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Dear friends,

Have you ever experienced times when the Lord suddenly starts downloading things when you least expect it? I was taking a shower when He suddenly started speaking about tears.

I do not need to remind you that we can all go through difficult times. Paul did.

This was not the noble “spiritual” nicety so often declared by people without discernment! He wanted out! Unless the Lord intervened, he faced an horrific ordeal that could lead to certain death and his rotting body washed out the rat infested stinking hellhole of a sewer beneath the Imperial Palace into the Tiber River. He had reached the point where he could not see any way out, so wanted to go home to be with the Lord. We have to start getting real and stop being religious.
One particular person keeps sending me bible verses that are totally out of place. The bible verses are real, but totally inappropriate and although I have repeatedly pointed out what has been happening to us, to impart teaching and encourage others, still keeps on trying to “reassure” me, when it is not needed. Shooting verses not led by the Spirit does not work.
In fact, this can hurt people.

Life is real! We are not playing games and neither was Paul. A very close examination without theological jargon running interference reveals he had reached the of his tether until the Lord ministered to him in that prison.

He never set him free than as he had at other times, because Paul had not yet finished running his race. He still had to learn some things. It was here where he wrote Philippians and emerged so recharged that the remaining years of his ministry were the most productive of all.

In all my years with the Lord, I have learned that what we go through puts real backbone into us. It allows us to dig deep into God and lay claim to His promises. It gives us opportunity to search out a matter and find out truth and revelation we may never have bothered seeking other wise. I do not agree with any “suffering doctrine” because Jesus did the suffering for us. He won the victory, but that victory was not just on the cross at Calvary—it started in the garden at Gethsemane when He chose to follow through on the Father’s plan of salvation.

Gethsemane was the crushing place (the meaning of the name) where He was crushed. Calvary was where He died and Joseph’s tomb was where he was buried, but His home is in heaven where we shall be shortly.

Again, I tell you that heaven is the most amazing and wonderful place. I’ve been there several times and on each occasion what I saw and experienced is beyond description. Words cannot adequately describe it. We shall be there one day—soon...

You will find only one man-made thing there and it is the scars in the Lord’s body, but they are not scars as we think of them. They are testimonies or trophies of His love and grace.

There is no blood, because, like Jesus, our bodies will be changed, or glorified. We will know each other. I’ll get to meet those of you I have not yet met and that will be great. My wife Marjorie and I will still be married, but not in the way we are here.

That is indeed a mystery. She will have her home and I will have mine, as will you. The Lord recently told her that her mansion is now finished. I’ve seen mine and it is beautiful. Saints, we are so close now it is not funny.

It is often said that there are no tears in heaven and that is correct—but only to a point. There are tears in heaven, but not in the way you may think.

This is what I want to talk about. Firstly, let us look at tears in the bible and I shall share some very interesting stories leading up to a wonderful finale.

Hezekiah

In 2 Kings 20, Isaiah came up to him and told him to put his house into order because he was going to die. What a word to get. Imagine a prophet of God coming up to you and telling you to get your life right because you are going to die. I’d rather have someone tell me that I would receive a million dollars!

Around this time, Hizkiyahu became ill to the point of death. Yesha‘yahu the prophet, the son of Amotz, came and said to him, “Here is what Adonai says: ‘Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not live.”
2 Kings 1:20

Hezekiah wept tears and prayed:

Hezekiah turned toward the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Lord, please remember that I have always obeyed you. I have given myself completely to you and have done what you said was right.” Then Hezekiah cried loudly.
2 Kings 20:2-3

This man had lived right before the Lord. He said that he always obeyed God; given himself completely to God and done what was right—but the prophet told him he was going to die! I want you to see something important here.

Isaiah was a genuine prophet and spoke truth—but he told Hezekiah only what God had told him—at that moment in time.

This reinforces what I have been saying for years that a real prophet of God only shares what God has revealed—nothing more and nothing less—and only shares under the inspiration and motivation of  the Holy Spirit. A real prophet never speaks until God sends him or Her.  A real prophet never comes out with regular prophetic utterances as we often see in “prophetic lists” or “prophetic ministries”. Many of them have a well rehearsed repertoire and what they say is almost always designed to tickle itching ears.

Suddenly, it seems, as Hezekiah poured his heart out to God and before the prophet had left the courtyard, God answered.

