Genesis 12:2-3 – God’s Promise to Israel

The prophetic Word that God gives Abram in Genesis 12:2-3 is one of the most significant in the entire Bible:

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

This Word outlines four major ideas:

  1. God will make Israel a great nation
  2. Israel will be a blessing to the entire earth
  3. God will bless anyone who blesses Israel
  4. If anyone curses Israel, God will curse them

This major prophecy is critical for us to understand today.  There is a blasphemous teaching that is rampant throughout Christianity today that God is through with Israel because of her disobedience over the years.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  God has made it very clear in these verses (and in many more subsequent passages in Scripture) that He cherishes Israel, that she has an important role to play in His plans for the world, and that there are consequences for how someone treats Israel – both good and bad.  Do not let anyone attempt to convince you that God has no further interest in Israel, and that He has reneged on His promise to His Chosen People.  That position is contrary to the Word of God and is in itself a curse upon Israel that will have negative consequences for all who believe it.

Immediately following God’s promise to Abram, He demonstrates this principle.  Abram will become God’s faithful and righteous servant.  Although Abram isn’t that yet, God brings His promise into action through Abram’s foolish lie about his wife Sarai being his sister when they are in Egypt (Genesis 12:13).  Pharoah sees the 65-year-old Sarai.  Because she is beautiful, he takes her into his household (not knowing that Abram and Sarai are married).

Despite this being an unintentional curse upon Abram through this action, God curses Pharaoh and his house with plagues (Genesis 12:17).  This alerts Pharaoh that something is wrong.  He confronts Abram, learns the truth, and makes things right with Abram and Yahweh before anything further can go awry.

Watch how people and nations speak about and treat Israel.  God is watching.  He brings swift justice upon any who transgress His Word.

Genesis 11 – Babel

The typical Christian thinking is that sin is the only problem in the world that Jesus came to overcome.  In fact, the ancient Jewish concept of what’s wrong provides a much bigger picture, and it actually paves the way for all that Jesus has done and will do prophetically so as to redeem the earth.

If we study and understand Scripture in this way, we see that there were three rebellions, not just one.  The rebellion we’re all familiar with, i.e. Rebellion #1, is the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  Eve was tempted by the serpent, believed its lie rather than God’s truth, and thus effectively rebelled against God in her disobedience.  This brought sin into the world.  But, if we truly look all around us, we see there is much more going on than can simply be attributed to sin.

The book of Genesis is so significant because it provides much of the foundation for the rest of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments.  Where does sin lead?  If left unchecked, what can result?  The answer is depravity.  Depravity is sin on steroids.  It is moral corruption and wickedness.  Was there an event that introduced depravity into the world?  Absolutely.

An event took place in Genesis 6:1-5, which is the basis for what God will often refer to as an abomination.  Some number of the sons of God left their heavenly abode in rebellion against God and procreated with human women.  This was direct disobedience to God’s command to them and resulted in Rebellion #2.  This “intermarrying” between spiritual beings and human beings brought such depravity among mankind, plus such wholesale corruption of the human bloodline, that God had no choice but to bring the flood and destroy everything on the earth.  Had He not done this, it would have been impossible for Him to fulfill His prophetic Word that the Seed of the woman (Eve) would come (fully human) to destroy the serpent and its seed, i.e. anyone who chose to rebel against God.

The account of the Tower of Babel incident in Genesis 11 provides us with the understanding of Rebellion #3.  God had told Noah after the flood – just as He had originally told Adam and Eve – to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28 and 9:7).  Instead, what did mankind do?  Led by Nimrod, who had migrated to Babel on the plains of Shinar (in what is today Iraq), men built a “tower with its top in the heavens” (Genesis 11:4) so that they could make a name for themselves rather than be “dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”  This tower is what we call a ziggurat.  It was meant to make a way to bring God down to man, in order to effectively control Him.

In God’s eyes, this was complete disobedience and rebellion against His Word.  Of course, it didn’t take Him by surprise, but He made an intriguing statement in v7: “Nothing that they [men] propose to do will now be impossible for them.”  To counter this problem, we see in v8-9 that God dispersed men throughout the earth and confused the single language, that had been present since the beginning, into multiple tongues.

