The Rod [NKJV, scepter] means two things—it is used in counting in the sheep, and it is used to destroy the wild beast that suddenly springs out on the sheep (Ps. 25:4). The man of sin will have his rod, he will do clever tricks, he will put the mark of the beast on every business system that he sanctions, and those who do not have that mark on them can never do business under the regime of the man of sin. Suppose you find that the people who are “counted in” under the mark of the beast succeed, and you do not succeed, you may be tempted to negotiate the thing and say, “Well, I don’t know, if I did this thing it would save me; I had better compromise a bit.” We must never do that. “The [rod] of the wicked shall not rest on the righteous,” God says. There is no need to fear, if we keep within the moral frontiers of God we can boldly say, “The Lord is my helper.” We do not need to mind how the wicked bluster and say, “If you don’t do this and that, you will starve.” Be faithful, make holiness your aim, holiness in every relationship—money, food, clothes, friendship—then you will see the Lord in all these domains. ~ Oswald Chambers, The Rod of the Wicked
My friends, let me tell you about “the rod of the wicked” and what it means to be “counted in”. The rod or scepter, as it is referred to in the King James version of the Holy Bible, is so much more than “an ornamented staff carried by rulers on ceremonial occasions”…it is the nonrefundable, nonredeemable, one-way ticket to Hell. Let me try to be a little more specific in terms of how and where this rod appears in our lives.
I will not be “counted in” because “the Lord is my helper.” The Lord is my helper because I am saved. I am saved because I believe. Because I believe, I am fearless. Because I am fearless, I act to save. So, is it enough to believe? No. We know this to be true from the parable of the ten virgins. And here’s why; “The word ‘believe’ in this and many verses, is the verb pisteuo derived from the noun pistis meaning ‘faith, assurance, belief’. But a verb is an action word. The usage of the word pisteou means ‘commit unto, commit to (one’s) trust, be committed unto, be put in trust with, be committed to one’s trust.’ It’s defined by Strong as being in the ‘aorist tense, active voice, imperative mood’. This word is used 375 times in the KJV. So ‘believe’ not only means to believe once but to commit to believing, to continue to believe.” Is It Possible To Believe In Jesus…And NOT Be Saved? Five were not committed enough to be prepared…and ready.
I have three Jewish friends who find themselves central to this morning’s message. One is saved, two are not. Let’s call both of my two unsaved friends David in honor of my 2nd most favorite Jewish man in history. And my third Jewish friend we will call child of God because she is saved. All three wrote themselves into today’s message by their own actions this very week. One David reached out to let me know he is slowly recovering from a serious and debilitating illness. The other David, the absolute picture of health, informed me he is too old for the fight. The child of God brought a tear to every eye, and broke every heart in a worship gathering, with her personal story of betrayal and rejection this past Sunday. And each one of the three is 100% equally capable of saving the world! Read Hebrews 11:17-40 to learn why.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I could not help but hug a child of God this past Sunday who had just shared a story of rejection and betrayal by those she loved most that was so heart-wrenching it brought a tear to every eye. I held her close and told her, “The devil has made his gate wide and easy but see here the family God has given you.”
Speaking of the Wide Gate, God has given me the vision of the coming Tune-up, The Rod and the Wide Gate. The Rod [NKJV, scepter] means two things—it is used in counting in the sheep, and it is used to destroy the wild beast that suddenly springs out on the sheep (Ps. 25:4). The man of sin will have his rod, he will do clever tricks, he will put the mark of the beast on every business system that he sanctions, and those who do not have that mark on them can never do business under the regime of the man of sin. ~ Oswald Chambers, The Rod of the Wicked
Please join us for tomorrow’s Prayer & Fast Wednesday with prayer focus on Psalm 125:1-5 and Isaiah 53. That God may keep us from the devil’s illusion of the only way, the normal way, the acceptable way, the sane way, the safe way, the profitable way, the successful way…and strengthen us with the moral fortitude to keep us on His righteous path.
