Month 4:01, Rosh Chodesh, Year:Day 5939:089 AM|
ROSH CHODESH IV (Revee haChodesh),
2Exodus 1/40, Omer Count Day 22/50
1/40 Fast of the Firstborn, 1/70 Firstborn Mourning
Gregorian Calendar: Friday 27 June 2014
Rosh Chodesh IV
Days of Death and Mourning
Shalom! The following sermon was partially delivered on 27 June but not released completed until 1 July. It has been an ordeal completing it because of what the contents imply for believers and the world at this critical junction in history, sacred as well as secular. It pertains to the process of the Mishpat Yahweh (Judgment of Yahweh) delivered three months ago and what the Body of Messiah must do in order not to be swallowed up in the devilry that has gripped our planet in a death-hold. The excuses made by believers not to fully surrender or obey will have dire consequences for them if they do not now repent. This is a period of enormous change:
As applied to events happening now on one level of prophetic understanding, the "east" is Russia, China, Iran and allies, the "west" is America, Europe, NATO and allies, the "the desert" is the Middle East. None of these powers are 'right' for all are of the world. The call to repentance extends across the entire bord of alliances as judgment begins to be executed.
"No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man. But it is Elohim (God) who judges; He brings one down, He exalts another" (Ps.75:6-7, NIV).
Vision of the Storeroom
Finally, a word of consolation the firstborn or elect. As I was entreating Yahweh in prayer on 29 June for my own death to carnality, He opened a vision to me of a room. The walls and ceiling were white, it was brand new, and there were shelves and shelves all around me, as though it were a storage room of some kind. There was an incredibly bright light in it that emerged from its centre and not from a natural source, so that I could not view the room in its entirety. As I looked at one shelf I saw that layed out on it, edge to edge, were the covers of ring-folders that as yet had no contents or pages in them, as though waiting to be filled. As I write this to you now, so the interpretation is being given to me, namely, that each of these folders belongs to one of Yahweh's firstborn in this Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon, that will contain their works of emunah (faith) during the Forty Year Exodus that began this year at Pesach (Passover), a few days after the Mishpat Yahweh was received and proclaimed, and which will culminate in the Final Gathering, the return to the Promised Land, and the Second Coming of Messiah. We are all about to begin afresh as we leave the old behind and begin new lives in the Final Anointing, more of which you are about learn in the sermon that follows.
Chag sameach Rosh Chodesh kol beit Yisra'el and may the grace and shalom (peace) of our Master Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) be with us order as we gather in obedience to the mitzvah (commandment) to hear the devarim (words) of the nevi'im (prophets) on this the first day of the fourth biblical month.
A Strange Prophecy: Death at 60
Many years ago I received a prophetic davar (word) from Yahweh who told me I would die when I was 60. I only told some close family members at the time and then completely forgot about it. A few weeks ago one of my sons contacted me who, having heard of this prophecy from his mother, wanted to know if it was true, since presumably he was aware that I was 59 and my 60th birthday was only a short distance off. The strange thing was that though at the time I received this revelation I assumed the prophecy was literal, when I answered my son I was receiving the assurance for him that I would be indeed continue living at 60 and that he should not concern himself over it. Indeed subsequently Yahweh told me that ten wonderful years lay ahead that would take me up to the age of 70. Though to my conscious mind at the time I could make no sense of the apparent contradiction of the two witnesses from Elohim (God) - one, that I would die at 60, and two, that the next ten years would be glorious, there was great shalom (peace) about it.
Vision of the Heavy Rain
If this introduction to my message may at first seem a little perplexing, please bear with me, though I am sure some of you have already figured it out. Before I share Yah's Davar (Word) with you today, let me first give some background. Yesterday I was feeling the heavy weight of my responsibilities, which I intimated in my sabbath sermon, and it got no better as the day wore on. Indeed it got worse after a vision I received in the afternoon. And in the vision I was standing on the porch of my house looking out and it was raining. And when I use the word 'raining' I mean really raining. It rained, and rained, and rained, and rained. It just bucketed and it went on and on and on. The vision, moreover, lasted some time, and it was still raining when the vision closed.
