Month 11:22, Week 3:7 (Shibi'i/Sukkot), Year:Day 5939:317 AM|
2Exodus 1/40, Messianic Countdown 72/67
Gregorian Calendar: Tuesday 10 February 2015
Countdown & Consecrating the Levites
Continued from Part 1
Shabbat shalom kol beit Yisra'el and may you indeed all find grace today and bring contrite hearts before the Throne of Messiah as we once again assemble to talk about weighty matters. Some of what I have to share with you today you have had advance notice of already but which I must carefully cover again for the sake of those who have not yet heard, plus I have more to share. I pray above all that you come sober-minded knowing that none of these things are to be trifled with.
Dangerous and Safe Times
These are bad and good times, dangerous and safe times, depending where you stand in your relationship with Yahweh and whether you are walking a life of Torah-obedience or not. My feelings are very mixed because on the one hand I know that this is going to be a wonderful time for the faithful remnant but a very distressing and potentially deadly time for those who are not. First a very important vision which some of you have already heard about online but which we need to discuss thoroughly today:
VISION OF THE CALENDAR AND THE WOMAN IN A BLACK DRESS
On the morning of 18th day of the 11th month (6 February 2015) at 8.44 a.m. a vision suddenly and unexpectedly opened up before me, unprompted by prayer or meditation. I saw a daily calendar suspended in the air like the one in the illustration above but without the clipboard and on the top sheet was the number '72'. No sooner had I observed this than the top sheet slid away revealing the number '71' on the sheet beneath which did not change during the course of the vision. This scene remained for some while and then I observed far below the field of vision, a tall, thin youngish woman wearing a black dress from her neck to ankles to wrists of the kind that the Victorians might have worn when in mourning, though the woman wore no hat or veil.
A 2014 Vision of the Parchment
I knew instantly that this was a very important communication from heaven and recorded it on what was, prophetically I believe, what was the last page of my then current journal which had begun on 28 September 2014. On that particular day four months ago I had seen another vision which I have not, as far as I can recall, communicated until now that consisted of a roll of parchment. As you know, Torah scrolls have two spindles between which the parchment is rolled in order to read but the second spindle was not yet attached for reading purposes so that at that time it remained unreadable, that not being the time for its revealment. It was, however, partly opened, presumably so I could see it. The writing was extraordinarily beautiful and contained illustrations in pure gold reminding me a little bit of the mediaeval Book of Hours.
The Second Book of the Master Yah'shua the Messiah
At the time I saw the vision, I did not know whether the text pertained to history, instruction or the future and it was only a couple of days ago that I was led back to it as I prepared to file that journal away. But now I do know what that book pertains to - it is the book Yahweh told me would come into being many, many years ago when I was in a temporary home in Norway awaiting a revelation of the place which is now our international headquarters in Sweden. I had been lying in bed, in what had previously been a doctor's surgery, and I heard Him speak to me, saying: "The Second Book of the Master Yah'shua the Messiah" .
A Latter-Day Acts of the Apostles
I know now that this book consists of the works of the end-time remnant apostles-to-come (not the spurious thousands in charismatic protestantism) - their works, revelations, theological discourses, and the like - a new Acts, new 'epistles', new wisdom literature, new psalms, new everything (save the original historial witness of the first shlichim/apostles), a second supplement to the Four Gospels and addendum to the original Acts of Luke and epistles of Paul, Peter, Jude and John. That book is about to be written (and therefore opened) as the Work of the true Remnant begins.
