On the significance of Monday’s total solar eclipse across USA

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Path of 2017 and 2024 total eclipses; credit NationalEclipse.com (tap for link)

A couple of sources of information on Monday’s total solar eclipse across the USA, of which the second greatly expands upon the first: eg. insights from Hebrew meaning of the ‘heavenly X’ across the States:

Introducing the following article in his latest Eye-View From The White House, William Koenig states it’s “prepared by my assistant Max Obeidin and, to say the least, this is very interesting and fascinating information.”:

The Biblical Significance of the August 21 total solar eclipse – the total solar eclipse in the United States and the numerous biblical parallels to Israel.

> The eclipse will produce a 67-mile-wide path across America; 1967 was the year Israel regained Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. The property lines are often called the pre-67 lines in peace talks.

> The maximum level of eclipse coverage will be over Washington, DC at 2:42 PM (about 81 percent). UN Resolution 242 calls for Israel to give up land for an Arab state that is Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. The resolution is the foundation for the peace talks.

> The suns will set in Jerusalem at the time the eclipse’s shadow of totality arrives in Oregon on August 21.

> The eclipse line divides the land of the US; the Israeli-Palestinian peace process calls for the land of Israel to be divided

> The paths of the August 21, 2017 and April 8, 2024 total solar eclipses create a cross, with a phase of totality of 9000 square miles the size of New Jersey. Israel is often said to be the size of New Jersey.

From Max Obeidin:

‘In last week’s new report, we shared a commentary by Anne Graham Lotz called “Is God’s Judgment Coming on America?” about the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21. In Anne’s commentary she linked to a sermon by Australian pastor Steve Cioccolanti where he discussed the eclipse. One of the things that he mentioned is that zone of totality first arrives in Oregon at 17:16 UT (or 10:16 AM PDT), which is the same time the sun sets in Jerusalem at 7:16 PM. But there are a least a few other significant facts about the eclipse that seem to relate to the US role with Israel.

‘The National Eclipse Blog says, “From Oregon to South Carolina, the eclipse will trace a 67-mile-wide path across the country and millions of Americans will witness a once-in-a-lifetime event as the moon passes between the earth and the sun and day turns to night for up to almost three minutes.”  (X marks the spot two total solar eclipses in seven years)

‘Other sources have also noted that the path of the eclipse averages 67 miles wide. This 67-mile-wide ‘line’ so-to-speak essentially cuts the United States in half at a diagonal angle, dividing the land into two parts.

‘In the year 1967 Israel regained control of the eastern half of Jerusalem, as well as the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Golan Heights, and the Sinai Peninsula (although Sinai was later given back to Egypt). People that call for a two-state plan often mention the pre-war 1967 borders that existed before Israel regained control of Jerusalem and those other areas, sometimes referring to them as the ’67 lines. While our president is hoping to make the ‘ultimate deal’ for a two-state plan which would involve dividing Jerusalem and Israel based on using the ’67 lines as a starting point, America is symbolically being divided by a ’67 line.’ This seems to be very significant. The path of the 2017 eclipse also looks like it is sloping downward since it moves from the Northwest to the Southeast. Even this shape could possibly have a significance. In economics, when a line appears on a graph in this shape it is typically used to show a decline in something. It also looks like a slash mark across America, which is often used to negate something (i.e. think of a no eating symbol on a bus).

‘Washington, DC is not in the path of totality of the eclipse. However, there is another interesting fact which may be symbolic. According to timeanddate.com the eclipse reaches it maximum level of coverage over Washington, DC (of about 81%) at 2:42 PM. In 1967, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 242 which called for “withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict.”

‘Not only is there the concern that this eclipse could be an indication of God’s judgment, including for the U.S. role in the peace process, there is also further concern because another solar eclipse will happen approximately seven years later April 8, 2024. When you take the paths of the phase of totality of these two eclipses and cross them together, it makes a large ‘X’ over America which is centered close to Carbondale, Illinois. What makes it even more significant is the size of the area where the paths of totality cross. National Eclipse Blog describes it as such, “Because the 2017 eclipse travels across the country from northwest to southeast and the 2024 eclipse makes its way through the nation from southwest to northeast, the two paths cross each other and create a zone of overlapping totality of almost 9,000 square miles, or roughly the size of New Jersey” (x-marks-the-spot). The size of Israel is often compared to the size of New Jersey. Many pro-Israel speakers will distinctly say that Israel is “about the size of New Jersey.”

‘An ‘X’ over something is often used as a symbol of rejection. What does it mean for America when these two eclipses that are about seven years apart have paths of totality that form an ‘X’ over America with an area of overlap that is close in size to Israel?

‘While there are certainly other factors that are leading our nation further into God’s judgment, could the two eclipses be a warning that the tipping point for judgment is touching the land of Israel?

‘Even if this is so, as believers in Jesus we cannot live under a spirit of fear. One of the most amazing things to reflect on about these eclipses is that God already had these celestial events planned even before he set the sun, the earth, and the moon into their orbits. And even though the warning of judgment is a cause for concern and prayer about America, there is also something that we that live for Jesus can take comfort in. And that is that God is sovereign over the events of the Universe. He already knew before the world was created how all these things would take place. He knew the timing, locations, and parameters these events. Not only did He know them, but He was the One that ordained and orchestrated these events according to His divine and sovereign plans. And this is a good lesson for our lives.

