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Pastor's Commentary

The Platform
Wednesday, September 30 2020

We live in a very unique time to say the least; extraordinary things are happening all around us, many folks are wondering what in the world is next? With the Presidential election just around the corner, you can bet your concerns will be justified. There are many scenarios that provide a glimpse in just what one might expect if certain directions come to pass. The very fabric of our society is being tested to the max, who or what social entity will emerge, only time will tell. I have spent many hours in study and research to try to figure out where all this mayhem is headed in order to place myself and family plus others in the best place strategically to survive the storms. And the word storm/s is the word I want to share in this article. Many years ago I had a dream, it was one of those dreams where you say; man I was there! I venture to say most people dream stuff, much of it not remembered, but there are those dreams that stand out, you never forget them, they seem to be prophetic, something  of a Divine nature (in rare cases).

Several years ago I had just such a dream; it was as real as if you were awake and were there. I must say, dreams to me are not rare, I have very good recollection of many dreams; the Mrs. always called me a Technicolor Dreamer. I should also say I have followed the Lord for over forty years now, and from time to time a very spiritual dream has come forth, and that was the case in this case. One more bit of information to add; I am No Prophet, just a common ordinary Christian. There didn’t seem to be anything of note that led up to this dream, just a normal day. In the dream I was standing in a wheat field, in life I don’t think I have ever seen a wheat field, much less stand in one. Anyway, I began to make my way through the wheat field which was ready for harvest. Then all of a sudden the wheat began to blow back and forth in the breeze, as the wind began to pick up. As I looked to the left I noticed way off in the distance, looking west, a very serious storm was making up. As I watched the storm, it grew in intensity, it looked like the storm of the Century in the making, I became very concerned as it seemed to be heading my way, or heading east. At that point I continued going forward through the field to perhaps find shelter or something of safety. It was at that point I came across a platform out in the middle of the field. I thought what a weird place for a platform, but I’ll take it. As I climbed on top of it, the storm was almost on top of me, the wind was blowing full force, I remember looking at the wheat field and saying these words; amber waves of grain, like from the song. The clouds that billowed overhead were like stuff from a movie, the lightening, the most intense I’ve ever witnessed, and the wind blowing so hard, I held fast to a huge column/pillar to keep from being blown away, it was a very fearful experience. Then, all of a sudden, just as I thought I was done for, I woke up; I was shaken, but glad to be alive, as, it was just a dream. Before long I went back to sleep, but this was the unusual part, I dreamed the exact same dream again, not one thing was different, and again woke up. I knew right then this was from the Lord, but what, what was being conveyed to me? I thought about the amber waves of grain, the platform, the storm, I just couldn’t seem to connect the dots that were presented. You can be sure I prayed about it, and this is what I felt the Lord showed me. In Genesis Chapter 41, Joseph; before he became a Jewish Patriarch was summoned from the dungeon (due to a false charge) to interpret a dream Pharaoh had. It seemed Pharaoh had dreamed two distinct dreams, the first one about seven fat kine (cows) and seven poor kine and in the other dream was seven good full ears of corn versus seven lean and poor corn. Joseph’s words from the Lord to Pharaoh were; the dream was about 7 good years and 7 bad years that were to come upon the land. And this is the part that pertained to me, “and for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice, it is because the thing is established by God and God will shortly bring it to pass. (Gen 41:32). I came to the conclusion that some type of judgment was coming, (the storm), but not sure exactly when. I learned my shortly and the Lord’s shortly are not the same length of time. I have shared this dream with many of my inner circle friends and all agree, it is some kind of warning that it portrays. I have for many years monitored social and political conditions looking for a precursor of the/a coming storm. However; finally, I have reason to believe something may be about to happen that may bring about the storm.  

I was in Church recently, for a regular service. Prior to the message from the Pastor, I always pray up and try to hear from Heaven. From time to time the Holy Spirit shares a word with me, so, I’m tuned in and I write it down. This word came to me; The Platform. I thought that was a strange word from the Lord, it had to do with the platform that Solomon built for the dedication of the Temple (II Chronicles 6). But there was more, all of a sudden the platform in my dream comes to mind, where I wondered what in the world was a platform doing in the middle of a wheat field? By now, this has my full attention. Was there a connection with the platform in my dream and the platform at Solomon’s dedication service? What are the parallels, the message, and the response from all attendant peoples? Is there a message in the platform itself?

As I began to research this, a part to the puzzle became very interesting; a parallel exists between the platform and the Brazen Alter of old. I find this amazing, the Brazen Alter and the platform of Solomon were the exact same size in dimension, each were 5 cubits long and 5 cubits broad, by 3 cubits high. This is no accident; because in Old Testament Typology, (study of types, shadows and patterns) Grace has always been known or alluded to by the number value of 5; such is the case of the Brazen Alter and platform, and other such items in the Temple. There are no arbitrary numbers with God; it is always God who provides the dimensions and even the color and material types for every item used in Temple worship to the builders. The height of 3 cubits is significant also in that the number 3 has always symbolized The Trinity; Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. A good example of this typology is the number 6 as its representative of man; he was made on the 6th day (Gen. 1) and the number of man 666 (Rev. 13:18).

