Are We Living In The Worst Time Ever?

If you look at the history of humanity, you see something remarkable. There were always those who tried to rule the whole world. For example, there were the great empires of the Romans, the British, the Mongols, and the Spaniards who believed they could submit all mankind to themselves.

Of all the empires, the Roman Empire is perhaps the most notorious. However, during the Roman Empire, something strange happened … something that can greatly encourage us today!  

But first of all we have to realize just what time that was…

Lusting for power, Julius Caesar conquered one country after another and massacred countless people in the most brutal ways. For entertainment, Romans had their circus where they watched people being torn alive by starving wildlife.  Can you imagine such horrors? Consider, in our time, going to a big arena every Saturday for fun, watching terrified people be torn to pieces by lions and bears. Isn’t that indescribably horrible?

As if that wasn’t bad enough, they also had the gladiatorial fights. These men were forced to fight each other to death. The crowd roared with pleasure, watching one gladiator chop off another’s arm or plant his sword in his belly. Horrible. That was how the Romans had fun.

If someone had committed a crime, they knew how to deal with him: beat the man with whips with stones worked into them. These lashes literally ripped open the skin and flesh. Then they made this person drag a heavy wooden crossbar, which he had to carry on his torn back. Awful. Then came the culmination of the torture: the man was placed on a wooden cross, and thick nails were hammered through his wrists and feet.  Do we have any idea what horrible pain this caused?

Then they let that person hang on the cross, where he couldn’t breathe because he hung on his arms. To catch his breath, he had to press himself on his feet, which were pierced with thick nails. The pains these people endured are too much for words and comprehension. We simply cannot imagine that. But the Romans eagerly enjoyed it. They looked at it greedily. It was a lot of fun for them. The circus, crucifixions, public torture, gladiators who killed each other, waging war…

These Romans were the most civilized and highly developed people on the planet at the time. They were the pinnacle of civilization. No one was as literate and educated as they were. They paraded proudly through the beautifully tiled streets of the impressive Roman cities.  Majesty and glory shone all around them.  Their stylish robes draped gracefully over their shoulders. Everywhere beautiful statues of their war heroes and gods were displayed. No one was as sophisticated as the Romans. They invented the first paved streets, the first sewers, the first bathhouses and many other modern comforts. But they were bloodthirsty beasts, without mercy. They wanted to see blood. They wanted to hear screaming cries of terrified people. The moaning of the dying gladiators had to reverberate. The unbearable groans of those dying on the cross. Monsters without a heart or conscience.

Their ships were not powered by engines. Oh no. They did not know that. Their enormous ships were propelled by slaves, who were doomed to an inhuman existence in the dark and stinking galleys.

Hands and feet chained in steel chains. Whipping lashed their exhausted bodies, under the roar of the unscrupulous drivers. Many died during their unbearable existence and then the other slaves had to keep rowing, with a dead man next to them.

The highly civilized Roman Empire would show the rest of the barbarian world what civilization is. Because outside that highly developed empire was the wild. The real beasts lived there. The peoples who had no civilization whatsoever. They ate each other as if it were normal. They behaved like wild pigs and mad dogs. As horrific as the Roman Empire was, everything beyond it was much worse. People lived an average of forty years. No one was safe anywhere. Earth was hell.

The Roman Empire was not the only attempt by beastly people to submit the whole world to themselves. At some point a madman arose from almost every nation, pursuing the delusion of becoming the most powerful man on earth. Total control of the universe has always been the insane desire of derailed people.

However, in the midst of the horrific Roman Empire, something incredible happened. In the midst of a society without freedom, without human rights, without reliable justice, without good medical care, without looking after the poor, widows and orphans. In the midst of this totalitarian dictatorship of a bloodthirsty, power-hungry despot, a baby was born.

Everyone knew no better than that there was no hope for a better future. Rome’s corrupt, evil leaders succeeded one another, often killing each other. There was constant betrayal, and one emperor proved to be more monstrous than the other. Herod did not shy away from piercing thousands of newborn babies with swords in front of the desperately screaming mothers. Then there was Emperor Nero who set people on fire, like torches, to illuminate the city. 

Those were the leaders of the most civilized empire on earth. Can we imagine how indescribably horrible evil was back then? The time in which we now live is a dream paradise compared to the continuing horrors of the past.

In the midst of that extreme darkness, a baby was born. Without much fanfare, without a trumpet blast on the large market square, without parades through the paved roads. But with the exuberant cheers of the angels who secretly showed themselves to a bunch of meaningless, poor shepherds in the open field.

Amid a culture of corruption, insane lust for power, brutal bloodthirst, and unprecedented demonic magical cults … where anyone could become a slave and most people had no rights … a baby was born in that hell.

And … everything changed.

This baby grew up and started going around like a strange preacher. He said things no one had ever heard.  “The time has come!” He cried.  “The time has come!” “No more delay!” “Now it’s going to happen!” What was he talking about?  What did he announce?

“The kingdom of God is now coming to you. Repent and believe this great news! ”

Everywhere this strange preacher went, he did amazing miracles. No clever tricks or mass hypnosis, as the Roman and Jewish “miracle workers” and “prophets” did. This man did real miracles. Thousands of people followed him because he healed all the sick who were brought to him.  “This is proof of the new kingdom!” He exclaimed. “If I heal these people from their diseases and free them from the evil spirits, then the kingdom of God has come upon you!”

Nobody understood what he meant.  A kingdom? All they could imagine was what they knew: a military hero who slashed others to become their ‘leader.’ Violence and power.

“No, no, my kingdom is not like that!” Said this strange man. “My kingdom is completely different. I don’t use violence and I don’t seek power. It is about the government of God in your heart. That you learn to experience his love and thus become a child of God. It’s about learning to love and serve each other. Take care of the poor. Do not seek power for yourself. On the contrary, be the least and serve others. ”

He did something very bizarre to show what he meant. After walking all day in the dust of the filthy streets, where dogs, camels and goats pooped and pissed freely, this preacher bent down. He knelt in front of the people following him and started washing their stinky, sticky, dirty feet with his bare hands.  “This is what I mean!” He said.  “This is my kingdom!” Nobody understood. What was this guy talking about?

Several belligerent men joined him. They knew the promises of the holy scriptures.  A Messiah would come and he would deliver them from the oppression of the foreign peoples, the Romans. He would restore their land and make them the most powerful nation on earth. They wanted to be part of it! Preferably as early as possible so that they could secure a place as general or colonel.  “May my sons sit on your right and left once your kingdom begins?” asked a mother. She already imagined it: her two sons next to the great king who would rule all over the earth!  Ha!

This preacher did something no one expected. During an unshakable and indescribably powerful empire that controlled the whole world, sowing fear and terror everywhere, he announced a very different kingdom. An empire in which the leaders wash the dirty feet of the people. An empire in which no one wants to dominate and control another. An empire where the smallest are the greatest and the first the last. An empire that nobody can see with their eyes and that has no headquarters anywhere on earth. An empire without a palace, without weapons, and without violence.

Yet the prophet Daniel had long ago announced this realm. “This empire,” he said, “will crush all other kingdoms on Earth. It will start as a stone that comes off a mountain and rolls down. But that stone will eventually become a mountain itself that covers the whole earth.” (Daniel 2) So this realm would be bigger than any other realms that ever existed. It would truly rule the earth. But not like the human kingdoms. Not through manipulation, control, power and oppression. Not through violence and hatred. No. It would work in a completely different way. The sick are healed by the power of God. Evil spirits are cast out. People repent of their selfish, dishonest lives and bow with heart and soul to the God of love.

Does this army have no soldiers at all?  It sure does. But they are not soldiers as we know. They live by the Spirit of God and use weapons that you cannot see with your eyes.  They pray… and heaven moves.  They kneel down… and hell is shaken.  They worship and the angels break out with God’s power. They cheer for Almighty God and the demons scream into the darkness.  They give to the poor and break the chains of selfishness that keep humanity in captivity. They forgive their enemies, breaking the power of hatred and bitterness. They overcome evil through good.

They do not place themselves on the throne, but lay their crowns before the throne of Almighty God.  They serve Him who created them.

Their goal is not to gain power over humanity, but to free humanity from all oppression.  Their struggle is not to become more powerful themselves, but to raise up sons of God all over the earth.  Their vision is not self-centered, but they are driven by love that gives everything for the other.

That is the kingdom that this strange preacher in Israel spoke of.  Nobody had ever heard of this.  Nobody had ever seen this.  Nobody could have imagined such a thing.  A kingdom of God that establishes the government of God in the depths of our hearts.  Not a government that oppresses us, but a dominion of giving love that makes us freer than we ever dreamed.

Two thousand years after this strange man spoke about this kingdom, billions of people have heard about it and many millions live in this kingdom. Throughout history, these people have worked to bring humanity into this kingdom of love.  Many of them went to the dark jungles of demonic Africa, where they were in danger of being eaten. Or they disappeared deep into the jungles of South America, where human sacrifices were daily practice. They traveled to the icy highlands of Russia, where they came face to face with unscrupulous Moors who could put their eyes out.  These people traveled all over the earth to bring this kingdom of love.  Innumerable tribes, communities, villages, cities, and even entire nations turned away from their monstrous horrors and bowed to this God of love.

The baby born during the Roman Empire of total dictatorship, without freedom and with the most inhumane practices, became the king of the only kingdom that will ever rule all of humanity.  Not because he had more weapons than the others.  Not because he was more merciless and cunning. Not because he had more sophisticated strategies.  No.  Because he brings a kingdom of love.  A kingdom where no one wants to control the other. A kingdom whose king gave his own life for his subjects.

That kingdom is still there.  More than ever.  It works in the hearts of millions of people around the world.  It influences the decisions of godly leaders in various countries.  It is a never-diminishing kingdom.  It never weakens.  If it is fought in one part of the world, it will break through even more powerfully in other parts of the world.  If people in Western countries turn away from this king of love, millions in Asia, Africa and South America will discover this God of love.  If the churches are empty in post-Christian countries, homes all over the world are filling up with people who want to serve this king more than ever.

The preacher who performed miracles and announced this kingdom is called Jesus Christ.  Jesus means “savior” and Christ means “filled with the Spirit of God”.  A savior of humanity led by the Spirit of God.  That is the king of this realm.  He said something interesting about his kingdom.  “It will start small, like a mustard seed.” So unsightly, not impressive, unobtrusive.  “But it will grow into the largest tree in the entire garden.” He used other images to represent his kingdom.  “It is like a bit of yeast, which is worked slowly through the dough.  It doesn’t stand out at all … but it transforms the whole bread!” Wow … that’s the same thing the prophet Daniel said.  “This kingdom is going to be a mountain covering the whole earth.”  The prophet Isaiah wholeheartedly endorsed Daniel when he declared, “The continued expansion of this kingdom will never end.” (Isaiah 9:6)

The people who follow this Jesus and who are transformed by his love are given a special place.  They are called sons of God.  Like Jesus, they are also filled with the Spirit of God.  So they also do miracles, just like him.  Illness is cured, evil spirits expelled, injustice fought, the poor are cared for, corruption is exposed and justice gains the upper hand.  However, they do not work by force, but are guided by the Spirit of God.  Love drives them, not greed for power or prestige.  They want to deliver people from evil.  Free prisoners. Take away suffering and bring life.  They establish the greatest kingdom humanity has ever seen.  Without using a sword or gun.

This kingdom is bigger than ever today.  Hundreds of millions of people have made the choice to be part of this realm of love.  And their number is growing every day.

So the future is hopeful.  The time in which we live is nowhere near as horrifying as, for example, the Roman Empire.  Our society has improved unimaginably as millions of people who lived before us joined the kingdom of God.  These people have brought medical care, education, poor relief and many other blessings to society.

In recent decades, however, another monster has reared its head.  Madmen driven by evil spirits want to gain power over the whole earth for the umpteenth time.  However, their tactics have become more cunning.  Their weapons are no longer spears and clubs.  Now they work with politics, media and technology.  The goal is the same: to submit humanity to themselves. All means are devoted to this.  But they forget something …

A baby was born two thousand years ago.

Their great example, Emperor Herod, tried to kill this baby like a madman and deployed his entire army to pierce all the babies.  He did not succeed.  The baby grew up and became the king.  A king with infinitely more power than Caesar, Herod or Nero ever had.  His kingdom has no boundaries.  It does not speak any language.  It is not limited to any race.  It transcends all boundaries, speaks any language and transforms people of all races and people.  His kingdom does not bring hatred between nations, but brings all people together through the love of God.

