TESTIMONY of a Resurrected “Dead” Man
January 30, 2013
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I am a man who was literally possessed of many demons some number of years ago. Outwardly I could appear quite normal, but inwardly I was a tornado, I was a writhing ball of snakes. I was an alcoholic and an extreme drug addict who had absolutely no regard for the law. I roamed in the grave yards and tombs (speaking symbolically of the places of the absolute dead) of this world and I could not for long be restrained, even though I might be bound in shackles and chains on occasion.
One day I found myself in a place where the security imposed on me made it practically impossible to escape. Even though I had been in similar, though not as extreme situations before, this circumstance presented itself as absolutely the end of the road. But, amazingly enough, I did not consider it so, as I knew how to bide my time and, because of the ever writhing ball of snakes within, I was certain an opportunity would present itself so as to enable me to again be free to roam.
I knew how to pass the time, as I had experience in these matters, having been behind bars between 25 to 30 times previously. I knew the world of books and novels would allow me to escape into many different places; the histories of the world, exotic places, mystery and intrigue, the wild west, outer space and many other places were at my fingertips, all I had to do was read.
At some point though the books became very dry and I could draw no substance from them, I could not, as one would say, get into them. I would try to read them but it was as if there was nothing written on the pages. I resorted to pacing up and down in my place of confinement, trying now and again to read: but nothing. However, the one thing that did not change was that the tornado within me spun on.
In the solitary cell where I was confined, over in a corner beneath the sink, there was a book and it had written on its cover the words Holy Bible. It was as if my head was involuntarily turned in that direction, my eyes being directed to that book and I seemed to hear someone say, “Read this.” Being the man that I was my response was, “That book says Holy on it, I’m not holy and I certainly do not want anything to do with anything that is Holy, I’m NOT READING THAT.”
Time passed, exactly how long I don’t really know, maybe days, possibly weeks, I’m not sure. I would try to read books, I would pace my cell, and time and again my attention would be drawn to that book under the sink and a voice would say, “Read this.” Again and again my response to this voice would be, “No way!”
However, after this had gone on for some considerable amount of time I finally reached over and snatched that book out from under the sink saying, “OKAY, I’ll try anything, I’m going crazy like this!” Understandably, I had no idea where to start with a book of that size, so I sat down on my bunk and strangely enough the book opened to the cover page of the New Testament which read, “THE NEW TESTAMENT OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST.” I turned the page and began to read.
I had read many books in my life, but this was the most fascinating book I had ever read: it had life, it had substance, unlike all the other books that I had been attempting to read. This book spoke of a man named Jesus, and the book said this man was someone who had healed the sick, fed a multitude of people with five loaves and two fishes, walked on water, calmed the elements and did many other miraculous things. It also stated that they had killed this man Jesus, and that he overcame death and got up from the grave. I read the book day and night, night and day, I could not put it down.
During this period there was a man named Larry Schwartz, who was placed in a cell across the hall from me and, as luck would have it, Larry was a Christian. Larry and I began to talk off and on and one day Larry said to me, “Steve, if I ask you a question will you not get mad?” Well, there are some things that could be said in jail that would cause major problems, but as our cells were separated by a hallway and Larry seemed to be a nice enough guy I said, “Sure, Larry, no problem, ask away.” Larry then said to me, “Have you ever thought about the fact that Jesus Christ IS God?”
Well, when he said that I went into a total rage, it was as if my feet came off the floor, it made me livid with anger. I ranted and I raved and if we had been in the same cell there would have been trouble indeed. And, all the while Larry was saying to me, “Just settle down Steve, take it easy man, just think about it, just think about it.” After some five minutes or so of cursing and saying all manner of vile things I finally did calm down to the point where I could say, “Okay, Larry, I’ll think about it, I’ll think about it!” And think about it I did.
While sitting on my bunk, maybe the next day I’m not sure, I said to God, (that is if there is a God,) “This guy across the hall has said something to the effect that Jesus Christ is God.” Well, look God, if you are there, I’ve just read this book two times through and I did not see it written anywhere that it said Jesus Christ is God. So, here’s what I’m going to do, I’m going to read it again and if that’s in there You let me see it.” I opened the book and began to read.
