Intelligence Gathering and Analysis, Part 1 – It Starts With Levels

Pontius Pilate is famous for asking Jesus, “What is truth?”

I’m not here to talk about what the truth is (well… maybe a little bit), but in how to know when someone is telling it. And, that’s pretty tough. There are a lot of liars out there, and there are a lot of honest people that believe the lies that the lying liars have told them – and passed those lies on with the best of intentions.

So, how can you tell what is true, and what isn’t?

Very good question.

So, I’m going to spend the next few thousand words trying to answer that question – and help you understand how I think as I go through the process of intelligence gathering and analysis.


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It Starts With Levels

I originally wasn’t going to talk about it this way, but I really think that ‘levels’ might be the best way to describe the hierarchy involved in ‘Truth Discovery’.

Level 1 – God

There are very, very few things that you can trust completely. In fact… (and, I’m actually trying to think here) …there’s really only one ‘thing’ that you can trust completely, and He’s not a thing.

Really, God is the only truth that you can trust absolutely and completely. And, if you don’t, you’re doomed.

But wait, I’ve left out the Bible… hmmmm… well yes, you can – and must – trust the Bible completely. The problem is that you cannot trust your interpretation completely. And that’s a very, very interesting problem.

note: if you run into someone who is proud of their ability to understand the Bible, run away. Do NOT listen to them. We ALL have the capacity to get things wrong as we attempt to understand what God is telling us.

The only response that I have to this ‘very, very interesting problem’ is the recognition that we need to learn how to understand the Bible, and the only way to do that is to take off the ‘training wheels’ and ride it for ourselves. Yes, you’ll fall over, but you’ll learn.

So, set the commentaries aside and start reading the Bible itself. You’ll be amazed at how far and how deep you’ll go.

Level 2 – Personal Observation

The problem is that God has left us to struggle with the details that the Bible doesn’t cover. Yes, there are those of us who have received dreams and visions, but the Bible says this:

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.1 John 4:1

Just because you receive a vision, doesn’t mean that it’s true. So, test your visions and dreams. And yes, I lump dreams and visions under ‘Personal Observation’, and you cannot completely trust them.

But wait… am I saying that we cannot completely trust what we can see/taste/touch/smell/hear?

That’s right. You cannot completely trust your personal experience with ‘reality’. Satan is the father of lies and illusion. And, he’s got a whiz-bang show ready for those of us who have a complete trust in our senses.

Always compare what you sense with what the Bible says. If there’s a disagreement… well, you know the answer to that one.

So, what’s next?

Level 3 – Analysis

I’m not sure that I should call this a level. You could certainly argue that it’s a part of ‘Level Two’, or that it’s also a part of all the other levels. And, there will be moments in time where you will need to trust your ability to analyze even over your ability to observe. But, let’s leave ‘Analysis’ at ‘Level 3′ for now.

The ability to determine truth by thought, feeling or instinct is pretty much a learned skill that needs lots of exercise. It can also be something of a gift from God, but even gifts from God can be tainted. (A lot of Godly men and women started well and ended badly.) So, even analytical abilities that are gifts from God need to be continually refined and exercised. And, if you want to develop your own analytical abilities, you must be humble. Why do I say that?

Because you’re going to be smacked on the nose when you get things wrong, and you need to be willing to learn from those experiences. Those who become proud, stop learning. (Which is where so many Godly people start to go wrong.)

Seriously, the learning process is painful to your self-worth. No one likes to admit that they’ve been an idiot for the past [insert large number] of years, but you must be willing to trade in your ‘self-worth’ for the truth.

Do not walk down this road if you think that your self-respect is too high a price to pay for the truth. This is exactly what God was talking about when He spoke of a ‘love of the truth’ via Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:

And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.2 Thessalonians 2:8-12

If you are not willing to sacrifice your self-esteem, your self-respect, or your self-worth for the truth… well, you’re in a LOT of trouble. You must love and value The Truth far more than you value ANYTHING  – including your ‘self’.

I personally know far too many men and women who are considered ‘godly’, but are not – because they have allowed ‘self’ to get in the way.

Truth discovery is a humiliating process, and you MUST be willing to go through it. And, there’s a high price to pay if you aren’t willing. I speak from personal experience.

The last three years have been deeply embarrassing and humiliating as I went through the process of being forced to come face to face with the truth. I still find it hard to believe how stupid and blind I’ve been. And, this is a process that you will also have to go through, as you seek to recognize and understand the truth.

You must be willing to acknowledge that you are a profoundly stupid person.

You must be willing to be as stupid as I am, and that is very stupid indeed.

Okay, this article is getting a bit long, so I’ll pause here and continue with part two tomorrow.

Are you ready for this?


If you find a flaw in my reasoning, have a question, or wish to add your own viewpoint, leave a comment. Your input is truly welcome.


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15 thoughts on “Intelligence Gathering and Analysis, Part 1 – It Starts With Levels”

  1. Good start and I look forward to part II. In my experience I have found that New Testament quotes can be easily manipulated to give credence to personal theologies when they are not grounded in Torah and the Old Testament. When you say: ” but even gifts from God can be tainted.” could leads itself to infer that G-d will give us a tainted gift, which is impossible because nothing in Him is tainted. What G-d gives us is always clean but when we mix the clean with the unclean the result is always unclean. The only exception is His Son, who when touched by the unclean woman did not become unclean but the woman became clean. He did pay a price for it. We also pay a price for The Truth. Nothing that has value is cheap.

