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Monday, December 31, 2012

I came to the Lord right as the Jesus People Movement was starting. Like other moves of God through out the centuries it began as a great revival. There was revelation given for a time then it stopped. How long did we move in actual spiritual perception before the whole movement suddenly solidified and became inflexible, and the people became old wine skins, unable to move in anything more?

According to the statistics, the average revival movement lasts about 35 years, with lowering attention spans it is more like 10 years today. During the time of revival the people come into certain truths in the Lord; all of a sudden a ceiling seems to be put upon them, and they cannot go any further.


In some churches, the people joyfully clap their hands and sing a little. They have been doing that for twenty five, fifty years, or one hundred years and have never gone any further. Others have a little tongues and interpretation, and they have been doing that for fifty or sixty years. Yet their services never get off the ground. They might as well be reading the daily newspaper for all the revelation that is in much of their tongues and interpretation. In effect, they exclaim, "Praise the Lord. The sun is going to come up tomorrow morning; the moon will come up tonight. Blessed be the name of the Lord." There is no revelation in it.

This is not saying anything against tongues and interpretation, but we must see that when they do have and what they are moving in suddenly seems to be devoid of fresh revelation and spiritual perception.

So they just float around, saying, "Praise the Lord. The Lord is here. The Lord is blessing us." They exhort one another to go on in God, but there is no fresh revelation, no fresh perception coming to the people of God.

I am concerned about this, and I think you are too. Above everything else in this end time, wouldn't you like to have spiritual vision? Wouldn't you like to have spiritual ears to hear? Don't you want to be prepared for whatever God is saying, whatever He is doing, whatever He is revealing, so that when it comes, you will be ready to move in it?

II Kings 6:15-17 tells about Elijah's servant going out to look over the walls of the city. There he saw that the entire city was being besieged by the enemy. He reported this to Elisha, and asked, "What shall we do?" Elisha said, do not be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." He prayed a very simple prayer: "Lord, I pray Thee, open the young man's eyes," for Elisha walked with an open vision. When the Lord opened the young man's eyes he could see all the horses and chariots of the Lord hovering round about, watching the army of the enemy who thought they were besieging the city to get the prophet, when actually, they were being besieged by the host of the Lord. That day the Lord brought a great victory.

Sometimes we fail to appreciate that there is another world about us- a world more real than the one we know. In fact, the world of the physical senses is very deceptive. When we observe something, we usually do not realize that it is not at all the way it appears.

There is another world that is more real. God says it is wonderful. ...Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit... I Corinthians 2:9-10.

What we need today is that special moving of the Spirit that puts us in tune with the world that the eyes cannot see, the ears cannot hear, and the imagination of the heart cannot perceive. We must begin to walk in this spirit realm, where God has wonderful things prepared for His people.

How do we get out of the bondage of the senses into the spirit realm?  The Kingdom of God is filled with people who are groping along, because they do not see what is happening.

"Blessed is he who has ears to hear. He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches."

Do you want the Lord to give you hearing ears? Do you want the Lord to give you eyes to see? You are living in the last day for it. Joel prophesied that in the last days God will pour out
His Spirit upon all flesh. Old men will dream dreams; young men will see visions. Joel 2:28

A parallel exists between the physical and the spiritual realms. Just as there are five physical senses- sight, hearing, smell, and taste- so there are also spiritual senses or faculties. The Bible says, "Blessed are the ears that hear, blessed are the eyes that see," as though your spirit has faculties that correspond exactly to your physical senses. These faculties can be developed by reason of usage.

Our modern way of life in this end time is conducive to spiritual deadness. As we look at the church of Laodicea, we see that they boasted about certain things, but as a whole the opposite condition existed. They were cautioned to anoint their eyes with eye salve so they could really see.

They needed spiritual ministry so they would have spiritual perception.

We are living in an age in which we are over stimulated, and this factor tends to blank out the spiritual and the mystical faculties that God has given us. When the prophets walked with God in the olden days, they did not have much to do. They sat on hills watching the sheep, gazing in the heavens, and listening to the Lord, with nothing much to distract them.

Now when you go home to wait upon the Lord, you will be distracted by many things. Before long you are reeling with over stimulation by soulish influences. Iphones, ipads, computers, flat screens, bluray players, texting, gaming...etc...

The food you eat is over stimulating. It contains too many carbs. The modern day diet contains very little of the life-giving nutrients that you need. The people in the world are reaching for more of these stimulating influences all the time. They need a cigarette in one hand and a RedBull in the other, because of the tremendous lethargy that is being ministered by Satan.

Because iniquities shall abound in the last days, the love of many will wax cold. Matthew 24:12.

Even the Christians fervor for the Lord begins to go down, down, down. So you see how necessary it is that we keep ourselves sensitive to the Lord and to the voice of the Spirit, that we become better Christians and truly learn to walk with God.

We must not become victimized by this age until all our spiritual senses are dulled. We want to hear and we want to see.

When the Samaritan woman came to Jesus while He was sitting at the well (John 4), He had the depth of perception to see everything that had happened to her, and to lead her to see her need.
We can read that chapter in 5 minutes, and we wonder how long it took for the Lord to reach the depth of that woman's heart and bring her into such a genuine experience with God that she brought the whole city out to hear the Lord. Wasn't that wonderful? It was spiritual perception that did it.

 Jesus began talking to the woman about ‘living water', something from the spiritual world. Naturally this caught the interest of the woman, as she was burdened with the daily task of carrying water in the natural physical world. She naturally asked Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep and are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?" Jesus explained that when people drink ordinary water, they get thirsty again. But he had spiritual water springing up into everlasting life." The women ask him for some of this water so she may not thirst again. (John 4:15) 

The woman left the water jar she has brought and hurried back to the town. ‘She said to the people “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” They left the city and went on their way to him.’(John 4:28-30) Leaving her water jar behind seems like a trivial piece of information, but it parallels other incidents in the gospels, when various men left their everyday pursuits, abandoning fishing nets or tax collection tables to immediately respond to Jesus. The Samaritan woman did the same thing, but on her own initiative. The woman told everyone about Jesus.

