How To Untie A Donkey
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THE PENTECOST DONKEY
In the first week of September, 1994, my wife and I were combing the Enumclaw Plateau in western Washington State in search of a home to rent. Just a month before, Yahweh had told me to leave the home in Texas we had built for women and children and move to Washington. We obeyed, packed everything we had in a truck, and made the move. But, in the limited time we had before turning the truck back in, we were not having success finding a home. The process was very tiring, and we were running out of time. Now getting past lunch time, we stopped at a sandwich shop in Enumclaw for a much needed break.
As the waitress was cleaning off an adjoining table, she struck up a conversation with us. But I was not interested in talking at this point, so my wife carried the conversation. She told her that we were moving here from Texas. “So what brings you to Washington?,” the waitress asked as she wiped away at the table. I certainly had no interest in explaining why we were there—that we were seeking for the latter rain—so I answered, “We’re looking for our Father’s donkeys.” With that she stopped her wiping and just froze, staring at us. Gratefully, my wife answered, for I was not going to explain it.
So what did I mean with that answer? What did looking for our Father’s donkeys have to do with the latter rain? We find in the Scriptures that the donkey is a type of Pentecost, both the former rain and the latter rain. There is a great deal that could be addressed here relative to the donkey, but we will keep our examination to select revealing testimonies.
First, the former rain fell upon the first Remnant specifically on the day of Pentecost, testifying to a work that would be and has been two loaves of leavened bread—the 2,000 years of a leavened church. Given this corrupt beginning of the church, we find that one of the ways of Yahweh is to first bring forth a short-fall corrupt work, which is then followed by the fulfilling righteous work. Let us consider some examples of this way or pattern of Yahweh.
Obviously, man certainly follows this pattern. First there is man who is created from the cursed dust of the ground. Flesh man has most certainly failed for 6,000 years, including 2,000 years of the church. As Yahshua categorically stated, “The flesh profits nothing” (John 6:63). That is rather inclusive. What then is needed? Man must get out of this flesh. How? He must be “born from above,” as Yahshua equally stated (lit. of John 3:3). “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6) Man must ascend alive into heaven and there enter into an immortal incorruptible body. This is when he is truly born from above, and will come back to this earth to rule and reign with Yahshua. Thus we see that the first body is a failure, necessitating the true fulfillment—our immortal body. Confirming this very thing, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:46-49:
However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.
Another clear example of this is the two sons of Abraham—Ishmael and Isaac. This example is quite encompassing and highly revealing, so we will spend some time here. And, this is indeed well worth our time.
The promise was made to Abraham that he would have a son. But, who was the first son? Was it the son of promise? No, for in the ways of Yahweh, once again, first had to come the son of the flesh, Ishmael. In Galatians 4:24-31, Paul equates Hagar with the natural—natural genealogy, natural Jerusalem, even a bondwoman. In contrast, he equates Sarah with the heavenly—Jerusalem above. In the ways of Yahweh, these are the two successive works that have to be effected—first the natural, the earthly, then the spiritual, that which is truly born from above and is not of this earth.
To expand upon this, and for some this is going to be difficult to comprehend, Yahshua’s coming through a natural woman and being in an earthly body was an Ishmael work as well. How could this be? First, like Ishmael, He had a mother who was a bondwoman—bound in this flesh. Furthermore, was Yahshua’s work acceptable in bringing forth the pure kingdom? No more than Ishmael was acceptable. Also, the very fact that Yahshua was not named Immanuel as prophesied (Isaiah 7:14) is MOST revealing. And the additional fact is, the virgin condition or nature of Mary looks to a higher dimension “woman” who has never had relations or given birth—Jerusalem above, the prophetic 144,000 virgin men in Revelation 14:1-5:
These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves virgins.
Before continuing, for there is more revealing testimony to this, that which is presented here is in no way to diminish the critical work Yahshua came and accomplished. There is no question that He restored the Garden, the kingdom of heaven, back to man. There is no question that He died for our sins, thereupon becoming “the Savior of all men, especially of believers” (1 Timothy 4:10). Make no mistake, Yahshua’s work was absolutely essential for mankind. But, in hindsight we see that it did not and could not provide the Immanuel fulfillment.
