Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Unveiling

The news we hear and see is disturbing, even to the people of God. What about all those great prophecies we have heard over so many years? What is disturbing so many people right now, particularly the prophets, is what God is doing. He is ripping the veil from the earth.  You can read about it in Isaiah 25:1-12.   You need to read the whole thing and ponder what it means

There he will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth.  NLT v7

And He will destroy on this mountain
The surface of the covering cast over all people,
And the veil that is spread over all nations.  NKJV v7

A ripping causes discomfort.  It causes even prophets to doubt what they have said and heard.

It is uncomfortable.  When you read the whole of this prophecy you see how it applies to this day.

What you see all around you is evil being unveiled.
  • Islam being revealed for what it is.  Evil
  • Evil forces in government being exposed.
  • Evil in the administration of the USA stripped naked
  • Evil among those who claim they cry for peace
  • Evil from those who have deceived many in social policy (homosex marriage and legal drugs)
  • Evil being exposed in big business.  
  • Evil exposed in states and cities
  • Evil in all politics being shown for what it is
  • Evil in religious circles
  • Evil in news that is propaganda
  • Evil in entertainment (Movies, books and TV) (I remember the scandal Lady Chatterley's lover was 50 years ago) Mild compared to today.
  • Evil in education, public education as child abuse is become legendary.
  • Evil in police force corruption and abuse
  • Evil in all the mountains of man - remember it is about the mountain in Verse 7
And He will destroy on this mountain
The surface of the covering cast over all people,

It makes us uncomfortable when God rips away the veil.  When everything we thought might be OK is being exposed.

The light of the truth of God is beyond comprehension and there is no hiding place.

Yet, prophets and people of God should welcome this.  Should be happy that things are being shown up for what they really are.   Yet we love the darkness.  Makes us feel better.  Maybe a little superior?

Here's a true prophetic word.  God will tear down, uncover and destroy every high thing that has risen up against the knowledge of God.  Evil is that.

When he does some of the altars in our own homes will be exposed. Some of our comforts will be shown for what they are.

The unveiling is universal.  God is not selective, exposing satan yet allowing the saints to cheat by a bit.

So if your discomfort is great, it's not unusual.  What IS being exposed are the false prophets who have been prophesying this or that great thing. Great prosperity. Great moves of revival without repentance.  They too are being exposed. And it causes us discomfort.  Who do you trust?

I give you the words of God, "There is nothing I will not bring to the light, for my Bride will not be ashamed.  Consider it all JOY as I do.  For this is my will concerning YOU".

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Regarding one another through the eyes of the Holy Spirit

I can be really hard on people sometimes.  Particularly those in leadership.  Particularly if they are misleading the people of God.  Particularly if the policies and programs they put in place enslave people .  It informs and drives my political view and the Prophetic gift I carry.  It is to watch carefully for those who would so destroy, go to them privately at first and if they do not repent publicly call them out.

Hasn't been many of those.  A few.  Some nationally.  Some regionally and a few locally.  I give more grace to those who are local since they are most easily helped back to the center of God's will.

What keeps me centered in this prophetic mission is the admonition of Paul the Apostle of God in dealing with the church at Corinth.  There had been some hard times there. One man had to be put out.  Paul was helping them see one another as who they are in Christ.  He did that a great deal with the church at Corinth.

2 Corinthians 5:
12 We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

16 Therefore from now on know no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

I make certain to post the whole passage in context.  It's critical to not quote as if there is no before nor after.

So what does it mean to "Know no man according to the Flesh"?  It means that the flesh is not how we judge one another.  That the flesh is flawed.  That works of the flesh are what they are, but we are to help one another put off fleshly things.

What about those who do fleshly things?  How are we to deal with them?  IF I read this right, we are to not know people according to those things. That Holy Spirit sees them as a new creation.  One made right with God thru the reconciliation of Jesus so we can be the Righteousness of God.

Yet, people Do sinful things.  What about them?  How are we to regard them?  IF we are to carry out our purpose in the earth, Restoration is the thing.

