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Remember Lot’s Wife

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Two nights ago I waited on the Lord and asked Him to speak to me . He told me “don’t look back, like Lots wife”

I live in Melbourne, Victoria in Australia. While the rest of my country has quashed covid-19, here in Melbourne it is running amok amongst the community and the aged care facilities. We are suffering under the weight of heavy restrictions that are costing jobs, hope and lives. What they don’t advertise is the number of suicides as a consequence of our second lockdown in a few months. Today our state government will be announcing stage 4 restrictions. I don’t know what that will mean for our jobs, my kids education etc. But I know my God and I know He is faithful. I trust Him and I praise Him anyway.

Why Melbourne? Why are we facing such a heavy judgement. Of all states in Australia Victoria is the most wicked. We are the only state where late term abortion has been legal for many years, where there is a safe injecting room, where Christian Religious Ed has been outlawed in public schools, where it is now legal to change your gender on your birth certificate with no surgery required. This is allowed even up to once per year! The only state where medical marijuana is legalized, euthanasia became legal one year ago….the list goes on. God has to judge, our wickedness is heaped up to the heavens and there is an outcry against our state.

As the Body of Christ He is trying to get our attention. He is separating us from every thing in this world that we cling to, rely on, trust in. As we see His judgment upon our own city unfold before our eyes we must listen to Him and let go of everything of the world and cling only to Him.  He is our only hope now, our refuge , our strength in times of trouble. We must not “look back”, long for, the things of the world that have for so long captured our hearts .

“With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”

16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”

Blessings,
Bel

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26 thoughts on “Remember Lot’s Wife

  1. Yes, the news of your COVID-19 situation is known here in Canada. It sets us on alert because we are loosening the restrictions, and as difficult as the restrictions are, some of us have a concern that we move be opening up too quickly. Yet in Christ we have hope. I continue to provide chapel services by video at a retirement residence for seniors. It will a real reunion of joy when I am allowed to return in person, but no word has come out yet on that.
    Peace

    • Hi NoPew. Thanks for the update of your situation. As of yesterday we are now in stage 4 restrictions with many businesses having to shut down tomorrow for 6 weeks. I fear many will never reopen. We are only allowed out for one hour exercise a day and one per home to get essentials. We have an 8pm curfew.
      I understand the severity of the virus but also wonder if the severity of the restrictions is necessary. We are losing a lot of young people to suicide. Just having to put our hope in Christ as you say. This world has nothing left to hold to. Bless you and keep well

  2. Hi Bel, things are pretty bad in Hawaii, too, but we don’t have a curfew yet. Thanks for viewing my post today. You are a courageous soul with your ministry. My husband and I did mission work in the Philippines for 12 years, where I also went to remote places to preach, too. Yes, our hope is in Jesus; He is our blessed hope. God bless you, ~Liz
    P.S. I love your lion and lamb!

  3. New York City is being destroyed from within by wicked politicians: the mayor of NYC and the governor of New York. The wealthy are leaving NYC in droves; there are now 13,000 apartments that are now vacant. Over a year ago, New York state passed a law that says you can now abort a baby on the day that baby is born. The Lord sees all of this wickedness: He puts the wicked in power for a reason–so that the wicked can destroy the wicked.

    New York Deathscape
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/new-york-deathscape/

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    • It’s interesting you talk about many people leaving New York. For the first time we are having to consider leaving our state. Which breaks my heart. I would like your opinion Tim. Do you think once we have reached a certain point of wickedness that now it is just judgment going forward? Or do you still think there’s hope of revival?

      • I look at the Democrat-run cities in the United States that are being destroyed by leftist rioters: when the wicked are constantly being voted into power over many years, the Lord gives them over to a reprobate mind and then, eventually, the wicked destroy the wicked.

        Remember the video of the two Christian men who were preaching in downtown Portland, Oregon back in 2016? The hate speech thrown at them by unbelievers was horrible. Maybe that was the Lord’s final warning to Portland to repent of their sin. Now look at Portland: another Sodom and Gomorrah. Maybe after more destruction there will be a revival or maybe Portland will turn into another third world country. Some people have described Seattle and San Francisco as being third world countries because of left wing politicians.

