When I look back over my life I find it to be amazing how situations and circumstances have “aligned” for my own good so many times. Just as it says in Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…”
For example, I would likely have wrecked my future by following through with my plans to attend SMS University in Springfield with a friend who later flunked out there. I had done well in chemistry and biology at Nevada High School, and was surprised at the Senior Assembly to be given a couple of awards – first, recognition from the Board of Curators of MU as a “student of high scholastic promise”, and then to be given the Bell Telephone Science Award.
In addition, I had been driven to Columbia, Missouri by our principal, Garland Kiethley, to be interviewed by the Governor’s Selection Committee to decide which two students from Missouri would be selected to attend the West Virginia Centennial Science Camp. I came out number three.
It “just happened” that my grandparents had moved from Nevada to Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and just happened to attend First Baptist Church there as did the Dean of Students of John Brown University, Audrey Thomas, who happened to be shown a newspaper clipping of me by my Grandmother, and happened to phone me on a Saturday morning and offer me a “full ride” scholarship which I accepted. My grades at JBU allowed it to continue for all four years, and there I met my beautiful wife. None of this was planned! How many people get a full scholarship without even applying?
I spent three summers excavating Osage Indian sites for the University of Missouri Department of Anthropology, and sometimes felt “special”, as when I was given the task of using a grapefruit knife and whisk broom and paint brush to carefully uncover a skeleton at the Brown Site north of Nevada. (which was better than digging holes or breaking up rocks with a sledge hammer!) Or the time at Stockton the next summer when our supervisor, Rolland Pangborn, chose me to drive his car to Springfield and deliver a package to an address on Grand. But then, I am God’s favorite! And it’s not that I’m so special, it’s that we who are Christians and therefore God’s children are treated like family. Each of us is His favorite!
I mentioned last time that God is outside of time and space and knows the end from the beginning. He tells us of the beginning in the first verse of the Bible, and also in the very first Hebrew word in that book He tells us of the end. There are at least four other Hebrew words included in that first one, “Beerisheet”. I mentioned before that you need to look on YouTube at “The Beerisheet Passover Prophecy”, which is an hour and 5 minutes long, and I found that it proves to my satisfaction that the Great Tribulation begins in 2023.
That is only 3 years away, and for Christians it means that we will be removed any time between now and then. This is the “rapture” at which time all Christians will simply disappear. The “Restrainer”, the Holy Spirit, will be removed from Earth at that time, and all Hell will break loose here. You do not want to be left behind and go through all of that turmoil, the worst conditions on earth ever. Many will be saved during those 7 years, but at great cost (such as beheadings). Do not take the “mark” if you are still around! At the conclusion of the Tribulation Christ returns to earth and touches down on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem (where some of you saw a photo of me riding a camel!)
I have described how blessed I was to have not only gone to Israel in 2017, but to have been in Jerusalem on the same day as President Trump, and to be there on the 50th anniversary of “Jerusalem Day”. (that was 50 years after the “Six Day War” in 1967) Our trip could not have been planned better.
I have related that my two strongest spiritual gifts are discernment and teaching. I was able to discern that world events are largely controlled by an elite “oligarchy” that has worked for decades to bring forth a one world government with its “Beast System”. We are almost completely there, but have been granted a delay by the election of Donald J. Trump as president. I have agreed with those who see a coming economic collapse, and I set up a “gold IRA” back in 1986. It has taken longer than I expected to occur!
I forsee a reversal in the recent election results as the various forms of election fraud by the Deep State are exposed and dealt with. We need for President Trump to continue to do what is best for America, and to forestall Marxism for as long as possible. Of course, the Republicans have their own share of corruption that needs exposure, and I see that happening as well.
I recently revealed my thankfulness at being so healthy, with normal lab results, healthy blood pressure with no medications, and attribute it to many things such as trying to eat mostly healthy foods, exercising, getting enough sleep, drinking good quality water, and staying in fellowship with my Christian brothers and sisters.
I also have discovered that it is very important to believe what the living Word of God (the Bible) tells us, and I pay attention when we are told the reason that so many Christians are sick and die early. At Communion I realize that the juice represents my salvation through Jesus’ blood, and that the bread represents my healing through his “stripes”, the lacerations and beatings that He was given at the whipping post before He went to the cross.
It’s too bad that this important fact about our health is neglected by almost everyone at the Lord’s Supper observance. But, it is as plain a day in I Corinthians chapter 11, verses 29 and 30. Read those carefully and see what it tells you. You partake “unworthily” by not properly discerning the Lord’s body in the bread. Each time you take the cup and eat the bread, thank Jesus for giving His blood for removal of your sins (forever), and for taking that torture for your healing, and you will be more firmly planted on the road to good health.
In the next articles we will see more examples of God’s blessings on me and my family, such as riding in the Goodyear blimp, and dining in parliament in London. Perhaps this will prompt you to look back for special gifts in your life. If you have not placed your life in God’s hands, maybe they will serve as a nudge in that direction.
Until next time, blessings…