"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

HE Is OUR PEACE In the MIDST of the STORMS –

A Response to: The Coming Collapse – A Rising False Hope

~~ By James Fire
*NOTE: There is a video presentation available at the end of this article, a teaching given at The HOUSE of TRUTH Fellowship that summarizes what's given in this article.

Previously on TTUF Anne Kisly wrote our most recent article whose title is mentioned above. This is a response to that article which I wholly endorse, and like most of you, have read with some measure of trepidation, but have begun to seek the LORD for answers, guidance, counsels and comfort.

In Anne’s article, she said:
“This morning I received a newsletter from, The American Spectator, an online news source that features opinions, reviews of social, political, economical and world events.

"The newsletter stated that it had an important message from Stansberry Research, a financial market analysis group which offers investment advice and publishes a range of investment news. Stansberry Research is one of the top Investment Research firms in the U.S. and around the world. This important video message presents a warning about the coming economic collapse in America.

"It is a long video, one that you will feel the urge to turn off in the beginning as he explains his many reasons for making such a video, but hang in there the rest of the presentation is well documented and thoroughly explained, and will be posted at the end of this article. Also, at the end of this message, he offers some short term advice in the event of a severe economic crisis, and long term financial advice. "The short-term advice is good advice in any crisis. However, I am not advocating any advice he may offer to protect your money towards the end of this message. That decision is between you and the Lord. "I am simply warning about the economic tsunami heading our way, and how that relates to Biblical prophecy. Whether or not this crisis actually happens I still believe that it is wise to be forewarned. Jesus warned us in the scriptures. The weathermen warn us of a coming hurricane, tornado or tsunami.”

Towards the end of the article she posted the Stansberry report link, and I will post it in this second article as well, below; while this video is rather long, and somewhat tedious in places, I believe we need to sit up and take notice of what this man is saying. His reasoning is sound, his forecast is potentially accurate (albeit frightening) and his financial counsel seems quite reasonable:

COMING ECONOMIC CRISIS

Like Anne, I also have been hearing rather disturbing news regarding our government, our economy and the affairs of State (see link below) in our once beloved nation that was so blessed by the very same God that most people today spurn, and Whose Word we utterly reject.

Instead we have sown sinful lifestyles, thumbed our collective noses at the Almighty, and arrogantly lived self-centered lives as proud Americans who are (virtually) untouched by adversity and woe – so far!

But the day is coming when we shall most certainly reap what we have sown!

Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.

Gal 6:7-9 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.


Our State of Affairs Nationally

More than fifteen years ago after we made our move to Tucson (which was two years prior to this point) some friends that made the journey from New York to Arizona and I were researching something we had been hearing about, but didn’t really know much – that is the now well known phrase and phenomena, “The New World Order”. We had heard George Herbert Walker Bush’s speech that included this phrase when he spoke before the Congress at the beginning of our first war in Iraq (Operation Desert Storm/Shield) and how a coalition (supposedly) of nations worked together to bring down the aggressions of Iraq pertaining to its conquest of Kuwait (a behind the scenes history of this event tells quite a different picture than the story F.P.C. (For Public Consumption) but it would take too long to relate here.

Since that initial mention in Bush’s speech, someone counted the number of times the former President said that phrase, and supposedly this numbered in the hundreds! Yet that phrase is loaded with meaning, and it certainly did not originate with Bush Sr. who spoke also of “a thousand points of light connected to service”, another well known phrase for those who do the research into esoteric societies.

I’m speaking of Alice Bailey and the Theosophical Society (I’ve written a TTUF profile on Bailey and should you wish to read this, type “Bailey” into the TTUF search engine to access all three of them).

