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 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. 

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? 

     

Food From the Heavens…

THE MYSTERY BREAD

WE WENT FOR a walk through the wilderness. He shared as we walked.
“Imagine what it was like,” said the teacher, “wandering through the wilderness and having your food come down from the sky.”
“You mean the manna from heaven?” I said.

“Yes, a miracle with a revelation . . . that the true bread of our lives comes not from earth but heaven. And that it is not the earthly but only the heavenly that can fill us. And as bread is to our bodies, so is the Word of God to our souls.”

“An amazing picture,” I said. “Manna from heaven.”
“It is,” he said. “But there’s something even deeper. Do you know the meaning of manna?”
“No, what is it?”
“Exactly,” said the teacher.
“Exactly what?” I asked.
“Exactly what,” he answered. “That’s what it is.”
“Exactly what is what it is?”
“Right again. What is it is what it is.”
“At this point, I have no idea what you’re saying . . . or what I’m saying.”
“Manna is really two Hebrew words: mah and nah. And it literally means, What is it?”

“So manna is a question that means, What is it?

“Yes,” he replied. “They called it manna because they had no idea what it was. It didn’t fit into any of their preconceptions. So they named it mahnah, What is it? So the Bread of God, the Word of God, and the blessings of God that come down from heaven bear the name mahnah. What is it? It means that if you are to receive the blessings of God, you cannot receive them as something you’re familiar with, something to be expected, or something you already know. You must receive them as mahnah, as ‘What is it?’—as one receiving it for the first time . . . as a little child, continually surprised by His love, in awe of His wonders, and overwhelmed by His grace. You must receive it as something totally new—and it will become totally new, and bread from heaven. Open your heart to to the mahnah of His Word, to the mahnah of His grace, to the mahnah of His love. And never stop living in newness and wonder of so great a love that it must leave you saying . . . Mahnah, What is it?”
The Mission: Today, partake of the bread of heaven. Seek the mahnah of His Word, the mahnah of His love, and the “What is it?” of your salvation.

Exodus 16:14–18, 30–31; John 6:32–35

Manna

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l

The Gate For the Sheep

As we carefully review the words spoken by Jesus, we see that our entrance into a new life, where the true light of God exists is the temple that prevails in the end of days. The temple of God, protected by the chief shepherd, is where we discover our new home.

The only gate that God allows people to enter His kingdom is through His Son. His Son is the way, the truth, and the life. The most confusing aspect of all this is recognizing the true Son of God. For the Bible clearly forewarns us that there will be many claiming to be Jesus, but they are only attempting to mislead for their own personal gain. Jesus helps us know Him by the truth that He communicates. I believe that testing each person is critical to understanding what God demands of His people. For many will enter the wide gates, which lead into destruction, for they are those that have not done the work of God. However, for the few that have studied and carefully analyzed the situation, I believe that their inheritance is the kingdom of God.

The most concern that God has today is in regards to those that have stolen what His Son gave us. You see, the thieves are the ones out to deceive and in most cases in order for material gain, or worldly gain. Jesus does not desire anything other than rewarding His people with discernment, which entitles them to a new life, with hope and promise.

The chief shepherd tends his flock, and His people go in and out through the window that God provides in order to remain protected. Jesus stands firm in all of His ways, no matter what the opposition. Greater love has no man than this, that one would lay down his life for his disciples and friends. Jesus lays His life down, only to take it up again. This was how His Father taught Him to live in the world.

May the true shepherd be revealed by His true character and heart.

John 10:17-18 “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life–only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

The Missions of Jesus Christ

THE MISSION PLANET

I HAD GONE WITH the teacher to the city to do some errands for the school. By the time we started our return journey, it was nightfall. Rather than travel the entire way back in the dark, we decided to sleep overnight on a nearby mountain. We talked late into the evening as we gazed at the darkness of the desert, the light of the city, and the stars in the night sky.

“Every child of God has a calling,” said the teacher, “a mission to fulfill. What do you think is yours?”

“I don’t know,” I replied. “But I can’t see myself as a missionary.”

“Really?” he said. “Do you know who the greatest missionary was? The Messiah.”

“How was He a missionary?”

“His mission was from heaven to earth, from God to man. His mission is this  planet. In the Book of Hebrews, He is spoken of as the Apostle, meaning one sent as on a mission.

So for Him, the world was not home or the place to live one’s life. The world was the mission field. And so His life on earth was radically different from the lives of others. He didn’t live from the world. He lived to the world. And if Messiah is now in you, what does that mean?”

