SIGNS OF NATIONAL PENTECOST

On May 29th, I turned on the TV and sat on the couch shocked at what was happening in America with the riot in Minnesota and a few other cities in our nation.  My heart was grieved as I watched lawlessness abound, destruction and anger galvanize the masses who were rioting for a cause they had forgotten in the midst of burning on fire police cars and looting businesses without fear.  It was so obvious that these riots were set by a well planned with a funded agenda to bring chaos and destruction to America.

I have to be honest how shell shocked I was as I witnessed NO law enforcement to be found anywhere in Minnesota, and for a while, I could see what life looked like without the measuring stick of lawful order…righteousness, justice, and truth.  I thought, “ONLY THE MERCY OF GOD can pour out and save us in this hour.”  We are in need of divine intervention.  We don’t deserve God’s help because of the choices we have made to kick Him out of our foundations as a nation.  BUT thankfully, God looks down from heaven and hears the righteous, calling out to Him as Abraham did for Lot who prayed God’s mercy to pull Lot and his family out of the evil and judgment coming of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Abraham’s prayers availed much and the Lord dispatched angels to help, so with that example, I had faith to pray for armies of angels to come in this time of need.

Then I remembered our forefathers who dedicated this land of promise to King Jesus.  They had a divine revelation of the identity and purpose God had for this great nation to multiply His kingdom on the earth.  My heart shuttered to think of their sacrifice for all of American’s who enjoy the freedom to worship Him and live in this prosperous land, and what I was seeing on TV was blasphemous to their memory.

In that moment of taking this all in, the fear of God hit me. I have been praying for this nation for years, but now I was sitting on the couch watching this all transpire as a spectator.  I felt God command me to ARISE!  My spirit instantly knew this was not the time to be on the sidelines spectating.  I needed to partner with God to release His provision in the earth:  ANGELIC ARMIES!

So I got to work and began praying in the Holy Spirit, because I had no idea how to pray…I just needed to make myself available for the Holy Spirit to pray through me God’s plan in the earth.  

I remembered that the Lord had shown me long ago that the “Twin Cities” in Minnesota represented the twins of Jacob and Esau and that it would be a key to the soul of our nation as a war was going on between God’s Seed planted in this nation and the spirit of antichrist that wants to murder the Seed.  Our nation has had both seeds growing in the land since 1776, and its division is so clear to see now (it’s not a mystery because the truth is coming out), which is why we are at a tipping point of the war.

I felt the battle raging in the spirit realm and felt the marked moment was when the people started making their move to breakdown the wall of secret service at the White House.  It was so intense and at one point, it looked like the rioters were going to break through the wall which I could see would be devastating to our nation of the ripple effect it would have.  And then came the RAIN!  ….And then came the supernatural shift!  Miraculously, the inertia of rage and anger subsided.   And when it hit midnight, I felt a release and peace at the White House…… but the war was not over.

Another hour existed to pray until Minnesota hit midnight, and what was happening there was a free for all looting because there was NO ENFORCEMENT SEEN.  I prayed until the clock hit midnight in Minnesota, and immediately the atmosphere shifted in the spirit realm, and I understood that GOD’S ENFORCEMENT HAD BEEN DISPATCHED.

The next day, (5/30/20), it was announced that 40 cities across the nation would be rioting.  The pictures of what was transpiring looked grave, but when I went to pray, the Holy Spirit had shifted from war to worship.  In that place of worship, a PEACE that surpassed all understanding was experienced.  I felt blanketed with SHALOM, and my cells were expanding with peace in my soul and body.  This I understood was a gift of the national Pentecost we were about to experience.  The Prince of Peace filling our spirit, soul, and bodies in this era, and God doing something nationally that we could not do in striving, but could experience in His presence of peace.

Today, May 31st, as I awoke, I reflected on how in 2012, I had opened our home to a corporate Pentecost gathering.  I saw a “third” outpouring coming that God was going to do corporately (Nationally).  That night, we all waited for the Holy Spirit to come upon us like FIRE!  We all expected the explosive power of the Holy Spirit to hit us.  And although the Holy Spirit was with us and we got to experience His presence, it wasn’t what we expected.

