Timing and Alignment

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Shaloha Everyone

 

How was hurricane Iselle? Julio? How was Sunday service? Worship? The Word? How was that fire tunnel? It was sizzling!!! The whole spiritual atmosphere was crackling this past week, especially over Volcano National Park! Cheehoo! God was forging something very special through the hurricanes, service, and Pastor Dean’s, birthday fire tunnel. We got basted, baked, broiled, barbecued, blasted, blown away, and blessed by the fire of God. I know many were touched and transformed.

 

I personally experienced the ‘uncle anointing’ and finally couldn’t handle God’s unbearable goodness! I yelled uncle after only three minutes of prayer from Pastor Kerry, Pastor Michelle, Pastor Jan, a few of the team, and I believe a bunch of angels! I personally believe this past fire tunnel impacted my life more than all the others. This is just my opinion.  I may share more about this later, but I wanted to set the foundation of this article with some other background information first.

 

We live in a very special time, a time when God is aligning everything according to His will and ways.  His sovereign hand is working His will in and through our lives.  The old and the new are coming together as one! It’s a beautiful dance to behold. The fullness of the Gentiles are coming in and all of Israel will be saved (Romans 11:25-26). Do you feel it? You’ve been raised up for such a time as this!

 

Yesterday, August 11, according to the Jewish calendar, was the 15th of Av. The Israelites look upon this historical day as the day when people stopped dying in the wilderness. For forty years, the unbelieving Jews died in the wastelands of the Middle Eastern deserts because they disobeyed God and brought back a fearful report. They doubted Yahweh’s goodness. God then blocked their entrance into the promise land for four decades. Only Caleb and Joshua believed and received their inheritance.

 

God willed that none of the disbelieving generation would enter; thus, for forty years the Lord waited for all of them to die off. Yesterday marked the historical day when the Lord reversed the forty year curse – no more dying in the wilderness! God raised up an entirely new generation, a believing one, a people aligned to his will, an army tempered by flame, devoted to God (Iselle).

 

The 15th of Av or August 11th also marked the beginning of a special season for people to take extended time to study and meditate on the Torah. Why did God use this as the start date? Based on the information at hand, it was a period when the days were longer and thus gave more time for the study of Scripture, even to the wee hours of the night (I wonder if they had coffee at that time? Starbucks? Ha!). The Jews looked upon evening as the time for serious contemplation on the Bible.

 

On August 11th, yesterday, the 15th of Av, it signified the raising up of a brand new people who loved studying the Bible. Does this sound vaguely familiar?

 

Do you remember what we proclaimed this past week? We proclaimed that the curse has been reversed over our lives (Friday night). We did it three times! No more dying in the wilderness. Life!!!! We even blessed and broke something in the spiritual realm at the national and state level by blessing our president and governor.

 

We fasted during the Fast of Tammuz (7/15), a fast which focused on the reversal of curses over Israel. We ended our fast on 7/17 which divinely coincided with Genesis 8:4, “In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat.” What does Ararat mean? Reverse the curse!!!!!

 

This gets even more interesting. The staff and board pitched in and got Dean a signet ring from Tiffanys for his birthday. This type of ring is rare for this day and age. Not only is it rare for this present time in history, it was also the last one of its kind at the Tiffany stores on Oahu.

 

In ancient times, kings used it to seal important documents or to inaugurate a new law or edict. It was a symbol of power. It reversed curses! Esther 8:8 states, “Now you write to the Jews as you see fit, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for a decree which is written in the name of the king and sealed with the king’s signet ring may not be revoked.”

 

With this seal, Mordecai used the king’s signet to thwart Haman’s curse and bring about  a great deliverance for the Jewish people. They were now able to defend themselves. The king’s authority on the signet reversed Haman’s curse. The Feast of Purim commemorates this day!

 

Dean and other apostles (David Demian, Eddie Ma…) have become signet rings in the hand of the Lord to reverse curses, especially for the nations, especially for Israel! On that day,’ declares the Lord of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, My servant,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you,’  declares the Lord of hosts” (Haggai 2:23).

 

Dd and Michelle, who spear headed the buying of the gift, had no intention of buying a signet ring; let alone buying something for Dean from a foo foo place like Tiffanys. God told them to do this and the rest of the team agreed. The deeper meanings unfolded later. God works this way. We obey first and maybe understand later. I say maybe because God doesn’t reveal the why a lot of the times. Even now I personally think we are only scratching the surface of understanding.

 

Couple this with our recent emphasis on going deeper in the Word and you start moving into chicken skin territory when you now compare it with the Jewish calendar and how God led the Israelites into the promise land and into His Word. He is doing the same with us. Yes, he is doing the same with us. He is raising up Iselles, people devoted to God. Hallelujah!

 

The fire tunnel, Dean’s 55th birthday gift to us, was like God sealing us with his signet ring into a new season, a new land, the promised land. The Lord has birthed us through the cleansing fire of our own wilderness experiences, the wind and water of spiritual hurricanes (it’s interesting that we experienced one this past week), and capped it off with a fire tunnel, ’55’, or ‘grace grace’ on the capstone of the spiritual building of our lives (Zech 4:7, Eph 2:21-22). God then took the ‘grace grace‘ thing to another dimension when we received more blessing later that evening. We won’t go into that because it would take another article to explain what happened. Just know that Sunday was epic! I’m still in a daze.

 

August 11th or the 15th of Av inaugurated a whole new season of life and depth in His Word for the Jewish people. He did and is doing the same with us! He has reversed and is reversing the curse! He is causing us to go deep into His Word and Spirit! God is raising up an entirely new generation, a believing one, a people aligned to his will, an army tempered by flame, devoted to God at Unified… . Blessed be His awesome and mighty name! Grace! Grace!

 

 

“For you will go out with joy

And be led forth with peace;

The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,

And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

“Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up,

And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up,

And it will be a memorial to the Lord,

For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”

Isaiah 55:12-13

 

Pastor John