AWAKEN TO THE 111 SIGN FOR AMERICA!

A few days ago in prayer, the Lord highlighted 111. As I continued to pray, I saw 11/1/20, and knew it was a significant date for our nation. Please read the following notes that mark this appointed day as a SIGN.

On October 16,2020, we started the 8th month in the Hebrew Covenant Calendar. Eight is the number for “new beginnings.” The eight month is called “Cheshvan” which means “flood.” 

Noah walked into the ark in Cheshvan after 120 years (divinely appointed period of time of waiting).  

On the 17th day of Cheshvan, the fountains of the deep were broken up (FLOOD CAME) and windows of heaven OPENED. 

The 17th day of Cheshvan this year is 11/1/2020!

Gen. 7:11 “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.”

In the same month of Cheshvan, a year later, NOAH walked out of the ARK:

Gen. 8:14 “And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.”

8 people were on the ark and as the door opened, they walked into a new landscape of new beginnings.  The ark carried them through the transition and protected them until the door opened to the blessings.  God then spoke to Noah of His covenant He would make with the earth:

Gen. 9:11 “Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

His sign was the rainbow, that still comes to remind us all of His promise.

However, God’s promise in the latter days is a different kind of flood:

Joel 3:18 “And it will come to pass in that day That the mountains shall drip with new wine, The hills shall flow with milk, And all the brooks of Judah shall be flooded with water; A fountain shall flow from the house of the Lord And water the Valley of Acacias.

God wants to bring forth His “flood” and awaken our nation. America has blessed many nations with His Word, Spirit, and Provision.  She has a spiritual identity and purpose that is in transition to serve her purpose for these latter days.  And the flood of His Spirit is ready to pour out.

We need to come into the ark of His covenant promises and pray, seek His face, shut the door to the outside voices and influences, and REST in the knowledge that God is in control. We must wait until the door opens for us to possess the land as we navigate through this great transition. God is looking for a people to partner with Him through transition. 11-1 marks a day to do this.

JOSEPH was used by God in biblical history to help with the transition so God’s people would be blessed during the difficult times. This Hebrew month of Cheshvan is associated with the tribe of Manassseh, one of Joseph’s sons. America mirrors the prophetic word the Lord spoke over Joseph’s son for the “latter days.”

Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, received the double portion blessings for latter days.  

“Bless the lads;
Let my name be named upon them,
And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. (Gen. 38:15).

Joseph’s son Manasseh is considered the 13th tribe after Jacob grafted Joseph’s sons into the family inheritance.

13 is the number identified with America, and she has mirrored what the Word said over Manasseh to become “one great nation” (Gen. 48:)

I share that portion so you can see that this month points to America, and so the “SIGN” is important.

What “SIGN” do the numbers in the date 11/1/2020 tell us?

Most prophets have already shared the obvious of the meaning of year 2020 releasing clarity of vision.

BUT, WHAT DOES 111 MEAN? It means the following:

Spiritual awakening 

Number of transition

Crossing over

“11th HOUR”

Angelic visitation

111 and 1111 has an overall meaning attached to the second coming of Jesus and His role as the Godhead as well. 

God has purposed this year for us to have sight to remove ourselves from evil so we can receive the inheritance promised, establish ourselves in God’s governmental foundation, and give praise and prayer to the Lord.

Psalm 111:1 says “Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart in the council of the upright and in the congregation.” 

Unlocking the mystery and taking off the blinders is something to praise Him for. We have also been “awakened” to evil hidden in our midst. The Church is also “awakening” to her lack of influence and voice in this hour. But this is all God’s plan to get us to pivot and to get us ready for the new landscape ahead of us.

Praise, worship, and prayer on 11/1 will be our KEY for the release of God’s flood of breakthrough for our nation so that His people will break out and over the oppression of the works of the enemy.  We take part in this transition by our obedience to act upon what God speaks and follow as He leads.  God will grant us possession of His land on the otherside of this shift.

111 signifies a defining moment to further the multiplicity and blessing of God’s covenant. God spoke to Joshua before the great shift into the Promised Land.

Joshua 1:11 “Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’ ”

Notice that there were 1+1+1= 3 days before He was able to “cross over.” Notice that our election, which is pivotal for America, is 3 days from this 11/1/20 landmark.  .

So, what day is 11/1/20?  

After praying, I realized it is “ALL SAINTS DAY” This holiday originated with the ancient Celtic festivals around 2,000 years ago.  The eve of this holiday is Halloween which got its name because it was first called,  “ALL HALLOWS (holy saints) EVE” or “ALL HALLOWS DAY” which was also known as the “FEAST OF THE SAINTS DAY”

The holiday originally was established to commemorate the saints who are in heaven who did a good work in the earth.  Christians would come together and pray and ask God to protect them from the evil of the world and bless them.  Costumes were worn depicting the heroes of faith and the evil ones they overcame.  

Satan as turned this holiday around and used this celebration and month to focus worship/evil deeds against God’s plan and people, so the dark side has predominately taken over this month, culminating in Halloween.  

However, the heart of what the holiday stood for is what God is speaking to us now. We need to come into the synergy of the ages of prayers of the saints, even those who founded our nation, and connect the generations of prayers with our decrees today that these prayers will carry the covenant promises forward.

Hebrews 11 is the chapter of the great cloud of witnesses that depicts the heart of All Saints Day. All the heroes of faith are listed. They build our faith up and each of them carrying the torch of covenant forward build upon God’s story of redemption. This has not changed through the ages.

Heb. 11:1 – “Now faith is the [a]substance of things hoped for, the [b]evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.”

Hebrews 12 (government as a result of the coming together of faith, remembrance, connecting the generations of saints), gives us the strength to get through the transition:  

 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”

Dutch Sheets had a “Holy Convocation” gathering on October 8-10th which was during the Feast of Tabernacles. In that gathering, he also saw the importance of the “synergy of the ages” in having faith that the prayers of all those who went before us were still alive and we needed to partner with them today.

During that gathering, Dutch shared that  400 years ago, pilgrims landed under the spiritual leader, Robert Hunt, as they came to shores of Cape Henry.  They waited 3 days before disembarking and  fasted, prayed, and separated themselves before touching land.  

