July 17, 2020

WAR WORDS FROM THE WOMB OF THE DAWN 7/17/20

Friday, July 17, 2020, New Beginnings
WAR WORDS FROM THE WOMB OF THE DAWN
“Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy majesty, from the womb of the dawn you will receive the dew of your youth.” (Psalm 110:3)
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REBUILDING…RESTORING…RENEWING…
REBUILDING THE WALL OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR NATION, STATES, AND TERRITORIES
“They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.” (Isaiah 61:4; NIV)

Friday, July 17, 2020 Worship/Prayer 6:00AM CST
First Light 5:35AM CST Laurel, MS

Next Broadcast: Monday, July 20, 2020 Worship/Prayer 6:00AM CST with Anna Love
First Light 5:38AM CST Laurel, MS

Thank you to all of you who joined us live this morning at “First Light” from the Womb of the Dawn!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION! WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO LISTEN TO THE LIVE BROADCAST DATED TODAY! COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH THE POWERFUL DECREES THAT ARE ON THE LIVE FEED POSTED BY OTHER WARRIORS! SHARE THE VIDEO AND THE TRANSCRIPT– LET’S BROADCAST THE WORD!

NOW WORSHIP: Prophetic declaration over our lives and land. Worship Jesus over America.
NEW WINE https://youtu.be/1ozGKlOzEVc

70 DAY DECREE: Lord God, we present ourselves unto you a living sacrifice (Romans12:1). We acknowledge and declare that we are filled with the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:11). Your word tells us righteousness exalts a nation (Proverbs 14:34). We stand before you in the land you have given us, and we decree and release the righteousness of Christ into our territories, spheres of influence, our cities, states, and nation in order to bring healing, revival, awakening, and reformation to America. Father let your Spirit of righteousness be released and established in us, and in every place in which you have given us jurisdiction. Let your righteous Kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10)! Prepare the soil of this nation and realign us with Your righteousness! In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

WAR WORD FOR TODAY: “DECREE: THE DOUBLE! YOU ARE ENTERING THE 4 DAYS OF THE DOUBLE THAT IS A DOOR TO YOUR NEXT!”

“So wake up, you living gateways!
Lift up your heads, you ageless doors of destiny!
Welcome the King of Glory,
for he is about to come through you.
8 You ask, “Who is this Glory-King?”
The Lord, armed and ready for battle,
the Mighty One, invincible in every way!
9 So wake up, you living gateways, and rejoice![d]
Fling wide, you ageless doors of destiny!
Here he comes; the King of Glory is ready to come in.
10 You ask, “Who is this King of Glory?”
He is the Lord of Victory, armed and ready for battle,
the Mighty One, the invincible commander of heaven’s hosts!
Yes, he is the King of Glory!” (Psalm 24:7-10; TPT)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/…

I HAVE SET BEFORE YOU AN OPEN DOOR!
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.
8“‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you. 10Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 11I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. 12The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ (Revelation 3:7-13; ESV)

COME UP HERE!
“After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a (war) trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” (Revelation 4:1; NIV) https://biblehub.com/revelation/4-1.htm

LOOK TO SEE WHAT HE WILL SAY: VISION!
https://biblehub.com/habakkuk/2-1.htm

Prayer confessions! https://loveministrieslive.com/…/praye…/
WAGING WAR WITH THE WORD – HOLDING ON TO FAITH AND A GOOD CONSCIENCE!
“Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience.” (1 Timothy 1:18-19; NIV)

WAR WORD DAY 52: “Submit (hupotasso) yourselves, then, to God. Resist (anthistemi) the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7; NIV) Confession of the Word of God – Prayer sheets found on my page.

We come up under the authority of our Commander-in-Chief, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords – Our Sovereign Lord – so that we can stand against the enemy. Honoring God-given and established authority is key to victory!

