Aug 31, 2020
Americans today face a very important decision: “On what foundation will we continue to build our country?”
Continue the one laid by our founding fathers “Liberty”, or tear it down and rebuild on a new foundation of Socialism/Communism.
The Choice Could Not be Clearer!
Buildings burning, Police defunding, businesses shut down or driven out, unreasonable restrictions on all kinds of activity from waking your dog, getting together with friends, or even singing in Church: this is the breakdown, or should we say “tear down” of our American foundation of liberty and responsibility under law.
This, however, is the American foundation expressed in the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”
These truths were derived from centuries of development of the Judeo-Christian ethic, which is built upon Biblical truth and morality. While not every founding father was a Bible believing Christian, they all embraced a common set of moral convictions based on natural law and revelation - the Bible including the 10 Commandments.
Many people are familiar with the following quote from our nation’s second president John Adams, one of the major influencers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
They are not, however, familiar with the context. The above quote comes from a letter Adams wrote to the Massachusetts Militia. This letter was written in 1798 after some of the most grievous activities of the French Revolution/Jacobin movement, “The Reign of Terror”. While the French Revolution in some ways tried to emulate the principles of the then recently successful American Revolution, John Adams contrasted what was going on in Europe with the situation in America. What was the difference? The ultimate morality and freedoms granted by Divine Providence (God) was the missing piece. The French based their revolution on human social contract and rights delineated in the “Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen”, but, like Karl Marx a few decades later, the foundation was on the sand of humanist philosophy, not on the solid realities of Divine Revelation and Natural Law. However, Karl Marx, university economist turned revolutionary (sound familiar) goes further. Marx advocates for the violent overthrow of society to bring in the Communist vision. He advocates for a radical rejection of God ordained principles such as the traditional family, free enterprise, freedom to worship, and private property.
Think how many of the 10 following Communist goals taken straight from “The Communist Manifesto” written in 1848 have been accomplished, and how many are being espoused by voices in America today (our comments in parentheses):
1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes. (Government owns and runs everything)
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. (A means of wealth redistribution)
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance. (What you have earned or own is not yours to pass on)
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels. (What’s yours becomes theirs, especially if you don’t agree with them)
5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly. (Complete control of finance and money supply)
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State. (No freedom of movement, no freedom of speech)
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan. (Government owns and runs all industry and agriculture, you can’t start or run your own business)
8. Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture. (Forced labor, the government picks your job for you)
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country. (The government decides where you will live)
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c, &c. (It was not child labor, but the goal that government raises and educates the children, and prepares them for the job they think they should do. Notice is says “in present form”)
Instead of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, Communism and Socialism are paths toward tyranny. Which do you prefer? Vote wisely.
Q: Are there political candidates and parties that advocate Marxist ideology?
A: Yes, pay attention to what people are espousing and you will figure out what they stand for. Are they for God, family, the rule of law, traditional morality; or for turning everything upside down from where our society has stood for hundreds of years?
Q: Can I make a difference?
A: You can make a big difference.
· Get involved locally with school and government.
· Speak boldly for the freedom and rights given us by God as outlined in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights in the Constitution.
· Stand up for your rights as a free citizen, and be willing to fight and die for them if necessary.
· Pray for God to grant spiritual revival and awakening to America and the world
Q: How should I vote?
A: You should vote your conscience.
· If you believe in America’s foundation, that our Creator is the source of our rights and freedoms, and you want to preserve the liberties the founding fathers recognized as from God our creator, then that is how you should vote.
· If you believe humanism, socialism, and Marxism are good for America, and the constitution has outlived its usefulness, that is how you should vote.
Principles of Communism
“The proletariat (working class) will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital (property) from the bourgeoisie (business and property owners, that’s you if you own anything), to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the State, i.e., of the proletariat organized as the ruling class (the mob); and to increase the total productive forces as rapidly as possible.”
Karl Marx - The Communist Manifesto
In plain English: The ultimate goal of the communist is take complete control of everything you have by hook or by crook, and then dictate every area of your life. What you learn, where you work, what you drive or don’t drive, how you speak, the words you use, etc. This abuse is called “Tyranny”.
America’s Founding Principle
“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
America’s founding principle is self-government with the moral constraint that comes from knowing and fearing God, from whom we derive our freedom, rights and liberties. These same freedoms and rights government is established to protect and defend, not destroy.
