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Must See – ISIS Assassin Meets Jesus (video, left), Bethel Music
Joseph’s Dreams: What Can We Learn? Part One, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
Top 5 Go To Dream Books, Jaime Bingle, You Tube
CS Commentary: We’re not familiar with most of these, so except for John Paul Jackson, we can’t endorse any of these. That said, this is one person’s list of dream and dream interpretation resources, and we provide it for those of you who may connect with it.
Evangelist Shares Different Side Of Trump That Most People Don’t See, Stephen Strang, Charisma
The Lord Says Your Drought Is Over, Hakeem Collins, Elijah List
Word Of The Lord For 2020: Decade Of The Dynamo, Jane Harmon, Elijah List
I Don’t Want You To Get Distressed, Cindy Jacobs, Charisma
The Devil May Be Behind This New Netflix Series, But God Will Use It For Good, Mike Bickle, Charisma
CS Commentary: We have not been able to find the primary prophecy from Bob Jones about this, so the reliance here is totally on what the article describes as Shawn Bolz’s report about what Bob Jones said – in other words, this is third hand information.
Todd Bentley Panel Investigation Conclusions, updated 1/25/20
See our Archives on September 29, 2019 and September 22, 2019 for more on this controversy. For Other Links And Statements on the Todd Bentley Controversy see our September 8, 2019 Spiritual Life Post and our September 15, 2019 Spiritual Life Post
CS Commentary, updated 1/14/20: From our previous reports on the Bentley ‘scandal’ we affirm the panel’s statement above. We won’t comment on Joyner’s entry except to say that – once again – no mention appears to be made of the victims in this, and that some of it comes across as a kind of ‘rambling’ mess that engages in a fair amount of self-justification. A lot of reader’s won’t appreciate that we’ve said this, but we are just trying to keep it ‘real.’ We were wrong previously to suggest that, perhaps, some of the Apostle Paul’s writings, like 2 Cor. 10-12 in particular, might come across in a similar fashion. Though some of his contemporaries did complain that Paul’s writings were ‘hard to understand’, we can’t compare Joyner’s diatribe here to them – and particularly not to 2 Cor. 10-12 which comes across as a clear, justifiable defense of Paul’s apostleship. That said, we don’t pretend to know what the Lord has said directly to Joyner or what pressures a leader at that level has to endure. At any level though, the panel’s conclusions – a panel initiated by Joyner through Michael Brown – have to be read as an affirmation of Powell’s initial warnings, and at least a partial, if indirect, indictment of Joyner’s handling of the affair. Our opinions and conclusions on the rest of the controversy and disagreements between Joyner and Powell, and others, which can be accessed beginning with this link, stand.
My Final Statement On The Todd Bentley Investigation, Michael Brown
Investigative Panel Declares Todd Bentley Disqualified From Ministry – He Starts New Ministry, Jenny Rose Spaudo, Charisma
Todd Bentley Investigation Finds ‘Steady Pattern’ Of Immoral Conduct, Bob Smietana, Christianity Today
Must See – Ron Cantor Speaks Out On Todd Bentley Investigation Findings, You Tube/Ron Cantor – Reach Tel Aviv
CS Commentary: Another wise, balanced, Biblical synopsis of the Todd Bentley affair including a summary of the incidents and arguments for the wisdom of Brown’s handling of the investigation and of the panel’s conclusions.
Must Read: Panel On Todd Bentley – A Line Being Drawn In The Sand, Joseph Mattera, Charisma
Strange Fire: A Decade In The Life Of Todd Bentley, Warren Cole Smith, Ministry Watch
CS Commentary: We are not familiar with this site or author, but the evaluation here is up-to- date, and mostly objective, fair and helpful, even the excerpt from Cole’s upcoming book, Faith-Based Fraud. Cole’s findings are a good reminder for all believers in Charismatic circles to think through a higher level of Biblical criteria for evaluating leaders and ministers – and a challenge for all of us to exercise a higher level of discernment.
CS Commentary: Again, not familiar with the author or the site – and we don’t agree with everything here (like her environmental perspective) – but, it is good to read constructively critical reports from those either outside of your own stream or critical of it. The author has some valid warnings, questions, and some insightful things to say. One place we disagree is with her implied criteria for prophetic authority – that some prophetic voice should have prophesied about Soleimani’s recent death.
