don’t want to miss what you are doing or saying, give me a soft heart, ready and willing to move with you.
3. Pray for America. Cry out for the remnant to rise up, those who are hungry and thirsty for God. Strengthen them Lord, so they are strong and can claim back this nation. May your purpose be accomplished.

5-26-14 I heard these words:
“There is a judgment coming upon America. It is a judgment of works. As she has done so shall it be done unto her. Lies, intrigue and cover up abound, but I see it all. Nothing is hidden from my eyes, for my eyes go to and fro throughout the whole world examining hearts to see whose heart is for me and whose is against.”
“Judgment is coming and it cannot be reversed when the cup of iniquity is full. As you have done so shall it be done unto you. I am God, I do not lie.l If I have said it so shall I do.”
“Do not fear child of mine. Hide yourself under my shadow and you shall go through. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them out of it all. I do and I will.” There are many who believe they are righteous and are not. Take heed that you stand, lest you fall. Make your calling and election sure.”
“Where is the way that is made clear? Where is the man who stands before me for the nation? Who cares that my people perish for lack of knowledge? Is there no man who will stand in the gap and make up the hedge for the land that I not destroy it?” (I questioned Him here as I know that there are many who pray for America. His reply was: “I judge hearts, you judge externals.)
“Many say that they love me, say I am their Lord, but their lives prove otherwise. Such are worse to me than a sinful man. There are hypocrites in the land, living double lives. Like the Pharisees they proclaim the are mine, yet the live as children of my adversary. Examine yourselves and you will not be judged by the world’s standards.”
“I grieve every day as the reports come concerning my children. “Have I not espoused you to my Son? Have I not chosen you, the remnant to be His Holy Bride? Shall the Bride of my Son defile herself with worldly things when He is at the door?”
“I see, I grieve, my heart grieves over those who have not prepared themselves have not made themselves ready for His arrival. He stands ready at my command to come for His Bride. He will come. Some will be waiting, ready and watching..and some will not, and they shall not enter in to the marriage feast.”

Let us examine our own hearts. Are we wholly His? Have we given Him everything? He knows. Let us not be like the five foolish virgins in the parable Jesus told.

Holy Spirit, examine my heart and forgive me. Remove all impurities. Cleanse me and fill me. I choose to trust you rather than what my senses tell me. Help me in my weakness to be strong in you. I want to be part of this remnant you spoke of. Amen!

I hope you are stirred up by reading this, that surely is the purpose of it. I hope you question God if these things be so and ask Him to show you. He is looking for hungry hearts. Is your heart hungry?

Blessed, that is what I am, and so very thankful to God for His love and His patience.

Joy