‘Do we trust that the God who set the sun, the earth, and the moon into their orbits and planned these celestial events out plans our lives with perfect knowledge and understanding? Do we believe that if we let God guide our steps that He will orchestrate them in a way that is in perfect alignment with His sovereign will? And do we trust that even in the midst of any upcoming judgment that our nation may face, that God can give us the strength to focus our eyes on Jesus and to do our part to the do the Lord’s work?

‘There is indeed concern about what is coming to America. And this means that we must pray for God’s mercy, pray for our own safety and the safety of others, and especially that we pray for the salvation of those that do not know Jesus. And we must share the truth of God’s word and the Gospel when it comes to our individual and national accountability for sin and the need to repent, and we must also share God’s biblical truth about not diving the land of Israel. But we should do this with confident eyes on Jesus. When judgment comes, it will shake America, but Jesus will never be shaken! We will do our best to overcome what we may face nationally and individually if we are confident in and established firmly on Christ the Solid Rock!’

AND yet, maybe there’s an even more profound meaning to this ‘sign from heaven’?

IS ‘X’ THE HEBREW ‘TAV’ (SIGNAL)?

Mark Biltz, the messianic Jewish believer renowned for his work on the ‘blood moons’ says this symbolical manifestation of the sun, moon and sky is exactly like the shape of the ancient form of the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet – ‘tav’, which means ‘sign, mark, signal or monument’!!  His teaching last Sunday at Church of His Presence was exceptionally informative and I’d encourage every reader to set aside an hour to listen. Tap/click on this announcement for the video, where Mark starts speaking at 1:00:30..

He asks,

“WHAT TIME IS IT? Does anyone here know and do you know how to tell the time according to God’s calendar?”

He stresses “We need to know what time it is!” and that we cannot properly understand the Bible’s prophecies without an appreciation of the Hebraic perspective. So he brings an excellent introduction to anyone new to the subject and deep insights for those who are familiar with it from a church viewpoint only.

We learn how highly significant ancient and modern events in Jewish history are linked to the dates in their dual-calendar!!  AND about the relevance of this eclipse’s date.

A scriptural supplement may be read as pdf file via this graphic:

Mark’s connecting ‘dot’s and fitting ‘puzzle-pieces’ is ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING, so it comes with my strong, unequivocal recommendation. (His terms not mine, so we’re on the same wavelength!)

IT IS REQUIRED VIEWING THIS WEEKEND – may you be mightily blessed my reader.

PS: for more see Today’s and One Month Away’s Awesome Events in the Heavens.

Astonishing mathematics within Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 – the conjunction of Creation, Gospel and science?

In mid-September a mathematician was writing about his favourite formula whilst I was reading about the very same thing buried deep in holy writ!

A multitude of times I’ve noticed crazy coincidences cropping up to give confirmation and more instruction upon certain topics, as though the Lord’s got His hammer and hitting me between the eyes to get my attention!  This ‘God-incident‘ is the most extraordinary so far coming almost ‘simultaneously’ from both a secular, scientific standpoint and two fundamental scriptures.

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An anniversary-cum-birthday holiday brought me opportunity to read a book at long last after a non-stop busy Summer.  So I grabbed a couple from my pile, one of which, Unlocking the Sign Miracles of John by Jonathan R Hill, seemed on the lines of what I’d heard John Kilpatrick saying about the ‘sign miracles’ in the Gospel of John.

Flicking through it I noticed many references to the ‘Consummation of the Age’ (including chapter on its ‘mathematical foundation’), the ‘end-time’ prophetical significance of those miracles, as well as typologies, numerical aspects of Hebrew and Greek alphabets and calculations of time periods. Now, I take the last with a pinch of salt as they need careful checking, but am willing to consider and weigh new, even radical, concepts that don’t contradict scripture.

jr-hill-unlocking_39-2The book is based upon the work of Arthur Ware in The Restored Vision and quotes from Dr Grattan Guinness’ Light For The Last Days (an author used in The Invisible Hand, so influential upon me, as in my “Welcome”). I’m aware of the ancient practice of substituting letters of original Hebrew and Greek alphabets with their ordinal (sequential) value and standard designated values known as gematria, which Hill uses. His book is annotated with cross-references throughout.

Without further ado, here are some introductory points and copies of a few specific pages to read carefully (enlarge for ease of reading):

But God does not stop with types, as each letter of the two original languages of the Bible, Hebrew for the Old Testament and Greek for the New Testament, encapsulates a numerical value. Words and collections of sequential have a mathematical identity which therefore extends the surface narrative. Any agreement between this underlying numerical pattern and the surface meaning or doctrine, affixes considerable authenticity to the text…Only a personable supernatural God could inject such intrinsic connectivity within a book written in two languages with different alphabets, by multiple authors and across two millennia(emphasis mine).

‘The only reference in the (NT) to individual letters is actually in John’s Gospel – ‘And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this man know letters, having never studied?” John 7:15 NKJV (page 20).

‘The existence of a relationship between the surface meaning of the text, the type and the underlying mathematical value has long been known in Jewish Rabbinic tradition’ – see Wiki Pardes (Jewish Exegesis) (page 160).

