Are there prophets today and does it matter if there are? — JRB Publications

Rather than read longish blogs, papers and articles on-screen I prefer to print a hard-copy to peruse at leisure over coffee – the better ones’ getting their important points daubed over with a highlighter pen and mulled over (as with Thomas Harry’s directive from the Lord, An Urgent Word for the Global Church). John Barber’s linked below is one such blog, which I read a few weeks ago and tick-marked much of what he writes. I hope you, too, will appreciate this item for I’m pleased to find we almost see eye-to-eye, and so this serves as an introduction to John’s writings:

Are there prophets today and does it matter if there are?

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End-Times Briefing 12: an overview of the Book of Revelation

Briefing 11’s Introduction to the Book of Revelation draws to a close by its author, Neil Mackereth, stating “Apocalyptic works seek to inform the reader about aspects of an End-Times drama. The grand climax of the Bible is imminent — that is to say, it could happen at any moment…”  He reminds us, “The Bible explains that two absolute powers or principles operate in the universe…In the book of Revelation (and the whole Bible), God himself is the ultimate source of all that is good; Satan and his followers refuse to submit to God and are the ultimate source of evil. This ethical dichotomy underlies the conflict within the book of Revelation”.:

OVERVIEW OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION

The Prologue provides essential information for understanding the meaning and structure of the Book of Revelation. “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place; he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.” (Rev. 1:1–2).

Apostle John conveys to his first-century readers the unveiling of Jesus. It’s something like the showing of a video of a Monarch and his court. The Book of Revelation is written for Christians who understand the language of a faith unique to Christian experience. But given the complexity of the metaphors and images, even “insiders” have difficulty understanding Revelation. However, anyone can grasp the basic message: Jesus is going to return to earth, overthrow Satan’s evil empire, reward his faithful followers, punish those who reject his Lordship, and create a new heaven and a new earth. Continue reading

Kingdom mysteries – Jesus points to mathematics

[First posted 6 April 2018 as A Post-Resurrection Miracle as a ‘Mystery’ Now Revealed]

His disciples came to Jesus and said, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” and He replied, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him (and her) more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore, I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand…” (Matthew 13:10-13 NKJV)

Definition: ‘Mystery’, Greek musterion (moos-tay-ree-on; Strongs #3466). From mueo, “to initiate into the mysteries”, hence a secret known only to the initiated, something hidden requiring special revelation. In the NT the word denotes something that people could never know by their own understanding and that demands a revelation from God. The secret thoughts, plans and dispensations of God remain hidden from unregenerate mankind, but are revealed to all believers. In non-biblical Greek musterion is knowledge withheld, concealed or silenced. In biblical Greek it is truth revealed (Col 1:26). NT musterion focuses upon Christ’s sinless life, atoning death, powerful resurrection and dynamic ascension.’ [New Spirit-Filled Study Bible]

The above, ancient meaning of ‘mystery’ is rarely understood and appreciated, even by those solidly grounded in scripture. As told in my testimony, my pre-Christian life got immersed in that esoteric knowledge, and so I’m experienced in this matter and can attest that the difference between that discipline and holy revelations from the Almighty is like the contrast between His Light and the devil’s darkness.

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We are being lied to! Are you watching the Spirit or the screen?— Wanda Alger

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Although occasionally I ‘bang on’ about the ‘British Brainwashing Cult’, a.k.a. ‘Brussels’ Broadcasting Club’, I’ve been wary of wasting my time on so-called conspiracy theories – some of which do make valid arguments. However, since hearing the Lord’s reply to my asking about the origin of Covid-19 (“It is man-made”), I’m more keenly aware of the increase in diabolical schemes to prevent what the Lord’s doing prior to His Return.
Wanda’s stark warning wisely points to the course church leaders should now be taking to enable the Bride of Christ prepare for ruling and reigning with Him.