Not to make this post too lengthy, but one other factor came into play in this rebellion.  In Deuteronomy 32:8 (and you must read the ESV – English Standard Version – translation to see this properly), God set His divine sons over the nations into which He had placed mankind:

When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,

    when he divided mankind,

he fixed the borders of the peoples

    according to the number of the sons of God.

These sons of God were obedient at the time God put them over the nations to rule.  Their job was to point men back to God while He raised up the nation of Israel to be His special inheritance (Deuteronomy 32:9).  Instead, these sons of God rebelled similarly to the fall of their brothers in Genesis 6.  In this case, however, they chose to copy Satan’s desire to be as God.  Rather than direct the peoples of the nations to Yahweh as the One true God, they became the gods over all the nations.  It is from this that we subsequently see gods such as Baal, Milcom, Molech, Chemosh, and many others throughout Scripture.  These gods remain in place to this very day.  They become the third reason that Jesus came, i.e. to redeem the nations back to Himself.

In summary, the three rebellions and the way that God is dealing with them through Jesus Christ are as follows:

* Rebellion #1 – sin.  Jesus takes away the sin of the world when someone believes in Him and is born again.

* Rebellion #2 – depravity.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit as our Helper to council and guide us in the way of God’s righteousness.

* Rebellion #3 – nations following other gods.  When Jesus returns in His 2nd coming at the end of the 7-year Tribulation, He will destroy all those who hate God.  This will usher in the Millennial Kingdom, when Jesus rules and reigns over the nations of the earth from His throne in Jerusalem.  The rebellious sons of God – the gods of the nations – will join Satan in the lowest pit of hell while peace encompasses the earth for 1,000 years.

Isn’t God’s Word amazing?  There is so much more going on than what we might see upon a single reading.  God’s Word requires a lifetime and more of study for us to understand the bigger picture of His purposes.  He wants us to pursue this so that we will know Him more fully.

Genesis 6:1-5 – Sons of God

Genesis 6:1-5 is one of the most fascinating and troubling passages in the entire Bible.  Some people want to make what is conveyed here an entirely human scenario, but that completely misses what’s really going on and the larger Biblical narrative.

The text tells us that the sons of God (bene Elohim – Hebrew) took human wives.  Who were the sons of God?  In the Old Testament, it speaks exclusively about them as being members of God’s heavenly host; in this case, they were likely high ranking princes in the spiritual realm and members of what is referred to as God’s Divine Council.  (Note that in a number of passages in Scripture we see thrones (plural) around God’s throne.  Who sits on these exalted chairs?  Members of Yahweh’s spiritual family – members of His Divine Council – who have important positions in His kingdom.  An example of this is Daniel 7:9: “thrones were placed and the Ancient of Days took his seat.”)

The alternative theory to explain what’s going on in this scene is what’s known as the sons of Seth theory.  This theory attempts to explain away the supernatural aspect of these verses.  It assumes that Seth’s sons were referred to here as God’s sons, and that they were somehow more holy than other men alive at the time.  Moreover, it also assumes that the daughters of men – all human women – were somehow more wicked than Seth’s children.  Of course, that makes no sense.  In the fall of Adam and Eve, all men and women subsequently inherited a sin nature; none were Godly in the way this theory wishes to portray.

Just as there was an original rebel (the nachash in Genesis 3 that we presume is Satan), there were other rebels.  This passage in Genesis 6 tells us that.  Confirming verses in the New Testament such as Jude 6-7 and 2 Peter 2:4 speak of the angels “who did not stay within their positions of authority, but left their proper dwelling.”  As a result, “God did not spare angels when they sinned.”  What was their sin?  They rebelled against God; they disobeyed His command that their place was in the heavenlies and not to dwell among humans.

What did these angels – these sons of God – do?  They not only came to live on the earth; they also procreated with human women.  From this unholy action, giant beings known as Nephilim came forth.  This led to further intermarrying and wickedness throughout the earth so that God finally reached a point that He had to act.  He does this by destroying all life on earth through the flood.

