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Dr. John Sung: Evangelist to China   6 comments

Dr. John Sung, 1901-1944

This is from sermonsfortheworld.com:

THE REAL CONVERSION OF DR. JOHN SUNG
(SERMON #1 ON DR. JOHN SUNG)

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Saturday Evening, June 6, 2009

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).

June 4, 2009 marked the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. For six weeks in 1989, thousands of Chinese, mostly students, peacefully demonstrated against the Communist government, calling for more freedom of thought. Then, in the early hours of June 4, the government’s army opened fire on thousands of unarmed demonstrators, killing unnumbered thousands and leaving thousands more injured. Hong Yujian watched the violence unfolding in Beijing on television as an exchange student at the University of Pennsylvania. He said that the Tiananmen Square Massacre made him question his hope in science and democracy and led to him becoming a Christian.

“He says the massacre at Tiananmen helped him and others see their own sin and need for Christ: ‘I think God used it to pave the way and prepare the heart of the Chinese people.'”(World Magazine, June 6, 2009, p. 38)

World Magazine says:

“The growth rate of Christianity in China has exploded over the past 20 years. Experts cite rapid urbanization and a growing number of influential thinkers embracing Christ. OMF International (formerly China Inland Mission) estimates there are some 70 million Christians in China. The group says Protestant Christians in China numbered less than 1 million in 1949 [when the Communist government took over].” (ibid.)

Dr. C. L. Cagan, a statistician, estimates that there are now about 700 conversions to Christianity every hour, 24 hours a day, in China.

The history of Christianity in China ought to be extremely interesting to Christians everywhere. The modern missionary movement in China can be said to have begun with Robert Morrison (1782-1834). Morrison was sent to China by the London Missionary Society in 1807. Aided by his colleague, William Milne, he translated the entire Bible into Chinese by 1821. During his 27 years in China only a few Chinese were baptized – yet all of them remained faithful Christians. Morrison’s Chinese translation of the Bible, and printing of gospel literature, became the foundation of evangelical Christianity in China.

In 1853 an English medical doctor, James Hudson Taylor, sailed for China. In 1860 he founded the China Inland Mission, now known as the Overseas Missionary Fellowship. Taylor’s associates eventually spread throughout the whole interior of China. Hudson Taylor died in Changsha in 1905.

In 1901 John Sung was born. He became known as the greatest evangelist in the history of China. Thousands of those who were converted under his preaching remained faithful to Christ after the Communists took over in 1949. In the last 60 years the number of Christians in China has exploded in the greatest revival of Christianity in modern history. Tonight I am going to tell you the remarkable story of Dr. John Sung. I will begin by giving an outline of his life from Dr. Elgin S. Moyer:

“John Sung (1901-1944), nationally famous Chinese evangelist; born in Hinghwa, Fukien, China; son of a Methodist pastor. Confessed Christ about age nine [?]. Brilliant student; studied at Wesleyan University, Ohio State University, and Union Theological Seminary. Received Ph.D. in chemistry. Returned to China to preach the Gospel rather than teach science. Spent fifteen years in evangelistic preaching throughout China and surrounding countries with unique power and influence.” (Elgin S. Moyer, Ph.D., Who Was Who in Church History, Moody Press, 1968 edition, p. 394).

Now that is just a brief sketch of John Sung’s life. Going back in more detail, I do not believe he was converted at the age of nine. I do not believe he was converted until February, 1927.

John Sung himself believed that he was not converted until he went through a spiritual crisis in America many years later. When he was nine years old a revival occurred in Hinghwa. Within a month there were about 3,000 professions. On Good Friday morning he heard a sermon on “Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.” The preacher contrasted the sleeping Disciples with the fearlessness of Jesus. Many people wept with grief at the end of the sermon. Among the mourners was John Sung, the nine-year-old son of the Methodist preacher. It seems to me that John Sung “dedicated” his life to Christ but was not truly converted at this time. Like my former pastor, Dr. Timothy Lin (whose father was also a preacher), John Sung began to preach and help his father by the age of thirteen. But, also like Dr. Lin, he had not yet experienced real conversion. He was a diligent student and finished high school at the top of his class. During this time he became known as the “little pastor.” But in spite of all his zeal and activity his heart was not completely satisfied. The work he was doing in ministry he described as “spectacular as the blue of a kingfisher’s feather, abundant as summer foliage, but without a single plucking of fresh fruit to offer to the Lord Jesus” (Leslie T. Lyall, A Biography of John Sung, China Inland Mission, 1965 edition, p. 15).

In 1919, Sung, now 18 years old, decided to go to America, and was accepted at Ohio Wesleyan University with free tuition. He began a pre-medical and pre-theological curriculum, but dropped the pre-theological courses and decided to specialize in mathematics and chemistry. He went to church regularly and organized evangelistic bands among the students. But during his final term he began to neglect Bible study and prayer, and cheated on one of his examination papers. He graduated in 1923 cum laude, as one of four students at the head of a class of three hundred. He was awarded the gold medal and the cash prize for physics and chemistry, was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity, an exclusive society of the foremost scholars, and was given a gold key, a badge of great distinction in scholarship.

He was now offered scholarships from many universities, including Harvard. He accepted a scholarship for a Master of Science degree at Ohio State University. He finished this degree in only nine months! He was offered a scholarship to study medicine at Harvard. He was given another offer to study at a seminary. He felt he should study theology, but the fame that had come to him blunted his desire to become a minister. Instead he entered a doctoral program in chemistry at Ohio State University. He completed his Ph.D. in just twenty-one months! Thus he became the first Chinese to earn a Ph.D. He was described in the newspaper as “Ohio’s most famous student.” “But deep in his heart there was no peace. A growing spiritual unrest showed itself in periods of deep depression” (Lyall, ibid., p. 22).

