Archive for May, 2011

MEXICO, THE HOT POTATO

Posted: May 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

Have you been to Mexico?  Geographically, it is a beautiful country in most every way.  The residents are some of the friendliest and forthcoming I have ever met.  I know this because my journeys have taken me beyond the border towns where the attitude and geography are totally different.

Mexico and its people are neighbors to us in America.  As Christians, Jesus gives us specific instruction as to how we should treat them.  My heart tells me that the parable of the Good Samaritan applies.  The entire story can be found in Luke 10:30-37.  From the story, I have chose four verses to help guide our prayers of intercession:

Luke 10:31-34 (NLT)   “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by.  A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.  Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him.   Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.”

HOT POTATO 1.  When budget and health issues are right, nothing adds to a meal quite like the hot baked potato.  A potato is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese.  A total nutritional analysis reveals that it has enormous good contributions to make, especially without salt.  A sensible mix of seasonings can make it the prize on your plate.

Mexico and its people are like the HOT POTATO 1.

HOT POTATO 2.  A raw potato lacks the taste we desire.  It simply is not ready for consumption.  The potential is there but the reality is that we likely will not eat the uncooked potato.

There is a rapidly growing part of Mexico that displays the unsavory status of the raw potato.

Lord, give us wisdom and courage to deal both redemptively and compassionately with our neighbor Mexico and its people.  We pray for those involved in drug distribution and for those who commit crimes.

I commit myself to stand in the gap for you Lord as your intercessor and prayer warrior.

My prayer is that you who read this will respond and post your intercession and prayers.  May the Lord link us arm to arm, shoulder to shoulder on our knees for our neighbor Mexico.

Ras Robinson

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RAS’ DREAM THE NIGHT OF May 16:  I dreamed a triple segment dream last night.  It is the first time that has ever happened.  God has impressed upon me the significance, importance and prophetic impact of this dream:

I dreamed in the first segment that there were spheres or balls of small bee-like attacking insects coming at me.  There were many bees in each ball.  One would escape the ball and fly towards me.  Then the ball would close ranks and return to a tight sphere.  This startled me.  At first, this scene seemed harmless but then I realized it could become catastrophic.

In the second segment, the ball was reinforced by many other balls of bees, just like the first one.  After a while, the third segment displayed the sky full of the balls of bees.

Reference was made in my May 17 BLOG to the Japan earthquake and tsunami, the Iran missile sights in our neighbor Venezuela, Columbia.  We also mention Iran swapping rocket technologies with North Korea.

Nothing was mentioned about anything in that post applying to Ras personally.  Neither was then mentioned in the dream that the bee flying toward Ras ever actually stung him.  But there are messages to Ras within the dream.

Today, I want to share the interpretations of this dream by my wife Bev and then my comments on all the dream interpretations (read the posts on the BLOG with interpretations of this dream), including Bev’s.

Bev’s Interpretation:  RAS’ BEE DREAM

I have studied dreams and interpretation for a number of years and taught on the subject several times.  My main understanding of dreams is what God has taught me as I have written down my dreams and sought Him for the interpretation.  I use the following Scripture as the basis for all dream interpretation:

Genesis 40:8 (NASB) Then they said to him, “We have had a dream and there is no one to interpret it.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell it to me, please.”

As the Scriptures say, interpretations come from God.  Tell it.  I even speak my own dreams to myself out loud.   Often the interpretation comes as I am speaking the dream aloud.   Or I may go to someone for counsel and tell the dream and then the interpretation comes.  But the correct interpretation always comes by way of God.

Most all dreams have meaning that is personal to the one dreaming, likewise so do the symbols.  Dream symbols do not mean the same to every person.  Symbols mean different things to different people, i.e. to a bee keeper, a ball of flying bees may mean something altogether different than to the average person.  Some symbols tend to be universal, but only for the purpose of spring boarding one into a specific interpretation.  Only God knows completely the deep interworking of the subconscious minds of people.

A dream usually has to do with what the dreamer is going through at that particular time.  Even if it is a prophetic dream it is usually spurred by something happening in the present knowledge of the dreamer.

I would say one’s dreams are almost 99.44 percent about themselves.  I know of some hard stories of things people have gone through because they thought a dream was about the person they dreamed.  In reality, a dream is about the personality traits of the dreamer that is represented by the traits seen in a person in the dream.

God wants to speak to the dreamer whether it is about something personal or has a broader interpretation of the prophetic.  Some times with me it has been both.