Coincidences and Convergences
Before I go on and share some of the amazing 'coincidences' and convergences going on right now, may I say that this davar (word) is not primarily about me, although it is very real to me personally. There is a second layer to this which is global, which is what will be of interest to most of you, but this is something that has to be 'lived out', as it were. This is how the prophetic works and Yahweh has combined events to demonstrate that His works cannot be of man, but are of Him, so that all the glory goes to Him and not to the nevi'im (prophets).
Ignoring the Groanings of the Flesh
So here I am, exhausted from my illness and from the heavy burdens I am experiencing, and feeling no chayim (life) whatsoever. Experience tells me that Yahweh is at work, though for someone at the beginning of their spiritual journey, without the hindsight of experience, such happenings will alarm, discourage and perhap even frighten them. Which is not to say I am not experiencing these things too, for I absolutely am, but it is rather to say that the spirit within me 'knows better' and chooses not to give ear to the groanings of the flesh.
Now I must backtrack. If you know the Book of Isaiah well, or indeed any of the larger prophetic books, you will also be aware that there is no strict chronology - events hop back and forward so that only those with the Ruach (Spirit) can arrange them in sequence. It is the same with the Book of Revelation. This befuddles the unbelieving intellectual who has no Ruach (Spirit) because he thinks only in linear time. That is why Satan cannot understand prophecy properly either. He tries to duplicate events but he does not know the order or the spiritual depths. He is blind to a very large extent which is why he keenly follows the teachings and declarations of the true nevi'im (prophets) that he may garner some clues. He knows his time is short which is why he is in a panic and unleashing confusion in the world at this present time. Don't make the mistake of looking for system in it as so many do. Though he has an agenda, and though there is a system of sorts, he is constantly having to modify his plans. The anarchy in the world reflects the state of his own mind.
Six days ago Yahweh told me to make a note of Ezekiel 43:1-5 but not to write about it yet. This is the passage:
Pillars of Jachin and Boaz
"Then the man brought me to the gate facing east, and I saw the glory of the Elohim (God) of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory. The vision I saw was like the vision I had seen when He came to destroy the city and like the visions I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown. The glory of Yahweh entered the temple through the gate facing east. Then the Ruach (Spirit) lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of Yahweh filled the temple" (Ezek.43:1-5, NIV).
The temple is the body of the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones, the remnant) not any physical structure - bear that in mind as we proceed today. If you have not heard or read my sermon, Revealing the Pillars of Jachin & Boaz, given on Rosh Chodesh at the beginning of the last Gregorian year (2013), then I invite you to read it again later (or now, if you're reading this) so that you can better follow where the Ruach (Spirit) is leading. It is all about the spirit of multiplication, or fruitfulness, and how this is is part of the temple anointing.
The Sukkot Anointing Imminent
Yahweh gave me Ezekiel 43:1-5 to announce the imminence of the Sukkot anointing that we have been waiting for for so many years. This I received at the summer solstice which pagans, as you know, make much ado about.
Ezekiel 34 and the Judgment of the House of Elohim
Some days before this Yahweh also told me to write down Ezekiel 34 but not to write about it. This chapter concerns an event which is in the process even as I speak now and about which I have already spoken and which I reminded you of yesterday, namely, the judgment of the Household of Elohim (God). However, this chapter is a little more specific as it is about the judgment of the shepherds of Israel. In light of the blatant apostacy of false shepherds from the charismatic movement like Eckman and Copeland who have openly announced their allegiance to the Roman Catholic Church, as have national and political shepherds like former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, I think you will better understand what is now happening in the world as the prophecy, which has multiple layers, applies to our time as the cycle of history repeats itself:
The Final Gathering and the Last Generation
"The davar (word) of Yahweh came to me: 'Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: 'This is what Yahweh-Elohim says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them.
"'Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of Yahweh: As surely as I live, declares Yahweh-Elohim, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered and has become food for all the wild animals, and because my shepherds did not search for my flock but cared for themselves rather than for my flock, therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of Yahweh: This is what Yahweh-Elohim says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them.
"'For this is what Yahweh-Elohim says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares Yahweh-Elohim. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.
"'As for you, my flock, this is what Yahweh-Elohim says: I will judge between one sheep and another, and between rams and goats. Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet? Must my flock feed on what you have trampled and drink what you have muddied with your feet?
