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POSSESSING THE PROMISED LAND PLAN

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

M12A Hank found Jehovah Shammah to be THERE

Hank’s and Tara’s Story

Our youngest son, Hank, will graduate from college with his wife Tara—he with a construction engineering job contract waiting for him. She will be able to work from home continuing the photography business she began while in college.

Jesus showed up in a hellish dream nightmare for Hank when he was 9 years old, and what it means to you. #godwhoareyou, #whoamI, #god, #Jesus, #endtimesprophecysigns

Hank is no stranger to basic training and advanced camp, even though he chose a very different path than his two older brother’s military service. His desire is to give back to God and country—only in a different fashion.

Hank and Tara’s precious two-year-old daughter was born six weeks premature, and little Morgyn had to fight for her life. They fought with her—all while going to college, fixing up a small house, moving, and working regular jobs.

They are also expecting their second child and our sixth grandchild after their graduation—shortly after our daughter Francy, and her husband Scott, have their third baby boy—Riley and Cooper’s brother. Our oldest son, Kurt, and his wife Davi have a baby boy, Hugo Henry, who was born ten months after Kurt’s second heart surgery.

Hank and Tara overcame—as his siblings have done. They came through the first three stages of teamwork and are at the performing stage. They met each other while freshmen in high school and spent a number of years in the forming stage. No one was sure their relationship would survive because the storming was so intense during the same timeframe.

Hank left town to go to college to try to make new relationships. All it did was make for a high cell phone bill—while in the norming stage. He transferred to the nearby college where Tara was and back to his old bedroom at home until he could afford to get his own place. [Jim and I do not believe parents are responsible for paying for their children’s education or cars. How else can they learn personal responsibility—even if they make a mistake? How else will they learn to look to the Lord on their own?]

Why do I go into all this? First of all, Hank and Tara wish to be transparent and want you to know anything can be overcome when facing it after turning to the Lord. Second, when I learned we are living in the latter days, I asked the Lord if I would ever see my grandchildren. Little did I know I would be needed to help in the fight for one grandchild’s very life.

Hank baby

While pregnant with Morgyn, Tara had the worse case of preeclampsia her doctor had ever seen. She could not be transferred the miles to the neonatal intensive care unit with her daughter. I had the privilege of spending that first day with Morgyn. She was on a ventilator to help her lungs mature, sedated with all sorts of tubes extending from her. I was instructed not to touch or rub her. Those actions would only irritate her while she was on the ventilator. All I could do was lay my hand firmly on her tiny diaper.

I prayed for her and Tara “in the name of Jesus” doing my best to use the authority in His name. My thoughts ran to Psalm 139 which speaks of God’s omnipresence (in all places at all times) and omniscience (infinite awareness and knowledge), that He searches us and knows us, when we rise and when we lie down—that He is intimately acquainted with all our ways. “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the [darkest] depths, you are there” (Ps.139: 7-8).

It had been years since I’d read that chapter, so I sat down to refresh my mind. I opened my Bible and these words had new meaning, “Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain” (Ps.139: 5-6 emphasis mine).

The LORD knew I would be praying for Morgyn long before that day in that little room where she could not move. Those words seared into my soul, You have laid your hand upon me—upon a less than four-pound little baby and upon my family.

Those words are truth for all families who trust in God. I discovered, “He was there.” He has been there and is there now, and He will be there in the future for all our children and grandchildren, in whatever form that will be, “for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor 3:17 NASB). And that is what this chapter is all about:  Jehovah-Shammah: The LORD is there. Praise be to His Holy Name! Where is there? Anywhere we need Him to be, now and in the future.

Hank’s dream when he was nine years old

Hank dream

Years before, Hank found the Lord to be there—in a hellish dream. When he was nine years old, I heard him crying during the night in the next room. He was so distraught he was unable to speak for some time. Finally, he told me his dream and wrote it down at the time. Later on, as a young man he wrote his interpretation of it:

Our family was traveling in our station wagon as we often did on family trips. There were no roads; we were driving through a barren desert. The only structure around was a simple hut-like building hovering high above the ground. As we pulled up to it, we all got out of the car and entered the hut by climbing the ladder to it. I looked back at the car we just left and the ground liquefied and the car sank into mud.

The inside of the hut felt like a hospital waiting room and parts of it resembled one. To the left was a wall with a bench along it and next to that were openings in the wall with billowing fire pouring out of them. People who looked like holocaust victims were being forced to work near the fire pulling on belts that led out of it. In front of me was an office made of cheap wood-paneled walls and a plain, brown door.

While we (our family) were in the process of being put to work I realized that we were literally in hell. I broke down and sat on the bench next to the wall. Next to me was a bald, sweaty, fat man in tears. He kept saying through his sobs, “I can’t do this anymore. I don’t belong here.” Immediately, I started to cry and pray. I asked the Lord to save us from hell and keep us safe.

Right away, the door to the office opened and an old man with gray hair came out. He was dressed in a white, collared shirt with red suspenders and looked very weak. I knew this was Satan. He ran his hand through his hair like he was frustrated and called everyone’s attention. He said, “I’m getting old and tired and I don’t think I can do this anymore. I’m going to have to let you all go home.”

I remember waking up very upset and not knowing why. I told my mother about my dream. She turned in her Bible to Romans 10:13 and read, “Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Later that week, I spoke to our pastor. He led me in prayer to accept Jesus as my Savior, and I was later baptized. [This was his second encounter with billowing smoke and fire. Refer to chapter 20.]

Hank and Jehovah Shammah

Hank Found Jehovah Shammah to be THERE when he needed Him

I asked Hank what the devil’s face looked like. He said, “he was all wrinkles and looked very, very old.”

Years later Hank explained, “The place outside the devil’s office, like a waiting room, was outside of hell. The mud meant there was no way out, no escape—slavery—and the only thing that could save me was a miracle—calling on the name of Jesus. I had thought I was a Christian because we prayed every night.”

Hank’s dream is in line with Scripture, for Revelation 12:12 says, “[The devil] is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” He knows; therefore, we should know.

I’m going to have to let you all go home. When Hank first told me this dream, my impression was that “going home” meant at the Rapture. That is what all said to me. This was years before the two events I have shared with you. I am now enthralled with the word home. Where is home? What is this place Jesus said He was going to prepare for us and then come back to take us there to be with Him (see John 14:3)? And why should it matter to us now?

Research of this question brings us to the city of Jerusalem where one day soon Jesus, as Jehovah-Shammah, will live in physical form. There is only one verse of Scripture in the whole Bible that tells about Jehovah-Shammah. This name of God is mentioned in the very last verse of the book of Ezekiel as he describes the future Jerusalem: “The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits. And the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE” (Eze. 48:35). We know this word there means omnipresent when referring to the Lord—in the past, in the present, and in the future—but it also points to the future Jerusalem.

We cannot even begin to understand this verse until we understand some history of the old Jerusalem. And, it is hard to follow the history of the old Jerusalem without knowing what happened to the temple in Jerusalem. (This will be  tomorrow’s 15-minute segment.)

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M11J Things You Should Know About Half-Hearted Surrender

WHAT MORE DOES BEING JESUS’ FEET MEAN TO US?

Ruth got the attention of her bridegroom. Having this understanding of what it means to be Jesus’ feet, and then taking the next steps, will get the attention of our Bridegroom Jesus. Word quickly got back to Boaz about Ruth. He said, “I’ve been told all about what you have done . . . how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before” (Ruth 2:11).

Things you should know about half-hearted surrender because you are Jesus' feet. Ruth’s worshipful, loving, committed way of life affected everyone she knew and reached all the way to the Throne Room of God. She had a heart of surrender.

Jesus says the same, “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt. 10:37-39).

