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This is a periodic e-newsletter in line with the theme of this site: GOD Who Are You? AND Who Am I? Knowing and Experiencing God by His Hebrew Names. These are posts in addition to those of the free e-course and may expound upon the lessons in the workbook by the same name.

How the Spirit of Understanding Reveals Profound Unfulfilled Prophecies Related to the Fall Feasts of the Lord that Show Our Future from our Past

Did you know God gave us a blueprint of His prophetic calendar of redemption for mankind––from the ending to the beginning? It is all mysteriously hidden in the seven feasts of the Lord laid out for the Jewish people at their beginning. We can know our future in detail when we search for these hidden treasures by looking at our biblical past. The first four feasts have been fulfilled, so we will look more closely at the fall feasts of the Lord yet to be fulfilled.

This sixth article about the Spirit of Understanding is in the series, 7 Spirits of the Lord.  The Lamb of God on the throne is pouring out His Spirit on mankind around the world today (Rev. 5: 6).

“The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him (Jesus) The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2).

“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! “In Your name they rejoice all the day, and in Your righteousness they are exalted” (Psalm 89:15-16 Amplified).

The Spirit of Understanding spoke to Zechariah about these last days when he said, “In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you” (Zechariah 8:23 NKJV).

Research for this article comes from five wise Jewish rabbis who agree on their knowledge and understanding of the feasts.

I was astounded at what I learned, and I believe you will be, too.

How the Spirit of Understanding Reveals Fall Feasts of the Lord
Photo Credit: patjesseecreations.com – Pat Jessee’s story is in my book, GOD Who Are You? AND Who Am I?

What are the Feasts of the Lord?

Leviticus 23 lays out in detail the seven feasts of the Lord. He says, “You shall proclaim these to be holy convocations, these are MY FEASTS!” Furthermore, He says they are to be a statute FOREVER throughout your generations.

These seven feasts are divinely ordained appointments WITH God, “appointed times” (móed) when God meets with His people, a holiday when God shows up! Why would He not show up for His own appointed feast holidays? And why should we not care about them AND JOIN HIM?

For simplification, I’ve put all seven feasts on a one-page pdf file for you with dates on the Jewish Calendar >> 7 Feasts of the Lord, God’s Prophetic Calendar of Redemption

The Psalm 89 Scripture above tells us we are blessed, favored and filled with God’s light in His presence when we understand and appreciate the feasts of the Lord. So, grab a cup of hot tea of coffee and give this very important information fifteen minutes of your time. Stay to the end for an recent ancient discovery that will astound you!

How are the Seven Feasts Divided?

Rabbi Jonathan Cahn explains the big picture well: “The sacred Hebrew year has two cycles or clusters of holy days, the spring cycle and the autumn cycle. And in each cycle, the holidays are joined together not only in their timing but in their themes.

“The theme of the spring cycle is the beginning, salvation, freedom, rebirth, new life, Passover and the Lamb.

“The autumn theme is about the ending and closing up of that which began in the spring.

If the spring cycle speaks of the beginning and Messiah’s first coming, then the autumn cycle would speak of His second comingand the end. The END OF HARVEST, the RETURN, the sounding of the TRUMPETS, the REGATHERING, the REPENTANCE, man and God FACE-TO-FACE, the JUDGMENT, the REDEMPTION the KINGDOM OF GOD, and all things returning to Him…THE CLOSING.”[i]

What are the Three Spring Feasts of Israel?

The major Festivals (or feasts) in the Jewish New Year are when, in ancient times, the people were required to make pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem. Following is a summary of the spring feasts, plus Pentecost 50 days later – all fulfilled at Jesus’ first coming. All the feasts reveal JESUS!

SPRING FEASTS – FIRST COMING OF THE LAMB OF GOD (JESUS/YESHUA)

PASSOVER (three feasts in one) 14, 15, 16 of Nisan (Mar – Apr)

  1. DEATH – Passover Day recalls when the death angel passed over because of the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of Israelites in Egypt at Exodus. 14 Nisan
  2. BURIAL – Feast of Unleavened Bread – to commemorate the bread the Israelites took with them at the Exodus. 15 Nisan
  3. RESURRECTION – Feast of Firstfruits – Jesus conquered death and arose from the grave on this third day of Passover. He is the first from death and hell; believers in Him are next who will also be resurrected. 16 Nisan

Tomb of the Risen Savior

PLUS the Feast of PENTECOST – 50 days after FirstFruits of Passover – Jesus sent Holy Spirit to take His place on planet Earth after His Resurrection for all who will receive. 6-7 Sivan (May-June)

Notice how the dates are EXACT dates in the month of Nisan (Mar – Apr), three days in a row, that coincided with Jesus DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION!

What are the Fall Feasts of the Lord?

