Month 2:1, Rosh Chodesh, Year:Day 5939:31 AM|
ROSH CHODESH (II Shanee haChodesh), Jericho March 1/7
2Exodus 2/40, Omer Count Sabbath #2/5, Van Staden Count 1/14
Gregorian Calendar Sunday 19 April 2015
Rosh Chodesh II
Jericho I - Encamped for War
Continued from Part 21 (Jericho March 2014)
Chag sameach Rosh Chodesh kol beit Yisra'el as we mark the end of what has been the most spectacular month of Aviv that we have even known and as we start another month where we hope for, and expect, even more amazing things, building upon what has gone before. While the world falls apart under Judgment, Yah's people are to be built up stronger and stronger. But it won't be handed to us on a plate. As we have learned during the Dedication, we must approach Yahweh in the right way and invest the time necessary to do so. As we approach Him closer each time, so things within us that are in the way of a free and full flow of the Ruach (Spirit) will have to be removed. We have been allowed into the Sanctuary and must keep our eyes on Yah'shua (Jesus) to remain there but at the same time, as the brighter Light illuminates us within, so it will show attitudes and dispositions that are hostile to the Kingdom that must be overcome through the blood of Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus). This journey is not for the faint-hearted but for those who are determined to be overcomers. If I might recall a Scripture that was cited during the Dedication:
The Circumcision of Israel
"Now that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this tiqveh (hope) in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure" (1 John 3:2-3, NKJV).
As soon as the Israelites under Joshua had crossed the River Jordan - the waters being turned back supernaturally by the Hand of Yahweh as they had been at the Red Sea - they camped at a place they named Gilgal where they were circumcised. By this painful token, requiring a period of healing afterwards, the children of Israel separated themselves to Yahweh, and caused Him to declare: "Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt" (Josh.5:9, NRSV).
Purification from the Disgrace and Reproach
We should all be concerned about the reproach or disgrace that is the sin of not being circumcised in our hearts (Dt.10:16; 30:6; Jer.4:4). What does that mean? It means that not being pure in heart and not be separated to Elohim (God) is a disgrace and reproach to us, especially if we claim to be His sons and daughters. The first generation were never circumcised in their hearts as their actions proved again and again. Sins continued to be unashamedly repeated, lessons seemed never to be learned. They yearned more for Egypt than they did for Canaan. A man or woman who purifies him- or herself, John says, does so because of the tiqveh (hope) that we shall, as it were, be of the same spiritual species as Yah'shua (Jesus) when we meet Him at His return, and not that shameful man or woman of the fallen fleshy nature. One who purifies himself seeks to be separate from - different to, incompatible with - the world and its aims and behaviours.
With and Without Outer Ordinances
We can all fulfil outward rites like circumcision and baptism and yet remain lost, unsaved barbarians or heathen. Circumcision was not unique to the ancient Israelites - the Egyptians and Moabites also practiced the rite, just as different groups practice various forms of baptism today. Obedience to outer rites is important - circumcision in the Old Covenant and baptism in the New - but without the spiritual essence they are meaningless. During the Dedication we approached Yahweh without any kind of outer rituals barring the ordinance of footwashing. We did not, as one alarmed Nigerian minister though upon reading up what happened here, practice Mosaic rituals! The Old and the New differ only in outward forms - the inner substance was the same. We sought the divine tavnith (pattern) of inward realities and Yahweh accepted what was, effectively, an act of spiritual circumcision of the heart. We sought purity and set-apartness (holiness) and that is all we shall ever continue seeking.
We Want to Be Accepted
I want to especially emphasise the demand Yahweh makes of us, and the very real need we have for and of ourselves, to be not be a disgrace to Him. We want His approbation and praises, not His reproaches. We want to be accepted, not rejected. But as the ordinance of circumcision underlined only too clearly, there is a cost to purity: sacrifice and some pain. It doesn't last long but while it does last, it hurts. We must not be afraid of that, especially in this generation programmed as it is by liberal secularism and political correctness to be afraid of anything that might hurt or offend the most microscopic of sensibilities. This act of circumcision, that was followed by the first Pesach (Passover) in the Promised Land, is a necessary prequel to amazing miracles like the conquest of Jericho.