During this time he came under the influence of liberal theology, and their teaching of the “social gospel.” Liberal theology teaches that Jesus is a noble example, but not the Saviour. It seems to me that John Sung thought of Jesus as a “noble example” when he was nine years old, and for that reason he had a false conversion back then. But God was still calling him. One evening as he sat alone he seemed to hear the voice of God say to him, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

The next day he had a conversation with a liberal Methodist professor. He told the professor that he had originally come to America to study theology. The professor challenged him to go to New York to study religion at the extremely liberal Union Theological Seminary. With only a moment’s hesitation he decided to go. At Union Seminary he was given a full scholarship and a generous living allowance. Later he said that he was not interested in the ministry, but only wanted to study theology for a year to satisfy his father, and then return to a scientific career. His heart was full of turmoil and darkness.

In the autumn of 1926 Dr. John Sung enrolled at Union Theological Seminary. The extremely liberal Dr. Henry Sloane Coffin had just been installed as president. Among the lecturers were such hard-core liberals as Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick, the author of several books against Fundamentalism, such as “The Modern Use of the Bible” and “The Manhood of the Master.” His most famous lecture was “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” (1922). He preached against the bodily resurrection of Christ and the truthfulness of the Bible every week on his radio program. The Seminary was a hot-bed of criticism of the Bible and rejection of evangelical theology. “Anything in the Bible which could not be justified scientifically was rejected as being unworthy of belief! Genesis was held to be unhistorical and belief in miracles unscientific. The historical Jesus was presented as an ideal to imitate, while the substitutionary value of His death and His physical resurrection were denied. Prayer was regarded as largely subjective in value. To [disagree with] such views was to become an object of pity or derision” (Lyall, ibid., pp. 29-30).

Dr. Sung plunged into his study of liberal theology with all the powers of his intellect. During that year he made high grades, but turned away from Christianity as he studied Buddhism and Taoism. He began chanting Buddhist scriptures in the seclusion of his room, hoping that self-denial would bring him peace. He wrote, “My soul wandered in a wilderness.”

In this state of mind he became close friends with a Chinese classmate, but the fact that he was betrothed to a girl in China made him break off the relationship. His life became intolerable. He wrote, “I could neither sleep nor eat…My heart was filled with the deepest unhappiness.” The officials at the Seminary noted that he was in a state of continual depression.

It was in this emotional state that he went with some other students to hear Dr. I. M. Haldeman, the fundamentalist pastor of the First Baptist Church of New York City. Dr. Haldeman was famous for saying, “He who denies the virgin birth denies Bible Christianity.” Dr. Haldeman was in a direct conflict with Harry Emerson Fosdick and Union Theological Seminary. John Sung went to hear him preach out of curiosity. But Dr. Haldeman did not preach that night. Instead a fifteen-year-old girl gave her testimony. She read the Scriptures and spoke on the substitutionary death of Christ on the Cross. Sung said he could feel the presence of God. His companions from the Seminary scoffed, but he himself went back for four more consecutive evenings of evangelistic services.

He began to read Christian biographies to discover the power that he felt in the evangelistic meetings. During one session at the Seminary, a lecturer spoke strongly against the substitutionary death of Christ on the Cross. John Sung stood up at the end of the lecture and answered him in front of a startled student body. Finally, on February 10, 1927 he experienced true conversion. “He saw all the sins of his life spread out before him. At first it seemed that there was no way to get rid of them and that he must go to Hell. He tried to forget them, but he could not. They pierced his heart…He turned to the story of the Cross in Luke xxiii, and as he read the story came alive…he seemed to be there at the foot of the Cross and pleading to be washed from all his sins in the precious Blood…He continued weeping and praying until midnight. Then he [seemed to hear] a voice saying, ‘Son, thy sins are forgiven,’ and all his load of sin seemed to fall at once from his shoulders…he leapt to his feet with a shout of ‘Hallelujah!’” (Lyall, ibid., pp. 33-34). He ran shouting and praising God through the dormitory. He now began to speak to everyone about their need for Christ, including his classmates and the teachers at the Seminary.

The president of the Seminary thought he had lost his mind due to extreme scholastic efforts, and had him committed to a psychopathic ward in an insane asylum. He spent six months in the asylum. During that time he read the Bible from beginning to end forty times. “The mental hospital thus became John Sung’s real theological college!” (Lyall, p. 38). He was finally released on the condition that he would return to China. John Sung had cut off his connection with Union Seminary when he burned his theological books, calling them, “books of demons.” Union Seminary has never been proud of its connection with the greatest evangelist in Chinese history.

On his voyage back to China he knew that he could easily obtain a position as a professor of chemistry in some Chinese university. “One day, as the vessel neared the end of its voyage, John Sung went down to his cabin, took out of his cabin trunk his diplomas, his medals and his fraternity keys and threw them overboard [into the sea]. All except his doctor’s diploma, which he retained to satisfy his father” (Lyall, p. 40).

Dr. John Sung stepped off the boat in Shanghai in the fall of 1927, to become the most famous evangelist in Chinese history. He is often called the “Wesley of China.” John Sung became an extremely powerful preacher of the Gospel. Over 100,000 were converted in China under his preaching in only three years! He also preached in Burma, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. He always preached with a translator, even in China. Like Whitefield, John Sung personally counselled most of those who responded to his preaching. “Christians today in China and Taiwan owe much to Sung’s ministry; he was one of God’s greatest gifts to the Far East in the twentieth century” (T. Farak, in J. D. Douglas, Ph.D., Who’s Who in Christian History, Tyndale House, 1992, p. 650).

