The Mystery of the Trees

THE OTHER TREE

WE WALKED THROUGH a garden of trees.

“Today,” said the teacher, “we open up the mystery of two trees. In Genesis it is written that inside the Garden of Eden grew the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the one tree, the fruit of which man was not to partake.”

“But man did partake,” I replied.

“Yes, and through that partaking came sin and death. Through that one tree came the fall of man. Now why did the Messiah die?” he asked.

“To bring salvation.”

“And to what end?”

“To end sin and death.”

“And to undo what?”

“The fall.”

“And on what did He die?”

“A cross.”

“And of what was the cross made?”

“Wood.”

“And what is wood?”

I paused for a moment before answering.

“A tree . . . The cross is a tree.”

“The cross is the second tree,” he said. “Through the first tree, sin begins. Through the second tree, sin ends. Through the first tree man fell.”

“And through the second tree,” I said, “man rises.”

“Through a living tree came death.”

“And through a dead tree,” I said, “comes life.”

“In the partaking of the first tree, we die.”

“And in the partaking of the second tree, we come alive.”
“And as God placed the first tree in the center of the garden, so He has placed the second tree in the center of the world, in the center of the age, so that all can partake of it and find life. And the more you partake of this tree . . . the more alive you become.”

The Mission: The second tree must be the center. Make it the center of your life and center everything else around it. Partake and live of its fruit.

Genesis 2:16–17; Galatians 3:13

The Tree

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-book-of-mysteries/id1137475285?mt=11

The Truth of the Word Comes First

THE DAVAR AND THE OLAM

WE WERE SITTING in an open desert plain under the night skies. He had started a small fire. I think it was only so he could read the words on the parchment he was holding in his hand. It was a clear night. The sky was filled with stars.

“What you see,” he said, “is the olam. . . Everything you see is the olam, the universe, the creation. And this,” he said, lifting up the parchment, “is the Davar, the Word. The Davar and the olam, the Word and the world. Which seems greater, the Davar or the olam?”

“It would seem that the universe is greater,” I said, “the olam.”

“Yes, it seems so much bigger. And which seems more real and solid?”

“The olam,” I said again.

“Yes, it would seem to be so,” he said. “But it’s not.” Then, holding the parchment to the light, he began translating its words.

“It is written in the Psalms, ‘For He spoke, and it came into existence. He commanded, and it was established.’ And in the Book of Hebrews it is written, ‘The universe was formed at God’s command . . .’ So which came first, the olam or the Davar, the world or the Word?”

“The Word came first,” I said, “then came the world.”

“Then which is greater, the world or the Word?”

“The Word would be greater.”

“Then which is more real and more solid?”

“The Word is more real.”

“Yes,” said the teacher. “The Word came first; the world came second. The Word was spoken, and the world followed. So the Word doesn’t follow the world . . . the world follows the Word. And what does that mean for our lives?”

“We must not be led by the world, but by the Word.”

“Yes,” he said. “It means you are never to be led by the circumstances and events of your life. All that is part of the olam, and so is secondary. The olam, the world, changes and passes away. But the Davar, the Word, never changes or passes away. Be, therefore, led by the Word, even when it goes against everything you see around you—especially then. Stand on the Word, despite the world. For what He has spoken shall come to be in the universe and in your life—the Davar and then the olam. The Word is first . . . and only then, the world.”

The Mission: Choose the Word over the world, over your circumstances, your problems, and everything else. Let the Davar rule your olam.

Psalm 33:6–9; John 1:1–4; Hebrews 11:3

The Word

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-book-of-mysteries/id1137475285?mt=11

Here and Now

    By focusing upon living in the here and now we are able to better understand the mind of God. God desired for us to seek Him in all things in order that we may discover all of the answers that we have longed for throughout our lives. Living in the present in order to better address the problematic issues of today is where we discover resolution and closure.

     Discovering answers is the key to life. Discovery is what each individual, whether they know it or not, seeks on a daily basis. Questions that have demanded answers are constantly on our minds. Life is a map that we are to discover through God’s spirit. God has mapped out his truth and the answers on His Son. His Son does not desire to hold us back, but rather to lead us into a kingdom that we could not perceive before this spiritual awakening. 

