THE DRAMA OF TRAUMA: EXPOSING THE END TIME
The two pretty teenage girls paced nervously back and forth in the musty dark cave. Their father looked like he’d aged twenty years since the destruction of the cities and his wife’s untimely death. The sisters observed how his sunken eyes stared into space, unseeing, but slowly moving side to side as if he was watching something repeatedly horrific played out before him. His hands, looking withered and gnarled like the ancient trunk a massive olive tree, were motionless in his lap, except for the tension they screamed. The girls had never seen him like this before. He’d always been a rock for them. But now, things were different. They no longer had a place to call home. All the comforts of possessions, family and friends were gone, and their mother had been suddenly transformed before their eyes from the warm maternal figure they’d loved into a grainy, dull pillar of salt. Now here in this isolated cave all hope seemed gone. Their father had once been a leading, respected man in Sodom but since the heavenly messengers visited at their front door everything had changed. They full well knew that had they not fled with their parents they would have died with the rest of the inhabitants of the cities. Several of their siblings had chosen to remain and had perished. It was just too much to take in and the shock of the annihilation of everything that they’d known had left them spinning. Would they die here in this cave? Was there any reason to live now that everything was gone? Their father had trusted that the God of his uncle Abraham would care for them. But the girls knew little of that god. All they knew was that they’d lost everything. Why would He care for them?
A creeping fear skulked into their dizzied minds whilst their imaginations went wild. When trauma has its way, mounting fears conceive progressively worse and immoral prospects, to the end that the best of consciences is reasoned away in favor of the nastiest debauchery, self-will and terror ridden defenses. What if?; becomes the catalyst for eventual decision. Then moving with unified, evil purpose, the girls coerced their crazed father to drink of their wine till he was insensibly intoxicated. What’s more, he probably didn’t even remember what they’d done until it was long over. For, once having seduced their own father with incestuous action, generated by their mad fear developed in trauma, two babies were conceived. These two boys would eventually grow up to found two idolatrous nations of the worst sort. Moab, was the first of those offspring. Interestingly, the scriptures seem to indicate that his birth, into a yet young world, appears as if it may have set into motion the construction of a stronghold for a demonic entity, or principality, who would also be tagged as Moab, and could dwell.
The average Christian does not understand that strongholds, fortresses of imaginations and philosophies, occupied by a particular strong men, are constructed by human and demonic cooperation. Satan looks for people who will enable and provide him with a way to build ungodly bastions in the earth, and thereby, set up residence for an evil spirit to occupy. The daughters of Lot cooperated with that fully. But we must keep in mind, it all originally began with the trauma of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah: or did it? Furthermore, if you’ll remember the prophecy of Jeremiah, God will reverse Moab’s captivity and restore its fortunes in the latter days. (Jer. 48:46-47) What does this all mean?
Jer 48:46 Woe be unto thee, O Moab! the people of Chemosh perisheth: for thy sons are taken captives, and thy daughters captives. 47 Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, saith the LORD. Thus far is the judgment of Moab. KJV
Jer 48:46 Woe to you, O Moab! The people of [the god] Chemosh are undone; for your sons are taken away captive and your daughters into captivity. 47 Yet will I reverse the captivity and restore the fortunes of Moab in the latter days, says the Lord. Thus far is the judgment on Moab. AMP
If this prophecy applies to our time and lives, we need to pay attention to how it all began, because there is nothing original or creative in how the enemy works. So, let’s take a little while to examine the initial sequence of events, and the individuals directly involved with this unpleasant historic episode and take a journey back in time to the early years of Lot, long before he lived in Sodom. Once we understand Lot’s frame of mind and the development of his character, we’ll be able to understand how the platform for the family’s reaction to disaster developed and why trauma plays a huge role in the re-establishment of this enemy so to affect the future and potential revival in the earth. Then, you can grasp how Moab became an ultimate next step in their young lives.
THE ORIGINS OF MOAB
A MAN SEARCHING FOR SIGNIFICANCE PRODUCES CHILDREN WHO LIVE IN THE FEAR OF “WHAT IF?”
