Friday, October 18, 2019

Disaster Warning!

Joseph Herrin (07-08-08)

Through much chastening over the course of many years I have been learning the discipline of not speaking more than what I truly know. Doing so is a great temptation to Christians, for there is a certain attraction to receiving the acclaim of having been “the one” who had the prescience to discern and foretell a matter before it was generally known. This is true whether the topic be doctrinal truth, or whether it be some prophetic warning of things to come.

Many men and women receive illumination in a matter, but before they have tested it thoroughly, or waited for the Lord to confirm it and reveal the application of that which they have been shown, they run out and proclaim things in a careless, and often harmful manner. I have read many writings of various ministers recently, some reputed to be pillars. Time and again I have seen where they have strayed into some dubious teaching that their soul fastened onto, without waiting to receive a witness from the Spirit. The result is that their teaching is leavened. Even those who have received profound revelation in one area, have been careless in testing all things in another area. Sometimes the results are so dreadful that I find I am unable to recommend that the saints read their writings.

This is a great tragedy, for some of what these men write is definitely Spirit breathed, and the children of God should be partakers of what they have received. A sister in Christ recently sent me a book some 700 pages in length, written by a man with whom I had not previously been acquainted. I read the first two chapters of his book and was astounded at the clear way in which he was able to reveal truth in a matter that is little comprehended, or even thought of, in this hour. His insights, and his manner of writing, were truly profound.

When I arrived at chapters 3 and 4 I found that as surpassing excellent as the first two chapters were, the next were appalling in their error. He began to speak of a topic that the Spirit of Christ has instructed me personally in, and immediately I recognized where he had erred. Yet he wrote as one with authority, and I was astounded at how greatly light and darkness, profound truth and grievous error, were all contained in this book.

As I read further I found that he got back to what he knew to be true by the Spirit, and the book in large part got back on track. Yet there were interspersed sections of error, and some things that just seemed doubtful, as if the man had gone beyond the revelation he had received and had overextended himself, so to speak.

As I have been reading this book I have considered that this man could have written a book half the length of this one, and stuck with those things that had been thoroughly tested, submitted to the judgment of the Spirit, and found approved, and he would have written a book for the ages. Although only a remnant at this time would be able to receive the things he has been shown, they would recognize the imprimatur of the Spirit of Christ and be filled with gratitude that he has labored to set forth these things in such a cogent manner. I myself would be passing this book around to many, had the author shown restraint in sticking to those matters of which he had received instruction by the Spirit of Christ. Sadly (and I mean this truly), I find that I am not able to recommend his book to others due to the leavened nature of it.

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a meeting by a man who has been traveling across the United States speaking of impending judgment. I discerned through this experience of sitting in his presence that this man has truly received much from the Lord, and in some very fundamental areas he is very sound. He always points people back to the necessity of hearing from God themselves, rather than giving them some 10 step process to prepare themselves and their families for dire days. He was very emphatic in this area, stressing the need of the saints to be hearing God’s voice and responding with quick and careful obedience.

I know that judgment is coming to America, for the Spirit has testified these things to me. I do not need another man to tell me, for I have received numerous profound witnesses from God, and the very manner in which He has led me to live for the past nine years has all been preparatory for coming days. At the same time, I wanted to hear what this man was speaking. He made many specific predictions of things to come, and I sensed that in many instances he had no real solid revelation about a matter, and he spoke vaguely, but then when some event occurred such as a tornado or earthquake, he was very precise in saying that was the very thing he had predicted.

My own judgment in the matter is that this brother has received some core truth. God has shown him that judgment is coming to America, and God has revealed to him the reasons why in some detail. Yet I believe this brother has also erred in overextending himself, and in speaking some things that he has not thoroughly tested, nor received a command from the Father to run with the message. It is not necessary to predict an earthquake or tornado every couple of weeks. Such things stir up interest in one’s ministry, but the overall effect is to dilute the things of which we are assured, and have been given command to proclaim.

Recently, when I sent four books to the publisher to be printed, I carefully reviewed each book. I asked the Lord to reveal if there were anything that I had written that I had not received from Him. As a result I deleted a couple passages here and there. The reason was not that I was convinced of error, but because I was not thoroughly convinced of truth. There were a few things that sounded right, but I had not tested them as thoroughly as was needed. I did not want something to be put into print that would detract in any way from the things I was certain the Spirit had given me to share with the body of Christ.

This is a caution we should always be practicing. If we want our words to go forth with the power of the Spirit, then we need to guard our lips. We must make sure that there is no mixture of Spirit and soul, of fresh water and salt. Even as the salt water will make the fresh brackish, so too will the presence of soulish thoughts make the thoughts born of the Spirit less palatable. Would you like to drink a glass of pure spring water to which had been added a gram of arsenic? It is hard to argue that the glass should still be drunk, for there is so much good spring water present. I could only offer the glass to another who knew the arsenic was present, and knew the secret of extracting it.

As I thought on this principle of limiting our communication to the things we are confident about, I was reminded of an event that occurred many years ago. After I had completed a two year college degree I was required to take the Regents’ Examination. This was a two part test that had to be passed in order to receive a diploma from the state of Georgia. One part of the test, and the part most dreaded by my fellow students, was the writing of an essay.

I was familiar with the basic form of essay writing, and I also knew the rudiments of grammar and diction. I had little fear about this part of the test, yet I wanted to do well on it, so I determined that I would not include any sentence elements that I was unsure about. For example, I knew how to construct a basic sentence, but there were some minutiae concerning colons and semi-colons, and other similar parts of sentence construction that I was not as confident about. I therefore determined not to use anything in my essay that was doubtful. My motto was “stick to what you know to be correct.”

About a month after the exam I received notice that I was to receive an award. My essay, as was the norm, had been sent to three different professors from throughout the Georgia university system to be graded. All three professors sent it back with zero corrections, giving it a perfect score. Needless to say, I was granted my diploma.

Yahweh wants His children to be very careful in their communications. Stick to what you know. Do not speak beyond the measure of revelation given to you. It is not necessary to “wow” people with that which is grandiose. The most powerful and effective communication will be that which is without mixture, whether your topic be elementary principles, or advanced mysteries of the kingdom of God.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Desolate Towers

Joseph Herrin (06-02-2013)

Song of Solomon 8:10
I am a wall, and my breasts like towers...

The news and entertainment media have been providing major coverage of Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy as a preventive measure against the breast cancer that claimed her mother’s life at the age of 56. Angelina Jolie, is 37 years old and has not been diagnosed with breast cancer. Nevertheless, due to fear that she could develop cancer she opted to have her breasts surgically removed and cosmetically reconstructed.

The news regarding Ms. Jolie’s decision was made public in an Op-Ed piece published in The New York Times on May 14th.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html

It has been followed up by cover articles in popular magazines such as Time and People.

















It is typical of the Luciferian controlled media to call that which is good evil, and that which is evil good.  The media has been characterizing Ms. Jolie’s actions as “brave” and “heroic.” One image uses the word “fearless” to describe her recent actions.



