The best short biography of Dr. Sung is by Rev. William E. Schubert titled, “I Remember John Sung,” available at www.strategicpress.orgClick here to purchase Rev. Schubert’s biographyClick here to purchase a biography of Dr. John Sung by Leslie Lyall (not as good as Schubert’s but interesting if somewhat critical). Click here to purchase the diary of Dr. John Sung, titled “The Journal Once Lost.”  Click here for the Wikipedia article

He died of intestinal tuberculosis in 1944, at the age of forty-two.

The Messenger of the Cross by Watchman Nee

Posted February 25, 2021 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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The “Go” of God   Leave a comment

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This is from the blog A Word in Season:

PRAYER AND KNOWING HIS WILL

Prayer is the means to discovering the “Go” of God’s Will. It is in our time with Him that He communicates and empowers. In the enormity of Jesus facing Calvary’s wretched death, He who knew no sin about to become the sin-bearer of the world, He drew near unto His Father for strength and grace to walk out the Will of the Father. So it must be for us. Through the intimacy of prayer, we hear Him speak and have the privilege of participating in His Will in the earth.

“…making known to us the mystery of His will,
according to His good pleasure
which He purposed in Himself”
– Ephesians 1:9

The KJV of this verse speaks of something past tense: “having made known to us the mystery of His will”. There is something amiss in this past-tense translation which is not at all expressed in the original Greek. The Will of God is a daily thing. It is a mystery which unfolds as we commune with Him and allow His Lordship to speak into our hearts His purposes for the now of life. The true Christian Life is an adventure which can only be experienced through the medium of Obedience. Paul, writing to the Church at Ephesus, used the Greek participle concerning God “making known unto us the mystery of HIS will”. How blessed we are to discover fresh opportunities of Faith to walk in His purposes!

The more we obey the impulse of the Spirit the more we discover confidence; a growing boldness, a dynamic which arises out of our own experience with God. It is here the depth of our prayer life is revealed and established. Prayer without the communication of the Will of God to us should be disconcerting, for prayer is simply the participation of our heart with His. Obedience and prayer are harmonious. I know from my own personal experience the wrestling and struggles to obey that which He has given me to DO in my time alone with Him. Knowing and discovering His Will is a mystery which is only solved when I personally step into it. I can have a word or an impression of God to go, but until that step is taken His Will lingers, unfulfilled.

“Go ye therefore…”
Matthew 28:19

“Go” is the impulse of God; “Go” is God’s heart to His Own. It is the word of God for us to explore, venture and invest ourselves in His purposes to make His salvation known to this world. What does that “Go” look like to you? Where does that “Go” personally take you? That is the exciting thing about the glory of prayer! The Go of God is bound up in us first coming in prayer, the secret place of communion (co-union) with Him.

“Come now therefore,
and I will send thee…”
Exodus 3:10

Unless we come to Him with a heart alive and burning with a desire to do His Will there will never be a “sending”. His Will is waiting for you to take His deliverance, His word of life and His love to heal the broken and lost of humanity. His House is filled with many who need His touch in their lives. Do we not hear the “Go” of God within our own hearts to be involved in making Him known?

It is the “lukewarm” who say, “I am rich, and I am made rich, and I have need of nothing”. They are content and feel no need to venture into the world around them nor expend themselves in making Him known. Those who need nothing will see nothing concerning the will of God. The soil which at one time received the seed of life with gladness has now become infested with the cares and comforts of this life and the life is choked with the thorns and thistles of their own sowing.

It is needful that we draw away from lukewarm living, carelessness and deception. Let us discover afresh the secret chambers of prayer and communion with Him. It is in this holy place that we feel the Fire of His Being igniting the altar of our hearts.

“Come now therefore,
and I will send thee…”
Exodus 3:10

God has a very simple and powerful remedy for us all: Prayer. The kind where we meet with Him and spend time alone in the holy atmosphere of His majesty. Not prayers asking Him for things, but prayers of communion where we learn to simply wait, child-like, without any other need but HIM. It is as we thus wait upon Him that we will find a renewing of our strength and a rising up to the honour of doing His Will. Prayer to the true child of God is not optional; it is the essential element of a fruitful life in Christ!

See: Alone With God

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Eternal destinies are bound within our faithfulness to the talents He has graciously given us. The slothful, disobedient and the careless reap the disregard they show to the deposits of His gifts to us.

“And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine…”
Matthew 25:25

To which Jesus declares:

“And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth”
Matthew 25:30

“It is not the incorrect that the Lord despises but the proud; it is not the hot or the cold that the Lord spews out of his mouth but the lukewarm. When we are standing still out of fear of being wrong, we will certainly be regarded by him as ‘wicked and slothful’ not cautiously prudent.”
– Eric Foley

Brian Troxel

The Timelessness of Jesus Christ

Faith to Overcome   Leave a comment

This is from the blog A Word in Season:

OVERCOMING FAITH

“He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised”
Romans 4:19-21

Different translations of this verse read both “he considered not” and “he considered” his own body in his estimation of God’s promise. According to the original, both are accurate. In Abraham’s estimation of his situation, he “considered not” his own vitality. He did not take into account his age or Sarah’s condition in light of the immensity of God’s promise. He did not ignore his situation, nor did he “pretend” to not see his helpless state. The original language indicates that he “considered” full well the impotency of both he and Sarah and YET continued to believe, to move, and to obey the God in whom he had placed his trust.

Faith is not blind; it is not a religious exercise in futility. Faith is the ability to fully consider our situation and, in the face of overwhelming odds, believe God! Faith launches men and women into the impossible, the unfathomable and the insurmountable because it does not take into account our own resources. We find a trust to cross rivers, to face lions, to travel on in desert places knowing that He who has called us is faithful.

