ACE Insights: Shavuot – Pentecost — Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum

Quote

The renowned Messianic scholar provides solid teaching that’s given me another totally unexpected and delightful double ‘God-incidence’ – First: Dr Arnold’s description of the new ministry of Spirit baptism as being essential to the Church’s existence, confirms my case made during debate this week with an author claiming healing by Holy Spirit’s power is “subjective and thus not exegetical,” despite medical evidence to the contrary! – Second: appreciate the inclusion of parable of wheat and tares as it also relates to the End-times harvest, and my checking of which led to my hearing the Lord’s voice on the fulfillment of scripture, thereby kick-starting my writing on prophecy (see The End-game Is Now In Play).

I pray that you may hear what the Lord is saying through Dr Fruchtenbaum’s post…

By Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum – Shavuot is the fourth holy season on the Jewish calendar. Among the Jewish people, it is also known as the Feast of Weeks. Among most Gentile believers today, the season is known as Pentecost.[1] A. The Biblical Observance Shavuot is a one-day festival. It is unique in that it was […]

Continued at > Shavuot – The Feast of Weeks – Pentecost — Ariel Ministries Publications

Two Pentecosts show how God visits His people

Thank you to Elaine Venning for this paper and I’d add that this year’s Passover was a unique repeat of the first Passover when people were locked away during plague. So too, will this Pentecost be unique because believers have been locked out of churches and thus waiting upon the Lord in their homes and internet meetings, wherein we’ve witnessed the Holy Spirit being repeatedly active – similarly to when Jesus breathed upon His disciples in their locked meetings before Pentecost (John 20:22 – again!)

 

A TALE OF TWO PENTECOSTS and HOW GOD VISITS HIS PEOPLE

Our feast day of Pentecost falls on 31st May 2020 when we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and so the birth of the Church. Two days before (Friday) is the Jewish feast of the same name. That celebrates the conclusion of the Passover season with recalling the giving of the Ten Commandments and the Torah. The Jews calculate the passing years from this time and for them this is 5780. We do the same, taking our year, now 2020, from the approximate year of Jesus’ birth.

We serve the same God. Both feasts remember how God comes down from heaven to visit His people. He comes as Word and as Spirit. The first time the people of Israel were gathered together on the mountain where they heard a loud trumpet sound and experienced the smoke as of a furnace. The second time, violent wind and tongues of fire descended upon each person present. The parallels are very striking.

Sadly, a little later some of the sons of Israel turned back to idolatry. With the fear of the Lord fresh upon them, the Levites acted to uphold the holiness of God using brute force resulting in the killing of 3,000 Hebrews – see Exodus 32 v 28.  Was it a coincidence when the Spirit filled disciples spilled out onto the streets of Jerusalem 3,000 people were baptised in the Spirit to become believers?

Most of these people had come to Jerusalem for the Torah-appointed feast of Pentecost also known as ‘Shavuot’ or the Feast of Weeks. It is the second of three harvest feasts where the men of Israel were required to come to Jerusalem. That year they and their families came from across the known world – see Acts 2. Many would have been devout pilgrims bent on observing all that God commanded – Deuteronomy 16:16.

A key offering in this Feast is that of two loaves of bread made with finest wheat and leaven given in a wave offering. Scholars say this is an act of remembrance representing the Old Testament Covenant that God established with His peoples  and was made on the two tablets upon which the Ten Commandments were chiselled. It has also been seen as a prophetic fore-telling of the New Testament Covenant as well.

With the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in this the New Covenant God makes, both Jew and Gentile are brought together, as in His mercy the Father fulfils the exchange Jesus purchased for those who accept His blood sacrifice with the taking away of our sins and the giving to us of His own righteousness. Thereby, God allows us to become His own dear children.

In both, God is drawing near to His people Himself and is making us Holy. He has done this by firmly making the Resurrected Jesus to be the cornerstone upon which everything holds together, the one new man, the second Adam – see Ephesians 2.

5780/2020 is double blessing time, the importance of Word and Spirit coming to God’s people. It is when the great harvest of souls can be expected to start with the fresh empowering of God’s people. It is the herald of a new age of wonders and miracles.

Like the Jews at this time we can benefit from reading the book of Ruth with its beautiful story of mercy. The harvest comes in loving kindness, with its tale of surprise acceptance and redemption.

Let us do all that He asks of us. Prepare to be witnesses!

As the Taize chant says, “wait for the Lord, whose day is near. Keep watch, take heart”.