Isaiah spun around on his feet in mid stride, walked back to Hezekiah and delivered an unrehearsed, spontaneous, up to date message. Often times God can take us by surprise. We can think we are doing great and suddenly, God can burst our bubble with something new. I was invited to a meeting held by a pastor who is the Australian representative of a well known ministry as part of his celebration of acquiring a new building for his church. He seated us up the front next to him. At some time during the preliminaries, the Lord gave me several words of knowledge and I knew that He also wanted me to minister prophetically to someone. It is my custom to ask permission as a matter of courtesy and respect and because the spirit of the prophet is subject to the prophet as per 1 Corinthians 14:32, so I asked permission that was readily granted. Two ministers I had never met before were in the meeting and the word of the Lord was for them.
One man was from the Philippines for that day only and was starting a sabbatical, wanting to know what to do next with his life and ministry. He was thinking of quitting.

The word the Lord gave me for him spelt everything out in meticulous detail and he testified accordingly. The other minister was also at a crossroads, but in a different way. A question that had been of great concern was answered. Again what the Lord showed me described the situation perfectly. I had finished and was about to thank the pastor for allowing me to share and sit down, when suddenly, the Lord said, “You haven’t finished yet”. It took me by surprise, but I responded accordingly and everything was accurate. Healing occurred, oppression was lifted and people were set free.

I only share that to illustrate that we need to be constantly listening to the Lord’s voice and able to act immediately on it. Anyone can hear the Lord’s voice! Jesus said that His sheep hear His voice, so if you are one of His sheep and listening, you should hear Him. It is easy really. All one needs to do is start listening and start doing what He says. If you are not sure, ask Him and learn how to recognize His voice. He will never tell you to do wacky things or something contrary to His will.

Isaiah had finished his first assignment when God suddenly gave him another. It is very important to know that this can and does happen, so do not think that doing one task is the end of the story.

Before Isaiah had left the middle courtyard, the Lord spoke his word to Isaiah: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people: ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears, so I will heal you. Three days from now you will go up to the Temple of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your life. I will save you and this city from the king of Assyria; I will protect the city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’ ” Then Isaiah said, “Make a paste from figs.” So they made it and put it on Hezekiah’s boil, and he got well. 2 Kings 20:4-7

God promised to do something supernatural. If you read on, Hezekiah asked that the sun went backwards ten degrees and it did.
There were however several things that had to be done in the natural.  One was to go to the Temple in 3 days time. Not an hour away; not next week, but 3 days.
The lesson to learn is that God has a timetable and that He is working to His plan. Trying to do things outside that timing factor and plan do not work. Forcing issues is not a good thing. Neither is delaying the timing.

The second factor is that God told Isaiah what to do and it was practical. It was to make a fig poultice and apply it to that boil.

Jesus followed this principle. If you care to study it out, He healed three different cases of blindness in different ways each time. Just because we did something successfully once, does not mean we can keep doing it the same way every time. If you remember other teachings I have shared about the brass serpent God told Moses to make, it was only needed for that occasion and never to be done again, but Israel turned what God did once only and made it into an idol that another prophet called a Nehushtan. Please never do that! The church is full of them!

Before Hezekiah was healed, the enemy came to him and he foolishly revealed things to them that he should not have done.
I have often shared that the devil is constantly scheming and plotting our demise. In our excitement and enthusiasm we can unwittingly share things we should not, or testify of something of which we are not yet fully aware, or is still a work in progress.


I do not tell you the plans we are making because we have not yet seen the fuller picture. Wait! Share only what the Lord says you can share. If He says nothing, you say nothing. If He speaks and grants permission, you can then say what He has said.
Be as wise as serpents but harmless as doves. Never telegraph your plans or intentions to anyone.
One thing that I am starting to see in fresh light and what the Lord is teaching me is to keep telling others is to stop quoting bible verses at people, thinking you are doing great. Doing such a thing is not necessarily spiritual. If the Lord does not specifically tell you to say that, don’t do it!

David

David has his share of tears. He wept buckets. Psalm 6 deserves mention:

Lord, don’t correct me when you are angry; don’t punish me when you are very angry. Lord, have mercy on me because I am weak. Heal me, Lord, because my bones ache. I am very upset. Lord, how long will it be? Lord, return and save me; save me because of your kindness. Dead people don’t remember you; those in the grave don’t praise you. I am tired of crying to you. Every night my bed is wet with tears; my bed is soaked from my crying. My eyes are weak from so much crying; they are weak from crying about my enemies. Get away from me, all you who do evil, because the Lord has heard my crying. The Lord has heard my cry for help; the Lord will answer my prayer. All my enemies will be ashamed and troubled. They will turn and suddenly leave in shame.

I mentioned how we would be best not to speak, especially when we are angry. The bible never tells us not to get angry, but it says to sin not. Jesus got angry! Look at what David said:

I will be careful how I act and will not sin by what I say. I will be careful what I say around wicked people.” So I kept very quiet. I didn’t even say anything good, but I became even more upset. I became very angry inside, and as I thought about it, my anger burned. So I spoke......