FALL FEASTS – SECOND COMING OF LION KING JESUS OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH – (Sept-Oct)

Here is a summary of the three fall feasts of the Lord that will be fulfilled at Jesus’ second coming: at the rapture and after the tribulation extending into the messianic millennial period. Next we will look at each more closely:

  1. RAPTUREFeast of TRUMPETS (Rosh HaShanah) The Jewish New Year, 1 Tishrei

The growing season is over and the HARVEST is in the barn. The previous month is the most important month in their year. It is spent in fasting, prayer and repentance to be prepared for Rosh HaShanah.

  1. WEDDING DAYFeast of YOM KIPPUR (Day of Atonement – At-one-ment) 10 Tishrei Considered the most solemn and important day in the biblical calendar. Sin was merely covered by blood of bulls and goats. The blood of Jesus Christ makes us at one with Him today. for He washed away sin forever, sending it as far as the east is from the west.
  2. MARRIAGE CELEBRATION & REST Feast of TABERNACLES (Sukkot) 15-21 Tishrei

This seven days typifies the Messianic Kingdom when God’s people will have His rest and shalom/peace, a unique period that transcends nature for 1,000 years after the tribulation. Eternity will follow when heavens’ New Jerusalem comes to the new Earth––the Lamb’s wife (Revelation 21: 2, 9).

What is the Mysterious Feast of Trumpets at Rosh HaShanah? Leviticus 23: 24, 25

Blowing of the shofar at the Feasts of Trumpets

“Rosh HasHanah is scripturally known as Yom Teruah, which means ‘Day of Blowing,’ says Mark Biltz, founder of El Shaddai Ministries. “This is the only feast day when the shofar is blown one-hundred times during the service. The one hundredth blast is set apart and is known as the ‘Last Trump.’

“Idioms for Rosh HasHanah include The Time of Jacob’s Trouble, The Day of the Awakening Blast, the Day of Judgment, the Opening of the Books/Gates, The Hidden Day, the Wedding of the Messiah, and the Coronation of the Messiah.

“It is customary to eat apples dipped in honey to symbolize a wish for a good and sweet new year. It is also common to eat round challah (bread) to symbolize a crown that coronates God as King of the world.”[ii]

The late Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein agrees and adds more, “The quintessential symbol of Rosh Hashanah is the shofar, a curved ram’s horn that was used during biblical times to, among other purposes, signal when to break camp, call to arms, and usher in feast days and the Sabbath. During Rosh Hashanah, the shofar is sounded one hundred times on each of the two days . . . . The most important mitzvah (deed) to be obeyed during Rosh Hashanah is to:

HEAR THE SOUNDING of the shofar.” [iii]

Eckstein gives the best thorough explanations of how and why the shofar/trumpet is used in the fall feasts of the Lord. [iv]

  • Symbol of Revelation. The shofar relates to Mount Sinai. “On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled .. . and as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him” (Exodus 19:16,19). The shofar is a reminder to live according to the Word of God.”
  • Symbol of a Coronation. The sounding of the shofar is a reaffirmation of God’s sovereignty and kingship over us. In the words of Psalms, “with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn – shout for the joy before the LORD, the King” (Psalm 98:6).
    • Sid Roth with It’s Supernatural Ministries says, “The blowing of the trumpet signaled the calling of a sabbath or solemn assembly; a warning of danger, and action to be taken (such as a gathering of the troops to war); or an ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE ARRIVAL OF A KING.[v]
  • Symbol of Akedah (binding of Isaac). The story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22, and Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son, is read on Rosh Hahanah. The ram, whose horn was caught in the bushes, was sacrificed in place of Isaac. The ram’s horn became an eternal symbol of Abraham’s and Isaac’s trust in God, even in the face of death.
  • Symbol of Humankind’s Need for Repentance. Just as the shofar was used during biblical times as a call for the people to assemble or as a warning of impending danger, the shofar is sounded on Rosh Hashanah as a wake-up call. It is a clarion call for moral introspection. “Awake, O you sleepers, awake from your sleep! Search your deeds and turn in repentance.”
  • Symbol of the Messianic Era. Finally, the shofar is sounded as a reminder of God’s promise to bring the Messiah who will usher into the world an era of physical and spiritual peace. Isaiah wrote, “And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain in Jerusalem” (Isaiah 27:13).

YOM KIPPUR

BLOOD OF JESUS ATONEMENT of Yom Kippur Fulfilled at Spring Feasts
HOW JESUS’ BLOOD ATONES & CLEANSES FROM ALL SIN: HOW HE SEES YOU

Biltz says on his 2021-2022 Jewish Calendar, regarding the fall feasts of the Lord,  “Yom Kippur means ‘Day of Atonement.’ It is the last chance to change the judgment that will come when the books are closed, demonstrate repentance, and make amends with God.

“Yom Kippur was the only day the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies. Yom Kippur is a fast day beginning at sunset on the evening before and ending after sunset on the day of Yom Kippur. It is customary to wear white on Yom Kippur to symbolize purity and cleanness from sin.”[vi]

In Old Testament times, the Day of Atonement was a time of offering a burnt animal sacrifice for sins that covered them for the next year. Since the temple was destroyed by the Romans in AD 70, Jewish people merely go the synagogue, fast, and pray, and make reconciliation with friends.

