Many times throughout my life, I have experienced the voice of the Spirit speaking to me profound spiritual truths through movies, main-stream media and major world events. Whereas, I have often shared the message(s) spoken to me with those closest to me; I have never attempted to communicate the messages via my blog and e-mail distributions. This is my first inspired attempt at doing so.
For the past two or three years, I have been an avid reader of Joseph Herrin’s “Parables Blog”. (www.parablesblog.blogspot.com) Joseph has a very unique gift for discerning prophetic messages being communicated through the main stream media and then communicating them to his readers through his writings. I have long maintained that the King of the Universe is still speaking to His people today – just as He has done in every generation previously.
It is my belief that our Father is speaking by His Spirit through major world events (e.g. the recent earthquakes that twice shook Mount Everest), major sporting venues (I.e. the Super Bowl) and select movie and television productions. I also believe He speaks through major happenings in the financial markets (e.g. some of the largest percentage and point drops in the history of Wall Street have occurred on His set-apart appointed times (as recorded in Lev. 23) of Yom Teruah (the Feast of Trumpets) and Yom Kippur (the Feast of Atonement)) – as well as the multitude of celestial events which have manifested over the last seventy years or so.
Note: Many of these celestial events are also manifesting on His set-apart appointed times in the years 2014 and 2015. E.g. The four blood moons are being revealed on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles in both years. Also, the first day of the month of Passover (called the month of Aviv) begins with a full solar eclipse in both 2015 and 2016.
Since the turn of the 20th century, our society has been overtaken with every medium of constant distraction and amusement. Since the end of the Second World War, the people of the western world in particular have experienced more personal free time than any other recorded generation in history. Between the endless bombardment of amusing distractions and the new found supply of free time, we have become a people almost completely deafened to the voice of the Spirit via His revealed Word (i.e. the Scriptures), His people (i.e. pastors, teachers and preachers) and the prayers of His people.
Permit me to illustrate. Imagine we are standing together on a busy subway platform. As we are engaged in our conversation, a subway train passes by at full speed. No matter how loud we shout at each other, the deafening noise produced by the passing train makes it impossible to hear what the other is saying. Is it any wonder that the One True Sovereign of the Universe is willing to communicate to us via any and every medium possible to proclaim to us the end-times we are presently living in and the deep eternal truths of His Word?
I have zero doubt that our Saviour and Master is still speaking, however, is anybody really listening?
I find it more than a little interesting that the very first time I find myself writing a parables blog of my own it is about a fictional championship horse. Why is this interesting you may ask? It is interesting because of late Joseph Herrin has been writing extensively about American Pharoah, the recent Triple-Crown winner of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.
While I was reading the above post the Set-Apart Spirit spoke plainly to my heart and said, “American Pharoah is going to win the Belmont Stakes and this will be a sign to you that Obama is the last President the United States will ever know.” I replied, “Since you have revealed to me who the winner is, do you want me to place a bet on the horse?” (I did not consider this to be gambling, since the Spirit had already revealed to me the outcome of the race.) “No, I do not want you to place a bet”, He answered, “I want you to tell this to your wife and daughter.”
I immediately obeyed the voice of the Spirit and relayed to my wife and daughter what I had just heard by the Spirit – making sure to be fully accountable to the instruction that I was not to place a bet on this horse race. Seven days later, the word I had been given came to pass. Obama will surely be the last President the good ole’ U.S. of A. will ever know.
Ever since Obama first became President of the U.S.A., the Set-Apart Spirit has continually spoken to my heart that he will be the last President in U.S. history. Just as the One True Sovereign of Yisrael is coming to rule and reign upon the throne as the 44th recorded king in the history of constituted Yisrael. Obama is sitting upon his throne as the 44th president of the recorded history of the constituted United States. It is truly a matter of type versus anti-type.
Note: In no way am I implying that Obama is the anti-messiah who is revealed in Daniel 7:21-25 or Revelation 13:1-10 – nor do I believe such nonsense. I KNOW who the anti-Messiah of the Scripture is due to the fulfilment of ALL the prophecies concerning him and it is most definitely not Obama! Amazingly enough, almost all of the protestant church leaders were in unanimous agreement with this assessment for over two-hundred fifty years of church history.
Recently I was watching a DVD called “Dreamer” with my family. This movie came out about ten year ago and stars Kurt Russel, Elisabeth Shue, Dakota Fanning and Kris Kristofferson. It is a five star, family-friendly, tear jerking and heart-warming story. If you have not seen it, I encourage you to give it a try. I promise you that you and your family will be blessed.