We talk about soul winning and about being a witness to the Lord, but we must realize that we will be a real witness to the Lord when we have the perception and the discernment to sense an individual's needs, and we reach in and minister to him or her. This could make us one hundred times more effective than any soul-winning methods we have ever seen.

When I pray over people I seek to hear and see in the Spirit so that I may minister direct to their needs and to bring forth a Rhema Word from God. I prophesy and speak out what I see and hear spiritually over their lives. I don't want them to leave with out being impacted deeply for God.

When they leave I want them to leave with something that will stay with them and help them in their walks with God. They get prophecies spoken over them that impact them. They get encouragement from the Lord. They get Jesus the Living Water.

Be sensitive to what God is doing, enter into the Kings chamber and hear Him and see what He is doing. Get something from the Lord!

Make time to cut yourself off from phones, texting, the net, gaming, videos etc...

And just wait upon the Lord. Not so easy in these last days. But if you want ears that hear and eyes that see spiritually, you will pay the price gladly.

Do you think the world has all of these wonderful distracting things in these last days for nothing? The god of this world wants everyone distracted and occupied. We can't even look up and see the stars as they are because of all the chemtrail spraying operations and all of the pollution that obscures.

Get free of encumbrances  and every weight that keeps you from waiting before the Lord.

Hebrews 12:1
  ...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

So shut off the computer, put down the ipad, get off your cell phone device and go to a quiet place and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the spiritual to you. Seek after the world that the eyes cannot see, the ears cannot hear, and the imagination of the heart cannot perceive. Seek after the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. That God will reveal to us by His Spirit... I Corinthians 2:9-10.

Honestly, if you don't then do not expect to see any more then you have already seen. You will remain arrested in your spiritual growth. Watch your flat screen and let the next move of God pass you by...or?

Nothing is set in stone, you can make a difference in the lives that you come across if you will get your eyes and ears truly open! Go after the Living Water.

Christians have no right to refuse to work on Sundays, rules judge

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Free Operating System And How To Try It Out

BeOS was one of those promising operating systems that never really managed to gain any kind of market share. The Haiku project has taken it upon themselves to continue the development of BeOS, and has slowly been making their way to a version 1.0 release.
Haiku is a new open-source operating system that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the BeOS, Haiku is fast, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful.

You can try it out in a 'Virtual Machine' on your desk top if you are not timid and can follow simple instructions.

10 steps to getting a Haiku VM running.

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We had all been fasting as we frequently did, and we were praying and prophesying all through the night. An all night event that was common to what we called, "The House Of Prophets. An all male house, full of roommates, way in the back of Woodland drive in Laguna Beach. The house was situated just behind what is now known as "The Saw Dust Festival," at the time, 1970, it was only an open field. Gary Hargrave, a gardener, had built a small earthen berm in front of the house driveway  that deflected most of the noise from Laguna Canyon Road.

The house once was the home of hippies, in the 60's,who grew their own pot up on the hillside behind the house. Timothy Leary had been a guest of the house at that time. The bottom level, my bedroom, had the ceiling, walls and floor painted sky blue with  clouds. I guess that was the hippies acid dropping room. We painted it white.

It was pitch black outside, in the cold winter, there were no street lights or very many porch lights to light up the area. We were all inside worshiping, praying and prophesying when there was a knock on the door. Outside stood two large officers of the law. They wanted to know what was going on. Jack Jackson, a short solid man, shared with them the fact that we were Christians who were simply having an all night prayer meeting.

 Jack was the house leader. He was in charge of the leadership of the home which was affiliated with Grace Chapel in South Gate, Los Angeles, CA. He offered the men some hot coffee and they went on their way, satisfied that it was not another hippie uprising of sorts. Especially since the "Brotherhood of Eternal Love," a hippie drug sales group that once ruled the area that was nick~ named "Dodge City" where we were, had been such a thorn in law enforcement's side. The Brotherhood had the concept that if enough people got turned on to LSD there would be world peace. Never happened.

In today's LA Times there is an article of a place that has been doing what we used to do. It is called the International House of Prayer, IHOP. IHOP has it's detractors on the net. But the idea of a 24/7 worship, prayer house is not a bad idea. Having participated in something similar as a young man, I know the fruit can be good and it can also be bad.

It can promote an elitist spirit within the body of Christ if the leadership is not careful. We had that ugly monster rear it's head in our experience. I eventually left, disenchanted with it all and did not do too well until I met Oden Fong. Oden took me into his home at 1195 Victory Walk, just around the corner from the Prophets house on Woodland drive. I healed up and moved forward in the Lord.

Just came back from Pasadena where preparations for the Rose Bowl Parade are underway


It is not called Death Valley for no reason

"Adam Nagourney reports that after a yearlong investigation a team of climate scientists announced that it is throwing out a reading of 136.4 degrees claimed by the city of Al Aziziyah, Libya on Sept. 13, 1922 making the 134-degree reading registered on July 10, 1913, at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley the official world record as the hottest place on earth. 'It's about time for science, but I think we all knew it was coming,' says Randy Banis. 'You don't underestimate Death Valley. Most of us enthusiasts are proud that the extremes that we have known about at Death Valley are indeed the most harsh on earth.' The final report by 13 climatologists appointed by the World Meteorological Organization, the climate agency of the United Nations, found five reasons to disqualify the Libya claim, including questionable instruments, an inexperienced observer who made the reading, and the fact that the reading was anomalous for that region and in the context of other temperatures reported in Libya that day. 'The more we looked at it, the more obvious it appeared to be an error,' says Christopher C. Burt, a meteorologist with Weather Underground who started the debate in a blog post in 2010."

