God woke me from my sleep this morning with the following words resonating in my spirit.
"When the PASSION of our LOVE for JESUS reaches such a FEVERED pitch that we want nothing in this world to get in the way of that LOVE and we are willing to throw off ALL worldly traditions including Christmas and Easter, simply because they were never mentioned in HIS WORD and pursue HIS Celebrations because they were, then GOD is going to release the GLORY in our LIVES in such a way we won't be able to contain it. That is the PASSION of the FATHER!
There is a lot here to meditate on here and it echos the cry of the Father in Ephesians.
God is not looking to take away things we enjoy. He is looking to get the world out of us, so He can put more of heaven into us, creating a Bride without spot or wrinkle who has no desire for the things of this world. This is all part of turning the heart of the children to the fathers and the heart of the fathers to their children. As prophesied by Malachi and repeated by Jesus himself. If you don't understand these things. Click this link: The Passion
FYI: Yesterday was the day of the New Moon celebration for July 6-7, 2016. I was alone most of the day working and took the time to simply celebrate God and thank Him for that day of renewal and worship. In return He gave the above word as a blessing for you.
To learn more about this celebration read: God's Appointed New Moon.
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In the beginning God set the Sun, Moon and stars to be used as appointed times and seasons.
Historically our translators and teachers assumed this was talking about the seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. But as we approach the end of this age and the restoration of the Jewish people our understanding of these scriptures has taken on a deeper and more important meaning.
When we understand the full meaning of these words we discover that these "signs" in the heavens also means signals to alert us that something is about to happen, like the recent four blood moons that occurred over the past couple of years. And the word "seasons" is the Hebrew word moed, which mean an appointed time set by the Lord or a special time of meeting with Him. Most Christians are unaware that many of these "moeds" point to of the Festivals of the Lord such as: The Passover, Festival of Trumpets, Festival of Tabernacles. But there is one "moed" or appointed Festival chosen by God that is mostly unknown.
For most of us the mention of a New Moon means the time when the moon is blacked out, but that is not what the Bible is referring to. The New Moon mentioned in the Bible is actually the first sliver of light that appears at the end of the New Moon phase, which can last for up to three days. This first sliver of light is referred to as the Crescent New Moon and is considered in the Bible the beginning of a new month. The Bible teaches us that everything must be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Historically witnesses would watch to see the crescent moon appear then run and report it to the high priest who, after two reports, would sound the trumpet, announcing the beginning of the new month.
In the Bible God has set this as an appointed time of celebration for His people to seek His face and receive a blessing. Until now Christians have been mostly ignorant of the appointed times of God. But God is now bringing the Final Restoration mentioned in Acts 3:21 and other scriptures to our attention. And with that restoration He is calling us to return to His ways of doing things and meeting Him at His appointed times.
In the beginning the Christians followed all the festivals of the Lord and His specials days. Until Constantine, the Emperor of Rome became a Christian, but he turned his back on the ways of God and introduced the new religion of replacement theology, which abandoned the appointed times God had established in His word and created substitute celebrations to turn the hearts of the people away from Gods appointed feasts and setup his own festivals as substitute to the festivals of the Lord.
However, this was not the first time this has happened as the Bible tells this exact same story beginning with the death of king Solomon in 1 Kings 11. Solomon's heart was turned from the Lord by his pagan wives and God sent a prophet and anointed Jeroboam to be given 10 of the tribes of Israel. God promised to establish Jeroboam kingdom if he followed the ways of the Lord. But when Jeroboam acquired those 10 tribes he sought to establish his kingdom by his own might and broke all ties with Israel and in doing that he setup new gods and new festivals turning the heart of the people away from God. When Jeroboam did this God cursed him and his descendants swearing to wipe his heritage from the earth. If God is that jealous of His festivals to curse the king and his family, it tells us just how important these festivals are to God.
Many Christians spend their lives seeking the presence of the Lord asking Him for a favor or blessing in many different ways. Yet God has shown us in His word that He has already set appointed times when He has promised to meet with His people and bless us. And if God has done this, then why are we struggling for His favor when He has already told us He will meet with us at those appointed times of His blessing?
Here in lies a very special revelation. All of these appointed times and festivals are found only by our desire to seek out when they will occur, because each of them happens based upon the lunar cycle. If we truly want the blessing of the Lord, to be there when the King is waiting to meet with us, can't we make the little effort it takes to seek to be there when He appears? Because these appointed times are based upon the lunar calendar they change from month to month and year to year. We reveal our passion for Him by seeking to know those appointed times and being there ready to meet Him and receive His blessing. We have but to ask ourselves, are we going to continue seeking God's blessings under our own effort or are we going to receive the King's blessing by being there at His appointed times?
