THE KNEELING GOD
IT WAS A time of worship. Everyone was gathered under the large open-air tent, praying, worshipping, singing, being silent, as each was led. In the midst of it all, I noticed the teacher dropping to his knees and staying knelt down for some time. It struck me. Later that day, when I saw him outside with no one around, I approached him.
“I noticed you were kneeling during worship,” I said. “I never understood the purpose of it. Why does one kneel?”
“To kneel,” he said, “is to lower yourself, to humble yourself. Kneeling is an act of submission. You’re submitting to another. So I was led to kneel down, to humble myself before the Almighty, to submit myself to His will.”
“I’ve never heard it explained that way before.”
“Do you know what the word for bless is in the Hebrew Scriptures?”
“I have no idea.”
“Barach. Though it means to bless, it also means to kneel. Now who is it that blesses more than anyone else? Whose nature is it to bless?”
“And what is the greatest blessing He gave?”
“Salvation . . . redemption . . . eternal life.”
“So God’s nature is to bless, and the greatest blessing He could give is the blessing of salvation. But to bless is to barach, and to barach is to kneel, and to kneel is to lower yourself.”
“So for God to give us the blessing of salvation, He would have to lower Himself . . .”
“Yes. And to give us the greatest blessing,” said the teacher, “would require the greatest lowering . . . the greatest descending.”
“So He descended to this world and humbled Himself in the form of man.”
“And to kneel is also to submit. And so He submitted Himself to man’s mockery, abuse, and condemnation. He submitted Himself to judgment, to crucifixion, and to death—the ultimate lowering . . . the cosmic kneeling . . . the kneeling of the Almighty. And yet in that ultimate kneeling comes the ultimate barach, the blessing, salvation. To bless is to kneel. And He who kneels is He who blesses. And by His kneeling . . . we are blessed. And in light of such blessing we can do nothing less . . . than kneel before Him . . . and before Him bow down our lives.”
The Mission: Whom do you need to bless? Be a blessing to them today. As God humbled Himself to bless you, humble yourself likewise, to become a blessing to others.
Psalm 95:6–8; Philippians 2:4–10; James 4:6–10
The Purple Crimson King I–II”
THE MYSTERY OF THE SECRET ANGELS
HE LED ME up a high desert mountain and into a cave near its summit. Inside the cave, not far from its entrance, was an engraving of a human-like figure with outstretched wings.
“What is it?” I asked.
“An angel,” said the teacher. “What do you know of angels?”
“They’re heavenly creatures . . . sent by God . . . with wings.”
“They don’t all have wings,” he said. “There are many different kinds of angels . . . cherubim, seraphim, warring angels, ministering angels . . . And then,” he said, “then . . . there are the other angels.”
“The other angels?”
“The earth angels,” he said.
“Earth angels?” I replied.
“Those who walk the earth in flesh and blood, His earthbound division . . . different from the others but angels nonetheless.”
“I thought an angel was a being not of flesh and blood.”
“The Scriptures say differently. The word for angel in the Hebrew Scriptures is malakh. And in the New Testament Scriptures, the word is the Greek angelos. It is written, ‘Then spoke Haggai, the Lord’s malakh.’ And of the man known as John the Baptizer, the Messiah said, ‘This is he of whom it is written,
“Behold I will send My angelos.”’ Haggai and John were both of flesh and blood, and yet they are both called angels—angels of God. What is an angel? It is a being sent by God, a messenger, an emissary on a divine assignment, bringing God’s message, especially to those who dwell on earth.”
“So who are the earth angels?”
“Those who are born again,” he said, “born from above, born from heaven, His messengers, those who bear the message of God to those who dwell on earth.”
“And the message?”
“The good news. In Greek it is called the euangel, in English, the evangel, as in evangelism. Within each of these words is another word. Do you see it?”
“The word angel.”
“Exactly. It is no accident. For if you will bear the message of heaven to those of earth, your life becomes angelic. So take up your angelic assignment and bring good tidings, the divine message, to those of earth. For you are His earth angel.”
The Mission: Today, start fulfilling your angelic mission. Bear the heavenly message to those on earth. Live this day as His earth angel.