The prophetic voice is not about ‘prediction’ primarily, it is about turning God’s people back to Him (for more, see Evaluating Prophets And Prophecy). According to Amos 3:7, “Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants, the prophets.” Yes – but this verse, nor anywhere else, says that the prophet is required to announce everything to the people. In fact, the reverse. God talks to His ‘friends’ and shares with them information that He may not share with the people at large.
Perhaps a better challenge, or question, for someone who claims to be a genuine prophet would be, “Did God show you about Soleimani’s death before it happened? How?” And, “Why did you not share it at large before the event took place?” There are many reasons a genuine prophetic voice may not share a piece of information. Just one is that God may have restrained or instructed him or her from doing so.
A Call To Exodus Conference, Message 3 (video, left), Terry Bennett, Messengers Of Shiloh
CS Synopsis And Commentary: This is a long message, so we have broken it down for you into the major segments for about the first two-thirds of the message. Some introductory comments start around 18:00. A more full part of the introduction begins around 39:00. Body of the message begins about 49:00: False foundations, false purposes, false calls.
Titles and what we ‘call’ ourselves. “I aim to lose my name by taking the Name of Another. That’s called marriage.” 57:00: What we give our time, becomes our passion. We can rightly determine our commitment to the Lord by our time factor, the time we spend with Him. 1:00: This inward relationship will give you a ‘never give up’ quality in the face of adverse circumstances. You will have the perseverance to never give up.
1:12 The Prophetic ministry is a revelation of Christ it is not about self or the soul. There is no discernment between the psychic soulish words that merely participate in ‘soul reading’ and what is coming from the throne. It is not about building what is good for us it is about ‘shutting up’ and hearing what God is saying to us. When our lips stop moving that will be a miracle.
1:16 Vision and perishing and the difference between discernment and judgment. Discernment, a type of judgment, is necessary. If we are the same as 30 years ago, something is dreadfully wrong. Jesus has not become the dominating life – we have not learned to ‘lose our lives.’ We only know self-living. The church has it all wrong. There is too much mixture. This is a life that is not worldly. The life of Christ is meant to control us.
1:22 Several men and women who understood their time because of the ‘vision’ God had given them. It is impossible to be in God’s work without the ‘vision’ of God. Work is completely tied to the vision of the Godhead.
1:26 Marriage between two people starts in the soul. If you can come together in Christ will find a marriage truly on God’s ground. Single vs marriage life. We are to be married to the Lord, but self is a devious thing and will find other lovers. We will never find Christ in present day church life.
CS Evaluation: Are These ‘Billions’ Of Locusts Threatening To Create A Horrific End-Times-Scenario In East Africa? Michael Snyder, Charisma
CS Evaluation: Is this really a ‘horrific End-Times scenario?’ First of all, he alludes to this as more proof that his theory that the ‘perfect storm’ (spoken of by prophetic figure John Paul Jackson, evaluated elsewhere on this site) is here. We do not believe this is correct for a number of good reasons…To continue reading click this link
The 2nd American Revolutionary/Civil War, Part 26: America’s Purpose, Rick Joyner, Morningstar Ministries; Also see, The 2nd American Revolutionary Civil War: Champions, Rick Joyner, Morningstar Ministries
The 2nd American Revolutionary Civil War: How To Prepare, Rick Joyner, Morningstar Ministries; Also see, The Second American Revolutionary/Civil War, Part 9: Timing, Rick Joyner, Morningstar Ministries
Prophecy Related News & Resources
CS Note: For other updates on the coronavirus, see the More Common Sense section of the Home Page.
