Month 1:10, Week 2:2 (Shanee/Matzah), Year:Day 5939:10 AM|
2Exodus 1/40, Messianic Countdown 72/20
Gregorian Calendar Sunday 29 March 2015
The Great 2015 Dedication X
Examining the Messianic Lamb
Continued from Part 9
A. MORNING SESSION
Unconscious Resolution of Spiritual Issues in the Sanctuary
It is easy to forget that entrance into the Sanctuary of the Tabernacle by the cohenim (priests) is not about us but about Yah'shua (Jesus). Though we may cross from the Courtyard to the Holy Place, having wrestled and dealt with issues in the Courtyard at the Brazen Altar and having been washed at the Brazen Laver, we will continue to take issues with us into the Holy Place. Many, if not most, of these will be healed quite unconsciously whilst we serve. Not all issues have to be dealt with by self-contemplation and prayer - that is an important process to be sure - but there is a 'wholly other' process that does not involve our awareness at all. But others will notice the changes even if we do not.
Aaorn as a Case Study in Rebellion and Reformation
The Cohen Gadol or High Priest Aaron is a prime example. Though he was involved in idolatry he was nevertheless ordained to the highest office subsequent to the Golden Calf apostacy. He repented, he reformed and remained constant thereafter in that reformation. He had character defects like the next man but Abba Yah changed him, and changed him radically.
Background Does Not Matter
Our background is not a criterion for service in the Sanctuary so long as issues we are conscious of are dealt with in the Courtyard through emunah (faith) in the blood of Messiah that is matched with concomittant Torah-obedience. Bathing in the Light of the Sanctuary will cause unconscious or hidden issues to arise and these may in part be resolved unconsciously through service in the Kingdom and in part be resolved consciously in the Courtyard as we go in and out according to the spiritual seasons.
The Will of Man and of Yahweh
There is, in any man's service, a balance of Yahweh's will and our own. Brother Ljungstrand reminded us of Paul's comments on this matter:
Arminian vs. Calvinist
"What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with Elohim (God)? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, 'I will (thelo) have mercy on whomever I will (theolo) have mercy, and I will (theolo) have compassion on whomever I will (theolo) have compassion.' So then it is not of him who wills (thelo), nor of him who runs, but of Elohim (God) who shows mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, 'For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My Name (Yahweh) may be declared in all the earth.' Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills (thelo), and whom He wills He hardens. You will say to me then, 'Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will (boulema)?' (Rom.9:14-19, NKJV).
Great Christian philosophical debates have arisen out of this passage and like it, particularly between Arminians (like ourselves) and Calvinists . Who can resist the will of Yahweh? No one can resist His counsel. Yet we have free choices within certain limits, that is plain enough. So how to we reconcile these apparent contradictions? The answer lies in there being two kinds of will of Yahweh, the one which can not be resisted and the one that can be resisted. Understanding the difference is important to resolving the Arminian-Calvinist debate.
Two Kinds of Divine Will
Yahweh has His PLAN or WILL for the Ages that no man or malak (angel) can resist. The convergence of actions and events to a specific eschatological conclusion is irresistable. Not only the conclusion but specific elements that contribute in parallel and sequentially to the final conclusion cannot be resisted by man's puny will. We may run around according to our own will inside, as it were, small paddocks like horses - both the broken (tamed) and the wild - but the owner of the horses has overall control of the farm. Man's sin may cause delays but they cannot hinder the long-term Plan of the Heavenlies. Indeed a time is coming when we will break none of the negative mitzvot (commandments) in the Ten Commandments for there will be no inclination to do so as our will perfectly blends with the Father's.
The Good Work Will Be Completed
Sister Brachman, in continuing the theme, reminded us of another saying of Paul:
The Aviv 9 Anointing
"He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ)" (Phil.1:6, NKJV)
A long discussion followed on the amazing anointing of the night before (Aviv 9). Brother Ljungstrand reminisced on the time long ago when the the room we were assembled in was first dedicated as a temple. He concluded with the prayer of Paul, picking up where Sister Brachman had left off:
"And this I pray, that your ahavah (love) may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Messiah, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), to the glory and praise of Elohim (God)" (Phil.1:8-11, NKJV).
B. AFTERNOON SESSION
Selection of the Passover Lamb
The afternoon commenced with the reminder that the 10th day of the month was the day used to select the Paschal Lamb (Aviv 10 for the main Pesach/Passover) and that this was therefore the day the Passover lamb was selected for the Late Pesach (Passover) meal. This is also the day in which satanists paraody and mock Christian observances (including Romanised ones) and specifically 'Palm Sunday'.
