Our blissful “Dwelling Presence: Online Interactive Conference” will be held on weekdays beginning on Monday, November 29 and goes through December 10, 2021 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM MST (Denver, CO USA).
The Lord’s Worship-filled Presence is featured, as bridal hearts fellowship together to explore the mysteries of purity, righteousness, holiness, and truth. Bring your inquisitive mind; because all questions are welcome. We are especially excited to celebrate Hanukkah during our first week together.
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Written October 14, 2021 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source. Blessings!
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This morning, as I spent time communing with our Beloved, He revealed to me that His miraculous provision of manna came upon the surface of the earth when the Pillar of Fire transformed back into the Pillar of Cloud in the wilderness. It came with the refreshing mist of His glory every day, except for the Sabbath.
Let’s back up a little to review several miracles connected to the gathering of manna. First, manna was collected in the morning before sunrise. Only those alive during the wilderness wanderings can attest to the exact time when the nightly Pillar of Fire turned back into the Pillar of Cloud by day; but I would bet that its transition signaled when to go collect their manna. God’s people had to be closely watching the water and fire signs of His Presence for their sustenance; and they had to be prompt. In spite of the hard substance of the manna, it melted in the sun approximately a half hour after sunrise. The Lord showed me many moons ago that the manna being cushioned between two layers of dew was a miniature reminder of the Golden Ark of the Presence situated in the Holy of Holies. Just as a wooden box was surrounded by two golden boxes in the Ark of the Covenant, so was the bread from heaven – manna – surrounded by two layers of the dew of the morning.
The name “manna” is said to have originated with the question: “What is it?” (Exodus 16:15). It was said to be like white coriander seed and tasted like honey (Exodus 16:31). Manna descended for forty years in the wilderness until the Israelites arrived in Gilgal on the 14th of Nisan (Joshua 5:10-12). This is when the Children of Israel began to eat the grain grown in that area. To preserve the memory of the miraculous manna, Aaron was told to put one omer of manna in a vessel and lay it before the Ark of His Presence(Exodus 16:32-34). How significant that the Bread from Heaven was laid before the Ark of the Covenant as a testimony. It was an awesome preview of a more awe-inspiring coming attraction.
The Children of Israel were instructed to gather exactly one omer of manna for every person, which is equivalent to the volume of 43.2 eggs (Exodus 16:16). On Friday morning, they had to collect twice the amount of manna, because the sustaining manna could not be found on the earth during His Seventh Day Sabbath (Exodus 16:22). God’s people were instructed to eat their daily manna bread the day that they gathered it, else they would have a rotten, worm-infested mess to deal with (Exodus 16:20). However, the double portion of manna gathered on Friday, remained supernaturally fresh for His Sabbath, as a sign and a wonder pointing to the Lord of the Sabbath – Messiah Yeshua: “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread also which I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh” (John 6:51 NASB). Never ever forget that Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) is our Sabbath Rest, and we are His.
We can see the Godhead of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit working together to provide the life-giving sustenance of the manna. The Pillar of Fire can be seen as a glorious manifestation of the tongues of fire Holy Spirit (Acts 2:3-4). Our Beautiful Heavenly Father spoke to Moses out of the Pillar of Cloud (Exodus 33:9), and Messiah Yeshua was and is the literal Bread of Life that comes down out of heaven (John 6).
Therefore, let us join the Cloud of His Presence where there is fullness of joy and peace. Let us be one with the cloud. Let us become inter-dimensional. Let us be one with His cloud that overshadows the earth with the heart of the Father. It’s a blanket of ONE. It’s a covering of LOVE. It’s a layer of His precious blood. Let the One Love (of The Blood) be a blanket expression of the Father’s Love. It’s a new day! Come into the new frequency and sounds of the Golden Ark of His Presence. Within is the gateway to the Bread of Life. Drop down golden dust of manna. Drop down righteousness. See the gold dust turn to diamonds… a spirit of innocence, expectancy, and delight. Receive. Receive your golden new nature of transformation. See your DNA turn gold. There’s a new wind blowing through the Ark… a wind that applies His Word. The Golden Ark of His Presence itself transforms. Instead of releasing gold dust from the yellow golden Ark, His Ark starts rotating with a bridal veil where the falling gold dust used to be. Walk through the bridal veil. It’s a mystery. Selah. For behold, through the bridal veil hanging from His Golden Ark of His Presence is a new entrance into His golden mountain. Arise. Go within the Holy of Holies into the Golden Ark of His Presence. Let YHVH bust open everything that confines. Be transformed and let it rain golden manna dust wherever you go!
