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An Alien Conspiracy Theory from an Alien’s Perspective

An Alien Conspiracy Theory

As told from an alien’s perspective

By Richard J Grund

It’s been a long wait.

Dawn of time and all.

He raged.  He plotted.  He failed.

And, we all fell.

The plan went into play.

The edge in his silky voice gave his doubts away.

A kingdom here.  A country there.  Too many souls to count.

Then, the Sign.

The Fig Tree was blossoming.

Operation Deception initiated.

For  a deception to work we must mimic the Real.

Then we saw what He was doing.

So, we did it too.

Seeds planted, watered, groomed and prepared for harvest.

A boom of babies they called it.

We called it a buffet, a smorgasbord, a feast.

Some were His.  Some were ours.  All were claimed.

Move.  Counter move.

Feint, block, strike.

Final Phase came with the cries of Jubilee.

In the shadows we whispered “not for you but for me!”

The flares of our last move pierced the heaven’s gates.

Our fathers heard that announcement and stirred in their graves.

Wait, what is that?

Eye witnesses found, our actions exposed, our plans revealed?!

No, that cannot be.

We were told they would not see

Our deception demanded a deception.

Double feint for one big blow.

If they believe what they see they will say what they know.

Our scheme will be revealed and all will be lost.

They are proof of our existence but not for long.

They must not know nor believe the truth.

A serpent’s hiss in a friendly voice.

A whisper in a willing ear.

“It’s all a lie, a deception, an illusion” don’t you see.

Don’t listen to them.  Listen only to me.

There is nothing to tell because nothing happened.

They are so desperate for relief they will believe the lie with eyes wide open.

Never knowing who or what has spoken.

No one notices that the salesman is not like them.

No one knows what he knows or where he’s been.

He is not a victim, not a witness but has the loudest voice.

Just a weak, willing vessel who desires what he does not earn.

So desperate for relief he will smear the honey to soothe their pain.

Spread and smear again again!

We will lick that honey away and consume them before they awaken.

In gross denial they will be taken.

We did it before we will do it again.

Move on.

There is nothing to see here.

No victims, no testimony, no truth but what we say.

Sleight of hand and mirrors in the dark keep the curious away.

In 1000s of year these creations of His want what they can’t afford.

They buy what is not real because they won’t pay full price.

If only they knew that they get what they pay for.

And, all because they rejected the price He paid.

Would not listen to what He said.

They cry for Eden and so do we.

A return to Noah’s day you’ll see.

What did He expect from dust and clay?

It’s almost time and nothing left to say.

Ignore the warnings.

Just step this way.

Just step this way.

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A New Year; A New You?

2011 A New Year  A New You?

By Richard J Grund

Every year we make a New Year’s Resolution (decree, decision, declaration or promise ) to do something and it never happens.

A new fitness regime, diet, hobby, behavior modification, etc. make January a busy month.

Health Clubs and fitness centers count on three things.  1 – They count on you over indulging for the holidays.  2- They count on you making getting into shape a New Year’s Resolution.  3 – They count on you plunking down your money, committing to a contract and then never coming.  The attrition rate for health club memberships is 80%.  If everyone who had a membership showed up at any given time every health, safety and fire code would be violated.

The fact is many people will make a declaration but never follow through.

Your Christian walk is the same.  And, the enemy is just like the health club owners, he hopes you don’t follow through.

2 Corinthians 5:17(NKJV) 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

It wasn’t so long ago that I asked the Lord if I was a new creation why was there still much of the “old me” around. I made the declaration, said the prayer but still seemed a lot like the “old me” in many ways.  Oh, don’t get me wrong.  There was a dramatic change.  You couldn’t be as demonically bound, even possessed, and not show a change once Yeshua/Jesus became Lord of my life.  Many who were present that day at church mentioned the immediate change in my appearance and even the increase in light around me.  What no one explained, and I learned the hard way, was that salvation was instantaneous and sanctification was a process.

Maybe I needed a different interpretation of the scripture from 2 Corinthians.

2 Corinthians 5:17(NLT) 17This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

There it is – a new LIFE had begun.  And, with any new life we must learn how to walk and do the things necessary to survive.  I needed, and received, guidance from a mentor who showed me by example and direction into The Word how to live this new life of mine.  Luckily for me both he and my passion for the Lord made me hunger the meat of the Word.  Yeshua/Jesus is the Bread of Life and I was partaking of that bread.  I hungered and thirsted for Him.

