“Faith & Joy” Pt 7

“Joy and obedience”

Neh. 8:9 Then Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law.

10 Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Joy is a force…

Joy is a lot more up to us than it is God…

1Pet. 1:5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

The more faith you’re walking in the more joy and peace…

John 15:10 “If you keep My commandments (Do what I tell you to do), you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.

If you will make the choice to obey him you will abide in his love… his manifested love.

If you don’t walk in the light you have, your heart will condemn you and that will affect your faith.

John 15:11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

Lack of joy is connected to stubbornness!

The more full of joy you are the harder it is for the enemy to do anything with you.

1John 1:3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.

7 but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

“What on earth is going on?”

“What on earth is going on?”

Nas Matt. 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. 14 “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.

Nas Acts 2:17 ‘And it shall be in the last days,’ God says, ‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit upon all mankind; And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams; 18 Even upon My bondslaves, both men and women, I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit And they shall prophesy. 19 ‘And I will grant wonders in the sky above, And signs on the earth beneath, Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.
20 ‘The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come.

Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is near, And it will come as destruction from the Almighty.

3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

Ezek. 30:3 “For the day is near, Even the day of the LORD is near; It will be a day of clouds, A time of doom for the nations.

Mal. 4:5 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD.

1Th. 5:2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3 While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief; 5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night.
8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Rev 6 & 16 Refer to “The wrath of the lamb and the wrath of God”

We can know by the signs that the climax is upon us.

2Pet. 3:3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”
7 But the present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Matt. 16:2 But He answered and said to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 “And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?

Matt. 24:3 And as He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

Signs in society (Matt 24:37-38 Day’s of Noah)
The bible speaks of iniquity abounding and the digression of society… “love growing cold” vs 12
3 categories; humanism, materialism & hedonism

Signs in technology
Dan. 12:4 “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”

Signs in creation
Rom. 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.

Luke 21:10 Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,
11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,
28 “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
other generations in the past have proclaimed the return of the lord but no other generation qualified to be that generation… we do!

Israel is God’s time piece…
29 And He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 “Even so you, too, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. 32 “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place. 33 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

In 70 Ad Israel was destroyed as a nation and scattered to the 4 corners of the world. (Jer 30:1-31:40)

1948 Israel was declared a sovereign nation – 67 Jerusalem was won back… 6 day’s war… (Amos 9:14-15)

The Hebrew language being restored is a huge sign…
(Zeph 3:9) 100 years ago no one spoke Hebrew.

Revival of roman empire 1957 EEC established

Ethiopian Jews brought back, 1991 Operation Solomon

The fertility of the land (Jerusalem) is a sign.

The alignment of nations for the Ezekiel 38 war
(Russia, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Syria – coming against Israel)

172 species of predatory birds have migrated to the mountains of Israel. (Ez 39:4) (ARmageddon – Rev 16:16)

“Faith & Joy” Pt 6

“#TTR”

Neh. 8:9 Then Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law.

We need to hear the word of God regularly

Is. 55:12 “For you will go out with joy, And be led forth with peace

Neh. 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

1Pet. 1:5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ

1Th. 5:16 Rejoice (Joyful) always;

Joel 3:10 Let the weak say, “I am a mighty man.” (Strong)

You have to encourage yourself in the Lord… strengthen!

1Pet. 1:8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

This is not about how we feel it’s choice of our will..

Acts 27:18 The next day as we were being violently storm-tossed, they began to jettison the cargo; 19 and on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 And since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned.

21 And when they had gone a long time without food, then Paul stood up in their midst and said, “Men, you ought to have followed my advice and not to have set sail from Crete, and incurred this damage and loss.

22 “And yet now I urge you to keep up your courage (Good cheer), for there shall be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.

There must be a choice! fear or cheer?

23 “For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me, 24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar; and behold, God has granted you all those who are sailing with you.’

25 “Therefore, keep up your courage (be of good cheer), men, for I believe God, that it will turn out exactly as I have been told.

33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. 34 Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.
36 Then were they all of good cheer

“The feasts of the Lord Pt 2”

“The feasts of the Lord Pt 2”

Nas Deut. 16:16 “Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.

Feast of Passover, Pentecost, tabernacles

1. The feast of Passover – “3 in 1”
within this feast is, unleavened bread and first fruits

Jesus was crucified on Passover…
They laid his body in the tomb on the feast of unleavened bread…
He rose on the first day of the feast of first fruits.