Sources and References
Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States:
John Adams letter to the Massachusetts Militia 1798:
The Communist Manifesto:
George Washington Quotes:
The Babylonian Agenda: The War we Wage
Jan 15, 2017
The Babylonian Agenda: The War we Wage
“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12, NRSV
All humanity, whether one realizes it or not, is engaged in a cosmic battle, the outcome of which will determine their eternal destiny, because the side we choose means everything, neutrality is not an option. (Deut 30:19) God also promises complete deliverance if we accept His loving offer of salvation in Jesus Christ.
There are 2 primary agendas at work:
God’s agenda, where He calls lost humanity back into a loving relationship with himself through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the messiah promised in the holy scriptures.Key elements of this agenda include:
- Reveal to humanity His will and plan to redeem through the Holy Scripture
- Fulfill His plan to redeem by sending Jesus to provide complete atonement for humanity’s sin and testify to His lordship in rising from the dead, saving humanity if they put complete faith and confidence in Him for their salvation.
- Commission His redeemed people to proclaim this message until Christ returns in glory to judge the living and the dead, and reign as KING eternal.
- Sanctify and empower His people through His Holy Spirit to live and wage war in the spirit until His return.
Satan’s “Babylonian Agenda”, where he seeks to be worshiped by humanity corrupted through the ongoing propagation of his lies. The Babylonia Agenda includes these key elements:
- Corrupt the human race through sexual perversity
- Corrupt the human race through false religion
- Lead mankind into a global government (globalism) where he (Satan) will rule as king via a human proxy
- Destroy or suppress the testimony of God on earth, represented by true believers in Jesus the Messiah (the church), the Jewish people, and the revived nation of Israel.
(Note: God allows Satan to work his agenda, but will ultimately eliminate his influence by casting him and the unfortunate who follow him into an eternal lake of fire. Rev 20:10-15)
Everything we understand about espionage in warfare comes to play in this spiritual conflict, including the enemy in disguise (2 Cor 11:14,15), deceptive propaganda (2 Tim 4:3), seduction through education (1 Tim 4:1) and witchcraft along with direct cooperation with the spiritual enemy (Gal 3:1, Rev 9:20-21), and the spiritual battle being directly manifested in the actions of human beings through persecutions, attempted genocide, warfare, and death. (Jn 8:44, Rev 12:7-9, 13, 17; 13:1-9; also see Zachariah Chapter 12)
In the earliest ages of humanity we entangled ourselves with hostile spiritual beings in direct opposition to our loving heavenly Father and creator in the seduction and fall recorded in Genesis chapter 3; the first great apostasy with nearly the entire race forsaking their Creator God and entering into direct alliance with spiritual wickedness leading to judgment of the flood recorded in Genesis 6; and the new population after the flood refusing to obey God’s dominion mandate (Gen 1:26,-28; 9:1,2), instead building a city and tower in an attempt to revive the romanticized pre-flood relationships with the spiritual wickedness in attempt to build up their own “name” in Genesis chapter 11.
The city they built was called Babylon, and the construction of the tower was halted by the direct invention of the creator God, the Almighty, whose name is Yahweh. The people were dispersed over the earth into what is delineated in the biblical “table” of 70 or 72 nations depending on reckoning.1 Unique among the people families is a solitary descendent of Shem named Abram, who God calls into a unique relationship with Himself as the rest of the nations go their own way for a time, under the oversight of supernatural principalities that the people seemed to want so badly, who quickly usurped the worship belonging only to God for themselves. The descendants of this same Abram, the people of Israel, would later suffer God’s judgment and a 70-year exile at the hands of the Babylonian kings. What is vitally important for us to understand is that while the physical city of Babylon is today just an archeological site, the rebellious spiritual beings, along with mankind’s sinful motivations behind the building of the city and tower still remain. The heavenly messenger to the apostle John in the book of Revelation revealed that there was a name for the political and religious movement, and the institutionalization of such that remains and flourishes in the last days, “Mystery Babylon”.
“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, “with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.” Revelation 17:1-6, NKJV
Notice the kings of the earth have polluted themselves with this mystery Babylon, and that this “woman” is drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
The Babylonian agenda is finding its manifestation in America and the world today in the following ways:
- The extreme persecution of Christians around the world, in particular Islamic and Communist countries like China. Christian persecution is on the rise in Western countries in the form of extreme political correctness where Christianity has suffered decline and humanistic socialism, communism, and paganism is on the rise.
- The devaluation of human life via abortion and euthanasia
- The rise of militant homosexuality and the acceptance of homosexual marriage
- The rejection of Judeo-Christian ethics, and the God of the Bible in favor of pagan and eastern religions, even in some so-called “churches”.