Page 38: ‘…Before returning to the details of the progression of seven days, one more scientific digression is to be considered. A simple ratio of letters to words in Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 yields the following fundamental mathematical constants seen in figure 4’ – continues below (NB: especially note first footnote):

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Mathematician Joseph’s Jaw-dropping Email

Upon returning home on the closing days of September and opening the accumulation of email, I soon read a notification of new post sent the preceding weekend from Joseph at Rationalising the Universe, the early part of which reads:

‘Today I write a short post about something close to my own heart; and to so many others in the field of mathematics which is the notion of mathematical beauty. That is, deriving aesthetic satisfaction from mathematical work (which in my opinion is on a level far above any painting, sculpture or photograph can ever achieve). There is no one defined notion of mathematical beauty; as with the more regular notion of of human beauty there often is a general consensus but it is down to personal taste. Here I summarise some areas in which mathematics in my eyes is at its most beautiful.

‘In this area I take a commonly cited example of Euler’s formula, which was showered with praise by the late great Richard Feynman, who used to refer to the formula as “our jewel”. Let me first present the general version of the formula…’

(He explains formula linking trigonometrical with the exponential form and when ‘x’ takes the value of ‘pi’ it becomes the Euler’s identity, as in Hill’s book above):

‘That is incredibly powerful mathematics summarised in a short, elegant looking formula which revels so much. To me this is incredibly beautiful…’

I was left utterly ‘God-smacked’!  My next post reveals what I found when opening the full post from Joseph.

More of this book has yet to be checked but I offer this account for your information and to the credit of Jonathan Hill and his sources for their immense labour, for which I am indeed grateful.

Notes:
  1. The theorem uses the five most important constants of mathematics: zero (0), unity (1), ‘e’, the exponential number describing growth and decay ‘e’, ‘pi’ the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference, ‘i’ the basic imaginary number which, if it did exist, equals the square root of -1.
  2. Euler’s identity won a reader’s contest in Mathematical Intelligencer magazine in 2004 by a considerable margin for “the most beautiful theorem in mathematics”.
  3. Items 1 & 2: Mathematics – an Illustrated History of Numbers, ed Tom Jackson.
  4. For more about this special formula see Wikipedia Euler’s Identity.

A deep insight from Hebrew: ‘God’s Signature’

This extract from my post of 18 June 2014 Holy Treasure of ‘The Open Door’ sets the scene for where science and scripture may meet in mathematics, which we shall cover next.:

God's Signature - coverThis year I’m dipping into an easy-to-read primer on Hebrew by Steve Maltz, God’s Signature, and any reference by me simply cannot do it justice. Steve’s explanations of the language’s essential contribution to the creation and meaning of scripture are just like being with a tour guide who drops gems of insights as we meander around famous sights. Starting from the premise that the Bible is God’s word to us, Steve promises to answer questions of who wrote it, how manuscript evidence can be traced, how errors are detected and who decided what material to put in the Bible, but first explains the important difference between the Hebrew and Greek mindsets.

That difference arises from the origins of the Hebrew language lying in pictographic symbols of the Proto-Canaanite alphabet, of which each symbol conveyed a defined visual meaning. From this developed the Phoenician-Old Hebrew form of geometrical shapes for those symbols, which eventually led to Biblical Hebrew letters.

To illustrate this concept Steve shows those alphabets’ characters for ‘shepherd’. Next he asks, why did God use Hebrew? In answering he shows those stages for the Hebrew for “word”, davar, which is composed of three consonants only – dvr – as shown below. Note the inclusion and use of dalet:

God's Signature - page 9Interesting? Surely an understatement!

The symbolical characters give such an obvious yet revelatory insight when we recall the Gospel according to John opens by describing Jesus as “The Word of God”, then tells of His coming into the world and the unique privilege He brought to those who would receive Him – the right to become children of God (verse 12).

Therefore, Jesus is the pathway, or entrance, into God’s mind, exactly as He states in John 14:6 above. (See original post for more on this concept.)

Of particular interest for our purposes is Steve’s examination of dalet itself:

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The author goes on to state the root verb as dlh, or dala, meaning that which hangs down, or the idea of letting down or drawing up, as with a bucket in a well. Thus, for this comes the word for bucket, dly or daliy.  It seems so mundane but the beauty of Hebrew is it can have a spiritual application, for which Steve quotes Psalm 30:1 and Proverbs 20:5 use of dalah, viz:

I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths.

The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.

Also, Psalm 141:3 has a vivid way of using dalet to describe a mouth as “door of my lips” – Set a guard over my mouth O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.

daletAnd in Jeremiah 36:23, dalet is used for ‘columns’ in “four columns of the scroll”. In other words, as columns hang off a central spine or side of a manuscript, Steve points out that “the word dalet has been used for the simple reason we have something (the “columns”) hanging”.

Hence, the clear sense that there is a doorway of opportunity for us to go through this year. Have you sensed, or even seen it?

It’s time for serious disciples of the Lord, to approach the threshold and enter and break through into what He has for us.

Advice/Cautionary Note

Let’s reconsider some special points Jesus gave His disciples as ‘one who teaches with authority’, unlike religious leaders, from his extensive instruction known as ‘The Sermon on the Mount’ (Matthew chapters 5 to 7):

“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

“For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened…

…seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteous and all these things shall be added to you…

“I did not come to destroy (what’s written in the Law or the Prophets) but to fulfill…For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees you will by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven…

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad the way that leads to destruction…Not everyone who says to me “Lord, Lord” shall enter the Kingdom, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven…

“Therefore, whoever hears and does these sayings of Mine is like a wise man who built his house on the rock: and when the rains, floods and winds came upon it, it did not fall, for it was founded upon the rock…”

“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.” (John 14:23 NKJV emphases added)

 Amen

Further reading:

[Images from God’s Signature courtesy Terra Nova Publications International Ltd. Steve’s book is available from his website sppublishing.com as well as from Amazon. Be blessed]

Dr Sharon Stone: New Year 5777 (2016-2017) – the Sword of the Lord will arise

Chuck Pierce Glory of Zion

Chuck Pierce Glory of Zion

 “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come”. (Jer 33.3 NLT)

At an international gathering of prophets in Windsor, Berkshire, on 3rd September Rev Dr Stone gave attendees a heads-up on this new Hebraic Year 5777, ie. a month before it began on Rosh Hashanah at sundown last Sunday (2nd October 2016).

