Month Aviv 1:16, Week 3:1 (Rishon/Pesach), Year:Day 5938:016 AM|
Passover Season Day #3/8, YOM HA-BIKKURIM: Annual Moed #3
CHAG HA-MATZAH (Unleavened Bread) 2/7 - Start of Omer Count
Gregorian Calendar: Tuesday 15 April 2014
Yom haBikkurim 2014
Get The Evil Out of Your House
Continued from Part 2
Introduction & Greetings
Chag sameach Yom haBikkurim - welcome to the third annual festival of the Day of Firstfruits and to the second day of Chag haMatzah (Feast of Unleavened Bread) - may the grace and shalom (peace) of our Master Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) be with you all. Once again I want to welcome the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones) gathering for Spring Conference here in Kadesh-biqqah, Sweden, and in Migori, Kenya - principally from Sweden, Germany, Norway, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. And an especial welcome to both our new congregations in East Africa and all those of you who have traveled up to Migori to hear the Davar Elohim (Word of God) today. Blessing to those of you who have received Yah'shua (Jesus) as your Messiah since Conference began - may you be blessed and strengthened as you grow in the amazing adventure which is your life as a disciples of Yah'shua (Jesus)! Finally, we greet all of the single people and families scattered around the world who are following us, especially in Ireland, the USA and elsewhere. May the Ruach haShanee anoint you and open your minds and hearts to what our Father in Heaven desires to share with us.
Challenges in Kenya
This has been a very lively conference so far and I hope you have all been as edified as I have been. We have had challenges in Kenya caused by all the rain which has washed out about half of the events planned so far. We have received some donations for tents but not enough for the whole of conference. Please keep this matter in urgent prayer.
The Three Annual Harvests
Today is the second day of Chag haMatzah ('Feast of Unleavened Bread') and the third of the spring moedim (appointments), namely, Yom haBikkurim or the 'Day of Firstfruits'. It is the first of three harvest feasts to Yahweh:
Firstfruits, Miracles and the Resurrection
- 1. Yom haBikkurim (Early Firstfruits) - the Barley Harvest;
- 2. Shavu'ot (Weeks / Latter Firstfruits) - the Wheat Harvest; and
- 3. Sukkot (Tabernacles) - the Grape Harvest.
During Yom haBikkurim (Day of Firstfruits) the early firstfruits were waved before Yahweh consisting of an omer of barley, and the firstfruits of wheat, grapes, olives and so forth were presented. This was done as a means of acknowledging the land of Israel given by Yahweh to Israel. During the latter firstfruits at Shavu'ot (Weeks) the firstfruits that were waved before Yahweh were in the prepared state and consisted of two loaves of bread with wine, olive oil, and so forth. What is perhaps the most remarkable about Yom haBikkurim (Day of Firstfruits) is that no other day is mentioned as often in the Scriptures with the exception of Pesach (Passover) for on it miracles took place again and again. And the greatest miracle of all was, as we know, Yah'shua (Jesus) who became the firstfruits of the resurrection on this day, releasing to anyone who would accept Him and Deliverer (Saviour), Master (Lord), Sovereign (King) and Elohim (God) a complete and full salvation. The resurrection is the fulfilment, goal, 'filling-up' or completion of Yom haBikkurim (Day of Firstfruits).
We Celebrate the Resurrection Passover, Not Easter (Ishtar)
And that is what we are principally gathered here to celebrate and not the pagan feast known as 'Easter' which honours the name of a demon, Ishtar or Astarte, roundly condemned in Scripture, yet blasphemously inserted in the King James Bible at Acts 12:4 as a wrong translation of the Greek Pascha, meaning 'Passover', which reads:
The Countdown to Shavu'ot
"Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread (Matzah). So when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover (Pesach - KJV false renders this 'Easter')" (Acts 12:3-4, NKJV).
Between Yom haBikkurim (Day of Firstfruits) and Shavu'ot (Weeks) there is a 7-sabbaths-plus-50-day count (around 100 days), which means that the actual day of Shavu'ot (Weeks) is not fixed in the Creation Calendar, though once, when the moon had a regular period of 30 days, it was. When it does again, we will know that either Messiah has returned or that He is about to return any day.