Ruth’s devotion and worshipful, loving, committed way of life affected everyone she knew and reached all the way to the Throne Room of God. Therefore, when we turn from Moab of half-hearted surrender, we will get our LORD’S attention.

Turn From Half-Hearted Surrender

In the OPEN VISION the LORD gave me, nothing happened until the body turned. When it turned, it moved, and it kept on going. The early church was at a critical crossroads. So much was at stake. They were working together to establish the body of Christ on earth. Likewise, we are working together to see the fruit of their labors—the Church—make it to the next level, then the next and the next—JUST AS THE GEESE KEPT SPIRALING HIGHER AND HIGHER. And, all who have gone before are waiting, watching and pulling for us.

A disturbing story unfolded among that early church we must take seriously. They shared of their possessions, sold property, and it was divided as anyone had need. They were of one heart and mind, and one purpose. Ananias and his wife Sapphira sold a piece of their property, but they were deceptive in their giving. They laid the money at the apostles’ feet, but secretly held some of it for themselves.

They lied, saying it was the full price for the land. We know this because Peter accused Ananias of lying to the Holy Spirit and saying, “‘Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God’” (Acts 5:4).

At that, he fell down and died. About three hours later, Sapphira arrived. Peter asked her, “‘Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?’” (Acts 5:8).

She said yes.

Peter asked her how she could agree to test the Spirit of the LORD. He told her the feet of the men who buried her husband were at the door and would carry her out as well. She fell down dead at Peter’s feet.

Partial obedience carries with it a death sentence.

Turn from half hearted surrender

The turning of the body means turning from sin to dedicate oneself wholeheartedly. “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’” (I Peter 1:14-15).

A certain man came to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior, but he was not living a holy life. Suddenly, in a vision the Lord showed him his heart and then his feet. One foot was of the world and the other in the church. The Lord showed him if he married his fiancé he would have four children and be divorced. He made the choice to completely surrender and become Jesus’ disciple.

Where are your feet? Our feet are to be in the world, not of the world, because we are sent into the world (see John 17:19).

Know Who We Are And Get On The Offensive Team

Turn from half hearted surrender

Willa Cable is a lady who knows who she is and is not afraid to speak what she believes.  She knows what surrender means. Her story demonstrates how we are co-laborers with angels in the harvest. Her husband Charles broke his back. Before recuperating from that surgery, his appendix ruptured. The doctor told her to call in the children, “Charles is gravely ill and will not make it through the night.”

That night, Willa prayed and read her Bible. Second Chronicles 16:9 spoke to her—about the eyes of the LORD moving to and fro throughout the earth to show Himself strong to those who are loyal to Him.

“Lord, I’m going to be loyal to You. I know You heal. You have helped us through all the other valleys of our life and You’ll help us through this one, too.” She fell asleep.

Early the next morning, a preacher she knew who was visiting another person in the hospital shook her awake and said, “How can you sleep? Didn’t you hear that doctor say your husband is going to die?”

“My husband is not going to die. Don’t you know the Lord Jesus?”

“I’m a preacher. Come on downstairs for a cup of coffee. We have to talk.”

Willa eventually relented and went downstairs to the cafeteria with him, and repeated her question, “Do you know the Lord Jesus?”

“You know I’m a preacher.”

“I asked if you knew Jesus.”

“You know I’m a preacher.”

“I asked if you knew Jesus. I don’t know what you’re preaching, but it’s not the gospel.”

Just then, a hand rested on the man’s shoulder. Willa looked up and a man dressed like a priest said to the ‘preacher,’ “You need to listen to this lady.”

The preacher got up and exited the building. Willa never saw him or the priest again.

Charles recovered.

Willa was not afraid to take the offensive stance and leave the results to God; so must we.

Know times of surrender

John the apostle gives a detailed, striking description of our resurrected LORD’S feet in hisRevelation vision of Him. A voice was speaking to him, then John said,

Having turned I saw seven golden lampstands (churches); and in the middle of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His breast with a golden girdle. And His head and His hair were like white wool; and His eyes were like a flame of fire; and His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been caused to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of rushing waters.”—Revelation 1:12-15 NASB (emphasis mine)

After John turned, he saw Jesus in all His glory; so will we. When we look into his eyes, like a flame of fire, we will catch on fire. The fire travels all the way through the river of life from around the throne of God, and down through the portal of heaven where the great cloud of witnesses are waiting to greet us. The fire makes its way to the very bottom of His feet that rest on the earth, which is His footstool (see Isa. 66:1).

Each foot contains 7,000 nerve endings radiating from the whole body making the feet highly sensitive and burning to see souls saved. We, as His feet, will be ignited like flames of fire and angels’ wings will fan those flames (see Heb. 1:7). Therefore, we must use a sharp pair of scissors and trim our wick so our flame will burn brightest.

We have no Noah’s ark; we have The Rock to stand on as we praise and worship our Redeemer. That Rock will very soon strike the feet of iron and clay at the bottom of the statue King Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream (see Daniel 2:31-45). All pieces will crumble as to a threshing floor. The reunited Roman Empire will be broken into ten kingdoms [ten toes] that will rule simultaneously, but we will see Jesus face to face. Our worship lifestyle, watching for His appearing, will lift us through the heavenly portal as we overcome gravity forever.

We have been tried as by fire. Our next tears will not be for ourselves but for those who do not make the right choice. At the same time, we will run and not grow weary by staying at His feet (see Isa. 40:31). We will have great joy in harvesting as co-laborers with Jesus and His angels to the point we will glow as burnished bronze—polished to perfection, healthy and very much alive—the Bride without spot or wrinkle (see also Eph. 5:27).

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith . . . .” (Heb. 12:1-2).

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M11I Harvest Time – the Time In Which We Are Living

  1. Know the Times in Which We Are Living—Harvest Time

A man had a vision from the Lord in 1984 of the world’s harvest. He left his body and found himself standing in space ‘outside of time’ looking down at the earth. He could feel the Lord close to him. “I would ask Him questions and He would answer. He showed me a wave that billowed up at a certain point of the earth. Picture looking at the earth. It billowed up and then it started to move. On the front side of that wave was a cutting edge where great and mighty things took place. On the back side there were millions of people getting saved.”[1]

In a series of three nights, the Lord showed him the front side of the wave where crippled bodies were restored to life. People preached in bar rooms and on sidewalks; souls were saved. On the back side of the wave were thousands of unsinkable boats side by side all around the earth. Harvesters in the boats grabbed others inside—so many people with arms, legs, bottoms, and elbows sticking out.

“As this wave went around the earth, the farther it got the faster it got! When the wave of glory hit where is started, a huge splash sent into the air. As that gigantic water spout went into the air, Jesus appeared, and that was the end!”[2]

Could this be what Isaiah 59:19 means? “From the west, men will fear the name of the LORD, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pentup flood that the breath of the LORD drives along.”

Know times of harvest

Are we living in this harvest time? You be the judge. Of all the signs of the end, the ones that reveal the most have to do with the extent to which the Gospel is preached and published.