A Warning to Those Who Build the Kingdom According to the Flesh
This is truly an exciting time for the remnant that chooses to sanctify itself and to consecrate the Temple of El Elyon, the Most High, as Hezekiah did according to the sacred last week. However, I must again add a warning, and that warning was repeated to me back last September when I recorded the vision of the parchment. That same day, the following night at 2 a.m., I had been directed to the 30th chapter of Jeremiah which records the account of Jacob's distress, and these were the words I was directed to record in connection with that parchment scroll last September:
Anniversary of the Mishpat Yahweh
"I have heard a sound of terror, of dread, and there is no peace. Ask now, and see, if a male can give birth. Why do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in childbirth? And why have all faces turned pale? Alas! for that day is great, there is none like it; and it is the time of Jacob's distress (trouble), but he will be saved from it...I will destroy completely all the nations where I have scattered you, only I will not destroy you completely, but I will chasten you justly, and I will by no means leave you unpunished...I will restore you to health...Behold, the tempest of Yahweh! Wrath has gone forth, a sweeping tempest; it will burst on the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of Yahweh will not turn back, until He has performed, and until He has accomplished the intent of His heart; in the latter days you will understand this" (Jer.30:6-7,11,17a,23-24, NASB).
You don't need me to rehearse the mortal danger the world is in, of the threat of a Third World War between the superpowers over the Ukraine or of the original Mishpat Yahweh issued last April. Indeed the anniversary of that Mishpat falls on the third day of Chag haMatzah, the day after the sanctification of the Priesthood and the Dedication of the Temple ends! Moreover, as Brother Gabriel Ljungstrand of the Sweden Mission has correctly observed, the Countdown ends during the second month of Rosh Chodesh, to be precise, on the preparation day, which is 18 April 2015. You will remember last week I shared with you how the Ruach (Spirit) had told him a while back that something important was going to happen during the Late Pesach (Passover) this year, which was before we knew anything about the Rededication.
Season of the Judgment of the Messianic Community
Let me share with you also what Brother François van Staden of the South Africa Mission had to say in commentary about the vision when I first published it without any interpretation of my own:
(All creation calendar calculations are made from Arvika, Sweden)
"It seems if it could be the last of a specific season for the messianic community and the countdown to the day is arriving for the judgement of YHWH over the messianic community. The number 70 can signify the idolatrous elders of the messianic community (Ezek.8:11) and also a period of captivity (Jer.25:11) of trial and mourning (Gen.50:3; Is.23:15,17; Dan.9:2; Zech.1:12; 7:5). The number 2 can signify division and/or straying from the truth (being deceived), both in NCAY and outside in the broader messianic community. The woman represents the Body of Christ who is mourning the division in the messianic community because of deception and idolatry (Is.32:9-11; Matt.25:1-3).
"The significance lies with the number 72 and not necessarily with 71 and the countdown to 0. This is just indicating that the end of a specific season will arrive soon. To my wife and I it just confirms what we already are seeing unfolding in front of our very eyes here in South Africa within the messianic community. This is our understanding of your vision...As brother Gabriel said, from the 6th of Feb it was 72 days to go to Rosh Chodesh of the second month. But let's take 7x2=14, that will give us Rosh Chodesh plus 14 days, which falls on the late Pesach. This indicates Abba YHWH's perfect timing (Matt.1:17), bringing forth our redemption, by appointment....." (7 February 2015).
The Full Solar Eclipse on the Biblical New Year's Day
The chart above is a summary of all this important information. Some of you I know are aware that on Aviv 1, the biblical New Year, the day Yahweh has commanded the latter-day Hezekiah cleansing of the Temple of Messianic Israel, the day that the Sh'mittah (Sabbatical) Year begins, there will be a FULL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN. Not only that, but the path the total eclipse traces is between Greenland and Northern Europe as you can see in this map:
The Importance of the Right Calendar
Do not suppose this is insignificant. As you can see by the path of the total eclipse, it totally separates the Old World (Europe, Asia and Africa) from the New World, symbolising a complete division which will no doubt be seen in a division in the real world too. Think about it - not only will 20 March be the New Year, which is the first Rosh Chodesh or New Moon, but but it will also be a total eclipse of the sun, a very dark day indeed, the day of cleansing of the Temple in our day. Other ministries using the wrong (Talmudic) Calendar know something is up but have the wrong prophetic markers so they are pointed in the wrong direction - this iw why the Creation Calendar is so important!