Because Yom haBikkurim (Feast of Firstfruits) marks the first day of the Omer Count to Shavu'ot, it is also called Sfirat haOmer. And though we are gathered here today for a sermon, anciently Yom haBikkurim (Feast of Firstfruits) is not assigned the status of a 'high holy day' and was regarded as a normal working day. All that was required was that the cohen (priest) offer the the omer or barley wave-sheaf which would then be waved before Yahweh by the Cohen Gadol (High Priest). It is for this reason that there are those who do not believe this to be a moed (appointment) or feast of Yahweh. However, clearly implied in this is that the people - whether individuially or collectively - are presenting their firstfruits to Yahweh, and that tells you that you have to assemble to do that. That is why we assemble today - to present our firstfruits to the Master in acknowledgement of all that we have received, from our physical necessities to our salvation, because of the resurrection.
Today we know what the wave-sheaf represents but anciently the people were never told. Presumably this was also that Satan and his demons would not know either. The sheaf that was waved by the Cohen Gadol (High Priest) was a type of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) who has "risen from the dead, and has become the bikkurim (firstfruits) of those who have fallen asleep (died)" (1 Cor.15:20, NKJV). The sheaf is a sprout or a "branch" - in Hebrew, a tsemach - and you will know that this word is used in the Tanakh (Old Testament) to refer both to Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus) and those who are born-again of the Ruach (Spirit) and are grafted into Messiah (Rom.11). The prophet Isaiah, who foresaw both the coming of Messiah and the end-time overcoming remnant who are of the Second Exodus, tells us about this Tsemach:
Seven Characteristics of the Remnant
"In that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, 'We will eat our own food and wear our own apparel; only let us be called by your name, to take away our reproach.' In that day the Tsemach (BRANCH) of Yahweh shall be beautiful and glorious; and the fruit (periy) of the earth shall be excellent and appealing for those of Israel who have escaped" (Isa.4:1-2, NKJV).
I want you to notice seven things about this important prophecy:
- 1. Plural marriage (or polygamy) will become common and blessed in Yahweh once again;
- 2. The women will do the seeking, not the men;
- 3. These women symbolise or represent the Remnant of Believers (male and female) of the Second Exodus;
- 4. They will take personal responsibility for their upkeep and will not sponge off others;
- 5. This Tsemach or Branch will be very beautiful and glorious;
- 6. Their spiritual fruits will be excellent and appealing; and
- 7. These are they who have "escaped", i.e. they have escaped from Egypt as the Second Exodus.
The fourth chapter of Isaiah is one of the key Scriptures of the Remnant of the Second Exodus and should be read often. The chapter continues:
A Prophetic Sign in Kenya
"And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called qadosh (holy, set-apart) -- everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem. When Yahweh has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning, then Yahweh will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering. And there will be a sukkah (tabernacle) for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain" (Isa.4:3-6, NKJV).
Now Yahweh has permitted the brethren and sisters in East Africa gathering in Migori, Kenya, to experience a downpour of the elements every day. This is a prophetic sign, for in the midst of this Conference they will be covered, as a prophetic type of the fulfilment of this Scripture. Tents are on their way.
Kenya the Chosen Nation
There are many great and wonderful promises in this chapter which should be read over and over again. The qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones) in Kenya are also fulfilling another element of this prophecy because they are the first Christians and Messianics anywhere whose African polygamous families are being accepted as full members without the discrimination of the centuries that has been a hallmark of the Western churches. Also in fulfilment of this prophecy, and just a matter of days ago, the Kenyan government legalised polygamy. This is also another sign that Kenya is the chosen nation for the beginning of the Final Gathering and Second Exodus. It is a privilege for us to be serving you as you become the example to be followed. Tomorrow I shall be talking more about what Yahweh is doing in Africa and how the ensign of Messianic Israel has been raised there. May Yahweh bless you for the downpourings of rain will come in other forms too, as opposition, but, if you are faithful, so you are promised in this fourth chapter of Isaiah that Yahweh will create above your assemblies and your homes "a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night" for "over all the glory there will be a covering". Hallelujah!
