Chapter 1

DEAD MAN’S HAND

Poker is a card game born out of the Old West to while away the boredom of life.  It is a game of chance the object of which is to bluff your opponent into thinking you have a better hand.  Five cards are dealt, and you play your best hand and call the bet.  We will never know what the fifth card was that Wild Bill Hickok was holding.  The hand he was holding was two pairs of Aces and two pairs of eights are in spades.   Not much of a hand to boast about.

I know the Lord plays poker He gave us the rules of the game it called Life.  Your set of cards are 66 books in the deck.  There are however only two hands you can play.  You can either be holding the Dead Man’s Hand or you can be holding a Full House. The full house comprises of Three Aces and a pair of tens.   For the layman this is the, Father, Son and the Holy Ghost, the pair of tens are me and my wife holding the covenant of the Lord on parchment paper. The bets on the table are high.  The stakes are high if you win you have eternal life if you lose eternal damnation.  You are not going to be able to plead mitigating circumstances after you are called to show your hand.  The Christ has already given you the rules of the game they are immutable.

Father already sent you two witnesses when you were in the cites of Sodom and Gomorrah and He sent two more during the end of the age of the Gentiles as it states in Rev. 11:3-4

And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

The great theologians do not even know who the witnesses are. They are the same ones that showed up to Lots house hundred of years earlier they are the angels sent from the Father to you.  Dressed like a common person and told you the truth. Somewhere in your life for three and a half years.  Like is states in Heb.13:2;

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Somewhere in your life the Holy Spirit visited you that is what this is saying.  There are two Olive trees that represent the two trees in the Garden, the tree of good and evil and the tree of life.  The two candlesticks represent the Gentiles and the Jewish people who are chosen and the Gentiles who are chosen by election and mercy of the Father.  Gentiles in the Hebrew language means heathen.

The age of a man from birth to death in figurative expressions is seven years which is seventy years.  This on an individual level is your tribulation period, seven years, from birth to death.  Half of seventy years a man is thirty-five years old which brings him to the middle of his life. The period between the Old Testament and the New Testament a period of darkness.  A time that man reflects on his life through the windows of time.  He either can not see what he has become, or he realizes he does not want to die.  The same holds true for the woman it is a parallel path that we all follow.

It has been written that a man’s days are number he will not rest until the time set for him is fulfilled which means death.  Three and a half years is not a long time in the path of eternity from the Alpha to the Omega.

 A man’s days are numbered. You know the number of his months. He cannot live longer than the time You have set. So now look away from him that he may rest, until he has lived the time set for him like a man paid to work, Job. 14:5.

So, men instinctively come to the fork in the road the Via Delarosa and it is at this juncture, the way of sorrow, in life that we have the chance to take time decide to do we turn right and decide to look at ourselves in truth at the Cross and reflect which thief are we that is hanging there with Christ.  Most of you are like the thief on the left the one that did not listen to the two angels that knocked on your door, figurative expression for your soul and spirit, darkness became desensitized in your spirit by the kings, the captains and the merchants that sold you their brand of darkness.  They knocked on your door and you allowed them into your temple and they cut down the tree of life to its roots.  You became like a drunkard with giddiness running to and fro from one opinion to another.  Never did you hear or see the angels that came to you.  A gaze came across your eyes and you spoke to me I don’t believe in God.

These are the men and women that are holding the Dead Man’s Hand they will suffocate to death on the Cross and never taste the freedom of eternity never dying always gasping for the breath of Christ.  I will address the path of the woman in a later chapter their path is different in nature.  They have also walked with me in the crowd and told me the same thing, I don’t believe in God.

To the remnant of men and women that are at the fork in the road, you realize the path of destruction you left in your wake and when you are staring at the Cross you are like the thief on the right of Christ.   You heard the two angels that told of Christ and like me you traveled half your life to hear his voice.  You are nailed to your judgement suffocating to death on the Cross gasping for the breath of Christ to give you eternal life.  In time you will be able to touch his hem because He heard you and look at you and said, from this day you will be in Paradise.  You will see Christ in time.

The remnant are the people that are holding Three Aces and a pair of tens, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit with a pair of tens the parchment of the covenant between you and the Father.  A Full House in your heart and soul the journey will still be long and perilous fraught with potholes, but you will finish the race and never gasped for the truth never dying.  Did you know when you are crucified your body becomes weak and your organs start pressing against your lungs and you start gasping for air.  I know this is true because I m going through the same fate today because of my illness.  The doctors told me there is no cure, but my Lord told me to follow Him and I will never have to gasped for the truth ever again.  He saw the marks on my body from the scourging of the kings, captains and the merchants that sell their charms from their lips.  I am the son of my Lord and He saved me by introducing me to Christ and I touched His hem.

For the sake of clarity, the witnesses of truth are the messengers of the Lord. They are the angels that tend to His affairs.  They showed up twice in the first half of your life and they will show up in the last half of your life the last three and half years the tribulation. Accordingly, to the kings of the altars the two witnesses in the last half of the tribulation are going to be two men perhaps Jewish in nature so the story goes.  I had to scratch my head my Lord the Creator will talk to you in a lot of venues.  This is evident in the story of Balaam and the donkey, Num.22:28-29;

And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.

And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?

Angels are the witnesses of the Lord they can show up as birds of the air, donkey’s whatever it takes to get your attention. You could hear that silent voice in your soul or see something around you that draws your eyes to the Lord.  So, for the kings to tell you that the two witnesses are going to be two men. I would not place my bet on that hand.  The Lord will talk to you in a way to catch your attention, just be still and listen. There are many kings, captains and merchants who will derail you from your path to Zion. They carry the ark of Lucifer and deal you the cards, Dead Man’s Hand, inside the ark is the numbers 666 the sign of man.

To understand how man got the mark 666 we have to drift back in time to where it all begin which we will explore next.