Although we don’t want to get too caught up in numbers, the year 2022 certainly contains quite a bit of “twos”. What, if anything, does it mean? The number two has great significance in the Bible. Number one stands for unity and stands for no differences but the number two is affirmative of the differences that exist. The Biblical Meaning of Number 2 deals with separation, things that are divided, or things that bring about division. The number 2 being the first number that can be divided is regarded as the fundamental number for division. It has also been used while referring to discord and even war. Ruin and death are also believed to be connected with the biblical numerology number 2. It is also believed that the early Christians did not like the number 2; they believed that it represented the division between the human soul and God or even associated the number 2 with the devil.
With all of that in mind, I have been praying and asking the Lord Jesus Christ what He would like us to share as a message of encouragement for this New Year. We understand that since the year 2020, our world has been turned upside down and inside out. Evil is called good and good is called evil. People are being divided on the issues of politics, race, gender, and now vaccination status. There is a wicked agenda in place to force or coerce the Covid 19 Vaccine and subsequent boosters on pretty much everyone on the planet. We saw this begin towards the end of 2020 and really ramp up and pick up speed in 2021. Lives have been lost, both to the manmade virus and also to the wicked, planned vaccine. The media continually beat the drums of “fear, fear, fear”😱. In 2021, Jobs were lost as people who refused the vax were “punished”. The unvaxed have been horribly demonized, ostracized, censored, locked out, and shut out. I shake my head wondering…If 2021 was this bad, what in the world is in store for us in 2022, the year of DIVISION, the year of CHOICE?
The answer is, it depends on your focus as to how bad or good 2022 will be. The world is not going to get “better”…and the elite “kings of the earth” have no intention of ever returning this world back to the “normal” we left in early 2020. No…they plan on a “new normal” that will include a totalitarian government (global) that aims to dictate everything, including:
- where we live
- how or IF we earn a living (job/employment)
- Freedom of movement (quarantine/house arrest/covid internment camps)
- what our children are taught
- what we eat and drink
- what we put into our body (vaccine) – no more “my body, my choice”
- who and how we worship
- what we hear, see, and read, etc
- even what we believe.
And so much more! The truth is, “True Freedom” will be a “thing of the past”. This is satan’s plan, and he is rapidly working the plan. He is actively consolidating power and wielding it like a weapon. Those who support him (media personalities, government officials, entertainment, sports, and even religious figures) are “rewarded” with higher paying positions and “perks”. All who oppose him are vilified, censored, or threatened – discarded like yesterday’s trash. Dissent will not be tolerated in the New World Order. This is happening now and will get worse and worse if God does not intervene.
However, God has another plan. God has a different plan. No matter how bad the world looks, YHWH and His Son Yahushua (Jesus Christ) through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT… are still FULLY in control. God has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We can look at Israel and ancient Egypt as a type of “model” for these end of days. As Israel approached the time of the Exodus…leaving bondage and slavery in Egypt, God sent ten plagues to set them free. The first three plagues affected both the Israelites and the Egyptians. However, by the fourth plague, God made a distinction between who was HIS and who was NOT.
Exodus 8: 22 But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where My people are living, so that no swarms of flies will be there, in order that you may know that I, the Lord, am in the midst of the land. 23 I will put a division between My people and your people. Tomorrow this sign will occur.”
During this current dispensation, God has always caused the sun to shine and the rain to fall on both the righteous and the wicked; however, in this year of DIVISION 2022, we COULD see that change as we approach the RAPTURE and the END OF THE AGE.
Matthew 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may prove yourselves to be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
We have seen this horrible Covid 19 virus affect both believers and non-believers alike; however, eventually we expect God to make a separation or distinction between His people and satan’s people. There is going to be a DIVISION based on which “God” we CHOOSE (True God or false “god”). There really is no middle ground. The devil owns the fence. If we are not FOR the Triune God (Father/Son/Holy Spirit), then we are against Him (whether we know it or not). It’s time for us to CHOOSE. God allows this time for His people to “prove ourselves” to be sons (children) of the Father. How do we do it? Love. Love God, Love people. Even love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Love oils the wheels of obedience. When we LOVE Jesus, we will KEEP His Commandments, we will be as obedient as we can to His Word and DESIRE to please HIM. Of course, we are human so we will fail….but God looks at the HEART❤️. In a world filled with hate, and “fake love” (lust), God searches the hearts of people and divides us accordingly (sheep and goats).
This brings us to our focus for 2022. If we focus on the world we run the risk of falling into deception or despair. Those who are deceived believe the world is just fine the way it is. They are going to learn the hard way that it is not. There are others who see what is going on in the world and feel frustrated, angry, helpless, depressed..unable to change it in any meaningful way. The evil people who control the world are very powerful and well-funded.
Do you remember the Bible story where the devil showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth and offered them to HIM…..IF Jesus would bow down before him (satan)?
Luke 4: 5 And he (satan) led Him (JESUS) up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory, for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I want. 7 Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.” 8 Jesus replied to him, “It is written: ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’”
Jesus did not take the devil up on his offer, but instead had a plan to retake dominion over the world in a DIFFERENT way✝️..One that would cost HIM everything (The Cross)! But who gave satan dominion over this earth in the first place? We did. God (YHWH/Jesus Christ) gave dominion of the earth to us (mankind) and we unwittingly turned around and gave it to satan when we sinned.