But there’s more; the Brazen Alter and the platform were both made of brass, per the King James Bible. However according to the Zondervan’s Bible Dictionary, bronze was a more accurate rendering of the word. Is there a significance to bronze being used to build these articles for Temple usage? Yes, many Bible Scholars say that bronze/brass in typology equates to humanity, and/or judgment. The Brazen Alter was the place where all the sacrifices in the Old Testament were brought to be offered to the Lord; hence, it has to represent Calvary, as Jesus was the ultimate and eternal sacrifice (Heb 10:10).

Putting this together; the Brass/Bronze Alter represents humanity, or judgment of same, where the 5 cubits by 5 cubits, surely represents the Grace of God to all people equally who place their trust in His Salvation Plan of Redemption (5), which is undergirded or upheld by the Trinity (3) not willing that any man should perish, but that all should come to repentance (II Peter 3:9b). So as we can see, this Alter and/or platform are not just an object, but represent symbolically a much greater truth.

Is that the end of the story concerning the platform? Is there a storm brewing on the horizon? Armed with the connection of my dream to Solomon’s platform I re-read the words in II Chronicles 6 and 7 again. Solomon builds a scaffold (KJV), really a brazen platform and he climbs upon it before the assembled congregation. The people are gathered by the masses, but, what does Solomon do next? He kneels down upon his knees, the King of Israel, before his people and before God, he humbles himself, and lifts his hands toward Heaven (II Chron 6:13). It’s time to get right; he makes prayer and supplication unto the Lord. He has built the Temple as a habitation for the Lord, but recognizes God is so huge he cannot be contained in a building (verse 16). Solomon presents many conditions before the Lord concerning hearing and answering prayer made from His House, all of which God agrees to, if His people will walk in His ways and be obedient. At the conclusion of the prayer, as they say; the fire came down, always significant of the approval or acceptance of God (II Chron. 7:1).

I wondered, why would the Lord give me this word about the platform right now after all these years? Was the storm finally taking shape, was some type of upheaval about to appear upon the horizon? To my amazement another platform would appear this last week of September. During the week and leading up to September 26 a huge platform was being erected in Washington DC, in a place called the Mall. It had been planned for many months, a huge gathering of peoples, from every tribe and nation to come for a National Day of prayer and rededication to the Lord. True, this platform was not made of bronze, but symbolically it didn’t matter. It was about a return of the people, a nation, to the Lord, a day of national repentance, a turning back. The Spiritual leaders and top Political leaders would bow before the Lord as of old, upon a platform; the amassed people would do the same in heart, all in anticipation of God seeing our hearts bowing before Him, and have mercy and not judgment upon us once again. There would be vows made, words of repentance spoken, hearts rented, thus the people of God doing what the Lord had commanded; If My people which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then, will I hear from Heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land (II Chron. 7:14). We as Christians know we can’t fix the world’s ills, but God didn’t ask us to, just make sure are right with Him. Proclamations were being made with each sounding of the Shofar by a leading Rabbi, just as it had been done in days of old. I believe it was an unprecedented act of God’s children in modern times.

In conclusion; my dream was prophetic, and yes, there is a storm brewing. The wheat field represents the people (Mathew 13:30) of this Country, the platform has to be representative of a place where Grace can be found, a place to climb/fall upon and receive God’s mercy and Grace, by name; Calvary, undergirded by none other than the Godhead personally and providentially. I believe the presence of the platform in the dream is God telling us, you have Grace available to you, repent, turn to Him, and allow Him to heal the land. It should also be noted that if there is no repentance, then the storm will overtake the land, to what extent the damage makes; only the Lord knows. The prudent thing to do would be to adhere to the warning of a storm coming, take all necessary precautions, climb upon the alter of God’s Grace.  Blessings

Pastor Thomas Nosworthy

Light the Way Ministries.                                                  

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Special Guest Commentary

101 BODACIOUS QUOTATIONS

TO

INSPIRE PATRIOTISM

Introduction

You might be wondering what prompted the writing of this bodacious quotation book? What better time than now to be reminded of how both essential and fragile our country is. America is experiencing one of its darkest periods in recent history.  For over three years, we have witnessed some truly vicious and ugly political unrest.

          A ceaseless cacophony of accusations, innuendo, and intrigue have kept those in Washington and the media ever busy. Before the Coronavirus pandemic, to watch the daily news and social media, one would never know that the stock market had hit all-time highs numerous times in the last 54 months, or we’d had the lowest unemployment numbers in decades, and the lowest unemployment rate among blacks ever!  President Trump also renegotiated trade deals that  were fairer to America.

