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News You May Not Have Heard About — 9/25/2012
News You May Not Have Heard About
(The information below is not meant to scare you but to inform you.)
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Kimberly Rogers and Laura Densmore team up as two “watchers on the wall” to report on the headline news this week as it relates to end of days bible prophesies.
Join us on the wall as we count down to the final 1260 days prior to the return of Messiah Yeshua!
Stories covered in this show:
Armada of Intnl Naval Power Massing in the Gulf As Israel & Iran on Brink of War
IDF Soldiers Airlifted from Central Israel to Golan in Snap Drill
Flashpoint between China & Japan: Chinese Protesters Storm Japanese Embassy in Beijing
Egypt to try 7 Copts and US Pastor over the Muslim video
Obama is Wrong: Mideast Protests were Planned BEFORE video ever came out
Libyan Official Says Protests were Planned and Had Nothing to do with the Movie
Mideast Protests Are Direct Attack on Free Speech
Arab League, OIC, EU, African Union Formulating Intnl Law Criminalizing Criticism of Islam
Ten Days of Awe; Ten Days of Prayer from Messianic Israel Alliance
As the EU/US economy falls, Shariah banking on the rise
Leap 20/20 report:Global Economy will be Sucked into Black Hole in October
Big Sis: Obama Ready to Sign Surveillance Grid Exec Order
Close in prayer: Psalm 112
To listen to the live report or download the recorded report click on –> “The 1260 Report.”
Acts 2:42 “And they were continuing steadfastly in the teaching of the emissaries, and in the fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.”
Two key ideas are important if we are to grasp the biblical teaching on “fellowship.” The first is that, in the New Testament, what we have in common is shared, to begin with, because of a common relationship that we all have together in Christ. We can have fellowship and share with each other because we have a relationship with Christ; we share Him in common.
Paul writes in I Corinthians 1:9, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” The Revised English Bible translates I John 1:3 as, “It is this which we have seen and heard that we declare to you also, in order that you may share with us in a common life, that life which we share with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.”
Fellowship is first the sharing of a common life with each other through a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We were all individuals with little in common until the Father’s calling separated us from everyone else in this world, and we became part of Christ’s body through His Spirit (I Corinthians 12:13, 27). In this, we can see that true Christian fellowship is primarily a relationship rather than an activity.
In Acts 2:42, the young church was not merely devoting itself to common activities but to a vital, spiritual relationship. It was this relationship that produced an active sharing in other ways. Many of us have gotten this backwards—that the activities produce the relationship. Not so! The relationship comes first, then the common activities follow.
It is so important that we grasp this. Fellowship means that we belong to each other in a relationship because we share with one another the common life and grace of Jesus Christ. From this flows additional sharing of our time, experiences, wisdom, and many other things.
The second key idea derives from the fact that both New Testament Greek words for “fellowship,” koinônia and metochos, mean “to share together” in the sense of a partnership. As sharers together with Christ, we are automatically copartners with Him and with our brethren in His enterprise here on earth. His work is our work.
A business partnership is always formed in order to attain a known objective, such as providing a service to the public at a profit for the partners. In the same way, the concept of a spiritual partnership implies that it is created with godly objectives, the most important one being glorifying God. Just as we are united in a relationship, so we are all united in a partnership formed to glorify God by completing His work.
Paul writes about Christian unity in Romans 15:5-6, explaining that its aim is to glorify God: “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Peter also states that our service for God is ultimately to bring Him glory: “If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (I Peter 4:11).
Thus, fellowship also means that we have been brought into partnership with our Savior and with each other to fulfill God’s will and glorify Him.
To summarize what true Christian fellowship is, relationship describes what we are, a community of people bound together by our common life that we share through our union with Christ. Partnership describes how we interact within that relationship—we are partners in a calling and an enterprise in which we are to work harmoniously with a shared purpose to achieve mutual objectives to glorify God and to do the work of Jesus Christ.
While many today consider it to be of little importance, fellowship in the body of Christ is certainly no side issue. In Acts 2:42, as one of the four activities to which the early church devoted itself, it was listed alongside Bible study and prayer. God has called us and put us together as His Family to accomplish His purpose in us and ultimately in all of mankind. We should not forget that when we fellowship, we are sharing and working together toward a common goal, the Kingdom of God.
