Wings and Wheels is an annual event, which like the Goodwood events focus on fast cars, but have the added dimension of display after display of tightly choreographed and highly skilled plane manouevres. One of the main attractions just has to be the Red Arrows.
The pictures are taken from a stunning double A4 spread in the Dunsfold brochure.
1 The LORD says to my Lord:
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet."
2 The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion;
you will rule in the midst of your enemies.
3 Your troops will be willing
on your day of battle.
Arrayed in holy majesty,
from the womb of the dawn
you will receive the dew of your youth.
In Psalm 24 verse 3 - 7
Who may ascend the hill of the LORD ?
Who may stand in his holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to an idol
or swear by what is false. [a]
5 He will receive blessing from the LORD
and vindication from God his Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, O God of Jacob. [b]
7 Lift up your heads, O you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
In 2 Timothy 2:19-21
19Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."
20In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble us noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
In Matthew 24:38 - 44
38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
In Joel 2 : 6- 9
6 At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;
every face turns pale.
7 They charge like warriors;
they scale walls like soldiers.
They all march in line,
not swerving from their course.
8 They do not jostle each other;
each marches straight ahead.
They plunge through defenses
without breaking ranks.
9 They rush upon the city;
they run along the wall.
They climb into the houses;
like thieves they enter through the windows.
Track off Unreleased Double CD Early Harvest:
"JOEL 2" The Plain: ©A. Christopher Welch/Michael Thom, Poem by A Christopher Welch
1990/Music:© A. Christopher Welch based on a chord sequence by John Stevens 1978.
In the shadow of the distant rocks
Across the barren plain
I saw an army approaching swiftly, a people without name
Terrifying was the sight of them, marching without a sound,
Striding forward purposefully, making for the towns.
They're rushing in like mighty men, yet never break their ranks,
As unannounced as thieves they come, none can cut them back
The sun and moon grow very dark, the Word of the Lord is strong
At last the breakthrough trumpet blasts, awaited O so long.
It is the second anointing, raising dead men's souls
Crashing through all the people's fears, whose faith was filled with holes,
Comforting the afflicted, aligning with the just,
To bring judgement on all rulers, ruled by their own lusts.
The Almighty power of the Living Word upon a multi-bannered army
Of valiant men expert in war, wreaking God's vengeance calmly,
Knowing the Word of faith to be enough to shatter the Devil's lies
Whose proud boast counters heaven and Christ's Church who he defies.
They appear from nowhere this secret army formed in a hidden place,
Hewn out of humble quarries now joined in smooth embrace
The Son of Man like lightning stands in east and west displayed
For wherever the dead body is there the eagles fly.
Eagle's Flight:© A. Christopher Welch/Michael Thom 'Telstar' type Keyboard Solo: John Daniels All additional Keyboard: Michael Thom Administered by No Name Ltd. 1991
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Those who love Him by Mother Basilea Schlink
AC Welch continues:
I touched on the subject of Jesus being our first love here in the Tree of Good post
God gave us 10 commandments.
But the first one is the key to everything. Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength; which is the fuller description to "You shall have no other gods before me" in Exodus 20:3 .
Various translations of Psalm 25:14
NIV The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
New Living Trans The LORD is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant.
GODS WORD 1995 The LORD advises those who fear him. He reveals to them the intent of his promise.
NASV The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.
This is not a Rehearsal this is going on Now
There are two types of situations that God's glory rests upon. In the Spirit they are the same. They are a place of first love.
There are those like Mary Magdalan who literally crash into the grace of God having lived a life of deep sin and rebellion. Those who are forgiven much love much. I wrote to evangelist Steve Cattell on Facebook "We never hear anything more about "Mary Magdalen the sinner" in the gospels.
Don't ever forget that she became the NO.1 special agent who was used to undercover what happened to Jesus.
She was so changed God used her to effectively open the Door to the new Kingdom era!
She found Jesus alive! Even the apostles had a hard time believing her. This is the trouble with Kingdom stuff...its too fantastic for us. We are way behind, trying to catch up with God.
The other type of situation are those who seek God early in life. This is literally the fulfilment of "they seek Him early". God honours teens and young adults who honour Him. Every hormone in your body is pulling on you to do otherwise. God honours this purity. He shows and reveals Himself to such, and rests upon them in a particularly unique way to reveal Himself to others.
