How amazing is it that Christ’s brother James (Jacob) was inspired by God to write to the 12 dispersed tribes of Israel, who were ejected from their regions becoming settlers in foreign territories?
Christ’s brother who most likely followed Jesus later in life was now comforting those who were establishing their lives in Christ while far from familiarity. God helped James recognize their need to remember Christ’s ways and to respond to Holiness by activating faith by works through the help of Holy Spirit; after all, they were God’s temple and His Spirit dwelled within them. In so doing James was empowered to scribe a scroll of encouragement, rebuke, and direction.
Let’s start in Luke 22:28-30 for a moment. This is fast becoming a favorite portion of scripture.
Jesus says to His disciples, “You are those who have stood by Me in My trials; and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Jesus is acknowledging and expressing gratitude towards the men and women who for 3 years stood by Him as He passed through temptations embedded with enticement into wicked works. No, He never submitted nor opened the door within Himself. He remained faithful to His Father, never allowing an adulterous relationship with the world’s ways to find room in Him.
Jesus, the Son of God was expressing thanksgiving towards each of them. Maybe the disciples were not perfect every time in their support, but with what they had they stood with God!! Wow! For such a friendship they were given place at His Table. What would they be eating and drinking? How would they judge the 12 tribes of Israel?
In Luke Jesus is expressing the pain and victory found through His obedience unto maturity – perfecting process. Now in James Christ’s brother is encouraging the tribes to overcome as they pass through such temptations. Within this book one can see the connection between Luke 22 and the incredible way to live a life of victory. As I ponder I can feel the expression of Christ’s thankful heart towards His disciples being passed down to His inheritance found within the hearts of humankind.
This book is such an expression of Gods love for the tribes. This is such an expression of James’ service towards his Brother Jesus. This is such an opportunity for the 12 tribes, and us, to enter into the sufferings of Jesus and OVERCOME.
Let’s take it one step further for a moment.
Jesus who was previously abiding within the heart of His Father was released from His bosom and the throne room (heaven), being sent to His Father’s Footstool (earth) to walk the earth being shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. He would be the Word made flesh, revealing/being the full gospel message. Now the twelve tribes of Israel were removed from their familiar territories, sent out into the gentile regions carrying within themselves an opportunity to build God’s Kingdom bringing the message of the Gospel to their families and new gentile acquaintances. They had opportunity to accept and activate those feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
Even as Jesus remained true to His Father, He was Light on James’ path of life. Now James was that for hundreds if not thousands of people.
In our world and time, to reminisce about those who have stood and warred with us through our trials causes gratitude to bubble up. There is also always opportunity for us to accept the challenge of not growing weary in well doing as we stand with those who are facing difficult trials — temptations.
This book of James (1-5), authored by Christ’s brother, is filled with Kingdom structures ready to be acted upon. A ‘washing in the Word.’ Empowered in confident humility and strength. This book gives opportunity to evaluate personal and regional harvest fields. May the fire of the Lord continue to burn all that is waste, keeping only that which is fit to be called the fruit of the harvest fit for the King.
Known for its beauty and respected for its formation process, a pearl is cherished by many. On the 26th of August an invitation was extended to encounter the “personality” or “character” and the formation process of a pearl. Yes, this may sound peculiar. It was. The Host was Teacher (Holy Spirit) and He thought it best to just dive in.
The “classroom” chosen for this experience was not comfortable, neither was it “posh” containing gorgeous displays of pearls set on silk cloth; instead, this pressurized space contained irritants pressing against one’s will. Living intruders – – uninvited.
The South Sea Pearl Oyster found in the deep waters of Australia, isn’t known for its outward beauty but on the inside has the potential of creating one of the most valuable of gems. Any mollusk which produces a shell is able to produce a pearl. Oysters, Abalone, Marine Snails, Clams, and Mussels fall into this category.
The myth that a grain of sand makes its way into a shell causing the formation of a pearl is simply that, a myth. The nacre secreted by the mollusk, in reaction to the “unwelcomed guest,” does not adhere to a non-living substance such as a grain of sand; instead, it is a tiny living organism which enters the shell disrupting the cell structure and lodges itself into the mantle. The mollusk begins to surround the organism by secreting nacre. This is the same substance which layers the inside walls of a shell. We know it as Mother of Pearl.
Nacre is a smooth, six-sided crystalline substance made of calcium carbonate and an organic protein called conchiolin. This calcium carbonate is made of aragonite platelets, biopolymers and proteins. When combined with conchiolin, the result is a durable, lustrous substance. The conchiolin works like a glue that holds the crystals together. (Source: National Geographic WILD: “Formation of the Pearl/Secret life of pearls”)
Back to the Classroom
Tension was dense in the atmosphere, in ‘surround sound.’ Immediately I recognized my consistent internal pondering was present with us, right here within this pearl. Statements like, “I did not want this to be the way of life.” “These levels of such tyrannical persecutions cannot remain!” “But You said Your dreams were about to be fulfilled, God?!” “Things look like they are getting worse. Where is the room needed for Your dreams?” “Isn’t there another way, Lord?” This was not anxiety, instead hunger for “How do we assist multitudes in moving forward, Lord? We are but one.” And right along with that was, “Father, I thought I was stronger.” “In You and through You is the only way, teach me Your ways.” As faint as these living thoughts were they still could be heard in this space, and now standing within this pressure point Holy Spirit was present to respond.
A woman of God was with me at this time, a friend. I do not know what Jesus was communicating with her, but together we were listening to the song, “The Blood Is Still The Blood” by Maverick City Music. You all will love this song if you do not know of it yet. For me this was a moment of receiving a cup of fresh water brought on by the voice and nearness of the One who loves me, and I Him.
Current tensions have been so severe at times. Right?!? We all are experiencing this together. We just need to remember these tensions may be new to the West, but many nations of the East have lived in such intensity for centuries. But this? Shall we say these may be stronger contractions?
Opportunity for spiritual nacre to be released from the Christ within me was available to surround the intrusions. Yes, go ahead devil, you were granted space to toss your tyrannical ways upon many these last few years, but God in His mercy has caused something belonging to the value of The Pearl to emerge. God in His sovereignty was shaking out intrusions which seemed to hold the upper hand for a while. At least I thought they did.
The tumultuous changing tide of the nations was kissed by the betraying demonic tension brought on in attempt to “weary the saints.” This the backdrop of such a glorious church refined and manifesting in power.
Get up O man and woman of God! For God has not departed; instead, His scroll is opened, and it will take new eyes to perceive His nearness.
“I advise you to buy from Me…Eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.” Revelations 3:18
In contradiction to the intruders, a solidifying “swirling” was taking place around me. Let me try to explain.
God’s “I AM” was present as was His sent Teacher (Holy Spirit), with Them They brought provision. This provision sent by God was embodied within Teacher. His Spirit was moving. There was nothing about God shaking in this realm of pressure. He was the unshifting and unchanging factor. He was here to make us like Him. He was here to confirm and to “shore up” the “settings” of our soul, spirit, and body upon His sure foundation.
“In Him we live and move and exist … for we are the children of God.” Acts 17:28
A reminder to make sure holy nacre is released, and not the opposing
Do you remember when Jesus was teaching the multitudes, establishing a more perfect way saying, “ You have heard that, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.?” (Matthew 5:27,28) This, the Old Testament principle which states that an action produces righteousness or iniquity. But here the Lord was saying, our thoughts carry the same power.
I asked the Lord, “You were speaking of the power you have given us in our soul, spirit, and body. Remind me, please, what part of Your Word under the New Covenant would carry the same weight, not with sin but with building Your Kingdom in our hearts?”
Paul said in Philippians 4:6-9
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
So, when irritants come? Thanksgiving and prayers released along with the ingredients of the Kingdom through our obedience, surrounded will be the foreign living organism. Thank You Father, for You gave us all that was necessary for the renewing of our mind; equipping us with ability become the pearl that we are. Your glory on the earth. May You be revealed, The most treasured of Pearls.
