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We have now come to the half-way point of the 40 Days of Teshuvah. I hope you are hearing our King Jesus speaking to you through this Holy of Holies in the Bible.

Song 2:14, ““O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.”

  • Watchman Nee has verses 14-15 spoken by the maiden, but Mike Bickle and Passion Translation both have this as the King-Bridegroom speaking, NKJV have her brothers speaking in verse 15. The King-Bridegroom is the one who likens her to a dove. The Lord continually reveals His tender affection for us even as we struggle though our fears and failures.

Two places we find God’s grace. 

  • Cleft of the Rock – this is the finished work of the cross, redemption
  • Cliff – secret places of the cliff, the mystery of Jesus’ resurrection.
  • Both Cleft and Cliff speak of Philippians 3:10 (TPT) “And I continually long to know the wonders of Jesus more fully and to experience the overflowing power of his resurrection working in me. I will be one with him in his sufferings and I will be one with him in his death.”

Religion says you cannot be used in ministry until you have your act together. The Gospel (Good News) says ‘stand in the cleft of the rock’, step out into where Jesus is calling us (Ex 33:21; 21-22; 34:5-7)

Jesus wants to see our face and hear our voice in prayer and praise. He does not want us to hide from Him in shame, guilt and condemnation. He wants us to run to Him.

  • Turn you eyes upon Jesus
    Look full in His wonderful face
    And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
    In the light of His glory and grace (Chorus of the song by Alan Jackson)

Songs 2:15,” Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.”

  • Little foxes of compromise that are in HER life. Foxes are an enemy Harvest and has come to steal, kill and destroy.   The King-Bridegroom does not have little foxes, but He is willing to help her – identification prayer is when you identify with the person/nation you are praying for like Daniel and Nehemiah.
    • Big foxes go after the fruit of the vine
    • Little foxes break off the tender vine branches and leave little change for fruit
      • Little foxes are thought life, use of time, use of money, entertainment, games – and this was written before social media and internet!!! Anything that distract us from the will of God.
  • Vine – Jesus is the Vine and we are the Branches
    • Our vineyard speaks of our fellowship with Jesus and our Heavenly Father
    • Tender Grapes speak of immature area in her walk with God
Every day for 40 days of Teshuvah the 27th Psalm is read aloud.

First of all, what is Teshuvah? Teshuvah is a 40 day season of time for introspection, judging yourself. It begins Elul 1 and ends Yom Kippur  (Day of Atonement). The last 10 days are known as The Days of Awe. This year the Biblical calendar and the Gregorian Calendar totally align the days of the month of September and Elul! I believe that God is bringing us into a special time of alignment and of really preparing for these last of the Last Days.

The Hebrew root for Teshuvah is shuv, number  H7725 in the Strong’s Concordance and it means to return, to turn back, to restore, to cause to return. Spiritually speaking it is turning back to God. He never changes and if you feel distant from Him it is because you have distanced yourself by your own desires and choices in life. It is now an open portal to return to the Lord. For everything there is a season – and this is the season of what some call, an open heaven. Not for what we can get from God, but coming back to our First Love. The Passion Translation of Revelation 2:4 reads, “But I have this against you: you have abandoned the passionate love you had for me at the beginning.” Do you have that passionate love and joy you had when you first came to Jesus? Why? He has not changed. Just like the Ephesians, we have gotten too busy with good things.

Jeremiah 24:7, ‘Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return (shuv) to Me with their whole heart.

One of my favorite Jewish Roots teachers is Perry Stone. He calls this the season to prepare spiritually, financially and emotionally.  https://perrystone.org/40-days-of-teshuvah/

I woke very early this morning, feeling empty and I realized that I have been looking forward to this “special open heaven season” for the past month, anticipating the time of coming back to the Lord with my whole heart! I am ready to drop off the ‘sins’ that have so easily ensnared me – namely the sin of busyness. My priorities were not in order.

The Passion Translation of Hebrews 12:1 reads, “As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us.”

Prayer:  Jesus, I need Your help. Lord, help me come back to the passionate love I had for You in the beginning. Help me to let go of all the distractions and offences that harden my heart and cause my ears to be dull. Bring my life back into alignment with Your perfect will, In Jesus Name, Amen.

In December of 2014 I was asking Abba Father what He wanted me to teach in our home study group and He said, “Teach My people how to work with their angels in the Last Days.” The Bible speaks of the ministry of angels, but most church-goers are ignorant of what the ministry of angels really is and how they affect our destiny. I hope you enjoy this series.

Friday, July 27 will give be filled with excitement of the longest of total lunar eclipse of the Century, with the totality lasting 1 hour and 43 minutes. The entire eclipse from beginning to end will be around 4 hours. It is scheduled for 8:30pm UTC, so where I am in Central Standard time will be around 3:30pm. I will have to watch it online since the totality will be seen in Israel and the nations of prophecy. This will be the last total lunar eclipse in 2018. If you remember the first Blood Moon of 2018 was a Super Blue Blood Moon January 31, which happened to be the New Year of the Trees on the Hebraic calendar. Jesus told us to watch the fig tree (Israel) [Matthew 24:32] and the other trees (nations of prophecy) [Luke 21:29].