Listen to the words of Jesus: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14 emphasis mine). Mark 13:10 says the same thing, only preached is interpreted as published in the King James Version. Both must happen:

  • (2007) The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) has 63 satellite channels, they call ‘footprints,’ feeding over 12,000 stations, cables, small dishes, and the Internet allowing the gospel to be preached around the world, including China. They have 100 million viewers and register 30 million salvations.[3] This is only one report of many Christian television stations.
  • (2007) For 60 years, the World Literature Crusade, doing business as Every Home for Christ (EHC), has shared the Gospel in “writing.” As of 2007, EHC workers (nationals of their own country) have distributed over 2.4 billion booklets in 196 nations, resulting in over 52.7 million decision cards for Christ (2,000 per day) and the formation of over 94,000 home fellowships called Christ groups. Each new convert receives a discipleship correspondence course printed in languages spoken by 96 percent of Earth’s population.
  • (2007) Campus Crusade for Christ produced the Jesus film in 1979. Translated into more than 950 languages, it has been shown in every country. There have been more than six billion exposures to the Gospel with more than 200 million decisions for Jesus Christ. On their Web sites alone, someone reads the Gospel every four seconds, and someone indicates a decision every minute.[4]
  • (2006) According to the report by New York Times best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg, in excess of six million Muslims are now coming to the Lord every year. More Muslims have converted to faith in Jesus over the past decade than at any other time in human history—despite persecution, arrests, and assassinations.[5]
  • (2006) According to evangelists’ newsletters, in Iraq, more than a million Bibles have been shipped into the country since 2003, and more than 5,000 new Christians now fill new churches (including fourteen in Baghdad, some with up to 800 members). A million Iranians meet in secret churches. A million Egyptians have trusted Jesus Christ in the past ten years. In Afghanistan alone, more than 10,000 Muslims have been saved. At the end of 2010, it was reported that 16,000 souls—and more—a day are turning to the Lord in the Middle East.

EHC had a vision for reaching every home in China with the Gospel by 2010.[6] When every home is reached in a nation, they start all over again and thereby reach new households. Robert Creson, president of Wycliffe Bible Translators, reports that what used to take thirteen years to translate enough of the Scriptures to start churches in a new language, now takes only two years. Wycliffe is aiming to have a translation project going in every language where one is needed by the year 2025.[7] We know that even that projection could be accelerated according to the promise in Daniel 12:4 that in the end knowledge will increase.

These rapidly changing statistics are only a sampling of what is happening around the world. It does not include what main-line denominations and independent churches are doing, or the millions who have found salvation through the Billy Graham Evangelist Association (BGEA), or other evangelists. Nothing is known about the souls common “ordinary” people are bringing into the Kingdom.

“Blessed—happy, fortunate and to be envied—are those servants whom the master finds awake and alert and watching when he comes” (Luke 12:37 Amplified). Are you watching? Better yet, are you harvesting?

  1. Know Who the Reapers Are

Someone else was reaping the wheat as Ruth used her feet to follow along behind to harvest left-over grain. She worked from early morning until evening with only a short rest. When she was thirsty, she drank from the water jars of Boaz/Jesus. Webster’s defines reap as “to cut with a sickle, scythe, or a reaping machine.” Harvest is defined as “to gather in a crop.” Modern machinery does this all in one operation, but in Old Testament times it was a two-step process that required many people working—hands-on—reaping and harvesting together in teamwork.

The Bible is very clear on who the reapers are. “The harvest is the close and consummation of the age, and the reapers are angels” (Matt. 13:39 Amplified). Revelation 14 says that from a white cloud there was one “‘like a son of man’ with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand” (Rev. 14:14). Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to the Son of Man, who was sitting on the cloud, to put in His sickle and reap, because the harvest of the earth was ripe.

Many people in the Middle East are seeing dreams or other special appearances of Jesus. One such event is recorded in Decision magazine, put out by BGEA:

One Iranian woman was watching a broadcast of the Jesus film on SAT 7, a Christian satellite TV channel. At the close of the showing, Jesus is quoted as saying, “Behold I stand at the door and knock.” Of course, the reference is to Revelation 3:20, alluding to the door of a person’s heart. But the woman misunderstood and thought Jesus was referring to the door to her room. So, she walked over to the door and opened it, only to be driven to the floor by a blinding light. As her eyes adjusted, she saw a vision of Jesus in the doorway asking, “Will you let Me in?” She came to Christ on the spot.[8]

The reapers of souls for the heavenly Kingdom, therefore, are Jesus and His angels. Reaping itself is a process of separation of good from evil. Until the harvest, the wheat and weeds are to grow together (see Matt. 13:30). After the Son of Man harvested the earth, other angels took their sickles, including the one in charge of fire, and reaped clusters of grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath (see Rev. 14:17-20).

Jesus’ feet are not standing still. You are His feet. Where are your feet?

  1. Know Who the Harvesters Are

    Ruth at harvest

Jesus and his angels are the reapers. Like Ruth, we are the harvesters behind the reapers. We are harvesting people in whose Gospel seeds—planted by Christians of past generations— have matured. My first realization of this came to me in 1990 when a customer special ordered a book, Angels on Assignment, by Charles and Frances Hunter, as told by Roland Buck—now deceased. The title caught my attention so much that I could not put it down, nor could I possibly resell it.

This book is a true and living account of God sending angels to earth today in preparation for Jesus’ return. Gabriel is the primary messenger angel of about sixteen visitations [at the time of the book’s publication] to this one man, Pastor Buck of Boise, Idaho, in 1978. Gabriel told him angels had been sent to the top of every hill, every tree, and even in the holes of the ground, searching out men and women who are trying to hide from God—doing what we cannot do—and bringing them to the point of decision.

While reading the book, I was so amazed, shocked, even skeptical. I told God if this book was really true, He would have to show me personally; I was not going to believe something just because it was in print.

In the next chapter, I read about Pastor Buck speaking to the Philippine people. The audience found these messages hard to believe also, especially one man. But during prayer, he felt a warm, heavy hand on his shoulder. When he turned around, no one was there. He said, “This is real; it’s real!”

Tears came to my eyes as I recalled what happened to me in 1976. My husband and I had bought a two-story house that we were painting outside. I was searching to know God in a deeper way and reading a book about angels. I was standing in my upstairs bedroom when I felt a very warm, heavy hand on my right shoulder. I turned around and no one was there. I did see, however, our one-year-old daughter in the next room standing at an open window with no screens.

Next, I asked the Lord. “Do You want me to use what I have learned about direct mail to get this book out?”

That very afternoon a knock came at my door. It was a young man who said, “I have been working with the construction crew on this street. I saw your “Genesis Books and Mailing” sign in your yard and have thought all day long that I should talk to you. I’ve been looking at an organization I can get involved with to sell information by mail. Do you know of a good book I can sell?”

He kept repeating this over and over that he wanted to sell books by mail and asking me if I had any. I told him about this book I had been reading all day, Angels on Assignment. I was thinking this really can’t be happening.

“I think God wanted me to come to your door today,” he said.

“I think God wanted you to come to my door today,” I responded.

Immediately, I asked for his name, address, and phone number. I mailed a copy of the book to the address he gave me and later called the number. It was the neighbor’s phone number. I left a message and never heard from him again. I looked for the construction crew and never saw one.

These events, along with Scriptural teaching from each angelic visit to Pastor Buck, were all I needed to be confident of the angels’ messages. They truly are here to reap as we gather in the greatest harvest known to mankind.

Paul Keith Davis, co-founder of White Dove Ministries with his wife Wanda, published a book in 2007, Angels that Gather. The LORD has opened his eyes to see angelic activity. He says angels “are being dispatched to help free us from spirits of carnality commissioned by our adversary to cause personal failure and collapse of the perpetual outpouring we are anticipating.”[9] His book gives a blueprint for the harvest from Joseph’s time. He says there will be a harvest of harvesters who will bring souls into the storehouses—certain cities and regions. The angels’ next assignment is to co-labor with us.

Angels have been given the assignment to give us our assignments in the present harvest. They are going ahead of us to bring individuals to the point of choice—through those obedient to testify—over and over again until they choose to follow Jesus. They cannot do their job without our presenting that choice to individuals one at a time. That is why Jesus told his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Luke 10:2).

