Tuesday, July 13th, 2021. 1:00 PM.
“Shall A Nation Be Brought Forth in One Moment?”
-Isaiah 66:8b ESV Study Bible.
Into the Vault Proudly Being /
Leaving the Vault in Awe of Life
“So Jesus again said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.’” -John 10:7. ESV.
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: “The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie – behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and they will learn that I have loved you. Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” -Revelation 3:7-13. ESV Study Bible.
Hear Ye, Politicians!
Ye must repent of your parochial politics and become statesmen.
Ye must serve the will of the Lord God of the whole Earth.
Ye must do righteousness and justice and equity for the good of all living.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” -Matthew 6:24. ESV Study Bible.
Unreal and Yet Very Real
Like An Episode of Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” in the 1960s
“In the Spirit on the Lord’s Day”
Into The Vault
Of a Bank
In the United States of America
The following story is not a wish that such an ordeal as this should happen to anyone. It does show – it just shows – that even when misery and hardship are upon us, something blessed may also be happening that we cannot fathom at that moment of our acute suffering – our mortifying suffering.
Question: Could the United States of America One Day Be Given a New Name – an Even More Glorious Name From the LORD GOD of Heaven and Earth?
The United States of AmericaL
“Before she was in labor she gave birth; before her pain came upon her she delivered a son. Who has heard such a thing? Who has heard such things? Shall a land be born in one day?
“Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment?
“For as soon as Zion was in labor she brought forth her children. Shall I bring to the point of birth and not cause to bring forth?” says the LORD; shall I, who cause to bring forth, shut the womb? Says your God.
“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her; that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious abundance.”
“For thus says the LORD: “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an over flowing stream; and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip, and bounced upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bones shall flourish like the grass; and the hand of the LORD shall be known to his servants, and he shall show his indignation against his enemies.” -Isaiah 66:7-14. ESV Study Bible.
June 18th, 2021
There once was a very beautiful lady who was employed at a bank in America. Her life was so blessed in every way she almost never thought of God. Her health was excellent. Her mood was always happy. She had utmost self-confidence. She felt she was never in need. Every week on Friday, she had to enter the bank vault. And every week the bank owner warned all his employees to be very sure not to be in the vault beyond 4:00 PM because it closed at 4:15 PM — automatically; and would not under any circumstances reopen until 9:00 AM of the first working day next week. April, the very beautiful and self-confident employee, took much delight in entering the vault just a few minutes before 4:00 PM each Friday; and getting her work done in there; and departing the vault just before the door’s automatic closing at 4:15 PM. She also enjoyed laughing a little each time she exited the vault just barely before it shut behind her. She was happily proud of her self-confidence and the fact that everything always worked out so well for her. She was delighted with her Self. She loved her Self.
Well, one Friday, things turned out differently for April the bank in America employee. She entered the vault just a few minutes before 4:15 PM. And there on the floor of the vault in the center of the room was a tract. It was a black pamphlet with a beautiful red rose against the black background; and above the rose in white letters were the words “The Rose.” April’s attention mysteriously became so focused on that tract that she forgot everything else and picked it up. There was a chair nearby and April sat down and began to read the brief, poetic words inside. And then, just as she finished reading it and was getting lost in her thoughts about the meaning of it, she heard a soft “click” and turned in her chair and saw that the vault door was closed. And immediately she understood her serious predicament. She would be spending the next three full days and nights there – until Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM. It was the weekend of the first new National holiday – Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day. She sat there contemplating her fate. She remembered a man in the story “A Tale of Two Cities” who was imprisoned for 18 years and who called it being “buried alive for 18 years” – and a chapter titled “Recalled to Life.” And she took note that this Friday was June 18th. Then, for one of the very few times in her beautiful life, she recalled that Jesus was buried for three days and three nights in the heart of the earth – and then Rose from the dead. And then she realized for the first time in her life of 27 years that she was in need of real help to get through the next three days and nights imprisoned in the vault. April loved music and she often listened to love songs. And she also had an excellent memory of the music videos she saw and listened to at home. She began remembering the song, “All By Myself.”
“I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. As a lily among brambles, so is my love among the young women.” -Song of Solomon 2:1, 2. ESV Study Bible.
In her mind, she recalled the whole song. Then she recalled the bank owner also assuring his employees that, in the event of anyone being locked in the vault, he had provided cases of spring water and tins of sardines and boxes of crackers to sustain anyone who had the great misfortune of being locked in there. April got up and began looking for that food and water. As she was looking, she found a Bible, an ESV Study Bible, that was brand new and still wrapped in plastic. It was on a shelf. Then she opened a closet door and there she saw the cases of spring water and other cases of sardines and several boxes of crackers. She was thankful that, at least, she would not become dehydrated nor starve for the next three days and three nights alone and isolated. And she was also thankful that she had a book to read – something to focus her mind on during the long, quiet hours she would be there, alone – or, so she thought.
She opened the case of spring water bottles and twisted off the cap on one of the plastic bottles and sat down again. Then she got up and got that Bible. As she picked it up she found several more gospel tracts on the shelf under the Bible. She took those, too. She sat down again and removed the plastic wrap and began to examine the Holy Scriptures for the first time in her life. She noticed that inside the plastic wrapping there were some other tracts: one was titled: “Jesus: Who Is He?”
After April had examined the Study Bible and then read the gospel tract about Jesus, she felt very sleepy. She looked around the vault as she sat there; wondering where the most comfortable place might be to lay down. The floor was pure steel. For the first time in April’s life, she wished she was very plump – it would make laying down on that cold hard steel floor more comfortable, she imagined. She hoped that being so very sleepy would enable her to fall asleep anyway – even on a hard cold floor; so, she got up and walked over to that shelf where she had found the Bible earlier; and she just lay down on the floor and closed her eyes. She vaguely recalled something about counting sheep while trying to fall asleep; but instead, she began repeating in her mind “Jesus . . . Jesus . . . Jesus . . . sheep are lambs . . . Jesus is the Lamb of God . . . Jesus is the Lamb of God. I’m counting on Jesus . . .” And she soon fell mercifully asleep. And as she slept in a state of semi consciousness and dream state, she had intimations of the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary, the mother to be of Jesus. And the angel’s words about the Holy Spirit overshadowing her; and the baby Jesus being conceived in her. And she reasoned: “Well, the baby Jesus has already been conceived in Mary’s womb; there’s no need for that to happen to me; but, being born again by the Holy Spirit of Jesus being born into my heart . . . that’s reasonable and Scriptural. And then, April fell more deeply into sleep.
When she awakened, she immediately wondered how long she had slept. She had no watch nor phone with her. Judging by how she felt she imagined she had slept a few hours – as she often did after walking home from work. So, she guessed it might be about 6:00 PM on Friday. She wanted to try to keep track of the time and day so she could find some encouragement in believing she was making progress toward reaching Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM when the vault door would unlock and she could at last walk out of her imprisonment. She also wondered how she would handle meeting her workmates after three days and three nights in there with no showering nor shampooing nor change of clothing nor brushing her teeth and gargling with mouthwash. She imagined it would be mortifying; and that she might never be so carefree and happy and delightedly self-confident again – for the rest of her life. She imagined this ordeal might be a change of life experience for her; and that she would emerge with a different perspective – a different mindset. A song came into April’s thoughts and touched her heart sweetly and lovingly.
She was walking slowly around the room as she was contemplating these thoughts, hoping to find anything that might be helpful to her. In the closet where she had found the sardines and water and crackers, she noticed something she’d never seen before in the bank vault: a doorknob! She put her hand on it and turned it. A door opened. Inside was another small room with a toilet and sink. She turned on the faucet. Water poured out into the sink. “O thank you, God. Thank you, my Lord , my Savior God,” April was saying silently in her heart-felt thoughts. “I can at least wash my hands after eating those oily sardines and crackers with my fingers.” And then she saw several rolls of paper towels, too; and several rolls of bathroom tissue. “Thank you, again, dear Lord God for Your kindness to me.” Her heart felt touched — as if she was listening to a deeply beautiful love song.
Agnus Dei is Latin for Lamb of God
Some other words came into her heart like the memory of a love song:
“So Jesus again said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” -John 10:7-11. ESV Study Bible.
April understood that the Helper, Whom Jesus had spoken about to his disciples, was helping her; and comforting her with these words of Holy Scripture coming into her heart.
“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” -John 14:25-27. ESV Study Bible.
April slept on a hard floor . . .
April remembered her grandmother, Dora Depot, telling her how to make “a bum’s lunch” – a sardine on a saltine cracker with a dab of ketchup on top — repeated several times – “until the sardine tin is empty and your belly is full.” April also recalled her grandmother telling her about her grandfather. He was an alcoholic. Her grandmother told her that he would often take his paycheck on Friday and go off on “a drunk” – a weekend jaunt traveling freely and inconspicuously in railroad cars. April wondered if he packed “a bum’s lunch” to take with him on these journeys. Maybe that was how her grandmother got “the recipe” for “a bum’s lunch,” April imagined.
Mercifully, the Lord let April sleep much of the time during the next three and one-half days and four nights. And He blessed her with His peace and good courage.
On Tuesday Morning, April checked the vault door. It opened. She took a deep breath and called upon the name of the Lord her God: “Lord Jesus. Help me, Lord.” She stepped out of the vault holding her Bible in both hands pressed against her bosom. To her surprise no one was there in the bank. She took a deep breath and exhaled. She walked out of the bank and began walking home – a mile away. She saw people lying on the streets and sidewalks, motionless. She stopped at the sight of one on the sidewalk. She knelt down and felt the hand of a boy. It was cold. She shook him gently. He was dead. She walked by a coffee shop. There was a movement inside. She went in. There was a man sitting at a customer table drinking a coffee. She said, Hi. He said Hi. “What happened to everyone?” she asked. “They’re all dead,” he answered. April felt fear and turned around and walked out. As she continued to walk toward home, she saw more dead bodies. She thought, “What if that man in the coffee shop is the only man left alive on earth?” She turned around and walked back to the coffee shop. She was relieved to see the man still sitting there alone drinking his coffee. She took courage in her heart and walked up to him.
April: “Do you know what happened to everyone? Why are they all dead? Why are we still alive?”
Man: “It’s a mystery to me, too. I woke up this morning as usual and came here for coffee – also as usual — and saw dead bodies everywhere on the sidewalks and streets. How is it that you’re still alive, lady?”
April: “I was accidently locked into the vault of the bank where I work – for three and one-half days and four nights. Maybe, being isolated in there is what saved me from whatever killed everyone else – except you.”
Man: “My name is Will. Will Watson. You may call me Watson, if you’re willing. If you’re not willing then you may call me Will.” He laughed lightly at the humor in his statement. May I make a cup of coffee for you, lady?”
April: “Yes, Will. And thank you. You seem to be quite at home here.”
Will: “I used to work here. I made the donuts.”
April: “Isn’t your last name the same as the character of Sherlock Holmes friend and assistant, Doctor Watson?”
Will: “Yes, I believe it is.”
April: “And wasn’t Alexander Graham Bell’s assistant’s name Watson?”
Will: “Yes, again. What are you getting at, ma’am?”
April: “I’m just wondering if there is some special meaning in your name. Maybe you’re some kind of assistant.”
Will: “Maybe I am. Are you in need of “some kind of an assistant, lady?”
April: “Yes, I believe I am.”
Will: “What kind of assistance do you need?”
April: “Well, it occurs to me that you may be the only man left alive on planet Earth; and if that is so, then I would appreciate having someone to talk to about this new state we are in; and discuss how we might make the best of it.”
Will: “It is written: ‘Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”
April: “Is that a Bible quotation?”
Will: “Yes, it is. Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10.”
April: “Are you a believer in the Son of God, Will?”
Will: “Yes, I am. May I ask your name, dear lady?”
April: “My name is April – April Light Shower.”
Will: “I like that name. It reminds me of early Springtime and showers from above that nurture seeds and plants that make the flowers of May appear. I look forward to April every year.”
April: “Why, Watson?”
Watson: “It’s the first month of Spring – when the world begins to warm-up a little; and there’s hope that things out there will get pretty again after “the winter of man’s discontent.”
April: “The winter of man’s discontent”? Where does that phrase come from, Watson?”
Watson: “I read it once upon a time in a book by Henry David Thoreau.”
April: “And what is the name of Henry David Thoreau’s book?”
Watson: “Walden: Or, Life in the Woods.”
April: “I like the way you think, Watson – positively and poetically. Maybe that is how love songs get their words that go so well with their melody.”
Will: “It may be the beauty in Creation that inspires such poetic words to spring up from the human heart. Thoreau wrote: “The perception of beauty is a moral test.”
April: “Do you see beauty in Creation, Watson?”
April: “And how is the perception of beauty a moral test, I wonder?”
Will: “Well, beauty touches a man’s heart. And that may arouse desire for that which is beautiful; however, we are not to desire the things that are in the world; so, that creates a tension, maybe a conflict, maybe a temptation for him; and so he has to struggle so as not to fall in temptation by that which is beautiful.”
April: “You are a very thoughtful man, Will.”
Will: “You are a very lovely lady, April.”
April: “If you think I’m lovely now, Will – after three days and four nights in a bank vault – what will you think of me after I’ve showered and put on clean clothes?”
Will: “Glory be to God! What a glorious Creator He IS!”
April: “You are wise, Will, to remember our Lord God at all times. He alone can keep a man from falling into temptation.”
Will: “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.” -Proverbs 18:22 ESV Study Bible.
April: “Then why do so many marriages fail, I wonder?”