Far from being fearless, it was fear that motivated Angelina Jolie to have her breasts surgically removed. Rather than being “fearless,” or “brave,” Ms. Jolie was driven by fear of an early death, and anxiety over developing cancer in her body. The words “frightened” and “fearful” are much more accurate descriptors of her actions. The media rulers are masters of shaping opinion and forming associations in the minds of the populace. By careful selection of words, the media is able to convince the masses that women who are driven by fear to have their breasts removed, are actually “brave,” “fearless,” and “heroic.” The truth is just the opposite.

Mike Adams at the Natural News website has written an expose on the timing of the public media attention given to Ms. Jolie’s decision. The press coverage is far less innocent than the media masters would lead people to believe.

Natural News Article
http://www.naturalnews.com/040365_Angelina_Jolie_gene_patents_Supreme_Court_decision.html

However, I wish to pursue a different facet of this story. I want to focus on the spiritual and moral aspects of this story in the news. Those who are regular readers of this blog will remember that I posted a writing on a related story back in January. The article focused on Allyn Rose, a beauty pageant contestant representing Washington, D.C., in the Miss America Pageant. This woman who is significantly younger than Angelina Jolie (24 years old) announced her determination to have both of her breasts surgically removed due to breast cancer being common in her family. Following is a quote from that post:

To understand what is spiritually symbolized by the removal of the breasts we must look to the Scriptures.

Isaiah 66:10-13
Be joyful with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who love her; Be exceedingly glad with her, all you who mourn over her, that you may nurse and be satisfied with her comforting breasts, that you may suck and be delighted with her bountiful bosom." For thus says Yahweh, "Behold, I extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall be nursed, you shall be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem."

In this passage from Isaiah we see that the breasts are a fountain of life and are symbolic of bounty, peace, and comfort. In contrast, the removal of the breasts is emblematic of poverty, unrest, and discomfort. When a female representative of Washington, D.C. declares to the world that she is going to have her breasts removed, a spiritual message is being pronounced. Washington will no longer be a source of life, nor a comfort to her people. Death will flow from the halls of power. Comfort and peace will be “cut off” from the people.
[Source: http://parablesblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/america-without-breasts.html]

























Allyn Rose

Breasts are associated with nurturing and feminine qualities. It was noted that Allyn Rose’s first name is masculine. She also stated in an interview that she often comes across as “cold,” and some see her as an “ice queen.” These details give testimony of an absence of those feminine qualities that find favor with Yahweh. The cutting off of the breasts serve as an outward parable of an inner spiritual condition. A woman who has abandoned the feminine qualities praised by Yahweh was forsaking the part of her body most associated with nurturing, comfort, motherly affection, and femininity.

I have noted before that “holly wood” is used by witches to craft their magic wands. Harry Potter’s wand was made of wood from the holly tree. Hollywood has cast a spell upon the world. Satan has no greater tool than television and the movies. By cunning employment of media Satan is able to deceive, corrupt, and destroy mankind. A chief aim of Satan is to overturn Yahweh’s order of government by bringing confusion to the genders. He seeks to emancipate women from the home, enticing them to covet the role and life of man. In this we see a repetition of his own error. Lucifer sought to arise above the role Yahweh appointed to him, and to make himself equal to God.

Isaiah 14:13-14
You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”

Satan has been very successful in fostering this same spirit of pride and usurpation among women. Rather than being content to fulfill the role of help-mate to the man, the woman has desired to be equal to man. She has sought to ascend. In doing so, women have abandoned the vital roles Yahweh appointed to them as wives and stay-at-home mothers.

Titus 2:4-5
Admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

I Timothy 5:14-15
Therefore, I want younger women to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach; for some have already turned aside to follow Satan.

Angelina Jolie, as one of the premiere leading actresses in Hollywood, has long been a Luciferian poster child modeling anti-feminine qualities to the women of the world. She has been cast repeatedly in roles that glamorize women who manifest masculine traits, and who behave as men. Angelina Jolie has often portrayed women who are violent, and who are the equal to any man in the employment of brute force, in hand to hand fighting, and in cunning.

























Tomb Raider

























Wanted

























Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 
(Note the masculine character name - Franky)




















Mr. & Mrs. Smith

























Salt

Repeatedly, Angelina Jolie has been cast in roles that depict her acting in ways commonly associated with men. She battles men as an equal, usually with physical violence. Far from being a keeper at home, a mother who nurtures her children and honors and submits to her husband, she is shown as a woman of the world, charting her own course, submitting to no one. Rather than manifesting a “gentle and quiet spirit” that is “precious in the sight of God,” she is outspoken, boisterous, and frequently violent.

I Peter 3:1-5
You wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. And let not your adornment be merely external - braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.

Outside of her Hollywood career, Ms. Jolie has a similar, if somewhat less violent, persona. She travels the world as a representative of the United Nations. She visited forty countries as a Goodwill Ambassador, and in 2012 was appointed as a Special Envoy for Refugee Issues. Rather than exhibiting the behavior of a devoted wife and mother that Yahweh praises, Ms. Jolie has been married and divorced twice (now 3 times), and is currently in a relationship with Brad Pitt, a man whom she is not married to, but with whom she has had three children. Yahweh describes such a woman as an adulteress.

Romans 7:2-3
For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. So then if, while her husband is living, she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress...

Satan is very effective at convincing men and women that what Yahweh calls evil is actually good, and that which Yahweh calls good is evil. Angelina Jolie has been lifted up as a Goodwill Ambassador. She is promoted as a woman whose life is to be envied and emulated. Yet her life stands in stark contradiction to everything that Yahweh declares to be holy and good.

It is symbolically fitting for such a woman to have her breasts removed. Ms. Jolie long ago turned away from everything that Yahweh finds praiseworthy among women. She has chosen the role of a man in the world. I am reminded of Paul’s instructions for women in the church who reject the headship of man to have their hair cut off.

I Corinthians 11:6
For if a woman does not cover her head, let her also have her hair cut off; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head.

Is it not equally a sign for a woman who has rejected the nurturing, gentle, and quiet role of wife and mother to cut off her breasts? A woman who has forsaken Yahweh’s role for her life is spiritually barren and desolate. In the Song of Solomon, the Shunammite woman and bride of King Solomon, describes her breasts as towers. We live in an hour when the towers have fallen. For those who can accept it, what is occurring in the nations is being replicated in the bodies of women in this dark day. Even as the twin trade towers were cast down to the ground on 9-11, so too are women cutting off the breasts. The towers have fallen.

Zephaniah 3:6
I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate (barren, devoid of life)...

Angelina Jolie is no worse than millions of other women who have forsaken the role of help-mate to man and the stay-at-home mother who cares for her. She is merely a visible symbol of that which is occurring en masse in the world. She has been enticed by Satan to reject her divinely appointed role as a help-mate to man, in order to ascend and place her throne alongside that of man. Angelina Jolie is a media icon to millions of women who are usurpers, grasping after the role of men, seeking equality. Is it surprising that in seeking to live as men that women are losing those attributes that have identified them as women?

People of God, I am going to share something here that will likely offend some, but it needs declaring nonetheless. It is my hope that it might spare some sister in Christ from suffering things that are completely avoidable.

