Vision - Thomas Jefferson And An Apple

I saw Thomas Jefferson’s face. It was very large and much like his image on Mount Rushmore.

Then I saw his entire person and he was standing dressed in a military uniform of the American Revolution. He was in an apple orchard and he slowly walked to one of the trees and reached up to touch a ripe apple. He just stood with his hand hovering over the fruit for a moment and then he picked it.

He then sat down on a round bench, built on the circumference of the tree trunk and leaned his elbows on his knees with the apple between his hands. He slowly turned the apple as if contemplating it very deeply and seriously.

The vision ended there.

Fear Factor by Mary Clark

Have you ever had a panic attack? I'm not particularly prone to them but I had one today. I received news that almost overwhelmed me and all I could do was breathe the name of Jesus over and over again. In the midst of this I suddenly felt prompted to look at the Spirit of Prophecy website (link below) and read this by Mary Clark. Such a timely reassurance was so startling it knocked the fear right out of me.

God is so very good.

Fear Factor 
by Mark Clark
May 11, 2009

The enemy us using the fear factor in this day. He is trying his best to plant fear in the hearts of My chosen. He is trying to make you second-guess My word. He wants you to give up on Me, give up on your walk with Me. He wants you to turn away from Me. He is telling you that things will occur in your vicinity that you will not be able to handle. He is telling you that I can’t or I won’t take care of you. He is telling you that you are going to live without those things that you need and those things that you desire. He is telling you that life as you have known it is over, and that from here on a dark cloud is coming to envelop you and those you love.

Would you like to hear what I have to say about future events? First of all, I tell you that I will never leave you or forsake you. I tell you that I will supply all of your needs according to My riches in glory. I am working My good pleasure in you, too, beloved. And to be exact, right on target, I want you to know that you will prosper in Me. You will blossom in Me. You will know the wonder of belonging to the King of glory in an extraordinary way. I tell you that you can always count on Me to deliver My best to My chosen.

Those who choose to walk with the enemy may experience all of these things that he is forecasting, but those who put their trust in Me will be blessed, blessed far beyond all their expectations, and that thing that the enemy delights in touting, the fear factor, will not touch you, My beloved. Those who choose to follow his voice, listening to his words of doom and tragedy, will not know the blessings of the Lord, but will be caught up in the whirlwind of lies that he has so delightedly devised.

The enemy is trying to put fear in My beloved’s heart. He is speaking words that are upsetting, to say the least. I want My beloved to stay fixed on Me, trusting in Me to bear them along to the safety and peace that I provide. Give him none of your attention. Don’t listen to the words he is speaking out in the world today. Trust in Me. Look to Me for total deliverance and know that one who puts his trust in Me is saved soundly in every sense of the word, and there is nothing the enemy can do to penetrate the wonder of My glory that so richly surrounds one who puts his trusts in Me to deliver!!!

Bryan Hupperts - "I Dreamed I Went To A Carnival"

I Dreamt I Went To A Carnival

I dreamed I went to a carnival billed as THE GREATEST CARNIVAL SHOW ON EARTH! As I pulled in to the lot, there were smiling greeters with flashlights who guided me expertly as I parked.

I exited my vehicle to the sound of excitement, the glare and flash of multi-colored lights and the screams of thrill seekers on the various rides. The cacophony was almost overwhelming. I followed the crowd of people who were happily murmuring about the various things they had come for: blessings, thrills, to be fed, to be entertained.

I had just paid the full admission price when someone started walking towards me from the shadows. While I could not quite recognize his face, I knew he was a friend. He said, “Why are you wasting your time and money here?”

“But,” I stammered, protesting, “This is the greatest carnival show on earth.” He was silent for a moment, then replied simply, “We’ll see.” And off we walked together into the charged, frenetic atmosphere that was the carnival.