Fighting With Giants
When the 12 spies were sent into Canaan, 10 of them returned trembling with fear - not with godly fear, mind you, but the fear of men. They felt like grasshoppers in comparison to the stature of the Anakim (relatives of the nefilim) giants in the land. We too must face giants, both literal and within ourselves, as we sing in the hymn, He Who Would Valiant Be. And in Jericho we meet one of their strongholds. That untrained Israelite army, even if it had been professional and seasoned by combat, would never have been a match for the Jerichoites. We will never be a match for the power of the state or of demons or of literal nefilim (giants) who walk the earth again in various forms. Any attempt by us to meet them in our own strength would be folly in the extreme. No ingenuity, no cleverness, no amount of training in carnal warfare, will ever enable us to overcome them. Only if Yahweh is with us, empowering us, can we do such feats. But in order for Yahweh to be with us, first, the old man has to be burned or starved out through deprivation in a desert wandering so that we learn to walk by emunah (faith) and not by sight, but depending on supernatural provision. That can, and usually does, last a long time because of our stubbornness and pride. One way or another, the easy or the hard way, reliance on the flesh has to go - better if yielded voluntarily rather than by divine compulsion through circumstances and events that Yahweh has given Satan permission to engineer which we cannot escape from.
We Will Be Like Him
The tavnith (pattern) of Israel's Journey with its trials and tribulations, miracles, two baptisms, and circumcision, must be understood and navigated before we can be ready for Jericho-like challenges. I said one of our greatest enemies is fear. Our tiqveh (hope) is the promise that we will be Messiah-like if we do what He tells us. The promise that we will be spiritual kin with Yah'shua (Jesus) is surely the greatest motivation ever. He says that. And so it is we have had a number of Jericho Marches but none like the one we have been called to March this time. This time also differs from all the rest inasmuch as we are going to be observing Pesach (Passover) after the march rather than before. There's a reason for that, no just because of the Dedication of the Temple.
You don't go circulating the mightiest pagan fortress in the Middle East with an inexperienced and puny army if you don't know Yahweh is on your side. One advantage they had was that the inhabitants of Jericho knew of the mighty deeds of their Elohim (God) in defeating the mighiest army in the known world - the Egyptian. They had a reputation. So you may ask yourselves, do we have a reputation? We do, and of various kinds. We have a reputation for tenacity amongst those who have written us off many times. We continue to exist and to thrive in spite of rebellions which I spoke of yesterday which nearly wiped us out. But Yahweh can do all kinds of things with little remnants, small in number and weak as pertaining to the flesh. We're here and we are stronger and more resolute than ever before. We have been seasoned, at least the old guard. Three of us here, like Moses, Joshua and Caleb, have not perished with all the others. I don't know how, since we have little to boast of, but we have stood firm and sent roots deep into the ground.
The Adversary's Flock Remember
We have a reputation with another class of people too, not merely unbelievers but fully and openly committed followers of the devil himself. They, more than the others, know the power that Yahweh has used through us when they have tried to destroy us by both physical violence and by the violence of the lying tongue. They have tried to both kill us and shred our reputations. They have not forgotten what has happened to them in the past, and because of that they rightly fear for their own lives. They know we are grasshoppers and potentially crushable but they also know the power and might of Yahweh-Elohim. Yahweh happens to use grasshoppers to conquer nations. So they show respect and they are careful, ever looking for weaknesses, ever looking for something they can use to accuse us with before the Throne of the Almighty. That is why seeking purity is a must-must. That is why set-apartness is a must-must. If you're not sure about the pursuit of purity, if you're not sure about being set-apart to a chayim (life) and emunah (faith) separated totally from that of the world system, you will be ruled by doubt and fear, and you will be picked off soon enough and be gone.
Making Your Committment
This is not a small committment we ask of you, nor is this a small committment that we ourselves have made. The surviving three made that choice over 20 years ago. We have been tossed and smashed, beaten and hounded, reviled and shamed. You are invited to share in that, and more, if you dare, as we go forth together in this calling. Our rewards are to come later, though there are tangible rewards in the here-and-now too.