All three of my Jewish friends are THE Chosen People referred to in the Bible. AND, they were chosen by the Master Builder of the Universe…THE Greatest Architect of all time and space! And guess what the one single most essential thing every architect has…A Plan. Of course, we are talking about The Plan…the very same Plan that, through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, expanded the ranks of the chosen to include EVERYONE. I believe the plan provides His children EVERYTHING they need to find their way home, to and through the narrow gate…including the two greatest shepherds of all time, in Moses and Jesus. BUT, the plan is incomplete without our choosing (my prayer for the Davids), and our pisteuo (my prayer for all).
What more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. ~ Hebrews 11:32-35
There are only two plans for the world of men. There is the plan of satanic tyranny by a luciferian order deeply embedded in our oldest corporate, academic, entertainment, media, medical and, as the photo at the top of the page sadly suggests, religious institutions. Their plan, playing out on the streets of major cities throughout the world, includes a pandemic and soon-to-be mandatory cure through a micro-needle vaccine delivery system known as LUCIFERASE! And there’s the plan devised by the Master Builder/Architect God Himself. Sounds like a simple choice, does it not? But, as any child of God will tell you, it is not. God’s plan offers great suffering up and to the narrow gate, with the eternal bliss of heaven on the other side. Sadly, most will choose the wide gate (including 85% of Christians I’ve heard said) because it offers the emotional satisfaction of social justice with heaping servings of creature comforts and Netflix on wide-screen TV’s here and now…until the end of now. And then…the eternal agony of eternal remorse in the eternal pit of Hell.
Folks, you are living under a Communist putsch. Evidence, even videographic, is IRRELEVANT. It doesn’t phase these demoniacs in the least. Don’t think for a nanosecond that because you have “done nothing wrong” that they won’t come for you. They will. And they will murder you without compunction. If you’re “lucky” (as the Ukrainians would have told you….) ~ EVIDENCE AND TRUTH NO LONGER MATTER. You are living under a satanic tyranny that LUXURIATES in lies and mendacity. Soviet Communism pales in the shadow of Maoist evil…20 million cell phone signals went silent and simply disappeared in China earlier this year. This is what inaction has invited…
We need the integrity and guidance of the Good Shepherd in the darkest hour, “He has proved Himself to be all that He and His Word declare Him to be, and we must not allow anything to spiritually distract or to discourage us, in our walk with Him or in our witness for Him! Hallelujah! Let us be First-Century, Acts of the Apostles’ believers and followers of Christ, regardless of our circumstances, “looking into Jesus the author and finisher of our faith… (Hebrews 12:2)! It can’t be just humanly explained, but over the past six months this humble fellowship has increased and not decreased – and all because of God’s grace and mercy in answer to our sincere prayer to be bound together by His Word and in the love and unity of His Spirit! We certainly have needs, but our good and faithful God will continue to supply them all (Psalm 24:1; Philippians 4:19)! As someone has said, “This is not a time to just sit on the premises but to stand on the promises”! God has privileged us to be alive in this hour as the representatives and ambassadors of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ! We must never go into hiding, succumb to fear or be silenced (see 2 Timothy 1:7). “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so…” (Psalm 107:2)!” That, my friends, is pisteuo! But where is the pisteuo in all the others who choose instead to use the elderly as human shields, to aid, abet, and legitimize the total fraud of a fake pandemic to excuse their own inaction…as the brave few continue their stand against the great evil of our time? Where are they as the shadow of “satanic tyranny” spreads across the land?
Those who trust in the Lord Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.
For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest On the land allotted to the righteous, Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.
Do good, oh Lord, to those who are good, And to those who are upright in their hearts.
As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, The Lord shall lead them away With the workers of iniquity. Peace be on Israel! ~Psalm 125:1-5
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct will pursue his principles unto death. ~ Thomas Paine