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GOD Who Are You? AND Who AM I?

Knowing and Experiencing God by His Hebrew Names

PART 4 – eBook 4

Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as He did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries His son, all the way you went until you reached this place [the promised land plan]. ”    Deuteronomy 1:29-31

Part 4 is comprised of the fourth three modules of the book and is Part 4 of the FREE eCourse Bonus on this Web site. They are:

Module 10 – Chapter 18: God is Jehovah-Sabaoth [The Lord of hosts]

Chapter 19: Because God is Jehovah-Sabaoth, We are One Mature Military Bride

Module 11 – Chapter 20: God is Jehovah [The LORD: Yahweh/Yeshua]

Chapter 21: Because God is Jehovah, We Are Jesus’ Feet

Module 12 – Chapter 22: God is Jehovah-Shammah [The Lord is There]

Chapter 23: Because God is Jehovah-Shammah, We Know Who We Are

M10D The Mature Bride Cannot Be Shaken

The prophet Haggai encouraged the children of Israel after they returned to Jerusalem over seventy years before. They were rebuilding the temple which had been destroyed when they were taken into Babylonian captivity. He reminded them of the words of the Lord:

“. . . Take courage,” declares the Lord, “and work; for I am with you,” says the Lord of hosts.

“As for the promise which I made you when you came out of Egypt, My Spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear!”

For thus says the Lord of hosts, “Once more in a little while, I am going to shake heavens and the earth, the seas also and the dry land.”—Haggai 2:4-6 NASB

 The Mature Bride Cannot be Shaken

Tree with beautiful northern lights with text overlay: How to not be shaken when your world is shakingJo Anne Swezey was to find out personally just what being shaken meant. She experienced the Lord of hosts’ protection and abiding in her midst when an F4 tornado destroyed her home, her son’s house, and her mother’s home. Fifty-five homes in the small Kansas town of Franklin in 2003 were whisked away, including the post office. Only one person died.

When the tornado was approaching, Jo Anne prayed. Many times previously the tornados would change paths. This time, the Lord told her, “Leave!” She and her family left, but her eighty-eight-year-old mother chose to stay. She was found one block away so mangled paramedics would not allow them to see her. The interesting thing is that her mother insisted on being baptized the prior Easter Sunday.

When Jo Anne went back to pick up the pieces, she was flooded with peace. It was like God took over her body in which she could feel nothing—a very strange experience. While sifting through the rubble, songs poured through her heart. Songs sustained her in the night.

“I would be going crazy!” a friend told her. People cried when they talked with her.

“So would I if it were my strength. Don’t cry.”

“There’s such a Presence and sweetness as you speak,” they all told her.

Later, going back to the place where her house used to be, Jo Anne looked at the ragged trunks of the once beautiful huge trees that provided shade for her yard. She thought, are they going to die?

She could not believe her eyes, though, as she saw green sprouts growing from the trunks.

She heard the Spirit of God say, “The Life is in the root.”

She knew the tree never depended upon the branches for life and growth, but now it was so plain to her. She felt a burden lift as God revealed she had been striving to produce that Life. It’s all Him, she thought.

Jo Anne’s whole life is one of patiently endured bitter trials while not shaken


Lord of hosts rock not shaken.She overcame each trial with Jesus by her side. Through the process, God overturned her timid nature into boldness for Christ.

She was raised in a moral, but non-Christian home. As a young nurse at twenty-one years of age, she was caring for a man one night. No windows were open, but she felt a breeze come in the room. When she looked to see where it was coming from, Jesus was standing near the bed with his right hand extended toward her. Looking deeply into her eyes He spoke gently yet with authority, saying, “Follow me.” And he left.

After that, she tried to read her Bible but could never understand it; then, she went to a conference led by Frances and Charles Hunter. She believed Frances when she said, “You need to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.”

Jo Anne went to the front of the room to receive the Holy Spirit that night, and realized afterwards that things were different. She could understand her Bible and would read it until the wee hours of the morning—with an unquenchable thirst.

Jo Anne married a man named Walt and they had four sons and one daughter; one son was born diabetic and another was born with birth defects which were destroying his kidneys. In addition, Jo Anne developed multiple sclerosis—the fast growing type. Doctors told her she would soon be bedfast. A lady asked her, “Have you asked God to heal you?”

“I can’t say that I have. Why would I do that?” Her medical background caused her to look only to doctors.

“Who is going to take care of you and your children when you are bedfast and gone?”