          Then, in January 2020, our nation was rocked when the Coronavirus landed on our shores and ended our way of life as we know it. Soon there were daily press briefings from the White House and various doctors. Each day virus information was plentiful, contradictory, and confusing. People were dying. We heard that hospitals were going to be overrun with COVID cases.

          The army set up hospital tents in various cities to handle the tens of thousands that were expected to land there. It didn’t happen. Hospitals were going to be inundated and unable to care for all of the sick. The army hospitals were never used – not one patient was seen in many of these. They were eventually dismantled. What happened? All non-essential surgeries and doctors’ visits were canceled. Hospitals were virtually emptied. And now? Many health care workers have been terminated or furloughed because the hospital's operating capital has vanished.    

           Now, thousands have died! Our elderly, who were not adequately protected in nursing homes, have had the most significant number of deaths. The actual numbers of COVID deaths cannot be relied upon because of highly questionable methodologies for assigning the cause of death. The rationale for this might be related to government funding to hospitals for each COVID case.     Time will tell as we compare data from previous years for various causes of deaths to see if the other numbers are in line with past years, OR if there's been a sharp decline in other categories, and they have been pushed into the COVID category.  And, suddenly, in the last several weeks, cases have begun to spike again. There is substantial debate on if it’s because many more people are getting tested. There is so much information out there – unreliable at best, that there’s no sense in discussing it at this point.

          Governors in many states issued draconian lock-down orders threatening people with arrests and the closure of businesses, or cancellation of necessary licenses if they didn’t abide by these rules. Masks and gloves were donned, not in hospitals, but stores and any public places. We even saw a parent handcuffed and arrested in front of his little girl because he dared to play ball with her in an empty field. A salon owner was arrested and jailed for opening her salon to pay her bills and put food on her table. Many other Gestapo tactics, such as these, were used to keep people in line. YES, I am talking about America!

            Americans have turned against one another. Some believe everything that the CDC, World Health Organization, and government say. Others believe there is a conspiracy to subjugate the people as a test to see how much they'll tolerate and for how long. It's been, in my opinion, a phenomenal success. People hate each other more than ever. Make no mistake; the various powers have observed very carefully to see how we've all responded. Unfortunately, it's been too much for many, and suicides have skyrocketed. Prescriptions for mood-altering drugs to cope with the crisis have also gone up dramatically (as if we didn't already have an opioid epidemic.)

          Younger Americans seem to be suffering more than most from deep depression, isolation, and loneliness.  I find this completely paradoxical since they are the generation that is so disconnected from one-on-one relationships, and so completely connected to their phones and other electronic devices. You can’t sit in the same room, or at the same table with them, without sharing their time with their hand-held devices! And yet, they are  the ones suffering from their own self-created lack of meaningful relationships with others.  

           The mainstream media, who now chooses to cherry-pick what they report, excluding vital details, has become an op-ed machine rather than a fair and unbiased media. What was once the actual news is now a daily dose of propaganda. And fear mongering. I once believed everything I heard on the evening news! I now question absolutely everything I hear on the evening news! I have no faith in the honesty, integrity, or intentions of what is being "reported." Who exactly can we turn to for the facts and not opinions? I don't know.

           Just when we were beginning to see the light, and the states were opening things back up, one rogue cop, caught in the horrendous act of murdering a black man by kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes, captured the country’s attention.  The anger and outrage at this injustice rocked every corner of our nation. But, within the black community, it ignited a firestorm of rage and anger. That moment symbolized, for many, both black and white, the brutality of a small percentage of police that has unfairly tarnished ALL police officers. To believe this of an entire segment of people is blatantly untrue and unfair.

           That was the tinderbox that erupted into the scenarios we are now witnessing, hour by hour, day after day, that could be right out of the movie “Escape from New York.”  Cities are burning. Businesses looted. People are being shot, and armed citizens are patrolling their neighborhoods to keep looters out and their areas safe with their weapons.

          A six-block area has been taken over by anarchists. Checkpoints have been established for entering and exiting, and there are check-points to allow people in or out. They are extorting business owners, and the Mayor of Seattle seems to think it’s a “summer block party.”  I guess she is not aware that a new country has been set up in a six-block area now known as CHAZ/CHOP – Capital Hill Autonomous Zone. You can’t make this stuff up!

          All across our country,  statues and monuments are being defaced and torn down – while those in charge sit on their hands and let the anarchists destroy America, insisting there is nothing they can do. Every day the frenzy continues as the calls for changing names of military bases, schools, colleges, sports teams, etc., escalates. It is complete insanity.

