AND THE CURSE OF 1920
HURRICANE RITA –
CONT., page 5
We are going to expand on this matter of the feminine soul, its weakness, and need for the latter rain. This section in many regards is a continuation of that which is presented in the writing, The Soul.
Once again we will refer to one of Yahweh’s modern-day parables – a movie – in order to see truth. In the incredibly revealing movie, Unbreakable, we see two predominant characters – Elijah and David. As pointed out in previous writings, the character, Elijah, represents the one who in the Scriptures bears that name – Elijah. David, on the other hand, represents Yahshua. But this pattern is not limited to these two specific individuals, for as we have seen, a pattern reveals a way of Yahweh and is thus replicable in other like applications. We will consider one of those applications at this time.
In the movie, what was it about Elijah that made him realize that there had to be someone out there who was this David? It was his own weakness. Elijah’s weakness told him that there had to be someone who was opposite him, the one which, in his realm, would be like the comic book superhero. Thus we see that the Elijah, who is formed in weakness, reveals the David, who comes in strength and the power to defeat the enemy.
How does this relate to man? Because the soul of a man is the Elijah, which is weak, and the spirit of a man is the David, which is the opposite of the soul and affords power to defeat the enemy. And as the Elijah, the purpose of the soul is to reveal the spirit of the man.
Man, who was created a “living soul,” has his greatest fulfillment when he learns to not be content to live in the weakness of his soul, but to strive to reveal his spirit. This too was vividly represented in Unbreakable. The single most gripping and powerful line in the entire movie is when, in the end, Elijah passionately calls out to David – “Now that we know who you are, I know who I (in my weakness) am! I’m not a mistake (being created so weak)!” Such should be the cry of the victorious soul.
And equally, the spirit of a man is like David in the movie, in that it too does not know who it is. As with David, it has an ability to know things that are beyond the natural, but does not know how to function in them. Our spirits are extremely limited in our present state; and even as the purpose of Elijah is to prepare the way for and reveal Yahshua, so the purpose of our soul is to prepare the way for and reveal our spirit. And even as Yahshua is hidden from us but will return and reign, so our spirits are hidden from us and will return to us and reign.
In like comparison – our soul is feminine and our spirit is masculine; therefore, the Elijah is equally feminine (the Bride) and Yahshua is masculine (the Groom). And even as John the Baptist declared that he must decrease and Yahshua must increase, so our soul must equally decrease and our spirit increase.
Of course we see the same pattern in the family – the wife, which is the weaker vessel, is an Elijah, while her husband, whom Peter says she is to call him “lord,” is a Yahshua. This is the way of Yahweh – His ways are replicable. The wife stands in the place as an Elijah to her husband – to prepare the way for and to reveal him, and to yield to and be ruled by him (Genesis 3:16). Thus, the pattern is the same, whether it be Elijah and Yahshua, the soul and the spirit, or the wife and her husband. Therefore we see:
And as one might realize, any aberrations of this pattern will bring the same results. If Elijah does not seek to prepare the way for Yahshua, then the Son of God will never come. Consider what that would mean for this earth! It would mean utter tragedy! It would mean – “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” In the same way, if the soul of a man does not seek to reveal the spirit of the man, then that man is soulish and he too falls into the same error and loss. And if the wife does not seek to reveal the will of her husband, there results the unmistakably same ill results.
Whether it be the Elijah, or the soul, or the wife, the purpose of the weaker is to prepare the way for and reveal the greater, the inherently stronger, the chosen deliverer. If man could grasp this truth, or if society could grasp this truth, then the world would and will indeed change, resulting in the very thing that is promised per Elijah – the restoration of all things (Matthew 17:11, Mark 9:12)!
And having said this, you will notice that in pattern it is the Elijah, the Bride, even the soul and the wife, who have the calling and responsibility to “restore all things.” But having noted this most important point, you will also note that the office of the Elijah has the opportunity to destroy as well, for the Elijah ministry equally began with Judas and Satan, who betrayed Yahshua and turned Him and His body over to death (which is what women have done in America before and since 1920). This is equally the ill ability of the soul and the wife.
And frankly, some people, particularly women, may well adversely react to this truth. But actually, one should ask the question as to why this happens. Is it not because of the Curse of 1920 and its ill consequences that it has brought on our society today? What is presented here is truth – the replicable pattern is clear – and one will either see this for the good that it affords the woman as an Elijah, or have the evil response that the office equally affords. One should note that our society is corrupted, and hopefully this awareness will cause women today to repent of their fall and do the good to which their place affords – to restore all things.