It is why a Pastor from Brazil uses this principle to build a HUGE church.  Abe Huber. One man ministers to another to restore him.  This is not the promise keeper accountability group.  It's the priesthood of believers in action.  When it works, I would have ONE man to whom I am accountable.  YET he is not accountable to me.  He is my brother in Christ who loves me and ministers to me.

I would also have men who come to me (no more than a few) needing restoration.  They are accountable to me.  The idea of absolute confidentiality of all these sessions is critical.  Unfortunately, that is not the norm in our western society.

Here's what happens,  it really works... when it's tried. 

I go to my restoration person, my priest for the moment (lower case), one who I can come to, one I can trust, one who loves me and wants the best for me.

I tell him my sorrow.  My sin, My failure, My fears. My pain. My need.  I dump it all.  He may ask a question or two.  He doesn't offer advice.  He's not my life coach.  He's my spiritual overseer at that moment. Then after I am done "confessing" he lays hands on me, prays for me, offers me reconciliation according to the word, prophesies over me, encourages me, forgives me in the name of Jesus.  In other words he does the work of the ministry.

When we are done, we love each other in the Spirit and he never tells me what is going on in his life. That's for him to go to his partner with.  EVERY person in the church has one of these people.  They are carefully selected.  There is agreement.  It is most critical that the Church LEADERSHIP, particularly the senior leader has one of these men he can trust.  It might be someone outside the fellowship.  It must be face to face.  Best if it's weekly, or at least every other week.

I wish I had such a one in my life.  I don't.  Trust is hard.  It is also critical that senior leaders have no more than a few select ones coming to them.

Paul had Barnabas.  When someone needed to stand up for Paul, Barnabas did.

I hope someday true maturity will enter into the houses of God in the USA.  It works in other countries.  It could work here... it's not been tried.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sheep Abuse

Believe it or not, this is controversial to some pastors who love to dangle their members over hell with a rotten stick. They require constant confession, repentance, ceremony, sacrament and sorrow from them (plus a good offering) to mitigate their sin. We have to get past the laws of sin and death. Jesus either died for all your sins or none of them.

I think might be possible to go to hell after one is saved... but then I don't want to argue with Jesus... John 10:25 Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name. 26 But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”

Monday, July 21, 2014

Deception is not Harmless.. it can and does kill

If you study scripture very long you will come across many many admonitions to NOT BE DECEIVED.  We all know the verse, "Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap"  Galatians 6:7

Deception is not harmless.  It kills vision, dreams, hope and it kills people..

Psalm 24:3-5 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Note the context of the passage above.  We spend a lot of time talking about clean hands and a pure heart... but what about the rest of the passage?  He does not lift his soul up to what is false.

Our soul is our emotions, mind and will.  When we lift our soul to falsehood, lies, deception we no longer are able to ascend his Holy Hill.  The difficulty comes when we are deceived we pass on our deception.

Guarding our hearts carefully is the key.  It's critical to not allow ourselves to buy into lies.

Knowing the difference requires supernatural discernment.   The gift however is operated by a washing of the spirit of God thru His word.  There must become a screen of His word thru which all things must pass.   When something doesn't line up.. it must be suspect.

But what of those things that LOOK like goodness... but are full of lies.  We then fail to discern because we will swear those things are right.

Right now our world is filled with deception.  There are lies and twisted truth everywhere.  Good men and women of God, people who believe the word are being led to spiritual slaughter by deception.  Oh, they probably will make it to heaven, but they no longer have the capacity to ascend the Hill. 

Look at what many Christians now accept as OK. Not perfect.  Just not horrid.  They have sworn an oath to evil that has come wrapped up as good. 

