Spiritual Food…Purity

THE FOOD OF THE PRIESTS

WHAT IF THERE existed a food with special powers?” asked the teacher. “And whoever ate of this food became holy and was given the ability to perform works for God they could never have done before?”

“It would save a lot of time and effort,” I replied.

“The priests of Israel didn’t just offer up the sacrifices,” he said. “They partook of them. The priests lived on the sacrifices. It was their food and sustenance. A holy priesthood had to partake of a holy food. And what is food? It’s that which you live on . . . and that which becomes you.”
“You are what you eat,” I said.

“Yes. And you do what you eat,” he said. “It is food that gives you the energy to move, to work, to act, to do, and to accomplish. So it is with spiritual food.”

“What is spiritual food?”

“It is that which your spirit lives on, that which your heart partakes of. And what you partake of in the spiritual realm is what you will become in the spiritual realm. If you partake of that which is spiritually unclean, if you eat the food of bitterness, of impurity, of lust, of gossip, of darkness, then you will become unclean, impure, and of darkness. But if you partake of that which is spiritually pure and holy, then you will become spiritually pure and holy. And as physical food gives you physical energy, so spiritual food gives you spiritual energy. So if you partake of spiritual food that is holy and of God, it will give you spiritual power and energy to do what is holy and good and to accomplish the works of God. So what exactly was the food of the priests?”

“The sacrifices?”

“And what is the ultimate sacrifice? Messiah. And the Scriptures say that if you’re born again, you are now part of a holy priesthood. So if you’re a priest, you must now live on the food of the priests, on the sacrifice. In other words, you must make Messiah the food you live on, every day. His love, His goodness, His mercy, His presence must become your daily sustenance. And if you partake of Messiah, then His nature will become your nature, and His essence your essence. His energy, His spirit, and His power will be given you that you might accomplish the works of God and do what you never could have done before. So from now on live on the food of the priests. Partake of the holy. For you are what you eat . . . and that which you partake of . . . becomes you.”

The Mission: Partake today only of what is good and holy, the food of the priests. Dwell on the good and nothing else. And you will become so.

Leviticus 6:29; Psalm 34:8; John 6:51
Food of the Priests”

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

The True Temple of God

THE CHIASMA

WE WERE SITTING on opposite sides of a small wooden table in one of the school’s courtyards. The teacher reached into a cloth bag, pulled out several pieces of a chess set, and set them on the table in this order: the white king, the white bishop, the white knight, the black knight, the black bishop, and the black king.

“What pattern do you see here?” he asked.
“The white side is the inverse of the black side and the black of the white.”
“It’s called a chiasma. It’s a pattern that appears in Scriptures: ‘Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.’ ‘The last will be first, and the first will be last.’”

“So God used the pattern in His Word.”
“And not only in His Word,” he said, “but in the age.”
“How so?”
“He ordained the end to be as the beginning, and the beginning as the end.”
“I still don’t understand.”

“In the beginning of the age, Israel disappeared from the world. But it was prophesied in the Scriptures that at the end of the age, Israel would reappear into the world . . . a chiasma. In the beginning of the age, the Jewish people were scattered from Israel to the ends of the earth. But it was prophesied that at the end of the age they would be gathered from the ends of the earth back to Israel . . . another chiasma. In the beginning of the age, the Jewish people were driven from Jerusalem. But at the end of the age, they must dwell in Jerusalem once again. In the beginning of the age, believers in Messiah were persecuted by an anti-Christian world civilization. So at the end of the age, it is prophesied there will again be an anti-Christian world civilization and persecution against believers in Messiah. At the beginning of the age, Messiah left this world from Jerusalem. So at the end of the age, He will return to this world and to Jerusalem. And, lastly, it was at the beginning of the age that the believers of the Book of Acts walked the earth. So at the end of the age . . .”

“They are to walk the earth again,” I said. “And we are to be that people.”
“Yes,” he said. “Therefore, live as if you were one of them. Stand as they stood. Go forth as they went forth. And overcome as they overcame. It is our role, our part, and our calling . . . on the other side of the chiasma.”

The Mission: Live today as if you were one of the believers at the very beginning. As they overcame their world, overcome yours.

