Real or Imagined?

For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 NIV)

An imagined confrontation between a group of American teens from a Catholic school in Kentucky and a group of Native American activists recently sent the Twitter world into an uproar. Social media was abuzz with the story that the students were insulting the Natives who were playing their drums and minding their own business. Just so happens the white Catholics were attending the March-for-Life (an annual event in the U.S. capital that calls attention to the evils of abortion and the Pro-life alternatives). Wearing a read “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hat in support of President Donald Trump, the white kid was too juicy a target for the imagination to pass up. So the video was taken and a false narrative conceived–with hell’s assistance of course.

As I understand it, the real story was inspirational since the Catholic students were being insulted and mocked by a third group, that is until the Native Americans stepped between the agitators and the harassed. In Michael Godwin’s New York Post column, the actual story is revealed. it frames the Native Americans and the MAGA hat-wearing, Pro-life Catholic student in a completely different light.

So what? From the outraged who called for the students to be beaten and their school burned to the ground, there were no apologies. In fact, though the truth was made known, the threats kept coming. School was cancelled Tuesday, the 22nd, because of safety concerns. The imagined, made up account would not go away. We probably have not heard the end of this lie.

It’s Not You!
A Message from the King

But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. Then the LORD told him, “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected as their king, but me.”

1 Samuel 8:6-7 (NIV), cf. Numbers 16:11

Though the Prophet Samuel had led Israel to victory over the Philistines, he was getting old, so the elders came asking for a king to rule over them. Their request had to hurt. The Lord made it clear it was not him they were rejecting. Samuel had been a faithful servant, the messenger of God. It was easy to cite his age or his failure as a father, but it was the Lord they wanted to replace. (Samuel was still among the living in 1 Samuel 16:13, when King Saul’s successor David was anointed.)

In Matthew 22, Jesus told a parable of servants of the king who went out with invitations for the royal wedding banquet. Those blessed to receive such an invitation offered excuses for not attending. Later, the servants went again and some were mistreated or killed. When the king heard this, he became angry. His servants were only following orders by delivering good news. They were only messengers. The vicious response was not about them, it was an attack on the king.

“The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.”

Jesus- Matthew 22:7

A decade ago, as a messenger for the Lord, I was excited to take His prophetic insights and publish them as The People of God. It was a privilege to share this as good news, but I was largely ignored. I was shocked. Nothing had prepared me for the negative reaction.

Then another book followed. The Prophets of God was evidence that the Lord was filling my cup to overflowing. The Kingdom was near. Posts on a webpage reaffirmed my theme. Then I made an attempt to neutralize the more vocal critics with Lifesaver. Though clearly against me, an attack and smear, with a low, one-star rating appeared on Amazon.

Why was the message so largely ignored? Was it me? I was open to criticism, but nothing of substance came forth. Close family or friends never spoke of my messages, instead, books were relegated to dusty shelves or disposed of in the trash. I thought, it was me they rejected.

The next book would persuade readers my message was directly from God. When The Priests of God became available, I could hardly contain my excitement. Its powerful truth and amazing revelation would awaken the saints and thrill Bible students, but no, it brought more cruel silence.

With a last book to write, I concluded that perhaps another publication was not the answer. I would invest in the blogsite. It would have a name-change and a face lift. If I added images and produced professional style video, with interesting articles, that would attract readers to my posts and even spur on book sales, right? My attention returned to book one, The People of God. The content was strong but needed updated. Revisions were needed for eBook publication. Six full manuscript drafts later, the announcement was issued that it would soon be available. The only voice heard was mine.

The harder I strived to spark some enthusiasm, the more discouraged I became. I will refrain from citing examples since what I experienced is nothing, yet I have been mistreated and insulted, and for what reason? I am only a messenger. In reality, all of it is a compliment.

As I sunk a little lower into the anguish that perhaps the messengers Samuel and Moses felt, the Lord comforted me. I could see that He, too, was wounded and rejected. “It is not you,” he said sadly. “It is Me.”

So I will write on. Thanks Lord, for sending your encourager and for allowing me to hear that it isn’t me, one of the least of your messengers.

“He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward.”

Jesus- Matthew 10:40-41

Patient Endurance

“You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you… This is my command, that you love each other.”