The madmen of our time who walk in the footsteps of the ancient possessed, yearning for more and more power and wealth, think they are too powerful for the king.  But the stone that has rolled from the mountain has now become a sturdy mountain.  Millions around the world are rising up.  But not to elevate themselves.  Their hearts kneel very deeply.  Their pride bends as deeply as they can.  Who do they kneel so completely for?  For this king.  This Jesus who has been ruling for two thousand years.  And they pray.  They call on him.  They speak his word.  They become his hands and feet.  And this king is shattering the plans of the madmen of our time.

Their plan will not work.  They are crushed underneath the rocks of the mountain that is getting bigger and bigger.  They are shattered by the stones falling on top of them.  They run to their doom.  Like their great example, Nero the beast, they fall into their own pits and their end is miserable.

They had forgotten.  This baby who was born and grew up, during one of the most possessed and evil governments humanity has ever known.  Herod couldn’t stop him.  He could not even beat this newborn baby!  This is how powerful this king is.  Even as a baby…

Today Jesus is no longer a baby.  He is a king with a power that is higher than the clouds we see.  Beyond the wide plains.  Deeper than the oceans.  More powerful than the fiercest fire.  More beautiful than the most dazzling beauty. Our king is the Lord above all lords, the King above all kings, the Name above all names, the Authority above all that is in heaven, on earth and under the earth.  His kingdom is a never-ending rule.  A sun that constantly rises.  A light that shines brighter and brighter.  An influence that continues to grow.

The obsessed madmen who want to rule the world have forgotten about him. But they will crash into him.  He has no intention of getting his kingdom of love overpowered by these fools.

But something has to be done.  Many of us who are inhabitants of this kingdom also forget him.  We see the idiots of politics, media and technology who like Nebuchadnezzar, Caesar, Nero, Hannibal, Napoleon, Stalin, Hitler and all their equally silly associates want to put the world at their feet. “Help!” We shout in panic.  “The world is going down the drain!  The possessed madmen are taking over!  We all go to the sharks!”

Our king smiles and shakes his head.  “Little children of mine, where is your faith?  Do you not know that all power has been given to me in heaven and on earth?  Have you forgotten that I am the highest authority?  Don’t you see how I’ve been saving the world for two thousand years?  Do you really think these stupid people can push me from the throne?  They work with lies and enchantment.  I work with truth and freedom.  My Spirit is the eternal and almighty.  He does what he wants.  So focus your eyes on me again. ”

The king refreshes our memory.  Oh yes, we are part of an eternally victorious kingdom.  Nero couldn’t stop it, just like anyone else in the past two thousand years.  Philosophers like Nietzsche and Voltaire labored all their lives to destroy this kingdom.  But after Voltaire’s death, his printing presses were used to print Bibles.  What a joke!  The world empire of King Jesus is a constantly victorious kingdom.  So we need not fear.  We can look at our king and lord.  The great victor.  He has conquered and continues to work out this victory.

He is called the rising sun by the prophet Isaiah (chapter 60).  Have you ever known that a sun rises, gets brighter, brightens the earth, and then suddenly stops – halfway through its ascent to the high sky – and begins to sink again?  That does not exist!  Jesus Christ is called the radiant morning star, the new day, the sun rising until all mankind is illuminated by its rays.  It is not a setting sun, but the rising sun!  Jesus is not the dusk, but the dawn!

Therefore, let us pray and declare the dominion of Jesus over our country. Let’s stop complaining about what the possessed madmen plot in their foolish desires.  Let’s declare the rule of the king of love over our country.  Let us stand up as worthy sons of God, who do not shrink from evil, but silence it in prayer and proclamation.  Let’s burst into exuberant praise and exclaim the eternal love of God, binding the powers of darkness with chains. Read it in Psalm 149!

Let’s cheer and shout about the tremendous power of the one and only true king who deserves to be the ruler of humanity.  He gave his life for us.  He washes our smelly feet.  He cares about the poor.  He fights injustice.  He is a real king.

Let’s get together and praise him without holding back.  Let’s break into exuberant dance of joy and freedom.  Let’s proclaim it wherever we can.

He is the king who rules.  Nothing and no one can ever change that.  No vaccine, no 5G, no world order, no Masons, no Google and Facebook … it will all be shattered by the mountain of the Lord.

So let’s rise up in prayer and proclamation. Declare it: “Let the plans of the wicked fail. Let the will of God be done. Let all evil be exposed. Let the wicked be removed. Raise up righteous leaders. In Jesus’ name! ”

Cry out in prayer: Father in heaven, YOUR kingdom come into our countries. YOUR will be done in the media.  Rule over our people Lord Jesus! Deliver us from the evil one.

Because yours is the kingdom. Yours is the power. Yours is all the glory.  Now and forever amen!

Cry out.  Pray in the spirit.  Fight in the heavenly places.  Knock down the enemy.  Cheer for the king of love and freedom.

Arise son of God.

Then the earth will see which king was born two thousand years ago. Then the world will see what they need.  Not more lust, not more pleasure, not more power, not more wealth.  But love for each other. Taking care of the poor and the oppressed.

A kingdom without a political dictator, but a kingdom with a friend standing next to us, a shepherd who guides us, a father who loves us, a God who heals us, and a leader who serves us.

Let’s become part of this kingdom and spread it all over the earth.

In Jesus’ name.

David Sorensen: GodisReal.today

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Note from So Greatly Loved

David Sorensen, who wrote this, sent it to me by email. He requests, “Feel free to share this message anywhere and with whoever you can.” I was led to take up the challenge, and now I’m passing it on to you. Please spread the word.

📝 I have added the photos.

The Most Astonishing Chromosome Count Ever!

It is high time the unparalleled discovery of the actual blood of Jesus Christ, and its awesome implications, went viral! How many know that Science has irrefutably proved that Jesus is the Son of God? Scientific analysis revealed that He had no human father. There has never been any other blood like that blood – and never can there be.

When the blood of Jesus was found sprinkled on the Mercy Seat (solid gold cover) of the sacred Ark of the Covenant, the ensuing chromosome count threw Israeli lab technicians into deep shock and disbelief. Before their very eyes the microscope was giving them conclusive proof that whoever that blood belonged to could not possibly have had a biological human father like the rest of mankind. The chromosome count requested by the archaeologist who made the astounding discovery of the Ark of the Covenant and the blood on it, proves incontestably that Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, was a virgin, and that Jesus had no earthly human father but was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit coming upon Mary, exactly as stated in the Bible:

Luke records, “… the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favoured one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David… and Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy — the Son of God… for nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:26-35; 37-38, ESV

The Lord has strongly impressed upon me to write further on this astounding archaeological discovery and its awe-inspiring implications. In my opinion, it is only fair that anyone who is struggling to believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ, and in the Virgin Birth, should have access to this astonishing, irrefutable scientific evidence.

We will study the following aspects of this extraordinary discovery:

§ Why the Ark of the Covenant had to be Hidden Underground

§ The Significance of the Ark’s Precise Location

§ Interesting Facts about the Ark of the Covenant

§ The Significance of the Mercy Seat

§ Extraordinary Supernatural Events Associated with the Ark

§ The Unfathomable Mercy of God

§ The Layout of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness

§ How The Ark of the Covenant Was Discovered

§ Comments refuting sceptics who seek to discredit the archaeologist’s claim to have discovered the Ark

§ Jesus Christ explained to one of His proven prophets why the Awesome Discovery of the Ark could only be entrusted to one particular archaeologist [See Notes from So Greatly Loved at the end]

§ Jesus throws light on the significance of the Ark’s specific location

§ Almighty God Himself sprinkled the blood of Jesus on the Mercy Seat

§ Awesome Dovetailing Sequence of Acts of God

§ Scientific Israeli lab analysis of the blood of Jesus

§ Detailed Breakdown of the Chromosome Count of the Blood of Jesus

§ Irrefutable Scientific Evidence that Jesus Christ IS the Son of God

Many Christians are not even aware that the Ark of the Covenant has been found; consequently they know nothing about the mind-boggling supernatural events associated with its discovery. Likewise, most Christians do not know how awesome it is that Almighty God led the prophet Jeremiah to hide the Ark in that precise location in an underground cave system in Jerusalem, to keep it safe from the invading Babylonians, six hundred years before the Romans crucified Jesus on Mount Calvary. The prophet Jeremiah had been led by God to hide this priceless sacred treasure directly beneath the location of the cross on which Jesus was to be crucified some six hundred years later.

Why The Ark of the Covenant Had To Be Hidden Underground

After the Children of Israel’s miraculous deliverance from Egypt and subsequent wilderness wanderings, they settled in the Promised Land. The Ark was eventually kept in the temple known as Solomon’s Temple.

Six hundred years prior to the crucifixion of Jesus, the Babylonians under King Nebuchadnezzar invaded and destroyed much of Jerusalem, including the Temple. When the Babylonians began their attack, they built a huge Siege Wall around the city so that nobody could get in or out. In response, the Israelites built many tunnels so that they could move about the city without causing alarm. Many of these tunnels still exist today and ancient artefacts have been found in some. The Ark of the Covenant, the most sacred and priceless of all the Jewish artefacts, has been found hidden in an underground chamber which was sealed and forgotten.

The Significance of the Ark’s Precise Underground Location

Scripture makes it clear that in the Temple service, the High Priest alone could sprinkle the blood of the animal sacrifice on the Mercy Seat: the lid of the Ark of the Covenant. This was done only once a year, on Israel’s Day of Atonement for the sins of the nation. God led Jeremiah to preserve the Ark, to protect it from contamination and conceal it directly beneath the exact position of the Roman cross on which Jesus would be crucified.

The prophet was led to do this in order that Jesus Himself could complete the one and only sacrifice which could atone for the sins of the world. Jesus Christ, as the Great High Priest, was the only One whose blood could be sprinkled on the Mercy Seat, and God alone could do that.

Interesting Facts About The Ark Of The Covenant

In order to grasp the sheer magnitude of this world-shattering discovery, we must first understand the immense significance of the Ark of the Covenant.

The Ark is a sacred chest, measuring approximately 30 inches high and wide (78 cm) and 54 inches long (139 cm). It is made of wood, covered with gold leaf, and able to be transported by means of two long poles running through rings placed on its sides.  When it was not being carried during the wilderness wanderings of the Children of Israel, the Ark was housed within the Holy of Holies – the inner sanctuary of the Tabernacle, or Tent of Meeting, during the forty years they were in the Sinai desert after their miraculous escape from slavery in Egypt.

In addition to Exodus 25:10-22, in which Moses received precise instructions from Almighty God for building the Ark of the Covenant, the Ark is mentioned more than forty other times in Scripture: in the books of Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, I Samuel, 2 Samuel, Psalms and Revelation. It is also known as The Ark of God, The Ark of God’s Strength, The Ark of the Covenant of the Lord and The Ark of the Testimony. The Ark of the Covenant was an extremely important foreshadowing of Jesus Christ as the only place of atonement for sins.

The Significance of the Mercy Seat

The term ‘Mercy Seat’ is associated with the Hebrew word for atonement. This is highly significant because it was on the Mercy Seat – the place of atonement – that the blood of sacrifice was to be placed once every year on the Day of Atonement to make atonement for the sins of the nation of Israel. The Mercy Seat represented to ancient Israel the earthly presence of God.

The cover, or lid, of the Ark of the Covenant was called a ‘Seat’ because Almighty God was seated there between the two cherubim. It was there that God communicated – spoke – from between the cherubim. The awesome power of the earthly presence of Almighty God was on the Mercy Seat.

Extraordinary Supernatural Events Associated With the Ark

It is an interesting Bible study to look up the Scriptures on the photos below:

When the Philistines conquered Israel and captured the Ark of the Covenant, they put it in the temple of their god Dagon. The power of the earthly presence of Almighty God between the cherubim on the Mercy Seat caused Dagon to fall on its face before the Ark and break into pieces.

Later, after much physical suffering on account of the stolen Ark being among them for seven months, the Philistines returned it to Israel with trespass offerings. They put the Ark on a brand new cart pulled by two cows which had not been yoked before, and had only just been separated from their calves. The cows pulled the cart straight to Israel. It was not natural for cows just separated from their calves to go a long journey away from them, and straight to Israel too.

