Is Gog Getting Ready?

Excellent article about current events. Many thanks to Pastor Curtis for these insights.

His Way

In my entire life, I’ve never seen the leaders of Russia, Iran, and Turkey pictured together in the same place at the same time!

But there they were: Russia’s President Putin, Iran’s secular leader President Raisi, and Turkey’s President Erdoğan, all at a meeting of menacing allies, earlier this week in Tehran, Iran.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, center, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet in Teheran July 19, 2022. (Sergei Savostyanov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, center, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Tehran on July 19, 2022. (Sergei Savostyanov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Religiously, Putin has a nominal Russian Orthodox Christian background, while Raisi and Erdoğan are Islamic. Putin seems to want to restore Russia’s expansive empire of Peter the Great, while the two followers of Mohammed want to reestablish an Islamic Caliphate, like the 400-year Ottoman Empire. All three want access to the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea and are antagonists of the modern nation of Israel…

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Offenses hinder prayer

Unresolved Offenses Hinder Prayer

“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
Psalm 119:165

“Harboring unforgiveness, resentment or bitterness is like swallowing poison and hoping the other guy dies.”

One night as I was praying for faithful people still struggling with health or family problems, I was wondering (asking the Lord), why haven’t they been healed yet, or had a positive breakthrough in their families?

I knew the usual reasons – weak or wobbly faith, unbelief, doubt, fear, and overt or covert sin being the primary ones. None of those seemed to apply here.

Were positive answers in the will of God? Yes, I am certain they are. Are the hindrances in me? In the needy person? Or both? So I kept on praying, meditating, and asking the Lord to show me the reasons.

“Offenses,” the Holy Spirit said.

The Greek word for offense is skandalon:

(1) A trap or snare. A hunter may use one, and we know an enemy who is hunting, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
(2) Any impediment placed in the way and causing one to stumble or fall, (a stumbling block, occasion of stumbling) i.e. a rock which is a cause of stumbling.

Jesus called Peter an offense to him, because Peter’s ideas of what Messiah should be and do were so different from what Jesus was describing. (Matthew 16:21-23.)

The Lord began showing me a list of specific, hurtful, offensive things that had happened in the past, either to me, or by me, or in the life of the people I’ve been praying for. No matter whose life they had affected, our prayers were being hindered.

Some of these offenses had been dealt with in the past, supposedly, but “reminders” would pop up now and then and an old hurt would be felt again, memories still buried deep in the brain’s memory banks. The list included the following:

    • Unforgiveness on your part, no matter how horribly bad the other person’s acts or words were, no matter how strongly you feel that they don’t deserve forgiveness.
    • Unforgiveness from someone else towards you, whether you did anything wrong or not, not resolved by explanations or apologies.
    • Memories of personal attacks, bad actions or words spoken against you and perhaps to you in the past.
    • Resentment of other people’s bad behaviors or words to you, or about you to other people.
    • Bitterness about being mistreated unfairly, whether it was deliberate or not.
    • Being taken for granted; made to feel “put upon,” misused, given more responsibilities or burdens than others who should be helping but aren’t.
    • Selfish pride, ego.
    • Misunderstandings, no matter whose side it started on, never straightened out.
    • Being robbed or abused, physically, materially, emotionally or socially.
    • Jealousy, on your part or against you on someone else’s part, deserved or undeserved. This is different from godly envy.
    • Unresolved anger, sadness or grief at being misunderstood, mistreated, cheated, i.e. sinned against.
    • Suspicion – not spiritual discernment – of someone’s motives, finding fault with them without a real cause. Avoiding them because of this.
    • Not praying for your enemies, or for your “frenemies,” because you don’t feel you can do it in faith so why bother to do it at all.
    • Believing you can’t do it, whatever it is, because you’re not good enough, clean enough, anointed enough, educated enough, trusted enough, whatever, thus you don’t even attempt, because you just know you’d fail.
    • Not using the authority of the believer given to you by God; not exercising the power of the Holy Spirit as He directs.
    • Believing a lie from the enemy – this affliction must be God’s will.
    • Fear of being ridiculed or losing something important – a relationship, reputation, position, etc.
    • An important one – underestimating the limitless grace of God.

There may be others. One thing they all have in common: They are triggered by words. Negative words. Some are whispered words from the enemy, not your own voice but masquerading as yours. All that brought up an important question:

How do these offenses hinder our prayers?

“They are spiritual leeches,” the Lord said. And then he showed me what they do in the natural – leeches, and ticks, and fleas. Here’s what I learned:

Leeches, ticks and fleas:

    • As leeches bite, they inject anesthetic, so you don’t even know what they are doing to you. Then they begin sucking blood out of you, little by little (remember, life is in the blood, and with it strength, energy, faith, confidence, assurance, all spiritual abilities, including discernment of what the enemy is doing.) They also can inject diseases, viral and bacterial, diseases which can kill you if not detected and treated, such as HIV, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and others.
    • Ticks also inject saliva which exhibits cytolytic, vasodilator, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, and immunosuppressive activity. Many species can transmit diseases to animals and people, such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia.
    • Fleas likewise inject saliva which contains anticoagulants to keep the blood flowing and an enzyme to keep blood from clotting at the wound site. Fleas also carry diseases that can be transmitted through bites, such as flea-borne spotted fever, plague, typhus, and cat scratch fever.

All that was eye-opening and disturbing, to say the least. They are draining our faith, confidence, assurance, peace of mind, leaving uneasiness, being unsettled mentally, emotionally or spiritually, and resulting in unanswered prayers. My next question was,

How can we deal with such offenses?