Unless they know who their Jewish Messiah/Jesus truly is, they don’t know their sins are eternally paid for – not merely covered  – because Jesus “entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:12 NRSV).

SUKKOT – THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES – Leviticus 23: 29-42

The sukkah at TFeast of abernacles - Sukkot

Sukkot, also known as Feast of Tabernacles, is known as “the time of our happiness.”

“The LORD said to Moses, ‘say to the Israelites, “On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’S Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days’” (Leviticus 23:33-34).

Specifically, during this week, Rabbi Jonathan Bernis, of Jewish Voice Ministries, tells us, “They are to recall how God supplied them with food, water, shelter and guidance [in the wilderness]. Jewish families re to live in small, temporary dwellings made of branches. At night they are to look up at the stars and remember God’s promise to Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens.

“This feast also commemorates the LAST HARVEST of the year and looks forward to the day when the elect from all over the world will be gathered into the kingdom of God” ( see Matthew 24:31).[vii]

Temporary dwellings (here on earth)

Cahn states, “By building a sukkah made of branches, wood, palm leaves, fruit, etc.; they camp out in their homeland, living in the Promised Land as if they were still living in the wilderness.

“In the Feast of Tabernacles, the two realms, the Promised Land and the wilderness come together. And that bears witness of a mystery; the realm of heaven and the realm of earth are joined. . . . . We are to learn to live in the heavenly realm while living on earth (Ephesians 2:6).[viii]

Leviticus 23:42-43 says, “Live in temporary shelters for seven days: all native-born Israelites are to live in such shelters so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”

It reminds us that our homes are temporary dwellings and our permanent home with God awaits us.

A Time for Hospitality

A beautiful tradition associated with Sukkot is ushpizin, inviting guests into the sukkah to partake in the celebration. Jews are commanded to do this, especially to those in need.

Eckstein explains, “Sukkot is a time of universal blessings. It’s considered the ONE festival that ALL people will be expected to observe in the messianic era [the millennial reign here on earth after the tribulation).

“We read ‘Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles’ (Zechariah 14:16). For this reason, Jews pray on Sukkot, not only for their own welfare, but for the entire world.”[ix]

WE MUST CATCH THIS. The Feast of Tabernacles is a time for ALL people, not just the Jewish people. We will celebrate the festival year after year as we do for any marriage anniversary.

Any family that does not come to the anniversary celebration, on them there will be no rain. “The family of Egypt” is mentioned by name; if they don’t come, they will have no rain.

My husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in Israel in October of 2019. We were there at the Feast of Tabernacles. For the first time, Egypt was there! Since 2008, people from all over the world have been going to Jerusalem for the celebration and Parade of Nations through the streets. Who was in the parade? All 8,000 of us there who support Israel, with banners and flags as Israelis shouted for joy on the sidelines. It was all broadcast on national television.

Our Banner at the Feast of Tabernacles Parade of Nations

LOVE FEASTS of the Lord

The feasts of the Lord are LOVE FEASTS. They are times chosen by the Lord to visit His bride. They are times He has chosen to make a banquet feast for her to express his love to her.

Do you remember when you dated your fiancé and planned a special meal for her/him? You had come to the time you wanted to present that engagement ring and ask her to marry you. You put out the best plates, silver, and gold candles. This is exactly how we are to enter the feasts of the Lord.

  • We examine our hearts to check our love for Him, repent of any wrong motives or thoughts.
  • We put on our best clothes only after making sure our inside attitudes are right.
  • We KNOW there is nothing that comes between us––no other loves or idols more important. He alone is our first love. He’s all they think about.
  • You know you are READY to see Him face to face. There is no thought of “only after such and such happens, then I will be ready.” Because . . . you are ready NOW!

UNDERSTAND How the Spring and Fall Feasts of the Lord are Joined Together

The book of Proverbs tells us that in all our getting to get an understanding. Consider these comparisons:

DEATH – Spring Feast of  Passover Day – At Jesus’ death the veil of the temple as torn from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51.

WEDDING DAY Fall Feast of YOM KIPPUR – Believers are made ‘one’ by Jesus’ blood in the atonement with direct access to Him. The veil is pulled back.

 RESURRECTION – Spring Feast of Firstfruits – Jesus is the first resurrected from the dead

RAPTUREFall Feast of TRUMPETS is the Rapture for the Church of Jesus Christ

The Bible does say no one knows the day or hour Jesus will come, only the Father, but we can know the season. And with there being so many different calendars used around the world based on lunar and solar years, or both – none of them agree to the day, hour and minute.

UNDERSTAND that the Fall Feasts of the Lord Point to an Ancient Galilean Wedding

HANG WITH ME ONE MORE MINUTE – for the most amazing mystery that ties all the feasts together:

In case you missed it, the film, “Before the Wrath,” * reveals a profound discovery from the time of Christ how the Galilean wedding transpired. It explains that Jesus’ disciples were all from Galilee where he also lived.