Useful Information to stream and store your digital life

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Traditionally the early Catholics have been noted for having deliverance sessions and exorcism. Deliverance from what? Demon spirits. The Vatican’s Obsservatore Romano warns us, Satanism in all its forms and through all the modern means of communication, is rearing its ugly head.

They long ago recognized the need for deliverance. They know there are many problems and evils today which are the result not only of one’s own sinfulness (the flesh), or of the pressures and hurts caused by sinful man (the world), but of some oppressive preternatural personified evil (the devil), and that such problems and evils cannot be dealt with adequately simply by personal repentance and interpersonal reconciliation but need what is called the act of deliverance or liberation from this spiritual evil power or force (1 Pet 5.8,9: Eph 6.10-13).

 And so Jesus went to every town and village of Galilee, preaching and teaching, healing and casting out demons, for he had come to establish the kingdom of God by destroying the works of Satan (1 Jn 3.6). He further sent his apostles with the mandate to go out to the whole world and to proclaim the Gospel to all creation; to cast out devils in his name and to lay their hands on the sick and heal them (Mk 16:15-18).

 People are becoming more aware of the existence and the influence of Satan, of the dangerous folly of seeking help from “wrong” sources and the availability of the resources of the Church to not only heal them from sickness but to set them free from such demonic influence and attacks.

 When Jesus was 30 years old he would receive the authority of the Father to proclaim the good news to the captives and the power of the Holy Spirit to heal and deliver the oppressed. Peter would later say how God anointed Jesus with the power of the Holy Spirit, and that is why he went around doing good, healing all those who were under Satan’s power because God was with him. (Acts 10.38).

A Christian could never be demon possessed. He can not be owned by demons because he is owned by Christ. Demons have no title to bodies redeemed by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Christian must be assured that no demon has a legal right to indwell his body.

Demons are spiritual enemies and it is the responsibility of each Christian to deal with them directly in spiritual warfare.

Ephesians 6:10-12
King James Version (KJV)
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
 King James Version (KJV)
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

So if a Christian could never be demon possessed then why the above warfare scriptures?

Matthew 12:43-44
King James Version (KJV)
43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

It is not uncommon for demons to speak out through a person who is being delivered. Mark 1:23,24. Demons have been heard to declare,"This is my house." They are referring to the person's body and are seeking to deceive  the person and the deliverance ministers into thinking that they have a right to that body. No demon can back up such a claim.

Demons will always try to influence and apply pressure on us. That is why we are told that we are fighting against principalities.  The Greek word "archas" describes things in a series such as leaders, rulers and magistrates. Principalities could be leaders, rulers with rank and organization. The word principalities tells us that the Satanic kingdom is highly organized like an army. We in America have a president who is called the "commander in Chief" followed by generals, colonels, majors, captains, lieutenants on down to the private.

Satan is in charge of the principalities, he is the head of his kingdom, under him are ruling spirits subject unto himself.

We are also told that we warfare over "powers." Greek "exousias" accurately translated as "authorities". But the Christian has been given an even greater authority. He is vested with the authority of the name of Jesus.

And these signs shall follow them that believe: In My Name shall they cast out devils.
Mark 16:17

Demons are forced to yield to the authority of the name of Jesus.

Then He called His twelve disciples together, and gave them POWER (dunamis) and authority (exousia) over all devils, and to cure diseases. Luke 9:1

And yet we are told to put on the whole armour of God and stand against the "wiles of the devil." The word translated "wiles" is "methodeia" meaning "to follow up by method and settled plan, using deceit, craft and trickery." Satan does have a plan, a method to conquer each one of us, along with our family, church, community and nation. 

God has provided us armour for our protection and weapons for offensive warfare. Thus we can withstand every assault against us and launch an attack that will overthrow the enemy!

Daniel of the Old Testament was seeking a Word from God through prayer and fasting.

After three weeks an angel appears to him and explains that he had been delayed in getting to Daniel with God's message. The angelic messenger tells him that an encounter with "the prince of the kingdom of Persia" delayed him. He is speaking of a demon prince. Spiritual warfare.

We are told that we wrestle against The Rulers Of The Darkness Of This World. The word in Greek for "world rulers" is "kosmokratoras." The word can be translated "lords of the world" or "princes of this age."  Satan is referred to in scripture as "the god of this world." II Cor. 4:4.

When Adam fell through his sin then Satan gained dominion over the world. Jesus did not deny the devil's claim made to Him during the wilderness temptations:

Matthew 4:9

King James Version (KJV)
And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Today Satan is a defeated foe. We have ever right to treat him as a trespasser. He is stripped of his power and his kingdom by the finished work of Christ upon the cross.

But that does not mean that he will not attempt to trespass with his authority and power. Demons have power and authority.

The believer has greater authority then the authority of demons. 

Then he called His twelve disciples together, and gave them POWER (dunamis= dynamo, dynamite) and authority (exousia) over all devils, and to cure diseases. Luke 9:1

Some may say, "O but that was the twelve apostles, not us."

But ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you. Acts 1:18

The power of the believer comes to him with the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Jesus knows that His followers need both authority and power to deal with the enemy. Fully equipped A Team!

Sent out...Matthew chapter 28 verses eighteen through twenty, opens with, "all power and authority is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore..."

We today have the same authority and power for ministry that was given to the church initially. The authority comes through salvation; the power comes through the baptism in the Holy Spirit. And then the gifts of the Holy Spirit come into operation. 

Satan intends to control and occupy. He is called, "the god of this world" II Cor. 4:4. It is imparative that we recognize Satan to be a defeated foe. He is stripped of his kingdom and power. He is now to be treated as a trespasser to be cast out.

Luke 11:20-22

King James Version (KJV)
20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

(KJV)Jesus declared that the strong man's armour was taken away from him. This means that Satan is made completely defenseless. Satan is still seeking to rule the world, and he has made considerable progress. Because the church has not risen up in the power and authority given it.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. John 10:10

Christians are in a spiritual battle against unseen forces. Stand your ground in Christ and proclaim your victory.

