Aviv 2018: The Nativity & Remnant Evangelism


2. Worship songHark the Herald Angels Sing

3. Invocation

4. Reading:

“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, amalak (angel) of Yahweh stood before them, and the glory of Yahweh shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the malak (angel) said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great simcha (joy) which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Messiah the Master (Christ the Lord). And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the malak (angel) a multitude of the heavenly host praising Elohim (God) and saying:

‘Glory to Elohim (God) in the highest,
And on earth shalom (peace), goodwill toward men!’

“So it was, when the malakim (angels) had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which Yahweh has made known to us.’ And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising Elohim (God) for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them”

     (Luke 2:1-20, NKJV).

5. Sermon

IntroductionChag sameach Rosh Chodesah kol beit Yisra’el and Mishpachah and a Blessed New Year to everyone! This is the first day of the biblical month of Aviv (not the pagan Babylonian ‘Nisan’) or ‘Month of Blossoms‘ in the Promised Land, the first month of the year, and today we leave the old behind and we start afresh. Though it is still freezing cold outside here in Sweden (we were down to -14°C again last night a) the bright sunshine is a reminder to us that spring is on the way, at least for us in extreme northern climes. I know spring has begun for many of our readers and of course for those in tropical climates it’s much the same us usual. And as for our brethren and sisters in the southern hemisphere, I realise everything may seem a little upside down for you season-wise as in South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Australia and New Zealand you are getting ready for autumn (fall)!

Celebrating the Birth of MessiahToday we are breaking with our tradition of having a morning assembly, though last year we did have two services, and are gathering after sunset. That is because my family is celebrating the Birth of Messiah today. To be perfectly clear, this is not a divine moed or appointment of the Messianic Community (Church), as we are nowhere commanded to celebrate the birth of Yah’shua (Jesus), but is rather something my family does and maybe one or two others.

Why We Don’t Observe the Nativity at PassoverOne of the brethren asked me the other day why we don’t celebrate this in fourteen days’ time, for as many of you know, we believe that Yah’shua (Jesus) was born at Pesach (Passover). The reason for that is twofold:

  • 1. We don’t want to use a day which has been specifically set-apart by Yahweh to honour the death of Yah’shua (Jesus), the Passover Lamb, by combining it with something which is not commanded; and
  • 2. Although the symbolism of the birth and death occurring at the same time in the year is certainly poignant and symbolically signficant, representing an interesting divine tavnith or pattern (about which I have spoken before but don’t have time to go into today), the birth does not fit into the message represented by the sequence of the seven annual festivals.

Not Born in the AutumnAs many of you also know, at least one ministry under the leadership of the well-known American Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn actually believe and teach that Avivwas the actual day of Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) birth and even though Messianic Evangelicals believe He was born at Pesach (Passover), we absolutely do not believe He was conceived at the false feast of Hanukkah and born at Sukkot (Tabernacles), or one of the other autumnal moedim (appoitments), for reasons I’ll not go into today.

Why We Celebrate the Nativity at Aviv 1So in my family observing the Nativity today we are not proclaiming that this was the exact day two millennia ago that Messiah was born. What we are doing is acknowledging that it was a spring birth – in the lambing season – and we are combining the two spiritual motifs together. As this is the beginning of a New Year, so this is a wonderful opportunity for a spiritual ‘spring-clean’ by re-affirming the day when we were given a New Beginning through Yah’shua (Jesus) our Sovereign. Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) birth into this world represented the imminent hope of everyone – past, present, and future – of new chayim (life) following the atonement and resurrection-to-come. This is therefore a day to be thankful. It is the Day of Blossoms, of hope rekindled.

So Many Things UndoneIt is usual at Rosh Chodesh for the nevi’im (prophets) to give a davar (word) to the people so that is what I must first do this evening though normally I would have done this in the morning. With worsening health and looming bankruptcy, not to mention the limitations imposed by advancing age, and with so many things still undone, relationships to be repaired, family still ungathered, raising children to maturity, and the necessity of discipling and prepping the Last generation for their enormous task ahead, I will admit this has been a really tough period for me personally with not a few dark times that the Enemy has sought to exploit with relish. And I know some of you are likewise struggling. My emunah (faith) has been stretched and at times it has been really hard to keep going. And I think my greatest fear has been to be called home with my work unfinished, which it most definitely still is. Having devoted over 30 years to the ministry and not seeing it arrive at anywhere near the destination I had hoped for, this perhaps has been one of my greatest challenges. And I don’t doubt that some of our older members have wondered too.

The Rosh Chodesh MessageUntil yesterday, Yahweh had not spoken to me on this subject. Actually, it was at the end of supper last night when as a family we have a short devotional and prayer around the dining room table. We use a booklet produced by another ministry so nothing is prepared by me. It’s title was, What Simon Said, and the Scripture extract read, “Because you say so, I will let down the nets” (Lk.5:5, NIV). The Scripture literally struck me between the eyes because it was a direct response to what I had been asking about for so long. Let me read the whole passage to you from John’s Gospel:

“Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We are going with you also.’ They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Yah’shua (Jesus) stood on the shore; yet the talmidim (disciples) did not know that it was Yah’shua (Jesus). Then Yah’shua (Jesus) said to them, ‘Children, have you any food?’ They answered Him, ‘No.’ And He said to them, ‘Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish (John 21:3-6, NKJV).

So that, brethren and sisters, was Yahweh’s Rosh Chodesh message to me and to all of us in this ministry. Cryatal clear. We’re going to cast our nets out again – where Yahweh tells us, on the metarphorical “right side of the boat” – and we are going to see Brother Herman Rustad’s prophetic dream of 17 November 1998 come to pass because the Davar Elohim (Word of God) never returns to Him void (Is.55:11)! Let me read this to you in his own words:

“I am standing on the beach of a lake with several others behind me. Without anything telling me to, or any apparent reason, I suddenly shout to people on the other side of the lake: “Lots of fish, come and help us!” Even if I can’t see anything, there is great rejoicing on the other beach. People run to prepare themselves. I shout, “Hurry!” They start running into the water which is very shallow between me and the other beach. It is about twelve inches deep. I was afraid this would drive the fish in the wrong direction.

“Suddenly I shout to them, explaining: “There is a net in the water which is keeping the fish in the cove”. At the same time a net, without help from anybody, rises up by itself several meters above the water. The net is standing in thin air and is keeping the fish in the cove between me and my unknown friends across the water. The net is held up and steered by invisible hands.

“Next to the net there are several boats. I cannot tell who are in them because I can only make them out as dark shadows. Then, while I see the net standing in the shallow water, I notice that the people from the other beach are running in the right direction — towards the most shallow part of the water, and at the same time I can see several shoals of many hundreds of fish, heading in to the cove. The water is crystal clear, but the bottom is dark and muddy. (This kind of evenly coloured greyish brown, muddy ground is typical of lakes that are shallow a long way out — when you step on it your feet sink into the mud).

“By a little bonfire on my beach, there are some transparent glasy/silver-pure, apparently living fish that are surrounded by a heavenly light from above, which is focused only on the fishes and the bonfire. Strangely enough, the fishes seem to thrive perfectly. (I cannot describe these fishes in any other way than as heavenly). Standing there on the beach by the bonfire, they look like small statues made from transparent glass with silvery patterns. These fishes are actually talking to each other, and are apparently the fishes first caught in from this enormous catch and are telling me how wonderful this catch is.

“Where the fish, the net, the boats, the bonfire and the fishes on the beach are coming from, I don’t know — it seems like if everything is coming from nowhere out of the darkness. The hills and the wood around me, and even the beach I am standing on, is in complete darkness, as in the middle of the night, with a black sky, but the shallow cove where all of this is taking place is nevertheless bright as in the middle of the day. It is obviously a sudden event and it is happening fast! The dream ends as I see the fish closed off in the shallow cove, but still in the water. — Praise the master Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Amen.”

The Necessity of Darkness for Evangelism to ThriveI have often wondered why Brother Herman received this so long ago and why this has not been fulfilled yet but consider, the context of this harvest was a time of great darkness. We thought the darkness was dark 20 years ago but consider the darkness now! Sometimes people are not ready until there is a great contrast, with the evil of the world making the emet (truth) the more visible. The imminent Judgment provide that sharp contrast.

The Patience and Faith of AbrahamSometimes we must wait a long time for Yahweh’s plans to unfold, and sometimes in apparent inactivity. A brother was sharing his frustration with me the other day because no one wanted to hear his message! I totally understand. But, chaverim, if we cannot have the emunah (faith) and patience of Abraham, who had to wait until old age before Yahweh fulfilled His promise to him to have a son who would be the Messianic Seed, then we have no business calling ourselves believers, for as Paul reminded the Galatians:

“Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham” (Gal.3:7, NIV).

So Many Have Wandered or Run AwayI don’t know how many impatient and faithless souls have abandoned this work over the years because things didn’t happen when or in the way they wanted. The Kingdom is not for doubters and quitters. And how many centuries did the descendants of Abraham have to wait until the Messiah was born at Bethlehem? And even then, they were nearly all of them expecting the wrong kind of ‘messiah’. They wanted a military man like the Judges of old, not a Saviour hanging on a cross.

Learning to Wait Patiently Like Simeon and Anna.So here we are, waiting, praying, hoping, like Anna the agèd prophetess of the tribe of Asher, and Simeon who prophesied over the infant messiah, to see the salvation of Israel before they died. Anna’s husband had already passed on. She was 84! Yet there she was, worshipping in the temple every day and every night, fasting and praying, ever watchful. And then one day there He was, in the arms of Mary, in the Temple where they had been waiting for so, so long, probably wondering if they would live long enough. You all know the simcha (joy) that was their’s when suddenly the Saviour was there in front of them. Thereafter Anna bore witness to everyone who would listen (Lk.2:22-39). That is the same attitude we must have to, worshipping Yahweh 25/7 in our temple, our flesh, fasting and praying, until He chooses to reveal Himself or appoint us to our tasks. But who will wait so prayerfully and patiently? Most will not because they are infected by the spirit of instant gratification, the spirit of the age. Waiting is probably one of the hardest disciplines of the Gospel life, harder in some ways, than persecution. Blessed are those who endure both without losing their tiqveh (hope), emunah (faith), shalom (peace), ahavah(love) and simcha (joy) in Messiah.

The Messianic Movement’s LossI think one of the great tragedies of the messianic movement is the loss of any formal observance of the nativity of Messiah. It’s so pivotal to the Besorah (Gospel) because it is the story of incarnation, the story of how Elohim (God) became a human being, the one-and-only ‘man-God’, the uniquely, only-begotten Son of the Father and the Ruach (Spirit) (Jn.1:14,18; 3:16,18; Heb.11:17; 1 Jn.4:9).

Messianic Heresies and the IncarnationAnd it saddens me that there are so many heretical messianic groups who deny the incarnation and therefore the deity of Messiah. They are not true believers and their leaders are taking their followers down to hell with them. It isn’t long before they start denying Paul was a true apostle with many of them taking the fateful step of rejecting the Messianic Scriptures (New Testament) altogether and either becoming unsaved Talmudic Jews or atheists. Woe unto them! You cannot be saved and deny that Yah’shua (Jesus) is Elohim (God)! So this story is so terribly important in so many ways and a reason I feel passionately about restoring and incorporating it into our New Year observance at Aviv 1. The story must be told and retold every year! In that respect orthodox believers have been faithful even if they have destroyed so much by incorporating pagan elements and observing the nativity on a wicked man’s birthday – ther antichrist Nimrod!

The 1914 Christmas TruceI want to end today by sharing with you a true story that has been made into a movie. It happened in 1914 on the Western Front at the beginning of the First World War. This was, as I have said so many times, a pointless, fratricidal war that should never have happened. Its consequences were fatal for European civilisation and the world because so many lost their faith after the carnage was over. The Second World War, which followed only 21 years later, drove the nail into the coffin of Christian Europe, both wars having been deliberately planned by the élites to destroy Christianity in the West. They have largely succeeded – today we have been left with the disaster that is cultural Marxism and post-modernism instead – but they have not finished which is why they are determined to have – and will have – a Third World War in our day. They want Elohim (God) gone from the planet because they are evil satanists. And they will get their ‘New World Order’ for seven terrible years until Messiah returns and destroys them completely.

Frabz Gruber and Joseph MohrThe movie clip you are going to see contains images which you will readily identify with the pagan Christmas like tinsel and Christmas trees. Try to ignore them. The important thing is what was in the hearts of the people involved in this incident which brought the insane war to a halt for one day to the fury of the higher ranks of the officer classes some of whom were no doubt Illuminati or otherwise blinded by what was happening. What you will see here is what the nativity is all about – peace, and good will to all men and women. The background music is Franz Gruber’s famous carol, Stille Nacht or Holy Night was we know it in English, written in 1818 to the lyrics of Joseph Mohr from Oberndorf near Salzburg in Austria. Franz Gruber (see right) was also Austrian, a primary school teacher and church organist from Arnsdorf in Upper Austria. He composed the melody three years after the final defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte and the bloody wars that he forced on Europe. It is one of the most beautiful pieves of music ever written, second only in my book to O Holy Night, composed by the Fenchman Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem Minuit, chrétiens (Midnight, Christians) written by a wine merchant and poet, Placide Cappeau (1808–1877) which we listened to in the introduction. I rate these as the two most beautiful pieces ever written. You’ll see the poignancy of this as we watch this clip.

Video Clip, Stille Nacht

Peace Between the NationsTo me, that says it all. Only Yah’shua (Jesus) can bring healing and peace between the nations. The only hope for the nations is submitting to Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). His birth says it all. It is the quintessential picture of the spirit and heart of true Christianity and Messianism – the innocense and purity of a small child who grows to become a Saviour of mankind and a conqueror of death on a cross. Satan is the opposite – filthy, defiled, dark and the author of deatha and destruction. That incident in the trenches of 1914 paints the contrast in vivid detail. The war should have – could have – ended there. That is why we hate war and oppose it and all those who wage it save in defence of their families and homes against an evil aggressor. And there were no evil aggressors in the First World War. That was mere propaganda.

Ordinary People Do Not Want WarAnd that’s the point. Ordinary Germans, Frenchmen, British, Austrians, Hungarians, Russians, Romanians, Bulgarians, Greeks and all the other combattants did not want this war. They soon saw how evil and pointless it was, just like the Second World War. Out of such chaos and ruin revolutions are born offering a false route to salvation. Communism was born out of the First World War in Russia and out of the Second has arisen its sponsor, Satanism. That’s where we are today.

ConclusionAnd that’s why the world needs Yah’shua (Jesus) – desperately – because all other ‘saviours’ are false. We start our New Year in spring – in the lambing season – with the baby Yah’shua (Jesus) to remember our own beginnings, and the meaning of the Besorah (Gospel). This is where we stand or fall. May the nativity be your inspiration for the year ahead is my prayer in Yah’shua’s (Jesus) Name. Amen.

6. Concluding SongJoy to the World

7. Closing Prayer

Further Reading

[1] Why we don’t celebrate Christmas
[2] Why we believe Messiah was born at Passover

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The Elijah Prophets: Despoilment & Judgment of the Kings

Shabbat shalom kol beit Yisra’el and Mishpachah. May the grace and shalom (peace) of our Master, Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), be upon us all.

The New Year and a New Journey into the Valley
Finally we have arrived at the last sabbath of the current year but also it is the end of the penultimate phase of this Messianic Evangelical movement. Literally. The time of waiting is, and isn’t, over, which I know sounds a little mysterious but I’ll try to explain. Something very new and exciting began a few days ago, and that is what I must briefly talk to you about today before we ussher in the New Year in two days’ time. We both know, and don’t know, where we’re going. In a minute I will share some of what we do know. What faces us, and indeed all the Remnant, is not, as Oswald Chambers once put it, “a question of black and white or right and wrong, or being in communion or out of communion; but a question of Elohim (God) taking us by a way which in the meantime we don’t understand”. We can only be led by the hand through this next but very important stage in our spiritual journey as we descend into the valley beyond the crumbling Messianic and Evangelical Houses. That part of our mission is most definitely over.

Dealing With Visible and Invisible Worlds
For me, personally, the processes that are underway are completely baffling, and for someone like myself who has a scientific upbringing, not being able to micro-map can be tough. In matters of the spirit and heart we cannot map because these operate on the basis of emunah – faith or trust, alone. Scientists are by training, sceptical, and when dealing which what is visible and measurable, you have to be, but that is not how relationships work. So I have two modes – the scientific (which can upset a lot of irrational people) and (I hope), the spiritual (which upsets the sceptically-minded). But that is a part of our dual-nature, for we must deal with both visible and invisible worlds. Close one or the other down, and you’re in trouble, because they have to work as one.

Avoiding Unnecessary Classifications
The artistic, creative side may dominate over the scientific in some people, and the opposite in others. But we do have both. Yahweh gave us two-sided brains and we’re supposed to use both of them. It’s very dangerous to classify people as either ‘right-‘ or ‘left-brainers’ – we are supposed to learn to use both. Personally I don’t even like the classification because once you start defining people, and occe they start defining themselves, they can can actually retard their development. We are whole beings and Yahweh wants to perfect the whole through Messiah. And that’s the thing: some things we can systematically train up, others require that we take leaps of faith.

Principles and Personalities
There has always been a danger – and will continue to be a danger – that ‘Messianic Evangelicals’ will be defined by a particular set of people and their personalities. To some extent, that is inevitable. We are the sum of who we are. But others will come and that will change. And Yahweh will wants to – and does want to – change us continually. We must not limit Him by trying to define this work based on our own limitations, issues or personality types. The Body is supposed to be diverse but it is not supposed to be defined by a spirit-flesh mix. The flesh has to die and that is a warfare that must be waged relentlessly. The moment we, as a spiritual community, allow ourselves to be collectively defined by personalities and not by Yah’shua (Jesus) is the moment we start to become an impediment to what Yahweh wants to do with us. There has to be constant change resting on a foundation of Eternity. Fossilisation is the worst thing that could happen to us.

A Colourful Kaleidoscope of Biblical Writers
Having said that, it is true to say that people colour everything. That’s fine. Every writer in the Bible ‘colours’ the whole. Imagine the Scriptures without a Paul or a David. The ‘flavour’ would be very different. I have known people who reject this or that person (like Paul) and their spirit changes as a result…and always for the worse. They become impoverished. They rip out the Pauline writings and they lose something infinitely precious (see Anti-Paulism). Just the loss of 1 Corinthians 13, that amazing chapter on ahavah (love), would impoverish us spiritually. Imagine losing the Psalms, or even just Psalm 23! Yahweh stitched up the Bible with certain inspired characters – His revelation passed through their personalities and we have been blessed by both. The Bible consists of divine concepts and principles worded and coloured according to the personalities of the writers. Look how different John is from the other Gospel writers!

A Mixed Bunch
What a mixed bunch of personalities Messianic Evangelicals are! And whilst our fleshy natures are an irritating impediment, and always will be, the colouring of our Elohim-created characters are a part of an exciting kaleidoscope. But we dare not sit still.

