Month 12:23, Week 4:1 (Rishon/Pesach), Year:Day 5939:341 AM|
2Exodus 1/40, Messianic Countdown 72/36
Gregorian Calendar Friday 13 March 2015
Clean and Unclean IV
by Sarah Pomeroy (UK-Eire Mission)
Continued from Part 3
A few weeks ago we were made aware of a commencing countdown. Since the initial vision given to Pastor Christopher, I'm sure that most of us have been seeking and praying earnestly as to what is going to happen on and following that day. We've been given a number of clues, particularly in regards to the instructions we've been given as what to do presently...we are in a period of cleansing and purification. I believe I have been given something which can help add more details.
Two weeks ago I awoke in the middle of the night, our baby was stirring so I settled her back to sleep, and then lay back down in bed again. As I lay there to go back to sleep, I felt the urge to pray wordlessly in my spirit for a few minutes, after which, a vision opened up before me.
I saw a dark and plain landscape, dimly lit, and upon it were two tall pillars reaching up high into the air. "What are these two pillars?" I asked, and the reply came to me "These are the two witnesses that testify before the world". "What do they stand for?" I asked, perceiving that they were symbolic of something, but not knowing what. "The two testimonies of true believers, the Faith of Yah'shua the Messiah, and keeping the His Commandments."
After this was spoken, my hands instinctively took up the two pillars, one in each hand, and I ate them. Another vision followed, and I saw the pages of the countdown which are currently being marked off day by day. This time however, it was as if the 'rewind' button had been hit and I saw how the countdown had began a long time ago...in last sabbatical year in 2008 to be precise. I understood that we are now in the last days of this countdown.
The countdown went back to that present day, and then, it went forward until the last day. When the last page was taken off, the calendar disappeared. It was replaced with a large open book, which closed shut, and I heard the words: "Those to be marked have been marked. Those to be sealed have been sealed". Immediately after, I saw a gathering of people clothed in white, and I understood right away that they were the 144,000 sealed from the tribes of Israel.
The vision disappeared, and I lay there for what felt like a few minutes before asking "What does all this mean?!", and softly but with every feeling of seriousness I heard the reply, "That is for you to work out, and you must do so before time runs out."
Witnesses, Olive Branches and Pillars
The relevant dots that we are going to pin together are:
- 1. The two witnesses of revelation 11;
- 2. The two olive trees of Zechariah 4;
- 3. The two bronze pillars of the first temple of 1 Kings 7:15; and
- 4. The two pillars of Jacob in Genesis 28 and 35.
Please see this sermon for more detail on the pillars.
All these are one, echad, and their meaning and symbolism knit together with a very simple message for us today. That message is best relayed through the life of Jacob.
Yah'shua said the famous line that every believers know, but few actually understand: "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).
When we read Genesis 28 we realise Jacob walked 'the way', the way that Yah'shua personifies and identifies as being Himself. It was Jacob's walk with Him, and it is our walk with Him. But like Jacob's story, there is an ending, a finality, and a result. For Jacob, that was the making of him as the new name of Israel and then entering into the fullness of the promise given to him.
Jacob's relationship with Esau was a muddled confusion thanks to Jacob's propensity towards cheating and manipulation, and eventually he has to flee from his actions because the consequences are coming to kill him. Like Jacob, when we seize that initial blessing and promise in Yah'shua the Messiah as newly formed believers, it isn't long before our own personal sins come knocking at the door, it is up to us at that point to guard the seed of salvation sown within and flee, or be like the seed sown on the wayside and quickly devoured.
Jacob's First Witness
Jacob reaches a place where he lays down to rest, and when he does so, he has a dream where he is shown the House of Elohim, and he hears the voice of Yahweh speaking:
Astonished, and full of the fear of Yahweh, Jacob takes the stone from under his head and places it upright as a pillar and anoints it with oil. The pillar stood as a witness to what had been seen and heard. Finally, he makes a vow:
"I am Yahweh-Elohim of Abraham your father and the Elohim of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you" (Genesis 28.13-15).
Jacob's first encounter at Bethel is symbolic of the Shavu'ot anointing of a believer. It is an anointing of oil, it is a witness to the work that is being done in our lives, and it is also symbolic bread which represents His strength and sustenance. This is the first pillar in the temple, Boaz, he will Strengthen.
"If Elohim will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father's house in peace, then Yahweh shall be my Elohim. And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be Elohim's house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You" (vv.20-22).