A little deeper here
The fear and love of God was heavy in this space. He was wrapping Himself around my human spirit, as He opened the invitation to learn (see His knowledge), yield (understand), and become (be in awe of His ways and bear witness to His plans). The Teacher’s understanding, His wisdom, His knowledge, and His Council contained the Might necessary for the way of escape. The whirlwind-presence of His face surrounded and solidified me. Being empowered by the strength of the Teacher enabled the yielded ones to walk wrapped in Light, right through the intruding darkness. He wasn’t leaving us alone. He was revealing Himself IN US. In the presence of His enemies, he turns the other cheek never doing evil to His enemies; instead, He released signs all around the nation. Wonders He released caused personal discomfort for many around. Miracles too many to write released the bodies of those in bondage.
He Himself in us! He the Pearl of Great Price!
He Himself giving us the ability to secrete the effervescent substance which reveals the Pearl.
Yes, Christ exemplified the way necessary, as He yielded to becoming that Pearl of Greatest Price.
What O Lord did you encounter in order for Your obedience to be perfected? The invaders invaded Your space – Your holiness! You humbled Yourself and became a man.
“For what does it benefit a person to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
For what could a person give in exchange for his soul?”
The contractions – the pressure of what seemed negative was opening up within my heart the hunger for the treasures of God’s Kingdom ways. In such a moment of extreme distaste towards the evil taking place in the world, my soul was searching for God’s valuable truths, and was ready to forego all illogic, falsehoods, false comforts, and counterfeit realities.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,
and upon finding one pearl of great value,
he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
All that does not carry the same value as Christ and His Kingdom. All that pales against the glorious face of God. Rid yourself and buy with God’s currency, sight to see the ancient path leading to the Pearl of Greatest Price.
It is no longer news that inside this ‘shell,’ or should we say ‘earth shell’, manipulative lawless and perverted intrusions have entered daring to threaten where freedom once blessed the masses. The will of man is adjusting as one realizes the necessity to awaken and learn the ways of righteous war.
The natural freedoms given to humankind are giving way, as eternities freedom continues to wait to be received. Fear, Anxiety, Panic, and Depression, “you must go!”
Slumbering leisure and its false comforts had lost its edge. The enemy’s intentions for evil was being met with a storm of God’s iridescent empowering Spirit. Father had come to equip His own and seal them unto Himself, as they chose to volunteer in such days of power.
Afghanistan stands before us. A living example. Such an end-time confrontation wages. Maybe you can write here, the tribulation taking place in nations which you pray for.
Soul verses Spirit
Within the pearl the acknowledgment was made. ’Personal will’ (nor does the Lord) like how world leaders are being used by the powers of the age. Political and religious powers, once again, merging. Souls were resisting darkness, many were shocked into an awaking unexpected or known, but God’s alarms had been rung and now was the time to engage His heart and His Kingdom’s ways. We are about to find out who we really are. For He is the answer. He is the Teacher. He is the author of our faith.
Face to face swiftly sheds beguiling and belittling baggage.
The ‘push back’ against darkness, within ‘my shell,’ was due to realizing families were paying the price for the socio-political chaos. The nations belong to the Lord! A just cause. More personally though, each heart is deciding on ‘if and how’ they will embrace God and battle darkness or remain in fear of death. In this space, pressed against one’s softening heart was the eternal cost and value of suffering. The only viable option was ‘the bold courage of faith.’
The travail for God’s Kingdom.
“From the days of John the Baptist until now
The Kingdom of Heaven
suffers violence, and the violent men take it by force.”
Many will recognize the vibrations of evil and injustice. This will backfire on satan himself as God will use such events for His good. These vibrations will gloriously cause last minute face to face confrontations – – last minute necessary deliverances from fears and self-reliances, which previously led to false decisions. Really close to the soul was the invitation to trust God until the face of Jesus was seen within.
The hidden glory awaiting champions waited.
Present was God’s holy eternal presence. His commanding presence made room for one to hear the “noise” among the nations. The rumble.
It is not God responding to the “rumble,”
It is the nations quaking/reacting
to the nearness of the coming of the King!
“Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”
Teacher again reminded me of His previous visit with me. It was while in Hong Kong in the year 2012. While sitting on the side of the bed in my hotel room, Jesus brought my focus to be on the New City of Jerusalem, more specifically the pearls of the city.
He thought the best method of introduction to the New City of Jerusalem was to drop me into the city itself by taking me directly to one of the gates. His transport method? Never would I call this specific method “gentile.” At the time we must have been above the city because all of the sudden I was dropped. Yes, He allowed me to swiftly descend. I chuckle now, because there was nothing gentle about Christ’s style of teaching me this. In America this is called, “free falling.” No turning, flipping, just swiftly dropping in an upright position. BOOM, we landed!
Nose to nose with the one of the twelve pearl gates, I found myself to be the size of the sharpened point of a lead pencil in contrast to the enormity. The thickness of this pearl gate is hard to describe. Beautiful, creamy white in color. Strong. Secure. Immoveable. Solid. Firm. I looked up and learned there was no way to see the top of the gate. The height seemed to go for miles. “I just looked into the pearl.”
“The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.”
From one clam we can receive a substantial sized pearl, and it would still fit in the palm of a child. This gate needed a space that was out of earth’s time to be created. Huge! The universe; along with time and ‘that clock that is out of earth’s time’ would have been needed to form such a structure. This, only one out of twelve.
Jesus with intentionality brought me out of the visit as swiftly as the swift drop. Sitting on the edge of the bed feelings and emotions were so uncomfortable. Never before had Jesus swiftly released me from such a visit. This caused such feelings of agitation. He literally left! My body was having difficulty acclimating. What?! What did You intend? Yes, His swift departure left a struggle so deep. I was trying to adjust from being in the realms of the Spirit to now being back in the first heaven realms of the earth. Was He rejecting me? Was He teaching me something? How could He just drop me back into earth and leave? Jesus, wait! Please! This the very irritation which takes place within the mollusk’s shell, so too in my own heart.
Engulfed within the Pearl, understanding came. “Christ’s Blood is Still the Blood” was on repeat.
As you know, the heavenly messengers and the Lord Himself made it clear to Apostle John that the New Jerusalem’s foundations and gates were in representation of those who had gone on before us. The Kingdom work they had accomplished manifested in the structure of the New Jerusalem. The 12 Gates were established posts announcing the peoples of the twelve tribes of Israel. The 12 foundation layers announce the twelve apostles.
What the tribes past through – what they endured. The adversity they confronted – the intruders which confronted and tested their trust in God. The circumstances of the hot and cold wilderness was an affront to their comforts. The Promised land which gave them opportunity to abandon or embrace true faith. All tension, pressure making room for the pearl to be formed first in each individual and second in the tribe as a whole. The evidence of the mercy and grace of God is found in the Faith of God. “It is finished!” For John saw the completion of the city. This, meaning that what God has said will be fulfilled. What He has authored will come to pass. What His dream is will be fulfilled. The work of the Pearl will be accomplished.
He is asking us to enter into His sufferings. The sufferings which come with the celebrations of seeing His Kingdom comes to pass. Paul understood this, as he said often,
“My children, with whom I am again in labor
until Christ is formed in you.”
Travail comes with the groaning of the Spirit. The Spirit prays with us in the languages of heaven, accomplishing through us the birthing necessary for the fullness of earth’s to arrive at eternities time.
I often say that when a mother gives birth to a child there are two deliverances taking place. The first delivery is the coming of the baby from the nine months gestation period. The second is she as woman is within herself going through another type of deliverance, each woman different. Both are necessary for the strength needed to give birth and then to engage the gift of motherhood.
It is also said that medically she comes as close to death as possible without literally crossing over. Many do not know this, for as mothers we are covered in the grace and beauty of God the Creator.
Adam, Eve, Methuselah, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Levi, Moses, Joshua, Aaron, Caleb, the daughters of Zelophehad, Jehu, Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Obadiah, Zechariah, Ezra, Nehemiah, Micah, Malachi, Esther, Ruth, John the Baptizer, the twelve, the women, the unknown names throughout all the ages travailed for the fullness of time.
We too are called to take up our cross and follow Him. Is it possible that this living cross is the irritant which made its way into our “shell?”
