Month 12:4, Week 1:3, Year:Day 5939:329 AM|
2Exodus 1/40, Messianic Countdown 72/55
Gregorian Calendar Sunday 22 February 2015
The Ploughed Field
A Vision of the Cleansing of NCAY
The MLT Meeting Room and Building Cleansed
At 7.55 a.m. on the morning of the 2nd day of the 12th month (20 February 2015), and in connection with the cleansing that is underway during the present countdown, I was shown a vision pertaining to this work at NCAY. I saw all that was not of Yahweh reduced to ash in the main Assembly Room of MLT, the NCAY headquarters here in Sweden, after I had cast out all that was impure from the building.
The Ploughed Field and Wild Dogs
Then the room suddenly changed into an exceedingly large and perfectly square field that had recently been plouged in a north-south direction. The soil looked damp and was a dark brown and I would estimate it was dawn. And though it was spring, there was not a blade of vegetation on it yet. Whether it was sown or not, I could not tell, but I suspect not. On the west border of the large field on the other side of the drainage ditch and on the narrow strip of raised ground, both of which surrounded the entire field area, were a number of what can best be described as a mixture of large wolf and wild dog. In seeing them, I understood that they were the ones that had been expelled from the field, which had been represented by the MLT Assembly Room, and could not now enter it again.
The Horseman and the Hog
Then suddenly, from the east, came horsemen gallopping onto the field. The leading rider was strong and wild-looking, and in each arm he was carrying two live animals, one of which was a wild hog. The hog managed to wrestle itself free from the rider's powerful grip, and attempted to make his escape by dashing off across the field, but the rider was onto him within a few seconds and, bending down while at the canter, seized the hapless animal again and secured it under his left arm where it had previously been imprisoned.
Cast From the Field into the Sky
Without fully understanding what I was doing, yet reacting to a powerful rush of ruach (spirit), I somehow seized all the riders together (two or three horsemen, I estimate, though it all happened so fast it is hard to be sure), and gripping them where they were most vulnerable, propelled them vertically up into the air with an almighty force so that they were lost to view and could not return to field like the 'dogs' either. As I looked upwards I could see a couple of people above on skis, moving in a south-easterly direction as though they were on an invisible surface far above my head. They were completely oblivious to what was happening below them though I could clearly see them from beneath. I supposed the riders joined them and were, like them, unable to descend, let alone see where they had come from. Then the intense vision closed.
Interpretations by Readers
The following are comments were made independently of one another so it is interesting how we as a community are functioning in the Ruach (Spirit):
1. François Van Staden (South Africa Mission):
2. Silvan Wolf (German Mission):
After prayer, this is our humble contribution:
It seems as if the NCAY ministry was cleansed from deceptive persons and / or false prophets.
The ploughed land means the beginning of a great and important task or venture that required a lot of hard work for the establishment of the foundations. It is a reminder that this is an apostolic anointing where hard ground have been broken with difficulty and with courage (Job 4:3). Time for sowing is overdue because sprouts should have been visible already on the field.
Dawn indicates the beginning of a new era.
The wolf / wild dogs represent deceptive persons or false prophets who became involved in the NCAY Ministry with the idea of benefiting and promoting themselves (Matthew 7:15, John 10:12). Hab 1:5-11 gives a very good description of such persons and attitudes:
The horses indicated a strong force or enemy which came against the ministry (Zech 12:7) and it was overcome with spiritual warfare after the wolves / wild dogs were cast out. (Jer 5:8, 46:4; Job 39:19; Rev 19:11). The horses can also indicate persons trusting the world and their own strength (soul power) and not YHWH (Ruach Ha'Kodesh) (Is 31:1, Ez 17:15, Hos 14:3), within the ministry.
"Look among the nations and watch --
Be utterly astounded!
For I will work a work in your days
Which you would not believe, though it were told you
For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans,
A bitter and hasty nation
Which marches through the breadth of the earth,
To possess dwelling places that are not theirs.
They are terrible and dreadful;
Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves.
Their horses also are swifter than leopards,
And more fierce than evening wolves.
Their chargers charge ahead;
Their cavalry comes from afar;
They fly as the eagle that hastens to eat.
