The Collie & the Lion: Vision of a Remnant-Aimed Deception

IntroductionShabbat shalom kol beit Yisra’el, Mishpachah Lev-Tsiyon and chaverim! I hope that Yahweh has blessed you all this last week and that you are ready to be challenged for what lies ahead. Don’t let the summer (if you’re in the northern hemisphere) lull you into lowering your spiritual guard. With so much to do outside for the next 10 or so weeks, it’s easy to forget that affairs of the Kingdom take precedence. So stay very much awake and remain prepared.

Fred the DogI’ll come right to the point this morning by sharing a vision I was given in the form of a prophetic parable five days ago. As some of you know one of our Yorkshire terrier dogs is called Fred, a common name in English but which also means PEACE in all the Scandinavian languages, SHALOM in Hebrew.

A Dual MeaningJust under three decades ago, when I first arrived in Norway, I visited a church in Oslo on whose logo included the motto ‘Fred’. I thought that highly amusing at the time as I had no idea that it meant ‘Peace’. So to me, the recipient of the vision, the word or name ‘Fred’ has a dual meaning. It isn’t just an abbreviation of ‘Frederick’

Vision of the Outer CourtThe vision, which came early in the morning, was very intense indeed. Although I was inside the house in the vision, I also had a bird’s-eye view of what was happening outside. The scene was winter. There was snow everywhere and it was dark. The location was our home which frequently doubles up in prophetic visions to represent the Tabernacle in Israelite temple symbology, with the outside garden or yard area representing the Outer Court, which as you know, at this time, represents that part of the rebellious Body of Messiah which has been invaded (see The Striped Curtain: A Vision About the Outer Court). It’s one of the reasons there is so much deception in the churches and messianic assemblies. So in the vision I am looking at the equivalent of the Outer Court, which is now demon-infested. It’s one of the reasons why so many crazy things are going on.

A Wintery Scene at NightSo there I am, in the vision, inside the House (Tabernacle) but I am simultaneously able to ‘see’ what’s going on outside. However, the outside (the Courtyard) is demonic terrain now, and when demons are involved in any scenario or set-up, things are rarely as they appear. It’s winter, it’s cold, it’s night, it’s dark…except for one bright light by our front door which illuminates a substantial area in front of the House both in real life and in the vision.

No Sign of Fred’s CompanionIn the vision I see our dog Fred who is outside in the snow and making his way back to the house. The canine Fred is often outside with his companion, Prussia, an elongated black-and-white Shihtzu with a squashed face, but I don’t see her in the vision, though I expect to see her and am scanning the lit part of the snow-decked garden looking for her.

National Qualitiesd of PrussiaPrussia is another important symbol, representing a nation (dissolved in 1947)which stands for order, discipline, cleanliness and honesty amongst many other qualities. Not for nothing was it’s flag a plain Black-and-White horizontal bicolour, the same colours as our dog of the same name, and the reason we named her after the country.

The Unexpected Collie DogInstead of Prussia (the female) accompanying Fred back home in the vision, there is another dog present with Fred, one I have never seen before. It is a miniature collie, a beautiful, long-nosed, long-legged, sleek animal, and of course famous as sheepdog. I have never owned a collie before in real life, and never considered getting one, for reasons I will explain in a minute.

Uncritical and UnsuspectingSo there, in the vision, is Fred coming to the house with this unexpected collie dog in tow. I am a little perplexed by this picture as the real Fred already has a mate, his Prussia. But I uncritically and unsuspectingly think to myself, ‘OK, he’s got a new mate’ and don’t give it a second thought, and I think to myself, ‘I had better let them in out of the cold’. In real life I would not have thus reacted, I’m sure. I guess I am more concerned about getting them into the warmth.

The Collie Becomes a LionNext thing I know in the vision I am inside at the front door. The collie has raced ahead of Fred and gets to the door before him so when I open the door, there is the collie. Only now it isn’t a friendly collie but a very large angry, roaring lion. It has thrust its snout and mouth inside the door with great force, and the mouth is wide open ready to devour me. I am taken completely by surprise but instinctively react by attacking the lion with all the power and fury I can muster. Then the vision closes.

Deceived For a MomentNow you can imagine how much that vision shook me up. I was deceived for a moment and nearly allowed a demon into the Sanctuary! But by what was I momentarily deceived? And was this a wider message for this Mishpachah and for the Remnant?

Fred as ShalomObviously this was not my literal ‘Fred’ as I was seeing a symbol of biblical Shalom. Because of the associations I have with this name, the whole cluster of ideas and realities that lie behind the Hebrew word Shalom or Peace are represented by the dog Fred in the visiion. This ‘Fred’ or Shalom represents both external welfare (the Tanakh or Old Testament sense) as well as heartpeace (the New Testament sense).

False Peace-MakersScripture and our own revelations, warn us to be aware of false peace-makers:

“Ye have heard it said that when the chiefs and captains of men declare peace that ye should prepare for war. Verily, verily, thus saith Yahweh, the words of peace are on the lips of many, and many desire peace wherein they may work their own wickedness, leading the children of men into greater carnality and spiritual death. The Despoiler waiteth, yea, even with a very great army, to pour forth his wrath in his last hour that he may lead captive even the choicest spirits of Yahweh, even those who have been reserved for this day” (NC&C 38:4-6).

Deception Ahead of Remnant Shalom‘Peace’ approached my Home in the vision, and indeed has approached, or is about to approach, or is now approaching, the whole Remnant, but with a mighty deception ahead of it. And the reason I was deceived was because Fred’s counterpart, or Prussia, representing that cluster of principles I have just mentioned, was absent.

Fred and PrussiaLet me tell you something about our dog Prussia, the dog who wasn’t in the vision but should have been alongside Fred. This vision is packed with symbols and meanings that are peculiar to me and my family. Prussia is a larger dog, much bigger than Fred, which Fred sometimes finds overwhelming when he tries to be in charge. The two have a curious relationship but it ‘works’, as so many of our own relationships ‘work’ even though they may appear ‘unusual’ on the surface.

The Strong and Free PrussianOswald Spengler once wrote that the Prussian, both individually and collectively, was a person immensely strong and free, which no one who does not belong can understand”, a reason one side of me has always been powerfully drawn to Prussianism, and which without a doubt has shaped a large part of my personality. Because the élites that rule this world hate personal and national independence, and especially individuals and nations that are strong and free, they have always sought to exterminate them. That is why the wiped Prussia off the map inn 1947, because strength and freedom are an enormous threat to totalitarianism. First the nazis suppressed Prussia and then the Allies wiped it out.

The English and Prussian PartsIf one part of me is Prussian, then the other part of me is very English and you might thing that the two – English and Prussian – are total opposites, but they’re not really. The quinessential Englishman is, by comparison, very laid back but scrupulously fair. He’s a gentleman. Where Englishman and Prussian meet is in their shared love and gift of organisation and decency. Which should come as no surprise as a third of an Englishman’s genes are from Saxon stock or German stock, and most of the Prussians were German.

Working Hard and Being SatisfiedIt’s important I develop this for you so that you can get a handle on the meaning of this vision. It’s why I stress the need to dig deep to properly understand what Yahweh is doing in all things. Superficial digging will yield superficial results and understanding. You see, in recent weeks and months I had lost a grip on this ‘Prussian’ side, no doubt because I have been very discouraged by my chronic illness which has actually, ironically, brought out another side of my ancestry, the French! But I’ll not go into that other than to note how the French viewed the Prussians as a people prepared to “work hard for little material reward”. The Prussians knew the secret of being satisfied or content with what they had, advice John the Baptist once gave.

The Remnant Needs PrussianismThe Southern Germans (Bavarians, Austrians) have always scorned the Prussians as being “culturally backward, tightly disciplined, even joyless, but efficient and incorruptible nonetheless”. In our own world of corruption, laziness, toadeyism, selfishness, decadence and indiscipline, Prussianism is just what the the Remnant needs now – not in isolation, not by itself, but in conjunction with the other virtues that make for a rounded believer in the Master Yah’shua the Messiah.

The Missing CharacteristicsNow here’s the key – this cluster of virtues was absent in the vision and because it was absent it left open a door to deception in the form of the collie. So what is the collie like that makes it a plausible substitute for all that ‘Prussia’ represents? And why are these characteristics potentially dangerous in the particular mix which is those characteristics needed for the Remnant to be strong and focussed during tribulation?

The Collie’s VirtuesEven if you have never owned a collie you will no doubt have encountered them in TV and movie dramas, and perhaps you have had friends who owned one which you got to know. Our neighbour in England owned collies for as long as I can remember. On the positive side the collie is famous for its loyalty, intelligence and fearlessness. I am sure the Hollywood character ‘Lassie‘ springs to most of your minds. Collies are commonly used as service dogs, guard dogs and search and rescue dogs.

Anxiety and Destructive BehaviourOur neighbour’s dog was called Bob and one thing I remember well about him was that he could be unpredicable. As one breeder notes:

“Collies are intelligent and need mental stimulation as well as physical stimulation. Without proper activity levels, this breed will become anxious and develop destructive behaviors” [1].

Bob the CollieOne thing I remember well about Bob was that if he got nervous he could be very snappy. In consequence of that, I tended to keep away from him, particularly as he got older and more irritable. The same was true of his replacement after he died, who would sometimes go for our Springer Spaniel, Emma, who was as harmless as a dove. I remember how destructive Bob could be if left alone, chewing the neighbour’s house up. They spoiled him rotten, mind you, feeding him with human food!

Principles Nor PersonalitiesI am not, incidentally, passing judgment on any breed of dog! I hope you realise that. This message actually has nothing whatsoever to do with dogs. Yahweh has simply used this lovable pet to get across some important truths for this time especially. It’s not even about own own literal dogs or anyone else living in my family or anyone we might know. This is about mixes of principles and characteristics.