Before leaving earth, Jesus’ said to them, “In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you. And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:2-3 Amplified).

In Jesus’ own words, we see Him coming for His bride.

The disciples understood Jesus to mean a wedding would take place.

THE GALILEAN WEDDING

The first miracle Jesus performed was at a wedding at Cana of Galilee.

How the Spirit of Understanding Reveals Profound Unfulfilled Prophecies Related to the Fall Feasts of the Lord that show our Future From Our Past

Sequences of the Wedding:

  1. The betrothal – takes place at the main gate so everyone in the village can witness it (Ruth 4:1). A written proposal covenant is offered that the bride will sign––between both families. Dowry is paid as an insurance policy in case something happens to the groom, for they are considered married at this point.
  2. Groom pours wine in a cup and gives it to the virgin bride. He passes it to her. She has the choice to accept it or reject it. She could push it back. SHE is the final authority. Matt. 26:27.
  3. If the bride accepts, groom says publicly, “I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until I drink it with you in my father’s house.” (I’ve given my body for you.) Matt. 26:29.
  4. Groom leaves His bride to prepare a room he will build onto his father’s house for them. John 14:2.
  5. Bride leaves to prepare herself with a white dress and will keep herself pure for the next year and will be ready with oil in her lamp. Matt. 25.
  6. When the room is ready, the groom says to his father, “I am ready for my bride.”
  7. Only the father can say when the right time is, because he has to be prepared to feed the wedding party for a whole seven days at the wedding celebration. Matt. 24.36.
  8. The father will say at midnight of one night to his son, “It’s time.”
  9. The son grabs his shofar and he and his groomsmen walk down the street to the bride’s house. Among lit lamps, trumpets are blaring to wake up the townspeople and the bride and her bridesmaids and family who are also ready and watching for the wedding.
  10. All the people meet in the street facing each other. After the bride looks into her grooms’ eyes after a long separation, she lowers herself onto a litter and is lifted into the air. She is carried to the father’s house with her groom walking beside her. 1 Cor. 13:12, 1 Thess. 4:14-18.
  11. THE DOOR IS SHUT! No one leaves for 7 days and 7 nights. [Compares to 7 years of the tribulation. For examples of 7 Years for 1 day, see: 14:33-34; Eze. 4:4-6; Eze. 20:8-11; 23:10-11.] Matt. 25:10.
  12. Those left behind would be subjected to the wrath and indignation to come. Matt. 3:7, Rom 1:18, Rev. 6:16; 12:12; 14:8; 15:1; 16:19.

Have you accepted your written proposal from Jesus Christ?

  • Before the day of wrath?
  • Before the feast begins?
  • Before the Rapture?
  • Before the thief comes to those unaware?

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[i] Jonathan Cahn, The Book of Mysteries, “The Holy Day Finale,” Day 280.

[ii] Mark Biltz, 2021-2022 / 5783-5783 16-Month Calendar, El Shaddai Ministries, Fall Feasts Information page.

[iii] Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Holy Days of Israel, Your Inspirational Guide, (International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Inc. Chicago, 2011) p 58

[iv] Ibid.

[v] Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural 2012 Biblical/Jewish Calendar, The Major Biblical/Jewish Holidays and Their Significance for New Covenant Believers Today.

[vi] Mark Biltz, 2021-2022 / 5783-5783 16-Month Calendar, El Shaddai Ministries, Fall Feasts Information page

[vii] Jonathan Bernis, “The Fall Feasts,” The Fall Feasts and the Coming of Messiah, Volume 46, Number 5, September/October 2012, p 24,

[viii]Jonathan Cahn, The Book of Mysteries, “Camping in Heaven,” Day 277.

[ix] Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Holy Days of Israel, Your Inspirational Guide, (International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Inc. Chicago, 2011) p 111.

* Before the Wrath DVD, 2020, www.beforethewrath.com, www.ingenuityfulms.com, narrated by Kevin Sorbo.

How the Spirit of Knowledge and Understanding Helps You to Know God Intimately, to Grow and Learn the Bible

“The highest calling of God is to be a learner,” says the Spirit of Knowledge and Understanding through author and Rabbi Jason Sobel . . .

‘Love the Lord with all your heart is the first commandment. To be a lover, you have to be a learner.”

To be a learner, we must know what God says.

To know what God says, we must read what He says.

To learn what He says, we must read both the old and new testaments of His Word – the Holy Bible.

At the age of 15, Jewish children who wanted to, could choose to learn and grow in faith with a rabbi. But they had to be chosen as one who would not bring disgrace to the teacher/rabbi. When they made the ‘cut,’ they were the ‘chosen.’

Other children who were not ‘chosen,’ or did not want to learn beyond what they had learned from the Torah (first five books in the Old Testament), could choose to go into a profession of their own.