“The world is no longer our native land . . . but our mission field?”

“That’s correct.”

“But that could be true for God, because He’s not from this world. But we are.”
“No,” said the teacher, “you were from this world. But when you were born again, you were born from above. Therefore, from now on, you must see this world in a new way—not as your home—but as your place of mission. So you are not in this world to become rich or powerful or comfortable. You’re not in this world to get anything from it. You are in this world to give to this world. So you are no longer to live from your circumstances, from your problems, or even from your life. You are now to live to them, from God and to the world. So it’s not a question whether you’re called to be a missionary to the mission field. You already are a missionary, and you’re already in your mission field. So get on with your mission. Bring to the earth the Word, the truth, and the love of God. And live as an agent of heaven on earth, on a mission from God to bring the message of salvation to the natives of this planet—the mission world.”

The Mission: You are already on the mission planet. Start living today not as one at home, but as one sent here on assignment. Fulfill your mission.

John 8:23; 17:16–18; Acts 13:3–5; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Hebrews 3:1

Mission World…

THE LAND OF BEYOND

THE TEACHER LED me into the Chamber of Scrolls, but instead of unrolling a scroll and sharing, he began the sharing with no scroll.

“I’ve told you of the mystery of Shemini Atzeret,” he said, “the last of the appointed holy days, when the scroll of the Torah reaches its end, and its last words are read . . . which are all about the end, the end of the wilderness journey. Of what does all this speak?”

“About the end,” I replied, “the end of earthly existence, the end of this creation.”

“Yes,” said the teacher, “but Shemini Atzeret speaks also of what comes after the end.

And there is another scroll. One scroll ends . . . but another begins.”
He then led me over to one of the shelves, removed a scroll, laid it on the wooden table, and unrolled it to its beginning.”

“This is the other scroll . . . the Book of Joshua. For the children of God, what comes after the end? When the wilderness journey ends, the Book of Joshua begins. And what is this book about? It’s about leaving the wilderness, crossing the Jordan to the other side . . . to that which is beyond the wilderness . . . to the Promised Land . . . And so for the child of God, when the old is finished, a new book begins. When the old creation is no more, a new creation will come.

And when the old life is finished, a new life begins. And we will cross over to the other side. Do you remember what the word Hebrew means in Hebrew?”

“One who crosses over.”

“And so on that day you will cross the Jordan into the land beyond. And as it was for the children of Israel when they finally entered the Promised Land, so it will be for you . . . That which you had for so long hoped for, longed for, and believed in by faith, you will then see with your eyes and walk with your feet . . . the Promised Land. And who was with them in the Promised Land, who had walked among them in the wilderness? Joshua. And do you know what Joshua is in Hebrew?”

“What?”

“Yeshua. . . Jesus. And so when all has passed away, the old world and everything in it . . . He who led you through this life will lead you in . . . into the Promised Land. He who held you, who kept you, and who never left you . . . in every moment of your earthly journey . . . and who loved you before you were . . . will be with you every moment . . . to the end . . . and beyond the end . . . forever.”

The Mission: Ponder the day you’ll cross over into the Promised Land. And give thanks that He who will be with you then, is with you right now.

Deuteronomy 8:7–9; 26:15; Joshua 1:1–4; 1 Peter 1:3–4; Revelation 21:1–4

The Mystery of the Eighth Day I–III

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l

Superman Begins…Eternal Life

Unity of Father and Son

We ought to know that the God the Father is the one in whom all decisions are made. He has the ultimate say in all things. He is the righteous judge and the Father of all. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. We are to seek Him for advice in all matters great and small.

By seeking His wisdom, we are able to find reassurance in the choices that we make. By studying His Word, we know that He understands what we are going through and gives us the sound advice that we need in order to move forward. He is master and commander in all things. There is no one who supersedes His wisdom.

God is above all and ruler of all. By knowing this, we find confidence in walking the path that he has predestined for us. By seeking Him, we are given the revelation of our part of the plan that He knew even before our existence. We must be aware of the fact that He gave His only Son the authority to judge all men according to their works.

By understanding this, we begin to see how significant the role of the Son is in Christianity. Denying the Son means denying the Father.

How do we know Jesus Christ? How would we know who He was if He were to knock on our door tonight? How would we recognize Him?

 

The only way we can know Him is by studying His word. We need to recognize that He is all light, and His radiance shines on us each day. He is the true light that comes into every man that desires to know Him.

Christ is just and righteous in all things, and He will judge all men according to their works. He has the last say in all matters and is the righteous judge of all.

Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you.

Hosea 10:12

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all it contains; Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord, for He is coming; For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness.

Psalm 96:11–13

But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze upon him, and said,“You who are full of all deceit and fraud,you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time. And immediately a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand. Then the preconsul believed when he saw what happened, being amazed at the teaching of the Lord.

 

Acts 13:9–11

From the offspring of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, after John had proclaimed before His coming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And while John was completing his course, he kept saying, “What do you suppose that I am? I am not He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.”

Acts 13:23–25

Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.

Acts 13:38–39

And it happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments. And the women sang as they played, and said, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.Then Saul became very angry for this saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed

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thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” And Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on.

1 Samuel 18:6–9

Now, my father, see! Indeed, see the edge of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the edge of you robe and did not kill you, know and perceive that there is no evil or rebellion on my hands, and I have not sinned against you, though you are lying in wait for my life to take it. May the Lord judge between you and me, and may the Lord avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you. As the proverb of the ancients says, “Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness; but my hand shall not be against you.”

1 Samuel 24:11–13

Strength of Christ…(Supernatural…beyond “Human/Worldly Comprehension)

When we consider what it means to live by faith, we ought to consider how our faith reflect into our actions. Do we truly live by what we believe? As I have drawn closer and closer to God and knowing Christ, I have realized that our heart determines where we stand. God knows every person’s heart and every person’s intentions. I believe that in situations, many Christians have been persecuted to the point where they are not comfortable showing their true hearts and have been overcome by fear—fear that they will be attacked if they do not submit to the evil in the world.

To remember that fear is simply an illusion is to know the power of Christ. By trusting in Him, we always win. The one thing that I do know without a doubt is that if we stand firm in our faith, we will always be looked after, no matter as to how the consequences may appear. The consequences may seem dire, but if we stand up for the faith that we know to be true, we have nothing to be concerned about. God is always right beside us. I believe that God has placed angels around each and every person that has put their trust in Him. He has also placed a shield of light around us that keeps us safe.

Being aware that everything we see around us is not all that exists is important in realizing the magnitude of the power of God. To see God work in people’s lives is what drives me as well as seeing and feeling God work in my own life. He gives me strength that I have never known, and is the light that always prevails even in the darkest hour.

To fear God is to see the big picture.

 

What use is it, my brethren, if a man says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled, and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?

James 2:14–20

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2–4

And He said to the disciples, “The days shall come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, ‘Look there! Look here!’ Do not go away, and do not run after them. Forjust as the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day. But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it shall be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, let not the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house go down to take them away; and likewise let not the one who is in the field turn back. “Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to keep his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall preserve it. I tell you, on that night there will be two men in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken, and the other will be left. (“Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left.”) And answering they said to Him, “Where, Lord?”And He said to them, ‘Where the body is, there also will the vultures be gathered.

 

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Apokalupsis…Trinity…Triangle…and understanding (On a deeper Level) the crucifixion…

THE MYSTERY OF THE TRIANGLES

WE SAT FACING each other on the desert sand. The teacher was holding a stick, which he would use to reveal the mystery. “On the night of Passover,” he said, “the Israelites marked their doorposts with the blood of the lamb. Do you know how they did it?”

“No.”

“They put the blood on three places, on the right beam, on the left beam, and on the top beam.”

Using the stick, he made three dots in the sand: one on the top, and two below it to the right and the left.

“Now let’s connect the dots,” (Key Note: Book of Daniel) he said as he began drawing a line from dot to dot. “What does it form?”

“A triangle.”

“A triangle pointing upward to heaven. The act was performed by man looking toward God, from earth to heaven, from man to God. In the first Passover the blood of the lamb appeared on the beams of their doorposts. But over a thousand years later, in the Passover of the Messiah, the blood appeared on the beams of the cross. In how many places did that blood appear?”

I thought for a moment before answering. “Three,” I replied.

“Where?”

“At His right hand, at His left hand, and at His feet.”
At that, he put the stick back in the sand and drew three dots, one on the bottom, and two above it. Then he again connected the dots. It formed another triangle alongside the first. But this one pointed down.

“Again, three marks of blood . . . Again it forms a triangle. But this triangle points downward, just as this Passover sacrifice comes not from man to God, but from God to man. And now what happens if we join the (two) Passover triangles?”

He then drew the two triangles, the one overlapping the other. “What do you see?” he asked.

