Halloween Goose‏

Jan Hus was called “The Goose of Bohemia” because Hus means goose in the Czech language. Jan, John in English, became a follower of John Wycliffe who had taught liberty of conscience and the priesthood of all believers that followed the elevation of Scripture over the teachings of men. Wycliffe is most remembered now for translating the bible into the language of the common man, something we take for granted today. Of course, these were revolutionary acts and ideas and cause for accusations of heresy by those who felt threatened by these doctrines. Hus originally studied Wycliffe in order to refute his views, but the deeper he looked into scripture, the more convinced he became.

This led to Hus’ condemnation as a heretic. On the morning of his trial a lunar eclipse obscured the sun for several hours which to most common folks signified God’s displeasure in the trial and conviction of a man they had come to love for opening a greater understanding of God to them. Hus famously said, “It is better to die well than to live badly.” Hus died well. As he was condemned to be burned at the stake the spirit of prophecy spoke through him, “They will silence the goose, but in 100 years I will raise a swan from your ashes that no one will be able to silence.” Hus was burned at the stake in 1415 with Wycliffe’s manuscript Bibles used as kindling for the fire.

Just over one hundred years later a man known as the Swan nailed the 95 Theses of Contention to the Castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany. The man was Martin Luther and the day was October 31, 1517. It was All Hallow’s Eve, and he knew people would be coming to church the following day and would stop to read his Theses of Contention. This act is generally looked upon as the spark that set off the reformation of the Christian Church which still continues to this day.

We can be part of the reformation by fanning the flames of the Gospel of the Kingdom and the good news of that Gospel. We stand upon the shoulders of giants of faith. It’s up to us to reach higher and shine brighter because of their example.

Heb 11:39, 40 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

PS this is a photo (Below) from a treasured trip to Wittenburg Germany.
Rick Joyner and myself in front of the “95 Thesis door”.


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