Hupotasso:
1. to arrange in order under, to subordinate
2. to subject, put in subjection
3. to subject one’s self, obey
4. to submit to one’s control
5. to yield to one’s admonition or advice
6. to obey, be subject

This is a Greek military term meaning “to arrange [troop divisions] in a military fashion under the command of a leader”. In non-military use, it was “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden”. I believe for us it encompasses both! “Your troops will be willing volunteers…” Psalm 110:3

RESIST: NT:436 anthistemi (anth-is’-tay-mee); from NT:473 and NT:2476; to stand against, i.e. oppose: KJV – resist, withstand.
NT:2476 histemi (his’-tay-mee); a prolonged form of a primary stao (stah’-o) (of the same meaning, and used for it in certain tenses); to stand (transitively or intransitively), used in various applications (literally or figuratively): KJV – abide, appoint, bring, continue, covenant, establish, hold up, lay, present, set (up), stanch, stand (by, forth, still, up). (ABIDE/COVENANT)
(Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

Ephesians 6:11
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Ephesians 6:13
Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18; NIV)

A TIME TO ADVANCE
STUDY/IMPARTATION/ACTIVATION/FUNCTIONALITY
AN OVERVIEW: FROM COVER TO COVER
CONTENTS: Dedication, Editor’s Note, Preface.
SECTION 1: COMING INTO ALIGNMENT
SECTION 2: LINKING THE HEBREW TRIBES AND MONTHS
ASSIGNMENT: READ CHAPTERS 5

CHAPTER 5 ROSH CHODESH – THE BLESSINGS OF FIRST FRUITS (Robert Heidler)
“If we are not experiencing what the Bible promises, the reason is because we are not doing what the Bible instructs us to do. Many things in the Bible that have not been part of our religious traditions were stolen from us in the Dark Ages. But the good news is: God is restoring them to us. One of the things God wants to restore to His people is the blessing of Rosh Chodesh!

WHAT IS ROSH CHODESH?
Rosh Chodesh is Hebrew for “head of the month,” which is a joyful celebration to the Lord held on the first day of every Hebrew month. Rosh Chodesh is a time to gather together and seek God. The Scriptures sometimes call this celebration a “new moon” festival, which sounds strange to many Christians. In ancient times pagans worshipped the moon; and even today, astrologers use the sun, moon, and stars to predict the future. We don’t want to have anything to do with astrology, so why would the Bible call Rosh Chodesh a new moon festival?

ROSH CHODESH & THE FIRSTFRUITS PRINCIPLE
Rosh Chodesh is an expression of the firstfruits principle, which is something else many Christians don’t understand. In order to live in the blessings of Rosh Chodesh, we must understand the concept of firstfruits.

Deuteronomy 26 tells us that when Israel entered the Promised Land and received their first harvest in the land, they were to put the first portion of that harvest in a basket and take it to God’s sanctuary. There, they were to give the firstfruits of their harvest to the priest and publicly declare the goodness and faithfulness of God. They honored Him by giving the first of the harvest.
Deuteronomy 26: 19 (AMP) “The Lord will make you high above all nations which he has made, in praise, and in fame, and in honor; and you shall be a people holy to the Lord.” That is an incredible blessing to receive for one basket of produce. From this we recognize that firstfruits truly is a major key to living in the favor and prosperity of God.

WHY WAS FIRST FRUITS IMPORTANT IN THE EYES OF GOD?
When Israel brought in the harvest, one-tenth of the whole crop was to be given to God as a tithe.

The firstfruits’ amount was much less than that, often just one sheaf of wheat. Yet, this smaller portion opened the door to a massive blessing. The First Is Always Special! To comprehend the significance of firstfruits, we must understand that in all of life, there’s something very special about the first! We’ve all been to restaurants and businesses and seen a dollar bill in a frame on the wall next to the cash register labeled: “Our First Dollar.” In the frame is the very first dollar that business ever made. Since that time, many more dollars have come into the business after that one, and none of them were framed, because the “first” dollar is special. We recognize that is true in most things. All of us remember who built the first airplane, but very few know who built the second airplane. We remember that Neal Armstrong was the first human being to set foot on the moon, but few remember the name of the man in the moonlander with him. Who was the second human being on the moon? The correct answer is: Buzz Aldrin. We can all remember our first car, our first date, and our first kiss. The first is special!
The best way to honor God is to give Him our first of everything. Giving the first expresses honor.key to living in the favor and prosperity of God. Why was firstfruits so important in God’s eyes? When Israel brought in the full harvest, one-tenth of the whole crop was to be given to God as Firstfruits is honoring God by giving back to Him the first and best of all He has given us!

