How To Untie A Donkey
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CORNELIUS, THE WILD CARD
In Acts 10, we find Peter in Joppa on a roof, hungry and waiting for a meal. Do you think this might be prophetic? Let us continue. He then fell into a trance, and three times he saw the sky open up and an object like a great sheet come down filled with unclean animals. Each time a voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!” Each time he declined. Then a voice came to him, “What God has cleansed, do not consider unholy.”
While he was reflecting on the vision with perplexity, three men sent from Cornelius, a Roman centurion, called out, seeking him. The Spirit then spoke to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. But get up, go downstairs and accompany them without misgivings, for I have sent them Myself.”
First let us note that we see two threes here. Cornelius sent three men—two of his servants, plus a devout soldier. This number was expressly stated by the Holy Spirit as well, adding further emphasis and thus importance. And, of course, the sheet came down three times. Another clearly significant thing is that Peter was on a roof. Prophetically, he was in the Millennial Reign, the third part of the church. Even as Paul was caught up to the third heaven, so Peter was on the roof—in the third heaven. This is also indicated by the three-part vision, and even more specifically by the three men sent by Cornelius and enumerated by the Spirit—two alike (friends), and one different (a devout soldier). So are the three thousand years of the church—two alike (Christianity), and one different (the Millennial Reign).
Also, very significantly, Peter was at Joppa, the very town where Jonah went in order to flee to Tarshish (Jonah 1:3). As noted in The Wind and the Sea Obey Him, page 5, the gospel to the nations belonged to Peter, but it went to Paul of Tarsus (the same city, Tarshish). Even so, the gospel to the nations must return to the second Remnant. This is confirmed in the Gospel contradiction where in first Remnant Matthew 28:19 we read Yahshua’s instructions to “make disciples of all the nations.” Likewise, in second Remnant Luke 24:47 they would go “to all the nations.” But in Christianity Mark in the same instruction, the reference to the nations is missing. Thus we see here Peter obediently initiating and carrying out the gospel to the nations. Today in the Millennial Reign we must do the same—bring the gospel to the nations so as to prepare the way for Immanuel.
The next day, Peter went with the three men to Cornelius’ house. He entered his home and began to speak of the works of Yahweh in man. While speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon them and they spoke in tongues as on the day of Pentecost.
So why are we noting this here? As mentioned earlier, this event took place completely apart from a feast, or even with any relevance to a time of the year. What else do we find? Yahweh had Peter to do something that was completely contrary to what He had required in His law. One must therefore ask the question: How could He do this? For our benefit, Peter was testifying to something that would take place in the Millennial Reign, on the roof top, the third heaven. The fact is, when one enters into a higher dimension, that which was unlawful at a lower dimension is no longer unlawful. Keep in mind, in the Millennial Reign the eighth day is stacked on the seventh day, even allowing Immanuel to labor on the sabbath. Thus we also see testified here that because of the higher dimension of the Millennial Reign, this outpouring of the Holy Spirit as on the day of Pentecost could indeed come wholly irrelevant to a feast day. The higher dimension could thus be effected outside of the limitations of time.
Since 1994, the Bride has walked out these various feasts, including several Tabernacles Pentecosts, even at three periods of forty-nine days. We also performed a consummation according to Genesis 15, which Yahweh truly effected. Having walked these out, we have gained critical understanding, proven our persevering quest for the latter rain, and hopefully through intercession have gained the rights to receive that which the law reveals. If so, should Yahweh perform the latter rain in a higher dimension Cornelius testimony, we could indeed be its recipients at His will and timing outside of the feast dates.
Having seen this testimony relative to Peter, let us now consider something in addition regarding the question concerning untying this donkey. Clearly, Peter was the focal person on the day of Pentecost when the former rain came. And it was Peter who then duplicated this in Cornelius’ home. One could certainly say that Peter untied the donkey for Cornelius, and even for the Gentiles. Furthermore, even before this he had performed the same for Samarian believers (Acts 8:4-17). Philip had gone to Samaria and was preaching and performing signs and miracles, but the Holy Spirit had not yet fallen upon them—the donkey had not been untied. They had (1) believed in Yahshua and were (2) baptized in water in His name, but they had not received that third critical baptism—the baptism of power in the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Peter and John were sent there, they laid hands on them, and the Samarian believers were baptized in the Holy Spirit. Once again we see Peter being effectual in untying the donkey—this third baptism. And here again, this too was effected without reference to time, to a feast.
