Month 1:9, Week 2:1 (Rishon/Pesach), Year:Day 5939:9 AM|
2Exodus 1/40, Messianic Countdown 72/21
Gregorian Calendar Saturday 28 March 2015
The Great 2015 Dedication IX
The Peace Offering I
& the Isaiah 52 Revelation
Continued from Part 8
PART A - SERMON
A heart-felt shalom kol beit Yisra'el, brethren and sisters, on this 9th day ofd Aviv, and I pray that the Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God) is burning brightly in you as we face the Door of the Sanctuary this qodesh (sacred, holy, set-apart) day.
I have spent the night, not under my control but under His, as He has reviewed my life from the time this work began in 1984 - when it was first called into existence - to today. This was not a review of events nor was there a chronological sequence thereof - rather what I saw was the kaleidoscope of heart-attitudes. I saw the mistakes and failures, as well as the truths and triumphs all rolled together, in what seemed to be a strange order-in-chaos, incomprehensible to the logical mind but most definitely it made sense to the Divine Mind. I actually awoke feeling guilty, heavy, sad, for failed relationships and at the same time feeling accutely helpless. The question on my mind was not so much, 'Could I have done it better?' as it was, 'Can frail, imperfect, flesh-buffetted, complex and weak humanity possibly do anything right apart from the Creator? And can we in the future make a success of anything unless He is in control? I guess you could say that what I saw as I awoke, feeling ill and tired, was that we were never designed to be in this mortal sphere to succeed in anything because we were never designed to ever be apart from Him.
Humanity's Failure and Incapacity
I saw the hurt- and wounded-humanity in my dream mess up. I saw humanity rejecting humanity because of humanity's own incapacity to love as Yah'shua (Jesus) loves, in spite of the best intents. But as I said to you yesterday, our best intentions are not enough, because 'best' won't make it, only 'perfect' will. And since we cannot ever be perfect in our own strength, only the Perfect One can do it when we agree to let Him rule our lives.
The Two Actions Required of Us
This may all seem very obvious to you, and indeed our minds can quite easily be taught the obvious, but our hearts are not the same. Our minds learn by logic but our hearts learn by experience and by trusting. I cannot adequately put into words what my essential being saw this morning other than to appeal to your own experience of life - your experience of men and of Elohim (God). I want my life to count in His service, I want your lives to count, and I want our collective, corporate covenants to count. I believe you all want that too. I am far, far from figuring it all out and realised - again - that I can only do two things in my life: to face in the right direction and to walk into the unknown in emunah (faith). All I need from Him is the testimony (witness) that I am pointing in the right direction - heading toward the mark - and the will-power to tell my Brazen Laver-washed feet to set off. But I need the confidence that comes from a fiery anointing of Heaven to do that with unbounded confidence and enthiusiasm - I do not need self-will and I absolutely do not need vain-confidence. I don't need my will at all save to give it to the Will of the One who formed me and has planned the rest of my life out for me.
The Folly of Living Outside Yah's Will
I know many of your struggles and together I will come to know them even more. We will come to know each other better and not be repelled by one another if we will leave the sin-nature behind in the Courtyard of the Temple. Then what will attract us to one another is the Messiah-in-us. Can it be any other way? I came to a definite point this morning - a point of clear understanding - that anything outside His will is shere folly. Admittedly for myself, and for those of you of my generation, I have had six decades to figure that one out. It seems we are slow learners, preferring incremental learning rather than sudden emunah (faith) and my main regret is that I ever mistrusted Him in blending my own will together with His. That is the hight of folly but you can only see it when the folly has been burned out of you by the trials and tribulations of life that Yahweh has permitted in order to get us to give Yahweh His due attention and finally His due emunah (faith).