The First Nation to Come Under Judgment
I am late with this address to you today because Yahweh forbade me to write anything until I had completed a second assignment from Him, one which gives me no pleasure whatsoever because of my family and friends in this first country to come under Yahweh's Judgment according to the Mishpat issued nine days ago. Many, many more will be following, which will lose us many friends, so please be prepared for that. However, once they see that these things are not the fancies of our imaginations, they will return humbled and more willing to yield to El Elyon, our Father Most High. So whilst it was my intention to speak at length on the resurrection today, I must first discharge my duty by sharing the visions I have had concerning the judgment of this the most powerful and greatest nation in modern history.
SEE VISION OF THE FALL OF THE USA AND ISRAEL
A Heavy Heart
I cannot tell you how heavy my heart was when I obeyed the Ruach (Spirit) and wrote this last night, and it was not because I knew it would provoke much unbelief and 'patriotic' wrath. Rather my sadness is because of the suffering I know that is coming, both to the wicked and unrepentant in that land who have turned against their Creator, as well as to the righteous who will be made scapegoats. We will have occasion to speak more about this another time. The judgments of other nations, including my own of Great Britain, is not far behind, as a new Illuminati and Zionist puppet is lined up for the next government. When this fall will happen, I do not know, and I will not speculate, but it will not be long in the coming and it will be very sudden and unexpected.
A Second Word - Seek Yahweh With All Your Heart
The second Davar Elohim (Word of God) that I have for you has been burning in my bosom for several days now and the Ruach (Spirit) will not relent until I have spoken it. This Davar (Word) is directed at us and at the remnant and at all believers - to all Christians and Messianics. Yahweh has repeated it to me every day and many times for several days. I pray that once I have delivered it, and after we have responded to it, every one of us - myself included - can truthfully declare with cleansed hearts, like King David:
Wickedness, Lawlessness and Violence Everywhere
"I have sought You (Yahweh) with all my heart" (Ps.119:100, JB).
The prophet Habbakuk, in his grief, cried:
Nevada, Syria and the State of the World
"How long, O Yahweh, have I cried to Thee unanswered? I cry, 'Violence!', but Thou dost not save. Why dost Thou let me see such misery, why countenance wrong-doing? Devastation and violence confront me; strife breaks out, discord raises its head and so law grows effete (weak, decadent); justice does not come forth victorious; for the wicked outwit the righteous, and so justice comes out perverted" (Hab.1:2-4, NEB).
We are shocked by what the American Federal Government is doing to its own people - the recent confrontation at a Nevadan ranch nearly triggered a civil war. A friend of mine was there 'manning the barricades'. We see that Habbakuk's time was just like our own. The US government is urging the Israeli's to attack President Assad's forces in Syria to protect the terrorist groups being sponsored by the West who have caused the deaths of hundreds and thousands of innocent civilians, where the worst form of barbarity is to be found, where demonically-possessed fanatical Muslims eat the hearts of their captives, sell the blood of Christian victims to rich Saudis for drinking, torture and decapitate believers - the latest attrocity being an attack on a Christian girl, whose lips and one eye were sewn together because she would not renounce Yah'shua (Jesus). We see the same in Nigeria, the Central African Republic, and elsewhere. Barbarity and total lawlessness have risen their ugly heads and believers are in despair, as Habakkuk was. And the Moloch-worshipping élite are trying to do the same in the Ukraine. The people cry, 'Why?' But we know the reason why. It is because nations that once followed Messiah have rejected Him and have invited the Enemy in. And Satan has taken over the ground that has been vaccated.
A Covering for the Remnant
But the remnant has been promised a covering against all of this if the people will trust and obey! Yahweh told me to give you this passage from Habbakuk on Aviv 9 (8 April), and the passage from Psalm 119:100 shortly afterwards.
The Wicked Blinded
Also another passage, which Brother Ljungstrand brought up in our meeting yesterday, so that we may know that the reason so many reject the message of salvation is because Yahweh has ordained it so:
A Ripening in Iniquity
"'Go to this people and say: 'Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you will see, and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them''" (Acts 28:26-27, NKJV).
This is a quotation from Isaiah 6:9-10 and I was told on Aviv 8 (7 April) to share it with you. This is happening now and this is why judgments are about to poured out on the nations. The time to repent, for many, is over, because they have ripened in iniquity. They are to be judged as the Canaanites were when Joshua entered the Promised Land. So do not grieve over them, but rather lift up your prayers for those who may yet be saved.