"If a man is born of God, the wicked one touches him not." 1 John 5:18

Anyone who has not asked for forgiveness of sins and invited Christ into their lives is open for demon possession. Christians have the power and authority to cast them out.

If you have dabbled in drugs, the occult, witchcraft, seances, channeling, Ouija boards, Tarot cards, and other things of that sort, you are dealing with demons who can enter into you and eventually control you and possibly own you.

Sure they have some power and authority, but who's?

Repent and ask Christ for deliverance and believe that He died and shed His blood for you and you will be saved.

Ours were the sufferings He bore, ours the sorrows He carried...and through His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:4,5

The Lord Jesus wants to heal us even more then we want to be healed. We bring the wounded to Jesus. Jesus is the healer. He who is the author of our life is the healer. The ways that He provides for us to become whole, healthy and free are wide and varied. All of us who have become Christians have a testimony of how we came to Christ that is different than others. And yet we all have received the truth of God's living Word.

Bring your wounded heart to Jesus. Offer up your own pain and sorrows. He will heal you.  The power of Jesus is present to heal wherever you are, everywhere, anytime, anyplace, receive your healing today.

 All you have to do is open your heart and ask Him to forgive you and heal you.

You can receive your healing right where you are, right now.

Jesus paid the price for your complete forgiveness and healing when He died on the cross over 2000 years ago.

He was raised from the dead, and all who believe He is the Son of God and follow Him shall be saved.

Pray this prayer: 'It belongs to me because of what Jesus has done for me, I receive complete forgiveness and healing now in Jesus name.'

'Surely He has borne our sicknesses, and carried our pain...He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities,

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.' Isaiah 53:4-5

The key to receive your healing from God is to have FAITH!
Jesus often said to those he healed, "Your faith has healed you." 

 It is clear from the Bible that Jesus healed--and healed often. Jesus main ministry consisted of three things:
"Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people." (Matthew 4:23) 

Healing was not a side issue with Christ; it was one of the main issues with Him.
What about today? Does Jesus still heal? 

Listen to Hebrews 13:8: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Jesus still heals. He has not stopped healing. 

 "...Many followed [Jesus], and he healed ALL their sick." Matthew 12:15

 How many sick people did Jesus heal? ALL! Not some or most, but all! It is God's will to heal every believer. Nowhere do we find in the scriptures that Jesus refused to heal anyone who came to Him in faith. He healed everyone who believed--without exception!

 "how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him." Acts 10:38

  "Resist the devil and he will flee from you" James 4:7

 So the issue is this: What will you believe? 

"...the blind men came to Jesus and asked Him to heal them. Jesus asked them, 'Do you believe that I am able to do this?' 'Yes, Lord,' they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, 'ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH will it be done to you...'" (Matthew 9:28-29)

God will do for you "according to your belief." If you believe Jesus still heals and that He wills to heal everyone including you...If you believe that He paid the price for your healing...
 He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9
 Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
O taste and see that the LORD is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him..
Psalm 34:8

I Own TBN In A Sense

I own a small part of TBN in a sense, TBN is my station. Let me explain.

In May of 1973 my boss at the time, Tony Meston of SonShine Electric told me about a fantastic faith enterprise being initiated in Santa Ana. He suggested that we go down there and help out.

Apparently someone was attempting to do the impossible, they were going to get a television station started for the Lord up and running! I was excited about the thought of an all Christian television station. I knew of none. I did know of a radio station, "The Kings Herald of Faith" KHOF, which I listened to in my truck while driving.

Now, having been a part of the birth of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa and having helped to build the current home of Calvary in Santa Ana California, I knew how awesome it can be to watch God at work. I wanted in on this new venture of faith.

We showed up at TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK on the corner of Dyer and Main street in Santa Ana, 111 West Dyer to be exact. We helped by putting in the fluorescent lighting. Every time TBN shows their early start days, you will see them flash a quick picture of me up on a ladder installing the lights, at least I think it is me. We also helped to remove some old linoleum tile that was laid with some awful tar it seemed. All of us were working for the Lord, so we put our heart into the task.

I can still look back in my memory of Tony Meston helping to run the black and white camera. We were doing this for the Lord.

Paul was an amazing man as I recall, he oozed faith. Jim Bakker and his wife Tammy were there with Paul and Jan Crouch. They all seemed so enthusiastic about what was happening.
I can recall the tech dudes fussing with the stuff, trying to get everything to work correctly. It was a battle field as all of us were trying to get the Lords TV station up and running. Something that the enemy of our souls did not want.

My next time of being in on a major event of TBN was in the early 90's. At the time I had no idea that Paul Toberty or Demos Shakarian had anything to do with one another or Paul Crouch.
I was living down the street from the original Dyer street commercial building in Santa Ana. I knew there was a building that I had helped Roy Laney do some painting on, located on Bear Street in Costa Mesa, across the freeway from South Coast Plaza. It originally was one of the locations of the Full Gospel Business Mens Associations. It had been vacated for a long while at this point in time.

One day I felt the Lord telling me to go visit that empty property. So I did. As I walked around it, a deep sadness filled my heart. I was recalling all the activity and commotion when Roy and I were there painting. Everyone was aware that they were working on a project for the Lord when I first worked on this property. And now here I was years later walking around an abandoned site. I wondered to myself, "What in the world could have happened?"

As I was noticing the brass top of the flagpole sitting in some weeds, the Lord suddenly showed up and manifested His presence upon me. He told me to prophesy over the property. So I once again walked the property prophesying anything that came to my mind from my spirit man.
As I did this the Holy Spirit filled my heart with an unction and an urgency. I felt a righteous anger rising up in my heart and I began to do spiritual warfare while walking around.
God was leading me to take back what had been stolen away. He was telling me to call out to Him for restoration.