FIRSTFRUITS AND THE TITHE:
Many assume that if they tithe, they are giving the firstfruits. That is not the case. Tithing is one kind of giving. Firstfruits is something very different. The Bible actually describes three categories of giving.
Nehemiah 12: 44: “Men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the contributions (or offerings), firstfruits and tithes.”
Nehemiah 10: 35-39
1. Firstfruits Giving. Verse 35 tells us, “bring to the house of the Lord the firstfruits of our crops and of every fruit tree… the firstborn of our cattle… the first of our ground meal, our grain, the fruit of our trees and of our new wine and oil.”

2. Tithes. Verse 37 continues, “and bring a tithe of our crops to the Levites… The Levites receive the tithes.”

3. Contributions (or Offerings). Verse 39 tells them to also, “bring contributions of grain, new wine and oil… (Offerings are voluntary expressions of thanksgiving.)

Sometimes people ask me this: “I tithe, but why don’t I see the full level of God’s blessing the Bible promises?” One answer is that tithing is just part of the picture. The tithe is 10% of your income given in obedience to God. God has claimed the tithe as His own. Technically speaking, you don’t give a tithe, you pay a tithe. The tithe is like a tax you pay as a citizen of the Kingdom. The contribution or offering is anything given as an expression of thanksgiving to God as an act of worship in acknowledgement of God’s blessing. The firstfruits offering is a special way to honor God. By giving God the first of what you receive, you acknowledge that He is truly first in your life, and is honored above everything else you hold special. Specific blessings are promised for all three kinds of giving, but the fullness of blessing is released when we worship Him with all three.

SIGNIFICANCE OF FIRSTFRUITS
Firstfruits giving accomplishes three things:
1. It honors God as your source, which is a declaration that God has blessed you.

2. It sanctifies (makes holy) the rest of your income. Rom. 11: 16 says, “If the firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy.”

3. It releases the fullness of God’s blessing. Ezek. 44: 30 says, “Give the first portion… So a blessing may rest on your household.”
Prov. 3: 9-10 promises that if you “honor the Lord… with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

ROSH CHODESH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
The Old Testament mentions a number of people who observed Rosh Chodesh. Here are a few examples:
I Sam. 20: 5–David
II Chron. 2: 4–
Solomon Neh. 10: 32–
Nehemiah II Kings 4: 23–
Shunamite woman

As you read the Old Testament, you will see that the Rosh Chodesh celebration was characterized by some specific things:
Hosea 2: 11, Psalm 81: 3-7–a joyful celebration.
Amos 8: 5–a day of rest from ordinary work.
Num. 28: 11-15–a day to give special offerings to God.
Isa. 66: 23, Num 10: 10–a day of worship.
I Sam. 20: 5–a day of celebration and feasting. (No fasting was permitted.)
II Kings 4: 23–a day to seek the prophet, to gain revelation for the month ahead.

ROSH CHODESH IN JESUS’ DAY
By Jesus’ day, Rosh Chodesh had become one of the most important celebrations for God’s people. Sumptuous meals were prepared in the temple courts and people crowded in. Everyone eagerly searched the sky for the first glimpse of the new moon. When two witnesses confirmed that they could see the new moon, the Sanhedrin leaders stood and declared: “The new month is sanctified,” and a jubilant celebration before the Lord began.

IS ROSH CHODESH FOR CHRISTIANS?
There has been much bad teaching in the Church concerning biblical feasts. This teaching has even affected the way some have translated the New Testament. A number of translations indicate that Christians are not supposed to celebrate things like Rosh Chodesh. The Living Bible is one of the worst offenders.
When you look up Colossians 2: 16-17 in The Living Bible, what you find is this:
“Don’t let anyone criticize you for not celebrating… New moon ceremonies [Rosh Chodesh] or Sabbaths. For these were only temporary rules that ended when Christ came. They were only shadows of the real thing–of Christ himself.”
In reading that, our natural response would be: “God does not want me to celebrate Rosh Chodesh!” But The Living Bible gives a very bad paraphrase of Colossians 2 by actually adding words that drastically change the meaning of the passage.

If you were to read this verse in the original Greek, or in a more accurate translation, you would be shocked at the difference. Colossians 2: 16-17 does NOT say: “Don’t let anyone criticize you for not celebrating.” It does NOT say: “these were only temporary rules that ended.” Those words are not even suggested in this original passage. What does Colossians 2: 16-17 really say?

A literal translation of verse 16 is: “Let no one sit in judgment on you with regard to a New Moon or a Sabbath.”

