Wednesday, 30 April 2014
“GET UP AND CALL ON YOUR god”. AND THEN IT SHALL BE KNOWN THAT THE GOD OF HEAVEN; HIM WHO MADE THE SEA AND THE LAND: HE IS THE LORD
When The LORD God Almighty sent Jonah to Nineveh, Jonah ran away from The LORD in an attempt to avoid the mission of The LORD. What Jonah did not know was that as a result of attempting to run away from The LORD, the mission The LORD had assigned him was actually expanded by The LORD.
So we find that as Jonah was headed to Tarshish via a ship in an attempt to flee from The LORD, his first assignment actually began in the ship. And so The LORD used him to preach to the sailors in the ship. What Jonah did not realize is that The LORD had anointed him and the spirit of The LORD was upon him.
So when The LORD God Almighty sent a great wind on the sea and the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god, the captain of the ship confronted Jonah who by then was in a deep sleep. And the captain told Jonah: “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god!. Maybe he will take notice of us, and we will not perish.”
This is well captured in the book of Jonah 1:4-6 which states as follows: “Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.”
So The LORD then used Jonah to preach to the sailors (and the captain) and for them to know that the God of Jonah was The LORD. The LORD God Almighty was thus setting a distinction between Himself and the gods (idols) that the sailors and the captain were worshipping.
So Jonah preached to them about his God whom he worships, and made them know that He is The LORD who created everything. So when he told them this, they were terrified because the presence of The LORD and the Spirit of The LORD was upon Jonah and upon the ship and so they were engulfed by the power, the presence and glory of The LORD; and this touched them deep in their souls, spirit, minds, hearts and body; and hence they were in awe of this God of Jonah and thus became terrified. The ship thus became an altar of The LORD; a holy ground from which The LORD was speaking from.
This is well captured in the book of Jonah 1:8-10 which states as follows: ‘“So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?” He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.).”’
To show them how powerful and mighty He is, The LORD placed upon Jonah the Spirit of prophesy, so that he prophesied to the sailors (and the captain) concerning what action was to make the sea calm. Through this The LORD God Almighty was revealing Himself to the sailors (and the captain) so that they could know that He is The LORD: The God of Jonah, The God of Israel (Hebrew) and beside Him there is none.
This is well captured in the book of Jonah 1:11-12 which states as follows: ‘“The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?” “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”’
This became fulfilled in the book of Jonah 1:15 which states as follows: “Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.”
So after Jonah had preached to the sailors, then they actually received The LORD and from then, they worshipped The God of Jonah, for then they realized that The God of Jonah: He is The LORD. And so after being preached to and receiving The LORD, they no longer worshipped their gods, but now worshipped The LORD God Almighty and sought Him and enquired of Him. And that’s why they even embraced Righteousness and sought to be in the will of The LORD God Almighty; for now they even considred it a sin to murder/kill somebody, because The Holy Spirit convicted them in their hearts about the commandments (Ten) of The LORD God Almighty and being accountable to Him: for now they were walking in the Righteousness of The LORD. This is well stated in the book of Jonah 1:13-14 which states as follows: ‘“Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.”’
So, when The LORD whom Jonah had preached to the sailors manifested Himself in avery mighty, powerful and glorious way, the sailors became wise in The LORD (For they greatly feared The LORD) and they stopped everything and praised and worshipped The LORD God Almighty; for then they realized there is no any other God but The LORD God Almighty: The God of Jonah, The God of the Hebrews (Israel), The God of Heaven, Him who made the sea and the land, and could even command the sea to be calm when a raging and great storm hits. This is well captured in the book of Jonah 1:15-16 which states as follows: “Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him."
It is also very important to note that one of the main reasons why The LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah was so that The LORD could prepare Jonah for the Nineveh mission by cleansing him, purifying him, washing him and sanctifying him through prayer and fasting for 3 days and 3 nights as he was inside the fish. The belly of the great fish became his wilderness upon which The LORD could prepare him for His mission to Nineveh as he prayed and fasted. We find this in the book of Jonah 1:17 which states as follows: “Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights." And also in the book of Jonah 2:1-9 which states as follows: '“From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit. “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
By allowing the great fish to swallow Jonah, The LORD was essentially “killing” the flesh of Jonah, so that Jonah could now learn to operate in the spirit. So that his spirit could be strengthened by the anointing and the great move of The Holy Spirit. Remember Jonah was a very stubborn and proud person who was not ready to move out of his “comfort zone”. So The LORD had to press upon his nature by “killing” his flesh and pressing him hard in the belly of the fish, so that his flesh could no longer rise; but only his spirit could now be activated and uplifted through the anointing and the great move of The Holy Spirit.
