THE DREAM

Growing up, I was the eldest of six children. Being the oldest, most of the time, the lot fell on me for the maintenance of my other siblings. There were times when my sister shared in this responsibility. However, I was the one who was considered the responsible one, so I was the one on whom the brunt of the work fell. Do not get me wrong, we all did our share, because Mama made sure of that. She was the one who did the teaching, spiritual and otherwise. She was the one who did nurtured us, and she also corrected us when needed, if you know what I mean. I do not wish to give the impression that my mother preached to us, although she did teach us at home. No, what I mean to say is that Mama was the one who made sure that we were in church. Not just any church, but a church that she felt taught the TRUTH. My father, on the other hand, just basically worked and took care of the bills and supported wholeheartedly, I might add, what my mother was doing. What she did, for the most part, was “child rearing.” Me, well I was the one who took on the mantle of accountability as far as the children were concerned. So everyone thought that I had a pretty good grip on life, being that I was such a responsible person. It was just the unspoken rule: I was the leader, and that was that. In everyone’s eyes I was a rational, well-balanced person. There was nothing mysterious about me.

We were a dynamic family. I remember that we would always come together for family outings and what not. We were always doing something, not just our immediate family, but all of our family, our aunts and uncles, cousins, young and old. We all lived in close proximity to one another, so we would gather at one another’s house, who ever had something going on, and we would just have a great time sharing each others company. We were a very close-knit family, and remain so even today.  I really did enjoy taking care of my siblings. What I enjoyed even more was going to church. Especially when we packed up and went to the “Feast.”

The “Feast” is where we would congregate and live amongst people from all over the world. Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, you name them, they were there. There was “peace in the valley,” so to speak. No disputes, no police, no “locks on the doors.” It was a virtual “utopia” here on earth. I remember diligently taking notes, some of which I retain today. What I recall from memory though was being taught that the “Feast” was a foretaste of the Milennial reign of Jesus Christ on the Earth.  I never forgot the teaching we received, which was mostly relevant to the future. In theological circles it is called Eschatology, but in the church, it was called “prophecy.” We were taught that nearly one-third of the Bible was prophecy, and that most of that was unfulfilled. We were all taught “the same thing”  as children, but I am the only one who has embraced the teaching on into adulthood. That is, after a short departure from it. After a time in the “cosmos,” I was called out.

I had two sisters and three brothers. Two of my brothers served in the Army. One served as a Military Police, the other was an Airborne Ranger. I  also served in the Air Force. The brother closest to me in age, was also the one closest to my heart. He was the Ranger. I love all my siblings, but it seemed that this brother had more things in common with me. We were so close that I can truthfully say that he was the main reason I joined the service. When he got out, I was stationed in Virginia, and he wanted to come stay with me for a while. He had filed his income tax sometime earlier and was waiting to receive it so that delayed his coming. When he did get it, his plan was to come in two days. The day just before he was coming, he was in an automobile accident. After fighting for his life, tragically, he died. My mother took it very hard. She and my father both have gone on since then. There are now only five of us left.

The death of my brother really shook me up. The closeness I had with him was realized even more when I began having dreams about him. These dreams lasted for about four years before he was killed. In each dream, he was killed in a different way. Two days before he was killed, I had a dream that revealed the exact way he would die – in an auto crash. There is something else you must know about our closeness. The day he was mortally wounded (head trauma) I was at a friend’s house on Bolling Air Force Base. I’ll never forget the call. We were playing cards when suddenly, the phone rang. My friend’s wife answered the phone, and when she did, she looked directly at me. She was speechless. She never spoke a word. When I saw the look on her face, I asked, “It’s about my brother isn’t it?” She nodded her head. I replied, “He’s dead isn’t he.” She looked at me, bewildered, as if to say, “How could you know that?”   She nodded her head “Yes” again. I said to myself, “No more dreams.” How wrong I was. How very wrong.