The same is true today.  Many who now have eyes and ears to God’s appointed times that He declared would be The witness of His promises that come through the Feasts may be disappointed as they have an expectation of a huge outpouring of God’s glory manifested in a way they are familiar with.  But there is a massive expansion of God’s glory taking place within the cells of our spirit, soul and body so we can contain greater glory in these temples God has given. God is taking off the boundaries and opening up the gates in our cells.  And there is a peace that is inexplainable that is a product of this outpouring that comes within us, even in the midst of chaos and COVID-19 in the land.

And while God’s people are enjoying a greater expansion of His glory in their cells, God is releasing a third outpouring of His glory that is coming upon our nation in a way we aren’t expecting.  It is a fire that is consuming darkness and the seed (antichrist agenda) that has grown in our land that has tried to murder God’s Seed.  It is the “mystery” of Babylon that has infiltrated in our government, financial systems, and yes, even our churches that God is bringing into the light of His truth and exposing and destroying its power of oppression with His consuming fire.

Lies are being exposed to His truth.  Corruption can no longer hide.  Oppression of God’s people shall lose its grip.  The innocent who are being slaughtered will find that the death edict has been canceled.  The underground tunnels of trafficking will be consumed by God’s fire of judgment.

It this hour, the divine right to rule is transitioning back into rightful positions. Those who have been trained and ready for this season, who have been abiding in His truth and ways, God will raise up in this hour to take positions of authority and restore righteousness, justice, and truth in this land.  

And why is God doing this?  It is ONLY because He has established His promise for this nation that affects ALL the nations. His mercy seat declares His unconditional promise that He will perform His plan, regardless of our shortcomings.  He is covering us in this hour for the Lord Himself will perfect His plan for this nation, and the nations of the world.  And He is UNIFYING HIS PEOPLE who will be a witness that He is on the throne.

About a week ago, President Trump declared that all churches can gather because they are deemed “essential.”  This executive order trumped the governors who would not allow the gathering of God’s people.  President Trump made a way for those leaders who decided to stand up against this edict and open up their doors on Pentecost to do so legally because America’s Commander in Chief made the decree.

This morning, President Trump tweeted “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a terrorist organization.”  The media is gasping.  The Antichrist organizations that have tried to destroy this nation are shaking.  It’s time to expose and root out this evil and for God’s people to triumph.

Our greatest weapon will be the power of the Holy Spirit, who will lead us in all truth, comfort us in times of trouble, release a great measure of peace in the midst of war, and empower us to triumph.  We are in a time of war, but God’s people will war in prayer FIRST.  Out of the war room, we will get their instructions of obedience of what must be done to exemplify righteousness, truth and justice in the earth.  REJOICE TODAY!

This is now the second FEAST of the year 2020 (20 is the number of redemption) that is marked in heaven and earth of the divinely appointed time God is moving His plan of redemption forward.  The Millenium reign is approaching.  Passover brought the nations of God’s people together for the first time in history.  Now, Pentecost is a sign of God marking our nation for His purpose in the earth.  And Tabernacles will be a great display of God’s unity of His people who are rejoicing with the King!

Come King Jesus we shall all be praying.  We shall be preparing His kingdom for His arrival.  For only King Jesus can rule the nations, and America shall be a witness to the nations that He is coming!

ADDENDUM:  This was just sent to me.  It is from Nate Johnston:

“I can hear the sound of a mighty rushing wind breaking through our atmosphere, and one thing is for certain:  hell can hear it too.  It’s why we are witnessing the forces of darkness react in such furious ways.  Make no mistake, the disgusting racial happenings of this week, the coronavirus, the unrest, the rioting….it is all rooted in fear.  The enemy can feel the ground shaking beneath him, he can feel his unseating, he can feel his strongholds of hate, racism, fear and disunity beginning to crumble at his feet….and he’s running SCARED.   The principalities of darkness are vying desperately to maintain their ground…and let me tell you….THEY WILL NOT STAND!

Why?  Because YOU, the sons and daughters – of every tribe, tongue and color, are rising into your God-given power and authority.  We must speak to the storm and release an overpowering force of JESUS into the atmosphere.  Walk out the front of your house and declare His name.  March or drive around your neighborhood and BOLDY DECLARE that the FEAR cannot stand here.  TAKE dominion over your home, your city, and you nation.  The righteous are bold as a lion….and there is no greater time to be BOLD as now, in the face of so much adversity.

Speak the Prince of Peace to the storm.  Speak the answer – a mighty rushing wind is coming from heaven – the second wave of Pentecost! (I say third if you count Mt. Sinai).  

Jesus, we release you into every corner and Nation of the earth, particularly over the United States of America right now.  The weapons we fight with are not natural, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds and we come into agreement with your word that every demonic force and principality MUST be silenced at your Name.  Let heaven invade earth!

Lift up your voices, mighty ones, that the King of Glory, may come through you.  Now is not a time to be silent….DECLARE the end from the beginning for I can hear the rushing wind of His Spirit on the horizon…”

FEAST OF PENTECOST PART 2

God has a royal wedding He has been preparing and planning for His Bride, and its invitation went out as soon as the disciples were baptized with “the Promise” on the Day of Pentecost.  

In Part 1 of the Feast of Pentecost, I focused primarily on the similarities between the Old and New Pentecost Blueprint. Let’s now explore some of their differences.

The first difference is easy to identify.  In the Old Covenant, the execution of God’s Covenant, and the revealing of Himself by fire had an inherent problem that kept Him separated from His “Bride;” SIN.  Therefore, the people could see and hear God, but they could not get near God.

God needed a solution to cleanse and remove the sin that separated Himself from His bride. Without that solution, God’s consuming fire would destroy His bride instead of glorifying her.  This is why God instructed Moses to bring himself and Aaron up the mountain to Him only so that everyone else wouldn’t die.

“Then the Lord said to him (Moses), ‘Away!’ Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you.  But do not let the priest and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.”  (Ex. 19:24).

Notice in this scripture that the “Lord” is referencing the “Lord.”  Here we are introduced to the understanding of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  In addition, Moses symbolized Christ, and Aaron symbolized the “firstfruits” priests who would be glorified through Christ at His second coming and able to stand in the presence of God.

“For You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to Our God; and we shall reign on the earth” (Rev. 5:9,10).

Secondly, because of the Israelites choice to reject God’s voice and go through a mediator instead, God was going to have to restore His voice through a mediator. After Moses read the “Tablets of Covenant” to the people, which was God’s marriage vows written by His finger, the Israelites responded to Him in fear:

“Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain of smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled (feared), and stood afar off.  Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, lest we die.  And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you so that you may not sin.  So THE PEOPLE STOOD AFAR OFF, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was” (Ex. 20:18-21).

We can now understand why the voice of God was still only heard through those selected by God in the Old Testament, even after this betrothal.  

If you notice from the scriptures above, Moses was the ONLY one who drew near to the Lord, while the others withdrew away from the Lord out of fear.  Moses walked into the darkness, knowing God was in it.  The people saw darkness and ran for cover.

Through their rejection of God’s voice, it was then established that a mediator was to remain between God and themselves.  Moses would then become a symbol and pattern of how Jesus would perfect this marriage covenant by becoming the mediator of the New Covenant and unite us with the original promise of His voice, His fire, His presence, and His desire to permanently dwell with His Covenant people.

These scriptures also then explain why the nation of Israel had to fight with their hands and not by the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word/voice of God” to gain dominion in the Promised Land (Eph. 6:17). As believers who have been baptized with the Holy Spirit, we now have access to take dominion by His Word over the enemy and not through the blood of our own hands.

Finally, we see the difference between the Old and New through God’s mercy and grace.  In the New Day of Pentecost, the Lord kept His promise to the people instead of the people trying to keep their promise to God and failing to be able to do it:  

“For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore.  For they could not endure what was commanded:  And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.'” and so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and the church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I shake; not only the earth but also heaven.’

Now this, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear.  For our God is a consuming fire.” (Heb. 12:18-29).

We are now coming into a greater understanding of the “national covenant of God.”  It is with an understanding of the purpose of the Feast’s blueprint, and a people abiding in His set times that we will be able to see the New Jerusalem taking shape on the earth.  This New Jerusalem was conceived on the Day of Pentecost when Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit of Promise to dwell in our bodies.  This national covenant began multiplying throughout the world through just 12 disciples.