I went home. But I could not get that property off my mind. So I frequently visited that ghost of a building. Walking around and around it, shouting out to the Lord. Tears streamed down my face as I recalled how it was built for the Lord and here it was in such disrepair and completely abandoned.

I was angry and jealous for the place to once again be a place known for the Lord. Finally I told my roommate about the place, he was interested. So I took him there and we both prophesied over the place as we walked every square foot of it. Each time I looked at the things just lying around on the ground and all of the over grown weeds and such, an anger rose up in my spirit man. I would shout loudly what came to mind prophetically. And each time that I did, the presence of the Lord would manifest and I would end up with tears streaming down my face.
Then one day I knew my task was finished and never went back.

I don't recall how much later but one day I drive by the place and someone was working on it. WOW was I amazed to see that it was going to be a location of TBN. So you see I had a small behind the scenes part to play in TBN once again...

Now you can see how I fit in to the picture as far as TBN. Not to mention that Brant Baker and Shekinah Fellowship was one of the original programs on TBN.

Pastor Leroy Saunders of North Hollywood Assembly of God had opened his church to Brant Baker to have televised prayer meetings there. Pastor Saunders I am sure had a lot to do with Brant getting on TBN since he believed in the vision of Paul and Jan.

It often times trips me out to think of how intertwined everything I have been involved with is. Even though some people don't like how Paul has run the show, the Lord installed him as the steward none the less.

Let me share a small thought on this. Do you think that Jesus would be any good in His choice as to who will do what? You know He prayed a long time before choosing his twelve apostles. And wow, we wouldn't have chosen some of them. Judas was a thief of the kitty and a betrayer!
Mark 14:10And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.

Simon Peter was a fair weather friend who cursed and was a liar.
Matthew 26:74Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

These were faulty everyday men and yet Jesus choose them anyway. You see, God does not call who you think He would. God does not call the capable, he makes those who He calls capable!
While most do not agree with me around these parts, I seriously believe that Paul and Jan Crouch were hand picked by God to build TBN. It takes a certain personalty type with a tough skin to accomplish what they have done. Sure you may not like what comes through TBN. But Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel and Pastor Greg Laurie have been on along with a few others that you would agree walk down the middle of the road in their Christian perspective.

Paul and Jan did not just walk into a wonderful up and running popular ministry. They went through all of the hard knocks and the heart breaks and the warfare to make what we all see today.

I have seen Paul alone in the malls at South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island. No body guards, all by himself. I have seen Jan with one of her son's at Fry's Electronics, no body guards.
They are both disliked by a lot of people, and yet they still trust in the Lord. I have talked with Paul in one of my chance encounters with him in South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island. I found him to be very open and friendly, I detected not the slightest bit of apprehension in him.

You know Benny Hinn never goes anywhere without his entourage of Navy Seal bodyguards, what does that tell you? How do I know this? I have worked in his neighborhood within a stones throw of his home for about thirteen years now. Just last week I had two Benny sightings...LOL.

Even if you don't like TBN you have to admit that it is a miracle that it even exists. If you knew the half of what it took to build TBN and maintain it, you would know that it is a miracle.
Of course Brant was very upset at being dropped from TBN. But what did he expect they would do when they found out about his hidden struggles. What could they do? Albeit they did not even say anything to him at all...they just dropped him!

Brant imploded progressively after that, even to the point of speaking against TBN in a "Talking to the door to address the window" fashion from his pulpit. His pain was evident.
Sure Paul is one tough German man, but God did tap him and tell him to build an all Christian television network. And ya, there have been abuse of power and position sort of things, but don't you think God knew that was gonna happen?

It honestly is none of my business with how God's steward takes care of what God requires of him. What he is accountable for is between him and the Lord.

One thing I do know is that the fruit of TBN can not be ignored. Millions of souls have been saved from just watching television because of the vision of Paul and Jan Crouch. How many millions of souls have been saved through your personal vision?

When I compare my fruit with their fruit, mine is all tile and tar.
And yet?...

Shekinah Fellowship
Also in the 90's I walked another plot of land in Costa Mesa, on Newport Blvd, just above the 55 freeway. I would visit the laundry mat next to this field. While my laundry was in the machines I would walk this plot of land. The Spirit of God would come on me and I would lay claim to the land for His service. This would happen every laundry day...LOL
Eventually a church purchased the land and built a wonderful place for God's people to come together. They are currently expanding their building on the site. They are a true asset to Costa Mesa! I have heard nothing but good things about this portion of the Body of Christ.

Found in my achives. I didn't write this and I don't know who did.

An Email I opened

"Well over 50 yrs ago I knew a lady who would not buy Christmas gifts if they were made in China . Her daughter will recognize her in the following.

Did y'all see Diane Sawyer's special report? They removed ALL items from a typical, middle class family's home that were not made in the USA .
There was hardly anything left besides the kitchen sink. Literally. During the special they showed truckloads of items - USA made - being brought in to replace everything and talked about how to find these items and the difference in price etc..

It was interesting that Diane said if every American spent just $64 more than normal on USA made items this year, it would create something like

200,000 new jobs!


Are we Americans as dumb as we appear --- or --- is it that we just do not think. The Chinese, knowingly and intentionally, export inferior and even toxic products and dangerous toys and goods to be sold in American markets.

70% of Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended.
Why do you need the government to suspend trading privileges? DO IT YOURSELF, AMERICA !!

Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says 'Made in China ' or 'PRC' (and that now includes Hong Kong ), simply choose another product, or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, and you will be equally amazed at what you can do without.

Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter? If you must have eggs, use real ones and benefit some American farmer. Easter is just an example. The point is do not wait for the government to act. Just go ahead and assume control on your own.

THINK ABOUT THIS: If 200 million Americans each refuse to buy just $20 of Chinese goods, that's a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our favor...fast!!