Matthew 20:16; 23:12; 24:12–13; Acts 2:17

The Nisan-Tishri Revelation

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

The Ancient Temple

Acts 17:24-28 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are His offspring.’ “

The ancient temple is one of our greatest clues to where we may discern the true presence of God in a world that is full of distractions and illusions. By reaching out for the truth we discover that, just as it was in the days of Paul, the true temple is not one that has been built by the hands of men, but by God…

Newness and Change-Sacred Understanding

THE SHANNAH

HE CAME TO me at night.

“What is a year?” asked the teacher.

“Three hundred sixty-five days,” I answered.

“But in the sacred tongue of Scripture it’s more than that. It’s called the shannah. . . and it contains a secret. The word shannah is linked to the number two.”

“I don’t get the connection.”

“Shannah can mean the second, the duplicate, or the repeat. In the natural realm, in the realm of astrophysics and nature, the year is a repetition of what has already been . . . the revolving of the earth around the sun . . . the coming of winter, spring, summer, and fall . . . the blossoming of flowers and their withering away, the rebirth of nature and its dying, the same progression, the same replaying of what already was. So a year is a shannah, the repetition of the past. And now you have a new year before you. So what kind of year will it be?”

“What do you mean?”

“The nature of nature is to repeat, just as we live, by nature, as creatures of habit. We gravitate toward doing that which we’ve done before, the same routines and courses, even when those routines and courses are harmful to us. So what will the shannah, this coming year, be for you?”

“Well if the year means the repeat, I guess I don’t have much of a choice. It will be mostly the same as the one before.”

“But you do have a choice,” he said. “You see, the Hebrew shannah has a double meaning. It not only means the repeat . . . it also means the change.”

“How can the same word mean the opposite?”

“The same way the year ahead of you can be the opposite. The way of the world is to repeat—but the way of God is the way of newness and change. You can’t know God and not be changed by knowing Him. And His will is that the year, the shannah ahead of you, be not a time of repetition, but of change, of new beginnings, of new steps, of breaking out of the old ways and the old nature.”

“And if you want to see a year of new things, you must choose to live not in the natural and walk not by nature and all its oldness and repetitions. But you must choose to live in the supernatural and walk in the will and power of Him who makes all things new. Live on earth in the power of heaven . . . and you will walk in the newness of life . . . and the year ahead will be a shannah . . . of change.”
The Mission: Today, step out of your old ways, habits, and steps. Do what you’ve never done before but should have. Walk in the newness of the Spirit.

Isaiah 43:19; Romans 6:4; 2 Corinthians 5:17

The Shannah

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

Hope

Romans 5:2-5 “…through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

May the hope described in the scripture above constantly provide us the reassurance that we need to carry on when times get tough. We do not give up, but instead we stay the course and know that God is in control. There are many times that we feel like giving up, as times get to be challenging. But we do not give in to the opposition or our adversary. We overcome by being strong of mind.

Let us stand as a full body by which all of our strength is in tact. The body is built to withstand troubled times. May we always focus upon the hope that will carry us on…We are to seek out change and the sacred understanding of God’s divine plan…Just like the Shannah…Key of Importance…

The Metamorphosis Of Life

THE REBEGETTING

IT’S DRAWING NEAR,” he said, “the end of our time together.”

“And then what?” I asked.

“Then you’ll go forth from here.”
“It’s kind of sad,” I said.

“It’s the way of life,” said the teacher. “When you grow up, you leave the house of your childhood. From the parent comes the child, and from the child comes a parent. Life reproduces itself. When you’re a child, your purpose is to receive more than you give. But when you become an adult, your purpose is to give more than you receive, to give just as you were given as a child. So then those who live to take from this world have not attained completion. Only those who give have become complete. And when you give, then that which has been given to you has also become complete.

And as it is in the natural realm, so too in the spiritual. Messiah made disciples of the fishermen. But the time then came for them to go out and make disciples of Messiah.

So from the teacher comes the disciple, and from the disciple comes the teacher. It’s the way of life . . . and the way of God. Whatever you have received from God, you must give to others. If you’ve been loved, you must love. And if you’ve been loved without having deserved that love, then you must love those who don’t deserve your love. If you’ve been given joy, your life must bring joy to others. If you’ve been saved, then you must save others. And if you’ve been blessed, then your life must bring blessing into the lives of others.”

“But God didn’t only give,” I said. “His life was the gift. And He didn’t only bless. His life was the blessing.”

“Yes, and therefore, if you’ve received that blessing, your life must become a blessing. And if you receive that gift, your life must become a gift.”