When they finally touched land, they carried a cross they brought from England and prayed, “We dedicate this land and people to the Lord and to raise up Godly generations afterwards..”  God’s destiny for America was to partner with Him (Like Abraham) to save the world and to establish His Kingdom.

Below are notes of what was prayed during the making of the Mayflower Compact. Look at the date: 11-11-1620!

  • When the Mayflower dropped anchor in the waters of Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts, on November 11, 1620, (11/11 – 400 years ago) before they set foot on American soil, the Pilgrims formed a document called the Mayflower Compact which read: 
  • “In the name of God. Amen! We whose names are underwritten, having undertaken for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith, a voyage to plant the first colony . . . do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually in the presence of God combine ourselves into a civic body politic.”

So 11-1-20 celebration really begins on the eve of the night before,which is Halloween. And this year, Halloween will have a FULL MOON.  This hasn’t happened since 2001.  The entire 21st century will only see 6.  These are SIGNS to consider because God uses the sun, moon, and stars to signify marked times He is perfecting His covenant promises

Gen. 1:14 “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;

In addition, 2020 has 13 FULL MOONS THIS YEAR, which is unusual. 13 is the number of America, the number associated with the tribe Manasseh is scriptures (13th tribe), so we need to consider this SIGN. Normally there are only 12 full moons each year. But this year, there are two in October:

October 1st = Harvest Moon which occurred during the 7th month of Hebrew calendar, a month associated with Joseph’s son Ephraim.

October 31st = Hunter Moon or BLUE MOON which is occurring during the 8th Month of Hebrew Calendar and the month associated with Joseph’s son Manasseh. (Sidenote: Manasseh means, “to forget.” Given America is associated with the prophetic promises of Manasseh, does it not surprise you that America has forgotten her biblical heritage and kingdom purpose?).

The FULL Moon on October 31st will be seen at 10:49 (49 is a number for Jubilee) in ALL TIME ZONES.  This hasn’t happened since WW2 in 1944.  The last time we had 13 moons was 19 years ago, but it wasn’t seen in all time zones.

So let’s now talk about the identity markers of America that tie into the 13th Tribe of Manasseh:

America actually means “Kingdom of Heaven”

America’s destiny is to establish kingdom of God here on earth as it is in heaven, which was a part of the Lord’s prayer in Matt. 6. America has from her beginnings, these interesting landmarks that identify her: 

13 colonies.  13 Stripes in flag.  13 in elements of Seal, which below are some of the identifying signs:

  • Scroll:  The eagle holds an open scroll in its beak inscribed with the Latin 13 letter motto “E pluribus Unum”, which means “Out of Many, One” (one nation created from 13 colonies.) Our people have come from many nations, but we are one under God who is the Divine Architect of our nation. 
  • Olive Branch:  The eagle grasps an olive branch in its right talon with 13 leaves and 13 berries. God likened Israel to an Olive Tree which stands for peace. (Jer.11:16; Hos. 14:5-7). and a bundle of 13 arrows and 13 feathers in its left.  The olive branch and arrows are symbols for the power of peace and war.
  • Shield: A shield with 13 red and white stripes covers the eagle’s breast. 
  • The 13 red and white stripes of the shield represent the 13 colonies united under God and supported by the blue band above, signifying dependency on God. (Psalm 5:12)
  • Constellation:  Containing 13 stars in the midst of the glory cloud. The star is a symbol of God’s protective care.
  • Unfinished Pyramid: The seal’s reverse side contains a 13-step pyramid, identified with the Great Pyramid of Gizeh, place Joseph reigned, with the year 1776 in Roman numerals at the base.  
  • Eye: At the top of the pyramid is the Eye of Providence with the Latin 13 letter motto Annuit Coeptis” in the sky above  “He has prospered our undertakings.”

God made a covenant with Abraham that was NOT conditional to man’s obedience to keep his promise to God, but dependent on God Himself keeping it.  This is why MERCY is over America!

Gen. 17:6,7 “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.”

This resulted in Abraham turning the “baton” of the covenant to carry to Isaac, who gave it to Jacob, who had 12 sons that would multiply into nations.  One of his sons, Joseph, was used for the “great transition” for nation of Israel to prosper during a difficult time that could have wiped them all out. 

Joseph was able to place God’s people in a land to prosper during the time at GOSHEN, which means “a place of comfort and plenty.”

The Joseph company today is the “remnant” of today foreshadowed through the life of Joseph: rejected, imprisoned, equipped, learned, supernatural positioning, governor, deliverer for God’s people, provision giver, favor.

Joseph was the 11th SON of Jacob, whom God used at the 11th hour!

JOSEPH means, “He will add…” and reveals how his service to the Lord brings forth a multiplicity.  Joseph and Company today will be used to add upon the covenant promises.

The blessing that came from Jacob/Israel to Joseph was the double portion. It is the same for the Joseph company today, as well as the nation (America) that bears the prophetic promises given to Joseph’s sons:

Joseph 49:22 ““Joseph is a fruitful bough,
A fruitful bough by a well;
His branches run over the wall.

Deut. 33:13-17 Blessing on Joseph from Moses: 

“And of Joseph he said: “Blessed of the Lord is his land,With the precious things of heaven, with the dew,
And the deep lying beneath,
14 With the precious fruits of the sun,
With the precious produce of the months,
15 With the best things of the ancient mountains,
With the precious things of the everlasting hills,
16 With the precious things of the earth and its fullness,
And the favor of Him who dwelt in the bush.
Let the blessing come ‘on the head of Joseph,
And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers.’
17 His glory is like a firstborn bull,
And his horns like the horns of the wild ox;
Together with them
He shall push the peoples
To the ends of the earth
;
They are the ten thousands of Ephraim,
And they are the thousands of Manasseh.”

Joseph’s coat of many colors is symbolic of this birthright mantle of covenant.  He would be used to save His brothers during the difficult time when the money failed and famine hit in the land.  I share this because it is indicative of today of what God is calling the remnant forward to, and the same circumstances are upon us. 