The Shaking of Trees
For the last few years I have been saying that the penultimate Judgment starts with us, and that is so true. It has been a shaking time, a time for every rotten apple to be shaken off every Messianic Evangelical’s tree, even if that means there are no good ones to be found – there’s always the next season! If you’ve messed up, you have the promise of a new season – a new year. So we can look forward to Aviv because it means we’ve been given another chance.

One Shavu’ot Anointing, Seven Sukkot Anointings
I said that NCAY is about to change and I meant that literally. Yahweh is preparing us for anointings – not suddenly, as at the first messianic Shavu’ot, known inaccurately as ‘Pentecost’ (which is a Greek word describing an erroneous calendar calculation), really the Feast of Weeks – but step-wise. Shavu’ot (Weeks) is a single day-long moed (appointment). When the Ruach (Spirit) fell on the first New Testament qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones), it happened just like that – wham! The final Sukkot (Tabernacles) anointing, which is the anointing of the end-time Remnant, is not like that. Sukkot (Tabernacles) is an seven day-long festival – this anointing comes in seven stages – wham, wham, wham, wham, wham, wham, wham! – each one mediated by one of the seven Ruachot Qodeshim (Holy Spirits). So if you’re expecting a one-off event, you will be confused, especially if you get the first or Rishon anointing and conclude, ‘that’s it!’ A lot of people will think that and charge ahead only to be stopped short when the Second or Shanee anointing is needed. You have got to get your doctrine right in order to be prepared properly.

A Word From Psalm 68
We’re going to begin with a Davar (Word) that Yahweh gave me three days ago – for me, for you, for all of us, and for those who will join us. It is from Psalm 68, verses 11 through 14. You can follow if you like only I am going to expand it because no one version gets it completely right. This will be a composite translation so that you get the full scope.

“Yahweh proclaims – He gives, He announces – the ‘omer (not the davar, not the besorah) – the good news (NEB), the command (NRSV, NASB), the word (NIV, KJV, NKJV), the promise:

great is the company of those [women] who proclaimed it – who bore the tidings (NRSV): ‘The kings of the armies, they flee, they flee!’

The women at home divide the spoil,

though they stay or linger (NEB) among the sheepfolds –

the wings of a dove covered or sheathed (NEB) with silver,

its pinions or feathers'(KJV) with green or yellow (NEB), shining (NIV), glistening (NASB) gold.

When El Shaddai (the Almighty) scattered the kings there, causing them to flee headlong (NEB),

snow fell on Zalmon (the southern peak of Mt.Gerezim)”

(Ps.68:11-13, NRSV ground text)

The Return of an Anointing
That is quite a vivid picture, isn’t it? The imagery is stark – a silver dove with gold feathers, for one thing. Now these are the words that Yahweh gave me from Psalm 68 but I did not know what they meant until the day after when He awakened me and I found myself in spiritual combat with the Enemy. And then something happened. An anointing I once had, which disappeared several years ago, suddenly returned and I enjoyed great liberty in the Ruach (Spirit) as I prayed! I knew, then – because Yahweh doesn’t give you something unless He intends you to use it – that this was preparation for a new phase of spiritual warfare.

The Samaritan Woman Parallel
I have to say that when I read these verses in Psalm 68 that my mind went back to the Samaritan woman at the well. These verses feature women prominently, you will have noticed. First they declare, “The kings of the armies, they flee, they flee!” and then we find them in their homes dividing the spoil. But first let’s rehearse that story of the Samaritan woman before we resume the Psalm 68 study:

“Now He had to go through Samaria. So He came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Yah’shua (Jesus), tired as He was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

“When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Yah’shua (Jesus) said to her, ‘Will you give me a drink?’ (His talmidim/disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

“The Samaritan woman said to Him, ‘You are a Judean and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Judeans do not associate with Samaritans.)

Yah’shua (Jesus) answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of Elohim (God) and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and he would have given you mayim chayim (living water).”‘

“‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this mayim chayim (living water)? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?’

“Yah’shua (Jesus) answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this mayim (water) will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the mayim (water) I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the mayim (water) I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal chayim (life).’

“The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this mayim (water) so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw mayim (water).”‘

He told her, ‘Go, call your husband and come back.’

“‘I have no husband,’ she replied.

Yah’shua (Jesus) said to her, ‘You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.’

“‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘I can see that you are a navi (prophet). Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Judeans claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.’

Yah’shua (Jesus) declared, ‘Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain (Mt.Gerezim, of which Zalmon is the southern peak) nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Judeans. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in ruach (spirit) and emet (truth), for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. Elohim (God) is spiritual, and His worshipers must worship in ruach (spirit) and in emet (truth).’

“The woman said, ‘I know that Messiah’ (called Christ) ‘is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.’

Then Yah’shua (Jesus) declared, ‘I who speak to you am He'” (John 4:4-26, NIV).

What Yah’shua Offered the Samaritan Woman
Before we understand what the women are doing in Psalm 68 we must first understand why they are doing it. They do what they do because of what Yahweh first does for them, and what Yahweh does for them is what Yah’shua (Jesus) offered to the Samaritan woman – ruach (spirit) and emet (truth). Don’t forget these two. They go hand-in-hand. Truth without spirit is dead, and spirit without truth is chaos. The two work together in synergy, like two atoms held together by a single bond. They – and they alone – produce mayim chayim – living waters, that which produces eternal chayim (life).

Two Kinds of Woman
One final thing you need to be aware of is that the ‘women’ in Psalm 68, like the Samaritan woman, are both literal women (with male counterparts) and they are symbolic of the Body of Messiah (Christ) as a whole. So on one level they represent wives and daughters in relation to their husbands and fathers, and on another, they symbolically represent the Messianic Community or Messianic Israel, the Body of Believers, consisting of men and women.

A Liturgy Recounting an Historical Event
So with the account of the Samaritan woman’s encounter at the back of our minds, let’s return to our passage in Psalm 68, and see why Yahweh was most emphatic about my talking to you about it this morning. First a quick overview, as we don’t have time to study it all. This whole Psalm is a liturgy – or proscribed, formal worship – celebrating the glorious and triumphant rule of Israel’s Elohim (God), and begins in the first verse thus:

“Arise, O Elohim (God), and scatter your enemlies. Let those who hate Elohim (God) run for their lives. Drive them off like smoke blown by the wind. Melt them like wax in fire. Let the wicked perish in the presence of Elohimn (Elohim). But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in Elohim’s (God’s) presence. Let them be filled with simcha (joy)” (Ps.68:1-3, NLT).

Recounting the First Exodus
This psalm echoes the First Exodus, the triumphal march of the children of Israel from Mount Sinai, in the days of the navi (prophet) and Torah-giver, Moses, to Mount Zion, in the days of King David.

Birth of the Kingdom of Yahweh
The events at Mount Sinai – at that first Shavu’ot (Weeks, ‘Pentecost’) – marked the birth of the Kingdom of Yahweh among His people, the establishing of the Ark of the Covenant, the symbol of Yahweh’s Throne, and in Jerusalem saw the establishment of Yahweh’s redemptive Kingdom on earth, the Royal City.

A Foreshadowing of Messiah’s Resurrection and Kingdom
The first believers,the early Messianic Community (Church), taking their cue from Ephesians 4:8-13, rightly understood this psalm to foreshadow the resurrection, ascension and present rule of Messiah and the final triumph of this Kingdom over the hostile world. And that is 100 per cent true on one level.

Prophecy of a Future Second Exodus
But on another level this is also a prophetic foreshadowing of the Second, Last, or Final Exodus. Our ‘Jerusalem’ is not that carnal City of Hagar in the Middle East currently belonging to the Israeli Republic of Israel, a city of servitude, but the New or Heavenly Jerusalem.

En Route to the New Jerusalem
I stress both titles because the ‘heavenly’ aspect is ours for the taking right now if we walk obediently in holiness as we are supposed to walk in Messiah. However, this is also a literal city that is to decend out of Heaven in the last days and occupy the spot where the spiritually dead City of Hagar stands today. That is our final goal, our destination whether as mortal or immortal physical beings. That is where the Remnant is headed both ‘within’ and ‘without’, both spiritually and temporally BUT this can only happen viâ a latter-day ‘Sinai’.

A Second Sinai
And what happened at Sinai? The Torah (Law) was given at Shavu’ot (Weeks), the lifestyle that Israel – both pre-Messianic and Messianic – is to live by. And it is accompanied by an endowment, an anointing, a spiritual immersion or baptism in fire which results in a New Birth – being ‘born again’ in Messiah (Jn.3:3ff.). Shavu’ot (Weeks) in all its aspects is therefore critically important. The Israelites didn’t get to Mount Zion or Jerusalem in the promised land by bypassing Mt.Sinai, and neither will the Remnant qualify to receive the spiritual Sukkot (Tabernacles) anointing, nor will she come up to the New Jerusalem, until she first comes to the latter-day ‘Sinai’. I remind you of this to keep everything focussed and in sharp perspective.

Yearning of the Remnant for the Sukkot Anointing
So the Messianic Kingdom that we seek is not yet fully manifested, as we all know. Up until now it has only manifested the Shavu’ot (Weeks) endowment, and we await the Sukkot (Tabernacles) endowment, the fullness of the revelation and manifestation of spiritual power of this Millennial Messianic Kingdom of our Saviour. All the Remnant yearn for this. Those who are not of the Remnant are content with what they have, do not think there is more, and do not seek it.

The Course of the Festivals
Each year begins at the spring equinox, on Aviv 1, the first month, the New Year, beginning at Pesach (Passover) and advanced through each festival viâ numerous sabbaths and new moons until it arrives at the final moed (appointment) at Sukkot (Tabernacles), which itself unfolds stage by stage, represented by seven days, until the fullness has come. This has been going on for thousands of years, ascending like a giant spiral come to a final point – the start of the Millennium.


The Second Exodus Has Begun
Four years ago the Second Exodus began. That was in 2014. All of you assembled here today were there at that historic occasion. Several of you wrote testimonies of what happened. There are, I would estimate, about 35 more turns of that spiral until the earth reaches its goal and the current Age ends. So this final part of current history is going to take the better part of two to three decades, maybe a little more, only Yahweh knows. The more Satan’s power grows in the world because of the wickedness of men, so the power of the Remnant must grow proportionally to meet it, resist it, and overpower it. Psalm 68 – and in particular the verses I was directed to – tells us a little as to how this is going to come to pass.

The Experience of 2014
What happened in 2014? Well, my appraisal of that time, when Messianic Israel was redicated, was that we became aware of the qadosh (holy, set-apart) nature of Yahweh in a way that we had never experienced before. One of the brethren exclaimed that he had never experienced such holiness in all his life before that day! In all those many assemblies we had, it culminated, you may remember, with a presence of the Ruach (Spirit) in a way we had never known before. This was not the complete anointing! It was ‘merely’ the first awareness that the talmid (disciples) gains as he stands on the threshhold of the Qadosh (Holy, Set-Apart) Place the Sanctuary. We became aware of something amazingly – fantastic – that suddenly lay within our reach but we never got any further. Not all who were there remained with us. We smelled, as it were, something emanating from the heavenly kitchen, and we wanted it. But we could not enter, even if we thought we had entered, because we were still too dirty, still lacking too much in emunah (faith). We always over-estimate our standing with Elohim (God)! Well, these four years have revealed starkly to us just how much cleansing still needs doing and how tenaciously we still cling onto sinful tendencies. I can at least speak for myself in that regard. So we got a little peek of what lay beyond and for a very short while stood in the Qadosh (Holy, Set-Apart) place.

What the Women Do
So, to recollect again, the women in Psalm 38 represent both wives and daughters and us collectively as the Remnant Body. What, then, are the wives and daughters going to be saying and doing in respect of their husband’s ministries? And what are we all going to be saying and doing in respect of our allegorical Heavenly Husband’s ministry in the years ahead? Now, sadly, some translations fudge or obscure these verses, some even denying that it was the women who cried out in ecstatic joy, “The kings of the armies, they flee, they flee!” They are watching their husbands and fathers at war. But this is also us, collectively, witnessing Messiah defeat His, and our, enemies. So let us be clear what two things the women will be doing:

1. They will proclaim the defeat of the Enemy; and
2. They will divide the spoil of the defeated kings.
Both of these things they will do “at home”.
So let me read those three verses again using another version, this time a paraphrase which captures the sense well:

“Yahweh announces victory, and throngs of women shout the happy news. Enemy kings and their armies flee, while the women of Israel divide the plunder. Though they lived among the sheepfolds, now they are covered with silver and gold, as a dove is covered by its wings” (Ps.68:11-13, NLT)


The Silver Doves With Golden Wings
Why do you think the plunder from these defeated kings is described as ‘silver doves with golden wings’? It is a picture of enjoying wealth. This is what the men bring back from battle. This is what Yah’shua (Jesus) blesses us with when He defeats our enemies when we call upon Him to do so by emunah (faith). Doves, of course, are symbols of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), and that is what Yahweh fills us with when we are properly submitted. The Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) is female, and that is why it is the women who receive the booty likned to silver doves with golden feathers. There’s more in this picture than meets the eye but the main point is that faithfulness in spiritual warfare brings spiritual prosperity.

Victory of the Saints
There is so much packed into these verses. What victory is being spoken of in the first instance here? Anciently, victories against Israel’s enemies, of course, but a key to understanding this psalm and its relevence to our day and to the Second Exodus is the enthronement of Yahweh in His sanctuary. In the New Covenant this means that Yahweh is enthroned in the hearts of the saved and in the saved Remnant. This is victory over both demonic powers and their human agents. This was accomplished by the cross, by the atonement at the Meridian of Time, and it is accomplished in every generation as believers overcome Satan and the flesh and walk in the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), drinking mayim chayim or living waters, participating in eternal life.

The Real and Fake Remnants
Always remember there are inside and outside components. Yah’shua (Jesus) said “the Kindom of Elohim (God) is within you (in your hearts) and among you (surrounding you)” (Lk.17:21, Amp.V). It manifests inwardly by grace through emunah (faith) and manifests outwardly by works. We have to do something with what Yahweh has given to us through the cross. It is here that our agency comes into play. And the Remnant must manifest the works of the Sukkot (Tabernacles) anointing. If they don’t, then they aren’t the Remnant. It’s as simple as that and it is by this means you will be able to discern between the real Remnant and counterfeit claimants. There are plenty of people out there claiming to be the Remnant and most of them are false.

A March in Two Stages
Historically-speaking – that is to say, what is observed outwardly as representing the inward Kingdom Yah’shua (Jesus) spoke of – there are two visible stages and they are represented by:

Stage 1. The march to Mount Sinai; and
Stage 2. The march to the Promised Land and to thence to Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
The Power of the Sinai and Jerusalem Manifestations
You all know what happened on Mount Sinai and you all know what happened when Solomon dedicated the completed Temple in Jerusalem. There were incredible manifestations of Yahweh’s presence VISIBLY, AUDIBLY and with incredible POWER. There was no mistaking what was going on. They were every bit as tangible as the dividing or parting of the waters of the Yam Suf or the ‘Red Sea’ (actually the Gulf of Aqaba) and the miracles of provision in the wilderness: manna from heaven, the splitting of the rock that produced enough water to create a lake in the middle of that desert, and much else. We’ll be recounting these things later at Pesach (passover).

The New Millennial Passover Liturgy
We are told in Scripture that the Final Exodus will be even more spectacular than the First Exodus, so much so that at Pesach (Passover) in the Millennium it will be these modern-day events that will be recounted in place of the miracles and signs of the First Exodus of yesteryear.

Believing is Not Seeing
Although physical signs are not, obviously, ‘the main thing’, or even any ‘thing’, when it comes to salvation, they are sigtificant. Indeed we are told that those coming to salvation since the Ascension are more blessed than those who physically witnessed the resurrection because emunah (faith) is not by sight. Remember Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) words to doubting Thomas:

“Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29, NIV).

Signs and Judgment
Nevertheless, for a variety of reasons, dramatic signs are ordained by Elohim (God) at different times in earth’s history for a particular purpose. Some are to strengthen the emunah (faith) of believers, some are to convert unbelievers, some are signs for all the malakim (angels) and some are signs for Satan and the wicked to let them know that the time for accountability and judgment has arrived. What’s important is that Yahweh has ordained them and that they will be signs accompanying the true Remnant. Personally, I am glad it will be this way, then the charlatans and imposters will be the more readily exposed. It won’t just be a matter of thrashing theology or demonstrating personal holiness.

The Elijah and Elisha Phases of the Moedim
Now the Sukkot (Tabernacles) anointing takes place in seven steps, corresponding to the seven annual festivals themselves, according to divine tavnith (pattern). Of these the fourth, or Shavu’ot (Weeks), is the ‘hinge’ festival, the summer moed (appointment) dividing the spring festivals off from the autumn (fall) ones. One thing I was shown two days ago was that these two halves represent Elijah and Elisha, respectively, with Shavu’ot (Weeks) being the point at which toqef (authority) was, is, and will be passed from Elijah to Elisha, and from the penultimate to the last generation – the one-fold and two-fold Spirit of Elijah periods, respectively:

Stage 1 (Spring). The Elijah Stage or empowerment of the leaders of the penultimate generation; and
Stage 2 (Autumn/Fall). The Elisha Stage or double empowerment of the leaders of the final generation.

The Timing of the Phases
I can’t say how these two periods are going to be divided up because I have no idea. The mid-point might be 20 years into the Last Exodus, or it might be more or less. That will depend when Yahweh takes the leaders of the penultimate generation home, I suppose!

Why the Elijah prophets Have to Arise Now
So here we are today, living at ease, relatively-speaking, at the edge of that murmuring volcano which is the world, though now the ground is beginning to rumble and shake, and increasing numbers are starting to get alarmed. It seems the news gets worse every day as the world tumbles into the Antichrist system. These are not at all unlike the Ahab and Jezebel period of time in ancient Northern Israel. In spite of Trump throwing a few spanners into the Illuminati works here and there, by and large the agenda of the élites, at least in the social realm, continues to advance, as they try to totally redefine reality. That means that Elijah nevi’im (prophets) have to arise now. That means we – me and you – have to get our baptism of fire, anointing or empowerment because we know things don’t end now – we know that a major Judgment is imminent, and it isn’t the Great Tribulation Judgment. If you think the world is bad today, then you have no idea what’s coming during the Elisha phase of the end. If the last generation is going to need a double anointing, then mine at least needs its anointing, even if it is only half that of the last generation’s.

Mass Murder of Humanity Planned and Executed
So why do we need a Psalm 86:11-13 cycle implemented pretty much immediately? Because the élites are trying to murder us with chemical posions, psychotropic drugs, and micro-radiation. They want to kill about 90 per cent of the population. The Bible says they will manage around half the world population by the time they have finished.

The Dying Cash-Cow
They’re trying to destroy us econonically too. Look at the cost of living – it’s becoming prohibitive and more and more people are going broke and being driven onto the streets in the once affluent West. Our friends in the Third world don’t believe us when we tell them we are poor and think we are just being stingy because we can no longer support their projects, many of which are ostentatious and influenced by false Prosperity theology. I keep telling them the Western cash-cow is pretty much dead but they won’t believe me. Many of them, as soon as they realise you don’t have any money, are soon gone.

