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by Gail Rhea

 

 

 

From: "The Hapa Haole Journal"

Subject: Armed & Dangerous - Part 3

Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 05:09:05 HST

 

I spoke with another man on a Thursday evening. He came over to my hotel and we stood talking in the parking lot for a couple of hours:

"Some people asked me why you were taking so long."

"I know! I kept asking the Lord the same thing: Why is this taking so long? Now, I know why. In August, I got acquainted with a man that I met before and I needed to get to know him. I wasn't ready for what the Lord had for me through him any earlier."

Though, on second thought, what's it to them? Whose business is it besides mine anyway?

We talked some more. I was aggravated about having to cancel the freight pick-up and move to a hotel room at the last minute instead of flying to Hilo and getting to spend a weekend in Kona with my cousin's wife but maybe the Lord wanted me here to set that other man straight about the Holy Spirit Mother thing.

We discussed some of his experiences. Then, he had a complaint against me. "It sounds like you're prophesying but you're not putting God first. Do you know what I mean?"

I thought about the scripture verses I gave him and how I presented them. "No."

He struggled for a minute. "Well, I can't explain it."

"How would you prefer I say what I just said?"

"It's not what I prefer."

"Well, I'm just telling you what the Bible says. If that's not putting God first, I don't know what to do. On the other hand, it sounds to me like you're either listening to other people or making things up in your own mind."

"I don't what you should do, either. But, I know I'm in God's will."

"How do you know that? What does the Bible say?"

"I know that because I'm at peace."

Yuck. He's at peace but is not in accordance with the Word. Lord, am I missing something? Is that a false peace because the devil's got him where he wants him so is leaving him alone? Or is he about to get shoved out of his comfort zone?

I asked, "What does the Bible say?"

The man started a monolog about how the Lord worked through his relationship with his mother.

"That's fine for that, but what does the Bible say the Lord's will is for this?"

I heard more monolog that didn't relate. Oh, Lord, I'm going to have to nail him on this, aren't I?

I asked, "What does the Bible say the Lord's will is for our health and what does it say about healing?"

He hesitated before admitting, "I don't know."

Busted.

He was quiet for a moment longer then said, "You know, my best friend's been telling me the same thing for a couple of years."

Well, gee-whiz! "So, you're not hearing anything new. I'm just confirming what he told you. You know when I prayed for your healing the other night I didn't know anything about your health problems. You just now told me about them. Why don't you check the Bible and see if what we're saying is true?"

"But, that takes a lot of time."

"Okay, that's true. But, if you'd started two years ago when your friend first talked to you, you'd be that much further along now. Unless you LIKE spending your money on $60 a month supplements along with the herbs, acupuncture, Rolfing, and chiropractic treatments and DON'T like to save money or have other things you'd rather spend your money on."

How strange. He accused me of not putting God first when I quoted scripture to him, is convinced he's in God's perfect will without confirming it through the Bible, then, he pats me on the shoulder thanking me for the prayer before I was through praying for him and left.

Was that condescension I felt? How weird. That was the first time I've ever had a person leave before I was through praying for them.

Whatever.

I don't get it. What is with these guys? They act like they know so much and are appointed to convince me. Considering that they initiate these discussions, I get the feeling they've somehow decided they're supposed to teach me something about God, but when I point out or ask what the Bible says, they've got nothing to stand on. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Sometimes, I get the sneaking suspicion that the Lord sets them up to get their mindsets punched out by telling them to come talk to me.

It's kind of like an experience I had a couple of years ago. In response to a statement made by a man from Tulsa, I said that the Lord put a lying spirit in the mouth of Ahab's prophets. The man protested that the Lord wouldn't do such a thing, not a lying spirit. I agreed that He wouldn't misguide a righteous person, but Ahab wasn't righteous and it was so that he would meet his end. We turned to 1 Kings 22:20-23 and I read it to him but he still protested. I couldn't believe he was denying what was written in black and white and said, "Look, you can believe whatever you want. You've got it in front of you so now it's your choice to believe what's in the Bible or cling to something you got from someplace else."