Jo Anne thought about it and decided that maybe it would be a good idea to ask. She simply prayed, “God, I would really appreciate it if you would heal me so my husband will not have to take care of me and our children.”

One day at a time, slowly and amazingly she grew stronger. Her vision returned and her speech became plainer until she could walk unaided. She asked the doctor if her son with kidney problems would live to be a grown man. The doctor said he would not, so she gave her son and other children to the Lord—trusting God with them. Five years later, the son’s kidneys fully functioned, when medically speaking, kidneys do not regenerate. The doctor said, “Someone higher than I had a hand in this.”

The other son with the diabetes developed holes in the retinas of his eyes. Sometime later, the doctor said, “There are no holes in your son’s retinas!”

With each trial in her life, Jo Anne felt lighter and became a better person. She said, “It was like breaking an alabaster vial of costly perfume so it could flow freely” (see Matt. 26:7). Before the tornado, she would get discouraged about this and that. Since the tornado, eternal joy fills her soul as she sings, “I shall not be moved. In His love and favor, I shall not be moved.”

After the move, Jo Anne was to discover even more how much the Spirit of the Lord of hosts was in her midst. She lamented over the loss of her valued and rare study books that were no longer being published. While sorting through the recovered articles, one by one, she found them; other people had snatched them up.

The mature bride is legally on the throne – unshaken

Lord of hosts Jehovah Sabaoth on throne with mature bride

Today, Jo Anne has a booklet she wrote, Praying with Power, in circulation among 10,000 Christians in India. She revised that booklet into a small book containing more visions and stories with Scripture study of victorious living. It is a concise and thorough book on praying with authority—Born to Triumph.

One excerpt from it tells of a vision the Lord gave her:

We must remember that there is a time for praying and a time for asserting our authority. One evening as I was praying about a prolonged physical problem, I suddenly found myself standing before Jesus seated on his throne. As I continued praying, he said nothing and motioned to someone on his right. Three angels came forward carrying a beautiful, full-length ermine robe that appeared to be heavy, and they placed it around my shoulders. Without a word, Jesus leaned forward and handed me a silver scepter that had a small globe of the earth on one end, signifying my royal authority on earth. I was speechless! Yet the vision wasn’t for me only; it was a reminder to all Christians that there are times when we must exercise our authority if situations are going to change.

Jo Anne decided to speak directly to doors of opportunity to open for her, visualizing the scepter in her hand. Within hours, she received phone calls to speak. One opportunity was to share with a small group of women—to impart to them what she had learned. At this writing in 2007, miraculous signs and wonders are happening as she teaches God’s Word. Women are being healed and delivered of emotional, mental and physical problems passed from one generation in their family to the next.

What Jo did in speaking to her mountain (see Matt. 17:20), is no different than what Phyllis Croat did when her husband, Senator Michael Croat, died of a heart attack. She told the medical personnel, “Thank you; I appreciate all you have done, but you don’t have the final word over my husband.” She took hold of both his ankles and spoke these words, “Michael, come back in your body.” The heart monitor resumed its beat. She knew her royal authority. Both women demonstrate that death and life are in the power of the tongue (see Prov. 18:21).

Jo Anne seized her royal authority- unshaken, and is witnessing what the disciples of Jesus did after He left them in the world. “After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by signs that accompanied it” (Mark 16:19-20 emphasis mine).

God gave Jo Anne another vision (one of many) of dark rain clouds hanging very low in the sky, ready to burst and release healing in the streets of the United States. She is a part of releasing those healing streams to others, just as Barbara and Pat are, because they know who they are—the mature bride—legally on the throne with Jesus Christ right now.

In Destined for the Throne, Billheimer further writes, “The Church, through her resurrection and ascension with Christ, is already legally on the throne.”[1] “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6).We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to be seated with Him. We are right now—with a scepter in our hand. Are we using it?

“God will not go over the Church’s head to do things in spite of her, because this would abort His plan to bring her to full maturity in the Son. He will therefore do nothing without her . . . God could put Satan completely away, but He has chosen to use him to give the Church training in overcoming”[2]—in order to reign with Jehovah-Sabaoth [The Lord of hosts] as our bridegroom, husband, Supreme Commander, King and Eternal Companion.

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[1] Billheimer, Destined for the Throne, p. 16.

[2] Ibid. p. 17.

