This morning in the shower Holy Spirit spoke one word, “Lebanon”. Tonight, at sundown, on the Hebraic Calendar begins the Fast Day of the 4th Month, Tammuz 17. This is the anniversary of the Golden Calf incident when Moses came off the mountain after 40 Days. This began a series of horrific incidents that would happen on this day throughout history.

On Tammuz 17 in the year 2006, Lebanon and Israel went to war after Hezbollah kidnapped 2 Israeli soldiers. My husband and I were in an annual World Ministry Fellowship Convocation in Dallas listening to Dr. Hilton Sutton teach on End Times. Someone came in and shouted, “We need to stop and pray for Israel. They just went to war with Lebanon.” That began was is now called the “2006 Lebanon War”.

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Chuck Pierce prophesied January 29, 2006,watch Lebanon. I will bring conflict into Lebanon, because it is the boundary that I will deal with this year concerning My promised land of Israel. The warlike tribes of Lebanon will once again arise. But in the end, I will win this war, and the riches that have been withheld from My Kingdom plan will be released.” The prophet’s word came to pass within 6 months.

Because of the word this morning in the shower, I have dropped previous plans and now this afternoon I am getting updates on Lebanon. AlJazeera had many articles on Lebanon today, none were pretty. “Plotting our escape-Lebanon braces for a new emigration wave.” “Lebanon’s Economy – The political elite, the Central Bank and the banking sector are arguing over who has bankrupted the state.” CNN shared “Lebanon Crisis – dumpster diving, blackouts and suicide.” BBC News shared “Maids dumped outside Beirut Embassy”, they are now homeless because the embassy cannot afford to feed or pay them for their service. “Lebanon Protests as Currency Dives.”

News Lebanon shared today, “A Lebanese businessman who has been accused of financing Hezbollah has returned home – after three years in a United States jail. Kassim Tajideen had been sentenced to five years in prison but was released due to poor health, and the risk of contracting COVID-19 in prison.” He was financing Hezbollah in the US!!

Hezbollah, or so-called ‘The Party of God‘, is a Shia Islamic group of terrorists based in Lebanon is primarily funded by Iran. In an October 2018 report from Israel National News, “Security Minister reveals Lebanese terror group’s arsenal has grown to 150,000 missiles and rockets, says Iraq could join assault on Israel.” That was almost 2 years ago!!!

As I continue to watch and pray over what is happening, I am asking you to pray for the Lebanon Border during this 3-week Season of Dire Straits. Lebanon is right now a hot bed of hate and desperation.

2 Kings 20:19, “Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, The word of the Lord you have spoken is good. For he thought, Is it not good, if [all this evil is meant for the future and] peace and security shall be in my days?”

2 Timothy 3:1, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. (2) People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,”

Baby Boomers are those (like me) who were born 1946 and 1964. After WWII there was a great boom in the baby-making business as soldiers came back from war and the economy and future looked much better for families.  This was a time of great productivity in everyone of the Seven Mountains of Culture (the areas of influence of global society).

  1. Media
  2. Government/Military
  3. Education
  4. Economy/Business
  5. Family
  6. Arts and Entertainment
  7. Religion/Church

Unfortunately, most of them have not represented the Kingdom of God, but the kingdoms of this world system. Matthew 6:33, (AMPC) “seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.” We are like Hezekiah – concerned about self, not the future of his children and grandchildren.

Since I am a Baby Boomer myself, let me reminisce my growing up. I grew up in a rural farming community in Minnesota, with a population of 500. I graduated top 10 in my class (of 17). Very little was store-bought. I got my first store-bought dress for my Lutheran Confirmation celebration when I was 13 years old. Our back-yard was not a swimming pool, but consisted of a huge vegetable garden, clothesline that was full every Monday, and a big barrel to burn our garbage. (yes – we burned our garbage, and we burned piles of leaves). We drank water out of a hose and raided the garden when the peas were ready to eat. When the town whistle blew at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm, we knew to drop what we are doing and run home for lunch and dinner. At dinner, we all sat at the dining room table TOGETHER and ate after we had all said our prayers of thanksgiving for the meal. Nobody got to pick their own meal, everyone ate what was prepared and we were thankful for it. After the meal, the children were responsible to clean off the table and do the dishes. For chicken for the freezer, we watched Mom and Dad cut the head off of chickens from the farmers and watched as the chickens would run around the back yard with their heads cut off. They watched Mom pluck each of the chicken. We worked hard on Saturday, cleaning the whole house before we could do anything else. We mowed grass, shoveled  the snow, weeded the garden, work work work whatever needed to be done, we were a part. We were spanked, hard and lived through it. Sundays we all went to church together, sat in the same pew, were pinched when we giggled. After Church we normally had pot roast in the oven waiting for us before we had a relaxing Sunday afternoon. And when we graduated we got a suitcase to leave, because now we were grown up and should go out on our own.

Now compare today. We were raised in a time of growing prosperity and are left un-thankful. We may have not been spoiled, but have raise our children to be spoiled and believing life is all about them. Entitlement mentality.  Everyone on the team now gets a medal. Now even the grade-school age have their own cell phones – and predators know this. These kids are left to spend hours playing games that are forming their mindset into killers! 

But most don’t care, as long as we get what we want, who cares about our children and our grandchildren.

Baby Boomers have become like King Hezekiah. As long as their is peace and security in our time, who cares what we leave to the generation behind us. As long as we get our Social Security Check, who cares if this next generation never sees the financial security that they have paid for.

Maybe we need to take a long hard look at Hezekiah’s son, Manasseh. He became king at 12 years old and reigned for 55 years. He became known as the most wicked king in Judah’s history! What kind of a generation are we leaving behind?

Right now, suicide is the second cause of death in a 10-year old. Because of this global pandemic, the youth have lost hope for a future. Suicide is growing increasingly in the children and young adults. This is the legacy we are leaving. SELAH, pause and think about this. Then turn your prayers from asking God for more for yourself, but what can I do to help this next generation that will benefit the Kingdom of God.

 

I have really been seeing 33, 3:33 and 333 a lot lately and felt the need to do research. This first part is form my recent Bible Study and the latter part is from the scrubbed Space Launch today. Remember – Jesus never told us to “speculate”, but He did tell us to WATCH and PRAY!

  • Jesus warns to “watch and pray in Mark 13:33 “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.” Also see Mark 13:34, 35, 37; 14:34, 37, 38
  • Ezekiel 33:3 speaks of the WATCHMAN, “‘when he (watchman) sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people,…”
  • Jeremiah 33:3, “‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
  • Isaiah 33:3, “At the noise of the tumult the people shall flee; when You lift Yourself up, the nations shall be scattered;”

Number 33 – Why is Holy Spirit highlighting this number right now? Watch & Pray!