Live By Faithfulness
On the same day I was told to share another Scripture with you, and Brother Nduhura from Rwanda shared it with us yesterday too, so I am getting confirmation again and again for each of these devarim - and if you do not believe me, I can show you the entries in my diary:
Also from the prophet Habbakuk, whom you should read, for his is a dual prophecy for our time too.
"The righteous will live by his faith/faithfulness" (Hab.2:4b, NASB)
Opposition Follows Faithfulness
The same night I received this davar (Word), which was after I had published the first Mishpat, I received a cryptic threatening telephone call in the middle of the night from an anonymous person. So you see, when we are on the mark, and doing Yahweh's bidding, the Enemy is always aroused in opposition. But if you will stay true, you will remain under the tent of Yahweh's covering.
GET THE EVIL OUT OF YOUR HOUSE!"
I have not yet given you today's main Davar Elohim (Word of God) but I have shared other devarim (words) leading up to it. The Davar (Word) that I have received from Him again and again is this: GET THE EVIL OUT OF YOUR HOUSE!
Repent Now and Be Built Up
Get the evil out of your house! Get it out of your homes, get it out of your beings - yourselves. Purge yourselves by repentance and reformation. Do not procrastinate the day of your repentance any longer or it may cost you your covering in the midst of these evil times when the judgment and wrath of Yahweh is falling on the nations.
Remove Iniquity Far Away
"If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up; you will remove iniquity far (rachaq) from your tents" (Job 22:23, NKJV).
Remove iniquity rachaq - FAR - from your tents. It doesn't matter what direction, that's not important - just create a HUGE distance between you and your sins so that you cannot easily reach out to them and embrace them again. And yes, these words were spoken by Eliphaz, one of Job's faithless friends, and Job did not merit them, yet they are emet (truth) in the general sense. Yahweh does not want sin IN you or even NEAR you but he wants sin RACHAQ - FAR away from you so that your temptation is minimised and so you cannot easily hurt others.
Admonition to the Men and Women of Messianic Israel
Wake up, you men of Israel! Stop being women, and become men! Wake up, you women of Israel! Stop being men, and become women!
Another Word for Fathers and Mothers, Husband and Wives
Now I will read to you another Davar Elohim (Word of God) given to me on Aviv 12 (11 April) for you today - these words are taken straight from my diary as the Ruach (Spirit) dictated them to me, which I wrote in capital letters because the emphasis was so strong:
Men Do Your Duty!
"MOTHERS, STOP BEING YOUR CHILDREN'S FATHERS; FATHERS, STEP UP TO YOUR CALLING AS FATHERS. WIVES, STOP BEING THE HUSBANDS OF YOUR HUSBANDS; HUSBANDS, STEP UP TO YOUR CALLING AS HUSBANDS."
When you husbands and fathers fail to do your duty, you leave a vacuum behind, and force your wives to fill in the gap and sin, as Rebekah did when she did what Isaac should have done for Jacob and led their son into sin. Repent! Be men! Stop whining and wimpering like babies. Stop being idle. Get of your backsides and WORK - work at your jobs, work for the kingdom, work for your families. Stop behaving like women and expecting to be taken care of. They are the weaker sex, not you! Stop acting as though you are entitled to this or that - go and work for it. Provide, and provide a surplus, so that you may be as men and bless others. And if you are sick, or handicapped, or in bondage, trust in Yahweh to set you free!
A Warning to False Pastors
Woe to those false shepherds the self-appointed pastors coming up to this work demanding a salary, or a house, or a car, or other material things. Repent! Get of your backsides and work like everyone else. Get a job, earn a salary, produce food with your own hands. The Besorah (Gospel) is not for sale! There are no salaries for ministers!
Weak Men, Become Strong!
Men, stop exploiting others. Stop behaving like helpless orphans. Get your own wives and stop sponging off the families of other men. Be men, not girlish wimps. Women are revolted by such behaviour and despise you for it. Rise up and be counted. Call upon Yahweh Most High and ask Him to equip you, like Gideon of old. The women only rebel and take over when you fail to do what you are supposed to be doing. So set an example, rule your own families justly, wisely, considerately, and in love, then your firmness and strictness is justified, and you can be leaders of your families, and of other men, instead of being camp followers.