Blood Moon path July 27 2018

But the interesting thing is when it falls on the Hebraic calendar.

The Mishnah tells us that: “No days were as festive for Israel as the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur.”  Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) symbolizes God’s forgiveness for the Golden Calf and Tu B’Av symbolizes God’s forgiveness for the unbelief of the 10 spies culminating the spread of fear and unbelief that kept the nation of Israel from entering into the Promised Land for 40 years.

The 9th of the Hebrew month of Av is the lowest point in month and the 15th of Av is the highest. Both have historical meanings that carry through to this day. This day has become known as the “Jewish Valentine’s Day“, when unmarried women would become betrothed.

There are multiple negative historical events that have followed the cycle on Tisha B’ Av (9th of Av) which began with the nation of Israel choosing to follow the negative report of 10 of the 12 spies coming out of the Promised Land. There are five major historical events associated with Tu B’ Av (15th of Av).

  1. End of the Wilderness deaths- 40 years following God’s decree that those who were 20 years of age and above ended. History teaches that each year on the 9th of Av all those who had been 20 or above would dig graves and lay in those graves on that day. The next morning those who were still alive would get out of the grave and know they had at least another year of life in the Wilderness. On the 40th year no one died. They thought they had the date wrong so they kept changing the date and by Tu B’Av they realized all was forgiven and they could not enter the Promised Land under Joshua’s leadership.
  2. This was first precedent of equal rights for women in the Bible. The daughters of  Manesseh’s lineage dared to believe God for a new thing, land given to women. (Numbers 27:1-11 & Numbers 36) Their father Zelophehad died in the wilderness, but not because of his sins- his daughters made sure it was on the record that he did not side with Korah. These women were pushers, not quitters, “Lord I want the blessing! I want it in my body, I want it in my spirit, I want it financially, I want to be blessed in my ministry, I want it for my family, I want my blessing!”  All 5 daughters manifest a balance between the spirit of confrontation and a spirit of cooperation.
  3. Benjamin’s Tribe allowed to continue– Following the consequences of the sins of the perverted men from Tribe of Benjamin as recorded in Judges 19-21, only 600 males from the Tribe of Benjamin remained. The other 11 Tribes had taken an oath not to allow marriage from their tribe and now there was great mourning realizing Benjamin’s tribe would cease. On the 9th of Av they allowed the 600 males who were left were allowed to snatch virgins during an annual dance, so that the vow would not be violated and the tribe of Benjamin would continue.
  4. Wood for the 2nd Temple – Following the restoration of the Second Temple, wood was needed for the Temple altar and none was available near Jerusalem. Brave men were sent out to bring satisfactory wood before winter set in and the dead line to have the wood in the Temple was Tu B’ Av.
  5. Burials allowed during Bar Kochba Revolt, 132 AD– The Hebrew custom for burial was to bury the same day as the death so the bodies could not begin to decompose.   In 135 AD, the army besieged Bethar and on  the 9th of Av, the Jewish fast day commemorating the destruction of the first  and second Holy Temples, the walls of Bethar fell. After a fierce battle,  every Jew in Bethar was killed. Six days passed before the Romans allowed the  Jews to bury their dead.  This was a double miracle, in that, first, the Romans finally gave permission for the burial, and, second, in spite of the long period of time that had elapsed, the bodies had not decomposed. The permission was granted on Tu B’Av.

LET THE DANCING BEGIN!!!

ENJOY THE VIEW!

The 3 week period between Tammuz 17 and Av 9 (Tisha B’Av) are called ‘bein haMetzarim’, aka Between the Straits, Dire Straits. Lamentations 1:3, “Judah has gone into captivity, under affliction and hard servitude; she dwells among the nations, she finds no rest; all her persecutors overtake her in dire straits.” Fear is strong during these 21 days because of the historical events connected with these two dates.

  • Av 9 this year will be July 21 (7/21/18), begins at sundown July 20. Because this falls on a Shabbat, the 25 hour fast of the 5th Month (Zechariah 8:19) will be on Sunday, July 22 (Sundown July 21-sundown July 22)

The three months of Tammuz, Av & Elul are the most challenging months for Israel. History repeatedly has shown that if anything tragic is going to happen to Israel it will happen in the months of Tammuz & Av. These three summer months heat up both naturally and spiritually. The kingdom of this world is fighting against God’s plans and promises for Israel. The beginning 9 days of Av will continue prayerful struggle through Dire Straits, ending with the fast of Tisha B’Av, leading to the Love Dance of Tu B’Av on the 15th.

Av is the month that the 12 spies returned from the Promised Land, 10 with an evil report (Fake News) and Joshua and Caleb believing God was bigger than the giants of the land. Av is a month to hear, believe and proclaim the greatness of our God. Everyday the news will be speaking fear, but it is the time for the Church to speak faith and overcome all fear. It is high time to believe the report of the Lord!

