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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Recently, the Lord provided the opportunity to discern several hundred believers who were considered devout. We were amazed and sadden to see His heart grieve over the majority of them falling away. Messiah Yeshua revealed to us that “the falling away” of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is happening right now.
Let us take a closer look at “the falling away.” Since the “love of the truth” saves us from believing a lie where we buy into strong delusion and unrighteous deception, let us first examine His Word which is truth (John 17:15-17).
“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless THE FALLING AWAY COMES FIRST, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 NKJV).
Second Thessalonians chapter 2 is part of Paul’s midrash on the Book of Daniel. A midrash goes into Scripture and grabs principles, understanding, and concepts. The Apostle Paul’s midrash on Daniel begins in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; and then continues in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 where he repeats things spoken about in Daniel chapters 8,11, and 12.
“The falling away” in verse three of Second Thessalonians is the Greek word apostasia (i.e., apostasy), which means a falling away, a defection from the Truth, an abandonment of The Way, and/or simply a rebellious stand.
Who are these who fall away? Verse ten of Second Thessalonians clearly states: “those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” The love of truth is offered to everyone as a free gift. Whatever we love, we can’t get enough of it, whether it is truth, money, power, etc. If we love truth, we will seek and find it. Even though “truth” will take an eternity to know, we can know truth by know Messiah Yeshua – the Way and the Truth and the Life who is the Word full of grace and truth. He is the Word of God that is Ultimate Eternal Truth.
God Himself is not only allowing the strong delusion to those who do not love the truth, but he is sending it: “And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie: (2 Thessalonians 2:11). That word “send” is the Greek word pempō, which means to send one home to where they are comfortable. God is basically giving people the delusion that they want.
It is not too late! You can choose by your will to love the truth, which in essence is Messiah Yeshua Himself. However, know that you will have to then seek Him and His perfect heart, perfect will, and perfect ways; and then, follow through with obedience to the dictates of His beautiful heart: “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” (Hebrews 5:8-9 NKJV).
May you love the truth that sets you and all mankind and the world free!
What if I told you that the phrase “the dead in Christ will rise first” is probably not what you were taught?
From my time spent in God’s Presence, I perceive that much of the Church’s end-time eschatology is off; therefore, I hold all end-time things loosely to let the Father, Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit clarify these looming and unfolding realities. I don’t claim to be an end-time expert by any means. I simply report what I see, hear, or perceive, as I focus on our Heavenly Father’s perfect will and heart, like Yeshua did (John 5:19). This morning I got a heavenly download when I read the phrase “the dead in Christ will rise first” (I Thessalonians 4:16).
Most of us have been taught that “the dead” are those people who have died and gone to heaven, but that is not what the Lord told me. “The dead” in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 is referring to those who have completely died to their carnal nature, or in other words completely died to their flesh.
Please allow me to back up a bit to give you some context. I was beginning to write an article, which sought to help clarify what Frances Sturgill articulated: “I am convinced the Bride/Remnant/144,000 will leave first according to Matthew 25:6. Their garment is white and free from every wrinkle and spot. It took years of service, suffering, and trips to the threshing floor to mold us into the vessel worthy to be used for His purpose. And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to ALL the nations, and then the END will come… Matthew 24:14. But after those days, AFTER the tribulation….then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds of great glory and power… Mark 13:24,26. Those that did NOT die to their flesh before the Bride leaves will need to go thru enough of the tribulation until they have died to themselves. One of the first things the Harvest Workers will do is help them continue their trek up His Holy Mountain. To God be the glory, great things He has done. Selah.” Refer to https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=4580861435286274&set=a.101114149927714/.
I wrote: “Initially, only a remnant will arise and be transformed, like Enoch. Technically, this is not part of the rapture; because they will continue to work, as one with the Head – Christ – as part of the Messiah’s Fully Mature Body, on behalf of the redemption of mankind. These are who the author – Frances Sturgill – are calling the Bride/Remnant/144,000. They can also be called the First Fruits of Revelation 14:4, or the Barley Harvest. This 144000 Bridal Remnant are sovereignly chosen by God Himself; and this remnant contains 12000 from every Tribe of the Children of Israel listed in Revelation 7:4-8, which covers the widest spectrum possible. Please refer to https://sapphirethroneministries.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/144000-virgin-company/ and https://sapphirethroneministries.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/key-to-the-144000/. By the way, they continually have the freewill to either be counted among the 144000 Bridal Remnant, or not. Some have walked away, or chosen not to be part of this First Fruits Bridal Company. See https://sapphirethroneministries.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/144000-will-rise-first/. Many times, I call them the Heavenly 144000, because the Lord has shown me that there is an earthly 144000 too. We have been told (when focused on the perfect will of the Father) that the Heavenly 144000 and Earthly 144000 are the two witnesses of Revelation 11 fame.
