Prophecy: Forgery or Fulfillment?

God made a promise (prophesy), and you better believe that Satan was going to take advantage of it. Long before Jesus was born of a virgin, God told us that Jesus would inherit the nations of the earth.

Satan can quote scripture too you know? He spent a lot of time at God’s right hand before the fall. His whole outfit is based on taking the Word of God and twisting it into something different. He creates a cheap, deadly counterfeit for every rich and life giving original from God.


 

Jesus was getting baptized, and the second Satan heard the words ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’, it struck a cord. He remembered David writing something about that. He remembered what came next. Oh, this is when God promises to give the earth as an inheritance to His son… so he snuck on ahead. Since he knew what God had to offer, and what Jesus desired, why not try to beat them to the punch? ‘Surely, if I offer Jesus the gift first, He will take it from me?’, Satan snared.

Ps. 2:7-8 –  I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.

Matt. 3:16-17; 4:1,8-10 – When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil….  Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

The enemy will try to create confusion about your future. If you’ve received a prophecy and ever wondered what to do with it, then know that it can find it’s fulfillment through two outlets: 1) Gods way or 2) the enemies way.

A lot of times when we receive a prophecy, Satan himself will show up and say ‘All this I will give you, if you will bow down and worship me.’ It just won’t be as blunt as that. It’ll come by tempting you to do even the tiniest thing that you know is wrong. He’ll cause you to question some scripture, and coax you away from God. It’ll be so deceptive that you might even think that it is God leading you into the promise.

When God is pleased with us, He likes to give us gifts. He is pleased with you! We don’t have to earn His love; it is freely given too! But what better tactic could the enemy have, but to eavesdrop into a conversation between us and God? ‘What if I can glean what it is they truly desire from Him?’, he plots.

God is a good Father and knows our desires inside out; anything He desires to give us will be freely given. Satan, on the other hand, will use what you desire most as a temptation and a trap for you; it’ll always come with a price: your relationship to the Father. Satan will offer you anything to keep you from the Father; he’ll even give you the desires of your heart, but at a moment and a way that it will cause the most destruction.

Jesus knew what was prophesied over Him; He knew that it was God’s will to have him inherit the world. However, when His Father’s promise seemed to be finding it’s fulfillment through Satan instead of through God, Jesus wasn’t deceived.

Unfortunately, we aren’t going to see the image of the devil, a snake crawling on the ground, or a voice saying ‘worship me and I’ll give you’,  when we come to this place of temptation in our lives. We aren’t going to know for sure whether it is Satan or God, because satan can come as an angel of light, and God’s route could take us through a desert. How then can we know which is God’s way? How can we look at the prophecies that we’ve received and know the right path? After all, Jesus would’ve been set over the world if he had followed Satan too. Satan’s route didn’t require death on the cross. It was easier, but it came with strings attached: ‘Let me fulfill your desire,’ Satan tempted him.

Prov. 16:25 – There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death

More so than the fulfillment of any desire, we want you God.

Maybe it always looks like a desert route?  We have to desert every counterfeit fulfillment of the desire, then wait for God to give the real mccoy.

We need to make sure that we are always receiving our gifts through a relationship with God. Outside of a relationship with God, there is no good gift or good desire. God repeatedly tells us to ask Him for what we desire:

Ps. 2:7-8 – He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will

Matt. 7:7 – Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.


 

There are 2 ways to skin a cat, 2 ways to go at the fork in the road, and 2 ways to fulfill a promise. The first story of the Bible is there to remind us, we are all faced with a choice. Will we honor God’s ways? God isn’t keeping anything from us, He simply wants us to ask Him for the things we desire instead of going to a tree, a snake, an idol, a person, or alternate route that would lead us away from Him:

Gen. 3:1-6 – Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’? The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.

James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Stay in God’s will and His ways, always looking to Him and asking Him to fill your desires and bring about the prophecies:

Ps. 138:8 – The Lord will fulfill his purpose for you

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ACTS Prayer Model

ACTS is a popular prayer model. It’s an easy way to remember the various parts of prayer. ACTS stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.

I personally would add in Listening.. LACTS… err, maybe CLAST would be the better acronym. Clast means a fragment of rock. God is called our Rock, so this makes us ‘a chip off the old block’. 


Adoration means worship. Praise Him for who He is. God delights in your praises! Our God always hears us, but consider an earthly parent. If their child enters the room talking about how awesome their dad is, isn’t the dad going to feel honored and be moved to do anything for his child? Love on Him today.

