The Awesome Days Foretelling Eternity

YAMIM NORAIM: THE DAYS OF AWE

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

“Why?”

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

“Why awesome?”

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

“So they must be pretty intense.”

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

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

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

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

Isaiah 55:6–7; Ephesians 5:16

The Awesome Days

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

The Alignment of the Stars

MOVING THE UNIVERSE

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

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

“When Rebekah came to the well.”

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

“Then when she left her house.”

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

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

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

Genesis 24:1–28; Romans 8:28, 32

The Isaac Rebekah Wedding Mystery I–III

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

The Love Of God

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

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

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

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

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? 

     

A Leap of Faith To Be United With God…

AFTER THE END

THE LAST MYSTERY had been given. It was now the day after, the day after the end. It was time to leave. I had spent the morning packing my belongings. The teacher came to my room and walked with me to the end of the school grounds. There we stopped and looked out at the vast expanse of plains and mountains of the desert wilderness.

“Do you know the way?” asked the teacher.
“Very much so,” I answered.
“I mean through the wilderness.”
“I do.”

“What are you feeling?” he asked.
“Sad to leave.”

“Are you glad you came?”

“I am. I can’t imagine having not come. I wish it could go on.”

“But leaving is part,” he said. “You’ve been on a mountaintop. Now it’s time to go down. Now you must take what you’ve learned and apply it to the world, to life. What you’ve received, you must now give. The disciple must become the teacher.”
“The teacher?” I replied. “I could never be like you.”

“But I was once just like you,” he said, “a disciple, invited to come here by another teacher. And he, in turn, was once a disciple like me, invited by another. And so the mysteries have been passed down from teacher to disciple, from age to age. Remember what you were given here.”

“I will. I wrote it all down. Every day, after every teaching, I wrote down everything I could remember. I have it all in a journal, a book.”

“A book?” he said. “A book of mysteries. Good. Then you’ll always have them. And every time you open up the mysteries, every time you ponder them, and every time you apply them to your life, you’ll discover more revelations and more insights than you found at first.”

There was a pause and a silence as we gazed out into the wilderness.

“Do you remember the fraction that represents our time on earth?”
“One-eternitieth,” I said.
“Yes. That’s how much you know so far, ‘one-eternitieth,’ ‘one-infinitieth’ of what there is to know. There’s so much more to learn. So the course could never have ended here. And you must never stop seeking more of Him.”

“So the course goes on for . . .”

“Eternity.”

“Because eternity is how long it takes to know God.”

“Yes, and to know the final mystery.”

“The final mystery?”

“God,” he said. “The final mystery is God . . . God is the final and ultimate mystery . . . the mystery of all mysteries . . . and the mystery of you. And so the more you know Him, the more you’ll know the answer to the mystery of you. And so the course goes on.”

At that, we embraced, and then I left. I walked into the desert, then stopped to turn around.
“Teacher,” I said.
“Yes.”
“I never thanked you.”
“For what?”

“For everything. For inviting a traveler who had no destination to find one.”
“That was your destination,” he said, “all of it. With God there are no accidents. It was He who invited you, He who called you, and He who taught you. And now it is He who goes with you.”

Those were the last words I heard the teacher say. When, a little farther on, I turned around to look back, he was gone. And so ended the year of my dwelling in the desert, my days with the teacher.

And so with the writing of these words ends the record of those days and of the mysteries given therein.

I then resumed the journey, and the course of mysteries, as I walked through the wilderness in the presence of the Teacher.

And may the one who reads this book do likewise.

Marriage Of The Minds

The marriage of the minds is where we begin to understand true love and predestination. The marriage that we as Christians understand is not of this world. The marriage that I am referring to is between Jesus and His bride. This marriage may not yet be seen but is real and just might possibly be taking place, as the times that we live in are telling us. To be aware of this marriage and union between the two is the secret to decoding the last book of the Bible, the Revelation.

Considering the marriage that must take place in order for all things to be fulfilled according to God’s purpose is to be in tune with the mind of God. Thinking of a marriage that is bigger than the world is where we begin to comprehend the mind of God. If Jesus were to come again a second time, how might we expect that marriage to take place. I believe that by seeking Him out, all might discover Jesus in pure and absolute truth.

The marriage of the mind is how we might expect to become a part of this union. No matter where we are in the world, God is omnipotent and omniscient. In the end of times this will be the key to understanding a second coming of Christ.

Chances

Taking chances is a part of life. Taking a leap of faith is a vital part of life into discovering eternity with God… Following our heart sometimes requires that we take a leap of faith and ask that God take over. As we live our lives bearing all of the qualities of the fruit of the spirit we know that we cannot go wrong. Love demands that we take chances to ensure that we do not lose what is most precious and true. Our job is to ensure that the love that we bear is blessed by God. If this is true, then no one can take away that love.

