From The Watchtower

28th May 2018

Prepare your oil lamps, children of God

A Parable:

There was a woman and she was going on a journey.
She arrived at the airport with a very heavy bag.
Appearing before the check-in counter she was told that her bag was too heavy and she needed to remove some of the contents.
She found a small quiet room and entered it with her very heavy bag.
Opening the bag she suddenly realised that the contents had not been packed by her but by her husband.
The contents were bad and there was illegal contraband in the bag.

This terrified the woman as she had had a very lucky escape from being caught by customs and imprisoned.
But as she went through the bag, she realised that some of the contents she wanted to keep. She had a decision to make.
Either she only took what was hers to take or she could try and smuggle some of her husbands contraband and bad things through customs.

As she was thinking about this, she removed two items for herself and packed these into another bag for herself. Then she zipped her husbands packed bag up. As she was about to leave a woman walked past the room and then turned back and opened the door and walked in. She was a first class passenger, and had very little in the way of baggage to take on board the plane.

She started to talk with the woman who was repacking the bags and told her not to forget her make-up. She would need it. The first woman thanked her and then unzipped her husbands bag and realised she had left all her make-up behind. She removed this and put it into her new bag, zipped her husbands bag up for the last time and walked away.

What do you think she had packed for herself.

She had found and packed only three things and even though she was afraid of taking the next step of walking through customs and entering the plane with her new bag, she realised the fear was actually not her own, but her husbands.  She could now walk away from it and walk out in boldness, knowing she had exactly what she needed for her journey.

The three things she had removed were:

  1. A certificate of Title to her home
  2. Some new clothes for the journey
  3. Make-up

She had no money or possessions and did not need them because these three things were all she needed.

  1. Certificate of Title – Her citizenship for her heavenly home
  2. New clothes – Her robe of righteousness that she received when she accepted Jesus in her life and became born again.
  3. Make-up – The person she was created to be with the gifts that God had given her to do his will and to serve him.

What happened to her husband: She had walked away from his bag because his baggage of sin and slavery was his own to bear.

Meaning of the parable: Do not carry others sin and burdens or partake of their ways, because when you reach heaven you will only have to account for your own actions, and heart. God sees the heart of each of us as individuals and we cannot blame another or do for another what is their responsibility to take.

Prepare your own oil lamps, children of God, for He is close, just at the door. And, you want to be prepared when He returns or you will be left behind.

 

From The Watchtower

15th April 2018

The pure of heart,
Will sing a new song,
Hosanna in the Highest,
Your God Reigns.

For did He not promise,
And has He not said,
The Book shall be opened,
And there was silence in Heaven.

For all those who have faith,
Hold on, for yet a little while,
And He will come,
He is at the door.

All you who call out to the Lord,
Hold fast your faith,
You will see terror on all sides,
Your hearts will melt with fear.

Yet the Lord is faithful,
In a moment, before all faith fails,
He will return,
He will gather you,
The righteous on one side, the wicked on the other.

Then He will recompense,
Those slain in the name of the Lord,
The blood of the innocent,
And those wronged in His name.

The Book will be opened,
Your time has come, you kings of the earth,
Nothing will remain hidden,
But everything under the sun will be revealed.

The wicked will cry out on that day,
Let the rocks fall on us and hide us,
And He will crush them under His feet,
He will a-sign them into the depths of hell,
The fiery furnace and eternal damnation.

But to the faithful,
He places a robe of righteousness over them,
A crown of Salvation,
Never again oppressed,
But delighting in His presence always.

Lift up your voices, oh you saints,
Sing glory to the Most High,
For your God Reigns,
Hosanna in the Highest.

The Watchtower

27th March 2018

Multitudes upon multitudes,
Clap their hands and dance and sing
Entertainment is the name of the game,
A deceptive spirit has been sent,
Among the congregation.
If you have seen it,
Clasp your hand over your mouth,
And do not follow.

Multitudes upon multitudes,
Their ears are tickled,
Their hearts deceived.
Whitewash the sin and call it something else,
Cover it with platitudes,
And tell them they are blessed.

