Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Fulfillment of Appointed Times: The Feasts of Israel

The Fulfillment of the Appointed Times: Feasts of Israel

Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7 AKJV)

The Hebrew word sôḏ (sode) is translated secrets, but means secret counsel. God reveals His plans to those whom He calls as prophets. The Word of God, from the Old Covenant to the New, Genesis to Revelation, paints a complete picture of His entire plan for mankind. Hundreds of prophecies were fulfilled by the first coming of Jesus, yet God’s people, Israel, failed to recognize the events as they unfolded.

The fulfillment of the prophecies occurred during what the Bible translates as “feasts” but literally means “appointed times.” The Lord instructed Moses:

“Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD'S appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations--My appointed times are these:” (Leviticus 23:2 NASB)

Feasts are more than a time to eat and celebrate. The Hebrew word miqrā’ (mik-raw’) translated “holy convocation” or “sacred assembly” means a “dress rehearsal.” The Jews would act out through the festivals, a dress rehearsal for what God would bring about. God's number of perfection in the physical is seven and there are seven feasts God has instructed His people to celebrate forever: 

  1. Passover
  2. Unleavened Bread
  3. First Fruits
  4. Pentecost (Weeks)
  5. Trumpets
  6. Atonement
  7. Tabernacles (Booths)

The first four of the seven feasts occur during the springtime: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost (Weeks). The final three holidays (Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles) occur during the fall. The four spring feasts were fulfilled literally and right on the actual feast day in connection with Christ’s first coming. Likewise the three fall feasts will be fulfilled literally in connection to the Lord’s second coming.

Here is the prophetic fulfillments of the first three feasts:

Passover (Pesach - pas’-khah)

The Bible tells us that after many decades of slavery to the Egyptian pharaohs, during which time the Israelites were subjected to backbreaking labor and unbearable horrors, God saw the people’s distress and sent Moses to Pharaoh with a message: “Send forth My people, so that they may serve Me.” Despite numerous warnings, Pharaoh refused to heed God’s command.

Moses proclaimed ten plagues upon the land to Pharaoh and each came true, devastating and afflicting the Egyptians, destroying everything from their livestock to their crops. At the stroke of midnight after the last prophecy was given, God sent an angel to kill all of Egypt's firstborn while sparing the children of Israel, “passing over” their homes—hence the name of the feast.

In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD'S Passover. (Leviticus 23:5 AKJV)

The New Testament points to the Messiah as our Passover lamb: 

The next day John sees Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29 AKJV)

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (1 Peter 1:19 AKJV)

Jesus is a “lamb without blemish or defect” and He was sacrificed so that we would be redeemed by His blood which was shed for our sins.

Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah) 

Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. (Leviticus 23:6 AKJV)

The week after Passover is known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The hebrew word for unleavened bread is azymos (ad’-zoo-mos) meaning bread without leaven, however the word used for this feast is hagiasmos (hag-ee-as-mos’) which means consecration or holiness. Metaphorically speaking, in the word of God, leaven represents sin. Before passover, time is spent removing leaven from the household and kept from the house for the entire week. This represents keeping our lives free of sin as the house is kept clean of leaven. When we dedicate our lives to the Lord who has redeemed us, we should endeavor to keep it free of sin.

...Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1 Corinthians 5:6-8 AKJV) 

We should learn God’s ways and be determined to keep sin far from us. Having “a little” sin is not okay. We should be willing to closely examine our lives and remove anything that doesn’t line up with what God tells us we should do.

First Fruits (Bikkurim bik-koor’)

...When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest... Until this same day, until you have brought in the offering of your God, you shall eat neither bread nor roasted grain nor new growth. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. (Leviticus 23:10 & 14 AKJV)

In ancient times God’s people would tie a string to the first buds in a field each year marking them as the “first fruit.” The offering was brought to the temple when it was ripe. This was usually about one-sixtieth of the crop. The actual feast was held at the conclusion of the week we call Passover.

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. (1 Corinthians 15:20 AKJV)

Jesus was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to him as the “first fruits from the dead.” Just as our Lord was resurrected and brought into Heaven after He died, so shall we be when we die.

Weeks or Pentecost (Shavuot shaw-voo’-ah)

You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the LORD. (Leviticus 23:15-16 AKJV)

The Church was actually established on this day when God poured out His Holy Spirit and 3,000 Jews who responded to Peter’s great sermon and his first proclamation of the gospel. This feast occurs between two sets of three feasts: fifty days after the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and before the feast of Trumpets. The first three feasts were all linked together, as  the last three feasts will be as they are fulfilled.

Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah roshe ha-sho-nah  )

The very first fall feast is Rosh HaShanah which means Head of the Year. It is technically the first day of the Hebrew year, yet fate for the next year is not sealed until the end of Tabernacles. Many believe that this is about the rapture or the “catching away” of God’s people because of two things:

  • The final day of the feast is held on one of two days, so the exact day is unknown.
  • It is about blowing a shofar

Let’s look into the scriptures concerning these items:

Rapture (Catching Away)

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 AKJV)

This is the first letter written by Paul. In every chapter of this book, Paul talks about the return of the Lord. The Greek word keleusma (kel'-yoo-smah) is translated “trump” or “shout.” The fuller meaning is with a loud summons, a trumpet call. This definition is confirmed by another of Paul’s letters:

Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52 AKJV)

Here it specifies what type of call it will be, a trumpet call. Does this mean that this will occur in the Feast of Trumpets? We need to look at what else is said to understand more about this event.

For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night… (1 Thessalonians 5:2 ESV)

 This seems to say that we will have no way of knowing when the “rapture” will happen, however, if we continue to read just two more verses, Paul clarifies:

But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light…(1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 ESV)

The day when the trumpet is blown, it will only come like a thief if you are in darkness! All those who are abiding in Christ, who is the Light, should see that the time is near. In order to see if the Feast of Trumpets can be applied to the rapture, we must understand what this feast means!

Say to the Israelites, On the first day of the seventh month, you shall observe a day of solemn [sabbatical] rest, a memorial day announced by blowing of trumpets, a holy [called] assembly. (Leviticus 23:24 AMPC)

Notice it says trumpets, not a final single trumpet. On this day the trumpets were blown as a memorial (to remember) the giving of the Law of Moses. This was God’s system of justice before Jesus came. It was also when God made His ways known to His people.

When referring to Trumpets, most people are only aware of the actions that happen on the actual day of the feast: the shofar is blown 100 times then the last blast is blown at sunset on the new moon. Because of the difficulty in pinpointing which day the new moon would arrive on, Israel celebrates trumpets on two days, though the original intention was to celebrate it only on one day. These blasts are said to be blown to arouse God’s compassion and to confuse Satan so that the feasts can occur without persecution from the enemy.

For orthodox Jews, this feast actually starts on the first day of the month of Elul: the days most people know as the Feast of Trumpets occurs on the first day of the next month. For thirty days prior to this, a trumpet is blown every day to remind Israelites to wake up to God and make right any sins against their brothers to avoid judgement.

Just like the Spring feasts, these Fall feasts are intertwined in their meaning. “The Complete Story of Tishrei” tells us that the 40 days before the Jewish Feast, Yom Kippur (Feast of Atonement), are a special time of Divine grace and forgiveness culminating on that day. This means three of the feasts are linked in their meaning:

  •  Feast of Trumpets - 1st of Elul
  • Days of Awe - 1st - 10th of Tishri
  • Feast of Atonement - 10th of Tishri:
  • Feast of Tabernacles - 15th of Tishri - the 22nd of Tisri

These 40 days represent the days Moses spent on Mount Sinai receiving God’s Law. The sounding of the trumpet on the days preceding Yom Kippur are telling us to return to God and His ways. It is a time of repentance and preparation. It is a time of growing close to God through prayer and finding mercy, “Like a new-born innocent child.”

According to the Jewish website Chabad.org, “The shofar calls unto us: Wake up! Wake up! There's work to be done! You have been lulled into mental lethargy by unimportant earthly things; you have neglected your spiritual needs! Wake up now! Give your soul a chance, too!” And it also states: “The shofar was sounded when war was waged against a dangerous enemy… it is a call to arms like war drums.” One of the idioms for this day is, “The Day of the Awakening Blast.”

This makes it clear that the blowing of the shofar for the Feast of trumpets is about waking up, not a “final trumpet” to call us home. It represents the Awakening is past and the Outpouring has begun.

The fulfillment of the final fall feasts will occur on the actual day of the feasts, however, there is evidence that the days in between are years, not days. For more information concerning this topic, see the Revelation classes at the Courts of Heaven Academy.

Ten Days of Awe

The first ten days of the month of Tishrei are known as the Ten Days of Repentance. The Feast of Trumpets occur on the first two of these ten days. During this time, God is known for being especially close to the Earth so it is easy to receive forgiveness for our sins. To make sure they escape judgement, God’s people spend more time in the Torah and less time focused on worldly endeavors in order to escape the judgments of the coming year.

The recent revelation of God as the Judge of Heaven and Earth and our rightful place in the Courts of Heaven through Jesus will be greatly used during the Ten Days of Awe. When the Outpouring of God’s Glory begins, He is close to the Earth and we can quickly receive mercy from our sins. This is a critical piece that needs to happen before the Tribulation can begin. In the book of Revelation it clearly states that:

“...they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death…” (Revelation 12:11 NKJV)

Overcome is the Greek word nikaō which may mean when one is arraigned or goes to law, to win the case, maintain one's cause. Because the legal term, “testimony,” is also used in the same sentence we know this is the right definition for these words. We must know about and overcome the enemy in the Courts of Heaven before the end comes. Every time we go into the courts and give testimony, the enemy loses ground. As this revelation spreads, so will the victory of the Body of Christ until Satan is truly overcome!

