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Jesus’s Comings

 

 

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Matthew 24: 44  “Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

In the Song of Solomon, Chapter 5,  the Shulamite woman was not ready for the Beloved when His hand was on the latch of her door.   Though she was intimate with Him,  her spirit  stirring at His very presence, her soul failed her as she did not want to be inconvenienced in having to get back up from bed.   It is similar with the five foolish Virgins.  All ten virgins in the parable had a level of relationship with Jesus Christ, yet only five were ready to meet their Bridegroom at His arrival.  The other five allowed other things to take priority over their Beloved.   When the call came for their Bridegrooms soon arrival, they found they had little oil left in their lamps..  They  never made a point to cultivate their relationship with the Holy Spirit, and had never gone beyond receiving Jesus as not only their Savior, but also the Lord and King of their hearts.    When the Bridegroom arrived,  they cried for Him to open the door for them, but it remained shut.  He never knew them., because they never allowed themselves to get to know HIM.

Getting back to the Shulamite woman in the Song of Solomon,  there is a prophetic correlation between her experience and the disciples’ experience of sleeping in Gethsemane while Jesus was asking , “Could you not watch and pray with me for one hour?”  At the end of verse 1, Chapter 5, we read: “Eat, oh friends, and drink;  drink deeply, oh Lovers.”  This verse seems prophetic of when Jesus broke the bread and offered His disciples wine in the upper room.    “Take , eat- this is My body broken for you.”  With the wine, He said, “Drink of it;  all of you, for this is My blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” This intimate moment between Jesus, our Bridegroom and His disciples was truly a sacred event.. no doubt with tears of emotion shared between them as they shared that bread and wine.. in rememberance of Him, and His Sacrifice He was about to do for all mankind’s sake.    Jesus, full of tenderness , could truly say with passion to His disciples, and all who sincerely take Holy Communion, “Eat, oh friends, and drink;  drink deeply, Oh lovers!”

In verse 2 of Song of Solomon, the Shulamite woman continues:  “I slept but My heart was awake.  Hark!  My Beloved is kneeling.   “Open to Me, My sister, My love, My dove, My perfect one- for My head is wet with dew, My locks with the drops of the night.”   Her Beloved had just endured the labor of spiritual battle against the Enemy.  It was so intense that His hair was wet with perspiration .. from the events of the night.  No doubt, He sought solace and encouragement from the one He loved, but she was too comfortable  to get out of her bed to open the door for  Him.  When she finally made the effort, He had departed

In Gethsemane, Jesus , also, endured great spiritual attack from the forces of darkness, where His hair and body was drenched with His own perspiration..  as though drenched in blood.  (and it is quite probable that His perspiration was also mixed with actual blood).   “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me;  nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”  He cried to the Father after falling on His face in agonizing prayer.  Scripture continues:  “And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping and He said to Peter, “so could you not watch with Me for one hour?”  “Watch and pray that you may not enter temptation.  The spirit, indeed, is willing but the flesh is weak.”

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Just as with the Shulamite in the Song of Solomon,  Jesus’s closest disciples gave into their flesh and failed to be available when their Bridegroom needed them the most.   Notice how the scripture is worded, “He Came” to the disciples.  Just as the Beloved CAME to the Shulamite at an inconvenient time for her,  our Lord often comes to us.. when we least expect or are ready for Him.    There are many visitations Jesus gives us, before His Final Return on this Earth.

In verse 6 of Song of Solomon, we read:  “I opened to My Beloved, but My Beloved had turn and gone.  My soul failed Me when He spoke.  I sought Him but found Him not.  I called Him but He gave no answer.”   In Matthew 26:  45-46, we are shown how Jesus was taken away from His disciples.   Seized by the temple guards right after they awoke from their slumber.   Ready to surrender Himself to His enemies, and knowing they were about to take Him, verse 45 reads:  “Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?  Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.”     While His disciples were not ready or prepared , Jesus , Himself, was always alert and prepared for His Father’s will.   Nothing caught Him off guard.. no matter how inconvenient the situation was.  So abandoned is He to the Father’s will.