Here are some historical events connected with the 9th day of Av

  • Av 9, 1312 BC; 10 of the 12 spies brought back an evil report and Joshua and Caleb brought back a good report. Because the nation of Israel chose to believe the evil report they were not allowed into the Promised land for 40 years. (Nu 13)
  • Av 9, 586 BC; Solomon’s Temple was destroyed (Jer 39)
  • Av 9, 70 AD;  Herod’s Temple was destroyed
  • Av 9, 132 AD; Bar Kochba revolt crushed. Betar destroyed over 100,000 Jews (3rd Jewish-Roman War)
  • Av 9, 133 AD; Turnus Rufus ploughs site of Temple. Romand build pagan city of Aelia Capitolina on site of Jerusalem
  • Av 9, 1095 AD; First Crusade against the Jews declared by Pope Urban II. 10,000 Jews killed in the first month of the crusade
  • Av 9, 1290 AD; Expulsion of Jews from England, accompanied by pogroms and confiscation of books and property
  • Av 9, 1492 AD; King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella expelled all Jews from Spain and Portugal. The last boat of Jews was beside Columbus’s ship waiting for the tide to set sail. I believe at this time the mandate to bring the gospel to the world changed hands from Sapin to the new America.
  • Av 9, 1914; First World War begins- Britain and Russia declare war on Germany.
  • Av 9, 1942; Deportation from Warsaw Ghetto to Treblinka Concentration camp and killings begin
  • Av 9, 1989; Iraq walks out of talks with Kuwait setting stage for the Gulf Wars
  • Av 9, 1994; The deadly bombing of  the building of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina killed  86 people and wounded some 300 others
  • Av 9, 1994– Shoemaker Levi Comet broke into 21 pieces and began to bombard the planet Jupiter, which represents King David and Israel
  • Av 9, 1994- Meeting were taking place in Oslo, Norway regarding ‘land for peace’, Oslo Accords

 Av 9 is a fasting day listed in Zechariah 8:19.Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth [month], and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the   truth and peace.” Feast Days were appointed by God, but these Fast Days are appointed by man. These fasts centered on themselves, not sorrow for sin, but sorrow for their loss. God is promising them that these days of fasting in fear and mourning will become days of gladness and joy.

Psalm 122:6, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”

Hold Your Head High – No Need To Be Embarrassed

Psalm 27:6,And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me:”

Our King is a conquering King! When a king would overthrow another king in battle, the back of his garment would be cut off and his back side would be exposed. The word ’embarrassed’ comes from this warfare tradition. The conquered king would be paraded through the streets with his ‘back-side bared’.

We can hold our head high because the battle has already been done and the enemy of God has been paraded the enemy of His in disgrace.

Colossians 2:15 tells us, “[And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” In Greek ‘made a shew’ means to ‘expose in disgrace.’

I also love Isaiah 61:7 in the Amplified Version: “Instead of your [former] shame you will have a double portion; and instead of humiliation your people will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore in their land they will possess double [what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy will be theirs.”

In this Hurricane/TS Harvey in the south Texas area, there is so much hopelessness. I trust that the next phase in their recovery is double honor.

We are now 2 weeks into the 40 days. That may not mean time much to you, unless you are fasting something or some foods for these 40 days. I have found after 14 days that I don’t miss those things the same as I did in the first few days. I choose to stay with this for the next 16 days and then intensify the fast for the last 10 days, which are the Ten Days of Awe. More about that when we come to it. If you have not chosen to fast, you may ask God if there is a ‘time waster’ He would like you to put down as these next 26 days of Teshuvah continue, ending on Yom Kippur.

Psalm 27:5, “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”

Rocktsuwr (tsur) rock or cliff, rock of God

The first place we find tsuwr in the Bible is Exodus 17:6, where the Hebrew children were without water and thought they would die of thirst in the Wilderness. Water to satisfy the thirst of the entire nation was found in that rock. That rock actually ‘followed’ them and satisfied the nation’s thirst for 40 years!!! I Corinthians 10:3-4 reveals ‘they drank from a Spirit-sent Rock which followed them, and that Rock was the Messiah.’

The second place we find tsuwr in the Bible is Exodus 33:21-22. Moses was on Mt Sinai for the 2nd set of 40 days seeking atonement for the nation for the Golden Calf incident. Moses wanted to see God’s glory, but Yahweh showed Moses His goodness. He told Moses “And the LORD said, Behold, [there is] a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passes by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:”

Deuteronomy 32:4 praises Yahweh, “[He is] the Rock, his work [is] perfect: for all his ways [are] judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he.”

A marvelous little book called His Names Are Wonderful by Elizabeth L Vander Meulen and Barbara D Malda shares on page 135 about The Rock, HaTzur. “The expression, ‘like the rock of Gibraltar’ has come to mean something or someone that is impressive, dependable, steady, or immovable. God is our rock-solid place. Firmly plant your feet on The Rock and you will not be moved, no matter what storms of life come crashing your way.”