Through the eyes of His-story, we examine Babylon. We start with one of the first Antichrist figures (if not the first) – Nimrod. We need to understand that exotic Babylon was the land just outside the original Garden of Eden. Before Nimrod, there were neither wars nor reigning monarchs. He subjugated all the people of Babylon, which was the entire world population at that time, until they crowned him (Genesis 10:10).
They say that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it and those who don’t know the Scriptures perish for a lack of knowledge. These are serious times. Let us all humble ourselves and seek the Lord… Let us connect to our hope, our refuge, and our strength – our Endless Love.
Be encouraged: “We also celebrate in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us”’ (Romans 5:3-5 NASB).
Since the Feast of Trumpets heralds the Day of Judgment (Yom Ha Din), prayers for God’s compassion should be included before, during, or after it. The Thirteen Attributes of God’s Mercy is one of those prayers. It comes from Exodus 34:6-7: “And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation’” (NKJV).
When the Lord first showed Moses the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy, it was a precursor to receiving the Second Tablets of the Testimony (Cubes of the Covenant). Before reaffirming the Ketubah (Marriage Contract) between God and man after the sin of the Golden Calf, God showed Moses how to prevent a national catastrophe that nearly caused Him to wipe out His nation. The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy prayer is recited in times of crisis, on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), fast days in times of threatening calamity, before Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) and every day. This is a fantastic prayer for these trying times where crisis, calamity and tumult abounds.
These Thirteen Attributes of God’s Mercy are said to reveal the inner meaning of God’s Unspeakable Name YHVH (יהוה). The Name of YHVH (יהוה) carries the meaning of both ehyeh (אֶהְיֶה) “Presence” and rachum ve’chanun (רַחוּם וְחַנּוּן) “Mercy and Grace.” Please refer to Exodus 3:14 and Exodus 34:6-7.
The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy are actually thirteen names and descriptions of God, which all refer to His incomparable compassion in various situations. Some of the attributes may appear identical, but they apply to various people in diverse situations.
The Tanach version of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy goes like this: “HASHEM, HASHEM, God, Compassionate and Gracious, Slow to Anger, and Abundant in Kindness and Truth; Preserver of Kindness for thousands of generations, Forgiver of Iniquity, Willful Sin, and Error, and Who Cleanses…” (Exodus 34:5-7). The list of thirteen attributes can vary, so let’s simply look at the version followed by most major commentators:
1. HASHEM – YHVH (יהוה) – The first mention of YHVH indicates that God is merciful to those who don’t deserve it.
2. HASHEM – YHVH (יהוה) – The second mention of YHVH refers to God mercifully accepting repentance even after a person has sinned.
3. God – This Name denotes a particular power that implies a degree of mercy even greater that indicated by the Name YHVH.
4. Compassionate – God eases the punishment of the guilty and does not put people in extreme temptation. The Lord helps people avoid distress.
5. And Gracious – God is gracious even to the undeserving. He saves people from distress once it has overtaken them.
6. Slow to Anger – God is patient with both the righteous and the wicked. He give people time to reflect, improve, and repent instead of punishing sinners immediately.
7. And Abundant in Kindness – God is kind to everyone.
8. And Truth – God never reneges on His Word to reward those who serve Him.
9. Preserver of kindness for thousands of generations – This kindness refers to the good deeds that people have done, which God regards as if they had done Him the kindness. God preserves these deeds of kindness for the benefit of their offspring.
God forgives three categories of sin. Each forgiveness is reckoned as a separate attribute:
10. Iniquity – This is an intentional sin, which God forgives if the sinner repents.
11. Willful Sin – This is a sin that is committed with the intention of angering God. God also forgives this serious transgression with repentance.
12. And Error – This is a sin committed out of apathy or carelessness, which God forgives if the sinner repents.
13. And Who Cleanses – When someone repents, God washes their sin white as the pure-driven snow. However, if one does not repent, God does not cleanse the sin so that it vanishes. God does not whitewash sin for many reasons. One reason is that evildoers would be encouraged to feel secure if they could act with impunity.
Messiah Yeshua is our advocate: “If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1b NKJV). He is our compassionate and merciful High Priest according to the Order of Melchizedek: “He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness… though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, called by God as High Priest ‘according to the Order of Melchizedek’” (Hebrews 5:2, 8-10 NKJV).“For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:16-18 NKJV).