The sights and sounds of merrymaking were amazing! This was a traveling show and it brought out the crowds. There were singers, actors, dancers, and those skilled at rhetoric, yet each seemed hell-bent on outdoing the next person. “Is this some sort of contest? Is there a prize?” I asked my guide. He replied, “Yes, it is a contest, but they already have their reward.” I didn’t grasp his cryptic remark and shrugged it off.

We walked down the midway amid the swarming crowd. There was so much competing for my attention that it was difficult to focus. There was a Big Top with the curious sign that read Trap Ease; perhaps it was a typo. The finely dressed ringmaster told jokes, made people laugh, and encouraged people to buy his videos and tapes “for a blessing,” but I didn’t hear the rest since we kept on walking. I wasn’t sure why, but I began to be uneasy, afraid.

Carnies would hawk their particular game and attraction promising fame, wealth, beauty, and personal satisfaction if I would only step up and lay my money down. At the nudging behest of my quiet companion, we stopped at a game of Balloon Pop.

The fast talking carnie assured me that all I had to do was pop the balloons with a dart and I would win fabulous prizes. I paid the fee, took careful aim, and threw dart after dart but I kept missing. Was this game rigged? My friend then handed me a curiously bloodstained dart with the word TRUTH inscribed on it, and said simply, “Use this.” I took it, aimed carefully, threw it and popped balloon after balloon. The carnie shrieked and finally excommunicated me from his booth – no prizes awarded. He accused me of cheating!

There was a trained Lion of Judah in a cage doing tricks for the ringmaster to the squeals and delights of the crowd. “Make him heal,” yelled one. “No, make him bless me with money,” cried out another. And the strange thing was that the lion seemed to be going along with it. However, as I got closer to the exhibit, I looked into the lion’s eyes… It was not the Lion of Judah at all, but instead a killer lion stalking its prey, seeking someone to devour. He was a fraud, but he looked almost like the real thing. I jumped back and we walked away as the beast growled menacingly at us.

There is not space to tell of the baptismal dunking booth, or the house of smoke and mirrors that distorted reality through the haze of religiously themed rose-colored glasses. Especially disturbing was the Fortune Telling Prophet who, as his sign promised, would give you a guaranteed, genuine Word From God for an Activation Fee of $40.00. I was ready to kick over his crystal ball, but my companion stopped me. “This is their festival, not mine,” he said. We walked away.

The carnival was overcharging for the love feasts of corndogs and lemonade and I kept getting the feeling the food and attractions were supposed to be provided for free, but perhaps it was just a feeling. After all, business is business.

And then a wave of nausea began to rise in my throat as I took the spectacle in. It was like music without a melody, or a painting without color. There was a growing sense of – violation. And suddenly, in the distance like a welcome breeze on a hot, humid day, I heard a quiet sound, almost like a chorus of voices rising in song. I turned and began to walk towards the music, walking away from the beguilement and clang of the carnival.

My head began to clear and, as I was walking away, the lettering on the carnival signs began to rearrange to read, THE GREATEST CARNAL SHOW ON EARTH! “How do I get out of this madhouse? I am almost ready to hurl,” I asked. My companion agreed, saying, “I am almost ready to vomit, too.” He pointed me towards the Tunnel Of Love. As I walked towards it, I began to notice others quietly leaving the carnival one or two at a time, sometimes in small groups, walking away from the carnival following the drift of the music that led inexorably towards the little boats that rode the gentle waters of the Tunnel of Love.

As I stepped into the little boat, my companion spoke from behind, “I’ll see you on the other side where we will dine together,” and he was gone. And in the Tunnel of Love there was no fear. The clang of the carnival began to fade as the music and singing grew louder. It was, it was… worship, but worship as I had never experienced, for it was borne of passion and offered up in Spirit and Truth! It washed over me, cleansing me, inviting me to join my voice to the swelling chorus of adoration and praise sacrificed to the Most High God. And as the darkness began to fade as the Tunnel of Love gave way to LIGHT!

Bryan Hupperts
© 2008

Consider The Lilies

Don’t Worry….Consider The Lilies

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?’ or “What shall we drink?’ or “What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6