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“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed. I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place. Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it. As often as it comes it will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through.”[1]

The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror. The power of understanding is also the power to bring terror, the terror that God promised to those that, ” ‘But if you will not listen to Me and carry out all these commands, and if you reject My decrees and abhor My laws and fail to carry out all My commands and so violate My covenant, then I will do this to you: I will bring upon you sudden terror…”[2]

Jesus is the exact representation of the Father, being One with Him. As such, that which the Father promised to Israel in Isaiah 28:19 will also stand with Jesus. In the same way as He gave thanks for the Father’s words when He took the loaves and the fishes, so when Jesus prays, He will do so according to the Father’s words. For those who do not know or remember, at the feeding of the 5000 and the 4000, Jesus did not pray or command, but gave thanks for what the Father had already said: “They will eat and have some left over.”[3] The thanksgiving of Jesus Christ to what the Father had said almost 1000 years ago, shows the provision of God the Father by His word. We normally think of God’s provision for us as food, houses, safety and health, and we failed to see that God’s provision lies in what He has already said, for His word is eternal as He is Eternal. And even when we did, we took only those words of provision for our personal use and edification so that what is commonly practised is to see the words of God as provision for us, rather than pre-positioned supplies of power and judgement as well as provision for situations that can confront us as we seek the Kingdom of God and its righteousness.

When Jesus warned the disciples about the yeast of the Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians, and they were thinking it was because they had only one loaf of bread, Jesus asked, “Do you still not understand?”[4] Firstly, it was directed at their failure to understand that He was not talking about the fish and the bread, but rather the teachings of the Sadducees, the Pharisees and the Herodians. Then they understood that He was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.[5]

To be fair to the twelve, sometimes it is easy to miss the whole revelation when it is being spoken and acted out in front of you, but to be truly fair to them, we who have had time to look back in hindsight, time to meditate on the written word with the help of the Holy Spirit, should see and hear that which they did not see or hear and therefore we should understand. Make no mistake; much has been given to us, much will be demanded, and much has been entrusted to us, much more will be asked of us.

Jesus giving thanks for what the Father said to Elisha, thus causing that same word to have the same effect, only greater, for instead of 100 men fed by 20 loaves; it was 5000 men and families fed by 5 loaves, a 200-fold increase in effect. Jesus has shown us what and how we can bring the words of the Father into the context of the New Covenant, and by giving thanks for what the Father has said, we can use the pre-positioned words of the Father for each and every situation we may face as well, just like Jesus did. And not only for the feeding of the 5000 or the 4000, for what we are called to do is to prepare the Earth for Jesus’ arrival.

One of the areas we can do what Jesus has been doing without supernatural powers but with natural diligence and attention, is to study the Father’s words and know them as well as Jesus did, if not greater. As I have said, you have been given much, much more is demanded, and you have been entrusted with much, much more will be asked of you. Jesus knew, believed and understood what His Father said in the Old Testament, especially when it came to His words that were not part of the Law of Moses, but His words to the prophets, thus He was able to fulfill the Prophets as well as the Law of Moses. In so doing, He used the Law to achieve His purpose of bringing forth a new creation and effected the transfer of sin through manipulation of the technical, literal truths of the Levitical Law, namely Leviticus 17:15 and Leviticus 5:1.

So likewise, a thorough knowledge and faith with understanding of the prophetic judgements that the Father made against Israel will also cause those prophetic judgements to be manifested against the church as surely as the provisional words for Elisha manifested provisions for the people Jesus had to feed.

Jesus has commanded us not to judge, so we do not judge, but it is clear from His words that it is the Father who will judge those who do not accept Jesus and Jesus will judge those who accept Him. “Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgement to the Son, that all may honour the Son as they honour the Father.” “By Myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and My judgement is just, for I seek not to please Myself but Him who sent Me.”[6] Thus, the Lord uses the Father’s standard of judgement just as He hears the Father judge. Just as He heard the Father’s word of provision and gave thanks and provided, so also He heard the Father’s words of judgement and when He gave thanks for them, it happened.