The LORD of the harvest—Jesus. Will you answer His call and move your feet with His? Ruth picked up grain one at a time. All we need to do is pick up people one at a time.


[1] Charles & Frances Hunter, The Angel Book, (Whitaker House, New Kensington, PA 1999) p. 180.

[2] Ibid., p. 182.

[3] Michelle Bertello, Anouncements, http://www.tbn.org/index.php/7/?nid=212 (accessed December 12, 2007).

[4] Steve Douglass, “The Coming Harvest,” Decision, (February, 2007) p. 12-13

[5] Joel C. Rosenberg, www.joelrosenberg.com, (accessed).

[6] Dick Eastman, Every Home for Christ, September 2001 letter.

[7] Douglas, Decision, p. 13.

[8] Ibid.

[9] Paul Keith Davis, Angels that Gather, (Dove Company Publishing, Orange Beach, AL, 2007) pg. 117.

M11H Seven Folds In Boaz-Jesus Garment As We Lie at His Feet

HOW DO WE UNCOVER JESUS’ FEET?

Naomi knew Boaz, and that he was her next of kin. As was the custom of her people, a widow could marry the closest relative to keep the dead man’s name alive. She was that widow who could have claimed that right, yet she said, “I am too old to have a husband.” In our story, we are looking at Boaz-Jesus as that husband.

Naomi chose to live in her bitterness which made her unrecognizable to past friends after only ten years. She blamed God for her misfortune and chose to live her life through Ruth, without a direct relationship with her Redeemer.

Nevertheless, Ruth gained the attention of Boaz, who represents Jesus, “whose name is strength.” How did she do it? She watched for His Presence and, “bowed down with her face to the ground” before Him (Ruth 2:10). Later on, she approached quietly, and uncovered Boaz-Jesus’ feet. When we, like Ruth, lie at Jesus’ feet, we will see seven folds in His garment that the book of Ruth uncovers for us.

SEVEN FOLDS IN BOAZ-JESUS’ GARMENT

1. Lie at Jesus’ Feet

Worship Boaz-Jesus

Naomi only made it back to Bethlehem, or “House of Bread.” Ruth was not seeking God’s hand; she was hungry for His face. She made a complete turn around to Judah, the land of “praise and worship.” Worship means utterly devoted admiration, or honor and respect. This is what she gave Boaz-Jesus.

Ruth recognized Naomi’s words to her as direction from the heavenly Shepherd of her soul, and she was willing to put down her pride to go to a place women never went, and by tradition were never to be found. She had to die to the labels other people had given her–– a foreigner—a Moabitess––a descendant of Lot and the incestuous relationship his daughters instigated with him after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (see Gen. 19).

Ruth’s heavenly Shepherd directed her to the threshing floor where barley was sifted from chaff—where she found God. She had been sifted and shaken already, and it was here at the midnight hour that she asked Boaz-Jesus to marry her. This was her ultimate demonstration of love, devotion and commitment.

Worship is a way of life, a decision we make. It does not lie in mere words, but the action and direction in life we take. It is living what the Bible says, such as loving another as ourselves. Ruth had already made that decision in loving Naomi when she said she would never leave her, and where she died she would die. This and Ruth’s desire to know Naomi’s God and be a part of His people got Boaz’s attention. And, out of Ruth’s worship of God and love for Boaz, Obed was born—his name meaning “he who worships.”

Ruth had to wait in the dark hours of the night before Boaz acknowledged she was there, and after He did, she stayed. Likewise, when we are seeking and waiting upon the LORD, while in His Word, we are worshipping and lying at Jesus’ feet; He will let us know we have gotten His attention in a unique, personal way. The Shepherd’s directive to us is the same as given to Ruth: 1) note the place where He is and be a part of it, 2) uncover His feet, and then, 3) He will tell you what to do. Have you staked your position at the feet of Jesus?

Boaz-Jesus feet vision

2. Know Who We Are

In the book named for her, Ruth was referred to as “Ruth the Moabitess” five times. “At midnight, the man was startled, and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet! And he said, Who are you?” (Ruth 3:8-9 Amplified).

Boaz knew who she was. Jesus knew who she was, but, the question is—did she know who she was? She had to answer.

“I am Ruth your maidservant. Spread your wing (of protection) over your maidservant, for you are next of kin” (Ruth 3:9 Amplified). She finally saw herself as His handmaiden, bound by love—Ruth meaning “something worth seeing.”

Before this, Ruth had said to Boaz that she saw herself as not being as good as one of his other servant girls (see Ruth 2:13). After she swallowed her pride to go to Him, on that threshing floor at harvest time, she found herself in the Throne Room of God where her Redeemer lived. She was accepted just as she was, and God transformed her in the process.

What Ruth did not know was that Boaz was also a “foreigner.” His mother was Rahab (see Matt. 1:5), the prostitute and citizen of Jericho, who hid Caleb and Joshua and helped them escape death. It was by a scarlet cord Rahab tied in her window, signifying the blood of the Lamb [born of a virgin], that saved the lives of her family—and now, the royal red blood line found its way to Ruth. Do you know who you are? Have you positioned yourself long enough in the Throne Room at Jesus’ feet to allow His blood to cleanse and transform you?

3. Know the Redeemer

Boaz-Jesus Ruth ans servant girls

Boaz said to Ruth, Listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field, or leave this one, but stay here close by my maidens (Ruth 2:8 Amplified).

Boaz-Jesus told Ruth to stay close to His other servants who already knew Him. When she did, she learned from them, and she discovered she was exactly where she was supposed to be. Later, she realized she had been under God’s protection and care all the time.

Boaz-Jesus said, “Listen. Look at Me. Hear Me. See Me. Don’t leave Me. Don’t go glean in another field.” Two disciples discussed the crucifixion of Jesus on the road to Emmaus. As they were discussing, Jesus himself showed up and asked them what they were talking about. They recounted all the recent events including how their women amazed them. They said, “They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see” (Luke 24:23:24).

Jesus rebuked the men for not believing the women, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” (Luke 24:25-26).

After arriving at the village, Jesus ate with the men. Upon breaking bread, as He had always done with them, their eyes were opened and they recognized Him. “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32).

Jesus and His Word are one and the same. We have His Word and the oil and fire of the Holy Spirit to help us recognize Him and how He works. No one else can do that for us. No one else can put oil in our lamp or fire in our heart.

We must make the time now to do it for ourselves by falling on our face before Him and staying at His feet, asking Him to remove the wedding veil from our eyes. He will then open the Scriptures to us personally.

It was after that, Boaz told Ruth, “I will do for you all you ask.”

Jesus said, “If you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon” (John 15:7 The Msg).

Being in His Word is the only way to know the Redeemer. He is the vine and we are the branches. Apart from Him we can do nothing. Have you been meditating upon the Scriptures throughout this study? If so, you have been in the Throne Room of Jehovah. Have you come to the point of knowing Him by His name, and therefore, to know what to ask of Him?

4. Know the Times in Which We Are Living—End Times

Boaz-Jesus end times

The whole book of Ruth is a blueprint for our time. The King James and Amplified versions say Ruth approached Boaz “at the midnight hour,” meaning at the end of the age. About His coming, Jesus tells us, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour” (Matt. 25:13). Does this mean if we do keep watch we will know the day and hour? Probably not, but we can know the season, and the body of Christ will be pulled together as one body, probably not in agreement on all counts, but all with their eyes on the LORD and watching for His return—while in motion.