Jesus chose his twelve disciples and took them away from their professions of fishing or tax collecting, or of a zealot, to be full-time learners and followers – to be like Him.

Do we have to leave our professions and jobs to be a disciple of Jesus Christ today? No, we don’t, but some may choose to. We can choose to be ‘chosen’ by becoming a learner by reading His Word and making it priority in our lives––in order to become like Him.

We have Jesus, THE Rabbi, at our disposal, 24 hours per day, seven-days per week through the Seven-Fold Holy Spirit of the LORD. What a privilege we have with access to many Bible translations that the early disciples did not have. Are we taking advantage of it?

This is the fifth in the series from Isaiah 11:2, the Seven-Fold Spirit of the Lord, a prophecy about Jesus:

“And the Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him (Jesus), the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.”

Intimate knowledge and understanding of God come from the ONLY Truth that exists: making Jesus our First Love and making His Word priority of each day.

[The Spirit of Understanding will have its own article but cannot be divided from any of the other Spirits.]

How the Spirit of Knowledge and Understanding Helps

What the Bible Says About the Spirit of Knowledge and Understanding

The word knowledge is a noun in the above Isaiah passage. From the Strong’s dictionary, number 1847 it is da’ath: meaning knowledge, insight, intelligence, understanding, wisdom, cunnng. It is the Hebrew word for knowledge gained through the senses.

Though it is a general term, it can be personal, technical ‘know-how,’ or skill.  Exodus 35:30-33 gives us a perfect example of da’ath knowledge:

See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel, he son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge (da’ath) in all craftmanship; to make designs for working in gold and in silver and in bronze, and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, so as to perform in every inventive work.

Sometime after the Red Sea crossing, all the Israelites gave a freewill offering to the LORD to build the tabernacle in the wilderness. Women whose heart stirred with a skill spun the goat’s hair. God also put in the heart of Bezalel and Oholiab to teach them. And they did the engraving and designing of embroidery in blue and purple and scarlet material, and in fine linen, and of a weaver––all done to the detailed instructions the LORD gave Moses.

We can see from this that there is no end of da’ath knowledge from the LORD to His people for righteous purposes. “For in Him, we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Art and craftmanship can be in any form, from culinary arts, paintings, writing and publishing a book, teaching, building anything and even crafting blog posts. Some Christians have felt called to run, or to make a trip around the world sailing for God’s glory.

God Possesses the Spirit of Knowledge and Understanding

Almighty God is omni (all) everything: omnipotent [Almighty or unlimited and all-powerful], omnipresent [everywhere at all times and omniscient [having complete or unlimited knowledge, awareness, or understanding; perceiving all things.]

“Such da’ath knowledge it too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it. Where can I go from Thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from They presence?“ (Psalm 139:7).

The whole chapter of Psalm 139 is filled with God’s intimate knowledge and understanding of us, His creation. He sees us [El Roi – the God Who Sees) and knows what we are doing at all times, He was there when we were conceived, and his eyes saw our unformed substance. He wrote a book about us before we were born, spelling out our purpose and destiny on earth. His thoughts toward us outnumber the sands on the seashore. He has called us by our name, and we belong to Him, and He us (if we choose). Imagine that!

How Spirit of Knowledge and Understanding helps to Know God Intimately to Grow and Learn Bible

God Teaches Us His Knowledge and Understanding

“The LORD gives wisdom and from His mouth come da’ath knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6).  “He teaches man da’ath knowledge” (Proverbs 94:10).

Jesus came to earth as a Rabbi and taught with His words and example. The words from His mouth contradicted everything that seemed right naturally. He taught and exemplified to do to others as we would have them do to us; to love the unlovely, even our enemies; how to pray and see people healed; how to cast out demons; to embrace persecution, insults, and all kinds of evil falsely on account of Him.

He taught them to rejoice and be exceedingly glad no matter the circumstances; how to confront evil rulers without prior preparation; how to steward money and give from meager resources; and what to expect in the end times when they would be hated on account of His name.

Jesus used harsh words to call out hypocrites [Greek word Hupokrinȏ indicating secrecy; to judge, to divide, separate … to emulate anything as an actor, to act a part or pretend to be what they are not]. He called them:

“hypocrites, children of hell, blind guides, fools, white-washed sepulchers, full of iniquity, serpents, murderers, robbers.”

He did everything he could to make people face the true state of their spiritual nature. He was not politically correct. For crying out loud! He even turned over tables in the church (temple) calling out money changers as thieves, saying, “My house shall be called a HOUSE OF PRAYER but you are making it a robbers’ den!” (Matthew 21:13).

Should this not motivate us to look CLOSELY at Jesus’ life in the New Testament books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and be more like him––as His Spirit leads? If we are wrong, would we not want to have someone speak the Truth in love to us, so we be right with God?

Is Da’ath Knowledge a Spiritual Gift of the Holy Spirit of the Bible?

