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Watchman Nee, “Within the inner chamber the Shulamite has come to see three things: first,  she is black in Adam and comely in Christ; second, by reason of the Lord’s dealings with her she realizes the vanity of her former fleshly and external works of service; third, she recognizes her need for spiritual food and rest. At this instant, therefore, the King responds to her diligent seeking, commends her, and gives her a promise.

KING’S REPLY, Songs 1:8, If you do not know, O fairest among women, follow in the footsteps of the flock, and feed your little goats beside the shepherds’ tents.

O fairest among women (NKJV); Listen, my radiant one— (TPT); loveliest of all women (MSG). First the King answers with kindness for not knowing, not rebuke. Jesus never turns away a seeker. He is wooing her, calling her the ‘most beautiful’. It is amazing how displeased we can be with ourselves, and yet be beautiful to Him.

This 3-fold answer touches the 3 main temptations to pull away

  1. “Follow in the footsteps of the flock”
    1. The King is asking her to make a commitment to serve, minister to others
    2. Footsteps are symbolic of experiences, find someone who has already gone through this dry empty season
    3. We have to absolutely refuse isolation, that is where depression and suicidal thoughts set in. We need to be with strong believers. God’s way of healing is through the Body of Christ. Every part of the Body is needed and important.
    4. Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 24:10
  2. “Feed your little goats”
    1. This is a commitment to servant ministry in our daily lives
    2. Refuse unsanctified idleness (such as sitting on the coach flipping channels)
    3. We each have a responsibility to our family and the young ones that God puts before us.
  3. “Beside the Shepherd’s tents”
    1. This is a commitment to be under spiritual authority
    2. Refuse unsanctified independence – find a good prayer group, Bible Study Group.
      1. One of the best groups I have found is BSF (BSFInternational.org. They have ladies groups, men’s groups, children’s groups and they are studying the same thing all over the world. Right now they are studying The Acts of the Apostles.
    3. Find a good Word-teaching Church and submit to spiritual authority, not such as the Shepherd movement back in the 70’s. Follow the Pastor, Sunday School Teacher, Spiritual Mentor as they follow Christ.
    4. Don’t be afraid of being hurt or wounded again. People will always hurt you. Jesus has a plan for you and he wants you to grow strong and healthy.

 

HIGH FIVE – Teshuvah Eclipses

Posted: September 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

The end of July this year, I was directed of the Lord to do a HIGH FIVE on Facebook Live every week, Monday through Friday for 5 minutes. Right now I am teaching on Teshuvah  for these next few weeks, some nuggets every day. Today I shared on the Teshuvah Eclipses, especially the one that happened on 2017. Amazon has this book for sale for $3.18 – what a deal! It is lower priced because it was written to prepare for this eclipse in 2017, but the information is of primary importance of the times we are living in right now. I really believe that 2017 was a MAJOR YEAR on God’s prophetic Day-Timer. I will follow this message tomorrow on Friday High Five.

By the way, I went over 5 minutes and the message was 5:55, on today that is the 5th day of Creation! When I woke this morning God reminded me that this was the 5th day of Creation and now I am excited to see all the 5’s come up!!

All the High Fives since July are now on our YouTube Channel under Ken Bostrom Ministries. You can subscribe for free and be alerted when there is a new program.

Songs 1:5, “I am dark, but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon. 

Matthew Henry’s commentary of 1706 reads, ““the fairest Christians are the most shamefaced with regard to themselves….Is it not because they are most accustomed to look within? …..He does not live the life of one who goes recklessly on; but he stops and considers his ways; …The genuine Christian, also, tries himself by a higher standard….Another reason why the fairest Christ are generally those that think themselves the blackest, is that they have more light…..the most watchful Christian is conscious of the danger of self-neglect….”

  • The slack living Christians will compare themselves among themselves
  • The sincere Christians will compare themselves to God’s standards

The ‘darkness’ that she sees in herself speaks of the anguish in the weakness of her flesh. Her faith speaks the loudest, filled with guilt and condemnation, shame in her weakness.

