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.