Mark Hitchcock has written a small, concise book of about 100 pages that gives an easy to understand summary of Seven Signs of the End Times. He says, “Our world today looks strikingly similar to the one pictured in the Bible in the end times. And the picture continues to develop and become clearer and clearer.”[1] A summary of these seven signs are:

  1. Israel is being regathered to her land after almost two thousand years of exile.
  2. Jerusalem is in the world spotlight and a burden to all who try to move her.
  3. The reuniting of the Roman Empire—fractured for almost 1,600 years.
  4. The Middle East peace process is the number one international issue.
  5. Iraq, the country of ancient Babylon, has risen to world prominence.
  6. Globalism is rapidly replacing nationalism as the new world order.
  7. The growing apostasy [falling away] of the visible church is surging all around us.

This seventh sign affects each of us most directly, therefore, is the most disturbing. Mark Hitchcock writes, “More and more churches today are awash in a watered-down, doctrineless, soft-pedaling, anything-goes, pop psychology, don’t offend-anybody, entertainment-oriented, permissive quagmire . . . . Many . . . deny the virgin birth of Christ, the sinlessness of Christ, the inerrancy [free from error] of Scripture, the atoning death of Christ for sin, the bodily resurrection of Christ, the necessity of personal faith in Christ for salvation, and the second coming of Christ to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.[2]

Matthew, Chapter 24, is a whole chapter where Jesus gives us signs of the end of the age. He details signs of dark distress as birth pains that intensify until the days are shortened for the sake of the elect (see vs. 22). This time can be likened to the threshing floor in the time of Ruth.

Jesus says, “When you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened” (Matt. 24:33-34).

The apostles and the church of the first three centuries wholeheartedly expected Jesus to return for His bride during their lifetime, but only now have all the prophecies lined up so it can happen; only now has the Lord opened up His Word to be fully interpreted—which is also a fulfilled prophecy (see Daniel 12:9). Additionally, only now have we witnessed the blindness coming off the eyes of the Jewish people to recognize Jesus as their Messiah. Of all the prophecies being fulfilled today, this is the most amazing and important of all.

More Jews have come to know the Lord in the last four decades, since Jerusalem was established as the capital of Israel in 1967, than in the previous eighteen hundred years put together.

With satellite and cable television bringing the Gospel into the land of Israel, thousands are coming to their Messiah today. We are the most privileged generation of all time to see these prophecies fulfilled before our very eyes! Romans 9:27-28 tells us that when this happens, it will be a quick work and will be cut short in righteousness. Sid Roth, Messianic Jew and television host of It’s Supernatural, says, “We are in prophetic crunch time. Everything is speeding up!” His show alone is aired in Israel 33 times a week! Are we aware of this? (Read these important Scriptures: Zechariah 2:8, Daniel 12:4, and 12:10; Romans 11:25-27 and Luke 21:24).

[1] Mark Hitchcock, Seven Signs of the End Times, (Multomah Publishers, Sisters, OR 2002) p. 96.

[2] Ibid, pg. 82.

M11G Intrepretation of the Vision Because of Jehovah

December 10, 1997

The Lord had revealed a number of things concerning this vision. Still, many questions remained, like: what does it mean to me now; how do I fit in? A package came to my door correctly addressed to the pastor of The Prayer House in Arkansas City. Why had it come to me? I called her. She told me about a conference they were having the next week. I decided to go the last night on Wednesday. It was there I learned about Ruth and the answers to my questions.

I will never forget that December night. Joy filled my heart as large snow flakes fell softly on my black coat when I entered the church. I was overwhelmed as I heard Pastor Varner give the meaning of the names of the characters in the book of Ruth. They revealed to me the feet of Jesus.

In this chapter, we will look at what Ruth did to get the attention of her Bridegroom that made Him want to bring her unto Himself. And, like Ruth, we will find we must turn to Bethlehem, Judah, to find God, because we are the feet—the last generation—in the body of Christ at harvest time at the midnight hour. This turning  in repentance is the first step the body of Christ took. The next three steps, repeated over and over, are addressed in the next and last module.

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Meaning of the names in the book of Ruth

The book of Ruth comes alive when we know the meaning of the names of each character. They are:

  • Boaz: “His name is strength” a mighty man of wealth, kinsman redeemer—our Redeemer
  • Ruth: “friend of God; something worth seeing”
  • Noami: “pleasant,” changed her own name to Mara, meaning “bitter”
  • Orpah: “turning the back” (on the move of God)
  • Bethlehem: “House of Bread”
  • Judah: “praise,” “worship”
  • Elimelech: “my God is King”
  • Obed: “he who worships”

During Ruth’s time, the judges ruled. There was no king in Israel. Men did what they wanted in their own eyes. Elimelech moved Naomi, his beautiful, “pleasant” wife, and their two sons from Bethlehem during a famine, to the land of Moab—outside the promised Caanan land.

He did not live up to his name, “My God is King,” in trusting God to meet their needs. He was related to Boaz (symbolic of Jesus Christ) of Bethlehem, Judah, a man of great wealth who had many hired hands. He could have worked for Him, or it may have been he had wealth he wanted to keep, rather than to share it with others during famine.

Moab is the place where you go when you don’t want to submit to the LORD’S authority, face your past, present or future situations, change, grow or mature. It is a place to hide; a place of death. Elimelech died. The two sons grew up and married Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. Both sons died in Moab.

After a total of ten years, Naomi and her two daughters-in-law set out for Bethlehem because they heard a sound—God had provided for His people there. It had rained. On the way, Naomi told the girls to return home and find a husband. She said, “I am too old to have another husband . . . It is more bitter for me than for you, because the LORD’S hand has gone out against me!” (Ruth 1:12-13). She changed her own name to Mara, meaning “bitter.”

Ruth Naomi Orpha

Orpah “turned her back” on Naomi and where she knew God’s presence was. She could not leave her people or her gods, her past, or tradition, to find Truth. On the other hand, Ruth said to Naomi:

“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me” (Ruth 1:16-17).

Naomi and Ruth arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of harvest

Ruth behind the reapers

Ruth decided to go to the fields and pick up the left-over grain behind anyone in whose eyes she found favor. Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The LORD be with you!” (Ruth 2:4).

“The LORD bless you!” they reciprocated.

Boaz noticed Ruth and told her to stay in his field, close to his servant girls. He told his men not to touch her. At this, she bowed her face to the ground, and exclaimed, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?” (Ruth 2:10).

Boaz explained he knew all about her. He knew she had left her father, mother and homeland to live with a people she did not know, and said, “May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge” (Ruth 2:12).

One day, Naomi decided it was time to help Ruth find a husband. She gave Ruth this directive: wash and perfume yourself, put on your best clothes, and go to the threshing floor. When Boaz lies down, “note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do” (Ruth 3:4).

Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. In the middle of the night something startled the man, and he turned and discovered a woman lying at his feet.

“Who are you?” he asked.

“I am your servant Ruth,” she said, “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.”

“The LORD bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character.”—Ruth 3:7-11

The next day, as was custom, Boaz met with the relative who was first in line to buy the property of Naomi (and Ruth) in order to maintain the name of the dead. The relative was willing until he heard he would need to marry the Moabitess, so Boaz legally claimed her and married her as she had asked.

The LORD enabled Ruth to conceive and she gave birth to a son, Obed, meaning “He who worships.” Obed became the father of Jesse, who was the father of King David. Twenty-eight generations after David, Joseph (of the lineage of David) married Mary, mother of Jesus—the promised Messiah.

M11F “You Are My Feet” Because of Jehovah

Spring, 1995 – “You Are My Feet”

While returning home from another day of servicing book racks in grocery stores in Oklahoma City, my thoughts ran to what I had quickly read in my devotions before starting the trip. The Scripture was I Corinthians 3:9, “You are . . . God’s building.” The statement was made that those who have gone on to be with the Lord from all past generations are in the body of Christ and we, living today, are in his feet. What a profound statement, I thought.