A Lying MessageLet me distill this for you. The collie here is a false shepherd that gives the appearance of being loyal to the flock but is in reality a murderous predator.He’s really a false Messiah, a false Christ, bearing a lying message of ‘peace’ by linking himself to the true thing for the purpose of deception and infiltration. He is extremely intelligent, as indeed satan is, and pretends to be fearless when in fact, if resisted, will soon run off, as it is written:

“Submit yourselves, then, to Elohim (God). Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7, NIV).

Satan is IntelligentCollies are beautiful animals. Their long noses and long legs make them look elegant. The enemy loves to hind behind elegance and beauty because we so often enamoured by these things. So we must be careful. Satan is extrenmely intelligent and knows far more about the universe than we do. He is intellectually brilliant but a fool when it comes to spiritual matters. He posesses much knowledge but little wisdom.

Intellectual PrideSo beware of those who are intellectually brilliant but who lack wisdom because intellect has been the downfall of so many believers. One of the great temptations of intelligent people is that they tend to overrate themselves and get careless. They also like to be admired and praised. Pride is a great weakness of intellectuals. Intellect alone will not see you through the current crisis. Collies are esteemed for their intelligence, a reason they are so useful.

The Fall of Prideful IntellectualsI have been following the life of a former brother who was, and is, intellectually brilliant. He came close to joining us at one time. He’s so ‘clever’, in fact, that he has rejected the Bible and Yahweh and has now started his own religion, a new brand of shamanism, with a small band of followers awed by his mind. His descent into darkness has been the object of much sadness on my part. And he’s not the only one. I have known many former believers who are intellectuals seduced by pride.

Educated With Bill ClintonThe Kingdom needs intellectuals – absolutely. We need our theologians like Paul, one of the most brilliant men of his day. But unbalanced by the simple and unrefined they tend to go astray, carried off by pride in their own brilliance. As an intellectual myself, blessed to have been educated at Oxford University, I have had to watch my step very carefully. I was at the same College as Bill Clinton, one-time US President, philanderer and crook extraordinaire like his wicked wife. I am so glad never to have had the temptations that go with power like that man.

Brilliant NCAY Intellectuals of the PastYahweh has sent some brilliant intellectuals to this ministry over the years. One of the earliest, a young American woman called Bridget, held great promise initially. She was an amazing apologist with a razor-sharp mind. I think one of her articles survives somewhere on the main website. There have been several others, both men and women. Most have been seduced by pride in one form or another and not walked long with us. It’s not easy being an intellectual and not be puffed up with pride and self-sufficiency. The same is true for beautiful women and handsome men.

Gifts on LoanThe trouble is that foolish people look idolatrously up to intellectuals and envious people to the beautiful and handsome. Intellect and beauty aren’t things we earned or created – they’re gifts from the Creator to be used wisely and humbly. Our gifts are on loan to us and when we die they must be returned. If we are humble and have dedicated our gifts to Yahweh’s service, then they will be retained and magnified because we have used them to bring glory to Yahweh and not to bring us fame or power.

A Lesson About BeautyYears ago Yahweh taught me an important lesson about beauty. In vision he showed me an ugly woman and inside, because she was dedicated to Him, she was absolutely and stunningly beautiful. Another woman, who would be adjudged as gorgeous by the world’s standards, was grotesquely ugly inside. He then told me that in the resurrection they would become outwardly what they were inwardly.

Resurrection SurprisesThe same is true of brainiacs. The Dawkins’ and Hawkings of this world, who serve themselves, will become fools in the resurrection; and those who were regarded as being stupid or of low IQ by the world who were faithful to Yahweh in mortality will amaze even the malakim (angels) in the resurrection.

The Transformation of PeterDo you want evidence? Read the accounts of the apostle Peter in the Gospels. He was a country bumpkin with so many character defects that you could bend iron with them. Compare that Peter with the Peter who years down the line wrote the two epistles bearing his name and you are at once confronted with a man transformed. Liberal scholars, because they have no concept of the miraculous and are blinded by their own intellectual pride, refuse to believe they are one and the same person. Peter the hotheaded simpleton became Peter the brilliant and wise. That’s what the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) does to faithful souls.

No Fools in the KingdomWe are going to be hugely surprised at the resurrected when we see how the humble, submitted nobodies become incredible beings of light and ahavah (love). There are no fools in the Kingdom of our Elohim (God) because Yah’shua (Jesus) re-images all those who come to Him and lay their lives down for Him. So “do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24, NKJV). What you see with your physical eyes will pass away but what is currently unseen is eternal.

Team Remnant and Messiah InsideThe Remnant is not about solitary individuals raised on platforms for self-glory but is a team. In the Kingdom, like is attracted to unlike, not like to like, as arms are attracted to legs, because we need each other. The common denominator and attracting factor is Messiah inside people.

Nutty Craniacs vs. Integrated Wise OnesI have always valued and been blessed above all else by the simple, honest, loyal hard workers who more often than not see the things of the Kingdom a lot clearer than most of the brainiacs. Ignore these people – the ‘Prussias’ of the Kingdom – and you do so to your great detriment. And there are loads of nutty intellectuals out there, the collies of the Remnant, whose theology may be brilliant but whose discernment of spiritual matters highly immature and undevelopped. Alone they are eyesores – grafted in they beautify and are beautified. The glory of the Bride is in her oneness with the whole, not her private domains. She is not a million-and-one private denominations. The Bride of Messiah is polygamous, not monogamous, even though she may be respresented symbolically as monogamous. It’s a family, folks, not a one-man or one-woman show.

The Balanced Messianic EvangelicalLike I said, I am not pointing fingers. Part of the vision was to warn me not to forget that the balanced Messianic Evangelical and Remnanteer has to be many things because of the deceptions out there, what with the Courtyard invaded. And since there are few, if any, who can be all of these things as Yah’shua (Jesus) is, it should be obvious how important the Fellowship is where there are diverse souls of different makeups and experiences serving alongside one another. This is not a good time for trying to go it alone. It is disasterous, in fact. The Remnant is a Body, a Living Family Entity, built for cooperative ministry and fellowship, not a collection of isolated monks and nuns building castles in the sky. Those stubborn and unwise eclectics who try it alone will be picked off by modern-day Amalekites as those early Israelites were.

The Imminent Collapse of MinistriesFor many years I have been warning you that a great many ministries are going to collapse, led ,as most of them are, by singular, unbalanced charismatic or intellectual figures, often unaccountable to anyone but themselves. Many are on the brink right now. Yahweh will do Nebuchadnezzars on them, as I said recently. No one escapes purging, and we teachers are the first to be threshed.

Fall of the SelfistsWe have always been at our strongest when we have worked closely together. The moment the Body starts fragmenting and the people start becoming eclectic and isolated doing their own thing and making excuses, stagnation and rot sets in. That is how the demonic lion gets into the very Tabernacle of the soul. So don’t look down on anybody whom Yahweh has called who are willing to be honest, hard-working and loyal talmidim (disciples). Selfists will fall like flies in the weeks and months ahead. You are going to be surprised and appalled by what you see. People you once thought strong in the emunah (faith) are going to bolt like rabbits right into the lion’s mouth and be metaphorically ‘eaten alive’. Once larger than life, suddenly they will be no more.

Desert Island MentalitySo whatever your solo ‘thing’ is, now is absolutely the time to repent. Yahweh really can’t cut us much more slack than He already has. It’s no fun to be a Robinson Cruisoe. I love that story, it tells many a truth about human nature and the deepest needs of the soul. So get rid of the desert island mentality – that’s for cowards and those with a death wish.

Be That SaltI want to thank the loyalists, the dogged ‘Prussians’ out there who, like their namesake, built a nation with nothing thanks to shere hard work and discipline. None of you are mediocre because all of you are His images, reflecting His glory according to His will and predetermination. Be the salt you were made to be. Yahweh loves salitiness for “salt is good” (Mk.9:50a, NASB). For we would none of us fare well without salt, would we? The fancy desserts are a nice extra but they’re not essential.

“Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to Yahweh; asuredly, he will not be unpunished” (Prov.16:5, NASB)

“Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation” (Rom.12:16, NASB).

Conclusion‘Collies’ are beautiful animals but they are not the ordained companions of shalom (peace). The companion of shalom (peace) is hard work and faithfulness and the two shall not be divided. Amen

Endnotes

[1] Collie – Temperament & Personality

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Whose Sovereignty? The Humiliation of the Remnant

Two Visions and a WarningYou will forgive me for foregoing my usual Sabbath greeting. Today I do not bring a Sabbath message of shalom (peace) but rather a prophetic warning. Three night ago, to to be exact, early in the morning just before sunrise, I saw a vision of Yah’shua (Jesus) on the cross in His death throes, moments before He died. And I saw the same vision twice, separated by an hour or two. I was looking down at the scene, slightly from above. It quite shocked me, as it was ‘live’, not a ‘still’ picture.

Troubled WatersThen last night, around 11 pm, I was shown a vision of the sea. That in itself is not an unusual occurence but this time something strange was going on. This time there were all sorts of strange movements, currents going in multiple directions, as though something was being stirred up, something not good. And as you know, the sea usually represents humanity, prophetically-speaking:

“The waters that you saw, where the whore is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages (Rev.17:15, NRSV).

A Massive DisturbanceThere is a stirring-up going on. Of course we know that is happening right now in several places in the world, most prominent of which have been – and still are – Syria, Iraq, North Korea and the Ukraine – but I believe that this particular vision indicates something much more local. There is a massive disturbance underway and I suspect most people have no idea what is going on. One thing we know Satan wants to accomplish is accusation, mistrust and fear, for by means of these things he can stir up strife.

Spirit of ProvocationI have noticed in particular a spirit of provocation, and I don’t just mean internationally. I have noticed it around me, strange behaviours. So I want you to be on your guard that you do not allow the Enemy in to disturb your shalom (peace) in Yah’shua our Messiah (Jesus Christ).

