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If someone repeats a story to you four times, then you might realise that the story is important. If they then replay that story in a slightly altered version and tell you that twice, then really, they want your attention. The stories of the multiplication of food is told a total of six times in the four gospels, whereas specific incidences of the healing of the blind are only seven times,[1] although it is recorded the blind were healed everywhere Jesus spoke.

You see, after the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the lepers are cleansed and the Gospel has been preached to the poor, what do you need to do for them? You need to feed them! As someone once said, “An army marches on its stomach.” The multiplication of food is mentioned six times, four for the 5000 and two for the 4000, so that anyone reading the four gospels would be left with the impression of what is most important in the scheme of things.

It is written: After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make Him King by force, withdrew again to a mountain by Himself.[2] It is after that feeding of the 5000 that the Jews wanted to make Him King, and if we are to bring Jesus back as King and have the world accept Him as King, then the answer lies in the control of food. The ability to destroy the supply and the ability to provide the supply of food is the key to the whole program to having Jesus crowned King.

You will have noted the first apostles never managed to control the supply of food, either in causing droughts by shutting up the skies or by multiplying the food as Jesus did. In our times, the work of shutting up the sky so that it does not rain and produces the drought lies in the hands of the prophets, for the two witnesses of Revelation 11 are prophets. The work of multiplying the food lies in the hands of the apostles firstly, and then with anyone who has faith in Jesus Christ, as He said in John 14:12. Jesus did not bring on a drought and famine during the times of His declaration of the words the Father gave Him, but Elijah was given the command by the Father to shut the skies in his days.

You must know the Lord well enough by now that the Lord would never send a plague or a drought or withhold the rain unless His peace offering and His blessing had been rejected in the first place. This means that the only reason the two witnesses will appear and have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the Earth with every kind of plague as often as they want,[3] is because the peace offering of the Holy Spirit through His apostles and elect has been rejected. That is, they rejected the abundance of food, the living waters, and the free healing of all sicknesses offered by the work of the elect.

Now, make no more mistakes; the mark of the beast will be introduced not to further ration what is already scarce, but rather, to exclude the abundance and make scarce again what is already in abundance, so that buying and selling can continue. Abundance destroys buying and selling, not scarcity, which is why you cannot sell sand to a Bedouin or ice to an Eskimo, but an Eskimo will buy sand and a Bedouin will buy ice. So, the only way that we can induce the beast to introduce the mark is to produce a time of such abundance that it renders buying and selling worthless —an abundance of food and healing.

If everyone stopped travelling to shops to buy food for two weeks and they have such health that no sickness is around, just two weeks of a stoppage of trading of food because of abundance, the economy would collapse. The run on effect of a whole population not having to purchase food for two weeks is so powerful that its ramifications have never been worked out. Just for two weeks everyone feels so satisfied that no one buys new clothes, nothing, no food, no one goes to a restaurant, no one drives for leisure, and if we are able to sustain that abundance beyond two weeks, then those who value buying and selling would have to bring in the mark.

Because the whole system of buying and selling is based around valuation on the basis of scarcity, then abundance destroys it. That is why Jesus used the feeding of the 5000 and the 4000 to help the alphan apostles understand that He was not talking about bread when He was speaking to them about the yeast of the Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians, which is their teachings, the very teachings that would drain the power from the church. Pharisees with their external rules and guidelines about righteousness that has nothing to do with the righteousness that is attained by faith. Sadducees with their unbelief of all things spiritual, that is, their absolute unbelief in the work of the Holy Spirit. Herodians with their political agendas, which they promote using God’s Name as an excuse.

When the council of Jerusalem wrote: It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us,[4] in the letter they sent to the Gentiles about James the Younger’s recommendations, they had in fact introduced the yeasts officially. The Pharisaic yeast through the reintroduction of part of the old law, so that righteousness could now be measured by how well a person avoided eating certain foods and blood and sexual immorality, rather than by their faith in Jesus, a righteousness that comes by that faith, and of which its manifestation is not measured in how well one avoided things, but how well one did things. Indeed, the righteousness that is by faith, and by that I mean faith in Jesus, is not measured by how well one avoided sin, but rather, how well one did the things that Jesus had been doing and the greater things.[5]

I say how well, for many can perform signs and wonders and yet are unknown to Jesus. Indeed, even though they call Him, “ ‘Lord, Lord,’ ” and tell Jesus that in His Name they have done miracles, Jesus will say, “I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!”[6] For it isn’t just what they did, but how well did they did it. Doing what Jesus has been doing well is to do it all, and in the doing of it, become and remain gentle and humble as He is gentle and humble.[7] For He said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”[8]

Thus, the plumbline and the measuring line of true righteousness, the righteousness that is by faith, lies in how well you do the things Jesus has been doing, not in how well you avoid the things James the Younger recommended. Because the apostles said it seemed good to the Holy Spirit to agree to such recommendations of avoidance of unlawful acts according to Moses’ Law, they had in fact introduced the yeast of the Sadducees as well, for they had in fact disbelieved what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit when it came to sin and the avoidance of sin.

