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April 1, 2017

Exact Ezekiel; Chapters 8-9

          Prior to entering a study of these two chapters, several considerations should take place. First, these are not mutually exclusive revelations. In other words, each encounter Ezekiel is confronted with has elements of forthcoming scenarios which will incorporate information gained from the former events. For example, Chapter Eight gives a general overview of data required to understand Chapter Forty-Four. Basically, these two chapters cover similar territory, but with a different emphasis. Chapter Eight is a shocker revelation to Ezekiel. As a priest, he must have been astounded to see the inner workings of his fellow clergy. The shock effect does not seem to appear in Chapter Forty-Four.

Next, the book of Ezekiel is similar to a large tapestry that is comprised of all the events, commandments, prophetic utterances, heavenly visions, earthly responses and rapturous transports, all woven together. The entire book is visible as a whole. As one would gaze upon historic tapestries portraying battles, landscapes, persons and coincidental events, one grasps the total picture all at once, while still able to investigate intriguing portions of interest.

Also, these two chapters begin the process of answering, "How in the world did we wind up here?" The captives could hardly fathom God abandoning Jerusalem and His chosen flock. They labored under the banner of "what did we do wrong?" Chapter Eight starts the journey toward understanding where it all started.

The first seven chapters of Ezekiel are mostly ones that involve Ezekiel and his interactions with God's revelations. He was learning the importance of hearing from God and obeying down to the letter what instructions he heard. Chapter Eight begins to reveal the "mind of the Lord." When Ezekiel ingests what God reveals, he will comprehend why God judged His people with captivity in Babylon. He will become the "watchman" for his people.


Ezekiel 8:1-2:
And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I sat in my house with the elders of Judah sitting before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell upon me there.

Ezekiel was completing his days of lying on one side and then the other, and he is now being visited by the elders. Were these the same elders he encounters in the forthcoming vision? Are these visiting dignitaries the guilty parties? (One can only speculate.) One thing for certain, Ezekiel is the ONLY one of those religious leaders who received a message from heaven.

Ezekiel 8:1-4:
2 Then I looked, and there was a likeness, like the appearance of fire - from the appearance of His waist and downward, fire; and from His waist and upward, like the appearance of brightness, like the color of amber. 3 He stretched out the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of my hair; and the Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven, and brought me in visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the north gate of the inner court, where the seat of the image of jealousy was, which provokes to jealousy. 4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there like the vision that I saw in the plain.

Note first, what method of transport is used by the great hand (and took me by a lock of my hair). Ouch! I am sure after a yearlong fast, he is much lighter, but still? This method definitely gets one's attention. Next, he was transported into heavenly portals and recognizes one of the facets shown in the former vision: behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, like the vision that I saw in the plain.

He was taken to the "door of the Temple's North gate," a very specific place and one Ezekiel was familiar with as serving priests were quartered there. At this locale was the "image of jealousy."

How important is the North gate? This is the "God gate."

Psalms 48:1-3:
A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised
In the city of our God,
In His holy mountain.
2 Beautiful in elevation,
The joy of the whole earth,
Mount Zion on the sides of the north,
city of the great King.
3 God is in her palaces;
He is known as her refuge.

David understood the importance of "holiness." His specific reference to the "sides of the North" is very significant. However, it was Isaiah who spelled out the primary reason for God's jealousy.

Isaiah 14:12-14:
How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
'I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.'

Satan's beachhead is easily observed when the link is established. He began in the Temple and in the hearts of the clergy. Remember, all three Major Prophets put the blame for national disaster on the clergy. Jesus, when addressing the seven early churches in Revelation, said on occasion, "I know where satan's throne is" and where "satan dwells."

Revelation 2:9-10 Addressing Smyrna:
the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

Revelation 2:12-13 to Pergamum write,
'These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: 13 "I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan's throne is
…Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells NKJV

(Note: These are the pastors who are being addressed about issues in their congregations. These are the very first churches. What do you think, after 2000 years, could be cited in the modern church? What of the modern clergy?)

In Chapter Nine, judgment begins at the house of God. Below is a diagram of that house and the place of the North.