What was the problem in all this?  Satan’s intent has always been to be like God, to replace Him, and to be God.  To accomplish this, Satan had to thwart God’s plans for humanity.  Thus, he introduced rebellion to Adam and Eve, which led to sin.  This resulted in God cursing Satan – the serpent – in Genesis 3:15, which effectively informed Satan that he was on a short leash.  A time would come when he would be completely defeated by a human descendant of Eve’s.  From that point, Satan was truly on a mission.  He would do everything in his power to keep this human descendant from ever being born, or he would kill Him before he could accomplish God’s purpose to finally eliminate Satan.

The fall of the sons of God was part of this larger narrative.  It is likely that Satan encouraged their disobedience.  (“Look at how beautiful those human women are.  Wouldn’t it be pleasurable to be like men on the earth and to lie with those women?”)  Regardless how this went down, Satan’s intent was to corrupt the gene pool.  If man’s DNA was corrupted and man’s blood no longer purely human, then no human descendant from Eve could be born.  Satan could prevent Jesus from ever walking the earth.  With this plan, Satan could annul the promises of God and make Him a liar.  He could ascend to the throne of God and take over if God lost His divine authority.

Further on in Scripture we’ll come across descendants of Nephilim known as Rephaim.  Somehow, the progeny of the wicked, disobedient sons of God would continue to be a problem to mankind that God would have to deal with.

Genesis 3 – The Shining Serpent

In the account of the serpent tempting Eve in Genesis 3, we tend to pass over the fact that this appears to be a talking serpent, and that Eve apparently had no issues with this.  When was the last time you had a conversation with a snake, whether it was a good or an evil one?

The Hebrew word for serpent is nachash.  As I’ve noted elsewhere (Awaken Bible Study Notes – Volume 1), the word nachash “is typically translated as serpent, which we all know.  However, there are variations of the word which give it additional, and very intriguing, meanings.  The word can mean the diviner, i.e. one who communicates with the supernatural realm.  It can also mean shiny, or shining one, such as a divine being from the heavenlies.  Moreover, serpents in the ancient Middle Eastern cultures were divine throne guardians.  Perhaps the Biblical writer wanted to convey all these associations to this serpent that tempted Eve?”

What does this mean for our understanding of this incident?  First, let’s consider what Eden actually was.  Eden was the place that God created where heaven and earth met.  It was a divine mountain garden.  (See Ezekiel 28:13-14: “You were in Eden, the garden of God…on the holy mountain of God.”)  From Genesis 3:8 we know that God spent time there: “…the sound of God walking in the garden…”  It was a lush and beautiful place; why wouldn’t He?  But, was God the only other being that frequented it?  No; at least one other did, i.e. the serpent.  How about others from the heavenly abode?

We know from many places in Scripture that God has a divine family, just as He has a human family.  In the Old Testament, members of this family are variously called sons of God (bene Elohim – Hebrew), angels, cherubim, seraphim, the heavenly host, etc.  Might they likewise have walked in this lovely garden?  Is it not perhaps reasonable to consider that their appearance might be exceptionally shiny, even radiant?  (They are divine beings, after all!)  If that makes sense, then the nachash was likely a shining one, just as its name implies.  As such, being an intelligent entity, perhaps a cherub (we know from Ezekiel 28:14, if the same being spoken of in this verse as “an anointed guardian cherub” is also Satan, whom we associate with the Garden of Eden), then his speaking to Eve would not have been unusual in the least.

Perhaps the nachash took on a serpent’s appearance, but his presence there was no surprise to Eve, and her having a conversation with him was not out of the ordinary.  Adam and Eve before their fall hung out with spiritual beings from what is now to us an unseen realm.  But they could see these holy ones and speak with them.  Someday, when we as true believers have our glorified bodies, we will once more be united with this other part of God’s divine family, as we also will be divine*.

 

* Just to clarify the word divine: we will not be gods.  Through our glorified nature, we will be like Jesus (1 John 3:2) and have the characteristics of His body upon His resurrection.  Much of what the angels can do, we will probably be able to similarly do, but even more; because in our gloried state, we will even judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:3).

Genesis 1:6-7 – Waters & Firmament

The Word of God is so much deeper than we imagine upon a casual reading.  There are often profound meanings that are easy to miss without further study.  For instance, in the reading of Genesis 1-2, the verses of Genesis 1:6-7 caught my eye.