Economic Struggles
We also have increasing numbers of terrorists in our midst. One in three to four Swedish women will be raped, according to statistics. On 1 January our beloved Marxist pink communist government announced a new energy tax, to ‘save the planet’ from an imaginary man-made catastrophe, increasing our electricity bill so much that electricity has become unaffordable. And of course they want to curb wood-burners too…because that’s increasing the ‘carbon footprint’. Not so long ago the governments sent us a leaflet saying how much wood we were allowed to burn per household! All of this is breaking our back financially and the way things are going we here will be bankrupt by the end of Sukkot (Tabernacles) this year. And all of this before any economic collapse. It looks as though we are all going to have to rethink at how to survive. I envy those of you living in warm climates because I don’t know how we will survive another winter. So I am not even sure we will be able to maintain an internet presence the way things are going. We don’t ask for economic support and haven’t done so for at least a decade or more – we know how everyone is trying to keep going themselves. Nevertheless real hardship is mounting and we are not as young, healthy and strong as we once were.

Despoiling the Enemy
Why am I saying all of this? Because where there is a legitimate need, I believe Yahweh steps in. When evil men and women rob their citizens of liberty, wealth and health, and therefore their lives, as Pharaoh did to the captive Israelites, Yahweh delivers. The Scriptures tell us that the Returning Messiah comes as a Conqueror just as Yahweh is portrayed as the Conqueror of those kings who opposed His people Israel in Psalm 68. The Elijah Nevi’im (Prophets) among the Remnant do exactly the same – they bring the Judgment of Yahweh to the wicked kings of the earth by calling down fire from heaven, while their wives announce Yahweh’s victories from home and then divide the spoil of the kings their husbands have brought down. As in ancient Egypt, so in modern Egypt.

What the Wealth is For
But be careful not to read too much into Psalm 68. This is not a licence for any belief in the false ‘prosperity’ teachings. This is not about the Remnant enriching themselves. What do you imagine this wealth is for? Why do you suppose the women are handling it? What’s it for? It is not for the purchase of jewely, cars, jet planes, Armani suits, or luxurious mansions. It’s not for frivolous use. It is for the purpose of financing the Second Exodus, financing global evangelism, keeping the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones) provided for and for the gathering the twelve Tribes and the building the Twelve Cities of of Refuge. Thirty of more years’ work needs to be done, and towards the end the Remnant will have to face opposition the likes of which has never been seen before. Hence the double portion of the Spirit of Elijah for the Elisha qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones).

The Signs of Egypt and Cush
Let me end now with two signs which are given at the end of Psalm 68. Let’s look at them:

“Let Egypt come with gifts of precious metals; let Ethiopia (Cush) bow in submission to Elohim (God)” (Ps.68:31, NLT).

Now we understand well enough that while Egypt, like Babylon, was a literal place of enslavement, both also represent the world system which is an enslaving social and economic power. When Yahweh punished Pharaoh for his oppression by creating the plagues, Pharaoh begged Moses to remove his people out of his land, and the Egyptians gave them precious metals and other valuable things so that they would be well and truly gone out of their lives, no longer to be tormented. What was it that broke the camel’s back for those Egyptians? Death of the firstborn.

Good News for Africa
What about Cush or what is better known as Nubia? What is that mentioned? Because this is a revelation of a mass conversion of Africa which is here represented by Cush which lay south of Egypt! Contrary to what modern black ‘social justice warriors’ and ‘Black Israelites’, Egypt and Nubia are entirely different races. Modern Nubia is mostly Moslem today and the remainder animist and Christian. I believe this to be a dual prophecy. On the one hand this bespeaks of mass conversions of Moslem Africans (and possibly by extension the Arabic, Indian and Indonesian Moslem world too) but the whole African continent of which Egypt is a kind of anchor point. Half of Africa is dominated by Islam and Pagan Animism. This is very good news! But this mass conversion will not come about until the power of Elohim (God) is revealed in the Elijah nevi’im (prophets) who will also have the task of overthrowing false ‘Christian’ prophets working in false spirits. What a time this will be!

Consume the Advertsaries
Brethren and sisters, listen up! Without the Spirit of Elijah, we are doomed. I mean it. It is the time of judgment for the Egyptian/Babylonian system’s Ahab’s and Jezebel’s who runs this devilish world. A few of the élites may repent but the vast majority of them long ago crossed the final dividing line and are hell-bound, and they are no more about to repent than Jezebel was in her day. Now if you want to go and preach to these people, you’re welcome to go and try, if you’re tired of living, that is. Otherwise the command will be issued to consume the Adversaries.

Prophets for Families
You fathers, if you are guard and protect your families, you had better pray for the emunah (faith) and worthiness to receive this anointing, for even if you are not called to go and warn Ahab and Jezebel as Elijah was, or execute them, there are certainly plenty of local power-crazed leaders who would love to destroy your family, by whatever means of state at their disposal. You must be able to call fire down and protect your loved ones. Every father, every husband, has to be a navi (prophet) for his own family.

Calling Down Fire
If you’re one of those sceptics who don’t think such gifts really existed (because you are liberally-minded), or if you’re one of those believers who think that such gifts were only for ‘then’ and are not needed any more, because you think that fathers and husbands should offer the other cheeks of their children and wives (because you’re a cessationist), because you think this is what Yah’shua (Jesus) meant by “loving your enemy” (Mt.5:43), then I grieve for you, for you are condemning you and your family to no redemptive end. (If you don’t understand – or think you understand – what Yah’shua (Jesus) meant by “offering the other cheek”, then you need to read Turning the Other Cheek). Yes, there may be a time we are called to lay down our life, and there will be many many martyrs, as we know from the Scriptures. However, Yahweh wants a Remnant alive, as He wanted the children of Israal alive and extracted out of Egypt, not massacred by Pharaih, and that is what must be done. So you don’t believe in Elijah nevi’im (prophets) calling fire down from heaven any more? Then your emunah (faith) is weaker than some evil people who know otherwise, because their comrades have been burned up, and that will be to your great cost.

No Escape, No Rapture, Just Trial by Fire
I have shown you the prophetic tavnith (pattern) and I know what Yahweh started doing with me two days ago. It’s up to you to find out the rest for yourselves, as there is no gathering yet to Israel, and it’s every family for itself until the Final Gathering begins. There is no rapture for any cowardly escapists who think so highly of themselves. There is a fire to go through, a cauldron to be seriously warmed up in, so that your emunah (faith) can grow and be deepened, so that you can throw more of yourself into the arms of Elohim (God) in utter dependency. For it is written:

“The humble will see their Elohim (God) at work and be glad. Let all who seek Elohim’s (God’s) help live in simcha (joy). For Yahweh hears the cries of His needy ones; He does not despise His people who are oppressed” (Ps.69:32-33, NLT).

This is the Time
As for the élites and their stooges, may Yahweh have mercy on them, because I for one do not desire to see anyone destroyed, yet this is a time of Judgment for them, this is a time given to Yahweh’s people so that they may accomplish the final evangelism push throughout all the unreached areas of the world and then to gather the elect into the places of safety. This is the last labour of my generation and the apprenticeship time of the last generation.

Sisters, be ready for you will proclaim with loud voices the message of our Elohim (God), and all that the Enemy has stolen – Babylon’s ill-gotten gains – will be repatriated and assigned to you by your husbands and fathers to attend to at home.

“Our Elohim (God) is an Elohim (God) who saves! Yahweh-Elohim rescues us from death. But Elohim (God) will smash the heads of His enemies, crushing the skulls of those who love their guilty ways…Your procession has come into view, O Elohim (God) – the procession of my Elohim (God) and King as He goes into the Sanctuary. Singers are in front, musicians are behind; with them are young women playiong tambourines. Praise Elohim (God), all you people of Israel; praise Yahweh, the source of Israel’s life. Look, the little tribe of Benjamin [1] leads the way. Then comes the great throng of rulers from Judah [2] and all the rulers of Zebulun [3] and Naphtali [4]. Summon Your might, O Elohim (God). Display Your power, O Elohim (God), as You have in the past. The kings of the earth are bringing tribute to your Temple…” (Ps.68:20-21,24-29, NLT).

May you be blessed in Yah’shua (Jesus) our Messiah. Amen.

[1] Modern-day Norway
[2] Modern-day Northern Ireland and others
[3] Modern-day Netherlands, Flanders and the Afrikaaner nation
[4] Modern-day Sweden, Finland and Estonia

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Elijah’s Fire: Yahweh’s Gift to the Remnant

IntroductionShabbat shalom kol beit Yisra’el and Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon and a reminder that the New Year – Aviv 1 – is the day after the last sabbath of the year in seven days’ time, on 17 March. We shall have a Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) assembly to hear any prophetic words that may have been received and in the evening, as is now our custom of our Mishpachah, we shall be having an after sunset service to celebrate the nativity of Messiah.

Dynamic Creation Calendar 2.0We are very grateful for all the hard work of our Dynamic Calendar creator and custodian who has put hundreds of hours from her already crammed schedule into creating up upgraded version (2.0) which has not only ironed out some bugs in the old one (1.2) but which now enables anyone anywhere to know exactly when the divine moedim (appointments) are for their particular location.

A Sudden Acceleration Toward TribulationI mention this now not only to express our gratitude but to also point out that, in a way, our learning that there is not an extra 13th month this year has meant that the New Year has come upon us all of a sudden. I see this as, in a way, prophetic because of the sudden rush of events globally hurtling us into a very new, dangerous, uncertain and irreversible future, as I am sure those of you who carefully follow current affairs are accutely conscious of.

The 1619 ProphecyI, and I know at least one of the brethren, has become keenly aware of a great and sudden movement in the spiritual domain currently. Most, of course, who are similarly aware, are assuming that this portends the sudden arrival of the Great Tributation and Second Coming, a reason why, I believe, Yahweh wanted me to get the 1619 Prophecy online yesterday with accompanying commentary which I have been prevented from writing for nearly 20 years. This also dovetails neatly into last week’s sermon on Gospel readiness. If you have never read the 1619 Prophecy, I do must urgently encourage you to do so sometime after this service. In a way, it summarises our whole mission and situation.

Why President Trump Won and What the Élites SayAccording to Pastor Lindsey Williams, who as you know has a very high-up contact inside the élite establishment, and as we pretty much already knew, the triumph of Donand Trump in the US Preisdential election in December 2016, came as a hugesuprise to the deep state Cabal who thought Hilary Clinton, who they control completely, was a dead certainty. As satanists they, of course, know that Elohim (God) exists and between themselves admit that Elohim (God) Himself intervened with their plans for a global New World Order and dictatorship, putting them back at least 25-30 years. Lindsey’s contact told him this. That accords well with what we have been told about the duration of the Second/Last Exodus which by our rough estimation has about 30 years yet to run before the Great Tribulation of seven years followed by the Second Coming, confirming that Yahweh put President Trump in the White House precisely to give the Remnant the breathing space to mature, coordinate the evangelism of the remaining unreached parts of the world and gather to the places of safety. This was an act of grace, for sure.

The Judgment and False AnnouncementThis does not mean that judgment is not imminent, but it is not the final judgment before the Second Coming. A little over a week ago I was given a warning about an imminent forthcoming announcment and the commission to warn the qodeshim(saints, set-apart ones) not to fall for it, as it is a deception.

Vision of the Giant Multiple MenorahIn the last few days I have been seeing some very weird things including, three days ago, a vision of a giant Menorah made, apparently, of brick built into a well, and out of each of the seven arms another seven menorahs grew organically. This is, of course, a picture of the Remnant which is about to grow up in its next stage in the sevenfold Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) or Seven Ruachot haQodesh (Holy Spirits) (Rev.4:5), a wall of protection against whatever the Enemy can, and will, throw. Seven congregations operating in the Ruachot haQodesh (Holy Spirit), rather like the seven congregations in Asia Minor (Rev.1:12-20) that served as types of seven time periods and congregation-types, in which one Ruach (Spirit) predominates corresponding to each of the Seven Annual Festivals, will likely arise. Or in the Remnant the souls that are gathered will be gifted primarily in one of the giftings. Together, being echad (one), they they form a robus wall.

The Dragon to Start ManifestingAs Brother Ljungstrand mentioned to me in a recent conversation, we are about to witness a new manifestation of the seven-headed Dragon described in Revelation 12:

“A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to Elohim (God) and to His throne. The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by Elohim (God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days” (Rev.12:1-6, NIV).

The Final GatheringAs I said, we are some years away from the actual birth itself, or at least its completion, the final desert hiding place being the cities of refuge to which the entire Remnant will gather for at least the final 1,260 days or 3½ years of the seven year Great Tribulation.

Countering the Seven-Headed DragonNevertheless, the Dragon will not suddenly appear in one day, but will be manifesting gradually, more and more in the years leading up to that event as the world falls into deeper sin and idolatry, committing more and more abominable practices. That is why the Menorah is budding, or is about to bud, into seven smaller menorah‘s. I’ll let you figure out what that means on other levels, especially in relation to the seven heads of the manifesting Dragon, remembering that Yahweh always counters every move of the devil with his own moves or ‘wall’. For Yahweh will put “a hedge around [you] and [your] household and everything [you have]” (Job 1:10, NIV) unless, as was the case for Job, there was a prophetic reason for not doing so until the man’s demonstration of faithfulness had achieved its end in Heaven.

The Trials of African and Asian BelieversLike I have said many times, I do not know the sequence or nature of all the unfolding events, only that we are supposed to now be well and truly prepared spiritually and physically. In one country in Africa the pastors of a church we have connections to were arrested by the government because they protested their churches being closed down by the state. Friends of ours in Pakistan are undergoing massive trials.

The Turn of Western BelieversThese things are, for us here in the West, ‘far off’, save for one or two of you who have very close tries to these persecuted qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones), but this state of affairs will likely be ending in the very near future. The pressure on believers will increase but those who are truly and faithfully living by emunah (faith) and the Torah-lifestyle will have a wall of protection and, when needed, power to counter every new move of the Enemy. Satan will surveille, he will probe, and he will seek for weaknesses so you had better get your lives fully submitted to Yah’shua (Jesus). So get your spiritual house in order.

Personal Wake-up Calls – The Necessity of PowerYou won’t need me and others to remind or warn you because you will get your wake-up call from the Adversary when he finds some legal ground to harrass or oppress you. Only if you can meet him with the power promised to the faithful and obedient will the Enemy flee with his tail between his legs. And he will. Remember the promise:

“Submit yourselves, then, to Elohim (God). Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to Elohim (God) and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Master, and He will lift you up” (James 4:7-10, NIV).

Get Readid for CombatDid you suppose that verses like these were not for you, but just for missionaries in dangerous environments? Think again. Everywhere is now a potentially dangerous environment. The post-war peace in the West is practically over. Just read the headlines in the media and it should be obvious. Get ready for combat.

Financial Collapse Delayed?According to Lindsey William’s insider, the financial collapse, at least, will be delayed so long as President Trump is in office. They believe he will win a second term, if he survives. They mean to get rid of him by every means possible. If they can’t impeach him, they will assassinate him. So the collapse could be anytime from now to six years’ time. Nevertheless, you eyes should not be on Trump but on Yah’shua (Jesus), even if you should uphold him, and others like him, in your rpayers as they confont the hounds of hell..

Return of the Spirit of ElijahNow to the point and what my message to you today is chiefly about. Over the years I have preached extensively about the Spirit of Elijah. To remind you of the salient scripture at the end of the Tanakh (Old Testament):

“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the navi (prophet) before the coming of the great and terrible day of Yahweh. And he will restore (turn) the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse” (Mal.4:5-6, NASB).

War Against the FathersOne of the great casualties of the gender wars that Satan has waged in recent decades is the credibility and trustworthiness of manhood and fatherhood. There is a relentless attack on males by third-wave ultra-feminists and feminazis. They have even mutilated this passage in many modern versions, substituting “fathers” for “parents” (e.g. NRSV, NLT).

Political Correctness and the FamilyEmet (truth) is a casualty of modern political correctness, even in Christian circles. When Yahweh inspired Malachi to write these words, He knew what main form Satan’s attack would take on gender and patriarchy. The alienation of children from their fathers is greater than perhaps at any time before in history and that is why a restoration of hearts towards the fathers is essential in any kind of overall establishment of the Remnant. And though motherhood is under attack too, as the modern socialistic state seeks to gain full control over, and ownership of, children, mothers still have a greater say than fathers as a rule in Western nations.

Cursing the LandOf course, the restoration of all parental relationships is important, but without the father in his proper place, the family cannot survive the storms that are coming. The land is under a curse when fatherhood is destroyed, just as it is because of sexual sinning (e.g. Jer.23:10). And the land of our nations is most definitely under a curse because of these things.

More Than Restoring HeartsThe Ruach Eliyah or Spirit of Elijah is, however, much more than restoring hearts and right relationship in divine tavnith (pattern). There is another aspect of its restoration that is essential. If you did not attend, or ever read, my 6-part series of sermons on the Spirit of Elijah, I would encourage you to do so [1] as these, and other sermons, extensively cover this important subject.

Judgment by FireAlong the path of my message today I have been dropping hints as to the necessity of divine power in the end time. Elijah-nevi’im (prophets) must arise again with the anointing not only to turn hearts but to also execute judgment by bringing down fire from heaven. For some reason, the vast majority of Christians think that this kind of prophetic ministry belongs only to the remote past and has no use in the New Covenant. They could not be more mistaken.

Yah’shua the Lamb and GraceI would hesitate to even mention this myself were it not for personal experience in this kind of ministry for it is hard to break out of a mindset that the majority has had drummed into it for so long. The emphasis haa been on Yah’shua (Jesus) the Lamb, which we are to imitate in the display of grace or undeserved loving kindness toward men and women. This was, and is, the tenor of the Saviour’s message and conduct in His first coming. It’s the ‘natural’ state, as it were.

Yah’shua the Lion and JudgmentNot so the Second Coming, nor indeed the end of the end of days when the Remnant must deal with the seven-headed Dragon manifested in its full power. As I have said, Yahweh always causes His qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones) to ‘spiritually upgrade’, as it were, to meet new conditions. And though Satan was no less murderous anciently than he is today, this is also a peculiar age, an age of Judgments. Of course, Judgments have been sent in every age, but no Elijah-kind of power has been seen for a very, very long time. What mandated it was an age of particular lawlessness and apostacy. That kind of time is rapidly upon us again. It’s not ‘natural’ and is only called upon in emergencies. Judgment is for emergencies. Yah’shua (Jesus) the Lion is Yah’shua (Jesus) come for Judgment.

Elijah Power for the Surrendered OnlySuch Elijah-power Yahweh cannot bestow on the undisciplined, and discipline cannot be learned in any school save that of the trials and vicissitudes of a hard life itself. Yahweh will not bestow such power on the reckless and irresponsible, and certainly not upon the lawless and disobedient. The only candidates for such power are the fully submitted whose hearts have been turned to their Heavenly Father and are in perfect alignment. Such power belongs only to the fully surrendered.

