The Lord of the Battle
Ah, I realize that it has been a long time since I have blogged. At the time that I wrote this, the Spirit of the Lord was upon me [bless His name!]. I had been in worship (music, prayer and dance - at home, alone) for hours (lost track).
I will be sharing a lot of what has been going on since the end of April soon enough, but I must take this opportunity to thank my faithful brothers and sisters who have supported me and kept me before the Lord in prayer.
Once again Blogspot has given me a hard time in posting this. Others who use Blogspot do not seem to be having a problem, and I have checked everything I know how to check.
I realize that it has to do with the HTML, but where the source of the conflict is, I do not know. Blogspot, which is actually part of Google, only responds to paying users, and I have read that even they have a hard time getting a response.
Three separate browsers were tried, a new (and free) word processing program was installed and tried, as well as operating on a new laptop. Frankly, I don't know what else to do, except to redo all of this again.
Words were broken up and sentences overlapping, as well as blocks of white popping up randomly within the text. I cannot copy and paste such things as quotes from news reports, without there being a problem.
I have to painstakingly type everything directly into the blog editor, rather than the usual way of using my word processing program and transferring it from there.
I will spare you all the details, but suffice it to say that at times like this, I wish I had a website that I paid for. Yet no matter what, I do thank the Lord for the free websites that are available.
The Spirit of Death
Five days ago, I would safely say that the spirit of death was hovering
over me, and that dear readers, is no exaggeration. Those of you who
write me regularly know that I typically answer back with an apology
whenever I get backlogged with my emails, which is quite often.
Right now, there are quite a few of you who have written and still have
not heard back from me. Truly, I DO apologize because that is my
character, as I do know what it is like to write and not get an answer,
or to write and wait a long time for an answer.
But I am only one person and I am trying my best. I greatly appreciate
those who understand my position and even encourage me not to
feel pressured in answering. I often tell people to please not take it
personally if my responses are slow, as I answer according to urgency
As many of those who communicate with me know, as well as the
faithful readers of this blog, I have been disciplining myself regarding the
time spent on the computer in sitting, as the Lord used the incident
with the blood clot to teach me more wisdom and about disciplining
In the past two weeks, I have only answered a handful of telephone calls, if that. I either had to let calls slide (too weak to answer) or I was asleep. I
slept most of the time for nearly 2 weeks as my body endeavored to fight
I was hit with the flu that nearly took me out. When I say that it nearly took me out, I do mean just that - fact, not drama.
In fact, before the flu hit, I had two dreams of the death angel with the scythe.
In one dream, it was very dark and I saw him far away in a field coming
towards me. In my dream, it took a few rebukes before he left.
In a dream the following night, he was hovering over me; then, he was pacing back and forth, as though trying to get around something invisible that was
blocking him from touching me.
I remember being startled in my dream and afraid, but once again, I began
to rebuke him. I remember having on bloodstained armor, but mostly I
remember how adamant he was about resisting me. I also remember how
angry he was when he disappeared, yes, disappeared - poof.
When I awoke, the dream seemed strange to me and I pushed it aside, as at
that time my health seemed fine, and my leg was greatly healing. It was
only days later that the flu hit me.
I realize I'm behind others in reporting this; but be that as it may, it goes hand
in hand with my current situation and others need to pay attention.
Right now, the Chinese people are suffering with an outbreak of what is
being called the 'bird flu', and the middle eastern countries are suffering with what some of the media is calling a 'SARS-like' virus, while other sources are calling it MERS-CoV (MERS for short, which stands for 'Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome'). The CoV stands for coronavirus.
When the Washington Times reported on it May 31, it had affected people
from the ages of 24 to 60 years of age. It began in Saudi Arabia and spread
to Qatar and Jordan. With travelers to the Middle East, it has spread to Europe
on (United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Italy, Germany), the UK and France.
There are also soldiers who are returning from the East who are suffering from
pulmonary distress, so it is something that must be paid attention to.
A 45-year-old man from Tuscany Italy, had traveled to Jordan where one of his
sons was suffering flu symptoms there. The man was then himself hospitalized
in Florence on Friday, May 31, with symptoms such as a persistent cough, sweats and high fever, as well as difficulty breathing.
He was in close contact with two others who have now also become infected.
