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Shut The Door

Thoughts for heading into the night, into the quiet, on a number of levels… Worth pondering. Each in its context… And praying.

“Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourselves a little while until the wrath has passed.” Isaiah 26:20

“But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6

“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy, for in You my soul takes refuge. In the shadow of Your wings I will take shelter until the danger has passed.” Psalm 57:1

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1

“He will cover you with His feathers; under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4

“The prudent see danger and take cover, but the simple keep going and suffer the consequences.” Proverbs 22:3

(Passages taken from Berean Study Bible)

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View From The Window

I’m looking out beyond the parking lot at the corner (it used to be a nice grassy field) to the wooded (thankfully protected for now) area southeast of here. I’m struck by the beauty and abundance of nature in the late spring – so full and green as the wind moves around the leaves – against the gray sky beyond it.
 
Squirrels and crows provide entertainment in the foreground. Last night there was even a frog out by the little “cement pond.” I’d never heard a large one before; there are always many of the little ones. It’s an in ground glorified bird bath put in decades ago by the patio, about 3 feet across, shaped like a lop-sided heart. We have a pump in it in the summer that shoots pleasant sounding bubbling water gurgles into the air. This time of year it’s always plugged with soft maple whirly helicopters and has to be cleaned once a day at least.
God must love soft maples, as He gives them a lot of reproductive capability. And He loves squirrels too, because they’re well fed by the maple seeds. Nature reflects His generosity. It witnesses to His truth. Everybody is cared for. The flowers of the field and birds of the air. There’s enough to go around. Are you not worth more than they? asks Jesus.
 
Then I heard these strange noises on the other patio. I went out to see about it and found 6 squirrels (5 black ones and a gray one) arguing over some pumpkin seeds I threw out the other day. They looked up, assessed the situation and then scattered. I brought them more. Note to self: Go to Tractor Supply tomorrow and get some mix or peanuts for the critters. Someone might ask, why feed them with everything nature provides so well in the warm seasons? Purely selfish I guess. I love to see them come up and have lunch with us – on the other side of the window. Life can be good with the simple things.
I bet it could be even better if we realized that the Good Lord put a very special “law” right into the fabric of everything: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
 
This is really the way things work harmoniously and without harm – by the fearless exercise of generosity – not by force, fear, extortion, cunning, conniving, and destroying things because you have been taught to regard yourself as a victim, and feel that others have what you want so you hate them.
That is the lie and the behavior of the evil one and those “at the top” given over to him. His minions use people who don’t know the truth to do their evil bidding. But in the end those used people will only be cast aside. They won’t get a piece of that pie as they were deceived into thinking. Those “seeds” will also bear their own rotten fruit, by the way, in the lives of those who sow them. Others will be blamed for the crop failure of course.
The bottom line is we’re always sowing and reaping, for good or for destruction. That’s just how it is. It’s what we do.
 
I’m not sure how exactly to best spread that good truth, except to put it into practice and share it with anyone who’s looking and listening; but it’s a message that needs to be widely spread and to bear fruit; and by the looks of things, it needs to be a clear alternative that happens fast.’
For now, ponder and pray about that. Listen. Practice generosity.
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Sensational Censorship

These are links to the TruNews coverage of Dr. Judy Mikovitz and Plandemic Film Uncensored. Big Pharma’s Stake in the Coronanvirus Pandemic.

Part 1: https://www.trunews.com/stream/coronavirus-censorship-trunews-presents-banned-plandemic-video

Part 2: https://www.trunews.com/stream/plandemic-film-uncensored-dr-judy-mikovits-exposes-big-pharmas-stake-in-coronavirus-pandemic

What these social media platforms don’t seem to realize is that every time they censor someone like this, they are creating a martyr for the cause of Truth and freedom of speech. When that happens, people automatically want to find out more about it.

Funny how that works, isn’t it?

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From the Shire

Leave No Stone Unturned

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We went for a neighborhood walk on this beautiful spring day. Quiet conversation emerged, as we pointed out the trees budding, birds singing, fallen trees, and how well the bakery seems to be doing in spite of what has happened. Well, sure – it’s carryout.

GB picked up a stone someone painted and left by the wayside. It says, “Keep moving.” I will try to be mindful of that sage advice.

Slower than usual, we walk along, me with my walking stick, as I fancy myself among the quietly pensive companions in the Shire, as they realize how things are not what they were. Nor will they ever be. Not only politically, but physically too. Back trouble, knee trouble, foot trouble. Effects all sides and parts. Sometimes it moves to my right thumb. Sometimes I get a Charlie Horse in my left hand. That’s especially interesting when driving or playing my guitar. Never know what’s going to hurt first or give out when anymore. Living in hope I will see the “missing parts” of my far flung beloved family and relatives once more. Somehow. While still in this life.