Nebuchadnezzar’s VisionAfter this vision I was led directly to a vision and prophecy of Nebuchadnezzar. Let me read it to you:

“Cut down the tree and lop off its branches,
strip off its foliage and scatter its fruit.
Let the animals flee from beneath it
and the birds from its branches.
But leave its stump and roots in the ground,
with a band of iron and bronze,
in the tender grass of the field.
Let him be bathed in the dew of heaven,
and let his lot be with the animals of the field
in the grass of the earth.
Let his mind be changed from that of a human,
and let the mind of an animal be given to him.
And let seven times pass over him.
The sentence is rendered by decree of the Watchers,
the decision is given by order of the qadosh (holy, set-apart) ones,
in order that all who live may know
that El Elyon (the Most High) is Sovereign over the kingdom of mortals;
He gives it to whom He will
and sets over it the lowliest of human beings”
(Dan.4:14-17, NRSV).

A Long Delay and Then Suddenly the JudgmentAs I read it, I became aware that though this was originally about King Nebuchaznezzzar, Yahweh was showing me what happens in very general terms to anyone who is lifted up in his or her pride about anything. In this 4th chapter in the Book of Daniel, the navi (prophet) interprets the monarch’s vision. Since nothing happens for a year, Nebuchadnezzar doubtless forgets the prophecy. Not until one day when he is walking on the rood of his palace and starts boasting out aloud about his power and glory, is the king suddenly struck down and the prophecy goes into fulfilment. It is Yahweh Himself who pronounces judgment, without the aid of His navi(prophet) Daniel:

“O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: The kingdom had departed from you! You shall be driven away from human society, and your dwelling shall be be with the animals of the field. You shall be made to eat grass like oxen, and siven times shall pass over you, until you have learned that El Elyon has sovereignty over the kingdom of mortals and gives it to whom He will (Dan.4:32-32, NRSV).

Above Your StationI could say that something similar is about to happen to anyone in a leadership position in the Body of Messiah who is acting presumptuously in a position of authority. And it would be true. But – and this is something that was emphasised most emphatically to me as I read the text – this is about to happen to anyone and everyone who claims to be a Christian, Messianic or Believer who has not acted truthfully or honourably, who has presumed a station above what he or she has been given, and that this will be a major part of the Mishpatim Yahweh or Judgments of Yahweh, specifically on the Body itself!

The Four Elements of StrippingThere are some elements of this stripping that are most important to understand. The contrast given is between a monarch of great power and influence (Nebuchadnezzar) and a beast of the field. This is a huge fall. The elements, in Nebuchadnezzar’s case, consisted of:

  • 1. Being “driven away from human society” (v.32a, NRSV);
  • 2. Of “dwelling…with the animals of the field” (v.32b, NRSV);
  • 3. Of “eating grass like the oxen” (v,32c, NRSV); and
  • 4. Of “seven times” passing over him until he has “learned that El Elyon (the Most High) has sovereignty over the kingdom … and gives [power, authority and glory] to whom He will” (v.32d, NRSV).

Nature of the RestorationNebuchadnazzar, as we all know, was eventually restored to his former position of glory but this time with a renewed mind and a submitted heart, his soul being filled with worship and praise (vv.33-35). But in the interim he goes quite insane, and reports that after the alotted time “my reasion returned to me” (v.36, NRSV).

The Objects of His StrippingYahweh will often strip someone in a position of authority – from a parent to a monarch – to bring them into proper subjection. The message today is not so much, then, for those who are about to be judged, punished and permanently stripped of their former places, but those whom Yahweh means to restore.

Presumptuous LeadershipI had to raise my eyebrows the other day when I read of one brother, in another ministry (whose conduct has been quite appalling over the years I have known him) come out and declare that he had been appointed leader of the Remnant and that he was the chosen one to lead the tribes back to Israel! He’s not the only one to make such arrogant claims. Quite apart from the fact that no one in my generation will be leading the tribes to the Promised Land any time soon, I can tell you right now that Yahweh has not revealed who the Prince of Joseph will be who bears the weight of this responsibility. I am at once reminded of the many people I have known or heard of who believed they were one or the “two witnesses” who would prophesy in the streets of Jersualem, be martyred, and then three days later be raised from the dead (Rev.11:3). O the vanity of humankind!

Visions of Trees Cut DownBrethren and sisters, every tree in the Vineyard of El Elyon (a title, incidentally, commonly used by the patriarchs such as Abraham) is about to be cut down, has already been cut down, or is being cut down as I speak. I don’t know how many times Yahweh has shown me visions of tress being cut down or being burned down over the years, I being one of those trees. There is not one leader of the Remnant who will not, or has already been, or is now being, cut down to size. Not one!

Reduction to the RanksYou will be shocked to see this happen. It will seem that ministries are wiped out overnight as leaders are ‘reduced to the ranks’. The stripping is pretty drastic too. It’s not just a cutting down of the the main trunk. The imagery is far more stark than that. Not only is the trunk cut down close to the ground, but all the branches are chopped off, the foliage stripped off and its fruit scattered (v.14). Nothing is left! And in addition to that, all the animals that sheltered on the ground under that tree, and all the birds that rested in its branches, flee!

None are ExceptedBy the time Yahweh is done, ministries and churches will be decimated, its followers will leave, the reputation of the leaders will be as nothing, and it will appear as though what Yahweh did will have come to naught. Has this not happened to us already? What happened to the thousands of members we used to have in NCAY? What has happened to our reputations? Has it not appeared as though all the fruit of our labour has come to nothing? If you look at the histiory of this ministry you will see that it has happened. Others have had similar experiences only they have tried to rebuild afterwards in their own strength and are boasting once again, having failed to learn their lesson the first time round. Not all will be restored, because they were not of the Remannt as they supposed, but many will be raised up once more after their thrashing.

A Strange and Alien TaskIt is recorded by the navi (prophet) Isaiah:

“Yahweh will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim,
He will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon —
to do His work, His strange work,
and perform His task, his alien task”
(Isa.28:21, NIV).

In Pursuit of Right-Mindedness and HumilityWho knows, maybe He will throw us at NCAY down one more time! I cannot say, I do not know. What He wants – what He has always wanted – is right-mindedness, and by right-mindedness He is principally in search of humility. Recall what He had to do Moses over 40 years in Midian to make him right-minded. Of him it is written following his stripping:

“Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Num.12:3, NIV).

The Latter Day Prince of JosephYahweh’s ‘man’ – His Prince of Joseph of the latter-day Remnant – must be “more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” and so much all the leaders of Messianic Israel be. There will be no tooting of horns. The purging that is now happening, and is about to happen, will strip bare every man and woman who presumes to rise above his or her station. Moses required 40 years, Nebuchadnezzar “seven periods of time” which many suppose was seven years, though nobody knows. What happened to his kingdom during that time, we are not told, but it was still there for him when he was ready to reassume his position of leadership. The same will doubtless be true of the Remnant leaders, if they repent.

From Fathers to KingsLike I said, this stripping is for everyone, not just the leaders of the tribes but of every family, every father and mother, none will be excepted. Your followers will flee, and doubtless your children too. There will be consternation, but do not be dismayed and do not lose tiqveh (hope).

We Never Were in ControlI have been long waiting for this day and not, I might add, without a little trepidation. Yahweh is Sovereign, not us, and whatever control we thought we had was an illusion. Rightly did Nebuchadnezzar declare:

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honour the King of Heaven,
for all His works are emet (truth),
and all His ways are justice;
and He is able to bring low
those who walk in pride”
(Dan.4:37, NRSV)

Get Ready for Stripping and ThrashingSo, my friends, I don’t know what areas of your life are steered by pride, but be prepared for stripping and thrashing. Better, make teshuvah (repent) now. Do it of your own free will, peferably.

The Cause of PrideOne last word in conclusion, and it’s this: if you want to know what it is that is the major cause of pride, it is the failure to recognise and deal with IMPURITY. Here’s how it starts:

  • 1. First, purity tolerates impurity; then
  • 2. Impurity takes control;
  • 3. Once impurity has taken control, it starts calling purity sin and impurity righteousness.
  • 4. Impurity, thus enthroned in the mind and heart:
    • a. Betrays the righteous;
    • b. Destroys holiness;
    • c. Crowns wickedness and will then – in order to cover itself –
    • d. Make impurity look like purity.

And that is pride.

Identifying Purity and ImpurityWhat, then, is purity? Whatever Yahweh’s Torah says is purity. What is impurity? Whatever Yahweh’s Torah says is impurity. Purity is never defined by when we think or feel purity is. Impurity is never defined by what we feel or think impurity is. That is why existentialism – which may be said to be a self- rather than a Yahweh-generated decision about what salvation and holiness is – is of the devil.

No Experience Ever Saved a ManOur experiences are not what save – ever. What saves is emunah (faith) in what Yahweh has done, is doing and will do. The human heart is desperatelty wicked, the human mind corrupt and deceitful (Jer.17:9). Do not rely on them because they will lead you astray and into pride, the hallmark of the devil. Rely on Elohim (God).

ConclusionMay the Elohim (God) of all righteousness bless you and keep you in His reality, not your own, is my prayer in Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) Name. Amen.

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Melchizedek: King of Salem

IntroductionShabbat shalom mishpachah and grace, ahavah (love) and simcha (joy) be unto all the House of haShem!

The Mysterious Priest-KingOne of the most mysterious – and therefore controversial – important kings in the Bible is undoubtedly Melchizedek whose name, most agree, means ‘king of righteousness’. Even more important is the fact that he was simultaneously a king and a cohen or priest. He was a Priest-King and in that respect was both like King David and, most importantly of all, a type of the Priest-King, Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) our Adon (Master).