Solomon's Temple as seen in Jerusalem
in Ezekiel's vision of 591 BC
in Ezekiel 8-10

With this diagram, one can easily locate the place of the image of Jealousy.

Ezekiel 8:5:
5 Then He said to me, "Son of man, lift your eyes now toward the north." So I lifted my eyes toward the north, and there, north of the altar gate, was this image of jealousy in the entrance.

What was that image? We are not told, but most commentators believe it had "shades of Egypt" in origin. The golden calf of Aaron's was an Egyptian image. Pagan deities portrayed as animals were common. After all, Ezekiel had just encountered the idolatry situated on Israel's mountains. No matter the shape or size, it was an affront to God and blasphemy and an abomination. Its position made it extremely visible, but no one complained! The congregation allowed the idol!

What images abound and go unchallenged today?

Ezekiel 8:6-8:
6 Furthermore He said to me, "Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary?

Then, Ezekiel was told to observe greater affronts:

Now turn again, you will see greater abominations." 7 So He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, there was a hole in the wall. 8 Then He said to me, "Son of man, dig into the wall"; and when I dug into the wall, there was a door.

Ezekiel was told to dig a hole in the wall of the priest's apartments and he would find a door. (This is a spiritual "virtual door." It led to the heart of the participants.)

"Exact Ezekiel" did what he was told, but he was unprepared for what he observed. The curtain was pulled back and he could see what God could saw and it answered a thousand questions and established a visual image that would flavor his thinking regarding the sanctity of the religious community forever. Some scenes are so graphic they etch the mind.

Ezekiel 8:9-11:
9 And He said to me, "Go in, and see the wicked abominations which they are doing there." 10 So I went in and saw, and there - every sort of creeping thing, abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed all around on the walls.

Again, we are not told what these images represented, only some of the categories. (Recently, archeologists uncovered an Egyptian papyrus scroll [3000 yrs. old] which depicted Egyptian animal gods having sexual relations with Egyptian queens and consorts.) The practice of painting scenes on walls of dwellings was common in Egypt and other emerging cultures. Archeologists have uncovered many tombs and found graphic depictions portrayed on their walls.

Most always these were images that brought to mind other items of religious import. The iconoclastic movements in Catholic and Orthodox cathedrals are examples as well.

Ezekiel 8:11-12:
11 And there stood before them seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, and in their midst stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan. Each man had a censer in his hand, and a thick cloud of incense went up. 12 Then He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, "the LORD does not see us, the LORD has forsaken the land.'"

Remember who is sitting in the living room of Ezekiel's house, while this vision is transpiring. His guests are, "The elders of the house of Israel."

Some of them might have been participants in this vision. Nevertheless, these elders had "spiritual fallout" from their cohorts no doubt. Bleed-over from such gross infidelity has a way of saturating the spiritual environment. In Luke it is called, "leaven."

Now, the prophet has a duty to reveal the content of his vision and call for repentance.
Allow the scene to form from the Scripture. What is "done in the dark" will be shouted from the rooftops the Scriptures say.

Luke 12:1-3:
"Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.

What was the elders' assumption? "God doesn't see us. He has forsaken the land." Tainted religion works from wrong assumptions!

Many of men's hearts have "idol" rooms. Those are the places of deep devotion, where the incense of their essence mingles with their worship. O' Church, it is time to search the heart. It is time to step through the prophetic doors and open for review the content displayed through the Spirit. It is high time for those with prophetic insight to withhold no more, lest the light within become darkness!

Ezekiel 8:13-14:
13 And He said to me, "Turn again, and you will see greater abominations that they are doing." 14 So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the LORD's house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz.

Clearly, Ezekiel experienced consternation, "my dismay," when he saw what women were doing. The following excerpt is an apt description:

Ezekiel 8:14:

Tammuz - [perhaps contracted for Tamªzuwz, from a Hebrew root, 'to melt down;' taamaaz the same as maacac (OT:4549), referring to the river Adonis, fed by, the melted snows of Lebanon, as also to the sun's decreasing heat in winter, and to the melting lamentations of Venus for Adonis]. Instead of weeping for the national sins, they wept for the idol. Tammuz (the Syriac for Adonis, according to Jerome), the paramour of Venus- and of the same name as the river flowing from Lebanon--killed by a wild boar, and, according to the fable, permitted to spend half the year on earth, and obliged to spend the other half in the lower world. An annual feast was celebrated to him in June (hence called Tammuz in the Jewish calendar) at Byblos, when the Syrian women, in wild grief, tore off their hair, and yielded their persons to prostitution, consecrating the hire of their infamy to Venus; next followed days of rejoicing for his return to the earth--the former feast being called 'the disappearance of Adonis,' the latter, 'the finding of Adonis.' This Phoenician feast answered to the similar Egyptian one in honor of Osiris. The idea thus fabled was that of the waters of the river and the beauties of spring destroyed by the summer heat; or else the earth being clothed with beauty during the half year when the sun is in the upper hemisphere, and losing it when he departs to the lower. The name Adonis is not here used, as Adon is the appropriated title of Yahweh
(from Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1997 by Biblesoft)

If this were the end of the vision, it would have been enough to indict the religious world of Israel.

But, it is not the end-there is more.

Ezekiel 8:15-16:
15 Then He said to me, "Have you seen this, O son of man? Turn again, you will see greater abominations than these." 16 So He brought me into the inner court of the LORD's house; and there, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east.

Refer back to the Temple diagram. Locate the place between the highlighted square (the Altar) and the porch (just above and to the right of the bold highlighted circle).

Are these Levites? Are they priests? Are they congregates? All three groups would have access to the altar of sacrifice. These twenty-five men were capstones of abomination-the open defiance of God and His Sacred Temple. No hidden dark rooms for them. No private quarters for hypocritical activity for them. No reverence for the sacred grounds of the Temple for them. Blatant activity was carried out in clear shot of every gate. Egyptian in origin and pagan in design is this worship of the created in defiance of the Creator. Egypt worshipped the sun as did Japan centuries later. Both societies fell by force.

Recent archeological discovery of a statue of Ramses II (believed to be the Pharaoh of Moses' time and the potentate of sun worship) has resurrected the link between the idols of Israel and the legacy of Egyptian idolatry. Below is an excerpt from a March 10, 2017, report.

Ramses II is one of the ancient world's most famous leaders. He ruled Egypt from 1279 to 1213 B.C., making his 60-year-long-rule one of the longest in ancient Egypt. His military exploits expanded Egypt's reach as far east as modern Syria and as far south as modern Sudan.

The growth and prosperity seen in Egypt at the time earned him the title "Ramses the Great."

The neighborhood in which the statue was discovered is in the eastern part of the city and was built over the ancient city of Heliopolis. The city was so named because it served as the center of worship for the ancient Egyptian sun god Re.

Ramses was a chief worshiper of Re. He commissioned a number of temples in Heliopolis to be built for worshipping the sun god.

It's also believed Ramses II may have been the pharaoh from the biblical Book of Exodus from whom Moses demanded the release of his people.

In 2006, archaeologists discovered one of the largest sun temples in Cairo under a marketplace. It was found to house a number of statues of Ramses II weighing as much as five tons. One such statue depicted the pharaoh seated and wearing a leopard's skin, indicating that he might have served as a high priest of Re when the temple was built.

Ezekiel is distraught with what he has been shown. Clearly, God is sympathetic to his psychological state. The Lord draws him out with a rhetorical question.

Ezekiel 8:17-18:
17 And He said to me, "Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. Indeed they put the branch to their nose. 18 Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them."

Of course, no answer is required. Ezekiel is astonished at the depth of depravity the religious community exhibits, so how could he respond? The evidence is clear. God's righteousness requires His action. So, Chapter Eight becomes the frontlet for Chapter Nine.


Ezekiel 9:1-4:
Then He called out in my hearing with a loud voice, saying, "Let those who have charge over the city draw near, each with a deadly weapon in his hand." 2 And suddenly six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his battle-ax in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen and had a writer's inkhorn at his side. They went in and stood beside the bronze altar.

3 Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer's inkhorn at his side; 4 and the LORD said to him, "Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it."

