INTO THE GARDEN
IT WAS LATE afternoon. We were sitting inside one of the gardens of fruit trees.
“A question,” said the teacher. “What was God’s first act toward man after the creation?”
“To create woman?”
“I don’t know.”
“It was to take him somewhere.”
“Into the garden.”
“‘The Lord God took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden.’ God’s first act toward man was to bring him to a place of life, fruitfulness, and blessing. And when did God bring him into the garden?”
“On the sixth day.”
“Messiah died on the sixth day, Friday. And what happened to Him that day after the crucifixion, the work of redemption, was finished?”
“They took Him down from the cross and laid Him in the tomb.”
“But it wasn’t just any tomb,” said the teacher. “What do the Scriptures say of that place? ‘In the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden, a new tomb.’ It wasn’t just a tomb . . . It was a garden tomb . . . a tomb in a garden. On the sixth day God brought man into a garden. So on the sixth day man brought God into a garden, into a garden tomb.
A garden is a place of life, but a garden tomb is a place of death.
So God brought man into a place of life. But man brought God into a place of death. The Garden of Eden was a place of blessing. But the Garden Tomb was a place of sorrow. The Garden of Eden was the place of God’s creation.
The Garden Tomb was the place of man’s creation. So God brought man into the place of God’s blessings. But man brought God into the place of man’s curse. Why?
God allowed Himself to be brought to the place of our curse to give us the power to leave that place, that He might once more bring us to a place of life, and to a life of His blessings.”
The Mission: It is the way of the sacrifice and dying to self that leads into the garden. Choose to walk in that way and enter the blessings of the garden.
Genesis 2:15; Song of Solomon 6:2; Luke 23:43; John 19:41–42
The Sixth Day Revelation Mystery…
Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l
THE MYSTERY OF THE RAINS
IT DIDN’T HAPPEN often, but when it did, it was dramatic. It was a desert rain. The teacher came to my chamber just as it began. Together, we watched the downpour through my window.
“The rain brings life,” he said. “Without it, life would cease. This is especially true for the land of Israel, which was especially dependent on the outpourings of heaven. But there was another kind of outpouring in Israel.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“The Scriptures speak of an outpouring, not of water, but of the Spirit, the rain of the Spirit.”
“What’s the connection between the two, the Spirit and the rain?”
“The rain pours down from the sky and gives life to the land. The Spirit pours down from heaven and gives life to those who receive it. The outpouring of rain causes barren land to revive and become fruitful. The outpouring of the Spirit causes barren lives to revive and become fruitful.”
“And this outpouring . . . happened . . .”
“On the Day of Pentecost. The Spirit of God was poured out on Jerusalem, on the disciples. It is the outpouring that causes barren lives to bear fruit. It is the outpouring that causes barren lives to bear fruit. It is the outpouring that produced the Book of Acts and changed the history of the world.”
“Has there ever been another outpouring like it?”
“Not quite like it,” he said. “But there’s a mystery. You see, there wasn’t just one rain in Israel. There were two distinct rains, each with its own name. One was called the moreh, the former rain, and the other was called the malkosh, the latter rain. One came in autumn, and the other in spring . . . two rains . . . two outpourings.”
“So if there are two outpourings of rain in the land of Israel . . . then would it not also follow that there would be two such outpourings of the Holy Spirit in the age?”
“It would follow,” he said. “And in the Book of Joel, God promises to send both the former rains and the latter rains, and to pour out His Spirit in the last days……..
So then there must again be another outpouring. And as the former rains came upon the people of Israel, on Jewish believers and the world, so too will the latter rains. And as it was in the former outpouring, so in the latter, that which was barren will bear its fruit, and that which was dead will come alive again.”
The Mission: Seek the outpouring of His Spirit on your life to touch your dry ground and make it fruitful. Prepare and receive your latter rains.
Isaiah 44:3–4; Joel 2:23–29; Acts 2:17–18
The Mystery of the Rains…
THE INFINITY SOLUTION
WE WERE SITTING in the desert sand when I asked him a question.