A Covenant Not Be Provoked by the Flesh
I realised I had to leave all judgment of others at the Brazen Altar of Fire and at the Brazen Laver of Washing. Truthfully, there is something in all of you that annoys and irritates my flesh, but there is now far more in my fleshy self that annoys and irritates me than you ever could, so I have decided not to see you, or me, any longer but only Messiah in you and Messiah in me. It's my covenant. And may He give me the resolve to keep it. I intend to provoke both myself and you as best I can and I hope that you will do the same for me - no, not egotistical provocation, but provocation to good works that will make Heaven smile on us. That is what it largely means to be in a communal covenant in this B'rit Chadashah (New Covenant). If you will come with me as I choose to go with Messiah as never before, I will lay before you the Divine Tavnith - the Pattern or Map of the Derech (Way) of a walk inside the Sanctuary, not as a mere intellectual exercise but as a living walk of deeds. If the talk does not match the walk in any of us we must provoke one another to repentance with kindly hearts and with the generosity that we have come to expect from Him. For without that generosity - without that grace, His undeserved loving-kindness, His unmerited favour, His unmatched patience and His limitless loving care, we're not going to walk two steps in that Qadosh (Holy, Set-Apart) Place of the Sanctuary.
The Isaiah Revelation
Once I had got my own mind and heart settled in resolve, once I had realised that there were no more chances to be given for procrastination, hesitation, or doubt as to the direction of my walk, I heard Him tell me to turn to the 52nd Chapter of the Book of Isaiah, and to the highlight the 6th verse when I got to it. When I opened the only Bible I had at hand in my room, I read the verses with fresh eyes as they impacted my heart. I shall be reading from the New English Bible:
Built for the Name
"Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion, put on your loveliest garments, holy city of Jerusalem; for never shall the uncircumcised and the unclean enter you again. Rise up, captive Jerusalem, shake off the dust; loose your neck from the collar that minds it, O captive daughter of Zion.
"Yahweh says, You were sold but no price was paid, and without payment you shall be ransomed. Yahweh-Elohim says, At the beginning My people went down into Egypt to live there, and at the end of it was the Assyrians who oppressed them; but now, what do I find here? says Yahweh. My people carried off and no price paid, their rulers derided, and My Name derided all day long, says Yahweh. But on the day My people shall know My Name; they shall know that it is I who speak; here I am" (Isaiah 52:1-6, NEB).
"Here I am." He's here. "On that day" is today. And today we shall "know [His] Name". Where does His Name live that we might know it, and see that I AM is here. Solomon said:
Building a House Within a House
"I have built the temple for the Name of Yahweh, the Elohim (God) of Israel" (1 Kings 8:20, NIV).
Solomon built a stone house and Yahweh's Name came to dwell there with a mighty sign such that that House was filled with the Fire of Heaven. Yahweh also has built a house, a house of body of flesh, billions of them, you and I, for our spirits to dwell in, so that our name might have a tabernacle. Your name, your essential self, dwells in these bodies or temples of flesh. But the Name of Yahweh does not automatically dwell there. Like Solomon and the temple project of his father David which he completed, we too have to build a House inside the house that Yahweh build for our names, so that His Name can dwell within it to, and become the Name above our own name in the flesh which is this bosy. And then, He says, when each man and woman has build a house within his house for His Name to dwell, then together we can be One House - one House of Messianic Israel - in which His Name lives, to His glory and for our great, great contentment.
The Haphazzard Way of Worldly Discipleship
We have been building that House to His Name, Yahweh, in our own houses - our own mortal bodies - since the day we received Yah'shua (Jesus) as our Master (Lord) and Deliverer (Saviour) - or rather we have been trying to. But we haven't done it according to divine tavnith (pattern) until now. We have simply presented the in-dwelling Messiah with a house shaped after the world, after our flawed national traditions and after the flawed upbringings of our parents. We have built houses to that Name founded on pride, on nationalism, on the philosophies of the world, on vain expectations that were not rooted in pure emet (truth). And the religious among us have built houses to His Name according to church and synagogue traditions, and the Name has not been able to get in! We have loved the praises of the world which build houses houses of conceit and vanity. We have built houses unburned and unwashed, lacking the proper humility of a temple-worshipper who is expected to crawl on hands and knees in the dust of contrition. Through trial and error, through occasional burnings and washings here and there, inconsistent and usually only motivated by dire circumsance, we have entered into the Courtyard. While there we have, in moments of undertanding and deep desire, allowed Him to start burning off the dross of sin and the rooms from the false houses we have built for His Name. And he has been there a while. And we have sought refuge in the Washing of His Davar (Word) when driven there. And sometimes we have been disciplined a little to do this, sometimes not; and every time we have allowed the world into our heart, or failed to be consistent and habitual in our patterns of study, worship and prayer, we have been driven out of the Courtyard again and again until, when finally we have chosen to really yield, we have been allowed back in again, for a little more burning and a little more washings.
