Sabbath year

Dawn till morning of July 11, 2015, I got a very weird dream of young people my age which includes my schoolmates and classmates in elementary, high school and college falling in long lines (in queue).

I heard a voice saying, “After the Sabbath year (7 years of rest in the Lord), I will pour out my anointing to the young people, they will heal the sick…perform many miracles, signs and wonders in My name…(as of the great commission in Matthew 28)..”

Inside the running field, I noticed that my schoolmates and classmates in high school wore school uniforms and red IDs as I understood were in junior year. They got ready to form a long line like what some other age groups were doing who really need to pass in that area to be tested. I also saw my classmates in elementary, I started calling their names, so excited to see them again.

The queue has no end. The land area seemed so wide and huge. I see from afar young people performing, dancing on the stage. They wore beautiful clothes in white and red with angels flying above them. They looked so wonderful moving in perfect harmony.

I knew that it was year 2008. I travelled back in time so I added 7 years which results to 2015. So 2015 is a Jewish Sabbath year as confirmed. When I woke up, I checked the bible about it and learned from Leviticus 25: 1-7 about the Sabbath year.

(Still in my dream) I was in a huge white building with lots of huge rooms in different sizes, some smaller and others bigger and wider. Inside each room were my college schoolmates and others I don’t know doing different things. In a wide room, I saw a girl doing paper cutting works alone. In other rooms, I saw some other doing other task in pairs, and still in other room some were working by group. But when I entered inside the widest room, I saw a master bed with couples who were still at my age, busy mating.

I went to the other side of the room along the aisle and there I was taken to the open field with lots of young people. I even saw my former college classmates and my sister trying to do a team task not to break their lines. <The end of my dream.>

Points to ponder:

1. We’re given different tasks in this world. Each room with different sizes represents our status in society and how we live our life whether alone, with a partner or within a group depends on us by faith and God’s grace. To cast our cares upon the Lord still is our number one option if we can’t able to do the task by ourselves.

2. Flying angels above the performing young people represents the clouds of witnesses as written in the Scriptures that we are surrounded by clouds of witnesses…

3. Young people indeed are the future of a nation because of their strength. Needless to say, youth of these last days are called to be warriors of God and to be a warrior you must wear the whole armor of God. Read Ephesians 6:10-20.

4. The queue represents the race, our long journey in life and one of the fruit of the Spirit so essential to be developed in our attitude of waiting in a very long line, that is PATIENCE. A price in a contest is worth waiting and pay day is worth waiting and its along the road how we develop that attitude–patience and other fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, kindness..) versus complaining, worry, fret, anxiety, doubt, fear, sin, self-pity, blame, rebellion, self-will, excuses, injustice, guilt, wrong words, reputation…

MEMORY VERSE:

Philippians 3: 13-15 “…but one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God had called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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Secrets of the stairs

Speaker: Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj

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MAIN SCRIPTURE:

Songs of Solomon 2:14 “My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.”

If we delight in God, He delights in us.

Psalms 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Esther 5:1-3 “On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. Then the king asked, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be given you.”

When you delight yourself in the Lord, He will take great delight in you. At that moment your heart is purified, your minds are purified, all the selfish passions, desires once are all purified by fire of the living God. What will emerge from your heart will be a sweet cedar living sacrifice. And when the King looks at the sacrifice, before you open your mouth to ask, He will grant your desires. When you delight yourself in the Lord, all your selfishness die and only the purity rises up before the Lord. When God looks, He sees a pure heart, refined, transformed, purified like fire and He will grant all your partitions. He’ll ask, “What do you want? Whatever you ask, I will give it to you.” It will no longer be a selfish desire, a selfish request but a pure one.

And when you’re delighting in the Lord, Solomon 1:2 “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—for your love is more delightful than wine.”

Kisses of his mouth” means an intimate fellowship between bride and bridegroom, an expression of intimacy.

When you come and sit at His feet, why do we always rush through of a formula of quiet time?

I will tell you one truth, one of the greatest evil that we have in the Christian world today is devotional books. They are not evil by itself but they can become evil. Don’t get me wrong. I’ll justify my statement. If you take a devotional book and you read the day’s reading and you close your book and you said “Amen” and you got up and walk away, that book is an evil to you because you had made that book your God (idolatry). That book has replaced the bible. That devotional book has become your god. I use devotional books in my quiet time just to stir up my mind because they are very good. I like the Daily Bread, don’t you? I often use that. They put nice little stories that I use in my messages. But you see they also have Scriptural reading for the day that meditates the bible. You must fit the Word. Devotional books are good as they are that should write our appetite for the real meat that is in the Living Word. Don’t let them become your God.

