CSN Messages of Light – 12/27/2020
Dear CSN newsletter readers,
The Citizen Sentinels Network has maintained a project, originally deemed the David Project, since 2018. This is our second birthday in a hostile political environment! Especially, for those readers of faith, the Messages of Light originated as a genuine inspiration from our Heavenly Father. It was initiated to bring Light into the dark in this time. And especially at this time in our nation and in the world, there is clear and present danger that requires the faithful to hold boldly and securely onto the foundations that are rooted in faith.
If you consider the messages in our Sunday edition relevant or meaningful and know others who might value them as well, consider yourself a Light mail messenger and please pass this newsletter on to those whom you feel could welcome it. Or, simply please receive it yourselves.
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written:
‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’
“Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.’
“After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.” Matthew 2:1-12
This passage in Matthew is a most familiar one at the time of Christmas. However, many today assume certain things from the passage that are not there, and many do not pick up on some of what is in these words. In my message in the Christmas Eve edition of CSN news, I presented an article connecting the Christmas Star, or the Star of Bethlehem, to the journey of faith of the Magi. Although there is little in Matthew about the Magi, this passage is more dense with deep meaning than one initially realizes. Within and between the lines of Matthew’s narrative, there is much to provide a backdrop for serious reflection on those times as compared to these times.
In these difficult and turbulent times, there are good things that are happening all around us, but as in the time of the birth of Jesus, there were many who often had no clue of the happenings in the next village let alone what was happening in another country. Those who were enlightened in that moment were blessed by God and some were caught up in God’s amazing Providence.
Readers of the Messages of Light should be able to understand these are special times that we are living in.
Certainly, this is a special time for the Messages of LIght as the concept was conceived from genuine inspiration from Heavenly Father, and implementation took place on Christmas Eve in 2018, and the Messages of Light was born. It is now two years old! So, at this special time of the year, we are able to continue to freely offer inspiration to others. Especially, during this 2020 holiday season, it can provide a respite from all the dangers and difficulties that citizens have experienced through the entire year, and although many may be happy to see it passing, there was a silver lining to the adversity as it provided an opportune time in which families in lockdown could come together to share in various festivities to celebrate the precious value of one another in a new light. The opportunity existed to grow more deeply in love via “enforced” togetherness. And, unfortunately, although the opportunity existed, not everyone could have taken advantage.
I wanted to go back to the beginning of the David Project (the framework for the Messages of Light) to once again connect to that moment. In the very first message, I wrote:
“The heart of Christmas is about giving, and more importantly, about what Jesus gave after he grew up. His very life was given for the sake of those who would choose to graft onto the true vine. However, an even deeper concept is that which is expressed in the reality that God so loved the world that He gave to His people the greatest gift of all – the gift of his own son, His true Love, Light, and Life!”
This year, in the midst of the COVID, I journeyed from California to Washington, D.C. and back again. Without any stars (I don’t drive at night), the journey helped me to come to the conclusion that I needed to start a new journey to ‘follow my star,’ which led me to formally create my “Light Wing” ministry or mission. Thus, I have come to the genuine realization that my journey was to connect to God’s Will for me, rather than my will for me. Amazing experiences have transpired since I put my EGO (‘easing or edging God out) in the trunk. Everyone has that same power — it is not a superpower. Every son or daughter of God can put their Heavenly Father first through a conscious decision to do so, and an exertion of willpower to make it so.
Our first message today is one that was “promised” in the Founder’s Message in Thursday’s Christmas edition, but it fell through the proverbial “cracks” in the system of getting the CSN newsletter assembled in a timely manner. It is a poem that was sent in by one of our readers from an amateur writer named Jami B. Boggs, who posted a very relevant poem about America entitled, “Christmas Bells.” We had posted it on our website because even though we di not post it properly in the newsletter, we found it a very appropriate poetic commentary on our times. We encourage Ms. Boggs to keep writing as it appears she has a knack for expressing truth.
Our first full message today is another clear perspective from Apostle Tim Taylor, the founder of Kingdom League International. He wrote “Wisdom & a Warning Regarding the “Civil” War during Christmas” before Christmas Day, but he explains: “We’ve entered the chronos time of the holidays (Hanukkah and Christmas) during a kairos time of war. Times and seasons overlap.” So, as we emerge from the festive spirit of the holidays, though muffled and muted this year, he advises to: “Enjoy your family! Celebrate Christ but stay watchful, stay alert and be ready to mobilize at a moment’s notice.” Note: We feature a link to the original article afterward. There is also a link within the excerpt in which readers can go to their Thursday night prayer sessions for America.