"They all come for violence; (Hab 1:5-11, NKJV).
Their faces are set like the east wind.
They gather captives like sand.
They scoff at kings,
And princes are scorned by them.
They deride every stronghold,
For they heap up earthen mounds and seize it.
Then his mind changes, and he transgresses;
He commits offense,
Ascribing this power to his god."
The riders indicated that persons were established in positions of authority in the ministry (2 Cor 5:6, Phil 1:6). This links up with the wolves and / or wild dogs and might be the same persons returning (different roles of deception). The wild hog indicates sin / defilement in the hands of the persons in positions of authority.
The throwing out of the horse riders equals the passage of Mat 22:12-14 where the king instructed to "bind him hand and foot and throw him outside in the dark" because he was not dressed for the wedding, and sneaked in!
The skiers indicated that there are two dimensions, the one is the natural world (skiers) and the other is the spiritual dimension (ploughed field). The spiritual can see and judge the natural world, but not vice versa (1 Cor 2:14-16).
The directions to take note of are East and West. The wolves faced East which indicate the worship of idols. The riders came from the East facing West, away from the sun, indicating their daring and bold act of entering the field, showing no fear for the land Owner, imitating the righteous.
I would say dogs and hogs are unclean, unkosher things and the wild riders [are] the flesh. The field is our hearts.
3. Deborah Peterson (South Africa Mission):
4. Christopher Warren (MLT & Sweden Mission):
The dogs/wolves are a family or group. Wolves are social creatures and they hunt/destroy in packs. The wolves indicate they are a group effort. And being part dog, may be left-overs from when they once seemed to be docile and 'man's best friend' before their true wolf chracter came to be shown. It could also indicate them in part havig a desire to be 'looked after' like a dog needs care, of someone to take responsibility for their well-being.
I agree we Brother Francois that it would require a lot of work to prepare the field. It may be that the field is planted, but that it's such early days that you can't even see seedlings yet. But the field is good, and if it isn't planted, it needs the good seed as soon as possible, otherwise, it's simply an easier area for weeds to grow.
Wolves and riders coming from both sides could indicate opposition / attack from different sides / parties though they didn't seem aware of one another, so not a conscious joint effort. The riders could be ministers or others wanting to take advantage of the field, to 'take the male position' [of authority] though what they bring is unkosher - hence your forced removal of them.
I think the two levels shows some of those that consider themselves 'above the work', and don't realise what is happening below.
The Ministerial Imperative
This vision has, I believe, at least four different layers or dimensions:
I shall only be addressing the latter three categories here.
- 1. It is addressing a particular family (who figure in the earlier part of the vision not recorded here, because it is personal and not therefore for the public);
- 2. Personal (for each believer of NCAY and the wider Messianic Community);
- 3. Congregational on two sub-levels:
- a. For MLT, the presiding congregation in NCAY; and
- b. For the whole of NCAY internationally.
- 4. Collective-Corporate, the whole of Messianic Israel
Scripture gives us very clear symbolic meanings for soil and fields. In the Parable of the Sower Mt.13:24ff.), the field is the world, the sower is Yah'shua (Jesus) and the good seed is is the sons of the Kingdom (v.37). The vision shows a freshly tilled seed without any sort of vegetation on it, either good seed (sons of the Kingdom) or bad seed (sons of the Devil - v.39). The field itself, with its clear boundary, defines the boundary of the work of MLT/NCAY, its sphere of activity in the Vineyard of Yahweh. It is freshly tilled and ready for planting, meaning that the ministery is ready to receive the planting of its sons and daughters. This has not yet taken place even though NCAY is organised, though it will occur in a matter of weeks, Yah willing.
Symbolic Meaning of the Dog
The wolves and wild dogs are unable to gain access to the field and are held back by the invisible power of the Ruach (Spirit) because they have been banished from it - indeed they are its enemies who await to attack and destroy the new crop. They are all currently former members of the work from earlier times who have abandoned the emunah (faith) and returned to the world. Dogs are unkosher or unclean animals and were anciently, as now, used as a term of reproach or of humiliation (1 Sam.24:14; 9:8; 16:9). Paul describes false shlichim (apostles) as "dogs" (Phil.3:2), those who are shut out of the Kingdom of Heaven are also called "dogs" (Rev.22:15), and those who persecute true believers are likewise called "dogs" (Ps.22:16). When Hazael said, "How could your servant, a mere dog, accomplish such a feat?" (2 Ki.8:13, NIV), he was speaking in mock humility to show that one so contemptile as he should attain such power. To be a symbolic dog is to therefore be contemptible, not because dogs (like pigs) aren't lovely creations of Yahweh but because they are unclean.