Confession means agreeing with God about the things that you have done wrong. In this stage we take the time to quiet ourselves to reflect on the day, and express sorrow about whatever we said, thought, or acted on that was not pleasing to Him. As we recall instances, we ask God to forgive us and bless those we harmed. Likewise, we choose to forgive those who hurt us and release them to God’s judgement.

– 1 John 1:9-10 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Thanksgiving means thanking God. Thank Him for His love, protection, and provision just to name a few things. Realize that others may be in worse situations, and thank Him for all the things He has done for you.

– 1 Thes. 5:17-18 – Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you

Supplication means asking Him to meet your needs, and the needs of others. We ask Him to help situations, friends, family, leaders, nations, etc. God hears our heart’s requests, but say your prayers out loud anyway. Sometimes we are the ones that need to hear them. Prayer helps us notice when the hand of God is moving in our lives. We more easily recognize when He comes through for us, when we are focused on what we have asked Him for. Also, God gives us 7,000+ promises in the Bible. When you remind God of His promises, it causes things to happen. Pray God’s Words back to Him.

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Listening means being quiet and giving God a chance to speak and respond. God can respond in many ways if we believe God is real, then we should expect prayer to be a two-way conversation. Read the Word, search out His wisdom, listen for an unction, close your eyes and look for a vision, see if your emotions are reflecting His own. I promise to do a blog on how to hear His voice soon.

– Ps. 85:5 (ESV) – Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people


God’s promises are prophecies for your life:

Promise defined means: a declaration or ASSURANCE that one will do a particular thing or THAT A PARTICULAR THING WILL HAPPEN.

Prophecy defined means: the FORETELLING or prediction OF WHAT IS TO COME

Faith activates the Promise. Stand on His promises/prophecies for your life.

–  2 Cor.1:20 – For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Amen defined means: it is so; so be it

If you need something today, stand in faith on the promises of God, and Jesus will agree with you. The Spirit, the Amen, the breathe of God, will blow life into the situation.


Worship: We Speak to Nations, Judy Jacobs

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Creativity

Creative Christians: If you are totally abandoned to the will of God for your life, your abilities are just expressions of yourself to God. The stuff you don’t do out of strife, or competition, or as a discipline, but you do out of passion and desire for God – if someone rejects that, they are rejecting the Father.

God isn’t impressed by man, talent, or form; He is impressed with your heart. Maybe your worship style will become the form one day. You played the banjo and the fire fell, and now everyone plays the banjo; forms start from people seeking God. He’s not impressed with cds, music industry, art sales, or forms; He is impressed with the heart of His sons and daughters. Has strife and competition broken off of you, and are you free? Has rejection shut you down or do you still have a unique fingerprint?

We’re so independent in our culture, most of us can’t even choose what we like. Most people have to be told what they like. Break out of deception and realize that Father God is pleased with you, gave you freedom, creativity, and uniqueness. He loves those things, and you are not rejected by Him. Flowing, in the creative gifts He gave you, has purpose. Don’t let man shut that down. Flow creativity flow #JasonUpton

Jason Upton – teaching & worship session

Lord of the Dance


God didn’t create our bodies to respond to music so we would have something else to fight. He made us want to dance, because He wanted us to be joyous! I’m not talking about bumping and grinding, that is a perversion of what God created. The purpose of that dance is to sexually seduce. Footloose did get the Bible verses right though. The true, intended, and holy purpose of dance is to praise God radically and unabashedly! Everything is aligned with its intended purpose when it is used as a tool to love God. Dance is to 1)celebrate what He has done for you, and to 2)ask Him for what you need; it’s 3)to lift moral, because a merry heart brings life and health to the body. Dance is can teach people just as much as song or lecture. Dance is biblical, and maybe if dancing were still in every church we wouldn’t be missing an entire generation of young kids and teenagers; maybe people would wake up excited to go to church, stay longer, build community better, and leave happier

– 1 Cor. 14:26 – What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.

Choreographed dance, theatre, and the arts can show us who God is just as much as anything else. Every person should be able to show what God has given them. Dance doesn’t even have to be choreographed to happen in the church. Everyone should be able to let loose in praise, using their bodies to celebrate the God who gave it to them.

– Ps. 149:3 – Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!

– Eccl. 4:3 -A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance

– Ps. 30:11 – You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.

– Jer. 31:13 – Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.

