Jesus answered them and GAVE THEM THE SIGN: “When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)...” Mark reported: “But when ye shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand)” Luke's Report TELLS US PLAINLY what we're supposed to "UNDERSTAND": “And WHEN YE SHALL SEE JERUSALEM COMPASSED WITH ARMIES, THEN KNOW that the DESOLATION THEREOF is nigh.” The END-TIME ANNIHILATION of JERUSALEM IS THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION!! (Mat 24:15, Luk 21:20, Mar 13:14) ..... Let's TURN ON THE NEWS and see if armies are CURRENTLY surrounding Jerusalem?? --clark

Personal Testimony of Clark Callear (Short Version)


                                                Why Jesus?

I have believed in the God of the Bible ever since I could remember.  As a little boy (5 years old and after) I was unusually evil.  Secretly I committed violence to people and property without guilt or remorse.  I recruited other children (starting at 5 years old) to secretly join with me in such violence.  I believed in God but I did not fear Him or care about His approval or disapproval.  By the time I was 12 years old my mind was perverted.  With amusement and fearlessness I thrived secretly as a sort of ring-leader to a group of my peers.  At 13, I had a death/near-death experience.  I was removed from my physical body and inserted into a pit of infinity.  I was trapped without power of my own.  As if they knew me and hated me, demons laughed and mocked me as I was traveling endlessly into this BOTTOMLESS PIT!   I was damned… BUT something within me cried out loud: 

    “OH MY GOD!!”

With those words “Oh My God!!” echoing in my mind’s ears I was placed back into my body.  Now: AT THAT VERY MOMENT of EXTREME HORROR, I finally began to FEAR THE LORD: 

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10)”
                And:
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge (Prov 1:7)”

This is where I started my walk with The LORD... of which Isaiah describes: 

“Whom shall He teach knowledge? and whom shall He make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:  For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people. To whom He said, This is The Rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is The Refreshing...” [I am deliberately pausing in the midst of this scripture] ...

...In the New Testament, Paul explains that the Gospel of Christ is the Power of God and He reveals it to believersfrom faith to faith”:   

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Rom 1:16-17)” 

There’s that gospel and that name of "Christ,” of "Jesus..."

I was, a 13-year-old boy with a newly discovered GREAT FEAR OF GOD!  My line-upon-line-faith-to-faith journey was beginning.  From infancy, my Lutheran parents and grand-parents taught me the Bible scriptures, including FAITH in JESUS CHRIST.  I had head-knowledge of Jesus but spiritually I was hardly a child. 

The next 4 years started out as 3 steps forward 2 steps back… but still:  line-upon-line-faith-to-faith… and then it was 1972 and I was the average 17-year-old-hippie of the time (with the usual sinful baggage of our day).   For a year or so I had been slipping 2 steps forward 3 steps back.   The “Jesus movement” was happening.  Some of my Sunday-school friends were telling me they “were Born-Again”… they were preaching to me about Jesus with fervor that I had never seen.  I thought that was cool... I believed in Jesus too... but why freak out about Him???  I didn’t get it! 

Well, those 2 steps forward 3 steps back brought me back into Hell... drugs, immorality, and CONFUSION.  Yes, like a dog back to his own vomit I arrived back into that state of dismal desperation.  Crying out to God, from what seemed to me, an infinite bottomless pit (drug/sorcery enhanced), I came home!  The Jesus people were in front of me again and this time I said:
“YES!!!” 

This is not “logic,” this is Revelation:  The name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom God raised from the dead, is our Savior’s Name: 

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
                                                                                                     (Acts 4:12) 

Remember Isaiah’s line-upon-line-faith-to-faith?  Bit-by-bit this process, by the Spirit of Truth, leads us to “Salvation which is in Christ Jesus with Eternal glory (2 Tim 2:10).   

BUT this process also works in reverse!    

Above we paused in the midst of Isaiah’s scripture which said: “This is The Rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is The Refreshing...”  In reverse it ends fearfully: 

“...yet they would not hear.  But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. (Isa 28: 9-13)"

All of us who love the TRUTH are on the path of the prodigal son.  The question is: 

                              Which way are we walking (or turning?)? 

Let me say this as plain as I can: 

“And ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free… here a little, and there a little 

When we love the Truth, bit-by-bit, that Spirit of Truth leads us to Jesus Christ.  When our love of Truth falters, bit-by-bit, we fall toward outer darkness: 

“Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His Eternal Power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Rom 1:19-21)  “...they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved.   And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie (2Th 2:11-12) 

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power [‘here a little, and there a little’] TO BECOME the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name (John 1:12)"

Clark Callear
Orofino, Idaho, USA

4 comments:

  1. I don't need a near death experience to know it is wrong to kill people or to steal from them or oppress them in any way their is something built in and it's not fear of God, if anything it love of something greater than you or me. Should I call that something God? Fear is what keeps people in line, I can not believe that a power in the Universe that created everything would try to keep people slaves to fear.

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    1. When my son was 4 years old we lived on a busy highway. I gave him a boundary line that he was not to cross. If he did, I punished him. He was not afraid of the traffic, but he was afraid of my punishment.

      Now he is 27 and there is no such boundary line or punishment.

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  2. God does not want you to come to Him because your affraid of His punishment,any more than your parents want you to come to them because of their punishment, its quite the contrary,its for the same reason your parents tell you not to cross a busy street, because they love you and they want what's best for you.

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    1. Amen! Because He loves us He wants what’s best for us. But still: A milk-drinking toddler, lacking experience, might not be fearful of on-coming traffic. Until he matures, his fear of punishment keeps him away from the danger.

      You say God does not want us coming to Him in FEAR. That is true for the sheep that are in the fold:

      “For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. To day IF YE WILL HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEART…” Psa 95:7-8

      ... but what about the “lost sheep,” the rebellious child who chooses not to come? The FEAR of PUNISHMENT is not meant to be an attraction. It’s meant to “scare the hell out of him!” :

      “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others SAVE WITH FEAR, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” Jude 1:21-23

      The punishment we speak of is without wrath. Jesus says:

      “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” Rev 3:19

      “O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.” Psa 107:1

      “If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed IN HELL, behold, Thou art there.” Psa 139:8

      “Let them now THAT FEAR the LORD say, that HIS MERCY ENDURETH FOREVER” Psa 118:4

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