- All the nations coming against Israel, as spoken of in Zachariah chapter 12, and Revelation 12:17.
Concerning bullet 5, the day of this writing, 70 to 72 (notice the number) nations are gathering in France to take it upon themselves to determine what to do with Israel, the Palestinian people, and Jerusalem (part of the West Bank).2 This is in addition to the recent UN resolution condemning Israel for building settlements in the West bank, passed because the US abstained rather than veto the motion. This is a key part of Satan’s Babylonian agenda, and we need to pray that the incoming U.S. administration and congress has the courage to reverse these devastating and demonic declarations, lest America fall under increasing judgment until we repent of our “murders, sorceries, sexual immorality, and thefts” (Rev 9:21). However, this international olive press may be just what it takes for Israel to turn to Messiah Jesus for help and deliverance.
To conclude, my blog posted January 1st 2016 contained the following educated predictions for 2016, there would be:
1. A more directed assault against the God given rights of freedom of speech, religion, and bearing of arms in the United States
2. More martyrdom in the east, and more Islamic attacks in the US
3. Increased judgment against our cultural and church apostasy (part of this judgement is 1 and 2 above):
“Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that dark is light and light is dark; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20, NLT)
4. If repentance is sincere: Revival in the churches, Awakening of unbelievers, and exposure of the forces of darkness (Job 12:22, 1 Corinthians 4:5)
I am sad to say that predictions 1-3 came true in 2016, but am optimistic that number 4 is coming to pass. The prayers of God’s people were heard, and the church in America has been given an opportunity to regain lost ground in the eternal conflict, push back the Babylonian agenda, and see revival and awakening. This is a call for God’s people to be bold and strong in proclaiming the gospel, and continue to fight through fasting and prayer for God’s law to go forth from Zion, and His word from Jerusalem! May repentance and revival come to America and the World. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty!
1Some useful links to enhance your understanding of the historical Judeo-Christian perspective:
Kohler and Broyde, “Nations and Languages, The Seventy”; The Jewish Encyclopedia, 1906: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/11382-nations-and-languages-the-seventy
Bodie Hodge, “Josephus and Genesis Chapter Ten: A Wonderful Stepping Stone”; Answers in Genesis, 2009: https://answersingenesis.org/genesis/josephus-and-genesis-chapter-ten/
Keith Krill, “The Spread of the Nations”; TheBible.org, 2006: https://bible.org/seriespage/14-spread-nations-genesis-101-1126
2Links regarding the “Peace Conference” in France, and what the Spirit is saying to the church.
The French Diplomat
Arutz Sheva, IsraelNationNews.com
Dr. Richard Booker has a prophetic word:
If Abortion were Illegal...
Apr 1, 2016
Recently Chris Matthews of MSNBC at a “town hall” asked a hypothetical question to the leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about the punishment of those involved in abortion if Roe vs. Wade was reversed and abortion became illegal. Trump’s answer, that there should be punishment for those involved, including the women, created quite a backlash on both the left, and with Trump’s contenders on the right. The link below will take you to the MSNBC story, which has dominated the 24-hour news cycle, and provided much fodder to the talking heads.
We at “The Kingdom Paradigm” understand that the left/right-democrat/republican game is a ruse, and that both major “parties” in the US are ultimately manipulated by powers of globalization governed by unseen principalities. Many people today are awakening to this truth, so when a free speaking politically incorrect candidate like Donald Trump comes along and gets both sides in an uproar, it is refreshing to some and gives one pause to consider.
As representatives of God’s Kingdom however, we acknowledge that abortion is a form of premeditated manslaughter, and as such is a grave sin. We also must acknowledge that God cares about all people, sees the pain of the victims of other crimes that can result in unwanted pregnancies such as rape and incest, and physical situations that make a pregnancy dangerous, or perhaps fatal to the life of the woman carrying the unborn person in her womb. So while acknowledging the emotional and circumstantial complexity of some unwanted, and sometimes even wanted pregnancies, what we are about to say focuses on the vast majority of abortions which in reality are entered into for convenience; a poor consensual decision was made (often out of wedlock which is also sin) which the participants knew full well could result in the miracle of conception. I speak as a fellow sinner and member of the human race, who must lean entirely on the grace and mercy God found in Christ for my own salvation.
We declare that God’s grace found in the death on the cross, burial, and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah provides the needed salvation and forgiveness for all sin, and this includes abortion, but first requires confession and repentance (turning away from and forsaking the sin).