Observe where those "in charge of the city" are positioned. Five have weapons of mass destruction, while one is clothed in Linen and has an inkhorn (Jesus). The "inkhorn" man "in charge of the city" went first to mark those who cried out for holiness to return to the Temple and the city. When he reports that all who are worthy are marked, the other five "men in charge" are commissioned to kill all those without the mark. They are told to pity no one. Even babies and little children, along with the decrepit elderly, are to be slain. Blood will flood the Temple floor and cleanse the Temple. Blood will run deep in the drains of Jerusalem as it is cleansed.

Satan watched as those with the mark were spared and must have sworn that next time his mark would be the defining symbol. It will be!

Notice the "glory of the Lord" departed the Temple before the bloodbath began. His special visit, to show Ezekiel, revealed His departure to the Mt. of Olives and later to Mt. Herman and finally to the heavenly Temple and His Throne. He never returned. No wonder the elderly "returnees" from Babylon wept when they saw the rebuilt Temple under Zerubbabel and Ezra. A Temple without the glory is a sad sight-so is a church without the Spirit!

Ezekiel 9:5-7:
5 To the others He said in my hearing, "Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. 6 Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were before the temple. 7 Then He said to them, "Defile the temple, and fill the courts with the slain. Go out!" And they went out and killed in the city.

Notice please, where the destroyers began. They were instructed to begin at the house of God. This very hour there is a great searching out of those places called "houses of God." There is an awakening to truth and error like no time in church life. It is a second reformation; only there is no desire to reform the sanctuaries of man. Judgment once again is beginning in the Sanctuaries.

Notice please, with whom judgment started-with the elders. Just as those elders sitting before Ezekiel, so these elders stood naked before the Lord's eyes. It is starting. Judgment is starting and it will be shocking to see the results!

Religious leaders must remember "to whom much is given, much is required." The elected elders are answerable to God for the spiritual condition of their constituents. It happens in government from grass root suspicion, but it happens from God by excellent knowledge.

One must notice Ezekiel was careful to say that all these commands were "in my hearing." God did not work in a corner nor hide His intentions. He was telling his prophet three and a half years before it is done. He reveals what will happen and why.

Upon seeing the devastation, Ezekiel began interceding for the city. He saw no hope for heritage or remnant.

Ezekiel 9:8:
8 So it was, that while they were killing them, I was left alone; and I fell on my face and cried out, and said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Will You destroy all the remnant of Israel in pouring out Your fury on Jerusalem?"

God's answer was swift and the evidence of His mercy was in who He spared-those of the mark. The holiness ones would live. "And He shall come with ten thousand of His holiness Ones."

Jude 14-15:
14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him."

The final word comes from the Lord.

Ezekiel 9:9-11:
Then He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great, and the land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity; for they say,'The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see!' 10 And as for Me also, My eye will neither spare, nor will I have pity, but I will recompense their deeds on their own head."

11 Just then, the man clothed with linen, who had the inkhorn at his side, reported back and said, "I have done as You commanded me."

I have done as He has commanded me!

Until Next month,

Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.

In Memoriam

Clayton Earl Sonmore
1924 - 2017

Absent from the body, present with the Lord.

We would like you to know that our father, Clayt Sonmore, has gone home to his blessed Lord and Saviour on Monday afternoon, March 13, 2017. He joins the Great Cloud of Witnesses. We praise God for his life and dedication to God's call, and the thousands of lives that were touched through his ministry.

We thank the Lord that he is now home, is healthy and whole, and joined again with our mother, Jeanne, his family, and the family of God in Glory.

The Sonmore family thanks you for your love, prayers and support.

  • We have set up a Memorial blogsite at You may add your condolences or memories to this Memorial blog by sending an email to

  • Or you may leave a voicemail message to the family at 720-526-2429. If you have a specific memory of our Dad, that would really be appreciated.

  • You may also send cards or memorials to: Thy Kingdom Come Ministries, 2658 W 80th Way, Westminster, CO 80031.

  • Please visit Dad's website at (Note: some of the books are out of print.)
We thank God for our father. He was a wonderful husband, father, provider, businessman and man of God. He answered the call of God on his life, has finished his course, kept the faith and has now entered his reward. We are so very thankful to God for his life and the example and legacy that he leaves. Our whole family thanks you for your prayers, love and support to our father over the years.

