Summer of Freedom?

Summer, more than any other season, reminds us of freedom: time spent outdoors, vacations, 4th of July picnics and fireworks, and of course, no school! But the summer of 2006 has had a more serious edge to it that has permeated almost everyone’s daily life. Most have us have been sitting back for awhile, hoping for things to return to “normal”. (Surely gas prices will go back down, won’t they? And Bush will announce a definite date for our troops to come back home? They’ll come up with some kind of peace treaty with Hizbollah, right?) But it’s becoming increasingly apparent that this reality IS the new normal. Our lifestyles are changing permanently, and the na├»ve self-indulgence that started to creep back into fashion as 9/11 faded further into the past is looking more and more incongruent with what the world is becoming.

Because the truth is, we aren’t truly free.

The world isn’t free right now, and as believers, we know that we are entering into one of the darkest times in history. The parallels between current events in the Middle East and the Book of Revelation are undeniable. There is a battle that has been raging for thousands of years, and it’s coming to a point where we across the Atlantic will no longer be able to stroll around a shopping mall with Starbucks in our hands and deny what’s happening.

Even America isn’t free right now. We have 80% of the world’s wealth but 70% of us are in debt, filling the void in our souls with material objects that don’t satisfy us. Only 20% of Americans go to church on Sunday morning, down from 60% just half a century ago. America is no longer seeking God. How can God bless America when America isn’t blessing God?

And Christians? Most of us aren’t free, either. We quickly accept Jesus’ power of salvation but reject his power of transformation. Our eternal destinies are settled but our lives here on earth remain uninfluenced as we traipse along in our self-centered existence. There is no victory in the life of the average Christian. The world looks on at us and sees nothing they want. They don’t see a peace that passes all understanding because we don’t allow Christ to give it to us. There’s no joy.

Am I trying to ruin what you would like to be your last few carefree days of summer? No. God has laid it on my heart to start a fire in you, to give you a sense of urgency about fighting for joy in your walk with Christ, for purposing to let others see that the outside situations in the world can’t shake you, because your Rock is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

The Bible tells us to always have a ready answer for the hope that lies within us. The next time you hear someone discussing what’s happening in Israel, will you be prepared to tell them about what you know as a Christian? Pastors and Christian authors all over the world are scrambling to educate the church about Israel and the end times right now (kind of makes the Da Vinci Code-response craze of the last few months seem insignificant, doesn’t it?). I encourage you to spend just an hour this summer to learn about how end times prophecies are coming to pass.

But you can share your hope even if the idea of Middle Eastern politics has you baffled. You can smile and say, “You know, I don’t understand everything that’s happening, but I’m a Christian, and I know that God is going to be victorious in the end.” We can have peace because we know the end of the story, and we know it’s going to be glorious for those who believe in Jesus.

And for those who don’t believe? We know it’s going to be a time of unbearable suffering on this earth and thereafter… how dare we sit back in our comfortable lives and allow them to continue on a path of destruction because it’s too uncomfortable, inconvenient, or embarrassing to share the truth. It can be challenging to tell others about Jesus, but it’s going to be more difficult to live with the fact that we allowed others to perish because we didn’t want to offend them with the truth, and we were too wrapped up in our own little world to step out of our comfort zone and challenge them to do the same.

Yes, it’s your vacation. But the eternal clock is always ticking, and the amount of time we have to share our faith with others is coming to an end, very quickly. You might have found, like I did this summer, that too many days of shopping and laying on the beach leave you feeling unfulfilled and just a little bit empty. I encourage you to use some of your summer for God’s purposes. Volunteer with your kids in a homeless shelter one morning before you go to the pool. Take some flowers from your yard or cookies you’ve baked to a neighbor and tell them it’s from the Lord. Ask God for the opportunity to talk to someone about Him each day as you go about your daily routines.

And when school starts? It will the ultimate test of whether you truly have freedom and peace in Christ or if you’re still a slave to sin- will worry, anxiety, anger, and unwholesome talk take over?