After my brother died, I took leave (for about three months). I was very distraught.  Life goes on you know? Two or three years after my brother’s death, I began having recurring dreams. In the dreams, it would always start out with the family being gathered in a big house. In one dream, there was no one but my mother, my father, and myself. In the dream, while we were all gathered there in the big house together, somehow my mother, myself, and my father were detached from the crowd, and I found that we were engulfed by water. Lots and lots of water. I could see my mother standing on a high ledge. She was standing there just looking into what seemed like a sea of water. There was water everywhere, and this water was accompanied by a strong gusting wind. It was as if we were in a hurricane or a monsoon or something worse. There was no one else around, just me, my mother, and my father. My father and I were in a car, trying to get to her, because we did not know if she would fall in the water or if it would sweep her away. The water began to rise, so I tried to get out of the car and get to her for fear of her being overcome by the billowing waves of the water, but I thought, “There’s just too much water.” Finally, I got up enough nerves to get out of the car. I opened the door and got out, but I could not get to her as the water was driving me back, so I got back in the car. I can see her standing there in her long flowing white gown which was blowing furiously in the wind. As I tried to get out again, I could see her motioning for me to go back. As we watched in horror, she disappeared beneath the water. Then –  I woke up. I told my mother about the dream, sparing some of the details, but she did not understand it.

In another dream, we were all gathered together at the big house for some sort of family event. Actually, it was more of a big party, because there was loud music, and revelry going on. People were going back and forth, in and out of the huge house where the gathering was. Their faces were unrecognizable, or I should say that I did not recognize any of them because I was concentrating on the bright lights. Everything else was very vivid, however, to my recollection. It was as if I was actually present observing what was going on. I could see bright lights of various colors. There were green and blue, red and yellow, but the majority of them were white and sparkling. They were floating around in the atmosphere, coming down from the sky. As they descended, they were flashing and changing colors and going in different directions. Everybody started coming outside to witness the phenomenon of the bright and iridescent lights. As the party of people moved to the outside, I could see the lights begin moving in a more organized pattern. They began encircling us, as if moving us to a specific area.

Then what happened next just took my breath away. There came upon us a deafening sound. There were rumblings and a tumult in the sky,  with thundering and lightnings. Then all of a sudden, nothing. The noise ceased. There came a time of space when there was nothing, but a sound, such as I had never witnessed before. Nothing but total quietness. The kind of quietness that one desires after they have been awake all night with a newborn baby, and now he’s quietly asleep. As if that was not enough to leave a person awe-struck, with all the lights, the wind, the thundering and lightnings, and now – the gentile quietness. After all of these “sequence of sensations,” you’ll never guess what happened next. This vision took me to another level. I looked up, and as I did, the most awesome display of lights that I had ever seen, or could ever have imagined took center stage. What came next made me weak at the knees at the sight of it. The sky began to roll back as a scroll. As the sky began to unfold, I could see a Figure, sitting on a stately and graceful white horse, whose mane was flowing freely in the wind as they began their descent. As I beheld this luminous Figure, I could see that it (He) was clad in all white and had something in Its (His) hand, which I cannot describe. I shut my eyes because I could not believe what I was seeing. What was I witnessing? As I tried to gain control of my senses I opened my eyes and looked toward the heaven(s) I could see this Figure had with It (Him) an innumerable host of bright lights that resembled stars, twinkling and shimmering amongst the other lights, and the lucent light of this great and awesome Figure. As they began their descent and as they were just about to touch down on Earth, I woke up! Every time in these recurring dreams, I would always wake up, just before the zenith.

I do not understand the meaning of these series of dreams, but my mind keeps telling me that perhaps it is the biblical prophetic teaching that has spurred these dreams. Or could it be that I am a believer. Whatever the case may be, of a certainty, I still remember the Scripture that was taught to me and my siblings. I believe that these Scriptures are relevant:

“Then the seventh angel sounded. And there were loud voices in heaven saying,”The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever. The nation’s were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead that they should be judged. And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints” (Revelation 11:15, 18b, c).

“Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him…” (Revelation 1:7).

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And He will send the angels with the great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds…” (Matthew 24:30-31).

“And have made us kings and priests to our Lord, And we shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:10).

“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air [the second heaven; emphasis mine]. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (I Thessalonians 4:15-17).

“And in that day His feet [Jesus’] will stand on the Mount of Olives… Thus the Lord my God will come, And all the saints with You. And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day…” (Zechariah 14:4a, 5d, 9 a, b).