“And He didn’t just save,” I said, “He became salvation. He became Yeshua.”

“Yes,” said the teacher. “And therefore, if you’ve received Yeshua, then your life must become Yeshua and Yeshua must become your life. Life begets life. Love begets love.

So He made His life a gift to you, that your life would become a gift to the world. Only then is the circle complete . . . when your life becomes love.”

The Mission: Life must beget life. Whatever you have received, you must give. Love others, bless others, give to others, and save others—as God has done to you.

Deuteronomy 3:14, 23; 34:9; Matthew 10:5–8; 28:19–20;

John 14:12; 2 Timothy 4:1–2

Graduation I–II

Imperfections

     As we look at the world we see that life is not perfect. However, it is critical to recognize how the theme of our life is what people recall about each one of us. The vision that we leave behind is what people will remember. By putting our work towards transmitting a message to those who have been searching for answers we know that we are doing God’s work. Life consists of many relationships. We are responsible for helping people to find understanding. God’s word helps us to find the answers that we need. By simply putting the Bible on the shelf we miss the true meaning of life. By ignoring God we miss learning how to become like Him in character and wisdom. 

     Proverbs 21:1-3 “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes. Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts. To do righteousness and justice is desired by the Lord rather than sacrifice.”

 

THE CHRYSALIS

WE WERE SITTING outside under an olive tree. The teacher’s attention was drawn downward to a small dark object slowly moving along the ground.

“It looks like a worm,” he said, “but different from the worm . . . a caterpillar, a fascinating creature . . . the child of a butterfly . . . an ugly crawling wormlike creature born of a beautiful winged creature. And it has no idea of its origins or who its parent is. It goes through life crawling on the ground. The only life it knows is a wormlike life.”

He picked up the caterpillar and placed it on the olive tree.

“But one day the caterpillar climbs up a tree, hangs itself upside down, and begins to form around its body a hard protective shell, a chrysalis. In the chrysalis, that which was the caterpillar comes to its end. Only in its dying a as a caterpillar can the creature undergo a metamorphosis. And when the metamorphosis is complete, a new being emerges from the shell of the chrysalis. The new creature no longer has anything wormlike about it. It is now winged and beautiful. It will never again crawl through the earth and never again be earthbound. It will live in the image of the one who gave it life . . . as the winged creature it was always meant to become.”

“It is an amazing phenomenon,” I said.

“Yes, within it a shadow.”

“Of . . . ?”

“The caterpillar is given life by the butterfly. We are given life by God. As the caterpillar crawls through life, earthbound and unaware of the purpose for which it was born, so man goes through life earthbound and unaware of the purpose for which he was born. We see with wormlike eyes, think wormlike thoughts, and live wormlike lives. But to some of these earthbound creatures a miracle happens . . .

They allow themselves to die to the old, to the earthbound wormlike life. And yet in their dying to their old self they begin a metamorphosis. The earthbound life dies. But what emerges in its place is a different life is a different life, a new creation, beautiful and no longer earthbound but now heavenly and made to dwell in heavenly realms . . . and what it was always meant to be . . . a heavenly being in the image of Him from whom it was given life in the first place.”

“The new birth, the new creation.”

“Yes, the metamorphosis of the children of God, born as earthly creatures, but reborn as the children of heaven . . . the Gospel of the butterfly.”

The Mission: Move away from the earthbound—everything in your life that is tied to the world, to the flesh, and sin. Move into the realm of the heavenly. Start flying.

Romans 6:4–8; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 4:22–32

The Gospel of the Butterfly

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

Center Point of Alignment…

Star of David/Flower of Life by John David Harwood

Many people are actually unaware of how the true Star of David is designed. The actual Star of David is a circle with twelve parts. The Star of David divides naturally into twelve equal parts. Be mindful that from a biblical standpoint the Star of David represents the twelve tribes of Israel, so its division into twelve parts makes sense. Each of theses parts manifests Christ only when the whole star is centered around Jesus, Jesus being at the very center of the star.

Therefore, remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)—remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and all foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in the flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.

Ephesians 2:11-22 (niv)

The design of the Star of David is symbolic of the entire creation of the earth.
He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved. Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told to you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: that bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.”

Isaiah 40:20-23 (kjv)

The flower of life is the modern name given to a geometrical figure composed of a multiple evenly spaced, overlapping circles. If we apply the flower of life, which was used in ancient times throughout the world as a symbol of the creation of the world, to the Star of David, it would contain twelve parts.