After Jesus surrendered Himself to the temple guards and was taken away,  His disciples could then say with the Shulamite woman:   “I opened to My Beloved, but My Beloved had turned and gone.  My soul failed Me when He spoke.”…    And after the three long days of hiding after Jesus was put to death by crucifixion and His body had “disappeared” from His tomb, they could also say, ”  I sought Him but found Him not.  I called Him, but He gave no answer.”

After Jesus’s resurrection, He came to them again.. behind locked doors., and there was much rejoicing.   He, in His mercy, came to them, even though they had left Him alone at His most vulnerable moments before His death.

How ironic and typical our human nature is that we get so easily offended in God when it seems HE is being  quiet, and unresponsive toward us,  yet when HE knocks on the doors of our hearts, we have no problem ignoring Him.    Recall the incident when Jesus was asleep on the disciples boat during a storm over the Sea of Galilee.  Jesus was asleep, but His spirit was very much awake, and was aware of what was going on.   In fear, the disciples  awoke Him with a tone of resentment, “Master, do you care not that we perish!?”, they said.   He calmly sat up in the boat, rebuked the sea and the waves, and asked them, “why are you still afraid.  Do you still have no faith?”

I just now asked Jesus in prayer, if He would allow me to open up to something of His recorded words from “He and I” pertaining to this topic (since this is HIS blog)..   and wow, here is what He had me open up to! :

“…In the very place where I want your love, beyond and above all things.  Above all things- that is where I Am.   Rise to meet Me.  Always.”

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What Jesus Completed

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Early this May, I had finished reading Max Lucado’s “coffee table” style photo book, “The Cross” and was stirred by many of the truths Max shared regarding Jesus, that he had received from the Holy Spirit and shared with the reader.  One of the truths mentioned that I had NEVER ever noticed before really stirred me.

When God finished Creation He  said, “It is finished”, and  when Jesus, Our Alpha and Omega (First and Last) died FOR created man.. and all Creation, He also said “It is finished”.      I had never considered this before and the fact that this was not a coincidence.,  but probably something that John, Jesus’s close disciple, reflected upon later and kept in his heart.

Jesus, “The Second Adam” completed and finished paying the price by the shedding of His own blood so that the “First Adam” (Us) could once again become re-united back to the Father..  and commune with Him as in the Garden of Eden before mankind sinned and severed his connection and relationship with the Creator..   The Creator Who created man, so that man would not live independently FROM God., but live forever in, through and WITH God in perfect unity.

The Father was able to say “It is Finished” upon completing His Creation,    and thousands of years later, His Son,  was able to say upon His last breath on the cross of Sacrifice, “It is Finished”  to bring us BACK to the Father.

I asked the Lord if He would allow me to open up to a selection of His messages to Gabrielle Bossis pertaining to this,  and after my request to Him, I blindly opened up “He and I”, to the following:

“….Don’t be unfaithful.  I was faithful even to torment, even to public disgrace.  Look full in My face and try to understand.  Enter into the inner stillness.  Everything was for My children, for you, My child.- like a love letter written to you with My blood and received by you long afterward.  But I am always alive and My love is always the same.”

 

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This morning is a day that we call “Easter” ,.. but which should truly be termed “Resurrection Sunday” .   It is a morning where our Lord Jesus was brought back to life by the Holy Spirit and permanently left the grave.     Prior to this Day, He had made the ultimate sacrifice of Himself , for all mankind.  A Sacrifice He had made before the foundations of the earth in the spiritual realms with the Father and Holy Spirit,  and which He later made in body and soul.   He literally is the Heavenly Father’s “Isaac” who gave of Himself on the wood.. on the mountain that the Father chose (Golgotha)

Every ounce of His blood was shed for us.. undeserving as we are and blameless as He is.♥

I asked Him if He would allow me to open up blindly to something pertaining to this from His recorded words in “He and I”, and this is what I opened up to!:

“And since I am yours, why don’t you offer Me more often to Heaven from the depths of your heart?  It is always now.   Didn’t you understand that when you were in Jerusalem and prayed at Calvary?   I am always crucified before the Father, who sees all time in a single instant;  I am always the Lamb of God.