Several months later, a mutual friend told me that the man from Tulsa finally admitted I was right.

(Side note: Even after Micaiah told Ahab that the Lord put a lying spirit in the mouths of his prophets so that he would go to Ramothgilead and be killed, Ahab went anyway, evidently thinking a disguise would circumvent the prophecy. This illustrates that some people will do what they want to do whether it's in their best interest or not, even when the Lord has someone tell them the truth. It's an encouragement that He will warn us of danger ahead and a caution against hearing only what we want to hear and not paying attention to Him.)

Another time, a friend and I were discussing the rapture and I told him how I asked the Lord what did He want me to believe before I dove into the scripture and emerged believing in the post-tribulation rapture after going through a period of disbelief that He'd do things that way. He was surprised that I don't adhere to the Baptist/Assembly of God (and now, Calvary Chapel) pre-tribulation rapture teaching and asked why. I told him it was because I can't find it in the Bible. The elements the pastors expound are certainly there, but they support what's going to happen and how, not when. It's like they ignore the sequence of events given in Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, and the entire book of Revelation. He tried to argue with me even though my only response was, "Go read what the Bible says."

A couple of months later, he came to me with a first load/second load theory that I'd never heard before. All I asked was, "Is that what the Bible says? Where does it say that?"

He didn't answer.

This happened a couple more times on subsequent occasions before he said, "Gail, I think you're right."

Well, on that issue, I'd rather be wrong but that's no reason to deny the written word of God. He put it there so we'd know and be prepared. After all, the Bible was written for believers, not unbelievers. Besides, if I am wrong, what's the worse that will happen to me?

Another friend recently laughed and said, "Everyone will say, 'See, Gail, you were wrong!' and you'll say, 'Oops, Hallelujah!' as you rise through the air."

And, what's the worst that will happen to those who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture and are unprepared to go through the tribulation, having been lax in developing a close relationship with the Lord?

1 Thes 5:
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Ah, but what about verse 9 "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ" and Rev 3:10 "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth"?

Well, do those verses promise that He'll take us out before the tribulation or do they promise that we won't experience His wrath during the tribulation? Are they promising He'll take us away beforehand like Lot before Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed or that we won't be affected by His wrath like the Hebrews weren't affected by the plagues upon Egypt?

From what I've read in the Bible, I expect the end to be more like the Exodus, that He'll catch us away after the seven seals, the seven trumpets, and the seven golden vials containing the seven plagues of God's wrath are poured out on the earth just as the Hebrews were led away to the Promised Land after the plagues upon Egypt. Just as the Hebrews suffered under their Egyptian slave masters, so I believe Christians will suffer by persecution from the wicked. Just as the Hebrews followed the instructions of the Lord, trusting and obeying Him, and were safe, so do I believe that those children of His who trust and obey His instructions will be kept safe during the Great Tribulation of God's wrath upon the earth.

Why would He do this? Could He possibly be giving everyone a final chance at eternal life, literally scaring the hell out of people and showing the difference between what happens to those who trust and obey Him and those who don't just as Ahab was given the opportunity to avoid his death?

Exo 11:
7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.
9 And the Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.

2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Rev 11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Rev 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Rev 19:
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

That's why I've been so strongly advocating developing a close relationship with the Lord and learning to hear His voice and obey Him. When no one can buy or sell without the mark of the beast, from where will Christians get medicine? From the black market? Perhaps. But, wouldn't it be better to let Him provide you with a source and best not to need medicine at all?

I've had people pooh-pooh what I've told them saying that God will take us out soon, even as soon as last year, trying to absolve themselves of their responsibility to develop and maintain a close relationship with the Lord because the time we have left is too short for them to be concerned about it, but that goes against what the Bible says.

Eph 4:
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Let's face it, we're not all united in the faith and there are plenty of doctrines floating around. According to the Bible, Christ returns for a bride without spot or wrinkle and I see a lot of wrinkles in the current body of Christ, even in myself.

Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

So, let's ready ourselves and look for His coming.

Mat 25:
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.


Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me


It's possible, folks. Let's do it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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