Monthly Archives: January 2014

January 28, 2014
OK … Last week I shared the ‘Dream’ I
had about the coming storm and the inadequate shelter … and how this all
related to today’s world .. how this inadequate shelter would NOT protect us
from this soon-arriving storm …. then I shared that I believed this lack of
protection concerned two things … the nation, and the church. … Last week I
addressed the nation, so now we will take a look at church, and why I believe
it won’t protect us in its current condition …
First of all, we must realize that we are
definitely in the era of the 7th Church … the Laodicean period spoken of in
Revelation 3:14-22 … and that we have become ‘lukewarm, neither hot nor cold,
— fat, lazy, complacent, wealthy, seemingly in need of nothing’ …… This is
prophetic. …… Sadly, because of this ‘dead’ condition, the real danger is
that most truly believe today’s church is fine and that it will ‘protect’ them
in the coming days.
So let’s look! … To start, when taking
even a quick glance at the Church of Jesus Christ today, we see fewer
Christians allowing their lives to be governed by God’s Word. … Many will no
longer sit through a church service to hear sound doctrine preached. … Why?
.. Over the past several decades, during what is now called the ‘church-growth
era,’ an entire generation of believers has grown accustomed to musical
entertainment, skits, and ten-minute sermons. … Church growth is all the rage
these days. … In fact, it has become the ‘measure of success.’ … If your
church makes the ‘fastest growing mega-church’ list, you are then considered
one of today’s ‘happening’ churches … regardless of what you preach, or what
your theology is!  …
Now while it’s great to see lots of
people attending church, the bottom line is this … is it providing what they
need concerning these fast-approaching stormy days? …. Sad to say, most are
not! … The fast-growing mega-churches seem mostly based upon how we, as
individuals, can have a better, more prosperous life here on earth … how if
we remove the judgmental attitudes from the pulpit, more people will feel
better about themselves, how if we have the best entertainment in music, plays,
pageants, seminars on wealth retention and better marriages …. this will
certainly keep them coming and will ‘fill the collection plate’ far into the
foreseeable future …. and as for theology, ‘if you tickle, they will come’
…. which translates to safe, non-judgemental, diverse teachings … a
theology based totally upon ‘feelings’ as opposed to ‘thinking.’ … It is a
fact that ‘feeling trumps thinking’ in these selfish, hedonistic days
2 Timothy 4:3-4 says this …. “For
a time will come men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will
gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears
want to hear.  4) They will turn their
ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
While I don’t want to condemn any pastor
or congregation for their well-meant efforts to become ‘friendly’ to sinners
and seekers, I still must speak out against the dangers this mentality can
create. … Over time, these churches, without even knowing it, build their
houses on sand. .. We are seeing a generation of Christians attending these
foundationless churches who know little or nothing about the true Word of God!
… These people have spent years sitting in the church and yet know nothing …
and why? … because it is NOT being preached! … As a result , many
Christians are, or will be utterly lost when trials … the storms of life come
upon them. .. Why? … Because they have NO ROCK to stand on. … They simply
don’t know the Word of God!
So what should the church look like? …
Let me share a comment from Pastor Randy White ….
  
