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COSMIC COMEDY

DANIEL 11

Watch the world news for a minute, you will understand
the total depravity of the fallen man; the desire to rule and
control, the urge to rebel and subdue, the schemes to
deceive and trample, the manipulations to manifest and
dominate, … surely the end game tactics are everywhere!

Man assumes that he is omnipotent and tries his best to
establish a name for himself in this fallen world; But he
fails to understand the Kingdom of The Great ‘I AM’ and
HIS grand plan to redeem this world! . HIS foreknowledge,
HIS active involvement in the world history, HIS patience
and HIS power are all ignored by the world!
Result?
Cosmic comedy!
Man tries to play GOD!

Read DANIEL 11.
Establishing kingdoms, fighting against another kingdom,
trusting the might and riches(verse 3& 4), divided kingdoms, uprooted kingdoms, peace agreement( verse 6), betrayal and rebellion, rise of world powers and their vain attempt to exhibit
their power and might( verse 11 ), unexpected stumbling and
the fall of the powerful ( verse 19), economic reforms (verse 20)
and the silent and subtle destruction of the reformer…..
We know it is a prophecy but is it not looking like the current
world affairs?

Read further!
an unassuming person becoming the ruler using his craftiness,
his desire to establish a new world order by crook or by hook,
his lust for power( verse 22 ), his deceptive way of using peace treaty, his novel approaches, his fame ( verse 24 ), his secret
agents in other kingdoms ( verse 26 ), his intense hatred against
the holy covenant ( verse 28 ) and steadily growing opposition to
his authority, ….
As a prophecy, we either try to figure out that person or label
this or that ruler as that person!
Yes, the way he exalt and magnify himself and his blasphemies
against the LIVING GOD will surely indicate the strengthening of
that person by the unholy forces of the deceptive, destructive,dirty
but defeated devil!.

Men who ignored and rejected the redemption plan becoming a
pawn in the hands of the enemy. And that pawn tries to fight
against the ALMIGHTY!
Is it not a comedy?
But there is a tragedy in that comedy!

Yes, the comedy attracts even some of the covenant people and
they forsake the holy covenant!. Sure, they all will get immediate honor from the deceiver (verse 30).
Tasted the covenant but wasted the privileges. What a tragedy!

Failing to understand our calling, as an ambassador of GOD in
this world, will deteriorate our convictions.
Remember, we are called to win some more from the opposite
camp by using the banner of TRUTH and instead if we start appreciating the pleasures of this world, compromise will enter
our inner core and we may also become a pawn in the enemy’s
hand!
The prophecy is given, not to identify that ruler or time but, to
warn us against our compromising lifestyle. We are expected
to understand and instruct many. ( DANIEL 11: 33 ).


PEOPLE WHO KNOW THEIR GOD SHALL
BE STRONG AND WILL CARRY OUT
GREAT EXPLOITS. (DANIEL 11 : 32 )

THE LAST PAGE

DANIEL 7

A beast like a lion with eagle’s wings may come from
the sea to rule over the land, but we need not fear
because the ANCIENT OF DAYS is seated on the
throne! (DANIEL 7 : 4 & 9)

A beast like a bear may suddenly come with three ribs
in its mouth and may try to devour much flesh but we
need not fear because the ANCIENT OF DAYS is
seated on the throne! (DANIEL 7 : 5 & 9)

A beast like leopard with four wings and four heads may
come with much authority and dominion but we need not
fear because the ANCIENT OF DAYS is seated on the
throne! (DANIEL 7 : 6 & 9)

Whatever may be their power, might or authority, their
dominions will be surely taken away! (DANIEL 7 : 12)

Above all these three, even if dreadful and terrible beast
with ten horns may come and even if the eleventh horn
speaks blasphemous words, we need not fear because
that beast will be destroyed and will be given to the burning
flame! (DANIEL 7 : 11)

And that is not the full story; in fact One like the SON of MAN
came near the ANCIENT of DAYS and received an everlasting
dominion and glory and a kingdom! (DANIEL 7 : 14)

In fact, the fourth beast will speak pompous words against the
MOST HIGH and shall persecute the saints of the MOST HIGH;
Even, for a short time period , the saints shall be given in to his
hand! (DANIEL 7 : 25)
But fear not, his dominion will not last; it will be utterly destroyed;
And the kingdom and dominion shall be given to the people, the
saints of the MOST HIGH! (DANIEL 7 : 27)

It was history and also prophecy!