No special triumphs to boast about here. Sinner still in need of a Savior in a besieged land. But, it is what it is, and God has been, is, and always will be Good. Life is good too because it is a gift of God. In spite of what physical senses and the news tell us. Perhaps He asks us to look beyond what we see with new eyes, into higher purposes. Beyond the darkness, into the dawn.

“Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me. This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, says my soul, Therefore I have hope in Him.
The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him. It is good that he waits silently For the salvation of the LORD.”

~from Lamentations 3~

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

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Electronic Mediumism

This is definitely a “bad news good news” piece! What are we becoming or allowing ourselves to become, and how has it come about?

The thought keeps surfacing that it might be a good idea to disengage and divorce ourselves from the habit of passively “watching” things in general, to not settle for allowing ourselves to have – as a pastime or a lifestyle – the habit of sinking down to “relax” in front of a TV screen, computer, electronic game, or any other device. The danger here is two fold: This cozy habit allows us to be both hypnotized and programmed by whatever is being fed into us by whichever electronic medium or venue we are allowing, through this passive approach, to control our minds.

During this “quarantine” it is more tempting than ever to allow doses of an electronic drug of choice because few are used to stirring themselves up to any sort of creative pursuit, reading, or engaging in thoughtful conversation or any real interaction in the first place – let alone during any sort of forced confinement. (This is probably why people in prison seldom reform.)

My thought is that this behavior pattern (passivity and watching) is the foremost reason why we have come into this controlled state. TV (a general term for all devices, in my opinion, enhancing and encouraging passive watching) has been “broadcast” (cast broadly) right into our midst and minds. An electronic gate has been opened into the mind and senses and right into our living rooms where we would never knowingly open the door to any thief, murderer, or rapist. However, so many are blissfully unaware of the power of words, images, and music whereby they allow themselves to be entranced by these electronic mediums, – devices that hypnotize, program, and then control the mind. These are welcomed without question.

This should make it obvious how almost 4 billion souls have allowed themselves to be sold a lie (or half truth?) whereby they willingly walk into their homes and lock the door behind themselves for all intents and purposes, allow their lives to be stolen, as well as their ability to make a living along with it – let alone to be free to move about and enjoy the ordinary pleasantries we are used to having. God given rights and the power to be fully Human have been suspended and surrendered for a life of unconscious, stuporous, thoughtless watching (staring emptily at a screen). Most do not even realize or care as they also watch their lives, their country, their Constitution, and their world easily slip into the hands of the programmers representing the gates of hell.

If I could have one prayer answered for Humankind, it would amount to this: that the Human race – created in the Image and likeness of God – would snap awake and leave behind forever being passive watchers. I pray that we all can become aware of what’s happening and why, and then own up to our own willing participation in it.

We then need to turn that around and to become a force to be reckoned with against the technocrats and collectivists who over the years have offered us the trinkets of electronic mediumship by which many have been entranced and then fallen captive. A force PEACEFULLY to be reckoned with by understanding their agenda, turning away from it, and embracing our own life and purpose. No advocate of violence here. Understand! Shift the focus of your energy on your own behalf! That’s the thing. It’s a start worth attempting and sticking with it.

We need to seriously look at the parallels. People have throughout history surrendered their consciousness to hypnotists, spell casters, and mediums, willingly turning over (even if they think it’s “good” to do so) their mind to someone else’s suggestion. The same person who will say he’d never participate in such a thing – an occult activity – is the some one who will spend hours in front of a TV in a state of complete passivity. It’s no different. Mediums are witches when they are in human form, channeling spells and lies from another realm, dimension, or space of being onto a willing recipient.

This is why – going incrementally from radio, to TV, to YouTube and so forth – there are various electronic channels through which are directed programs that hook us into watching, whether it’s mainstream or alternative media. The verbiage is so in your face as to be unmistakeable. It is by these channels and programs that we have allowed ourselves to be entranced, mesmerized, and programmed – thereby permitting many to be rendered essentially unconscious (electronically anesthetized), manipulated, and maneuvered!

I keep thinking that one giant step for mankind might be to shut down all these devices by which we have allowed ourselves to become drugged and addicted electronically. Let the phone just be a phone, where people actually call each other to communicate, instead of a hand held “device”, about which we become frantic if we momentarily misplace it. We need to pull away entirely from these electronic leashes by which we have allowed ourselves to become regarded as lapdogs by those who manipulate the devices on the other end. We must snap out of our addiction to passive watching! Just shut the damned thing off (and I do use that word deliberately, as it is a damned thing, because it is in essence a medium used to coerce and control).