There are three stages in our victory in Christ

  1. Our sincere intention to obey God is where victory begins
  2. We have a partial breakthrough, but a continued struggle (Gal 5:6-17)
  3. We have a breakthrough with renewed fire and passion to continue (Rom 6:14-23) This is our goal for these 40 days, breath-through into a passion, returning to our first love.

Who are you comparing yourself to? Begin to confess what the Bible says about you. Then you will be changed from the inside out. If you try to change yourself and feel better about your self, then you are like the rest of the world — Self help.

2 Timothy 3:2 tells us what people will be like in these Last Days. “For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane,” (AMP) Generally when things are listed in the Bible, it is there in order of importance. This is the dominant sign of what people will be like in the last of the Last Days. We are living in a time when churches teach less of the Bible and more of self-help, feeling better about yourself.

The things of God work from the inside out. When you confess what God says about you you will experience the ‘life more abundantly’ that Jesus died to give you. (John 10:10). My husband and I went to the movie OVERCOMER. This little girl had no identity until she was born again and found out what from Ephesians 1-2 what God said she was.

Alex Kendrick shared on a CBN interview, “Our culture wants to say identity is what you feel, or what culture says about you, or some status, job status, financial status. And all those things can change. So, who are you when what you are known for is stripped away?”

My answer – I am a child of the Most High God and He loves me.

 

They that wait upon the Lord renew their strength. They that wait upon men dissipate their energies. Leonard Ravenhill (1867-1942)

This all began at Christmas time, 2001. I had just finished helping with the Christmas production at the church, with all the months of rehearsal and the last minute trials that are involved, My husband and I had guests at our home frequently for the past few months, in addition to the usual Christmas activities, parties, shopping and Christmas cards to send. I was exhausted!

One day when I was spending time with the Lord I prayed something like this, “Lord, you promised in your word that, ‘they that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.’ (Isaiah 40:31) Lord, I am weary. It seems like I am under and not over the circumstances. I have definitely gotten off course. Please, teach me to wait. I guess I am doing everything wrong, because I know that your Word will never fail. It is alive and active, causing me to overcome in all areas. What am I doing wrong? Please, please Lord, teach me to wait.”

The promise of God in James for anyone who needs wisdom if found in the first chapter of James, the fifth verse; “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” God wants to give us His wisdom in every area, but we are to ask. The Amplified Bible calls God ‘the giving God’ in this verse. He will give you the wisdom you need without reminding us of our shortcomings. I think we limit God too much in trying to do things for ourselves, without the help of the God who knows all things.

I had been born again almost twenty years at that time. I had completed two Bible Schools and was in the ministry full time so I felt I had a more than average understanding of the Word of God. Therefore, I realized this problem was something I was in error about. God promised us rest in Jesus. Matthew 11:28-30 says to “Come to Me, all of you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

I have always had a problem taking on too many projects and most of the time my health has suffered because of it. At each of these times the Lord has gently shown me to come back to Him and refresh. It seems that I forgot those teachings when I am too busy.

Several years ago I was introduced to a marvelous teaching of Dick Eastman, the book called “The Hour that Changes the World.” [1] He was teaching on how to pray one hour by breaking the hour into twelve segments of five minutes each.

That book has revolutionized my life and the lives of all those to whom I have been a mentor in this prayer teaching. In the time frame of meditation, I chose to meditate on ‘waiting’. This book you are now reading is a result of the Holy Spirit revealing to me three different ways we wait on the Lord, according to the season of life we are in at that time. I know there are many more teachings and writings on this topic, but this is the revelation the Holy Spirit used to teach me to wait on the Lord.

Following the hour of prayer I always feel complete and fulfilled. I have slightly improvised Dick Eastman’s teaching as he suggested doing. Prayer should never be a religious form, but a relationship; communication between you and your Maker. As I pray this way I feel I have covered everything that I have been commanded to do according to Scripture. After that time of prayer and throughout the day I can pray how I am led by the Holy Spirit.

