Repent and be saved

3:00 p.m. Thursday October 21, 2021. 72F/22C.

The day is warm and sunny. Only a few thin clouds drift across the western mountain. The honey locust trees are waving their branches as if some unseen person was using them to fan the property where the cabin sits. One large bird clucks repeatedly off to the north. No other bird answers. A fat brown cat sleeps snugly in a nest of fallen leaves. The air is cool and sweet. A few bugs buzz around the porch. The sights and sounds will be enjoyed until winter blasts her cold breath over all.

The book of Ezekiel, chapter fifteen

Abba Father, I humbly ask that you carefully strengthen us in heart, in spirit, in body and in our knowledge of your word. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Ezekiel told of another time that the Lord spoke to him.

And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?

God asked Ezekiel a rhetorical question. What is the wood of a vine in comparison to trees? Or even in comparison to branches?

Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? Or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?

Can a craftsman use the wood of the vine to make hard goods? Can a man make a peg out of it to hang his things on?

Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work?

When the wood of a vine is cast into fire, the ends catch fire first. Then the middle glows. Can the wood of the vine be used for any work then? No, only hardward is sought after, even for charcoal.

Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it and it is burned?

God’s questions to Ezekiel remind me of a similar analogy given to Isaiah over a century earlier. In Isaiah 5:7, God explains who the vine is:

For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.

Anyone who knew the prophecy of Isaiah, already knew that the men of Judah were the vine.

God was repeatedly telling Ezekiel that he was about to destroy Judah and Jerusalem. He looked for the people to pass judgment on the wicked and instead, they oppressed the victims. He looked for the people to live righteously, but their victims cried out for justice.

Life in the hollow, Thursday

While constructing the plastic bubble of a greenhouse yesterday, I needed to cut a metal tube. Apparently, my son has my pipe cutter. So, I used a hacksaw on the pipe.

I had suddenly gotten clumsy and was fussing at myself in unnecessary ways. In fact, something just felt like a spiritual attack.

As soon as that hacksaw slipped and blood began to flow from my thumb, I knew I shouldn’t have held my hand so close. BUT something interesting happened right after that.

I stopped and said out loud, “I repent. In the name of Jesus, I repent. Whatever I’ve done to insult you Lord God, show me and allow me to correct my error. I repent.”

The cut stopped bleeding within a couple of seconds. I went in and washed the wound in peroxide. Oddly, most of the wound closed up in front of my eyes. I stuck a bandage on it for the rest of the day anyway. Today, I don’t even remember which hand the cut was on.

God desires repentance from his people. This is the second time I’ve seen this sort of healing. The first time was a wound from a burn. I repented and saw healing in front of my eyes.

God is moving in amazing ways. I don’t know for sure if we are in the last days or simply a foreshadow of them. But as such odd things happen, I become more confident that God desires to see a remnant of his people repent of our wicked ways, be healed, and be saved from his wrath.

The righteous are comforted by righteousness

My new greenhouse kind of looks like a ripe puffball

7:15 p.m. Wednesday October 20, 2021. 68F/20C.

The forest is alive with the faraway sounds of dogs barking and the close by jingle of crickets chirping. Birds have settled down for the night. The roar of engines has ceased. Green leaves on the tall trees are lingering. These are in no hurry to change color and drop to the forest floor. Tiny daisies bloom near the ground. One round mushroom, about the size of a hand, has grown up and turned brown without being picked. It will soon send spores into the air. Out by the dirt road, the storm water trench is inspected. Both coarse and fine sand is noted. This is good, as it will provide coarse sand for water filtering when it is dug out. The aroma of the trees is still sweet. A day of preparations for winter comes to an end.

The book of Ezekiel, chapter fourteen

Abba Father, I humbly beseech thee to reveal the secrets within your word, the Bible. I ask for strength and wisdom for all your people to make it through the coming days. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

God established through his messages to Ezekiel that he would judge each inhabitant of Judah and Jerusalem based upon an inspection of each person. God said that even if Noah, Daniel and Job were in the land, they could save no person but themselves. God named four punishments that would come. The first two were famine and noisome beasts. The third was attack by an enemy.

Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it:

Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.

God described himself as calling to the sword and telling it to attack. The fourth punishment was pestilence or widespread illness.

Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast:

Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.

For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?