Most of the people who have been reading about this matter are planning on implementing this on Aug. 1st and continue it until Sept. 1st. That is only one month of trading losses, but it will hit the Chinese for 1/12th of the total, or 8%, of their American exports. Then they might have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness were worth it.

Remember, August 1st to Sept. 1st !!!!!! START NOW.
Send this to everybody you know. Let's show them that we are Americans and NOBODY can take us for granted.

If we can't live without cheap Chinese goods for one month out of our lives, WE DESERVE WHAT WE GET!

Pass it on, America ..."

Treat light as a liquid

Set in an abandoned trolley terminal in the New York City subway, the high-tech Delancey Underground could be the world's first underground park. The Delancey Underground is an initiative to build the first underground park in an abandoned trolley terminal in the New York City subway system. In this episode of Futurestructures, we meet Dan Barasch, social director and co-founder of the project, and his co-founder James Ramsey, a former NASA engineer, who has devised the technology that uses bowl-like collectors and fiber optic wire to funnel sunlight from the street above, bathing the park in natural daylight and allowing enough light for plants to thrive.

Friday, December 28, 2012

TIL the CD was designed to hold 74 minutes so it could fit Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

In the early years, at the Bible Bookstore that we had near the Newport Beach pier in the late 60's, Greg Laurie was always getting revelations from the Word of God. He would get so enthusiastic and want to share what he was getting with anyone who would listen.

The Bible is very deep, and there is much revelation in it, it yields many treasures to us. It seems inexhaustible. No human wisdom can probe deeply enough to really uncover its truths.

Doctrinal interpretation and the process of trying to discover its fine points by reason, by analysis, and by scholarship is no substitute for the deep dedication to the revelation from the Word that Greg Laurie was getting.

God can make revelation spring forth in your reading of the Word of God like fountains. Unless the Word is revealed it remains concealed, no matter what human wisdom tries to do with it.

Anyone who has ever spent time under the pulpit of Pastor Chuck Smith knows how at times he looks up towards heaven quietly and suddenly cracks a beaming smile as he receives revelation from the Word. That's how revelation is, it just comes to you from on high. You don't originate it you get it. It is that which comes from above, it is heavenly.

Men of God bring down revelation, it is not worked up, they appropriate it. And so can you. Revelation is not disseminated from God's people. In every case the Kingdom of God comes progressively because God's people appropriate it over and over, bringing it down, bringing it down, bringing it down again and again...

The Kingdom of God must be brought down from above; we cannot generate it. An earthly , devilish wisdom is generated below, but God's wisdom comes down (James 3:15). We are drawn up by that which comes down to us as we abide in Him. If we are risen with Christ, we set ourselves in the heavenly places. Christ prayed, "I will that they may be with Me where I am" ( John 17:24). It means that we live on the same spiritual level, the same abiding place where He is. We are drawn up and eventually we go to the many mansions that He has prepared for us.

Read your Bible today and expect to receive divine revelation from it.
James wrote of the wisdom that we bring down from the Father.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for one who doubts is like the waves of the sea driven and tossed about by the wind. For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord.
James 1:5-7.

Farther along in his letter, James wrote,

(Wisdom from Above)

13 Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
James 3:13-17.
This shows the difference between two kinds of wisdom. There is a wisdom that comes down from above. When we lack wisdom, we ask of God; and He gives us His wisdom. Every good and perfect gift comes down from above.
Remember that nothing from the world system is a final answer for redemption of the world. The world will be released by that which comes down from above and is appropriated. God's people are here to bring it down. When we say, "Thy Kingdom come," we are saying, "from the heavens down to the earth, just as it is in the heavens."
His will is to be done on this earth, on every natural plane, as it is in the Heavens. The wisdom to do it has to come down. Those who do exploits do not have to be very bright by the world's standards. God has chosen the foolish to confound the wise ( I Corinthians 1:27).
All we need is someone who asks wisdom. Ask wisdom and He will give it. If you do not know very much, ask Him. Do not waver. Believe! Everything has to come down from the Father. Once you grasp this principle, you will find the Scriptures filled with this teaching.
Colossians 3:1 says,
If then you have been raised up with Christ- are we raised with Christ?
In the book of Ephesians, Paul said that,
God raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:6.
Our spirits are to live in that realm, and the physical body is to be quickened and made alive to God. It is no longer to be defeated by the usurper who has controlled a great deal of the natural environment in which the sons of God live. Everything comes from above. The purity of the Kingdom and the perfect will of God come down from above.
The apostle Paul wrote,
I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
Romans 12:1.
Out of that spiritual dedication, you can begin to know what His will is and begin to live it out in the world.
Colossians 3:2-4 emphasizes this truth.
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
Do you understand how it all comes down from above? The Lord has provided everything for you; and in becoming aware and assuming it all, you can rise in faith. You can stand with the Son of God at the right hand of the Father, seated with Christ in the place where He is above all rule and authority, and has a name that is above every other name.
What can you do from that position? You can use the name of Jesus Christ. You have the impartation of authority. Rise up and be bold in your witness for the Lord. Draw down the wisdom of God to do what He sets before you.
Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

"Advertising things at the right place is proving to be a cash cow, as electronic ads earn about $23mn each year for an empty building at One Times Square – the iconic tourist destination in the New York City. A 25-story Manhattan office building that has long been empty keeps on bringing in millions to its owner as a billboard. Michael Phillips, CEO of Atlanta-based Jamestown Properties, bought One Times Square through a fund in 1997 for $117 million, as the Wall Street Journal reports. More than 100mn pedestrians pass through the square each year, which is 90% more than 16 years ago, says the Times Square Alliance, a non-profit business improvement organization. And this is what makes a price tag for having a company's name placed on the building the highest in the world, even above such crowded tourist destinations as Piccadilly Circus in London. Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. pays $3.6mn a year for a Dunkin' Donuts digital sign on the One Times Square building, with Anheuser-Busch InBev paying another $3.4mn a year for its advertisement. Sony and News America pay $4mn a year for a shared sign." 