There is a reason that breast cancer is so prevalent in modern society. There has been a 660% rise in non-invasive breast cancer since 1973. What was once rare is now quite common. Why has there been such a rise in the incidence of breast cancer? There are undoubtedly many factors involved. There have been more than 50 million babies aborted in American in the past 40 years. Having an abortion increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/The_Link.htm

How many of the millions of women who have aborted their babies have unwittingly consigned themselves to develop breast cancer? Another known link to increased risk of breast cancer is the use of birth control pills, and injectable birth control.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/oral-contraceptives
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/surgeon-birth-control-pill-a-molotov-cocktail-for-breast-cancer/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/05/depo-provera-cancer_n_1405597.html

Is it merely coincidental that as the use of birth control and abortion has skyrocketed, that the incidence of breast cancer has risen apace? Are these things not a judgment from God and a parable?

A woman takes birth control that she might be sexually active without getting pregnant. A woman who deliberately induces her body to become barren (sterile, unfit for life to form), has no need of breasts to nurse the children she is rejecting. The same is true of the woman who aborts her baby.

Many women who have contracted breast cancer did so because they took birth control pills, or chose to abort their babies. Is it not a judgment of God that a woman who would be sexually active, either inside of marriage or outside, while rejecting the life that would form within her, would lose her breasts, and possibly her own life? By the judgment we judge others, we will be judged. By deeming the child she might conceive, or has conceived, to be unworthy of life, the woman is inviting God to judge her according to the same standard.

Matthew 7:2
For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

The woman who uses pharmaceuticals (the word pharmakeia in Greek is translated as “sorcery”) to prevent pregnancy is taking unto herself the role of God. The Scriptures declare that it is Yahweh’s role to open and shut the womb (Genesis 30:2, 22, etc.). The apostle Paul stated that due to sin among the church of Corinth many were sick, and some had died. Day after day, untold numbers of people suffer judgment due to sin and fail to recognize the hand of Yahweh. Being spiritually blind and deaf to the truth they fail to discern cause and effect.

I Corinthians 11:30-31
For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. But if we judged ourselves rightly, we should not be judged.

If you are a Christian and are using birth control, you have cause to fear Yahweh. Do you consider it a casual thing to render your body infertile? Would you usurp the role of Yahweh, choosing death where He chooses life? If you choose death, you may reap more than you had imagined. By making your body inhospitable to the formation of new life you may well be making a choice that results in the loss of your breasts, or even your life.

Similarly, the woman who rejects man as her head, seeking to usurp the role of man, has reason to fear. I have often observed that people suffer things physically that mirror the spiritual state of their lives. If you are rejecting the role of wife and mother, seeking to act as a man in the world, you should fear that the fruit of this inner condition will manifest in your body.

Satan is not going to tell men and women that there is a cost to sin. He would glamorize a promiscuous lifestyle. He is NOT going to tell you that using the medical profession’s sorcery in a pill may cost you your breasts, or even your life. The public school system employees are not going to tell you this either, nor will the government, or the media. The whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

What you are going to hear from this fallen world system is that a self-centered, indulgent, pleasure-seeking lifestyle is the right of every man and woman. The name “Angelina” comes from the word “angel” that means “messenger.” Angelina Jolie is a messenger of Satan. Note the tattoo on her left shoulder. It should leave no doubt who she serves.



















Dragon Tattoo

Throughout her career, Ms. Jolie has been promoting an unrighteous image for women to emulate. Satan has paid her well. She has received immediate gratification, while forfeiting an eternal inheritance in Christ. Many who are first now will be last, and the last shall be first.

Ms. Jolie has desired sexual freedom, while enjoying equality with men in all areas of life. As she has forsaken the woman’s role to attain equality with man, she has voluntarily given up those feminine attributes that Yahweh praises. Now she has voluntarily gone under the surgeon’s knife and had her breasts removed. Let those with eyes to see perceive the parable in this event. There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is death.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Crisis on the Border

Joseph Herrin (07-26-2014)


















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The news media in America is giving massive exposure to the subject of illegal immigration at the United State’s southern border. I thought it would be beneficial to address this subject to provide the perspective of a disciple of Christ. It is very easy for Christians to be driven along by the flood of propaganda that spews forth from the government tap and the media spigot. It is always needful to walk wisely in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation, to beware of men with agendas, and the prince of this world who is ever advancing his plans through lies and deception.

Barack Obama announced at the beginning of his second term in office that one of his primary points of focus would be immigration reform. This is a parallel to his announcement during his first term that he would make healthcare reform the major focus of his efforts. Despite the fact that the healthcare reforms put forth by the President were hugely unpopular with Americans, and could only be passed through gross lying, manipulation, and a Congress that has been bought and paid for by a global cartel of world rulers who serve as the true government, the President managed to make Obamacare the law of the land. This legislation survived a legal challenge to its constitutionality as Chief Justice Roberts switched sides at the last moment and cast his support behind this huge imposition upon the freedoms and rights of Americans.

Understand, I am not one of those up-in-arms patriotic Americans who are livid with rage at the unlawful actions of all three branches of government. I have continued to maintain that the disciple of Christ who lives in America, or in any other nation where similar unrighteous governmental actions are taking place, should identify themselves as a citizen of a heavenly kingdom. This world, with its temporal governments and national boundaries does not define who we are. Upon being purchased by the blood of Christ we became aliens and strangers in this world. We have been given a new identity as we have been translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. We have a King to whom we owe much more than any earthly monarch or government could legitimately demand of us. We have been bought with a price and are no longer our own, having passed from death into life.

At the same time, it is expedient to understand the times we live in, and the plans and actions of Satan and those governments he rules, that we might walk wisely as the days grow ever darker. There is a commonality of purpose between the healthcare reform of Obama’s first term, and the immigration reform of his second term. The ultimate goal is the destruction of the present world system of independent governments and nations that out of the ashes might arise a New World Order that has one central government upon which Satan’s chosen man will sit. It is a foregone conclusion that there can be no powerful, independent nation-states if a world government is to arise. Therefore, the strength of individual nations must be eroded. The debasement of all nations includes their economic impoverisation, their moral degradation, the dissolution of any ethnic distinctiveness, and the fracturing of powerful political blocs into disparate warring factions (such as is observed in the Republican Party with its Tea Party, Moderate, and Liberal (RINO) factions.)

Ethnically distinctive nations have always stood as an obstacle to global government. This was Yahweh’s doing, and it has proven immensely effective. In the 11th chapter of Genesis we read of the first global government, and their defiance of God. In order to prevent men from advancing too quickly into complete depravity as they united in rebellion against God’s will and fell wholesale under the government of Satan, Yahweh divided mankind at Babel. He caused the languages of mankind to be confused, resulting in the division of humanity into “tongues, and tribes, and nations.” This separation into distinctive groups has had an inhibiting effect upon the willful disobedience and rebellion of humanity as a whole. Satan knows he must destroy the distinctiveness of nations and people groups, bringing all mankind to a homogenous state of existence, so that he can institute rule over all in one central government.

America has never had any ethnic distinctiveness. There may have been an appearance of such in the early days when the government was formed, for it was a government created by white European males. There were, however, large numbers of Africans who largely served as slaves on Southern plantations. In some states, such as South Carolina, the number of blacks was nearly as great as the number of whites, but they were disenfranchised from political power, and society was deeply segregated. Even the identity of those men in power was not one of ethnic distinctiveness, for the European founders of America came from many nations.
