  • Abortion on demand.  No longer considered murder by many Christians.
  • Homosexual acceptance as an alternate lifestyle is being loving and compassionate.
  • The desecration of marriage even to the level of Homosexual Marriage in the Church
  • Drug use now embraced.  Did you ever think you would see Marijuana legal in our nation?
  • Invitation to invade under the guise of tolerance while enemies of Christ are manifested as Islam
  • Support for Islamic causes when in fact the antichrist spirit is alive in that theology
  • Using government to provide for people when it was never the government's duty - that was left to us.  Our failure to discern has caused aberration here.
  • Using the guise of religion to enrich ministries in the name of "Spreading the Gospel"

The last one is most grievous.  It is taking the name of the Lord in Vain.  It is manipulation.  These are all deceptions.. but they are all dangerous.

What is most deceitful are people who cannot discern evil and yet occupy a pulpit or platform on Sunday mornings.  The hill is never ascended no matter the hype.  It is a sad state and in the end will destroy them.  Deception isn't just deceptive, it's dangerous.  It can kill people and does. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Profane Worship = Worship Pornography

I love pure worship. Prophetic Worship. Worship that allows me to touch the heavens. Worship that is clean.

The definition of Profane is "to treat something sacred with irreverence, as common".

Sometimes when I am in a church service or worship meeting where the worship is spiritually mundane I am grieved in my spirit.. the Spirit of God in me grieves. It's not about skill. It's not about ability. It's not about talent. It's about the heart.

If a talented pagan (you make your own choice who) were to do a stirring rendition of How Great Thou Art... but with only skill, you would know.

We have developed a worship culture of talented people on the platform "Doing" worship sets.

I'm old school. I remember what it was when 300 men stood and sang "Stand up Oh men of God"... true worship. When at a funeral, "Faith of my Fathers" was sang.. and it brought tears. When Holy Holy Holy (casting down our golden crowns) was sun by Matthew Ward and Second Chapter of Acts... and I fell to my knees. When at a conference in Kansas City "Here I am to worship" was sung and the refrain "I'll never know how much is cost" was repeated till everyone came to grips with how much it really cost.

Some of that was in Todd Beery's living room on a Monday Night. Some at Faith Center in Rockford a decade ago. When things really mattered.

I'll confess. Maybe it's me. I don't need my ears tickled any more.

I know anointed worship when I see it. When a man or woman of God enters into the Holy of Holies and makes the connection. When worship is real. I have worshiped with people who could barely play and sing but who's heart was pure towards God. The heaven's opened. I have also been in places when the band was tight, solid, gifted, able and flat as a pancake spiritually. Oh people were excited.. but it was nothing. In fact it was worse than nothing.

When that happens it is not just profaning the holiness of worship, it is Christian Worship Pornography. God is about to Judge This. IF you don't know God like that.. get off the platform. We don't need another dog and pony show.


 The only way to thwart a coming dark spiritual season is to heed Christ’s warning and apply His prescribed solutions. If the church has no affixed, absolute, biblical truth on which it stands and for which it will not negotiate, it simply becomes a good will, humanitarian organization with a “Christian” philosophy.

It is no secret that the spiritual environment in the world is undergoing a radical change – and a great gulf is beginning to divide those who are moving away from established truth and those who see what is happening and are responding by making personal re-commitments to absolute truth. The winds of change are blowing and it is producing a sifting, a dividing -- a separation of wheat from chaff. The rift has become so severe that who is wheat and who is chaff may be looked upon differently depending on which group to whom you belong.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Ministry to the F'd Up

I was in a bible study Monday invited by a friend. The young pastor of a new church plant in our area was conducting the study. During the meet and greet portion of the night discussion about the Sunday Service there was a story that was told. A guy had come to the altar for prayer and when he was asked by the Pastor what his prayer need was, he responded (not a religious person) "I'm all F___ked up".

Fortunately the young pastor is not a religious person and took this as a cry for help and began to minister to him. It was frankly refreshing to hear someone so transparently in need and willing to come for help without a load of religious jargon.

IF the all f'd up offends you, you would have been offended by Jesus who said: "Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?" 12But when Jesus heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 13"But go and learn what this means: 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Matt 9:12

We have sanitized this too much in our cultural context.. the fact is the all f'd up are the ones who most need Jesus.