        About New York. Back in around 2005, I was hitchhiking out somewhere in West Virginia and this guy from New York picked me up. He said that he was thinking of moving out of New York because they were passing these ungodly laws. Then a few years later, I met this guy in Nebraska who would fly out to NYC and do street ministry. He met these two prophets who said that the Lord told them to leave NYC because people weren’t repenting. Just over a year ago, I was hitchhiking in Wyoming and this guy picked me up and let me stay with he and his wife overnight. He said that the Lord began showing him ten years ago to leave New York state. So finally he left a couple of years ago and moved to Wyoming.

        I think it is interesting that in all of these years of hitchhiking, I have hitchhiked more through Montana, Idaho and Wyoming than any other place. Maybe Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are places of refuge for Christians. It has been many, many years since I hitchhiked through Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Minneapolis, NYC and other cities that are now being destroyed from within.

        I remember back in 2018, right before I hitchhiked out of California (I used to work for some friends in northern California from time to time over the years), the Lord told me that I wasn’t coming back to California. The state of California has some of the worst virus lockdowns in the United States, but not as bad as Victoria, Australia.

        Warning to Gavin Newsome, Governor of California
        https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2020/05/18/warning-to-gavin-newsom-governor-of-california/

        Look at the title of this post (Remember Lot’s Wife): maybe the Lord is telling you to leave Victoria. Maybe the street preaching you did in Melbourne was the Lord’s final warning to Melbourne before destruction. The Lord will show you what you need to do. I have been praying for you and other Christians in Victoria.

      • Tim when I read your reply the Holy Spirit moved on me in a huge way and suddenly all the confusion and distress left. I can see now. It’s exactly as you say, everything you wrote witnessed in my spirit and it was like I already knew it deep down but it was all brought out. All the scriptures the Lord has led me to lately confirm it. Thank you thank you thank you. And thank You Jesus my Lord and my Life. I will follow You to the ends of the earth.

        I have showed my husband your response and it has also witnessed to him.
        God bless you Tim!

      • Here is a little more on the self-destruction of New York City and Portland, Oregon:

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  8. Belinda: You may have heard that the pandemic lockdowns all over the world are not for the virus, but for the operations going on that are saving children from sex trafficking, pedophilia, adrenochrome harvesting, etc. The lockdown is in place to help in the arrest of elite pedophiles.

    Watch this video, especially at the 10:00 minute mark; it talks about the rescuing of children in Melbourne, Australia:

    Saving our Children

  9. Now THAT is a very good question. I think that in all of my years of hitchhiking around the United States and in all of the years that High Plains Drifter has been available via manuscript, book, Internet Archive or blog, no one has ever asked that question.

    I named my book High Plains Drifter after Clint Eastwood’s film High Plains Drifter (1973). I don’t know how many times I have seen that film. I absolutely identify with the main character played by Eastwood (the Stranger) who rides into town and kills some bad guys and then burns the town to the ground.

    The Stranger in the film at one time was the town marshal: he was whipped to death by some bad guys who were paid by the owners of the local mining operation. To me, it reminds me of the death of Jesus Christ. There is a scene in the film where the townspeople are having a meeting at the local church and you see this Bible verse on the bulletin board: Isaiah 53: 3-4. The town marshal was rejected by the townspeople and then killed; I have been rejected by family, friends and church people because of my testimony, so I have been alone most of my life (that’s why I identify with the Stranger in the film).

    I have a film review on my High Plains Drifter blog that you might like to read: “Clint Eastwood’s film High Plains Drifter (1973)”.

    Here is a short story of mine that was published by Ethos Magazine in 1995:

    High Plains Drifter (short story)
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/high-plains-drifter-short-story/

    Here are some more links pertaining to High Plains Drifter:

    An American Pilgrim: Some Reflections on High Plains Drifter
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/an-american-pilgrim-some-reflections-on-high-plains-drifter/

    Meeting a Former Editor from Warner Brothers
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/meeting-a-former-editor-from-warner-brothers-or-things-happen-for-a-reason/

    Two Pleasant Surprises: High Plains Drifter Revisited
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/two-pleasant-surprises-high-plains-drifter-revisited/

    Book Review: High Plains Drifter
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/709/

    Dream: High Plains Drifter
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/dream-high-plains-drifter/

    My poem, “Shiloh”, is also very much in the same spirit as High Plains Drifter (Isaiah 53: 3-5).