Vision of the Satanic Sacrifice (Lev-Tsiyon)
Brother Lev shared a vision he had had during the night of a satanic blood sacrifice, specicially the blood of said sacrifice, covering a horizontal surface in a very old wall. It was also pointed out that the next day, being 1 April, was also April Fools' Day and another satanic feast day on which many sacrifices are offered. There is no accident that simultaneous activites such as the firing up of the CERN Hadron Collider was taking place at the same time with the aim of possibly creating wormholes.
Vision of the Light and UFO (Brachman)
Sister Brachman shared a vision she had seen in the morning session, while Brothers Ljungstrand and Lev were praying, of a bright light coming through a hole in the sky above and how this descending light turned into a UFO. Certainly we are aware that the UFO phenomenon is a demonic activity both to deceive (by getting us to believe in 'aliens', the false philosophy of 'evolution', raptures, deceptions and the like. There have been hundreds of sitings of UFO's by many members, many of which have been documented and filmed. We should neither be fascinated by them nor ignorant of their purposes and activities. Sister Brachman's vision was a reminder to ever be on the alert and to pray against such demonic phenomena.
War in 2015-2016
Brother Ljungstrand concluded the afternoon session reminding us to expect much war in 2015 and 2016, sharing information gleaned from the Tanakh (Old Testament) by such workers as a man calling himself 'Bible Codeseeker' who claims to have found much evidence in support of this contention. As a ministry it has been our testimony that the Mishpatim Yahweh or Judgments of Yahweh during this Sh'mittah (Sabbatical) year will incolve, and are already involving, a great deal of bloodshed and suffering that will not relent but escalate until the current cabal is overturned. He spoke of Niki Cruz's ministry, on the importance of coming against satanic prayers of hindrance, and of the current divisions in churches and messianic assemblies that are exploited by the powers of darkness.
The Day of Preparation of the Pesach Lamb
A sizeable portion of the afternoon session was given over to a detailed discussion of the preparation of the Paschal Lamb which was commanded by Yahweh to be done on Aviv 10. Of what significance is this day to us today in the B'rit Chadashah (New Covenant)? The Passover lamb, which was a type of Yah'shua (Jesus), had to be spotless (1 Pet.1:18-20) and was selected four days in advance of Pesach (Passover). When Yah'shua (Jesus) was examined by many, Aviv 10 was fulfilled. Who examined Him? The chief cohenim (priests) and elders (Mt.21:23), Pilate (Mt.27:1-2,11-14,17-26), Herod (Lk.23:6-12), Annas the Cohen Gadol (High Priest) (Lk.3:2; Jn.18:13,24), Caiaphas the Cohen Gadol (High Priest) (Jn.11:49-53; 18:13-14,19-24,28), Judas (Mt.27:3-10), the centurion (Mt.27:54) and the repentant chief (Lk.23:39-43) .
The True and False Examiners
Today is the day that the world examines the Messiah. Of those who examined Yah'shua (Jesus) in Scripture, all but two examined Him falsely. Only the repentant thief and the Yahweh-fearing Roman gentile (the Centurion) saw the emet (truth), responded to the emet (truth) and received the promise of salvation of these people. And of all, these two were - from the standpoint of the flesh - the least likely to examine and judge the Messiah correctly.
The Two Who Examined Messiah Correctly, the Rest Were Murderers
Therefore this day of Aviv 10 most certainly has a function in the B'rit Chadashah (New Covenant) - it is the day mankind decides whether to reject (as the majority do) or accept (as a minority do) the salvation of Yahweh. Most relevent and even more important is the emet (truth) that nearly all these witnesses who judged Yah'shua (Jesus) in the negative were religious people - cohenim (priests), zaqqenim (elders), Cohen haGadolim (High Priests). Only a Roman and a Judahite thief responded to the invitation. Only they found Him to be spotless - all the others attributed sin to Him when he was sinless. Most of them sought to murder Him. One (Pilate) knew he was guiltless but was more afraid of Caesar than He was of Elohim (God) and allowed him to be murdered.
From Examination to the Salvational Journey
Pesach (Passover) on Aviv 14 follows the Preparation Day of the Lamb (Aviv 9). Those who examine Messiah correctly and declare Him to be the sinless Deliverer, Paschal Lamb and eternal Cohen Gadol (High Priest) are conceived by the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) and begin their seven-step journey of discipleship and sanctification. So this is a most important day indeed! Nobody who claims to seek Messiah can bypass it. It is the recognition that Yah'shua (Jesus) was without fault. Having made that declaration to the soul, then the process leading to the Evangelical New Birth at Yom haBikkurim (Firstfruits) and onwards to a covenant of Messianic Torah-obedience at Shavu'ot (Weeks) and finally to the fullness of the Messianic-Evangelical Anointing at Sukkot (Tabernacles) can take place in proper order.