When the Lord comes back to possess the “Birthright” there is a nation chosen to hand it to Him during this transition.  Jesus returns as the King of kings, and will rule over the earth, His land.  With His righteous leadership, the people will be blessed and multiply goodness in the earth.

Rev. 19:11 “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.

The robe He comes back in is also dipped in blood like Joseph’s was in Gen. 37:31.

Rev. 19:13-16 “He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in [a]fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a [b]sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.

So you see, the Joseph anointing is upon us in this hour.  And our nation is being called back into her inheritance as one called as Joseph.  We are called to help the family of God and the world with the transition that is taking place.  The Joseph’s will be used to provide and help through the transition.


It is the moment, hour, time, season, and appointed hour of transition.  A time of 111….crossing over….transition of leadership and spiritual inheritance between evil (Esau) (the one who wanted to kill God’s chosen covenant people- Christians), and good (Jacob) (who is wrestling God needing His help against Esau).

Gen. 32:11 “Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he come and [a]attack me and the mother with the children.”

Knowing he was at the mercy of God and His help alone, Jacob prays:

Gen. 32:22-31 And he arose that night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven sons, and crossed over the ford of Jabbok. 23 He took them, sent them [a]over the brook, and sent over what he had. 24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the [b]breaking of day. 25 Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He [c]touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. 26 And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.”

But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”

27 So He said to him, “What is your name?”

He said, “Jacob.”

28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but [d]Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”

29 Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.”

And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there.

30 So Jacob called the name of the place [e]Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” 31 Just as he crossed over [f]Penuel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip.

This is our stance in this hour….the 111….praying with fervency and wrestling with God for His help for our nation…and the family of God.  Jacob’s wrestle finally got him to understand true rest:  God is in control…he is asking us to partner with Him…but ultimately,  He wants us to be ONE ONE ONE with Him, where He is the HEAD, and we are ONE in His hand.  This is why Jacob’s name was changed to Israel which means “God rules”  because he fully understood that he could do nothing without God.

Pray, praise and decree God’s destiny and purpose for this hour that God has written in the scrolls of heaven.  Partner with the saints who have gone before us and prayed and decreed God’s purpose for this nation.  Rise up and pray against the evil that has joined to fight God’s anointed and the land appointed to perfect His national promises in the latter days.

Join me on the wall on October 31st through November 1st to partner with heaven’s plan for America and the remnant called in this hour who will rise and take positions of authority to further God’s Kingdom Come on the earth.

GOD WILL ANSWER OUR PRAYERS:

God says in a scripture marked by 1111 in Luke 11:11  “If a son asks for [a]bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?

Will God not answer our prayer as we line up with HIS divinely appointed time…3 days before a our election?

GOD WILL ESTABLISH HIS PLAN ON THE EARTH.  

PARTNER WITH HIM ON 11/1/20

CHESHVAN FIRSTFRUITS

This Friday evening begins the eighth month of the Hebrew Calendar known as the month of “Cheshvan.”  Eight is the number for new beginnings, and perfectly describes the events associated with this month in biblical history.

Cheshvan’s name stems from the word “flood.” During the days of Noah, the flood began on the 17th of Cheshvan and ended the following year on the 27th of Cheshvan. Although Cheshvan marked the execution of God’s judgment and hardship, it was also a significant month of new doors opening to a shifted landscape.  When Noah opened up the door and left the ark, he began the same covenant mission of multiplying and fulfilling the earth in a world that was completely different!

This month is also associated with the tribe of Manasseh; which was one of sons of Joseph. Joseph’s sons were grafted in to Jacob/Israel’s Covenant blessing. “Bless the lads; Let my name be named upon them. And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” (Gen. 48:16)

Manasseh means, “one who makes to forget, one who forgets the toil.” The character of Manasseh was to forgive and not carry a grudge. The forgiving nature gave Manasseh the ability to fulfill their calling. This tribe shows us the character of forgiveness to the point of forgetting the wrong, and it is this character trait that brings healing to the nations.

The prophetic blessing given to Joseph (which would now go to his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim) was the crowning best! “Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall.” In Genesis 49:22-26 and Deut. 33:13-17, God declares that the sons of Joseph will have hidden resources, rich heritage with God’s favor and blessing upon the land given with rain and produce. In addition, these two tribes would push the peoples to the ends of the earth.

In studying Manasseh, there was a pivotal time in their history in which there were no men to carry on the inheritance of the tribe according to the laws that had been set forth (Numbers 27:1-11). But there were five single women of Manasseh who dared to believe God for a new thing. They petitioned to Moses to take possession of their inheritance so that their tribe would not be wiped out or their inheritance lost.

Moses took their request to the Lord, and the Lord made an amendment to the law and granted their request. I think this story is so relevant. Women sometimes need to fight for their portion of their Godly inheritance that is challenged by culture and tradition. Sadly, many women find their biggest battle breaking through religious traditions. (As a side note: I believe that if Judge Amy Barrett is elected to the US Supreme Court, she will lead the way for many other women to break out into positions of great authority, regardless of culture and tradition. The “Deborah’s are needed in the world at this hour.)

In the Old Testament, we read one hero from the tribe of Manasseh named Gideon, a “mighty man of valor. (Judges 6:12.) At the time Gideon is “chosen” by God to do a mighty work, he was threshing wheat to hide from the Midianites who were impoverishing and oppressing the Israelites and destroying their produce and livestock.

The Angel of Lord appeared to him. Gideon asked, “Why are all these things happening to the children of Israel?” He was looking to the Lord for answers, and the Lord’s answer was to use Gideon.  And the Lord said to Gideon, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” (Judges 6:14).

Gideon didn’t believe God had the right guy, because the odds were against him and he didn’t “appear” to be the best candidate. (Even today, some of us can believe we disqualify to do God’s work because we aren’t “schooled” to share God’s message or are equipped to minister). ”O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”

But the Lord replied, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”

When God finally convinced Gideon He was chosen, Gideon did the logical thing and gathered as many resources as he could to fight the Midianites. The Lord instructed Gideon that he had too many resources…too many soldiers to go to battle. This was key to God’s strategy in turning the hearts of His people toward Him. The children of Israel needed to see His sovereignty to cut to their heart and depend on the resources “flooding” forth supernaturally.