Now to the interpretation of Ras’s dream.  I have the advantage of him telling me the dream and I just asked him to tell it to me again.

The dream was in three segments.  Look again at it (see above).

Bees represent problems or fears, not gargantuan problems or fears, as if there were bears or tigers or lions swarming around him, but nevertheless problems that could sting.   But since some flew at him they are threatening to sting or irritating him by coming near.   In the dream, the number of bees grew increasingly larger.  Notice none of the bees stung Ras.  So this is more a warning or an irritant.

I have another advantage in interpretation in that I know he was going though some personal problems with some of his relatives having illnesses that he was unaware of until he was called.  As he learned more, bigger problems emerged, and there was even one that resulted in death.  There was a possible problem in the ministry with something to be worked out with one of our pastors, but again it wasn’t major.

Now on to the prophetic.  When we were in Japan a few years ago a missionary told us that the country of Japan was called a swarm of bees by some other Asian countries.  I believe that meant they were like bees in starting wars.  We heard something like buzzing bees when they made decisions.  They seem to make decisions better as a group than as individuals.  We were told they are taught the group as a whole is more important than the individual.  If you remember, there was no looting during the recent earthquakes and resulting tsunami.  They saw the nation as a whole in trouble.

I “googled” about the Japanese being called bees and found an article in LIFE MAGAZINE, August 16, 1943 that referred to the Japanese Army being compared to a swarm of bees.  Another reference to bees refers to a hornet the size of a bird that is native to Japan.

There were many natural disasters and much political unrest among nations going on in the world when Ras had this dream.  It seems the world was being attacked by swarms of bees.  The bees represent fears and problems that, at first seem to be localized in one place.  At first it seems these problems do not affect the rest of the world.   But they are increasing and will eventually cause prices in food, clothing, gasoline, homes, and all goods to increase.  I noticed the 1943 LIFE MAGAZINE issue cost was 10 cents and for a year’s subscription was $4.50.

In Israel it is hard to keep up with the bees swarming around them.  They are surrounded by many swarms of bees.

These swarms of bees in other parts of the world may not be affecting us personally and dramatically now, but they soon will affect us all.  Swarms of bees seem to be multiplying all over the world.  Thus we have our call to intercessory prayer.  We are all connected.  The Japanese understand the connectedness of each other.  Often those of us in western culture do not understand this.

Whether we are going through something on a personal level, national level or world level, let us be diligent about the call to prayer.

Bev’s email:  prayer@fullnessnetwork.net

Ras’ Interpretation/Applications:  Truly, I have gained from reading each of your posts seeking to interpret or at least to comment on the dream.  Thank you so much for participating via your prayers and posts.

Each and every one of you have blessed me with your comments.

Since Bev knows me and my situation better than anyone, since we have been married 54 years on June 15 of this year, she had a very good interpretation.  I am grateful to her and all of you!

The dream is a call to get on the wall, standing in the gap for what God puts on our hearts.  I believe God is calling us to allow our hearts to be connected.  For those who answer the call, our weapons will be media (one reason I am publishing this BLOG), education, acts of mercy and kindness, spiritual warfare, support for our military and foreign relations and so many more.

Each of us is called, being called or will be called very soon to get on the wall and stand in the gap.  The Lord wants me to prophesy this word again to you.  Read it slowly and prayerfully.  Take action and become proactive:

May 21, 2011.  The Lord saves the best wine to serve last.  The new wine will be expended and then comes the very best of the vats.  I always save the best to be served last.  You yourself are that best wine.  I have called, anointed and appointed many.  Much has been accomplished for the sake of My kingdom.  Like My servant Paul, your destiny will drastically change for the better as it relates to My Kingdom.  Things you have already seen are awesome.  But the road ahead will be filled with profound wonder and power.  As this unfolds for you, never back away.  Instead, face each new challenge with courage and confidence. You have been chosen for this hour.  A new and higher level of anointing awaits you.  Therefore, humble yourself and tune your ears to My voice and your eyes to see what I have arranged for you to do.  I am with you always.

Acts 22:10 (GW) “Then I asked, ‘What do you want me to do, Lord?’  “The Lord told me, ‘Get up!  Go into the city of Damascus, and you’ll be told everything I’ve arranged for you to do.'”  Ras Robinson.  

Please post your prayers on this BLOG.  Your post may bring the light that someone else needs to have a spiritual or physical breakthrough.

Thank you for your participation and God bless you.