The Overgrown Path
But this 'occasional' service is not the 'orach or well-trodden path (Ps.119:9) of the Remnant. It is a path we have had to hurriedly cut out of the jungle of unbelief in moments of desperation when we have sensed alienation and have finally decided to do something about it before plunging over the abyss. These paths soon grow over with weeds again and once more we have to get out the machettes and with great energy and soul-weariness we have to slash our way through unbelief again.
The failure to do what we have been doing these last 8 days has drained us, and the price we have paid for uncircumcised hearts has been to allow the gardens of our souls to continually get overgrown, like an untended garden. This is the fruit of a lack of discipline, an abscence of true discipleship founded on the Davar (Word). And we know, from the past 8 days, what a struggle it was to get going. There have been times of exhaustion, boredom, frustration. There have been times of neutrality and inertia. But because we persisted, then the Ruach (Spirit) began to move. Do you see and understand this pattern? Have we learned the lesson of these days of cleansing? Idleness did not get us here. Indifference did not get us here. Worldliness did not get us here. And, yes, we came under spiritual attack, because Satan does not care when we are idle and indifferent for he knows we are defeated when we are thus. Only when we start moving do his watchers sound off demonic alarms and assemble to attack us or lull us back to inactivity. Then we are forced to either fight the good fitht or go back to sleep again.
Huff, Puff and Sweat
"Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion!" Huff, puff and sweat untl you have that armour on and that sword drawn. Yahweh won't put it on for you! He won't beat the trail to the Tabernacle, you have got to do that, every day, every week, every month, every year. No hope for the idler here. That's why we have sabbaths of rest, not just to get our strength back from the toil of earning our daily bread, but from also from the toil of keeping on track - keeping the Derech (clear), removing the obstacles sown by the Enemy. When we don't, the Assyrian comes and plunders. Yes, but don't just "put on your strength" but also, He says, "put on your loveliest garments".
The cohen (priest) didn't enter the Tabernacle in his daily clothes. What did he do? He made preparations. What did Jacob tell his household:
"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 Elohim (God), who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone" (Gen.35:2-3, NKJV).
Do you hear these words?
The Overcomer Gets New Clothes
- 1. Put away your idolatries;
- 2. Purify yourselves;
- 3. Change your garments;
- 4. Go up to Beit-El, the House of God, the Temple; and
- 5. Make an altar, and by implication, make a sacrifice.
This is what we have been doing these last 8 days! What have we been told in the Book of Revelation?
Why the Vision Came: Putting on Garments of Praise
"He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His malakim (angels)" (Rev.3:4, NKJV).
Sister Hayden only saw the vision on the 4th Day because she first put on the garments of praise. She put them on by opening her heart to the spirit of holiness that was in the song of praise we were singing. Then she saw the fruit of her praises. By changing garments from the praises of the world, which will only ever allow us to see the world, and having walked with us three days in divine tavnith (pattern), she was able to see a glimpse of heaven and what was happening to us. And so can we all. It was a Courtyard manifestation so it was for her personally, but we were enriched by her testimony. So must we testify in the Courtyard to edify one another. But what Yahweh really wants is for us to walk in the Sanctuary so that we can all see the same thing where a testimony does not need to be given! Testimony is for those outside, to strengthen them and to encourage them to see the House where Yahweh's Name resides. But first we have to build it through obedience to the tavnith (pattern).
It is written:
Nature of the Aaronic Priest
"Have Aaron your brother brought to you from among the Israelites, along with his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, so they may serve me as cohenim (priests). Make sacred garments for your brother Aaron, to give him dignity and honour. Tell all the skilled men to whom I have given wisdom in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, for his consecration, so he may serve me as cohen (priest). These are the garments they are to make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a woven tunic, a turban and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for your brother Aaron and his sons, so they may serve me as cohen (priests). Have them use gold, and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and fine linen" (Ex.28:1-5, NIV).