The Feast of Tabernacles is known by the name Sukkot in Hebrew. It calls to remembrance the supernatural journey of His redeemed people in the wilderness. The word “sukkot” (סוכות) is the plural form of the Hebrew word “sukkah” (סוכה), which is any temporary structure, like a booth, hut, or tent. The purpose for erecting a flimsy structure during this week-long festival that we are told to “live in” for seven days is to make us ask ourselves questions like: Where is my shelter? Where is my refuge? Who is my dwelling place?
“My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah” (Psalms 62:5-8 NKJV).
Another purpose of erecting a temporary structure during Sukkot is to reminds us of the miraculous journey of the people who were taken out of Egypt (i.e., the world) to worship the One True God. What is so important about this in this Kingdom Day is we are again at that crossover place where the world is being judged by His Destroyer and His people are being released to worship our Heavenly Father in Spirit and in Truth, as they are supernaturally sustained by Him.
Moses was called the Welder of the Destroyer; because it appeared as if the Lost Prince of Egypt commanded the Destroyer. In this Kingdom Day, there is a Moses Company who abides in the Secret Place of the Most High; and thus, they only do/ say/ decree/ command/ etc. whatever they see the Heavenly Father doing – His perfect will (John 5:19). This is causing a righteous agreement on earth, as it is in heaven. Therefore, once again, we will witness water turning red, like blood, from iron-oxide in the atmosphere. Once again, we will encounter the enemy of God’s People – Pharaoh’s Army – being taken out by massive amounts of water. Once again, the lineage of the wicked seed (i.e., the first-born) will be wiped out by the Destroyer: “For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow The Destroyer to come into your houses to strike you” (Exodus 12:23 NKJV). It is extremely significant that our protection is still the Blood of the Lamb.
The cataclysmic process that destroyed many civilizations before is now active. When Egypt was destroyed, the whole earth went through a transformation, including God’s people who were protected in a seemingly desolate wasteland called the wilderness in a refreshing mist of His glory.
Just remember that our Sukkahs during Sukkot are reminders of miraculously surviving and being supernaturally sustained in the midst of great tribulation. “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). Our temporary shelters are a reminder of how God lovingly and tenderly cared for the Israelites, as they journeyed through the dangers of the desert. He will do the same in this hour.
The children of Israel supernaturally survived their wilderness experience, because God provided clothes, shoes, food, water, shade, and pest control for them: “Now Moses called all Israel and said to them: “You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land— the great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders. Yet the Lord has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day. And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet. You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or similar drink, that you may know that I am the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 29:2-6 NKJV).
Hebrew history records that their sandals and clothes did not wear out for forty years, as they wandered in the wilderness protected by the Pillar of Cloud by day and the Pillar of Fire by night. “Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, ‘Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.’ So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt. … And the Lord went before them by day in a Pillar of Cloud to lead the way, and by night in a Pillar of Fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. He did not take away the Pillar of Cloud by day or the Pillar of Fire by night from before the people” (Exodus 13:17-18,21-22 NKJV).
The Pillar of Fire kept them warm during frigid nights, gave them light, and kept all evil forces away – insects, animals, humans and otherwise. The Pillar of Cloud not only provided shade in the scorching heat; but also protection from snakes, scorpions, and the like. This same Pillar of Cloud – the Cloud of His Presence – supernaturally sustained their clothes and shoes, provided food – manna – that descended for forty years and was collected before sunrise as well as met with Moses: “And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the Pillar of Cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses: (Exodus 33:9 NKJV).
All this to say that God will once again supernaturally sustain and protect His people: “Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalms 55:22).
Tonight, at sundown, begins Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) for the majority worldwide. Since the Lord has told me that all of man’s calendar calculations are off, I choose to join the most widely held dates for all the Biblical Feasts of the Lord, as part of the One New Man in the Messiah. Remember that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Himself says: “These are My feasts” (Leviticus 23:2).