Our role as His “living stones,” His royal priesthood, and His “holy nation,” who God called out of the dark, and drew into His marvelous light, is to abide in His ways and to be ready in our hearts for His return (1 Peter 2:9).

“Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, give unto the Lord glory and strength.  Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.  

The VOICE of the Lord is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; the Lord is over many waters.  The VOICE of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty” (Psalm 29:1-4).

 

 

FEAST OF PENTECOST PART 1

After departing Egypt and surviving the wilderness through supernatural acts of God (The parting of the Red Sea, manna from heaven, bitter water made drinkable, and the Lord defending the Israelites from attacks), the children of Israel finally arrived at Mount Sinai 50 days later.

“In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai” (Ex. 19:1).  

The Israelites camped at the base of Mt. Sinai while Moses went up to speak to God.

God then told Moses to remind the people of all the amazing things God had done to “court” His people to reveal His love and His ability to take care of them as their “Groom.”  He also told Moses to ask the people (nation of Israelites) if they would marry Him:  

“Now, therefore, if you will indeed obey My VOICE, and keep My covenant, then you all be a special treasure to Me above all people, for the earth is Mine.  You shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a HOLY NATION.” (Ex. 19:5,6).

This was a special invitation as a nation of people to accept the Lord as their God, King, Husband, Priest, and Provider. Upon their “Yes” response, their commitment in turn would be to honor God’s voice and obey Him.  This union would open up heaven’s gates to prosper and bless a people, and a “promised” land where God would dwell with them.

The transaction of the prophetic word that had been given to Abraham declaring, “In you, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed” (Gal. 3:8) was about to consummate.

In short, this was God’s SET TIME that He was going to multiply His promise to Abraham, from an individual SEED promise to a “national” SEED promise.  This is so key to understanding the significance of the Feast of Pentecost in the New Testament because the perfected blueprint went from fulfillment of God’s Covenant plan through an individual Seed (Christ) to a national Seed (CHRISTIAN NATION).  Therefore, it was this SET TIME in the blueprint of God’s storyline that He conceived His corporate (national) promise.

In order to follow the trail of this courtship and why this is taking place at Mount Sinai, we need to go back to the “founder of our faith, Abraham” (Rom. 4:16). Abraham accepted by FAITH the things God spoke to him concerning establishing a covenant with him and his family.  Abraham did not have to do anything to meet this requirement of being chosen except to have faith in what God said:

“No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.  I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make NATIONS of you, and kings shall come from you.  And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant to be God to you and your descendants after you: (Gen. 17:5-7).

God originally made this promise in Gen. 12 with Abram.  Years later, God changed his name from Abram (exalted father of a family), to Abraham (Father of many nations) because the covenant was going to extend past his immediate family.  Abraham’s son Isaac would be the inheritor of this promise, as the Lord said, “In Isaac your SEED shall be called” (Heb. 11:18).

Isaac then begot Jacob, and Jacob had 12 sons who became known as the “Israelites.” The Israelites inherited that name because God also changed Jacob’s name to Israel, which translated means, “one who understands that God rules” (Gen. 28:34; 35:10).  

Years later, over 2 million Israelites were at the base of Mt. Sinai, and God was about to unite them all into ONE NATION, giving them a blueprint to be a community that functioned together as God would instruct; in one rhythm and heartbeat so that the world could see their Groom; the “God of Abraham.”

God had also prophesied to Abraham in Gen. 15 that 430 years after the people were afflicted in Egypt, He would deliver them.  This would then become the “sign” of when God would solidify His promise to Abraham to the national level.

“Then He said to Abram, “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs and will serve them and they will afflict them four hundred years” Gen. 15:13).

430 years later, the nation was gathered at Mt. Sinai, listening to God’s proposal, and accepting it “by faith” like their Father Abraham.  God then instructed Moses to tell the people to “consecrate themselves,” for, in 3 days, God would descend from Mt. Sinai so they could hear (see) His voice.

“Then it came to pass, on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings, and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the SOUND of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled” (Ex. 19:16).”

When the trumpet sounded loud, the Israelites ran to the foot of the mountain to meet God. The Jewish scholars believe that the people actually “saw the voice of God” coming out in tongues of fire at Mt. Sinai.

