Raise Your Voice Like A Trumpet

This post was inspired by Ali’s latest words shared on her blog.  The title comes from a partial verse in Isaiah 58.

For me this scripture speaks of hypocrites who let others know they are “fasting” but they change nothing in their character.  They continue on with their normal routines and don’t seek the Lord during this time.

The Lord knows our hearts and we can hide nothing from him!  If we are fasting to obtain an answer and are not listening to him via the Holy Spirit, why would we expect to get our prayers answered?  Are we willing to listen and obey what we are being told?

Sometimes we may be told to do something that seems odd to other people.   We don’t need to seek approval from people when we are truly listening to what the Lord is telling us to do and we do so in obedience.  Did Noah get approval from people while he continued building the Ark in obedience?

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Do you think the Lord is happy when we go about celebrating all of these “Religous Holidays”, but change nothing in ourselves?  Seek the Lord in all things and ask to be delivered from everything you know is holding you back from the truth.  You can’t hold onto things such as unforgiveness, and expect the Lord to overlook that can you?

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Isaiah 58:1-14

“Cry out loudly, don’t hold back!
Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Tell My people their transgression
and the house of Jacob their sins.

They seek Me day after day
and delight to know My ways,
like a nation that does what is right
and does not abandon the justice of their God.
They ask Me for righteous judgments;
they delight in the nearness of God.”

“Why have we fasted, but You have not seen?
We have denied ourselves, but You haven’t noticed!”
“Look, you do as you please on the day of your fast,
and oppress all your workers.

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You fast with contention and strife
to strike viciously with your fist.
You cannot fast as you do today,
hoping to make your voice heard on high.

Will the fast I choose be like this:
A day for a person to deny himself,
to bow his head like a reed,
and to spread out sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast
and a day acceptable to the Lord?

Isn’t the fast I choose:
To break the chains of wickedness,
to untie the ropes of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free,
and to tear off every yoke?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
to bring the poor and homeless into your house,
to clothe the naked when you see him,
and not to ignore your own flesh and blood?

Then your light will appear like the dawn,
and your recovery will come quickly.

Your righteousness will go before you,
and the Lord’s glory will be your rear guard.

At that time, when you call, the Lord will answer;
when you cry out, He will say, ‘Here I am.’

If you get rid of the yoke among you,
the finger-pointing and malicious speaking,

and if you offer yourself to the hungry,
and satisfy the afflicted one,
then your light will shine in the darkness,
and your night will be like noonday.

The Lord will always lead you,
satisfy you in a parched land,
and strengthen your bones.

You will be like a watered garden
and like a spring whose waters never run dry.

Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins;
you will restore the foundations laid long ago;
you will be called the repairer of broken walls,
the restorer of streets where people live.

“If you keep from desecrating the Sabbath,
from doing whatever you want on My holy day;
if you call the Sabbath a delight,
and the holy day of the Lord honorable;
if you honor it, not going your own ways,
seeking your own pleasure, or talking too much;

then you will delight yourself in the Lord,
and I will make you ride over the heights of the land,
and let you enjoy the heritage of your father Jacob.”

For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.


“10000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)- Matt Redman (Cover by Shirin George/ Daniel George/ Joshua George)”


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60 thoughts on “Raise Your Voice Like A Trumpet

  1. Powerful words from these 2 blogs you posted and in line with yours. This JC is a real marksman When IT comes to Titling, posting and now moving also.

    Other topic i wondered many times about this passage since always When i have trouble i have pain in the kidneys and scripture talks about this also.

    Psa 73:21
    Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my Reins(kidneys)

    Psa 7:9
    Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins(kidneys)

    Anyone else noticed this? First time When i was 18 i had this and IT has returned infrequently ever since sometimes 10 years between.

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    1. Stig, I looked at different versions for those 2 verses you shared in scripture. Most have translated reins to ” Soul”, “Feelings”, or “Innermost Being”. When I see heart & reins combined in scripture, personally (for me) it means “all of ourselves”.

      So Psalm 73:21 to me would be something like — My heart and soul (or entire being) was grieved.

      Psalm 7:9 to me would be something like — Oh let the wickedness come to an end for the wicked; but for the righteous establish the righteousness of God in our hearts and souls (or entire beings), the one who examines our thoughts and emotions.

      Now for the Kidneys part: many have had problems in that area, including myself. I’ve had several Kidney stones and have recently been diagnosed with Stage 3 Kidney disease. None of that matters to me, as the Lord is my “Great Physician”.

