Thursday, September 20, 2012


Every year there's a rash of people declaring that THIS Rosh Hashanah will be WHEN Jesus Raptures the Church, and each year, it does NOT happen.  Why does this go on and on?

The usual answer this is given is this:  "Well, this WASN'T the year, so we'll NEED to wait until NEXT Rosh Hashanah."  However, that statement runs totally AGAINST the IMMINENCY of the Rapture.  How do we rectify these conflicting ideas?  What IS the truth here, and DOES the Bible give us any clues?

I believe it does!

As Rosh Hashanah proceeded into it's final moments PRIOR to the expected "blowing of the Last Trumpet" in Israel's feast, I decided to go with the flow of the event (even when deep in my heart I sensed I WOULD NOT hear "the Trump of God" from heaven concurrently).  I wrote in my journal and prayed throughout the countdown of the minutes (watching and hoping) yet already knowing I would be writing this article an hour or so later.  According to the calculations I saw posted on Facebook, the Last Trumpet in Israel would blow at around 8:39 am (my time).  As as it came and passed, I sat over my journal, recording my thoughts, and then I added the outcome that I expected.

I will begin by a direct quote from my journal in those minutes before 8:39 am (my time):

"It is now 8:32 am.  There is now 7 minutes until the expected Last Trumpet blast.  I will stop writing momentarily and pray.

"4 minutes to go now...  I continue to pray.

"The moment of truth is coming...

"8:40 am.  The time has come and passed.  I'm still here, and NOT surprised...

"Okay.  What happened?

"First of all, I DID observe the significances underlying the feast of Trumpets, and thought of those significances as the minutes passed in prayer.  I DID perform a "dress rehearsal" OF SORTS for the wedding of the Bride and the Lord, waiting and watching for the Bridegroom to appear.  That felt spiritually beneficial to me (even exciting), but it still leaves the question:  DOES the feast of Trumpets REALLY refer to the Rapture at all?  IS there an answer?

"Yesterday, when it was determined that the Last Trumpet in Israel would blow at 8:39 am (my time), I thought this:  It's setting a most specific date!  Even down to the minute!

"People, who expect the feast of Trumpets to fulfill the Rapture of the Church, get around the "not knowing the day or hour" issue by SAYING:  "This feast IS ONE in which the day or hour is NOT known, because the new moon MUST be seen by two witnesses BEFORE the the feast can begin.  Therefore, the day or hour of the feast of Trumpets IS unknown." 

But they FAIL to consider this:  Once the START of the feast is KNOWN, the timing of the Last Trumpet CAN BE determined.  The countdown begins.  Well, THE END of that countdown is to KNOW the day and the hour!  It's something that Jesus said WOULD NOT OCCUR.  We CANNOT KNOW the exact moment, or minute, of the Rapture--PERIOD!

"Yes, I had HOPED this Rosh Hashanah of 2012 would ACTUALLY be the time, but DEEP INSIDE, because of NOT KNOWING the day or the hour, I KNEW it could NOT be.  Yes, I watched and prayed--following the significance of the feast of Trumpets.  However, watching and praying is NOT a new thing for me.  I DO IT EVERY DAY!

"This morning, as I EXPECTED, I sit now and write THE REASONS why the Rapture could NOT happen concurrent with the events of Rosh Hashanah.  For one, Jesus said, 'Therefore be ye also ready:  for in such an hour as YE THINK NOT the Son of man cometh.'  Matthew 24:44."  (End of journal entry, for now)

I insert a teaching here:

Jesus was giving the example of the goodman (or master) of the house who DIDN'T WATCH.  Because that goodman did NOT WATCH, then his household would be broken up as the thief arrived.  Jesus elsewhere, said he is coming LIKE a thief to the people who are UNAWARE of the signs of the times around them.   IN the second half of Revelation 3:3 (to the dead Church of Sardis), Jesus warned:  "IF therefore you shall NOT WATCH, I will come on you AS A THIEF, and you shall NOT KNOW what hour I will come upon you."  This is paralleled by what Paul wrote to the Thessalonians in the the first epistle, chapter 5 and verses 1 to 4:  "But of the times and seasons, brethren, you have NO NEED that I write unto you.  For yourselves KNOW that THE DAY OF THE LORD so comes as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say, 'Peace and safety'; then SUDDEN DESTRUCTION will come upon them as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall NOT escape.  But YOU, brethren, are NOT in darkness, that THAT DAY should overtake you as a thief."

In other words, these scriptures tell us that a WATCHING and PRAYING Church will be WELL AWARE of the season we ARE IN!!!  We will SEE THE SIGNS that point to the nearness of the coming Tribulation hour, and THROUGH THAT we'll KNOW that the Rapture is even nearer!  There's a certain TENSION involved, because BY THE SIGNS, we'll KNOW that the coming of the Lord for His Church IS NEAR, but at the SAME time, we will NOT KNOW the exact day or hour.  So, we are exhorted to KEEP WATCHING, KEEP PRAYING and BE READY.

In Matthew 24:44, Jesus said, "...for in such an hour as YOU THINK NOT, the Son of man cometh."

To "think not" is TO NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHEN the Lord will arrive!  This means, that AS we watch and pray, and AS we KNOW by the SIGNS that the season of His return IS HERE, we still will NOT be able to determine THE DAY OR HOUR of His actual arrival!  On some particular day, in some particular moment, as we DO OUR DAILY ROUTINE, the Lord WILL appear, the Trumpet WILL blast, and we'll be CAUGHT UP in the air to meet the Lord in the Rapture.  The exhortation continues: BE READY!

Back to journal entry:

"There's ANOTHER reason why I DO NOT think that ANY Rosh Hashanah will fulfill the Rapture of the Church.

"These feasts of the Lord were GIVEN to Israel to OBSERVE.  (While the Church can indeed glean many PRECIOUS SPIRITUAL INSIGHTS from these feasts, and even ENJOY WHAT THESE FEASTS POINT TO in the powerful works of Jesus, these feasts still remain the primary domain of God working in His people, Israel.)  When Jesus FULFILLED the first 4 feasts ON THE VERY DAYS they were observed, it happened IN ISRAEL.  The Jews were the recipients of those fulfillments (and the Church was later GRAFTED into them).  Even PENTECOST, that feast which GAVE BIRTH TO THE CHURCH, was FULFILLED IN ISRAEL, and upon THE FIRST to enter the Church--who were JEWS!  The believing Apostles and 120 followers of Jesus, and the first Jews who were converted (3000 of them), entered THE CHURCH upon PENTECOST, in ISRAEL! 

"A little later, AFTER the majority in Israel had rejected Jesus, the message of the gospel, AND refused to believe in Jesus' death and resurrection for REBIRTH and NEW LIFE in the Lord under the New Covenant, God turned to the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name (in the Church).  The door was opened for THE FULNESS OF THE GENTILES to come in.  Romans 11:25.  The FULNESS of the Gentiles is THE FULL NUMBER who will enter the Church TO COMPLETE the Body of Christ.  When THE LAST Gentile comes into the Church, and makes up THE FULL NUMBER, then Jesus will come to Rapture His Church.  ONLY GOD KNOWS THAT NUMBER!  This is a STRONG REASON why we will NEVER know the day or the hour of our Lord's appearing to Rapture us.

"There remain 3 feasts of the Lord YET TO BE FULFILLED!  The feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah--the "head of the year"), Yom Kippur (the day of Atonement) and Sukkot (Tabernacles--when God will dwell among His people--the Millennium).  These last 3 feasts cover the events of the Second Coming of Jesus.  Because the first 4 were fulfilled IN ISRAEL, upon the VERY DAYS they were observed, then I'm confident that the last 3 will be fulfilled IN ISRAEL, and upon the VERY DAYS that they will be observed.

"A final reminder:  The Rapture is ALWAYS imminent!  While we WATCH the signs day by day, and sense so strongly in our spirits that the coming of the Lord is near, we also MUST UNDERSTAND, that NOT ONE PROPHECY MUST BE FULFILLED before the Lord appears. 

"We 'probably' WILL NOT see the fulfillment of Psalm 83, Isaiah 17, and Obadiah.  The MIDDLE EAST will EXPLODE into violence and destruction, with SHOCK WAVES which will reach out to INCLUDE other nations!  SUDDEN DESTRUCTION will have arrived.  And through the fulfillments of those prophecies, God will RESUME 'working' His program to restore and redeem Israel.  There's NO REASON to 'suspect' that the Church will witness those wars, because the Rapture is IMMINENT, and NO prophecy MUST be fulfilled BEFORE the Church is Raptured."  (End of journal entry.)

Additional insight:

Another understanding is this:  The Rapture of the Church will NOT be THE START of the 7 years of Tribulation!  Some time will UNFOLD between the Rapture and the start of the Tribulation.   Into that time BEFORE the day of the Lord, several events take place (I think there are four--but I'll cover the TWO I remember): 

(1.)  War in the Middle East.  (Unknowing people will THINK that the NEXT Middle East Wars will be the Tribulation and Armageddon!  Because of that, when Antichrist ARRIVES to bring his "peace", the world will think he is "their savior"--they will think he is Jesus, Messiah, and any other "god" that they follow.  It will ADD to the tremendous deception of that horrific time.) 

Where in scripture is it SHOWN that there will be war BEFORE the actual start of the Tribulation?

Joel 2:28-31 (which Peter quoted from in Acts 2:16-20 on the day of Pentecost, at the BIRTH of the Church):  "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:  and also upon the servants and handmaidens in those days will I pour out My Spirit.  And I will SHOW WONDERS IN THE HEAVENS, and in the earth, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND PILLARS OF SMOKE.  The sun shall be darkened, and the moon into blood, BEFORE the great and terrible DAY OF THE LORD come."

What causes blood, fire and pillars of smoke?  WAR!  This war will be BEFORE the day of the Lord, BEFORE the start of the 7-year Tribulation!

Fire is shown in Obadiah verse 18, which is a prophecy of the upcoming destruction of Esau, the plain of the Philistines (Palestinians)--thereby showing a parallel to the battle waged as in Psalm 83.  "And the house of Jacob shall be a FIRE, and the house of Joseph a FLAME, and the house of Esau for stubble (burned up), the they shall KINDLE (fire and smoke) in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the Lord has spoken it." 

Israel's IDF, backed by God Who is WITH them, will destroy the enemies who surround them (or as Bill Salus writes, "the INNER CIRCLE" of Israel's enemies will be brought to total ruin).

Where else do we see blood, great hailstones, fire and brimstone in conjunction to a war?  This war will also occur BEFORE the day of the Lord, BEFORE the start of the 7-year Tribulation.

Ezekiel 38:22:  "And I will plead against him (Gog/Magog and all the other countries joined in that invasion upon Israel) with pestilence an with BLOOD; and I will rain upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, FIRE, and BRIMSTONE (which will indeed create smoke)."  Many great hailstones will come WITH the fire, which tells me that Gog/Magog will be destroyed by a massive shower of meteors, or by accompanying volcanoes.  Zechariah 14:3 says that THE LORD will fight for Israel AS HE DID in the day of battle, and that "day of battle" was the long day of Joshua, recorded in Joshua 10:11-14.

Where is the Rapture of the Church in line with these wars? 

We look at what Peter quoted in Acts 2:16-20.  Peter DIRECTED this prophecy to the Church (already quoted above as seen from the book of Joel).  The FIRST PART of the prophecy speaks about the Holy Spirit being poured out upon ALL flesh.  That INDEED happened as the Church was BORN, and people were filled with the Holy Spirit.

But why did Peter include all that description of blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke?  How does THAT apply to the Church?

