Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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Joni Eareckson Tada; Encourages Optimism in Face of Trials

I have had the privilege of meeting Joni several times, such a heart after God!!!

            Pure Joy in Our Trials  (youtube)
Joni Eareckson Tada Not Shaken by Breast Cancer
After 43 years of living paralyzed from the neck down and recently learning that she now has breast cancer, Joni Eareckson Tada remains all smiles.

"I want to assure you that I am genuinely content to receive from God whatever He deems fit for me even if it is from His left hand because better something from His left hand than no hand at all, right?" the beloved disability advocate and quadriplegic said in a video message to supporters.
Tada, 60, was diagnosed with cancer early last week and it was confirmed on Tuesday that it is malignant. She is scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday when doctors will better understand what stage the cancer is at.
For decades, Tada has assisted and given hope to those affected by disabilities through her Joni and Friends ministry. Paralyzed since 17 after a diving accident, Tada dedicated the rest of her life to God and has, in the process, inspired countless people around the world.
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Don't Waste Your Cancer 
By John Piper February 15, 2006  
 (Editor’s Note:  Our [Joni and Friend's] friend, David Powlison who also was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, has 
added some helpful expansions to John Piper’s ten points. Indented paragraphs beginning with "DP:" are 
written by David Powlison.)
I write this on the eve of prostate surgery. I believe in God’s power to heal—by miracle and by medicine. I 
believe it is right and good to pray for both kinds of healing. Cancer is not wasted when it is healed by 
God. He gets the glory and that is why cancer exists. So not to pray for healing may waste your cancer. 
But healing is not God’s plan for everyone. And there are many other ways to waste your cancer. I am 
praying for myself and for you that we will not waste this pain.  
DP: I (David Powlison) add these reflections on John Piper’s words the morning after receiving 
news that I have been diagnosed with prostate cancer (March 3, 2006). The ten main points and 
first paragraphs are his; the second paragraphs are mine.
1. You will waste your cancer if you do not believe it is designed for you by God. 
It will not do to say that God only uses our cancer but does not design it. What God permits, he permits 
for a reason. And that reason is his design. If God foresees molecular developments becoming cancer, 
he can stop it or not. If he does not, he has a purpose. Since he is infinitely wise, it is right to call this 
purpose a design. Satan is real and causes many pleasures and pains. But he is not ultimate. So when 
he strikes Job with boils (Job 2:7), Job attributes it ultimately to God (2:10) and the inspired writer agrees: 
“They . . . comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him” (Job 42:11). If you don’t 
believe your cancer is designed for you by God, you will waste it.  
DP: Recognizing his designing hand does not make you stoic or dishonest or artificially buoyant. 
Instead, the reality of God’s design elicits and channels your honest outcry to your one true 
Savior. God’s design invites honest speech, rather than silencing us into resignation. Consider 
the honesty of the Psalms, of King Hezekiah (Isaiah 38), of Habakkuk 3. These people are 
bluntly, believingly honest because they know that God is God and set their hopes in him. Psalm 
28 teaches you passionate, direct prayer to God. He must hear you. He will hear you. He will 
continue to work in you and your situation. This outcry comes from your sense of need for help 
(28:1-2). Then name your particular troubles to God (28:3-5). You are free to personalize with 
your own particulars. Often in life’s ‘various trials’ (James 1:2), what you face does not exactly 
map on to the particulars that David or Jesus faced - but the dynamic of faith is the same. Having cast your cares on him who cares for you, then voice your joy (28:6-7): the God-given peace that 
is beyond understanding. Finally, because faith always works out into love, your personal need 
and joy will branch out into loving concern for others (28:8-9). Illness can sharpen your 
awareness of how thoroughly God has already and always been at work in every detail of your 
2. You will waste your cancer if you believe it is a curse and not a gift. 
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). “Christ 
redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13). “There is no 
enchantment against Jacob, no divination against Israel” (Numbers 23:23). “The Lord God is a sun and 
shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly” 
(Psalm 84:11).  