      May the Lord guide you in this area Stig and give you the healing as well.

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  2. James, Raising my voice like a Trumpet is something I have grown to do. I know now it’s who I am in Jesus as He lives in me. The person I used to be was very shy, insecure and yet always knew Jesus, even as a little girl. He has done a master piece of work in my life. Isaiah 58! One of my favorites. I call my life “Rebuilding a new identity in Christ”, like reconstruction. When I do training for those seeking to be restored, I use this scripture’s content.

    With the recent chemical attack in the Middle East and Trump striking back, now more than ever to use my voice as a Trumpet! I am awake in prayer since 1am, drawing close to Jesus – good music selections too!

    Praying for your move!
    Please keep me in prayer about a recent side effect to a new medicine to treat the nervous system from nerve damage that there is no permanent damage to my bladder or kidneys and for God to protect me and guide me in decisions I need to make about my life.

    In Christ!
    Maria

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      1. I have not received any news from James Falls or his wife Jackie, please keep them both in your prayers. I know the Lord can do great things, including shortening the recovery time for James Falls. Some people may remember James F from Linda’s blog — he commented on there a long time ago and that’s where this connection came from.

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  3. Daily Devotional — 4/7/17

    LIVING FOR JESUS
    “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. John 12:32-33

    Manuel was an effective evangelist among the mountain Quechua people in Peru. He felt called by the Lord to take Bibles and share the gospel with the anti-government guerilla soldiers who camped in hiding in the mountains. For the many illiterates he took the New Testament on cassette. It was a bold and risky ministry.

    One day some Shining Path guerrillas with their big AK-47 guns intercepted him on the trail and ordered him to stop going to the mountains; stop handing out Bibles, cassettes and other Christian materials; and stop preaching about Jesus. They threatened his life if he did not desist.

    Some months later Manuel did not return home when expected. A search party discovered his dead body at the side of the trail. It was more than just a cadaver. His feet, hands and tongue had been cut off. And with a knife they had carved on his torso a message in Spanish, “We told you to stop!” The chopped body parts completed the message, “stop visiting the villages; stop distributing Bibles; stop preaching about Jesus!”

    There was a memorial service for Manuel attended by many believers. Hundreds of people came from the mountains to honor his memory. Our Open Doors co-worker reported that there were more people standing outside the rural church than sitting inside the crowded sanctuary.

    An evangelist preached the memorial service message and challenged young people to come forward and take Manuel’s place. Ten young people made the commitment and knelt at the front altar.

    An elder standing at the side asked in a loud voice, “But young people. What if the same thing happens to you as happened to Manuel?”

    One of the youths at the front cried out, “If we die, a hundred will spring up and take our place!”

    Living for Jesus is actually harder than dying for Jesus. It means I must die to myself every day!

    RESPONSE: Since Jesus gave His life for me, what more can I give Him than my own life. And until that day of physical death, I will die to myself daily.

    PRAYER: Thank You Jesus, for giving Your life blood for me. I give You my life in service today and every day until You call me to be with You in Your heavenly home.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  4. What has the public response been in the Us to its strike with cruise missiles this morning in Syria? I know the Russians dont take this lightly as their soldiers were at the struck base.

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      1. Neocons ideological father was Leon Trotsky WHO was killed by Stalin in 1946 i remember in New York. Thats why the hate is great towards Russia because its leaders behind the scenes are still communist of Stalinistic leanings. And from an earthly political perspective we have Projec for a New american century combatting the Andropov doctrine. Both radical expansionist ideologies.

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  5. More warnings coming that confirm some of the things Linda has been telling everyone! Be aware that many “Fake” things are coming and if we don’t have discernment, we could fall for them. Some things to consider:

    Fake “Jesus” — many could fall for this as they will seek someone coming that looks like the image pushed on the public that was never based on fact! They don’t want to read their bible which tells us that he is not returning to bring “Peace and Safety”. Consider that the anti-christ could shape-shift into an image that people will find pleasing! Also consider that they can project a “Fake” image of Jesus in the air and many will indeed fall for it!

    Fake Alien Invasion — These are Fallen Angels!

    Fake Catholic Saints appear to people — THEY ARE DEMONS!

    Fake Mary! — People will flock around statues that are being controlled by demons!

    Fake rapture — Those that refuse the truth in scripture, will easily fall for this; There is no such thing as “Pre-Tribulation Rapture”!!!! — Consider that they could project images of people in the air, but they are not real!!!