PART 1: Words & Numbers 

Rev Dr Sharon Stone, courtesy CIESharon’s purpose in providing an early analysis and report is to enable us to understand this new season, thereby aligning and positioning ourselves to receive the great blessing of what’s coming. Knowing what’s in our future gives us momentum to bring it into the present.

Her opening instruction stresses the importance of getting a ‘NOW’ word from the Lord;

“For those who don’t understand why we need a ‘now‘ word; as soon as I know what the Spirit of God is doing I align myself with that. I put my eyes where His are, I put my heart where His is, I put my hand where His is, I put my feet where I see He’s focused and I’m in a place of such great blessing, opportunity and advancement because I’ve not had to struggle to do that. It’s being in the right place at the right time – and that’s my prayer for each one of you.”

The pictorial characters of the Hebrew alphabet are not only of linguistic use and meaning but, like ancient Greek, also have a numerical value by virtue of their place in the alphabet, and some represent larger numbers in multiple of ten and of hundred. Thus, rich layers of meaning may be found within these letters and correspondingly within holy scripture.

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Ayin

She explains 5700 means ‘may this be the year of…’ and we’re in the decade of the 70, which is represented by letter ‘ayin’ or a pair of eyes (pictographically).

“So in every year of this decade we come to a new place of enlightenment for the church in different arenas – but it also means personally that your eyes are being opened up! Your (spiritual) vision is becoming more clear (and your getting) details of a strategy rather than an overview.

“By the end of this decade you need to expect that the prophetic has been increased in the midst of you…and you can go from one level to the next level in a greater way and a faster way than you could at any time before…At this time the Spirit of God is giving me two scriptures for this season we’re in.”

Sharon then speaks in-depth on Jeremiah 33.3, as quoted above about this remarkable season where the Lord’s putting a hunger in us for knowing about things to come. Next she expounds upon Isaiah 42:16 as another key pertinent to our prophetic eyesight:

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known. Along paths they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness into light before them and I will make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do and I will not forsake them”.

Meaning of 777

It seems God’s favorite number is 7, especially in the Book of Revelation, and this year’s number has 3!  Number 7 means perfect, complete, and when something’s mentioned three times in scripture it’s for emphasis.

777 is ‘divine – divine – divine’ or completion of perfection. Therefore, Sharon is hearing the the Lord say to her that over-longstanding issues and delayed promises are about to be finished and completed, and Holy Spirit will enable us to become overcomers.

So in this season of bringing to completion, or perfection, God’s giving us opportunities to learn and overcome and gain victories by which we can testify as overcomers.

During this time of perfected completion many will see a finished manifestation, especially for incomplete personal deliverance and for lengthy healing processes, these will come to completion and finish so that we can move on.

PART 2: Dream of Weapons

Sharon recounts a dream of a week or so earlier of being in a museum and seeing many Medieval weapons. Just before the end, her attention is drawn to “a very strong sword; a broad two-edged sword but it’s hilt had a crown that covered the hand”.

Upon telling husband Greg about the dream and about 5777 he told her to see what he’d emailed her about Chuck Pierce’s Head of the Year 5777 gathering that, “has on the front of it a picture of a sword with a crown on top – isn’t that incredible!”

Chuck Pierce Glory of Zion

Sharon explains its direct relevance to the 7th letter Hebrew ‘zayin’ which is written like a sword with a crown on top (footnote’s link refers).  As a sword means ‘war’ and being in a ‘zayin’ season we have to prepare for war and battle.

THE SWORD OF THE LORD WILL ARISE

Sharon continues by delivering an important prophetic word: “The Spirit of the Lord says,

“Surely I am in this season putting out a call to arms. My sword – the Sword of the Lord – will arise”, but the Lord says, “Also, the sword of the enemy will arise at this time.” 

But the Lord says, “Nations will behold not only My wisdom but, My sons and daughters, the nations will behold My severity also.” 

And the Lord says, “You will come to be one that no longer runs from spiritual warfare but you will realise that you are in a season” He says, “where I am unveiling new strategies.”

And the Lord says, “But just like in Gideon’s day there was a winnowing down of the troops until I had a people that I could operate through”, and the Spirit of the Lord says, “in this nation and in many other nations of the earth there has been a shifting in the prayer movement, there has been a shifting in the prophetic, there has been a dispersing and a going back home, and there has been a remnant that has arisen”, says the Lord.

And the Lord says that, “I declare even over the UK – (and globally in the nations, offers Sharon) – now there is going to be a Gideon army coming together” and the Lord says that, “The reason for My Gideon army is not because I despise revival and harvest – I don’t want the many saved? No, the reason I’m going to raise a Gideon army is I’m going to cause you to know My Power” says the Lord, “So it’s not going to be by your strength, by your power”, says the Lord, “but it’s going to be by My strength and My power and my Spirit.”