Jesus absolutely REFUSED satan’s offer…..but from the looks of the world, there are many world leaders and “kings of the earth” who were happy to say “yes”.
How we view 2022 has everything to do with which side we CHOOSE to be on…God’s (KINGDOM) or the devil (world). As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD! With this in mind, the Lord gave me a couple of Scriptures to focus on in the year 2022… The first is Mark 12:41-44, a scripture about a very poor widow who gave everything she had to honor God.
Mark 12:41: And Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and began watching how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large amounts. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two lepta coins, which amount to a quadrans (two small copper coins that totaled a penny). 43 Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; 44 for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”
Three days before Jesus went to the Cross, this poor widow gave everything she had to honor God. It was a very tiny amount even in those days, but to her it was everything. God was well pleased with her offering. The Gospel of Mark places this story just prior to Mark 13 where Jesus gives a detailed account about what to expect at the end of days, the time we are in now. Although this is about financial giving, the principal is….God wants us to be “all in” for HIM. God does not want only part of us. He wants ALL of us. He does not want only Sunday mornings, or nightime prayers…God wants ALL of us.
There is another story in the Bible that is a cautionary tale against being luke-warm for God, but yet desiring to appear otherwise so as to gain the praises of men. In the book of Acts, Chapters 2-5, there is a really cool situation happening. These are the days immediately following Pentecost, when God began to pour out His Holy Spirit on all flesh. At this time, the Holy Spirit was performing some some pretty incredible, instantaneous miracles THROUGH Jesus’ Disciples. Thousands of Jewish converts were coming to the faith, and were in a state of “awe and wonder”. They were so excited about Jesus that they all began to sell everything they had and gave to one another as each one had need. They lived in a communal type situation because the Jews had kicked them out of the synagogues. These people were ALL IN for Jesus. Many miracles were being done among them.
A very wealthy husband and wife (Ananias and Sapphira) desired to join this beautiful group of disciples, and yet they were not all in for Jesus. They sold a plot of land and gave a generous portion of their proceeds to the disciples to distribute among the people. Sounds nice, yea? Actually no. They apparently led people to believe that they had given 100% of the proceeds to the disciples, which was a lie. Why did they do this? Was it because they wanted to appear more generous than Barnabus, who had sold his land and given ALL of the proceeds to the disciples? Was it a requirement to literally sell their valuable piece of land and give 100% of the money to the disciples? No…giving was something that was being done out of each person’s generosity and free-will. Giving all of their material wealth was NOT a requirement for discipleship. However… this couple desired to be praised by the people because of their “generosity” so they apparently PRETENDED that they had given everything ..when in-fact, they were secretly holding back a tidy sum of money for themselves just in case this discipleship thing didn’t work out. They didn’t fully TRUST in God, but yet they desired to appear devout.
This story has a pretty shocking and disturbing ending. The Apostle Peter, through means of the Holy Spirit, discovered their deception and revealed it to the people. Peter was not upset that the couple was luke-warm and held back money for themselves. Their luke-warm spirit was not necessarily a sin; however, their lying and hypocrisy was a grave sin that would cost them their lives. Both the husband and the wife dropped dead suddenly right in front of everyone and a great FEAR went throughout the camp.
What does the story about the poor widow who sacrificially gave two copper coins to the work of the Temple and the story of Ananias and Sapphira have in common? These stories show a stark contrast between those who are all-in for Jesus and those who only PRETEND to be, who are still sitting on the fence, mulling their options. We are coming into some very dark times in this world….the end of days. We NEED God’s favor, we NEED His help and protection. And we DESIRE His Divine Rescue (RAPTURE). Jesus, who is GOD who came in the likeness of human flesh, literally gave EVERYTHING TO save US ✝️ from HELL and ETERNAL DEATH in the lake of fire. In a world that is pulling away from God, we need to shine our lights brighter and brighter.
It’s time for us Christians to be all-in for Jesus. No more time to “play Church”. We need to be serious about our relationship with God. Those who are not serious will quickly turn away from Christ as the world ramps up its persecution against Biblical Christianity. We need to be steadfast in our faith, immovable, unshakeable.
Isaiah 60:2: “For behold, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you And His glory will appear upon you.
How do we give our personal best to Jesus so that His GLORY will shine in and through us?
- TRUST in JESUS, believe HIS PROMISES (found in His Word), PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT ALL FEAR. Fear is of the enemy. Faith is of God. TRUST in JESUS.
- Turn from our sinful behaviors (repent) and ask Jesus into our hearts, following the guidance of the Holy Spirit as He sanctifies us in the truth.
- FORGIVE and we shall be FORGIVEN. God shows mercy to the merciful.
- Walk by the Spirit not by the flesh. Seek to produce good fruit 🍎(Love, Joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.)
- Seek wisdom, discernment, spiritual gifts such as Prophecy, Words of Wisdom, Words of knowledge, speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, faith, healing and miracles. The gifts are for our day as much as they were for the days of the early church.