    WE MUST ENDURE UNTIL THE END!!!!!!! TIME WILL BE CUT SHORT, BUT THAT TIME IS DETERMINED BY THE LORD AND NOT MAN! NO “POOFING OUT” TO ESCAPE TRIBULATION!!! PLEASE READ MATTHEW 24.

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    Matthew 24

    Destruction of the Temple Predicted
    As Jesus left and was going out of the temple complex, His disciples came up and called His attention to the temple buildings. 2 Then He replied to them, “Don’t you see all these things? I assure you: Not one stone will be left here on another that will not be thrown down!”

    Signs of the End of the Age
    3 While He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached Him privately and said, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what is the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”

    4 Then Jesus replied to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many. 6 You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these events are the beginning of birth pains.

    Persecutions Predicted
    9 “Then they will hand you over for persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 Then many will take offense, betray one another and hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be delivered. 14 This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come.

    The Great Tribulation
    15 “So when you see the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place” (let the reader understand), 16 “then those in Judea must flee to the mountains! 17 A man on the housetop must not come down to get things out of his house. 18 And a man in the field must not go back to get his clothes. 19 Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days! 20 Pray that your escape may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 21 For at that time there will be great tribulation, the kind that hasn’t taken place from the beginning of the world until now and never will again! 22 Unless those days were limited, no one would survive. But those days will be limited because of the elect.

    23 “If anyone tells you then, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Over here!’ do not believe it! 24 False messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 Take note: I have told you in advance. 26 So if they tell you, ‘Look, He’s in the wilderness!’ don’t go out; ‘Look, He’s in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever the carcass is, there the vultures will gather.

    The Coming of the Son of Man
    29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days:

    The sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not shed its light;
    the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the celestial powers will be shaken.
    30 “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the peoples of the earth will mourn; and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

    The Parable of the Fig Tree
    32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: As soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 In the same way, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near—at the door! 34 I assure you: This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.

    No One Knows the Day or Hour
    36 “Now concerning that day and hour no one knows—neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son —except the Father only. 37 As the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. 38 For in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah boarded the ark. 39 They didn’t know until the flood came and swept them all away. So this is the way the coming of the Son of Man will be: 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore be alert, since you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this: If the homeowner had known what time the thief was coming, he would have stayed alert and not let his house be broken into. 44 This is why you also must be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

    Faithful Service to the Messiah
    45 “Who then is a faithful and sensible slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give them food at the proper time? 46 That slave whose master finds him working when he comes will be rewarded. 47 I assure you: He will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But if that wicked slave says in his heart, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49 and starts to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50 that slave’s master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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    1. Just like many have been stating — it’s important to keep our spiritual house in order. Repent often, as the Lord is returning to gather those without “Spot or Wrinkle”. We can sin in just thought, so keep that in mind as the Lord knows our hearts.

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  6. If “believers” are falling for The Shack…………..so sad to hear things such as “God can do anything.” Yes He can but He also tells us what He won’t be doing when Jesus returns. He won’t be over here or over there………..

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  7. Just received my latest lab results back via email this morning. PSA levels are now normal — Thank You Jesus 🙂

    Kidney functions still showing Stage III disease, but that’s ok too. Thank you Lord for your protection, as I have no symptoms of this at all! 🙂

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  8. “Verse Of The Day” — 4/9/17

    The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
    Hebrews 1:3

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  9. I have a question for my esteemed fellows in Christ.

    When the bible talks about the heavens or sha (e)mayim in hebrew. Has anyone heard it being referred to as the biblical north at some point.

    I do have a weak memory that R.A Coombes made that link in his book America the babylon.

    Im interested to know because it might have some interesting views bound to it. I would pour over my own archives but i have 3 little ones going papa all the time.

    A positive problem though but the ball is in your court. 1.2.3.4.5……..

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    1. Stig, I have not heard heaven mentioned as “Biblical North”, but others who have been studying much longer than I may have some great input.

      Here’s an excellent reference to “North” in the Bible that someone spent a lot of time on:
      https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/North

      I can however offer this scripture In Revelation 21 that talks about the “New Creation/New Jerusalem” after the old Earth and First Heaven has passed away.