And the Lord says that, “You will see Me as the Lord Sabaoth – the One leading His troops forward”,  but the Spirit of the Lord says, “Where many expect Me to lift up My standard that you might follow” the Spirit of God says, “YOU are going to be My standard in the earth”, says God and the Lord says, “I will cause others to see your great exploits.”

And the Lord says, “You have all been in Kingdom conflict” but the Lord says, “This is different from yesterday for now you are in armed conflict”, for the Lord says, “I am giving you, furnishing you even with new weapons, weapons for a battle for victory” says God, “I will fight not simply because you are a warrior but because of your love for Me, your love for others and your love for the land that will motivate you.”

And the Lord says that, “You will wage war (look at this play on words), you will wage war and I will release back to you your stolen wages and it will be a financial season of  the power in you as well.”

And the Lord says, “The armed robber needed an armed guard to deal with him, but I’m releasing you even as an armed guard in the earth!” says your Father.

Sharon then mentions a sister had told her about a similar vision in the previous week that made her understood new weaponry would be released at the gathering.

Footnote: Hebrew for Christians website is most illuminating about Letter Zayin, especially in connection with time, viz: “since Zayin represents both the number 7 and a sword it is not surprising that it is used to divide or “cut up” time into units of sevens” (!!)

Lana Vawser: Rosh Hashana 5777 – I saw Jesus coming with a sword in His hand

LanaVawser‘As I spent time with Jesus today as Rosh Hashanah is upon us. I had a vision where I saw Jesus coming into the lives of believers and He was dressed as a warrior and had a HUGE SWORD in His hand.

“The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is His name” (Exodus 15:3)

‘He moved towards God’s people with such intentionality and victory. Each one of His steps was like the most skilled of warriors. His eyes FULL OF FIRE!!! As He moved towards God’s people He was wielding His sword back and forth. Every move SO precise. Every move made with perfect intention. The sense surrounded me that the Lord has been working deeply in the hearts and souls of His people in the last month, digging at roots and areas of demonic assault, all preparation for what He was about to do…’ continue reading on Lana’s blog

‘How the Church lost The Way…’ – book review

The following information received today is very useful preparatory reading for my follow-up to The Four Faces of God and Unity. It appears courtesy of PROPHECY TodayUK (click for original).

Paul Luckraft reviews Steve Maltz’s ‘How the Church Lost The Way…And How it Can Find it Again’:

How the Church Lost the WayIn this engaging and entertaining book, the author is very clear about his agenda: “to restore the understanding of the Hebraic roots of Christianity that has been lost, since the early days of the Church” (p 43). Equally clear is that in this book he has succeeded in making a considerable contribution towards what is an immense but vital task.

Maltz’s style is chatty, but not trite. He pulls no punches – he admits he may not just be upsetting the occasional sacred cow but disturbing the whole herd – but his aim is analysis, rather than attack. Certainly at every point he makes you think, and feel, and search for a proper response.

His title is apt in two ways, suggesting a straying from a correct path, but also reminding us that the early Christians were originally called The Way (Acts 9:2, 24:14), rather than the Church. Maltz points out that there has been a process of stripping out every trace of Jewishness from the established Church, starting early in its history and developing over time. The Body of Christ was meant to be One New Man (Eph 2:15) with both Jewish and Gentile elements in balance, and without this it is greatly diminished and largely unfulfilled.

How We Wandered

In Part One, the author tells ‘a tale of two summits’, taking us to two important councils: Jerusalem in AD 49 and Nicaea in AD 325. In an entertaining fly-on-the-wall (or rather peering-round-the-pillar) account, Maltz contrasts these two occasions, the former advocating the inclusion of Gentiles into the Church, the other the exclusion of Jews.

The most telling quote is from Constantine’s letter circulated to churches throughout the Christian world concerning the timing of Easter: “Let us then have nothing in common with the most hostile rabble of the Jews” (p48).

In chapter 2, Maltz provides a fascinating potted history of the main Greek thinkers: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, highlighting their ‘big ideas’ and the equally big consequences of those ideas on Church history. He demonstrates how the early Church fathers reconstructed Christianity in Platonic terms, mixing the Bible with Platonic thinking.

As we are shown the long slide away from our Jewish roots into Greek dualism we are given excellent summaries – neither too long nor too short – of Philo (and allegory), Origen, Augustine, and Aquinas. In each case there is just enough detail to convince us that “the great doctrines of Christianity had become a philosopher’s playground” (p42).

This may only be an introduction to a very large topic, but the main point comes across clearly. The Church is “far more Greek in its outlook than people could ever imagine and this is not a side issue, but very much a key battleground for the truth” (p60).

Reclaiming Our Heritage

Part Two is largely comprised of a series of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the Hebraic worldview that we need to reclaim.

Maltz starts by looking at the Bible itself and how it should be interpreted from a Hebraic perspective, and then goes on to examine the Hebrew language, family life and marriage, the Sabbath and especially the Jewish festivals and calendar. This latter section is the longest and most informative. The Jewish biblical festivals are “so instructional, so rich in meaning, so bursting in Jesus, that it can do us nothing but good to be aware of them” (p106).

Part Three revisits the idea, mentioned earlier in the book, that the body of Christ is meant to be One New Man. Here is a fascinating discussion on what this should entail, namely a balance between the two distinctive elements of Jew and Gentile. Not a blurring into one but a partnership, and a preparation for heaven!