The Symbolic Meaning of the Wolf
The wolf aspect is more sinister because wolves are referred to in Scripture as an emblem of treachery and cruelty and as such are perfectly willing to pretend to be true talmidim (disciples) whilst plotting evil. They are the worst of the bad seed in the Parable of the Sower but are not identified as such until harvest time when they come to maturity and so reveal who they really are for everyone to plainly see. Jacob's prophecy, "Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he divides the plunder" (Gen.49:27, NIV) represents a war-like character (e.g. Judg.19-21). Wolves like to "ravage" (Jer.5:6), are "fierce" (Hab.1:8), tend to devour everything they attack (Zeph.3:3), and "tear at their prey". False nevi'im (prophets) are likened by the Master to "ferocious wolves" (Mt.7:15) and His people are likened to "sheep among wolves" (Mt.10:16). Paul accurately prophesied that "wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock" (Acts 20:29, NIV).
Guarding the Mitzvot, Guarding the Flock
This is why we, as NCAY ministers, vigorously protect the flock and show no quarter to unrepentant wolves who try to remain concealed and stealthily destroy the flock from within, as is displayed in the treatment of the riders. The wolf-dog combination shows an interesting combination of potential (yet unrealised) domestication and docility, but these are both unclean as well as wild or undisciplined souls, and have an evil streak of viciousness and cruelty in them. They are not the cuddly, freedom-loving domestic dogs that they like to portray themselves as being, for they are in bondage themselves and are most miserable.
The Field Today and How It Got to be That Way
The field, as it stands, is clean and neatly arranged. This depicts the years of rigorous cleansing of false doctrine and wrong attitudes and behaviours that has been the often thankless but necessary work of NCAY over the last 30 years to this time. Cleanliness, which is central to Torah teaching, remains crucially important in the New Covenant, as we shall discuss next Sabbath.
Horsemen of the Wild Hog
But a new threat comes in the form of the riders carrying uncleanness in a new form, this time represented by the wild hog . They suddenly appear out of the north-east and move in a south-westerly direction and would have gone west but for the intervention. Unlike the dogs and wolves who are religious people within the flock, the riders are either entirely secular or religious people from outside the flock. They are in the ascendancy in the world and, like the false shepherds of the Kingdom, will - and as they have done anciently - attempt to "ruin My vineyard and trample down My field" (Jer.12:10, NIV). It is not clear whether these raiders entered the field in the vision by design or simply stumbled upon the field, thinking they could go wheresoever they desired at will.
The Symbolism of the Horse
As we saw in the Vision of the Three Winged Horses, horses symbolise WAR and POWER whose riders - carnal, and/orsecular man - in this latest vision acted like arrogant and self-assured, vain-confident lords of wherever they went. They did not come to attack the field, which as yet had no crop, but merely assumed they could go wherever they wanted.
The Protection of Zion
However, Zion is - or ought to be - dedicated and protected which has not currently happened but will happen beginning on Aviv 1 over a 16-day period with a parallel countdown underway leading to the first day of the second month too and the late MLT Pesach (Passover). This vision, along with the previous ones, is therefore part of a connecting chain of prophetic events preparing us for the immediate things to come.
Secular Power and Uncleanness
Unlike the dogs and wolves, horses under proper management are more disciplined and are therefore potentially more dangerous particularly as this war machine represents secular/religious power. Both their hands are taken with holding onto unclean animals so they are limited in their control and manoeuverability which is presumably why the leading horseman changed from a south-westerly direction to a westerly one, also in part because of his pursuit of the uncleanness represented by the pig. The weakness of the world is the pursuit of pleasure, and in particular, unkosher pleasure, controlled by demonic powers whose goal is run rough-shod everywhere.