Word of Discernment: The battleground has shifted – cont’d

Click here to read Parts I and II with brief background to these posts >

THE BATTLEGROUND HAS SHIFTED III: THE ANCIENT BATTLEFIELD OF THE PROMISED LAND

We are the generation that crossed into the promised land; but the wars on the way to the promised land are pale in comparison to what is in the promise. The temptation and battles that cohabiting with demonic ideologies bring leave one in a long-stretch tug-of-war.

The Scriptures shows us how their failure to wipe out demonic structures in the land became their greatest undoing. In a moment in time, a righteous king will emerge and lead unto victories; and they would have rest for a season; and afterwards another king would come who would do injustice and service the perverse altars and they would be besieged in their land for a longer period of time; and this tug of war continued for so long a time, much longer than the sum of times they spent in Egypt and on the way to the promise.

The promised land is an ancient battlefield; it has been the call from the beginning; and is the destination; it is the land destined to rule over other lands, but a greater challenge is being besieged even in the promised land; a place destined to be a place of rest. We are the generation crossing into the ancient battlefield of the promise; the battlefield has shifted. For nations exiting national councils and covenants that have been a strong yoke; the battlefield has shifted; to dwell in safety; we must labor to pull down strongholds that exists in the land; establish the righteous covenant to The LORDSHIP OF JESUS; that we may gain rest and be fed with milk and honey.

THE BATTLEGROUNDS HAVE SHIFTED IV: THE HOMELANDS, THE HIGHWAYS AND THE PALACES

Most times when we consider places of warfare the mind wanders far away; to popular highways in the city, entrance gates of cities; governmental buildings; but very little do people consider the very location of their home as a map in contest !

The LORD through Moses had wrought a great warfare in Egypt; contending at the palace; shaking significant hotspots in the city; but the one that broke many doors at once; was the final plague; and it was the one directed to the first-born, as seen in Exodus 11:1. The most significant part of this was the fact that the first-born served either as priests or heirs to the family priesthood that serviced the family altars that had idols seated in their homes. So it was first a strike against the idols and perverse altars within the map of the homelands; and an eventual striking out the priests to these idols of the homelands that broke Egypt; and Israel obtained from these homelands such great transfer of wealth.

Inheriting the promise land gives us similar picture; this time The LORD Commanded Joshua as seen in Judges 2; that they must throw down the perverse altars of those that had been in the land; and just as we had seen in Egypt; both those in the palaces and the highways; and those in the homelands were to be contended against. This is what Gideon did that stirred the breakthrough; he advanced to gain. The battlefield has shifted; have you discerned the spiritual state of your homeland? and have you established the covenant of The LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST?

For like Gideon; we must pull down the strongholds in the homelands if we must march through the walls of Jericho to capture the palaces and the highways.

SON of THE Father; or son of the father? – Steve Hepden

Espied on Facebook home-page this exceptional insight into the counterfeiter by dear Steve Hepden at the beginning of an eventful day. It fits so well as a lead-in to another at the top of my emails and just can’t get it off my mind. Also tallies with my short series on the strategies of our adversary and accuser. May you be blessed too… 

Son of The Father or son of the father?

In my study and research for the chapter ‘Abba Father,’ I came across something at the very end of Jesus’ life: that Satan used to deceive the people, and humiliate and destroy Jesus. At Passover, there was a custom, which gave the Jews the choice to release a prisoner. Pontius Pilate used this to appease them in an effort to keep the peace. The two men Pilate offered to the people were Barabbas and Jesus.

Barabbas was a ‘freedom fighter,’ an insurrectionist, part of a revolutionary movement, and he with others were in prison because they had committed murder in the uprising, Mark 15:6-15. Amazingly Jesus was actually accused of participating in similar activities when He was before the Roman authorities. As far as Pilate was concerned, Jesus had done nothing wrong. He knew that Jesus was not a criminal, but he didn’t know who He was.

Was the choice of Jesus in contrast to Barabbas no accident, or was it premeditated, and malevolent?

These are two Messianic figures with a choice between one who led an armed struggle, and took life to gain a better life with a promise of freedom and a new kingdom; and then the mysterious Jesus who also promised freedom and a new Kingdom, but who talked about laying down your life as the way to gain life.

Pilate had no option but to put it to the people as he was under such pressure. It was a no-win situation, as the people began to chant ‘give us Barabbas,’ and soon it became a frenzied shout due to the crowd psychology of the few stirring up the many. It reached a peak when the mob assumed the guilt of Jesus’ death and said, “Let his blood be on us and on our children,” Matt 27:25. As we know the consequences were severe.