No Apology Needed

At one point towards the end the author seems to apologise that he has meandered all over the place (though he adds hopefully, not randomly). In fact, there is no sense of meandering as you read through this book. It can be taken as a whole, or in parts. Although there is no index, there is an appendix of recommended further reading, helpfully arranged to coincide with the chapters of this book.

It covers its main themes well, and also ends with a plea for each Christian believer to take personal responsibility to examine the Bible through the eyes and experiences of the early Jewish believers, rather than the contact lens of Greek philosophy. (Amen: emphasis RB)

If we all individually re-evaluate our image of God and attitude to worship and fellowship then, as the subtitle suggests, the Church can find The Way again.

God's Signature - cover‘How the Church Lost The Way’ (190 pp, paperback, £10) is the first of Steve Maltz’s three books on the state of the Western church which are available from Saffron Planet Publishing. His website is Saltshakers. (Update: see Comments re availability on Kindle.)

Steve’s work will be featured in Prophecy TodayUK over the next few weeks. For more about Steve on this blog see my introductory remarks about ‘God’s Signature’ in Holy Treasure of ‘The Open Door’ (reading from sub-heading ‘A Deep Insight From Hebrew’).

Although I haven’t yet read this book on the Church I’m sure it’s as easy, enjoyable reading as ‘God’s Signature’.

PS: see also Jeff Benner’s brief intro’ on errors in Bible translations, About the Ancient Hebrew Research Centre (thank you Nelson Walters at The Gospel in the End-Times).

The Year 5775: The Year of Advance

Thank you Melissa for another excellent explanation, and to Victoria Heard for a prompt to visit her site – and Ephesians 1 once again turns up! This is well timed for what I was about to blog but got delayed!

Defining Words

ayinhey[For returning readers, the first part of this post is a rehearsal of prior research.]

Sundown on Wednesday, September 24 marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year. For the Jewish community, this is a time of reflection, purification and hopeful contemplation of the future. Not unlike our Western New Year’s celebrations, Rosh Hashanah is a time of recapping or regrouping in order to strategically move forward.

For the past month, I’ve heard the following declaration in my spirit. “God is on the advance.” Knowing this was somehow relative to the word for the year 5775, I could not wait to delve into the research you are about to read. While synthesizing the information, crystal clarity came on just how He will move in the days ahead. Prepare yourself for what will be a year of reorientation and permutation.

Shall we begin?

Remember, the Hebrew alphabet doubles as…

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Vision of a lion – the four faces of God

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To continue Paws 4 Thought on Ffald-y-Brenin about the frightening vision of a lion and as promised at the close of ‘Nuggets’.:

To recap briefly, let me set the scene…

Ffald-y-Brenin

In his blogspot of 2011 David Pike writes about the 1,500 year Christian history of the mountain upon a shoulder of which Ffald-y-Brenin nestles.:

Carn Ingli credit DE Pike“I find it very interesting that the place God chose as the location for the centre is on the side of Carn Ingli – the Hill of the Angels. It was so named because it was where 6th century Celtic saint Brynach who came from Ireland and settled in this area used regularly to ascend the mountain and spend time there communing with God. The people of the local community he served were clearly aware that his times of fellowship with God were special and supernatural times, and so the place got its name.”

Roy and Daphne [the centre’s managers] are aware of this connection, and draw inspiration from the way the Celtic saints served their communities out of a deep and personal communion with God in which a regular rhythm of prayer is a key feature.

Chapel credit Ffald-y-Brenin

“In the meanwhile, the level of Holy Spirit activity at Ffald-y-Brenin has increased in the last months, especially after a pastor from Africa visited the centre to come and pray for God’s blessing on his nation. After some time alone in the chapel, he came to see Roy, looking somewhat startled and wide-eyed. He wanted to know for how long there had been a lion in the chapel. 

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“A lion had appeared while he was praying, and had stood on the natural rock that is the centre-piece of the chapel, actually part of the mountain on the side of which the centre is built. It had faced in each of the four directions of the points of the compass, and roared in each direction. The man was shaken to his roots! Since then [2011] there has apparently been an intensification and a deepening of the effect of the power of God in Ffald-y-Brenin.”

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Reading that whilst blogging upon return home, I noted his closing reference and used it as my closure to my account of the Christian retreat centre:

“There’s a lion’s roar going out of Pembrokeshire right now. I feel it will be heard to the ends of the earth, in all four directions in the coming days.”

In doing so, I noted his reference to ‘all four directions’ also relates to the worship at last month’s ‘Days of Wonder’ gathering in Cardiff.

There, the worship band declared the holy name of the LORD in its original Hebrew and done as practised by the priest in the holy of holies in the Temple. Each consonant of His Name, as revealed to Moses (in King James’ English, “Yehovah” – Exodus 6:3), was declared in turn whilst facing each of the cardinal points of north, east, south and west.

The Four Faces of God

Four Faces bookGod is One, yet Three in One, and reveals Himself in four main aspects, as John Bickersteth & Timothy Pain write in The Four Faces of God (Kingsway Publications, 1992).

The authors explain why God is represented by four creatures, four colours, four offices and four offerings in the Old Testament; why we celebrate Christmas one way when the Bible presents it in four; why there are four different Gospels, each with their traditional emblem.

