Sunday, November 6, 2022

While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping

 

Most have heard some version of this Indian parable:

 

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

 

You’ll also recognize this: 

 

“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while he slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, did not you sow good seed in your field? From where then does it have tares? He said unto them, An enemy has done this. And the servants said unto him, Do you desire then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay, lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather together first the wheat into my barns, and the tares are bound in bundles to be burned.” RE Matthew 7:5

 

Every farmer knows that when you irrigate a field you cannot single out only the wheat to receive the nourishing waters. The Lord puts the same idea this way regarding us: “for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” RE Mathew 3:26 The whole field is watered regardless of what is growing—the wheat, the tares, the dandelions, and any other thing that has taken root. At some phase of plant development, in order to realize the best crop and highest yield, you must make a deliberate effort to remove the undesirable growth to prevent disgrace to the value of the harvest. In other words, separate the wheat and the tares.  

 

There’s a reason the Lord commands “awake and arise” for while we have slumbered, the evil one hath planted in our souls’ tares that have grown with our wheat. The command to “awake and arise” is simply the signal from the Lord that it is time to make the deliberate effort in your soul to separate that which pollutes from that which is his desire to harvest. Gather up that within you which is good and flee from or burn the rest.

 

To satisfy our vanity and pride, most of us tell ourselves we’ve fed the good wolf and starved the evil. But, when I look in the mirror, if I’m perfectly truthful, sadly I find that I have often spent time cultivating the tares in exchange for the material rewards Babylon offers the natural man, an enemy to God. RE Mosiah 1:16

 

The command has come, the time is now, the place is here.  How do I do it?

 

Leave behind your ambitions. Depart from your anger, contention, jealousies, and your uncontrolled worldliness. Be sober minded. Control your appetites. Flee from sin. Subdue the flesh. Become meek as a child, and harmless as a dove. Flee from Babylon and shake its dust from off your feet. Awake and Arise.” Denver Snuffer blog  June 26 2022

 

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

 

Signed

 

John The-Not-So-Beloved

Sunday, October 30, 2022

The Four Guardians - It's a busy time to be them!

The Four Guardians – It’s a busy time to be them!

 

As you gaze upward upon the cosmos to discover the signs in the heavens promised by God, don’t forget to notice what the four Guardians are up to down here.

 

The name and location Isaiah used to describe the great superpower of his day was Egypt.  As it works out, because Isaiah saw the beginning from the end, he was able to harmonize the things he wrote about ancient Egypt with the things he saw happening to the great end time superpower, America. So, ancient Egypt served as a type for modern America (that’d be us). As Egypt ascended toward the apogee of its empire, prosperity and existence, it began to detach from religious underpinnings that had, without enough credit from them, fueled their success. Once substantially detached, though some effort was made by some to keep it tethered to gospel practices, it relied on its own leader’s guidance, wisdom and military might for direction. Absent religious orientation and affiliation with God and an effort to please Him, the result became unexpected and substantial decline.  “Egypt believed there were ‘four sons of Horus.’ This idea was left over from the Patriarchal era and was their apostate belief that roughly corresponded to the four archangels: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel.  Yet Egypt chose to fight against these four until they were destroyed. Once Egypt was defeated, for centuries Israel’s religion increased and Egypt’s waned. Eventually, this led to the ultimate death of Egypt’s religion. So complete was the God of Israel’s overthrow of Egypt that the Egyptian language itself was altogether lost until the Rosetta Stone made it possible to reconstruct (in part) the identities of some of Egypt’s defeated gods and fragments of Egypt’s ancient beliefs Religion of the Fathers, Denver Snuffer pg 115.

 

All of the troubles experienced as inputs by the four great Guardians were in all reality invitations to repent. Did they? Should have, but did not. If Egypt is a type for America, then, as we are able to now observe in real time, America has in the past decades ascended toward and perhaps reached the apogee of its prosperity and greatness and will, consistent with Isaiah’s prophecies and observations, experience unexpected and substantial decline. And, like Egypt, as it detaches from its religious underpinnings which have fueled its greatness and relies on its own leader’s guidance, wisdom and military might for direction, it too will and is experiencing a similar fate. It, like Egypt, will fight against the progressively harsher inputs by the four Guardians and their heavenly hosts until it meets the end of its organized existence, its government is terminated and its people deprived of their land and their cultural dominance – in other words, destroyed. T&C Glossary of Terms - Destroy    

 

Scripturally it is put this way – 

 

·       And thus with the sword and by bloodshed, the inhabitants of the earth shall mourn. And with famine, and plague, and earthquake, and the thunder of heaven, and the fierce and vivid lightning also, shall the inhabitants of the earth be made to feel the wrath, and indignation, and chastening hand of an Almighty God, until the consumption decreed has made a full end of all nations…” (T&C 85:3)


      “Abide in the liberty wherewith you are made free. Entangle not yourselves in sin, but let your hands be clean until the Lord come, for not many days hence and the earth shall tremble and reel to and fro as a drunken man, and the sun shall hide his face and shall refuse to give light, and the moon shall be bathed in blood, and the stars shall become exceeding angry and shall cast themselves down as a fig that falls from off a fig tree. And after your testimony comes wrath and indignation upon the people, for after your testimony comes the testimony of earthquakes that shall cause groanings in the midst of her: and men shall fall upon the ground and shall not be able to stand, and also comes the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds. And all things shall be in commotion, and surely men’s hearts shall fail them, for fear shall come upon all people.” (T&C 86: 17-18)

 

All are inputs from the four great Guardians. What may the four Guardians be up to now, in our time? Well, whatever it is it becomes progressively worse until the end.  