  • On Lag B’ Omer this year was historic in Israel. There are 49 days of Counting of the Omer between Passover and Pentecost, and Lag B’Omer is the 33rd Day.  LAG is made up of 2 Hebrew letters which also represent a Hebrew number. Lamed (30) and Gimel (3) which total 33.
  • Normally Israel observed Lag B’ Omer holiday with over 100,000 worshipers at Mt Meron in the upper Galilee area of Israel, with all night worship and huge bonfires. This Historic year May 12, 2020 there was a limit to the fire and a very, very small limit to the worshipers. No bonfires were allowed in Jerusalem during the quarantine.
    • One reason for the observance, it is the day that the plague which took the lives of Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students came to an end.
    • Lag B’Omer is the day that marks the passing of one of Rabbi Akiva’s greatest students, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, in the second century CE. He died on Lag B’ Omer and was known for his light and fire of his teaching. He was believed to have been buried on Mt Meron

In the Bible, number 33 is the number of complete work. 

  • Jesus finished His earthly work on the 33rd year of His life.
  • There are 33 authors that complete the Bible.
  • Elohim (Trinity name) appears 33 times in Genesis Chapter 1.
  • King David reigned in Jerusalem 33 years (I Chron 29:27).

In Barbie Breathitt’s book on “A-Z Dream Symbology Dictionary” she wrote, “33 means “Promise, high prospective and spiritual consciousness, honesty, knowledge, and understanding; dying to self.”

So, I observe from the Bible that 33 is a very interesting number! But remember, the devil never creates anything – he only perverts. View the next examples  that are not a Biblical view:

  • Free Masonry has 33 degrees – 33rd being the highest level they can achieve. The House of the Temple in Washington DC has 33 outer columns which are each 33 feet high. 
  • 33rd Parallel – These are the cities of the world that rest directly on the 33rd parallel: Islamabad, Pakistan, Baghdad, Iraq, Phoenix, AZ, Long Beach, CA, Birmingham, AL.
    • FDR died on the 33rd parallel north, at Warm Springs, GA, and was replaced by the 33rd President of the United States, Harry Truman who was a 33rd Degree Mason, and was the first President to order the dropping of the atomic bomb, which was tested on the 33rd degree parallel, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Years later, JFK was assassinated in Dallas, TX, a city close to the 33rd parallel.
  • Ancient Vedic Religion (Hinduism) – 33 is the number of their deities
  • Buddhism – The word trāyastriṃśa is an adjective formed from the numeral trayastriṃśat, “33” and can be translated in English as “belonging to the thirty-three [devas] – second level of heaven
  • Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage visits 33 Buddhist temples throughout Japan
  • According to Al-Ghazali (Persian Philosopher), dwellers in heaven will exist eternally in the state of being age 33.
  • Islamic prayer beads are normally sets of 33 beads
  • Pope John Paul 1 was the 33-day pope, shortest reign in history
  • Klu Klux Klan – 33 is one of their symbols. ‘K’ is the 11th number of the Alpha Bet and 3 times 11 is KKK
  • Psychic – 33 is a Master Number (Master Teacher) and resonates with energies of compassion, blessings, inspiration, honesty, discipline, bravery and courage. Number 33 tells us that ‘all things are possible’. 33 also symbolizes guidance
  • Angel Number – 33 symbolizes growth – seeing 33 often means you need to ‘grow up’!

33 years ago – 1987, President Reagan (40th President), Russian Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope John II worked together to change the world. Perry Stone wrote in his Unusual Prophecies Being Fulfilled Prophet Series, Book 4 is “The Pope, The Eagle and the Iron Sickle.”

  • President Reagan is best know for “tear down that wall”
  • Mikhail Gorbachev is most famous for ending the Cold War and during his presidency USSR ended after 70 years
  • Pope John II was actually a defender of the Jews during WWII and living in Poland he worked to save many Jews from the Holocaust

Today the US Space Launch was scheduled. Some things interesting about this special launch are:

  • It was the first US Space launch since 2011
  • It is the first US Space Launch of the Decade
  • It was supposed to liftoff at 3:33 pm CST
  • The Rocket Ship was called Dragon. The SpaceX Dragon, also known as Dragon 1 was a reusable cargo spacecraft developed by SpaceX, an American private space transportation company.
    • Dragon is mentioned 12 times  in the 12th chapter of the Book of Revelation (12 is the biblical number of governmental perfection – see E.W. Bullinger’s Numbers in Scripture)
  • No longer will we be relying on Russia Russia Russia to get into space.
  • It is rescheduled for Saturday, May 30, Which is the 2nd Day of Jewish Feast of Pentecost, known in Hebrew as Shavu’ot. This year we have Jewish Pentecost 2 days followed by Christian Pentecost Sunday — 3 days of Pentecost!!!! And I believe it will Historical. The prophets are really expecting a sound from heaven and a mighty move of God on the earth.

One of the young area intercessors wrote this today: “I was knee deep in a COVID Biblical comparison of 333 and the gist of it was a lot of people have been seeing 333 recently since COVID started and they feel like it’s an angelic sign – that 3 dots 3 dashes 3 dots is a sign for SOS and that God is stirring up to get our attention, which lines up with a lot of the word of the season. To get ready and to get with God and to listen to what He’s doing and what He’s speaking because of the importance of this time.”

 

 

 

Psalm 103:5, “Who satisfies your mouth with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s”

The verse above reveals a secret of the eagle’s power – it’s renewal. Unlike other birds, eagles molt in their old age and renew their feathers. With the renewal of feathers come a renewal of youth and energy.

Too many of us are allowing the enemy to beat us up when we feel faithless, weary and tired. But the Bible clearly states in Isaiah 40:30 in the Amplified Bible, “Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted.”

The word “weary” means to be weary physically, to get tired, to get beat down, worn down in the soul (mind, will and emotions) from the enemy repeatedly coming against you and to grow powerless in spirit (the real you) from the repeated attacks.

People who have demanding professions have a regular extended period of rest.  Soldiers have R & R, teachers have holidays, missionaries have furlough. While these periods of rest are important, they do not promise strength. True rest and strength come from the Lord. Isaiah 40:29 promises me, “He gives power to the faith and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. (AMP)

There is nothing we can do to avoid getting weary and worn out. You will get worn out on a regular basis and the only way to avoid the weariness that destroys us is to spend time in the presence of God. The Bible gives us 26 vivid examples of eagles and one of my favorites is the example of renewing our strength from Isaiah 40:31.

No one seems to know exactly how the eagle regains youth. There are different legends and theories. Eagles live to be approximately 30-50 years old and halfway in their life span they go through a mid-life crisis. From different studies and teachers I have come upon these steps an eagle will take to renew their strength (In the parenthesis I have likened the eagle’s example to us in the stage we find ourselves needing renewed strength).