John 6:32-35(NKJV) 32Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
33For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”
35And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

The process of sanctification – consecrating and dedicating our life to the Lord – is just that…a process.  It takes time to develop and has to be allowed to grow.  It must be nurtured and cultivated.  It doesn’t just happen.  You must “go” to Him (v. 35) and receive from Him what you need.

Jeremiah 29:11-13(NKJV) 11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
12Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
13And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Hebrews 11:6(NKJV) 6But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

When you seek Him with all of your heart; holding nothing back, you will find Him.  That is a promise written in Blood.

What is the reward for those who diligently seek Him?

Revelation 3:20-21(NKJV) 20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
21To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

That permanent intimacy you seek can only come when YOU seek HIM.  You cannot and will not be changed until you find Him.

The first step in the process of living this new life is to seek Him with all of your heart.  I do not care how long you’ve been saved or how long you think you’ve been saved.  If the old zombie you is still hanging around I suggest you seek Him with all of your heart and jump-start that sanctification process.

Psalms 42:1-2(NRSVA) 1 As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  When shall I come and behold  the face of God?

There may be some who haven’t even begun the salvation process let alone the sanctification process.

May I suggest a New Year’s Resolution from The Bible for you?

Isaiah 55:6(NKJV) 6 Seek the Lord while He may be found,      Call upon Him while He is near.

Twice in Revelation 22 ( verses 7 & 12) He says, “Behold, I am coming quickly!”

Soon and very soon He will return and if you haven’t sought Him and found Him it will be too late.

Richard J Grund

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Warfare? What Warfare?

If you follow The Porch you know we now have weekly online Bible Studies at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-porch. If you don’t then come join us every Wednesday night at 7:30 pm Eastern.

We also have weekly Sunday night show, Reflections In The Dark, 7 pm Eastern where go deeper into the supernatural shadows.

What I have found from both shows and those who attend them is that “Spiritual Warfare” is a lost concept on the church of today.  Even those churches that should be predisposed to this teaching (i.e. Charismatic, Pentecostal, Spirit Filled) are lack in the warning and preparing the flock for the prophesied End Times.

When I got saved in October of 1988 at the old Christian Heritage Church in Tallahassee, Florida under its former Pastor, Robert A. Shelley, we were spoiled by the knowledge and scriptural feedings given to us.  The spiritual food that Pastor Shelley fed us was a banquet that fed everyone from the newest to the oldest Believer.  How much food you had was up to you. Understanding the authority given to us in the Lord and how to use the weapons of our warfare was a regular part of that diet.  And, many fed willingly at the table.

This period of time was at the height of the spiritual warfare movement in the church.  Unfortunately, the enemy played off of our enthusiasm and intensity by inspiring error and excess.  By 1995, when I moved away from Tallahassee, the spiritual warfare movement had imploded on itself and lay in ruins.  Were mistakes made? Yes.  In the zeal to serve the Lord many misguided souls ran to a front line they had no business being on.  The had ignored the admonition of the scriptures of James 4:1-6 preceded the promise that the devil would flee from you indicating that the success of your resistance was equal to the success of your walking correctly with the Lord. That’s why to this day I do not recommend or encourage anyone to do what I do or what SRT does without considering the cost and knowing the personal requirements.

Lives were destroyed, churches were destroyed and this allowed those who had no heart or stomach for the warfare in the first place to gloat and write books that held an even greater error then the mistakes made by misguided spiritual emphasis and ignorance of the enemy we faced.

That error?  That there was no warfare, that we could stop warring at all and that the enemy had no power.

1 Peter 5:8-10 ( NKJV )8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  9Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.  10But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

Roaring lion?

Devour (gulp entire (literally or figuratively):—devour, drown, swallow up)?

Resist (to stand against, that is, oppose:—resist, withstand)?

The same sufferings are experienced by others and you will suffer for a while?

Sounds like warfare to me.

Ephesians 6:10-12 (Amplified Bible) 10In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].  11Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.  12For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

The “wrestling” of the Apostles Paul’s day was Greek style of Olympics wrestling from his era.  It was up close, physical and rough.  There were no pads or coverings.  There was nothing pretty or comfortable about it.

Who are we wrestling with?  The four levels of power pertaining to the fallen angels (Genesis Chapter 6) and the demonic spirits of their hybrid offspring wiped out in the Flood.

No warfare?!

Ephesians 6:13-18 (Amplified Bible) 13Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].  14Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, 15And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. 16Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].  17And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.  18Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

Does any of that scriptural exposition indicate peaceful inactivity?