Dear friend,
Feeling the heat? struggle to endure? thinking of giving up?
Assuming that we are on the losing side?
Attacked from all sides by the enemy?
Yes, for a time, the enemy may act as if he is the winner and
his dominion is everlasting, but remember the everlasting
dominion belongs to the SON of MAN and HIS saints.
Whatever may be the problems and struggles we are facing
in our life, always remember one thing; we are on the winning
side. Yes the end of the warfare is already fixed. Even if we
are not able to see it some times, we all are victors because
of the VICTOR!

Not just DANIEL 7 but even
The last page of the oldest book of the BIBLE, book of JOB,
and the last page of the latest book of the BIBLE, book of
REVELATION clearly and gladly express the great truth that
we all are more than conquerors because of our SAVIOUR!
The everlasting dominion is with the KING of KINGS!
By trusting HIM, have a victorious life!


THEY SHALL SEE HIS FACE AND HIS NAME SHALL
BE ON THEIR FOREHEADS (REVELATION 22 : 4)

SELFIE

DANIEL 4

Daniel 4th chapter, a selfie of Nebuchadnezzar?
It is doubtful that any book on ‘world history’ would have
this piece of information about that great king!

It may be so easy to take this kind of selfie with so many
dark spots but it needs real courage to like, comment and
share this ‘selfie’ with others; not just with a small group
of friends and followers but with the public! (DANIEL 4: 1).

But his motive is very clear; through this selfie he illustrated
the most important truth ‘The LORD Reigns!’.

We may not be having a great kingdom like Nebuchadnezzar’s
kingdom, but in our little kingdoms most of the times we fail to
acknowledge this fundamental truth!

Even though we claim that we surrender all, we are having so
many peculiar compartments in our kingdom which are not
governed by HIS WORD but by our own wish and will.

Remember, when GOD decided to teach Nebuchadnezzar this
truth, HE permitted the king to go down from the normal human
behaviour and attitude to animal kind of life!

Is not true that we also some times, may be most of the times,
express this kind of animal instincts in our life?
Our abnormal obsession with lust, power or money, our secret
desire to be worshipped, our angry outbursts and unashamed
rationalizations all may not be because of our DNAs or impact
of the generational curse!

Who knows that all the above may be the side effects of our
failure to acknowledge HIS authority in some of our secret
compartments!

Take selfie, not with some costly gadgets, but with the help of
the HOLY SPIRIT in the light of the WORD in the chamber of
solitude!
This selfie is not to impress others by covering the ugly dots
but to confess the dark side to your CREATOR and to forsake
them; To hand over the governance of all the compartments
of your kingdom to the EVERLASTING KING!

Believe, HE is so gentle and loving that he won’t share what
you confessed with others; In fact HE won’t even remember
them but will give you grace!

If you have secret struggles in your behaviour and attitude,
better take selfie; HE is waiting to give you HIS image and
HIS glory!


HOW GREAT ARE HIS SIGNS,
HOW POWERFUL HIS WONDERS!
HIS KINGDOM WILL LAST FOREVER,
HIS RULE THROUGH ALL GENERATIONS.
( DANIEL 4 : 3 )

SHADOWS

DANIEL 3

Have you noticed?
Daniel’s friends were facing a crisis because of 
their faith, but Daniel was not there!

Read that chapter carefully, even the name Daniel 
is not mentioned; We all know that Daniel was number 
one in Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom(Daniel 2 : 48 ), but 
when so many threatening things were happening in 
Babylon, some how Daniel was not there!

Where was Daniel?
Being the chief administrator of Babylon, whether he was 
sent on duty to some remote place?