Gen 11:27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah. 30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.(KJV)
Gen 12:1-Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.(KJV)
Lot is an interesting fellow. The scriptures imply he was fatherless at a young age, later raised by his grandfather, and eventually, reared by his uncle Abram (Abraham). Although, having experienced a multi-generational family upbringing, one can’t help but wonder if Lot longed for a stronger father figure than what he’d known since his own father was out of the picture. In fact, it almost looks like Lot was a tag-a-long, never quite fitting in, and never quite belonging to anyone. In some ways you can’t help but question if Abram felt obligated to take Lot along with him since Lot didn’t seem to have a clear purpose for life. What’s more, one might ask if Abram was in some way’s disobedient by taking Lot along since the point was made that he took Lot with him. On the other hand, maybe Lot was more of an adventurous soul than what appears. But, if you look at the lifestyle he was attracted to, it carries the notion that he was looking for a more structured, secure living environment than what he’d grown up in. I believe this was one of the reasons he chose to live in the city limits of Sodom.
Gen 13:5-And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.(KJV)
The combination of all the biblical evidence seems to reveal that Lot struggled with deep feelings of insignificance insinuating that he was unsatisfied with his life and limited individual expression. In many ways, from how the scriptures read, it looks like he originally lived off of Abram’s vision and accomplishments. What’s more, we see in Gen. 13 that he’d become independently wealthy, so much so that his success conflicted with Abram. Consequently, as time progressed, strife developed between Abram’s and Lot’s herdsmen over the difficulty finding enough pasture for their separate flocks. In order to avert relational disaster, Abram offered Lot the opportunity to go wherever he wanted. Yet, when given the choice pick of the land, Lot selected what looked like the most prosperous area of the plain of Jordan, even though it was connected to a very evil region and culture. Lot’s choice was also entirely made from a natural perspective. We don’t know for certain, but the scriptures don’t indicate if he included God in his decision making process. He decided what he wanted based on what he thought looked like the best way to go. In addition, Gen. 13:12 reveals that in his move away from Abram, Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom, fully aware that the city was known for great wickedness. All of these factors would eventually contribute to what happened after he lost everything. He was primed for great trauma and Moab was an eventuality waiting for the right situation to come on the scene.
THE FAMILY OF LOT?
Genesis 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; (#1, Lot)
Genesis 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. (#2 & 3, Lot's first and second unmarried daughters)
Genesis 19:12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons , and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: (#4 & 5, Lot's first and second sons- Scholars differ concerning these sons )
Genesis 19:14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters , and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. (#6 & 7, Lot's first and second married daughters- Scholars differ as to who these were)
Genesis 19:14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law , which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. (#8 & 9, Lot's first and second sons-in-law )
As the story line moves along, we eventually find Lot living in Sodom with his wife and two virgin, unmarried daughters. The four of them lived together in this home when the two heavenly messengers visited. There is a wide range of opinion on how many children he actually had, and because of this it’s hard to say for certain. What’s more, depending on which resource you use, there is also an indication that he had at least two more daughters, who were married, because Lot went to his son’s in laws to urge them to flee. The angels had also asked him if he had any sons, although Lot did not seem to indicate that he had sons, which means he did not have an heir. Finally, there is also no reason not to suppose he may have also had grandchildren. Considering all these possibilities, you can begin to see he’d accomplished what he had longed for: significance of family, possessions, and position. He also must have been substantially wealthy in order to be respected in the gates of the city as a wise man. But one thing stands out. Even though he is described as righteous, according to 2 Peter 2:7, and disturbed by the sinful lifestyles of Sodom’s population, he didn’t seem to be strong enough to withstand the evils of the society, or be an overcomer in the midst of the place. In fact, it’s logical to assume that he probably had become so used to the ungodly influence of the culture that he’d become warped in his thinking and conscience. This was a man on the verge of compromise. Furthermore, we read how his children and son’s in laws, swayed by the environment of the city, and mocked him when he tried to warn them to leave lest they die in the impending judgment.
It’s hard to imagine all the inner wrestling he must have experienced in that less than 24 hour period. But at least he had the spiritual sense to recognize the angels who warned him, and listen to their counsel, albeit hesitantly. Just put yourself in his place for a moment. How would you respond if two heavenly messengers appeared at your front door and told you that God was going to destroy the city, including all you owned? Think about it. What would you do? How would you react? Would you try to collect all your valuables and keepsakes? Would you debate with the messengers in unbelief? Would you try to get others to leave with you, and if they didn’t believe you, how would you feel? The questions are endless. But in the end, your reactions would be determined on what you were made of. You never know what really you’re made of until crisis hits you head on. Your responses are a product of the relationship you have with God, your knowledge of His word and the unshakable trust that cradles your character and expressions. Multiplied trauma, like Lot and his family faced, and more may be coming on the earth. All nations and all peoples could face it. How will you react when those things accelerate around you?