God's many blessings,

The Sonmore Family

Gary Sonmore,, 720-255-9900

A few words regarding Brother Clayt:

We shared a fellowship engendered by the Holy Spirit. Our introduction was completely supernatural, for the Lord told me to go to Honolulu and there I would meet a man who would affect my life and I would affect his. Indeed, he changed our lives and the trusted friendship over the years caused an ever deepening trust and friendship. Our interaction continued to be in the Spirit as my wife and I edited some of his work and I received the highest compliment possible when he said, "If I only was allowed two Books-the first would be my Bible and my second would be, The Sons of Zadok. My family and I will miss his prophetic words, his knowledge of the spiritual movements with which he was associated and the bold witness he maintained to the end. Adieu for now, my brother, for it is farewell just for a while.

Dr. and Mrs. C.R. Oliver

From the Mailbag:

1. Patti, R. Oklahoma: Commenting on March l Newsletter

Your March writing was so "EN PUNTO"...again! One thing I would have done differently....I would have used bold, enlarged lettering in this last paragraph:

From King to commoner, God-determined judgment will fall according to their "ways." No one fears God among a people devoid of His ways. It is incomprehensible to see Christians supporting militant protests. It is inconceivable to hear the language of the damned coming from the lips of church folk.

That statement needs to be heralded near and far! Perhaps it will shake some loose from their media hypnosis!

I find it so repulsive that "Christian" leaders are promoting physical war against those who disagree with them. WHERE do we read this in the NT? Where are we told to lay down our cross and take up swords to fight those who persecute us?

How absurd is this modern day "prophetic" movement that claims to be "Joel's army" and are recruiting into the Knights of Malta! Have people not read their Bibles enough to know that the army Joel saw was an EVIL army of men that the LORD raised up to chastise His people into repentance just as HE did numerous times throughout the Scriptures ?!

Those who promote this are promoting the very army that will turn against God's remnant. History does repeat itself. The early crusades were launched against not only Islam, but against all who did not bow to Rome, including the devout followers of Jesus Christ.

A quick search of the Library of Congress should bring up a copy of the Knights of Malta oath. I have found it and read it in past.)

2. The Lewis Family, Kansas: sending offerings and offering blessings

We are so overjoyed that God has allowed us to partner with you to bless the nations! Thanks so very much for sharing the impact being made around the world for God's glory. God bless you Abundantly!

3. Roni H., Minnesota: sending offering and commenting

Enjoy the messages on Ezekiel. So much teaching for us---it is a blessing and I look forward to each months message. May you be blessed with good health and a heart of awesome praise. I am praying for our President Trump-what warfare he is in. Blessings in His wonderful Name. RH

4. Mal D., Brisbane, Australia:

Good morning from sunny Brisbane, Australia.
Thank you so much, Dr Oliver, for all the books I purchased from you. I am reading again and again H&R and I am now led of the LORD to do our home group study on Holiness, in the first meeting the group was in tears.
I have felt led of the LORD for many weeks to study Holiness and my heart has been opened to a greater desire to get closer to our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST.
May the GOOD LORD continue to bless your ministry.

Prayer Focus:

From: Reverend Brian Mason

Moses had gone up the mountain for a further 40 days to be on his face day and night before the Lord. So great had been the sin of the people whilst Moses had been away the first time when the Lord had communed with Moses and given him the law. How great is the power of the devil over human nature. No sooner had Moses left them the first time to go up the mountain than the people were demanding that Aaron made them gods as they did not know what had happened to Moses. "And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him." Exodus 32:1 Aaron, the one left in command in Moses' absence, did not know the Lord as Moses did. Aaron had relied upon Moses instead of the Lord and now left to himself he easily gave in to the demands of the people. How this shows that each one of us needs to have a personal relationship with the Lord Himself or we too shall be subject to being tossed around by the devil!