DP: The blessing comes in what God does for us, with us, through us. He brings his great and 
merciful redemption onto the stage of the curse. Your cancer, in itself, is one of those 10,000 
‘shadows of death’ (Psalm 23:4) that come upon each of us: all the threats, losses, pains, 
incompletion, disappointment, evils. But in his beloved children, our Father works a most kind 
good through our most grievous losses: sometimes healing and restoring the body (temporarily, 
until the resurrection of the dead to eternal life), always sustaining and teaching us that we might 
know and love him more simply. In the testing ground of evils, your faith becomes deep and real, 
and your love becomes purposeful and wise: James 1:2-5, 1 Peter 1:3-9, Romans 5:1-5, Romans 
3. You will waste your cancer if you seek comfort from your odds rather than from God. 
The design of God in your cancer is not to train you in the rationalistic, human calculation of odds. The 
world gets comfort from their odds. Not Christians. Some count their chariots (percentages of survival) 
and some count their horses (side effects of treatment), but we trust in the name of the Lord our God 
(Psalm 20:7). God’s design is clear from 2 Corinthians 1:9, “We felt that we had received the sentence of 
death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” The aim of God in 
your cancer (among a thousand other good things) is to knock props out from under our hearts so that we 
rely utterly on him.  
DP: God himself is your comfort. He gives himself. The hymn “Be Still My Soul” (by Katerina von 
Schlegel) reckons the odds the right way: we are 100% certain to suffer, and Christ is 100% 
certain to meet us, to come for us, comfort us, and restore love’s purest joys. The hymn “How 
Firm a Foundation” reckons the odds the same way: you are 100% certain to pass through grave distresses, and your Savior is 100% certain to “be with you, your troubles to bless, and sanctify to 
you your deepest distress.” With God, you aren’t playing percentages, but living within certainties.  
4. You will waste your cancer if you refuse to think about death. 
We will all die, if Jesus postpones his return. Not to think about what it will be like to leave this life and 
meet God is folly. Ecclesiastes 7:2 says, “It is better to go to the house of mourning [a funeral] than to go 
to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart.” How can you 
lay it to heart if you won’t think about it? Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days that we may 
get a heart of wisdom.” Numbering your days means thinking about how few there are and that they will 
end. How will you get a heart of wisdom if you refuse to think about this? What a waste, if we do not think 
about death.  
DP: Paul describes the Holy Spirit is the unseen, inner ‘downpayment’ on the certainty of life. By 
faith, the Lord gives a sweet taste of the face-to-face reality of eternal life in the presence of our 
God and Christ. We might also say that cancer is one ‘downpayment’ on inevitable death, giving 
one bad taste of the reality of of our mortality. Cancer is a signpost pointing to something far 
bigger: the last enemy that you must face. But Christ has defeated this last enemy: 1 Corinthians 
15. Death is swallowed up in victory. Cancer is merely one of the enemy’s scouting parties, out 
on patrol. It has no final power if you are a child of the resurrection, so you can look it in the eye.  
5. You will waste your cancer if you think that “beating” cancer means staying alive rather 
than cherishing Christ.  
Satan’s and God’s designs in your cancer are not the same. Satan designs to destroy your love for Christ. 
God designs to deepen your love for Christ. Cancer does not win if you die. It wins if you fail to cherish 
Christ. God’s design is to wean you off the breast of the world and feast you on the sufficiency of Christ. It 
is meant to help you say and feel, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing 
Christ Jesus my Lord.” And to know that therefore, “To live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 3:8; 
DP: Cherishing Christ expresses the two core activities of faith: dire need and utter joy. Many 
psalms cry out in a ‘minor key’: we cherish our Savior by needing him to save us from real 
troubles, real sins, real sufferings, real anguish. Many psalms sing out in a ‘major key’: we cherish 
our Savior by delighting in him, loving him, thanking him for all his benefits to us, rejoicing that his 
salvation is the weightiest thing in the world and that he gets last say. And many psalms start out 
in one key and end up in the other. Cherishing Christ is not monochromatic; you live the whole 
spectrum of human experience with him. To ‘beat’ cancer is to live knowing how your Father has compassion on his beloved child, because he knows your frame, that you are but dust. Jesus 
Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. To live is to know him, whom to know is to love.  
