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LOOKING FOR JESUS TO SAVE MY SOUL PART 3 – BEING BORN AGAIN

Looking for Jesus To Save My Soul – Part 3
Being Born Again
The first step is a physical birth, which gains one entry into the kingdom of man. Step two is a spiritual birth into the Kingdom of God. If men accept Jesus as their Savior their names are written into the book of life and they become heirs to eternal life. 
 
They were born initially as physical bodies and will be born again, as spiritual bodies, upon the return of Jesus:
 
And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me… (Revelation 22:12)
Nicodemus did not understand how someone could be born again. Therefore, he specifically asked that question: Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? (John 3:4)
 
Jesus gives him a straightforward answer. This is the definition of being born again:
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (John 3:5-7)
 
Jesus states no man can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born a second time. The first and obvious birth is a physical process involving water. We are composed of approximately 70% water and carried in water in the womb. All humans who have been born since the creation of Adam and Eve have been born of water. This first birth gets us into the animal kingdom as Homo sapiens, or man. Although man is a living breathing animal, he was created in the image of God and is the only animal capable of being born again as a spirit.
 
Some might confuse the phrase “born of water” as meaning we must be baptized to enter the Kingdom of God. Thus the tradition of baptizing babies was created. However, it should be obvious to anyone that to enter the Kingdom of God, one must first be born as a human being, or born of water.
 
 
 
No other members of the animal kingdom may gain eternal life, as the process involves making a cognitive choice. The primary mode of operation of the other animals is instinctive, not making choices. Man is like the other animals in that all are flesh and return to dust:
 
For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. (Ecclesiastes 3:19-20)
 
Man is different from the other animals in that he has freedom of choice, knows good from evil at some point, and has the opportunity to become immortal and live forever. In fact, the main choice man must make is between death and eternal life:
 
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life… (Deuteronomy 30:19)
The second birth, that of being born again, is clearly defined as a spiritual birth. The Kingdom of God is composed exclusively of eternal spiritual beings. At present, this includes only God and the angels. Man’s goal is to gain membership in the Kingdom of God. Our goal is not to avoid burning in hellfire for eternity. It is a positive goal to attain something wonderful, not a negative goal to avoid something terrible.
 
Why is Satan fighting desperately to derail God’s plan? The answer is obvious. God’s plan is creating the spiritual bodies, which will replace Satan and his rebellious angels! These future spirits will be the enemies of Satan. Jesus gives some characteristics of those born again spiritual bodies:
 
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (John 3:8)
 
Approximately 50% of United States citizens claim to be “born again Christians.” With a 2007 population of three hundred million that would be one hundred and fifty million confused and mislead Christians. Does the above verse describe 50% of United States citizens? Are they spirits or ghosts that come and go invisibly as the wind?
 
Also note, when referring to those to be born again of the Spirit, Jesus does not refer to them as men. He says, “so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” Men do not have spiritual bodies! Once born of the Spirit, you no longer need your physical body. Being subject to physical laws, a physical body is a hindrance in the spiritual world. One cannot move as the wind with an attached physical body. These would be handicapped spirits.
 
Nicodemus asked for additional explanation concerning spiritual rebirth:
Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? (John 3:9)
 
Jesus refuses to answer his question directly. His reply is that Nicodemus would not understand heavenly matters: Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
 
If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? (John 3:11-12)
 
Jesus and the apostles have been teaching earthly matters and the Pharisees have not understood. If they cannot understand earthly teachings, which are of their world, why should it be expected that they would understand heavenly matters of a different world? Therefore, Jesus does not answer His question. Sadly, this remains the situation two thousand years later. Man in general still does not understand the process of being born again!
 
The New Testament is a will. What one gains by becoming an heir under the will is one item: eternal life. Does this make any sense that the one thing we inherit is eternal spiritual life? We do not inherit new cars, cabin cruisers, ships, planes, vacation homes in every city on earth, seventy-two virgins, physical beauty, good physical health, etc. Why?
 
Humans will cease to exist after the age of man ends. No possessions mentioned above will be needed in the spiritual world. Therefore, the one thing we inherit is a spiritual body as a member of the Kingdom of God. Any other item you can imagine has value only in the kingdom of man, which will pass away with man. One becomes an heir to eternal life by believing in Jesus.
 
These heirs will receive eternal life and membership in the Kingdom of God. One must be born again as a spirit to have everlasting life as only spiritual life lasts forever. Flesh degrades and dies. The names of humans who fail to become heirs under the New Testament are not written in the book of life.
 
Consequently, they are never born again as spirits and will perish. They are resurrected as physical bodies and may suffer the second death described in Revelation:
 
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)
 
Most of these have lived and died on earth long ago as physical beings. They will be resurrected as physical beings again, at the second resurrection since they were not Christians. Therefore, if cast into the lake of fire they will die a second time. Hence the term “second death.” 
 
The second death is final and eternal. There is no Third Testament to restore one’s life after the second death. The New Testament saves believers from the second death:
 
He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. (Revelation 2:11)
 
The act of being born again and a comparison of natural versus spiritual bodies is found in First Corinthians:
 
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
 
And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. (I Corinthians 15:44-50)
 
 
 
 
The first man Adam was made a living soul, or being, because he was part of the animal kingdom. That is, the first body any human has is that of a living, breathing being. The last Adam will be made a quickening spirit since he will live in the Kingdom of God. That is, the last body any former human can have will be an eternal spiritual body.
 
Notice that “Adam” is identified as a “man” only when he is made as a living soul or being. When “made a quickening spirit” the entity is called only Adam. This is significant because at this point, Adam is no longer a man, or human being.
 
The last Adam is made a quickening spirit, which lives forever. Of course, any human’s name can be substituted in the place of Adam. Flesh and blood, such as man, cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. Thus one must be born again as a spirit.
 
Consider this sentence from the above verses, “Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.”
 
The answer is that once spiritual bodies are created, it’s a done deal! They cannot be terminated. They are immortal! Therefore, that which is natural comes first, a human body. That human being may or may not inherit a spiritual body, based on his choice, regarding Jesus.
 
God does not desire to create more immortal rebels! Jesus does not want workers who do not want Him!
 
These verses also negate the myth that men are born as an immortal soul living within a physical body. It specifically states that they are separate, and come in two stages. 
 
The natural body comes first and is then followed by the spiritual body:
Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. (I Corinthians 15:46)
 
The natural body comes first and the spiritual body comes last. They are different and are never merged together at anytime, in the scriptures! All men are born as natural or physical flesh and blood bodies, and those who believe in Jesus will be born again as spiritual bodies, when Jesus returns!
 
If Jesus Christ himself informed mankind they did not possess a spiritual body or soul at birth, would He be believed? Apparently not, since Jesus basically made that statement in the book of Luke.
 
Jesus was resurrected from the tomb as a human and ascended to heaven as a spirit shortly afterward. When He appeared to His disciples after being raised from the dead, they initially thought they were seeing a spirit or ghost:
 
But they were terrified and affrightened, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. (Luke 24:37-39)
 
Jesus Christ states that “a spirit hath not flesh and bones.” This negates the nonsense that man is a soul housed within a physical body. Jesus states that they do not mix!
 
Jesus Christ was never flesh and spirit at the same time. He was resurrected into a physical world as a physical body containing flesh and bones and a need to eat food:
 
And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of a honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them. (Luke 24:42-43)
 
This was after His resurrection that He ate food. He took on His spiritual body shortly afterward as He ascended into the spiritual Kingdom of Heaven:
 
And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. (Luke 24:51)
 
The 50% of Americans who mistakenly believe they are born again Christians believe they became so when they accepted Jesus and were saved. They believe all mankind is born as a spirit living within a flesh and blood body, and point to Genesis for this erroneous belief:
 
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)
 
 
 
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The Hebrew word translated here in the King James Bible as “soul” is the same word used to describe the other animals which were created. That Hebrew word is nephesh. Nephesh is correctly translated as “a breathing creature or being.” 
 
In the majority of the other versions of the Bible it is translated correctly. For example, in the New International Version of The Holy Bible:
 
And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)
 
Tragically, the word “soul” used in the King James translation of the scriptures has become synonymous with eternal life.
 
But the King James Version does not define man as a soul living within a physical body! Although the King James translation of the scriptures erroneously translates “nephesh” as soul and not a “breathing being,” it did translate it as one item and not two.
 
Are our physical bodies so oblivious to us that God felt it unnecessary to mention them? Therefore, God only mentioned the “immortal portion” of man, his “soul?” In actuality, God did take note of man’s physical body.
 
When translated correctly, nephesh means “a creature or being that breathes.” Does this fit into the context of Genesis 2:7? 
 
Note, man did not become “living,” until after God breathed into his nostrils, the breath of life:
 
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)
 
The only other body type, a spiritual body, has no requirement to breathe. This verse describes man’s creation as one item that breathes (nephesh). Only physical bodies need to breathe. Therefore, man is a singular physical body. All creatures described in the original scriptures as a nephesh, including man and the other animals, are mortal physical beings, because they all breathe. When they stop breathing, they die.
 
This poor translation enhances the belief in Satan’s lie that; “Ye shall not surely die.” 
 
Since those believing the immortal soul myth assume they already possess the quickening spirit described above in First Corinthians, they are forced to incorrectly interpret the Bible’s definition of being born again as another physical birth.
 
That is, their physical body is raised incorruptible and merged with their already existent spiritual “soul.” After all, their physical body is what is down there in the grave, so it is what is resurrected. But our dead bodies are not simply buried, they are “sown” like seeds:
 
It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body… (I Corinthians 15:44)
 
 
A sown seed does not produce the same old plant that produced it. It sprouts and becomes something new. In this particular case, sown Christian bodies sprout and become new spiritual bodies. 
 
“It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.” 
 
If these sown Christian bodies are raised again as physical bodies and merged with the “souls,” which have been “waiting in heaven,” then these new combination natural and spiritual bodies are never equal unto the angels as the Bible states:
 
…for they are equal unto the angels… (Luke 20:36)
 

The Prophet in the Wilderness – The Calling and the Consecrating

 

The Prophet & The Wilderness

The Calling & the Consecrating 

 

Have you noticed, there is an increase in the use of the words, “Prophecy/Prophetic” everywhere? Throughout the Internet and in churches all over the world, we are seeing a people being raised up, who are hungry to learn how to hear the voice of God, what it means to move in the prophetic and what does a Prophet do? Is there any doubt Yahweh is raising up His end time prophetic generation, right in front of our eyes?

There are many in this remnant who seek to prophesy and have their eyes on fame and glory. However, Yahweh wants much more than just an inflated mouthpiece. He is pouring His Heart into those who will carry His Words to a hurting and dark world, snatching souls out of the fire and declaring and proclaiming His Will for this Earth through the Ministry of the Prophets.

Some people will move in the prophetic gift and be satisfied to just give a couple words here and there, but there are others, who are struggling with a hunger and passion burning deep inside of them, and they are willing to “pay the price,” to carry the mantle of a Prophet of Yahweh.

So, what does it mean to, “pay the price?” It means you will be trained, tested and examined, to see what is on the inside of you. The call upon a prophet does not just revolve around whether you will stretch your faith and trust out of the boat and walk on the water to prophesy. Biblically speaking, there are three categories or areas you will have to go “through,” if you are seeking to be a prophet.

There is the Calling, the Consecration and then, the Commissioning

Many of us have an inner knowing, we have been called into the prophetic ministry. You can’t stop thinking about it, you read about it, you join prophetic classes, go to conferences to hear people prophesy, study the prophets, in other words, you eat, sleep drink and think about the prophetic realm. It consumes you day and night.

You may have also had some supernatural experiences, where God has touched you and confirmed through seasoned prophets, He has given you the ability to hear and speak, to prophecy, His Words. You have spiritual confirmations and it is on your heart, to share His words with those He puts in your path. You hunger to prophesy, you love sensing Yahweh inside you and moving through you, to speak to those in need. You seek to learn more about the prophetic, but the real passion in your heart, is to have a deeper and more intimate relationship with God. You want to know everything about Yahweh.

