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pdfEconomic Crisis Report: Models Of Destruction
Where is our economy heading and why can't the US and global economy find its footing nearly six years after the of economic crisis of 2008? These are some of the questions we will attempt to ask ourselves in this report. The problems in the developed world today stem from deep troubles in

pdfWill America Go To War With China?
This is a look at the possibility of this happening and some of the drivers that could tip these nations into war.  Those key drivers may not be what many analysts think.
pdfEconomic Crisis Report III: Between Two Shutdowns
Government shutdowns? Inflation? Deflation? QE? Joblessness? Obamacare?

pdf National Security: What Is America Doing In Secret?

pdf  Watson's Economic Crisis Report - II

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pdfPolitical And Economic Review #2
This issue is mostly about American oil and leadership. It is a 30 page overview of America's oil situation.


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Ezekiel and the Spirit of Stubbornness/The Sardis Syndrome

Christ, Family and Persecution

When The Bottom Falls Out Of Your Boat

NSA Spying:
The Future, Black Madness and the Prophetic imperative.

How God Measures Us
He does it very differently that the world does.

Trends In Africa
A quick look at some troubling trends in Africa

Brothel Politics, The Church and First Things
Recent trends in the nation, including Obamacare are indicative of something much deeper that is wrong with America

While I Was Away...
A word about my month long hiatus

Shutdown Note:
A look at how the criminally insane 'pay' their bills.


Times And Seasons (09-13)
 Faith and patriotism in the last days... and what kind of fruit is  Christ going to find on your tree?

7 Churches Of  Revelation
Light for seeing, ears for hearing. Most commentaries on these chapters miss this most important point.


The Devil, Catholics And Internet Protestants
Catholic bashing is a foundational stone of so much of todays internet Christians faith. Is this really a pastime God approves of, especially when the Catholics are doing their best to reform?

Unwise Faith
- It is most unwise to place your faith in the wrong things.
 
Obidiah: Divine Geopolitics
- Is the Lord concerned about geopolitics?

The Assyrian
- Damascus and the Assyrian in Bible Prophecy

End Time Personal Notes
- Just some notes to true believers as to things to watch for on a personal level and consider in these times.


 - What I See...

A quick look (15 pages) at some trends I see and don't see. Trends in the economy, trends in 'people control' and spiritual matters


 - Collision Course

Each and every passing day, we who know Christ can see our nation is on a collision course with God. On a number of fronts the nation has just decided to set its face against the God who blessed us and move its spiritual foundations towards the spiritual foes of both God and man.


      - Prison Labor Industry

      Slave labor cleverly

      disguised.


 - Special Report: Watson's Economic Crisis Report 

   

This issue of my new series of paid reports deals with the ongoing global economic crisis. Its about 40 pages and deals with a wide range of issues that face the western world. This touches on America's decline, Obama's new Treasury pick, the ongoing debt crisis, the Fed and Treasuries debt monetization operations, currency wars, scenario's for major troubles in China, Europe's ongoing crisis and ...

 - 3 Short Commentaries

   

Entitled Not Afraid, Tough Decisions and Job's Sufferings. God will take care of his people. Just make sure brothers when its our time to pass over our own spiritual 'river Jordan', that we make our deaths count for something, that being Christ. If we are to die as Christians for the gospel and the word of our testimony (Rev 19:10, 12:17, 12:11), let us rejoice because we have long and honorable heritage of those who went before us.

 -  Lamentations Are Coming 

   

I think we as Christians need to keep in mind and prepare our souls for what is really coming. Mr. Leal has done a good job of laying out that a time of great sorrow will sweep America.

 -  The Curse 

   

When a nation decides to put the stamp of approval on those things God hates, it invites a curse. And be certain of this, without some real soul searching repentance, a curse is what is going to hit us. America has enjoyed prosperity like no other nation on earth. Military power like no other nation on earth. Good will and diplomatic strength like no other nation on earth. Why? We as a nation respected ...

 -  I Have A Dream Vs. I Have A Drone 

   

I think it should be noted that while some people will say they find something 'highly offensive' when they do not really mean it, I want to make clear that I really do mean it, it is personally highly offensive to compare Dr. King and President Obama. If a person wants to worship Obama and idolize him, that is their business, not mine. But before anyone attempts to cast dispersions on Dr. King by ...

 -  Mali: Africa Must Take The Lead 

   

This crisis in Mali... first off, this is not just 'another war'. This is a very serious and potent threat to African continental security.

  Watson's Economic And Political Review (WEPR) #2 

   

This issue is mostly about American oil and leadership. It is a 30 page overview of America's oil situation and new claims that America will one day surpass the Saudi's in Oil production and become energy independent. The question is an extremely important one and could really alter the whole geopolitical landscape... if true. Are these claims real and credible? Are there any problems with them? This ...

 - Watson's Economic And Political Review (WEPR) #1 

   

This is going to be bad news for many of my readers, but a small portion of my secular writings are going to have to go pay. I have done a pretty good job with this update (if I do say so myself!) dealing with issues that I know many care about. Namely Iran and what a war or 'regime change' is likely to bring about, the EU crisis and how the ongoing economic crisis could deeply effect the US. Keep ...

 -  The Holiday Season 

   

Christmas has been a matter of some controversy for a number of reasons. First off, one of the few things we can be certain of about Christmas is that Christ was not born on December 25th, or anywhere near it. When was Christ Born? We do not know, though some scholars have said that it was more likely an event that occurred in the Fall, though the evidence for this is rather scant. What we do know ...

 -  There Is A Generation... 

   

What does it mean to live in our times, having been touched by God's spirit and understanding what God requires of us? It means that we are going to have a hard time fitting in with the current generation. This is the way it should be, since we are of a very different heritage. The scriptures talk about times like ours and what kinds of people will inhabit the earth just before Christ returns. We ...

  The Way Back 

   

For many of my readers, the way back to God is the road you are on. Many of you have fallen away and for whatever reason, personal tragedy, hard times or just a dissatisfaction with worldly 'satanic' living that did not make you nearly as happy as you thought it would. I find it interesting that so many people here in America have just about everything and yet are totally miserable. I am struck by ...

 - What's Expected Of Son's And Heir's 

   

What should we as Christians should be doing in these times? As these days grow darker and increasingly rejects Christ and genuine Christianity, we who wish to get into the kingdom must know what God wants us to do. What does God expect of us, we who are determined no matter what comes, to get into God's kingdom and avoid his holy wrath, which I bear witness, is coming to this world and will usher ...

 - In The Kingdom Of The Blind 

   

Today, it is extremely important that we know what is happening in our world, particularly from a prophetic standpoint. Why? The return of Christ is our blessed hope. God spoke clearly and insistently that we are to be watching and ready for our Lords return. Yet as I speak to Christians, I just don't see any level of spiritual discernment in their lives or minds Mind you there are always some exceptions ...

 - We Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Broadcast To Bring You... 

   

But when it comes to the times and seasons and understanding them, Christians I know as well are floundering. They are often confused and unsure about what to believe. They listen to their pastors, read the news, but more and more are seriously questioning both. This is a good thing at least as a first step, but often leads to confusion, depression and can lead to apostasy. Why? Because such Christians ...

 - Culling The World's Population 

   

Yes, there is a plan afoot to reduce the human population. Most of the plan is hidden in plain sight.

 -  Political, Economic And Spiritual Review (Summer 2012) 

   

Fifty-three pages that looks at several issues facing our world today. From the economic crisis to food and eugenics to Syria as well a look at what a Mitt Romney Presidency may look like.

 -  Judge Not! 

   

...Lest ye be judged.

 - The Blessings Of Obedience 

   

Has the devil fooled you into thinking you can be saved and not obey the Lord?

  From Another World 

   

Christians, real ones that is, must conduct themselves as though they are from another world. A real Christian, is not of this world but of the Kingdom of God and his Christ.

 


-  From The North 

   

A prophetic look at the Arctic. The Arctic you ask? Yes the Actic and how it may relate to Babylon's fall.


Other Resources
(most are in PDF format)

Iran: Ministry Of Intelligence And Internal Security - LOC

Global Trends 2030 - NIE

High Unemployment And GDP - CRS

Internet Governance and the Domain Name System: Issues for Congress

DOJ Lethal Force Justification Against US Citizens

Global Trends 2030
- NIC

US Vulnerabilities To Money Laundering, Drugs And Terrorist Financing: HSBC Case History
- US Senate

Intelligence Committee Report On Huawei

Major Arms Transfers - CRS

The Crisis In Mali - CRS

The Crisis In Syria - CRS

 Posse Comitatus - CRS

Iran: Nuclear Intentions And Capabilities

Official Japanese Diet Report On Fukushima

State Department Report On Religious Persecution

State Department Report On Religious Persecution (Constitutional Review for OIC) - 2012

US-China Policy Issues - CRS

US Naval Modifications For China's Rise - CRS

UAE: US Policy Issues - CRS

Senate Report On Counterfeit Parts In DOD Supply Chain


2012 Annual Report To Congress On Chinese Military - DOD

Water Security - CIA/NIC

Syria's Phase Of Radicalization - ICG

Oil Imports And Exports - CRS

Pivot To The Pacific - CRS

Challenges To EU's Energy Security - CRS

Official US Military Report On Nazi Germany's IG Farben- DOD

Chinese Naval Modernization - CRS

Isreal's Possible strike On Iran - CRS

Iran Policy Concerns - CRS

Food Aid To NK - CRS

Aid To Pakistan

(Senate Hearing)

DOD Missing Trillions

(official audit)

GAO's Audit of the FED Report

(audit)

Chinese Naval Modernization - CRS

Human Rights In China - CRS

US-China Trade Issues - CRS

US-China Miliary Contacts - CRS

US- Taiwan Arms Sales - CRS

China's Currency: Analysis Of Issues - CRS

The Debt Limit ∓mp; Gov't Operations - CRS

China's Acquisition of US Technology - Congress

Secret Law And the Threat To Democracy - Senate Judiciary Comm.