"'Therefore this is what Yahweh-Elohim says to them: See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you shove with flank and shoulder, butting all the weak sheep with your horns until you have driven them away, I will save my flock, and they will no longer be plundered. I will judge between one sheep and another. I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David (Yah'shua/Jesus), and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. I Yahweh will be their Elohim (God), and my servant David (Yah'shua/Jesus) will be prince among them. I Yahweh have spoken.
"'I will make a b'rit shalom (covenant of peace) with them and rid the land of wild beasts so that they may live in the desert and sleep in the forests in safety. I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. The trees of the field will yield their fruit and the ground will yield its crops; the people will be secure in their land. They will know that I am Yahweh, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them. They will no longer be plundered by the nations, nor will wild animals devour them. They will live in safety, and no one will make them afraid. I will provide for them a land renowned for its crops, and they will no longer be victims of famine in the land or bear the scorn of the nations. Then they will know that I, Yahweh their Elohim (God), am with them and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares Yahweh-Elohim. You my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, are people, and I am your Elohim (God), declares Yahweh-Elohim'" (Ezek.34, NIV).
Before anyone gets too excited, and though this passage absolutely does talk about the Final Gathering, and does ultimately concern the next and last historical cycle not the present one - that is still a generation down the line yet. The events in the Middle East should make that plain enough. So we must place the prophecy in its proper context in our own time and not go down a false exegetical rabbit trail.
Shepherds as Plunderers: The Financial Collapse
I want to point out one or two salient features of this prophecy, though there are many others which you can dig out for yourselves if you decide to go and study this chapter afterwards. Firstly, because the shepherds have plundered their flocks, and taught some of their sheep to imitate them (the "fat sheep") and to injure the true sheep (the "lean sheep") in their turn, Yahweh says this about the false shepherds who have been parasitising their flocks: "I will rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them." Not only will they no longer be able to psychically feed idoltrously off the adulation of their flocks, but their income will dry up also and they will no longer be able to feed themselves.
Abuse of the Tithing System
With the upcoming financial collapse, you will find many such pastors, evangelists, priests and messianic rabbis starving. Their flocks will have deserted them and have stopped supporting them with their tithes, love offerings and donations. Instead that part of their flocks who are of the remnant will follow the true, Torah law of tithing, and allow themselves to be gathered to true shepherds, where they will find godly shepherds who do not rob them by making ungoldy demands, who will instruct them to give no more than a third of their tenth to the ministry, give the second third to the poor, and retain the third portion for the festivals. They will seek righteousness and emet (truth) and find it.
The Lean Sheep Will Leave the False Shepherds
Already this is happening. Though our mission is to seek the unconverted, the converted under false shepherds are coming by themselves in droves. We have had entire Pentecostal, Independent and Seventh-Day Adventist congregations come to us recently. And you will see much more of this. It will enrage the false shepherds whose salaries depend on their tithes and they will stir up the fat sheep to jostle and shove the lean sheap to their injury when they leave and persecute the true shepherds. That has also happened to us in recent times. Some of these fat sheep poisoned the two daughters of one of our pastors - the girls nearly died. They have attended our meetings under instruction from false shepherds to sow dissent and break up our assemblies. So expect more of this. No, we do not seek the converted - we are not out to 'steal sheep' from other churches and ministries, they come to us under the guidance of Yah's hand all on their own, and they will not be stopped. This is what Yahweh Himself says: "Therefore this is what Yahweh-Elohim says to them: See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep." That is a part of the judgment of the Household of Emunah (faith) that is going on, and it will go on for some considerable time until after the Forty Year Second Exodus all that will remain will be the true remnant of lean sheep and the false whore church with is false shepherds and fat, bullying sheep.
The Covenant of Peace for the Lean Sheep
Of the lean sheep, Yahweh says: "I will make a b'rit shalom (covenant of peace) with them" and then says He will "rid the land of wild beasts so that they may live in the desert and sleep in the forests in safety". This will be literally fulfilled in the next generation because by the time the remnant, which is the Twelve Tribes gathered in the twelve cities of refuge, are called to return together (including true Judah and not the counterfeit Edomites who are in the land now), the Holy land will have been a barren wasteland for some time. If you are wondering where the current war in the Middle East is leading with the ISIS armies, this is your clue. The Zionist entity will be wiped out. So if you are a Messiah-loving and Elohim-fearing Jew living in the Republic of Israel, you need to leave!