Chances are situations that demand looking to our higher power, God. Making wise decisions is a part of knowing the difference between right and wrong. If we truly look to God in all of our decisions then we bear a clear conscience. Living without guilt is what God desires for us. We live and we learn. We are to be morally in tact with God’s spirit as our guide.

Through prayer and perseverance we are capable of walking through the doors of opportunity that God has placed in our lives. If the heart is right then we must follow our heart in order that we do not lose touch with what is most important.

 

 

The Mapping Out of Prophecy

YOM RISHON: THE COSMIC BEGINNING

HE CAME TO my room early in the morning to invite me for a walk. So we walked outside.
“Why do you think the resurrection took place on Sunday?” he asked.

“I don’t know,” I replied.

“Because Sunday,” said the teacher, “was the day everything began . . . Sunday is the day the universe began, the day of creation.”

“But there were no Sundays back then.”

“It wasn’t called Sunday. But it was Sunday nevertheless. Every Sunday is a commemoration of that beginning, the creation of the universe.”

“So the resurrection took place on Sunday because . . .”

“Sunday is the day of the beginning, and so all who receive it are given a new beginning for their lives. And why else on Sunday?” he asked. “Because Sunday comes after the Sabbath. And the Sabbath is the last day, the day of the end. So the resurrection happens on Sunday because it’s the power of what happens after the end. It’s what happens after Messiah’s end on the cross. And it’s what happens after the end of the old life. So for all who reach their end, for all who let their old lives end in Messiah’s end, the resurrection is the beginning that comes after that end. Why Sunday? Because Sunday is the commemoration of the cosmic beginning and the resurrection is the cosmic new beginning. Sunday is the day that begins the creation, and the resurrection is the beginning of the new creation, the firstfruits. And all who enter it become, themselves, new creations.

And to them all things become new . . . And lastly, why Sunday?” he asked. “Because in the Scriptures Sunday is not called Sunday but Yom Rishon. And Yom Rishon means Day One. Messiah rose on Yom Rishon, Day One.

Why? Because before Day One there can be no other day. So all who receive the resurrection are receiving Day One. And in the power of Day One the old is wiped away. For before Day One . . . there is nothing, no sins, no guilt, no failures, no shame. And so all things become new.

Learn the secret of living in the power of Yom Rishon, and all things will become new, and every day will become . . . the first day . . . the beginning . . . Yom Rishon . . . Day One.”

The Mission: Live today as if it was Day One, as if everything that should never have been, never was, and all is new. For in redemption, it is so.

Genesis 1:1; Mark 16:2–6

Yom Rishon

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 I AM OF ALL I AMS

IT WAS BY the second day that I realized that there would be no set time for the teacher’s coming. He came in the afternoon.

“Do you know the Name of God?” asked the teacher.

“I don’t know that I do.”

“It’s made up of four Hebrew letters, the yud, the heh, the vav, and the heh: YHVH. It’s the most sacred of names, so sacred some refuse to say it. And yet you say it all the time.”

“The sacred Name of God?” I replied. “How could I when I never knew it?”
“When you speak of yourself, you say the Name.”
“I don’t understand.”

“When you feel happy, you say, ‘I am happy.’ And when you’re not, you say ‘I am sad.’ When you tell others who you are, you say, ‘I am’ followed by your name. YHVH means ‘I Am.’ It’s the Name of the Eternal, the Name of God. His Name is I Am.”

“Then we all say His Name.”

“Yes. And you have always said it. It is woven into the fabric of existence that when you speak of yourself, you must say His Name.”

“Why is that?”

“It’s because your existence comes from His existence. He is the I Am of all existence . . . the I Am of all I ams. Your I am only exists because of His I Am. And as you exist from Him, so it is only from Him that you can find the reason and purpose of your existence. Therefore, when you say your name, you must always speak His Name. And you must always speak His Name first.”

“Because . . .”

“Because His existence is first and your existence flows forth from His. That’s the flow of existence. Therefore, you must put Him first and then let everything flow from that. Let everything begin with Him and flow forth from Him. That’s the secret of life. To not only live for Him, but to live your life from Him, to live from His living, to move from His moving, to act from His actions, to feel from His heart, to be from His being, and to become who you are from who He is . . . I am.”

The Mission: Today, learn the secret of living each moment from His life, doing from His doing, loving from His love, and being from His being.

Exodus 3:14–15; Acts 17:28

The I Am Mysteries

 

The Most Holy Descending to the Depths of Darkness

HEAVEN’S LADDER

WE STOOD AT the bottom of an empty cistern. I had asked the teacher to show me as I had never seen one before. We were now ready to leave.

“Look,” said the teacher, “right now that’s our only hope.”

He was pointing to a wooden ladder, the same ladder we had climbed down to get to where we were. “Without that ladder,” he said, “we’d be stuck here at the bottom. And what if it only went halfway up to the top?”
“If it didn’t reach the top, it wouldn’t do us any good.”
“And if the ladder started from the top but only went halfway down?”“If it didn’t reach the bottom, it wouldn’t do us any good either. We’d be stuck here either way.”

“What about getting into heaven?” he asked. “How high is heaven above the earth? How great is the distance that separates man from God, and sin from the Most Holy? How long would that ladder have to be . . . to get you into heaven?”

“As high and as long as the distance that separates man from God, a ladder between heaven and earth.”

“It was that ladder that Jacob saw in his dream, a ladder from heaven to earth. It was the shadow of Messiah, that which joins heaven to earth, and God to man. It can only work if the ladder touches both ends, the highest height with the lowest depth. So the Most High had to descend to the most low of depths so that those in the lowest depths could ascend to the highest heights.

The Most Heavenly had to become earthly so that those who were earthly could become heavenly. And the Most Holy had to join Himself to the most unholy, the Holy One joined to the lowest of sins, the Most Sacred to the most profane . . . So God descended to the deepest depths of darkness, to the lowest rung of degradation and judgment.”

“The bottom of Jacob’s ladder,” I said, “that which joins earth to heaven . . .”
“Therefore,” said the teacher, “no matter how low you find yourself, no matter how lost you are, no matter how sinful, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far from God you are . . . no matter how deep the pit you find yourself in . . . look for the ladder . . . and it will be there to take you out. The ladder will be there with its one end touching the bottom of your lowest depths, and the other end touching the Most High.”

The Mission: Wherever you are there is a ladder connecting you to the Most High. Find the first rung of heaven’s ladder and take it.

Genesis 28:10–17; John 1:51

The Heaven and Earth Continuum

Loving Good Works 

Amos 5:14-15 “Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and thus may the Lord God of hosts be with you, just as you have said! Hate evil, love good, and establish justice in the gate! Perhaps the Lord God of hosts may be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.”

As I read this scripture I am brought into a new light that brings to my attention the meaning of life. I am brought into a light that promotes good works and faith, doing away with evil. The entire Bible speaks about doing away with evil thoughts and works, as we are to be seeking to establish each and every day…If we seek God through Christ then we will be rewarded with the calm peaceful nature of the Holy Spirit.

Of all the challenges that we face as humans, overcoming the evil of this world is possibly the greatest challenge of all. By dwelling upon peaceful resolution we are able to establish ways of living that direct us away from violence and anger. I see that violence and anger are so predominant in our world that sometimes it is hard to cope. The love of God overcomes both and is to be at the center of our heart.

When we face challenging situations in life we are brought into new understanding. My new understanding has come from events that I have experienced and will experience over the course of my life. I have learned how to not make the same mistakes twice and to live a life of love and promise. Love and promise are so great to instill the hope and reassurance that we need to make it through life.

My entire life now revolves around family and close friends. Life is about relationships and by making relationships loving and positive we are doing what God would have us to do. The more relationships that we can have that are true and loyal, the more promise we may attain.

Life is not perfect, but by relating to one another we begin to find peace in life.

ZICHARYAH, ELISHEVAH, AND YOCHANAN

THERE HAD BEEN centuries of silence,” said the teacher, “in between the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. To many, it seemed as if God had forgotten His promises to Israel. Do you know what ended that silence? The first earthly event recorded in the New Testament?”

“The birth of Messiah?”

“No,” he said. “It was an event concerning a priest named Zachariah. When Zachariah was young, he married a woman named Elizabeth. Undoubtedly they had dreamed of having a child, but were never able to. They were both now old. Time had taken away their youth and their dream. But while Zachariah was performing his priestly service in the Temple of Jerusalem, an angel of God appeared to him and told him that Elizabeth would, in her old age, give birth to a child. So God would fulfill the ancient hopes of Israel through the fulfilling of an old couple’s long lost hopes for a baby. But behind it was a mystery. Zachariah’s real name was Zicharyah. Zicharyah means God has remembered. Elizabeth’s real name was Elishevah. Elishevah means the oath of God. Zicharyah and Elishevah were joined together in marriage. So God has remembered was joined to the oath of God.

The very joining of the two lives created a prophetic message, God has remembered the oath of God. A sign to Israel that God had not forgotten His promise, but was about to fulfill it. And when God remembers His oath, then the oath bears life. So Elishevah will bear a child who will be known as John the Baptist. But his real name was Yochanan.”

“And what does Yochanan mean?”

“The grace of God. God’s remembrance of His oath causes to be born the grace of God.”

“The grace of salvation, the very thing that would come forth out of God’s fulfilling of His oath.”

“And when Zicharyah gave praise to God, he would declare that God had performed the miracle ‘to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to our father Abraham.’ Never forget this,” said the teacher. “No matter how long it takes, whether centuries or moments, God will never forget His promise and never break His Word. And out of the broken, the barren, and the impossible, the grace of God will be born.”

The Mission: The Scriptures are filled with promises for His people. Take one today. Hold to it. Live in light of it.

Leviticus 26:40–42; Luke 1:4–17, 72–73

The Angel and the Priest

 

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.