Sunday, July 15, 2018

Daily Bible Reading - July 15, 2018

Today's Reading:

1 Corinthians 3

1 Kings 15:33-16:34

Joel 3

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading   

In Joel 3, we see a compelling glimpse of Judgment Day. Many have wondered what Joel meant by "the Valley of Decision". Evangelists have used this reference in Joel 3:14 to call the audience to repentance. And as valuable as that is, actually, in context it isn't the people who are in the Valley of Decision, but Yahweh Who is doing the deciding. For it is He Who righteously judges man, at the End of the World.

Also, Joel 3 is seen as proof that Messiah will come to earth and dwell in Jerusalem in the coming Millennium. Many believe that Joel 3 gives credence to the second-chance-after-the-Second-Coming/Millennium-on-earth viewpoint. So what is Joel talking about and, using Scripture to interpret Scripture, when and where does it all take place?


In my blog from March 30, I showed how Scripture teaches that the literal city of Jerusalem will be a very spiritually dark place with the beast will ruling the earth from Jerusalem's Temple, in the Last Days. In fact, as this blog shows, the beast's temple in Jerusalem is the final Abomination of Desolation.


One of the most dangerous teachings today - if not the most dangerous - is the misunderstanding of prophecies like Joel 3. When we believe that the true Messiah will reign in Jerusalem in the coming Millennium, we open our hearts and minds to "wonder after the beast" - for it is he, not Yahshua, who will reign in literal Jerusalem's temple. Thus, it is a sobering and serious mistake to wrongly interpret Joel 3!


There are many references in Joel 3, which clearly identify this as an End-Time prophecy - so End-Time, in fact, that it will be fulfilled after the End of the World! But to determine that, Scripturally, we need to cross reference Joel 3, gaining further insights from other Bible prophecies on the same subject. Let's begin our study by reading the prophecy in Joel 3:14-20. We'll be paying special attention to the highlighted portions:
Joel 3:14-20 - "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the Day of Yahweh is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. Yahweh also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His Voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but Yahweh will be the Hope of His people, and the Strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I Am Yahweh your God dwelling in Zion, My holy Mountainthen shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth out of the House of Yahweh, and shall water the valley of Shittim. Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation."

JUDGMENT DAY

To start off, let's look at the concepts highlighted in yellow. The Day of Yahweh is Judgment Day, which takes place at the End of the World. Joel makes this clear in the prior chapter:
Joel 2:10-12  "The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: And Yahweh shall utter His Voice before His Army: for His Camp is very great: for He is strong that executeth His Word: for the Day of Yahweh is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? Therefore also now, saith Yahweh, turn ye even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning..."
It is because there is no more opportunity to repent after Judgement Day that Joel pleads with people to repent now, before it is too late. 

In Scripture there are ten references to Yahweh roaring on Judgment Day. Joel 3 is one of the ten. When Yahweh "roars as a lion", He is being portrayed in His ultimate Judgment role. In His Role as the Lion, Yahweh brings destruction to the unrepentant, from which there can be no deliverance:
Hosea 5:14 "For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him." 

Job 10:7  "...There is none that can deliver out of Thine Hand." 

Isaiah 43:13 "Yea, before the day was I Am He; and there is none that can deliver out of My Hand." 

Micah 5:8  "And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver."
In the references to Judgment Day, over and over again, Scripture makes it plain that this is a final work. The unrepentant will be destroyed on that Day.
Malachi 4:3  "And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the Day that I shall do this, saith Yahweh of hosts."

Thus, the teaching of a second chance in the millennium is a false doctrine. It wrongly interprets Joel 3 in a dangerous way, for it removes people's motivation to repent and turn back to God now, while there is yet time to do so.
Isaiah 55:6-7  "Seek ye Yahweh while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto Yahweh, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." 

WHEN DOES YAHWEH DWELL ON EARTH?

Joel 3 references a wonderful future. God Himself will dwell with His people! But when does this take place? Since literal Jerusalem is to be the seat of the beast, we must not mistake the anti-christ for the fulfillment of Joel 3! 

Another point which merits our notice is Joel's statement that "no strangers pass through her any more". 