One was a 42 year old woman and the other was a two year old female child.
Italy reports 53 known Middle East and Europe MERS infections, with a
death toll reported at 30, as of September 2012.
It has steadily increased. The last count in the UK was 42 infected, with 21 deaths. The MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV) became a stained yellow in a photomicrograph by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Washington Times wrote:
"We understand too little about this virus when viewed against the magnitude of
its potential threat. Any new disease that is emerging faster than our
understanding is never under control," said Dr. Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization, in remarks this week reported by the New York Daily News.
"These are alarm bells, and we must respond. The novel coronavirus is not a
problem that any single affected country can keep to itself or manage all by itself. The [virus] is a threat to the entire world."
Youtube 3:00 min news report
Meanwhile, the Chinese media is alerting people about its own outbreak.
"This bird flu outbreak happened in a close time frame to thousands of pig carcasses being discovered in the Huangpu River.
Most of the people infected with H7N9 have had close contact with poultry. In
addition, thousands of dead ducks were found recently, making people question where H7N9 virus has come from.
Li Xiaoxu, virologist in Washington DC stated:
"I think the H7N9 cases in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces may be associated
with the recent that takes ducks and/or wild birds incidents. Generally, some mutations found in the virus are easy to develop in human cells, with fatal consequences. It is hard to say whether it can be transmitted from human to human."
Other authorities have stressed that there is no evidence of human-to-human
transmission of H7N9 virus. Should we be surprised at the conflicting reports?
It seems that MSM (mainstream media) has a global reputation for this.
NTDTV (China) further reports:
"Media have reported that the UK's flu expert states that the H7N9 strain is highly pathogenic. Human beings are easily vulnerable to it, and infection may lead to a quick death."
Here is an interesting 3 1/2 minute news report from NTDTV; it is in Chinese with English
What about the United States?
CNS News reports:
"Meanwhile, the U.S. government, in a notice published in the Federal Register Wednesday, declared that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome - Coronavirus
(MERS-CoV or MERS) could potentially "affect national security or the health and security of United States citizens living abroad."
Saudi Arabia Saudia Arabia is currently the undisputed center of the scare. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the majority of the fifty-five confirmed MERS cases - 40 infections, 24 deaths - have occurred in the kingdom, while to death each have been reported in Britain and Jordan and one death each, as well as France and the United Arab Emirates. (The fatalities in Europe were linked to visits to the Middle East.)"
Now if any Muslims, by some strange happenstance, read this site (or if a reader knows of any Muslims who plan to travel), I strongly encourage their reconsideration of visiting Mecca for the Hajj, until the danger passes.
Neither the UN World Health Organization (WHO) or the Saudi Embassy in Washington is even mentioning MERS as a health issue to travelers, nor suggesting any vaccinations outside of H1N1, seasonal flu and meningitis required.
Be aware that the MERS virus is NOT the same strain of flu virus as H1N1 and the vaccinations will not protect you or your loved ones.
"Saudi Arabia says more than 2 million Muslims - including roughly 20,000 from the United States - visit Mecca for the Hajj, which brings large numbers of people into close proximity in a confined geographical area over a five-day period. This year's pilgrimage falls in mid-October.
As of Wednesday, the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) said it was not advising any "special screening at points of entry"as a result of the outbreak, "nor does it currently recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions."
It does not seem to me that the Muslims or travelers to Saudi Arabia are being restricted in their travel or properly warned. Read the full CNS News report and ask yourself if it is wise to visit Mecca this year for the Hajj.
On May 21, 2013, NBC News reported that a mysterious cluster of respiratory illness
affected seven people, two of which have died.
"The victims, all adults had symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath, but because of the illnesses is unknown," said Dr. Mary McIntyre, the acting state epidemiologist for the Alabama Department of Public Health. The hospital is using respiratory precautions, which include requiring staff to wear special N95 masks that reduce the chance of infection.
State health officials have collected and analyzed samples of specimens from all patients. So far, one samples tested positive for H1N1 influenza A, but it's not clear what is behind the unusual illnesses. There's no evidence of other kinds of flu, including the H7N9 strain that has caused illness and death in China, McIntyre said."