It is recorded in 2 Samuel 6 that in Israel, when the cows seemed to be stumbling, Uzzah put out his band to save the Ark from falling to the ground. He was instantly struck dead by the power of God, bringing the fear of God on all Israel. The Ark of the Covenant is holy; and although Uzzah’s intention was good he had no right to touch it.

The Unfathomable Mercy of God

The earthly presence of God dwelt between the cherubim which stood facing each other on the solid gold lid of the Ark, known as the Mercy Seat. Carefully preserved within the Ark were the two stone tablets on which the Finger of God had inscribed the Ten Commandments as Moses, His appointed leader, stood watching in reverent awe.

The Law of God, the Ten Commandments, inscribed on two stone tablets, was housed inside the sacred chest of the Ark. Above it on the the Mercy Seat – the solid gold lid (cover) of the Ark – seated between the golden cherubim, was the earthly Presence of Almighty God. God is showing here that He places His mercy above the Law. Every single one of us has broken some of the Ten Commandments, but under the unfathomable mercy of God there is forgiveness for us all.

In His infinite mercy, God decreed that the High Priest should go once a year into the Holy of Holies of the Tabernacle, the Most Holy Place, where the only furniture was the Ark. Firstly, the High Priest had to cleanse himself thoroughly, and make atonement for his own sins and the sins of his family with the blood of sacrifice. Then, and only then, could the High Priest make atonement for the people’s sins by sprinkling the blood of an unblemished slaughtered animal directly on the Mercy Seat, between the earthly presence of God and His Law, thus making atonement for the sins of the entire nation. This ceremony had to be repeated year after year on the Day of Atonement.

God said to Moses, “The life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17: 11

The Tabernacle, with its provision for animal sacrifice, and the sprinkling of blood on the Mercy Seat on the Day of Atonement, beautifully foreshadowed the work of Jesus Christ in His atoning death on the cross for the sins of the whole world. The Tabernacle, or Sanctuary, was a focal point for the Israelites; they realised that Almighty God was living among them.

The Layout of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness

In the Outer Court was the Brazen Altar of burnt offerings where animals were sacrificed, and the Laver where the priests cleansed themselves. Inside the Tent of the Tabernacle itself were two parts: the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies, or Most Holy Place. In the Holy Place were housed the Altar of Incense, the Golden Candlestick and the Table of Shewbread. The Holiest Place – Holy of Holies – was separated from the Holy Place by a thick, heavy curtain. The only furniture in the Holy of Holies was the Ark of the Covenant, and the High Priest alone was appointed to enter, and only once a year, on the Day of Atonement. He could not enter without sacrificial blood in atonement for his own and his family’s sins, and only then was he in a position to make atonement for the sins of the nation. The blood had to be sprinkled on the Mercy Seat to make atonement for sin.

The Tabernacle was erected in the middle of the camp during the wilderness wandering of the Children of Israel. They travelled for forty years before reaching the Promised Land which God had given to them.

The priests – the entire tribe of Levi – pitched their tents next to the Tabernacle, surrounding it. All the other tribes’ tents were pitched to encircle the Levites.

How the Ark of the Covenant was Discovered

For many years archaeologists searched tirelessly for the sacred Ark of the Covenant, the priceless treasure of Israel which had been lost in history. However, the honour of making this highly significant discovery was granted by Almighty God to Ronald Eldon Wyatt, a humble, faithful follower of Jesus Christ who trusted the Lord to lead him.

Ron Wyatt, an anaesthesiologist, archaeologist and adventurer, began his search by coming in from the back where the quarry is, because he just knew in his heart and his spirit that the Ark of the Covenant was hidden somewhere there. So he explored the numerous cave systems and he finally found the Ark in Jeremiah’s cave under the city of Jerusalem. Wyatt found the Ark was being guarded by four Angels. One of the Angels directed him to take a blood sample from the Mercy Seat and have it analysed, which he did.

Ron discovered the place where the Lord was crucified, and twenty feet below that, hidden deep under the ground without anyone knowing about it, he discovered the Ark of the Covenant. As already stated, the prophet Jeremiah had hidden the Ark there for safekeeping, along with other sacred objects from the first Temple in Jerusalem, just prior to the arrival of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to destroy Jerusalem 600 years before Jesus was crucified. There are many tunnels beneath Jerusalem. The sacred objects were hidden in a chamber and the entrance was sealed.

While examining the cavern, Ron noticed a strange black substance dried in a crack in the chamber’s ceiling. The crack was situated right above the Ark and it seemed like some of the black substance had even dripped onto the chest’s outer stone casing. “When Christ died, the earth quaked. The rock was split right below His cross and this crevice extended right down into the hidden chamber which contained the undefiled ‘earthly’ Throne of God — the Ark with its Mercy Seat,” wrote Ron Wyatt in one of his research letters. “After He was dead, when the centurion stuck his spear into Christ’s side and pierced His spleen, the blood and water came out, falling down through that crack and was sprinkled on the Mercy Seat.” (The Pulpit, 2008). If this is true, the act of dripping blood and water onto the Ark of the Covenant would have paralleled the blood and water sprinkled onto the Commandments by Moses to sanctify God’s covenant with Israelites (Hebrew 9:19).

When Ron Wyatt discovered the Ark, the stone box which was protecting it had been broken by the earthquake and there was some dark-red substance that had sprinkled on the top of the box where the lid was broken and down onto the Mercy Seat: it was the Lord’s blood. When the Earth quaked the rock split asunder. Then the Lord’s blood, which was pooled up in His body, was released by the Centurion’s spear and the blood went straight down, 20 feet, and landed on the cover for the Ark of the Covenant. Since the cover was broken by the force of the earthquake, Jesus’ blood was able to be sprinkled directly on the Mercy Seat.

Scripture makes it clear that in the Temple service, the High Priest would sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice on the Mercy Seat on the annual Day of Atonement for the sins of the nation. The Ark of the Covenant had been carefully preserved and protected from contamination so that Jesus could complete the one and only sacrifice which could atone for the sins of the world. Jesus Christ, as the Great High Priest was the only One whose blood could be sprinkled on the Mercy Seat, and God alone could do that.

Hebrews records, concerning the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, “The priests would routinely go in and out of the first chamber to perform their religious duties. And the high priest was permitted to enter the Holiest Sanctuary of All only once a year and he could never enter without first offering sacrificial blood for both his own sins and for the sins of the people.” Hebrews 9: 6-7 TPT

“But now the Anointed One has become the King-Priest of every wonderful thing that has come. For he serves in a greater, more perfect heavenly tabernacle not made by men. And he has entered once and forever into the Holiest Sanctuary of All, not with the blood of animal sacrifices, but the sacred blood of his own sacrifice. And he alone has made our salvation secure forever!” Hebrews 9: 11-12, TPT

Comments refuting sceptics who seek to discredit Ron Wyatt’s claim to have discovered the Ark of the Covenant

It has been pointed out that “In addition to finding the Ark of the Covenant, Ron Wyatt also made almost one hundred other alleged Bible-related discoveries which have been authenticated by the Vatican, scientists, historians, biblical scholars, and others.

“Some have said, ‘God did use Ron on the other discoveries, but he lied about the Ark.’ If that were true, however, Ron would have been out of the will of God in January 1982, when he said he found it. But it cannot be true that he lied about his discovery of the Ark because God was still using Ron when, in 1989, he found the Sodom and Gomorrah sites.

“The following information settles the question for me: Shortly after Ron Wyatt says he located the Ark, the Israeli Antiquities Authority sent six men into the underground complex of caves to retrieve it; all six were struck dead. This is according to the Antiquities Authority and not Mr Wyatt. They then had to ask Mr Wyatt to go into the caves and retrieve the bodies. Remember that the Lord our God will only allow one man whom He has deemed worthy to enter in with the Ark. So the question then becomes if, in fact, the true Ark is not in those caves, what killed those men?

“We are talking about a man who, along with his only two sons, risked being executed by Saudi authorities for locating Mount Sinai. They were arrested and detained for a long time and only through some divine Providence were they freed. This man had some kind of divine blessings about him. Without a doubt someone was guiding his hand, and I don’t understand why he would be shown all he has been shown and yet be misled when it came to the Ark.” Rick Rigdon

Another commented, “The Lord used Ron Wyatt to prove His Word is valid. If the Lord blessed Ron Wyatt to locate Sodom and Gomorrah why would he lie about the others? God is not going to show a man His glory if he’s going to lie about another matter. Makes absolutely no sense! Ron Wyatt is a humble God-fearing man with light in his words who on his deathbed did not change his story. That proves to me beyond a shadow of a doubt he’s telling the truth.” Talterri Law.

Jesus Christ Himself explained to one of His proven prophets why Ron Wyatt alone could be entrusted with the discovery of the Ark of the Covenant [See Note From So Greatly Loved at the end]

Jesus said, “I could not allow a carnally-minded man to make this discovery. It had to be a devout servant. Besides, those who have not been baptised and had their sins forgiven would immediately react the way the young man who was helping him reacted, for My power and eminence radiated from that place.”

Ron Wyatt was having a young man help him, and when he got close to the Ark in one of the caves, he was scared silly and came running out and said, “I don’t know what’s in there, but I’m not going back in!”

Jesus continued, “It took years and years of preparation, breaking and reforming before I could even allow him this find. Years and years and years. Being an anaesthesiologist gave him the opportunity many, many times to witness death. A holy fear rested in his heart, the good kind of fear. The reality of eternity was something he witnessed firsthand, so many times; it really helped to prepare his heart.

“His whole heart was to prove that the Bible was true. He was a holy and dedicated man, not a spark of self-interest. He, too, was under the anvil of correction many, many times. He humbled himself before Me. He repented for moments of vain-glory. I rewarded his dedication and his whole life’s work with this crowning achievement, because his heart was totally for Me and he sought My will before doing anything.”

Jesus throws light on the significance of the Ark’s specific location.

Jesus said, “When I died, the Earth shook and rent asunder. That is when I descended into Sheol. When the Centurion came back to *thrust the spear into My body’s side, the blood and water pooling and waiting to exit just naturally poured down the crack in the Earth. Angels lined the entire way down that crack, the entire way. None was lost. That sealed your redemption, once and for all, Were it necessary, I would do it all over again just to have you with Me in Heaven. *John 19: 31-37.

The young man who was helping Ron Wyatt, overcome by the supernatural power he could increasingly feel as they drew nearer to the Ark’s hiding place, ran away and did not dare return. That assured Ron Wyatt that the Ark was in there and he was getting very close indeed to finding it.

In fact when, much later, the Israeli Antiquities Authority sent six men to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant from Jeremiah’s Cave, they were all struck dead by the power of God’s presence on the Mercy Seat. The IAA had to ask Ron Wyatt to remove the six bodies for burial as he alone was appointed and anointed by God to approach the Ark of the Covenant.

The words of Jesus Himself quoted above, together with the ‘comments refuting sceptics who seek to discredit the claim of Ron Wyatt to have discovered the Ark of the Covenant’ are surely conclusive proof that it was indeed to this humble Christian that such a tremendous honour was granted. [See Notes from So Greatly Loved at the end for further information]

The spine-tingling significance of the literal blood of Jesus found sprinkled on the Mercy Seat

§ It is highly significant that the overall layout of the furniture in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness was in the form of a cross:

§ In the Holy of Holies was the Ark of the Covenant alone, separated from the Holy Place by a very thick, heavy veil.

§ In the Holy Place were three items: the Golden Candlestick (seven-branched Menorah), the Altar of Incense, and the Table of Shewbread.

§ In the Outer Court was the Bronze Laver where the priests washed themselves, and the Bronze Altar on which animals were burned in sacrifice and their blood subsequently offered to Almighty God.

§ Jesus Christ, the Great High Priest (Hebrews 4: 14-16) was the only One whose blood could be physically sprinkled on the Mercy Seat. It was undoubtedly an Act of God that everything was in exactly the right place, and that there was an earthquake which enabled the blood of Jesus to be sprinkled directly on the Mercy Seat.

One of the Angels guarding the Ark instructed Ron Wyatt to obtain a laboratory Chromosome Count of the Blood sprinkled on it.

