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Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Supernatural caught on camera

I was first introduced to the possibility of the supernatural being caught on camera many years ago when I heard about the many signs and wonders of the Ba Kelalan revival that were being captured in photos. I managed to get hold of the book on the account of Ba Kelalan revival where there were (black and white) photos of angelic lights, fire in the sky, etc. Undoubtedly, there's a growing interest in the supernatural in the recent years and with the advent of internet technology we can easily access photos of the supernatural realm caught in various Christian meetings.

Appearances of Angelic Orbs
More and more people are beginning to capture shots of (angelic) orbs in their cameras and there are all kinds of debates as to what these orbs are. I didn't pay much attention to these things until I was reminded of photos I took when I was in Singapore last year. I noticed a group photo taken in a church where there was an "orb" near me in the photo. But, what amazed me the most is that, there were many orbs captured in a series of photos taken when my family visited the Underwater World Singapore, especially at the section where the travelator is. In fact, there were a few orbs which appeared in each of the photos taken at the oceanarium. Could there be many spiritual activities there? Or that many of the visitors on that day were believers? It still remains a mystery to me.

There are two interesting articles concerning the appearances of these orbs which I found helpful to expand our understanding. Firstly, in Sis Victoria's post here , she explained how do angelic orbs find their way to the camera lenses as revealed by God to her. Another short article can be found here , i.e. the prophetic revelation of these orbs as explained by Rev Collin Gordon.

Amazing photos of the supernatural caught on camera
There are many photos where the supernatural realm was caught on cameras. But, when I stumbled on the two photos below, it's just so amazing! These are not orbs or angelic appearances but they show how humans (flesh and blood) were somewhat transported in the spirit realm and these events were captured by cameras! Wow, our God is great indeed!

Note: In this first unedited photo (taken from Still Waters International Ministries website) the photo captured the phenomenon when Dr Bruce Allen was praying in a meeting and was transported to another country.

Note: This second photo (taken from Son of Thunder website) was taken of a woman dancing with a gold flag in a meeting where Ian Clayton was ministering in South Africa. The woman herself has dissapeared and all that remains is what you can see.

More of the Supernatural?
I believe that the supernatural realm is the birth right of every disciple of Christ. The very basis of this statement is that we are all spirit beings and that the spirit (supernatural) realm is of greater reality than our natural, physical realm. By the grace of God, many scriptural teachings have gone forth in the body of Christ regarding the spirit realm.

There's a whole new generation of the army of God that will move in mighty signs and wonders. Why signs and wonders? Should we not pursue God? Yes, our pursuit is after God but at the same time, mighty signs and wonders will be following us. In fact, these signs and wonders point to the reality of our wonderful Lord and Saviour in this unbelieving world. And on the other hand, these signs and wonders will stir the hearts of the bride of Christ to greater intimacy with the Bridegroom. And with the knowledge of Him, downloaded from the supernatural realm, the bride of Christ shall do great exploits in these end-times.

Come to think of it, if the supernatural can be caught on camera, our (physical) lives should also be living and manifesting the supernatural. Amen!

What Does It Mean to Seek the Lord?

(By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: )

Seeking the Lord means seeking his presence. “Presence” is a common translation of the Hebrew word “face.” Literally, we are to seek his “face.” But this is the Hebraic way of having access to God. To be before his face is to be in his presence.

But aren't his children always in his presence? Yes and no. Yes in two senses: First, in the sense that God is omnipresent and therefore always near everything and everyone. He holds everything in being. His power is ever-present in sustaining and governing all things.

And second, yes, he is always present with his children in the sense of his covenant commitment to always stand by us and work for us and turn everything for our good. “Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

But there is a sense in which God’s presence is not with us always. For this reason, the Bible repeatedly calls us to “seek the his presence continually.” God’s manifest, conscious, trusted presence is not our constant experience. There are seasons when we become neglectful of the Lord and give him no thought and do not put trust in him and we find him “unmanifested”—that is, unperceived as great and beautiful and valuable by the eyes of our hearts.

His face—the brightness of his personal character—is hidden behind the curtain of our carnal desires. This condition is always ready to overtake us. That is why we are told to “seek his presence continually.” God calls us to enjoy continual consciousness of his supreme greatness and beauty and worth.

This happens through “seeking.” Continual seeking. But what does that mean practically? Both the Old and New Testaments say it is a “setting of the mind and heart” on God. It is the conscious fixing or focusing of our mind’s attention and our heart’s affection on God.

“Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God.” (1 Chronicles 22:19)

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2)

This setting of the mind is the opposite of mental coasting. It is a conscious choice to direct the heart toward God. This is what Paul prays for the church: “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thessalonians 3:5). It is a conscious effort on our part. But that effort to seek God is a gift from God.

We do not make this mental and emotional effort to seek God because he is lost. That’s why we would seek a coin or a sheep. But God is not lost. Nevertheless, there is always something through which or around which we must go to meet him consciously. This going through or around is what seeking is. He is often hidden. Veiled. We must go through mediators and around obstacles.

The heavens are telling the glory of God. So we can seek him through that. He reveals himself in his word. So we can seek him through that. He shows himself to us in the evidences of grace in other people. So we can seek him through that. The seeking is the conscious effort to get through the natural means to God himself—to constantly set our minds toward God in all our experiences, to direct our minds and hearts toward him through the means of his revelation. This is what seeking God means.

And there are endless obstacles that we must get around in order to see him clearly, and so that we can be in the light of his presence. We must flee every spiritually dulling activity. We must run from it and get around it. It is blocking our way.

We know what makes us vitally sensitive to God’s appearances in the world and in the word. And we know what dulls us and blinds us and makes us not even want to seek him. These things we must move away from and go around if we would see God. That is what seeking God involves.

And as we direct our minds and hearts Godward in all our experiences, we cry out to him. This too is what seeking him means.

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.” (Isaiah 55:6)

“If you will seek God and plead with the Almighty for mercy...” (Job 8:5)

Seeking involves calling and pleading. O Lord, open my eyes. O Lord, pull back the curtain of my own blindness. Lord, have mercy and reveal yourself. I long to see your face.

The great obstacle to seeking the Lord is pride. “In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him” (Psalm 10:4). Therefore, humility is essential to seeking the Lord.

The great promise to those who seek the Lord is that he will be found. “If you seek him, he will be found by you” (1 Chronicles 28:9). And when he is found, there is great reward. “Whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). God himself is our greatest reward. And when we have him, we have everything. Therefore, “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!”