If we can do this, we may find in the current challenge (as in electric current!) that what awaits us is the most fertile ground and creative opportunity we have ever had to transcend the dark controllers! We may begin to actually grapple with the real questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Based upon the answers then, how am I to relate to what is going on and creatively offer who I am (my gifts, talents, time, and resources) the way God intended? This is, by the way, not to have them hijacked, extorted, or shunted from us by the thieving technocrats and collectivists which exist to rob us of our Humanity!

I recall the words of Jesus that the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. What easy pickings we have become – by increments, ever since the onset of radio, TV, and eventually the Internet! We have been entranced into giving away all that we are through the wizardry of electronic witchcraft. All because of having become passive watchers. That’s the bad news.

We need to also reckon with the rest of His words – the good news: He came to bring us life and that in abundance! (See John 10:10) In God’s eyes we are Human Beings not human resources. We were created in His Image and Likeness – loving, holy, whole. But even after being seduced and reduced early on, He has provided a Way to end captivity and tyranny – THE WAY – through Jesus Christ, to become all that He intended us to be in Him – by Whom we are  reconciled to our Heavenly Father, resurrected, refit, and restored. It’s offered if we will but keep on asking, seeking, and knocking for this new direction.

The times challenge us more than ever with the question that is a clarion call: Do I want myself to be diminished by the gates of hell for destructive, sinister, dehumanizing purposes of becoming some sort of entity in a Borg like collective, or shall I surrender myself to the restoration of my full individuality and Humanity in Christ Jesus, to Whom belongs all authority in Heaven and Earth?

The latter requires not only awakening to Truth, to what is, to reality but a willingness to be divinely restored, but also an active participation in the process.

Truly – to be or not to be? That is the question.

 Soli Deo Gloria!

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Shiloh or Euphrates?

“Inasmuch as these people have rejected the gently flowing waters of Shiloah, And rejoice in Rezin and the son of Remaliah; Now therefore, behold, the Lord is about to bring on them the strong and abundant waters of the Euphrates, Even the king of Assyria and all his glory; And it will rise up over all its channels and go over all its banks. Then it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass through, It will reach even to the neck; And the spread of its wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.”

Isaiah 8:6-8.

According to a number of Bible commentaries, the waters of Shiloh represent the Davidic Monarchy, in their most immediate application of these verses. Prophetic writings often have layers of meaning – from their immediate application, to their greatest fulfillment in the Messiah, and also a general pattern of how God relates to His people. By extension they represent the Kingdom of God in Jesus Christ.

The waters of Shiloh are compared with the flooding waters of the Euphrates, which refer to political or spiritual alliances made with other powers unauthorized by God that should never have been formed. Those alliances will then become like swelling, overflowing waters, carrying havoc and ruin wherever they flow, and they are spoken of as the wasting sweep of the Assyrian king whose capital stood on the banks of the Euphrates. Pictures are painted with words that define these happenings.

In light of the current situation this is well worth pondering very prayerfully.

All of these also find their applications which address general principles of how a soul relates to the gentle kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ – as the waters of Shiloh. These gently flowing waters depict in type how our Lord rules those who receive Him – He cares for us with His love and His servanthood (and that is the “mind of Christ” we are to allow to dwell within us).

How often is this rejected, however, in favor of surrounding ourselves and our lives with alliances we think will benefit us – worldly things, worldly thinking or doing, persons, political movements, false religions, or things about which we feel passionately? At some point these things that turn us on turn on us and become tyrants in our lives!

If we do not receive and live from the gentle waters along which the Good Shepherd would love to lead us, then the other choices which deceptively offer help, become oppressors. This is the basic take away from these verses. There may also be the choices of sinful pleasures, or even “innocent” things we are “passionate” about, vices, addictions, and the like. Many things have the power, if we choose them, to wash over us and sweep us away like a mighty river – because we reject the gentle waters of Shiloh! This rejection always amounts to faithlessness and idolatry.

The choice of Christ or the other “helpers” determines freedom or servitude. It is something of an irony we need to understand: To serve Christ is to find freedom in Him; or we can continue to choose other alliances which ultimately lead to servitude – often of spirit, soul, and body! Individually, nationally, or internationally.

The “current” situation seems to reflect the choices much of the world has made, especially the USA, whether it is the gentle current of Shiloh, or the flood of the Euphrates. We complain of being captives in our own homes, but is the real source of this flood of oppression a refusal of Christ and His gentle easy way, where we are asked to simply surrender ourselves to Him and to be receptive to the power of His Grace, where we should have been led by His Holy Spirit, and learned of Him, thus finding rest for our souls?

