Monday, May 16, 2022

The Two Witnesses

 


The Witness of Jesus

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. (Malachi 4:5 AMPC)

Before Jesus made His official debut, God sent a “Witness” to prepare the world. The Israelites were expecting Elijah to come from Heaven and prepare the way. The Encyclopedia Britannica speaks about how Israel looks at this event:

The fifth ceremonial cup of wine poured during the family Seder dinner on Passover (Pesaḥ). It is left untouched in honor of Elijah, who, according to tradition, will arrive one day as an unknown guest to herald the advent of the Messiah. During the Seder dinner, biblical verses are read while the door is briefly opened to welcome Elijah, who, it is further said, will resolve all controversial questions connected with the Law. 

An extra plate is set on the table for Elijah at the Feast of Passover. God’s people were so focused on the fact that “Elijah” would be preparing the way for the Messiah’s reign that they forgot he would be an “unknown” guest and one simple, undeniable fact: God is always the same. He never changes. God has never sent someone to Heaven to accomplish a prophesied action, only to bring correction like the destruction of Sodom and Gamora. The angels sent to guide humans after the fall of Adam and Eve rebelled against God and took women as wives. Since then, angels sent to do God’s will don’t stay for long periods to influence mankind and guide humanity, they simply followed God’s orders.

The religious leaders of the day, the Sadducees and Pharisees, were so set on seeing Elijah of old appearing suddenly before them that they ignored what was happening: John the Baptist who operated in the mantle of Elijah. Zacharia, John’s father, received a word from an angel stating who his son would be before the child was born:

“And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:16-17 AKJV) 

The spirit and power are what we refer to as a “mantle” which often brings an anointing. The description of John’s assignment lines up with the prophecy about Elijah’s return before the coming of the Lord:

“And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.” (Malachi 4:6 AKJV)

It is clear that the prophecy that referenced Elijah’s return was speaking about John the Baptist. The prophecy was never meant to refer to Elijah literally coming back to the Earth. Because Israel was focused on the wrong person, most of them missed the First Coming of Jesus. The religious leaders of the world today are in danger of making the same mistake concerning the Two Witnesses prophesied in Revelation. We must know who we are looking for!

Much of the Book of Revelation is metaphorical: a beast with seven heads and ten horns rising out of the sea and a woman riding a beast represents something that can not be understood without reading the rest of the Book. The information given about the Two Witnesses is very limited, so how do we know who or what they represent? How can we make sure we recognize the Two Witnesses? 

The Job of the Two Witnesses

John the Baptist was recognized as the Witness of Jesus Christ because of the job he was doing. Understanding the job of the Witnesses of Revelation may help us recognize them when they come.

But leave out of your measuring the court outside the sanctuary of God; omit that, for it is given over to the Gentiles (the nations), and they will trample the holy city underfoot for 42 months (three and one-half years). (Revelation 11:2 AMPC)

In the Book of Revelation John, the Revelator, is told to measure the new temple of God which means this is an actual temple that is created on Earth. The courtyard is left for the Gentiles or those who are not Hebrew by birth: they would not be allowed to enter the temple. “Trample the Holy City” seems to indicate that non-Israelites will flood into Jerusalem for three and a half years to see this temple even though they will only be allowed to enter the courtyard. 

And I will grant the power of prophecy to My two witnesses for 1,260 (42 months; three and one-half years), dressed in sackcloth. (Revelation 11:3 AMPC)

It doesn’t say “after this,” it says “and” so this means that while this is going on, the Lord will empower two people to prophesy as His Witnesses. Sackcloth means in a state of mourning. Do they actually prophecy from Jerusalem? Or could they be anywhere in the world? There is no real indication of which one it will be.

One witness shall not prevail against a man for any crime or any wrong in connection with any sin he commits; only on the testimony of two or three witnesses shall a charge be established. (Deuteronomy 19:15 AMPC) 

And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. (Revelation 11:7 AKJV)

It is necessary for two people to give testimony before God brings judgment. This is the job of the Two Witnesses. Once they have given their testimony, Satan makes war on them and kills them. There are several main evil spirits working through three evil players on the Earth at the end of time and knowing who they are is crucial:

And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. (Revelation 16:13 ESV)

  • AntiChrist: one of the heads on the beast (Revelation 13:1-5, 17:10) 
    • the person with the power of Satan’s army, possessed by Satan
  • False Prophet: the woman on the beast, the spirit of Jezebel who inhabits a person (Revelation 13:11-15, 17:3-6)
    • leader of a one-world religion, able to do miracles in the sight of the AntiChrist
  • Beast: an AI brought to life by the false prophet (Revelation 9:11, 13:14-15)
    • at the end of the Tribulation that is inhabited by the king of the demons in the bottomless pit: an angel chained there

These three entities should not be confused with the Beast that rises out of the bottomless pit:

The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the Earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. (Revelation 17:8 AKJV)

The Beast from the bottomless pit has Jezebel riding it and includes all the power of the Dragon who is Satan. It is the entire rebellious force that is opposing God. The Two Witnesses will eventually be taken out by Satan’s army. This verse only proclaims the date they finish their testimony which marks the middle of the Tribulation. Only God knows how long it will take the enemy to overcome and kill them. 