Do not see the obstacles, the limitations, the flaws in your own being as impediments to God’s glorious power. Do not allow the history of the past to prevent the opportunities of the present from becoming your future victories.

“Who is he that overcometh the world,
but he that believeth…”
1 John 5:5

True believing produces an overcoming. It is not static; it is not in word only. The overcoming is as actual as the faith which produces it. Overcoming found in the lives of those who no longer consider themselves, but who by faith rise up and trust the One who cannot lie. Obedience is the highest expression of faith. To step into the waters of the raging sea one must believe that He is able. To refuse to pay tribute to the kings of this world while facing the fiery furnace one must have faith. The call of God is not to the wise, the strong or the noble; it is to those who in their weakness find Him strong.

The present situation in which we find ourselves is an opportunity to give Him glory. In Darkness falling, in evil arising, in health issues, in all of the peculiar challenges of our own life: “Let God Arise!

The smallest candle cannot be extinguished
by the darkness which surrounds it.

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“Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven”
Matthew 5:16

See Trust In the Lord

Brian Troxel

Posted February 20, 2021 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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John Cassian: “The Gospel teaches us to cut off the roots of our sins”   Leave a comment

This is from the blog Dover Beach:

“The Gospel teaches us to cut off the roots of our sins and not merely their fruits. When we have dug the root of anger out of our heart, we will no longer act with hatred or envy. ‘Whoever hates his brother is a murderer’ (I Jn. 3:15), for he kills him with the hatred in his mind. The blood of a man who has been slain by the sword can be seen by men, but blood shed by the hatred in the mind is seen by God, Who rewards each man with punishment or a crown not only for his acts but for his thoughts and intentions as well.”

St. John Cassian, The Philokalia

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A Sign in Nuremberg   7 comments

Nuremberg Trials, 1946

This is from the blog Richard’s Watch:

Thank you to Jane B for alerting me to this posted early afternoon UK time on Johnny & Elizabeth Enlow’s Facebook :

“I just this morning [10 December 2021] was contacted by a trusted friend in Europe telling me the news that a fire had broken out in the Nuremberg, Germany power plant that was to shut down the plant for a couple of weeks. It is freezing and snow-covered there and so it will be difficult and dark for the people. We are sorry for them but the message is unmistakable. It was my friend’s own prophetic decode that this was a warning even to those behind the sham impeachment [against President Trump] going on in DC, with a big reminder for them of the Nuremberg Trials that followed the fall of Nazi Germany. As you may know, I have prophesied that these type of trials are forthcoming. God will not be mocked. Justice at a visible level is coming.”

This exceptional message dated 7 December 2020 reads:

Nuremberg Trials

“The public justice phase of God’s clean-up is going to be shocking and quite beyond what most can imagine. Justice comes on the back end of Truth. Exposure demands a consequence. What is coming will bring to mind the Nuremberg Trials that ran between 1945-1949. Nazi war criminals were tried in public international courts that were controversial but necessary. They were overseen by a US Supreme Court Justice but included judges from several countries. The trials skipped normative justice “due process” and were followed by immediate executions of well known public figures. Herman Goering who was Hitler’s essential successor was sentenced to hang and committed suicide the night before. There were many suicides to avoid executions.

“Of interest today, doctors accused of medical experiments were executed. I say that, as a phase of justice is coming for those who have been part of a synchronized health fraud perpetuated on the nations of the world that has destroyed world economies and caused death by many indirect means. Social media owners, directors and enforcers will face severe consequences that extend far beyond mere financial ruin.

“God’s roaring justice is going to have a visible appearance and will use human institutions and individuals. I saw Him anointing specific individuals with an oil of justice that made them as resolute as you can possibly imagine. Sidney Powell has been anointed with such an oil but there is much more coming. Some who even right now are teetering on whether they want to risk being a part of this justice reveal are this very week going to have that oil poured on them and suddenly their backbone is going to snap into place and they will be part of God’s infrastructure of justice on earth.

“This reveal (sic) of public justice is going to change the world as we know it because all will be watching. Thousands will flee positions of power. Thousands will accept amnesty opportunities that will be forthcoming. Thousands will repent. This justice thing God will assist in facilitating will be above our own Supreme Court and there are those on the Supreme Court that will face consequences for their own high-level treachery. The fear of the Lord will suddenly be back in the moral fiber of society as long-suppressed justice comes rolling in like a flood. Like a flood there will be no hole where it is safe to hide as the justice will press through every crack and every crevice. Your assignment as the Body of Christ is to agree with this reveal of justice and to praise and worship God as it comes in. This is now next in God’s plan and it is a plan you can trust. He absolutely will not be quenched by the refuge of lies and He will publicly wash them away in His incoming flood of justice.”

Johnny discussed this in depth with Steve Shulz a few days later. Watch him on Elijah Streams’ video beginning at 6:00 mins here >  https://youtu.be/ff6UH10-H7s

Nuremberg Trials

Mark Taylor – Obama Will Be Imprisoned for Treason

Mark Taylor – Military Tribunals Coming for the Wicked

Has Trump surrendered or conceived the most brilliant trap against the New World Order?

[I believe that John McCain and George H.W. Bush were tried in a military court and executed for treason.]