As I am reading in the first chapter of Matthew I read, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:23). I stopped and said, “What did that just say?” It says, “a virgin,” and I have understood by this book that Jesus’ mother was a virgin. So, the son has to be Jesus, and it says they called his name Emmanuel, and the interpretation of that name means GOD WITH US. My response to that was, “Wow, I didn’t see that before!” I continued to read and I continued to see. I saw Jesus Christ IS God written everywhere throughout the Book in one shape, form or fashion as I read on again to the end. After that seeing I went back and read The Book again and again.
One day, as I lay on my bunk, I said, “This man across the hall has said that Jesus Christ is God, I have read in this Book and it says Jesus Christ is God. Look, God, if you are there, these charges I am facing, they are not the problem, this jail cell that I am in, it is not the problem, the problem is not any of these things, the PROBLEM IS ME!” And, I cried, “God, if You are there, and if You are real FIX ME!” In that instance it was as if I had stuck my finger in a light socket and there was what seemed to be an electrical shock run through my body. In the twinkling of an eye the raging tumult that was continually present inside me became absolute peace and calm. Tears of joy ran down my cheeks as I lay on my bunk and a demon said in my right ear, “It’s a trick, it won’t last,” and my thought to that remark was, “Well, I’ve been tricked before, we’ll see.” That was in late 1973 and it was not a trick: JESUS IS LORD!
The Lord made me to understand that being born again did not make the mess that I was in in the world go away. For, as it is written, “When you go with your adversary to the magistrate, as you are in the way, give diligence that you may be delivered from him; lest he haul you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer cast you into prison. I tell you, you shall not depart from there, until you have paid the very last penny” (Luke12:58, 59).
I went before the judge and the judge said, “I sentence you to life (1,) I sentence you to natural life (2,) I sentence you to life (3,) I sentence you to natural life (4.)” In all I was sentenced to four life sentences, five five year sentences and one ten year sentence. I clearly understood that I would not come out of prison until I had paid the very last penny of my debt, which could indeed be never, and I understood from the Lord that it is Him who determines if and when that last penny is ever paid. That being said I was not in distress, for I much preferred to be in prison with the Lord than to be out of prison without Him.
First, let me say that because of the way the Lord had dealt with me, in causing me to read the Bible to bring about my salvation, I had no idea that it wasn’t standard for a Christian to hear the Voice of the Lord. Also, I had read where Jesus had said, “My sheep hear My Voice” (John 10:27) so I certainly expected Him to make me hear His Voice. And, being naive, I told Him I wasn’t going to act on any “voice” until I knew that I knew that it was Him; and that it was His job to “make me know it.”
Second, As a result of this radical salvation experience I was on fire for Jesus and wanted to know everything there was to know about my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So, I began to gather up any literature that I could (being in jail my access was limited) with respect to Christian teaching, testimonial, instruction, etc. The Lord said unto me, “Put down the books, forget anything you think you know about anything you think you know about the Bible, come unto Me and I will teach you.” That was clear enough, so for the next ten years I did just that, I read nothing but the Bible; and the Lord had caused me to be given one that had nothing in it but Scripture. No references, no footnotes, no distractions, only Scripture.
There are many things that I could say with respect to those years, but, the relating of this testimony is not designed to cause you to see me, only Jesus. The Lord would have me relate that as I knew no better, for I had no one other than the Lord to teach me, I lived Matthew chapters 5, 6, 7 and Luke chapter 6 in prison when those that knew Jesus said it couldn’t be done, for they said, “I would be eaten alive.” Not so. The lions did not eat me as I’m still here.
We say, “Where are the miracle’s of today?” One day while I was in prison the Lord said to me, “This is for you son.” There had been some conversation going around in prison that the legislature might be changing some laws concerning parole but I had paid it no mind, as I had four life sentences and had no expectation of ever being paroled. However, the instant the Lord spoke that Word to me I knew in my spirit that this legislative thing was what He was talking about.
Well, sure enough they did change the laws and the parole board was required by law to give me a release date. The date was still six and a half years in the future but the Lord had given me a date as to when “the very last penny” would be paid. In just a short time the law makers determined that they had made a mistake and in six months time they had again changed the law. But, those that had been given a date retained their date, as it had been established under the law.