Jesus, John 15:15, 17 (NIV)

What makes my statement on prophecy true, but a conflicting argument false? It is not true because I said it, because the roles can be easily switched. It is true because it lines up perfectly with what is written in the Word of God. Truth is knowable and provable using the “Five Major Rules of Interpretation.” Like a case before the court, a claim of truth is won or lost based on the preponderance of Scriptural evidence or lack thereof.

Truth is an absolute that comes from God, something like true north on a compass. If we orient ourselves to truth as a lifestyle, we are then known as an honest person. In prophecy, orienting ourselves to truth is believing Jesus’ testimony, trusting in everything that our Lord has said.

We have “Truth.” Truth is a person (John 14:6). Jesus is the true and faithful witness (Revelation 3:14, 19:11), but the world rejects our Lord’s testimony. In looking elsewhere else for the truth, we invite the consummate Liar to be our guide, but his testimony is false.

Long ago, God told Moses that he would send His prophet to speak for him.

“I will raise up a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.”

Deuteronomy 18:18-19

The passages cited in John 15:15 and John 12:46-50 (see previous post) speak clearly to God’s promise in Deuteronomy 18. It is fulfilled in Christ! Jesus testified that he spoke into Scripture every word the Father commanded him to say. The Father will hold to account those who reject Jesus’ testimony. This is the Judgment. All humanity will appear before God to give an account.

Revelation is Jesus’ final word about what will soon take place. It contains nothing new, instead, it is filled with Scripture references. Those with ears to hear will hear what the Spirit says. The Spirit that reveals the future is the spirit of the prophets

Do You Like Pain and Misery?

“Then the LORD called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of all those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.” Ezekiel 9:3b-4 (NIV)

The news of the day is depressing, but not to everyone. The conflicts, the pandemic, and the steady stream of lies and corruption, upset most, but not all. Many wake in the morning, turn on the TV to watch the riot scenes from last night. In the evening they close their weary eyes during special coverage of another catastrophe. They lament a society and nation in freefall to their neighbors, but fail to see their part in what is happening.

If this describes you, then admit it: You like the misery. You protest, “Oh, I think it is terrible,” but if it is so bad, then why not do something? Decide how you feel about what you are seeing and hearing. If you are the least bit repulsed or sickened, then there is hope. Follow the following steps:

First, turn off the TV and leave it that way. Next, purify your mind and heart through the blood of Jesus. Then, read Bible prophecy and pray for eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to this generation. Lastly, while there is still time, join the Lord’s team, the saints.

Here is why? God’s people, the saints, are the solution. They know who is behind all the tragedy and mess. It is an evil usurper, the prince of this world. God’s people will go after the head of the snake, not the tail. Writing to his family in Christ, Paul promised this: “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” When that happens, and Satan is crushed under foot, a world full pain and misery is over. The serpent’s head will be crushed, but first he will bruise the heel (Genesis 3:15). We get nowhere by decrying the heartless despots. They are only puppets. One cruel Pharaoh passes and another one as bad or worse takes charge (ex. Exodus 3:23, North Korea, China). Go after the head of the dragon, the great serpent. Once his head has been tromped 144,000 times, then into the abyss he goes for a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-3). Here, I intend to show a photo of some future head stompers. (Pastor Mark, Rotich, Gidufana, Magondu, etc.)

How do we get from where we are to there? God’s Word has the answer. It is simple, but not easy. Look for Part 2 and I will show what must be done.


The Lie Keeps Growing
“Believe me when I say…”

Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Revelation 22:15 NIV

Well-known to our family, as I was growing up, was a man of whom it was said, “He’d lie, even if the truth made a better story.” When one lie unraveled, there was no embarrassment or retreat; it was just time to move on to the next whopper.

Leading the charge against the President of the United States, are some of the most accomplished and practiced tale-bearers imaginable. Their serious accusations have been around for three years: “Donald Trump is a liar and a traitor.” The evidence suggests, however, that most of the lying and treachery is coming from their side.

Do not dismiss this article as a Pro-Trump piece, for I am not pro-this man or anti-that man. I am Pro-Truth and Anti-Falsehood. This post is not a testimony to our current president’s character, but when comparing him to his accusers, President Trump looks almost saintly.

Last week, this country received the long-awaited report on Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. Those who greeted the U.S. Attorney General’s Summary as some kind of cover-up, are signaling this matter is far from over. In their eyes, Mueller’s and the previous investigations have not gotten to the truth. At the same time, they have blocked efforts to investigate their political friends who appear to have left real evidence that they have committed real crimes.