“The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire” (Psalm 29:7).

The mixed multitude that came out of Egypt saw the tongues of fire and heard God’s voice in their own language.  The translation of “seeing voices” came through as thunder and lightning:

“Now Mt. Sinai was completely in smoke because the Lord descended upon it in fire.  Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace and the whole mountain quaked greatly.  And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and because louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice.  Then the Lord came down upon Mt. Sinai, on the top of the mountain (Ex. 19:18-20).

Do you remember reading in the Book of Acts about the sound of the mighty rushing wind that came on the Day of Pentecost, in the upper room?  This was the SAME day in God’s Hebrew Covenant Calendar, years later from the day they were at the base of Mt. Sinai, that Christ would begin this covenantal national blueprint.

CHRIST had instructed His disciples, as Moses did, to get ready and prepare themselves, and then wait:

“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which He said, you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you all be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now….But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you all be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:4-8).

SUDDENLY, the Holy Spirit came upon the 12 disciples, at the same SET TIME that Mt. Sinai had been filled with fire in the Old Testament.  The people in Jerusalem, who had traveled from afar to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, were awakened to what was going on in the upper room and came to see the voice.

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.  Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts. 2:1-4). 

The Jews who had gathered in Jerusalem knew of a day when this would happen.  This is because God had established His Covenant Calendar Blueprint to gather at His SET TIME when the Promises made to Abraham would be perfected.  God used the Feasts schedule to prepare them, like a “dress rehearsal,” throughout the years between Mt. Sinai and the Day of Pentecost in the upper room:

“Count 50 days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.  You shall bring from your dwellings two waves loaves of two-tenths of an ephah.  They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven.  They are the first fruits to the Lord” (Lev. 23:15-17).

 God also used Jeremiah to prophesy of this Pentecost fulfillment:

“Behold, the days are coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah- not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand and lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord.  

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord:  I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Jer. 31:31-33; Heb. 10:16).

But the blueprint of the Feast of Pentecost would show us, through the understanding of its firstfruits wheat offering, that this fulfillment of Pentecost would ONLY be the beginning (deposit of guarantee) of the perfecting of the national marriage covenant promise God had made at Mt. Sinai.  

If you study the Pentecost first fruits offering, it was the ONLY sacrifice that was offered and accepted with “leaven.” This offering symbolized believers in Christ today who are holy and acceptable through Christ’s sacrifice, but our sinful or “leavened” bodies have yet to been transformed.

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Phil. 3:20,21).

Therefore, we can REST knowing there is a day coming soon, during the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles, that we believers will experience the FULL manifestation of this covenant of marriage.  We will be able to stand in the presence of God in our glorified bodies, as well as stand before men as “sons of light.”

 

A HOPEFUL SIGN: RETURN TO SPACE

A SIGN of hope for the remnant for those who have an ear to hear is the “return to space” launching happening today at 3:22 pm at Cape Canaveral in the midst of chaos and crisis within the cities because of COVID-19 and the recent riots.  50/50 chance it would go due to the lightning storms and winds that are looming close by.  However, it looks as though it will go now.  SpaceX Rocket has never flown humans before, so this is historic.

The SIGN is a witness of the promise that God has given us in the “latter days” that we will receive our glorified bodies and will enter into the heaven’s throne before the Lord face to face and then able to come back to earth and be used for His service to administer righteousness, justice, and truth in the earth during the Millenium reign with the King of kings. (1 Cor. 15:51-58; Rev. 14).

The Fall Feasts will be the timing of this promise released, beginning with the Feast of Trumpets.  Which year we do not know, however, we are called right now to “BE READY!”  (Matt. 25:1-13).

All of the 3 corporate feasts this year are historic (Lev. 23)!  Passover was celebrated all over the globe by Christians who united through Zoom and other social media outlets to gather and pray during the COVID-19 “plague.”  This was a historical union of God’s people coming together in His appointed day, and the power of unity and the body of Christ abiding in God’s headship, His divine appointment, and a SIGN that the Holy Spirit is moving.