And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. (Revelation 11:8-9 AKJV)

You will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that these are the Two Witnesses when they are killed in Israel, in Jerusalem where Jesus died. The AntiChrist will not allow their bodies to be buried in graves. They will be on display as trophies of his victory. 

One of the theories of the Sadducees and Pharisees claimed that Jesus’ disciples stole His body and nursed Him back to health because He wasn’t really dead. Perhaps the AntiChrist will attempt to prevent any deception of this type by displaying the bodies of the two witnesses in plain view of the world. 

These [witnesses] are the two olive trees and the two lampstands which stand before the Lord of the Earth. (Revelation 11:4 AMPC)

“What are these two olive trees on the right side of the candlestick and on the left side thereof?” And I answered again, and said to him, “What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?”... Then said he, “These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole Earth.” (Zechariah 4:11-14 AKJV)

Trees are people. Olive trees are used to represent God’s people. Gentile Christians are “wild olive trees grafted in.” This means that they will not necessarily be Jewish by birth. A lamp gives light. These two will bring revelation from God. Oil is the anointing of God which will flow from the Two Witnesses.

And if anyone attempts to injure them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their enemies; if anyone should attempt to harm them, thus he is doomed to be slain. (Revelation 11:5 AMPC)

There is supernatural protection for this empowered pair. Fire pouring from their mouths is metaphorical, it is a strong rebuke to anyone who would try to injure them. Their attackers will receive what was intended to harm the Two Witnesses. 

This is the basic job of the Witnesses. As we continue to look at scripture we will see some attributes which may help us recognize them. 

The First Witness

These [two witnesses] have power to shut up the sky, so that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying (their prediction of events relating to Christ’s kingdom and its speedy triumph)… (Revelation 11:6 AMPC)

The Witnesses are empowered to do certain types of miracles which helps define which mantles they will wear:

  • Shut up the sky: Elijah prophesied a drought. Since Malachi 4:5-6 states that Elijah will prepare people before the “great terrible day of the Lord,” it is reasonable to assume that one of the Witnesses will, again, be equipped with the mantle of Elijah.  
    • In Judaism, being baptized was symbolic of being immersed in the Living Water of God, the Holy Spirit, to cleanse sin from their lives. John the Baptist was equipped in the mantle of Elijah and would baptize people who were determined to turn from their sin (repent) to prepare for the coming of Jesus, the Messiah.
    • The Witness wearing Elijah’s mantle may remain hidden until he is called out by God as one of the Two Witnesses. 

The Second Witness

… and they also have power to turn the waters into blood and to smite and scourge the Earth with all manner of plagues as often as they choose. (Revelation 11:6 AMPC)

This is the description of the mantle of the second Witness. Turning water into blood is what Moses did along with calling down plagues in Egypt. The second Witness will wear the mantle of Moses. 

The second Witness has a job to do before the pair becomes “the Two Witnesses.” The witness of the Second Coming will teach people who have forgotten God’s ways as Moses did.

A famous minister went to Heaven in the 80s. He returned in time to preach at the church he was visiting. The congregation gasped and pointed at him. Much to his surprise, his face was glowing with God’s glory. 

Here is what Jesus told him when he asked about signs of His return:

“Many people are looking for signs of my coming, and they should be looking for my Witness.”

I was unsure of what this meant when I read it until one particular day when God spoke very loudly to me, “I called a Witness for the First Coming of My Son, would I not call a Witness for the Second?” 

It has become clear that together: the Witness of the First Coming and the Witness of the Second Coming will become the Two Witnesses of Revelation. The one equipped in the mantle of Moses still has a job to do as the Witness of the Second Coming of Jesus. 

Moses had to help God’s people relearn His ways after being in Egypt for so long. They had become accustomed to the ways of sin because the culture was focused on other gods. It was a long journey through the desert that allowed Moses to establish God’s people in His ways.

Our Father has spoken many things to me about the Two Witnesses, but I hesitated to believe. I asked Him where the foreshadowing was in the Bible that there would be a Witness of the Second Coming of the Lord. The answer came in a surprising way. 

In a Facebook group, someone posted when praying about a coming hurricane. This person had looked at their phone and saw the number 11:11 when God spoke clearly to them and asked the person to discover the meaning of those numbers. One commentator explained what the number 11 meant according to the common interpretation of dreams. The Holy Spirit said to me, “She got this wrong.” 

The number 11 does mean prophets and heroes of the Bible, great faith, and chaos. It also means a major transition from one thing to another. In this case, the typical definition was only a partial meaning. The Holy Spirit spoke loud and clear inside my head, “Look up passages in the Bible that are 11:11.”

The time on their clock “11:11” looks like a scripture verse. I started in the Old Testament (OT) and the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit came to me in a whisper, “It is in the New Testament (NT).” 

The moment I read Matthew 11:11, I knew this is what He wanted to say. Each and every verse in the NT lined up to form a hidden message from God. The presence of the Holy Spirit became stronger and stronger with each verse I read in the NT as He showed me the meaning and how it worked together with the last verse. The very last 11:11 confirms that this is who He is speaking of, so keep reading…

Hidden Bible Description 

Verse 1

Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist… (Matthew 11:11 AMPC)

The first 11:11 clearly states what we are talking about: the Witness of the coming of the Lord.

Verse 2

And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when He had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, He went out unto Bethany with the twelve. (Mark 11:11 KJV)

The job of the First Witness, John the Baptist was complete when Jesus came to Jerusalem.

