How To Untie A Donkey
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WHAT WE’VE LEARNED
For fifteen years I have sought to use every opportunity possible in order to obtain the latter rain. Yahweh had shown me that what He did at the beginning of the church , He would do again in the end. When we moved from Texas to Washington at the end of August, 1994, it was with one hope—to receive the Pentecost outpouring of the Holy Spirit. When Pentecost arrived on June 4, 1995, and nothing took place, the disappointment I felt was entirely numbing. But that was only the beginning of the pain. Particularly painful was Pentecost in 2003 when we held all things in common. In order to even make it through the day, I lay prostrate on the floor the entire day. One thing for certain, our experience has taught us not to expect to receive the latter rain on a Passover Pentecost. Most of our gatherings were at Passover, for that is when the sons of Israel entered into the Promised Land, which is what we needed as well—entering into the Millennial Reign.
Then in 2005 we saw the critical necessity of adding a body to Tabernacles—a Tabernacles Pentecost. Passover, with its associated Pentecost, was a 1 – 7 – 1 feast pattern (Passover, then seven days of Unleavened Bread, followed by Pentecost). Tabernacles is a 7 – 1 pattern (seven days of Tabernacles, then the eighth great day). And when one examines Moses’ trips up Mount Sinai, they were a 7 – 1 pattern as well (seven trips upon which at the completion thereof Yahweh rejected them, followed by an eighth after He had mercy). But like Passover’s Pentecost, Elijah later went up the mountain a fulfilling ninth time, making the pattern a comparable 7 – 1 – 1. Thus we saw that a Pentecost had to be added to Tabernacles in order for it to be complete and have a body, a Tabernacles Pentecost. Therefore, on December 25-26, 2005, we held the first ever Tabernacles Pentecost, hoping that this would give us the much needed latter rain.
But, once again I/we experienced the pain of disappointment. Once again it was an intercession, and we did not receive the latter rain. Then in 2007, unfolded in the writing The Revelation of the Millennium, we saw for the first time that Yahweh has to flip time in order to make it clean—Trumpets and Tabernacles had to be made the first of the year. That understanding opened an entirely new panorama of truth, and with it a hopeful opportunity for the much needed latter rain. With this, we pursued yet another Tabernacles Pentecost in 2008, which eventually took us all the way into 2009. But once again the outcome was simply more intercession, and with it more understanding. In this process, we saw that Deuteronomy 16:9-10 counts forty-nine days to Pentecost, while Leviticus 23:15-16 counts two sets of forty-nine days to Pentecost. And eventually we saw the remarkable testimony that there are three counts of forty-nine days to Pentecost. (Regarding the latter, read the weblog postings on February 24 and March 13, 2009.)
Without going into how subsequent successive accountings led us, on June 7, 2009, we performed an intercession in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the marriage of the Bride to Yahshua. It too brought profound and much needed understanding of what Yahweh is doing. We intended to perform a consummation covenant according to Zechariah 4—the lampstand passing between the two olive trees. But Yahweh Himself added all that was necessary so as to perform that ceremony according to the higher dimension of Genesis 15—the smoking oven and burning torch passing between the split covenant parts. (Read the weblog posting dated June 14, 2009.)
This brought us to an understanding of a very important distinction. Up to this point we had viewed the latter rain as an event and experience all to itself, with no preceding causative action. But as Yahweh began to show us more and more concerning the conjugational nature of these covenant patterns, we saw that both the former rain and the latter rain are a product of intercourse. The clear testimony of this is the two sons of fresh oil in Zechariah 4. The Hebrew word for “oil” is “shemen,” and it is in fact the release of this shemen that impregnates the Bride so as to bring forth offspring. Obviously, this is critical. For the first Remnant, this shemen produced the Body of Christ. But most importantly, it is the release of this latter shemen that brings forth Immanuel.
This is also evidenced in the sign that causes belief as set forth at the burning bush. In fulfillment of that sign, Yahshua was the rod that brought forth the shemen to the first Remnant. But He then left and the rod, His office, turned into a serpent. It is now time for that serpent to turn back into the rod, affording the ability for the latter shemen.
In this regard, even as the semen of a man comes through a lifting up, so there had to be a lifting up that preceded the former shemen, and would be true with the latter shemen as well. Again, that which has been is that which will be. We now have the advantage of looking back at the former shemen to see what that lifting up was, indicating for us what must precede the latter shemen today.
As addressed in the October 6, 2009, weblog posting, the erection, the lifting up that brought forth the former shemen, was when Yahshua was lifted up on the cross. He was lifted up, the hymen, the veil to the holy of holies, was rent, and some forty-nine days later the shemen was released—consummation.