Citizens of English derivation comprised the largest ethnic group of America’s colonists, but even at their peak at the time of America’s founding they constituted less than half of the population. The predominance of English ethnicity did not last, however, as massive numbers of European immigrants in the late 1700s and throughout the 1800s led to changes in America’s ethnic composition. Germans eventually outnumbered the English, a condition that exists to this day when the Irish and Scottish are numbered individually. It should be remembered that the United Kingdom, like the United States, is an ethnically diverse nation. Due to the territorial distinctiveness of their ancestral homelands, the Irish, Scottish, and Welsh continue to have a strong sense of ethnic identity.

























2000 Census Figures

Due to the length of time that many families have been in America, a great many today no longer identify with their ancestors’ nation of origin. It is far more common to identify as White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American than by a specific foreign nation. The ethnic identity of Americans continues to change, especially with a great uptick in the number of immigrants from Mexico and Central and South America.

























2010 Census Figures

In a span of ten years Mexicans have risen from the 6th most common nationality to 4th in America, though there is a significant number of people who identify as “American” having either lost any knowledge of their ancestor’s country of origin, or considering it so far removed as to be of little consequence. I suspect that with the influx of immigrants across America’s southern border in the past 4 years that Mexicans now occupy 3rd place on the list, and that all immigrants of Hispanic ethnicity are now rivaling those of African ancestry as the 2nd largest segment of America’s populace.

Satan’s ultimate aim is to construct Babylon once more upon the earth. Throughout the Bible, Babylon has always signified Satan’s kingdom in the same way that Zion serves as a representation of Yahweh’s kingdom. The book of Revelation especially contrasts Babylon and Zion. The overcomers in Christ are depicted as standing with the Son of God on Mount Zion (Revelation 14), and the people of God are urged to separate themselves from Babylon, who is also called “The Great Harlot” (Revelation 18).

It is helpful to identify the characteristics of Babylon, whose origin began with Babel, the city Nimrod founded. The Bible informs us that the people of Babel had one language, and were all under one government. It can be argued convincingly that the nucleus of Babylon today lies in the inner city of London. If there is one language that has become the lingua franca for the whole earth, it is English. It has become the language of international commerce. This is greatly due to England’s great success in establishing colonies all across the globe when she was at the height of her maritime empire. The English language is now officially embraced by nations as disparate as India, Canada, America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Belize, and Jamaica.

There are twice as many English speaking people in India today as the entire population of the United Kingdom. Additionally, 86% of the population of Sweden speaks English, as do 56% of the people of the Philippines, and 64% of Germans. Pakistan, Egypt, France, Italy, Thailand, Poland, Turkey, Iraq, Kenya, Brazil and numerous other nations have significant percentages of their populations that speak English. The spread of the English language across the globe is a result of Satan’s efforts to overturn the impediment to a single global government that Yahweh initiated when He confused the tongues of men at Babel.

England’s, and specifically London’s, central place at the heart of Satan’s efforts to build up Babylon again at the end of this age, is further attested by the fact that the Prime Meridian of the International Date Line runs through it. The global standard for time keeping is based upon Greenwich Mean Time, also commonly called Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Greenwich is a district of southeast London where the Royal Observatory is located. Thus, not only does the entire world use English as the language of international commerce, but it sets its time by London as well.

When the Summer Olympics were held in London in 2012, I wrote about another indicator of London’s role as a global Satanic headquarters. At the heart of London is a district referred to as “The City of London.” This is altogether distinct from the vast metropolis that is identified as London. This enclave at the heart of London is the central hub for the global bankers and lawmakers. Major roads leading into, or out of, The City of London are marked by “boundary dragons.” Following is an excerpt from an earlier writing.
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At the center of London is a one square mile territory called the City of London Corporation. This is Satan’s seat. It is the greatest center of international banking in the world. British media is also centered here on Fleet Street. Major roads leading into the central territory known as the City of London are guarded by Boundary Dragons. Following is a map marking some of the dragon monuments in the inner City of London.

















Boundary Dragons

























Temple Bar Dragon

This tall, gothic, freestanding dragon, looms over the Temple Bar Memorial on Fleet Street before the Royal Courts of Justice, and serves as one of the boundary markers to the City of London. The name Temple Bar comes from a nearby Temple that was originally constructed by the Knights Templars, a Satanic organization with a very dark history.

























Another City of London Boundary Marker




















Yet Another Boundary Dragon

The City of London is a Luciferian City. Following is an image of the coat of arms for the City.




















City of London Corporation, Coat of Arms

The Latin phrase “domine dirige nos” is translated as “Lord Direct Us.” It should be obvious from the dragons that the lord being referred to is Lucifer, the great dragon of Scripture.

Revelation 12:9
So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
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The work of Satan to establish a one world government, Babylon reborn, begins at London. London is the chief city and capital of England. England conquered and assimilated three nations of ethnically diverse people who each had their own languages, customs, and governments. These nations are Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. Bringing them all under England’s power, these four disparate people groups became the United Kingdom. They now are united by a common government, a common currency, and a common language.

From there, Satan’s next step was to establish a larger melting pot that would draw together people from all nations of the world under a single government, currency, and language. This is the nation we now recognize as the United States. Note the common word “United” in both the UK and the USA. From the United States the next advance toward a global government was launched. This was the establishment of the League of Nations which was the predecessor for the United Nations. The United Nations headquarters is located in New York City. Even the name of America’s Queen City points back to England, for its namesake is the Duke of York who became King James II of England.

It is estimated that more than 800 languages are spoken by the citizens of New York City. It stands as the port of entry for millions of immigrants from across the world. It is truly a Babylonian city. That the United Nations headquarters is located there proves its Babylonian character, for here is the heart of a global governmental organization that has aspirations of uniting all humanity under one central rule.

The flood of immigrants currently taking place along America’s southern border is not primarily being carried out to increase the diversity of America, though it does have that effect. Nor is it a spontaneous uprising as the media and government would have people to believe. It is a carefully planned and orchestrated event being guided by the powers in the American government. Those Christians who have yet to see through the charade of the two party political system, not recognizing that both Republicans and Democrats are two heads of the same beast, are often caught up into political disputes and factions. They do not realize that the former Republican President George W. Bush passed laws that have greatly contributed to the influx of illegal aliens, and made it difficult to send them back to the places from which they came.

In 2008 President Bush signed into law legislation that required all illegal immigrants to appear before a judge before they could be deported. This act insured that the illegal aliens would be lost in the system and receive a lengthy stay in America. The number of immigration judges is simply too few to handle more than a small fraction of the number of illegal immigrants. Therefore, when the illegal immigrants are apprehended, they are given a notice to appear before a judge, and then released into American society where it will take years for their day in court to arrive. A recent article stated that 375,000 cases are on backlog awaiting a court date for immigrants to appear before judges.

The flood of immigrants serves another purpose aside from making America more ethnically diverse. It is designed to overwhelm the current system of state’s governments which have been a hindrance to the goal of unlimited federal authority. It is a designed flood of immigrants who generally have only basic education, and little prospect of obtaining jobs in technical fields. This relegates them to menial tasks such as farm labor, domestic help, or employment in restaurants. Few have a chance of becoming successful entrepreneurs. They are eligible for food stamps, government health insurance, and other welfare programs. At this time, there is a large number of school age children flooding across the border, and these are placed in public school systems that had not planned for large numbers of new students, especially those who need Spanish language teachers and remedial education.














