Divine delay

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These two men on the road to Emmaus had planned a journey, with a destination. The journey changed, and they didn’t quite reach their planned destination but they encountered Jesus and their lives and all future journeys were changed.
We are all on a journey, and some journeys are longer than others, and some seem to be on hold. God is with us on each journey and the journey is always speaking to us. So on these journeys we must continually stop and draw near to God, ask him to stay a little longer, and have our eyes opened that we may get to know Jesus more, in the midst of all the delays and joys and sufferings on the way.

The message of the gospel is about finding Jesus and finding ourselves on the journey of our life. Jesus is always there, like he was with the two men, but he is hidden from our eyes. He is hidden not only within own lives and circumstances, but also hidden within the lives of people we meet on the journey, and sometime seen behind their eyes of pain or confusion – their need, or behind eyes of blessing, their care.
Matt 25:37…But when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger and took you in…?

We often only know the journey and its meaning afterwards, when we sit with him like the two men did, and ask him to stay a little longer, and he opens our eyes to where he was on that particular journey and what he has been doing. That is how we can recollect in times of closeness with him each day. That is also what we can ask him to teach us each day, to make us aware of his unseen and hidden presence.
Sometimes the ‘eye openers’ are more manifest and present, and at other times more buried, and need time to be decoded (Peter’s denial and restoration).

 

 

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Amos 8:11 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord…wandering…running to and fro…seeking…not finding…

 Why? – There are too many voices.

But…there is a hunger for reality – to hear a clear voice - ‘Please tell me - what is going on?’

‘1Corinthians 14:10 There are, it may be, so many kinds (genos) of voices (phone – tone and intent) in the world, and none of them is without significance

All voices have a tone and an intention - and an effect on the hearer.

Hebrews 4:7 “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Paul’s words –

2Corinthians 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; tossed about, but not destroyed;…So death is at work in us, but life in you. (necessary suffering)

 Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

 Jeremiah 9:24 but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.

 Jeremiah 29:11 I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, the future you hope for - not to abandon you."When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen - When you come looking for me, you'll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed. I'll turn things around for you.

 Jeremiah 31:3 I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Again I will restore you, and you shall be restored.

 

 

Anchor of the soul

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Hebrews 12:25 … listen to God who speaks to us from heaven! When he spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but,"Next time,"he says,"I will not only shake the earth but the heavens too." By this he means that he will sift out everything without solid foundations so that only unshakable things will be left.
Since we have a Kingdom nothing can destroy, let us please God by serving him with thankful hearts…

Who is causing the shaking that is happening in the earth today? Why?

Hebrews 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.

This place is the heart to heart engagement within the presence of God. This is felt as an expansion in our heart, rather than just thought about in our head. Jesus is touched by the feelings of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15)

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

How do we draw near – and what happens as we do? What are the rules of engagement?
Luke 15:20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
(Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you)
And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

 

 

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FROM THE GRAVE TO THE SKY
‘THE PLAN’ Chapter 21 (edited)

At the moment of his death the cosmos convulsed. An earthquake tore a searing gash into the mountainside and people were toppled off their feet. A blanket of darkness fell over the place as rocks split apart and the graves and tombs on a nearby hill cracked open. People ran in fear, but they did not know where to go. At that moment there were priests in the temple about to sacrifice the Passover lamb. When the knife pierced the sacrificial animal the priests were thrown off their feet by the earthquake. The temple shook as huge stones fell from the parapets and the great veil in the temple proper, which separated the place of God’s presence from the rest of the temple was lightning torn from top to bottom. The priests fled in panic as tempest swirled through the city.

Lucifer’s dark mind was being assaulted by a force he had not expected. It was a desperate feeling of failure and futility. What was going wrong? Jesus was dying with a magnificent hope, not a dark and dreadful despair. The offering of Jesus’ spirit to Father God had released a tangible power into the universe. Lucifer
tried to flee back into the darkness but a huge bolt of lightning from the throne room gathered him up and catapulted him downwards. He was traveling face down at a furious speed, and for a split second he saw, or imagined he saw, a burning lake beneath him. It struck him with horror, and he believed he must have imagined it. He was turned on his back and drawn up with the same speed into the darkness above, and then turned back onto his face as he found himself again being plummeted downwards. The Prince of Darkness now realized that this man’s body, which had just been destroyed on Skull Hill had contained no fault or sin, and therefore could no longer be kept captive in this lower world.

