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

 

The Missions of Jesus Christ

THE MISSION PLANET

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

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

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

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

“How was He a missionary?”

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

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

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

“That’s correct.”

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

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

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

Mission World…

THE LAND OF BEYOND

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“One who crosses over.”

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

“What?”

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

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

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

The Mystery of the Eighth Day I–III

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

The Unveiling of a Life with Christ

Past Lives by John David Harwood……..

The idea of reincarnation is for us to learn enough lessons and gain enough experience in our earthly lives that reincarnation will be no longer necessary. You could think of this as a graduation. Eternal life means never having to suffer death again. The goal is overcoming death and experiencing rebirth.

When we consider the resurrection of the dead we see the reincarnation of the spirit into a new body. We can think about it as doing away with the “old self ” and putting on the “new self.” This is what we call a spiritual awakening that comes through our new life with Christ.

We need to also consider the pre-existence of Jesus. Was He a man who became God? Was He God born as a man? The Roman faction rejected pre-existence and reincarnation and believed Jesus was God become man. The Jerusalem faction knew Jesus was a man who achieved the human-divine at-one-ment, which is the ultimate goal of everyone to escape reincarnation cycle of birth and death and obtain eternal life.

Zoroastrian religion in ancient Persia (of Magi fame) is important to consider in regards to reincarnation. During the Babylonian exile of the Jews in the Old Testament times, the Jews were influenced by Zoroastrian concepts such as the resurrection of corpses, a final day of judgment, the dualism of good versus evil, the hierarchy of angels including fallen angels, and the arch rival of God called Satan.

When Jesus began His ministry, many people wondered if He was the reincarnation of one of the prophets. Some people asked the same question of John the Baptist. Jesus affirmed to His disciples that John the Baptist was indeed the reincarnation of the prophet Elijah. Throughout His ministry, Jesus taught people about the true resurrection, which is a spiritual rebirth within a living person. This was a radical new principle that few to none could understand. In simple terms, it was a rebirth of the spirit, not into a new body as when we are born of our mother’s womb, but a rebirth of our spirit within the body we now inhabit. Jesus was distinguishing between what was already believed in those days concerning the afterlife and a new teaching concerning a spiritual change within us that would lead to liberation.

In December 1945, writings containing many of the secrets of early Christianity were unearthed in Upper Egypt. This area was one of the main locations where Christians fled to when the Romans invaded Israel. Undisturbed since their concealment almost two thousand years ago, these writings of the secret teachings belonged to an early sect of Christians called Gnostics and these writings ranked in importance with the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were discovered two years later. These secret teachings concerning life and death are strikingly similar to what we know about near-death experiences.

In Christian Gnostic terms, Jesus became the “Word” who acts in the world on God’s behalf and can appear in human form and through whom all things are made as divine. The Gospel of John identifies Jesus as the incarnation of this Logos.

One of the best examples that the Bible refers to concerning reincarnation is when Jesus identifies John the Baptist as the reincarnation of Elijah the prophet.

Matthew 11:13-15 (nasb) says, “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if you care to accept it, he himself is Elijah, who was to come. He who has ears to hear let him hear.”

In very explicit language, Jesus identifies John the Baptist as the reincarnation of Elijah. Even the disciples of Jesus understood what Jesus was saying. The identification of John to be the reincarnation of Elijah is very important when it comes to Bible prophecy. By identifying John with Elijah, Jesus identified Himself as the Messiah. The Hebrew Scriptures mention specific signs that would precede the coming of the Messiah. One of them is that Elijah will return first.

Malachi 4:5 (nasb) says, “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.” (Elijah is key to gaining full understanding…)

This is one of the major Messianic promises from God that is found in the Bible.

Now let’s put this together.

And they asked him, and said to him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them saying, “I baptize in water but among you stands One whom you do not know. It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.

John 1:25-27 (nasb) (emphasis added)

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him, and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, “He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.

John 1:14-15 (nasb) (emphasis added) Now let us take a look at the witness of John to Jesus. John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given him from heaven. You yourselves bear witness, that I said, “I am not the Christ, but, I have been sent before Him. He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. And so this joy of mine has been made full. He must increase, but I must decrease. He who comes from above is above all, he who sits of the earth is from the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. What He has seen and heard, of that He bears witness; and no man receives His witness. He who has received His witness has set his seal to this, that God is true.