Trump’s Historic Truth And Israel’s Historic Opportunity, Caroline Glick
‘Peace To Prosperity’ Plan Shatters Failed Oslo Paradigm, Alex Traiman, JNS
For First Time US Peace Plan Puts Israeli Concerns At The Forefront, Israel Kasnett, JNS
Palestinian Elections: How Abbas And Europe Are Trying To Blame Israel, Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute
Top Israeli Gantz Aide Compares Trump To Hitler, Breaking Israel News/JNS
Muslims Warn Of New Reality On Temple Mount: Muslims Only, Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Breaking Israel News
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Common Sense Interpretation
Christianity Today Calls For Trump’s Removal From Office Following Impeachment, Joseph A. Wulfshon, Fox News; Also see, Christianity Today Editor Calls For Trump To Be Removed From Office, The Hill; Also see, Franklin Graham’s response, Facebook; Also see, Dr. James Dobson’s Response To CT
CS Commentary, How The Mighty Have Fallen: Henry Luce, Founder of Time, and Billy Graham, Founder of CT, are now both rolling over in their graves. Two premier publications have sunk to the level of mediocrity and the editors have proven their susceptibility to deception. To Continue Reading See This Link
CS Evaluation: We live in California and at least here in Southern California, the ‘Bomb Cyclone’ was not even noticed. This, in and of itself, doesn’t necessarily mean anything – except if almost nobody notices something how can it be a ‘sign’ or a ‘warning?’ This link explains a ‘bomb cyclone’ – as does this NY Times 2 minute link – its basically nothing but a severe, fast developing winter storm, but not near as bad as a hurricane, and nothing to get upset about. I suppose it sounds alarming because of the name – but a little investigation proves otherwise. It appears to be a relatively common occurrence.
We have evaluated John Paul’s ‘Perfect Storm’ prophecy below and whether or not it is in the process of being fulfilled and noted that the ‘events’ Snyder points to are presumptuous as to its fulfillment. We should not use the prophetic or our interpretation – or misinterpretation – of it as some sort of alarmist cry that brings attention to ourselves, our political career, or articles that we want to get published. This does not serve the prophetic or the Body of Christ in general.
CS Evaluation: Though there is much continued potential for Jackson’s prophecy to begin to unfold, we don’t believe that we are there yet. Snyder mentions Trump’s impeachment, worsening manufacturing numbers, and ‘plummeting global trade’ as signs. Dubious. Jackson referred to a confluence of events as evidence of the ‘perfect storm.’ As John Paul himself says in the video above in Must See Videos (see our updated commentary), it is a confluence of crises in 5 areas: economic, government, religious, war, and geo-physical. It is not just one event in each area, but many events in each area that will occur at the same time. No, the ‘Perfect Storm’ prophecy is not here yet.
Predictions about the Future Price of Gold – see The Perfect Storm Commentary in Must See Videos above.
CS Evaluation: The Stock Markets, Money And The Bible, Michael Brown, Charisma
CS Evaluation: A pretty one-sided treatment of money and investing, and fear-based relative to the stock markets. Proverbs also has plenty of other wealth advice like ‘throw your seed on many waters’, etc.
How Can We Know The Truth? Examine The Founder Of Any Religion To Know The Truth About That Religion, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual LIfe
How Did Jesus Interpret The Scriptures? Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
Two Red Flags When Looking For A Church Or Any Kind Of Relationship, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
The Greatest Need Of The Prophetic Church Today, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Interpretation
Daily Do-ables: This Is What Resisting Temptation And Repentance Looks Like, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense
Church Must Be Done In A New Way Before New Things Will Come, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense
‘Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment’ – It Doesn’t Mean What You Think, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
The #1 Objection To Prophecy: Prophecy Is Not For Today, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
The #2 Objection to Prophecy: If It Does Not Come True, It Is a False Prophecy Given by a False Prophet, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Interpretation
Tertullian On Dreams, John Boruff
Dream Discernment: Discerning The Source of Dreams Is The Most Important Aspect Of Dream Interpretation, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense
A Dream From God Has 6 Clear Characteristics, John E. Thomas, Charisma
How Should You Respond To The Crazy Thing You Dreamed Last Night, John E. Thomas, Streams Ministries
Video: What Do The Numbers In Your Dreams Mean? John E. Thomas, Streams Ministries/Charisma
Misinterpreting Dreams: Personal vs. Universal, Part 2, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
Misinterpreting Dreams: Mistaking A Personal Dream For A Universal Dream, Part 1, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Spiritual Life
The Gift Of Prophecy Vs. The Ministry Of The Prophet (video, right), Jeremiah Johnson
CS Commentary: This is a good beginning on the distinction between the gift and the office. 1 Corinthians 12-14 delineates the gift, while Jeremiah 1, 18 and 23 elaborates on the office and true ministry of the prophet. While any believer may prophesy or operate in the gift at any time, there are those who have the gift of prophecy. Of those who have the gift there are fewer who are called into the ministry of a prophet. Miriam is a type of the ministry of a prophet; Moses is a type of the office of prophet (see Numbers 12). Of those who have the ministry of prophet, there are even fewer who attain the office of prophet. Even in the office of prophet, there are distinctions between personality, function, and call. For some of this theology, see 1-2 Kings. Also see Sadhu Selvaraj’s messages on prophets and the prophetic.