Lord, what hope do I have? You are my hope. Save me from all my sins. Don’t let wicked fools make fun of me.....

Lord, hear my prayer, and listen to my cry. Do not ignore my tears..... Psalm 39 selected verses

Read also Psalm 42 and Job 16:16-20.

Paul

When Paul was in Miletus, he sent for the elders in the church at Ephesus and when they arrived, he said:

You know about my life from the first day I came to Asia. You know the way I lived all the time I was with you. The evil people made plans against me, which troubled me very much. But you know I always served the Lord unselfishly, and I often cried.
You know
I preached to you and did not hold back anything that would help you. You know that I taught you in public and in your homes. I warned both Jews and Greeks to change their lives and turn to God and believe in our Lord Jesus.
But now
I must obey the Holy Spirit and go to Jerusalem.
I don’t know what will happen to me there. I know only that in every city the Holy Spirit tells me that troubles and even jail wait for me.
I don’t care about my own life.
The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me—to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.
Acts 20:17-24

He spoke of tears and sadness in 2 Corinthians chapter 2, but I like the part where he gave thanks:

...But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s victory parade. God uses us to spread his knowledge everywhere like a sweet-smelling perfume.
Our offering to God is this: We are the sweet smell of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are being lost. To those who are lost, we are the smell of death that brings death, but to those who are being saved, we are the smell of life that brings life. So who is able to do this work?
We do not sell the word of God for a profit as many other people do.
But
in Christ we speak the truth before God, as messengers of God. 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

This is what it is all about. This life is fleeting—a vapor that will dissipate like the morning mist when the sun rises and whilst we like the good life in the here and now and all that goes with it, all that we cling to, and often preach about will be gone.

There is a wealth transfer coming—but it is not coming to everyone and it is not coming to those who presently boast and brag in their prosperity doctrines today.
Many are simply prostituting the word of God and the Lord hates it.

I did that once, until the Lord showed me preachers in hell when He took me there for 45 minutes.

We do not need jets, big mansions or mega churches to preach like Paul did.  They help of course and, whilst the laborer is worthy of his hire, we really should not charge fees for what we have freely received.

There are treasures to be had of course, but our real treasures are in heaven, where those who are there will walk on solid gold streets meters thick and see precious gems and diamonds as big as motor cars adorning rock gardens.

Our real treasures are being able to walk up to a tree made out of sapphires with leaves of emeralds and sparkling diamonds like Christmas decorations as flowers and touch it to hear music emanate from it.
I’ve done that!

My mansion has a huge ornate marble staircase, that has gold leaf and precious gems inset on the handrails leading off a pure marble floor.

The carpet is extremely thick and has a purple hue with an intricate gold pattern woven into it.

I’m not dreaming folks, nor am I fantasizing—I’ve seen it.

Click here to visit the page Heaven that summarizes my visits there.

You have one that is tailor-made to your own tastes, because the Lord knows what you like.

There are rewards there—golden crowns that represent who or what you are or what you did here—rewards for your faithfulness and obedience and if that ever happens—a martyr’s crown.

There are all kinds of things you will see there and one thing that you will see are tears—yes, tears in heaven.

Revelation chapter seven speaks on “end time events” and I will not comment on them.

The last verse however says that the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd the people mentioned—and that God will wipe every tear away.

This implies that they will have tears on their arrival, but God will then wipe them away.

Look at Revelation 21.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer there. Also I saw the holy city, New Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “See! God’s Sh’khinah is with mankind, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and he himself, God-with-them, will be their God.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will no longer be any death; and there will no longer be any mourning, crying or pain; because the old order has passed away.”

Then the One sitting on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new!” Also he said, “Write, ‘These words are true and trustworthy!’ ” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the ‘A’ and the ‘Z,’ the Beginning and the End. To anyone who is thirsty I myself will give water free of charge from the Fountain of Life. He who wins the victory will receive these things, and I will be his God, and he will be my son. Revelation 21:1-7

I guess you will like that, but wait—there’s more! Psalm 56:8 is wonderful. It says:

You take account of my wandering; put my tears in Your bottle; are they not in Your book?

Dear friend, if you are hurting and weeping, God is collecting your tears and putting them into a bottle. The meaning of the bottle is uncertain. The Hebrew does not say much of it at all and so I will not try to say what it is.

I will however say that when God picks up a tear, He puts it in His bottle and makes a record of it in His book. He counts every one!

This means that He knows what you are going through.

It does not automatically imply that He will deliver you from it, but He is right there with you. He has to be, if He is able to collect each teardrop! This shows me how much He loves us and cares for us and this is a good place to stop!

In my usual manner, I will close with, “I’ve read the end of the book and we win”.

Blessings,

Robert


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