Month 6:17, Week 3:2 (Shanee/Matzah), Year:Day 5940:164 AM|
2Exodus 3/40, Yovel - Year 50/50 - Teshuvah 17/39
Gregorian Calendar: Sunday 18 September 2016
Up the Mountain
Spiritual Prepping in Earnest
Spiritual Prepping, Face-to-Face Communion
I received a directt confirmation last night that this time (and countdown) concerns, above all else, spiritual prepping. Getting right with Yahweh, and communing with Him face-to-face, and all that it takes in terms of self-surrendered and commitment, is all that now matters.
A Prophetic Dream - the Mountain Drive
During the night I had a dream. I was told to get in a car and drive up a mountain to the top without stopping and to stay on the road I had started on. The car was powerful and beautiful with an automatic drive. There was someone in the car with me whose face I never saw. With only a slight touch of the gas pedal the motor roared into life and took me up this steep mountain road. Even when the gradient seemed too steep, the engine always managed the ascent. With each new challenge overcome, I grew all the more confident.
A Choice of Two Roads
At one point I was confused as to whether the road was straight ahead to slightly to the side and I stopped to car at a branch of the road to my right. I got out to find that I was at a high altitiude golf course in the mountains. I went over to a van to make further enquiries and came across a woman dressed as if to play tennis. She was not nice yet she was trying to seduce me (in fact, 'she' was a demon). Realising I was not going to get any information or help, I left, got back into the car, and returned to the original road.
The Angel Warns Me
The climb got steeper and steeper and I wasn't sure whether I should get out and walk to keep trusting in the car to get to me the summit, however impossible it looked, because by now the road had vanished and all that was there were rocks. I wrestled in my soul over this dilemma and woke up from the dream. As I did so, I heard a voice speak firmly but kindly to me, which I assume was either a malak (angel) or the Ruach (Spirit) - I had concluded that my mysterious and inconspicuous companion in the car had been a malak (angel) - and it said to me:
Nothing Else More Important For Now
If you're going to grow up (mature) in Him,
You're going to have to go up [the mountain] in Him.
In other words, no matter how daunting, no matter how seemingly impossible, we can reach the summit if we go with Yahweh trusting Him. These words, together with the dream experience, left me in no doubt whatsoever that these days leading to Yom Teruah (Day of Trumpets), when the count finishes on 1 October, are all about climbing the Mountain of Yahweh to commune face-to-face with Him through Yah'shua (Jesus), and that there is absolutely nothing else more urgent for the serious believer. For only there, at the mounatin top, can we receive our instructions, directions or revelation that we need for the days ahead.
The Three Days 1-3 October
I have wondered why the end of the count is not a single day but three calendar days, or parts thereof. Seen from the perspective of spiritual prepping (without discounting that this could relate to (an) external event(s) too), one is immediately reminded of Yah'shua's (Jesus) three days in the grave, physically dead. Since proper communion with Yahweh involves death to self, as I spoke about in my last Sabbath sermon, it makes sense that three days be set-apart for this 'laying down' of life in order to 'take it up' again for consecrated service.
The Symbolism of Mountains
Climbing (or in my case, driving, since cars symbolise energy and life) mountains in the Bible always symbolises getting closer to Elohim (God). Mountains themselves represent kingdoms. Mount Sinai, up which Moses climbed to receive Torah and the Kingdom Mandate, as was certainly the first one that came to mind when I mediated on this dream, is the Mountain of the original Covenant with Israel. This is where the 10 Commandments or Mitzvot (usually referred to as Devarim or Words) were received, which form the core of the Israelite National Legal and Spiritual Code whether in the Old Covenant (in Moses) are in the New Covenant (in Messiah). For us, in the New Covenant, the most important mountain is the Mountain of Transfiguration where Peter, James and John met the glorified Messiah together with Moses (the Torah/Law) and Elijah (the nevi'im/prophets). And, of course, we only recently 'landed' on a mountain on a symbolic 'ark' as part of our preparations for this time.
A final word and that is to try and convey to you the extreme sense of urgency that I felt. The death of my friend Frederick Simons two days ago was a wake-up call, a reminder that we can be taken home any time and not to procrastinate our repentance. We none of us have any guarantee that we're not going to be suddenly taken, as he was, which means we must have our spiritual house in order. We don't want unresolved spiritual issues accompanying us into the next world when we had every opportunity to tackle them while alive. Above all we don't want to be out of communion with the Most High! So this is final house-cleaning time, brethren and sisters!