John Roberts and Mike Pence: Treasonous Trump Deep State Enemies Inside the Gate

Mark Taylor says that John McCain was Executed

When John McCain was put to death

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Discouragement and Fruitfulness   Leave a comment

This is from the blog A Word in Season:

“…the soul of the people was much discouraged
because of the way”
Numbers 21:4

The purpose of the Way of God is to bring purity and freedom. By design it shatters our self-seeking and self-realization. It is not an easy way. Our concepts and aspirations will be crushed in the wilderness. It is there our presumptions must die in order to prepare us for the Land of Promise. The Land of Promise is where “we live, move and have our being” in Him. It is where resurrection Life arises out of the grave of self.  That carnal self ever seeks to have the pre-eminence; it is the antithesis of all that God has purposed in Christ. Unity in Him is the result of a people who have laid aside their carnal selves for the joy of relationship in Him. They understand and feel the cords of Life binding them to one another. Humility is a necessity for those who seek the reality of being “hid with Christ in God”.

The Way will dry up the springs of self. Obedience is the Way into the provisions of Christ. The life of obedience is what gives us access to the “Tree of Life” and the abundance of all Christ is.

“Blessed are those who do his commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city”
Revelation 22:14

The Tree of Life gives its fruit in every season. It is rooted deeply in the River of Life and in fact the River runs through this living Tree.

“…on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month…”
Revelation 22:2

Let us be not discouraged by the Way of Christ. Let us not fall victim to self-pity, murmuring, blaming others, and the bitterness that can so easily contaminate our being. The Way of Christ is sure. His end is glorious and His Wisdom beyond our own. Blessed are we if we continue to “do Truth” in spite of the hardness of the way. The Passover was eaten with “bitter herbs”; a reminder that the bitter way brings us to sweet waters and the “oil of Joy for mourning”.

Faithfulness is revealed in our obedience to Him regardless of our feelings and disillusionment. It is here the mettle of our faith is tried, the reigns of our hearts tested, and the power of His Life is increased within us.

“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation”
Habakkuk 3:17-18

He is worthy of a faith life which continues to do of His good pleasure regardless of the situations in which we find ourselves.

“And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet”
Mark 11:13

May we be of such a disposition that when He comes to our tree He may find fruit even in the time when by “nature” the season has not yet arrived. Save us oh Lord from a life of fig leaves (the religious garments of Adam) and cause us Lord to bear fruit in every season!

See “In the Morning”

Brian Troxel

A Reexamination of the Las Vegas Earthquake Dream   6 comments

Recently a co-worker flew to Las Vegas to visit some friends. He spent a few days in Las Vegas and said that the pandemic (I call it the fake pandemic) has really devastated the economy of Las Vegas. He said that the casinos are now open three or four days a week. The number of tourists visiting Las Vegas are way down from a year ago.

I had a dream about a Las Vegas earthquake back in 2006. Because of that dream, I thought that someday Las Vegas would have a literal, physical earthquake. Maybe that dream was not about a literal earthquake, but that the Lord would devastate the economy of Las Vegas. I also had a dream in 2017. In that dream, this man walked up to me and gave me a piece of paper with the words: “see ‘las vegas earthquake'”. Because of that dream, I believe that the Lord wanted me to reread and reexamine the Las Vegas Earthquake dream that He gave me in 2006.

Dreams are either literal or figurative. So instead of a literal earthquake destroying Las Vegas, we have a figurative earthquake (fake pandemic) destroying the economy of Las Vegas. And maybe Las Vegas represents the United States. The fake pandemic has devastated the economy and society of the United States.

A friend of mine told me that a spiritual Christian told her that the fake pandemic was God’s judgment on the United States and the world because of abortion. I believe that is true. Mark Taylor, the prophet, said that the fake pandemic is God’s judgment on the church system. I believe that is also true. Many people are not able to go to church on Sunday, so they are having home churches–and that is probably what the Lord wanted all along. The first church buildings weren’t built till around 400 A.D. Too many people think that the church is a physical building. It is not. The church is the people. Too many pastors are pastors of church buildings or church organizations–they are not pastors of the people. John Wesley used to preach on horseback or in the town square. George Fox used to preach out in the country–in the fields and the pastures. Our lives are preaching to others everyday whether we realize it or not. The life in Christ is the sermon. Our lives can be more powerful than words. “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” (I Corinthians 4:20)

I believe the following posts are interconnected:

2006Las Vegas Earthquake

2010Goodbye, Las Vegas

2011Obama Will Leave the White House

2012This is Sodom! This is Sodom!

2013Pope Benedict and the Las Vegas Earthquake Dream

2013Minority Report

2017Las Vegas Earthquake Imminent?

Numbers 12:6: “And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.”

I Corinthians 13:12: “For now we see through a glass, darkly.”

Posted February 6, 2021 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Kierkegaard: “the greatest thing each person can do”   Leave a comment

This is from the blog Dover Beach:

“…the greatest thing each person can do is to give himself to God utterly and unconditionally – weaknesses, fears, and all. For God loves obedience more than good intentions or second-best offerings, which are all too often made under the guise of weakness.”

–Soren Kierkegaard, Provocations

Posted February 5, 2021 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Has Trump surrendered or conceived the most brilliant trap against the New World Order?   4 comments

This is from the blog La Cruna dell’Ago*:

Has Trump surrendered or conceived the most brilliant trap against the New World Order?

By Cesare Sacchetti

The first reaction that overwhelmed many people in America and the world when they saw Trump boarding the AF1 was one of frustration and delusion.

Several people thought (and many still think it), that the US President has surrendered in some way.

In fact, people have thought instead that Donald Trump has only been a “man of the system” since the beginning and that the globalist élite chose him as a containment wall to avoid any kind of real change.

In this moment, there are three main theories regarding Trump’s role in his administration. The first theory is that Trump has been a gatekeeper, a false opposition created by the system itself as was done in Italy by the Five Stars Movement and Salvini’s League.

The second theory is that Trump has surrendered to and cut a deal with globalism, which has been relentlessly persecuting him since the beginning of his campaign.

