Month 7:16, Week 3:1 (Rishon/Pesach), Year:Day 5937:194 AM|
SUKKOT II, Dedication of Solomon's Temple 2/8
Gregorian Calendar: Sunday 20 October 2013
Sukkot II 2013
The Sukkot Anointing
Continued from Part 1
"And in Yom haHu (on that day) sheva nashim (seven women) shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own lechem (bread), and wear our own clothes; only let us be called by thy shem (name), to take away our disgrace. In Yom haHu (on that day) shall the Tzemach (Branch of) Yahweh be beautiful and glorious, and the p'ri ha'aretz (fruit of the earth) shall be the ga'on (pride) and glory for them that are escaped of Yisra'el (Israel). And it shall come to pass that he that is left in Tsiyon (Zion), and he that remaineth in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), shall be called kadosh (holy, set-apart), even every one that is hakatuv lachayyim (recorded for life/among the living) in Yershalayim (Jerusalem). When Yahweh shall have washed away the filth of the Banon Tsiyon (Daughters of Zion), and shall have purged the dahm (blood) of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) from the midst thereof by the Ruach Mishpat (Spirit of Judgment) and by the Ruach Ba'er (Spirit of Burning). And Yahweh will create upon the whole place of Mount Tsiyon (Zion), and upon her assemblies, an anan (cloud) and smoke by yom (day), and the shining of a flaming eish (fire) by lailah (night); for upon all the kavod (glory) shall be a Chuppah (canopy, covering). And there shall be a Sukkah (tabernacle, booth) for a shade in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a cover from storm and from rain" (Yeshayahu/Isaiah 4:1-6, OJB).
Chag sameach Sukkot kol beit Yisra'el and welcome to the second day of assembly. We have had some vibrant and penetrating discussions on a huge range of topics over the last 24 hours, some lasting as long as midnight, and I hope these will continue over the course of the Sukkot Conference as members get engaged in the wonder of Yahweh's Davar (Word) and His immediate plans for us. We have already had one prophetic word confirmed independently by two of the brethren and are praying for much direction in many areas.
Isaiah 4 and the Sukkot Anointing
Today's passage of scripture - the fourth chapter of Isaiah - is a prophetic look at the fulfilment of the spirit of Sukkot in the very end time and the kind of power and spiritual outpouring the remnant will possess in the Sukkot anointing. Though the geographic location of the revelation is of Jerusalem and Zion, it is applicable wherever a tribe - or families and clans - of Israel is gathered prior to the final return home.
The Chuppah and Sukkah
I am sure, as we read out this passage aloud, some of you picked up two words that are absent in most English translations. The first was "chuppah", usually rendered as "covering" in the NKJV and other English translations ("shelter", NASU; "pavilion", ASV; "canopy", NASB, etc.), and "sukkah" which is rendered as "tabernacle" in the NKJV ("protection", NASU; "shelter", NASB; "covert", KJV, etc.). So clearly there is a degree of confusion as to what is meant on the part of the translators who in some cases simply treat the words as interchangeable when they are not, even though they are obviously related.
Wedding Chuppas and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb
The "chuppah" is, as you know, the canopy under which Hebrew marriages are conducted and the "sukkah" is the tabernacle or booth under which we are commanded to live during Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles (Booths). Sukkot is a dry run of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and therefore the Bride and Bridegroom will, rightly, be seated under a giant chuppah. The guests, who are not identified, though they are spoken of in various parables in Yah'shua's (Jesus') discourses, are under the sukkah. The chuppah is also under the sukkah, a 'tent within a tent'. The sukkah which we are assembling under today represents both these sukkot and indeed, as we saw, other sukkot too, one of which was our physical bodies because our spirits dwell within our bodies.
Own a Good Messianic Bible or Two
This essential link between Isaiah 4 and this festival of Sukkot is easily missed unless you are able to see the original Hebrew words clearly presented which is why I recommend everyone owns at least one good messianic version of the Bible like the Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB) which, though not perfect, is perhaps the best as far as the Tanakh (Old Testament) is concerned. For the B'rit Chadashah Scriptures (New Testament) I recommend the Hebraic-Roots Version (HRV).
