I headed out my back door yesterday to check on my garden and my eyes were immediately drawn to a baby robin, perched on my pot of basil herbs. Its fuzzy little head darted from side to side, and it tried to unfurl immature little wings, but was unable to fly. I surmised it must have fallen out of a nearby nest and hopped its way up to my deck. I decided to go back inside and keep watch over it for a while to see what would happen. I had just received a text on my phone from the National Weather Service, warning of a severe thunderstorm headed our way.
Baby bird...so small, so innocent, so vulnerable. Something deep inside of me started to resonate with it. These times we are living in sometimes make me feel small and vulnerable too.
Suddenly the wind kicked up fiercely and I was so worried about this little creature clinging to the edge of my basil pot. Wind gusts reached 65 miles per hour and then the rain began to pour. I watched through the window. Baby bird clung tight, stretched its tiny neck way back, and fixed its fuzzy little face upward. Limbs began to snap off the surrounding trees and came hurling into our back yard like javelins. A huge, gnarled old tree a block behind us was uprooted by this strong gale and crashed into the house, demolishing the garage. Baby bird clung to the edge of the basil pot, pelted with rain, rocked by wind, little face turned upward.
Through all of this I was praying for him - and as I prayed, a song began to fill my heart: "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me." The whole picture was almost surreal; I knew Abba Father was illustrating something for me in a very real way. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that baby bird but it did not fall! You know the rest of Matthew 7:25; the house does not fall because its foundation is on the Rock (Yeshua). Maybe the baby bird did not fall because I was praying for its protection. Or MAYBE it was just because His eye IS on all His creatures and also all His children!
The storm blew out as quickly as it had blown in. I thought perhaps I might be able to sneak past the tiny bird and look for a worm in my garden soil. I found one and brought it back up to him. He stayed right where he was, and I held the worm right over his little beak but he didn't open his mouth. I wondered if he was abandoned now, orphaned by his parents. I went back inside the house and continued to keep watch through the curtain. Then I heard the sound of happy chirping and I watched as one of his parents came to him with food! My heart rejoiced! No, he was not abandoned. No, he did not perish in the storm. No, not a fuzz on his head was harmed!
HIS EYE IS ON THE ROBIN...AND I KNOW HE WATCHES ME!
Baby Bird finally hopped off the basil pot, along the edge of my deck, and then dropped to the grass below. His parent found him there again and brought more food. I went to bed feeling so secure in Abba's love and protection, so blessed to have watched that little bird weather the storm. And now it is the next day - bright and sunny - everything looking normal outside. Headlines on the news read, "Hurricane Force Winds in Colorado Damage Homes and Uproot Trees; Tens of Thousands Without Power." That was true. We spent the rest of the day and night with no power. But I kept thinking about the Power that sustained the baby bird!
I came downstairs to write this blog and just as I was about to finish it, my husband called to me from upstairs. "Kelly, come look! Your baby bird is back!" I raced up the stairs and peered out the window. I couldn't believe my eyes! There he was, that precious little robin, now perched on the deck railing and staring into our back door window. I gingerly opened the door and stood there for the longest time. I stared into his beady little black eyes and he stared back. I think I know why he came back. I could almost HEAR a tiny little voice say, "Thank you."
In one of my last blogs I wrote about "the mark of the beast." A couple of people responded by strongly encouraging me to write again and strongly warn my readers NOT to "take the vaccine!" I decided to pray over this for a while before sending out another blog.
Will I personally take the COVID-19 vaccine? No. I have never taken a flu shot in my life, nor has my husband. I believe our immune systems have stayed very strong because of it. But that is only my opinion! Are there concerns about this new App from Apple/Google that will begin tracing and tracking us and all the people we are in contact with? Yes, of course I'm concerned. I see all these things as "the beginning of birth pains" and I know the dots are connecting to form the New World Order spoken of in Scripture. I see the chaos in all the nations, and the hatred and violence erupting in our own nation. I understand that the goal of the New World Order will be to control the world's population and to wipe out the believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I am a Watchman, I read and study and do all I can to heed Yeshua's warning "Watch that you are not deceived" (Matt. 24:4). That is the very FIRST thing he said in response to his disciples question, "What will be the sign of your coming?"
