Does the Adversary Know the Day and the Hour?

Well…it would seem as if he does.

Lately people have been uncovering certain pivotal dates and numbers hidden in media for decades.  Some can seem like a stretch, some appear to be legitimately placed, and others are just downright creepy.  Do a search on the appearance of 9/11 in moves and television and things will quickly turn from coincidence to “whaaaaa…t,” especially considering that when you trace the sources of this so-called art it usually if not always derives from some person or organization who is admittedly a satanist, or illuminati member, or high level freemason or in some other way nefariously connected to the occult.

How is this possible?  Since Jesus Himself said that He didn’t?

Well, I’ve already gone over the problems with taking that verse in such a context within a previous post, but just know that I don’t subscribe to the idea of Jesus being as surprised by the day to the extent that an unbeliever would be, especially since He himself assures us that if we watch and pray, we won’t HAVE to be caught off guard by the day.

But even if we were to subscribe to that idea…let’s say that 2,000 years ago that day was up in the air.  At what point would the clues and signs begin to bring that day into view?

Well, the earliest speculation by a human that I’ve come across was that of Isaac Newton, who also predicted September 23, 2015 as the day using the prophecies in the Book of Daniel as mathematical inspiration.

And I know that we’ve all been conditioned to consider date setting a fool’s errand, but it really isn’t, if you know enough about what you are talking about.  Basically, if you ARE a fool, that’s exactly what it will be.

You can’t just do the math, you have to study the scriptures.  Because when you begin to study the ways of God, the process of elimination will become more precise and you will know that you cannot merely be satisfied with the math, but the symbolism, the meaning, the purpose, and the method.

And when you embrace all of those things, the day of Atonement 2015 becomes as conspicuous as Rudolph’s nose.

I think everyone can observe that end times prediction kicked into high gear around fifty years ago.  The trigger event?  The restoration of Israel and its capital Jerusalem in 1967.  Daniel 9:25 describes this event in detail being pivotal to the beginning of the end, such a gigantic piece of the puzzle that from knowing this event alone it could be relatively easy to predict many end times events.  And considering that these date setters could be within fifty years of the end times, the margin of error is pretty small.  But still, that doesn’t help when you’ve spent massive amounts of money to make billboards that say “We Can Know dot Com.”

Understand that all these date setters did not just suddenly fall off their rocker:  they were likely avid students of Bible prophecy that saw this event and tried to translate God’s little math riddle in Daniel but did not know enough about Biblical language to know that their solutions were incomplete.  Certainly it’s very awkward to the Western ear to hear that the rapture is coming on a Wednesday in September.  But when you hear that Jesus is coming on the day of Atonement in the year 5776, the year of the super Shemitah, year of Jubilee, in the month of Tishrei, well.  That’s sounding super legit now.

It’s because God’s calendar is Jewish.  And the Jewish calendar is not static but based on observation of nature.

At least, it wasn’t always.  As times got modern it became more of a hassle to wait for the grain to sprout to consider it the first month.  I mean the banks in New York or wherever ain’t got time for that, so the Jewish calendar has been off for quite some time.

But God still uses the old one.

And if one can keep track of the old one, then it becomes even easier to determine dates and times as laid out by God.

But I’m digressing.  How is it possible that Satan can know?

Well, aside from him being a former cherub knowing God quite closely, being a part of the spiritual realm, around since the beginning and considerably smarter than a date-setter alive in the 1960’s, there’s a couple other plausible theories.

Whatever the answer, it seems that he not only knows, but is flaunting it.

We all seem comfortable with the idea of Satan knowing that “his time is short,” but can we take it a step further and consider that he is throwing the date in our face?

But why would he?  I know why I’m obsessed with making sure that I’m found worthy to escape the great and terrible Day of the Lord when the restrainer would be removed, but what’s he talking about it for?

Well aside from the occult tendency to hide things in plain sight, September 23 for him would be like his birthday times a billion.  It’s gonna be a good day.  The best it can get for him, really.  September 23 begins his residency, as it were.

Meanwhile God will be shortening the days so that the remnant can survive his government.

And this mess???  I really CANNOT with him.

Quote o’ the Day

‎’Do not worry! Earthly goods deceive the human heart into believing that they give it security and freedom from worry. But in truth, they are what cause anxiety. The heart which clings to goods receives with them the choking burden of worry. Worry collects treasures, and treasures produce more worries’. -Bonhoeffer, Works, iv.165.