Many scriptures are read in the first few days and the last part of this time period is when “it is a time for doing what we have learned.” The sabbath during the between Trumpets and Atonement has an interesting name: Shabbat Shuvah (Sabbath of Return). According to Hebrew tradition (Chabad.org):

It is customary in almost all Jewish communities for the rabbi of the city or congregation to expound on teshuvah, (repentance, return to a Jew’s true essence) and to emphasize the severity of transgression so that the people turn their hearts toward repentance.

If we had left during Trumpets, why would we need to return to God’s ways? The message on this sabbath could easily be seen as the two witnesses who give testimony and urge God’s people to repent, to turn away from sin and turn back to God’s ways. Everything about this time period speaks of events that take place before the rapture, so it is looking unlikely that the Feast of Trumpets will be the removal of God’s faithful from the earth.

Atonement (Yom Kippur)

...On exactly the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an offering by fire to the LORD. You shall not do any work on this same day, for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement on your behalf before the LORD your God. (Leviticus 23:27-28 AKJV)

At the end of Ten Days of Awe is the Feast of Atonement. During the Days of Awe, God’s people tried to amend their behavior and seek forgiveness for wrongs done against Him and against other human beings. According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person's fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to “seal” the verdict.

The service concludes with the closing prayer, which begins shortly before sunset, when the “gates of prayer” will be closed. Yom Kippur comes to an end with a recitation of the typical closing prayer and the blowing of the final shofar or trumpet. This marks the Feast of Atonement as the time of the rapture. Since when the trumpets begin, we cannot be totally sure if it is the first or second day of the Ten Days of Awe, the Feast of Atonement could occur eight or nine days later.

Tabernacles/Booths (Sukkot)

The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days to the LORD. On the first day shall be an holy convocation: you shall do no servile work therein. (Leviticus 23:34-35 AKJV)

This feast celebrates two specific items, one current and one past:

  • Temporary dwellings are made to remember the passage through the wilderness when they were guided by God
    • after they left Egypt
    • before they entered the Promised Land
  • The harvest is brought as an offering

Every day four kinds of food are brought before the altar and waved while prayers are said praising God. Then prayers are said requesting divine assistance. On the seventh day the seal verdicts are finalized upon the signed fate. This is a joyous celebration, culminating as the focus is on God and what the next will bring as fate is released at the end of the Feast.

Since Tabernacles is celebrating the journey through the wilderness into the harvest, it makes sense that Christ would not be ruling: Israel was not yet in possession of the land because when they lived in booths they journeyed toward the promised land. All the other Feasts were completely fulfilled. This one will be too. This means Christ will return at the end of it, somewhere in that last day.

In the first Revelation class in the Courts of Heaven Academy we have seen that there are actually nineteen years left in God’s timeline before Christ returns to rule. The countdown will begin with the seven year Tribulation known as Daniel’s Week. That will leave twelve years:

        7 years of Tribulation
        5 years before Tabernacles begins
        +      7 years of Tabernacles
________________________________
       19 years of Daniel’s prophecy of weeks.

 

Because we cannot be sure if the Feast of Trumpet began on the first day or second day, we cannot know when exactly the Tribulation will begin. All we can do is wait and see. We will know if the trumpets have really sounded if the leader of Syria signs a seven year peace agreement in the next two years. When that event occurs we know that the Feast of Atonement is on the way in the next decade!

Passover 2021

The Shabbat before Pesach is called Shabbat Hagadol or the Great Shabbat. The reading from the prophets in many communities on this Shabbat speaks of the coming of the Messiah, and refers to the day of his arrival as the “great” and awesome day of the Lord.

Every nine years, the Passover Feast will fall on the day after the Sabbath. This creates unique challenges in the organization of the ceremonies since Israel doesn’t work on the Sabbath and there is much preparation required for this feast. The preparation will begin the Friday before the Sabbath with special provisions of bread remaining for necessities of that day. This means that there are actually nine days involved in this group of feasts.

The next feast on God’s list of fulfillment is the Feast of Trumpets. Much of the body of Christ believes this has occurred in 2020, that the Outpouring of God’s glory has begun. Could God be showing us that we only have nine years remaining before the Feast of Atonement? Is it time for the Body of Christ to begin preparing for the return of their Lord by removing sin from their lives?

One small fact to consider: After the Tribulation, there will be some years left before Christ returns:

     5 years before Tabernacles begins

     +     7 years of Tabernacles
           __________________________

    12 years before the Lord returns to rule after the Tribulation.

Are you sure you know about the rapture? Who will go? If there is even a chance of being here during the twelve years, we should definitely look into it! We will explain all of these items in the Revelation series.