“Shepherds of my people, my children, repent.”
For the Lord sees your hearts,
Hungry for gain.
“Build the church,” you say.
Yet count the congregation and your tithes,
Erecting whitewashed buildings,
With no light there.

You have lost your first love,
And pride has crept in.
You say in your heart,
“Look and see at all that I have done,
I am blessed.”

But you do not know,
Your steps are ordered &
demons lead my children astray.
Call them to repent,
And do not whitewash the sin.

Know this,
On the day of judgement,
You too will be judged,
As shepherds of the flock,
Accountable for each child lost.

 

From The Watchtower

16th February 2018

The sun rises in its place and sets,
The moon and the tides are set in their ways,
The stars in the night sky to light the darkness,
At the Lords Word all was created.

The Lord calls out to His children
“Cast your burdens on me,
There is nothing new under the sun,
But have I not heard and Have I not seen your tears,
I gather them and store them,
They are precious to me.”

There are those who would thwart justice,
There are those who oppress,
There are those who steal and destroy,
But do you not know,
Nothing is hidden from the Lord.

The leaders are corrupt,
They do not understand,
That there is a day of judgement,
They rise and they fall,
But they are but dust,
The Lord will recompense.

Hold fast your faith,
You children of the Living God,
For days are coming,
When darkness will cover the earth,
And it will seem that evil will prosper.

But know this,
The Lord has set aside His own,
You are not forgotten,
So cast your burdens on Him,
He sees your days as numbered,
But your reward is with Him.

Praise the Lord all you saints,
All His children praise Him,
Lift up your voices and rejoice.
Praise His Holy Name.

 

From The Watchtower

12th February 2018

He raises himself up with pride in his heart,
“Who is like me,” he asks,
As he comes riding above the nations,
“Peace, peace,” he calls,
Yet the man of sin,
Is a stench in the Lords nostrils.

He gloats over his enemies,
And has no regard for women,
He walks through the nations and says,
“There is none like me.”

For a time, times and half a time,
So shall it be,
Peace and prosperity will come,
He will enter Jerusalem,
Bowing down in false pretence,
But deceit is in his heart.

Look all you nations,
For the time has come,
An abomination has set itself up,
On the holy hill.

But in a moment it shall be swept away,
For the Lord will come,
Riding the heavens,
A sceptre of judgement in His hand,
And He will trample him in an instant.

All you who trust in the Lord,
Hold fast your faith,
Do not believe the lies that spew forth,
Hold fast your faith,
Bow down and pray,
That it may not touch you.

And the Lord will hear your prayers,
The prayer of the righteous,
And He will deliver you on that day.
Praise the Lord,
Sing forth praises to His holy name,
For deliverance and judgement are in His hand,
On that day.

From The Watchtower

7th February 2018

Who may go up to the holy hill,
Who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who would serve the Lord,
For those who seek after the Lord will find Him.

The decree has gone out,
“Do not be afraid, My children,
Look to Him who saves you,
Stand at the gate posts and blow the trumpet,
And warn my people.”

The day will turn to night,
Darkness, deep darkness will cover the earth,
The stars will fall from the sky,
Yet the Lords Word will stand.

Watch and see the Lords hand do it,
For is there anything impossible for Him,
He searches through all the earth,
For those who would serve Him.

Go up, go up, to the Holy Hill,
Blow the trumpet,
For have not the nations conspired,
Under shouts of  “Peace, peace,”
Yet the day will come,
When Jerusalem is surrounded.

Do not give rest to your voice,
You servants of the most High God,
Call out to the East,
Call out to the West,
Call out to the North and South,
Gather your children, Oh Israel,
And see a marvellous thing.

You will see your God coming,
Mighty is He,
He will strike fear into all your enemies,
And trample them on that day.

From the Watchtower

2nd February 2018

As the sun rises and sets,
From one end of the earth to another,
And as the seasons are set that bring springtime and harvest,
So, the season is set in its place.
The Lord Almighty has declared,
The season is ripe for the harvest.

They come from the East,
They come from the West,
They come from the North and from the South,
They pour forth into the holy land,
Sons and daughters returning,
For the word has gone out,
“Return to Me,” says the Lord.