Stuff I was thinkin’ about.

I had an interesting encounter with a random guy yesterday in the Kroger parking lot.  He drove up beside me as I was heading inside.  It took me a moment before I realized the repetitive, persistent noise behind me was human, and it was saying, ” ‘scuse me…’scuse me!”  I turned in his direction and then he said, “where do you get your eyebrows done?”  He had a flyer in his hand, he was about to give it to me.

Some guys are doing this new thing now, where they know they have no reason to talk to you, and they know we hate that.  So now they’ve started a business, just to have a reason to bother you.  He’s the second guy in as many months to have done this– make it seem like you’re listening to a sales pitch when suddenly, just when you thought it couldn’t get more annoying, the qualifying questions start getting a little more personal.  The purpose is two-fold, I imagine:  on one hand it gets you talking to a girl; on the other, it makes you seem like you’ve got a job and you’re out there grinding and trying to make something of yourself.  Or at least, it’s supposed to.

So after I tell him that I don’t go anywhere to get my eyebrows done he goes, “oh are you married?”  A perfectly logical follow-up question, right?  If there’s a guy out there who does this, please know that at this point, I’m just anticipating the moment for you to get to the end of your pitch so that I can say no to it.  But I remained respectful.  I think at that point he asked if he could take me out and I said “no.”  I think before that he asked if I was interested in going out with [random strangers that pull up in cars at the Kroger parking lot to ask me out] and I said “no” to that as well.  He tried to whittle down the root of my objections by asking, “why not, is it b/c I’m not wearing a suit?”  Implying that I’m shallow and easily led by appearances.  If you must know, a suit will help anyone’s chances with me.  But it was the very lameness of his existence that actually did him in.  I couldn’t really say that to him, so I instead pointed out the weirdness of his approaching me in a parking lot behind the wheel of a car while his boy sat awkwardly in the front seat.  He realized it was unusual but explained that I caught him off guard and was “dressed so nice today” that he decided to stop.  I tried to tell him that I would give his flyer to some of my friends who get their eyebrows done but he drove away.  He couldn’t get a date, but apparently he didn’t really want any business either.

Has that ever happened to you, ladies?  It seems like the nicer we are the quicker they have to leave our sight and they end up doing something so rude as that.  It just makes me wonder what that exchange was really about, because it wasn’t about communication, and it certainly wasn’t about creating a relationship.  He was so interested only a half a minute before.  Suddenly I’m of so little value to him that he doesn’t even have the energy to listen to me another second.  Maybe he was angry, maybe he was embarrassed, but there’s no doubt the circumstance brought some information out about him neither one of us would’ve known about had I just said “yes” to him.

Guys think we have it easy, when we really just have it hard in a different way.  We don’t face the exact same challenge as they do when it comes to, say, getting a date, but that isn’t to say we don’t have challenges.  When your job is to ask someone out, you have certain things you have to worry about doing or not doing, like picking the right person and/or getting a “yes.”  Likewise, our job is to get asked out, which means we have to be the right person, while simultaneously not being the wrong person, and say “yes” to the right person, which also means saying “no” to the wrong person.  You don’t know if the next time you get asked out will be the last, and you don’t know if you should say “no” to the wrong person if he’s only 1% wrong, or 10%, or 49.9%.  I can’t remember exactly why but the whole incident reminded me of God.

God is a lot like a woman.  People tend to forget this, or gloss over this, especially if you’re a [religious] man.  It’s weird to think of God as a woman, and not in this New Age Philosophy type way.  The fact is both genders are nothing more than expressions of who He is anyways, and neither gender can claim complete ownership of being male or female, which is really more of an office than an identity.  I’m convinced that most of the misunderstandings that happen about God is b/c people forget to think of him as a true, bonafide person.  So let’s practice.  Let’s think of God not only as a bonafide person but as a woman person.

Let’s say you get “serious.”  You come to church, you pray the prayer, you sing the songs, you read the book, you hang out with the people.  God knows you’re full of crap.  He sees your elaborate gesture but it’s not completely certain it’s on behalf of Him.  Then you make your move.  You focus the conversation on what you really want.  A relationship.  A job.  Power.  A nice respectable hobby.  Righteousness.  God tells you “no.”  You get pissed.  Or embarrassed.  You don’t know what you did wrong.  It’s just unfair, really.  It’s bullshit.  So before God can finish speaking, you bounce.  God didn’t need it, but now he knows for sure that you were full of crap.  It wasn’t about Him at all, just about his goodies.  And you know what?  God made a good decision.  He makes the same decision we tell people make all the time if they want to be healthy:  set boundaries.