NO!

We were warned by the Lord Himself of the turbulent times we are in and the fact that they would replicate the Days of Noah (Matthew 24:37) and although there are many who diminish the meaning of this warning it indicates a time of violent demonic activity.  If you watch the news, spend time on the Internet or just pay attention to what is going on around you the signs of the times are all around us.

Finally, I will leave you with the warnings of the Prophet Isaiah ( a real one not just someone with a name tag and a 501c3 business):

Isaiah 60:1-3 ( NKJV )
1 Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
3 The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

We are in those dark times and the “deep darkness” is really the same Hebrew word twice (H6205 עֲרָפֶל  ʽărâphel ar-aw-fel’ ; gloom (as of a lowering sky):—gross, thick dark cloud).  That’s a darkness that is twice as bad, twice as powerful and worse then what had been experienced before.  If that is not a description of 2010 and the years ahead I do not know what is.

But then again, if you are one of those people who believe everything is all right, there is no enemy out there and that roaring lion Peter warned you about has no teeth, keep doing what you are doing – nothing.  You can continue to follow the writings and opinions of men & women who have not seen the outside of a sanctuary or conference room in years; who have no clue of the current war or the current enemy we are being threatened by.  Let me know how that works out for you.

If you are awakening from your slumber and tired of watching the destruction of loved ones, friends, families, children and all things good come to the upcoming online Bible Studies at The Porch.  We are going to examine spiritual warfare as the Book of Acts church taught it, experienced it and lived it.

Either way, the Word of the Lord is clear.  The teachings of His Apostles on point.  And, the orders given by the Captain of the Hosts without question.

It’s your choice.

In His Service,
Richard J Grund
The Porch On Solomon’s Porch

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An Open Letter to the Fallen – Heaven Serves Notice

Lately I keep hearing the song Bad Boys from Inner Circle in my spirit. You know it. They use it as the theme for the reality TV Show “Cops”:

Bad boys bad boys
Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
when they come for you
Bad boys, bad boys
Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
when they come for you

And, while it’s not meant to be a “spiritual” song it has inspired this blog.

At first, I thought the song was about the recent UFO sightings and current view that some sort of alien deception is upon us. I was going to write this from the perspective of trying to get you to wonder what you would do if “they” came for you. Would you go with them? Would you run? Would you stand and fight back in the Name of the Lord? (As a point of reference I fall into the last category)

However, as I sat here this morning I realize that it’s not a song being sung to the Body of Christ but a song being sung to Satan, the fallen angels and their demonic offspring. While some people would be too religious to believe the Spirit can sing Reggae I believe He can use anything and everything in the Universe to make His point. And, making a point He is!

So, I guess this blog becomes an “open letter” to the fallen:

John 1:1-3 ( NKJV ) 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Psalms 33:6 ( NKJV ) 6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

Nehemiah 9:5-6 ( NKJV )
“Stand up and bless the LORD your God
Forever and ever!
“Blessed be Your glorious name,
Which is exalted above all blessing and praise!
6 You alone are the LORD;
You have made heaven,
The heaven of heavens, with all their host,
The earth and everything on it,
The seas and all that is in them,
And You preserve them all.
The host of heaven worships You.

You worshiped the One who spoke you into existence on the 6th day at the beginning of time. He called you by name. The first thing you saw in creation was Him, your Creator. The first voice you heard was His. And, yet you forgot what He had done for you and instead of worshiping Him you desired to be Him.

You lied to and deceived His children in your desire to strike back at Him. You tricked them into worshiping you and giving you His children as a blood sacrifice (Zephaniah 1:5). He alone is worthy of worship and adoration.

You lie, steal and destroy what is His and think you will get away with it.

You blaspheme His Holy Name and shake your immortal fists toward the Throne Room as if you have the power to back up the threats.

Play your tricks in the sky with the blinking lights and tales of another gospel. Make foolish men believe you are something more then you are. Portray yourselves as angels of light and your demonic offspring as ministers of righteousness but your words and deeds give you away. There is no life in you or what you offer. The dead cannot give life and darkness cannot overcome the Light of the Holy One.

You left your Holy Habitation, fooled yourselves into thinking you were “gods”, chose a lesser, darker existence and the Lord of Hosts says “So be it”. All of the wooden idols, icons and foolishness men have offered to you shall sink into the Lake of Fire with you (Matt. 24:41).