This initial vision and Word given to Jacob was meant to help him endure through the process of trial, repentance, breaking and forming that would come from the years of hard labour under Laban. It wasn't and ISN'T meant to last forever, bread alone is not enough for "Man shall not live bread alone..." It is meant to be sufficient as a working of grace, for a period of specified time, to a very specified end.
Those who take the bread of the Shavu'ot anointing but fail to endure the years of hard labour are like the seeds that fall on stony ground and have no depth. There are Pentecostals and Charismatics who are full of the Shavu'ot anointing, but their faith and prosperity 'gospels' have prevented them from hard labour. The fields of their hearts have not been ploughed, and when the tough times come and they get too much heat, they will be scorched.
Jacob's Second Witness
After Jacob's years of labour, he is called out. Along the way he makes peace with Laban, and puts the issues with Esau to bed. These are the steps of a man walking in repentance. It is not enough to just wipe over the mistakes we have made, there are steps of peace-making, and steps of restitution - like Zacchaeus.
Finally, after walking for so long by the Way, the instruction comes to him:
Here is a divine appointment with the King Most High! The first time, Yahweh came to him, the fallen and unregenerated Jacob cannot come to Bethel of his own will, but this time Jacob is being called to step forward. What has changed? Jacob is no longer the fallen man, he is living and walking in obedience each step along the way as instructed. Jacob has been discipled! So after thid instruction what is Jacob's response? What should our response be when we are called to step forward?
"Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to Elohim, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother" (Genesis 35:1).
Here is where we are today! We have been given the day and date of a divine appointment that is approaching, we have been made aware through Pastor Christopher that we are to cleanse ourselves in preparation of this dedication. Purify yourselves! Change your garments! Wash them in the Blood of the Lamb! Make ready for we have been summoned to stand before the House of Yahweh! Be prepared for we are to receive the Second Witness of Israel in the coming Sabbatical year.
"Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone."
Here is the second Witness, the second pillar before the House of Elohim, his name is Jachin because before him Israel was, and will again, be Established. The bread of the Shavuot anointing was given to Jacob, the bread that we know is the body of Yah'shua that was broken for us. At this next anointing, the drink offering, the blood of Yah'shua poured out for us, brings the witness to completion, and through Him we are Established.
"Then Elohim appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan Aram, and blessed him. And Elohim said to him, 'Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.' So He called his name Israel. Also Elohim said to him: 'I am Yahweh-Elohim. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; and to your descendants after you I give this land' Then Elohim went up from him in the place where He talked with him. So Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He talked with him, a pillar of stone; and he poured a drink offering on it, and he poured oil on it. And Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Bethel" (Genesis 35:9-15).
The Law of Witnesses
Yah'shua said "If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true", and my question to all is; What is your testimony? If Yah'shua himself said that if He bears witness of Himself, His witness if not true, then how much more so than for us? Yet every day people share 'their testimony' as a matter of evidence that they are saved. The witness of believing is not sufficient. The witness of fleeing from sin is not enough. Being filled of the Ruach is just one witness alone. We must be established.
The Sukkot Anointing
There are very difficult days ahead where the nations will be brought under judgement. There are many people who have been made aware of this by visions, or dreams, or through simply discerning the times. We can prep, and we should prep - store food, grow food, get off the grid, but none of this will secure our safety. Food stores will run dry. There's only so much we can grow, hunt or catch.
I used to be very carnally attracted to the thought of a revival, the thought of a 'last-days outpouring', to me it was a form of sanctified entertainment to indulge in. There will be a Sukkot anointing, but it isn't the godless false manifestations going on in various parts of Christendom today, and it certainly isn't for our entertainment. The Sukkot anointing, our second witness, is for our survival, it is a calling to enter into the sanctuary of the Holy Place, and to get there we have to walk the Way, walk by the two pillars, and through the folding doors.
"Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Yah'shua, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of Elohim, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews 10.19-24).
A few days before the initial vision, I was given a dream. The dream took place in a courtroom full of church pews. There was a panel of worldly judges at the front of the room, and the pews were overflowing with people, some I knew from past churches I had attended. I was standing before these people in chains, awaiting to be sentenced. The judge in the middle of the panel proceeded to read out a list of past offences I had committed as a lawless and fallen teenager, silly things like leaving behind empty beer bottles on a street. I thought that it was bizarre that this judge was bringing up these irrelevant past issues. What was even more bizarre was the fact that the people around were purposely taking a stance of self-righteous offence, refusing to speak to me or even acknowledge my presence.