We are divided. We may all love God, hold fast to scriptural integrity, and have compassion for the lost, but we are still divided as the Church. But it’s not because of our theological bents or doctrinal differences. It’s because we’re being lied to, and many sincere believers are falling for the bait. The issues…

continue at  WE ARE BEING LIED TO – ARE YOU WATCHING THE SPIRIT OR THE SCREEN? — wandaalger.me

End-Times Briefing 6: pastor’s ‘Sign in the Sun’ vision warns of coming global cataclysm!

Those following these Briefings will appreciate the direct relevance of Sign #27 to this video and transcript, for which I’m grateful for Carolyn Stewart’s very helpful expertise and schedule.

On Wednesday 27th May pastor Christopher Wickland posted this alarm or warning on what’s soon to hit the world. (To date, his November 2019 prophecy of a great humbling then spiritual revival of Britain is accurate.) As with all prophecies, please seek the Lord in weighing this vision.

In NKJV, Christopher’s Luke reference is headed ‘The Coming of the Son of Man’:

“Welcome to another thought for the day. Today I have quite a serious message and one which probably many Christians will find a little bit hard to stomach. I will start with this piece of scripture, then I will get straight into it. Continue reading

End-Times Briefing 2: the ‘When?’ of Watching > NOW!

Continuing the reasons for watching for the End-times, we consider when that might happen:

WHEN?

Jesus’ major End-time teaching was given soon after leaving the Temple with some of His disciples and having foretold its complete destruction, which was to happen about 40 years later after the infamous Roman siege of Jerusalem.

Jesus on the Mount of Olives:

When He went and sat on the nearby Mount of Olives, two sets of brothers (Peter & Andrew, James & John) asked Him to expand upon that prophecy, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?” (seee Mark 13, Luke 21, Matthew 24).

He answered in some depth, and by examination of the details we can conclude that not only does Jesus describe later events in that First Century but also those of a much later time, one yet to come but which is now at the door!  So Jesus did, but didn’t, tell them precisely ‘when’!

In talking of that far future time however, He tells them a parable about the appearing of leaves on a fig tree – which many believe refers to the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel.:

“So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it (or ‘He’) is near – at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place..But of that day and hour no-one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is…Watch therefore…I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:28-37 NKJV emphasis mine)

Other passages of the New Testament imply that He, or Holy Spirit, subsequently gave those leading disciples, and Saul of Tarsus who became Apostle Paul, further insights on the approximate timing of those signs, as below:

Peter preaching in the Temple:

After Jesus’ Ascension into heaven Peter, when teaching in the Temple, called people  to,

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of His holy prophets since time began…” (Acts 3:19-21 – my emphasis.)

So there’s a huge contribution followers of Christ have yet to make across all spheres of society towards such restoration – we’ve hardly started; not to mention both human and demonic opposition – but however do we restore ‘all things’?  We must conclude that only The Almighty is able to bring about the ‘restoration of ‘all things’ – and doubtless in the manner Zecharia prophesied to governor Zerubbabel:

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit”, says the Lord of hosts. (Zech 4:6 NKJV)

Although we need to beware of false prophets, Acts 3:21 implies that the Lord will keep His prophets informed of His intentions in bringing this about (Amos 3:7). Hence the important relevance of contemporary prophecy.

Paul writing to the Thessalonians:

We know from Acts and accounts in Paul’s Epistles that this Apostle to the Gentiles was blessed with visions of and revelations from Jesus Himself as, for example, in the main scripture quoted by ‘pre-Tribbers’:

‘For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
‘For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.’ (1Thess 4:15-17 NKJV)

‘But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.’ (1Thess 5:1-5 NKJV – emphases added)

Maybe it’s as well the Palestinian leaders have been defiantly intransigent over the so-called ‘peace plan’ with Israel and, like Iran and Hezbollah, want to wipe Israel off the face of the map!  Even so, let’s keep watching!

NB: the theme of UN’s Year 2017-18 is ‘Together for Peace, Dignity, Safety  & Respect For All’, as outlined in Three Prophetic Jigsaw Pieces.