The flower of life is considered by some to be a symbol of sacred geometry, said to contain ancient, religious value depicting the fundamental forms of space and time.
The flower of life can be found in the temples, art, and manuscripts of cultures from all over the world. The following are some of the locations in which the flower of life symbol has been sighted:

of Ashurbanipal
Egypt: the Temple of Osiris in Abydos and at Mount
Sinai
Hungary
Israel: Masada
China: the Forbidden City and various temples
Japan: various temples
India: the Harimandir Sahib (Golden Temple), Hampi,
and the temples at Ajanta
Bulgaria: ancient city of Preslav (893 Bc) and in ruins of
Kabile, near the city of Jambol
Turkey: various old Roman sites
Spain
Austria
Italy: Italian art from the 13th century
North Africa: Morocco
Middle East: Lebanon and various Islamic Mosques
South America: Peru
North America: Mexico
Great Britain: in Westminster Abbey within the 13th
century Cosmati pavement

Since ancient times the flower of life has been a symbol for all of creation, in all religions around the world. Many religions have adopted the symbol for artistic design used in their places of worship.

The concept of the tree of life has been adopted by some Hermeticists and pagans. The symbol of the tree of life may be derived from the flower of life.

Leonardo Da Vinci studied the flower of life’s form and its mathematical properties. He drew the flower of life itself, as well as various components such as the seed of life.
Sacred geometry can be described as a belief system attributing a religious or cultural value to many of the fundamental forms of ding to this belief system, the basic patterns of existence are perceived as sacred, since contemplating one is contemplating the origin of all things. By studying the nature of these forms and their relationship to each other, one may seek to gain insight into the scientific, philosophical, psychological, aesthetic, and mystical laws of the universe.

When we consider the creation of the world, God began with a single spot and from there He created the world. The symbolic nature of the number twelve is applied directly toward the twelve tribes of Israel. By seeking Scripture for understanding, we read in the book of Revelation to John about the identity of Jesus Christ:

Revelation 22:16 (kjv) says, “I, Je’-sus, have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of Da’-vid, the bright and morning star.”

Revelation 22:13 (kjv) says, “I am Al’-pha and the O-me’-ga, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

True Baptism by John David Harwood

But the Scripture has shut up all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore the law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:22-28 (nasb)

True baptism is not a display of immersion under water, sprinkling, or pouring out of water, but true baptism occurs when one is baptized through Scripture. (Not to say that the symbolic tradition is not important or highly empowering…rejuvenating…a new life…)

The baptism of Christ is one that we need to think about on a very deep level. The use of the word baptizo in Jewish usage first appears in the Mosaic laws of purification where it undeniably means a mere “washing” or “cleansing.”

John the Baptist pursued the tradition of immersion as a ritual act of initiation and purification. John used the act of baptism as a critical change in the condition of the soul, manifested in a remission of sins through repentance. John’s baptism was only
transitory—his baptism of repentance was but preparatory to a baptism of identification.

The true meaning is understood only in the light of redemptive death and resurrection of Christ. Christ referred to his death in the words, “I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished” (Luke 12:50, kjv).

Paul attributed baptism as its spiritual significance to the quality of entry into the righteousness of Christ through an identification with Christ Himself. It is regarded as the means of the death and resurrection of Christ. True baptism is, therefore, the incorporation of the believer into Christ’s righteousness and an infusion of that righteousness into the believer.

The words of Christ in Luke 12:49-51 (nasb): “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division.”

When we read about the true baptism that Christ Himself had undergone, it was a baptism that allowed him to discover his identity. He was able to discover His true identity, which was concealed for a specific amount of time according to the Father. Christ was sent as a man in order to know man. The second man, following His baptism, was His true identity in His perfect heavenly state. This is whom everyone awaited according to the prophecy foretold long ago. How genius is God? How awesome is His work? We cannot begin to imagine the depth of God. He knew us all before we came into the world, and His prophecy is perfected in fulfillment. There is no need to attempt to convince anyone otherwise, for His words ordained through Scripture are perfect.

