CSN Sunday – Messages of Light – 2/21/2021
Dear CSN newsletter readers,
The Citizen Sentinels Network has maintained a project, originally deemed the David Project; we are in our third year. For those readers of faith, the Messages of Light originated as a true inspiration from our Heavenly Father. It was initiated to bring Light into the dark in this time. And especially at such a time as this ‘Dark Winter’ in our nation and in the world, there is clear and present danger requiring the faithful to hold boldly and securely onto the foundations that are rooted in genuine 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.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the
Kingdom of Heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Salt and Light
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
The Fulfillment of the Law
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10-20
Last Sunday, I called attention to the Sermon on the Mount once again. I connected to the passage as used last December just before Christmas, as well as some of the same profound words from Jesus within the Sermon in Matthew 5. In the introduction to the message last week, the words quoted came after the verse in Matthew 5:20. This week, I am focusing once again on the words that precede that verse. In the introduction to the Christmas message, I mentioned that many Christians are familiar with the “I am the Light of the world” passage in John 8:12. But, I also mentioned that John explained this in his own words more about Jesus:
“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:9-13
John explains that those who receive Jesus, “who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,” born of the Will of God. My contention is that in America today, right now, not in our history, but right now, can we say we are witnesses to millions of people who are considered “children of God” who “practices and teaches these commands“ of Jesus?
It was last December that I wrote regarding my reflections upon my journey in the midst of the COVID, from California to Washington, D.C. and back again. I wrote then that I felt strongly the importance of connecting back to the initiation of the David Project (the framework for the Messages of Light) to once again connect to that moment as the “evolution” of that project that led me to formally create my “Light Wing” ministry or mission. At the time of “The Return” upon the National Mall on September 26, 2020, Messianic Jewish Pastor-Rabbi Jonathan Cahn made a direct blessing of those who could receive it to let revival begin with them. I know my mission began long before that day, but it was rejuvenated on that day.
The purpose of The Return, as Cahn defined it, was to generate “Repentance back to Jesus and to act on that Repentance with our ACTIONS!” So, the seeds of the purpose of my mission were planted as my wife departed me and went back to the arms of our Heavenly Father. That was a time I was brought to my knees to pray day and night for my wife’s life. Deep and sincere repentance and all my pleas for her to live only brought me closer to Heavenly Father who came to share His suffering as He experienced His beloved children dying. The depth of such prayers are not easily shared as it is doubtful that the written word can express the intensity of such an outpouring of intimate love. And, that experience will forever remain between Heavenly Father and myself, but it is one of the sparks of the creation of the “Messages of Light.”
All that has happened since those moments has led me to my “Light Wing” mission to be a “light of the world.” The Messages of Light, I have been able to discover, was only the start of what Heavenly Father had in mind for me. As I shared in that December message:
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.
So, my “Light Wing” mission is to truly help others to put their own Egos on hold and let their lights shine as well. And, if we all truly can help one another in such an “essential” and noble endeavor, the darkness around us would be dispelled regularly.
The message today is about that. It is offered by Dr. Robert Owens from an article that he wrote on the first day of February. He has written about a Third Great Awakening. It is such a cogent message for our time, but I truly realize that so many all across America, have messages of guidance, messages of hope, and messages of light. We truly need to agree to join together in humility and in genuine repentance, but also in agreement and cooperation to allow God’s light shine through us to light up the darkness. But, it does take a conscious exertion of willpower to make it so, to bring revival, to spark another Great Awakening.
In addition to this message, we have several videos today. One of the videos is the keynote address from Jonathan Cahn. After what America has just passed through in 2020, it is well worth the effort to listen to his address once again. However, some of the videos are more up to date and one video from the Victory Channel features some top people of faith, including Rabbi Jonathan Cahn and Mario Murillo which is a continuation of the call for revival. Another current video from Dutch Sheets reveals a perception that parallels the dream I related about being in the Garden of Eden. It is Heavenly Father moving among the hearts and minds of the people.
Other videos are musical offerings featuring a couple from Sean Feucht’s “Let Us Worship” efforts. Please receive them and let the videos and the words spark your lights of faith, and let everyone’s light shine out into the darkness around them to bring as much light into your domain as possible. Get your light from under the bowls, out from the closet, and let it shine!
Today we also have five articles in our “Recommended Reading” section. Since Dr. Owens main focus is upon a Great Awakening, we provide some articles related to this topic from a historic perspective. There is an article about The Return from last year and two articles on the landing of NASA’s Perseverance Rover on Mars.