Hundreds of men, women, and children are coming from Latin America to the United States. Many are riding trains across Mexico. To give an idea of how many are doing so, it was recently reported that one train derailed, stranding 1,300 illegal immigrants who were riding the train up towards the U.S. border. The goal is to overwhelm all the social welfare, healthcare, public education, law enforcement, and other public sectors with massive numbers of unemployed people who will be supported by public funding. I have not seen the tremendous amount of press coverage given to any one issue since Barack Obama was pressing for healthcare reform. The tactics are very similar. Obama appealed to the American populace using the specter of uninsured children who would go without healthcare unless his reform measures were passed. He is once again playing the same tune as the media hypes the issues of illegal immigrant children whose lives might be imperiled if they were sent back home.



















Obama Signs Healthcare Reform Bill (For the benefit of the children)



















Illegal Immigrant Children

The government and press are seeking to create a perception of vast numbers of young children in peril in order to convince American citizens to support immigration reform, which is a code word for “amnesty.” Alternative news sites are reporting that only 2% of illegal immigrant children are below the age of a teenager. That is not the story that the media photos reveal, however.

Let me interject here that I am not sharing this because I am a disgruntled American citizen. I am simply seeking to draw attention to the way Satan works. His disciples employ the same tactics of lying and deception that he is renowned for.

John 8:44
Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.

A clear example of the deception being practiced by the Luciferian government of America is observed in the arguments they have set forth over the past 13 years since the events of 9-11, leading to the creation and huge expansion of the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration. Americans cannot walk through an airport without submitting to invasive full body searches. They are subjected to all manner of harassment with stories of young children being traumatized, the elderly and handicapped being rudely treated, and all of this is justified by the need to secure our borders and keep terrorists out of America. Yet this same government has left the southern border of America wide open with hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens crossing. It is reported that many citizens from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and various far flung nations are flying into Mexico and walking across the border where it is undefended. It should be apparent to anyone that national security is a farce. Americans are being conditioned to surrendering their constitutional rights to unnecessary search and seizure while the border remains wide open for real terrorists to enter the country at will.

Returning to the true agenda of the powers that be, those individuals who appointed Barack Obama to be President of the United States are following a plan to destroy America as a constitutional Republic of individual states as set forth by two professors at Columbia University at the time Barack Obama was said to have attended there. The professors’ names are Cloward and Piven. They put forth a strategy to undermine capitalism so that it could be supplanted by a socialist system where the government becomes the dispenser of all things to the citizenry of the nation. In this way, everything is given into the hands of the government, and people cannot buy or sell, or use government services (and everything becomes a government service, including banking services and all forms of merchandising), apart from government consent.

Wayne Allen Root, the Libertarian candidate for President in 2008, and a columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, wrote the following article four years ago.

Obama's agenda: Overwhelm the system
Rahm Emanuel cynically said, "You never want a crisis to go to waste." It is now becoming clear that the crisis he was referring to is Barack Obama's presidency.

Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he's doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos -- thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within.

Barack Obama is my college classmate (Columbia University, class of '83). As Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day one, Obama is following the plan of Cloward & Piven, two professors at Columbia University. They outlined a plan to socialize America by overwhelming the system with government spending and entitlement demands. Add up the clues below. Taken individually they're alarming. Taken as a whole, it is a brilliant, Machiavellian game plan to turn the United States into a socialist/Marxist state with a permanent majority that desperately needs government for survival ... and can be counted on to always vote for bigger government. Why not? They have no responsibility to pay for it.

-- Universal health care. The health care bill had very little to do with health care. It had everything to do with unionizing millions of hospital and health care workers, as well as adding 15,000 to 20,000 new IRS agents (who will join government employee unions). Obama doesn't care that giving free health care to 30 million Americans will add trillions to the national debt. What he does care about is that it cements the dependence of those 30 million voters to Democrats and big government. Who but a socialist revolutionary would pass this reckless spending bill in the middle of a depression?

-- Cap and trade. Like health care legislation having nothing to do with health care, cap and trade has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to do with redistribution of income, government control of the economy and a criminal payoff to Obama's biggest contributors. Those powerful and wealthy unions and contributors (like GE, which owns NBC, MSNBC and CNBC) can then be counted on to support everything Obama wants. They will kick-back hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions to Obama and the Democratic Party to keep them in power. The bonus is that all the new taxes on Americans with bigger cars, bigger homes and businesses helps Obama "spread the wealth around."

-- Make Puerto Rico a state. Why? Who's asking for a 51st state? Who's asking for millions of new welfare recipients and government entitlement addicts in the middle of a depression? Certainly not American taxpayers. But this has been Obama's plan all along. His goal is to add two new Democrat senators, five Democrat congressman and a million loyal Democratic voters who are dependent on big government.

-- Legalize 12 million illegal immigrants. Just giving these 12 million potential new citizens free health care alone could overwhelm the system and bankrupt America. But it adds 12 million reliable new Democrat voters who can be counted on to support big government. Add another few trillion dollars in welfare, aid to dependent children, food stamps, free medical, education, tax credits for the poor, and eventually Social Security.

-- Stimulus and bailouts. Where did all that money go? It went to Democrat contributors, organizations (ACORN), and unions -- including billions of dollars to save or create jobs of government employees across the country. It went to save GM and Chrysler so that their employees could keep paying union dues. It went to AIG so that Goldman Sachs could be bailed out (after giving Obama almost $1 million in contributions). A staggering $125 billion went to teachers (thereby protecting their union dues). All those public employees will vote loyally Democrat to protect their bloated salaries and pensions that are bankrupting America. The country goes broke, future generations face a bleak future, but Obama, the Democrat Party, government, and the unions grow more powerful. The ends justify the means.

-- Raise taxes on small business owners, high-income earners, and job creators. Put the entire burden on only the top 20 percent of taxpayers, redistribute the income, punish success, and reward those who did nothing to deserve it (except vote for Obama). Reagan wanted to dramatically cut taxes in order to starve the government. Obama wants to dramatically raise taxes to starve his political opposition.

With the acts outlined above, Obama and his regime have created a vast and rapidly expanding constituency of voters dependent on big government; a vast privileged class of public employees who work for big government; and a government dedicated to destroying capitalism and installing themselves as socialist rulers by overwhelming the system.

Add it up and you've got the perfect Marxist scheme -- all devised by my Columbia University college classmate Barack Obama.
[Source: http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/obamas-agenda-overwhelm-system]

To those who still have not perceived the Republican/Democrat charade for what it is, consider that Obama has simply continued the policies practiced by George W. Bush. At a time when the news was reporting that the federal government was borrowing huge amounts of money to sustain its runaway spending policies, and that such practices could not be sustained indefinitely, George Bush signed legislation that resulted in the greatest expansion of medicare/medicaid since these programs were created. He authorized the government purchase of pharmaceuticals for all recipients using these welfare programs.

On Jan. 1, 2006, the federal government launched Part D, which enabled the nation's 43 million Medicare beneficiaries to get subsidized prescriptions through a choice of private insurance plans...

