Month 2:1, Rosh Chodesh, Year:Day 5938:030 AM - 2Exodus 1/40|
ROSH CHODESH II (Shanee haChodesh), Jericho I (Rishon/Pesach)
Gregorian Calendar: Tuesday 29 April 2014
Rosh Chodesh II
Jericho I & Changing Your Identity
Continued from Part 15 (Jericho)
Chag sameach Rosh Chodesh kol beit Yisra'el and may the grace and shalom (peace) of our Master Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) be with us all as we assemble to hear the words of the nevi'im (prophets) on this the first day of the second month.
Why the Battle of Jericho is Important to Us
My message for you came like a bolt of lightening yesterday as I was completing the sabbath sermon on Asenath and checked my calendar when I saw that today was the first day of the Battle of Jericho. For those of you unfamiliar with the prophetic significance of this week-long period of time that occupies the first seven days of the second month, I invite you to reacquaint yourself with the Jericho series of 2011 and 2012 . Suffice today that whilst no formal observance of any 'Jericho March' is anywhere commanded, it in any case always falls on the second Rosh Chodesh of each year and the nevi'im (prophets) have received a multiple witnesses that Yahweh opens spiritual windows and doors for those called to intercession. In other words, there are special blessings available, as on all new moon days, that Yahweh makes available to those who love and obey His mitzvot (commandments). Though we assemble today on Rosh Chodesh by commandment, our assemblies over the next seven days are strictly optional, for those intercessors who are called individually by the Ruach (Spirit) to do so.
A Prophetic Word on Identities
Before we get underway today I wish to share a davar (word) from Brother Ljungstand which very much ties in with what the overcomers are called to do over the next seven days, if they so choose. This is what he received:
Shedding Their Egyptian Identity
In Revelation 5:9-10 the 24 elders sung a new song: "Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for Thou wast slain , and hast redeemed US to Elohim (God) by the BLOOD OUT OF EVERY KINDRED, and TONGUE, and PEOPLE, and NATION, and hast made US unto our Elohim (God) kings and cohenim (priests); and WE shall reign on the earth"! These OVERCOMERS are taken OUT of all earthly IDENTITIES! Their identity is only in the KINGDOM OF YAHWEH and not Swedish, American, African, Black, Lutheran, Pentecostal or ANY EARTHLY IDENTITY! In Revelation 13:7 about the Beast: "And it was given unto him to make war with the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones) and to OVERCOME them; and POWER was given him OVER ALL KINDREDS and TONGUES and NATIONS"! We have a choice, either to leave all earthly identities and OVERCOME, or stay in our earthly identity and BE OVERCOME by the BEAST!
When the early Israelites entered their first Shavu'ot (Weeks, 'Pentecost') covenant at Mt.Sinai they were shedding their Egyptian identity and assuming Israelite nationality even before they were in the land of Israel. They yet had a 40 year wandering to go through, as do we, but they assumed their new identity immediately and engaged in the process of overcoming all previous identities.
Lot's Wife, Asenath and Ruth Change Identity
When Lot and his family left the city of destruction, Sodom, his wife hesitated, looking back, not wanting to fully relinquish her identity with Sodom and its people. When Asenath married Joseph she knew she was leaving her father's household and his religion, as did Ruth who abandoned her Moabite identity and religion to become the wife of Boaz.
A New Identity in Messiah
Becoming a Christian or a believer in Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) means assuming a new personal identity so that instead of remaining as 'me' I become 'myself IN Yah'shua (Jesus). And as those of you who are serious about your discipleship know, this is no cute theology, no intellectual massage - it's a reality. But it does not stop there. When we come up to Shavu'ot (Weeks) we are shedding our national identities too and assuming a new national identity. And whilst it is possible to have 'dual citizenship', as it were, for a while, the time comes, for the firstborn children of the resurrection, that they must shed one of those national identities and remain in the eternal one.