The Encounter With AbramWe read of the encounter of Abram with this Melchizedek:

“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was cohen (priest) of El Elyon (God Most High), and he blessed Abram, saying,

‘Blessed be Abram by El Elyon (God Most High),
Creator of heaven and earth.
And blessed be El Elyon (God Most High),
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”

Then Abram gave him a tenth (tithe) of everything”

    (Gen.14:18-20, NIV).

Liberal MisconceptionsThere are all kinds of theories in theological circles as to Melchizedek’s personal identity. Liberals, who deny the historicity and antiquity of Genesis, view his account in that book as little more than a midrash or allegory to explain Psalm 110, but there is no concensus even amongst these modernists concerning this elusive figure.

The Great Messianic Prophecy of Psalm 110In the great oracle or prophecy of David concerning the Messianic King-Priest, interpreted thus both by Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ Himself) (Mt.22:43-45; Mk.12:36-37; Lk.20:42-44), the apostle Peter (Ac.2:34-36) and the author of Hebrews (Heb.1:13; 5:6-10; 7:11-28), we read:

“Yahweh (the LORD or ‘Greater Yahweh’) says to my Adon (Lord, Master or ‘Lesser Yahweh’):
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”

“Yahweh will extend your mighty scepter from Zion;
you will rule in the midst of your enemies.
Your troops will be willing
on your day of battle.
Arrayed in qadosh (holy, set-apart) majesty,
from the womb of the dawn
you will receive the dew of your youth.

Yahweh has sworn
and will not change his mind:
‘You are a cohen (priest) le-olam-va-ed (forever),
in the order of Melchizedek”

(Ps.110:1-4, NIV).

The Great Priest-Kings of the Holy OrderDavid likely composed this prophetic psalm for the coronation of his son and successor Solomon, who is a type of the Messiah, exceeding his ancestral ‘father’, David, in glory, whom he refers to as “my Master”. Both David and his descendant, the Messiah Yah’shua (Jesus), as Priest-Kings, are of this hallowed and sacrosanct Melchizedek Order. This means that David, though reigning in the dispensation of the lower, preparatory Aaronic or Levitical Order, received a Priesthood greater than that of Aaron by virtue of his being an image of the coming Messianic King.

Conservatives and MelchizedekLiberals, we we have seen, know nothing of Melchizedek, but even conservative Christian theologians are unsure what to do with this mysterious figure from the mists of antiquity even though they know he is very important. After all, an entire Priesthood is named after him, a Priesthood far greater than that of Aaron’s.

Melchizedek vs. AaronicThis is in itself curious. Mentioned in only three books of the Bible (Genesis, Psalms and Hebrews) and a mere ten times by name, at any rate, this contrasts with the Aaronic or Levticial Priesthood cited hundreds of times. Yet by comparison, the Aaronic is but a pale shadow before the glorious brightness of the Melchizedek. The former has long gone, fulfilled by Yah’shua (Jesus). Today we live in a Melchizedek Dispensation that is still being manifested.

The Genesis 14 IncidentIn the very first reference, Genesis 14 describes an alliance of four eastern kings (all of whom have been confirmed historically outside the Bible [1]). These monarchs are recorded subjugating five cities of the Jordan valley and the subsequent liberation of the cities by Abram. Following Abram’s victory, Melchizedek approaches the patriarch and pronounces a blessing upon him and upon El Elyon, as we have seen. He is of superior toqef (authority) to Abram because he was a type of the Messiah Himself, for whom Abram was waiting.

Titles of the Great Prince of OldThe bread and wine administered by Melchizedek to Abram, whilst on a simple lever referring to a simple fellowship meal, has long been understood by conservative theologians to represent much more, namely the body and blood of Messiah, for that is what the Melchizedek Priest dispenses symbolically as a sacrament. The Melchizedek Priest is a minister of the Besorah, the Gospel or Good News of the risen Messiah whose blood had paid the price for the sins of the world. This Prince from antiquity therefore bore two messianic titles of great importance:

  • 1. The King of Righteousness (Malchi-Zadok = Melchizedek); and
  • 2. The Prince of Peace (Shalom = King of Salem).

Theories About the Identity of MelchizedekBut was Melchizedek a flesh-and-blood person? Was he, as some conservative scholars claim, actually one-and-the-same as Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), perhaps even an earlier incarnation? People have drawn this conclusion because the Scriptures say that had neither father nor mother, nor apparently even beginning or end of his life.

Melchizedek Lived in the FleshThere are two problems with this:

  • 1. Hebrew 5:5-7 speaks very plainly of “Melchizedek, who in the days of flesh” (Heb.5:7, KJV), clearly showing that the days of his flesh are in the past. In other words, his mortal life is over. This it is Melchizedek’s Priesthood that is eternal, not his body;
  • 2. The expression, “had neither father nor mother” can also refer to an orphan, and is so used of Mordecai’s cousin, Hadassah (Esther) (Est.2:7, NIV).

A Non-Hereditary PriesthoodThus to be without father or mother does not mean never to have had parents. We are not dealing with an earlier incarnation of the Messiah, but with a man who had either been an orphan or bore a Priesthood that had no human genealogy, unlike that of the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood which was passed from father to son automatically.

MisidentificationBoth Psalm 110:4 and Hebrews 5:6 tell us that Yah’shua (Jesus) is a Cohen (Priest) le-olam-va-ed (forever) “after the Order of Melchizedek”. If they had been one and the same, the Scripture would simply have said, “You are Melchizedek”, which it does not, any more than Yah’shua (Jesus) Or even John the Baptist, for that matter) was “Elijah“, as some of His conmporaries supposed which He denied, even though the Mount of Transfiguration demonstrated that He possessed the toqef (authority) and anointing of the Spirit of Elijah (Mk.8:27-29).

An Alternative RenderingTo be fair to all sides in the discussion, the Hebrew expression ‘al-divrâtî in Psalm 110:4 can either mean “a cohen (priest) according to (after) the order of Melchizedek” or “on account of Melchizedek” but this latter interpretation presupposes that Melchizedek was never a literal person.

The Story of Eved-tov, Prince of SalemIn any case a successor of the original Melchizedek, called Eved-tov, as Priest-King of Salem, writes a letter to the then Egyptian Pharaoh, Amenophis IV (discovered in 1887 at Tell el Amarna), reminding him of how he came to inherit this title:

“Behold, neither my father nor my mother have exalted me (set me up as king) in this place…” [2].

He says it again, in another letter, as if underlining the importance of how he acquired his priesthood and kingship:

“Behold, this country of the city of Jerusalem , neither my father nor my mother has given to me; the arm of the Migthty King gave it to me, even to me” [3].

A Non-Heriditary OfficeThus the Melchizedek Priesthood was a non-hereditary office justr as it is today in our own Holy Order, Chavurat Bekorot or Assembly of the Firstborn (Heb.12:23). This office was not passed down from father to son and thus had “no father and no mother”.

Problems With Hereditary PriesthoodHighlighting the problem of hereditary priesthood, Bill Cooper writes:

“This has a vital bearing on the purity and sanctity of the priesthood of Salem of which Melchizedek was a member. The priestly lines of both Aaron and Levi were hereditary, and the sometimes unfortunate effect of that was that often young men inherited the office who were entirely unsuited to it. The priest Eli and his sons. Hophni and Phineas, are a first-class example of what can happen under such automatic elevation to the priesthood (1 Samuel 2:12-17). Ananias and Caiaphas are other, later, examples” [4].

Foreshadowing the MessiahThere was something quite extraordinary about the man Melchizedek as his name, “King of Righteousness” suggests. Compare this with one of his successors, Eved-tov, who wrote those letters to the Egyptian Pharaoh, whose name means “Good Servant”. Both these names foreshadow the Master Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), as they were supposed to, because they were titles of the Presiding Patriarch of the then Holy Order. The King of All made Himself the Servant of All as every leader of the Holy Order must do. Thus:

“…both the priesthood and kingship of Salem were a living and decidedly historical foreshadowing of Him Who was to come, the promised seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15)” [5].

Yahweh as El ElyonThe El Elyon (Most High God) whom Abram and Melchizedek worshipped was none other than Yahweh Himself, not, as some liberals falsely accuse, some pagan Canaanite deity. It is again wrongly assumed, that because Salem was in Canaan, that it was a pagan city. Abram would never have paid tithes to a pagan idolater! Melchizedek was the Cohen or Priest of the true El (God), El Elyon, the Most High God, Yahweh-Elohim (Gen.14:18).

The Original SalemThis place called “Salem” was located on the mountain that is today called Moriah and would one day be incorporat3ed within the later city called Jerusalem or Yerushalayim. Why was it then called “Salem” and not by some name sounding more like the modern Yeru-shalayim? Because of the languages in that region.

Uru-Salim and Har-elThe pre-Davidic City of Jerusalem was known, even in Assyrian records, by the strange name, Uru-Salim – the City of Peace – or Urushalim. Again, even before the days of Abraham, this city – Uru-Salim – had within its walls a place of special sanctity, which would later be called Mount Moriah, where both Abraham was to almost offer up Isaac and where Yahweh would actually offer up His Son Yah’shua (Jesus), only then it was called Har-el, meaning, the Mount of El (God). In later times this was where the Temple of Solomon would be built too. And for then first half of the second millennium BC, this city was served by a long line of cohenim (priests) who simultaneously officiated as its king.

Shem Was MelchizedekAccording to the revelation which we in the Chavurat Bekorot have received, Shem or Melchizedek was the first of this post-flood Priest-Kings, with Eved-tov being one of his successors, who testified that this office was bestowed by no man – neither father nor mother – but by the “Mighty King”, El Elyon, Yahweh-Elohim, our Father in Heaven.