The Tishbite of East ManassehOne who has the Spirit of Elijah is an Elijah, his name meaning ‘Yah is my El (God)’. Literally, and not just in name. If Yahweh is our Elohim (God), then we are His – lock, stock, and barrel, and have no other interest, desire or purpose other than to carry out His will. Elijah was a Tishbite, from Tishbe in East Manasseh, on the east side of the River Jordan. Who are the descendants of East Manasseh today? Which nation is one of the most disciplined in the world? The Germans, and in particular the north Germans – the Prussians who were famous for their discipline, industriousness, honesty, and sense of honour.

The PrussiansYou need something of that character to operate in this aspect of the Spirit of Elijah. Needless to say such character has come under relentless assault, both in its corruption for evil as well as in its emasculation by the spirit of liberalism. It is for this reason that from a very young age Yahweh drew me into a study, and appreciation, of these people.

The Two Manasseh’s and EphraimThe other aspect of the Spirit of Elijah is very much the province of East Manasseh’s counterpart, West Manasseh, or today’s Americans. Together they represent the fullness of the Spirit of Elijah, with Ephraim or the British the third part in the triangle, representing balance, fairness and rulership. These ‘sons of Joseph’ always work best together, a reason the Enemy has striven to keep them apart and at enmity with one another. They are the leading tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, with Benjamin. Their glory has now gone, or nearly gone, and some of the smaller tribes are going to rise to prominence in the end times.

Pay-BackThe apostle Paul said:

“…Elohim’s (God’s)judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of Elohim (God), for which you are suffering. Elohim (God) is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Master Yah’shua (Jesus) is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful malakim (angels). He will punish those who do not know Elohim (God) and do not obey the Besorah (Gospel) of our Master Yah’shua (Jesus). They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Master and from the majesty of his power on the day He comes to be glorified in his qadosh (holy, set-apart) people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you” (2 Thess.1:5-10, NIV).

Return of the Elijah-ProphetsWhilst our personal pay-back comes at His return, Elijah-nevi’im (prophets) are nevertheless needed for the execution of judgments in the meantime. To these is given fire which burns the adversaries to dust. There will be Carmel contests to come and the judgment of kings’ armies, if they are so foolish as to come and try to seize an Elijah-navi (prophet) or touch that which is his. Moses was such an Elijah-navi(Jesus), was was Elisha, and John the Baptist and of course Yah’shua (Jesus) Himself. The Enemy does nmot want to tangle with these men unless they are tired of living and are indifferent to eternity’s condemnation.

ConclusionI know what I have experienced, even though it’s been a few years, so I have a good idea of what’s coming. In the meantime, we are in the business of heart-turning to the cross through the power of the Saviour’s ahavvah (love). May we all be blessed to that end, and the Elijah-nevi’im (prophets) to theirs. Amen.


[1] The Spirit of Elijah, 1. The Road to Carmel2. Nemesis at Carmel3. Flight of Faith4. Whose Authority?5. The Bond of Men and the Truth of Love, and 6. Fire From Heaven and a Successor. Also see, Alone With Elijah: Making the Best of Everything and Torah & Spirit of Elijah in Harmony

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Gospel Readiness and the Imminent Dark Event

IntroductionShabbat shalom kol beit Yisra’el and Mishpachah – may Yahweh’s grace be upon us all.

A Great ForebodingWhat a strange and – if you don’t have Yah’shua (Jesus) – unnerving time this is. I cannot tell you the deep sense of foreboding I have been feeling since I penned my last article on The Trumpet & Spider’s Web. I sense, like never before, this dark cloud enveloping the world and a hastening of those days I have been warning about for so many years – the approaching Judgment of the West, and indeed of all the world.

The Die is CastI feel a great sorrow because the deadline for repentance has almost passed for somany people now – a deadline that has been extended again and again out of the Father’s great loving kindness. It is as though further admonitions will now have no effect because everyone has made up their minds which side of the dividing line they’re going to be on. And I for one do not want to keep on repeating a message that is going to fall on deaf ears. I get the same sense as Jeremiah did when Yahweh said to him, on three occasions (and that’s, then, final):

“So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with Me, for I will not listen to you…Do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to Me in the time of their distress…Do not pray for the well-being of this people”(Jer.7:16; 11:14; 14:11, NIV).

Repenting of DisobedienceIt has been a great struggle to bring this sermon to you today. I struggled a whole week, trying to avoid the subject of Judgment because I know how fed up with this message people are, but when I did, the anointing disappeared. Not until I finally surrendered to Yahweh’s will last night did He reopen the anointing and I was able to prepare this message. We must not resist the Ruach (Spirit) for to do so is not only disobedience to Yahweh but to deny someone ready to repent to hear it and be delivered. Please bear with me and share this message! I don’t know whether this will be the last for a while or not.

Lawlessness Breeds ColdnessThere are times in history – and these times often come in cycles – when what Yah’shua (Jesus) prophesied comes true:

“Because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold”(Matt.24:12, NKJV).

This is such a time and on a more massive and global scale then ever before.

Increasing InsanityWe stand in disbelief – we are appalled – at the increasing callousness of people one toward another today. There is an insanity in our midst that was never – or very, very rarely – present when I was young. Sensitivity, respect, and empathy for fellow human beings are unknown to many of these people, destroyed as they are by opiate drugs, promiscuity, a break down in family life and discipline, immersion in a culture of violence, and an identity crisis, all of which come about when a people cuts its moorings from sound emet (truth). It is that emet (truth) which defines reality and ensures sanity.

The Gender-BendersWhen I was young only two genders were recognised, and this accorded both with that the eyes saw and what genetics confirmed. That remains emet (truth), it is still reality, because your genes cannot lie. Today upwards of 63 genders are claimed even though there is no objective evidence for 61 of them. But gender isn’t the only thing the insane are trying to bend – a new genocide is in the making, a genocide against Caucucasians and all males. White men are the new Jews.

An End to ReasonThe prediction made ten years ago, by the Christian philosopher, Ravi Zacharias, has came come to pass not only quickly but with a ferocity we could never have imagined possible as all the houds of hell have seemingly been let loose amongst us by the agents of sin- Because of the willfull sinning of mankind, we have come close to the end of reason [1].

When and Why a GatheringFortunately, not everyone has lost their minds. A large minority is hanging on but it is shrinking. Universal insanity, save omongst the tiny gathered-out remnant, won’t happen until the very close of this age a few years down the road. But we are most definitely getting a large foretaste of it. Could it get any worse than it is? Oh yes, when you’ll be lucky to find one or two in a town or city who haven’t completely lost their minds. Today about a third know what’s going on, at least in the West, that is, 3 in every 10 people, so there are still lots of us, but they will diminish in number as the wicked in authority start rounding victims up and murder them en masse. I know that you young folk, who know what it is like to be in a minority already, are shocked and revolted at the possibility that toward the very end there maybe will be less than one in 100,000 who are of a right mind and not hopelessly lost in artificial reality. You will appreciate one reason why there has to be a gathering out toward the end.

Our Training is Just BeginningYou see, this mini-Exodus that we have been commanded to take part in is but training for the ‘big one’ yet to come. Those who think that we’re entering the Great Tribulation now have no idea – not a clue – what the final condition of this world will be like before Yah’shua (Jesus) returns. Were believers, and the Remnant in particular, to be thrust into those conditions right now, they would be fried up. We have so muxh more to learn. Our training has hardly started!

Confusion in ValuesYou know that reason has departed when leading atheist intellectuals like Sam Harris say that they would rather eradicate religion than rape. I remember hearing a left-wing German woman, in the wake of the troubles caused by the mass migration of extremist Moslems to Germany, similarly declaring that she would rather be raped than be seen to be a racist for criticising someone who wasn’t of her ethnicity. She was completely brainwashed. Seemingly, while belief in atheism and/or Marxism is worth any price to these people, the raping of women and children has significantly less value…until it happens to them or a loved one. How is this different from Jews passively going to the slaughter in the 20th century? When there is a disconnect from reality – when the afterglow of historical Christianity has gone out in our nations, as it almost has done now – then all proportion and sense of moral value, is permanently lost. If there is no standard any more, save the unstable human heart and mind, then how can there be balance and sanity? There cannot and there is nothing you can to to change it except through the Besorah (Gospel).

Lawlessness MultipliesLawlessness always leads to “more lawlessness”, said Paul (Rom.6:19, NIV), and lawlessness is birthed when we begin submitting to the passions of our flesh. Therefore, Paul says, “present your members (NIV – ‘the parts of your body’) as slaves of righteousness for holiness” (bid.) because if you will not, then you will one day hear those terrifying words from the Judge of all: “Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Mt.7:23, NKJV).

All Religion is Not the ProblemAbandoning religion, the good along with the bad, is not a recipe for paradise. As Ravi Zacharias himself said:

“The reality is that the emptiness that results from a loss of the transcendant is stark and devastating, both philosophically and existentially” [2].

The Rise of Atheism and SuicideIt is this emptiness that has led great atheistic minds to commit suicide. I have mentioned the brilliant Hungarian-Jewish writer, Arthur Koestler, to you before, for as some of you may remember he and his wife committed suicide because they could find no purpose in life. Suicide has reached unprecedented levels now because of the loss of meaning and purpose in life that atheism and nihilism has brought to the West. Intellectuals in the universities, which are hotbeds of Marxism and post-modernism, both the young and the old, are taking their lives in increasing numbers, and no wonder. It is the satanic age of lawlessness and unreason which bread meaningless and purposelessness.

Kerygmatic RevivalTo have balance and wholeness in life you have go to know fundamentally who you are, and where you fit in the grand scheme of things. You have to have a purpose based in reality and not the insanity of some intellectual fruitcake. It is for this reason that Messianic Evangelicals, like Baptists and others, are first and foremost KERYGMATICS. Most people know what a ‘charismatic’ is but few, if any, have heard of a ‘kergymatic’, which is not surprising since I invented the word (as far as I know), though serious students of the Bible will know what the Greek word kerygmameans.

The Earthy and Spiritual GospelKerygma‘ means to ‘proclaim’. Therefore a kergymatic is “one who preaches the Besorah, Gospel, or Good News of Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ)”. I want today for us to be absolultely clear what that is so that we can explain in the simplest way possible to those we are witnessing to. It is often said by properly trained ministers that “our historical knowledge of Yah’shua (Jesus) validates the Christian or Messianic kerygma. Therefore the essence or heart of the Gospel consists of vital historical events. This is the earthiest, and yet at the same time the most spiritual, religion there is. That which roots its adherents is very much ‘in the here-and-now’ (physical earth life) as well as ‘in there-and-after’ (heaven).

Defining the GospelSo if someone asks you what the Besorah or Gospel is, what would you tell them? What do you personally understand it to be? And why is it important to you? Could you explain it in such simple terms that an eight year-old child could understand it? Before we look at one or two of the suggestions made by contemporary ministers and theologians, I want to find the simplest and most concise defintion from Scripture that I can, and though I know that Paul can sometimes get rather complex and so “hard to understand” (2 Pet.3:16), I think his definition to the Corinthians is the best we have. So let’s go to chapter 15 of his first letter to the qodeshim (saints) there:

“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand (1 Cor.15:1, NIV).

The Gospel That SavesSo what we’re about to read is what Paul preached, it’s what the believers accepted and upon which they were taking their stand. This is what they were staking everying on, so it must be pretty important. Further:

“By this Besorah (Gospel) you are savedif you hold firmly to the davar (word) I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain” (v.2, NIV).

Four Basic Facts of the GospelNow we get a listing of the davar (word) that Paul preached consisting of four simple facts:

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance:

    • 1. that Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
    • 2. that He was buried,
    • 3. that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and
    • 4. that He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me (Paul) also, as to one abnormally born” (1 Cor.15:1-8, NIV).

Historical and Theological TruthThree of these facets of the Besorah (Gospel) are physical and therefore historical: Yah’shua (Jesus) was buried, He was raised from the dead or resurrected, and He was seen by hundreds of people afterwards. So the testimony of those who 2,000 years ago witnessed these three things is of key importance. They are witnesses and we are the jury. That’s one reason we have four accounts of ‘Gospels’ written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The fourth facet is partly physical (that He died) and partly theological (that He died for our sins) in nature and, the latter not being something the original witnesses ‘saw’ with their physical eyes, nor can we today, and that is, Yah’shua (Jesus) dying for our sins according to the Scriptures. In other words, this is the doctrine of the Atonement. Everything else is basically derived from these two categories of emet (truth) – physical (3½ parts) and spiritual (½ part). If we believe in the physical, historical events [3] then 88 per cent of our enquiry is a matter of intellect and only 12 per cent a leap of emunah (faith), which is why Christianity isn’t by ‘blind faith’ but intelligent faith! So long as you can use your mind and think things through, as people like Norman Anderson and Lee Strobel did, you can know that the testimony of the witness was reliable and true. That is one reason why Satan promotes unreason. He hates people who think clearly. He hates clear-thinkers. He hates free-thinkers, not those who claim they are when their heads are muddled by extreme prejudice.

Intelligent FaithSo these are the two categories of saving principles that we base our hope on – the testimony of physical witnesses and a theological emet (truth). We have to believe them and hang onto them (no ‘once saved, always saved‘ allowed). Can the theological emet (truth) – the reality of the atonement – be tested? Absolutely!

AtonementNow understanding the Atonement is a huge thing that we will be fathoming the rest of our lives and for probably for eternity. Obviously an eight year-old isn’t going to understand that to any great depth but he can understand in very basic terms – he can know what being rescued from the consequence of wrong-doing means. He knows, if he smashes a neighbour’s window, that his parents can be counted on to pay for the damage, which he can’t. A child can therefore understand that wrong-doing is what happens when we break Elohim’s (God’s) rules, the Torah (Law). If his father says, ‘you can play ball in the garden but not on the side of the property facing the neighbour’s house’, and he disobeys, he knows he has broken his father’s rule for which there are consequences. If he’s too small to have an income and can’t pay for the new window pane and repair work, he knows he will have to ask his father for help. That’s ‘atonement’ on a human level.

From Salvation to Gospel LifestyleBut indemnifying (make compensation to) an offended Elohim (God) whose Law we have broken is a little ‘bigger’ to fathom. The method, too, is hard to understand…the cross, something we can’t do. The Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) has to bear witness of this supernatural rescue from sin by Messiah to our spirit. We can only understand so much intellectually because, whilst there is a physical component to the proxy-indemnity, there is also a massive spiritual one which is beyond our ken. We can only experience its effects, which we’ll talk about in a moment. Having accepted the payment of our sin through Messiah’s atonement, and been saved, we are thereafter commanded to live the Besorah (Gospel) lifestyle, in other words, the mitzvot (commandments) of New Covenant Torah.

Never Before Done – the Conquest of DeathThe fact that Yah’shua (Jesus) died, was buried and rose again signifies that something has been done that had never been done before: death had been conquered for the first time ever. Death is the one thing human beings have nocontrol over, the attempts by the élites to find the modern medical equivalent of an elexir notwithstanding (a reason they are promoting transhumanism). It’s what mankind fears the most and it’s what Satan originally promoted in Eden and what he attempts to drive men and women to before their time. He wants us dead and off the world he once was given charge of before his own rebellion.

Ed Stetzer’s GospelLet’s now look at what some ministers and theologians think the Besorah (Gospel) is and then I’ll ask you to make a summary of your own. Here’s what Ed Stetzer put together after meeting with various teams of ministers, asking them for their definitions, and then sticthing them together. It’s theologically absolutely correct but could everyone you witnessed to understand it?

“The Besorah (Gospel) is the good news that Elohim (God), who is more qadosh (holy, set-apart) than we can imagine, looked upon with compassion, people, who are more sinful than we would possibly admit, and sent Yah’shua (Jesus) into history to establish His Kingdom and reconcile people and the world to Himself. Yah’shua (Jesus), whose ahavah (love) is more extravagant than we can measure, came to sacrificially die for us so that, by His death and resurrection, we might gain through His grace what the Bible defines as new and eternal chayim (life).”

Definitions and the Depths of the AtonementThat’s a little meatier than Paul’s Corinthian definition but like I said, it’s quite accurate, though it emphasises those aspects of the Besorah (Gospel) that mean the most to Stetzer. His emphasis is on grace, which we’ll come to in a moment. If you take all that Paul said about the Besorah (Gospel) and try to lay it out – and he went to great length to do so (along with John, James, and Peter) – you will find this subject to have infinite depth…as you might expect [4]. My mind is still spinning from it all. So in making a personal definition, tt really depends on what you focus on, and people tend to focus on those things which have impacted them the most in their Christian or Messianic experience.

Modifiers and on to the Second Level of UnderstandingDefinitions like Stetzer’s, especially of deep subjects, are not the way the Hebrew mind would present them. Truths the Hebraic way are layered, being built up from the simple to the complex. What matters the most is the overall pattern or tavnith. One way the Scriptures deal with a subject like the Atonement or Cross is to take a key word like ‘Gospel’ and add simple modfiers, thereby expanding the concept further, giving as a second layer of meaning with which to wrestle and grasp. So throughout the New Testament you will find various ‘modifiers’ attached to the word “gospel” – there are eight I am aware of – which add more depth and insight, especially when you combine them. Here they are:

  • 1. The gospel of Elohim (God) (Mk.1:14; Rom.15:16);
  • 2. The gospel of Yah’shua the Messiah (Mk.1:1; 1 Cor.9:12);
  • 3. The gospel of His (Yahweh’) Son” (Rom.1:9);
  • 4. The gospel of the Kingdom (Mt.4:23; 9:35; 24:14);
  • 5. The gospel of the grace of Elohim (God) (Acts 20:24);
  • 6. The gospel of the glory of Messiah (Christ) (2 Cor.4:4);
  • 7. The gospel of shalom (peace) (Eph 6:15); and
  • 8. An eternal gospel (Rev.14:6).

Gospel Aspects and a Counterfeit GospelIn other words, each modifier indicates distinctive aspects of the message of the Good News, though they are all echad or one. Finally, Paul speaks of “another gospel” which is not an equivalent because it’s fake or counterfeit, which he warns believers against (Gal.1:6–11). Needless to say, there are thousands of varieties of these.

As you combine these various modifiers together, so the message blooms like an incredible divine flower of emet (truth), each petal being like a modifier, and Paul’s simple Corinthian definition takes on added meaning, and this is what we want both for ourselves and for those we are witnessing to. It’s a reason the New Testament writers explain concepts again and again from different angles so that we can get a three dimensional picture of it. If the Besorah (Gospel) is such fantastic news then surely we want to know everything we possibly can about it, especially having experienced it so that we can communicate why it is so incredible precious and needful! This isn’t just a product and it’s not for sale. This is a matter of life and death and is the difference between one short mortal span on earth and eternity.

Concept modifiers, like petals, all point to the central core1. Gospel of Yah’shua the SonLet’s now take a look at some pairs formed by modifiers and you’ll see what I mean.

(1) The gospel of Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) (Mark 1:1; 1 Cor.9:12) and the gospel of His Son (Rom.1:9). These two descriptions speak of the good news of salvation that comes through the person and work of Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) who is the very Son of Elohim (God) in human flesh. This is the mystery of the incarnation, and it’s a huge mystery and emet (truth). Again, this is a piece of good news about deliverance from sin’s penalty (death), power and presence through the two advents of Messiah.