I have brought out my hourly prayer frame in the last chapter of this book. I trust that the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Truth, will teach you as you submit yourself to the Great Teacher.

Systematic prayer adds health to the devotional habit. Most tasks in life are accomplished systematically. In fact without a systematic approach in life, many goals would remain unreached. [2]

Please pray with me: Father, I come to you in Jesus name, and ask according to Ephesians 1:18 that the eyes of my understanding may be enlightened and that I may see the truth of this teaching. May I hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church right now. Holy Spirit, I thank you that you have come to help me, to lead me, to guide me. I trust you Holy Spirit and I trust the Word of God. Lead me and guide me to the whole truth. Amen

[1] Eastman, Dick, The Hour That Changes The World (Grand Michigan, Baker Books)

[2] Ibid. pg 16-17

 

This is a new one for me! I had never heard of a Black Moon Supermoon before so I though many of my subscribers were as clueless as I was.

Depending on where you are on the earth, the new moon falls on either July 31 or August 1st. There will either be a ‘second’ of two new moons in July or August.

Just as a Blue Moon is the 2nd full moon in one month, the Black Moon is the 2nd new moon. So for those who see the new moon tonight, this will be the Black Moon for you. For those who see the new moon tomorrow (August 1st), the Black Moon will be prior to the 2nd new moon. Clear as mud? haha

This new moon is a Supermoon, which means that it is closer to the earth on its monthly orbit and appears larger.

You will not be able to see this until the first sliver of the new moon is seen — a Black Moon cannot be seen with a naked eye. But for us on the Gulf Coast, or other coastlines around the world, they will see a significant tide change — expect extra-large spring tides because of the force of the extra-close moon.

When there is no light on the moon, it is totally black and that is the phase between the waning and the waxing of the moon. The new moon sliver will announce the new moon being ‘born again’, coming back to the cycle to wax to quarter, the to full, then to wane to quarter and then to none.

Each new moon begins a new ‘month’ on the Hebraic calendar that started in the Book of Genesis. That month will begin at sundown August 1st and is called the month of Av. The month of Av has both the most tragic dates (9th of Av) on the calendar and the most happy date on the calendar (15th of Av). The historical site I use to find thing in Jewish History is aish.com/dijh. I will write more about those dates as we draw nearer.

Currently we are in the Season of the Dire Straits on the Hebraic Calendar. This is a 3-week period of time between the 17th of Tammuz to the 9th of Av. More on this blog from last year.

Shabbat is Sabbath in Hebrew. It is #7676 in the Strong’s Concordance and it is used for Sabbath, Day of Atonement, Sabbath year, and weekly Sabbath. It is to be used for any day that the LORD states is to be holy, land rest, a day of rest, no work. Holy means to set it apart from every other day.

Tonight is very significant! We have 3 Sabbaths tonight.

  • Weekly Sabbath for the Jews begins at sundown Friday and ends sundown Saturday. If that seems strange to you, go back to Genesis Chapter 1 and see how God orders the night before the day.  Also, did you know that was not a command until God gave the 10 Commandments at Mt Sinai?
  • Monthly Sabbath – called “Rosh Chodesh”, which means “head of the month”. Every beginning of the months they were commanded to rest, give their First Fruits of praise, worship, offering and hear a message from the prophet. Tonight begins the new moon marking the month of Nissan on God’s calendar.
    • God actually calls this the “first month” of the year
    • In Hebrew it is called Abib or Aviv (Exodus 13:4), meaning the grain is in the ear – marking the barley harvest in Israel
    • After they left bondage in Babylon, this month became to be known as Nissan or Nisan, “time of the flight”, following the time of Passover.
    • This month is a very “redemptive  month
  • Yearly Sabbath – This is a New Year that began Exodus Chapter 12:2, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.”
    • For 2448 they had been celebrating the New Year in the Fall marking the years from Adam’s creation.
    • Now 6 month later they have a New Year to count the month

REJOICE, REJOICE, REJOICE! Find some place to worship, give Him the First Fruits of your Worship and listen to a  prophetic voice!!!