Next, we include Paul’s later explanation so click 3 below for what we’re watching for…

End-Time Briefings:
  1. The ‘Who?’ and ‘Why?’ of Watching
  2. The ‘When?’ of Watching > NOW!
  3. The ‘What?’ of Watching > Signs!
  4. Theologically “Watch” means…
  5. Expert’s Excitement – Few Know This…
  6. Pastor’s ‘Sign in the Sun’ Vision Warns of Coming Global Cataclysm
  7. New Ager Sees First Pieces of God’s ‘Jigsaw
  8. Daniel and ‘The Wonderful Number’ Jesus Christ

The Day of Pentecost 2020 — R.J. Dawson, Real Christianity

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Another American blogging-buddy, R.J. Dawson, brings clarification upon the nature of true Christian discipleship and a sifting that, in my opinion, reinforces the scholarship which greatly excited me as well as confirming my opinion (Isaiah 50:4 Gem: Bride of Christ’s own Resurrection at Pentecost?) – “Combining what has been said so far, the church is the body of the Messiah. The means of entering this body is Spirit baptism. Hence, the church was born when the ministry of Spirit baptism began. Apart from Spirit baptism, the church cannot and does not exist; and since Spirit baptism began in Acts 2:1-4, that is also when the church began. Therefore, the birth of the church is the fulfillment of Shavuot.” (Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum)

The actual Day of Pentecost, according to celestial rendering, was yesterday May 29. This is a very important date in our current timeline and relates directly to the Great Awakening. . THANKS FOR YOUR PRAYERS For those of you who have been following my site, a little news is in order. Due to circumstances […]

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Follow The Cloud – Tony Puccio

“I’ve seen this vision for a while now so I am going to post it.

“Imagine, if you will, a church building that had been destroyed and this will show what I saw in the vision. The church lay in ruins, no roof overhead, walls crumbled, but some pews remained intact. I saw people there and at first glance one would want to commend them for their faithfulness.

“However, what I saw next changed my perspective…

“I saw a cloud moving away from the destroyed church building. There were a few, and let me re-emphasize, a few saw the cloud and left, while the majority stayed in the destroyed church building. I saw nothing else around, ie, new church buildings.

“It was just the people who had chosen to follow the cloud wherever it was leading.  The Israelites followed the cloud. When it moved, they moved. When it rested, they rested. Like the church building in my vision those refusing to follow the cloud would be left basically in the desert to fend for themselves. Following the cloud is imperative in these last days as we are headed into uncharted territory. Those in the destroyed church building, although the cloud was no longer there, stayed because it was a place they were familiar with.

“The cloud represents a walk of faith, a giving-up the familiar and yielding to the unfamiliar. To not follow the cloud is to be in rebellion, face famine of hearing God’s Word, His presence.

“This vision started when I heard the Lord speak to my spirit saying the cloud is moving.”

Tony Puccio, 3rd June 2020, My Dreams and Visions

I comment as follows on his blog: “Obviously Tony this is the next part of your unfolding visions that I was blessed to cover a few weeks ago in connection with other ‘GPS’ from the Lord (A Directive: Urgent Word For The Global Church – GPS#47.4).
To my understanding, this fits with part of the directive pastor Thomas Harry of Falkirk, Scotland, received. Under section ‘Unprecedented Signs & Wonders’ he writes,
‘Christianity as we have known it and church as we have known it is over. God has saved His best for last and we will be unrecognisable in both our identity and how we operate’.”

Tony replies: “To quote prophet Daniel, ‘those who know their God will do exploits’.”

Word of Discernment: Defeating the spirit of division and securing the Throne of Unity

On Pentecost Sunday Abel Praise published the following, which resonates with and confirms my reaction to an author saying “Unity doesn’t trump truth. Never has, never will” in response to a comment on his denigrating ‘The UK Blessing’. I reminded both persons of Jesus’ own prayer and the reason behind it, which should be acceptable to all His followers: 

“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)

 

DEFEATING THE SPIRIT OF DIVISION AND SECURING THE THRONE OF UNITY AT THE TIME-GATE FOR THE OUTPOURING

A few days ago (25th May) Veronika West posted This WORD From The LORD;

This is very striking and timely as we stand at the Time-gate of Pentecost 2020; and the disorder that the enemy is attempting to stir up in the USA.