The Unmistakable Hand of Yahweh
In other words, none of these things I have been talking about could remotely have been invented by man - the supernatural Hand of Yahweh is so evident in all of this as to be undeniable. Four people independently told me that the woman in black was the Bride of Messiah which was never really in any doubt. There are at least 2, if not 3, layers of understanding in this vision, two of which Brother Fançis has identified for us as being the prophetic significance of the number 72 itself as well as the countdown to a very important appointment indeed. Those of you who were here last Sabbath will remember that we have been commanded to celebrate Late Pesach this year, two weeks after the countdown has ended. In case any sceptic insists my vision was something from my subconscious I have to tell you that I am absolutely not a mathematican and rely on others more competent than I to tackle calculations of this nature! So I am grateful always for their input whether it be in the highly complex realm of the Creation Calendar or in biblical and prophetic numerics.
At 1.30 a.m. two nights ago as I was preparing to sleep, the Ruach (Spirit) once again told me to return to the 29th chapter of 2nd Chronicles and when I came to the 5th verse, the text stood out most forcibly:
A Warning Last Sukkot
"Listen to me Levites, sanctify yourselves and consecrate the Temple of Yahweh" (2 Chr.29:5, JB).
Yahweh made it very clear that the sanctification of the Levites - which in the B'rit Chadashah (New Covenant) is the Royal Melchizedek Priesthood (1 Pet.2:9) - needed to begin immediately. Last Sukkot (Tabernacles), you may recall, we were preparing to ordain Priesthood for the ministry and Yahweh commanded us not to because they were not clean. You will remember how a small cloud of glory appeared but nobody would enter it. In fact we were told there and then that "we are no further down the road than many evangelical churches...We are nobody special. In spirit, we are still a part of the unsifted muddy mix until we get such matters resolved" .
Mystery of the Alef-Taw in the Hezekiah Rededication Text
This is why we must sanctify ourselves. It is important that you become aware of the fact that the letters Alef-Taw (ta)  appear several times in the text in connection with sanctification and dedication. Let me read the entire preamble to this text which is to be our focus for 18 days starting at Aviv 1:
Divinely-Mediated Human Actions in Yahweh
"[Hezekiah] in the first year of his reign, in the first month (Aviv), opened-ta doors of the House of Yahweh and repaired them. And he brought in-ta the cohenim (priests) and the Levites and gathered them together into the broad place on the east, and said to them, 'Hear me, you Levites; now sanctify yourselves and sanctify-ta the House of Yahweh, the Elohim of your fathers, and carry forth-ta the filthiness of the holy place. For our fathers have trespassed and done that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh our Elohim and have forsaken Him and have turned away their faces from the habitation of Yahweh and turned their backs. Also they have shut up the doors of the porch and put out-ta the lamps (Menorahs) and have not burned incense nor burnt-offerings in the holy place to the Elohim of Israel. So the wrath of Yahweh was upon Judah and Jerusalem and He has delivered them to be tossed to and fro, to be an astonishment and a hissing, as mta (them) [you] see with your eyes. For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for ta [this]. Now it is in my heart to make a covenant to hwhyl, the Elohim of Israel that His fierce anger may turn away from us. My sons are not negligent; for Yahweh has chosen you to stand before Him, to minister to Him and that you should be His ministers and burn incense" (2 Chr.29:3-11, MATS ).
The main thing I want you to notice is that the alef-taw ta is associated, in every case, with VERBS or ACTIONS - "opened" (the Temple doors), "brought in" (the cohenim/priests), "sanctify" (the House of Yahweh), "carry forth" (the filthiness of the holy place), "put out" (the menorahs/lamps) and "[put] in captivity" (our sons, daughters and wives). The alef-taw ta is the "Alpha and Omega" (NKJV) which is Yah'shua (Jesus) and "the Marya (Master) Yahweh" ("LORD God", NKJV) of Revelation 1:8:
"And from Yah'shua the Messiah, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and the ruler of the kings of the earth, He who loved us and released us from our sins by His blood and made us a Kingdom of Cohenim (priests) (Ex.19:6; Is.61:6) to Elohim (God), even His Father. To Him [be] glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He comes with the clouds and all eyes will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn concerning Him. Yes, and Amen. 'I am Alef and Taw', says the Marya (Master) YHWH, 'He who is and was and is to come, who is the Almighty'" (Rev.1:5-8, HRV - also 21:6; 22:13).