Verse 3

What father among you, if his son asks for a loaf of bread, will give him a stone; or if he asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent? (Luke 11:11 AMPC)

This is Jesus showing us that when we are seeking God, we will receive good results. It is in the job description of the Witness of the Coming of Jesus. The baptism that John performed was a declaration of turning from the sin that had drawn them away from God and returning to God's ways as they prepared for the arrival of Jesus. This renewal of their relationship with God was the best gift they could receive. The Second Witness will likewise urge people to renew their relationship with Jesus. 

Usually, Israelites would have to bring sacrifices (which cost money) to obtain forgiveness. However, John was preaching that it was a matter of the heart: come and change your ways and be baptized so that you are ready for the appearance of Jesus. It was from these baptisms that John earned the name, John the Baptist.

The Witness to the Second Coming will also be bringing a similar message and will encourage people to seek God above all.

Verse 4

He said these things and then added, Our friend Lazarus is at rest and sleeping; but I am going there that I may awaken him out of his sleep. (John 11:11 AMPC)

The Body of Christ is asleep, almost dead. Look for the anointing of the Lord upon His Witness that will awaken His church and turn people back to God’s ways.

Verse 5

And right then the three men sent to me from Caesarea arrived at the house in which we were. (Acts 11:11 AMPC)

The two verses before this give the meaning of a vision Peter had. Gentiles are no longer unclean. These three men arrive to take Peter to the home of the first Gentile who will receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Many think Enoch will be one of the Two Witnesses because he never died but was taken directly up into Heaven. Enoch lived before Abraham before there was a Jewish nation. Enoch was a Gentile.

The Witness to the Second Coming is a Gentile. This is the balance of God, one Witness from Israel and one from the Gentiles who are grafted in.

Verse 6

So I ask, Have they stumbled so as to fall [to their utter spiritual ruin, irretrievably]? By no means! But through their false step and transgression salvation [has come] to the Gentiles, so as to arouse Israel [to see and feel what they forfeited] and so to make them jealous. (Romans 11:11 AMPC)

This is speaking of the fact that Israel rejected Jesus so that salvation could come to the Gentiles. What God brings to and through the Gentiles will provoke the Jews to jealousy. 

Just as two witnesses establish a matter, so do two scriptures. God gave us this second verse to verify that the next Witness of the Coming of Jesus will be a Gentile and it will provoke Israel to jealousy. 

Verse 7

Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman. (1 Corinthians 11:11 ESV)

Men and women are equally joined together in God’s eyes. This comes at the end of what is perhaps the most misunderstood portion of the entire Bible. As much as I love the Amplified Version of the Bible, 1 Corinthians is better understood in every other version except the Amplified. 

Every statement Paul makes about praying with their head covered is connected to the fact that the city was dominated by the worship of a goddess. Women ruled the household and spiritually Paul was advising the Corinthians that Christian women should cover their heads to show they were submitted to their husbands, and not aligned with the ways of that goddess. This is shown at the end of this discussion:

But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God. (1 Corinthians 11:16 AKJV)

Paul was giving advice on how to remain separated from the culture which worshiped a goddess, and everything he stated was his advice given ONLY to them. For the remainder of the churches, there were “no such customs.” 

At the time this was written, Rabbis, such as Paul, would receive letters with questions about God and His ways. The Rabbi would then write a “Responsa,” a letter answering that question. These letters would often repeat the question, lest the reader forgets what he had asked months earlier, then the answer would be stated. 

The entire book of 1 Corinthians is a “responsa” written from Paul to the Corinthians. If you look carefully you will see a pattern of a statement, then an answer is given. There is another question about women: 

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted to them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also said the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. (1 Corinthians 14:34-35 AKJV)

Paul is only stating what he has been asked. His response: 

What? came the word of God out from you? or came it to you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write to you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. (1 Corinthians 14:36-38 AKJV)

 This is a very strong rebuke. He literally says, “What?” meaning this is total nonsense. 

Then he expounds: “did you get revelation from God that was given only to you?” Stating “any man THINK himself to be” shows that Paul doubts very seriously that this is a new prophetic word from God. It is very clear that the prior statements are far outside what God has taught His people.

  • Deborah was a judge and co-led the army into battle 
  • Isaiah’s wife, Huldah, Noadiah, Miriam, and Deborah are mentioned as prophets in the Old Testament 

In this case of an 11:11 scripture, it is the beginning of the answer to what was previously stated. Verse 12 completes that answer: “woman came out of man (in the beginning of time) but now man comes out of woman, so in God’s eyes they are equal, there is no difference.” 

The Prophet to the Second Coming will be a woman. There is a foreshadowing of this in the New Testament. When Jesus’ parents bring Him to the temple as a baby there are two people waiting to acknowledge Him as the Son of God. The first is a man named Simeon who prophesied over Him, the second is also a prophetess, a woman named Anna. 

The First Witness of the Coming of Jesus was a man, the Second will be a woman.

Verse 8

And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! (2 Corinthians 11:11 ESV)

God is taking a minute to remind us that He is sending His Witness because of His love for us. He loves all of mankind equally, men and women. The Witness of the Second Coming will be showing God’s love to the world.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28 AKJV)

God sees all His children equally, Jews, Greek, slaves, and free, men and women. The Witness of the Second Coming being female and a Gentile will show the truth of this verse. 