“I recently attended a relatively small Bible-believing,
Bible-teaching church as a guest. .. I was refreshed to see that almost every
participant had their Bible — and opened — during the sermon. .. This told me
that the pastor regularly delivers enough verse-by-verse content that looking
up one verse on an iPad just wouldn’t suffice. .. Bibles, for this rare
congregation, were a necessity. .. I was also impressed by the music. .. It was
bad .. and that impressed me. .. It wasn’t polished. .. There wasn’t a
carefully selected Praise Team who passed the ‘Sunday morning test’ of looks
and sound, dressed in color-coordinated clothing,closing their eyes and looking
to heaven as if they were in an ecstatic moment (I’ve often seen these ecstatic
moments turn on and off like a light switch). .. In fact, the song leader was
clearly not a professional, and his tone was often off just a bit. .. But the
people sang with joy. ……. I was impressed with their prayers. .. They
prayed for real and legitimate needs during a Sunday morning service. .. It
would never pass the church-growth test, because it wasn’t seeker-friendly at
all with random people from the congregation praying at-will over the needs of
the members. .. As a first-time visitor, I felt out-of-place during that
prayer, and I thought it was wonderful. .. After all, if I was looking for a
church, I’d want one that really cared about the hurting people they knew, the
flesh-and-blood people who sat in their pews each Sunday.”
What did he see? … A body of believers
who obviously studied the Word of God … who prayed for, and with one another
.. a body of believers who are standing solid on a foundation built on rock!
…. Is your church like this one, or like most others that simply ‘go through
the motions’ .. relying on the ‘feel-good’ self-centered messages which have
little or no Scriptural support? … I personally can say that, after much
searching, I have found such a place … a place where EVERY Sunday, we stand
and read the Scriptures together, and the Bible is the center-piece each and
every week! … Hallelujah! … (Thank you, Pastor Ken) ….
OK, we see the picture here. … We know
that a horrible, nasty life-changing storm is coming and soon! … We also know
that most all the ‘shelters’ we have created in our society will not stand when
it arrives. …. So what should we do? ….. Start by taking a hard look ..
first .. at yourself, and your knowledge of God’s actual Word. .. If it’s
lacking, get a program going .. a new discipline … that gets you into the
Word. … Next, look at where you, your family and friends are attending
church. … Is it teaching from the Bible? .. Is your pastor quoting Scripture
with his Bible open, or is he just shouting out some quick verse that relates
somehow to his distorted, ‘ear-tickling’ message? ….  If this is the case, you must flee! ….
Remember this. … It is your responsibility to know. …
Time is short and the storm IS coming.
… We must be certain that our Spiritual foundations are built upon the rock
.. that being the knowledge of the Bible’s teachings, which ultimately leads to
a strong and unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. ……… I know this … We
will all stand before God someday to be judged for reality, and not feelings.
… Until that time, I will first spend my time and energy learning as much as
I can about the truths of God’s Word, and then to share it with as many as I
can before the storm. … I pray you will do the same ….
Know that I am praying constantly for
each and every one of you, and will till the ‘winds blow’ …. I love you all
… and …
Until next time,
Red
 
 

 
January 18

*NBC News – “California Drought of
the Century”
…. This is a very serious situation! ..
This will be a very ‘dangerous’ year for this heavily-populated state …
*Albany Times-Union – “Cuomo:  Conservative republicans should leave the
state”
… He goes on to say that
‘right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay’ people have no place here. …
This is the governor of the state saying this biased stuff! … There seems to
be no hope left for this fallen nation ….
*Fox News – “Entire fishery dead n
Nevada marina:  As many as 100,000 fish
at man-made lake east of Reno”
…… and once again, experts are
‘baffled’ … There is a whole lot of ‘baffled’ going on lately ….
January 19
*The New York Times – “Region
boiling:  Israel takes up ‘Castle’
strategy”
… It means they’ve built hi-tech fences
around their borders trying to keep all the sectarian violence from spreading
into their land … not to mention all the suicide bombers trying to kill them
…. Sure sounds like Zechariah 12:3 to me ….
*World Net Daily – “Critics
ballistic over Christian film’s Oscar nod”
….. Doesn’t surprise me … Any time
something about God wins out over the likes of Jay-Z and Taylor Swift, it will
draw the ire of the secularists … unless of course it happens to be one of
their over-the-top, distorted versions of a Bible story … The nomination, by
the way, is the title song for the movie “Alone Yet Not Alone”.. by
the same name ….
*NBC News – “Extreme El Nino events
to double, study claims”
…. and once again, the experts are
‘baffled’ as to why … Get a clue, guys!
*NBC News – “Russian President Putin
links gays to pedophiles”
…. I wonder if A & E will stop
broadcasting any news stories about him? …. just sayin’ ….
January 20

*Reuters – “6.2 magnitude earthquake
rattles New Zealand’s North Island”