God is preparing a remnant of Gideon’s today that understand they cannot have victory in their own strength or resources, but in God alone! God will choose these Gideon’s as His Firstfruits to enter into the fullness of His glory so that the nations can experience righteousness and justice; placing people in government, business, education, finances, arts, etc. who He has prepared for such a time as this.

Today’s “Gideon “Firstfruits” Army” have been hidden much like Gideon was until the Lord called upon him to step out.   This “remnant army” has learned through tests and trials to surrender to the Lord’s command, and the least likely to be chosen to rule in positions of prominence both in and out of the Church according to our “worldly standards.” They will be chosen to be “kings and priests” in the Age of Tabernacles when Jesus returns as King (Rev. 5:9).

It is no coincidence that Gideon was threshing wheat when He was called upon.  God’s role for this Gideon army He is raising up today will have the wisdom to discern between the wheat from the tares that have grown in the field (world). This wisdom will even plumbline the Church in establishing His Kingdom here on the earth. Over these past 2,000 years, the Church at large has produced wheat (good) and tares (bad), and she doesn’t look like a unified body at all.  The “Gideon army” will be the ones God equips to bring the body together to look like His Bride.

The month of Cheshvan is associated with the Lord’s flood that brings death and life. When the Lord flooded the earth in the days of Noah, there was death that resulted. Death always proceeds God’s resurrection power and new beginnings. Even before the children of Israel were getting close to the time when the Lord would finally take them out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land, Moses died first.  The Lord then said to Joshua, “MOSES IS DEAD!” (Joshua 1:1). “Be Strong and of Good Courage!”

Moses was a great leader, and God used him to move His Covenantal purpose forward.  But when it was God’s timing, Joshua was chosen to pick up the baton and move the Covenant forward differently than his predecessor. God created Joshua with the purpose in mind to lead and conquer the Promised Land.  He didn’t create Joshua to replicate Moses, but only to glean from Moses the wisdom, knowledge, and leadership of God’s heart, plan and character.

We are about to see a new generation who will take the deposit of the “Pentecostal (church) Age” and move it forward into the “Age of Tabernacles.” They will take the wisdom and truth we have gained in advancing the Kingdom of God these past 2000 years, but will move God’s Covenant plan ahead differently.  The “old wine skin” will die.  The “traditions of old” will die.  The flesh will die.  But His Spirit will flood the earth and bring newness of life.  The Gideon’s will advance into the “Promised Land” with the King leading them and establish His government in the land.  It is an exciting time we live in!

In order to experience “newness of life,” we have to close doors to open new ones. We have to let go of old ways and mindsets that aren’t producing life any longer. We need to let go of past successes as well so we can embrace the newness of the season ahead. Ask the Lord, “What door do I need to close so I can enter in the new door ahead?” Enjoy the flood of His Spirit bringing new life!

FEAST OF TABERNACLES – THE 7 OUTPOURINGS

As we approach the 8th day of the Feast of Tabernacles, I thought I would share an interesting blueprint with you that ties to the New Testament.

During each of the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles, there was a water and wine offering poured out. The water symbolized the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit when this Feast is fulfilled, as well as the wine represented the outpouring of God’s wrath with the overthrow of “The Mother of all Harlots”(Rev. 17:5).

The wine also represents the “new wine” that is a fruitful harvest of the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. God’s wrath is to turn us away from evil so we can bear a fruitful harvest, so the wine has a dual purpose.

We are living in the transition of the manifestation of the great outpourings of both water and wine. The “Mystery of Babylon” is not so much a mystery anymore, as truth is setting us all free from blindness and apathy as a church. God’s truth is allowing us to see how our misalignments and adopted man-made religious structures have created “tares” that have divided the body of Christ and granted access for the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy our identity, purpose, and authority in the earth.

God is “dropping His plumbline” because of His mercy; giving us the opportunity to SEE and HEAR truth clearly so we can “choose life” and separate ourselves from everything God reveals that we have knowingly or unknowingly aligned with unrighteousness, falsehoods, iniquity, and idolatry.

God is serious in this hour to warn us to “come out of her” as He spoke of in Revelation 18 because the iniquity of the “mystery of Babylon,” the “Harlot,” is about to be introduced to the wrath of God being poured out upon her to expose and shake her strangleholds.

” And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and les you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities” (Rev. 18:4,5).

Why now? Because it’s God divinely appointed time, and those great SIGNS are witnessed and fulfilled through the Feasts of the Lord.

2020 has been a miraculous SIGN for us all to witness of this transition taking place as thousands of Christians from all over the world have joined in unity of heart to honor God’s appointed times of Passover, Pentecost, and the Fall Feasts. I personally am blown away of how fast God has opened the hearts of His people to the significance of His Feasts…they are HIS HOLY DAYS that bear HIS SIGN TO THE WORLD THAT CHRIST IS OUR REDEEMER!

God’s mercy is calling out to the nation to turn from our wicked ways and get away and get out from under the manipulations of the “Harlot.” We are being “trumpeted” into action. Why? Because God wants to protect His people from the impending judgment that must come in order to bring redemption and restoration to the earth. And this process involves us partnering with the Lord. That is how He has always chosen to do things, and America was chosen to partner with God in His redemption purpose which we know in learning about our providential history.

The judgment ahead must proceed the great and amazing 7th day Sabbath “tabernacle” rest which will usher in the New Millenium reign when Christ rules over the nations. This judgment will continue to align the world back into the LORD’S righteous order so the land can prosper and the people can live in His Shalom Peace.

“I was watching and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom” (Dan. 7:21).

We must take off our religious doctrine that paints the picture of the world ending in doom and Christians leaving. This mindset doesn’t prepare our hearts and actions to be a part of His plan to bring restoration in the earth, which is why He encouraged us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).

Recall, when it was the LORD’s time to manifest His Promise…..

“And SUDDENLY, a VOICE came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17).

The Lord has a set time in which He will again trumpet suddenly, “These are My sons of God, in whom I am well pleased.”