They explain that, in the Gospels, “Matthew wants his readers to obey the king; Mark hopes his readers will allow His servant to serve them; Luke asks his readers to follow the perfect man; John writes about life, light, love, truth and glory so that his readers will love and believe in God’s glorious, light-bearing, life-bringing Son.”

4Faces p71The grounds for these scriptural concepts were enthusiastically taught by one of the elders at Tilehurst Free Church (Baptist), where I found the Lord had put me after He saved me. When an anti-Christian I’d vowed, “I wouldn’t touch Baptists with a barge pole, ‘cos they’re such Biblical bigots”. But I didn’t know God has a huge sense of humour and, as related in my story, was stunned to find myself at a Billy Graham event in 1989.

A few weeks later I rejected the Gospel but nearly died that night. After being personally rescued by Jesus himself, I decided to attend the church but couldn’t find out what sort they were.  Unbeknown to me they were going through a crisis of whether or not to allow the charismatic gifts. Some went returned to the parent church but the ministers at TFC taught the Bible solidly and learned about and equipped members in using Holy Spirit’s giftings.  So, it was as Smith Wigglesworth had foreseen – the proper balance of Word and Spirit in church. I was in the right place at the right time  Thank you Lord.

I’m not going into the book in any depth, just providing an overview to reinforce my main point. After considering the Gospel writers different emphases upon Jesus’ mission, the authors look at the four-fold Jesus, the four-fold Gospel, four-fold discipleship, four-fold prayer.

4Faces p97Old Testament ‘fore-shadowings’ are considered in-depth, first by means of the names God gave to describe His person, the main ones being:

Yahweh Sabaoth – ‘LORD of Hosts’

El Elyon – ‘God the Most High’

El Shaddai – ‘The Almighty’

El Qodosh – ‘The Holy One of Israel’.

After elaborating upon his mentor’s work, Pain considers Israel’s four-fold Messiah – “your God, your king, My Servant and the man”. Then, as in Isaiah – “Wonderful Counsellor”, “Mighty God”, “Eternal Father” and “Prince of Peace”.

They then consider Ezekiel’s vision of the four living creatures ‘of human form but the sight of them was like the glory of God’! These were later recorded in the revelation that came to Apostle John, but for 2nd and 3rd century theologians, Ezekiel’s vision is ‘the clinching and most important four-fold fore-shadowing of the four Gospels‘.

Those authors, however, don’t refer to what Ian Clayton elaborates upon the faces of God, eg. as in Genesis 17:1

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I [am] the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. (KJV)

The original Hebrew of Gen 17:1 reads as follows (emphases added):

And he-is-becoming Abram son-of ninety and nine years and he is appearing Yahweh to Abram and he-is-saying to him, I El Who-Suffices walk-you! to faces-of me and become-you! flawless

Apparently when the high priest declared the name of Yahweh as the ‘Tetragrammaton’ or four Hebrew consonants – ‘Yod’, ‘Heh’, ‘Vav’, ‘Heh’ – they not only turned towards all four cardinal points and sang out each consonant, but also imagined one of those faces of God in turn being before them.

You cannot imagine the effect of this sound during our worship. No wonder we went heaven bound ‘into orbit’ at that gathering in Cardiff…!!!

According to Ezekiel’s vision, the four living creatures each have faces of a man, lion, eagle and bull. It’s thought they’re like that because, being constantly before Him, they reflect all the Lord’s facial characteristics.

Hence, my amazement at learning about the African pastors’ vision at Ffald-y-Brenin of a lion roaring to each cardinal point.

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Later, I will write how the Almighty’s personally descriptive name directly reveals Jesus’ fore-ordained sacrifice on the cross.

A closing thought: the cross of Calvary is also four-directional. like compass points!

Footnotes:

See Vision of Glory Firestorm and Four Faces of God, and Why I’m Writing for information on the personal revelance of the eagle.

In notes accompanying his painting Four Living Creatures, renowned prophetic artist James Nesbit states,

We have had the privilege of being in countless worship gatherings where we have joined with the voices of the four living creatures and twenty-four elders for hours on end…

(To read more click image to enlarge, and here to access James Nesbit gallery)

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Top/closing images credit: Discerning the Times – the Return of the King is Near –  ‘African Lion Roaring’ credit: Best stock pictures – ‘Preparing for the Roar’ credit: At The Father’s Feet

Holy treasure of ‘The Open Door’

White Door in SkydoorThat the Almighty is not only providing believers with abilities and areas of personal empowerment, but also wanting us to grow and develop them for the good of others, as in Monday’s post, reminded me of the symbolism of an open door. That’s the symbolic designation for the current Hebrew Year 5774 and so it would be good to refresh our minds about that and revisit its importance.

daletHence, Tuesday’s post linked into an informative article on this year’s significance, as outlined in last September’s post, The door into the ‘New Season’ is open.  It is a time of new beginnings, and especially a good time to dispose of personal baggage and free us up to recognise and take new opportunities. This is signified by digit 4 being the Hebrew letter ‘dalet’, as shown here >

[NB: each character in the Hebrew alphabet represents a letter, symbol and number; and which is not to be confused with numerological interpretation of words and text.]

I noted that a visiting preacher said we need to know God more and grow lots more in areas He’s preparing for us. All we have in life cannot be compared with what we have in Jesus Christ. People have issues with Christians because we’re not living the right way, as Jesus wants us to.  A mature tree produces the fruit of a Christ-like character and Jesus has the power to transform us into Him!