… Tenderly offer your sacrifice for the world.  Aren’t there others weaker than you?  Can they rise up without Me?  If you wanted to save a person very dear to you and this beloved person refused your help, how much you would suffer!  I want to help the World, and the world refuses My help.  Speak to the Father about His Son on the cross, so that He will let Himself be touched and send Light to these hardened ones who do not even look at Me.  You know how one speaks to a father who is watching his son die?  Won’t this father hasten to carry out his child’s last wishes?   Remind Him of the words, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”  It is always now.

And if He forgives , what will He not do?  Do you know the outpouring of any love like His?  A love as vehement, as faithful , as all-consuming, as full of delicate and incomparable sweetness.  A love that is all readiness.  It is now, this love.

It is always now.”♥

Visions from the Lord

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It is my sincere hope that everyone reading this is filled with the joy of Christ.  Today I want to share with you all a series of dream encounters I had with the Lord this week.

I received one on Monday, and two on Thursday.

The Lord has been answering my prayer to have more encounters with Him, and for them to become more tangible.  Recently I renewed a request I had abandoned some time ago, to see Him on His cross. To be there with Him. A little bit before this I had a vision in the spirit where I was trying to make it through the crowd as they were leading Him to Golgotha, crying out for them to let Him go.  And just after I started making this request to Him I began having small visions in the spirit of scenes from movies where He is dying…

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A Garden Enclosed

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When Jesus was born into this World,  He was lovingly cared for by Joseph and Mary, … being born in a stable , that actually looked more like  a stone cave-like tomb than what we depict in paintings as a wooden shed-like structure.    He was wrapped in “swaddling cloths” by Mary, after His birth amongst the beasts..   such as horses, mules, asses., etc.He had no place to lay His head even then..   as no one would find room for Mary and Joseph to give birth to Him.

After His crucifixion , His body was met by another Joseph.. Joseph of Arimethea , Nicodemus, and his mother, Mary., who again lovingly covered His body with a linen shroud, after she and the women with her lovingly anointed His body with spices and precious oils.   He was laid not in a manger, this time, but an actual stone tomb., in a garden.  This time, His body was not amongst the wild beasts.    Beast-like unredeemed man lurked around Him, instead, as He hung dying on the cross.

In a garden, God placed the first humans, Adam and Eve, who were later cast out of that garden.      In the Song of Solomon,  mention is made of a garden :   “A garden locked is my sister, my bride, a spring locked, a fountain sealed.” (Song of Sol 4:12).   

Jesus often rested at Gethsemane’s garden with His disciples, and in His final hour before surrendering Himself before His crucifixion, He was spiritually attacked by satan in that garden as He prayed to the Father for strength.. while His disciples slept.

After His resurrection in that garden tomb.,  He appeared to Mary of Magdala as a gardener., and that He truly is because He prunes the garden of our hearts and cleans it up from weeds so that He might rest there and have a place to lay His head within our hearts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Moses and Jesus

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But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 

While listening to a sermon recently on Moses coming down from the mountain with the ten commandment tablets, .. only to find his people were partying and fornicating lewd dances around a golden calf idol  the Holy Spirit impressed on me how Moses represents Jesus Christ, and the Isrealites represent we Christians having yet one foot in the World (Egypt) and one foot with Him.

Like Jesus, Moses interceded for the Isrealites time and time again.. even putting his own life in the breach, asking the Father to take him and spare the people… JUST as Jesus did for all mankind.  Moses , discouraged at the behavior of the people after they were shown so many miracles and deliverances directly from God, Himself,  threw the tablets on the ground in disgust.    Jesus was tempted in this, but He did not give into that temptation.. (We see a bit of His temptation, when He mentioned, ‘Now is My soul troubled, but what should I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour? ”  No! For this hour I have come.”)