The third theory is that Trump has set up the deep state and conceived a trap even more lethal and sophisticated than anyone could imagine.

Let us take into consideration the first option before proceeding.

Those who support this theory consider Trump to be a man of the deep state.

However, if someone looks at what has happened in the last four years, he or she could easily discard this option.

The war waged against Trump by the deep state is simply unprecedented in US history.

It began even before Trump got into the White House, when in 2016 the former President Obama gave a green light to the illegal espionage against the Republican candidate in order to falsely depict him as a Russian stooge.

That was the conception of the Russiagate hoax, which was later more appropriately defined as Obamagate or Spygate.

Spygate was the biggest operation of political sabotage ever perpetrated by the deep state against a political candidate.

Former Attorney General William Barr correctly called it as the biggest coup in the US history.

As was mentioned in the previous articles of this blog, Italy played a very important role in this plot, when the Italian government (headed first by Renzi and then by Gentiloni) had allegedly authorized the Italian secret services to spy on Donald Trump.

However, the war against Trump was not limited to this scandal. For four years, the establishment sought to overthrow his presidency in every way imaginable.

Nancy Pelosi, Democrat and Speaker of the US House of Representatives, gave a green light to Trump’s impeachment, which was completely unsubstantiated and brazenly unconstitutional. The impeachment failed to pass in the Senate.

Not only was the war against Trump fought on the political side, but also the system tried to physically remove the President.

By last August, there were at least two possible attempts against Trump’s life. The first attempt was against the helicopter squad that protected the President. An unknown sniper fired a shot against one of the helicopters and hurt a military soldier.

The second attempt was via a drone, which unexplainably reached the AF1 and almost hit it.

And so the war went on. In November, the deep state perpetrated the biggest electoral fraud in US history and probably in world history. This past January, rather than foiling the fraud, the US congress illegally ratified the election.

Which brings us to this important fact – a gatekeeper would never have gone through these major sabotages. When the system wants to create a false opposition, it helps this process and it does not try to kill the new movement in the cradle.

Therefore, the theory of the false opposition should be discarded even when considering the Trump doctrine which was founded upon the principle of “America First”, a concept diametrically in contradiction with the globalist agenda.

Globalism aims to establish a one-world government. It could not and it cannot tolerate the existence of a US Presidency, which puts the defense of US sovereignity in the first place.

Trump has betrayed the cause or he has realized a masterpiece against globalism?

Therefore, the other two options should be considered now. Let us consider this statement – has Trump betrayed his followers or has he made a brilliant move against the system?

This theory certainly has more coherence than the gatekeeper option, but it has other logical flaws.

For instance, if Trump is a traitor, why did he declassify the devastating documents that definitely prove how Joe Biden is only a stooge in the hands of China and other foreign lobbies?

Above all, why did the President declare a state of emergency in some states for climate adversities, which took place months ago, and why did Trump authorize the militarization of DC?

And finally, if Trump is really a “traitor” who has surrendered to the New World Order and cannot further do damage to the system, then why is the deep state desperately trying to arrest him when he’s officially out of the institutions?

Before trying to answer these questions, let’s take into consideration the consequent scenarios. A few words should be spent at this time for the so-called “kraken”, the mythological monster quoted many times by Sidney Powell and Lin Wood.

This metaphor was used many times by Trump’s inner circle to announce the imminent revelation of devastating proof able to unmask once and for all the electoral fraud.

In a certain way, the kraken was released many times before the US Courts; unfortunately, almost every judge had refused even to look at it.

The fact that the judicial strategy was ineffective so far certainly does not mean that Lin Wood or Sidney Powell had some responsibility for that.

It simply means that the system is heavily rigged and infected or maybe that the game was and still is being played on another level.

In other words, Lin Wood and Sidney Powell could have inflated this narration not as a way to deceive Trump’s supporters, but as a way to deceive Trump’s enemies.

Basically, the kraken could just have been a smokescreen to falsely depict Trump as “weak” in the eyes of the deep state and consequently hiding the true goal of the President’s strategy.

Once the judicial avenue had failed, Trump had the weapon of the EO against foreign election interference.

It was sabotaged, as previously told, by the intelligence community that delivered to Trump an inconclusive and contradictory report on the foreign interferences, which were committed mainly by China and Italy.

At this point, Trump seemed to have only two other available options to foil the coup: the first is the activation of the Insurrection act and the second is the enactment of martial law.

Both of these solutions imply a military takeover and a subsequent military government that should continue until the subversive plan to overthrow the real winner of the election, Trump, is not foiled.

Now we should try to imagine the consequences of such actions made by Trump.

The MSM would have immediately called Trump a “dictator” and would have even supported his physical elimination.

The Democratic Party would have openly favored the secession of the states of New York and California.

Chaos would have erupted in the streets.

In other words, America would have been swallowed by a spiral of violence that could have triggered a civil war, potentially even more devastating than the one fought during Lincoln’s age, another US President who had opposed the Rothschilds plan to control the US.

If one takes into consideration the Freemason and globalist infiltrations within the US institutions, the civil war appears as the only viable option.

An armed conflict seemed the only way to eradicate the enemies of America who have infected every national institution.

Trump tricked the deep state in plain sight

It turns out that Trump might have found another strategy, more brilliant and less devastating. Do what was necessary, but without saying it.

In other words, before he left the White House, Trump could have delivered the power to the military without making any official announcement.

Trump might have used the “open sight” technique, which has been used so many times by the New World Order, against globalism itself.

One of the strategies pursued by globalism was to openly show to the naïve public its final goal of one-world government.

Globalism has financed a huge quantity of movies, books, magazines and seminaries to indoctrinate the public opinion to this plan and make it appear as the only solution for humankind and the world.