At this point, to continue to perpetuate the made-up story that the president, members of his family, or his staff, colluded in a criminal way with the Russians, takes a lot of gall. It seems the politicians, the plotters, the media in the middle of it all, and the former unelected, politicized, intelligence and law enforcement heads, have plenty of gall to spare. They are so invested in the false narrative, they have no choice but to keep the lie growing. It is an old Russian adage that says if you want to lie, you’d better have a good memory.

They are so crafty that they are master’s of deceit. They congratulate each other for being clever. In the morning, the “Lie du Jour” is prepared then passed around to all who hunger for it. Tune in and you will hear it served all day long, and sometimes longer, but these clever, crafty and cunning schemers have a bigger problem than remembering their last fabrication. They seem to ignore that God hates lies, and those who spread them.

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.

Revelation 21:8

I do not say this lightly, but if the dozens responsible for this Russian Collusion Hoax are not held accountable, then America is doomed. I am not sure we will survive this anyway. The ease with which audiences and readers swallowed one phony story after another, should send a chill down our spine. Add Russian Conspiracy to the Lie List that keeps growing longer.

A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?

Jeremiah 5:30-31

For the liars to still be leaders after they have been exposed, reveals where our country is headed. We are headed to the annals of history. With a growing wave of truth-bashers waiting for their moment in the limelight, and protected by the First Amendment’s “free speech clause,” they are not simply seeing the lie as a sometime useful propaganda tool, but as a way to riches, fame and power. They embrace it as a way of life.

A false witness will not go unpunished and he who pours out lies will perish.

Proverbs 19:9
The People of God (Revision)

Originally published in the summer of 2010, The People of God: Finding the Future in Your Bible, was written as an introductory volume to the “Prophets, Priests and Kings Series.” A newly-released edition provides an occasion to reveal my purpose for a revision and my hopes for its readers. Since, I asked myself a number of questions before committing to this project, I have chosen a Q&A (Question & Answer) format. I pray that it will provide rich insight.**

Q- What was the purpose of doing your revision of The People of God?

A- Although I was confident in it as far as the content, there were things that I felt needed to be improved. It bothered me that my use of footnotes made it too costly to convert The People of God to eBook. The other books are available for those who prefer to read from their hand-held device, but that was the big issue.

I relate it to building your first house. You valued the experience and really like how it turned out, but there are things you’d do differently, so you either live with the regrets or, if it bothers you enough and you have the time and money, you do a remodeling job. I chose to remodel. No one who read the original will have a problem recognizing it. I believe it reads better and looks better. I’m very pleased with the results and hope to hear what the readers think. There was no change to the basic book, is what, I guess, I’m saying.

Q- You have three other books now, and one you are working on–The Kings of God. How does The People of God rank with them?

A- This book is my favorite–of course I have said that about all of them. I could read it a hundred times and still find it a blessing. It is like having five children. They all are your favorite, especially the one you’ve just spent some quality time with, but The People of God was my first born. There is a special delight I have in it, because this was the one that revealed my destiny, or my reason for being alive. Working on it, I rediscovered the special place it has in my heart. I truly love it and can open up anywhere–as I did recently–and be thrilled by the revelations and insights, or what I call the nuggets of gold.

I got this from my mother: She spent time in her Bible because she loved it, not because of some religious duty. I caught my love for God’s Word from her. The first experience of sitting down to write and I was hooked. I received so much joy from the Lord as he unwrapped these gifts of discovery before my eyes. I hope that is something the readers sense–my joy as I share what God has shown me. Even now, I have happy tears thinking about the nuggets God planted in this book. Make no mistake, the Spirit of God is the author, I’m the writer. I’ll take whatever blame for the mistakes in the way it is written, but the revelations and content are straight from God.

Q- How do you know your insights–what you call nuggets–are from God?

A- That’s a point of contention with some I have found out, but only when what I write disagrees with what they believe. Some interpret my confidence as arrogance, I suppose, but it is far from being prideful. God wants us to know we are saved, right? He wants us to know the truth, right? Then the truth is knowable? Jesus is knowable? The Word of God is trustworthy and true, so it has nothing to do with me and everything to do with being a workman of God who rightly handles the Word of Truth.