A Progressively Diminishing Presence Online
It is both appropriate and necessary, therefore, that I now share with you some of what was revealed to me this morning. Also you need to know that because of the current circumstances it will become necessary to share less and less online in the days ahead, assuming we even have access to the internet in the future. The reasons should be obvious. The enemy is constantly trawling for information as the Adversary is anxious to know what Yahweh is planning to do, this being close to his last hour. To understand what I am going to share with you it is necessary that we briefly review two important passage of Scripture.
Obéisance and Company
You may be wondering why I am using the King James Version today, as I did yesterday, so let me state right off it is not because it's only one that gets it right - we absolutely do not take a KJV-Only position here. No, the reason I am using it is because Yahweh seems to be using it quite a lot with me because of certain words that are either not emphasised or are not clear in the most commonly used English versions. Yesterday it was the old Middle French word "obéisance" and today it is "company".
A Nation and a Company of Nations
Let's take a look at the first one:
The Jacob-Esau Incident
"And Elohim (God) appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padan-aram, and blessed him. And Elohim (God) said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. And Elohim (God) said unto him, I am El Shaddai (God Almighty): be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a qahal (company, assembly) of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins" (Gen.35:9-11, KJV).
The second passage I want to draw your attention to is also about Jacob and an incident with his brother Esau as he was homeward-bound to the Promised Land having left his uncle Laban with his four wives and children:
A Warning to the Twelve Tribes
"And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him. Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands; And said, If Esau come to the one machaneh (company, army, band) and smite it, then the other machaneh (company) which is left shall escape" (Gen.32:6-8, KJV).
Brethren and sisters of the Twelve Tribes scattered throughout the world, this is a warning to you all - to the Torah-obedient redeemed and Sukkot-anointed in Messiah who are, at this time, stirring from their long slumber and are becoming aware of who they are - the the women who are grafted into their men, and the men who are grafted into the Vine of Messianic Israel which is Yah'shua (Jesus).
Attemts to Destroy the Messianic Line
Before the first coming of Messiah the Enemy set about trying to destroy the Messianic line of the House of Perez-Judah. He did so before the Great Flood by corrupting mankind with fallen nefilim genes and almost succeeded, corrupting all but eight souls. Having failed to corrupt Noah and his family, he resumed with his plan, culminating with the genocide of the infants at Beit Lechem (Bethlehem) but the infant Messiah escaped with His parents into the safe haven of Roman Egypt. He thought he had destroyed Him on the cross but he arose from the dead, confounding the world of darkness, dealing them a fatal blow that is yet to be a full fait accomplis upon His second coming.
The Mission of Judah Completed and Finished
Up to that point, Judah had, unknowingly to him, fulfilled his mission - the Lion of the Tribe of Judah had come, He had fulfilled a great chunk of prophecy about Himself, and even now sits at the righthand side of Elohim (God) the Father in Glory. So who is the Enemy after now? It is not Judah for Judah has nothing more to bring forth in the prophetic sense other than to return home with the other tribes.
The Smokescreen of an Orchestrated Dark Drama
All the drama of post-resurrection persecution of so-called Judah, and I speak of those imposters claiming to be Judah but who are of Esau, is all a smokecreen to conceal the Adversary's true purpose and sinister end-time design. Those of you who have studied this out carefully  know to what I am alluding. Indeed, the world - and in particular, much of Christendom and Messiandom - has been totally and cleverly duped. Playing on man's natural Elohim-given sensitivity and sympathy for the underdog, true Israel has been convinced that he is a Gentile and has been convinced that Esau is Israel. How was Israel duped? By causing Esau to be persecuted and murdered in the name of Israel by Esau's own elders and so in the process - in true Israel's eyes - give Esau apparent legitimacy as the "apple of Elohim's (God's) eye" (Dt.32:10; Zech.2:8) even though he dismally failed to produce the fruits of that happy breed to actually merit the designation (Prov.7:2; Ps.17:8). The elders of this counterfeit Moloch-worshipping 'Israel' have played their cards cunningly well so that the emet (truth) has literally been turned upside down. However, the counterfeit is being exposed, that counterfeit which is trying to control the world and destroy true Israel, and it is desperate to maintain its Machiavellian grip on the world. It will, in a very short time, have its power base ripped from under its feet, and its counterfeit nation destroyed that has deceived the apostate Ephraimite nations and its fellows.