His reply was just one word: FORGIVENESS. He reminded me that forgiveness is not a feeling. It is a decision – and an excellent spiritual disinfectant and “pest control.”

Let’s get practical:

  1. Ask the Lord to reveal specific things, then deal with each one as they come to mind.
  2. Forgive others, forgive yourselves, ask forgiveness where needed if still possible, and if not extended or not possible, forgive them for NOT forgiving you.
  3. Refuse to harbor bitterness, resentment or grudges. Repentance is a good remedy for those. If a thought, image or feeling about a past offense arises again, (remember, Satan is the father is lies, deception, illusions, delusions), deliberately visualize yourself kicking that things right off a cliff to its demise.
  4. As often as you need to, deliberately do this again, reminding the enemy that it has been dealt with. Any remembrance of it that he brings up is another lie.
  5. Replace it with spiritual memories, God’s word, His promise of life, healing, health and wholeness to you. Personal answered prayers in the past, testimonies of others’ answered prayers.
  6. Use scriptural reminders regarding forgiveness; look verses up, write them down, read them to yourself and remind the Liar in Chief of them often. He loves to interfere with our prayers; don’t let him get away with it.
  7. And keep “short accounts,” that is, deal with anything offensive as it occurs; don’t put it off.

Offer Father God praise, worship, and thanksgiving, even when you don’t feel like it. He is worthy!

Praise confuses the enemy

Esther's Petition

I went to a fundraising concert to benefit the House of Hope ministry last night where several people and groups performed a variety of music.  The S&E Concert Choir were one of those, led by founder Ronnie Cain.  One of their songs was “Praise confuses the enemy,” and it was really great.  And so true!

It does things for the one praising, too, like lifting their spirits, alleviating depression, ushering in the presence and power of God, even “healing what ails you.”

Praise brought down the walls of Jericho, at that time a city stronghold of God’s enemies.  I don’t know what it did at first for the crowd marching around that city, probably muttering “This is nuts,” as they went.  But I am sure whatever they thought of the idea to begin with, when they saw those walls come down, surely their faith in God grew enormously! (Josh. 6)

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Thought provoking. Inspired, I think. Thank you for sharing these remarks again, Tom. We do well to remember them, and take them to heart in these troubling days.

Citizen Tom

The USS Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 (from here) The USS Arizona (BB-39) sunk and burning during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 (from here)

I first ran this post in 2016, WAS IT ABOUT TOLERANCE? NO. IT WAS ABOUT FORGIVENESS. Unfortunately, Shinzo Abe, once the Prime Minister of Japan, is now dead. Therefore, various public figures are honoring him, Trump, Biden, Obama pay tribute to murdered ex-Japan PM Shinzo Abe. Since I think Abe’s own words speak far better of him than anything I could say, I think it best to repeat this post. So, here it is.

Today I heard a great speech when Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, spoke at the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The Prime Minister’s words should strike a chord deep within the heart of every American. The Prime Minister’s words should recall to us the example set by those generations who fought World War II.

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The More Things Change…

July 4, 2022

The more things change the more they stay the same… NOT. Not this time. Remember that old Bon Jovi song?

Last night I asked the Lord a question I’ve asked many times in the last few years. “What’s going on, Lord?” I had hesitated to ask again, thinking of his previous answers to that question… dark, dark and more dark! Bad, confusing, chaotic troubles ahead for America, really for the entire world.

But at the same time there will be light, light and more light! Miracles, rescues, healings, deliverances, thousands of people coming to Christ as they see the hand of God at work. In other words, a global outpouring of the Holy Spirit is coming and in fact has already begun, in the midst of that global darkness.

And so I hesitated a few moments, then asked my question and waited. This time his answer was a bit different.

Changes, he said. Many, many changes are coming. Drastic, sudden and surprising changes! Some will be totally unexpected no matter how you look at things or how you’ve been praying; some shocking and very unpleasant. Some changes will be pleasant to some people while unpleasant to others. Very soon things will be vastly different from the way they are now, in this nation and in others. Political, economic and social spheres – physically and spiritually – will be greatly changed.

As I meditated on that, I realized one thing is for sure – God hasn’t relinquished his ownership of America. He is not happy with the status quo in America and his patience has grown super thin. He let the people have what they wanted for a time and they made a mess of it. It didn’t turn out like they’d planned, now they’re angry, unhappy, anxious and miserable. Once more they are desperate for change.

And so change is coming. The Lord didn’t say how soon, but we will see it. It won’t be hidden, won’t be merely local, regional or even national.


Postscript: On June 28, 2022 at a morning prayer meeting I attend, the Lord gave me a mini-vision. I saw the great Mississippi River and the Missouri River, stretching from the Gulf to the Canadian border. Standing astride the waters of the Mississippi facing north was the Lord, with outstretched arms pointing east and west. He spoke to me and said, there IS no West coast or East coast, there is only ONE America, and it’s MINE, and I’m calling TIME.

God envisioned America, he planned it, designed it and created it, and He intends to fulfill his purpose and goal for it.

Forgiveness, the most powerful weapon

Esther's Petition

Two scripture passages keep coming to mind today:

  • First, Jesus’ words on the cross, “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” [Luke 23:34 KJV].
  • Secondly, Stephen’s words as he was dying, “And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.” [Acts 7:60 KJV]

Forgiveness is the most powerful weapon there is.  Multitudes soon received that forgiveness and were born again. A coincidence? I don’t really think so.

Did you ever wonder why those statements were both spoken ALOUD? And heard and recorded by those who heard them?

Jesus taught us how to deal with enemies. Love them. Pray for them. Do good to them. Ask God for mercy for them. (Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27-37)

It has bothered me greatly these last several years to read on social media Christians cursing (in words or attitudes) so…

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