Variously in different Bible translations, God says, “Let there be [an expanse – ESV & NASB] [a firmament – KJV] or [a vault – NIV]…”that is in the midst of the water or between the waters that are part of the darkness and void” (v2).  In the Hebrew, waters can mean exactly what we expect; however, they also have the meaning of danger and violence.  In reading the text, don’t some questions come to mind?  In its initial formation, what were the waters?  Where did they come from?  Seemingly, they were just there.

But then God divides these waters.  In the midst of them, i.e. in between them, He creates an expanse, a firmament, or a vault.  In this separated place are the heavens, or the sky as we know it, i.e. the place where the stars reside.

So think about this.  There is water below and water above the sky, i.e. the heavens.  How does that work?  How do the heavens keep these waters apart?  Where are the waters above the sky?

Here’s a thought.  If we think about this in-between space as a vault, maybe we can make sense of another term that we see elsewhere in the Bible.  In Jeremiah 10:13 and Jeremiah 51:16 the prophet says that God brings rain from the storehouses, or treasuries of heaven, in a time of war.  He unleashes rain and hail to destroy His enemies, bringing them danger and violence.  Look at what these two verses in Jeremiah say about this: “there is a multitude of waters in the heavens” (KJV).

What an interesting statement when we examine this in light of that place between the waters, where one definition is that it’s a vault.  Perhaps the storehouses of heaven are effectively this vault in the sky where God keeps the waters for His purposes at His chosen times.

There is so much more in God’s Word.  He gave it to us so that we might understand Him and His ways more.  Read His Word daily and use this opportunity to grow closer to Him.

Pastor Dana: Vision Sept. 14, 2020

This is a little different from what Pastor Dana has shared previously in that this is a vision rather than a dream.  The message is one that seems to speak directly to the church – the Bride of Christ.  It’s a word that is extremely important for those of us believing that we are part of the Philadelphia church – the one with little strength.  I love the final word that God imparts.  It’s one that has been on my heart for quite a while: “Stay braced and occupy until I come.”

Indeed, we are to occupy and go about doing the Lord’s business.  Stay in the Word.  Remain faithful in prayer.  Encourage one another.  Be a light in the darkness.  Preach the Gospel to those who are lost in season and out of season.

Jesus IS coming soon.  The message rings true: “Stay braced and occupy until I come.”

 

A vision I had last week

Posted by Dana Coverstone on Tuesday, September 22, 2020

 

Pastor Dana Prophetic Dream – Sept. 7, 2020

Pastor Dana Coverstone’s dreams continue.  God has chosen him as the vessel to bring these prophetic visions forward, but I can’t imagine the toll it’s taking on him.  This is heavy stuff.  I believe that America has reached the point of no return.  The antichrist spirits have infiltrated to such an extent that the hard hearts of the people in this nation will not change.

Our only hope is Jesus Christ.  In Him we have joy in the midst of this chaos and violence.  If you don’t know Him, seek Him and He will be found by you.  If you sincerely want to learn more about Jesus, please contact me.  Time is running out.  Jesus will soon be coming back for His church, and God will pour our His wrath on this unbelieving world.  Don’t be left behind.

A troubling dream I had last night about lady liberty. It has troubled me since 2:15 am.

Posted by Dana Coverstone on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Q Quandary Continues

Don’t worry, I don’t plan to make a career out of writing about Q and the various quandaries that have arisen from those who follow, or conversely, dislike him.  Once again I thought I was finished with this series, but after spending a couple hours mowing the grass weeds—just me, the mower, the green stuff, and God—I knew I had to respond to an impassioned plea I received from my previous Q post.

Essentially, she urged that we should not have anything to do with Q because of our weakness as humans to be easily deceived and fall into sin.  Her bottom line, as I understand it, is that we need to keep focused on the Word of God rather than look at anything else around us.

Let me just say that I appreciate her concerns.  We are weak.  Our flesh yearns to engage in sin.  Additionally, if we aren’t rooted in God’s Word, we’re in big trouble, because then we have no idea how to live righteously, nor do we know what’s going on in the world and why.  This is the value of Scripture, and within that, Bible prophecy.  God has shown us exactly what’s going to happen, and in fact, it’s occurring right before our very eyes.