M10C Endured Bitterness: How Pat Learned to Overcome Fear

Pat  Jessee overcame emotional bondage – endured bitterness

Blue lightening landscape with text overlay: How Pat Learned she was in bondage to FEARFor Pat, acquiring an unwavering faith through endured bitterness meant overcoming emotional bondage with lack of trust and a fear of what people thought about her. She had an inability many times to eat anything except oatmeal, rice, fish or beans due to allergic reactions. Pat sought the Lord by reading her Bible and going to a Christian conference. As she read 2 Kings 20, where God told Isaiah to say to King Hezekiah, “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I will heal you” (2 Kings 20:5), she felt God had healed her. During the ministry time, the Lord brought up a memory of her mother ironing and not speaking to Pat because she was mad at her about something. It was a repeated thing that brought feelings of rejection. Tears flowed as healing entered.

After the conference, Barbara Watts called Pat and said, “Your food problem is a hidden anorexia. You’re healed.” Pat wanted to eat. She was not trying to starve herself, but because of self-hate, her body was rejecting food in the form of food allergies. From that moment, the worst of the problems with food were over. Today, she can eat anything unless she gets too stressed.

About this same time, Pat went through a mid-life crisis where she felt like a failure with no purpose in her life. Mothering days were over and she stopped painting her beautiful pictures because no one was buying her paintings. The words of a friend spoke to her heart: “God put wild flowers on the side of the mountain nobody ever sees.”

That spoke volumes to her, if God does that, then my paintings are valuable to Him, even if I never sell another.

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Image of a painting by Pat Jessee: Jesus and His Bride

Pat started painting again. She went back to school and got a degree in Interior Design. God gave her three dreams to go to school; it gave her a safe place to succeed and not fail. God built confidence in her this way, but especially through His Word. Every day, she read Psalm 139:13-14 until she grew to believe God truly did love her: “You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Pat also overcame a mitral valve prolapse which an echocardiogram had revealed was there. After a friend prayed for her, she felt heat and it was gone! During prayer at a conference, her jaw moved forward to where the dentist said it should be. Pat proclaims, “You will know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32). She also claims for herself that “everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer” (1 Tim. 4:4-5).

Emotional healing comes before physical healing

Emotional Healing comes Before Physical HealingDuring her battle, after she was initially healed, the symptoms returned—back to rice and oatmeal. One day, while driving in her car, she prayed, “Lord, what’s going on? Why can’t I get to the bottom of why my healing has not been permanent?”

God’s reply was a vision. She saw him on the cross as He said, “I died for you. Even in my weakness, I conquered on the cross.” She pulled to the side of the road because she felt the heaviness of the Holy Spirit—a good feeling; then, heat in her stomach—His touch again.

God opened her eyes to see her deceased mother discovering her own mother dead. Pat immediately had an understanding of the fear that had consumed her mother—fear of the same thing happening to her. Her mother was always tense and worrisome, unable to trust, and her treatment of Pat caused feelings of rejection with the inability to trust, as well. The Lord spoke to Pat’s heart, I took your mother out of a poor immigrant background, and you brought her to the Lord.

Endured bitterness overcome


Having dealt with the cause of her physical problems, Pat is now able to trust. She does not fear what people think of her. She walks free in many areas of her life and has a boldness to share Jesus as God uses her to minister to others. Pat is also one of the women who travel with Barbara to fast and pray.

God has blessed her painting and uses it for His glory in the pictures, murals and banners she paints of “who God is.”

One of the best things that happened to Pat was receiving a note written to her about an exposed nut–that endured bitterness. The friend saw how Pat was and what she would become—a strong teacher, gifted and powerful, who previously had been like a nut—half hidden under a shell so no one could see the valuable protein and oils inside. She wrote:

What could it do? It was worn out with introspection and could not escape from its shell. As long as no one could partake of its full nutritional value, it would shrivel up and die. It had to escape. So what could this poor nut do? It decided to be still and surrender its case to the Lord who made it in the first place. You take up my cause.

Jesus came and Pat invited him to stay. This nut prayed to God and said, “Lord you made me with so many hidden values and potentials and none have reached their full potential.”

I myself saw this hidden nut. The Lord caused a bird to come along and pick at the shell, until it was fully removed. The nut was exposed; and, so we all looked, but we didn’t see just Pat alone. The whole room was filled with a picture book of the released joy, peace, confidence, and productivity of a Pat who was teaching others the way.

Openly and freely, without shame and excess baggage from her past, Pat says, “I was that nut.” “Oh Lord of hosts, How blessed is the [wo]man who trusts in Thee!” (Ps. 84:12).