Will: “Perhaps it is because the husband and wife don’t obey the Lord. They don’t know how to love each other according to the Scriptures; and they fail to listen to the “still small voice” of God speaking to their hearts. [1 Kings 19:12 KJV]. They fall into seeking and preferring selfish desires rather than what the Lord’s will is for their marriage.”
April: “I honestly believe that, Will; however, knowing the Scriptures is one thing; living according to God’s will is another.”
Will: “I agree, April. And I admit that I don’t have much experience in that matter. I’ve not been married.”
April: “Would you like to be married, Will?”
Will: “Well, I’m 69 years old, now. I just don’t know.”
April: “Abraham was 100 when he and Sarah had their first child together. Sarah was 90.”
Will: “God does move in a mysterious way; His wonders to perform.”
April: “Will, I’m so thankful to God that we have met – at such a time as this.”
Will: “And what Time is this, April?”
April: “A time of great need I believe it is that we are now living in.”
Will: “Why do you believe that April?”
April: “I have just come out of an ordeal of three days and four nights of intense loneliness only to find every one dead. And then, walking outside, everywhere I looked I saw more dead people – everywhere. What has happened to everyone, Watson? Do you know?”
Will: “I wonder if the cause was a neutron bomb.”
April: “What is that?”
Will: “A kind of deadly bomb that can kill people without destroying buildings.”
April: “Can you think of any other possibilities?”
Will: “There is a Scripture that says something about “nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.” -Psalm 91:6. ESV Study Bible.
April: “I wonder what time of day all the people died: in the darkness of night, or at noon?”
Out of the Vault Humbly Believing
“Then he said to me, ‘This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’ “ -Zechariah 4:6, 7. ESV Study Bible.
The believing thief on the cross next to Christ had no good works; and his power and life were ebbing; and yet, because he asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His Kingdom, Jesus said to him: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” -Luke 23:43b. ESV Study Bible.
Later, April was considering how it was and how it turned out that she survived whatever it was that took the life of everyone else except her and Will Watson. She thought – “that experience, that ordeal of being imprisoned in the vault may have saved my life. It didn’t feel like salvation while I was enduring it – that’s for sure; but, by the grace of God I came through it and was born again by the grace of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; and have received a fundamentally new outlook on life. And I met Will. And we are enjoying a mutually loving friendship.” April still did not understand how Will survived whatever took the life of everyone else; however, she recalled this from God’s Holy Scriptures:
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:7. ESV Study Bible.
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” -Philippians 2:1-11. ESV Study Bible.
April was wondering about her assistant and friend, Will. She wondered if his first name was William. And then she noticed in her mind’s eye that the last three letters of William are I am. And she recalled that Jesus declared some things that began with “I am . . .” And then she recalled that even James Cagney – whose initials are the same as Jesus Christ – also declared some things that began with I am or I’m:
Now, about legalized abortion
The True God said this:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” -John 10:10. ESV Study Bible.
And the United States of America is for freedom – not for depriving the innocent and the defenseless of their right to life.
So, women and all American’s and all human beings and all who serve in government —
Let us not desert our post – whether it be in soldering or mothering.
Let us all man up and be brave and
Do Our Job!
And one of the God Almighty given responsibilities of government servants is to tax – especially taxing the rich in this world – so government has what is needed to do its job of managing the Country for True God in righteousness and justice and equity.
Therefore, you rich corporations, stop deserting your responsibility to pay your taxes.
And you government workers: Do Your Job and write and pass legislation to raise taxes and force the unwilling rich to pay what they owe – for the wellbeing of the United States of America and all the living on God Almighty’s Earth.
The kingdom of God is surely coming — The home of righteousness
Those who refuse to repent and believe in True God and His righteousness will pass away along with the world that lies in the power of the evil one. They will never see nor enjoy nor live in the new heavens and the new earth. They will not be regenerated at the time of the regeneration of all things.
They will inherit eternal punishment and eternal damnation and eternal torment in hell and in the lake of fire.
“For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” -Philippians 3:18-21. ESV Study Bible.
Our Country Must Be Born Again
Our Country’s Natural Birth Made Her Proud
The True God of Heaven and Earth Calls U.S. to Humility
Characters like King Kong pound their chest in pride of their natural state of being;
However, that is not the True God’s Way for His children – for His Sons and His Daughters
Remember the movie, “A Few Good Men”? And the famous line in that movie:
“You can’t handle the truth!”
Can We The People of the United States of America handle the truth?
On July 14th, 1789 the French Revolution began with the storming of the Bastille in Paris, France.
“For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. For they could not endure the order that was given. ‘If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.’ Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, ‘I tremble with fear.’ But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
“See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ This phrase, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of things that are shaken – that is, things that have been made – in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” -Hebrews 12:18-29. ESV Study Bible.