Q- So what now are your expectations?

A- Ten years ago, expectations were very high because I thought truth was enough for readers to take The People of God and run with it. No, really, I believed that if I backed up my arguments with Scripture that would be enough–and it was for some. My expectations are lowered considerably. Let’s say that I’m a bit more realistic about the part human nature plays in the persuasion process. Also, I think the spiritual malaise that America and the west are in, is a major obstacle to thoughtful or thought-provoking works outside the mainstream.

My hopes are high because I settled it that my writing belongs to God, he is in charge of marketing. When those saints who reverence the Word begin searching for a book or series that is built on a bedrock of the testimony of Jesus and on a foundation that will last 1000 years, The People of God will be found by them, the Lord will see to it. I will be so bold as to say that it will live among the classics that survive this modern culture of correctness, either political or Christian correctness. I don’t mean for this to sound boastful: I believe The People of God and what came after will be among the very first books that revealed the Kingdom Age, which is soon to come.

Q- What about plans for success?

A- Though I still have much work to do, I believe the success is already here. It happened whenever I started to work writing in earnest and God gave the support of people that I needed. Spiritually, I’ve received the down payment already. It has nothing to do with fame or financial reward–I want nothing to do with anything the world gives. In fact, if I succeed in doing what God has laid out for me then I expect to endure scorn, affliction, persecution, not to mention hatred, betrayal and all the rest. I believe I am on a trajectory to receive all the suffering that Satan inflicts on God’s saints.

I count it a success that a few readers have changed their views on prophecy and are now teaching all 66 books of the Bible accurately. I see it as a success that I may be personally attacked but my writing is unassailable. I say that on the basis of being sound Scripturally and solid logically. For every criticism, I’ve heard praise to counter it. For every reader who said it was hard to understand, I have had others say it was an easy read, so there you are. I look forward to hearing more success stories of how The People of God transformed their understanding of the Bible.

As to the original version, I thank the readers for their encouragement. The foundation is firm and will not be going anywhere. No need for another rewrite after this, the typos in The People of God will remain. The arguments are sound, the principles are secure. The truth is upheld and the Lord Jesus is glorified. The true believers do not only have a book they can have confidence in, but a series they can follow all the way to the blessed throne of God. Knowing I have contributed in some way to my King’s happiness and to His kingdom is my success. **

**Note: The People of God is now available on-line wherever you buy books. The writer recommends Booklocker, the publisher, for individual or gift purchases. This is the link https://booklocker.com/4816 

For volume discounts contact Jfink@theprophetsofgod.com using PayPal or major credit cards.

Allow two weeks from this date (03/24/19) for the on-line purchase of The People of God in eBook, Kindle, Nook, iTunes, etc.**

What Is the Lord’s Testimony?
Jesus’ trial before Caiaphas

Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come!

Amos 6:1 NIV

A few months back I was verbally attacked by a couple I have known for years. I invited them for lunch, right after their Sunday services. During the meal, an unusually fervent discussion ensued when I took issue with the Mrs.’ dogma about salvation. The dark clouds before the storm were moving in, and I had anticipated a beautiful, sunny afternoon. Thunder and lightning broke out as the wife, and dutifully agreeable husband, finished their specially-prepared dessert.

One reason for the invite was I wanted their feedback. Previously, I had stated my extreme reluctance to write self-promotional ads. Nevertheless, I agreed to do so for a video script with which they had become involved. Midway into the script’s draft, we came to a line that an on-camera person was to deliver. It went something like this: “Those hungry for truth should read my books on prophecy.”

With those words, our guest went ballistic. “Who made you the judge of what is true?” “Is everyone who disagrees with you going to hell?” Toward the end of this 15-minute barrage, I was told, “You are unloving!” (I listened as I looked into the eyes of loathing and contempt.)

My defense was to no avail. I said something like, “I’m not the judge of anyone; God’s Word is.” “The Lord said what he will do with those who add to or subtract from his prophecy.” Yet nothing from the Bible slowed down her charge.

After a few more cutting remarks, the shadow of my accuser departed our doorway for good. Hope they enjoyed the hospitality and the “Roast Host” for lunch. Shaken, my dear Leslie looked at me as if I should have known what was coming. This was my punishment for not listening to wisdom or my own intuition, and proceeding anyway.