John 3:27-33 (nasb) (emphasis added)

We might possibly grasp this concept by understanding that John is witnessing himself becoming Jesus the Messiah. John’s life was coming to an end in his own death, and  was to become the risen Christ. The First man and the Second Man…John had to undergo a life of sin and death in order to understand all things, most importantly the resurrection of the dead. This is one of the most profound secrets from within the Bible. This entire idea of reincarnation/resurrection is very real as we see here. The purpose of reincarnation/resurrection is instruction and perfection.

We must also be aware of the reality of pre-existence.

John 8:58 (nasb) says, “Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am…”

Know that the entire world as we know it was created by Him.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

John 1:1-5 (nasb) (emphasis added)

For those who walk in darkness and evil ways, they will not be able to see the truth…

 

Doing Away With the Fall of Man and Restoring God’s Image into Mankind

THE GARDENER

HE ARRANGED FOR me to meet him in one of the school’s gardens of fruit trees. I found him there wearing a large straw hat for shade and working the soil with a farming implement.

He laid down the implement, sat down on one of the garden’s low stone walls, and motioned for me to join him. So I did.

“In the beginning,” said the teacher, “God created man in His own image. And where was man?”

“In a garden.”

“And what was man?” He waited for a response, but I couldn’t think of any. “He was a gardener. God placed the man in Eden to till and keep the garden. Man was a gardener. So what would that mean?” Again, I didn’t know how to answer the question.

“Man,” said the teacher, “was created in the image of God. And man was created specifically to be a gardener. Therefore . . .”

“God is a gardener?”

“Yes.”

“But how?” I asked. “What’s His garden?”

“The creation is His garden. He keeps it, He tends it, and He sows into it His seed . . . He sows into the creation His Word, and into His garden His life . . . that it might bear its fruit. But the garden didn’t bear its fruit.”

“Meaning,” I said, “the creation never brought forth the life it was meant to bear?”
“Yes. So the Gardener came into the garden, that the garden might bear its fruit.”

“God came into His creation that the creation might bring forth life.”
“And when the creation bore the firstfruits of new life, when He first appeared outside the tomb, in what form did He appear? What was He mistaken for?”

“A gardener.”

“And what kind of tomb was it that bore the firstfruits?”

“A garden tomb.”

“He is the Gardener . . .”

“And we are His garden.”

“So let the Gardener come into His garden. Let Him till its soil, sow its seed, and bring forth its new life. For every garden that is touched by the Gardener will bear the fruit it was meant to bear.”

The Mission: Today, let the Gardener come into His garden, to every part of your life, especially the untouched soil, that every part would bear its fruit.

Genesis 1:29; 2:15; Song of Solomon 4:16; 5:1; 6:2; John 20:13–20

The Gardener

GOD IN THE IMAGE OF MAN

ON THE DAY of His death,” said the teacher, “Messiah was arrested, beaten, bound, scourged, abused, mocked, humiliated, degraded, stripped naked, nailed to a cross, put on display as a blasphemer and a criminal, cursed, judged guilty, and condemned to death. It all happened on Friday, the sixth day. It was on the sixth day that God made man in His own image. Now it was again the sixth day. And it all happened in reverse.”

“What do you mean, ‘in reverse’?”

“On the sixth day God made man in His image. So on the sixth day . . . man made God in his image.”

“How?”

“On the sixth day, the day of man’s creation, God caused man to bear the image of God, an image of glory and perfection. So on the sixth day, the day of man’s redemption, man caused God to bear the image of fallen man, as one who had fallen, as one found guilty, and as one cast out. All that was the image of man’s fall. So God was judged as a blasphemer because blasphemy was the sin of man. Man passed judgment on God, because man himself was under judgment. As God had made man in the image of God’s glory, man now made God in the image of man’s guilt and degradation.

As God had made Adam in His image, it was now Adam making God in the image of Adam, as one who had transgressed, under judgment and condemned to death, cursed, and separated from God. When you look at the cross, you are beholding God in the image of man.”

“Why did God allow Himself to be so abused and degraded?”