    Shiloh
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/shiloh/

    I hope these links aren’t overkill to your question, but as far as I can remember, no one has ever asked why I titled my book High Plains Drifter, so I am pleasantly surprised and a little bit flattered.

    • No not overkill at all , thank you for answering my question.
      Two things have stood out to me. One where you said in your short story that you like wide open spaces. And two , hitchhiking you are on the fringes of society.

      I’ll tell you why I asked you that question. Last night I was praying. Praying about what to do. It’s so hard here now. Can you imagine , you who like open spaces, that we are in home prison now for 23 hours a day. Allowed out for one hour of exercise or one of us is allowed to go get essentials. And our Premier has extended this lockdown for an indefinite period till we get to less than 5 cases. I am now convinced he is a madman, full of demons.

      Of course I am not sticking to these ridiculous rules. I’m doing what God leads me to. My husband and I have been running an underground church in our home for months, because church is now banned. We have mainly men come, those who’ve just left rehab and prison and we sing and praise and read the Word. They park up the road and walk to our house in the dark and sneak in one by one. It’s the only thing that’s kept me going during this dark time.

      So I’m praying last night and the Lord takes me to a cliff top and we look down together over a dusty plain where there is dirty, tattooed , fighting people. He has shown me this before. A few weeks ago He showed me it and said “this is the land I am giving you”.

      But last night He just showed me it again and I thought how we were on a high plain looking out over.
      Then your book title from nowhere came into my head “High Plains Drifter”.
      And I felt to ask you why.

      The fringes of society, the outcasts us who God has called us to. It has always been them. We can never fit in a church. We fit with the homeless and mentally ill and drug addicts. No one else I know is doing anything at the moment. all the churches are quiet and obediently closed and it makes me sick and angry.

      I love your Shiloh poem, wow. The line about Cain bludgeoning Abel to death….

      Anyway I am going to buy your book, it’s on Amazon yes?

      Thank you for reading this, I don’t know what’s happening to me at the moment , it’s all very strange but I know my Lord and I trust Him.

      Bless you Tim

  10. I think it is VERY interesting that you asked about the title of my book on a post that has the title “Remember Lot’s Wife”. If you watch Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter, at the end of the film, the Stranger burns the town of Lago to the ground (God’s Wrath). The Scripture “remember Lot’s wife” is alluding to the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah by fire and brimstone (God’s Wrath). So maybe eventually the Lord will lead you out of Melbourne into the wide open spaces (the Outback?) before God’s Wrath hits Melbourne ?. You are led by the Holy Ghost; the Lord will reveal to you what you need to do.

    About my book on Amazon. I think there is one copy left, but Amazon is charging an exorbitant price for it (probably because it is the last copy). You can read High Plains Drifter for free on my blog:

    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/settled-nowhere-book/

    or on the Internet Archive:

    https://archive.org/details/HighPlainsDrifter

    Yes, I am definitely on the fringes of society. The Lord led me out of the church back in 1991. The Lord has had me alone for most of my life. The Lord’s thoughts are higher than my thoughts. I know that the Lord has you and your family in the palm of His hand (I am thinking of Psalm 91).

    Wearing a Rough Garment
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/wearing-a-rough-garment/

    • You make a very good connection there.., I had not connected that! I am going to watch that Clint Eastwood movie.

      Yes I believe the Lord is leading us out of Melbourne. I am praying for His specific guidance as to where but we are quite sure we are going.

      Thank you for your link to your book. I look forward to reading it.

      I have a scripture for you Tim:
      Micah 4:6-8
      Jesus was an outcast. If we following Him we also will be. You have to be an outcast to intercede for the outcasts.
      You have blessed me greatly and I pray God will bless you greatly in return.

  11. Correction: I have the wrong link to High Plains Drifter in my last comment. Here is the correct link:

    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/high-plains-drifter-a-hitchhiking-journey-across-america/

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