Month 13:22, Week 1:7 (Shibi'i/Sukkot), Year:Day 5939:376 AM|
2Exodus 2/40, 4th Sh'mittah - Year 49/50
Gregorian Calendar: Wednesday 30 March 2016
Arise and Fight Now!
Prophecies of Imminent Things
Shabbat shalom mishpachah and welcome to the penultimate sabbath gathering of the soon-to-end Sh'mittah (Sabbatical) year. Though I know most of you are now looking to the coming Yovel (Jubillee) year may I remind you that the Sabbatical Year is not over yet and that there are still urgent things to be done in the week and one day left to us.
Have You Forgiven Your Debtors?
So I am going to start today by asking you, squarely, if you have forgiven all your debtors? Have you released them of their indebtedness to you? Please remember that whilst the Old Covenant was only concerned about financial debt, the New Covenant Sh'mittah is also about endebtedness to SIN! If someone has wronged you, you are obliged to forgive them, no matter what it is they have done to you, because that is a condition for Yah'shua (Jesus) giving you a free pardon for your sins against your Heavenly Father, Yahweh:
Do Not Borrow from the Nations
"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" (Matt.6:12, NKJV).
However, let's start with the financial side. I mentioned that if people have taken loans from you and failed to repay them to you that you must now cancel their debts if they are a fellow believer. This law, remember, applies only to Israel and now to New Covenant Israel. That is one thing. The second, often missed, needs restating to kol beit Yisra'el - to all the House of Israel - so that there is no blot on it as it passes through the judgments:
This is repeated from several chapters earlier where Yahwe4h says:
"You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none" (Deut.28:12, NIV).
Promises of the Covenant
"For Yahweh your Elohim (God) will bless you as He has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you" (Deut.15:6, NIV).
Let's take a look at the context of the earlier quotation:
New Covenant Israel in Diaspora
"If you fully obey Yahweh your Elohim (God) and carefully follow all His mitzvot (commands) I give you today, Yahweh your Elohim (God) will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey Yahweh your Elohim (God):
If you pay attention to the mitzvot (commands) of Yahweh your Elohim (God) that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Do not turn aside from any of the mitzvot (commands) I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other elohim (gods) and serving them" (Deut.28:1-14, NIV).
- You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
- The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock -- the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
- Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
- You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
- Yahweh will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
- Yahweh will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to.
- Yahweh your Elohim (God) will bless you in the land he is giving you.
- Yahweh will establish you as his qodesh (set-apart, holy) people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the mitzvot (commands) of Yahweh your Elohim (God) and walk in his ways. Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of Yahweh, and they will fear you. Yahweh will grant you abundant prosperity -- in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground -- in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you.
- Yahweh will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands.
- You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.
- Yahweh will make you the head, not the tail.
In case you have forgotten, we - Messianic Israel - are going on a war-footing and even though we are not in the Promised Land yet, and won't be until Messiah returns, we are supposed to be gathered and gathering in places of safety to ride the coming storm following collapse. When that happens every plot of land dedicated to Yahweh-Elohim becomes "in the land" and is so treated by Yahweh. You have heard the promises given to those who are so positioned physically and spiritually preparatory to war and you are going to need to invoke them so that you are protected from attack and do not starve once you are located in the divinely appointed places.
Get Out of Debt Now!
One of the conditions for this state of blessedness and covering is that you shall borrow from no nation other than Israel. In a New Covenant context, this means that if you have debts to unbelievers which are not settled, you are in a state of disobedience. Indeed you're in trouble if you are in debt to Torah-accepting believers who do not recognise or obey the Sh'mittah (Sabbatical Year) and you're certainly in trouble if you are in debt to Torah-rejecting believers if either of them call in your debt, as they may well do, along with the gentiles, before, or during collapse. The point is you must be out of debt and have a week to make sure you are!
The Steadily Rising Persecutions of Believers
Now it may well be that Yahweh will soften the hearts of your debtors whether they are Torah-compliant or not. You alone know your individual situations. More important, though, is Yahweh's demand that you do not borrow from the world. As a covenant people about to ride a terrible storm, which in many places has already begun, we dare not exclude ourselves from the national blessings pronounced by the mouth of Yahweh in the verses we have read. And though in peace-time and in prosperity we should be obedient, so much more importantly must we be in times of crisis. Believers are everywhere being persecuted and it's rising steadily. Only three days ago during 'Easter', Christian Pakistanis were blow up by Moslem terrorists.