The Feast of Pentecost comes tomorrow, the day after the SpaceX is launched.  I believe we will experience an outpouring of God’s glory that produces a supernatural rest within the believer’s spirit, soul, and body.  It will produce within the remnant the “fear of the Lord” in a great measure (Is.11:2).  Meanwhile, the riots and fires and lawlessness abounds and the news is reporting 40 cities will participate in this movement that has been triggered and planned strategically by those who are in covenant with an antichrist agenda.

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  But he who endures to the end shall be saved (Matt. 24:12,13).

Elon Musk, the creator of SpaceX, is a huge shift and SIGN as this is outside of government made rockets to the private sector.  Rocket 9 Dragon (9 being the number for birthing and gifts of spirit) Falcon is a “commercial rocket made for profit by young boys and girls.”  The bureaucracy, cost, and control is out of our governmental hands.  This in itself is a sign as the rocket is FREE to FLY without corrupt Babylonian structures strangling its ability to go into orbit.

Let’s look at the TIME as a SIGN.  3  is the number of divine fullness and perfection.  It symbolizes the trinity and the completion of the presence of the triune God, and a sign He is in it.  22 is the number that symbolizes “sonship” or the “sons of light.”  All of creation is groaning for the revealing of the sons of light in the earth:

“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God (Rom. 8:19).  

Let’s look at the date:  5-30-20.  5 is the number of grace and mercy.  30 is the number representing dedication to rulership.  Jesus began His ministry at the age of 30.  And 20 is the number for redemption.  Is God’s whole heart to redeem mankind and His creation?  I say yes, and He will use the remnant to help Him during the Millenium.

The destructive pattern that comes at the time when God is moving forward with His promise has proven to be true throughout all of the scriptures.  An “edict” is launched by the spirit of anti-christ prior to God stepping in and releasing His power and promise to be fulfilled as prophesied.  It happened in the days of Pharaoh.  It happened in the days of Herod.  And it is happening now.

The enemy always launches an edict to kill, steal, and destroy the SEED that carries His promise forward.  However, God is always one step ahead and has a remnant prepared to perfect the promise.  He had Moses hidden in a basket.  He had Jesus taken to Egypt.  He is having the remnant hidden out of the church structures as they have been equipped for such a time as this.

The remnant that is hidden at this hour is about to ARISE and become God’s solution at this hour.  We are at WAR!  The remnant is charged at this hour not to sit on the sidelines viewing what is transpiring.  The remnant is called at this hour to enlist heaven’s help and to intercede for heaven’s help to invade the earth.  We need the angelic army to come alongside and come to our aid as we resist the enemy and stand for righteousness.

Noah was divinely warned by God, and prepared an ark (Heb. 11:7).  The judgment was at hand, yet God had a plan to save Noah and his family.  It was up to Noah to step out in faith and obedience.  The ark was an ark of obedience.  I urge all of you to listen to God’s instructions.  Each individual of the remnant has a role to play and is vital to the health and welfare of the remnant as a whole.  Obey whatever God is instructing you to do at this hour.  It had never rained on the earth prior to Noah building the ark.  It didn’t make sense with a logical mind.  But the logical mind cannot comprehend the things of the Spirit.  So follow the leading of the Spirit of God, and trust God will honor His word to protect and provide peace in the midst of this transition.

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ZEBULUN FIRSTFRUITS AND PENTECOST

This Friday begins the third Hebrew month called “Sivan,” which is linked to giving, mercy, and alignment.  This month is a month “to do business with God” because He gives us His power and resources to make it happen, and is associated with the tribe of Zebulun.

It was the tribes of Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun that formed the branch on the east side of the Tabernacles.  Whereas Judah brought forth praise and sounded the alarm for war or to move ahead, Issachar received the revelation and timing, and Zebulun brought the supply.

Moses prophesied concerning the latter days for Zebulun and Issachar together:  Zebulun was said to rejoice in going out, while Issachar would stay in his tents.

“They shall call the peoples to the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness; for they shall partake of the abundance of the seas and of treasures hidden in the sand.” (Deut. 33:18). 

Zebulun and Issachar were two tribes that worked together to do Kingdom business. While Issachar loves to stay home and “intercede and pray,” Zebulun found joy in taking the revelation and moving out with it.

Zebulun was also known to profit through maritime trade.  One of their roles was to bring forth provision, so God blessed this tribe to fill “the storehouses.” This month is associated with the provision: in your job, home, and family as God desires to give you the supply needed to move ahead.