6. You will waste your cancer if you spend too much time reading about cancer and not 
enough time reading about God.  
It is not wrong to know about cancer. Ignorance is not a virtue. But the lure to know more and more and 
the lack of zeal to know God more and more is symptomatic of unbelief. Cancer is meant to waken us to 
the reality of God. It is meant to put feeling and force behind the command, “Let us know; let us press on 
to know the Lord” (Hosea 6:3). It is meant to waken us to the truth of Daniel 11:32, “The people who know 
their God shall stand firm and take action.” It is meant to make unshakable, indestructible oak trees out of 
us: “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree 
planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he 
does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:2). What a waste of cancer if we read day and night about cancer and not 
about God.  
DP: What is so for your reading is also true for your conversations with others. Other people will 
often express their care and concern by inquiring about your health. That’s good, but the 
conversation easily gets stuck there. So tell them openly about your sickness, seeking their 
prayers and counsel, but then change the direction of the conversation by telling them what your 
God is doing to faithfully sustain you with 10,000 mercies. Robert Murray McCheyne wisely said, 
“For every one look at your sins, take ten looks at Christ.” He was countering our tendency to 
reverse that 10:1 ratio by brooding over our failings and forgetting the Lord of mercy. What 
McCheyne says about our sins we can also apply to our sufferings. For every one sentence you 
say to others about your cancer, say ten sentences about your God, and your hope, and what he 
is teaching you, and the small blessings of each day. For every hour you spend researching or 
discussing your cancer, spend 10 hours researching and discussing and serving your Lord. 
Relate all that you are learning about cancer back to him and his purposes, and you won’t 
become obsessed.  
7. You will waste your cancer if you let it drive you into solitude instead of deepen your 
relationships with manifest affection.  
When Epaphroditus brought the gifts to Paul sent by the Philippian church he became ill and almost died.  
Paul tells the Philippians, “He has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard 
that he was ill” (Philippians 2:26-27). What an amazing response! It does not say they were distressed 
that he was ill, but that he was distressed because they heard he was ill. That is the kind of heart God is 
aiming to create with cancer: a deeply affectionate, caring heart for people. Don’t waste your cancer by 
retreating into yourself.  
DP: Our culture is terrified of facing death. It is obsessed with medicine. It idolizes youth, health 
and energy. It tries to hide any signs of weakness or imperfection. You will bring huge blessing to 
others by living openly, believingly and lovingly within your weaknesses. Paradoxically, moving 
out into relationships when you are hurting and weak will actually strengthen others. ‘One 
anothering’ is a two-way street of generous giving and grateful receiving. Your need gives others 
an opportunity to love. And since love is always God’s highest purpose in you, too, you will learn 
his finest and most joyous lessons as you find small ways to express concern for others even 
when you are most weak. A great, life-threatening weakness can prove amazingly freeing. 
Nothing is left for you to do except to be loved by God and others, and to love God and others.  
8. You will waste your cancer if you grieve as those who have no hope. 
Paul used this phrase in relation to those whose loved ones had died: “We do not want you to be 
uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no 
hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). There is a grief at death. Even for the believer who dies, there is temporary 
loss—loss of body, and loss of loved ones here, and loss of earthly ministry. But the grief is different—it is 
permeated with hope. “We would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 
5:8). Don’t waste your cancer grieving as those who don’t have this hope.  