For me, my knowing came when I was sleeping. I heard an audible voice call my name. I woke up and looked around, but no one was there. Then, in my spirit, I heard the word “Grace” and then, number 5. So, I knew my name was called and then I had grace, but doesn’t the number 5 mean grace too?

I did not see or understand the message until Risa and I went to a Mike Bickle 3 day Prophetic Conference in Kansas City. When we returned to Nashville, Risa and I were talking about a possible Firestorm Conference and she was telling Deborah Inghram about it on the phone. So, I started browsing through a dream book written by Ira Milligan I bought at the conference.

I was looking in the number section and when I came to the number 5, I got suddenly moment, because He wrote: FIVE – Serve! It was at that time, I knew it was Yahweh who woke me up, by calling my Name. The message: Bonnie, I’m calling you and I am giving you Grace (power) to serve (#5). My spirit resonated in this and I know that I know, that day He called My Name to come forth and to go and serve.

So, knowing you are called is the first step but, what about consecration? What is consecration?

Consecration is the action of making or declaring something sacred.

If you believe Yahweh is only looking for those who have their eyes and ears tuned to Him to speak out prophetic words, you are mistaken. He is looking for those who will teach and activate His People and He is looking for those who will carry His standard or banner of excellence to this Earth.

He is wanting to share His Heart with His people through you. He is not interested in condemning or putting a guilt trip on someone, nor is He interested in sharing someone’s sins on an outdoor clothes line. He is in the business of saving souls, healing and deliverance and showering His Family with Supernatural Love and Grace (Power).

In the FS Situation Prayer Room Thursday Night, we had people asking for prayer because they are continually having to deal with all kinds of personal issues such as; health, finances, family, relationships, jobs, you name it, everyone was dealing with something. It is interesting though, in the midst of these storms, everyone is still passionate about Yahweh and seeking His Help. They are faithful to Him and yet, trouble is everywhere. Several mentioned they felt like they were in the “wilderness.’ and they are just wore out.

Well guess what? The wilderness is the next step in the process of becoming a vessel Yahweh can flow through and trust to be obedient. You have to know and understand where you are and what season you are in, to be able to stand. The wilderness is where a vessel is pressed and broken, through the trials and tribulations, this world brings. Consecration reveals the character of the one who will stand and be faithful under pressure and operate under the banner of Yahweh, with humility, holiness, authenticity and His Power. That is the Real Deal. It is not the real deal to be a prophet for hire, who falls in love with all the stage lights, cameras and sells prophetic words with no regard or desire to help introduce, teach and train people in the church about Yahweh or His coming Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth.

Consecration is a process repeated several times in the life of a prophet who is seeking to minister for Yahweh to the Body of Christ. The wilderness training is where the desires of a carnal heart are revealed, those desires hidden deep in the heart, which long for the applause of men, character flaws of religious pride, fleshy arrogance, ambition and the lust for money, such as with Balaam, Simon the sorcerer and the Pythia, who prophesied as the oracle of Delphi, to make money for herself and her masters.

Those who have never spent time in the place of consecration in the wilderness and refuse to go in, miss the training of being in the “hiddenness” place with God and can still crave earthly praise and platforms on the world stage, instead of spending time with Yahweh in conversation (prayer), behind closed doors, learning more about His Heart and Will for His Kingdom.

Think about it and check your heart. Do you think Yahweh would raise up a prophet in the midst of today’s world, whose heart was dark, filled with impure thoughts and motives for self interest and personal gain? I think not. The consecration, the stripping, the purifying, the cleansing all have to come first and if not…around the mountain we go again to learn humility, meekness and how to overcome, as best we can, as we go “through the valley of the shadow of death.”

And, are we alone in our consecration ? No! More than once in the Situation Room, I heard the Word of the Lord saying, “I will not leave you or forsake you, I AM with you.” And if He is with us, who can be against us? Do not lose heart regarding the processes you will have to go through. Know Yahweh is with you and has only good thoughts for you. Go for the training and see the Hand of the Father upon Your Life. Think upon those things, which are to come, when there shall be no disease, no death, no bondage or prisons and such.

When Jesus told us to pray the Lord’s Prayer, He knew this was the best prayer for us to release over and into the Earth, which would best bring Him back to us. What a Great and Mighty God – Yahweh!!!! Hallelujah!

The prophetic training ground for “all” of the called prophets of God Is the Wilderness. This is where we are consecrated, (made holy) for service to Yahweh and His Church. Here is where we learn our talk has to line up with our walk.

Do you think that is why James said, “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driving and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:2-9

Matter of fact the whole chapter of James 1 is important – to those seeking the Prophetic Gift or title of a Prophet. I have enclosed the rest of the chapter below from James, but there is one more area after the consecration (ouch, ouch, ouch) in the wilderness. It is the commissioning and it is coming next, in part 2.

Blessings and please read the rest of James Chapter 1:9-27 below.

The Perspective of Rich and Poor

9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. 11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.

Loving God Under Trials

12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Qualities Needed in Trials

19 [c]So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Doers—Not Hearers Only

21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and [d]overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

26 If anyone [e]among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, andto keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Footnotes:

a. James 1:3 endurance or perseverance

b. James 1:4 mature

c. James 1:19 NU Know this or This you know

d. James 1:21 abundance

e. James 1:26 NU omits among you

The Commissioning – The Prophet in the Wilderness

The Prophet & The Wilderness Part 2: The Commissioning

Previously we talked about the calling and consecration (ouch) of the prophet, two levels we go through to be prepared for service as prophets for Jesus and His Church.

 

The time between the calling and the commissioning is through the consecration, the preparation for our ministry, where we are fine tuning our gifts, learning more about who we are in Christ and what our ministry involves. When the commission finally comes, there will be an increase in our authority and a mantle, revealing an approval from Yahweh, where He recognizes and backs up our ministry.

 

So, what is the commissioning?  

 

The word commission has several very different meanings, but in its most basic formcommission is the act of “passing a responsibility to someone else”. 

 

The higher up the Mountain (Symbol: The Government of Yahweh) we go, the more responsibility is put upon us. Someone said, “Well you don’t have to do anything, just let Jesus do the work.” Just rest in Him. Really?

 

The problem is, He is in us and we are in Him. So, we are His Hands and Feet. Are you getting this?  I Cor 3:9 says, ” For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 

 

We are called to co-laborers with Him, no doubt He is helping, but we have a part we must do as well and remember, Jesus died to give us back dominion over the earth and to be His “husbandry,” meaning to watch over, care for and careful management.

 

The most famous version of a commissioning in the Bible is the Great Commission, Matthew 28:16–20, somewhere on a mountain in Galilee Jesus says:

 

[18] And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
[19] Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
[20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

Though some believe the disciples were the only ones commissioned, I am going to stand firm; we are also included in this commissioning! If we have accepted Jesus, been baptized with water and filled with His Spirit, then He’s in us and we are in Him and SURELY His Desire, is to go out and make disciples, with us and through us.

 

The Ministry of Jesus did not stop at His death or the death of His disciples, because He rose from the dead!

 

God’s NOT Dead, He’s surely alive, He’s living on the inside roaring like a Lion. Can you hear that song, “God’s Not Dead, He’s surely alive, He’s living on the inside!  He’s still very much alive and living on the inside of each one of us who are saved, signed up for the Kingdom calling, sealed and delivered from our sins.

 

Major Ian Thomas was a 20th century Bible teacher and he said this:

 

“Jesus gave His life FOR YOU, so He could give His life TO YOU, so He could live His life THROUGH YOU.” (I love this)

 

Now look at Acts 3:6. We all know this scripture, but there is a problem with the translation, one word has been changed, which was in the original text.  Here is what we have been taught.

 

But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” NLT

 

The word changed was, “what.”  The Scripture should read, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you WHO I HAVE.” 

 

And That One (Jesus) WHO you have, said this:

 

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. John 15:16

 

Scripture says, we have Christ, we are Christ Like and we put on Christ. Galatians 3:27: “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” 

 

What did Jesus say about that?

 

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5 We are called to bear fruit…

 

When Father Yahweh looks at you and me, what does He see? He sees Jesus.

 

Yahweh woos us to Jesus for a new life, commissions us with His purpose and then, His Spirit empowers us to fulfill that purpose, that calling, that destiny, whatever you want to call it. It is about Him, His Ways and His Purposes, which He wants to fulfill through and with us.

 

The gifts & callings from God are based on His sovereignty, not on human worthiness or persistence in requesting a certain position. You cannot buy a certain position into a Church or Ministry.

 

Many of you might believe the lie spreading through churches you are not called by Jesus or worthy to walk in the prophetic ministry. If that’s you, right now, I rebuke that spirit of unworthiness off you, and call you to come forth into the position Jesus created you to walk in.

 

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who by the power that is working within us is able to do far beyond all that we ask or thing…We are now living and depending on his power – by faith.

 

The bottom line is, those who follow Jesus, become disciple and then, they go forth and make disciples. The 5 Fold Ministry, which includes the Prophets are called (you are called) to teach and preach and raise up the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:1-13

 

It was he who gave some to be (1) apostles, some to be (2) prophets, some to be (3) evangelists, and some to be (4) pastors and (5) teachers.” Primarily as a result of this verse, some believe God has restored, or is restoring, the offices of apostle and prophet in the church today. Ephesians 4:12-13 tells us that the purpose of the five-fold ministry is, “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” So, since the body of Christ definitely is not built up to unity in the faith and has not attained to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ, the thinking goes, the offices of apostle and prophet must still be in effect.

 

It is sad today, as many Bible believing Christians don’t have a clue regarding the personal commission Jesus has for them. People who have been a Christian for years, prayed, prophesied, trusted wholly in Jesus and walked humbly before Him without any thought of a special call to the service of Christ.

 

There is a difference between the calling and the commissioning. In the Book of Acts, Paul was called as an apostle for several years “before” he was commissioned to the Apostolic Ministry, somewhere between eight and fourteen years.  During this time, from his letters, you can see, he was in a time of preparation and ministering as a prophet, and a teacher.

Jeremiah

 

The prophet Jeremiah was commissioned by Yahweh in Jeremiah 1:4-19 in the same manner He commissions the prophet today.  He put His word in his mouth and sends him out to speak His word. He promises the prophet and the church, which sends him out; He will use the spoken word of the gospel both for condemnation and for salvation. Look at verse 10:

 

He will use the word “to root out, and to pull down and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.”

 

It’s interesting, Yahweh wants to commission Jeremiah, but Jeremiah is whining and declining the commission.  He didn’t consider himself qualified to be a Prophet of the Lord. (verse 6)

 

Then, said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child,” which really meant he felt he was not qualified or experienced enough to be a prophet.

 

We hear the same old thing today. Oh God, I’m not worthy. God knows that is true without Him, but with Him,  He takes the foolish things and makes something very special out of them, to astound the wise.

 

It would be good for us to get over ourselves and how we feel, so we can run the race with Jesus. He is more than capable of refining, defining and transforming us into who He created us to be. But like so many today, Jeremiah was pulling back from the Call of God on his life thinking he could not measure up.

 

The first step in being a prophet is knowing, who your source is and realizing everything you do as a prophet comes from Him through you. Yes, it is His Power and it is for His Glory, but remember we are co-laboring with Him to save souls.

 

As a prophet, we do not exalt ourselves over the people or try to take the place of Yahweh in their lives. Nothing is more destructible to the calling of the prophet than the spirits of false humility, arrogance and pride. They will divide and scatter the flock of God, and in the end, cause us to be judged. False Humility is an ugly spirit running rampant in the body of Christ today.  Here is an example.

 

I recently heard the story of a pastor who had a garden, which surely represented the way Eden must have been like.  There were beautiful flowers of all types, trees with beautiful fruit and even an area where corn and some other vegetable were rising up.  A friend dropped over and they went to look at the garden.  The friend was amazed and said, “Oh pastor, doesn’t God create a beautiful garden.” The pastor smiled and said, “You should have seen it before I got here.” This is the co-labor and husbandry, which is revealed in the Bible.  We have a part to put in, to make things come into order. 