Look at it this way:  The prophecy includes THE FULL SCOPE of the Church Age--from it's beginning UNTIL it's end.  At THE FIRST, the Church was filled by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  At THE END of the Church Age, when the FULNESS OF THE GENTILES have come in, there will be seen BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND PILLARS OF SMOKE.  This suggests that THE END of the Church Age comes in conjunction with (or at the same time) as an EXPLOSION OF WAR in the Middle East which will bring SUDDEN DESTRUCTION upon the whole world.  Days that continue "as usual" will be OVERTURNED by destruction--through war, missile strikes, blood, fire, pillars of smoke, Martial Law, the collapse of the economy and the rise of a New World Order (which Antichrist will SEIZE THE REINS OF--when it's his time to come upon the scene).

So BEFORE the start of the Tribulation, wars in the Middle East WILL occur.  We see, even right now, that THE START of Middle East wars are ON the very brink--in a time BEFORE the start of the Tribulation.  In one instant, the missiles could fly--and the Church could fly, too, right into the air to meet Jesus in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture! 

And through the wars, God will resume His program for Israel, which will move forward to destroy the Gog/Magog Invasion, which would, in turn, bring in the Antichrist to proclaim "peace" and confirm the covenant with the many for 7-years (which will give Israel a 3 1/2 year respite, BUT will NOT bring peace to the world--because in heaven, the second seal will be broken, and the red horse of EVEN MORE WAR will be sent across the earth).

Therefore the Psalm 83 War, Isaiah 17, Obadiah, parts of Isaiah 19 and parts of Jeremiah 49 WILL be fulfilled BEFORE the start of the Tribulation.  In addition, the Gog/Magog Invasion of Israel will be fulfilled BEFORE the start of the Tribulation.

The Church will witness the blood, fire and pillars of smoke at THE END of it's time on earth.  When the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION of the Middle East Wars commence, the Church will be Raptured.  We may even fly up to meet Jesus through pillars of smoke.

I had one dream (in 1980) in which I was Raptured at the same time that Washington, D.C. was set on fire.  We will be gone--and THE SUDDEN DESTRUCTION will hit the world.  Evil will then be totally UNRESTRAINED!

(2.)  The prophet Elijah will appear on the earth BEFORE the start of the Tribulation.  Where can we find that in scripture?

Malachi 4:5-6:  "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet BEFORE the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.  And he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse."

We can assume that SINCE Elijah the prophet will come BEFORE the start of the Tribulation, then the second prophet (who is most likely Moses) will arrive then, too.  These will start the process of reconciliation in the hearts of the Israeli people.  When is this likely to begin?

It's when God starts to restore and redeem Israel AFTER the age of the Church is complete.  What is one result of the Gog/Magog Invasion as recorded in Ezekiel 38 and 39?

We see it recorded in Ezekiel 39:6-8:  "And I will send FIRE on Magog, AND among them that dwell carelessly in the isles:  and they shall KNOW that I am the Lord.  So will I make My holy name known in THE MIDST of My people Israel; and I will not let them pollute My holy name any more:  and the heathen shall KNOW that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.  Behold, is is come, and it is done, saith the Lord God; this is THE DAY whereof I have spoken."

This is THE BEGINNING of the Lord bringing His people back to Himself.  It is THE DAY the Lord has declared, THE DAY OF THE LORD has finally arrived--and it will yet be FILLED with judgments and God pleading with His people.  God will strive with them, not allowing them to get away with polluting His name anymore. 

In the midst of the destruction of Gog/Magog, the two witnesses for Israel will arrive.  The prophet Elijah will come BEFORE the start of the day of the Lord, BEFORE the start of the 7-year Tribulation (perhaps just days or weeks BEFORE).  They will do the work of the Lord--in turning the hearts of the Israeli people toward God.

The Church MUST be Raptured BEFORE God turns His attention to the restoration and redeeming of His people, Israel.

Along with the Middle East wars occurring, the final stages of establishing the New World Order (a One-World-Government) must happen.  IN the outcome of all of that, the U.S. Constitution will be taken over (or be brought down) by the New World Order.  As part of the world system of the end, the U.S. will align with the 10 Regions (or 10 kings) which will give themselves to the Antichrist.  Of course, this will be GREATLY JUDGED by God.  That's part of the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION which will befall the end time world.

The Church will have NO PART in that according to 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.

When will the feast of Trumpets be FULFILLED?  It will occur in the events of the Second Coming of Jesus, as it APPLIES to Israel.  It may be that the feast of Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah ("the HEAD of the year", the START of the year) will be THE DAY when the Antichrist confirms the covenant and BEGINS the 7-years of The Tribulation. 

As I have noted above, WHEN the Church is Raptured, it does NOT MEAN that the Tribulation INSTANTLY STARTS then.  By a careful look at the scripture, we can see several events which will happen BEFORE the Tribulation.  So therefore, the Church will be Raptured (during a time of blood, fire and pillars of smoke), and then weeks, months, or maybe even years--COULD transpire BEFORE the actual START of the Tribulation.

I wrote all of this to say:  there are SOLID REASONS why the Rapture can NOT happen concurrent with the events of Rosh Hashanah. 

We DO NOT NEED to wait until NEXT YEAR before we AGAIN EXPECT Jesus to Rapture us.  The Rapture is ALWAYS imminent.  So keep WATCHING, keep PRAYING, and EXPECT Jesus to appear for us in ANY MOMENT, in ANY TWINKLING of the eye.

Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

In the same way, with events in the Middle East being such a POWDER KEG, we can expect THE SUDDEN DESTRUCTION to happen in ANY INSTANT, too!  Keep looking up, for our redemption draws near!  Luke 21:28.

Luke 21:36:  "WATCH ye therefore, and PRAY ALWAYS, that ye may be accounted worthy TO ESCAPE ALL these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."

To STAND BEFORE the Son of man is to be at His Throne in heaven.  To be ACCOUNTED WORTHY is to HAVE FAITH (absolute belief, confidence and reliance) in what He did to take away our sin when He died on the cross.  It's to BE BORN AGAIN by inviting Him into our hearts and lives, and therefore we LIVE by faith IN HIS RESURRECTION life.  For we are made NEW CREATURES in Him.  2 Corinthians 5:17. 

We ARE accounted worthy WHEN we have placed such TRUST in Jesus.  Therefore, rejoice, because we have A BLESSED HOPE (even in the midst of such an increasingly evil world)!

Titus 2:13:  "Looking for that BLESSED HOPE, and the GLORIOUS APPEARING of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ."


In the precious name of Jesus,

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Make note:  Many people are having dreams about wars and trouble in these end times. In this topic, I always strive to use discernment, and keep Bible Prophecy in its proper place. Dreams always must line up with the Word.



I experienced the dream in the last week of October 1980, just prior to the election of Ronald Reagan:

Here's HOW it's worded in my journal:

I dreamed I was in Washington, D.C.  I was at a point in the nation's capitol, hovering above the streets (like I was floating).  From my vantage point, I could look down the length of a very long boulevard.  At the end of the boulevard, the White house stood.  What impressed me MOST in this IMAGE was the White House's ROUND portico (the one on the opposite side is square).

In the long boulevard, a large mob of people milled about.  Thousands of people!  They appeared confused and disoriented, as if they did NOT know whether they were "coming or going." And they were terribly frightened, and even angry.

(I insert a question:  Does CONFUSION and ANGER reflect what we currently see in D.C.?)

The sky appeared very, very dark--black with heavy roiling clouds.  The ONLY LIGHT in the dream was a reddish-orange glare, like a light created by large fires.  This reddish-orange glare flickered upon the huge crowd of frightened people, reflected from their wide eyes, and it also made the White House appear orange.  My strong impression was that Washington, D.C. had been bombed.

Then I looked up through the sooty, black and billowing clouds.  As I looked, I rose into the air.  I passed through the thick clouds, and through the earth's atmosphere to the point where the stars became visible.  That's when I saw Jesus, arms outstretched, with a glowing face and white hair.  I flew toward Him.  The impact of joy was so strong that it woke me up.  END OF DREAM

What really made this dream stand out to me, is that a week or so later, I happened to receive in the mail a National Geographic Magazine that offered a picture tour of the nation's capitol.  (I've never been in Washington, D.C.--the furthest east I've been is to Nebraska and South Dakota.)  In the National Geographic, I AGAIN saw that aerial view of the long boulevard with the White House and its ROUND portico at the end of the street.  (There was also another photo of the White House that showed the opposite side and the square portico.)

My understanding is this, concerning the dream:  Near the time when the Rapture is going to happen (before or after--I cannot say), our nation MIGHT be bombed, and if so, DEFINITELY Washington, D.C.  (My dream had the Rapture happening SIMULTANEOUS to the attack--but as for the TIMING, I cannot feel certain.)  Somewhere along in the span of my life, I may witness what occurred in this dream--I'll just have to wait and see.  END OF MY 1980 JOURNAL ENTRY.

NOW--AS I TYPE THIS--June 12, 2012--I ADD THIS:  It's IN GOD'S HANDS as to whether this dream is fulfilled or not (or whether this is really a prophetic dream at all).

I cannot DECLARE that the events in this dream WILL happen.  However, it's interesting that we live in a time when the THREAT of attack upon our country is so high--especially as we remember what happened on 9-11, and ALSO with the current warnings about potential troubles that people say might hit the USA--and soon (the detonation of suitcase nuclear bombs within our borders by extreme Jihadists who are already here, economic collapse, rioting, the Declaration of Martial Law, FEMA camps, detention of so-called "terrorists", etc.)


Here are the details (as taken from my journal):  This dream occurred on June 10, 1974.

I stood in a long dining hall where I observed people sitting at tables, waiting for their breakfast to be served.  (The impression of that dining hall was AS IF this were some kind of a camp, and I was NOT part of this group, but just WATCHED them.)  The people shifted their weight in the chairs (the metal fold-up kind), shuffled their feet and began a low, murmuring complaint.  I watched their restlessness increase until they took their forks and began banging impatiently upon the table.

Suddenly, a door burst open and a blond young man confronted the restless diners.  On his head perched a cook's white hat.

He said, "I'm sorry.  There's not enough eggs to go around."

The people shouted in anger, and rose to their feet.  Several made a frantic dash for the door which led to the kitchen, hoping, I presumed, to grab what food might be in there.  At that instant, two more doors burst open.  Another mob of people entered the huge hall.  These people were dressed like soldiers, although I couldn't discern what nationality.  They carried machine guns.

Pointing those guns, the soldiers ordered the diners out of the hall.  Once in the street, the guns opened fire.  In a terrible riot of bullets, the dining crowd fell to the ground.  Red pools of blood spread outwards, a sight so horrific that it woke me up.  END OF DREAM.

I lay in bed, shuddering.  I was ready to discredit the dream as a very unpleasant nightmare and nothing more.  I shut my eyes, wishing the sense of dread would disappear so that I could go back to sleep.  It was then that the meaning of the dream became clear.

These are the thoughts:  "A terrible time is due to come upon the earth.  In this time, there will indeed be severe food shortages, and bloodshed will happen as a result of that intense period of trouble.  This is yet another reason to sound the warning:  'There IS a way of escape.  His name is Jesus!'"  END OF THE 1974 INTERPRETATION.

It is now 2012, and a more recent understanding has opened to me.  In January 2012, when news about Obama signing the NDAA was all over the Internet, I could see how that law opened the way for Americans to be rounded up and detained under the accusation of "terrorist".  I was also aware of the many reports of FEMA camps, and the ever-increasing threat of some kind of a crisis that would bring about a declaration of Martial Law.  Upon hearing these disturbing possibilities, memory of that dream flashed to my attention.  I checked out what I'd written in my journal so many years before, and a new depth of understanding hit me.  I dreamed of detention camps in 1974, long before such things were even thought about!

The people in these FEMA camps were there because there was a shortage of food in the land.  They came to those camps with the promise of being fed by the government.  But once there, they were told there was no food available.  Instead of being fed, they were shot down by soldiers (executed).  That dream has a much more horrendous quality to it than I ever imagined in 1974.

I've had numerous dreams back in the 70's and 80's, the details of which I have seen in our present time.  The focus of those dreams were about the return of Jesus and the Rapture of the Church.  We now live in A TIME when the details of my earlier dreams are a reality!  Jesus is INDEED coming soon!


On December 26, 2011, I dreamed of AN ARROW which hit the United States in its heart.  I typed this dream into a blog the morning after it happened.  I copy and past it here:

Early morning, Monday, December 26, 2011:

I haven't had an endtime-type dream in years.  Last night, I had one.  In it, I was telling people about the extreme shortness of the hour, and shared scripture after scripture.  The people didn't listen to me.  It was like my voice flew right over their heads and away--with no results.  Some of the people even laughed at me.  I recall that I told them about the coming wars in the Middle East--AND the sequence in which I expect them to unfold (The burden of Damascus in Isaiah 17 and Psalm 83).  I'd just started telling about the Gog/Magog Invasion...AND THEN my vision ZOOMED BACK until I could see the United States laid out like a map in front of me.  Something flew in from the northeast.  I thought it looked like a rocket/missile.  It resembled a huge arrow, and it hit the United States right in the had to be near the Missouri/Kansas area (as far as I could discern).  And it created a disaster (it also could have been in the New Madrid area).  I felt myself starting to wake-up, and I TRIED NOT TO wake up.  Even as I was coming awake, I kept teaching Bible Prophecy, and kept trying to warn the people of upcoming disasters (as prophesied in Revelation).  I wanted so desperately to keep speaking and teaching...but my eyes opened and that effectively ended my dream.  After I awakened, I WONDERED if the arrow I saw was NOT really a missile with a bomb, but instead a meteor (but it didn't glow like a just looked like an arrow shaft which plowed into the earth).  Maybe it wasn't a missile either, but only a WARNING of SOMETHING occurring right in the middle of the United States.  (I'm still thinking about this dream, and seeking the Lord for any possible meaning to it.)

Added Thursday morning, December 29, 2011:

I've been pondering this dream since the 26th.  There are THREE (possible) meanings for that ARROW...

(1.)  At the time of any of the prophesied end time wars, the enemies of Israel could also strike at the United States. simultaneously.  When those Middle East wars indeed erupt, which ever one it might be, the Jihadists (and other enemies) can strike.  I know one such possible attack is mentioned in the Gog/Magog Invasion.  Ezekiel 39:6--where God declares, "And I will send a fire on Magog (Russia), and among them that DWELL CARELESSLY IN THE ISLES: and they shall know that I am the Lord."  Those who dwell carelessly in the isles REFERS to a people who dwell across WATER from Israel.  Some commentators (myself included) feel this is a reference to the United States.  The FIRE (represented by the ARROW in my dream--A MISSILE???) can picture an attack upon the U.S. at the same time as an Invasion is directed toward Israel.

(2.)  The ARROW in my dream, which POINTED to the heartland of America, could also represent an expected catastrophe in this region (of natural causes--like an earthquake).  We are all aware of the New Madrid fault zone, which could rupture in one of the BIRTH PANGS of earthquakes, which Jesus said will occur in the time near His Second Coming.

(3.)  The ARROW in my dream, POINTED AT the very HEART of America, COULD REPRESENT God's judgment and abandonment of a nation which has ABANDONED HIM.  Over the past decades, a falling away (which really BEGAN in EARNEST with the rebellion against authority in the 1960's) has come to its FULL.  Do I need I mention all the sins against God which runs like a sewer throughout this nation?  Instead of missionaries sent to other countries with God's Word and the Gospel of Jesus, the United States now exports its ungodly movies and hedonistic lifestyle.

(4)  The ARROW in the dream can refer to a FINAL OVERTHROW, when this AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC falls under the RULE OF THE ANTICHRIST (his one world government).  I believe the United States will be part of the end time Babylonian system (that wicked end time POWER--both religious and governmental--and also economic) which will OPPRESS the world under the reign of the Antichrist.  The great bulk of the population of the United States will be hauled into captivity to that Babylonian One-World SYSTEM which is well on its way.

However, there are still people in these United States who have NOT turned away from God.  We are the TRUE WORSHIPERS of God, the TRUE CHURCH of the Lord Jesus Christ--few in number right now, but still here, still present, in the midst of a perverse and wicked generation.  What about us?

The good news for the TRUE CHURCH is that we will NOT see the terrible events of the Tribulation.  Jesus Himself has given us many wonderful promises, and the Lord Himself revealed the Rapture to a man named Paul.  We edify and comfort one another with these blessed truths.  John 14:1-3.  Luke 12:36-37.  Luke 17:26-30.  Luke 21:36.  1 Corinthians 15:20-24.  1 Corinthians 15:51-53.  1 Thessalonians 1:10.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.  1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.  Romans 5:9.  1 Thessalonians 5:23.  Ephesians 4:12-14.  2 Thessalonians 1:6-8.  Titus 2:13.  Colossians 3:1-4.  Hebrews 9:28.  James 5:7-8.  2 Peter 1:19.  1 John 3:2-3.  Revelation 3:10-11.  Revelation 4:1.

Yes, indeed--there's a terrible judgment coming.  These United States will have THE ARROW of God's judgment directed RIGHT AT ITS HEART, and the country (as it is now) will no longer exist.  It will either completely fall, OR it will be part of the One-World Antichrist government.  It's populace will SUFFER there greatly.

Therefore, the warning of THE ARROW remains!  While there is yet some BORROWED time:  REPENT.  REPENT.  REPENT.

Come to Jesus.  Be convinced that your sin will send you to hell IF you DO NOT place your CONFIDENCE in what He did FOR YOU when He died on the cross.  Yes, repent of those sins, DECIDING to walk in God's ways, turning 180 degrees away from sin, and look toward Jesus.  Tell Jesus that you ACCEPT the GIFT God has given you IN HIM.  Say to Jesus that you WANT TO HAVE YOUR SINS FORGIVEN AND CLEANSED through the blood that HE SHED FOR YOU.  Tell Jesus that you want Him to COME LIVE INSIDE YOUR heart by the Holy Spirit.  Pray these words and sincerely MEAN them.  "Come into my heart, dear Jesus.  Give me the NEW and ETERNAL LIFE that is mine IN YOU.  I believe You died for me on the cross and that Your shed blood totally cleanses me from all sin.  I call upon Your name now, Jesus, and KNOW that You save me."

Jesus will come into your heart--the very minute you turn to Him and ask.  "For whosoever shall CALL UPON THE NAME of the Lord SHALL BE SAVED."  Romans 10:13.

Come to Jesus NOW--BEFORE that ARROW falls and judgments arrive.  All who are BORN AGAIN will be taken to heaven--when Jesus descends into the air as He Raptures the Church.  Be PART of that number who will NOT BE PRESENT on earth when the Antichrist has his scene.

"For God has NOT APPOINTED US to wrath, but to obtain SALVATION (deliverance) by our Lord Jesus Christ."  1 Thessalonians 5:9.

NOW--THE DREAM OF PASTOR T.D. HALE (shared on his Facebook page and reposted by "Now The End Begins" (ALSO DREAMED ON DECEMBER 26, 2011--SAME NIGHT AS MY ARROW DREAM):

I had a dream last night I want to share:

In my dream I saw myself going across America, as if I were floating but no fear.  The land looked like it was bombed, totally destroyed.  I saw people standing out around their homes weeping, holding onto each other; there were few that lay dead.  I heard someone say, "This should never have happened."

Natural destruction or something had hit America, no food, no water, babies crying, grownups, men, all crying, holding onto their families, begging God for mercy.  As I moved along the way, I saw people running, looking for loved ones missing, totally out of their minds.

I quickly came over a large city, looked like it was Columbus, Ohio.  I came close, there it was--the riots we have all heard about.  Store windows busted, [people] grabbing what they could get, but I could tell they were not too concerned about TVs, iPads, etc.  They were grabbing food, water, chips, things to survive on.  Riots, fighting; I even sae one man shot to death.

As I left that place, going like a speed of light, I was standing on the back side of the White House.  I looked up and there was President Barack on the balcony, holding a gun.  I heard a loud scream, real loud.  I turned my head to see where the scream came from/  Flying high in the air was an eagle, majestic, flying around Washington.  I saw Barack point that gun to that eagle and shot it dead, and it fell to the ground.  I looked up at him, and he just had a smile on his face.  These were the words I heard, "I've done it, and I won't have to deal with this in my administration."  It was dead silent.  At that moment, I heard a voice that said, "Tell the people this is My will; this is My hand, both upon the generation of the righteous and the cursed.  The righteous will find their way and know what to do; the cursed will wander around with no compass.  The cup is full."

From that point on, I knew that we were coming to a showdown; it was going to be between us and them, good versus evil.  I saw people gathering into some homes that were not destroyed; I saw people having prayer meetings, just praying in the Spirit.  I saw another home Bible study, and there on the table were DVDs, CDs, and books of ministers, spiritual food they had stored up to listen to and read in a time like this.

I heard a voice say, "Pick up the mantle of prayer; cover yourself with it, and find you a secret place to cover My servants in prayer.  Many eyes have been anointed with a special anointing to see.  Others are blinded to My Word.  All things will be revealed in their due course.  A supernatural wave of My Spirit will come over this generation soon; the FINAL voices are in the land to speak one last time.  Think it not strange the happenings around you; they must and will come to pass, but I have placed in your hands the food to sustain you in the months ahead.  I have spoken and showed that matter; tell My servants, saith the Lord, there is coming harsh days ahead."  Then I woke up.  END OF DREAM.

SHARON MOLES WRITES:  This is NOT a formal interpretation (although I have indeed interpreted the dreams of others).  Instead, I only want to point out some HIGHLIGHTS.

1.  Pastor Hale went across America, floating.  He was above the elements in this dream.  He had no fear.  I have also noted, that when I dreamed of terrifying things, I, too, had no fear.  Why?  Because the Lord wanted me to see and report.  I was NOT a part of the dream sequence myself.

2.  Pastor Hale dreamed of a destruction upon America on THE VERY SAME NIGHT that I saw AN ARROW strike America.

3.  Pastor Hale saw crowds of rioters and looters.  I saw a crowd of hungry people, waiting for food in a CAMP, and when the food didn't come, they rose up to riot.  Soldiers killed them.

4.  Pastor Hale saw that the main focus of the people was to acquire food.  I also saw that detail.

5.  Pastor Hale saw a detail inside Washington, D.C., as Obama shot down the American eagle.  I saw Washington, D.C. in one of my dreams, as if it had been bombed.  Pastor Hale ALSO saw a massive destruction, natural or otherwise (perhaps it was a bombing--or a massive earthquake).

6.  Why were these things happening?  Pastor Hale heard a voice that said, "The cup is full."  Meaning this is God's judgment.  I saw, heard and understood (by the means of my dreams) that Jesus is coming soon.

7.  Pastor Hale saw a showdown between good versus evil.  This is exactly what will happen in the days when God's judgments fall.

8.  Pastor Hale heard the message that God wants His people to deliver.  (Look at the last paragraph of his dream again--in the text above.)  It's clear--we need to be covering God's servants in prayer.  Many eyes are anointed and open to see--people need to listen to these anointed servants.  All of God's plans WILL be revealed in their DUE COURSE--in the time when it is needed.  A supernatural move of God is coming--and a FINAL WORD and warning WITH IT--a voice heard FOR ONE LAST TIME.  (I believe that time is upon us, and the FINAL word IS being spoken--and then the judgment will happen.)  God will indeed supply and sustain His people in the months ahead.  Therefore, TRUST HIM.

9.  There are indeed harsh days ahead.  Read the book of Revelation, and the other prophecies of God.  THIS IS WHAT'S COMING!  It's upon THIS GENERATION.