Do you hear the rattling of the chains of judgment that shall enwrap around you (2 Pet 2:4; Jude 1:6)? Do you hear snorting of the Heavenly stallions and the rustle of the armies of Heaven awaiting the Father’s command (Rev. 12:7-9) notify you that your time is short? The Word of the Lord is clear.

Zephaniah 1:7 ( NKJV )
7 Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD;
For the day of the LORD is at hand,
For the LORD has prepared a sacrifice;
He has invited (consecrated; set apart) His guests.

And, His guests have been given a Great Gift. A Promise has been fulfilled and the same Spirit that pulled your particles together is inside of them. The same Word that spoke you into existence has been given to them for their use against you. Truly, in both Heaven & Earth, the Word of the Lord is against you this day and the days to come.

Whether it is your Heavenly brethren or the newly empowered children of Mine that have ALL of My Authority at their disposal, the only question remains…

Bad boys bad boys
Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
when they come for you
Bad boys, bad boys
Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
when they come for you

And, from the North, South, East, West and Heaven itself…
THEY ARE COMING FOR YOU!

Richard J Grund, in service to The King

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The Cost of the Upper Room Experience

The Cost of the Upper Room Experience

By Richard J Grund

The cost of the Upper Room Experience is….$77.77 but if you act now we will throw in monogrammed handkerchiefs from the Apostle Paul and the Lord’s recipe for Sea of Galilee grilled fish at no cost.  🙂

Sorry, couldn’t resist a “commentary” on the shameless shilling and selling that goes on in the Christian church today.  It doesn’t matter that the Lord overturned the tables of the money changers and sellers in the Temple TWICE, we continue the practice of turning the House of the Lord into a marketplace.

The Upper Room Experience; what is it?

We’ve been studying the Book of Acts and the Upper Room Experience now at The Porch since March 2010.  The story starts out with the Lord’s Ascension into Heaven, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost and the explosive signs and wonders that led to equally explosive evangelism.  And, if you listened to many of the teachers of today, that is where the story seems to end.  They hesitate to tell you about AFTER the Upper Room.  However, as you get into Acts Chapter 5 the Upper Room Experience takes a more serious turn.

In Acts Chapter 5 we are told about Ananias and Sapphira, his wife, lying to Peter about the amount of money they received for selling their land.  Apparently, Ananias and Sapphira made a commitment to put the entire proceeds from the sale of their land in the communal treasury just as the Levite Barnabas from Cyrus did at the end of Acts 4.  However, somewhere along the way they decided to secretly hold back part of the profits for themselves but lied about how much the land sold for.  Whether it was greed or a desire to appear more philanthropic than it really was, it was a direct affront to the Holy Spirit.  When Peter, who was given revelation knowledge of this by the Holy Spirit, confronts Ananias and Sapphira about their deceit they both dropped dead at the Apostle’s feet.  It’s not without reason that the scripture says, Acts 5:11 ( NKJV ) So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.

So, the first cost of the Upper Room Experience is personal integrity, humility and honesty.

The second cost of the Upper Room Experience is as dangerous and prevalent.  The second cost of wielding the world-changing dunamis power of the Holy Spirit is that it may cost you your life.

“What?!” you say.  “Cost me my life?”

Yes, that’s exactly what I said.  I may cost you your life.  I didn’t say will cost you because only God can determine that but the Biblical example we have in the Book of Acts shows that the same world we are shaking and changing is under the control of the devil and his angels.  For some odd reason they don’t take kindly to our shaking and changing their world and feel even less friendly when we plunder their “goods”  (Matthew 12:29) by using the Promise of the Father to destroy their works.  In fact, it infuriates them to the point of taking retaliatory action against the church.  They will try to persuade us to stop what we are doing and to go back to the dead religious activities we practiced before.  If that doesn’t work they will use the world system to threaten us with incarceration or bodily harm.  If we are too sold out to the Lord to be persuaded or threatened they will up the stakes by inspiring the world to kill us – something the world is all too willing to oblige.

How do I know that? This I know for The Bible tells me so…

In Acts Chapter 5 Peter and John are thrown into jail for healing the man lame from birth at the Gate Beautiful entrance to the Temple.  Then in Chapter 6 all of the disciples are arrested for their public evangelism and teachings, thrown into common prison and scourged with whips.  Chapter 7 offers us the account of the first martyr for the Lord, Stephen, who takes advantage of the Lord’s promise from
Mark 13:11 ( NKJV ) 11But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

Stephen takes the Lord at His Word and allows the Holy Spirit to speak through him.  His inspired reasoning so enrages the Jewish council that they stone him to death for his crime.  What was crime?