Afterwards, God will release the full measure of His living “waters.” This is His “new wineskin” of His glory that the world will see and experience His miracles and healing outpouring through His kingship and the sonship of His remnant that are chosen to serve Him.

Recall that Christ was led into the wilderness to be tempted to by the devil right after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon Him. It will be no different in the hour we are upon with His “sons.” The remnant has learned obedience through the things they have suffered so that when the hour of outpouring of water and wine comes, the remnant will be able to stand strong in the midst of the enemy attempting to kill, steal, and destroy them. The battle will rage between the voice of the Lord (Lion of the Tribe of Judah), and the voice of the enemy (The dragon/beast). The remnant will NOT be moved, not snared by the enemies lies, for the truth is their ROCK, and their VOICE will open and shut heaven’s outpourings.

If you read the Gospel of John, there are a total of 8 miracle signs that were purposed to manifest God’s glory through Jesus (John 2:11). These miracles are a sign of what is to come in greater measure, for the Lord says we would do greater things because together in Christ, we can manifest Him to the nations!

There are seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles outpourings, and the 8th “set apart” for the “sacred assembly.” If you recall, the first miracle that Jesus did was at a wedding in Cana, in which He turned the water into wine. Tabernacles is all about the great celebration of the Bride (body of Christ) and the Groom (Christ) coming together as ONE, with an outpouring of His glory and a joyful celebration. The Millenium reign and it’s purpose is a great promise to celebrate even today.

The 8 MIRACLE SIGNS ARE:

  1. The water to wine at the wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11).
  2. The Nobleman’s son healed (John 4:46-54).
  3. The sick man at Bethesda healed (John 5: 1-13).
  4. The feeding of 5,000 (John 6:4-15).
  5. Walking on water (John 6:16-21).
  6. The blind man healed (John 9:1-7).
  7. Lazarus raised from the dead (John 11:1-44).
  8. The 153 fish caught in a net (John 21:3-11).

With expectancy then, we set our eyes upon the Lord as the King of kings who will return to dwell with His people and subdue the nations under His reign. We keep our lamps full as we honor these HOLY DAYS, because one day soon, Christ will return and tabernacle amongst us all.

I pray you experience God’s presence dwelling with you and those you are called to celebrate this 8th Day!

THE FEAST PATTERN FORESHADOWED THROUGH JACOB’S SONS

The Jacob/Israel’s story continues mirroring the Feast pattern through his family after Jacob becomes “Israel.” The name “Israel” had been sealed over Jacob’s forehead after wrestling with God, landing him in the city of Succoth, which means, “booth/dwelling/tabernacle.” 

It was after Jacob crossed into the Promised Land, in Succoth, that he built his first house (Gen.33:17). Up until this time, Jacob had lived in temporary dwellings.  This “permanent house” was a prophetic picture of Jacob receiving his promised “permanent house;” i.e., glorified body, that would never be removed from the Lord’s presence:

“For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life” (2 Cor.5:4)

Having met God face to face at Peniel, the transformation process began for Jacob/Israel. This encounter was symbolic of the process that will occur for the “Firstfruits” remnant during the first resurrection when Christ returns: 

“Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection.  Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years” (Rev. 20:6).

The Firstfruits remnant is mentioned again:

“They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders, and no one could learn that son except the 144,000 who were REDEEMED from the EARTH.  …These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes.  These were redeemed from among men, being FIRSTFRUITS to God and to the Lamb” (Rev. 14:3,4).

Jacob’s life mirrors the pattern and purpose of the Millennium reign, and the role of this “Firstfruits” remnant, as the Lord’s “priests” as He rules over the nations (Rev. 5:10).

“But you shall be named the priests of the Lord, they shall call you the servants of our God” (Is. 61:6).

After Succoth, Jacob/Israel led his family to the city of Shechem, where he purchased land for the first time. This is significant, because when Christ comes back to earth, He will take dominion over the LAND (kingdom) as King, with His “Firstfruits” remnant assisting Him (Gen. 33).

The name Shechem has two meanings; one means, “shoulder” as in the “responsibility or right to rule.” In Isaiah, God uses a verse to describes the government (leadership) upon the Lord’s “shoulder.”

“And the government will be upon His shoulder.” 

Shoulders are also used to describe the governmental authority of those God chooses to reign with Him: 

“The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one will shut…” (Is. 22:22).

Shechem was the first place God put His mantle of authority upon the shoulders of Jacob/Israel to carry out the Abrahamic Covenant.

Shechem’s name also means “unity.” Shechem was the place God established His Covenant (UNION).  For example, Shechem was the first place the Lord appeared and spoke to Abraham after he entered the land of Canaan for the first time.

“There Abraham built an altar and called on the name of the Lord” (Gen. 12:7,8; 13:4).

In Joshua’s farewell address, Joshua gathered all the leaders in Israel in Shechem and made a Covenant (UNION) with the people that day, representing the multiplicity of the Abrahamic Covenant (Joshua 23:2).

“So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem” (Josh. 24:25).

In the story of Jacob/Israel, it was at Shechem that his family would be tested to rule in God’s righteousness, or rule recklessly; to be in UNION with God’s character or not (Gen. 34). 

How did this test come about? Shortly after arriving in the city of Shechem, the prince, whose name was Shechem, raped Dinah, the daughter of Jacob.  Jacob’s sons were outraged, and decided to take revenge.  So they tricked the men of Shechem, and killed them all when they were unable to defend themselves.

This vengeance was led by two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi.  Afterwards, all the brothers joined the “evil” deed and plundered the city, stealing the possessions of the people because they felt justified (Gen. 34:25-29).

These actions did not represent the righteousness of God, but resembled the sinful actions and character of their earthly father, Jacob.  Jacob had been a schemer, and one who took possessions unlawfully.  Jacob had never gone so far as to kill anyone, but sins left un-dealt with can lead to death. (Today, our nation has become a divided nation, which has produced death to our Christian foundation.  Because our nation has compromised and not dealt with the iniquity, it is hard to distinguish who is right (good), and who is wrong (evil).  By the actions and words presented by both sides, ALL look evil because of their retaliation and “justification,” much like the Jacob’s sons do at Shechem).