The rest of the chapter you can study privately for it goes into great detail. There is much of import there. It is plainly stated that the father and husband is the cohen or priest for his own family and is so to be dignified and honoured, as the Davar (Word) says, not because he is more important, but because Yahweh has selected him for that office. Ulrimately it is thwe dignity and honour of Yahweh that is being represented. So too the Pastor of a congregation, but the primary level is the family. A congregation is a family of families, a family of priestly heads. As the Aaronic cohen (priest) had to be of legitimate birth, so the household, so the New Covenant household and congregational cohen (priest) has to be of new birth in Messiah. His wife or wives are priestesses too, under their husbands, and their of-age children are trainee priests and priestesses.
Psychic Work-Ups vs. White-Hot Ruach
When we do things according to divine tavnith (pattern) then we can begin to enjoy a "confidence toward Elohim (God)" (1 Jn.3:21). Then the qadosh (holy, set-apart) fire can burn with a white-hot glow in our hearts. Then believers will cease psyching themselves up as they do in charismatic churches. Because their passions are stirred, they think what they are doing is sacred, when it is out of tavnith (pattern) and in the flesh. We need no such devices if our feet have been properly washed in the Brazen Laver. The white-hot fire can burst into the flaming songs of praise in a moment. For then we shall have the authentic thing, for then we shall be invited into the Sanctuary. Then we can live with a pure and undefiled conscience washed fully by the Davar (Word).
Broken Feet For Pied-Pipers
You see, an Aaronic cohen (priest) was not allowed to serve if he had a broken foot. For a person with a broken foot cannot walk in a straight path. We are to walk a straight path, not a crooked one. Walk a crooked one and you will become a pied-piper for ruin. Paul said to the Ephesians:
Why We Must Be messianic-Evangelical
"Therefore be imitators of Elohim (God) as dear children. And walk in ahavah (agape-love), as Messiah also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to Elohim (God) for a sweet-smelling aroma" (Eph.5:1-2, NKJV).
Ahavah (love) is defined by emet (truth) and true ahavah (love) is therefore a full heart walking in divine tavnith (pattern). You cannot properly walk the life of a talmid (disciple) unless you underatand the Torah and its types. That is why we are messianic. And you cannot walk at all unless you are born again - spiritually regenerated. That is why we are evangelical. We have to be messianic-evangelical in the way we go and in the way we are.
Preparing for the Sanctuary Walk
Over the next 8 days we shall we walking in the Sanctuary. This is what we have been preparing for. Yah willing, we shall do so today, biut first we must prepare. We have understood what the Curtain, the Brazen Altar and the Brazen Laver are for, and we have begun to use them in tavnith (patternm). But now we must understand the second door, and the construction of the Tabernacle, and the meaning of the golden Menorah, the golden Table of Showbread with its two stacks of 6 loaves (in the same way we must understand why the Aaronic cohen/priest) was given two stones with six of the names of the tribes of Israel on each), and we must understand what the golden Altar of Incence is. Then we will understand the Chamber of the Son - the Betrothal Chamber - the Qadosh (Holy, Set-Apart) Place. In there the darts of the enemy will not be able to touch us, demons will not be able to spy on us or whisper in our ears, for there we have a roof, a covering, a sukkah. Six of the next eight days will be spent there, before we enter, Yah willing, the Most Qadosh (Holy, Set-Apart) Place, or Holy of Holies.
Preparing for Foot-Washing
Today we must have clean hands and clean feet which bespeak clean minds and clean hearts too, since to be washed in our feet is to be washed in our whole bodies. That is why we shall be having a foot-washing ceremony after the tavnith (pattern) that Yah'shua (Jesus) taught. This will alone take us a whole session today - it is of the utmost importance.
Enetring in Family Units
This morning we face the Door or Curtain to the Sanctuary itself as we make our preparations. Husbands and wives must enter together so married members need to spend time together preparing to enter together, wives in union with their husbands, and husbands with Yah'shua (Jesus) as heads. Singles must enter with their fathers, who are their heads, and if they have no fathers walking in tavnith (pattern) with Messiah, then they need to walk in with their pastors or congregational heads. Therefore each person needs to make their declaration to the assembly here - or abroad if they are not with us - as to who their head is, this being a covenant, and later today, after the foot-washing, we shall walk in together, Yah willing, in the proper order.