So… when you meditate upon the Thirteen Attributes of God’s Mercy and pray them from the depths of your heart, be sure to have the correct focus on the Author and Perfecter of our faith: “Therefore, since we also have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let’s rid ourselves of every obstacle and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking only at Jesus, the originator and perfecter of the faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrew 12:1-3 NASB).
One of the ascended spiritual gifts is knowing something in your inward being when you spend time in His Presence. I call it an intuitive “knowing in your knower.” A few days ago, I knew in my knower that there is only a little time left to come out of Babylon to not share in her plagues (Revelation 18:1-5).
A great question that sprung out of sharing that there is only a little time left to come out of Babylon to not share her plagues was: “Where do we go to escape?” Or in other words: “How do I come out of Babylon?” The simplest answer is: Yeshua (Jesus). We each need to come into full agreement with the Word of God – Messiah Yeshua – in thought, word, and deed to the best of our ability in order to resonate at His frequency. Another way to put it is that believers need to return to their first love by letting Him have all of you (all you are and all you do), which means that His righteous and just plumb line will measure everything in your life according to His Biblical standards because He loves you and wants the very best for you.
Please don’t forget about the great grace that our Lord and Savior offers in this painful and beautiful quest. Due to the difficulty (sometimes extreme difficulty) of dying to our own carnal nature (i.e., our flesh, ourselves and our own way), I say a delightfully dangerous heartfelt prayer: “I side with you, Lord, even against myself. Teach me your truth and ways.” Additionally, don’t forget about our Helper and Comforter who has been given to lead us into all truth. I would suggest that you add to your prayers a request to the Holy Spirit – His Spirit of Truth – to convict me of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8). This is basically a Davidic heart cry to “search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalms 139:23-24 NKJV), which when fulfilled creates a clean heart and renews a steadfast spirit within (Psalms 51:10).
Know that Yeshua equated coming out of Babylon to laying down Christmas when He visited me in-person; therefore, Babylonian plagues are connected to its practices. Now, He has told you too.
At the time, Yeshua told me in-person to come out of Babylon and lay down Christmas so I could be part of His Pure and Spotless Bride, I loved everything about Christmas; because I had justified any wrong I saw in it by whitewashing the celebration by saying and believing that Jesus was/is the reason for the season. Yet, here He was in the flesh telling me that Christmas grieved His heart and I needed to lay it down to come out of Babylon. Wow! Talk about earth shattering!
I have researched this subject extensively and discerned it with His holy, reverential fear of the Lord. In fact, it took me ten years of full-time research as well as time in His Word and Presence to write a book called “SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up” => https://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159/. Today, I am publicly releasing a new video that covers Chapter 3 “Babylon and Beyond” => https://youtu.be/G5oie9StxhQ. Please share this critical video and message! Coming out of Babylon is vital to surviving and thriving these dark days.
How do you come out of Babylon? Choose your first love above all else. Choose with all that is within you to come out of Babylon; and then, follow through. Choose with all your heart to side with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, even against yourself and your own way. Choose with all your soul to lay down any Babylonian way. Choose with all your strength to side with what Jesus did no matter what (See https://santatizing.wordpress.com/2015/12/02/yeshua-celebrated-hanukkah-not-christmas/). Choose this day to come out of Babylon to not receive her plagues.
The catastrophe of the Golden Calf was precipitated by some very tragic errors. The first (and perhaps the biggest) error was that the people were looking more to the messenger of God – Moses – than to God Himself. Remember that the first commandment of the Big Ten to a Hebrew is to have faith in God’s existence and that He is eternal with complete, unfettered power: “I am HASHEM, your God, who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery” (Exodus 20:2).
The second error was the peoples’ expected outcome didn’t happen, so they turned to themselves and their own desires. When Moses ascended Mount Sinai on the seventh of Sivan, he had told the people that He would be there forty days. The children of Israel had counted the day of Moses ascent as the first of the forty days; however, that’s not what happened. Moses was in God’s Presence on Mount Sinai a full forty days and forty nights, which meant he returned on the seventeenth of Tammuz. Please refer to http://wp.me/p158HG-kH.