On the instruction of one of the four Angels who had been guarding the Ark of the Covenant since Jeremiah concealed it in the cave, Ron Wyatt removed a sample of Jesus’ blood from the Mercy Seat and paid a lab in Israel to do an analysis of His blood. On the Angel’s instruction, he also asked them to do a chromosome count. However, they informed Ron that it was impossible to do a chromosome test on dead white blood cells. Nevertheless, they eventually agreed to do the test and began viewing the cells under the microscope. To their astonishment, they saw cells dividing before their eyes. This blood was alive! The Israeli lab technicians could not believe what they were seeing.

The scientists involved purportedly converted to Christianity as a result of their findings. When they tested the dried, two-thousand-year-old ‘dead’ blood, to their immense shock, they were able to analyze its chromosomes—which is only possible with living blood. It shocked the lab technicians to see that the blood of Jesus was still alive.

The blood of Jesus was found to be unique – unlike any other human blood. Each cell contained only 24 chromosomes, compared to the normal count of 46. Jesus had received 23 chromosomes from His Mother, Mary, and just one ‘Y’ chromosome from His heavenly Father to designate a male child. This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Other scientists in the lab were asked to come and see for themselves. With tears in their eyes they asked, “Whose blood is this?” Ron Wyatt replied, also in tears, “It is the blood of your Messiah.”

No other male human being has ever had this same chromosome count; and Jesus’ shed blood is still alive 2,000 years after He died! It is unique, and proves His divinity to the world before He returns in the Rapture.

A Detailed Scientific breakdown of the Chromosome Count of Jesus Christ’s Blood

§ When scientists tested the dried, two-thousand-year-old “dead” blood, to their shock, they were able to analyze its chromosomes—which is only possible with living blood. Having 24 distinct chromosomes or 22 autosomes (mother’s are duplicated) in addition to 2 (XY) chromosomes, the 22 autosomes of the mother are equal to the corresponding 22 autosomes of the father (one to one) and the X chromosome of the mother (XX) plus the “Y” sex chromosome given by father being (XY).

§ In total, 2 of His mother’s autosomal chromosomes duplicated times 22, plus 1 (X) chromosome + 1 (Y) chromosome = 23 homologous pairs of chromosomes. Thus, His (Heavenly) Father’s (Y) male chromosome determined only Jesus’ maleness, while His physical characteristics would have been determined solely by His Mother.

§ Human cells normally have 46 chromosomes. These are actually 23 pairs of homologous chromosomes. In each pair of chromosomes, one of the pair is from the mother and the other member is from the father. Therefore, 23 chromosomes come from the mother and 23 from the father. In each set of 23, 22 chromosomes are autosomal and one is sex- determining. The sex-determining ones are the X chromosome and the Y chromosome. Females are XX, so they can only contribute an X chromosome to their offspring, whereas males are XY, which allows them to contribute either an X or a Y. If they contribute an X, the child is female, whereas if they contribute a Y, the child is male. The fascinating finding in this blood was that instead of 46 chromosomes, there were only 24. There were 22 autosomal chromosomes, one X chromosome and one Y chromosome.

§ This evidences that the person to whom this blood belonged had a mother but no human father, because the normal contribution of paternal chromosomes is missing.

§ The DNA of Jesus is 96% from Mary rather than 50% from Mary as would be normal. So, theoretically, the Holy Spirit had to have inseminated a virginal Mary with the “Y” chromosome of the non-human God of Abraham.

Awesome dovetailing Acts of God enabled the blood of Jesus to be sprinkled on the Mercy Seat, the only place of Atonement for Sin.

§ What a mighty Act of God it was to inspire the prophet Jeremiah to conceal the Ark of the Covenant for safekeeping in a location that would prove to be directly underneath the cross on which Jesus would eventually die on Mount Calvary.

§ It was an Act of God that the legs of Jesus were not broken by His executioners. The Romans customarily broke the legs of all their victims to hasten their death. However, they did not do this to Jesus. This fulfilled Numbers 9:12 and Exodus 12:46 that the legs of the Passover Lamb must not be broken, and confirmed the fact that Jesus is the Passover Lamb.

§ It was an Act of God that to ensure that Jesus was dead, the Centurion thrust his spear into the side of Jesus, piercing His spleen and thus allowing the blood and water to gush forth.

§ It was an Act of God that an earthquake occurred at the precise moment of Jesus’ death and opened a long crack in the rock leading from the base of Jesus’ cross straight to the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant some twenty feet below. This enabled the pooled blood of Jesus to be sprinkled on the Mercy Seat.

§ It was an Act of God that the earthquake caused the lid of the stone box in which Jeremiah had carefully encased the Ark, to break open in exactly the right place for the blood of Jesus to be sprinkled directly on the Mercy Seat – the only place of atonement for sin.

Matthew 27:51 records that “the earth did quake, and the rocks rent” and “when the Centurion and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake … they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God” Matthew 27:54.

Jesus fulfilled every single one of the Old Testament types and figures perfectly. On the cross He cried out in victory, “It is finished!”

Irrefutable scientific evidence that Jesus is the Son of God

Please take a few moments to watch this short, breathtaking Video showing Ron Wyatt’s account of the scientific analysis and chromosome count of the blood of Jesus, and the Israeli lab technicians’ reaction to the irrefutable scientific evidence before their eyes that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God:

Notes from So Greatly Loved

📝 The discovery of the Ark of the Covenant, and the subsequent chromosome count of the blood of Jesus Christ found sprinkled on the Mercy Seat – the only place for the atonement for sins – has to be the most breathtaking and meaningful revelation since Jesus came to earth to save us from our sins by His atoning death on Calvary. This scientific discovery should have made international front page news, but was largely blacked out by the corporate news media, though quietly (but excitedly) reported on by Christian news networks.

📝 No other male human being has ever had this same chromosome count! Jesus’ shed blood is still alive 2,000 years after He died! It is unique, and proves His divinity to the world before He returns in the Rapture. The Israeli laboratory technicians involved in working on the chromosome count purportedly converted to Christianity as a result of their findings.

📝 It is the will of God that this information should go viral. He has put it on my heart to ask any bloggers who may read my post to feel free to reblog it in order that many more people who do not know Jesus as their Saviour may learn that Science itself has irrefutably proved that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God.

The chromosome analysis of the blood found sprinkled on the Mercy Seat provides conclusive evidence that the person to whom this blood belonged had a mother but no human father, because the normal contribution of paternal chromosomes is missing. How much more proof that Jesus is the Son of God could anyone need?

📝 Please note

The words of Jesus quoted above were given by the Lord to one of His proven prophets. Jesus was speaking regarding Ron Wyatt, and his being honoured with the awesome discovery of the Ark of the Covenant after going through the deep dealings of God for many, many years to prepare him. This was recorded on the Still Small Voice channel on Vimeo by Clare du Bois.

This beautifully anointed channel is blessing many thousands of hungry Christians around the world who are head over heels in love with Jesus and are expecting His soon return.

Still Small Voice is hated with a vengeance by the enemy of our souls who has planted Satanists to discredit and pull down this channel that he so greatly fears. It is to the glory of God that these Satanists are steadily being impacted by the very Bible teachings they were commissioned by the evil one to tear down.

The Still Small Voice channel is an enormous help in being ready for Jesus’ soon coming in the Rapture, and has many inspiring video teachings on a wide range of topics, and also a number of excellent books. I recommend that all who long to know Jesus on a deeper level check out Still Small Voice on Vimeo. It is transforming countless lives.

For further information visit the website: heartdwellers.org

How to Pray Powerfully In The Name Of Jesus

When we pray in the name of Jesus, in His authority, totally convinced when we declare His name that we are His family and we have the rights to this name, it is very powerful indeed. However, if it becomes rote — if we get tired of saying it, or we’re not paying attention when we say it — it’s not going to carry the same force of authority that it will when we declare it with our full hearts, minds and voices focused on it. Not violently, but in such a way that you are thoroughly convinced the name of Jesus is above all other names and every demon must bow to that name. So we need to establish exactly who Jesus is to us when we say His name.

When you say, “In the Name of Jesus” it can very easily become rote, to the point where you really don’t declare His name with full attention and intention. To offset this tendency to numb out when we pray this part of the prayer, we must begin to declare something about Him that will call our attention to the true meaning of the Name.

This is what I’ve been praying:

“In the Name above all Names, Jesus Christ…” and then the prayer.

“In the Name of the Son of the Living God, Creator of Heaven and Earth…”

“In the Mighty Name of Jesus…”

“In The Name Of Jesus, to Whom every knee will bow, every tongue confess…”

“In the Name of the Mighty One, Jesus our Lord…”

“In the Name Above all Names, in Heaven and on the Earth, Jesus Christ our Lord…”

“In the Name of Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God, I command you…” and then you go into the prayer.

“In the Name of Jesus my Spouse, King of Heaven and Earth, I command you evil spirits…” and then you say the rest of the prayer.

I’ve noticed an increase in effectiveness, praying this way. And certainly it gives more honor to Him. So, when you do this, you are declaring to those demons who Jesus is to you and to all of Creation. You are appropriating His Mighty Name, which you have the right to use against evil, and you are taking authority with intention, rather than repeating ‘the Name above all names’ in a manner that is somewhat dulled to the power in that name.

We can all take familiar things in a superficial way after a time. I’m not saying that the Name of Jesus has no effect when you say it; of course not. But when we’re a little numb in praying the prayer, we are not praying with strong intention. So, in full awareness of the power of that Name, we declare to the demons we are focused, and not just shooting scatter-shot.

The Lord told us that we must pray the binding prayer with intention. In other words, if you are thinking about something else, you’re distracted and not pinning the demons down with the full force of your intention.

I catch myself doing that frequently and when I do, I go back and pray that passage of the binding prayer again, until I know I was seriously intent on them obeying and not saying it half-heartedly. So, when you pray the binding prayer, do it with full intention, conviction, and even ask the Warring Angels to enforce it. In this way, what you say with your mouth, you believe in your heart and it’s a done deal.

A prayer for nightmares

Every night, my husband and I pray this prayer: “In the Name of Jesus, I call upon the Holy Angels to protect our sleep, to surround and protect us from all intruders,  projections, and every evil. Amen.”

And this prayer works very well. When we don’t pray it, it’s not good! So, I do remember to pray it.

Have you any calling cards for the demons in your house?

A calling card is anything that originated from a contaminated, demonic source that especially opens the door to evil by its content. You’ll find that in the newspaper, in magazines, music, videos, articles, native art – anything like that can open the door.  I don’t allow newspapers or magazines in my house. Make sure your house is clean and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any open doors.

And if you’ve got teenagers, oh boy. You’ve got a lot of open doors, unless they’re very holy, that is. And that’s pretty rare. And even when they are holy, sometimes teenagers just won’t agree with you that something’s bad because they’ll feel deprived if they have to give it up.

Note from So Greatly Loved

These prayer guidelines were sent to the Heart Dwellers prayer warriors by Clare du Bois. I am sharing them now as they may well be helpful to many others.

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A Close Call!

I was so far out of my comfort zone that things could hardly have been worse! Here I was, a rather shy nineteen year old student travelling a long distance by train in Northern Spain alone, when disaster struck!

I ought to have flown out from England with the two friends who, like me, were going to the Universidad de Zaragoza summer course. As it happened, Spanish friends had already invited me to spend the previous week with them in Barcelona, where we had had the time of our lives together. For that reason, I found myself travelling the three hundred or so miles to the summer course in the cool of Aragon’s Pyrenees on my own. There was just one vital rail connection to be sure not to miss.

Well, you’ve guessed it! When the train ground to a halt, the station master told me I had missed my connection. He didn’t accept the timetable I had been given in Barcelona, retorting, “¡En Barcelona no saben nada!” (“They don’t know a thing in Barcelona!”). To my relief, as the next day was Sunday there was an early excursion train into the mountains leaving at 5.30. It suited me perfectly.

Taking a quick look at the station master, I knew that the very last thing I should do was to spend a night on his station! My suitcase was quickly stowed safely away in a luggage locker and, clutching my overnight bag, I headed for a hostel he had recommended. With my auburn hair and freckled sunburnt face I attracted attention wherever I went in Spain. I was the object of close scrutiny as I tried to enjoy my evening meal. I could not get out of that restaurant quickly enough! A pleasant young woman showed me to my room.

For the first time ever, I found myself having to convince the person who showed me to my room that I was capable of locking the door! First she locked it herself, then unlocked it and, removing the key, handed it to me saying, “Now let me see you lock it!” I began to hear warning bells.