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1, To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

  • In Hebrew that is entire verse is only 4 words. Zeman (to every thing there is a season) ‘eth (and a time)  chephets (every purpose) shamayim (heavens)
    • Zeman means ‘a set time’, appointed time, time (Neh 2:6; Est 9:27, 31; Ecc 3:1)

Is there a significance to Iran’s Islamic Republic under the Islamic Ayatollah being 40 years old today? I believe so, but first I must  give some references to show how this will fit  into the Last Days prophetic timing. From the Bible and history, we see that 40, 70, 50, 100, 400 are some significant time limits on nations. I do believe that Iran is now in the last of the last of the Last Days and they are fitting perfectly into Ezekiel 38:5, called Persia. But also, since the reign of the ungodly has come to fullness, we are hearing that great revival is happening in the underground church. We are ready to see a clashing of the kingdoms of light and dark in the nation of Iran, to the Persians under cruel Islamic rulers.

Genesis 15:13, Then He said to Abram: “Know (yada) certainly (yada) that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. (16) “But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

  • Yada is  a  Hebrew word meaning to perceive, understand – but also in a carnal intimate natures as  Adam ‘knew’ (yada) Eve and she conceived.(Genesis 4:1)
  • For the Israelites, there had to be a fullness of time of the iniquity of the  Amorites that had occupancy of the Promised Land. But God did promise them a ‘time limit’

Jews in Bondage in Babylon for 70 years:

  • Daniel 9:2, in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 25:11-12; 29:10)

Church in Russia in Bondage for 70 years:

  • In the 1930’s a Christian woman gave a prophetic word about a man arising named Mikhail with a mark on his forehead. She continued that there would once again be  freedom to worship and revival would come to the nation. This freedom would last for a short time, however; then repression would begin again.  History marks that darkness was approximately 70 years
  • Mikhail Gorbachev was born 1931 and came into power of the USSR March 15, 1990 – December 25, 1991.
  • The USSR socialist state began 12/30/1922 and ended 12/26/1991, but  the oppression began before 12/30/1922. When I was in the USSR in 1991, we saw the spiritual starvation  for the Word of God.
  • In those years there were the most horrendous, oppressive times in darkness, where the church had to go underground.

In E.W. Bullinger’s classic book on “Number in Scripture”, the number 40 is “a period of probation, trial and chastisement – (not judgment, like the number 9 which stands in connection with the punishment of enemies, but the chastisement of sons, and of a covenant people)… But where it relates to enlarged dominion, or to renewed or extended rule, then it does so in virtue of its factors 4 & 10, and in harmony with their signification.”

  • 40 years of probation by Trial
    • Israel in the Wilderness (Deut 8:2-5; Ps 95:10; Acts 13:18)
  • 40 years of probation by prosperity in deliverance  and rest
    • Under Othniel Judges 3:11; under Barak Judges 5:31; under Gideon Judges 8:28
  • 40 years of Probation by prosperity or enlarged dominion
    • Under David 2 Sam 5:4; Under Solomon 1 Kings 11:42; Under Jeroboam II, 2 Kings 12:17-18; 13:3, 5, 7, 22, 25; 14:12-14, 23, 28; under Jehoash, 2 Ki 12:1; under Joash, 2 Chron 24:1
  • 40 years of Probation by humiliation and servitude
    • Israel under the Philistines, Judges 13:1; time of Eli, I Sam 4:18; under Saul Acts 13:21
  • 40 years of Probation by waiting
    • Moses in Egypt, Acts 7:23
    • Moses in Midian, Acts 7:30
  • 8 of the great periods of 40
    • Moses on Mt Sinai 2 times for 40 days; 40 days of spies in the Wilderness; 40 days of Elijah on Horeb; 40 days of Jonah and Nineveh; 40 days of Ezekiel on his right side to symbolize the 40 years of Judah’s transgressions; 40 days Jesus tempted by the devil; 40 days Jesus was with His disciples after the Resurrection