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M10B What Does the Mature Bride Look Like?

The mature Bride has an unwavering faith—toughened by hardship and endured bitterness

Chuck Pierce, vice president of Global Harvest Ministries and affiliated with the World Prayer Center, addresses endured bitterness of the mature bride. He says, “Esther 2:9-13 explains that 12 months of preparation were necessary before a woman could be presented to the king. That preparation consisted of two phases, one in which oil of myrrh was used and one in which beautiful perfumes were applied.

“The myrrh represented endured bitterness that ultimately produced a beautiful fragrance. After six months of wearing oil of myrrh, the woman was then given perfumes and other beautifiers that would enhance her appeal to the king.

“After this extensive preparation, Esther appeared before the king and found favor in his sight. Soon she was exalted to the royal position of queen.”[1] We will be exalted to this position beside Jesus on His throne as queen, the mature bride—if we overcome through endurance. Barbara Watts endured great bitterness.

Yellow cloud with text: God ie Jehovah Sabaoth, The Lord of hosts

Barbara Watts as an im mature bride

One of Barbara Watt’s earliest and very special memories is a picture of herself when she was eight years old. She was standing in a beautiful cathedral-like setting with the blessed sacraments of the Lord all around—her first communion. In the front row of children, she was dressed in a beautiful little girl’s bridal outfit, with a matching white veil and little white shoes and socks, with her brown hair cascading around her shoulders.

Even though Barbara was raised in church to know about God, she did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When thirty-three years old, she learned what true communion with the Lord was. She found a church with a women’s group who studied the Bible. The women talked about Jesus as though they knew him. The church soon had revival services which she went to on a Wednesday night. That evening she sensed Jesus coming up behind her and saying, “I AM the One you’ve been looking for.”

Barbara remembers that night as something like an explosion. All the Scriptures, the teachings, and the hymns she learned over the years seemed to suddenly erupt in her heart and mind, and an incredible flood of realization came bursting through—crumbling the wall that kept her from knowing the blessings of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit descended upon her and she knew in a moment’s time that Jesus was real. At the close of the service at invitation time, she bounded to the front and exclaimed what Jesus had just done for her.

The next day, Barbara ran all over town to her friends and family telling them, “Jesus is alive. He is a real Person!” Everywhere she went, she witnessed. She told them, “I will never let go of Jesus’ hand, no matter what happens.” She would soon find out what that meant.

The following year, she led her son and daughter to accept Jesus and many family and friends. The Holy Spirit led her from one divine appointment to another. One day, she stopped at a convenience store and her heart ached when she saw a tall, muscular man with tattoos all over his arms leaning on the building and just staring out into space. When she walked out, he was still there. The Lord spoke to her, “Tell him I love him and that everything’s going to be all right.”

“Lord, are you sure you want me to talk with this man?” Her heart started beating hard.

“Yes,” He replied.

Barbara obeyed, walked up to the man and said, “I know you might think this very strange, but I am a Christian and Jesus just spoke to my heart and told me to tell you that He loves you and everything is going to be okay and to just trust Him.”

All of a sudden, this big, burly man hung his head and cried; then he looked at Barbara and said, “Thank you so much.”

Barbara walked from one divine appointment to another which she told her husband Jerry about; he still did not know the Lord. He saw many changes in her, though, especially when God taught her to treat him “as to the Lord” (Eph. 5:22). She hated to make his lunches for work, but she began to put all his favorite things on them and wrote on a napkin, “I love you.” She continued to praise the Lord and to thank Him daily for Jerry’s salvation.

Barbara’s endured bitterness begins

Military wedding couple with text overlay: Healed of Multiple Sclerosis and the mature military brideThe day arrived when she ran into opposition to her witness. She and Jerry were at a restaurant for dinner with their friends. As usual, Barbara was witnessing to Jerry’s buddy, when a stroke-type thing hit her. She lost her speech as one hand flew up. She pulled it down with the other hand as tremors racked her body; however, peace consumed her as she knew God was still in her midst.

Her speech eventually returned; then, another stroke-like feeling. Her feet would only let her scoot to the car. Jerry wanted to take her to the hospital, but she wanted to go home first.

By the time they arrived at the house, Jerry had to carry her. While he called the hospital and doctor, Barbara, lying on the couch, heard a voice that filled her with fear, “You are going to die!”

She asked their friends, who had followed them home, to get her Bible. It fell open to Psalm 118:7, “I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.”