God equated pestilence with bloodshed. This seems odd, and I have no answer unless the disease he sent caused bleeding.

He told this to Ezekiel, whom he called “son of man” or “human being”. It may also be noted that in chapter eleven, when Ezekiel saw one of God’s punishments strike an elder in Jerusalem, he fell to the ground and cried, “Ah Lord God! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel?”

God next reassured Ezekiel that there would remain a remnant. Ezekiel might have been called simply “human being”, but God was caring about his anxiety, and about his grief.

Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.

Men and women would join Ezekiel in exile. While king Nebuchadnezzar may have thought he was choosing who would live and who would die, it was really God guiding his hand.

Ezekiel would be comforted when he would see the last wave of the exiles.

And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD.

The last wave of exiles would be the faithful. Only the wicked would be left behind to be punished.

Life in the hollow, Wednesday

For two days, I have been replacing a collapsed plastic greenhouse. I’m not real pleased, but it is close to done. It now sits atop my porch and it appears as a big plastic bubble on the side of the cabin. I had imagined a sleek slanted modern greenhouse that I could easily step out into and pick herbs. I built a big white bubble. It kind of looks like a bullfrog’s throat when he gets ready to croak. Yep.

But I believe we are headed for famine in our world, and I’d better figure out why I have such a brown thumb and fix it. I need to at least try to grow food.

The fat brown cat likes sleeping in it, so I guess I did well. I’ll be comforted when I know all the people our world have turned from all wicked ways and cried out to Jesus.

This is a puffball. They kind of look like my greenhouse

When life is waning

Pictures never quite do justice to the layers of small places, sunlit and shaded, in the forest

10:15 a.m. Monday October 18, 2021. 59F/15C.

The patterns made by sunlight streaming through the leaves are stunning this morning. Despite a half dozen passes by the jet planes, the air is clean and puts energy into steps. A few stones larger than pebbles, have dislodged and slid down the eastern ridge onto the dirt road. These flat-topped 2” deep stones will make excellent footpaths around the cabin. But a smaller stone is chosen for its glossy white surface and sharp-edged flatness. It is cool and smooth and fits nicely in the hand. Tall trees hold onto their leaves. They are less green than in the summer. Only a few are showing red or yellow. A big woodpecker sets off its rapid fire knocking on the eastern ridge. Another answers off to the south with its odd clucking sounds. A turkey caught between the two chatters loudly. The air beneath the gum tree has not lost all of its sweetness, but like the essence of all life, it does wane.

The book of Ezekiel, chapter fourteen

Abba Father, I commit my life to you from my position among the people of the bride of Jesus. Please open the meanings in your word, the Bible, as we read today. Amen.

God decreed four kinds of desolation that he might use in lands that sin against him. The first was the breaking of the staff of bread, or in other words, famine. The second was a stampede of beasts. The elephant and a large wild ox were known to the ancient people, although in Ezekiel’s day, these became rare. With only a little imagination, a migrating herd of such animals could be seen to destroy several cities, villages and farms.

Throughout each act of punishment, God stated that each individual would be judged according to the contents of their hearts. He listed Daniel, Noah and Job as three of the most righteous men that lived. Even if all three lived in the land, the land would not be spared.

If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts:

Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.

Salvation would be impossible then, for a sinner who saw God’s wrath coming and quickly hired on at a righteous man’s household. The sinner would still be destroyed and the righteous man would be saved.

God would see to it that each human was judged according to the content of their own heart.

Life in the hollow, Monday

I’m constructing a new greenhouse to replace one that collapsed. We’ll see how this one holds up. There is much to learn about living out here. Much that I do is dependent upon hearing the voice of God’s Spirit and sometimes by setting out a fleece to make sure that it’s him.

I made a note yesterday to drive into town today. “Do not make plans. For you do not know if tomorrow will come.” “Rise in the morning and ask me.”

So, after prayer today, I asked if I should go into town. “Write for me,” was his response.

Sometimes I catch myself sinning and it gives me a needed adrenaline rush to get back to being one of the bride of Christ. And the next words I heard were, “Lest you sin, keep watch over your heart. Carry with you, the scriptures, at all times.”

I pondered how does a person go to pick up groceries with a Bible in their hand? “Put them in your heart.”

Oh! Sometimes I take things too literally.