“God is one. And God is three. Mathematically speaking,” I said, “I don’t see how it can work. One can never equal three and three can never equal one.”
At that, it was I who picked up a stick and began writing numbers in the sand.
“One plus one plus one equals three, not one.”
“And if it was one divided by three?” asked the teacher.
Again I wrote it out on the sand.
“One divided by three equals one-third, not one.”
“You’re right,” he said. “It doesn’t work. How could it?”
“I guess it can’t. So I should forget about trying to use equations.”
I lifted the stick to erase the numbers when he grabbed my hand to stop me.
“I didn’t say that. You just used the wrong equation. God is infinite. You can’t use that which is finite to comprehend the infinite.”
The teacher then took the stick and pointed it to the first equation. Next to every number he inscribed a symbol . . . the symbol of infinity.
“Now let’s try it again. One infinity plus one infinity plus one infinity equals three infinities. How big is three infinities?”
“It’s infinite. It’s infinity.”
“Thus three infinities equal one infinity,” he replied. “Three equals one.”
At that, he pointed the stick to the second equation and did likewise, inserting again the symbol of infinity.
“One infinity divided by three equals one-third of infinity. And what is one-third of infinity? One-third of infinity is . . . infinity. When you speak of God, you’re speaking of the infinite. And one infinity and three infinities are equal. One-third of infinity and one infinity are likewise equal. So in the realm of God, the realm of the infinite, one does equal three and three does equal one. You can never fit the infinite inside the finite, and you can never fit the infinite inside the finite, and you can never fit God inside of your understanding. If you could, then He wouldn’t be God. Then your understanding would be God. But God, by definition, must be greater than your understanding. And this will set you free. You see, you don’t have to figure out God. But there is a way that the finite can understand the infinite.”
“When you believe!”
The Mission: Seek this day to live not limited by the limitations of your circumstances, problems, thoughts, and ways. Live by faith beyond them.
1 Kings 8:27; Isaiah 40:28; Romans 11:33
The Infinity Solution…
THE END OF THE SCROLL
HE TOOK ME into the Chamber of Scrolls. There on the table was the scroll of the Torah rolled out to its end.
“Do you remember,” said the teacher, “what I told you about the most mysterious day of the Hebrew year, Shemini Atzeret, the Gathering of the Eighth Day?”
“The last day of the sacred year, the day after the end . . . the day that represents the beginning of eternity.”
“Yes. And do you know what is done on that day? The Torah scroll, which has been continually unrolled and read on every Sabbath of the year, comes to its end. Then begins the sacred rolling back of all that has been unrolled throughout the year . . . A fascinating thing,” said the teacher. “When you read the prophecies concerning the end of ages, you find the image of the scroll and the act of rolling it up.
In Isaiah it is written, ‘The heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll.’ And in the Book of Revelation, the same imagery reappears, ‘And the sky departed as a scroll when it is rolled up.’ And then at the end of Revelation concerning the end of the present order, it is written that before eternity, ‘earth and the heaven fled away.’ Heaven and earth depart; the old creation is gone. The scroll is finished, the story is ended, and the day after the end, Shemini Atzeret, the Eighth Day, the day of forever, begins.”
The teacher paused to look down at the scroll.
“And do you know what is read at the end of the scroll before it is rolled up?”
“The last words written on this scroll are about the journey’s end. Moses goes up the mountain to catch his first glimpse of the Promised Land, to leave his earthly existence, and to be with God. And the Israelites finish their journey through the wilderness. So Shemini Atzeret speaks of the day when our journeying through the wilderness will end, the completion of our earthly existence, and the passing away of this world.
It tells us that we must always leave the the old before we can enter into the new. And it reminds us that this life is not the destination, but the journey to the destination.
So live your life and every moment of your life in light of that, in light of the end, in light of the day when the old will flee away, and of your first glimpse of that of which you had only dreamed . . . as the scroll is rolled up together.”
The Mission: What is it in your life that you must bring to an end in order to enter the new that God has for you? Roll up the scroll today.
Deuteronomy 34; Isaiah 34:4; Revelation 6:14; 20:11; 22
The Alpha and Omega Scroll…
Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l