Acts 6:8-10 ( NKJV ) 8And Stephen, full of £faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. 9Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. 10And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.

Acts 7:51-58 ( NKJV ) 51“You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. 52Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers, 53who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it.”
54When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth.
55But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; 58and they cast him out of the city and stoned him.

Signs and wonders, Spirit lead reasoning and telling the truth about the Lord (the Spirit’s and the church’s primary responsibility) cost Stephen his life.  It’s right there in the black and white of The Word and the red of Stephen’s blood.  (for those who attend the Online Bible Studies you just got a peek at part of tomorrow’s lesson)

After this the persecution of the church INCREASES, as do the signs, wonders and evangelism of the church, and we pretty much know the rest of the story.  If you don’t, you need to join us on Wednesday Night’s at 7:30 pm on The Porch at www.blogtalkradio.com/the-porch as we continue studying the Book of Acts to see where it goes.

Suffice it to say that the Upper Room Experience is so dramatic and explosive that the enemy of our souls, Satan and his angels, make it their priority to stop us AT ANY COST.

So, why am I telling you this?  Am I trying to discourage you from seeking the Upper Room Experience?  Absolutely not!  If you know anything about me or what I teach I believe it’s the only thing that will help us to fulfill the Great Commission in the End Times.  It’s also the only thing that will allow us to persevere and be productive for the Lord.  But, I want you to understand that there is a price for it.  A well-worn line from the movie Spiderman is spoken by the character of Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, played by Cliff Robertson – “with great power comes great responsibility”.  This line could have easily come from the Book of Acts and the lips of one of the Apostles.

With the world shaking, life changing dunamis power of the Holy Spirit, the Promise of the Father that comes from the Throne Room itself, we must understand the responsibility of personal integrity and holiness it demands.  We must also recognize and accept the Biblical documented fact that when we push the enemy they WILL push back.  I’ve read commentary by well-meaning teachers that “the devil fears a praying believer on their knees” and wondered what Book they read.  The devil, his fallen angels and their demonic offspring are too deranged and enraged to fear anything.  Their “minds” are warped beyond reason and they fear nothing.  If they had any sense of fear would they, in the midst of a world war against one another, turn their weapons on the Lord, His angels and the saints of God when they split the sky as related in Revelation 19?  If they will make war with the King of kings, His armies and the hosts of Heaven at that point what do you think they will do to a flesh and blood Believer now?

When they see you clad in the Armor of God, as listed in Ephesians 6, do they see it as a fashion statement or declaration from you that you are prepared for a fight they are all too willing to give you?  It’s not your intention that motivates them but their intention – to destroy you and anything that reminds them of the One who cast them out of Heaven and defeated them.  Our intention must always be to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).

I sincerely hope that this will not dissuade you from seeking the Upper Room Experience but if you do I want you to make a quality decision.  The life of a world-changing, signs & wonders Believer in Yeshua/Jesus is not always easy but it is always rewarding.  For most, that reward is not of this world but of the next.  As long as you understand and accept that…

John 20:21-22 ( NKJV ) 21So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit”.
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A book to recommend…Demon, A Memoir by Tosca Lee

Well, it’s been a while.

I apologize for that.  The Porch has two regular Blogtalkradio.com shows that have taken up much of our time.  We do a weekly Online Bible Study at 7:30 pm EST and a talk show called Reflections In The Dark on Sundays at 7 pm which deals with the supernatural and paranormal in today’s world.  If you have an interest in either please join us.

I’ve decided that I will stop by here regularly just to share thoughts, ideas, commentary and keep the dialogue going.

I wanted to let everyone know about a great book and author that has become a friend of The Porch.

The book is Demon, A Memoir and the author is Tosca Lee.

For a long time I’ve been ranting about the fact that TV, Movies, Media is indoctrinating our children, youth and young adults with un-Godly demonic storylines.   Whether it’s demons who can be heroes, vampires with souls or fallen angels seeking redemption they are being indoctrinated into accepting the “lie” and falling for an End Time delusion.  The worst part of this is the fact that this is taking place in the Church as well as the World.  I have seen how parents, youth pastors and church pastors do not see the danger of the Twilight Series or Harry Potter.  That discussion is for another time.

The fact is that we spend so much time telling our children, youth and young adults what not to watch, read or listen to that we never tell what they can watch, read or listen to.  Well, now I can.

For everyone who loves to read (and more should) and has an interest in the supernatural there is a book and author that I can heartily recommend.