During my hours of mowing, God brought the Apostle Paul to mind.  He had a unique approach to the Gospel that he outlined in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23:

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

In other words, Paul did not shy away from interacting with others so that he might find a way to share the Gospel with them.

Likewise, Paul took a unique approach with Timothy in the very same vein.  We see this in Acts 16:1-5:

Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.

So that the Jews would accept Timothy, i.e. to even get to a place where they would listen to him, Paul wanted Timothy to be circumcised.  This made him acceptable to the Jews and opened the door for the preaching of the Gospel.  In fact, that strategy led to many converts.

As a believer in Jesus Christ who knew the Word of God, Paul wasn’t about to be deceived by any of the falsehoods that those to whom he brought the Gospel believed.  He was a Jew and knew the shortcomings of that religion solely under the Law.  He knew about the pagan gods and had no interest in worshiping them.  He understood the biases of those around him and adjusted his approach to preaching the Gospel based on those prejudices.  Let’s bring this concept forward to Q.  Why can’t believers today who are solidly rooted in God’s Word do the same with the Qanon community?

Within that community, there are some similarities among Q followers.  There are Christians who don’t know any better who buy into the Gnostic end game that the Great Awakening implies.  The reason for this will often be because they don’t know the Bible and/or Bible prophecy.  This is a serious problem associated with the great apostasy, i.e. the falling away, of the church prior to the Rapture.

Another group would be conservatives and/or those who dislike the Deep State for one reason or another.  These aren’t necessarily Christians, although they may have familiarity with Christianity.

A third group for the purpose of this essay are true, Bible believing, prophecy understanding Christians who follow Q for various reasons.  These might include appreciating Q’s fight against the Deep State and/or his exposure of the elite pedophile and human trafficking rings.  This group should be the most aware simply because of being rooted in God’s Word.  Perhaps, given an understanding of how following Q to the end leads to a deadly cliff, these folks will rise up in obedience to Christ’s commands in Matthew 28:19:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Maybe by their following Q, they can be a light that shines the true Word of God into the lives of the first two groups.  Wouldn’t it be a good thing to bring correction to those who profess Christ and are teachable, yet who have embraced an incorrect Bible-based eschatological notion?  And, how wonderful it would be, if because of their common appreciation of Q, the true Christians could share Jesus with those who don’t know Him?

Many Christians seem to think that we should all just stick to the Word of God and spend our days reading that.  It’s a nice thought, but totally undoable.  Actually, God tells us to be in the world but not of it.  We aren’t to ascend to the mountain heights and simply wait for the Rapture.  We’re instructed to occupy in this world.  By so doing, we’re engaged in the Father’s business:

Luke 19:13

Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’

Matthew 24:46-47

Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.

Revelation 16:15

(“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”)

Should everyone in the church follow Q?  Probably not, unless they are given good instruction.  How often have we lamented that the pulpits are silent and pastors never discuss important things going on in the world?  Wouldn’t teaching on the Q phenomenon be a good start?  Obviously, that would mean pastors would have to do the research both on Q and on Gnosticism.  Rather than simply going along with the mainstream news narrative that Q is bad because it’s far right, violent, and a deep-seated conspiracy theory because there really is no Deep State, maybe instructing on Q would give pastors a reason to encourage their flock to awaken.  Notice the verse above in Revelation.  God’s people are supposed to be awake and alert.  How wonderful it would be for a lesson on Q to turn into multiple lessons on Bible prophecy and the lateness of the hour!

Well, I suppose I can dream.

A famous quote attributed to Edmund Burke is: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”  It may not by Scripture but it certainly contains truth.  As I’ve noted, one of the evils that Q focuses on is human trafficking, i.e. the elite pedophile rings that are literally systemic within government circles.  In a recent series of posts, i.e. Q drops, Q provided an extensive list of politicians at various authority levels, both Democrat and Republican, who have been charged with sex crimes against children.  My unofficial count from Q’s four posts came to ninety-one (91) individuals charged in these matters.  Please believe me when I say this.  Q’s list is truly only the tip of the iceberg.  This article on American Thinker refers to this with a small sampling of the people involved: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/09/q_names_pedophile_politicians_vulnerable_to_blackmail.html.