As Jesus hung on the cross and offered his spirit to his Father he felt his spirit being lifted up above his body. From there he saw the scene on Skull Hill, and all the people standing around, still looking at his dead body hanging on the cross, and he saw Centurion call for the lance. He also saw the bolt of lightning and Lucifer being caught in it and hurled downwards. He then began to travel downwards himself, and knew he was on a mission of great purpose. Below him was a place called Paradise, and next to Paradise was a place called Hades. Jesus again recalled what had been written in the Psalms.
“You will not let my soul rest in Hades, you will not let your Holy One see corruption.”

Jesus plummeted downward toward this special place of repose called Paradise, where there were millions of souls who had been waiting for him from the beginning of time. These had lived their lives on earth in hope, many of them guided by the Life Commands, but many simply by a good conscience. They had resisted The Lie, and were now locked away from eternity till eternity would come to get them.

Lucifer had thought that all he had to do was get Jesus killed as a human being and Jesus would then be forever locked away from human life and from God life. When darkness entered our world and human beings became separated spiritually from God, The Lie laid claim to the physical and spiritual death of every human being. But death could not demand payment for something it did not own. It did not own the perfection of the sinless life of virtue resident in Jesus’ body. The moment Jesus died, a cosmic law of sin and death was overturned and became the cosmic law of the spirit of life in Christ.

Jesus now stood in the gulf between Paradise and Hades, the gulf that separated two eternal worlds. As Hades looked on at him it became an eruption of violence disgorging its anger and hatred at him, while Paradise sat quietly, not mute, but waiting in serene silence to hear his words. Jesus began to tell them of the wonder of his father’s plan. As his words fell upon them all, many but not all of those in Hades put their hands to their ears and turned away in horror, while those in Paradise sat serenely still, as that beautiful truth transformed their hope and faith into a glorious reality. He was to wait there for three days. It was toward the end of the third day when suddenly everyone’s conversation began to fall off and diminish into silence. Then could be heard beautiful music dancing with itself on waves of exuberant joy, then overlaid with a swell of magnificent singing which became stronger and louder as hosts of flying angels swept into their presence. Jesus stood to greet Michael and Gabriel, and it was then that he was given the keys of hell and death to unlock freedom. Jesus then took hold of the key of freedom to unlock the grave and begin the journey of taking a patient Paradise into an eternal Heaven.

Jesus led them on a triumphant upward journey, to their new home, his home. The entire company was escorted by Michael and Gabriel and the hosts of angels around them as they ascended ever upwards until they reached the earth, from where they and he most recently, had come. There they all stopped for a brief period of time, because there were things for Jesus to do there. The first thing that he had to do was to go to his tomb where his earthly body lay. Michael and Gabriel flew before Jesus to the tomb and found the guards there that the temple priests had appointed to stand watch at the tomb. As the angels alighted the ground shook and the massive stone rolled away as a huge burst of lightning hit the place sending the guards reeling headlong to the ground. They leapt up in fright and bolted. Jesus entered his tomb and united himself again to the wounded shell of his body, leaving the headpiece and shroud lying separated from one another in the tomb. Michael and Gabriel waited inside the tomb while Jesus walked bodily from the temporary resting place, out into the garden.

A very strange thing was also happening in other parts of Jerusalem. Hundreds of souls who had just accompanied Jesus from below and who had recently died were making the briefest of appearances to their loved ones. At that same time some women had prepared oils and spices to anoint Jesus’ body, and while on their way to the tomb they were discussing the problem of how to move the huge stone that covered the entrance. When they arrived they were astonished to see that it had been moved and the guards were nowhere to be seen. They peered inside the tomb and were met by the majestic appearance of Michael and Gabriel, sitting in the place where Jesus had been laying.
”Are you looking for Jesus? Gabriel said. He has come back to life as he said he would. Go and tell the disciples that he will be coming to see them, and that they are to wait for him in Galilee.”
The women ran to tell the disciples but one of them dropped behind and walked slowly through the garden, still confused and weeping. She almost collided with Jesus who was also walking in the garden, and she apologized, not recognizing him, thinking he was the gardener. But he called her by her name and said,
“It's alright Mary, it's me, it really is.”
When she recognized him she ran towards him but he held up his hand and said,
“Please do not hold me because I cannot be touched until I have presented the complete offering of my body to my father. I will be back with you very soon, so go and tell the others.”