DP: Show the world this different way of grieving. Paul said that he would have had “grief upon 
grief” if his friend Epaphroditus had died. He had been grieving, feeling the painful weight of his 
friend’s illness. He would have doubly grieved if his friend had died. But this loving, honest, Godoriented grief coexisted with “rejoice always” and “the peace of God that passes understanding” 
and “showing a genuine concern for your welfare.” How on earth can heartache coexist with love, 
joy, peace, and an indestructible sense of life purpose? In the inner logic of faith, this makes 
perfect sense. In fact, because you have hope, you may feel the sufferings of this life more
keenly: grief upon grief. In contrast, the grieving that has no hope often chooses denial or escape 
or busyness because it can’t face reality without becoming distraught. In Christ, you know what’s 
at stake, and so you keenly feel the wrong of this fallen world. You don’t take pain and death for 
granted. You love what is good, and hate what is evil. After all, you follow in the image of “a man 
of sorrows, acquainted with grief.” But this Jesus chose his cross willingly “for the joy set before 
him.” He lived and died in hopes that all come true. His pain was not muted by denial or 
medication, nor was it tainted with despair, fear, or thrashing about for any straw of hope that 
might change his circumstances. Jesus’ final promises overflow with the gladness of solid hope 
amid sorrows: “My joy will be in you, and your joy will be made full. Your grief will be turned to joy. 
No one will take your joy away from you. Ask, and you will receive, so that your joy will be made 
full. These things I speak in the world, so that they may have my joy made full in themselves” 
(selection from John 15-17).  9. You will waste your cancer if you treat sin as casually as before. 
Are your besetting sins as attractive as they were before you had cancer? If so you are wasting your 
cancer. Cancer is designed to destroy the appetite for sin. Pride, greed, lust, hatred, unforgiveness, 
impatience, laziness, procrastination—all these are the adversaries that cancer is meant to attack. Don’t 
just think of battling against cancer. Also think of battling with cancer. All these things are worse enemies 
than cancer. Don’t waste the power of cancer to crush these foes. Let the presence of eternity make the 
sins of time look as futile as they really are. “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and 
loses or forfeits himself?” (Luke 9:25).  
DP: Suffering really is meant to wean you from sin and strengthen your faith. If you are God-less, 
then suffering magnifies sin. Will you become more bitter, despairing, addictive, fearful, frenzied, 
avoidant, sentimental, godless in how you go about life? Will you pretend it’s business as usual? 
Will you come to terms with death, on your terms? But if you are God’s, then suffering in Christ’s 
hands will change you, always slowly, sometimes quickly. You come to terms with life and death 
on his terms. He will gentle you, purify you, cleanse you of vanities. He will make you need him 
and love him. He rearranges your priorities, so first things come first more often. He will walk with 
you. Of course you’ll fail at times, perhaps seized by irritability or brooding, escapism or fears. But 
he will always pick you up when you stumble. Your inner enemy - a moral cancer 10,000 times 
more deadly than your physical cancer - will be dying as you continue seeking and finding your 
Savior: “For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is very great. Who is the man 
who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose” (Psalm 25).  
10. You will waste your cancer if you fail to use it as a means of witness to the truth and 
glory of Christ. 
Christians are never anywhere by divine accident. There are reasons for why we wind up where we do.  
Consider what Jesus said about painful, unplanned circumstances: “They will lay their hands on you and 
persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings 
and governors for my name’s sake. This will be your opportunity to bear witness” (Luke 21:12 -13). So it is 
with cancer. This will be an opportunity to bear witness. Christ is infinitely worthy. Here is a golden 
opportunity to show that he is worth more than life. Don’t waste it.  
DP: Jesus is your life. He is the man before whom every knee will bow. He has defeated death 
once for all. He will finish what he has begun. Let your light so shine as you live in him, by him, 
through him, for him. One of the church’s ancient hymns puts it this way:  
Christ be with me,  
Christ within me,  Christ behind me,  
Christ before me,  
Christ beside me,  
Christ to win me,  
Christ to comfort and restore me,  
Christ beneath me,  
Christ above me,  
Christ in quiet,  
Christ in danger,  
Christ in hearts of all that love me,  
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger 
(from “I bind unto myself the name”).  