The word "strangers" is translated from the Hebrew word zur, which is a term referencing the unsaved. Specifically it means those who "turn aside" and "commit spiritual adultery" by serving themselves and other idolatrous "gods". The reason no strangers will pass through Jerusalem any more is that all the unrepentant wicked, the former city of Jerusalem (and the whole earth) will have been destroyed, when Yahweh dwells in Jerusalem (New Jerusalem). This timing is plainly shown in the following Scriptures:
Revelation 21:1-4  "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a great Voice out of Heaven saying, Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."  
Isaiah 65:21-25  "And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.  They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of My people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of Yahweh, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock... They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy Mountain, saith Yahweh."
Revelation 3:11-12  "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of Heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name." 
When you put all the Scriptures together on the subject, letting Scripture interpret Scripture, the timing becomes plain. Yes, Yahweh will dwell here on earth with His people - forever. But this joyful future will not come for literal Jerusalem. After it and the whole earth are destroyed and made new, the New Jerusalem will come down from God out of Heaven. And then God will dwell with His people forevermore. Let's not miss the timing of Joel 3, as we surely do not want to miss its promised blessings!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Daily Bible Reading - July 14, 2018

Today's Reading:

1 Corinthians 2

1 Kings 15:1-32

Joel 2:12-32

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In the remaining portion of Joel chapter 2, which we read today, we find a call and a promise. First Yahweh gives a call to His people to fully repent. As we read of King Asa in 1 Kings, may our hearts be "perfect" towards Yahweh (loving and serving Him wholeheartedly). And where we have fallen short of this, we must repent.
Joel 2:12-13 "Therefore also now, saith Yahweh, turn ye even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto Yahweh your God: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness..."
The word "repent" doesn't just mean to be sorry for our past sins and to ask God to forgive us and cleanse us from them in Christ's precious, atoning Blood. The word "repent" also means to turn away from our former evils and live a transformed life.

When we heed the call to repent we may then be assured of the powerful Latter Rain promise, found towards the end of this chapter. There is promised blessing, even removing the former judgments against us:
Joel 2:23-25 "Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in Yahweh your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain... And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the  cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you."
When Yahshua was here, He called mankind to repentance. In fact, the injunction to repent is one of the 49 Commands of Christ - in fact, its the first of the 49 Commands.
Matthew 4:17  "From that time Yahshua began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." 
The call to repent involves turning away from all idolatry. Idolatry doesn't only involve the literal worship of idols. If we love and value anything more highly than God - it is idolatry. And if we fear anything (or anyone) other than God - it is idolatry - for we worship what we fear (whether we're aware of it or not).

As the prophet Ezekiel explained, repentance involves turning back from our past idolatry, coming back home to God, and being fully restored.




Oftentimes we may mistake regret for repentance, this was certainly the case with Esau. But regret is not repentance, as is made clear by comparing David and Esau.


As we compare David with Esau we find several striking similarities. Both were descended from Abraham, who was the "father of the faithful". Both David and Esau were "men of the field." Both David and Esau satisfied a physical desire in a wicked way, despising the Commandment of Yahweh, in so doing. In David's case, he had an affair with Bathsheba and then killed her husband to cover it up. In Esau's case he sold his Heaven-ordained birthright for a bowl of lentils.

In their ungodly choice, both men exchanged spiritual treasures for temporal pleasures. From this, both men suffered consequences that affected future generations. And both men wept over their sins.

But there the parallel stops. For while David fully repented, Esau was merely regretful. Thus, the blessing of God left Esau, while the blessing returned to David.


Esau wept tears of regret over the loss of blessings, but David wept tears of repentance over the damage to his relationship with God. This is the essence of true repentance.

The difference between repentance and regret also involves differing level of understanding of our own need for Yahweh and for the magnitude of our sin, in light of Calvary.

Many times we hang on to "little things" that are actually harmful to our relationship with God, yet we don't see them in their full destructiveness. We minimize these things by comparing them to the sins we perceive in others saying, "this is not so bad. It's really not that big of a deal."

A speaker, while explaining the importance of "little things" to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?" 

the audience called out answers ranging from 20g to 500g.

The speaker patiently entertained all the best guesses anyone cared to make. He had their full attention. Then he made a statement that no one would forget.

He said, "The absolute weight of this glass of water doesn't matter. What matters is the length of time I try to hold it."

"If I hold it for a minute, I won't feel troubled at all by its weight. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. But if I should try to hold it for a day, you would have to call an ambulance. In each case, the weight is the same, but the longer I hold it, the heavier and more destructive it becomes."
That sounds a whole lot like the effects of cherish little sins! We hang on to them, justifying them and finding reasons to continue keeping them in our souls. Yet God continues calling us to repent - releasing that thing and finding full freedom in Him.
You know the amazing thing about God is that He never asks us to give up something that is for our good. If He is calling us to repent in an area and turn away from something we have excused as a "little thing" its because that "little thing" is slowly destroying us. 