(I type all this in the attempt to stay as true to what Pastor Hale saw as possible, while at the same, comparing it to what I have been given.)

Acts 2:17-21:

"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh:  and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:  And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy.

"And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke:  The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come.

"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

I have written a blog upon Acts 2:17-21.  Here is the link:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

World Conditions at the Rapture‏

I'm summarizing an article that was printed in "Prophecy in the News Magazine", May 2012--by Gary Stearman

Gary warns that "Prophecy Burnout" can be a very real thing--as we concentrate on looking for the return of Jesus.  Believers can watch, for what seems like forever, and still the Lord tarries.  But at the same time, KNOWING end time prophecy brings peace of mind, and much comfort in times of sorrow, and in the course of normal daily life, it provides mental satisfaction.  We know Jesus is coming...

The signs which are usually cited are from a list, given by Jesus in Matthew 24.  These are so familiar to the prophecy student:  false christs, wars and rumors of wars, ethnicities rising against ethnicities (kingdom against kingdom), famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in diverse places.  This list of SIGNS, known as the beginning of sorrows (BIRTH PAINS, LABOR CONTRACTIONS) signal the approach of that time of intense judgment called the Tribulation. 

There are people who declare that the Rapture is a SIGNLESS event, meaning that there's nothing to watch for.  However, the Apostles of the early Church had much to say about the closing days of the Church Age.  When we look around today, it's apparent that the geopolitical and societal climate of the world MIRRORS what the Apostles wrote so many centuries ago.

Sharon says:  Yesterday, on my Facebook page, I had a run-in with a person who declared that "the dispensation of grace" (the age of grace) was an error.  Today, as I REVIEW what Gary Stearman wrote, I see he ECHOES and SUPPORTS my assessment, and this idea is NOT in error at all.  I'll quote Gary (before I continue this summary).  We need to have a clear grasp upon DISPENSATIONS.

"Since Pentecost, and for a finite period ending with the catching away of the Church, we are said to live in 'the dispensation of grace.'  Paul announced the beginning of this period in Ephesians 3:2, as he wrote, ' have heard of the DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD which is given me to you-ward...' 

"He used the word 'DISPENSATION' to describe his ministry, as in 1 Corinthians 9:17, where he said, 'For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward:  but if against my will, a DISPENSATION of THE GOSPEL is committed unto me.'  Or, in Colossians 1:25, where he writes, 'Whereof I am made a minister, according to the DISPENSATION OF GOD which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God.'

"In these instances, Paul expresses THE FACT that the Lord has impressed him into the service for the purpose of founding the doctrinal centerpiece of the Church Age (dispensation).

"The term 'DISPENSATION' describes a condition of stewardship--the FOUNDATIONAL doctrines of the Church given through Paul.  But, it is also intimately connected with the CONCLUSION of the Church Age.  This is easily observed in Ephesians 1:10, where Paul speaks of the END OF THE AGE:

"'That in the DISPENSATION of the FULNESS OF TIMES He (Jesus) might GATHER TOGETHER in ONE all things IN CHRIST, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even IN HIM.'

"Paul speaks of 'times,' PLURAL, rather than 'time,' SINGULAR.  This is an ACKNOWLEDGMENT that the DISPENSATION OF GRACE is only ONE PART of a larger picture.  Former time periods began with the FIRST--Innocence--and the Garden of Eden.  After that, came  Conscience, Human Government, Promise, Law and the PRESENT AGE, GRACE.  After THIS AGE ENDS, the seventh (Kingdom) age will feature the physical presence of Christ.

"But NOW, more than ever, the teaching of classical DISPENSATIONALISM is being held up to ridicule...."  End of Gary's quote.  (I ran into that ridicule about DISPENSATIONS yesterday on my Facebook page, and now, I thank Gary for this explanation.)

To continue with this summary:

Many dispensational premillennial people believe that the Rapture will be a SIGNLESS EVENT, meaning that NO PROPHECY needs to be fulfilled BEFORE the Rapture...which will come quickly and without warning.  Yet, signs of "the day of the Lord" (the Tribulation period) show "the nearness" of that hour.  AND at the same time, a warning is given by Jesus, "Watch therefore, for you KNOW NOT what hour your Lord doth come."  We can surely see THE DAY (Tribulation) approaching, and yet we will NOT know the hour of the Lord's coming.  This appears to present us with a contradiction.  If nobody but the Father knows when Jesus will come, then WHY look for signs?

The meaning is quite clear:  BELIEVERS MUST AT ALL TIMES BE READY FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD.  He will come LIKE A THIEF upon those who DO NOT WATCH, and those people can suffer loss.

Consider the admonition to the Church of Sardis (the dead Church):  "Remember, therefore how you hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent.  If therefore you shall NOT WATCH, I will come on you as A THIEF, and you shall NOT KNOW WHAT HOUR I will come upon you."  Revelation 3:3.

In the prophetic application, the Sardis Church represents the Churches of the Reformation in the sixteenth century--which is the time when the latter-day Church awakened after the dark ages to enter a final countdown to the end of the age.  Sardis represents a Church which was FROZEN INTO a mistaken eschatology (end times) interpretation that had solidified out of the false teachings of Augustine from the fifth century.  Sardis wrongly holds to the idea that the events of THE REVELATION have, for the most part, already been fulfilled.  Jesus told Sardis that if it did NOT repent of this, they would fail to recognize the signs of the end; they would NOT be watching, and the Rapture of the Church will catch Sardis by surprise (because not watching).

What is implied here is that a Church which FAILS TO WATCH will be surprised by Christ's coming.  On the other hand, IF people watch, they WILL KNOW He is coming.

What do the Apostles say about the end of the Church Age--things that will signal that the Lord's coming is near?

What Paul declares in Romans--we have the SIGN of a REBIRTHED nation of Israel.

Romans 11:11-12--"I say then, Have they (Israel) stumbled that they should fall?  God forbid:  but rather through their fall SALVATION IS COME to the Gentiles, for to PROVOKE them (Israel) to jealousy.  Now if the FALL of them (Israel) be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of THE GENTILES; how much more their fulness?"

This shows the future days in which the Jews will be brought back to their land--as is also prophesied in Ezekiel and Daniel.  Gary then gives a detailed description of two things.  1.  A revived revelation of understanding, directly from the Bible, that Israel must come back to their land (J.N. Darby saw this in scripture; so did E.W. Bullinger--in the 1800s).  2.  At the same time, Jews were stirred to return to the Holy Land.  I'll add # 3.--And in the sky, in 1896-97, an eclipse cycle upheld that understanding--and in 1897, the FIRST Zionist Congress was held in Basle, Switzerland, near the same time as the eclipse.

Fifty years later, in 1947, the Jews were recognized by the United Nations, and in 1948, the new nation of Israel was born.  In leading up to this, World War 1--and the Balfour Declaration-- prepared the land for the Jews.  World War 2 and the Holocaust prepared the Jews for the land.  Therefore, as scripture declared, the nation of Israel was indeed reborn in the latter days.  We see this very thing in Paul's writing--as he wrote to enlighten the Church:

"And so shall ALL Israel be saved:  as it is written, 'There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins,  As concerning the gospel, they (Israel) are enemies for your sakes:  but as touching the election (Israel), THEY ARE BELOVED for the Father's sake.  (Notice that Israel is called "THE ELECT" here.)  For the gifts and callings of God are without repentance."  Romans 11:26-29.  (Meaning that God will NEVER abandon Israel, to whom He gave those EVERLASTING COVENANTS.)


What Paul declares in 1 Corinthians--the resurrection and rapture of the Church put into THE CONTEXT of the Jewish Feast Calendar.

We see THE ORDER of the FIRST RESURRECTION in 1 Corinthians 15:20-26--"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become THE FIRSTFRUITS of them that slept.  For since by man came death, by man (Jesus) came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as IN ADAM (our earthly birth) ALL die, even so IN CHRIST shall ALL (who trust in Him) be made ALIVE.  But every man in HIS OWN ORDER:  Christ, the FIRSTFRUITS:  afterward THEY that ARE CHRIST'S at His coming (the Rapture of the Church).  THEN COMES THE END, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; and when He shall put down ALL RULE and ALL AUTHORITY and POWER (after the Tribulation).  For He MUST reign (in the Millennium) till He has put ALL enemies under His feet.  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death (after the Millennium)."

What's THE ORDER of Jewish feasts that's seen here? 

The Lord died for us on Passover, becoming our sacrifice for the cleansing of sin.  His body was broken for us and hidden in burial, as revealed in the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  On the Feast of Firstfruits, Jesus rose from the dead (the first of those who will receive glorified bodies).  Then comes Pentecost, the birth of the Church, and the coming of the Holy Spirit.  The Church Age will be fulfilled, represented by Pentecost, which then brings us to the Resurrection/Rapture of "THEY that ARE CHRIST'S at His coming" (at the end of the Age of the Church).  THEN COMES THE END.  The next order of Jewish Feasts will bring the in fulfillment of the Second Coming of Jesus (Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah, Atonement/Yom Kippur, and Tabernacles/Succot). 

Another interesting fact, taking us back to Pentecost--the DISPENSATION of the Law BEGAN on Pentecost, AND the DISPENSATION of the Church BEGAN on Pentecost, so it's not too far of a stretch to say that the NEXT DISPENSATION, that of THE KINGDOM, "could begin" on Pentecost--(starting "the day of the Lord"--which includes the WORK of God's DEALING with Israel--BEFORE the Tribulation, INCLUDING the SEVEN-YEARS of judgment, and ENCOMPASSING the entire Millennium--that's the FULL SCOPE of "the day of the Lord").

The sequence of resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:20-26 shows the RAPTURE of those who belong TO CHRIST in His Church.  THEN COMES THE END!

What Paul declares in 1 and 2 Thessalonians--here we find the BLESSED HOPE of the Church in its FULLEST description.  Writing to the Thessalonians, Paul urges WATCHFULNESS, and that was 2000 years ago!!!  Jesus will come as A THIEF to those who do NOT watch.  1 Thessalonians 5:1-4.

"Therefore let us NOT sleep, as do others, but let us WATCH and BE SOBER.  For THEY that sleep, sleep in the night; and THEY that be drunken, are drunken in the night.  But let US, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God has NOT appointed US to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ."  1 Thessalonians 5:6-9.

In this passage, it's the FINAL salvation that's in view, in THE CONTEXT of being delivered, via the Rapture, from the devastation and wrath of the day of the Lord.  In "that day of the Lord" will be this:  "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be,  And except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved:  but for the elect's sake (Israel) those days shall be shortened."  Matthew 24:21-22.  The Church is NOT appointed to THAT wrath, declares Paul.

2 Thessalonians adds to the doctrine of the Rapture:  This epistle was written SHORTLY AFTER the first one, and it seeks to comfort, reassure and console those who have been CONVINCED that they're ALREADY in the terrible Tribulation.  False teachers had come, dramatizing the horrors to come, and preached that the Church would go through the Tribulation.  Paul makes it clear, in no uncertain terms, about what he had told them in his earlier teachings.

"Let no man deceive you by any means:  for that day (the day of the Lord, the Tribulation) will NOT come, except there come a falling away (departure) first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who will oppose and exalt himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is god.  Remember ye not, that, WHEN I was with you, I told you these things?"  2 Thessalonians 2:3-5.

The day of the Lord CANNOT precede those events which will reveal the man of sin.  First there will come a falling away (BEFORE the day of the Lord)--whether this is an end time apostasy (as some say), or A DEPARTURE (as say others)--the Rapture of the Church.  THAT COMES FIRST.  Then the Antichrist will be revealed, and that revealing BEGINS "the day of the Lord."  Paul makes it clear--the Church will NOT be here during the day of the Lord (the Tribulation)!