So what do we do in our Christian life?

Throw away your watches, unplug the telephone, they are two greatest evils to the Christian life. Cp, mobiles, throw them away in the insanitary test. They are all evils that come between you and your bridegroom. They are little foxes that spoil the whines.

Song of Solomon 5:2 I slept but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking; ‘Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with the dampness of the night.”

When you sit in the presence of the Lord speak love to Him through songs of praise and worship, express all your love to Him and He will sit beside you and will throw kisses upon your face.

One gentle kiss from Him will wipe away your tears, will heal and bind your broken heart and console your weeping heart.

So what is the secret? Run to his feet. Don’t run to your fellow brothers and sisters asking them to pat you on your shoulder and encourage you in your self pity. Don’t do that. Why are we doing that? You know, that’s what we actually do. We want people to encourage us in our self-pity. I tell you, self pity is a sin. It is a sin in the eyes of God. Don’t wallow in self-pity. But if you bring your broken heart to the Lord Jesus and just forget about your broken hearts and just love Him, the very next moment, He will be right there beside you, put His arms around you with His left arm around you and His right hand holding your face, looking gently at you. He will just say, “Why are you weeping? I’m here with you.” And He’ll take your broken heart in His hands and just bind it and make it one whole and give it back to you. This is what Jesus is willing to do for you if you delight in Him.

How does a bridegroom call His brides? How does He call you?

He calls you “My dove.”

What is so special about doves?

1. Doves are pure, undefiled and harmless.

Matthew 10:16 “Be harmless as doves.”

In Biology, there is an organ in our body that defiles all our internal organs. It makes our internal organ unclean. Only the dove doesn’t have this organ. In all of God’s creations, only the dove doesn’t have that organ that defiles all the other internal organs. As a result the dove is pure within, that’s why it is chosen as a symbol for the Holy Spirit. Now you know why the Holy Spirit is called as “He comes like a dove.” There is absolutely no impurity inside a dove. She’s not only white in the outside, but also in the inside.

So who are you? He calls you “a dove.” Your bride, Jesus calls you “My dove.” If you are a dove, number one qualification of a bride, she must be pure, undefiled and harmless. Harmless means the absence of any evil intentions against one another in one’s heart and thoughts. Those are not words of love but of revenge.

2. Secondly, the dove is faithful and truthful to one’s spouse.

This is a very interesting character about a dove. When a dove finds a mate, both of them will remain absolutely true and faithful to one another. In them is this marriage covenant fulfill, “Till death do we part.” When one spouse dies, the other one will not find another spouse but will remain faithful and truthful and just mourn and mourn for the lost loved ones until he or she also dies.

Isaiah 59:11 Talks about the mourning of a dove. “…We moan mournfully like doves.”

3. She is single-minded in her walk in life.

When the dove set her eyes on her spouse, she will not look on another person. She will remain devoted and sees nothing else. How do we bring this to into the Christian life?

Psalms 27:4 “One thing I asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.”

Now look at the first part, “One thing have I desired of the Lord that will I seek after.” not two or three things but one. This scripture contains all the blessings, gifts and mysteries of God. One thing have I desired, I desired that and I will seek after that until I get it. No turning left, no turning right. Like the doves, single-minded devotion!

We don’t get what we’re seeking for because we give up halfway, we get tired of waiting. Do you know God is the master of waiting? We must practice waiting. Many Christians have good intentions as you have fail because you don’t seek and pursue after, you just fall short of reaching the end.

He that endures till the end, only he will be saved.” <Matt 24: 13>

If you desire the house of God, if you desire the beauty of God, seek, don’t stop until you find. Seek and you shall surely find, knock and the door shall surely be opened. This is the command from the Lord Jesus. Why is the door not been opened because we’re not knocking enough. You must kept on knocking and knocking until the inhabitants get sick and tired of you and they must come to open the door.