Ras Robinson

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A DREAM LAST NIGHT.  I dreamed a triple segment dream last night.  It is the first time that has ever happened.  God has impressed upon me the significance, importance and prophetic impact of this dream.

I dreamed in the first segment that there were spheres or balls of small bee-like attacking insects coming at me.  There were many bees in each ball.  One would escape the ball and fly towards me.  Then the ball would close ranks and return to a tight sphere.  This startled me.  At first, this scene seemed harmless but then I realized it could become catastrophic.

In the second segment, the ball was reinforced by many other balls of bees, just like the first one.  After a while, the third segment displayed the sky full of the balls of bees.

Japan came to mind with the event of the horrific earthquake followed by the unbelievable tsunami.  Power outages severely crippled the desperate survivors in homes and businesses.

Iran is planning missile and rocket launching bases in Venezuela, next door to Columbia, a close ally to the United States.  The idea is that if America attacks Iran, then Iran can punish Columbia and perhaps other allies closer to our borders.

To top all this off, it is now revealed that North Korea and Iran are swapping rocket and missile technologies.  This does not bode well for peace on our soil.

I have included accounts in today’s news concerning Iran’s dealing with both Venezuela and North Korea for your intercession.

Today, please do not include teachings or extraneous copy with your intercessions.  What we need is your specific discernments about this particular subject of Japan being a harbinger of possible catastrophes in America.  Here is what I want today, please:

Prophetic insights and discernments, targeted comments dealing with this one subject for today, prayers of petition of God for His help, intercessions to stand in the gap for Japan and America.  I believe this will enable us to have a greater impact.  Thank you for your cooperation.

I so appreciate each and every one of you and encourage you to send your post.  My personal intercession follows the two articles below.  Join me.

 From Jerusalem Post.  Jpost.com

‘Die Welt’: Iran building rocket bases in Venezuela

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL,  JPOST CORRESPONDENT 
05/17/2011 01:41

German paper says Iranians paid cash to build mid-range missile launch pads on Paraguana Peninsula; Iranian engineers visited site in Feb.

BERLIN – The Iranian government is moving forward with the construction of rocket launch bases in Venezuela, the German daily Die Welt wrote in its Friday edition.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is Teheran’s most important South American ally.

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Iran is building intermediate- range missile launch pads on the Paraguaná Peninsula, and engineers from a construction firm – Khatam al-Anbia – owned by the Revolutionary Guards visited Paraguaná in February. Amir al-Hadschisadeh, the head of the Guard’s Air Force, participated in the visit, according to the report. Die Welt cited information from “Western security insiders.”

The rocket bases are to include measures to prevent air attacks on Venezuela as well as commando and control stations.

The Iranian military involvement in the project extends to bunker, barracks and watch tower construction. Twenty-meter deep rocket silos are planned. The cost of the Venezuelan military project is being paid for with Iranian oil revenue. The Iranians paid in cash for the preliminary phase of the project and, the total cost is expected to amount to “dozens of millions” of dollars, Die Welt wrote.

The Paraguaná Peninsula is on the coast of Venezuela and is roughly 120 kilometers from America’s main South American partner, Columbia.

According to Die Welt, the clandestine agreement between Venezuela and Iran would mean the Chavez government would fire rocket at Iran’s enemies should the Islamic Republic face military strikes.

Iran, North Korea Partnering on Ballistic Missiles, U.N. Says

Monday, May 16, 2011

Iran and North Korea seem to routinely be swapping ballistic missile equipment in breach of U.N. Security Council directives, a classified expert report to the international body stated on Friday (see GSN, Dec. 1, 2010).

(May. 16) – An Iranian Shahab 3 ballistic missile lifts off in a 2009 test. The Shahab 3’s warhead appears comparable in design to a North Korean warhead unveiled last year, according to a U.N. report that says the countries seem to have exchanged ballistic missile technology (Shaiegan/Getty Images).

Illegal trades of missile technology had “transshipment through a neighboring third country,” the report states. Multiple envoys told Reuters the nation in question is China.

The report by the Panel of Experts assigned to oversee adherence to U.N. sanctions levied against North Korea was sent to the Security Council on Friday and viewed by Reuters on Saturday.

The document is expected to increase apprehension over Pyongyang’s collaboration with Tehran and to bolster worries about Beijing’s willingness to implement sanctions targeting North Korea and Iran’s nuclear activities, diplomats said.

The Security Council sanctions forbid commerce in atomic and missile systems with the North.

“Prohibited ballistic missile-related items are suspected to have been transferred between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran on regular scheduled flights of Air Koryo and Iran Air,” the experts stated.