Jacob/Israel, now transformed as a “priest unto the Lord,” knew these actions would open the door for the Lord to raise up an adversary against them as well:

“…You have troubled me by making me obnoxious among the inhabitants of the land…” (Gen. 34:30). 

So Jacob spent time interceding and communing with God. The Lord said to Jacob/Israel:

“Then God said to Jacob, ‘ARISE, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God’…” (Gen. 35:1). 

Jacob/Israel is being used to awaken the family to righteousness because the government of God rested on his shoulders.  His job was to help prepare the family, lead them through a sanctification process, so that they were in right standing with God.  This is the same blueprint that resembles God’s purpose of His “Firstfruits” remnant in preparing the Bride throughout the Millennium.

The “wake up” call to arise is also a picture of the BRIDE’S FEAST OF TRUMPET “awakening” (Rev. 20:11).

God then instructed Jacob/Israel to have the family (Church) examine their sin, to get rid of their idols, and to repent and cleanse their hearts. He commanded them to “change their garments” that were filthy rags (sins) to garments that were symbolic of the “righteous acts of the saints” (Rev.19:8).

This is a similar blueprint of the BRIDE’S TEN DAYS OF AWE before the Day of Atonement.

“And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, ‘Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments” (Gen. 35:2).

Afterwards, God appeared to Jacob again.  Given that the family had repented wholeheartedly, they were about to enter into their DAY OF JUBILEE instead of DAY OF ATONEMENT.

“Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but ISRAEL shall be your name” So He called his name Israel” (Gen. 35:10).

In Revelation, this moment is spoken of at the Great White Throne of Judgment:

“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened.  And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life.  And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books” (Rev. 20:12).

God had already changed Jacob’s name to Israel back in Peniel. So why did he come again and say the same thing?  This always nagged me before I understood the Feast’s blueprint and the fulfillment of the first and second resurrection.  This second time God came to Jacob and told him that his name was no longer Jacob but Israel wasn’t to once again seal Jacob’s identity.  God was calling forth the identity change for the UNION of the whole family/nation. 

Now the whole family/nation/bride became God’s double witness of His Covenant promise, following the first witness of the “Firstfruits” remnant.

Jacob set up a pillar of stone in the place where God talked to Him, and poured a drink offering and oil on it (Gen. 35:14,15). This was symbolic of the blueprint up ahead, of the 1st Day of the Feast of Tabernacles for the Bride, when the 7-day cleansing process begins, as represented by the drink offering.  The water represents purification.  The oil represents the bodies being transformed into His glory.

“You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).

The place in which this occurs is called, “Bethel” which means “House of God.

“For we know that if our earthly HOUSE, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor. 5:1).

This happens to be the same place Jacob met God for the first time.  Coincidently (not really), the Covenant promises were now being extended to His family as well (Gen. 28:19).  

In addition, this event symbolically confirms the blueprint of the beginning of the transformation process of the Bride’s members being removed from death (which is the wages of sin), and glory dwelling in the corporate body (city), which the Bible refers to as the New Jerusalem:

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the HOLY CITY, NEW JERUSALEM, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the TABERNACLE of God is with men, and He will DWELL with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God”(Rev. 21:1-3).

Jacob’s story mimics this death/life purification process.  

Shortly after Jacob/Israel and his family left Bethel, Rachel (Jacob’s wife), went into labor.  This was going to be Jacob/Israel’s 12th son, and the ONLY one to be born in the Promised Land.

“…And when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath, Rachel labored in childbirth, and she had hard labor”(Gen. 35:16).

Rachel dies giving birth. Upon Rachel’s death, she confesses a secret sin that she hid from Jacob and her father.  Rachel had stolen her father’s idols and took them with her when they departed from Laban’s home.  Even when Laban caught up to Jacob and accused him of being a thief, Rachel said nothing, and continued to hide the idols (Gen. 31:14-37).

When Rachel died, this hidden sin became exposed as she confessed when she named her newborn:

“And so it was, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called name “Ben-Oni,” but his father called him Benjamin”(Gen. 35:18).

Rachel’s death represented the finality of the struggle with our Adamic sinful nature that produces sorrow.  Rachel named her child “Ben-Oni,” which is translated, “son of my sorrow.”  Rachel’s death marked the end of the 7-day cleansing process of the Feast of Tabernacles, described in Scriptures as “death swallowed up in victory” (1Cor. 15:54).  Her death was the final cleansing of the “sins of the family” before “immortality.”

Jacob would have probably honored his wife’s dying wishes and agreed to name the newborn “Ben-Oni.”  Most men would in that situation.  But, JACOB/ISRAEL could not honor his wife’s dying wishes.  Jacob/Israel had the government of God’s rulership on His shoulders and was directed by God to rename the child according to who the child represented in the Covenant blueprint.  So Jacob/Israel named his son, “Benjamin,” which means, “son of light!”

“While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them”(John 12:36).

Benjamin was the ONLY son born in the Promised Land. He was the fulfillment of the Promise of God for the “sons of God” to arise and be seen in the earth as God’s light (glory) (Rom. 8:19).

Keeping in mind what we have already learned about the Feast of Tabernacles blueprint, which is 8 days long, 7 of those days were set aside for “cleansing.”  But, the 8th day was a “sacred assembly.”

For the Bride, the 8th day is the revealing of God’s glory dwelling amongst a corporate people with incorruptible bodies.  Having finished the cleansing process, the Bride is able to rise and stand before His throne.   

“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready” (Rev. 19:7).

The Bride is also now able to fulfill the vision of “Jacob’s Ladder” as well as being able to go from being in the presence of God’s throne and transported back to the earth as “sons of His light.”

“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife” (Rev. 21:9).

“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.  In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits each tree yielding its fruit every month.  The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.    And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.  They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads” (Rev. 22:1-4).

Incidentally, all the disciples of Christ came from the tribe of Benjamin, called the Galileans in the New Testament because they settled in Galilee after being released from the 70-year Babylon captivity. They received only a deposit of God’s glory, so the manifestation of the “sons of light” could not be FULLY seen in the earth until the Lord fulfills Tabernacles up ahead.