Jesus then regrouped with the company from Paradise and the magnificent procession began to move in splendor with its escort of glorious angels, from the earth to the sky. As Jesus led the ascending journey closer and closer to the throne room with the freedom keys in his hand, a mighty heavenly voice could be heard proclaiming, “Open up you everlasting gates, and let the King of Glory come in.”

When Jesus turned this key of freedom in the Everlasting Gates a tremor shook every particle of matter in the universe with a frequency lower and more profound than anything ever experienced in all of creation. Power from Father and Spirit God in heaven was released into and through Jesus that changed the nature of every atom of matter in existence and brought it into union with Jesus, Messiah, The Promised One. This was the Power of the Resurrection, and all of creation which was once separate from its creator was joined in new fusion with Jesus God who was resuming his creation majesty. The extraordinary and absolutely astonishing wonder of this phenomenon was that this power would be given to humanity, to reside in ordinary people, who would receive The Holy Spirit from a loving and gracious God. This power would be the power of faith, resurrection life.

The heavenly music began. The sound of thousands of pipes, the voices of hundreds of harmonies, and the ascending range of every stringed instrument created a majestic symphony in this moment of triumph. Jesus had come home.
THE OUTWARD JOURNEY OF FAITH TOWARD A BODILY RESURRECTION.
Job 19:25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my body I shall see God,
1Corinthians 15:13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty… If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we're a pretty sorry lot.
Colossians 1:16 For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment.
He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he's there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the Cross.
Jesus was given the keys of hell and death. The soul of humanity now had a new source of life; the New Creation was born.

THE INNER JOURNEY OF FAITH TOWARD RESURRECTION LIFE
Philippians 3:9 that I may gain Christ and be found in Him… that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection,
Ephesians 2:5 even when we were dead in sin, we were made alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made to sit together with Christ in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Jesus finished the work on the cross while heaven released its power into the time of the tomb – a powerful sign of faith
Matthew 12:39 … You seek for a sign, but no sign will be given except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Psalm 16:9 My heart is encouraged; there is a deep inner joy as my soul rests in hope. For you will not leave my soul in the grave, or let your faithful one come undone. You have made known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Acts 2:24-30)

The Bible uses this Scripture as prophetic evidence of Jesus in his death burial and resurrection. David’s heart cry of helplessness with his soul in the grave, was triumphed by the expectation that he would be touched by the presence of God in his spirit and strengthened with the joy of God. Heaven would come to his aid. This experience was a parable of Jesus going through the same tomb experience while the entire order of the universe would be changed as a new order of life, resurrection life, would take its place in the universe. Jesus had authority to lay down life and take it up again. The authority of this grave experience was in those keys of faith. The gates of hell do not prevail and the everlasting gates open up as we prevail for ourselves and others in prayer .

 

Baptism of the soul

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The soul is the inner part of us that expresses what is going on in us, past present and ? for the future. It does this through the emotions, good and bad, and the thoughts and imaginations. It forms ideas and opinions of who we are. But where does it get its information?
From two sources. 1) What we see and experience on the outside with our senses. And 2) What we receive from the inside with our spirit. This is a deeper level. This is where the river of life is…We can measure how deep we are in the river of life by what our soul expresses. Matt 11:28, 1Peter 1:9, Hebrews 10:39.
So depending on what is informing the soul is how we feel about life.
Where does the river come from? When did the river begin to flow?
John 4:14 But the water (My Spirit) that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”The soul can get drawn into expressing anything at random and get hijacked and caught unawares. Our life can be like a confusing movie, or like a purposeful story with meaning and intention, and the same challenges and obstacles. But who is in charge of the script?
NB. We learn to walk out of the wrong movie and into the real story!
What was at the deepest level of humanity before the river began to flow?
Before Jesus, humanity was a living soul. Of course they had a spirit but it was hidden – God had placed eternity in the hearts of mankind
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. The connection was always there but not the oneness. He reveals himself in his time and in his way. So there was a God connection for our spirit to be touched by God like David was and Abraham and Moses, to be led and to walk with God.
But their spirit was separate to God’s Spirit and they could only connect to God when God chose to do it. People with a heart after God would wait for God to touch them.
LIVING SOUL
Jesus was the first human to be not just a soul, but a life giving spirit.
1Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living soul.” The last Adam (Jesus) became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the soulish, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of soil; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of soil, so also are those who are soilish; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have worn the likeness of the man of soil, let us wear the likeness of the heavenly Man.
Jesus has given humanity his life giving spirit so that we also can now be life-giving spirits. This why he came and died and rose again.
John 4:14 But the water (My Spirit) that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
JESUS GETS BAPTIZED TO SHOW US HOW OUR SOUL WOULD BE BAPTIZED
Matthew 3:16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.