May we use this time wisely as we do these things is my prayer in Yah'shua's (Jesus') Name.
PART B - DISCUSSION
The morning session continued by focussing on a more detailed study of parts of Isaiah 52:1-6 followed by a study of Acts 12:1-23 taught by Brother Ljungstrand.
Egypt and Assyria, Then and Now
The reference here is to the Egyptian captivity which started out well enough, Jacob and his family being invited by Pharaoh to settle Goshen while Joseph was Prime Minister, but which then degenerated into slavery and the genocide of the forced killing of newborn males. Assyria is a later reference to the Assyrian captivity of the Northern Israelite tribes and the destruction of the Judahite countryside, villages and towns in Hezekiah's day. But what does it mean that "the Assyrian oppressed them without cause"?
"For thus says Yahweh-Elohim: My people went down at first into Egypt to dwell (sojourn) there; then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause" (Isa.52:4, NKJV).
Without a Cause?
Unlike the initially benevolent Egyptians, whose reason for oppression was fear over the rapid birth rate of the Israelites resulting in the Egyptians eventually becoming a minory in their own land, Assyria's ambitions were purely imperialistic though her cause for attacking Judah was in response to her failure to pay tribute as a vassal state. Tha Assyrian was also noted for marked and habitual cruelty whereas Egypt was not so disposed, possibly on account of its older and more advanced civilisation.
The Assyrian Pagan Barbarism
We see evidence of the Assyrian-type of unwarranted cruelty and barbarism in the ISIS controlled lands of northern Syria and Iraq which occupied almost exactly the ancient heartland of biblical Assyria before it became a great empire. ISIS may therefore be said to prophetic represent 'Assyria' in the modern world further down in the prophetic cycle of history. Today's Syrian and Iraqi Christians, who are bearing the brunt of extreme Muslim oppression, are of literal Assyrian descent and still call themselves 'Assyrians' and speak Aramaic though they in no way resemble the barbarity of their ancestors owing to their conversion to Christ. Indeed, they brought a civilising influence to the Fertile Crescent area after the Arab invasions during the Muslim period. They have mostly been driven out of their ancestral homes and lands by the new pagan 'Assyrians' in the form of ISIS.
The Egyptian Oppression is for the Last Generation
So what we see here is history being inverted in a kind of chiasm. We see, therefore, that we are rapidly entering into an Assyrian oppression, beginning in the Middle East, Nigeria and North Afica and doubtless spreading globally in the current dress rehearsal for the final Great Tribulation. This means that, according to this tavnith (pattern) the final Anti-Messiah/Antichrist system will more resemble Egypt. This accords well with the testimony of the Book of Revelation which describes the first half of the Anti-Messiah's seven-year rule as being a time of benevolence and peace (akin to Israel in Egypt in the early days) to then suddenly turn into a blood bath in the second half. The final oppression, in the next generation, will be more sophisticated, as in the Egyptian model, to then reveal its true colours later. In some ways this is the more dangerous of the two, and doubless why the devil has chosen to do it this way, because of the vast bulk of humanity being initially enamoured and bewitched by him before he reveals his true colours.
The Prophetic Type of Peter's Arrest and Miraculous Escape
Brother Ljungstrand introduced us to the passage about Peter's arrest and supernatural release as a type or prophetic pattern that will both take placve in the end time and today, Herod being a type of the Anti-Messiah (Antichrist) responsible for the murder of James the brother of John:
Martyrdom in the Current Crisis and Misinterpretation
"It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the Messianic Community (church), intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. When he saw that this pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during Chag haMatzah (the Feast of Unleavened Bread). After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after Pesach (the Passover).
"So Peter was kept in prison, but the Messianic Community (church) was earnestly praying to Elohim (God) for him.
"The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly a malakh (angel) of Yahweh appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. 'Quick, get up!' he said, and the chains fell off Peter's wrists.