Exhausted by the events of the day I soon went to bed. I was hoping for a good night’s sleep in view of my very early start the following morning. I had carefully locked the door, of course, and had also taken the precaution of wedging a chair firmly underneath the door handle.

A sudden commotion directly below my open bedroom window caused me to freeze in horror. I heard excited voices and understood every word. Men were piling chairs on top of tables in an effort to break into my room that way! I gathered my wits about me just in time, and leapt out of bed, firmly closing the window despite the stifling heat.

My anxiety intensified further when two men took up residence in the room next door to mine. Through the paper thin wall I could hear them planning to break in. They were relishing the fact that I was alone. I knew, of course, that it had not been a good idea for me to travel alone like that but, in the circumstances, I had no alternative. Those men obviously thought that I was not a force to be reckoned with. What they failed to realise, however, was that — despite appearances — I was not alone.

I was still a baby Christian. In fact, it was only a few months since I had asked Jesus to come and live in my heart, trusting Him to be my Saviour. I knew for certain that Jesus loved me deeply and that He would never leave my side. Jesus was well able to help me find my way out of dire straits such as these. I prayed with all my heart that night to be kept safe from the very real danger of those men breaking down my door. Their arrival was now imminent according to what I was overhearing. By then I was fully dressed and had hidden my passport and money under the mattress. Suddenly, the men’s door opened. Within seconds, there they were: banging on my door and shouting as they rattled the door handle. Fortunately my door withstood the onslaught and, muttering and cursing in frustration, after a few minutes they gave up and went back to their own room.

Was my terrifying ordeal over yet? Apparently not! The next words that I overheard caused me immense consternation. The men were talking about making a second attempt to break down my door at 2.00 a.m. Naturally I thought that this time they would surely bring with them something with which to break the lock… and then I would be totally at their mercy. It was at this point that I was strongly tempted to dwell on my circumstances rather than looking to the Lord for help. All sorts of thoughts raced through my mind in quick succession. To be honest, my mind was in turmoil. However, I pulled myself together as I remembered the promise of Jesus to be with us all the time.

I kept a close eye on my watch. Sure enough, as the hands showed that two o’clock had arrived, the men opened their door yet again and made a beeline for mine. This time I really was scared out of my wits. I felt utterly helpless. I did not know what in the world to do. I was simply panic stricken. I could barely think straight. Yet if ever clear thinking was called for it was now — right now! With my heart in my mouth, and summoning up every ounce of faith I could muster, I committed myself into the hands of the Lord. He has never let me down, even when my faith was wavering. The men were banging repeatedly on my door, shaking it furiously and rattling the handle as they cursed. Their every effort proved to be in vain and they were eventually obliged to give up — and this time it was for good. Jesus was THERE for me, of course!

Needless to say, I didn’t sleep a wink all night. Three times those men had attempted to break into my room and I was emotionally drained. In view of my very early Sunday morning train — the only one of the day — I continued to keep an eye on the time. I retrieved my passport and money from the hiding place under the mattress, and quietly opened the door to make for the bar and a much-needed coffee before heading off to the station. To my disgust, the men had heard my movements and had the audacity to lie in wait for me, positioning themselves one on either side of my door. At the top of their voices they shouted “¡Criatura!” (“You baby!”) as, deliberately ignoring them, I passed quickly between them and reached the comparative safety of the bar. There I enjoyed a strong coffee and settled my account.

Dawn was breaking as I left that awful hostel, shaking the dust from off my feet. The headlights of an occasional vehicle lit up the way ahead from time to time as I hurried to the station. Under no circumstances must I miss that one and only train! I was uncomfortably aware of the fact that I was still potentially in danger as I walked alone down that country road at such an hour. Railways came late to Spain and many stations were built a distance from the towns. During the working day a frequent nation-wide *RENFE bus service transported the passengers between stations and towns. As I walked briskly in the light of the breaking dawn, the air was filled with the shrill sound of crickets. It was surreal.

* Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles Españoles

The Sunday excursion train arrived at the station on time, full of happy normal people enjoying their one free day. I found myself able to relax at long last and began chatting to those sitting near me. As soon as I reached Jaca, where the University of Saragossa Summer School was being held in the pleasant cool of the Pyrenees, I had a long soak in a warm bath. That did me a power of good because, to add insult to injury, I had acquired no fewer than nineteen mosquito bites in that frightful place on that fateful night!

Out of the frying pan into the fire?

What an experience the Summer School proved to be! Our Spanish had improved by leaps and bounds. We had great fun together and learned some simply hilarious folk songs. We went on a number of fascinating full-day excursions and learned some very interesting Spanish history. Those weeks went by only too quickly and soon my two friends and I were travelling by train to Barcelona where we had to spend a night before catching our return flight. We booked into economically priced accommodation for one night and, as we were unable to get a room for three, I found myself alone, while the other two shared.

When the lady of the house showed me my room, to my horror I noticed straightaway that not only did the door have no lock, but it wouldn’t even shut — it was going to be permanently ajar! My heart sank… but there was nowhere else. This was even worse than my previous experience because at least the door there had a lock! I went to bed, pushing a chair up against my door to prevent the bright light from the hallway keeping me awake. After a while, the front doorbell rang. To my unspeakable horror, I heard a man asking the lady of the house who was staying there! She unwisely told him that there were three English señoritas, two together in one room and the third one right there, near the front door. What she said next sent shudders down my spine: “¡Que no le pase nada!” (“Don’t let anything happen to her!”). I wondered for the second time that summer what sort of place I had landed in!

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Note from So Greatly Loved

This is exactly what happened to me in the summer of 1962, after my first year at Leeds. In those days, students of Modern Languages could choose whether to spend one term or four terms abroad from Easter of their second year. I badly wanted to spend a whole year in Spain, after a term in France. I asked my parents whether they would be happy for me to choose the longer option; I would get work in Spain but would still need some financial help from them. To be fair to them, I told my parents the full story that you have just read. To my enormous relief, they said I was well able to look after myself, and I could feel free to go abroad for four terms with their blessing.

My Testimony is that without the faithfulness of our Lord Jesus, it could all so easily have ended in disaster, and even have brought the completion of my studies and my career prospects to an abrupt end. I am so grateful to Him.

Get Off to a Good Start

I can’t think of anything more wonderful to look forward to than waking up in the morning and, before even getting out of bed, searching for His presence and greeting Him — knowing that whether I see or hear Him or not, HE IS THERE, waiting for me, with eager anticipation, to wake up and begin my day with Him again.

He is just SO in love with each and every one of us! Let’s all determine to truly embrace His words here and greet Him each morning with the same Joy He has for us!

Jesus began, “My daughter, My Bride. I long for you to recognize My presence beside you every day. I long to raise you up when you feel bowed down by life’s challenges. Yet when you awake, you do not immediately recognize My presence beside you. Dear one, that is when I am the closest to you. The enemy wants you to focus on your coffee and vitamins for help so that he can, in the meantime, insert his evil thoughts into your mind.

“May I say, by the time you finish those things, you have already been infected with negativity. That is why he stresses those physical helps to awaken you. In the meantime, your mind is like a wet sponge, taking in all the poison he has prepared for you. ‘I don’t feel well. I am so tired. I can’t think straight. I’m not up to this! I don’t want to fail You, Jesus, but I’m hopeless, I’m depressed…’

“Does that sound familiar? These are words programmed into your consciousness first thing in the morning. That is why, when you put on the Helmet of Salvation, you short-circuit a ruinous day that he had planned for you. A day where you just drag around from one thing to the next, feeling numbed by the word curses he has applied to handicap you.

“It is time for all of you, My people, to put an end to this insidious tactic the devils have used on you to keep you from My higher calling in your life. If your attitude is that you can barely make it through the day, you will not grow into the fullness of who I have called you to be. This is why I have asked you to put on the full armor, before you do anything else. These are times where the proliferation of evil is so great, you cannot afford to be slack in protecting yourselves.”

Jesus shares something very dear to His heart

“Now I wish to impart to you another secret, so very dear to My heart. You have taken on the world with Me, My Bride. Shall I leave you weak and helpless? No, My Loved Ones. I am at your right hand, holding you up as you grasp to take hold of your footing each day. I do not leave you on your own. Many of you, like Clare, are pushing physical exhaustion every day — and I have told you to come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament. Ask for the strength you need as you receive Me, and I will equip you.

“But even more have I extended to you. Indeed, I live inside of you, but I manifest also on the outside. As you arise in the morning, I put My arm around you and help you to your feet. I stand beside you always, but you do not recognize that I am there. As a result, you do not lean on Me, dear ones.

“Yes, lean on Me. And even more, count on Me to keep you up and moving, to keep your mind clear. To be present as you pray. To even help you with your prayers if you reach out to Me and ask. ‘Jesus, help me pray. Please, help me worship. Help me be faithful to You and what is appropriate for me in these moments.’ In this way, you will fulfill My will and have victory over that cloud of oppression that so often assails you — even in your body — enveloping your mind.

“Delight in My presence in the morning! Speak to Me. Tell Me how much I mean to you and how you cannot live without Me. In this way, we will be blessed together to handle the day. Now, that’s what I call a good start!”

Jesus, Dress Me in the Armor of God

THE HELMET OF SALVATION: Place tightly the earflaps, guarding my ears from the enemy’s lies and whisperings. Set the Guard of Love over my mouth, that I speak with Your words, Your inflections of voice. Lower the Filter of Mercy and Compassion over my eyes, that I may see the world through Your shed Blood. Make impenetrable the helmet’s crown — the Dome of Protection — over my mind, sealing out the projections, suggestions and dredged-up memories of the evil ones. Let Your mind be within me: Let me think with, consider with and act on Your thoughts, not my own, until You make them one and the same.

I DECLARE: I am Yours and You are mine: we are One. I pledge to strive with all my heart, mind and will to let no sin or demon ever separate me from You, stand between us, or cause my heart or mind to wander, even a step, from Your side.

THE BREASTPLATE: Gather up all that is Yours, now cleansed – my heart, my spirit, my soul, my mind, my will, my garden – and protect it within Your Breastplate of Righteousness. May the enemy’s weapons bounce off, and may their excrement slide off, nothing staying, nothing sticking. Grant me the Grace NOT to form chinks, through my sin, in this Armor that protects where You dwell within me, thereby allowing the demons access.

THE BELT: Wrap the Belt of Truth firmly around me, sealing and closing up access to the enemy through finely crafted lies and deceits, into the place where You dwell, as a thief would enter a Home. Reveal to me Truth in all occasions, and help me never to bend, ignore or deny it. Let me always seek the Truth and speak the Truth.

THE SANDALS: May my feet be shod with the Gospel of Peace. Let my feet walk upon the Waters of Peace with each step, eyes firmly fixed on You – and may it flow out from each step in ever-widening circles, touching the hearts, minds and attitudes of those that surround me, and I interact with throughout the day. Secure within me the Peace that Passes All Understanding.

THE SWORD AND SHIELD: I take now Holy Spirit’s Sword in my hand. I take from Your hand the Shield of Faith. Teach me to use these with Your Wisdom, Your Power, Your Authority — and to never shy away from a battle You have sent me to engage in. It is ONLY through Your Power, Strength and Authority that I am enabled to do this. Let me never, ever allow Pride a foothold here.

THE CLOAK OF HUMILITY: Cover me now, and all of Your Armor, with the Cloak of Humility. Conceal ME beneath its folds and hood; let others see NOTHING but You shining out from within.

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Note from So Greatly Loved

Carol Jennings, leader of the Heart Dwellers prayer warrior team to which I belong, wrote ‘Jesus, Dress me in the Armor of God’ together with the Lord. I pray her beautiful prayer first thing every morning. I am sharing it now with Carol’s permission.

The message ‘Get Off to a Good Start’ was given to Clare du Bois and posted on the Still Small Voice channel on Vimeo.

For more information go to heartdwellers.org

How a Root of Bitterness Changes Your Destiny and DNA

Clare was sharing with Jesus some issues that were on her heart. Jesus said to her, “The point is not to give up. This is Satan’s plan. Using the analogy of lions on the hunt, they look for the ones who are separated. Be smarter than the adversary. Cling to and forgive your friends when they wound you.

“I did not give up on Peter. It is written that I ‘did not entrust Myself to men, for I knew their hearts’ (John 2:24). As close as Peter was to Me, I knew his weakness. I knew he was not ready to die for Me. He loved Me but overestimated his strength. Peter did not know himself. He overrated his devotion, his love, even though I had appointed him chief of the apostles. In his zeal and self-confidence, he believed nothing could turn him away from Me.