– 2 Sam. 6:14 – And David danced before the Lord with all his might

David celebrated God's presence with dance

David celebrated God’s presence with dance

David’s wife confronted him and tried to shame him, or say it was ungodly, and he responded with:

I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.

When God delivered Israel from Egypt:

– Ex. 15:20 – Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing.

– Zeph. 3:17 – The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

– Ps. 150:4 – Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!

We celebrate marriage, and festivities, with dancing, and God wants us to do that with Him. Celebrate the God who gave you the spouse, the job, the raise, the home, the harvest, the souls. Celebrate him everyday, even when it seems like you aren’t winning. Paul & Silas praise him from prison chains and the praise set them free emotionally first, then also physically.

– Rev. 19:6-7 – And I heard something that sounded like a huge crowd, like rushing water and powerful thunder. They said, “Hallelujah! The Lord our God, the Almighty, exercised his royal power! Let us rejoice and celebrate, and give him the glory, for the wedding day of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.

Rushing water are shouts of excitement and the powerful thunder is dance? STOMP! How are you going to crush the serpents head without a stomp and a dance? Walking gets tiring, but waltzing to the destination give you something different. Joy takes you further. You don’t even realize you’re tired when you are having fun. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be dancing on my wedding day to the Lamb, and I’m gonna go’head and practice now! At church, on Friday, I grabbed up a flag, went to the back of the church, and danced. Jehovah Nissi, is my God; my Banner and my Victory.


Worship:
Stomp, by Kirk Franklin
Dance, by Jesus Culture
Shackles (Praise You), by Mary Mary


Paul & Silas sing in the prison, then an angel opens breaks off their chains

Paul & Silas sing in the prison, then an angel opens breaks off their chains

Prayer: Lord of the dance, bring back the dance! You are Lord of Lords; You are the king of celebration and joy. Help us see you as you are, break every chain of religion, and loose your people to praise you with all their mind, heart, soul, and strength (Deut.6:5); you tell us that praise looses your people from bondage. Use dance to heal, deliver, and set free every mind and body. Tear down every man made law that stands in the way of your laws. Fear of man leave, and fear of God return in Jesus name. Bring joy back to the church as we realign ourselves to your ways and see who you truly are. We may feel humiliated in our own eyes as we dance, but you exalt those who are unashamed to praise you with all their strength! You made joy to be contagious, so raise up people to dance without shame and show your people that there is freedom in You; let all those who are free from the chains of sin and death rejoice!

As our country continues to talk about black&white, slave&free issues, cause your church to lead. Where blacks were once slaves, and white free, today the tables have turned. Your beloved black church is living in freedom, and your white people are slaves to religion and man-made law. Cause a war to rise up, and people to fight for the freedom of every person. Bring your people together. Send out those who will stand for freedom, justice, equality, and tear down the lies, chains, and man-made law that hold us in bondage and keep us from praising God with every fiber of our being. No longer shall it be shameful to say ‘you dance like a white person.’ Let is now be said with the meaning, ‘Wow, your dancing has put us to shame!’ Raise up whites who are radical in praise! Bring the spirit of Africa to us. No matter if we have food, clothing, or water, make us joyful with what we have. Tear down this idol of reliance on wealth and possession, and cause us to take joy in You. When the foot taps, let the body move, and tear down this idea that skill is required. Let the people dance without care of man or level of learning.


My friend is over in Zambia, Africa changing lives and building water wells. The people there know how to celebrate God’s gift of water. Lord, bless us with this Spirit just as you blessed them with water:

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Midday as a Single Person

I am single (unmarried & not dating), but God is my husband. I was just fully settled when a light breeze closed the car door for me; slowly, and gently, but with just enough force to shut it. God is such a gentleman; the breathe, or wind, of His spirit is with us all day, and for this I say:

He is my husband;
 I am His bride.
He is my beloved,
 and I am His prize.
I am His love,
 and He is my heart.
Catch for me the foxes
 that spoil the vineyard;
 I want you to have the full harvest of my heart.
He is my gift: 
 lovely, kind, and gentle;
 He is the definition of the same love that He kindles.
When people ask me why I am single, 
 I shall say:'Have you met my husband?'
My husband is like no other;
 He is above them all.
He is strong! 
 He is mighty!
 He is my protector and song!
He supplies riches and glory to me.
 He brings home new wine
 and great joy to release.
He is patient;
 His anger never lasts more than a second.
He is altogether handsome.
 He's the full package;
 He's splendid!
He is holy set apart unto me.
 His eyes blaze with fire;
 A passion for me. 
He says His name is jealousy;
 He says He just can't get enough. 
He counts the strands of my hair;
 He numbers every tear.
He watches me as I go and as I come. 
 He can't take His eyes off me; 
 no, not even one. 
He says I'm His glorious bride, 
 without spot or blemish. 
 He sees me naked and says 'She is mine'.
His every thought is of me;
 We were destined to be together. 
He never leaves my side; 
 No matter how hard the weather. 
His promise is true, 
 He has never broken a single one. 
He is fully devoted,
 He is God's son. 
Of all His riches, 
 and all the nations who need something – 
 He puts them on hold when I speak His name. 
He loves to hear my voice;
 He says I am his most valuable jewel –
His crown and His glory. 
 His love is a very deep pool. 
No matter how busy my days get, 
 how stressed I am, he won't crack a whip.
He always takes the time to listen about my day; 
 He never puts His work or Himself above the things that I say.
He is always there to comfort and encourage;
 He gives me fresh hope, for He is my courage.
Good luck finding anyone better; 
 He is above all the rest. 
His name is Jesus; 
 Trust me – HE is the best.
He knows my every thought,
 before I have spoken a word.
He finishes my sentences
 before they are heard.
He knows me altogether;
 inside and out. 
Together we laugh at the days to come. 
 He is my anchor; We are wholly united – 
 There may be a storm, but we have no bout. 
'Home is where the heart is' 
 and my heart is in Him.
His spirit lives in me;
 In our connection there is only glee. 
 Our union is glorious beyond glorious you see. 
He pours his love out on me, 
 each and every, day and night. 
My body is His vessel; 
 I'm set apart in His sight. 
He is the prince turned king; 
 I worship Him alone.
 He calls me princess, and makes me the queen.
He calls me up as a ruler, like He; 
 He says, 'I'll give her the nations, so she 
 can judge and have power like me.'
He is my happily ever after. 
 And He's kind to every child;
 He trains, instructs, and rears. 
He guides the obedient child;
 giving them wisdom beyond their years. 
He allows the rebellious to experience 
 the consequences of their own decisions. 
Yet He goes after them with love;
 not a day should they spend in doubt.  
When they return to their senses, 
 He'll brings them out –
He'll take their punishment on himself. 
 He takes them in, restore them, never putting them on the shelf.
He takes on their consequences, 
 and forgives their sin;
 He delights when they listen and return to Him. 
He gives wonderful inheritance to every child:
 Both boy and girl are showered with gifts wild. 
They both enjoy the riches of his kingdom; 
 they have access to all the storehouses of wealth.
There is nothing that they ask
 that he wouldn't give to help;
 In Him they find all they desire. 
His name is I AM, 
 which means He's everything I need –
And today that is a husband; 
 someone to love and cherish me. 
He answers my requests so well 
 I doubt I'll ever look for another; 
God loves me so well, 
 I have no need for any other. 
In His arms is all I need;
 those same arms hold on tight to me.
Night and day, He is there for all who listen; 
 When they ask, they will see Him quicken. 
At a moments notice, everything is within grasp; 
 All you can dream, and more than you could ask. 
He never leaves; 
 no, He won't ignore. 
He doesn't fail to put the cherry on the cake;
 Hot fudge, nuts, & toppings galore. 
The most beautiful dessert 
 you could ever hope to explore! 
He is my love; 
 I'll call him names:
Like Rapha, Shammah, 
 & Nissi who reigns;
But also my prince, 
 my hero, 
 my husband, and such;
He is my God 
 and He is too much!