“For the shipment of cargo, like arms and related materiel, whose illicit nature would become apparent on any cursory physical inspection, (North) Korea seems to prefer chartered cargo flights,” the document says.

Chartered cargo flights typically travel “from or to air cargo hubs which lack the kind of monitoring and security to which passenger terminals and flights are now subject,” according to the report.

A number of envoys to the Security Council said Beijing was not pleased with the experts’ findings and was expected to use its position as a council veto-holder to block the report’s publication. Currently, only the 15 nations on the Security Council are permitted to view the report.

The Chinese representative on the expert panel did not give his approval to the report, envoys said.

China has a history of using its position to block publication of U.N. reports that are critical of North Korea, a longtime ally. The Chinese mission to the United Nations did not comment on the matter (Louis Charbonneau, Reuters, May 14).

“The Chinese expert refused to sign the report, under pressure from Beijing, and this raises serious issues about a panel of experts that is supposed to be free from political interference,” one high-level U.N. envoy told the New York Times (Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, May 14).

New hints of Tehran’s collaboration with the Pyongyang on missile development developed from an October 2010 military parade in which the North unveiled a new Nodong missile warhead, Reuters quoted the experts as saying (see GSN, Oct. 13, 2010). The warhead possessed “a strong design similarity with the Iranian Shahab 3 triconic warhead,” they noted.

There does not seem to be any concrete proof that Myanmar has been establishing an illicit atomic program with support from Pyongyang, the report says. The Panel of Experts in the past has addressed the suspected nuclear collaboration. In this document they did not rule out the claims and indicated “extreme caution” could be necessary to block potential proliferation activities by the two states (see GSN, April 12).

“While acknowledging the possibility that Myanmar was the end user of this dual-use equipment, several experts also raised the possibility that it was serving as a transshipment point for delivery to (North Korea),” the document says.

The potential for North to provide weapon-usable nuclear substances or atomic equipment to foreign nations continues to be a worry and poses “new challenges to international nonproliferation efforts,” the experts wrote.

Pyongyang has been accused by Israel, the United States and other nations of illicitly aiding Syria in building an atomic reactor that was demolished in a 2007 Israeli airstrike before it could go live. The Syrian government dismisses the accusations, which are being probed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (see GSN, May 2).

The experts also said Pyongyang’s uranium enrichment program, which the regime insists is for atomic energy production, is “primarily for military purposes.” The aspiring nuclear power “should be compelled to abandon its uranium enrichment program and that all aspects of the program should be placed under international monitoring,” the report advises (Charbonneau, Reuters, May 14).

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Lord, I come in all the humility you can give me and ask for a covering of mercy from your throne of grace in this hour.  You alone know the significance of my dream from last night.  And while I know the skies are prophetically filled with the balls of bees from those who hate our nation, I know that you love us and that we are in covenant with you.  Our enemies are your enemies.  You fight our battles when we depend totally upon You.  No one else can save us but you.  So, I unite my heart with the reader of this post and pray and intercede.  Have mercy Lord and show us what we are to do.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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The heart and mission of prayers and intercessions:

Psalms 15:1-2 (NASB)  “O Lord, who may abide in Your tent?  Who may dwell on Your holy hill?   He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.”  Ras Robinson.  (EXPOUNDING RAS’ TODAY WORD:  https://ras65a.wordpress.com)Matthew 14:23 (KJV)

Psalms 15:1  A PsalmH4210 of David.H1732 (KJV) LORD,H3068 whoH4310 shall abideH1481 in thy tabernacle?H168 whoH4310 shall dwellH7931 in thy holyH6944 hill?H2022

Psa 15:2  He that walkethH1980 uprightly,H8549 and workethH6466 righteousness,H6664 and speakethH1696 the truthH571 in his heart.H3824

Here are truths and realities that have motivated my prayers and intercession for many years.  First, I learned to offer prayers of petition and praise.  Later, as I matured more and my knowledge of Scriptures increased, I discovered the joy of intercession.  Intercession comes from knowledge and inner prayers to “stand in the gap” for people, places and things God cares about.  Intercession is placing yourself in prayer into the object of your prayers.  For instance, at the end of this peace today, I offer opportunity to intercede for both Israel and Syria.  Prayers and intercessions are both very important.

Most Christians feel unworthy to be in the presence of Holy God, much less to move into and live in His house.  To abide means to continue, dwell or sojourn (travel with).  It works both ways, Jesus have been abiding in you since you were born again.  Today, the Psalmist is asking who can abide in God’s house, temple or tabernacle.  The question has a positive longing for the answer.

