Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The tempest comes out from its chamber,
    the cold from the driving winds.
 The breath of God produces ice,
    and the broad waters become frozen.

Job 37: 5-10 


Monday, December 5, 2016

What was the Star of Bethlehem?

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." Matthew 2:1-2

Most of us have heard about the three wise men or magi from the east who saw the bright star and knew that a mighty king had been born. But have you ever wondered what this star was? Where did it come from? Why was it so bright? Or how they knew what it meant or where to go to find this king?  If you remember the story, they traveled to Jerusalem and ended up asking King Herod, assuming he would know about a new king being born. Of course Herod didn't know, nor did any of the pharisees, scribes, Jewish leaders, or prophets of the day. At least none that we know of, for no one came to visit the baby Jesus except some shepherds who had found out from angels and then, of course, these three wise men. 

So how did these wise men know? Of course none of us were there, but most theologians agree that these wise men came from Babylon, and if you know your Bible, you'll remember that the Babylonians  conquered the nation of Israel around 600 BC and took most of the Israelites captive to Babylon, including Daniel the great prophet. Because God's favor was on Daniel, he became quite a powerful prophet and adviser in the kingdom. The people of Israel lived there for 70 years, and no doubt brought their sacred texts along with them--the Torah, the writings of the prophets and probably the writings of Enoch. I don't know how much of the Old Testament the Israelites had at the time, but within that sacred text we now know there were multiple prophecies of the first and second coming of the Messiah, a great King who would eventually rule the world in righteousness and peace. 

These magi must have also had a great understanding of the stars and the constellations. Before you click away, claiming this is astrology. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about Biblical astronomy. Yes, there is Biblical astronomy. The Jewish people had their own zodiac called the Mazzaroth. You see, God placed stars in the sky in certain alignments to represent the story of the Gospel and to give us signs. These constellations were revealed to Enoch by God and are written about in the book of Enoch. For more information Visit this Website or purchase the book, The Witness of the Stars by E.W. Bullinger. The Bible is very clear that one reason God gave us the stars is for signs.

Note: It was only later that Satan perverted the message in the stars by twisting their meanings and making it all about fortune telling. 

So what was the Star of Bethlehem? What made these magi take note of it so much that they were willing to travel to a different country to find the king it foretold? And a Jewish king at that!

To help understand it all, let's examine what the following stars and planets represented in Biblical astronomy.

Jupiter = King planet
Regulus (where we get the name regal) is the King Star
Leo (the Lion of Judah) is the King Constellation
Venus = bright morning star
Saturn = Satan

We also need to know the following terms:

Conjunction = The coincidence of two or more heavenly bodies at the same celestial longitude.
or the state of two or more such coinciding heavenly bodies. In other words, two more stars or planets moving near or seemingly on top of each other.

Retrograde action - a heavenly body appearing to move on the celestial sphere in the direction opposite to the natural order due to the revolution of the earth. In other words, this refers to the illusion of a planet or star moving backward to our viewpoint because we are on a moving planet.

If you use Stellarium or purchase an astronomy program like Starry Sky, you can type in a date and actually move through time and view what the sky would have looked like from a certain point on earth. The Magi were in present day Iraq and we know from historical records that King Herod died around 1 BC, so if we start searching the skies above Iraq from 3 BC to 1 BC and look for anything unusual that would stand out to people who were used to looking at the stars, this is what we find. 

Staring around Sept 11, 3BC, the king Planet Jupiter forms a triple conjunction with the King star Regulus. What that means is that Jupiter moves right on top of or right beside Regulus, then moves away for a distance, then turns around and comes back again to Regulus, then moves away again and then comes back a third time. (Notice the King planet and King star) 

This is called a triple conjunction and is EXTREMELY RARE.  

The really cool thing is if you follow the movement of Jupiter, it appears to be forming a crown over Regulas.

This would have definitely caught the eye of the Magi, but though it was rare, it wasn't something they hadn't seen before. So, this alone probably wouldn't have sent them to Jerusalem.

However, there's another point to make. And that is that Jupiter and Regulus are doing their little dance INSIDE the constellation Leo, the Lion, which is the constellation of the tribe of Judah, which as you may remember is the King tribe into which David and Jesus were born. 

So now we have the king planet in a triple conjunction with the king star in the king constellation. Hmm. That would have definitely gotten their attention. Note the Trilogy here.

However, they still wouldn't have gone in search of the new king just for this sign. It's cool and definitely means a king is coming, but they would have seen this at least once before.

Here's a screen shot of what Stellarium looks like

If we fast forward in our Astronomy software  (9 Months) to June 2BC, we find something phenomenal.