Look at the meaning of Barabbas’ name. His last name, Barabbas, means son (bar) of the father (abba). Jesus had always referred to himself as the Son of the Father. Barabbas’ first name was significant too. Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Matt 27:17, NIV.

Amazingly Barabbas’ first name was Jesus. So you see Jesus son of the father opposing Jesus Son of the Father! Two people with the same name!

It is important that we see this event as Satanic malevolence as the father of lies, John 8:44, deceiving and confusing the people with a counterfeit Messiah. Satan’s purpose was to rob Jesus of His identity by stealing His name, as well as His status as Son. Is this another attempt at the ‘final solution’? Jesus knew He could have asked His Father to put at His disposal the legions of angels that were watching since Gethsemane, Matt 26:53, but He didn’t, He did the better thing, and let Satan have his way. We know why……

What about our choice? Are we going to let Satan undermine our relationship with Abba Father, steal our inheritance as Abba’s children, plunder our identity, or our right to call God “Abba,” because we would lose our capacity to commune and communicate with Him with affection and intimacy?

No…..!

A Directive: Urgent Word for the Global Church (GPS #47.4)

There’s no such thing as ‘coincidence,’ especially for those walking-in-the-Spirit when we realise such events are ‘God-incidents’, as though the Lord is giving messages by His GPS, or ‘Global Prophecy Signalling’ system.  When we start putting it all together we can easily see that prophecies and insights are pieces of His invisible jigsaw puzzle that takes shape before us showing aspects and perspectives upon a HUGE Heavenly Blueprint – even a road-map, as Abel Praise found.

So here are the pieces for the 47th such instance, which is interesting number as 1947 was the year of Smith-Wigglesworth’s prophecy of a major move of the Holy Spirit in Britain, as well as being my birth-year. The picture on these 47th signals or pieces is of The Church: Continue reading

F/P #162.10 cont’d – Is this global pandemic from God’s hand?

Before we look at the actual scriptures referred to in the previous part about the current contagion being “man-made”, especially relating to the ‘Mark of the Beast’, it’s useful to present those that are my foundation for following Jesus Christ as the Lord of my life:

Foundational Discipleship
“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:23-26 NKJV)
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17:20-23 NKJV)
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8 NKJV)

Discipleship re. Prophecy/Deliverance

Having practised deliverance ministry and prophecy, I’m of the opinion that ALL Matthew chapter 7 is applicable to the latter; especially verses 1-2 on judging others, 15-23 on true and false prophets and entry to heaven, 24-27 on building upon the Rock.

Moreover, I’m well aware of the judgements the Lord brought upon His chosen people for not only straying from His ordinances, given as they are for their well-being and protection, but also for rebelling against Him by turning to worship false gods. [Paper collated by Joel Rosenberg, What does the Bible teach about pestilence, plagues & global pandemics? refers.]

Here’s a tidy-up from my jottings, ‘End of March (in lock-down for UK) Thoughts’ :

IS GLOBAL PANDEMIC FROM GOD’S HAND?

The Almighty or ‘El Shaddai, ‘ according to rabbinical tradition, means ‘God of utter ruin and destruction Who can do anything’.

Continue reading

The Benjamins – Israel turns 72 and the crown virus shattered – Johnny Enlow (GPS #46.2 cont’d)

Johnny’s article in full as promised in previous post…

Sound Of Heaven

Today, on April 28 at sunset, the nation of Israel turns 72. What a day in history when in 1948, after more than two millennia, Israel became a nation again. Much of the Church at large still hasn’t processed that the faulty “replacement theology” of that day needs to be replaced by the obvious fulfillment of biblical prophecy regarding natural Israel. We may have some joint promises and covenants, but natural Israel surely can’t be replaced in that processing. As Paul said in Romans 9: 4-5:

“…the people of Israel. THEIRS is the adoption as sons; THEIRS the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship, and the promises. THEIRS are the patriarchs, and FROM THEM is traced the HUMAN ANCESTRY OF CHRIST, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen” (emphasis mine). Doesn’t sound like “replacement” does it? Worth a longer post I know.

Significance…

View original post 1,147 more words

Watching – Trevor Roff

WATCHING

 Another three weeks! The last three were enough; now we have to suffer another 21 days (minimum) of social isolation and lockdown. Even the strongest of us will surely begin to flag; there are only so many tasks to perform, rooms to clean, phone calls to make, books to read, walks to explore and TV programmes to watch. So what are we going to do?

