Is the Lampstand at the Church of Smyrna Still Burning? Call for Prayer for Pastor Andrew Brunson Prisoner in Turkey

Scripture References:Revelation 2:13; Revelation 2:8-11; Proverbs 6:30-31; Mark 10:29,30; Isaiah 26:3; Zechariah 4:6

In my last post, I was led to warn readers about satan’s seat in Pergamum, Turkey, per Revelation 2:13. Today, a headline on (stevequayle.com) about a pastor who is imprisoned in Turkey caught my eye. According to the Daily Mail article (cover or ignore the site’s smutty sidebar), the pastor moved to the predominantly Sunni Muslim country in 1993. Keep in mind that during that time, Turkey was considered fairly open and safe to Christian missionaries. In fact, I met a guy as a freshman in college whose family had lived in Turkey as missionaries all of his childhood.

Pastor Andrew Brunson and His Church Near Ancient Pergamum

Fast forward to 2010. Pastor Andrew Brunson starts a church in Izmir according to the article. At first, I immediately thought about the ancient city of Pergamum. It is called Bergama now according to most historians, and this modern Turkish city is in Izmir Province. Now, don’t jump to conclusions like I did, thinking that this pastor stumbled into the devil’s den by inadvertently building his church at satan’s family home site. It turns out that he didn’t, but no matter the circumstances, he needs our prayers.

The City of Izmir is Modern-Day Smyrna

Pastor Brunson wasn’t crazy. He chose to build his church in the city of Izmir that is historically known as the ancient city of Smyrna. Out of the seven churches that were in Asia and that were the subjects of letters inspired by Christ, only two were found to be totally worthy of praise. Smyrna was one of them.

Letter To the Church at Smyrna

When (not if) Pastor Brunson is released from prison, he is going to have a tremendous testimony. Let’s look at the contents of the letter to the Church at Smyrna.

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” – Revelation 2:8-11

Let’s Pray for His Speedy Release

Let’s face it. No one wants to go through these types of trials. This man is away from his family in a foreign prison facing 35 years of incarceration seemingly because of some political shenanigans. We know that when they pick on a Christian pastor and accuse him of colluding with an Islamic terrorist organization, somebody is lying. Let’s pray and fast against and bind the:

  • Deceptive spirit of anti-messiah
  • Spirit of fear
  • Spirit of lawlessness

Yes, I put my stomach where my mouth was and fasted for Syria last Saturday. Let’s pick a day again this week to pray and fast for Pastor Andrew Brunson. Pray that the following be loosed:

  • Peace to him and his family
  • Grace during imprisonment
  • Power of the Holy Ghost to saturate the prison
  • Release from prison
  • Restoration of all things (he hasn’t been able to provide for his family for about 16 months)

When a Thief is Found

The government of Turkey has stolen Pastor Brunson from his family, in essence, by falsely charging him as a terrorist. He isn’t able to work to take care of himself and his family, and the funds that he had saved up have probably gone to legal fees or other necessities by now. Here’s what we know about theft…

“People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry, but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house.” – Proverbs 6:30-31

Suffering Loss for the Gospel

We know that Turkey’s government didn’t steal to satisfy hunger. We believe that Pastor Brunson was kidnapped and imprisoned for the gospel’s sake. So let’s see what our Master has to say about that.

“Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” – Mark 10:29,30

If Pastor Andrew Brunson keeps his eyes on the Father and trusts Him, his mind will be kept in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). We know that the devil doesn’t want to pay him back or allow him to get his reward from our Master. However, satan is not in charge of us. Our battles are won by the Holy Ghost. Pastor Brunson has positioned himself as a representative of one of the two righteous churches in Asia that didn’t have their lampstands removed. In Zechariah 4, which ironically references a lampstand and two faithful servants, tells,

“…This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” – Zechariah 4:6

Let’s continue to pray that the Holy Ghost will move on behalf of this hero of the faith!

Shalom.

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Rallying the Prayer Warriors for Syria

Scripture References:

Isaiah 17:1-3; Daniel 8:12; Acts 9:1-12; 2 Corinthians 10:4; Revelation 2:3; Acts 11:19-25

I’m not going to get political. I’ve kept up with the news about the situation in Syria through mainstream media and alternative news outlets, so I know that everything is not as it seems.  I was warned in the spirit not to link to those news sites that all point the finger at different sides and all different directions. However, I was told to put a call out to all the prayer warriors to pray and fast about what’s happening in Syria.  