      Revelation 21

      Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea no longer existed.
      2 I also saw the Holy City, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.
      3 Then I heard a loud voice from the throne:
      Look! God’s dwelling is with humanity, and He will live with them.
      They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them
      and be their God.
      4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
      Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer,
      because the previous things have passed away.
      5 Then the One seated on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.”
      6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give water as a gift to the thirsty from the spring of life.
      7 The victor will inherit these things, and I will be his God, and he will be My son.
      8 But the cowards, unbelievers, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars—their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
      9 Then one of the seven angels, who had held the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues, came and spoke with me: “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
      10 He then carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 arrayed with God’s glory. Her radiance was like a very precious stone, like a jasper stone, bright as crystal.
      12 The city had a massive high wall, with 12 gates. Twelve angels were at the gates; the names of the 12 tribes of Israel’s sons were inscribed on the gates. 13 There were three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.
      14 The city wall had 12 foundations, and the 12 names of the Lamb’s 12 apostles were on the foundations.
      15 The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.
      16 The city is laid out in a square; its length and width are the same. He measured the city with the rod at 12,000 stadia. Its length, width, and height are equal.
      17 Then he measured its wall, 144 cubits according to human measurement, which the angel used.
      18 The building material of its wall was jasper, and the city was pure gold like clear glass.
      19 The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone:
      the first foundation jasper, the second sapphire,
      the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,
      20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian,
      the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl,
      the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase,
      the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.
      21 The 12 gates are 12 pearls; each individual gate was made of a single pearl. The broad street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
      22 I did not see a sanctuary in it, because the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its sanctuary.
      23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because God’s glory illuminates it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
      24 The nations] will walk in its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.
      25 Each day its gates will never close because it will never be night there.
      26 They will bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.
      27 Nothing profane will ever enter it: no one who does what is vile or false, but only those written in the Lamb’s book of life.

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      1. Interesting information found about the 12,000 stadia reference in Revelation 21:16

        the angel measures the city with a golden rod or reed, and records it as 12,000 stadia by 12,000 stadia at the base, and 12,000 stadia high. A stadion is usually stated as 185 meters, or 607 feet, so the base has dimensions of about 2220 km by 2220 km, or 1380 miles by 1380 miles.

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    2. Speaking of direction—- In the Bible, you can count on the fact that when you see a person or people going or moving EAST, it means “away from God.”

      If they are going WEST, it means “toward God.”

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  10. The dimensions of new jerusalem allows for a very big sauna/library complex to be built. I reserve a property at temple library avenue right now with seaside access for swimming 😃

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  11. BP Earthwatch proclaims that the Anti-Christ is in the United States Now and is now in full Anti-Christ power right Now! He states that it is NOT our current president of the United States, but is afraid to state the name due to being “Taken Out”. This video was produced on 4/5/17. 3 1/2 Years the Anti-Christ is given power! He asked his own family to stay in secrecy, and if they release the name — him and his family will be at risk!

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    1. He says that 6 months into this — a major change will erupt.
      Revelation 13

      The Beast from the Sea
      And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. He had 10 horns and seven heads. On his horns were 10 diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. 2 The beast I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like a bear’s, and his mouth was like a lion’s mouth. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3 One of his heads appeared to be fatally wounded, but his fatal wound was healed. The whole earth was amazed and followed the beast. 4 They worshiped the dragon because he gave authority to the beast. And they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to wage war against him?” 5 A mouth was given to him to speak boasts and blasphemies. He was also given authority to act for 42 months. 6 He began to speak blasphemies against God: to blaspheme His name and His dwelling—those who dwell in heaven. 7 And he was permitted to wage war against the saints and to conquer them. He was also given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation.

      8 All those who live on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name was not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slaughtered.

      9 If anyone has an ear, he should listen:
      10 If anyone is destined for captivity,
      into captivity he goes. If anyone is to be killed with a sword,
      with a sword he will be killed.
      This demands the perseverance and faith of the saints.

      The Beast from the Earth
      11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; he had two horns like a lamb, but he sounded like a dragon. 12 He exercises all the authority of the first beast on his behalf and compels the earth and those who live on it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. 13 He also performs great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in front of people. 14 He deceives those who live on the earth because of the signs that he is permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, telling those who live on the earth to make an image of the beast who had the sword wound and yet lived. 15 He was permitted to give a spirit to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast could both speak and cause whoever would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 And he requires everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast’s name or the number of his name.
      18 Here is wisdom: The one who has understanding must calculate the number of the beast, because it is the number of a man. His number is 666.