I began to pray, knowing that while I was being accused, the time for me to present my testimony and witness was drawing closer.
"Leviticus 24 is our testimony" is what I kept repeating to myself over and over again. "Leviticus 24 is our testimony"
When I woke up, the first chance I had, I opened up to Leviticus 24 as it wasn't a chapter I was familiar with.
Sons and Vessels of Oil
"Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying: 'Command the children of Israel that they bring to you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to make the lamps burn continually. Outside the veil of the Testimony, in the tabernacle of meeting, Aaron shall be in charge of it from evening until morning before Yahweh continually; it shall be a statute forever in your generations. He shall be in charge of the lamps on the pure gold lampstand (menorah) before Yahweh continually.
"And you shall take fine flour and bake twelve cakes with it. Two-tenths of an ephah shall be in each cake. You shall set them in two rows, six in a row, on the pure gold table before Yahweh. And you shall put pure frankincense on each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, an offering made by fire to Yahweh. Every Sabbath he shall set it in order before Yahweh continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant. And it shall be for Aaron and his sons, and they shall eat it in a holy place; for it is most holy to him from the offerings of Yahweh made by fire, by a perpetual statute" (Leviticus 24:1-9).
Although I understood that the dream pointed towards something to do with the temple, I couldn't understand what it was I was being told.
The first command is for us. We are being told to bring forth oil for the light, being the light that is within the Holy Place. We are the living temple, so how does this apply. What are we to do?
In my vision I was told that the two pillars represent the faith in Yah'shah, and keeping His commands. As we have established, these two pillars are the two witnesses of Jacob, they are Boaz and Jachin, and they are also the two olive trees.
To the physical eye, Boaz and Jachin are hollow. This is true, because they represent vessels. Zechariah saw this. He didn't see the hollow and empty bronze pillars, he saw them as olive trees, producing and flowing with oil. When Zechariah asked who they were, the reply was "...these are the two anointed ones". The Hebrew gives us a better insight into what was said, the words 'anointed ones' are Beni Yitshar which literally means 'Sons of Oil'. The oil being produced by these two 'Sons of Oil' branched down into a bowl and fed into a seven branched oil lamp (menorah), which we know was in the Holy Place. This is a spiritual image of how we are meant to produce light!
We aren't meant to just walk through these two pillars, we are meant to become these two pillars. That is the meaning of taking up the pillars in my hands and eating them! The two anointings, the two witnesses of our BEING Israel, is that we have faith in Yah'shua and walk in His commandments, and this in turn produces oil to give light. Remember His command to us?
It is immediately after this instruction that Yah'shua tells us:
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:15-16)
Parable of the Ten Virgins
"Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:19).
The understanding and doing of these things is the wisdom that sets apart the five wise virgins from the five foolish virgins. What sets the wise apart is their vessels of oil!
Leviticus 24 is our testimony! WE will bring forth oil to give light by the dual-anointing of Shavu'ot and Sukkot, by the Strength of his Body and the Establishing by his blood.
"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Master, Master, open to us!' But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.'
Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming" (Matthew 15:1-13).
The second message in Leviticus 24 is bread. Not just the bread of strength, but the bread of sustenance to eat, the bread of fellowship to share as priests in the order of Melchizidek, and the bread of communion with Him.
The Widow of Zarephath
This is a story which I have been reminded of again and again over the last seven years.
The dream and vision link back to the days of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath. The land was under a terrible famine as the Judgement of Yahweh was declared upon His idolatrous people. Doesn't that sound pretty similar to the coming days? As instructed, Elijah finds the widow he was directed to, and asks her to make him cakes (bread) with the last of her supplies. She gives this as her honest reply:
The bin and the jar are this woman's vessels, and they are running low. However, Elijah gives her two things, an instruction and a promise. The woman declares her faith through obedience, and makes the cakes for Elijah, and sure enough, her vessels never run dry nor does she lack any bread to make it through the famine. Here are the two pillars again, keeping the Commandments and faith, and here is what they have produced.
"As Yahweh your Elohim lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die".
The Pillars in Revelation
We saw them in Genesis. They made an appearance in the Exodus as a witness to the surrounding nations. They were incorporated in the first temple, and revealed to Zechariah concerning the second. They are to be the witnesses of our salvation, but their role in this world has not come to an end yet. When the time comes, Yahweh will raise up two people who will personify the dual-witness of the Gospel of Yah'shua the Messiah and the Commandments of Yahweh. They will testify to the whole world, and the world will revile them. They will be given power to accompany their message, but the world will reject them. Finally, they will be killed, and all the world will bathe in delight. But they will be raised from the dead and be taken up into the heavens.
