Awaiting angels…

awaitingangelsAnd there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:8-11)

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More darkness is coming

SoldiersFieryLast night before going to sleep, I had been praying for specific people that came to mind, pretty much as usual. After the last one, I asked the Lord to please speak to me. I had been “doing all the talking,” and even though I knew he had wanted me to pray for those people, now I wanted to listen.

More darkness is coming, he said.

Oh, Lord, I said, again? We’ve had a lot of darkness lately, haven’t we? And there’s a global revival going on, isn’t there?

Yes, but more darkness is coming. More trouble, anxiety, depression, worry, anger, fear, money problems, health problems, family conflicts, community disagreements, arguments escalating into fights, warfare between peoples, between nations. All of it is escalating.

Where there have been floods and fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and super storms, there will be drought. Famine will be accompanied by a lack of resources, and a lack of answers on where and how to get resources.

Infrastructures will fail. Faults, flaws, small damages are growing into major damages. Communication and travel will be affected. Without infrastructure, building materials can’t be located, can’t be transported. Without building materials, re-building is hindered, limited, or prevented outright.

Where, Lord, I asked?

The United States but not just the United States. The entire world is coming apart at the seams politically, on every continent. How to respond to “natural” disasters is a point of political contention which will continue to grow.

But there is no natural response effective enough against supernatural disaster, and these events are supernatural. They are not man-made except in the sense that they are not man-prevented, though they could have been.

The desire and struggle for power is supernaturally expanding across the planet. The aim is not unity, is not peace, is not prosperity, as those being controlled and manipulated believe. The manipulator’s goal is chaos. Destruction of the human habitat, elimination of the human race is his real goal.

Chaos is the natural habitat of the enemy of the human race, and that’s what he is engineering, nation by nation, continent by continent.

But this is my planet, the Lord said. I designed the universe around it. The human race is my greatest creation, my greatest treasure.

As chaos is growing, so is my kingdom. My light is growing, extinguishing the darkness. My goal is for this planet to be inhabited by those who are inhabited by me. Whose goal do you think will succeed?

Instead of going to sleep sad and depressed, I actually fell asleep reassured.

This morning I visualize Jesus standing in my office, watching me type this. He is not wearing the typical robe and sandals that you see in paintings. He is wearing battle gear. Crowding around him are angels dressed as he is, in armor. They jostle one another trying to fit into this small space. Incredible!

This battle is not over, but the battle is the Lord’s. Light will overcome darkness, every single time.

War is planned.

War is planned.

I was thinking about all the wars and rumors of wars in the news the other day. Then as I listened to Christmas carols and thought about the Bethlehem story, the Lord began talking to me.

Men speak peace but they plan war.

Don’t pray for world peace. The angels at Bethlehem didn’t declare peace on earth – they declared peace on earth to men of good will – i.e., men of God’s choosing.

Peace happens in pockets. As one individual at a time is offered terms of peace, he himself must accept those terms, must declare peace between himself and God. As the evidence and benefits of the obtained peace become obvious to others, they may seek peace with God also. On God’s terms, of course, not theirs.

The problem isn’t that God declared war on mankind. Mankind’s beautiful false friend planned war the moment Adam was created. Satan planned it, declared it, and conscripted humans into his ranks to wage it. But he cannot win; God is too skilled a warrior to lose this battle.

Winning the war isn’t the enemy’s only goal, however. It’s his ultimate goal, perhaps, but in the interim corrupting humanity will do, one man at a time. Weaken his faith, strengthen his doubt, neutralize his fighting ability and there’s one less warrior to worry about.

Oh yes, war is planned. It’s a major occupation of the tempter to plan it and plant it in the minds of susceptible human beings.

Whether in little skirmishes or horrific battles, men attempt to gain something by other than honorable means. What is it they want? Control. Power and authority. Godship of themselves and others.

A primary temptation from the beginning of time, this is the first of the ten commandments. Have no other gods before me, the Lord said. Being your own god, making your own rules, ruling your own life and that of other people is so attractive! That’s why war will exist for at least a thousand more years.

Daniel learned about warfare from the angel Gabriel, and he wrote about battles between nations that would happen far into the future from his own time.

He also learned about battles raging even then, fierce enough to delay delivery of a message from an angel (Daniel 10:12-13). The book of Daniel offers fascinating insights into what goes on around us unseen to the human eye, yet affecting us both personally and politically.

So, rather than praying the usual generic, seasonal prayer for world peace, let’s pray for peace between God and individuals; that kind is actually possible.