In your cancer, you will need your brothers and sisters to witness to the truth and glory of Christ, to walk 
with you, to live out their faith beside you, to love you. And you can do same with them and with all 
others, becoming the heart that loves with the love of Christ, the mouth filled with hope to both friends and 
Remember you are not left alone. You will have the help you need. “My God will supply every need of 
yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).  
Pastor John  
Used with permission by Desiring God Ministries.

People who inspire me...

Who Inspires you? is one amazing young lady

No stopping soul surfer Bethany Hamilton

A Hawaiian native from the island of Kauai, Bethany Hamilton entered her first surfing competition at the age of eight and promptly won both categories in which she competed. At nine years old, she won the Rell Sun Menehune competition and gained her first sponsor, Ripcurl.
At thirteen years old, Hamilton was out surfing when she was suddenly attacked by a fifteen-foot tiger shark, resulting in the loss of her left arm from just below the shoulder. She lost almost 60% of the blood in her body and endured several surgeries over the next week. Within a month, Bethany was back on her board and in the ocean, learning to surf without her arm. In less than a year, she was back to competing, and just over a year after the attack, she won her first national title, taking first place in the Explorer Women’s Division of the 2005 NSSA National Championships.
Bethany Hamilton shared her experience in an autobiography, ‘Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board’, which was published by MTV Books. The upcoming film, based on the memoir, stars 17 year old AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany, Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid as her parents, and Lorraine Nicholson as best friend Alana Blanchard.  American Idol winner and country music star Carrie Underwood, in her film debut, stars as a church youth leader who helps Bethany fortify her faith in the wake of her trauma.

The Liguire Stone - Behold He Cometh In The Clouds (original pdf file with photo, below is a cut and paste version with few other link at end of article)

The Liguire Stone - Behold He Cometh In The Clouds

EPHRIAM.... The seventh manifestation of GOD as HIS names are revealed.
This is a FRUITFUL BOW....(Son) whose BRANCHES (Daughters) run over the WALL....
He who does not sit in the confines of denominations, but as SONS and DAUGHTERS breaks free  to become fruitful....He shall be the DOMINION of GOD.
Liguire....Time and Dimension....(deep yellow). It attracts light particles.
A standard, a signal or warning.... To let the enemy know.... God will ADD time and dimension.... HIS banner will attract and draw men to it...
Isaiah 11, Numbers 27:1-11.
This manifestation is a BRANCH with SEVEN branches on it. It shall have a double portion; shall be of quick understanding, drawing light unto itself. Shall not judge by the SIGHT of its EYE (intellect), nor
decide by the HEARING of the ear.
With RIGHTEOUSNESS and JUSTICE He shall judge....He shall smite the earth and the oppressor with
the rod of His mouth....
He shall stand as SIGNAL (ensign) to My people. In this DAY ADONAI shall deliver His people from the
second time. He will raise up a BANNER, a sign, a signal, a warning, and assemble the outcasts of
ISRAEL, gathering all those who have been scattered and bring EPHRIAM and JUDAH together to
appoint one Head.
With this BANNER, God is going to bring JUDGEMENT and restoration.  From Adam Clarke’s Commentary: “LIGURE,  םשל leshem, the same as the jacinth or hyacinth; a precious stone of a dead red or cinnamon color, with a considerable mixture of yellow.” End Commentary
In this hour there are two prominent themes in the masses of Christianity. Both themes are using two
words or phrases that are totally unscriptural. Not only are they unscriptural, but serious study of the
scriptures will show that the doctrine behind them is also equally unsound.
The two terms are “The Second Coming of Christ” and “The Rapture of the Church {Or just the word
“rapture”} ”.
Both of those are not found in the Word of God. But they are religiously held as “hope” by all the denominations.
There is no such thing as THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST nor is there going to be a catching way or RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH or as some think, THE BODY OF CHRIST.
In this study of the Stones of The Royal Ephod, we have come to the row which is complete on the High
Priest’s attire, but are missing on the false Ephod that is upon Lucifer. This stone, the Liguire,
represents to us the coming of the Lord as the hope and Joy of all nations.