On a national scale there is great blood in the land, and while abortion is not currently illegal in many secular courts, those who perpetrate and participate in this crime are not given a pass in the courts of heaven. However, confession, repentance, and faith in the sacrifice of Christ on the cross have great effect in the courts of heaven.
Here is the supernatural Kingdom reality. Yahweh the maker of heaven and earth had this to say about the shedding of blood in the broader context of murder/manslaughter, and accidental manslaughter in the book of Numbers:
“‘So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it. ‘Therefore do not defile the land which you inhabit, in the midst of which I dwell; for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.’””
Numbers 35:33, 34, NKJV
This applies to all murder, but we are specifically speaking of abortion. The lands of the nations that allow abortion have shed much innocent blood on the earth. This includes the United States, most nations of Europe, China and even Israel. By the very words of Yahweh, only blood can repay for the shedding of blood (passage above, and Hebrews 9:15-28). Regarding the sacrifice of children on the alter of convenience, which I assure you in the courts of heaven abortion is considered a demonic sacrifice, and the setting up of abominations in the house called by His name, GOD had this to say:
“‘But they set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to defile it. ‘And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.’” Jeremiah 32:34, 35, NKJV
Here is the gist of the matter. America and the Western nations stand guilty. We have sacrificed our children symbolically in the fires to Baal and Molech. This had “not even come into" the mind of Yahweh God. So if it did not come from God’s mind, whose mind did it come from? Satan’s mind!
Many churches are also guilty (not all, so if the shoe fits where it) of setting up abominations in the house called by God’s name. These abominations include the moral acceptance of practices God calls abominations, in addition to abortion:
- Some condone homosexual relationships: some solemnize them, and some ordain them (Lev. 18:22, 20:13). This is not to say God does not love and offer forgiveness, but acknowledging the truth comes before being forgiven and set free.
- Some condone idolatry and the occult (Deut 12:31, 18:9-14): these “churches”, in abandoning the true Jesus, the true Christ of the Bible, and the true gifts of the Holy Spirit, have turned to believe lies; they host séances, invite clairvoyants to speak, and sponsor new age spokespeople such as Deepak Chopra. These are the modern day alters of Baal. Forgiveness and deliverance is available in Christ.
- Some cater to the cultures of the nations rather than attend to the work of the gospel (Deut 18:9-14). We are not talking about understanding other cultures for the sake of reaching them and accepting/celebrating non-sinful cultural differences, but the wicked embrace of practices God clearly outlines as sinful. Repent and believe the gospel.
Surrendering to the love of God in Christ can rectify all these abominations, and Satan’s reign can be cut off! We can “dispossess” Satan and his kingdom of those people and nations he has taken captive, including ourselves. The gates of hell cannot prevail against Christ’s church doing Christ’s will. (Matthew 16:18)
““Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God. “When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, “take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ “You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.” Deuteronomy 12:28-31, NKJV
Here is what is happening RIGHT NOW! God is bringing judgment on Western Europe through the forces of Islam for their apostasy (falling away) from the truth, and we in the US are not far behind. The hedge of protection has been lifted, and Satan’s agents (Radical Islamists, Marxists, extreme Fascists, globalists, and Socialists) are entering into or rising up in our country at an alarming rate with the leadership and cooperation of those in the highest levels of government. OPEN YOUR EYES, and see the antichrist hand of Satan upon some of those the majority of Americans voted for.
Without repentance and application of the blood of Jesus, for the land must be purged by blood, then our own blood must spill, until we wake up! The sin of slavery was purged in the blood of the civil war, and bigotry in the riots of the civil rights era. IF WE REJECT THE BLOOD OF JESUS AS OUR ATONEMENT, THEN OUR OWN BLOOD WILL SPILL, even if America were to repent today in sackcloth and ashes, there still may be temporal consequences before the mercy, grace, and blessing of God can once again flow freely, but my belief is that it can once again flow freely, and my prayer is that it will. GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE, HE “RULES IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN”! (Dan 4:25)
Trump was more correct than he can even imagine, but the true consequences of sin go beyond time and space and reach into eternity.
The Kingdom Paradigm calls upon whoever takes the US Presidential vow in January 2017 to call the country to a time of prayer, repentance, and renewal in the Judeo-Christian faith of our forefathers which laid the foundation for our liberty; faith in the one true God and the one true savior Jesus Christ, the savior of all the world, and the one true source of supernatural truth, the Bible.
We call upon those who identify themselves by the name of Christ or “Christian” to repent from compromise with the world system governed by Satan, renew their faith in the core of the gospel as revealed in Holy Scripture, and proclaim the truth with boldness and the power of the Holy Spirit.