In a parable in Luke 18, Jesus talks about a travelling widow. He said, there was this widow who makes an application to the judge. He couldn’t care about the application so she decided to keep on knocking and knocking and knocking. Do you know, the woman have this gift. You have been blessed with the gift of nagging. But that’s not the end of the story. The end of the story is this, but you have used that to glorify the devil in your life. Nagging is negative. When you turn nagging around, it becomes intercession. Use your gift to intercede. That is why most intercessors are women. You have the gift inside you. Remember, I told you on the first day, you don’t know who you are, what is the inherent power inside you. The devil knows. So he made you use the powerful gift that you have negatively for destruction. Instead of moving the throne of God, you’re moving your husband, you’re children, and you’re driving everybody nuts.

In the early days of Dr. Billy Grahams’ ministry, he was just beginning to get popular. This was in the 50s. One day, he went to a town in the US and he had a week of revival there. The entire city was born again. All the borders closed, liquor shops closed, all movie theaters were closed, and they all got saved. Everybody in that town was in the stadium everyday for seven days and all the policemen had no job to do. So after the crusade, reverend Graham went back to his hometown and knelt down to give thanks to God. He said, “Lord, thank you for giving me a huge harvest today in those meetings.” As he was praying, the Lord spoke to him, He said, “My son, all the harvest I’m not putting it to your account, I’m putting it on the account of a poor widow in that town.” Billy Graham was very shocked, “What do you mean Lord?” The Lord told him, “For three years, this widow was praying to me, ‘Lord please send Billy Graham to our town.’ For three years, day and night she prayed without sleeping. She interceded for her town for three years. The Lord told him, “It was her intercessions that saved this town not you. You just came in with a sickle to reap the harvest but she’s responsible for everything.” Nobody knew about this old woman, the whole town only saw Billy Graham publicly but the eyes of the Lord saw her. This is the great weapon that you have inside you. So don’t use your gift for the devil, use it for God and before too long, your husband will be sitting in these meetings.

Seek after, be single minded in your devotion. Don’t give up. ‘One thing have I desired.’ If you sincerely seek the face of God, if you sincerely seek the glory of God, if you sincerely seek the house of God, don’t fall short. Don’t give up until you get it. You must have stubborn faith. Don’t be stubborn in your attitude. See stubbornness that is positive and negative. Use your stubbornness to move God. That is good stubborn. Don’t be stubborn with each other. That is bad stubborn. Many negative qualities inside us can be transformed into good qualities. Be stubborn with sin. Why do we love sin and we are stubborn with holiness? Be stubborn with sin. Why are you disobeying God when you could disobey the devil?! God asked you to do small thing and you’d give Him 1001 excuses. When the devil asked you to do a big thing you’d immediately obey. Why? Obey God, disobey the devil.

One thing have I desired, that I will seek after. I sought Him, who’s my so “beloved”. Do you really love the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart or you think you love or you pretend to love Him? This is a question you sincerely need to ask yourself and look into your heart. If you really love Him then you must seek after Him whom you longs for. Christianity is no longer a religion, it is a relationship.

Now, where is this dove? Jeremiah 48:20

She is found hiding in the clefts of the rock. That is where they make their nests so that it will be kept for security and safety, hidden from danger and since clefts are secret places in the rocks where normally people can’t easily find. Only doves know them. That is their security. Nothing can shake them. Nothing can move them, all safety is guaranteed.

Are you hiding in your secret place? Not the secret place of God but in your own secret place? Does God have access from the clefts in your life? Are you hiding your hearts, your secrets from God? Is there a place in your life where even God has no right to touch? Many people make a cleft in their heart, in their lives and they hide there and they will not even allowed God to touch those areas. Do you have that place in your life? If you are a bride, you can’t remain there anymore. That maybe is your safety; you like to hide there. Whatever may be your backgrounds-good, bad, ugly. Whether you are abused as a child, whether you’re molested as a child, whether you’re deeply hurt by Christian leaders, we tend to hide, build a wall around ourselves and hide there. And you don’t want to trust anybody else in this world and you don’t want to allow anybody to come near you and you create a secret place where you hide underneath where you even have set boundaries for God. A bride can’t be like that. If there is such a place like that in your life, you’ll never be healed, you’ll never be delivered. That vacuums if not treated will be destructive. It will destroy you, and all those who are around you and all those who come and contact with you. Forget the past, unless you are willing to let go the past, God can’t do a new thing in your life. I tell you today, 101 prophets can come and prophesy to you ‘God will do new thing in your life’, but I’ll tell you today from the word of the eternal God, unless and until you let go of the old, no good thing can God do in your life.

Isaiah 43:19 “See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

Forget the formal things. Forget the old glory. If your church splits and you established a new church, don’t keep on saying ‘Oh in the past, it was like this…like that…’

Forget the past! Behold God does a new thing.