The above phone videos are from my own recent visit to Times Square. It is quite smaller then you would think. After seeing it on TV since the early 60's I was kind of shocked by the compactness of the place.

I'm going to share something very personal with you, the beginning of which goes all the way back to January of 1976...This is something that pastor Tilson, pastor David and I discussed on June 23rd, 2007 in our first meeting at the Crystal Cathedral, and it deals with the future of Shekinah Fellowship, the ministry of the late Rev. R. Brant Baker, and God's calling on my own life.

We spoke for over 5 hours about Brant and Shekinah Fellowship, as well as the Lord's calling on each of our lives. When it was my turn to share about what God was doing in my life, I was nervous and tried to change the subject, but pastor David would have none of it. He 'pinned me in a corner', so to speak, so I reluctantly came out with it. For the sake of time, I'll give you a quicker version.....

I was born again on January 4th, 1975 in Camas, Washington. Shortly after that, I felt a strong calling to full-time ministry, but the passion was rather non-specific in terms of the area of ministry. I attended Northwest College in the fall of that year and took a number of Bible classes, but still didn't know exactly what God had in mind for me, and, frustrated, began to pray earnestly that the Lord would make clear to me just where my place in the Body of Christ was to be. After the fall quarter and Christmas vacation (again- 1975), my friend, Willy, had offered to drive me back to college for the start of the winter quarter, saying that he wanted to stop on the way up to see pastor Tommy Barnett at Kent Christian Center. I agreed, and shortly after entering the church, my life suddenly changed forever.....

It was January 6th, 1976, and on the bulletin board in the foyer was copy of 'Shekinah Fellowship' magazine, with a photo of Brant Baker on the inside cover. The bulletin advertised that Brant was to minister in that church in about three weeks. I had seen Brant once before, about two months after my conversion, at Angelus Temple, so I knew who he was. As I looked at his photo in the magazine on that bulletin board, something incredible happened to me, and it took me completely by surprise. My heart began to beat more rapidly, and the Presence of the Lord came upon me as I'd never quite known it before. I was absolutely 'spellbound', as it were. I could not stop looking at the photo, and at this point, God clearly spoke to my spirit, 'This is where your place in the Body is- this is how I will use you. You have prayed about this and I am now showing you'.

This all happened in a very short period of time, but it seemed to me as if time had stood still. By the way, I cannot remember what pastor Tommy Barnett, nor did I care, as great a preacher as he is. The Lord had spoken to me, and as I entered my dorm room at the college that night, I knew for the first time what my specific purpose and calling were. There was also a heightened sense of the Presence of God, which has stayed with me all these years. During the very rough times in my life (and there have been many), I would wonder whether God had really spoken to my heart, but despite all of the trials, all of the pain, all of the delays, I could not get rid of the extremely intense sense of my calling, and for the past thirty-two years, God has been preparing me for it.....

As I shared all of this with pastors Tilson Shumate and David Sloane, I began to wonder if they thought I was crazy ( I'd spoken to a couple of my pastors in the past about this, and gotten the 'you're weird' look), so I was apprehensive, but felt that it was time to share it with them. When I finished, to my surprise, they were smiling. David suggested that Tilson anoint me with oil, and as he did, they both prayed and prophesied over me, and once again, the Presence of the Lord came over me.

Both had Godly council for me, and when we finally parted company, I knew that the meeting had been ordained of the Lord. God had once again confirmed His calling on my life. David Sloane wrote in his telling of the meeting on his blog spot, "Jim was full of passion for digging up the old wells that had become clogged and plugged up".....

I had never before seen it in that way, but I realized that he was right- These wells are ours (the Church's) by birthright, and the devil had come in and covered them up- the audacity of the enemy of our souls! I became angry at Satan for trying to silence the work of God, by attempting to cover it all up with dirt, so to say- as if it had never existed! Many younger saints today have never heard of Brant Baker, or known the Presence of God as it manifested itself in Shekinah Fellowship services in those days, and we're here to share all of it with God's people today. We're digging up those old wells, and God's Spirit is about to move again as He did before the wells were covered over. It has been a long time coming....

I'm reminded of the period between the old and new testaments, in which God did not speak to His people. This period has been referred to as 'the 400 silent years'. God had previously told Israel concerning His Words, " And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by thy way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." Read Deauteronmy 6: 4-13- It's so rich!

The time of silence is over, the wells are being dug up, and, while the enemy had covered them over, I believe that God allowed it so that the Lord's people would begin to miss and eagerly seek His Presence once again. Some of us remember, and we have told our children of His Glory, while others have become discouraged and lost heart. Do not despair! The Eternal, Almighty God is about to move in the Glory of His Manifested Presence once again. May He move you by His Spirit this very minute!

En Agape,
pastor Jim Ewing

Satan's Future

Satan's Future...

The destiny of Satan is as sure as his past. God has pre-written his end. There seems little doubt that in the closing days of this present age of grace, the devil's pernicious activities against the cause of God will be increased greatly (Rev. 12:12).

Not only does Satan continue to direct the vast network of antiGod control over the world with its manifold ramifications, but his particular animosity is expressed against the Gospel of Christ and those who proclaim it (II Cor. 4:4).

Satan's supernatural, uncanny and penetrating knowledge should never be underestimated. His special delight is to bring about the falling into sin and consequent uselessness of the Christian worker. Knowing full well that within Christians there remains the old sinful nature, the devil uses this means of leading the Lord's people into compromise and sin. No Christian in himself is a match for this sinister enemy.

With regard to most of the world's activities, that enormous breadth of endavor and accomplishment, Satan's plan has been that of subtitution. He has used the great advances of science and other achievements. Education has come under his special favor. The emphasis has been upon man's accomplishments without regard to God's enablement.