But having said all that, and after an extensive time of prayer over the last few weeks about what I should write in this next blog, I am firmly convinced that the LORD has told me NOT to focus on vaccines and tracking devices and collapsing economies. We can all see these things for ourselves and SHOULD all be praying for the constant leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit, to help us navigate these troubled times. So, the Spirit reminded me that this Blog is not only about keeping watch, but now even more about keeping FOCUSED on YESHUA/JESUS, our Deliverer! And in a powerful, excellent video I watched this morning by Norm and Deborah Franz (Ascension Ministries), I definitely got re-focused OFF the mark of the Beast and ON THE MARK OF GOD. This is where we must put our attention now! What is this mark and how do we get it?
I give credit to Norm and Deborah for connecting all the dots of Scripture for us (and am including a link to their video below), but I knew at once that I must write and share them with you to study out for yourselves. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your hearts and your minds as you read these Scriptures, and then, as James warned, "Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves; DO WHAT IT SAYS!"
God's Mark on His people is established through these EVERLASTING COVENANTS He has made with His people. Please read them for yourselves and be encouraged!
Genesis 9:12-17 - the Rainbow
Genesis 17:11-12, Ezekiel 20:20 - the Sabbaths (this covenant is everlasting and has never changed!
THE KEEPING OF HIS SABBATH ON THE SEVENTH DAY MARKS US AS HIS OWN!)
Exodus 12:13 - the BLOOD OF THE LAMB - a distinguishing mark on the house where you live AND
on your heart!
Exodus 13:8-10 - GOD MARKS A SIGN ON THE HAND AND FOREHEAD OF THOSE WHO
REMEMBER AND KEEP THE PASSOVER AND THE FEASTS OF THE LORD
Ezekiel 9:4 - those who sigh and groan over the detestable things done in the world are MARKED
WITH THE MARK OF GOD. (Also read 2 Peter :7-8 - God knows how to rescue Godly men
John 6:27-28 - God has set his SEAL on those who work for food that endures to eternal life. (A
SEAL is an eternal mark that protects and secures)
2 Timothy 2:19 - God's solid foundation stands firm, SEALED with this inscription: "THE LORD
KNOWS THOSE WHO ARE HIS!"
Ephesians 1:13-14 - Having believed, you were MARKED IN HIM WITH A SEAL, the promised
2 Cor. 1:21-22 - He SEALED us and gave us the Spirit as a pledge of what is to come
Rev. 9:4 - They (locust/demons) were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree,
BUT ONLY THOSE PEOPLE WHO DID NOT HAVE THE SEAL OF GOD ON THEIR
We just experienced a Passover like no other. We were shut in our homes like ancient Israel. John took the blood of the lamb we were preparing to roast and spread it across the top of our door frames on the front and back of our house. It is still there and it will remain there, as a SIGN that we are MARKED BY GOD AS HIS OWN. Now we are one day away from the Celebration of Shavu'ot (or Pentecost) when the Torah was given to the people of Israel at Mt. Sinai, and then fulfilled again when 3,000 people were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in other tongues. What powerful thing will the LORD do tomorrow, after counting off seven full weeks since Passover/Firstfuits, and then lifting up two loaves of bread and waving them as firstfruits before the LORD? You could argue and say that Yeshua/Jesus has already fulfilled all of this in his death, burial and resurrection, and then His sending of the Holy Spirit, and you would be right! But what if the LORD is still looking down from Heaven to find those who burn with desire to be SEALED AS HIS, through the keeping of His everlasting word and His eternal Moedim (appointed times/feasts)? What if these things are truly setting us apart from the wickedness of the world and the apathy of the masses, and what if the desire in our minds (FOREHEADS) and the doing with our HANDS seals us with an ETERNAL MARK OF GOD?
It is true that we will, one day, have to make an eternal decision about which mark we choose and to whom we will give our worship, perhaps even under the threat of martyrdom. So tomorrow, as I personally celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, I will be earnestly praying, and crying out, with all my heart, for a FRESH OUTPOURING AND SEALING OF THE RUACH HAKODESH, THE HOLY SPIRIT, to empower me to be an overcomer through the tribulations ahead, able to survive when I cannot buy or sell in the Beast System, being MARKED by God and found faithful to the end!
Link to the Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0niNZ6Sdvh8&t=0s
Kelly Ferrari Mills