Demon, A Memoir by Tosca LeeRecently divorced and mired in a meaningless existence, Clay drifts from his drab apartment to his equally lusterless job as an editor for a small Boston press–until the night Lucian finds him and everything changes with the simple words, “I’m going to tell you my story, and you’re going to write it down and publish it.”What begins as a mystery soon spirals into chaotic obsession as Clay struggles to piece together Lucian’s dark tale of love, ambition, and grace–only to discover that the demon’s story has become his own. And then only one thing matters: learning how the story ends.

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Praise for Demon: A Memoir

“So few books rattle me to the core yet lift my hopes to the heavens in the same breath. Tosca Lee’s Demon: A Memoir is a rare find that must be read.”

Ted Dekker, New York Times best-selling author of the Circle Trilogy

“Compelling, deep… a novel that has you compulsively turning pages and makes you think at the same time.”

James Scott Bell, best-selling Author of Deceived

“Wise, imaginative, funny and poetic, this is a book that lingers in memory after you’ve turned the last page.”

Sophy Burnham, New York Times best-selling author of A Book of Angels

“Fresh, yet older than time. Years from now, we may find other books being compared to this one.”

Eric Wilson, New York Times best-selling author of Fireproof

“Powerful and beautiful. Her imagery of Eden, of Paradise and angels and Elohim, filled me with awe.”

Novel Reviews

“Lee is really proving to be a leader in the art of speculative fiction.”

Inside Corner Book Reviews

I recommend that every youth pastor out there who wants to introduce their youth congregants to the reality of the angelic & demonic realm to use this book.  It will offer avenues of discussion and Biblical teachings.  It also offers a cautionary tale that they all need to know.  How cool would it be to have an entire youth group reading a book and meeting to discuss it?!

If you are someone who calls yourself a Believer in Yeshua/Jesus and has spent your money on the Twilight or Harry Potter series you owe it to yourself and your spirit to get this book.  One, you will be getting a good book to read.  Two, you will supporting a Christian author.  And, three, you will finally be reading the truth about the supernatural.

Don’t let the title or subject matter scare you off.  You’ve not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind ( 2  Timothy 1:7).

In the weeks to come I will be sharing about Tosca Lee’s second book, Havah the Story of Eve once I’ve read it.  If you read the book and enjoy it please let Tosca know by going to her website (http://www.toscalee.com) and telling her your found out about her from The Porch!

As a regular part of The Porch we will be recommending books to read to help you get ready for what is coming.

Thanks for stopping by and remember that there is a roaring lion out there seeking whom he may devour.  Be on guard, vigilant and alert so that you can resist him and live the victorious life in the Name of the Lord!

Shalom & Blessings,

Richard J Grund

Dancing In The Dark – The Church in 2009

DANCING IN THE DARK

THE CHURCH IN 2009

With apologies to Bruce Springsteen and his 1984 hit, this teaching is entitled “Dancing in the Dark, the church in 2009”.

Luke 17:22-30 ( NKJV ) Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them. For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day.  But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.  And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.   Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed
them all.  Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”

Isaiah 40:3-5 ( NKJV ) The voice of one crying in the wilderness:     “Prepare the way of the Lord;     Make straight in the desert     A highway for our God.   Every valley shall be exalted     And every mountain and hill brought low;     The crooked places shall be made straight     And the rough places smooth;  The glory of the Lord shall be revealed,     And all flesh shall see it together;     For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Two phrases appear in those scriptures that should be road signs for the church but how many of you know about them.  One is “the Days of Noah”.  The second is “Son of Man”.  Let me deal with the last one first because that would be Biblical ;-).

The Lord called Himself the “Son of Man” 77 times in the NT.  77 times!  Must have been important and since 7 is the number of perfection, His number, that means it is 7 x important.

Where does this title, Son of Man, come from?  It comes from the Book of Enoch.  It was a title that the Jews of His day understood and had heard while being taught by their fathers.  The 1st Century church would have knowledge of this book as evidenced by it’s presence in the Dead Sea Scrolls.  This is not a teaching on The Book of Enoch.  There are other good teachings out there by Dr. Chuck Missler and others.  Do your own homework.  Know why you believe what you believe.  Don’t be baby birds seeking someone else to regurgitate the Word they’ve eaten into your bellies.  Chew your own food for a change.

