A DAY OF FASTING   

The meaning of the word:  =  "To afflict the soul"

To the President  and the Senate of the US of A.

  CHAPTER 45         MK 2003      LINK TO OTHER PAGES

   From:   Leonard;   Servant of Jesus Christ the Lord, and of God the Father; Greetings.

  1. It has come to my ear that the House is urging for a national day of prayer, of humility and of fasting before God in order to invoke God’s blessing for this nation.  (copy enclosed)

  2. This is a commendable resolve in these times of trial that are upon you, and I consider it my duty as one of your citizens, and as a servant of the Most High Lord to speak to you in a word of caution.  For unless you act upon your resolve in a Godly manner your day of humility and of fasting will be counted against you, and serve to the destruction of this nation – rather than the blessings which you seek of Him.

  3.    If then in your earnest desire you shall be wise, - read and pay heed to the words which are before you this day that I speak unto you in the Name of the Lord my God, and in His anointing of me.

  4. In setting a national day of humility, to perform a Christian act, an act to the welfare of all men, what is it to fast, to humble oneself before his Creator?  Allow me to quote what Isaiah said:

  5.  “ Is it to bow down your head like a rush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under you?   Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord?   "Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?

  6. Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

  7.   Will you eat fish instead of other meats, as if such is a sign of fasting?   Let those who are destined for destruction eat such food of strangulation, but as for you “it is not what enters into the mouth, but what proceeds from it that defiles a man.”   Will you sit at home mourning and praying, as if you will be heard in that way?  Go and reconcile yourself with your own flesh, and with those that have something against you.

  8. Read again the words of the Lord what it is that He requires of you as a fast before Him.  Or will you answer like those of old quote:   “Why have we fasted, and thou see it not?   Why have we humbled ourselves, and thou take no knowledge of it?'

  9. And this is what the Lord answered them:  quote: “Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers.   Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with wicked fist.   Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high.”

  10. And so I took up my word to speak to you, to caution you on your resolve lest in your ignorance you bring destruction upon yourselves and upon all the nation.   Are not these the things that I have against you, that make separation between you and your God?    

  11. What is the number of infants, of My conceptions that I implanted within you to bring forth the sons of men - that you murder in cold blood and with premeditation?     Will you ask of Me and not cease with your murders?

  12. And what is this vile thing that you have taken up, that word “evolution” which you grind into the ears of the people by day and by night unceasingly?    Will you call upon Me, and also deny Me?  Will you seek My favor and deny Me My creation?   

  13. Abolish the word, and let it not be heard!   And command your judges to render true judgment, and not to place themselves above the law.   Perform these things as a day of fasting, lest your humility serves you to destruction.

  14.   How is one to present himself before the Lord his Maker?  Quote: “If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.  Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily;  your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.   

  15. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am.  "If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness.”

  16. And quote:  "If you turn back your foot from the sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth.”

  17. Shall I reiterate to you what my Lord spoke long ago? Quote:   “And when you fast do not look dismal, like the hypocrites for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.  Truly I say to you they have their reward.  But when you fast anoint your head and wash your face that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

  18. What does it entail to “anoint your head” and to “wash your face”?  To wash your face is to take on a new meaning, a new look, and to undo the bonds of wickedness.  And to anoint your head, to have a change in spirit, to serve the Lord according to His precepts.    And to present you with another quotation:

  19.  Let the pure one fast, he however who fasts not being pure - angers the Lord and also the angels, and has damaged his soul gathering wrath for himself for the day of wrath.  Likewise, the one who is "double-minded" in his prayer, is darkness to himself, and even the angels do not trust him.   

  20. Therefore, be single-minded in the Lord at all times, so that you may know every moment.

  21. To be “single minded”, like as in being steadfast, not wavering, and to expound upon it, - is like your President Bush, and Mr. Blair, single minded in their resolve towards the Iraq crises, with its reward “to know every moment.”   

  22. Or like one of the sons of Jacob said to his children:    And now listen to me my children, and walk in singleness of heart, for I have seen that in all things "this" is well pleasing before God.”

  23.   What shall I say to you members of the Senate, and you Mr. President?  I was born of royal blood, a prince of many thoughts.   But who will be wise to be instructed?   You want that day, a day of national concern, learn therefore what it is the Lord requires of you.  

  24. How many are they that are oppressed by your laws and institutions, for whom no justice will appear?  Instruct your judges, make an overhaul of your courts, and of your bastard laws.