You must Believe He Was Flawless
Anyone who believes that Yah'shua (Jesus) the mortal Messiah had blemishes or faults cannot go on to become a regenerated believer. It is impossible. That is why religious people fail to be saved and come to resemble the father of lies in their temperament. They have within them the spirit of murder:
"Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him" (1 John 3:15, NIV).
And it follows from this that he who does not have the Messiah within himself through emunah (faith), even though he claims to be a Messianic or a Christians, has rather the spirit of murder within him and cannot possess eternal life. He is hell-bound.
Making a Right Confession
Therefore a man or woman can do no more important thing than to, first, be convicted that Yah'shua (Jesus) was without spot in His character and in His deeds, and then to declare it to his soul and to the world. Thereafter he may approach the Throne of Grace and make an appeal to be saved. You cannot confess the Messiah and expect to be saved if any part of you believes Messiah was in anyway impure. This in itself should humble you, giving you a contrite and receptive heart ready to receive the free gift of salvation.
The Sharp Division
There is always a very clear and sharp divisioon between true, regenerated believers and the world. The border is not fuzzy, hazy or blurred. Indeed it is a crystal clear as it was on the night of the Tenth Plague in Egypt:
Dead or Alive
"At midnight Yahweh struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead" (Ex.12:29-30, NIV).
You are either alive or you are dead, saved or unsaved, regenerated or unregenerated. And it all hinges on the way you view the Paschal Lamb - as spotless or blemished. So, yes, Aviv 10 is very important and ought always to be a day on the sacred calendar when we soberly think on, teach about, and witness of these things!
The Patriarchal Order and Divine Tavnith
Under the Old Covenant a spotless lamb would be selected for each family. Salvation is therefore to be understood to be therefore both of the individual and of the family (and by extension to the whole of Israel). The family unit is sacred, which is why the devil assaults it so fiercely, for there is protection for the whole household when its head is saved. It was the head who had to choose to paint the blood of salvation on the doorporsts of his home in which his family lived, and it is the head of the family who must apply the blood of Messiah on his own heart for the salvation of his own soul which is also the heart of his family, affording them a covering. The lamb therefore respresents patriarchy (the Messiah was male) and divine tavnith (pattern). To acknowledge the spotless Lamb of Elohim (God) is therefore to also acknowledge these things by extension.
Aviv 10 is Never a Sabbath
One observation for the benefit of those who observe false calendars. This was not a sabbath day because it required labour. If a sabbath day should ever fall on Aviv 10 on your calendar, then you are observing the wrong calendar and the wrong sabbath. Aviv 10 is never a sabbath! Then man-made exception rules have to be introduced, at which the Talmudists and their messianic disciples are adept, and then the torah of man displaces the Torah of Elohim (God). A false calendar and wrong moedim is the result.
Feeding the Lambs and Sheep
Brother Ljungstrand gave instruction on feeding the sheep and lambs of Elohim (God):
Arnion and Amnon
"When they had finished eating, Yah'shua (Jesus) said to Simon Peter, 'Simon son of John, do you truly love Me more than these?' 'Yes, Master,' he said, 'you know that I love You.' Yah'shua (Jesus) said, 'Feed My lambs (arnion).' Again Yah'shua (Jesus) said, 'Simon son of John, do you truly love Me?' He answered, 'Yes, Master, you know that I love You.' Yah'shua (Jesus) said, 'Take care ('shepherd' - MRC, JNB/CJB) of my [adult male] sheep (probaton) .' The third time he said to him, 'Simon son of John, do you love me?' Peter was hurt because Yah'shua (Jesus) asked him the third time, 'Do you love Me?' He said, 'Master, you know all things; you know that I love You.' Yah'shua (Jesus) said, 'Feed My [adult female] sheep (probaton) (Aram. 'ewes' - AENT, Magiera's Aramaic Peshitta New Testament) . I tell you the emet (truth), when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go'" (John 21:15-19, NIV).
In the Greek translation of the Messianic Scriptures (New Testament) there are two different words for 'lamb' - amnon, meaning an older lamb, and arnion, meaning a small or younger lamb (a yearling). The different way these two words are used is important. When Yah'shua (Jesus) commanded Peter to first of all feed His "lambs", he was telling Him to be in earnest about carefully discipling arnion or new converts. The first test of loving Him would be diligence in protecting and nurturing new talmidim (disciples) in the emunah (faith).
