Various happenings in the latter half of 2018 (not dated)
Baptism of the holy spirit
I have always believed in the almighty God (the Father) and in His only begotten son: Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ). Despite my belief, I was not living life as one who believes should live. This changed towards the end of 2018 when I entered a phase of intense repentance. After 3 weeks of crying out to the Lord, I received the baptism of the holy spirit. I recorded a testimony of what that felt like, why I believed it happened and how it came about (link).
What isn’t included is that immediately after I received the baptism of the holy spirit, I felt like my mind was in constant prayer. Like silent thoughts and praises were over-flowing out of the top of my head towards the almighty God. It was constant, even when I tried to sleep, I would lie there awake for hours with my mind filled with thoughts and prayer. I was constantly filled with joy but on some occasions this was tempered by intense feelings of mourning and sadness for the sinful nature of the world. I was overcome with grief at how the vast majority of people in this world disregard their creator and commit these awful sins against themselves and each other. This went on for over a week. My thoughts were always occupied by our most awesome God who is the Father of creation.
Hearing the voice of the Lord
I was on my own, reading the book of Revelation, when I heard this loud and audible voice. The sound seemed to emanate from the front of my forehead. The voice told me something about a person I was thinking of as I read a piece of scripture. The voice was authoritative, yet gentle. This voice spoke clearly and precisely. It was the Lord and He spoke the answer to a question that I had not yet asked!
I was doing some studying on end times prophecies and conducting my own research in some of the scripture in Revelation. I was reading about the kings of which 5 of are fallen, 1 is (the current one at the time of the vision) and 1 is yet to come. This seventh king “remains a little while” and then there is an eighth king, who goes to his destruction. I always understood that the Papacy was the beast of Revelation and I started wondering about Pope Francis and when the Vatican became a sovereign nation. There have been many popes, but these popes were not truly kings. This is because a king is the sovereign of a state. The Vatican, for most of history, was not a self-governing state, at least not until recently!
I had a look in Wikipedia and discovered that since the Vatican became its own nation state, there have been exactly 8 popes! As the Vatican is now its own nation, these popes are effectively sovereigns, whereas before they were not. So Pope Francis is the eighth sovereign (or king) of the Vatican nation state.
The interesting thing is that Francis’ predecessor resigned. All other popes before and after the Vatican became a state were popes until death. The 7th pope, Benedict, seems to be the first (and only) pope to have left office alive. If the current pope is indeed the eighth king in Revelation, then this would tie in perfectly with the prophecy in Revelation that the 7th king remains “a little while”, as unlike previous popes, he remains alive while the current 8th pope reigns! This has never before happened in history and it aligns exactly with what is written in Revelation!
When I made this conclusion, I started wondering if Francis really is the 8th king from Revelation. I suddenly heard a voice. It was clear and loud, and it had a message that was brief and to the point. It didn’t deny, nor confirm my thoughts. The voice said “I will use him for my purposes, and he will accomplish the plans that I set out before him.”. That was it. I sat in silence, stunned at hearing what I believe is the voice of the Lord.
After a while, I noticed tingling sensations in my hands. These always intensified during worship and prayer. There are many spiritual gifts, and one is the gift of healing. I suspect it may be a healing gift but I do not know how to exercise it or even if that is what it is. I am waiting for the Lord to give me revelation and understanding in this and so must patiently endure in the meantime.
I was working from home and in the house on my own. At lunchtime I went to make something to eat. I sat down at the table and was about to start eating and then thought about God. I don’t normally say grace but in that moment, I had the inclination to do so. Suddenly a huge thunderclap came from nowhere from an empty space in the other side of the kitchen. It sounded a bit like when you blow into a large bag of crisps and twist the end, trapping the air inside and then slamming your palm in to the blown up bag to make a large bang. I have no idea what the noise was, but I didn’t feel worried or afraid.