In other words, the globalist cabal has shown in plain sight what it has always intended to do.

Either the masses did not realize it or perhaps they didn’t take it too seriously because most people thought that all these plans would have been carried out in a very distant and faraway future.

The paradox is that Trump might well have chosen to carry out this very strategy against its creators.

He delivered the power to the military in open sight and he ordered the militarization of DC before leaving.

Nobody can tell him anything, because officially, Trump did not say a word and he left for Florida, where he now resides.

It is a masterpiece of chess strategy that could be hard to understand at first glance, but not if other relevant elements are taken into consideration.

To better understand the levels where this battle is taking place, it is helpful to remember a metaphor quoted in Daniel Estulin’s book, “The Bilderberg Club”, where the author describes the existence of two worlds.

There is one world on the surface where most of the population lives. In this world exists only the fake reality of the media.

Yet there’s another world that exists in the deep, where powers like the secret services loyal to globalism fight their battle against other governments, which are opposing this agenda.

Basically, it is the same metaphor of the movie “The Matrix” where the logics of the underground world affect and rule the fake reality of the surface world.

The former exists to preserve the latter. Therefore, the masses are not aware of the truth.

Trump and the military power that supports him are perfectly aware of these dynamics and fight the battle on both levels.

The masterpiece of Trump has been to play the part of the “loser” and thus deceive the enemy.

As Sun Tzu taught, all warfare is based on deception.

By deceiving the enemy and making it believe that Trump has accepted the outcome of the fraud, Trump has beaten the system.

Before leaving Washington, Trump delivered the power to the military.

An illusion was shown on the surface, while in the underground a devastating blow, probably lethal, was given against the deep state.

In the documents of Congress, there are even possible traces of an effective activation of the Insurrection Act.

If these documents are not enough, then we should take into consideration the increasing militarization of Washington DC.

Some GOP senators have asked for explanations on this military presence in the capital. But at the same time, we must wonder why doesn’t Joe Biden, if he’s really the commander-in-chief, order the withdrawal of these troops, whose deployment doesn’t make any sense?

Likewise, if Biden is fully in charge and he has the full control of the military, then why does the Pentagon refuse to show him reserved documents?

Yesterday, the Pentagon has unbelievably declined to execute the plan to give vaccines to Gitmo terrorists as the Biden administration stated would be done.

There are also other incongruences around this so-called Biden administration. The White House has been dark for 10 nights in a row.

The safest building in the world seems not to be working at night.

No official explanation has been given regarding this situation. Several people have tried to reach out to the White House and a recorded voice told them that the building was closed during business hours.

Other people later called only to have someone finally pick up and inform these callers that there was no staff working at the White House to manage ordinary administrative tasks.

The House of the President does not seem to be in operation. To this day, Biden hasn’t showed up in the White House press room and his press officer, Jen Psaki, has no idea where the President is and she doesn’t know where he will be available to answer to the questions of the press.

At this point, it is more than legitimate to ask if Biden is really POTUS or just a stooge who’s playing a part because he has no other option, considering the huge proof that Trump has against him and his family involved in pedophile rings and in the hands of communist China.

The more days go by, the more this hypothesis seems to be consistent.

In other words, the so-called Biden administration would only be a charade, a sort of controlled demolition operation of the deep state that would last a while before the presidency is officially given again to Trump.

If this scenario were to be confirmed, this strategy would be even more lethal and effective than the ones conceived by Sun Tzu. Trump could be using his enemies to get to his goal.

To come back as POTUS without having fired a single shot or having triggered a civil war that would drag America into chaos and violence.

He has surrounded his enemies in DC by erecting fences around several institutions guarded by the military day and night.

Basically, Trump has locked up the entire deep state.

His enemies seem to have understood this and they’re already panicking. Pam Keith, a Democratic Party candidate, has openly asked for the arrest of Trump because he could be able to run a shadow government in his own house.

And it seems to be the case, because Trump has already created the Office of the Former President at Mar-a-Lago.

Once the military operation is concluded and with the following collapse of the puppet Biden administration declared illegitimate, there are virtually no more obstacles for Trump to return as President.

Gamestop is part of the controlled demolition of the system

If there are other doubts regarding this scenario, it could be considered another important element.

If Biden is really President and nothing can stop him, why did take place an unprecedented attack against Wall Street, one of the main pillars of the deep state, on his watch?

For example, the GameStop case doesn’t seem to be only the result of a handful of small investors on Reddit that chose to sink New York’s finance.

Most probably someone from the inside who knows the system has advised them how and when to launch the attack.

Wall Street’s current carnage appears to be a sophisticated operation to bankrupt the speculative finance world that has been backing Washington’s swamp for decades.

The raid against Wall Street is also a raid against Communist China who quietly invested billions of dollars in the hedge funds.

Officially, no one can blame Trump for this because the former (?) President quietly lives in Florida.

Therefore, the brilliant move of this strategy was to provoke the collapse of the system without having any official role and by using a puppet enemy administration, not recognized by the military, to get to the goal.

Once the deep state demolition is completed, then the President can officially come back.

All this without any noise. Not even a single shot was fired.

What seemed to be a tremendous defeat could reveal as the greatest victory of all times.

What seemed to be the triumph of globalism could reveal as its definite collapse.

*La Cruna dell’Ago translated: The Eye of the Needle

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Scripture Does Not Tell Believers to Obey Evil Laws   4 comments

This is from Mario Murillo Ministries:

Today we woke to the up to the sad truth that Democrats  have declared war. They are demanding unconditional surrender. No only from the church but from innocent citizens. Their war compels believers to look again at what the Bible says about evil laws and evil leaders.