           Right on cue, the media and politicians have seized upon the opportunity to stoke the coals of division and hatred. I cry for our nation and what we have allowed ourselves to become.  I don't know the people seen on T.V. I don't come in contact with the level of black, or white,  Americans seen on there – they don't represent those with whom I daily interact.  People with thinking brains understand that these broad generalizations are not only untrue, but inherently harmful to us individually, and collectively as a nation.    

          Many officials of these large cities have refused to address the rioters and insist upon calling them, protesters. They seem to have limited knowledge of vocabulary for no one in their right mind would equate a protester and a rioter who burns, loots,  and harms people, as the same thing.        The very thing that the black community, what all communities need, are jobs and businesses. Now, thousands have seen their streets and businesses burned and destroyed, some of which will never return. Those jobs are permanently lost.  Those black communities will again know the pains of hopelessness and living in burned-out hulls of their former cities.

           But take hope. While all of this has happened, America's elite have raised over twenty million dollars – wait for it – not to help rebuild those cities, but to bail out the “protesters” who have destroyed those cities. Yes, this is where we are. There seems to be no help for those who work and play by the rules. No support is arriving from Hollywood elites and wealthy athletes for those people. One must question why?

           I’m watching this and feeling astounded, and at times utterly hopeless. The Washington leadership (can we call it that?) is still dividing us, still trying to rush through bills that are an atrocity, and I'm thinking to myself, has pandering and appeasement ever gotten anyone anywhere?'  Has that given people jobs and hope? Has that lifted them out of poverty? And, I feel, most importantly, has that increased their self-respect and self-reliance?  That I can answer with a resounding NO! To deny any human being the chance to work and produce, to feel a sense of accomplishment for a job well done, is to deny a basic human need – to feel valued.

          I don’t understand all of the machinations of politics (I couldn’t sleep at night if I did). I do know one thing as a person who loves their country – that we can’t, we must not give up on America. Too many people have given their lives for our America. We are in a fight for the very soul of this country. That might sound dramatic, but it is a fact. Many want to tear it apart – rebuild it into what they “envision” would be a better place. The founding fathers had a profoundly inciteful vision for the greatest country that the world has ever known. They knew history, and they sought to use their knowledge to create a more perfect union. (Where have we heard that before?)

            There are days when I question everything. At moments I give up hope and want to surrender. Times when I think if that is what THEY want, then they can have it. But it is not ours to give away! We owe a debt to our country to protect it from enemies, both foreign and domestic. That is our duty as a patriotic American who is willing to speak up and stop the insanity.

           I call upon my strong faith in God, knowing that whatever He has in store, He is with us. When America turned Him out of their schools, their homes, and their hearts, our decline began.  That is what happens when we shrugged our shoulders and said, “Oh well, what can you do?” Or, “Live and let live.” Now you can see the left doesn’t want people to live and let live. They want to control us. There seems to be no middle ground. This indeed is something new.

            I have seen the thousands of crosses marking graves of our soldiers who fought for democracy around the world and paid the ultimate sacrifice. I mourn with families who have known the pain of losing those heroes. I remind myself that I will do everything humanly possible to ensure that America is a country of citizens who deserve to live in peace and prosperity, fellowship, and understanding. Abraham Lincoln was well aware, as our country teetered on the brink of civil war, that "A house divided against itself cannot stand."  (Mark 3:25)

            America is equivalent to a marriage. Sometimes we see all the best she has to offer, and we're starry-eyed and optimistic. Other times, we see everything as irreconcilable and dark. Then, it's as though we would like a divorce.  But saving America is worth the fight. We have a lot of work ahead of us. A great deal of understanding and healing needs to be done.

          We need to commit to providing more opportunities for all. And, more of a commitment to make each person responsible for their actions. We must step up to the plate and take personal responsibility – stop pointing the finger and passing the buck. Even though it seems impossible through the lens of the current crisis, I do believe in miracles. It's going to take courage, strength, consistency, fairness, rules for all, and laws that everyone must follow - not just a few. It will also necessitate a commitment from those in Washington to come together and serve America – not themselves. I don’t believe they will do that willingly. Their strength lies in our discord!

            How could I express all of these thoughts and feelings in a small book? I've always been enamored with quotations! With just a few carefully chosen words strung together like a beautiful strand of pearls, they present a profound concept. These BODACIOUS quotations have been hand-picked for an important point or reminder about freedom, honesty, politicians, government, personal duty, economics, liberty, and above all else, man's responsibility to think for himself. History has gifted us with brilliant people, whose insightful reasoning and words of wisdom have proven ageless. They deserve to be heard once again as valuable reminders to each of us.

          It is my sincere hope that you will become even more bodacious in your patriotism. I hope that you will find meaningful ways to become a better, more involved citizen. I pray that this will stimulate conversation and inspire each of you to understand your unique "Power of One" and step into your new bodacious life! America is depending upon you.

 

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