Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Pastor shares an experience with God reflecting on a "Rainbow Colored White House"

I met Dr. (Pastor) David Thomas a few days ago in Seattle. As I listened to his very animated joy in sharing about the LORD I was struck by how much of the TORAH he was sharing from a Greek perspective? To date, I have not heard the many, many layers of Biblical truth portrayed to me from a Greek Scholar, I was fascinated. Moreover, Pastor David Thomas was using Greek Gematria sharing very Hebraic concepts. [Ahhhh, LORD, this is very interesting (?)] This was also a first for me as we talked (I have spoken with many, many Pastors). Pastor David was not familiar with Paleo-Hebrew (I asked) but  is as close to what God shared with me, far more than any "New Testament" Pastor that I have spoken with over the course of these last eight years. I inquired about "Ancient Covenant Treaty Law. Note: Western Theological Seminary touches lightly on the subject of Ancient Treaty Covenant Structure lacking the jurisprudence concepts stipulating Kingdom Law throughout the centuries, God's Kingdom Laws to be precise. Pastor David was more animated in a different area of Biblical study, infectious is far better a word to describe his JOY! We spoke about chiastic structures found throughout Scriptures having a very fluent conversation concerning chiasms. 
During our conversation I mentioned that God showed to me that Barack Obama's presidency is a judgement against America. Pastor David's eyes just about flew out of his head! He said, I am going to send to you something that happened to me in June!"

I do not agree with Pastor David Thomas in many, many biblical areas and I hope that this is okay.

Pastor David A. Thomas
The following is what Dr. Thomas sent verbatim:

Dr. David A. Thomas, PhD. June 27, 2015 

Last night I went to bed after 11:30 PM, exhausted. I had a hard time going to sleep and I woke up at 4:30 AM, just as it started to get light. I was uneasy and got out of bed.
I went out to the living room to pray and began to seek God and intercede about the situation with the SCOTUS decision and the condition of the country. After about an hour of prayer I felt a breakthrough, and a very clear sense of perceiving God’s voice and will. I can honestly say I have only felt this kind of clarity a few times in my life. It lasted for 20-30 minutes and I felt I had heard the mind of the Lord on this issue.

The first thing I felt was the simple but profound truth that all of this is God’s doing, God’s timing, God’s strategizing, and God’s ultimate and final purposes being realized. It was driven home to me that this is God acting, not God reacting. This is not about God ultimately having just the final word; this is about God having the first word, and working His sovereign will through the actions of unbelievers. He is not slow to act, nor is His hand forced, nor is He hurried to respond, nor must His actions or apparent lack of action be amended in any way. Everything is going precisely as His design has purposed.

It is God who has turned the kings of the earth, and their kingdoms, over to these terrible sins:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. ~ Romans 1:18-28

Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. ~2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 God has utterly turned them over so that He might judge them utterly, and be completely justified in His final judgments. Up to this point mankind’s sins have been measured, and God’s judgment and merciful forbearance have also been measured. But God is bringing things to a head. The fierce and urgent word I received was Psalm 51:4b: “…so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.” This passage was impressed over and over upon me. God is allowing the sins of the Amorites to come to full measure (Genesis 15:16); He is hardening the heart of Pharaoh (Exodus 4:21, 7:3ff, etc.). Before He judged partially (see His judgment on Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4); now He will judge fully, weighing the nations in the scales and finding them wanting (Belshazzar in Daniel 5). He is doing this so that His judgments might be fully righteous, and His wrath on a disobedient world no longer measured, but utterly and finally expressed to the full. Just as He has been patient with sinful humanity for the sake of His glorious name, so now He is utterly turning over those who reject Him that His righteousness might be complete. His final judgment is also (paradoxically) mercy, because it may shock some into repentance who otherwise were complacent, and because it is the gateway to His bringing His people into the Promised Land, out of Exile, and the renewal of all things. But just as it seemed to Moses that He was passive at points during the Exodus, and many question why the Israelites had to suffer so before He rescued, so it will seem now. 

I felt very strongly, with a kind of scorn of the Holy Spirit (see Psalm 2:1-4), that we are not to be misled by the triumph of fools dancing in the streets or the political punditry that only goes by what is seen, temporary, and human. Such voices imagine they are the author of this judicial action. But that is part of the judgment, part of the deception, part of the turning over. But just as Peter says in Acts 2:23, “This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross,” so now it is: God engineered Good Friday for His purposes, and used foolish, wicked, and spiritually blind men to do what was His plan and His bidding, to bring about great judgment and great mercy. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:8, “None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” It was God who initiated and foreordained the sacrifice of the cross, and Jesus did not have His life taken from Him, He laid it down of His own accord (John 10:18). So it is now. God’s reign and power are uncompromised, unsullied, and unchanged. On the contrary, God is very much on the move, but He is as He always was: not the tame and predictable patron deity of a national religious expression, but the untamed and untamable God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. He is doing what He is doing very much on His own terms. 

My final sense is that we must successfully grapple with the paradox of God’s actions. God is grieved by human sin and lostness, it is true, and it is His desire to save every human being. But the Word is replete with examples of those who would not turn, but whom God ultimately used so that His plan (and never theirs) was fulfilled. In other words, God’s plan involved His repurposing of the words, actions, lives, and even existence of those He foreknew would reject His lordship. Romans 9:17-24 speaks of this, and this, I believe, is the proper way to understand God’s predestinary purposes: 

For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills. 19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? This is the sense I received from the Lord

But if I may be so bold, I would add some reflections of my own.

This is the image was widely disseminated Friday night: 

Now read this: 

And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. 27 

And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him. 28 Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking. ~ Ezekiel 1:26–28 


And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. ~Revelation 4:3 

And… …

who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.~2 Thessalonians 2:4 

I am obviously not saying the White House is the temple of God. What I am saying is that we have a ruler adorning his seat of power in precisely the same fashion God does. Is this chutzpah? Almost certainly not in the conscious sense that these Scriptures lay things out. It almost certainly hasn’t occurred to Obama. The question is, in the light of God’s control of such things, is it a sign from God? I do believe that we must ready ourselves, abide in Christ in a manner consistent with the most fervent seasons of our faith walk and more, that we must shed ideas of “God and country” that have made for easy religiopolitical rhetorical red meat in the past, and we must embrace our alien status. We are, as it were, undocumented immigrants, sojourning in the land. 

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