Which god? God or god?
“Thou shalt have no other god before me.” (Exodus 20:3 KJV)
March 4, 2012
From Why I'm doing this:
My favorite book of the Bible is Revelation, because it’s so intriguing to look at all the things that God will do – and yet so many people will not understand – and will be deceived.
From Water From The Temple (NASB -
EZE 47:1 Then he brought me back to the door of the house; and behold, water was flowing from under the threshold of the house toward the east, for the house faced east. And the water was flowing down from under, from the right side of the house, from south of the altar. He brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate by way of the gate that faces east. And behold, water was trickling from the south side.
EZE 47:3 When the man went out toward the east with a line in his hand, he measured a thousand cubits, and he led me through the water, water reaching the ankles. Again he measured a thousand and led me through the water, water reaching the knees. Again he measured a thousand and led me through the water, water reaching the loins. Again he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not ford, for the water had risen, enough water to swim in, a river that could not be forded. He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me back to the bank of the river. Now when I had returned, behold, on the bank of the river there were very many trees on the one side and on the other. Then he said to me, “These waters go out toward the eastern region and go down into the Arabah; then they go toward the sea, being made to flow into the sea, and the waters of the sea become fresh. “It will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes, will live. And there will be very many fish, for these waters go there and the others become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. “And it will come about that fishermen will stand beside it; from Engedi to Eneglaim there will be a place for the spreading of nets. Their fish will be according to their kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea, very many. “But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. “ By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.”
From The Screwtape Letters (Chapter 2) <Where The Enemy is God; Wormwood is a devil in training; Screwtape is his mentor; the patient is a human -
My dear Wormwood,
I note with grave displeasure that your patient has become a Christian. Do not indulge the hope that you will escape the usual penalties; indeed, in your better moments, I trust you would hardly even wish to do so. In the meantime we must make the best of the situation. There is no need to despair; hundreds of these adult converts have been reclaimed after a brief sojourn in the Enemy’s camp and are now with us. All the habits of the patient, both mental and bodily, are still in our favour.
The Why I'm Doing This -
The Water From The Temple -
The Screwtape Letters -
In this dream -
There were a number of people in a church. It wasn't my regular church. It wasn't any church I'd ever been in before. It could have been any church in any town or city.
We were there because my brother asked me to help him get to know Jesus. You have to know -
So then I asked one of the pastors at my church to go along and pray with us.
He said yes -
Here's the text of Revelation 6 to let you know why I didn't have a good feeling about what was going to come -
Rev 6:1 I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
Rev 6:3 When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.
Rev 6:5 When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
Rev 6:7 When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
Rev 6:9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.
Rev 6:12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
Rev 6:15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
Heavy stuff -
The three of us -
There's all these people sitting in the pews.
And me -
I see a bunch of people trying to take over the prayer meeting -
The next thing I realize -
I got up and went over to them -
They didn't know what I was talking about. They didn't see anyone with me.
Then me -
Me as the watcher -
Me as the person in the dream sitting -
I told the two of them I didn't really know what was going on, but I had been holding someone's hand for safety and came over to them as soon as I realized they had started the prayer session.
My brother had a specific verse he wanted us to pray on.
I don't remember what it was. (more on the significance of that later)
The pastor started to pray.
Then I (The me in bed dreaming) woke up.
After I got up, I was walking the dogs -
It could actually be intended for different people in different ways.
The key seems to be the passage from Ezekiel.
For the Christian -
While we're in the "Water From The Temple" -
But even as we are with Him -
He wants us to go back to the edge of the river -
He wants us to hold on -
For the ones who are seeking Jesus -
If you're walking along the edge of the river -
In my dream -
Jn 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
For you -
If not -
For the ones not actually looking for Jesus -
If you're in the swamps or the marshes -
If you are still reading -
maybe you don't have a verse yet.
Here's one to get you thinking -
Jer 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
Think about that -
He created you -
Whether you know it or not -
Whether you even believe it or not -
“Son of man, have you seen this?”
The brother in my dream -
maybe it's my real "brother" (or sister) -
maybe it a "brother" (or sister) in Christ -
maybe it's a "brother" (or sister) human being.
In any case -
The question -
“Son of man, have you seen this?”
And now that you've seen it -
What are you going to do?
After church today -
“Son of man, have you seen this?”
I always feel like God is with me when I write these.
But it's tears of joy.
If you're seeking Jesus -