One down, two to go.

2014 – 2015 – Jesus Christ.

2014  2015 – Jesus Christ.

Since early October, I’ve been intending to update the post linked above. After I posted the original blog entry, somebody sent some feedback that struck me as being relevant enough to put on the blog. Friday I decided I’d post the update on Saturday. On Saturday I woke with another message spoken into my sleep.

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(written Saturday, January 10)

I’ve been noticing over the past few days that it’s 2015. The usual routine will be in full swing, and I’ll hit the pause button for a second – “Oh, yeah. It’s THAT year now.” With each pause into such a perspective, my perception of things is changing. There’s no fear. It’s just…something, can’t think of the word. Allow myself to consult the message I heard this morning as I was waking up.

I was dozing/dreaming/waking, and I remember something about a guy that works in my office. Nothing much was happening in the scene, and then I said to him, “After three sober years, you will still be alive.” I think I said it to him. I definitely heard the words. I woke up fully and quickly. Sober. That’s the word that I couldn’t quite put my finger on the past few days. 2015 comes with a sobering handshake. The message this morning was sobering. Was the message for my friend? Was it for me? Was it from God? I’ve asked God for clarification on that. The important thing is, that word ‘sober’ was spoken into my sleepy brain this morning, giving name to a feeling I wasn’t quite able to describe over this past week. I’m confident I didn’t imagine the words. I couldn’t come up with the word ‘sober’ on my own even yesterday evening, when it was the obvious best choice to describe this insistent dawning awareness that has arrived with 2015.

Three sober years sounds like something less enjoyable than your average picnic. If the message was from God, and it’s for either my friend or me, and God gives such messages to prepare and comfort in advance of hard times, then I have to wonder when the three years start. Right now? Later this year? Does it matter? Keeping our eyes on the ball, let us consider the implications of the promise that “you” will still be alive. Seems to me that such a promise, if intended as comfort and encouragement, would only be necessary if there will likely arise some concerns over a three-year period that “you” might not live out the full three years. That’s a sobering thought. This word sober, it’s very handy right now.

I’d really appreciate some clarification on this one. Please.

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In the blog post linked at the top of this one, I described what seemed to be a possible message from God. The part of the message I heard most clearly was regarding the United States collapsing in 2015. The phrasing of the message was strange, in my mind. “…in 2015 comes what we’ve all been waiting for – the collapse of the United States.” Who is ‘we’, and why are they waiting for the collapse of the US? After I published the post, my friend Mary emailed me the following perspective:

When I read all your comments about the phrase, “What we’ve all been waiting for,” might have meant, this is what kept coming to mind.  IF the U.S. is Babylon, look what Revelation 19:1-4 says immediately happens in heaven after it is destroyed:

19 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:

“Hallelujah!
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
    for true and just are his judgments.
He has condemned the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth by her adulteries.
He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”

And again they shouted:

“Hallelujah!
The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.”

The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried:

“Amen, Hallelujah!”

There is a school of thought that says the United States is the ‘Babylon’ referenced in Revelation. In that context Mary’s point makes sense with regard to who it is that might be looking forward to devastation of the US and why. It makes at least as much sense as whatever I tried to shoehorn into position after I heard the message in March 2014. I got Mary’s permission to use her contribution in my blog and then promptly forgot about it in the chaos of LINY. So there you go.

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(written Sunday, January 11)

Let us turn our attention again to the word of the day: Sober, from dictionary.reference.com

adjective –  soberer, soberest.

  1. not intoxicated or drunk.
  2. habitually temperate, especially in the use of liquor.
  3. quiet or sedate in demeanor, as persons.
  4. marked by seriousness, gravity, solemnity, etc., as of demeanor, speech, etc.: a sober occasion.
  5. subdued in tone, as color; not gay or showy, as clothes.
  6. free from excess, extravagance, or exaggeration: sober facts.
  7. showing self-control: sober restraint.
  8. sane or rational: a sober solution to the problem.

My first inclination after waking up enough to assess the message yesterday was to believe option number four above was the intended use of the word. We are now in 2015, where any number of various prophetic words are converging with an ill wind for the US. I primarily care because of a message I heard last March. Secondarily, I care because of a bunch of other impressions other people have gotten over the years. And I’d been slowly coming to the realization for the previous ten days that the year now is upon us. All that context pointed to the Option 4 kind of sober.

Regardless of any sense of peace I have about all this, I was still weighed down by the prospect that God would be warning and encouraging any one of us, and me in particular, regarding the status of things to come. Especially since it appears possible God wanted to confirm in advance that ‘you’ would survive whatever is coming. I sent a text to my friend T, asking him to pray for confirmation. He replied that he would do so. The day wore on and I began to consider a couple of other possible meanings behind the morning’s message. Then I basically forgot about it and slept through the night peacefully. Today, after our church service, T and I talked about the message. He confirmed his first inclination was the same as mine.

For reasons that take too long to explain, I believe the message was directed to my attention, regardless that there was a chance the dream version of me was speaking it to the dream version of someone else. If the message was from God, and if that message was a friendly preliminary confirmation that someone is going to survive three rough years…then the real takeaway is that God is letting all of us know that it’s coming, and He’s letting us know that we won’t be alone. As T and I discussed today, if it’s curtains for the US, and God has been prepping some folks for that eventuality, God isn’t doing so with the intent to worry everyone to death. He’s going to use the chaotic opportunity for some serious revelation of who He is.

And if 2015 passes on with no apparent widespread catastrophe in the US, then I’ll re-evaluate how I analyze and believe regarding certain phenomena. No harm, no foul.

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