 

The river of God

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The man brought me to the eastern entrance. There I could see the water flowing out of the east gateway. Measuring as he went, he took me along the stream for a thousand cubits and then led me across. The water was up to my ankles. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me across again. This time the water was up to my knees. After another thousand cubits, it was up to my waist. Then he measured another thousand cubits, and the river was too deep to walk across. It was deep enough to swim in, but too deep to walk through.
Then he said to me, “This river flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows.

The thousand cubits represent prophetic measurements of appointed times and stages. It is described in four phases. But God will hasten the day of completion.
Romans 9:28 because he will complete his plan concisely and justly, and the plan will be executed swiftly on earth.

The direction is towards the East and the destination is the sea of the Nations.
The river flows from the presence of God, and the Spirit flow is towards the completed work of Jesus in the Earth.

The last two moves of the Spirit over the last forty years certainly spread the river of God widely in the earth. Perhaps not too deeply, but millions of people certainly got their feet wet. Some stood either ankle deep or knee deep looking towards the Lord’s return (east) and feeling drawn into a flow of God’s Spirit towards the completion of his purpose in the Earth. These are the ‘times of refreshing’ from the presence of The Lord.
Acts 3:20 times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, who must remain in heaven until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.

All over the world there are hundreds of thousands of secular people of various philosophies and beliefs as in the book of Acts, searching for an inner reality. People are becoming more spiritually aware. They are disillusioned by the materialism and corruption of the world. God’s Spirit is wetting their feet, supernaturally making them aware of his spiritual reality. Acts 17:26-33.

1. Ankles – (Many starters) We get led across, to and fro and experience the breadth of our lives being touched by the Spirit of God. We may not be going too deeply into the spiritual work that God wants to complete in us but we become awakened and made aware of his presence with us. We are being touched by the flow but not yet moved overmuch, as we have freedom of our own movement. A hope arises and our interests are changed.

2. Knees – (Many having time off) We still get led across but the Spirit’s flow to the sea slows our freedom of movement so that we find ourselves being more aware of our own resistance. That can be confronting but we can sense the abundance of God’s mercy in this and we also become aware of the drawing power of God’s grace to take us downstream.

3. Waist – (Many stayers) We cannot go against the flow at this stage but we can plant our feet - and that seems to take us nowhere. We realize we are being drawn away from wanting to move across our life just to know more things. We want to know God and would rather remain present to an unseen and unseeable mystery than give up or just try to look busy. This is not passive but a preparation for a new kind of spiritual inner movement, like the coiling of a spring. But perhaps we are too apprehensive to plunge in and swim. Then someone holds out their hands to us so that we can be floated down the river. We say please don’t let me go!

4. Swim - (The way to go) We go with the flow and become part of the river’s energy and blessing, bringing life to whatever it touches. Everything goes in the right direction. From a deeper level of presence (by faith) there flows the supernatural action that freely serves. This serving may not be big, showy, or even noticeable. It may be hidden and unseen, but it is very real to anyone who receives its flow of life. This is the healing of the nations.