This is where I would go right now, if it were possible. It is a cherished desire of mine, to be in that place, and in that day as described above and in THE DREAM. “Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20b).

“IT SEEMS TO ME”

Seems to me, that the older I get, my mind plays tricks on me. For instance, I can leave the room to go and get something and then forget what I went to get. Then, when I return to where I left from, to not get the thing, whatever it was that I forgot to get, I remember what it was that I forgot to get. And so I have to turn around and go back and get the thing that I went to go get, that I forgot to get on the first trip that I left to go get, that thing, in the first place. Understand? You say yes? Well, I’m glad that somebody does.

It seems to me that the more I learn, the less I know. It seems to me that when I was younger, I had more mind capacity, or power. However, it seems to me  could not be right because I know that I did not know then, what I know now. So I could not have had more mind capacity then, than I do now. Or could I?

Let me illustrate what I’m talking about. It seems to me that when I was younger, I could name all the latest songs. I could remember the words to the songs, the artists who sang the songs, as well as when they recorded a particular song. Now, it seems to me that I’d be fortunate to just be able to hum along, as I cannot for the life of me, remember the words to some of the songs that I grew up listening to, and even singing, word for word. Neither can I, most of the time, remember the artist (group) singing them. That bothers me at times. Would it not bother you too? It seems to me that it just might. That is, if you were me.

Now just for the sake of carrying this further, if I recollect correctly, that when I was younger, it seems to me that I was placed in what was called, during that time (the seventies), “high academic” classes. At the middle school level (seventh grade), I was taking college level classes, such as Calculus, Trigonometry, and Linguistics. When I got to college, I struggled with Algebra. Wow, I just could not get my mind to help me comprehend the “reunion of broken parts.” Matter of fact, it was my failure to comprehend and perform in that subject area that kept me from graduating with honors. It seems to me, that in retrospection, my mind has degenerated instead of gained power.

One last observation. When I was younger, I worked for a major construction company. I designed a system  to retrieve parts faster, enabling this particular company to save money on down time.Their mechanics did not have to wait around while the clerk searched, often to no avail, for parts as small as a screw or washer. They were put in an organized system, so that they could be found with the stroke of a key, whether they were in the warehouse or on the yard. I did the same thing for an auto parts dealer.

When I was younger…. What was I saying? Oh yeah, “IT SEEMS TO ME.”

What Really Is The Gospel of Christ?

