Month 6:01, Rosh Chodesh, Year:Day 5940:148 AM|
2Exodus 3/40, Yovel - Year 50/50 - Teshuvah 1/39
Gregorian Calendar: Friday 2 September 2016
Rosh Chodesh VI
Take Heart and Be Strong!
Chag sameach Rosh Chodesh kol beit Yisra'el and mishpachah! It is the first day of the sixth month and the last month of its kind. We are only a month away now from what we have been told now for some time that was coming. Lest I be misunderstood or be accused of being vague, I should like to begin my address to you today with some background revelations that I have briefly touched upon before but which I would like to further elaborate on now.
First Vision of the Church Tower
I want to share two visions with you, the first received about a week ago, and the second three days ago. In the first vision I was awakened to see a vision of a typical American white church tower that is common amongst traditional Protestant denominations like the Baptists. There was scaffolding around its top, crude and made of wood that seemed to be rotting and was falling away, so I could see that the tower had shortened considerably in comparison with the original one. It was much diminished in height.
Leaving the pagan, phallic origin of such structures aside, church towers are supposed symbolise the link between earth and heaven - between the worshippers and Elohim (God). The vision was a warning that such communication or communion as had hitherto existed between such believers and Elohim (God) had suddenly been diminished through a process of spiritual degeneration. This has been going on now for a very long time (represented by the disintegrating scaffolding) on account of progressive apostacy.
The Second Tower Vision
Three mornings ago I similarly awoke to see the same tower only this time it was dead and lifeless and totally disconncted from the church - it was suspended in the air. It's colour, no longer white but gray, sent off waves of death. It was now hollow, empty, disconnected and devoid of all spiritual communication. The system that the spire represented was dead.
An Old Hymn and the British Establishment
A few days ago I was listening to some of my favourite hymns online as I wished to enter into a spirit of worship, and after a while I dozed off. As you know, when listening to YouTube, one video after another is automatically cycled so that by the time I awoke I was listening to another hymn, also one of my favourites. The orchestration was beautiful, the setting grand, being as it was a British cathedral. Behind the procession of cross-bearers dressed in white cassocks were the Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, and behind them assorted old gentlemen dressed up in the livery of the various royal orders that originate with the British Crown. They were barely able to walk and looked ridiculous in their Tudor soldiers' uniforms. The closer you got to the front pews of the Cathedral, you could see the increasing status and importance of the people attending, including the nobility and others of high political and commercial status, the women dressed like peacocks. The contrast between the glory of the hymn and the hypocrisy and spiritual deadness of the ruling class, many of whom were undoubedly atheists, occulstis, pedophiles and even Satanists, made my stomach turn. The contrast between the hymn and the British élites present in that magnificent building could not have been more poignant. This was all a pretence, a façade, an act, a demonstration of power by the establishment attempting to clothe itself in righteousness for the public and no doubt for itself too.
The Slow Death of the Institutional Church
You all know that the 'established churches' of the nations belong - lock stock and barrel - to the political-economic Establishment. Now the towers I saw in vision were not of an old High Anglican, Lutheran or Catholic Church from the Old World where I come from and in which I live, which churches have been more or less dead - with one of two exceptions here or there - for a very long time, but from the United States, where the institutions are much younger, and where a common architecture is shared. These visions are a portent of the spiritual state of those religious institutions where professing believers may be found, both Christian and Messianic. The institutional church has been dying for a very long time as its denominations sink deeper and deeper into apostacy and worldliness, and will verily soon be dead. And by that I mean they will no longer have any claim to be representatives of Heaven. The New Movement and Sukkot Anointing of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), which will signal the end as far as Heaven is concerned of these old churches as bona fide gatherings of true believers, is soon upon us. And we have to be ready for it in the same way the first believers were commanded to tarry in Jerusalem until they had been endued from Heaven.