Tuesday night I was ministering at Crusaders, a young man came. Maybe 30. He didn't use the phrase exactly, but he certainly described the situation he was in and it was all messed up. I spent a long time with him. Till they were kicking us out of the building. I hope he finds peace. I prayed with him, for him, laid hands on, prophesied, counseled... loved on him.

I wonder if any ministry would have the courage to say, "We are looking to help people who's lives are all F'd UP", that's who Jesus spent time with.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sometimes the Prophet gets FED UP!!

I am hard on nominal traditional denominational religion. It's not because I don't believe that they can do good things. They can. My disgust (that sometimes translates into anger) is the powerlessness They can teach people, love on people, make people feel secure and have a place to bring their kids... BUT when the poop hits the fan, these patty cake religious games fall apart.

This is personal to me. I have friends and family trapped in nominal religion (in my case Lutheran). There are some serious crises. Things that are going to take the Hand of God to cure. But they have no relationship, they have no faith, they have no capacity to pray (beyond the Lord's Prayer, Psalm 23 and the Beatitudes) and no authority over the devil. They are unequipped because religion has robbed them.

When it hits the fan and life falls apart, three hymns and a her with a readers digest message won't cut it. Subjecting people to nominal religion is the worst kind of spiritual abuse there is. We need the Power of God released in people's lives. Without that folks are lost.

The truth is, when it all hits the fan it's too late to catch up. You suffer, the pain is great and if you survive (you can die from bad religion) there will be another time where you can leave the dead religion behind and become a warrior. It happens. Sure I can pray for you, rebuke the devil.. but your house isn't swept clean and until you get that putrid nominal religious spirit out of your house.. you will be captured and put back to sleep a moment after the crisis ends. Vulnerable once more to the schemes of the enemy.

Here endeth the rant.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Corporate Jezebel Manifested

A Whole Assembly can have a Jezebel Spirit and then wonder why God never moves among them.

This can be a denomination. In fact I think denominations were manufactured by Jezebel.  If you can't kill the prophets, divide them up.

This can be a movement.  Every move of God starts out right and then drifts off into apostasy as they reject the next move of God.  Jezebel.

This can be a church body.  If only the approved and vetted have input, if church leaders put a stop on who can bring the word, if there is intention to control things, you got a Jezebel on your hands.

It can be a leader, but most often is not.  This is why I honor an apostolic leader above a group think board of elders or some such.  In fact the whole idea of membership as a gateway is flawed.  What if The early church had done this.  We'd all have undergone early surgery on our foreskins by now to be members.

Thank God for men of God who ignored Jezebel.  Who fought hard against the allure of her control.

I know of many fellowships where she manifests with approval. She is evil.. don't let her in and if she somehow has weaseled her way into your fellowship, if you stand as senior leader of the house, if you are the Jehu who can throw her down, if you don't no one will.  Be strong. Be courageous.  Only the life of your fellowship is at stake. 

It will be hard, Jezebel is hard working, makes herself (Can be a Him except in the spirit) indispensable, uses emotion to get her way, ingratiates the power structure, makes it seem impossible to get rid of her.. which is the exact reason why you must.

She will RULE YOUR ROOST.  The words you will use why you cannot throw her down are, "You have no idea of all the things she does for me, how much of the load she takes off my shoulders, how much we would miss if she weren't here.  I don't have anyone to pick up the load of she is gone". 

Mr Senior Leader, Allow me to introduce you to your house Jezebel.  You just described her.

Now THROW HER DOWN...  She is killing you and the move of God in your fellowship.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Lambs Book of LIFE... you are there unless...

There is a lot of strange theology about the Lamb's Book of Life.  Like no one has ever read the word of God on it.  I challenge you to do the work. Google or take your Strong's out and read every single word in THE WORD regarding this issue.  Then after you have done so... you will come to the same conclusion I have:

Every person's name from the time they are conceived is written in the Lambs Book of Life. Every One.
           This will help explain the question about dying babies and the aborted eternal fate.

Baptism of babies does not help (nor hinder) any eternal destiny any more than a dedication to God of a child does.  It's tradition mostly for the parents and grandparents who were badly taught.