Evaluating Prophets and Prophecy: We need truth over tradition, Seaborn Hall, Common Sense Prophecy
The Hook Interlocking Structure of Revelation, Seaborn Hall, Novum Testamentum
Note: This article, published in 2002, was the academic basis for the 3 part article on Revelation in the section above.
More Common Sense
America’s Expiration Date – 2026? Cal Thomas, Fox News
Coronavirus May Have Originated In Wuhan Market (video, left), 1/29/20, CBS News
Coronavirus Compared To The Flu: So Far, Not That Bad, Center For Disease Control (Also see, Health/Fitness/Relationships, below)
America’s Top 5 Deadliest Cities, Morgan Phillips, Fox News
US Learned From Ebola, But Nowhere Near As Prepared For Coronavirus, Alltucker/Innes/Robinson, USA Today
75 Years Ago Audie Murphy’s Heroism And Insane Bravery Won Him The Medal Of Honor, Jared Keller, Task And Purpose
CS Commentary: As of today, 1/31/20, the coronavirus has appeared in at least one other nation, The Philippines, and is present in at least 4 US States: AZ, CA, WA, and IL. Global cases (chart below) may be as high as 10,000+ though confirmed cases are around 8000+ with current globally reported deaths around 212+, though there are conflicting reports. Part of the discrepancy of reported cases is China’s penchant for under-reporting, or in many cases, falsifying numbers. According to at least one report, China has more cases of Coronavirus than it did of SARS. SARS occurred in 2002-03. Any useful vaccine for the virus will not be ready for mass distribution for at least one year. Mortality rate presently estimated between 2% and 3%. SARS mortality rate was 10%. But, flu has a much lower mortality rate of about .5% and kills many more people a year, so control of this virus is mandatory. The US State Dept has now advised against all travel to China. See more below in Movies.
Update: Behind The Global Race To Contain China’s Killer Bug, Yahoo/Bloomberg
CS Commentary: We don’t know why this map does not include the Philippines, since global media have reported for several days several confirmed cases in Manila and Visaya, near Cebu.
What You Should Know About Flu Antiviral Drugs, Center For Disease Control
CS Commentary (updated, 1/26/20 9 pm, pct): In light of the Coronavirus, we recommend this 2011 Steven Soderbergh film on a global pandemic. Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 84% critic, and a 63% audience rating. The plot thins out some towards the end, but there is much insight on how a virus spreads, the panic it can cause, and how to protect yourself. The very end shows the ‘patient zero’ cause.
Sundance Film Festival Day 5, A. A. Dowd, AV Club
The Highest Grossing Spy Movies Of All Time, Briana Hansen, Work And Money
Marcileto Pornoy, From The Philippines, True Life ‘August Rush,’ (video, left), America’s Got Talent, Champions 2020
Loretta Lynn Says Country Music Is ‘Dead’, Emily Jashinsky, The Federalist
Top 40 Popular Songs, 2020 (video, left), Love Music
Super Bowl Gambling Guide, The Athletic
The Astros Stole Signs In 2017 – Part Of A Much Larger Issue For Baseball, Rosenthal/Drellich, The Athletic
Microsoft’s Sneaky[?] Plan To Switch Chrome Searches From Google To Bing, Jim Salter, Arstechnica
Amazon Wants To Turn Your Hand Into A Credit Card, Emma Newburger, CNBC
Delta Introducing Innovative First Class Seat, Ben (Lucky), One Mile At A Time; Also see, Delta vs American: Domestic First Class, Jay Singh, Simple Flying; Also see, American And Delta Were World’s Largest Airlines For 2019, Edward Russell, The Points Guy
Best Credit Cards For Airport Lounge Access 2020, Katie Genter, The Points Guy
Leah Remini Inks First Look Deal With Critical Content, Nellie Andreeva, Deadline
The Biggest Flops In Television History, Craig Donofrio, Work And Money
Quotes Of The Month:
Noscitur a sociis, (Latin, for “a word is known by the company it keeps”) – Explanation: When a word is ambiguous, its meaning may be determined by reference to the rest of the statute.