Aaron told the people to give to him golden earrings. He then melted them and made a statue of a golden calf. What was the result? "And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." Exodus 32:4. As a result this led to apostasy as this was rebellion and rejection of the Lord their God by the turning to other gods. The rot had set in as the next day was to be a feast to the Lord. Yet this was not a feast to the Lord but to other gods. The Lord Himself whilst communing with Moses at the top of the mountain had seen this apostasy. "And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves." Exodus 32:7

The Lord was so angry with the people for rejecting Him that He told Moses that He would consume them (that is He would wipe them out) and He offered Moses the chance to start afresh with a new nation under the sovereign rule of God. "Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation." Exodus 32:10 Moses prevailed upon the Lord on this occasion and the Lord changed His mind on wiping the nation out. Moses returned to the camp and saw for himself the great apostasy. Moses now came on the Lord's side as within himself he had the righteous anger of the Lord against this apostasy and took the needed action to remove this great curse. Moses called for separation. "Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him." Exodus 32:26 The sons of Levi then went throughout the camp and killed about three thousand of the people. There was then the call to the remainder of the people to consecrate themselves afresh to the Lord.

So great was the sin seen to be by Moses that he returned to the top of the mountain to speak further with the Lord. "And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin." Exodus 32:30 There is no other word in the Bible which is as sweet as the word Atonement. For when you make an atonement this means that you must pay the very penalty that the one who sinned would have to pay. Moses pleaded with God on the covenant promises which had been made with Abraham. Moses had seen himself as a failure because of the apostasy of the people. He wrestled with God in intercessory prayer and would not let go until he had prevailed upon God. The intercession was gained when Moses too made an atonement by offering to be blotted out of God's book should God not forgive the sin of the people. "Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin-; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written." Exodus 32:32 This is the greatest intercession of the Old Testament. The Lord answered. The nation was to be preserved to fulfil God's purposes even though those who had sinned would be removed. "And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book." Exodus 32:33

Modern Intercession:
There was a situation in 1928 when Rees Howells was asked by the Holy Ghost whether he thought the proposed Rome- ward new Book of Common Prayer in the Anglican Church could be prevented from being passed by Parliament. Intercessory prayer was made at The Bible College of Wales and against all expectations the proposal was defeated. The ministry of which I am part carries on the intercession of Rees Howells as it also hears from the Holy Ghost and takes up the intercessory prayers which need to be made these days. Also like Rees Howells these are on both a national and international level.

Reverend Brian Mason
Bible College Wales
Rhos on Sea

Missions Report:

From Kim & Jean Freeborn :

A Message from Kim Freeborn "A Nation ready for Revival"

Dear faithful praying friends, with apologies for this generic report, made necessary by time constraints. I just did not want you to wait until after my homeward journey, to hear some of the great things our Father has done here in Nepal.

Our 3-day leaders' seminar in Hetauda hosted pastors from over a wide area of the central part of Nepal, with one man driving 13 hours from India to be with us!

The conditions were somewhat challenging, driving 90 minutes each day over very rough, semi-metalled roads in clouds of dust. Because Pastor Milan's church was seriously damaged in the two recent earthquakes we gathered in an adjacent building they own; in which we would comfortably seat 70. They had 300 in there! It was squashy and hot...with chairs only for the team. I was amazed they were content to sit for hour after hour directly on the floor.

But to see them engage with every word both Pastor Jacob (my friend from India) and I spoke was truly humbling. Even knowing they would take home a full Seminar Manual in Nepali, still they avidly wrote many notes.

Some of the delegates

There were 95 churches represented from Brethren, Baptist, Evangelical, Presbyterian right through to charismatic churches. Here was the grace of God....many baptist pastors and even brethren elders were gloriously baptised in the Holy Spirit, falling under His power, speaking fluently in tongues; some receiving physical healing too.

Most had never before heard any teaching on the Father's Love. So many told us afterwards they would not want to be a servant to God again...determining to enter into the fullness of sonship and intimacy with their loving Heavenly Father. They understood the orphan heart and how it keeps us from that intimacy. They were so hungry the Holy Spirit gave them rapid revelation....these anointed leaders are going home to start revival...and that is no exaggeration.

One baptist pastor called us after his first church meeting to say the Holy Spirit had fallen upon his people with many starting to speak in tongues. Here was the other miracle he said...15 new people came into their (small) meeting without being invited....clearly led there because this was now a church of love - not law.

My own interpreter had just returned from a 'break' still tired and jaded. He told me yesterday the seminar had done more for him than any holiday....because he had now entered into God's Rest...and was off the religious treadmill. He was radiant. His family now had their dad back too!