  25. You will look at me with innocence, yet I will give you an example; check and see, search your files, even I was cheated out of my day in court with malice, and injustice.    And so I summoned four of your judges before a tribunal, but they acclaimed themselves to be above the law, and you did sanction it.   

  26. I in turn pronounced a curse upon all your judges, a curse that cannot be recalled, nor removed, yet by instruction and correction it may be for some not to fall prey to it.

  27. Will you now look into and correct these things, and call upon the people to meditate upon what it means to humble themselves before the Lord their Creator?  Or will you set that day in ignorance to the demise of the whole of the nation?

  28.   And to remind you of what else was spoken;  quote: “Hear O wise men of the land concerning the deceivers that will multiply in the last times, that they may set forth doctrines for themselves which do not belong to God, setting aside the law of God.   

  29. They have made their belly their god, saying the fast does not exist, nor did God create it.  They make themselves strangers to the covenant of God, and robbed themselves of the glorious promise.

  30. But it is a pure fast, which I have created, said the Lord.  The one who fasts continually will not sin although jealousy and strife are within him.  The single minded man covets not gold, nor over-reaches his neighbor, he longs not for the various dainties, nor takes pleasure in varied apparel, he does not desire to live a long life, but waits only for the will of God.

  31. There is no envy in his thoughts, no malice causes his soul to pine away, nor is there insatiable desire in his mind.  For he walks in singleness of soul, looking on all things in the uprightness of his heart, not giving place to the errors of the world, lest he should turn away from the commandments of God.”

  32. And so spoke the Lord:  When you fasted, was it for Me that you fasted?    And when you eat and when you drink, do you not eat for yourselves and drink for yourselves?   "Thus says the Lord of hosts; Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy each to his brother, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor; and let none of you devise evil against his brother in your heart." 

  33.   You now Mr. President have heard of the enemy of man, Satan; - he does not want his warriors and his captains to be eradicated by the command of the Lord in your heart.   For which reason he continues to incite a lot of people in protest, if hopefully to rescue his followers from your hand.   And no less does he incite his faithful preachers, his serpentine young to cry out against you.   

  34. But as for you remember the words of the Lord:   Jer; 10:23 .  “I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.”   And, Prov. 16:9. “A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”   And,  Prov. 20:24 . “A man's steps are ordered by the Lord; how then can man understand his way?”

WORDS FOR THE WISE

  1. Quote:  "That men may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other."

  2. A marvelous mystery, a single sentence to define a multitude of words, but not such as I can relate to the sons of men.   Quote: "I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe, I am the Lord, who do all these things.

  3. Who is Saddam?  The hand of the Lord made him.   Who is Bush?  He also was made by the hand of the Lord.  And be it war or peace who is man to decide what shall occur, or to hold back the arm of the Lord?

  4. Quote: "Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation may sprout forth, and let it cause righteousness to spring up also; I the Lord have created it."

  5. The decree of the Lord concerning the earth, in its time it will be.    Quote:  "I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, `Seek me in chaos.' I the Lord speak the truth, I declare what is right"

  6. Do not say; 'I did not know', or it shall be for guilt within you, and if you knew not the truth, it was because you refused to acknowledge the hand that fed you.

  7. Quote:  "I was angry with my people, I profaned my heritage; I gave them into your hand, but you showed them no mercy; on the aged you made your yoke exceedingly heavy.  You said, "I shall be mistress for ever," so that you did not lay these things to heart or remember their end."

  8. Who is the relentless one that executes anger without mercy?  The one more wicked than those given into his power. Wherefore the destroyer having destroyed, - he shall himself be destroyed.

  9. Quote:  "Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die like gnats; but my salvation will be for ever, and my deliverance will never be ended."

  10. This needs no further definition, yet who is to realize the same?    Quote:  "Was it not thou that didst dry up the sea, the waters of the great deep; that didst make the depths of the sea a way for the redeemed to pass over?"

  11. I can expound this by saying quote: "Though you are gods yet you shall die like any man."  And by, not speaking of any water, or any moist --- lest you be baptized how are you to pass over? 

Food for thought.

   From the words of Hermas, the shepherd,

  1. And He said to me; "You know that you the servant of the Lord live here in pilgrimage for your city is far from this city.

  2.  If therefore you know your city in which you are to dwell, why do you buy properties here, and provide yourself with delicacies and stately buildings and superfluous houses.  For he that provides himself with these things in this city does not think of returning to his own city.

  3.  O foolish and doubtful and wretched man who understands not that all these things belong to other men and are under the power of another, for the lord of this city said to you; either obey my laws, or depart out of my city.