When Jesus began His ministry, He went to the region of Zebulun fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 9, which said that the people who had been in darkness would see a great light.  HE was PROVISION!

 Zebulun was a blessed and loyal tribe to the Lord and one who gave the gift of sacrifice.  This month is linked with GIVING; giving sacrifice, gifts, and time to the Lord.

It was this same third month of the Hebrew year when the children of Israel arrived at Mt. Sinai and were asked by God to become “His Bride.”  God reveals Himself through thunder, lightning, and His glory, and began sharing His “oral covenant” (Ex. 19).  The anniversary date of this proposal would be known as the Feast of Pentecost.

The month of Sivan starts off doing business with God intimately with a marriage ceremony! The giving of the Tablets of Covenant, and the willingness of God’s people to say “YES” to God to be their Lord was one of the greatest transactions in history.  It gave us the blueprint for when Jesus would perfect God’s Covenant plan with His Bride.

In the New Testament, we see how after Jesus died during Passover and was resurrected from the dead, he visited the disciples for 40 days.  The Lord directed the disciples to wait in the Upper Room for the Holy Spirit (Acts 2).  On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came down as tongues of FIRE upon their heads.

God’s timing is always perfect.  Even as God came down like fire upon Mt. Sinai with Moses, so now the Holy Spirit came as a fire upon the disciples. The difference was that the fire was no longer external as in the days of Moses, but internal! This shows a difference now concerning the temple that God would inhabit.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwell in you” (1 Cor. 3:16)?

 It is no coincidence that Zebulun means “habitation or dwelling.”  The indwelling of His presence now through the gift of the Holy Spirit is the hope (down payment) we have for when the earth will be filled with His glory in the Age of Tabernacles.

Sivan is the third month of the Hebrew calendar, which is the number associated with the completeness of our Lord as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Jesus took three disciples with Him to the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed three times. During this time of great distress, He cried out to the Father, “Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will but what You will” (Mark 14:36).

After the third time praying and surrendering all, Jesus was ready to die for our sins and trust the Father to use Him to create a way to redeem mankind. Jesus was placed on the cross in the third hour (9a.m.).  At 3p.m., He died.  There were three hours of darkness while He was suffering on the cross.

Three is a number symbolic of resurrection life as we know that it took three days and three nights before Jesus rose from the dead.  It was after His resurrection that the disciples were given the resources and ability to go “build His church.” The deposit of the Holy Spirit gave them the ability to “dwell” in His presence and gain access to His power to go!

God’s business is always centered on honoring His Covenant for the people He has chosen. His mercy covers our mistakes, and His grace is sufficient for our weaknesses. Pentecost is a time of receiving His outpouring of grace, mercy, and power so we can align with heaven and go do “business” for the Lord in establishing His Kingdom here on earth.

This past Passover was historic, as the body of Christ came together corporately around the world, connecting to honor the Lord for the first time.  A blessing of COVID-19 can be found in how God’s people have found a way to connect “outside of their religious structures” that God is shaking, and to come into His presence and connect in a new abiding way.

This Pentecost, God is going to take the global seed that was sown and release great glory and provision to enable God’s people to move ahead in the new landscape that is before the world.  We join in Spirit with great anticipation as to what the Holy Spirit is going to release in this month to equip His people and give them the resources needed to fulfill the job of establishing His kingdom here on the earth!  Blessings!

DO CHRISTIANS NEED TO KEEP THE LAW?

A debate that still divides the Church today is whether Christians still have to keep the Law.  I would like to share a perspective that they do since the Law is written on the hearts of every believer (Heb. 8:8).

Jesus states that there are no other commandments greater than these: “Love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind… and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt. 22:37-40, NKJV).[1]  If these commandments, which are anchored in the Law and spoken of by the Prophets, tell us to love, one must ask, “what constitutes the commandments of love?  The foundational answer to this question is written in the Old Testament, for Jesus said He did not come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it (Matt 5:17).

Most Christians today view the Law as negative or void.  However, if we substituted the word “Law” for  “Torah,” our perspective would change from “legalism” to that of God’s teaching of how to rightly love God and others.[2]  Romans 7:12 declares, “The Law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.”  If the Law is holy, that means there is nothing that God established in His Law that is bad or evil.  God said it was good, which were the same words He used in creating the world.