In my last article, I wrote about waiting, and making it a positive thing rather than just a period to endure. But watching and waiting are often spoken together. Parents will often tell their children to “Wait and See,” with the clear implication that something important (usually good) is going to happen soon.  And we always refer to night watchmen, not night waiters! Times of waiting should always be approached with patience and with the expectation that something good is going to happen or that something bad may be prevented by watching. So, in the Bible waiting is often synonymous with watching. The same Greek word is used in the New Testament for both keeping awake and for spiritual alertness, in other words, watching. We need to become good “watchers.”

So, how can we make sure that this time of waiting can be positive rather than frustrating?  The Bible tells us: “be on your guard; stand firm in the faith” (1 Corinthians 16 v 13). It is very easy to be negative about your circumstances, to allow your mind to drift into possible future scenarios. “Will I catch the dreaded Covid-19?” “How will I ever manage to pay the bills, put up with the kids for another month, or find another job when this is over?”

The Bible can help us here. Instead of dwelling on circumstances in fear or frustration, we can turn our thoughts away from ourselves to God’s peace and purposes in our lives. Psalm 130 verse 5 states, “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.”

This turns our situation on its head; instead of fear there is peace, instead of doubt there is faith and instead of frustration there is hope.  This time of waiting can become a time of watching instead, looking to see what God can do and wants to do in your life rather than trying to sort it all out yourself.  Watching means that we trust God to work in and through our lives to accomplish what he wants to do. Isaiah 30 verse 18 tells us that “the Lord longs to be gracious to you ….blessed are all who wait for him.” The old hymn Great Is Your Faithfulness is actually a quotation from Lamentations 3 verses 22-24. Why not look it up and see how it can apply to you?

Let’s all become watchers rather than just waiters!

Waiting – Trevor Roff

WAITING

Queuing is arguably one of the things we Brits do best; we are prepared to arrive early at the supermarket and wait for hours to get the last loo roll or carton of eggs. If there is a queue, we want to be in it! In fact in the days of World War Two, it was a well-known maxim: “If you see a queue, join it.” (This was in the days of wartime rationing, when folk didn’t know when the next delivery of vital foodstuffs would arrive.) Now, of course, we have to queue at least two metres apart because of coronavirus!

But as we self-isolate and wait for Covid-19 to burn itself out, there will inevitably come a sense of frustration that the end of it all is still far off. How many more days and weeks will we have to wait before we can resume our normal everyday lives? We may in fact find ourselves saying with the psalmist, “How long, Lord, how long?”

This present situation can very easily become like a prison, with no end in sight: no outings, no social activity, no nights out, no family gatherings, and no corporate worship. We discover the same frustration that the people of God felt many times when they were at their wits’ end and God seemed far away. Many times they cried out that same phrase, “How long?”

But that cry begs the question in reply, “What are we impatient for?” If we read the Psalms, we soon discover that God’s people were thirsting after several things, like deliverance, revenge, mercy and forgiveness. But when they had calmed down a little, they realized that their needs were for much more than a sense of vindication or victory over their enemies. They were desperate not so much for their own bodily comforts but for the reassurance that God loved them and would be with them, no matter how long their present situation: “Turn, O Lord, deliver my life.” (Ps. 6 v 4), “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” (Ps. 37 v7)  “with you there is forgiveness, …. listen to my cry for mercy.” (Ps 130 vs 2,4). There clearly had to be some point to all this waiting, and for us in 2020 the same truth holds good.

It’s not the waiting that is the problem; it’s how we respond to the waiting. Psalm 130 again: “I wait for the Lord … more than for the morning …  and in His word I put my hope.”  “We wait for the Lord; he is our hope and shield.” (Psalm 33). The psalmists had clearly moved beyond their immediate feelings of frustration, boredom and uselessness to see the higher purpose in such a trying situation: “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” (Psalm 90).

Now that is an outcome well worth aiming for!

Hiding – Trevor Roff

Trevor Roff, a friend at church circulated a brief message of encouragement and kindly permits me to republish it, and sent me the two earlier ones penned after the contagion came. So I’m publishing all three as ‘medicinal meditation’ over this long- weekend. May the Lord bless you thoroughly and saturate you in His Spirit:

HIDING

When small children feel afraid or when they are playing tag, their strong temptation is to run away and hide. The chaser becomes the enemy, and the threat from the pursuer becomes increasingly menacing the longer the chase continues. After a time, the danger increases in the children’s minds to the point where discovery is terrifying and is to be avoided at all costs.