 

 

 

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1 Chronicles 13:2And David said unto all the congregation of Israel … let us send abroad unto our brethren everywhere… that they may gather themselves unto us 3. And let us bring again the ark of the presence of our God to us for we did not enquire of it in the days of Saul.”
God was waiting for the enquiring heart of David. David was then moved by God to bring back the ark of God’s presence, and place it in a tent on mount Zion– The Tabernacle of David. And as David continued to worship God during the time of the tent presence, the regular tabernacle stood on Mt. Gibeon, functioning without the ark of presence, while the workers in the quarry were cutting out the stones for what was to be Solomon’s temple, the final resting place of God on Mount Moriah (Psalm 125:2).
In the following Scripture James refers to that event and quotes a prophecy regarding the restoring of the presence and power of the Spirit that will come in the end days. He does this by pointing out that in this present age, God’s purpose is to gather in “the rest of humanity who seek after the Lord, all the Gentile nations who are called by my name”.
Acts 15:16-18 “After this I will return and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the its ruins, and I will set it up;That the rest of humanity might seek after the Lord, all the gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who does all these things. Known unto God from eternity are all His works.

THE RESTORING OF GOD’S PRESENCE RELATES TO THE RE-GATHERING OF ISRAEL
In this scripture, the Apostle James is quoting Amos 9:8-12. "The eyes of the Lord God are watching Israel, a sinful nation, and I will pluck her up and scatter her across the world. Yet I have promised that this plucking up will not be permanent. For I have commanded that Israel be sifted by the other nations as grain is sifted in a sieve, yet not one true grain will be lost. But all those who say, `God will not touch us,' will die by the sword.
11. "Then, at that time I will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which is now fallen down, and set it up, 12. Israel will occupy what is left of Edom and of all the nations that belong to me." For so says the Lord, who has planned it all.
The context of this scripture in the book of Amos shows us that the restoration of the Tabernacle of David is linked to the prophesied scattering of the nation of Israel. (Amos 9:9-10) (Deut 4:27) This is linked to what was prophesied by Isaiah that Israel would not remain scattered but be gathered again a second time. And the fullness of this re-gathering will coincide with the fullness of the Gentiles coming in (Rom 11:25).
Isaiah 11:11-12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria and from Egypt, and from Pathros and from Cush and from Elam and from Shinar and from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. 12. And He shall set up an ensign for the nations and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”
The nation of Israel was re-established in 1948 and has remained and grown against impossible odds.
In 1967 Israel won back their land in the six day war. This is the second regathering of Israel in all of history and is therefore the fulfilling of Isaiah’s prophecy. (The first is recorded in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah)
It was prophesied that Israel would be scattered among the nations of the earth because of the people’s disobedience (Leviticus 26:33;) The scattering began when the Assyrians carried the ten tribes away into captivity (2 Kings 15:29; 17:6). The scattering continued when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, carried Judah away into captivity (2 Kings 25:1). After the death of Jesus, the Jews were scattered among the gentile nations (Luke 21:24).

There is that same yearning in peoples’ hearts today.
Acts 3:20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.
Note the ‘times of refreshing’ over the last century – 1910-17, 1948-54, 1967-76, 1994-98 …

 

The tent of meeting

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Exodus 33:7 Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tent of meeting. And it came to pass that everyone who sought the Lord went out to the tent of meeting that was outside the camp. 8. Whenever Moses went out to the tent all the people rose, and each man stood at his tent door and watched Moses until he had gone into the tent. 9. And when Moses entered the tent the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tent, and the Lord talked with Moses. 10. All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tent door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door. 11. So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face (person to person), as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua, a young man, did not leave the tent.

Exodus 34:34 But whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with Him, he would take the veil off until he came out; and he would come out and speak to the children of Israel whatever he had been commanded. And whenever the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with Him.

This was not the tabernacle of Moses, with the holy place, where the priests (Aaron and his sons) went daily through the first curtain to do their priestly duties. This tent had nothing to do with duty; this speaks of a heart that pursues the presence of God.

There were always TWO TENTS. One was the tabernacle of the congregation and the other was the tent of meeting (with God). The tabernacle of the congregation became the structured community house of God, which was to bless the family of God. The tent of meeting was and still is the place of personal communion with the heart of God, and today each of us is that tent. These two expressions still exist (John 2:21, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Ephesians 2:21)

1. The tent of meeting was for Moses’ leadership direction for Israel and to experience of the grace and presence of God. The tent of meeting was also for everyone who sought the Lord.
2. The tabernacle was for structured community salvation, blessing, healing, and instruction and unity.
3. The Holy Nation was to be the combined expression of the holy tents of meeting and the holy tabernacle of unity and love.