Judgment of the Nations
The fourth chapter of Isaiah is one that I have quoted dozens of times over the years because it is central to our calling and to this timeframe. The chapter before it (Ch.3) deals with a fearsome judgment against Zion prior to her repentance, a judgment that I believe to be imminent. All the evidence in the world points to a judgment of the nations, not to herald any imaginary 'rapture' or even the Second Coming, but rather the final phase of this Age prior to the Great Tribulation. This I have been speaking of now for some years in my devotionals and sermons.
Yom haHu and the Council of Yah's Elohim
The fourth chapter speaks of Yom haHu, literally, "in that day" of the Sukkot anointing and shows a new order of things in the Kingdom. This is what is variously called by us as the 'Sukkot Order', the 'Melchizedek Order', the 'Firstborn Order' and the 'Chavurat Bekorot' or the Assembly of the Firstborn. This Order has its equvalent in Heaven and is know there as the 'Council of Yah's Elohim' and consists of all the fathers and husbands of the 144,000 firstborn families who figure prominently in the Book of Revelation. These are they who are of the first resurrection and eagerly await the final Yom Teruah or Day of Trumpets announcing Messiah's Second Coming for they know that they shall arise with immortal bodies and return to the earth to reign with Messiah during the Millennium. I spoke to you recently of my experience in having a reunion with these brethren some years ago and of the overwhelming simcha (joy) I felt to be with them again. You can imagine the outpouring of simcha (joy), then, at the final Sukkot when we are once again reunited after our long separation since the pre-mortal world when we were spirits awaiting incarnation here on earth.
The Seven Women
In the opening verse of Isaiah chapter 4 we read of seven women seeking one man which on one level speaks of divinely ordained plural families in the Kingdom of Elohim (God) who are spontaneously governed by righteous, spiritual motives and not carnal ones - and on the other, this speaks of those who are of the Sukkot anointing, and therefore of the First Resurrection, the remnant of the elect in the last days - who are the uniplural bride of Messiah. What is particularly interesting about this Bride is that she forgoes the rights that are her entitlement under Old Covenant Torah - which is to have lechem (bread) and clothes provided by her husband - and to provide these for herself because what she is really and overwhelmingly after is her husband's shem or name. What is so special and so important about this "name" that nothing else matters in comparison to obtaining it for these daughters of Zion?
A Man's Shem Tov
Having a 'good name' or shem tov is the most valuable possession a man can own and is the most sought after prize of a good woman seeking a good man in Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus). It is obviouly far more than a reputable family name - it is more than marrying into a 'good family' because it has a 'good reputation' in the eyes Israel, though this is part of what is attractive to her. For in Hebrew a man's name also describes his character - his morality, his goodness, his pureness, his loveliness and his set-apartness (holiness) or devotion to Yahweh. To have a bad shem (name) is to have the opposite.
The Shem Tov of Yahweh
When Scripture speaks of worshipping Yahweh's Name, or calling upon His Name, it is His personal attributes that are being referred to, and not how we are to exactly pronounce the word that represents these attributes. We worship the Name of Yahweh out of ahavah (love) and adoration for Him, as we do the Name Yah'shua (Jesus) which contains this same Name, Yah, because He has the identical attributes of His Father. Thus when Philip was told that He had been shown the Father in being presented to Yah'shua (Jesus), this is what Yah'shua (Jesus) meant, not that they were one and the same Person:
The Marriage Covering
"Philip said to Him, 'Master, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.' Yah'shua (Jesus) said to him, 'Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father'" (John 14:8-9, NKJV).
As we are drawn to the Father and to the Son because of their Shem Tov or Good Name, which is their lovely personality, likewise a noble and virtuous woman will be attracted to, and seek out, a man who has a shem tov (good name) like Messiah's, inasmuch as this man reflects the virtues of his Master. Just as we know our disgrace can only be erased by hiding under, and in, the Name of Yah'shua (Jesus), so the singleness of a virtuous woman - her "disgrace" at being separated from the man she came from in the premortal worlds when she should be in union with him - can only be erased by coming under the sukkah, tent or covering of her virtuious husband who is in Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus). For a woman was created to dwell under, and in the safety, of her husband's covering, being the more vulnerable of the two genders.