     By perceiving the world in the here and now, we are able to see a new world that God has promised us since from the beginning of time. Our job is to embrace this new sense of awareness and awakening that has caused us to tingle with the feeling that God is standing right beside us. Living in the here and now allows us to enjoy all of the moments rather than miss out on the special gifts that God brings into our life. 

The Awesome Days Foretelling Eternity

YAMIM NORAIM: THE DAYS OF AWE

THE DAYS THAT open the Hebrew month of Tishri,” he said, “from the Feast of Trumpets to Yom Kippur, are viewed as the holiest time on the biblical calendar.”

“Why?”

“They are the days of repentance. When the shofar sounds on the Feast of Trumpets, it signals that only ten days remain until Yom Kippur. And Yom Kippur is linked to the sealing of one’s eternal destiny, as on the Day of Judgment. But it’s not just these two days that are considered most holy but all ten. Together they are called the Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe, or the Awesome Days.”

“Why awesome?”

“Because their end is linked to the final Day of Judgment. So they declare that one doesn’t have forever to repent or to make things right. One only has these set days before it’s all sealed.”

“So they must be pretty intense.”

“They are. During the Days of Awe, observant Jews do everything they can to get right with God, to make things right with others, to forgive and be forgiven, to repent, to seal up loose ends, and to right what was wrong. It all has to be finished before the sun sets on the eve of Yom Kippur.”

“But does this apply to us now,” I asked, “in Messiah?”

“The Days of Awe are a shadow of something much greater. For the days you have on earth are not forever. They have an appointed end. And at their end comes eternity, beginning with the Day of Judgment when your destiny is sealed, for one eternity or the other. And the only time you have to determine that eternity are the days of this life, the days you now have on earth. Once they end, it’s all sealed. So these are the only days you will ever have to get right with God, to make things right with others, and to right what is wrong. So if you would ever get right with God, get right with God now. If you would ever make things right with others, make things right with them now. If you would ever rise to your calling, rise now. And whatever good you would ever do in your life, do it now. For the time you have left on earth is nothing less than the Yamim Noraim . . . your Days of Awe.”

The Mission: Look at the remainder of your days of life in a new way, as the Yamim Noraim. Get right with God and those in your life, for today is a Day of Awe.

Isaiah 55:6–7; Ephesians 5:16

The Awesome Days

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-book-of-mysteries/id1137475285?mt=11

The Alignment of the Stars

MOVING THE UNIVERSE

WE WERE OBSERVING one of the desert tent camps from a nearby hill. It was late afternoon, and the women were coming to draw water from the well.

“It was a similar scene,” said the teacher, “nearly four thousand years ago. When Abraham sent his servant to the city of Nahor to find a wife for his son Isaac. His servant stood by the well and prayed that God would show him the right woman by having her come to draw water at the well and offer as well to draw water for his camels. Before finishing the prayer, a young woman named Rivkah, Rebekah, came out to the well and did exactly as he had just prayed. So when did God answer the servant’s prayer?”

“When Rebekah came to the well.”

“But in order to come to the well, Rebekah had to have already been on the way to the well before the servant saw her, and before he prayed.”

“Then when she left her house.”

“But before she left her house, she had to plan her day to go out to the well exactly as she did in order to arrive exactly when she when she arrived. And to arrive exactly then, every event of that day had to take place exactly as it did. The slightest delay or lack of delay and it wouldn’t have happened . . . You see, behind every event are countless previous events in an incalculable chain of time leading up to and causing that event to happen just as it does. And it is not only a chain of time, but of space. Surrounding every event are countless other contributing events, countless interactions and confluences—a gust of wind, a drop of rain, a random thought, the movement of the sun and stars, the gravity of a galaxy.

All things must work together with absolute precision for any specific event to happen as it does. So for God to answer the servant’s prayer and bring Rebekah to the well that day, He had to make all those things work perfectly together in time and space. To answer that prayer, He had to move the universe . . . And so it is for you, and for all His children. For God to answer even one of your prayers, even the smallest of your prayers, He must direct all things and move and coordinate all events of time and space to make it happen. He must move the universe. And for you He will move the universe . . . That’s how much He loves you . . . with a love greater than time and space . . . a love that moves the universe.”