In the past, when God’s people have lost their way and sought to rebuild their ancient ruins, the Feast of Tabernacles figured prominently. For example, when Israel assembled with King Solomon at this Feast with the purpose of bringing the Ark of the Covenant into Solomon’s Temple, the Cloud of God’s Glory overwhelmingly saturated the House of the Lord so much that the priests could not continue to minister (1 Kings 8). Another prominent example is found in Nehemiah Chapter 8 where we find a contingent of Israelites who had returned from their time of Babylonian captivity. Please note that the Persians are featured due to conquering the Babylonians.
When King Cyrus arose to rule the Persian Kingdom, he decreed that the Jewish People be allowed to return to their land to rebuild their Temple. He even provided supplies for the huge project. The first ecstatic group of Hebrew returnees were determined to rebuild God’s Temple in Jerusalem and restore it to its former glory. They were 42,360 strong (Ezra 2:64). To the accompaniment of the Levite orchestra and cries of joy from the devout onlookers, the foundation of the Temple was immediately laid (Ezra 3:10-13). Their exhilaration was short-lived. The other inhabitants of the Promise Land felt threatened by the sudden mass migration, and they bribed officials to delay the construction of the Temple until the reign of Cyrus had ended.
This stalled state remained unchanged until Darius took over as the next Persian King. Two of God’s Prophets – Haggai and Zechariah – received instructions to command the Hebrews – the ones who have crossed over – to resume construction of the Temple in the second year of Darius’ reign. Zerubbabel (i.e., Nehemiah) and Yeshua ben Yehozadak headed up the rebuilding effort (Ezra 5:1).
When news reached Babylon that the Temple’s construction had been completed, King Artaxerxes commissioned Ezra to lead a mass migration to Israel and to enforce God’s commandments there. Ezra tried to muster his brethren’s return to Eretz Yisrael, but his words went mostly unheeded with the majority remaining in Babylon. Undeterred, Ezra gathered 1500 faithful freedom fighters and set out for Israel with much gold and silver for the Temple’s construction as well as ample provisions of wheat, wine, oil, and salt from the Persian King (Ezra 7:9).
Once Ezra arrived in Jerusalem, he was grieved over the poor spiritual state of the remnant in Israel. They had lost their way. Devastated, Ezra tore his clothes and sat the entire day in mourning. After the evening sacrifice was brought, Ezra got up and began to pray loudly to the Most High God. He wept asking for forgiveness for the sins of his people (Ezra 9). A crowd slowly gathered to watch his heartfelt pleas. Ezra’s genuine tears moved them to cry along with him lamenting over their sins (Ezra 10:1). Then Shechaniah ben Jehiel stepped forward to ask Ezra to lead them in returning to God and his service (Ezra 10:2-4). Immediately, Ezra set up a group of officers for this purpose.
Afterwards, Ezra sent out a proclamation throughout the land to summon all the Hebrews who had ascended to Israel from Babylon to gather in Jerusalem in three days (Ezra 10:5-8). On the appointed day, the people huddled in smaller groups, as they were pelted by a powerful rainstorm. They were washed by the water of the Word of God when Ezra spoke. He encouraged them to the better ways of the Lord after Ezra spoke of their misdeeds.
One of the immediate results was to keep the joyous Feast of Tabernacles with such a fervor that had not been seen since the successor of Moses – Joshua ben Nun: “Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded Israel. … And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. Then all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen!’ while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. … and the Levites, helped the people to understand the Law; and the people stood in their place. So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading. And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep.’ For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’ So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, ‘Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.’ And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoice greatly, because they understood the words that were declared to them. Now on the second day the heads of the fathers’ houses of all the people, with the priests and Levites, were gathered to Ezra the scribe, in order to understand the words of the Law. And they found written in the Law, which the Lord had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in boothsduring the feast of the seventh month, and that they should announce and proclaim in all their cities and in Jerusalem, saying, ‘Go out to the mountain, and bring olive branches, branches of oil trees, myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written.’ Then the people went out and brought them and made themselves booths, each one on the roof of his house, or in their courtyards or the courts of the house of God, and in the open square of the Water Gate and in the open square of the Gate of Ephraim. So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun until that day the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very great gladness. Also day by day, from the first day until the last day, he read from the Book of the Law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day there was a sacred assembly, according to the prescribed manner” (Nehemiah 8:1, 5-18 NKJV).