"Then the malakh (angel) said to him, 'Put on your clothes and sandals.' And Peter did so. 'Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,' the malakh (angel) told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the malakh (angel) was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the malakh (angel) left him.
"Then Peter came to himself and said, 'Now I know without a doubt that Yahweh sent His malakh (angel) and rescued me from Herod's clutches and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating.'
When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognised Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, 'Peter is at the door!'
"'You're out of your mind,' they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, 'It must be his [guardian] malakh (angel).'
"But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how Yahweh had brought him out of prison. 'Tell James and the brothers about this,' he said, and then he left for another place.
"In the morning, there was no small commotion among the soldiers as to what had become of Peter. After Herod had a thorough search made for him and did not find him, he cross-examined the guards and ordered that they be executed.
"Then Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there a while. He had been quarreling with the people of Tyre and Sidon; they now joined together and sought an audience with him. Having secured the support of Blastus, a trusted personal servant of the king, they asked for shalom (peace), because they depended on the king's country for their food supply.
"On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, 'This is the voice of a god, not of a man.' Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to Elohim (God), a malakh (angel) of Yahweh struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died" (Acts 12:1-23, NIV).
As we see martyrom of Christians at the hand of ISIS today (not to mention NATO which sponsors ISIS), so we can expect martyrdom to spread well beyond the areas of ISIS activity in the days ahead. This will be misinterpreted by believers as the Great Tribulation who are following false prophetic markers and are not being led by the Ruach (Spirit), who carnally jump to unwarranted conclusions based on impulsive and unspiritual reasoning, which is why we send out this warning. As James was martyred and Peter thrown into jail, so we can expect persecution of Messianic Israel to get under way in a much more violent manner and beyond the areas of the Middle East and Africa. Expect a breakdown of order in Western nations too.
The Incarceration of Peter
Peter was arrested with a view to bringing him to trial after the Pesach (Passover) Season which is now only 4 days away and took place during Chag haMatzah (the Feast of Unleavened Bread) (v.3). We can therefore likely expect 'activity' of some kind during the Passover Season. But Peter is not long incarcerated and is freed supernaturally because of the intercessory prayers of the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones) even though he was guarded by 16 guards, all of whom were executed by Herod when Peter escaped. This reminds us very much of the miracle of Brother Yun who was freed in a similar manner from a prison in community China.
The Covenant of Marvels, Past and Present
We may view this as a 'preliminary sketch' of the Covenant of Marvels (Wonders, Miracles), as Brother Ljungstrand describes it, that Yahweh has promised people in order to be able to meet the needs in times of persecution (Ex.34:10) as this is not within the range of 'normal' miracles like healing. Peter's putting on his clothes and sandals (v.8) is likewise a picture of the believer putting on the Ephesians-6 armour of Messiah. These 'wonders' are of such a nature that, like Peter's experience, when they happen, we may not even be aware that they are happening in the physical at first, for you will recall that Peter in the beginning thought he was seeing a vision, so close will the heavenly dimension be to the physical while such divinely-mediated rescues are being effected.
Most People Only Have One Day's Prepping
Peter's passing by the first and second watchguards may, according to Brother Ljungstrand's witness, therefore be viewed as understanding the times and seasons in all generations, a vital part of prophetic ministry in times of persecution so that we are not in the wrong place when persecution starts. This is why I have admonished you for years to have Heaven-inspired escape plans, especially if you live in cities, during times of crisis. According to a local Swedish newspaper, Nya Wermlands Tidningen, in an article entitled, Är du beredd - om krisen kommer? - Are You prepared If a Crisis Comes? (16 March 2015, front page and pp.4-5) the level of preparation in Sweden is so appallingly bad that Swedes would not be able to manage for more than 24 hours. The fact that such an article is even being published in a Swedish newspaper is rare and noteworthy indeed but actually conforms to the Illuminati 'code of practice' of warning people in advance of what is about to come, not because they feel any compassion for anyone but either because Yahweh forces the demonic side to do this and/or because they get an occultic kick out of it. Either way, the warning is plain: Swedes are going to be in for a rough time and the Government, whom they trust so implicitly, will fail them overnight. There are only 21 days left in the Countdown, and though the collapse might not happen in exactly 21 days' time, we are commanded to be prepared as though it might ... or it may be that we are about the descend precipitously into World War III, or Martial Law, nobody knows. Conflicts keep spreading with the latest war in Yemen. But we do know that the time is very, very short indeed. So you had better be ready. Whatever the external situation and need, the Remnant needs to be in the Sanctuary in three weeks' time.