The Lord called the Isrealites out of Egypt.. which represents the World and the World System in every age.  If you notice,  it is not a coincidence to this day that the ancient pyramid is one of the symbols on our dollar bill.     The Isrealites were taken out of the World by Moses, but yet , just as Christians who only accept Jesus as their Savior, but not yet their Lord and King,   they quickly gave into their flesh and self-life.     They began to doubt if Moses would ever be seen again, so they reverted back to their old habits.

Like Moses who went up the mountain toward the Father,  Jesus Christ also rose up into Heaven to go to the Father.     In Acts 1:11, we see the disciples looking up toward Jesus being taken up into Heaven, while two men from Heaven (or angels) appeared and informed them:    “… men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into Heaven?  This Jesus who was taken up from you into Heaven will come in the same way as you saw Him go into Heaven…”

As with the Isrealites, we can be in danger as well in losing our focus and doubting Jesus will ever return “down that mountain”, and begin to serve Him as we think seems right to us, making allowances with idolatry and excusing ourselves..   and not really believing He will ever return back.    Like Moses, Jesus will one day return, but will He find faith upon the Earth when He returns?  Will He find His children caught up with this World, with the lusts of this World and worshipping that “golden calf”?

Like Moses, our Lord Jesus ever makes intercession for His Body.. His Bride.  May we never put Him to the test as the Isrealites did with Moses and the Father in the Wilderness.       We are in exile in the Wilderness now in this life, before He returns.   May the Wilderness serve to prepare us for Him.. and may we not allow it to make us complain, murmer or stray from Him!

I asked our Lord if He would permit me to open up to something of His   words to Gabrielle Bossis, recorded in “He and I”, and as I opened the pages, my eyes fell on the following:

11/11/43   “Do you realize that you are in exile, waiting for the return of the Beloved?  Listen from afar.  Say to Him, “Breathe on this breath of mine which is Yours.  Your Home will be my home.  I could no longer live without Your step in mine and Your voice in my voice.”

 

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“.. He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. (John 13:18)

I want to share with you a portion of Ken Gire’s Devotional book, “Moments With the Savior”, which speaks so intimately of Jesus’s betrayal by Judas, and the suffering Jesus felt in His soul because of it..    I will record here a portion of that chapter that really touched my heart. (It is no coincidence that I had come to this part of this devotional right after what the Lord had shown me of the same incident in the Scriptures.):

“When the tide of popularity had turned against Jesus, Judas had started looking ahead, taking precautions to protect himself. , Socking away a little more money here and there.. just in case.

For Judas was a practical man.” (……..)

“…This Passover, Jesus and the Twelve withdraw to an Upper Room.  It is a quiet respite from tonight’s teeming crowds- and from the turbulent storm that awaits tomorrow.

In His soul, Jesus feels the sharp winds which harbinger that storm.  He feels the chill of betrayal, of desertion , of denial.

Jesus and His disciples gather around a low-lying table to celebrate the feast.  John reclines to the right of Jesus;  Judas, to the left at the place  of honor.  They stretch slantwise on padded mats, propping themselves on the left arm, leaving the other free to handle the food.

Each portion they handle is a sermoned echo of the nation’s first Passover.  The bowl of bitter herbs, vinegar and salt is a reminder of the bitter years of slavery.  The flat cakes of yeastless bread are a reminder of their hurried exodus.  And finally, there is the roasted lamb, a symbol of deliverance.

What broke Pharaoh’s oppressive fist that first Passover was a final climactic plague- a visit from the angel of death to kill every firstborn son.  To spare the Jews from that fate, God instructed them to kill a lamb and sprinkle its blood on the sides and tops of the doorframes outside their homes.  When the angel of death saw this evidence of faith, it passed over that house and traveled on to another.

Tonight Heaven will be preparing its Passover Lamb.  An innocent Lamb, without spot or blemish.. led to the slaughter, silent before its shearers.. stricken, pierced for our transgressions.

His blood will be sprinkled on wooden crossbeams outside the city, and all Jerusalem will behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.

Several oil lamps dot that Upper Room, sending a gallery of shadows to watch from the walls.  Satan is among them, watching, gloating, waiting for the opportune moment to step from behind those shadows.

Earlier in that room, Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, teaching them a final lesson about serving.  Two of those feet belonged to Judas.  So callused the heels.  Yet so warm the water, so soft the towel, so tender the hands that washed them.  How convicting it must have been for Judas.  And how crushing for Jesus.

Seated now at the table, Jesus’ forehead is furrowed, His brows knit, His eyes intense.  He has so much to tell His disciples.  But so little time.  A hush falls over the room as He speaks, “…He who shares My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.”

It has been said that forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that crushed it.  Could there be a fragrance as sweet in all the world as that of Jesus washing the very heel that was poised to crush Him?

Many things have been said against Jesus. But not even the Pharisees accused Him of not practicing what He preached.  In these last minutes with His betrayer, the Savior exemplifies His own exhortation from the Sermon on the Mount, “You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy” But I say unto you:  “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

A tremor of remorse quakes within the Savior’s spirit.  It is His task to unmask the traitor.  An unsettling task He takes no delight in.  No longer will Jesus cloak His words in metaphors.   “I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray Me.”

At the mention of a traitor in their midst, the disciples recoil, shadows miming every move.  At first, there is only a tense, breathless silence.  Then the table is abuzz with whispered questions regarding the traitor’s identity.

“”It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.”

It was customary for the master of the feast to put bits of lamb onto a piece of unleavened bread, dip it into the bitter herb sauce, and hand it to his guests. And it was customary to offer the first piece to the most honored guest.  He hands the bread to Judas.. to take.. and to eat.

The dramatic moment is not only an unmasking of the traitor but a final offer of salvation.  Judas’s pulse quickens, and his face flushes hot and red.  For an awkward but tender moment, the eyes of the betrayer and the Betrayed meet.  A knife of regret cuts an opening in Judas’s soul.  Haltingly he takes the rolled-up piece of bread.  but he can’t quite bring it to his mouth.    Sweat gather’s at his hairline.  He bites his lip.

From the shadows Satan sees the quivering hand.  He sees his pawn is vulnerable.  The prince of darkness counters with a strategic move and enters Judas.

Judas puts down the bread and reaches for his pouch.  The opening is closed.  The pawn is safe.

What you are about to do, do quickly.”

With those words, Jesus seals His fate.  And the fate of Judas.  They would both go their separate ways.  To separate trees.  To separate destinies.

What you are about to do, do quickly.”

It would be the the last command Judas would obey. And it would be the last intimate moment he would spend with the Savior.

Ever.

For Judas was a practical man.


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DEAR MAN OF SORROWS,

How painful that Last Supper must have been for you.  How your heart must have ached……

…”Oh Lord, help me to love my enemies and to pray for those who persecute me or who , in some way, betray me.  Help me not to trade insult for insult, or injury for injury.  Help me to give a blessing instead.  Help me to be a friend who loves as you did at that Last Supper- a friend who loves to the end, even when that love is refused…”

 

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There is so much in the Old Testament that is prophetic of Jesus and what He would endure during His life on Earth, that it would be wise never to discount the Old Testament.. but read it prayerfully,  asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to us glimpses of Jesus.   In its chapters, we  see Jesus revealed not only through the prophets, but also the patriarchs,  and the other blessed men and woman recorded there..  Especially king David,.. whom Jesus is named after as “The Son of David”.     I can imagine to this day that king David still cannot get over how the very Son of God condescended to be called “The Son of David”  after his own name,. knowing that he is but a sinner in need of our Savior.

In 2 Samuel 17-4,  an account of Jesus’s betrayal by one of His 12 apostles is prophesied through king David’s closest men of his court.. Ahithophel.    David’s son, Absalom (who represents satan without him realizing it-  as he was very full of himself)  had plans to overthrow his father and take over his father’s kingdom.  Ahithophel, whom David had trusted, allied himself with Absalom, and was in agreement with Absalom’s agenda.. even assisting him in his plans.     In this chapter, we read the following:

 “…moreover, Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Let me choose 12,000 men and I will set out and pursue David tonight.  I will come upon him while he is weary and discouraged and throw him into a panic;  and all the people who are with him will flee.  I will strike down the king only and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride comes home to her husband.  You seek the life of only one man and all the people will be at peace.  And the advice pleased Absalom and all the elders of Israel.”

As was mentioned, Absalom represents Satan, and just as Absalom planned on overthrowing his very own father so he could take over the kingdom, eons earlier, Satan planned on also pushing God off of His Throne and taking over Heaven.   Sadly, Satan seduced many other angels to side with him, and all of them were cast out of Heaven.  Both Absalom and satan were given much by God..   charisma, physical beauty, gifts, privileges, status, but neither of them used their gifts and talents to give back to God.  They used these gifts to glorify themselves instead.

Ahitophel’s and Absalom’s plans were halted by the Lord, Himself, and Absalom lost his life in what we would consider a “freak” accident.., as his thick sexy long hair got caught in some tree branches while riding horseback,  resulting in him strangling to death.   With David’s grief over Absalom’s death, we see a glimpse of our Heavenly Father’s own   grief, over losing satan to his own pride.     “Oh Absalom, Absalom!”, David cried in tears, hearing that his son (whom he knew planned on killing him) had died.  This alone, shows how king David truly lived up to the title given him by the Lord, as “The man after God’s own heart”.

Centuries later,  we see the same plans of Ahitophel acted out again through Judas as he betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver with the Pharisee elders.  These same “elders” (scribes, Pharisees, etc)  were as the “elders” of Jerusalem that Ahitophel spoke with ..who were with Absalom. .. ( with satan in the background.)

In 2 Samuel, the incident eerily plays out again with Jesus., the Son of David, as Judas tells the Pharisees he will show them where to find Jesus.

Ahitophel to Absalom and the elders:  “I will come upon him while he is weary and throw him into a panic, and all the people with him will flee”. (2 Samuel)  

  Judas to the Jerusalem elders:    Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.  And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.   They were delighted and agreed to give him money.  He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.” (Luke 22)

With David, Ahitophel’s plans did not come into fruition, because they would occur centuries later with Jesus.    In Gethsemane, Jesus was indeed weary and under extreme stress due to an unexpected spiritual attack by satan, where He had to plead with the Father, “Father, if it is Your will, let this cup pass before Me..  “Not My will, but Thine be done”.   An angel was sent to minister to Jesus afterwards, after this extreme spiritual attack brought on by Satan., so He was truly weary..    His disciples gave into this very weariness as they kept falling asleep , after Jesus had asked them to “watch and pray with Me”.

Jesus’s disciples “(men with Him) also fled, just as Ahitophel unknowingly prophesied., leaving Jesus all alone before His captures .. Ahitophel’s “12,000 men” later represented the temple servant’s and officers who went with Judas to seize Jesus and hand Him over.

“…I will strike down the king only, and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride comes home to her husband.  You seek the life of only one man, and all the people will be at peace.”  Ahitophel said to Absalom.    Wowww, did he ever discover how prophetic his very words were and ARE!

These promises of betrayal and attack against  king David were not permitted to occur, because later, they would come to fruition against God’s own Son, Jesus Christ., who would be the Shepherd struck down , while His sheep would be scattered (Matthew 26:31).  And because of Jesus,  that “One Man”, all the people would truly find true peace.. not as the World gives, but as HE.. Jesus Christ, gives,  … because Jesus GAVE Himself as that “Grain of Wheat” that “fell to the ground”, so that it could produce fruit., so that His Bride.. can come HOME to Him!