 

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Friday, March 12, 2021

Hidden Prayer for Secret Place Visits


Hidden Prayer for Secret Place Visits

Standing strong while you wait on God to do as He has promised can be hard. The Bible speaks of it this way:

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth… (Ephesians 6:13-14 ESV)

We stand against all the enemy brings against us while we wait for God to open the door to the Secret Place. I will not explore the entire armor of God here, but the “belt of truth” is what will fuel your tank while driving toward your destiny before meeting with the Lord face-to-face. The Word of God, the Bible, is the truth. It is the first thing mentioned when describing the armor of God. We have some hidden truth about the Secret Place that we can apply here!

Aaronic Blessing

First Level

You may have heard about the Aaronic blessing, but do you know what it meant to those who initially received it. In order to understand the fullness of what God wants to give us, we need to research the section of the Bible where the blessing originated. We need to look at two factors for greater understanding:

NOT Visiting the Secret Place

 
NOT Visiting the Secret Place

Over a year ago, the Lord told me to visit Him every day in the Secret Place to be strengthened and receive instruction. I took this very seriously and did my utmost to spend time in worship and meditation. Occasionally I’d miss a day and quickly repent.

Last month we recarpeted our entire house. For three weeks we moved everything from the rooms and pulled up the old carpet. On top of this, I decided to repaint one of the largest rooms as well. Needless to say, I was quite busy, working long into the night. Because of this, my meditation time was shortened.

Discernment: Motive Matters


But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.... to another discerning of spirits… (1 Corinthians 12:7-10 KJV)


The Holy Spirit brings gifts to help us in this life. It is critical that the full body of Christ, the worldwide Church, uses the gift of discernment for all things. The Greek word diakrisis (dee-ak'-ree-sis) is translated as discerning, but it also means distinguishing or judging. Some may be given a very strong gift of discernment from the Holy Spirit, but as a mature Christian we should all have a basic level of discerning good from evil. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Women Leaders in the Church


Women Leaders in the Church

When I was called into ministry, I asked the Lord, “Are you sure it should be me? Many countries and denominations don’t believe a woman can lead or teach.”

Before I began the journey into my calling, Holy Spirit took me through the New Testament scriptures which spoke about women leaders and put my heart to rest. In the last week the Lord has sent seven people to inquire about women leaders. It is clear that He wants me to share what He has revealed with His body. Paul wrote many letters instructing Christians addressing how the Body of Christ should be organized. In order to fully understand what he wrote, we must:

Closing Spiritual Gates

Closing Spiritual Gates

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23 AKJV)

Apostle Paul identified three parts of every person when writing to the Thessalonians. We are a spirit being in a physical body with a soul (mind, will, and emotions). God is composed of three parts, and so are we as His children. The spirit part of our being is perhaps the most challenging to understand but it is also the part of our being that connects with our Father the most. We can and should connect with our Father, who is a Spirit, in Heaven. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Avoiding Potholes and Staying Out of the Weeds

There are two early journal entries I’d like to share with you to help you stay out of the weeds and avoid potholes while you travel the Roadmap to Heaven. 

October 2014

The trials of the last month fade away as I recall how the Lord has confirmed that this is His will for me. I am going to Heaven! Maybe not tonight, maybe not even tomorrow, but He has confirmed it: I'm going. The miraculous story of meeting my 8 ft tall guardian angel, Richard, face to face can be found in the free book Angels Believe in You.

The time in between breaths becomes long as my body completely relaxes. Inside, I rejoice, praising the Lord for His goodness. I am going to Heaven! My spirit soars with joy. Tingling power flows across my body in a strong wave each time I breathe out. Again and again power floods through me like waves of a torrential downpour.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

4th Signpost - Time

 

4th Signpost - Time

The fourth and final signpost is “time.” It was the hardest to accept and I have struggled with it from the beginning. One of my earliest journal entries I recorded while walking the Roadmap, when I was very young in my walk, shows how God revealed this to me in a very personal way:

As I get comfortable for the night, my thoughts speaking to the Lord aren’t exactly respectful: “What's up with this? All day today your presence has been surrounding me and now that I'm here, ready to meditate, You don't even call me? I thought we were practicing for Heaven?”

Silence surrounds me. The Big Guy offers no guidance.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

How Jesus Cares for You

Today in the Secret Place the trend of rhyming in song continued. I won’t repeat the exact words, for that is very time consuming. Here is the gist of what occurred: 

As we danced, the Lord pointed out that I was slightly out of rhythm with Him. Mentally, I went through all the challenges and tasks awaiting me and released each one to Him. Our steps finally came into sync. 

There was one particular project heavy upon my heart. I began asking the Lord questions about it. Our steps got out of sync once more. A wistful smile played about His lips as He asked, “Do you not yet realize that I know what your need is? That I will bring the answer without you asking?”