2. Gospel of Grace(2) The gospel of the grace or undeserved loving kindness of Elohim (God) (Acts 20:24) emphasises that salvation in all of its aspects is on the basis of grace rather than on some meritorious system of works. The basis is unmerited favour. This is so important because we can’t do it ourselves through our good works, as false religion teaches. There is no question of having our good deeds weighed up against out bad ones and hoping the good outweigh the bad, thus leading to salvation. That’s paganism. This Gospel of Grace in turns shapes the way we are commanded to treat other people by loving them unconditionally, without expecting them to earn our ahavah (love). We are to show grace to them as Yahweh through Messiah has shown grace to us. So this is double-good news and defines the quality of our relationships down here. This is, then, the two-edged secret of happiness.

3. Gospel of the Kingdom(3) The gospel of the kingdom (Mt.4:23; 9:35; 24:14) is the good news that Elohim (God) will establish His kingdom on earth through the two comings or advents of the Master Yah’shua the Messiah (Lord Jesus Christ). The earth doesn’t just ‘carry on’ with all the present ongoing misery until one day it dies millions of years in the future because the sun explodes as a supernova. Yah’shua (Jesus) is coming back to glorify it, removing death, pain and suffering forever – that’s really good news too!

4. Gospel of Peace(4) The gospel of shalom (peace) (Eph.6:15) describes how this good news of salvation in Messiah brings peace in all its many aspects (peace with Yahweh, the peace of Yahweh, peace with others, and world peace) through the victory accomplished by the Saviour. You’ll agree there isn’t much shalom or peace in this world. The effect of Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) death and resurrection brings the shalom(peace) that human beings, especially national leaders, talk about all the time but never seem able to deliver.

5. Gospel of Eternity(5) The eternal or everlasting gospel (Rev.14:6) expands our perspective of the Besorah (Gospel) as we normally think of it. This gospel as proclaimed by the malak(angel) to the apostle John has several key elements of gloriously good news that are developed in three mitzvot (commandments) and two reasons. First let’s read the key passage together:

“Then I saw another malak (angel) flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Besorsah (Gospel) to preach to those who dwell on the earth — to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people — saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear Elohim (God) and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water'”(Rev.14:6-7, NKJV).

The Three Mitzvot Delivered by the AngelSo let’s look at the three commandments and reasons here:

Mitzvah or Commandment #1“Fear Elohim (God).” This refers to a qadosh (holy, set-apart) reverence that recognises the sovereign authority and power of Elohim (God) to deal with man in His qadosh (holy, set-apart) wrath (anger) and thus, to bring an end to the world of sin as we now know it. To fear Elohim (God) is to recognise Him as the true Elohim (God) who can destroy the soul (the whole being) and not just the body as Elohim (God) will do with the beast of Revelation and His anti-Messiah (antichrist) system. This is a unique kind of “fear”, very different from the slavish fear that Satan drives the world system with because the fear of Yahweh it is a combined of fear with true ahavah (love), which makes for deep reverence;

Mitzvah or Commandment #2“Give Him glory.” This refers to the praise and honour that should accrue to Elohim (God) from mankind due to our recognition and high estimation of Him as the sovereign Creator of the universe; and

Mitzvah or Commandment #3“And worship Him who made…” The word “worship” means to show reverence or respect. This word emphasises the external display as seen in our Torah-obedience, prayer, singing, and formal worship. The word “fear” emphasises the reverential mental attitude behind the worship. In the Great Tribulation people who reject Yah’shua (Jesus) will be forced to slavishly fear and formally acknowledge the beast and his image. In this message the malak (angel) is demanding that mankind reject the beast and formally turn to Elohim (God) to worship Him alone (cp. Rev.14:11).

The Two Reasons We Should Do ThisWhy should we carry out these three mitzvot (commandments). Two reasons are given:

  • Reason #1“The hour of his judgment has come” is a reference to the final judgments of the Great Tribulation — the ‘bowl judgments’ as they’re called in the Book of Revelation — which are soon to occur (in the time of the generation after my own) that will put an end to the system of the beast and bring about the rule the Master Yah’shua (Jesus), the King of kings. These will conclude with the return of Messiah Himself (Rev.19) and lead to the removal of all unbelievers from the earth. The emphasis is to not delay because the time is short; and
  • Reason #2: This is seen in the reference to Elohim (God) as the Creator in verse 7b. Here we are called to pay attention to the ageless and universal message of the creation itself. Age after age creation has called mankind to recognise Yahweh-Elohim’s existence and to seek after Him (cf. Ac.17:26-27; Ps.19:1-6). This means people are without excuse and that, when the malak(angel) proclaims this Everlasting Besorah (Gospel), the hour of the Creator’s judgment is about to fall (see Rom.1:18f). Though this is the essential and primary element of the malak‘s (angel’s) good news, perhaps he will say more than this, for from age to age a person’s capacity to reverence, glorify and worship Elohim (God) has come only through believing and knowing Messiah (cf. John 14:6 with Acts 4:12; John 4:23-24).

In the Midst of the Imminent Judgments…It is these three primary mitzvot (commandments), and the two reasons for doing so, that we urgently need to learn and teach in the coming Mishpatim Yahweh – the judgments that are about to erupt furiously on us now. These judgments Yahweh is executing for our sake to prepare us for the even worse time of the Great Tribulation and Final Judgment to come. These are the lessons we have to learn amd this is the Besorah, Gospel or Good News that we must both internalise peroperly and proclaim above all else. My generation will see you younger ones through this period but thereafter you have to take up the baton and lead yourselves, cleansed of all worldly thinking, bearing a 100 per cent pure Besorah (Gospel) of Salvation free of the contaminations of man.

ConclusionAny day now the desperate élites will launch their ‘dark event’. An announcement will be made by the Deep State through their cronies which you must not believe and certainly you must not panic. Stay calm, stay cool, keep your eyes on Yah’shua (Jesus) and wait on Him for instructions for your family. Rather than go and do something foolish, keep your mind affixed to the Divine Commission to witness the Besorah (Gospel), at whatever level, to those whom He sends to you or to whom He sends you by revelation. Do all by revelation. Be where you are supposed to be, ready and alert, do nothing rash, and everything will be fine. Fear Yahweh, give Him glory and worship Him! May Yahweh bless us in that endeavour is my prayer in Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) Name. Amen.


[1] Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan: 2008)
[2] Ibid., p.16
[3] See Sir Norman Anderson, Jesus Christ the Witness of History (Inter-Varsity Press, Leicester, England: 1985) and Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan: 1998)
[4] See, for example, N.T.Wright, Paul and the Fullness of God, 2 volumes (SPCK, London: 2013) & Paul and His Recent Interpreters (SPCK, London: 2015); James S.Stewart, A Man in Christ (Hodder & Stoughton, London: 1972)


[1] Ed Stetzer, What is the Gospel?

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The Cosmic Opera: An Amazing Revelation

IntroductionShabbat shalom kol beit Yisra’el and Mishpachah as we embark on the first of four sabbaths that will end our year. As there aren’t many of us gathered today I thought I would break with the usual pattern and have more an informal tête-à-tête with you all on matters that the Ruach (Spirit) raises.

Winter Blues in the Icy NorthI don’t know where all our readers live but our little congregation here in Sweden is experiencing the ‘winter blues’ – we’re so sick of the season that we are virtually crying out – begging – for spring. The snow, ice and cold becomes mind-numbingly dull after five or six months and those of you living in Norway, Finland, Iceland, Canada, Alaska and northern Russia will know exactly what I mean. Monotony and boredom are just as devastating killers, albeit it in a different way, to dicing with death in some life-threatening situation. I have never been a fan of the Scandinavian winter but then I don’t take pleasure in such things as skiing, ice-fishing or skating which the natives have grown up with and been forced to incorporate into their lifestyle. And therein lies the problem – if you cannot reconcile to your environment, you can never really settle down and be happy in it.

Wanting to MoveI have lived 10 years of my life in the tropics of the Far East, a little over 20 years in England, and 30 years in Scandinavia. The move from Malaysia to England was not something I had a say in, obviously, because I was a minor, but the move to Norway, and then to Sweden, was definitely my choice – 100 per cent. Both moves were the result of revelation. Without a clear leading from Yahweh I doubt I would ever have come here. And without a clear leading from Yahweh to stay, I would have left years ago, and chosen a warmer climate where English is spoken. I tried to move to America once but Yahweh blocked that. I then tried to move to New Zealand and He blocked that too. I have entertained plans to move to Greece, Germany, Cyprus and one or two other places but they never amounted to anything. The mind and heart may roam but circumstances dictate where we end up, and the Unseen Hand operating in the background.

Returning to EnglandI have often entertained thoughts of returning to England but each time I have returned there the place has become more and more unrecognisable. I felt chlostrophobic from the overcrowing, stressed out from the frantic pace of life, depressed to see the culture I once knew and loved virtually wiped out by Marxism, massive immigration and malignant ungodliness. I dare say the Malaysia I once knew is even more changed – I returned only once, as a reward for getting into Oxford University, and found that changed beyond recognition too, and that after only being away for a mere ten years. I even thought of moving to Canada once but then I remembered it was as cold – often colder – that it is here. My bones could not endure another icing-up! And from time-to-time I wonder again about making the USA my home – many have invited me to come over to live there, from Pennsylvania to Lousiana – but I am reminded by Yahweh, much to my chagrin, that He wants me here, icicles and all. So Swedes, you are lumbered with me!

The Problem of Being DissatisfiedI guess it is different if you have only ever lived in one country or one place but in my experience with people, we are always looking for greener pastures. In the old days, before the advent of mass transportation systems, people rarely left their home village or town. Moreover, they were mostly content. Children, more often than not, innherited their father’s profession, and sometimes they were glad to, and sometimes they were not. But even with increased mobility, the same ‘gamble’ of being ‘satisfied’ or ‘dissatisfied’ has to be taken. There are no guarantees. Life, wherever it is lived, is full of unexpected twists and turns.

Joseph’s AttitudeOne of my favourite characters in the Bible is, as most of you know, Joseph of Egypt, for a variety of reasons. He had never intended to move to Egypt, let alone end up as a slave or a jailbird. I am sure he had all kinds of dreams about life back in the Promised Land with his family. Yet he never left Egypt while he was alive. Not until the Exodus were his bones finally taken and laid to rest in the Promised Land, as he had requested. And it is the same for us. We must be prepared to live out our lives in places we never chose to live, apart or aside from our dreams, because that is where Yahweh has planted us. Joseph’s dry bones still rest in the Promised Land and there they will remain until the resurrection.

Learning Satisfaction With Yahweh’s ChoiceHave your circumstances made you miserable? Are you where you do not want to be? Have your plans – your dreams – been dashed? Quite probably. The question is this: will you be reconciled to the domicle that Yahweh has chosen for you? And will you learn the lesson of Joseph, ripped as he was from the bosom of his family by slavery and imprisonment, until finally, toward the end of his life, there was a tearful and joyful reunion? The secret of Joseph was that he learned to be reconciled to where he found himself and determined to do the very best job he could and be the very best person he could be and in so doing bring Yahweh glory.

Jeremiah, Abraham and MosesNow I am not saying that Yahweh will not, or cannot, change your circumstances. He has never told me that I would die in Sweden, though I might. He has only told me to stay put whenever I have asked him. Did you know Jeremiah ended his days in Egypt with some exiles after his beloved Jerusalem was conquered and destroyed? Abraham was suddenly told to leave his affluent life in Ur of the Chaldees and set off to an unknown destination, becoming a bedouin after having enjoyed a comfortable urban existence? Moses exchanged life as a prince of Egypt to first become a simple herdsman in the wilds of Midian for 40 years and then to spend the last 40 years of his life trekking through the blisteringly hot and punishing wilderness of Sinai at the head of an ungrateful, complaining, Egyptianised, and sometimes murderously-minded rabble. Life didn’t pan out the way these men had planned or hoped. But then they all came to understand that the purpose of life, or contentment therewith, is not as function of fulfilled mortal dreams, but in being subject to the will of the Immortal One.

The Here-and-NowWe are not here on earth to set-up permanent shop but we are to do our best in whatever situation Yahweh places us in, having the assurance that if we throw our life into service in the here-and-now that we will enjoy the same kind of character-development and inner shalom (peace) as the patriarchs of old did, a condition altogether exceeding the blessings of those like Lot who chose not to follow Yahweh’s direction but set-up shop according to their own desires and in places that Yahweh was forced to eventually throw them out of in order to save their lives. Please make sure that He doesn’t have to do that to you. I am seriously worried that many of aregoing to be rudely awakened and driven out from where you are living under less than happy circumstances because you have not heeded the warnings of the imminent Judgment and made inadequate preparations for relocation and emergency supply. You have no idea how quickly circumstances can change and how life can be turned on its head! The whole planet was once turned on its head when the world drowned in a matter of days.

Return of the TypewriterI was watching a fascinating documentary on typewriters last night, and in particular the people involved with the resurgence of this old machine which many of you may have grown up with before the advent of the computer. What really gripped my attention was the reason why people are returning to typewriters, even though they’re no longer manufactured anymore, and the main reason is because they produce something tangible and therefore – because the writer is involved in what is physically created – something personal.

A Family Typewriter BusinessFor the first few years of this ministry I produced everything on a typewriter. It was slow, it took a lot longer to correct mistakes (which for a two-finger typist like myself meant lots of typos) but there was a sense of satisfaction in being able to hold something in your hands that you had mechanically created and touch and smell. In the documentary, the story of a family business in Berkley, California was covered, a business spanning three generations repairing typewriters. Quite a community grew around this and other enthusiasts. It didn’t make a lot of money but it built strong family and friendship ties. And the family was Christian. I guess as a writer myself I could easily identify. I delighted seeing that community and the purpose they found. Yahweh used this Christian family to reach thousands of people from a humble repair shop in the suburbs of a Californian city.

Your Purpose in LifeWhat is your purpose? What is Yahweh’s plan for your life? Hopefully most of you already have the answer to that question though equally there will be both young and older folk who are truly still wondering. That’s OK, we don’t all discover it at once, for any number of reasons. What I’d like to do now is share an incredible experience I had two nights ago that I hope answers this question not just in the present but in the eternities too.

An Increadible Dream at the OperaI had a really interesting dream unlike any I have had before. And in the dream I was an opera singer, only I wasn’t, or thought I wasn’t. Those of you who know me know I mostly hate opera even though I like classical music – only one member of my family really loves opera – though there are some operatic preludes and arias that I find really beautiful.

A Cooperative EffortWell, here I was in the dream in an opera, and the singers, stage hands, lighting staff, director, producer – everyone involved – were people who had hitherto been in my life. But it was far bigger than my life. It was everybody’s life, and it was the life of the whole world in all ages too. The opera seemed to be by the Italian composer, Puccini, and I was one of many, many peformers, but my part was essential to the flow of the whole, as was everybody else’s. But no one single person had prominence in the operatic piece, it was a cooperative effort. Yet everybody’s lines were important to the whole.

Two Teams of PerformerQuite early on it became apparent to me that there were two sets, teams or categories of actor or performer: those who belonged to Yahweh, who produced light, and those who belonged to Satan, who produced darkness. The amazing thing is that Yahweh orchestrated and choreographed the whole, vast thing.

Sorting Out BaggageNow what happened in the dream is that I arrived at the opera house having forgotten my music or script. I had left it at the home of the person I was staying with. I had somehow got distracted because I had been packing as I was in the process of leaving one place and moving to another. I was distracted because I had accidentally packed some things that weren’t mine and it was therefore necessary to remove those things from amongst my belongings. I need help in sorting them out, though, just as we must sort out in our lives, getting rid of baggage that isn’t ours, and ensuring that we do what Yahweh wants us to to and stopping what He does not want us doing anymore. And that’s realy hard, particularly if you’re in the process of making a major life adjustment.

The PanicWhen I arrived at the opera house I was in a panic. The show was about to begin, my part started early on, but I did not have my score, and the score was very complex. As you know in an opera there is a plot and various dialogues between the singers and actors. As I had forgotten my own script I was seeking a replacement copy that I found I could not use. Everybody had one but everybody’s script was different because everybody has different lines and sequences. Not only that, but each singer had his or her own ‘system’ or ‘language’ that was different from everyone else’s. And that’s not at all unlike life itself – our script is unique to us and the language we use to process it within.

Trying to Figure Out the ScriptOne very kind and patient man was trying to show me how it worked, a former colleague from my last place of employment, but it was so complicated that I didn’t understand any of it at all. It was all Double Dutch to me. He had some kind of flow chart and it wasn’t like lines on a score or in a book but went in many different directions, reminding me a bit of the metabolic pathways chart I used to use as a biochemist containing thousands of reactions and their catalysts. He tried to draw lines and colour in boxes in to show me the sequence and form. Even worse, it was all in Italian (as this was an ‘Italian’ opera) and I didn’t speak Italian, though of course I knew it was in Italian and was prepared to sing my lines in Italian. Yet that had never bothered me before because I could, as it were, ‘sing in tongues’. It’s hard to explain but I suppose it’s a bit like being guided guided by the Ruach (Spirit) in prayer. But now the Ruach (Spirit) was gone and it all looked like a hopelessly complex jumble which I knew I could never sort out with my own feeble resources.

Plays Within PlaysHaving arrived at the opera house, which was not arranged like a conventional opera house with the stage for the performers at the front, an orchestra pit, and seats in the audience on the ground and up in balconies. The audience and singers seemed to be arranged in groups facing in many different directions, as though there were several different, yet connected, plays all going on at once in this vast auditorium. You wouldn’t have thought that one performance was underway. In some mystical sort of way, the audience and performers were apparently split up into many ‘operettas’ that somehow mystically combined into one performance. What was even more amazing was that there was no conductor to be seen anywhere yet it was all invisibly coordinated.

Lost in the RaftersI arrived late, as I said, dressed in my black suit, the one I had worn at school as a boy, and I could not find the place to go to at first, and at length got lost, finding myself up in the roof of the opera house in the rafters amongst all kinds of junk and débris. At length I found my way back to the giant auditorium.

My Stand-InThe opera was already underway and some of my lines had already been sung but without me singing them. However, someone else was already standing in for me though I never saw him. When I arrived there was a sigh of relief from the audience though one or two were angry, and specifically, organisers who were not on Yahweh’s side. That, in itself, is amazing because everyone had a rôle, both believers and unbelievers alike, including lapsed believers, believers who were stuck in false traditions – everyone. One lady in particular, who was an organiser and a former colleage from work, was a Catholic who in my life at that time had sometimes been kindly disposed, but at other times was silently hostile.

Singing in FaithWhile all this was going on, another colleague was trying to explain my lines and whilst I was appreciative of his kindness I realsied this approach was hopeless. I would have to simply trust that somewhere inside of me I could find my lines and when to sing them. So I began to sing in faith, my stand-in pulling out of the picture as I got underway. What flowed out of my mouth was more beautiful than I could have hoped for. My heart was fully engaged in one of my favourite Puccini arias. It was at that point a woke up.

Understanding the Giant OperaNow when I woke up I was amazed – astonished, in awe – because I could suddenly see how Yahweh has woven every life – every man, woman and child – into a script which we are all playing – the script of lifeaccording to their spiritual disposition and free will, without any compulsion from Elohim (God). I could see that the Cosmic Conductor had everything organised in a dynamic way. Everything was moving – constantly.