  1. The eagle is not as quick as he once was. Strong eagles have been measured at traveling 150 miles per hour during a dive. (You find yourself being exhausted from a normal day’s ministry or work. You stop soaring and start running in your own strength because you could not naturally understand God. He did not answer your prayer the way you thought He would. Then you stop running and start walking slower.)
  2. He is slower in flight. The average eagle should be able to catch a current and reach speeds of over 50 miles per hour. (The joy of the Lord is gone. You begin to sit towards the back of the Church, then you miss church services more and more.)
  3. His feathers are worn and they whistle as he dives for his prey. A bald eagle can see a rabbit moving from 1 mile away and when he is at an altitude of 984 feet over open country can spot prey over an area of 3 square miles. The eagle is created by God to be able to dive after the prey and quietly come upon them without any warning. As the feathers are worn they whistle and they are unable to hunt effectively. ( You find yourself speaking negative about your situation. Instead of creating with your mouth, you are creating an atmosphere for failure.)
  4. The wings become so weak and they spend most of their time in the valley. They end up walking and acting more and more like a turkey than an eagle. (You find yourself looking at everything as it is, not as God sees it. You lose hope. You are believing things are as bad as the local news claims. You forget God’s ability and limit Him.)
  5. The talons are not sharp anymore. He has trouble picking up things and in the process the prey gets away. (The revelation knowledge is not coming like it used to and you give up your Bible reading because you are not getting anything out of it.)
  6. There is calcification formed on his beak so he is not able to pick up and eat properly. (Discouragement and defeat are on the tip of your tongue on a constant basis. You are speaking doubt and defeat without realizing what you are doing)
  7. His nostrils fill with calcium and he cannot breathe sufficiently to clean off his feathers. There is a process that is called preening that an eagle goes through daily and the entire process takes about one hour. This is where the eagle daily cleans each feather through his mouth and exhales and breathes on it. As he breathes on each feather it is equivalent to a steam cleaning. The US National Parks Service states, “Because they rely on flight for their survival, bald eagles must spend a large part of their day preening over the 7,000 feathers.” An average wing has up to 1200 feathers each and this process restores the feathers from that former day’s activities. During this process there is a gland in his mouth that secretes an oily substance that enables him to soar during storms, and fly into any water without being dragged down. What a wonderful waterproofing method the Lord has given to the eagle. (You find yourself getting counsel and help from people instead of Holy Spirit. You begin to live on the revelation from other preachers and not getting any Rhema word from God by intimate fellowship and relationship)

The process of renewal takes approximately 40 days. The number 40 in the Bible is associated with probation, trial and chastisement. This is not punishment but the chastisement of sons, and of a covenant people. The following is the process of renewal they go through. (Remember, our process is in parenthesis)

  1. He seeks a cool stream to wash the mud off.  (Purposely set aside time for the Lord. Realize He is your only hope. Remember His faithfulness to cleanse you.)
  2. The eagle goes to a cave or preferably a high place, usually a rock. (Matthew 6:6, AMP – “But when you pray, to into your [most] private room, and closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.” This is the time only for you and God, no one else.)
  3. He gets as close to the sun as possible. (Turn your spiritual eyes upon Jesus. Focus all your energy – spirit, soul and body on Him. Call upon Him. Acknowledge Him for who He is, our Creator and our Redeemer. He is the author and the finisher of our faith.)
  4. He scratches his talons on the rock until they are nubs. (Self-denial, fasting. During times of functioning in our own strength we pick up bad habits, tendencies or mental strongholds. At this time we purposely put those down, deny them. To deny oneself is to purposely put the interest of the Kingdom of God first in every area of your life.)
  5. He breaks his beak off by hitting it on a rock. There is a new beak underneath that will not come out until the old one is gone. (Purposely setting your mouth to speak the Word of God, refusing to speak negative. Proverbs 18:21 in the Amplified Bible instructs us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].”)
  6. He tears out his feathers one by one (full grown can have up to 7,000 feathers). He is not as concerned with this pain process as he is with the end result. He plucks the dried and useless feathers from their wings one by one until he is bald. (Forgive people who have hurt you, forgive yourself for your failures, break the power of negative words spoken by yourself or others, pulling out disappointments, acknowledging failure and putting them in the past, forgiveness for unfulfilled vows, times you have given place to the devil. Painfully pull them out one by one acknowledging each act of your sin and rebellion against God. Not only recognizing the, but immediately seek and receive forgiveness that only God can and will give.)
  7. When he is fresh, clean and naked he lies on the rock, facing the Sun “Spread Eagle” soaking up the Sun. (Rest in what He has already done for you. Meditate on who you are in Him. Let Him love you and speak to you. Let Jesus do the work, while you rest trusting Him.)
  8. Older, experienced eagles fly overhead and drop him fresh meat. Those older eagles have already gone through these tough times and know what he is going through. The younger eagles are excited to have  a chance and they hope will not come back so they can take their place. (Let someone spiritually mature know what you are going through so they can be praying for you. They have been there before and will not condemn, but pray for you.)

During this time many eagles give up and die. They are vulnerable to predators when their feathers are gone and they cannot fly. During this 40 day process the Sun is giving them renewed strength, their feathers are growing back young and strong, the new beak underneath is coming out and their talons are now strong and sharp again.

There is only so much that teaching, people, tapes, books and friends can do for us. They all have a vital role to play in our spiritual growth but can never take the place of spending time in the presence of God. Sometimes we need to just lay everything down before the Lord and be quiet.

During that time you are doing nothing, and God is doing the work that needs to be done. As He brings things to your remembrance, people you need to forgive, vows you have not fulfilled, words you have spoken out of turn, etc., pluck them out as the painful pulling out of feathers. This is the only way we will ever be able to fulfill what God has for us to do. The whistling of the feather is very much like the casualty covenants [1] we make with our words that bring disaster to our lives and cause us not soar like an eagle.

My friend Mickie Winborn was dying of cancer with no hope left. God showed her that she had made an evil agreement with the powers of the enemy’s will by the words she had spoken that had allowed disease to come upon her. Matthew 12:37 in the Amplified Bible says, “For by YOUR words you will be justified and acquitted, and by YOUR words you will be condemned and sentenced.” She was able to break the power of those words and is not a gifted author, intercessor and speaker; bringing hope and deliverance to thousands of people each year.

Those words we speak from the abundance of neglect, fear and unbelief cause us not to be able to win any victories. At this time, as we put a watch over our mouth, we will be as written in Psalm 103:5, “Who satisfies your mouth with GOOD things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” The words the Holy Spirit will bring to our remembrance will be words that bring life and not death.

As we wait upon the Lord, He will show us what to pick up and what to put down. Many of us have suffered from the results of too many ‘time wasters’ in our lives. Time wasters is a phrase that the Lord gave me when He was helping me reorganize my time to have more time for Him. Holy Spirit is to be our Guide, Teacher, Comforter, Strengthener and Helper and He is waiting for you to ask Him what to put down and what to pick up.