The questions reminded me of my earthly husband, Tony. He is happiest when he is hard at work and loves to take care of me. Not only is he a great provider for our family, he has let me follow my heart into ministry though it isn’t something he understands or desires. 

I looked to the Lord for confirmation, “Is that why You brought Tony to be my husband? So that I would experience what it is like to be taken care of? To have my needs thought of on a daily basis?” 

“It is the way a husband should care for his wife and am I not to be your Husband?” He answered.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Meditation and Journaling


Meditation and Journaling

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty… (Psalms 91:1 AMPC)

God would not have Moses begin this psalm by stating it only applies to those who are dwelling in the Secret Place if it were not His will for all of His people to come and be with Him there. This is a Moses generation. God wants to bring all His children to “The Secret Place” where He can speak to them face-to-face. He did this with Moses, and it was His original intent to have all of Israel visit Him this way.

Friday, January 15, 2021

3rd Signpost – Desire

3rd Signpost - Desire

The next two signposts came quietly as I tried to push into the Secret Place once more. I wasn’t at all sure they were the signposts. Surely it couldn’t be that easy. It is very fitting that I had to seek confirmation from the Lord for more than a week before I knew it was the next step to the visit with God.

Most people think of desire as a strong wish or a craving for something. This is only a small part of what the Holy Spirit communicated to me as the meaning of the third step in visiting Heaven. Desire is associated with passion and passion with love. Do you want to visit with God because you love Him and want to get to know Him better? Or is it just to have a new experience? Are you looking to connect with your Father who will be with you for all eternity? Or do you want some spiritual gifts to impress your friends and family.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

2nd Signpost - Focus

2nd Signpost - Focus

The second sign appeared when I least expected it. Usually, I receive new instructions once I have completed the tasks given to me. There had been the feeling of building pressure in me; I was behind schedule for the last week. Life was getting in the way and I hadn’t yet recorded the revelation about the first sign in this book.

The gray-haired gentleman on a TV program dedicated to the supernatural occurrences within the church was interviewing someone who had an incredible healing ministry. The pastor said that the Lord told him that the old ways to the Secret Place were closing. The new path He was opening would be available to all Christians who would seek it.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Old and New Wineskin

Each new revelation from God seems to be so effective as it begins, then degrades over time. Why is this? God is always the same, so why does the flow of His power change?

We must find the answers to these questions now because the revelation of the Courts of Heaven is in danger of becoming ineffective; an “old wineskin.” If you have not been immersed in the Christian culture, this term may be unfamiliar to you.

To understand why this is a danger, we need to know:

  • What does the Bible says about old wineskin?
  • What does it mean to be an old wineskin?

1st Signpost - Communion

1st Signpost - Communion

Technically in Heaven, the Secret Place is a room or mansion (depending on which version of the Bible you are reading) that is in God’s house. It is a protected place that is designed specifically for you. My experiences may be different from yours, as different as I am from you, however, reading about my visits may help you understand the concept of the Secret Place. To get on the road, there is something you must know. It all begins with communion.

1st Signpost - Communion

After I had said the Aaronic blessing for 21 days, at lunch with a friend, I asked the Holy Spirit, “The vision You sent me had four words for the ‘Roadmap.’ If this information is part of that book I am now writing, which word is first?” 

The Holy Spirit now brought those memories vividly back to my thoughts. A word came instantly to mind, and inside my head I could see it lying across a mountaintop.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Defining The Secret Place And Heaven

Defining Heaven And The Secret Place

No one really knows how big Heaven is but one thing is certain, if you have accepted Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, as your Lord and Savior, Heaven is your final and eternal destination. Whether we are just curious about Heaven or are hoping to visit, there are three separate aspects of Heaven that we need to determine before we begin:

  • Define Heaven
  • Your Rights in Heaven
  • The Secret Place of the Most High

Establishing these things will lay the foundation of Biblical knowledge, which is crucial when exploring the topic of visitation.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Harvest Time in the Secret Place


 Harvest Time in the Secret Place 

Our family vacation had been very busy with visiting family we hadn’t seen in a few years. This kept me from spending as much time with the Lord as I usually do. Although He had given me the “core” of the message for the following week, I had yet to create it!

The first day back, I sought the Lord as I worshipped Him and a scene opened up before me. This “vision” is what we now know as a visit to the Secret Place, where we can meet with the Lord to receive instructions from Him. The Secret Place is different from my very vivid imagination because of the surprising things that often happen there: they really are not what I am expecting to occur. The following  is what happened on the first day of our family vacation:

The Lord grabbed me by the hand and said, “I’ve been waiting for you. I have something to show you!”
He pulled me across the meadow to the place we had planted three trees on a prior visit to the Secret Place. The Lord showed me what happens when we plant seeds:

1st seed: the Lord’s hands shadowing mine, just on the outside of them.