Worship: Let Me Love You More, by Misty Edwards

Bride of ChristThis poem is based on biblical principles. Here are the verses behind the words: Is.54:4-God is your husband; Sos.2:16-He is mine & I am His; Is.62:3-You are His crown jewel; Sos.2:15-I am His vineyard; Acts1:4-gift of the Spirit; John 4:24-God is Spirit; 1Cor.6:19-I am the temple of the Spirit; Sos.5:9-10-He is above all others & is handsome; Ps.18:2-God is strong and my protector; Job32:19-He fills me with new wine; Ps.30:5-anger lasts but a moment; Rev.19:12-His eyes blaze like fire; Ex.34:14-His name is jealous; Matt.10:30-counts my hair; Ps.56:8-catches my tears in a bottle; Ps.32:8-His eyes watch me; Eph.5:27-I am His bride without spot or blemish; 1Cor.14:25-I am naked before Him; Ps. 139:17-18-His every thought is of me; Eph.1:5-I was destined to be with Him; Deut.31:6-He will never leave me; 2Cor.1:20-He fulfills every promise; Matt.7:7-He listens to and gives me what I need; 1Cor.14:3-He comforts, encourages, and strengthens me; Ps.139:1-4-He finishes my sentences and watches me go and come; Heb.6:19-He is my anchor in the storm; Rom.5:5-He pours His love on us; 2Cor.4:7-I am a vessel for Him; Eph.1:22-Jesus is prince and king; Rev.2:26-He sets me over nations to rule with Him; Rev.20:6-We will rule with Him; James1:5-He gives wisdom; Luke15-He loves when the rebellious return home (prodigal son); Is.53:5-He took on the consequences of our bad decisions; 1John1:9-He forgives us who ask him to; Rom.8:17-we inherit the riches of God’s kingdom; Deut.28:12-we have access to the storehouse of heaven; 1John3:22-we receive everything we ask for; Sos.2:6-His arm is around me; Eph.3:20-He gives me more than I could ask or imagine; Ps.9:12-He won’t ignore us; Sos.5:16-He is altogether lovely.

– Rev. 19:6-8 – “Thanks to our God. For the Lord our God is King. He is the All-powerful One. Let us be full of joy and be glad. Let us honor Him, for the time has come for the wedding supper of the Lamb. His bride has made herself ready. She was given clean, white, fine linen clothes to wear. The fine linen is the right living of God’s people.”

– Is. 54:5 – For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name

– 1 Cor. 7:28-35,38 –  But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this. What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away. I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord… So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does better.

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Sign in the Heavens

Constellation LeoHave you looked up lately? The Jupiter & Venus conjunction will be visible around sunset for the next few nights. Is what some are calling the ‘The Star of Bethlehem’, supposed to be a sign in the heavens?

CNN: Jupiter and Venus will culminate a month-long dance with what astronomers say will be a dazzling display, appearing just a fraction of a degree apart from one another in the night sky — a show that some astronomers say could account for the ‘Star of Bethlehem’ mentioned in the Bible.

The two brightest planets in the night sky are Jupiter and Venus. I got this screen shot on my phone as they aligned over the Lion of Judah. Is this a sign of Revelations? A sign of the last days?

What some are calling ‘The Star of Bethlehem’ is said to have joined in the constellation of Aires during the birth of Jesus. The constellation is symbolized as the lamb. The Jews understood that the lamb, the Messiah, was to come into the world to save them. When they saw the super power stars align on the lamb, Aries, they may have deemed it the sign of the Messiah’s birth. They Magi understood that the lamb was meant to die, to save the world, and so they brought Myrrh among their gifts, which is used to embalm the dead.

Jesus, our lamb and Messiah, did not stay in the tomb. He rose triumphantly, and the Bible depicts Him as the Lion of Judah, who is coming back to take claim of His kingdom! As the super powers of heaven align on Leo maybe we should give thought to that.

– Gen. 1:14-16 – Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years… God made the stars… And God saw that it was good.


Let’s talk about the stars for a moment:

– Job 38:4- 7 – “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

PrismDid you know scientist have recorded the light waves of stars and converted them into music? You know vibrations create color, sound, and light. Scientists can tell how big and how hot a star is from the sound it makes. Can you image what the stars sounded like when they were bursting forth into creation? Job tells us it sounded like singing and shouting with joy!
– Ps. 96:1,11-13 – Sing to the Lord a new song. Let all the earth sing to the Lord… let the earth be full of joy. Let the sea and all that is in it make a loud noise. 12 Let the fields and all that is in them be full of joy. Then all the trees of the land will sing for joy 13 before the Lord.
– Ps. 19:1 – The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Click here to hear Louie Giglio teach & demonstrate natures voice
Some of Giglio’s message is a little corny, and altered, but it gets the point across. While we’re down here bickering about what the right way to worship is, all of creation is out doing us, simply by doing what God created it to do. Love, then, would be our highest form of worship, since that is what we were created to do.

Did you know, that just like the Bible talks about true & false teachers, true & false prophets, the true & false Christ, the true & false gospel… there is a true & false everything? Why?