This is evil.  Q is revealing this wickedness in high places to the public.  Who else is doing it?  Where else has this been publicized?  Rhetorical questions.  Only by Q that I’m aware of.

Integral to these politicians and others engaging in these acts is the high potential for blackmail.  It is believed that Jeffrey Epstein videoed all his visitors to Orgy Island as an intermediary for someone else so that all these elites would be vulnerable to blackmail.  Question: Why do you think so many highly placed people are so intent on destroying Donald Trump?  Answer: Perhaps it’s because Trump has learned where the proverbial bodies are buried, and these people are extremely fearful that they will be exposed.  This depravity is exceptionally deep and wide because so many are anti-God; in fact, many worship other gods which inevitably leads to sexual immorality and deviancy.  Think about it.

In summary, I ask: How does the church fight evil in the world?  The most clear-cut way is through prayer, but Scripture encourages us to do more.  Once we’re saved by grace, we’re instructed to do works as the fruit of our salvation.  Lawlessness is alive, well, and increasing dramatically; as is depravity—just as in the days of Noah and Lot.  The political system is designed to combat that, although the nation is so fractured that this function of government isn’t working well in many places.  In conjunction with President Trump, Q is the sole entity addressing this problem.  If we’re going to be in the world, then Q’s fight is our fight if we’re going to stand behind the president and be a party to the solution of pushing back against the darkness, i.e. be among those who are occupying while we wait for the Lord’s return.

We can and must object to where Q believes this war ultimately ends, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t join in the journey for a time to push back against the tide of evil that’s overtaking this land.  There’s always a crossroads.  We can travel with someone but part ways when it becomes prudent to do so.  This doesn’t mean we’re yoked with him, just that we enjoyed his company for a season.

To quote someone with whom I had a recent email exchange about this topic: “Q is doing, wittingly or unwittingly, much of the fighting the pulpits won’t do.”

So, my advice remains the same: Appreciate what Q is doing.  Understand it.  Be a part of it if God has placed you in such a position.  Use the opportunity of discussing Q to lead into the Gospel.  Articulate the difference.  Perhaps God will use you to open someone’s eyes and bring another soul into the Kingdom.

 


 

Note: It has come to my attention through Rapture Ready https://www.raptureready.com/ that some readers lament that their churches don’t teach the Bible nor Bible prophecy.  Last Fall the Lord put it on my heart to lead a class for my church where we read through the Bible entirely this year and focus on Scripture’s 30% emphasis on prophecy as we encounter it throughout the text.  In addition, we dig into the supernatural aspects of Scripture that most people don’t understand, thus losing the bigger context of God’s Word as it plays out from Genesis to Revelation.  The class is highly unique because of this double emphasis.  Each morning I write study notes based on the day’s OT and NT readings and post them to a private Facebook page.  In addition, we have a weekly class that I’ve videoed since the COVID crisis began.  Over time, we’ve added several remote folks who wanted to participate.  If you’re interested in joining us, please contact me through this website.

Pastor Dana Prophetic Dreams – Sept. 4, 2020

This video from Pastor Dana Coverstone details a series of dreams God gave him between August 28 and Thursday, September 4, 2020.  In these dreams God advances the calendar into December and January of next year as the warning of what is to come.

FYI – The Baltic Dry Index is an important indicator for dry bulk shipping activity and a key gauge of the shipping market in general.  If this index is “dead’ then that means there is very little international trade going on because the shipping of goods has been halted.

The message is clear that the world is in serious trouble and headed for the time of God’s wrath known as the 7-year Tribulation.  Only those who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will be rescued via the Rapture of the church from this terrible time of distress.  Note in the dream how it’s true Christians who are the only ones capable of bringing light and encouragement to those around them in these dark days.

Have you been born-again – saved – by the blood that Jesus shed whereby He offers this free gift of redemption to all who choose to accept it?  You can’t earn salvation.  Only by repenting of your sins and trusting in Jesus can you know God and escape God’s coming wrath.

The end of days on this earth as we know them is coming soon.  Jesus is our only hope.