In connection with this passing away of the old system, three mornings ago I was led to the 10th chapter of the Book of Daniel, a Hebrew navi (prophet) in exile with his people in the Persian Empire, and was directed to read it. I started reading from one version of the Bible and was directed to stop reading that version and open another, as the first version was obscuring something important that I needed to understand.
Three Weeks of Mourning
Daniel tells us that he had been "in mourning for three weeks" and during that time he "had eaten no rich food or meat, had drunk no wine, and had used no fragant oils" (Dan.10:2-3, NLT). The vision he saw took place on 24th day of the month of Aviv, the first month of the biblical calendar, which is in the spring, and would have been two weeks after Pesach (Passover) and one week after the conclusion of the spring festivals as a whole (v.4). This was not a fast per se but a calculated change of diet to simpler, plainer food and drink. This means he would have started this period of mourning a week before the New Year.
We Must Do The Same Next Year
We too are directed to do the same when that season comes by and we will understand why nearer the time. A lot can, and will, happen in the interim, as we already know. Let us recount Daniel's experience and glean some idea what it is that Yahweh is preparing us for:
Daniel by the Tigris
"...I was standing beside the great Tigris River" (Dan.10:4b, NLT).
The Tigris River today begins in the mountains of modern Turkey, in Kurdistan, descends through the city of Mosul, the oil-rich capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, passes through Baghdad and to the confluence with the River Euphrates before descending together in a notth-easterly direction through Basra and thence into the Persian Gulf. This area had belonged, in succession, to the Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian Empires. When Daniel wrote it was a part of the Persian Empire, or modern-day Iran.
As we know, a lot is happening in this region now which is critical to the unfolding of prophetic events.
The Warrior Angel Appears
We don't know the precise location where Daniel saw himself on the bank of the Tigris in his vision and this is evidently not important as the vision is of a general nature. He continues:
Parallels With Paul and Yah'shua
"I looked up and saw a man dressed in linen clothing, with a belt of pure gold around his wasit. His body looked like a dazzling gem. From his face came flashes of lightning, and his eyes were like flaming torches. His arms and feet shone like polished bronze, and his voice like the roaring of a vast multitude of people" (Dan.10:5-6, NLT).
In some ways this vision parallels the experience of Saul of Tarsus on his way to persecute the early believers in Damascus because we learn from the text that though only Daniel actually saw the vision, the men who had been with him when he saw the vision did not see it themselves yet inexplicably became terrified and ran away to hide, leaving Daniel alone to see the vision. It also reminds us of the Johannine vision of Yah'shua (Jesus) in the Book of Revelation who appeared in with similar glory. He recounts that all his strength left him, his face went deathly pale and he felt extremely weak. When he heard the messenger speak he fell face down on the ground and just lay there (vv.7-9).
The Intercession of Daniel
You have to understand why Daniel had been in mourning for three weeks. He had been interceeding for his people in captivity and had received a prophetic word from the archangel Gabriel. He relates:
Judah Destroyed and Gabriel's Ministry
"I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sins of my people, pleading with Yahweh my Elohim (God) for Jerusalem, His holy mountain" (Dan.9:20, NLT).
His country lay in ruins and was under foreign occupation. Most of its inhabitants had been expelled or killed. The archangel Gabriel had come to him to give him "insight and understanding" (v.22) concerning the 70 sevens vision, the time ordained by Yahweh for the punishment in order "to bring an end to sin, to atone for guilt, to bring an everlasting righteousness" (v.24).
The Same to Happen to the West
You have to understand that what is about to happen to America and other nations is for this purpose too. The calamitous times ahead are for these reasons only - to bring about an end to sinning, to atone for those sins and to bring in everlasting righteousness. This will not happen in a day, a month or a year. Indeed, the same tavnith (pattern) must be followed by all nations who profess to be Yahweh's - or who declare, 'In God We Trust', but who then turn from Him in rebellion and apostacy.