Currently there is no Jewish temple, but plans are afoot to build one. Currently, there's no world government, or Antichrist, but STRUCTURES are being set-up for the unfolding of these events. 

WE ARE TO WATCH--"And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh."  Luke 21:28.

What Paul declares in 1 Timothy--warning about "doctrines of devils" and "massive deception."

"Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking LIES in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry; and commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.  For every creature of god is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving."  1 Timothy 4:1-4.

Only in the past century has scripture been twisted to become almost meaningless.  A characteristic of end time apostasy is that the Word is destroyed through the application of "higher criticism."  Doubts have been cast upon the INSPIRATION and INFALLIBILITY of the scripture.  "Modernists" question many aspects of the Word, saying that Church doctrines are equal in authority to the scriptures.  They also say that some of the Old Testament prophecies were never fulfilled, and in fact were reversed.  They question that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible.  They question the book of Isaiah.  They declare that those who are unsaved will get a second chance.  And they say that sanctification is not complete at death--plus many other false things.  Also, teachings arose which say the the Church will unify the world--and bring-in a global religion.

The latter times will be rampant with a variety of false teachings, of which, we DO see.

What Paul declared in 2 Timothy--a powerful picture of how end time SOCIETY will ACT.

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times will come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:  from such turn away."  2 Timothy 3:1-5.

These end times are PERILOUS (the Greek "chalepos") which is defined as being FIERCE and RAGINGLY INSANE.  This same word is used to describe the Gergesenes demoniac--who was possessed with a legion of devils.  At the PERILOUS TIME of the end is a world in which the inhabitants display weird, preternatural (diverging from the normal) behavior and supernatural strength.  Exceedingly fierce is the social condition at the end of the Church Age.  (I've been seeing disgusting reports in the past several days which SHOUT that this crazy time has arrived.)

The last days will be insane, violent, dangerous and disgusting.  We're there!

What James declares about GLOBALISM--the characteristics of rich men who control the world.

"Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you,  Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.  You have heaped treasure together for the last days.  Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth:  and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth."  James 5:1-4.

Christian researchers have validated these verses.  It's well-documented that a "shadow government" exists.  These are secretive people who have conspiratorial connections with military and corporate "money-making" schemes (the military industrial complex).  They do so upon the backs of the laborers who are defrauded.  The rich control the wealth.  The common people get by with less and less.

When we see such greed and government chicanery, be encouraged.  The time allotted to this wicked world system grows short.  The coming of the Lord is not far away.

What Peter declares about the approaching Millennial Day--false teachers and scoffers abound.

In 2 Peter 2, he writes about latter day apostate teachers, saying in verse 1:  "...false teachers, who privily shall bring damnable heresies."

In 2 Peter 3:3-4, he reminds the Church about the end time doubters, who only mock at the idea of Christ's return--"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming?  for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.'"

Two great truths are added here, to show the folly of the scoffers.  1.  There will be a future judgment, just as there was once a great Flood.  2. " day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day."

The fathers of the early Church taught that the redemptive history of the world would be divided into six, one-thousand year days, followed by the seventh day of the Millennium.

By counting the time, and by seeing all the scoffers, we know that the time is very near to the Rapture.

What Jude had to say--he warned about false teachers.

Jude calls these false teachers "filthy dreamers" and "mockers"...those who walk after their own ungodly lusts."  Jude says that the motive of these false teachers is "sensual"--something that will feel good to the flesh.

Sadly, the Age of the Church ends in a degenerate organization.  Many of us, in these end times, despair over finding a place that teaches the whole word of truth.

John receives the vision of the seven Churches in the book of Revelation from Jesus--this PROPHECY spans the entire AGE OF THE CHURCH on earth.

1.  Ephesus--the Church of the Apostles, spanning the years from approximately 30 AD to 100 AD.

2.  Smyrna--the Church under Roman persecution, spanning 100 AD to 312 AD (under 10 Roman Emperors).

3.  Pergamos is the earliest stage of the Roman Church from 312 AD to 600 AD (when the first Pope was established).

4.  Thyatira is the time of the Dark Ages under a very corrupt Papacy.  600 AD to 1517 AD (and continuing to exist until cast into the Tribulation).

5.  Sardis is the Church of the Reformation, from 1517 to about 1700 (and continuing to exist to the Rapture where some NOT watching will be caught by surprise).

6.  Philadelphia is the Missionary Church from about 1648 through 1900 (and continuing to exist in small numbers until being caught up in the Rapture).

7.  Laodecia--the modern Apostate Church, from about 1900 until THE PRESENT (those who will be spewed from the mouth of Jesus when He appears).

We see that Apostate Church right now--and that tells us the end is here.

Gary says in his article, QUOTE--"...the pattern conforms perfectly with the scenarios presented by the other writing Apostles.  Here, Revelation shows a REVIVAL, then a growing apostasy that leads to judgment.

"The believing Philadelphia Church will be TAKEN FROM the world BEFORE it is judged, as recorded in Revelation 3:10:

"'Because you have kept the word of My patience, I also will KEEP you FROM THE HOUR of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, try them that dwell upon the earth.'"

So what do we see?  A remarkable consistency among the Apostles.  What they have declared gives us a dependable guide as to the times and seasons.

Paul shows us a regathered Israel, plus a Church that is caught up to heaven on the basis of THE PATTERN found in the Jewish Feast Days.  He also assures us that the Rapture will happen BEFORE the revealing of the Antichrist in the Day of the Lord.

The pastoral epistles, however, show us that the Church will see growing apostasy, perverse teaching and growing social INSANITY that reaches DANGEROUS proportions.

James tells us about the global money machine, which is given in the context of Christ's soon return.  He assures that the selfish end times rich men will be dashed to pieces.

Peter warns about growing false teachings--and reveals prophecy scoffers.  These scoffers assert that God has never interfered in the affairs of men.  Of course, these people are WRONG, and will soon witness THE PROOF of their ERROR.  Jude reinforces what Peter had said.

John, and his receiving the letters to the seven Churches from Jesus, ties the entire picture together, giving us a clear OVERVIEW of the whole AGE (DISPENSATION) of the Church. 

Through the Apsotles, we have a clear idea of how the end of the Church Age will look.  I'd say we're RIGHT THERE!

Gary writes, "Can we set a date?  No.  Can we observe trends that tell us the approximate time?  Yes, definitely.  And we are ENCOURAGED to DO SO.  The words of 2 Timothy 4:8 promise a reward for those who are diligent observers of the times:

"'Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day, and not to me only, but unto ALL them also that love His appearing.'"

Keep looking up!  This is NOT an exercise of false hope.  When we WATCH we receive commendation.  In the Old Testament, those who CAME UNDER "the wrath of God" were most always those who didn't listen to the prophets.

Let's listen to the prophetic word, read it, study it and know it.  A wonderful reward awaits those who are faithful to the Lord.

That's the end of this summary--and we certainly have much to ponder.

The conditions RIGHT NOW are EXACTLY what the Apostles recorded for the Church to see and know.  By that, we INDEED CAN SAY that the Rapture of the Church is IMMINENT.  Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!



I experienced the dream in the last week of October 1980, just prior to the election of Ronald Reagan:

Here's HOW it's worded in my journal:

I dreamed I was in Washington, D.C.  I was at a point in the nation's capitol, hovering above the streets (like I was floating).  From my vantage point, I could look down the length of a very long boulevard.  At the end of the boulevard, the White house stood.  What impressed me MOST in this IMAGE was the White House's ROUND portico (the one on the opposite side is square).

In the long boulevard, a large mob of people milled about.  Thousands of people!  They appeared confused and disoriented, as if they did NOT know whether they were "coming or going." And they were terribly frightened, and even angry.

(I insert a question:  Does CONFUSION and ANGER reflect what we currently see in D.C.?)

The sky appeared very, very dark--black with heavy roiling clouds.  The ONLY LIGHT in the dream was a reddish-orange glare, like a light created by large fires.  This reddish-orange glare flickered upon the huge crowd of frightened people, reflected from their wide eyes, and it also made the White House appear orange.  My strong impression was that Washington, D.C. had been bombed.

Then I looked up through the sooty, black and billowing clouds.  As I looked, I rose into the air.  I passed through the thick clouds, and through the earth's atmosphere to the point where the stars became visible.  That's when I saw Jesus, arms outstretched, with a glowing face and white hair.  I flew toward Him.  The impact of joy was so strong that it woke me up.  END OF DREAM

What really made this dream stand out to me, is that a week or so later, I happened to receive in the mail a National Geographic Magazine that offered a picture tour of the nation's capitol.  (I've never been in Washington, D.C.--the furthest east I've been is to Nebraska and South Dakota.)  In the National Geographic, I AGAIN saw that aerial view of the long boulevard with the White House and its ROUND portico at the end of the street.  (There was also another photo of the White House that showed the opposite side and the square portico.)

My understanding is this, concerning the dream:  Near the time when the Rapture is going to happen (before or after--I cannot say), our nation MIGHT be bombed, and if so, DEFINITELY Washington, D.C.  (My dream had the Rapture happening SIMULTANEOUS to the attack--but as for the TIMING, I cannot feel certain.)  Somewhere along in the span of my life, I may witness what occurred in this dream--I'll just have to wait and see.  END OF MY 1980 JOURNAL ENTRY.

NOW--AS I TYPE THIS--May 9, 2012--I ADD THIS:  It's IN GOD'S HANDS as to whether this dream is fulfilled or not (or whether this is really a prophetic dream at all).

I cannot DECLARE that the events in this dream WILL happen.  However, it's interesting that we live in a time when the THREAT of attack upon our country is so high--especially as we remember what happened on 9-11, and ALSO with the current warnings about potential trouble in Chicago at the time of the NATO summit on May 19-21! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Life was NOT always like it IS NOW for me.  I did NOT know or follow Jesus.  I had MY OWN plans for my life, and in the pursuit of those plans, I dug a pit for myself.  ONLY THE GRACE, THE POWER AND THE MIGHT OF GOD COULD SAVE THE WRETCH THAT I HAD BECOME.  So ALL the GLORY in the following testimony goes to THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.

BEFORE I begin, I have two questions: 

1.  Are you a "Christian" who relies on the sacraments and rules of a Church to save you?  If so, you are lost and on the way to hell.

2.  Are you a person who follows the horoscope, who is guided by Tarot cards or other "mystical" practices?  Do you belong to the "new age movement" or participate in Wicca?  Do you seek the counsel of "spirit guides'?  Is your "god" really a "goddess"?  I could go on, but suffice this to say--if you are following what is considered the occult (or ANOTHER GOSPEL), you are LOST, on the way to hell, and Satan laughs in your face.

Do you truly want to find out what I'm talking about?  Then please read my testimony!  My prayer is that you, through the GRACE of God might be SET FREE and FIND TRUE LIFE, just like I did.  NEW LIFE can ONLY come through TRUST and RELIANCE upon Jesus Christ.

Now, here's the first part of my testimony.  (Don't just read this and say. "Oh, Sharon really had a powerful experience.  Wow!  Isn't that amazing!"  Please read this and KNOW that WHAT God did for me, HE WILL ALSO DO FOR YOU.)  My prayer is that you MEET JESUS through these words.  My your life be changed FOREVER--and may we meet someday at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ in the eternal joy and love in the perfection of heaven!


I selected this title from Revelation 3:1, describing a Church called Sardis, because it bears a DIRECT relationship to my testimony.  It will eventually demonstrate how I was transformed from DEATH to LIFE by THE WORK of Jesus in my life (but that will come later).  What’s important to see RIGHT NOW is this--I once was DEAD.  I once PERFORMED DEAD WORKS.  Just like the letter to Sardis warns.