Bishop Jacob speaks on Revival Glory

So I ask you to imagine the fruit of your giving/praying: all these leaders have gone home, many with totally changed lives, having encountered the Father's Love personally. They now have the keys and the tools to facilitate revival in the nation of Nepal. And they are communicating all they learned, but more vitally the changes to thousands of people they lead. This really is the fulfilment of God's promises to us 18 years ago....reaching multitudes of the Lost through a nation's own leadership. Glory.

They asked me to convey to you all their deepest gratitude and love...they were very touched by your care for them. In return they gave us an offering for the next Seminar in the equivalent of two hundred dollars, the biggest (developing world) offering PFSI has ever received.

Thank you dear friends. Love from Kim and Jean

Kim & Jean Freeborn

From Russell Stendal:
Colombia Para Cristo Society

Latin America Prayer Update Reported by David Witt

Recently Russell received international attention for his contribution with the Peace Accord in Colombia. In January, Russell was presented with the Shahbaz Bhatti Freedom Award from First Step Forum executive director John Candelin. First Step Forum is comprised of an association of Evangelicals statesmen, mostly from Europe to promote people that contribute to global peace. Previous recipients of the award include Pope Francis, Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Dr. Hany Hanna in Egypt, and Bishop Malkhaz Songulashvili in the Republic of Georgia.

The award was created in 2001 in honor of the late Christian martyr Shahbaz Bhatti who was the only Christian of the Pakistani Parliament. He was vocal for the protection of the Christian minorities and especially spoke against Pakistan's blasphemy laws. Threats against his life increased as he gave his support to Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2010. Two weeks before Bhatti's death, Johan Candelin interviewed Bhatti. Bhatta testifies on video, "I believe in Jesus Christ who has given his own life for us. I am ready to die for a cause. I'm living for my community ... and I will die to defend their rights.

Russell now becomes the fifth recipient of the prestigious Shahbaz Bhatti Freedom Award of peacemakers. Johan describes Russell's involvement as,"Extraordinary ... I have never seen anything like this and I believe the Colombian Peace Agreement with FARC is the most significant Peace Treaty accomplished in the world this century. God's hand has been on Russ Stendal's work in a unique Way.

Russell received the award in humility and immediately addressed the 300 plus audience. "This award belongs to all of us." He personally thanked Dr. Fernando's unfailing friendship and sacrifice. He acknowledged the participation and support of four retired generals, including retired General Barrera Supreme Commander of the Colombian Military. Russell then began to introduce and honor military police, civic, ministry leaders and ended with the most important VIP's, his family and wife Marina.

Lisa Stendal-Hernandez translates in English during the ceremony.
Dr. Fernando stands teary-eyed as he receives recognition from Russell.
Russell and David together at the award ceremony.

The room was full of people from high and low social status, rich and poor, converted and unconverted into Christ. Russell saw his unique opportunity to preach the gospel to a very diverse crowd. Russell declared, "This award ceremony is actually taking place on Sunday, our regular weekly meeting of Bible teaching. This is not a political meeting, but spiritual. Years ago when we decided to produce preaching programs for the radio on every chapter of the Bible, we realized that a live audience would be more productive than teaching in a studio. We now have produced over 1,000 programs for each chapter of the Bible. There is only Song of Solomon and 40 Psalms left to complete a teaching on all chapters of the Bible. Therefore, tonight in keeping with the tradition of this meeting, I will teach from Psalm 106. Russell then captivated the audience with a beautiful teaching of Psalm 106 and how this chapter is a picture of man's corruption and God's righteousness represented and found in Christ alone.

The giving of this award has opened up many doors of opportunity to spread the gospel futher. All the major Columbia media Outlets carried the story and highlighted Russell's life and ministry. The leading paper in Columbia, headquartered in Bogota, featured Russell in a full page colored article. One direct result was Russell's invitation to be the keynote speaker at a leadership Forum of 60 European organization that serve persecuted Christians. This conference will be held in April. Please pray for Russell's message and that the Lord will use this link with other Kingdom minded organizations and people.

We want to thank all of you who have prayed, given and served all of these years to make this accolade possible. Again Russell said it well, "This award belongs to all of us."


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