Therefore, increasingly evident is the fact that the latter shemen must come by an equal erection, or lifting up. So, can that erection be the lifting up of Yahshua once again? For two thousand years that like lifting up has been effected in the Body of Christ. Yahshua clearly stated that one is not worthy of the kingdom unless they take up their cross and follow after Him. For two thousand years the Body of Christ has been lifted up; but the only way offspring can and will come from that work is to put it to sleep and take out a Bride. This Yahshua foreshadowed on the cross when they pierced His side.
Today, through the higher realm of the “Rod –> serpent –> rod” work, the office of Elijah must go from Satan back to a man, the serpent turn back into a rod. This is the much needed erection that we must have today. Yahshua is in heaven and cannot provide the shemen for the latter rain as He provided for the former. In fact, and this is most important to note, it is the latter shemen that births Immanuel. Remember, the latter shemen is the donkey that prepares His way. Therefore, that shemen must come through Elijah, a man.
Even as Yahshua provided the shemen for the first Remnant, the Elijah provides the shemen for the second Remnant. What will it take for this to happen today? Will it take another crucifixion work? Another death? No. Yahshua paid the price for the death work. Therefore, the outcome today must be a lifting up life work, the resurrection work. This work would be like unto the lifting up of Mordecai on the king’s horse and the king’s robe placed upon him, and Satan Haman going before him declaring, “Thus it shall be done to the man whom the king desires to honor” (Esther 6:11).
On June 7, 2009, Yahweh led us through a consummation according to Genesis 15. Knowing what we now know regarding that which Yahshua did and its effectual outcome, and knowing that Yahweh performed this June 7 consummation when we did not even fully understand it at the time, we took hope that three forty-nine-day periods later we would receive the shemen. But even so, in the weblog posting on October 6, 2009, just before the November 2 Consummation Pentecost, I conceded:
But let us ask a hard question here. To be honest, and once again this will NOT be grade school, there is still something seemingly lacking thus far in this recent [June 7] conjugal act. All of the necessary testimonies are here; but, the public erection of the rod as evidenced on the cross is missing. We had all the elements of conjugation, even in the order of the higher dimension Genesis 15 covenant, but seemingly missing is the antithesis of Yahshua’s erection.
Yes, there was indeed this concern even beforehand. And in like regard, as the time approached it seemed evident that something had to take place with me that fulfilled this—the antithesis, the effectual lifting up unto life and glory. Therefore, the hope we had had for the shemen was inconsistent, and the entire thing turned out to be yet another revealing and intercessoral type.
Thus we see that first the lifting up must take place, and afterwards will come the shemen. When and how this happens is to be seen, which we will consider. But for now, we have to recognize that there is indeed a strict difference between these two realms. In the writing When Elijah Comes, page 2, we noted these two realms that are coursing together, yet must be regarded for their separate and distinct differences.
What we find then is that the outcome to the lower realm is determined by that which takes place in the higher realm. Up until now we had simply assumed that the latter rain would fall upon the Bride. But we were missing the clear distinction between these two realms, as well as this critical conjugal cause and effect that took place in the former rain. Seeing this now, we look to Yahweh to first effect the lifting up of the Elijah. Only then can the shemen be released to the Bride.
The question then is: How, and possibly even when, is the Elijah to be lifted up? First, it seems evident that it would not and even could not occur at a Passover or an Atonement. When Yahshua was lifted up on the cross, the outcome was death. And when He was baptized on Atonement, again it was a death and immediately led Him into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. Neither of these have need to be repeated (gratefully), for it was by them that He paid the price for the fulfilling resurrection work to come.
Regarding the feasts, this leaves Tabernacles and a Tabernacles Pentecost, the latter of which would be an appropriate contrast with the first Remnant’s Passover Pentecost. If there was a feast day that seems appropriate for the latter rain for the corporate Bride, it would seem to be a Tabernacles Pentecost. However, again, the release of the shemen to the Bride must follow a lifting up of the Elijah, thus it is hard to know how this correlation could work.
A non-feast testimony relative to the Holy Spirit is the overshadowing of Mary. This took place in the latter part of December, around the time of Christmas, which produced Yahshua’s birth at Trumpets. Thirty years and nine days later, He was baptized on Atonement. But, what does Mary’s overshadowing speak? What does it look to for a possible fulfillment for either the Elijah or the Bride?
If we have to come to one conclusion, it seems that with the most obvious feast pointing to the latter rain for the Bride being a Tabernacles Pentecost, then the overshadowing of Mary would point to the anointing of the Elijah. The other testimony to the significance of this time of the year is that the two witnesses of Revelation 11 that represent the two Remnant are identified specifically with Christmas. When they were killed, people exchanged gifts, a practice unique to Christmas. Then we read, “the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them.” They too were lifted up from death, and afterwards ascended alive. With this testimony, hopefully we will see an anointing of the Elijah at the time of Christmas.
So is there any other option? There is the wild card—Cornelius.
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