 

The same thing applies to a beautiful Grand Piano on a stage, it is precious and very expensive, but until someone walks over who has been given the gift and talent from Yahweh to play it and has practiced and honed that talent (honed = been refined and made perfect) the grand piano is not so grand.  But, when the master walks over and sits down and puts his fingers on the keys, the most beautiful music erupts from the piano.  When I have heard and seen such talent, I am quick to acknowledge my appreciation and thank the person. At this point, I sometimes hear, “Oh it’s just God.” This is the spirit of false humility at its best.  

 

We co-labor with Yahweh and everyone knows when someone has such a great talent or gift, it has been given by Him, but we should also know it has taken time, work and this talent working together with God, to create a beautiful garden or melody. Yahweh tells us in the Bible when we finally stand before Him, He will say to us, “Well done good and faithful servant.” Affirming and appreciating people who co-labor with Yahweh is biblical.  So when someone compliments you concerning your work, artistic ability or such, don’t feed the spirit of false humility, just say, “you are welcome.”

 

It is apparent in religious circles today, not everyone responds well to a prophet or his/her message. I’m sure you have picked up on this. This was also happening in the days of Jeremiah. He knew the people would not react well to the arrows of truth, which God would put in his mouth to proclaim to His People. This was another reason Jeremiah did not want to accept the commission.

 

The Lord knew this, is there anything He doesn’t know? Anyway, in Jeremiah Chapter 1, God tells Jeremiah He will protect him, but evidently not in everything, because Jeremiah faced a lot of resistance. At one point, he was threatened and thrown into a dungeon. Yahweh responded to Jeremiah’s objection and tried to assure him with the fact, because He called him, so will He also qualify him.  This is a part of the commissioning of the prophet, the assurance Yahweh gives them to know that they know, they are called. Remember this in verse 5:

 

Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

 

In this verse there are 3 things Yahweh reveals, which are contained in the commissioning, of the prophet.

 

1. “I knew thee”

2. “I sanctified thee”

3. “I ordained thee”

 

First, “I knew thee.” Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee. So, God didn’t just know “about” the prophet, or something concerning the prophet. He knew the prophet: “I knew thee”

 

Yahweh makes it personal. The Old Testament language again brings forth the intimacy in the “knowing” someone. It reveals the love God has for the Prophet and those He chooses to bring to Him for salvation.  Notice the knowledge and love God has is “eternal knowledge.” He says before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.

 

Yahweh says I knew you in the time before I formed you in your mother’s belly. He is speaking of knowing Jeremiah in the same way Paul talks to us in Romans 8:29, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate.”In this same manner where God knew, “foreknew”, and predestined Jeremiah, guess what, it is in this same way God knows and predestinates us today and calls us His faithful ministers of His Good News Gospel.

 

Our qualifications as a prophet are: We must be a saved, elect, child of God. And I know, I know, God can use an unsaved man in the office of the prophet, because of Balaam in the Old Testament. He had some major problems and God did use him, but not in the way, we would want Him to use us. He was a prophet for hire, who God used a donkey to speak to him to save his life.

 

Though Balaam was a called a prophet and did hear from God, God didn’t personally speak to him to save his life, except through a donkey. One of the biblical symbols of a donkey is of being stubborn and obstinate. Interesting.

 

The “Will of God” for His prophets is FIRST, to be obedient to God’s Word. The walk and talk of the prophet cannot be compromised against God’s Word. The prophets must know deep inside to their very core, the real meaning of the Word of God, which they are called to bring forth. He/She must walk their talk and be able to share their personal experiences of the mercy and grace of Yahweh.

 

Secondly, Yahweh says, “I sanctified thee. And before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee.” “Sanctified” means literally “to set apart.” This refers to what is set apart by Yahweh for Himself. The prophet is set apart for special service to Yahweh. This is the case with the prophet as an office bearer of God, he has been set apart from the rest of God’s people, in order to carry out a special service on behalf of Yahweh.

 

Third, “I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” This expression in verse 5 indicates the specific calling unto which Jeremiah has been set apart. He has been set apart by Yahweh to be a prophet. Jeremiah is called by God and, not only is this put upon him through the very words of Yahweh commissioning him to be a prophet, but this is also revealed in the testimony of the meaning of Jeremiah’s name. His name, “Jeremiah” means “raised up or appointed by Yahweh.” His Name is like an insignia, which reveals to all, the truth that Yahweh has commissioned him; called him; ordained him and set him in office.

 

Several prophetic ministers have shared, “If you are wondering whether you have been commissioned, then you haven’t, because when the real thing happens, it will be clear and you will know it came from God and not just men. Until then, we are all in training and the more significant our calling, the more intense and usually longer and harder our training will be. ” (Joyner)

 

For me, I remember a situation, where I believe God came to me, anointed me with oil and called me to Himself . I was taking a class regarding an Emotional Raindrop Massage with Essential Oils. My class had about 5 people from several different religions and ideologies.  My teacher was Gaia Tossing, founder of the Nashville Academy of Reflexology, who is also the representative for the C.A.R.E Raindrop Group (Young Living Dr. David Stewart).

 

We had been learning for a week about the YL oils and techniques, regarding the Raindrop Massage. On this last day, she was teaching about the “emotional oils” Raindrop Massage. We were learning about each of the traits of the oils we would be using and smelling them. During the whole morning session, I had just wept. The oils were definitely touching my emotions, normally this is not like me. The only other time I can remember weeping like this was, when I was ordained.

 

We only had time to do one practice massage so; we put all our names into a hat. Gaia pulled out a name and looked around, then focused on me and said, “It is Bonnie.” I am still not sure that was legit. LOL I think she just knew I was the one who was ready. Then again, maybe God was ready for me. Gaia is a very interesting and intriguing lady, who ministers with the oils and teaches to all, no matter what their faith. However on this day, I was to glean some deeper knowledge of her walk as a Christian, maybe even an Apostle.

 

I got on the massage table and for this massage; all those in the class were going to help apply the oils, including me.  Each person had different oils to put on my forehead, toes, bottom of my feet, brain stem, heart, nose, stomach, hands, and I was called to put a blend, over my heart. 

 

I don’t remember everything because, as I was lying there with my eyes closed, I suddenly had a vision. I saw a tremendous white light flood through my mind’s eye and then, the most beautiful rich purple color came forth. I do remember hearing Gaia ask one of the ladies to give her Frankincense and they said, “that oil is not next on the list.” Gaia said, “I know, but I am sensing to use Frankincense.”

 

The next thing I saw was like out of a old movie, like Ben Hur. Two people were coming toward me in a desert like scene and I knew they were men. They were dressed with rich brown robes over their heads just like back in those days. I could not see their faces, but I knew they were coming to me and for me. As they came closer, I heard Gaia. She was calling me into service, to go out and minister, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

 

As I write this I can still feel the tingling in my soul, as she spoke. I had never seen her do anything like this before and I had been in several of her classes.

 

I can’t say this was Jesus, but more than that, I can’t say it wasn’t. Everything just came together and I was just out there in outer space by then.  I remember then hearing her singing, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, a couple times. I opened my eyes and she said, “I knew that would bring you back.”

 

I am still amazed when I think on this experience.  I know this is probably not considered proper as to a religious type ceremony of commissioning, but I know, Yahweh touched me, called me, anointed me with Frankincense and the finest of oils all over my body and commissioned me to go forth, through Gaia. How awesome Gaia moved with Jesus to minister to me. I pray we can all move with Him like this.

 

Gaia is not a carbon copy of anyone, she is her own person and maybe according to some church doctrine, she may not fit the stereotype we have been given to be a Prophet, Apostle, Pastor or whatever gift mix, for a ministry Jesus has bestowed upon her, but so are you and I different. The prophets in Scripture were all unique too. There were ways, in which they were similar; but they still walked their own special walk. 

 

When I look at the folks God is bringing here to Firestorm, I am amazed at all the different personalities and gift mixes. No one is a duplicate or carbon copy of another. Some may be similar, but they are definitely not the same.  God didn’t make us to be Cookie Cutter Christians; He made us to be who He wanted us to be, in His Image. 

 

We each have a different part of the message He wants to share with His Church.  He confirms messages, but in each situation where a Word from Him comes forth, there are unique and special words to fit every situation we are dealing with, where He speaks to us through His Prophets with supernatural perfection and awe. In Revelation Jesus sent letters to 7 churches and they were similar, but they also contained specific directions and insight into what each one was dealing with and directions on what they needed to do, to get right before Him.

 

If you think you and I are weird, NO, we are a peculiar people and if you look into the lives of people in the Bible,  you will see God surely chose many of the foolish to speak for Him and not only astounded the wise, but made them very angry. So too in today’s world will some be angry and jealous of our walk and come against us. But, we are more than conquerors because of the God who is in us, so fear not.

 

God uses everyday people like you and me who have a heart for Him and have placed Him high above all earthly things, considering Him to be the greatest of all treasures. Seek Him first in all you do and all the callings, commissioning’s, gifts, talents, ministry positions and such will all be found.

 

One last thought. When doubt comes and it usually does at some point, which causes you to wonder, if you were really called, or you find yourself struggling, because of the resistance, opposition and rejection coming from many of those around you, while others are asking you to do more than you can possibly do and challenging your position and calling, then, you must be able to remind yourself and know that you know, deep in that inner place inside of you:  Yahweh has Called me! Yahweh has Sanctified me! And Yahweh has Commissioned me!

And if you hear a voice saying you are not….Tell that voice in your head to listen to this song!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking For Jesus To Save My Soul – Part 5 – ENOCH

Looking For Jesus
To Save My Soul
Part 5

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Hebrews 11:5

 

Where is Enoch

Hundreds of years after Enoch supposedly “went to heaven” to be with God, Scriptures continue to challenge Scriptures, regarding this belief. Is he in heaven or not?

No man hath seen God at any time. I John 4:12a

&

And no man hath ascended up to heaven,
but he that came down from heaven,
even the Son of man which is in heaven.
John 3:13

Since Jesus was with His Father from “before” the beginning of the world, it would seem logical his statement in John 3:13 is true, as He would surely know who was in heaven with them. So, what is truth? Does one Scripture have precedence over another in a situation like this or, should they all confirm each other, as in laying a foundation, with precept upon precept? What do you think and can you confirm your belief, so that you know that you know, what is truth and what is a different doctrine than what Jesus and the Disciples taught? What to do?

When I don’t understand something in the Bible, I try to read the Scripture first for what it literally says and then look for other Scriptures for a proof text. A proof text is defined as: a passage of the Bible to which appeal is made in support of an argument or position in theology.

I want to see all the pieces of the Scriptures fit together, so I can understand the messages in them. Just as when a prophet brings forth a living (rhema) word, it will never go against the written (logos) word (Bible), no Scripture will go against another Scripture. 2 Timothy Chapter 3 tells us why:

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

I study and seek to learn the ways of Yahweh to show myself well approved according to the Scriptures, so I can apply them to my life and share them with others. So, how do I know Jesus was with the Father

And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory
which I had with thee before the world was.
John 17:5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
John 1:1-2

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

And He came down from the Father to the earth
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
John 17:4

But, it is written in Genesis 5:24
Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him

 

DOES THIS VERSE SAY Enoch went to heaven. NO!
What makes us think he did?

The verse says, he was NOT (NOT FOUND), for God TOOK HIM.

The verse does not say WHERE God took him! To say God took Enoch to heaven is only a presumption or human conjecture, which has no basis in Biblical FACT and it goes against other Scriptures.

Concerning this event Paul said this:
By faith Enoch was TRANSLATED that he should not see DEATH; and was not FOUND, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Hebrews 11:5

Many have assumed the word “TRANSLATED” must mean “made immortal”, which is wrong. The Greek word for “translate” is METATITHEMI, which according to Vine’s Dictionary of NT Words, this word means, “to transfer to another place.”

This same Greek word is rendered “REMOVED” in Galatians 1:6:
I marvel that ye are so soon removed
from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

In Acts 7:15-16
15 So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers,
16 And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre
that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.

 

 

Translated here is rendered “CARRIED OVER” where we read that after Jacob DIED his body was “carried over” removed, TRANSLATED to Sychem.