2nd seed: His hands covered half my hands

3rd seed: my hands were completely encased within the hands of the Lord. 

The seeds grew as though it was being captured frame by frame using time-lapse photography:

Friday, November 20, 2020

The Season to Seek the Lord

The Season to Seek the Lord

When the pandemic first began, the Lord said:

“If those who are called by My name will seek My Face and take refuge in Me, they will not need to fear the CoronaVirus.”

The word “christ” means anointed. As “Christians” we are stating that we are operating in the anointing of Jesus who is the Christ or the Anointed One of God. This is the first step to safety from the pandemic, but it is only one out of three steps:

  • called by My name
  • seek My Face
  • take refuge in Him

During morning prayers on Facebook live I have shown you how to “take refuge in Him.” In my private prayer time, the Lord spoke very loudly to me and said: “This is the season for those who are Mine to seek Me: they shall find Me. Show them how.”

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Heavenly Language

 

Heavenly Language - Speaking in Tongues

Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. (Ephesians 6:18 AMPC) 

But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 1:20–21 NIV)

Throughout the New Testament, there is mention of “praying in the Spirit” which is the same as “an unknown tongue.” Dr. Andrew B. Newberg compared brain scans of praying Buddhist monks and Franciscan nuns with the brain scans of people who were praying in the Spirit. The study showed that the frontal lobe of those praying in the Spirit was mostly dormant while others who were praying in a more traditional way had normal activity for one who is speaking in the frontal lobe where the “language center” is located. Even those who uttered gibberish showed activity in this part of the brain. This means that when people were “praying in the Spirit” it wasn’t coming from their own mind.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Grace and Mercy For Leaders

 

Grace and Mercy For Leaders

“Hindsight is 20/20,” is a saying which means, when looking at the past, everything is clearly seen. We can apply this saying when the Holy Spirit is speaking to us. Often when we are under an attack from Satan and his minions, we can look back at our lives and pinpoint how the Holy Spirit was speaking to us and where we missed his guidance..

God often warns us and gives us time to correct our path when we are going in the wrong direction. When we push ahead of God, we walk out of His covering and right into the hands of our adversary, the Devil.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Heavenly Hosts

Unauthorized Authority and the Courts of Heaven

There is a distinction between “hosts of Heaven” and “angels.” When the Bible uses the term “host” it is a female word. When it uses “angels” there is a male connotation to the word. For the purpose of the workbook we are using the term “Heavenly hosts” to refer to all of God’s servants in Heaven, as does most of the Christian community.

What are our rights concerning God’s servants? Knowing the boundaries will keep us out of trouble. Stepping outside our authority may limit what authority we have.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Revelation Seals 4-7

 

The first three seals saw the emergence of the Antichrist and two of the “horsemen of the apocalypse.”  These occur in the first part of the tribulation or the final of Daniel’s weeks. Let’s continue looking at the remaining seals the Lamb of God will break before God’s wrath is unleashed on this earth.

Fourth Seal

And when he had opened the fourth seal…  behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given to them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. (Revelation 6:7-8)

Death quickly follows famine for we see hunger is one of the tools used for death to take life. It is interesting to note that only one-fourth “part of the earth.” Since it is part of the earth and not a percentage of mankind, it is likely that only some countries will experience the effects of this seal.

First Three Seals of Revelation and the Antichrist


If we look at Daniel and Revelation, then we will know when the seven-year tribulation will begin as certain key events occur. Much of the world may be unaffected at first, so knowing what to look for is vital!

When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoever reads, let him understand:) (Matthew 24:15 AMPC)

We were told by our Lord that we should look for and recognize this event as being close to persecution and His return to rule and reign. This also means Christians will be around when it happens. What is the “abomination of desolation?” Discussing the events surrounding the return of our Lord should show us what to look for and help us pinpoint this event.

Studying the events around the second coming should invigorate the body of Christ. After all, we are all expectantly waiting for this time. Unfortunately, instead of uniting us as a body working for the Kingdom of Heaven, it often creates division and strife. As we continue looking into the Book of Revelation, please remember that what we choose to believe concerning the return of the Lord doesn’t affect our salvation.

We are all brothers and sisters, adopted into the family of God. If what you believe doesn’t line up with what I believe, that is okay. We can agree to disagree and celebrate the fact that one day, we will all know  the truth!