Whether the enemies of Jews used the opportunity to 
take revenge on Daniel’s friends?

We are not having the full picture, but that crisis brings out 
a challenging truth; the truth about shadows!

See, in the first and second chapters of the Book of Daniel, 
his three friends were directly or indirectly shown in the 
shadow of Daniel; Even their promotion was because of 
Daniel’s request! ( Daniel 2 : 49 )

But in the third chapter, the crisis brings out the truth that 
they were not in the shadow of Daniel but in the Shadow 
of the Almighty!

In the first two chapters, the fourth person in their team 
was considered as Daniel, but the test of fire revealed 
that the fourth Person was of Divine nature!

See the consequence!
Nebuchadnezzar issued a decree which prohibited anyone 
to speak anything against the Living GOD!

Compare his response in chapter 2, when Daniel interpreted 
the dream; It was not so strong compared to chapter 3.

How much we all need this kind of test of fire?
Most of us wish to be in the shadows of some men of GOD 
and rests on their faith instead of having a closer walk with 
the Living GOD; If our faith rests on this and that persons, 
when the fire tests us, we can not shine!

Respect all servants of GOD, but remember we all are 
children of GOD and hence expected to have a personal 
faith encounter with GOD.

You may reach some position because of some Daniels, 
but by your faith, you have to prove that you are worthy 
of your calling!

Daniel’s friends proved that! ( DANIEL 3 : 30 ).

Welcome the test of fire!


HE WHO DWELLS IN THE SECRET PLACE OF THE 
MOST HIGH SHALL ABIDE UNDER THE SHADOW OF 
THE ALMIGHTY. ( PSALM 91 : 1 )

SHEPHERD’S SUPPLICATION

PSALM 69 : 6

LET NOT THOSE WHO WAIT FOR YOU,O LORD GOD
OF HOSTS, BE ASHAMED BECAUSE OF ME; LET NOT
THOSE WHO SEEK YOU BE CONFOUNDED BECAUSE
OF ME, O GOD OF ISRAEL.

A different kind of prayer, but a profound one!
It speaks about the responsibility of every shepherd!

Doing our work in such a way that the people who knew the
LORD will get the right counsel and guidance when they are
in their waiting period.

Is it necessary?

Yes, because most of the shepherds will get confused by
seeing the prolonged waiting period of some people and so,
under the assumption of helping them, will give suggestions
contrary to the WORD; Instead of comforting, counselling
and encouraging them to endure, we compromise the will
of GOD by giving alternate ways of deliverance to them!

Result?

They get temporary relief but, in the long run, the purpose of
their waiting period gets lost and their growth gets marred!

Dear shepherd,
Even though it is painful to see some of our dear members
suffering with no sign of deliverance, never give in to the
temptation of giving counsel by leaning on your feelings rather
than on the WORD!

Remember, by cutting short the waiting period of a caterpillar,
we actually short circuit its potential to fly as a butterfly in the
future!

Even if it is difficult, again and again fall back on the WORD!

Read and remember the above verse whenever your emotion
disturb your discernment!
Make it your prayer, whenever dealing with suffering people!

We want all our members to be prosperous but not in a
confounded way!
Yes,
Sanctified suffering is superior than compromised comfort!
Wait on HIM and wait for HIM!


I WAITED PATIENTLY FOR THE LORD;
AND HE INCLINED TO ME,  AND HEARD
MY CRY. (PSALM 40 : 1)

ROYAL ROAD

PSALM 105 : 17

HE sent a man before them -Joseph- who was sold as a slave.
GOD sent Joseph to Egypt before other Israelites!

Wait a minute!
When did that happen?
Where is it in the Book of Genesis?

GOD sent Joseph?

Was it not Jacob who sent Joseph to Shechem?
-Is obedience to parents also GOD’s way of leading a person?

Was it not some unknown man who informed Joseph about his
brothers’ plan to go to Dothan thus by helping Joseph to go to
Dothan?
-Does GOD guide us through a stranger’s word also?