Jacob Need Not Have Acted to Cheat Esau
Jacob had every reason to fear for his life when he learned that his brother Esau, with a troop of 400 men, doubtless bigger and better armed than his own company, was on its way to meet him. He had, after all, cheated Esau of his birthright with the connivance of his mother Rebekah. And though the birthright would have passed to Jacob as a matter of course once Esau had demonstrated his leadership ineptitude and spiritual unfitness to be head of the family of Abraham and Issac, Jacob would not wait. He wanted it all then. He was in a hurry and unwilling to accept the delays occasioned by the bad choices of others .
Esau's Birthright Honoured by Elohim
And that is why Esau has been given space to prove himself, and to show his complete unfitness to be head of the Tribe of Abraham and of Isaac, and why he was given his opportunity in 1948 when a new state was created on a foundation of lies, deceit, scheming and bloodshed, by which it has continued to maintain itself until now. He has not only had a 40 year mandate to demonstrate his ineptitude as the leader of the Chosen Nation but, it would seem, has been given anywhere up to a second 40 year period too so that no genuine born-again Israelite can be in any doubt as to Esau's true identity and nature. This would take us to the year 2028 at maximum, though I suspect the mandate will be terminated long before that on the basis of the principle of the judgment of nations ripened in iniquity. And there can be no doubt that to those not wearing theological blinkers that the Republic of Israel is rapidly ripening in inquity. It could well come to an end at any time especially if it tries to wage aggressive war against other nations, and particular nuclear war. It's involvement with 9/11, the creation and maintenance of ISIS and now its alliance with Saudi Arabia in its aggression against Yemen - and much more besides - will weigh heavily against it in the current Mishpat Yahweh.
Jacob's Last Carnal Action: Sending Gifts to the Flesh
Esau might have attacked his younger brother's company and family had, I suspect, Yahweh not worked on his heart and held Esau back. Jacob lied one last time and said he would join with his brother Esau a little later on, but as we know did not in fact do so, but went round Esau's domain and ended up elsewhere. Afraid of being wiped out, he divided his machaneh or company of wives, children and servants into two, concealing one and presenting the other as the sum of all he had, making it a sacrificial offering more in line with the spirit of Moloch than with the spirit of Yahweh. He was a coward, fearful of revenge and doubtful that Yahweh would protect him because of his sins, and so he acted according to the cunning of the flesh, attempting to buy off his brother with expensive gifts of cattle. It worked ... but only because Yahweh wished to protect and prosper all the lines of the Twelve Tribes. He was willing to sacrifice Leah's family and save Rachel's but Yahweh would not suffer such partiality. And so it must not be with us - all the tribes matter even if sometimes some misbehave more than the others.
The True Israel
That Jacob is us - our fleshy, unsaved and unsavable carnal, Adamic nature - and we have been summonsed to turn away from it wholly, to stop being afraid, to stop doubting, to stop lying and cheating and to stop appeasing the counterfeit by getting right with Yahweh through proper repentance. Those who call themselves 'Jews' are not who they say they are - most of them are Esau, so do not be intimidated by their claims. They are just another group of people whom we have been commanded to love and witness to, as we would to any other group of people. We are not to persecute them, as others have done, but neither are we to put them on a pedistal. They are simply sinners like the rest of mankind and in need of a Redeemer. They have no separate, parallel covenant to us which Yahweh honours. There is only one covenant, and it is the New Covenant of Messianic Israel. It's terms are accepting the true Messiah and King of Israel, Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), and its government is by New Covenant Torah. This is the one and only true Israel, whether they be descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob or not. Upon this biblical emet (truth) we stand, and upon no other.