The Wild Beasts of Our Carnal Passions
In the meantime, the "land of wild beasts" speaks metaphorically of our unredeemed passions, our fears and everything else that keeps us in spiritual bondage. It is at this time, prior to the anointing, that Yahweh wishes you to be done with these things - the beasts of your inner afllications.
The Burden and Yoke Removed
In a moment, I will share the prophetic timetable for these things with you, but before that, I have to share one last davar (word) on this redemptive theme to give you courage. This is another word that Yahweh gave me a couple of days ago, this time from the navi (prophet) Isaiah (Yeshayahu):
The Anointing Oil of Deliverance
"It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil" (Isa.10:27, NKJV).
The burden is removed because of the anointing oil (shemen), which speaks of the anointing of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), or as the King James Version puts it, "because of the anointing". It is the Ruach (Spirit) that sets us free, the unction from the throne of Yahweh. Or as the Messiah Himself puts it:
The Nature of the Sukkot Anointing
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36, NIV).
Do you want to know how to have this anointing, and what it consists of? Remember, this is not a Shavu'ot- or Pentecost-type anointing, it is the Sukkot or Tabernacles anointing, the anointing of the Bride. This is not some heavenly perfume she sprinkles on herself to make herself attractive - it's not the "fragrance" or "odour" I spoke about yesterday (2 Cor.2:14-15). This is not the kind of anointing that most want - or rather, they want its result, but the anointing itself they mostly flee from! I am speaking of the anointing of suffering.
The Blessing of Righteous Suffering
So if you are suffering - not because of your own sins but for the sake of the King and the Kingdom, and that suffering makes little or no sense to you, and you feel it is unfair because the next person is not suffering as badly as you are, for example, then it is because Yahweh sees something in you that others cannot, and that is the makings of the Bride of Messiah.
The Bride is the Remnant, Not All Born-Again Believers
Contrary to what the churches teach, we do not become the Bride of Messiah upon conversion! We do not become the Bride upon being born again! This is not the new birth of Yom haBikkurim and it is not the Shavu'ot anointing - this is the Sukkot anointing and the three are very different, which is why we have been given the festivals of Messianic Isrtael to distinguish between them.
Crushing the Human Olives - the Purpose
We are likened to olives in Scripture and as you know the only way an olive can yield olive oil - the fruits of the Ruach (Spirit) - is through being crushed. The harder we are crushed, the more oil is released. Moreover, this crushing is not haphazzard - it's not random, it's not purposeless.
Do you remember the parable of the talents? Connect this to the crushing and you will understand the mathematics of the parable even better!
- The reason we are crushed is so that we can have an anointing; and
- The reason we are crushed harder is so that we can have a greater anointing.
- We are given an anointing so that we can serve; and
- We are given a greater anointing so that we can serve more.
False Anointings and the Betrothal Covenant
The flesh resists this. By this means you can discern false anointings. The so-called pentcostal and charismatic anointings such as the 'Toronto Blessing' or the 'Pensacola Revival' that require no crushing are not authentic anointings - they are Satan's cheap counterfeit, the false lawless fast-food gospel of Christendom. The Sukkot or Tabernacles anointing comes only by crushing but it only comes to those who receive the b'rit shalom or Covenant of Peace at Shavu'ot (Weeks, 'Pentecost') which requires no crushing except our rebellion against being Torah-observant.
Identifying a True 'Pentecostal' Anointing
A true 'Pentecostal' anointing is always preceeded by a Betrothal Covenant to King Messiah to observe King Messiah's Law, which Torah comes from the Father. The Torah, and specifically the Torah written on our hearts (Rom.2:15), the living Torah whereby we obey the mitzvot (commandments), not reluctantly but with simcha (joyfully), always comes before the crushing that leads to the Sukkot. The Torah may not be understood correctly, or indeed only in part, but it is theidesire to be qodeshim or holy, set-apart and obedient ones, that graduates the young talmid (disciple) to a spiritually more mature one by entering into this crushing and the concommitant anointing to graduate, as it were, to become the Fully Married Bride at Sukkot (Tabernacles). This latter Sukkot anointing is not a part of the Shavu'ot Betrothal Covenant. For the Betrothed Bride-to-be must learn patience first as she waits for the Bridegroom to collect her. Without this patience, she will never survive the crushing nor ever know the glory which awaits those who truly are the Bride, because crushing demands patient endurance until it has been completed for the purpose of anointing and equipping for ministry.