 

Here’s a brief recap on the four great Guardians --

 

·       “Michael, who in mortality was Adam, is associated with air – ‘breath of life’ (Genesis 2:11 [Moses 3:4-7])

·       “Gabriel, who in mortality was Noah is associated with water – ‘the flood’ (Genesis 5:12 [Moses 8:28-30])

·       “Raphael, who in mortality was Enoch, is associated with fire - the ‘fiery ascent’ (Genesis 4:23 [Moses 7:65-69]), and 

·       “Uriel, who in mortality as John the Beloved, is associated with land - who ‘tarries on earth’ (TSJ 12:20 [John 21:23])

 

“The signs wonders, and plagues in Egypt involved the four great Guardians. These four angelic guardians controlled the elements that were turned against the Egyptians and directly challenged and defeated the false Egyptian gods, with the three days of darkness (see Exodus 7:4 [10:21-29) defeating even Ra.”Religion of the Fathers, Denver Snuffer pg. 114 footnote #264

 

The events in Egypt became progressively punitive hoping they’d repent until, as noted above, their civilization and language was in ruins.  

 

Is our path an echo of theirs?

 

Consider these examples – you can think of more.

 

·       Prior to hurricane Ian, citrus greening disease had Florida on a trajectory to produce the worst orange crop since the early 1940’s. Ian damaged further what was already forecast to be the lowest Florida orange crop in decades. Orange production in Florida is down by 32%, enough to make this the scantiest predicted harvest in nearly 80 years. As a consequence, orange juice prices are soaring to record heights as inventories collapse.  You know, if you’ve been to the grocery stores recently, the problem isn’t confined to oranges. Hurricane Ian alone may spike many food prices.

 

Next

 

·       With the extreme draught-stricken Mississippi River dropping in areas to the lowest levels ever recorded, hundreds of barges along it have come to a standstill. In early October, some 2,000 barges clogged the channels in long pileups along the river south of Memphis. The more than 400 million tons reliant on the waterway to be moved will not be delivered to their destination timely, straining the supply chain. You know the ole’ saying “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” And, this is only one of the links in the supply chain that have begun to fail. A tremendous amount of rain is needed in order to fix this problem, but unfortunately there won’t be too much rain for the foreseeable future.

 

And then of course there’s this - 

 

·       The American West is facing its most severe drought in human history.  Research suggests conditions are drier now than they have been for at least 1,200 years. The receding water level in western Lake Meade puts the Hoover Dam’s ability to produce electricity at risk.  Additionally, downstream cropland reliant upon the stored water from Lake Meade for its bountiful production is withering. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly every portion of the United States west of the Florida panhandle is in some level of drought.

·       Drought forces farmers to scale back and others to fold as economists warn of price hikes.  

 

And this headline

 

·       Bird Flu Outbreak Nears Worst Ever in U.S. With 37 Million Dead Chickens

 

Then this – 

 

·         Magnitude 5.1 earthquake rattles San Francisco Bay Area, the largest to strike the region in years – Tuesday, October 25th 2022.  Along “the Ring of Fire,” upon which the entire west coast of the United State sits, scientists assure us that “the Big One” is way overdue, and the potential for cataclysmic seismic events on the west coast is long overdue.  

·        Same day, different place -- Strong quake shakes northern Philippines - magnitude 6.4 

 

And this

 

·        The Scale of Pakistan’s Flooding is Hard to Comprehend - It’s hard to absorb the scale of the devastation. The flooding has affected 33 million people across the country, nearly half of them children.

 

All this to say – The four great Guardians are busy and will be progressively busier as time passes in “the troubling season now fast approaching.” (T&C 158:12).  Don’t not notice!!

 

Here may be in substance the command from the Lord to the Guardians:


“And again, the Lord shall utter his voice out of Heaven saying, Hearken, O you nations of the earth, and hear the words of that God who made you: O you nations of the earth, how often would I have gathered you as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you would not? How oft have I called upon you by the mouth of my servants, and by the ministering of angels, and by my own voice, and by the voice of thunderings, and by the voice of lightnings, and by the voice of tempests, and by the voice of earthquakes and great hailstorms, and by the voice of famines and pestilences of every kind, and by the great sound of a trump, and by the voice of judgments, and by the voice of mercy all the day long, and by the voice of glory and honor and the riches of eternal life, and would have saved you with an everlasting salvation, but you would not? Behold, the day has come when the cup of the wrath of my indignation is full.” (T&C 29:8)

What is happening? The gods America has worshipped--men, wealth, prosperity, desire for recognition, comfort, etc., are being challenged. Like the Egyptian’s gods they will and are failing us, yet few respond with repentance.

The Four Great Guardians are with us!

Hold on, it’s going to be a wild ride.  

 

Signed

John The-Not-So-Beloved

 

End of the American Dream

Fox Business

Florida citrus production down by 32%

Mississippi river draught

Drone video of Mississippi river draught

U.S. draught monitor

Lake Meade’s water level has never been lower

Bird Flu Outbreak

San Francisco Earthquake

Ring of Fire

Philippine Earthquake

Pakistan Flooding