Please notice also in the 2 Chronicles 29 extract the presence of another alef-taw ta but this time in conjunction with the letter mem m as alef-taw-mem mta that is translated as the pronoun 'them' in the phrase "He has delivered them to be tossed to and fro, to be an astonishment and a hissing, as mta (them) [you] see with your eyes". Now the word "them" does not have to be expressed in this way and is otherwise translated from the word hé-mem mh. So why is it here spelled with an ta? Because we see it linked to Yah'shua (Jesus), and in particular, to His eternalness or to the sphere of infinity. ta's are only linked to words, or form part of words, in the Davar Elohim (Word of God) when they are referencing an eternal element, and in the case of Hezekiah, the JUDGMENT OF JUDAH AND JERUSALEM, and in our case, THE JUDGMENT OF THE MESSIANIC KINGDOM in all its confusion and rebellion.
Divinised Action Verbs
As I said, these are all ACTION VERBS made divine by their attachment to ta's - they are things we either have to do by the command of Yahweh, or will have done on us, positively or negatively, depending on what we choose. That is to say, they are divinely directed and have important spiritual and physical consequences - spiritual because they are designed to change us, physical because these things happen in real space on divinely-mandated dates.
The Actions We Must Take
Let's run through them one-by-one so that we clearly understand what our part is during the Aviv 1 cleansing:
A Revelation About Secular Music in Worship
- 1. "[Hezekiah] in the first year of his reign, in the first month (Aviv), opened-ta doors of the House of Yahweh and repaired them" - open your hearts to Yah'shua (Jesus), ask for them to be repaired/healed through His blood;
- 2. "[Hezekiah] brought in-ta the cohenim (priests) and the Levites and gathered them together" - gather at the appointed place for the sanctification of the cohenim (priests) and dedication of the Temple of New Covenant Messianic Israel at Aviv1;
- 3. "Hear me, you Levites; now sanctify yourselves and sanctify-ta the House of Yahweh, the Elohim of your fathers" - we are to sanctify or set-apart the Temple of our individual bodies as well as the whole Body of the Messianic Community in general;
- 4. "Carry forth-ta the filthiness [out] of the holy place" - get everything unclean out of our soul by making teshuvah (repenting), in effect, having a grand Chag haMatzah (Feast of Unleavened Bread) session by getting the chametz (yeast) of sin out of your life (it is no 'accident' that the Aviv 1 Cleansing ends on the first two days of Chag haMatzah and specifically at Yom haBikkurim or Firstfruits which corresponds to the resurrection);
- 5. "They have shut up the doors of the porch and put out-ta the lamps (menorahs)" - if we have out the Light and Fire of Messiah out in our souls because of rebellion, we have to get them re-lit;
- 6. "The wrath of Yahweh was upon Judah and Jerusalem and He has delivered them to be tossed to and fro, to be an astonishment and a hissing, as mta (them) [you] see with your eyes" - once you know the emet (truth) of a matter, implement it - align yourself to correct teaching and practice and shoulder your share of the responsibility in the Royal Priesthood: "And [Yah'shua/Jesus] Himself gave some to be shlichim (apostles), some nevi'im (prophets), some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones) for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Messiah, till we all come to the unity of the emunah (faith) and of the knowledge of the Son of Elohim (God), to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Messiah; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men" (Eph.4:11-14, NKJV) - then you will have shalom (peace) and spiritual stability; and
- 7. "Our fathers have fallen by the sword and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for ta [this]" - this is what will happen to the families of believers if they don't repent and get cleaned out when the tribulation comes to your door; and therefore
- 8. "It is in my heart to make a b'rit (covenant) to hwhyl, the Elohim (God) of Israel that His fierce anger may turn away from us" - this is b'rit (covenant) - committment time - to walk in the Derech (Way) of the Royal Melchizedek Priesthood whose way is far strictter than the Levitical Priesthood of Hezekiah's day!