*RT News – “Italian IOC official
accuses U.S. of ‘absurdly publicizing’ Olympics by sending ‘gay’ athletes”
…. Whether this is true or not is not
the point … to me, at least. … While many nations of the world do not
support, or openly endorse, the ‘gay’ movement, we, the supposed leading
Christian nation in the world, openly do. … Guess the ‘literal’ teachings of
Scripture no long pertain to the majority of our citizens … Signs of the
times …..
*BBC – “Barack Obama:  Marijuana no more dangerous than
alcohol”
…. This doesn’t surprise me in the
least! … The more people get ‘stoned,’ the less they’ll notice or care about
his blatant attempts to ‘take over’ the land! …. Control the masses, control
the world …
*World Net Daily – “Iran ‘2 to 3
weeks’ from Nuclear Bomb”
…. The former IAEA director warns Tehran
could nix deal, arm itself quickly. … This is not good! … The Ayatollahs
are ‘crazy radical’ and will use these weapons! … and even though the West
doesn’t seem to ‘get this,’ most all other Middle East countries do! … They
seem to have no choice but to seek these same types of weapons so as to
neutralize the ‘Persian’ threat. … Sadly, it won’t …
*Jerusalem Post – “Christians
persecuted most in these countries”
Comment from article:  “The top country where Christians
suffer, for the 12th straight year, remained North Korea. .. The other nine
rounding out the top 20 are Islamic: 
Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan,
Iran and Yemen.”
… We must not forget to pray for them
….
January 21

*Zero Hedge – “What recovery?  U.S. retail stores now in grim death
spiral”

…. The two mentioned specifically were
Sears & J.C. Penny ….. Signs of the times ….
*CBS News – “China confirms medical
worker dies from H7N9 virus:  Cases spike
in China”

  
-Vietnam reports first H5N1 Bird Flu death in 2014 …

*The Telegraph – “New radioactive
water leak discovered at Fukushima plant”

Comment from article:  “Highly radioactive water was detected
inside the #3 reactor building, Tepco said. … It is believed the water has
leaked from inside that reactor.” …
…… I wonder how much there is we
don’t know? ….
*BBC – Chaos in the Streets

  
-Thailand imposes State of Emergency over unrest …

  
-Brazilian street protests turn violent …

  
-Ukraine in chaos .. Streets ‘on fire’ …

…. There’s more, but this is just a
quick ‘snapshot’ of a world spinning out of control ….
*Star-Advisor – “5.9 earthquake hits
near Tonga – no tsunami threat”

*Drudge Report – The Real Numbers

  
-Record 20% of households on food stamps in 2013 …

  
-Wall Street advisor:  actual
unemployment is 37.2% …

*CBS News – “Oregon rules bakery
violated ‘gay’ couple’s civil rights by denying them a cake for same-sex wedding”
…. Unbelievable! … Now they have to
pay these people! … What has happened to our ‘right of refusal?’ …..
January 22

*CNN – “Iranian official on nuke
deal:  ‘We did not agree to dismantle
anything’ “

….. He goes on to claim that the Obama
Administration mischaracterized concessions. … I’m shocked! … but not
really … Seems like this crowd ‘mischaracterizes’ just about everything they
touch …
*Washington Times – “Half of
American fans say ‘super-natural’ forces are in play during sports events”
…. Who says we don’t worship ‘false’
gods in this misguided society? ….. Just drive by a sporting event on a
Sunday, the drive by the Church parking lot … which one draws the most
people? ……just sayin’ …
*The World Out Of Control

 ……… Here’s just a few headlines today
from various sources …

  
-Twisted:  Google Glass
application lets wearers watch themselves have sex from partner’s point of view

  
-Video game is ‘Murder Simulator’ like no other …

  
-Sundance:  ‘Nymphomaniac’ opens
to laughs & shocks …

  
-‘Anorexic doll’ that shuns food provokes outrage …

  
-Naked woman sought by Swat Team after man shot dead in trailer park …

  
-Naked woman jumps to death from Beverly Hills building …

   -Woman beaten to death after accidently
walking in front of camera while group posed for picture …
   
…. Don’t think the world isn’t out of
control? … The enemy is stalking this world like a “roaring lion”
… see 1 Peter 5:8 ….
*Joel Rosenberg – “I am deeply
saddened by the president’s praise of abortion – 55 million abortions is a
holocaust – we face implosion”
…. He is absolutely right! … If we
continue, God’s judgement will fall upon this nation with a fury not previously
seen. …..  Personally, I think we’ve
already crossed the line some time ago ….
January 23
*Star-Advisor – “2 earthquakes
– 5.9 & 5.5 – strike near Guam:  No
tsunami alert”

*CBS – “Extreme winter ‘cold blast’
to last weeks”

*Breitbart – “House Democrats:  Pro-life views ‘revolting’ “
….. The ‘classic’ liberal view … keep
killing the babies …
 *The Week – “Anti-Christian persecution
spreading across Mideast”
Comment from article:  “The world’s most ancient Christian
communities are being destroyed … and no one cares. .. Christians in the
Middle East have been victims of pograms and persecution. .. Where’s the outrage
in the west?”