In Christendom today, and in the denominations, all their doctrine and hope is laid upon the coming of
the Lord as was promised in the gospels. The thought is that when the Lord comes, they will be caught
away and the world and all the nations in it will be left to “the beast” or if you will, “the antichrist” or the
anger of Satan. This coming that holds them entirely in their hope is known as “the rapture” which will
occur at the second coming of Christ, both unscriptural but which are in this hour the main doctrine and
the most powerful doctrine of all time. To enforce their doctrine, they have branded various
denominations including Catholicism and those who don’t obey the letter of the Old Testament Law as
the ones who will miss out on God and what God will do. These denominations are called the beast or the
antichrist assemblies or many other such things.
I assure you reader, God is not going to abandon this world nor anyone in it. But He will bring correction
through judgement.
When one comes to God to seek God for HIS LIFE to be all that is in them, the first thing that happens is
they are set into a processing. This processing if responded to correctly and if it is not branded as some
sort of motion by a demon or satanic spirit will cause that person to be put on a path of cleansing. I have
seen some come to God in years past who wanted all God had for their lives, then when God put His
finger on something in their lives, they claimed they were being attacked by the forces of evil. That
“Satan” was after them when in fact God was placing His finger on an area of their lives that they
needed to submit to His dealings. Their discernment as to what is the Spirit of God {I sometimes call
this The Spirit of Truth} and the spirits of delusion and discord are somewhat mixed. They cannot
decide what is of God and what is not of God immediately after they decide to walk in TRUTH. To
overcome this confusion, one must come to a place wherein they make a covenant with God to “put”
them in truth and to “keep” them in truth no matter what the cost.
But if that very first hurdle is overcome in them, then the next step is the breaking down of all doctrinesand barriers to pure truth. It is amazing how God comes to destroy all that is of the doctrine of
Christendom in someone who wants to get “close” to God. Not only is all their doctrine discomfited, but
they find that they must learn again the foundational doctrines of Christ.
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again
the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal
judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. Hebrews 6:1-3
It is not my purpose in this writing to explain The Second Coming of Christ according to true doctrine
nor to refute the notion of the rapture. Suffice it to say for now that these will be covered by the Lord
Himself if a person comes apart to seek His face ALONE in their closet of prayer. The first thing a
person will realize if they truly seeks God is that God removes from them any thought of a work being
done elsewhere, and that what God is going to do will be done HERE ON EARTH. Jesus said that it
would be the wicked that would be removed, the righteous would remain to inherit it.
“Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are
cut off, thou shalt see it.” Psalm 37:34
“Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he
would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”                      
Matthew 24:40-44 {**NOTE** The one taken in the above passage are the wicked, not the righteous!}
There is not going to be a rapture. The term - The Second Coming of Christ - is not in the bible at all.
But this is!
“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear
the second time without sin unto salvation. “   Hebrews 9:28
“And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken
up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”  Acts1:10,11
His appearing HAS BEEN - WILL BE - and SHALL YET BE.
But the coming of the Lord that I see in spirit and in reality HERE on the earth is typified by the Liguire
Stone. It is the coming of the Lord as ONE MAN, a CORPORATE MAN from Heaven’s Throne to the
realm of this earth, wherein the natural creation will be swallowed up into the spiritual creation and the
natural creation will come once again into an “Edenic State”. The only one exalted in this appearing will
be Christ alone, in HOLY MYRIADS OF HIMSELF. “It was of these people, moreover, that Enoch in the seventh [generation] from Adam prophesied when he said, Behold, the Lord comes with His myriads of holy ones (ten thousands of His saints)
To execute judgment upon all and to convict all the impious (unholy ones) of all their ungodly deeds
which they have committed [in such an] ungodly [way], and of all the severe (abusive, jarring) things
which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.