The Tochelah or Curses of Covenant Disobedience
Now I don't know about you, but I am not going to jeapordise my family by disobeying the national covenant of Messianic Israel, even in disasporsa. Does anybody really want to put Yahweh to the test? Do you remember the curses that come from disobedience?
The Gradual Erosion of Liberty
"However, if you do not obey Yahweh your Elohim (God) and do not carefully follow all his mitzvot (commands) and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:
"Yahweh will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking Him. Yahweh will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess. Yahweh will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew, which will plague you until you perish. The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. Yahweh will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder; it will come down from the skies until you are destroyed" (Deut.28:15-24, NIV).
- You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.
- Your basket and your kneading trough will be cursed.
- The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
- You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out.
Those are just some of the curses. You can read the rest in your own time. They are known in Hebrew as the tochehah or 'warnings'. And they do not necessarily happen all at once. They can come gradually too, gradually eroding your independence in every widening circles, starting with the loss of material things, then personal property, personhood, heritage holdings and ultimately nationhoood. We see is happening in the West, a little more every day, and we are rapidly coming to a climax.
The Steady Judgment Against Christendom
Brethren and sisters, do you not see this happening to Christendom as it comes under greater and greater attack for its apostacies and rebellions? It has removed its hedge of protection, dismantled its canopy and surrendered its blessings. And this has been going on for a very long time, and is coming once again to a head in this the seventh year but even more so as we enter the Yovel of Juibilee which I haven't even spoken about yet.
The Counts and Judgments
I know full well the disbelief that has met my prophetic warnings over the last years and how people have grown lax because the 'sky didn't catch on fire' at the end of the various counts. But I warned you back then that there were preparation times and that judgments would not necessarily come suddenly but unfold even if some sudden judgments do come.
The Invaded Courtyard
The kind of disobedience and rebellion that I have spoken of always ends tragically in service to foreign deities and imperial powers. We are seeing these false gods of Christendom manifesting in all their grostesqueness as believers abandon more and more Torah and thus turn more and more away from the true Elohim (God), Yahweh. That is why the Courtyard of the Spiritual Temple has been invaded and why you are experiencing all manner of difficulties if you are still lingering in it. You have to get out, and fast lest you too be overwhelmed when the surge of evil suddenly comes to the place where you live. You dare not dally any longer.
A Prophetic Dream: The Flooded Landscape
A few days ago my wife had a prophetic dream that illustrates the indifference, arrogance and foolhardiness of many believers who are not taking the warnings seriously. In the dream everything around our house was flooded and there was a strip of dry land circling the house. We must have heard a noise or perhaps we were standing on the main porch to see how bad things were flooded. Either way we ended up outside and saw someone we knew - a believer - down by the gates to our property. The water there was very deep because he was swimming frantically and calling out to us to save him. And of course that is what we wished to do with all our hearts. However, we had no rope downstairs to throw him but there was one upstairs which we went and got. It was a thick rope, a part of our fire escape system, with knots in it for gripping.
Our house was completely surrounded by deep water
Demanding Salvation on Human Terms
I threw the rope out to the brother but he didn't even try to grab it, even though we were yelling at him to do so. But he adamantly refused to reach for it. Then a couple of others people appeared on the scene behind him, offering him a lifesaver ring and even a boat. He still refused our rope and all the while the two men were slandering us, telling the brother that we only considered him worth a rope with knots on it and not a decent ring or a boat. He ended up leaving with the two men with the ring and the boat even though they were not on safe ground, because what they offered him required no effort on his part.
Many False Saviours and Deliverers Around
Brethren and sisters, Satan will send many false deliverers to us during the times of crisis who appear to offer an 'easier' way to the purifying one Yahweh has called us to. He will appeal to our laziness, carelessness and the spirit of the age which is a sense of self-entitlement. In the natural the elements follow the course of least resistance but in the spiritual we are called to go against the tide and overcome by struggle through emunah (faith). This is not just for our benefit but because our Heavenly Father is calling us to great things where the cowardly refuse to go. Recall the words of the Apocalypse:
Will You Be In or Surrounded By the Fire?
"I am the Alef (Alpha) and the Taw (Omega), the Beginning (Origin) and the End (Completion, Consummation). I will give of the fountain of the mayim chayim (water of life) freely (without payment, gratuitously) to him who thirsts. He who overcomes (conquers, wins the victory, nitzachon) shall inherit all things (this allotment), and I will be his Elohim (God) and he shall be My son. But
shall have their chelek (part, inheritance, allotment) in the agam (lake) which burns with eish (fire) and gofrit (brimstone, sulphur), which is haMavet haSheyni (the second death)" (Rev.21:6-8, NKJV with OJB, ESV, NRSV, AENT, ISR2009, CJB/JNT, CLNT, KNT).