We call upon those who do not know Jesus, to consider His offer of eternal salvation, forgiveness of sin, and deliverance from the kingdom of darkness.
The “Word of God” has been equated with a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12, Revelation 1:16). One edge is judgment, and the other is salvation, individuals and nations get to choose which edge strikes the blow. As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (Joshua 24:15)
“So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free.” John 8:36, NLT
The Kingdom Paradigm
Principles of Deliverance
Feb 23, 2016
Today we at The Kingdom Paradigm are announcing the release of our second book, Principles of Deliverance: You can be Set Free from Demonic Forces. The release coincides with what would have been my sister Jenny's 48th birthday. The book is dedicated to her. I began work on the book and gave her an early draft before she passed away. I believe anyone who reads this book can enter into complete freedom from the forces of darkness. Please don’t pass up the opportunity to gain the upper hand over the kingdom of darkness through the cross of Jesus Christ. You will not regret reading this book!
The Great Cloud of Witnesses
Feb 15, 2016
The Great Cloud of Witnesses
I am making this blog entry in honor of two of my dear brothers in Yeshua the Messiah who I am confident have now joined “the great cloud of witnesses” mentioned in the passage below, Lewis Sherman of Jerusalem, Israel, and John Hernandez of Chicago, Illinois. Always bearing witness to the gospel of Christ while they walked on the earth, and sad they no longer reside here, I have every confidence that there will be a great reunion when Jesus returns! They had no fame or popular national ministry, but were faithful ministers of the message of salvation, so it is not a stretch for me to imagine them hearing the words from Jesus’s mouth, “well done my good and faithful servant, enter into your reward”!
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1, KJV
The writer of the book of Hebrews makes the above statement after reviewing a long list of God’s servants who sacrificed creature comforts and popular acceptance for the sake of God’s kingdom. The list included the likes of Abraham who left the land of his birth for the “land of promise”, and Moses who left the wealth of Egypt, and many other old covenant saints of whom it is said:
“And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” Hebrews 11:39, 40, KJV
So, this great mass of witnesses is looking forward to being joined by the believers in the New Covenant, and they are not being disappointed. The writer goes on to speak of the active worship of the new covenant assembly of believers:
“For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, … But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” Hebrews 12:18-24, KJV
This verse speaks of the unity of all God’s people, and how this unity is best displayed when we are gathered together to worship and proclaim Gods truth, we actually come to “mount Zion”, enter the “heavenly Jerusalem”, and join all the good ones who are there; Jesus, His angels, and the old and new covenant saints who have gone before us.
While some might challenge the assumption, I believe the cloud of witnesses includes those we have known and loved on earth that also knew and loved the Lord, and are now with Him in heaven. They have finished the race, and, although we may not hear them or seem them, they are cheering us on as we run toward Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
I met Lewis Sherman, “Lew the Jew” as he sometimes referred to himself, when I was a young, recently ordained minister, living in Israel as a volunteer teacher. Lew ran a Christian bookstore just inside the Jaffa gate of the Old City, part of the “Christ Church” campus. We became acquainted at the bookstore, but became lifelong friends when I bumped into him while visiting Eilat (or Elot). We were both bunking at “The Shelter” Hostel and came to realize that each of us had a heart to reach the lost with the love of God in Yeshua. I grew to know and love Lewis, his wife Catarina and his children because they accepted me as one of their extended family, sort of adopting me, and Lewis and I shared in outreach and evangelism to the lost. Even after I returned to the US, we always kept in touch, he stayed with me on occasion in the US, and then I stopped hearing from him in 2013. I knew Lew suffered from heart issues, so I began to wonder if he was still with us. Finally able to locate one of his children online, it was confirmed that Lew indeed had gone home to join the great cloud of witnesses. My pastor and friend while I lived in Israel, Wayne Hilsden, I was told presided at his funeral.