So, if the Lord was using a title known from The Book of Enoch.  What as He implying to those listening to Him.  If we refer back to the text we see pretty clearly that He was telling them He was the One who sat next to the Ancient of Days, the One who rule over all spirits and who would judge the living and the dead.  He was telling them that He was the Righteous One who made all things righteous.  He was telling that all things, natural and supernatural, would bend their knee to the One who sat at the right hand of the Ancients of Days, known to the Jews of His day as El Elyon God Most High, the Great I Am.

In the next paragraph He refers to the Days of Noah.  Until a few years ago I had only known the Days of Noah to be taught as a time when sin and ungodliness covered the Earth and because of that a flood was sent to destroy everything that lived on the land (Genesis 6:7,13).

Genesis 6:1-8 ( NKJV ) Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,  that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”  There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.  So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Genesis 6:13 ( NKJV ) And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Genesis 6:11-13 ( NLT )Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence.
God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt.
So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!

His Divine creation had been “corrupted”.  The Hebrew word used means ruined, decayed, spoiled.  Descriptions when applied to living things means the life in them was not the life He designed them for.  They were rotten inside and out.  Until I understood that I could never understand so harsh a judgment to kill every living thing except for Noah and his family.  I now realize that He never intended for these people to exist.  In other words – HE DID NOT CREATE THEM.  THE FALLEN ANGELS DID.

So, getting back to the Lord’s use of the “Days of Noah”, if we measure His prophetic warning with the Biblical story what is He telling us?  He’s telling us that at the end of time the Earth and its inhabitants will be in for supernatural events most likely brought on by supernatural forces.  That’s the simplified answer.  If you hang in there with me over the coming weeks we will get into greater detail.

So, if we are headed toward a time of supernatural world shaking events why aren’t we taught more about the supernatural aspects of our walk?  Why has the majority of the Believing world ignored a third of the Lord’s earthly ministry and the work He mandated before He ascended into Heaven.

Reading from Peter’s eyewitness account written by Mark:
Mark 16:15-20 ( NKJV ) And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.  And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.  And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

Mark 16:15-18 ( NLT ) And then He told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.
Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.  These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.  They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”

Demons/devils – daimonion dahee-mon’-ee-on; genderless daemonic being; by extension a deity:—devil, god.

Snakes/serpents – a snake, figuratively (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, especially Satan:—serpent.

If that is what we are CALLED TO DO and we are headed toward a time when the Earth will be covered in this kind of supernatural/demonic activity wouldn’t it be helpful to fulfill the Great Commission and to stay alive to be able to be supernatural ourselves?!

Let’s get real here – the World is changing.  The news is filled with stories of bizarre, grotesque evil that makes no sense.  If you listen to the secular world or dead religion it’s all in their minds.  And yet, no one can explain the rise in this kind of crime.  Is there a connection to the Lord’s warning and the current explosion of babies and children being murdered?  Entertainment is filled with the supernatural or the “paranormal” which simply means outside the realm of normal.  And, even though we follow the most Supernatural Paranormal person to ever walk the Earth those of us who understand this or move in the gifts of the Spirit are mocked or ignored.

The Church is dancing in the dark in 2009.  It has no idea what is going on around them and prefers to stay in the dark rather than turn on the Light and see.  I have news for those who do – the other definition for the Greek word used for snakes/serpents has to do with the idea of sharpness of vision.  That means the things He asked us to deal with CAN SEE IN THE DARK.  But, do not fear, He gave us authority over them and through the in filling of the Ruach Hakodesh/Holy Spirit we have the power of the Creator over His fallen creation.  We were called to compliment the Signs of the Times with the Signs & Wonders He expected from us.

It’s your choice.  You can ask for eyes to see and ears to hear or you can keep dancing in the dark.  But, don’t be fooled by thinking if you can’t see it, that it can’t hurt you.  This is one time that what you can’t see can hurt you or those you love.

Shalom & Blessings,
Richard J Grund

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There Is A Darkness In The Land

THERE IS A DARKNESS IN THE LAND

John 1:1-5 (NKJV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend (overcome) it.

There is darkness in the land.  It’s been there for a very long time.

It began when the angel known as Lucifer led a Heavenly rebellion against God which resulted in him and a third of the angels getting cast out of Heaven by the archangel Michael and the other angels that stayed obedient to the Father.  In Genesis Chapter 6 we get a brief glimpse into the eventual fall of man and the spread of evil when these fallen angels found the daughters of Adam desirable, mated with them and created a race of hybrids, giants, that became so perverse and evil that the only solution was for God to destroy every living thing on the Earth except for Noah and his family (Genesis 6:7).