I take the time to pause and draw a deep breath, seeking the words to properly convey what happened to me.  My testimony is NOT a blanket statement that EVERYONE in a Sardis-type Church reacts like I did.  Yet also, we must take the WORDS of Jesus seriously.  It was He Who said that Sardis had a NAME, a REPUTATION, that it was ALIVE, but in fact it was truly DEAD.

Rather than totally blame a denomination for the PREDICAMENT in which I found myself, I’ll place much of the blame upon myself.  But maybe--that’s NOT entirely fair either!  If a child does NOT receive THE WHOLE COUNSEL of God, then HOW can that child be expected to submit his/her life to Jesus?

I was NOT taught THE WAY to be BORN AGAIN in the Church of my childhood.  (I don’t remember being told that I must PERSONALLY ask Jesus into my heart by an act of repentance and faith.)  By the time I was old enough to go through the PERSONAL STEPS to accept Jesus, I was in a hard state of rebellion.  Liturgies and rituals bored me, and I made up my mind that I did NOT want anything more to do with the Church.

Oh, we certainly DID HEAR Bible passages read OUT LOUD in the liturgical format of the Church.  We REALLY BELIEVED that because of our infant baptism, we were SAVED--and already a MEMBER of Christ’s body. 

As a child, I was told Sunday school stories every week.  I learned about Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Ruth, David, Daniel in the lion’s den, and at Christmas and Easter--stories about Jesus.

At the age of 12, I BEGAN another learning process through the Lutheran Church, which would lead to my confirmation, when I'd become a bona fide member of that denomination.  I hated catechism with every once of my being.  Forced to memorize pages and pages of the ten commandments and their meanings, dogmas and tenets of the Lutheran Church, I rebelled.  I argued every step of the process, and refused to memorize what I was told.  I was SO STUBBORN that it DELAYED my up coming religious rite of passage.  I should have been confirmed at age 13.  Instead, that ritual did not happen for me until the age of 15.  Confirmation reinforced the salvation I had obtained by my "infant baptism"--and upon parroting the catechism which I had finally memorized, I became a true Lutheran.  

I really enjoyed my confirmation day.  Mom sewed a yellow frilly dress for me and gave me a golden cross necklace.  In front of the Church, like a young princess, I took my first communion.  Afterwards, my parents threw me a party, attended by family and friends, replete with laughter--and more attention.  That spring day was almost as much fun as opening packages under a Christmas tree.  Once the sun set on that day, I resumed my role of a fun-loving teenager, happy the ordeal of memorizing the catechism lay behind me.

At the beginning of this testimony, I mentioned that the Church of Sardis exemplifies DEAD WORKS.  In my young opinion, the Lutheran rituals WERE INDEED DEAD.  I didn’t see any relation to Jesus in the liturgical acts.  I did come out the experience, however, KNOWING many FACTS about Jesus.  BUT!  I did NOT know Him as my personal Savior and Lord!!!  Oh, there is such a huge difference!

This reminds me of a common saying:  Going to Church NO MORE MAKES YOU a "Christian" than going into a garage MAKES YOU a "car."  We MUST be BORN AGAIN, and have a PERSONAL HEART RELATIONSHIP with Jesus.  But in my young life, I DID NOT KNOW THAT.  I thought that because I was "confirmed" and had become "a member" in a Church, that I was a Christian.  Nothing could have been further from the truth!

Also, just because one is BORN INTO a Christian family, like I was--does NOT make one a Christian.  We don't become Christians automatically, just because our parents are. 

Each INDIVIDUAL must make that PERSONAL CHOICE to follow Jesus.  Each INDIVIDUAL must recognize their sinful state, and KNOW that the precious blood of Jesus, shed on the cross, has TOTALLY PARDONED that sin.  Then knowing that, we must ALL must make THE PERSONAL CHOICE to receive Jesus into our hearts.  Inviting Jesus to come live in our hearts is to EXPERIENCE being BORN AGAIN--that's when the Holy Spirit INDWELLS us, giving us NEW LIFE, so that we, as TRUE Christians become a NEW CREATIONS--the OLD PASSING AWAY, the NEW LIFE evident by the fruits of the Spirit (which are developed by Him)--within our BORN AGAIN hearts.

I repeat, in my young life, I did NOT KNOW these things.

Three years after my confirmation into the Lutheran Church, I married Rex (now my husband of 49 years--going on 50 years this June of 2012).  Once out of my parents home, Church rituals were TRULY a thing of the past.  But since I was a MEMBER of that Church, on its roster because of my confirmation, I THOUGHT I was really going to heaven.

Oh, how mistaken I was!

So what does my testimony say to you? 

Do you recall Church experiences that turned you off, so you've walked totally away from Jesus?  OR do you BELONG to a Church and think that’s WHAT saves you? 

I share my testimony to bring these two attitudes to light.  They are SO WRONG--but many people get trapped into thinking in these "religious" ways.  The unwelcome truth is that RELIGIOUS people GO TO HELL--just like those who are HEATHEN do!  The problem is that since RELIGIOUS people THINK they're OKAY, then they are among the most hard to teach GOSPEL TRUTH. 

The SECOND tough group to rescue with GOSPEL TRUTH are the LUKEWARM.  These people are so COMFORTABLE in their riches, in their entertainments, in the good life they enjoy in the world, PLUS they are so complacent and apathetic (they just don't care), that an EXPLOSION could shake the ground under their feet and they wouldn't notice.  The LUKEWARM are strongly warned by Jesus about being VOMITED out of His mouth. 

Perhaps you harbor BAD MEMORIES from a “Church situation,” and as a result, you’ve determined in your heart that you’ll have NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with a Church, ever again.  “It’s full of hypocrites!" you might say.  "They preach goodness and act like devils when they step outside.”  “It bores me.”  “The people look down their noses at me.”  “The pastor puts me to sleep.”  “The people act like a mob of frenzied fools.”  “I don’t feel loved in there; it’s like I have the plague.”  And so on and so on.  It's so sad that what's often labeled "Christian" ends up sending people to hell!


If these examples fit you in some way--if you turn aside because of the actions of A FEW "Church members", if Church rituals numb your mind and deaden your spirit--and much worse--IF you SHUT yourself OFF from the Gospel BECAUSE of these things, it’s NOT only a BAD REPORT upon THE CHURCH which caused this.  Most alarmingly, GREAT HARM cascades back onto YOU because you’re programmed to RESIST the call of the Holy Spirit.  You MISS OUT on truly knowing Jesus, Who is all goodness and light.  AM I MAKING THIS CLEAR?

I describe a SAD and TRAGIC dilemma!  The very “assembly” which is “called” to preach the Good News and bring converts to Jesus, actually REPELS people instead!  Do you fall into the category of the REPELLED?

The ANSWER is found in the powerful words of Jesus:  “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believes in Me, though he were DEAD, yet shall he LIVE.  And whosoever LIVES and BELIEVES in Me shall NEVER die.  Do you believe this?”

A denomination known as “the Church” is NOT what SAVES a person!  Furthermore, a “true Church assembly” are those who believe in Jesus Christ, and who meet to share with each other, to teach each other and to sings songs of praise and worship.

JESUS is the ONE Who SAVES!  It's NOT just going to Church!!!  It's NOT just doing good deeds!!!  It's NOT just living a "good" life!!!  Because ALL have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.  And ALL of mankind needs Jesus, because ONLY JESUS is "the way, the truth and the life."  NO ONE COMES TO GOD, THE FATHER, AND ENTERS HEAVEN, UNLESS THEY ARE BORN AGAIN BY THE HOLY SPIRIT--THE MOMENT THEY INVITE JESUS INTO THEIR HEARTS.  All else (even if it LOOKS good, or SOUNDS good) will send a person to hell.

True Christian believers are ones who ACCEPT God's GIFT of the shed blood of Jesus Christ--poured out for them at the cross.  True Christian believers are ones who have been BORN AGAIN by asking Jesus to dwell in their hearts as PERSONAL Savior and Lord.

Have you done that?  Have you called upon His name?  Have you received that which He died and rose again to give you--which is eternal life?

If you have NOT done this, do so now, in this acceptable time, in the day of salvation!  For there is coming a time when the ACCEPTABLE DAY will be past!

Now, I'll start the next segment of my personal testimony.  Sadly, it involves the occult.


Why am I now writing about the kingdom of darkness?

It’s because ALL of mankind has a raving lunatic ENEMY, one who deceives, coming to seduce people, PRETENDING to be light and goodness, but whose WHOLE DESIRE is to kill and destroy!

As I begin this section, I’ll state that this is the MOST DIFFICULT portion of my testimony.  In it, I’ll describe another path that I took, a path that verged away from God and His light, leading me down a DIRECT path to hell.  If it weren’t for the work of the Holy Spirit, and if it weren't for the AWESOME GRACE of God, my life’s story would reflect a far different conclusion--and a very tragic outcome.  In fact, I’d NOT be writing these teachings.  Because I wouldn’t care! 

How did I find myself inside this dark chapter?  Me?  A Church-goer, dabbling in the realm of the devil?

I ended up in darkness because I found NO SPIRITUAL REALITY in my life.  My Church didn’t provide it.  In fact, I’d abandoned my Lutheran heritage because of the deadness I sensed there.  I searched for SPIRITUAL REALITY elsewhere.  And, lo and behold, I FOUND it--something quite real, extremely alluring, but ABSOLUTELY FALSE, and very, very wrong!

When I married Rex in June of 1962, I glowed, full of high hopes for my life.  BOTH of us KNEW we were meant to be together, and BOTH of us held similar goals.  Nothing could hold us back, we thought, NOT KNOWING we’d soon face a rude awakening!

Our first challenge--Rex’s seasonal employment, low pay, and never-ending financial shortages.  We accepted it, not allowing the difficulties to faze us.

We’re patient, we told ourselves, not afraid of hard work (both of us were raised that way).  Determined to rise above any problem that beset us, we laughed when the sink drain froze during our first harsh winter as a married couple.  The faucet we’d allowed to trickle soon overflowed the sink and created an ice rink throughout our small camp trailer.  We laughed.  "Let's go skating," we said.

We envisioned better things, having already started to build our first house (all by ourselves) on the three lots we’d bought at an affordable price.  Even when I got pregnant much sooner than we planned, that didn’t stop us.  We tightened our belts and forged ahead.  Our daughter was born in April of 1963, and in June of 1965, a son joined our family.

The house construction took MUCH LONGER than I anticipated.  I grew impatient.  Any set-back depressed me, and a strong desire welled up in me.  I WANTED TO KNOW THE FUTURE.

When would Rex and I get the things we so diligently strived for?  When would the house be finished?  When would Rex find a more stable job?

I began searching for the answers in a ridiculous place, the horoscope in our daily newspaper.  A few "correct" predictions excited me, whetting my curiosity.  I WANTED TO KNOW MORE.  I found it in books that described my “sun” sign, which then added the position of my “moon” and located my “planets.”  Much to my astonishment, the prognostications fit me. 

Within this time frame, early in the year of 1966, our son, Dennis suffered a bad convulsion while we were on a trip to town.  Terrified, we rushed him into our doctor’s office while he was still in the throes of the convulsion.  After that, we noticed that Dennis appeared different, not developing like an ordinary child.  Greatly alarmed, we knew something was seriously wrong!  We began taking him to various doctors and specialists, trying to discover what the problem might be.

With the added pressures, worries and uncertainties, I went over the edge in my reading habits.  I devoured every book on the occult I found.  I won’t tell you the doctrines I learned (because I don't want to share teachings from the devil).  I will only say that I delved into precognition, psychic visions, “true” ghost stories and paranormal mysteries, séances, the “I Ching,” the ying and yang, the ability to talk with dead spirits--every form of the occult on a long list of Biblically forbidden activities (AT THAT TIME, I did NOT KNOW these things were HIGHLY forbidden by God).