Verse 9

Because of faith also Sarah herself received physical power to conceive a child, even when she was long past the age for it because she considered [God] Who had given her the promise to be reliable and trustworthy and true to His word. (Hebrews 11:11 AMPC)

Because this is a revolutionary concept, God gives a second verse about a woman and one who “received physical power.” God’s people were brought forth from a man and a woman. Just as Sarah, Abraham’s wife, became the mother of the Israeli nation, so will there be a female prophetess, who is willing to believe God. She will be endowed with power and be the Witness of the Second Coming of Jesus.

More than one of the prophetic voices from prominent Christian men of today has stated that men are not getting the job done, and that God is raising up women for this next move of God. I’m not sure they know how right they are!

Verse 10

But after three and a half days, by God’s gift the breath of life again entered into them, and they rose up on their feet, and great dread and terror fell on those who watched them. (Revelation 11:11 AMPC)

There is perfection in the flow of all the 11:11 verses. The first 11:11 verse in the New Testament begins with a declaration of who is being discussed, the Witness of Jesus. His job description is stated next, then the description of the individual who will fulfill it. The very last verse is the death of the Witness; both of them actually which is the completion of their job for God.

God used 10 verses to reveal this truth. The biblical meaning of the number 10 is ordination which means to confer holy orders on someone. Only God could orchestrate such a thing where every piece has a perfect meaning!

John the Baptist did not come down from Heaven nor was he Elijah reincarnated. The book of Luke says, “he will go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah” speaking of John the Baptist. This means the same heart and gifting that Elijah had, John also had. 

God has never sent someone from Heaven who wasn’t born in a generation to teach, rebuke and prophesy over a generation. That would be cheating the system He has created. Mankind must be directly involved, this is why He had to send His son to live as a human being. Therefore the Two Witnesses are not two mysterious people coming from Heaven, but people born here on Earth with the heart and gifting for the job at hand just as John the Baptist was born and raised in his generation.

Identifying the Two Witnesses

And they that dwell on the Earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelled on the Earth. (Revelation 11:10 AKJV)

The Greek word (gay) is translated as “earth.” A fuller meaning is “the Earth as opposed to the heavens.”

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Passover, Easter and Good Friday


 

Good Friday is a time when most Christians acknowledge the crucifixion of Jesus and Easter is when we celebrate His resurrection. In truth, these modern holidays have little to do with the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, except for the fact that Jesus rose on the first day of the Jewish week which was on a Sunday, for that particular year. Our Lord was not crucified on Friday, as most people believe.

Jesus was Jewish and many forget that Israel doesn’t look at months or even days as we do. They have their own lunisolar calendar that is driven by the cycle of the moon and balanced by the seasons of the solar year. For this reason, Jewish feasts, such as Passover, can occur on a variety of Gregorian dates. Some years it may begin on the Sabbath; while others will begin on a different day. Passover began on a Wednesday night the year our Lord died. Walking through the accounts of His capture, crucifixion, and resurrection will prove the day Passover began and when Jesus was crucified. 

Passover - Day 1 

Wednesday Night

The Hebrew day begins at sundown since God began creating the Earth before the sun and moon were shining a light upon the Earth. Passover sedar (dinner) is served as Passover begins in the evening of the first day. After dinner, in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was taken captive. 

Thursday Morning

The next morning Jesus went before Pilate:

And immediately when it was morning, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes and the whole council, held a consultation; and when they had bound Jesus, they took Him away [violently] and handed Him over to Pilate. (Mark 15:1 AMPC)

After the meeting with Pilate, Jesus was crucified later that day. All four accounts in the Gospels agree to the time of day Jesus was crucified: 

And when the sixth hour (about midday) had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour (about three o’clock). And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?—which means, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me [deserting Me and leaving Me helpless and abandoned]?” 

And some of those standing by, [and] hearing it, said, See! He is calling Elijah! And one man ran, and, filling a sponge with vinegar (a mixture of sour wine and water), put it on a staff made of a [bamboo-like] reed and gave it to Him to drink, saying, Hold off! Let us see whether Elijah [does] come to take Him down.

And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed out His life. (Mark 15:33-37 AMPC)

It was noon on the first day of Passover that the Lord was crucified. An eclipse blocked out the sun from the time Jesus was crucified until He died. Eclipses usually only last minutes, not hours, so this was not a natural phenomenon. 

Passover - Day 2 

Thursday Night

Day two of Passover begins on Thursday night at sundown. This is known as “the day of Preparation” because Jewish households will need to prepare the meals they will consume on the Sabbath. 

As evening had already come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, [the day] before the Sabbath, Joseph, he of Arimathea, noble and honorable in rank and a respected member of the council (Sanhedrin), who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, daring the consequences, took courage and ventured to go to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. (Mark 15:42 AMPC)

From this scripture, you can see that it is the evening after Jesus died, and this is the day of Preparation which will extend until Friday at sundown. In a Gregorian (non-Jewish) calendar, Jesus died on Thursday and was buried later that night. Good Friday should actually be Good Thursday! There is no reason to celebrate on the Friday before Easter. 

Passover - Day 3

Day three of the Passover, the year Jesus died, was the Sabbath year. Because it is a day of rest, nothing is written about it in the Bible.