Does not the Scripture say, the glory of the latter house is greater than the former house? So why are you longing for the former house when the latter house is better? If God wants to make the latter half of your life better, then why are you contented to stay in the former half? Why? Why are you holding on to your past? Let it go. If you won’t, the healing love of Jesus Christ can’t flow. Many times, people are not healed because they are hiding secrets in their hearts.

The first night when I came to preach here, that evening as I was waiting on the Lord. The Lord said, “Today, I am going to heal many people, but there are many women who had wound problem, they have sin of unforgiveness in their hearts. Unless they let it go, they can’t be healed.” See, secrets that you hide in your heart, the secret places in your heart that you created in your heart and that you hide there, the healing anointing can’t flow. I have many records in my office how many sick people were not healed because of sin. And then they are healed when the sin is forgiven especially in the areas of bitterness. This was what the Lord Jesus Christ told me one day, “When a woman has sicknesses in the area of her womb, breasts, asthma, the root causes of this are bitterness, anger, unforgiveness.” This was what the Lord Jesus told me, “Whenever people come to you for such sickness, first ask them these three questions, “Unless and until they let go of this three, they can’t be healed.” And ever since Jesus had told me this, I put this to the test. Out of 10 women who come to me for prayer concerning sickness in this area of their body, 9 of them always said one of the three problems. Unforgiveness, anger, bitterness–why keep them when they are destructive? Why do you keep on to them as if they are your teddy bear to hug? They are not good teddy bears. It is strangling your life. They are not as cuddly bears that can cuddle. These kinds of bear are real bear that are tearing your life, your health apart to pieces. So why do you want to hold on to that anger? Whether you are justified to feel angry, bitter or not, that is not the issue, perhaps you are justified, that is not the issue, the issue is it is destroying you so why keep something inside you when it is designed to destroy you? Take it out and throw it outside. Today you’ll be absolutely healed. Whatever anger you have, whatever bitterness or unforgiveness, just let it go.

Is there a place in your life where it’s off limits to God?

If you want to be the bride, you can not dwell in those clefts of the rocks. When you want to be the bride to take the first step forward, yourself must die.

Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

The bridegroom is calling the bride to come.

Songs of Solomon 2:10 “My beloved spoke to me, ‘rise up my love, my fair one and come away.’ (Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.”

Why is He calling her like that? Because she’s hiding down below in the clefts of the secret places and the bridegroom is standing at the top of the cleft and looking down and said, ‘Oh my dove, rise up, come up, don’t hide there, come up.’ The bridegroom is calling. Come away from the clefts up the stairs to meet your God.

What are stairs? They are ascensions, order of ascension.

If you want to meet God, you know another wrong prayer that we all prayed in our churches is “Lord, touch me.” Have you prayed that prayer? But the bridegroom’s prayer is this, He’ll say, “I have touch you enough, you touch me.” This is the exact words that came from the lips of the Lord Jesus, “I have touched you enough, you now touch me.” You see, He look at the bride and said, “Come up.” but the bride is saying, “You come down.” It doesn’t look like that. You must come up. The bride is saying, “Lord, come down, touch me, bless me, and do me good.” but the bridegroom is saying, “Come up, my dove, come away my fair ward.”

If you want to walk with God in the intimacy of the King’s big chamber, He has a place. You know, you can pray anywhere–in your car, kitchen, in your bed, anywhere you like but there is a secret place of the Most High God. If you want to have an intimate relationship with Him, you must come there not He come to you when you are driving your car. That is different. Don’t mix the food together. That is different. There is a place by God.

Look at Exodus 19:20; 24:12 “The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up. The Lord said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone…”

In this two Scriptures, God wanted to reveal Himself a magnification of His glory to Moses and He told Moses, “Come up the mountain and I will meet with you.” Why didn’t God come down to meet Moses? He doesn’t walk that way. Sorry for the bad news. He doesn’t walk like that. You come up. Why are many people, sincere as they are in their desire to see God? How many of you like to see the Lord? How many of you like to hear the voice of Jesus Christ speaking to you? Sincere as you are, why are you not seeing or hearing Him? It’s because, you have not climbed up, you are sitting down in your comfort and say, “Come down.” It doesn’t work like that. So He’s waiting patiently for you to come to your senses and know that He is the Holy One who inhabits eternity. He is not your slave. Many times when Christians pray I always wonder who is God because when they pray they sound that they are God and God is their slave. They said, “God go and do this, God go and do that.” Who is God? your slave? Do you know who God is? How can we talk to Him like that? Such irreverence…