 

The Weapons of Our Warfare

If you haven’t recognized that the forces of darkness are at work to take complete control over the areas that surround the land of Israel, then I lovingly say to you, “Wake Up!”  As the nations gather in that region with their physical weaponry and prepare for all out war, we as believers need to gear up for spiritual warfare for that area as well. You know that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty for the pulling down of strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:4)

We can wage effective war without even boarding a plane by praying for:

  • The people of Syria
  • Syrian president Assad
  • Russian president Putin
  • Our U.S. president Trump   

Remember that Syria is the ancient land of Aram son of Shem. Isaiah 17 predicts the destruction of Damascus, which has been the primary city (if not the capital-I’m not sure if it has always been the capital) in that land for thousands of years.  However, there will be a remnant that comes out of that region. The passage in Isaiah 17:3 stated that the remnant of Aram there will be like the glory of the children of Israel. We know that Israel (true Israel) will be saved, and it appears that so will a remnant of people who are in Syria.

 

Pulling Down Strongholds

Don’t sleep on Turkey either. According to Revelation 2:3, Pergamum, which is believed to be located in northwest Turkey, was called out as the very seat of satan. Since when do powerful spirits leave regions that are known to be under their control.  They don’t. Don’t be fooled by new religions like Islam that have popped up in that region. Whatever name that they choose to hide behind, the movers and shakers in that region must do the bidding of the strongest spirit over that territory to keep moving and shaking.

In 1939, Turkey annexed the ancient city of Antioch, which used to belong to Syria originally.  This was a major center of Christianity during the days of the early church (Acts 11:19-25). As the early church watered down its teachings and mixed them with idolatrous ones, its power waned.  

The only way that a powerful spiritual entity will pack up and leave its traditional territory is if a more powerful spirit fights against it and forces it out.  I believe that is how America got blessed for so long. In 1607, a pastor under the direction of King James of England dropped anchor in what is now Virginia Beach, VA and dedicated the land to the Eloha of Jacob.  (BTW- James is the English form of Jacob- interesting isn’t?) Just like the Christian churches in the Middle East fell from grace years ago, America has forgotten its roots and has turned from the I Am of the bible.  The judgments that are outlined in the scriptures await it too.

 

Invitation to a Stronger Spirit to Take Control of the Region

Let’s come in agreement to…

  1. Pray against the spirit of anti-messiah that casts truth to the ground and tramples on it (Daniel 8:12).  
  2. Pray for Syrians to go back to their early church roots.  According to Acts 9, there was an underground church in Damascus, and there were enough Christians there to cause Saul of Tarsus to go through official Pharisaic/legal channels to have them arrested.  
  3. Pray that the Syrians be filled with the power of the Holy Ghost just as the early church members in that area were. In ancient Damascus, there was a disciple of Christ who was filled with the Holy Ghost; Ananias could hear the voice of the Master in visions. He could also perform healings.  Given the word of the Master, he could operate without fear even around enemies (Acts 9:10-17).

Countries from around the world have recently sent their armies to surround Syria, so it’s appropriate that our army goes over there too.  We know that it’s not a real party anyway until the Holy Ghost shows up!  The Syrian people are going through the fire right now, but fire refines. Tomorrow, some of them will shine.

Shalom!    

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Happy Feast of Unleavened Bread 2018

Enjoy the feast day.  Please keep me in your prayers. Shalom!

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Catching Heat About the Most High’s Calendar

Hi Family,

As most of you know from my previous posts, I believe that our modern methods of time keeping don’t match the ancient Hebrew calendar that was given by the Most High to Moses.  I just don’t do a good job of explaining my beliefs about the lunar-solar calendar.  And yes, the subject continues to come up within Christendom (probably by Divine will).

Zen Garcia, however, has no such affliction.  While I go on and on about the subject trying to make heads or tails of the old calendar in several posts, Zen Garcia pulled together a coherent explanation of the lunar-solar calendar in one video.  In the embedded video that he published January 2017, he clearly breaks down the calendar and provides scripture references to back up his statements.  I don’t know about his beliefs on other subjects, but his stance on the ancient Hebrew calendar matches mine almost exactly.

You’ll get no judgement from me over the calendar, though.  I believe that it’s important when you’re trying to be as obedient as possible to the law as an Israelite or as one of the strangers who have joined to Israel.  It’s also important to prophecy watchers; you know that the Most High isn’t going to change His calendar and special appointment days because you lack knowledge about how the ancient calendar works.

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.”  – Proverbs 25:2

Shalom!

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Abib Barley and the New Year

Scripture References:
Matthew 24:32, Song of Solomon 2:11-13; Isaiah 18:5; and Exodus 13:3,4

After reading the Abib barley reports from Abib of God’s Brian Convery, seeing the pictures of the kernels for myself and praying about the upcoming new year, I was shown that there won’t be a 13th month this year. The barley is indeed ripe enough to be Abib. We just wait for the sighting of the crescent new moon to determine the first day of the new year according to the Biblical calendar. According to renewedmoon.com, the new moon is expected to be seen over Israel as early as tonight. So Happy New Year!