A 6,000 Year-Long OperaThis was an opera which started at the creation of Adam and Eve and had been playing continuously for the last 6,000 years. Even though things were constantly changing – people were forgetting their parts, or refusing to perform; some were leaving (presumably in death) and new ones were entering the performance (in birth). In all of this great mass of billions of souls, Yahweh, the Great Conductor, was effortlessly moving performers in and out of that Grand Opera so that it flowed, flawlessly, as though the fickle and unreliable mass that is humanity could not spoil it no matter what it tried to distrupt it with. It was beyond stopping and Yahweh had anticipated every actor’s move, every decision, every mistake. There was no surprising Him.

The Open VisionSo here I am, awake after this dream, and I am slipping into an open vision. I could see in the minds and hearts of the believers, woven into the fabric of the whole. And I could also see the parts of the unbelievers and the devils themselves who were seeking to destroy the opera but could not. They were able to destroy many of the peformers when the performers let them, but the opera went on notwithstanding, to their enormous frustration.

The Interaction of Light and DarknessThe arias and duets and trios and quartets and sometimes whole choirs of believes shone out against the background of darkness that was the negative, destructive efforts of the wicked and their demonic drivers. And this great concert of interwoven light was giving glory to our Great Elohim (God) above. It was such an enormousscene I could not even begin to describe it to you, and were I to attempt to, it would be like trying to map the location of every single molecule in a glass of water and tracing their individual motions. Not even the world’s most powerful supercomputer could do that, let alone figure out all the statistical probabilities.

The Grand TapestrySo here were the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones), singing and loving in a massive display of complex, beautiful light which was their individual lives – and that life and passion seemed to be made all the brighter against the background of the darkeness of the ‘organised chaos’ – the chaos sown by Satan which Yahweh was nevertheless intercepting, directing and channelling in and around the works of the faithful like that complex tapestry I have so often spoken to you about, only the tapesty illustration is in some respects inadequate – too simple – to describe what I was seeing. For this was not a two-dimensional piece of art but multi-dimensional, though the idea of a ‘front’ and a ‘back’ still held true.

A Permanent Performance in HeavenThere’s another thing that was also crystal clear to me as I listened to the singing and watched the dancing of the lights of the faithful, and it was this: the performance of the faithful had assurance and was PERMANENT. And though thousands were leaving the opera of life all the time, because of death, a permanent testimony or legacy was being left behind that would endure throughout eternity, a living legacy that could never be erased, even though people were coming and going the whole time. The emunah (faith) and works of every believer left an indellible mark over longer or shorter periods of earth time, and was forever recorded and could be played back, as it were, in eternity to the enjoyment of all the participants of heaven. I sensed that this was permanently on display in the Throne Room of the Almighty.

A Permanent Record and Display of GloryThe thing that still strikes me is that everything ‘worked together’ the way it did, and I could understand Paul’s words now, in a new way, when he said that “in all things Elohim (God) works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Rom.8:28, NIV). No sacrifice is ever waisted, no life too short or too long, no work of emunah (faith) in vain, no act of loving kindness unfruitful for they are forever preserved and shine radiantly. Everything good counts and time is not measured in the eternities in the same way that we measure it down here. In heaven – for that was the persepctive that I was being shown – all that was visible was the performance of those of the Light – the darkness was invisible, and even though it had played a supporting rôle in mortality as a backdrop, without the agents of darkness ever realising it (on the reverse side of the tapestry – the side visible in heaven), the side that mattered – it all joined together to form something of immense beauty. I can’t compare it to anything that I have seen – all the firework displays in history could not begin to appraoch the glory of what I saw.

Eyes on Yah’shuaSometimes – perhaps even frequently – we, as believers, forget our lines or try to do things alone our way and in our own strength. We end up leaving the opera for a while, and when we do that someone else has to stand-in for us doing the jobs we were called to do but neglected. Yes, we mess up, but Yahweh is big enough and brilliant enough to still weave our faulty peformance into the canvass as we repent and reform. That is His supreme genius. Sometimes we fall out of the opera when we get lost, or join the dark actors if we lose our salvation. But when we are found again, and start living by emunah (faith) and not by sight, we can instantly rejoin the storyline of the Light – the cosmic opera – provided our eyes are on Yah’shua (Jesus) and not on our performance. When I stopped worrying how I would manage or how well or badly I might do, things started rolling and I was ‘on stage’ again. My fears had been groundless, because it’s not my performance anyway, but His performance through me.

Let Yahweh Do the ChoreographyIt doesn’t matter how good or bad a talmid (disciple) you think you are do long as you just sing, and do so in faith, nothing doubting. Just serve and let the Concert Master choreograph His performance in His way. We don’t know the script or score in advance .- we’re not supposed to. Most of the time our planning is not to extend beyond one day at a time. So don’t strive to ‘figure it all out’ or control it. That is utterly impossible and if you try to you will get lost and possibly lose your mind.

A Supernatural PerformanceDon’t be distracted by worldly thing and ambitions, consider only your service to His Kingdom and He will arrange everything, and by such means you would never have imagined and in ways you would never think impossible. This life in Messiah is a supernatural performance even though at times we can get deceived by the apparentrandomness of it all. It isn’t random.

Apparent ChaosThe chaos, brethren and sisters, is only apparent, even if the agents of choas are themselves in the midst of chaos because they are not in Messiah. What you see is the back side of the tapestry, where all the threads are jumbled up in an apparent mess – it’s all you can see in mortality. But the fact that you are singing, and you know it’s beautiful because your heart is full of simcha (joy), and others know it’s beautiful because they can hear and see you, means that there is another side, bigger and more wondrous than brings glory to Yahweh and never passes away.

Trust, Control and PrideWe previously spent three weeks looking at doubt and faith and sadly we tend to occupy ourselves with far too much doubt sometimes. When we doubt, we wander, and if we wander long enough, we get lost and end up outside the main script – the script that matters – trying to figure everything out only to get more frusrated and lost than ever before. I know that our pride gets offended when we have to trust another, but pride is hardly a friend, is it? To trust means to relinquish control, and that we absolutely must do in so many ways in life – to Yahweh, to parents, to husbands, to bosses, to circumstances. And this is the reality; we never had control in the first place other than to ‘trust and obey’ or to ‘doubt and rebel’. That’s the scope of our control! That’s the reality of life and why Solomon, when he finally came to his senses again, boiled everything down to this piece of plain-speaking:

“There is no end to opinions ready to be expressed, Studying them can go on forever and become very exhausting! Here [then] is my final conclusion: Fear Elohim (God) and obey His mitzvot (commandments), for this is the duty of every person. Elohim (God) will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad” (Eccl.11:12-13, NLT).

No Credit For the OppositionAnd this is what will happen each time you fail to heed this sound advice. You will get shunted out of the Divine Opera so that you end up supporting the devil’s own performers, whether in your attempts to hinder believers or make yourself a pain-in-the-backside to them. Yahweh will use you to support them, even in opposition, but you will get no glory for your trouble, and know no shalom (peace), ahavah (love) or simcha (joy).

Impossible to Destroy the OperaRather you will disappear in the darkness and heaven will never see your performance because it was not in emunah (faith) and ahavah (love) but in doubt and in pride. Satan won’t see it either because he won’t care. You were just a useful idiot to him, readily discardable once your usefulness had served its purpose. You cannot destroy the Opera or the Conductor. It’s impossible. You can either play a glorious rôle or an ignominious one. It’s your choice. But to be visible, and useful and productive, you have got to forget self and start worshipping the Most High in your service, counting not the cost, not seeking your own glory, but His. For the glory of man is to be found solely in the glory of Elohim (God). Do you believe this?!

The Critical Element of FaithI know the struggles of some of you but those of most of you I do not know. But Yahweh most definitely does. We are like the three-year-old standing hesitantly on the edge of a swimming pool. Our Father, waiste deep in the water, stretches out His hands saying, ‘Jump! I’ll catch you!’ This is a critical element of emunah (faith). We might believe our Father will catch us, but without trust we will never jump. We trust Yahweh by believing His Davar (Word) is true, and by depending on Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) alone for salvation.

ConclusionIf the picture of the Grand Opera conveys anything to you, I hope it will confirm to you that we can trust Elohim (God) completely because He is completely trustworthy. By trusting in Him, we will be given shalom (peace) (Is.26:3), and in turn, those who can be trusted will be given more (Mt.25:29). And finally, Yahweh always keeps His promises (1 Cor.1:9; Heb.10:23), even though you cannot see Him, so trust Him and rejoin the Cosmic Opera! Then you will be happy because trusting Yahweh produces simcha (joy) (1 Pet.1:8). Amen.

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[1] “Shakom! Today’s sermon is really beautiful” (SDW, Germany, 23 February 2018)

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Rosh Chodesh XII: Vision of the Ouroboros & Great Panic

IntroductionChag sameach Rosh Chodesah kol beit Yisra’el and Mishpachah – grace and peace in Yah’shua our Messiah (Jesus Christ) as we today enter into the twelfth month of the biblical calendar this year and approach the edge of the great panic.

PART ATHE VISIONSI will come straight to the point. A week ago today, in the morning, Yahweh opened up three visions to me in quick succession. The first was of a lemon, the second an onion, and the third an Ouroboros serpent that was swallowing its tail but in place of its body was a circle containing the flags of all the nations of the world (see image above). Ouroboros is a Greek word meaning ‘tail-devouring’. Its head was to the right and its tail to the left.

Discovering Multiple CategoriesAt first I was completely baffled as to what a fruit and a vegatable had to do with a snake and had I not been ill and contemplating detoxification remedies of which I knew lemons and onions were important, I would never have known that there were two different categories of vision – two positive and one negative, something I didn’t figure out until a day later. Indeed, as it turns out, there are multiple layers of meaning, showing the genius of our Elohim (God)! What I was being shown was a prophetic puzzle with three divine elements (represented by the plus sign) and three satanic ones (represented by the minus sign), three of which were revealed and three hidden, rather like a simultaneous equation:

The Ouroboros Vision ExplainedLet’s focus on the third vision first. The Ouroboros serpent figures in ancient Egyptian and Greek mysticism and latterly in gnosticism and mediaeval alchemy. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that the serpent is Satan or that the flags represent the nations of the world. It is also plain to understand from the vision, not to mention common sense and common knowledge, that Satan – who is “the prince of this world” (Jn.12:31; 14:30; 16:10) – rules all the nations. Every one of them.

The Prince of This World and JudgmentTwo of the three references about the ‘prince of this world’ refer to judgment:

“Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself” (John 12:31-32, NIV).

“But I tell you the emet (truth): It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor (Comforter) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send [the Counselor] to you. When [the Counselor] comes, [the Counselor] will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in Me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see Me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned” (John 16:7-11, NIV).

Constant RecreationIn the Egyptian myth, by eating itself, the serpent is constantly recreating itself, and thus represents the constant cycle of events. Lucifer, in digesting his domain of the nations, is constantly dissolving them and reforming them, creating a satanic order out of the very chaos he has himself created, by means of the problem-reaction-solution method. Right now he is trying to destroy the nation states to form a nationless ‘New World Order’ (NWO), a one-world government where the borders between the nations are totally dissolved. We see this satanic agenda being feverishly pursued in the European Union and throughout the Western world by means of the dissolution of national cultures and identities through mass immigration and man-made philosophy.

The Nations Will SurviveScripture tells us that Satan will not achieve this objective. There will continue to be nations when Yah’shua (Jesus) returns and throughout the Millennium. Nations are simply larger-sized ‘families’ and ‘clans’ and as we know the family is also the object of Satan’s intense hatred. He seeks to destroy it by not only breaking up the nuclear family but totally bending and destroying gender itself.

The Attack on Family and NationThe fact that families and nations will survive the Enemy’s destructive efforts does not mean, however, that many will not be severely damaged, and indeed already are. One of the most important areas of ministry is in preserving and recovering gender and national identity, re-establishing gender rôles and guarding national sovereignty against the forces of destruction as well as maintaining peace between the nations. There is already a huge backlash in Europe as the EU becomes more and more unpopular. Nevertheless the devil means to swallow the nations, and families, and true gender identity whole if he can. The fact that Yahweh has given me this vision now is a warning not only that Satan is close to his objective but that Yahweh is about to intervene in his nefarious affairs. The Judgment of the Nations is about to be executed…for the nations’ own good. You see, the judgment is not only for the punishment of the wicked but also for the preservation and cleansing of the righteous. There are always two sides to any and every heavenly action.

Translating the Negative Snake to Positive FruitLet us now return to the first two visions and identify the missing fruit or vegetable. The clue is to be found in its negative equivalent, the serpent or snake. In Scripture the serpent can be either positive or negative, in the same way that the lion can either represent Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), who is the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Rev.5:5, NIV) or Satan who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8, NIV). We normally associate the serpent with the Enemy who tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden but there is also a positive serpent:

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matt.10:16, NKJV).

Fruit of the Wise MenIn other words, what we are looking for is a ‘wisdom fruit’ or a ‘wisdom vegetable’, and given that on one level this is also about my health, this will be something I am already eating for my health. The banana’s botanical name is Musa sapientum or ‘fruit of the wise men’. Alexander the Great encountered sages in India who lived entirely on bananas, and bananas are a staple part of my health régime.

The LemonBefore we can identify what the equivalents of the lemon and onion are, we must understand what they represent. As I have already mentioned, health experts recognise the value of this fruit and vegeable in detoxification. The lemon is a straight forward healer and detoxifier. The yellow colour stands out prominently, for which it is well known, yellow representing happiness, optimism and joy. Its sharpness represents a cleansing of the heart, cutting away negativity.

The OnionThe onion is a totally different kind of species. What do you think of when you meditate on an onion? It is so strong that it makes you involuntarily cry! I’m sure you also think of its many layers. It’s a chemical bomb of healing compounds and won’t spoil for a very long period of time! It’s a ‘harsh’ kind of experience but is pure, untouched and virginal. It’s harshness reminds us of the the difficulty in staying pure. It’s no ‘fun’, unless that happens to be your ‘natural’ medium, and is a perfect picture of moral rectitude and virtue. Finally, the layers of an onion are symbolic of revelation; each peeled layer allows one to get closer to the authentic or the emet (truth). Truth costs your ego. It represents the death of self-centredness which causes everyone to shed tears. And guess what? An onion has no core! At its centre is empty space.

Considering the ReverseNow it is not too hard to put the rest of the puzzle together. Using the ground symbol of the serpent, which in Scripture represents (in the negative) a deadly, subtle, seductive, malicious enemy (Lk.10:19), here swallowing up nations, families, gender distinctives and individuals themselves for the purpose of redefining all these things in Satan’s image, I am sure you can see the stages leading to the situation today as represented by the lemon and onion by considering their opposites.

The Pig as Symbol of Progressive DegradationWorking backards to the onion, which consists of a series of disconnected layers, we see how the Ouroboros state has come about. A series of lines or layers of sinful behaviour have first to be crossed before one reaches the point of no return, at which point judgment is carried out by Yahweh. Before the ‘anti-onion’ is the ‘anti-lemon’, which is the decision to sin and not repent, leading to the stepwise fall into darkness leading to judgment. A pig wallowing in the mire would be a good representation because that was the ‘end of the road’ for the Prodigal Son before he finally repented (Lk.15:15-16). If he hadn’t repented, the Ouroboros serpent and final judgment would have been his lot. In so many different ways, the pig or swine is a good symbol of selfishness, egotism and self-entitlement leading to the progressive degradation of souls, families and nations.

The MouseWhat animal might correspond to the first descent into habitual sin – the first choice to rebel and not repent? I would opt for the mouse, which is lumped together with the pig (Is.66:17) and which features as a symbol of uncleanness and sin in several places in the Scriptures.

The Remnant in the Lemon and Onion PhasesNow to a deeper emet (truth) in this revelation. The Remnant is still in the ‘lemon’ and ‘onion’ phases, some entering it for the first time (lemon) and others at various stages of sanctification and spiritual maturity (the onion with its many levels or layers). The ‘onion’ phase is particularly tough because, as we saw, the chemical composition, though healing, is not necessarily pleasant to handle or eat. That’s another way of saying that the Remnant journey is TOUGH and so it requires its members to be spiritually robust – and it’s not going to get any easier. That means snowflakes have got to become proper men and women or dissolve (flee).

Last Chance For Élitists to RepentWe don’t see or understand our own positive equivalent of the Ouroboros snake because we haven’t arrived there yet, and collectively won’t until Messiah returns but the world most certainly has arrived at a Judgment, and that is why Yahweh reminded me of what is imminent. Though this is not the Final Judgment it is going to seem like it is. This is a bad time for the élites many of whom will fall from power or die, only to find themselves (if they’re dead) in hell. This is therefroe a calling to those élitists who would be saved to repent and turn away from this wickedness.

Alert and PreparedThe Remnant must remain on the alert and make sure it is spiritually attuned, physically provisioned and securely located for the Collapse. Whether the course of events follows the élite’s agenda or another one I cannot tell, other than to remind everyone that Yahweh is in control. I don’t have a ‘date’ and don’t expect to because we’re already supposed to be prepared. We have been warned for a long time now.

PART BThe Deep State’s Plan Revealed Through Tarot CardsHaving shared with you what Yahweh told me, I thought it might be useful to get an insight into how the Deep State satanic élites are thinking. Satan is forced, by some requirement imposed by Heaven, one supposes, to announce his plans in advance so that natural men are not disadvantaged by the supernatural powers behind the human élites who have sold their souls. The élites enjoy, in any case, showing off and gloating in the public’s stupidity and apparent inability to stop them. Just after Trump got elected in December 2016, the élites did just that in the form of eight modified Tarot cards published last year in one of the Illuminati’s main publications, The Economist, in an article called, ‘Planet Trump’:

Trump Was a Big Surprise to the ÉlitesRemember, this is what they want to happen, not what will necessarily happen, and these are the areas of their state and social subversion as well as likely the sequence in which they intend to act. You’ll notice that two of the cards are skewed or angled – the second and last. Trump‘s victory was unexpected (Hillary Clinton was their candidate) and whilst they exert quite a bit of control over Trump, it is not nowhere near as total as it is over the Clinton family. The evidence for this may be seen by the way the deep state is hysterically responding to all the shaking up he is doing. That is why the last card (representing the planned establishment of Satan’s global kingdom) is skewed too because even they aren’t entirely sure of the timing or outcome of events now. I am sure their remote-viewers, psychics, soothsayers and computer prediction models let them down badly in the last American presidential election.