The Bush White House lied to Congress about the cost. Within two months of signing the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) into law, President Bush quietly informed Congress that the true cost of the program would be $550 billion, not $395 billion, over the next decade. When Medicare actuary Richard Foster sought to present the true price tag to Congress in late 2003, then agency chief Thomas Scully threatened to fire him. By the time the program was launched in 2006, the estimated 10 year price tag for the Medicare prescription plan had increased to $720 billion.
[Source: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/07/17/1224486/-To-attack-Obamacare-Republicans-forget-the-lessons-of-Bush-s-Medicare-reform#]

Brothers and sisters, these are not trivial amounts of money being mentioned here. Aside from enriching the coffers of the global corporations whose masters give marching orders to Presidents, Congressmen, and other world leaders, the goal is to destroy America by a crushing burden of social spending. America’s debt is already so great that her downfall is assured. By opening the borders for a flood of illegal immigrants, the pace of America’s collapse is accelerated. It is death by a million paper cuts.

A day will come when the global elite who own the Federal Reserve Banks, who pump out a constant stream of fiat money for the government to spend, will say they can no longer continue to do so. The blame will be placed squarely upon the taxpayers who will be accused of living beyond their means. Austerity measures will be enacted. Bank accounts will be seized. People will lose their life’s savings. Test runs have already been carried out in other nations, such as in Greece.

It is certain that America’s days of prosperity, ease, and comfort are coming to an end. The blood of tens of millions of aborted babies cries out for judgment. The promotion of homosexuality, and the glorification of sexual promiscuity, violence, and a hedonistic lifestyle demands divine retribution. Yahweh will not save America from the slaughter that is coming, for she has slaughtered tens of millions of her own children. The rape and pillage of America being carried out by the government is according to the will of God.

Ezekiel 21:31
“I shall pour out My indignation on you; I shall blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and I shall give you into the hand of brutal men, skilled in destruction.”

Barack Obama is a brutal man, skilled in destruction. Congress is filled with brutal men (and women), skilled in destruction. The Supreme Court is comprised of brutal men and women, skilled in destruction. The destruction goes on apace, all the while these men and women speak words of deception that the unwary and foolish accept as fact.

What should be the Christians response to these things?

Look at the individual immigrants from God’s perspective. For many years American Christians have been uprooting their families and moving to Mexico, Central America, and South America to serve as missionaries, sharing the message of the gospel of Christ to the people who live there. Now the citizens of those nations are flooding into America. They are being flown and bused to towns and cities all across America where there are churches on every corner, and professing Christians by the thousands. The opportunity for ministry is great. The people of God should reach out to these ones as they are given opportunity. Each one is a soul for whom Christ died. Do not be caught up in the political theater that demonizes, or lionizes, these immigrants. They are sons and daughters of Adam who need the salvation Christ came to bring to all mankind.















Understand that America’s downfall is drawing closer. The transition to a dystopian society such as portrayed in movies and books like The Hunger Games will occur with great violence. This is why the government is building up a civilian army through the Department of Homeland Security. This is why the government is purchasing hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition, and pressing for laws to remove guns from the ordinary citizen. When the dollar collapses, stores will be emptied in hours. Then riots will ensue. Cities will be set ablaze. Those who have made preparation will be able to flee the cities before the roads are locked down, and nation wide martial law is implemented. Seek God to know how He would have you to prepare.

Realize this, the very government that is luring hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans to the USA with a promise that they will be taken care of, are leading them into a trap. The New World Order will arise out of the ashes of the old world order. Civilization will burn. The experience will result in millions of dead. These illegal immigrants, especially the unaccompanied minors, will be some of the most vulnerable. They will rue the day they ever chose to seek refuge in Babylon. Pray for them as well as for your own family.

Bonus reading. Here is one more example of the government acting to overwhelm America with an influx of welfare recipients.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/24/Report-Feds-Considering-Allowing-Hondurans-to-Apply-for-Asylum-from-Home-Could-Approve-Up-to-50

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Monday, October 7, 2019

The Orderly Procession of the Spirit and the Gift of Tongues

Joseph Herrin (07-04-2013)

The Day of Pentecost

I deemed it expedient to post a second writing on the Holy Spirit, and tongues as a sign, after receiving numerous e-mails on the preceding post. When writing on a particular topic I often discover many of the arguments that cause people to stumble at truth as responses begin to come in. This affords me the opportunity to address the specific objections, many of which I acknowledge come from sincere individuals who have had error delivered to them by other Christians.

One of the sincere objections that was raised is that there are numerous accounts in the book of Acts where the impartation of the Holy Spirit to groups of men is attended with signs and wonders, one of the most common signs being speaking in tongues. Why, one might ask, do we have recorded on multiple occasions visible manifestations, and speaking in tongues when the Holy Spirit was received by men, if Yahweh did not intend to establish a doctrine that these things will always accompany one another? This writing will endeavor to answer this question.

Bear in mind that these events are all recorded in the book of Acts. This is a book wholly unlike the books that follow it which primarily consist of apostolic epistles. The book of Acts is NOT a doctrinal treatise like the book of Romans, or I and II Corinthians, or Galatians. Rather, it is a narrative retelling of events that occurred from the time of Christ’s ascension, detailing the spread of Christianity throughout the world.

This distinction is important to keep in mind, for many of the events recorded by Luke in the book of Acts are unique, historical occurrences. They were not intended to be taken as a pattern for the churches to repeat. For example, on the day of Pentecost, there was the sound of a rushing mighty wind heard throughout the city. There were tongues of fire which distributed themselves over the heads of the 120 men and women gathered in the upper room. ALL of those gathered experienced the Holy Spirit falling upon them, and they ALL began to speak in tongues and prophesy.

Luke clearly did not intend for his narrative of this experience to be taken as a template for the manner in which every annual Pentecost celebration should be observed, nor as a pattern to be repeated every time someone received the gift of the Holy Spirit. There is never again a record of a similar event occurring. The sound of a rushing mighty wind was heard only on the day of Pentecost. The same is true regarding the appearance of tongues of fire above the heads of the saints.

A narrative of an event is very different from an instructional epistle that was intended to be shared among the churches. Apostolic letters were given as universal guidelines for all disciples of Christ. That the apostles’ instructions were intended to inform the believers of the universal practices of the church is often stated within the body of the text.

I Corinthians 7:17
This is my rule for all the churches.

I Corinthians 11:2
Now I praise you because you remember me in everything, and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you... But if one is inclined to be contentious, we have no other practice, nor have the churches of God.

II Thessalonians 2:15
So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.

II Thessalonians 3:6
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Yahshua Christ, that you keep aloof from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.

It is evident from these Scriptures that the epistles which make up a large portion of the New Testament were given to establish rules, traditions, practices, and ordinances among all members of the body of Christ. What Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers applied equally to the saints in Thessalonica, in Phillipi, and in Colossae. Nor were these merely the instructions of Paul, for we find him using expressions such as “WE have no other practice,” and “whether by word of mouth or letter from US.” These instructions were attested to by the other apostles and elders appointed by Christ as overseers among His flock.

The book of Acts is not the same type of writing. We have no record of Luke being numbered among the apostles. We are only told that he accompanied Paul on some of his missionary journeys, and was a helper to those that were engaged as apostles and teachers. Neither did Luke write the book of Acts in the same way that the epistles were penned. Paul frequently began his letters by declaring his authority in Christ, for his letters were written as a spiritual father instructing children. Following are some examples, though not an exhaustive list.