Do you know that is the reason why I told you earlier, the charismatic church doesn’t have a clue about worshipping God in the beauty of holiness. To her, everything is just easy. You can chew gums and pray, you can chew gums and worship. These are all insults to the holiness of God. Only cows chew, you know. If you don’t believe me, come to India. They are called to chew. That is their calling. If you chew, who are you then? Praise the Lord. Do you know why the eastern churches have an intimate walk with God? Because we reverence God. The western church doesn’t know how to reverence God. She just plays with God. She thinks God is just a next-door neighbor friend like how you say, “Dog, I love you.” that same word she use to Jesus, “Lord I love you.” It doesn’t work but I will tell you one truth, that doesn’t diminish His love for you. He blesses you as far as His grace goes. But the moment you rise up to meet Him in His place, you see His glory. You walk in His glory. You talk in His glory. That is the place. <Exodus 33> Now Moses wanted to see the glory of God and this is what God told Him.

Remember I told you there are some loopholes in the laws of God.

There you will see scripturally, a loophole in Exodus 33:20, “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” How do you think Moses must have felt when God said this? His face must have suddenly turned like a small little boy looking with great longing into his Father’s face. Do you have children like that? When your children have that kind of a face, can you say no to them? I have 6 nephews. When any one of them come to me with such a face, whatever anger I may have in my heart for them, will just melt like wax. So Moses had such a face and the Lord looked down. His heart was moved with wax. He said, “What can I do?” He created a loophole. Look at verse 21. “There is a place by me and I will put thee in a cleft of the rock…” This scripture is cross- linked to the Songs of Solomon 2:14 “there is a place by God…”

If you want to know God intimately as a bride would know her bridegroom, you must climb up the secret stairs to meet the Lord God where He is.

How to climb up?

1. Praise and worship. When you begin to praise and worship God, all the impurities in your heart are washed away, cleansed. Purification takes place.

2. Meditate the Word of God. When you meditate the Word of God, Ephesians 5:26 says, “God’s word is like water.” John 17:17 says, “His Word sanctifies.” John 15:3 says, “By my Word you were clean.” So when you meditate the Word of God, your mind is cleansed. Not only that, every one of us have one common problem when we pray–our minds wanders around. Have you? Is that your experience? Your mind wanders around the whole world. Suddenly you remember everything under the sun. All the hidden things all come to the surface of your mind and you suddenly remember everything and you forget the Bible.

Now, when you praise, the mind begins to keep quiet. When you meditate the Word, the mind is furthered bind and brought into oneness with God, you don’t just enter into prayer. That is imperfection. See Esther did not immediately come and stand before the king. She fasted for three days; she put on the royal robe then came and stood before the king.

Two stages–praise and worship and meditate the Word of God.

By the time you sincerely praise and worship and meditated the Word, I promise you, your mind will have come in stillness and oneness before the Holy Spirit. Then pray. In that state, when you pray, your heart will never waiver, your mind will never wander. You’ll be in oneness of heart and mind together with the Holy Spirit. This is the real meaning of the Scripture, “Where there are two or three gathered in My name, I’ll be there in their midst.” Not just physically 2 and 3. Two is your spirit and your soul and the third is the Holy Spirit, then you will become one. And the Lord Jesus Christ is there. And your eyes will behold Him and your heart will see Him. Your ears can hear Him.

3. Waiting on God. Most Christians practice the other 2 but this last stage, 99.9% of Christians don’t practice this at all or are ignorant of this. This is the foundation of your walk with God. If you don’t have this foundation, you can’t walk with God. Let me give you one example. In Exodus 24: 12-15, God told Moses to come up to the mountain to talk to Him. When Moses went up the mountain, he waited there for 6 days. Before God’s glory came down, he patiently waited for 6 days. Then on the 7th day, the cloud of glory came down and God spoke to him face to face for 40 days and 40 nights. Suppose you were there in that mount. First day, you waited on God and He didn’t come down. You would have received a ton of e-mails calling you back to office. You would immediately come down the mountain. Thank God Moses did not have a cellular phone. Even if he had, he would have given it to Joshua and say, “You take care about all the calls while I wait on God.” Look at this man; he patiently waited for 6 days hoping the next day God would come. He didn’t even know when God will come.