Previously, I had prayed that God let me know what was going on in my life. My goal had been to service twenty-five stores in Oklahoma with Christian books, but now, I found myself servicing fifty! My husband was supportive of me; that boggled my mind. I thought, Well, I certainly do feel like feet running all over the place.

I thought back sixteen years to what a minister had said, “Even if you are only in the heel or a little toe in the body of Christ, you are still above all satan can do to you. You have authority over all the power of the enemy, because Jesus’ heel bruised the head of the serpent when Jesus arose from the dead” (see Genesis 3:15.) That means I am in Christ and Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father in heavenly places far above all evil. And, all things are under both our feet (see Eph.1:20-22).

Could it be that I literally am that little toe in the body of Christ, or in the heel? I tried to picture how it might look, with Christ as the head of the body. In the neck would be Adam and Eve. In the shoulders their sons and daughters, Noah and the patriarchs of the Bible—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. And in the torso, the twelve tribes of Israel with the kings, and major and minor prophets; in one leg, my grandparents, and in the other leg, my Aunt Dorothy who suffered all her life physically. I saw her whole and complete in Him; then, in the ankles, I envisioned those who had gone on before us in the Christian book business. Lastly, I saw believers who are alive today and remaining on the earth, in the soles of the feet of this massive body of Christ.

In my mind’s eye, there stood before me a massive body. This was the Bride of Christ, prepared and ready for the marriage supper of the Lamb. This was the victorious, overcoming, Bride of Christ!

As I continued to ponder the Bride while driving past open wheat fields almost ready for harvest and the one Church destined for the throne—that we are his feet—something began to happen.

The feet began to move

Divine Encounter 2 0f 2 - The Rapture: "You Are My Feet" - "You arent' just beautiful feet, You are my feet," I turned around and no one was there. This was only one of many divine encounters with the open vision the Lord gave me.

I just watched . . . the body of Christ began to move. It seemed so very heavy, burdensome and cumbersome . . . like in a slow motion movie. Its shape resembled a huge, fat teddy bear. It very slowly turned . . . then, it took one step, then another step, very, very slowly, until each step became faster and faster until it was running to one side of the United States to the other—east then west, to and fro, back and forth.

I continued to watch as though I was watching a television set—faster and faster the body ran. Soon, the feet gently lifted from the ground, just as smoothly as an airplane taking off from a runway. It was like the body was going so fast that it overcame gravity. With the vision came an internal sensation exactly like being on an airplane—feeling its powerful thrust upon acceleration.

I literally came unglued. Tears flowed all the way home. I could hardly believe what God had shown me. I could hardly take it in, comprehend it all . . . still can’t. Jesus is at the very doors.

I asked God to remove this from me if it was not from Him, but, if it was, I prayed it would never go away. It has intensified. I told no one of this incident. I could not. Every time I got alone, it would return. I’d see it all over again. Tears came every time the thought came. Finally, I sat down and asked God to show me what had happened. My Bible opened to Daniel 7:28 that says, “My waking thoughts troubled and alarmed me much, and my cheerfulness of countenance was changed in me; but I kept the matter [of the interpreting angel’s information] in my heart and mind” (Amplified, emphasis not mine).

I knew then that God had taken control of my “waking thoughts.” A couple days later, God reminded me of what Joseph said to the Pharaoh, “That the dream was sent twice to Pharoah and in two forms, indicates that this thing which God will very soon bring to pass is fully prepared and established by God” (Gen. 41:32 Amplified). The incident with the geese in October, 1994, pictured the Rapture, only in a different form. Unlike this vision, it brought great joy to my heart; this one, great sorrow which I could not understand.

“You aren’t just beautiful feet, you are my feet.”

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The events continued. July of 1995, at my Christian book convention, Win and Fran Oakes told a story about a little girl who saw Fran’s feet under the bathroom stall and said, “Hello, book lady.”

“How did you know who I am?” Fran asked.

“By your shoes,” the little girl replied.

Ken Medema sang an impromptu song about how beautiful the feet are of those who bring Good News (see Isa. 52:7). As he sang, I heard these words in my right ear, “See there, you aren’t just beautiful feet, you are my feet.”

I looked around to see who was speaking; No one was there.

Those words haunted me all the way home, all night; literally, we could find no motel.

I knew it was time to tell someone when the image began to tear me up inside, thinking I would burst if I did not tell. Afraid no one would believe me, December of 1995, I prayed, “Lord if this is from you, I ask that when I tell Jim, he will not say one word.”

I walked into the living room and told Jim the whole thing. He said nothing, did not even look at me, got up and went into another room.

You are my feet, new things

Later, in January 1996, when recounting all this to him, with the geese story, Jim very firmly said, “You have never told me any of this.”

Even though God had answered my prayer, I got very upset. The Holy Spirit was with me, for the Left Behind book [about the Rapture[1] and those left behind] had just come out on cassette. I played it for Jim that night in a motel room to which I had kidnapped him after work.

Sometime before this, while on an overnight, rack-servicing trip, Tim LaHaye[2] and Jerry Jenkins introduced their book, Left Behind, on television. Since we are all part of the same body, I felt God would not say something to only one section of the body, so this was a great comfort. The Holy Spirit also reminded me of Isaiah 42:9, “Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

Are your feet in the game, or on the sidelines just watching?

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Jerry Jenkins said something I have always believed but had not heard anyone else say. He likened our time in history to a football game—that it’s our choice if we will play or just be watchers. Since Jim was a football coach for many years, this is something God had revealed to me. Jenkins also said, “We are all living in a time when we can be key players in history.”

Meanwhile, every time I closed my eyes, the vision was there, and tears would come— over and over—for over one year.

I asked God, “What is it You want? Why are You doing this to me?” He spoke to my heart: I’ve only answered your prayer—the one where you asked Me if you were a part of the last generation on earth. My plea to God continued:

Then, do You want me to promise I will share this? Many Christians believe You will come “like a thief in the night” without seeing their personal responsibility for taking as many people with them as possible. They don’t realize the harvest has to come first, meaning we must be the mature Bride—to help harvest—before You come for us. I feel sharing this will only make it worse. What am I to do? Nevertheless, if you want me to share I will—if You give me opportunity.

Finally, some relief; the weight began to lift somewhat, but sharing meant fearful obedience and creating opportunity with steps of faith.

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[1] Besides the Scripture in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 which says we will meet the Lord in the air, there are other Scriptures that confirm the Rapture: John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54; Matthew 24:34-41; Revelation 4:1-2; and Revelation 3:10.

[2] In 1993, Dr. LaHaye and Dr. Thomas Ice founded the Pre-Trib Research Center (PTRC) for the purpose of encouraging the research and teaching and defense of the pre-tribulation Rapture and related Bible prophecy doctrines. It is the PTRC that has sponsored the annual study group meetings since that time, and there are now over 200 members comprised of top prophecy scholars, authors, Bible teachers, and prophecy students. For more information on Bible prophecy and the Rapture, a great resource is Charting the End Times, by Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice.

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M11E My Encounter With Jehovah Fire Angel

It was March 11, 2005, the day of my encounter with a true live angel, although he didn’t look like it. This day was before our interdenominational women’s meeting. I had been studying the name Jehovah—Yeshua, (Ye SHU a) Jesus, and how fire symbolizes His presence.

It was March 11, 2005, the day of my encounter with a true live angel, although he didn't look like it. This day was before our interdenominational women’s meeting. I had been studying the name Jehovah—Yeshua, (Ye SHU a) Jesus, and how fire symbolizes His presence.

This Friday while at work, I heard about the fire that was destroying the 140-year-old historical downtown buildings. I left early at 4:00 p.m. When walking down the half-mile basement employee-parking hallway, I suddenly heard the click, click of hard-soled shoes coming behind me, then a man’s voice saying, “Have you heard? Fort Scott is on fire!”