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Healing Your Soul

Healing Your Soul

By Sandra Perreaux

If we go back to the Book of Genesis, we can see God’s original intention and plan for mankind through His created beings, Adam and Eve and how, through the fall and the ongoing influence of sin down through the generations we became damaged in our souls and bodies.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them…” (Genesis 1:26–27 NKJV)

and the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7 NKJV)

There are two important things to note in these accounts of the creation of mankind.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Strengthening Your Spirit

Strengthening Your Spirit 

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept complete and [be found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians demonstrates that we are a three-part being, just like our creator. God is a spirit, and we are spirit beings who have a soul and live in a body. This is why Paul listed the three parts to every human in this order. Many Christians have been taught we have a spirit, soul and body but not too many understand the role of each of them. Some believe the soul and spirit are the same but as you can see, that is not what the Bible says. 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Heavenly Lawsuits and Financial Breakthrough


Heavenly Lawsuits and Financial Restitution

When our Facebook group began, it was Courts of Heaven – Worldwide. At that time, you might have seen and even signed the “Class Action Lawsuit” against the Kingdom of Darkness for financial restitution in our “files” section. I began preparing this for filing in the Courts of Heaven by reviewing the document in the Agape Tea and Coffee meeting. When I asked those present to pull up the document in our Facebook group to read along with me, I was shocked to find out the document was missing!

“The enemy must be in our midst… It seems we are under attack!” I said.  I’ve had the Holy Spirit send me interesting messages and confirmation on my computer before… (See that story, CLICK HERE) the Holy Spirit brought me up short and I amended my declaration. “we need to pray for wisdom and determine who is behind this.”

In my head I thought, “If this is you, Holy Spirit, then the person who deleted this file should step forward when I post about it being missing…” If this was a malicious attack, the person would hide. God works in the open, so if this was Him, there would be truth and honesty. The group prayed in agreement for God to give wisdom concerning this matter.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Dangers of Wrong Alignment

Dangers of Wrong Agreement with Q & A

We received an email asking if attending churches that were coming under correction would cause you to lose the anointing as well. My answer was simple: The Lord hasn’t told me directly, however His Word states:

If there come any to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. (2 John 1:10-11 AKJV)

If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine [is disloyal to what Jesus Christ taught], do not receive him [do not accept him, do not welcome or admit him] into [your] house or bid him Godspeed or give him any encouragement. (2 John 1:10-11 AMPC)

This seems to say that if we support those who are teaching and operating outside the ways of the Lord, then we become guilty by association. It was said about those looking to make a profit off the Gospel but not acknowledging that Jesus actually came in the flesh. I now have confirmation from the Lord that this will be applied to all those who have added to or warped what the Bible says. This is the warning given with the above scripture:

Monday, September 14, 2020

Removing Charges in the Courts of Heaven

 

How to Remove Charges in the CoH

In the Courts of Heaven Academy, you have learned how and when to enter the Courts to receive the charges the enemy has against you so that you can be free of his attacks. After you hear words of accusation from your Counselor, Holy Spirit, you must understand them. 

If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show to man his uprightness: Then He is gracious to him, and said, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom. (Job 33:23-24 AKJV)

When we receive charges from the enemy, we must search out an interpretation of those charges. We must be willing to understand what is against us so that God can deliver us from the destruction of the enemy. This is confirmed in the New Testament:

Friday, September 4, 2020

The Fall of Church Leaders - Confirming Sign

Fall of Church Leaders

At the end of July the Lord sent a dream showing two things:

  1. “You need to turn your back on churches under the influence of Jezebel”
  2. “The waves south of San Francisco will break over the barriers.”

When the waves break over barriers, it is a confirming sign. I sought Him and asked why San Francisco?

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Who Should Receive Charges in the Courts of Heaven

 

Receiving Charges

The Courts of Heaven are the highest place of authority over Heaven and Earth. We have access to the throne because of the blood of Jesus. While we are learning God’s ways we can reside before the Throne of Grace where the harshest attacks of the enemy are removed so that we can be free to learn. There are several factors to consider before we enter the Courts of Heaven to receive charges:

  1. Operation with the Spirit
  2. Physical Manifestations
  3. Spiritual Maturity 

For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Romans 12:3 AKJV)

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Removal of Leaders and Anointing Lost

 

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (Matthew 25:13 AKJV)

Jesus is saying that all of this is about His second coming. His audience at the time had no knowledge of the “catching away,” which some Christians call the rapture. That was revealed by Paul in the first letter he wrote to the Thessalonians where he mentioned it in every chapter. This audience only knew that He would come to rule and reign forever.

God has told us that we are entering a time of correction for His church (Waves Breaking Over Barriers in San Francisco). This sign will be of great importance. Our Lord gave a parable which will identify where we are in His eternal timeline by this event.

We need to look very carefully at this short story which He used as an example of what would happen before His return.

Monday, August 17, 2020

What Does "Soaking" Mean?

Have you heard the word “soaking” used to refer to time in worship? In a visit to the Secret Place, the Lord showed me what “soaking” is all about.

On Sunday, I had become so very tired in spirit and body. It felt like I was completely drained, barely able to lift up my hand. My mind was so tired, it was hard to put thoughts together. I retreated to my bed and put on my favorite worship music. 

