BY faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. ~ Hebrews 11:17-19 ~ If you have faith, prove it by your life. ~ (Conformed) Oswald Chambers, Strenuous Satisfaction
I had the amazing experience of traveling to the Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster PA to see “Queen Esther” this past Friday night with 8 of my Orange Strong brothers and sisters, and three soon-to-be recruits. Seeing the play about the heroine who proved her 17th verse of Hebrews 11 faith, in the 17th book of the Bible, on the 17th day of the month was one of the most incredible nights of my life. If you’ve been to the Sight & Sound, you’ll be a lot closer to understanding than most. Let’s just say, the 17th shined the light on love, purpose, faith, and commitment.
For those who don’t know Esther is the story of one of the many times in history the Jews were targeted for extermination by an evil (Haman) very similar to the evil we are facing in this world at this very hour. Esther’s uncle Mordecai refused to comply, submit, or bow to it. Queen Esther, realizing her purpose, was prepared to die for her people and God, when she acted to save them.
The thing about evil now, just as evil then, is nothing new under the sun. Evil wants to be God. Now, just as then, evil appears poised for success…especially when we look around us and see so many of our fellow Americans going along to get along, wearing germ-trapping masks alone in their cars, allowing them to be forced on their children, high-fiving themselves for allowing Big Pharmakeia to inject unknown ingredients into their bodies and the bodies of their children, while politicians and public school administrators rake in the cash, and wolves in shepherd’s clothing like John Torres of Good Will Church in Montgomery, and John T. Redman of Union Presbyterian Church in Newburgh lead their peers, un-rebuked, on the path of betrayal, submission, and compliance, serving up their congregations to the will of Baal.
And yet, there remains a remnant of those of us who see the evil for what it is, realize our purpose “for such a time as this” with the faith to stand, and the commitment to see it through… because we know, as Queen Esther said at the very end, we are “not alone”. The other thing that occurred to me in the middle of the night my brothers and sisters, inspired by the faith of Esther, is that our task is to highlight the fact that the REAL battle is in the unseen “against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” It’s not our families, friends, and neighbors who see us as selfish for refusing the “jab”, it’s that which is behind them that has blinded them to their own selfishness, fear, and lack of faith for having done so.
- Pharmakeia is connected to fear, sorcery, idolatry, and adultery in a strong religious bond of faith.
- Sorcery and Pharmakeia are used by heads of state throughout the Bible, and by all the kings of the earth at the end of time.
- Pharmakeia uses poison which has adverse effects of harming through severe organ damage or death if it is ingested, breathed in, injected, or absorbed under the skin.
- Pharmakeia is associated with abortion, child/human sacrifice, and animal sacrifice.
- Those who engage in pharmakeia are preparing, distributing, and administering these substances and practices and/or receiving them.
- Pharmakeia is a false hope and deception of false peace, false healing and a false future.
- Participation in sorcery activities without repentance prevents a person of receiving the Holy Spirit.
- Participation in pharmakeia without repentance forfeits a person’s right to enter the Kingdom of God.
- Participation in pharmakeia without repentance places people in danger of the lake of fire, which is the second death.
In this, my 69th year, I can tell you our sons do not have the faith of our fathers. That is on us and there is not a blessed thing we can do about it now. But we know now what none of us knew then. Evil can only succeed if we allow it to…which raises the question of commitment. The hen was involved—the pig was committed. “The Kamikaze pilot who was able to fly fifty missions was involved—but never committed.” ~ John C. Maxwell, December 19th, Ask for Commitment. Are you committed…for such a time as this? The Spirit of David never waited on the answer…