Romans 7:14 also tells us that the Law is spiritual.  This means that it applies in heaven and not just at Mount Sinai since the Law serves as a copy and shadow of the heavenly things (Heb. 8:5).  Since the Bible states that God is Spirit, we surmise that His Law is first established in the Spirit (John 4:24).  We who are “sons of God” are then born of His Spirit, and the same Law is written on our hearts, a Law that is good.  Romans 7:22 also shares that our spirit delights in the Law.  “For I delight in the Law of God according to the inward man.”

However, the Word points out that it is the flesh that wars against the Spirit, and this is when our sin is found out because it is warring against the Law of God.  “So then, with the mind, I myself serve the Law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin” (Rom. 7:25).  We don’t need to try to follow the Law IF we are abiding in the heart of the Father, which Jesus gave us access to through His sacrifice and gift of the Holy Spirit.  In response to our love for Him, we abide in the Law out of our obedience to be “Christ-like.”

Jesus did, however, pay the penalty of us breaking the Law, which even believers do, so we don’t come “under the penalty of the Law.”  The Old Testament Covenant had within its blueprint ordinances of divine service and earthly sanctuary (Heb. 9:1).  Christ came as our High Priest and offered Himself up as our Mediator and sacrifice which abolished the need for priestly services and earthly sacrifices required for reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18).  The rituals that God’s people had to perform in the Old Testament in order to be sanctified and set free form the penalty of sin were called, “ordinances.”  Ephesians 2:14 confirms this by saying, “having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances.”

The Ten Commandments have not gone away with even though we are in the New Covenant, which is why it is still a sin (works of the flesh) to murder, lie, and steal (Gal. 5:19-21).  The Law will be made known until Jesus deals with death in the earth, which is the wages of sin.  (Rom. 6:23).   Afterward, when sin is no longer in the earth, we who are abiding in Him will abide in the Law effortlessly and flawlessly.  “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law” (Gal. 5:18).

The Reformation movement came against “legalism” that had invaded the church, much like the traditions of men the Pharisees had created in Jesus’ day (Matt 15:6-9).[3]  The Reformation perspective of the “righteousness of God” aligns with Paul’s message that we are saved by grace, having been “justified by faith” and not by good deeds earned by following the Law (Rom. 5:1).[4] This perspective, led by Martin Luther, also believed that “identity markers” known to Judaism were “legalistic,” based on works leading to salvation.[5]  The burden of earning salvation through the Law (Torah) was rightly exposed, yet turned many to cut-off abiding in the heart of Law which the “Law of Christ” springs forth from (Gal. 6:2).

The New Perspective movement that followed the Reformation movement agreed with the “saved by grace” message as well but rightly concluded that the value of the identity markers had nothing to do with “legalism.”[6]  They understood God’s identity marks held by the Early Church were a sign God designed to be a witness of a people “set apart” unto Him, and a mark of the Jews.[7]  However, the Law continued to be associated with legalism rather than foundational teaching of love.

Unfortunately, the lasting effects of the Reformation and New Perspective movement of the Law being “bad” permeated into Christianity today, imparting a mindset that cuts off the value of the Old Testament Law. Christians, for the most part, understand that salvation is not a work of the Law, but by the grace of God alone.  However, as we abide in God, who is love, we walk out His Law effortlessly by His Spirit leading and guiding us.  “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16).  We benefit from the teaching of the “Torah,” as a guideline to understand the constitution of Christ’s teaching when believers are told to obey the Golden Commandments.

 

 

[1] Unless otherwise noted, all biblical passages referenced are in the New King James Version Bible (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1992).

[2] Michael F. Bird, Four Views on the Apostle Paul (Grand Rapids, MI:  Zondervan, 2012), 169.

[3] Bruce W. Longenecker and Todd D. Still, Thinking Through Paul:  A Survey of His Life, Letters, and Theology (Grand Rapids, MI:  Zondervan, 2014), 174.

[4] Longenecker and Still, Thinking Through Paul, 174.

[5] Robert Wayne Stacy, “New Perspective of Paul,” Course Video.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Ibid.