When God’s entire nation unanimously and enthusiastically accepted everything that God had said, the Lord told Moses that He would speak to him from the midst of a thick cloud and all the people were able to hear His Divine Voice. Thus, they all knew that Almighty God spoke to Moses. Once the nation agreed to accept God’s Word, the Lord instructed Moses on how the people should prepare. This took place on the fourth of Sivan, which was the first of a three-day waiting period: “HASHEM said to Moses, ‘Go to the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and they shall wash their clothing, Let them be prepared for the third day, for on the third day HASHEM shall descend in the sight of the entire people on Mount Sinai” (Exodus 19:10-11).
The third day in Exodus Chapter 19 was the sixth of Sivan. However, due to the quirkiness of a Hebrew day being sundown to sundown, three full days was the seventh of Sivan, which some believe was the actual day that His Ketubah (Marriage Contract) of the Ten Commandments was given. Heralded by lightening, smoke, fire, shofar blasts and seeing the sound of thunder, God’s Presence descended upon Mount Sinai. The out-of-this-world stage was set for His holy nation of priests. God’s declaration of the Ten Commandments was experienced by millions of people – His people – who had heartily accepted God as their One and Only Beloved.
This marriage of Creator with those created in His image was to be the fulfillment of Creation itself – oneness of heaven and earth. As a result, there would have been no more death. Their mortality would take on immortality: “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’” (1 Corinthians 15:53-54 NKJV).Thus, the world would have reverted to the perfection that existed at the beginning of Creation before The Fall. Alas, this perfected heavenly status on earth did not happen due to the grievous sin of the Golden Calf. Refer to https://santatizing.wordpress.com/2016/12/17/choose-this-day-the-golden-calf-or-his-marriage-contract/ or http://wp.me/p158HG-2m.
With the spiritual downfall of His Bride (i.e., God’s people), Moses was dismissed from his lofty perch in the Messiah – the Word of God – on the mountain of God. The term “revel” in the Exodus 32:6 phrase “The people sat to eat and drink, and they got up to revel,” implies that the people were guilty of three cardinal sins: idolatry, licentiousness (disregarding sexual restraints), and murder. They were copying the worship of the Golden Calf in Egypt where molten images, temple prostitution, and child sacrifice was commonly practiced on the birthday of the sun god, which was the ancient Winter Solstice of December 25th before the Roman shift in time. Here, they had manufactured a literal golden idol, had sex with one another, and had killed Hur who had attempted to restrain them.
We all know the story. When Moses smashed the “Tablets,” he destroyed God’s precious Marriage Contract with His people, which would not have been possible without supernatural enablement. The Sapphire Cubes of the Covenant (Original Ten Commandment Marriage Contract) signified a new and higher stage in God’s peoples standing that would have been reflected in their physical life as well. We are again at this juncture in history, so it would behoove us to pay attention to what stopped heaven overlaying on earth – the third dimension being overlaid with the fifth – the first time.
Never forget that the Ten Commandments in written form by the finger of God represents freedom from the evil inclination and from the Angel of Death. Sinai was Zion on the other side of the Cross of Christ. At Sinai, Is-real had elevated itself by choice to the level of Adam and Eve before they had sinned. Unfortunately, the earlier condition of spiritual and physical weakness returned.
There were three categories of punishment for the sin of the Golden Calf – the Golden Calf Triple. First were the people who were warned by witnesses to not serve any idol and they willfully did so anyway, which was punishable by the sword (Exodus 32:26-28). The radical and righteous tribe of Levites had joined Moses and were for God above their own countrymen. About three thousand men were decapitated that day. Willful idolatry speaks of how it separates the Head of the Messiah Yeshua from His Body: “And not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God” (Colossians 2:19 NKJV). “But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—” (Ephesians 4:15 NKJV).
The second category of punishment for the sin of the Golden Calf was a plague. These were the people who worshiped the Golden Calf intentionally before witnesses, but they were basically clueless. Hebrew Sages say that these people had not been officially warned. However, they must have known in their gut (instinctively), else they would not have been subjected to a plague (Deuteronomy 28:58-59). This is pretty much where the whole wide world is today. Notice that a plague includes His mercy where He gives people time to repent. God’s ultimate desire is that people return (teshuvah) to life and to love and to Him. God’s law of love informs all others: “‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?’Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets’” (Matthew 22:36-40 NKJV).