“I am asking you, children: take a long look in the mirror and know yourselves. Ask My Holy Spirit to reveal your true weaknesses. What will this accomplish? Compassion and forgiveness for those who betray you. I want My Body mended, put back together. Satan has spent the last 2,000 years contriving plans that would push the members of My Body apart, further and further.

“If you are dividing My Body, you are working for Satan. You are being used by the demons if you are separating brethren. If you are taking the failings of others as a final door slammed shut, you are creating pockets of bitterness for the demons to create strongholds in your life, not the lives of those who hurt you. They will walk on, but you will stumble because of what you are holding onto. That is why forgiving is a work of charity, a work of mercy. It makes up for judgment, calumny, and lying. What sin has severed, you can restore by your charity. Just as surely as wounds heal, forgiveness cleanses those pockets of corruption and allows tender flesh to grow back.

“When you refuse to forgive, you are only demonstrating your lack of knowledge of self. This calls Me to your side. Now, I must reveal to you your weakness and how you fail others. I do it again and again and again until you finally understand and learn to forgive and go on.”

Jesus continued, “But there is a form of pride deadly to the soul. When you refuse to see how you, in the past, have failed and wounded others. When you refuse to see how you, in the present, are wounding others. When you elevate yourself above others and pridefully bury your head in the sand, refusing to see the truth about yourself, you are killing your soul and preparing the soil of your heart for a root of bitterness to grow deep and wide. Why does that matter, you ask? A root of bitterness is a toxic root. It gives off deadly acids, much like the soil beneath the cedar tree. Nothing can grow beneath a cedar, because what is released from the roots is toxic to other plants. That means the soil in the garden of your soul is being poisoned. All that can flourish in this toxic soil is anger, resentment, retaliation, jealousy and hatred. Then you must work to disguise these evils under a smile and fair words. This will eventually wear you out and open the door for disease in your body.

“Hatred, unforgiveness, retaliation and bitterness create energy waves that poison your body. These feelings can be measured electronically. They actually weaken and change your DNA, allowing cancer cells to proliferate.

“This is the environment the demons plant their seeds in. Discontent opens the door to sin, retaliation, gossip, stealing, plotting evil and cheating. Your lives become a tangled web for unclean things, and soon the fragrant garden you once had is turned into a wretched tangle of darkness, where demons defecate to fertilize roots of bitterness growing all around you — until all your good intention is snuffed out and you are controlled by self-defense, bitterness and fear.

“You have a choice to make, My children. You can either play into the enemy’s hands or resist him, crying out to Me ‘Lord, deliver me from evil!’

“I am asking you to choose. Will you let go of the past, forgive and embrace a life of forgiveness? Or will you stubbornly hold onto the failures of others? Understand, what little vestige of bitterness you entertain or bury without resolution will affect your future. You will make choices based on avoiding these past hurts and may very well cut yourself off from life. Many times the very place your destiny lies in — many times — that is the very place where you will be most attacked.

“Satan has ways of knowing when you are destined for something, and he will plan and engineer many a trap to spring on you and cause you to abandon that way, cutting you off from your destiny and forcing you to choose another path, rather than the one I had for you.

“Yes, it is up to you, very much up to you. You cannot advance in My Kingdom without tremendous effort in the area of humility, charity and forgiveness. It is simply impossible. I will not use a bitter vessel to carry My choice wines. The vessel must be clean and sweet, lest the wine I died to procure for you becomes bitter. The rewards are out of this world, but the work of dying to yourself, knowing yourself, admitting your failures and weaknesses, is not for sissies. Either you are brave and relentless in taming your carnal nature or you are weak and cowardly, and run from it. In which case, it takes over and controls you.

“You all have a choice to make. I see to it along the path of life that opportunities for self-will, self-love, and selfish ambition are put before you. I allow you to live that life until you are sick of yourselves and want to become holy, a vessel fit for the King’s table. I arrange the lessons and try you over and over again. When I see that love and humility triumph, I advance you to the next level and we begin again. When I see it fail, we go round and round and round the mountain again, or you weary of Me and wander off into the world.

“Please, make your choices wisely. I am forever at your side calling you upward. But the climb is painful! Once you make up your mind to forsake your pride and defensiveness, I lift you up into My arms and carry you all the way to the top. This is My Heart’s desire. Will you come with Me? Or will you abandon Me, like so many others have done? Do you have courage, character and relentless honesty with yourself? Or are you just getting by…

“Please, make your choice wisely. I long to carry you tenderly in My arms. I long to comfort you. Please. Make your choice wisely.”

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Note from So Greatly Loved

This message, given by Jesus to Clare du Bois and shared on Vimeo, is an enormous challenge to me. I am working on it, and pray that it may make a significant change in your life too. May God bless you as we all press on together in Him.

For further information go to heartdwellers.org

Astonishing Breakthroughs!

What Jesus is doing in my life is truly awesome. To illustrate how thrilling my recent physical breakthroughs are, I’ll try to explain how indescribably difficult — virtually impossible — certain essential everyday activities used to be for me.

Rewind to 2014…

Let’s rewind to 2014 — when my struggle began to be intense. There were certain things which we all have to do every day which were almost impossible for me because of the severe pain and limitations of my acute osteo-arthritis. Believe it or not, one of the most difficult things for me was actually getting into bed at the end of the day! My joints are badly worn down and there is no cartilage cushion to prevent them grating painfully (and sometimes noisily!) together — but something significantly changed very recently.

Since I could not get onto a bed for eight long years (2006-2014), I had to sleep in my recliner chair in our living room while my husband had the bedroom to himself. During those eight years, because I was unable to lie down flat to sleep I gradually became deformed. I am permanently shaped like a banana now!

However, God was very good to us and enabled us to get an amazing bargain after a house move: a double electric adjustable profiling bed which adjusts separately for both of us, and fits perfectly into our small bedroom. The cost of these beds is normally astronomical. Originally, the bed we needed was on offer online at half price, but the company reduced it a great deal further for us as they had only one left to our specification in their factory warehouse clearance department. God’s timing is always spot on!

I was so looking forward to sleeping in a bed again after all those years, but one thing caused me excruciating pain — actually getting into bed! Firstly, I had to sit down and throw myself backwards onto the mattress. It was rather like taking a leap of faith in reverse. My right leg made it easily onto the bed, but my left leg did not as the left hip joint is even more badly worn away than the right one. Therefore, since 2014 I have had to use a ‘leg raiser’ on my left leg. It looks like a dog collar and lead all in one piece. I had to put the large loop round my left foot and hold on tightly to the small loop at the other end of this device, raising my left leg as I threw myself backwards onto the bed, pulling very hard on the leg raiser so that, hopefully, my left leg would join my right leg and they would both land safely together on the bed.

It was such a lengthy process for me to get into bed every night. I used to pray really hard for enough faith to be able to make it! I would sit for at least five minutes (leg raiser in position) trying to drum up enough faith to get onto the bed by quoting over and over Philippians 4:13 in the Amplified Bible, “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me. [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me…]”  I used to say that powerful Scripture out loud over and over again until I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I really was “ready for anything and equal to anything through Him” and that our Lord Jesus definitely was “infusing inner strength into me.”

Eventually, after many long weeks of struggling to get into bed night after night, one glorious evening it all changed for the better. The Lord graciously had compassion on me and I saw Jesus come running to help me! I believe it was a vision — and not my imagination. It was the first time I saw Jesus. In sheer gratitude, I said “Jesus, I trust in You!” Then, with my leg raiser already in position, I threw myself backwards onto the bed in faith, knowing — not hoping — that this time I would get into bed easily. I did!

From that evening onwards, night after night I closed my eyes and in my spirit I saw Jesus come running — really running — to help me, with His arms outstretched towards me and a big smile on His face! It was so easy with Jesus on the job! I no longer had to sit for five minutes, as I used to do, drumming up the faith I so badly needed…

As I have said, this was the first time I actually saw Jesus; and I continued to see Him like that whenever I said “Jesus, I trust in You!” while trying to get onto the bed. I’m only sharing this in order to illustrate what a wonderful measure of healing I received from Jesus in my joints at the end of June this year. Thanks to Morphine, my excruciating pain had been less for some time, nevertheless I continued having to rely heavily on my leg raiser to enable me to get into bed — until one recent Monday evening.

This is how I realised beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord had done something really marvellous for me: I had just put my left foot into the leg raiser as usual, and was sitting on the bed about to throw myself backwards onto the mattress. However, it had escaped my notice that my foot had somehow slipped out of the leg raiser — until it was too late and, to my horror, I was already descending backwards onto the mattress without that indispensable Disability aid round my left foot!!!  It was at precisely that point that I realised Jesus must have strengthened my left hip, because BOTH my legs went sailing HIGH in the air and landed together on the mattress, without the leg raiser. It had fallen off and was lying limply on the floor beside the bed. This was a God moment! It was AWESOME!!!

Another healing touch from Jesus

But it doesn’t stop there! When my care-giver arrived to get me up the following morning, I got out of bed straightaway and puzzled her by asking if she would watch me getting back in! She was astonished at the sudden improvement. A few minutes later she gave me a shower and hair wash. I sit on a shower stool for that, and she likes me to lean right back while she’s rinsing the shampoo out of my long hair. I really dislike that part because my neck hurts so badly. I’ve had five whiplash injuries over the years, one of which necessitated a twelve-week course of physiotherapy which culminated in traction on my neck. To my unspeakable horror, a machine was programmed to ‘pull’ my head rhythmically out of my body for a set period of time, while I was left unattended in a curtained cubicle, clutching a panic button for dear life. It was very scary indeed.

Anyway, when the time came to lean back during my hair wash, instead of gingerly bending my neck backwards slowly,  little by little, I went straight back — until I was almost touching the wall. Later, my care-giver told me that she had been alarmed at first when I suddenly leaned so far backwards because I had never been able to do that before — and I usually made a fuss!

Yet another healing touch from Jesus

For many years I’ve had great difficulty standing up for even two or three minutes at a time. The following day, I decided that the books, folders, sewing things and odds and ends beside my recliner chair in the living room needed to be reorganised as it was all in such a big muddle, and things were difficult for me to access. I found one thing after another that I hadn’t seen for quite a while, and I began happily piling up the items on the seat of my recliner chair while I stood on my feet reorganising that area. By then I couldn’t have sat down even if I’d wanted to as there were things piled up precariously all over my seat!! It was sheer joy to be able to stand, and I was enjoying myself so much that I kept on and on working. To my astonishment, I was able to stand up for OVER THREE QUARTERS OF AN HOUR! When I told my care-giver about it later during her early evening visit, she said that she had also noticed that I’m now walking with my walker more briskly too. I am undoubtedly in the middle of receiving a considerable measure of miracle healing from Jesus!

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Note from So Greatly Loved

What do you want the Lord to do for you? Are you in need of a miracle in your life? The mercy of our Heavenly Father is unfathomable. He delights in blessing every one of His children and He has no favourites. The Word of God says, “No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11. If your heart is to please the Lord, you are one of His children who is walking uprightly. You qualify!

Think about it for a moment: could it be true of you that “Ye have not because ye ask not?” James 4:2. But it doesn’t even end there, because verse three warns us about the importance of checking our motives in praying for what we want. The confirmation that it is God’s will for us to pray for something in particular is to ask ourself whether, deep down in our spirit, we have peace. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts…” See Colossians 3:15. The original Greek word Paul used for ‘rule’ literally means ‘to act as an umpire.’ In other words, since a whistle is blown when a foul has been committed, if the umpire does not blow his whistle, we are not in the wrong, and so the Holy Spirit is clearly saying, “Go ahead!”

Pray, and believe with all your heart, for your much-needed miracle… and don’t forget to thank Him for the answer. See Philippians 4:6-7, where Paul mentioned the importance of thanking God for the answer in advance, and also said that the peace of God would keep our hearts.

When we were missionaries in India, it was a great joy to my husband and me to teach in the village churches on real Bible Faith. As I was writing this conclusion, the Lord told me to share in future posts the super-effective and life-transforming teaching on real Bible Faith that impacted those lovely Indian Christians so powerfully.

Watch this space!

Like A Little Child

Jesus has taught me that the more childlike and simple I am in my faith, the more easily I will receive from Him those things for which I am praying.