Let your coworkers see your Rock this year. If a boring staff meeting or disruptive child or gossipy co-worker cause you to come undone, how will you stand in the face of the extreme trials that are coming to this earth? Be unshakeable. Be bold. Time is truly running out. Don’t let the evening news scare you- let it strengthen your faith as you see the things Jesus promised come to pass. Let it reassure you that ultimately God and His people will be victorious. And most importantly, let it inspire you to share that confidence with others.

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God…


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful devotional. Praise be to the Lord of Lords for inspiring you to write these words. Keep on -- your influence is beyond understanding.

Seven Star Hand said...

Verifiable proof that "Armageddon" has already begun…

Hello Ms. Powell and all,

Remember the saying that "the truth will set you (and others) free?" How does "opening one's eyes to the truth" relate to "making the blind see again" or "shining the light" or "illuminating a subject?" Notice the inherent symbolism associated with this supposed New Testament "miracle?"

Be a little patient with my long-winded presentations of what I have waited a very long time to be able to say. I promise to amaze and enlighten.

Here's the key to proving that the rapture and related expectations are complete nonsense based on the failure to understand (and the purposeful confounding of) the ancient Hebrew symbology used to construct all of these prophecies. Consequently, Christian timelines and interpretations of these prophecies are verifiably wrong on many key points.

Pay close attention, profundity knocks at the door, listen for the key. Be Aware! Scoffing causes blindness...

Did you ever consider that Christianity is the False Prophet symbolized in the Apocalypse, that Rome (Vatican/Papacy) is the so-called anti-messiah, and Jesus Christ is the false messiah? I have produced stunning and comprehensive proof that this is the true interpretation of pivotal prophecies long confounded by Christianity's founders and leaders. Recasting the symbolism of earlier Hebrew texts as literal events in the New Testament is one of the central deceptions associated with Christianity.

The symbolism of seven years (tribulation, etc.) refers to seven 360-year cycles on the Hebrew calendar. Ezekiel 39.9 is referring to the 10th to 16th cycles inclusive, while the Apocalypse symbolizes the 11th cycle (second temple period) until now, the beginning of the 17th cycle (seventh angel/star/seal, etc.). Greece (Alexander the Great) conquered the Persian Empire and Judea during the 10th cycle and Rome did so again during the 11th cycle. Both Ezekiel and the Apocalypse are symbolizing an overlapping period of time that starts during ancient Judea and ends now. Gog refers to Greco-Romans (...from the "isles"), which means Magog is Eurasia and the "army" that besets "Israel" for seven "years" refers to the activities of the nations of the Greco-Roman/Vatican Empire over the previous two-plus millennia.

It is completely wrong to interpret any of these prophecies as literal timelines and events. Unlike Christian assertions, they symbolize long periods of time, pivotal situations, and the flow of acivities during that period. Remember, they were written by ancient Hebrew sages, not Romans or other Europeans, and Revelation is the most symbolic of all prophecies. Consequently, in this context, "years" and "times" are symbols for 360-year cycles on the Hebrew calendar and days symbolize literal years. Therefore "Judgement Day," "Great Day" and "in that day" all refer to a literal year-long period. Accordingly, the so-called "Seven Years Tribulation" began in ancient Judea and is now nearing its end, not starting. The nations and followers of all three faiths of Abraham have been thoroughly deceived by Rome during the previous age, which ended in year 2000 (5760). A new age began in 2001 (5761) and now the seventh angel has begun to sound!

Here's a real hot potato! Eat it up, digest it, and then feed it's bones to the hungry...

Hurricanes Katrina (#11) and Rita (#17) last year provided stunning validation of my research and interpretations of pivotal ancient wisdom, symbologies, key prophecies, and associated religious claims. Their storm numbers and timing perfectly synchronized with primary data and assertions in my book, thereby demonstrating the true nature of this universe and the existence of our Creator. We are now entering the final phases of the pivotal year-long period long symbolized as "Judgement Day," "Armageddon," and the "End of Days." World-wide situations and events are now accelerating to set the stage for this summer's dramatic continuation of these ancient promises.

