The Truth of Hope
   
 
Interpretation: Castle of Hope and Return of the Blessed Hope
by Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.,
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TRUTH

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth,
and shall be turned unto fables.

2 Timothy 4:3-4

   
 

Overview

From the apostasy in Paul's day brought about by Gnosticism and the Judaizers who rejected Jesus as the Messiah, Apostle Paul could see the tough road ahead in taking the Great Commission of the glorious gospel of Jesus to the whole world. Not only were there new weedy fields to plow but planted fields were being dug up by the spirit of error within the newly established churches. Being God's point man to explain the change over to the new covenant that would bring forth new creatures through the born again experience, Paul's knowledge of the Tanakh (the Jewish Bible) signaling Jesus as the Messiah, the Anointed One God sent to save the world was critical for revealing that salvation had become available for every human being who calls upon the name of Jesus to save him or her [Romans 10:13].

Tanakh (the Jewish Bible)
   
 

Paul knew that it would be a hard sell to convince men unequipped to see into the realm of the spirit that God had unconditional love for all people and salvation was a free gift. New thoughts are not compatible with the propensity of men who seek comfort in the familiar and who believe that man is the measure of all things (Protagoras 480-411 BCE). The ways of God do not compute with the ways of men [Isaiah 55:8]. People want to work to earn God's favor. It is hard for them to believe that God is willing to use His power and ability on the behalf of them even though they do not deserve it. Hence, lust to be like the world and earn God's favor is a deeply ingrained emotional stronghold that defies the spirit of truth about a benevolent God freely giving benefits and favors without requiring anything. As we shall see, this lust to be like the world can be deadly.

It was not difficult to interpret the first vision about the Castle of Hope. But after hearing the language of the vision, my question was will obedience to the King's command to prepare with oil for His coming hasten His coming or just protect a person from the press of the increasing darkness outside? If one follows instructions to bathe oneself in the oil of truth, what's next? Will the King come back soon to get His separated ones as He said He would or is the oil merely protecting His obedient followers through the coming persecution until He comes?

After praying and meditating on it, the vision did not seem finished for Internet consumption by people unschooled in eschatology. And indeed as has happened before, closure came a few months later. The subsequent vision thankfully revealed Our Blessed Hope coming with ten thousands of his saints [Jude 14] who will have tasted victory through rapture.

   
 

Spiritual Impurity

 

For anyone unfamiliar with how the Lord delivers messages to nations or peoples through prophets and prophetesses, the prophet oftentimes becomes an integral part of the vision or dream. They encounter the very conditions in which they find themselves experiencing. This means they take on the persona of some person or even an object in order to feel the intensity of the moment. This might include feeling pain, anguish, exhilaration, or euphoria due to what is happening within the context of the vision's scenario.

For instance, Isaiah was required to walk naked and barefoot for three years among his people in order to prophesy an upcoming event [Isaiah 20:2]. Old Testament prophets often used symbolic actions to denote the dealings they were foretelling. Removal of the usual garb of sackcloth for a loin cloth was all that was necessary to signal that he was naked, which nakedness symbolized the capture and enslavement of the target group of people for whom the prophet identified in the message from the Lord.

In like manner, Jeannette usually stands in for someone or something in her visions and dreams. As the princess in the castle she represents anyone who is seeking spiritual purity in order to be ready for our Lord's return. As can be deduced from the setting, there are multitudes of demonic enticements and harassments pressing on the castle walls clamoring to get in to prevent the princess' readiness preparation for the blessed hope of becoming a part of the bride at Jesus' wedding.

   
  Precursors Promoting Mental Cognition
  A person's state of mind the day preceding a dream can influence the context of what he dreams. This is true with anyone, not just people whom God uses as His messengers. In this visitation of the Lord, prior to its occurrence, Jeannette had been pondering America's precarious predicament justifying God's judgment on our country that our leaders be they liberal or conservative have caused in the move away from the values which established this nation as the greatest nation in all of history.
   
IN GOD WE TRUST
The princess asked for enlightenment about what to do in light of the fast-paced changes that are removing Jehovah Elohim from our nation's foundation, the unseen spiritual force which has greatly blessed America – Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord... [Psalms 33:12]. If this is true, then the opposite obtains. Can we afford to remove our source of blessedness?
 

God answered her heavy heart for the confused true body of Christ which is walking in a quagmire of spiritual impurity brought about by change be it political, environmental, economic, social, cultural, or religious. Via this vision we learn that the changes have paved a highway of ungodliness that is about to take over the castle of hope through imminent domain claims of the New Age's requirements.

For example, churches are being intimidated to change the tried and true method of evangelism through preaching the cross alone. Not a few highly visible religious leaders say that the post modern church must be reorganized in order to attract people more sophisticated in worldly ways. Remove the crosses, create a pub-like atmosphere, and exchange the blood songs for rock and roll praise music. Then, they say more people will come to church. But come for what? A New Age counterfeit Christian gospel that cannot save? Without the ghastly, gory, glorious blood of the crucifixion, there is no resurrection. Yes, God clearly and forcefully answered Jeannette's request that He speak to her so that she might know what to do in these dark days of deception.

   
 
Who Are the People of the Press?
  The vision opened with the hordes of hell pressing upon the refuge castle of God's people. They are seeking to take over the castle and change it. But the castle is impregnable because it is the strong tower of the Lord into which the righteous run and are safe [Proverbs 18:10]. Notice it's the righteous who seek safety in this bastion of holiness and hope.
  The wicked, careless believers outside are caught up in the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things [Mark 4:19]. They want in but they want to bring the world in with them. They are not paying attention to the signs of the times. They are glossing over God's call to the nations through repeated multiple natural disasters to repent and seek holiness. The historic floods, earthquakes, and abnormal weather patterns the world over are trumpeting that the Messiah is coming. They are God's wakeup grace call, even though catastrophic. Are they not precursors to the entire world's devastation when God's indignation on sin begins? God always shows grace before judgment. Consequently, the apostate people outside the castle are about to be trapped in the tribulation because they will not separate from the unrighteousness of the times. People of the Press
 
 
Luke 21:34-36
verse 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
verse 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
verse 36
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
   
 
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