God took Enoch, He removed him – He translated him, so that HE WAS NOT FOUND. Nobody knew where he was!
The Greek text of Hebrews 11:5 is also illuminating in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, where it means, “to place, or transfer in a passive, horizontal posture.”

Forms of this word also occur in Acts 7:16 (“carried back”), Galatians 1 :6 (“turning away”),Heb.7:12 (“changed”), and Jude 4 (“turn”). It is used throughout the LXX (symbol for the Septuagint) with a similar range of meanings. However, it is also used in the fourth chapter of the apocryphal Wisdom of Solomon. Chapter four, verse ten reads:

“He pleased God, and was beloved of Him; so that living among sinners he was TRANSLATED.” [14]

An examination of the context of this verse reveals that it is not referring to Enoch in particular, but rather to the righteous in general in contrast to the wicked.

Here is Wisdom (The Wisdom of Solomon) 4:10 in context:

“But though the righteous he prevented with death, yet shall he [the righteous] be in rest.” (v.7)

“He [the righteous] pleased God, and was beloved of Him; so that living among sinners he [the righteous] was TRANSLATED.” (v.10)

“Yea, speedily he [the righteous] was TAKEN AWAY, lest that wickedness should alter his understanding, or deceit beguile his soul.” (v.11)

“He [the righteous], being made perfect in a short time, fulfilled a long time.” (v.13)

“For his soul pleased the Lord; therefore hasted [God] to TAKE HIM AWAY from among the wicked.” (v.14)

“This the people saw, and understood it not, neither laid they up this in their minds, that [God’s] grace and mercy is with His saints, and that He has respect unto Hischosen.” (v.15)

“Thus the righteous THAT IS DEAD shall condemn the ungodly WHICH ARE LIVING…” (v.16)

“For they shall see the END of the wise, and shall not understand what God in His counsel hath decreed of him [the righteous], and to what end the Lord hath set him in safety.” (v.17)

All of the above verses are from The Wisdom of Solomon, chapter four, verses seven through seventeen. This passage teaches that when the wicked live to be very old and the righteous die young it is because, God is merciful to the righteous!

God takes the righteous away from among the wicked to spare them from their contaminating influence.

The Greek word METATITHEMI, as used in the Greek text of Hebrews 11:5 and in the Wisdom of Solomon 4:7-17, simply means to be taken out of life, before one’s years are fulfilled or before one’s time.

This is in order to spare the righteous from the further corrupting influence of the wicked, thereby insuring that the righteous do not lose their reward!

It is wise to point out the parallels between the situation of “the righteous” in these verses and that of Enoch, as related in Genesis 5:24 and Hebrews 11:5, as there are many.

The author of the Wisdom of Solomon probably had Enoch in mind when he penned this passage, and could have used Enoch as an example of what happens and why– whenever any righteous person is prematurely removed from the land of the living.

Finally, it is apparent, neither the Aramaic text of Hebrews 11:5, nor the Greek texts of Hebrews 11:5 and The Wisdom of Solomon 4:7-17, teach that anyone was “translated” alive up to heaven.

 

As for the statement that Enoch “did not (see) death”(Heb.11:5, NKJV), this should be compared and contrasted with the statements of Paul in 2 Timothy 4:6-8;

6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

and of Peter in 2 Peter 1:13-15

13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

These men had advance warning of their impending death. Enoch was removed suddenly and without warning.

In regard to Enoch’s REMOVAL, here is the commentary of one of Judaism’s greatest teachers: Rabbi Solomon, son of Isaac, of Troyes—commonly known as Rashi. Here is his interpretation of Genesis 5:24:

“AND ENOCH WALKED. He was a righteous man, yet [it was] lightminded (for him) to return to evil. Therefore the Holy One, Blessed be He, hastened and removed him and let him die before his time. That is why Scripture varies [the expression] about his death and writes, ‘And he was not’ in the world to complete his years. FOR HE TOOK HIM. Before his time…” (The Pentateuch And Rashi’s Commentary, Vol.1: Genesis).

Even though the comments of The Wisdom of Solomon and Rashi are very illuminating, because they establish that the language used of Enoch in Genesis and in Hebrews CANlegitimately refer to a premature death–NEVERTHELESS, the testimony of God’s Word must be our final court of appeal in this matter.

To further complicate matters, the teachings that Enoch and Elijah escaped death and are alive in heaven is an ancient one. And to those who believe it, the very antiquity of the teaching seemingly lends it a kind of authority. But antiquity does not equal authority. What is true is true, because it is true and not merely because it is old!

The serpent’s lie: “thou shalt not surely die”(Gen.3:4) is very, very old–but it is NOT the truth.[1]

The belief about Enoch and Elijah being taken alive into heaven does not appear anywhere in the Old Testament. It first makes its appearance in Jewish thought and literature during what is called the intertestamental period, which means this belief doesn’t appear until AFTER the Jews return from the seventy year long Babylonian Captivity, which led to the Jews being exposed to King Cyrus.

History reveals sometime after the Jews were taken into captivity, the Babylonian Empire was overthrown by the Medes and Persians. The state religion of the new empire was Zoroastrianism In fact, King Cyrus, the one who Isaiah named in prophecy, several centuries before he was born (lsa.45:1.4) and who allowed a remnant of the Jews to return to the land…King Cyrus was a Zoroastrian! [2]

 

Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; Isaiah 45:1

Zoroastrianism comes from Zoroaster (“seed of the star” or “star-seed”), which is what the Greeks called the Iranian prophet Zarathustra. The Zoroastrians had a number of doctrines, which more or less paralleled those of the Jews. They believed in a coming deliverer called Saoshyant (“savior”)

[3] who would be born of a virgin. [4] They believed in both angels and demons. And they believed in the resurrection of the dead.

However, in stark CONTRAST to the teachings of the Hebrew patriarchs and prophets, they believed at death the spirit of the righteous would ascend to Garo Demana (the heaven of light and the abode of Ahura Mazda), whereas the spirit of the wicked would descend to Drujo Demana (the house of the lie and the abode of Angra Mainyu) where it would dwell forever in “a murky glow and woeful wailings.” [5]

According to Scripture, before the Jewish remnant was allowed to return to the land of Israel, many Zoroastrians converted to Judaism (Esther 8:17).

“And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.”

As is often the case in such conversions the new convert brings some concepts from the old religion into the new one. This is especially so, when there already exist many parallels between the two religions, as was the case with Zoroastrianism and Judaism. Evidence of the infiltration of Zoroastrian ideas Post-Captivity Judaism can be found in intertestamental literature, in the Dead Sea Scrolls in Rabbinic traditions.

The word “paradise”(Aramaic=pardaisa and Greek=paradeisos) is derived from the Persian word PARDIS. “Pardis was the name of a famous palace and garden built by one of the Median kings about seven centuries before Christ.” [10] The Greek transliteration of this word is used throughout the Septuagint (LXX) [11] to translate the Hebrew words for “garden”(GAN/GANNA).

The Aramaic pardaisa was in common use in Palestine in the first century and survives in Rabbinical writings and in the Peshitta and other Aramaic (Syriac) Christian literature.

Since there is no evidence in Scripture that the Jews, prior to the Babylonian Captivity, believed in an intermediate state between death and resurrection, [12] and since Jewish belief in an intermediate state first appears in Judaism AFTER the Jews’ return to the land (along with a number of other concepts of Persian origin)—it is reasonable to believe that late Jewish traditions of an intermediate state are also of Persian (that is, Zoroastrian) origin! Still later, when Palestine would come under Greek rule, Hellenistic ideas would further reinforce this deviation from Biblical teaching.

I want to go back to Hebrews chapter eleven to see if that chapter can shed any more light on the fate of Enoch for us. Hebrews 11 lists the famous men and women of the Old Testament era and testifies of their faith:

By faith Abel…By faith Enoch…By faith Noah…By faith Abraham…”

After listing all of these faithful ones, INCLUDING ENOCH, Paul concludes in verse 13:

“These ALL died in faith, not having received the promises…

And again:

“And these ALL [again: INCLUDING ENOCH], having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise; God having provided some better thing for us, that they[INCLUDING ENOCH] without us should not be made perfect.” (Hebrews 11:39-40, NKJV)

In the Amplified Bible Genesis 5:21-24, we read Enoch’s days, alive on Earth, ended at 365 years old. The question is of course, was he taken to heaven alive, or was he transported to another location on earth?

21 When Enoch was 65 years old, Methuselah was born.

22 Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God after the birth of Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters.

23 So all the days of Enoch were 365 years.

24 And Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not, for God took him [home with Him].

Compare the same Hebrew phrase from Genesis 5:24 where it says, “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not;

God took him” with the following Scriptures.

Psalms 37:36, “Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.”

Psalms 39:13, “O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.”

The Hebrew for these two phrases above are the same Hebrew as Genesis 5:24. As in the Psalms, the phrase means the person “passed away” or would eventually die.

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Here is the same phrase in the book of Genesis:

Genesis 42:13, “And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.”

This was spoken by the brothers of Joseph. What did they mean by “is not”?

Next, the brothers recount their previous discussion about Joseph with Pharaoh. When they first said, “and one is not,” they meant Joseph “is dead.
Genesis 44:20, “And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.”

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Matthew 2:18, “In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.”

Where were Rachel’s children? Dead.

Hebrews 11:5, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him:”

So, does the phrase that says Enoch “should not see death” mean Enoch never died?

Hebrews 11:13, “These all died [including Enoch] in faith.”

But not only that, verse 13 goes on to say that they did not receive the promises. One of the promises was a heavenly country (verse 16).

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Heb 11:16

Enoch is one of “ALL THESE” who have not yet obtained the promise of eternal life and inheritance. Enoch and all the worthies of old will receive the promise of eternal life at the return of Christ, the same time Christians obtain it (Heb. 11:40). That is yet future!

Since Enoch has not yet inherited eternal life he must be dead! This is exactly what Paul writes in Heb. 11:13! Paul says Enoch DIED! Notice it! “These ALL died in faith, not having received what was promised.

A question concerning physical death in Psalm 89:48.

What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.”

Why would this Psalmist ask such a question concerning physical death, if he believed Enoch did not see a physical death? The fact is, the Psalmist believed Enoch was in the grave and therefore asked this question.

So, what does the phrase “should not see death” mean?

Notice it is not in the present tense, that he “did not see” death, but that he “should notsee death.”

John 8:51, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death”

John 11:26, “And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

***This phrase must mean “the second death,” since all the Apostles kept Jesus’ sayings and yet died the first death.

Based on Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

And

Hebrews 11:13, “These all died in faith, not having received the promises,” we must conclude that Enoch died the first death. To believe Enoch did not die is to deny the plain word of many other scriptures as well.

For example, Romans 5:12, “…so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” and Romans 5:14, “…death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned.”

Are we to believe that Enoch did not sin? Are we to believe that a man who was not yet cleansed of sin by the blood of Jesus could enter heaven and dwell in God’s presence?

Enoch’s translation

But what about his translation in Hebrews 11:5? Does that mean he didn’t die? That’s what most people carelessly assume without proof. The Bible does not say that Enoch went to heaven when he was translated. Instead, it says he “was not found.”

According to Strong’s, Thayer’s and Bullinger’s Greek Lexicons, “translate” means “to put or place in another place, to transport, to transfer.”

Nowhere in the Scripture does ‘translate’ mean to make immortal!

The same Greek word is rendered “carried over” in Acts 7:16 where Jacob’s body was ‘translated’ or ‘transported’ to Sychem, where he was buried!

The Scriptures say Jacob was translated to the place of burial!

God took Enoch and buried him somewhere so as not to be found, just as he did with the body of Moses in Deuteronomy 34:6. No man knows where Moses’ or Enoch’s grave is. God hid them for reasons known only to Him.

Notice another proof that ‘translate’ does not mean to make immortal. Paul wrote that the Father “hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:13).

The apostle Paul says that he was already translated, even though he was still physically alive! Although he was once part of the darkness of this world, he was translated, removed from darkness, into the light of the kingdom of God while he was physically alive!