Romans 1:1
Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Yahshua, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God...

I Corinthians 1:1
Paul, called as an apostle of Yahshua Christ by the will of God...

Galatians 1:1
Paul, an apostle (not sent from men, nor through the agency of man, but through Yahshua Christ, and God the Father...)

Ephesians 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Yahshua by the will of God...

Colossians 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Yahshua Christ by the will of God...

It was necessary that Paul establish his credentials and authority at the beginning of his letters, for he was establishing doctrine and delivering to the churches traditions, practices, rules, and ordinances that they were to follow. This is very different from the introduction Luke provides at the beginning of the book of Acts.

Acts 1:1-2
The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Yahshua began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.

“The first account” Luke refers to is The Gospel of Luke. In this gospel Luke focuses on the life of Yahshua, beginning with a virgin becoming pregnant and the Son of God being born. Luke now labors to set forth a second account which begins at the ascension of Christ to the right hand of God, as he follows the work of the apostles in laying a foundation for a new work of God among mankind. This is not an instructional book like the epistles. It is a historical account. Those who read it should bear this distinction in mind.

If a person wants to know what the Christian’s attitude and beliefs should be in relation to the gift of tongues, they would do well to look for such information in the epistles. The apostle Paul did not overlook this subject. He wrote at length on the topic in I Corinthians chapters 12 and 14. What he set forth there applies to all the churches.

The book of Acts, on the other hand, reveals occasions when men spoke in tongues, while providing no instruction, no rules, and no ordinances related to the employment of tongues among the body of Christ. What Acts does provide is very valuable, if one discerns the reason that selected events were recorded by Luke. These are not random events strung together by the author. They were set forth with careful design, and specific purpose.

In Luke’s account of The Acts of the Apostles, he relates four separate occasions when the Holy Spirit was given to groups of men. At every occasion there was some outward manifestation. There were differences, for, as it was already mentioned, we never read again after the Holy Spirit was given at Pentecost of there being a sound of a rushing, mighty wind, nor of tongues of fire manifesting above the heads of believers. Nevertheless, on each of the four occasions Luke cites, there was SOME obvious, observable, manifestation. Furthermore, on each one of the occasions, there were apostles present. This latter fact should provide the reader with a clue to Luke’s purpose in setting forth these specific acts of God.

During Pentecost, all of the original apostles were present (Judas Iscariot had been replaced by Matthias). Following are the other three accounts of the Holy Spirit being given. Note specifically the presence of apostles at each event.

Acts 8:14-18
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Yahshua. Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit. Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money...

Acts 10:1-5, 44-48
Now there was a certain man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort, a devout man, and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people, and prayed to God continually. About the ninth hour of the day he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God who had just come in to him, and said to him, "Cornelius!" And fixing his gaze upon him and being much alarmed, he said, "What is it, Lord?" And he said to him, "Your prayers and alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now dispatch some men to Joppa, and send for a man named Simon, who is also called Peter... While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. And all the circumcised believers who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, "Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?" And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Yahshua Christ.

Acts 19:1-7
And it came about that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper country came to Ephesus, and found some disciples, and he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said to him, "No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit." And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" And they said, "Into John's baptism." And Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus." And when they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Yahshua. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying. And there were in all about twelve men.

These accounts are the sum total of passages in the New Testament that link together the baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues. Some, not discerning the purpose Luke had in mind in sharing these specific events, have wrongly concluded that what is set forth occurs every time a man or woman receives the Holy Spirit. Let us therefore discover the common thread connecting these accounts that we might discern what made these experiences significant and unique.

You may have wondered about the title of this writing. What is meant by the phrase “The Orderly Procession of the Spirit”? Yahweh determined by His own counsel that the salvation provided through His Son should be revealed to mankind in a specific order. Paul sums it up succinctly in the following words:

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Paul was not expressing some personal prejudice by saying that salvation was delivered “to the Jew first.” Paul was a Jew, but his statement was not based on national pride. Paul was merely affirming that which Yahweh ordained. Yahshua declared the proper order of salvation during His years of ministry. When Philip approached the Lord and told Him that some Gentiles wanted to speak with Him, we find that Yahshua made no effort to comply (John 10:20-23). Yahshua’s  actions were in keeping with the words He spoke to the Syro-Phoenician woman who had a daughter horribly oppressed by a demon.

Mark 7:27
He was saying to her, "Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."

What Yahshua was declaring was that Yahweh had established an order for salvation to be given to mankind. It was to the Jew first. Christ’s entire ministry was focused on the Jewish people. Yahshua never sought out those who were not the natural descendants of Abraham, for He discerned the Father’s will in this matter. Yahshua declared, "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matthew 15:24). The Son of God gave similar instructions to His disciples.

Matthew 10:5-6
These twelve Yahshua sent forth, and commanded them, saying, "Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

(On a side note, understanding the established order of the spread of the gospel, we find that the myths and fables which have arisen that declare that Yahshua visited England, or some other foreign land, in His childhood, are proven to be false. The Gospel of the Kingdom had to be declared first in Jerusalem and Judea before it could spread to the uttermost parts of the earth.)

Luke clearly understood this procession of the salvation of Christ. He understood that salvation, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, had to be rolled out to mankind in an orderly fashion determined by the counsel of Yahweh. Luke, in the first chapter of the book of Acts, reveals his understanding of this principle when he cites the following words of Christ.

Acts 1:8
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. 

The remainder of the book of Acts is a forth-telling of the fulfillment of this Great Commission that was spoken to the disciples of Christ. The disciples, and all the original apostles, for a season, bore witness to Yahshua only to the Jews. For a number of years they did not venture beyond Jerusalem and Judea. The church was established there on the day of the first Pentecost following the resurrection of our Lord. What we observe is that every time the salvation of Christ was carried to a new group of people, the Holy Spirit was given to them, and this fact was attested to by signs and wonders. Among these visible signs was the gift of tongues.

The first expansion beyond Jerusalem and the Jewish people was to the citizens of Samaria. The Samaritans were a mixture of Israelite and Gentile blood. They were considered half-breeds by the Jews, and were scorned. Yahweh had to drive the Jewish believers in Messiah out of Jerusalem through the instrument of a severe persecution, in order to induce them to take the gospel message beyond their own people. In Acts chapter 8 Luke tells us that a severe persecution arose. Saul, later to be called Paul, was one of the chief actors in the persecution.

As the persecution began, Philip, one of the seven deacons selected by the apostles, went down to Samaria and proclaimed the gospel of Christ there. This was the first time the gospel had been proclaimed to non-Jews.

Some have read the account of salvation coming to the Samaritans, noting that they did not immediately receive the Holy Spirit, and have formed doctrines of a second blessing. Luke is not writing to establish doctrine. He is being faithful to record that the impartation of the Holy Spirit to each new group of people was attended by visible signs, observed by the apostles, and it occurred in a public manner. The Father acted in this way to demonstrate to the Jews, and particularly to the Jewish apostles, that He was now giving His Spirit to men and women who were not Jews.

Acts 8:14-18
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Yahshua. Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit. Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money...