The twelve tribes were used (unknowingly to 99.9% of them) to make room or pave a way for us as the Golden Harvest Field to enter into the Gates of the New Jerusalem. What they encountered was for us. Isn’t it amazing how much we learn from their mistakes and successes? From God’s conversations with them and His responses to their actions, as well as their responses to His ways of holiness?
The stones of the twelve apostles is a story for another day. But to mention them is to say, the life of the New Covenant worked through by them creating the foundations laid, due to their obedience to God. This, a celebration for us to join into. One day at a time, we can hold up our day to their day, comparing the resistance, the pressure, the tension, the opportunity for supernatural manifestations, the invitation into the love, faith, and courage gifted by God, the opportunity to remain in the lesson, the level of darkness attempting to engage our hearts, the way of escape into obedience; all in time for “grace” to be adhered to. Where righteousness, peace, and joy is there we thrive exemplifying such glory in the spheres we each were allotted.
We again after so many months come back to this living testament and instruction.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us,
let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith,
who for the joy set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself,
so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
A Father’s Discipline
You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;
For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives.”
It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons;
for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers,
then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us,
and we respected them;
shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?
For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them,
but He disciplines us for our good,
so that we may share His holiness.
All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful,
but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it,
afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak
and the knees that are feeble,
and make straight paths for your feet,
so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint,
but rather be healed.
Pursue peace with all men,
and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord!.
See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God;
that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble,
and by it many be defiled;
that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau,
who sold his own birthright for a single meal.
For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.
For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched
and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind,
and to the blast of a trumpet and the sound of words
which sound was such that those who heard
begged that no further word be spoken to them.
For they could not bear the command, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it will be stoned.”
And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said,
“I am full of fear and trembling.”
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God,
the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels,
to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all,
and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.”
My friend walked into our home on that 26th day of August, bringing with her a birthday gift. She knew of my love for horses and wanted to follow that theme, but she felt like this was not the Lord’s first choice. Instead she brought a card with the map of the world covered with highways running throughout the nations and along the highway were flag posts strategically placed. Written on the bottom portion of the map was the latter portion of John 16:33,
“In the world you have tribulation,
but take courage;
I have overcome the world.”
The verse in it’s entirety reads,
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you have tribulation,
but take courage;
I have overcome the world.”
With this picture, she presented a ring; in fact it was a pearl ring. Well, that was all it took. I then realized Jesus was talking to me. She didn’t know that for months the “pearl” was a tender deep pondering place. This birthday would not be amiss to a visit from Jesus. My spirit was grateful.
Let’s dive in for the Pearl, for the Pearl of Great Price is worthy of our lives.
“For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you. But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.” 2 Corinthians 4
This pondering seems appropriate for this sixth month of the Biblical Calendar. Elul: “Fields of Wheat afford us opportunity for offense.”
While in my homeland sitting on the steps of a church’s platform, a little girl (no more then 16 months old) decided to join me. She climbed those three steps and sat close to me while I shared what was thought to be timely insights for those attending the meeting. She was a fantastic distraction giving opportunity for me to put actions behind Jesus’ words, “Let the little children come to Me, and hinder them not.” The message was about Ruth and Boaz.
Amidst these moments of meaningful childlike impact, while sharing, Jesus decided to join her and “break up the party” even further. He decided I needed to be with Him in that very moment. Mind you He didn’t find it necessary to ask if He was interrupting the my message. How about that! His desire, His time. In His pursuit He decided to take me into His space – – through an open vision.
Fields of Wheat immediatly blended over the platform’s stairs extending far beyond the pews where my friends sat, and beyond the building’s frame. There He was joyfully present, so beautiful! He was dressed in a white robe with beautiful black curly hair. He was ready for a stroll through the Fields (or was he going to dance?), beckoning me to come along. The invitation was to walk in front of Jesus as He walked close behind. Beautiful is the love of the Father found in His Son Jesus Christ.
The vastness of the Fields and the purest of air was containing the proclamation, “Now is the Time!” The Golden Wheat were postured in two positions, some wheat’s spikes were bent beneath the sun and some yet unbending. Their decisions were being made as the Holy Spirit called the angels forth to gather. Truly, beautiful is the love of the Father found in His Son Jesus Christ. As we walked while shifting the stalks to our left and right (making room for easier movement) my heart was wide open with exuberant joy, unencumbered willingness, gratitude, and awe. Innocence! The earth beneath our feet felt familiar and yet I have no definition except, “We have been to this land before, and to visit here now with the Inheritor of all of this filled the moment with strength.”
We walked deeper yet and as we did one of the stalks of wheat, which we had shifted to the right, seemingly got caught on something and swiftly swung back and its spike slapped my face. Now the romance of Fields of Wheat would cause some to think that the wheat would feel soft and gentle as it came against one’s skin, but that would be delusion; 🤦🤦♀ instead wheat is dry, hard, and prickly. I was taken from the place of romance and contentment to the “Battle of Offense” within a 1/0th of a second. How uncomfortable and jolting! From the place of innocent zeal to the impact of another’s compromised choice.
The innocence within did not desire this opportunity, nor did I invite the knowledge that wounds would occur in these spheres. Do you call that the “’Pollyanna Syndrome?” Briefly, and according to the Webster’s Dictionary the Pollyanna Syndrome is defined as, “a person characterized by irrepressible optimism and a tendency to find good in everything.” Jesus took me to the Fields of Wheat on that day to teach, prepare, and bring alertness to the days ahead.
From here I’m sure you can take over the writing of this note. We’ve all experienced it.
How could I have been startled or offended at something coming from the Harvest Fields? These fields are where God’s love can be experienced. Waves of God’s emotions can be found and engaged with in such fields. He loves! He loves His Harvest, and beautiful is the love of the Father found in His Son Jesus Christ. An invitation to be offended while Jesus was so near was something I did not expect, and can honestly say that in all of Christ’s visits He had not brought opportunities for offense or wounding into our conversation. “What was this? Why now? This “stalk of wheat” belonging to or representing is a lost soul, what am I learning from You?”
Romance is not always the soft petals of a peony thrown along a garden’s path. Neither is it the white daisy game of, “He loves me, He loves me not.” It was evident that in these moments we as friends of Christ are not called to throw to the wind the One (Jesus) who stands near us. In this moment it is not time to forget that it was He who invited us into His inheritance, neither is it time for us to doubt ourselves and the purpose of God in us. No, instead is it possible that the grunge and clashing of swords could be what is attractive to this King? Could it be that true love contains the grit of war? Yes, the willingness to bear up under the clashing of people’s choices, the harshness of opposition found amidst the two kingdoms; still choosing to be a defender of the souls of humanity and continue to work for God in His Kingdom, through the lens of His View of the World? Yes, beautiful is the love of the Father found in His Son Jesus Christ.
The World view found between the pages of the Word of God leads and equips us right through the gateway into the battle field. Is it possible that the slap on the face is revealing the stronghold holding the other down, causing their denial of Christ? What would happen if offense was knocked to the ground through the decision to act as one given the capacity to feed the lost from the table of the Fruits of the Spirit? This, while we strategize on how to remove that stronghold from the person’s valley of decision? What do we do if that stalk of wheat is a friend, a peer, or family member?
It’s the chaff yet not dealt with that protects the wheat until the time of the Harvest. It is that chaff which wounds the skin as it presses up against ones reflection.
As the strongholds of nations are being clearly revealed in this hour. Even as the anti-christ system is presumptuously manifesting itself; we are able to recognize those who are struggling in the grasp of darkness. These are those in the Fields of Wheat whom God loves, whom Jesus travails over, whom we are called to feed and disciple at the TABLE, these our future brothers and sisters.
That slap in the face offended my pride and pierced my vulnerability. It pushed my heart closer to Jesus, looking to Him as Lord and asking for His understanding and wisdom. I, His Father’s daughter. In reality it was a moment to receive further maturity and not lose the innocent joy of working in the fields.
The space between ‘the growing’ and ‘not losing innocence’ is the space where courage is needed and obedience unto crucifixion is heeded.