While reading through the Abib barley report, I learned that the barley is only one sign in the earth that indicates that we are entering into a new season, our new year. Here are some of the other signs:

Fig Tree
“When you see the fig tree’s branch become tender (has sap), know that summer is near.” (Matthew 24:32)
Flowers
“…winter rains have gone, flowers appear on the earth, fig trees put worth green figs and grape vines that have young grapes start to smell good” (Song of Solomon 2:11-13)
Grape Vines
“…for before the harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening within the flower…” (Isaiah 18:5)

According to the inspectors who are in Israel, these things are seen there now. For more information about this special season and Abib barley harvest, click on the following Abib of God links.
https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/e51d9f_f07555723e934cdeb844013ae9100947.pdf
https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/e51d9f_82ebf3b038744a2b80b6c43230ffb72e.pdf

 

We know that the feast days are appointments that correspond to the fetching of the bride and the salvation plan in general. It’s also no coincidence that the first time that the month of Abib was mentioned, it was Moses reminding the children of Israel that the Most High/ the I Am delivered them out of Pharoah’s house of bondage during this month (Exodus 13:3,4). While we were instructed to look up for indicators of our redemption, the other signs mentioned in this post remind us that tokens of our blessed hope can be seen all around us here on the earth. So be ready!

Shalom

 

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Pray for Falun Gong in China

Scripture References: Matthew 9:15; Mark 2:19;Luke 5:34; Matthew 22:1-14; Revelation 6:15-17; Revelation 16:12

Hi All,
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. I’ve just been watching, waiting and praying as the Most High guides me through life’s little mud puddles. They are small from His perspective, but they sometimes seem impassable when I’m battling it out in real time.

As we’ve entered the 12th month of the Hebrew calendar (12th new moon spotted in Israel on February 17, 2018), I’m always on the lookout for signs that the Marriage Supper of the Lamb is about to begin. Yes, I believe that there is an actual bride, children of the bride chamber (friends / wedding guests) and a bride chamber that will shelter everyone from the coming calamities that will mark the end of the Great Tribulation for believers and the beginning of the Judgment period for everyone else.

Tribulation means trial, testing or a form of tightening.  The judgment period is something altogether different.  That’s when all of the heathen (both small and great) will be running from sweet Jesus according to Revelation 6:15-17.  Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your understanding of the marriage supper: bride, guests and the bride chamber (Matthew 9:15, Mark 2:19, Luke 5:34 and Matthew 22:1-14).

As I look forward to the end of tribulation for the true saints and the beginning of the times of refreshing, I was led to pray for persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. I believe that the “kings of the east” are the next great powers that will come onto the global stage. Unlike most of the people who are tied to Babylon the Great, these kings will likely be around to openly fight against our King, the Christ and Messiah of Israel during the final battle.

I put out the request specifically for believers to pray for the Falun Gong also called House Christians of China who are (surprise, surprise) being systematically terrorized by their atheist communist party government. Some have their finances blocked; others face isolation in their communities. More than a few have been framed for arrest and imprisonment.

When I heard that these Christians couldn’t fly under the radar even as they are forced to meet secretly, my heart swelled with pride. They must have hit a nerve with the forces of darkness, and their light was shining. Why else would a powerful group like the government take such great pains to threaten utter destruction of people for worshipping someone whom it supposedly doesn’t believe exists at all.

I think that the Chinese Communist Party government does believe that our Creator/ the Great I AM exists, and they know that He rules. They want to take His place in the hearts and minds of our brothers and sisters in China and perhaps the rest of the world depending on their global political ambitions.

Please pray that the Falun Gong brothers and sisters receive an extra measure of mercy, grace and peace from our Father. Pray that they will able to endure these times of extreme pressure until we are all gathered back for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

See you at the finish line!
Shalom.

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Happy Feast of Tabernacles!

As we wait for the gathering of all Israel, Happy Feast of Tabernacles.

Shalom!

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Upcoming Day of Atonement

As everyone prepares for the upcoming Day of Atonement (fasting in the 9th day of the month at evening until the 10th day at evening), remember to pray for our spiritual family members in Houston, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Vanuatu.

Shalom!

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Happy Yom Teruah! Feast of Trumpets

The seventh month of the Biblical calendar is here. Check out Renewedmoon.com for details about the sighting of the seventh new moon in Israel and in the Southern Hemisphere.

Shalom!

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6th New Moon Sighted in Jerusalem

Hi All,
The 6th new moon of the year was spotted over Jerusalem yesterday evening. Go to Renewedmoon.com for more details about the time and source.

Shalom!

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