The Mark of the Beast (poem by me)

Sons and daughters, listen to my voice,
A time will come when people in ev’ry place,
must receive the mark of the beast by choice,
to buy and sell things in the marketplace.

It will be on the forehead or on the hand,
It might be an implanted computer chip,
It might be a barcode tattoo or brand,
Maybe an identification strip.

The number is of the beast: 666.
They can kill your body but not your soul,
Death to the flesh is better than this!
Fear God, He has sovereign control.

Be warned, my dear, not to go with flow,
When the time comes, stand firm and say no!

*This poem is based on Revelation 13:11-18.
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The Beast from the Sea (poem by me)

The dragon stands near the ocean shore,
and a beast emerges,
It is given great authority,
and people worship the beast from the sea.

It has seven heads and ten horns,
One head seems to have a fatal wound,
but he recovers from the injury,
and people worship the beast from the sea.

Its mouth is like that of a lion,
Its feet resemble a bear’s,
It utters proud and bold blasphemy,
and people worship the beast from the sea.

The beast wages war against God’s people
whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life,
They will be led into captivity,
but they won’t worship the beast from the sea.

*This poem is based on Revelation 13:1-10.
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The Woman & the Dragon (poem by me)

Lift your eyes to heaven for this great sign,
A pregnant woman clothed with the sun,
Crowned with twelve stars, the moon under her feet,
Then another sign appeared in heaven,
A red dragon with many crowned heads and horns,
Its tail swept a third of the stars to Earth,
The blood of the Lamb triumphed over him,
The serpent spewed water at the woman,
The earth swallowed the water to save her,
Then the dragon waged war with her offspring.

Based on Revelation 12.

The Second Woe (poem by me)

God will appoint two witnesses,
witnesses that prophesy,
prophesy for 1260 days,
days of verbal virtuosity.

Even the rain will wait and listen,
listen to the two with power,
power to invoke plagues,
plagues and fire that devour.

Then the men will be attacked,
attacked by the beast,
beast that kills the men,
men who lay deceased.

Then God will breathe,
breathe into the two men,
men once dead now alive,
and taken up to heaven.

Then the earth rumbled,
rumbled and killed some,
some dead from the second woe,
woe number three yet to come.

This poem is based on Revelation 11.

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Psalm to the Lord (by me)

Your ways are higher than my ways,
You are perfect, flawless,
Your deeds are worthy of honor & praise,
Be exalted over all worthless idols,
Let your glory spread like wildfire,
Your Name & Your Presence are more precious than gold to me,
You are awesome because You are good;
You are faithful when I am not;
You are merciful, giving much more grace than is deserved,
No one compares to You,
My heart sings a song for my Beloved;
Let it find You in perfect harmony, my Lord;
You are my God, You light my way, O Holy One,
I take refuge in You; You are my strength,
You are my Strong Tower,
You saved me from death—me and my loved ones,
When it was dark and death prepared to
strike like a python without warning,
When I had no hope or strength,
You were there with me in the dark night of my soul,
You held my hand for You care for the brokenhearted,
the downcast in soul,
You heard my prayer, You answered
swiftly like an eagle zeroing in on its prey,
You help me succeed in the public square,
You make onlookers wonder how;
I will tell them it’s You;
You are my strong arm,
The omnipotent One,
You are the key,
The omniscient,
You are my Father in heaven,
Creator of all the earth,
You are the Spirit inside me
purifying me of sin
Who made the universe?
You did, Mighty God.
Who made each one of us?
No one but You, Lord of all lords;
Who put the sun in the sky and
the moon to give its light at night?
The One who is Sovereign & All Powerful,
It is the Almighty God.

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Erika B. Girard is a graduate of Saint Leo University in Florida with her B.A. in English Literary Studies and a minor in Hospitality Management. Originally from Rhode Island, she loves her family, friends, faith, and finding suitable words to express concepts beyond herself. She claims writing, proofreading, and photography as some of her greatest passions and says, “Challenge yourself to great things; if you find something you can’t do, try harder.”