Back in 1999 a friend reminded me of the time Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the chapters dealing with family. He said, “Isn’t it interesting how God’s instructions to “put on the whole armor of God” is right in the middle of instructions on family posture, behavior, and response?” The humor of God is refreshing and freeing. Amidst family, conflict will be the most unexpected yet most common. We are all family whether by blood or through the Redeemer’s Salvation Gift. We cannot go into the daily walk of life, specially these days without first activating the helmet of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, belt of truth, shield of faith, the Sword of the Spirit, and shoes shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace.
God did not equip us with offense, neither fear, panic, anxiety, depression, or hopelessness. Unbelief will be smashed as we gaze upon the One who walked those Fields of Grain long before any of us did. He is acquainted with our grief. Oh how Beautiful is the love of the Father found in His Son Jesus Christ.
True Champions are meant to be working in these fields coursed with chaff.
Remember, Jesus equipped us for the ministry of reconciling the lost to Father. Their spheres are going to oftentimes seem ugly, broken, devastated in the spirit and soul. Even if all looks right on the outside remember, we are walking into the unholy, broken, and needy places.
Isaiah prophesied, “He will not judge by what His eyes see, Nor make a decision by what His ears hear; But with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, And faithfulness the belt about His waist.”
Our faces are reflectors of Glory, As the darkness comes against the Glory, arise and shine. For the Glory of the Lord is upon you.
As tribulation comes in small packages (strongholds) or large (government oppression) the invitation is to walk into these the Fields of our King. He is our Rear Guard and will not leave us alone. Our King is with us in the Fields.
with much love, B
Around age 7 the speech impediment began. Mom and Dad could not figure out why and how this found it’s way into my life. Public reading became a burden, while personal communications carried it’s own style for survival.
Introductions were strenuous, answering questions worse, answering phone calls terrifying, and reading in public a disaster. Only with those I was comfortable with was I able to converse with.
No one knew my internal struggle except my parents. Adolescent shyness caused me to internalize the daily challenge to overcome. My soul felt like she was within an unbreakable globe of fear.
Third grade brought on challenges no student should face. My friend and I emotionally abused by a school teacher during recess encouraged the silence. He, placed in a garbage can and ridiculed while I was demanded to read outloud with the threat of no recess unless accomplished. Needless to say, recess time was silently detested by my friend and I. Rarely were we permitted to join the others.
Fourteen years old brought an end to shyness, but a compromise for speech was adopted. At home and at the public library, books for personal reading were a favorite past time. Words were a deep love. Every book reachable was picked up and read alone, yet to communicate I had to let go of the more complex words just to be able to verbalize a complete sentence. The day I chose to dumb down my learned dictionary of words was a sad day. But, it worked. The less complex the word, the better I could create a vocal pattern to speak. Yes, my bank of brilliant words was bankrupt for years.
Atmospheres where control was present were the worst for me. I’ll leave that statement there.
While in College mandatory speech classes were the death of me. Worse was finding out that an Education minor came with an eight week student teaching requirement. Yes, you are right. Minors were changed at the chagrin of my Professor, a beloved man who had followed my love for teaching since I was nine years old. He knew God’s call on my life. He begged me not to change minors. Petrified fear won for that moment, as I switched my minor to Counseling. My internal belief was, “Never would I stand before people to preach, for a class lecture, or otherwise.”
One day as I sat in one of our Counseling lectures, the President of the College came in to chat with the graduating class. Midway to the back I sat with no warning that he was about to ask me a question which I would need to publically respond to. I had no time to hide. Why would he even ask college graduates such a question (now I chuckle)?
“If you had the choice of being an animal which animal would you want to be?” No, no, no he did not just call me by name!! Oh yes he did!!! What a question.
What would be the easiest response?
How was I going to find my breath to begin the process of stuttering out the impossible “H” sound? No other letter would work. W, B, P, A … My mind raced looking for a substitute. At this point I just needed an animal sound to sputter out without the torturious 15 second stammering delay. None!
The “H” sound was needed to begin the word “horse.” “I would of chosen to be a wild hhhhhhhorse.” The lack of oxygen in those moments were suffocating. Heat overtook my body, as silence filled the classroom.
A few years later, I was asked to give the announcements for a church service followed by sharing my heart re:a specified topic. To get out of this assignment was IMPOSSIBLE. The Pastor of the church would not take no as an option. He said this was part of the job description. He won.
As I took my place behind the plexiglass podium, microphone gripped as if containing some kind of life line, I opened my mouth hoping for words. As I opened my mouth I felt something ‘other worldly’ come and rest on my shoulders. Something light yet heavy, something freeing yet with identity, something joyful and intentional. For the first time in fourteen years the rope which bound my ability to properly communicate was apprehended and removed. Holy Spirit was sent that day to deliver me, and to set my feet on a path to relearn communication and to embrace teaching. He introduced Himself so well.
When His Holy Spirit comes, there is the enabling force to speak. The mundane out of time words and teachings do not carry with them the power God intends.
A Horse. A creature representing a spirit of one who chooses to yield to the Will of The Creator. A carrier of a message. A creature fit for battle. A fearless beast. One who charges into the fray. A ride which leads champions into the impossible.
God and the magnitude of His Identity is unsurmountable!
One compassionate roar from His heart shakes the globe, as one expression of love reconciles a broken heart. His vastness causes the natural mind to standstill, unable to comprehend further.
What causes Him to lighten up the sky with a response or turn away revealing darkness?
Mysteries, desires, and plans hidden are within the innumerable (googol) pathways of thoughts God formed within Himself. One of those pathways has your name written on it.
Do we sit with Him in the highest of heavens as He observes the daily calculations of progression–life growth in all of nature, all of the heavens, in each individual, of all land and sea creatures, insects, and vegetation? Are we with Him as He measures the water levels available for the wilderness, oceans, and soil of the earth?
Do we hear as He does, the thousands of daily victories experienced by individuals in villages, deserts, cities? Can you hear the footsteps of that young girl in India’s rural regions, as she walks the dirt path? Do you see her block-colored dress set on a black background?
Do we recognize and hold steady every individual struggling-contending?
Do we have the daily reports of heaven’s storehouses and earth’s vaults, their condition and measurements?
The way He links His time into earth’s clock … do we have those formulations?
The number of hailstones released, the strength of each lightning rod, the vibration measurements of each earthquake, the temperature of each volcano eruption.
He designed dimensions within His creation: each sphere-property of space-extension working in perfect unity with another; this with delight intertwined with mathematical equations, formed by Him. Are those dimensions known or have we sojourned there?
He created the maxim of character, the rule of conduct within contains an ingredient called “fruit.” One fruit chosen and acted upon is the unlocking of a code which releases the “creation of,” in-turn continuing the building of the unseen Kingdom. What is found within an action that has access to that ‘highway’ which travels into the heart of another, forming with such impact?
Do we have the measurements of the seam, hemming the natural and supernatural realms? What causes our actions in the natural realms to build within the supernatural realms?
Apostle Paul wrote to the church of Corinth saying, ” Who has the mind of Christ?” He wrote to the church in Philippi saying, “To know Him and the power of His resurrection.” He wrote to the church in Rome, “Who has known the mind of the Lord, and who became His counselor?”
Isaiah wrote saying, “Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge and informed Him of the way of understanding?”
Jesus said and Matthew scribed, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus said about His Spirit, and John scribed, “I will send to you the Spirit of Truth.”
God said to Job, during those moments when earthly counselors thought they had God figured out, “Stand up like a man and instruct Me.”
Apostle Paul said regarding those who had yielded to the Kingship of Christ, “But we have the mind of Christ.”
……. and the meditation continues …… not even the end of eternity will reveal all of who God is. He is ONE God, and there is no other.
So intrigued, always, and stunned by His vastness; therefore, I rest in Him.
reminiscing of 1607, 1620, 2019-2020
“Thus says the Lord, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls.”
On Wednesday, March 18, 2019, one month before Passover; unbeknownst to me, I was about to be given a history lesson. This time God would be the Teacher. Standing overlooking an ancient city in Israel, the Lord spoke to me. His voice was so clear, like a friend standing next to me conversing.