The Ouija board operated splendidly for a brother-in-law and me, but when Rex and my sister used it, it refused to “talk.”  They called it “bunk.”  I called it “fun” and "the truth"--even when it spelled a series of vulgar words.  My poor mother was appalled!  Later, I found out, she and my sister began praying for me.

In those years while we tried to find out what afflicted Dennis, Rex and I began drinking.  The path eventually led us into consuming 6 to 8 (and sometimes more) beers in an evening.  The alcohol, which at first relaxed me, became an addiction.

Finally, in 1970, Dennis was diagnosed--moderate retardation.  He’d ALWAYS be a “child” in his mind.  The news rocked us!  Our levels of alcohol use increased.  I began reading about blatant Satanism and witches’ covens.

What futility!  Rex’s job worsened.  Our financial struggles increased.  On top of that, we knew we must find Special Education for Dennis (in 1972, there were no classes available in our home county).

Darkness closed in upon me, a bleak tunnel of despair.  Lacking hope, suicidal thoughts plagued me--I resisted those thoughts, horrified with myself.  One night, caught in the black pall of alcohol consumption, plus negative, tormenting thoughts, I attempted to consume a whole bottle of Exedrin.  Rex caught me, slapped the bottle out of my hand, and asked, his voice icy with disgust, "What's wrong with you.  You're NOT the lady I married."

I continued to spiral downwards.  Where was the release?  Was there any peace?  Was there any hope, any goodness at all, in this world?

In the midst of my personal agony, the GRACE of God moved. AND OH!  HOW I THANK HIM!!! 

In the midst of my despair and my occult oppression, God allowed me to experience THE WORST THING of all, more horrible than the most frightening horror show I'd ever seen.  I truly believe WHAT I’ll soon describe was NOT a work of the devil!  I believe it was a strong warning from God, something so drastic that it HAD to OPEN my BLIND eyes!

In the middle of a cold arctic-like February night (1972), I jerked awake in our bed.  Troubled by a weight that threatened to crush me, I struggled to catch my breath.  Then I saw something at the foot of the bed.  My throat constricted and terror gripped me like a vice.  I wanted to scream, but couldn’t.  I was face to face with the devil.

Now, I KNOW from the Bible that the enemy comes as "an angel of light"--looking good and beneficial--for the purpose to deceive and lead astray.  What I saw was traumatizing and repulsive, something the devil would never allow in his attempt to deceive.  Therefore I say that this experience was from God FOR THE PURPOSE OF SAVING MY SOUL.  Here's what I saw:

Basically, he appeared as a huge black hulking humanoid form.  He looked like a dying ember, mostly dark, but YET glowing from within with a flickering reddish-orange light--just enough light to discern his image.  His skin, rough and leathery, was covered with a sparse growth of wiry hair, similar to that on a pig’s body.   Glowing orange eyes burrowed deeply into his brow, like deep throats of a volcano--filled with molten lava.  His flattened nose had flaring nostrils and as he breathed, I caught whiffs of a putrid smell--the sulfuric odor of rotten eggs, the stench of something long dead.  I recognized the goat-like horns--they were identical to the Baphomet figures I’d seen illustrated in the encyclopedia of witchcraft.

The devil leered at me, his eyes burning into mine.  My eyes had latched onto him like a magnet, and I could NOT pull them away.  I remained riveted in my bed, paralyzed by a force that I couldn’t escape.  The acrid smell of sulfur dioxide (rotten eggs) nauseated me.

Then Satan pointed a bony finger at me and laughed.  The harsh and hateful sound reverberated around me, slapping cruelly at my ears.  Somehow, this evil personage impressed words into my mind without saying a word.  “You’re mine,” he affirmed, “and you’re going to hell.”  He laughed again, a cold gargling noise that I’ll never forget.

I managed to dive under my pillow, whimpering like a wounded animal.  My heart had turned to ice in my chest.  Squirming with misery and revulsion, I waited under that pillow until the light of morning brightened the bedroom window.


At breakfast, I couldn’t eat, but decided to tell Rex what had happened to me.  His eyes flashed like twin chips of blue ice, and he spoke in a gruff voice,  “I’ve told you over and over again to stop reading that CRAZY JUNK.  You need be reading the Bible instead.”  (In that instant, I believe Rex was a mouthpiece for God, even though neither of us were BORN AGAIN--not quite yet.)

You would think that after a terrible experience like that, I'd receive Jesus in an instant.  But I STILL THOUGHT I was saved because of my Church membership.  I also thought the terror I felt was going to ruin me.  If I was a Church member, and STILL on my way to hell, then WHAT ON EARTH could I do about it?  I lived in agony (on again and off again) for months.  One of the first things I did was to stop reading that OCCULT JUNK, as Rex had called it.  But the underlying terror rarely eased its grip on me. 

I counteracted the fear by becoming really really busy.  For the first time in my life, I grabbed a chain saw and helped Rex thin stands of Ponderosa pine in our local National Forest.  The children played in clearings next to the area where we labored.  Finances, as usual, were bad for us.  We felt that by my working, too, we'd be enabled to get ahead.  We almost succeeded...

While we worked, my sister and her husband came to visit us out on the job.  One day, we sat by a campfire, taking a break, and I read a modern sexy novel.  Carol read a New Testament, the "Good News for Modern Man."  She handed me a copy and said that I needed to read it, too. 

Later, I did TRY.  I began with the Gospel of Matthew and soon got bored.  The genealogies daunted me, and the repetition of the Christmas story caused me to lay the book aside.  How can anyone read that book? I questioned.  The next day, I was back in the forest with my husband, keeping so busy that I would not have time to think. 

Summer segued into autumn.  We had to move from our home county to get the Special Education that Dennis required.  We spent some of the extra money we'd accumulated on a mobile home which we parked in a town 78 miles from our main house.  The move, and settling into a strange town, kept me busy and occupied for a few more weeks.  But always, in the back of my mind, the knowledge of being sent to hell tormented me.

Then, one day, everything changed...

On October 14, 1972, in a grocery store, I stopped beside a rack of books.  Always the avid reader, I searched for a volume that might catch my fancy.  My eyes fell upon a small paperback entitled "ANGELS OF LIGHT."  The front cover asked a PROMINENT question:  “What is the power behind the occult?  God or Satan?”  Intrigued, and STILL thinking that God was behind many of the occult experiences people had, I bought that book.  Back in my living room, I read that thin volume in under two hours, and the message changed my life forever.

All the occult practices I had been studying had truly been from the dark realm of Satan, but he TEMPTS people by MAKING those things APPEAR to be good and desirable. 

The book quoted Deuteronomy 18:9-12.  Divination was forbidden--including Ouija boards, Tarot cards, palm reading, tea leaves.  No observer of times--astrology.  No enchanters--those who cast spells.  No witches.  No charmers.  No consulter with familiar spirits--those who speak with channeled spirits.  No wizards.  No necromancers--those who speak with the “so-called” dead and departed spirits (who are in fact demons).  “For ALL who do these things are AN ABOMINATION to the Lord.”

I wanted NO MORE of the devil!  I also realized what a terrible sinner I really was.
With that book as a guide, I confessed every sin I could think of, agreeing with God that I was so wrong, and without Him, dead.  I REJECTED the occult, repenting (turning away from it), and asked Jesus to come into my heart and LIVE IN ME.


Instantly, all the weight upon my shoulders rolled away.  I felt as light as air!  I laughed and cried at the same time, and began thanking Jesus like I'd NEVER done before! 

Only two problems beset me.  The book recommended I go to Church and fellowship with other Christians.  I didn’t really want to return to the Lutheran Church, and except for my sister and mother, I knew no Christians. 

The second concern worried me even worse--Rex.  What would he say and do?  He never wanted to go to Church, even when my mom insisted that we have our babies baptized.  Rex tagged along, to please me, but he wasn't happy with any of the Lutheran services.  Every Christmas and Easter, mom insisted on our going to Church some more, and the same tug-of-war happened all over again.  Would Rex suddenly change his attitude just because I had a life-changing experience?  I decided to wait a while--until I could muster the courage to tell him.

I didn’t have to wait long.  God intervened. 

But before that, I did follow a bit of the advice in "ANGELS OF LIGHT."  The author suggested that each brand new Christian begin a regular reading of the Bible, and he added, don't start at Genesis, and don't start at Matthew.  Instead, begin reading in the Gospel of John and follow that with the epistles of John, and then turn to the epistle of Romans.  I did so, and it was like Jesus actually TALKED to me.  I could hardly put the Bible down!

Three days after I accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord, and BEFORE I gathered my courage to tell Rex about what had happened to me, my husband experienced HIS OWN conversion! 

Alone in a travel trailer, out in the woods on a Forest Service contract (and only thirty years old), Rex suddenly suffered sharp excruciating pains in his chest.  A heart attack, he thought, and fear overwhelmed him.  He cried out instantly, “God save me, I don‘t want to die!  Not yet.”  Rex turned his life over to Jesus on the spot, promising the Lord to live the rest of his life following Him.

Although it was the middle of the night, Rex got dressed and drove himself to the hospital, his heart still giving him pain.  The doctors immediately put him on an EKG and saw “strange” readings on the graph.  That seemed to confirm the diagnosis--his heart had malfunctioned.   However, later tests proved that WHATEVER had happened to Rex, it was NOT a heart attack!  Rex now testifies that God gave him a NEW HEART that night--the ultimate heart transplant.  It was NOT just accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord either--Rex was baptized in the Holy Spirit and fire, too.  He lay in that hospital bed and told everyone about Jesus! 

In that first day Rex spent in the hospital, we compared our recent experiences, and were absolutely amazed at what God had done for us.  It was like what’s recorded in the book of Acts.  I was converted AFTER having a terrifying vision--which although it seemed horrific--WAS the work of God!  I heard Jesus say deep in my spirit, “I had to do something alarming to wake you up.”  Rex’s overwhelming "heart attack" experience, and the consuming fear he felt, which turned him to Jesus, was similar to the Damascus Road conversion of the Apostle Paul.  Rex and I, in events that occurred three days apart, committed ourselves to follow Jesus forever.

Rex’s brother thought both of us were crazy.  A few months later, that same brother knew Jesus, too, along with Rex’s mother and dad.  God did a mighty work in our entire family.  We also learned that a spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit was converting many other people, not just our family.  My sister and her husband were energized, too.   In fact, many of the people in the Lutheran Church in our community underwent a spiritual awakening, and dead ritual was ignited into life by the power of the Holy Spirit.  That solved the problem of where Rex and I could attend Church.  I returned to the Church of my childhood, and while the Holy Spirit operated among us, I felt happy there.

So what does my testimony have to do with whosoever may read this?

Double-check yourselves.

Where do you stand concerning occult practices?  Do you dabble in them, thinking they are entertaining or enlightening?  Do you read horoscopes, just for the fun of it?  (Remember horoscopes were what lured me, at first, starting me on a journey deeper into the occult.  Remember, also, that horoscopes are ASTROLOGY--the forbidden practice of "observing the times" which makes the dabbler an ABOMINATION unto the Lord.)  Do you believe it’s okay to channel spirits, or to receive messages through those forbidden means?  Do you practice divination--reading palms, playing with Ouija boards or dealing Tarot?  These may seem harmless, but it’s seeking knowledge and guidance in a way which is NOT from God.  The DEVIL is in it, and unless there is repentance, there WILL come a time when you'll see the devil face to face, just like I did, and it will be for ALL of eternity.

We have God’s Holy Word available to us in the Bible.  There’s NO NEED for seeking occult sources.


I entitle the THIRD part of my testimony "A Growth of Spirit" because after turning to Jesus, that's exactly what happened.  I'll NOT share ALL that happened to me in this part of the article.  But I'll list a few of the many awesome (AND THE NOT SO AWESOME), moments that followed my conversion.  

On the God-side of the ledger FIRST--I began hearing the voice of Jesus, just like He says in John 10:27-30:  "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one."  