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 humble ourselves, seek His face, repent, and turn from wickedness – even if that may mean to bravely pull the light Christ gave to us from under our bowls and allow that light to “shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
As we stumble into President Biden’s Dark Winter I want to speak to my fellow believers. Don’t despair. Don’t allow being out maneuvered in a partisan political process to crush your spirit. Our God, the God of all creation, the God of Angel Armies has spoken to us and His Word shall forever be true. Weeping may endure for an evening but joy comes in the morning. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.
Often a look at History opens the mind to see the future.
The First Great Awakening (c. 1726-1743)
The First Great Awakening occurred in the 1730s and 1740s in Protestant Europe and British America and especially the American colonies. This move of God brought revitalization and an increase in evangelical zeal to the Protestant church. It has had an especially powerful and lasting impact on American Protestantism.
This mighty move of God came at a time when secular rationalism, or as we call it today secular humanism with its reliance on human reason was being emphasized, and most of the passion had evaporated from organized Christian religion. Legalism had taken the place of spiritual vitality.
This first Great Awakening is attributed to powerful preaching by such leaders as Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield. Their preaching birthed a deep sense of personal revelation and of their need for salvation by Jesus Christ. Though both ordained ministers and pastors they taught that the church needed to pull away from ritual, ceremony, sacramentalism, and hierarchy. They sought to make Christianity intensely personal to people by promoting spiritual conviction, the need for redemption, and by encouraging soul-searching and individual commitment to a purely Bible-based standard of morality.
This was a widespread movement sweeping all along the east coast and penetrating deep within the British colonies. Other prominent pastors and leaders during the First Great Awakening included David Brainard, Samuel Davies, Theodore Frelinghuysen, and Gilbert Tennent. The backgrounds of these many leaders differed; however, their messages all served the same purpose: they sought to awaken the Church and return it to a religion relevant to the people of the day.
Some of the major themes of the First Great Awakening included:
All people are born sinners.
Sin without salvation will send a person to hell.
All people can be saved if they confess their sins to God, seek forgiveness and accept God’s grace in and through Jesus Christ.
All people can have a direct and emotional connection with God through Christ.
Religion shouldn’t be formal and institutionalized, but rather casual and personal.
The Second Great Awakening 1795 to 1835
After the Revolution and the founding of the United States many people no longer attended church on a regular basis. There were several reasons why this occurred. Some people thought God was not interested in their everyday walking around life. They felt that God was unconcerned with a person’s church attendance instead they would be judged on how they lived their life. To them there was a scale. Did the good outweigh the bad? This was their standard thus seeking salvation through works. Others became consumed with earning a living and felt they had no time to worship or even acknowledge God.
To combat this spiritual falling away many denominations sponsored revivals. These were held in churches and especially in rural areas camp meetings where people would bring their whole families and often stay for days listening to various preachers call them to return to Christ. These revival preachers emphasized our utter dependence upon God, that we would not be saved by works or religious ceremonies but instead by faith.
Charles Finney, who is often called “America’s foremost revivalist,” was the acknowledged leader of the Second Great Awakening. After experiencing a dramatic personal conversion from rationalist skepticism to a burning and vital Christian faith he employed his training as a lawyer to convincing his audiences of their personal guilt and their need for Jesus Christ as their Savior. His methods, which he called the “scientific method” or “New Measures” have served as a template for revivalists ever since. He led a shift in American religious practice from “wait on the Lord” to “make your decision now.”
Finney was best known for his extemporaneous preaching.
He didn’t come across as some super spiritual theologian pontificating from on high. He spoke to the people as an attorney for the Gospel. He outlined his argument just as he would have to convince a jury. He used logic and persuasion as he played on the people’s emotions of hope and fear. He rejected the view of the Gospel as complex theology, and instead presented it in a simple form. One early admirer is reported to have said, “Bro. Finney doesn’t preach; he just explains what all the other fellows are preaching about.”
According to Finney the gospel taught that people were not saved by works but once people were saved, they had work to do. He and his followers took this to mean cleaning up America’s overly secularized society so he and those who listened to him began working to make the United States a Christian nation.
Taking what was a brave and controversial stand for the times Finney, a strong abolitionist himself, encouraged all Christians to work tirelessly in the antislavery movement. Following his lead Christians began working to become leaders in many areas of American life such as education, prison reform, temperance, and women’s rights. This large influx of Christian workers for social reform became so influential they and the organizations they founded became known as the Benevolent Empire. The Second Great Awakening had a greater effect on society in America than the First.