God said, “My dreams of more then 400 years, for the United States, will now begin to be fulfilled.” My response was, “Lord, I didn’t know America was that old. 400+ years?” Puzzled, the filing cabinets of my memory were now opened and quickly I thumbed through dates. The Bicentennial Celebrations of 1776-1976 were not so far from memory, marking the USA’s 200th Birthday. “We hadn’t jumped that many years, had we?”
“Even those who traveled to the shores of the United States of America did not understand the fullness of what I planned for them, and My dreams for this land.” the Lord continued.
He then opened my eyes to see a portion of His dreams for His Kingdom dominion to be not only demonstrated, but to become part of the culture and way of life in this land. I could see the brilliance of His Glory upon the pioneers (glorious), and how the limitless wonder of transfiguration had yet not been comprehended, seen, therefore embraced; yet, He was excited to see such wonder conceived in this land.
The age of the nation was still puzzling me. 244 is the known age of the nation according to the Declaration of Independence. But it seems that God perceives the birthing of a nation differently. Kind of like how He marks the birth of a child at the moment of conception. He knows us as He weaves us in the womb of our mother; so too He knew the United States as He wove her together from 1607-1776. 413 years at the least. The Lord heard the questions of course and suggested a call to Jolene and Jonathan Hamill. I texted them while in Israel, on the 18th, and through a phone conversation began to learn about the beginnings of the nation and was reminded of Plymouth’s history. Junior High History must have really taken a back seat in my personal memories.
Along with this, I realized that Passover would be April 19 to the 27th in 2019, which would cover the 413 Anniversary of Cape Henry. This the place, where later Chris Mitchell would teach us of the pioneers who would not even move through the land until they had fasted and prayed for 3 days, followed by their second act being to pierce the land with a large cross made from the ships post. It is true, the Ancient Path in the United States leads to the Cross of Christ.
400 years!!! What does that remind us of? Why has the Lord made Communion such an important mandate since January 2019? Why is He saying that His children need to revisit the power, life, and voice of His blood for 2019 onwards, as we have passed thru the gate of a new Era of time?
Each nation carries a personalized message; however, within the Kingdom of God it is the same worldwide. 400 years marked the end of a bitter season of slavery for the Jews and those who chose to follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They had to leave behind the mindset of slavery of the tyrannical pharoahs and the gods of Egypt, crossing the Red Sea on dry ground.
Wilderness dwelling is not necessary. God’s Son has already poured out His blood for us. The promised land is where we live. His blood forever announces, “Forgiven” as it rests upon the mercy seat. He gave His life so that we can live. We are called to live through the One who arose into resurrection power, Life not only flows through His veins BUT He is LIFE itself!!
Kingdom Dominion available to pursue by anyone courageous enough to be embraced by Gods love!!
The United States today, 11-11-2020 will celebrate 400 years of the signing of the Mayflower Compact. The desire and dream of the people? To live with freedoms to worship God. God’s dream? There are many, but the one He spoke to me? ‘His Kingdom dominion to be not only demonstrated, but to become part of the culture and way of life in this land.’ This can be done as we fully embrace His reality of the Law of Grace in Christ Jesus.
Happy Anniversary United States of America!!!
Freedom is in your DNA, created by God.
He loves to dream and see dreams come to pass!!
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.Romans 8:11But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “ YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN .” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.
The song “Nothing But The Blood of Jesus” is sung by Jesus Culture, from their album ‘Awakening – Live from Chicago’
Art piece by Amy Rylander – https://www.amyrylander.com
The vision was given to Briskilla Zananiri
Home from abroad – Unwrapping
One of the fun moments which took place upon returning home, after being abroad for three months and three weeks, was when Malakey and I watched as Emil unpackaged a painting that had been shipped and waiting. Emil was Mr. Comedian as he cut into the box, unwrapping the canvas, BUT when we saw the unwrapped art piece, Malak’s nineteen-year-old expression said it all. The reality of God’s love towards all of humanity and the earth drenches us into depths of love. “Wow” was all that was needed and heard.
The vision was given to Briskilla and painted by Amy
Amy Rylander heard from Ruthie Young of the image God gave me while in Nazareth, Israel (on the 15th of March, 2020). She was brave enough to try to capture the essence. She did.
We had just completed a 2 a.m. Lamplighter call with Jolene and Jonathan Hamil. Time Zone realities. Following declarations, intercessions, and Communion, the presence of the Lord was still hovering. He didn’t want to leave. We just sat quietly as the dawn broke over Nazareth. The remaining Communion elements were resting on the table in front of us.
In those moments, the Holy Spirit gave a quick, beautiful, and compelling vision. With the speed of an ocean wave, the ‘leftover’ wine shot upward out of the glass and rolled swiftly to the window, enlarging into the size of a growing river.
The liquid wine grew in size as it cascaded over the window’s ledge onto the village of Nazareth below. The wine had transformed into the blood of Jesus Christ. This river swiftly moved through the city of Nazareth with no intention of stopping. The power of this river would continue rolling, covering the nation of Israel. This river, flowing throughout all the earth.
Pondering the Power of our God and His ways
It is at the Table of Remembrance where we can echo agreement with the testimony of Jesus Christ and His life among us.
“As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”
1 Corinthians 11:26
This, first in the natural and then in the spirit.
Remembering the mandate
God spoke last year, February and March (2019), saying He desired His Body of believers across the nation to gather around Communion. He told the effects would be of a unity which would cause a ‘blanketing’ of the land, dismantling dark witchcraft (a type foreign to the people of this nation).
Communion is not a fad, but an invitation to accept a Dinner appointment with the King-He who is God’s Dread Champion of His Kingdom of Love. He stands at the door of our hearts, knocking. He desires to eat from our table – that which we have prepared for Him.Our table destined to echo the power of His Table. Yes, He gave selflessly of Himself for our Redemption. He desires to come and eat that which we have prepared to give to Him – – His destiny fulfilled.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door,
I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”
One person at a time, opening the door of their hearts to His request, hosts the King of Glory. In doing this, and inviting Him to partake, He is receiving His Body back. Yes, this will provide Him with His gift to His Father – a completed family.
“For when You, Jesus, come to the door of our heart, we will recognize Your Glorious desire for friendship! Jesus, when You come, it is with the longing to receive back to You Your Body. Jesus, teach us how to yield to You and Your love, power, and Glory. Father, I am undone by Your reality! Lord, You gave the nations a way out of the Kingdom of Darkness. To those who say, ” Yes,” You usher them into the Kingdom of the Son of Your Love. Yes, in time to restore to You Your family. Thank You so much!!!”
His Body found all over the nations of the Earth
United States of America, Israel, Jordan, Europe, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Canada, Iceland, Syria, Lebanon, China, Chicago, Washington DC, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Greece, Near East Asia, Turkey, Qatar, Russia, Africa, Bahrain, Far East Asia, South America, Kurdistan, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, all the islands of the waters, Antarctica, and Australia.
“Thus He will sprinkle many nations,
Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him;
for what had not been told them they will see,
and what they had not heard they will understand ”
We are in a Blood War
The blood war we are in is one ushering us past the gates of the new era.
The powers of the ages, those of Light and those of darkness, are responding to the power of the Blood of the Lamb.
The just and unjust blood spilled in the nations of the World are calling for justice, as they rest before the Voice of God.
This blood war is a manifestation of the nearness of the King of the Kingdom of Light, and as a result, the powers of darkness are trembling.
This blood war is a manifestation of the Voice of God, and the reverberating resistance coming from the stoned hearts of those who have yielded to demonic powers.
This blood war is a manifestation of the Gavel of God and the deliverance nations are now experiencing.
This blood war is a manifestation of God’s love for His Harvest Fields, and the agitation of the serpent as he realizes his time is short.
This blood war is the time to wholly lean into God’s nearness, releasing the sound of the inner man. For the worship of Spirit and Truth is the highway to the 3rd heaven realms of Glory.
Trusting in His REALITY empowers us to stand.
The joy provided for us; actually, the relief is that God’s gift to all of creation – the resurrected blood of Jesus Christ, is powerful enough to wage war against the serpent. Yes, all by Himself. He is merely asking us to “Stand and see the salvation of our God.”
To stand is to believe and trust.
