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 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. 

The Sacred Stone and Scripture Revealing Mysteries…

REVELATION 14

The Lamb and the 144,000 on Mount Zion

1Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. 2And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. 3And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. 4These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. 5And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.
Vision of the Angel with the Gospel 6And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; 7and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”

Excerpt From: The Lockman Foundation. “New American Standard Bible.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/new-american-standard-bible/id381116171?mt=11

 

SONG OF THE STONE

WE SAT ON the floor of a dark room, illuminated only by the light of a solitary oil lamp. In the teacher’s hand was a small parchment.

“In the New Covenant Scriptures it’s recorded that at the end of the Passover Seder, the Last Supper, Messiah and His disciples sang a song. What song would they have sung?”

“How could we possibly know?”

“The word used to describe the song is the Greek humnos. Humnos was used to speak of the Psalms of Israel. And from ancient times it was ordained that the Passover Seder would always end with the singing of songs, specifically, the Psalms, and a specific set of Psalms called the Hallels. The Passover would end with the singing of the last of these, Psalm 118.”

“And is Psalm 118 significant?”

“Extremely so,” said the teacher as he began to read from the parchment. “It is this . . . Psalm 118, that contains the words, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.’ The Hebrew word used for rejected also means despised and abhorred. Who is the rejected stone?”

“Messiah,” I answered, “‘He was despised and rejected of men . . .’”

“Two thousand years ago that song was sung all over Jerusalem, the song of the rejected stone. And it would be fulfilled on that very Passover. It was right after Messiah and His disciples finished singing the song that they went to the Mount of Olives where He would be arrested, despised, and abhorred—and finally cast away at the crucifixion, the epitome of rejection. But what also does it say? ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.’ So the despised and rejected man on the cross would end up becoming the cornerstone of faith . . . of civilization . . . of history . . . and of the world. Think about it . . . kings and queens, generals and emperors, bow down to a man nailed to a cross. The most pivotal, world-changing life on this planet is that of a crucified Jewish Rabbi . . . the stone of rejection. And that crucified Rabbi becomes the cornerstone of history. In God, the object of man’s hatred becomes the center of His love, and the object of man’s despising becomes the vessel of His glory. How amazing is that? And it was all there that night of the Passover Seder . . . in the song of the stone.”

The Mission: Make Him who is the Cornerstone, the cornerstone of all you do today. Build everything else from that foundation.

Psalm 118:22–23; Isaiah 53:3; Hebrews 13:12–13; 1 Peter 2:4–8

The Rosh Pinah

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

The Sacred Stone and Scripture Revealing Mysteries…

REVELATION 14

The Lamb and the 144,000 on Mount Zion

1Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. 2And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. 3And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. 4These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. 5And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.
Vision of the Angel with the Gospel 6And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; 7and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”

Excerpt From: The Lockman Foundation. “New American Standard Bible.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/new-american-standard-bible/id381116171?mt=11

 

SONG OF THE STONE

WE SAT ON the floor of a dark room, illuminated only by the light of a solitary oil lamp. In the teacher’s hand was a small parchment.

“In the New Covenant Scriptures it’s recorded that at the end of the Passover Seder, the Last Supper, Messiah and His disciples sang a song. What song would they have sung?”

“How could we possibly know?”

“The word used to describe the song is the Greek humnos. Humnos was used to speak of the Psalms of Israel. And from ancient times it was ordained that the Passover Seder would always end with the singing of songs, specifically, the Psalms, and a specific set of Psalms called the Hallels. The Passover would end with the singing of the last of these, Psalm 118.”

“And is Psalm 118 significant?”

“Extremely so,” said the teacher as he began to read from the parchment. “It is this . . . Psalm 118, that contains the words, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.’ The Hebrew word used for rejected also means despised and abhorred. Who is the rejected stone?”

“Messiah,” I answered, “‘He was despised and rejected of men . . .’”

“Two thousand years ago that song was sung all over Jerusalem, the song of the rejected stone. And it would be fulfilled on that very Passover. It was right after Messiah and His disciples finished singing the song that they went to the Mount of Olives where He would be arrested, despised, and abhorred—and finally cast away at the crucifixion, the epitome of rejection. But what also does it say? ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.’ So the despised and rejected man on the cross would end up becoming the cornerstone of faith . . . of civilization . . . of history . . . and of the world. Think about it . . . kings and queens, generals and emperors, bow down to a man nailed to a cross. The most pivotal, world-changing life on this planet is that of a crucified Jewish Rabbi . . . the stone of rejection. And that crucified Rabbi becomes the cornerstone of history. In God, the object of man’s hatred becomes the center of His love, and the object of man’s despising becomes the vessel of His glory. How amazing is that? And it was all there that night of the Passover Seder . . . in the song of the stone.”

The Mission: Make Him who is the Cornerstone, the cornerstone of all you do today. Build everything else from that foundation.

Psalm 118:22–23; Isaiah 53:3; Hebrews 13:12–13; 1 Peter 2:4–8

The Rosh Pinah

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

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

Seeing Into the Imperfections and Discovering The Kingdom of God…Gaining Insight

SEEING THE COLORS OF HEAVEN

IT WAS A sunny afternoon. The teacher led me into one of the most beautiful of the school’s gardens, one that was filled with flowers of every variety and color. He handed me a piece of colored glass he had removed from his pocket.

“Now look at the garden through the glass. How many colors do you see?”

“Just one,” I replied. “Everything’s red.”

“Yes. The glass filtered out every ray of light except for the red. Even though the garden is filled with colors, all you can see through the glass is the red. The world, like this garden, is also a mix of colors. What God created is good. But the creation is fallen and is now a mix of good and evil. And it will be your glass that will determine what you see and what you receive of the world . . . The things you take for granted will become the filter of your glass. If you live requiring or expecting to get from this this world heaven or perfection, as one who deserves to be blessed, and thus taking the blessings for granted, you’ll blind yourself from seeing those blessings.”

“I would have thought it to be the opposite.”

“No,” said the teacher. “What you take for granted is that which you blind yourself from seeing . . . and that which you end up losing. If you take the good for granted, you’ll filter out the good. And the only thing you’ll see is all that is not good—the wrong, the imperfect, and the dark. To require heaven of this life is to filter out the heavenly . . . and make life hellish.”

At that, he handed me a second glass. When I lifted it to my eyes, I saw all the other colors, everything except the red.

“This is the secret,” he said, “and it’s linked to hell. If instead of taking heaven for granted, you take hell for granted . . . in other words, that you deserve judgment but have been given grace instead . . . and thus that no blessing is deserved or warranted . . . and no good thing is taken for granted . . . what then will happen? The opposite. Your heart will see only the good and every blessing. Everything will become a gift from God, and every moment, His grace. You see, compared to hell, this life is heaven . . . So learn to see your life through the second glass, and you’ll filter out hell. And what will remain? Heaven . . . and a heavenly life. . . . and you’ll see your life in heavenly colors.”

The Mission: Take judgment and hell for granted and the fact that you’re saved from it, and every other blessing in your life as total undeserved grace. And, by this, live a heavenly life.

Romans 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:15–17; James 1:17; 1 John 3:1
The Third Practice”

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

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.”