After sin entered the earth, we are all born in iniquity, not sin.   We have a tendency in our flesh to sin.  That's what iniquity is. A tendency to be twisted (the real meaning of iniquity).    Sin is not misbehavior.  We teach our children badly when we tell them this.  Sin is a conscious act of disobedience against God.  One that distances you or me from God.  One that without redemption has the capacity to trap us and drag us away from Him until our heart is hardened.

Our sins were already been paid for on the cross.  Our capacity to enter into this redemption is not accepting Christ, but coming to grips with the sin in our lives and the hopeless state we are in.  At that point asking for Jesus to Forgive us and entering into our salvation.  After that is a walk of faith that takes years.  One that requires much soul searching. One that means we have to find that place in God that makes our sonship sure (or daughtership if there is such a word).  Working out our salvation.  We are just as saved, but we must stay diligent.

Since your name was already in the book of life since the before the earth was formed.. he declared your name, when you come into your salvation it's not RE written.  It's just certain.

The only way your name is NOT found in the book is if there is a legal reason for it to be expunged.  The one who has the right to claim the expunging is the Devil, Satan, the Accuser of the Brethren.   IF there is no capacity for defense (this one's mine) you are blotted out. If he makes the claim that it cannot be there because you have rejected your salvation, there is no hope.  Your sin doesn't condemn you.  Your positional salvation or lack of it does.  It's a legal issue. 

Once your name is certain in the book because you have entered in to the best of your knowledge, can you lose your place because of sin.. ?  NO  Your sin has been paid for. It does have the capacity to rob you of intimacy with God but your position is secure.   I know this seems like dangerous ground, but the opposite is actually true, if you are secure in Jesus you WON'T sin. or will try not to.

Can you loose your salvation?  YES but it is very difficult (you would have to renounce Jesus and his Price Paid for your sin) and once you are a child of God He will not let you out of His sight easily nor out of His hand...even if He has to kill you beforehand.  That has happened.

Your name has always been in the Lambs Book.. not to be expunged as you are reading this that is unlikely.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Prophetic Reality Check

Ten years ago this month no one even heard of Barack Obama.  No one knew who he was. He was some obscure state senator.  Then all at once he makes a speech at the Democrat Convention on July 27, 2004.  I heard it.  I wasn't impressed.  I heard Al Sharpton speak at the same convention and WAS impressed with him.  I have wondered, how did this happen? From zero to hero in 4 years such that he won the presidency in 2008. 

We are living under the administration of that president that is now the least popular since World War II. A full one-third of those polled by Quinnipiac rate Barack Obama the worst president since 1945. (Reagan is rated the best.)

He acts in the most partisan and deceitful manner, surrounding himself with a tiny group of yes-women and men, making a mockery of his self-proclaimed transparency, shamelessly exploiting interest groups in a way that could only divide our society while diminishing America’s place in the world, and allowing evil forces to grow across the globe.

All of this while being convinced he is always doing the right thing. The rest of us are wrong. He is not the Commander-in-Chief. He is the Moral Narcissist in Chief. It’s not “I think, therefore I am.” It’s “I believe – therefore it is.”

I am no conspiracy theorist but on this day when we ponder our freedom every prophetic bone in my body (as in shut up in my bones) says something is not right here.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Send these Doctrines to the Dustbin

In Charisma Magazine Lee Grady posts some doctrines in his editorial that the Charismatic Church has allowed to persist that have no place today.  The best and brightest among Senior leaders reject these... but there is a subculture that embraces them.  I list them below with my comments:

Touch not my anointed. 
While the principle is sound, we need to be careful in criticism of those God has called and uses... this doctrine has been used to protect some of the most egregious violators of God's law.  It was invoked as Eddie Long was exposed.  Be careful.  The verse where this appears does not speak to what we think it does.

Dual Covenant.  
I have been guilty of falling for this.  That the Jews have a special place with God and don't really need Jesus to be saved. I do believe that God is a covenant keeper... and Jesus is the fulfillment of that.. yet... there is a temptation to buy into all this.

