September 20, 2019

DAY 40 “What if you only have one life?

Open Shame

Monday, July 18, 2011

by James C. Stephens

“Let now the astrologers, those who prophesy by the stars, those who predict by the new moons, stand up and save you from what will come upon you. Behold, they have become like stubble, fire burns them; they can not deliver themselves from the power of the flame.”  ~Isaiah 47:13-14

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Who has fashioned a god or cast an idol to no profit? Behold all his companions will be put to shame, for the craftsman are mere men. Let them all assemble themselves, let them stand up, let them tremble, let them together be put to shame..He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside. And he can not deliver himself, nor say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?” Isaiah44:9-11,20.

In one of the opening scenes of The LORD of the Rings when Gandalf, the Wise seeks wisdom from his master about a great invisible battle, he discovers that Saruman has cast his lot in with the powers of Mordor. At one point his master calls him to join the dark forces as his “friend.” 

Gandalf replies, “Tell me friend, when did Saruman the Wise abandon reason for madness?”  He then engages in a spiritual battle with Saruman that he loses temporarily. Likewise, at times it seems that the Church has forgotten her Master Yeshua and sold itself into captivity. A blindness has overtaken her. Few, few, very few engaged in battle though they were warned. There is a judgment reserved for those who in time of moral crisis do not take up their cross and engage in battle.

Not one jot or tittle will pass away from YHWH’s WORD.  YHWH warns those who participated in the Kalachakra in WDC, “In spite of your many sorceries,…in spite of the great power of your spells..evil will come upon you which you wil not know how to charm away.” Isaiah 47:8-15. 

There is a war raging, invisible as it may be. People will one day look back and ask, “How did it come to this? Were there not warnings along the way?” Then they will remember the warnings, but it will be too late. It was a major battle.  I see now with more clarity.  The Tibetan Buddhist shamans and company are doing exactly as they have been programmed to do. To them, we issue warning, “The gods that did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.” (Jeremiah 10:11).  You are simply pawns in an ancient battle which few of you have any clue you’re involved in. “And YHWH said to the serpent, “Because you have done this (caused mankind to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, to commit the original sin which set the fall in motion), cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly shall you go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life (he will be cast into the everlasting lake of fire reserved for Satan and his rebellious angels). And I will put enmity beween you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise (crush) you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heal.”  Genesis 3:14.

When I read your public Tweets during the Kalachakra speaking of Americans as barbarians and that Vajrayana Buddhism was here to conquer”  I realized that your minds are being held captive by the lies of the evil one.  “And the dragon was enraged with the woman and went of to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”  You are being used in a great battle, but do you know the score?  I think not. You are religious, zealous, but zeal does not always mean we are walking in truth. This world is passing away.

Yeshua is engaged in a battle for your soul. I think of the many Tibetan Christian brothers and sisters that I have had over the years, many persecuted by other Tibetan lamas. They had forgiven them even when they marched around their home in Leh for days chanting “Death to the Christian pastor!”  Dear Brother Stephen has now gone to his reward, no doubt talking to HIS MASTER YESHUA on your behalf. Fearless brothers and sisters.  You are like sheep gone astray and living on the edge of eternity’s cliff. You think, and are lied to that you have many lives to figure it all out. May I just ask you to consider, “What if you only have one life? Who shall you serve? What is your life if not in service to your Creator?

“I YHWH am the Maker of all things,

Stretching out the heavens by Myself,

And spreading out the earth all alone,

Causing the omens of boasters to fail,

Making fools out of diviners,

Causing wise men to draw back,

And turning their knowledge into foolishness.

Confirming the word of His servant,

And performing the purpose of His messengers.

It is I who says of Jerusalem,

‘She shall be inhabited.’

Isaiah 44:24b-26a

You have been purchased with a great price. He knows you by name and will redeem you from the ashes of your vain past and create in you a new heart.

“Listen! Your watchman lift up their voices,

They shout joyfully together;

For they will see with their own eyes

When YHWH restores ZION.

Break forth, shout joyfully together,

You waste places of Jerusalem,

For the LORD has comforted His people

He has redeemed Jerusalem.

The LORD has bared his Holy arem

In the sight of all the nations,

That all the ends of the earth may

see the Salvation of our ELOHIM.”

Isaiah 52:7-10

About jstephens

James C. Stephens was a graduate of a Buddhist Study Academy and a Buddhist leader for fourteen years (1970-1984). In 1978, he married Elizabeth, a Jewish Buddhist at a Buddhist temple. Following an accident in Japan in 1981 while on a Buddhist pilgrimage followed by an intense three year spiritual search through various other faiths and practices, James and Elizabeth made the decision to become disciples of Jesus Christ. James graduated in 1999 with a MA in Intercultural Studies from Fuller School of Intercultural Studies and in 2010, launched http://www.worldviews101.com/ which offers a twelve week course "A Christian Perspective on the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism."

He and his wife enjoy Landscape architecture, gardening, making kombucha and kefir, film, screenwriting, literature, and music.