The Lord has revealed the importance of these things in:
If God has promised to bless us for keeping His holy days, why would we ignore them? We have a guaranteed blessing, all we have to do is show up.
These things will also be celebrations in the Millennial kingdom.
Today (Sunday, May 8, 2016) is one of those days. It is Rosh Chodesh the Crescent New Moon, the beginning of the new month. The time of God's appointed celebration to bless the Lord and be blessed by the Lord. It is a time of celebration with family and friends and look forward to the favor of God in the coming month. To thank the Lord for His blessing at this time the Jews have a prayer praising the Lord.
“Praised are you, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who created the skies with his word, and all heaven’s host with the breath of his mouth. He gave them appointed times and roles, and they never miss their cues, doing their Creator’s bidding with gladness and joy. He is the true creator who acts faithfully, and he has told the moon to renew itself. It is a beautiful crown for the people carried by God from birth, who will likewise be renewed in the future in order to proclaim the beauty of their creator for his glorious majesty. Praised are you, O Lord, who renews new moons.”
Take this time as an opportunity to worship the Lord and to join with family and friends for a celebration meal. For the Lord has blessed you and given you a new month of favor and blessing to be poured out on you, because you have met Him at His appointed time and honored Him by keeping His Holy New Moon.
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Ezekiel 36:25-27 (NLT)
This verse was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost when Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit. We were given a new heart that would desire to do ALL the ways of God and to follow His decrees.
Therefore, If He puts His Spirit in us so that we will desire to follow His decrees and obey Him. Doesn't it seem odd that we do so many things that have no foundation the ways of God, but reflect the heart of the pagan lifestyle we used to live, following after the ways of this world?
While we may have the Spirit of God within us and a desire to follow His decrees, nothing happens if we don't fan the flames of our own PASSION to follow after Him. If we truly have the heart to pursue the ways of God, then it is our PASSION that gives us the drive and motivation to take action to seek His ways as they are found in the Bible and make them part of our daily life. Without passion we simply sit by saying praise the Lord and letting the old nature carry us along and living in our old traditions of men.
Consider what Jesus said about this to the Church in Ephesus.
Revelation 2:1-7 (NLT)
This letter is to those in the Church today that have let their PASSION fade. The PASSION or LOVE we have toward God is our responsibility to keep on fire. When a couple starts dating each one puts effort into fanning the flames of passion to keep that relationship growing. They get married, but if they don't continue to fan those flames that bought them together, over time the flame of passion fades, the ways of the world (traditions of men) creep in and eventually the marriage falls apart. It is only through the pursuit of passion that the heart stays on fire.
Jesus is warning us that ignoring our PASSION for Him can eventually lead to Him removing us from His body. In Matthew 25 we see it in the five foolish virgins who are left behind, because they did not have the PASSION to prepare, thinking they had enough oil and in the servant who hid His masters gift in the ground, because he did not have the PASSION to truly know his master, thinking he was a tyrant and was eventually cast into the outer darkness. None of us wants to be left behind, but it can happen if we let our PASSION fade.
Ask yourself, are you passionate about truly seeking the ways of God, or are you simply living the traditions of men, hoping you will get by?
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Are you paying attention or ignoring the warnings?
Ezekiel 33:1-6 (NLT)
"Once again a message came to me from the Lord: 2 “Son of man, give your people this message: ‘When I bring an army against a country, the people of that land choose one of their own to be a watchman. 3 When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. 4 Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die. 5 They heard the alarm but ignored it, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives. 6 But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths.’"
This was part of my daily reading and thought it was just as relevant today as it was back in Ezekiel's day. The alarms are going off all over the world and this ministry is just one of them. We are sounding the alarm to prepare for the coming war and it is your responsibility to prepare for it. The responsibility to respond is on our own heads, not the church, not our spouse. We must be aware and awake of what is going on and part of that responsibility is rightly dividing the Word of God. Recognizing the truth from deception, for there will many deceptions you will face. This ministry holds to giving you the strictest form of interpretation and believes that everything must be built upon at least two or three witnesses within the scriptures. We will always lead you to Jesus never away from Him. In the scriptures a false prophet is identified, not on if his word comes true, but if he attempts lead people away from the ways of God. The purpose of The Final Restoration is to bring the Bride of Christ back to the ways of God and will never violate that calling.
Are you heeding the warnings of The Watchmen?
The responsibility is your own.
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It's that time of year again and time for the call of God to go out. He has some questions for everyone and asks:
Are you seeking first Kingdom of God and His way of doing things?
Do you want all these other things added to you?
Do you want the true blessings of this season of celebration?