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At the age of 65, Enoch had a son named Methuselah.

But how long did Enoch walk with God?

Genesis 5:22, “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.”

So, Enoch followed God’s ways for three hundred years.

Notice that the Scripture does not record that Enoch is still walking with God.

It says that Enoch WALKED with God for three hundred years, and not one year more. Why?

Because “all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years” (Genesis 5:23).

Paul says, in Colossians 1:10, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord.”

Enoch walked with God and pleased God. This is what Genesis 5:22, 24 means when it says,”Enoch walked with God.”

Note:

All the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty-five years. Not just part of his days, but all his days! If Enoch did not die — if he was changed to immortality — and thus continued to walk with God, then his days would have been more than three hundred sixty-five. But the Bible plainly says that ALL his days were just that many, and no more!

This expression “all his days” is used in the same fifth chapter of Genesis about a dozen times and always it means that the person lived for that length of time ONLY “und he died.” So Enoch lived NO MORE than three hundred and sixty-five years because “all his days were three hundred sixty-five years.” As he lived only for this length of time THEN HE MUST HAVE DIED and like every true saint,
Enoch is awaiting the hope of the resurrection and the return of Christ. Jude 14, 15

14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

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The Preeminence of Christ

1 Corinthians 15:20-23 says that all die and all shall be resurrected, but Messiah must befirst in the order.

20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Enoch could not possibly have preceded him, especially if he were still flesh and blood as it says in verses 49-52.

49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

JESUS HAS PRE-EMINENCE!!

Of all that have ever been FLESH & BLOOD – born of women – Jesus Christ ONLY has gained IMMORTAL LIFE! So says our Bible.

He alone of all humans was RESURRECTED to receive the promise of ETERNAL LIFE. He alone is the only one to be changed from MATTER into SPIRIT – from human to DIVINE!

Read it in your own Bible, never forget those plain verses.

“But now is Christ risen from the DEAD and become the FIRSTFRUITS of them that slept…For as in Adam ALL die (that includes, Enoch, Moses and Elijah), even so in Christ shall ALL be made alive (see Jn 5:25-29)

25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

BUT every man in his own order: CHRIST THE FIRSTFRUITS…” (1 Cor. 15:20-23).

20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

It was not Moses that was first from the dead, nor was it Elijah or Enoch that first received eternal life – IT WAS CHRIST JESUS!

“And He (speaking of Jesus) is the head of the body, the church: who is THE BEGINNING, the FIRSTBORN FROM THE DEAD…” (Col. 1:18).

18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence

Jesus was “the firstborn of every creature” (Col. 1:15).

15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Yes, the FIRST Human to be BORN into life eternal.

Christ was the FIRST to be PERFECTED as an immortal being and so, “…being MADE PERFECT, He became the AUTHOR (the one who wrote the book on it – who led the way) of ETERNAL SALVATION unto all them that OBEY Him” (Heb. 5:9).

9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Do you see it? It was NOT Elijah, Moses or Enoch who led the way to eternal life. It was not Noah, nor David, nor Abel, Sarah or Abraham. It was not ANY other human person but JESUS, He wrote the book on how to attain IMMORTALITY.

He ALONE is the author. He is the CAPTAIN, the leader into eternal Salvation (Heb.2:10).

10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Why? “…that ALL THINGS He might have the PREEMINENCE” (Col. 1:18).

18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Read that wonderful passage of scriptures in COLOSSIANS 1:15-19.

15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Jesus was and is the FIRST in creating ALL things (it wasn’t Enoch, Moses or any other man). He is the FIRST, the head of the church (it’s not Elijah, Paul, Peter or any other man).

He is the FIRST from the dead (it wasn’t Moses or any other man). Jesus is FIRST in CREATING, first in the CHURCH, and first of any human in eternal SALVATION.

All children of God in by-gone ages who “died in faith” (including Enoch, Moses and Elijah) are awaiting the TRUMPET SOUND – when they, together with us who shall remain and be alive at Christ’s coming, will be raised and CHANGED from MORTAL to IMMORTAL

1 Cor.15:50-54

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

1 Thes. 4:13-17

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

So shall we ever be with the Lord.              
God speed that glorious day
In the Precious Name of Yahshua Hamashiach
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Looking for Jesus to Save My Soul – The Christian Soul

Looking For Jesus Through The Eyes of My Soul
 
The Christian Soul
 
 
 
Do any of you have questions about the Christian Doctrine of the “Immortal Soul?” Can you back up what you believe with the Word of God? I have a stirring in my spirit to double check what I have been taught regarding the creation, life, death and resurrection of our souls. I want to know that I know, what I believe lines up with the Bible and my Saviour, Jesus. (Yahshua)
 
My Question Is? Does the Bible confirm the doctrine in which we have an immortal soul and when we accept Jesus we are born again? Upon the death of our body, our soul is set free and immediately goes to heaven or hell?
 
Or, does the Bible confirm we are a soul and when we accept Christ, the Holy Ghost seals our spirit, our soul goes through a process of sanctification and when our soul dies, it goes to the grave and waits for the resurrection to be “born again?”
 
What do you think? Is this important?
 
I think it is very important and maybe even dangerous if one of these beliefs rejects or by passes Jesus.
 
Any doctrine, which leads us to remove our focus from “looking” for Jesus, “believing” in what He says and putting our “faith in Him”, does not come from Him. Paul warns us of different gospels coming forth, which pervert the gospel of Christ in Galatians 1:5-6:
 
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
 
But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
 
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
 
In the Prophetic Ministry we know a prophetic word will NEVER go against the Word of God. In the same manner, we should be able to back up our beliefs through the Word of God and be wary of different doctrines, which seek to lead us away from Jesus and His Gospel.
 
In the Bible, the Berean people were eager to learn, just like us, but they examined the Scriptures daily to see whether the things they “heard” were true, according to the gospel. (Acts 17:11)
 
So that’s what I am doing, checking to see if what I was told, lines up with the Scriptures, but some folks do not agree. They don’t want to listen to anything except what they believe or have been taught, much less bring forth Scriptures to confirm their beliefs. They get mad and take offense, but is it wrong to make sure what we believe lines up with the Word of God?  Can we witness truth to others, if we don’t truly understand what the Bible says, is really what it means?
 
Isn’t it time for us to understand what the Scriptures say and be able to explain to new converts without having to say, “Well, we won’t really understand how everything works till we get to heaven, you just have to believe.” Would it not
be better to have the revelation and have it make sense?
 
Pastor Jeff told me in searching out a truth in the Bible we are suppose to use “biblical hermeneutics.”
 
I didn’t know how to pronounce that word much less understand what it meant until he shared, “It is the study of the principles and methods of interpreting the text of the Bible. 
 
2 Timothy 2:15 commands “believers” (that’s us) to be involved in hermeneutics: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who correctly handles the word of truth.”
 
The most important law of biblical hermeneutics is the Bible should be interpreted “literally.” We are to understand the Bible in it’s normal or plain meaning, unless the passage is obviously intended to be symbolic or if figures of speech are used.
 
For instance, when Jesus said He fed “the five thousand” in Mark 8:19, the law of hermeneutics says we should understand there really were 5,000 hungry people who were fed with REAL bread and fish by a REAL miracle done by our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
 
Any attempt to “spiritualize” the number or to deny this literal miracle is to do an “injustice” to the text and ignore the purpose of language, which is to communicate.
 
Some people interpret Scripture and make a mistake of trying to “read between the lines,” to come up with esoteric meanings that are not truly in the text, as if every passage has a hidden spiritual truth that we should seek to decrypt to confirm their opinion.
 
I have also been told to seek the law of the first mentioned when I have biblical questions. According to the Biblical Research Studies Group, the Law of First Mention is “principle that requires one to go to that portion of the Scriptures where a doctrine is mentioned for the first time and to study the first occurrence of the same in order to get the fundamental inherent meaning of that doctrine.
 
So, that’s what I am going to do. I’m going to do the hermeneutics stuff and find out where the word “soul” is first mentioned and see what the Scripture actually says. 
 
I don’t know if I have all the answers, but you are more than welcome to come along with me on my study, as I dig to find out more about what the Scriptures say about our souls. 
 
I pray for revelation and understanding to come and be my guide and I pray you will know my heart as I step out to bring forth information, which I believe is important to all of us who seek to be truly “born again” into the Kingdom of  Heaven.
 
 
The First Mention of the Soul
 
The Creation of the Soul – Adam Genesis 2:7
 
And the LORD God (Yahweh) formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath (neshemmah) of life; and man became a living soul (nephesh).
 
 
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In looking at this Scripture remember the law of biblical hermeneutics (literal translation)
 
There is nothing hidden in this Scripture. Man became a living soul when God did two things:
 
He formed the Body out of the dust of the ground and, He Breathed into his body the breath of life
 
The recipe in the Bible to make a soul is:
 
Body + Breath of Life = The Living Soul
 
The Scripture does not say God gave Adam a body and a soul. He gave Adam a body and His Breath and then = Adam became a living soul.
 
The Scripture does not say man has a soul, it says man IS a soul.
 
The body without the breath is not a soul, likewise the breath without a body is not a soul.
 
It is the combination of the two, which “produce,” a “living” soul.
Take another look “carefully” at the verse, it does not say man has a soul, or that God gave man a soul, but rather – man IS a soul.
 
We don’t need to interpret or draw any reference to other passages; we are simply to believe what God said: Body + Breath = Soul
 
So, do you believe what the Scripture said? Are you already thinking I am crazy because, this is not what you were taught? Well, it is not what I was taught either.
 
Remember: This is not my teaching; it is the Word of God.
 
This is a foundational Scripture and if we miss this, it will be like building a house where the footer is off in the foundation.  Even if it is only off by a half an inch, by the time we get to the first level of the house, there will be major issues and struggles as doors may not shut, walls may crack and counters may be un-level, all because we didn’t build upon a solid foundation.
 
The same thing applies in the spirit realm. The Scripture we are building our foundation on is Genesis 2:7:
 
Body + Breath of Life = The Living Soul
 
If we begin to alter this foundation by seeking other definitions or opinions, instead of holding onto that which is written, we can be sure there will be structural damage later when other Scriptures refer to our soul/life.
 
The original Hebrew word for “soul” is nephesh. Bagster’s Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon define it as  “breath,” and “anything that breathes, an animal.” It can also refer to a “person,” or even “one dead, a dead body.”
 
Did you notice the same “breath of life” also passes through the nostrils of animals according to the Hebrew definition above and look at what is said in
Genesis 7:21-22:
 
21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
 
22) All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all  that was in the dry land, died.
 
So, is it the breath of life that is cut off when a human being or an animal drowns? 
 
Verse 22: Then the source of life in man and animals would be the same right?
 
If the “breath of life” was what people refer to as an “immortal soul,” then animals, birds and even insects, gnats, fleas, mosquitoes, etc. would all have souls!
 
In Genesis 1:21, 24; 2:19; 9:10; 12, 15-16 and Leviticus 11:46, the same word nephesh is translated “creature” when referring to animals.
 
21 And God created great whales and every living creature (nephesh) that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
 
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature (nephesh) after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
 
After God had formed the man Adam and made every cell in his body, what did He do to give him life? He blew air – “the breath of life” containing oxygen into the man’s lungs through his nostrils, and the man began to live! The verse does not say God breathed an immortal soul into the man.
 
In order to separate animals from man, some people use the Scripture Gen 1:27 to argue man is immortal;
 
Gen 1:27: So, God (Yahweh) created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created He them.
 
If we go against the law of hermeneutics and begin to try and change the meaning of what Genesis 2:7 stated by using the words “Image of God,” we begin a slippery slope journey, which can take us down several rabbit trails.  For Example:
 
God also made animals and called them souls because they have a body and the breath too, however though they can be called souls, they were not made in God’s Image and so, because God is immortal and man is made in His Image, then naturally man is immortal too.
 