- Spend more time with Jesus in prayer, fasting, and the Word of God. Getting to know God’s Word is getting to know the character and plan of God. (To assist, we have a video series that is still a “work in progress” titled “Walk thru the Bible”. Should have a new video up soon.)
- Give secretly and generously (our personal best) to those who are hurting or hungry (widow and the orphan), to our own church, or to anything that glorifies the name of Jesus. Do this out of love for God and love for neighbor. God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
- Share our faith and the gospel (good news) boldly with others. Jesus says if we acknowledge Him as the Son of God before men He will acknowledge us before the Father in heaven. However, if we deny Jesus before men (people), He will deny us before the Father in Heaven. (Matthew 10:32)
- Watch the signs of the end-times and the increasing birthpains without fear as the time of Jesus’ second coming grows closer. Pray to be counted worthy to escape the things that are coming upon the earth and stand before the son of Man. As the signs increase, lift up our heads for our redemption draws near.
Much of today’s church has gone into apostasy, teaching many false doctrines. 🐺They focus alot on the historical Jesus (Jesus’ humanity), while practically ignoring the Risen Christ (Jesus’ Divinity). Many teach social justice or how to “earn” God’s blessings. Name it and claim it has become very popular (word of faith movement). An inappropriate view of Grace is now taught, where God supposedly permits or justifies sin in the life of a believer. There is no talk of “sin”, or “repentance”, or of eternal damnation for the unsaved. If we aren’t taught the “bad news”, HOW can we appreciate the GOOD NEWS?? There are now many churches moving towards “universalism”, even allowing the teachings of eastern religions to creep in (Emergent church). The majority of churches REFUSE to teach about the end times or the “Day of the Lord”. There is no emphasis on Jesus’ second coming, or on WATCHING and PREPARING for His return. False teachings often focus on “self” and man’s view of God rather than who God really is as revealed in His Word. There are churches who reject the Old Testament as though the God of the Old Testament is somehow different than the God of the New Testament. Some churches have even gone so far as to challenge or reject the authority of Scripture altogether.
Where does all of this false teaching lead us? At what temperature is baby-food generally served? LUKEWARM. If the Church looks like the world, smells like the world, tastes like the world, then what’s the point of going to Church? Sadly….the words “Post-Christian world” are now being used in many circles.
God tells us that this world is passing away. If our focus is on this world, our mantle will be either deceit or despair. However, God tells us to “seek first the KINGDOM and everything else will be given to us”. But…God says that those with a luke-warm spirit, worldly Christians… will be “spit out of His mouth”
Revelation 3:16: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
These past couple of years have been really difficult for many people. Pestilence, plague, civil unrest, (wars/rumors of war), natural disasters (floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, etc) have been increasing. The fear mongering propaganda media is labeling these as “pandemic, climate change, and being woke”; however, God calls them BIRTHPAINS of the second coming of CHRIST! 2022 appears to be our year to CHOOSE. Where shall we place our focus…Jesus Christ and His Eternal Kingdom or this dying world?
If your choice is like ours…JESUS CHRIST FOR THE WIN, then now is not the time to be luke-warm in our faith. Now is not the time to cower in fear or despair over the changes we see on the earth. Now is not the time to be afraid of persecution. Now is the time to LIFT UP OUR HEADS for our REDEMPTION draws near. Now is the time to be readying our houses, cleaning up the mess, throwing out the trash, and preparing ourselves for JESUS! This world is passing away and everything in it, but we believers have a Kingdom that will last FOREVER. 💕
I may have had a confirming dream on September 30, 2021.
Trust in Jesus…
In this dream I was in some kind of huge, industrial type building. The building was shaking…the walls were shaking. Had gone in several times and pulled people out because I somehow “knew” it was coming down. The feeling was like a firefighter who kept running back into a burning building to rescue people and get them out before the entire thing collapsed. At this point, the building had been shaking for some time. I had my cousin Teresa by the hand and was trying to get her out of the building. She pulled back and said “No! I have to go back and get my daughter”!!! Her daughter was still in the middle of the building. I shouted back “There is no more time, we have to get out!!!” She shook off my hand and disappeared back into the collapsing building. At this point, I knew that I had to get myself out. Started running, but now the walls were literally collapsing and caving in. Buildings all around me (was in a city) were collapsing and falling down. But…there was a tsunami wave running through the streets of the city. I got caught up in it. Tried to grab onto some metal poles that were in the street, or a corner of a building, but to no avail. Was washed away in a rapidly moving river of water and debris. Reminded me of the video of the Banda Aceh Tsunami…
I couldn’t believe I found myself in the middle of this tsunami wave. The water was moving rapidly and was in up to my neck, flowing with the current. Was wondering if I’d even survive when suddenly I drifted gently to a clear, glass home or bubble. Somehow went into it…there was no door, just found myself in it. In this bubble, there were many people standing and the water was now only up to my ankles. Was standing there looking out at the destructive debris and waves as they flowed past the clear bubble or home where I was now able to stand. Now, I was just a spectator, completely protected.
May you rest safely in the arms of Jesus who is our shield and high tower.