Adoni-zedek, the Last of the Early Pre-Flood Priest-KingsHow long did this priestly office last in Jerualem? Probably until the time of King Adoni-zedek, whose name means “Master of Righteousness”, similar to ‘Melchi-zedek’ or ‘King of Righteousness’. We read:

“Now Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem heard that Joshua had taken Ai and totally destroyed it, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to Jericho and its king, and that the people of Gibeon had made a treaty of peace with Israel and were living near them. He and his people were very much alarmed at this, because Gibeon was an important city, like one of the royal cities; it was larger than Ai, and all its men were good fighters. So Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem appealed to Hoham king of Hebron, Piram king of Jarmuth, Japhia king of Lachish and Debir king of Eglon. ‘Come up and help me attack Gibeon,’ he said, ‘because it has made peace with Joshua and the Israelites'”(Josh.10:1-4, NIV).

ApostacyBy this time, the Melchizedek Order had apostacised. Clearly now Adoni-zedek is a heathen and fighting against Joshua, unlike the original Melchi-zedek who blessed Abram and served him bread and wine. Joshua paid no tithes to Adoni-zedek as Abram had to Melchi-zedek. Things had completely changed.

Arrival of a New PriesthoodWe don’t know, but it is possible thyat Adoni-zedek was Eved-tov’s successor. Adoni-zedek was, in any case, slain at the Battle of Gibeon (Josh.10:15-26) and the line of Melchizedek Priest-Kings came to an end – for now A new Priesthood had arrived in the Promised Land with the Tabernacle, and there was to be no other King over Israel save Yahweh Himself. So we can estimate that the office held by Melchizedek back in the 19th century BC lasted around 500 years, from the very earliest days after the flood, to the days of the Conquest by Joshua.

Shem and the HebrewsShem, the son of Noah, who was the first Priest-King after Noah, was the forefather of the Hebrew people through Eber. He hed a special status – a highly exalted status, which fits in well with him being the person of Melchizedek, as testified by Sirach:

Shem and Seth and Enosh were honoured, but above every other created living being was Adam (Sirach 49:16, NRSV).

Four Great Priest-Kings of Antiquity: Adam, Seth, Enosh and ShemHerein are therefore identified four of the most important leaders of the Holy Order before Messiah – Adam himself, his son Seth (who replaced the murdered Abel), Enosh (son of Seth and grandson of Adam) (Lk.3:38) and Shem. According to Genesis 5:9-11, at the age of 90, Enosh sired a son called Kenan and then lived an additional 815 years. This was before the Flood. We read:

“Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to call on the name of Yahweh” (Gen.4:26, NIV).

The Ancient Order of YahwehAh, there is so much I could say about this Ancient Order of Yahweh – this Holy Order or Chavurat Bekorot – but there is not time today. There is much talk about the ‘Melchizedek Order’ these days by messianics and others but very little understanding if what it really is for it can only be comprehended and apprehended by revelation and communion with the Heavenly Assembly of the Firstborn.

A Revelation of Seth and AbramThere is more than what I have spoken about today which is why Yahweh has given this Melchizedek Order, called the Chavurat Bekorot, the 11 so far of the 12 Books of Abraham. These books quite clearly identify Melchizedek, King of Salem, as none other than Shem the Son of Noah. It tells us of Abram’s exposure to it and how he became Abraham. For we read:

“Now Shem was like unto his father Noah in the holiness of Yahweh and they were as one, even as all the fathers are one with the Elohim of Heaven. He was a King and High Priest in the House of Yahweh, and the King over the city of Salem according to the Priesthood. And because of his exceeding great righteousness, he was also known as the King of Righteousness, like unto his father Noah. And therefore was he called Melchizedek in the House of Yahweh, according to his spiritual stature. I remained subject unto him all my days in Salem. Never was he unjust unto me, but his mercy and loving kindness ever embraced me, and caused me to love him the more. And thus he taught me the mystery of the fathers, and their oneness; wherefore the love of one was as the love of all. Often Seth taught me alone but at other times I was taught with others of my age, that I might not boast of my special favours on account of my high and holy calling, but remember that I was created from the same dust as my fellows. Therefore I was taught somewhat concerning the grace of humility, which is the chief grace. And I could have had no better tutor than Shem” (3 Abraham 6:1-10).

The Life of the Ancient Holy CityThis whole Messianic Evangelical work is founded upon this restoration of the Holy Order which is in Messiah Yah’shua (Jesus). To conclude, then, one last extract so that you may know of my calling and the true calling of all those called to this work:

“Now it is not expedient that I, Abraham, should write all that transpired in the City of Salem, for the days of man are short and it is not expedient that everything should be recorded. But I give unto those who shall read this record a few words concerning my family, and the great joy thereof, that those likewise called unto unto the Holy City might be similarly blessed. And I give these words unto the elect, for they who are of the world will not comprehend them, but reject them. I, Abraham, was highly blessed of Yahweh while I dwelt in the Holy City, for He gave unto me many souls into my watchcare, some who were of my flesh, and others who were not. Therefore was my family exceedingly happy, and all were wont to praise Elohim night and day. Now those who have not dwelt in the Holy City cannot ever understand or know the peace and spiritual prosperity thereof, for never was there jealosy, contention or any manner of strife that afflicteth the children of men. Neither can the world understand the purity of the Holy City, for the world is carnal, sensual and defiled, not comprehending the ways of holiness” (3 Abraham 7:1-7).

ConclusionAnd so we end our short introduction to Melchizedek today. I hope this has blessed you and convery to you something of the core and heart which is this work, in Yah’shua’s Name. Amen.

Endnotes

[1] See Bill Cooper, The Authenticity of the Book of Genesis – A Study in Three Parts (Creation Science Movement, UK: 2011), pp.86-99
[2] Bill Cooper, ibid., fn.3, p.108
[3] Bill Cooper, ibid., fn.4, p.108
[4] Bill Cooper, ibid., p.102

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Abraham: King of Damascus

Abraham as an Ancient Ruler of DamascusNot many people know that Abraham – the father of the nation whose sons and daughters we are by adoption through emunah (faith) in Messiah in consequence of which, “those who have emunah (faith) are blessed along with Abraham, the man of emunah (faith)” (Gal.3:9, NIV) – was also the king, chieftain or lord of Damascus, the modern captial of Syria and ancient capital of Aram, the ancient language of which (Aramean) was spoken by Yah’shua (Jesus) and His talmidim (disciples).

A First Century WitnessNicolaus of Damascus (then a Christian city), born in 64 AD, wrote in Volume 4 of his 144-volume epic, Universal History, the following:

Abram was king of Damascus, and came hither as a stranger, with an army (multitude), from that part of the country which is situated above Babylon of the Chaldeans. But after a short time he again emigrated from this region with his people, and transferred his dwelling to the land which was at that time called Canaaea (Canaan), but is now called Judea; together with all the multitude which had increased with him, of whose history I shall give an account in another book. The name of Abram is well known even to this day in Damascus, and a village is pointed out which is still called the House of Abraham” [1].

Berosus’ TestimonyThe third century Babylonian historian, Berosus, writing in the third century BC, said:

“…moreover..there lived…a man named Abraham, a man of noble race and superior to all others in wisdom. Of him, they relate…that on account of his piety, he was esteemed of God. It is further said that under the directions of God , he removed and lived in Phoenicia (of which Canaan was a part at that time – ed.), and there taught the Phoenicians the motions of the sun and moon and all other things, for which thing he was held in great reverence by their king” [2].

Eliezer of DamascusBoth because Abraham was its lord and because it was a major Christian centre for centuries before the Moslem invasion, Damascus is a place of importance. Though Genesis says nothing of Abraham (or Abram as he was then still) being the king of Damascus, we do read that righteous Eliezer, his chief servant and beneficiary of his inheritance prior to the birth of Isaac, was from Damascus (Gen.15:2).

From Solomon to RezonCenturies later, Solomon established control of the city in his day but it was lost to Israel in the days of Rezon (1 Ki.11:23-25) which marked its rise as an independent sovereign political entity. For a period Damascus (Aram) became a serious political rival to the northern Kingdom of Israel and by the mid 9th century it became the most powerful state in Syria-Palestine.

Damascus and the Isaiah 17:1 ProphecyDamascus is one of the oldest, continuously inhabited cities of the Middle East, and is famed for its beauty. And though it has had its dark side of history, I believe it is beloved of Yahweh because of Abraham, it’s one-time king, and because of its rich Christian history before the Moslem dark ages. It is my conviction that Damascus is an important city, that we should pray for it, a place linked to Northern Israel, not Judah. More importantly still, Christians and Messianics have got to stop getting onboard with the satanic, zionist cabal agenda beating their war drums and crying for the destruction of Damascus in order, supposedly, to ‘fulfil Bible prophecy’ in Isaiah 17:1. I expose the lie of this claim in Trump, Prophecy & Damascus, showing that this prophecy was fulfilled in 732 BC when it was destroyed by its northern Assyrian neighbour!

The Remnant of AramThis ungodly, satanic lust for the destruction of places like Damascus that has infected Jewish, Christian and Messianic Zionists has got to be replaced with a spirit of intercession and redemption. Instead, these people have got to get in alignment with the Davar Elohim (Word of God) and both recognise that “the remnant of Aram will be like the glory of the Israelites” (Isa.17:3, NIV). Do you understand? THE REMNANT OF ARAM (DAMASCUS) WILL HAVE A SIMILAR GLORY TO THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL! There are many godly people in modern-day Syria – why do you suppose it is such a battle-ground now?

Gathering the Aramean RemnantThat does not mean there is not much wickedness in Syria, or that there wasn’t anciently, for there is and there was (as numerous prophecies attest, as in Amos 1). But what is important to make believers aware of is the fact that scripture without a context is a pretext for misinterpretation and abuse. Now I could be wrong and Damascus could be nuked – however, such an event would never take place without Yahweh’s permission. There is a separation going on there now, as everywhere else, as has happened in the past. Our interest is in all the parts of the remnant or every nation who believe in Messiah wherever they may come from and it is my witness that there is a righteous remnant in Damascus and Syria. We must not cease importuning heaven until they are all gathered to wherever they are supposed to be right now until the trumpet sounds for the Final Gathering.