This verse speaks against taking a legalistic attitude in observing the feasts. The Pharisees had turned God’s joyful celebrations into legalistic burdens. They developed all sorts of rules about what should and should not be done and then sat in judgment on everyone to make sure it was all done right. Paul admonished the church not to fall into that trap. This verse is actually a warning about pharisaic legalism. Paul says: “Don’t judge each other on how you celebrate this feast.”

Rosh Chodesh is not a legalistic ritual where someone needs to judge you on whether you do it “right.” The monthly firstfruits celebration is to be a joyful time to experience the Lord and gives us a picture of a wonderful spiritual reality.

The Amplified Bible says in Col. 2: 16-17, “Therefore let no one sit in judgment on you in matters of food and drink or in regard to a feast day or a New Moon or Sabbath. Such [things] are only the shadow of things that are to come, and they have only a symbolic value. But the reality (the substance, the solid fact of what is foreshadowed, the body of it) belongs to Christ.” The new moons “have symbolic value,” which point us to the reality of what we have in Christ.

The Amplified Bible describes Rosh Chodesh in terms that are similar to the way we describe the Lord’s Supper—a celebration that has incredible symbolic value. At the Lord’s Supper, the elements themselves can never save you. You can drink all the grape juice (or wine) you can drink and eat all the communion wafers you can hold, but such actions will not bring you salvation. The Lord’s Supper is not the reality but rather a portrayal, with great symbolic value, of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. This celebration is designed to teach us about Jesus, which depicts the reality of the new beginning that is found in Jesus to bring us life everlasting.

Rosh Chodesh in the Future

Did you know that one day all of us will celebrate Rosh Chodesh together?
Isa. 66: 23 says, “And it shall come to pass, that from one New Moon to another… All flesh shall come to worship before Me, says the Lord.”
This means that in the new heavens and new earth, all mankind will come together to worship Jesus at Rosh Chodesh. Through all eternity Jew and Gentile will enjoy this celebration. How exciting is that? The reality of the blessings released by firstfruits giving is a powerful testimony to adults and children alike. When all generations experience what it is like to live in the continual release of blessing, God is seen as a good Father who loves and blesses all of His children. Let me encourage you to be one who walks in and receives God’s firstfruits blessings in every area of your life.”

— A Time to Advance: Understanding the Significance of the Hebrew Tribes and Months by Chuck Pierce, Robert Heidler, et al.