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  12. Everyone Be Alert! This is not a time to fear, but trust in the Lord. I received confirmation that what BPEarthwatch stated is true. The Anti-Christ is indeed here in the United States and has been given full power in that role. Each of us needs to listen to the Lord via the Holy Spirit, as we may be given specific tasks to complete very soon! Repent often, pray, worship and read the Bible.

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    1. Doesn’t matter if anyone believes me about this confirmation of the Anti-Christ being here and now and is fully transformed. Ask the Lord yourself for confirmation.

      Speaking of confirmation — this video is more confirmation of the warnings Linda has been sharing about the “Alien Invasion” coming, which are actually demons! This video is produced from a mother who has since lost her child, but knows she will see him again very soon.

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      1. I haven’t watched the above video yet. The one from BP bears enough confirmation. It puts all into perspective and easy to see the times we are in. Evil is at every turn. Literally flooding the lands with filth and lies. Eyes on Jesus and heart bowed.

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  13. Anthony Patch said september is the month to watch Cern and what comes out of it. Linda just sent me the video and i watched it. Great info and Mike is glad to hear there will be a conference in Idaho soon in Boise with mr Patch!

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  14. Yes good one indeed. In general terms also the masterplan of the Nwo crowd is to ridicule and desensitize the masses totally to spirituality especially biblical. So that they will accept the luciferic replacement.

    Albert Pikes masterplan for ww3 lays out in detail how it will be done!

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  15. This link goes with today’s devotional — 4/10/17

    https://www.christiantoday.com/article/christian.persecution.on.the.rise.in.uzbekistan.where.just.owning.a.bible.is.illegal/97157.htm
    GOD’S PROMISES ARE STRONGER THAN FEAR
    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2

    “Two days ago the police raided our house. They took away all the Bibles and Christian books that we had in the house,” says Lazar, a church leader in Uzbekistan. The roots of communism seem not to have withered yet. Uzbek Christians are balancing between fear of surveillance, intimidation and imprisonment and faith in God’s promises.

    The penalty which Lazar may receive for possession of the “illegal books” he had in his house is a prison sentence of fifteen days or a hefty fine.

    “I would prefer a prison sentence,” says Lazar. He knows comparable cases when fines equivalent to over a year’s salary were imposed. Leila, his wife seems bewildered by her husband’s response. “I don’t want you to go to prison,” she responds.

    Lazar counters, “The Pharisees persecuted Jesus, but still He went on with His work. The evening after the raid, I read Psalm 91. God is my refuge and my strength. I can hide in Him. I don’t want to allow myself to be governed by fear, because that doesn’t help you at all. After my arrest, one of the neighbours telephoned me. ‘Lazar,’ he said, ‘we’ve packed our things and we’re ready to leave for Moscow. Should we go?’”

    Lazar can understand this, but he resolutely teaches his church members to take a different approach. “We must oppose people who are sowing fear. God’s promises are stronger,” he emphasises. “We have difficulties, but we believe that God is with us and that His promises are stronger than fear.”

    Still this fear may suddenly take a grip on you if you’re in the middle of a situation of direct persecution. A few days later Lazar suddenly says, “I’m leaving the city tonight. My lawyer has advised us to take a break. It may be the case that another raid is conducted on our home. We can’t cope with this now and so we’re leaving. Please pray for me and my family.”

    In the space of a few days Lazar struggles with the horribly hard hand of the regime and with the values of his faith. He’s balancing between fear and faith. Pray that the fear which the government is trying to sow shall not take root in his heart.

    A few weeks later, Lazar reports that he and his family are back at home. But the problems are not over. Legal proceedings have been taken against him and he has been threatened with death by the authorities.

    RESPONSE: Today I will boldly affirm that God is with me and His promises are stronger than fear!

    PRAYER: Pray for Christians like Lazar and Leila who are on the teeter-totter between fear and faith. Pray that Satan’s tactic of fear will not take root in their hearts.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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    1. Every one of the blogs, videos flow in Holy Spirit. This one was a confirmation for me! The other’s were/are all awesome! The message in this one hit an area of prayer and seeking the Lord over.

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  16. Hmm you know people here in Finland there seems to be some wind in the economic sails again. Personally i believe its the momentary boom before bust because the economy is enjoying now the boons of the artificial liquidity injection early last year.

    Some people here are Even hopeful, but i take My share ov overtime and try to build up what i can for the family and possible needful the Lord will send My way in the future.

    Insecure times but in Finland there is a little light now, false though IT is because there is no National repentance here!

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