The second full message is one from me that is focused upon a perspective of moving onward and upward beyond the holiday season. I pick up where my article in Thursday’s Christmas edition left off, which linked the Star of Bethlehem to the journey of faith of the Magi. That was not too hard as they were linked in reality long ago, yet people do not see the connection to our reality in this day and age. That article was an exclusive to our readers, and so is the one today. It deals with the deeper meaning within and between the lines of Matthew’s narrative about the Magi.
Today we also have three articles in our “Recommended Reading” section. Two are about the government persecution of Christians and people of faith – even at this time of year. The one about Kirk Cameron is backed up with a video on the topic. The third is a link to an older post of A. Dru Kristenev dealing with another aspect of the same intolerance from a more “innocent time” back in 2015.
We also have eight videos for today. As on Christmas Eve, the videos are intended to brighten one’s Christmas season. Watch them all! – The last one is an entire special from the Salvation Army – in case you missed a Christmas Concert this year. The one on Kirk Cameron’s trouble with Christmas Caroling in California is very revealing, maybe exposing is the better term.
These words and images are being freely offered and are being sent to you as part of the David Project’s “Messages of Light.” Please receive today’s messages as a gift from those who care. They are only words that are being offered, freely, but some contain a deep message of faith, or a deeper expression of heart that readers can hopefully receive into their lives. As it was written: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 – KJV
May we, who are called by His name, humble ourselves, which in these days should be much easier within such a toxic spiritual environment; and to pray (in earnest – like our nation’s existence depends on it because it does; and to seek His face (as never before), and sincerely repent (as in ‘fall on your knees” type of repentance), and turn from our wicked ways – because if we do not, our land will not be healed, but consumed by the wickedness of everyone who failed in turning away from temptation and evil.
By Jami B. Boggs
(from a Facebook post)
T’was a month before Christmas,
And all through the town,
People wore masks,
That covered their frown.
The frown had begun
Way back in the Spring,
When a global pandemic
They called it corona,
But unlike the beer,
It didn’t bring good times,
It didn’t bring cheer.
Airplanes were grounded,
Travel was banned.
Borders were closed
Across air, sea and land.
As the world entered lockdown
To flatten the curve,
The economy halted,
And folks lost their nerve.
From March to July
We rode the first wave,
People stayed home,
They tried to behave.
When summer emerged
The lockdown was lifted.
But away from caution,
Many folks drifted.
Now it’s November
And cases are spiking,
Wave two has arrived,
Much to our disliking.
It’s true that this year
Has had sadness a plenty,
We’ll never forget
The year 2020.
And just ‘round the corner –
The holiday season,
But why be merry?
Is there even one reason?
To decorate the house
And put up the tree,
Who will see it,
No one but me.
But outside my window
The snow gently falls,
And I think to myself,
Let’s deck the halls!
So, I gather the ribbon,
The garland and bows,
As I play those old carols,
My happiness grows.
Christmas is not cancelled
And neither is hope.
If we lean on each other,
I know we can cope
Keep it going!
“Wisdom & a Warning Regarding the “Civil” War during Christmas!”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to speak, a time to love (Eph 4:15… speaking the truth in love), a time to hate, a time of war, and a time of peace. There is a time for everything!”
What sets the tone for Ecclesiastes 3? It is the God-given task men were given to occupy themselves.
Now I want to address the remnant. I’m not talking to the rebellious, those who say they are serving our Lord but are like the people Paul spoke of in Titus 1:16 which says, “They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient…” I’m not talking to the cowards, the doubters, the lazy nor the deceived. I’m talking to the remnant.
The ones like Eleazar son of Dodai, the Ahohite. All of Israel retreated but he took his stand in the middle of the field. The remnant, who choose to take a stand and retreat no further. The remnant like Gideon’s 300 or the rest of David’s mighty men. The remnant like Elijah and the 7000 who refused to bow to Baal or the remnant like Daniel and his three friends in Babylon.