The general concensus as to what the gospel (of) Christ is,is that the gospel (of) Christ is the gospel “about” Christ. Other words, most people believe that what Jesus Christ taught, and preached, and what He taught His disciples, who later became apostles (ones sent)to teach and preach, was a message that was about Himself. However, by His own admission,the gospel of Christ contained a “message,” that He received from His Father,(John 12:49-50;8:38-42;14:24; 17:7-8) and it was “of”Jesus Christ, and not “about” Him. His message was “about” the kingdom of God. Jesus’s message contained more infornation than just about what He did. It is the good news of the kingdom of God, it is the good news of God’s purpose, it is the good news if why we were born, it is the good news of Christ dying for our sins,it is the good news of what God is doing – reproducing after His kind, and the good news of the fact that He is molding, shaping, and creating us in His image.Contained in that message is the whys, the hows, and the whats to how He is accomplishng it. There is scriptural proof that the gospel of Christ contained a message; a message that He “heard” from His Father,and proclaimed to mankind. He was prophesied to deliver that message (Malachi 3:1).
Contrary to popular belief, Christ is not the gospel, though His role is extremely important, and the role He plays, then and now, is central to Christianity. The true message of Christ has been hidden, or more accurately spoken, suppressed from the majority of mankind. The reason being is that Satan has “deceived the whole world,” (Revelation 12:9), through his ministers who “transform themselves into ministers of righteousness,” (ICorinthians 11:13-15).
There is only one true gospel. There are many false ones. Many teach a “gospel of properity,” others portend a “gospel of grace,” still others adhere to and teach a “gospel of salvation,” but is that what Jesus and His disciples taught? There is strong warning in your Bible, which is the authority on the subject, about teaching “another gospel.” Notice the apostle Paul’s strong admonition: “I marvel that you are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto (another gospel): which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than which (we) have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again,If any man preach any other gospel unto you, than that you have received, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:6-9. Has mainsream Christianity taken heed to that warning? You be the judge.
The gospel of Christ is about what Christ preached, what He “said,” rather than about what He “did.”
Mark’s account gives us a clear statement about what Christ preached: “Now after that John was put in prison Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God and saying,”The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:14-15). Which gospel is made reference to? The gospel “of the kingdom of God,” (verae 14). In Mark 1:1, Mark makes reference to this message. He was inspired to write, “The beginning of the gospel of Christ,” which was about THE KINGDOM OF GOD. The crutical point here is that one must “believe” THE, the definitive gospel of Christ, and not another, which would constitute believing a substitute gospel.
The Bible makes many references,in both Testaments, Old and New to the “good news,” or gospel of the kingdom being proclaimed.Here are a few of them: Galatians 3:8: gospel was preached to Abraham (See Genesis 12:3); Psalm 67:4, where it says that God shall “…govern the nations upon earth.” Isaiah 9:6,7, where it is stated that the “increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgement and with justice from henceforth even forever.”
Notice Acts 3:21, “God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began” until the “restitution of all things.”
Paul preached the gospel of the kingdom of God to the Gentiles: “And he went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for the space of thee months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God” Acts 19:8).”And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came unto him, preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Chrust…” (Acts 28:30:31). There is a difference between preaching about the kingdom of God, and preaching about Jesus Christ.
How about the apostle Peter, what did he preach? Notice: “For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:11).
Notice that Luke,records what Jesus told His disciples to preach, “Then He called His twelve disciples together…And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God… “(Luke 9:1-2).
Finally,
Jesus proclaimed in the Olivet Prophesy: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14).
That means that there will be a proclaiming of the true gospel clear up until the end time, when the entire world will witness the most wonderfully marvellous occurance ever – the Second Coming of Christ, in all His glory.
The question now is: “Just What Is The Kingdom Of God? That will have to wait for another time.
Bye for now friends

Assingment: Day Two

Well, I changed my title and my tagline to something that seems more to the point and more personal. I am thinking about keeping the title: “Oliver’sOutlook,” because its is actually more in line with who I am, and what the true intent and purpose of this blog really is. I believe it leans toward a personal perspective that, as I become more accustomed to writing, and gain more experience, will be more in line with the information that will be presented.

As far as the tagline is concerned, it really sends a message, in mu humble opinion, as to what  the reader can expect by way of content that will be provided on my blog. It is my hope that tags such as: “understanding,” “direction,” “insight,” “future,” will captivate a person’s mind long enough to gain their attention.

The last one, “mankind'” was added because I believe that it gives one the sense that we are ALL involved in this thing, and we all should have a semblance of interest, and or, concern, about what is being said on this blog. At least that is my expectation.

Bye for now friends!

Why I Do What I Do.

My is Osmond Oliver. I am an ordained minister. I believe that I possess “unique” understanding and insight  into biblical prophesy. I intend to share this knowledge with those who will approach what I have to say with an open mind.

My official  title is Bishop. At this point in time it seems as though  the Great God does not intend for me be a local pastor because I can not seem to stay put in one locale long enough to establish a local parish. Others have mentioned to me that perhaps God is directing my path towards evangelism. When I use the term evangelism I mean that most of my ministry work will be conducted on the road, and not necessarily from behind a pulpit. I might add also that it will be done wherever God sends me as His  witness and preach the gospel of Christ.

Presently, I do not have a consistent platform, so God has provided a way for me to get this message out. What better way could I reach people than social media? Social media, used by multitudes of people everyday, should give me a resource that can catapult my ministry to the next level. That being said, I am intent on learning how  to blog and become proficient at it.

I have tried blogging in the past with no success. I do not have any expertise to speak of,  however, I am anxious and willing to learn from The best.

My fervent passion to speak what the Great God has planted deep within my heart, along with a desire to effectively preach “Christ’s gospel,” should motivate me to learn all that I can, then apply that knowledge.

I look forward to participating in this course and learning all I can to be able to express myself so that my readers will benefit from this very privileged information that I have to offer.

It is my hope that this blog will be a vehicle to enlighten those who are seeking to “know” what God is doing, and how they fit into the grand scheme things.