“The Star of David!” I said. “It forms the Star of David, the sign of Israel.”
“A Star of David formed by the hand of God across the span of ages . . . the sign of Israel’s redemption joined to the sign of man’s redemption . . . and together forming the sign of God’s ancient nation. A sign that the mystery of Israel is the Lamb . . . that the Lamb has come . . . and that all who take refuge in His blood . . . will be set free.”

The Mission: The blood of the Lamb breaks every chain and bondage. Walk today in the power of the Lamb and break free.

Exodus 12:3–7; 1 Corinthians 5:7

The Lamb and the Doorway…

THE APOKALUPSIS

WE WERE ALL sitting around the campfire, the teacher and I, along with several other students. But because I was sitting next to him, only I could hear his words as he read from the scroll in his hand.

“‘The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.’ It’s from the Book of Revelation,” he said, “the thirteenth chapter, the first verse . . . the apocalypse. . . a word that brings fear. But do you know what the most apocalyptic things is?”

“The destruction of the world?”
“No,” said the teacher, “. . . a wedding.”

“How could a wedding be apocalyptic?”

“The word apocalypse comes from the Greek apokalupsis, which, in turn, comes from two root words: apo, which means away or to remove, and kalupsis, which means a veil or covering. So the apocalypse. . . is the removing . . . of the veil. The word speaks of the revealing, the opening of the vision concerning the end. But there’s more to it. When you get to the end of the Bible and the end of the apocalypse, what you find is a bride and a Bridegroom. What you find is a wedding. In the ancient Hebrew marriage, on the day of the wedding, when the bride and groom, after their long separation, now stand face-to-face, the bride lifts the veil from her face . . . the removing of the veil . . . the apokalupsis . . . the apocalypse. So the two stand there, with no veils and no more separations, face-to-unveiled-face. In the same way, there will come a day, a wedding day, when all veils will be removed and we will see Him as He is, and He will see us as we are, unveiled and face-to-face. You see,” said the teacher, “we are all heading to one apocalypse or another, the apocalypse of judgment or, in salvation, the apocalypse of a wedding. And if you are of the wedding, then you must even now come before Him and remove your veil and your coverings, with no more separations and nothing hidden. For only if you come as you are . . . can you know Him as He is. And only then will He be able to touch you as you must be touched . . . and changed. Learn the secret of living as on the day of the wedding . . . even now . . . with no coverings . . . in the apokalupsis of the bride and groom . . . face-to-face . . . and beyond the veil.”

The Mission: Come to God today in the apokalupsis of the bride, unveiled, nothing hidden, and nothing covered. Let Him touch what must be touched.

1 Corinthians 13:12; Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 19:7–9

The Person Behind the Veil…

THE MYSTERY OF THE YEHUDIM

DID YOU EVER wonder,” asked the teacher, “what the word Jew means or where it comes from? In Hebrew, the word for the Jewish people is the Yehudim. It comes from the Hebrew word for praise, thanksgiving, and worship.

A Jew is one whose identity is based on praising God, giving thanks, and worshipping the Almighty. A Jew is one whose very existence is a praise and witness to the existence of God.”

“It’s strange,” I said, “that a name linked to praise should become a word of vilification, that a word linked to worship should be used as a profanity, and a word linked to thanksgiving could be used for cursing.”

“Yes, it’s a strange world,” said the teacher, “where those born to praise and give thanks should be so hated, cursed, and warred against. What was it that was written over Messiah’s head when He died?”

“King of the Jews,” I replied.

“‘King of the Yehudim,’” he said. “His life was the epitome of the word Jew. His life itself was a praise to God. Everything He did was to bless, to worship, to glorify God.”

“And the world crucified Him whose life was a praise to God.”

“A strange world,” the teacher said again. “And yet even in the crucifixion, He didn’t stop being the King of the Jews, the epitome of the Yehudim. Even the act of dying was an act of praise, a glorifying of God. He never succumbed to the evil . . . but overcame the evil with good. He blessed those who cursed Him and even gave His life to save them.”

“And those who follow Him,” I said, “those who are His, must do likewise.”

“Yes. Never be overcome by evil or let it stop you from blessing or giving praise. In all things give thanks. At all times, give praise. Bless in the face of cursing. Make your life a vessel of praise. For if He who is King of the Yehudim is your King, then you also be of the Yehudim.”

“Meaning Jewish?”

“Meaning one whose very existence . . . is now a praise to God.”

The Mission: Today, praise God, give thanks, and bless. No matter what the circumstance, no matter what goes on around you or against you, praise God.

Psalm 34:1–3; Romans 2:29; Philippians 4:11–13

The Yehudim…

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/v7hZdb.l