Passover - Day 4

Sunday Morning

Now after the Sabbath, near dawn of the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to take a look at the tomb. (Matthew 28:1 AMPC)

Our Lord lay dead three days and three nights, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and He rose on Sunday morning, the first day of the Hebrew week. 

Celebrating Easter

There is a big debate about the connection of Easter to a pagan holiday. Should Christians celebrate Easter? There are two considerations when joining in this celebration:

  1. Nowhere in scripture do eggs and bunnies come into a Godly celebration.
    • Let go of the Easter bunny and embrace Jesus.
  2. Easter will fall during the time of Passover, don’t forget what that means.
    • The focus on Easter decorations often takes precedence over and removes the focus from the sacrifice of Jesus and what He fulfilled by becoming our Passover Lamb.

Our Lord rose on a Sunday. This is a great reason for Christians to gather in fellowship on Sundays. It is normal for Christians to gather on Sunday and the one referred to as Easter must not be misunderstood. 

For many years I celebrated Easter like most Americans. My kids awoke to find plastic eggs and candy in baskets. We would hide the eggs for the kids to find, later in the day after a brief Easter service at our church. Then, one year, I saw a movie that was directed and produced by Mel Gibson called “The Passion of the Christ.” 

Hollywood did its best to hinder the release of this movie which was a huge success in the USA. As I watched that movie, the suffering of my Lord became real to me, even though scholars claim the fullness of what was inflicted upon Him could not be presented because the blood and violence would be too graphic for an “R” rating. 

Our Lord lived a perfect life, completely obedient to His Father in every way. Then, on that Passover day so many years ago, He gave that life for us even though He actually didn’t want to be crucified:

And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from Me. Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.” And there appeared to Him an angel from Heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (Luke 22:41-44 ESV)

Jesus was born for the destiny of fulfilling Passover once and for all, but fulfilling that destiny wasn’t easy. After an angel strengthened Him, the stress of submitting to God’s will was so great that He sweated drops of blood. Not only did Jesus have to go to the cross, but  He also had to submit His will to His Father. When one of the disciples attacked the guards, Jesus rebuked him saying:

Think you that I cannot now pray to my Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? (Matthew 26:53 AKJV)

It is one thing to endure torture, but it is quite another to know that you can ask to be rescued at any time and still endure the pain being inflicted upon you. Why did our Lord submit to the torture of the cross? 

…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 AMPC)

I believe that the angel revealed to Jesus all those who would go to Heaven through what He was doing. Jesus knew that we needed Him in order to become His Bride. This is why when we meet in private,  I often refer to Him as “My Love.” He loved us so much that He endured the cross for us. 

It was a demonstration of the “Agape love,” the God-kind of love we receive from Him and give to others, holding each other up through any difficulties. We can only receive His love if we keep in mind that what we endure in this life is nothing compared to what He suffered. Then, we can endure all things for Him, because He endured all for us!

It didn’t happen all at once, but every year I contemplated what He suffered, what my Lord endured. Every year, the idea of celebrating “Easter” with bunnies and chocolate seemed more and more offensive to me. It was distracting me from the amazing, wonderful, complete, and perfect gift My Love gave, when He suffered for me.  

Unfortunately, my earthly husband didn’t get the same revelation, though he saw the same movie. He was not in agreement with forsaking Easter for Passover. We must be obedient to our husbands. 

I did small things to put more focus on Jesus: like creating a scavenger hunt for the eggs with clues to find the “big prize.” Afterward, I explained to my kids that our walk with Jesus is much like this: we have to look for subtle clues, sometimes searching for answers as we develop our relationship with Him. That relationship is the biggest prize of our life. 

My youngest is now an adult. No more Easter in my home, “Praise be to God!” I have confessed, repented, and plead the blood over all of my participation in eggs and bunnies. I am now free to celebrate Passover with My Love, alone! 

Passover is a seven-day event for Israel, however the way we celebrate it can be different since Jesus fulfilled it. Here is what I plan on doing, focusing on what the Lord accomplished:

1st Day: (after dark)

  • I will spend time in prayer just as Jesus did, asking God to strengthen me to submit to His will, especially when I don’t want to. 
    • As the sun rises, throughout the next day, I will contemplate on the fact that He chose to suffer for me, knowing He could have escaped at any time.

2nd Day

  • I will think about the mystery of what happened as they placed Him in the tomb and sealed the door. We cannot know exactly what He did, but I will wonder:
    • Was He placed in Satan’s hands to be tortured for a time?
    • How did He minister to those who had passed on and set them free?

3rd Day

  • This is the day of rejoicing: He has risen! Having done all, now ALL authority is His. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. This is a day to worship Him!

Throughout the rest of the week, I will read the accounts in the Gospels of what our Lord did once He had risen. How did the disciples respond? How do I respond when something unexpected happens?

Passover 2022

It is good to look at the Jewish holidays, even though as non-Jews we are not commanded to observe them. This year, Passover begins on the Sabbath. There are a few changes in the Passover celebration because of this, the most notable being the focus of the prayers. 

When Passover begins on a Sabbath this year, the prayers become focused on love and rest. Our Lord has told us our focus should be the same this year. It will be the year that the “valley of the shadow of death” comes upon the world. Christians will need to remember the love God showed when He sent His Son to die for us. We need to draw close to Him where His rod and His staff protect us. We must rest in Him and in what He has accomplished. 

