“When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughter of Zion and cleansed Jerusalem of the blood shed in her with the blast of judgment and the blast of destruction, Yahweh will come and rest on the whole stretch of Mount Zion and on those who are gathered there, a cloud by day and smoke, and by night the brightness of a flaring fire. For, over all, the glory of Yahweh will be a canopy and a tent to give shade by day from the heat, refuge and shelter from the storm and the rain” (Is 4:4-6).
FIRST LEVEL OF MEANING
Phinehas was a high priest in the Old Testament era who won from HaShem the end of His annihilation of the people of Israel and a covenant of peace, because his love for the Word of God made him defend His commandments with zeal and slay the heresy of Pe’or. The actions of Phinehas arose from his heart, from His love both for God and for Israel. The priest could not stand to (more…)
THE HERESY OF PE’OR
I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness, I saw your fathers as the first-ripe in the fig-tree at her first season. But as soon as they came to Ba’al-Pe’or, they separated themselves unto the shameful thing and became detestable like that which they loved (Hos 9:10).
Phinehas was the grandson of Aaron, the brother of Moses (Ex 6:25). He distinguished himself by risking his life to end the heresy of Pe’or and make reparation to HaShem for it, after the people of Israel had bought into the heresy lock, stock and barrel. Phinehas won from the Father cessation of the annihilation of the Israelites as a punishment (Nb 25:11-13). He also won a covenant of peace for the people and a covenant of everlasting priesthood for himself and his descendants. (more…)
“O give thanks to the Lord for He is good; for His love endures for ever. Who can tell the Lord’s mighty deeds? Who can recount all his praise? They are happy who do what is right, who at all times do what is just. O Lord, remember me out of the love You have for Your people. Come to me, Lord, with Your help that I may see the joy of Your chosen ones and may rejoice in the gladness of Your (more…)
“O Jerusalem, the holy city, He will afflict you for the deeds of your sons, but again He will show mercy to the sons of the righteous. Give thanks worthily to the Lord and praise the King of the ages, that His tent may be raised for you again with joy. May He cheer those within you who are captives and love those within you who are distressed. Many nations will come from afar to the Name of the L (more…)
“Should Edom say, ‘We have been struck down but we will rebuild our ruins,’ this is the reply of HaShem of hosts: Let them build! I will pull down. They shall be known as Unholy Land and Nation-with-which-the-Lord-is-angry-for-ever. Your eyes are going to see this . . . The son honors his father, the slave respects his master. If I am indeed Father, where is My honor? If I am indeed Master, (more…)
Purification in the desert is an ascent, for all our untoward attachments are removed so the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – can come and live in us. If we are not thoroughly purified this way, how can we open ourselves up sufficiently for Them to come and live in us with power and might? Perfect light and life cannot dwell where darkness resides. This is why we are presently being (more…)
“‘I turn again in compassion to Jerusalem; My Temple there shall be rebuilt’ – it is HaShem of hosts who speaks . . . ‘My cities are once more going to be very prosperous. The Lord will again take pity on Zion, again make Jerusalem His very own'” (Zech 2:3-4).
“‘Is this a time for you to live in your paneled houses, when this House lies waste?’ So now HaShem of hosts said, ‘Consider your ways. You have sown much but brought in little, you eat but do not have enough; you drink but are not filled with drink, you clothe yourselves but none of you are warm. He who earns wages earns them for a bag full of holes. So go to the hill country, bring wood and (more…)
The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea (Hab 2:14)
“The angel came to speak to me and said, ‘Come here and I will show you the bride that the Lamb has married.’ In the Spirit, he took me to the top of an enormous high mountain and showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of Heaven. It had all the radiant glory of God and glittered like some precious jewel of crystal-clear diamond. the walls of it were of a great (more…)
“Behold, I send My messenger to prepare the way before Me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple; the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of His coming and who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiners’ fire and like fuller’s soap; He will sit as a refiner and purifier (more…)
The second Pentecost
1. “And the glory which You have given Me, I give to them: that they may be one, as We also are One. I in them and You in Me: that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them, as You have also loved Me” (Jn 17:22-24)
2. “The sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that shall be revealed in us . . . Because the creature also itself shall be delivered from the servitude of corruption, into the liberty of the glory of the children of God” (Rom 8:18-21)
When we allow God the Father to consecrate ourselves to Himself, in His Spirit and His Truth, after the heart of our souls have been re-opened but especially after the forthcoming global Illumination (more…)