God gave us freewill, and with freewill comes the ability to make a choice. There was a true & false Tree of Life in the garden. One was life found in Christ and one was based on the knowledge of good and evil, and our own ability to save ourselves.

the true and false gospel (tree)

the true and false gospel (tree)

Well, there is also a true & false Zodiac. God made the stars and said they were good. He has a good plan for the stars He created, and that plan has been perverted by other religions and sciences. The Zodiac simply means ‘the path’ or ‘the way’. From a primitive word, zoad, which comes from the Hebrew sodi, and in Sanskrit means: ‘A Way,’ ‘A Path,’ ‘A Step.’ We know that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that He is the only way to God (John 14:6). God does however mention the Zodiac in the Bible, so let’s look at the true & false purpose of the stars:

– Job 38:31-32 – Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion? Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season, or can you guide the Bear with its children?

Mazzaroth is a Hebrew word that means ‘The Constellations of the Zodiac’.

– Gen. 1:14-16 – Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years.

– Ps. 19:1-3 – The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. 

– Rom. 1:20 – For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seenbeing understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

God’s perfect purpose for the stars, and heavenly bodies, are to 1)be signs, seasons, days, and years for us, 2)to proclaim the power and glory of God, and 3)to preach the gospel message.

A sign is something that proclaims a message. The stars are not our salvation, but they do preach the gospel message. The Bible expressly, and repeatedly, condemns the perversion of the stars called astrology. The stars are not to be worshipped, they are a picture pointing to the God who is to be worshipped. The stars are not ‘The Way’, but they are a picture, ‘A Way’, to find Christ, who is The Way.

aphrodite, imhotep, dagon, baal, pentagram

aphrodite, imhotep, dagon, baal, pentagram

Many of the false gods listed in the Bible (and outside of the Bible) started from star worship: Baal (Orion in Taurus), Molech (Saturn), Ashtaroth (Venus), Tammuz (Cancer), Dagon (Pisces), Chemosh (Saturn). Aphrodite (Venus), witchcraft (hexagram), FreeMasons (Eastern Star), Osiris (Orion), Imhotep (Ophiuchus in Scorpio). The Bible says:

– Gal. 1:8-9 – But even if we or an angel(star) from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

– Deut. 18:9-12 – When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God.


the southern cross

the southern cross

There is rampant perversion of God’s creation, but God still tells us that there is a true, God-given purpose for the stars. God says the stars proclaim His message; and that is the message I would like to present to you now:

– Ps. 147:4 – He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.

Back to the beginning of this blog post, I posed the question: The two brightest planets in the night sky are Jupiter and Venus. I got this screen shot on my phone as they aligned over the Lion of Judah. Is this a sign of Revelations? A sign of the last days? Let’s look!

Leo, the Lion, in Hebrew, Arabic, Coptic, & Syriac means, ‘He that Rends, That Tears Asunder’. The Lion represents the King of Kings. Jesus was the Lamb of God, who meekly and humbly laid down His life to save the world, but at His second coming He will come in great power and glory. The Lion of the tribe of Judah.

The chief star, situated in the lion’s breast, whence its mighty paws proceed, bears the name of Regal, which means ‘The Treading Underfoot.’

– Ps. 91 – The dragon shalt thou trample underfoot

Some of the other stars in Leo are:
Denebola, which means ‘The Judge,’ ‘ The Lord Who Cometh Quickly’
Zosma, meaning ‘The Shining Forth,’ the ‘Epiphany’
Mincher al Asad, meaning in Arabic ‘The Punihsing’ or ‘Tearing of Him Who Lays Waste’
Al Defera, meaning ‘The Putting Down of the Enemy’

A clear picture of Christ’s soon and final judgement.


Lion of Judah treads on that age old serpent. The cup of wrath is poured out and the birds of the air devour the corpse

Lion of Judah treads on that age old serpent. The cup of wrath is poured out and the birds of the air devour the corpse

Hydra is a great serpent. We see Leo trampling him underfoot in the heavens. This reminds of the ‘protevangelism’, or the first presentation of the gospel:

– Gen. 3:15 – And I will make you and the woman hate each other, and your seed and her seed will hate each other. He will crush your head, and you will crush his heel.

The stars in Hydra are again simply a showing that Christ will destroy the head of the serpent, the seed of the serpent.

The great Serpent was first seen at the center of the ecliptic. One of the stars in Draco, The Dragon, was originally the Pole Star located at the very center. This represents Satan in the Garden of Eden and Hydra represents his being thrown out. Hydra is positioned outside of the great circle of the ecliptic. He is about to be finally destroyed by Christ and cast into utter and final darkness.