Enter Venus, the Bright Morning Star planet, also known as the Mother planet. You may also remember that Jesus calls Himself the Bright Morning star in Revelation 22:16

I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.

So, this is what we now see in the sky, just 9-10 months after Jupiter crowned Regulus in Leo (which could possibly be the conception of Jesus)  we see the king planet Jupiter is in conjunction with Venus (Bright morning star planet), which means these two massive planets are sitting side by side, forming a giant figure 8. This never happened before and would have been the BRIGHTEST STAR anyone had ever seen. 

So why am I telling you this? Not only is it really cool information, but when I learn things like this, it increases my faith and it also makes me realize what an amazing God we serve. How He truly is in command of the stars, the planets, the universe, and how everything is designed to preform exactly according to His will. I also love how He put in place signs in the sky that point to major events He has planned or is planning for this present age. And for those of us who are paying attention, it only confirms the truth of God's Word and His promises.

If you want to watch a short video presentation of this, I recommend Scottie Clark's
If you're interested in a longer documentary, This is a good ONE. This guy, Rick Larson, also has a website that is interesting.



Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday's mad mad World!

Greetings children of the Most High!

Here's another list of important events that happened recently around the world. There are always so many, but I try and choose the ones that seem the most important. I'm not trying to frighten you. However, I do believe the Lord wants us to pay attention and be knowledgeable about world events for three reasons.

  1. Prayer
  2. Preparation
  3. Evangelism
So, with that in mind, here we go!


 FYI, there have been 400 earthquakes of 4.5 magnitude or greater in the last 31 days, mostly in little unknown places.  This may be unprecedented, I don’t know.  Luke 21:11 : “And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places”.  Got that right.


Best prophetic news for last : For the first time since the 2nd Temple 2,000 years ago, a ritually “pure” oil has been carefully prepared by the Sanhedrin so that people of Israel will be ready to light the menorah for the Third Temple.  Rabbi Sarri : “We can do this part on the Temple Mount right now.  If the situation arises, we will be ready to perform this mitzvah (Torah Commandment).  This “pure” oil is very complicated to produce as it is a Biblically mandated process to prepare the exact oil used in the 2nd Temple”.

Tens of thousands flee as fires rage across Israel

New World Order

The formation of an EU Army

Wars and Rumors of Wars


Signs in the sky

Increase in Darkness



Supreme court Justice says religious freedom in greater danger than free speech 



Labeling Fake news labels to restrict opposing views

In the midst of the darkness, the Light grows!

Have a great weekend! And Keep looking Up!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Winner of the TWO audio CDs of She Walks in Power!

Congratulations to Elsie Upton and Cindy Steward!!  Chosen by Random.Org

Thank you all for entering!!!  And for all your kind comments. I wish I could give a copy to all of you!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Then they will hand you over to tribulation, and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. At that time many will be offended and repelled and will fall away and will betray one another and will hate one another. Many false prophets will appear and mislead many.  Because lawlessness is increased, the love of most people will grow cold.  But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 

Matt 24 9-13

And I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

Matt 28:20


Monday, November 28, 2016

What's up with speaking in tongues?

Speaking in tongues? You mean that scary gibberish that some fanatical charismatics speak? I heard it once during a church service and another time when someone was praying and it totally freaked me out!.

Nop. That isn't me speaking. But that's typical of what I've heard from several Christians when the topic comes up. It's weird, it's scary, it's freaky. And it's only for those fanatics.  Right? Hmm. Well, that's not what the Bible says.

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  Mark 16:17

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  Acts 2:2-4

And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. Acts 19:6

To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 1 Corinthians 12:10

And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:28

I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. 1 Cor 4:5

I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: 1 Corin 14:18

Yet how many believers do you know who actually speak in tongues? Here's another question, when was the last time you heard a sermon on speaking in tongues?  If you're part of a regular non-charismatic church, I'm guessing never. I'm not saying the charismatics have it right either. Often they go too far into the spiritual gifts and forget what's important. Jesus!

Being baptized in the Holy Spirit was a big deal in the early church, and according to Scripture, it was a completely separate event from getting saved. When a person receives Jesus and makes Him Lord, his spirit is born again. That's salvation. But that person is still not baptized in the Spirit. Believe me, I don't completely understand the difference, except to say that the baptism has a separate function all together. When a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit, they receive spiritual power that enables them to not only do supernatural things, but to do what God has called them to do on earth.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

This extra supernatural power displays itself in the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we read about in 1 Corinthians. The gifts of miracles, healing, prophesy, teaching, words of wisdom and knowledge, faith, and of course tongues.  