The Strict Accountability of Teachers
They are innocent and therefore the most vulnerable - what a teacher teaches them, when they are thus the most receptive and teachable, puts the teacher under a heavy burden of responsibility for which he will be accountable. If that teacher teaches these innocents falsely, and thus "causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea" (Matt.18:6, NIV). Therefore DOCTRINAL PURITY IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE - for a teacher who teaches falsely, and fails to repent and to correct what he has taught falsely, comes under a severe condemnation (Jas.3:1). Peter is charged to ensure the little lambs - the yearlings - are raised faithfully in all emet (truth).
The Lamb as an Attitude
The Paschal Lamb was a yearling, an arnion. It was in that spirit of complete vulnerability that Messiah went as a living sacrifice to the cross (execution stake) and it is in that spirit of complete vulnerability that an unsaved soul must approach Yahweh for salvation through His Son. Therefore the examination for the selection of the paschal lamb means many important things, describing the attitude of purity of the Messiah who became our atonement for sin as well as the attitude of the soul seeking deliverance from personal sin.
The Anti-Paschal Lamb With Two Horns
This being so important - so critical - you would expect Satan to counterfeit it. Brother Ljungstrand reminded us that the Anti-Messiah or Antichrist pretends to be such an innocent arnion so as to dupe people into believing that he is the Chosen One:
This is no ordinary little lamb, though. For one thing it has the horns of an adult male and for another it has the voice of a dragon. The appearance is noneless great enough to dupe those under a delusion because of their unbelief and rebellion, so-called believers as well as non-believers. Satan takes this matter so seriously that satanists mockingly sacrifice a small lamb on Aviv 13 (the day before Pesach/Passover) in order to make a mocking parody of the Divine Lamb of Elohim (God).
"Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb (arnion) and spoke like a dragon" (Rev.13:11, NKJV).
The Messiah Has Seven Eyes and Seven Horns
The true Lamb of Elohim (God) is depicted as symbolically having "seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Ruachot Elohim (Spirits of God) sent out into all the earth" (Rev.5:6, NIV). Horns are symbolic of power, and specifically kingly power. The Anti-Messiah or Antichrist only has two horns, symbolising division in his temporary kingdom, compared to the true Messiah's seven horns, the number of completion, spiritual perfection and echad (unity, harmony). Likewise the Messiah has 7 spiritual eyes to the Anti-Messiah's 2, the latter being substantially inferior both in terms of power and vision. Accordingly:
Being Prepared for the Judgments of Yahweh Now
"Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!" (Rev.5:12, NIV).
As the present Mishpat Yahweh or Judgment of Yahweh unfolds and as everything around us collapses, the Remnant will need to see a measure of the glory of Yahweh in order to overcome and prosper as the two-horned and two-eyed 'lamb' attempts to wage war against those of the Body yet in the Courtyard. When John the Apostle was shown a vision of the Heavenly Temple it preceeded the Visions of the Mishpatim Yahweh or Judgments of Yahweh so that he could withstand what he was shown and prophetically show us the same. THE AVIV 9 ANOINTING HAS LIKEWISE BEEN GIVEN SO THAT WE IN OUR TURN MAY BE EQUIPPED WITH THE DEGREE OF GLORY THAT WE NEED WHEN ATTEMPTS ARE MADE TO ASSAULT YAHWEH'S PEOPLE WHO MAY CARELESSLY HAVE SLIPPED BACK INTO THE COURTYARD.
Not All the Courtyard Will Be Invaded
We should be encouraged and prompted to make teshuvah (repent) and return to the Sanctuary if we have left it. For when we are in the Sanctuary, if the enemy attacks there, he will be burned up. Therefore he dare not attack it. His only right of access is the Courtyard for a short time, not the Sanctuary, and then not completely as he will be able during the Great Trobulation. Needless to say, access is not given to every Courtyard, and certainly not the Courtyard of this Covenant! The current partial invasion speaks only of the Body of Messiah in general which has been careless in its disobedience and faithlessness. If the enemy's minions try to enter the MLT Courtyard, they will be cut down as they have been cut down in the past in large numbers. Remember, not all the Courtyard is an 'open city', only to the Torahless ones and those who neglect their emunah (faith).
The events of the Evening Session are summarised in Part 11
Continued in Part 11
 Excellent discussions on this controversy may be found in, for example, Dave Hunt, What Love is This? Calvinism's Misrepresentation of God (The Berean Call, Bend. Oregon:2006)
 Scripture collation by Edward Chumney, The Seven festivals of the Messiah (Treasure House, Shippensburg, PA: 1994), pp.26-27
 The HRV reverses the male and female sheep, putting the female sheep second and the male third
 Philip Goble, Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB) uses the Hebrew kevasim which can mean either 'sheep' or 'lambs' but no reason is given for this choice of word in his translation