God has reserved special blessings for those whose heart are focused on pleasing Him. If we truly are seeking His Kingdom above our own desires and want to do the things that please Him the most, then let us throw off the deceptions of this world and pursue and cling to those times of celebration that God gives us in His word. The world is changing and a division must come. There will be those who will cling to their traditions of men, thinking that God doesn't care as long as we do it in His name. But that is not what He says in His word. He calls on us to throw off the things of this world and pursue Him with our whole heart. That means leaving behind celebrations we used to think were ordained by God but now we understand that God had nothing to do with them and He has called us to a higher form of celebration. His celebrations give Him glory, while the celebrations of this world celebrate and give glory to a pagan tree and its god. Therefore, let us pursue those things that are of God.
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Today I want to highlight some scriptures that everyone should be familiar with, but most ignore the importance of.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLTse)
Paul tells us in the scripture that ALL scripture is inspired by God and shows us what is right or wrong with how we live. God uses the scriptures to prepare and equip us to live godly lives.
But what most people don't realize is that this is only part of Paul's warning and it ends in 2 Tim.4:3-4:
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NLTse)
When we bring these two scriptures into the last days we see those who teach what people want to hear. I fully believe in salvation by grace, but there are those who teach that it doesn't matter what we do after we are saved because the grace of God will cover us. That is true, if our heart is to serve God and please Him. But some, those who seek after their "own desires" are only seeking justification to sin. These people have an false faith and are going to find out after it is too late that they have deceived themselves.
Ephesians 2:8 tells us that we are saved by the grace of God through our faith in Him. It is a gift from God so that we can't boast that it was our own ability. But what does this mean? If we are saved through faith, then that requires a response to that faith. Faith without works is dead and Faith works by LOVE, so there is the effort we must show Him that we LOVE Him because of that Faith and we do that by doing those things that please Him. Therefore, if someone tries to use grace as an excuse to live a life of sin they are deceiving themselves and really don't have the grace they think they have.
Please note: I am not talking about someone who LOVES the Lord and is seeking to please Him, then stumbles and sins. No! Because they have the heart and LOVE to seek after God they are doing the best they can, if they stumble the grace of God protects them. I am talking about those who habitually sin never giving it a second thought and think they can live a life of sin and do whatever they please and think they will be saved. Those are the ones who have become self deceived and seek after teachers who give them excuses to justify their actions.
They never had a REAL personal relationship with Christ and are counted as the servant who buried his gift in Matthew 25:14-30 and is cast into outer darkness because he never knew his master.
Matthew 25:28-30 (NLTse)
They may think they are Christians, but if they don't have true faith and live in a LOVE relationship with Jesus, they will not receive the grace they think they have and will one day find that they have deceived themselves into outer darkness. They refused to use the scriptures to learn what is right and wrong and how to live the way God has called them to live and will unfortunately pay the price for their actions.
This is why it is so important that the message of Grace, Faith and LOVE is so important, because we are in the last hour and those who don't wake up and realize the truth will not be prepared for what it going to happen to them and will be left behind.
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On Sunday morning, January 18, 2015 Nasir Siddiki from Wisdom Ministries gave a very special message at Tree of Life Church. It is well worth listening to.
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God loves to hide revelation in plain sight hoping some will be curious enough to discover it.
Jesus did this all the time in the parables and teachings that He gave. He also hid it in His daily discussions with his disciples.
There is a major prophecy that Jesus gave that has never been taught to date. The Church has completely missed it and has no expectation for the manifestation of this prophecy. It is in plain sight for everyone to see. I was surprised when the Holy Spirit showed it to me.
Here's a hint: In the four gospels, three of them tell the story of the "Mount of Transfiguration." Two of them have this hidden prophecy. Also remember what repetition of a scripture means. I've taught that enough times you should be aware of that importance also.
Can you find it?
I'm not telling. Not yet any way.
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Is your life on track in the will of God? Are you really doing what God told you to do, or are you doing what you think you should be doing.
1Co 3:10-15 (NLT)
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James 1:19 "Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry."
When talking with someone don't be the first to get your point across. The Lord taught me a long time ago to keep my mouth shut, even when I have a word from the Lord. Everyone wants to get their two cents out there for everyone to hear, but they rarely take the time to listen. Just because you think the Lord has given you insight into a matter doesn't mean you should say anything. Keep quiet, let the Lord minister to you while you listen to the other person and when they are done, share your insight in Love. You never know when the Spirit is going to give you additional insight. I can't tell you how many times other people have lost out on a word of wisdom from the Lord because they wouldn't stop talking and start listening.
The Lord is always listening to what you have to say. But He's not going to talk until you stop talking and start listening!
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