The third punishment included all the people that vowed at Mount Sinai to marry Him: “Everything that HASHEM has spoken we shall do!” (Exodus 19:8). This group was the unfaithful. Their unfaithfulness was like an adulterous wife, so Moses imposed upon them the test of an accused adulteress – a sotah (Numbers 5:16-28). Please refer to http://wp.me/p158HG-EN. Moses had the unfaithful group drink some special water with which he had mixed in the defiled sparkly dust from the ground-up Golden Calf. This was meant to incite the people to confess their sin and truly turn from their wicked ways. Only those who worshiped the Golden Calf and did not confess their guilt had died like an unrepentant sotah who was guilty.
All of us have gone astray in one way or another, but never forget that we have an incredible Lord and Savior Messiah Yeshua who bore our griefs, our sorrows, our transgressions, our iniquities, our misery and our pain: “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:4-6 NKJV). He is our sin-bearing Messiah who has made a way for the repentant when there was no way.
Don’t let the offering for sin of the soul of our loving Messiah be for naught (Isaiah 53:10-12). Remember that “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9 NKJV).
The Days of Elul – the Season of Teshuvah – will always be connected to the Sacred Cow Catastrophe with Moses laboriously standing in the gap, so God would not wipe out the nation that He took out of Egypt (the world) so they could truly worship Him. Today is the day for repentance: “Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days” (Hosea 3:5 NKJV). “Come, and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.After two days He will revive us;On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight. Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.His going forth is established as the morning;He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth” (Hosea 6:1-3 NKJV).
It is extremely significant that Moses spent the days of Elul, which is our modern day forty-day Season of Teshuvah (Repentance), fasting and writing out his side of the ketubah (marriage contract) to God: “HASHEM said to Moses, “Write these words for yourself,’ for according to these words have I sealed a covenant with you and Israel.’ He remained there with HASHEM for forty days and forty nights – he did not eat bread and he did not drink water – and He wrote on the Tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments” (Exodus 34:27-28 Tanach).
A major way that I will meditate on God’s Word is to slowly write out Scripture, as I am checked in to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I have many journals to testify to this fact. Sometimes we talk and sometimes it’s a telepathic connection, but understand I am not merely interested in words and concepts. My utmost interest is to get to know Yeshua Ha Machiach (Jesus Christ) personally and His beauty-filled ways. It is truly about the ultimate heart and mind connection. One of the most incredible and weighty compliments that the Lord has ever given me is saying: “You are a woman of My Word.” If you peered inside my journals, not only would you see Scripture, but you would also see that I wrote down any revelation that flowed along with various pictures to encapsulate what I comprehended. It is an excellent way to stimulate my recall.
Somehow, I believe that all this was at work when Moses climbed the Mountain of God the second time to get a second chance at the ketabah – the Marriage Contract between God and man. The first time God had gifted the Ten Commandments, which was written by the finger of God on two sapphire cubes. Please refer to https://sapphirethroneministries.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/quantum-pentecost-leap/. These are the “Tablets” that Moses supernaturally broke at the foot of the mountain due to the incident of the Golden Calf: “It happened as he drew near the camp and saw the calf and the dances, that Moses’ anger flared up. He threw down the Tablets from his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain” (Exodus 32:19 Tanach).
The second time the ketubah was not exclusively the handiwork of God. Man – Moses – had to do his part by carving out two stone cubes that God would then inscribe. How critical that there are two sides to any marriage contract. The second ketubah was forged between God and man.
I believe that Moses heartfelt agreement cause him to somehow write these same words, either physically, mentally, or spiritually, as Exodus 34:27 suggests. As Moses wrote the words for his ketubah with God, he deeply meditated upon every jot and tittle written. Moses contemplated what God meant by this word or that, and its connection to other things. Moses also deliberated about what was his part (how could he and his people keep their side of the marriage contract with the Most High God).
Why I say this is, because Moses did not return the same after his second trip up Mount Sinai. Sure. Moses was placed in the cleft of the rock to be shown His Glory, but his encounter with The Rock of Israel would not have happened without Moses personal and deep-felt connection to His Beloved – the Word of God.
We should use this as a template for every Season of Repentance since this was the very first occurrence. After Moses spent forty days and forty nights in God’s Presence in prayer, fasting, writing, and mediation, he was shown God’s Glory and overflowed with His Dwelling Presence (i.e., Shekinah): “When Moses descended from Mount Sinai – with the two Tablets of the Testimony in the hand of Moses as he descended from the mountain – Moses did not know that the skin of his face had become radiant when He had spoken to him” (Exodus 34:29 Tanach).