Yahweh is just waiting to bless us. He has such joy and blessing in store, but in order for us to receive it, we must first fully repent and let go. 

What weights are you holding onto today? Let it go and turn every area of your life over to Yahweh. Let Him have your whole heart. For He is waiting to bestow a great blessing upon your life -the  blessing of Joel 2, which can only come after we repent and let go:
Joel 2:23-25 "Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in Yahweh your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain... And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the  cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you."


Friday, July 13, 2018

Daily Bible Reading - July 13, 2018

Today's Reading:

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

1 Kings 14

Joel 2:1-11

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In Joel 2 we find an amazing and detailed portrayal of the Final Battle of Armageddon. To gain insights into this epic climax of the conflict between the forces of Good and evil, we may not only look to prophecies like Joel 2, but we may also look to historical shadow pictures from the past. Today, I will focus on this final Battle, as details emerge from Bible history as well as Bible prophecy.

Prophetically, the Final Battle in possessing their inheritance, was Israel’s conquest of Jericho. This took place in the final seven years! As Bible prophecy foretells, the Battle of Armageddon will be fought and Babylon will fall, in the same way that Jericho fell long ago. Thus, we see that the fall of Babylon will take place just prior to the ultimate Jubilee, in which Yahweh’s saved will enter the New Jerusalem.



Jubilee is the fiftieth year. Fifty is the number represented by the letter, nun (נ). Joshua was the “son of Nun,” Numbers 11:28. This number refers to the restoration of all things, returning us to the unfallen state of the original Garden of Eden. As we have seen in this series, End Time events match the “pattern” given to Moses (Hebrews 8:5), and bring into harmony the wilderness journey, the ministry of Messiah, and the prophecies of the End of the world. Knowing YAH's Ways (Psalms 103:7), we see that this harmony also includes the hidden meaning in the numbers.



From the Book of Genesis, we find a significant key regarding Jubilees. Yahweh ordained exactly 120 Jubilees to the fall of Babylon and the End of the World.



And Yahweh said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years,

Genesis 6:3



Notably, since old-time Creationists have understood the earth to be about 6000 years old, we find another evidence for the Jubilee cycles to conclude at 120:



50 (years in a Jubilee cycle)

x 120 (Jubilees) = 6000

6000= 120 Jubilees



At the conclusion of the 120th Jubilee, the 7000th year will commence.



The Jubilees also form an interesting pattern of 40’s:

o   40 Jubilees from Adam to Abraham

o   40 Jubilees from Abraham to Yahshua

o   40 Jubilees from Yahshua to the End

= a total of 120 Jubilees




Far more than just interesting trivia, one must note that we have already had one hundred and nineteen Jubilees. The next Jubilee will be the 120th!



Babylon’s fall parallels Jericho’s in that it will not only take place on a Jubilee, it will also happen at the time of the Fall Feasts, in the beginning of the final Jubilee. As we will show in Bible Prophecy, Babylon will fall specifically on the final Day of Atonement – the Day when the ultimate Jubilee begins.



Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the Seventh Month, in the Day of Atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a Jubilee unto you… Leviticus 25:9-10




Trumpets are blown on the Day of Atonement to herald the beginning of a Jubilee year. Trumpets were also blown by the priests of ancient Israel as they encircled the doomed city of Jericho. The walls of Jericho fell down at the shout and the last trumpet blast. And, it will be at the Voice of the Archangel and the Trump of God on the final Day of Atonement, on which the kingdom of Babylon will fall, forever ending the reign of the Beast.


To fully establish that the Beast’s reign will be broken and that Babylon will fall on the final Day of Atonement, in addition to the commencement of the 120th Jubilee which takes place upon that Day, we must carefully examine the prophetic timelines. These timelines, largely given by the prophet Daniel, will all play out at the End of the World.



DANIEL’S TIMELINES



Of all the prophetic, biblical timelines, several of them culminate on the final Day of Atonement. For the purposes of this study, we will focus on only three of these timelines, which end on the Day of Atonement, as follows:



1.      The Sabbatical/Year Jubilee Timeline

2.      The 2300 Day Prophecy Timeline

3.      The 1260 Day Prophecy Timeline

In order to conclude on the same Day, each of these timelines layers upon the other timelines, overlapping at times. Before we examine how this works, let’s begin by establishing the Day of Atonement as the ending point for the above-mentioned timelines.