What has befallen the USA and much of the world has come about by many unholy alliances – on personal and political levels. Sadly this also is the case on the part of churches, pastors, and patriarchs who have allied themselves in their thinking and doing with worldly ways and potentates rather than putting on the mind of Christ! This should disturb us as a “mark of the beast” more than receiving some sort of computer chip into our body! For us it not the thinking of our head and the doing of our hand already an alignment with the Beast?!

So now the flood overflows its banks as we refuse the gentle waters of Shiloh. It overtakes many and sweeps away life and liberty. Christ’s offer of servanthood has been rejected. The tyranny of “serpenthood” has been allowed to supplant Him and the Kingdom of God.

The results are obvious. The flood of tyranny grows and overflows. At this point the only way out is probably to go through, to live under the result of these choices. We may, like the ancient Jews to whom this was written, need to learn the hard way that our choices have consequences and that Grace is not cheap.

But then the freedom to choose is actually the god at whose altar many worship , is it not?

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Rethinking Much

One day at a time. It’s all we can manage. The evening and the morning of any day God called “good” – right from the beginning.
 
I don’t care if the predictions are made by wannabe prophets, preachers, politicians, prognosticators, potentates, or profiteers. Jesus’ directive, as King of kings, Lord of lords, and the Prince of peace – to Whom all authority is given in heaven and on earth – is applicable to any day. Whether we call it good or bad in our perception.
 
Consider the birds of the air how they toil not. God cares for them.
 
Consider the lilies of the field, more gloriously clothed than the great King Solomon. God cares for them.
 
Now one greater than Solomon is here. This is His take on things:
 
Take NO THOUGHT for tomorrow.
 
Be anxious for NOTHING, but in EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -think on these things.
 
It requires pulling away from the darkness and saturating our mind and heart in whatever is light and right! A concerted effort.
 
Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
 
Where do we “live” in our consciousness as believers? Do we believe the foregoing with our heads, or do we KNOW it – having received it – in our hearts beyond the shadow of a doubt?
 
Who or what possesses our hearts and affections?
 
I heard someone say yesterday, and it makes perfect sense in the light of what’s been happening, that “anxiety is the litany of idolatry!” Wow! Yes! This begs the question, what are we rehearsing and repeating most of the day every day?
 
Mostly, “Ain’t it awful?” Right?
 
Where is the mind set in that worry modality?
 
(Guilty as charged. Trying to repent and amend my ways.)
 
Let’s pray for one another to let our hearts and minds be centered in Christ Jesus, in our remembering that God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might display the surpassing riches of His grace, demonstrated by His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
 
Let’s kick doubt and fear to the curb, and walk that highway of holiness!
 
PS: I didn’t include any of the references. Thought it might help if you look them up yourself, and that will give you more time to explore and absorb His Truth, the only Truth, and nothing but the Truth.
 
We need to remember that the nature of discipleship doesn’t change just because the times do.
 
Soli Deo Gloria!
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Wall Of Water Current Events

Ps 78:52,53. “But He led forth His own people like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock; And led them safely so they did not fear; But the sea engulfed their enemies.”

This entire Psalm is a recitation of the Lord’s dealings with His people in 72 verses, including the good, the bad, and the ugly. To hear the singing of it was a way of learning not only their history, but of the interactivity of the Lord in it, and how faithful He is.

It would be incredibly complex, but one wonders how that would look if we would see all of history that way. Not only that, but what if we were to see and acknowledge our Lord in current events unfolding, especially where His people who love and trust in Him are concerned?

When God’s people walked through the standing walls of water of the Red Sea, that had to have seemed frighteningly unnatural. What if it doesn’t hold? What if it crashes in on us? Yet there’s only one way through!

However, He led His people safely so they did not fear. Yet the Egyptians – careless and crazed in hot pursuit, mad with the goal of regaining control – went after them, only to be swallowed up and drowned as the walls of water crashed down and closed in upon them.

Pause here. Full stop. Ponder. Meditate on this.

What seemed deadly and threatening became a way through and out into freedom for those pursued; but to their pursuers it became a deadly trap and their demise.

Primarily the Red Sea is about Baptism and entering a new life in Christ. It is also reminiscent of the rending of the veil as Jesus died, splitting open the Way for former slaves of darkness and of the devil to walk forward into the freedom, righteousness, and blessing through the cross and the empty tomb. We walk forward by faith into His truth for us!

All is according to His plans and purposes – for us, in us, and through us whom He loves and calls to follow Him. We must keep following right on through. He always makes a way for us – even though to the natural eye it may seem as if what we pass through is about to fall upon us and engulf us (like 2 walls of water).