The Iron Gate of Peter
Having passed the two watchmen undetected, Peter approaches the IRON GATE leading to the city. This is an important prophetic symbol too and may well speak of the gate into the Sanctuary from the Outer Court which is to be 'overrun by the gentiles' fully in the Great Tribulation and which will be partially overrun in the current persecution. That is why the Body of Messiah has, once the cleansing is over, got to get into the Qadosh (Holy) Place before the Courtyard is partially overrun and persecution spreads.
The Iron Gates of Romania and Serbia - the EU and NATO
And as a point of possible prophetic interest, there is a narrow gorge on the River Danube between Serbia and Romania called 'the Iron Gates' containing two hydroelectric dams with power stations, Iron Gate I and Iron Gate II. It was historically referred to as The Iron Gate in the singular and The Gate of Trajan, the Emperor who extended the Roman Empire to its greatest extent and was famous for his philanthropic and social welfare policies. This might therefore point to the modern 'Roman Empire' or modern 'Holy Roman Empire' (led by Germany) as represented by the European Union which has been constantly expanding (Croatia was the latest edition) but which is practically bankrupt. So this might also be a sign of the end or demise of the EU, especially if Germany transfers its allegiances Eastward away from the USA and toward Russia, which I consider highly likely. The tensions between the USA and the EU are steadily rising. We may even see the end of NATO, currently led by the former Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, whose last name means 'Mountain of Pride', an appropriate epithet for that now corrupt and wicked organisation.
Herod as an Antichrist and April Fools' Day 2015
Whatever the truth may be in the details, we are heading for a major increase in persecution of believers, though it may be as short-lived as any World War III. The end of the current system is prefigured by the judgment of the Idumean puppet king of Roman Judea and antichrist Herod for refusing to disavow he was a god and failing to give Yahweh the glory (vv.21-23). Likewise, we may expect the revealing of a Herodian-like Anti-Messiah or Antichrist at this present time, and quite possibly on the 13th of Aviv, which this year is on the 1 April or April Fool's Day. Why April Fools' Day? Because Satan will fool believers into believing he is the Antichrist, proving that they have been listening to Satan, the father of lies, and not to the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit).
PART C - THE WASHING OF FEET
The Ordinance Administered
In the afternoon session the full compliment of witnesses at on two contenents, according to the requirements of Governmental Perfection, were foot-washed following the tavnith (pattern) of John 13:1-17, and a very clear revelation received, as well as the confirming Ruach (Spirit) experienced, clearly establishming both that Yah'shua (Jesus) was present and that the witnesses were jurisdictionally clean - washed in the blood of the Lamb. This was a very special moment for everyone.
Persection, Betrayal and the Divine Will
Afterwards a long study period and discussion followed. Footwashing is a necessary preparation for Pesach (Passover) according to divine Tavnith (Pattern). Brother Ljungstrand reminded us that betrayal inevitably follows in the cycle of prophetic recapitulation and that we should not only anticipate betrayal within our own House (now or in the future) - as indeed we have already experienced many times in the past - but that we should also understand that Yahweh allows Satan to interfere according to His plans:
Judgment of the Nations and Churches/Assemblies in the Courtyard
"So when they heard that, they raised their voice to Elohim (God) with one accord and said: "Yahweh, You are Elohim (God), who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said:
"For truly against Your holy Servant Yah'shua (Jesus), whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done" (Acts 4:24-29, NKJV).
'Why did the nations rage,
And the people plot vain things?
The kings of the earth took their stand,
And the rulers were gathered together
Against Yahweh and against His Messiah.'