Do you know what’s the key for a great being great? Why is Enoch in our eyes great? Why is Moses great? Why is Abraham great? Why is Elijah great? What makes them great? Is it their great spirituality? I tell you the secret of that. They are great because they simply obeyed. Simple right? They simply obeyed without any questions. No questions asked. God told Moses, “Come and wait.” Period. There was no other tone in Moses’ mind, he only had told to do one think and he just waited for six days. If God didn’t show up and if He’d only showed up in the 40th day, Moses would still be waiting because the Lord told him to wait. The Lord did not say, “Wait for some time and see if I didn’t come, go back home.” Did He say that? He didn’t say that. This is our problem. We cannot obey. We always want to question God.

True Spirituality’s foundation is obedience. If you want to walk with God, you must obey. “Forsake all and follow Me”, says the Lord. If you forsake all, you must believe with silent simplicity that He will take care of you. He will, if you obey.

Now look at Jesus when He was on this earth, He did that. Matthew 14:23, Luke 6:12; 9:28; John 6:15, He climbed up the mountain, He climbed up the secret place, the secret stairs to talk with God.

Finally, while you’re up there, verse 14 says, “Let me see your face, let me see your voice, make yourself known to God.”

1 Corinthians 13:12 tells us that Jesus Christ your bridegroom waits for you to reveal yourself to Him.

Solomon 5:2 and Revelation 3:20 tells us that He knocks at the door, waits for you to open.

He’s waiting for you to reveal your heart to Him. Whatever is in your heart, open your heart and talk to God. Don’t follow King James in English in prayer; don’t follow grammatically correct sentences before God in prayer, talk like a little child to God. Whatever is in your heart, freely talk to Him.

1 Corinthians 8:3 “Love opens up your heart to God.”

The bridegroom desires to see your face, to hear your voice, to see your heart, open, unveil yourself, make yourself naked before His all seeing eyes and tell Him what is in your heart. Everything, hide no secrets. Between a husband and wife, there must be no secrets.

“Ending with a blank space on the blank sheet”

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Kronheim’s Baxter process illustration of Revelation 22:17 (King James’ Version), from page 366 of the 1880 omnibus printing of The Sunday at Home. Scanned at 800 dpi. The greyish border around the flowers is a metallic silver ink, however, shininess cannot be reproduced in an electronic medium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Book of Revelation (film)
The Book of Revelation (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

“Ending with a blank space on the blank sheet”

It’s so easy to do, easy to explain but what makes it hard is when you started to share but end up with them staring at you blankly. Obviously, neither you’re good at explaining nor effective at all at your teaching skill. It’s just they can’t relate with the topic because they haven’t encountered the topic/s in the past yet; they can’t connect or relate it in their own selves.

Amongst important topics or subjects, that I know we teachers of foreigners (I don’t need to mention any nationality here)-[sic] mustn’t open up not because of the shallow reason that it’s too boring or critical, but because we have to respect their own RESPECTS for FREEWILL which I hate to condemned because I don’t want to fuel any religious or dogmatic warfare especially for those who don’t have any beliefs of GOD, is RELIGION.

So, let me start with…

…when you relate the present chaos in the world—both past, present and future warfare to the “END OF THE WORLD” thingy, and of course we can’t just be theoretical with the word of GOD since it’s our guide based on faith, so we believers on our part must read and share some verses in the Book of Revelation regarding the last days so that they (the unbelievers) can understand that you’re not just making stories base on your own imagination but guided by the Holy Spirit.

The scriptures say in the Book of Revelation 20:11-15 (King James Version):

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The Book of Matthew 24: 1-51 (New International Version) speaks about “The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times.”

1 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings.  2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; everyone will be thrown down.” 3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equalled again.

22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.

26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. 29 “Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,

and the moon will not give its light;

the stars will fall from the sky,

and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[b]

30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.[d] 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[e] is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

 “The Day and Hour Unknown”

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. 45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

A dream came into reality

When I was in high school, I happened to dream of Angels and a man in purely white shiny robe walking down the stairs from heaven with lots of people awaiting for HIM, then I saw myself from the crowd also was struggling to climb the stairs. What made it hard to climb was the structure itself. Each steps’ gaps were about 3-4 feet, so those who have tiny legs couldn’t climb on each steps. In my case, I struggled to climb but lots of people around me were pulling each other just like a crab wanting to climb on top just to be saved. So crab mentality is no longer abstract in that particular scene of my dream. I eventually woke up not knowing if I was save or not in that what they call “rapture” because the last scene was my feet being held by someone, the reason I couldn’t rise up on the next step. I wonder, Was it real?