- 1. the cowardly (timid),
- 2. unbelieving (faithless, without emunah, untrustworthy),
- 3. abominable (detestable, polluted, sinful, unclean, vile),
- 4. murderers (manslayers),
- 5. sexually immoral (zonim, fornicators, sexual sinners, those who whore, the depraved, unchaste, paramours),
- 6. sorcerers (mekhhashfim, drug sorcerers, those who misuse drugs in connection with the occult, enchanters),
- 7. idolaters (ovdei haelilim), and
- 8. all liars (shakranit, false persons, deceivers)
I have gone to great trouble to list the many shades of meaning associated with the eight classes of people who will find themselves in brass laver in the Outer Court which in the spiritual consists not of purifying water but of eish or fire. At this time of Judgment, trust me when I tell you that you do not want to be IN that fire as the condemned but surrounded by it as the justified in Messiah!
Manifestion of Satan as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah
Brethren and sisters, that fire is already burning now and will steadily increase in intensity. We have already had a lot of experiences lately with Satan turning up and trying massive deceptions on us. Only two days ago he appeared as a lion to me, standing in the water by the sea shore, trying to represent himself Yah'shua (Jesus), and inviting me to totally surrender my life to him in death even as Abraham was about to offer up Isaac, trusting Yahweh to restore him to life afterwards. As I was doing so, turning my neck, I saw the predator's glint in the lion's eye and knew this was not Yah'shua (Jesus) but the Enemy, causing me to draw back in the nick of time. And the scene was so convincing! But I was fooled for a white and chastised myself afterwards for being so undiscerning. Yah'shua (Jesus) warned:
Powerful Deceptions Now Operating
"For false messiahs (christs) and false nevi'im (prophets) will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand" (Mark 13:22-23, NKJV).
And so you too are being warned beforehand. I have seen some very powerful stuff the last few days, all from the Enemy trying to deceive me, as he suddenly starts bringing out his best tricks. And he only does that for a reason. So be warned! That is in part why I told you last week to be very careful! The time of testing is not over - it has just begun! The time of judgment of believers and of the Body is still going on, and I can tell you it has been - and will yet be - gruelling until Yah'shua (Jesus) says, "Enough!". There have been massive assaults in the spiritual requiring much vigilence, discernment and energy. Whatever fault the Enemy can find, he is going for it with a vengeance.
Repent or Perish!
I am fearful for many of you because I know the decisions many of you are making and have already made. Some of you are gambling with your lives in your conceit and vain confidence. Pride will be your executioner if you are not rid of it by getting flat on your face in contrition. And those who are complacent will be overtaken swiftly as by the raptor, hardly knowing before the predator strikes them. Some of you will stubbornly refuse to make teshuvah and come out only by the skin of your teeth after a violent thrashing. And others of you will not make it out at all but be slain in the Courtyard and go to Sheol.
The Eight Executioners of the Ungodly
"Unless you repent, you too will all perish" (Luke 13:3, NIV).
There are eight Slayers in Revelation 21:6-8 and not all of them are as 'cardinal', as we suppose, like idolatry, fornication, murder, sexual immorality or sorcery - believers are often surprised to find that unbelievers and the cowardly or timid are listed as well because they don't regard these things as so 'bad' as the others. Yet without emunah (faith), where is the power unto salvation and deliverance? Without courage, how can we ever overcome the flesh and all that holds us back? Is it not in any case Messiah who gives us courage and emunah (faith)? Therefore turn your eyes to Him - and to Him alone - for your deliverance in the evil days that are now here and advancing.
The eight executioners of Revelation 21
Brethren and sisters, these are the matters and issues we must get resolved during the last week of this Sh'mittah (Sabbatical) cycle before we are even ready to tackle the coming Yovel (Jubilee) or we will be overwhelmed. How this will pan out for all of us individually I cannot say because I do not know. I just know that this is not a time to procrastinate or play games. THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Get forgiving those who have wronged you, get releasing debtors of their debts, and "fight the good fight of the emunah (faith). Take hold of the eternal chayim (life) to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses" (1 Tim.6:12, NIV). Sober up, get going, and get moving now! In Yah'shua's (Jesus') Name. Amen.