2. The feast of Pentecost – feast of harvest or feast of weeks

3. The feast of tabernacles (Ingathering) “3 in 1 feast”
Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah), The day of atonement, and Tabernacles

These first 4 feast have been fulfilled… the last 3 coming

5. The feast of trumpets (Roshashanah)
this is the only feast that occurs on a new moon… the head of the year…(Jewish new year)…

Two things are going to happen at the close of this dispensation known as the age of grace.
1. The church will be caught out 2. Israel gathered in…

1Th. 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God;

1Cor. 15:51 Behold, I tell 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 trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

feast of trumpets… this is a wake up call… prepare for something to come…
a call to repentance, reflection, holiness & purity…
Referred to as “days of awe”… last opportunity to repent

The feast of trumpets will usher us into Daniels 70th week; 7 year tribulation period on earth…

6. 10 days from trumpets – The day of atonement

Passover was individual cleansing. atonement was national cleansing.

This speaks to us prophetically of Jesus going into the most holy place with his blood.

Heb. 9:24 For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 nor was it that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood not his own. 26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

Zech. 3:9 ‘For behold, the stone (Jesus) that I have set before Joshua; on one stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave an inscription on it,’ declares the LORD of hosts, ‘and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

Matt. 24:31 “And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

7. The feast of tabernacles (Ingathering)

2 types here… tabernacles was celebrated for 7 day’s…
The church will be in heaven 7 earthly years – marriage supper of the lamb.

The other picture of tabernacles is the millennium.
Is. 51:3 Indeed, the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And her wilderness He will make like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and sound of a melody.

This feast will be kept during the millennium.
Zech. 14:16 Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. 17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them.

Dwelling in his glory… Walking in his presence is where we experience the 100 fold…

“The feasts of the Lord”

“The feasts of the Lord”

Nas 1 Cor. 10:11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

Nas Deut. 16:16 “Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.

Feast of Passover
Feast of Pentecost
Feast of Tabernacles

Amp Psa. 89:15 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the people who know the joyful sound [who understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the feasts]; they walk, O Lord, in the light and favor of Your countenance!

Nas Rom. 15:4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

1. The feast of Passover
“3 in 1 feast”… within that feast is the feast of unleavened bread and first fruits

2. Feast of Pentecost
     It is referred to as feast of harvest or feast of weeks

agriculturally they got an early rain and wheat harvest

3. Feast of tabernacles
this is also a “3 in 1 feast”…

how do these feasts apply to us today?
we look to a historical event…
we look to a prophetic fulfillment in the Christ…
we look for the spiritual experience for us today…

the historical event of Passover… Exodus 12
The prophetic fulfillment in Christ is… John 1:29
the spiritual experience is 1 cor 5:7-8

1 Cor. 5:7 Clean out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The feast of unleavened bread speaks to us to day of separation from sin, sanctification, and consecration to God

5 types of leaven mentioned in the new testament
Pharisees (hypocrisy),
Sadducees (denying the supernatural) – denying power
herod (worldliness) – love not the world
Galatians (legalism – mixing law and grace)
Corinthians (sins of the flesh)

The feast of first fruits…

Col. 2:11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

So first fruits represents the circumcision of our hearts as we follow the lord and walk in him.
(salvation, separation, water baptism)

A picture here of these 3 in the tabernacle of Moses
the outer court, the inner court and holy holies…

The feast of Pentecost
The first fruit harvest feast.

This feast was instituted in exodus 19
50 day’s after leaving Egypt god brought Israel to Sinai

the spiritual experience for us is acts 2 “the day of Pentecost” – 50 day’s after crucifixion…

Pentecost was a feast of harvest.

Pentecost is like the inner court… there’s more

Heb. 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels,

Saturation Point

Saturation Point

Matt. 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire

Message 3:11 “I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama—compared to him I’m a mere stagehand—will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out.

Amp Eph. 5:15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), 16 Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit.

Mess Eph. 5:18 Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him.

Kjv 1Cor. 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Saturation point is Him filling you on a regular basis

Sat·u·ra·tion point n
1. the point at which no more can be added
2. the point at which the greatest possible amount of a substance has been absorbed in a solution

Saturation point is where you don’t have the spirit, the spirit has you

A saturated life produces radical results

How to drink

John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Eph. 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

You are the steward of your own edification

1Cor. 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost

Ezek. 34:26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. 27 And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.

Once you get saturated you begin to touch everything around you

A saturated life is a joyful life

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance

Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: