So . . . 10 years ago Zeph Daniel came on the scene. Wow, like I said, time's short . . . and it flies too!
10 years ago I was just graduating from law school. It was also one of the lowest points of my life. However, scraping, as I was, the nadir of my spiritual constitution . . . a faint light was starting to prick through, and it looked like Jesus, returning to fetch me from a dark ditch, amidst brambles, beat up, dazed . . . but still fighting.
Fighting through myself . . . to find the truth--the peace and assurance I had been seeking all my life. I had known Jesus before--He was not new to me, but like Thomas, I seemed to need more proof and so had tested and fleshed out practically every possible alternative, just to make sure . . . and had finally settled to the bottom of all such experiences, like a sunken, lifeless vessel--encrusted with supernatural barnacles and a hollow, worn-out haven where all manner of diverse and strange creatures could swim through, taunt, flaunt and dismiss at will.
A couple of years later, the night of April 16th 2004 . . . I was given the "great dressing down" where He showed me what I was and much more . . . and the next morning I was different--"recalibrated" was the term I told my wife, though in retrospect "reborn" is likely more apt a description.
But I still had some questions. I've always been curious and fascinated by life and a watcher of the state of the world, believing it to be the end of days . . . .
I had randomly recorded a Coast To Coast with Art Bell and was listening to it one day while working, and it was Zeph. Immediately, I felt an affinity with the guy. He was unlike the regular conga line of guests Art had been having on, as here was a fellow talking about the Satanic rule of the world, ritual abuse, and various other "fringe" topics but from a unique Christian perspective.
I had long been studying the communist conspiracy but certain matters still puzzled me, but hearing Zeph, it was like a light went on--a final puzzle piece snapped into place . . . a big "AHA!" moment . . . and it was really profound confirmation of my return to Jesus and the Biblical world/reality view. Yes, communism (I knew) was well alive and cinching up its grip on politics and the culture . . . but SATAN--the devil . . . "Luciferianism" . . . was behind that! A grand unifying theory which finally explained all the strange nuances and supernatural control I was also detecting throughout society and on the global scene!
That same day . . . I had a culminating vision . . . right there while I was sanding away on this front porch, overlooking the valley . . . where I saw Jesus . . . in the heavens . . . LARGE, above and overshadowing the earth . . . and the words, "I am the way, the truth and the life" . . . resounding in my mind and understanding . . . in a way that I simply . . . "saw" that this was TRUE~!
Shortly thereafter, I found Zeph's website--the "Lamb Cafe" forum and introduced myself and joined in the discussions there, impressed by the spirit and high level of analysis, fellowship and discussion going on.
I was also delighted . . . to find that Zeph was a fellow eccentric, lol, semi-tragic renaissance guy like myself, with multifaceted interests and love of similar modes of expression like writing, poetry, talk radio and, of course, music! A bird of a feather . . . .
I also liked that his wife, Trish was intimately involved--a team, faithful, enthusiastic, persistent!
Soon after this initial introduction to Zeph and "the lambs" . . . a torrent of "visions" . . . dreams . . . premonitions and warnings followed . . . about the time of troubles to come, and come they have.
I received myself a strong prompting--well, outright instruction I dare say--from the Lord, when I asked "what to do?" . . . which was to start talking, share the things I had learned along the prodigal path and return to the fold knowing that it was not a unique route, but similar to others' . . . for fellowships sake and to reach to those still lost in worldly illusions--as, like Zeph and others of like mind, a new urgency was upon us . . . to prepare . . . materially, if and how possible, but of course, especially spiritually.
Thanks to Zeph and his generosity . . . he provided me an instant forum to throw my own 2 cents worth in, and every time I have talked with him, whether "on air" or privately . . . I have been edified. Many confirming spiritual "synchronicities" have occurred along the way, encouraging . . . enlightening . . . related to Zeph's prolific expressions, though we do not communicate that often . . . yet an uncanny parallel of messages, warnings, promptings etc. have continued to run along . . . .
I know Zeph is misunderstood by some. So am I . . . though, aren't we all . . . misunderstood or misinterpreted? I have always tended to value and appreciate those who push boundaries--who are eager and hungry to learn, investigate, explore. I personally have little taste for those who paddle around in the safe harbor . . . finding it "lukewarm" . . . dull . . . dead.
But give me someone provocative, challenging, startling! heh . . . So long as, at the end of the day, humility reigns them in and, no matter what, despite excursions, the ship returns to dock, to anchor, TO THE ROCK. And I have always found this in Zeph. I think it has been a great service, and often a thankless one probably in some respects . . . how he has put himself "out there" . . . NOT tried to keep up some sort of "perfected" pretense . . . but has allowed the "public"--strangers basically, to watch and listen in on his own journey--his vulnerabilities . . . which he has not tried to shield behind some holier-than-thou facade--as so many would-be "prophets" and "prophetesses" do. He won't be flattered . . . and does not try to sugar coat his thoughts with relativistic accommodations--ie., "we've all got our own truth"--but goes ahead and speaks the truth . . . risking losing some fast "friends" . . . and pissing some people off--hey, too bad.
And I have admired this quality from the beginning. It was one of the signs, when I really didn't know him that well, which let me know that he was NOT trying to build a cult or collect followers . . . as so many other charismatic and talented types do.
There are some cosmic things going on with Zeph . . . which I believe I have seen from the beginning of knowing him . . . alluded to on occasion, though I don't want to get into that except to say . . . that something special is at work . . . though it seems to confound the "wise" I have noticed . . . regarding Zeph's ministry, and I have had it confirmed to me that Holy Spirit is involved . . . and I'm sorry if some people's ego's are tweaking right now, lol . . . but . . . well . . .
All in all . . . I am quite thankful for Zeph and Trish . . . and the people they have introduced me to . . . "the lambs" . . . Angie . . . Frankie and so many of YOU . . . who I would not have the great blessing (and I mean that!) . . . BLESSING! . . . to meet and write to and hear from and feel . . . . blog to and share music and ideas and spirit talk with! . . . . It is because Zeph invited me on air and let me loose and they encouraged me get a blog set up and let other people know about it . . . otherwise . . . I'd still probably be writing notes to myself--monologuing to my poor wife and kids--writing and recording songs that no one would hear . . . and well, I can't really overstate how much this has all meant to me and how I appreciate it--the whole thing! :)
Zeph is a generous man, you should know. And he is, I think, one of the pioneers of online alternative spirit/news/prophecy/WORD etc. audio/art/ministry. This whole genre of online "talk radio" . . . which has brought out so many interesting and otherwise unknown guests--writers, thinkers, pastors, teachers, oddballs, saints, artists . . . etc. I am not sure, but it seems to me that Zeph got quite a few people started on their way, or at least a major boost, bringing on guests who really weren't known, but worth a listen and some with some real profound wisdom and knowledge to share--some who have gone on to do their own shows.
I think Zeph was instrumental in helping expose the whole hidden world of ritual abuse, especially against children, and he introduced ideas that once seemed almost too far out and shocking . . . but which NOW are commonly accepted, normal parlance . . . .
Hey.... So I'm carrying on a bit here . . . . But I've been wanting to say this for a while and when I heard it was the 10 year anniversary of the Zeph Report . . . it seemed like a good time to give you my thoughts and heart on the Z man . . . .
It's been a wild and blessed ride . . . with more to go:)
God bless you all and thank you for being here. Happy Z Report Anniversary Zeph and Trish! Thunder and Lightning . . . to the end! :)
ya'lls brother in Jesus, thomas