In 2015; while on a prayer assignment; The LORD began to speak to me concerning a significant throne contending in the nations (which) I was made to understand as the ‘Throne of Division’. In a vision in 2015 I saw a black horse; The LORD told me; this is the beast that contended against the revival that was taking place in Asuza street. I saw attempts to take this beast down and I would see strokes of the sword aimed at it, but its body seemed so tough.

In that vision and in the course of that assignment, I was shown that it was wounded; but as at yet not taken out. Over the years in seeking and walking with The LORD in understanding the Kingdom’s road-map for the defeat of this beast; one key thing I understood was it stood in sharp conflict with the operations of Peace that is the instrument The LORD uses to unite The Kingdom-minded to accomplish predestined tasks for the advancement of The Kingdom.

Its major goal is division through many wicked operations. Over the last few years; I have seen this strike at very significant times. In 2016; when The Body of Christ anticipated a great and significant time of Pentecost, whose date was such that the dates of Pentecost on The Jewish Calendar and The Church Calendar were one; being 12th June 2016; was the very day tragedy struck: and there was the shooting at the Orlando gay club and fifty people died – the name attributed to that work of division is ‘homophobic’. Fifty, an extremely significant number for Pentecost; the enemy orchestrated to take lives; tantamount to enforcing a sacrifice to wield the authority of life to re-entrench its work of darkness.

I can literally speak of chaos that sprang up in many ways; and fiery darts that attacked Kingdom alignments at different levels, even on international levels, that was designed to accomplish Kingdom-ordained assignments.

Four years later, being 2020, and days before what’s believed to be another significant Pentecost season, another tragedy strikes; yet with the count of a life lost for no just cause; unjustifiable in all ways – the very sad loss of George Floyd – the name attributed to that work of division is ‘racism’. There are many more works that this spirit of division attempts to accomplish.

In the Body Of Christ – the name attributed to that work of division is the sect of ‘denominationalism’ [RB: demon-nationalism]. The underlying operations of this is to sow discord through conflicting ideologies at different levels; inflaming tensions through strife. It’s right there setting fire on a white-black ideology; pentecostal-cessationist ideology; its the same spirit talking on both sides of its mouth because for so long it had gained and wielded what should have been the throne of unity that accomplishes the task of establishing righteous relationships and alignments among individuals, families, the Church and nations; and this perverse spirit has stood at this gate that should have birthed unity and worked the wickedness of tearing the fabrics of society apart; to disrupt the buildup of relationships and circumstances that accomplishes The Will Of The LORD.

There’s a lot more than meets the eyes; the white-black ideology; the republican-democrat ideology; and all the mess going on (it) is the same, the two-tongued spirit empowering these to create disorder so that the purposes of The LORD don’t gain the right alignment on earth; so we can build and be built as it is in Heaven.

Are there wrongs on all sides? Obviously. At what point does Truth and perceived perception of innocence and justice find a balance in the scales? It begins at the point where we begin to stand before The LORD and repent for every way we have stood in alignment or agreement with the works of the spirit of division and its two-tongued venom in its terrible mission over our lives, relationships, churches, nations, and all that is part of our societal structure.

Do we demand justice? Absolutely; he who demands justice stands on the scale while he places his demands for justice. The brother you perceive you have a disagreement with may have listened to the second part of the two-tongued spirit of division and is just in the state as being misled as you. Intercede on his behalf.

After this; begin to reestablish The Authority of The LORD JESUS CHRIST and HIS Peace over all that concerns you; your relationships, The Church, Your Cities, Your Nations. For we must first establish the Authority of The LORD JESUS CHRIST as The Prince Of Peace over us; before we can be led by HIS Peace.

