Three Days, Three Signs
The year is 2020
The year that says we can see clearly. The year that signifies our foresight may be cloudy only knowing in part with gifts of prophecy, tongues, and knowledge (1 Corinthians 13:8),
BUT, when the PERFECT – complete fullness of Christ – comes, the partial, the gifts the church has functioned in, will be done away (1 Corinthians 13:9).
Childish things of functioning as the body of Christ Jesus – the church- must be done away with. What are these childish things? When the church's foundation is to look out for themselves with a heaven/hell priority message instead of BEING the presence of the glory of Christ to a hurting world that longs for the presence of "Unconditional Love," we as the body of Jesus Christ present to the world a spiritual cancer instead of the fruit of HIS SPIRIT. Without the presence of Divine LOVE leading our thoughts, prayers, faith, and hope…we can only have a partial perception of what Father God is unveiling in this season.
I found myself taking another look at the Passover season in Exodus and found some interesting thoughts I would like to share. What the Holy Spirit has unveiled to me is only a pathway. I'm sharing as the Holy Spirit reveals, and it may seem like lots of "rabbit trails" to follow, but each thought is unveiling another realm of His glory for you to do your own study. When rain falls, it showers on the just and the unjust, the oceans and the dry ground, the realms of nature and the realms that man created.
As the body of Christ TOGETHER unveils around the world the revelation of the glory of Christ in the body, I am reminded of what Paul and John shared to the Ephesians. Remember your FIRST LOVE: There is only ONE BODY, SPIRIT, HOPE, LORD, FAITH, BAPTISM, GOD, FATHER of ALL who is over ALL and through ALL and IN ALL (Ephesians 4:1-7, Revelation 2:1-7).
As we together try to hear from the Holy Spirit, remember that prophecies released today must come from the finished work of Jesus Christ – the resurrection of the Father's heart, not judgment, separation, and division of His body or else we are saying the cross wasn't enough to reconcile the ALL of God's image in humanity. Hearing the voice of God must have the Spirit of LIGHT, LIFE, and LOVE with NO fear or condemnation (1 John 4:18, Romans 8:1). Studying the Old Testament should be processed as the unveiling of blessings of the finished work of the resurrection of Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
Many of us in this generation have grown up with Charleston Heston in the Ten Commandment movie. Much of the church has not spent much time studying the story in Old Testament Scriptures to know how much of the movie is real and how much is Hollywood's drama to keep our attention and be entertained.
In Exodus 3 Moses is simply doing his everyday task of taking care of the flock of his father-n-law who happens to be a priest for the Midianites. Have you ever asked yourself who the Midianites would be today? The Hebrews didn't have priests while in slavery, so who was a Midianite priest, and what was different about them than an Egyptian priest? If we were to do a study on them I believe we would see a similar group of people defined by the seven churches John was told to write to in Revelation 2 and 3.
Moses is on the "westside" of the wilderness when he encounters the Mountain of God (Exodus 3). Why do we need to know this? Why not just say he's in the wilderness, or why not the "east, north, or south side?" Each of these directions has a unique significance of what God is saying. The westside is a finished work. The sun sets in the west beginning a new season of God talking to us in the night to unveil the sunrise in the east (Genesis 1). Moses is seeing the presence of "the angel of the Lord" – CHRIST – FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT as a bond-fire in the midst of a tree - the heart. What is this tree that does not burn to ashes? The TREE of LIFE? Where is this tree? In the midst of the mountain of God found in the wilderness on the westside.
Let's rethink what is going on here that would be applicable today. Moses has not said a sinner's prayer. He's not a Midianite, but a Hebrew – a crossover people, born in slavery, but kept by God to grow up as an Egyptian prince – maybe like today's Las Vegas billionaires and Moses is one of them enjoying the lifestyle? Not the picture we would consider as the deliverer for God's people.
As a baby, Moses is identified with this name by Pharaoh's daughter who drew him out of the Nile, known as the WATER of LIFE, and raised him as her son to be a prince of Egypt (Exodus 2:10). What have we drawn from the "water of LIFE?" This name Moses or Mosheh, is identified in both Hebrew and Egyptian. Our name is a pathway of our identity whether we have a relationship with God as Father or not. He knows our name, and His Spirit calls us to Him in His timing (John 10).