The Patriarchal Blessings
All of which leads me to the revelation I received this morning when I woke up. I was led by the Ruach (Spirit) to chapters 49 and 50 in Genesis. I read through the familiar patriarchal blessing given by Jacob to his twelve sons in verses 1-27 and wondered what Yahweh was trying to tell me about a passage I already knew very well. I glided quietly through the verses, wondering what I was supposed to pick up or see, surprised and baffled this time by Issachar.
Death in the Body
When I came to verse 28-33 and read of Jacob's death, I stopped, and felt something deep stirring within. Jacob made Joseph (his new firstborn, replacing Reuben) enter a covenant with him to take his remains out of Egypt and up to Canaan to be buried in the cave at Machpelah where Abraham and Sarah, and Isaac and Rebekah, were already buried (Gen.23:9,17-20; 49:29-32; 50:12-13). As I read this, there was a 'resounding silence' within my soul. Something stirred within. I sensed death within myself. And I sensed it on behalf of the Body of Messiah too. Something was dying in me and amongst believers everywhere. The Shavu'ot (Weeks, 'Pentecost') age was ending.
The Death of Jacob and the Inheritance of Joseph
I read on into chapter 50 and then things started to really move spiritually. Joseph breaks down in tears and kisses his father's face, bidding him a fond farewell. It was also me, dead. It was representationally the Body of Messiah, dead too. It was horrifying. But I was also there in Joseph. The father (Jacob) was dead but the son (Joseph) was alive and becoming the father.
The Hidden Truth in the Embalming of Jacob
One Day, Forty Days
"Then Joseph ordered the doctors in his service to embalm his father. The doctors embalmed Israel, and it took them forty days, for embalming forty days to complete" (Gen.50:2-3, JB).
A huge gong goes off in my head as I read these words. An awesome silence, a great void, but there is light in it, and that light is growing. A few days ago I was discussing with Pastor Agoi the complexities of funeral traditions in Kenya following the death of one of our brethren there who had come from a Pentecostal background and was a new convert to this work, and began an article. I never got to finish it, though I shall. But it is the same theme. Death. The passing of Jacob, the 'Deceiver' who overcame and became Israel, the one 'Ruling with Elohim'. But now his son is succeeding him as Head of the Nation, an image of the B'rit Chadashah (new Covenant), for as you know Joseph is a Messianic Figure after the Order of Melchizedek, whereas Judah is an Old Covenant Ruler after the Order of Aaron which has passed away in Messiah. In preparing my notes for the Kenyan Funeral article, I had noted the Israelite practice of burying the body within 24 hours, except that relatives might have to travel enormous distances to attend the funeral in which case mroe time was allowed. But the practice was burial within a day. That is why Lazarus was already buried when Yah'shua (Jesus) finally came along, it was done quickly because of the climate, and indeed the body would have been rapidly disintegrating. But here, according to the ancient Egyptian custom, the body of Jacob was embalmed, and it took forty days.
The Good in Egypt
I was astonished. The revelation poured forth as I stared at this verse and read it again and again. The original Egyptians were Yahweh-fearing and the Egyptians, accdording to prophecy, will be Yahweh-fearers again. We are accustomed to think of Egypt exclusively in the negative because of the cruel enslavement of Israel, but that is only one side of Egypt. Indeed we are all Egypt in the flesh, but there is another Egypt we must not forget, which is in the very blood of the House of Joseph, about which I have already spoken to you extensively in the past. Yahweh gave Joseph an Egyptian wife and through her come Ephraim and Manasseh, the two men who have had such a huge impact in the world, and who are about to have an impact again, for they are central to the story of the end-time Sukkot anointing.