In thinking about it later, I was attacked for being an advocate (i.e. defender) for truth, while my Sunday afternoon guests were staunch protectors of the “Celebrity Christian TV pastors and Pre-Tribulation Rapture experts.” I’ll take my side of the argument any day–and the stones that go with it!

During the ordeal, I did manage to cite Jesus’ testimony from John 12.

“As for the person who hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”

John 12:47-50

For his testimony, our Savior was scourged and nailed to the cross. The memorable lunch will provide a backdrop as we examine the testimony of the faithful and true witness, sent from the Father.

The subject in the next post, Part 2, is “What is Jesus’ testimony?” A clue to our answer will be John 15:15. It would be a good idea to consider it.

Question Everything!
Questions often precede understanding.

…my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Hosea 4:6a NIV

We have may have trouble remembering when we were annoying? Perhaps I can remind you. Your mom or dad would state the simplest thing, like, “You are too young Bradley to stay up until 10:00 on school nights?” Immediately, we would ask “Why?” Then we would add, “Jimmy’s dad lets him stay up until 11:00!”

After several more “Whys,” your frustrated Mom or Dad said firmly, “Because I said so, that’s why! GET YOURSELF TO BED NOW!”

However, what if the question is an attempt to understand? Is Jimmy’s dad wrong or is mother being too strict and, therefore, unjust? It would be best to table the discussion until the next day, not press it at bedtime.

Next, Bradley is in college. His professor states that religion is for the weak. He goes on to say that Christians are repressed, and try to impose their values onto society. The professor has his Ph.D. and teaches a course in which the ambitious Bradley needs an A. He is likely to earn that same angry stare he saw as a child, but his hand is raised and the questions are asked, “Sir, why take that position? Are you downplaying the value of morals to a society, and what of all the good that men and women of faith have contributed?” What if Brad had not ask for a further explanation or clarification? The professor’s anti-religious claim would stand.

A few years go by and Brad is the new man in town and attending Sunday services. His pastor (beloved by all) includes in his sermon the declaration that Jesus died for the sins of the world, and that includes Muslims and Buddhists, so who are we to judge and say our faith is better than theirs?

The inquisitive Bradley notices his right hand wants to go in the air, something he had never seen in church. The pastor has all the degrees and years of experience as an authority on the Bible, so what if the new guy challenges him?

The hand goes up. Brad has a question. He is recognized and stands. “I intend no disrespect but you made a statement that no real Christian can argue with, like Jesus died for Muslims and Buddhists–Yes, Jesus died for the whole world, we all agree, but then you followed it with an error of logic. You said that His death and resurrection shouldn’t have an effect on religious Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists, some of whom, by the way, are persecuting and even killing minority Christians around the world?”

There goes the church welcome packet with the free pen, but do you see the benefit of Brad’s intelligent questioning. It casts a light on dubious statements that might otherwise pass for truth.

As a trained pastor, I have been challenged. One came when I was fresh out of seminary. According to the tradition to which I belonged and my seminary training, I accepted a church family’s request to baptize their baby. After I was challenged to defend infant baptism, I did what the confident student suggested and read the Scriptures on baptism. As a result, my first infant baptism was my last. That began a series of other questions that resulted in an early departure from the denomination.

So here is the point: Question everything that does not square with sound Bible doctrine and all things illogical. Question everything where evidence is lacking. Question what someone is trying to push as an agenda and question what you believe is false. Know this: God is true. Always yield to His truth and to grace, make allowance for what might be done in sincere love. As for human wisdom and pride, suspect the lie (cf. Romans 3:4) Question everything, and, if you must, do it publicly.

In this age of deceit, we should question the experts, the scholars, the scientists or the academics. Some will earn our trust by their response and as their answers stand up to scrutiny, but be determined to get at truth.

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

Acts 17:11

As to my books on prophecy or posts, question what I write! Do so in the manner of the Bereans. I have been wrong in the past and will probably have facts wrong in the future. I make no claim of infallibility, but strive for truth and fill my pages with Scripture. Re-examination may result in affirming or correcting, but always through the prism of rightly interpreted Scripture. No angry stare from me, but a “thank you” for the question. For the questioner, there is the opportunity for greater understanding. For the Bradleys out there, there is an opportunity to gain their ear.

Judge or Advocate?
Lady Justice wearing a blindfold, with scales in her left hand and a sword in the right.