The Return of Christ 

And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming upon the earth: for the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Luke 21:25-27 (kjv)

Once again we see where the “center point of alignment” is to be observed as to the appointed time for the return of Christ. This goes in accordance with many other signs in the Bible, such as the Lamb being in the center of the throne, the twelve tribes surrounding the Lamb, the twelve prophets/disciples of Jesus, and finally the twelve months of the calendar. The number twelve itself holds a very significant value throughout the entirety of the Bible. Christ is at the center of it all.

The Wonder of Eternal Truth

SHEMEN

THE TEACHER LED me into one of the olive gardens and to a stone vat filled with a brownish liquid. Sitting on the ridge of the vat was a clay pitcher. He dipped the pitcher into the liquid, lifted it up, and slowly poured back its contents, which glistened in the light of the afternoon sun.

“A sacred substance,” he said. “Oil. The substance of anointing. And yet the true anointing comes from the Spirit of God. Oil is the symbol of God’s Spirit. And it holds a mystery.”

“What mystery?”

“The name for oil in Hebrew is shemen. The word for eighth in Hebrew is shemini. The two words are joined together. Oil is the symbol of the Spirit. And oil is linked to the number eight. So the power of the Spirit is linked to the number eight.”

“I’m not understanding.”

“Seven, in Scripture, is the number of completion. Then what is eight? That which is over and above completion, that which exceeds, that which surpasses, that which abounds and overflows. Thus the power of the Spirit is the power to go over and above, to exceed, to surpass, to not only be full, but to be filled up to the point of overflowing. The seventh day is the end of the week. Seven signifies the end. Thus eight signifies beyond the end, beyond the limit, beyond the finite, beyond all limitations. So the power of the Spirit is to go beyond the end, to transcend the finite, and to live beyond all limitations. And what is the eighth day of the week? It’s the first day, the new beginning. So the power of the Spirit is the power of new beginnings, the power of newness. And lastly, eight is the number of the mystery day, Shemini Atzeret, the day that signifies what comes after the end, eternity . . . heaven. What will heaven be? Filled with the Spirit of God. So the power of the Spirit is the power of the age to come, the power of heaven. Therefore live in the Spirit, and you will have the power of shemen—the power to live over and above, beyond full and overflowing, exceeding, surpassing, going beyond the end, transcending the finite, breaking through all limitations, walking in newness and new beginnings, and living now, beyond this world, in the realm of heaven. That is the power of the Spirit . . . and the mystery of shemen.”

The Mission: Discover the mystery of shemen. Live in the power of the Spirit, beyond your limitations, over and above, exceeding, transcending, overflowing, and dwelling in the heavenlies.

Exodus 30:30–31; John 7:37–39; Acts 1:8; Romans 15:19; Galatians 5:22–25

The Spirit-Filled Life

THE PELEH

WE WERE SITTING on the plain where he had previously drawn words and letters in the sand. He now did so again.

“It’s the word Peleh,” said the teacher. “It means a wonder, something so amazing that you can’t do anything but wonder about it. It’s the word used in Isaiah’s prophecy of Messiah’s birth, a child will be born, and His Name will be Peleh, the Wonder. Messiah is the Peleh, the Wonder. His impact on the world defies natural explanation and, after all these ages, He still causes people around the world to wonder over Him. But Peleh also means the miracle. So Messiah is the Peleh, the Miracle of this world. His birth was a miracle, His ministry was a miracle, His resurrection was a miracle. Every moment of His life on earth was a miracle. And the word Peleh also means too high, too hard, too great, and too much. What does this tell you about salvation?”

“It’s above us,” I said. “It’s above our ability to attain. We can’t do it.”

“But He can . . . because He’s the Peleh. He can do that which is too hard for you, even what’s impossible.

And if He’s in you, then you have the power to do that which is too hard for you to do, to attain what is too high for you to attain, and to live a life that’s too great for you to live. If He’s in you, then the Peleh is in you, and therefore you have the power of Peleh, the power to live a miraculous life, a life that causes those around you to wonder. But for that to happen, you must never forget the first meaning of Peleh.”

“The Wonder?”

“The Wonder. He must be the One who always causes you to wonder . . . to wonder over His grace, to wonder over His mercy, to wonder over the fact that God loves you, and to wonder over the fact that you’re saved. Never stop knowing Him as the wonder of your life. And never stop wondering over the wonder of being saved, the wonder of being forgiven, the wonder of knowing His love . . . the wonder of Him. If it doesn’t cause you to wonder, then it’s not the Peleh.