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Friday, July 17, 2020, New Beginnings WAR WORDS FROM THE WOMB OF THE DAWN "Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy majesty, from the womb of the dawn you will receive the dew of your youth." (Psalm 110:3)______________________________________REBUILDING…RESTORING…RENEWING…REBUILDING THE WALL OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR NATION, STATES, AND TERRITORIES“They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.” (Isaiah 61:4; NIV) Friday, July 17, 2020 Worship/Prayer 6:00AM CST First Light 5:35AM CST Laurel, MS Next Broadcast: Monday, July 20, 2020 Worship/Prayer 6:00AM CST with Anna LoveFirst Light 5:38AM CST Laurel, MS Thank you to all of you who joined us live this morning at "First Light" from the Womb of the Dawn!IMPORTANT INFORMATION! WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO LISTEN TO THE LIVE BROADCAST DATED TODAY! COME INTO AGREEMENT WITH THE POWERFUL DECREES THAT ARE ON THE LIVE FEED POSTED BY OTHER WARRIORS! SHARE THE VIDEO AND THE TRANSCRIPT– LET’S BROADCAST THE WORD! NOW WORSHIP: Prophetic declaration over our lives and land. Worship Jesus over America. NEW WINE https://youtu.be/1ozGKlOzEVc 70 DAY DECREE: Lord God, we present ourselves unto you a living sacrifice (Romans12:1). We acknowledge and declare that we are filled with the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:11). Your word tells us righteousness exalts a nation (Proverbs 14:34). We stand before you in the land you have given us, and we decree and release the righteousness of Christ into our territories, spheres of influence, our cities, states, and nation in order to bring healing, revival, awakening, and reformation to America. Father let your Spirit of righteousness be released and established in us, and in every place in which you have given us jurisdiction. Let your righteous Kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10)! Prepare the soil of this nation and realign us with Your righteousness! In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.WAR WORD FOR TODAY: “DECREE: THE DOUBLE! YOU ARE ENTERING THE 4 DAYS OF THE DOUBLE THAT IS A DOOR TO YOUR NEXT!”“So wake up, you living gateways!Lift up your heads, you ageless doors of destiny!Welcome the King of Glory,for he is about to come through you.8 You ask, “Who is this Glory-King?”The Lord, armed and ready for battle,the Mighty One, invincible in every way!9 So wake up, you living gateways, and rejoice![d]Fling wide, you ageless doors of destiny!Here he comes; the King of Glory is ready to come in.10 You ask, “Who is this King of Glory?”He is the Lord of Victory, armed and ready for battle,the Mighty One, the invincible commander of heaven’s hosts!Yes, he is the King of Glory!” (Psalm 24:7-10; TPT)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+24&version=TPTI HAVE SET BEFORE YOU AN OPEN DOOR! “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.8“‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you. 10Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 11I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. 12The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ (Revelation 3:7-13; ESV)COME UP HERE!“After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a (war) trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." (Revelation 4:1; NIV) https://biblehub.com/revelation/4-1.htmLOOK TO SEE WHAT HE WILL SAY: VISION!https://biblehub.com/habakkuk/2-1.htmPrayer confessions! https://loveministrieslive.com/blog-posts/prayer-confessions/WAGING WAR WITH THE WORD – HOLDING ON TO FAITH AND A GOOD CONSCIENCE! "Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience.” (1 Timothy 1:18-19; NIV)WAR WORD DAY 52: “Submit (hupotasso) yourselves, then, to God. Resist (anthistemi) the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7; NIV) Confession of the Word of God – Prayer sheets found on my page.We come up under the authority of our Commander-in-Chief, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords – Our Sovereign Lord – so that we can stand against the enemy. Honoring God-given and established authority is key to victory! Hupotasso:1. to arrange in order under, to subordinate2. to subject, put in subjection3. to subject one's self, obey4. to submit to one's control5. to yield to one's admonition or advice6. to obey, be subjectThis is a Greek military term meaning "to arrange [troop divisions] in a military fashion under the command of a leader". In non-military use, it was "a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden". I believe for us it encompasses both! “Your troops will be willing volunteers…” Psalm 110:3RESIST: NT:436 anthistemi (anth-is'-tay-mee); from NT:473 and NT:2476; to stand against, i.e. oppose: KJV – resist, withstand.NT:2476 histemi (his'-tay-mee); a prolonged form of a primary stao (stah'-o) (of the same meaning, and used for it in certain tenses); to stand (transitively or intransitively), used in various applications (literally or figuratively): KJV – abide, appoint, bring, continue, covenant, establish, hold up, lay, present, set (up), stanch, stand (by, forth, still, up). (ABIDE/COVENANT)(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)Ephesians 6:11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil's schemes.Ephesians 6:13Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand.“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18; NIV)A TIME TO ADVANCESTUDY/IMPARTATION/ACTIVATION/FUNCTIONALITYAN OVERVIEW: FROM COVER TO COVERCONTENTS: Dedication, Editor’s Note, Preface. SECTION 1: COMING INTO ALIGNMENTSECTION 2: LINKING THE HEBREW TRIBES AND MONTHSASSIGNMENT: READ CHAPTERS 5CHAPTER 5 ROSH CHODESH – THE BLESSINGS OF FIRST FRUITS (Robert Heidler)“If we are not experiencing what the Bible promises, the reason is because we are not doing what the Bible instructs us to do. Many things in the Bible that have not been part of our religious traditions were stolen from us in the Dark Ages. But the good news is: God is restoring them to us. One of the things God wants to restore to His people is the blessing of Rosh Chodesh!WHAT IS ROSH CHODESH?Rosh Chodesh is Hebrew for “head of the month,” which is a joyful celebration to the Lord held on the first day of every Hebrew month. Rosh Chodesh is a time to gather together and seek God. The Scriptures sometimes call this celebration a “new moon” festival, which sounds strange to many Christians. In ancient times pagans worshipped the moon; and even today, astrologers use the sun, moon, and stars to predict the future. We don’t want to have anything to do with astrology, so why would the Bible call Rosh Chodesh a new moon festival? ROSH CHODESH & THE FIRSTFRUITS PRINCIPLE Rosh Chodesh is an expression of the firstfruits principle, which is something else many Christians don’t understand. In order to live in the blessings of Rosh Chodesh, we must understand the concept of firstfruits. Deuteronomy 26 tells us that when Israel entered the Promised Land and received their first harvest in the land, they were to put the first portion of that harvest in a basket and take it to God’s sanctuary. There, they were to give the firstfruits of their harvest to the priest and publicly declare the goodness and faithfulness of God. They honored Him by giving the first of the harvest.Deuteronomy 26: 19 (AMP) “The Lord will make you high above all nations which he has made, in praise, and in fame, and in honor; and you shall be a people holy to the Lord.” That is an incredible blessing to receive for one basket of produce. From this we recognize that firstfruits truly is a major key to living in the favor and prosperity of God.WHY WAS FIRST FRUITS IMPORTANT IN THE EYES OF GOD? When Israel brought in the harvest, one-tenth of the whole crop was to be given to God as a tithe. The firstfruits’ amount was much less than that, often just one sheaf of wheat. Yet, this smaller portion opened the door to a massive blessing. The First Is Always Special! To comprehend the significance of firstfruits, we must understand that in all of life, there’s something very special about the first! We’ve all been to restaurants and businesses and seen a dollar bill in a frame on the wall next to the cash register labeled: “Our First Dollar.” In the frame is the very first dollar that business ever made. Since that time, many more dollars have come into the business after that one, and none of them were framed, because the “first” dollar is special. We recognize that is true in most things. All of us remember who built the first airplane, but very few know who built the second airplane. We remember that Neal Armstrong was the first human being to set foot on the moon, but few remember the name of the man in the moonlander with him. Who was the second human being on the moon? The correct answer is: Buzz Aldrin. We can all remember our first car, our first date, and our first kiss. The first is special! The best way to honor God is to give Him our first of everything. Giving the first expresses honor.key to living in the favor and prosperity of God. Why was firstfruits so important in God’s eyes? When Israel brought in the full harvest, one-tenth of the whole crop was to be given to God as Firstfruits is honoring God by giving back to Him the first and best of all He has given us!FIRSTFRUITS AND THE TITHE: Many assume that if they tithe, they are giving the firstfruits. That is not the case. Tithing is one kind of giving. Firstfruits is something very different. The Bible actually describes three categories of giving. Nehemiah 12: 44: “Men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the contributions (or offerings), firstfruits and tithes.” Nehemiah 10: 35-391. Firstfruits Giving. Verse 35 tells us, "bring to the house of the Lord the firstfruits of our crops and of every fruit tree… the firstborn of our cattle… the first of our ground meal, our grain, the fruit of our trees and of our new wine and oil.”2. Tithes. Verse 37 continues, “and bring a tithe of our crops to the Levites… The Levites receive the tithes.” 3. Contributions (or Offerings). Verse 39 tells them to also, “bring contributions of grain, new wine and oil… (Offerings are voluntary expressions of thanksgiving.) Sometimes people ask me this: “I tithe, but why don’t I see the full level of God’s blessing the Bible promises?” One answer is that tithing is just part of the picture. The tithe is 10% of your income given in obedience to God. God has claimed the tithe as His own. Technically speaking, you don’t give a tithe, you pay a tithe. The tithe is like a tax you pay as a citizen of the Kingdom. The contribution or offering is anything given as an expression of thanksgiving to God as an act of worship in acknowledgement of God’s blessing. The firstfruits offering is a special way to honor God. By giving God the first of what you receive, you acknowledge that He is truly first in your life, and is honored above everything else you hold special. Specific blessings are promised for all three kinds of giving, but the fullness of blessing is released when we worship Him with all three. SIGNIFICANCE OF FIRSTFRUITS Firstfruits giving accomplishes three things: 1. It honors God as your source, which is a declaration that God has blessed you. 2. It sanctifies (makes holy) the rest of your income. Rom. 11: 16 says, “If the firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy.” 3. It releases the fullness of God’s blessing. Ezek. 44: 30 says, “Give the first portion… So a blessing may rest on your household.” Prov. 3: 9-10 promises that if you “honor the Lord… with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. ROSH CHODESH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT The Old Testament mentions a number of people who observed Rosh Chodesh. Here are a few examples: I Sam. 20: 5–David II Chron. 