This Season of Teshuvah let us make it our goal to ascend God’s Mountain to spend so much time in His Word and in His Presence that we fulfill our side of the ketubah with God. Thus, we will be like Moses where we are transcendently sustained and filled with His Shekinah Glory.
One of the main purposes of the Seven Spirits of God is to facilitate righteous justice (judgment) in and through His maturing sons, which culminates in the oneness of His Bride with Christ: “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,The Spirit of counsel and might,The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.His delight is in the fear of the Lord,And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;But WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS HE SHALL JUDGE the poor,And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:2-4 NKJV).
Kingdom righteousness and justice are the foundation and substance for His royal habitation: “RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUSTICE ARE THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR THRONE; Mercy and truth go before Your face.Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance. In Your name they rejoice all day long,And in Your righteousness they are exalted” (Psalms 89:14-16 NKJV). “The Lord reigns;Let the earth rejoice;Let the multitude of isles be glad!Clouds and darkness surround Him; RIGHTOUSNESS AND JUSTICE ARE THE FOUNDATION OF HIS THRONE” (Psalms 97:1-2 NKJV).
The Seven Spirits of God, which are governors and tutors for His precious sons, specifically and uniquely show each believer how they can mature. These seven are intimately involved in the true and righteous judgments of the Lord: “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; THE JUDGMENTS OF THE LORD ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS ALTOGETHER.More to be desired are they than gold,Yea, than much fine gold;Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb” (Psalms 19:9-10 NKJV).
Righteousness and justice are key components for the good inheriting the earth and dwelling in it forever: “Trust in the Lord, and do good;Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord,And He shall give you the desires of your heart.Commit your way to the Lord,Trust also in Him,And He shall bring it to pass.HE SHALL BRING FORTH YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS AS THE LIGHT, AND YOUR JUSTICE AS THE NOONDAY. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;Do not fret—it only causes harm.For evildoers shall be cut off;But those who wait on the Lord,They shall inherit the earth.For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,But it shall be no more.But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. The wicked plots against the just,And gnashes at him with his teeth.The Lord laughs at him, For He sees that his day is coming.The wicked have drawn the swordAnd have bent their bow,To cast down the poor and needy, To slay those who are of upright conduct.Their sword shall enter their own heart,And their bows shall be broken.A little that a righteous man hasIs better than the riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,But THE LORD UPHOLDS THE RIGHTEOUS. The Lord knows the days of the upright,And their inheritance shall be forever.They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.But the wicked shall perish; And the enemies of the Lord,Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.Into smoke they shall vanish away.The wicked borrows and does not repay,But THE RIGHTEOUS SHOWS MERCY AND GIVES. FOR THOSE BLESSED BY HIM SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH, But those cursed by Him shall be cut off.The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,And He delights in his way.Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;For the Lord upholds him with His hand.I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,Nor his descendants begging bread.He is ever merciful, and lends;And his descendants are blessed.Depart from evil, and do good;And dwell forevermore.For THE LORD LOVES JUSTICE, And does not forsake His saints;They are preserved forever,But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL INHERIT THE LAND, AND DWELL IN IT FOREVER” (Psalms 37:3-29 NKJV).
Let us be blessed like the Father of Faith – Abraham – who was intimately acquainted with God Most High, Possessor of Heaven and Earth (Gen. 14:22). Let us keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and righteousness (Gen. 18:19)!
Did you know that there is no Biblical Pattern for the entire “Church” being raptured?
Because the rapture theory… Yes, I said, “theory”… Because the rapture theory currently taught by most of Christianity is an educated guess. It is not Scriptural the way we have been taught it, for two reasons:  Only two people were taken by God to heaven before they died – Elijah and Enoch – not their families, nor their tribes, nor their nation. Just them, because of their walk with God pleased Him.  The rapture theory is escapism, which bypasses people’s need to be fully transformed into the Messiah’s image on earth.
It is super significant that there are only two instances in Scripture where God took a human to be with Him before they died: Enoch and Elijah.
Most everyone knows the wonderful story of Elijah being taking up to heaven in a chariot of fire (II Kings 2:11). Please study this for yourself.