Jesus said, “When He (the Counsellor) comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement; in regard to sin, because men do not believe in Me…”[9] There is only one sin that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of —the sin of unbelief in Jesus, for that is the only sin that carries condemnation for all who have heard the Gospel of Jesus. For Jesus said, “But whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the Name of God’s One and only Son.”[10] However, even that sin is forgivable, for Jesus also said, “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven…”[11]

The Holy Spirit has no interest at all in convicting anyone of sin when they break the Law of Moses, for they have disbelieved Moses, not Jesus. Thus, to say, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit,” means they have already begun to disbelieve the Holy Spirit concerning His real work, even in the areas as to what and which sin He convicts. The Holy Spirit will not, and I say again, will not, convict you of any sin except the sin of unbelief about Jesus. Your conscience will convict you of your sins that come from the breaking of the Law of Moses, not the Holy Spirit. Otherwise the Holy Spirit is doing something that Jesus did not tell Him to do.

As they lifted up James the Younger, they introduced the yeast of the Herodians, for James had a political agenda of his own, which is why he raised up his own disciples. So distinct were his disciples that Paul acknowledged them when he wrote to the Galatians church: Before certain men came from James…[12] So disgusted was Paul at the thought that some in Corinth were saying, “I follow Paul,”[13] that he wrote to them saying, I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized into my name.[14] So, we have the three yeasts fully introduced and dispersed into the Kingdom by Acts 15.

The failure that they did not multiply food, or rather the fact that Luke never recorded for us that they multiplied food, but only that they bought food and distributed it,[15] and that even Paul participated in the collecting of gifts for famine relief[16] during the famine prophesied by Agabus, is of great significance. We must learn to see not only what they did do, but learn from what they did not do. That is our job.

Since it is the one act of Jesus that is recorded in all four gospels that they did not do, even in the time of famine in Acts 11, for what they did in Acts 6 could be excused, then this one act is our key to our campaign as the omegans who prepare the church for the end of its age. The end of the age, as Jesus called it, is not the end of the age of the world, but rather, it is the end of the church age, for the millennium is not the age of the church of Jesus Christ, but the age of the kings and lords of Jesus Christ.

Since Jesus used the feeding of the 5000 to show them that He was not talking about physical yeast but spiritual yeast, then the key to our release of this miracle again lies in our ability to destroy those three spiritual yeasts. That is:

· Destroy the Pharisaic yeast so that righteousness is no longer based on how well a person avoids breaking the Law of Moses, but how well a person keeps the Law of Jesus by what he is able to do as Jesus did. That standard is: “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.”[17] And: “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these…”[18] This righteousness is open to anyone who has faith in Jesus; to ‘new’ Christians as well as to ‘old’ Christians. By this measure, a new repentant barely versed in church behaviour, and who may still be carrying on old habits, but is yet able to open the eyes of a blind man with all gentleness and humility, has far more righteousness than one who has been in the church for decades with a good solid reputation of being one who has successfully avoided the temptations of sins, but yet cannot even cause a headache to be healed by the laying on of a hand or drive out a demon with a word. You can see this will surely offend many who have built their assurance of righteousness before God on how successfully they have avoided the sins of the Law of Moses as evidence of their faith in Jesus.

· Destroy the Sadducee-al yeast by believing the Holy Spirit, by acknowledging the Holy Spirit and receiving the Holy Spirit for who He is: Lord and Father of our spirits, God Himself enthroned in our hearts.

· Destroy the Herodians’ yeast by having no political agenda except this: that Jesus Christ be crowned King of the Jews and of the Earth at Jerusalem.

By this threefold elimination of the yeasts, then perhaps we will succeed, and once more food will so multiply that we will all eat and have leftovers, remembering always the word of the Lord, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”[19]

Amen


 

[1] Matthew 9:27; 12:22; 20:30; Mark 8:22; [10:46; Luke 18:35 at Jericho]; John 9:1

[2] John 6:14-15

[3] Revelation 11:6

[4] Acts 15:28

[5] John 14:12

[6] Matthew 7:22-23

[7] Matthew 11:30

[8] Matthew 11:29

[9] John 16:8-9

[10] John 3:18

[11] Matthew 12:32

[12] Galatians 2:12

[13] 1 Corinthians 1:12

[14] 1 Corinthians 1:14-15

[15] Acts 6:1

[16] Acts 11:28-30

[17] Luke 7:22

[18] John 14:12

[19] John 4:32

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