As the melody washed over me and filled the room, my body relaxed. Usually a vision of the Secret Place would capture my thoughts, but I was too tired to even dance with the Lord. Instead I heard the soft whisper, “Just rest…” 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Spiritual Armor - Principalities, Powers, and Wickedness in High Places

Spiritual Armor: Principalities

A word from God has come forth: now is the time where His children may have to put on the armor and stand against what the enemy is trying to bring into this world. We need to look to the Word of God and see what He says about the armor of God and standing against the enemy and if we should use this to attack principalities. Paul wrote a letter to Christians in Ephesus explaining a few foundational principles and the need for the spiritual armor and what we must stand against in our lives as children of God.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

God's Way - Waves will Break over Barriers South of San Francisco


Charismatic Witchcraft & Witchcraft Prayers

Breaking Over the Barriers

It was because you, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the Lord our God broke out in anger against us. We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way.” (1 Chronicles 15:13 AMPC)

Israel’s desire was to have the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem. However, when they went to retrieve it, they placed it on a cart instead of having the Levites carry it on poles. They didn’t worship Him in the way He had shown them and because of that, one man died as the Lord “broke out” against them.

The Lord told me two things:

  1. “You need to turn your back on churches under the influence of Jezebel”
  2. “The waves south of San Francisco will break over the barriers.”
When the waves break over barriers, it is a confirming sign that Jezebel has entered the church and we need to separate from those churches. I sought Him and asked why San Francisco?

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Feasts of Israel: Trumpets and Awe


Trumpets and the Days of Awe

God’s people are told to hold several “feasts” or “festivals” for all times. The Hebrew word moadim for “feasts” literally means "appointed times." These are gatherings of God’s people to remember what He has done in the past. The feasts occurring in the spring were fulfilled by the first coming of Jesus:

     Passover (Pesach) – Leviticus 23:5 – Jesus is our Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified during the time that the Passover was observed (Mark 14:12). Christ is a “lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:19) because His life was completely free from sin (Hebrews 4:15). As the first Passover marked the Hebrews’ release from Egyptian slavery, so the death of Christ marks our release from the slavery to sin (Romans 8:2).

     Unleavened Bread (Ḥag haMatzot) – Leviticus 23:6 – Pointed to the Messiah’s sinless life (as leaven is a picture of sin in the Bible), making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins.

     First Fruits (Bikkurim) – Leviticus 23:10 – Pointed to the Messiah’s resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Jesus was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to him in 1 Corinthians 15:20 as the “first fruits from the dead.”

     Weeks or Pentecost (Shavuot)  – Leviticus 23:16 – Occurred fifty (pente) days after the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Shavuot also means “oaths,” for on this day G‑d swore eternal devotion to us, and we in turn pledged everlasting loyalty to Him. Jesus fulfilled the Law so that the Holy Spirit could come and dwell in man instead of upon a few individuals. When the disciples were gathered in an upper room, the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurred on this feast day.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Are the Two Witnesses the Gentile and Jewish Christians

Where is Our Focus


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

All of Israel was looking for Elijah before the coming of Jesus. The religious leaders of the day, the Sadducees and Pharisees, were so set on seeing Elijah of old appearing suddenly before them that they missed the fact that John the Baptist 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 is what we refer to as a “mantle.” The description of what John would do lines up with the rest of what was prophesied about Elijah coming before 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)

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Who are the Two Witnesses?

Who are 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)

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. 

God’s people were so focused on the fact that “Elijah” would be preparing the way for the Messiah’s reign that they forgot one simple, undeniable fact: God is always the same. He never changes.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Babylon, the 1000 Year Reign and New Jerusalem

Babylon, the 1000 Year Reign and New Jerusalem Meeting

So far we have placed the following events in this order according to what the Bible says:

     Breaking of the Seals: Appearing of the Antichrist may happen before the Tribulation
     Signing of a Seven Year Agreement - The predicted Tribulation, also known as Daniel’s Week
     Broken into two parts consisting of 3.5 years

First Half of the Tribulation - 3.5 years

     Six Seals are broken
     Two Witnesses prophecy and declare plagues
     Two Witnesses are killed after 3.5 years in Jerusalem

Second Half of the Daniel’s Week: Great Tribulation

     Antichrist stops sacrifices in the Temple of God and declares himself to be God
     Seventh Seal Broken
     144,000 are sealed for God
     Some are killed for not worshiping the Beast
     Trumpets begin
     Two Witnesses rise at the sixth Trumpet

After the Tribulation

     Rapture: check churches to see if you will be one of them
     (Could happen as the Two Witnesses rise)
     All are killed if they do not accept the mark of the Beast and worship the Beast to buy or sell
     Blessed are those who are beheaded for staying true to Jesus
     Wrath of God is poured out

These are the events we can place around the Tribulation Week. There is a “fall of Babylon” that is spoken of, but it is hard to say when exactly that will take place.