The Father said to Israel, “Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand.” Jesus took those words and applied them, probably giving thanks as He did for 2 Kings 4:43, which is why we see written in the book of Revelation that John was shown: Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from His presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.[7]

When Jesus gave thanks for the Father’s words at the feeding of the 5000, He put into action His own words, “Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance,”[8] which multiplied the effect of the Father’s word as well as multiplied for Him the access to the Father’s word. We forget that as the High Priest, Jesus does not only make atonement for sins with a sin offering, in His case being Himself, but the High Priest also offers the fellowship offering of thanksgiving.[9] Thus, the priestly duties of the Lord before the throne in Heaven have not only been intercession, but also thanksgiving for His work of offering the sin offering is done. In truth, it is possible that Jesus may not be praying for us before the throne as we understand prayer being a request for action, but rather, His intercession may take the form also of thanksgiving. Giving thanks for the words of the Father on our behalf so that it may manifest on our behalf, just like 2 Kings 4:43 did for the disciples and the 5000.

The fact that all the dead will stand before the throne is a sign that God has upheld His word: “Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand,” not only for Israel but for all people. A word intended initially only for Israel was multiplied in its effect to include all peoples, just like a word intended to feed 100 men from 20 loaves was multiplied to feed 5000 men and their families from 5 loaves. That is why understanding is the power that brings terror.

When Jesus said, “I judge only as I hear,” it means also that not only does He judge us by what we say, but He judges us by what the Father has said. So what will happen to those who have not listened to Jesus, yet who call on His Name, those who do not carry out His commands, reject His decrees and abhor His Laws and fail to carry out all His commands and so violate His covenant? Jesus merely has to give thanks for what the Father has said in Leviticus 26:16, and the words of the Father will come into effect, multiplied many 100-fold. So, it is no wonder that days of distress unequalled since the days of Adam are coming. Read Leviticus 26:14-39 and tremble in terror as you understand that if Jesus ever gives thanks for these words of the Father, they will be effected with multiplication and what would happen if we still did not repent? For the punishment for disobedience that the Father declared in Leviticus 26 was not to condemn Israel, but to bring them to the place where the Father Himself said, “But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their fathers—their treachery against Me and their hostility toward Me, which made Me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies—then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sins, I will remember My covenant…”[10]

You see, the Father had never been impressed by the circumcision of the flesh, but had always desired the circumcision of the heart. For God did not offer the circumcision of the flesh to Abraham before He called Abraham by faith, but rather, after Abraham had responded by faith and showed that the circumcision was in his heart by refusing to let anyone else bless him other than God,[11] and he paid the tithes to Melchizedek by faith, for there was requirement of a tithe then.

Right now, we must confess our sins and the sins of our fathers in Christ who have not listened to Jesus. It is not that they should make themselves one with us, but we must make ourselves one with the rest of the church. They will not respond to our telling them to listen to Jesus, but rather, as you have observed, they will treat the commandment’s restoration with indifference at best, and at worst, hostility, because of the treachery in their hearts, as the witchcraft of Babylon the Great makes them think that they too are already an eternal queen, the wife of the King, which they are not.

The Lord has shown us that He will give thanks to the Father for His words as the situation demands. If He ever gives thanks to these words: “When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it. As often as it comes, it will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through,” who will be able to stand before Him? Truly, the understanding of the message will bring sheer terror.

So repent, you children of adultery and prostitution and return to the Shepherd of your salvation and listen to Him, for He is about to give thanks to His Father. AMEN


 

[1] Isaiah 28:16-19

[2] Leviticus 14:14-16 [refer to verses 14-39]

[3] 2 Kings 4:43

[4] Matthew 16:9

[5] Matthew 16:12

[6] John 5:22-23,30

[7] Revelation 20:11-13

[8] Matthew 13:12

[9] Leviticus 7:13

[10] Leviticus 26:40-42

[11] Genesis 14:22-23

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