OSS/CIA Images Of Auschwitz During the War

Nuclear Terror In The US - FEMA


More Resources



Links I Like
From all over the Christian spectrum!
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Last Days Of The Age
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The Endtime Pilgrim
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The First Trumpet
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The Last Trumpet
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Spirit Daily

(Catholic... great news links)

Orthodox Today
(A look at today from an Orthodox Perspective)
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The Assyrian News Agency
(A look at events in Iraq)
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The Barnabas Fund
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China Aid
(A look at events inside China, from a Christian Perspective)
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Gay Christian Movement Watch
(A hard-hitting blog talking about the growing sin of Homosexuality inside the Church)
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Independent Catholic News
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Jihad Watch
(Not Christian, but gets into important trends in the Islamic world)
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Compass Direct
(Persecution news)

Babylon Today



Selected Audio

Paradigm Shift: Capitalists ∓mp; Dissenters

Part 1 and Part 2

Emerging Viruses - Dr. Horowit untrz

- Lo-fi version here

Think You Have Property Rights?

The Real Purpose Of Public Education - John Gatto

Alex Jones Talks On Bilderberg 2005

Stan Goff On The Military-Monetary System

On War: A Veteran NYT Journalists Views

Mad Cow And Alzheimer's: The Link

Vote Rigging In 2004 (A 2 Hour Look) -
Part 1And Part 2

Hard Evidence Of Vote Fraud In Ohio - 2 Min Update

Bev Harris Interviewed On Ohio Vote Fraud

Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man
Part 1And Part 2

Announcement On Ohio Vote Legal Action

Seymour Hersh On Abu Gharib

Mike Ruppert/TUC Radio: Across The Rubicon
Part 1And Part 2

What Is Wrong With The American Mind: Corporate Media Consolidation
Part 1And Part 2

Lethal Injections: The Hidden Dangers Of Vaccines


Bush Blocked Bin Laden Probes

Truth And Lies Of 911

911 Road To Tyranny (low bandwidth)

Afghanistan, jihad and oil in Central Asia

Biowarfare: Leaps In Technology

An intelligent look at the future of the Oil Based Economy

Natural Resources and Global Conflict

Plan Colombia

Corporate Propaganda

Gore Vidal On Terrorism

The Bush's Oil War

America The Babylon

Part 1 And Part 2

A Look At Peak Oil

Black Box Voting

The Evidence Is A Farce

The Bilderbergs

The Doctrine Of Incorporation

Wheat Receipts: The Federal Reserve

American Dynasty: The Bush Family

The Pentagon Crash Investigation.

Trenton Parker On The Oil Crisis Of The 70's

Earth changes, HAARP, Non-Lethal Weapons
Part 1 And Part 2

A very interesting Presentation on War Crimes in Vietnam

Why Is Africa Starving?

Financial Collapse: What Does Greenspan Really Think - FSO?

The 911 Cover-Up Commission

The Mafia, CIA And Bush


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I hope you enjoyed the quick peek of what is going on at Watson's Web behind the password wall. This short open enrollment period was long planned and thankfully went well. This site is a small one and one that will remain so. I am not looking to enlarge it much. Keeping it small has been good for me and I get a lot less annoying people writing me with really negative attitudes and really ignorant diatribes dressed up in misquoted scripture and false 'prophetic' words conjured up out of  someones own twisted mind.

I have decided to be obedient and one thing God has made clear to me in the middle of 2013 was to stop casting pearls before the swine. I have a unique gift from God, I know it but need to make sure it is used where it will do the most good. Throwing pearls at swine is not wise and I was doing that too much in the past. Why is it unwise? A pig does not know the difference between a pearl and a rock. If you throw pearls at a pig, he will only get mad at you and may charge at you because he is too stupid to know the value of pearls because he thinks they are rocks. I am not here to minister to pigs, but men and women who hunger for truth and perspective in these times from a rock solid biblical viewpoint. Let the pigs eat their slop.

I have ceased casting pearls before swine and because of that Watson's Web will always be a private site.    So many are you are hoping and praying the site will come back in its free form. Forget about it... it ain't gonna happen.

The free site sucked me dry spiritually and financially and I am not going to do that again. Like all ministries they require money to survive and if you think I am off go  back into Acts and find out how the early Church did it. Go back into the OT as well. This idea that all ministers must be free and there is no responsibility on the those being fed to support them financially is not of God. It is nothing more than freeloading and that spirit is one of selfishness. God tells us to give and instead, all most Christians do is take and never give back.

Brothers, there is no Book of Leech in the Bible. I looked diligently for it... it isn't there. So next time you are genuinely fed by a ministry help them out. Help your brothers and sisters in need out, help the persecuted, the homeless and the minister who is under fire for telling you hard truths the powers of darkness don't want told. Stop reading from the Book of Leech, open up your wallet and give to Christians ministries who assist the poor, homeless and persecuted. Give instead of only taking. That is the true spirit of Christ – GIVING and LOVING. Did not God GIVE his only son for us as a sacrifice for our sins. Did not Christ tell us it was more blessed to give than receive?


Stand up like men, take a stand for what is what is right and if you have this worlds goods, help ministers on the front lines and put the Book of Leech in the fireplace...

...just before you light it.

Nahum: Profiles In Divine Accountability


The Book of Nahum is probably best described as the successor book to Jonah. Both were sent to the people of Nineveh, though Nahum was sent to the same people that Jonah was sent to, his prophecy was about 150 years after Jonah. Nahum gave this word of prophecy sometime between 663 and 612 BC, while Jonah's was between 793 and 753, BC. As we all probably recall, when Jonah was sent there, the people eventually repented. However, in the times of Nahum's prophecy, it appears clearly that the people had gone back to their old ways. Nahum was a native of a small village of Elkoshai, which was on the Galilee, though there is some doubt about this. The Chaldee refer to him as Nahum of Beth-Koshi which is now called Gibbon (more here). Beyond this very scant information, there is little known about the prophet or his life. Nahum's prophecy is different that any other in that he calls it a 'book of the vision'. Unlike Jonah, Nahum probably did not go to Nineveh but probably had this prophecy delivered there. FYI, in those days, prophets were often called seers because they had visions.


The prophet begins with a vivid description of God's holy character, his love of justice and his hatred of evil. The prophet speaks early of one aspect of God's character that very few preachers, either protestant or Catholic will discuss with any depth or regularity; that being God's wrath, vengeance and justice on those who do and continue to do evil.


The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies. What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time. For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

(Nah 1:1-10)


The God of all things is jealous for his own glory and worship that is due him. He must avenge for he is just. Those that continue to do evil will face a God who will take them fully to task for their sins. God is angry – this is not some computer that is calculating up 'bad deeds' against 'good deeds'. No, those who love and continue in sin are going to get the full measure of a God who is not only just, but very, very angry at all of this evil, especially in our most troubled times. . He is indeed, slow to anger but... not forever. His patience with our sins is not going to last forever. As the prophet says, who can abide his anger? and goes on to describe God's fury in typical prophetic style. Yet as usual, God shows another side of his character in his prophets work, this time in the very name of the Prophet which means to comfort or compassionate.


Today, there is too much emphasis on the the mercy side of God's character emphasis that exists to a heretical degree. I say heretical because it is certainly true that God is full of mercy and wholly desirous of forgiving people. The sacrifice of Christ on the cross shows us all the lengths God will go to save mankind. But as the prophet makes perfectly clear, the Lord “will not acquit the wicked”. The people of Nineveh were given over to great wickedness and Nahum was not sent with a 'feel good' message designed to be popular amongst those whom the Lord was about to destroy.


The Lesson of Divine Sovereignty


These days we hear a lot about the sovereignty of nations. Yet in all of the debate, the world has forgotten the ultimate sovereignty of God. The world has seen many empires. From Akkad to Egypt, from Babylon to Alexander, the Mongol's to Napoleon, God has seen them all rise and fall. Nahum's prophecy is mostly about the fall of this Assyrian Empire of which Nineveh was the capitol that had backslidden badly since the repentance brought on by the preaching of Jonah.


God tells his people that though the Ninevehites felt safe, evil would befall them.


There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor. Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more. For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.

(Nah 1:11-13)


The world quiet here is an interesting word. Strongs concordance says this.


H8003

שׁלם

shâlêm

shaw-lame'

From H7999; complete (literally or figuratively); especially friendly. (shalem used by mistake for a name.): - full, just, made ready, peaceable, perfect (-ed), quiet, Shalem [by mistake for a name], whole.




The prophet says that even though every thing is quiet and secure, perfect and peaceable, God was going to cut them down. The world literally means to shave or sheer and the Prophet here appears to be mirroring the exact same sentiment found in Isiah when the prophet says regarding Assyria.


In the same day shall the Lord shave with a razor that is hired, namely, by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume the beard.

(Isa 7:20)


But this cutting off appears to have a much deeper meaning as in Verse 14 the Lord says this -

And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.

(Nah 1:14)


Here the prophet foretells of the utter destruction of the Assyrian power and the Idols on which much of that power rested. What the Lord is saying is very much in keeping with our own vernacular today, “God was digging their grave for them'” The Assyrians had afflicted God's people and the prophet proclaims a kind of Old Testament 'gospel' (good news) to Judah. Indeed, this passage is very similar to the one cited by Paul In Romans 10:15 regarding the gospel.


Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.

(Nah 1:15)


So within this passage we see the two basic themes we see throughout prophetic literature – Judgment upon those who refuse to repent. This theme is constant and can be found in all the prophets; Old and New Testament. You see, people know, deep down inside KNOW good from evil and hell will be filled with those who adhered to the precepts of folly and sin. Those who are wise and understand know do follow after righteousness. But especially today, in these very last days we find that people do not want to do right. Like the Assyrian idolaters they were looking for a religion that validated their own sinful behavior. This is why the devil has so many different religions, then and now. He loves religious diversity and is the prime author of it. He loves all religions except genuine Christianity. He does not mind fake Christianity, the faux spirituality that exists in these multi-million dollar pulpits across America. But today people choose this kind of spiritually useless Christianity that makes no moral demands on them, puts the stamp of approval on their evil deeds and fills them with meaningless 'feel good' homilies on Sunday. But people are also flocking to many eastern Religions, new religions and even the occult, witchcraft and satanism. Why? The answer is so simple, that most people won't want to believe it.


Genuine Christianity makes clearly written and understood moral and ethical demands of people that most are not willing to comply with. So what do they do? The are easily susceptible to the anti-Christian propaganda pushed by the entertainment industry and seek out other gods to satisfy their own lusts. In short they are looking for a religion that makes no moral demands on them. They want their sin and salvation too!