Watch Out for Amalekite Raiders
Remember how the Amalekites picked off the strays in the moving Camp of Israel. Stay under the covering of the Blood and be obedient to the mitzvot (commandments). It is not hard. The only hard thing is surrendering, but it is 100% necessary. And you will not be able to surrender until you have actively got the evil out of your house, and far from your tents.
Stop Blaming Women
Stop blaming the women for being Jezebels when you are not ruling and loving as you ought to be. Be Ephesians 5 and Colossians 3 men. No, there is no justification for a woman being a Jezebel, and she will receive her reward, but do not give room to the Temptor of men's souls by failing to be that protector first of all - that you may rule with fairness.
Women to Repent
Idle, gossipping women must repent too. Stop complaining and stop comparing with others. Get the evil far away from your tent. Stop being a Jezebel - men loathe you for it. You are called to be Proverbs 31 women, Ephesians 5 women and Colossians 3 women - they do not contradict one another!
Both men and women, stop waiting for your partner to become an Ephesians 5 and a Colossians 3 spouse before you will become one yourself! You are called to be one no matter what your spouse is like.
The Separated are Called to Return
Are you separated from your husbands or wives? Bring them back in the Ruach haMashiach - the Spirit of Christ. Call them in prayer. If they don't come, then you are guiltless. If they do, praise Yahweh! And, yes, that may require some major marriage and family readjustments for some and cause panic! Don't be afraid, remember Isaiah 4. Yahweh will help you.
If I have offended anyone, so be it. We cannot pussyfoot around with salvation, for the enemy will not wait patiently for us to repent and reform. He is coming to the very doors of believers. I have seen it in vision, these are not my own words! I have seen believers escape only by the skin of their teeth! So make sure you are indoors under the Blood!
Messiah the Bikkurim
Now you could not do this without Yom haBikkurim (Day of Firstfruits). You could not get evil out of your house completely without the Blood of Messiah. It would be impossible. Therefore we rejoice in this day, the day in which our Master rose from the dead:
This Day is Given for Miracles
"But now Messiah is risen from the dead, and has become the bikkurim (firstfruits) of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man (Yah'shua/Jesus) also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Messiah all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Messiah the bikkurim (firstfruits), afterward those who are Messiah's at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to Elohim (God) the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For 'He has put all things under His feet.' But when He says 'all things are put under Him,' it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that Elohim (God the Father) may be all in all" (1 Cor.15:20-28, NKJV),
Do you wish Yom haBikkurim (Day of Firstfruits) to become alive in you, for the Ruach haShleshi to fill you? This day is given by the grace of Elohim (God) for miracles that you may encounter Him in a new, or renewed, way today.
"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honour" (John 12:23-26, NKJV).
Therefore present yourselves, first, for death - death to self-will - that the will of the Son, which is in the Father, may rule in you and bless you abundantly, making you fruitful. Present yourselves for service before those whom Yahweh has set over you, that you may work as the Body, sanctified and knit together as echad (one), not as solo-Christians. There are no more solo-Christians after Yom haBikkurim (Day of Firstfruits)! Those who wish to be lone rangers cannot even come up to Shavu'ot (Weeks), let alone Shavu'ot (Tabernacles), where the Finnal Gathering takes place after the Second Exodus and the Sukkot Anointing! It is at Shavu'ot (Weeks) where betrothal covenants are made to Messiah to become an integral part of the uniplural Bride - the mystical bride that is both monogamous and polygamous.
Face Down on the Ground
So husbands need to get face down before the Creator, and wives before their husbands, in fear and respect, that all may may be done in the proper order. Let the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones) present themselves before their pastors for service too, working cooperately and in the proper order for the Kingdom, each in their own place, not assuming authority that has not been given them, that the enemy, thrown out afar, may not again draw near and work his destruction. Then the glory spoken of in Isaiah 4 will come to pass amongst the remnant, and others will be amazed, causing many to repent and be saved. For if we do not become that light, we will draw nobody.
May Yahweh bless you, especially those returning to congregations and those yet to join us, both here in Sweden and in Kenya. This is a new beginning but choices have to be made now - not tomorrow. Today is the day of repentance, today is the day or renewal, today is the day of salvation. Amen.
The meeting is opened for testimonies
Continued in Part 4