The Dark Winter is coming. The levers of power are all concentrated in the hands of a party that believes government is the answer to every problem. And unfortunately, anyone who opposes them seems to be the problem. According to the language of the The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, The new regime will create “dedicated domestic terrorism offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to analyze and monitor domestic terrorist activity and require the Federal Government to take steps to prevent domestic terrorism.” And by domestic terrorism they don’t mean the Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) people who have been rioting throughout America for many months. Instead, they mean all MAGA supporters.
This all may sound scary and it is in the natural. The power of the state is enormous. They have the sole right to use force against their opponents. And seeing the speed with which they’ve been rounding up people who entered the capital as opposed to the way in which the Antifa and BLM people have been ignored, it appears they’re dedicated to doing what they want to do and doing it quickly.
Some people who actually believe the public statements of the most radical of the leaders of the Democrat party about compiling lists, de-programming, and re-educating MAGA people can’t be blamed for looking forward to a midnight knock on the door, a ride in a Black Maria, and a free vacation in a government camp. Whenever a socialist one-party regime has been imposed on a country whether through revolution, conquest, or election there has been a purge of anyone seen as standing in the way of the long march to a worker’s paradise.
While this is called the stuff of conspiracy theories it’s hard to see it as such when the people in power are the ones talking about it openly. And though these thoughts are chilling, which is what they are meant to be, they should not be debilitating for those who are members of the Body of Christ. For we can rest secure in Him since no one can snatch us out of His hand. And we know that no matter how it looks He wins in the end. And no matter how bad it gets we should pray, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”
And no matter how much anyone will try to hem us in, tie us down, or persecute us we know we are free. Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.
No matter what those who wish us harm may do we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
So be of good cheer, God has a plan for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. And we also know the way out of this Dark Winter, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
If we will do this, and I believe we will, this will bring about the Third Great Awakening. As the people of God finally discern the hand that is behind all of this they will cry out to their Father through His Son and He will deliver us. Believe with me for a born-again nation giving glory to God and together we shall watch the rising of the Son.
As far as all the chatter on Fakebook and Quiver dripping with anger and hate we can find better things to do than read it or respond to it. Don’t waste your time arguing with fools, it only makes you look foolish. For the fool has said in his heart there is no God not knowing that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. For when all is said and done, we will see that it was all done just like He said.
Keep the faith. Keep the peace. We shall overcome.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Global Studies, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2021 Contact Dr. Owens email@example.com Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Parler, Facebook, Twitter, or MeWe @ Drrobertowens, or visit Dr. Owens’ Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens
Video Views – Onward and Upward!
From The Victory Channel w/ FlashPoint: RETURN to GOD! Important Message w/ Jonathan Cahn, Mario Murillo and Hank Kunneman (from a brief clip) – 2/16/21 https://www.youtube.com/
From LETUSWORSHIP – Sean Feucht – First Commandment – Live from Azusa – 2/9/21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?
LETUSWORSHIP – Sean Feucht – Rain Down – Kim Walker-Smith – Live from Azusa https://www.youtube.com/watch?
From Dutch Sheets Ministries: A Serpent In the Garden | Give Him 15: Daily Prayer with Dutch – 2/20/21 https://rumble.com/ve0oox-a-
From Steeljaw Scribe: “Once to Every Man and Nation” (5/24/2008 https://www.youtube.com/watch?
From The Victory Channel w/ Victory News: Texas Reacts, Cancel Culture and New Relief Package – 2/19/21 https://flash-player.net/
Review> From The Return (video of keynote speech): Jonathan Cahn The Return September 26, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Review> From The Return: The entire event replay (in case you missed it) – September 26, 2020 https://www.thereturn.org/
Recommended Reading – follow the links…
From Charisma News: The Christian Revival That Defined America and Broke Slavery’s Back – 2/19/21 https://www.charismanews.com/
Review> From Ligonier Ministries: A History of Awakening https://www.ligonier.org/
Review> From Charisma News: Jonathan Cahn Gives Powerful Prophetic Message to Trumpet ‘The Return’ – 9/26/20 https://www.charismanews.com/
From NASA Science: NASA’s Perseverance Rover Sends Sneak Peek of Mars Landing – 2 /19/21 https://mars.nasa.gov/news/
From The Eagle: Critical aeroshell guards NASA’s latest Mars rover – 2/11/21 https://theeagle.com/news/