I’m fasting today, but not from food. My leaning toward diabetes seems to have made fasting a near impossibility. So, I’m fasting from internet videos and games. That’s my favorite evening, wind-down activity. I’ve replaced it with a podcast or two and some Bible reading.

The first night of the fast, I slept like a baby.

Wow. What a wonderful gift!

All this work and fasting and introspection is because my nation, the USA, seems to be flushing itself down a sewer. I’m asking God to expose the massive corruption within government and media before he lets go with his wrath against us.

You see, there are among us, individuals who only listen to the television or newspaper or social media. Of the people I know who will not research the issues, each are reacting to fear. Fear acts as a dense fog that clouds their ability to see all that is happening.

We’ll see if God likes the idea of exposing corruption to save my loved ones and others. But for now, this small but repetitive, kowtowing to evil is causing the essence of many lives to wane.

God inspects each heart

Looking for mushrooms…

10:00 a.m. Sunday October 17, 2021. 55F/13C.

The cool air chills old fingers. They gently touch the top of a nettle leaf. They wrap a clump of nettle leaves around the stem and snap the stem, collecting the pristine leaves. The air is fresh today, clean and pure. It bears a sweet aroma. Trees are very slowly becoming more pale green and yellow than deep green. The morning sunlight creates well-defined patterns with leafy edges on the sandy ground. A dog barks excitedly off to the south. Within a few minutes a single gunshot can be heard. Even slow moving armadillos of the forest are reasonably safe around the neighbor who usually misses.

The book of Ezekiel, chapter fourteen

Abba Father, I humbly beseech thee to open our hearts and let us learn your word. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

God began explaining to Ezekiel the basics of how and when he judged.

The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,

Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it.

Famine was the first of four judgments on the wicked nations that God spoke about. The word “land” in that verse could also mean nearly all of the people of a nation. God always left a small remnant of faithful people.

God began to explain that one person’s salvation, would not save his next of kin.

Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.

But if Daniel, Noah and Job had lived in a land that God condemned on account of its wickedness, those three men would only save their own lives. Their spouses and children could not be saved by the man’s righteousness. Their spouses and children could only be saved by their own righteousness.

God was inspecting each individual heart.

Life in the hollow, Sunday

I’m still praying over and reading about the role of prophecy and prophets in our day. And I do believe that modern day prophets exist.

I ask to be forgiven.

The role of a prophet changed radically with the appearance of Jesus on earth. Also, the nature of sacrifice changed radically. But what else could we expect when God put on flesh and walked among us? That’s hard enough to even imagine! Yes, Jesus lived and everything changed radically.

The Jerusalem temple is gone. We are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwells in us. Compared to the ancients, God’s Spirit is extraordinarily easy for the Christian to access.

In other words, we could ALL prophesy! However, we are not ALL prophets.

God has repeatedly taught me through his Holy Spirit to never add rules to his words and commandments. Some truths are simply noticed to be true in general.

I’ve learned not to adopt any rule that limits God. This includes rules about modern day prophecy, about the rapture, about praying in tongues, about being always saved, all of it.

God deals with me according to what is in my heart. I will do my best to never add rules, even those which prove generally true. I will do my best not to leave out anything discomforting.

Lord Jesus, while there is time, let your glory shine in internet discussions, where more people can be saved by witnessing our enthusiasm for you.

Extreme protection needed

1:30 pm Saturday October 16, 2021. 65F/18C.

A cool breeze blows across the property where the cabin sits. Every leaf of the forest is in motion. The meadow grasses are getting longer as they revive from their once a year mowing. They too bow and straighten ever so slightly in green waves. The trees in contrast are more yellow than they were this time last week. Last night was the first night of cold for the season. The air is still sweet, but not as sweet as it was in the summer. Back in the cabin, five nettle leaves are placed in a pan with water. As the room fills with the scent of tea, a vehicle can be heard to move slowly along the dirt road. Life in the hollow is slow today.

The book of Ezekiel, chapter fourteen

Abba Father, I humbly beseech thee to grant us your wisdom as we read your holy word, the Bible. Let me learn. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen

In chapter fourteen, some elders of the Jewish community sat before Ezekiel and asked him to inquire of the Lord on their behalves. But the Lord was not pleased with being just another god on their spiritual tour. The elders had worshiped idols before consulting Ezekiel and God knew it. He knew that they held onto idolatry at the core of their lives. Their days were scheduled around the needs of their idols, not around worship of God.