Having been directed by Yahweh to the passage commanding the Levites to sanctify themselves - this was at about 1.30 a.m. - I went into prayer and started getting convicted of sins hidden deep within my soul, idolatries that have remained undetected because they were so subtle. I was actually quite horrified. They remained hidden because I had rationalised them away using, in one instance, the excuse of the founder of the Salvation Army who thought it acceptable - in the case of songs which had been created for fleshy pursuits and therefore directly, or indirectly, for the worship of Satan - to seize carnal songs and claim them for Yahweh by changing the lyrics. I once had taken an Elvis Presley song and added my own Christian lyrics to it, a national socialist march and done the same (I had planned to do the same with the Communist International but never got around to it), and saw that I was engaging in religious syncretism and therefore idolatry without realising it. This (music) was only one of the things I had compromised in, for usually I have been strict about such things, but obviously not enough. Indeed this has been a matter of some controversy over the years and I have been reviled for refusing to admit secular styles of worship (like rock music) into worship. And where I have yielded I have always regretted it. Yet I had let slip and Yahweh was showing me what I had done.
Mixing the Sacred With the Profane
Aren't believers commanded not to "be unequally yoked with unbelievers" (2 Cor.6:14, NKJV)? Then why do we mix the sacred with the profane? It is very clear that in Temple worship songs and lyrics (the Psalms) were composed only for worship. We even know that that ancient Temple music sounded like thanks to the painstaking research of musicologist Suzanne Haik-Vantoura  who found the melodies coded into the accentuated system preserved in the Masoretic text of the very psalms themselves. This chironomic system, using hand signals, enabled the temple musicians. You can hear some extracts, sung in Hebrew, on some videoclips.
A Question of Worshipful Music
Now I am not, of course, saying that we must only sing in Hebrew and only use the temple music collected together by David. What I am saying, however, is that the music itself must have been composed for exclusive worship of Yahweh and is not therefore 'performable' in a secular setting. It must be its own qadosh, set-apart, holy Ruach-inspired style. How many 18th and 19th century hymns have had their lyrics changed and used for secular entertainment? Not many because they don't appeal to the flesh but to the spirit! True, some classical hymns have been jazzed up and turned into virtual rock music for 'modernist' congregations (usually lawless, I might add) and I am sure the original composers would be appalled and be turning in their graves if they were to hear of it! I certainly cringe when I hear it.
A Clear Musical Division
There has to be a clear division between the sacred and the profane so that no one is in any doubt where the dividing line lies. As Royal Melchizedek Priesthood we must be strict in preserving the separation. In the same way the profane was kept out of the Old Covenant Temple, so we should do the same in the New, our own bodies. In this current demon-saturated world you will appreciate how important it is not to mix the two worlds and so obfuscate discernment. At the risk of being accused of being old-fashioned, stuffy, or whatever - and I have been, sometimes most rudely - I must insist that we stick by the rules Yahweh has shown us. This is not about personal taste for if it were I can assure you I would have included a lot more than Elvis Presley, political tunes and the like! And it is not generally known that I found most traditional hymnody crushingly boring for many years before becoming a believer. But then I was prejudiced against it even though it was closer to the kind of music I liked than the contemporary music of my youth.