The Mission: Think of your answered prayers. God worked everything together to make it happen. Ponder that love, that He would move the world to bless you.

Genesis 24:1–28; Romans 8:28, 32

The Isaac Rebekah Wedding Mystery I–III

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-book-of-mysteries/id1137475285?mt=11

The Love Of God

        1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.”

       The premier teaching of Christianity. An undying expression of Jesus’ doctrine of heavenly love. More potent for the building of the Church than any, or all, of the various manifestations of God’s power. Love, the Church’s most effective weapon. Love, without which all the various gifts of the Spirit are of no avail. Love, the essence of God’s nature. Love, the perfection of human character, Love, the most powerful ultimate force in the universe.

     Even if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, even if I give my body to be burned, if I have not love, it profits me nothing. What a thought provoking passage! The gift of speaking like an angel, of prophesying, of having all knowledge, of faith that moves mountains, of charity to the last dollar, even martyrdom, all of no use unless we have the Spirit of Christian Love. What a call to self examination! (Halley’s Bible Handbook pg. 598)

     By embarking on a journey to discover true love we are blessed by receiving spiritual gifts that allow us to see the kingdom of God. For the first love that we have come to know it that of God. God loved us first and asks that we fulfill His commandment in loving one another. There are so many gifts that we may attain in our journey of falling in love. Of all the gifts that God asks us to use, love is the most important. Doing away with immorality is learning to love unconditionally. Expecting the second coming of Jesus and discovering His presence is where we may experience God’s greatest love. 

Adjusting Our Will To Fit The Truth

THE AVANIM: WEIGHTS OF THE BALANCE

THE TEACHER LED me into a chamber he had never shown me before. It was illuminated by the light of oil lamps and filled with round stones of varying sizes. We sat down by a small table. He opened up a cloth bag filled with small stones and poured them out onto the tabletop. They were round and light in color, and each engraved with what appeared to be ancient letters.

“What are they?” I asked.

“They are the avanim,” he said, “the weights of the balance. And this is the Chamber of Measures. These were the measures and standards used in ancient times to determine values, weights, and quantities.” He then took out a second bag and emptied its contents onto the table. “These look the same as the others, but they’re not. These are false measures, altered weights. The inscriptions have been changed so that they no longer match the weight of the stone. This one says shekel, but it weighs less than a shekel. It would be used by a corrupt merchant to make an item appear to be heavier or greater than it was. The merchant had redefined the measure to conform it to his will and want.”

He picked up one of the stones, then continued. “Altered weights not only concern corrupt merchants . . . but civilizations. When a civilization redefines its values, when it changes the meanings and definitions of reality away from God and away from the created order, when it alters the measures of morality, of right and wrong, to conform them to its will and desires, it is dealing in altered weights, false measures . . . deceptive balances. It is turning the objective into the subjective, and man into God.”

At that he emptied another bag of weights onto the table and began reading their inscriptions. ”

“This one says Good, and on the other side Evil. This one says Life, and on the other side Death . . . Idol, and on the other side God. Male and Female . . . Sacred and Profane. This one says Marriage. And this one says Child in the Womb. They’ve all become altered weights, false measures, changed values . . . signs of corruption.”

“So how do you escape the corruption of altered weights?”

“Never change the truth to fit your will. Change your will to fit the truth. Never bend the Word of God to fit your life. Bend your life to fit the Word of God. Beware of false standards . . . and stay far away from the weights of falsehood.”

The Mission: Conform today your will to the truth, your ways to the Word, and your life to the image of God. Uphold the weights of the balance.