“God allowed Himself to bear the image of man, that man might again be allowed to bear the image of God. God allowed Himself to bear the image of fallen man, that man might bear the image of the risen God.

So make it your aim that your life would become a reflection of His life, your nature a reflection of His nature, your works a reflection of His works, and your heart a reflection of His heart. Allow Him to make you and form you into His image. For God bore your image in His death, that you, in your life, could bear the image of God.”

The Mission: Messiah, in His death, took upon Himself your image. Now take upon yourself His image. Live today in the image and nature of God.

Genesis 1:26–27; Matthew 27:27–37; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13

The Sixth Day Revelation Mystery

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

 

The Beginning and the End by John David Harwood

When I think about the words of Christ and what He so clearly outlined in the gospels, I continue to find closure to every question that I have ever had in the past. I find that the truth of the spirit reveals all, and that everything that Christ suffered, he suffered in order that he could understand man. He was tested and persevered through the faith that He had in the Father. Christ was the son of man who was able to find truth and understanding through his experiences while on earth. Everything that he experienced was for a reason. The time of testing was essential to His understanding.

The heart of man and the sin that exists in the world. The testing of Jesus while in the wilderness was essential to Him having full comprehension of God’s reason for sending Him as a sacrifice for our sin. He suffered and persevered in order to save those that had and have never come to know the Lord. By knowing that He was at all times suffering for our sin, He was able to endure, even unto death. He knew that man would hate everything that He stood for and that Satan would deceive many. In the deception, He would be hung on a cross and then in the end, God would demonstrate His everlasting power through the resurrection of His only begotten son. This is where we see that no matter how much deception goes on, God will always prevail in our time of need. He is the alpha and the omega (the beginning and the end).

 

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, “That Thou Mightiest Be Justified in Thy Words, And Mightiest Prevail When Thou Art Judged… And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say), “Let us do evil that good may come”? Their condemnation is just. What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin, as it written, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside together they have become useless; There is none who does good, there is not even one. Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they keep deceiving, the poison of asps is under their lips; Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their paths, and the path of peace have they not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, that every mouth nay be closed, and all the world may become accountable to God; because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

 

Romans 3:1–4, 8–20

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. But He answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

Matthew 4:1–4

This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you my friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you. This I command you, that you love one another.

John 15:12–17

These things I have spoken to you, that you may be kept from stumbling. They will make you outcasts form the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. And these things they will do, because they have not known the Father, or Me. But these things I have spoken to you, that when their hour comes, that you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.

 

John 16:1–4

And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all his prophets, that His Christ should suffer, He has thus fulf illed. Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, who heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.

Acts 3:16

Speaking Among the Angels of Heaven

A Sky Full of Lightning

As I watched the lightning fill the sky last night, I was once again struck by awe at the absolute power of God. By just watching lightning and referring to what the Bible says concerning this phenomenon, we are reminded that His power and might extends unto the ends of the earth. His hope is that we might all read in order to understand our plan, and He gives us truth through His word. His word is incomparable, and by striving to know Him, He rewards us with revelations so deep that at most times, it is hard to put into words.

Everyone has the opportunity to grasp the magnitude of His power; however, without studying His word, how can we ever understand? The many distractions that Satan has thrown at us in order to draw us away are very apparent. We are either too busy or come up with some other excuse. The easy way out is not the ticket. How else can we expect to have any idea of what God wants to communicate to us? There is simply no other way. His word is the guide to life and the answer to all questions. For every question that may arise in our lifetime, He has an answer. If only we would truly take the time to study and gain complete understanding.

They go from strength to strength, every one of them appears before God in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah. Behold our shield, O God, and look upon the face of Thine anointed. For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and the glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, how blessed is the man who trusts in Thee!

 

Psalm 84:7–12

In Thy name they rejoice all the day, and by Thy righteousness they are exalted. For Thou art the glory of their strength, and by Thy favor our horn is exalted. For our shield belongs to the Lord, and our king to the Holy One of Israel…I have found David My servant; With My holy oil I have anointed him, with whom My hand will be established; My arm also will strengthen him. The enemy will not deceive him, nor the son of wickedness afflict him. But I shall crush his adversaries before him, and strike those who hate him. And my faithfulness and My loving kindness will be with him, and in My name his horn will be exalted. I shall also set his hand on the sea, and his right hand on the rivers. He will cry to Me, “Thou art my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.”