Ephesians 6:10-13 (NKJV) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

The Bible doesn’t tell us much about this part of the story but I believe that is because there used to be another book that the writers of the Bible had at their disposal that we do not – The Book of Enoch.  There are some theologians who dispute the timing and validity of this book but we know from research that it is quoted from by the Lord and the writers of the New Testament over 70 times.  It was actually a part of the early canon of the Church.  Second century teachers and church fathers such as Justin Martyr (100-165 A.D.), Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons (115-185 A.D.), Clement of Alexandria (150-220), and Lactantius (260-330 A.D.) cite the Book of Enoch without question of its sacred character.  Tertullian, (160-230 A.D.), admonished believers to not reject it calling it “Holy Scripture” and Enoch a “sacred prophet”.  Another noted and accepted theologian, Origen (254 A.D.) put the Book of Enoch in the same authority as the Psalms.  Much of Origen’s teachings on the angels come directly from the Book of Enoch.  It was also added to the official canon of the Ethiopic Church.  The Book of Enoch was widely read and used during the first three centuries after the death of Christ.  I believe that because it was an accepted part of teaching for many Jews and the early Church it is casually referenced by the Lord and the writers of the New Testament as familiar knowledge.

So, if these great early teachers of the Church accepted it and the Lord and the New Testament writers quoted directly from it why do we not know anything about it today?

Tertullian claimed that it was rejected by Jewish scholars because it’s overt prophecies of the Messiah that pointed directly at Yeshua/Jesus.  Origen stated that he believed that it was rejected as canon because it taught too much information about the fallen angels, their perverse hybrid offspring and the origins of demons.  In other words, it was removed because it gave us too much information about the enemy.  It was eventually completely discredited and banned by The Council of Laodicia, 381 AD.

Segments of the Book of Enoch were discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls.  It is believed that it was around and taught from as early as 300 years before the Lord and for three hundred years afterward.

I believe that the removal of an integral part of the teachings on the supernatural for the Early Church and the subsequent banning of other teachings by the newly formed Roman Catholic church led directly to the Dark Ages beginning in 450 A.D. and lasting for almost 600-years.  The Dark Ages were known as a particularly evil, perverse and ungodly period of history.  Is it no wonder that evil and the darkness flourished when teachings that shed light on their existence and behavior were banned.

John 8:12 (NKJV)12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

That is why Yeshua/Jesus came into the World as The Light.  He came to bring Light so that we wouldn’t have to walk in darkness and darkness would have no control over us.

1 John 3:8 (NKJV) He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

There is darkness in the world that is satanic in origin.  We see it becoming more and more evident every day.  This will be the first in a series of articles on that darkness and all that it promotes in our society.  We will be touching on the explosion of interest in the paranormal, the increase in supernatural story lines in our television shows and movies and the deception that goes with it.  We will also begin to explain and teach on an aspect of my ministry that some find fascinating, others find objectionable and most don’t understand.

Ephesians 5:11 (NKJV) And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

Some of you visiting this blog might have found your way here because of a recent article done about me and an aspect of my ministry in the National Enquirer.  Normally one would ignore the drivel they produce but this article creates more confusion and controversy that needs to be addressed.  Here is the link to that article for you to have a proper foundation to work from.

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/casy_anthony_muredr_weird_human_sacrifice_cult_police_theory/celebrity/67476

This is a link to an Orlando news station covering the story so that you can see how a secular news agency attempts to cover a story like this.  I have to admit they did better then I expected considering the content.

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news/anthony_case/101209_caylee_a_human_sacrifice

If you would like to see a video explanation of what is referenced in the National Enquirer attack…I mean article…please go to the SRT You Tube page http://www.youtube.com/supernaturalresponse for a three part teaching and video.
Part One – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAGOUYlBtL4

Part Two – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXggfLpc6A4

Part Three – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTA243UGffQ

I do not expect everyone to understand it or approve of it.  All I am asking is that you keep an open mind and be willing to listen.  For too long today’s church has become like the third century church and put its head in the sand when it comes to the supernatural.  We are in the midst of a new dark age of our own making.  Our youth and young adults are falling into the traps and snares of the popularity of the paranormal without any Biblical teaching on the subject.  We were created to be naturally supernatural and if the church doesn’t fill that void something else will.

Please leave comments and share your thoughts on this subject.  Let’s begin to “meet” as the early church did on Solomon’s Porch to share and care about one another.  Who knows, maybe we will see the explosive power and ministry the early church have become a reality for us.

Shalom & Blessings,

Richard J Grund

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