Symbolism of the Pig
The pig is described extensively in scripture and is the symbol of uncleanness and debasement. As rulers in the carnal sphere, these horsemen or riders are governed by man-made rules and laws which supercede any spiritual ones they may per chance incorporate in their world view. They pursue their unclean carnal lusts, imitating the lifestyle of hogs, which they have enshrined as unviolable law, replacing Torah which is diametrically opposite.
Being Revolted by, and Responding to, Uncleanness
My reaction to the presence of the horsemen was swift, without compromise, without hesitation and without any other feelings other than to do the job properly and without delay. The responsibility of the Elders of Messianic Israel is to guard Torah without compromise and especially the rules governing cleanliness of mind, heart and body. The revulsion of our people must be so great at what is unclean that they will not think twice to extirpate it from the Kingdom, casting it into metaphorical Hades. Though they will be criticised by the lies of unclean dogs, wolves and hogs, they are to pay no heed to these complaints and lusts of the flesh whatsoever. Their reaction must be swift and without compromise or compassion for sin. The only way this work can be preserved is if this is done, removing the unrepentant offenders from the sphere of the Kingdom. What the offenders do outside this work is their business and none of ours, for they are in Yahweh's hands. Our business is the field, and the field alone.
Symbolism of the Skiers
Now one final picture - that of the skiers (a common sight in Scandinavia and a favourite pastime of the masses) who were above the invisible canopy separating the domain of the Field from that of the world system. The riders and their unclean beasts were propelled - most forcibly - into the same sphere as the skiers! We must clearly understand the prophetic symbolism of this if we are not to be deceived by that which masquerades as kosher but is not.
When Sport Becomes Idolatrous
Now none of this is, of course, saying that skiing or most sport is bad. What it is saying is that the pursuit of sport for its own sensual end - and remember sport is what the state promotes vigorously to keep the masses focussed away from their evil and from the salvation of the Besorah (Gospel) - is idolatry, and whilst it is not (apparently) aggressively harming people as the world system does, it can and usually is a distraction from what matters. It is innoculating them against the Ruach (Spirit). It is a matter of stewardship of time and resources. Remember, the wild riders joined the skiers in their realm because they were of the same realm in the first place.
One of the great difficulties I have had over the years as a pastor was having to deal with the incessant pressure from carnal believers/members to compromise and accommodate worldliness of one kind or another. It is therefore interesting how, in the past, in our eagerness to convert new members we actually drove most away, but now both individusals and whole congregations are queuing up to join this work (even knowing we have no money to support them) and are having to either be sent away or be put on probationary status while they carefully work things out. As we ourselves have changed and matured, so the Enemy's tactics have changed in response. We could by now be an extremely large ministry with hundreds of congregations in may countries by admitting all and sundry if we wanted to, but we choose instead to guard the Torah carefully, as Yahweh desires of us. And I believe it is only because we have done this that we have been called to the Cleansing of the Temple of Messianic Israel. It is therefore VITAL that we - and the next generation - not relent on these sacred standards. And certainly no apostles, evangelists, pastors or elders will be appointed in the future, or left to remain in their callings, if they do. So determined are we in this matter that we are prepared to lose all our members in order to do what is right. We are not in the business of 'recruting members' but aiding true souls in their quest for the perfection commanded of them.
Strictness of the Way
All that is of the flesh must be reduced to ashes and the gods of the flesh that we once worshipped expelled out of our lives forever. In the very first part of the vision the Assembly Room of MLT (representing the Temple of MLT) had to be cleansed, and that cleansing was depicted by the ploughed field. That is what we are in the process of doing. In the part of the dynamic and participatory vision not recorded in this article, that resulted in the wolves/dogs being put where they were on the side of the field, I threw out all those who were in my spiritual 'house' who were unclean and not of the Kingdom, and in particular, one large family under a powerful untackled generational curse - this was accurately discerned by Brother François in his interpretation. On a personal level, this of course means throwing out all that is unclean or impure in our own lves without compromise or self-pity, for the flesh loves its 'pity parties' and excuses. People fail to realise - or want to realise - that Yah'shua (Jesus) demonstrates this strictness when He teaches:
What This Ministry is About
"If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell" (Matt.5:28-30, NKJV).