Weapons of Mass Distraction: a Christian’s manifesto

It’s recently come to my attention (perhaps again?) that there is a tool the enemy uses that we seldom pay attention to but it could be one of his greatest methods of triumph, if not the greatest: getting us to waste energy trying to get things we already have.

I never noticed it before, partly b/c I was falling for it myself.  And also because it was subtle and kind of strange, something that is fairly alien to human deception b/c we so often deal in what is seen.  But there’s so much evidence for it that I’m forced to see the pattern.

The other day my mom was telling me about this sermon that she was listening to about the garden, and how the serpent was trying to tell the woman that they would become like God if they ate the fruit.  “But they already were like God,” my mom paraphrased.  “Huh,” I thought.  I thought it was a good point, even if it seemed a little weak.  I knew the nature of the devil was to lie but he didn’t seem like the kind to go for technicalities.  But what seems like just a technicality is really just a distraction.

And if you haven’t noticed, this world is full of distractions.  Mainly of the media persuasion.  We all know the media tries to create a void in order to sell you a product, they openly admit this.  And we give them a certain amount of respect for it.  We see a persuasive technique played out for our benefit and even though we can see the strings, if we end up wanting that thing there’s a little part of even the smartest of us that goes: “well played sir.  fetch me my credit card.”

I’ll save the conspiracy theory about that whole system another day.  But the point is, if this kingdom belongs to the prince of this world, it would make sense that the highest officers of this kingdom would be so b/c  they prescribe closest to its methods.  But if you are a Christian, you are of another kingdom, yet the same holds true.  Only problem is, we’re taught to believe that we have to contend for this kingdom that we’re already a part of.

I listen to this guy Jon Crowder a lot.  Many people take issue with his theology, but I like him b/c he’s always got a Word that’s fresh and stimulates the mind renewal process.  And as I was watching him talk about unity the other day I thought, “Where have I heard this before?”  Essentially he was talking about how we should stop contending for unity in the body of Christ b/c we already have it.  I realized that a lot of his messages are on this theme of “stop asking God for what you already have.”  Stop asking God for faith, for a spirit of love, for the Holy Spirit.  You already have those things.  Know that you have them.  Then use them.  “The man’s right,” I would think.  The Word says we already have access to this b/c of Christ.  Let’s think on this everyday and see if it doesn’t change how we behave.  And if it works, we should then find out where we got this notion of working hard for something we already have, and beat that person (kidding).

Then, I was watching Bill Johnson.  Say what you want about Bill Johnson but you can’t say he isn’t doing his thing.  He preaches it, practices it, then teaches others to do the same.  And he was talking about the garden as well, only this time he talked about the serpent’s first statement:  “Did God really say?”  And he talked about how the enemy gets us to question the validity and/or understanding of what God says.  He then went on to twist God’s statement but the point was, the seed of doubt is planted that you don’t have all the information.

Here’s God: “Hi.  You are like Me.  Here’s the information you need.”

Here’s the devil:  “That’s not all the information.  You aren’t like Him.”

The strange thing about those two statements, just looking at them they both are pretty compelling.  Both declaring a way of things.  And it is tempting to want all the information, even if it isn’t relevant, who knows where that stems from.  I want to engage the latter statement.  I want to know why someone would say that so I can use my knowledge to combat it.  If I cannot combat it, then I must entertain it.  It’s the Western way.  Surely the devil knows that, and he uses it.  But as I get older I’m getting to the point where the former statement is enough and has proven to be true more and more, and I lose interest in the latter statement, which tends to mislead me and waste my time.

Another thing Bill Johnson brought up was the temptation of Jesus and how Satan opened with, “If you’re the son of God…”  I’ll get to the profundity of all that in a minute, the point is that God had just said a chapter before, in front of a buncha people, “Ya’ll, here go my son.  Right here, there he is.  I’m pleased with him, he’s doin’ good.”  Even put a compliment on it.  And here comes the devil, just putting a spin on something that’s already been said, b/c he can’t come up with any new statements, “If you are…”

If I am?  I am.  What are we talking about?  God himself told me that I am.  In front of witnesses.  Not even like… I mean this is crazy.  It would be one thing if God said, “You are the son of so-and-so,” and he had to take His word on that.  But God says, “You’re my son.”  I mean… there’s no higher verifiable source than God on who His own son is.  But the devil still goes for it.  And you know what?  It almost kinda works, obviously, b/c here’s Jesus undergoing one of the craziest spiritual battles of his life, and what’s the root of it?  His identity.