Benjamin’s birth prophesies of the promise of the NEW JERUSALEM, the Body of Christ, transformed into His glorious bride, full of His glory where His presence dwells:

“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev. 21:2).

 “I am God Almighty.  Be fruitful and multiply; a NATION and a company of NATIONS shall proceed from your and kings shall come from your body.  The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, I give to you; and to your descendants after you I give this land” (Gen. 35:11,12).

THE FEAST PATTERN FORESHADOWED THROUGH THE LIFE OF JACOB

During the week of the Feast of Tabernacles, reflecting (dwelling) upon the Lord and His Covenant promises were a part of the fabric of what God’s people did each year.  

Let’s take time to do the same by reviewing Jacob’s family’s history and journey with the Lord and identify the pattern and purpose of the seven Feasts reflected in his own life.

BIBLICAL HISTORY PRIOR TO JACOB

After the flood of Noah’s days, wickedness began spreading throughout the earth once again with the help of Nimrod’s reign that birthed the “anti-Christ” government (Gen. 10,11). The Lord decided to choose one of Noah’s great, great grandsons to establish the next covenant with that would usher in the solution to stop the cycle of evil (sin) that was separating mankind from the Lord (Gen. 12).   

God determined that this next covenant could not be dependent on man’s ability to keep his promise to the Lord in order to fulfill the covenant.  God would not only initiate the covenant, keep it and perfect it in Himself, but also “set apart” a people to perfect the process that would bring forth the “Son of man” in the earth.  The person God chose to initiate this plan through was Father Abraham:

“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…” (Gen. 17:6,7).

It was through Abraham’s lineage that God would multiply His people to the ends of the earth like the sand of the sea and the stars in the sky. Abraham later gave birth to Isaac, the chosen “Seed” used to fulfill the Covenant promise.

“And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your SEED all the nations of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 26:4).

In a moment that did not make sense to the fulfilling of those Covenant promises, Abraham was commanded by God to offer Isaac up as a sacrifice (Gen. 22:2).  Of course, we know the story of how God stopped Abraham and provided a ram, but I am pointing out this part of the story to show how Isaac was a symbol of Christ, offered up for our sins.

Afterwards, Isaac had two sons: Esau and Jacob. Jacob, the younger son, would end up being the son who would inherit the Abrahamic Covenant promise, multiply it, and through his family, form a nation. When it was time for Isaac to bequeath the inheritance of the Covenant, Isaac blessed Jacob and charged him:

“May God Almighty bless you, And make you fruitful and multiply you, That you may be an assembly of peoples; And give you the blessing of Abraham, To you and your descendants with you, That you may inherit the land In which you are a stranger, Which God gave to Abraham”(Gen. 28:3-4).

Through Jacob, the Covenant would multiply into an “assembly of people.” Given that Isaac represented a foreshadowing of Christ, Jacob represented a foreshadowing of the Early Church (Christ-ians), that would multiply to the ends of the earth.

Jacob’s family, who become known as the Israelites, were a nation “set apart” for the Lord as God prophesied.  Likewise, the Church has been chosen to be  a “set apart” people to be witnesses for Christ.

“Therefore may God give you Of the dew of the heaven, Of the fatness of the earth, And plenty of grain and wine. Let peoples serve you.  And nations bow down to you…”(Gen. 27:28,29).

IDENTIFYING THE PATTERN OF THE FEASTS IN JACOB’S LIFE

Now that we have a little background of Jacob, let’s identity the pattern we have learned of the Spring and Fall Feasts fulfilled in Jacob’s life, starting when he received the Covenant blessing from his father Isaac.

At the place that Isaac was going to pass the covenant blessing to Jacob, the Bible says that this occurred in the city of Beersheba, which is translated to mean, “well of the oath.” This blessing was Jacob’s “PASSOVER” experience because he inherited the covenant blessing of his father and great grandfather, Abraham, and was “set apart” and “justified” to carry it forward.

Jacob’s name means “deceiver,” which was inherent in his character.  Jacob received the birthright by tricking his brother Esau as well as his father Isaac (Gen. 27).  Once that blessing was given, it couldn’t be revoked.  This deception didn’t surprise the Lord, for he understood Jacob’s weakness.  Jacob’s motives at the time were seemingly based on self-gain rather than service to the Lord.  Esau hated his brother for stealing the birthright and wanted to kill him.  But God had a redemption plan that included working through these issues in Jacob’s life.

In the Book of Jasher, one of the lost books of the Bible that is mentioned in Joshua 10:13, we learn that Jacob spent much of his time feeding the flock and learning “the instruction of the Lord and the commands from his mother and father” (Jasher 26:17) There is no mention of Jacob having a personal encounter with God as a child, but rather, taught about the God of Abraham.  We could surmise that Jacob desired the benefits of the birthright because he understood its inherent value, or he wouldn’t have taken advantage of his brother’s weakened state to seize the opportunity to take it (Gen. 25:31).

Most of us today have a similar story.  We hear and learn about God, but we don’t necessarily have a personal relationship with Him. When we do accept Christ as our Savior, many are motivated out of desperation, afraid of hell, or wanting the benefits of eternity.  Rarely do we first come to the Lord to lay our life down for servant hood, becoming a “bondservant of Christ.”  This heart change comes through a process of tests and trials for the purpose of sanctification.

Not long after receiving the birthright, Jacob had an encounter with God through a dream, which most refer to as “Jacob’s ladder.”  In the dream, he saw a ladder that was set up on earth and its top reached heaven.  Angels were ascending and descending on this ladder, and then the Lord stood above it and spoke to Him:

“…I am the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants.  Also, your descendants shall be spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed ALL the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 28:13,14).

This was Jacob’s “PENTECOST” experience, with the promise revealed of “Tabernacles” to come.  Jesus Himself mentions this same “Tabernacles vision” that He Himself would experience after His resurrection:

“And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man” (John 1:51).

Jacob’s vision happened at a place called “Luz,” which means, “the place of almonds.”  Almonds in the Bible represent “awakening.”  There were 22 almonds on the lampstand in the Holy place of the tabernacle.  Jacob was “awakened” in his spirit, and then renamed the place of his encounter with God “Bethel,” which means “house of God.”  This name change was a foreshadowing of the deposit of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the house (tent/body) of a believer after encountering (accepting) Christ.  