As Moses grows up, he becomes more interested in his birth connection. Compassion and empathy are stirred in his spirit to the point of him killing bringing death upon the system of what he was taught and raised with in reference to the Hebrews and the Egyptians. He's caught between two worlds – Pharaoh wants to kill Moses, and his own people mock him as a judge or prince. Alone and fearful he flees to the land of Midian and sits down by a well (Exodus 2:10-15).
As we read further in this chapter, seven women/sisters of the priest of Midian come to draw water from the well Moses is near. These are mentioned by Isaiah as a prophetic word for the churches which John connects with in Revelation. "And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, we will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach." (Isaiah 4:1).
The shepherds came and tried to drive the women away. How often have we as the church attempted to hear from the Holy Spirit, a desire to be loved and watered by the WORD, only to be told by the leadership shepherds that we have our doctrine wrong? Then the man who is known to be drawn out of the water – Jesus Christ – steps into the scene rebuking the shepherds driving them away, AND HE waters the flock of the church. However, the seven women are so grateful for the Savior, yet their identity of being under the law as a Midianite limits them from the full relationship available. They sound humble to ask if they can simply have the name of the Savior being called a Christian, but not feeling worthy of eating the KING's food or wearing His garment. This could take us to another study in Song of Solomon, along with the letters John wrote to the seven churches in Revelation. Jesus knows our works, however, there is more to our relationship with Him He desires for us to impart to the world than what our Christian denominations of over 25,000 have been doing these past 2000 years.
Has Jesus drawn the water for you? Has he drove away the shepherds (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastors, and Teachers) that have been controlling the anointing of the WORD that love desires to release in and through you? Has the church been grieves the Holy Spirit by hindering the flowing of living waters that speak LIFE, LIGHT, and LOVE - instead masquerading with tongues and sensationalism, but no power or authority?
When Jesus ascended in a cloud, He promised the Holy Spirit would come…and He did! The resurrection of Easter morning is not just about Jesus raised from death, hell, and the grave, but about ALL of humanity being born again as new creations in Christ. It is not only about the man from Nazareth named Jesus nailed to a cross walking around three days later dressed in white garments, but the last ADAM BEING the Christ in flesh vessels…the WORD being made flesh and dwelling among humanity (John 1:14).
Resurrection is about the unveiling of the Holy Spirit, the name, the nature, and the fullness of identity of Christ in you to do the greater works in the earth than what Jesus did.
As Christians, we were not privileged to know Jesus Christ as our personal savior so we could have a ticket to crossover into heaven. We can not choose God as our Heavenly Father. He chose us! If the Holy Spirit has revealed to your heart the awakening of your spirit to know Jesus Christ personally, it was about the entrustment of doing Kingdom business for the Father on the earth. He chooses whose hearts are hardened and whose are receptive. He chose our identity, nature, character for such a time as NOW for His Spirit, His glory to be unveiled upon the world as waters – HIS DNA – covers the sea of confusion in the church.
"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal, And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind." (Revelation 4, 21, and 22).
Can a man be born again in their mother's womb? Marvel not teachers of Scripture when I say, "You must be born again!" What is spirit is spirit, what is flesh is flesh. Being born again is about being created in the beginning and remembering that relationship with the Father before being conceived in our mother's womb. (John 3, Psalm 139).
Jesus Christ is the King of kings, and Lord of lords. The King of Glory! Not of slaves. The first Adam died at the cross. The last Adam was raised on resurrection morning! (1 Corinthians 15). We celebrate this Passover season as the resurrection Christ in you, in your temple taking the bread of LIFE, LIGHT, and LOVE as one body, and drinking the new wine – the transformed blood of Christ Jesus uniting together in oneness as a royal priesthood, a peculiar people, a Holy nation…the living epistles of His resurrected LIFE in us.
"And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee. And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod." (Exodus 4:2).
And what if they don't believe the first sign…
"And the Lord said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh." (Exodus 4:6-7).
And what if they don't believe the first or second sign…
"And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takes out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land."( Exodus 4:9).
Three days, three signs…...who is Moses referring to as "they?"