Forum II: August 26th

Dear friends and neighbors…

Thank you for your response to our invitation to participate in this E-mail Forum presentation WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DEATH.  It is our sincerest desire that you have been greatly comforted, especially now during these troubling times.

Our initial presentation which was launched on August 12th, as a practical matter so as not to be overwhelming, was spread out over 4 consecutive days and concluded our initial E-mail Forum presentation WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DEATH.  We are now continuing in greater depth on a weekly basis every Wednesday thereafter, having begun with August 19th.  Feel free at any time to E-mail any questions you may have, or to contribute any thoughts and input.  We will always get back to you on a personal one-to-one basis, so as to maintain confidentiality and your privacy.  None of your personal information will be shared with anyone else in the Forum; we will honor and respect confidentiality in all matters.

If you remember nothing else from this Forum, never forget this: GOD LOVES YOU.
God’s Love 4 U is… 

  • Unconditional 
  • Unfailing 
  • Unchanging 
  • Unending


ETERNAL PROVISION: GIFT OF MY HOLY SPIRIT:
DIVINE HEDGE OF THORNS II


Friends, brothers and sisters…

In last Wednesday’s August 19th Forum II posting, I began a series of testimonies documenting the incredible truth that over these many years of my life I should have been dead 15 times that I am fully aware of, and probably many other times that I am not aware of!  God had Personally intervened in my life to stay the hand of death over and over again.  Were it not for Him, my body would be in the grave and my soul would be in hell right now…but God was not willing that I should perish.  The Free gift of eternal life is an unconditional right offered to every soul to freely choose to receive as their own…or to reject it or ignore it.  In His Omniscience…His foreknowledge of all things all at once and at the same time from eternity past to eternity future…He knew that on October 17, 1981 I would freely, of my own free will, enter into a saving relationship with His Divine Son Jesus and make a solemn vow to become the bride of Christ, thereby being born-again.  In His Foreknowledge He knew in eternity past that I belonged to Him, and knew the day and the hour of my salvation.  Therefore it was His determined purpose to protect my body and my soul, and keep me safe until that momentous day and hour!  There could be no one or any thing that could snatch me out of His hand!  He is the Sovereign All-Ruler over all Creation… and nothing can touch my life unless He specifically, consciously, and deliberately allows it to do so, or Personally causes it to do so…and all for His Own good purpose.  There is no such thing as a random occurrence, an accidental happening, an incidental incidence.  And God makes all things work together for good for those who love Him.  All that He does is necessarily the very best, very kindest, most loving thing that can possibly be.  Oftentimes I say to Jesus, “Lord, I don’t understand, but I trust You.  I know that You make all things work together for my good.”

I had posted an incredible testimony entitled Divine Shield on my website about being shot at in the ghetto of Brooklyn, and how the Lord intervened to protect me and keep me safe in an impossible situation.  Here is a link to that testimony: I encourage you to read about this manifestation of the Lord’s great Name and mighty Power on my behalf:  https://preservechristianfamily.org/2017/06/04/divine-shield/

The Lord’s amazing interventions in my life to be my Shield and Protector in continually staying the hand of death began when I was just 4 years old.  Continuing my account of the 15 times I should have been dead were it not that God Personally intervened to stay the hand of death…1st: shot at in Brooklyn; 2nd: Taxicab @ 4 yrs old; 3rd: Point Lookout; 4th: Radio electrical cord; 5th: 7 horrors of PA…

In the Spring of 1963, my Junior year at Notre Dame, one of my close friends & classmate and I decided to hitch-hike from South Bend, Indiana to his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He had an uncle in St. Louis, which was a good halfway point where we would be able to stay overnight.  My plans were for my Aunt/Uncle in Shreveport, Louisiana, to pick me up at my classmate Jim’s home in Tulsa, to spend the Easter Holiday with them.  It sounded like a great plan for teenage college kids…but little did I know it would have cost me my young life were it not for God’s intervention to protect me and keep me safe!

We had gotten several rides, and had just been dropped off somewhere in Central Illinois and were hitch-hiking for our next ride toward St, Louis.  There were storm clouds rolling in, and the sky was getting really dark…like night time!  We were very grateful…at that moment…when two teenagers picked us up before the storm began.