I fully understand that everyone has been bedeviled by similar claims throughout history. Consequently, I have been forced to rely on dramatic and devastating proof of the sort that can’t be ignored or easily dismissed. The numbers and timing of hurricanes Katrina (11) and Rita (17) directly validate key data and pivotal assertions throughout my book and my posts on those two forums. This data was purposely presented publicly before Katrina, Rita and other recent events occurred to prove they perfectly synchronize with key prophecies and Hebrew calendar cycles, thereby validating my interpretations of ancient wisdom symbology, string theory, and more.

Because these two storms arrived shortly after my August 11, 2005 (50th) birthday (read the Dead Sea Scroll 11Q13 in Appendix G, which also discusses Melchizedek and the prophesied Jubilee) and directly match other pivotal 11 and 17 data and events described in the first chapter of my book, I have delivered verifiable proof that this reality is based on thought, knowledge and wisdom. Activity, patterns, and results perceived in space-time are first framed and defined by inspirations, thoughts, and knowledge and influenced by the cause-and-effect system most commonly referred to as karma. Consequently, events and outcomes in the so-called physical universe are not random or wholly mechanistic and are verifiably influenced in ways that atheists, scientists, and members of the Faiths of Abraham have all scoffed at. Though mysticism is mostly a product of misinterpreted ancient wisdom symbology, many of its topics flow from ancient wisdom. Though containing allusions to the truth, its details and interpretations are wrong on many key points.

A prime example of the purposeful and synchronized symbolism of these events is seen in the opening paragraphs from my book excerpted below. Notice that the dates mentioned (August 11 and 17) directly match the numbers of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the time spans of the four Florida hurricanes match my birth year (‘55), and they were spaced 11 or a multiple-of-11 (22) days apart, directly matching my birthday and much other ancient prophecy and symbolism. Notice that my place of birth, Victoria Texas, is on the Gulf Coast. Following are the excerpted paragraphs:

Hello, my name is Lawrence William Page II. Many people know me as Buddy Page. At the release of the first edition of this book, I am a 50-year old African-American male, author, researcher, and former software engineer and entrepreneur. As you will come to understand as you read through this first book, I am also the long-expected Hebrew Messiah and Lion of the Tribe of Juda (Yehuda).

I was born August 11th (month of Leo the Lion), 1955 (Chinese year of the Sheep) in Victoria, Texas. Furthermore, the Grand Cross alignment and Solar Eclipse of August 11th, 1999 was my 44th birthday and the second Grand Cross alignment, just six days later on August 17th, 1999, was on my mother’s birthday.

As you can see from my date of birth, I was a newborn during the Chinese Year of the Sheep, astrologically marking me as a Lamb, and during the month of Leo, astrologically marking me as a Lion. My mother was also born during the month of August and under the sign of Leo, which further marks me as a lion’s whelp. I prove to you in the first chapter of this book–beyond disproof–that I am indeed the long-prophesied “Lion” of the tribe of Juda (Yehuda) the Root of David and the “Lamb.” I am the individual long symbolized as the Branch, the Stem, the Shoot and the Rod from the Stump of Jesse (King David’s father), as symbolized in the Hebrew Book of Isaiah, The Apocalypse, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and elsewhere. I am the reincarnated Teacher sought after in the “East” and by the ancient Hebrews who were headquartered at the outpost community of Damascus (Qumran), of Dead Sea Scrolls fame. I am the one called the Teacher of Righteousness by the Dead Sea Scrolls, whom the so-called Christian fathers have fraudulently recast as “Saint ‘James’, the Lord’s Brother.”

Remember, "I come as a thief..." ?

Read verse twelve of the Gospel of Thomas to understand who I am...