MIRACLE’S … The changing of the law is only one among MANY I have been privileged to see and participate in throughout the years. I have seen the Glory of the Lord shining like the sun from the face of a man that was sent by the Lord to see me. I have seen hundreds of the dredges of society weeping and crying unto the Lord for mercy. I have had a prison guard come to me by night looking for help when he was the one that was “free”. I have seen God use the wicked to protect me. I have been locked up and brought before magistrates for a testimony of Jesus. I have witnessed God change the minds of those in authority in mid-sentence. I have seen the miracle of mountains being moved with a foreknowledge of their movement going to take place. I could go on but, I have said these things to give Glory to the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
As a man who was saved, when he tried with all his being not to be, I can state with certainty children of God that we cannot put God in a box, for He is Sovereign. His plan to glorify Himself in His body is far greater than we could ever imagine, but the enemy has had 2000 years to spew out his “flood of water” (Revelation 12:15) to distort the Truth.
In the early Church we see it written, “they lifted up their voice to God with one accord” (Acts 4:24). And again where Paul is exhorting the saints to, “be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind” (Philippians 2:2) We also hear Paul saying, “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:11-12).
Having read these things I thought that all Christian’s, along with myself, by the grace of God would be learning how to hear from the Lord and walk upright before Him; truly understanding that, “the anointing which you have received of Him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as He has taught you, you shall abide in Him” (1John 2:27).
Naturally, upon my release from prison, I was excited about going to church, fellow-shipping with other believer’s, praising the Lord in the midst of the assembly, etc., which I did. Of course there were things which the Spirit of the Lord brought to my attention that weren’t quite right, but, who am I to raise questions in the face of such an enormous amount of spiritual knowledge and understanding. The thing that really gave me pause though is that, when you got right down to it, there really wasn’t any, “being of one accord, of one mind” (Philippians 2:2). Some few wonderment’s at that time with respect to this discord is as follows…
1) I wondered why the Lord would tell us about all the horrendous things that those who are the lost are going to suffer, if indeed the Book of Revelation is describing such events? When we read those things, with the understanding that the Lord is going to commit these extreme acts of violence on the lost, does it cause us to want to run out and warn them of their impending doom, or do we say, “Thank God, that’s not me.” Does this picture not seem strange to you?
2) The subject of the rapture is discussed in such manner as pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib and it is bandied about whether there is to be one rapture or two. We all can see that this event, which has been labeled the rapture, takes place “at the LAST trump” (1Corinthians 15:52) but we find ourselves unable to point out the Scripture or Scriptures which brings into focus this last trump. Does this not seem strange to you?
3) Also, with respect to this supposed seven year tribulation period, they reference Jeremiah 30:7 where it it speaks of the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” But by Scripture it took Jacob 21 years to complete his quest for Rachel. Also, in Jeremiah 30:7, with respect to Jacob’s trouble the most appropriate interpretation of that verse is “and it is a time of trouble to Jacob” i. e., of anxiety to the Jews, for the usages of war were so brutal that they would be in danger when the enemy made their assault. The “time of Jacob’s trouble” in the context of the Scripture has NOTHING to do with any supposed seven year tribulation period. Does that not seem strange to you?
4) We wonder about Babylon the Great, a one man anti-christ, the false prophet, the mark of the beast, etc. etc. The answers never seem to be concrete and, in the end, we go away knowing no more than when we came. Does this not seem strange to you?
5) Babylon the Great is discussed as if it is some secular world power, though the Lord points out to us that, whatever or whoever she is, she has become the habitation of devils, foul spirits and hateful birds. The question then becomes why would we consider her to be some worldly secular power? when we all do know that Satan is, “the god of this world/age” (2Corinthians 4:4a). And, that being the case, we know that all things outside of “the Kingdom of His dear Son” (Colossians 1:13a) “lies in wickedness” (1John 5:19b). If Babylon is a secular worldly kingdom of some sort we would already understand it to be the “habitation of devils” (Revelation 18:2) and would need no additional warning from the Lord. Does not our deliberations on who this woman may or may not be seem strange to you?
So, why in the world would we waste our time on things which we so evidently have no real possibility of answering? It’s as though a veil has been pulled over our eyes, it’s round and round we go, confusion and misunderstanding seems to be on every corner. Sounds almost like “Babylon (confusion) the Great” to me. Does this not seem strange to you? I’ll assure you there are many, many more examples but let us go forward.