So, let’s take another look at how this symbolism of the open door may be activated…

The Unique Doorway

Jesus said, I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9 NKJV)

Melissa Flores considers this means that Jesus is our ‘dalet’ – “the One who leads us into greener pastures. Too many of us follow our favourite ministers or voices hoping to find our destiny. Until you hone in on the voice of the Shepherd, the door of destiny will elude you. He alone can confirm. He alone can commission. He alone can grant entry into the next assignment or pasture of your life. Sell all of the stock you have placed in man’s ability to identify and promote you, and invest it where it belongs”. (Emphases mine)

Her explanation connects into what Bob Mazeroski brought from the Lord about His provision of mantles, does it not?

Also, one of the definitions Jesus gave of His identity was, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 NIV). That is, we can regard Jesus as being ‘The Doorway’ into the throne room of God.

A Deep Insight From Hebrew

God's Signature - coverThis year I’m dipping into an easy-to-read primer on Hebrew by Steve Maltz, God’s Signature, and any reference by me simply cannot do it justice. Steve’s explanations of the language’s essential contribution to the creation and meaning of scripture are just like being with a tour guide who drops gems of insights as we meander around famous sights. Starting from the premise that the Bible is God’s word to us, Steve promises to answer questions of who wrote it, how manuscript evidence can be traced, how errors are detected and who decided what material to put in the Bible, but first explains the important difference between the Hebrew and Greek mindsets.

That difference may arise from the origins of the Hebrew language lying in pictographic symbols of the Proto-Canaanite alphabet, of which each symbol conveyed a defined visual meaning. Out of this developed the Phoenician-Old Hebrew form of geometrical shapes for those symbols and then eventually came the Biblical Hebrew letters.

To illustrate this concept Steve shows those alphabets’ characters for ‘shepherd’. Next he asks, why did God use Hebrew? In answer he shows those stages for the Hebrew for “word”, davar, which is comprised of three consonants only – dvr – as shown below. Note the inclusion and use of dalet:

God's Signature - page 9Interesting? Surely an understatement!

The symbolical characters give such an obvious yet revelatory insight when we recall the Gospel according to John opens by describing Jesus as “The Word of God”, then tells of His coming into the world and the unique privilege He brought to those who would receive Him – the right to become children of God (verse 12).

Therefore, Jesus is the pathway, or entrance, into God’s mind, exactly as He states in John 14:6 above.

Of particular interest for our purposes is Steve’s examination of dalet itself:

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The author goes on to state the root verb as dlh, or dala, meaning that which hangs down, or the idea of letting down or drawing up, as with a bucket in a well. Thus, for this comes the word for bucket, dly or daliy.  It seems so mundane but the beauty of Hebrew is it can have a spiritual application, for which Steve quotes Psalm 30:1 and Proverbs 20:5 use of dalah, viz:

I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths.

The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.

Also, Psalm 141:3 has a vivid way of using dalet to describe a mouth as “door of my lips” – Set a guard over my mouth O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.

daletAnd in Jeremiah 36:23, dalet is used for ‘columns’ in “four columns of the scroll”. In other words, as columns hang off a central spine or side of a manuscript, Steve points out that “the word dalet has been used for the simple reason we have something (the “columns”) hanging”.

Hence, the clear sense that there is a doorway of opportunity for us to go through this year. Have you sensed, or even seen it?

It’s time for serious disciples of the Lord, to approach the threshold and enter and break through into what He has for us.

Advice with cautionary note

Let’s reconsider some special points Jesus gave His disciples as ‘one who teaches with authority’, unlike religious leaders, from his extensive instruction known as ‘The Sermon on the Mount’ (Matthew chapters 5 to 7):

“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

“For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened…

…seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteous and all these things shall be added to you…

“I did not come to destroy (what’s written in the Law or the Prophets) but to fulfill…For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees you will by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven…

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad the way that leads to destruction…Not everyone who says to me “Lord, Lord” shall enter the Kingdom, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven…

“Therefore, whoever hears and does these sayings of Mine is like a wise man who built his house on the rock: and when the rains, floods and winds came upon it, it did not fall, for it was founded upon the rock…”

“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.” (John 14:23 NKJV emphases added)

 Amen

Now read the next post to learn how the italicised closing thoughts, added after drafting the whole piece, were concurrently confirmed by a prophetic team. Or was it vice versa with the Lord impressing upon me what He gave them??  Click to continue >>

[Image of Door Open in Sky courtesy of Nattavut, FreeDigitalPhotos.net Images from God’s Signature courtesy Terra Nova Publications International Ltd. Steve’s book is available from his website sppublishing.com as well as from Amazon. Be blessed]

The Year 5774: Ayin Dalet

Am re-blogging this excellent article by Melissa Flores for my readers to have a good background for my next post on the ‘Open Doorway’. Thank you again Melissa

Defining Words

Sundown on Wednesday, September 4 marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year. For the Jewish community, this is a time of reflection, purification and hopeful contemplation of the future. Not unlike our Western New Year’s celebrations, Rosh Hashanah is a time of recapping or regrouping in order to advance. The word I shared on Ayin Gimel is still being fulfilled in the lives of God’s people, both now and in the days ahead. What Father releases in any year does not expire at the close of the calendar year. Think of these timely revelations as layers of flavors added to the dispensational brew that Heaven is distilling in the earth. Each ingredient flavors the whole and affects the end-result. I encourage you to read what God has been doing thus far in the decade, here, here, and here. It’s quite impossible for a desiring…

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