We adults are living in such a time today. Coronavirus has taken such a hold in our collective consciousness that our primary response to its threat is one of panic and fear. We stay in our homes not only to protect others from catching the disease but from our own inner fear that we might also become victims.

But God knows exactly how we are feeling. When King David was feeling scared he cried out, “Hide me in the shadow of your wings,” (Psalm 17 v 8).

If you are like me you cannot prevent a shadow of fear flit through your thoughts as to the likelihood of your succumbing to the disease, especially if, like me, you are over 70 or have a history of cancer or some equally dangerous condition. Your first thought is to run away, to hide, even if it is only the comfort and safety of your own home, where you try to avoid any contact with the outside world! 

But later in his life, David had grown in his faith and could cry out with confidence in Psalm 27 v 5: “He will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent.” David has grown in his faith and now states as a fact that God will protect him from the dangers he faces. That is God’s desire for us too, that we will grow in confidence to firmly trust that God will see us through this ‘deadly pestilence.’

Not only that, God does more to console and strengthen David, as the verse continues, “He will lift me high upon a rock.” Our heavenly father longs not only to protect us, but to also give us the faith to believe that He will not only see us through the storms ahead, but also make us beacons of faith and confidence to those around us. If we are willing, he will enable us to be witnesses of God’s saving power. And we can help our friends and neighbours to see beyond this monstrous pandemic to the One who has power over life and death and is inviting us to trust him for the future, wherever it may lead us.

A Trumpet Call: Can Covid-19 change the nation’s values? – Neil Mackereth

Neil MacKereth, author of Signs, the Significance of Bible Prophecy, emailed saying, “I continue to be amazed at your prolific output…I am adding to your reading load with the attached – a bit longer than recent docs, but I felt urged to write it. Hope you can find a moment to read it.” Running off a hard-copy I mulled it over at leisure but was brought back to it a few times in view of its thought-provoking content. Therefore, you too may find it of noteworthy interest…

A TRUMPET CALL
Can Covid-19 Change the Nations Values?

“If you ask me what I think to be the design, I believe it to be this—to waken up our indifferent population, to make them remember that there is a God, to render them susceptible of the influences of the gospel, to drive them to the house of prayer, to influence their minds to receive the Word, and moreover to startle Christians into energy and earnestness, that they may work while it is called to-day.” (Charles Spurgeon, ‘The Voice of Cholera’ sermon, August 1866)

INTRODUCTION – THE SITUATION (April 2020)

Covid-19 is a virulent and pitiless virus which is sweeping across the world. So far, it is an uncontrollable pestilence: it is a law unto itself. It advances like a desert wind, ignoring those in authority and all the usual constraints that govern inter-national relations. It destroys people and livelihoods, undermines governments and economies and is testing the very foundations of our way of life and our values.

It is not localised, or in some way compartmentalised, as Ebola was, or forest fires are, or tsunamis, or earthquakes. It cannot be ignored, ridiculed or responded to half-heartedly, as global warming has been.

I pose some questions for your consideration: Continue reading

Jesus Christ’s identity hidden in the Bible’s opening sentence

We continue the previous post’s conclusion drawn from Jonathan Hill’s thesis with this startling discovery:

ALPHA-OMEGA HIDDEN WITHIN GENESIS 1:1 (AS ALEPH-TAV)

In Appendix I (pages 202-203) on the meaning of number 37 and its palindromic partner 73, Jonathan says both form the numerical value for the fundamental Hebrew word ‘wisdom’. He tells how this pair play a role in a multiplication, the result being the precise number of the Hebrew for the creation verse of Genesis 1:1. He goes on to relate this to 666 and a diagrammatic representation, which he interprets as meaning:

‘This transformation represents the dispensational truth that at the second coming of Christ, the dominant spiritual hierarchy of the world changes from 666, the number of the ‘beast’, to 12 – the governmental number of Israel. All this information including this powerful intervention of God is elegantly and visually encoded in the first verse of the Bible.’

This claim continues by divulging this astounding mystery:

Furthermore, this relates to Jesus’ Crucifixion Described Within the Holy Name of God, published on Good Friday, to which my American reader Tim Shey submitted this most instructive video:

REVELATION 1:8, 11 – 21:6 – 22:13

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (NKJV, BibleGateway.com)

Footnote

If you’ve yet to read my overview of Jonathan’s book Unlocking the Sign Miracles of John go to Astonishing Mathematics Within Genesis 1.1 & John 1.1, and continue for more details at Amazing Geometrical Symmetry of Genesis 1:1 & John 1:1.