God instructed Ezekiel to let them know that each individual idol worshiper would be addressed by almighty God, and not by the prophet. If any man came to the prophet after worshiping idols, his name would become synonymous with idolatry and his life would end.

God was angry.

And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

It took a little while for that verse to make sense. I consulted a commentary because I just could not understand. My best guess is this: All prophets were to speak God’s words and only God’s words. If the person doing the inquiring some how managed to convince the prophet to negotiate with God so that he could continue in sin, then God would allow the negotiation and deal with them in a type of deceit that would match their deceit. Then he would destroy both prophet and inquirer. Both would suffer.

And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him.

That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord GOD.

Such an act of deceit against God would be sufficient to remove both from among God’s chosen people. One error could ruin a good thing for everybody. God seemed very jealous on behalf of his chosen people in the book of Ezekiel. He protected the people from the iniquity of the wicked, even at the expense of the life of the prophet.

Wow. God was extreme in his protection of a remnant of faithful people.

Life in the hollow, Saturday

When I began chapter fourteen, God gave me a short vision that I did not understand, and perhaps it is becoming more clear: A man guided me gently, kindly and graciously near a ravine full of trash. Then he callously pushed me in. He then turned and brushed the dust from himself and left.

I am a story teller at heart. I always have been. I have to check myself frequently to make sure I am not exaggerating the bad or making the good prettier than it really is.

And God has never asked me to be an evangelist or a prophet or a preacher or a teacher. He has only asked me to write.

And here comes the problem: I’m a story teller with a love for Jesus. If Ezekiel is an example, then exaggerations have no part in my relationship with Christ.

Ezekiel presents a picture of only one aspect of a very complex and beautiful God. But this seems consistent about him throughout the Bible: He wants honesty and faithfulness from those who wish to serve him. Don’t add society’s polite social morals to what he asked, and don’t leave any truth out of his word.

Trying to understand God’s signs

I’ll keep it.It grew out of composting. Apple? Avocado? I’ll keep it.

1:45 p.m. Thursday October 14, 2021. 80F/26C.

The odd call of some forest animal can be heard off to the north. At best, it says, “waroink! Waroink! Har har har.” and then it follows its short speech by striking a tree trunk repeatedly. Its voice is high pitched and carries well. It may be a woodpecker or it may be a mammal. Such animals stay hidden so very well!

The book of Ezekiel, chapter fourteen

Abba Father, I humbly beseech thee to hear our hearts’ desires to know you more closely. Please speak to our hearts as we read your words in the Bible. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Some elders, community leaders, of the house of Israel sat before Ezekiel, to ask him to inquire of the Lord for them. But the Lord saw their sin of idolatry when he looked upon them. He instructed Ezekiel to tell them that he would respond to their inquiries in accordance to how many idols they kept and worshiped at the core, at the heart, of their daily lives. God would inspect each one individually.

That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Most of what I’ve read in the Old Testament were messages for the community at large. If a leader sinned, the people who followed were also viewed as sinners. This word to Ezekiel set a new thing in motion. God saw each individual, according to what was in each heart, the core of their daily lives.

Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself:

And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

I love the language of the KJV. It was written before we watered down the meanings of some words and replaced their meanings with others. God said repent twice with “repent and turn”. Why? Because he was saying to repent of both idolatry and wickedness. In the book of Ezekiel, those two sins seem interconnected. “The heart” indicated human emotions, but also the center of anything. “The heart” was anything they structured their daily lives around.

Everybody, the Lord said, had separated their own selves from God. Each time they did something wicked, or worshiped an idol, they backed away further and further from God. When Ezekiel became a prophetic sensation among the exiles, they all claimed to belong to God and flocked to Ezekiel.

God warned those who were placing idol worship first in their lives. God would be against the idol worshipers, even to the point of making their foolishness remembered well after their death.

Note: It’s true! God can do that! When I eat poppy seeds on top of a pastry, I actually do remember a foolish man – wicked Haman from the story of wise and beautiful Esther in the Bible. Haman was born during the era of this prophecy of Ezekiel.