Well…the sky grew really dark and then came a torrential rainstorm; you could hardly see 10 yards in front of you!  The teens drove up into a mountainous area, and proceeded to fly along the narrow twisting, turning, pitch dark mountain road in the torrential rain at 90 MPH!  They had to be familiar with the road, because there was no way to see more than 10 yards ahead with the driving torrential rain and the pitch black cloud cover…and no lights at all along the road!

I sat in the back of the car…pale and silent…next to my friend Jim, with everything in me telling me this is the end of my life!  There seemed to be no way we weren’t going to fly off this mountain road along any one of the sharp curves…or avoid a head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle!  Twenty minutes went by…which seemed like an eternity… when the teens pulled over to drop us off a good bit further along our route to St. Louis.  Apparently, they had taken a “short cut” over the mountain!

Jim and I looked at each other with a sigh of relief…the hand of the Lord had Personally protected us and kept us safe through this ordeal!  I thanked God over and over and over again…even to this day!  That was when I resolved that after this trip, NEVER would I ever hitch-hike again…anywhere!

Do you really think these were just fortunate “count my lucky stars” coincidences?  Continuing my account of the 15 times I should have been dead were it not that God Personally intervened to stay the hand of death…1st: shot at in Brooklyn; 2nd: Taxicab @ 4 yrs old; 3rd: Point Lookout; 4th: Radio electrical cord; 5th: 7 horrors of PA; 6th: Hitchhikers mountain joy ride…

During that same period of time when I was shot at in the ghetto of Brooklyn…the mid 1980s…for the 2nd and 3rd time in my life I experienced an overwhelming sense of the presence of evil…the presence of the demonic swept sharply and abruptly over my awareness!  The first time I had that experience was in the late fall 1981, not long after I had entered into a personal relationship with Christ the Messiah on October 17th of that year.  [see testimony on my website entitled Divine Father: https://preservechristianfamily.org/2017/05/14/divine-father/   Now that I belonged to Christ, I had always wondered, out of curiosity, what it was like to visit a fortune teller.  And so I decided to do it.  Just like I had pictured in my mind, we sat at a small table opposite one another with…yes…a crystal ball in the center of the table!  As she began her routine, appealing to the demonic spirits, an overwhelming sense of the presence of evil swept over my conscious awareness!  All I could think of was “I can’t wait to get out of here!”  I didn’t hear anything she was saying…I was just grateful when she finally finished so that I could leave!  I thought to myself, “I’ll never do that again!”

The second time was in the apartment of the boy I picked up regularly in the ghetto to bring to church and back.  His mother was always there…a pleasant lady.  Then one morning when picking up Josúe, his father was there…my first time meeting him.  He was pleasant enough…but for no apparent reason, an overwhelming sense of the presence of evil swept over my conscious awareness!  Several months later, when I found out he was a drug dealer, I realized that was the Lord’s way of warning me to be very careful!

The 3rd time was when that sense of the presence of evil would save my life!  I had picked up Josúe once before at an apartment in downtown Brooklyn, near the church.  The two men and a woman who were there were pleasant enough, and had invited me in to chat a bit before leaving with the boy.  Pleasant enough…but I noticed that when I entered the apartment, they locked the door on the inside with a key, and when I left with Josúe, they unlocked the door with the key.  It kind of impressed me at that moment that someone on the inside of that apartment would not be able to leave unless they unlocked the door from the inside with that key!

Well…on this particular morning, I was told to pick up Josúe at the downtown Brooklyn apartment.  I knocked on the door, and one of the men I had met the prior time answered and, pleasantly smiling, invited me to come in…”He will be here shortly.”  Suddenly, out of the clear blue, an overwhelming sense of the presence of evil swept over my conscious awareness!  I immediately knew I was not to go in there!  I quickly made some excuse about needing to go to a local store to pick up an item, and then would be right back!

I would never see Josúe again.  When I told the pastor of the church what had just happened, he was quite alarmed and said I was in great danger…don’t ever go back there!  A week later, the police raided that apartment; they were a drug dealing ring!  The people there had come to the conclusion that I was an undercover agent, and were going to kill me!  If I had gone into that apartment, the door would have been locked behind me and I never would have gotten out alive!  Once again, the Lord was my Shield and Protector; He Personally intervened in my life to stay the hand of death!