Jesus said some interesting things about the simplicity of little children. Just think about it for a moment… To a little child, if Daddy has promised something that he or she is longing for, they just know that Daddy will keep his word. They are very likely to tell anyone who will listen, “Daddy’s going to give me…” or Daddy’s going to take me to…” Little children don’t doubt for a moment that Daddy will keep his word.

To a little one it’s a done deal because Daddy always keeps his word. Always!! It is not surprising, therefore, that Jesus said, “Whoever humbles himself like a little child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:4). Little children have total faith in Daddy.

In many places in the gospels, Jesus taught the absolute necessity of believing that we will receive what we are praying for. The emphasis is mine in the Scriptures below:

“And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” Matthew 21:22

“All things are possible to him that believes.” Mark 9:13

“Verily, I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Matthew 17:20

How I began to hear Jesus

During my student days in London in the mid-1960s, when I had known Jesus for barely five years, a friend whom I greatly respected because she was at Bible College and knew so very much more than I did, told me that it was possible to hear Jesus speaking in our prayer times. I hadn’t heard about that before and decided to give it a go. In my next quiet time I said “Jesus, *Jean has told me says it’s possible for me to hear You speaking. I would really like to hear You speaking to me, please.” That is all I said — then I simply expected Jesus to start speaking to me. He did so straightaway, and has been speaking to me ever since that day.

[the *name has been changed]

I do not mean that I heard an audible voice! No, certainly not! But what began for me, like for scores of my Christian friends, is that Jesus started to speak clearly to me in my spirit, deep down in my innermost being — the real me. It was something like when you suddenly have a thought such as, “Oh, I must phone Mum today” — an unmistakably clear impression. We do not hear voices! I do hope I’m making that clear!

We must listen if we want to hear Jesus

A thrilling, much deeper, walk with Jesus now began for me. He spoke loving words of encouragement day after day and made the Bible come alive. He also spoke much-needed words of correction from time to time. One day Jesus said, “Every single thing I do in your life is for your highest good” Everything that Jesus says or does is always done in love, because He IS love. In my journals, I have been keeping a record of all these precious words of Jesus so that I may be able to turn to them again and again.

For the Bible record that Jesus does indeed speak to to those who belong to Him, turn to the gospel of John, chapter 10, where Jesus refers to Himself as a Good Shepherd who knows His sheep (verse 14). He goes on to say in John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

The Highlight of My Day

The most precious part of every day is when I take Holy Communion. A lovely time of worship helps me to prepare. One day during my Lord’s Supper Jesus said to me, “We are One, My beloved: I in you, and you in Me; we are inseparably One. How I cherish times of Communion with My beloved children!”

For two or three years I have been taking Holy Communion every day on my own at home. I am disabled and housebound, and haven’t been able to go to church for many years. It is extremely rare for me to have any visitors, apart from my twice-daily care-givers’ visits, and the occasional home visit from a doctor or nurse. Holy Communion is a particularly powerful source of strength to me, drawing me much closer to Jesus and helping me to grow in the Lord. I endeavour to spend as long as I possibly can in worship before my Communion.

Our worship is very important indeed to the Lord. Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well that our Heavenly Father is always seeking true worshippers: those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23)

It is an enormous blessing if we can manage to spend prolonged periods of time in worship during the day, pouring out the love of our hearts to the Lord as we listen to anointed music. The international Prayer Warrior team to which I’m privileged to belong does this every day. We make our own playlist of worship songs that speak deeply to us and set it on Shuffle, relying on the Holy Spirit to play the songs of His choice for us. It is awesome to see Him working so meaningfully in this way.

Watch this space because there’s still . . .

Did God Really Do That?!

A few months ago, I was browsing through one of The Leprosy Mission’s reasonably priced catalogues hoping to find a birthday present for my sister. I easily chose something for her that she would love.

In their catalogues, in addition to beautiful craft items and outstanding greeting cards, The Leprosy Mission also suggests ways in which customers may like to help a leprosy-affected person by donating something they desperately need. There are items such as a robust pair of sandals designed to enable feet badly damaged by leprosy to be supported and protected (costing only £10 GBP), or goats they can breed and sell the milk in order to make a living. There is, in fact, a wide range of much-needed gifts to help people who are victims of this cruel disease. 

Leprosy-affected people are outcasts from society and are barely managing to survive. One suggested donation to help them grabbed my attention, but there was no way I could afford it. It was a donkey.

The donkey would provide transport and also enable a leprosy-affected family to farm their tiny plot of land. I was fighting back the tears as I read about how these families suffer. It was a struggle for me, but the Lord won. As I made the phone call to order my sister’s birthday present, I heard myself paying to donate a donkey too!

Then this happened…

Two or three days after I had placed my order, our son, who helps his elderly disabled parents as much as he can, was busy emptying the tumble dryer in the garage for us and bringing items into the house in a laundry basket for me to sort. Suddenly, to our amazement, a couple of crisp new £5 notes fell out of the washing. Wow! Wherever did they come from?!

Another laundry basket came into the house. More £5 notes fell out of the washing – from T-shirts and a fitted sheet – and then more, and still more… until we had £50 in total – all in crisp new fivers!

It was a mystery to us all

No one, apart from our son, had been into the garage to attend to the washing. The awesome thing is that it’s rare for us to have even one fiver in the house. We don’t get fivers at ATM machines, or at Cashback in our large grocery stores. There were no garments with pockets in any of that washing, so nobody could have left money in a pocket – and in any case, as I’ve said, not one of us had a fiver.

Four people witnessed this surreal incident taking place: my husband, our son, our lovely Polish care-giver, and me. We could hardly believe our eyes and thought we were dreaming. Our care-giver, with a twinkle in her eye, asked if she could borrow our tumbler!

How much was my donation to The Leprosy Mission for a donkey to help a struggling leprosy-affected family? It was exactly £50!!!

Another awesome thing…

I love to give, and had asked the Lord to somehow increase my income to enable me to give more to His work. Another astonishing thing is happening to me now. Rather than bank online, I have to use telephone banking because of my Dyscalculia problem. I am astonished sometimes when the adviser reads my balance and recent transactions over the phone; there is often more money in my modest account than there ‘should’ be. We simply cannot out give God! It’s a wonderful place to be – out on a limb with Jesus – looking only unto Him.

By the way, if it’s on my heart to give to the Lord, I always remind myself that it was not the enemy who gave me that idea!

God is faithful

God has promised that He will supply all our needs, and also that He will not fail us. He wants us to ask Him for what we need, and He even explains why we sometimes fail to receive from Him. James gives two reasons for this:

How God views our giving

In the Bible we read that while Jesus was teaching in the Temple, He saw people throwing money into the Temple treasury. “Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And He called unto Him His disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: for all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.” Mark 12:41-44

I, personally, find the above Scripture very encouraging because it makes clear that God views our giving to His work in terms of what we keep back for ourselves, rather than the actual amount we give.

Jesus also said:

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Note from So Greatly Loved

The Leprosy Mission states that it is “a Christian international development charity, transforming and empowering the lives of people affected by leprosy. As well as providing opportunities for early diagnosis and treatment, we offer gifts of healthcare, rehabilitation, education, vocational training, housing, sanitation and a fresh water supply.
That’s why our Gifts for Life are specifically chosen to meet all a person’s needs. They go beyond medical care to restore dignity, hope and independence to lives affected by this cruel disease.”

What really happened to our washing?

There is no way, naturally speaking, that even a single £5 note could have found its way into our washing… but £50 in fivers?! Well, there is absolutely no way that could have happened – unless by a miracle. The only conclusion I can arrive at, therefore, is that our Heavenly Father blessed me for giving what was beyond my means, in order to assure me that He is faithful… that He is no man’s debtor… and that we can never out give Him. But to me the most precious thought of all, is that whatever we do to help another who is in need, we are doing for Jesus.

High Time For A Reality Check!

Thank You, precious Lord Jesus, for explaining to us the laws of Heaven and Holiness. Mercy Lord, Mercy.

“My dear ones,” Clare continued, “all the prayers in the world will do little for the man or woman who belittles and emotionally injures their spouse. Do you suppose you can go to church, tithe, go to men’s Breakfasts or Women’s Aglow meetings, come home — and despise your spouse? Do you really think that will make up for your meanness of heart? Let me tell you plainly, it will not. I have not discussed this topic yet, but it is time: People are of the impression that when they die they go to Heaven or Hell. That is not the case — not according to Jesus or the teaching of the Apostles, the Early Church, or even the Jewish people. They most frequently go to a place of purification that Scripture describes as ‘Prison.’

1 Peter 3:19 After being made alive, Jesus went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits.”

1 Peter 4:6 “For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.” [emphasis mine]

“The Catholic Church gives the name ‘Purgatory’ to the final purification of all who die in God’s grace and friendship but are still imperfectly purified. Judaism also believes in the possibility of after-death purification and may even use the word ‘purgatory’ to present its understanding of the meaning of the similar rabbinical concept of Gehenna.

Matthew 5:25-26 “Reconcile quickly with your adversary, while you are still on the way to court. Otherwise he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”

There needs to be some clarification about the doctrine of Purgatory and the Roman Catholic Church, which is NOT the same Church that we are following. We’re following the Early Church: pre-Rome — before Rome and all the changes that came. We will call ‘purgatory’ by the Bible’s name: ‘Purification.’ This is not a doctrine of the Catholics; it is the doctrine of the Early Church from Peter to Tertullian. But because of the perversion of the doctrine, where people were told their loved ones wouldn’t go to Heaven unless they paid for a Mass, or paid their tithes, etc, it became a lever to force more dollars out of the poor and the widows. This was one of the most despicable things that was done, and caused Martin Luther to leave the Church, but that does not excuse Christianity from not following the teachings of the Apostles.

I know you will say, “Purification gets done on our way to Heaven, doesn’t it? You know, like a great spiritual shower, washing away the spots, wrinkles and blemishes?” Well, apparently not — or Jesus wouldn’t have said in Matthew 5:26 “Truly, I say to you, you will never get out [of prison] until you have paid the last penny.” The ‘penny’ represents the most minor sins that one commits.

What is Purification?

“My dear ones,” Clare continued, “let me share with you what I believe this purification truly is. Have you ever done something really, really wrong that you didn’t acknowledge as wrong before you did it, but tried to explain it away? Have you ever gossiped and hurt someone’s reputation, causing them to lose their job, or trouble in a marriage? Or perhaps you were in an accident where a child or adult was killed, and the accident was your fault. When you found out that you were in the wrong, and were responsible for the suffering of innocent people, how did you feel?

“I have done things in my past that I was very ashamed of. And when the Lord confronted me with what I had done and who I had hurt, it was like molten metal being poured over my body. My face turned red, my knees started to shake, and I had to sit down.

“Possibly you got some bad news that caused that reaction in you. I believe that feeling is the fire of purification in realising what I had done. It was shock, and I couldn’t put my mind around it. All I could do was be dumb until God gave me the grace to acknowledge and face it.

“Now for us on this Earth, we inhabit a body which acts as a buffer or insulation from the spiritual world, which is very intense energy. But when we leave the body behind, there is no longer any buffer. We are without food, water, distractions, bodily comforts, friends to call, excuses to make. We are stripped down to the naked soul, which is now under the fire of conviction — with no Ben and Jerry’s to eat, no wine to drink, with no one nearby to blame. We are like raw skin before the Lord. Every slight little breeze stings and burns when the top layer of skin has been removed.

At this point I thought, “You know, Lord, maybe You should explain this?” Jesus answered me and said, “No, you are doing quite well. And this should be explained from a human point of view to understand what it is that burns. So, please proceed.”

Clare continued, “Okay. For example, when I was in the world and sinful, I thought I had a health problem, because my feminine cycle had stopped. I just shoved it under the rug and kept on getting photography assignments. And right in the middle of a National Geographic assignment, I noticed some body changes. My belly was getting bigger and my pants wouldn’t zip. And I thought, ‘I must be sick.’ Well… I went to the doctor, and after testing me he said, “You’re pregnant.” I nearly fainted. I had been in denial. I have never ever felt anything so earth shaking. Conviction flowed through me like fire. I was paralysed and didn’t know where to turn or what to do. I was in shock.