The Tribe of Joseph in Revelation
One thing I did not mention to you yesterday, which I meant but never got around to because of a lack of time, was a revelation Yahweh gave to me about the Tribe of Joseph in the Millennium. I wish to address that in passing now. It concerns the Twelve Tribes of the Heavenly and Millennial City of the New Jerusalem where in Revelation 7:8 the tribe of Joseph is mentioned as one of these 12 tribes. There is an anomoly, as you know, in verse 6 which speaks of "the tribe of Manasseh", which is odd since this is one of the two tribes of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh) which, if it is to be understood literally, means that the proportions are all wrong because it means Manasseh has 1½ tribal 'shares', as it were. The tribe of Dan is missing from this important scripture, the absence of which has fuelled speculation across the centuries that the Antichrist is from the Tribe of Dan. There are, indeed, only two ways to make sense of Revelation 7:5-8 ...either 'Joseph' here bespeaks of Ephraim alone, and indeed Dan is absent, or there has been a scribal error and "Manasseh" was originally "Dan" that was transcribed erroneously as "Man" which led one or more later scribes to subsequently assume this was "Manasseh".
Josephite Nations to Become One Nation in the Millennium
The revelation I received yesterday was that the "Jospeh" rendering is indeed correct and speaks of Joseph and not just Ephraim for as I read this passage I received a witness that in the Millennium all the Josephite nations - Britain, the United States, Germany, Austria, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and some others would all reunite as a single Josephite Nation. I pass that on to you as a tidbit for your consideration without going any further into the Revelation 7:5-8 question generally.
We Must Take Our Shavu'ot Covenant More Seriously
Brother Ljungstrand has brought up an essential and true issue that must be resolved by the children of the Second Exodus. Whilst I do not believe he is suggesting that we forsake our national citizenship, which in any case is impossible, he most certainly is addressing our mindset. Whilst we will all hold various national passports until the Final Gathering, what Yahweh wants of us by the time of next Shavu'ot (Weeks) is that we present to Him our national identities - what we feel about ourselves in our hearts and think about ourselves in our minds - and fully exchange these for a corporate Messianic Israelite identity, that is to say, a KINGDOM IDENTITY, by renewing our Shavu'ot Covenant in a deeper and more meaningful way.
Dual Nationality No Longer Permissible
When the second generation of First Exodus Israelites - plus Joshua the Ephraimite and Caleb the Judah-adopted Esauite - crossed the River Jorden in a 'second' Red Sea-type miracle (albeit on a smaller scale), they entered the land as a new corporate identity with all memory of the former Egyptian identity erased. We are to be reminded today, most emphatically and most urgently, that the time for being of two minds about this matter is over if it is not our intention to be rounded up and martyred by the Beast governments any time between now and the conclusion the next 40 years' journeying. In our minds and hearts, at any rate, Yahweh is calling us to make the decision to be the bearers of only a single passport. We can't claim to belong to both the Kingdom and to the World or our double-mindedness will render us unfit for heaven and make us unstable in all our doings (Jas.1:8) making us the more easily beguilable (2 Pet.2:14).
There is only one heavenly Nation State to which we are called to exclusively belong inwardly until we can belong to it outwardly too when Yah'shua (Jesus) returns, and that is to the nation of Messianic Israel - not the entity in the Middle East which is but another of the fallen and devilish nations of the world, but to the one defined by the Rule of New Covenant Torah. We cannot be double-minded about this matter. Our laws, culture and customs are Torah and we are expected to exchange whatever we had before for this Heavenly Code and Lifestyle. Those who do become the children of the First Resurrection. Those who don't become the children of the Second Resurrection. It's as simple as that.