Jacob encounter with God empowered (awakened) him to believe in the God of Abraham, and to begin trusting for the promises that came with the birthright.  Jacob made a vow:

“…IF God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, THEN the LORD shall be my God” (Gen. 28:20,21). 

Notice that this vow was conditional on God meeting Jacob’s needs.  It was topped off with this understanding as well:  IF God does such and such…THEN Jacob would believe God for His Word.  Most Christians are no different than Jacob when we first come to Christ.

Jacob’s “Pentecost experience” lasted 21 years. Working for Laban was training to learn how to become an obedient servant while living in a place not his home.  Jacob married Laban’s daughters, Leah and Rachel, and had 11 children while working for Laban.  Through it, God was working on Jacob’s character that was prone to deception, as well as taking things into his own hands to make things happen (Gen. 28-31).

Jacob was close to the finality of his “Pentecost” testing time when the Lord spoke to him through an angel to leave Laban’s and begin the journey back to the land he was called to, which was Jacob’s Feast of Trumpets call:

“I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to Me.  Now ARISE, get out of this land, and return to the land of your family”(Gen. 31:13).

Jacob obediently left, but his sinful nature led his actions once again. Instead of being upfront with Laban of his departure, he left deceptively, taking the whole flock and possessions he had gained, as well as his family with him (Gen. 31:18-20).

Jacob left in fear of Laban taking all he had worked for. God had to work out this root issue in Jacob so that he would fear the Lord more than the people or about the possessions he had.  Jacob had learned much from being Laban’s servant, but the gain was still self-serving.  God had “proven” His word faithful as Jacob was blessed during this time with great wealth.

A final process of sanctification was needed in Jacob so he could rest in the knowledge of who God was in order to carry the Covenant forward, much like that of the “Firstfruits” remnant today.  God Himself raises up adversaries to get our attention when we stray from His ways, or when we rely on ourselves instead of the Lord’s leadership.  BUT, God will also cause our adversary to be subdued when we turn from our wicked ways:

“But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries” (Ex. 23:22).

“When a man’s way pleases the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Prov. 16:7). 

God wasn’t going to allow Jacob to return home without giving him an opportunity to confront his sin. This is the pattern of occurrences during the “ten days of awe” that follow the Feast of Trumpets, when we are examining and preparing our hearts to come face to face with the Lord.  In Jacob’s case, he had to enter into Esau’s territory (literally let go of everything he had acquired working and what he stole), and make things right with his brother.

Esau had been angry, revengeful and willing to kill his brother for stealing his birthright. The Bible says he had a great army of 400,000 men ready to confront Jacob to take him out. And so the story goes, the night before this encounter, Jacob got on his hands and knees and prayed with all his heart, wrestling with an Angel until the breaking of day.

“And He said, ‘Let Me go, for the day breaks.’  But he said, ‘I will not let You go unless You bless me!’  So He said to him, ‘What is your name?’  He said, ‘Jacob.’  And He said, ‘Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but ISRAEL; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed'” (Gen. 32:26-28).

Jacob had finally come to a place that all his tricks, all his strength, and all his planning couldn’t get him out of a position of losing everything he worked for.  But instead of scheming out a plan, He cried to the Lord for help.  This caused Jacob to wrestle with the Lord to contend for the promise.

As Jacob wrestled the angel, the angel asked him what his name was. It seems like a strange thing to ask since the angel obviously knew who he was.  But God set Jacob up to give him an opportunity to come clean, repent, and to confess his sin.  By telling the angel his name, Jacob was confessing that he was a deceiver.  This was Jacob’s DAY OF ATONEMENT.

In the midst of the wrestling, Jacob let go of the fears He was holding on to so tightly.  He was ready to exchange the old identity of being a thief and deceiver and submit to the Lord’s leadership.

Because Jacob allowed the sanctification process to work in his heart, this day became Jacob’s Day of JUBILEE because it was God’s set time to birth the new man in Jacob.  This was when Jacob became a “Firstfruits” remnant set apart to do the Lord’s work in the earth, meeting God face-to-face.

“They shall see His face, and HIs name shall be on their foreheads’ (Rev. 22:4).

God changed Jacob’s name to Israel (which means “God rules”).  Jacob/Israel understood he did not rule over his life anymore…God did.   Jacob/Israel understood that he was chosen to carry forth God’s inheritance, serving a greater purpose beyond his comfort or will, which required him to become a “bondservant” of the Lord’s.

Jacob/Israel then called the name of his wrestling place “Peniel,”

“For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved” (Gen. 32:30).

Peniel comes from the root word Panah-el which means “face” or “presence,” which is why Jacob called the wrestling place Peniel.

Just as Jacob/Israel crossed over Peniel, the sun rose on him. This was the first sign of the “TABERNACLES” transformation process for Jacob.

Jacob/Israel then “bowed himself to the ground seven times” before meeting Esau.  This represents the 7-day “cleansing process of TABERNACLES” that purifies our body from “the wages of sin.”

As a result, instead of attacking Jacob/Israel, his enemy was subdued, and healing took place.

“But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept”(Gen. 33:4).

Jacob/Israel offered Esau a “firstfruits” offering of his possessions to Esau.  This act confirms that Jacob/Israel’s heart had changed.  Jacob no longer held on to his possessions in greed or self-gain.  Now he was stewarding his possessions with the Lord’s principles of blessings, and truly, this offering was “unto the Lord.”

Afterwards, Jacob/Israel stopped in Succoth, which is translated as “tabernacles/booths.” There he built himself a house and made booths for his livestock (Gen. 33:17).  This was the FIRST permanent house that Jacob/Israel had build since his “Passover” experience, representing the new glorified bodies we receive after the “purifying process” so we can permanently “tabernacle” with the Lord.  

“But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation”(Heb. 9:11).

Notice this first permanent house was in the Promised Land here on the EARTH.  This also represents the work of the “Firstfruits” remnant, serving as a “priest” for the King and His Kingdom on earth during the Millennium.“…You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; 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)