God was speaking to the people of Nineveh about their idols, of which there were clearly many of. The ancient world had many gods and you could pick and choose them based on your own career, lusts, desires, family, class and social standing. But those gods, like the smörgåsbord religions of today don't do anything but guide you happily into the kingdom of hell. The Lord is telling people then as he is today just what he thinks about those idols and false religion.


And yet for God's people we find a most important promise.


The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

(Nah 1:7)


Chapter two of Nahum mostly just describes the method of her destruction. The war and the fact that the rivers will play a role in her destruction.


The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved. And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts. But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back.

(Nah 2:6-8)


Here we note that the rivers (probably the Tigris on which the city rests) were to be opened up and that the city was perhaps to become flooded out. The meaning of Huzzab in this passage is not clear. Some translations render it as as 'It is established' and others as a personal name. The word is used 77 ties. It could also mean 'officer' as it is rendered six times in the OT (1Ki_4:5, 1Ki_4:7, 1Ki_4:27, 1Ki_5:16, 1Ki_9:23, 2Ch_8:10). Here is what Strongs says about it.


H5324

נצב

nâtsab

naw-tsab'

A primitive root; to station, in various applications (literally or figuratively): - appointed, deputy, erect, establish, X Huzzah [by mistake for a proper name], lay, officer, pillar, present, rear up, set (over, up), settle, sharpen, stablish, (make to) stand (-ing, still, up, upright), best state.


Others have thought it meant the queen of Nineveah (the wife of the king). Here is what the JFB Commentary says.

Nah 2:7 - Huzzab--the name of the queen of Nineveh, from a Hebrew root implying that she stood by the king (Psa_45:9), [VATABLUS]. Rather, Nineveh personified as a queen. She who had long stood in the most supreme prosperity. Similarly CALVIN. MAURER makes it not a proper name, and translates, "It is established," or "determined" (compare Gen_41:32). English Version is more supported by the parallelism.


Of note here is that the name Nineveh probably means the seat of Ishtar and Nina was one of the Babylonian Goddesses. She was the goddess of fertility and sex, not unlike the Greco-Roman Goddess Venus.


But in all of this fighting and chaos taking place the Lord utters his voice and makes plain that he has indeed taken sides in this conflict.


Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard. Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not; The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots. The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses: Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the well-favoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts. Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame. And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock. And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?

(Nah 2:13-3:7)


The Lord here lays out the things that he hated about Nineveh and the reasons why so great an evil had (will) befall(en) her. She was a harlot, a good looking whore, but a 'ho just the same and notice, notice how she sells nations and how the Lord did not overlook her witchcrafts. Do not these prophetic utterances remind us of the Great Harlot in Revelation? Well, brothers I think in the spiritual realm, the demonic stronghold is the exact same one. He then asks the question about other fallen empires, Populous (Thebes) Ethiopia and Egypt, who also were arrogant and thought they were the most powerful thing in the universe. They were all destroyed. God is reminding the Ninevites and all of us of his divine sovereignty.


In closing, Nahum's prophecy while not specifically directed at our times and our nation specifically is an excellent parable for what happens to nations when they grow in wickedness, chase after false gods, become violent and bloody and dabble in witchcraft. No nation is exempt from God's holy standards.


The graveyard of history is strewn with the corpses of empires who thought they were too powerful to be constrained, directed or otherwise guided by God and were too self-righteous to accept his correction and too wicked to understand the necessity for these things.


The last verse I think is most interesting in that it shows you that God's forbearance while long is not eternal. That their fall will be something people will talk about for a long time and that God has remembered Nineveh's continual wickedness.


There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?
(Nah 3:19)


Let the fall of Nineveh give we Americans the pause we need to consider our ways.


那鴻書﹕神懲罰報應的概述


那鴻書或許能被最恰當的形容為約拿書之後的繼任者。兩者都是神差往尼尼微的僕人,雖然那鴻是被差派到約拿曾經被差往的同一個地方,但他給尼尼微的預警是在約拿後大約150年之後。那鴻給他們的預言是在西元前663年到西元前612年之間,而約拿的預言是在西元前793年到西元前753年之間。我們或許都記得,當約拿被差往尼尼微時,人們最終悔改了。然而,那鴻發預言時很顯然的人們已再次淪於昔日的罪惡。那鴻是加利利的一個小村落伊勒歌斯土生土長的人,雖然有些人懷疑這個準確性。加利利人稱他為Beth-Koshi的那鴻,也就是現在的吉本(Gibbon)。除了這個有限的資料外,關於這位先知和他的一生,鮮有人知。那鴻的預言跟任何其他的預言有所不同,不同的是他稱之為〝異象之書〞。不像約拿,那鴻可能沒有親自前往尼尼微,他可能是將這預言送往尼尼微。供你参考,在當時,先知們通常被稱為〝觀象者〞,因為他們能看見異象。


先知那鴻以生動的描述神的神聖性格為起始,神對正義的愛和對邪惡的憎惡。那鴻先說到神性格中的一面,這一面不論是基督新教或天主教的傳道者,很少人會作任何深度或規律性的討論﹔那就是神對那些為惡並持續為惡之人的憤怒,報復和制裁。


論 尼尼微的默示,就是伊勒歌斯人那鴻所得的默示。耶和華是忌邪施報的神。耶和華施報大有忿怒﹔向他的敵人施報,向他的仇敵懷怒。耶和華不輕易發怒,大有能 力,萬不以有罪的為無罪。他乘旋風和暴風而來,雲彩為他腳下的塵土。他斥責海,使海乾了,使一切江河乾涸。巴珊和迦密的樹林衰殘,黎巴嫩的花草也衰殘了。 大山因他震動,小山也都消化﹔大地在他面前突起,世界和住在其間的也都如此。他發忿怒,誰能立得住呢?他發烈怒,誰能當得起呢?他的忿怒如火傾倒,磐石因 他崩裂。耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。但他必以漲溢的洪水淹沒尼尼微,又驅逐仇敵進入黑暗。尼尼微人哪,設何謀攻擊耶 和華呢?他必將你們滅絕淨盡,災難不再興起。你們像叢雜的荊棘,像喝醉了的人,又如枯乾的碎稭全然燒滅。

(那鴻書11-10)


那主一切萬物的神,因為應當屬於他的榮耀和尊崇而妒忌。他必須懲治因為他是公正的。那些繼續為惡的人將面對一位會對他們的罪作嚴厲責備的神。神發怒了- 這不是像電腦計算〝壞行為〞對抗〝好行為〞一樣。不,那些喜歡罪惡並持續為惡的人將會得到神全然嚴厲的審判懲罰,他不僅是公正,更是對所有的罪惡極度的憤怒,尤其是在我們這最混亂的世代裏。神的確是不輕易發怒,但...不是永遠不。他對罪的耐心不會持續到永遠。正如先知所說的,誰能承受得住神的憤怒?那鴻繼續以典型的預言方式來形容神的忿怒。但是照例,神經由他的先知顯示他性格的另一面,這次是以這位先知的名字那鴻的含意來顯示,也就是安慰和憐憫。


今天,人們過分強調神性格中的憐憫,我認為強調到成為異端的 地步。我說異端是因為它的確屬實,神的確是充滿憐憫並且全然意欲原諒人們。基督在十架上受難,表明了神願意盡全力的去拯救人類。但正如先知那鴻解釋的清清 楚楚,神不會開釋邪惡的人。尼尼微人成為極端邪惡的人,那鴻不是去給他們一個讓他們感覺舒服的信息,好讓他在那些神即將毀滅的人群中大受歡迎。


神主權的教訓


近 來我們聽到很多關於各國主權的論評,但在所有的爭論當中,這個世界已經忘記了神的終極主權。這個世界已經歷了很多的王國。從古代的阿卡德到埃及,從巴比倫 到亞歷山大帝國,蒙古帝國到拿破崙,神看著他們一個個興起又沒落。那鴻的預言大多是關於這個以尼尼微為首都的亞述帝國的衰退,自從約拿的傳道導致他們悔改 之後,他們又加劇的故態復萌。


神告訴他的百姓雖然尼尼微人感到安定,但災禍必會臨到。


有一人從你那裏出來,圖謀邪惡,設惡計攻擊耶和華。耶和華如此說:〝尼尼微雖然勢力充足,人數繁多,也被剪除,歸於無有。猶大啊,我雖然使你受苦,卻不再使你受苦。現在我必從你頸項上折斷他的軛,扭開他的繩索。〞

(那鴻書111-13)


這個詞〝勢力充足〞(英文作quiet)是一個有意思的詞。Strong's聖經索引裏這麼說:


H8003

שׁלם

shâlêm

shaw-lame'

源自 H7999完全(直譯或象徵性);特別是說友好的(Shalem 被誤用為一個名字。):-完全的,合理的,準備好的,平和的,完美的,平靜的,撒冷(Shalem,和平之意),完整的。



先知說儘管一切都平和安全,完美又平靜,神還是會剪除他們。字面上說剪除這個詞就是削或剪的意思,在這裏先知顯然的是反映出和以賽亞論及亞述時完全相同的感受。



那時,主必用大河外賃的剃頭刀,就是亞述王,剃去頭髮和腳上的毛,並要剃淨鬍鬚。

(以賽亞書720)



但是這削剪一詞似乎是有一個更深的含意,如在14節裏神說-



耶和華已經出令,指著尼尼微說:〝你名下的人必不留後。我必從你神的廟中,除滅雕刻的偶像和鑄造的偶像,我必因你鄙陋,使你歸於墳墓。〞

(那鴻書114)



這裏先知預言亞述政權和其所倚賴偶像的徹底毀滅。神所說的和我們今天的俗話是非常一致的,也就是說〝神在替他們掘墳墓〞。亞述人讓神的百姓受苦,先知就向猶大人宣告一種舊約式的福音(好消息)。的確,這段經文跟羅馬書1015節保羅所引用關於福音的話非常類似。



看哪!有報好信、傳平安之人的腳登山,說:〝猶大啊,可以守你的節期,還你所許的願吧!因為那惡人不再從你中間經過,他已滅絕淨盡了。〞

(那鴻書115)