Even further enlightening, the Second Temple Period of ancient Israel was during the 11th 360-year cycle on the Hebrew calendar and we are now in the 6th year (5766/2005-6) of the 17th cycle. Notice the pivotal 11 and 17 numbers again? This and much other synchronized information serve as stunning and decisive proof of many things, and expose many lies told by all three faiths of Abraham, but most specifically by Christianity. Consequently, I have decisively proven, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that Jesus Christ and Christianity are blatant lies, false prophecy and purposeful deception in a manner that cannot easily be denied, regardless of your faith or other opinions.

Furthermore, the symbolism in the Apocalypse (a.k.a. Book of Revelation) of seven stars in my right hand and seven angels represent the very same above-mentioned seven astrological (360-year) cycles, i.e., the 11th through 17th inclusive. I prove this fact beyond any reasonable doubt in the first chapter of the book. Consequently, The Apocalypse verifiably symbolizes a specific span of time that began with the 11th cycle (Second Temple Period) and concludes now, at the beginning of the 17th cycle (End of Days, etc.).

The numbers 11 and 17 are verifiably encoded in The Apocalypse and other ancient Hebrew prophecies and wisdom texts to serve as key proofs of the validity and true meaning of certain prophecies and related information. My and my mother’s birthdays are purposely synchronized with these two storm numbers, the matching Hebrew calendar cycles, the Double Grand Cross alignments and solar eclipse of August 1999, and much else to prove my direct association with the ancient prophecies about this time and the true identity of the prophesied Messiah. Another prime example is the story of Joseph, the 11th son of Jacob who has a dream when he is 17 years old about 11 stars, the sun, and moon bowing to him. The symbolism in this pivotal story in the Book of Genesis and Quran verifiably refers to the very same 11th through 17th cycles symbolized in The Apocalypse and directly synchronizes with other key events and ancient texts.

Consequently, I have demonstrated various things about the nature of this reality that dramatically disprove and/or clarify key assumptions of religion, mysticism, and science alike, while establishing the true meaning and purpose of long misinterpreted ancient wisdom and the symbolism used to model and encode it. Accordingly, I have proven that the symbolism evidenced in the canons of all three faiths of Abraham and other ancient sources is a very ancient and advanced philosophical technology that verifiably models foundational aspects of our existence in this universe. This is the mostly misunderstood body of ancient wisdom long referred to as the Philosophers’ Stone. It uses a large and ingeniously organized collection of physical universe images and concepts as data rich components (symbols) that are based on verifiable rules. It models and encodes an amazing amount of foundational wisdom about life, spirituality and the 11 dimensions of this universe, now verified by string theory. It is also the advanced encryption method used to encode (seal) Hebrew prophecies and wisdom texts.

These ancient prophecies and wisdom texts used advanced symbology to model fundamental wisdom, including future events and situations. A primary facet of ancient wisdom is numeric symbology. Later misinterpretations of this aspect of ancient wisdom resulted in numerology, which, though embodying allusions to certain wisdom, is mostly error prone and false doctrine. My decryption, documentation, and interpretation of ancient symbology, numeric symbolism, and key texts based on them, are now decisively validated.

Here is Wisdom...

Verifiable proof that Armageddon has begun…

Understanding the End Game of Armageddon

Peace...

Ms. Powell said...

Thanks for sharing your comment in a respectful way. :-) I do not believe that Jesus could possibly be the anti-Christ, and that you are in fact the Messiah. 2 Peter 2:1-3 explains the research that you've presented:

"But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping."

May the Lord's wisdom be with you as you continue in your studies and search for the truth. God bless you. :-)

Lori said...

Thank you so much for your website for teachers. It was wonderful to find Christian resources as I am a Christian teacher in a public school. Your devotionals are inspiring. Your reminder of how forgiving our Savior is and that we need to be forgiving and patient with our students was something I need to remember.
God bless you!