THE NEED TO FEEL IMPORTANT
A great deal of time could be invested in describing what happened, and why, it occurred in Sodom and Gomorrah. And, although this is a worthy subject, we need to focus on how Moab emerged out of this traumatic event.
Lot and his family obviously were not eager to leave their home or their loved ones, who refused to heed the heavenly warnings. In fact, the scriptures reveal that the angelic emissaries forcibly seized Lot and his family, and mercifully dragged them out of the city to a safe distance so they could flee before judgment fell. Lot still couldn’t handle the fact that he was going to lose everything, and even after being instructed to flee to the mountains, he pressed the angels to allow him to live in Zoar for fear of what might happen to them if they hid in the nearby highlands. Then, even when they were granted permission to do so, it wasn’t long before we read that Lot and his daughters were taking shelter in a mountain cave. Furthermore, though warned not to look back, Lot’s wife couldn’t resist, and perished as she witnessed the firestorm. It’s hard to know what changed Lot’s mind to go to the caves, but once he got there he slid into a deep depression from the multiple traumas experienced.
His daughters, also products of their former living environment and father’s influence, exhibited great fear along with a lack of healthy moral conscience. So as the effects of the traumatic loss overtook their souls they began to rationalize away any form of sensible thinking. Please understand this. When trust in God is absent, trauma wounds the human emotions, mind and will. Then, rather than calling on God for help, those afflicted by the shock, make unwise decisions based on a collection of feelings and thinking patterns.
Moab was conceived and born because of the combination of Lot’s need for significance and past, the influence of Sodom’s wicked environment on his daughters, and an accumulation of emotional and mental processes that often develop when trauma is present. If Moab is to reemerge in the last days, then a similar mixture of conditions will need to be present to support its comeback. Obviously, it won’t be identical, but trauma will be the driving force of its existence.
Gen 19:30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. 31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: 32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our Father.35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.37 And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.KJV
Some of the emotions that played a major role for Moab, the son of Lot, to be conceived are as follows. Pride, over-powering grief, fear, despair, misplaced honor and blind denial. Each of these feelings, or state of mind, entangled together to produce a condition of exaggeration of reality that ended in self-deception. Lot’s daughters, for example, allowed the question of “what if?” to so take over their fearful thinking that they began to imagine the worst possible scenarios engulfing them. The Middle Eastern culture encouraged and esteemed women who marry and have offspring above singleness. To be single and childless was a shame no woman could easily bear. Therefore, the thought of not finding a man to marry, with no hope of producing offspring, was extremely distressing to the young women. Furthermore, we have no idea how much Lot’s need for being successful, and appearing fruitful through his own children, might have impacted his daughter’s perceptions on what they must do to be acceptable. This ideology produced a fear that was unrealistic, and catapulted them into additional anxiety. All these things then were accompanied by a bizarre corrupted sense of loyalty toward their father’s bloodline. They determined in a twisted way to take it upon themselves to preserve their father’s seed. Honor of the elders and family is a huge factor in many cultures and when it becomes perverted anything can become acceptable to preserve the family name and line. To do otherwise brings shame on the entire family. We don’t realize how far their thinking had gone until we recognize that they feared there wouldn’t ever be another man to come their way for marriage. This may sound logical, but it was highly improbable. Maybe there were more things going on there than is written about. But when trauma overtakes the weak-minded, a deliberate blindness sets in because reality is too painful to accept and cope with. It’s hard to believe anyone could go to such extremes without conviction of conscience. But these girls did. Perhaps they’d been corrupted by Sodom’s worldly and pagan influence. Nonetheless, their proud presumptuous actions reveal an inner deficit of morals that was already present in their hearts. What’s more, their abnormal sense of loyalty promoted a resistance of healthy forward motion. The “good ol’ days” and “how it used to be” commonly create an appeal that is born out of a fear of stepping into the unknown. Uncertain of whether they would ever find a spouse, they rejected that option, to settle for what was familiar and safe. Traumatized people seek security in the past and what is nearest to them because they deem that as being loyal to their roots, when in reality it is an idolatry of the past. We’ll see repeatedly that Moab drives people inward, propagating from one’s own seed without intermingling with anything outside.
For some reason Lot feared to remain in Zoar and fled to the mountain cave. Obviously, he had a real problem with trusting God, even when God had made a way of escape for him. Crucial decisions are best not made when you are in a fearful frame of mind. Panic never produces faith or wisdom. So Lot, shaken by the grievous loss of wife, home, possessions and family, made a questionable choice. It is possible that the wickedness of the region was not totally reduced by the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. However, escaping to the refuge of the cavern produced another problem that almost always accompanies the rise of Moab. Lot and his daughters were isolated.