It is most important for the Remnant to understand this and to see Yah's hand in all things for we shall see Satan being loosed into the churches and messianic assemblies in the Courtyard for a season as well as, of course, in the nations outside the Courtyard (as has already begun) because this is a Day of Judgment. It doesn't matter that the churches and messianic synagogues are in the Courtyard of the Tabernacle because safety is not guaranteed there. Let us remember:
"In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Messiah, might be for the praise of His glory" (Eph.1:11-12, NIV).
You see, we have obtained our predestined inheritance, in whatever form it may take! Yahweh has total control over all evil men and women and what they are doing. Therefore we shall not fear them, only Yahweh, which is the beginning of wisdom (Ps.111:10). When trial and tribulation come we shall therefore receive the wisdom that we need both now and in the future if we walk in reverantial fear of Him.
Temple Institute Shows Ancient Fotowashing
It is no coincidence that for the very first time we are now seeing in pictures issued by the Temple Institute in Jerusalem the actualy footwashing of cohenim (priests) according to the ancient tavnith (pattern), and now, at this very time of year when these things are of the greatest importance to Messianic Israel. This is not because what the Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem are doing is valid but as a witness to us of the timing of these things. Yes, the Jerusalem Project is a counterfeit, yes the reconstruction of the Temple and the planned re-institution of animal sacrifices is demonic - not because it was demonic originally (because Yahweh was its author) but because it is mocking the already completed and final sacrifice of our Eternal Cohen Gadol (High Priest), Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). It will lead to very bad things both for the people doing them, for those who believe in them and for the counterfeit Israel in the Middle East. Nevertheless, they are a sign of what is being done in the right way and in the right place in the Diaspora of the Ten Tribes in Europe and Africa is of Elohim (God).
Footwashing in Divine Tavnith a Great Blessing
The Good News remains: we were declared righteous and clean today, not because of any works we did, but because of the Work of Messiah and our obedience in doing what He commanded. This is the first time in many years we have done footwashing and it was the first time we did it in divine tavnith (spirit) so the result was a tremendous blessing. And what happened in the evening built fundamentally upon this.
The Temple and the Red Ribbon
In the same way that what the Jews in the Israeli Republic were doing was a sign pointing to the activity now of the Remnant, so the activities in the Temple in Yah'shua's (Jesus') day were all but empty and useless. You might say there was still 'skeleton spiritual activity' going on there which is why Yah'shua (Jesus) defended and cleansed the House and honoured it as His Father's still. The Holy of Holies was empty - there was no Ark of the Covenant there and no glory. And when the veil was ripped at the crucifixion it was not so that anyone could literally enter the Holy Place to worship now (since it was empty and dead and the Jews would not have allowed it anyway) but it was a sign of what had actually taken place in the heavenly realm. We now have full access to the Heavenly Holy of Holies through our intercessor, Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). A sign that the temple still had a 'skeleton rôle' back then is also evidenced by sign of the scarlet ribbon tied to the temple door at Yom haKippurim (Day of Atonements), for it still turned white supernaturally until Messiah's sacrifice at Calvary. Even the Jews report that after that time the miracle never happened again, though they don't, obviously, attribute that to Yah'shua (Jesus). After those three days of crucifixion and resurrection all the glory was gone from the Temple - for ever - never to return. The rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem is therefore irrelevent spiritually-speaking save as a sign of things happening elsewhere. They are dead works pointing to works of the Ruach (Spirit) happening in the true Israel. Why? Because the world's eyes are on Jerusalem through TV and therefore Yahweh uses these things as witnesses to those who are doing the right thing in the right way and in the right place according to right tavnith (pattern), or those who are earnestly seeking after them.
We will not fully appreciate the significance of what we have done - and are doing here still - until after these days of Cleansing and Dedication are over, whether in the footwashing or in the Dedication of Messianic Israel, NCAY and of NCAY members individually. We are being made into a habitation of Elohim (God) through the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), even as it is written:
May the Name of Yah be praised! Amen
"But now in Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus) you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Messiah.
"For He Himself is our shalom (peace), who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making shalom (peace), and that He might reconcile them both to Elohim (God) in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Ruach (Spirit) to the Father.
"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 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 the Master, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of Elohim (God) in the Ruach (Spirit)" (Eph.2:13-22, NKJV)
The Dedication of the Temple in the evening servive, being private, is not here recorded
Continued in Part 10