The Mourning Dove
"I did mourn as a dove" - (Is.38:14).
"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted" - (Mt.5:4).
The mourning dove is the most widespread bird in North America. It's a gentle bird that makes a long repeated series of coos that sound mournful - Jesus said "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted," and so God has blessed the dove above all others birds because he mourns because of death. Many people don't like the mournful coos of the dove, and that's because mourning is sad, not joyful - mourning and weeping go together. The dove's song is a song that mourns over death. He's not a songbird entertaining us.
The mourning dove has been blessed of God above all other birds because God has made the dove the symbol of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity - He's a godly dove. The Holy Spirit is called the Comforter, and so the dove mourns and God has blessed him as the symbol of the Holy Spirit Comforter. "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water and, lo, the heavens opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him and lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" - (Mt.3:16,17). Check and see in a Christian bookstore which bird has been exalted to preeminence over all other birds - it's the dove. Dove decals, dove pins, dove crosses and stickers, and doves on Bibles. The humble, mourning dove, the only bird used for sacrifice for sin, and who shed his blood for atonement for sin, has been exalted by God, and given a name above every bird,. And doves are a type of Christ who humbled himself on the cross and shed His blood as the supreme sacrifice for sin. The Bible speaks about comforting the mourners - "I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners" - (Is.57:18). I wept and mourned when I knelt down and received Christ as my Savior, and God blessed me with the Holy Spirit comforter who shall raise me from the dead unto eternal life. "And if the burnt sacrifice for his offering to the Lord be of fowls, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves, or of young pigeons" - (Lev.1:14). When you're saved by Christ and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, you're no longer a raven in warfare with God, but now you're a dove making peace with God.
America is laughing in their wickedness today, but soon they will mourn "...Woe unto you that laugh now! For ye shall mourn and weep" - (Lk.6:25). Soon will come the great tribulation when God's wrath will fall upon this wicked earth as in the days of Noah and Lot, and most of world dies, and mourning covers the earth. "Then shall her plagues come in one day, death and mourning and famine: and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her" - (Rev.18:8). Again - "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory" - (Mt.24:30). You need to be born again of the Holy Spirit Comforter before your time of death and mourning comes.
God has placed his doves and pigeons in cities all over the world, humble and low, walking on the ground and cooing mournfully to remind man that they are sinners, and death is the punishment for sin, and that man needs to be saved by Christ, and be baptized and born again by the Holy Spirit Comforter and receive the blessing of God, even eternal life. Coo, coo, coo, comes the mournful song of the dove. Coo, coo, coo death is coming to you, be saved by Christ today and conquer death. Listen to the mournful cry of the dove, and repent of your sins, and believe in Christ in your heart by faith, and receive the Holy Spirit Comforter and conquer death.
Most of our churches don't have many doves in them. They've been baptized by water on the outside, but have never been baptized by the Holy Spirit inwardly. A true dove of God goes into these churches, and it's like he's in a flock of mockingbirds, counterfeits who impersonate and mimic true Christians, and you can't tell what's real and what's fake. Like mockingbirds they sing beautifully and mimic and counterfeit the doves in song in order to deceive. They mimic and sing the hymns and spiritual songs of true Christians, but are not God's doves. They don't have the Holy Spirit Comforter. They make a mockery out of Christ and His Word.
Pigeons and doves are the same bird, and every time you see them, its' God's reminder to you that you need to be baptized by the Holy Spirit Comforter and be saved and conquer your death and mourning with eternal life. Homing pigeons can travel long distances and always find their way home. And while we live we are at home in the flesh, but when we die the Holy Spirit will fly our soul home to heaven in the rapture to dwell with our heavenly Father like a dove.
There is much pigeon persecution today. The peaceful coexistence between man and pigeon, which lasted for thousands of years, has deteriorated in warfare against the pigeon. The pigeon is now considered evil, mostly because of his poop that is splattered around. The pest control industry leads the warfare against them. They have fostered an environment where, for the first time in history, pigeons are routinely ridiculed, hated, persecuted and killed. Pigeon prejudice abounds worldwide. Pigeons bring out cruelty and hatred in human behavior so that they are poisoned and killed. This fanatical hatred of pigeons is new. Far from being reviled, they have been revered for thousands of years. Man learned to manipulate the dove's homing skills and used them for delivering messages. For thousands of years, the fastest way to send a message was by pigeon express. And the militaries of the world exploited them as such. They were used as messengers in warfare since the beginning of history through WWII. Many people race pigeons and first prize can be $30,000. Doves are hunted worldwide.
Over 5 billion passenger pigeons were slaughtered in North America to extinction, with the last one killed in 1918. Greed and hatred doomed the passenger pigeon to extinction. They were shot for food and sport. Pigeons are abused and tortured more than any other bird. Doves and pigeons are exempted from bird protection in every country in the world because they are hated. For the last 50 years, there has been a total erosion of respect for pigeons. One of the most revered birds has been reduced to vermin. Once a war hero, the dove is now the underdog of the bird kingdom. There are live pigeon shoots across America where thousands of doves are slaughtered instead of using clay pigeons. There are 'squab' plants in the U.S. where pigeons are harvested and sold by the thousands. Squab are month old pigeons with tender meat and very delicious.
All this hatred and persecution and killing of doves show the soon coming hatred of God's dove-saints by the Antichrist-Beast. Jesus said - "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you" - (Jn.15:18,19). Again - "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake" - (Mt.24:9). As the dove is being hated, persecuted and killed in America, so shall the same thing happen to the dove-saints. Pigeon persecution, in the U.S. shows us saint persecution, and points to the Beast being president of the U.S. There will be much mourning over the dove-saints in America very soon. But Jesus tells us - "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you" - (Mt.5:10-12). The persecuted, martyred dove-saints are God's heroes.
During the Great Tribulation when God's wrath is poured out upon wicked man, and great famine is worldwide, people's hatred of dove's dung will have a change of attitude. They will pay money, not for squabs, but for dove's dung to eat. "And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was sold for foursome pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver" - (2 Kings 6:25).
Are you a saved, born again dove-saint of God? If not, repent of your sins and believe in Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins, and be saved from hell, and become a new born again saint of God having eternal life. "For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" - (Rom.6:23). Again - "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again" - (Jn.3:6,7).
Pastor Mike Storti
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