….. Good question .. Out of sight, out
of mind …
*UPI – “U.S. sailors sue for
illnesses they believe caused by Fukushima”
…. There’s proof they were exposed to
radiation levels at least 300% over what is considered safe. …
Representatives say they are suffering from ‘the whole Chernobyl panoply,’ and
are suffering from cancers, leukemias, bleeding from vagina and rectum, loss of
eyesight, migraines, and many other symptoms. 
….. and it’s all heading our way! …..
January 24

*Drudge Report – “Yankees pitcher to
lose over half of $155 million contract to taxes”

…… I bring this story to you .. not
because of the tax issue .. but because of how it depicts our out-of-control
society. … Think of it! … Unemployment at 37.2%, one in five families on
national food assistance, poverty increasing across the land in ‘leaps &
bounds’ … but because this guy throws a little round object faster than most,
he gets $155 million?! … There’s simply no words to describe how ludicrous ..
and  tragically sad .. this really is! …
*CNBC – “Wall Street joins global
stock rout”
…. The so-called slow-down in the Fed’s
money-printing has supposedly hurt the emerging markets, and has caused stocks
worldwide to plummet. … What’s amazing is they only reduced the printing by
$10 billion … from $85 to $75 billion per month … wonder what will happen
when they stop altogether? ……..

                        
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Well. that’s it for another week of
‘fun-filled’ news ….. record-breaking drought in the Southland .. chaos in
the streets of the world’s cities – the Ukraine, Brazil, Turkey, Egypt, Iraq,
Thailand …. the list grows by the day ..

and then of course the ‘Fukushima’ thing
just isn’t going away .. more leaks of deadly radioactive water, and now
American sailors claiming life-threatening illnesses … sadly, this is just
the beginning of this ever-growing pestilence …..

As for the world’s economy, today’s Wall
Street dive is just a glimpse of what is about to come  … and then couple it with the
ever-increasing political & moral divide in this nation …. did we ever
think we would see the day where a governor of a state would say that anyone
who doesn’t support the ‘gay’ movement, or abortion should leave his state …
or  a president come out with statements
supporting abortion, or downplaying the dangers of marijuana? …. I agree with
Joel Rosenberg when he said that our nation will implode .. meaning that God’s
judgement will fall upon this land! 

OK .. I’m outta here for another week.
… Let’s be sure and keep praying for one another in these increasing
difficult days. … Lord knows we will all need it more than ever! … I love
you all, and appreciate your support .

….. so ……

Until next time,

Red  

    
 

January 21, 2014

Acts 2:17 & 18 says this,

  
“In the last days, God says,

    
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

  
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.

   
your young men will see visions,

   
your old men will dream dreams.

  
Even on my servants, both men and women,

   
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,

   
and they will prophecy.”
It was in 2002 and 2003 that I personally
experienced the truth of this prophecy. … I was in the midst of my ‘Red
Letter’ study, which ultimately evolved into a complete transformation of my
life. … I certainly qualify as an ‘old man’ so hence, I received a short
series of four dreams during this time. … Like most all of you, I have had
many different experiences concerning dreams over the years, and most all are
disjointed and fragmented … but these four were totally different. … It was
like I wasn’t really asleep, and as soon as I became fully awake, I knew I
needed to write them down … so I did. … 
Over the years since the dreams, I’ve
briefly mentioned them a few times to other brothers and sister, but have never
really found an opportunity to ‘use’ them for any specific purpose …. until
yesterday! … I was in a Sunday school class, being a good student like most everyone
else, when all of a sudden I was prompted to share one of these dreams, and
why  …. and It just so happens to be
the first one I received. …. Here it is ….
  
“I’m lying on my back in an open field looking up at the sky when
I’m prompted to look off to my left … then I see a very large storm on the
horizon. … It was very dark in color and had what appeared to be a funnel
cloud in the center. … I immediately got up, turned to my right, saw an old
building … a barn of sorts … and ran to it. … Once inside, I looked for a
place to take shelter but soon realized there was nothing in this place that
could provide that.
  