The order of Melchizedek, this order that Jesus operates from has this rather weird aspect to it.The wisdom of man honours those who are old and experienced. The order of Melchizedek honours those at any age who have this first love for Jesus. By means of the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, children of five and six, younger teens and older teens like Evan Roberts in the Welsh Revival, can receive direct from this "Eternal Now" order of God and literally impart heaven's atmosphere into a gathering of saints, or friends and family.
The Order of Melchizedek, this Kingdom of the Eternal Now is always on. It is never switched off. It is always waiting for us to get caught up in it. This is revival atmosphere. This is what Norman Grubb calls experiencing continuous revival. We don't wait for a first level, second level, third level to manifest fully in our life. God's Kingdom is "wheels within wheels" (Ezekiel). From day one of knowing Jesus we can experience Ephesians chapter 1 and 2, being seated with Christ in the heavenly places. Since the Cross, Jesus has legitimized this experience ready for every man, woman and child on the Earth.
Those young people who experience this order full on, don't want sex, drugs,highs of other types. God's Presence is like no other form of intoxification....it stands alone in leaving you intact.Or rather , afterwards you are MORE intact than you were before.But you are not particularly religious....because you manifest internal reality...not a fake outer cloak of religion.
How do I know these things? It is my life story since the age of 13. And although I rebelled as a Christian, God keeps you from the worst ravages of prolonged rebellion, teaching you His ways and the clever protection techniques that are in His Word, in His Presence, and now, above all in His Grace. All while the real process for which He called us is going on....the reproduction of Himself inside us, as us, expressed by our own unique personalities. From the womb of the dawn you will receive the dew of your youth Ps110. This is a clever phrase because it means both things I have been writing about. Those who seek Him early in life. But those who receive the grace of God later on in life receive back from God "the dew of a new youth", from the womb of the dawn of the NEW ETERNAL DAY.....the Eternal Now.
This third level people who appear from nowhere, marching in step,facing forward, with one intent, "seeing only one thing" with a single eye...
have already been through a selection process. An unconscious selection process. We see from the scriptures above....nobody knows it is going on. In Judges 7, Gideon selects from 32,000 people first those who do not have fear, then secondly and secretly, those who drink in a certain way, expressing the "single eye", the first love. In David's case, the mighty men revealed themselves in unfavorable circumstances while gathered around their "possible" new King. The promises rested upon David's life, but it sure didn't look possible most of the time they were going from cave to cave with him in the wilderness. They were totally unaware that a selection process was already underway. Jesus was already surrounded by many disciples, but only 12 were chosen to be his 3rd level special ops. on the day of Acts 2.
When we live from "first love" , we unconsciously are being selected for these special ops, like Mary Magdalen's Kingdom opening special op.,(special operation) alongside Mary mother of Jesus, who had already fixed herself by her verbal confession "Be it unto me according to your Word".
Matthew 24 is a passage beloved of final days studies, but the truth is that passage is always and continuously being fulfilled through history. Certain people fill the criteria. They are removed, or singled out for remaining while the others are removed....to singlehandedly push anti-slavery laws through Parliament....to bring revival....to effect changes on a world level ....like Harriet Beecher Stowe in America through her book Uncle Tom's Cabin.
We choose in the end, it says in 2 Timothy 2, whether we are going to be that noble vessel, useful to the Master, ready for His particular special OPs. We draw near to Him....but then we learn all the secrets of His covenant.
That none of it is of ourselves
That it's always by His grace
That more specifically it is Him in us and through us.
How do we learn all this? By seeking Him. By waiting on Him as in Psalm 123 verse 2
As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
till he shows us his mercy.
We become a qavah people, where qavah means to wait upon with expectation, but also to bind together with, to join ourselves intimately with. This is learning Christ as me in the same way Jesus learned the Father as Him. He did nothing unless He saw the Father doing it. How do you come to the "seeing"....through the qavah process. The Lord (2 Tim 2) needs to be allowed to KNOW, to entwine with those who are His....and then they will have power to turn away from wickedness.When I was a teen hearing the message of first love through Mother Basilea Schlink, and another young American who stormed into a Christian school in India...believing for the whole school to be converted....and got it....
Each one of them individually, had to open as if it were a door inside them and they also had to enter an even higher place of communication with Christ, which at the same time, would open their inner doors to the manifestation in great power of this force of light."