在 這段經文裏我們可以看到兩個基本的主題,這在預言性的著述裏到處可見-那就是對拒絕悔改之人的審判,和對神的百姓的保護和承諾。這個主題在所有舊約和新約 的預言裏都可以見到,而且是永恆不變的。你瞧,人們內心深處知道善與惡,而地獄將會充滿那些決意守著愚昧和罪惡的人。那些有智慧的人知道要追尋正義。但尤 其是在今天,在這最後的日子裏,我們發現人們並不想要做正義之事。就像拜偶像的亞述人,他們在找一個能夠肯定他們罪惡行為的宗教。這就是為什麼魔鬼撒旦有 那麼多不同的宗教,從前到現在,一直是如此。牠喜歡宗教分歧,牠就是那最初的創始者。牠喜愛所有的宗教,除了真正的基督教信仰之外。他不在乎假的基督教, 也就是存在於全美各地百萬身價的教會講台上虛假的虔誠。但是今天人們選擇這種沒有屬靈價值的基督教,對他們沒有道德上的要求,批准他們邪惡的行為,並且在 星期天主日裏用無意義的,感覺舒服的講道來填塞他們。人們也同時涌向很多東方的宗教,新興起的宗教,甚至邪教,巫術和惡魔崇拜。為什麼?答案很簡單,但多 數人不願意相信。



真 正的基督教把〝清楚的寫明並完全理解〞當作道德倫理的標準和要求,卻是多數人不願意去遵守的。那他們會怎麼樣呢?他們極易受娛樂界推出的反基督宣傳的影 响,而去追尋其他的神祗來滿足他們自己的欲望。簡言之,他們在尋找一個對他們沒有道德要求的宗教。他們不要放棄罪惡但又要神的救贖。



神 是在對尼尼微的人講他們的偶像,很顯然的那時有很多。古時代裏有很多的神祗,你可以根據你的事業,欲望,喜好,家庭,階級和社會地位來挑選偶像。但是那些 神祗,就像今天的自助餐宗教一樣,他們不會做任何事,只會高興的引領你進入地獄之門。正如今日一樣,神當時就告訴人們他對偶像和假宗教的真正想法。



但對於神的百姓來說,神給了我們一個很重要的承諾。



耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。

(那鴻書17)



那鴻書的第二章大部份只是描述了尼尼微的毀滅。講述了戰事和河流會在它的毁滅裏扮演一個角色。



河閘開放,宮殿沖沒。王后蒙羞,被人擄去;宮女搥胸,哀鳴如鴿。此乃命定之事。尼尼微自古以來充滿人民,如同聚水的池子。現在居民卻都逃跑,雖有人呼喊說:〝站住!站住!〞卻無人回顧。

(那鴻書26-8)



這裏我們注意到那河閘(可能是尼尼微城所座落的底格里斯河)將會被打開而尼尼微城或許會被淹沒。這段經文裏王后(Huzzab)的意思並不明確。有些人翻譯為 '已建立的',其他的認為是一個人的名字。這個字'Huzzab'在聖經裏用了77次。它也可作官吏解釋,在舊約裏有6次翻譯成官吏(列王紀上45節,47節,427節,516節,923節,歷代志下810)Strong's聖經索引這麼說:



H5324

נצב

nâtsab

naw-tsab'

原始的語根;安置,適用於不同情况(直譯或象徵性):任命,代表,竪起,建立,X Huzzah 〔被誤認為一正常名字〕,舖設,官吏,柱子,出現,立起,指派,設立,安置,磨利,使堅固,使站(站立,靜止,起立,直立),最佳狀態。



其他人認為這個字是尼尼微王后(國王的妻子)的意思。下面是JFB聖經注釋裏說的:



那鴻書27節 - Huzzab—尼尼微王后的名字,從西伯來文字根來看意味著她站在國王的旁邊(詩篇459),〔VATABLUS的注釋〕。倒不如說是尼尼微被擬人化成了王后。尼尼微長久以來高居繁榮昌盛之位。同樣的CALVIN.MAURER不解釋為一個名字,而翻譯成〝已建立的〞或〝已決定的〞(参照創世記4132)。這相似之處更能為英譯本提供依據。



我的看法呢?要注意這裏尼尼微這個名字,可能是IshtarNina的座席之意,是巴比倫女神之一。她是掌生育和性愛的女神,跟希臘羅馬的女神維納斯一樣。或許這王后也是這個女神(Nina)的一個象徵或是一個宗教性的代表,這個城市就是為她而命名的。



但當所有的戰爭和混亂進行之時,神說話了,很清楚的神在這爭鬥之中的確是選擇了一方。



萬 軍之耶和華說:〝我與你為敵,必將你的車輛焚燒成煙,刀劍也必吞滅你的少壯獅子。我必從地上除滅你所撕碎的,你使者的聲音必不再聽見。〞禍哉!這流人血的 城,充滿謊詐和強暴,搶奪的事總不止息。鞭聲響亮,車輪轟轟,馬匹踢跳,車輛奔騰,馬兵爭先,刀劍發光,槍矛閃爍,被殺的甚多,屍首成了大堆,屍骸無數, 人碰著而跌倒;都因那美貌的妓女多有淫行,慣行邪術,藉淫行誘惑列國,用邪術誘惑多族 (註:〝誘惑〞原文作〝賣〞)。萬軍之耶和華說:〝我與你為敵。我必揭起你的衣襟,蒙在你臉上,使列國看見你的赤體,使列邦觀看你的醜陋。我必將可憎污穢之物拋在你身上,辱沒你,為衆目所觀。凡看見你的,都必逃跑離開你,說:'尼尼微荒涼了!有誰為你悲傷呢?' 我何處尋得安慰你的人呢?〞

(那鴻書213節-37)



神在這裏說明了讓他恨惡的有關尼尼微的事情,和這大災禍降臨尼尼微的原因。尼尼微是一個淫婦,一個漂亮的妓女,但仍然是一個妓女,而且注意她是如何誘惑(出賣)列 國,又神是如何沒有忽視她的邪術。難道這些先知的言辭沒有提醒我們啟示錄裏的大淫婦?這個呢,弟兄們,我想從屬靈的角度看,惡魔的堅固營壘跟她是一模一樣 的,就是這大淫婦。他又提了關於其他衰敗了的帝國,古希臘底比斯,非洲的埃塞俄比亞和埃及,他們也曾是高傲一時的,認為他們是全宇宙裏最強大的力量。他們 統統都被毁滅了。神是在提醒尼尼微人和我們所有的人不要忘了神的主權。



最後,那鴻的預言雖然不是直接的針對我們的時代,而我們的國家尤其是一個絕佳的比喻,當一個國家趨於邪惡,追尋虛假的神祗,傾向暴力血腥和涉足巫術時會發生什麼事。沒有一個國家能從神聖潔的標準裏得到豁免的。



歷史的墳場裏到處可見大帝國的屍體,他們以為他們強大到不可約束,不受指示或是受神的指導,他們自以為是,不接受神的指正,他們太邪惡以致於不了解神管教的必要性。



那鴻書的最後一節經文,我認為是最有意思的,因為它告訴你神的忍耐雖然久長,但不是永遠。尼尼微的衰亡將長久的成為人們的話題,尼尼微的持續為惡並沒有被神忘記。



你的損傷無法醫治,你的傷痕極其重大;凡聽你信息的必都因此向你拍掌。你所行的惡,誰沒有時常遭遇呢?

(那鴻書319)



讓尼尼微的滅亡使得我們美國人民稍停一下,想一想我們的行為。







作者



馬克 . 華生

20148







Rejects

We will finish up the Book of Zechariah soon, as there are two more installments that will be done before it is done. Hopefully this will be done by years end.  Today we are going to talk briefly about being rejects. Those who reject God  and then become rejects.

I don't know about you but I don't want to be a reject in God's kingdom. I don't want to be a rejected workman down here.

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.
(1Sa 15:23-28)

To me, this is one of the saddest portions of scripture. Here we had man, Saul, who was chosen and anointed by God to lead his people in a very special role, wind up through rebellion and hardness of heart, throwing it all away and becoming a reject. He was once raised high, and then was brought low. One of Saul's problems? It is pointed out right there in the verse and comes right out of Saul's own lips.

"I feared the people, and obeyed their voice"

Fear of the people and giving heed to the popular notions and desires were what got Saul off track. Did the Lord tell him to fear the people's vice and obey it? Did he not tell him to Fear the Lord and obey the word of the Lord? What is more, Saul's repentance and confession appear less than genuine. Samuel the prophet and Saul never met again (1 Sam 15:35), though Samuel did go and with Saul before the people just after he made this most tragic pronouncement to the king. This was probably more out of pure statecraft than any belief in Saul's sudden and self-interested 'repentance' as Samuel did not want to slight the king in public before the people and nobles. But this was not the first time Saul had messed up. This was a constant pattern in his life, God would issue a commandment and Saul would find a way to wriggle out of it and please the people (1Sam 13:11).

This is a pattern of behavior that clearly displeased the Lord. Saul was trying to please the crowds rather than God. He wanted to obey the crowds, rather than the Lord. This is the pattern we saw with Saul, who was to lead God's people in the early days of the Israelite Monarch and it is the pattern we still see today with men who are in the Pulpit who would rather preach a worldly friendly sermon or speech rather than the whole counsel of God. God is no more pleased with the kinds of compromise and rebellion then, as today. When such behavior gets to be a pattern with people or Church leaders, they eventually, like Saul, lose their anointing. And you know what? When that happens they do not always know it has happened. They just keep on preaching with no anointing and no 'power' from the Lord.

Today we have seen many Churches and preachers give in to the will of the people. They listen to the world and 'fear the people' or fear the loss of revenues for being unpopular and then they compromise God's commandments. Sadly more and more this has been par for the course and why I think the Church in America has lost its spiritual relevance and is becoming a confused and contradictory mass of self interested leaders who are no longer led by the Spirit of God. It may still have some social relevance but that was never the primary purpose of the Church, it was to be a body of called out (Ikklesia) people who were dedicated to and were the distinct property of God through Christ.

Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
(1Co 7:23)

But today we see the 'Saul Syndrome' in far too many places and that particular disease always leads to divine rejection.

The way to become a reject is to worry more about what people think that by what God thinks and more importantly, commands. Weather it be on the major doctrinal issues that are facing the Church, like Homosexuality or Marriage/Divorce or service to the poor. The Church, including and particularly its leaders and its parishioners need to find out exactly what God has already revealed about these matters and stop trying to bend things to fit a crowd pleasing clergy. parishioners and an 'on its way to perdition' world. That is what got Saul into such trouble.