Was it not Joseph’s brothers who sold him to the Midianite
traders?
– Are a GOD-centered person’s enemies also controlled by
GOD in such a way that even their secret plans will help that
person to move only in the GOD- assigned direction?

Was it not the Midianite traders who sent Joseph as a slave to
Pothiphar’s house?
– Is having no rights for a time period also a proof that one is
travelling in the GOD-designed Royal Road?

Was it not the Potiphar’s wife who was instrumental in sending
Joseph to the prison ?
-Do injustice and silent nights also confirm that our journey is
in the right direction?

Was it not the king of Egypt who sent two of his servants to the
prison?
– Does the seemingly accidental meetings in a disciple’s life is
also the significant road signs planted by GOD?

Was it not the forgetfulness of the person who received favor
from Joseph the reason for his extended days of dark nights?
– Does the ‘last hope’ on a person becoming the ‘lost hope’
indicate that our times are in HIS hands?

Was it not the king of Egypt who sent and released Joseph?
– Is it true that the world will conspire to honor a life surrendered
to GOD in the right time?

GOD sent Joseph to Egypt!
But it took thirteen years to reach Egypt from Canaan!
Because when GOD deals with a person, HE will not just sent him
in the Royal Road but equips him also for his future assignment!
And above all, he didn’t just send Joseph!
But HE went with Joseph! (GENESIS 39 : 2 & 21)
Yes, HIS presence will be with us, whether we acknowledge or not,
whenever we travel in HIS Royal Road!

 

Weeping? Lost hope? No one to understand?
Almost gave up?; Betrayal after betrayal?
Rejection after rejection?
No one remembers?
Forget your own name in the valley of shadow of death?
Counting stars with open eyes and counting sheep with closed eyes?
Feeling as if the whole world is against you?

Hey! Wipe your tears! Don’t worry!
You are a Joseph for this generation!
Believe me, you are on the Royal Road!
GOD only sent you in the Road!
Not just sends you but HE also comes with you!

Look up and get up!
Again surrender your life to HIM!
And live one day at a time by trusting HIM!
Soon you will receive your position and promotion!


UNTIL THE TIME THAT HIS WORD CAME TO PASS, THE
WORD OF THE LORD TESTED HIM (PSALM 105 : 17)

SHORTCUT STUMBLING

ESTHER 2 : 19 & 20

Have you noticed?

Even though Esther was the queen and was still following
Mordecai’s orders, Mordecai didn’t bring in his relationship
with Esther to eliminate or dominate Haman for a long time?

Haman was steadily growing and Mordecai was carefully
observing Haman’s growth and readily expressing his stand
against him; But, Mordecai never complained against Haman
to Esther. He could have used his influence to manipulate
the situation but waited for the right time.

Think about the possibilities.
A complaint through Esther might have eliminated Haman or
the unpredictable king could have removed Esther from the
throne because of his closeness to Haman; Did not the King removed Vashti by the counsel of someone like Haman?

Mordecai waited patiently for the right time and opportunity!

Like Mordecai, Esther also didn’t jump into some kind of
firefighting action immediately after receiving the news from Mordecai, but waited in the presence of the Lord fasted for
three days before staring her game!

See the result!
An untimely attempt by Mordecai and Esther might have
eliminated only Haman, but the sharp move eliminated not
just Haman but all the enemies of Jews in the entire kingdom
and paved the way for a peaceful and prosperous life to all
the Jews!

One man’s meticulous patience gave deliverance to so many!

Dear friend!
Learn the difference between using the opportunity in a
GODLY way and using it at any cost!
If the enemy is advancing, zeal and sincerity may not be
sufficient to thwart his plan; Waiting for the instruction from
above is crucial in this kind of crisis;
Don’t trust your influence and intelligence but wait for the
insight from the WORD, the Instructor’s manual of EMMANUEL!

Don’t just focus on the growing darkness but on the
Gentle Voice of the LIGHT also!
You are allowed to see the darkness so that your timely
action will bring light to many!
Be Courageous!

