Portals are opening

PortholeSpaceWhile I was watching a DVD one morning several years ago, the Lord spoke to me. “What is a portal?” He said. I began to think about that. Portal. Hmmm. I first visualized a porthole on a ship.

On board the Logos 2 I had a cabin in the bow of the ship, quayside. No porthole, though; it had a window to the deck. Well, the window was a portal. I continued to think.

A portal is an opening. Perhaps just a crack. I once lived in an old plantation house where you could see the ground through cracks in the floor. Those cracks were portals.

A portal could be a doorway between similar environments. Like from the dining room into the kitchen. It could be a doorway between slightly dissimilar environments, like from a hot New York street into an air-conditioned office building.

Or a doorway between completely different environments, like the hatch on the space shuttle leading to outer space. It could be a doorway between the natural and supernatural…

Jacob saw such a portal. Tired from traveling, he chose a place out in the open to sleep. In the night he had a remarkable dream. He saw angels ascending and descending through an open portal. And he recognized it! “This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” God spoke to him and gave him a tremendous promise. (Genesis 28:10-17)

Peter, James and John also saw a supernatural portal. Jesus took them with him into a high mountain. Suddenly they saw Jesus standing with Moses and Elijah, brilliant in appearance and looking quite different from normal humans! The disciples were terrified. Then God spoke directly to them out of a cloud, “This is my beloved Son; hear him.” (Mark 9:1-9)

The apostle John saw a supernatural portal. The entire book of Revelation describes what he saw! I have sometimes wondered if heaven and earth don’t actually occupy the same space, just on different wavelengths. Then when God wants humans to see something supernatural, he just alters the physics of existence at that place. Well, it’s a theory.

I had gotten that far in my thinking about portals when the Lord spoke again. “I am opening many portals in the world.” Oh, God! That hit me like a jolt of electricity. I couldn’t think any more. I couldn’t even pray. Write it, He said. So I wrote it. That was July 9, 2013…

Since that day I have been on watch for indications of those portals, reading and viewing news stories from around the world. Looking for peculiarly unexplainable, unprecedented occurrences.

Observing signs and symptoms of portals through which some things are trickling, some things are drifting, some things are pouring – supernatural influences for good and for evil. I see more, and more, and more of them every week.

“Pray not for this people…”

Jeremiah-Lamenting-the-Destruction-of-Jerusalem-1630-RembrandtJeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem, Rembrandt 1630.

God’s laws were given to his people for their protection. The Ten Commandments contain the most practical spiritual, emotional, and economic laws imaginable.

Yet throughout history, many of God’s people have either rebelled against or ignored those laws, to their own detriment.

One day as I was re-reading the book of Jeremiah, several verses stood out…

In Jeremiah 7:16 God tells Jeremiah, “So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen to you.”

Again in Jeremiah 11:14 God says, “Do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress.”

And in Jeremiah 14:11-12 He reiterates, “Do not pray for the well-being of this people. Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword, famine and plague.”

Did you realize these verses were in the Bible?  Many times Christians are commanded to pray, to intercede — yet here God told Jeremiah not to. Why?

Because over and over the people had been told the consequences of breaking God’s laws and they had ignored the warnings. So now they wouldn’t be getting any more warnings, they would be getting the consequences. War. Famine. Disease. Captivity. (Or fires, tornados, floods, earthquakes, typhoons…?)

Prayer without intervention, without corresponding works and without repentance on the part of God’s people, just isn’t enough.

Is the day coming when God won’t hear our prayers for the United States?

In Jeremiah Chapters 42-43, a group of people requested Jeremiah to ask God for them what they should do, whether they should stay in the land under the rule of Babylon, or whether they should take the easy route and go to Egypt where they would be “safe.”

They declared that whatever God said, that’s what they would do. (42:6) So, Jeremiah asked God what they should do.

God said if they stayed put in their own land they would be okay, but if they went into Egypt they would be destroyed. Jeremiah gave the people God’s answer, but they didn’t like it. Instead of staying put like God told them, they went to Egypt and forced Jeremiah to go with them — and sure enough, they were destroyed.

Jeremiah is called the Weeping Prophet because he was grief-stricken over the sin of his nation, over the fact that the people kept ignoring God’s warnings. At one point he wanted to quit because the people were ridiculing him.

In Jeremiah 20:7, he said “I am in derision daily, everyone mocks me.” In verse 9 he says, “Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any  more in His name. But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forebearing, and I could not refrain.” He continued warning the people, though they continued ignoring his warnings.

What might this mean for us today?

Unless we keep speaking out, standing up and intervening, and unless the people of our nation heed the warnings, there may come a day when God tells us to quit praying.

(Reposted from February, 2007 – still appropriate.)

Is God judging America?

Is God judging America, someone asked me recently? They were talking about the many weather disasters, fires, floods and tornadoes.

I answered from my spirit without having to think about it.

I don’t know, I said. But if a soldier was dressed in body armor because an enemy was shooting at him, and he decided he didn’t need the armor any more and took it off, he’d be dead. The enemy would kill him.

America has taken off its armor. Whether God is judging America for sin or the people have removed their armor, the result is the same. Death and destruction. Chaos. Tragedy.

The gospel, the blood of Jesus Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit, the armor of God is our only protection when the massive storms rise.

Where is our nation’s armor?