Amen, and may our Lord Jesus be honored and glorified!♥

I Go To The Father

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  “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever–“He is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor recognizes him. But you recognize him, because he lives with you and will be in you”    (John 14:16-17)

I am currently reading a chapter each morning from Ken Gire’s inspired book, “Moments With the Savior”, which is set in devotional style, giving  scripture and a meditation on Jesus’ for each chapter..  basically each event in Jesus’s earthly life.    I was very impressed with Ken’s book, as I can tell by reading this that Ken Gire truly loves Jesus, and is a man who contemplates our Lord .. allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal to him glimpses between the lines of Jesus’s earthly life.

The following from His book, Moments with The Savior caught my interest:

“The disciples experienced two physical storms in their three-and- a-half year residency with the Savior.  In the first storm, Jesus was present- only asleep.  But in the next one, He withdrew to a distant hill.  And although He could see them, a blindfold of night prevented them from seeing Him.  Why the withdrawal?  To wean the disciples from sight to faith.  To force them to rely less on their physical eyes and more on their spiritual ones.  If they were ever to walk by faith, Jesus had to withdraw from their sight…”

I had never considered that before, and the Lord made me see that this is the case even with all those who were a part of Jesus’s earthly life.  For a little over 3 years,  all were blessed to be in Jesus’s presence, to hear Him audibly speak, to see the expressions on His face, and to literally touch the physical hem of His garments. But there would come a time they could no longer remain in the visible in regards to Jesus.   A new walk would be required of His followers.. A walk by faith, with grace provided by the Holy Spirit.

When He knew it was time for Him to surrender His life to His enemies, He told His disciples,  “For I have proceeded from union with The Father and I have come into the world, and again I leave the world, and I am going to join The Father.” (John 16:28- Aramaic version in Plain English)

As Jesus lived, so to His disciples..   Jesus walked His 33 years on this earth totally by faith.., not seeing His Father visibly, but nevertheless in total communion with the Father through the Holy Spirit.  He left His literal place in Heaven with the Father to serve Him on Earth.. exiled from Heaven physically but never spiritually.

 

 

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Below is an excerpt from bro. Micah Turnbow’s experience with God, the Father as he was taken up into Heaven…   Here we see a little glimpse of what the Father shared to Micah of His love and anointing to Jesus., before He incarnated to Earth to give His life for us:

“…. I cannot put into words how great God is—His glory was undeniably beautiful. His large firey-blue eyes pierced my soul with love only God can give. His face was like diamonds; much like the robe of Jesus with hundreds of rays of lights coming out of him. He was looking right at me with an intensity of joy. His robe was like the clouds hovering around Him with lighting flashing amidst it. My Father smiled at me and blew on my face.

“Receive, my son,” His voice was so thunderous but gentle. His voice is heard throughout heaven, but it is not unpleasant—it is the most powerful and humbling voice you can experience. He doesn’t hurt your ears, but His voice is in your ear. His voice is so close to you; it sounds like he is right next to your ear. “Receive my love and come closer.”

I took a deep breath to absorb His gift to me; His breath of life. I took one step forward, and I was picked up by His hand and brought to His chest. I looked at His glorious face and did not turn away. By His right hand, He poured oil on me that smelt like honey. I noticed that the oil was coming from His head which is the joy of the Lord. I just rested while Father ministered to me the way He wanted. Father’s  great diamond-like hands brushed my hair back—He was bathing me in His oil. He said to me, “This is the oil I poured out over my son before He left my presence to enter the earth; I too prepared Him for His burial. That is why it was so meaningful when the woman poured out her fragrance upon Jesus. It reminded my Son of me.”  ”

The Kiss: God The Father (Part2)

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