Gerard Sarnat MD’s won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize; has been nominated for Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards; authored HOMELESS CHRONICLES (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting The Ice King (2016); and is widely published including recently by New Ulster, Gargoyle, Stanford, Oberlin, Wesleyan, Johns Hopkins, Virginia Commonwealth, Harvard, University of Edinburgh, Columbia, Brown, Main Street Rag, American Journal Of Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, New Delta Review, Brooklyn Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, San Francisco Magazine, New York Times. Mount Analogue selected KADDISH for distribution nationwide Inauguration Day. Poetry was chosen for a 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium. Gerry’s been married since 1969 with three kids, five grandsons and looking forward to future granddaughters.

Jane Beal, PhD has created many collections of poetry, including _Sanctuary_ (2008), _Rising_ (2015) and _Song of the Selkie_ (forthcoming) as well as three audio recording projects: “Songs from the Secret Life,” “Love-Song,” and “The Jazz Bird.” She also writes magical realist fiction, creative non-fiction, literary criticism, and music, and she teaches at the University of La Verne in southern California: http://janebeal.wordpress.com.

Judy K. Haught, Christian 48 years. She began with short stories, and poetry. She discovered her writings were always ending with Christ as Victorious, showing Him as the “Great I Am.”

Molly ~ wound dresser These are desperate days and people are losing hope in record numbers. “People need the LORD” just like the old Steve Green song said. My desire is to bring the gifts God has given me, of encouragement and teaching, to a world dying for hope and searching for the healing, I believe, only Jesus Christ can bring to the wounded heart.

Rachelle Larsen was born and raised in Spring, Texas. Currently, she is pursuing a Creative Writing MFA at BYU while teaching high school Physics and Chemistry.

Ramelle T. Lee, author, poet, businesswoman, staff writer for the Lamp Newsletter. Former co-host and news anchor for Restore! Restore! radio ministry for six seasons 2016-2019. Founder and President of Touching Your Heart Ministries, to reach people who feel hopeless, deeply hurt, rejected, wounded and broken-hearted. She has published over 50 poems and numerous other meditation messages. Three of her books are available on Amazon.com: Step into His Greatness, For You… A Prayer For Our Family, and Rescued by God’s Almighty Power. Author Lee has eleven basket ministries to reach women, men, boys, teens, and little children. She desires to bring hope and joy to others through the message of God’s love. Ramelle resides in Detroit, MI.

Ross Archer is a retired Colonel from the US Army where he served 23 years. He is an active Rotarian and a Gideon. He and his wife reside in Thomasville, Georgia and share five children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Sandra Lynn Hickman is an Australian author, writer, poet and songwriter. A mother of two adult daughters and a grandmother of 12 wonderful blessings. Born in Fremantle Western Australia, she currently lives south of the capital city of Perth, Western Australia. Sandra is the Australian Headquarters Ministry Leader and Staff Writer for the Lamp Newsletter in Detroit USA. She considers writing as a marvellous mission to spread the name of Jesus. Sandra is a Contributing Author to six Christian Publications. Her ambition is to see her beloved book entitled “The Letter” published.

Sandy Loam is the pen name of a wife and mother from Los Baños and Bay, Laguna, Philippines. A researcher at heart, she occasionally writes as the Lord leads. She also loves to sing and play some instruments, making melody in her heart, as well as gardening and sketching for the Lord.

Susannah Cragwick holds a Masters degree in Music Performance from The University of Montana and is the granddaughter of WWII Veterans. She currently resides in Missoula, Montana and runs her own business teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and beginner and intermediate level Arabic.

Wanda J. Burnside is an author, poet, teacher and publisher/founder of The Lamp Newsletter. She is the founder and president of Write the Vision Ministries and Media Productions, Int’l. She has been married to Simmie Lee Burnside, Jr. since 1972. They reside in Detroit, MI.

The Mighty Angel (poem by me)

A face like the sun,
The mighty angel places his
right foot on the sea
and his left foot on the land,
He holds a scroll in his hand.

He shouts like a roar,
Then the seven thunders speak
a great mystery,
Then the mighty angel says,
“There will be no more delay!”

I accept the scroll,
The mighty angel tells me,
“Take it and eat it,”
The scroll tastes sweet as honey
But turns sour in my stomach.

This poem is based on Revelation 10.