Prophecy was never of any importance to me one way are the other: one world secular government, one man anti-christ, etc. That is not to say that prophecy, as to being the Word of God, is not important, for we know that, “all Scripture…is profitable” (2Timothy 3:16). But, over the years I found myself being drawn to prophetic things, though they held no great interest to me. When I would discover myself looking into these matters I would put them aside and pursue them no further, as they really had no weight to me.
I could lay prophetic Scripture aside for long periods of time, years even. Then I would discover I was delving into them almost unknowingly and it would greatly irritate me. One such time, as I became aware that I was investigating prophecy, I cried out to the Lord and said, “Lord, why do I find myself looking into these things, You know it doesn’t matter to me one way or the other. The only thing that truly matters is that someday I’m going to be with you whatever the case?” His answer to me was, “speaking the TRUTH in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, which is the Head Christ” (Ephesians 4:15) and then I understood.
Our Bible’s tell us that the test of a true prophet is that everything he prophesies MUST COME TO PASS, otherwise he is a false prophet. However, in the “church” we have before us today it is a hit or miss attitude. If it happens to come to pass such an one is a great prophet of God and if it does not come to pass we hear, “Oh, well they tried.” Really???
Here’s a prophecy for you –
In 1995 I published the book entitled “THERE IS NO,” wherein is covered line upon line all the prophesies of the Book of Daniel. The back cover of the book makes the following statement with respect to our Lord’s recorded words in Matthew 24:34, Mark 13:30, and Luke 21:32 where we find, “this generation shall not pass, till ALL these things be fulfilled” (Quote) “These verses are used extensively by many prophets and teachers to supposedly verify the fact that there will be a “forty year period” (generation,) from the recapturing of Jerusalem by Israel in 1967, in the which ALL the end time scenario that is painted for us concerning a one man anti-christ, a one world secular government, a rebuilt temple, the placing of the abomination of desolation, the mark of the beast, a seven year tribulation period, the rapture, etc. SHALL TAKE PLACE. I have been saying it for years, but I will say it again today: THIS WILL NOT BE SO!!” (Unquote) As I said this prophetic statement was copyrighted in 1995, and we are now nine (this is 2016) years OVER the forty years and not one jot nor one tittle of the way it had been prophesied has come to pass!
There is much Scripture that could be quoted as to how important the Truth is, suffice it to say, “a little leaven leavens the whole loaf” (1Corinthians 5:6). If it is not the absolute Truth it will not cause spiritual growth for, “God is light, and in Him is NO DARKNESS at all” (1John 1:5).
Brothers and sisters it is essential that we have a True vision of what God’s purpose is in these last days so that we may, with Joshua and Caleb say, “let us go up and possess it (the land)” (Numbers 13:30). The Lord God Almighty, in the Person of Jesus Christ, has not changed, He has not gone away from us, it is we who have allowed ourselves to be led away from Him; although the enemy will tell us this is not so. However, the answer, the remedy to this is truly simple: we, as members one of another, need to cry unto the Lord, “Lord, WHAT IS TRUE!” and do not move away from that prayer until we know that we know that we have heard from the Lord.
The things that are contained in the book are things which have taken the Lord nearly forty years to bring me to the point where I could receive them. I will tell you a forehand that Revelation Unveiled (or whatever it’s named at the time of publication) is not like anything anywhere you have ever read, and it covers EVERY VERSE in the Book of Revelation “line upon line” (Isaiah 28:10). As a warning know that the book will be very, very difficult to read, your head will spin, you will be encouraged in your mind on every corner to just stop reading this rubbish, and hit with every other fiery dart that the enemy can throw at you. Satan is all for religion, what he doesn’t want is for the saints of God to know the Truth, for then we will began to, “grow up into Him in all things.” YOU HAVE BEEN FOREWARNED !!!
To obtain a basis for the unveiling of The Book of Revelation I would suggest reading “THERE IS NO” or listening to the YouTube video’s contained in this playlist 0f 17 video/audio’s found at this link which is a
total revealing of ALL the prophecies of the Book of Daniel. It also contains prophetic Truth which has never before been seen, as the Book of Daniel is, for the first time in centuries, opened in its entirety.
THIS IS THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, PREPARE YOU THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE STRAIGHT HIS PATHS. Amen.