Interpreting the CardsNow I am quite sure various people have tried to interpret these cards – they may not mean anything at all and are just there to send gullible people on a wild-goose chase. Personally I don’t think that’s the case because I know how occultists think and how they love to crypically show off their knowledge and power. Having had some training in kabbalism I have an inkling of how they minds work, remembering that kabbalism and the tarot are closely connected disciplines of the occult. We will take each card in turn, noting their order:

1. The Tower (XVI, ayin/16) The bolt of lightning here represents the nachash or serpent force which destroys one form in order to create another. The tower very clearly represents the spiritual fortress that is PROTESTANTISM for you will see Luther’s proclamation or 95 Theses nailed to the door of the tower. Remember 2017 was the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The tower here represents the Kingdom of Elohim (God) which the Enemy seeks to destroy by its two principal arms, Communism (represented by the masses carrying the red flag with hammer-and-sickle on the left side) and Catholicism (represented by the masses carrying the Romanish crucifix), the counterfeit Besorah (Gospel). The attack against Protestantism has been relentless since both the French Revolution (that began in 1789) and the Catholic Counter-Reformation (which began with the Council of Trent in 1545). Protestantism has never been in such peril as it is today, weakened and almost totally destroyed by liberalism, Marxism and false religion. The Catholic Church has, in recent times, gone full out to get the Protestant Churches back in its fold and has certainly been succeeding with the more traditional ones like the Lutherans and Anglicans. The élites clearly believe that Protestantism is on the verge of collapse and they are preparing to deliver the final blow by merging it with the whore Church. The number 16 (XVI) is the number of this tarot card corresponding to the symbolic number of love and loving in the Bible, only here it is in reverse. Believers are commanded to become perfected in Yahweh’s ahavah (love) not just by physically obeying the mitzvot (commandments), which should be done as a matter of course, but also by following the full spiritual INTENT of our Creator’s torot (laws) and mishpatim (judgments) (Mt.22:37-40). This duality of true ahavah (love) is represented by 8 + 8 = 16. However, Satan has inverted this by persuading believers to become Torahless (lawless) and to progressively break more and more of the mitzvot (commandments), as indeed the liberalised Church has done in reckless abandon. In the Tanakh (Old Testament), 16 of the various names and titles for Yahweh specially signify His constant, never-ending ahavah (love) for the children of Israel. Protestantism is to be replaced by a new Hegelian synthesis of Marxism and Catholicism.

2. The Judgment (XX, resh/20) In occult teaching this is also the Resurrection From the Dead card. Here President Trump assumes the rôle of a Messianic King, a substitute for Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) as he has indeed become both for a great many secular and Christian conservatives. They are putting their hope in him to deliver them and America. Had Hillary Clinton won the election, as had been planned, she would have been sitting as Queen on the Throne on this card, and become a Satanic Hecate or Jezebel-type figure. The Illuminati always back both sides so their plans have had to be adjusted somewhat because of the Trump victory, probably their least favourite amongst their full-controlled GOP Republican candidates. They want him removed as quickly as possible, if not by impeachment then by assassination. So long as he remains in office their plan cannot run smoothly and the planned Collapse will likely be delayed. Nevertheless he is controlled to a large degree (see my vision) as we can see in his relationship with the Military-Industrial Complex and his continuation of Obama’s war program in the Middle East and his attempt to extend it to Korea. The Tarot figure is, of course, an antichrist one, a counterfeit Yah’shua (Jesus), who passes judgment over the nations, having the power of life and death. It is also represented in the occult system by Saturn or Chronos. The number ’20’, corresponding to the Hebrew letter resh (meaning ‘head’), is the opposite here of the biblical symbol of Sodom and Gomorah, Yahweh promising Abraham that if He found only 20 righteous people in Sodom and Gomorrah he would not destroy both cities (Genesis 18:31). Of course, the Satanic counterpart promotes Sodom and Gomorah and is turning Western nations into the hiss and byword that these two cities have come to represent, and indeed Trump fits their agenda perfectly in this respect, being the most pro-LGBTQ Republican president of all time. (There are many other biblcial symbols for the number 20 but that is beyond the scope of this short study). Meantime, the élites have to use Trump as best they can (they view him as a ‘loose canon’ of sorts) and hope he does not upset the apple cart by his seemingly unpredicable moves. In the meantime their agenda continues to broadly advance as represented by the other cards in the set of eight. One possibility is that they may well try to make Trump a dictator, following a crisis that leads toa major panic, using him to merge church (Catholicism) and state (Marxism), thus fully restoring the Holy Roman Empire, or a highly occultised version thereof. We will see.

3. The World (XXII, taw/22) The third card represents the world and the means by which the satanic conspiracy seeks to control it through education (a whole generation is being indoctrinated with post-modernist Marxism), entertainment, art, literature and computerised systems, all linked together at, and coordinated by, the three centres of Deep State worldly power located in Washington DC (military-industrial), the City of London (financial) and the Vatican (religious). The internet will join, and is joining, all of this together, managing it using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and, eventually, cryptocurrency. The globe is viewed from the ‘back’ and ‘top’ with the pyramid on the USA (on the right) which appears on the $1 bill, the domed Vatican building in Italy (Rome) and the other building (on the left) in England (London). The Hebrew letter taw is the final letter in the Hebrew alphabet and is here used by the élites to denote final or total control through a false trinity of Satan, Antichrist and Beast. The sun in the background, with its rays, represents sun-worship, whose ‘sabbath’ or ‘holy day’ will be the Roman Sun-day, as opposed to the biblical luni-solar creation sabbath.

4. The Hermit (IX, teth/9) The Trump victory in the United States brought Obama’s plans for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a globalist device to start merging the EU with the USA, as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a parallel globalist device to link the Pacific rim nations, to an end. If they had gone ahead, they would have effectively created a union of a huge segment of the world and been a key stepping stone toward a globalist, One World Totalitarian State. In this curious card, a Hermit, striking a Moses posture rather like parting the seas to allow the anti-globalist masses across, seems to suggest a victory for the anti-globalist forces. Along with the anti-TTIP and anti-TPP flags is an anti-EU flag. The Brexit Revolution ub the UK, though stalling (thanks to its élitist-controlled ‘conservative’ government), triggered a populist wave that is threatening to undo the neo-communist EU super-state. At first glance the Christian observer might be tempted to see the Hermit as a ‘good guy’ parting the waves for the anti-globalists, but we all know he isn’t. He is holding a lantern, shining a false light. Indeed, it’s not clear that this is a stylised picture of the Red Sea at all – it might be land, and probably is. And it could well be that the Hermit is a Pied Piper who will close the ‘waves’, not on Pharaoh’s army but on ‘Israel‘, or otherwise urge this army on over a precipice which they seem unable to see. Given what comes later in the seventh card, it is highly unlikely the élites are promoting the cause of their enemies. Rather, they believe they have all this under control, and have frequently boasted so. More than likely, the populists are being misled and channelled to a place of destruction, though we’re not told what that is or by what means. The scene is night time, implying that these people are operating in the dark somewhat. One thing I have learned, following the Trump victory, is that the élites don’t want the EU to collapse yet, not until they have their puppet in the White House who will follow detailed instructions to implode thr USA to their maximum advantage. The Hermit is undoubtedly summonsing their Lux Occulta or ‘Occultic Light’ with which to mislead. The populist movement has appeared to alarm them yet they seem unperturbed and confident that their sorcery will give them the desired outcome through crafty manipulation. This card is not tilted. Notice the globe with the crack in North America – they’re still confident they can bring Canada and the USA under full control because they believe the old system is broken, which is pretty much is. The number of this card is 9 and represented by the Hebrew letter teth and is the opposite of the 9 fruits of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) of Faithfulness, Gentleness, Goodness, Joy, Kindness, Long suffering, Love, Peace and Self-control (Gal.5:22-23). Whatever is happening in the populist movements, it is not a Christian reformation, so the élites understandbly believe that they have this situation under their control. The ground ahead begins to fall, almost precipice like, into some bottomless pit. Given the way UKIP is collapsing, infiltrated as it has been by the Left, this outcome may well be right. But yet again, we will see.

5. Death (XIII, mem/13) It’s pretty obvious what the élites had in mind with this ‘Death & Reincarnation’ Tarot card which indicates that, following their anticipated crushing of the populist revolt in Europe and conservatism in the USA, they intend to carry out massive, violent population reduction (the grim reaper on horseback being the executor) through genocide, war, geoengineering, and plague. From the red sun, dried river and dead vegetation, the atomic mushroom cloud and the large locust-like insects in the sky, it is obvious that NUCLEAR WAR, DROUT, PESTILENCE and FAMINE are either planned or anticipated. Indeed, we have known this was their plan since high ranking Freemason, Albert Pike, wrote a letter on 15 August 1871 to an Italian politician, Giuseppe Mazzini. It’s no accident, then, that the occultists chose the number 13 to represent this card, as this is the satanic number of ‘rebellion‘ (Gen.14:4) though it is actually a positive number biblically too. The important thing to note is when the élites plan to accelerate their global plan for eugenics, even though this is something that has been implemented on a less visible, slower scale already – and is in the process now – by means of poisoning through GMO’s, food additives, microwave radiation (WiFi, smartmeters etc.), pharmaceutical drugs, vaccination, and chemical spraying. Mass murder murder is the name of their devilish game. I have spoken to you at length about this before.

6. The Magician (I, alef/1) Immediately following the sudden mass killings and destruction, we learn what is to follow through the sixth card corresponding to the number ‘1 which always means a new beginning and unity. And that is what this card is telling us – that following the élite-orchestrated genocide through nuclear war, there will be a new beginning, here respresented as a conveyer belt of new houses emerging from seems to be a three-dimensional printer (the ‘3D’ on the box), guided by the Magus or Magician, an Antichrist figure claiming divinity, represented by the infinity sign above the Magus’ head. What is unusual about this ‘Magus’ is the fact that he apparently has some sort of electronic device over his head connected by a cable resembling a virtual reality machine. In other words, the ‘new beginning’ of mass produced material prosperity will be an illusion caused by society being fully plugged into what is being implemented in the third or ‘World’ card, creating an artificial ‘unity’ (1). This will be Satan’s counterfeit Millennium, in reality the first 3½ years of the Great Tribulation with the Anti-Messiah appearing benevolent. His true colours are not revealed until the seventh card.

7. Wheel of Fortune (X, yod/10) The seventh card, corresponding to the number ’10’ representing ‘completion’, is the second part of the Great Tribulation leading to the Satanic ‘Paradise’ of the eighth and final card. What we see is a wheel of fortune, a closed system, with three principle European politicians from Germany, France and the Netherlands, strapped to it in much the same way that the Catholic Inquisition used to strap its victims and roptate them over a fire until they confessed to heresy or some other invented crime. It’s hard to tell who the politicians actually are but they do seem to resemble Marine Le Pen (France), Angela Merckel (Germany) and Geert Wilders (Netherlands), Le Pen and Wilders being rabidly anti-EU and Merckel being slavishly pro-EU. It looks as though they, or they countries they represent, are, or will be, ‘tortured’ or pressed to vote the way the élites want them to, as has already happened with France, the Netherlands and Ireland. So who will win at the ballot boxes? Will the pro-Europeans or the anti-Europeans win the day and either consolidate the EU (Merckel) or destroy it (Le Pen and Wilders). This would seem to be the big gamble. And yet, being bound on a torture-wheel, the impression is given is that these three politicians don’t even matter to the outcome, as they cannot apparently act. Interestingly, Great Britain is not depicted at all, presumably out of the picture because of Brexit, and both Le Pen and Wilders have not come to power as Merckel has. The thunderbolt emerging from the dark cloud suggests a ‘storm’ but it’s not clear what the red (blood-soaked?) earth represents, unless it alludes to civil war in Europe, a distinct possibility.

8. The Star (XVII, /17) The eighth and last card is the most revealing, representing the satanic Millennium or Utopia. 14 stars are depicted and a lone comet in the middle, and in the middle of each star is a face. All the faces seem to be young people, male and female of all races, the rulers of this ‘new heaven’ which presides not over the earth but over a dead, crater-impacted world like the moon, a pale, lifeless reflection of Yahweh’s Millennial earth. The young people, brainwashed and deumbed down, plugged into the alternative electronic reality, inexperienced, devoid of Christian morals, and indoctrinated with post-modernist politically-correct Marxism, are the vanguard in the satanic agenda. It is hard to know what the comet represents but it could be Nibiru or Planet X which the élites take very seriously, which they are anticipating devastates the earth (the cratered, red {radioactive?} world), during which time they will be secure in their underground cities and bunkers. The young people represent the demonic equivalent of ‘hope’, but specifically, the ‘hope’ of the pedophile élites who mean to use these brainwashed youngsters. Why the number 17? Because biblically, this number represents ‘overcoming the enemy’ or ‘complete victory’, inverted (of course) by the occultists. Yahweh overcame the sins of rebellious humans when He began to flood the earth through rain on the 17th of the second Hebrew month. Noah’s ark and its eight passengers rested on the mountains of Ararat on the 17th of the seventh month. To the élites, this card depicts Satan’s victory over Yahweh…and yet, they have it skewed, like the Trump card, because Trump took them by complete surprise and some of them are having doubts that Satan will actually win! This is a reason I am taking the time to show those élitists who sense satan isn’t going to win, to invite them come to Messiah and be saved. Because there is one thing I am certain of: Satan’s Utopia never comes to pass. It ends at their seventh card – in utter, total defeat for the father of lies. Indeed Trump’s victory was Yahweh’s warning to the élites that they are not going to have it their way! They were so sure of a Clinton victory that they behaved as though she had won even before the election campaign was over.

PART CFinal ObservationsBrethren and sisters, this has been an unusually long Rosh Chodesh word and that is because the concluding message I have to give now is of the utmost importance. Now I could speculate and make other observations about the Illuminati’s Tarot set of eight but there isn’t any point. Frankly, I couldn’t care less.

We Know What’s ComingIt’s clear, as it always had been because we have always known the various elements of their Plan, what the élites are hoping to do and how they mean to do it, yet even they don’t know the outcome. As I said, the Trump victory shook their sense of invincibility and will have caused the lower ranks to start mistrusting the infallibility and omnipotence of the higher satanic echelons.

Why Yahweh Has Ordained This Élite Set-BackFor years Yahweh has been telling me that He would cause the élites a major setback, which has happened and is even now happening and will continue to happen a while, and for a variety of reasons. What are those reasons?

  • 1. To demonstrate to both His friends and His enemies that He alone is Omniscient and Omnipotent;
  • 2. To give the Remnant time to get its house properly in order for battle; and
  • 3. To give those in the Enemy camp an opportunity to repent because this may well be their last window of opportunity to do so.

The Time Has Finally ComeChaverim, the time has finally come, and it has been a long time in the coming. But it is most definitely here. First, to the Remnant – to the real Remnant and not those playing at being ‘Remnant’: It is time. It is “a time for war” (Eccl.3:8, NIV). The true Remnant will fight, the counterfeit will first ‘talk the talk’ and then flee. It is that time. It is the time of a “certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation” (Heb 10:27a, NKJV). It is here, at the very doorstep, at the very threshhold.

The First ProclamationFor those of the Enemy who will genuinely repent and be saved, there is deliverance. In Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) Name I proclaim that to you who would abandon Satan, repent in tears for your abominations, receive forgiveness, and enter into the Kingdom of our Elohim (God), that you are being given a final window of opportunity. That is the first prophetic proclamation.

The Second ProclamationThe second is to those of the Enemy who not only refuse to repent and be saved but who choose to actively make war on the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones) in the Remnant for you shall not be granted the right to overpower them, for that time has not yet come. Rather, I say to you, in Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) Name, that this is the day that you perish out of the earth, into into the bowls of outer darkness and into everlasting chains, for Yahweh our Elohim (God) “will devour the adversaries” (Heb.10:27b, NKJV).

Devouring the AdversariesWe will no longer be buffetted, no longer dwell at death’s door because of your sorcery, for:

“Thus says Yahweh: Your hurt is incurable, your wound is grievous. There is no one to uphold your cause, no medicine for your wound, no healing for you…for I have dealt you the blow of an enemy, the punishment of a merciless foe, because your guilt is so great, because your sins are so numerous…Therefore…you shall be devoured (Jer.30:12-13,14b,16, NRSV).

Message to the RemnantTo the faithful Remnant:

“I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says Yahweh, because they have called you an outcast: ‘It is Zion; no one cares for her.’ Thus says Yahweh: I am going to restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob, and have compassion on his dwellings” (Jer.30:17-18a, NRSV).

Conclusion So now you are mobilised. See you at the front. Amen.

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Doubt and Faith III: The 9 Promises of Yahweh’s Love

Continued from Part 2IntroductionShabbat shalom kol beit Yisra’el and Mishpachah and welcome to this the final part of a trilogy on ‘doubt and faith’ which also concludes the last sabbath of this the eleventh month of the year.

A Calvinist’s ExplanationLast week we looked at the life of the late evangelist Charles Templeton, to illustrate how powerfully-anointed believers can fall away, and why. Of course, a Calvinist would insist that Templeton was never saved in the first place, having as they do a very unbiblical view of free agency which maintains that salvation is not a choice at all, but predetermined (like damnation) and that ‘once saved, always saved‘. For such, I’m afraid, what I have to say will be meaningless since my goal today is to lead us to a revelation of what free will actually is, and how it explains why the universe is set up the way it is, and how all he suffering and injustice that so troubled Templeton has resulted.

Abraham Never Gave UpIf we are looking for a model of emunah (faith), apart from Yah’shua (Jesus) Himself, then we are bound to zoom in on Abraham who is known colloquially amongst all believers as the ‘father of faith’. What made him that was that he never gave up on his will to follow Yahweh. For emunah (faith) to save it has to be consistent. This doesn’t mean that the saved-by-faith don’t entertain doubts from time-to-time, or don’t go through dark patches, for Abraham surely did, but one thing the saved do not do is stop trusting. They hang on. As Lee Strobel said, “it’s the decision to follow the best light you have and not give up” [1].

By Faith, Not SightNow last week I made a point of insisting that emunah (faith) is not by sight, because that’s what Paul taught:

“We live by emunah (faith), not by sight” (2 Cor.5:7, NIV).

Objectivity and RealityThat doesn’t mean, of course, that emunah (faith) has nothing to do with physical reality. When it comes to emunah (faith) in the historical Besorah (Gospel) itself, it must be, and is, highly objective, even if we ourselves weren’t actual witnesses to it like the original apostles and first believers, who saw, heard and touched for themselves.

A Substantial WitnessThe object of every true believer’s emunah (faith) is Yah’shua (Jesus), and first and foremost the fact that He was an historical figure who physically lived, died and was resurrected. That fact, which is powerfully supported by the evidence of history, archaeology, and literature, is where every faith journey must begin. We are dealing with something – someone – very tangible indeed.

The Threefold Task of the SavedOnce we have been saved by emunah (faith), our threefold task is to then:

  • 1. Go where emunah (faith) is (where there are other believers, for fellowship, mutual edification and corporate worship, where we must learn what corporate salvation is too);
  • 2. Consume faith-building materials; and
  • 3. Clarify the object of our emunah (faith).

From Faith to Faith-JourneyYou can’t just ‘believe’ and then ‘walk away’ and hope that you are heaven-bound no matter what you choose thereafter to do. Whilst the emunah (faith) that leads to a choice to believe, repent, trust in, obey and adhere to, the Messiah by an act of will – whilst this emunah (faith) is rightly viewed as an event, it is only the beginning of an emunah (faith)-journey requiring many, many other steps of emunah (faith).