Did Yahshua stay here and rule in His kingdom? No. He left, knowing that the outcome was going to be just as corrupt and unacceptable as was Ishmael—Matthew 13:24-33. And so it took place. The abomination of desolation immediately began, the Garden was corrupted, and the church was entirely leavened.
In Genesis 16:12, the angel of Yahweh declared concerning Ishmael: “He will be a wild donkey of a man. His hand will be against everyone, and everyone's hand will be against him.” Equally, the former rain on Pentecost that followed Yahshua’s departure produced a wild donkey of a man—His body, Christianity.
Yahshua was born of the flesh, and as we see concerning flesh man, that is unacceptable. In coming to this earth, He identified with this preceding Ishmael flesh work, including its shortfall. He had to return to heaven and could not fulfill the much anticipated work of the kingdom. Oh, but you say, He was sent by God. Yes indeed. But keep in mind that Hagar, the bondwoman, was likewise given to Abraham by Jerusalem above Sarah. (Likewise, the first Remnant passed the kingdom to Christianity.)
The mere fact that Yahshua came in a flesh body insured that His work would be an Ishmael. His work could no more be sufficient than flesh man is sufficient. One must ask this extremely important and revealing question: What would be the outcome for man if Christianity continued without end? It would be death and destruction for man. It would be the same as if Ishmael was deemed sufficient so as to fulfill the promise given to Abraham. Where would we be then? After Ishmael was born, Yahweh told Abraham that Sarah would bear a son, and that kings would come from her (Genesis 17:16). So what do you think was Abraham’s response? He replied, “Oh that Ishmael might live before You!” That could never be! Nor could it be granted, “Oh that Christianity might live before You!” If leavened “wild donkey” Christianity under that first Pentecost lived before Yahweh for the next one thousand years, it would be “My God, my God, why have You forsaken us?”
What then must take place? The fulfilling promised “only begotten” (Hebrews 11:17) Son must be birthed—and not by the flesh that is of this earth. This promised Son must be birthed by Jerusalem above—the Elijah. They birth the promised Isaac work—Immanuel. Keep in mind, Mary was not even in the kingdom of heaven when Yahshua was born, any more than John the Baptist was in the kingdom (Luke 7:28). She was completely from below (John 8:23), and clearly was not the fulfilling virgin spoken of in Isaiah 7:14 who births the One who will be called Immanuel. Like John the Baptist, Mary was a shadow. John appeared to be Elijah, but he was not. Both Mary and John foreshadowed that which was to come. Today we see that the fulfilling Elijah company will birth the Word of God with their bearded mouths.
Therefore, what Elizabeth (which means “God of the covenant,” the covenant with the many) spoke to Mary, speaks to the Bride today. Think of the Bride when reading these words.
“And blessed is she [the Bride] who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her [them] by the Lord” [Luke 1:45].
In like manner, that which was spoken regarding Sarah, who birthed the promised son, speaks to the Bride. Again, think of the Bride here.
“I will bless her [the Bride], and indeed I will give you a Son by her. Then I will bless her [the Bride], and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her [the Bride]” [Genesis 17:16].
And, insomuch that Elizabeth’s words regarding Mary were a foreshadowing of the Bride, so Mary’s words speak for us, the Bride:
“My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; for behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. For the Mighty One has done great things for me; and holy is His name. And His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him. He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. He has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted those who were humble. He has filled the hungry with good things; and sent away the rich empty-handed” [Luke 1:46-53].
Oh for this fulfillment! Thus we see that the first coming of Yahshua and the work He thereupon produced was an Ishmael, born of the bondwoman; and following it will come the promised and fulfilling Isaac work—Immanuel. It is relevant to note that both Ishmael and Isaac were named by Yahweh—Genesis 16:11 and 17:19. In like regard, both the “Yahshua” work with its Body of Christ, as well as the “Immanuel” work with the Bride, were and are planned by Yahweh. This is His way.
Yahshua’s first coming produced a wild ass of a man, an Ishmael—men in the flesh equally born of the bondwoman, yet also born in the house of Abraham, the father of faith, thereby possessing the kingdom. This is Christianity. But when Immanuel comes, the Isaac will be born, born from above, born of Jerusalem above and not of this world, not of the bondwoman. These are the first resurrection, the Bride, who are the first to enter into immortal bodies that are not of this world.