Isolation, even for a short season can produce hopelessness and despair, if you are not trusting God. God made human beings for relationship and healthy interaction. Moab gains strength when there is no support system. So without the check and balance of healthy viewpoints on how to live, the daughters and Lot lost perspective and erred to an extreme.
What was it, then, that initiated the conception and eventual birth of Moab?
We’ve already seen how the pre-existing issues in both Lot and his daughters primed the setting for the conception of Moab once the multiple traumas had occurred. Still, the dastardly plot could not transpire if Lot was conscious of it. In fact, Lot most probably would not have cooperated with their perverted reasoning, had he been in full control of his senses. This meant that the two daughters would need to do something to make him oblivious to their actions.
Throughout the scriptures, wine has almost always been a seductive tool of the enemy. It desensitizes the mind. It blinds the spirit to responsible action, and it deadens the conscience to right and wrong. In Lot’s case, the daughters made him drink wine so that when he was intoxicated and unaware of what was happening, they would do their dirty work. In essence, they overcame his will with the use of the wine. Moab’s conception, birth and eventual lifestyle is linked with, and compared to, a specific type of ungodly spiritual wine. Like Babylon, in the book of Revelation, also described as bearing a cup of wine, Moab best functions when one’s boundaries of discernment have been dismantled. Much could be said about this wine, and what it may be linked with. But in Lot’s case, his daughters knew what they were doing and did it with wicked intention.
When I consider the collection of all of these conditions necessary for Moab’s upcoming advent, I can’t help but wonder if one of the groups Moab hopes to target will be unmarried young women. As trauma increases and loss engulfs families, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the enemy aims to overwhelmingly distress single women making them desperate enough to take matters of life into their own hands outside of seeking God. I am in hopes this material will help them avert the destructive damage the enemy intends against them.
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NEW BOOK IN PROGRESS
INTRODUCING “THE DRAMA OF TRAUMA: Exposing an End Times Enemy of Revival- MOAB”
Early in December 2012 Dr. Winslow sensed the Spirit of God urging her to write a series of articles on the End Times Enemy of Revival- Moab, emphasizing how this foe would be on the rise to overtake humanity through the onset of numerous global and individual traumas. This particular message is not an easy one to convey and in the past there has been huge resistance to it. However, as she began to write it, others began to encourage her to put the entirety of the study into a book form that would link modern events to the prophetic concepts of scripture pertaining to today. For too many reasons to detail in this newsletter, she began to assemble the material into chapter and book form. Her research took her into all sorts of studies including the archeological evidences of the giant races known as the Nephillim and the Emim, spoken of by 1 Enoch, theologians and modern archeologists. It has been quite a ride looking at all the angles of the history involved, even though much of it is only conjecture. However, in connection with current events, she has gathered a wealth of information on the increase of PTSD, (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and interviewing individuals who have been affected by multiple traumas. This is an unusual and interesting book, and she would value any prayer backing you might want to do as the subject matter is deeply needed but also generates enemy resistance. She hopes to complete the manuscript in early May. Dr. Winslow is sharing excerpts from a few of the chapters of the book in her newsletter to acquaint her readers with the significance of the issues.
Dr. Tamara is scheduling, for the months of June onward. She is tentatively planning to be in Singapore, Canada and England this year, as well as several other locations in the US. Currently her confirmed schedule is as follows:
August 25th- Mount Vernon Foursquare Fellowship, 5200 Eisenhower Ave. Ste. 200, Alexandria, VA 22304
Pastors Niki and Kelly Tsibaka
September 17th. Tuesday night service CHURCH ON THE LIVING EDGE 555 Markham Woods Road Longwood, Florida
Bishop/ Pastor Mark Chironna
Scheduling a conference in England for late October early November.
Please be praying with her as she recovers from the dental work and plans her upcoming travel schedule. If you would like for Dr. Winslow to speak at your church, function or group, please contact her at her website and email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the extensive dental work Dr. Winslow has been undergoing, she has not been traveling and ministering. Instead she has been spending the time at home recuperating, and when able, researching and writing new books, newsletter articles, blogging, composing music and doing the illustrations for her upcoming children’s books. She is in hopes to begin traveling again in June if she receives invitations to do so. But at this point in time the invitations are few.
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