And though the first verse of this chapter is used as a justification and prooftext for the lawless, carnal and godless polygamy of many unsanctified Christian and Messianic groups and individuals these days, this passage has zero application for them: it is a prophecy concerning those who are under the Sukkot anointing, whether they are monogamous or polygamous families, who have a shem tov (good name), who are overcomers of the flesh not its servants, the number 7 signifying completion and spiritual perfection. They reflect the qodeshness or holiness of the Sevenfold Ruachot haQodesh (Holy Spirits) of the Elohimhead (Godhead) - the Seven Mothers - the Torahless immorality and carnality of the world with its lack of committment and holiness. Plural marriage is never a lifestyle sanctioned by Yahweh for those who love the flesh but for those who cherish the Shem Tov above all else.
How the Firstborn are Identified: The Cloud
And just as the congregtaion of Messianic Israel will be clearly identified by the cloud and the pillar of fire accompanying it by day and by night, respectively, so too will the Torah-obedient and Messiah-trusting man or woman walking in the Sukkot anointing be identified, because they possess the 'whole circle' of end-time heavenly emet (truth) in the same way that a cloud physically describes the 'whole circle of the sky', which is the seven-coloured "bow in the cloud", or rainbow, the sign given to man that Yahweh will never deluge the earth again with water. As clouds symbolically represent partial knowledge and hidden glory where Yahweh has a mysterious purpose in their motions (Job 36:29; 37:16; 38:37; Ps.78:23), so too is the incarnation of the Messiah - represented by the the Messianic Bridegroom, whose mystery and glory are only briefly revealed at the Transfiguration (Mt.17:5; Mk.9:7; Lk.9:34). Likewise, the knowledge and glory of the true sons and daughters of the Sukkot anointing are hidden in 'clouds' of obscurity as far as those not of this anointing are concerned, or to those who are not saved at all. They are invisible to the world save when they confront its wickedness. And so they are necessarily viewed as being far less than they actually are, just as the glory of the mortal Messiah was partially hidden that people might come to Him by emunah (faith) and not by sight. And as you will remember, the clouds also herald the Second Coming, as it is written:
The Hidden and Revealed Sons
"Behold, He (Yah'shua/Jesus) is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him" (Rev.1:6-7, NKJV).
If you are coming to the Sukkot anointing for kavod or glory - to be seen and admired - you are coming for the wrong reason and can never come up to it. For the path of the firstborn - the children of the first resurrection - is one of obscurity and non-recognition, both that they might not boast in themselves or be puffed up in their pride, but also because all glory is to be Elohim-ward - all glory belongs to the Father and to the Son, not to man. We are His servants first and foremost. Only when the Great Tribulation begins, when the Enemy, in a fit of blind hatred and rage, assaults the Children of the Sukkot Anointing with a view to killing and destroying them, will they metaphorically come out from behind the 'cloud' and the power that is in them be revealed in all its strength and brilliance. For when the Enemy asaults them, or their Cities of Refuge in the Final Gathering, it is the forces of the Enemy who will be burned to a cinder, even as they have been throughout history, as in the days of Elijah and Elisha. There is a reckoning at an end-time Mount Carmel too.
The Day of Gathering
Let's look a litte further in Isaiah in the eleventh chapter, beginning at the tenth verse:
The Kavod of the Unification of Joseph and Judah
"An in Yom haHu (that day) there shall be a Shoresh Yishai (Root of Jesse, Yah'shua/Jesus) which shall stand for a nes (banner, i.e. send a signal) for the peoples, to Him (Messiah) will the Goyim (Gentiles, Nations) seek; and His menucha (resting place) shall be kavod (glorious). And it shall come to pass in Yom haHu, that Yahweh shall set His yad (hand) again the second time to recover the She'ar (Remnant) of His people, which shall be left [as survivors], from Assyria, and from Mitzrayim (Egypt), and from Kush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Chamat and from the islands of the sea. And He shall raise up a nes (banner, i.e. send a signal) for the Goyim (Gentiles), and shall assemble the outcasts of Yisra'el (Israel - the 10 Tribes), and gather together the dispersed of Yehudah (Judah and Benjamin) from the four corners of haAretz (the world). The kinah (envy, jealousy) also of Ephrayim (Ephraim) shall depart, and the adversaries of Yehudah (Judah) shall be cut off; Ephrayim (Ephraim) shall not envy Yehudah (Judah), and Yehudah (Judah) shall not harass Ephrayim (Ephraim)" (Yeshayahu/Isaiah 11:10-13, OJB)
At this Yom haHu that is spoken of in Isaiah 4 we are told Yah'shua (Jesus) will raise a banner - which means send a signal, sign or revelation - so that those who love and obey Him can find their menucha or resting place and dwell in His kavod or glory. This is clearly the same kavod or glory spoken of in Isaiah 11. This is the time of the "restoration of all things" (Ac.3:21) that I spoke of yesterday. This is the same time as the recovery or gathering of the endtime Remnant of the House of Israel and the House of Judah, portrayed as survivors of a great destruction, that is represented in our banner as the colours black (for Joseph - the onyx stone) and blue (for Judah - the carbuncle stone), with Yah'shua (Jesus) the white resurrection power who seals them together again, dissolving their respective centuries-long jealousy and oppression of each other in His ahavah (love).
The Final Gathering and Escape
Both the 4th and 11th chapters of Isaiah speak of those who have "escaped" (Is.4:2; 11:11). From what have they escaped? As I spoke of yesterday, they have not only withdrawn from the world system but also escaped to the 12 Cities of Refuge of the 12 Tribes of Israel and from there they will be gathered back to the Holy Land, after death and destruction has removed the counterfeits - the Jewish, the Muslim, the Christian and the secular pagans. And though there will be a few survivors from among these who come up spiritually to Mount Zion - to the Gathering of the Firstborn - most of the inhabitants of the current Illuminati State of Israel will perish. The land must be cleansed in the same way that the firstborn must be cleansed, just as it was supposed to have been cleansed of nephilim and rephaim in the days of Joshua.
The Pillar of Elohim's Fire
That leaves us with the pillar of fire by night. The Sukkot children operate in obscurity by day, only vaguely visible to others by the mysterious cloud that follows them, but by night their defence and their assault weapons are more clearly visible and, from the point of the Enemy, terribly so. The altars of the Old Covenant Tabernacle were, naturally, dominated by fire which was required for sacrifice. It was constantly present at the altars of incense and burned offering. The fire on the latter was started by Yahweh Himself, not being of human origin (Lev.9:24; 2 Chr.7:1-3), and burned continuously (Lev.6:13). Likewise, the children of Sukkot are the Children of Esh or Fire, for they are not only born of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) but that esh (fire) burns as a white-hot flame within their hearts. The flame that is within is matched by the suprnatural manifestations of pillars of fire above them and above their families, pillars which guide them in the times of darkness and pillars used to consume their enemies. As the fire on the altars of the Tabernacle was 'special', and an offering made by "strange fire" was never acceptable (Lev.10:1; Num.3:4; 27:61), so no counterfeit Ruach that is psychic or carnal in nature can accompany or be used by the Children of the Sukkot Anointing. It must be of the authentic Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), and none other.
The Dark Fire of Moloch
Now the children of the devil, as we know, both anciently and still today, delight in the perversion of offering human children for burned offerings to Moloch (2 Ki.3:27; 17:31), described as "passing through the fire" and was occasionally practiced by the Israelites when they fell deep in apostacy (2 Ki.16:3; 17:17; 21:6; 23:10; 2 Chr.28:3; 33:6) and for which they were roundly condemned by the prophets then as they are today (Mic.6:7).
The Inferior Passion of Vileness
The fire in the hearts that drives them to do such wickedness and perversion is the same filthy fire of Heylel, haSatan, which is the spirit or passion of hatred, bitterness, rebellion, filthiness and everything that is unkosher. It is the same wicked fire that has led to the mass slaughter of millions of unborn children in their mothers' wombs. It is the same wicked fire employed by corrupt governments that seek to destroy families. The esh or fire of the Sukkot anointing not only matches but exceeds by multiple orders of magnitude the fire of the Evil One and His (to Him) useful, deceived idiots. More importantly, perhaps, given the growing nature of the problem of the return of the nephilim back to the earth, is that this esh or fire is orders of magnitude greater than that of the fallen demonic hosts, the fallen Watcher malakim (angels) and their human and animal hybrid progeny.