Another dream came when I’m in college (freshmen) and it was seemingly realistic which turns into a nightmare. Good thing, I woke up. That dream is kind’ a similar to the first I’d had, only the setting was different. The clock is running so fast. Lots of people were panicking to ride on the bus or else they’ll be left out and will suffer from the devastation that I at my young age in that dream don’t really understood what’s happening. When I knew that we’re not just in a race, I was alarmed. I immediately thought about my mom, my sister and the rest of my relatives. Where are they? Are they riding on a different bus? My mind panicked. While our bus was in rush, I suddenly saw my family riding on the different bus. They’re together and I’m singled out. Somehow, I prayed that we’ll reach the finish line before the time sets at 12 midnight. The climax was, we’re aiming to reach the finish line but the time is running and it’s counting. My family’s bus reached the finished line just on time but I wonder what happened on my bus because I suddenly woke up from my dream by some noise. When I share that dream to some senior and of course to my mom, the same opinion were said, “You have to take cautious of your relationship with GOD. Maybe you’re being held away from HIM because of your busyness and other priorities. God loves you so much because HE is giving you a warning.” And so, I was just so thankful that I had had the courage to share my strange dream without them thinking I gone crazy.

Another dream came, which I thought would be the last. This time was totally different because I had had cardiac arrest after I struggled on a particular scene. I heard few testimonies about near-death situations, but I couldn’t believe it myself because it’s kind of strange and others were also based on movies which I believed to be purely fictional. However, to see and hear had proven it right when I encountered it myself.

It came out to be like, in my dream I was being bellowed and blown by a strong wind saying “Come on, it’s your time….”  I struggled not to go but I failed. While I’m flying by the wind’s strong force, my heart ached. I couldn’t breathe. Then, I started to visualize myself, my life and the time moved back in the past from where it starts like a bullet. I couldn’t explain how it felt because I was almost got deaf by the sounds I heard while electromagnetic waves were still working through my nerves. Then I saw lots of numbers moving. I couldn’t count it because my mind was being tortured by the strong force I couldn’t understand what was. Then, still like a bullet, the numbers started its counting from millions to 20, 10, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0 and negatives…..The last time I remembered from that scene was I saw myself on my bed choked out and suffocated after I heard a loud deafening bell.

Next scene was no longer in my bed but in a wide hall all white with its walls and ceilings so wide. I saw myself wearing white clothes. Suddenly, a book appeared in my hand. A man in white clothes also appeared to me to read the Book. I saw my name written in it and next to it was letters formed “KEEPER OF THE APOSTLES” which I until now couldn’t understand. After which, I was told to go back to where I came so I can make used of my purpose. Finally, I travelled from space down into my bed where my body laid. The transition was so torturing because my soul entered my body back that it bounced back for its strength. I felt the strength and right then I knew that I wasn’t just dreaming. Still catching up my breath and holding my chest due to unbearable pain from within, I whispered some prayers. Weeks after the incident, my heart was still in pain. I hardly breathe. They said, I had experienced cardiac arrest due to emotional tension right before I slept.  Emotional tension as I learned is due to stress, depression or frustration which you haven’t set free by the help of your defence mechanism.

The Holy Book, churchgoers and faith

To sort all, of course, we can’t be unmindful of what’s in the Bible because all the works and testimonies written in it are true and I can attest to it based on my experience that it is true. For those Christians now labelled as just Christians by name, mere churchgoers and worse, are ignorant of the BIBLE, no need to conduct experiments as what scientists always do to confront what they thought of as relevant of their beliefs based on NATURALISTIC- HUMANISTIC theories, because God himself will show HIS wonders more than you could think of if you’re thirsty of knowledge. For it is written in Matthew 6: 7-8, “Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will opened to you. For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to those who knock.”

The dream and the gift…

Somehow even until now, I still could dream of some strange events that came into reality such as funerals or death, accidents, weddings, career, etcetera not just of me but also of others who are close to me. I just wonder how JOSEPH the dreamer (in the Old Testament) felt when he was given the gift of predicting the future through his dreams. Was he ever afraid or doubtful of it? All of us have gifts.  It’s just how we make used of it to glorify GOD who is the author of all gifts. To GOD be the glory! (nejnalz)