Vol: 65 Issue: 16 Friday, February 16, 2007
While not the main focus of this morning’s Omega Letter, with all the hubbub about global warming raging all around, it is worth noting that it was just barely above freezing when we woke up in Jacksonville, Florida this morning.
The forecast for today in Orlando is the mid-50s, and there are warnings of a hard freeze tonight. Some of you may have also noticed that the House Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality canceled its hearing, Climate Change: Are Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Human Activities Contributing to a Warming of the Planet?
The reason? The record-breaking ice storm that layered the Washington DC area with several inches of ice and snow.
The day before we left Steve Spillman’s house in South Carolina, Steve gave me a book written by his father, Jim Spillman, in the late 1970’s. The book, called “The Omega Cometh” was an incredibly prescient examination of the signs of the times, as Jim saw them thirty years ago.
I was struck by the fact that, other than removing the dates that would have given the game away, one would have thought it had been published within the last couple of years.
The same could be said of Hal’s “The Late Great Planet Earth” published almost a decade earlier. How could both these men have been so uncannily accurate it their predictions?
The answer is simple. They followed the outline presented by the Bible for the last days. We don’t know the nuts and bolts details that God would use to paint the Big Picture, but we know what the Big Picture will look like when it is finished.
What does this mean? First, it adds to the mountain of evidence that supports the contention that these are the last days as predicted by the Scriptures. If these were not the last days, then neither Lindsey nor Spillman would have enjoyed such incredible accuracy.
Neither man was a prophet, but they did have the Ultimate Source of prophecy from which to work.
Secondly, since both books read as if they’d been written today, rather than thirty years ago, it confirms that we are as far along the road toward the fulfillment of all Bible prophecy in this generation as we think we are.
What they predicted as future events constitute the top headlines in our morning newspapers.
Jesus warned of signs in the sun, and in the moon and in the stars, the sea and the waves roaring, the distress and perplexity of nations, men’s hearts failing them for fear, etc. (Luke 21:25-26)
Both Lindsey and Spillman interpreted the Scriptures in light of what contemporary science was predicting for the near future. Science in the 1970’s was no less hysterical about the dangers lurking just around the corner, especially the dangers posed by global climate change.
Nations were just as perplexed and distressed about climate change then as now — except that in the 1970’s the global scientific consensus was that the world was facing an impending ice age.
Thirty years later, the global scientific consensus is no less hysterical, the nations are no less perplexed and distressed, the cry of “something must be done” is just as shrill, but the coming Ice Age has been replaced by Global Warming.
Jesus addressed neither an Ice Age nor Global Warming. He said that the generation that would see His return would be perplexed and distressed by the signs of “those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”
All Spillman and Lindsey did was use the scientific consensus as it existed at the time to underscore the distress and perplexity over changing global weather patterns. Spillman and Lindsey were consistently accurate — they relied on the Bible. It is the scientists who keep getting it wrong.
While we were there, Steve and I got into a discussion about the Omega Letter membership, and in particular, the Omega Letter Member’s forums, including the Prayer Requests and Praise forums, Members Only Discussion forums, Bible Discussion Forums, Witnessing Discussion forums, etc.
I confess I bragged on you a bit. I am proud of the way you all come together to share the burdens of this existence, pray for one another, help each other with advice and answers to the ‘hard questions’ we all run into when sharing our witness of Christ, and the praise reports you share to encourage each other along the way.
Steve exclaimed, “This is like an electronic church — only without the bricks and mortar. It reminds me of my dad’s church when I was growing up.”
“Dad was not hung up with denominational divisions, and was more interested in Christian fellowship than in denominationalism. His flock were born-again Christians, rather than born again Baptists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, etc.”
I told Steve that the regular members of our forum family often refer to themselves the Omega Letter Fellowship.
Steve got a thoughtful look on his face, and said, “That’s interesting. My dad’s Church was called ‘The Omega Fellowship’.”
Steve told me that until that moment, he’d not noticed the connection.
Then he said, “Wait! I just remembered the name of Dad’s ministry publication. It was ‘The Omega Letter’.”
Now it was my turn to look thoughtful. “Steve, I didn’t know that. Does that mean I owe your dad royalties? Your dad’s ministry was a bit before my time. Until we met, all I knew of your dad was that he had written the book that John Brown says inspired him to found Zion Oil to look for oil where the Bible said it should be.”
Steve laughed at the royalty joke, but as we talked, we were both struck by a renewed sense of what Steve called ‘Divine serendipity’.
Jim Spillman published the book that inspired John Brown to look for oil in Israel. We’ve discussed the global effect of a major oil strike in Israel in previous Omega Letter Briefs, and how such a strike would change the course of history.
Steve reminded me how he and I had met. Steve had heard of the Omega Letter and had written me to ask if he could advertise the book his dad had written and he had updated called “The Great Treasure Hunt.”
I read the book and published a column about the incredible implications of an oil strike in Israel. The column found its way into John Brown’s hands, and John Brown got in touch with me. It is worth noting that John told me while I was in Dallas;
“You know, I’ve written you twice and called you once, but you ‘blew me off’.” (his words). “It wasn’t God’s time. I believe that now it is.”