Only after He prepared Jonah for the mission by cleansing, purifying, cleaning up, washing, refining (like Silver), testing (like gold) and sanctifying him did The LORD command the fish to vomit Jonah onto dry land; meaning The LORD dried him up in the flesh and thus he was now ready for the dry land (the mission of The LORD) without any baggage/resistance of the flesh that was initially hindering his spirit from embracing The move of The Holy Spirit of The LORD. And this is well captured in the book of Jonah 2:10 "And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land."
So when the word of The LORD came to Jonah a second time, he immediately obeyed and went straight to Nineveh without attempting to flee away from The LORD as he did the first time. This was because his flesh had been “killed”: the flesh of stubbornness and pride. And his spirit had been uplifted through the anointing and the great move of The Holy Spirit. Remember the flesh is always in competition with the spirit and one has to give way for the other; and The LORD desires that the flesh gives way for the spirit so that He can outpour His Holy Spirit upon a person (The spirit) for the great move of The LORD to be manifested and accomplished. And this is well captured in the book of Galatians 5:16-17 which states as follows: “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other,so that you are not to do whatever you want."
It is very very important to note that when The LORD is sending His Servants to a mission with a message to the place (people) of the mission, The LORD is after the souls of such a place/ a people so that they be redeemed through Repentance. And this is well captured in the book of Jonah 4:10-11 which states as follows: “But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”
So in summary the message to the servants, children, sons, daughters of The LORD and everybody everywhere on the earth is this:
1-The flesh has to be “killed” in order for one to serve The LORD; by their spirit-man being uplifted so that the Holy Spirit of the LORD can move and manifest in a very tremendous and a mighty way.
2-The LORD God Almighty, the creator of heaven and the earth, The God of the sea and indeed Heaven, The God of Hebrews; He is The LORD. And beside Him there is none.
3-In the presence of The LORD upon His Holy altar, the power, the anointing and the glory of The LORD flows and moves; for the LORD shall have tarbanacled (dwelt) there.
For that place thus becomes a Holy ground. The LORD touches and engulfs the soul, the spirit, the mind, the heart and the body of the persons present in the altar of The LORD (The presence of The LORD/The Holy ground).
Some may feel as if they are terrified and shaken deep within their souls, mind, heart, spirit and body for then The Holy Spirit of The LORD shall have moved.
4-Those who receive The LORD and embrace Him by Repenting of their sins and taking to the path of Righteousness, Holiness, Truth and Complete Surrender to The LORD Jesus Christ by even worshipping Him and offering sacrifices to Him will acquire the wisdom of The LORD. They will be the wise ones; for then they will walk in the great fear of The LORD, in reverence of The LORD , in awe of The LORD.
They shall have thus acquired and been imparted by the wisdom that comes from the throne room of The LORD God Almighty in Heaven.
5-The LORD is concerned and interested in souls. He wants none to perish but that all to Repent of their sins so that they be saved through the blood of Jesus Christ by their sins being forgiven.
The LORD is however a consuming fire who passes judgement and punishes the wicked fools who have refused to humble themselves before Him in Repentance for the forgiveness of their sins.
PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IN ABSOLUTE REPENTANCE, RIGHTEOUSNESS, HOLINESS, TRUTH AND COMPLETE SURRENDER TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH). TIME IS ABSOLUTELY OVER; THE MESSIAH JESUS CHRIST IS IMMINENTLY COMING TO PICK HIS BRIDE!!!
I acknowledge today that you are LORD and savior of all mankind,
and today I have recognized my shortfall,
I repent and turn away from all sin.
Please cover me with your precious blood,
and establish your word in my life,
that I may be found in righteousness and holiness
and write my name in your book of life
and baptize me with the power of the Holy Spirit
in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
Shalom!!! Shalom!!! Shalom!!!