While I was watching the movie, I was absolutely captivated by three key scenes, as I realized this movie was proclaiming the message of “The Power of Deliverance” from the perspective of the perpetrator and not the victim of the “crime” committed. Always before, I have written and related the message of “The Power of Deliverance” from the stand point of the transgressed – not the transgressor.
Note: “The Power of Deliverance” is a book I have previously written and published on-line. It is my life’s message and ministry.
The main character of the story is Ben Crane. He is a Kentucky horse-man; the son of a Kentucky horse-man. At the beginning of the movie we find Ben down on his luck, over-extended, over-worked and soon to be unemployed. Like most men in his position, he is living a one-dimensional life focused on work, work and more work – to the neglect of his relationship with his only daughter, his lovely wife and estranged father – who lives next door on the same property.
Due to a series of unforeseen events – a pure-breed, injured filly unexpectedly comes into all their lives and becomes the catalyst by which the entire family begins to communicate with one another and quickly learns to be a family again. In many ways, this event in the Crane family is very similar to when a man becomes a born-again follower of Yahoshua haMaShiach (Jesus the Messiah). Hope springs anew, love begins to blossom and the first flames of faith are kindled in the heart of both the man and his family (Acts 16:31) – because he has taken the first step of faith on this new found narrow pathway. (John 14:6 & Matt. 7:13-14)
As I began to become engrossed in the plot of the movie, the first scene that truly arrested my spirit was a pivotal scene where Ben’s daughter, Cale Crane (Dakota Fanning), accidentally overhears a conversation between her mother Lilly (Elizabeth Shue) and father (Kurt Russel). In the scene, he openly confesses that the only reason he made the split-second decision, which would end up leading to their seeming insurmountable financial crisis, was because his daughter Cale was present.
This scene reminded me of how when we first step out in faith as new believers, we sometimes childishly believe that everything will work out for us just because we have recently become the sons of the living Elohim. Out of our false sense of entitlement, when things do not work out the exact way that we thought they should, we then begin to moan and groan, mumble and complain, find fault with others and even falsely accuse the person(s) closest to us. As new babes in Messiah, we very rarely pray and seek His counsel and wisdom first. When everything is seemingly going all wrong, we often get seriously side-tracked on our walk of faith and sometimes we even become completely derailed for a season. (Matt. 13:3-8)
Upon hearing she is the primary reason for her family’s present troubles – by her father’s own confession – Cale’s spirit is immediately breached / crushed / broken. According to the Scriptures, the perverse tongue is one of two primary causes of the wounded / broken spiritual man.
“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.” – Proverbs 15:4
The Hebrew word for breach is Strong’s H7667 – sheber. This word is translated 44 times in the “Old Testament”. 21 times it translated – destruction. 5 times it is translated – breach. It is also translated – hurt, affliction, bruised, breaches, breakings, broken-footed, broken-handed, crashing, interpretation, vexation.
The breach in the spirit caused by the perverse tongue creates a virtual, unseen chasm the size of the Grand Canyon in the spiritual man of every man, woman and child who has ever been afflicted by it. It is a chasm so wide and so deep that no man is able to pass over and no one can repair it by his own strength and power. This is the root of the tree that will eventually bear the fruit of all addiction and on-going, perpetual destructive behaviour patterns.
Out of the deep brokenness of her spirit, Cale impulsively saddles up the horse they call Sonador (aka Dreamer) so they can run away together. Inadvertently, her dad spooks the horse and it then takes off like a shot – putting young Cale’s life in imminent and mortal danger.
According to the Scripture our words have the power to bring forth life and to also cause death.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” – Proverbs 18:21a
Even though Cale’s daddy did not intend to wound his daughter to the depth of her soul and thus breach her spirit with the words he spoke – never-the-less he did. His words caused the wound that directly led to the near death experience of his beloved daughter.
As fathers and husbands, how many times have we intentionally or unintentionally spoken the words which sowed death into the spiritual man of the very ones we love the most? How many times have we let our words carelessly pass over our lips and breed destruction and death into the spiritual realm of our sons, daughters and wives? Surely the Scriptures are true and every man is a liar – including myself.
Hear the Word of Yahweh!
“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” – James 3:5-8
Amazingly, in the very next scene, the very father that caused the breach in little Cale’s spirit is now selflessly laying down his life to save his daughter’s. This is the enigma of being an earth-bound husband and father. In one moment of time we can go from being the number one enemy of our beloved’s soul – through the cutting words we have spoken – to the number one action-hero that saves the day.