Satan's New Target Since the Cross
However, there is natural Israel and it is not Esau. Moreover, the target this time is not Judah (and hasn't been since the Cross) but Ephraim. And that is because, as we saw in the prophecy, kings are to arise out of this line and the rulers of Messianic Israel. And it is these Satan wants destroyed so that the Final Gathering cannot take place. And had Judah been the main object of Satan's wrath, he would not have even bothered with the real Israel who are today in Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus). Yes, Satan hates all mankind and wants the whole human race dead, including Esau, in spite of the fact that Yahweh said: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated" (Rom.9:13, NIV; cp. Mal.1:3).
Expunging the false Gods of Judaism
Who is Esau today? The "synagogue of Satan" (Rev.2:9; 3:9) because it is a fraud, a pretender, blasphemously claiming to be of Him, using His Name but belonging, as Yah'shua (Jesus) testfied, to "the father of lies" (Jn.8:44) whilst all the while worshipping the Star Remphan, the emblem of Moloch, in spirit. You can not come to the Remnant until you have had this emet (truth) revealed to you by Yahweh Himself for you will otherwise incorporate in your worship and into your very soul itself the devilry of Moloch-worship until you get rid of it. You will be divided between two masters until you decide which you will follow (Mt.6:24; Lk.16:13). That is why so many Messianics revert to Judaism while the rest stay with Yah'shua (Jesus), or Yeshua as they call Him in the Aramaic. Messianics cannot be fully saved/delivered until they make that final choice and completely separate from Judaism. Many will rage and froth in the mouth over this but it is an undeniable emet (truth) and we will be hated for saying so until the god of Judaism is finally and fully revealed and expunged from the Body.
PROPHETIC DREAM OF THE SIX CONMPANIES
I am almost out of time so I must conclude with the warning I was given this morning. I was taken into a deep tunnel under the earth where scores of people were hiding out, as the early Christians once did in the Roman catacoumbs. Hanging on the walls here and there were a few very worn, faded and ripped Union Jacks - British flags. Britain is the nation of Ephraim and with it a "qahal or company of nations". I was told this morning that high on Satan's agenda in all the troubles and tribulations going on is the destruction of six companies or assemblies that are with the United Kingdom. He is out, first of all, to wipe out the princes of Messianic Israel - the 'kill the shepherd and the skeep will scatter' strategy - and he will do so in the same way that he attempted to wipe out the Judahite Messianic line in the days of Herod. The target is not Judah this time, but Ephraim and his brother Manasseh along with Benjamin. These are the three gems of the twelve in the Ephod that Satan does not have and cannot counterfeit because he has never had knpwledge of them.
The Israelite Bloodlines
I will not speculate too much on who the "six companies" other than to say that they must include Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Zimbabwe where Ephraim is scattered. Ephraim, along with Manasseh (USA and Germany) and the principle targets right now and we may well see them ruined financially and as nations, for great is their apostacy. We are, in any case, concerned with the Remnant in them, as we are in the Remnant in all the nations, both the actual bloodlines that are saved and Torah-obedient and the non-Israelite bloodlines that are to be grafted in.
The Tribes Arising
This is also, incidentally, the time of Zerah-Judah, the other line of Judah, who has not been much in the picture over the centuries, overshadowed as he has been by both the real Perez-Judah (which is to be found not just in Jewry but also in Africa and elsewhere) and the larger-than-life counterfeit. All the Tribes are arising and it is a glorious time to be sure.
Zerah and Sarah
In the matter of Zerah-Judah, Yahweh did show me something interesting, namely, that Abraham and Sarah are a prophetic picture of the reunion of Israel (Abraham) and Zerah (Sarah). But more of that another time.
We are here assembled outside Jericho and have begun the first day's march in spirit. We individually know that there are things inside us that still need bringing down into the dust so we march for that. We have started interceding for those of you who have sent in prayer requests. Yahweh will show the full itinery over the next few days so be alert and may He bless us all in our bid to serve Him. Amen.
 See the important series, Jacob's Trouble
 See Frank Damazio, Delays All Leaders Must Contend With (City Christian Publishing, Portland, Oregon: 2006)