 These are inveterate murmurers (grumblers) who complain [of their lot in life], going after their own
desires [controlled by their passions]; their talk is boastful and arrogant, [and they claim to] admire
men's persons and pay people flattering compliments to gain advantage. “         Jude 14-16 AMPLIFIED
The Lord IS COMING but His comings WILL BE IN AN OVERCOMING PEOPLE. It is IN THEM that the Lord will appear and EVERYONE WILL KNOW IT. This company of people that are ON THE
EARTH at the time of Christ’s unveiling will be GLORIFIED in GLORIFIED BODIES. They will come
FROM THE THRONE for they will have learned in their processings that THEY ARE SEATED IN
“And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with
Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).”
Ephesians 2:6 AMPLIFIED
There are two things about the Liguire Stone that stand out to me when I view it upon The Royal Ephod.
2} That God comes IN A PEOPLE as ONE MAN to bring forth the desire of All Nations.
The name of God upon this Stone is Jehovah Nissi, The Lord our Banner. But not just a Banner over a
Glorious Army, but a declaration of THE TIMES OF THE RESTITUTION OF ALL THINGS. This is
now the time wherein great relief comes to mankind through the coming of the Lord - through an
Overcoming Company of Sons and Daughters.
Note what will happen in the world. The hope of denominational circles will fail at the revelation of the
Glorified company of Sons. Instead of being left however with no hope, they will see the finished
handiwork of God upon those who have conquered all things in their own lives and will stand in awe at
the Glorification of God’s Army. The doctrine of the rapture and the 2nd coming of Christ will fall to the
ground unfulfilled when God moves through His troops to bring forth the long awaited promise of the restoration of all things.
Thus we now have the beginnings of two mysteries. The Mystery of His Will and The Mystery of
Israel’s Blindness. For it is God’s will that creation see His fullness SO THAT creation, and man in it
CAN FINALLY BE IN THE COMPLETE IMAGE OF GOD. And the mystery of Israel’s Blindness, which will now become part of the suffering of Christendom during the age that is coming. Both will be covered in the Mystery Studies at a later date, but for now we will understand that it will work towards total
restoration of all things.
The lack of the Liguire Stone on Lucifer’s Ephod happened that way BECAUSE THAT IS HOW GOD
CREATED THIS LACK. {Covering - “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone
was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, thesapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” Ezekiel 28:13}. Adam was created perfect until iniquity was found in him. “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” Ezekiel 28:15 {Please read The Diamond on the previous writing. }
Those of the shortened Ephod which lacks the Liguire cannot fathom that they will be subject to the judgement of God. How can that be - they would state? For we sit “perfect in our doctrine and in our
calling”! Those of this Ephod, lacking this stone believe that they have escaped the world and are abiding
in the very same escapism doctrines. They believe that they will bypass the terror that the world will endure and they have invented doctrines which will cause them to escape and be in a “special place” in God or because of their assemblies. There is no thought in them that God will in time restore all things and they have set themselves up as those who will be the bride of Christ according to what they perceive are His promises to them. Revelation 19:9.
But judgement begins at the house of God! “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house
of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” 1 Peter
4:17 The sole difference between the Overcomer bearing the Liguire Stone and the Lucifer assemblies
who do not is that the Overcomer has submitted themselves to the judgement of God! That is how they
overcame all things and were seen as a part of this Army of the Lord. They yielded to God’s Judgements. Lucifer will not. His mentality is that of escapism. The entire lack of the Liguire on Lucifer’s Ephod speaks of SELF PRESERVATION. Whereas the Overcomer lays down and denies their lives, takes up their crosses daily and perishes as to their lives in this world, the bearers of the false Ephod do not. They invent doctrines of escapism which will cause them to bypass any of the deep inner dealings of God in their lives. Escape doctrines such as the Rapture and The Second Coming of Christ. They reenforce these doctrines by their fellowships, agreeing one with the other until they are convinced that their doctrine is scriptural and secure.
It is these very escapism doctrines that make them think that God will not come forth to restore all things.
To Be Continued............Kenneth B Visscher

God is Faithful!