Does this answer all questions? Well, one thing is clear, if we can be disentangled from all the agreements, alignment, influence, intentionally or not, from the workings of this spirit of division; and intentionally establish The Authority of The Prince of Peace; The LORD JESUS CHRIST over our affairs; we would begin to experience The Leadership of The LORD in these matters and The LORD would drive us as long as we need to arrive at HIS Peace that passeth all understanding. As for me, in the midst of all the chatter, I denounce the voice of the two-tongued spirit of division.

Psalm 133:1-3: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Acts 2:1: And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Abel Praise

Isaiah 50:4 gem: The Bride of Christ’s own resurrection at Pentecost? (GPS #48.1)

The Lord God has given Me
The tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak
A word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.
(Isaiah 50:4 NKJV, courtesy BibleGateway)

Awakening early Saturday – 30th May, the in-between Shavuot-Pentecost day – I found my spirit buzzing excitedly over Messianic scholar Dr Fruchtenbaum’s brief exposition on Shavuot, aka Pentecost. I’d re-read it last thing Friday and scribbled an introduction for re-blogging it next day, if I may get a half-hour online.

Of Jesus’ followers, 120 disciples/apostles were ‘born-again’ and baptised in the Holy Spirit and fire, thus bringing the church of Jesus Christ into existence.

I submit: the learned doctor’s thesis is foundational to current prophecies on the church-changing importance of Pentecost 2020. Moreover, my early-morning musing brought the following notion, which I’d like prophetically gifted readers to weigh. First, a bit of background:

Since last year I’ve been asking the Lord to deal with the growing apostasy and put His spirit of holy fear into reprobate church leaders. The ‘dragon’ found a way to close down all churches worldwide by sending the ‘Chinese flu’ and, for the first time in history since the original Passover in ancient Egypt, all Jews and Christians are behind locked doors because of a plague during their holiest festivals; Passover, Good Friday, Resurrection Sunday – and 50 days later the situation at Pentecost remains unchanged.

I remonstrated with and asked the Lord, “Is today’s Church the one you started building to become Your Bride; the one you said the gates of hell shall not prevail against? Lord, the snake has slithered into its holy precincts unchallenged; even welcomed by some!”

Then a few months ago we were delighted to learn of a pastor who moves strongly in the Holy Spirit’s gift of prophecy, whom the Lord told to resign from leadership and then to watch how He – Jesus Christ – builds His Church today!!!

With all that in mind, plus challenging an author who, self-admittedly not a prophet, is  adamant he knows what God is doing – which includes not blessing The UK Blessing and similar ‘siren songs’! – this dropped into mind upon waking Saturday morn..:

With church buildings shut according to civil law, the bride of Christ is locked away as though entombed – like the first disciples were after Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection and during prayer-period leading into Shavuot. That is, her body stopped functioning in the natural but the Lord has arranged for her to be revived with Holy Spirit’s power, just like at His Resurrection!

Therefore, today’s churches are going through a ‘death’ and ‘resurrection’ to prepare those who ardently desire Jesus for a new life; one empowered to fulfill His mission.

That is, I believe we’re about to witness the Bride of Christ’s Resurrection in preparation for His Return…!!!  This means a radical change within church-goers to move out and do the ‘Greater Works’ (John 14:12) in the ripening global Harvest.

1st God-incidental Confirmation:

In that morning’s shared devotional reading from Sanctuary – Moments in His Presence, the author David Strutt tells of a couple of reminder cards pinned above his desk, one of which is Isaiah 50 and thus confirmed my minutes-before musing. David quotes that verse:

‘…He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to listen as a disciple‘ and continues, ‘If you are being taught by the Lord, you are His disciple. I often repeat this verse to myself on waking, long before i get to my desk. I commend it to you as a way of life – it is true. It is the word of the Lord to you.’

2nd God-incidental Confirmation:

This God-arranged ‘coincidence’ appears in Veronika West’s personal vision published that same day, 30th May, which I didn’t read ’til getting back online today! (click here)

ACE Insights: Shavuot – Pentecost — Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum

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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”.