Upon visiting Israel for the first time in 1975, I immediately felt and home and wanted to move there with my family.  I stayed in a hotel across the Kidron Valley (separating the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives) overlooking Jerusalem.  I was on God’s holy hill and knew it.  Alone in my room, I opened the drapes to view the nighttime lighted city of Jerusalem.  I fell to my knees and wept.

I was well aware that my integrity, works of righteousness and truth speaking needed some improvement.  From my knees, I positioned myself prone to the carpet, face down and hands pointed toward Jerusalem.  It is a holy place.

Especially these two verses of this great Psalm, are a great stimulant for your prayers for yourself and for all nations.  Please pray for Israel and Jerusalem in particular.

GRIST FOR YOUR PRAYERS:

From CBS News.com – May 16, 2011
Israel borders quiet day after deadly incursions

Netanyahu vows Jewish state will defend its territory day after 15 killed in pro-Palestinian marches

JERUSALEM – The military said Israel’s frontiers were quiet Monday after a violent day of border breaches, though security forces remained on alert for more violence. The Israeli government, meanwhile agreed to transfer to the Palestinians cash it withheld after the rival Palestinian factions signed a unity pact.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said officers carried out house-to-house searches in Majdal Shams all night looking for some of the hundreds of people from Syria who burst through a border fence into the village Sunday.

Mobilized by calls on Facebook, thousands of Arab protesters marched on Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza in an unprecedented wave of demonstrations on Sunday, sparking clashes that left at least 15 people dead in an annual Palestinian mourning ritual marking the anniversary of Israel’s birth.

The shadow of the “Nakba”

Sunday’s marches were a surprising turn of events. Hundreds of Palestinians and supporters poured across the Syrian frontier and staged riots, drawing Israeli accusations that Damascus, and its ally Iran, orchestrated the unrest to shift attention from an uprising within Syria. It was a rare incursion into Israel from the usually tightly controlled Syrian side and could upset the delicate balance between the two longtime foes.

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EXPOUNDING RAS’ TODAY WORD – May 14, 2011

Matthew 14:23 (NASB)
23 After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.

Matthew 14:23 (KJV)  AndG2532 when he had sent the multitudes away,G630 G3588 G3793 he went upG305 intoG1519 a mountainG3735 apartG2596 G2398 to pray:G4336 andG1161 when the eveningG3798 was come,G1096 he wasG2258 thereG1563 alone.G3441

For years I have sought to follow the example of Jesus to “get away” to a lonely place alone with Him as He did with His Father.  To help me accomplish this, the Lord gave me from childhood the ability to wake up early in the mornings bright eyed and bushy tailed.  I highly value this time because everyone else is asleep, no interruptions.

As a teenager, I walked with Jesus most everywhere I went.  Walking with Him was my secret place.  I learned in those formative years just how real He is.

In my later years, since 1975, I arise most morning before dawn and walk outside our house on the sidewalk to a beautiful yaupon tree.  I stop and keep everything quiet as I listen to the waking dawn.  There I thank the Lord for having Him in my life.  I ask Him what He wants me to say to the nations for Him.  I tell Him I will give Him all the glory for what happens with His word as I now send it out to tens of thousands in over 50 nations.

I thank God for my health and that of my wife.  He gets my praise of his watch care over my family, ministry and church.  I pray for the sick, the widows and orphans worldwide.

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PREPARE FOR WAR!

Posted: May 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

There is an urgency in my spirit about this message “Prepare for War.”  It applies no matter what, where when or how.  The enemy is well prepared and rehearsed.  God is calling intercessors and prayer warriors for this hour of battle.

May 13, 2011.  You are well prepared for the war ahead.  I have given to you all the armor you need to both resist and fight.  It will be a fight of faith.  Your faith is strong.  Your foundations in My word are solid and strong.  Expect the enemy of your soul to assault you through both accusation and deception.  He knows you have a vivid, strong and very developed imagination.  He will explore any area of your imagination that is flesh based rather than faith based.  Second comes the fighting part.  Part of the fight is a great defense.  The other part would be to aggressively attack through equipping yourself in knowing his strategies and tactics.  I will be with you every step of the way.

Ephesians 6:10-13 (NLT)  “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.   Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.  Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.”  Ras Robinson

Heavenly Father, I take up my position on the wall.  I volunteer to stand in the gap for You.