First, here is some wisdom. We’ve entered the chronos time of the holidays (Hanukkah and Christmas) during a kairos time of war. Times and seasons overlap.
Wisdom teaches commanders in the military that troops need rest. It is often beneficial to spend time with your family like you do during the holidays. It’s common for nations at war to both celebrate common holidays. Do you remember the painting of Washington crossing the Delaware in winter? That was depicting his sneak attack on the Hessian forces in Trenton New Jersey during Christmas. He gained a much-needed victory by catching them off guard during a festive time.
Do you remember the Battle of the Bulge in WWII? It was just before Christmas and there was a lull in the fighting, but Hitler launched his last major offensive seeking to turn the war in his favor. He was counting on the allies to let their guard down. Or, do you remember the Yom Kippur War of 1973? Commanders in each of these wars recognized the times they were in and developed strategies to take advantage of their adversary.
I Will Stand my Watch!
So my encouragement is to recognize this. Normally, our ministry would take some time off and encourage you to spend time with your family over these next two weeks. But due to the karios time we are in, we’ll continue to pray through the week using the 1Church1Day app and we’ll continue our Thursday night prayer calls on Thursdays which will fall on Christmas eve and New year’s eve.
I urge you, enjoy your family, celebrate what God has done, give Him praise and glory. Enjoy your family, make memories, but stay alert. Be ready as 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
The “Civil” War
Do you remember that Rick Joyner prophesied more than two years ago about this “civil war.” Let me make an observation. Originally, I thought of the bloody Civil War. But today, I recognize a war has been launched, but it is a “civil” war. It is not being fought with weapons like we think of traditionally, but it is being fought with businesses in the economic realm with money. Through commerce, special interest, deals which serve like a bribe, influence is purchased such that big tech’s censorship reminds us of Hitler’s propaganda machine. It is being fought through messaging of major media. It is being fought in the political realm as votes are being tampered with to steal an election. It is being fought through healthcare like the Wuhan Virus. Then we see joint operations as the virus was released and then healthcare professionals along with the media peddled fear like the newspaper boy in New York sold his papers a 100 years ago.
This is a “civil” war. Now, that does not mean there has not been any violence. All you have to do is look to BLM and Antifa to find that. But it has been nowhere near the scale as in wars past. Hence, I say again, this is a relatively “civil” war, but it is a war, nonetheless.
Enjoy your family! Celebrate Christ but stay watchful, stay alert and be ready to mobilize at a moment’s notice. This is the beauty of the app. You cannot make it to every gathering. But you can agree with God’s word at any time through the app. Never forget that every voice we add to a prayer alert or decree, exponentially increases the power through agreement. Every single person is important, so join us.
I invite you to join us… (on the Kingdom League International site for the rest of the message) https://www.1church1day.org/
“A testimony of Great Faith in Pursuit of the Light”
In these difficult and turbulent times, there are good things that are happening all around us, but as in the time of the birth of Jesus, there exist many who often had no clue of the happenings in the next village let alone what was happening in another country. One’s who were enlightened
in that moment were blessed by God, and some were ‘caught up’ in the amazing Providence of God. Readers of the Messages of Light should be able to comprehend that these are special times that we live in right now. And many, like the Magi were awaiting the arrival of the special one that had been the object of prophecy. So, one point that must be understood is that God had revealed a number of multi-tiered prophecies to several peoples in the Middle East.
There were multiple prophecies concerning the special star which brought great light to those who were seeking the signs. And, there were multiple prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
As mentioned in the preceding article, “The book of Numbers in the Old Testament foretold the coming of a star that would precede the arrival of a great leader of the people of Israel. Balaam, an ancient prophet of Mesopotamia, also spoke of the prophecy of the coming of a great leader. The prophecy also appears in the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Yet, those who are only aware of the Holy Bible’s words, may not have been aware of this. But, in the greater scheme of things, why would that be of any significant importance?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.“John 3:16
The life of this baby, whom the Magi travelled so far to greet, became more and more significant to the world as he grew up. It is safe to say that he transformed the history of humankind. But, He came from from the One who sent him:
“Jesus answered, ‘My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?’” John 7:16-19
But, before the journey of Jesus began and before he left his birthplace, non-Jewish people from outside of Judea journeyed to the place of his birth and offered him unique gifts, in order to pay their respects to this “King of Kings.” Yet, in his own land, Jesus had trouble because the ones he came to, as fulfillment of the prophecies, did not recognize him as one who came from God. Is this not a paradox? It still persists.