The rest of overcoming believers in Christ will follow this Enoch pattern of arising and being transformed after they have continually walked with God and have joined Him in purifying themselves to the point where they have completely died to their flesh. The ultimate purpose of mankind’s sojourn on earth is to re-mold us back into His image, as we were created… in the beginning (Genesis 1:26-27), except reaching full maturity this time. The Lord will determine when each of His precious souls are ready, so make the most of every opportunity to become like Messiah Yeshua. Let me re-iterate this last point, only God knows when a person is ready to be wholly clothed in white. Smaller groups of Enoch Walkers will arise and shine at various times at the Lord’s call.
The tribulation will be the refiner’s fire for those not marked by God Himself as part of the Heavenly 144000 Firstfruits. The Lord’s ultimate purpose of these extremely difficult end-times (such as the world has never seen) is to prepare His pure and spotless Bride. NOTE: The Heavenly 144000 Firstfruits did not miss out on His refiner’s fire. They have already done what it took to stay in the hottest part of His flame of love in order to come forth as gold (Job 23:10).”
That is the context for being told by the Lord that “the dead in Christ will rise first” in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 are those who have attained the state of being completely dead to their flesh. Also, when I read the phrase “concerning those who have fallen asleep” in 1 Thessalonians 4:13, the Holy Spirit reminded me that all the virgins (who represent Christ’s Church) were asleep when their Bridegroom – Messiah Yeshua – was delayed in coming (Matthew 25:1-13). Check it out for yourself and please always take everything to the Lord.
May you be part of His Pure and Spotless Bride – an Enoch Walker where you walk with God and are no more!
May the wings of His heart wrap around your eyes, so that you realize how the Lord truly sees you. Look into the flame of love, which is the Messiah’s face. “And they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their forehead” (Revelation 22:4 KJV). Behold, His transformation beauty.
Did you know that His precision Melchizedek Army has wings? Keep this in mind when you contemplate that the Lord told me that the wings of His heart wrapping around your eyes opens a window of His Spirit to behold how His heart moves. This revelation came during some other revelations about the Order of Melchizedek, like the Lord’s giddy presence.
The King of kings and Lord of lords is the commander-in-chief of the righteous Melchizedek Army. When His kings and priests of righteousness and peace behold how His heart moves, they all flow in a specific frequency, which cannot be duplicated in its fullness; because it is the complete unity of the Messiah that manifests bodily: “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 2:9-10 NKJV).
“That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:14-16 NKJV).
Did you that the fire of lovingkindness and truth goes before the Most High, which burns up His adversaries, within and without? And… did you know that this lovingkindness truth fire is intimately linked to foundation and habitation of His Throne?
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your Throne; lovingkindness and truth go before You” (Psalms 89:14 NASB).
“Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His Throne. Fire goes before Him and burns up His adversaries round about” (Psalms 97:2-3 NASB).
“But let him who glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, says the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:24).
To be an overcomer, we don’t do it through the Babylonian System of politics. Nor, do we overcome through the Babylonian System of religion. We need to come out of all things of Babylon: “’Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.’ And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues’” (Revelation 18:2-4 NKJV).
The Bible says that we overcome by the Blood of the Lamb, the Word of our testimony, and not loving our life, even unto death (Revelation 12:11).
Therefore, if we want to overcome all the evil, wicked ways of this world, we need to simplify everything to the bottom line. We need to tap into the beauty of the Most High God. We need to tap into His infinite love and unfathomable kindness that leads to repentance (Romans 2:4). And, we need to be honest with ourselves and others, so that The Truth can set us all free to live and to move and to have our being in His Kingdom(s).
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!
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).