But, there are no Scriptures to back this up and there is no reason to “assume,” because God is immortal, He must have imparted some kind of immortality to man as a characteristic attribute that just naturally went along. Do we have a Scripture on that? No, but we have this Scripture in Romans 2:7 which tells us to “seek immortality.
 
who “will render to each one according to his deeds”:[a] eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;
 
There are many places in the Scriptures where God calls us “mortal man.” New Testament and Old!
 
‘Can a mortal be innocent before God? Can anyone be pure before the Creator?’
Job 4:17
 
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Romans 1:21-23
God calls us mortals, but He alone is called immortal.
 
 
I Timothy 6:13-16
 
13 I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, 15 which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
 
Even if we said OK, lets go with this view of Adam being immortal and start to mess with our foundation in Gen 2:7, what do we do with Gen 5:3 where we read of the generations of Adam.
 
And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
 
Whatever the “image of God” Adam had, after the fall into sin and disobedience in eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, his kids didn’t get it.
 
And after the fall of Adam, there is no mention of the Image of God,
all of us born into the Family of Adam, were made in Adam’s image,
Mortal Men, humans, homo sapiens.
 
Check out Ezekiel Chapter 2 and 3 as God repeatedly calls Ezekiel, “Mortal man….”Here are just two of the Scriptures where God calls Ezekiel Mortal Man.
 
“Mortal man, stand up. I want to talk to you.” Eze 2:1
 
“But you, mortal man, must not be afraid of them or of anything they say. Eze 2:6 GWT
 
To make the “image of God” into a doctrine, in which it is interpreted as “an immortal soul, or any other kind of a soul for that matter, is impossible without making another assumption, which clearly contradicts the way Gen 2:7 clearly defines what the soul is:
 
Body + Breath of Life = Soul
 
Another argument which people use to justify man has an immortal soul comes from Gen 2:17:
 
 But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
 
I wonder if anyone else ever pondered over what God said to Adam and Eve about being able to eat from the trees in the garden.  
 
No doubt Adam was told NOT to eat of the tree of knowledge, before Eve was created, however, does anyone remember if God said, they could not eat of the tree of life? 
 
The answer is no.  They could have chosen the tree of life, but they went after the one (only one) tree they were commanded not to eat of and our enemy, Satan, was right there. 
 
Eve is talking with Satan as the Snake and he is more than happy to egg her on to eat of the tree of knowledge.
 
Since Satan is a celestial being, he is of the spirit and had the knowledge, Adam and Eve did not as they are terrestrial beings.  But, why didn’t they choose the tree of life (eternal life)? 
 
I don’t know either, but for sure they made a bad choice in what they did and Satan pushed them along.
 
God, Jesus, the Angels and all the heavenly beings, are called celestial beings, they are as the wind. 
 
We here on earth are called earthy or terrestrial. 
 
That which of spirit was born of the spirit (heavens), That which is of the flesh is born of the flesh (earth)
 
The Family of God = celestial beings – heavenly
 
The Family of Adam/Man = terrestrial beings – earthly
 
That which is born of the flesh is of the Family of Adam
 
That which is born of the spirit is of the God Family

God’s Creation – The Salt Covenant

God’s Creation – The Salt Covenant

October 15, 2001 4:00:56 AM

Hello Firestorm:

Recently we had quite a discussion during the Monday Night Forum regarding salt. Question? Is it Biblical to sprinkle salt in and around our homes to purify and sanctify them to Yahweh, since salt is widely used by witches and the occult in their ceremonies?

Where is the Biblical proof? Did Yahweh say to sanctify and purify our homes with salt, to Him? Does salt have power, and if so, is it evil or Godly?

I have to admit, I did not find any Scripture that said, “Take salt and pray over it, then walk to the area that you want to purify or sanctify, sprinkle lightly in those places, and call on the LORD.”

However, I did not find any Scripture that said, “If witches use anything that was used in holy ceremonies by God or His People in the Bible, discontinue using it immediately, it is now evil.”

God is the creator of all things. Salt was created by His Hand and used in His ceremonies to consecrate, purify, protect and to curse. Satan is well aware of God’s Ways and creations. He knows which ones have power and he uses them for his own purposes.

The fact that Witches and such use salt in their ceremonies does not take away the power or symbol of what salt means to God and His People. In Witchcraft, just as in the Bible, salt is considered to be a natural purifying agent. It is used to cleanse an area in which a ritual or magical circle will be erected.
Some Witches/Wiccan’s sprinkle salt on the ground to purify the sacred space. Others mix salt with water and sprinkle it on the ground. In some traditions, salt is placed in a bowl on the altar to represent the element of Earth.

Consecration/Witchcraft: This is an act of purifying and dedicating an object or a place. Most Wiccans/Witches consecrate a new ritual tool, deity statue, or a piece of jewelry, and so forth. In many traditions this involves “sprinkling” of salt or salted water on the object, along with the introduction of incense smoke. A special oil can also be used to anoint and thereby sanctify. Typically an invocation is spoken during this process, announcing that the negative energies are being removed and the positive energies are being instilled.

A consecration can also be done in the name of a spirit or deity. For example, one might wish to dedicate a ritual wand to the service of a god or goddess. One might also wish to consecrate a statue to serve as an altar symbol of divinity. In such cases, the cleansing is performed as customary and then the object is “anointed with oil” in the “name of the spirit or deity.”

***Hmmm. If witches use salt to cleanse an area from all spirits, so they can call on the ones they want, that is a pretty good confirmation that any and all spirits leave an area when salt is applied.

Some deliverance ministers have used salt in their sessions as well as; crucifixes, oil, wine, incense, candles, holy water and a mix of holy water and salt. In Luke 10:34 the Good Samaritan poured oil and wine into a man’s wounds.

I found some other interesting items that Witches use in their ceremonies that are Biblical. I wonder who told them to do all this stuff?

The Olive Tree (Olea Europaea) is a sacred tree in southern European paganism and witchcraft. In Aegean/Mediteranean mythology Athena/Minerva created the olive tree in a competition against Poseidon for mastery of an important seaport (Athens). Therefore the olive tree was considered sacred to Athena/Minerva and, as a sacred item, olive oil was used as a fuel for temple lamps.

The Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans carved many of their deity statues from olive wood. The olive, though primarily a symbol of peace, was also a Greek Symbol of war in its association with Athena. Victory wreaths often sported both lauel and olive leaves. However, the olive was more noted as the symbol of the goddess Pax (Latin for “peace”), under whose name messengers and other individuals often requested asylum.

In ancient times the olive tree was believed to be the dwelling place of the moon, and therefore it came to symbolize the moon. This symbolism tied the olive to the ancient Moon Virgin race, the prize being an olive branch. This race was an archaic form of the hieros gamos, the divine marriage of the sun god and moon goddess.

Honey is a symbol of immortality, initiation and rebirth. As such it was used as an offering to the gods, ancestral spirits, and spirits of Nature. Mixed with wine and milk it was called the nectar of the gods. Honey was used in ancient times to anoint in initiation because honey itself was the result of a mysterious process of transformation performed by bees.

The gathering of honey from a beehive was a risky business in ancient times and so, honey became the symbol of obtaining knowledge through pain. Honey was also used as an offering for the dead and thus, we find the association of bees with departed souls.

How about this, in ancient times, honey was employed as part of a formula for preventing pregnancy. It was mixed with the juice of Roman nettle (Urtica pilulifera) and applied to a strip of linen. The linen was inserted into the vagina prior to intercourse. The honey presented a barrier and the nettle juice acted as a spermicide. Prostitutes in Roman brothels used this method and there are records of it having been used in ancient Egypt as well.

Blood is also used in ceremonies by the occult, Witches, Wiccans, and cults. Many have black masses and use the cross as one of their symbols. The list goes on and on. Satan uses anything and everything he can to pervert Yahweh’s Stuff.

Think about it. He is not a creator. He is not God. He doesn’t have anything of his own. He robs, steals, and destroys what God creates.

So, what about the real purpose for salt? How and what did God create salt for? Is it symbolic or demonic?

Salt was a necessary seasoning for food and a preservative – without it, food spoiled easily in the hot desert climax. Rock salt was obtained from mines deep in the earth’s surface and The Dead Sea produced an inferior salt, but it’s accessibility made it a major source of salt in the Holy Land. The Dead Sea has a salinity of nearly 10 times that of regular seawater and it cannot sustain plant or animal life.

We read in Genesis 29:26 Lot’s wife looked back in willful disobedience to Yahweh and was turned into a pillar of “salt.” Since salt is known to be a preservative, it is believed that this act of rebellion was to be preserved for generations, plus salt is a permanent chemical. The punishment of this woman was to be permanent for all to see for a long, long time.

In Leviticus 2:13, it is revealed salt is to be used in all offerings. “And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.

(NIV: Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings.)

***I don’t believe salt was used here as a preservative for the sacrifices. It was the renewing of the covenant, purification and sanctification. Notice, we are told to use salt with all our offerings. If we pray and offer our lives and homes up as an offering, should we not use salt?)

The offerings were seasoned with salt as a reminder of the people’s covenant (contract) with Yahweh. Salt is a symbol of HIM in a person, because like salt He penetrates, preserves, and aids in healing.

 

 

When God becomes a part of you, He is every aspect of your life, preserving you from the evil all around and healing you of your sins and shortcomings.

Numbers l8:19 reveals the covenant which Yahweh makes with His people and in this verse it is characterized by purity, permanence, stability and savour.

“Yes, I am giving you all these holy offerings that the people of Israel bring to the LORD. They are for you and your sons and daughters, to be eaten as your permanent share. This is an eternal and unbreakable covenant between the LORD and you, and it also applies to your descendants.”

What does “SALT” represent?

Salt: Being possessed of purifying, perpetuating and antiseptic qualities, “salt” became emblematic of fidelity and friendship among eastern nations. To eat of a person’s “salt” and so to share his hospitality is still regarded thus among the Arabs. This partaking of salt by different persons together is regarded among the Arabs as a pledge of friendship. It is equivalent to a most solemn covenant.

Numerous instances are recorded in history about the covenant initiated by travelers who share salt together. So deeply rooted is this sentiment that intended robbery has been abandoned when the robber has accidentally eaten salt while getting his plunder. Travelers have sometimes secured their safety while in the midst of wild Bedouins by using stratagem in getting the Arabs to eat salt with them.

Macgreor tells how he outwitted a sheikh who had made him a prisoner, and whose disposition seemed to be rather unfriendly. “We had now eaten salt together, and in his own tent, and so he was bound by the strongest tie, and he knew it.”

So too, by using salt in their sacrifices ages ago, people were bound to Yahweh, just as we are today, in the most solemn of covenants. We, as Christians, are in the “covenant of salt” with Yahweh.

Food was and is seasoned with “salt.” every meal offering was to contain it, and it was to be offered with all offerings presented by Israelites, as emblematic of the holiness of Christ, and as betokening the reconciliation provided for man by God on the ground of the death of Christ. Lev 2:l3.

 

 

Salt was actually a part of Israelite worship an indication of the b’rit of covenant

“And you shall season each of your grain offerings with salt; you must not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offering—you are to add salt to each of your offerings.”
(Note: This is not iodized salt, See Part One Salt)

It would appear we are supposed to have been using salt with all of our offerings to God. I had always thought of salt as just a seasoning on the table for food with no holy attributes. I never knew salt could be so important in my life. Now who would have removed that information from me? Does everyone else know about this, but me?

More on Salt

To refuse God’s provision in Christ and the power (efficacy) of His expiatory sacrifice is to expose oneself to be “salted with fire,” (Mark 9:49-50).

For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.”

While “salt” is used to fertilize soil, excess of it on the ground produces sterility (Deut 29:23; Judg. 9:45; Jer. l7:6; Zeph 2:9)

(Notice it says that if we use too much salt it can be a curse. Thus, I believe “sprinkling” is a good idea when we use salt.

(***Salt is used not only as a symbol of the covenant made between God and His People, it is what seals the deal. The salt binds us together legally. It is a heavenly symbol.)

In Deuteronomy 29:23 Here we are shown salt as a part of the symbols of God’s judgment and curse wherein He prevents the growth of all green things in order to punish the enemy.