“Purgatory — Purification — is very real: a very real place. And if I died today I think I would go there. You see, my attitudes are at times sinful and not holy. This leaves a filthy stain on my Bridal Garment and ways in which I have damaged others and not repented for. Christ atoned for our sins on the Cross, but He did not repair the damages we incurred. We still have reparation to do. And if repentance is only skin deep, we are not under the conviction we need to be to dissolve those ugly stains off our wedding gowns.”

“So, if we mentally, physically, or emotionally injure others, there will come a time when we have to repair the damages and change the state of our heart that caused us to think that way and do those things. If it doesn’t happen before death, the Lord has mercifully made a provision which has been referred to as the ‘Prison’— and has come to mean a place of purification. It is a place of suffering where those who die in the state of grace, but have not yet changed their toxic attitudes, can work with grace to arrive at purity of heart and perfect brotherly love.

“Let’s say that a Christian man gets into an argument with his wife and says cruel things to her, then he walks out the door and is hit by a car and dies. Let’s say that man is a good Christian — with a temper he has never mastered. He is not a criminal; he doesn’t beat his wife physically. He feeds the poor and takes care of his children, but indulges in a bad temper and wounds her with his words. When he dies, he should go to Heaven. But there is only one problem: a toxic attitude like his cannot enter Heaven, which is a place of eternal joy. At that point, he sees himself as he is. Without the distractions of a physical body, clothing, and such. He sees the state of his soul and knows he cannot enter Heaven that way. And it hits him like a Mac truck. But instead of being run over, it ignites his heart with true contrition that burns like an atomic fire in his soul. He sees his sinfulness and what it has done to others — and the flames of remorse consume him.

“Have you ever had that happen to you? An unpleasant reality you were avoiding looking at, or were blind to, all of a sudden becomes real — like getting a positive result on a pregnancy test when you’re 16 and your whole world just collapses in waves of fear all around you. Purgatory is a state of such grief over the habits of sin in your life that you refused to give up, that you are consumed in the spiritual fires of purification without anyone to comfort you, anyone to talk to, any food to eat or distract you, any water to drink. It is a place of total spiritual torment. Yet, if you were to ask the person if they wanted to get out, they would answer, “Not until I can go to Heaven!” Heaven looms before them. Jesus visits them. The Blessed Mother visits them. And they do get occasional consolations and strengthening graces.

“Jesus has made a provision — whether this place is a physical place (which I tend to believe) or not. The man is shocked by the state of his soul and is on fire in his spiritual body, with pain and remorse for this terrible habit. So, Jesus takes him aside into a place where other souls are undergoing purification, and grace works with him until he totally repents and is free from this attitude. Then he is cleansed and ready to enter Heaven.

“For those who are abusive to your spouse, your children, or even your elderly parents — this is a major wake up call. Please, change your ways while you are still on this Earth, dear ones. You don’t want to go to Purgatory for even five minutes.”

I was reminded of these Scriptures:

Matthew 5:17-20 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them. For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. So then, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do likewise will be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever practices and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

2 Corinthians 7:1 “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”

Hebrews 12:23 “To the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in Heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.”

1 Corinthians 3:11-15 “For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, his workmanship will be evident, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will prove the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as if through the flames.”

“Well, I believe that this is what purification by fire is all about. Burning conviction with no way to escape. Your life rolls out before you and you feel like a complete fool. You’re stunned, because you are seeing the consequences of your sins for the first time in God’s mirror.”

1 Corinthians 15:29 “Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them?”

1 Peter 3:18-22 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water. And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into Heaven and is at God’s right hand — with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.” So, here Peter talks about the Lord making proclamation to the imprisoned spirits.

Clare asked Jesus, Lord, have you something to add?

Jesus replied, “My heart for you, My People, is that in the hour of your death, you fly Heavenward. Unimpeded — straight into My waiting arms. That you eat the fruits and herbs of the trees along the River of Life and are fully healed and restored from the damage done to you on Earth.

“I want every one of you to see Me face to face. But this cannot happen clearly and completely until the layers of film from sin are washed clean.

“Each day, I come to you with the things that must be changed in your nature, by an act of your will. I shower you with love and affirm you. So that strengthened, you can avoid occasions of sin. I love you tenderly, so that you can in turn change your anger and rancor to love for others and avoid the fires of Purgatory.

“But if you will not come to Me each day and spend the time necessary for these healings to take place, you will walk out the door and continue to offend one another — because you are lacking in compassion and love. You are lacking, because you are not putting the right priority on being with Me, One on one.

“When that Day comes, the day of your departure from Earth, stripped of all earthly distractions and sensations — you will stand before My mirror and see every imperfection and habitual pattern of sin. You will feel your lack of love and your anger keenly and recognize yourself as being full of the toxic poison of rancor, greed, lust, and so many other sins that you have allowed to take root and live in you.

“You have known those things were there, but you didn’t realize that a time would come when YOU, not I, would have to work through them to pass through the gates of Heaven.

“Oh, what a day that will be!! Glorious for those of you who wept over your shortcomings and sins. Because though you may have been weak and fallen before coming to Heaven, if you were resolute and daily conquering yourself, mercy will be extended to you. It was your resoluteness, backed by action, that gained the pardon.

“But for others who have been avoiding that Day, it will be terrible. You will shake before My mirror and want to run and hide, so filthy will you appear to yourself and all in Heaven. Please, please, make it the number one priority to spend deep prayer time with Me and repent for your indiscretions. Repent and repair the damage you’ve done to other souls.

“Come to Me asking for the grace of true contrition and Mercy. I, on My part, will do what I can to bring you along to the state where you can finally be with Me and the Saints in Heaven.

“But My children, you must pass through the fires of remorse for your habitual sins you have refused to conquer. These cannot come with you into Heaven; they must be completely overcome.

“I know that you who are from a Protestant background are going to kick at this teaching and this reality. But should I refrain from giving it to you because others lied to you and did not form your conscience properly? Or should I give you the opportunity to change while there is yet time for you? I love you dearly. I cannot withhold the truth from you, lest you incur greater debts in your lives” [emphasis mine]

“When I told the parable of the guest at the wedding feast, I mentioned that one was improperly clad. That one had not put forth any effort to correct his faults and repair the damage he did to others — that is why he was excluded. And so, you can ascertain from this that you will not be taken in the Rapture — unless you have either conquered your faults, or are sincerely committed to conquering them every day. In which case, you will be sure to receive Mercy and come with Me.”

“I love you, Beloved Brides. I love you so tenderly as I see you struggle each day to overcome temptations and sins. You bring great joy to all of Heaven with your commitment to be Mine and Mine alone. Oh, how I cherish you!”

Clare spoke again:

Jesus is coming for a holy Church that is entirely without spot, wrinkle, or blemish

A spot comes when you are involved in something unclean, and it splashes on you. Like gossip. It splatters all over your wedding gown.

A wrinkle is what you develop from habitual patterns of sin that you refuse to deal with.

A blemish is an uncleanness from inside of you that manifests as a stain from beneath your gown. It can also be a rip or a tear from being careless.

“In any case, these are things that you know you should deal with, but you cover them with denial until they hit you upside the head, and you can no longer avoid or deny them. And I believe that if you have these patterns of sin and have not addressed them, that you will need to be purified before you can enter Heaven.

“But I also believe that if you are not in denial, and you have been working on them with all your strength, I believe the Lord in His mercy may wipe them away. That is, however, if you have exercised mercy towards others. “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7

“So I relate to the place of purification by fire as an inner state of searing conviction that causes me to review my actions and repent. God in His Mercy has established, I believe, a place where we can go through this purifying fire and come out ready to enter Heaven.

“Think about it for a moment. Let’s say I was jealous of someone and spread malicious lies about them to ruin their reputation. I knew it was wrong, but I was driven to do it anyway by my bitterness. I tried and tried to smear them so they would never have a good reputation again. And this was a lifelong habit I kept hidden from others, but still did to every person that offended me or made me jealous.

“Then let’s suppose I got into a car wreck, was thrown 50 feet in the air and died on impact. I had accepted the Lord as my Saviour, gone to church, prayed, tithed and fed the poor. And I really did love Jesus. But I was self-righteous in my thinking, and thought of the persons that offended me, that they should be brought down. So, I continued in this evil habit, ruining the lives of many people along the way. (Now, I didn’t do that. I’m just giving you an example.)

“So what do you think? Should Jesus take such a person to Heaven where they will no doubt be jealous of everyone? Should He send them to Hell? Or should He take them to a place of purification where they can truly learn that what they were doing was wrong. And at the same time, truly want to stop? You see, Purgatory, or the place of Purification, is God’s great Mercy at work.

Some encouraging news

“The souls undergoing Purification can pray for us! They have already made the same mistakes we are making, and they can relate to our weakness. In their situation, they have nowhere to go; only time to repent and cry. So, the Lord gives them an opportunity to be charitable to other souls that are on Earth and do not know how bad off they are in God’s eyes. And we in turn pray for them to be released quickly.”

Jesus Longs For Every One Of His Brides To Be With Him At The Wedding Feast

Jesus said to Clare, “My Dove, you have done very well. Yet no one can plumb the depths of My Mercy and predict who will be detained in the purifying fires, and who will not. This is one reason why My Father is taking so long to give the word for the Rapture to begin.

“I do not want to see any of My Brides excluded from the wedding feast because they were detained for purification. Yes, there will be some who will. But the ones who were willing to suffer and work hard on their faults, they will come with Me to the Wedding banquet.

“This is another reason why I told the parable of the wedding feast and the man improperly dressed. His sin had worn his clothing threadbare, filthy, and unfit for a celebration. He had a long habit of not repenting, and therefore he was unfit for the Feast. He was saved, though, by his confession of Me as his Savior.

“But the others came to Me each day and wept over their sins, begging Me to deliver them. And doing many acts of reparation — not only for their sins, but for the sins of others.

“You ask, what is reparation? It is the soul who sees the evil that is done in the world, and is struck to the core by insults against Me, abortions, dishonest governments, and all manner of unrighteousness. And there are those who are so united with Me — when I grieve, they grieve. And in this way, they are repairing the damage of those who sinned against Me. And that brings Me comfort.

“There is no pat answer as to whether or not you will need purifying. But if you love Me with all your heart, your mind, and your strength, and love your brother as yourself, you have very little to worry about. Rather, you will constantly be aware of temptations, faults, and lapses — and you will repent immediately.

“Remember, My Heart is a heart of Mercy. And I see every tear drop you cry over others and cry over your sins. And though you are weak, I am full of Mercy for you, because of the way you have been merciful to others.

“Purify yourselves, My Brides, especially in this hour, from sloth, which hurts the entire Body and deprives them of the nourishment you could have given if only you had tried a little harder.”

Clare added, That was the end of Jesus’ message. And I feel very convicted about it. In conclusion, I want to say that we are returning to the Early Church, the way it was before Rome. The truths the Lord has given us are the living fulfilment of His many allegories and teachings that were strictly defended and adhered to by the famous Christian leaders such as Saints Cyprian, Ambrose, Jerome, Pope St. Gregory, Tertullian, St. Anthony, other early church apostles and martyrs that formed the bedrock foundation of His Church — Living Stones.”

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Note from So Greatly Loved

I am sure that, like me, many will now be taking on board the teaching Clare gives us here from the Lord, and are praying for the grace of ongoing deep contrition for our sins. I, personally, have benefited considerably from this teaching. How true it is that “Nothing is more valuable than the time you have today.” What an awesome message this is and one that we should all take extremely seriously without delay, for our own sake.

My own background and how this teaching changed my life

I was raised Methodist, then attended an evangelical Anglican Church throughout my University years; later I became Pentecostal. This message left me reeling in shock! Some seriously hard, life-changing decisions have been made since I heard this teaching! I am now frequently praying in tears for the grace of ongoing, searing contrition over my sins. Tears are a gift from God that He will readily give to us if we ask Him. This message has indeed been a major wake-up call for me. I am now also praying for souls in ‘Prison’ something I would never have known was the right thing to do until very recently.

It has struck me what a terrible shock my devout, staunch Methodist parents would have had if they found themselves undergoing the fires of purification when they died we knew nothing at all about it then. How privileged we are nowadays to be Heart Dwellers, taught by Jesus through His chosen vessel, Clare du Bois, by the Grace of God.

Note: Ezekiel and Clare du Bois are not Catholic but, during the years when the Lord was preparing them for the ministry, He led them to spend a period of years in various very different denominations. They found Jesus in every one of the churches. Clare’s testimony is extremely interesting; you can access it on the website at heartdwellers.org