The dragon was in the middle of the garden, but he was cast out. That age old serpent will be bound for eternity

The dragon was in the middle of the garden, but he was cast out. That age old serpent will be bound for eternity

Hydra means ‘He Is the Abhorred.’

Some stars in Hydra are:
– The brightest star, located in the neck of the monster, called Al Phard, meaning ‘The Separated,’ ‘The Excluded,’ ‘The Put Out of the Way’. The Bible tells us that he (Satan) will be bound with great chains and cast into a bottomless pit.
Minchir al Sugia, meaning ‘Tearing to Shreds of the Deceiver’. The Bible often says Satan is the deceiver.

With Hydra, we see two items placed on his back: 1)The Crater, The Cup, and 2)Corvus, The Raven.

Crater, The Cup:
– Rev. 14:10-11 – he will drink of the wine of the anger of God. It is mixed in full strength in the cup of God’s anger. They will be punished with fire and burning sulphur in front of the holy angels and before the Lamb. 11 The smoke of those who are being punished will go up forever. They have no rest day or night. It is because they have worshiped the wild animal and his false god and have received the mark of his name.
– Ps. 11:6 – He will send down fire upon the sinful. Fire and sulphur and burning wind will be the cup they will drink.
– The cup is fixed right on the back of the serpent, Hydra. In fact, 2 of the stars that make up the cup are also a part of the Serpent.

Corvus, The Raven (the back of the serpent):
– Prov. 30:17 – The eye that mocks a father, that scorns an aged mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley
– 1 Sam. 17:46 – Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!
– Rev. 19:17-18 – Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in mid-heaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.”
– Rev. 19:21 – The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider (Christ) on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.
– This is a clear depiction of Armageddon.


– Rom. 1:20 – For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

To find out more about the true gospel of the stars:
The Gospel in the Heavenlies – YouTube
The Real Meaning of the Zodiac – YouTube
The Real Meaning of the Zodiac, by Dr. James Kennedy – Book

Worship:
Stars In The Sky, by Kari Jobe
People Get Ready, by Misty Edwards
Days of Elijah, by Judy Jacobs

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The Right Way to Worship?

I was already working on this post and then my pastor did his Sunday service on the topic! What a jerk… j/k. He is great. Hear his message here or read my short spill. I first learned this in middle school from a cheesy song, called 7 ways 2 Praise, by an artist named Carmen. If you want a laugh, here’s a link to his song.


I’ve jumped around and visited a lot of dominations over the years and what I noticed was:

  • The Methodists like bowing their hearts in silence; judging clapping.
  • The Baptists like instruments; judging raised hands.
  • The Church of Christ like singing; judging instruments.
  • The non-denominationals like to raise their hands; judging bowing.

Personally, I’m most comfortable with bowing my heart in reverence. But which of these is the right way? Remember that our goal is to follow Jesus, not denominations or the traditions of men. Let’s look at how the original language of the Bible describes worship.


The Hebrew language is more advanced than English, so translation in our Bibles is not always the best description of what is truly being described. In the original Hebrew, the word worship has seven different words to our one word. 

1. Halel – to rave, boast, celebrate
(these 3 definitions being defined as wild, extravagant, furious or boisterous sound and dance, so that everyone knows about it; praise for the fulfillment of a promise)

2. Yadah – to acknowledge in public; with extended hands
(this is raising your hands in worship; the act of acknowledging God in your conversations, by acknowledging God’s extended hand in your life; or reaching out, giving, to someone in need)

3. Barak – to bless by kneeling
(an outward sign of an inward expression; a way to outwardly express surrender or reverence to a mightier power; being humble and always giving glory to God)

4. Zamar – making music to God with instruments; striking with the fingers
(this is worship with instruments and voice through hymns, songs and poems to encourage one another in God’s truths, and give praise to God; using our talents for his glory)

5. Shabach – to address in a loud tone; to shout
(a loud and overpowering outward sign that you know your God is good and that He will keep his promises; bursting forth with testimony)

6. Towdah – to lift hands in adoration, or acceptance, or thanks for things not yet received; or even a confession, or sacrifice
(like a child lifts his hands, asking a parent to hold them, out of desire to be closer; to adore, or to give thanks; a sacrifice of praise; sacrificing self to follow his laws) 

7. Tehilah – exuberant singing; singing of halel’s; hymns of the spirit
(worship that is unrestrained by practice, memorization, or old songs. worship that flows up, out of your heart, because of what he has done for you)


