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ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert M. Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff
The second dream, that I know of last night, was the one that caused me to wake up 15 minutes before the alarm went off, it was a nightmare. That dream I remember. I do wish it was the funny one I remembered and not the scary one. And while I was able to tell my wife about the nightmare. I was unable to tell her about the dream that had me laughing in my sleep.
For me, each mornings prayer includes these lines: "... and forgive me for the things I have said, done, thought and even dreamt that have offended Thee, for those things that I say, do, think, and dream that are offensive to Thee are sin..."
Quite some time ago the vison of George Washington was the subject of one or two, maybe three thoughts, you can find President Washington's vision at: Christianpatriot.com/george.htm . In part, it goes like this:
...The account of this vision was given in 1859 by an old soldier. He gave it to a writer, Wesley Bradshaw, who published it. In the vision God revealed to George Washington that three great perils would come upon the republic. He was given to know that America was going through the first peril at that time. The old soldier who told the story of the vision said the nation would soon see the account verified by the second peril descending upon the land.
We give the account here as printed in the U.S. war veterans paper The National Tribune, in December 1880. The National Tribune became, "The Stars and Stripes", and this article was reprinted in that publication December 21, 1850. ...
While you will not find direct reference to President Washington's vision in the Bible, you will find much Scripture telling us that in the end times there will be those who see visions and dream dreams. One of the things that will be most difficult for Christians to do is to decided if those visions and dreams are of God or of satan or simply of mans corrupt and perverse mind. Thank God, I have found a way to determine if my own dreams are of God, me or satan. Till last night, none seem to have been from God, I won't know about last nights till later.
For you see what I do is this: I go to the Lord in prayer and say: "Lord last night I had a dream" here I explain the dream, as if Jesus doesn't already know what it was, " Lord if this dream is of You, please let me remember it in all of it's detail and help me to understand it by bringing someone into my life that will, without my asking, explain it to me, if it be of my perverse mind or of satan, I ask Thee Lord to simply take it out of my mind. Let me have no memory of it, for Lord I have enough on my mind without having to worry about this." That's it. And as we all know, Jesus is faithful to both forgive and answer our earnest prayers. To this date, none of my dreams that I have brought to the Lord have been prophetic or of anything He figured I needed to be bothered with. Somehow I get the feeling that this mornings night mare may have been different, but only time and the Lord will tell.
Why do I think last nights nightmare may be different? Well, yesterday I found out that a woman whom I love, love as one can only love a younger sister, told me of a verse she has been praying for Cecily and I. I'm not going to tell you what that verse is, it is not important to you, it is important to Cec and I.
Now, to give you some idea of the importance of dreams and visions placed in peoples minds and heads by God, we are going to look at a few verses of Scripture. Over the next few days, I would like you all, all of you, to study the verses preceding and following the ones I print here today, for it is important for you to understand the context in order to understand the importance of dreams and visions, when they come from God.
Let us start by seeing the importance of testing all dreams and visions against God's word and of going to Him to verify the dream or vison. For the penalty fo being wrong is harsh, very harsh indeed.
1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, "Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them";
3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear Him, and keep His commandments, and obey His voice, and ye shall serve Him, and cleave unto Him.
5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. (Deuteronomy 13:1-5 ACP/KJV)
Now while modern society is not going to thrust out a false prophet, dreamer, one who sees false visions or even one that tries to persuade men and women to follow satan instead of Jesus, that is not what you need to fear. For it is God's judgement, it is His casting you out, that you need to fear. Let me remind you of what Jesus said:
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28 ACP/KJV)
Now that we understand the importance of making sure that dreams you dream, visions you vison, dreams and visions you hear about, are from God and not satan, let us proceed with the importance of dreams and visions.
17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
18 Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king. 20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
21 And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus. (Daniel 2:17-21 ACP/KJV)
The dreams and visions that are described in Daniel are the basis and indispensable keys in understanding end times prophecy, but more important, one of the visions described in the book of Daniel pinpoints to the day, the birth of Jesus. To the day!
But, Daniel, David, Joseph and the prophets who saw visions and had dreams are all of the Old Testament, what about today, what about New Testament times?
Acts Chapter Two
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they (the Apostles and those with them in chapter one of Acts) were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto (over, as suspended above their heads) them cloven (split, as a animals hoof is split in two) tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon (over, as suspended above their heads) each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling (visiting) at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad (told around Jerusalem that these men where speaking in different languages and had fiery cloven tongues over their heads), the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, "Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God."
12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, "What meaneth this?" 13 Others mocking said, "These men are full of new wine."
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, "Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day (between 9:AM and noon). 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17 AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THE LAST DAYS, SAITH GOD, I WILL POUR OUT OF MY SPIRIT UPON ALL FLESH: AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS: 18 AND ON MY SERVANTS AND ON MY HANDMAIDENS I WILL POUR OUT IN THOSE DAYS OF MY SPIRIT; AND THEY SHALL PROPHESY: 19 AND I WILL SHEW WONDERS IN HEAVEN ABOVE, AND SIGNS IN THE EARTH BENEATH; BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOUR OF SMOKE: 20 THE SUN SHALL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS, AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THAT GREAT AND NOTABLE DAY OF THE LORD COME: 21 AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED (Joel 2:28-32). (Acts 2:1-21 ACP/KJV)
Dreams and visions today must be treated the same as they were in yesterday.
1. They can not conflict with the Word of God in any way shape or form.
2. They can not even suggest that we are to worship any other than the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.
3. The dream or vison can not even hint that there is any way to salvation other than being a true Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian.
4. The entire dream or vision must come true 100%.
5. It can not suggest that there is anyway to go to the Father except via the Son, Jesus.
6. It can not suggest that Jesus is any less than equal with God the Father and God the Holy Ghost or that the three are not one.
After you have prayed and asked God to verify that the dream is from Him, by letting it come fully into your mind with every detail. Then take it to your Bible and test every last detail against what is in the Bible. Then and only then should you bring it to your pastor and the elders of your church. And if everything passes, then and only then should you go public and even then only if you are certain.
I would have to ask God for a sign, not a selfish sign, but one that only He could do and one that only He and I knew about. For remember, the dire warning in Deuteronomy 13, you do not want to be separated from the Brethren, the congregation of Believers.
Lord, yesterday I sent a letter to Governor John Baldacci, I ask Thee to help him understand it and give him a hunger to test it. Lord Let Thy Spirit be with him, for it is not that You need him, but that he needs You. And Jesus forgive me for laughing when I heard he broke his ribs. Amen.
The Lord bless you all and may He heal Mel's eyes and Myra's ears. May He be with Colby as he has now arrived at Paris Island and strted boot camp, A Christian babe amongst many a wolf. Amen.
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May the Lord understand the importance of Mac, Cecily, Steve, and Rev. Jim Marstaller to this ministry. Lord I need them both healthy and able to continue to hold up their ends. Lord this cancer of Mac's is starting to get in the way, this ministry needs him whole, just a thought Lord, is all it will take, just a thought on Your part.
There is a young man, a veteran who suffers from some kind of chemical weapon exposure, in a Veterans hospital in Colorado, he is young, and he is Saved, yet his wife just abandoned him. Please pray for him, Lord, help him and deal with her and those who hurt him, we ask this of the Father in Your name Lord Jesus, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with and bless you all, amen.
The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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