My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. (Proverbs 3:21-22 NIV)

In thinking of a major malady of our times, the phrase “rush to judgment” comes to mind. For example: A young black man dies and a white police officer is involved, so what is reported in the first 24 hours? A white, Catholic, strict-constructionist nominee for the U. S. Supreme Court awaits a confirmation vote when an unsubstantiated charge is made targeting his stellar reputation. A group of white Catholic high-schoolers are at a Pro-Life rally. One teen with a red MAGA (Pro-Trump) hat, is face-to-face with an older-looking Native American. So how did the main-stream press portray their interaction? (Here’s a clue: The school was flooded with threats via the social media, so, for security reasons, school had to be closed.)

A black TV star claimed he was attacked by men wearing red MAGA (Pro-Trump) hats. He files charges with the police stating he was a victim of a hate crime. Immediately, he appears for numerous TV interviews. The next day we begin to hear that his “attack” may have been staged for publicity. Apparently, he was confident he could get away with exploiting our prejudices for personal gain.

These are a few of the recent examples of how the world is rushing to judgment. We can list the stereotypical elements: white, Catholic, Pro-Life, Pro-President Trump contrasted with blacks or other minorities, and all things anti-Trump.

Great harm is done by rushing to judgment. Journalism in America has hit an all-time low for objectivity or public trust.

Instead of investigative reporting, many in the media have turned to advocacy work disguised as real journalism. No longer inviolable is the presumption of innocence; the pillar of a free society. Notables are verbally or symbolically hung, drawn and quartered, and otherwise bludgeoned every day in our papers. If you do not see it in the front section, look at the editorial cartoons on the op-ed page.

Christians should be the last to allow bias, pro or con, to affect their judgment about a person’s innocence. We ought to be making sound judgments using God-given discernment, before becoming an advocate. Discernment allows us to detect bias, and wonder if, indeed, all the evidence has been revealed. In getting at the truth, it is important in an article to ask ourselves, “What questions are not being covered or what is going unreported? What is barely mentioned in the last paragraph as opposed to what is the bait for the reader trumpeted in the headlines?” In buying a used car, it is what the salesman does not tell us that will matter most, after the purchase. This takes discernment.

Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases?

(1 Corinthians 6:2)

Reserving judgment until all relevant evidence is heard is essential to having “sound judgment.” It is a poor judge, indeed, who allows prejudice or politics to predetermine the outcome. Unfortunately, it has gotten to that point at the highest levels of our judiciary. The legal system needs adversaries, they are called the prosecution and the defense. But, even more, a free society requires sound judgments from judges, and a press that is impartial. If not, get used to violent mobs incited by advocates who jumped to conclusions, then took justice into their hands.

We may be lulled to sleep by living in a bubble of biased news coverage, but when we are the one in the negative spotlight and wrongfully accused, then a prayer for justice is all we may have.

In Memoriam-Janet Twigg, 1966-2018

“Blessed are the saints who die in the Lord from now on.”

On May 19th or 20th, our beloved Janet Twigg passed away quietly in her South Africa home when her heart was stopped by a blood clot–and what a glorious heart it was! Janet loved and was loved. She gave and she cheered others on. She was devoted and devout. She was a willing servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Left behind to mourn her death are Janet’s son Jared (currently living and working in China), her co-workers at EHL Engineering Consultants and her dear close friend Zeca. (Janet was like a grandma to Zeca’s children.)

We, here at theprophetsofgod.com, will miss this beautiful Christian sister, this diamond from Johannesburg. A day or so before Janet left us, she sent a text for which I am grateful. She wrote that she loved our blog’s home page. “The page looks amazing,” she said. (It was our last correspondence.) Janet was always ready to lend this blog her much-needed skills. She was part of tpog.com, and always will be.

Elijah, Janet’s special love, and husband-to-be, grieves to the depths of his being. I grieve as well. Elijah’s family and mine, plus several of our friends, were to warmly welcome her to the U.S. in a few weeks. Setting foot in America was Janet’s dream. It was not to be. That dream dissipated into nothingness the moment she saw Jesus.

We thank God that “U.S. Team Janet” had the opportunity to share Jesus’ love. She left while we owed her a debt we cannot repay. Janet, we cherish your memory. At Jesus’ Coming, we will join you in the air.