Darkness is Absence of Qadosh
It follows, of course, that those who do not have this anointing - because they do not love the Master unto death, or because their hearts and flesh have been corrupted with, and by, the filthy lucre of this world - can never enjoy the protection and covering of the Sukkot anointing. They are not qadosh - they are not holy, not set-apart They are without the sukkah covering because they have chosen not to be under it. They have chosen not to obey the mitzvot (commandments) because they love the things of this world more than the rewards of Heaven. They wish to be seen and admired, for self-glory, rather then to be hidden and obscure, working only for the kavod (glory) of the Master Yah'shua (Jesus).
Be Inscribed in the haKatuv laChayyim
To be Qadosh or holy you have to be haKatuv laChayyim or "recorded for life" as we saw in Isaiah 4:3. You may recall that Moses offered to have his name blotted out of this Book of Life when be begged Yahweh not to destroy Israel for its vile apostacy at Mount Sinai:
The Book of Life and the Festivals
"Yet now, if Thou wilt forgive their chattat (sin), but if not, blot me, now, out of Thy Sefer (Book) which Thou hast written" (Shemot/Exodus 32:32, OJB) .
How are we written in the Sefer Chayyim - the Book of Life? By surrendering our life to Yah'shua (Jesus) at Pesach (Passover), by receiving the free gift of the New Birth at Yom haBikkurim (Firstfruits), by striving to remove sin from our lives through our Chag haMatzah (Unleavened Bread) life (overcoming), entering into betrothal covenants to Torah at Shavu'ot (Weeks) standing under the chuppah with Yah'shua (Jesus), by being watchful for Yom Teruah (Trumpets), by repenting corporately with Israel at Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and by waiting patiently full of hope, based on the promises, to be called into the Marriage Supper of the Lamb at Sukkot (Tabernacles)! In short, observing all the moedim or appointments (festivals) of Yahweh, remembering always that all of this overcoming is powered by GRACE - by His undeserved living-kindness! This is how we are written into that Book and this is how we remain in it, by pursuing our Master by overcoming the world around and within until we are QADOSH - holy! 
The Importance of Isaiah 4
I want to invite you, then, to make the fourth chapter of Isaiah a matter of deep meditation and prayer. It contains far more within its verses than I have been able to cover today. I was directly led to it yesterday because of its prophetic content for those who seek a deeper relationship with the Elohim of Sukkot (Tabernacles, Booths).
A Promise in Nahum
May I finish today by relating to you a promise made by Yahweh through the prophet Nahum that one of the brethren pointed out to be yesterday evning just as I was retiring for bed. And though this prophecy specifically - that is, in the literal or p'shat sense - if saying that Judah would no longer be trampled down by the Assyrian destroyer because that nation was about to fall - it has application to us on another level. Let's take a quick look at that:
"Hinei (behold), upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth Besorah (Good News, the Gospel); that publisheth Shalom (Peace)! O Yehudah (Judah), keep thy chagim (festivals), fulfil thy nedarim (vows); for the Beliya'al (Destroyer) shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off" (Nachum/Nahum 1:15, OJB).
Brethren and sisters, if we observe the festivals and if we keep our vows and covenants, we have the promise that the Destroyer will be UTTERLY CUT OFF! This is a fantastic promise to those of trust and obey according to the divine tavnith I have been speaking of for the last two days. Then the full simcha (joy) will be ours, then the Kingdom will be ours, and the First Resurrection, and the Kavod (Glory) which we can offer back to Him when we cast our crowns before Him (Rev.4:10). Amen.
Continued in Part 3
 Also see Psalm 69:28; Daniel 12:1; Malachi 3:16
 This means extirpating the deceitful Once Saved, Always Saved doctrine our of our souls
 Dr. Philip E. Goble, The Orthodox Jewish Bible (AFI International, New York: 2003)