Please continue to enable us to overcome and gain the victory.

Amen.

“PRAY:  SHAKE UP IN ROME, ITALY TODAY, MAY 11, 2011

Today we need to pray for Rome, Italy.  When you read the article below, you will see that a great earthquake is predicted to hit there today.  If the earthquake indeed hits, it could mean mass deaths and injuries.

The reason I am sharing this is because of the spiritual implications of such a shaking of Rome.  First the natural and then the spiritual.  And in this case, the spiritual shaking of the Catholic church has certainly preceded the predicted earthquake.  But I believe it forebodes yet a bigger and perhaps a total shake up for Rome spiritually.  And if for Rome, then the Catholics worldwide.

Mercy triumphs over justice in the mind of God.

Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)  “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”

God have mercy.  Christ have mercy in the name of Jesus.

Please read the following article:

The Telegraph Wednesday 11 May 2011

Italians evacuate Rome over ‘big one’ fears

Could this crumble today?

Italians will on Wednesday flee Rome over fears a giant earthquake is coming following a seismologist’s 1915 prediction that “the big one” will strike on May 11, 2011.

Many people are leaving Rome in case Raffaele Bendani’s predictions come true Photo: ALAMY

By Nick Pisa, Rome 4:21PM BST 10 May 2011

Businesses have reported requests from one in five people to have time off work and many are also keeping children away from school and heading to the beach or country for the day.

Romans are taking it so seriously that local newspapers have even been publishing survival guides with tips of what to do – if – the ground starts to tremble.

The panic has been fanned by Facebook, Twitter and text messages around a prediction by Raffaele Bendani, a seismologist who forecast in 1915 that a “big one” would hit Rome on Wednesday.

He is also said to have predicted other earthquakes which hit Italy during the last hundred years before his death in 1979.

Massimo La Rocca, headmaster of a school in the Trastevere district, said: “We have had quite a few parents calling in and saying they will not be sending their children in.

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“I’ve told them the school will remain open and there is nothing to be scared about but they are adamant – although this is not a justifiable absence for a pupil.”

A barman named Massimo said: “People have been talking about this for the last week. I know dozens who are taking the day off – I’m going to sleep in the camper van with the wife to be on the safe side.”

Bendandi believed movement of plates and therefore earthquakes were the result of the combined movements of the planets, the moon and the sun and perfectly predictable.

In 1923 he predicted a quake would hit central Italy on January 2 the following year – he was wrong by two days.

For his work Bendandi was even given a knighthood by Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini – and ordered not to make any more predictions on pain of exile as officials feared he would create immense panic.

However seismologists have been quick to step in and say his theories are without any scientific proof and despite his claims earthquakes are completely unpredictable.

Seismologist Alessandro Amato, who works at the Italy’s National Geophysical and Volcanology Institute, said:”There is absolutely no evidence to say that an earthquake will hit Rome on 11th May and we have told that to the hundreds of people who have called.

“There is a possibility that on the day in question the country as a whole will have an average of 30 or so tremors but that is perfectly normal and the figure we expect.

“It is not scientifically possible to predict the exact date that an earthquake will occur and that’s why we are holding these open days at the Institute to better inform people.”

An estimated 20 million people live at risk from earthquakes in Italy, which is also home to some of the most active volcanoes in Europe.

The Eurasian and African plates meet along a line which runs through North Africa and crosses the Mediterranean near south Italy and Greece. As a result, two main fault lines cut across the Italian peninsula. Memories are still vivid of an earthquake in the central Italian city of L’Aquilam which lies to the north of Rome, in 2009, which killed 300 people.

MOUNTAIN MOVING PRAYERS

Posted: May 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

(May I call upon us intercessors to post your prayers?  This blog is not for the purpose of being an outlet for your teaching.  But your comments and prophecies are most welcome and encouraged.  But I believe it is our PRAYERS that we need to post.  Thanks for your cooperation in this.)

This is a call to deeper, mountain moving prayers in this hour.  You might question why is this so important at this moment?  It is because anger, bitterness and strife have taken hold worldwide like no time in recorded history.  This is why we as a nation (USA) are fighting at the minimum three wars at once.  Additionally, we are battling with others in several other nations.  But why are mountain moving prayers essential right now?

Today, I am encouraging you to post your prayers to this blog when you receive this latest blog post by me.  Let us see, feel and be touched by one another’s prayers.  If we will do this, we will see a unity of spirit and a plurality of power to move mountains.