Although there is no mention of any specific manifestation of the Spirit in Samaria, we can conclude confidently that there was a visible manifestation. Simon the sorcerer observed the power of God being manifested with the laying on of hands of the apostles. He was so impressed by what he saw that he offered to purchase this power from them.

It was necessary that Yahweh provide a visible testimony to the impartation of the Spirit to the Samaritans, otherwise many of the Jewish believers would not have believed, or accepted, that Samaritans had become partakers of the same Holy Spirit that was given to them.

Luke, understanding the procession of the Holy Spirit being given to men, provides an orderly account of the way in which this astonishing occurrence unfolded. The next to receive the Holy Spirit was a Gentile dwelling in Judea. Cornelius was a Roman centurion. He was a member of the Italian cohort. He was a convert to Judaism, being described as “a devout man, and one who feared God with his whole household.” Despite this man’s devotion to the God of the Jews, it was forbidden for Jews to enter the home of a Gentile, or to break bread with them. The Gentiles were considered unclean.

How deep-seated this belief in Jewish superiority was, is hard for Christians to comprehend today. That the Gentiles should be made partakers of the Holy Spirit was inconceivable to many Messianic Jews. Peter was typical in this regard. Yahweh had to speak to Peter through a vision, repeated three times, in order to break through his resistance. Peter saw a vision of unclean animals being lowered down from heaven on a sheet. The voice of God spoke and stated: “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unclean” (Acts 10:15). Yahweh then sent Peter to the home of this Roman centurion, and the Holy Spirit fell upon the Gentiles gathered in his home.

Acts 10:44-48
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. And all the circumcised believers who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, "Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?" And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Yahshua Christ.

Notice the words, “And all the CIRCUMCISED believers who had come with Peter were amazed.” Six Messianic Jewish men accompanied Peter. They looked on with astonishment when the Holy Spirit was given to Gentiles. It was very necessary for there to be an outward manifestation to demonstrate what had occurred inwardly in the lives of these Gentiles. Without an outward manifestation, many of the Jews simply would not have believed that the Holy Spirit was given to Gentiles.

Immediately following this event, we find that Peter landed in hot water with the Jewish Christians back in Jerusalem. They called Peter on the carpet.

Acts 11:2-3
When Peter came up to Jerusalem, those who were circumcised took issue with him, saying, "You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them."

Peter, was still subject to intimidation by the Jews. He had previously denied Yahshua three times. Yahshua specifically chose Peter to face the wrath of the Jews at this time in order to cause him to stand and overcome where he had previously failed. Although Peter was a bit hesitant, and shifted the blame to God, he did stand firm, and did not deny what the Lord had done. Peter gave a defense of his actions, concluding with the words, “If God therefore gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Yahshua Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?" 
The Jewish believers were mollified by these words, and dolefully acquiesced to Yahweh’s judgment.

Acts 11:18
And when they heard this, they quieted down, and glorified God, saying, "Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life."

To our minds, it seems strange that these Jewish believers in Messiah would “quiet down” when they learned that the Holy Spirit had been given to the Gentiles. It would have been far more appropriate that they had gotten exceedingly louder as they began to rejoice that Yahweh’s salvation was being granted to all mankind. So proud had the Jews become in their identity as Yahweh’s chosen people, that it was with difficulty that they could accept the fact that Yahweh was now accepting others.

Notice a particular thing that Peter stated when giving a defense. He said, “If God therefore gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing...” Yahweh did not repeat the sound of the rushing mighty wind, nor the tongues of fire. He did, however, repeat the sign of tongues and the gift of prophecy. This was so that the Jews would recognize that the Holy Spirit had been imparted to the nations in the same way that He had been imparted to them.

There was one more step to take however. Cornelius, though a Gentile, was living in the land of Judea, and was a devout follower of the Jewish God. It yet remained for the Holy Spirit to be given to gentiles outside of Judea, in pagan lands, and to men who were not converts to Judaism. When the persecution of Jewish Christians began in Jerusalem, the believers in Messiah spread across the Roman Empire, but they did not immediately begin sharing the gospel of their Messiah with the Gentiles. They still spoke only to Jews. This is revealed in the following passage.

Acts 11:19
So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone.

These scattered Jewish believers, needed a sign from God that He was granting His Holy Spirit to the Gentiles. Here then we find the final procession of the Holy Spirit as He is given to Gentiles outside of the land of Judea. Once again, there were apostles present, and attesting signs were given that the Jewish believers might observe that Yahweh had chosen to give His Spirit to people they had previously considered unclean.

Acts 19:1-7
And it came about that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper country came to Ephesus, and found some disciples, and he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" And they said to him, "No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit." And he said, "Into what then were you baptized?" And they said, "Into John's baptism." And Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus." And when they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Yahshua. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying. And there were in all about twelve men.

Luke has chosen these specific accounts to establish the fact that Yahweh was bequeathing His Holy Spirit to all the nations, even to the uttermost parts of the earth. This was a fact not easily accepted. Even among the Jewish converts to Messiah, we find that there was great resistance to the inclusion of non-Jews as fellow members of the body of Christ. Deep prejudices of many centuries were hard to overcome. In the book of Galatians we read of Paul having to rebuke Peter, Barnabas, and many of the Jewish believers, for their failure to openly receive Gentile believers.

Galatians 2:11-13
But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy.

It is hard for Christians in America today, to perceive of the offense that had to be overcome in the minds of the Jewish believers in order for them to accept Samaritans, and Gentile believers, as equal members of the body of Christ. Having a very myopic point of view, and not perceiving the purpose of Luke’s accounts, many have falsely assumed that these four accounts of the Holy Spirit being given, attended by signs and wonders, were set forth to establish a doctrine that there will always be an external manifestation when someone receives the Holy Spirit. This was not Luke’s purpose at all, nor God’s. These specific events were attended with outward signs so that the Jewish believers, and the apostles in particular, would recognize that the Holy Spirit was being granted to all nations.

There have been multitudes of men and women who have become partakers of the Holy Spirit in the ensuing 2,000 years who did not share any similar manifestation. There are even accounts in the book of Acts of men and women being born again of the Spirit and becoming believers in Yahshua the Messiah, who did not experience an outward manifestation. To list just a few, there were 5,000 saved in Jerusalem, recorded in Acts chapter 4, and there is no mention of any external signs and wonders occurring. There was Paul’s conversion, and baptism by Ananias in Damascus. We are told that Paul regained his sight, and something like scales fell from his eyes, but there is no mention of speaking in tongues, or prophesying, occurring in conjunction with Paul’s salvation experience. The same is true when Lydia came to faith in Christ.

Acts 16:13-15
And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled. And a certain woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay." And she prevailed upon us.

We are told only that “the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.” Was Lydia not a partaker of the Holy Spirit because she did not manifest outwardly the gift of tongues, or prophesy? Was not the presence of the Holy Spirit revealed in the generosity that immediately gripped her heart, and her offer of hospitality? There are many ways that the Spirit makes His presence known.

I would conclude this teaching by recommending to you a writing by Zac Poonen on the subject of the gift of tongues. I have found it to be a well balanced teaching, and believe it will be helpful to those who are seeking truth.

http://www.cfcindia.com/web/mainpages/articles.php?display=article07

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