November 14, 2021

DIVINE SHIELD

Here I am now, at this point in time, having lived on the face of the Earth for these many years.  The incredible truth, though, is that I should have been dead 15 times that I am fully aware of over these years, and probably many other times that I am not aware of!  God had Personally intervened in my life to stay the hand of death so many, many times!  Were it not for Him, my body would be in the grave right now…but God was not willing that I should perish.  He protected my body and my soul, and kept me safe…because He still has a purpose for me.  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 the Lord, “I don’t understand, but I trust You.  I know that You make all things work together for my good.”  The Lord purposed in His Sovereignty to continually intervene in my life to stay the hand of death until that day of my salvation on October 17, 1981…and then afterwards to this day.  He was my Shield and my Protector; He watched over me, protected my soul, and kept me safe.  I would be in Hell right now if He allowed me to pass away before that date of my salvation.

On that winter evening in the ghetto of Brooklyn, they intended to kill me…but God, in His Sovereignty, overrode the evil desire of their heart and intervened on my behalf to stay the hand of death.

During that period of time in 1985, I was a youth leader for kids 5-12 years old at a Baptist church in the inner city of Brooklyn.  One of the boys…Josúe, a nine year old… lived in the ghetto about a twenty minute subway ride from the church.  Every Sunday morning I would go to his apartment to pick him up and bring him to the church for the day.  After the evening service, I would bring him back home to his apartment.  Like clock-work.  That was the problem.  I grew up in the suburbs of Long Island, and was really naive about the ways of the inner city.  It never occurred to me that a white man just doesn’t walk in and out of a ghetto on a routine, easily trackable basis…especially wearing a white ski jacket!

On this one February winter evening, Josúe and I got off at his subway station stop and proceeded to walk…as we had been routinely doing for a number of months…the one long block straight ahead, and then turn right at his street to the four story apartment building at the end of the block, on the corner, where he lived.  When we were about halfway along his side street, I was strongly impressed out of the clear blue by the Holy Spirit to “just stop and turn around.”  When I did, I saw two black youths walking about ten feet behind us.  I watched them as they walked by…kind of “whistling”, hands in pocket…and watched as they turned the corner where Josúe’s apartment building was, and out of sight.  At the time, I thought everything was just fine; later, I realized that my abrupt turn-around had caught them by surprise, which was the reason why they just walked on by.  As was the routine, Josúe called up to his mother, and she opened the window of her 4th floor apartment and threw down the key to the entrance door.  We opened the door and entered a small foyer, and began walking up a staircase of about fifteen steps toward the first landing.  About two thirds the way up, it occurred to me, “Hmmm, I didn’t hear the door close”which normally it would automatically do, and then lock behind us.  I was about 8 steps the way up the stairs to the 1st landing when I  stopped and turned to see whether the door had closed… the two black youths were in the foyer!  They had gotten to the door before it closed, and were going to wait for me behind the stairwell to come back down after dropping off the boy.  When I abruptly turned around, the one youth immediately pointed a handgun up toward my head and yelled, “Freeze!”  

Everything that happened after that can only be measured in split seconds.  No one can really know in advance of a sudden life-threatening situation like that how they will respond.  Afterwards, the police officer told me that if I did freeze in obedience to his command, I would be dead…they would have robbed and killed me as they intended.  The thought the Holy Spirit at that moment put in my mind, to say silently to myself, was an indignant, “You have some nerve!”  It was that thought given me by the Lord which would save my life.  I spun around and in one sweeping motion took hold of Josúe to begin a mad dash up the stairs!  The one with the handgun who had yelled “Freeze” fired off two shots!  I had no fear; my only thought as I began frantically pushing along, half carrying, an hysterically crying child was to get him up those flights of stairs at all-out breakneck speed to his mother’s 4th floor apartment!  She had opened the door for us as I literally dove head-first into the apartment with Josúe tucked under my arm…his mother slamming the door shut and locking it behind us!

The police recovered the two bullet slugs as evidence from the landing wall in back of where they had shot at me, and the detective told me I was very lucky!  He said they could have gotten me outside when they had first walked on by me; they could have waited outside for me to leave the building after dropping off the boy; they could have gotten inside the building without my having noticed it as I did, and waited for me to come back down the stairs; if I did freeze in fear at their command, it was sure death…a white man in their ghetto!  Being shot at…and missed…was the only way out of that situation!  Lucky?  To an unbeliever, yes.  For me, no; I knew full well that the Lord was my shield and protector, watching over me and keeping me safe.  Where it not for Him, my body would be in the grave right now.  But He knows the plans He has for me…plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me a hope and a future. [Jeremiah 29:11]  And no one can thwart His plans, hinder His purposes, or override His will!  The Lord is Sovereign All-Ruler over all Creation.

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.  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 overwhelming 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 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!

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…I was as good as dead in those two situations…until the Lord intervened on my behalf and would not permit it; He stayed the hand of death!
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 my birth-right as a child of the Most High God!

End Times Of Biblical Prophesy

Following is a powerful message from the pulpit…9th part of a new weekly 10 sermon series by Dr. David Jeremiah…proving that we are currently living in the End Times prophesied in Scripture.  I will be posting all the messages in this series as they are presented.  I HIGHLY RECOMMEND watching these video presentations.
Sunday 11/14: Jerusalem…A Biographic Prophesy: Dr. David Jeremiah. https://www.davidjeremiah.org/television/weekend?date=2021-11-13

Brothers and sisters in Christ…

The Bible warns there will be the Anti-christ…a man who proclaims to be God…who will unite the world in a one world government, with a one world financial system, and establish a one world religion.
While we cannot predict “the day or the hour,” when you put all these components together, it’s starting to look even now a lot like the beginnings of the End Times.  He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead as a visible badge to show their allegiance to their infernal lord, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the Beast or the number of his name! [Revelation 13:16-17] 

  • The vaccine mandate with its “Vaccine Passport,” without which you won’t be able to buy or sell…your kids won’t be able to attend school, you will not be allowed to go to work, or go into any store or facility open to the public, or travel anywhere, or attend any sporting events or live entertainment, or to enter movie theaters, or do anything…is the forerunner of, and preparation for, the mark of the Beast. 
  • The Global Reset with its one world government and one world financial system…now being ushered in through the on-going destruction of the Constitutional Republic of America which stood in the way of the principles and dictates of the Anti-christ…is the preparation of the way for the coming rule and reign of the Anti-christ. 

1]  End Times Prophesy: On Monday, November 15th, I will be getting back to my usual posting of our current End Times events as they continue to play out even on a daily basis.  Meanwhile,
BRACE YOURSELF.  Beloved…hold on to these words of warning from the Holy Spirit:  “Brace yourself, and tell others that I have warned them to brace themselves, for they are about to see even more shocking things.  Ready or not, Nation, here it comes!  Brace yourself on My Word and on My promises, and do not rely on your own strength.  Do not stop bracing yourselves, and don’t look back; the storm will not pass until I, the Lord, stop the storm!  Those who refuse to get ready will be wanting in the end.”

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.”

He walks with me and He talks with me:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZGa_GQR_PQ  

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