Let Him be the Peleh, the Wonder, of your life . . . And your life will be full of miracles and wonders . . . Your life will become . . . a Peleh.”

The Mission: Get back to the Peleh, the wonder of His love, the miracle of your salvation, and the power to do the impossible.

Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 9:6; Acts 2:43; Ephesians 3:19
Peleh”

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

Shamayim…There is Always More To Learn and To Experience…

THE RESISTANCE SECRET

IT WAS EARLY morning. The sun hadn’t yet risen, and I would never have been up had the teacher not scheduled our time together for that hour. As we walked through the school grounds, we came to an open space in which several students were engaged in morning exercises.

“Notice that one,” said the teacher, pointing to one of the students exercising with weights and straining under the pressure. “He’s lifting weights. Why?”

“To become stronger,” I said.

“The principle of resistance. The man resists the weight by exerting his strength against it. The resistance causes him to grow stronger. And so it is with God.”

“What do you mean?”

“God calls each of us to grow . . . to grow in faith, in righteousness, in love, in joy, in hope, patience, peace, perseverance . . . in godliness. How do you do that?”

“Not by lifting weights.”

“But you do,” he said. “You grow stronger in these by doing just that.”

“How?”

“What causes the weight lifter to grow stronger? Resistance. And what is it that makes you stronger in these things? Resistance. When you exercise the qualities of God against resistance, it causes you to grow stronger.”

“But with what weights?”

“The weights are whatever goes against the motion of what must grow stronger. So that which goes against love is the weight, the resistance that enables love to grow stronger. When it’s hardest to love, and you love regardless, your love grows stronger. When your circumstances are not conducive to joy, but you rejoice anyway, your joy increases.

When it’s hardest to do what is right, but you do it anyway, when it’s hardest to hope, but you hope anyway, when it’s hardest to be holy, but you turn down what is not holy, when you feel like giving up, but you keep going, and when all hell comes against you but you shine with the light of heaven, that’s when you grow stronger in God and in all these things. So don’t despise the resistance, but give thanks for it . . . and make the most of it.

Use every measure of resistance to exercise the good. They are the weights of your training that you might become one of the mighty.”

The Mission: Today, embrace the resistance. Seek out that which will challenge you, stretch you, grow you, and strengthen you in the Lord.

Romans 5:3–5; James 1:2–4

Pumping Spiritual Iron

THE SPECTRAL MESSIAHS

WE WERE IN his study. The teacher had placed a glass prism near the window causing a rainbow of light to appear on the opposite wall.

“The prism causes the light to break up into its individual parts, the colors of the spectrum.”

We walked over to his desk and sat down.

“Have you ever heard of the two Messiahs?” he asked.

“No,” I replied, “never.”

“In the books of the rabbis are writings that speak of two different Messiahs. The one is called Mashiach Ben David or Messiah Son of David.

This Messiah, they write, will fight for and deliver His people, sit on David’s throne, and reign over Israel and all the earth in the age of peace on earth, the kingdom of God. The other is called Mashiach Ben Yosef or Messiah Son of Joseph. This is the Messiah of sorrows . . . who suffers and dies for the redemption of His people.”

“Where did the two Messiahs come from?”

“From the prophecies of Messiah in the Scriptures. The prophecies only speak of one Messiah. But they couldn’t put it together, a Messiah who reigns victoriously and a Messiah who suffers and dies. So as the prism breaks up the light into the colors of the spectrum, the rabbis broke up the Messiah into differing images. But what happens if we put Mashiach Ben David and Mashiach Ben Yosef back together again?”

“One Messiah, two works, two appearings . . . two comings.”

“And which work,” asked the teacher, “and which coming would have to be first?”

“He can’t reign victoriously forever and then suffer and die. So the second appearance and coming would have to be that of the reigning Messiah. And the first would have to be of the suffering, dying Messiah.”

“It would have to be that way. And peace on earth can only come after making peace with God. But how can Messiah die and then reign forever?”

“By one thing only,” I said. “By resurrection.”

“Even the rabbis implied that the suffering Messiah would rise from death.”
“So the two Messiahs of the rabbis are really two witnesses of the two works and appearings of the one Messiah.”

“The one Messiah, Yeshua of Nazareth . . . who alone is true and all in one.”

The Mission: Messiah is the light in which all the colors of the spectrum become one. Bring everything in your life into Him—and it will become light.