Rest does not mean inactivity, it means to trust in and lean upon the Lord. As this new season is upon us, we need to know that Jesus is strong, has all authority, and can help us overcome any difficulty when we are willing to draw close to Him and learn His ways. As long as we are trying, as long as we learn and apply what we learn, we must trust that His grace is sufficient for whatever we lack. As Apostle Paul said,

Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. 

    • I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and 
    • I also know how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. 

I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]. (Philippians 4:11-13 AMPC)

Paul wrote most of the New Testament. He makes it clear that there were times of abundance and times of lack. It is our secure reliance on our Lord that enables us to endure and flourish despite our circumstances. Poverty is not always due to sin. Sometimes it is a time in a dark valley we must go through. Abundance has its own challenges; are you using what the Lord has given you for His purposes? No matter what side of this equation you find yourself in, resting in the Lord, drawing close to Him, and walking in His ways is where you will find His strength!

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:35 ESV) 

Christians should be known by their love for one another. As we all enter into the valley of the shadow of death, we should be there for one another. Our love and support for one another is what sets us apart from the rest of the world. 

We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19 ESV)

It is not our love that we show to others, but the love of our Lord. He showed us how much He loves us on Passover. This Passover, consider what that means. Ask Him to give you His love for your Christian brothers and sisters so that the world can see Him through our actions. 


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Believer’s Boot Camp series is a collection of books which teach us how to hear more clearly from God with the goal to ready ourselves for a face-to-face meeting with our Lord, Jesus. The series reveals the “weapons and tools” God has given us and how to use them, so we can bring God’s kingdom to Earth. Each book in the series focuses on a single topic to clearly define one tool or weapon from our Heavenly Father. 

The series uses the Word of God to reveal all that He has given us through Jesus. The Bible is our instruction manual and the Holy Spirit is our guide to understanding it.

Volume 1: Why Doesn't God Speak to Me?

Eager hearts cry out, hoping for a single word to confirm that He hears us. Yet, many times the only sound is silence. Over the years I have heard several reasons why God speaks to some and not to others. One night, as I tossed and turned, I brought each of these reasons before the Lord, stating why each of them did not line up with who I thought He was. 

Words rose from my soul, pleading for Him to reveal why He has remained silent when a single word from Him would mean so much to so many. For the next few hours, God used things I learned about years ago and things I had just discovered to show why He talks to some and why He doesn’t, and in demonstrative ways. 

In His grace, He also showed me how people could hear more from Him. Basic instructions on how to hear more from God and how to be led by Him are included in this book. Thank you for taking time to consider the answers I received and share with you now.

Keys to Authority for Every Believer

There is untapped power that is easy for every Christian to access in the form of authority. The keys to this authority will unlock weapons we can use to free ourselves from the attacks of the enemy. We must be intimately aware of the bounds and limitations of our weapon if they are to be used effectively. 

Find out about your authority:
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  • Where it comes from.
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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Signs in the Heavens


 
As we begin, let’s start by recapping the two groups of tetrad blood moons (four blood moons in a row) that occurred in 2014-2015 and will occur in 2032-2033. These events fell on Hebrew feast days and are framing all that is necessary for the Second Coming of Jesus to occur after the last blood moon in 2033 because of a prophecy about His return: 
I will return to My place [on high] until they acknowledge their offense and feel their guilt and seek My face; in their affliction and distress they will seek, inquire for, and require Me earnestly, saying, “Come and let us return to the Lord, for He has torn so that He may heal us; He has stricken so that He may bind us up. After two days He will revive us (quicken us, give us life)...” (Hosea 5:15-6:2 AMPC)

Eight centuries before Jesus came, Hosea gave this prophecy where the Lord is speaking. He says, “I will return to My place until they acknowledge their offense.” This can only be fulfilled after Jesus comes and then returns to Heaven. It will take a time of great distress before they will begin to seek, inquire for and require Jesus. 

The time frame for this prophecy is “two days” which could be two years, but because a thousand years is like a day to God in Heaven (2 Peter 3:8), this may translate to 2000 years. Jesus didn’t return two years after His ascension. This must refer to Jesus’ Second Coming, and that return must be 2000 years after He died. 

           33        AD Jesus dies
    + 2000      Years
_________________________
         2033     The first day that He will begin restoring Israel

Jesus died about 33 AD and could not return for at least 2000, which means the Lord cannot return until 2033 or later. In 2033 the second tetrad of blood moons is completed on the first day of Tabernacles! It is very clear that His return will be at the end of the next tetrad at the very earliest! 

In between these two tetrads are three sets of blood moon trios with solar eclipses happening in and around the blood moons. There are three things we should consider when interpreting the signs in the heavens:

  1. The date 
    • Does it correlate with the feasts and holidays of Israel? 
    • Does the Word of God mention it?
  2. The type of eclipse 
  3. The area of the eclipse that will be in view

When all these factors are considered together they will show what will happen before the return of our Lord, and even how to calculate the time when the Tribulation will begin.