And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the Lord overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:

In Judges 9:45 Abimelech used salt as a curse and he “beat down the city, and sowed it with salt.”

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“And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren. And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put “salt” therein. And they brought it to him. And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. SO THE WATERS WERE HEALED UNTO THIS DAY, ACCORDING TO THE SAYING OF ELISHA WHICH HE SPAKE.” II KINGS 2:19-22

****BINGO HEALING FROM SALT BEING THROWN INTO THE WATER AND IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.

(Notice Elisha said there would be no more death or barren land. He purified and sanctified the water and it was protected and is still pure to this day. If we make a salt covenant with God, He is no respecter of persons, He will heal our land, homes, lives, whatever. We need to renew our salt covenants with God.)

In Ezekiel 16:4 the chapter reveals there was no period of preparation in the forming of the nation of Israel.

God called Abraham, he obeyed and began the Nation of Israel immediately. He did not receive the usual treatment at birth. During this time new born babes were rubbed with salt in order to harden their skin; this operation was supposed to make it dry, tight and firm. It may have also been applied as an emblem of purity and incorruption.

When Jesus was born they probably called an experienced midwife. She may have helped Mary through her labor, as later tradition described. If so, it was this unknown Bethlehem midwife who cut the baby’s umbilical cord. Following typical procedures she would have brought water, or asked Joseph to fetch some, and then bathed the child. TO PREVENT INFECTION, she would have rubbed salt all over Jesus’ body.

 

 

********BINGO PROTECTION************

 

Salt was added to sacrificial offerings (Ezek 43:24), and infants were rubbed with it after birth (Ezek 16:4)

Jesus called his disciples the “salt of the earth,” likening their role to the preservative qualities of salt, which kept food free of contamination. Yet he cautioned them not to become worthless like salt that has lost it’s flavor (Mt 5:13).

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”

Selah: We as disciples are to keep ourselves free from contaminants of the world and to help others. We are the walking, talking testimony of Christ. Jesus knew that salt preserved from corruption, that’s what He wants us to do. Preserve from corruption.

Salt was the choice for preventing bacteria from poisoning food. It was so vital for this purpose that wars were fought over salt, and entire economies were based on it. Salt could literally make the difference between life and death in a time when fresh food was unavailable.

Salt For Pay

Two thousand years ago the Roman Empire paid it’s soldiers in salt. The storage vault for salt was called in Latin, the salarium, from which comes the English word “salary.” Ever since Roman days, a worker who does poorly “isn’t worth his salt.”

In Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

(From the Dakes Bible: Let your speech be always spiced and seasoned with answers that will oppose sin and preserve from the corruption thereof. Let it be holy, wise, gracious, Christian, savory, wholesome, courteous, respectful, desirable and worthy of being kept in the memory of others.)

You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? Matthew 5:13 Let not our salt be diluted by the ways of the world. Let us remain salty in our representation of Christ.

We need to be aware of the qualities salt has which we do not see in the natural. I know I will never look at my salt shaker the same way because, now I understand, when I salt something, it is not only for taste, but maybe that is the renewing of my salt covenant with God and He is using that to protect me. Salt by the Spirit, is a prophetic/spiritual symbol to me, the same as my communion, the cross, holy water and oil.

There are so many things that have been taken away from the Kingdom of God by the enemy through deception and the lack of knowledge. I see where many do not like music, song and dance. What a shame. God created music in the very beginning. Satan took them, perverted and stole them from us.

Well, for me it stops here. You cannot have what God has given me. They are mine and to be used for the Kingdom of God to set the captives free. You cannot have my salt!

I will include a little salt in my purse, right next to my oil and my bible. I make a new covenant with My God to stand and not let anything or anyone dilute my salt or steal my weapons. I will take those thoughts captive, I will study and dig into the Word, I will clean out my ears and listen and I will call out to My Father in prayer and supplication.

In looking back to the beginning of my posting, I guess I have not been able to find the Scriptures to prove Biblically where it says for any of us to personally use salt to protect, make covenant, purify, sanctify, cleanse from evil spirits, curse or heal.

But, you know what???? My spirit is alive and well and I hear, “Use what’s in the House of God!” Well, that’s My House and baby, I have Salt!

 

Blessings, bon

References: King James Bible, John Hagee Prophecy Bible, NIV, New Jerusalem Bible, Bible Readers Companion, New Concise Bible Dictionary, Webster’s Nineth New Collegiate Dictionary, Holman New Testament Commentary, Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary, Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft, Manners & Customs of the Bible, A Dictionary of Bible Types, Reader’s Digest, Jesus And His Times.

The Prophet & The Wilderness

 

The Prophet & The Wilderness

 

Have you noticed, there is an increase in the use of the words, “Prophecy/Prophetic” everywhere? Throughout the Internet and in churches all over the world, we are seeing a people being raised up, who are hungry to learn how to hear the voice of God, what it means to move in the prophetic and what does a Prophet do? Is there any doubt Yahweh is raising up His end time prophetic generation, right in front of our eyes?

There are many in this remnant who seek to prophesy and have their eyes on fame and glory. However, Yahweh wants much more than just an inflated mouthpiece. He is pouring His Heart into those who will carry His Words to a hurting and dark world, snatching souls out of the fire and declaring and proclaiming His Will for this Earth through the Ministry of the Prophets.

Some people will move in the prophetic gift and be satisfied to just give a couple words here and there, but there are others, who are struggling with a hunger and passion burning deep inside of them, and they are willing to “pay the price,” to carry the mantle of a Prophet of Yahweh.

So, what does it mean to, “pay the price?” It means you will be trained, tested and examined, to see what is on the inside of you. The call upon a prophet does not just revolve around whether you will stretch your faith and trust out of the boat and walk on the water to prophesy. Biblically speaking, there are three categories or areas you will have to go “through,” if you are seeking to be a prophet.

There is the Calling, the Consecration and then, the Commissioning

Many of us have an inner knowing, we have been called into the prophetic ministry. You can’t stop thinking about it, you read about it, you join prophetic classes, go to conferences to hear people prophesy, study the prophets, in other words, you eat, sleep drink and think about the prophetic realm. It consumes you day and night.

You may have also had some supernatural experiences, where God has touched you and confirmed through seasoned prophets, He has given you the ability to hear and speak, to prophecy, His Words. You have spiritual confirmations and it is on your heart, to share His words with those He puts in your path. You hunger to prophesy, you love sensing Yahweh inside you and moving through you, to speak to those in need. You seek to learn more about the prophetic, but the real passion in your heart, is to have a deeper and more intimate relationship with God. You want to know everything about Yahweh.

For me, my knowing came when I was sleeping. I heard an audible voice call my name. I woke up and looked around, but no one was there. Then, in my spirit, I heard the word “Grace” and then, number 5. So, I knew my name was called and then I had grace, but doesn’t the number 5 mean grace too?

I did not see or understand the message until Risa and I went to a Mike Bickle 3 day Prophetic Conference in Kansas City. When we returned to Nashville, Risa and I were talking about a possible Firestorm Conference and she was telling Deborah Inghram about it on the phone. So, I started browsing through a dream book written by Ira Milligan I bought at the conference.

I was looking in the number section and when I came to the number 5, I got suddenly moment, because He wrote: FIVE – Serve! It was at that time, I knew it was Yahweh who woke me up, by calling my Name. The message: Bonnie, I’m calling you and I am giving you Grace (power) to serve (#5). My spirit resonated in this and I know that I know, that day He called My Name to come forth and to go and serve.

So, knowing you are called is the first step but, what about consecration? What is consecration?

Consecration is the action of making or declaring something sacred.

If you believe Yahweh is only looking for those who have their eyes and ears tuned to Him to speak out prophetic words, you are mistaken. He is looking for those who will teach and activate His People and He is looking for those who will carry His standard or banner of excellence to this Earth.

He is wanting to share His Heart with His people through you. He is not interested in condemning or putting a guilt trip on someone, nor is He interested in sharing someone’s sins on an outdoor clothes line. He is in the business of saving souls, healing and deliverance and showering His Family with Supernatural Love and Grace (Power).

In the FS Situation Prayer Room Thursday Night, we had people asking for prayer because they are continually having to deal with all kinds of personal issues such as; health, finances, family, relationships, jobs, you name it, everyone was dealing with something. It is interesting though, in the midst of these storms, everyone is still passionate about Yahweh and seeking His Help. They are faithful to Him and yet, trouble is everywhere. Several mentioned they felt like they were in the “wilderness.’ and they are just wore out.

Well guess what? The wilderness is the next step in the process of becoming a vessel Yahweh can flow through and trust to be obedient. You have to know and understand where you are and what season you are in, to be able to stand. The wilderness is where a vessel is pressed and broken, through the trials and tribulations, this world brings. Consecration reveals the character of the one who will stand and be faithful under pressure and operate under the banner of Yahweh, with humility, holiness, authenticity and His Power. That is the Real Deal. It is not the real deal to be a prophet for hire, who falls in love with all the stage lights, cameras and sells prophetic words with no regard or desire to help introduce, teach and train people in the church about Yahweh or His coming Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth.

Consecration is a process repeated several times in the life of a prophet who is seeking to minister for Yahweh to the Body of Christ. The wilderness training is where the desires of a carnal heart are revealed, those desires hidden deep in the heart, which long for the applause of men, character flaws of religious pride, fleshy arrogance, ambition and the lust for money, such as with Balaam, Simon the sorcerer and the Pythia, who prophesied as the oracle of Delphi, to make money for herself and her masters.

Those who have never spent time in the place of consecration in the wilderness and refuse to go in, miss the training of being in the “hiddenness” place with God and can still crave earthly praise and platforms on the world stage, instead of spending time with Yahweh in conversation (prayer), behind closed doors, learning more about His Heart and Will for His Kingdom.

Think about it and check your heart. Do you think Yahweh would raise up a prophet in the midst of today’s world, whose heart was dark, filled with impure thoughts and motives for self interest and personal gain? I think not. The consecration, the stripping, the purifying, the cleansing all have to come first and if not…around the mountain we go again to learn humility, meekness and how to overcome, as best we can, as we go “through the valley of the shadow of death.”

And, are we alone in our consecration ? No! More than once in the Situation Room, I heard the Word of the Lord saying, “I will not leave you or forsake you, I AM with you.” And if He is with us, who can be against us? Do not lose heart regarding the processes you will have to go through. Know Yahweh is with you and has only good thoughts for you. Go for the training and see the Hand of the Father upon Your Life. Think upon those things, which are to come, when there shall be no disease, no death, no bondage or prisons and such.

When Jesus told us to pray the Lord’s Prayer, He knew this was the best prayer for us to release over and into the Earth, which would best bring Him back to us. What a Great and Mighty God – Yahweh!!!! Hallelujah!

The prophetic training ground for “all” of the called prophets of God Is the Wilderness. This is where we are consecrated, (made holy) for service to Yahweh and His Church. Here is where we learn our talk has to line up with our walk.

Do you think that is why James said, “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driving and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:2-9

Matter of fact the whole chapter of James 1 is important – to those seeking the Prophetic Gift or title of a Prophet. I have enclosed the rest of the chapter below from James, but there is one more area after the consecration (ouch, ouch, ouch) in the wilderness. It is the commissioning and it is coming next, in part 2.

Blessings and please read the rest of James Chapter 1:9-27 below.

The Perspective of Rich and Poor

9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. 11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.

Loving God Under Trials

12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Qualities Needed in Trials

19 [c]So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Doers—Not Hearers Only

21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and [d]overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

26 If anyone [e]among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, andto keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Footnotes:

a. James 1:3 endurance or perseverance

b. James 1:4 mature

c. James 1:19 NU Know this or This you know

d. James 1:21 abundance

e. James 1:26 NU omits among you

Desiring Prophecy

 

 

FS Prophetic Training: Desiring ALL the Gifts

From the Friday Night Prophetic Classes

Firestorm Ministry offers a minimum of two training classes a month for those seeking to understand and move in the Prophetic. These classes are set up to help train, equip and activate those who are hungry to learn more about the Prophetic Ministry and how to move in it. (See Info below to access the Classes)

Activation’s and various spiritual exercises are presented in order to increase the ability for those who participate, to see and hear, not just with their natural senses, but to access the supernatural realm through the use of the gift of prophecy.