Proverbs 11:1; 16:11; Isaiah 5:20

The Weights of the Bag

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-book-of-mysteries/id1137475285?mt=11

Experience Leads To Wisdom

1 Peter 1:13-15 “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Proverbs 12:15 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”

     Bearing the wisdom of God is how we evaluate our decisions in life. As grow older we continue to learn lessons each day on how to become more like God. Giving people second chances is demonstrating God’s love. By evaluating each person based upon their heart we are able to choose the correct relationships to incorporate into our daily life. Remembering that the obstacles that people may encounter can be more severe than our own is seeing through God’s eyes. Corrective learning is a key tool that can be used to better our society. The more teachers we have that want to give back the better the world will be as a whole. 

     Having been through challenges of my own I have learned that life is not perfect and that sometimes the people who are most in tune carry the most burden. I have increased my discernment in this area of life. Yet I still maintain the idea of being open minded with people. Listening and learning but not necessarily always agreeing is where I discover new ideas on how to communicate my message to the world. The message that I carry is to empower people from a spiritual stand point. This is the duty of all. Not to judge but to empower at all times. If one person can bear the ability to not judge what we may not understand from a spiritual stand point, then we are able to learn and make progress towards God. Standing by the full context of God’s truth is essential to gaining discernment. Let us embrace the truth and find it easy to discuss amongst ourselves. Faith was never intended to be a burden to anyone. 

     

Touching the Wings/Garments of the Messiah

THE WINGS OF MESSIAH

HE LED ME into the Chamber of Garments. There he found a prayer shawl, white with blue stripes, and draped it over his head.

“Do you know what this is?” he asked.

“A prayer shawl,” I replied.

“It’s called a tallit. The most important part of the tallit is its corners and the fringes of its corners. In the law of Moses, it was commanded that the children of Israel were to wear fringes on the corners of their garments. The corner itself is called the kanaf. And the fringes on the corners are called the tzitzit. In the New Testament, there are no physical descriptions of Messiah. We don’t know what He looked like. But we do know what He wore. His garment had four sacred corners and fringes, the kanaf and the tzitzit. It is recorded in the Gospels that a woman with an infirmity once touched the hem of His garment and was instantly healed. The miracle was not unique. In fact, it’s recorded that everyone who touched the hem of His garment was healed. But they didn’t just touch the hem of His garment. The New Testament Greek renders that which they touched as the kraspedon. Kraspedon is a translation of the Hebrew words kanaf and tzitzit.”

“So they weren’t just touching the hem of His garment; they were touching the sacred corner and fringe of His garments as ordained in the Law.”

“Exactly. And at the very end of the Hebrew Scriptures, an amazing verse appears: ‘The sun of righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings.’ But in Hebrew it doesn’t say, ‘with healing in His wings.’ It says, ‘with healing in His kanaf’—the same word that is translated as kraspedon. . . the fringe of Messiah’s garment. So they touched the kanaf, the corner, the fringe, of the sun of righteousness, Messiah, and they found ‘healing in His wings.’ Therefore, never be afraid to touch God. If God puts fringes on His garment, it means He is touchable. He is not afraid to be touched. So touch God with your infirmities, your wounds, your uncleanness, your sins, with the darkest part of your life, and you will be changed. For the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings . . . with healing in His kanaf.”

The Mission: Touch God today with the darkest, most painful, most ungodly part of your life—that you might find healing in His wings.

Numbers 15:38–40; Malachi 4:2; Matthew 9:20–22; 14:35–36

The Kraspedon Mysteries I–IV

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-book-of-mysteries/id1137475285?mt=11

Heroism

     Romans 15:1-3 “Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached Thee fell upon Me.”

     Heroism is an act of selflessness on behalf of others in order to defend those that cannot defend themselves. Christ exemplified heroism by dedicating himself and giving His life in order that the world would live. Heroes are what the world needs more of. We need more people serving and expressing their ideas as well as opinions in order to inspire a revolution of heroism.

     Much of what we see on the television and watch in movies is intended to be based upon heroism. For me watching movies of heroism inspire me to be more motivated and more inspirational. Through acts of valor we see much of our military becoming heroes. We need more heroes dedicated to saving lives right here in the United States of America. Each and every day we awake and make a choice as to whether we want to be a hero or if we want to sit on the sidelines and watch. It is our utmost duty to reach out to those that need our help and to inspire others to do so as well. For each morning we have a choice of living out the day with all the characteristics of the bright morning star. We are all to be stars shining brightly for all to see. May it be that we carry more light each and every day as we love and grow with one another.