Like a Flood
One last detail that must not be forgotten, and that is the speed at which everything suddenly unravels..."like a flood":
"The end will come with (like) a flood, and war and its miseries are decreed from that time to the very end" (v.26b, NLT).
A very angry New Age 'goddess-worshipper' contacted me a a few months ago to protest the 'gloom and doom' I had been speaking and writing about, saying she wanted nothing to do with such a 'deity'. Her 'goddess', however, will be powerless in the face of Yahweh's Judgment as she is forced to confront the reality of sin and her inability to deal with it aside from the true Saviour of mankind. Those who deny sin will, in the end, have it pressed into their faces until they can deny it no longer. The reality of the universe and its Creator cannot be altered by mere satanic denial. This time ahead of us will ensure that.
The Angel Who Got Delayed
I don't want to get into the 70 sevens of Daniel's vision today, about which there has been much exegetical controversy, so we shall return to our main text in the 10th chapter. A heavenly being has just had an incredible impact on Daniel. His associates have fled and he is lying face down in the ground, his energy drained from him. You might be tempted to think that such a personage of glory would have to have been Yah'shua (Jesus) Himself, but he was not. Indeed, as we shall see, he himself, this magnificent being, whose presence had floored the navi (prophet), had himself encountered great opposition and had been delayed. Let's read further:
The Fear of Elohim
"Just then he touched me and lifted me, still trembling, to my hands and knees. And the man said to me, 'O Daniel, greatly loved of Elohim (God), listen carefully to what I have to say to you. Stand up, for I have been sent to you'. When he said this to me, I stood up, still trembling with fear" (Dan.10:10-11, NLT).
Ah, my friends, is it not extraordinary that there is little by way of trembling and fear when we approach the Presence of Almighty Elohim (God)? Yes, it is extraordinary for no other reason that we are not trembling and fearful because we are not in His presence! And yet here is Daniel reacting to a 'mere' malak or angel, for he senses his power and toqef (authority). Two things that have got to go in order to really draw near to Elohim (God) are our pretentiousness and superficiality. Our prayer life is far too casual, far too prideful, destroyed as we have been by what I call the 'popsicle' mentality of our shallow and disrespectful culture. Elohim (God) has become a sugar-daddy whom irreverent believers call 'Pops'.
The Demonic Powers of Persia vs. Michael
Now we come to the part that will give you some idea of what wrestling with principalities and powers is like in real spiritual warfare:
A Three Week Battle Against Principalities and Powers
"Then he said, 'Don't be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your Elohim (God), your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for 21 days the [spirit] prince (demonic principality) of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the [spirit] prince (demonic principality) of the kingdom of Persia. Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come'" (Dan.10:12-14. NLT)
Right off the bat I have to tell you that this malak (angel) was not the pre-incarnate Messiah, Yah'shua (Jesus), because the demonic power was able to resist and prevent this messenger from coming to Daniel for 3 weeks (21 days). No demonic power would have been able to prevent the Son of Elohim (God) from visiting Daniel. This gives you some idea of the great battles that must be fought between Yahweh's malakim (angels) and Satan's, and just whast is involved when it it comes to powerful territorial spirits or demonic powers. Do you now suppose that today's territorial spirits in America, Europe or elsewhere are any less powerful than those that controlled the ancient Kingdom of Persia? In so many ways they are stronger because of the gross sins of modern man. The messenger who visited Daniel was a Warrior Malak (Angel).
Daniel Regains His Strength
Daniel is still speechless and weak from his encounter with this mighty elohim or heavenly power sent by Yahweh to him:
Asking for the Healing Touch of a Malak
"While he was speaking to me, I looked down at the ground, unable to say a word. Then the one who looked like a man (for this is what angels look like) touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing in front of me, 'I am terrified by the vision I have seen, my master (lord), and I am very weak. How can someone like me, your servant, talk to you, my master (lord)? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe'.
"Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. 'Don't be afraid,' he said, 'for you are deeply loved by Elohim (God). Be at peace, take heart, and be strong!' As he spoke these words, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, 'Now you may speak, my master (lord), for you have strengthened me'" (Dan.10:15-19, NLT).
Are you feeling weak, as though all your strength has been drained from you? I know I am! There is so much going on in the invisible which we do not see, great contests between malakim (angels), great wars, in fact. We are plumb in the middle of these, in these great battles, for we are the prize, which is why we must have our spiritual armour on, asking for cleansing, protection and empowerment, not just to withstand the spiritual assaults of the present but so that we may be equipped to go on the offensive in the immediate future. Such a time is upon us. As I have said before, attack is better than defence. Clearly, though, we all need the touch of one of Yahweh's malakim (angels)! It is time to pray for such once we have humbled ourselves and have stopped resisting His plans, purposes and mitzvot (commandments).
The Heavenly Powers Defending Us
To conclude this extract from the Book of Daniel, let us read one more paragraph to complete the picture of spiritual warfare:
Resting for Now
"He (the messenger) replied, 'Do you know why I have come? Soon I must return to fight against the [spirit] prince (demonic principality and power) of the Kingdom of Persia, and then against the [spirit] prince (demonic principality and power) of the Kingdom of Greece (Javan). But before I do that, I will tell you what is written in the Katav Emet (Book of Truth). (There is no one to help me against these [spirit] princes (demonic principalities and powers) except Michael, your [spirit] prince (Heavenly Principality and Power). I have been standing beside Michael as his support and defence since the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede.)" (Dan.10:20-21, NLT).
Little is spoken in Christian and Messianic circles of the operations of malakim (angels) and demonic powers but this is something you will all need to know much more about in the future as we engage in much more spiritual warfare. However, as I pointed out in my last Sabbath sermon two days ago we have, for the most part, been in a spirit of resting while we equip for the battles to come. Remember this testimony of Daniel when this begins, knowing that there are mighty heavenly powers fighting for us, and with us, even though we rarely see them.
This has been a slightly 'different' Rosh Chodesh message and is more by way of a spiritual 'prepping', your physical prepping having, I hope, already been accomplished. You maybe have a month left to be ready in that department though my very clear impression now is that spiritual prepping takes priority. Physical preparations should have been made long ago before the big changes hit us like a flood and hearts that were not prepared faint from fear.
Presenting Yourselves For Service
There can be no doubt - at least from my perspective - that we all need an angelic touch to restore and strengthen us. We should ask for it urgently. We shall, in the weeks and months ahead, become better acquainted with the Council of Yah's Elohim and with the spiritual world that both lies beyond and which, at the same time, is very close to us. The Enemy is seeking to hinder that but we must not let Him. We need to approach the Throne of Grace in a more humbled and submissive spiritual posture, relinquishing for good the idols and their controlling demonic principalities that keep us bound, and present ourselves for the new service that is being readied.
Vision of Post-Collapse America
An exciting, if challenging, time lies ahead of us. For the majority, who will not repent, who will not lay aside the gods of materialism and false religion, and who survive what is to come, it will not be so exciting though challenging it surely will be. Two mornings ago I saw a vision of America as it will soon become, or at least, one aspect of America. I saw a mobile home and it was being pulled down a highway to a new location. The building was in tatters, loose pieces of the building flapping in the wind and I knew what this meant immediately. America is going to go through a protracted time of immense poverty for the masses and people will move from one place to another in search of relief but will not find it, the quality of their lives progressively diminishing. And as is true in Third World countries today, the righteous will be powerless to help them. Third World conditions are coming to the West.
My task, and the task of others like me, is to ready you for all of this. More importantly, you need to find your own spiritual footing so that you do not become overly dependent on spiritual teachers or on things. This I speak to the men of Messianic Israel who are called and must arise in strength. But first comes the humbling and the dependence on Yah'shua (Jesus) for everything. May His grace and shalom (peace) go with you! Amen.