The majority of the time He will show you what you need to pick up is not a new hobby or something else to fill your hour, but time with your Father God. Time hearing from Him be most valuable for you and your family, your nation, your future. Time with God is never wasted. These are priceless gems that do not lay on the surface to be picked up quickly.

The following is an excerpt from a sermon given by Dr. Mark Corts: During the depression, there was a man by the name of Yates who lived in west Texas. He was not able to make enough money from his sheep ranch to pay for his mortgage. The bankers allowed him to stay on the ranch out of the goodness of their hearts. However, he was in danger of losing it. He had little or no money for food or clothing for his family. Like many others, he had to live on some kind of government subsidy. Everyday as he watched his sheep grazing he was no doubt gently troubled. How would he ever pay his bills? Was there an end in sight?

He grew very, very weary and was ready to walk away from it all. Then, a seismographic crew from an oil company came to his ranch. They told him there may be oil on his land and asked permission to drill a wildcat oil well. He signed a contract for them to do so. The first well came in at 80,000 barrels a day! Many subsequent wells were more than twice as large as that. In fact, thirty years later, one well was still producing 125,000 barrels of oil a day. His troubles were over. What was fascinating  is that he owned that oil the whole time he was weary and worried. He simply never tapped into what was rightfully his. [2]

Too many Christians are living on a limitless source of wisdom, resources, strength and energy but spend all their time running around with chickens instead of waiting to tap into the endless source of supply that comes from the Lord.

Psalm 78:41 speaks of how limited God, “Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” They tempted God by expecting God to prove Himself constantly. Over and over the Bible tells us ‘the just shall live by faith’. It is God’s privilege to test man, but it is not man’s right to test God. (except in tithing)

Things that have been restored are generally stronger than the original.  He will use any failure, disappointment or heartache and turn it somehow to the good for you and those He puts in your path to strengthen.

Jesus knew that Peter was coming to a time that could make or break him. In Luke 22:31-32 Jesus says, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

[1} Breaking Casualty Covenants by Mickie Winborn, Harrison House Publishing

[2] Sermon by Dr. Mark Corts, July 30, 2000; Calvary Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC

 

Isaiah 40:31 (AMPC) “But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.”

The illustration I was taught that stuck with me the most was waiting in the doctor’s office. Sickness can cause you to lose strength, be weary and faint. The text above likens us to eagles, as it does many times in the Bible. When eagles eat something poisonous, or something that makes them sick, they go to the highest rock and lay themselves flat (spread eagle) and allow the sun to soak the bad out of them. We need to learn from the eagle and spread ourselves prostrate before God when we are sick; waiting to receive a healing touch from the Son.

One day I was waiting in the doctor’s office to have an annual physical because of a new insurance carrier. A Coast Guardsman was also waiting and struck up a conversation with me. He said, “Do you see this book? I started it this morning at another clinic and have almost finished it waiting in three doctor’s offices.” It was almost 4:00 p.m. and he had been waiting in different offices since 8:00 a.m. that morning. What a waste of time for a valuable serviceman.

Several people I know have heard from God as to what their ailment was and He also gave them the answer without seeing a physician. One friend was suffering with allergies and the Lord spoke to her quietly one day to stop dairy products. She obeyed the Spirit of God and no longer suffered from those allergies.

Another friend had gone from doctor to doctor, bought different expensive medication and did not get any better. One day she was driving and crying out to the Lord for help. He spoke so sweetly to her that she was in menopause. She went to a natural health store and bought inexpensive natural supplements and improved greatly.

These are modern-day examples of one of my favorite New Testament miracles. Luke 8:43-48 tells us, “Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not get healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, ‘Who touched me?’ When all denied it, Peter and those with Him said, ‘Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, Who touched Me?’ But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.’ Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And Jesus said to her, ‘Daughter, be of good cheer. Your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Mark 5:25-34 tells the same story, but speaks of the outcome of the doctors as told in verse 26, “and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and no better, but rather grew worse.” I think Luke the physician was trying to be kind to his professional colleagues.’

Most Christians prove by their actions that they have more trust in doctors than they do in the Lord Jesus. They wait for hours in a doctor’s waiting room, followed most of the time by a long wait in the examining room, after which they hang on every word the doctor says as if he had the final answer.

How do they know if the doctor did not cheat on his exams? How do they know that possibly his mind is on the fight he just had with his wife or the malpractice suit he is involved in? No, they do what he says; fast when he tells them to fast, take pills that they do not know the long-term effects it will have on their body, expose themselves to hideous medical procedures, etc. Yet, if the Spirit of the Lord reveals the need to fast, they ignore His instructions and do their own thing.

God instituted a fast in the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Ex. 12:15-20; 13:3-10; Lev. 23:6-8; Num. 28:17-25; Deut. 16:3,4,8) They were to have no leaven (yeast) in their homes for a week. Nutritional doctors have proven that the fast of yeast in your body is good and will eliminate the cause of yeast infection and many allergies. Our Father God, who make us, knows what is best for us and knew this when He ordered the leaven fast in the first place. In the wilderness they were healthy because they ate what He said was good for them.

You will take time out of your working agenda and your employers will honor the needed time from work. But you will no schedule a space or duration to hear from God when He is your Creator. You may say, “I don’t have time to pray”, but you will take up to six hours out of your busy schedule to wait on the doctor.

One of the reasons it is hard to pray and wait on the Lord is because praying is spiritual. There is an opposite spiritual force that is doing everything possible to keep you out of the presence of God. The enemy does not care how much time or money you spend with doctors and medicine, but he gets very involved when you spend time with God because prayer is where the power comes into your life.

The scriptures show very plainly several times that the devil is your problem. Acts 10:38 tells us, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”  In John 10:10 Jesus teaches us “The thief comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

In the Old Testament people always blamed good and bad on God, not knowing that they had an enemy. They believed  that everything that happened to them was consequences of what they did or what God was doing. Most of them only knew His acts, but those who knew God and spent time with Him knew His ways, what pleases Him, how He works, or His love. Psalm 103:7 tells us, “He made know His ways to Moses and His acts to the children of Israel.”

THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE

What do you do while you wait in the doctor’s office? You are aware of the need for an answer so you are listening for your name to be called and remembering all symptoms, etc. If you are having a problem with allergies, the doctor asks you to remember everything you have done, everything you have eaten and record them. Most diet plans succeed if the dieter records all he (she) has eaten, how they felt at the time, and time they ate. Remembering is a very big key to success in many areas.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 says, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.'” Solomon advised us to make sure of our relationship with God while we were still young, before the evils of this life harden our hearts and we cannot hear God anymore.

Remembering God, thinking of Him and His goodness, remembering all He has done for you in the past keeps your heart soft and pliable. Then and only then can He work with you to carry out His plan in your life.

THE COURT ROOM

Several times in my prayer time, as I have gone into the time of waiting, I have sensed I have been in different waiting room or periods. One time I was in prayer after a week of neglect of quiet time with Him. In the quiet I sensed I was in a waiting room outside a court room, knowing I was guilty.