“I will gather you as an eagle,
I will cover you with my pinions,
And once again make my name holy,
Amongst you.”

In an instant you will see,
The one rejected,
And understanding will enter your hearts,
And light will fill the dark places,
You will see Him,
As He comes riding on the heavens,
And on that day,
You will feel remorse for your rejection of Him.

But He will gather you in His arms,
As a Father his children,
He will comfort you,
While He goes through the nations with His winnowing fork,
And once again bring righteousness and justice.

Jerusalem shout out for joy,
Your king comes,
And His arm is with you.
He will trample the nations before you,
And judge them on that day.

Holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
Praise Him,
From the ends of the earth,
Let all creation praise Him.

From the Watchtower

1st February 2018

The name of the Lord is to be praised,
For who is like the Lord?
Who removes our transgressions from us,
Though we do not deserve His mercy and grace.
Yet He extends it over all those who seek Him.
Love and faithfulness are His,
A bruised reed He will not destroy.
Compassion and mercy are with Him to give.
Yet the righteous ones shine like stars in the heavens,
Yet a little while and you will enter into His rest.

Rise up, rise up, with thanksgiving and praise,
You who are called in the name of the Lord,
Let your light shine,
You anointed of the earth.
For those who see you will cover their mouths,
No word can harm you,
And no weapon come against you.
The earth will see and fear the mighty ones,
Who come in the name of the Lord.

For the Lord has covered them with strength and power,
To raise up and to lower,
To call forth the Lords hand,
Miracles follow them and power is with them,
To do as the Lord commands,
To speak only what the Lord will put in their mouths,
To the nations.

Look and behold,
And see the mighty hand of the Lord,
His outstretched arm,
To bring the nations before Him in judgment.
Let praise and thanksgiving be on your lips,
Clothe yourself in His strength.
See the Lords hand will do it.
Praise His holy name.

From the Watchtower

31st January 2018

Who would do the will of the Lord?
Who can say in their hearts they follow in His footsteps?
Who waits at His door daily for the word of the Lord?
Who goes straight ahead and looks neither to the left nor the right?
Who would put aside their own desires,
And bow down before the Lord God Almighty?
Who would serve the Lord God Almighty?

For your walk will not be easy,
You vessel of the Lord,
Buffetted and battered, like a reed in a storm,
Yet humbly you call out to the Lord,
A light among the nations,
Yet I will draw you out,
Says the Lord God Almighty,
From the ends of the earth.

Before Me, you will walk,
And I will go before you and behind you,
Nothing shall harm you,
Although you are surrounded on all sides by darkness,
Deep darkness covers the earth.
So the Lord God Almighty will be with you.

I have anointed you and set you apart,
For such a time as this,
You will speak my words to the nations,
For I have given you the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven,
To speak to the nations,
To uproot and destroy,
You will have power over all the enemy,
And My word will go forth,
And it shall be done,
Says the Lord God Almighty.

Praise you Lord,
Let all creation praise you,
Let your will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

From the Watchtower

30th January 2018

Do you not know and have you not heard,
The Lord’s arm is with Him,
To raise up and to lower,
For a little while He will raise what is not holy,
For His good purpose.

He sees the hearts of men,
And knows their schemes,
He rides the heavens,
And looks down from His throne.

They would scheme to raise one above all others,
Peace, peace, they cry,
But wickedness and deceit are in their hearts.
To defraud the oppressed and needy,
To steal from the widow and orphan,
To take away justice,
And change the order of things,
Times and seasons.

The Lord laughs at their schemes,
From His holy place,
For a time, times and half a time,
Prosperity will come,
Then they will devour one another.

Do you not know and have you not heard,
Nothing is hidden from the Lord God Almighty,
He has saved a day,
A day of judgement for the man of sin,
A day of judgement for the nations.

When His arm extends to do it,
Then the righteous will rejoice,
Hold on, Hold on my children,
For the time is close and you will be avenged and see it.

All glory to our God,
Almighty and majestic is He,
Praise Him, Praise Him, all the earth,
For He comes to bring justice and righteousness,
He will do it.