As mere mortal husbands and fathers, we love our wife and children, but we struggle to express that love in meaningful and practical ways which connect with them on a regular and continual basis. Many times we fail miserably and due to the great wickedness of our tongue we even inflict deep wounds in their spirit with the words we speak. The breach in the spirit is what remains – whether the words we spoke were intended to be hurtful / harmful or not. However, whenever heroic exertion is needed, we men do not think twice of endangering ourselves and even laying down our lives for the provision, protection and salvation of the very family we have only recently afflicted.
O’ the irony!
Most unfortunately, the father-turned-hero never apologizes to his daughter for the words he spoke, which directly led to her very life being in peril and the need for his heroics in the first place. He never admits he was wrong for speaking a false witness against his daughter and he never humbles himself to ask for her forgiveness. Unfortunately, this is all too often exactly what us believers do in regards to our closest and personal relationships.
More often than not our pride and ego will not let us be held to account for the words we have spoken and the wounds we have inflicted upon those we love the most. Our mule-headed stubbornness does not want to admit that our choice words were the very dagger by which we pierced the heart and wounded the one we love the most. All too often we go to bed angry and upset with one another and we wake up the next day and carry on as though NOTHING ever happened the day before. Like actors on a stage we pretend we have done nothing wrong. The Scripture calls us a hypocrite when we act this way as believers and we all know that our Master hates hypocrites! (Read Matthew 23 if you have any doubt.)
As believers we are called to own up to every transgression we have committed whether our transgression was committed intentionally or unintentionally. As husbands and fathers we need to take personal responsibility for every word we have spoken, which has wounded / breached / broken the spirit of our wife and children first – and then to our fellow man too. Only then, will we truly be worthy to be the set-apart priests and kings of the Most High.
Amazingly, the very incident which put young Cale’s life in danger also opens up an unexpected door of unforeseen opportunity. Just when all hope seemed lost, a miracle manifested before their very eyes! The thoroughbred horse they thought would never run again, due to a severe leg injury incurred while racing, was now running at full speed; with no sign of slowing down and no sign of strain or struggle as it sprinted away.
So many times, this is exactly what happens in the struggling believer’s life. Just when all hope seems lost; our Heavenly Father sends us a life-line and renews our strength. He demonstrates His miraculous power in ways we cannot even begin to imagine or think (Ephesians 3:20) – just because He can and because he loves us so very much.
Shortly after this miracle happened, another completely unforeseen and unexpected circumstance caused Cale’s spirit to be broken / breached yet again. This time her father’s decision, although seemingly a very conservative and strategic course of action, ended up causing her to know a deep and abiding sorrow of the heart – even to the depths of her soul and spiritual man. Poor Cale’s spirit was absolutely crushed once again due to her father’s lack of foresight. The “sorrow of the heart” is the second of two swords mentioned in Scripture which will absolutely wound the spirit and leave a breach – another virtual grand canyon of the soul.
“by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” – Prov. 15:13b (KJV)
“by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.” – Prov. 15:13b (ESV)
Lest you doubt the severity of the damage a crushed / broken spirit causes consider the following Scriptures.
“a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – Prov. 17:22b (ESV)
“The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” – Prov. 18:14 (KJV)
In many ways Ben’s decision making ability is just like the new believer who reasons with his mind concerning the best course of action to take and which decision he should make. Sometimes we will even pray first and seek out the counsel of other like-minded believers. However, at the end of the day; will we wait patiently until we have received the answer from Heaven? Or will we go ahead and move forward with our decided course of action according to mere human reasoning and worldly understanding?
At first, Cale’s dad doesn’t want to take responsibility for his actions. While trying to explain why he had to break his promise to his daughter, he ends up losing his cool and berating his daughter with his “welcome to the real world of race horses and horse-racing” speech. In so many ways this is exactly how we respond when things do not work out the way we had originally planned. We blame the outcome of our decision on “fate”, “bad luck” and even on our Creator and Redeemer, Himself – with the definitive exclamation – “It must have been the Sovereign will of Providence!”
Most of the time, our stubborn human pride simply refuses to accept responsibility for the decisions we have made and their unintended outcomes. Pride will ALWAYS bring a man low. (Prov. 29:23) We have to humble ourselves first and repent of our sin, before our Father will further act on our behalf. (James 4:10 & 1Peter 5:6) Sin is sin! Whether we committed our “crime” out of ignorance, wilfully and / or presumptuously; all sin must be repented of and forsaken.