A Life-long Journey AheadThere’s a reason Yah’shua (Jesus) referred to Himsef as “the Derech (Way)”(Jn.214:6) – ways or roads were made to be walked or traveled on, and in this metaphor the Saviour is informing us that we have a long journey ahead of us that will last us the rest of our lives.

The Experiment of LifeEmunah (faith) isn’t just an act – it’s also an experiment which we have to try out. Every talmid (disciple) is required to do what emunah (faith) would have you do. Authentic emunah (faith) requires action. Indeed, if it produces none, then it isn’t authentic. Neither is it authentic if it produces wrong action which is another way of saying that it leads to sinning. Any ‘faith’ that leads you to sin is faith in the wrong thing, concept or person. It’s just idolatry by any other name.

“If ye continue (‘abide’ – NKJV) in My Davar (Word) (‘hold to My teaching’ – NIV), then are ye My talmidim (disciples) indeed; And ye shall know the emet(truth), and the emet (truth) shall make you free” (John 8:31-32, KJV).

Becoming a ‘Following-Learner’We remain Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) talmidim (disciples) only if we continue doing what Yah’shua (Jesus) says … obeying His Torah (Law). There is no ‘once saved, always saved’ idea here. You can’t stop being a talmid (disciple) and expect to continue being saved. We are what Lynn Anderson called “following learners”, and only by becoming following-learners can we come to know the emet (truth) and be set free by it.

Not Merely Information-GatheringMoreover, the kind of knowledge that is learned by these ‘following-learners’ isn’t just theology – it’s not mere ‘head-knowledge’. It’s not just a gathering of information, it’s not what some messianics think consists of stringing factoids together into a necklace and then wearing that necklace as a badge of authority. It’s experiential knowledge, the knowledge that comes from living it out amongst other people.

Get Into PracticeThe biblical concept of ‘knowing’ comes from the Hebrew word, yada, which was the kind of ‘knowing’ that Adam and Eve ‘did’ when they made babies. In other words, it was a knowledge rooted in intimacy with Elohim (God). That is what a genuine ‘faith-walk’ produces. In other words, do what Yah’shua (Jesus) did and experience the vitality of it – it’s a living thing! It’s climbing a mountain – not watching a YouTube video or reading a book about doing it. Get climbing! And keep in practice.

Proof of the PuddingDoubt is always going to try and intrude on faith throughout our life and there are certainly times when we must tackle doubt head-on. However, sitting and brooding over faith and doubt will never make a believer out of anyone. Brooding about whether to work or not does not produce work. Faith is the same. We have to make a choice and get on with it. Debating Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) teaching that it is “more blessed to give than to receive” (Ac.20:35, NKJV) will not produce the result He promises – only doing it will. It’s like that with every principle of the Besorah(Gospel). The proof of the pudding is always in the eating. Then, when you have done it, and proved it, it doesn’t matter how much a doubter tries to rationalise that you are wrong because you will know the emet (truth) of the matter. In exercising emunah (faith) in the principle and reaping the reward, your emunah (faith) has become real knowledge. It is proven.

The Difference Between Spirit and Physical World ExistenceAs one might expect, then, emunah (faith) in the Gospel of John is never a noun but always a verb – it is an action, a doing. It is never just a mental concept. You cannot exercise emunah (faith) with your head alone. That is why physical mortality is so important because only down here, in a realm where you can make choices, can the kind of emunah (faith) that risks life and death actually be exercised. That kind of emunah (faith) could never be exercised in the spirit world. Yes, we could make somechoices in the premortal spiritual world but only things pertaining to the future, for in the unembodied state there is a much wider and clearer perception of spiritual things…obviously, since everything is spiritual there. Physical matter obscures most of this perception of spiritual reality. That makes earth-life both pregnant with possibility not available in any other state but also highly dangerous.

Faith, Validation and KnowledgeWhen we start doing emunah (faith), Yahweh always validates it. It’s incredibly precious. It’s powerful and it can only be exercised in its fullness down here. And the more we ‘do’ emunah (faith), and the more Yahweh validates it, the more true we know it to be. That is how we grow. No exercise of emunah (faith) means no spiritual growth – stagnation.

When Other Religions and Atheism Appear to ‘Work’Of course, experience isn’t the only avenue of evidence. You can get involved in false religion and experience benefits too. I knew people involved in Transcendental Meditation (TM) when I lived in Oxford who swore it reduced their stress levels. I never had any reason to doubt them, but they did pay a price in other areas, and it still left them unsaved. Existential benefits in another religion doesn’t prove it to be true. Even atheism works for some things. Obviously, false religion and atheism must have something in them that is true for them to be believable. I have known people who abandoned religion to become non-believers who felt a huge burden lifted off their shoulders. Of course. When you walk away from responsibility and accountability, that’s bound to bring about a sense of ‘freedom’. But it doesn’t last. There are negative consequences to abandoning emet (truth) – always. A huge hole is left which has to be filled by something else. Emotional highs of all sorts, both clean and unclean, never last, because the name of the game is spirit, not psyche.

Enough to KnowAs your emunah (faith) grows, so also will your shalom (peace) and confidence, so that when you enter life’s squalls and tempests you will be better able to weather them and emerge on the other side the better for your experience. Now notice I am not saying that doubt will vanish entirely as you get stronger. As I mentioned last week, there will always be some things you will never get answers to, which if you try to figure out will simply distress you unnecessarily. I still get shocked by all the genocide around and the apperent waste of human life caused by senseless killing, disease and natural disasters. Yet in struggling with such things, the fact that we have already put emunah (faith) into action and reaped a certain knowledge about principles we have tested, we are not defeated and we are not without tiqveh (hope) because we know enough about Elohim (God) to know that He is good and that He loves us. Once we know that we can navigate life without being overwhelmed by its tragedies.

Trust and ControlThere is so much going on at the the same time in the life of someone who chooses to believe rather than doubt. As we begin to get glimpses of the spiritual reality, that Yahweh has control over those areas of our life when before we could not see it, so we will grow in spiritually measurable ways, one of which is to understand that we don’t need to control others or various outcomes in life in order to feel safe. Why would you when you know Yahweh has control based on your experience of His control in other matters? The more we see He is in control through the exercise of active emunah (faith), the less we will fret about what others do and about those circumstances in our life which seem out of control.

The Body’s AutopilotThe other day I was talking with a couple of my sons about the autonomic nervous system which is that part of your nervous system which causes your body to run on ‘auto-pilot’. Imagine how insane you would go if you had to control digestion, knowing what enzymes to secrete when, monitoring pH and dozens of other things. Imagine if you had to consciously regulate your heart-beat to ensure blood flow was right under all circumstances. You would go mad worrying whether you had secreted enough proteases or hycrochloric acid in your stomach to ensure a proper digestion. As far as these processes are concerned, we live by emunah (faith) in the mechanisms devised and programmed into our DNA by the Creator who has thought of everything. Some things we are in control of, like the final phase of excretion, but most of our body we have no control over, like cell multiplication, making sure the blood clots right when we cut ourselves, and so on. We can relax in the confidence that the Designer has taken care of these things so long as we don’t push our bodies to do things they weren’t designed for.

Struggles of an ApologistI remmber when I was a young believer wanting to become the best apologist there was. As a preacher and writer I like to think that I have considered all the angles of objections or doubt so that I can have a ready answer for everything. That’s good as far as it goes until I discover brilliant sceptics who have found objections I had not previously considered. If I am not careful I can get really stressed up over that and not relax until I have answered the objections comprehensively. But really there is no need to stress at all. I think part of the problem has been my fear that I might be responsible for not preventing a sceptic from going to hell because my apologetics either weren’t done well enough or fast enough. Now I have learned to be content, more or less, when nothing comes or if it is coming slowly because I am trusting Yahweh to produce on time and with sufficient quality what is needed and when. I needn’t kill myself over it.

Personal Encounter vs. FactsYou don’t need to have all the answers to every sceptic’s questions in order to help him. You just need to be trusting in Yah’shua (Jesus) and in His power to move hearts. Often, as I have pointed out before, the intellectual objections are just smokescreens and what sceptics deep down are looking for is a spiritual encounterrather than a complete set of theological facts. For one thing, we’ll never ever acquire all the facts, and if we did, then what place would be left for emunah (faith)? Our personal encounter with Elohim (God) is infinitely more important than any empirical evidence. We can then say, with Wordsworth:

“Let Truth, stern arbitron of all,
Interpret that Original,
And for presumptuous wrongs alone; –
Authentic words be given, or none!”

Interviewing a Famous PersonToward the end of his life, a famous person is interviewed. The first question is asked: “You’ve lived a full life. What would you like to tell everyone watching and listening tonight?” The audience leans forward, waiting for a profound response, some helpful words that could make their lives as successful as this person’s. “Life is meaningless!” the famous person blurts out. “Utterly meaningless!”

King Solomon Interviews HimselfFor the first time in his life, the interviewer is speechless. The audience is stunned. Is this all there is to life? You see, the person being asked this question and giving such a shocking answer was none other than King Solomon himself, only he’s interviewing himself in what has been left to us as a tract: the Book of Ecclesiastes. This was the most famous and successful person of his day! “How would I portray life to others?”he asks himself. “Meaningless!” is his reply. “Empty, hollow, without significance.”

The Wisest Man Says Life is Meaningless…Without ElohimWhat makes Solomon’s words even more surprising and perplexing is that he is known as the wisest man who ever lived and also possibly the richest, at least until the coming of Messiah. He had it all. He accomplished so much, and yet he was empty. It is not actually until the end of the book that we realise that he started his book this way to get our attention. Solomon did have it all – he just didn’t realise it until his closing days, after he had made a real mess of his life sowing the seeds of idolatry, selfishness, and discontent in his nation, family, friendships and business relationships. Before we make any more of a mess with our lives, Solomonm is trying to show us the futility of life without Elohim (God).

The Failed Grand ExperimentSolomon looked at life as one grand experiment, and in the end he concluded that the experiment had failed. The relationships he developed apart from Yahweh were disappointing; the business ventures he explored apart from Yahweh brought no real simcha (joy) or satisfaction. The music, the gardens, the architecture, the arts – what was the point if they could not be seen as a gift from the eternal Elohim (God) who loves us?

Almost Too Late…All of this dawned on Solomon, but almost too late. Everything he tried apart from Elohim (God) was either disasterous or meaningless. He couldn’t take another dead-end. Now, having tried virtually everything his heart desired, he returned to the one true desire of his heart – a relationship with Yahweh Himself. He finally realised that yahweh is the only hope for meaning and an eternal future. If only he had realised this sooner. If only he could prevent this heartache in others.

Across the GenerationsYou young ones are about to embark on your lives and one day, like us older folks, you will come to the end of your life and look back, the more so as your own children and friends ask this same question: “You’ve lived a full life. What would you like to tell everyone watching and listening tonight?” And I hope your answer will be: “Life is meaningless apart from Yahweh”.

Some Raw Reality From EcclesiastesNow most of us will never have the opportunity to live as full lives as Solomon did because most of us will not be given the same kind of opportunity of power and weath. But opportunity we will most definitely be given if we choose to seize it for Kingdom service. Moreover, you will encounter, both directly and directly, many of the same things that Solomon did, because they cross the paths of all men and women in all generations. One reason that Ecclesiastes achieves, depressing though it can be at times, a resonance is because it is raw reality. For instance, Solomon says:

“What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden Elohim (God) has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what Elohim (God) has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of Elohim (God). I know that everything Elohim (God) does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. Elohim (God) does it so that men will revere Him.

Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and Elohim (God) will call the past to account.

“And I saw something else under the sun:

In the place of judgment – wickedness was there,
in the place of justice – wickedness was there.

“I thought in my heart,

‘Elohim (God) will bring to judgment
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
a time for every deed.’

I also thought, ‘As for men, Elohim (God) tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?’

“So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?

“Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun:

I saw the tears of the oppressed –
and they have no comforter;
power was on the side of their oppressors –
and they have no comforter.
And I declared that the dead,
who had already died,
are happier than the living,
who are still alive.
But better than both
is he who has not yet been,
who has not seen the evil
that is done under the sun.

“And I saw that all labour and all achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbour. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind”

     (Eccl.3:9-4:4, NIV).

The Awful RealisationSolomon, you see, found the answer to the question that Charles Templeton, and others like him, should have asked, which, because he did not ask it, led him to doubt and fall away. Solomon understood, as I and almost everyone else who gets to my age understands, that there is no justice in this life, that there is horror and meaninglessness BUT only if you decide to believe there is no Elohim (God) because you have decided that a loving Elohim (God) would never permit injustice and horror and meaningless to exist in a universe where He is not to be found.

Few Things Remain BehindYou cannot answer the question about all the terrible things in life without first coming to know that Yahweh is Elohim (God), that He exists, that He loves you and that He cares about you. Without that, everying will indeed appear vain and pointless, and all the projects you engage in are likewise pointless. Where are Solomon’s grand buildings and gardens today? Nothing he accomplished has survived except his wise words given him by the inspiration of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit)! NOTHING! All the injustices, poverty, oppressions, sweat and toil that afflicted particular men and women has gone because those men and women have gone.

Until Messiah ReturnsThe world does not change because it cannot change, and it cannot change so long as men and women refuse to exercise the emunah (faith) required to accept and obey Yahweh. So long as they reject Him and insist on sinning, nothing will change in this world. Generation after generation will sin, oppress, hurt, make afraid, and kill until Messiah personally intervenes and brings it to an end.

The Big Question AgainWhich brings us, finally, to the ‘biggie’ – the ‘big question’ I mentioned last week. Why did Yahweh set the earth up this way? Why not enable us to see all emet(truth), without the need for any emunah (faith)? Why not create within us an irresistable attraction for truth, beauty, love and goodness? Why force us to go through this apparently meaningless horror story that for most people in this world is what we call ‘life’? Most of the older folk here have experienced injustice, trauma, suffering and pain that never totally goes away. Everybody has a story of some suffering or unpleasantness they have experienced. Some people are wracked with physical pain, some are trapped in disfigured or incdapacitated bodies. Some are tortured, raped, imprisoned, starved or are rendered shadwows of themselves through awful diseases like Templeton’s Alzheimer’s or Fry’s parasitic worm boring through the eyes of a living child.

The Reason Why There Must Be OppositesHere is the reason it has to be done this way. Love cannot be experienced or embraced without the ‘terrible’ gift of free choice. Yes, you can have a childish love but not an adult, responsible love. Couldn’t love have been invented by Yahweh without the hatred and wickedness? No, because you cannot know true love without having a glimpse or taste of its opposite. And the only way for hate and evil to come into being is if men and angels are given the free choice to reject love and try something else. We must all have the free choice to obey or disobey the Creator. Every child in every family has that choice, and every adult in every society has that choice. The alternative is a slave society, a totally controlled society like the one the forces of evil in our world are trying to set up right now.

Trust and DependencyTo have that freedom to choose love or hate means we have to first be partially blind and ignorant. We cannot learn trust without first learning dependeny on some one. And that trust can lead to either joy or pain, depending who or what you choose to put your trust in. We must freely have both options – a real choice between Elohim (God) and Satan. And that we do. The results are all around us.

Of Angels and MenFinally, perhaps an even bigger question: did we have a choice to enter into this arrangement? Could we have said ‘no’ to mortality, to the set-up down here? The Bible does not answer that one but I have myself most definitely arrived at an answer. Love and reason both tell me the answer to that question is ‘yes’, we did have a choice, before we were born, in the premoral world of spirit. Those who said ‘no’ became malakim (angels) and those who said ‘yes’ became human beings. Malakim (angels), unlike us, operate in a knowledge that we do not possess right now, since we must, in order to be here, be partially ‘blinded’ that we might learn to walk in emunah (faith). That is not to say that malakim (angels) are never tempted, for they are, and were. The difference is there is no forgiveness for them if they choose rebellion, as indeed a third of them did, and became demons. Therefore one supposes, there is no forgiveness for Satan and his host, or at least nothing comparible to the fogiveness afforded human beings who repent and trust in Yah’shua (Jesus) or, if they do not, receive remission from their sentence to hell at the end of the Cosmic Jubilee.

Choosing to Believe that Elohim is Love…or NotAs I have intimated already, I have struggled in great agony of soul over such questions as have been raised in this three-part series of sermons, only finding resolution in accepting the things I have shared with you. We are promised justice, but not necessarily in this life. We are promised explanations as to why we had to go through what we did, and why others had to go through what they did, but not in this life. And yes, the justice and ahavah (love) of Elohim (God) is such that everyonewho has suffered at the hands of the wicked, or been cut off as unborn babies, as babies, as infants, as youth and as young men and women, will be satisfied with the outcome and be more than compensated. There is absolutely purpose, there is absolutely fairness and justice, because “Elohim (God) is ahavah (love)” (1 Jn.4:8,16). Your choice is whether you believe that or not. If you won’t, then Templeton’s outcome, or worse, is what you can expect.

Knowing Yahweh’s LoveMoreover, Elohim (God) wants you to know that ahavah (love) and to know it now. Without it, life will be vain, futile and meaningless after your are past all the novelty of the new and exciting experiences that earth life offers, as it offered them to Solomon. The central message of the Bible, and indeed of the purpose of life itself, cannot be understood without becoming intimately acquainted with this ahavah(love). It’s why Yah’shua (Jesus) died on the cross for us. This ‘love’ is not confined to sexuality or even primarily a feeling, even if it most certainly includes the latter. It is far, far bigger.

The Great Promise of HoseaTo know the ahavah (love) of Elohim (God) is to know in your essential being that Elohim (God) has extended Himself for your and my well-being, even to the point of death. Yah’shua (Jesus) became the perfect demonstration of Elohim’s (God’s) unconditional ahavah (love) for us in the work of the cross. What is Yahweh’s grand intent, His primary motivation toward us? He has said to us:

“I will make you My [allegorical] wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing chesed (love, unfailing kindness) and compassion” (Hos.2:19, NLT).

This is a wonderful summary of what Elohim (God) intends and desires for everyone, which they will absolutely possess if they will but trust and obey.

The Nine Promises of ElohimAnd in so saying, He is making nine hugely important promises to us which He asks us to choose to believe and trust:

  • 1. He pursues us with His love (Ps.23:6; Is.46:4);
  • 2. His love for us never fails (Ps.103:8);
  • 3. He strengthens us when we are afraid (Is.41:10);
  • 4. He brings good out of bad circumstances (Rom.8:28);
  • 5. Nothing can separate us from His love (Rom.8:39);
  • 6. He is doing far more for us than we could ever imagine (1 Cor.2:9);
  • 7. He will never leave us or fail us (Heb.13:5);
  • 8. Give your worries to Him because He cares about you (1 Pet.5:7); and
  • 9. He longs to have fellowship with you (Rev.3:20).

ConclusionWill you trust Him on those promises? And on the basis of them, will you humbly and like a small child, open your heart to Him and allow Him to come in? If you will, then you will possess that which is infinitely precious, that turns the apparently meaningless into the meaningful, bringing to pass hope where there was despair, and giving you a compass for your life that will never fail you. If you will do this, you will never have to make the disasterous mistakes of a Solomon or a Templeton. Amen.


[1] Lee Strobel, The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan: 2000), p.236
[2] Wordsworth, MacPherson’s Ossian

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