Do you really think these were just fortunate “count my lucky stars” coincidences?  Continuing my account of the 15 times I should have been dead were it not that God Personally intervened to stay the hand of death…1st: shot at in Brooklyn; 2nd: Taxicab @ 4 yrs old; 3rd: Point Lookout; 4th: Radio electrical cord; 5th: 7 horrors of PA; 6th: Hitchhikers mountain joy ride; 7th: Presence of evil…

Sometime in the early 1990s, when I was working at the Matney [my employer] corporate warehouse location in Brooklyn, where I was CFO, I remember the day I was leaving the office for home.  It was late, around 6 PM; everyone had already left for home and the street along the warehouse buildings was deserted.  I was so tired…I don’t know why…I could hardly keep my eyes open.  I had a red 15 passenger van at the time that I used for my youth ministry.  I decided to turn up the first side street and just park there, to take a little cat nap before driving home.  There was a pile of branches and twigs along the side of the road; I pulled up and parked right behind it and turned off the engine.

I drifted off to sleep, and then, after a bit, suddenly…for no apparent reason…I awakened.  Out of my driver’s side window, I saw a woman walking slowly along the side of the vehicle, along the street maybe 10 feet away, and not quite as far yet as opposite my window, peering intently toward me.  I was a bit startled…so I decided to start the van and was going drive off.  However, the front of the vehicle was right up against that pile of branches and twigs!  For some reason…I didn’t know why at that moment…I felt impressed to just drive straight forward over the branches and twigs, rather than back up and go around them.

It was then that I saw in the rear view mirror a car directly behind me!  It had been parked right up against the rear of the van, and so I could not see it in my rear view mirror after awakening!  It was then that I realized the danger I was in!  The car behind me had blocked me in so that I wouldn’t have been able to back up!  The only way of escape was to drive over the branches and twigs!  Then I realized that it was the Lord Who so strongly prompted me to do that and not back up [which would have been the normal thing to do]!  Once again, breathing a sigh of relief, I thanked the Lord for being my Shield and Protector; this was a rough neighborhood!  He Personally intervened in my life to stay what may well have been the hand of death!

Do you really think these were just fortunate “count my lucky stars” coincidences?  I will be continuing my account next Wednesday of the 15 times I should have been dead were it not that God Personally intervened in my life to stay the hand of death!

I don’t know whether in the depths of your heart you really believe there is a God in Heaven or not, but this I do know…my Father and my God, I owe my body and my soul to You.  If it were not for You, my body would be in the grave, and my soul would be in Hell…15 times over that I am fully aware of and can testify to, and surely many more times that I am not aware of.  Though I had sinned against You for so many years, so very often, and so very deeply…even so, You Personally intervened in my life to stay the hand of death!  If it were not for You, Father, I would be in Hell right now [except for those 3 occasions when I was still a child, and those occasions after I had been born-again]…and I full well deserved to be there; but You would not have it.  You were not willing that I should perish.  How many times Satan had come for me to claim my life and to claim my soul, but You would not permit it.  No…You were my Shield and my Protector; You protected my soul, and You kept me safe…even from the very pit of Hell!

Jesus the Christ tells us plainly, clearly, beyond the shadow of any doubt in Scripture: Everyone whom in eternity past the Father had known would accept His free gift of eternal life, and thereby declared as belonging to Me, will indeed come to Me.  My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.  No one can snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.  For I have come down from Heaven not to do My will but to do the will of My Father Who sent Me.  And this is the will of Him Who sent Me…that I shall lose none of all whom My Father has given Me, but raise them up at the Last Day.  Whoever, therefore, comes to Me I will never turn away.  My Father’s will is that everyone who looks with faith to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the Last Day. [John 10:27-29, 6:37-40] 

I proclaim to you Christ Jesus…the One Who existed from the beginning, from Eternity Past, Whom I have heard with the ears of my own inner being, and have seen with my own spiritual eyes.  I have gazed upon Him and have spiritually touched Him with my own hands.  He is the Word of Life.  His Life is continually being revealed to me; I have seen it and testify to it, and I proclaim to you that He is the One Who is Eternal Life.  He always existed with the Father, and is now continually being manifested afresh and anew to me.  I proclaim to you what I have personally seen and heard in the depths of my soul, so that you also may enjoy this same fellowship together with us.  The fellowship I continually enjoy is with the Father and with His Son, Christ Jesus.  I am writing these things so that you also may fully share together with me in this fullness of joy. [1 John 1:1-4].  It is our birth-right as a child of the Most High God!

Friends, brothers and sisters…

There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell.  You must be a born-again child of God.  I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]

If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

Holy [A video/song well worth watching and listening to]:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcx2O9WXvn8&feature=youtu.be

 

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