First Blood Moon Trio: 2020-2022 

The knowledge concerning the timing of Daniel’s revelation and the signs in the heavens was released during this set of blood moons which was accompanied by a trio of solar eclipses which began in 2020:

  • December 14, 2020: SOLAR ECLIPSE - Hanukkah

May 25-26, 2021: Nothing 

  • June 10, 2021: ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE
    • November 18-19, 2021: 97% lunar eclipse
  • December 4, 2021: SOLAR ECLIPSE - Hanukkah 

May 15-16, 2022: Second Passover

November 7-8, 2022

There are seven signs in the heavens. Seven is God’s number of perfection and completion in the physical. These signs need to be considered together to see that God’s plan for the physical earth is now coming to completion.

The Dates

It is the date and type of eclipse we need to consider first. The solar eclipses form an interesting pattern with the lunar eclipses: 

  • They are positioned in between some of the lunar eclipses.
  • The sun will be completely dark (solar eclipse) surrounding a time when bright light will shine around the sun (annular eclipse). 
Both of the solar eclipses fall on the Jewish festival, Hanukkah. It celebrates a time of rededication of the Temple that would occur before Jesus came the first time. When Israel took possession of the temple, there was very little oil left that had not been defiled by the Greeks. Oil was needed for the menorah (candelabrum) in the Temple, which was supposed to burn every day and throughout the night. There was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet miraculously, it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil for the menorah. Hanukkah is the eight-day festival to commemorate this miracle. Jesus was asked a specific question at Hanukkah:
And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch. Then came the Jews round about Him, and said to Him, How long do You make us to doubt? If You be the Christ, tell us plainly. (John 10:22-24 AKJV)

The “feast of dedication” is referring to Hanukkah. It was here that the Jews demanded to know if Jesus was the Christ. It is during this trio of eclipses that land on Hanukkah that God is beginning to reveal what is to come.

Surrounded by Hanukkah is the solar eclipse where the moon blocks out the sun so that it is dark with a bright light surrounding it, highlighting it for all the world to see. Right in the middle of this beautiful arrangement, you have a nearly full blood moon. Three percent of the moon was brightly lit, while the rest was blood red.  Metaphorically speaking, here is what these signs represent: 

  • Sun: the Son of God
  • Moon: the church: the worldwide body of Christians 
  • White and bright: righteousness and understanding
  • Three: spiritual perfection and completion
  • Days of Hanukkah: years

This is an amazing representation of the supply from the Holy Spirit who is our Guide in this life, He is the One who lights our way. The entire sun was dark, light only came from directly around it. Only those rightly aligned and right up close to Jesus will continue to shine brightly in this season, but they will reveal Jesus to the world. God will miraculously supply for those willing to rededicate their temples (their bodies and lives) to Jesus. (1 Corinthians 6:19) 

Three percent of the blood moon was bright. The Lord is knocking upon the door for all the bride to hear. He is saying that this is the time for the bride to strive for spiritual completion and perfection by learning and understanding God’s ways. Rededication to Him is imperative at this time.   

            

           

The blood moon directly following this falls on the feast of Second Passover. This is the Passover celebrations for those who were unclean at the first Passover. Gentiles were all unclean, so this is indicating the coming of the Lord for the second time: Tribulation will start in 2022. 

The parable of the ten virgins is at hand because the Tribulation will begin and we will have eight years of light from the date of the Hanukkah blood moon in 2021, just as Hanukkah is an eight-day holiday. The truth of these revelations is found by examining the next trio of blood moons, but first, let’s look at the other events in the heavens to complete God’s message.

Area of Effect

The other celestial events which seemed to have no meaning can be interpreted by looking at the area of effect.

May 25-26, 2021

This is the area that was most affected as the Tribulation began outside of the Middle East, specifically the countries surrounding Israel. The countries highly affected are shown in red: New Zealand, Australia, and Papua New Guinea. Travel bans began because of the “Pestilence of 2020” and continued through May of 2021. Here is how it can be seen in the area affected by this eclipse:

  • New Zealand and Papua New Guinea are two of the countries that are completely red. New Zealand’s ban of travel kept farmworkers from Papua New Guinea from entering the country which began New Zealand’s downward economic spiral. 
  • Tasmania is also completely red and New Zealand has a special travel permit for that country.
  • Australia is also mostly highlighted in red. The eastern portion is red and that is where travel to New Zealand was allowed.

Since the Pestilence began, the government of New Zealand has used fear to gain more control so that the Mark of the Beast can be implemented. These are the first birth pangs and the foreshadow of what the world will experience after the middle of the Tribulation. 

Eclipses of 2022

The Lord highlighted a rapid succession of lunar and solar eclipses that occur immediately after this which speaks about how and why He will be moving at this time:

    • April 30, 2022 - 63% SOLAR ECLIPSE
  • May 15-16, 2022
    • October 25, 2022 - 86% SOLAR ECLIPSE
  • November 7-8, 2022

We will need to look at all three of these eclipses together to get the full meaning.  

April 30, 2022 63% Full

This eclipse is at the far southern tip of South America, where a narrow passage is found from east to west and encases the Strait of Magellan and the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. This island has what was once considered the highest peak on the island Mount Darwin until it was proved not to be the highest mountain when correctly measured. To understand what God is saying we need to know more about this:


  • 6: Man
  • 3: Spiritual completion and perfection
  • South: Away from God who resides in the North.
  • America: home ruler
  • Magellan: a Christian explorer who converted many to Christianity
  • Strait of Magellan: a semi-safe but very narrow passage that kept sailors safe when going from east to west
  • Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego: In English, this means Grand Island of Land of the Fire
  • Island: an isolated group
  • Fire: Painful correction from God
  • Mount Darwin: Darwin was a Christian and he said, “If there are not millions of examples of natural selection leading to evolution, then my theories are wrong.” We have yet to find one example. Despite this, his teachings are taught as facts. For this reason, Mt. Darwin represents a widely held belief that is away from God’s truth, and not operating in the highest way.