Psalm 89:16–18, 2–26

Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David. His descendants shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before Me. It shall be established forever like the moon, and the witness in the sky is faithful.

 

Psalm 89:35–37

Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his garment as white as snow; and the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. And the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucif ied.”

Matthew 28:1–5

Behold, He spreads His lightning about Him, and He covers the depths of the sea. For by these He judges peoples; He gives food in abundance. He covers His hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark. Its noise declares His presence; the cattle also, concerning what is coming up.

Job 36:30–32

The Saul said, “I have sinned. Return my son David, for I will not harm you again because my life was precious in your sight this day. Behold, I have played the fool and have committed a serious error. And David answered and said,

 

“Behold the spear of the king! Now let one of the young men come over and take it. And the Lord will repay each man for righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord delivered you into my hand today, but I refused to stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed.

1 Samuel 26:21–23

(Insight To His Sight: Recognizing God’s Purpose For You by John David Harwood- No Longer Available…) Reference: Ad Patrem Et Filium: From Father To Son-Noli Flere Resurget…

THE REBEGOTTEN

A QUESTION,” SAID THE teacher. “Who was the first person to be born again?”

“The disciples?” I said.
“No,” said the teacher.

Then who?”

“Messiah.”

“That doesn’t sound right,” I replied.

“But it is,” said the teacher. “Who was He before the incarnation?”

“The Son of God.”

“And how could He be the Son of God if He wasn’t born? What did God give to the world? His only begotten Son. Begotten means born. So when He was born in Bethlehem, was that His first birth?”

“I guess it wasn’t,” I said. “It was His second.”
“It was His second birth. He was already begotten, born, before Bethlehem. The incarnation was His second birth. The nativity was His new birth. In Bethlehem He was born again.”

“So then the new birth is connected to incarnation?”

“He who was born of spirit was born again of the flesh so that we who were born of the flesh could be born again of the Spirit. He who was born of heaven was born again of earth so that we who were born of earth could be born again of heaven. And He who was born of God was born again of man so that we who were born of man could be born again of God.”

“He was born again,” I said, “to partake of our life, that we could be born again to partake of His life.”

“Yes,” said the teacher. “He who was rebegotten in Bethlehem had to learn how to live in His new birth, His new life, and His new nature, that of flesh and blood.

(Key Point To Gaining FULL understanding) He had to learn (God’s Sacrifice for the world…) how to walk on the earth, how to see with physical eyes, and how to touch with physical hands. For the rebegotten are born into a life they had not previously known, and in which they must now learn to live. So you who are rebegotten of God must now learn how to live in your new birth, in your new life, and your new nature, that of the Spirit. Learn how to see in the Spirit, live in the Spirit, and walk in heavenly places. That is the journey and the mystery of the rebegotten.”

The Mission: As God took on your nature and life, so today, take on His nature, live His life, and walk in the footsteps of the heavenly.

1 Corinthians 15:48–49; Colossians 3:9–10; 1 Peter 1:23

The Rebegotten…-…….

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

The Resurrection of the Power of the Holy Spirit…The Sun (Son) of Righteousness…

THE RETURN OF THE PROTOTYPE

IT WAS AT the beginning of the age,” said the teacher, “that the new covenant faith was in its original and most natural state.”

“And what was its original and most natural state?”
“Revolutionary,” he said, “set against the status quo of the world . . . underground, miraculous, countercultural, distinct, radical, powerful, overcoming, and world-changing . . . And it was also something else.”

“What?”

“Jewish. What the world knows as Christianity, in its original and prototypical form, is a Jewish faith. But something happened in those first centuries. The more embedded and established the faith became in the mainstream of Western civilization, the more it lost its original and natural identity. What was a countercultural faith became a cultural faith, what was a radical faith became an established faith, what was a revolutionary faith became the faith of the status quo . . . and what was a Jewish faith became a non-Jewish faith. As the faith became joined to a non-Jewish Western culture . . . its Jewish disciples, messengers, and apostles began to disappear.” He paused at that point as if to delineate a change.

“But now we’ve come to the other side of the phenomenon. We are now witnessing the separation, the dislodging, and the disestablishing of the faith from Western civilization.”

“That’s not a good thing,” I said.

“And yet in one sense it is. The reverse of the phenomenon means that the faith will return to its original and natural state. From a cultural faith to a countercultural faith, from an established faith to a radical one, and from a faith of the status quo to a revolutionary faith.”

“But then there must be one more transformation,” I said. “The faith must change from its non-Jewish identity and form and return to its original Jewish form and identity.
“Yes,” said the teacher, “and we might also expect the return of Jewish disciples. So notice what this reveals. The more established and of the world this faith becomes, the weaker its spiritual power. But the more separate from the world it becomes, the greater its spiritual power. Apply this to your life. Disentangle yourself from all compromise, from worldliness, and from the status quo. And you will grow stronger in spiritual power. Remember, this faith, in its truest and natural form, is always radical and revolutionary. Live your life accordingly.”

The Mission: Divest yourself today from worldly attachments, that you might gain spiritual power. Exchange a comfortable walk for a revolutionary one.

Zechariah 8:3–8; Matthew 23:37–39; Acts 2:16–18, 39;

Romans 11

The Mystery of the Rains…

THE GARDEN OF MIRACLES

DURING ONE OF our walks by the gardens I asked him a question I had been pondering.

“You shared with me how on the day of man’s creation, on the sixth day, God brought man into a garden of life. Then, on the day of man’s redemption, on the sixth day, man brought God into a garden of death, a garden tomb.”

“That’s correct,” he said.

“But when God placed man in the garden, it wasn’t the end of the story, but the beginning. God put man in the garden to work the garden, to tend to it. The garden was a real functioning garden. It was an ongoing work. So when man placed God in the garden of death, wouldn’t it also be an ongoing work? And, if so, what is the ongoing work of the Garden Tomb?”

“A garden tomb,” said the teacher, “the most radical of places. A tomb is a place of ending, but a garden is a place of beginnings. Tombs are where life ends, but gardens are where life begins. So a garden tomb is the place of death and life, the end and the beginning.”

“A place of life after death,” I said, “resurrection.”

“Yes. And how does life begin in a garden?” he asked. “It rises. It rises up from the earth.”
“The rising of Messiah from the earth.”

“And what rises in a garden? That which has descended to the earth. The seed. And what did Messiah liken His death to?”

“A seed falling into the earth and dying.”

“And what happened to the seed of Messiah’s life as it was buried in the Garden Tomb?”

“It bore life. It rose.”

“And so,” said the teacher, “it is an ongoing work. Just as the Garden of Eden was to be. Whatever is brought into this garden, whatever is planted in the Garden Tomb will bear a miracle. Whatever you plant here, your past, your broken dreams, your old life, your failures, your losses, your tears, whatever you let go of here, your treasures, your life, whatever it is that you plant in “this garden”…

-will come alive again and blossom and bring forth life, a miracle more beautiful than what you planted. For this tomb is now the Garden of God . . . and the ground of miracles.”

The Mission: Take all in your life that failed, that was taken or lost, that was broken, or that came to an end, all your sorrows. Come to the Tomb and plant them in the Garden of Miracles.

(Key note: Similar to Superman regaining His Powers after having given them up to become a normal human being…Superman II-The Richard Donner Cut…The Version You Have Never Seen…)

Genesis 1:27–29; Isaiah 61:3; John 19:31–20:16;

1 Corinthians 15:36–37, 42–44

The Gardener…

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

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

THE MYSTERY OF THE TRIANGLES

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

“No.”

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

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

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

“A triangle.”

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

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

“Where?”

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

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

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

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

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

Exodus 12:3–7; 1 Corinthians 5:7

The Lamb and the Doorway…

THE APOKALUPSIS

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

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

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

“How could a wedding be apocalyptic?”

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

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

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

The Person Behind the Veil…

THE MYSTERY OF THE YEHUDIM

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

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

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

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

“King of the Jews,” I replied.

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

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

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

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

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

“Meaning Jewish?”

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

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

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

The Yehudim…

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