Psalm 2; Luke 24:26–27; Revelation 5:11–12

The Rabbinic Mysteries I–VI…

THE POWER TO CAST A FOREST

I HAD TO WALK a bit to see what he wanted to show me. It was a forest, not far from the city, man-made and carefully tended. As we walked through the forest he began to share.
“A question,” said the teacher. “Could you uproot this entire forest and then throw all the trees at once into the distance?”

“Of course not,” I replied.

“But what if you could?”

“But it’s impossible.”

“No,” said the teacher. “It is possible . . . but you need to learn the secret. It’s all a matter of timing. If you tried to uproot this particular forest and throw it, in its present condition, it would, of course, be impossible. But if you tried to throw it at an earlier stage . . .”

“What earlier stage?”

“The seed stage,” he said. “If I gave you a bag of seeds, seeds which, if given root, would grow into this forest, and told you to throw the bag, you’d be able to do it. You would, in effect, be throwing an entire forest, the same forest, just at a different stage. But if you let the seeds become the forest, then you could never do it. It would take heavy earth-moving machines, countless days of hard labor to clear even a small portion of it. Or you could toss the bag of seeds. Thus, by doing so, you possess the equivalent power of all those earth-moving machines combined, and more. You would be, in effect, stronger than Samson. It would be as if you were living with (superpowers).”

“Assuming I’m not going to move a forest,” I said, “how do I apply this secret, this power, to my life?”

“In every way,” he said. “The way to deal with sin, every temptation, every evil thought, anger, gossip, lust, worry, bitterness, anything, is not to deal with it after you’ve let it take root and grow to become a tree or a forest. The more you allow the seed to take root, the harder it becomes to remove it, and the more energy, time, and effort it takes to get rid of it. But rather deal with these things when they’re only seeds, the moment they rear their heads. Practice this secret and you’ll save yourself countless heartaches, problems, and hours. And you’ll live with the equivalent of superpowers . . . the power of one so strong . . . he can throw a forest.”

The Mission: Today, practice dealing with every sin and temptation in its seed form and moment. Throw it out, and be glad. You just cast a forest!

Deuteronomy 29:18; Hebrews 12:14–15; James 1:14–15

The Sledgehammer Principle…

THE MYSTERY OF THE PLURALITIES

WE STOOD ON the flat top roof of one of the school buildings from which we took in a vast panorama of the surrounding desert landscape.

“Today,” said the teacher, “we bring together the pluralities . . . those mystery words of Hebrew that can only be expressed in the plural. Tell me what you remember of them.”

“Elohim,” I said, “the word for God.”

“God, who transcends all things and all that we think He is.”

“Chayim, the word for life.”

“That life is more than this life and, in God, is unending.”

“Rachamim, the love of God, His mercy and compassion.”
“That there is no limiting of God’s mercy and no end to His love.”

“Shamayim, the word for heaven.”
“That there’s always more to heaven than you think there is.”
“Jerusalem . . . Yerushalayim, the City of God.”

“That there are always two Jerusalems, that which you see and that which is beyond seeing, that which is, and that which is yet to come. Do you see any pattern,” he asked, “anything that binds them all together?”
“They all bear the property of transcendence.”

“They do,” he said. “And together they bear another revelation. Chayim, life everlasting. Where will we spend it? In Shamayim, heaven. Where specifically? Yerushalayim, in the New Jerusalem, the Jerusalem above, which is yet to come.

And what will be flowing in that city? Mayim, yet another of the pluralities, the river of living waters. And what will fill up the New Jerusalem? The Panim, the Face of God. And what will be the essence of heaven and that which fills up its every moment? ”

Rachamim, the infinite, overflowing, never-ending love of God.

And what will it all center on? It will all center on Elohim . . . God. For what are all the pluralities about? That which is beyond. And so they will all be part of the beyond. And they tell us that the things of God are beyond containing and beyond the end. God is beyond all that is spoken of God, beyond all that is thought and imagined of Him, and beyond all the praises that are lifted to Him. He is beyond even the beyond. For His love to us . . . His love to you . . . has no limits and no end. It is beyond all things from everlasting to everlasting.”

The Mission: Take time today to meditate and dwell on where you will dwell forever, and on all its never-ending and everlasting pluralities.

1 Corinthians 2:9; Ephesians 3:20–21; Revelation 22:1–5

The Hebrew Mysteries I–IV…

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