Many have become Christians (an island) with teachings about Jesus (home-ruler) that are not very close to God’s perfection and completion but from man. Because they are not lined up with God’s ways concerning His Son, they are suffering from great affliction (land of fire). 

May 15-16, 2022


This eclipse surrounds South America and eastern North America. 

  • America: home-ruler 
  • South: away from God or into sin
  • North: towards God or God’s ways
  • East: grace
  • West: judgment

When you look at these two together you receive a very clear message. North America is towards God and home-ruler: Jesus. Only half is highlighted: the side connected to grace. All of South America is highlighted: away from the truth of God’s ways. This means that God’s people are suffering because they are only focusing on the grace provided by Jesus which is leading them into sin and away from God. 

October 25, 2022 - 85% Full


The path of this eclipse is important; it enters from the north, traveling from west to east. This means it is coming from God and His judgments upon the earth. The areas where the eclipse will be seen the strongest are:

  • Russia: the traditional flag was red, blue, and yellow. Now it is red, white, and blue
  • Kazakhstan: flag is yellow and blue

And this is how I saw the horses in my vision and those who rode them: they wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphires and of sulfur… (Revelation 9:17 ESV)

The colors of these flags are the colors mentioned in connection with the army that will eventually come against the AntiChrist. Also affected to a lesser degree are:


  • Middle East
  • Eastern Europe
  • Central Asia
  • South Asia - the northern part

The AntiChrist is setting up his peace treaty in the Middle East. God will begin moving the hearts of the kings in the path of this eclipse, setting up the opposition to the AntiChrist as he moves into a place of power. 

November 7-8, 2022

Two areas are most deeply affected by this eclipse: the area of the Northwest Passages and New Zealand. The Northwest Passages are a safe route from northern reaches through the Bering Strait. To connect the Eastern and Western parts of the world, one must pass through a narrow 51-mile gap between Cape Dezhnyov (Dez-nee-off) and Cape Prince of Wales.

  • Cape Dezhnyov: formerly known as East Cape
  • East: the grace of God which is new every day 
  • Cape: mantle which is anointing or power
  • Prince of Wales: our prince is Jesus, wales are provision so it means Jesus our Provider
  • West: God’s judgment
  • 50: Holy Spirit who leads us to freedom
  • 1: God
At this time, God is bringing forth the two witnesses (two capes) who will be guided by the Holy Spirit to help the body of Christ find the righteous path which will lead to freedom from the wrath of God which is coming. It is through grace provided by Jesus which brings us along the narrow path.

This is the fourth eclipse in this year and all the meanings are tied together to form a wonderful story that can be summarized briefly by the four eclipses:

  1. New Zealand will experience oppression first.
  2. Christians have drifted far from God’s ways.
  3. The AntiChrist is moving into power and so are his enemies.
  4. God is sending two witnesses to bring His people back to His ways so they can escape His wrath by walking the narrow path.

God has set the stage for the next trio of blood moons, by which we will calculate the beginning and ending dates of the Tribulation and Rapture. 


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Many people think of boot camp as a place you train for combat. Any veteran will tell you that basic training is about three things:
  • Knowing what weapons are available 
  • Learning how to use those weapons 
  • Receiving orders and following them 
Believer’s Boot Camp series is a collection of books which teach us how to hear more clearly from God with the goal to ready ourselves for a face-to-face meeting with our Lord, Jesus. The series reveals the “weapons and tools” God has given us and how to use them, so we can bring God’s kingdom to Earth. Each book in the series focuses on a single topic to clearly define one tool or weapon from our Heavenly Father. 

The series uses the Word of God to reveal all that He has given us through Jesus. The Bible is our instruction manual and the Holy Spirit is our guide to understanding it.

Volume 1: Why Doesn't God Speak to Me?

Eager hearts cry out, hoping for a single word to confirm that He hears us. Yet, many times the only sound is silence. Over the years I have heard several reasons why God speaks to some and not to others. One night, as I tossed and turned, I brought each of these reasons before the Lord, stating why each of them did not line up with who I thought He was. 

Words rose from my soul, pleading for Him to reveal why He has remained silent when a single word from Him would mean so much to so many. For the next few hours, God used things I learned about years ago and things I had just discovered to show why He talks to some and why He doesn’t, and in demonstrative ways. 

In His grace, He also showed me how people could hear more from Him. Basic instructions on how to hear more from God and how to be led by Him are included in this book. Thank you for taking time to consider the answers I received and share with you now.

Keys to Authority for Every Believer

There is untapped power that is easy for every Christian to access in the form of authority. The keys to this authority will unlock weapons we can use to free ourselves from the attacks of the enemy. We must be intimately aware of the bounds and limitations of our weapon if they are to be used effectively. 

Find out about your authority:
  • Why you need it.
  • Where it comes from.
  • What you can do with it.
  • How to get more.