Worry about what God thinks - Let the world's opinion of you take care of itself because when all is said and done, the only opinion that is going to matter in the least, is the opinion of the Great Judge who shall judge all men according to the word of God.

So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
(Heb 13:6)


Let us be acceptable to God by accepting his Lordship and we do that by obeying his commandments, not bending with or for the whims of men.

Brothers, this is one reason why I can be a little controversial on some things and get some folks a little upset when I encroach into their comfort zones. I am not a man pleaser and I never will be. I am not one of these bought and paid for milksops who sit in the pulpit year in and year out making six figures and aligning my message to the worlds value system. It is men like that that are destroying the Church in America and the west.

I could make a mint off of this site if, I as one billionaire told me I  'ditch the God stuff' or be less biblical on key issues facing the times. But I have a job to do and it is not kissing the world's backside as Saul did. It is to stand firm for Christ and not compromise the word for any man or human institution. If I err, it is not out of rebellion or moral cowardice, but just plain old human failing.

May God see to it that all of you are accepted on the great day and not rejected!! - PDF version of this can be found here.


Thankful This Thanksgiving

That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
(Psa 26:7)

I want to thank all of my readers who over this year extended their support to this work/ministry. I am deeply humbled and full of greatfulness that many of you have stepped up to the plate and given your support to this vital if usual ministry. You are very much appreciated and I thank God, here and now for each of you. Your grace and kindness shall not be forgotten. I want to also thank God for taking care of me these many long years at the keyboard. Many, many souls have come to God and others have had their eyes opened as to the dangerous times we are living in in light of God's holy word.

I thank God for my health and that I have a home to live in and food to eat. I could be living in Iraq, traumatized like many of my brethren in Christ who have lost everything and now face a winter without heat and adequate clothing. In your prayers of thanksgiving, please lift up these people before God.  I thank God he has been gracious to me. I am truly thankful for all of God's bountiful blessings and the deep and abiding love he has shown me. I ask all of you to thank God in this way as well. None of us know what a year may bring forth and one thing I know that really gets the Lord upset with his people and that is a spirit of ingratitude... that and the spirit of strife and hypocrisy uttered by someone who claims to love God. Here is what the Psalmist says.

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
(Psa 50:14-23)


So this thanksgiving show God that you are thankful for all you have and honor him by obeying his commandments and doing all you can to stand in Christ in this evil day. Let none of us be like those describe above, whose hands drip in innocent blood, who lie, steal and set brother against brother, all the while claiming to be a Christian. Such men are a stench in the nostril of God and a dung heap in his eye. So brothers, let us give thanks to God with a humble and pure heart, not one that is full of adultery, slander, lies and hate. Keep yourself free from the evils described above  - do those things God asks you to do. Be thankful for such things as you have and do not covet anything that is not yours and that God has not given to you. But give thanks for those things we do have brother! Give thanks!

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God. For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners. Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.
(Psa 69:30-34)

Let us all Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; (Col 4:2) and always remember that our source is not our jobs, retirement plans, Social Security checks, Annuities or bank accounts. Our ultimate source is God who made all things.

The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.
(Psa 89:11)


So let us give thanks to God and not utter anything perverse before God like thanking God for a job that steals from the poor, or kills innocent people, or throws widows out of their homes or telling lies to set brother against brother. Such prayers are an abomination. Rather, let us make do with less if these are the things our employers are asking of us. God knows how to take care of his own. As it is written...

...Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
(2Ti 2:19b)


Thanks to all of you who have helped out here this year and may God richly bless each of you in ways that you had never even considered and may your cup overflow with God's bounty!!


Prayer

Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD:
for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

(Zec 2:13)

Today, I want to exhort my readers to pray for some of the troubles in the world today. They are many and they are severe. Right now, I think the most dangerous trend in our world today comes on two fronts. One is the Desire by many in the US foreign policy establishment to foment chaos and death in order to reshape the globe (the shaking of the kingdoms) for the arrival of the Antichrist system. The other is the desire by an increasingly powerful group of men and women in politics and science to develop ways to reduce the human population and using bioengineering. We need to pray against these evil spirits that are guiding humanity into its own destruction.

Brothers, while I spend much time outlining many secular matters, I do so because very few are really covering them with any depth. Many just recite the latest article from the popular conspiracy site. They won't go into any deeper research or background to get to the real threat. It is easy to pass on a few hot links and stoke up fear, it is quite another to figure out what is really happening, why and then put it in light of Bible prophecy or just plain old common sense, which these days is not all that common.

I ask that all of you continue to pray for Church leaders, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant. Many are under assaults like never before, many are having a very difficult time. Pastor burnout is still a major problem and attacks from various groups and political entities are still very real and prevalent. Then you have those who push false doctrines in Church leadership as well as too often, sin in the pulpit.

Church leaders who are truly born again and walking with Christ often have to fight a battle on three fronts, they have to deal with errant and disruptive parishioners and those who have the spirit of 'murmur'. They they have to deal often with Church higher ups who foisted doctrines of devils on them. Like forcing them to accept unrepentant sinners into the congregation and to cease preaching about God's judgment on these sins. Godly men in the pulpit are under assault as never before. In Mesopotamia they are also dealing with Churches that have been leveled, parishioners who have lost loved ones to the terrorists, many are homeless, shocked even catatonic as to what is happening to them. Many often run the pastor and overwhelm him, not realizing that he too may have just lost everything, especially if he lives in a Church that was just leveled.

Brothers in Christ, I enjoin you to pray for those pastors who are truly following after God and who teach those things that are contained in the scriptures without compromise or fear. I ask you to lift them up for many of your better ones are under assault. They may not share the things they are going through, but many are having a very hard time at it.

I also ask that you lift up the Christians in North Korea, many of whom are in the nations maze of state prison camps.

Lee Soon-ok gave detailed testimony on her treatment in the North Korean prison system to the United States House of Representatives in 2002. In her statement she said, "I testify that most of the 6,000 prisoners who were there when I arrived in 1987 had quietly perished under the harsh prison conditions by the time I was released in 1992." ny other former prisoners, including Kang Chol-hwan and Shin Dong-hyuk, gave detailed and consistent testimonies on the human rights crimes in North Korean prison camps.
According to the testimony of former camp guard Ahn Myong Chol of Camp 22, the guards are trained to treat the detainees as sub-human, and he gave an account of children in one of the camps who were fighting over who got to eat a kernel of corn retrieved from cow dung.

The North Korean prison camp facilities can be distinguished into large internment camps for political prisoners (Kwan-li-so in Korean) and reeducation prison camps (Kyo-hwa-so in Korean). - Wikipedia

More Reports:

Keep in mind that Christians are very much part of those being rounded up and sent to these camps. So I exhort you to pray for your brethren in Christ who are being  tortured for Christ and imprisoned for their faith. I also ask you to pray for North Korea's leadership. Right now, as I posted last week their seems to be some doubt as to who is actually running the country as its leader vanished from public and many have surmised that his sister is now the de-facto leader of the nation. So I ask you to pray for North Korea.

I also ask you to pray for China's Christians as well as those from Hong Kong. Each are being severely persecuted by Chinese Authorities. We are not hearing about it as US intelligence officials are hiding from the people as the Obama administration does not want any narrative that puts Christians in a sympathetic light. But the CIA is acutely aware of the situation and has to remain mum. There are many problems here that I cannot get into but I will say that these Christians really, really need your prayer. Many just don't know just how threatened they are until they get picked up. Remember, Chinese  censorship is pervasive and effective. They also have many methods to draw Christians out into the open to identify, round up and persecute. Many are just not, for lack of a better word, 'hip' to the devil and his wiles. Pray that God gives these Christians wisdom and wise/Godly leadership in their Churches.

I also ask you to pray for one reader here named 'Sharon' (NHRN) who I mentioned before as having a brain occlusion. Please I beseech you to lift her up in prayer. I ask you to pray for some of my older readers who are getting up there in years. I ask that you lift them up as well. So that you know, Gary whom I asked  that you pray for did not get the job he was hoping for and must remain on Capitol Hill for the time being. I ask you to pray for all of the other readers here who are having family issues, there are more than a few, marital issues, in-law issues, (grown up) kids issues, I often don't post them as I have not asked permission to do so, but I  do get these things in my inbox from time to time and want you to pray for your brothers in Christ who are going through some serious issues.

Finally, I ask you all to pray for me. I am doing well. I am in good health and good spirits and things are rather quiet around here... and that's good!!...

I thank you in advance for lifting up all of these issues,

In Christ,

Brother Mark



And They Believed Not
..

Do you know one of the things that really shocks me today? I am going to tell you. It is the fact that so many Christians do not believe God while claiming to believe God. I posted a short little piece last week on cheap grace. I think the topic is of extreme importance to those who wish to get into the kingdom. Cheap grace will not save souls, but it will make you feel wonderful while on your way to the other place. A deep dedication to Christ and obedience to him and his word are the only way to get into the kingdom. I think we must understand that in the kingdom, there is a King and the King demands honor and obedience. Any person who claims to have been saved by Grace will earnestly desire to please God and obey his word because the Holy Spirit in him will instill that desire into his spirit. They will begin to discern the times, they will seek after righteousness with a pure heart and deep determination. They will be doers of the word and not hearers only. This latter group is the one that hears and obey's God. They are the his sheep. The looks over them and protects them. Even through trials and tribulations, he is with them to the end.


Today it is rather lonely being one of Christ's true sheep. We are a small and dwindling number. This is for many reasons, false doctrines, false teachers, false shepherds, false religious institutions, false conversions, false brethren and all of these have one source, the father of all falsehoods, the devil. Because the devil is such a master at lies, he can and does fool most Christians. He can fool them with the same basic formula of falsehood and rebellion that got Adam ensnared in the Garden.