Circumcision Like Identity Change
When Joshua and Israel crossed the Jordan and camped outside Jericho they were circumcised which represented putting off the old man and putting on the new one (Col.3:9). We are in that situation right now and are to choose not a physical circumcision made with hands but a circumcision of the heart made without hands, by the power of the Ruach haQodesh (Col.2:11). This was a 'drastic' thing to do in the days before anaesthetic, and still is in many ways, for the effect of it, for adult males, was to make them weak and feverish for several days. It was this period of weakness that Reuben and his two brothers deceitfully exploited when they murdered the entire population of Shechem after the rape and defilement of their sister Dinah by its Prince (Gen.34). Circumcision is radical surgery and I liken a change of identity to it because this is radical too. It is painful and it leaves us ill, disorientated and vulnerable for a while. Dying to self is not an easy matter and a frightening experience that everyone must take if their intent is to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It is radical spiritual surgery.
Leaving Home Forever - Living Like Yah'shua
Being spiritually circumcised was like Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, Bilhah, Zilpah and Ruth all leaving their homes to be joined to their husbands in his country, their husbands being types of Messiah who in mortality, you will remember, had no place to lay his head like the birds in their nests and the foxes in their holes (Mt.8:20; Lk.9:58). He was in a 'foreign' country even though it nominally claimed allegiance to His Heavenly Father, Yahweh. We are now called to live like Yah'shua (Jesus) and the first talmidim (disciples) in our minds and hearts, acknowledging that what wherever we may be, whether it be the country of our birth and upbringing or a 'foreign' country abroad, that we are all strangers - we are all soujourners in a strange and foreign land, earth, which bears scant resemblance to our true home country which is heaven:
A New Mind/Heartset
"Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones) and members of the household of Elohim (God), having been built on the foundation of the shlichim (apostles) and nevi'im (prophets), Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in Yahweh, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of Elohim (God) in the Ruach (Spirit)" (Eph.2:19-22, NKJV).
That is the change in mindset and heartset that we are being called to make, and to allow the heavenly surgeon to conduct the operation. And this must happen before the assault on the first obstacle that stands in the way to the taking of the spiritual land, namely, Jericho. And that is why we are assembled today.
Brethren and sisters, the current year is the year everything changes for good and evil. We're well into the end-game now. I hope you have done the 7 things and that you are not gambling on someone else doing them for you. If you haven't, then dépêche-toi - hurry up! Time is running out! Repent or perish! Get out of Babylon! You have to cross now!
This is the Year of Judgment
None of this is a new revelation to you for I have been saying it for sometime now. The only different compared with before is that that time is now actually upon us - aren't the signs glaringly obvious now to all but the totally blind...to the lemmings headed for the cliff of destruction? This is the Second Exodus, this is the Year of Judgment of Babylon and the punishment of those in the upper echelons of power globally, this is the beginning of the Sukkot Anointing and this is the time we have been waiting for all these years.
Called to Spiritual Warfare
However, we are not called to be passive either. We are called into spiritual warfare - now! As the enemy has cranked the entire machinery of his evil ambition into rapid motion, so the heavenly hosts are assembling too, and the earthly firstborn with them. Like the great and terrible mobilisation of European armies that occurred 100 years ago in 1914 that led to four ghastly years of world war that claimed the lives of millions and turned Christian civilisation on its head, so an ever greater mobilisation is underway in the heavenlies with the devil's war machine cranking up in the Ukraine that threatens to pit the superpowers against each other in a Third World War, a war that has been planned by the Illuminati for a very long time. This is the great split I saw last August. And not just war and economic collapse are coming but things the world is utterly unprepared for save the nevi'im (prophets) and those who have listened and believed them.
We are now called into a week's prayer of symbolically marching around the Jericho's or strongmen that rule friends, families, and nations. Please read Joshua 5-6 and join with us in prayer. Jericho is not a good place to be so be wise like Rahab and secure a happy and safe future for yourself and your family! Rededicate yourselves, your families and your possessions to Yahweh and make Him the Sovereign of your life in Yah'shua (Jesus) our Messiah! Put on on the armour of a good warrior in Messiah, take up your sword, and pray! Amen.
Continued in Part 17
 See previous Jericho series, 2011 and 2012