To stand means to ‘stand with HIM!”
To stand is to pause long enough for one’s eyesight to focus on God’s whereabouts; therefore, His actions.
To stand means to “see what He is doing and then to proclaim.”
To stand defined means to worship God, He who is the Alpha and the Omega.
To stand strengthens one to eat in the presence of our enemies.
To stand releases a war cry, brought on by eyes falling on the Magnificant One.
To stand releases gratitude.
To stand is Victory!
This blood war is His. We join in His Victory, yielding to His ways.
Father, we receive Your understanding.
” Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wickedness, and from the Almighty to do wrong.”
“Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding.”
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.”
Yes. Communion. May this meal never become a cliche. May we see the victory sound which echos from each morsel shared and every drop of wine poured. For as we partake of His wine, we will see the multiplication of His life given as the mightiest of weapons of love.
Much love to you, in His graced mercy,
“The altar of our soul and nation is the pivotal place of a nation turning back to God.”
On March 30, 2020, many altars were built to the Lord (along with thousands more prior to this date); remembering the condition and response of the heart, which is so desired by God. Rania reminded us that the altar of our soul and nation is the pivotal place of a nation turning back to God. Due to this truth, twelve stones were chosen each representing one attribute of God’s acts of righteousness. His identity supplied to us – – His strength – – His ‘Fatherness’ – – His “I AM,” upon this foundation, we offer ourselves as living sacrifices.
“I have been crucified with Christ: and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died needlessly.” Galatians 2:20,21
Within the prophesies proclaimed and scribed by Micah, the righteous actions of God and man are highlighted. Micah differentiates between the righteous acts of God and the rebellious acts of humankind; offering an act of repentance, setting God’s people back onto the trajectory of righteousness. To ponder on the righteous acts of God is the very desire of God, according to Micah 6:5. Within the time frame of our generation learning more about God’s identity is before us, carrying with it the grace to learn how He builds and releases His will, addresses reasonings, and responds to humankind made circumstances.
“My people, remember now what Balak king of Moab counseled and what Balaam son of Beer answered him, and from Shittim to Gilgal so that you might know the righteous acts of the Lord.” Micah 6:5
The outcome? Experiencing the reality of God.
The twelve highlighted attributes/righteous acts of God we highlighted were as follows:
- God is the “I AM” – The I AM ransomed, liberating His people. (Exodus)
- God is Father, and LED His people – He gave His people Moses, Aaron, and Miriam (and others) to guard, guide, and keep them.
- God is Kind and Terrible – “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2:4
- God is Reconciler: “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses again them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
- God is Rich in Mercy and Reconciler of the nations: “ But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loves us, …made us alive together with Christ…and raise us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness … Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from eh commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. …For He, Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, … by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, … so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace…in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2: 4-22
- God is Holiness: “For thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy, I dwell on the high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57:15
- God preserves His people from the schemes of satan. Psalms 7, 27, 31, 34, ….
- God has desire – “He has told you O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
- God has the desire for us to learn love, for as God He has exemplified love – “Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
- God is the God of Hosts, as the Mighty One of Israel – God relieves Himself of His adversaries and avenues Himself of His foes. Isaiah 1:24
- God is Trustworthiness – “For the King trust in the Lord, and through the lovingkindness of the Most High he will not be shaken.” Psalms 21:7
- God is Peace – “The God of peace will soon crush satan under your feet, the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Romans 16:20
For those interested in participating in this action, consider visiting the archived session at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2178201382492321/
The script of the vision given on the 1st day of Abib.
“There are two altars; the bronze altar designed for sacrifice, while the golden altar designed for incense. The tabernacle’s bronze altar was placed in the courts where all can see, while the golden one stationed within the holy place. On the bronze altar, there is blood representing the cross. This, the place of atonement providing forgiveness. As we enter Passover, blood is all over the story.” Orna Grinman
Mildred Bean started us off with the blowing of the shofar and the declaration of Psalms 81:1-7
“Blow the trumpet at the new moon,
At the full moon, on our feast day.
4 For it is a statute for Israel,
An ordinance of the God of Jacob.
5 He established it for a testimony in Joseph
When he went throughout the land of Egypt.
I heard a language that I did not know:
6 “I relieved his shoulder of the burden,
His hands were freed from the basket.
7 “You called in trouble, and I rescued you;
I answered you in the hiding place of thunder;
I proved you at the waters of Meribah.”
Psalms 81: 1-7
“THE GATE OF VICTORY HAS BEEN OPENED!”
(God’s voice and actions, witnessed as the shofar sounded. The vision was given to Briskilla Zananiri)
God revealed and released His VICTORY into the nations, at the Head of this New Year (March 26th, known as the first of Abib).
The rushing waters of His testimony, within the River of Life, gushed forth. Within this gushing river was the sound of His Victory. He released victory, along with those who ride on heaven’s horses, engulfed and transformed in victory and authority. The strength and empowerment of His VICTORY witnessed, revealed His magnificent splendor and determination for His people to advance victoriously.
We receive the Victory of Heaven on earth, as this trumpet sound has witnessed and testified that You are the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You are the Great I Am.
Father, the gate is now opened, and Your victory our testimony! The cross has been experienced, and the resurrected One is on the throne riding through the nations. Death has passed over us!
The Bride hears Your mighty name, The Great I am! We say, “King of Glory, come in!” King of Glory You are welcome to come in! King of Glory, we say, “We will ride with You!”
We speak over the United States of America, firstborn Israel, and the Body of Jesus Christ, saying, “Arise and ride with Him who is worthy to be praised, honored, and glorified. Arise and ride with the One whose name is Yeshua. Arise and ride with the champion of heaven and earth. Arise and ride with the One who is Almighty God!”
Almighty God of heaven and earth, heaven is Your throne, and earth Your footstool. It is to You we bow our hearts. We receive the sound of victory. You have released now on the first day of Abib.
Almighty God, we come before You covered in Your mercy and covered in Your grace. Concealed by Your blood and covered by Your name. You said, Your Glory covers the nations of the world. We yield to Your Glory and Your Holiness.
We yield to Your trumpet sound. We yield to Your direction and command. We arise as Your holy array-as Your army. You have assembled Your army today, on the first day of this New Year. We yield to the sound of Your Trumpet.”
God’s mysterious description of His own:
“Listen, My radiant one—
if you ever lose sight of Me,
just follow in My footsteps, where I lead My lovers.
Come with your burdens and cares.
Come to the place near the sanctuary of My shepherds.
9 My dearest one,
let Me tell you how I see you—
you are so thrilling to Me.
To gaze upon you is like looking
at one of Pharaoh’s finest horses—
a strong, regal steed pulling his royal chariot.
10 Your tender cheeks are aglow—
your earrings and gem-laden necklaces
set them ablaze.
11 We will enhance your beauty,
encircling you with our golden reins of love.
You will be marked with our redeeming grace.”
Song of Solomon 1: 8-11
“Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
“Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic snorting is terrible.
“He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
He goes out to meet the weapons.
“He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
And he does not turn back from the sword.
“The quiver rattles against him,
The flashing spear and javelin.
“With shaking and rage, he races over the ground,
And he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet.
“As often as the trumpet sounds, he says, ‘Aha!’
And he scents the battle from afar,
And the thunder of the captains and the war cry.”
“Abba, this shofar which sounded in heaven echoed in our hearts. Abba, I ask You to help each one of us to open the gates. Open any closed gates inside of ourselves where we are struggling to hear the shofar, and let it echo inside of us. We speak to these gates and say, “Be lifted up that the King of Glory can enter in.”
We respond to the sound of the shofar inside us. Not just in our nation, we start inside of us. We say, “Come in King of Glory. Come in with Your Glory. Come in! And as You do that we know You want us to build inside of ourselves altars. One covered with blood, but we welcome You the Lamb that was slain. We welcome Your blood. We desire it. We believe in it. We look up to it. Cover us. Infuse us with Your blood.” Orna Grinman
“As you are allowing us to flow into the river of the sound of Your trumpet, that You would awaken Israel the firstborn son. Father, we are entering into the time of their deliverance. We ask and proclaim over this nation the sound of Your trumpet, the whistling of Zechariah 10:6-8. We call in the firstborn, the first fruit of the Kingdom of God. During this Passover, this would be a new season for every family under the Son. There would be a sound they would hear within their homes. Their children would exclaim to their parents, they have seen Messiah. Older men and women would dream, while younger men and women would see visions. Your sons and daughters to prophesy. Let this Passover be a new season for Israel and her people.