Doesn’t the Bible tell us to obey them no matter what? Absolutely not. And it is shocking how many believers do not know their Bible or have been given false teaching. There is no verse in the Bible that tells you to obey evil government or laws. And again, if we don’t realize that now, before we sit back and let our nation be destroyed.

Christians during the American Revolution understood that the Bible does not teach us to obey evil laws or leaders. There would be no America if Christian Colonists believed they should obey the evil laws of England.

Let me prove to you beyond any doubt that the Bible tells us what we must do in the face of wicked government and laws.

First, I will expose a pathetic heresy that many believers commonly accept as truth. This is a widespread excuse for submitting when we should disobey.

Here is an example of someone who wrote me while under the influence of this false teaching:

“Out of curiosity, how do you justify your argument against obeying the government when you read Romans 13:1-7. The government Paul was talking about was even more oppressive than anything we can imagine. You could truly be martyred for your faith under the Roman government. And, what was Paul’s response? Did he call for governmental reform? Did he call for us to protest the government? Did he demand his rights and call on the government to recognize his rights? None of the above, he said, in the face of a brutal government, to obey. He didn’t say obey if your rights are recognized, he said obey. The church of today has to realize that the government is not our arena as Christians. Never, in the history of the church, has God used the government to bring about change.”

This defense of submission to evil government is riddled with error and falsehoods. Here are my responses to selected quotes:

1.“You could truly be martyred for your faith under the Roman government.” First the writer tells us to obey evil laws, but then mentions martyrs. They never would have been martyred had they not broken the law by being Christians.

2. Then he asks, “Did (Paul) call for governmental reform? Did he call for us to protest the government? Did he demand his rights and call on the government to recognize his rights? None of the above…” The truth is, Paul did all of the above. “Paul said to them, “They have beaten us openly, uncondemned Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out” (Acts 16:37).

3. And finally, the zinger—the heresy that has sidelined the Body of Christ in the hour when we are most needed: “The church of today has to realize that the government is not our arena as Christians. Never, in the history of the church, has God used the government to bring about change.” Totally untrue. William Wilberforce was a Christian who used his faith in Jesus to abolish slavery in England. In fact, believers throughout history have created child labor laws, health regulations, and have exposed injustice, and corruption. It is safe to say that Christians are more responsible for influencing government, bringing about reform by forcing laws to be changed, and standing up for justice, than any other group in history.

So how did this writer get it so wrong? By doing what so many do. Isolating one set of verses, taking them out of context, and arriving at a conclusion that looks holy, but is in fact, pure and simple fear.

Let’s look at the verses that have been violated:

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore, you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor (Romans 13:1-7).

It seems to say that we are to honor government in every form, right? Wrong. To demonstrate what Paul is saying I offer this example. Say some parents leave the house, and leave the oldest child in charge. The child is given strict instructions not to open the door for anyone, except for a postal messenger whom they are expecting to deliver an important package that day.

The parents tell the child, “He will have blonde hair. He is wearing blue jeans and a white shirt. Don’t let anyone else in.” So later, a man with black hair, a blue shirt, and black slacks knocks on the door claiming to be the messenger with the package. Do they let him in? Of course not.

Lost in all the quoting of this verse on submission to government is the most important part: The description of the ruling authority. The Bible tells us what they are wearing! Look at the description:

1.They are not a terror to good works. Any government that terrorizes the innocent is not of God. How can you say that Hitler was God’s will for Germany? Hitler and other tyrants are in fact the ones being warned that there were God appointed governments who would destroy them: “But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”  That is why the just powers of the world rose up and destroyed the Nazis.

2. They praise good works. Authorities that are endorsed by God do not hate or oppose Christian activity. They are the ones who—even if they are not Christian themselves—do not insult soul winning or fight the work of God. They are the cops, teachers, politicians who are glad that children are getting out of gangs and off of drugs.

3. You must be subject for the sake of conscience. When it becomes tricky, is when government is a mixture of right and wrong. Jesus said of the Pharisees, “Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, but do not do” (Matthew 23:3).

Do what they say, but don’t partake of their hypocrisy. Watch them for that moment when they cross the line and come between you and your God.  Just as our conscience should drive us to obey the law, we should also know when our conscience tells us not to obey an evil law.

Here’s when Peter reached that tipping point, speaking to those very same Pharisees: “So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:18-20).

And again, in Acts 5:29, “Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.””

God not only does not endorse evil government: He will have no part in it. “Can a corrupt throne be allied with you—a throne that brings on misery by its decrees? The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death” (Psalm 94:20). There is your answer. A corrupt throne (government) cannot be allied with God.

The Amplified Bible (1974) puts it this way: “Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, one which frames and devises mischief by decree [under the sacred name of law]?”  How much clearer can it be than this?  It proves that laws can be evil and cannot be allied with God.

In fact, evil laws are the worst form of sin. They provide legitimacy to evil.  Matthew Henry said, “Iniquity is daring enough even when human laws are against it, which often prove too weak to give an effectual check to it; but how insolent, how mischievous, is it when it is backed by a law! Iniquity is not the better, but much the worse, for being enacted by law; nor will it excuse those that practice it to say that they did but do as they were bidden.”

Notice how at the end, Henry says we can’t use the excuse that we were just obeying the law.  That is why Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

The laws being created by Democrats, using the coronavirus as an excuse, are far worse than the virus itself because, unlike the virus, those new laws become permanent.  It is time for the church to wake up and take action, beginning with voting the evildoers out of office and quit calling our submission a godly thing, when it is just a cowardly thing.

“WHO WILL RISE UP FOR ME AGAINST THE EVILDOERS? WHO WILL STAND UP FOR ME AGAINST THE WORKERS OF INIQUITY?” (Psalm 94:16).

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