So, for every individual who put idols first and God second, for each of those who came to the prophet, God would deal with directly. God would be against that person. God would “cut him off”.

Cutting off also has another meaning – that of cutting a body into pieces and using it to prove a covenant.

God was not joking around with these people.

Life in the hollow, Thursday

When my phone rings, (and I have one of those huge old loud things that sit on a shelf and would never fit in our pockets), it is usually a wrong number or some creditor searching for a local scam artist.

For the past two weeks, I’ve received calls for Janis Solomon. She owes money. What struck me as odd was that Janis Solomon was the same as two names, side by side on my prayer list. So, if you read names on my prayer list in rapid succession, you would see Janis Solomon. That’s who they asked for.

Well, it irritated me that I got a call once a day for some random two names on my prayer list and I finally chewed out a caller and requested my number be removed. It wasn’t removed. The calls kept coming.

Have you ever had this happen? If so, let me recommend that you use the aggravation to remember to drop to your knees and pray for the people by name. I just hope I can remember this. I was stunned to go into town and find that bright and healthy Solomon had died and Janis looked like the world was on her shoulders.

And THEN the calls stopped.

They were two random people whom I had met in a store. I just had a heart for them, so I added them to my prayer list.

I’m stunned. Not only by seeing life taken so rapidly, but by the daily reminder of their names.

The path to discover God

11:00 a.m. Thursday October 14, 2021. 74F/23C.

Large birds are active this morning. Last night’s rain must have brought up some grub living just below the surface. They screech and cackle and laugh, according to the way each species expresses joy in the hunt. The air is cool and deep breathing is a joy. The sweet gum still provides the best aroma of all the trees on this property. Acorns litter the ground. A mental note is made to come back out with a sack and collect some for flour. Small stones that tumbled onto the property during the rain are retrieved and moved to the pathway that leads to the cabin. They are cool and gritty in the hand. Back in the cabin the aroma of spices make a pleasant greeting. It is time to pick some nettle and have some tea and read God’s word.

The book of Ezekiel, chapter fourteen

Abba Father, I humbly beseech thee to keep us humble, keep us in your mercy and favor. Lord, we desire to know your word, the Bible. Teach us in your magnificent way, I ask. And I pray in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

Certain community leaders, elders, came to Ezekiel to ask him to inquire of the Lord on their behalves. God had another opinion. Based upon the Hebrew words that God choose, he wanted Ezekiel to speak down to the men. He saw that they had recently worshiped idols and simply put away the idols and (possibly wooden poles in their homes or charms in their pockets) and then went to see Ezekiel.

Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

When God said “say unto them” the words he used were closer to “call them out”. The Lord instructed Ezekiel to speak his name. Ezekiel was to speak down to them and call them out saying, “The Lord YHWH is saying this”.

What the Lord said then was similar to: Every man who stands before his “log” (the Lord’s word for an idol), putting his log at the heart of his daily life, is keeping a perverted obstacle in front of his own face, and can hardly see the prophet whom he seeks out. I, YHWH, will answer the seeker in accordance with how many logs he keeps.

The Lord would deal with each person, individually, according to the quantity of perversity in each life. God wasn’t just talking about a picture or a charm that the men didn’t know was an idol, although those were certainly included. He was speaking about how all his chosen people had placed their idols at the core of their lives.

Rumors traveled. Daniel and his three friends were living in the city of Babylon, stopping their work for the king at the exact times of day that worship would be conducted at the temple. They stopped, prayed, worshiped and went back to serving the king. God set those men in the king’s palace on purpose. The people had them as an example.

But many chose idols instead. It would be Ezekiel’s job to call them out.

Life in the hollow, Thursday

I’m so glad God is taking me through the book of Ezekiel. I was agitated when I covered the prophecies on the false prophets. But a lot of study and a little encouragement broke through that. However, I could not put the subject to rest in my heart.

I don’t usually do this, but a comment by G.W. ( led me down a further Bible study, which brought a sense of completion. His teaching seems a good way to wind up all the examinations of false prophets. His comments follow:

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

Hebrews 1:1-2

Jesus was the last prophet sent by God. It doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t speak to His own individually. On this I agree with you. But most often it is personal communication for our own information. We may or may not share it with others. Modern prophets I discount out-of-hand as far as being “prophets.” You mentioned some as “story tellers.” Yes, I like that term.