As I waited I remembered all the opportunities I had to be with the Lord, but went on doing what I thought was important or what I wanted to do. In the morning I had been rushed because of the load of the day, so I pressed into my day to get a head start on the tasks to make sure I got them all done. Then at the end of the day I was exhausted and wanted to unwind watching television.

I was remembering all these things during my waiting period of the one hour of prayer schedule. Needless to say, I was very ashamed of myself and felt great remorse. The next section of the hour is confession and I confessed this great sin of omission. Most people think that sin is only committing an act, murder, swearing, adultery, lying, cheating, etc., but the sins of omission would be not praying, not reading the Bible, not uniting with other believers, etc.

As I got into the courtroom and the Judge (God) asked “How do you plead?” All the while, the prosecutor, the accuser of the brethren (Satan) was accusing me. I turned to Jesus (my Advocate, defense attorney) and confessed my sin and asked for forgiveness according to I John 1:9.  Jesus then turned to the Judge and said, “Mary is not guilty, she pleads the Blood.”

That time of waiting and confession brought me into the realization of how our Bible is a whole book of law. God the Judge (Genesis 18:25), Satan the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10) and Jesus Christ our Advocate (I John 2:1). Covenant, testament, laws, redemption, plead, rights, privileges, adoption privileges, consequences are all legal terms. The best teaching on this subject is found in Billye Brim’s book on the Blood and the Glory. The chapter that deals with this issue is called “Pleading Our Case:Redeemed By The Blood”.

I felt secure in my forgiveness, not because of what I have done or not done, but because of what Jesus had already done for me. He has removed the curse which was attached to the Law and left the blessings.

Galatians 3:13-14 reveals our deliverance, “Christ has redeemed up from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’, that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

THE SECRET PLACE

During another prayer time I had the sense during the waiting period of waiting for a lover. The lovers had met at that same spot every day and then for a week one did not show up. I was the neglectful lover, and when I came into the time of waiting I wondered if my lover (Jesus) would show up or would I have to search for Him with all my heart according to Jeremiah 29:13, “And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

In the prayer segment that followed waiting, I confessed my unfaithfulness and God was so merciful to me to forgive me. I immediately felt the presence of God. Even if you are a prodigal son such as the parable in Luke 15:11-32 our Father is waiting and will rush to greet you with open arms when you turn back to Him. Instead of days of depression or hours of prayer. I confessed and immediately received the flooding of His love.

THE COUNSELOR’S OFFICE

When you need counsel in a matter, first wait on the Lord and meditate on Him being the best counselor you could ever get BEFORE you seek help from a marriage counselor, lawyer, psychiatrist, debt counselor, etc. There is nothing wrong with any of these, but as a Christian our first counsel should always be from God. Then follow directions as to what doctor or pathway of healing you should take.

Smith Wigglesworth made a bold statement, “I can see that the ministry of healing is going to get more difficult. It is always more difficult when you have to contend with unbelief. There are already too many remedies in which people put their trust. But I can see that it will get worse, until it will be hard to get people to believe at all. We have become such a drug-conscious society that, in many cases, the aspirin bottle is more important than the anointing bottle.”[1]

Isaiah 9:6 says, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Jesus encouraged His disciples as recorded in the gospel of John 14:6, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever.” (AMP) What a wonderful promise from Jesus!

[1] Albert Hibbert, Smith Wigglesworth, The Secret of His Power, 18th Printing (Tulsa, Harrison House) 90-91

Habakkuk 2:3, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come; it will not tarry.”

The second example the Holy Spirit used to enlighten me during my teachings from my Father God on waiting was a parent and a child.  During my quiet times I heard Him say to me clearly, “Wait, hold up, hide yourself in Me.” Children that run ahead of their parents could get run over, kidnapped or lost.

I was reminded of my sister-in-love needing immediate prayer support for her grandson. This is the story in her own words: (but I am going to change names)

My son Joe and his wife Kay had moved from their house to an apartment as he was coming close to graduating from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. They had lived there about a month. It was a warm Spring evening and my son had ridden his bicycle to school to do some work. My daughter-in-law was pregnant with her third son and she had her little son in the stroller and her preschool son Josh on his bicycle and they set out for a walk.

Josh was riding in front of Kay when they came to a hill that turned at the bottom. He picked up speed as he went down the hill, rounded the corner and got out of Kay’s sight. When she came to the bottom he was nowhere to be seen. There was a squeaky chain on his bike that could be plainly heard if he was close by, but she heard no sound of it. She became frightened. There were several ways to go to the apartment. She looked one way and did not find him so she headed for home to call Joe.

Joe told her to call the police and he called me to pray. I in turn called others to pray with us. Meanwhile, Joe and his friend got into his car and headed for the apartment. By the time they arrived the police were there. Joe and his friend each took cars, and including the squad car went in search for Josh. One policeman stayed with Kay to get the information from her as to his age: 5 years old, what he was wearing, etc.

The policeman found him and he was pretty shaken up and crying. Interestingly, he had come back to the apartment and not found his mom there. He thought that she was lost, so he went to find her and in the process he got lost. There was a man in a yard that had seen him and saw that he was crying. The man said something to him but it only frightened Josh and he peddled faster.

The whole episode took about 45 minutes, but as you can imagine it seemed to us like an eternity. What wonderful words were the words, “We found him!” How we thank God, our Father, for keeping Josh safe from harm.”

Sadly, too many stories have not turned out this well and parents and children had to suffer for a lifetime as a result of children getting ahead of their parents.

TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE

When I was born again, July 4, 1982, God implanted the ‘knowing’ inside of me that I would minister on the streets of Russia. This was such a part of me that I knew it was true, just like I knew my name is Mary Bostrom. No one could cause me to doubt that. My husband continually told me God had not called him to go into the mission field and I was not going to go to the other part of the world without him. For nine years he was not in agreement and I did not have any open door or freedom to go.

In the fall of 1990 my former pastor, Pastor Al Scott who was residing in Colorado at the time, sent me literature regarding Trinity Broadcasting Network planning a mission tour to Russia and were enlisting volunteers to be part of this ministry experience. In Minnesota we did not get TBN on our cable network so I had no way of knowing about the trip.

I went to Ken again and expressed the need I felt within me to go to Russia, and if I did not go I would be out of the will of God. We were financially challenged at that time and Ken was struggling in his business. He said if I could find the money needed I could go to Russia. I was thrilled! Money was no problem with God. All I needed was my husband’s blessing. I knew God had called Ken to be my protection and He would not bless me if I was rebellious to that authority in our home. I believed God for every nickel and dime that came in for that trip and many friends helped me financially.