We belong and enter into a supernatural kingdom, when we are “born again” and filled with the Spirit of Christ. The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy (Revelation 19:10)

When we move into the area to covet prophecy, we move into the supernatural realm, it is good to remember, “The highest realm in the supernatural is to know Jesus and be conformed into His very image. Romans 8:29-30

29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

The ability to function in all nine gifts of the Spirit should not be something beyond our comprehension or spiritual capacity as believers, should it?

I Corinthians 1:7 says: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

So, in order to live a lifestyle, in which we come behind in no gift, we better take a good look here; a life which is lived in the Spirit, consists of more than merely manifesting a few gifts of the Spirit, ever so often. Did you get that?

Question? I have taken several spiritual gifts tests and they have told me what gifts I have and what I don’t. There doesn’t seem to be a little asterisk at the bottom of the page saying, “This is where you are now, but keep pressing in to receive more gifts.”

Question? If there were a limit to how many gifts could manifest in our life, why doesn’t Scripture tell us?

I Corinthians 12:11 reveals: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts and He alone decides which gift each person should have, not a man made test. I am not saying it is bad to take such a test to find out where you are today, but if it puts limits upon you and you think you can’t have any more gifts, I have a problem and so should you. Anything or anyone who puts spiritual limitations upon you, is moving into a place of authority over you, where they don’t belong, unless it is God.

Look at I Corinthians 12:31

But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

This Scripture says you and I should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts. Interesting don’t you think?

I think this means ALL nine gifts of the Spirit are available and accessible to all believers, that’s us, you and me. Yahweh wants us to be at the place where we position ourselves, to allow any particular gift to flow through us, whenever His Spirit desires.

We can settle for where we are now in the gifts, or for those gifts we are familiar and operating in, or we can press in for MORE. I say we go for MORE. And if we are going to press in for more, the gift of prophecy would be a great place for starters, which is one of the reasons we are taught to desire (covet) to prophesy.

(I Corinthians 14:1 – Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives —especially the ability to prophesy.

Desiring the Prophetic Gift

In exploring the prophetic, there is a dimension called the gift of prophecy, which can “unlock,” what the scriptures speak of as a “more excellent way” of flowing in spiritual gifts (I Corinthians 12:31-14:2).

This is why we are exploring the gift of prophecy and seeking to first understand the foundations of all nine gifts of the Spirit and understand, they are available to ALL believers.

It’s time, we not only know our prominent and most comfortable areas of gifting, but also the keys to flowing in and activating all nine gifts of the Spirit. I wonder if Yahweh has more? Just wondering.

Be quick to embrace this fact: Beyond receiving the gifts, we have received the Spirit of Christ who manifests all of the gifts. Did you get that!!! Would there be anytime when He wanted to move in any gift, where you would not let Him. If you are in Him and He is in you?? Think about it!

The More Excellent Way is in I Corinthians 12:31 where we are told to: “But covet earnestly the “best gifts:” and yet shew I unto you a “more excellent way.”

Did you catch it, the first thing we are supposed to give attention of is, according to I Cor. 12:31, there are some gifts of the Spirit, which are preferred over others.

Secondly, we are to understand there is a “more excellent way” of us to pursue various gifts to operate in our lives.

According to I Corinthians 14:1 it should be clear, this “more excellent way” of operating in the gifts is located in the context of “love” and “the gift of prophecy.”

These are the two key components, which can act as a catalyst to ignite and release various gifts of the Spirit. In fact, the gift of prophecy has a history of pioneering the activation of multiple spiritual gifts. This truth is exemplified in the prophets of old, the life of Jesus and in the early church.

However, here is something to ponder. The scriptural references concerning this level of prophetic activity is rather frequently designated to those who walked in the fivefold office’s of the Apostle, Evangelist and Prophet, which means, those who through the prophetic unction flowed in all nine gifts of the Spirit were people who were wholly given to the Lord’s official service in the ministry. Are you that hungry?

Nevertheless, in Ephesians 4:11, a mandate is conveyed to equip the entire body of Christ, not just a special few in the church. *Notice the prophet is also included here to do His work and build up the church, not just give words.

11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

Therefore, scripturally, the ability to walk in all nine gifts of the Spirit – is not limited to the fivefold ministry.
Do I hear rejoicing?

Although many of us have not arrived, should it not still be our goal or pursuit to press toward the mark and the high calling for those of us who have the Spirit of Christ in us?

Think on these things and arise, I say tonight to you, arise and let the God in you shine bright and the glory of Yahshua come forth.

And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, a small rock and upon the large rock I will build my congregation (GK. Ekklesia – Called out ones) and the gates of hades will not prevail against her (Matthew 16:18)

The Impartation and Role of the Prophet

A couple nights ago, I woke up and scrambled to write down the following:

There have been times in our Nation when Yahweh rose up a people, carrying His Spirit, to bring Freedom to His People.

So, who were these people? I believe they were the Prophets.

God is stirring and calling out to His Prophets to rise up and take their place, many of whom are still immature, but this is their time and maturity will come, because this is their season and the reason, for their creation. Selah! (Think About It)

Yahweh is not calling them to go forth alone, but to link up in groups, where they will be strong and become an army, not easily defeated.

This is not as in the days of the Old Covenant, when there was one Prophet who Yahweh moved through. This is an army of Prophets for today – where Yahweh is fully manifested in them, through the Name Yahshua/Jesus and supernaturally empowered by His Spirit.

Yahweh is pouring out His Word to reveal strategies and directions to those who will be on the front lines of battle, where good and evil clash and He is doing it through the Prophetic.

Why?

Because the Prophetic Opens the Door to the Supernatural Realms of Yahweh and even though it is written, everyone is encouraged to covet prophecy in I Corinthians 14:39, there are many, who could care less about entering the supernatural realm of prophecy and all the supernatural doors it opens.

However, there is a tribe, who consider prophecy to be the inner most desire of their soul and a gift to be treasured, above all things. They are worshippers and intercessors that cry out for help from their knees to the heavens, seeking Yahweh’s Words, in the midst of darkness.

This is a tribe in the 5 Fold Ministry, different from the other four known as, The Prophets. Here are a people who have been given a mandate and a characteristic by Yahweh, to reveal, take down, destroy, overthrow, and yet, to plant and rebuild, according to His Purposes, before they were born. They are the set apart ones.

How do I know that? Because of what Yahweh said. In order to understand your place, your part of what is happening, you have to know what Yahweh put INTO you from before your beginning. It is the very core, the heart of who you are, to be what He spoke into you. It is why are you drawn to the Prophetic? It is your call and your destiny, if you want it!

Behold!!!

Here’s what Yahweh imparted into the Prophet in Jeremiah 1.

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb
Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations

And Jeremiah said, “O Sovereign Lord,” I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”

The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.

And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said,

Look, I have put my words in your mouth!

Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms

Some of you must uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow

Others you must build up and plant.

The very nature of the prophetic is to stand up against evil kingdoms of the satanic realm through Yahweh’s words, released from His Spirit to ours. He directs and leads, He commands, not by power or by might, but by His Spirit. We are not commanded to compromised and condone those things, which are against Yahweh. We are to be the light when there is darkness, to speak life where there is death and to speak the living Rhema Words of Yahweh to bring truth and reveal the Way through Christ.

Yahweh calls His Prophets to be strong and courageous in verse 17.

“Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.

Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land.

They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.”

The prophet is called to stand, declare, proclaim and to prophesy what Yahweh is releasing to His People. It is not about money or position or fame, it is about a nation of peoples who will perish without the living word of Yahweh spoken over them.

Yahweh brings power to the Words He gives us to speak. These shall birth the miracles, signs and wonders we hear about. They will come when we release His Words and Yahweh puts His power to them and everyone will know HE DID these things. It was not done by any man or woman, but through the Living God. He will receive all the glory and the honor and no man or woman or ritual or idol will be lifted up above Him.

You’re Calling:

It’s about you and the impartation Yahweh has placed in your inner belly, which causes you to seek and listen for His Words and then, your decision to be obedient and faithful to release His Words to those who so desperately need to hear them.

Now you know the rest of the story, about the Prophetic impartation Yahweh gave to You.

Blessings, bon

Bonnie Nelson, President
Firestorm Ministries, Int’l
https://www.FirestormMinistry.com

HAVES & HAVE NOTS

Hello Firestorm:

Recently, I heard a word for our Church (Victory Christian Center) and then, when I went to Alabama to visit Jim Mellard’s Church (Vineyard), I heard it again.  So, it may be this is a Corporate word, which needs to be shared with the whole church? You decide.

In this world there are those who are considered to be, “the Have’s & “the Have Not’s.” But I tell you today, this is not true in My Kingdom. There are no Have Not’s in My Family. If you have Me, you have it all, for I AM the God of Everything.

The World will soon ask you who I AM. What God is this you serve? What will you answer? Do you know My Name, for this World has many god’s. Again I ask, “Do you know My Name?”

I AM Yahweh and beside me there is no one.  I Am your God and I AM in you and you are in Me. You are the Have’s, not the Have not’s and when you Have Me, you have everything you need.  Rest and Abide in Me and remember, My Name is Yahweh.

Do you think this is a now Word for The Church?

Here are some facts to consider.

I am Yahweh, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another or My praise to idols.    Isaiah 42:8    Holman Christian Bible

1) His Name is Yahweh

Yahweh is called the Divine Name and the Tetragrammaton, or four-letter word, because it has four letters in Hebrew. Most Jewish people won’t even say Yahweh. Instead, they say HASHEM—a Hebrew word that means “The Name”, or they say Adonai—the Hebrew word for Lord. Yahweh is also called the Ineffable Name, or the unspeakable Name, but Yahweh’s Name is not unspeakable.

2) Yahweh’s Name has been Edited Out of Most Bible Translations

Yahweh’s Name doesn’t appear one time in the text of the three most popular English Bible translations on the market today. The King James Bible, the New American Standard Bible, and the New International Version substitute the titles “LORD” and “GOD” with all the letters capitalized where the Name “Yahweh” actually belongs.

Jewish religious leaders introduced this tradition in the mid-2nd century B.C., and it has continued since that time. This man-made tradition—which achieved near-universal acceptance in 1611 A.D. when the King James Bible editors failed to include the Name “Yahweh” in their inaugural edition—is wrong and dangerous for two reasons. 

First, it nullifies Yahweh’s explicit command to tell the world that we have only One Elohim—Yahweh. 

*Bible scholar and author Charles Ryrie said

the Name “Yahweh” appears exactly 6,823 times in the Old Testament

The New Testament is filled with direct quotes and paraphrased passages from the Old Testament and thus the Name “Yahweh” should appear all over the New Testament as well – 6,823 times, but it doesn’t. 

3) “LORD” and “GOD” are Titles—Not Names

 

“LORD” and “GOD” are titles—not names, and Yahweh never even hinted that we should declare His titles to the world. 

Think On This:  These two titles can be applied appropriately to wood, rock, or metal, and Yahweh Himself refers to anything fashioned into an idol for worship as either a “god” or a “lord.” 

Since these two titles don’t distinguish between Yahweh and inanimate objects and false deities, it makes no sense to believe they are appropriate substitutes for His Name. In truth, there is no substitute for the Name “Yahweh.”

4) Yahweh Commanded Us to Tell People Who He is by Name

Yahweh means “I AM”, and “I AM” is one of His Names. In Exodus 3:13-15, Yahweh told Moses, “I AM WHO I AM; thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Then He added this command:

“Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the Elohim of your fathers—the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This (Yahweh) is My Name forever, the Name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (NIV)

“Forever” means without end so it’s obvious that Yahweh never intended for us to substitute “LORD” and “GOD” for His Name. 

Since Yahweh instructed Moses to tell the Children of Israel to remember Him by the Name Yahweh “from generation to generation”, it’s perfectly clear that He wants everyone to know His Name, to call on Him by Name, and to tell people about Him by His Name.