The Book of “Mysteries” by Jonathan Cahn
“THE BRIDE IN THE TENT
BEHOLD THE CALAH,” said the teacher, as he drew my attention to a young woman in the tent village. “It’s how you say the bride in Hebrew. Do you remember when the bridegroom made his visit? It was for her.”
“And yet she’s still here,” I said. “She’s the bride but not yet married.”
“In the Hebrew wedding, the bridegroom journeys to the house of the bride. There, in that house or tent, the covenant is made. They are from that moment on considered bride and groom, husband and wife. But the bridegroom must then leave the bride and her house and journey back to where he came from. The two are joined in the covenant of marriage. But they don’t see each other until the day of the wedding. They spend their time preparing for that day.”
“But for the bride, it seems as if nothing’s changed. She still lives with her family in that tent. She’s still doing her daily chores. Her surroundings are the same. Her life is the same. She’s married, but what’s changed?”
“She’s changed,” he said. “She is now the calah!”
“I don’t understand.”
“Two thousand years ago the Bridegroom journeyed to the house of the bride, God journeyed to this world, to our house, to our lives. And, likewise, it was to make a covenant. According to the mystery, the bridegroom must leave the bride’s house and return home. So Messiah then left this world to return to His dwelling place. So these now are the days of the separation. The Groom now dwells in His house, heaven. And the bride dwells in her house, this world. So we, the bride, now dwell in this house, this world. So you, in your life, still dwell in the same tent. That which is around you still looks the same and feels the same. Your life, your circumstances may look unchanged. But something very big has changed . . . you . . . not the tent . . . not the world around you . . . but you. And thus you are no longer of the world. You belong to the Bridegroom. You’re free. You’re the calah!”
The Mission: Live this day as the bride in the tent—as one no longer bound by your circumstances, but belonging to the Bridegroom—free of this world.
John 17:9–18; 2 Corinthians 11:12; 1 Peter 2:11–12”
“THE MYSTERY OF SUMMER
THE DAY WAS hot and marked by the gusts of scorching desert wind. We were sitting on a hill overlooking a field that belonged to one of the agricultural settlements. It was now filled with laborers harvesting its grain.
“The age has unfolded,” said the teacher, “according to the mystery of the Hebrew calendar, with each prophetic event foreshadowed by a Hebrew holy day. But where in the age are we now?”
“Where did we leave off?” I asked.
“What was the last of the Hebrew holy days to have already been fulfilled?”
“Shavuot, the Feast of Pentecost.”
“So then, if we want to know where we are in the age, we have to look at what took place in the Hebrew year after Shavuot, Pentecost. At the end of Shavuot, the Hebrews went out from Jerusalem to their fields and vineyards to reap the long summer harvest. They would labor throughout the summer months until the return of the holy days in autumn. They would then finish the harvest and return again to gather before the Lord in Jerusalem.”
“So if Pentecost, Shavuot, was the last holy day to be fulfilled, then . . .”
“Then now is the summer of the age, now is the time of the summer harvest. Just as Shavuot was the time of going forth from Jerusalem out to the fields of harvest, so it was on Shavuot, Pentecost, two thousand years ago, that the apostles went forth from Jerusalem to bring salvation to the ends of the earth. The field is the world . . . the season is the age . . . and the harvest is salvation, the gathering in of new life. And what did Messiah say of the present age?”
“He said that now was the time of the harvest . . . the time to go out and reap.”
“And did you know that in Hebrew the word for harvest, kayitz, also means the summer? So we are now in the summer of the age, the summer harvest. And that means that your primary goal must be to reap eternal life, to spread the word of salvation, to go out into world and save the lost. Make that your aim. For the days of the harvest are numbered. And the time to reap new life and save the lost comes only once. Therefore, go out and reap all you can in the time you have . . . until we all appear in Jerusalem . . . at summer’s end.”
The Mission: It is the summer of the age. Make it your aim this day to reap the harvest all around you. Bring forth salvation and bring in eternal life.
Proverbs 10:5; John 4:35–36; Matthew 9:37–38
“THE ALPHA OMEGA MAN
WE WERE SITTING on the sandy plain just beyond the school grounds. Using a wooden stick, the teacher began drawing symbols in the sand. The first appeared to be the capital letter A. The second looked something like a horseshoe.
“In Isaiah 44,” he said, “it is written, ‘I am the First and the Last. Apart from me there is no God.’ God is the First of existence and the Last. And this,” he said, pointing to the first symbol, “is the Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet. And this,” he said, pointing to the second, “is the last letter of the Greek alphabet, the Omega. These are the symbols of God. God is the Alpha, the Beginning of all things, and the Omega, the End of all things . . . the Alpha and the Omega, the source of all existence . . . and its object. So, in the last chapter of the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation, it is written, ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.’”
“As in Isaiah,” I said.
“Yes, but in the Book of Revelation the words are specifically referring to Messiah. He is the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, the Alpha and Omega.”
“I guess He’d have to be.”
“So what would happen if the Alpha and Omega came into the world?”
“He would become the Alpha and the Omega of the world?”
“He would become the Alpha and Omega of history . . . of time. His presence would cause time to divide and history to split in two. He would become the Omega, the End, of one age, and the Alpha, the Beginning, of the other . . . BC and AD . . . the Omega of BC and the Alpha of AD. He becomes the Alpha and Omega of history . . . and the Alpha and Omega of all who find Him. He divides, in the same way, the history of our lives. He becomes the Omega, the End, of our lives, our BC . . . and the Alpha, the Beginning, the new beginning of our AD . . . the new birth.”
The teacher then drew a line in the sand joining the Alpha and the Omega. “All time proceeds from the Alpha to the Omega. So the secret is . . . receive each moment of your life from Him the Alpha . . . and live each moment to Him the Omega. For He is the Alpha and Omega of existence . . . and the Alpha and the Omega . . . of you.”
The Mission: This day make Him your Alpha. Receive every moment from Him. And live every moment to Him as your Omega.
Isaiah 44:6; Revelation 22:13
Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l