There is a parallel message here, in Revelation 11, and it is one we need to be aware of:
The word 'kill' used here also figuratively means 'to abolish'. We are seeing the lawless spirit behind this at work already as Christians all around claim that the Law of Yahweh is abolished, and thus keeping of the commands is dead works and legalism. True faith in Yah'shua is under attack too, and it won't be long until it is abolished from mainstream Christianity. When the two witnesses make their appearance and preach the true Besorah (Gospel), and are killed, the world will bring the coming judgement and wrath upon itself.
"When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them" (Revelation 11:7).
Applying to Today
How does all of this relate to today, and the coming days? In my vision I was shown the expiring countdown, and at the turn of the last day I heard the words "Those to be marked have been marked, those to be sealed have been sealed", after which I saw the gathering of the elect seen in Revelation 7 and 14.
Everything to Him is about Israel, all the judgements and wrath have an end and a purpose. Israel has never been forgotten. Israel has not been replaced either by the Church or by the Zionist state. The exodus began almost a year ago, and now all of 144,000 who have been chosen and foreseen, have come into being collectively, in the generations past, in the present generations on earth, and in the generations within the seeds of our present children. The book has been closed, and now it is time for all of present Messianic Israel to be cleansed and made ready to be established by name, by witness, and by anointing.
The Sabbatical Year
It has taken me a while to reach these conclusions because it has been as much of a learning process to me than anything. That is because the dream and vision are very much the process and journey, and the season that we are about to come into, the Sabbatical and Jubilee year. This is a very significant year for us Pomeroy's. Not only is it the sabbatical year of our marriage (in April), but just before the beginning of the last sabbatical year I was given a number of prophetic words concerning the coming judgement upon the churches and upon my own home city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. There were many other dreams and visions that I wrote down and recorded over a period of three months into the biblical sabbatical year, and finally towards the end of that prophetic season, I asked "How long have we got left?", and the reply came to me... "Seven years."
Seven years. I didn't even know about the sabbatical year, never mind know were were IN one. Now we are in the final days of that countdown, the countdown which I believe started almost seven years ago, those dreams and visions have come to mind once again with the two words I was given recently.
The world was ripe for judgement in 2008, but the time for judgement hadn't come to fullness as there was will another seven years until the Jubilee.
Back 2008 my husband Terry kept receiving the word "My gift to you is time". We were aware in our spirits that a clock had started ticking. But ticking for what? For the period of hard labour that would break and shape us. Judgement begins with us. We had to be judged. So that's what happened. There was a lot in our lives that needed changed, things that needed healing, things that needed confessing and repented of. I have experienced the hard labour as a woman, with five children in the short space of six years. The world was due to come under judgement in 2008, and instead it was delayed to make time for some (including our household) to be cleansed. I am forever thankful for the grace and mercy He has given us because looking back with hindsight, I know that back then I was a foolish and ignorant person who thought their 'giftedness' and talents would buy their way in to the Kingdom and secure preservation from the coming judgements upon the world. I openly admit and repent of my past pride, and I am ever so thankful for the blessing of time that given to us to change. The final year of labour is coming to an end, and I am thankful for the strength He has given me, and given us, without His strength, I would have given up. Thank you Abba, for humbling, strengthening me, and help me to endure.
The first part of the Leviticus 24 dream speaks clearly, the time for bearing witness is coming closer. Like brother Christopher said in his last sermon, quoting Francis Chan, Facebook and Computers is NOT enough, we are end time witnesses, we are watchmen, we have been set apart and called upon. We are a very small remnant of Messianic Evangelicals, we are small number of people who have come to the understanding, and soon the full establishment of Messianic Israel, and Yah'shua the Messiah. That is not a ticket nor an excuse to remain huddled in little 'Torah-groups' like the other Messianics, having endless debates on this point or that, and Yah forbid that we ever become comfortable like the countless numbers of Evangelicals lining the pews of churches who have barely stepped more than ten feet away from Catholicism. No. The very fact that we have made it this far is testament to the fact that some of us have been called to stand to witness to testify before men, churches, governments and kings, so let us prepare.
Blessings in Messiah to you all as we continue to cleanse ourselves and await for the dedication and establishment of Messianic Israel!
Continued in Part 5
Comments from Readers
 "Thank you, Sarah, for sharing what Abba Yah has shown you!" (FvS, South Africa, 13 March 2015)