Thus we clearly see the two works of the kingdom: first the Ishmael work relative to Yahshua in which kingdom men are still in earthly flesh—Christianity; and the Isaac work relative to Immanuel in which kingdom men are born from Jerusalem above into immortal bodies—the Bride. And again we ask here: What brought power to this initiating flesh-based church? The wild donkey of the Passover Pentecost.
So what about my answer to the waitress, “We’re looking for our Father’s donkeys”? What was I referring to? To answer this question, we will look at yet another shortfall initiating Ishmael work—King Saul. Also, we will draw a close comparison between him and Christianity. Like Ishmael, even like kingdom-receiving flesh man, both of these were premature, before the time. Like the fig tree that Yahshua cursed and it withered, neither of these were in the season for bearing fruit. And in this consideration of Saul, we will further see evidenced that the donkey is indeed a type of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
A highly significant commonality between Saul and Christianity was that they both had their beginnings at Pentecost. We know that this is certainly the case for the church as presented in Acts 2, and in 1 Samuel 12:17 we read the same regarding Saul. Here, Samuel declared on the day that Saul was made king:
“Is it not the wheat harvest today? I will call to Yahweh, that He may send thunder and rain. Then you will know and see that your wickedness is great which you have done in the sight of Yahweh by asking for yourselves a king.”
Pentecost was always at the wheat harvest, and the two loaves of leavened bread were wheat bread. Throughout the Scriptures, prophetically, wheat is Christianity. On the day Saul became king, indeed the rain came as spoken by Samuel, even as did the former rain—both at Pentecost. And just as the rain came then for the specific purpose of testifying that Saul was a premature work that would not be blessed, so the former Pentecost rain testified to the same. As Samuel went on to warn in verse 25, so is the outcome for both Pentecost works: “But if you still do wickedly, both you and your king [Saul] will be swept away.” Both works have been characterized by wickedness, and both must be swept away.
And remember as well, three thousand were attested to on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:41). What would be the fate of Christianity? The same thing that happened to the three thousand at the foreshadowing Pentecost on Mount Sinai—they have been slain with the sword. Wild-donkey Pentecost men have died and would only continue to die for another thousand years unless Yahweh cuts those days short from three thousand years to two thousand years and births the fulfilling Immanuel work. They would be as Balaam (Christianity), whose donkey attempted three times to save the prophet from death by the angel’s drawn sword, refusing to go any further the third time—into the third one-thousand-year period. Again, the donkey is Pentecost.
But, what does this account regarding Saul have to do with donkeys? We find that the very thing that brought Saul to Samuel which led to him becoming king, was that he was out looking for his father’s donkeys. Since Saul is Christianity, in type he was searching for Pentecost. Did he find the donkeys? No, they were found by someone else. Saul learned this from Samuel three days after they were lost (1 Samuel 9:20)—the three thousand years of the church.
We have already seen that the former rain attested to the corruption of the kingdom—it was all leavened. This is equally seen evidenced in Ishmael in that he was a “wild donkey of a man.” Obviously, since Saul did not find his father’s donkeys, this looks to the latter rain that provides the desired fulfillment. As evidenced by the donkey (two donkeys in Matthew 21:6-7) that brought Yahshua into Jerusalem, it is indeed the latter rain that will bring Immanuel back to this earth to set up His kingdom.
Mark 11:2 and Luke 19:30 tell us that it was a donkey “on which no one yet has ever sat.” Again, did the first Pentecost donkey bring Immanuel? Not at all. It indeed brought the Body of Christ, but it never brought Christ. Even as Saul never found his father’s donkeys, so to this day Saul Christianity has never found the donkey upon which no one has ever sat. Again, Samuel told Saul that the donkeys had been lost for three days. Equally, if Christianity was given another day, another one thousand years, they would never find the way to bring Immanuel to this earth.
These are the donkeys I was speaking of when I told the lady, “We’re looking for our Father’s donkeys.” We, the second Remnant, MUST have the latter rain, the donkey. Without it we can NEVER bring Immanuel to this earth to rule and reign for a thousand years. The question then is, can we find it? This has been my/our quest since 1994, and is the purpose of this writing.
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