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My ‘Jonah’ Struggle

Brothers and Sisters,

I have a confession to make (and an apology, as well).  As some of you have noticed, I stopped blogging some months ago.  A few weeks ago, I posted a blog in which I tried to explain why I have been absent.  I must beg you to forgive my absence, and that last blog.  I wasn’t entirely honest with you in that last blog.  I knew then and I know now why I stopped blogging.  I have known all along, I just didn’t want to accept it — until now.  Now the time has come for me to confess why I stopped writing and to repent of my disobedience.  You see, just like Jonah tried to do, I have been trying to run from what the Lord has been telling me to do.  And though we may have had different reasons for running, just like Jonah, the Lord is going to force me to do His bidding.  In Jonah’s case, he was swallowed by a whale and taken to where the Lord needed him to be.  In my case, it is like a fire within, and unless I write what I am told to write, the fire starts to burn hotter and hotter until it literally consumes me.  It can get so intense that I cannot eat or sleep until I write what I am told to write.  So, my confession is this: I have been avoiding my blogging because the command I have been given is to:

Prepare the remnant for a time of testing and persecution!

For almost a year now, this has been the commandment I have heard from the Lord: Prepare all who will listen for a time of persecution and tribulation on a level we Westerners have not seen in a long, long time.  I fear what I know is coming, and I have not wanted to face it.  Consequently, I have tried to avoid facing my fears by avoiding what I have been told to do.  I can no longer do that.  The Lord was gracious, and He gave me time to get ready, but now the fire has started to burn within me once more and I simply must obey.  It is for this reason that I am returning to all three of my blogs.

My dear friends, please, do not take my words the wrong way: I am no prophet.  A prophet stands in the counsel of the Lord and gets his or her commands directly from the Lord.  This is not me.  Nor am I worthy to be counted among those godly saints.  I am just a wretched sinner who is trying his very best to do what the Lord has commanded him to do.  I write the messages I am given and I trust that the Lord makes sure they are seen by whomever He wishes to see them.  What happens from that point is not only out of my hands, but it is none of my business.  So, with that said, if you are going to continue to follow this or either of my other two blogs, I must warn you: the messages that will follow are not going to tickle your ears.  In fact, for the foreseeable future, I suspect they will likely be messages of warning.  I just pray that my words will be what He wants them to be, and that they will not fall on deaf ears…

MY WITNESS: Why I Abandoned The Road to Concord

To Those of You Who Come Over from ‘The Road to Concord,’ Welcome:

I posted an abbreviated explanation for why I abandoned ‘The Road to Concord’ on TRTC, but I thought a more in-depth explanation might be in order — especially for those who chose to follow me here.

I still believe in Natural law, as did our Founders.  But our Founders understood Natural Law as John Locke understood it, not Thomas Hobbs.  Our modern world seems to have lost track of this fact, but there is a huge difference between the two.  Locke recognized and subordinated himself to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (as did all those who believed as he did), whereas Hobbs rejected the notion of a Creator and recognized man as his own god (as did all those who believed as he did).

For those who do not already know this, John Locke was a devout Christian.  He even wrote a line-by-line commentary on “The Book of Romans.”  It is in “Romans” that Locke — as those before him — found the source code for his understanding of Natural Law.  This source code is echoed throughout the Old and New Testament, but it is most clearly defined in “The Book of Job.”  Either way, for Locke and all those who aligned with his thinking, the source of all rights and law is and always will be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Hobbs, on the other hand, reject the God of Abraham.  If one knows the references, even the title of Hobbs’ best known work, “Leviathan,” is a statement of defiance and rebellion against The Creator.  In both ancient religious belief as well as those in the Scriptures, the Leviathan, or sea monster, is seen as a metaphor for chaos and lawlessness.  To the ancient world, whoever can tame the Leviathan and bring order is god.  Those who align themselves with Hobbs and his line of thinking are — whether they consciously realize it or not — declaring themselves to be, or at least vying to become god(s) by claiming they alone can bring order from chaos. This is just one of the many ‘shadows’ of the Spirit world reflected in our world that go unnoticed by those who do not see the world through a Scriptural lens.

Anyway, long-story-short, the American Founders followed Locke’s version of Natural Law and subordinated themselves to and sought the aid and approval of its Author.  In return, they were given a new nation; a nation that may very well be connected to Biblical prophecies concerning Ephraim and Manasseh.  On the other hand, those who followed Hobbs rejected the Creator and — eventually — they murdered thousands, including small children.  They also destroyed France and a large part of Europe in the process.  If one knows Scripture, then one knows that which builds up and gives life and freedom and lives according to the law is of the Spirit of God, while that which tears down, kills and destroys and which lives lawlessly is of the adversary (i.e. Satan).  Spiritually, this is the difference between the American and French Revolutions: the American Revolution was of God, the French was not.  The Spiritual lessons and ramifications remain with us to this day, but only those who seek to see with Spiritual eyes can see them.

Well, I have been starting to see all of this more and more clearly.  I see how the events of this world are connected to and driven by the things mentioned in Scripture, and how the Spirit world is reflected in the events of this one.  I do not claim to be able to see a sharp image of the True picture hidden behind the fog, but the shadows have been taking a much cleaner, much more coherent shape for me.  The end result is that I could no longer continue trying to explain things in what one might call ‘secular’ terms — especially when I know that the driving forces behind everything that happens in this world is not of this natural world.  For months now, I have been feeling compelled to write without holding back.  To include my faith and the way it has opened my eyes.  This compulsion simply will not let me continue as I was writing before — not any more.  If I try, I know the fire within will consume me.

Therefore, I am going to do as I feel I am being lead to do: I am going to share my personal views on this world as I have come to understand them.  Where my faith shapes my understanding, I will say so.  Where it is my personal intellect, I will say that as well.  But, either way, I will no longer remain silent about the role my faith plays in my understanding of this world, nor will I continue to silence myself for the sake of not offending those who do not believe.  This is all the more important when I consider the fact that Scripture tells us this world will find everything that is of God to be offensive.  In fact, it is this teaching in Scripture that has helped me make the move from TRTC to As Through Glass.  If I share something I know is of and from God and it offends another, then I have a good indication as to which side of the Spiritual divide that person may be.  In a similar way, I realized that the division we are seeing in our society are not really about Left and Right, or black and white, but about those who align themselves with God and those who have rejected Him.  Knowing this, and knowing that God will condemn those who see danger and do not try to warn others, I knew I could no longer try to walk the neutral middle.  I had to publicly declare my Spiritual allegiance in this world and the Spiritual world, and I had to do my best to edify and warn those who would listen.

Therefore, from this point forward, when I write, I will write for the Lord.  I will share the full extent of my understanding, and explain why it is I have come to my position.  I will also be open and honest about those things I do not know or understand — which will be often, because there is far more that I do not know than I do.  So, I will share my personal story, and my perspective with whomever may find my posts.  Then I will simply leave the reader to make up his or her own mind as to what they make of what I have shared.  After all, it is not my place to make anyone see anything a certain way.  That is the job of the Holy Spirit, and I do not wish to tread on His Authority — not even out f innocent accident.

Peace be with you,