Endnotes

[1] [2] Charles Horne, Fragments of the Babylonian Historian Berosus 300 BCextracted from Sacred Books and Early Literature of the East (Kessinger Publishing), p.26

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Jericho March VII 2017: Marchers’ Prayers of Deliverance

Continued from Part 6Every one of us is a spiritual Rahab. We come before the Throne of Grace with damaged and often shattered images of who we were made to be like in Yah’shua (Jesus). May you find in this short collection of prayers those suitable to your situation and pray mightily for deliverance.


A. General


In the name of the Master Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) of Nazareth, by the power of His cross, His blood and His resurrection, I take authority over all curses, hexes, spells, voodoo practices, witchcraft assignments, satanic rituals, incantations and evil wishes that have been sent my way, or have passed down the generational bloodline. I break their influence over my life by the power of the risen Master Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), and I command these curses to go back to where they came from and be replaced with a blessing.

I ask forgiveness for and renounce all negative inner vows and agreements that I have made with the enemy, and I ask you Master Yah’shua (Jesus) to release me from any bondage they may have held in me. I claim your shed blood over all aspects of my life, relationships, health, ministry endeavours and finances. I thank you for your enduring ahavah (love), your angelic protection, and for the fullness of your abundant blessings.


B. Prayer against Evil


Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), descend upon me. Please purify me, mold me, fill me with Yourself, and use me. Banish all the forces of evil from me; destroy them, vanquish them so that I can be healthy and do good deeds.

Banish from me all curses, hexes, spells, witchcraft, black magic, demonic assignments, malefice and the evil eye; diabolic infestations, oppressions, possessions; all that is evil and sinful; jealousy, treachery, envy; all physical, psychological, moral, spiritual and diabolical ailments; as well as all enticing spirits, deaf, dumb, blind, mute and sleeping spirits, new-age spirits, occult spirits, religious spirits, antichrist spirits, and any other spirits of death and darkness.

I command and bid all the powers who molest me — by the power of Yahweh Almighty, in the name of Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) my Deliverer (Saviour) — to leave me forever, and to be consigned into the everlasting lake of fire, that they may never again touch me or any other creature in the entire world. Amen.


C. Denouncing the Occult


Heavenly Father, in the name of your only begotten Son, Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), I denounce Satan and all his works, all forms of witchcraft, the use of divination, the practice of sorcery, dealing with mediums, channeling with spirit guides, the Ouija board, astrology, Reiki, hypnosis, automatic writing, horoscopes, numerology, all types of fortune telling, palm readings, levitation, and anything else associated with the occult or Satan. I denounce and forsake my involvement in all of them in the name of Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) who came in the flesh, and by the power of his cross, his blood and his resurrection, I break their hold over my life.

I confess all these sins before you and ask you to cleanse and forgive me. I forgive myself and ask you Master Yah’shua (Jesus) to enter my heart and create in me the kind of person you have intended me to be. I ask you to send forth the gifts of your Ruach (Spirit) to baptise me, just as you baptised your talmidim (disciples) on the day of the first messianic Shavu’ot (Weeks, ‘Pentecost’).

I thank you heavenly Father for strengthening my inner spirit with the power of your Ruach (Spirit), so that Messiah may dwell in my heart. Through emunah (faith), rooted and grounded in ahavah (love), may I be able to comprehend with all the qodeshim (saints, set-apart ones), the breadth, length, height and depth of Messiah’s ahavah (love) which surpasses all understanding. Amen.


D. Standard Deliverance


In the name of the Master Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) of Nazareth, by the power of His cross, His blood and His resurrection, I bind you Satan, the spirits, powers and forces of darkness, the nether world, and the evil forces within nature.

I take authority over all curses, hexes, demonic activity and spells directed against me, my relationships, health ministry endeavours, finances, and the work of my hands; and I break them by the power and authority of the risen Master Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). I stand with the power of the Almighty Elohim (God) to bind all demonic interaction, interplay and communications between spirits sent against me, and send them directly to Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) for him to deal with as He wills. I ask forgiveness for and renounce all negative inner vows that I have made with the enemy, and ask that Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) release me from these vows and from any bondage they may have held in me. I claim the shed blood of Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), the Son of the living Elohim (God), over every aspect of my life for my protection. Amen.


E. Prayer against Malefice (Evil Sorcery)


Yahweh, our Master, King of ages, All-powerful and Almighty, you who made everything and who transform everything simply by Your will.

You are the doctor and physician of my soul. You are the salvation of those who turn to you. I beseech you to make powerless, banish, and drive out every diabolic power and presence; every evil influence, malefice or evil eye and all evil actions aimed against me.

Where there is envy and malice, give me an abundance of goodness, endurance, victory and charity. O Yahweh, you who love man, I beg you to reach out your powerful hands and your most high and mighty arms and come to my aid.

Send your malak (angel) of shalom (peace) over me, to protect my body and spirit. May he keep at bay and vanquish every evil power, every poison or malice invoked against me by corrupt and envious people.

Then under the protection of your authority may I sing with gratitude, “Yahweh is my salvation; whom should I fear?” I will not fear evil because you are with me, my Elohim (God), my strength, my powerful Master, Master of shalom (peace), Father of all ages. Amen.


F. Prayer for a Spiritual Covering


Dear Yah’shua (Jesus), please forgive me for all the times I have not submitted to your will in my life. Please forgive me for all my sinful actions, making agreements with the enemy, and for believing the devil’s lies. I now submit to you as my Master, dear Yah’shua (Jesus). Now I break every agreement that I have made with the enemy.

Master Yah’shua (Jesus), please send an assignment of malakim (angels) to remove and bind to the abyss all demons and their devices that had access to me because I believed their lies. I now ask you to establish a hedge of protection around me, over me and under me, and seal it with your blood, Master Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).

I now choose to put on the full armor of Elohim (God) and ask that you cleanse me and seal me, body, mind, soul and spirit, with your blood, Master Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Please have your angelic army bind up and remove all demons, their devices, and all their power from within this protective hedge and have them sent to the abyss. Please have your angels destroy all demonic, occult or witchcraft assignments directed against me. Please have your malakim (angels) stand guard over me and protect me from all attacks of the enemy. I thank you for establishing an impenetrable shield of protection around me, in Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) name. Amen.


G. Prayer Against Trafficking Witches


Dear Master Yah’shua (Jesus), would you please send a special assignment of warring malakim (angels) to remove all trafficking people from me. Please have your warriors strip these witches of psychic powers, demonic powers and occult powers. Please strip them of magic charms, psychic vision and powers of divination. Please have all their powers and devices destroyed and cast into the abyss. I ask you to bring these people before Your throne and bless them with the revelation of who You are and Your ahavah (love) and plans of salvation for them. Please show them how they are being deceived by Satan. I take authority over all astral assignments directed against me, and I ask you to establish an impenetrable shield of protection between me and all those who traffic on me, in Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) name, Amen.


H. Binding Evil Spirits


In the name of the Master Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) of Nazareth, I stand with the power of Yahweh-Elohim Almighty to bind Satan and all his evil spirits, demonic forces, satanic powers, principalities, along with all kings and princes of terrors, from the air, water, fire, ground, netherworld, and the evil forces of nature.

I take authority over all demonic assignments and functions of destruction sent against me, and I expose all demonic forces as weakened, defeated enemies of Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). I stand with the power of Yahweh-Elohim Almighty to bind all enemies of Messiah present together, all demonic entities under their one and highest authority, and I command these spirits into the abyss to never again return.

I arise today with the power of Yahweh-Elohim Almighty to call forth the heavenly host, the qadosh (holy, set-apart) malakim (angels) of Elohim (God), to surround and protect, and cleanse with Yahweh’s qados (holy, hset-apart) light all areas vacated by the forces of evil. I ask the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) to permeate my mind, heart, body, soul and spirit, creating a hunger and thirst for Elohim’s (God’s) qadosh (holy, set-apart) Davar (Word), and to fill me with the chayim (life) and ahavah (love) of my Master, Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).


I. Removing Demonic Influence


Dear Master Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), would you please send a special assignment of warring malakim (angels) to remove and bind to the abyss every demonic influence that has contributed to my sinful behaviours of criticism, impatience, resentment, pride, rebellion, stubbornness, unforgiveness, gossip, disobedience, strife, violence, divorce, accusation, anger, manipulation, jealousy, greed, laziness, revenge, coveting, possessiveness, control, retaliation, selfishness, deceitfulness, deception, dishonesty, unbelief, seduction, lust, pornography, masturbation, idolatry and witchcraft.

May your angelic warriors remove and bind to the abyss every demonic influence that has contributed to my physical, psychological or spiritual infirmities of nerve disorder, lung disorder, brain disorder or dysfunction, AIDS, cancer, hypochondria, hyperactivity, depression, schizophrenia, fatigue, anorexia, bulimia, addictions, gluttony, perfectionism, alcoholism, sexual addictions, sexual perversions, attempted suicide, incest, pedophilia, lesbianism, homosexuality, adultery, confusion, procrastination, self-hatred, isolation, paranoia, nervousness, passivity, indecision, doubt, oppression, rejection, poor self-image, anxiety, shame and fear.

I arise today through the power of the Master Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and ask to be filled with the Ruach’s (Spirit’s) gifts of shalom (peace), patience, ahavah (love), simcha (joy), kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, humility, forgiveness, goodness, fortitude, discipline, emet (truth), relinquishment, good self-image, prosperity, charity, obedience, a sound mind, fulfillment in Messiah, acceptance of self, acceptance of others, trust, freedom from addictions, freedom of having-to-control, freedom from shame, wholeness, wellness, health, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and the light and chayim (life) of the Master Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Amen.


J. Prayer for Inner Healing


Dear Master Yah’shua (Jesus), please come and heal my wounded and troubled heart. I beg you to heal the torments that are causing anxiety in my life. I beg you, in a particular way, to heal the underlying source of my sinfulness. I beg you to come into my life and heal the psychological harms that struck me in my childhood and from the injuries they have caused throughout my life.