Put simply, the answer is no. The spiritual gift of the ‘word of knowledge’ that is found in 1 Corinthians 12:8 says, “For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit.”

The word knowledge here is from the original New Testament Greek, root word gnȏsis (Strong’s #1108) meaning “to know experientially. A present and fragmentary knowledge . . . a clear and exact knowledge which expresses a more thorough participation in the object of knowledge on the part of the knowing subject.”

In other words, there are times when a godly Christian can say or write something to you and it’s like you know that God just spoke to you. You feel as though He read your mail or saw directly into your heart and it impacted you greatly.

How Can a Person Gain this Da’ath Knowledge?

Remember, the five senses have to be involved; therefore, there is a choice to be made here – a quality decision to get it!

It takes time and effort. It takes learning something you are interested in; passion follows faith steps. When it comes to Jesus and spiritual knowledge and intimacy with Him and how to live, it means spending quality time with Him. That comes ONLY through His Word for:

“In the beginning [before all time] was the Word {Christ} and the Word was God Himself. . . And the Word {Christ} became flesh {human, incarnate} and tabernacled {fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile} among us; and we [actually] saw His glory” (John 1:1, 14 Amplified)

My Story of Learning Intimacy with God

Bird Watching in the Spirit of Knowledge and Understanding

Let me tell you a story about how Jesus taught me how important it is to Him that we spend time in His Word, and that it is spending quality time with Him alone that makes Him our First Love:

One day last winter on a snowy day, I was watching the birds eat the seed my husband had just put out for them. I thanked the Lord for being able to watch them and let Him know how much I enjoyed being able to do so through my back porch window in the comfort of my warm, cozy home.

He immediately spoke to my heart so clearly, “That’s how I feel when I watch you eat my Word.”

I thought about the Scripture in Revelation that we have probably misinterpreted to mean Salvation only, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.”

There’s nothing better than to dine with Jesus over His Word! His da’ath Spirit of Knowledge and Understanding are the servers.

When we spend time with Him and He sees the devotion of our heart to be a learner, He will share His heart with us.

*More Scriptures from Jesus, the Word

Psalm 119:50, “This is my comfort in my affliction, that Thy Word has revived me.”

Psalm 119: 66-67, “Teach me good discernment and da’ath knowledge, for I believe in Thy commandments. Before I was afflicted, I went astray, But now I keep Thy word.

Psalm 119: 71, “It is good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Thy statutes.”

Revelation 2:3-4, “You have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary, but I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

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My Challenge to You

*All Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Version of the Bible (NASB) except where noted. The best study Bible for the real, ordinary Christian, like myself, is the Key Word Study Bible (NASB or NKJV). It has the Strong Dictionary numbers for key words of each Scripture, and gives all the Scriptures in the Old and New Testaments in Hebrew/Greek that apply.

It also has a Concordance, Word Studies, Introductions and Footnotes––all in one book. It is worth at least 10 million dollars to me, which is the value of one of the 48 Guttenberg Bibles remaining of the original 180 printed in 1452. Learning the original word meanings brings intimacy with Jesus when you know that you know.

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SPIRIT OF COUNSEL, WHAT HE IS AND IS NOT, HOW TO KNOW HIM AS YOUR PERSONAL COUNSELOR

Have you ever had something terrible happen to you and through it all, you felt Someone, the Spirit of Counsel. had gone ahead of you and was with you, helping you all along the journey to get through it? That just happened to me.

We came back home from a beautiful wedding. I splurged with some foods I had not been used to eating, then topped it off with a snack of peanuts. Immediately, BOOM, intense gastrointestinal pain hit me hard.

Our son called and while he was on the phone with my husband, I asked him if he had any advice for me. Having a naturopath doctor himself, he told me exactly what to do. I ordered the products he advised.

Meanwhile, a friend sent me an invitation to a meeting where a lady would be ministering to pray for healing. It was still almost a week away!

The night before the meeting, my husband asked me, “Ann, have you ever had your appendix removed?” I had been holding my right side.

“No! If that was it, I would have been dead by now.”

Inside, I knew that surgery was where I was headed, because fever was starting to come upon me, and tenderness over the appendix had been there for a while.

The next morning, I knew I had two choices: go to the meeting, or to the Emergency Room.

I went to the house meeting. When it came time for Joanna Coe Herndon to pray, she looked at me and said, “When you came in, I knew you needed a miracle TODAY!” I nodded yes.

She laid hands on me and prayed. I got up and bent over. The pain was gone. When I got up the next morning, I felt new inside, I could walk normal and put on real clothes.

But I knew I had to learn what the underlying problem had been. Before this happened, we had ordered a book for no special reason, Time Bomb: A Genocide of Deadly Processed Foods by Joe Horn and Allie Anderson. What happened to me had happened to him time and time again until he lost 16 inches of his intestines—which was not necessary. I told Jim, “Give me that book!”