If you are living in difficult times at this moment in time, it may be that, like me, you need to be reminded of why you are led and driven to prayer perhaps like never before.

So, I pray Lord that you will show us Your heart for the nations of the earth.  Nations are made up of people with souls that need to be saved, healed and delivered.  Hatred and bitterness have ruled long enough.  Let your kindness and peace emerge like a tidal wave.  Lord, bring forth in each situation your love and compassion.  I cry out for a miracle worldwide.

KINDNESS AND PEACE

Isaiah 54:10 (GW) “The mountains may move, and the hills may shake, but my kindness will never depart from you. My promise of peace will never change,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

Perhaps you would agree with me that worldwide strife is rampant today.  If you will look at a world map (I have my globe of the world on a stand right beside my desk chair as I write), make a note of the number of nations experiencing tyrannical oppression.  Note the nations where the younger generations are protesting against their dictators who rule by emergency powers and by executive orders from their leaders.   It is as if the nations are at a boiling point.

Someone gave me a round glass globe which also sits on my desk.  I encourage you to visit Wal-Mart or some other store of your choice and purchase an inexpensive world globe.  Do you have one already?  Having it close at hand will do wonders for your world consciousness.

Kindness is not part of the fabric which makes up their societies.  Few nations are experiencing peace at this moment.

Pray for Israel, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Iran, Yemen, Jordan, and Lebanon.  Let kindness guide your prayers.  Seek peace on their behalf.

LOVE AND COMPASSION

1 Corinthians 13:1-2 (GW) I may speak in the languages of humans and of angels. But if I don’t have love, I am a loud gong or a clashing cymbal.   I may have the gift to speak what God has revealed, and I may understand all mysteries and have all knowledge.  I may even have enough faith to move mountains. But if I don’t have love, I am nothing.”

Love is the most compelling of all forces in the earth.  Let us lay aside our political differences long enough to sincerely pray for our “neighbors.”  God is waiting on us.

I see the women being oppressed in each of the above mentioned nations.  In most of those nations, the women are treated almost like animals.  They receive no respect, no education and are given little hope for a better life.  Pour out you heart to God for these women.

The children in some of these strife torn nations are enlisting children to bear arms and fight like they were adults.  Pray with a heart of love and compassion.

These battles will be won on our knees.  Thank you for joining with me in this battle ultimately for the souls of all these peoples.

I hope to see you post along with mine, praying a mountain moving prayer.

God has been leading me to look deeper into what divides people.  He wants me to understand the core reasons behind adversities at all levels.  As I have prayed and sought His face about this, I began to think of the account of Ishmael and Isaac in the book of Genesis.

For instance, both Isaac and Ishmael were blessed by Abraham their father.  Each was given specific blessings as is seen in this account:

Genesis 17:18-20 (AMP)And [he] said to God, Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!
But God said, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son indeed, and you shall call his name Isaac [laughter]; and I will establish My covenant or solemn pledge with him for an everlasting covenant and with his posterity after him.  And as for Ishmael, I have heard and heeded you: behold, I will bless him and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly; He will be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. [Fulfilled in Gen. 25:12-18.]”

Personally, I continually pray for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jewish people.  This has been my practice for most of my life.  We encourage all who read our writings to do the same thing.  In obedience to the Lord, I am praying for the descendents of Isaac.

But I have never made it a point to also pray for the descendents of Ishmael.  Not sure why except that I have always heard that Ishmael and all his descendents are cursed by God.  So, I did not want to go against God.  I am finding the charge that Ishmael was cursed by God and not blessed by God is simply not true.

The Holy Spirit is calling me to study out the divisions between Isaac and Ishmael.  He is leading me to determine why they happened.  Perhaps the “Genesis” of familiar and familial spirits (more on this below) that still roam the earth today seeking to steal, kill and destroy find their origins in part back with Ishmael and Isaac.

John 10:10 (NASB)  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Surely, I now pray earnestly and regularly for the descendents of Ishmael as well.  The Lord has strongly directed me to do so.  Think of the difference this could make in the present fomenting controversies, wars and terrorism.

In some research recently, I ran across this piece from Dale Edwin who has moved to the Middle East in pursuit on understanding the division between the descendents of Abraham Ishmael and Isaac.  I have quoted the source so that you can go study this out for yourself if you like.  It is a challenging read and I hope you enjoy it.