First, as we have already seen, Sabbatical Years (Shemita Years) and Jubilees begin and end on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 25:8-13). Thus, since the final Day of Atonement will begin the ultimate Jubilee, and since all Jubilee Years begin after the seventh Sabbatical Year, we can conclude that the final Day of Atonement will culminate the Seventh Sabbatical (the 49th year counting from the previous Jubilee) and will start the final Jubilee. This longest prophetic timeline forms the base layer of our final prophetic timeline diagram:

43rd Year
44th Year
45th Year
46th Year
47th
Year
48th Year
49th
Year
50th Year
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
7th
Sabbatical
120thJubilee

Final Day of Atonement
The Final Seven Years


The next longest of these timelines, ending on the Day of Atonement, is the 2300 days. This timeline will form the next layer in our diagram. But before we demonstrate that the 2300 day prophecy will end on Atonement, we must first establish that this prophetic timeline has an End-Time fulfillment. Noting that this timeline has had past application, many Christians do not believe that the 2300-day-timeline has a final fulfillment, which is yet future. In the future, it will play out in literal days.



Recorded in Daniel Chapter 8, the vision of the 2300 day prophecy has had past applications (such as from 457 BC to 34 AD, in which it was fulfilled in prophetic time). But, according to Daniel 8:17, the 2300 day prophecy is predominantly for the End and will ultimately be fulfilled in the Last Days.



So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the End shall be the vision, Daniel 8:17



Having established that the vision of Daniel 8 is for the End of Time, including the 2300 day prophecy, we next need to look for Scriptural evidence on its ending.


And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the Sanctuary be cleansed, Daniel 8:14.



The Sanctuary was cleansed on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:16-20). Since Daniel 8 specifically states that the Sanctuary is cleansed at the end of the 2300 days, we can see that the 2300 day prophetic timeline will end on the final Day of Atonement – which is the same final Day for the Sabbatical Year / Jubilee Timeline. For this reason, we can accurately lay the 2300 Day Timeline upon the 7-Year Sabbatical/Jubilee layer, as shown below:




Final 2300-Day Timeline (6.38 years)
50th Year
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
7th
Sabbatical
120thJubilee

Final Day of Atonement
The Final Seven Years











Layering a timeline upon the foundation of another timeline may seem strange and pointless, at first. After all, if the final seven-year timeline is already in play, why would Yahweh need to delineate another timeline within it? In Matthew Chapter 24, Yahshua compared the final Time of Trouble to labor pains, which come upon a woman with increasing intensity. Prophetic events like earthquakes, pestilences (diseases), famine and wars were the early birthpains, or the beginning of “sorrows”.



All these are the beginning of sorrows (the birth pains), Matthew 24;8



But just as labor pains start at a lower magnitude, but continue to increase until the point of giving birth, similarly, the Trouble foretold to come in the Last Days will continually uptick from one level to the next. This increase in intensity and pain will continue to rise until the Final 1260 Days, known as the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, which will reach an intensity that is unprecedented in its magnitude. This End-Time principle was expressed through the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel.



Howl ye; for the Day of Yahweh is at hand. It shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt. And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth, Isaiah 13:6-8.



For thus saith Yahweh; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.  Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? Wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that Day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the Time of Jacob's Trouble; but he shall be saved out of it, Jeremiah 30:5-7.



And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a Time of Trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the Book.  Daniel 12:1 

Considering this, we see that the Final Seven Years of earth’s history will be a troublous time, characterized by deception, false christ’s, wars, pestilences, famines, and earthquakes – described by Yahshua in Matthew 24:3-13. But while this timeline contains troubles, it will not begin at an unprecedented level.



The intensity of trouble upticks with the commencement of the 2300 Day Timeline, however. This Timeline begins with the establishment of the Abomination of Desolation, which Yahshua described in Matthew 24:14-20. The fact that the 2300 Days begins with the Abomination of Desolation is given by the prophet Daniel, as follows:



Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning… the Transgression of Desolation (also known as the Abomination of Desolation), to give both the Sanctuary and the host (God’s people) to be trodden under foot (persecuted)? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the Sanctuary be cleansed, Daniel 8:13-14.



The next increase in painful intensity occurs with the beginning of the final 1260 Day timeline, which layers upon the previous two. And it is during this timeline that the level of trial and trouble reaches an intensity which has never been seen upon this planet before – nor will again.