Behind your unanswered prayers, prolonged frustrations,
closed doors and valley of shadows of death, your Mordecai,
the GOD ALMIGHTY, is also meticulously planning and
patiently moving to bring joy and deliverance to you and
through you!

Behind the maze is the MASTER!
HIS plans are always to prosper you!
Believe it and praise HIM!

You shall see wonders!


IN YOUR STRENGTH I CAN CRUSH AN ARMY,
WITH MY GOD I CAN SCALE ANY WALL.
( II SAMUEL 22 : 30 )

GIANT-VIEW

I SAMUEL 17 : 1 – 11

The Philistines gathered their armies together
to battle against Saul and the men of Israel;
Battles were not new to Saul or the men of Israel.
They were ready to fight;
But, suddenly the confidence and courage became
doubt and despair!
The reason?
The Giant Goliath!
This one giant was sufficient enough to mock the
entire army of Israel;The size and the challenge!
Even though men of Israel were warriors, they were
not having any strategy to challenge Goliath;
In fact, they were dismayed and greatly afraid!

Dear friends,
Even in our life, some times GOD permits the giant to
challenge us; we get confused; fear grips our heart;
Like the Israelites, we become passive; our courage
and confidence vanish; thousands of questions assail
us; pseudo-guilt and inferiority complex embrace us;
slowly we try to join the group of ‘hurt and retired’.

Our past achievements, accomplishments and victories 
does not give us any clue to handle this giant;
In despair we cry ‘ why LORD, why?’.
We give up, surrender ourselves to the enemy and quit!

But, come to the other side and view the scene!
At least three truths emerge from that scenario!

1. The challenge of the giant helps us to identify our
hidden talent;

See, David used slingshots to kill animals but never
tried that on giants. The appearance of the giant
gave David an opportunity to ‘ test drive’ his skill
on the giant.

2. The challenge of the giant exposes and advertises
your uniqueness to your friends and enemies;

See, the uniqueness of David got noticed by his
people and by the philistines on that day!

3. The challenge of the giant indirectly helps us to gain
victory without any damage or loss to our side;

See, in any battle there will be some deaths and injuries;
but, in the above mentioned battle, Israel won without
losing even a single soldier, thanks to the giant!

Or in other words, whenever GOD wants to give
victory without even a slightest damage to us, HE
will permit the giant to challenge us!

Facing a giant? Perplexed? ready to quit?
Wait Please!
Have a giant-view!
Humble yourself in the sight of the LORD and ask HIM
to reveal your hidden talent and uniqueness!
Remember, you are the apple of HIS eye;
Do you think that HE will permit a giant to challenge
you just to crush you?
No, HE wants us to have victory; no loss or damage!
Come on, Take your sling and stones!


IF YOU HAVE RUN WITH THE FOOTMEN,
AND THEY HAVE WEARIED YOU, THEN
HOW CAN YOU CONTEND WITH HORSES?
( JEREMIAH 12 : 5 )

HELLO, Mrs POTIPHAR – PART 6

GENESIS 41 : 42.

Hello Mrs Potiphar,

Yesterday, I wrote little extra as I had little extra time;
But today, I am not having much time.
You know the reason;
The King gave me some new assignments today;
Not just new assignments, but new position, new
authority and a new opening!
Of course he gave me new dress, fine linen;

You know how I got the fine linen now?

Long, long ago, in a far away land, my own brothers,
forcibly removed my beautiful dress; In fact, the dress
which was a token of my father’s love became a symbol
of hatred in my brothers’ hands!
Yes, I cried after that, by thinking about the selfish world!

After some years, in your house, you violently pulled part
of my dress when I tried to escape from you; In fact, the
dress which was a proof for my purity became dirty trap
to frame me!
Yes, I cried after that, by thinking about the crooked world!

But after so many years, the king gave me fine linen and
honored me in front of others!. To me it is just one more
dress, but to all the others it is the reminder of the king
given authority!
Yes, I cried even now, by thinking about my loving GOD!