 

I looked down and saw, black, patent-leather shoes that were making all the noise, then I looked up, and up, and up, at what had to be a seven-foot tall man—slender, black-haired, and handsome. Not interested to hear my reply, he hurried ahead of me to the employee doorway. I was astonished at his height, and wondered that I’d never seen him before. He had to be an employee to be leaving at this door. I wanted to see if he swiped out with a name badge, but I couldn’t catch up to him. I walked out to the parking lot and there he was, standing still, looking north toward town. Wanting to get home, I hurried past him toward my car.

The man spoke again. He said, “Come over here and you can see the flame; right there between those trees.” Backing up and getting as close to him as I dared, I looked where he was pointing. I could see the flame—with black smoke billowing from the top—that would destroy so much of downtown and bring national attention on the news.

biblical fire angel

Since the man seemed intent on talking to me, I felt I should say something to him. As I opened my mouth, he left again, stopped at a car, but did not get in. He ducked his head, watching me. Not wanting to embarrass him by my watching him, I hustled, jumped in my car and took off, heading back to where he was. I had to see what kind of car this tall guy would drive out of there . . . no car left that parking lot!

I asked the Lord, “Was that an angel?” I thought I’d better take a closer look at that fire. Contrary to radio announcements not to go downtown, I drove downtown. I could see nothing, no flame whatsoever—not even smoke. I realized the best place in Fort Scott to see that fire was from the hill south of town—that employee parking lot on the hill. Inwardly shook, I told God, “If no cause for that fire can be found, then, I’ll know that was an angel.”

About a week later, the newspaper said that Investigators from the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives National Response Team examined the area said “we leave a determination of ‘undetermined.’”

The headline read, “Investigators rule out arson, say cause unknown.”

Still . . . what did it all mean? Why had the angel pointed out the flame?

The next day, Willa Cable gave her testimony at our meeting about her house burning to the ground. They discovered the melted lightening rod and their picture window reduced to globs of melted glass; they made nice paper weights.

It wasn’t until I uncovered the feet of Jesus, while writing the next chapter, that I was able to pull it all together.

MAKING IT PERSONAL – JEHOVAH – YHVH

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M11D Yeshua is the Exact Representation of Jehovah LORD

What do Yahweh and Yeshua have in common?

Yahweh Jeshua

The truth of who Jesus is, was, and forever will be, is found in His name. Jesus’ Hebrew name—YAHWEH of the Old Testament—is Yeshua of the New Testament. Yeshua is composed of the same four letters—YHVH. God does nothing by accident. The name Jesus is the English translation for Yeshua.

Ancient rabbis used to say that when the Lord reigns on earth, He will be known by his one name, YHVH, or Yeshua (see Zechariah 14:9). Jesus was a popular name in his day, but Jesus the Christ is the only one who fulfilled the meaning of YHVH—Y as humility; H as Almighty God; V as redemption; and H as springs of water.

“God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him . . . .” (Col. 1:19). Revelation 19:13 shows Jesus on the white horse dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name as the Word of God. “And His eyes are a flame of fire . . . .” (Rev. 19:12 NASB).

“On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Rev. 19:16).

Yeshua Jesus is the exact representation of Jehovah/Yahweh/LORD

  • Yeshua Jesus is El Roi—who sees you and me, the only One who is Love
  • Yeshua Jesus is Elohim—GOD the Holy Spirit the third person of the Trinity
  • Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah-Tsidkenu—whose blood redeemed me from the grave, death and hell
  • Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah-Shalom—the only Peace we will ever find
  • Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah-Rohi—the only One who gives trustworthy guidance
  • Yeshua Jesus is El Shaddai—the only One who can bless, provide and protect
  • Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah-Jireh—the only One who can deliver through the fire
  • Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah-Rapha—the only One who can heal spirit, soul and body
  • Yeshua Jesus is El Elyon—the only One who has been there all the time
  • Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah-Sabaoth—our friend, bridegroom and lover of my soul
  • Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah-Shammah—my marriage partner for all eternity
  • Yeshua Jesus is Jehovah, also known as Yahweh––the fire in my life

Jesus is Jehovah—the great I AM who is our very being, our High Priest leading the way to our heavenly Promised Land.

After Judas betrayed Jesus, he and the Pharisees went to get Him. Jesus, knowing all that would befall Him, asked them whom they sought. They told Him they wanted “Jesus the Nazarene.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.”

Just as Jesus said, “I AM,” the men drew back and fell to the ground (see John 18:6).

Yeshua Jesus

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Heb. 1:3 emphasis mine), and He lives within us by His Spirit, and He has given us His name to use.

Is Jesus God? He is the exact representation of His very being and the Holy Spirit who resides within us. No wonder Paul prayed we may be able to comprehend these truths:

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. —Ephesians 1:17-19

 

M11C What Does Jehovah Fire Do In Our Lives?

Jehovah fire brings down walls

Fort Scott Fire

On March 11, 2005, fire erupted about 2:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon at 13 S Main St., in a building home to The Other Bar. “As firefighters sprayed water onto the front, back and top of the building, the smoke continued to billow out, covering nearly the entire block”[1] Fifteen downtown lots were involved and ten owners constituting fifteen businesses displacing 200 employees.

Twenty-four additional fire departments across the region responded to help. Late in the afternoon, more help arrived with two Kansas National Guard helicopters that dropped water from area lakes. Eight other law enforcement agencies came to offer assistance. Firefighters worked through the night and into the weekend to ensure the fire would not spring back. All the walls that came down in Fort Scott were 140 years old. Tradition, history and money were lost.

Spiritually speaking, the fire of the LORD brings down walls. Hanging onto traditions of men and how things have always been done keeps us bound in the “storming stage” and going nowhere. Anything not grounded on the Word of the LORD Jehovah and His love for us will eventually come down. This is a lesson the whole body of Jesus Christ must take to heart, for until we can love one another and start working together in teamwork to win the lost, our churches are merely fragmented body parts secluded behind closed doors.

One community of believers came together to put on a dramatic evangelistic presentation— the Judgement House[2]—that brought hundreds of people to accept Jesus Christ when they were shown hands-on consequences of their choice. It began with one lady who, in 2007, caught the vision; the flame turned her church of forty people on fire; the fire grew until 160 people in a neighboring town in western Kansas caught the vision to do things differently.

But, only three churches’ leadership agreed to help. It was the body of Christ, the people, representing fifteen churches who got involved because they saw the flame of the fire. Over three nights, youth, from elementary to college age, and adults caught the fire until 700 people walked through the nine dramatic stations; some in the drama were saved.

Of the fifteen churches involved, thirteen pastors missed out—because it had never been done before or was not their idea. More counselors were needed; the lines were long for the few who answered the call.

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Jehovah fire brings down facades and reveals the hidden heart

Webster’s dictionary says that a façade is the front of a building, also any face of a building given architectural treatment, a false superficial or artificial effect. The Miller’s Used Furniture interior was exposed to the elements when the façade was blown off by the wind in the Fort Scott, Kansas, fire.

The shaking winds and the fires will come. What will they reveal? John 3:20 says that everyone who does evil hates the light and does not come to the light because his deeds will be exposed. None of us ever think we are doing evil, so to speak, but are we living a superficial life? It is sin—a façade. Are we wearing a mask trying to cover up the “real me?” Do we know the real me? Have we taken the time to know ourselves and who God is? We can ask God to reveal that to us and He will show us how to remove those masks, as a choice right now, before the winds of the Holy Spirit have to force us to make a choice—and everything we are is exposed to the whole world.