“Atonement in Jesus World Outreach Center” was the vision-encompassing name of the sponsoring church of a weekend training seminar on evangelism being held at a Chicago-land hotel in 1990. A small group from my church in Rockford, Michigan decided to attend. I am not even sure how we came across the flyer advertising the event, but it led to a divine appointment. Having recently returned from over 2 years of living in Jerusalem, I decided it would help me get replanted into US church life if I went. While there was not a huge crowed at the seminar, the passionate, Messianic, praise and worship being led by pastor John Hernandez and his Jewish believing wife Barb along with their team brought us into the great assembly in heaven! And yes, you guessed it; I met another couple with whom a common love for Israel and reaching the lost led to another strong relationship. John and his wife Barb were full of the love of God, a hunger to reach the lost, and a love for Israel, Barb being a daughter of Israel herself. John and Barb started inviting me to preach and share my gift of music God had given me, and for one whole summer I drove every weekend from Grand Rapids to Chicago to work together with other passionate members of their congregation to do open air outreach on a Chicago beach. Establishing a “beach front” for God’s kingdom if you will. Well, I became engaged to a beautiful woman who happened to live in the Chicago area, so while I ended up moving to the Chicago area, I lost touch with John and Barb as we focused on building our family, even though Barb had let my wife borrow her wedding dress because we could not afford one at the time. Now that my kids are older, I decided to try to find out what had become of John and Barb, and discovered that John has also gone home to join the great cloud of witnesses. His courage, love for God, and boldness in Christ will and has always remained an encouragement to me, and I look forward to another great reunion at the marriage supper of the Lamb.
So, if you have family members or loved ones who have died knowing the lord, maybe even some you had lost contact with, take comfort in knowing that they too have joined that “great cloud of witnesses”. You can’t see them, or hear them, but they are with the Lord in heaven, and they are cheering you on to run the race that is set before you, and are waiting for you at the finish line!
Happy Birthday Barb Hernandez!
February 15, 2016
2016 “Happy New Year”?
Individuals under the gracious hand of God may have one, a happy new year that is, both servants of God aware of the desperate state of our country, and those blissfully ignorant. But we are absolutely entering the most perilous time in our nations history. Elections will be held, decisions will be made, laws will be passed or rejected all based on the level of awareness and spiritual perception of the people and their leaders.
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 2:22-3:5, KJV)
I am asking each of us to check that list and then check our own hearts. Then repent, and ask for God's mercy. Then I am asking us to check that list, and pray for our churches. Then I am asking us to check that list and pray for our family, our nation and our world. The clarion call to America is to Wake Up! The clarion call to the church is to Wake Up! Satan is on the march, and we are in a situation where people are not just ignorant of his devices, but there are people making decisions and pulling strings on a global scale that are not ignorant, but in covenant with the serpent.
Forces of darkness are aligning on a global scale, and the prime target is America first, then Israel (Revelation 12:17). These forces are targeting true believing Christians first. They are killing them in the Middle East, and plan to silence them in America and the west via political correctness bans against “hate speech”, and “tolerance” which really means “tolerance for anything except Christianity and Biblical principles”. Then they will go after Israel.
Four things you will see in 2016:
- A more directed assault against the God given rights of freedom of speech, religion, and bearing of arms in the United States
- More martyrdom in the east, and more Islamic attacks in the US
- Increased judgment against our cultural and church apostasy (part of this judgement is 1 and 2 above):
“Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that dark is light and light is dark; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20, NLT)
- If repentance is sincere: Revival in the churches, Awakening of unbelievers, and exposure of the forces of darkness (Job 12:22, 1 Corinthians 4:5)
So, a “Happy New Year” for me means “Awakening”!
Tragedy at San Bernardino
Dec 4, 2015
Our prayers go out for the victims of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, CA. This only goes to show that we need now more than ever to proclaim the saving grace of the Lord Jesus. We need to pray for revival in the Muslim community, pray for laborers to be sent into the harvest, and pray for the boldness of we who have received God's saving grace to share it with others. We are the laborers. The Kingdom Paradigm is the only way to rectify the terrorist problem. We must declare God's kingdom in Christ to the lost.
"NO FIRE" or Why Cessationists are Wrong
Nov 18, 2015
Today, November 18th 2015, we at the The Kingdom Paradigm released our first publication. It is a response to cessationist John MacArthur's 2013 "Strange Fire" conference. A lot of time and prayer went into the completion of this first work. We were blessed to have had Pastor James Bugg, friend and mentor, write the foreward. A 60 year veteran in God's army, Pastor Bugg has been ministering the truth of Jesus Christ and His baptism in the Holy Spirit and power longer than many have been alive. If you need to be equiped to answer challenges to the validity of the Holy Spirit's gifts, or if you know someone else who needs it, or if you just want to hear the other side of the story, this book is for you. Jesus Christ died to set us free from sin and Satan, and promised His Holy Spirit to be our guide, and empower God's people to proclaim the gospel. Don't allow yourself to be intimidated by teachers of cessationism because they seem to have a reputable ministry. God's word is truth, so get the book and be able to defend the truth.
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