Haggai 1:13; Malachi 3:1; Mark 16:15; Luke 7:24–27
The Mystery of the Secret Angels…
HA MAKOM: THE PLACE
THERE IS A place on earth,” said the teacher, “that has borne the Name of God and a prophetic word for almost four thousand years, long before most of the world’s great cities or nations bore any name at all.”
“What place?” I asked.
“At first it’s referred to as Ha Makom, The Place. But then it is given a specific name: YHVH Yireh. YHVH is the sacred Name of God. And Yireh means to make appear, to make visible, to present, to provide, to reveal. So YHVH Yireh means the Lord will make appear, make visible, present, provide, and reveal. It was Abraham who gave that name to the place. And it was Moses who recorded its naming and added the words: ‘In the mount of the Lord it shall be revealed, or it will be provided, it will be presented, it will be made visible.’”
“What would be revealed and made visible?”
“The answer is found in what happened in that place. It was there that Abraham offered up Isaac as a sacrifice. And when Isaac asked his father, ‘Where is the lamb . . . ?’ Abraham answered, ‘God will provide for Himself the lamb . . .’ But in Hebrew it says ‘God will yireh the lamb.’ Yireh is the same word by which the place would be named. So the name YHVH Yireh identifies the place where God will provide and reveal . . . the lamb. The lamb will be made visible in that specific place.
Where is the Place called YHVH Yireh? It is Mount Moriah.” “So does Mount Moriah have any connection to the revealing of a lamb?” “I would say so,” he replied. “It was there on Mount Moriah that the central event of human history took place—the crucifixion. It was there that Messiah was crucified as the Lamb.”
“So Messiah was revealed as the Lamb . . . in the place called ‘God will reveal the lamb’!
“In the place called ‘God will yireh the lamb.’ So it all happened in the place of the appearing of the Lamb, where the Lamb had to become visible.”
“And the place of the providing,” I said.
“Yes. So that which appears on that mountain is the provision of God . . . the provision for every need, every emptiness, and every longing of our hearts.”
“Messiah is the Lamb . . . and the Lamb is the provision . . . Messiah is the provision of all.”
“Yes,” said the teacher. “It all has been provided and revealed. . .in that place.”
The Mission: Bring every unanswered question, every unmet need, and every unfulfilled longing to Calvary, Mount Moriah, the place of God’s providing.
Genesis 22:7–8, 14; Luke 23:33; John 1:29
The Moriah Miracle…
MOUNTAINS AND CAPSTONES
WHEN THE REMNANT of Israel,” said the teacher, “returned to the land, after their exile in Babylon, they knew it was the will of God to rebuild the Temple. The man in charge of the rebuilding was Zerubbabel, a descendant of King David. But as they began the undertaking, they encountered resistance and conflict. And because of it their work was brought to a standstill. Then God spoke through the prophet Zechariah saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’ So then what was God telling Zerubbabel?”
“God would remove the obstacles and cause the temple to be rebuilt. And Zerubbabel himself would complete the work by laying the capstone.”
“That’s right,” said the teacher. “And the prophecy would come true. What was the (symbol)-key point, in that word, of the obstacles to God’s purposes?”
“The mountain,” I replied.
“And what was the symbol of the fulfillment of God’s purposes?”
“Do you notice anything about that?”
“They’re both stone.”
“Yes,” he said, “both the obstacle to God’s purposes and the fulfillment of God’s purposes are made of the same substance, the same material. But it’s even more than that. Where do you think the capstone came from?”
“Yes,” said the teacher. “The capstone came from a mountain. And what does this reveal? God never promises that our lives will be free of obstacles, problems, crises, and adversities. He promises something better. He will use every obstacle in your life to bring to fulfillment the very purposes He has planned for your life. Every problem, every crisis, every adversity, every setback, and every sorrow will be turned around to bring breakthrough, blessing, and triumph. And in God, every mountain, every obstacle that has hindered God’s purposes in your life, will, in the end, be turned around and become a capstone to bring about the completion of those very purposes.”
The Mission: Today, see every problem, obstacle, trouble, and adversity as a mountain to be turned into a capstone. Take part in turning it.
Genesis 50:15–21; Isaiah 60; Zechariah 4:6–9; James 1:2–4
Mountains and Capstones”
Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l