So, who is Peter and what is he testifying to in these dramatic events? Clearly, Yahshua said that he is the rock upon which He would build His church. So how might this impact us today, and what is the relevance of this continuing testimony we see here of Peter untying this donkey?
While examining this entire matter regarding the latter rain, the question arose as to who was the other disciple with Judas who was sent to get the donkey(s) for Yahshua? One particular Bride brother pressed this question, and was persuaded that it had to have been Peter. Given that this was one of the most important functions that the disciples could have performed in that it was prophetic of the latter rain and Immanuel, Yahshua’s choice here was indeed extraordinarily important. Let us consider this.
Peter was always listed as the first disciple, and Judas was always listed last. As addressed in the video, Teaching #9 in “The Kingdom of Heaven Series,” this contrast is made concerning the two rocks upon which the two Remnant will be built. The first rock was clearly stated to be Peter, and the second rock is the Elijah, who stands in the office of Judas. These are seen in the two rocks with the identical name—Meribah. The first Meribah—Peter—had to be struck, which he was. But the second Meribah—Elijah—is to be spoken to, which evidences to be taking place at this time. Yahweh is speaking to a rock. Thus we find that these two men who were always numbered first and last, attest to the two rocks upon which the two Remnant are built.
Regarding Peter, we read in Matthew 16:18-19 Yahshua’s clear statement:
“I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”
It is indeed quite relevant that Peter was specifically given the authority from heaven to bind and to loose on earth. The latter of these is precisely what the two disciples were sent to accomplish when Yahshua was about to make His triumphal entry. They loosed the donkey(s). Therefore, it seems resoundingly appropriate and governmentally essential that He sent not only the apostle from the tribe of Judah who had the authority to untie the donkey, but also the one who had the heavenly authority to loose on the earth—Peter. Again, it was Peter who stood up on the day of Pentecost. And, it was Peter who not only released the donkey in the home of Cornelius, but also for the converts in Samaria. Peter possessed and demonstrated the power to loose on earth that which is loosed in heaven, which is precisely what we need.
But importantly, he also had the power to bind that which is bound in heaven. Did he do so? Obviously, yes. In Revelation 11 we read that the two olive trees, the two Remnant witnesses, had the power to shut up the sky so that it would not rain. In like testimony, Elijah was given the power to stop it from raining (1 Kings 17:1, James 5:17). Therefore, it is most significant that Peter was obviously given the authority to bind the donkey as well. For two thousand years there has not been the move of the Holy Spirit in the order of the former rain, and certainly there has never been the true latter rain. The donkey has never been ridden. Christianity claimed a latter rain starting in 1948, but it was only so by name. Christianity has been the time of the great and terrible wilderness with its “thirsty ground where there was no water” (Deuteronomy 8:15). It therefore makes sense that if Peter bound the donkey in the first place, then he has to release it as well.
Obviously, Peter himself cannot come back to life and be a part of the second Remnant and loose the donkey. But, it is evident that the one who is the second rock would have that authority. Remember, both rocks had the same name; and, Yahshua gave the name “Peter” to Simon (John 1:42). He chooses the rocks. Therefore, there are in fact two evidences that the Elijah has the authority to untie the donkey—through the office that came through Judas, as well as the second rock that looks back to Peter who had the authority to loose on earth that which is loosed in heaven. These two are thus fulfilled in the one.
And speaking of specific authority from heaven, it is quite interesting that the church in Philadelphia spoken of in Revelation 3 was addressed with the statement, “He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this ….” Prophetically, Philadelphia is the second Remnant, Smyrna being the first. Here we see the key specifically associated with the second Remnant, and even more specifically with the Elijah. Thus we see as well that the keys that were given to Peter, look to the Elijah, along with the second Remnant. In the case of either Judas or Peter, the fulfillment is the same—the latter rain Elijah who has the authority from heaven to prepare the way for Immanuel.
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