Month 7:18, Week 3:3 (Shleshi/Bikkurim), Year:Day 5936:195 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Wednesday 3 October 2012
IV. Vision of the Great Animal Chase
Continued from Part 3
"It is Elohim (God) who avenges me, and subdues the peoples under me; He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man" (Ps.18:47-48, NKJV).
Shalom and Chag Sameach Sukkot kol beit Yisrae'el! Welcome to the fourth day of the festival and to the third day of the week, Yom Shleshi, corresponding to Yom haBikkurim or Day of Firstfruits.
Are We Able to Predict Yahweh's Revelations?
As I sat down to prepare this short address to you today I got to thinking about all the times Yahweh has spoken to me throughout my life since becoming a believer, the responses I have had to prayer and the direction I have had in the preparation of my devotionals and sermons for the ministry. I asked myself the question: 'How many times did I know what it was Yahweh would ask me to do or inspire me to write about before I either asked Him or before He spoke, showed me a vision, of simply gave me a spiritual movement inside?' And the answer was: 'Almost never'. Unless I happened to be walking deeply in the Ruach (Spirit) and was already on a track that He wanted me to remain on for some address or article, I never knew what it was He was going to ask of me. And I suspect that that is pretty much every believer's experience too.
I remained up late last night to spend a couple of hours in worship quietly inside so as not to wake up the household, to sing in praise some of those hymns which most inspire me. After a relatively short night of sleep following that, I was up early this morning praying for one of my children and was led to ask about a future marriage companion. It's our responsibility as parents to guide our children though they too much search and make the final decision. There was no urgency in the matter but it was something I wanted to keep on the prayer agenda. You know how it is, time flies past so quickly and before you know it they're grown up and having to make important decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. Choosing marriage companions is surely one of the most important they will ever have to make because that shapes everything they do in the future - it determines the rest of their life. Anyway, Yahweh showed me some quick flashes in a vision but no more so I was content to simply leave it as I didn't need to know any more at this time.
Vision of the Glorious Heart
No sooner had this happened than another, completely unexpected vision opened up to me. It wasn't about anything I had asked about even though it was about the same person. I was shown something I have never been shown about anyone before - the glory of someone's lev (heart)! I was bowled over by its beauty and splendour. Where the lev (heart) was, I saw this enormous star with bright white rays emanating from it in perfect symmetry, reminding me a little of the sun emblem of Malaysia or of Taiwan in terms of the numbers of rays, though the rays were of varying length - some very long and others shorter. This was altogether magnificent. I was being shown the purity and glory of a lev (heart) in Yah'shua (Jesus) and I was simply in awe. It was both a very humbling as well a reassuring experience. So that is what Yah'shua (Jesus) looks like inside us! Amazing!
Vision of the Great Animal Chase
After that I went back to sleep and then I was awakened to see another vision of an altogether different kind that is the subject of today's message, and again wholly unexpected.
I want you to imagine a dozen or so lions and large deer running - a big chase, a hunt, of predators and their prey. Then I want you to imagine that this scene is suddenly suspended in time, like a still photographic shot, as though the Pause button had been pressed on a DVD machine showing a movie and waiting to be resumed again. Finally, I want you to imagine that the animals were individually being viewed through a filter such that they were either red or blue in colour, and that they were all heading towards, or converging on - from all directions - a single point though none of them were able to see it because they were too absorbed in whoever they were chasing or running from. That was the sum of the vision which I saw.
I am sure you will admit that this was a most unusual vision - indeed, it was quite unlike anything I have ever seen before, and I have been shown thousands of visions over four decades. On the face of it, it was hard to see who or what these animals respresented, though I am not sure that was the main thing. What seemed to me to be the most important aspect of this picture was the fact that they were all heading toward this central point in space and time. Whatever these conflicts are, wherever they are, or whoever they represent, everything is coming to a Grand Climax - a Conclusion. Had the movie (if that was what it was) been allowed to roll on, then the animals would have converged on that single point in a matter of seconds. Now whether those 'seconds' are human time or divine time, I don't know, I only know that it is very, very soon.
The Bikkurim of Sukkot
Today, like I said, is the fourth day of Sukkot (Tabernacles) and the third day of the week corresponding to Firstfruits. Historically, Yom haBikkuirm prefigured the resurrection of Messiah, who was its firstfruits, and baptism by immersion which ordinance we are commanded to have performed on us before witnesses of the Messianic Community (Church) as a testimony that we have been born again and will submit to Yah'shua (Jesus) in all things and partake of His resurrection life. By doing so, we certainly bring our inner conflicts and wars to an eventual end if we persist, along with all the false dichotomies of blue and red, male and female, hunter and hunted, which Satan seeks to persuade us to create within. If Yah'shua (Jesus) truly is on the throne of our levim (hearts) then all of these will pulled toward Him to be burned for the useless distractions they are in our lives. The predators will be consumed and the prey delivered into a safe haven. Then we will be able to serve Him with greater empowerment and be readied for the Sukkot (Tabernacles) Anointing that He wishes to give the children of the firstborn.
We are headed for something very big indeed and we won't know what it is, or its outcome, until it hits us. Furthermore, it is imminent. May you be blessed for the remainder of this fourth day of Sukkot (Tabernacles) until we assemble again tomorrow. Amen.
Continued in Part 5