2: 4–Solomon Neh. 10: 32–Nehemiah II Kings 4: 23–Shunamite woman As you read the Old Testament, you will see that the Rosh Chodesh celebration was characterized by some specific things: Hosea 2: 11, Psalm 81: 3-7–a joyful celebration. Amos 8: 5–a day of rest from ordinary work. Num. 28: 11-15–a day to give special offerings to God.Isa. 66: 23, Num 10: 10–a day of worship. I Sam. 20: 5–a day of celebration and feasting. (No fasting was permitted.) II Kings 4: 23–a day to seek the prophet, to gain revelation for the month ahead. ROSH CHODESH IN JESUS’ DAYBy Jesus’ day, Rosh Chodesh had become one of the most important celebrations for God’s people. Sumptuous meals were prepared in the temple courts and people crowded in. Everyone eagerly searched the sky for the first glimpse of the new moon. When two witnesses confirmed that they could see the new moon, the Sanhedrin leaders stood and declared: “The new month is sanctified,” and a jubilant celebration before the Lord began. IS ROSH CHODESH FOR CHRISTIANS? There has been much bad teaching in the Church concerning biblical feasts. This teaching has even affected the way some have translated the New Testament. A number of translations indicate that Christians are not supposed to celebrate things like Rosh Chodesh. The Living Bible is one of the worst offenders. When you look up Colossians 2: 16-17 in The Living Bible, what you find is this: “Don't let anyone criticize you for not celebrating… New moon ceremonies [Rosh Chodesh] or Sabbaths. For these were only temporary rules that ended when Christ came. They were only shadows of the real thing–of Christ himself.” In reading that, our natural response would be: “God does not want me to celebrate Rosh Chodesh!” But The Living Bible gives a very bad paraphrase of Colossians 2 by actually adding words that drastically change the meaning of the passage. If you were to read this verse in the original Greek, or in a more accurate translation, you would be shocked at the difference. Colossians 2: 16-17 does NOT say: “Don’t let anyone criticize you for not celebrating.” It does NOT say: “these were only temporary rules that ended.” Those words are not even suggested in this original passage. What does Colossians 2: 16-17 really say? A literal translation of verse 16 is: “Let no one sit in judgment on you with regard to a New Moon or a Sabbath.” This verse speaks against taking a legalistic attitude in observing the feasts. The Pharisees had turned God’s joyful celebrations into legalistic burdens. They developed all sorts of rules about what should and should not be done and then sat in judgment on everyone to make sure it was all done right. Paul admonished the church not to fall into that trap. This verse is actually a warning about pharisaic legalism. Paul says: “Don’t judge each other on how you celebrate this feast.” Rosh Chodesh is not a legalistic ritual where someone needs to judge you on whether you do it “right.” The monthly firstfruits celebration is to be a joyful time to experience the Lord and gives us a picture of a wonderful spiritual reality. The Amplified Bible says in Col. 2: 16-17, “Therefore let no one sit in judgment on you in matters of food and drink or in regard to a feast day or a New Moon or Sabbath. Such [things] are only the shadow of things that are to come, and they have only a symbolic value. But the reality (the substance, the solid fact of what is foreshadowed, the body of it) belongs to Christ.” The new moons “have symbolic value,” which point us to the reality of what we have in Christ. The Amplified Bible describes Rosh Chodesh in terms that are similar to the way we describe the Lord’s Supper—a celebration that has incredible symbolic value. At the Lord’s Supper, the elements themselves can never save you. You can drink all the grape juice (or wine) you can drink and eat all the communion wafers you can hold, but such actions will not bring you salvation. The Lord’s Supper is not the reality but rather a portrayal, with great symbolic value, of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. This celebration is designed to teach us about Jesus, which depicts the reality of the new beginning that is found in Jesus to bring us life everlasting. Rosh Chodesh in the Future Did you know that one day all of us will celebrate Rosh Chodesh together? Isa. 66: 23 says, “And it shall come to pass, that from one New Moon to another… All flesh shall come to worship before Me, says the Lord.” This means that in the new heavens and new earth, all mankind will come together to worship Jesus at Rosh Chodesh. Through all eternity Jew and Gentile will enjoy this celebration. How exciting is that? The reality of the blessings released by firstfruits giving is a powerful testimony to adults and children alike. When all generations experience what it is like to live in the continual release of blessing, God is seen as a good Father who loves and blesses all of His children. Let me encourage you to be one who walks in and receives God’s firstfruits blessings in every area of your life.”— A Time to Advance: Understanding the Significance of the Hebrew Tribes and Months by Chuck Pierce, Robert Heidler, et al.Thank you for your faithful partnership and support. 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Posted by Betty Love on Friday, July 17, 2020

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