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Get Your Water Wings Before it’s Too Late

December 31st, 2012

Rain is in the Forecast

I can’t keep up with all the things that are happening, but I’ll try to capture a few. Ruth at Rockport Conservatives wanted to hear about a revelation I had.

I had a wild experience at church yesterday, but the foundation was laid earlier in the week. I was sitting around thinking about the book of Daniel, and I wondered why it said God sent an angel to “close the mouths” of the lions. If I had written the book, it would say something like, “God crushed the lions with big rocks,” or, “God transported the lions into the emperor’s bathroom while he was using it.” Why close their mouths? If I had been Daniel, I would have been pretty nervous, sitting in a stinking pit all night with lions who were completely capable of eating me, had they chosen to open their mouths.

I thought about another part of the Bible. Psalm 63 says, “the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.” And in many places, lions symbolize spirits and possibly human beings who are hostile to God’s people. Psalm 34 says, “the young lions do lack and suffer hunger, but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” Samson killed a lion effortlessly, and later, he took honey from its dead body. In the New Testament, Satan is compared to a roaring lion, wandering the streets, looking for people to devour, and the word translated “devour” is “katapina,” which is also used to mean “drown.” I didn’t consider all of these things at that time; some, I am discovering as I type this.

It seemed to me that when the angel shut the lion’s mouths, he was showing what God would do for us. He would shut the mouths of those who try to destroy us with floods of evil words. A lion’s roar symbolizes these words, which are intended to be disproportionately loud and scary.

And sure enough, yesterday, the Holy Spirit took over, and my pastor started talking prophetically, and he mentioned Daniel, saying God would defeat those who spoke against us in the coming months. He said enemies were going to rise against us, but that we would win by walking by faith.

It was pretty crazy. I was considering all this, and suddenly, I heard a nice hook for a song. It came into my mind. I had to leave the room to record a few notes on my phone. When I came back in, he was pointing at one of the singers, and he was telling him God had said the singer was going to write music. He said he was going to write “new songs” for God.

At that moment, my second complete piece of music was sitting on the stage behind the worship leader. I had dropped it off for him before the service.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that when God describes what lions do, he uses a word that means “drown.” The Bible uses water to symbolize speech. Words are the most powerful tools there are. It may not be clear, but it’s true. Every war started with words. Every great weapon was designed using words. Jail sentences are just words. If enough people speak against you, bad things will happen to you. Look at people like Dan Quayle and George Zimmerman. Goebbels was right. The power of evil speech is very great. If enough people say the same thing, justice and the facts will make no difference.

When God drowned Pharaoh’s army, it symbolized the damage his word would do to Satan’s kingdom, in time.

Look at the man who made the video which was falsely blamed for the Benghazi attack. There are still people today who believe the lies our President and his people told. That man ended up in jail. The slanders were so strong, no one cared when the President had him investigated. It turned out he was guilty of a probation violation, but that would never have come to light, but for the improper investigation, which was motivated by a lie. But for the lie, he would be a free man, regardless of his probation problems.

If you think about it, the real lions in Daniel’s story were the people who had him cast into the pit. More fundamentally, they were the spirits that motivated these human pawns:

It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom; and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss. Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”

So these governors and satraps thronged before the king, and said thus to him: “King Darius, live forever! All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.” Therefore King Darius signed the written decree.

They sought to find “some charge” against Daniel. What is a charge? Words. Daniel hadn’t done anything wrong, so it was necessary to change the law–words–in order to come up with a club they could use to beat him. The conspirators said words to Darius, and he said words which became law. Then those words were used to put an innocent man in a pit with hungry lions. Unarmed, as Second Amendment activists should note. Gun control is imposed through words.

My pastor told us we would be rewarded for confronting our enemies, and that our rewards would depend on how great the enemies were and the extent to which we walked by faith. So, like Samson, we will profit from overcoming our lions. They will try to harm us, but they’ll end up sweetening our lives and doing our work for us.

We should have known this already. The Bible demonstrates this principle over and over. Esther. Moses. Jesus. Abraham. The enemy does his best to kill innocent people who are precious to God, and he ends up shooting himself in the foot. God gives his people victory, and after the battle, they’re more blessed than they were to begin with.

I think this is why Jews tend to do well. I realize not all Jews are successful, but on the whole, they are very prosperous. Lies come against them over and over, and sometimes they suffer terrible violence, but they are not going to disappear, and they will probably become more and more prosperous before the Messianic Age begins. I think they’ll suffer badly outside of Israel, as will real Christians, but I believe Israel is going to continue to get stronger.

Christians don’t have the same promises Jews have. God is going to bring the Jews through the fire no matter what. Weak Christians, on the other hand, don’t seem to have much protection. It seems like we have to be stronger in faith in order to do as well. I think this explains America’s economic decline. We are becoming a second-tier power because more and more of us are slandering and belittling God. We welcome demonic influence. Everybody wants to be bad. We are opening our gates, and the lions are coming in.

We’re being swallowed from within, by the words of our enemies. They close over our heads like water. Gun control. Global warming. Gay marriage. Anything that will diminish our prosperity or power or take us farther from God. We hear it constantly, and the TV heads nod in unison, because there is CONSENSUS. Like the psalm says, “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”

Like the Nazis, they clothe themselves with righteousness. They’re not pro-perversion; they’re anti-bullying. They’re not anti-prosperity; they’re pro-environment, pro-labor, and anti-poverty. They’re not anti-Semitic; they’re pro-“Palestinian.”