Laboratory samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but testing results are not yet available, officials said. There's no evidence that any of the victims had a connection or traveled outside the country, which would have put them at risk for unusual pathogens, including a deadly new coronavirus recently christened MERS or Middle Ease Respiratory Syndrome.
"At this point it's too early to tell," McIntyre told NBC news. "That's why we call that a respiratory illness of unknown origin." State and federal health officials will continue to investigate the illnesses."
On either Thursday or Friday, I will be hosting my first Blog Talk Radio show, which will be called "Time of Revealing" (for now - there is another name I am considering. Perhaps I will put them together, but that would be long. "Warriors of Endurance -Time of Revealing". The first episode will be called "Time of Revealing".
The first hour of the show will touch upon further deception and disinfo circulating about Sandy Hook, Aurora shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing. Months of research, prayer unmeasured and a strong leaning upon the Lord has gone into this work.
There are some interesting details that I found which reveal how many (although sincere in their efforts to share truth) neglect taking enough time to dig deeper to find out if something is accurate or misleading.
I realize I'm not the first runner out of the gate on the topics and I'm okay with that. Not only have I been ill, but there are times it takes patience for truth to reveal itself in areas and we all need to learn patience.
Just because the majority are saying something does not necessarily mean it's true. The Lord led me to the following Scripture, which is to His glory alone. Interestingly enough, it begins with Ecclesiastes 9:11 (the Lord is amazing!):
I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all.
For man also knows not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly upon them. [Eccl 9:11-12]
Even if I can only reveal a couple of facts that expose deception and disinfo, it will make all the months of research worthwhile. The glory to God.
In the second hour of the broadcast, I will share how amazing the Lord is - why He allows certain things to happen; why not everything is by the hand of the Lord (we have real adversaries), and how the Lord turns what was meant for evil to good, for our sakes, but for His glory.
From the end of April, when I first sent out the urgent corporate letter to faithful readers requesting prayer, until now, the things that have happened to me (and some of what has been said to me) were meant to defeat me, I am sure.
In all things, the Lord is to be praised. To think, health probles all began when I asked the Lord to strengthen me, increase my faith and to remove any
unbelief from me. He is wise in all He does, but we must remember that we live in a fallen, corrupted world and live amongst evil people, as well as invisible foes.
Yes, greater is Christ Jesus in us than he that is in the world...I know, but we still have to go through the trials that push us to the point (at times) that we feel it is more than we can bear.
I will share how the Lord rebuked the death angel and led me also to learn about two organic supplements that (I believe, along with prayer) arrested the virus and began to expunge it from my body.
This is my fourth day on one supplement and the fifth on another, along with some other things, which I will share on the broadcast. The difference is noticeable. However, anyone who knows anything about detoxifying the body also knows that flu-like symptoms can present themselves as the body rids itself of toxins.
(Insert shocked face here) Flu-like symptoms! It is a bit of a rollercoaster ride at the moment, which is one reason why I am delaying the radio broadcast. I also have to compile my information and notes. I am not over the hump yet (not 100%), as I was seriously ill, but hopefully, Lord willing, I will start on radio soon. I know that truly God has been with me through it all - but hey, it has been one hell of a battle. It's not quite over...
You will have to tune in to find out the details (smiles). I will be posting and/or sending out emails to confirm the day, but the tentative time slot is for 6 pm - 8 pm EST, Thursday or Friday, depending on my health.
When I needed advice to figure out the Blog Talk Radio control panel etc., the Lord set me up with a tech support worker that is a Christian. This man spent an incredible amount of time patiently leading me through the process, step by painstaking step. Thank you Bill! Prayers have gone up for you, your wife and children. May you all be much blessed.
Lord of the Battle
The Lord does not want us to give up in trials and tribulations, but instead to cry out to Him and to cling to Him. He also does not want us to panic or fear about things that are upon the nations. He wants us to remember that He is Sovereign and that HE is the LORD of the battle.
He loves us. As we cleave to Him, He will lead us through the valley of the shadow of death and He will deal with our adversaries. Even though we may cry out for mercy (as I have), we will fear no evil, as we realize that He is with us and His hand is truly upon us.
I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy: for You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities; And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: You have set my feet in a large room [Ps 31:7,8]
Bless the Lord, o my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies. [Ps 103:2-4]
for His glory,