There are two key events which delineate this timeline and mark its commencement:



1)      The Reign of the Beast power, as a demonic entity – Revelation 13:3-5 and Revelation 17:8

2)      The Testimony of the ultimate Two Witnesses – Revelation 11:1-12



Once again, we see that the 1260 Day Timeline is layered upon the prior two timelines, as shown in the diagram below. Significantly, the 2300 Day Timeline marks the full rise of final Babylon. Babylon is the ideology and system of false worship, which is at its worst, when all the world wonders after the Beast and worships the dragon (Revelation 17:8, Revelation 13:8-12). Thus, this period is delineated as “The Reign of Babylon” on the diagram below:

THE REIGN OF BABYLON









Final 1260-Day Timeline (3.5 yrs)
50th Year

Final 2300-Day Timeline (6.38 yrs)
1
Year 2
Year 3
4
Year 5
Year 6
7th
Sabbatical
120thJubilee
Final Day of Atonement end  the 2300 day timeline
Final 7 Years















Beginning of Sorrows
Matt. 24:1-13
Abomination of Desolation
Matt. 24:14-20
Reign of the Beast
(from the Abyss)
& Testimony of the Two Witnesses



But what does all this mean to each of us - personally? Christians have been forewarned that Armageddon is coming. But where does that leave us? What are we supposed to do about it?


Every soldier knows about boot camp.  Every enlistee expects to learn how to succeed in battle. In boot camp, each one must learn about weapons and when and how to use each one.  To go into battle without learning the skill to win, produces only fear and defeat.  That is the sorry scene in the life of most Christians.  They seem to have forgotten that we can no longer rest in the pasture under the shadow of our Loving Shepherd. We are, even now, within the battle zone where land mines and sniper fire send us collapsing, wounded and defeated before our Captain.



It is time to learn the weapons and strategies of war!  We must now, for the hour is late, and the threat by the enemy is intensifying, --in our homes, in our work stations, in our nation, and in ourselves!  Will we continue to allow Satan’s thought-bombs to defeat us? 



When we focus on our needs and wants and how to succeed in our own ambitions, we set ourselves up to be easily defeated by the enemy of souls by his surprise attacks and snipper fire. It happens on a daily bases.  It is a life and death matter:  Eternal Life or eternal death is guaranteed, according to our skill and concentration on the battle plan of our Captain.



Our Captain insures our victory if we listen and obey His Word.  But, He will not back us (Jer. 21:4), if we choose our own way and convince ourselves that our part is not essential.  After all, He’ll win the war whether we perform as good soldiers or not. That is the message of the false gospel.



Yes, it does matter, and He says of His people, “You are my battle ax and weapons of war, for with you I will break the nations and destroy their kingdoms.” Jeremiah 51:20.  But our weapons are not carnal; they are mighty through God (2 Corinthians 10:4. Paul also tells us to put on God’s Armor.  It is an Armor of Light, Romans 13:12.  It is an Armor of Righteousness, 2 Corinthians 6:7.  We must be covered in it (Ephesians 6:11-13) if we would stand, both now, and in the ultimate “evil day.”



1.      Let this mind be in you… Eph. 2:5

2.      Renew your mind in the Word daily – Romans 12:2; Eph. 4:23

3.      Do not dwell upon negative thoughts (Satan’s plants) with memorized Scriptures. Don’t accept His thoughts of guilt, fear, bitterness, unworthiness, i.e., but counter them with the Words of Scripture, as Yahshua did, “It is written…” Lk.4:4.

4.      Spirits operate through thoughts. Harboring the negative thought produces a stronghold for the enemy or your soul.



We are not wrestling with flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness in high places, Ephesians 6:12 



The rulers of darkness know their battle plan; you must know Yahweh’s, or you’ll lose!  So, girding up the loins of your mind (1 Peter 1:13), be serious, sober, and obedient to your Captain.



The battle is over your mind!!  With that territory settled, guarded, and committed, you may be trusted as a warrior against the enemy! But, that will never happen until you prove to yourself (in your mind) that you love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, mind, and spirit.  This you prove by how much time you spend in the Word! Yahshua is God in the Flesh; the Scriptures contains God in the Word.  Remember, the Word Creates what it speaks!!!  You are fooling yourself (by Satan’s lies) if you think you can love God without time in His Word.  The more time you spend there, the deeper your love will grow.  Little time, little love;  much time, much love.



When you have repeated victories in these preparations for daily scrimmages, you are ready to go on the offensive in the epic battles, into which God calls you. The more victories, the more power. God will give you only what you will use to secure your stand and reach others. Yahshua told us that when we received that power of the Holy Spirit, we would be empowered to be His witnesses, everywhere (see Acts 1:8). This mighty Work is what Israel’s camp experiences in the Wilderness were all about. They are the prophetic shadow-pictures which help us grasp and better prepare for the Father’s Work, through us, in giving the final Gospel Call and in defeating the kingdom of Babylon. May we all be ready to receive the Seal of the Living God and to advance in Yahweh’s Army, in whatever ways He will call us to serve!