After many tests and weeks in the hospital, the diagnosis was multiple sclerosis. From there, her condition worsened and would get better. She was in and out of an electric wheelchair, a walker, crutches, and a cane to totally bedridden. The disease, affecting the central nervous system, caused migraines, extreme hot and cold episodes, and pain-like crippling arthritis. It felt as though someone was inside her body—shaking it for all its worth.

One day, Jerry and their children were watching television. Barbara was in bed—numb. She could have called for help but did not feel she wanted to. She wanted to get in there on her own, so she slid out of bed—fell on her belly and scooted down the hallway. When Jerry saw her, he jumped up and ran to her. Shortly after that, he accepted the Lord when he realized he could no longer bear this in his own strength.

Husband and wife become the mature bride together

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Image of a painting by Pat Jessee: Rise Up and Walk, of Barbara Watts.

Together, Jerry and Barbara trusted the Lord for her healing. She discovered 3 John, verse 2 in the Amplified Bible, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.” This was confirmation that God wanted her to be healed. They waited, hoped and expected the Lord to intervene (see Ps. 27:13-14).

Finally, one very cold Sunday arrived. The family had not planned to go to church, but to listen to the service instead; cold was Barbara’s enemy. Cold makes multiple sclerosis flare up uncontrollably, but she heard a voice, “Go to church.” Recognizing the Lord’s voice, she called friends to pick her up.

Using her cane, she got to her handicap class in the sanctuary. Within five minutes, the affliction hit her bladder, and she had to go to the restroom. That happened five or six more times until she lost control of her whole body and could not stand. A friend loaned Barbara his own wheelchair as the service was about to begin.

Returning from the restroom the last time, Barbara, with her girlfriend, Jonnie, rolling her in the wheelchair, saw that the sanctuary doors were shut.

“Barbara, what do you want to do? I can get some help and get you to the car.”

War attacked her mind and body: “GO HOME . . . STAY . . . GO HOME . . .!” Tremors grew so strong that the wheelchair shook. A migraine hit her as her throat began to close.

“Open the doors, I’m going through!” Barbara finally said.

While sitting in the back of the church by Jonnie, she sensed the presence of the Lord. Many began to move from their pews to go forward. Barbara felt compelled to “go forth.” She said to Jonnie, “Get me out of this wheelchair.”

“Barbara, you can’t stand up.”

“I don’t care. Get me out of this wheelchair.”

Jonnie lifted her up and set her down on the floor. Barbara lifted her trembling hand and sobbed, “Jesus I love you. Jesus I love you.”

It was as if liquid love poured all over her . . . she heard the Lord’s voice, “My child, stand up.”

“I can’t. You know I can’t?”

“My child, stand up,” the second time.

“Lord, please help me.”

“My child, stand up,” the third time.

Finally, Barbara put faith into action and lifted her shoulders. At that instant, the power of God hit her head, went through her body, and raised her to her feet, healing her instantly. She ran from the back of the church, unclasping the hands of the people who were singing, “There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit in This Place.” From the pulpit, she declared what had just happened—in a church with a history of not believing in divine healing—and for an incurable disease.

Barbara felt God had a certain date set for manifesting her healing, although Jesus paid for it with His blood so many years ago. During her illness, she had been given drama tapes that she acted out with her fingers. The Lord now brought even more tapes to her. She had told Him that when she could use her feet again, she would use them for His glory.

Barbara as the mature bride

the mature bride living in powerOne of the most compelling dramatizations Barbara performs is of the woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years (see Mark 5:25-34). With a dark cloak wrapped around her, she struggles down the isle to the front of the room. The Lord allows her to feel what that woman felt many years ago. More amazingly, her face becomes contorted as though she was the woman herself. When she arrives at the front where Jesus is standing and touches the hem of His garment, she demonstrates how His power rushed through her body, and He transforms her into a beautiful bride, with a pure dazzling white wedding gown on.

Dressed in her wedding garment and empowered by the Holy Spirit, Barbara moves, as the mature bride of Christ, to hurting individuals in the audience who are spiritually or physically bound. She speaks words of God’s wisdom and knowledge to them and prays for them. Before any presentation, she and other women stay the night before to fast, worship, and to pray and praise the Lord before the meeting. The Lord always shows up in His power, for they believe the evil one is overcome by the word of their testimony (Rev. 12: 11) and that “the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power” (1 Corinthians 4:20).

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[1] Chuck Pierce, “Women Transforming the World,” SpiritLed Woman, April/May 2000, p. 17.