Not contrasting but bringing Hebrews 1 and acts 2:17 together means anyone who claims to give a prophetic word must claim the word of God (Jesus) in accordance. Usually this is meant by preaching His word. But not always. It can be for the benefit of the of the one to whom it is given, also. But never will it contradict (Neither add, nor detract from) the bible. In Acts 2 Peter’s emphasis is on the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on all believers in Christ (Born Again) as the sign of being in the last days with the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus (His completed work of salvation for the chosen).

Peter said in Acts 2 quoting Joel 2:28, “…I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.” These could/would include you and I, not just the ones who claim to have a special gift or call of God who may or may not call themselves “prophets.” Too often, these modern day “prophets” who want attention remind me of the false prophets of the OT.

Having said that, you have done well in diagramming those who claim to prophesy may be legitimate or not. But as for me, I find that group distractions from the most meaningful issue of being in the last days.

This is why I write. I do not write to be an expert, but to spur thought and increase everyone’s desire (especially my own) to love and obey our God through belief in his only begotten son Jesus.

When sin is blocking the view

Keeping an eye on the state of the wilderness

11:00 a.m. Wednesday October 13, 2021. 78F/25C.

The forest is warm. A strong wind is blowing against the treetops. Bugs flee one weed and hide under another as feet stir up the soil. A storm is brewing but the forest trees still bear a bitter and sweet green aroma. A storm is brewing but there is no scent of rain. A storm is brewing, but here on the ground everything remains as it was yesterday.

The book of Ezekiel, chapter fourteen

Abba Father, it is out of weariness that I request your peace, your favor and your mercy to fall down on your people. As we read your word, the Bible, please grant us the privilege of knowing you in a greater way. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Ezekiel’s reputation as a prophet grew each time God gave him one of the unusual prophecies to deliver. Men “sat” before Ezekiel. In other words, they came to Ezekiel to ask for God’s opinion of their situations. As if they expected Ezekiel to be a fortune-teller.

God was still angry at the Jewish people.

Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.

And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?

Jewish men came and sat before Ezekiel, as if on a spiritual journey to see a master. God leaned toward earth and told Ezekiel about their spiritual journey. For them, seeing Ezekiel was simply a leg of the journey that began with climbing a hill to worship Asherah poles. None of the men had repented of idol worship. It was no wonder they needed Ezekiel to inquire of God for them. They couldn’t see God because their sins stood in the way.

They were disrespectful. They knew God’s hatred of idols. On that day, they treated YHWH as simply another god for the tourist to go see.

Our God is God. They were about to find out how broad God’s knowledge was.

Life in the hollow, Wednesday

The closest town to the cabin is a haven of hillbilly tourism. Every time I drive down one major street, I see this man carving statues from large tree trunks, with a chainsaw. I’m not joking. He carves with a chainsaw. The sculptor has filled a paved corner lot with totem poles, horses and carved benches. When I turned the corner yesterday, a wooden sasquatch was staring into the truck, straight at me. It gave me an uneasy feeling. The day went downward from there.

Everybody I saw at various businesses in town was drained from Covid or deaths or financial burdens.

Listen up demon, we are the people united by faith in Jesus. In Jesus’ name I bind and cast out any and all curses, vexes, hexes, spells or charms. I say to all demonic spirits to leave us now! And one more for you – I speak a blessing on the human sender of the curse, that he or she may be blessed with repentance and faith in almighty God.

I stand. Our God is God.

God’s people don’t need magic

Nettle on the left. Raspberry on the right. Both will be boiled into an anti-allergy tea.

2:00 p.m. Tuesday October 12, 2021. 80F/27C.

Every once in a while it is an extra long walk just to go to the dirt road. Today is one of those days. A long pause is taken where the sunlight reaches the path back to the cabin. Direct sunlight brushes the shoulders with warmth. Skies are mostly blue today, with spots of dense white clouds. The clouds travel north-northeast with some speed. Again today, it is not the usual direction for upper level winds to blow. Trees are busy dropping acorns, hickory nuts and brown leaves. In the cabin, the fat brown cat rises to find a different sleeping position. A few large birds squawk out their conversations. A few spiderwebs dangle from the trees. A few tiny white daisies bloom along the path. All is well in the hollow.