Inaccessible Leadership.
This began with the big ministries.  Keep away from people.  Don't even participate in worship. Just pop out and preach and then go back in the zip lock bag.  The anointing is too precious.   Fortunately this is being discounted.  Leaders need to be accessible.  There is a parallel, don't get too close to your members.  Too familiar.  I guess Jesus practiced this... DID HE??

Armor Bearers. 
This is a crazy thing that kind of goes along with the one above.  IF you are too weak and inept to carry your own Bible.. you don't belong on the platform.  Then there is the ubiquitous glass of something with a rag over it.   Some even have food tasters.  This is beyond the pale.  Stop the insanity.

Hundred Fold Return and Money Cometh.  
I almost hate to bring this one up but it has become a black mark on what should be a pure Bride.  I believe in prosperity, I teach it. But the manipulation of the flock by preachers of this has damaged, discouraged and destroyed more Christians than the devil could by all his schemes.  When I see people rushing forward to throw money at the feet of one of these pirates I want to yell stop.  To be clear, if a man or woman is preaching a good word, I will.  But the blatant promises of give and you shall get are lies of the enemy.  Getting comes from generosity and righteousness which are closely linked.  Not throwing money at someone preaching a hundredfold money cometh with a thousand dollar suit on his back.  Stay under the blessing and prayers of a Godly man, apprehend the power of that blessing and God will provide.  This teaching is a demonic Ponzi scheme. 

Let's take these inane ideas and throw them in the dustbin where they belong.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Lost Power of Communion

I have been teaching and pleading with leaders to understand the communion meal.  They don't.  They play at the edges.  It's tradition trampling underfoot the power of God.

Pastor Greg Dickow has a short teaching on this.

The charismatic church has captured the communion sacrament and it's meaning.

The traditional churches have lost it.

Oh they stills practice it but they no longer comprehend the Body of Christ in the Bread and Wine.

So they are sick and some sleep and some even die.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

False Hope Can KILL YOU - have hope in GOD

We all hope in something.  Most people will say "I hope in God".. yet in truth if you scratched the surface you will find they place their hope in things that only have the potential to destroy them.  False hope.

Here are some things that people HOPE in that can KILL:

Hope in a Man or Woman over God.  A husband, boyfriend or wife or girlfriend can lead you into things if your moral compass is broken.  And it will harm you.

Hope in politicians or political systems.  I only need to look at Nazi Germany to see how trust in a man can kill.  The same is true in the USA.  IF you trust the wrong people it will kill you.

Think of the false hope the Bernie Madoff victims were given or the people who invested in the Baptist Ponzi Scheme some years ago.  Some of those people committed suicide after the fall.

Then there are those who are convinced there is a rapture, an exit strategy in place.  That somehow the difficulties they face will soon be gone.  It's a great hope, sometimes called the blessed hope.. but it's not blessed... it's a trap set to kill the destiny for the kingdom God invested in you.. and in some cases can actually kill you if you are not wise towards this.  Our hope is in the glory of God appearing in our lives.  That happens without an end.  Hoping in God.

Then there are the insidious traps, deceitfulness of riches, voluntary suicide of hope.   These are most damaging.  A person puts all their hope in a scheme or a strategy and when it fails comes to despair and many times kills themselves. Once hope has died as it will if it's wrongfully placed, ending our own lives isn't far off.  Elliot Rogers who killed several people a few weeks ago was obsessed with winning the lottery.  He was angry he had not won.  False hope killed him. Right now there is an insane scheme over currency revaluation.  The Dinar.  Hundreds of thousands of people are invested in this and have hope for millions.  They have been duped mostly by the ignorance they have of economics. Ignorance can kill and does.  This will all come to a sad predictable conclusion.  The self imposed group deception will unravel.  I am concerned because many of the people who have their hope in this will find the blow so painful they will kill themselves.

We must fight against self deception and against the deception from others. 

The Devil uses people to steal kill and destroy and it starts with being deceived.  He wants to KILL any GENUINE hope you possess.