As readers travel from Jesus’ entrance into this world to his final entrance to Jerusalem, there is much to be learned:
“When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’
‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.’”
Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling, saying to them, ‘It is written, ‘AND MY HOUSE SHALL BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER,’ but you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN.’” Luke 19: 37-46
To connect the dots, in this journey back into time, people of faith beyond Judea came to offer the child Jesus their respect as well as a substantial offering to honor him. The common people, not the leaders of faith, nor the leaders of the world in that time, were the ones who flocked to Jesus and who hailed him as a king.
Although the story of the “Wise Men” inspired millions of people throughout the world and throughout time about gift giving, their story is more a story of great faith. The common people of Judea who received their Messiah had great faith in that it permitted them to be healed and to be “caught up” in God’s Providence.
Once the Magi witnessed the astronomical signs that had been foretold by Balaam, the ancient prophet from Mesopotamia, the Magi would have set off on their journey of faith. Balaam had foretold the coming of a star that would precede the arrival of a great leader of the Jewish people. It was also known from the book of Numbers in the Old Testament and was obviously of great interest to the Magi. Most notably, this royal band of noble “king makers,” with significant inspiration and motivation, left their comfortable circumstances in Persia and set off upon a rugged journey across enemy territory to seek out the one who was to become a great leader of the Jewish people. They, had not witnessed the deeds of the grown man; yet, despite their personal sacrifice and great cost, they sought this precious child of prophecy.
Ironically, of the people of Judea who did witness the grown man and his deeds, some of them “did not recognize the time of your visitation.” Tragically, the prophecy of Jesus came true in only a few years after the local Roman government crucified him. “The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.” In 70 AD, the Roman Empire put an end to the Zealot rebellion at Masada. Then, in time, the Jewish people were thrown out of their own homeland. Although there were external political events transpiring in that moment in time, it seems that the most significant events were those of God’s Providence.
In the light of the events (and there needs to be light to shine into the darkness) of 2020 in the Land of the Free, and in light of Jesus’ own words, “AND MY HOUSE SHALL BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER,’ but you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN,” has America become a den of thieves? And, what of those people of faith who await the second coming of the Lord? How many Christians of today, would humble themselves, leave their respective comfort zones, and be willing to travel upon a great and perilous journey of great distance to do anything about the den of robbers that has infiltrated our house? Will our humility, repentance, and our true faith inspire our Heavenly Father to heal our land? Or has the faith of American Christians grown cold?
Do the people of faith, still have faith? Do the leaders of faith truly recognize the work of God in our time? In this dead of winter, Americans most definitely need to determine what is their faith and what will they do about such faith.
Recommended Reading – follow the links…
From Christian Post: Virginia faith leaders urge Gov. Northam not to enforce new law requiring them to ‘violate’ religious convictions – 12/19/20
From Craig Huey: Kirk Cameron: “Illegal” Christmas Caroling Slammed by Lockdown Politicians and Bureaucrats – 3 Things You Should Know [Video below] – 12/20/20
Review> From Canada Free Press: The discomfort of Christmas – 12/23/2015
Video Views – Extending the Holiday Season a Little Longer…
From Sam Tsui: “We Three Kings – Star of Wonder” (ft Yasmeen Al-Mazeedi & Jason Pitts) – 11/29/2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?
From Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Canon (Official Music Video)
From MattNickleMusic: “O Holy Night (A Capella) – 12/23/2015
From The Piano Guys: If you’re missing someone this Christmas this song’s dedicated to you – The Piano Guys ft Craig Aven – 12/19/2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?
From Dutch Sheets Ministries” Fight with Victory – Give Him 15 – 12/26/20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?
From Let us Worship with Sean Feucht: “Worthy of It All” & “I Exalt Thee” – in Washington, DC – 12/14/20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?
From FOX News: Actor Kirk Cameron faces backlash over Christmas caroling event -12/17/20
From The Salvation Army – Carol Concert 2020 | Every year, The Salvation Army holds a carol concert at the Royal Albert Hall, but this year they could not due to COVID. This is the virtual reality version complete with a fundraising bit. – 12/2/20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?