Here you can clearly see that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is separate from salvation

Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.  For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit. Acts 8:14-17

As you read through the book of ACTS, you'll see that every single time the apostles laid their hands on people to receive the Holy Spirit, the people spoke in tongues. Tongues is a manifestation of receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. There's nothing freaky or spooky about it. And I believe, aside from salvation, it's the 2nd most important gift God gives His children.  He doesn't want us to go through this life without His power within us. He's basically handing us the ability to do what Jesus did on earth. Why turn that down?  Certainly we are saved without it and certainly we can still do good things and lead others to the Lord without it. But why not receive it? 

Now, I'll make this personal. I used to think tongues were kinda weird myself. But over the years, I've dramatically changed my mind. When I discovered how important being baptized in the Holy Spirit was and how much it would bring me closer to God, I asked God to baptize me and then received the Holy Spirit. I thanked and praised God, then opened my mouth, drew in a deep breath and just spoke upward from my spirit. Does it sound silly? Sure, at first. Believe me, it's not gibberish. We are actually speaking a REAL language from somewhere on earth or in heaven.  In fact, it's the Holy Spirit talking through your spirit to God. Your mind has nothing to do with it. You won't understand a word of it.  Which honestly makes it really hard at first. It takes practice. Lots of it. For years, I didn't really speak in tongues much, but for the past year, I've picked it up again and I can honestly say I'm VERY GLAD I have.  Here are the benefits I've noticed:

  • The Holy Spirit can, through you, pray for things that you may not even be aware of
  • It's a great way to worship God in Spirit and Truth
  • While you're speaking in tongues, if you focus on God and His love for you, He often will speak to you in your spirit
  • The more I speak in tongues, the closer to God I ultimately feel
  • After I speak in tongues, my spirit feels lighter
  • If I don't know how to pray for a situation, I switch to tongues
  • In a church group if there's a person there with the gift of interpretation, speaking in tongues is a great way to hear from God.

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; Romans 8:26

I'm so glad I didn't give up on tongues. It has really helped my walk with God. Sometimes during a busy day, I speak in tongues under my breath as I go about my tasks, knowing that while my mind might be busy, my spirit is communing with God.

If you haven't yet received the gift of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I encourage you to do so. You can simply ask God for it, receive it, and then start speaking whatever bubbles out of your spirit. And remember tongues is just one aspect of the power of the Spirit. It's time the western church wakes up to all God has for us on this earth. Believe me, we're going to need all the power we can get to face what's coming in 2017.


Friday, November 25, 2016

WIN an Audio CD of She Walks in Power!

Happy Friday, everyone!

In honor of Black Friday, I've got a great deal for you. I'm giving away TWO copies of the audio -CD Version of my latest release, She Walks in Power. This comes in a nice package and contains 8 CD's in which the entire book is narrated by Anna Parker Naples.  She is excellent! The Audio regularly goes for 29.99.  If you want to listen to a sample, head over to Amazon and click "Listen" beneath the cover picture.

This would make a great Christmas gift!

What's the catch? Not a thing. I'm just trying to give back a little to my readers. I honestly wish I could give each one of you a copy for Christmas. Of course if you're the one listening to it, I'd love a review on Amazon if you haven't already reviewed the book. If you're planning on giving it away as a gift, I'd love it if you'd choose someone who really needs to know God's love and power. :-)

How to enter? Easy Peasy. Just leave a comment with your email address. (Sorry US only Cost of shipping is too high elsewhere)  I will choose a winner Next Thursday, December 1st

Alexia D'Clere didn't ask to be Protector of the Spear, but after her dying mother gave her the tiny metal object and made her promise to keep it safe, she had no choice. Orphaned at age eight, she began to take over the running of her parent's castle with the help of a trusted steward. Yet, when a plot to murder her was revealed, a friar whisked her away to live hidden in the forest. There, she learned to shoot expertly with bow and arrow and hone her skills to see into the spirit realm.

Now, at eighteen, Alexia continues to keep the Spear protected, provide meat for the starving village, while secretly caring for her ill sister who still lives in the castle. With Alexia's powers of spiritual discernment and her skill as an archer, she is no match for those who come for the spear. That is until she meets Ronar LePeine, one of the King's elite guard.

Ronar desires nothing more than to do his duty to God and King and pay penance for past sins. Yet a forest sprite with red, flaming hair blocks his every move, all the while enchanting him like no other. Something evil lurks at Castle Luxley, and both Ronar and Alexia are soon thrust into the middle of a spiritual battle which will not only test their very beliefs, but put them both in mortal danger.

Have a great weekend!