In this regard, and in like testimony, even as there was a first Adam whereby all sinned, and a last Adam whereby all are made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22 and 45), so there was a first Eve who led men into sin, and thereby a last Eve, an Elijah, the Bride that will lead all men away from sin. Thus we see by testimony that both works are available to the woman – for tearing down or for building up.
So what is the solution for the soul and the wife as the Elijah so as to not fulfill the ways of the two former, Judas and Satan, but rather the latter true and promised and much needed Elijah?
This question brings us to a matter that was addressed in the writing, The Soul. In it we pointed out that the sun-clothed woman in Revelation 12 who gave birth to the male child is the soul. Once again we see the same truth – the feminine soul prepares the way for (gives birth to) the masculine sprit/husband/Yahshua. But what is it that in reality equips the woman to bring forth this male offspring? The same thing that made it possible for Mary to bring forth the Son of God – she was overshadowed by the Spirit, which is the clothing of the woman in Revelation 12. It is in fact the clothing (or baptism, if you would) of the Spirit on our soul that equips us to fulfill the Elijah work of revealing the masculine.
Many years ago, Yahweh taught this man about the three baptisms – one for the spirit of a man, one for his soul, and one for his body. Let us consider this truth at this time.
We know that man is a trinity, actually – soul, spirit, and body. Equally, baptism is a trinity, a baptism for each part of triune man. These three baptisms are revealed in the three times the sons of Israel were “immersed” under water. The word “baptize” means “to put under,” and there were three times that the sons of Israel came under the baptismal waters.
The first baptism they experienced was when they came under the cloud by day (Exodus 13:21). This first baptism relates to the baptism of a man’s spirit by which he enters into the kingdom of God. He is baptized with the Spirit into the kingdom. 1 Corinthians 10:1-4, Romans 6:1f, and Colossians 2:9-15 specifically speak of this first baptism.
The next baptism that the sons of Israel experienced was the baptism in the Sea of Reeds. Here the sons of Israel passed through the sea, “and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left” (Exodus14:29). This baptism relates to the baptism of a man’s body in water so as to cleanse the body from sins. He is baptized by (the authority of) the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 10:1-4, Acts 2:38, and Acts 22:16 specifically speak of this baptism.
The third and final baptism the sons of Israel experienced was the baptism in the Jordan River that brought them into the promised land west of that river. While the people were not specifically placed under water here as in the other two cases, indeed the twelve stones representing the twelve tribes were placed in the Jordan and the waters returned to cover them (Joshua 4:4-9). This baptism relates to the baptism of a man’s soul to give him power and cause him to enter into the land of promise. (It was through this understanding that this man first realized the soul had to have twelve areas per these twelve stones.) He is baptized in the Spirit into power. Matthew 3:11, Acts 1:4-8, and Acts 10:44-48, 11:15, 16 specifically speak of this baptism.
When I was a boy around the age of 12, I had a very real experience in church wherein I was compelled by the Spirit to go forward and give my life to Yahshua. It was not even the preaching that day that convicted me, but I felt strongly compelled to yield my life to Him. This was in a Baptist church, so the next step automatically was that I was baptized in water. What I experienced at that time were the first two baptisms of my spirit and my body. Later in life our family had a wonderful experience wherein I considered being rebaptized in water, but the Spirit spoke quite clearly to me that I was to reckon in faith on the baptism I had as a young man.
When I was 21, I was taken to a church that was outside of my Baptist upbringings. Since my experience as a boy, I could never live the life that believing should cause one to experience. I would sin and blow everything off; there was no power in my life. But this church was different. They spoke of a baptism in the Holy Spirit; and for the first time I saw that there was power in the gospel. In the privacy of my own home, I yielded myself to that third baptism and quietly received the much needed power in my life that enabled me to walk with Him. Did that mean my walk thereafter was perfect? Of course not. But I did receive the much needed power in my soul to be able to prepare the way for my spirit to rule in my life and not my mind, will, and emotions. I had received much needed power, and I never went back to my previous ways; and from thence forward my spirit continued to increase. In my own personal way, I crossed the Jordan.
So how does one receive this third much needed baptism? By the same way one receives the first two baptisms – by asking and accepting in faith.
Quite interesting and revealing, all the people with which I am personally familiar who are a part of the Bride, have either had the same experience of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, or find themselves fellowshipping with people of this experience. Clearly, it brings an element of quest and hunger in a person’s life for more that is otherwise subdued or lacking. And why shouldn’t this be true, for it empowers the soul to be the Elijah and cross the Jordan, even as both Elijah and Elisha clearly attested (2 Kings 2:8 and 14).