May of 1991 I was off to Russia, nine years after God called me. During that trip to Moscow, Kiev and Leningrad I had the most miraculous happenings I have ever had in my life. On the flight to Russia I did not know anyone and asked God to seat me next to unbelievers the whole flight. Between Minneapolis and New York I witnessed to a member of the Israeli consulate who was not a believer in Jehovah or Jesus. The anointing flowed from me as I shared with him how God had changed my life and the miracles I had witnessed. I know with every fiber in my being that he will never be the same and that seeds of salvation were planted inside him.

From New York to Helsinki, Finland I was seated by a Russian model. I had seen her in an interview on television the week before. God had set this up for her to hear the gospel. It turned out her father and mother were both in government in Leningrad, USSR. I won’t know until heaven how many people were reached from that airplane ministry.

In Kiev I preached on the streets and without knowing who they were, I ministered with the anointing to professors in the University who later corresponded with me when the communist government fell later that year.

On that trip I met Dorothy B. and Geraldine B. from Orange, Texas who played an important part in the next year in our going to Wisdom Bible Institute in Orange, Texas.

None of these things would have happened if I had not been obedient to wait for God’s perfect timing. If I had gone the first year God called me I would not have had the maturity of faith to weather the storm to bring it all to pass. My life would have been in extreme danger because of the hatred for the gospel in the USSR at that time.

When I went in 1991 the gospel was allowed to be preached freely for the first time in 70 years. Too many people feel called into ministry but do not wait for God’s perfect timing and become ship-wrecked.

THE MINISTRY OF THE DISCIPLES

After Jesus died and rose again, He breathed on them as recorded in John 20:22, “And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. I believe this is when they were born again. Adam was just a lump of clay until the breath of the Living God was in him. Genesis 2:7 says in the Amplified Bible, “Then the Lord God breathed into his nostrils the breath of the spirit of life, and man became a living being.”

Jesus taught his remaining eleven disciples for forty days following His resurrection, gave them power and authority in the great commission of Mark 16:15-18 and Matthew 28:18-20. Yet in Luke 24:49 Jesus told them to “wait” until they were given power from on high. “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

Think about this for a moment with me. They had been born again, “on the job training” for 3 years, personally tutored by the Son of God Himself, given a very specific assignment and then told to ‘wait’?  To us this would sound like the devil himself trying to stop the work of God. We would fast and pray, kick down doors, rebuke the devil, and make a mess of everything all because we did not wait for the perfect timing.

But the disciples remembered they could do nothing without Him. Jesus had promised them in John 14:16 in His last teaching to the disciples that He was going away, but would send them another Helper. The Greek word for “another” is allos (al-loss); Strong’s #243; one besides another of the same kind. The word shows similarities but diversities of operation and ministries. Jesus’ use of allos for sending another comforter equals “one besides Me and in addition to Me but one just like Me. He will do in my absence what I would do if I were physically present with you.”

Jesus told the disciples this before He was crucified. They remembered this promise afterwards and understood that they would not have to do the assignment themselves.

The Gospel according to Luke was written by a Gentile physician named Luke who was also the author of the Book of Acts. Luke was a servant of the master Theophilus, and was giving an accurate accounting of the facts to him much like a reporter of today. In the Gospel of Luke he gave accounts of when Jesus was on the earth and in the Book of Acts he reported what followed after Jesus left the earth.

Taking this into account, we connect the end of Luke and the beginning of Acts. In Luke 24:49 Jesus gave this directive, “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry (wait) in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” In Acts 1:4-5 & 8 Jesus confirms His instructions, “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which’ He said, ‘you have heard from Me;  for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now’….But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Ten days following they were baptized in the Holy Spirit, as recorded in Acts 2, with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Peter (the one with the foot in his mouth most of the time, who wanted to do right but was not able to follow through, who denied Jesus three times) preached and 3,000 religious Jews were born again. That is the power of waiting for God’s perfect timing. If they had tried to do the great commission themselves in their own timing they would have failed. But because they waited for the power of the Holy Spirit they were able to carry on the work of the Lord.

EVEN JESUS WAITED

How about Jesus? At birth He was the Son of God, for thirty years we do not see or hear of Him doing any miracles. But at age thirty He was baptized in the River Jordan by His cousin John the Baptist and the Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove.

Matthew’s account in 3:16 speaks of the “Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.” Mark 1:10 tells of “the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove.” Luke’s account in 3:22 tells us, “And the Holy Spirit descended in the bodily form like a dove upon Him. In John 1:32, “And John bore witness saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.” All four gospels record that Jesus did nothing until He was anointed with power from on high, which was the Holy Spirit’s presence and power.

For three years Jesus did so many miracles, signs and wonders that all the books could not record them all. (John 21:25) Most ministers want to go to school for three years do the work of the ministry for thirty years and retire. We need to follow Jesus’ example and wait for God’s timing. Jesus was God in the flesh, yet it was recorded in John 5:19, “Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing in Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” This is a strong statement, the Son can do NOTHING by Himself! Why do we think we can do God’s work in our own strength and timing?

KING DAVID’S EXAMPLE

Another good example is David.We see in I Samuel 16:13 that David was anointed to be king. He was a shepherd boy and after he was anointed went back to his sheep because there already was a king, King Saul. Even if Saul had lost his anointing, the calling and the gifting of God is without repentance. (Romans 11:29) Saul had to carry out the duties of being a king without the anointing or power of God because of the following examples of resistance to God:

  • Not waiting for Samuel the priest to offer the sacrifice found in I Samuel 13
  • Building his own altar instead of waiting for Samuel in I Samuel 14:35 where he almost lost his son because of disobedience
  • The final sin of doing his own thing and keeping the best Amalekites in I Samuel 15

God is merciful and long suffering, but there is a time in leadership when God removes His anointing when rebellion and disobedience were displayed This is what happened to Saul and I hope this a good warning to every one of God’s servants.

Even if David had the anointing and power to be king, Saul remained in that position for the remainder of his forty year reign. David stepped into a full “duties and work” as a king over all Israel only after Saul died. David was anointed at approximately fifteen years of age and did not serve as king until he was thirty years of age.

RESPONSIBILITY OF A MENTOR

One of the major assignments of a mentor or spiritual teacher is to teach the disciple to wait. Proverbs 5:13 speaks of the rebellious attitude we are to shun, “I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, not inclined my ear to those who instructed me.”

I Corinthians 4:15 speaks of the need for mentors, “For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many (spiritual) fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” Spiritual fathers or mentors guide you in the walk of faith, teaching you from their mistakes and successes, shielding you for the mistakes that can cause you to lose your assignment or ministry that God has given you. With a spiritual leader tutoring you or actually home-schooling you, your achievement  will be built on  their foundation that they have building in Jesus Christ.