I look back and wonder about my GOD’s seriously funny
way of dealing with me!
Unknown to the eyes of the world, I was forced to surrender
even my dress to the desires of some people, but my GOD
moved the king’s heart to give me fine linen!
Am I worrying and writing about the dress ?
No, much more than that!

Yes, we all tremble at the feeling of separating ourselves
from some of the so called beautiful things and we try to
take revenge on the people who are responsible for that?
We fail to understand ‘filling follows emptying’!

Who are you? Who are my brothers?
Are you all not the special tools used by my GOD to clothe
me with the fine linen of Egypt?
Yes, my brothers and you removed my dress so that I can
put on the fine linen!
So I praise GOD for you!

As I hinted you in the beginning, I am not having time to
write to you hereafter as I have to tour the entire Egypt,
not as a sojourner, as an administrator!
By the by, the king appointed me as the new prime minister
and my new name is SAPNATHPUNNEYA!.
Spelling mistakes in the name?, You better ask your husband,
who is my servant now, the proper spelling!

Before completing my letters, I want to tell you the most
important thing: My LORD reigns, not just in my own country
but also in the neighboring nations!. Not just in the neighboring
nations, but over the whole world!

In fact, the questions ‘who is the king’ and ‘who is the prime minister’ will fade in the light of the truth that ‘ THE LORD
REIGNS’!

Why not you surrender your life to HIM?
Thanking You,
In HIS service,
J. JOSEPH.
Prime Minister.


NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST THEE SHALL PROSPER (ISAIAH 54:17)

HELLO Mrs POTIPHAR! – PART 4

GENESIS 37

Hello, Mrs Potiphar!
You may be wondering about the reason behind
these letters!
The most obvious reason is just to inform you that
I am still alive!
Or in other words, I am having a GOD given vision,
GOD imputed purpose in my life; and before I fulfill
that purpose, GOD won’t allow me to die!

The world can cheat me, beat me, insult me, ignore
me, sell me, buy me, isolate me, blame me, forget
me, hate me, hurt me, put me in a pit, put me in prison
and even scheme to kill me but they can not kill me
before GOD helps me to accomplish the things for which
he called me!

Just think about this.

My brothers, in fact, planned to kill me but in the last
minute, because of my eldest brother, they put me in
a dangerous pit. Close to death, but escaped!
Yes, GOD’s invisible hands protected me there!

I was not allowed to suffer and die in the pit because
my GOD sent Ishmaelite traders exactly through that
path and my brothers sold me to them!
Close to death, but escaped!
Yes, my GOD used even my brothers’ greed to protect
me!

That is not the end, as you know;
Yes, your complaint against me was ‘attempted rape’;
For these type of complaints your husband had the
right to kill me, but strangely he didn’t even consider
that and put me in a prison!
Close to death, but escaped!
Even in this strange land, my GOD didn’t permit any
one to kill me!

Further, I was not in an ordinary prison, but in the
special prison where the king’s prisoners were held;
Unlike the other prisons, the life and death of the
prisoners of that prison were mostly determined by the
king’s mood.
In fact, among the two prisoners under my supervision,
one was hanged and another set free, within few days
of their imprisonment.

But, in my case, even though I was in the same prison
for more than two years, the smell of death never came
close to me!. Close to death, but escaped!

Yes, my GOD was able to uphold me even in that dungeon!

In prison, they bruised my feet with fetters and placed my
neck in an iron collar( PSALM 105:18), but my life was in
HIS hands!

Yes, whatever happened in my life, I know, happened only
towards my good; I may not have the insight and intelligence
to explain HIS leading and dealing, but I know that HE is
faithful and surely will work out His plans for my life!

This I am writing not to challenge you but to invite you
to have a GOD-centered, purpose driven life!
If your life is driven by a purpose, surely the desires of
the flesh will get demagnetized automatically!
Think about that!
Tomorrow I will write more!
Thank you,
Yours truly,
JOSEPH(S/O. I. JACOB)


FOR HE ORDERS HIS ANGELS TO PROTECT YOU
WHEREVER YOU GO ( PSALM 91 : 11)

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