The book of Ezekiel, chapter thirteen

Abba Father, I humbly beseech thee to strengthen us for your fight. Comfort the grieving and do not let evil succeed. Cause us to understand your will as it is recorded in the Bible. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

In chapter thirteen, God instructed Ezekiel to prophesy against all false prophets. They had exposed the people to corruption. They polluted the worship of God. They misled as many as they could. They did not do what God had already told Ezekiel he must do: deliver warnings to both the righteous and the wicked, so that their souls could be saved.

Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad, and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life.

Even the false prophets who delivered prophecies that came true, failed to deliver the warnings that would save. The wicked were strengthened. The righteous fell into depression at the sin.

Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

The prophets also had a responsibility as watchmen. By God’s instructions in Ezekiel 3:17-21, the watchmen would be killed if they did not deliver God’s warnings that could save lives.

The false prophets had not saved any lives. God would certainly take their lives when Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem.

The prophets would be gone, and no longer a burden to the righteous. The righteous would know that God heard their prayers. The wicked would know, in their final breaths, that God was indeed God.

A prophet is not a fortune-teller. A prophet is a watchman delivering warnings and messages from God.

Life in the hollow, Tuesday

I went into town and picked up some Chinese star anise. I can smell its sweet fragrance coming from the grocery bags now.

I have learned MUCH about self care in the last couple of years of determination not to take synthetic medicine.

Some of the star anise will be kept for this winter in case I get sick. I have four “go-to” herbs for sickness. Since I never have gone to doctors for flu or cold, or anything transmissible, I use herbs. I’m going to tell about them here, so if anyone needs to know an old person’s herbs, here they are:

Echinacea – Boosts the immune system. This is the droopy coneflower that blooms on my property each year. I buy a fourth pound of echinacea extract, from a reliable organic source for winter use. In the summer I can just pick it and boil it myself. It makes a bitter tea so sometimes I stuff it into capsules. Colds and flu.

Quercetin and zinc – helps our bodies fight a virus. I purchase four ounces of powdered flowers of the Chinese pagoda tree. I add just a quarter teaspoon to a cup of tea. It is very yellow and very bitter. Mixed with just a little zinc, it can be helpful for fighting off a virus. Colds and flu.

Chinese star anise – helps our bodies fight a virus. I buy the stars whole, and I want a bush to grow them myself! I boil about three petals in 2 cups water for 5-10 minutes. Let it cool. Pick the petals out of the tea. Drink the tea. It can be helpful in fighting off a virus. Boil it in a bone broth for soothing hydration during a flu. High in shikimic acid (think tamiflu). Colds and flu.

Pine needles – my best source of vitamin C. Pine needles grow in clusters of 2-5 needles when you pluck them from the branch. Only pick pine! Ask an expert if you don’t know how to ID a pine tree. The needles growing off the trunk are highest in C. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a pan. Remove pan from heat. Crush five or six needles and add them to the very hot water. Slap a lid on the pan. Let it steep 15 minutes. Throw out the spent needles. Drink the tea. I NEVER boil the needles. I do steep the needles in hot water. High in vitamin C. Contains some shikimic acid. Colds, flu, infections.

Oregano – I am fighting a little bit of a cough and fatigue after being around something dirty last month. Tea made from a teaspoon of oregano leaves, boiled in water, is slowly reducing the symptoms. Bacterial infections.

Winter is coming. Because of the current “crises” in our world, it looks like winter will be rough for us all. Colds and other illnesses are out there. I always do a home treatment and a prayer on the heels of any suspected exposure.

Honestly, most of the inspiration for researching and using the above herbs came from God’s Holy Spirit speaking to me.

I turn to God first, when I need healing. I turn to prayer when I’m concerned about an illness. He’s the one who told me that I already have the cure in my cabin for the big one-niner. I actually had all the above herbs. He’s never told me for sure which one of everything I have is the “cure”. He wanted me to research it myself and I found several that have been really good.

Oh. and I’ve already had Covid. Now I’m immune to the parent strain – and all the children. I was one of those people that it hardly fazed. I wonder why?

Talk to him about it and prove him. He’ll find a way to answer your questions to him.

The false prophetesses

Human – This is how you roll in wet sand. See? Easy. Now you do.

12:30 p.m. Monday October 11, 2021. 75F/24C.