The products I ordered came in and they helped me heal fully and feel even better. I learned how to change my diet and what foods and chemicals to avoid; how to read labels, etc. Throughout the whole ordeal, I felt the Holy Spirit with me, and He taught me more about Himself.

Spirit of Counsel

In this fourth of the Seven Spirits of God series we will discuss what is the Spirit of Counsel from Isaiah 11:2: The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him (Jesus), the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord (NKJV).

The Spirit of Counsel is not a ‘what’ or ‘it.’ He is a ‘who’ – a Person with a capital P, a personal Helper, not merely an energy force that brings a person to a state of consciousness of ones’ own divinity and ‘oneness’ with all things.

Who Is The Spirit of Counsel—the Helper?

The Seven Spirits of God are one: The Spirit of the Lord. Yet, each of the seven are one aspect of His wonderful and mighty, eternal Being. Just too wonderful, deep and incomprehensible! But let us try to comprehend.

John 14:26 NKJV tells us the Counselor is the “Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” He is our Helper. Other translations, for the word Helper, say Advocate, Intercessor, Comforter, Strengthener and Standby.

At Jesus’ birth, it was prophesied he would be called Emmanuel, meaning God with Us. How much more can God be with us than to be a 24/7 Helper and Comforter? The interesting thing is, though, that Jesus could not even be all this to his disciples when He was on earth. They found themselves fearful many times when Jesus was not right there with them.

Only after Jesus’ death and resurrection, was He able to send the Holy Spirit who would indwell their hearts to truly be with them 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Thus, the words of Jeremiah were fulfilled: “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people . . . For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more (Jer. 31:33-34 NIV).

What the Spirit of Counsel is NOT?

Sadly, western society has embraced the notion that we can be our own god; in other words, we don’t need to surrender our heart and deepest self to a higher Being outside our body.

Caryl Matrisciana reveals the truth about New Age enlightenment and writes her story in her book Out of India. She was born in India and lived there for 19 years, witnessing the effects of Hinduism and Yoga that kept India in bondage. It frightened her as a child.

Her family moved back to London, England, after India gained its independence. In London, she was introduced to “A New Spiritual Gospel,” the “New Age Movement,” and discovered its roots were in the religion she thought she’d left behind.

This discovery was during the production of HAIR and the song, Age of Aquarius. The new way of thinking was to travel into their bodies and into inner worlds, led through guided imagery, visualization, rhythmic music, and enthusiastic energy – to merge with the universe.

Through powerful suggestion, colors meshed, and individuals joined together in one cosmic force – a force she eventually learned to call “God.” From there, the worshipers were invoked to chant, ‘Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna.”

Did these people know they were actually praying to an Indian deity? She thought. Why were Westerners so enthralled with a religious activity that didn’t incite much enthusiasm even among its own people in India?

Just as Hare Krishna was glorified, so was Yoga! And its association with drugs, reincarnation and a new spiritual experience. The Yoga Caryl remembered in India was a serious, intense, arduous discipline. Its disciples were taught by avowed spiritual masters to be prepared for death.

Caryl had many misgivings about it all, but at age 20, she yearned to find the ‘light’ promised in this new way of thinking. She was being conditioned in the 60s by a powerful religious and political structure: globalism as the goal, and peace as the promise.

This spiritual enlightenment can be encapsulated in these four points of the New Age:

1. God is seen more as a flowing energy or creative force that exists in all things rather than as a personal God who is distinct from man and creation.

2. Man is seen as divine, essentially a part of God. [Is this not humanism?]

3. Salvation for the soul is something attained when one becomes an awakened soul by understanding one’s divinity and ‘oneness’ with all. This awakening comes about through the use of various rituals and mystical practices that help remove one’s attachment to the world.

4. The gap between good and evil is eradicated. In other words, there is no evil – all is divine. It casts the more serious charge that the ‘old ways’ only serve to impede the progress of a society bent on an upward evolution to a higher consciousness – the new power.

“Christian Yoga” – in reality, there can be no such thing. The positions and movements have meaning for the Hindu. The West is deceived into thinking they can divorce yogic practice from its spiritual aspects simply by ignoring or redefining them. Eastern meditation in general has been given a new ‘look.’

For example, Thomas Keating in his book, Open Mind, Open Heart, renames Eastern meditation techniques as “centering,” “contemplative prayer,” and “transformed into Christ.” Pastors and doctors are teaching Yoga. The YMCA has adopted it.

At the Hindu University of America in Orlando, Florida, a professor of Yoga philosophy and meditation states, “Yoga is Hinduism.” And its purpose is to bring a god-consciousness and death [stopping body functions and breathing] through reincarnation in order to postpone having to face the true reality – the real Creator God. Their supreme being is Brahma, the infinite, all-embracing ever blissful consciousness. Everything is part of this deity – cows, monkeys, and idols of half man, half animals.

This worship’s goal, also, is to invoke the Kundalini serpent power, to open pathways in the spine for the flow of Kundalini energy. This opens the third eye. When this is released, body movements become serpent-like. Drugs and Yoga both shut down life’s reality. However, Yoga is endorsed as a beneficial mind-body exercise.