'Yeah, Hath God Said'

When God makes us a promise, or gives us a commandment, there is one thing of which you can be certain just as soon as you hear God's word- the devil will come in and call God a liar. He will use human reasoning, human weaknesses and failings, he will use lust, lies and one of this favorite tools, confusion. Satan knows how to use these tools and he does so with extreme skill. It is our job as Christians to understand that our enemy is wiley, knows our weak points, is very persistent and has a very high success rate. This is one of the key things all of us need to be aware of as we move through these last days, that the devil is busy and that he will find ways to trip us up and lead us away from the path that God has clearly set before us. This is why we need to be especially careful about religious leaders, pastors and priests who try and downplay, negate, or otherwise lead us away from the express commands of God. In each and every instance they are doing the work of the devil.

Brothers, I write this very short message to you today to let you know that your faith and obedience are the key targets of your enemy. It is why the two most potent forces today in our world that are growing by leaps and bounds are targeting Christians. Those forces are secular humanism and Islamic fanaticism. Each has Christianity and Christians firmly in their cross-hairs. Each are merely extensions of the world's systems which are under the control of the evil one. He has two agenda's. The lie he tells his followers, and the real agenda which is to attack Christ and his people. If you ever want to know why groups like the freemasons hide the real meaning and intentions of its work from the outside world and even its own initiates, it is because it is modeled after the devils ways. He is a deceiver and he lures people into these organizations with false symbols and false meanings for its symbols and purposes. Then as they progress, they learn that what they knew before was all a lie or perhaps more accurately half the truth designed specifically to misdirect them from the wickedness they want to hide. This is how the devil systems always work. It is deceitful beyond measure. It is why in our news reporting, key facts are sanitized (that is the official word for it) out of reporting. The whole truth must be withheld so that deceit and control can be maximized. Why? The key is always to get mankind to move away from God and towards rebellion against him. This is the devils MO and once you internalize this, few things going on in the news today will be a surprise to you.

We cannot make the kinds of mistakes that others made when they disbelieved God and refused to move as he commanded them to. Brothers, this is said for all of you, for those who have walked this walk for many years and those of you who are relatively new, we must believe God. Look what happened to Moses when he disobeyed the Lord.

And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. (Num 20:12

Moses lack of faith, probably more out of anger and frustration with the the people of the Lord cost him a visit into the promised land

Likewise when the LORD sent you from Kadeshbarnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; then ye rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God, and ye believed him not, nor hearkened to his voice.
(Deu 9:23)


Again we see the pattern of disbelief. Here it lead to rebellion.

Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
(Psa 78:21-22)

For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works. Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.
(Psa 78:32-33)

Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word: But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD.
(Psa 106:24-25)

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
(2Th 2:11-12)

Unbelief is a little more than must a mental exercise brothers. It is connected up with action or inaction based upon the commandments and promises of God. The theme is a constant one in scripture from the days of Moses right into the New Testament. Unbelief is what got Eve to listen to the serpent, it is what Israel did when she stopped listening to and believing in God and it is what the Church more and more is doing when they ignore God's clear commandments, admonitions and make up their own rules. “We don't need scripture we have been given a new revelation” or as the Pope makes reference to in his search for Sodom and perpetual adultery (marrying another when there was no scriptural grounds for divorce (see Matt 19:9ff), makes reference to the 'surprise of God'. What is this surprise he is waiting to reveal to us? Who knows, perhaps some demon has whispered in the Pope's ear and he believed the spirit. The point here is a very important one and something I touched on in my paper on Malachi. Even the priests were slack, in Ezekiel, they were abominable. This is where the modern Church is heading and many denominations and branches have already arrived.

What is the fundamental problem? Unbelief. They did not believe God and a demon spirit whispered in their ear “yeah, hath God said...” Once one gives heed to the serpent, evil follows. The devils promises are all lies, or in most instances, like that in the garden a carefully constructed mostly lie. You see this is I think one of the key problems today and why so many Christians are clueless in this new satanic age. The devil told Eve that she would be like God, knowing both good and evil. There there was a smidgen of truth in that statement, but not in the way the devil had carefully phrased his satanic sermon. She became like God in knowing both good and evil, but she would not become God or a god, she would just know evil and know it in an upfront and personal way. This is how the devil works. He draws people in with lust ambition or some other desire and pulls them into error. He knows how to put as much truth as possible into his sermons to deceive us. I do not want to digress here too much but I think this is pertinent to the Church who is living in an enormously deceptive age.

We must guard our minds against the world's propaganda. Brothers, the sooner we realize that the devil rules the airwaves, the cable channels and increasingly the internet, the sooner we will be able to spot the devils work and his efforts to control our minds and our thinking patterns. In governments and in the world generally, his efforts have already pretty much succeeded. In the Church today? This is the devil primary target now, the Church the Middle East with persecution (Islam) but in the west it is much more subtle. They key tools being used against it by Satan and US intelligence services are these.

-Subversion of key Church leaders

-Subversion of key doctrines of the faith to the satanic point of view.

-A constant attack on the bibles veracity using pop-science elevating satan's lies as hard incontrovertible scientific truth.

-A constant attack on Christians as being socially undesirable.

-Insinuation that Christians are not fit for certain jobs.

I am giving you all a preview of the future. This is the future and it is already happening. They key here is to get us all to start doubting God and the principles of the faith, by which is the only way mankind can be saved. It it were not, there would not be such violent and consistent attacks against it from India to Pakistan, to Iraq, to Syria to Egypt to North Korea, to Saudi Arabia... just to name a few.

Around the word we are under attack and no more is the sanctuary of the Church a place of protection and refuge from satan and his wicked leadership. The church too has become a key battleground, many having already fallen to the enemy. Many will fall via financial pressure that is sure to come against Churches. We saw the very first warning flare for this when the Obama administration attempted to force Christians to pay for contraceptive coverage and compel doctors to perform them with Obamacare. They will find another tact to force Christians further into apostasy and sin. But I will let you in on a secret, I have never liked 501c3 status for Churches. When a Church obtains this status, it is true that the tax benefits can be enormous, but it is also true that one a Church signs those papers, she is then incorporated into the state and must follow the states dictates. To incorporate means to become part of the same body (Corpus = body). Contract must be signed, When a Church accepts articles of incorporation, it means that it is now part of the state. To make a long story short, she has divided loyalties. Part to the state and part to God. Yet what does Christ tell us through the Holy Spirit. Does he not tell us to be separate (2Cor 6:17)?

If you incorporate yourself into the world system, you are not separate from it and this is one of the real problems of American Christianity. Listen up, once the state gets an 'in' into the Church it now has serious power over it. Here the Church as erred. Why? Because they believed not. They did not believe that God was making a spiritual entity that was set up outside of the state with a different Lord, King and master and brothers, this is why the world hates us so!! This is the spirit of Antichrist, they deny the father and the son. We Christians acknowldge them both and that is why there will always be enmity between the seed of God and the seed of satan. This enmity began in the garden brothers, this is nothing new.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
(Gen 3:15)

We have no business as a body of believers getting into bed with the devil and his imps. We must believe God and what he says about our status as believers and cease seeking to court the love of this world while betrothed to Christ. Here I think this author summed up this whole concept very well. You see This concept was outlined in the old prophets as well. Israel of often erred in the same way.

But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband! They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom. And the contrary is in thee from other women in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary. Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD: Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them; Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness. And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy. And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare. They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords. And they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more. So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry. Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, but hast fretted me in all these things; behold, therefore I also will recompense thy way upon thine head, saith the Lord GOD: and thou shalt not commit this lewdness above all thine abominations.
(Eze 16:32-43)

A different article on this topic can be found here.

Brothers, we don't understand just how seriously God looks upon these whoredoms. What is the Church doing giving herself in a legally binding agreement to become part of another body (the government) in her articles of 501(c)3 incorporation? I will tell you. She is committing spiritual whoredom and she is well paid for it too!! What is the underlying problem here. Simple, they believe not that God has betrothed the Church unto Christ. They do believe that there are significant monetary incentives to incorporating with the state.

Old and Still faithful

Let us contrast those that 'believe not' with those who maintain their faith, even when the outward evidence seems to tell us we may have missed God. Look at Abraham. He had to wait until old age to finally get a child. God promised him one when he was young, and then he was old and God still had not fulfilled his promise. Abraham could have given up, but would have lost out on God's promise. Abraham was not only believing God, he was faithful unto God while waiting on his promise. That is why the scripture says of Abraham.

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
(Rom 4:3)

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
(Gal 3:6)

And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
(Jam 2:23)

Do you want to be called God's Friends? Two things are required. You have to obey his voice and trust him him fully. FULLY. Because there is a point in many professing Christians walk where the the big choice comes in. It is not at the beginning of the walk, it always comes after a few years. It comes when there is a major sacrifice that must be made for Christ, a commandment we do not want to obey, or a pattern of life that we want to have or emulate that we know is forbidden to us. For most they will deceive their own selves about their walk and say to themselves that God 'understands' or that we have a 'special dispensation' from faith and obedience to God, or some other lie that the evil one will put into their hearts and minds. Let me tell you what happens in each and every case.


One of two things, they eventually apostatize or they become an enemy of the cross within the tabernacle. Are there any example of this in the scripture? This may not be the best one, but it nevertheless is relevant here.

Jezebel in the book of Revelation on woman who called herself a prophetess was seducing people into sin.

Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
(Rev 2:20-21)

The Church at Thyatira was doing very well and had a wonderful report from the Lord. Yet he has this thing against them, they had someone in their midst who was getting his people to commit fornication and to eat things scarified to idols. She had a whole different program from what the Lord was expecting from his people. She was leading them people to sin and apostasy.

God is not pleased with these things brothers, He is not. But this is the typical pattern I have observed for a long time. Many go in the saved doorway, but later they go aside, some were probably never saved in the first place others probably were sincere in their walk at first, but when they realized how hard it was, they do one of two things, apostatize or rationalize their sins and errors.

Now when these rationalizers get into positions of leadership in the Church (think of Jezebel above) there is a serious problem and this is what may have been one of the warnings that Christ was making to the Church of Thyatira. The pattern of satanic deceit is plain in the passage – spiritual seduction (she called herself a prophetess) leading to sin and rebellion. Who do you believe, the seducer or Christ?

Brothers, and sisters, I pass this message on to you so that you can understand a key aspect to our times and the Church. The devil has made significant inroads into many of Churches and denominations. For many he made them many decades ago. However, the level of subversion has not been fully revealed to the flock, but freemasonry, sodomy and even satanism lurks in many Christian denominations. This great falling away we are seeing is part of a major stratagem concocted by Satan to do one thing – get Christians to doubt, and later renounce their faith and allegiance to Christ. Couple this with what else I think is coming. Yet another major scientific onslaught to challenge the Bible and its authenticity. But here I would look for a major religious figure to begin or support such an attack in a highly deceptive manner.... (continues here)

(Watson's Web is still going strong. I am not taking new insiders at this time, look for an enrollment period around the first of the year.)



如同在 挪亞的日子裏


在挪亞的日子 裏他們都在做些什麼呢?基督告訴我們在 他回來摧毀人類和魔鬼的惡行之前的世界將會如同挪亞時的日子。


挪亞的日子怎樣,人子降臨也要怎樣。當洪水以前的日子,人照常吃喝嫁娶,直到挪 亞進方舟的那日,不知不覺洪水來了,把他們全都沖去。人子降臨也要這樣。

(馬太福音2437-39)


那時的人每天都沉溺於歡笑中,盡情的享樂。而當挪亞一進方舟,神的審判就降臨 了。所有的人都死了。基督說什麼了?〝他們不知不覺〞。他們不知道,或以現代的說法來講,他們對即將發生的 事一點頭緒都沒有。即使在挪亞對他們宣道多年之後。我忠誠的希望,這個網站能幫助所有的人在這末世裏不要像 他們一樣一無所知,而是能明白當今的時候,知道當預言實現的時候,有線電視新聞是幾乎不可能告知我們的。預 言的實現通常是不明顯的,所以沒人會注意到。它幾乎就是隱密的發生,只有那些時時注意,知道如何辨識跡象的 人才能看見。


我們應當注意 並保持清醒(頭腦清楚的, 嚴肅的),以至我們能 夠不同於世人,就如主耶穌告誡我們,


你們要謹慎,恐怕因貪食、醉酒,並今生的思慮累住你們的心,那日子就如同網羅忽 然臨到你們,因為那日子要這樣臨到全地上一切居住的人。

(路加福音2134-35)


世上有兩種人。那些有意識能認知的人,和那些沒有意識不能認知的人。因此要獲得 最終的救贖有兩個要件,那就是要能認知和要有意識。沒有這兩者,基督再來時就沒有人能獲救贖。


仔細的聽好 了,我認為這是有必要的。如果預言實現的 所有征兆都那麼明顯,那麼我們就不需要神的話了。但是基督告訴我們並非如此。我們必須明白現在是什麼時候, 並且知道預言性的事件是如何演變的。這對末世裏的基督徒來說是必要的,沒有其他選擇。必要,是因為迷惑將會 是非常大的,當日子逼近的時候,甚至神的選民都可能會被蒙騙(馬太福音2424)。這個世界將掉在陷阱裏。但我們知道時日,實行神的 誡命的人是不會掉在裏面的。弟兄姊妹們,請聽我說,尤其是你們因為那些不把世上所發生的事,或是不把遭到殘 暴迫害的其他基督徒當一回事的,所謂的基督徒,而感到灰心憤怒的人。那些人永遠不會看見。他們的眼睛是瞎 的。實際上我確信這強烈的迷惑已慢慢的傾出,許多基督徒正從魔鬼的毒杯裏喝著欺騙的謊言。他們已經做了選擇 去聽從魔鬼,而忽視神的守望者、先知和忠實的牧師所告訴他們的話。


只有那些警醒 的人才會知道,其餘的人將會掉在主的陷 阱裏而淪於萬劫不復的境地。我們如何避免滅亡呢?我們如何能夠知道時候,如基督命我們要在這時代裏留心注意 我們所處的時日?我們必需有聖靈的幫助。我們必須行在光裏,讓神的聖靈引領我們,教導我們。這也就是說要讀 聖經(必 要的), 並且要能理解這些事情。


要得智慧,要得聰明,不可忘記,也不可偏離我口中的言語。不可離棄智慧,智慧就 護衛你;要愛她,她就保守你。

(箴言45-6)


你如何在往後 的磨難中得保守,得維護?很簡單,要得 到智慧和理解。神會給你光,如果你真正想要的話。


我藉著你的訓詞得以明白,所以我恨一切的假道。你的話是我腳前的燈,是我路上的 光。

(詩篇119104-105)


當我想到那十個童女和她們的燈的比喻時,我就想到了這個經節。但是你必須得想要 並且願意去爭取,努力的進入這狹窄的門,因為很多人僅僅是想要進入,卻終不能夠(路加福音1324)。所以如果我們想要進入,就必須努力,全心全力的努 力。這個西方世界裏冒充基督教的低劣信仰必須徹底的拋開。這個讓千千萬萬個基督徒毀滅的假福音必須要丟棄, 以致我們能夠知道時候,做神要我們做的,這樣我們才能進入永生之門。這個不要求服從,不須要警覺,不要求正 義,不必悔改的安逸輕鬆的信仰,是魔鬼差送的假冒的福音,為了要欺騙那些想要尋求真理的人,讓他們以為他們 已經找到了。一個能鑒別假教義或假教會的關鍵就是被遺漏了的基督的誡命,這是先決條件。


耶穌對信他的猶太人說:〝你們若常常遵守我的道,就真是我的門徒。你們必曉得真 理,真理必叫你們得以自由。〞

(約翰福音831-32)


一個人必須持續遵行神的道。背道和變節的可能性是很高的。但是今天的基督教並不 教導這些。很多教會教導人們〝一旦得救永遠得救〞的假道義。而在整個聖經裏都是對背道和變節的嚴厲警告(詩篇1013節,路加福音813節,彼得後書220節、317節,提摩太前書41節,希伯來書66節、1026節,馬太福音2410-12節,約翰一書219),甚至教導我 們基督徒要遠離那些背離的人。在這裏我 要說的是,我們在最終的審判日站在人子之前有一個,實際上有兩個重要的條件我們必須要先做到。我們必須要警 覺,必須要服從神的誡命。我們必須停止敷衍玩笑,認真的埋頭苦幹。你想要知道我們的時候嗎?那你必須持續的 讀神的話,仔細研讀並且要警醒,因為這個世代正慢慢的進入尾聲。


我們弟兄們不 可以活在黑暗中,以免神所說的事讓我們 措手不及...


弟兄們,論到時候、日期,不用寫信給你們,因為你們自己明明曉得,主的日子來 到,好像夜間的賊一樣。人正說平安穩妥的時候,災禍忽然臨到他們,如同產難臨到懷胎的婦人一樣;他們絕不能 逃脫。


弟兄們,你們卻不在黑暗裏,叫那日子臨到你們像賊一樣。你們都是光明之子,都是 白晝之子;我們不是屬黑夜的,也不是屬幽暗的。所以,我們不要睡覺,像別人一樣,總要警醒謹守。

(帖撒羅尼迦前書51-6)


為什麼保羅稱這些人為弟兄呢?因為他們持續的行在神的話裏。所以保羅告訴他們, 他們不是活在黑暗裏,不像那些失落無知的人一般。他們知道時候和日期。我們行在光裏的人能夠知道時候和日 期。那些行在黑暗中的人卻不能夠。這就是我為了一位讀者寫這篇文章的原因,她為了她的朋友們的無知而感到煩 腦沮喪。我知道這種感覺。這裏問題有很多;不成熟,不願意,自私的恐懼,道德上的怯懦,懶惰,愚昧等等。但 是他們過早的在某個時刻已經決定真理不適合他們。群眾的安逸和一致認同的謊言才是他們真正想要的。我們面對 的是一個靈裏的問題,一個很深的屬靈問題。但是先知但以理難道不曾給我們末世的警告嗎?對於末世事件的了 解,我們特意的提及這些話。


他說:〝但以理啊,你只管去,因為這話已經隱藏封閉,直到末時。必有許多人使自 己清靜潔白,且被熬煉,但惡人仍必行惡,一切惡人都不明白,惟獨智慧人能明白。

(但以理書129-10)


正是如此,他們將永不明白。只要他們停留在不知悔改的狀況裏,做那些神所厭惡的 事,他們永遠不會明白。因此我們不能在他們身上浪費太多時間,他們不想看見,不想改變,只想做電視機叫他們 去做的事。他們會回應寶馬汽車的廣告而渴望有一輛。他們會被一個漢堡包的廣告影響而飢渴難遏的去買一個吃。 只要是酷的,性感的,能帶來快感的,他們都會去做。很遺憾的我們走在生命之道上的人都得接受這個事實,你會 發現有這種精神上和情緒上的狀態的人實在太多了,尤其是美國人。他們的一生大致上是以電視機拋給他們的,由 企業機構制造出的期望(極 其複雜精妙的行銷)作 為基礎。他們吃喝嫁娶,作著〝美國夢〞,就像聖經上所說人在末世裏會做的事一樣。他們不知,不覺。


所以,請聽我 這個守望者的話,不要再說神會騙人,要 相信他所說的。我知道你們大多數人會永遠相信神的話。然而不要以為那些關於地獄或永恆刑罰之類的事,神只是 刻意唬人,誇大其詞。也不要以為神的再來並摧毀地球上的罪惡只是玩笑之說。神是不開玩笑的。他是個信守承諾 的神。在你們還活著的時候,留心聽他和他的僕人的話。要明智,不要像下面所描述的愚笨的人一樣。


在下一段裏, 〝愚昧人〞也是傻的,愚蠢的,易受騙的 意思。想著一個傻子,並非生理上的傻(先 天的弱智), 而是情願當一個傻子。你想要知道在美國現代的宣傳手法(惡魔的詭詐,讀者們要了解這一點)會帶給你什麼 後果嗎?它會把你變成一個容易上當的傻 子。一個非常容易激動,無判斷思考能力,道德低落的傻子,隨時準備相信任何從平板電視裏出來的謊言。花些時 間讀聖經,取得智慧,獲得知識,這樣你就能辨識我們生活的險惡世代。


智慧在街市上呼喊,在寬闊處發聲,在熱鬧街頭喊叫,在城門口、在城中發出言語, 說:〝你們愚昧人喜愛愚昧,褻慢人喜歡褻慢,愚頑人恨惡知識,要到幾時呢?你們當因我的責備回轉,我要將我 的靈澆灌你們,將我的話指示你們。我呼喚,你們不肯聽從;我伸手,無人理會。反輕棄我一切的勸戒,不肯受我 的責備。你們遭災難,我就發笑;驚恐臨到你們,我必嗤笑。驚恐臨到你們,好像狂風;災難來到,如同暴風,急 難痛苦臨到你們身上。那時,你們必呼求我,我卻不答應;懇切地尋找我,卻尋不見。因為你們恨惡知識,不喜愛 敬畏耶和華,不聽我的勸戒,藐視我一切的責備,所以必吃自結的果子,充滿自設的計謀。〞〝愚昧人背道,必殺 己身;愚頑人安逸,必害己命。惟有聽從我的,必安然居住,得享安靜,不怕災禍。〞

(箴言120-33)






馬克‧華生

www.markswatson.com


20147



14 Aug
Watson's Economic Crisis Report: Too Big To Fail
This is the latest in my economic crisis series. This report is secular and no spiritual teachings are in it. It is 56 pages and talks about a number of issues from Student Loan debt to new Money Market Regulations to the moves among the BRICS nations to, yes, TBTF.