We would do well to remember in our day how Ezra encouraged God’s remnant with the reading the Word publicly to reacquaint them with the One who loves them and wants the best for them, and now you know the context of the famous line “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10) is God’s remnant keeping the Feast of Tabernacles after being convicted and cleansed of their sins. Therefore, let us all hear, understand, and party at the Lord’s Sukkot Table. Let all of His Dwelling Places – you and I – celebrate the King of Kings! Let’s all do what Jesus did, as prescribed in His Word.
Every year the Days of Awe begins with Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) and ends with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). The Days of Awe (yamim nora’im) are the final ten days of the annual forty-day Season of Repentance; thus, they are known as Aseret Yemei Teshuvah (עֲשֶׂרֶת יְמֵי תְּשׁוּבָה) – the Ten Days of Repentance.
What I find so interesting is that the Feast of Trumpets is also called the Day of Judgment – Yom Ha Din (יוֹם הַדִּין) – while Yom Kippur is called the Day of Mercies – Yom Ha Rachamim (יוֹם הָרַחֲמִים).
During the Day of Judgment, we rejoice with each other and celebrate the King of Kings. We eat special foods, and we listen to God’s Trumpet – His clarion call. A clarion call is a clear and shrill cry from His battle trumpet. It’s a call to action to war from His place of rest.
We don’t approach the Judge during His Day of Judgement; but our One True God and King, as His royal children. This may seem counterintuitive until one examines and understands the Hebrew Word Picture for the word “judge” – dan (דָּן). The Hebrew Living Letter combination of DALET-NUN communicates that when we see the judge, we see the Door of Life – Yeshua (Jesus). Therefore, when the Judge of all the earth is summoned, we must first realize that Messiah Yeshua took upon Himself our judgment through the Cross, so we can find and receive His infinite mercy and help in time of need: “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16 NKJV).
Seated upon the Throne of Grace is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords whose robe is dipped in blood and His Name is the Word of God. We can either obey the author of eternal salvation (Hebrew 5:8-10), or we can be ruled by His rod of iron (Revelation 19:11-16). It is our choice.
Yom Kippur is not only called the Day of Mercies, but it is known as holiest day of the year – Yom ha Kodesh (יוֹם הַקָּדוֹשׁ). No wonder that it’s the climax of the 40-day Season of Repentance (teshuvah). “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy” (Psalms 33:18 NKJV).
Most Bible-believing Jews celebrate the Day of Atonement starting at sundown September 15 through sundown September 16, 2021. I choose to join them on this day to act as a bridge for the One New Man in Christ (Messiah) in the Spirit. Therefore, on this holiest Day of Mercies, let us remember the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy prayer that God taught Moses with our focus on the author and perfecter of our faith. Please refer to https://sapphirethroneministries.wordpress.com/2021/09/08/thirteen-attributes-of-mercy/.
Let us remember His tender mercies and loving kindness, as it is written: “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. REMEMBER, O LORD, YOUR TENDER MERCIES AND YOUR LOVINGKINDNESSES, FOR THEY ARE FROM OF OLD. Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; ACCORDING TO YOUR MERCY REMEMBER ME, FOR YOUR GOODNESS SAKE, O LORD. Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. ALL THE PATHS OF THE LORD ARE MERCY AND TRUTH, TO SUCH AS KEEP HIS COVENANT AND HIS TESTIMONIES” (Psalms 25:1-10 NKJV).
Always remember that the righteous kings and priest made after the Order of Melchizedek trust in the Lord Most High and it is through His mercies that we will not be moved (Psalms 21:7). Therefore, let us sing of the power and mercy of our Strength. Let us praise our Refuge in the day of trouble. Let us give our Stronghold – the God of Mercy – all the glory due His Name.
Please recall that YHVH’s mercy was disclosed through His Names after the fateful sin of the Golden Calf (Exodus 34:6-7). These Thirteen Attributes of God’s Mercy foretold of the Merciful One’s once-for-all sacrifice on the Cross. Just as the second set of tablets (cubes) took the place of the shattered ones, so is Messiah Yeshua the manifestation of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy (middot rachamim). It is through our glorious Messiah that “mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed” (Psalms 85:10 NKJV).
“Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way” (Psalms 2:12). Embrace His discipline. Serve the LORD with fear. Rejoice with trembling. Blessed are all who trust His truth. His mercy and His lovingkindness, which are better than life. And, may you meet Him face-to-face and may you be written in the Book of Life!