The Music of the Temple
That is not to give carte blanche to all the church music of the past for some is spiritually dead and some - especially from Catholicism - has unclean spirits in it. So if any of you are still entertaining desires of 'modernising' our music I have to disappoint you - if the original music and lyrics written by David and other authorised musicians was good enough for Solomon and centuries later for Hezekiah and centuries further to Yah'shua's (Jesus') day, then the best of the greats from the past is good enough for us also. In Hezekiah's dedication of the Temple only the Songs of Ascents, or Psalms 120-124 were used! Neither should we go scurrying after Jewish music and most messianics do - none of this is authentic biblical music anyway but can be traced to Spain and across the various semi-pagan cultures of mediaeval Europe. Some is acceptable but much of it has its own spirits which we dare not mix in with the emet (truth).
Only the Best, Only the Purest
The Royal Priesthood has therefore got to learn to discern between the sensual (with its beats) and the spiritual, and then between the different forms of 'spiritual'. We have all come from different backgrounds and been influenced by them, and very strongly by music. But I have to say that most of the best and most spiritual spiritual music was inspired in the 18th and 19th centuries. So you have been forewarned - there has to be a major spiritual retuning in the messianic community. And that's not to say that new music won't come forth with the Sukkot anointing too for there is every reason to suppose it will as Yah's people become more and more set-apart. I have heard heavenly choirs and maybe some of you have too - if you have you'll know what I am talking about.
Three Months Laid Out
Today you have been given a timetable of what has to be done, at least until the week after the Late Pesach (Passover). Today's revelation and message are primarily about a countdown that began 5 days ago - there are 67 days left to get as ready as you can be, and by that to make sure you are prepped spiritually and physically. You need to hear from Yahweh so that you know where you are to be - where you have to go - if necessary. Be prepared to obey the Ruach (Spirit) no matter how much your flesh may be contradicted, or your fondest desires opposed. You need to get sanctified - set-apart, consecrated to Him, and finely tuned into His Ruach (Spirit). On Day #29 of the countdown - which is only 37 days or 5 weeks away - there will be perhaps the most important assembly of this ministry's history as we gather for the Temple dedication for 16 days. So if you are travelling to this assembly of cohenim (priests) that leaves you a little over a month to get all your prepping finished, with perhaps another three weeks between the Dedication and Late Passover if you're planning to make two trips. If you're living abroad on a tight budget then you obviously need to give this a lot of prayerful thought, bearing in mind that travel may be difficult - if not impossible - later on in the year as far as the other two pilgrim festivals are concerned. There may be widespread war by then, we don't exactly know.
We have five more sabbaths to get further orientation and to hear what else Yahweh would have us know and do. Next week we need to discuss the nature of spiritual cleansing, in which spheres it must be applied, and how it must be done. No matter our backgrounds, we can no longer think as 'Christians' (Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox) or 'Jews' (Messianic, Nazarene, non-Messianic) but must walk as Yahweh's ancients did. Last night I was reading Solomon's prayers at the dedication of the first Temple asking Yahweh how this pertains to a new Covenant context. We should all be searching the Scriptures out - I hope you are because there is a lot of spiritual preparation to be done. Prepare as though you were getting ready for a World War to be declared for this is no trivial exercise. May Yahweh-Elohim bless the week that lies ahead as you take these things to heart and get your house in order, in Yah'shua's (Jesus') Name. Amen.
 This would have been somewhere between October 1996 and the summer of 1997 before we were converted to Torah and were unfamiliar with messianic terms, the exact words then being, "The Second Book of the Lord Jesus Christ"
 You can read the report at General Conference 2014: Report of the Patriarchate
 See Mystery of the Alef-Taw: Establishing the Right Foundations and Genesis 1:1 and the Festivals of Yahweh
 William H. Sanford, The Messianic Aleph Tav Scriptures (CBC Publishing, British Columbia, Canada: 2014), p.408
 If you can afford it (as it is out of print and hard to come by), get Suzanne Haik-Vantoura's book, The Music of the Bible Revealed: The Deciphering of the Millenary Notation (Bibal Press: 1991, ISBN-10 094103710X or ISBN-13 978-0941037105), translated from the French into English by Dennis Weber