Let’s look at some examples of mentors or spiritual fathers:

  • Elijah and Elisha: Elijah has many students in his prophet’s school, but he had one that stuck so close to him that he received a double-portion of the anointing, Nothing was ever written of the remaining students of the Prophets school. 2 Kings 2
  • Jesus and John: John was the closest to Jesus and was the only disciple that did not leave Him at His greatest need, in the courts during Jesus’ trial. John called himself ‘the disciple Jesus loved’. He wrote the love books: the Gospel of John, letters 1-3 John and the Book of Revelation. He was so full of love that they could not kill him when they boiled him in oil. He learned that love walk from Jesus. Many of Jesus’ disciples were not good students, they were hearers and not doers.
  • Paul and Timothy: Paul called Timothy his son because he was a spiritual son in the ministry. We may declare many people we follow to be our spiritual leaders or fathers, but for a leader to say someone is their son in the faith is saying they truly followed their teachings, examples and disciplines.

Probably the most successful and rewarding thing I have done in the ministry is to mentor several women in the church Ken and I were assigned by God to serve for a ten year period. Some of them want what I have without going through what I did, but most of them were obedient and realized that I did nothing of myself. I am nothing in my self and everything I have ever achieved as a Christian was because of the obedience to what God has called me to do.

They have learned that there are no instant successes in this Christian walk and no easy formulas. Too many teachers are teaching that if you do some 1-2-3 formula then God will give you whatever you have asked. But if you have walked with God for any amount of time and have seen success, you know there is a series of many kinds of prayer, faith, obedience, etc.

Most of my failures are not because of lack of knowledge, but lack of obedience. Spiritual mentors will hold you accountable and positioned on the right course if you let them. I had one disciple that would not listen to her doctor, listen to her pastor and would acknowledge but not obey my teachings. That is plain rebellion and as a consequence I had to discontinue my personal guidance and pray from a distance. Sometimes that is hard to do, but love must be tough.

When a teacher has chosen to personally tutor a student, that student becomes very close and there is a spiritual connection. I will even grieve over them as I would my own children. Spiritual parents are given for the safety of the disciple and are to be honored and obeyed just as natural parents.

There is always a ditch to fall into with any truth and the trap for accountability is a movement from that past that was called “The Shepherding Movement.” This movement had its beginning in the United States in the early 1900’s when the Pentecostal movement began and within the Charismatic movement of the 1960’s.

This teaching was based on discipleship, accountability and teaching of the Word of God to new believers. This is definitely needed in the Body of Christ right now. A major problem arose when the people who were doing the instructing began to be the ultimate authority over the student, making family decisions for them and lording over them. Some oppose the amount of control exercised by shepherds over such a matter as the choice of mate and the decision to have children.

There is one Lord, and He is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is well able to lead and guide us into the whole truth. He spoke of the Holy Spirit in John 14:15, “the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

There is a great need today for mentors and I hope the true teachers and shepherds will step up and do this one-on-one work of the ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday night April 8, at sundown, the Feast of Passover begins. This is the FIRST time that the inhabitants of Israel are commanded to quarantine in their homes since the first Passover of Exodus 12

Passover retells annually about when Moses told the Israelites to kill the lamb at twilight, sprinkle the blood of the lamb on the doorposts, go inside the home, close the door, roast the lamb and eat the entire lamb. At midnight, all the first-born in Egypt that were not behind the door with the blood died. (Exodus 12)

This year there are so many heavenly signs that I have posted previously this year:

  • Supermoon on Purim 2020 (2 day festival celebrating the salvation of the Jews world-wide, as recorded in the Book of Esther
  • Venus in Conjunction with Pleiades on the 10th day of the 1st month (Exodus 12:3)
  • The current pandemic COVID-19 and Corona “The Crown Bestowed” connection
  • Signs in the Sun, solar storms, affecting the Marine Life world-wide

The Supermoon of Passover this year will be the closest moon to the earth of 2020 and will look the largest and brightest. I saw an article in Breaking Israel News  of April 6 where the writer referred to this as and “End of Days Omen”, siting Micah 7:15, “As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them wonders.” 

  • “The supermoon on Passover is not happenstance,” Rabbi Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, told Breaking Israel News. “God brought the Children of Israel out of Egypt on a specific day, a day that from the beginning of creation was imbued with special powers of redemption. The Midrash (homiletic teachings) say that the first redemption of Israel took place on this night and the final redemption will as well.”
  • “One of the wonders that will be seen in the end-of-days is an increase in the moon,” Rabbi Berger said.

That really struck me because I was up at 2:00 AM this morning reading the entire book of Micah! This last chapter I really spent time reading over and over. I have this chapter highlighted and underlined because this is what is read annually at a Tashlich, a repentance ceremony on the first day of Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets), by a flowing body of water. Micah 7:18:Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. (19) He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Now I see why this fits perfect into this Passover!

You will hear that this is a “pink” moon, and that name comes from the Native American Indians in the northern states. They had a name for ever “full moon” of the year and that is how they understood seasons. This moon is NOT a “Blood Moon” and will NOT look pink or red.

  • January – Wolf Moon
  • February – Snow Moon
  • March – Worm Moon
  • April – Pink Moon (the pink wild flowers would be first to blossom across the fields)
  • May – Flower Moon
  • June – Strawberry Moon
  • July – Buck Moon
  • August – Sturgeon Moon
  • September – Harvest Moon or Full Corn Moon
  • October -Hunters Moon
  • November – Beavers Moon
  • December – Cold Moon

 

Venus and Pleiades April 3

Posted: April 4, 2020 in Uncategorized

It was very overcast last night so I could not see the conjunction. But I did capture it from my Sky View app on my iPhone.

This will be the best show of these stars tonight, April 3, 2020. Right after sundown, look west and you will see a bright star. This will be the conjunction of the planet Venus and the 7 stars that form Pleiades in the neck of Taurus ‘the Bull’. Spaceweather.com says this will be the best viewing of this conjunction in 8 years.

Now I will show you why I am really excited about this heavenly sign tonight. Remember, several proven prophets have been saying this is going to be the most outstanding Passover we have ever seen!!

On the Hebraic Calendar, tonight at sundown is the 10th day of the 1st month of the year. God directed Moses and Aaron in Exodus 12:2, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. (3) “Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,  “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.” They were going to inspect the lamb for 4 days (vs 6) and then on the 14th day at twilight (sundown), they were to kill that lamb, put the blood of the lamb on their doorposts, and roast the lamb for the entire household to eat that evening.  At midnight the death angel would kill each first-born that was not behind the door of blood.

The 10th of the 1st month during the week of the Crucifixion of Jesus was when He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, fulfilling Zechariah 9:9. Each of the 4 Gospels record what Christian congregations now call “Palm Sunday”. The Christian calendar of the Holy Week does not always line up with God’s calendar, but this year it is very close, both being on the Sabbath of their faith and the same weekend.

What I see in this heavenly sign tonight is Jesus coming to inspect the 7 Churches of Revelation 2-3. (read Revelation 1:12-20). These 7 church had historical meaning, and personal meaning to each of us today.

Below I will lay out what each of these heavenly stars mean from Biblical Astronomy. Remember, Genesis 1:14 said these ‘light holders’ were to be for ‘Signs’ and for ‘Seasons’.