The air is not nearly as hot as the thermometer reads. It is cool and pleasant everywhere in the hollow. Windows are full wide open in the cabin. The wind makes a hushing noise somewhere above. Trees remain green in the forest, but some contain large spots of yellow and red. A few large birds circle overhead. Their wingtips seem brilliant white in the rays of the sun. The sky between clouds is blue. A walk is taken to the road. The stones underfoot are quite cool. At the road a single marigold bloom is found and eaten. The taste is comparable to a strong spice that could be eaten alone, without a dish for it to flavor. The marigold keeps eyes strong and is good medicine.

The book of Ezekiel, chapter thirteen

Abba Father, in accordance with your urgings, I read your word again. I humbly request your Holy Spirit’s guidance to understand the words of your Bible. It is through your beloved son Jesus that I pray. Amen.

In chapter thirteen, God addressed false prophets. This next type of prophet he spoke against was common in pagan cultures.

Likewise thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them.

The female false prophetesses in Jerusalem: They prophesied for what they wanted. Theirs were not warnings from God about repairing a wall or about obeying God. These prophetesses wanted comfort and ease. They seemed to fear the lifestyle of ancient women where they would be worthy only if married and bearing children.

Their attraction was comfort and ease. They prophesied lies to keep others comfortable and to lure men into agreements with them to bring about their own comfort.

My best guess about these women: Pagan temples of Ezekiel’s day featured prostitutes, but God’s temple did no such thing. There were still a number of people who expected to have temple prostitutes, and from that came the office of false prophetess.

What follows is my opinion and I have found no commentary to back me up.

And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?

A prophetess needed a prophecy to deliver to her customers, otherwise, she was simply a prostitute. Her prophecy might have been something like, “The Lord told me that you will prosper.”


But… She sewed pillows to all armholes???

That may be a medieval English way of saying that she made or bought cushions for every need of comfort. Most certainly the cushions contained charms or talismans.

A prophetess’ house would have been comfortable, with pillows strewn about for every physical need. The prophetess and her customer might have worn veils during her seductions, according to their needs for privacy.

The prophetess kept a full range of “kerchiefs”, an old English word for full body veils, to match every height, “stature”, of customer.

Nobody hid their identity from God. He knew who was behind the veil.

God compared the veils or kerchiefs that she kept to hunting nets. He asked the prophetesses if they could keep alive any one man by delivering their prophecies? The answer was clearly “no”. Their prophecies were most likely the same for every customer. Prophecies were bait. Hunter’s nets were for capturing prey.

And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?

Those were NOT prophetesses of the most high God. But according to that verse, they spoke in God’s name. In payment, they received enough necessities for the day. Young men fell to their entrapments. And what happened to any children they bore? What happened to people who needed a word from the Lord and went to the prophetesses instead?

Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.

The ancient Hebrew words are harsh. They generally depict women claiming to be prophetesses of God, who would lie in wait for living beings, and then “spread their wings”, translated as “fly”, among pillows. God promised to rip off their wings (arms and legs?) and let their captives go free. That’s an ugly picture.

Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

God promised to tear open the full body veils like hunting nets, and set captives free. The captives were those of his people who were enchanted by the promises, the prophecies and the sexual acts of the prophetesses.

Once that had been done, and when the prophetesses took their final breaths, they would know who was God.

Life in the hollow, Monday afternoon

I feel a great sense of urgency about reading the Bible. About getting it read and having a sense of understanding about it. Am I alone in this?

Some prophets will be and have been purely evil. There are many antichrists among us, but there is one that we call “The Antichrist” whom we hope to be able to recognize.

I realize there are those people who say: why should we recognize the antichrist, when we know the Christ?

Well, I imagine he’s not going to announce that he’s the antichrist! I also imagine that the mark of the beast will not be announced as such. It’ll be touted as a digital currency tattoo or an important health measure or maybe an inner body smart phone. He’ll make it all look so normal. He’ll quote scripture or at least portions of scripture. Without a solid Bible background, many of us will be deceived.

It’s important in our day to know that false prophets exist. False preachers exist. False systems of government exist.

Watch out for people who put our minds at ease. Watch for people who claim God’s power, but take away or add to God’s word. Watch out for people who pollute God’s prophecies.

God knows about them and will judge them all.

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