Man's selfish pride and love of self have been encouraged to the full. Anything and everything which contributes to man's self~praise and self~worship have been given wide publicity and acceptance. On the other hand, anything which would tend to show sinful character of the human heart, and the desperate need of the saving grace of God, has been sidetracked, soft-pedaled, and mocked by the devil.

It is well to repeat: Satan still has access to the very throne of God in heaven. Frequently he goes there to accuse the saints of unrighteousness (Job 1:6-10). Notice Revelation 12:9,10, wherein is described the great accuser's eventual fall:

"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpant, called the devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven. Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night."

Satan's warfare against believers is unceasing. Were it not for the defense of our great Advocate, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Christian's position would be in jeopardy (Heb. 7:25).

Day Seven

The Illegal Trial Of Jesus Christ

The Arrest Was Without Authority
People's Court
Shekinah Fellowship
Room 101
Ms Suzy, Jurist in this court room:
"Then the band and captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus and bound Him."
Jesus had just left the garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives, near Jerusalem, shortly after the midnight hour, when His arrest was effected. They had no warrant, nor authority of arrest whatsoever. And the seizing and binding of the Christ was not done, as was customary, by two or three representatives of justice; for Matthew tells us:

"Judas, one of the twelve, came , and with him a great multitude, with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people."

The "great multitude" consisted not only of a large group of Roman soldiers, with drawn swords and staves, but several hundred members of the Levitical police, as well as members of the Great Sanhedrin- carrying lanterns and torches clearly establishing the fact that the arrest was made at night; and they evidently thought that they might have to search for Jesus among the orchards of the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas had told them He probably would be found at that time, in prayer to His Heavenly Father.

Little did it matter to the arch rival traitor that he was guiding the crowd to the hallowed santuary of the Son of God. Nor was he the least concerned over his deliberately profaning the passover, which, to the Jews, was the most sacred Season of the whole year! Judas had to earn his fee- had to seal the deal- in order to retain the filthy pieces of silver. And, apparently, nothing else mattered with him.

Why the large group of soldiers and the captain and officers, and others, with drawn swords and staves? Were they expecting to engage in battle? Or that the Christ would resist their efforts and flee?

After having effected the arrest, in absolute violation of law, because of the absence of a warrant therefore (not unlike USA in this our time), they did not even tell the Christ for what He had been apprehended, This, of necessity, was true because there had not been preferred any charge of any kind against Jesus before the Jewish court.

Was a warrant, or some kind of written authority required, before making a lawful arrest?
When Saul of Tarsus, the great convert, was on his way to Damascus to arrest and take back to Jerusalem any Christians he might find, that he might persecute them, we note that he had to first get his authority for their arrest by applying to the high priest.

"And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of the way, (followers of Christ), whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem."
Again, in Scripture, we note this:

"I went to Damascus with the authority and commission from the high priest."
Before Saul could arrest those early Christians, that they might be bound and brought to Jerusalem, for persecution, he had to first obtain the "authority and commission" from the high priest.

Why, then, was no authority for the arrest of Jesus issued by the high priest? Simply because none could lawfully issue until, and only until, some criminal charge had been made before the Sanhedrin. Never has there been an exception to this basic rule concerning the issuance of a writ for one’s arrest. Had the Christ been seen in the act of committing some crime, then the arrest could have been made without a warrant- but, as it will be admitted, He was certainly no law-violator, and was merely leaving the Garden of Gethsemane when the Roman soldiers took Him and bound Him like a common criminal!

And their coming to apprehend Him was no surprise to Jesus. He had, several days before, related to His disciples just what would happen, and how- and even told them that they would leave Him, all alone, at the time of His arrest by that mob of men. This was in keeping with the prophesy. So, instead of displaying any kind of resistence, Jesus quietly turned to His disciples and said:

"Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners."

Then, like the brave Character that He was, we see Him standing erect, His countenance aglow in the moonlight, as He made the inquiry: "Whom seek ye?" And when they replied that they sought Jesus of Nazareth, He said: "I am HE."

Immediately as Jesus identified Himself as the one Whom they sought, we are told that they everyone fell to the ground on their faces. This, no doubt, was the shock which came to them when conscious of being in the personal presence of the Son of God! Overpowered by the Spirit of God! And after a moment, regaining composure, they arose, and Jesus once more asked them the same question:

"Whom seek ye?" And they said: "Jesus of Nazareth." Then the Master said: "I have told you that I am He. If therefore you seek Me, let these go their way."

Being completely unafraid, the christ was perfectly willing to bear His cross, alone. Hence He requested that His disciples not be apprehended. And then what happened to those disciples?
"And they all forsook Him and fled!"

And, as we shall later note, the Christ was thereafter left alone, in so far as humankind is concerned- but He was never left alone by His Heavenly Father, Whose will He was determined to fulfill, without counting the cost nor the pain!

As we get a mental picture of the hasty flight of those eleven disciples- the men who had been so intimately associated with Jesus for those three years of His ministry- we are reminded of a present-day truth: that the crowds will follow, like blind men, their hero in his days of great triumph, but will leave Him at the first clear sign of adversity.

If the enemies of Jesus had intended to conduct a legal trial, giving unto their prisoner all of the substantial rights guaranteed by the Hebrew laws, then there would have been some specific charge made against the Christ; and a warrant for His arrest would have issued.

But we must conclude that it was more of a capture than an arrest. It was a matter of seizing one in the nighttime for the sole purpose of doing away with Him. It was the beginning of a dastardly scheme, born of a cowardly conspiracy, entered into by corrupt and evil men. Indeed, the judgment of condemnation of the Christ was agreed to long before His apprehension by the mob. Therefore, the illegal arrest as will be seen, was the least of the many sins committed by those individuals who were referred to by Jesus as "Sinful men". Truly He placed them in the right category!