I am sure that when we have an opportunity to ask our Creator in the world to come what all the numbers mean, we will all be astounded beyond measure. However, from a finite point of view I do not want to be guilty of torturing the data until it confesses. I have decided to stick with numbers that clearly have a distinct meaning in scripture.
The Number Twenty-two –Light
The number twenty-two seems to speak clearly of ‘light’ in the word of YHVH.
Mizmor (Psalm) 119:105 “Thy word is a LAMP unto my feet and a LIGHT unto my path.”
The words of YHVH are made up of ’22’ fundamental letters, in the same way that all physical properties are made up of 116 (at last count) elements. The word of the God of Israel IS light. The menorah, or light, in the tabernacle was made up of 6 branches with a center shamash or ministering branch. These branches were all of one beaten gold. Each branch had 3 bowls, with the center branch having 4 bowls (Sh’mot [Exodus] 25:31-36). This adds up to a total of 22 bowls of light to lighten the Holy Place which is a picture of the mind. (See the tabernacle teaching in the archives.) It was the priests that ministered the word (light) of God to the people, and it was the priests that took care of the menorah and the work in the Holy Place. The total number of these priests, according to B’midbar (Numbers) 3:39, was 22,000. Coincidence? In the gospel of Yochanan (John) the word light appears 22 times.
The Number Twenty-Four –The Priesthood
This number also clearly pictures the priesthood. There are twenty-four hours in a day, and the priests were commissioned to minister in rotations twenty-four hours a day (Sh’mot [Exodus] 30:7-8, Ivrim [Hebrews] 10:11). The Messiah’s ministry as our eternal priest after the order of Melchizedek, was a perpetual priesthood as well.
The Levites were divided into 24 courses as well. It is this division that also gives us insight into the time of Messiah’s birth, as Luke associates the timing of Z’kharyah’s priestly rotation with the birth of his son Yochanan (Luke 1:5-10).
Divre-HaYamim Alef (1 Chronicles) 24:1-4 “Now these are the divisions of the sons of Aaron. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children; therefore, Eleazar and Ithamar executed the priest’s office. And David distributed them, both Zadok, of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech, of the sons of Ithamar, according to their service. And there were more chief men found of the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar; and thus were they divided. Among the sons of Eleazar there were SIXTEEN chief men of the house of their fathers, and EIGHT among the sons of Ithamar according to the house of their fathers.”
Now we come to a most interesting occurrence of the number ’24’. In Hitgalut 4:4, we have the vision of the throne of God by Yochanan. Round about the throne were 24 thrones and upon these thrones were 24 elders. It is commonly taught that these 24 elders either represented these 24 priests, or that they were the 12 sons of Ya‘aqov, and the 12 apostles, together making twenty-four. I believe that scripture points to the representation of the 24 divisions of the priesthood rather than the latter theory which is based upon the false distinction between the 12 tribes of Israel, the Old Testament, and the 12 apostles, the church.
The Number Thirty –Dedication, The Blood of Messiah
According to Luke 3:23, Yahshua begins His ministry at the age of thirty. This moment is dedicated by YHVH (Yahweh) Himself in Mattityahu (Matthew) 3:13-17, while introducing His only Son to the world at His immersion. This fulfilled the priestly requirements contained in B’midbar (Numbers) 4:3. Thirty was also the number of pieces of silver that was to be the ‘blood money’ to betray the Messiah as prophesied in Z’kharyah 11:12-13 and fulfilled in Mattityahu 26:15:
“And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they bargained with him for THIRTY pieces of silver.”
It is also notable that the thirtieth time Noah’a name appears, he is building an altar unto YHVH, the place of dedication and the offering of blood. The tabernacle proper, the Most Holy Place and the Holy Place, are covered with several curtains. The goat’s hair covering is to have a total of eleven curtains, one set of five coupled to another set of six. Each curtain is to be THIRTY cubits long. The center, or the eleventh curtain, is to be doubled over to cover the veil. The veils represent the torn body of Messiah and His shed blood on that awful tree.
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