We call this also for all the peoples of the nations. All who are Your firstborns – those who have opened the wombs both natural and spiritual. We call Your firstborns back, Your prodigals. Almighty God, You ride. Your Trumpet Sound is moving. We honor Your voice. Help us honor Your voice.” briskilla zananiri
“When the sound of the shofar was being released, I was hearing a sound of the ‘casting of crowns” taking place in heaven to the One who sits on the throne – to the honor of the King.” Rania Sayegh
With much love,
Communion (The Bread & Wine of the New Covenant)
Transcription of conversation with Refaat & Nardin Benyamen (Egypt)
05 February 2020
“I am really touched a lot with what is happening in China. What I mean is the richness of what is happening through the prayers and communion shared among our Chinese family, in their homes, is God.
Two Floors and the Veil
You know heaven and earth are like two floors. The top floor being heaven and the lower floor, earth. This was the garden in the beginning. There was a ladder or a stair between them. When sin came, it “severed” the access to the stairs. We couldn’t see heaven. But praise God, now, through the cross of Jesus we now can.
“…a new living way consecrated by the veil which is His body.”
When He speaks here about, “a way,” He speaks of the way between earth and heaven being now open. The veil He is speaking about is the torn veil. So, the veil is cut from top to bottom, making the way for us to enter into the Holy of Holies.
The other part of this verse says, “this veil is His body.” So, if it is the torn veil, then it is the broken body. So, when we take the bread and we cut it from top to bottom, actually we are showing the way-the way God has made for us. When we participate in communion, we are actually making a way between heaven and earth at the point where we are. So, angels ascend and descend. Jesus made the way, by paying the penalty.
Communion, The law of Life vs. Law of Death
When we partake of Communion great things happen. For example, judgment will take place because Jesus died and paid the penalty. Let me explain. The accuser wants to stop us from receiving or eating from ‘Life’, the Tree of Life which is Jesus. When we plead the blood of Jesus, when we break the bread, we open the way to the Tree of Life principalities SEE again the cross. They see their defeat on the cross. They see the penalty paid, which has set God’s people free.
The example through the first Communion in Egypt
In one day, a whole nation participated in communion. A whole nation. Maybe they were 2 million strong or more? There was no priest known at the time. God said to them,
“Bring a lamb, have his blood. Put the blood on the outside door.
I will come and judge all the gods of Egypt.”
Think about it. There was death coming to kill all the firstborn, men and animals. This throughout ALL of Egypt; hence, it is true that the first communion/Passover for a nation occurred in Egypt.
When all the houses put the blood on the doors, something happened.
“For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast, and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment. I am the LORD.”
The second part which I am amazed about is, “all the gods of Egypt.” Can you imagine? What power is this? It’s the power of the blood. Whatever gods that were in Egypt, God dealt with them.
The Power of the Blood in the Passover (New Testament communion):
Let’s think about the people of Israel as we talk about these false gods. Were the people of Israel living up to the standards of God? No. Were they normal people like all of us? Yes. Did they have a lot of sins at the time? Yes. Were they worshipping the gods of Egypt like the Egyptians? Yes
But when they [the children of Israel] put the blood on the door, even though they were not up to the standards of God, God came and made judgments over all of the gods of Egypt. The result was, a nation came out from death to life. They all, in the morning, exited from death to life.
Let me share another verse.
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”
I Corinthians 11:26 NKJV
The word proclaiming in the Greek language is kataggellō, which means: to announce, declare, promulgate, make known, to proclaim publicly, publish. In some Arabic translations, it came with the meaning broadcast (like radio wave broadcast). Each time we take communion this happens.
The communion 🍷🥖 act will reveal life against death. Let me share about one of the meanings, Promulgate, Promulgate means: To Make A Law Public in Action or force.
We can read verse 26, “as often as (whenever) we eat the bread and drink the cup, we promulgate (put the results of the victory of the cross in action).
Let us think-visualize like this: having in our hands the bread, it is actually Jesus’ body. Jesus said, “this is My broken body”. When we do this, something in the atmosphere happens. When we participate in communion, principalities see the cross. They see their defeat on the cross. It puts the power of the life of God into action. We put in action the life against the power of death in the place we are doing the communion.
We know that blood is the life of an animal or the life of a man; in other words, life is in the blood (Leviticus17:14). So, the blood of Jesus is the life of God.
1- The sacrifice of Jesus 🥖🍷 on the cross
To the extent, you will remember that while Jesus hung on the cross and proclaimed, “It is finished!” It was at this point that Jesus died – His blood pouring down on earth. It was at this point that an earthquake happened. Due to the earthquake-the opening of the earth, His blood poured into the earth, and at the same moment, many people were raised from death. This is because life confronted death.
2- The sacrifice on the altar 🥖🍷 on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite (2 Samuel 24:16-25)
An Example of this is David and the Plague. David and the people of the land experienced a plague. It was very, very hard. People were dying from the disease. Then the prophet (Gad) went to him and said, “Go and make an altar for the sacrifice.” So, they went to the farm of Araunah to purchase his property, for the purpose of building an altar and making the sacrifice. They recognized that the angel stopped from continuing to kill. This consequence of sin was canceled due to the sacrifice, and the angel recognizing this sacrifice.
The threshing floor purchased and used for this sacrifice is the same location where many years later Jesus became our sacrifice and the same place where the temple of Solomon was built. So, having the sacrifice stopped the plague of death.
3- Moses and the Snakes/The serpent on the pole 🥖🍷 will bring life. Numbers 21:9
Remember the snake issue? The same happened with people who were really dead in sin. These, the people of God. Because of their choices, snakes came to bite them causing death. So, Moses made a bronze snake and raised it up and whoever looked upon it, he lived. This was a nation that had a disease, a disease of death.
The value and seal of an altar & sacrifice stay in the place revealing of the Two Floors:
Abraham many years earlier had built an altar, and on that altar, he brought a sacrifice. Around 60 years later or more Jacob, his grandson, passed by the same place. Jacob, at this time, was really afraid of being killed – afraid of death. When he came to that place of the altar, he fell asleep while resting his head on a rock. You know what, while sleeping Jacob saw the two floors. He saw that heaven and earth were still connected. Both of them were still connected with the ladder. Sixty years before the altar and sacrifice were raised, creating open heaven in this place, and sixty years later this reality had not changed. This is why Jacob could proclaim, “This is the house of the Lord.” He had learned from his father that in the first garden the houses were connected by a ladder. So, he saw it, and he said, Oh, this is the house of the Lord.
I believe with all my heart, and we have now hundreds of stories to testimonies here in Egypt; that where people here in Egypt (in their houses and in places of authority) proclaim two things while partaking of communion (1-forgive 2-bring down your good plan) …. Then Changes have begun to take place.
We really are priests. You know there is a Kingdom of priests. This Kingdom operates through the priesthood. So, we stand with our High Priest. Having in our hands the sacrifice 🥖🍷. The accuser comes and says, “You are sinners.” What do we do to receive cleansing? There is nothing to do but to repent. So, there are two actions or prayers we bring to God as we take Communion.
FIRST: We ask forgiveness. We Repent
This is what they have started to do in China now. So, it needs a number of people in the nation, it’s not all the people, it’s the priests that can stand for the nation. So, we cry, “Forgive our sins.” Not only our own sins but, “Forgive the sins of the governments, forgive the sins of our people who are doing wrong.” “Forgive these people because You love all people.” “Your blood paid all the penalties. So, Lord will You have mercy over us and forgive us for our sins as nation or city or family….” This will take away what the accuser had in his hands.