The Wandering and the Pre-Sukkot Repentance
You all know what the number 40 signifies. A few generations later the Nation of Israel would wander for 40 years in the desert of affliction to get their carnalism and paganism burned of them. All but two souls in the great multitude of that first generation died. We are in the first year of that 40-year Second Exodus right now and the same cycle is repeating itself that will finally bring us to the end. Whilst most of that first generation of Israelites perished, only two survived - Joshua of the literal tribe of Ephraim-Joseph (who succeeded Moses the Levite) and Caleb, the Edomite adopted into the tribe of Judah, who represent retroactively, as it were, the two later kingdoms of 10-tribed Israel and 2-tribed Judah. Forty signifies judgment and cleansing, and has also come to be applied to the season of repentance before Yom haKippurim known as Teshuvah. There is no Sukkot anointing for those who do not die to the egocentric pride of life before the Judgment.
Shepherds Called to Surrender
A 40-day purging begins today. The leadership of Messianic Israel - the shepherds - must voluntarily surrender to Yah'shua (Jesus) and die to self-will as the body of sin is embalmed in Egypt and prepared for burial in the Promised Land. In the days of Jacob it was yet called 'Canaan', and that is indeed what it is still today - the Land of Canaan, not true Israel. Canaan does not become Israel again until the Second Conquest after the Second Exodus has been concluded.
The 70 Days of Mourning
But there is more. Let us read on:
The embalming took 40 days and then another 30 days were added to complete the mourning, part of which was occupied in the journey of that huge Egyotian-Israelite entourage of nobles across the Sinai to Hebron. Afer Joseph had sought permission from Pharaoh to go and bury his father, the entire court of Pharaoh went up to Canaan - all the servants and all the dignitaries from the land of Egypt (v.7). With them went Joseph's family and brothers, along with his father's family:
"The Egyptians mourned [Jacob] for seventy days" (Gen.50:3b, JB).
Nothing like this had ever been seen before - it was as noteworthy as the First Exodus it foreshadowed.
"They left no-one in the land of Goshen but their dependents, with their flocks and their cattle. Chariots and horsemen went up with them; it was a very large retinue" (vv.7-8, JB).
Egypt and Israel as Echad
There is HUGE prophetic significance in these words for us, and especially the leadership in the true remnant of Messianic Israel, today. I cannot underline this enough. We will have more to say about this over the next 40 days. This is Egypt and Israel as echad - this funeral cortege is attended by kol beit Yisra'el, the words I preface every sermon with. The known world would have known about this event, they could hardly not have, when the whole royal houseold of two nations, linked symbolically hand-in-hand, Egypt and Israel, Asenath and Joseph, Africa and Israel, left Africa for Asia to bury a mighty man of Elohim (God).
Symbolic Journeys to the Promised Land
My heart is so full of revelation as I say these things I cannot share with you but the tiniest fraction of what is coming.
I saw in my mind's eye Joseph (Northern Europe/North America/Australasia) hand in hand with Asenath (Egypt/Africa), husband and wife, entering the Mystery of Messiah (Promised Land of Canaan/Asia). On one level this is happening even with us in this ministry, as Europe and Africa symbolically 'marry' and are produce 'children' of blessedness and as they bring Asia into their 'marriage', uniting the whole human family in the proper divine tavnith (pattern) and order as the Family of Adam in Messiah is restored. This is such a grand and glorious movement of the Ruach (Spirit) that it is a struggle for me to put it into words. I saw in my mind's eye David and his seven wives joined together representing the fullness of the Messianic Kingdom (Is.4) for this is a Davidic union. I saw in my mind's eye Yah'shua (Jesus), Son of David, taking the Messianic Bride to her rest in the Promised Land. And I saw the nevi'im (prophets) enacting these types just as they did anciently.
Seventy Days of Mourning, Jacob and the Angel
There are, as must surely be apparent, many threads of prophecy operating here. Africa joined as echad (one) with Europe is now going to Asia, to name but one of many levels. But most importantly this is the announcement - the declaration with shofars - that the carnal man in the leaders of the Remnant must die. This will be painful which is why there are so many days of mourning, a full 70, a number we ought to pause to consider carefully, for 70 is the number of days of mourning of the old man of sin that was Jacob before he was reborn as Israel. Yes, Jacob was born again at the River Jabbok when he overcame the flesh by clinging on to the Malak haYahweh (Angel of the Lord), who was the pre-incarnate Yah'shua (Jesus), and he would not yield the fight until this Messenger of Heaven blessed.