But that which takes place in a man is only at the personal level. Very importantly, the church must corporately follow the same pattern.
When one looks at the pattern of the church per the testimony of the sons of Israel, it reveals two rather close baptisms at its beginning, followed by the forty year wilderness breach, and concluded by the final baptism per the crossing of the Jordan. Given this pattern/testimony, one would expect to find at the very beginning of the church these two baptisms under the cloud and in the Sea of Reeds, the baptism of its “spirit” and its “body.” Likewise, one would expect at the end of the wilderness period (Christianity) a baptism in the Jordan, the baptism of its “soul.” And again, these are all at the corporate level. One can receive all three of these baptisms at a personal level, and yet not experience the corporate third baptism. Let us first consider the baptism of the church under the cloud.
This first baptism correlates with what people call being “born again,” or an entrance into the kingdom of God. The church’s entrance into the kingdom of God was when Yahshua, by the all-important Nazirite vow, restored the garden of God, the kingdom. At a corporate level, the church’s baptism of its spirit into the kingdom was when Yahshua restored the kingdom of God via His Nazirite vow, doing so at the heavenly tent of meeting. Thus, the kingdom of God was made available to man.
The more obvious baptism of the church up to now has been the baptism of its body in water. Yahshua came to John requesting this baptism, saying, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15). We will address this baptism, but in order to more fully understand it, let us introduce the final baptism of the soul.
When Yahshua came requesting His water baptism, John recognized his own need to be baptized by Him (vs. 14), having said to others concerning Him – “As for me, I baptize you in water for repentance; but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not even fit to remove His sandals; He Himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (vs. 11 and Luke 3:16; this is not in Mark).
This baptism that John spoke of which Yahshua would bring, is the baptism of the soul, the Bride, in the Holy Spirit in power. But you will also notice that it is a baptism of fire as well. Regarding this fire, Yahshua equally said – “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!” (Luke 12:49-50).
One would suspect that the baptism which John spoke of here that Yahshua would bring was one baptism. And indeed it is, but once again we see here the dichotomy, or dual works, of this baptism. This baptism will undoubtedly be in power, but a power to effect one work of gain and one work of loss and purification. For the Remnant, as we see in Zechariah 4 it will mean gain, establishing the second son of fresh oil. But as we see in Zechariah 13:7-9, for Christianity it will be the fire that Yahshua said He longed to kindle, in the third part of the church.
What has delayed that fire? As He clearly said in Luke 12:49-50, He first had a baptism to undergo. When Yahshua went to John for water baptism, John lowered Him into the waters of death and raised Him up again. The baptism which Yahshua spoke of here regarding His coming death, was the fulfillment of the water baptism into which He entered by John. But as addressed in The Issue, page 3, what Yahshua experienced per His afflictions and death, has been fulfilled by the body of Christ. The baptism of Yahshua’s body into death which He spoke of here, is a baptism that has been ongoing for 2,000 years in the body of Christ – the baptism of the body of Christ into death. The death of Christians for 2,000 years has fulfilled its water baptism of the body so as to cleanse the body from sins, literally dying to sin on the corporate level.
Who was John the Baptist? He was Elijah (Luke 1:17). So who baptized Yahshua? Elijah. Clearly, this is the work of Elijah – he places into death, and he raises up out of death. Thus, even as John, the Elijah, buried Christ into death in order to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15), in fulfillment of this forerunning type, Judas, the Elijah, buried Christ into death. And as went Christ, so has gone the body of Christ. Therefore, even as John, the Elijah, buried Christ into death, so Satan, the Elijah, buried the body of Christ into death. Why? “To fulfill all righteousness.” And while the Elijah evidenced in these two has been the authority to place into death, John’s baptism of Yahshua equally evidences that an Elijah (the Bride) will raise the body of Christ from the dead. This is an incredibly important, revealing, and highly confirming truth.
The cleansing or washing of the body of Christ through this baptism in death, is confirmed in the testimony we examined earlier when the healed leprous man was to “bathe his body in water” on the seventh day (Leviticus 14:9), or the day of the mark of the beast. This Christianity has done for 2,000 years in the baptism of the body of Christ into death. “He shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in water (baptism of the body) and be clean.” And what is Yahshua’s response during this time of the body of Christ and its baptism? Clearly, He is “distressed”!