Most everyone also knows of the incredible and mysterious story of Enoch’s walk pleasing God so much that he was supernaturally taken by God from among the people-group of The Flood: “So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Genesis 5:23-24 NKJV). “He answered, ‘Because I am Enoch the son of Jared. When the people-group of the flood sinned and did confuse things, they said to Yahweh, ‘Leave us, we don’t want to know about you,’ then the Sacred One – may He be blessed – removed me from them to be a witness against them in the high heavens to all the inhabitants of earth, so that they wouldn’t say, ‘The Merciful One is cruel.’” (III Enoch 4 – Excerpt). I go into much detail about this in STM’s “Enoch Walker’s Transformation” video => https://youtu.be/qEmmMjnz1Wc.
These two men, who were taken by God before they died, had lived sold-out lives. They endeavored to please the Lord at all times: “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:5-6 NKJV).
Then we have the escaptology of the rapture. There is no escapism in Scripture that I can find, which allows God’s people to avoid their need to be fully transformed into the Messiah’s image on earth. If you study the modern theory (i.e., doctrine) of the rapture, you will discover that it was literally made up in the 1830s by John Nelson Darby after Miss Margaret McDonald had some visions where she saw Jesus Christ appearing in two stages during His second coming. This means that the “rapture” theory is not even two-hundred years old. Personally, I believe that Miss MacDonald’s visions were accurate, but not their interpretation. When I say that I disagree with the escaptology rapture theory, I am not eliminating the possibility (probability) of people being refined into the image of Christ and being taken by God like Enoch.
Most people who believe in the rapture believe that it includes everyone who has accepted Messiah Yeshua as Lord and Savior… no matter how these people have lived their lives and if their lives please God, or not. The “rapture” does not take into account His people need to press toward the goal of the upward call in Christ Jesus to abound in the work of the Lord in order to be formed into His image. Therefore, this does not fit the pattern for the two people who were taken by God to heaven before they died. The ultimate cost to the upward call of God in Christ Jesus is counting all things in this material world as loss to gain oneness with Messiah Yeshua.
“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. … For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:8-15,20-21 NKJV).
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (I Corinthians 3:17-18 NKJV).
“However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell 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 trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’ ‘ODeath, where is your sting?O Hades, where is your victory?’ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (I Corinthians 15:46-58 NKJV).
The reason I keep coming back to this subject is that if the rapture does not happen how most Christians think it will, most will be distraught and disheartened, even suicidal. May it never be. Escapism is not the answer. Engagement is. We all need to have the heart and mind to carry on to the utmost for His highest. Not only does the world need Christ in you, the hope of glory (the harvest is ripe); but you need to be faithful to allow the Lord to form you into His own image. How do we do this? The simplest formula that I have come up with for my own life is first love and serve God; and then, love and serve all humanity. Choose to be humble and teachable every day; and seek to do the perfect will of the Father, like Yeshua did (John 5:19).
Who are these 144000? To the Jew first… Refer to Romans 1:16-17. Revelation 7:1-8 reveals who the 144000 first fruits are. These are the ones who will receive their spiritual (immortal) bodies first. There are twelve thousand from every Tribe of Israel listed in Revelation 7:4-8 and they cover the broadest spectrum possible. Please refer to https://sapphirethroneministries.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/144000-virgin-company/.
There are many more parts of the Bride of Christ. The 144000 of Revelation 7:4-8 are simply the firstfruits. They are simply first to arise and shine. These 144000 Firstfruits have already been told who they are and were sovereignly chosen to be so. They also have had the free choice to continually choose to be counted among these 144000, which has not been easy. It has been an extremely difficult, crucifying, refining walk. That is one reason I call the Bride of the Messiah His “Fire Bride.”
Just know that many others beyond the 144000 Firstfruits will follow according to our Heavenly Father’s good pleasure and perfect will, because He knows those who have allowed themselves to be refined into the image of Christ (Job 23:10). No one will be able to fake this (make it up), just like no other person from the generations of the Flood could fake being taken by God, like Enoch, and returning to earth for a time. Bridal lovers of the Most High God will be known as Enoch Walkers. For more on this subject, check out Sapphire Throne Ministries latest video release: “Enoch Walker’s Transformation” => https://youtu.be/qEmmMjnz1Wc.