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.
 SHIN – Shiviti Adonai (שִׁוִּיתִי יְהוָה) – “I have set the LORD always before me” (Psalms 16:8).
 VAV – Va‘ahavta lere’akha (וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ) – “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18).
 BET – Bekhol derakekha (בְּכָל־דְּרָכֶיךָ) – “In all your ways know Him” (Proverbs 3:6).
 HEY – Higid lekha (הִגִּיד לְךָ) – “Walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
Therefore, the act of repentance can be basically summed up by the two greatest commandments : “Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, ‘Which is the first commandment of all?’ Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these’” (Mark 12:28-31 NKJV).
Therefore, to return or to turn to God, a person must focus on setting the LORD always before you by being wholehearted before God, by acknowledging Him in all your ways, and by walking humbly with your God. This will then enable you to love your neighbor as yourself; and thus, you will be more than a conqueror. You will be operating in the world’s greatest power – love:
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39 NKJV).
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah is God’s spiritual child and has been fathered by God himself. And everyone who loves Father God loves his children as well. This is how we can be sure that we love the children of God: by having a passionate love for God and by obedience to His commands. True love for God means obeying His commands, and His commands don’t weigh us down as heavy burdens. You see, every child of God overcomesthe world, for our faith is the victorious power that triumphs over the world. So who are the world conquerors, defeating its power? Those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:1-3 TPT).
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).
The Days of Elul begin sundown on August 7, 2021, which marks the beginning of a 40-day Season of Repentance (teshuvah). This is a time to return home. This is a time to get one’s spiritual house in order by seeking His face and humbling oneself in the sight of the Lord with a broken and contrite heart (II Chronicles 7:14; James 4:6,10; Psalms 34:17-19).
Significantly, God relented due to Moses pleading for grace, grace, grace for His people. Once Moses attained God’s favor, he ascended God’s Mountain on Rosh Chodesh Elul – the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul – and he descended forty days later on tenth day of Tishri, which concludes on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Due to the incredible forgiveness God granted to His set-apart nation for the grievous sin of the Golden Calf, the Hebrews sometimes call the Season of Repentance – Yemei Ratzon (יְמֵי רָצוֹן) – “Days of Favor.”
The whole wide world is need of this kind of forgiveness and favor again in our day. Not only do the vast majority of God’s people literally repeat the worship of the Golden Calf annually; but few humble themselves, pray and seek His face with the purpose of turning from their wicked ways.
I urge everyone to not let this divine opportunity pass you by. Perhaps, this Season of Repentance could be your last chance in the land of the living to restore your broken relationship with God and your fellow man.
Remember that each and every one of our days are in the hands of the Lord, and He protects those He considers righteous. Just do not make the mistake of assuming you are righteous. That is what deluded people do. The problem is that we don’t know if we are deluded or deceived until we have had our light bulb moment, which seems to happen once we have chosen to humble ourselves, or after some difficult life circumstances have humbled us. Refer to https://sapphirethroneministries.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/time-of-testing-exposure/.
The essential ingredient for the solution to deception is humility, which means destroying your own wall of self-protection. You can choose to simply humble yourself by truly asking the Lord if He considers you righteous and wait for His answer. Or, you can seek the Lord, like King David did, and ask God to search your heart to see if there be any wicked way in me: “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 134:23-24 NKJV).
I know way too many people that believe that they are righteous when, in fact, they are not… and they are even leading others astray. Self-deception need arrogance (pride) to be kept in place; therefore, the solution is always choosing to be humble and teachable before God and man with a repentant heart.
Today is day that life and death as well as blessings and curses are set before us. Let us each choose this day whom we will serve – the Most High God or ourselves (Deuteronomy 30:14-20).
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down;Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture,And the sheep of His hand.Today, if you will hear His voice:‘Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,as in the day of trial in the wilderness, when your fathers tested Me;They tried Me, though they saw My work.For forty years I was grieved with that generation,’ And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts,And they do not know My ways.’So I swore in My wrath,‘They shall not enter My rest.’” (Psalms 95:6-11 NKJV).
Let us enter our Promise Land, which is our Sabbath Rest who is our Maker. Never forget that He is our Sabbath rest, and we are His. His favor is for life (Psalms 30:5)!