Look at the distress He showed when He cleansed the temple of the moneychangers! This is the distress He has felt over His body for 2,000 years, which has been corrupted and Satan has defiled and taken into the waters of death.
After this baptism of death, the baptism of fire will accomplish what is clearly written in Zechariah 13:9 – “And I will bring the third part through the fire, refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ and they will say, ‘Yahweh is my God.’” After John the Baptist declared that Yahshua would baptize “with the Holy Spirit and fire,” he then continued regarding the fire – “And His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:12 and Luke 3:17). First, it is important to note here that when “wheat” is referred to in regard to people, it speaks of Christianity. In contrast, barley always speaks of the Remnant. So the threshing and burning referred to here is relative to Christianity.
In Revelation 20:14-15 we read – “And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Christians have taught that that lake is prepared for the heathen, the “unbeliever”; but in fact it is prepared for them, for their promised baptism of fire. We read that “death and Hades” are immersed into that baptism, and we have learned through numerous testimonies that it is in fact Christians who have been and are now in Hades, which means “to not see”; and clearly the vast majority of Christians are waiting in death! They are dead, cut off from the kingdom, even as declared in Zechariah 13:8.
Thus death and Hades are baptized into the very baptism that Yahshua wished was already kindled (which is understandable when you see the distress the church has caused Him for 2,000 years), and John declared that He would bring. This is the baptism that He effects from the “great white throne” (vs. 11), before which Christians are brought. Their names are not in the book of life, for they did not enter into the first resurrection. Those whose names are in that book of life will become the tree of life, while Christianity has been the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Their names are not written in that book, and thus they enter into the baptism about which it has been spoken – the baptism of fire, the lake of fire. This is a baptism that will undoubtedly last for 3,000 years – the Millennial reign and the 2,000 years following, when Christians who are in the grave will come out and learn righteousness as well.
This is the fire side of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. But even as Ivan and Katrina brought both mercy and correction, so we see that Yahshua’s baptism in the Holy Spirit will also bring both. To Christianity – fire – but to His Bride – mercy.
Russ Walden, a former pastor and close brother to Carroll, told me a story that is relevant to where we are today. Through the winter of ’81-’82, Russ took off about six months and did nothing but study the Scriptures 8-10 hours a day. One night he and his wife had marital relations, and afterwards he was standing at the window, looking outside, when Yahweh spoke to him. He told Russ – your wife has conceived, the child is a girl, and you are to name her Ruhamah. Nine months later on October 2, that little girl was born. At the time of the posting of this writing, Ruhamah will turn 23.
When I met her in my visit to Russ’ home, she introduced herself to me as Ruhamah. Russ was surprised at this for she goes by her middle name, Nikki. At the time of this writing, it has become obvious that her name and the circumstances pertaining to her conception are meaningful for us today. “Ruhamah” means – “mercy;” and that is precisely what Yahweh is doing right now. He is having mercy, and will continue to have mercy, on His Bride.
The name that Yahweh told Russ to call this child is from the book of Hosea. Hosea had three children by a harlot, Gomer, and Yahweh equally spoke to him their names – first a son, Jezreel; then the daughter, Lo-ruhamah; and finally another son, Lo-ammi. The “Lo” in these two names means “not”; therefore Yahweh was saying that He would not have mercy, and they would not be His people (Lo-ammi).
But in verse 11 of chapter one, we see a union of Judah and Israel under “one leader, and they will go up/ascend from the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.” At that point, in the very next verse the two united ones are called Ammi and Ruhamah, or “My people” and “mercy.”
You will notice here a name with which we are familiar in this writing – Jezreel! This is the city specifically identified with Carmel and Gideon. This man does not presume to understand all that is being said here, but it is evident by both the testimony of Carmel and Jezreel, as well as the offerings that ascend per both Carmel and Gideon, and the striking similarity in the divine directed naming of both Lo-ruhamah and Russ’ Ruhamah, that Yahweh is speaking to us that He is having mercy on the Bride who will ascend. It is also noteworthy that Ruhamah was conceived in Clinton, Missouri. President Clinton is the prophetic breach between the two Bushs, and Yahweh certainly had mercy on him as well.
At this point in Yahweh’s fulfillment of His replicable ways, it seems evident that the union of the two parts under one leader that causes the names to be changed for the good, speaks of the legal uniting of the two Remnant under the twelfth apostle, at least for the present. Yahweh will, and has indeed, extended mercy to Christianity; but the mercy we are receiving now, and will receive, is something that has not come to the church since its beginning. Blessed be the name of Yahweh.
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