The price is $50 to outsiders (and free to insiders) and a simple email (outsiders at markswatson dot com) must be sent to request a copy, then I will send you a link for payment. Once payment is received, the pdf file will be sent to you. Please check your spam folder if you don't hear from me after a couple of days.

7 Aug
In These Times
Brothers, These are indeed trying times. I know... I have to read all of the bad news and see a hundred stories before I post a couple. Things are bad for many, especially our brethren in Christ. But I want to offer all of my readers hear a kind word of exhortation, that all you keep your lamps burning - so that you have light to see in these ever darkening day. You need light to see and your eyes open. I know those of you who come here and are insiders are doing all you can to do just that. My only word to each of you is to not let the times and the evils we see drain your spirit, make you angry, bitter or to  start to lash out at things we do not fully understand.

It is easily to get mad at the President, or Boehner or Putin or our Congressman, but we do not have all the facts. We do not know some of the things going on behind the scenes that are hidden from us. A bank that is ready to crash, a terrorist plot that is just barely foiled or a terrorist attack that succeeds but is hidden from the people and is reported as an 'accident'. We just do not have enough information to be too hard... so hard on leaders that we begin to hate them. We must also not be misled by others whose sole job seems to be to spread panic and fear.

Let us rest in our God who knows the end from the beginning and who understands all. We as Christians in our times must have our priorities right. We must have our minds and hearts set on the Kingdom of Heaven. This requires a complete and total redirection of our energies and personal priorities. But in it all, we must have faith, joy, love and not catch the spirit of Pharisee-ism that is all too common in the attitude of others.

As I look around the word everyday, I give thanks that I can still do the work God has called me to do. That I have my health, have a home to live in, food to eat. Yes, I give thanks to God for those things... things too many of us take for granted. When we have these things brothers and see the things that are happening to our world, we must learn to be content with our portion in this life. That is one of the secrets to a joyful life. Contentment - to keep ones personal priorities out of the daily rat race, the constant search for more wealth, a better job, a better spouse, a sexier this or a a tighter that. These are the distractions that ultimately claim men's souls.

Brothers I know this is one theme many don't like me to talk about but I am going to bring it up again. Cease to be overly concerned with your worldly status, your income, your job or the fact that you don't have this or cannot afford that. Why do I say this? Because these are the hooks of Mammon. The time has arrived for us to decide if we serve Christ or Mammon; God or the devil, truth or illusion. Because Christ told us in no uncertain terms that you cannot serve God and mammon.

No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
(Luk 16:13-14)

What God is making plain here is that you cannot serve both. There is no way. So you have to choose. You MUST choose. This is not at all unlike the Choice Joshua made many centuries ago.

Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
(Jos 24:14-15)

The question of service - Whom do you serve? What do you serve? Note the reaction of the Pharisee's to Christ's words, they derided and scoffed at him. But this is the reaction you would expect from those whose first love is Mammon. They were were not hearing it. Why? They were slaves (servants) of mammon. Now let us get this straight. What Christ is not saying is that we should not work or make a living, the NT is clear about those who are too lazy to and refuse to work. No, what Christ is talking about is a person who serves mammon and is seeking the rewards of mammon, the riches, status and worldly protection that such service brings to its slaves.

What Christ is laying out to us is a sense of priorities; what we do and do not do - what is the purpose of it? Is it to serve God or mammon? Are we working extra hours that should be spent in other Godly responsibilities in order to get more money a better position, a nicer  this or a better that? What are your REAL priorities. I have found that the way people deal with money is the best and truest reveler of their character. Give someone some money and you will see just what kind of person you are dealing with, a thrifty, wise and giving person or a selfiish, greedy, person who within a few months will have nothing left of it. It shows you a level of personal and spiritual maturity. Do you see someone who is no good with money? Chances are almost certain that it is not really the money that is the issue but deep character flaws, usually in the self-control and personal integrity category. In short, you can tell a real Christian from a false one by the way he spends his time and money. Does he give to help his Church, the persecuted the poor, or is he dropping nearly $300 a month on cable and another $200 a month on golf and only has excuses and even gets angry when it comes time to give to ministry? Do you see what I mean? Money reveals all. This site is not going to die because of these kinds of believers who have the 'mammon and pleasure first' mentality.

The cares of this life are a distraction, if you believe Christ - here is what he said about the ones who fall away from the faith.

And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
(Mar 4:18-19)


What happens to the unfruitful trees? After a period of time, if they do not bear fruit, it gets cut down (see Luke 13::7ff). This is why I exhort all of you to be content with such things as you have.

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
(Heb 13:5)

Thank God for them, be industrious in your work but let it be just what it should be, merely away to support yourself and your family. Your primary focus must be Christ. Once you have been truly born again, you will never really want to go back to the rat race. I know that is what I did when I returned to The Lord I had to get out of the military, the global war and death machine that I saw as targeting only dark-skinned poor people and always had an excuse to war and at the time I was serving was seriously contemplating putting people in the military in UN uniform I had to get out of system I saw clearly as being increasingly anti-Christ in nature. I knew I had to leave and it was surely time to go. Many lost souls do not and can never understand that and you know what? I am not asking them to. I do not and will not answer to them, I answer to Christ. I kind of feel like Mr. Best who said this in his personal testimony.

By this time in my walk before the Lord, I had taken a job on the East Coast with a major corporation as AVIATION MANAGER and CHIEF PILOT. One day as we were putting the aircraft to bed in the hanger, I went back to check the baggage compartment to make sure all of the executives had their luggage off. As I was returning up the isle of the cabin, I stopped dead in my tracks. I HAD TO LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND, I HAD TO GO, AND GO NOW, and I COULD NOT LOOK BACK AT ALL. I HAD TO LEAVE, AND LEAVE AT ONCE, AND SEARCH OUT THE TRUTH OF IT ALL. I quit that very day, and I never LOOKED BACKED. I had no job to go to, but my wife and I had bought a cornfield and small wood lot to build on in the future.

We found a small trailer, hauled it onto the land, put in a well and septic system and moved to Wisconsin. The move was made in the fall. The Lord had all of this preplanned; though I was not aware of that fact at that point in time. The purchase of the land in Wisconsin was under unheard of conditions, allowing us great flexibility and low, low payments and interest. The LORD KNEW we would need it to survive. I did not know it at the time, but I had obeyed the LORD’S COMMANDS REGARDING TURNING OUR BACK UPON MAMMON in order to SEARCH OUT THE LORD. I was obeying TWO AREAS that are totally LOST UPON THE MODERN CHURCH, and DENIED BY THE MODERN CHURCH - Personal Testimony Of  Stewart Best

This is exactly what I was seeing and feeling back them. I left the AF and did not know where I would wind up, but eventually got a great Job at one of the world's top accounting firms making decent if not great money. I found a home though I deeply resisted buying it. But the Lord was clear.... "buy a house". So I did, I got a loan with no money down with a great rate and that is where I live today, Praise the Lord! If you obey God I am here to testify that God will work things out for you. That is why I tell each of you now. If you put Christ first really and truly first in ALL things, family, work, finances, free time, etc and live for the Gospel, he will look out for you in ways you could never imagine!

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
(Mat 6:31-34)

Was it hard for me to leave the AF without a job? Yes. Did I know I had to do it? Yes. Did things work out far better for me than if I stayed in... even from a worldly perspective? Almost certainly. If I remained in Germany, which is where I wanted to stay, I would have been in rebellion, such a rebellion taking place right after I just finally re-connecting with Christ and my long lost faith. I was not about to do that. Furthermore, I knew it was a test. I passed. How do I know? I obeyed the voice of the Lord. But I will let you in on a little secret. I probably should never have re-upped the last time I did in the AF. I knew it was a mistake but I did it anyway out of greed and fear of the future but at the time of my re-enlistment, I was not walking with God.

The lesson here is that faith is more than a notion! It sometimes requires sacrifice (ask Abraham!) and heading into strange places without any visible means of support  just because the Lord has ordained it. If you want the rewards of faith, you must be willing to walk the walk of faith.

I did not say talk the talk of faith.

In closing, the times of men like me watching on the internet may not be here for much longer. Many Christians take us for granted. That could change soon. There are powerful forces around who are doing what they can to kill the message and the primary target is American Christians. They mean business. I mean six feet under kind of business.  That is all I feel lead to say right now. That is why I always ask for your prayers and protection. I am on more than a few people's radars who want to do away with this work... permanently.


Thus, this watchman has been careful of late, going private and picking and choosing those whom I will minister to, leaving those with an inverted sense of priorities to work those priorities out... outside of this site. Because if a person feels I should make all of my work free so that I can sustain their HBO and NFL habits, I don't want them hanging around here. Let them decide that giving to help the poor, the persecuted, missionaries and God's watchmen and prophets is where they should be spending their money. Not funding the digitization of Sodom. I know how hard it is to make the break. I did it sometime ago but never regretted it. I thought I would but I don't. I can still watch TV with Roku and not have give a sizable portion of my very meager income to Hollywood. There are ways to avoid the devils imps and redirect your income. Please I am not talking about ANYONE reading this now who are insiders, but to outsiders to whom this particular piece in some form will soon be available.

Keep me in your prayers and I ask that you keep one of my readers whom I will refer to as Gary in prayer. He is looking for a job outside of the DC maze and is being considered for a job down south. Please pray for 'Gary' (not his real name).

God bless all of you who love our Lord, Jesus Christ

Brother Mark

















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