During a casual conversation with a spirit-filled pastor, he said, “In a prayer line, a lady came up to me and started manifesting like a snake.” He nor I did not know the origin of this evil at the time. Now I know, and so do you. We can cast it out in the name of Jesus, and share the Truth.

Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God. –Leviticus 19:31 NKJV).

Spirit of Counsel

How Does the Holy Spirit Counsel?

During the morning before the prayer/healing meeting I opened my Passion Translation bible and read Psalm 139: 4-5. I didn’t know at that time how much comfort it would bring.

3–4 You are so intimately aware of me, Lord.
You read my heart like an open book
and you know all the words I’m about to speak
before I even start a sentence!
You know every step I will take before my journey even begins.
5 You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way,
    and in kindness you follow behind me
to spare me from the harm of my past.[a]
You have laid your hand on me!

This is a perfect example of what Psalm 119:24 means, “Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors.” God’s word is His Word to us. Simple, but Oh! So comforting to the soul and to our hearts when they come at just the right time.

The Holy Spirit Counsels Through Godly People

Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king in Judah. “And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a loyal heart (2 Chronicles 25:2 NKJV).

When he was to make war against Edom, he hired 100,000 men from Israel to help him fight. But a man of God came to him advising him not to let these men go with him. He listened to this advice and released the men from war.

However, ‘after Amaziah came from the slaughter of the Edomites, he brought the gods of his enemies, set them up to be his gods, and bowed down before them and burned incense to them.

“Therefore, the anger of the Lord was aroused against Amaziah, and He sent him a prophet who said to him, “Why have you sought the gods of the people, which could not rescue their own people from your hand?” (2 Chron. 25: 14-15).

Amaziah’s heart revealed his lack of surrender to the One and Only Lord God, and he worshipped gods that could not even rescue his enemy. He listened to one godly man, but not the prophet.

He said to the prophet, “Have we made you the king’s counselor? Cease! Why should you be killed?” Then the prophet ceased, and said, “I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not heeded my advice.”

In the process of time, a conspiracy was made against Amaziah, and he was killed by his enemies. Nowhere in the Scripture does it say he sought the Lord’s counsel and God’s heart about any decision he needed to make. In contrast, the Psalms are full of King David’s conversations with the Lord and God’s counsel to him.

What Does the Christian Believe to Be Able to Know the True Spirit of Counsel?

1)      The Lord himself exalts above all things His name and His word, the holy Bible. For any person who comes along beside Him to do the same, He will bring signs following (Psalm 138:2; Mark 16:19).

2)      There is only one God, the Creator and Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father’s name is Yahweh (Hebrew); Jesus’ name is Yeshua (Hebrew), and He is God.

3)      Jesus, the Christ and Messiah, was born of the Virgin Mary, incarnate without human father––through the power of Holy Spirit. Jesus led a sinless life, took on himself our sin on the cross, was brutally crucified, suffered and died, and went to hell so we don’t have to go there. He paid the price for our sin, but LIFE eternal is only for those who believe and accept this free gift of grace.

4)      Jesus rose from the dead and is alive today, sits at the right hand of the Father, and through the Holy Spirit empowers people on earth, who believe, accept and receive Him by faith.

5)      We are accountable to God to live a life separated from sin and to seek love to be the highest aim. It is our responsibility to contribute by word and deed to the spread of this Gospel of Jesus, the Christ – the Messiah.

6)      We believe that Jesus died and rose again and will return again. According to the Lord’s own word . . . “we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive, and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words” (1Thessalonians 4: 14-18 NIV).

We Can Bring Comfort of Peace and Joy to Others

These words from Psalm 139: 5:

You know every step I will take before my journey even begins.
5 You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way,
    and in kindness you follow behind me

in the New King James Version of the Bible say, “You have hedged me behind and before.” Meaning, the Christian is in God’s grasp, and nothing or nothing can take him/her out of His hand.

In addition, by having accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. we have the Spirit of Counsel in our hearts.  We then also become counselors of peace and joy (Prov. 12:20). Thereby, we will comfort those with which we have been comforted by God.

All praises belong to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he is the Father of tender mercy and the God of endless comfort. He always comes alongside us to comfort us in every suffering so that we can come alongside those who are in any painful trial. We can bring them this same comfort that God has poured out upon us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 TPT

What trial have you come through with the Spirit of Counsel’s help with which you can comfort others? This points to your purpose in life.

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You may find this chapter from my e-course helpful: How to Hear God’s Voice in Making Decisions – Line up the 3 Harbor Lights: God’s Word 80%; Godly Counselors 10%; Circumstances 10%

More Scriptures of Spirit of Counsel and Comfort

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, Or as His counselor has informed Him? Isaiah 40:13

Wow to the rebellious children, says the Lord, who take counsel, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin. Isaiah 30:1

Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established. Proverbs 15:22

For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 24:6

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