In this link below you can read on one page all the information it took me and my friends some years to uncover, and come to the understanding that these phrases of a “new world order” and “a thousand points of light” were not random statements made by Bush Sr. but code words, in effect, packed with esoteric and ‘enlightened’ meaning:

The New World Order

"Earlier in this century, Alice Bailey introduced the idea of 'Points of Light' and 'Light Groups' to channel the 'higher spiritual forces' necessary to build the New Age, and to form what is known in the jargon as a 'group soul'. Today there are many such groups which are working in a highly organized way towards the bringing in of the future Golden Age on earth...” Heeding Bible Prophecy – Understanding Satan’s Plan

Needless to say after digging up all of this information, we became extremely overwhelmed by it all, seeing the world with different eyes, and coming to an even greater understanding that Satan truly is “the god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4).

One day when I was alone at the apartment, the LORD prompted me to go take a walk outside and seek Him in prayer, which I did after I grabbed my Bible and a bottle of water.

With a heavy heart of anguish for a church that seemed almost entirely unaware of what was transpiring, and of a world that was being duped into believing it was about to venture into a Golden Age, but in reality will be plunged into a kind of ‘hell on earth’, I earnestly began to pray and cry out to the LORD with tears and deep sorrow.

I felt completely powerless, helpless, bewildered over all of these things; while I knew and entirely believed Bible prophecy and understood intellectually what will transpire in these last days, this was really hitting home with me. It was no longer academic; it became very personal and ‘up-close’.

Burdened, I looked for a place to sit down and found an old gnarly log, opened my water bottle and took a sip and then the LORD flashed a Psalm in my mind: Psalm 37.
Screwing the cap back on the bottle, I quickly unzipped my Bible and turned to that chapter and voraciously read every verse.

In this Psalm I found comfort, strength, encouragement, guidance, assurance and hope; I found a rest and a peace that immediately replaced all of my apprehensive tensions and anxiety; today as each day passes I find myself reading this Psalm two or three times daily! In light of our current situation, I’m certain that we are all experiencing some measure of fear and instability, and so I thought it would be a blessing to share with you, what the LORD gave to me.

Psalm 37:1 [A Psalm of David] Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.


Psalm 37:2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
Evil doers and workers of iniquity could be a label pasted on any one in the world who is outside of Christ Jesus and salvation; yet in the context of how the LORD was sharing this Psalm with me, I believe these labels had very specific meaning: namely those ‘movers and shakers’ of world events, those that I refer to as goblins (a homonym for ‘globalist’). These are such men as Rothschild and Rockefellers, Kissinger and George Soros*, among many others who are the architects of the new world order (guesses estimate that they number approximately about five thousand or so, globally).

*
See this article on Soros and his plan for America, in which he states: “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.”
George Soros and his Progressive War on America

We are not to fret over these people who are seemingly in control and have no care or concern with how miserable they would make life for us common folk, bringing down regimes, governments and economies with a nod and a course of action. Nor are we to be envious of these workers of iniquity for all their pomp and pleasure, wealth and ways of ease.

“Soon [be cut down]” is of course a relative term; what would be considered soon for the LORD, for us could encompass an entire life time, and yet what is our life span, but a vapor that appears for an instant and is gone (James 4:14)? From an eternal perspective, these rebels against the LORD will indeed be cut off (mowed down!), soon when the LORD returns and sets up His own world order of justice and peace, right here on planet Earth, ruling from the city of Peace, the city of David, Jerusalem.

“Fret not” appears three times in this Psalm (vs. 1, 7 and 8) and in all three instances it has the same meaning:

It’s charah in the Hebrew, and it means “to glow, or grow warm, to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy – kindled, wroth, hot, displeasure, incensed, and, or grieved; it can also mean to work hard” In colloquial language, we could say, “Don’t get all worked up about these sort of people!”

As we see the masses of humanity becoming the hapless victims of these goblins, it’s quite easy to get worked up into a lather of rage, even hatred; yet God says, “Fret not”.

From vs. 3 and onward for several verses we then read a series of key words that are instrumental in our attitudes and actions that we must adhere to by the grace of our benevolent Abba and Almighty God, starting here:

Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.


I can’t begin to tell you the depths of solace that this one single verse provided for me!