So, okay #1: Wait a minute, are you serious?!?!  Did he like, not know who he was????  Come on!!!

And  #2: Sound familiar?

So with my mom and Jon and Bill all swirling about the same issue without any prompting I had to go, “okay… this is real.”  And I started to think about the implications of this type of lie.  We’re dealing with invisible things so I can see this getting dicey.  If the enemy can get me chasing and questioning something that I already have… then a couple things can happen.  I can go to God for something I already have, then think He isn’t giving it to me, then think “well, He must have a reason for not giving this to me,” then go around thinking that God doesn’t answer all prayers but you never know which ones but you gotta trust Him, then go telling other people that.

The other thing that can happen is I start thinking I gotta do something to get it.  So I’m trying harder and harder to get something [that I already have], feeling like I’m just not there yet b/c I don’t see it.  Then I look around at other people and I start comparing myself.  “Well they’re not doing as much as me.”  Then I tell other people that they’ve got to do better if they want this thing [that they already have], then I can look at people not doing “good” or doing “bad” and draw conclusions i.e. judge them.

I could undermine the work of the cross.  If Jesus paid the debt, the whole debt, of everyone who’s ever been, and we really believed that, what would happen?  Are we ready to live in a world where we believed that?  Do we even know what that would look like?  Do we know how many deceptions and lies, great and small that we’ve been told over the years from this or that, get in the way of that reality and have to be uprooted?  Could we us and our doctrines out of the way and let God do His job?  Are we ready to offer freedom with no strings?  Have we ever even been taught such a thing?  But it makes sense, if the gospel means “good news.”  And “eternal life through Christ” sounds more like good news than “eternal life with stipulations.”  I mean duh, right?  That’s what everyone expects.  That’s just like, “regular news.”

So my point is, people going around thinking they don’t have what they already have is not only a prevalent deception, it is a primary, fundamental one.  Meaning, you ought to always stop and question this type of thinking.  Just today I was on YouTube watching this forum for black men and women in relationships, and this guy, bless his heart, got up and eventually said something like, “we as men want more power, more strength, more influence…”  Now we could argue about his priorities all day, but when I heard that I just wanted to scream [Negro] YOU ALREADY HAVE THAT!!!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW WITH THIS!!!

But you know what?  If you go around deceived, thinking you don’t have that, then how are you going to behave?  Not well.  And you might be thinking– supposing you understand exactly what I’m saying with all this–  “If this is happening why doesn’t God tell us?”

That’s the thing.  He is.  He had to tell me three separate times through unrelated, unbiased sources before I would even see it.  Before that He would tell me all the time.  And guess what?  I didn’t believe Him.  Because I couldn’t see past the deception.  If I complained about me and how deficient I was He would tell me, plainly, “You’re fine.  You have everything you need already.”  Case closed, right?  But I would either think He was doing that rose (blood?) -colored Jesus glasses thing where He just thinks I’m great no matter what, or I’d think it was some hallucination induced by my inner desire to live complacent without challenges, or some theosophist leaning that seeped through my brain after too much Wizard of Oz or something.

Thing is, He wouldn’t stop there.  If He knew I wouldn’t trust His voice He’d get me to open up the scripture to Corinthians or something, and have Paul say the same thing He just said.  And that would sorta work, but it would just get me praying to Him to get more of this stuff that I already got!!!!  

The deception was like a web over my eyes.  I wasn’t completely useless while it was there, but it was hindering me.  Didn’t help that everywhere I turned were people living in the same deception, reinforcing it.

So this blog is an entreaty to the Christian:  please question this idea of trying to plead for, earn, or even claim, that which you already have.  Notice how I’m not even saying ENTITLED TO.  You are not “entitled to” life and life more abundant, YOU HAVE IT.  I promise you, you do.  But a great deception can diminish even the most tangible miracle.  How much more the invisible kind?  Keep watch over what has your attention.  “I don’t have” is the silent, swollen chant of this heavy, insatiable country.  How much of it is true, and how much is it a spell?  If we, who have the power of heaven, can consciously remove ourselves from the clutches of this seduction, it could be our consecration.  Faith in the truth, in what God has sent forth through His Word, an agent of eternal, unlimited power and life.  It might be the only thing separating us from true holiness.