  4.  What therefore will you do, you that are subject to a law of your own city?  Can you deny your law for the sake of your estate, or for that which you provided for yourself?  For if you deny it and afterwards wish to return to your own city, you will not then be received but be excluded.

  5.   See to it therefore that as a stranger you procure no more for yourself than what is required, what is sufficient for you.  So that you may oppose his law, and go to your own city where you may live with all cheerfulness according to your own law in which there is no wrong.

  6.  Take heed therefore that you serve God and have Him in your heart, work the works of God being mindful of His commandments and of His promises, and be assured that He will make them good to you, if you shall keep His commandments.

  7.  Instead of purchasing these excessive possessions therefore, redeem rather those that are in want of their necessity, namely; to justify the widow, judging the cause of the fatherless; spend your riches thus in such works as you are able.

  8.  For to this end God has enriched you that you might fulfill these kind of services, it is much better to do this than to buy lands or houses, for all such things shall perish with this present time.

  9.  And whatever you shall do for the name of the Lord you shall find in your city and have joy of it without sadness or fear, do not therefore covet the riches of the heathen for such are destructive to the servants of God.

  10.  But trade with your own riches which you possess by which you may attain to everlast­ing joy, and do not commit adultery, not touch any other man's wife, nor desire her, but covet that which is your business, and you shall be saved." 

 And to behold the churches of this day and age.

  1.  And He further said, "Let us go into the field and I will show you shepherds of sheep".  And we came into a certain field where He showed me a young shepherd finely arrayed with his garment of purple color and he led large flocks, and his sheep were full of pleasure and delight, and they skipping ran here and there.

  2.  And that shepherd took great satisfaction in his flock, and he was cheerful running up and down among his flock.

  3. Then the angel said to me; "Do you see this shepherd; this is the messenger of delight and pleasure, he therefore corrupts the minds of the servants of God turning them from the truth, delighting them with many pleasures, and they perish.

  4.  For they forget the commandments of the living God, and live in luxury and vain pleasure, and are corrupted by the evil angel, some to death, and others to a falling away."

  5.  And I replied "I do not understand what Thou mean by saying "to death", and to a falling away."  And He said; "Hear then, all those sheep which you saw very joyful are such as have forever departed from God, and given themselves up to the lusts of this present time.

  6.  To these therefore there is no return by repentance to life, for in addition to their other sins they add that they have blasphemed the name of the Lord, these kind of men are ordained to death.

  7.  But those which you saw not leaping, but feeding in one place, are such that have given themselves to pleasures and delight, these therefore are only fallen from the truth and have yet hope for repentance."  

  8. And going a little further He showed me a shepherd who had a rustic figure, clad with a white goat's skin, his bag on his shoulder, and a staff hard and with knots in his hand, and a whip in the other hand, and his countenance was stern even to frighten a man.

  9.  And he took from that young shepherd such sheep that lived in pleasure but did not skip up and down, and drove them into a steep craggy place full of thorns and briars to such an extend that they could not get themselves free from them.

  10.  But being entangled they fed on thorns and briars, and were tormented with his whip, for he still drove them on affording them no place nor time to stand still.

  11.  And seeing them so cruelly afflicted I was grieved for them, and said; "Sir, who is this cruel and implacable shepherd who shows no compassion to these sheep?"

  12.  And he answered; "This shepherd is indeed one of the holy angels, but is appointed for the punishment of sinners, to him therefore are delivered those who have erred from God serving the lusts and pleasures of this world.

  13.  For this cause does he punish them as they deserve with cruel and various kinds of pain."  And I said; "Sir, I would like to know what these pains are that they undergo."

  14.  And he said "Some suffer loss, others poverty, and again others sickness, some are unsettled, others suffer injuries from those that are unworthy, and again others fall under many other trials and inconveniences.

  15.  For many with an unsettled design aim at many things, and it profits them not, and they say they have no success in their undertakings, they do not call to mind what they have done amiss, and complain of the Lord.

  16.  When they therefore undergo all kinds of vexation and inconvenience they are delivered to me for good instruction, to be confirmed in the faith of the Lord, to serve the Lord all the rest of their days with a pure mind.

  17.  And when they begin to repent, they call their works to mind in which they have done amiss.  And give honor to God saying, that He is the just Judge, and that they deserved suffering all things for their deeds.

  18.  And for the remainder of their life they serve God with a pure mind and receive success in their undertakings, receiving from the Lord whatsoever they desire.

  19.  Then also they give thanks to the Lord that they were delivered to me, and suffer no more cruelty."

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