This word ‘trust’ also appears three times in this Psalm (vs. 3, 5 and 40); in the first two references the same Hebrew word is employed, a different one in vs. 40.

“Trust” in vs. 3 and 5 in the Hebrew is batach and it means “to hide for a refuge, safety both in fact (security) and in feeling (trust). It is to dwell safely, carelessly, securely, with assurance, boldly, confidence. This word connotes the idea of a city unafraid of being attacked, of having the confidence in pursuing without any fear of reprisals as in Gen. 34:25 and of the people in the city itself that was unaware (careless) of their impending doom.

In both Prov. 1:33 and 10:9 there is again the idea of confidence (“surely”) and the absence of impending doom. If we are to find provision at the hand of the LORD, He requires our implicit trust in Him, and not look to human resources; this is a matter of the heart – will we look to the LORD for answers in these coming days of distress and darkness, or look to human powers, such as are represented in our government?

If we seek dependence upon human support and provisions so that we no longer look to the LORD, and our hearts depart from Him, this is spiritually dangerous and detrimental. If we are seeking God in all things, and understand that all provisions we receive “verily” comes from God and God alone, then we are obligated to offer thanks to God, and allow our hearts to draw near to Him in thanksgiving and praise.

Prov 10:9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely . . .


Jer 17:5-8
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

In vs. 40 the word used is chacah and it means “to flee for protection, to confide in, trust, to make refuge; this word is used when God is compared to a rock or a shield or one with protective wings:

1 Sam 2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Psalm 63:7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
Among nomadic tribesmen in the Arabian Peninsula there was a custom, that if any visitor came to your tent, they dwelled under the shadow of it, and therefore the host of those guests were obligated to serve and protect them for as long as they dwelled under that shadow. Thus dwelling under the shadow of God’s ‘wings’ is indeed the safest, and most securest place to be, as the Almighty would Himself be our protector and provider.

There are a few articles on FROM the MIND of FIRE that relate to God as our refuge (just type ‘refuge’ in the search engine there, and you will find five links that deal specifically with God as our Refuge); here is one of those articles:

REFUGE - PSALM 91

In both Proverbs 10: 9 and in Psalm 84:11 as well as in our text today, Psalm 37:3 there is the common factor of “walking uprightly” and “doing good”.

There is so much emphasis today on the grace of God that it’s become rather imbalanced; by this I mean that because saints (rightly) perceive that the grace of God is there for the forgiveness of sin and blessing us undeservedly (Eph. 2:8), that the other aspect of grace is not employed or even recognized as its other viable function, that is to empower us to live holy lives, serving the LORD, and rendering our members as instruments of righteousness (see Romans 6:11-13 and Hebrews 4:16).

To what degree can those saints who are genuinely saved but living in carnality lay claim to the promises of God’s protection and security in times of trouble as stated below?

Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.


We understand that we as saints have a choice to either walk in the Spirit or walk in the flesh, but we can’t do both at the same time. If we walk in the flesh we are vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy, like someone leaving a fortress during a battle without his armor on. If we are walking in the Spirit, we are secure within the confines of that fortress and our armor and thus safe from the attacks of the enemy.


I believe one of the primary reasons, perhaps even the single greatest reason that our nation is in the dilemma that we are in today is because God is trying to wake up His church, and because we (corporately speaking) love to slumber (Prov. 6:10) and we love false teachings and false doctrines (Jere. 5:31) and hate being convicted of sin and are willingly deceived (Isaiah 30:10). For these reasons I believe that judgment is waiting in the wings and is about to take center stage!

This judgment will fall upon the nation as a whole, as well as those who are playing some sort of ‘cheap plastic Jesus game’ and those who name the Name of Christ Jesus but are nonetheless living in carnality and in a love relationship with the world (James 4:4) and are not known of the LORD (See Luke 13:27), but are themselves “workers of iniquity” who are also mentioned in our text today (vs. 1)!

Yet in the midst of this judgment, God is willing, ever willing to bestow His mercies; He is not a God Who willingly afflicts (Lamentations 3:30 – 50, note particularly vs. 33-34, and 38-40).

Lam 3:33-34 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth,


As well as:

Lam 3:38-40
Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good? Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins? Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.

I’ve said it before: God sprints to deliver His mercies, but drags His feet when He must bring judgment. So we are to trust in the LORD, and in vs. 4 it states:

Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

“Delight” is found twice in this Psalm; here in this verse and also in vs. 11. In both cases the same Hebrew word is used: anag, and it means “soft, pliable, (fig) effeminate, delight, delicate.” Delighting in the LORD in this sense is to be tender towards His will for us, yielding to His touch, and easily conformable to Him; it speaks of intimacy with the LORD, and a love relationship that knows no boundaries between the LORD’s heart and our own. Certainly this is the spiritual ideal, and the LORD looks upon the intent of our hearts and if we genuinely seek this high calling (or not). If we do, and endeavor to so yield, and be thus pliable and tender towards Him and His will, He gives our hearts such desires that mirror His own. Our own heart then will be in compliance to His perfect will, and our prayers will prevail with no obstacles in their way. See also Isaiah 58:14.

Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.


“Commit” here (galal) means “to roll, commit, to remove, to trust” and this same Hebrew word is used in Prov. 16:3 –

Prov 16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.


To remove from our own control the way that is before us, to roll the responsibility of governing our lives to the LORD with a trusting (not a complacent or apathetic) heart, will ensure that the way, the right way, will be brought to pass by our Almighty God!

This verse has a well known parallel passage in Proverbs 3: 5-6.

Psalm 37:6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.


Again we see “righteousness” as being a standard trait of the child of God who is following after the LORD, and “doing good”, bearing fruit to the glory of God. This spiritual growth husbanded by God Himself will demonstrate itself as righteousness and holiness, and as the Light of the LORD which will reveal any sin and darkness that is round about – this is of course the primary cause for the persecution of the saints.

See Hosea 10:12; Eph. 5:8, 13; Matt. 5:16; 2 Tim. 3:12.

Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.


Damam
in the Hebrew is translated as “rest” here and it means: “to be dumb, silent, astonished, to stop, rest, cease, forbear, peace, quieted, to tarry, wait”. The various renderings of this word in connection with this verse would imply that we cease to strive and work in our own strength to see an end result, perhaps vengeance upon the wicked (?) and merely to wait for the LORD.

Certainly in such days as we see before us, and in the days thereafter our waiting and longing for the LORD to deliver us, and all the saints the world over who are already (and have been for some time) suffering from injustice, want, persecution, hardships, etc. We will no doubt in the future see political leaders at the global level make policies that will prove oppressive and unjust for all under their heels as we march towards their successful enterprise of creating a socialist world; garnished with New Age spirituality that will likewise seek to conform all souls to their own belief system. Yet we are to rest in the LORD and not get “worked up” but rather remain in the only peace that will get us through these trials, the very peace of God.

Phl 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Psalm 37:8-10 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
These verses admonish the believer to refrain from doing evil, or as the summation of the Hebrew meaning would be, to ‘vandalize’ or ‘wreck’ or “to make good for nothing”, which assumes an attitude of hostile vengeance.

Any who would commit evil is promised by God’s Word to be cut off and brought to nothing (vs. 10); on the other hand, those who wait (patiently and meekly – see vs.11) for the LORD will inherit the Earth (the very thing that the workers of iniquity wrestle, and strive and jostle against each other in lust to obtain by their own might and force).

Psalm 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.


As these days proceed, the idea of an “abundance of peace” is something that I long for; a world free of strife, contention, greed, bigotry, hatred; of suffering, famines, pestilences and wars and in their place, not merely peace, but an abundance, a wealth of, a never ending supply of peace will we delight in.

This is not some ‘heaven on earth’ by our own efforts in some misconceived notion and calling that’s being foisted upon the church by Emergent Deceivers; this abundance of peace will be the inheritance of the saints when the PRINCE of PEACE arrives and inaugurates His Holy and Righteous Reign over all the Earth, bringing an end to oppression and injustice against the poor and the weak by those global elitists and power-mongers.

“Vengeance is Mine, saith the LORD, I will recompense”
as it states in Romans 12:19, and we see this very conduct by Christ Jesus, the Messiah of Israel, in the following verses throughout this Psalm:

Psalm 37:13-17, 20, 38 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken . . . But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.


And compare the fate of the wicked with that of the just, the upright, the righteous, the saints of the LORD:

Psalm 37:16-18 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. . . . but the LORD upholdeth the righteous. The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.


However our lives may turn out while our feet walk this Earth, cursed and tainted by sin, even if tragedy, persecution, poverty and hardships pursue us the length of our days, we have an inheritance from the hand of our Heavenly Abba that “shall be forever”! May we let the truth of this hope permeate our hearts and minds! Let us acknowledge that while we may be feeble and quite ill-equipped to handle a crisis of literally global proportions, our God is well able to uphold the righteous.

Are you a righteous saint in Christ Jesus? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Are you walking in righteousness, and in the ways of the LORD? Then such are the promises of God for you! Along with vs. 3, this verse is a well-spring of comfort and assurance from the lips of God to the ears and hearts of His own:

Psalm 37:19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.


“Ashamed” in this verse refers to “being disappointed, confounded” in the evil time, or the time of trouble, turmoil, ruin. In the days of famine the righteous of the LORD have the promise that they shall be “satisfied” or “full, plenty, satiate, sufficed, to fill to satisfaction”. Can God do such a thing during a time of abject famine and deplorably destroyed prospects?

The children of Israel asked a similar question: “Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?” Psalm 78:19. Read the entire Psalm and find out just how able God was in making such provision, even though these Hebrews grumbled, and complained and failed to enter into God’s rest and all that He desired for them (as described in Heb. 3:7-19; and also ch. 4:1-11). I have to ask myself, am I guilty of limiting the Holy One of Israel by my unbelief in His promises?

Psalm 37:23-25, 27-31 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever . . .


Psalm 37:29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.


Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

Psalm 37:31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.


And also:

Psalm 37:34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. And: Psalm 37:39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

Psalm 37:40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.


We are certainly living in turbulent times of uncertainty and bewilderment; “perilous times” indeed; days of perplexity with no solutions or ways of escape. None of us have all the answers; most of us have only a few. We do not know what the future holds (entirely) but we do know Who holds the future, in His nail scarred hands which He won on Calvary’s hill. Take a good, long look at those scars because those are the emblems of His love for us! Can we trust this One Who demonstrated for us such love as this, even with our very lives, even in the uncertainty of life or death?

Or will we in unbelief, forsake our precious LORD? I recall the words spoken in John’s Gospel, chapter six:

John 6:67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Jhn 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.


Amen Peter, I agree! How about you, saints? Though emotions may tremble, even if our own minds fail to fathom the depths of what’s to come or any rational response to it, can we, will we cling to the One Who has the words of eternal life? Let us be strong in the LORD, and in the power of His might!


The teaching based on this article, presented at The HOUSE of TRUTH Fellowship:

HE IS OUR PEACE In the MIDST OF STORMS

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post, full of hope! I too, have felt at times very overcome by the current evil and the depths of it. I feel at times as I have explored deeper into the things that are upon this earth that I have peeked into a small part of hell, and it can begin to feel very encompassing. But I love your sharing Psalm 37! This is truly a Psalm for our day! Oh Hallelujah, the Lord always has a true answer to every problem, even this seemingly encompassing evil and He reminds us that it truly will one day end. And that there is a path to travel that will lead us in peace through the turmoil and provide our daily bread even as satan and his host begin to grasp for more power as they sense their time is shortened. Thank you brother! ~ Julie Pence

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