The last dream I have had

Posted by Dana Coverstone on Friday, September 4, 2020

More Q Quandaries

I like Q.  That said, I have serious Biblical reservations about Q’s end game, as I’ve previously detailed.  (Here is one such post: http://garyritter.com/the-q-quandary-part-1/.) The bottom line for me is that in the natural, from a political and cultural perspective, Q is doing some very good things.  He has exposed the Deep State for the evil that it is.  He has communicated the process and steps by which the Trump Administration is going after those who perverted justice while working in the government at taxpayer expense.  Importantly, he has shined a light on the elite pedophile rings that pervade high government positions, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and throughout the world.  These accomplishments to date, with seemingly many more to come, are nothing to dismiss.  Adding to these things, I have to ask: Who else is fighting against these entrenched interests that are so detrimental to America?  What other person or group is doing for this nation and for truly victimized individuals like what Q is doing?  To answer the rhetorical: no one.

Countering these positives is a disturbing reality that Q declares the final end of all these activities as a “beautiful brave new world” (Q drop 3858) that will be achieved through a “great awakening” (Q drop 2450).  There are other Q posts that point to a Gnostic worldview or one associated with the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), each of which discount the coming Rapture and 7-year Tribulation.  If one follows Q’s thought process to this end, one gets to a very unbiblical place.  Scripture is very clear where this world is heading, and it’s not to a glorious new day (at least until the 2nd coming of Jesus).

So, what are we to do who like what Q does in his fight against the evil and corruption that pervades politics and culture?  I’ll tell you what my approach is: I eat the meat and spit out the bones.  Am I the only one who is able to compartmentalize this?  Q has never pretended to be a religious figure.  Yes, he makes religious comments, but so do many who are admirable in the secular world, but whom Christians would never say they’re worthy to follow in a Godly sense.  Why can’t people cheer on the fight that Q does against such ingrained evil, and simply discard anything that encroaches upon Biblical truth?

A couple things have disturbed me lately leading to the writing of this essay.  I belong to a private Facebook page for credentialed ministers with the Assemblies of God.  Not long ago someone posted a mainstream news article that—as such pieces almost universally do—disparaged Q without any proof and had no counter information discussing the good work Q does.  You might think that being Pentecostal pastors, some in this group might acknowledge the positive, conservative actions that come from Q.  Nope.  I think there were two of us versus maybe another ten who commented negatively about Q during a lengthy dialogue.  And, it’s not as though they were pointing out the Gnostic errors; they were simply haranguing against Q in the vein of this news article and accepting the mainstream narrative about how untrustworthy and conspiracy-minded Q and his followers are.

Where’s the discernment?

I had no intention of writing this article before hearing about this other issue.  A well-known social media presence, whom I like immensely and listen to regularly, condemned Q because there are apparently those in the Qanon community who claim to be Christian, yet spout serious antisemitic rhetoric against Israel.  I agree with this commentator as to the egregious error that anyone makes who considers himself a born-again believer yet hates Israel.  People who take that stand are setting themselves up for a major disappointment when they stand before God.  Unfortunately, this analyst painted with a very broad brush and essentially denounced the entire Q movement.

Granted, I have not followed Q since his inception in 2017, having only found his work within the last year.  However, in that time I’ve never seen a Q post that contained anything remotely antisemitic.  Yes, the Rothschilds are part of the Deep State, but calling them out as Q does isn’t an antisemitic action.  It’s against evil characters, regardless of race or religion, whose every intent is to control and destroy.

So, who are these Christians who utter anti-Israel, anti-Jewish nonsense?  As far as I know, they must be a fringe element.  The Qanon community is largely comprised of those who love God (although, as I’ve stated, some are misled to a false light) and/or are patriots.  They are not, as the mainstream media likes to portray, inciters of violence.  They are not a bunch of kooks.  They are not a collection of Israel haters.  If they were, how could they support President Trump with all the positive actions he’s taken to ensure Israel’s sovereignty during his term?

Once more I ask, where’s the discernment?  Why can’t people accept the good without throwing out the whole batch?  If we were dealing with a religious teacher who had an infestation of doctrinal leaven, then by all means, toss the dough.  But we simply can’t apply the same standard that we have within the Christian community to one outside of it.  We might as well retreat to our mountaintops if we think we have to do that.  The world is much too tainted in that case for us to have anything to do with it.

Alright, my rant is over.  What do you think?  Am I on target here, or am I missing something?