Master Yah’shua (Jesus), you know my burdens. I lay them at your feet. I beseech you — by the merits of your atonement — to heal the small wounds that are in heart. Heal my memories, so that nothing that has happened to me will cause me to remain in pain and anguish, filled with anxiety.

Heal, O Master Yah’shua (Jesus), all those wounds that have been the cause of evil that is rooted in my life. I want to forgive all those who have offended me. Look to those inner sores that make me unable to forgive. You who came to forgive the afflicted of heart, please, heal my wounded and troubled heart.

Heal, O Master Yah’shua (Jesus), all those intimate wounds that are the root cause of my physical illness. I offer you my heart. Accept it, Lord, purify it and give me the sentiments of your Divine Heart.

Heal me, O Master Yah’shua (Jesus), from the pain caused by the death of my loved ones. Grant me to regain shalom (peace) and simcha (joy) in the knowledge that you are the Resurrection and the Life. Make me an authentic witness to your resurrection, your victory over sin and death, and your loving presence among all men. Amen.


K. Healing Your Family Lineage


Heavenly Father, I come before you as your child, in great need of your help. I have physical health needs, emotional needs, spiritual needs and interpersonal needs. Many of my problems have been caused by my own failures, neglect and sinfulness, for which I humbly beg your forgiveness, Master. I also ask you to forgive the sins of my ancestors whose failures may have left their effects on me in the form of unwanted tendencies, negative behavior patterns and a predisposition toward sin. Heal me, Master, of all these disorders.

With your help I sincerely forgive everyone, living or dead members of my family lineage, who have directly offended me or my loved ones in any way, or those whose sins have resulted in our present sufferings and disorders. In the name of your divine Son Yah’shua (Jesus), by the power of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), I ask You Father, to deliver me and my entire family from the influence of evil.

Free all members of my family tree, including those in adoptive relationships, and those in extended family relationships, from every contaminating form of bondage. By your loving concern for us, heavenly Father, and by the shed blood of your precious Son Yah’shua (Jesus), I beg You to extend your blessing upon me and my entire family lineage. Heal every negative effect transmitted through all past generations, and prevent such negative effects in all future generations.

I place the blood of Messiah over the head of every person in my family lineage and I ask You to let that cleansing blood of Yah’shua (Jesus) purify every aspect of my family. Send protective malakim (angels) to encamp around us and administer to us Your divine healing power, even in areas of genetic disability. Give special power to our family members’ guardian malakim (angels) to heal, protect, guide and encourage each of us in all our needs. Let your healing power be released at this very moment, and let it continue as long as your sovereignty permits.

Replace all bondage in our family lineage with a bonding of qadosh (holy, set-apart) family ahavah (love). May there be an ever-deeper bonding with You, Heavenly Father, through the power of Your Ruach (Spirit), to Your Son, Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Let the Elohim (God) Family pervade our family with their tender, warm, loving presence, so that our family may recognise and manifest that ahavah(love) in all our relationships; in Yah’shua’s (Jesus’) precious name. Amen.


L. Denouncing Lodges & Secret Societies


Master Yah’shua (Jesus), I come to you as a sinner seeking forgiveness and healing from all sins committed against you by my family lineage. I honour my earthly father, mother and ancestors, but I utterly turn away from and denounce all their sins, especially those that have exposed me to any kind of harmful influence. I forgive all my ancestors for the effects of their sins and ask to be washed clean of their destructive consequences.

I denounce and rebuke Satan and every evil power that has affected my family lineage. I denounce and forsake my involvement in all lodges, secret societies and any other evil craft practiced by my ancestors. I denounce all oaths and rituals in every level and degree. I denounce witchcraft, the spirit of the Anti-Messiah (Antichrist) and the curse of any demonic doctrine. I denounce idolatry, blasphemy and all destructive forms of secrecy and deception. I denounce the love of power, the love of money, and any fears that have held me in bondage.

I denounce all spiritually binding oaths taken in Freemasonry, Mormonism, the Order of Amaranth, Oddfellows, Buffalos, Druids and Foresters Lodges, the Ku Klux Klan, The Grange, the Woodmen of the World, Riders of the Red Robe, the Knights of Pythias, the Mystic Order of the Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm, the women’s Orders of the Eastern Star and of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, the Daughters of the Eastern Star, the International Orders of Job’s Daughters, the Rainbow Girls and the boys’ Order of De Molay and any other secret society along with their destructive effects on me and my family.

I denounce the blindfold and hoodwink, and any effects they had on my emotions and eyes, including all confusion and fears. I denounce the noose around the neck, the fear of choking and any spirit that causes difficulty in breathing. I denounce the effects of all pagan objects and symbolism, aprons, books of rituals, rings and jewelry. I denounce the entrapping of others, and observing the helplessness of others during rituals. I denounce false communion, all mockery of the redemptive work of Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) on the cross, all unbelief, confusion and deception, and all worship of Lucifer as a god.

I humbly ask for your forgiveness, Master Yah’shua (Jesus), and for Your blood to cleanse me of all the sins I have committed. Please purify my spirit, soul, mind, emotions and every other part of my body. Please destroy any evil spirits that have attached themselves to me, or my family, because of these sins and cleanse us with the fire of your Ruach (Spirit). I invite you into my heart, Master Yah’shua (Jesus), and enthrone you as my Master (Lord) and Deliverer (Saviour) for all eternity.


M. Closing of Deliverance PrayersThank you, Master Yah’shua (Jesus), for awakening my sleeping spirit and bringing me into your light. Thank you, Master, for transforming me by the renewing of my mind. Thank you, Master, for pouring out Your Ruach (Spirit) on me, and revealing your Davar (Word) to me. Thank you, Master, for giving your malakim (angels) charge over me in all my ways. Thank You for my emunah (faith) in You and that from my innermost being shall flow rivers of mayim chayim (living water). Thank you for directing my mind and heart into the ahavah (love) of the Father and the steadfastness of all Your ways. Fill me to overflowing with your chayim (life) and ahavah (love), my Master and King, Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).


N. Prayer for Protection


Dear Master Yah’shua (Jesus), thank You for sharing with me Your wonderful ministry of healing and deliverance. Thank you for the healings that I have experienced today. I realise that the sickness of evil is more than my humanity can bear, so I ask you to cleanse me of any sadness, negative thinking or despair that I may have picked up while interceding for others.

If I have been tempted to anger, impatience or lust, cleanse me of those temptations, and replace them with your ahavah (love), simcha (joy) and shalom (peace). If any evil spirits have attached themselves to me or oppressed me in any way, I command you, spirits of earth, fire, water, the netherworld, or the evil forces of nature, to depart now and go straight to Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), for Him to deal with you as He wills.

Come Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), renew me, fill me with your ahavah (love), simcha (joy) and shalom (peace). Strengthen me where I feel weak and clothe me with Your light. Fill me with Your chayim (life). Master Yah’shua (Jesus), please send your qadosh (holy, set-apart) malakim (angels) to minister to me and protect me from all forms of sickness, harm and accidents. I thank you and praise you my Master, Elohim (God) and King.


O. Psalm 91


“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of Yahweh, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my Elohim (God), in whom I trust.’

“Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

“If you make the Most High your dwelling — even Yahweh, who is my refuge — then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His malakim (angels) concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

“‘Because he loves Me,’ says Yahweh, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My Name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation'” (Ps.91:1-16, NIV).

Acknowledgements

[1] Ricardo Coronado-Arrascue, Spiritual Warfare Prayers (2017)

Further Reading

[1] See NCAY’s Deliverance Website

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Jericho March VI 2017: Hidden Behind Jericho’s Walls

Continued from Part 5Asking a Different QuestionIt’s been an interesting, if unexpected, Jericho March for me this year. An aspect of this historic event with spiritual ramifications for believers seeking a complete entry into their rest in Yah’shua (Jesus) is revealed in asking a different question, perhaps. Most of the drama of Jericho centres on the walls and, to a lesser extent, to the deliverance of Rahab and her family. What we may perhaps forget, in our occupation with the ‘miracle of the walls’, is what the falling walls revealed behind them.

The Kingdom Within the WallsWhat lay behind those thick walls and the large moat in front of it? Firstly, there was a hill rising high above the walls which is not usually depicted in the modern art work of the fortress. There was a small ‘mountain’, and hills or mountains symbolise kingdoms and their power. Behind the walls lay a pagan society.

City of PalmsLater Jericho became an outpost of Eglon of Moab during the period of the Judges and was known locally as the “City of Palms” (Judg.3:13), doubtless because of its beautiful location. This was not just a mighty fortification, it was also, it would seem, prosperous and a desirable place to live. It offered security and wealth, much as the modern neo-pagan West does for those who like to rely on the “arm of flesh” (2 Chr.32:8, KJV).

Jericho Through the AgesIt was at Jericho that David’s abused ambassadors recouperated (2 Sam.10:51; 1 Chr.19:5) and later it became a seat of the School of the Nevi’im (Prophets) (2 Ki.2:4-18) and it was to Jericho that Judahite captives were repatriated (2 Chr.28:15). It became important in Hellenistic times and is used, amazingly (given its ultra-pagan roots), as a metaphor for wisdom (Sirach 24:14). However, the Jericho of Joshua’s day was a heathen Canaanite settlement. It represented all that was wicked about the paganism of the day that merited the judgment and wrath of Yahweh.