 

 

Enduring to the end

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ENDURING TO THE END
ROMANS 11:25 Because I don’t want you to remain ignorant of this mysterious enigma, in case you should be just fooling yourselves, that Israel has become blinded in their minds for only a limited time, until the full number of the rest of mankind who will be made right with God through Jesus is reached, and only God knows that number. 26 And then all of Israel will be made right with God; as it has been written, ‘There will come forth a Saviour from Zion who will turn away all ungodliness from Israel’.

ENDURING FOR ISRAEL
Daniel 12:1…there will be a time of anguish for the Jews greater than any previous suffering in Jewish history. And yet every one of your people whose names are written in the Book will endure it and be delivered…4."But Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal it up so that it will not be understood until the end times, when travel and education shall be vastly increased!"
5. Then I, Daniel, looked and saw two men on each bank of a river. 6. And one of them asked the man in linen robes who was standing now above the river, "How long will it be until all these terrors end?"
7. He replied, with both hands lifted to heaven, taking oath by him who lives forever and ever, that they will not end until three and a half years after the power of God's people has been put down.
8. I heard what he said, but I didn't understand what he meant. So I said, "Sir, how will all this finally end?"
But he said, "Go now, Daniel, for what I have said is not to be understood until the time of the end. Many shall be purified by great trials and persecutions. But the wicked shall continue in their wickedness, and none of them will understand. Only those who are willing to learn will know what it means.

ENDURING FOR THE NATIONS
Romans 8:26. The Spirit joins himself to us in our human weakness, because we do not always know what we should be asking God for, but the Spirit feels our agony and pleads on our behalf with silent cries.
27. And He who searches the hearts shares the same mind as the Spirit, because He pleads for those who have entrusted their lives to Him, for the Father to answer their cry in His own perfect way.
28. And so we can be assured that everything that happens in our lives will be divinely contrived to bring about His greatest benefit for us, who love God, and who accept the invitation to be part of his will for our life. 29. For he knew beforehand and predetermined all of us who are now being conformed to the image of his Son, that his Son would be the family firstborn among a multitude of brothers and sisters.
31. So what will we say about all this? If God wants to do all of this for us, who can stop him?
34. Who can dare judge us? It is Christ that died, and what’s more, has risen again, and who is even at the right hand of the Father, and who prays for His best to happen to us.
35. So what can separate us from this love of Christ? Could it be suffering or misfortune, or persecution, or no food, no clothing, danger, or violence?
36. The Scriptures say “It is for your sake that we suffer death blows all day long. We are counted as sheep for the slaughter”.37. No, in all these things we end up winning because of Him who loved us.38. And I am convinced that not even death, or life, or heavenly angels, or angels of darkness, or demons, or what is happening now, or what might happen in the future,
39 Or things above, or things below, or any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Overcoming the world

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John 16:33…I have overcome the world. Romans 12:21…overcome evil with good
Harm and evil occupy the territory on one side of the veil, and peace and love and faith occupy the other side behind the veil
There are only two spiritual laws at work in the universe.
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. (When I would do what is true and loving I find that there is something confusing and harmful in me). For I delight in the law of God after the inward man (awakened to alignment to God): But I see another law in me, warring against the law of my (awakened) mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in me.
Romans 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the (spiritual) mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh (the veil) the law of sin.

Both of these spiritual territories live side by side for all. Spiritual warfare is about territory, not just fighting battles. It all depends on wanting and receiving faith to go through the veil. Ephesians 2:2
The pain of life inflicts itself upon me when my "I" is yet divided between flesh and Spirit (Romans 7:25).

So there are only two laws for humanity in the universe. We are accountable to only one. We won’t be asked to give account for how well we developed our self defense mechanisms in the shadow world of the flesh, and get praise for getting a high score for winning the rat race. Where would you rather be/ Do you like it out there?

Hebrews 12:24-25..How shall we escape (the harm and evil) if we neglect so great a salvation?
Suppress, express, confess. (witnessing presence).
We will find ourselves out in the muck but we need not get separated.

OVERCOMING THE WORLD – Beyond meditation
2Corinthians 3:16 When one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
Arms out front pushing – but nevertheless turning and becoming arms out wide embracing.
Then faith finds peace love, word of power, and hope. Romans 8:2
Then reenter with love and truth and power of faith.

John 17:14-16 – I have sent them into the world but they are not of the world – keep them from the evil (harmful)

 

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