     By bearing the weaknesses of one another and using our strength to carry others, we are pleasing God. May we strive to instill truth and to motivate one another to carry those who are less fortunate and need the help. For this is what God desires, to see us grow the body of Christ into a stronger living and breathing organism full of gifts and wisdom.

     1 Corinthians 12:8-11 “For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.”

     It is the responsibility of all to recognize the gifts that they have been blessed with, and to incorporate those gifts into their lives, using them to carry out acts of heroism. Heroism is God’s character and who greater than Jesus is to show us that example? 

     

The Study of Knowledge and Truth

THE SILENCE OF THE TRUTH

WHAT IS TRUTH?” I asked.

“Ah,” said the teacher, “a question asked by philosophers throughout the ages. Do you know what the word philosophy means? It comes from two Greek words: sophia, which means knowledge, and philo, which means love. So philosophy can be taken to mean the love of knowledge or wisdom. Man has been pondering and seeking after the truth for thousands of years. And after all those years, do you know what the conclusion of philosophy is?”

“No.”

“No conclusion,” he said. “They all came up with different answers . . . no answer.

And yet in the midst of all this, the question was once posed, in a very unique context, not by a philosopher, but by a man of bloodshed. He asked the question to one of his prisoners. The man was Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea . . . and the prisoner was the Messiah. So Pilate posed the question, ‘What is truth?’ Then he went outside to the multitude and said, ‘I find no basis for a charge against Him.’ So what was the answer to his question?”

“He didn’t give an answer,” I said. “There was no answer.”

“But there was an answer,” said the teacher, “in the absence of the answer . . . in the silence of the truth. It was in His not saying anything, that He said everything, in His not answering, that the question was answered. Truth is deeper than words. The truth wasn’t the truth about something, or even the truth about Him—it was Him, standing there right in front of Pilate’s eyes, in flesh-and-blood reality. You see, the idea of truth, the talk of truth, and the study of truth . . . is not the truth. Philosophies and religions may be about the truth, but that which is about the truth can blind you from seeing the truth itself. Never let yourself end up in the realm of the about and lose that which the about is all about. The truth is that which is . . . as God is. The truth is Him. And so the only way to know the truth . . . is to know Him . . . directly, personally, in His presence, face-to-face, heart to heart . . . What is truth?” asked the teacher, “He is the truth. And what is the answer to all philosophy, the love of knowledge? It is to love the truth. Therefore . . . the answer . . . is to love Him.”

The Mission: Today, leave the “realm of the about” and go beyond the talk and words to the bare truth of His presence. Be still and know that He is God.

Psalm 46:10; John 18:38

Him

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-book-of-mysteries/id1137475285?mt=11

The Love Of God

        1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.”

       The premier teaching of Christianity. An undying expression of Jesus’ doctrine of heavenly love. More potent for the building of the Church than any, or all, of the various manifestations of God’s power. Love, the Church’s most effective weapon. Love, without which all the various gifts of the Spirit are of no avail. Love, the essence of God’s nature. Love, the perfection of human character, Love, the most powerful ultimate force in the universe.

     Even if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, even if I give my body to be burned, if I have not love, it profits me nothing. What a thought provoking passage! The gift of speaking like an angel, of prophesying, of having all knowledge, of faith that moves mountains, of charity to the last dollar, even martyrdom, all of no use unless we have the Spirit of Christian Love. What a call to self examination! (Halley’s Bible Handbook pg. 598)

     By embarking on a journey to discover true love we are blessed by receiving spiritual gifts that allow us to see the kingdom of God. For the first love that we have come to know it that of God. God loved us first and asks that we fulfill His commandment in loving one another. There are so many gifts that we may attain in our journey of falling in love. Of all the gifts that God asks us to use, love is the most important. Doing away with immorality is learning to love unconditionally. Expecting the second coming of Jesus and discovering His presence is where we may experience God’s greatest love.