In Ben’s Crane’s case, he gave his word to his beloved daughter and then unintentionally broke it – when their race horse was “accidentally” sold at a claimers race. In a million years, he NEVER believed this would be the final outcome of his decision. However, he should have! Logically, if he thought the previously lamed, thoroughbred filly had any value and potential whatsoever – then so might the next professional horseman.
This is the nature of all pride. It blinds us to the seemingly obvious. Of course hind sight is always 20/20 vision! That is why we need to be sure we have heard from the Spirit before we make any decision – whether to the left or right.
While Ben Crane is still holding onto his freshly wounded pride and a life-time of pain, his wife reminds him that he must attend the parent-teacher conference at their daughter’s school. Once at the conference, he is asked to come to the front of the room and read his daughter’s creative writing assignment, out-loud in front of everyone. As he is reading, he is soon greatly convicted by his daughter’s words, which he instinctively knows are really all about him.
This part of the story made me think of how the Spirit will convict us of our sin(s) while we are reading the Scriptures or hearing them read. (Romans 10:17) Just like Ben’s character, very rarely do we stop and listen to ‘the still small voice’ of the Spirit when we are “managing just fine” on our own. Too often it is only when we have seemingly hit rock bottom that we begin to open up our hearts and listen to what our Father in Heaven has to say about our present circumstance.
By the time Ben is finished reading, he is overcome with remorse, as the full gravity of the “crimes” he has committed against his own daughter finally sinks in. He knows that mere words are not enough to make things fully right. He is fully cognizant that a mere apology and “I’m sorry” will not be adequate to repair the breaches in the spirit of his beloved Cale.
Not only does Ben go to his daughter and tenderly admit he was wrong for the “mistakes” he made with a sincerely apology (she quickly forgives him of course), he also sacrificially scrapes together every last dime he has available in order to make right the wrong which he has done. To Cale’s great delight her father surprises her with a special delivery of the once-lost, beloved race-horse “Dreamer” as a gift – to do with as she pleases.
In the present age of the church, most of us who are led to real repentance and full reconciliation with Yah and man rarely ever consider the other two R words of Scripture. Restoration and Restitution! Restoration and restitution are two of the most over-looked words in all of Scripture. As much as it depends on us, we are called to restore whatever we have stolen and make restitution for whatever cannot be restored.
Mere words without actions are not worth very much. As men of the kingdom we have an obligation to carefully consider the damage we have done and the wounds we have afflicted. We need to humbly pray and ask our Father in Heaven for wisdom as how we are to repair the breaches we have helped to create in the spirit of our wife and children.
Once Ben has fully repented of his transgressions, reconciled with his daughter and fully restored that which he stole – he and his family never face another challenge and live happily ever after.
I am only kidding!
As a matter of fact, the entire family continues to be tested through every conceivable trial. Some members of the family faced the trials of endurance with greater faith (namely Cale, her mom and her grandfather) while her dad continues to struggle up until the very end. One moment he meets a seemingly insurmountable challenge with unshakeable faith and determination and the next moment he is over come with fear, worry and anxiety.
Isn’t that just like us? One moment we are absolutely confident in our faith in our Heavenly Father and our relationship with Him and the next moment we are questioning everything we believe to be true. One moment our faith is unshakeable and then the next we are greatly shaken.
Through each trial Ben becomes more and more transparent and vulnerable and learns that he does not have to carry all the load of life by himself anymore. Each time his faith begins to wane… every time his heart begins to doubt… He finds further encouragement to take the next step of the journey from those who love him the most – his family.
Isn’t this what we are called to do as the eternal family of the King? Aren’t we supposed to confess our struggles one to another? (James 5:16) Aren’t we supposed to carry one another’s burdens? (Gal. 6:2) Aren’t we supposed to encourage one another to continue on another day and not to give up… (Heb. 13:3) To overcome and endure to the end that we may receive an eternal and imperishable reward? (1Peter 1:4)
By the time the film comes to a climatic and fulfilling close, Ben has learned to walk by faith – not by sight, love his family in word and deed, honour his father, enjoy the journey and treasure the fleeting moment(s), say “No!” to his fears, loose himself from his double-mindedness and commit to his belief(s) 100%. Most importantly, his life has been transformed forever and he now has a life-legacy worth passing onto the next generation.
No longer will the Crane family legacy be one of brokenness and loss – due to the brokenness of spirit. Forever more their legacy will be one of “the repairers of the breach” (Isaiah 58) through true repentance, reconciliation, restoration and / or restitution. What will your family legacy be?
Sincerely and in love,
Robert Arthur McDuffie – Gal. 6:14