    • Hey louis,

      Ah, let me clarify what I said. I meant that when God gives us a gift, we can cause that gift to become corrupted by our sinfulness.

      God ALWAYS gives clean gifts. Always.

      Thank you for giving me the opportunity to clear that up.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  2. John…About 10 years ago, I began a quest unknowingly. As crazy it may sound, When I saw the Matrix on the bigscreen, I left there feeling uneasy and confused. I am certain noone else saw the same movie I did. Over the next couple of years I coined a phrase or a personal mantra…”If it is not the truth, then I’m not interested”. I can’t tell you how comforting it was to read this post of yours. With each passing day I feel wiser and completely clueless at the same time. But it is all about the quest. The process. Even though I am convictedin my beliefs–knowing my Lord and savior–even though I think I am walking the corrent path and have a strong desire to know God and desire to return to him, it is painstakingly humbling to continue to read and learn. Beacuse that makes the process that much more difficult to decipher. The greatest gift I received upon salvation was discernment. And like you said, when I become aware of anything enlightening (thru dream or vision etc…) I first see if it holds water and can be tested by the fire. Discernment is wonderful. But even more incredible is what has happened in the last couple years. Discernment has led to a PARADIGM SHIFT of historic preportions. That has led to an entirely new freedom. I am excited for the uncertain future. I feel so blessed and fortunate to be a weird man in the midst of “normalcy”.

    I look forward to PART 2. Thank you. I enjoy reading what you have to share.

  3. Dear John, with so many “uncertain” voices out here, it’s refreshing and remarkable to hear the truth!
    You are SO right! We are altogether Nothing at all! Only that which is lived out from Jesus in our inner man is of any worth in this life and also in the life to come!
    I’m looking forward to your next article! Thank you so much for imparting God’s dear thought!

  4. John, speaking of the Truth, you’re article is well written and so “true”. I have been involved with a family who has had a D infestation. I can tell you and any of your readers that Truth is needed even if you know you’re stupid. We don’t fight evil, Christ is our warrior, but for us, we go before Christ with humiliatity, humbleness and repentance. I too have succumbed to pride and lie, it’ll bite back. We must admit that we are stupid, we are constantly learning and I ask for forgiveness every day for my sins. We tend to get so proud of ourselves that we don’t think we sin, even on a daily basis, but sadly most, if not all of us do. To say, “no I don’t sin” is probably telling yourself a lie. I have to admit as well that I thought I knew more, but I am well short and it’s only by the Grace and Mercy of God that I’m still around and protected. Thank you for the article. It struck me and the ONLY Truth is God and the rest of the time we kneel and learn. God bless

  5. Brokenness is the only message you have sent. As a former combat engineer & intelligence analyst who is christian I am almost offended by the simplistic way you approach this topic. I shall challenge you to another level rather than considering your POV a “God will take care of everything” hand waving pass off to being responsible for your depth of thought, I want you to challenge every bit of programming you have ever recognized as having an effect on your paradigm. From your language to your government. From the KJV version to your use of gas in your car. I want you to go into your prayer closet and determine if there are frequencies in there that are beyond your ability to perceive that are harmful to you.

    • Um… Calvin?

      Have you taken a look at the other articles that I’ve written?

      I am mystified by your comment. Each article that I write needs to be rather short, so I can’t get too complex. But, each article leads the reader to a bigger picture.

      So, please explain your point, because I’m not sure that what you wrote was what you wanted to say.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • Yeah, I was mystified by Calvin Cheney’s response. I’m sure he had a point there, but there must’ve been a separate conversation going on in his mind.

        This is yet again another good post, Bro.

        You had made mention of your last 3 years of embarrassment, which has made me very curious to know what you had confronted. Again, if we were friends and neighbors, this would be a BBQ moment while cooking ribs. I’m always interested in learning people’s “bullet points” in their journeys and make personal comparisons.

        Also, as you stated earlier, there is no place to really bug out to. It’s a New WORLD order, so there will be no place that is Sanctuary unless you go to meet our Maker.

        I agree will all of what you wrote here thus far, as it’s what I see as well. I know you didn’t need any external confirmation on your own personal blog, but I just thought I’d throw my .02 out there for you.

        I still don’t see the sense in gold or silver though. I know you saw the “Book of Eli”, right? Trading for lighters and handi-wipes? That’s money. And that’s even if I make it that far.

        Anyway…good post, John. Stay safe out there, dude.

        • Hey Jiggysmack,

          Yup, Calvin probably had something on his mind when he read my article, and it went down the wrong way. I’ve done that far too many times to count.

          The idea of ‘sanctuary’ is a tough one. I’ve been wracking my brains over this for far too long. The best I’ve come up with is Central and South America. Jerusalem also comes to mind, but it’ll be rough going for a while. Just remember that we aren’t talking about the Tribulation. That comes later.

          We just need to survive what is coming NOW. Once we get through this, we should be able to see more clearly the safest places when the Tribulation looms on the horizon. We’ll see.

          As far as my ’embarrassing moments’ go… well, they’re all here on this site. I don’t take anything down.

          When I get stuff wrong, people need to see it.

          Keep up the good work, Jiggysmack. I think that you’d make a great neighbor, too.

          Yours in Christ,

          John Little

  6. Psalm 118:8-9
    8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. 9 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.


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