John’s contact efforts were more than four years ago. It was just last year that God had me sell everything we owned, move into an RV, and go where He would lead me. At that point, I had never met or spoken with John and had only met Steve once when he offered me a publishing contract I had not yet accepted.
As I have already said on more than one occasion, I had no idea what the mission was, and have even confessed that sometimes I thought I had taken leave of my senses.
That led to meeting Steve, who is also the president of True Potential Publishing. Through Steve, I met John Brown, whose Zion Oil was born out of the prophecies of Scripture predicting the discovery of oil in Israel in the last days first laid out by Steve’s dad, Jim.
Jim Spillman was the founder of the Omega Fellowship, whose ministry published a monthly “Omega Letter” that was, in essence, the ‘bricks and mortar’ mirror-image of our own Omega Letter Fellowship.
More remarkable than that was the fact that Steve and I had become very close friends before we’d made any of these connections.
And I’ve mentioned how, when I visited the Zion Oil offices during my recent trip to Dallas, that it seemed that God had assembled the major players in Zion Oil, most of whom shared the same refrain; “I can’t explain how I got involved in this.”
I wrote in Volume 64, Issue 28 (“Bigger Than Dallas”);
“John took me to the Zion Oil and Gas offices in Dallas, where he made a point of introducing me to the various geologists, accountants, executive officers and lawyers who work there.
It was more like being introduced to members of a church fellowship than the executive officers of an oil company.
While I was there, John called the Zion officials in Israel, including the president of the Israeli division of Zion Oil and its chief counsel. John would suddenly say, “I want you to meet Jack” and hand me the phone.”
I also wrote in that volume, “I actually heard him tell one of his marketing executives that he didn’t want them to try and entice new investors and not to waste time on such nonsense — his words, not mine.”
“This is God’s project,” he said. “God will provide in His time. We needn’t worry ourselves about that. The mission is to spread the message about what God is about to do for His Chosen People. Spread the word, and let God handle the rest.”
Right now, I find myself sitting in an RV park in Jacksonville, Florida, my rig parked beside Steve Spillman’s rig. We are here to attend the NRB convention, following last week’s “Night to Honor Israel” which I attended as John Brown’s guest.
I am attending the NRB at John Brown’s invitation. One of the reasons is to discuss an idea first broached by John Brown while we were in Dallas — to eventually write the story of Zion Oil and its role in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy for this generation.
What a powerful tool such a story would be in our efforts to lead the lost to Christ.
(And while here, as I mentioned, I will also have a chance to spend some more time with Sandra Levitt and Jeffrey Seif of “Zola Levitt Presents” — a Messianic ministry dedicated to introducing God’s Chosen People to their Messiah. That is a special ‘cookie’ for me personally.)
Let’s tie it together. The Omega Letter shares more than just its name with the ministry founded by Jim Spillman, Steve’s father, which coincidentally served as the catalyst that spawned Zion Oil, which is on the cusp of changing the course of Israel’s history by discovering the riches of the deep buried beneath the Land of Promise.
I had never heard of Zion Oil or Steve Spillman (or even Jim Spillman) until God brought us all together — through the auspices of the Omega Letter — which hosts the Omega Letter Fellowship we are all a part of.
The Omega Letter was so named because Omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet and was used by Jesus Christ to symbolize the last days:
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)
Our Omega Letter fellowship is dedicated to the proposition that the Lord is moving in a mighty way in these last days, preparing an army of one-on-one evangelists to carry the message of the Lord’s soon return to the lost.
We come together in our forums as a fellowship, dedicated to pooling our resources and knowledge, for the express purpose of encouraging each other as we labor to expand the Kingdom while there is still time.
When one sits down to think about it, it is truly, truly awe-inspiring. There are just too many coincidence for this all to be coincidental. If one steps back, one can see the Hand of God all over the Big Picture — and you and I are part of it.
Just imagine! God is Personally using each of you, through your unflagging support of our shared ministry, and has raised up a global fellowship (our members hail from every hemisphere, and dozens of countries) to work a work that may eventually play a role in changing the course of history that will turn Israel from international pariah to one of the world’s leading oil nations in these last days.
You — each of you — find yourself playing a leading role in the actual fulfillment of Bible prophecies recorded by Moses more than three thousand years ago.
Steve called it “Divine serendipity.” From the perspective of Jack Kinsella, a redeemed sinner of no particular importance, I’d have to call it a ‘miracle’.
A REAL miracle, not the store-bought kind you see on TV.
It isn’t me. I just write a daily column. YOU are the fellowship that makes it possible.
This is hard for me to explain. I don’t want to sound like I think I am “all that and a bag of chips.” I know better. I am just a donkey that tries to carry the Message, but it is exciting beyond words to share with you where our Rider is leading us.
As I said, there are too many coincidences for this to be coincidental.
Why am I sharing all this? It is because I believe that WE, you and I, are being used as part of evolving prophecy fore-ordained by God for the nation of Israel at exactly this moment in history.
“Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you.” (Habakkuk 1:5)
Habakkuk was right. I can scarcely believe it. But God is working in our days, and I wonder marvelously. And I believe that our fellowship has been thrust right smack-dab in the middle of it.
The King IS coming! And we — all of us, have been chosen to be part of the process. Be humbled. Be encouraged.
And be excited!