What is life to the sons and daughters of God will be death to the servants of darkness, although to the natural eye it may seem as if it is the other way around. We need to see with the eye of faith, not according to sight or here say! They will eventually, inevitably fall into their own traps.

Our ”work” is to keep our eye on Christ as the former captives to Pharaoh kept their eyes on Moses, up at the head of the line. Our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ has us covered on both sides and also “covers our 6.” Even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time.

The evil one may have all his high tech weaponry combined with his designer diseases ( or the illusion thereof?) within his “chariot” full of tricks, in hot pursuit of the sons and daughters of God. Yet at the right moment, those walls of water are scheduled to fall upon and cover the evil one and those who follow him. Their own schemes will be their demise, while the people born of the Holy Spirit walk forward, set free to grow in the grace and knowledge of God, enjoying His every benefit and blessing.

Soli Deo Gloria!!!

PS: This is not one of those “hope they get theirs” messages. It does make the case for divine justice, or “what goes around comes around.” The hardest thing to do is to pray from someone who hates us, but that is always the first desire, in keeping with God’s desire to have all men saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. There is a time and a purpose for everything under heaven.

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A Present Cross

Suffering, grieving, death, illness, restraint put upon us… Some things that happen to us can be mighty difficult for a very long time. We undergo these strange times, where – with our Burger King, instant gratification, have it your way mentality getting in the way, we have forgotten the meaning that is always behind times of testing. It is not meaningless.

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The following paragraph is from T. Austin-Sparks on: The Cross and the Way of Life – Chapter 1

“Yes, we pass into a time of excruciating spiritual and soul suffering. We do not know what the Lord is doing, what He means by this, what He is after, but we know the features of our experience and know what it is that we are suffering, and it goes on. We, of course, ask the Lord to stop it, to bring it to a quick end, to deliver us from it. He takes no notice of us, and it is only those people who get out the other end who say, ‘Thank God, He did not take any notice.’ In the meantime, we think He is anything but kind and good and doing the right thing, but as we get on under His hand, we begin to see and to sense that He is dealing with something. Maybe He is dealing with our pride, our independence, or our irresponsibility, for example. That is the issue that comes up, and we are faced all the time with something about ourselves that is almost devastating. We would not have believed that that was so strong in us.”

In all things we are brought up to remembrance that He is the Creator and we are the creature – fallen, derelict, in need of salvage like old shipwrecks. “We” are being dismantled and refit with Christ in us, our hope of glory. He has made us. We blew it. He is remaking us in Christ.

Times like this remind us of our need. Lost sinners, in need of the one and only Savior Who calls, enlightens, and sanctifies us by the Holy Spirit.

“The sufferings of this present life are not worthy to be compared to the glory that is to be revealed to us.” This we must remember and confess, as we give thanks always in all things. We also do well to recall the words of Jesus, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” Could we say that we are to pick up what He in His infinite wisdom places before us, as He also took up His cross?

It is never without eternal meaning.

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Is The Church Under Caesar’s Control?

Please read linked article first.

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/april/01/does-the-church-belong-to-caesar/?fbclid=IwAR24hAZ6soWI4JeiTfiPI2RfqN98sspK0Gr-dSf_fDrQkNjTnZ1UEpceslg

“Don’t claim that a ‘national emergency’ renders the Constitution moot.” (Quote from article.) Or is it about the Constitution? In some respects, yes. In others, no.

Then there’s those non profit statuses which shouldn’t be there in the 1st place. If going to church is a matter of a tax deduction, it’s time to examine one’s relationship to Christ. Think what Christians did when “Caesar” commanded them to worship him, or other pagan gods. What was the cost to martyrs when the faith was outlawed? There was no constitutional republic then.

Sure, 21st century church, roll over and play dead. Oh, but we can “worship online.” Baloney! The BODY of Christ is meant to be a physical container on earth for His Spirit, meeting together with the saints and angels in heaven in Divine Service, not a digital sham. We need to rethink Whose we are, who we are, and what we are.

While I concur that God is omnipresent, what this capitulation amounts to is for the technocrats to control everything through the Internet, including whether or not we participate in Holy Communion, the Body and Blood of Christ – which is by no means “virtual reality”. 

And there are forces unseen who know this and have attacked the very heart of the Church with these draconian mandates. Beware of “guidelines” which become “mandates” which then are made “law”.

But know that Christ also promises that the gates of hell will not prevail against His true Church. The houses built on sand will fall and tumble, however.

Or is He using these events to tear down the false so as to reveal the true? We may be seeing something entirely new going on.