It’s all a load of horse manure, but people buy it, and as a result, the water is rising around us. We can’t stop it. We can’t BEGIN to stop it. Only God can stop it. But we shut him out. So he waits. Will we drown, or will we let him come in and shut the lions’ mouths?

I think most of us will drown. Most of us feed and pet the lions.

The angel closed the lions’ mouths. The Jewish word for fasting means “cover the mouth.” It means to put a hand over your mouth or obstruct it, just as the angel put his hands over the lion’s mouths. We should be starving our lions, but we’re doing our best to breed them as big as we can.

If God let Hitler kill six million Jews, and if he himself killed the entire human race, excluding one family, he will definitely let the Guy Fawkes crowd cut Christian throats on American streets. Keeping us safe is not God’s job. It’s ours. He preserves a remnant. The safety of the rest is our problem. He will not step in unless he is made welcome and his enemies are shown the door.

From dealing with a relative who is consumed with evil, and from practicing law, I’ve learned that there is no relief from liars while they’re alive. A determined liar (or an honest advocate who is allowed to present only one side) can argue about anything. The facts are irrelevant.

I recently read a book by a lady who claimed she had visited hell, and even there, the damned were lying. They told Jesus they had changed completely, and that they were ready to go to paradise. When he smoked them out, they cursed him. I believe that’s completely realistic. That’s how people get to hell in the first place. Why would they stop once they arrive? Blame humanity. Blame Jesus himself. Slander God. Slander everyone before you take a single honest look at yourself. If you’re like that, you can’t be fixed. You’re stiff-necked, like a defective clay vessel that has already been fired. The only thing left to do is to get rid of you, like the pottery that ended up in Gehenna. So you go to hell, and then eventually, hell goes into the lake of fire, and…the mouth of them that speak lies is stopped. As Psalm 63 says.

Determined liars are like flies. They bite over and over, and you have to keep swatting them. Maybe this is why the Bible calls Satan the Lord of the Flies. It also calls him the Lord of Dung (or garbage), signifying that he only controls people who are going to be discarded. It’s a terrible thing to say, but one of the great blessings of paradise is that these people, and the doomed spirits that run them, will not be there. The flies will be dead, and the just will finally have some relief.

My advice is to get on board, receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit, work to confront and root out your faults, and try to get close to God. I don’t think you will be safe anywhere else.

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6 Responses to “Get Your Water Wings Before it’s Too Late”

  1. Ruth H Says:

    Thanks, I asked and received. A very interesting and thoughtful post. I can see that your mind revealed even more to you as you wrote it. I should be writing more myself. I have a lot to say but never get it down in print. I don’t make “New Year’s resolutions,” because if I can’t get my act together without a resolution then I am not very good at getting it together. You did good here, I think I am encouraged by your writing today.
    I think you are coming around from a really depressing experience with your old church, they acted against you and everyone else in the place. Truth tellers are not welcome in some places.
    Thanks again.

  2. Steve H. Says:

    I keep rolling it over in my head. I was very much on board for a good long time. I didn’t see the problems immediately. Sometimes I wonder if I’m too hard on them, because it may be unrealistic to expect them to see problems I didn’t see, but some of this stuff is very obvious, so they should have known better (forcing employees to work for nothing, putting Luther Campbell in VIP seating, etc.). And since they did not talk about some of what they did, I don’t know if it’s realistic to expect new members to spot it fast.

    It has occurred to me that churches are subject to the same principle as the characters in The Caine Mutiny. God doesn’t get the smartest or most able people most of the time, just as the Navy was stuck with Captain Queeg before the WWII enlistment rush. Most able people want nothing to do with church. Is it fair to expect the people who answer the call to be good at what they do? Is it better to work very hard to support them? I don’t think so. After a certain more-than-reasonable period of time, you have to call things as you see them.

    I think it’s fair to expect people to spot their major errors, if they’re serious about prayer and study, and if they’re not hypocrites. Surely God will lead people around egregious, blatant errors. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think it’s that hard to turn in a C+ performance, especially when people are telling you what’s wrong.

  3. Leah Says:

    How is one Baptized in the Holy Spirit?

  4. Ruth H Says:

    One thing that has occurred to me is that you are grieving this relationship with the church as one would who has been divorced after a very bad marriage. I’ve been reading your thoughts on the church and on marriage and just read Aaron’s writing and advice which I think is very good, AND it works for finding a church as well.

  5. Steve H. Says:

    Leah, you can see it all through the New Testament. Generally, people who are already baptized lay hands on people who are not, and they receive it that way. But sometimes it just falls on people. A charismatic church can tell you more.

    Ruth, I am linked to the old church through people I care about who are still there. Other than that, I would have no ties at all, nor would I have any interest in what they do. I dumped them from my online contacts. I never have anything to do with them.

    Often people get the idea that I sit and stew over the way I was treated. That’s not true at all, although when you say a thing like that, people will always claim you’re in denial. They don’t know me; I cut people off instantly and don’t look back.

    Many people, especially women, obsess on old relationships. I don’t do that. Over is over. If anything, I tend to forget more than I should about people once I’ve cut them out.

    I don’t care about the money and things I gave them. I don’t care about the way they wasted my time. I almost never think about those things. I don’t think much about the lies that were told about me. I’m just irritated by the way they continue to treat my friends, and of course, when I hear someone over there has made some new remark about me, I don’t like it.

  6. John Says:

    Leah… Andrew Wommack has great and specific teaching from Scripture about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. His site is AWMI.net

    Scroll down through his “Teaching Articles” on the left side…or click this to go directly to teaching on the Holy Spirit:

    http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/holy_spirit