What a wonderful Lord we serve!  When we're SAVED, we're FOREVER in the hands of God and His Son--and our eternal life is SECURE.  But, I did NOT realize that, at first. 

I was so sure that I could turn my back on Jesus, walk away from Him, and still go to hell!  Seeking to overcome that fear, my response was to pray.  I prayed for at least three months, and then one night, as I started drifting off to sleep, I was baptized in the Holy Spirit--and began a prayer life in the "gift of tongues."  This was as much a miracle as my conversion, because I had NO IDEA that there was "a baptism in the Holy Spirit" available--and I knew absolutely nothing about the GIFTS of the Holy Spirit.  (The Lutheran Church, in which I grew up, didn't teach such things.)  I was directed by the Holy Spirit to the specific Bible passages concerning Him, His GIFTS, His FRUITS, and the WORK He does in conviction of sin.  I was convicted of sin several times a day, which again, sent me into prayer.  I was shown an awesome verse that I use when I bow before God and receive the WASHING AND CLEANSING of my soiled white garment of righteousness.  Walking in the flesh, which still sins, and living in a corrupted world, we regularly become SOILED.  Prayer CLEANSES away the spots and blemishes and restores those brilliant white garments to godliness.

1 John 1:9--"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to FORGIVE us our sins, and to CLEANSE us from all unrighteousness."  THIS IS MY DAILY SOAP.  I USE IT ALL THE TIME, AND SOMETIMES MORE THAN ONCE A DAY.

Another thing on the God-side of the ledger--is that I began having spiritual experiences:  like hearing the audible voice of Jesus (Who sounds like a TRUMPET--as if a musician used a mute to make the instrument talk).  I began having dreams about the end times, events of the Tribulation, and of the Rapture of the Church.  (End time prophecy and the Rapture is yet another topic which was NOT taught to me in the Lutheran Church.)  As a result of the many dreams, and experiences, I was DRAWN by the Holy Spirit to DEVOTE myself to the STUDY OF END TIME PROPHECIES.  As I studied the book of Revelation, it pointed me back into the rest of the scripture, especially the Old Testament, which must be thoroughly understood in order to have THE ACCURATE picture of what will transpire at the end of the age.  I eventually read the entire Bible several times...that will keep a person busy for DECADES!

Now, what I want to draw our attention to, is HOW we are SANCTIFIED.  We don't come to Jesus--and then suddenly walk in ALL the will of God.  We don't come to Jesus and suddenly know ALL there is to know about the Christian walk.  It's a process, a continuous growth--which is why I label this section a "GROWTH OF SPIRIT."

All of us struggle with the "sin nature" in our flesh.  Read what the Apostle Paul wrote about it in Romans 7:14-15--"For we know that the law is spiritual:  but I am CARNAL, sold under sin.  For that which I DO, I ALLOW not:  for what I would, that I do NOT; but WHAT I HATE, THAT I DO."  Paul expresses frustration with his flesh nature.  He goes on to say in verses 18 and 19, "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwells NO GOOD THING:  for to WILL is PRESENT WITH me, but HOW TO PERFORM that which is good I FIND NOT. For the GOOD that I WOULD I do NOT:  but the EVIL which I WOULD NOT, that I DO."  In utter desperation, Paul writes in verse 24--"O wretched man that I am!  Who shall deliver me from the body of death?"

The answer to the dilemma of obeying the sin in the flesh is answered in two places.  First, I'll quote from Romans 6:3-12:

"Know ye not, that so many of us as were BAPTIZED INTO into Jesus Christ (were IMMERSED IN HIM) were baptized into his death?  Therefore we ARE BURIED with Him by baptism into death: that LIKE AS Christ was RAISED UP from the dead by the glory of the Father, EVEN SO we also should WALK in NEWNESS of LIFE. 

"For IF we have been PLANTED TOGETHER in the LIKENESS of His death, we shall be also IN THE LIKENESS of His resurrection:  Knowing this, that our old man IS CRUCIFIED with Him, that the body of sin MIGHT BE DESTROYED, that henceforth we should NOT SERVE SIN.  For he that is dead is FREED from sin.

"Now if we be dead WITH CHRIST, we BELIEVE (have confidence in) that we shall ALSO LIVE WITH HIM:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him.  For in that He died, He died unto sin ONCE: but in that He lives, He LIVES unto God.

"Likewise RECKON (think and consider) ye also yourselves TO BE DEAD INDEED unto sin, but ALIVE unto God THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let NOT sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof."

An even MORE VICTORIOUS statement is made in Romans 8:1-2:  "There is THEREFORE NOW NO CONDEMNATION to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk NOT after the flesh, but AFTER THE SPIRIT.  (Draw on the Holy Spirit and TRUST in Him to HELP us in our walk of obeying the Lord.)  For the law of THE SPIRIT of LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS has made me FREE of the law of sin and death."  HALLELUJAH!

Trust in the Holy Spirit to ENABLE you to walk in a way that PLEASES God, and to be conformed to His WORD and WILL.

Remember, this is a GROWTH process!  We will stumble and fail, especially at the first.  (AND SATAN WILL BE RIGHT THERE TO ATTACK AND CONDEMN, trying to DEFEAT us before we even get started.)  This is why continual PRAYER is so important!  Remember 1 John 1:9--the SOAP with which to keep clean!

In order to walk in the WORD and the WILL of God, we must ALSO KNOW the scriptures.  Getting to KNOW the WORD also requires some time.  But the more we operate in it, the stronger we get--and the easier the walk of obedience becomes.  We MUST CHOOSE the Word, we MUST seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then we shall KNOW great success.  To back this idea up, please turn to Psalm 1, and think upon it.  We MUST store the Word of God in our hearts in order to NOT sin against Him.  We must RENEW our minds and ways of thinking with God's Word, in order to be successful in LIVING FOR HIM. 

This takes time.  I've been walking like this for almost 40 years now, and I still LEARN so many more things about the Lord each and every day.  The more we SEEK His face, the more we PRAY for His help and assistance, the faster the SANCTIFICATION process will occur.  And PLEASE don't compare yourselves with OTHER CHRISTIANS.  God has you on His path--keep you eyes on Him.

I share these basic SANCTIFICATION TRUTHS, because EVERY CHRISTIAN, as we follow the Lord, takes this path.

For those who have been SNARED into the occult, and rescued out of it by the Lord, the process of being sanctified will seem harder.  This is because Jesus has SAVED a lost soul that the devil thought he had in his pocket.  The devil will put up a terrific battle.

From my experience, I know this:  the devil will send absolutely horrendous thoughts into the mind of one rescued out of the occult.  Words of blasphemy.  Words of filth and vulgarity.  One can think they're going crazy.  The devil attacks this way, hoping to discourage the new Christian and pull him astray.  Again, the best recourse for this onslaught is prayer.  I will add two more items.

One is the scripture, "Greater is He (Jesus) Who is IN ME, than he (the devil) who is in the world."  1 John 4:4. 

The second is a statement that I've heard from a number of preachers:  "Remember, THE BIRDS can fly over your head, but you don't need to let them make a nest in your hair."  In other words, bad thoughts can fly in and out of your mind, but you can REBUKE them in the name of Jesus, commanding them to flee--and do NOT dwell on them or allow them to take roost and tear you to pieces.

I know as a fact that people who have escaped from the occult, or who are trying to overcome an addiction, may need ADDITIONAL help from other Christians in being set free.  This is because SATAN has erected A STRONGHOLD, and a STRONGHOLD needs two or more gathered in prayer in agreement.  A STRONGHOLD may even require FASTING.

There were TWO areas where I suffered with on-going torment in the first years of my walk with the Lord. 

One was in the area of a deep-seated anger (and the "spirit" BEHIND anger is "murder.")  I struggled with an out-of-control temper for several years before I figured that it must be an OPPRESSION from the evil one.  By that time, God had led me to several Christian friends who understood prayers of DELIVERANCE.  (Other Christians were APPALLED that I underwent prayers for deliverance, insisting that DELIVERANCE is NOT needed by true Christians.  Their cruelty to me, and avoidance of me, almost ruined the FREEDOM I knew when the anger issue was gone.)  All I could do was CHOOSE to forgive them and move forward.   Since that DELIVERANCE, I still do get angry (and I call it RIGHTEOUS anger).  BUT, I no longer fly-off- the-handle and get out-of-control like it was in the beginning.  That DEEP form of prayer enabled me to maintain a purer Christian witness!  I PRAISE JESUS IN THIS FOR FULLY SETTING ME FREE!

The other area of being set free was in my addiction to alcohol.  I also struggled with this one for a number of years.  Figuring that I would need to go into rehab, I thought I was trapped.  As a young mother, I could not be away from my children for weeks.  So I became a "closet drinker" and was miserable about it.  The Holy Spirit was busy convicting me--alcohol, as added to Jesus, was wrong for me, especially in the amounts I consumed.  Finally, I said to the Lord, "Okay, I want to quit drinking.  I want to be free of this burden."

Jesus told me:  "Just refuse to take the next drink, and I will help you."  I quit cold turkey. 

That evening, as I sat in my recliner, I experienced the onset of withdrawals.  I shook.  I felt sick to my stomach.  I thought my head was going to explode.  In other words, I felt terrible!  I cried out to Jesus, my heart hammering in fear, "Help me!"  And He did!  A warmth replaced the scary sensations, and from that night on, I never desired another drop.  PRAISE THE LORD!

I wish I could say that this lasted.  (At the time I quit drinking, I still had that anger issue in me.)  Anyhow, a circumstance arrived that made me terribly mad.  I fumed, and to relax myself, I took a drink.  BIG MISTAKE!  I fell right back into alcoholism, and this time it was worse.  The devil told me that I was free of it once, but it would NEVER happen again.  I believed "the lie"--not yet recognizing the wonderful long-suffering of our Lord.  The SECOND TIME of being MISERABLE about my drinking was worse than the first.  Again, a number of years went by while I STRUGGLED to hide from others what I was doing.  I truly believe I was one of the MOST UPSET and UNHAPPY people on earth.  The GUILT was relentless!

Finally, I developed a spastic bowel.  I couldn't go anywhere, for fear of not making it to a restroom in time.  I went to my doctor, and he put me on a medication which i needed to take for three weeks.  "Oh, by the way," the doctor said, "you MUST not drink any alcohol while on this prescription."

Oh, how was I going to do that?  And the Lord said softly in My spirit, "Just trust Me."

After a day where I had ABSOLUTELY NO ADVERSE reaction from going cold turkey again on alcohol, it dawned on me.  I got sick in my intestines because the Lord WANTED me FREE of the alcohol curse, and this time FOREVER.  It was at that time I also realized how the enemy had LIED to me.

From about 1982, to this present time, I've not only walked free of ADDICTION, but I've been free from that unrelenting torment! 


That's the HIGHLIGHT of my testimony.  Jesus been so good to me!  And the Holy Spirit continues to show me treasures from within His wonderful WORD.

To any who may be impatient, or discouraged, about the sanctification process, I counsel, NEVER GIVE UP.  Pray.  Read the Word.  Think on that Word, and let be stored in your hearts.  You WILL see a GROWTH OF SPIRIT!

To those who may be tormented, seek deeper prayer, the pulling down of strongholds.  Have good Christian friends, that you can TRUST, stand with you in the prayer of agreement.  Fasting may be required. Or prayers of DELIVERANCE.  Seek the Lord, and don't hold back from getting help from others in the Body of Christ.

Best of all, be ASSURED that Jesus will bring the VICTORY.  He has ALREADY defeated Satan (that great toothless LIAR) at the cross--AND IN HIS MIGHTY RESURRECTION, when He stripped Satan and his cohorts, making a public display of their DEFEAT!!!

Be ASSURED of that.  For when God is FOR us, NOTHING can be against us!