Willa Cable’s Jehovah fire

Willa’s story is priceless about what a fire exposed in her life and marriage. She survived an abortion her mother refused to have even though her father pushed her mother down the stairs to try to make it happen. At age thirteen, a Sunday school teacher led her to Jesus with John 3:16 by helping her put her name in it to make it personal—“for God so loved Willa.”

After she married Charles Cable, she found bitterness masking and binding her soul, until she went to a seminar where the words of her Sunday school teacher surfaced, “Your heavenly Father loves you.” Finally, she was able to forgive her earthly father even though he was not there, and her life changed. Throughout the mountains and valleys of their lives, she and Charles reached out to others. They were on one such mountain when one of their lowest valleys descended upon them.

Willa's Jehovah fire story

“Willa, you and Charles’ house burned down!” The phone call came when they were at their daughter’s house.

On the way home, a song came to Willa’s mind and she sang, “This world is not my home. I’m just a passing through.”

Charles told her, “I’m glad you can sing at a time like this. I have one for you. Does this mean I don’t have to wash that picture window anymore?” They laughed.

“If only one person comes to know Jesus because of this, it will be worth it all,” Willa told her family.

A young couple had been going to a Bible study Charles and Willa had been conducting. The young man had been hurt by “Christians.” Throughout this ordeal with the fire and all the people helping the Cables, he witnessed the love of Jesus. Their pastor also told him, “A true

Christian with the love of Jesus in his heart will not knowingly hurt anyone.”

Two months later, the couple accepted the LORD and they were baptized.

Before the fire, the Cables’ daughter and her husband planned to adopt a little Korean girl. Cheri, an ultrasound technician, had charts of conception and birth dates in her office. One day, she called her mother crying, “You will never guess what I just realized. Do you know what day Gentry was conceived?”

“No, when?”

“The day of the fire.”

We have to ask ourselves, “What would come out of our heart if we were to lose all our possessions as Willa and Charles did?” Doubtless, the fire of the Holy Spirit was at work.

Jehovah fire connects Lamb’s hearts

Jehovah fire connects hearts

The fire that brought down Willa’s and Charles’ house connected hearts for eternity. Less than one month after the fire in Fort Scott, on April 2, 2005, Joshua Israel Lamb and Elisha Kalen Lamb were born. These two precious little boys were joined together at the chest, sharing one heart. They lived only hours. Their parents Larry and Melanie faced a tremendous trial as they believed God for a miracle; they set Fort Scott on fire in the spirit while the actual fire was going on. They demonstrated God’s love by giving, in faith, a book Love—the Greatest Thing in the World to over 8,300 people. They stuffed each book with their story and testimony of God’s love. In the funeral bulletin, Melanie wrote:

Death has been swallowed up in victory by the Lamb of God. Our baby lambs came following in His footsteps to bring a message of Love, of Hope and of Faith. God gave them a mission to accomplish and they fulfilled His purposes with honor. For all of the hearts they brought into His arms during their lives and from now on, they are noble, little heroes. Honor them with us in carrying on their love and their lives through the Spirit of Life. Carry with us the message they came carrying, the message of God’s love.

[1] Jason E. Silvers, “Picking up the pieces,” The Fort Scott Tribune, 120th year, No. 63, (March 16, 2005), p. 1.

[2] For more information see www.judgementhouse.org. One script is of victims from a house that burned down. The script used in this Kansas town was of an automobile accident and the choices and resulting consequences of the people involved. Satan and Jesus are not played by local people, but are sent out by Judgement House.

M11B Who is Jehovah and Why is Jehovah so Holy a Name?

WHO IS JEHOVAH?

GOD Jehovah Yahweh LORD

Jehovah, Yahweh and LORD are interchangeable. The first time Jehovah [YAHweh in Hebrew] appears in Scripture is Exodus 3:14-15:

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.”—Exodus 3:14-15

In the same chapter, Moses had already turned aside to see why the bush was burning and not consumed. When God noticed Moses watching His presence as a blazing fire in the bush, God revealed His heart—to deliver His people from the power of the Egyptians. He told Moses, “I want to use you to do it.”

Moses resisted at first and finally said, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” (Exod. 3:13).

In other words, Moses knew that just saying “God [Elohim]” sent him was not enough, or that saying the “Lord” sent him was not enough. All nations had elohim (gods) whom they worshiped. All had adonai (lords) whom they called their masters. Sarah spoke of Abraham as her lord; Ruth spoke of Boaz as her lord. So, Moses was asking his Elohim, his Creator, what His own unique name was.

God told him,“I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exod. 3:14). The word AM comes from the Hebrew word Hâyâh. “This major Hebrew verb means to exist, to be . . . . The key to the meaning of Jehovah/Yahweh is undoubtedly found in this verb . . . Perhaps ‘I am that I am’ should be translated ‘I am He who is,’ or ‘I am He who exists.’”[1]

These words, I AM, are also seen in the original Hebrew as YHVH. These four letters called the Tetragammaton (Greek for ‘four letters’) are unique to Him alone. Only the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob received the name YHVH for their God. He alone was their Elohim. He alone was their LORD. Any time LORD, or GOD are seen in all caps, this is His name—YHVH.

Israel My Glory is a magazine put out by the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. and a great resource on Israel and the Jewish people. Thomas Simcox writes, “A possible explanation for the composition of the name Jehovah from the Hebrew might be yehi—he will be; hovi—being; hah yah—he was. Jehovah might also be understood as an acronym using parts of the same Hebrew words, making Ye-hov-ah, a name that states, ‘I will be (future) because I am (present), because I was (past).’

“YHVH not only contains the aspects of past, present and future but also declares that God exists in the eternal present because all three aspects are the same to Him. He is, and He is eternality itself. Thus He was telling Moses in Exodus 13:15, ‘I will be what it shall be. Whatever happens, I am it. I am your past, I am your present, I am your future.’”[2]

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WHY IS JEHOVAH SO HOLY A NAME?

Before the destruction of the first temple in Jerusalem in 586 B.C., the name signified by YHVH was pronounced regularly with its own vowels, but the Hebrew language was lost and today no one knows what they were or exactly how the name was said. “Because it was considered too holy to utter, down through the ages YHVH was vowel-pointed with the vowels of Adonai. Today almost all Jewish people automatically say ‘Adonai’ whenever they see this name in the Sidur (Jewish prayer book) or Scriptures. Some will simply say ‘Ha-Shem,’ which means ‘the name.’”[3]

His very own personal name—Jehovah! A Hebrew may say “my Elohim,” or “my Adonai,” but never “my Jehovah.” Jehovah is His name. No one would ever say, “God is my Jehovah.” God is Jehovah—His most sacred name, for He is LORD.

“God spoke further to Moses and said to him, ‘I am the LORD; and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty [El Shaddai], but by My name, LORD, I did not make Myself known to them” (Exod. 6:2-3 NASB). By His name Jehovah He was never known.

In other words, God changed His own name, just as He changed Abram’s name to Abraham. He is revealing it now because He is getting ready to do amazing things as He takes them into the Promised Land—for them to be His people and Him to be their God. He revealed His personal, intimate name because He desired a personal, intimate relationship with each one of them.

Of all the names we have studied thus far, each one spoke of what God will do for us, but Jehovah, YHVH, is His essence of being—so holy a name.

GOD is, thus, He is not interested in what we can do for Him, but that we understand who He is so we can understand who we are and what He can do in our lives.

[1] Spiros Zodiates, Th.D., Executive Editor, The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, (AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 1990). p. 1721.

[2] Thomas Simcox,, “I Am That I Am,” Israel My Glory, Volume 61, Number 4, (July/August 2003), p. 15.

[3] Ibid.