Taurus the Bull With Orion

TAURUS – ‘The Bull’ 

  • Message of the stars in order of brightness, “Messiah, the coming Judge of all the earth”
  • Hebrew name “Shur“, meaning ‘coming and ruling’
    • Remember – God named each star with a purpose. (Ps 147:4)
    • Wandering Stars – planets
    • Fixed Stars – constellation – each constellation reads from Virgo about Jesus’ 1st Coming and ends with Leo and Jesus’ 2nd Coming.
  • E.W. Bullinger in his classic book, Witness of the Stars reads, “This is a picture of a Bull rushing forward with mighty energy and fierce wrath, his horns set so as to push his enemies, and pierce them through and destroy them.” (pg 120)
  • Interesting connection to the current stock market – a Bear Market is a down market because a bear’s claws come down. A Bull Market is when the market comes up because a bull lifts up with his horns. (I hope this sign will be announcing the upswing of the world stock market soon)
  • Look at the picture above, at the neck and shoulders of the Bull. You will see 7 stars clustered together. That cluster is knows as Pleiades.
  • These represent the 7 Churches of Rev 2-3. Historically, when John was given this revelation of Jesus, there were 7 actual churches in a circuit at the base of the “Taurus” Mountains, in the area what is today called Turkey.

PLEIADES  (aka ‘Seven Sisters’ or  M45)

  • Job 38:31, 32, “Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? Or can you guide Arcturus with his sons?”
    • Mazzaroth is the Hebrew name for ‘constellation’ – each has a season on the path circuit God ordered on the 4th day of Creation.
  • Pleiades is also mentioned in Job 9:9 and Amos 5:8.
  • In Hebrew Pleiades is called ‘kiymah’ and means “Congregation of the Ruler”, a heap or a cluster
  • This is a cluster of 7 stars that are in the Constellation of Taurus, ‘The Bull’ (see sky map above.
  • The Seven Churches of Revelation 2 & 3 were main churches in a circuit at the base of the Taurus Mountains (today Turkey)

VENUS

  • Venus is one of the main planets of Creation. To be a sign for the world to see, it must be visible with the naked eye. According to Rabbinical teachers, there were 7 planets that formed a heavenly menorah on the 4th day of Creation. 
  • Venus in Hebrew is called, ‘Nogah‘, meaning ‘brightness’
  • Known as the ‘morning star’ because it can be seen just before sunrise and closer to the sun than earth. The day of the Lord, like the dawning of any calendar day, does not burst forth abruptly. It is not pitch back at 5:59 am and then bright morning the at 6am. The night gradually recedes as dawn comes. In that transition, before dawn breaks, the morning star begins to shine on the eastern horizon. This is actually the planet Venus. This portrays what God intends for the Bride of Christ in these last days before our Beloved Bridegroom comes for us. (Isaiah 60:1-3, ‘arise shine’)
  • Revelation 22:16 reads, ““I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.
    • We see the Bride of Christ being symbolized as ‘morning star’, but also Jesus Himself stated that He is the Bright and Morning Star.”

The Church belongs to Jesus and I believe what is happening around the world today is not just an event, but an invitation to return back to your first love.

The Seven Church Periods throughout history align with the order of the Seven Churches of Revelation.

  1. EPHESUSThe Apostolic Church– Pentecost to 170 AD
  2. SMYRNA – The Age of Persecution – 170 – 312 AD
  3. PERGAMUMThe Age of False Doctrine – 312 – 606 AD
  4. THYATIRAThe Age of Darkness – 606 – 1520 AD
  5. SARDISThe Age of Reformation – 1520 – 1750 AD
  6. PHILADELPHIAThe Age of Missions – 1750-1906 AD
  7. LAODICEAThe Age of Apostasy – 1906 to present

I urge you during these next 4 days to get quiet, Read Rev 3:14-22 about the “Lukewarm Church” and judge (inspect) yourself. Maybe you would like to read both chapters 2 & 3. Revelation 1:3 states there is a blessing just for reading and hearing this amazing book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Then take communion – just you and Jesus. You don’t need a priest to take communion. Revelation 1:5-6 tells us that Jesus washed us in His own blood and made us kings (authority) and priests (access to God).

 

I was listening to a recording of Pastor Mark Barclay (marktbarclay.com) when he was a speaker at a ministers conference this past January. Towards the end he begins to speak boldly of experiences of calling on the God of the Tithe to rebuke the devourer. When I heard it I was surprised because I had a strong witness in my heart that this was the hour to call on the God of the Tithe.

He shared on how he had called on the God of the Tithe when the doctors said his wife would not survive the assault of cancer in her body. She was determined cancer free 32 days later and the doctor was astounded! He called on the God of the Tithe when his tender age granddaughter was pronounced dead after drowning in the family swimming pool. Immediately after he started to rebuke death and called on the God of the Tithe she began to breathe and is a grown young lady today.

Malachi 3:8 declares, ““For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. (10) Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. (11) And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the LORD of hosts

Lord of Hosts is Jehovah SabaothJehovah is ‘Lord or Master‘. Sabaoth in Hebrew means “an army going out to war.” This title in the Bible is referred to as ‘Lord of the angel armies’, or ‘Lord of Hosts’. God is always there to defend us, fight our battles, and win our wars. There is no enemy He cannot defeat – nothing is too hard for Him.

When Ken and I were born again in 1982, we tried to tithe, but our bills were too much that we only gave offerings. In 1992 we came to end of our own selves and one of the promises to God we made was that we would always tithe, no matter what. It was not going to be a promise made in fear of God punishing us. This commitment we made was a matter of honor. A commitment to honor Him not just with our time, our service, but our finances. That was 38 years ago, and we have lacked nothing. The first 2 years of tithing was fighting our flesh and fear of lack. But if all we got that week was $10, we sang and waved our $1 to God on the way to Church on Sunday. We rejoiced.

We have given some pretty big tithe checks in these past 28 years and have never regretted our commitment. We have been audited by the IRS twice in those years and both times it was to prove we gave that much to the Church, mission and ministries who were 501(c)3 Religious organizations. Both times we had proof that our giving far outreached 10%.

I was listening to a minister today that I highly respect. He was asked a question about if he thought God was judging the world right now.  He sat back and realized they were in fear of an angry God in heaven, sitting with a baseball bat, ready to punish. I loved his answer that in the time of Egypt, God said that he was going to judge Egypt’s gods.

Numbers 33:4, For the Egyptians buried all their firstborn, which the LORD had smitten among them: upon their gods also the LORD executed judgments. (Ex 12:12) In each one of the plagues, God was coming against one of their gods until there was none left.

The minister I was listening to today said, “I believe God is coming against the god of Mammon right now.” I agree.  Matthew 6:24, Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).” (AMPC) Also read Luke 16:9,11,13.

During these trying times, I am thankful for the GOD OF THE TITHES! I am at peace.