Although I expect the global cabal will try to say that aliens took the 144000 and others, this will be difficult to do because the 144000 Transformed Ones and those who follow in smaller groups at various times will be among those on earth working on behalf of humanity according to the perfect will of the Father. It will literally be the worst of times and best of times.
In many ways, it really does not matter if you are pre-trib, mid-trib, or post-trib. All that matters is if you are surrendered to the One True Living God, and willing to live and move and have your being in Him come what may. Set your heart to be humble and teachable before Him. Set your mind to choose Him and His perfect will no matter what. Hold everything loosely, except the Holy Three in One (the Echad) – The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit – and allow Him to refine you into His very image. And… know that you are what this world has been groaning for (Romans 8:22).
Today, Sapphire Throne Ministries (STM) is releasing a new video to the public for equipping of His saints according to the Order of Melchizedek. It is deeper revelation from the School of the Firmament series. This one is called “Enoch Walker’s Transformation” => https://youtu.be/qEmmMjnz1Wc.
We build from the basics during this fifth class, as we partake of the fresh manna provided in all the School of the Firmament classes. Join us as we explore Enoch’s translation, transfiguration, and transformation as a type-n-shadow for what the Lord is going to do in this Kingdom Day with His Enoch Walkers.
Metatron is not only the ascended and transformed state of Enoch the son of Jared; but it is, and will be, the ascended state of the Messiah’s Fire Bride as well. You see Metatron is simply the perfect image of our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ), or in other words, the undifferentiated state [no difference] state of the Messiah. Remember that Yeshua is the Head while those made into the exact image of Jesus are His multi-membered Body. There are many levels of maturity in the Messiah’s Body; but only those who manifestly join Yeshua, as one, in holy matrimony and are 100-percent like Him are part of Metatron – the Metatron Oneness Matrix. Enoch is the first fruit of the firstfruits who will be taken by God in order for their mortality to take on immortality (I Cor. 15:53).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the Lamb who has the Seven Spirits of God, which is the nature of Christ. “And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth” (Revelation 5:6 NKJV). “There shall come forth a rod from thestem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,The Spirit of counsel and might,The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:1-2 NKJV).
Ask any scientist. Seven colors make up the components of light: red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, indigo and violet. Condensed the seven-fold spectrum of color is LIGHT, Yeshua was aware of the seven colors that make up light when He declared: “I am the Light of the World” (John 8:12).
Notice in Revelation 4:5 it says that there were/are “seven lamps of fire burning BEFORE the throne, which are the Seven Spirits of God.” Just as the Hebrew Living Letters are to the Word of God, so are the Seven Spirits of God to the Holy Spirit. These Seven Spirits are given to mature everyone made in God’s own image into the fullness of that image – Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ). These glorious rainbow-colored spirits are our governors and tutors: “Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father: (Galatians 4:1-2 KJV). Therefore, before we can approach God’s Throne, we must allow the Seven Spirit of God to teach us how to be one with the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).
To be fully transformed into the image of Messiah Yeshua, we must become completely possessed by the life of God, as was originally designed. Our high calling of God in Christ Jesus is to walk in the fullness of God bodily: “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death;If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. …I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:10-11,14 KJV). “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power” (Colossians 2:6-9 NKJV).
As we progressively are washed by the water of the Word (Yeshua), we are cleansed, refreshed, and transformed. When we have come into the complete 100-percent fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ, we will walk like Yeshua walked with the divine seven-fold nature of Christ.
“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. And the Lord said to Satan, ‘The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?’ Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, ‘Take away the filthy garments from him.’ And to him He said, ‘See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.’ And I said, ‘Let them put a clean turban on his head.’ So they put a clean turban on his head [mind of Christ], and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the Lord stood by. Then the Angel of the Lord admonished Joshua, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “If you will walk in My ways, and if you will keep My command, Then you shall also judge My house, and likewise have charge of My courts; I will give you places to walk among these who stand here. Hear, O Joshua, the high priest, You and your companions who sit before you, for they are awondrous sign; For behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the BRANCH. For behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua: Upon the stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave its inscription,” Says the Lord of hosts, “And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. In that day,” says the Lord of hosts, “Everyone will invite his neighbor under his vine and under his fig tree.” ’ ” (Zechariah 3:1-10 NKJV).
Here’s to being crowned with the Seven Spirits of God!