Mystery of the Number 70
The number '70' means many things in Scripture but here are twenty meanings in the context of today's revelation:
- 1. 70 is the number of din, which means 'judge' in Hebrew, because these are Messianic Israel future elohim or judges;
- 2. 70 is the number of yayin, which means 'wine', because Sukkot is the wine or grape harvest;
- 3. 70 is the number of 'ozen, which means 'ears', because the true shepherds are listening attentively to the True Shepherd;
- 4. 70 is the number of nakah, which means 'smite', because these men of Messianic Israel will smite the adversaries of Yahweh-Elohim;
- 5. 70 is the number of bow', which means 'come' because the men of Messianic Israel are coming home to pay respects to their ancestor, to the one who pleased Yahweh by his overcoming at Jabbok and was reborn;
- 6. 70 is the number of 'Judah', the line through which Messiah was born as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah;
- 7. 70 is the number of layil, which means 'night', because the overcomers must pass through their night of struggling;
- 8. 70 is the number of mezzuzah, which means 'post', because the overcomers have marked the ground with a post where they stand, and they guard that land and that post and suffer no enemy to come near it, trusting in Yahweh for their strength, for He is their fortress;
- 9. 70 is the number of adon, which means 'lord' or 'master', because these men of Messianic Israel are masters of their households as Yah'shua (Jesus) is their Master;
- 10. 70 is the number of abnet, which means 'girdle', because they wear the sashe of messiah around their waistes, girded as they are with the belt of emet (truth - Eph.6:14; cp. Dan.10:5);
- 11. 70 is the number of muwl, which means 'circumcised', because the men of Elohim (God) are circumcised in their hearts (Dt.30:6; Rom.2:29);
- 12. 70 is the number of chuwl, which means 'pain', because the overcomers are acquainted with much pain in their overcoming and in their service;
- 13. 70 is the number of bahal, which means 'trouble', because these men who pursue emet (truth) no matter where it leads them have known attract much trouble in their lives;
- 14. 70 is the number of chatta, which means 'sinner', because the authentic servants of Yahweh know they are sinners and have all that they have by grace alone, Yahweh's undeserved loving kindness toward them;
- 15. 70 is the number for ben, which means 'son', for the overcomers are the sons of Elohim (God);
- 16. 70 is the number for ga'al, which means 'redeem', for the children of the Father have been redeemed out of the world;
- 17. 70 is the number for hekal, which means 'temple', for these who are the Bride are the corporate temple of Messiah;
- 18. 70 is the number for 'ach, which means 'brethren', for the overcomers are brothers united by suffering for emet (truth) in ahavah (love);
- 19. 70 is the number for natah, which means 'stretch', for the true children of the Kingdom are stretched by trial and tribulation until they can stretch no more; and
- 20. 70 is the number of mad, which means 'garment', for the sons of the Firstborn must put on the garment of righteousness, which is Messiah, and follow Him (Ac.12:8; Rev.3:5).
Are you willing to be crushed like an olive in the press of Yahweh so that the oil of His sweet Ruach (Spirit) can flow out of you for the salvation and healing of the elect? Are you willing to die to your carnal man, and present not just selected parts of yourself but all of you? If you are, then you will receive the Sukkot (Tabernacles) anointing. If not you must continue walking in a lesser light. Remember, this presentation of your soul is a two-sided coin, and both sides are part of the common whole - Yahweh wants not just your complete emunah (faith) in Him through His Son but He also wants your willing Torah obedience. As emunah (faith) without works is dead (Jas.2:20,26), so emunah (faith) without Torah is dead, for Yahweh's is a Torah-based universe.
We have begun the first day of a 40 day preparation or 'embalming' period running concommitantly with a 70 day period of mourning. I cannot underline how critical this is for the firstborn and their wives and children. As sections of the world descend into war, barbarity, famine, disease, persecution and chaos, now is the time for the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones) to properly repent and rededicate themselves to Yahweh for the Mishpat Yahweh (Judgment of Yahweh) is beginning. You should have prepared your houses materially by now - now you must prepare spiritually and wait on Yahweh Amen.