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Dale Edwin, “The Outer Court,” Misconceptions and False Perceptions Tuesday, 02 June 2009 http://www.outercourtbook.com/index.php/blog/5-blog-posts/6-ishmaels-blessingour-curse

Tracing his story starting in Genesis 16 it’s a quick read through to 25 where the trail cools. His (Ishmael) story and that of his descendants are of many firsts in the Bible.

The highlights are these:

  1. The mysterious Angel of the Lord (possibly Christ himself), first appeared to Hagar while she was pregnant with Ishmael… Hagar knew God by some of the first names he is noted for in the Bible as ‘The God who Sees’ and ‘The God who Hears’
  2. Ishmael was blessed by God, and the first to receive a blessing of lineage and offspring.
  3. Ishmael was the first born son of Abram, and God honored Abram’s prayer ‘Oh that Ishmael might live before you!’
  4. In IS 42 it is prophesied that the tribes of Kedar and Sheba will worship God with acceptance. It is rare for tribes to be pointed out in this manner… Kedar is the ancestor of the Muslim prophet Mohammad.
  5. First to worship – It has been discussed in other places that descendants of Ishmael were likely the first to come and give gifts from the East in Matthew 1 prepared forehand by Daniel’s teaching hundreds of years previous as the chief of the Wise men of the East.
  6. First to hear – It may be that God has some kind of priority for Ishmael’s line for Paul spent his first 3 years in ministry in Arabia (see Gal 1:17), the city of the Nabateans, who were descendants of Ishmael.

It is my contention that given the biblical firsts and all the significant events surrounding Ishmael, shouldn’t we as Christians be more attentive to his descendants today? Instead we believe myths like God cursed Ishmael, or that all the trouble in the Middle East today is because of Ishmael… this is not found in the Bible. The NIV translates Gen 16 wrongly when it says ‘he shall live in hostility towards his brothers’… the original language is talking about geography (to the East). Other versions indicate ‘over against’ (ESV) which is better.

The hatred of Muslims today, especially Arabs has got to stop if we are to get in line with the Bible and place of Ishmael in God’s plan. God loves all nations, especially the descendants of Abraham, Isaac AND Ishmael.
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SOME DEFINITIONS OF TERMS  (Far from complete or comprehensive)

FAMILIAR SPIRITS:  (Feel free to help clarify or expand, etc.)

These are spirits (demons) masquerading as part of your familiar surroundings and relationships.  Some may be so common in your experience that you really do not think of them as attacking, opposing and seeking to destroy.  But they are.  In my historical family, a familiar spirit would be a spirit of “rejection.”  It is so common that it just seems like “part of the family” and therefore not a force to be resisted, confronted and eventually cast out.  This may require more people of prayer than just you.  It could require knowledge and cooperation of your entire family and all others involved praying.  There is an old foundational book “Pigs in the Parlor” that might be good to read and re-read a few times.  You have the power over these spirits in Jesus’ name.  Your authority is Jesus himself.  You pray with Jesus by your side.  Victory is guaranteed.  He never loses a battle.

 FAMILIAL SPIRITS:  (Feel free to help clarify or expand, etc.)

Again, in this case the “familial” is just part of the “family” in which you and your relatives live.  Everyone knows “this is just the way it is.”  We have mental illness, alcoholism, etc. and we perhaps acknowledge it but it seems to be just the way our family is and has always been.  In the Philippines with our work with poorest of the poor children, the familial spirits are those of the parents and grandparents who are abjectly poor and always have been.  It is just expected by the parents and grandparents that the children will all be the same and repeat the endemic poverty of their heritage.  The “familial spirits” see to it that this happens.  It is a battle in prayer and provision to bring about change because of these familial spirits.  Some of the brightest people ever were born to idiots or mentally deficient parents.  But some descendents decide to break the mold and get out from under that controlling familial spirit of mental deficiencies.

FORGIVENESS:  (Feel free to help clarify or expand, etc.)

Being compared to the layers of an union, forgiveness usually comes one layer at a time until the whole onion is gone and gone forever.  Forgiven hurts and wounds are alive in the memory but are no longer energized once forgiveness is complete.  Of all subjects in the Scriptures, forgiveness is almost a constant teaching and directive from our Lord.  He places the highest priority on it saying if we do not forgive other, He will not forgive us.

SINS OF OUR FATHERS:  (Feel free to help clarify or expand, etc.)

Numbers 14:18 (NLT) “‘The Lord is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.’”  This is a serious matter.  The father(s) must repent.  The descendents must forgive and repent as well at every level no matter how painful or how long it takes.  Almost everything demonic emanates from unforgiveness.

Blessings and prayers, Ras

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