“I went back outside, again looking off to my left, and the storm
was much closer than before. … It was so much larger, darker and angrier! …
But what was really different was that it was full of raging fire! … So
again, I fled down a path to seek safety …… ” ………………  then the dream ended ……….
Here it is … 10+ years later … and
God is now telling me it’s time to share this dream! … OK, so why now? ….
First of all, everything must be done in His timing. … 10 years ago, it
wasn’t time … but now, it evidently is! … I guess the storm wasn’t big
enough yet back then …. but now? ……. 
let’s look at the highlights to see what the message is. ……  
For sure, those of us who study the Bible
understand that we are in the midst of increasingly difficult times. … We see
the “birth pains” accelerating by the moment. … The coming
last-days ‘storm’ is fast approaching with lightning speed, and I’m confident
this is what the dream was showing me … Knowing this then, let’s now look at
the ‘shelter’ … or lack of it. …. After praying and dwelling upon this
since yesterday’s ‘prompting,’ it has become clear to me that this issue of the
‘shelter’ comes down to two main areas …. our nation, and then the Church.
… So, for the sake of time, this week I’ll address just the part about the
nation …  then next week, the Church.
Unless a person is deaf, dumb and blind
… or in complete denial … he or she knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that
this nation is in a complete meltdown, both spiritually and morally. … So how
does this relate back to the dream? … I’ve been involved in corporate
America, as well as many other aspects of our society, and it is truly
unbelievable as to how many out there … the vast majority …    believe that America, no matter what, is
here to stay and that no matter what transpires down the road, she as a nation
will survive. … It has become their ‘shelter,’ their perceived security
through anything this world throws at them. …. They have put their ‘faith’ in
an old barn that will not protect them from the coming ravages of the enemy!
…. 
Let’s for a moment look at 2 Timothy
3:1-4 to see if we ‘fit’ the end-time condition spoken of here ….
  
“But mark this:  There will
be terrible times in the LAST DAYS. .. People will be lovers of themselves,
lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents,
ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self
control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited,  lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of
God.” (emphasis mine) ……
When reading this, one would have to
admit that our society has become the model of this writing! …. We are guilty
of every charge listed. … We as a nation have fallen to a level of sin and
depravity that no one would have thought possible … and yes, it has been
coming for some time, but one cannot disagree that it is accelerating faster
and faster with each passing hour! …. Just look at the ‘gay’ movement in this
country …. I know lots of you are weary of hearing about this, but that is
exactly what the enemy wants! …   for
us to fall asleep and give in to the inevitable! … But the Bible is, beyond
any shadow of a doubt, specifically clear as to the ‘sin condition’ of this
lifestyle. … (see Romans 1:27 & 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 as examples) …
And then there’s abortion … some
56+million babies have been ‘legally’ killed … and for what!? …
inconvenience? .. not ready for responsibility? … to lazy to bother raising
the child? …  costs too much in this
day and age? … Is that all a life is worth to this society?! … Go back and
read the 2 Timothy Scripture and see if it doesn’t fit. …. …… school shootings
.. mothers and fathers killing their families or each other .. children running
amok in the form of ‘flash mobs,’  street
gangs and ‘knockout’  games …. suicide
rates at all-time highs, which can only be caused by hopelessness …. you can
fill in the rest of the blanks ….
Is this the ‘old barn’ we are going to
depend on in these crazy days? … If it is, i promise you it WILL NOT
withstand the fast-approaching storm. … 
Mark these words .. it IS God’s timing to share this dream with you …
no matter how much time has passed … because IT IS time! … 
Two final points … First, what will
your ‘shelter’  be in this reeling,
out-of-control world? .. Will it be ‘the world’ .. or will it be the promise of
salvation through faith in Jesus Christ? …. I pray you choose the latter because
it will be the ONLY one that will save you. … Secondly, refer back to the
opening Scripture .. Acts 2:17-18 for a moment … This is a pure and promised
prophecy concerning the times we live in … Regardless if you’re a man or a
women, old or young, it applies to every one of us. … My appeal to you is
this … to write down anything that you think may have come from God .. then
‘log’ it somewhere and then pray about it. … Not all things given is for
everyone, but a few are … and God will show you if you are faithful in prayer
… Hallelujah!
The Lord’s day is upon us and I am
praying for each & every one of you each day!  ….. Just know that you are NEVER alone in
these most difficult times … and build that ‘shelter’ upon a foundation of rock
… and that ‘rock’ is the knowledge of Scripture. … Keep the faith … and
Until next time,
Red
  
     
 
           
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