SECOND: We ask to have our Father good planes
We ask our Father: bring the plans You have created for us. Release them from the top floor (heaven) to the first floor (earth), for Christ Jesus has paid the penalty, so
‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ Luke 18:3 NKJV
We would ask, there are great plans on Your heart for our cities, there are great plans in Your heart for our families, there are great plans for our street, our offices. So, we need Your great plan to come on earth as it is in heaven.
“The Sprinkling of Nations”
In Isaiah 52:11 – 15 (Amplified), Through a prophecy given to Isaiah, it speaks about Jesus and His accomplished work of being the sacrifice. He died and was not known as a beautiful man according to earthly standards. This, one of the causes of the astonishment of the spiritual rulers of the day. They questioned saying, “What is going on? We thought we had succeeded in killing him”.
“Behold, My servant will prosper,
He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted.
Just as many were astonished at you, My people,
So, His appearance was marred more than any man
And His form more than the sons of men.
Thus, He will sprinkle many nations,
Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him;
For what had not been told them they will see,
And what they had not heard they will understand.”
The scripture says, regarding the principalities in the air that are over nations (the evil spirits), “they shut up their mouths.” Their accusations stopped. They couldn’t speak because they saw something they never imagined would happen, which was the blood that sprinkles nations. Life of God sprinkled against death. Can blood sprinkle nations? Yes, in this chapter in Isaiah 52, the last verse says, “blood sprinkles nations”.
Along with this, in Hebrews 12:24 (it’s amazing) it says that the thing that speaks is the blood, the sprinkling blood that speaks. Yes, it speaks to silent, shut up the mouths of principalities of darkness over the Nations.
“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.”
Hebrews 12: 22-24
God the Father, our Judge, is present in this scripture (court setting); along with Jesus Christ (mediator, advocate), the church (both in heaven and on earth), and the angels. It is amazing that in this court, the “thing” which God reveals is speaking in this setting is the Blood. “the sprinkling blood that speaks.
I’m really happy we are here with our community together. My wife and I do communion every day together like many others. We experience a lot of situations where life is brought to death. We have witnessed so much that we could never have imagined. Thank You, Lord, for the blood of Jesus.
In and Outside of Time We are Not Alone
When we participate in communion we are not alone. The Bible says we are all one body because we all share in the one bread. The one bread is Jesus. So, when we come to communion, we are not alone. Even if I am with my wife alone in a room, we are with all the church around all the world, and together with all the generations. How? Because there is only One Body-bread, Jesus.
If we go out of time and look, it is one bread that the church; coming from all the generations and from everywhere, are eating from the same bread. So, when we partake in communion now, we are not alone. It is one church partaking of communion. The bread and the wine.
“For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.”
I Corinthians 10:17 NKJV”
As China confronts the Coronavirus
In dialogue, our focus now turned to China. It was a beautiful time of fellowship with a few of our friends there. Hearing from the heart of the people; after which, they told us that Psalms 30 has become very important to them as a guide into prayer over their nation at this time of confronting the coronavirus.
Lord, You Have Healed Me
“Lord, I will exalt you and lift you high,
for you have lifted me up on high!
Over all my boasting, gloating enemies,
you made me to triumph.
2 O Lord, my healing God,
I cried out for a miracle and you healed me!
3 You brought me back from the brink of death,
from the depths below.
Now here I am, alive and well, fully restored!
4 O sing and make melody, you steadfast lovers of God.
Give thanks to him every time you reflect on his holiness!
5 I’ve learned that his anger lasts for a moment,
but his loving favor lasts a lifetime![a]
We may weep through the night,
but at daybreak it will turn into shouts of ecstatic joy.
6–7 I remember boasting, “I’ve got it made!
Nothing can stop me now!
I’m God’s favored one; he’s made me steady as a mountain!”
But then suddenly, you hid your face from me.
I was panic-stricken and became depressed.
8 Still I cried out to you, Lord God. I shouted out for mercy, saying,
9 “What would you gain in my death,
if I were to go down to the depths of darkness?
Will a grave sing your song?
How could death’s dust declare your faithfulness?”
10 So hear me now, Lord; show me your famous mercy.
O God, be my Savior and rescue me!
11 Then he broke through and transformed all my wailing
into a whirling dance of ecstatic praise!
He has torn the veil and lifted from me
the sad heaviness of mourning.
He wrapped me in the glory garments of gladness.
12 How could I be silent when it’s time to praise you?
Now my heart sings out loud, bursting with joy—
a bliss inside that keeps me singing,
“I can never thank you enough!”
Words of Life for China
1. We are praying in Egypt. We are in covenant with China.
We pray and declare now: From this difficult time in China now, Life will Come!! Life will overcome death! Life on the Cross overcame death. We proclaim that in Wuhan, in all of China, and even on the whole earth, Jesus’ body was broken for us. It is His body that took our sickness and disease, which is the fruit of our sins.
2. We join with our family in China. It is You Jesus standing as High Priest.
We enter into the throne of mercy and grace. We enter boldly declaring this is the torn veil. We enter the Tree of Life through the new and living way. This bread, the broken body. Through it we enter the Holy of Holies, seeking for the River of Life to come forth into this situation. This, the Bread, is the body of Christ broken for me, my family. For Wuhan, the city where this virus is spreading from. Christ’s body was been broken for them. Believing that the blood of Jesus will sprinkle the nations.
3. Father, I want to thank You for the Blood of the Lamb. Thank You for Your blood of the Lamb, this the blood of Your Son. This is the blood that is full of Your life. Thank You that Your blood speaks of life and forgiveness. Thank You that we have life. We lift the wine/blood upon the doors of Wuhan and China.
We proclaim life and forgiveness on their behalf. We trust in the power of your life today as we come together. We call for life and asking for a plum line between life and death. You told us, Lord, that whoever eats of Your flesh and drinks of Your blood that we abide in You and You abide in us. We ask for the Life of God. Thank You that You are Alive. You are Alive. You are Alive. You are Alive. And Because You are alive we are alive. We bless you, God.
We Thank You for Your holiness. We come today as You have stretched Your arm on the cross and we come to Your bosom and believe we have resurrection life in You. We proclaim this cup is the new covenant by the blood of Jesus. We have the boldness to come before the holy of holiness because of the blood of Jesus Christ.
This is the blood that was poured for my life and for the life of china, and for all the families. This blood is sprinkled, Lord, on me, on my family, on China, on Egypt, on the United States of America, on all families of the world.
And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth
and under the earth and on the sea,
and all things in them, I heard saying,
“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb,
be blessing and honor and glory and dominion
forever and ever.”
4. We speak Life! Life! Life! Life! Life! Life! Life! from the Blood of Jesus over China.
5. Your blood speaks a better word. We declare over Wuhan and over China that Your cross has been raised over Wuhan and over China. Your Cross has been established with Wuhan and within China.
6. Even as the snake was raised in the desert and brought healing to those who looked upon Him. Your Son of righteousness was raised on our behalf. We receive that for Wuhan and for China. The one who died and rose. The Mighty champion who is Al Gabor. The one who rides on the white horse. You are our Dread Champion.
As you gather daily, breaking bread, judgments are passing against the strongholds/gods every day.
7. I saw one week ago, Wuhan will become a large house of Prayer, and worship will go out of this city to the entire world.
8. Ruth, You are a woman granted with authority, endowing you with faith. The Lord has given you the authority to speak a word over your city, and He will do as you command. A trumpet is being released for you to declare, and the words coming from the trumpet are full of an active life – living words.
9. You will be like a wise man in the city, saving the entire city. As a priest, God will use you.
10. I remembered the sons of Korah when they were cursed and the earth swallowed them. Their offspring, years later, were in the temple praising God. Out of judgment and out of a blessing will arise.
All authority to the Lamb of God
All wealth to the Lamb of God
All Power to the Lamb of God
All Honor to the Lamb of God
All Blessing to the Lamb of God
Take Your place Lord in Your city of Wuhan and China.
Move-in the city. Let the angels activate in the city now.
In the name of Jesus above all other names.
Word: You will be called a “City of Light!”
The teachings of Communion were given through Refaat.
Watercolor created by Sherri Chan. https://www.facebook.com/playing.in.his.presence/
The prayers and declarations over China were given by a group of friends, praying and participating in communion in the USA, Egypt, and Hong Kong.