So which of these is the right way to worship?
Any of them! As long as you are worshipping God, you are good! But all seven of these are ways that God gives us to praise him, so why wouldn’t we hear him and use them all? Do we love our spouse, or friends, with just one love language? No! We love them with gifts, words of encouragement, acts of service, quality time, and physical touch. They need all of these; and if we truly love our spouse, we are willing to do all of these in the name of love. Why then would we hold back any form of love or worship for our God? You can take this love language test and find out what ways you predominantly show love to your spouse and others, but that doesn’t mean that we never show the other forms of love to them. It’s okay for a person (or denomination), a part of Christ’s body, to be better at a specific function than another, but we all need to be able to work together in unity, and accept that each of these ways is correct, and learn to grow into them and worship God in all the ways he wants.

“love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strengthThis is the first commandment.” – Mark 12:30

Can we love God with all our strength by bowing, or by singing alone? No. Let us make God our victor, not some football team on Saturday. This is the one and only command: Love God. Loving others is not something we can do, until we love God. All the commands of God are summed up in this one: Love Him first.


Biblical Proof:

– Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship (barak) before the Lord. Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised (yadah) the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice (shabach). – 2 Chron. 20:18-19

– Praise (zamar) him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. – Ps. 150:3-5

– Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp (zamar)! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise (zamar) You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations. – Ps. 57:8-9

– Come, everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God (shabach) with joyful praise! – Ps. 47:1

– Cry aloud and shout for joy (shabach), O inhabitant of Zion, For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel. – Is. 12:6

– Come, let us worship and bow down (barak). Let us kneel before the Lord (barak) our maker – Ps. 95:6

– … Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise (tehillah) instead of the spirit of fainting, So they shall be called oaks of righteousness… – Is. 61:3

– I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise (tehillah) shall continually be in my mouth. – Ps. 34:1

Now when they began to sing and to praise (tehillah), the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. – 2 Chron. 20:22

– Sing to the Lord a new song (tehillah), for he has done marvelous things – Ps. 98:1
– Sing to the Lord a new song (tehillah); sing to the Lord, all the earth. – Ps. 96:1
– Sing to the Lord a new song (tehillah), his praise from the ends of the earth – Is. 42:10

– Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark (of the covenant promise)… When the trumpets sounded (zamar), the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout (shabach), the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. – Josh. 6:2-4,20

– One generation shall praise (shabach) your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. – Ps. 145:4 

– Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God (shabach) with the voice of triumph! – Ps. 47:1

– So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouts (shabach), with the sounding of rams’ horns and trumpets, and of cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps (zamar). – 1 Chron. 15:28

– and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise (towdah) into the house of the Lord – Jer. 33:11

– Let them sacrifice thank offerings (towdah) and tell of His works with songs of joy (zamar). – Ps 107:22

– Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving (towdah). – Ps. 147:7

– Let us come before Him with thanksgiving (towdah) and extol him with music and song (zamar). – Ps. 95:2

– I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands (yadah). – Ps. 63:4

– As long as Moses held up his hands (yadah), the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. – Ex. 17:11

– Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with joyful shouting (shabach), to the sound of horns, trumpets, and cymbals, and the music of harps and lyres (zamar). But as the ark of the covenant of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal, daughter of Saul, looked down from her window, and when she saw King David leaping and dancing – 1 Chron. 15:28-29 (We are the new ark; we now hold the spirit of God in us. Our body is the temple. Music is used to bring up the praise and worship thats held within us)

– Make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him! Talk of all His wondrous works (yadah)! – 1 Chron. 16:8-9

– After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God – Rev. 19:1

– The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down (barak) and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: Amen (so be it), Hallelujah (praise God)! – Rev. 19:4

– God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. – John 4:23 & 24 (no longer just with an outward sign of praise, but with the inward change brought on by the holy spirit)

 I appeal to you therfore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. – Rom. 12:1 (there is a physical way to worship and a spiritual way to worship)

– May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5

– be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another with Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. – Gal. 5:18-20 (as always, the spiritual is more important than the physical. The goal is to worship God with our hearts and our lives, as a living sacrifice. Worshipping God first with your strength, mind, and soul, keep moving the worship up and into your heart)


How do we praise God?

  • with others
  • with the spirit of God in you
  • with everyday life
  • with rehearsed song
  • with new song
  • with sacrifice
  • with instruments and voice
  • with every part of your being (clapping, dancing, talents, job, everything!)