This is not, of course, literal as that would be to mutilate and defile the "temple of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit)" (1 Cor.6:19) which must be held inviolate, but rather refers to habits, dispositions, thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are counter to the spiritual life in Messiah. We are to be ruthless in cutting them off even if it means stopping doing certain things that have hitherto been important to us, even those things which are lawful but which we have allowed to mutate into idolatrous practice and behaviour. If this is not a defining characteristic of this ministry and its people as individuals we have no future and can be of no use to the Master in this end-time work. And certainly this has to be the standard of our Priesthood while showing grace to those coming out of the world - as they are - and as they "work out their salvation with fear and trembling" (Phil.2:12). For more information, see the latest Constitution of NCAY.
Strictness and Apparent Harshness in Removing Impurity
When, in the vision, I seized the men's vulnerable parts and cast them upwards beyond the sphere of the Kingdom Realm, and did so - because to allow this carnality to remain, let alone reproduce, would spell the end of this work - was an act of Temple-cleansing. This is the symbolic meaning, one one level, behind this strict and seemingly over-harsh mitzvah (commandment) in the Old Covenant:
For the Last Generation of Witnesses
"If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity" (Deut.25:11-12, NIV).
The "private parts" (genetalia) represent generations of children and their descendants and are therefore qadosh (holy, set-apart). Now that puts abortion into a new perspective and complexion, doesn't it?! This work is not just for a few sinners who don't want to repent or pursue a kosher lifestyle but for many thousands and the children of other members to come too - it is expecially for the last generation, for whom we of the older generation are John the Baptist-like forerunners. This is, in the even bigger picture, all about Yah'shua's (Jesus') Bride and we are not to present ourselves as soiled if we are serious about being called to that "Wedding Supper of the Lamb" (Rev.19:7,9). If you are not serious about that then you shouldn't be with us, but go and join another assembly or church of lower standards - you will only be miserable here anyway, and not enjoy the full protection that is the reward of obedience. We will bless you, without any sort of acrimony or resentment on our part, if that is what you want to do. But if you choose to remain, you must expect to uphold the standards of the Covenant of Torah-obedience in Messiah.
This is the summum bonum of this important vision and revelation and those who love its heart, and are repentant, are a part of this work and are called into it. May yahweh belss and protect you as you prepare for the Aviv1 Cleansing, in Yah'shua (Jesus) our Messiah. Amen.
 e.g. Matthew 8:28-32; Leviticus 11:1-47; 20:13; Genesis 1:30; Revelation 18:2
Comments from Readers
 "I agree [with the interpretation], the horses reminded me of the verses about the outer court being trampled by the gentiles...the ploughed field is His sheepfold, it isn't for crops. We are coming into the season of new-born lambs, that field is being prepared to bring forth nourishing grass for the older "ewes" to produce milk for the little infant lambs. The dogs of course...sheep-worrying is a big problem. Just like the Dragon waits to devour the manchild, dogs wait to kill lambs. This field has been protected from many threats, from the roving dogs that travel from field to field, to the lone wolves, and the trampling of organized, and paganized religion... [As to why there are furrows:] Preparing ground for planting is a twofold process, the plough digs furrows, the initial ground getting turned over, exposing the ground underneath and killing the weeds to protect what will grow next. The land is harrowed to make the soil fine. Then grass or grain can be planted. Typically only potatoes are planted in furrows. Just a thought!" (Sarah Pomeroy, UK-Eire Mission, 24 February 2015)
 "It can't be a planted field this year because it is a Sh'mittah (Jubilee) year in the spring and planting isn't allowed" (Avah Haden, MLT & Sweden Mission, 24 February 2015)
 "May the will of Yah be done. We are the clay and He is the potter" (Dackson Agoi, East Africa Mission, 24 February 2015)
 ""Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh grain; but I harnessed her fair neck, I will make Ephraim pull a plough. Judah shall plough; Jacob shall break his clods. Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek Yahweh, till He comes and rains righteousness on you"" (Hos.10:11-12, NKJV)" (Sarah Pomeroy, UK-Eire Mission, 24 February 2015)
 "What can I say? Just amazing..." (François van Staden, South Africa Mission, 24 February 2015)