Canaan’s Perverse ReligionCanaan was a sophisticated agricultural and urban society but its religion was perverse:

“The religion of the Canaanites was an agricultural religion, with pronounced fertility motifs. Their main gods were called the Baalim (Lords), and their consorts the Baalot (Ladies), or Asherah (singular), usually known by the personal plural name Ashtoret [2]. The god of the city of Shechem, which city the Israelites had absorbed peacefully under Joshua, was called Baal-berith (Lord of the Covenant) or El-berith (God of the Covenant). Shechem became the first cultic center of the religious tribal confederacy (called an amphictyony by the Greeks) of the Israelites during the period of the judges. When Shechem was excavated in the early 1960s, the temple of Baal-berith was partially reconstructed; the sacred pillar (generally a phallic symbol or, often, a representation of the ashera, the female fertility symbol) was placed in its original position before the entrance of the temple.

The Baalim and the Baalot, gods and goddesses of the Earth, were believed to be the revitalizes of the forces of nature upon which agriculture depended. The revitalization process involved a sacred marriage (hieros gamos), replete with sexual symbolic and actual activities between men, representing the Baalim, and the sacred temple prostitutes (qedeshot), representing the Baalot. Cultic ceremonies involving sexual acts between male members of the agricultural communities and sacred prostitutes dedicated to the Baalim were focused on the Canaanite concept of sympathetic magic. As the Baalim (through the actions of selected men) both symbolically and actually impregnated the sacred prostitutes in order to reproduce in kind, so also, it was believed, the Baalim (as gods of the weather and the Earth) would send the rains (often identified with semen) to the Earth so that it might yield abundant harvests of grains and fruits. Canaanite myths incorporating such fertility myths are represented in the mythological texts of the ancient city of Ugarit (modern Ras Shamra) in northern Syria; though the high god El and his consort are important as the first pair of the pantheon, Baal and his sexually passionate sister-consort are significant in the creation of the world and the renewal of nature” [3].

The Curse of Sexual SinAccording to the Torah, sexual sin curses and contaminates the land (Jer.23:10). Jericho was a very ancient place and may possibly have existed before the flood too so it could have been a centre of the perversions introduced by the original fallen Watcher malakim (angels) and perpetuated by their offspring the nefilim giants. The ground was so cursed, it would seem, and the place such a major symbol of the false religion Israel had been commanded to wipe out, that Yahweh issued a ban on the city ever being rebuilt (Josh.6). Later Hiel of Bethel would ignore this instruction and rebuilt the city at the cost of two of his sons (1 Ki.16:34) because of the curse Yahweh had additionally put on the place.

The West as a Latter-Day JerichoI don’t think it would be wrong to say that what is being culturally built in the West – and indeed worldwide – today is a spiritual restoration of the ancient City of Jericho, protected and enriched by a powerful military-industrial complex with its sophisticated hi tech society, a modern ‘City of Palms’. The West has become a type of Jericho with all its sexual immorality which is cursing the ground of the nations and inviting judgment.

Human Sacrifice to BaalHuman sacrifice was also practiced by the Caanite pagan religion:

“At times of crisis, Baal’s followers sacrificed their children, apparently the firstborn of the community, to gain personal prosperity. The Bible called this practice “detestable” (Deut.12:31;18:9-10). God (Elohim) specifically appointed the tribe of Levi as his special servants, in place of the firstborn of the Israelites, so they had no excuse for offering their children (Num.3:11-13). The Bible’s repeated condemnation of child sacrifice shows God’s (Elohim’s) hatred of it, especially among his people” [4]. This was, and still is, even more of an abomination in the eyes of Yahweh than sexual perversion and it is reasonable to assume that this was also the practice of the Jerichoites.

Modern Abortion and Pedophilia as Child SacrificeModern-day ‘Jericho’ is not much different although it is on a scale orders of magnitude greater than that of the ancients. I speak, of course, of the abomination of pre-natal murder or ‘abortion‘. Infant sacrifice is well know amongst devil-worshippers, a cult that is mushrooming in our day, along with cannibalism, the ultimate lawlessness. It is astonishing to think that today, as then, urban sophistication and prosperity accompanied these vile practices. Add to this the epidemic that is pedophilia throughout the ruling élites and their institutions and you will appreciate why Judgment can’t not happen. The West – and indeed the world as a whole – is standing at the threshhold of a cataclysmic ‘Jericho moment’.

The Walls Must Come DownSo this is what lay behind the walls, and on the mount that was ancient Jericho. This is what the walls were protecting and Yahweh ordered them ripped down and the population eradicated. No, this was not an act of genocide but of just execution for the perpetuation, culturalisation and defence of heinous crimes against Heaven and humanity. To be of the world is to partake, even in a non-direct participatory way, of its abominations and to become ‘accessories after the fact’. Those who refuse to speak out against pedopholia, abortion, satanic cults or sexual perversion, are giving a nod of assent, thinking that by being neutral that they are off the hook of judgment. There is no such thing as neutrality in the moral sphere. To refuse to speak out against wickedness is to declare your approval of it. It is a declaration of your true ‘tribal allegiance’ which is contrary to Yahweh’s Kingdom. You can’t have your feet in both kingdoms – you must be for the one or the other.

An Opportunity for DeliveranceWe are offered, at this time, through careful meditation on and study of, the Jericho event, an opportunity to have the walls of sin-protection torn down and have what remains of the world, Jericho or Babylon, exposed before the Light of the Creator, and to then make a final choice: to allow ‘Jericho’ to own a part of you and so receive its judgments or to be finally quit of it and escape Yah’s wrath. This is such a time, beyond question.

The Last Jericho Day and the Worldwide FloodTomorrow (the 6th day of the 2nd biblical month) is the final day of the Jericho March and a grand opportunity for this community to come into agreement and allow Yahweh to tear down these demonic strongholds, expose what remains of worldliness in us, and to give him permission to extirpate it, whatever the cost. Such spiritual surgery is not without pain but this pain is better than coming under wrath.

Time to Make a Big ChoiceWhatever attracts you to the world system must be relinquished. Will you now do it? Will you have your hidden vices put to death, your sin attitudes, and whatever is contrary to the Kingdom of our Elohim (God)? Did you know that the date of the Flood was on the 17th day of the 2nd month? That’s in 11 days’ time. And the flood lasted 150 days or 5 biblical months. I’m not saying World War 3 or anything like that is going to happen in 11 days, just pointing out the divine tavnith or patternm to you in case Yahweh intends something then, particularly for those who are being called to make teshuvah (repentance) now.

Keep PreppingI hope none of you, impatient with waiting, have stopped prepping or started consuming what you have stored, because you’re going to need it. Some mighty big walls are coming tumbling down in the world but best to get your junk burned out before that happens. I pray Yahweh will do a wonderful thing for you tomorrow if you have been in earnest prayer during this year’s Jericho march.

Continued in Part 7Further Reading

[1] For Archaeology on Jericho, see Bryant G.Wood, Jericho
[2] From which we get the modern word ‘Easter
[3] Robert A. Guisepi, Canaanite Culture and Religion
[4] Ray van der Lahn, Fertility Cults of Canaan

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Jericho March V 2017: Going Around Again and Again

Continued from Part 4Dramatic vs. Quiet MiraclesWe are accustomed to viewing the conquest of Jericho in very obviously dramatic terms in which we read about them in Scripture. We are presented with a very mystical sequence of marches consisting of shofars blaring with an armed guard in front of, and behind, the Ark of the Covenant attended by Cohenim (Priests). Then on the seventh day the same routine is repeated seven times followed by a massive shout. Then the Middle East’s greatest mega-fortress, which doubtless had taken years to construct and had been added to over the generations, just collapses into ruins. You don’t see things like that very often.

Lots of Little ChoicesYou see, most deliverance is very quiet, behind the scenes and quite often unconscious. Simply making a choice to exercise emunah (faith) in line with something He wants you to do – generally or particularly – will set heavenly processes in motion and most of the time you won’t know what’s going on. Of course, you may have to make other choices along the way. Just as sin is a journey of many choices, crossing one forbidden line after another, so also is restoration, but in reverse. Like the Prodigal Son in the swine pit, there’s a stepwise journey back home that has to be made.

Why So Many Circuits?Have you ever wondered why the Jericho March was conducted 13 times over 7 days? Why so many times? Why not one march round on one day? Emunah (faith) must be cultivated and built up by habital proactivity. The numbers of the names of the great men of emunah (faith) are all multiples of 13 – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (and Israel), Joseph and Moses. So are other important words linked to unifying princples like Torah, Sinai and chodesh (month). Yah’shua Himself is given 13 descriptive titles [1].

Persistent ActionYah’shua (Jesus) said that some demons can only be cast out by much prayer and fasting (Mt.17:12; Mk.9:29). Many demonic strongholds can likewise only be overcome by persistent, repetitive actions of emunah (faith). Naaman had to dip 7 times in the River Jordan before Yahweh would cure him of his leprosy (2 Ki.5:10,14). 7 times Elijah’s servant had to go and check if a rain cloud had appeared to end the drout in Israel (1 Ki.18:43). And a man required 7 sprinklings to be healed:

“Seven times he shall sprinkle the one to be cleansed of the infectious disease and pronounce him clean” (Lev.14:7, NIV).

Seven Timesw BrighterThe result of such emunah (faith) is 7 times the natural in power!

“The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when Yahweh binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted” (Isa.30:26, NIV).

Training for Greater FaithBoth patience and emunah (faith) can be stretched when Yahweh commands us to do the same thing 7 times. I don’t doubt you have asked for something righteous many times and you have had to ask again and again (sometimes more than 7 times – 7 is simply representative of the number of completion). It seems persistence is an integral part of emunah (faith). It is for sure hard not to give up when you are feeling desperate and apparently getting nowhere. But Yahweh has His reasons. Our emunah (faith) must be strengthened so that we may be trained for greater works requiring even more emunah (faith).

ConclusionEveryone one of us struggles with this, without exception, because so much of godliness can only be learned incrementally. You may need many miracles right now. I know I do. If you do, keep marching around that obstacle day by day until He grants you your petition. Then see the walls come tumbling down.

Continued in Part 6Endnotes

[1] See, Sukkot and the 13 Bulls: Mystery of the Tabernacles Sacrifice

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